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Volume 15, No. 27 May 9, 2007 FREE
DOT plans massive Anna Maria bridge rehab
When Islanders won the battle 10 years ago with
the Florida Department of Transportation to save the
Anna Maria Island Bridge, DOT officials promised
that one day they'd have to return with a major project
to keep the bridge operationally sound, a project that
would likely cause Islanders and Island visitors a con-
siderable amount of inconvenience.
That day is apparently coming next year.
DOT officials in Bartow said a massive project for
the bridge is planned to begin next summer with initial
By Rick Catlin
cost estimates already at around $10 million.
"This will be a total bridge rehabilitation," said
William Thomas of the DOT's Bartow office.
Because Islanders had requested that the DOT
maintain the "historical character" of the bridge
when the DOT canceled plans in 1997 to replace the
current structure with a 65-foot-clearance, fixed-
span bridge, the DOT project now will be "exten-
sive and require more time to carefully rehab the
bridge," Thomas said. And it will cost a lot more
than originally planned.
Rivalry at Coquina Beach was pretty much limited to a game of beach volleyball on May 5. Law enforcement
officers were in evidence "in force" in the event of trouble, but the day was peaceful. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Island real estate: improving,
but not yet all that great
By Rick Catlin
Many Island real estate agents are happy to report
that sales during the past winter season, after all was
said and done, were better than last year.
But as some have pointed out, last year's sales were
the worst in a decade, so any movement in property
sales was an improvement.
"It was definitely better," said Jessie Brisson of
Gulf-Bay Realty in Holmes Beach. "But it wasn't a
major improvement, more like a steady trickle instead
of the faucet being turned off." Brisson said he had
several sales this past season and he has some pend-
Since sales last winter season were nowhere, this
year was a big improvement, although nothing can
compare to the boom seasons during 2004 and 2005,
Brisson also noticed more walk-in traffic during
April, a sign he hopes will carry over into the summer
season. "I'm optimistic about the future."
Barry Gould of Island Vacation Properties in the
May issue of the Anna Maria Island Property Sales
Report was positively upbeat about the Island real
Gould reported that 57 Island properties sold
during February, March and April, a 63 percent
jump from the same period last year. He also noted
that there are currently 37 pending sales contracts
with a total value of more than $27.7 million.
Sellers who accept lower offers are moving proper-
ties, said Gould, who said selling prices of the proper-
ties that sold during the three-month reporting period
were 90.8 percent of the asking price.
"The increase in tourism is helping," said Gould.
"New visitors are falling in love with the Island and
deciding to buy while we are in a buyer's market."
Brisson agreed that sellers who have lowered
their asking price are moving properties faster than
those who aren't open to negotiations. Sales have
picked up accordingly.
At RE/MAX Gulfstream on Anna Maria Island,
Ron Travis said he was "surprised" by the sales volume
for March and April. Sales of Island properties were up
"That's a big impact because last year was so bad,"
While Mike Norman of Mike Norman Realty
agreed sales were better this winter than last, the Island
real estate market isn't really out of its slump, he said.
It's just that selling prices are getting more realistic and
dropping, and the increase in sales reflects the dip in
PLEASE SEE REAL ESTATE, PAGE 3
Current costs estimates are around $9 million to
$10 million, he said, and the plans have already been
submitted to the DOT in Tallahassee for approval.
Once the plans are approved, Thomas said, a more
realistic cost estimate can be provided and the project
will be put out for bid this June.
He indicated the DOT plans to begin work around
mid-2008, if possible.
While Thomas did not know how long the reha-
bilitation project would take, "extensive" repairs on
PLEASE SEE BRIDGE, NEXT PAGE
By Lisa Neff
Early on Saturday at Coquina Beach there was a
sense of anxiety, like Amity Island awaiting an attack
- of a shooter, not a shark.
But the Cinco de Mayo holiday passed peacefully
on the sun-splashed beach, with no reprisal of the vio-
lence that occurred on Easter, said authorities with the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the Bradenton
Beach Police Department.
"It is really just a beautiful day out here," said
Sammy Reed of Longboat Key. "We came over when
Beer Can got too crowded and it's just a perfect day on
the beach that's all."
Dozens of law enforcement officers were at the
ready throughout the day, watching for more than the
occasional dunking in the Gulf or errant Frisbee on the
sand, watching for signs of gang activity.
The Coquina beat drew members of the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office gang unit, mounted patrol
and crowd-control team. The Bradenton Beach Police
Department also increased its presence, assigning nine
officers to the beach. And, occasionally, a patrol car
from Longboat Key or Holmes Beach cruised Gulf
Drive at the ready in the event of any gang violence
like that of April 8.
PLEASE SEE CINCO, NEXT PAGE
First turtle nest of 2007
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive director
Suzi Fox, left, and AMITW volunteers David Hines,
Steve Kozlowski, Debbie Basilius and Barbara
Hines stake the first turtle crawl and nest of the 2007
season on the Island. The tracks will be shown to new
volunteers before the stakes come down. The stakes
at the nest will remain until the eggs hatch approx-
imately on June 29. For more on turtles, see page 8.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
2 0 MAY 9, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Bridge work set for 2008
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
a bridge such as the Anna Maria Island Bridge would
likely take a minimum of 12 months and result in
numerous lane closures, possibly the entire bridge, for
Once a contractor has been selected, more details of
the project, including possible lane or bridge closures,
will be available to the public, he said.
DOT officials in the past have indicated the
department's desire to get out of the drawbridge
business and replace all drawbridges on state roads
with high-rise, fixed-span structures. Thomas said
he had no indication of any DOT plans for such a
structure to replace the Anna Maria Island Bridge
at this time.
Coquina peaceful on May 5
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
That Sunday, gun shots allegedly fired by gang
members punctured any perception that this Island
paradise is perpetually peaceful.
Three brothers from Arcadia Jose Estrada, 20,
Salvador Estrada, 27, and a 17-year-old identified by
Bradenton Beach police as FE. were shot on the
beach, yards from police. They were taken by medical
helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg
and have since been released. Authorities allege that
they are connected to the Sur 13 street gang.
Authorities arrested two people in the April 8 shoot-
ing Santiago Delgado Jr., 21, and Renee Vasquez-
Mendoza, 22, both of Plant City. They are allegedly
involved in the Norte 14 street gang.
Delgado, who is represented by public defender
Phillip Paine, faces charges of carrying a concealed fire-
arm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharging
a firearm. He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing
on May 18.
Vasquez-Mendoza, represented by public defender
Matthew Gish, faces the following charges: three counts
of attempted first-degree murder, carrying a concealed
firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharge
of a firearm in public. He is scheduled for an arraignment
hearing on May 18 before Judge Janette Dunnigan.
Public officials responded to the shootings with
calls for a heightened police presence at Coquina in
Bradenton Beach and other county-operated facilities
on the Island, particularly during the Cinco de Mayo
As a result, officers in cars patrolled Gulf Drive and
the parking lots at Coquina and along the Leffis Key
Baywalk. Officers on horseback rode up and down the
beach and through the parking lots, sometimes waving
at cheering children. Officers on all-terrain vehicles
policed closer to the shore line. Even the new sheriff,
Brad Steube, visited the beach.
"It's quite a presence," said Belinda Yates of Bra-
denton. "There are so many eyes I feel self-conscious.
I'm glad I didn't wear my bikini."
She looked up as an officer on horseback passed
by. "Pretty quiet?"
"Pretty quiet so far," he said.
Over the course of the day, authorities would make
some routine traffic stops and there would be two arrests
in the vicinity of the beach one for a traffic violation
and another on an outstanding warrant.
Beachgoers bounced in the water with buckets and
skim boards, noodles and beach balls. Children built
sand castles and dug pits. Adults bathed in the sun and
lounged in the shade.
"We're looking for shark's teeth, said Kevin
Kelly, 8, as he waded in the Gulf with brothers Devlin
officers use open
space near a bay-
for a staging area
on May 5. Dozens
of law enforce-
with the Manatee
aCounty .I,L itfs
Office and the
e g patrolled Coquina
Beach on the Cinco
de Mayo holiday.
Nearby Edgar Rivera, 9, collected sand dollars to
make a necklace for his mother. "It's for her on Moth-
er's Day," he said.
Debby Kasak stretched on a towel near the conces-
sion stand, a Dean Koontz novel by her hand.
"I usually just go to the beach in Anna Maria, where
I live," she said. "But I wanted to be here today to
make a point. We don't need to be afraid of going to
the beach. I think everything was blown way out of
proportion and I'm a little disappointed with the way
some people have reacted with a lot of prejudice."
A television news helicopter flew overhead, close
enough to cause night herons nesting in the pine trees
to take flight.
In the shade of the trees, Lisa Guerriero and her
three children celebrated Cinco de Mayo.
"This is a beautiful place for the family," said Guer-
riero, who lives in Palmetto. "We love it here. This is
why we live here and I don't want to see it ruined by
gangs or by the government."
Paul Hartley and wife Tammie of Pittsburgh also
celebrated on the beach. They marked their second
wedding anniversary with a picnic under the pines.
"We're staying at the Holiday Inn in Bradenton,"
Paul Hartley said. "Someone said, 'Oh, you don't
want to go the beach today.' But that's why we came
here, so here we are. It's a lovely day. And I feel
.. ... .
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 9, 2007 3 3
Bradenton Beach pier costs again rise
By Paul Roat
The latest figures are in on changes to the Historic
Bradenton Beach City Pier, and costs are now pegged
The pier work entails building a restaurant on the
pier at the east end of Bridge Street at Anna Maria Sound,
as well as a dockmaster office, bait and tackle shop, bath
house facilities and providing additional dockage.
City commissioners have borrowed about $2.1 mil-
lion on the project. Contractor Southern Cross Contract-
ing of Sarasota was the low bidder at $1,664,710, and was
awarded the contract to do the work last December.
However, changes to the original scope of work,
and delays in the project due to permit issues with the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, have
caused the renovations to be delayed and costs have spi-
raled to more than 11 percent over the budgeted price.
The restaurant was severely damaged during Hur-
ricane Frances in 2005 and has been closed since, and
the pier itself was subsequently closed to the public.
The latest changes, reluctantly approved by city
commissioners last week, include $30,507 for a kitchen
range hood and associated fans and ductwork, as well
as savings of $2,745 for insulation alterations.
"We're hoping to get some money back from the
sale of the old hood," said Bradenton Beach Police
Chief Sam Speciale, who has taken over the task of
overseeing the project in the wake of the resignation
of building official Ed Mc Adam earlier this year.
"We would have had to do this anyway," added
Mayor John Chappie of the restaurant expenses.
AM commissioners meet
on Olesens suit
A lawsuit filed in November 2006 against Anna
Maria will be the topic of discussion for city commis-
sioners when they meet "in the shade" prior to the regu-
lar city commission meeting Thursday, May 10.
A shade meeting allows commissioners to discuss
litigation privately with attorneys in order to resolve or
settle a lawsuit.
In this case, the Olesen family claim they own half
of the 10-foot-wide easement adjacent to their property
and that they have a right to build into it, while the city
claims it can find no record the city ever vacated the
land to the Olesens.
Real estate market picking up
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"The last three months weren't that great, but
they were better than last year," said Norman. Sell-
ers who wanted a sale were lowering their prices
and people were snatching up those properties, he
During the three months from February to April
in 2006, Norman's office sold 12 condominiums at an
average per-square-foot price of $476. This season,
the company sold 10 condominiums at an average per-
square-foot price of $344.
The comparison of single-family home sales is
even more demonstrative of how selling prices are
Norman sold 18 single-family homes in 2006 during
the three-month winter season at an average per-square-
foot price of $677. This year, with prices lowered, his
firm sold 33 single-family homes for the season, but at
an average per-square-foot price of $380.
"Properties were over-priced. Now that people have
lowered their price, there's activity. The square-foot
price is a clear picture of what's actually going on in
the market," he said.
Norman's advice to anyone with a property for sale
and looking to make a sale is lower the price and be
willing to negotiate. There are still a lot of properties
on the market that aren't selling. Activity in the market
will continue as long as prices remain realistic, he pre-
Gould noted in the AMIPSR that there are still
more than 800 Island properties for sale.
But the optimism of Island real estate agents comes
with a note of caution.
Gould predicted that the market has turned the
corner "if' interest rates remain low, the Florida Legis-
lature passes property tax reform to ease the tax burden
on second-home ownership, and hurricanes stay away
Siding and roof are up for the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Southern Cross Construction,
which is building the structures, said work is 50 percent completed. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Tom Edwards, with Southern Cross, said that the
project is at about 50 percent completion phase, but
added that more changes will probably have to be done
to the contract.
Upcoming are lift stations for waste-water flow,
a grease trap for the restaurant, back-flow preventers,
an emergency generator, electrical revisions, hot water
installation systems, conduit for utilities and a galva-
nized water line for fire safety in lieu of cheaper materi-
als previously planned.
There are also some cosmetic changes to the pier
restaurant under discussion, Edwards said.
Some of the previous changes and increased costs were
due to unforeseen work that was needed asphalt and
concrete found where only dirt was expected while laying
Moose Lodge to celebrate
open house, anniversary
Come one, come all! The Anna Maria Island Moose
Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton Beach will celebrate 39
years as a charter organization Saturday, May 12, with
a party to welcome prospective members.
The Moose folks promise an all day celebration
and membership drive with fun, music and reduced
prices on food and refreshments. Entertainment will be
provided by Hammers and Adams and partygoers can
expect a full-force invasion by the Anna Maria Island
Privateers at approximately 2 p.m.
The lodge is located at 110 Gulf Drive just look
for the Moose over the door. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, call 778-4110.
Pollock trial continued
A non-jury trial on misdemeanor charges that an
Island man aided a juvenile runaway has been contin-
ued to later this month.
The trial stems from an arrest last year involving
Jack A. Pollock, 19, who more recently was arrested on
felony charges involving another juvenile runaway.
Pollock was again arrested on April 3 in Anna
Maria and has pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding,
abusing and molesting a teenage runaway in connection
with that arrest.
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy looking for
a female runaway reportedly found her engaged in sexual
activity with Pollock in a wooded area in Anna Maria.
His arraignment in the 2007 case is set for May 18.
Meanwhile, the case resulting from the prior arrest
continues at the Manatee County Courthouse.
A non-jury trial was set for April 27, but was con-
tinued until May 25 at the request of the attorney pre-
paring the case.
In that case, Pollock is charged with two first-degree
misdemeanors aiding an unmarried runaway and con-
tributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child.
Two relatives Charles Pollock and Sandra Pol-
lock are facing misdemeanor charges of aiding an
unmarried runaway and contributing to the delinquency
or dependency of a child.
Court records in the case allege that the offenses
occurred on Sept. 15, 2006.
utility lines and pipes, or changes made to the plans to
accommodate requirements of o ll i IL. guIl,it, y agencies.
Other changes were made after consulting with the
pier concessionaire, David Russell of Rotten Ralph's
Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria, who will be run-
ning the food concession on the pier.
Edwards said that pier facilities should be open to
the public by August or September.
Later in the week, commissioners approved an
invoice from Tom O'Brien, the architect for the proj-
ect, but not without some grumbling.
O'Brien's latest invoice, for a little more than $11,280,
puts architectural fees up to more than $101,000, city
clerk Nora Idso said. "At the rate the money is going,"
she said, "there won't be any more left."
"There appears to be some things that should have
been caught by the architect," Chappie said. "I'm con-
cerned with some of them."
"I believe there are some items of concern," City
Commissioner Michael Pierce said in agreement.
Commissioners approved the O'Brien invoice, with
Vice Mayor John Shaughnessy opposed. He has been
a long-standing opponent of the change orders to the
pier, stating previously that the changes should have
been within the original scope of work on the project.
Anna Maria City
May 10, 6:30 p.m., shade meeting regarding Oleson
issues, Holmes Beach City Hall.
May 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
May 14, 9:30 a.m., environmental education and
enhancement committee meeting, Bayfront Park
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the annex
building at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 GulfDrive,
Anna Maria, 708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.
May 9, 10 a.m., city commission work meeting, pier
May 15, 1 p.m., scenic highway meeting.
May 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
May 9, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operation Center
meeting, WMFR Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
May 15, 7 p.m., Florida Institute of Saltwater Heri-
tage annual meeting, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
May 16, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay
4 0 MAY 9, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
By Molly McCartney
The news from Tallahassee sounds good for Anna
Maria Island property owners:
Rates are frozen for Citizens Property Insurance
Corp. until 2009. Homeowners are eligible for Citizens
if the premiums they are offered by private insurers are
at least 15 percent higher than Citizens, and 25 percent
has been the rule. And insurers are barred from starting
any new "pups," as the Florida-only subsidiary insur-
ance companies are known.
Those are among the highlights of the 70-plus pro-
visions of the insurance law approved by Florida law-
makers Friday, the last day of the legislative session.
Overall, the new law "represents a real victory for
consumers," according to state Rep. Bill Galvano (R-
68), who represents western Manatee County, including
Anna Maria Island, and who has worked for the past
year to find solutions to the insurance crisis of soaring
rates and limited availability.
The changes, which go beyond the reforms passed
at the special legislative session in January, were vigor-
ously opposed by the insurance industry.
But supporters prevailed with the help of the
aggressive lobbying efforts by Gov. Charlie Crist and
Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp. Crist made phone calls and
personal visits to legislators and even testified at some
committee hearings to get votes on the bill. Lt. Gov.
Kottkamp was in the chamber while the insurance leg-
islation was going through "to make sure everyone got
the message loud and clear," Galvano said.
After the session ended, the governor commended
lawmakers for passing the new insurance law:
"You put the nail in the coffin this afternoon on the
industry that was hurting our people, and that's right
and just and fair and important and you did it. God bless
you for fighting for the people of Florida."
The governor said he heard "some groans from
insurance lobbyists. Tough! This is what's right. We
work for the people."
Opponents of the legislation continued to express
concern that the law allows Citizens to make up deficits
by assessing nearly all insurance policies in the state.
This view has had the effect of pitting some state
representatives from coastal areas where Citizens is
sometimes the only insurance option against some
from North and Central Florida areas who worry that
their constituents will be assessed if a major hurricane
hits South Florida.
"Floridians have a right to live anywhere they
choose, but they don't have a right to expect everyone
else to fund their choice," said Rep. Don Brown, R-
DeFuniak Springs. Brown is an insurance agent and
the chair of the House Insurance Committee.
In the end, the House approved the bill 106-10.
Galvano described the prevailing mood among law-
makers supporting the legislation "as a continuation of
a philosophical change that began over the summer and
showed itself in the special session in January."
He said he personally feels a responsibility to citi-
zens to "be involved in insuring them and making sure
they have coverage, so I am comfortable with what was
done. I know there are industry people and others in the
Legislature who were not thrilled about it, but we are
in the business of insurance and we have been in the
business of insurance and we need to continue this."
Galvano sees the insurance issue as a work in prog-
ress. "It is something we will have to continue to revisit,
and only time will tell what needs to be done next."
Good news for business
Citizens Property Insurance Corp. plans for insur-
ance agents to be able to quote rates for its new com-
mercial wind policies starting no later than May 20,
according to spokesman Rocky Scott.
The coverage would be effective June 1, in time
for the start of hurricane season, he said.
Privateers 'kidnap' bank manager
The Anna Maria Island Privateers helped the Coast Bank branch at 9819 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton
celebrate customer appreciation week. Privateers on April 23 stormed the branch and took for ransom
Ellen Aquilina, branch manager and Coast vice president. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Privateers float/boat now 'Skullywag'
That's the name the Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers gave the wheeled ship so familiar to Island
festivalgoers and Marina Drive cruisers.
Two students from Electa A. Lee Magnet Middle
School won the naming contest eighth-grader
Kurtis Vernier and sixth-grader Michael Camevale.
The charitable organization of costumed pirates
held a contest among Manatee County students to
christen the boat. The only requirement of contes-
tants was that the nominations include "Skully" in
a tribute to the late Jim "Skully" Hungerford of Pal-
metto, a Privateer who liked to wear a cape with a
skull and crossbones on the back.
Hungerford, born in Akron, Ohio, moved to Man-
Scott said that the new wind policies are available
to commercial property owners, regardless of location,
for up to $1 million in damages on property valued at
no more than $10 million.
To get the new Citizens commercial wind policy,
the property owner needs first to meet with his/her
insurance agent. The agent submits information online
to Citizens, using a form available at the Citizens Web
site. Citizens then develops the rate, relays it back to
the agent, and the applicant can then decide whether to
go forward with buying the policy.
Citizens policies are sold by insurance agents who
are approved through the Citizens appointment system.
An independent insurance agent licensed to sell com-
mercial insurance in Florida is typically eligible to be
a Citizens agent and sell its commercial wind policy.
Citizens is now working on a plan to provide a
multi-risk policy that includes wind coverage for com-
mercial property owners, regardless of location, starting
Commercial property owners will be able to buy up
to $2.5 million in multi-peril coverage from Citizens
on property valued at $20 million, Scott said.
Commissioner McCarty responds
Insurance consultant Andrea M. (Andy) Bennett, a
new member of the Citizens board of directors, Cortez
resident and Longboat Key business owner, offered a
critical overview of the Florida system of insurance
regulation in a recent interview with The Islander.
In that report, published April 25, Bennett said
Florida's regulation might better be described as "ir-
regulation" because of inconsistencies in the laws and
regulations. "Nobody wants to do business in Florida
because it is not a good place." She added "[policy
forms] languish two or three years in Florida."
The response to The Islander this week from Insur-
ance Commissioner Kevin McCarty is that "this is
atee County in 1971. He died Nov. 22, 2006. He was
a longtime Privateer and, as a fiberglass master, was
instrumental in building the group's ship in 1999.
"There were over 50 entries sent in," said contest
organizer Rebekka Stasny.
Kurtis and Michael won the opportunity to don
pirate garb and ride the Skullywag in the Island's July
The Privateers, currently organizing the annual
Snooks Adams Kids Day Saturday, May 19, at
Coquina Beach, also plan a ceremony to christen the
For more information on the Privateers and their
programs, go to www.amiprivateers.org or call 941-
simply not true." His rebuttal came in an e-mail letter
to the editor.
McCarty has been caught in a political storm in
recent weeks over questions about political fundraising
and the use of a state computer by his communications
director for political purposes.
The brouhaha so far has resulted in the resignation of
Bob Lotane, the director of communications for McCarty's
office, and the firing of Lotane's wife, Robin Lotane, from
herjob as chief assistant state attorney in Tallahassee.
State investigators are looking into the role that
McCarty played in asking insurance lobbyists to sup-
port Robin Lotane in her campaign for judge in Talla-
hassee. She withdrew from that race in late April after
questions arose over her political fundraising.
McCarty sent a letter of aip y1 ,'. to the Cabinet in
which he said: "I agree being involved in an effort to
advance a personal or political cause may be misper-
ceived and problematic, regardless of its legality."
Note: McCarty s letter to the editor is published
this week on page 6.
Tax issue to special
session in June
As expected, the Florida Legislature failed to act
on Florida's pressing property tax issues at the session
that ended May 4 and scheduled a special legislative
session in June to deal with the problem.
Florida's non-homesteaded property owners have
been hard hit by dramatic rises in property taxes the past
few years and reformers such as the Holmes Beach-
based Citizens Against Runaway Taxation group have
called for changes in the system of property appraisal
and a rollback of the current ad valorem tax rate.
CART has also criticized the accompanying rise in
government spending, saying it's precipitated by the
increase in property tax revenues.
THE ISLANDER U MAY 9, 2007 5 5
GSR proposes closing out the corporation
By Rick Catlin
GSR Development LLC wants to close its doors
Bankrupt, with properties over-loaded with debt
and two principals who apparently are no longer inter-
ested in resurrecting the company, GSR restructuring
officer William Maloney proposed a company restruc-
turing plan to the federal bankruptcy court in Tampa
last week. He proposed selling all the GSR properties
at an auction sale and close down the company.
As part of the proposal, Bon Eau LLC of Sara-
sota would establish a reserve fund of $700,000 in
exchange for a "release" by the court from its "com-
promise controversy" regarding GSR's Villa Rosa
property in Anna Maria.
Of the reserve fund, $400,000 would be set aside
for administrative claims such as the $567,000 in com-
Diamant Day celebrated
Anna Maria native Trudie Wyatt Diamant, right, is presented a proclamation April 25 from Mayor Fran
Barford declaring April 13 as Trudie Wyatt Diamant Day. Diamant's family has lived in Anna Maria since the
1930s. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
pensation that Maloney and GSR' s law firm Stichter,
Riedel, Blain & Prosser of Tampa have submitted to
the court for work performed.
The unsecured creditors would have a $250,000
fund from Bon Eau, not nearly enough to cover the
estimated $6 million in unsecured claims. The plan asks
the court to establish a "priority list" for the unsecured
claims according to the federal bankruptcy code.
Fifty-thousand dollars would be set aside for "liti-
gation" by the unsecured creditors committee against
the "targets," which include GSR principals Robert
Byrne and Steve Noriega.
In his submission, Maloney said he "contemplates"
that GSR's real estate holdings "will be sold for sums in
excess" of what is owed on the properties. This would
generate a "cash benefit" to the estate, he added.
Maloney has also asked the court for permission
to sell GSR's office and non-real estate related equip-
ment, as the company no longer operates as an on-
going business. GSR's office at 5708 Manatee Ave.
W. is now closed.
Not to be outdone by the $567,000 in compensa-
tion claims submitted to the court recently by Maloney
and Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, attorneys and
accountants for the unsecured creditors committee filed
their own claims last week.
The law firm of Gray Robinson, represent-
ing the committee, filed a compensation claim for
$192,223, while committee chairperson Penni Perez
filed a claim for $32,454. In addition, Oscher Con-
sulting, PA., the forensic accountants hired by the
committee, have asked for $29,275. The compensa-
tion requested by the committee totals $254,252, just
$4,252 more than the reserve fund Bon Eau would
provide for the committee.
Collectively, the compensation claims by attorneys
and accountants on both sides of the GSR bankruptcy
total slightly more than $821,000.
Federal bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May has
scheduled a hearing on the reorganization plan and
the compensation claims for 10:30 a.m., Thursday,
May 17, at the federal courthouse at 801 N. Florida
Ave. in Tampa.
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Pines, piers, parks, oh my
Oh the tears, and oh the hard decisions.
Who envisioned so many more folks living on Anna
Maria Island than used to in the 1950s-70s when it was
developing AND who then thought so many people
would come to enjoy our recreational opportunities?
Well, Holmes Beach has embarked on creating
mini- parks, where previously only weeds and brush
grew on rights of way and street ends. It's a good thing
- and no one seems to have complained about it, as
happened recently in Anna Maria.
Parks? Who would be against a park? Only in
AM, as we sometimes say, would folks complain that
a passive park might detract from the ambiance of the
city. After all, the state lauds and helps fund the
purchase and development of open "green" space for
everyone to enjoy
What was proffered in Anna Maria a small nature
park on the beach might have prevented misuse of
vacant land by virtue of being public. We may never know,
since handwringing overwhelmed the discussion.
Not in Holmes Beach, though, where beautification
and more parks are embraced and appreciated.
Just as cutting some Australian pines and a planned
program for replacement with more Florida-friendly
trees is under way in Holmes Beach on Manatee Avenue
and on the Palma Sola Causeway, pine-tree huggers are
planning their assault on Anna Maria city hall.
It takes some visioningg," but eventually, we believe
the skyline will be green with trees that don't hamper
native plants. Although graceful and tall, new native
shade trees can be grown through a methodical trade-out
of trees appropriate to the Island environment.
If we take-a-pine, plant-a-replacement, the vista of
10 and 20 years from now can be natural and grand.
Don't whine for pines yearn for a better canopy.
The vision will grow over time.
But few issues on Anna Maria Island are tackled
without pain and passion.
When storms from a passing hurricane damaged the
city pier in Bradenton Beach and the restaurant closed,
the city failed to act quickly and the facility deteriorated
More inaction drew out the future plans from one
elected body to another, until only more indecision
resulted. The pier closed to fishers as well.
Finally a plan was on the drawing board, but cost
increases and alterations have resulted in cutbacks.
Now it's sacrifice this for costs, cutback here and
there, and soon it will just be a box on the dock.
We think the Bradenton Beach pier deserves to be
a focal point a jewel in the crown and the subject
of great pride, damn the costs. Build it right.
What do you think?
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newspaper recently. The comments were, "Nobody
wants to do business in Florida because it is not a good
place," and added "things [policy forms] languish two
or three years in Florida."
This is simply not true. In 2006, the Florida Office
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of 31 days during 2006.
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other states' regulatory agencies. In 2004, we shared
our Disaster Reporting System with Louisiana, Texas,
Mississippi and Alabama to help policymakers better
understand the impact of catastrophic hurricane
damage. Florida was also a charter member of the
multi-state review program, giving annuity companies
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use in Florida, Texas, California, Nevada, Louisiana
and Georgia. Florida was also the first insurance reg-
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expansion and retention of companies in the Florida
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malpractice, private passenger auto and workers com-
pensation insurance sectors have all seen premium
decreases within the last few years and new carriers
entering the state clear evidence of a competitive
insurance marketplace and very capable regulation.
The "insurance" problems in Florida's marketplace
are primarily economic issues associated with the
presence of catastrophic hurricane risk in property
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their residential property insurance exposure in Florida.
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seasons. The 2007 special legislative session passed
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Australian pine huggerr'
It is not my intent to engage in an ongoing battle
of words with Mike Miller. My irrational, flawed argu-
ments would certainly fail in the face of such an intel-
ligent, dedicated crusade to rid the state of Florida from
the deadly Australian pine.
I know only that the first time I saw Coquina
Beach, I found it absolutely breathtaking imagine,
all that shade within a few feet of the lovely white sand
and the ocean the best of both worlds. However,
this Australian pine-hugger cannot help but wonder:
these old men in the ancient Greek proverb Miller
quoted, did they plant their trees on barren land or
did they chop down existing shade trees to do their
Anita Brulato, Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 9, 2007 7 7
Falsehoods, politics and trees
During the last five years there have been numerous
letters to the editor of The Islander written by taxpayers
objecting to the eradication of the Australian pine. The
letters have come to naught; trees continue to be felled
and tax dollars wasted based on falsehoods spread by
Manatee County bureaucrats.
Falsehood 1: Islanders want only native plants/
trees. We love the island as it has evolved with its many
Falsehood 2: Islanders want the stark, uniform appear-
ance of the Island envisioned by landscaper Mike Miller.
Falsehood 3: The "foreign" trees are invasive. If
a bough of a Norfolk inland pine (another Australian)
is heading toward the house trimming is required, not
cutting the tree down. Trimming is what every property
owner does, and it's cheaper.
Falsehood 4: The pepper trees poison birds and
cause skin rashes in humans.
Falsehood 5: If, based on recommendations from
Big Brother, there is an ordinance on the Island against
"foreign" trees, Islanders should not object. If an ordi-
nance is causing nothing but grief, it should be reviewed
Falsehood 6: During a hurricane a fallen "foreign"
tree will hamper the evacuation of Islanders. At 100-
mph winds, trees do start to fall down, but so do roofs
and houses. All our trees have shallow, widespread
roots. With a chainsaw a fallen tree is disposed of in
15 minutes. Thus any evacuation problem we may have
is much more likely to come from the future Seven
Shores complex at the east end of the drawbridge.
Boris Kousseff, Anna Maria
Preserve our trees -
pines and all
Visitors return year after year to enjoy the unique
charm of our beaches, softened and shaded by our pines.
Often beachgoers remark that the comfortable, old-fash-
ioned appeal of our Island is hard to find anywhere else.
We need to realize what a viable and enduring
resource every tree is, whether native or not. Each tree
is amazingly equipped with the potential to help purify
our progressively more polluted air by absorbing vast
amounts of carbon monoxide and releasing oxygen.
We just celebrated Arbor Day in our Island cities
and around the world, declaring all the many benefits of
trees. In the proclamation, Anna Maria's mayor "urged
all citizens to support efforts to protect our trees ... and
to plant trees to promote the well-being of present and
future generations and to enhance our community."
Let's join together to preserve the invaluable
resources contained in every tree, including the Aus-
tralian pine, and set a noble example for our children
Write, call or e-mail Anna Maria city commission-
ers and encourage them to budget for more shade trees
along our beaches.
Leslie Atkins, Anna Maria
It looks like we will all be moving out against
our will and desire. You see, our beautiful, beloved
Cortez Trailer Park is for sale. The current owner, part
of the "family," has accepted an offer to sell the park
- lock, stock and barrel.
The residents don't want the park sold to a devel-
oper. We have worked diligently to arrange financing
and raise earnest money to offer a matching purchase
contract to the owner. He has told us, "No."
If the developer prevails, he will own the property
we residents currently rent from the park owner. The
new owner will undoubtedly bring in the bulldozers to
clear the land. And what do the residents end up with?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
If this strikes you as unfair, please send this along
to your politicians, local newspapers, national maga-
zines or whomever might be able to help us protect our
homes and investments.
Robert Coulter, Cortez Trailer Park Homeowners
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8 0 MAY 9, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
First turtle nest identified on Island
By Lisa Neff
David and Barbara Hines of Holmes Beach are
expecting dozens of hatchlings.
The husband and wife team of walkers with Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch discovered the first logger-
head sea turtle nest of the season on the Island May 6.
The due date is June 29.
The nest, believed to be the second on the West
Coast this season, was located on the beach about 50
feet from the Gulf, near 74th Street in Holmes Beach.
The area is "section three" on the AMITW map of
"We were walking and we saw the crawl tracks,"
said Barbara Hines, a second-year walker. She
pointed to the tracks. "She comes in. She goes out.
You can see."
She kneeled to look at a depression. "It really looks
like a cleat mark to me," she said.
After they identified the sea turtle's tracks, the
Hines quickly saw signs of the nest. "We knew from
the way it was set up there that it wasn't a false crawl,"
said Barbara Hines. "That it was a nest."
The first nest in 2006, found around Mother's
Day, also was in section three, area coordinator and
AMITW board member Debbie Basilius proudly
"I'm feeling a little pi.".," she said merrily on
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox, who holds
the state permit for the Island sea turtle program,
said section three also traditionally contains the
most nests in a season, which begins May 1 and lasts
An hour after the nest's discovery, a small crowd
of people in various stages of dress and preparation for
the day had gathered to look at the sea turtle tracks and
the marks the flippers made as the loggerhead dug and
covered the nest.
Stakes and caution tape marked the nest. One stake
had the AMITW section number, the nest date and the
due date. Another stake had the names of Barbara and
"This is the maternity ward and they are all con-
nected to these nests," Fox said of the walkers and the
nests they identify.
Fox studied the marks left by the turtle. "This is a
big turtle," she said after looking at the impressions in
the sand left by the flipper.
And, said Fox, "she left nice, big, wonderful, beau-
Young Kemp's ridley turtle returns to Gulf
By Lisa Neff
A juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle found stranded
near Beer Can Island more than 18 months ago was
named for the rescuer's favorite beer Stella, as in
On May 3, the 3-year-old turtle took a long cool
drink of salty Gulf of Mexico water.
Stella returned to the Gulf after months of recovery
at Mote Marine Laboratory's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation
Hospital. As Stella crawled over several feet of sand at
Coquina Beach to the Gulf, a crowd of about 50 turtle
devotees cheered. Some cried. Some hugged the person
next to them. Many snapped photographs.
A new walker with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch,
Denise Cooper, wiped away tears after seeing Stella.
"This is my first encounter," Cooper said.
"It's awesome to be able to send her back to the
water," said Petra Cunningham-Smith, the Mote worker
who carried Stella across the beach to near the water's
edge. "We worked really hard with this turtle for a long
time. It was 24 hours a day with her at first. But she's
got a feisty personality."
A boat propeller seriously injured the shell of the
Kemp's ridley, an endangered species protected by
federal law. The turtle, found in Sarasota Bay Sept.
17, 2005, was suffering from an infection and anemia
caused by the wound, as well as red tide poisoning.
"The boat strike had cut into her left lung," said
Anne Schmieg of Sarasota, a Mote volunteer who
helped care for Stella.
Stella's first months of recovery took place in what
Schmieg described as a "tiny box."
"She was so tiny herself when she came in,"
Schmieg said. Sea turtles, she added, "have an intensely
David Smith, a member of the animal care team at Mote Marine Laboratory, lifts a rehabilitated Kemp 's ridley
from a truck to a container before the turtle's release at Coquina Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
difficult life. They have to endure so much. They're just
amazing, beautifully amazing."
Stella's primary care doctor, Dr. Charles Manire,
said the rehabilitation was difficult. "It was one of the
most challenging," said Mote's chief veterinarian. "But
they are tough sea creatures and as long as they don't
give up, we don't give up."
"She's a turtle with a 'tude," said Schmieg.
As Stella swam, headed southwest in the Gulf, the
crowd of caretakers and well-wishers watched until
they could no longer see the turtle's small shadow in
"If we don't hear from her, it means she's doing
just fine," said Cunningham-Smith.
Beachcombers search for signs of sea turtle life
By Lisa Neff
Betsy Lynch and Ed Sterba walked their assigned
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patrol May 4.
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section of beach quickly, scanning the sand for signs
of a sea turtle's trek from the Gulf to the shore.
It was their second walk of the sea turtle nesting
season, which began May 1 and continues through the
fall in Florida.
Lynch and Sterba are volunteers with Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch, which patrols the beaches on the
Island looking for signs of nesting, mostly that of log-
Sterba, a coordinator with AMITW, began vol-
unteering about nine years ago, at the urging of his
"I probably wouldn't have done it if she hadn't,"
Sterba said May 4.
He doesn't need urging any longer.
"Stand here and look around. See what's natural.
We changed the environment so much that we just have
to give them a little help," Sterba said, referring to the
federally protected turtles.
Lynch walked as a volunteer last year.
"I'm a nature person," said the school teacher.
"It's very e \, ilin.ii and later in the season, when the
baby hatchlings come, it's just a wonderful affirma-
tion of life."
Sterba is coordinator of "section five," less than a mile
of beach between 52nd Street and the Manatee Public
Beach pier in Holmes Beach. There are nine sections of
beach that AMITW walkers patrol on the Island.
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Turtle Watch volunteers
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
He and Lynch walk Fridays. And they walk fast.
"All of our work has to be done by 9 a.m.," Sterba
said, adding that the work can include walking the
beach, calling in reports and investigating crawl sites
or new nests.
During the nesting season, the female turtle crawls
ashore after dark to deposit as many as 100 eggs in a
pit dug with its flippers.
While looking for tracks, it's important to walk
along the waterline, said Sterba. If a turtle makes
what is known as a false crawl coming out of
the water to nest but aborting that mission for some
reason it may only travel a short distance on the
"They may only come out 10 feet," Sterba said,
noting that false crawls can result from interference
from predators or people on the beach or, more often,
lights on nearby structures. Lights from a half-mile
down the beach also can disorient hatchlings on their
crawl to the Gulf.
The tracks created by an adult sea turtle's crawl are
usually obvious as the turtle crawls, it pushes sand
backward with each flipper stroke.
"It looks like a small army came through," Sterba
said. "You' 11 know it when you see it."
Those who have seen the crawl track say it looks
like a tread mark from a tractor tire.
Those who haven't seen the tracks, like the first-
year volunteers with AMITW, were called out to see
the first signs of the season.
Volunteers also are traditionally called out for a
baby shower, a celebration following the discovery of
the first nest of the season. Last year's shower coincided
with Mother's Day.
The eggs will hatch about two months after they are
laid, usually at night, and the hatchlings crawl across
the sand to the brightest light they see which should
be the sparkle on the water, reflections of the moon and
Three days after the eggs hatch, AMITW coordi-
nators collect the data from the nests. They wait, said
Lynch, because "sometimes there are a couple of late
Last Friday, the volunteers weren't rewarded with
seeing signs of a turtle crawl or nest, but rather the play
of four dolphins in the shallows, under the still bright
moon over the Gulf.
"It doesn't get any better," Lynch said at the conclu-
sion of the morning walk.
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During sea turtle nesting and hatchling season,
which began May 1 and continues through Oct. 31,
state officials, scientists and volunteers along Flor-
ida' s coastlines work to collect data and protect the
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, under a state
permit issued to executive director Suzi Fox, patrols
the Island beaches. To the south, Longboat Key
Turtle Watch and Mote Marine Laboratory volun-
teers patrol the beaches.
The turtles' protectors encourage local residents
and volunteers to follow a list of seasonal precau-
Remain quiet and observe from a distance if
By Rick Catlin
Members of the Stop Taking Our Pines organiza-
tion plan to attend the May 10 Anna Maria City Com-
mission in force to ask that the city halt removal of
Australian pines from city property.
The Island organization has submitted more than
30 letters of protest to the city regarding the removal
of Australian pines and STOP leaders have indicated
they will have quite a few members at the May 10
STOP co-founder John Molyneux said he didn't
know how many members would attend, but each
would speak individually.
"We believe we have a convincing argument to get
the commission not to fund the removal of Australian
pines from city property," he said.
In fact, noted Molyneux, the argument to save
the pines is "bolstered by everyone's concern with
global di. mIill' ." as the pines do a pretty good job of
absorbing carbond dioxide from the atmosphere. "We
shouldn't be cutting trees down, we should be planting
For the past two years, his grass-roots organiza-
tion has been having people sign a petition to present
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you encounter a nesting turtle.
Shield or turn off outdoor lights visible on
the beach from May through October.
Close drapes after dark and put beach fur-
niture far back from the water.
Fill in holes on the beach that may entrap
hatchlings on their way to the water.
Place trash in its proper place.
Approach nesting turtles or hatchlings leav-
ing nests, make noise or shine light at turtles.
Encourage a turtle to move while nesting or
pick up hatchlings that have emerged.
Use fireworks on the beach.
Source: Mote Marine Laboratory
to Island governments to protest the removal of the
Australian pines. To date, Molyneux said, there are
more than 800 signatures on the petition in support of
"Our organization is gi< ing'." he concluded.
But STOP has more than just Island governments
to contend with on the pine trees.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion has declared that Australian pines are a non-native
species and should be removed from public property.
"They' re an exotic nuisance," said Steve West of
the DEP field office in Sarasota. "We recommend their
removal whenever possible as long as that removal
doesn't affect the dune or beach vegetation.
Agreed, said Pam Vazquez of the DEP's Tampa
office, adding that Florida law makes it illegal to plant
an Australian pine.
"The DEP policy is to recommend removal of
Australian pines. We have instances when pines have
toppled over and fell on turtle and crocodiles nests.
They're an invasive plant."
Anna Maria environmental education and enhance-
ment committee chairman Tim Eiseler, who holds a
degree in forestry, is reported to be one of the speakers
on Australian pines at the May 10 meeting.
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Anna Maria site plan committee
may have to repeat meetings
By Rick Catlin
In the words of the immortal thespian Yogi Berra,
it could be "deja vu all over again," at least for Anna
Maria's ad hoc committee that prepared revisions to the
city's site plan review procedures.
The ad hoc committee met eight times after its for-
mation earlier this year, but only the first meeting and
the final meeting held April 9 were publicly noticed.
Bradenton attorney Don Hadsock, who has con-
siderable experience with Florida's public records and
Sunshine Laws, said that the city's failure to notice the
meetings is a "grey area" under those laws, but the rules
have changed considerably in the past two decades.
"Twenty years ago, it was believed that all ad hoc
committees always had to meet in the sunshine," said
Hadsock. He referred to a case in Palm Beach County
where an ad hoc committee failed to publicly notice its
meetings. A subsequent legal action required the com-
mittee to go back and hold all its meetings again, this
time with the proper notice.
But since then the rules for public notice of ad hoc
committee meetings have changed considerably, he said.
Some ad hoc committees in Florida have been allowed
to meet without a public notice, Hadsock noted.
He said his "guess" is that the city might have to go
back and advertise all the ad hoc meetings not previously
noticed and actually hold them. However, the informa-
tion already gained in those seven meetings would not
be invalid, as long as the final meeting was noticed and
the previous meetings discussed at that time.
Informed that the city did publicly notice the final
meeting and discussed the previous meetings at that
time, Hadsock indicated that might be sufficient to meet
Florida's public notice requirements.
Mayor Fran Barford accepted the blame for the
When the committee first met, Barford said she
understood that as a working committee, the site plan
review committee did not have to advertise and publicly
notice all its meetings.
But that was apparently a misunderstanding. After
seven meetings, city attorney Jim Dye learned the meet-
ings were not advertised and he advised Barford that
the final meeting should be advertised. He also said the
findings of each of the previous seven meetings should
be discussed at the publicly noticed meeting.
"I take full responsibility," said Barford, who added
that Dye's current opinion is that by publicly notic-
ing the final meeting and then discussing the findings
and conclusions of the previous seven meetings, the
requirements of Florida's Sunshine Law were met.
An attorney for the Florida Bar Association indicated
that while he did not know all the specifics of the case,
the findings and recommendations of the ad hoc commit-
tee could "probably" be used by the planning and zoning
board and city commission unless someone successfully
challenges the lack of public notice in court.
The committee's recommendations have been for-
warded to the P&Z board for discussion.
By Paul Roat
In response to the lawsuit filed by The Islander
newspaper against the city of Bradenton Beach seeking
public records, Circuit Judge Peter Dubensky entered
an order directing Bradenton Beach to show cause why
the court should not grant the relief requested in The
Subsequently, Bradenton Beach asked the court to
dismiss the lawsuit on technical grounds. A hearing date
is expected to be set in the near future.
The suit requests information that led to the March
8 resignation of building official Ed Mc Adam. His res-
ignation apparently was prompted by a one-sentence,
undated memo to Mayor John Chappie by Gail M. Gar-
neau, code enforcement officer, which states: "Please
be advised that I am filing a formal complaint against
the city of Bradenton Beach for sexual harassment by
the building official, Ed Mc Adam."
The Islander believes additional documents are
in existence regarding the allegation by Garneau and
the subsequent resignation by Mc Adam. However,
repeated requests for additional documents have pro-
duced no results.
City clerk Nora Idso, custodian of records for the
city, said "I wish I could supply [your request]. I can't
produce what I don't have."
She said that if any meetings were held, they were
not at city hall. The only records she has pertains to
Garneau's memo and Mc Adam's resignation letter,
which makes no mention of Garneau's allegations.
The Islander lawsuit details written and oral
requests for records dating from March 6 regarding
the administrative leaves of Garneau and Mc Adam and
any information regarding that leave. Written requests
cited Florida Statutes Chapter 119, the Government in
the Sunshine Laws.
The Islander retained attorney Kendra Presswood,
who contacted city attorney Ricinda Perry, who is han-
dling the matter for the city.
Perry responded that "the city provided all public
records they have in their possession that they are legally
obligated to provide pursuant to [the] request; however,
even assuming arguendo that there were additional public
records, such records would be exempt pursuant to Chapter
112 regarding receipt of whistle-blower information."
Perry's letter also indicates that she advised the city
that anyone who disclosed information made confiden-
tial under Chapter 112 would be guilty of a crime.
Presswood requested "if the city was claiming there
were no public records responsive to the requests, that
Perry so state." She advised that if Perry would not
make such a representation, it would be inferred that
there are, in fact, public records that have not been
provided and this lawsuit would be filed."
Perry again qualified her response in a faxed reply
on March 22.
Presswood responded with another request: "If no
public records are provided and I do not receive unquali-
fied responses to the above questions by the end of the day
today, I will assume that the city has, in fact, been keeping
records from The Islander and will file suit promptly."
Perry provided the same qualified responses post
The few documents which were produced included
invoices from Perry's law firm of Lewis Longman and
Walker to the city. Presswood says that the invoices
make it clear that "beginning as early as Feb. 21, Perry
was meeting with Chappie concerning the sexual
On Feb. 23, Perry met with Chappie and Mc Adam,
and then did "follow up with commissioners with phone
On Feb. 28, Perry's invoice states she did prepara-
tion for the "administrative investigation and strategy
for same to be held on March 2" and she had a "phone
conference with city officials re: conduct investigation
Based upon these billings and the fact that the city
accepted the resignation of Mc Adams without any dis-
cussion, comments, or questions, the lawsuit also alleges
that the city violated the Government in the Sunshine
Laws which require any meetings to be held in public.
The lawsuit alleges Mayor Chappie "violated the Sun-
shine Law by meeting with each of the city commis-
sioners, either directly or indirectly through Perry."
Commission approves city
hall remodeling contract
The Anna Maria City Commission voted unani-
mously May 7 in a special session to approve a $41,537
contract with the Garry Group of Sarasota to remodel
city hall following the completion of the asbestos and
mold remediation work.
The commission gave the Garry Group until June
10 to complete the project. Mayor Fran Barford said the
city has to be open for business in city hall on June 11.
Anna Maria has been using the former Island Bap-
tist Church as its headquarters since February while
the mold and asbestos remediation was ongoing. Com-
mission and committee meetings have been held at the
Holmes Beach City Hall during this period.
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The Rev. Gary Batey of Roser Memorial Community Church leads a prayer on May 3, a National Day of
Prayer as proclaimed by President Bush and encouraged by congressional resolution. Batey joined about 35
people in the All Island Denominations ceremony at the Anna Maria Butterfly Garden in Holmes Beach. The
Island event encouraged personal repentance and prayer, as well as made a national call for peace, tolerance
and justice. Tony Dungy, who coached the Colts to a Super Bowl win this year and has been an occasional
Island visitor, was the national spokesman for the event. For more information about AID, call 941-725-2433.
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Dredged sand coming ashore
in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
Sand should be coming to Bradenton Beach any
day now, although not quite where it is needed to deal
with some badly eroded beaches.
City commissioners last week approved storage of
sand on southeast Coquina Beach as requested by Manatee
County and the West Coast Inland Navigation District.
WCIND is charged with dredging and maintain-
ing the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, a channel that runs
from Maine to southern Texas. The channel has shoaled
drastically at the northern and southern tips of Jewfish
Key, at Longboat Pass, and needs to be dredged.
Sam Johnston, with Dick Seagle & Associates Inc.,
a consultant with WCIND, said that the ICW is at a
depth of 3 feet in some spots in the channel. Federal
requirements call for the channel to have at least 9 feet
of watery clearance.
The shallow depths present "a documented, dan-
gerous condition," according to WCIND's executive
director, Charles Listowski. The agency has approved
$400,000 to do the dredging of about 10,000 cubic yards
of what is described as beach-quality sand, although the
final total of sand could be up to 70,000 cubic yards.
To bring the amount into perspective, a dump truck
can hold about 15 cubic yards of sand, Johnston said.
But where to put it?
Bradenton Beach was the answer to the site spot,
but not without some concerns.
It seems that the sand pile estimated 250 feet in
length, 150 feet in width, and 5 feet in height would
Resort taxes to be
Resort taxpayers soon will be able to file and pay
tourist development taxes on the Manatee County Tax
Collector's Web site.
"We've been accepting online payments for a
number of our services, so we are very pleased to add
this convenient service," Manatee County Tax Collector
Ken Burton Jr. said in a news release. "We have a usage
demonstration on our Web site that can be downloaded
for the customer to view and get started. Customers
also will be able to manage their accounts, including
viewing account history and profile."
Taxpayers can also use the Internet to calculate
their payment even if they pay by mail.
The site is www.taxcollector.com.
For more information, call 741-4809.
extend north from the "barge site" at the southeast tip
of the Island.
However, that area is designated and approved by
city and county officials as the launching area of the
Florida Gulf Coast Outdoor Festival June 23. The event
drew about 1,800 people last year, who enjoyed a day
of k i\ akin'. concessionaires and other outdoor fun.
You can' t put the sand there and expect the event to
take place, said Joe Pickett with the Gulf Coast Sports
Commission, the prime sponsor of the outdoor event.
After some debate, it was determined that the sand
could be placed on Bradenton Beach and then trucked
away on a regular basis up to June 25, after which it
can be stockpiled there.
The eventual resting place of the sand is still to be
determined. The early truckloads appear earmarked to
the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage Preserve in
Cortez. Some may be sold as part of a settlement to fill
an illegal dredged channel on the west side of Jewfish
Key. The rest could be used, if indeed "beach-compat-
ible," on the Bradenton Beach shoreline.
Work is scheduled to start soon, Johnston said.
In 1947, the Florida Legislature created the West
Coast Inland Navigation District when the groundwork
was laid to dredge a Gulf Intracoastal WL .i \\ 1, 1 i ',ugh
six Southwest Florida counties Hillsborough, Pinel-
las, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee.
The agency's primary duty was to maintain a
marked underwater "ditch" through west coast bays as
a navigation channel, and provide local sponsorship
so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would not have
to address issues with individual counties when it con-
ducted dredging projects.
A small property tax levy of no more that .25 mills
was assessed to homeowners to fund the effort.
The channel was dredged, waterfront property was
purchased to hold the dredged material, and the chan-
nel's linkage to the rest of the network was created.
Also created was a huge amount of waterfront
property under the control of WCIND, most of which it
still maintains. There was also a vast amount of money
generated and stockpiled by the little agency, based in
Venice, for future needs.
In 1957, state lawmakers allowed Hillsborough and
Pinellas counties to pull out of the agency, but closed
the door on further departures in 1959. Periodically,
counties have expressed an interest in joining, rejoining
or dropping out of the agency.
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Sarasota theater recognizes AME playwrights
By Diana Bogan
Each year students at Anna Maria Elementary
School are first inspired by Sarasota's Florida Studio
Theater performances and then encouraged to write a
play for FST's Young Playwrights Festival.
AME fourth-graders Gigi Belsito and Jack Blau-
velt, both in Joan Sackett's class, have been awarded
top honors in this year's annual competition.
Earlier in the school year, students were visited by the
Florida Studio Theatre's playmakers and, through hands-
on play writing, students learned to mix the ingredients
of a play: setting, characters, conflict and dialogue.
Young writers were encouraged to take the ingredients
and put together a short play for the festival contest.
This year's festival drew 6,500 entries from stu-
dents in kindergarten through sixth-grade around
Winning plays are performed by the FST's play-
makers and winning authors will receive a certificate
and medal at a luncheon later this month.
Blauvelt will be among the playwrights honored at
the luncheon for his play "Refrigerator Bully," one of
50 plays awarded an honorable mention.
Belsito's play, "The Middle Child," was one of 90
to receive a merit award.
This is the first time both have entered the contest
and they have plenty of advice for others on how to
choose a topic.
"Base it on some true events," said Blauvelt,
whose play features a student bully from Blauvelt's
\ly advice is kind of the same," said Belsito.
"Also make it kind of funny and fun."
Belsito noted that although she really is a "middle
child," her brother is not really old enough to drive, like
the older brother in her play.
Blauvelt said his favorite part of "Refrigerator
Bully" is when his two main characters play a joke on
Belsito likes the scene in her play when the middle
child storms into her room and her mom follows. The
disagreement that follows is resolved and the mom
Anna Maria Elementary fourth-graders Gigi Bel-
sito and Jack Blauvelt received recognition from the
Florida Studio Theater for the plays they submitted
to the Young Playwrights Festival. Belsito is a "merit
winner" and Blauvelt received an honorable men-
tion. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
offers to take her shopping.
Upon hearing this, Blauvelt interjects, \ ly mom
would never say that. Did that really happen?"
"No," quipped Belsito, but after some thought, she
said it may have happened once.
It just goes to show where a little bit of reality and
creative licensing can take an imagination. Both Bel-
sito and Blauvelt weren't expecting to be winners and
would consider participating in the contest again.
Following is a copy of Blauvelt's play, "Refrigera-
tor Bully" and Belsito's "Middle Child."
By Jack Blauvelt
At rise: (a basement apartment in the fruit crisper...
a busy mom is preparing breakfast, her pink-haired,
pierced daughter sits grumpily at the table)
Linda: (screaming) Daaaave! I've got a lot of work to
do, so get in here and eat your breakfast before it gets cold.
Jiiiiim! Tear yourself away from the TV for two minutes
and get your son out of bed. Briaaaaaanaaaa! Help me get
the table set. And tell your father to get Dave out of bed.
Brianna: (complaining) But Maaaahh, why do I
have to do e c i \ thi ng around here? Why can't the little
spaz get himself up? Why can't HE set the table?
Dave: (enters kitchen, scratching his head) I'm up,
I'm up. What's all the ruckus about?
Jim: (3 \\ Iilng. entering kitchen) What's for break-
fast? Linda, could you hurry ... there's only two min-
utes of commercials.
Dave: (stuffing a donut in his mouth) I gotta run
... Todd's waiting for me at the butter bin. We're going
to ride our bikes up Chillsberry Lane. I can't be late;
Todd's an easy target.
Brianna: Why do you hang out with that little nerd?
No wonder you two are always getting picked on.
Dave: (pulling his jacket on) Todd's not a nerd, he's
my best friend. He can't help it he's smart. And Justin
is just a bully, anyway. He picks on everyone.
Linda: (on the cell phone and scribbling franti-
cally in her notebook) You boys be careful. Be home
Rex: (barking as Dave leaves, thinking to himself)
Brianna: (stomping out of the kitchen) Shut it, you
At rise: (A skinny young boy leaning on his bike
wipes his broken glasses clean on his torn shirt)
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Dave: (arriving on his bike) Justin's up early this
morning, huh? What did he do this time?
Todd: (putting his glasses back on) The usual.
Smeared three-day old moldy peas in my face, made
fun of my glasses, the typical wedgie. And I don't even
want to know what he put down my pants this time.
The container has been in here for as long as I can
Dave: (waving at his nose) You're telling me.
You reek! We ought to get out of here before he
Justin: (stepping from behind a sprig of parsley)
Well, well, well. Look who we have here. A nerd and
a wimp. What are you girls doing up here? You belong
down at the crispers.
Dave: (peddling away as he's pelted with Justin's
orange seeds) Come on Todd... let's get out of here.
Todd: (breathless, riding beside Dave) I'm so tired
Dave: (pulling bike over) Me too. We've got to find
a way to get back at him.
Todd: (a sly grin on his face) I have an idea! He
thinks he's so tough but I happen to know he's afraid
of the dark. I know where there's a button that will turn
all the lights in the refrigerator off. All we have to do
is climb up and hold the button in. He'll be trembling
on the ground, crying for his mommy!
Dave: (head turned to the side, thinking) You know
what Todd? That's the greatest idea I've ever heard. I
don't know who's smarter... you for coming up with
that plan, or me for hanging out with you. Let's do it.
Todd: (laughing) The button is right over here. Give
me a boost.
Justin: (calling from a short distance away) Hey
dorks! I told you to get back where you belong. Now
I'11 have to teach you both a lesson.
(The lights go out)
Justin: (panicky voice in the dark) What the... ?!
What happened? Did you guys do this? I'm telling
Dave and Todd: (.i._lini.) We don't know what
you're talking about. What's the matter... are you
Justin: (crying) I'm not scared. I, I, I ... I just don't
like not being able to see when I beat up on dorks.
Dave: (laughing) Ha, ha. You're nothing but a
big chicken. We were just messing with you. We'll
turn the lights back on. Todd, go ahead and let go of
Todd: Um, Dave? I already did.
Dave: Um. Uh-oh.
Justin: (resigned) OK. You got me. I admit it. I am
afraid of the dark. Turn them back on already.
Todd: (nervously) I'm serious guys. I let the
button go but nothing happened. Something must
have gone wrong.
Dave: (excitedly) Whooo hoo! An adventure! We
gotta see what the problem is. Maybe it's something
outside the refrigerator. I don't hear the air bl \\ inll.
do you? Todd, got any ideas?
Todd: It sounds like the power is off. This could
be a disaster. It'll start getting hot; food will start rot-
ting... we could even run out of air. I think we better
check the power cord.
Justin: (frantically) But we're not allowed out of
the refrigerator...my mom said there's a lot of bad
things out there... even giants!
Dave: (annoyed) That's crazy Justin. Who ever
heard of giants in real life? We've been out plenty of
times. It's perfectly safe. Let's go check the power ...
Todd knows where it is.
Justin: (in awe) You been out there? I don't know
about this, I hope you're right.
At rise: (A power cord trails from the back of the
refrigerator, its plug lies on the floor. Three tin boys
Dave: (the first one down, red-faced and smiling)
That was awesome! I've never seen it so dark in there
... I thought we'd never find the way out. Todd, you're
Todd: (dirty and sweating, but blushing a little) Aw,
it was nothing. Look, it's just like we thought ... there's
the plug. It must have worked its way loose.
Justin: (wide-eyed, his face dirty and tear streaked)
This doesn't feel right ... it's hotter out her than it's
getting inside. What are we going to do now?
Dave: (pointing up) Simple. We just have to put
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Justin: (his eyes follow Dave's finger) Are you kid-
ding me? How are we supposed to do that?
Todd: Teamwork, Justin. All we have to do is help
each other up. You' re the strongest, you hoist Dave on
your shoulders and I'll climb onto his [shoulders] with
Justin: (with a hint of pride) Yeah, I guess I am the
strongest. Alright Dave, up you go.
(The boys form a shaky tower and with a lot of
hard work are able to get the plug into its socket. The
refrigerator hums to life.)
Dave: We did it! Now all we have to do is climb
back up and we' re home free. Piece of cake! Justin, you
go first and give us a hand.
(From off set, a booming set of footsteps and a
slamming door. A loud voice calls out, "Jake! Duchess!
Come get your dinner." A thundering sound like a herd
of dinosaur w ith lumm Ingous nails frantically scratching
the floor is heard all around them. They boys are frozen
Justin: (wide-eyed) What in the world is that?! I
knew we shouldn't have come out here!
Dave: I don't know what it is but somebody had to
fix the refrigerator. I felt like it was our fault for playing
that trick on you. Quick up the cord.
(As the boys start to climb up the cord, a blast of hot
wet air almost knocks them off. Next to them, sniffing
through the crack is the bi t4., blackest pair of dog
noses anyone had ever seen.)
Justin: (shrieks) Hurry! Let's get back inside!
(Dave crawls into the refrigerator, followed by
Todd. Justin is just about the reach the entrance when
he begins to slip. Dave's hand shoots out and helps
Justin to safety.)
At rise: (The Frost family apartment in the crisper.
Mom is pacing and worried looking. The Refrigera-
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hands. Brianna is, as usual, sitting at the kitchen table
Dave: (entering the kitchen, laughing with his
friends) Hi Mom! What's for lunch?
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working and you were nowhere to be found!
Dave: Don't worry, Mom. My friends and I fixed
Mr. Von Ice: (surprised) You? The three of you
fixed our neighborhood? It's so dangerous out there
... you guys are heroes!
Dave, Todd and Justin: (laughing and sharing a
look) Nah! It was nothing.
(The boys leave the room and Mr. Frost passes
them as he enters the kitchen)
Jim: I'm sorry, I must have fallen asleep. Did I
Brianna: (looking confused) Mom?
Linda: (already dialing her cell phone, distracted)
What is it Brianna?
Brianna: Wasn't that the bully?
By Gigi Belsito
Characters: Mom, 17-year-old Jack, 9-year-old
Sarah and 4-year-old Sally.
Sarah: (moaning) Oh Mom it's not fair. Why does
Jack get to go to the movies, but I can't?
Mom: (while washing dishes) You know that Jack
can drive himself and he's going with his four friends.
They wouldn't want you to tag along.
Sarah: But Mom, I never get to do an\ thing fun.
(Jack leaves the kitchen and younger sister Sally
Sally: Mommy can I go to Andrew's house to watch
Sarah: (interrupts) See Mom, everyone has fun
things to do except me. I'm always left out. (places
head in hands).
Mom: (stops washing dishes, dries hands and places
hands on hips) Sarah, please stop uli'in_' me. I need
to finish cleaning before your cousins come tomorrow.
You'll have fun tomorrow when your cousins come.
Sarah: (yells) Mom, I want to have fun now!
(Marches into her bedroom and sits on the bed, punch-
ing the pillow with her fist) Everyone always leaves
me out. I hate being the middle child. I'm too young
to drive but too old for cartoons. Too young to go out
for pizza with my friends but too old to have someone
push me on the swing.
Mom: (enters bedroom and sits next to Sarah put-
ting her hands on Sarah's back) Yes, I know it's hard
to be the middle child. I was the middle child too. But
I love you just the same as your older brother and
younger sister. You're like the middle frosting in an
Oreo cookie. Without you the cream in the cookie
- the family couldn't stick together.
Sarah: (looking at mom) Mom, I have a plan, why
don't I help you clean the house and then we could go
Mom: (stands up in excited tone) That's a great
idea, Sarah. Let's first start the shopping and forget
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AME fourth-grade FCAT writing scores improve
Scores for the writing portion of the Florida Com-
prehensive Assessment Test have been released and
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-graders have
improved since last year.
AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison said AME's
scores either "met or exceeded district scores."
For 2007, 39 AME fourth-graders were adminis-
tered the FCAT Writing+ test, and 79 percent scored
3.5 or above, a minimally acceptable level.
In comparison, 65 AME fourth-graders were admin-
istered the FCAT writing test in 2006, and only 69 per-
cent of those fourth-graders scored 3.5 or above.
This year, AME ranks above the district average
with 67 percent of Manatee County fourth-graders
achieving scores of 3.5 or above.
And statewide, 78 percent of fourth-graders scored
3.5 and above, an increase from 76 percent in the state
The Writing+ exam is a combination of an essay
and multiple-choice questions. The essay portion pre-
sented students with either an expository or narrative
prompt, while the multiple-choice section includes
questions designed to measure knowledge on four
facets of writing skills focus, organization, support
The FCAT Writing+ is scored on a range of 1-6,
with the state target of 3.5 or above for all students.
AME Principal Tom Levengood confirmed that two
students earned a perfect score of six, two earned a five,
four eared a 4.5 and 12 students earned a 4. Levengood
said the student's names will be revealed at the school's
end-of-the-year academic awards ceremony.
The district expects to receive results from the
FCAT math and reading tests in May.
Harrison said that parents will be issued a password
this week to access their student's scores online.
The first round of scores on the Florida Comprehen-
sive Assessment Test in reading and math were released
last week and results place Anna Maria Elementary
School in the top echelon once again as AME's third-
graders achieved high marks in reading and math.
In math, 94 percent of AME students scored a
three or above on the test taken in early March. Stu-
dents that score an FCAT achievement level of three
or above are considered to be at grade level, proficient
or advanced. AME was the only elementary school in
Manatee County to score in the 90 percentile.
Overall, AME principal Tom Levengood said 39
percent of third-graders scored a level 5 the highest
level, 39 percent scored a 4 and 17 percent scored at
level 3. "We're definitely top heavy in our scores," he
said. "That's good. That's where we want them to be."
In reading, AME students also excelled, with 91
percent of students reading at or above grade level.
Levengood indicated that two students achieved a per-
fect score on the reading test.
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"I'm not sure how many perfect scores there were
districtwide," he said, "but to have two of them right
here at Anna Maria is pretty remarkable.
"These students have made me a happy man," Lev-
engood said. "It takes a lot of hard work on the part of
teachers, students and parents working together to get
where we are. So yes, I'm pleased with the scores. We
can always strive for better scores, but basically our
students are doing a good job."
Districtwide, 67 percent of third-graders scored
a three or above in reading, slightly below the state
average of 69 percent. In math, 69 percent of Manatee
County third-graders scored at or above grade level
compared to 74 percent of students statewide.
Levengood said that third-grade parents will be able
to access their student's scores online. Instructions and
passwords will be sent home to parents.
FCAT results in reading and math for fourth- and
fifth-graders have not been released yet.
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Last chance for AME Spring Fling tickets at school
By Diana Bogan
Only 75 tickets remain for the Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School "Beach Bash" Spring Fling May 12.
The annual dinner/dance is organized by the
Parent-Teacher Organization to raise funds for
enhancements, such as laptop computers, library
books and science equipment.
A large part of the funds are raised through the
event's silent auction that features art projects created by
students, gift baskets and specialty items such as gift cer-
tificates. Event co-chair Joy Murphy said IMG donated
a gift certificate good for any sport camp the academy
offers and another for IMG's new fishing academy.
Second-grade pen pals Adrianna Evans of Stewart
Elementary School and Paige Tinsley of Anna Maria
Elementary exchanged gifts when students from
Stewart visited the Island school. They had planned
to spend a day at the beach together, but it rained.
Instead they played games, exchanged gifts and
shared lunch indoors. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
Murphy said soccer fans will also have the oppor-
tunity to bid on two personal training sessions one
coached by AME parent John Hackworth and the other
by Brian Maisonneuve. Maisonneuve participated in the
1996 Olympics and played in the 1986 World Cup.
Throughout the \c iin ,'. guests will have an
opportunity to enter last-minute guesses on how much
money is contained in John Bacich's 5-gallon jug. The
closest guest wins $100 in pennies and the jug of cash
goes to the PTO. The winner will be announced at the
In addition to auction items, food is another big
draw for the Spring Fling. This year, guests will nosh
on house smoked salmon from Moveable Feast, shrimp
Third-grade pen pals from Stewart Elementary and
Anna Maria Elementary schools teamed up for a
scavenger hunt at the Island school. Pen pals Jacob
Beall and Erick Leon searched together for items
found in nature.
cocktail from The City Pier Restaurant, the Rod & Reel
Pier's seafood gumbo, Ocean Star's sushi rolls, Mr.
Bone's baby back ribs, Ezra's lobster and four-cheese
macaroni and the Waterfront Restaurant's beef tender-
loin, among other menu items.
Wine, beer, margaritas and soft drinks will be avail-
able at the tiki bar.
The PTO will also post choices for next year's
party theme, which guests can bid on. The theme that
earns the most money will be used for the 2008 Spring
Fling. Suggestions include a disco/'70s theme, Carib-
bean cruise, hurricane party or underwater adventure.
Dress for the Fling is beach casual and there will
be a costume contest for the "most radical dude" and
"hottest beach babe."
The event will be held at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Tick-
ets are $35 per person and are available at the school
administrative office located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call 708-5525.
Monday, May 14
Breakfast: Pancakes, Cereal, Toast, Oatmeal,
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken or School Planned Entree,
Breadsticks, Peas, Peaches
Tuesday, May 15
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Hamburger Gravy or School Planned Entree,
Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli with Cheese, Juice
Wednesday, May 16
Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito, Super Donut, Toast,
Lunch: Nachos or School Planned Entree, Steamed
Carrots, Pears, Applesauce
Thursday, May 17
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet with Toast, Oatmeal,
Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Student Planned
Entree, Green Beans, Potato Smiles, Pineapple Tid-
Friday, May 19
Breakfast: Muffin, Grits, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: French Toast Sticks or School Planned
Entree, Tator Tots, Strawberries, Fruit Cocktail
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
April 30, 900 block South Bay Boulevard, informa-
tion. The complainant at Galati Marine said a disabled
vessel was moored at the facility, leaking oil and fuel.
The U.S. Coast Guard was contacted, and a private
towing company removed the vessel.
April 30, 300 block South Bay Boulevard, drugs,
trespass. The complainant said three juveniles were
trespassing, and deputies found marijuana in the pos-
session of one. He was arrested, and the other two were
noticed on the trespass issue.
May 3, 600 block North Bay Boulevard, informa-
tion. Deputies were called regarding a vehicle with flat
tires and cracked windshield that appeared to have been
abandoned for several months,. The registered owner
apparently refused to pass on the message to the prop-
erty owner to have it removed.
April 23, 100 block 10th Street North, criminal
mischief. The complainant said someone shot a pellet
through a sliding-glass door, causing $2,000 worth
April 24, Coquina Beach, warrant arrest, posses-
sion of drugs. Officers saw a truck parked after closing
hours at the beach and, after checking the license of the
driver, it was determined he had an outstanding warrant
for his arrest. Officers noticed an odor of marijuana
from the vehicle and, after a search, found cannabis and
paraphernalia. The driver was charged with the warrant
and the juvenile passenger was charged with possession
of drugs and paraphernalia.
April 27, 1900 block Gulf Drive, Marchman Act.
Officers were dispatched to a convenience store where
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home. Other law enforcement officers later began to
receive harassing phone calls from the same man, and
Holmes Beach police officers later located the man,
who appeared intoxicated and disturbed, according
to the report. He was placed into custody under the
April 29, 1600 Gulf Drive, grand theft. Officers
checked the license plate of a car that was identified
as being stolen in South Carolina. Officers eventually
arrested the four men in the vehicle.
April 30, 5701 Marina Drive, Island Branch Library,
theft. The complainant said someone took her bicycle
while she was at the library.
April 30, 7000 Gulf Drive, DUI. Officers noticed a
vehicle without license tag lights swerve on Gulf Drive
and stopped the vehicle. Officers noticed a strong smell
of alcohol from the driver, according to the report, and
after conducting field sobriety and breathalyzer tests,
charged Dennis R. Spates, 50, of Holmes Beach, with
driving under the influence.
May 1, 5406 Marina Drive, Ooh La La! Bistro
restaurant, criminal mischief. Officers responded to
an alarm at approximately 1 a.m. and learned that two
men were "wrestling around" on the sidewalk in front
of the restaurant after it was closed and had cracked the
front window of the restaurant, according to the report.
The men, described at in their early 20s by witnesses,
were not located.
May 1, 5700 Carissa Drive, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone took her $800 bicycle from her
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By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
James K. Williams, 51, a cook at Shells restaurant
on East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, was arrested for
battery on another individual on the beach May 1.
According to a Bradenton Beach Police report,
Williams fought another man at the Drift In lounge in
Bradenton Beach. By the time police arrived, Williams
had fled and was in the bay, about 30 feet away, trying
to bail out his dingy.
Williams refused to come out of the water, spout-
ing a few expletives at the
officers, so they went in
to get him. In order to
subdue Williams, officers
had to pepper-spray him.
Once on shore, Wil-
liams continued to be bel-
ligerent, police said. He
had to be laid down on the
sand to be handcuffed. He
Williams was then put in a patrol
At the police station, Williams was secured to a
bench and became unruly, threatening officers with
bodily harm and lawsuits.
After telling him numerous times to calm down,
Williams got more unruly and started banging the
nearby wall and spitting on the floor.
He refused to calm down, according to the
So, officers again pepper-sprayed him.
Williams was charged on the original battery as
well as with resisting arrest without violence.
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Fire district observes arson week
By Lisa Neff
Deputy Fire Marshal Kurt Lathrop isn't a financial
advisor, but he pays attention to the economy's ups and
Lathrop knows that during trying economic times
homes and cars burn because the number of arsons
are higher in bad times than good.
National Arson Awareness Week began Sunday,
May 6, and continues through Saturday, May 12. The
week, sponsored nationwide by the U.S. Fire Admin-
istration, is being observed locally by West Mana-
tee Fire Rescue District, which includes Anna Maria
"Arson is out there," Lathrop said in an interview
last week at WMFR's station in Holmes Beach.
The national campaign spotlights the damage
caused by vehicle arson an estimated 36,000 vehicles
were set on fire in 2004, the most current figure avail-
able. About 20 percent of arsons occur in vehicles.
Lathrop couldn't recall the most recent vehicle
arson on the Island, but he noted that several weeks
ago a vehicle in west Manatee was set on fire with a
device like a Molotov "cocktail," a crude incendiary
device that consists of flammable liquid in a bottle.
He estimated that he investigates about 20 to 30
vehicle fires a year, many of them in east Manatee.
"That seems to be the dumping ground for gangs,"
Statistics show that arson, whether vehicle fires or
structure fires, also can be linked to economic down-
So with Florida facing a foreclosure crisis, Lathrop
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May 2, 6000 Marina Drive, criminal mischief. The
complainant said someone had vandalized his construc-
tion site, moving boards onto the roof to create skate-
board ramps. He saw five to six juveniles run from the
job site as he arrived.
May 2, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. The complainant said someone took her purse
from the locked trunk of her vehicle. The purse con-
tained a digital camera, sunglasses, keys and credit
May 2, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. The complainant said someone took his cellular
phone while he was at the beach.
May 2, 6300 block Gulf Drive, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took his bicycle, valued at $20, after
he left it at a trolley stop.
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"We just ask people, please, if you get yourself into
that situation, fire is unforgiving. It is not the way," he
Lathrop also hoped this week to draw attention to
an unsolved case on the Island a fire that early in
the morning on March 18, 2004, damaged the popu-
lar Waterfront Restaurant, 111 Bay Blvd. S., Anna
When firefighters arrived soon after receiving the
fire call, flames were through the roof a sign to
investigators that the fire burned fast and furious.
"The investigation revealed that the fire was started
with the help of human hand and accelerated by an
unknown substance," Lathrop said.
The restaurant was rebuilt and since reopened, but
investigators continue to look for the party responsible
for intentionally setting the fire, Lathrop said.
"I know somebody out there is living with the fact
that they did this," Lathrop said, inviting tips or leads
on the case. People can call Manatee County Crime
Stoppers at 866-634-8477 to make an anonymous
For more information about National Arson Aware-
ness Week, call Lathrop at 941-798-6818.
Letter carriers to collect food Saturday
Letter carriers nationwide including those on
the Island will be collecting food when they leave
the mail on Saturday, May 12.
Islanders are encouraged to help by leaving non-
perishable food items alongside their mailboxes for
letter carriers to collect as they deliver down-to-the-
deadline Mother's Day cards.
For Anna Maria residents, the post office is a drop-
off point for food items.
The event is the National Association of Letter Carri-
ers Food Drive and it has been going on for 15 years, tra-
ditionally taking place on the second Saturday in May.
The letter carriers union partners with America's
Second Harvest-The Nation's Food Bank Network, the
AFL-CIO, United Way of America, Campbell Soup,
Cox Target Media, Valpak and Publix on the project.
Last year, letter carriers collected more than 70 mil-
lion pounds of food enough food to fill 1,500 tractor
The union's West Coast Florida division collected
more than 1.5 million pounds of food in 2006 the
second highest collection number in the nation.
"Our goal for 2007 is to exceed last year's total,"
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The Food Bank of Manatee is seeking volun-
teers to assist postal carriers in the "Stamp Out
Hunger" drive set for Saturday, May 12.
Postal carriers will be collecting food from
delivery points on their routes and at post offices.
Volunteers are needed to transfer the food from
the post offices to the food bank, which is operated
by Meals on Wheels PLUS, 811 23rd Ave. E., Bra-
Volunteers also are needed to help sort food at
the food bank.
For more information, call 941-747-4655.
said Les Stroup, food drive coordinator with NALC
Local Branch 1477, which is based in Pinellas Park.
"We'd like to increase by at least 10 percent this
For more information, call 1-727-531-1477.
Chamber hosts networking lunch
Nancy Walker of Sun Trust Merchant Ser-
vices hands a business card to prospective
Island business owner Greg Bliss, who,
while visiting from Vermont, is looking for
a location for a pizza place. .i,, ley Walker
and Ellen Aquilina of Coast Bank look on
during the May 2 Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce lunch at Stonewood Grill
in Bradenton. The next networking lunch
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Forum 2007 to host
Forum 2007, with strong advocates on the Island,
will bring veteran journalist Melinda Henneberger
Forum 2007/The Truth for Change is a con-
tinuation of the series that began with Forum 2004.
Holmes Beach residents James
0 and Molly McCartney serve on
4' the Forum 2007 executive board
and have been deeply involved
in the organization.
Forum Truth brings in
speakers to talk about national
and international issues and,
according to its mission state-
Henneberger ment, was founded to "explore
what we fear are growing threats to liberty, justice,
quality of life, peace and prosperity," former Wash-
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Henneberger is the author of "If They Only Lis-
tened to Us," her survey of women across America after
the 2004 presidential election.
Henneberger's talk, presented in partnership with
Sarasota News and Books, will take place at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16, at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami
For more information and ticket details, call 941-
Kiwanis club to meet
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, for breakfast and to
hear from Diana Dill of Take Stock in Children.
The program takes place at Cafe on the Beach,
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Another marine-focused organization, the Florida-
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House OKs impact fee
hike for fire district
The Florida Legislature passed legislation authoriz-
ing the West Manatee Fire Rescue District to increase
impact fees on new construction.
The state House of Representatives voted April 25,
passing the bill with 119 yeas and zero nays.
The Senate voted for the measure 30 to 0 on May
2, two days before the session ended.
The legislation, which district voters endorsed in
a referendum last fall and still needs the governor's
signature, would allow an increase in new construction
fees to pay for new facilities and equipment.
The current impact fee schedule, set in 1985,
is $100 for new residential construction and $200
for the first 5,000 square feet of new commercial
The proposed fees would be $500 for new resi-
dential construction and $980 for 5,000 square feet of
new commercial construction. New commercial con-
struction would be charged 25 cents per square foot for
construction over 5,000 square feet.
Past impact fee funds have been used to pur-
chase thermal-imaging equipment, computers and
resolution to benefit
The city commission was set this week to take up a
resolution extending medical benefits for ailing Holmes
Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon.
Lannon, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer, is a widely known member of the police depart-
ment, primarily through his work as the "community
officer" and at Anna Maria Elementary School, where
he has taught the Drug Awareness Resistance Education
program and directed traffic.
A resolution the city commission was expected to
take up during its meeting Tuesday, May 8, would extend
Lannon's medical leave and medical benefits to January.
City procedure requires that the commission vote
on extended benefits.
City officials said last week they expected the com-
mission to approve the resolution action the board
has taken in regard to three other city employees.
"We want to make sure he's covered," said Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger. "He's done a lot for the commu-
nity. He did a lot and now it is our turn to do something
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine echoed
"It's the right thing to do as much as he's given
to this community and this city," Romine said.
For information on Lannon, contact the HBPD at
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices of
the milestones in readers' lives weddings, anniver-
saries, travels and other events.
Please send items, photographs with identities
and notices along with contact information to
firstname.lastname@example.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
Mildred Pearle Thompson
Mildred Pearle Thompson Gunther, 91, of Braden-
ton, died April 22.
Born in South Haven, Mich., Ms. Gunther moved
to Manatee County from Illinois.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, May 8, at 11
a.m. at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. Memo-
rial contributions may be made to the church's memo-
rial garden, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217,
or to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home
is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by several cousins, including Paula
Jean Vanderstelt and Sherran Esh.
In the neighborhood
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a networking meeting April 25 almost next door from
the chamber office at the Tidemark Resorts on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. For more information about
the chamber, call 941-778-1541. Pictured is Tidemark sales associate Fred Sauharski, Beach Bistro's Sean
Murphy, Tidemark partners Ken Dardis and Lance McNeill, Anna Maria Gulf Coast Rentals' Bill Burnley and
Tidemark's Mac Arthur attend the Anna Maria Island Chamber April Business Card Exchange sponsored by
Tidemark Resorts and the Beach Bistro. The next business card exchange is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the
chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Teacher of the Year
Laura Redeker, pictured
here with in-laws Kit and
Dale Redeker of Braden-
ton Beach, was honored
as Ballard Elementary
/School's Teacher of the
; Year. Earlier this year
A .~P ,' she was chosen as Junior
-. Achievements' Educator
S.." of the Year for Manatee
County. Redecker has
been teaching in Manatee
V 'Countyfor more than 10
years. She and twin sister
Stephanie were raised on
the Island and attended
Anna Maria Elementary
Holmes Beach considers house-cleaning
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach City Commission in May will
likely vote on two measures bringing the city into com-
pliance with statutes signed into law by former Gov.
One measure deals with live-aboard boaters and
another with occupational licenses and taxes.
Last legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill
requiring municipalities to change the name of the
"occupational license tax" to "local business tax" and
to refer to the licenses as "receipts."
Lawmakers said the new terms might help prevent
fraud "license" could be used as evidence of compe-
tency in a business or profession, whereas "receipt"
implies only that a payment has been made.
City commissioners on April 24 reviewed a
draft ordinance that will change the terms in Holmes
Beach. They planned to vote on the measure at their
May 8 meeting.
Commission Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens
said the changes do not affect the regulation behind
The other draft ordinance deals with a statute
passed in 2006 that changes how municipalities regu-
The law granted local governments the authority
to regulate vessels within the marked boundaries of
mooring fields, but removed local authority to regulate
non-live-aboard vessels outside the mooring fields.
"Live-aboard," according to the law, means any
watercraft utilized solely as a residence or represented
as a place of business, as a professional or other com-
mercial enterprise, except commercial fishing, or as a
"The definition of live-aboard has been narrowly
restricted," city attorney Patricia Petruff told commis-
sioners and Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.
The new law means that with the exception of
designated mooring fields, municipalities have no
authority to regulate where a cruising vessel anchors
unless they can prove the boat is used as a residence
or a business.
So Holmes Beach needs to modify its existing ordi-
nance on live-aboard vessels, said Petruff.
The proposed draft ordinance continues to prohibit
live-aboard vessels moored or anchored in the city
limits. The measure also prohibits live-aboards from
mooring in approved sites in Holmes Beach for more
than 72 hours.
Bohenberger asked whether the amended ordinance
could lead to changes at the Tidemark Resorts devel-
opment on Marina Drive, which will have deep-water
mooring for vessels.
"The docks are supposed to be transient," Petruff
said, adding that the site plan the city approved
would not allow for vessels to be used for housing
20 0 MAY 9, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
kas as a
The duty of
Like millions of Americans during World War II,
Sam Droukas of New York City did his duty, then
returned home from the war and raised a family.
And like many other WWII veterans, he never spoke
about what he had done in the war, not even to his
wife or children.
His son, Joe Droukas of Holmes Beach, would be
the first to say that his father would never want his story
told in "The Greatest Generation" columns that appear
bi-weekly in The Islander.
In fact, Joe never really knew what his father did
during the war.
After Sam Droukas passed away last year, Joe was
rummaging through some of his dad's personal items
and found a box. Inside the box, he discovered a Bronze
Star awarded to his father for valor during combat in
"I never even knew my dad had a medal. No one
had ever seen it. My dad never talked about what he did
in the war so after I found the box, I decided to find out
what he did to get it. All I knew was that he had been
a medic in the Army."
The story, as pieced together by Joe from his mother
and his dad's friends and relatives, begins in the Bronx
N\ly grandparents had a Greek restaurant and dad
was working in the family business. He was a first gen-
eration American and his folks had come over from
Greece before he was born."
The Nazis had invaded Greece in May 1941, so
there was no question of where his family loyalty lay.
"After Pearl Harbor, he and a bunch of his friends
decided they weren't going to miss the war and they
went down and enlisted," said Joe.
Sam Droukas was trained as a surgical technician,
rising to the rank of sergeant during his training. Joe
found out that a "surgical technician" was an Army
euphemism for a combat medic.
On April 1, 1944, Sam Droukas left the States for the
Pacific, landing in New Guinea where he was assigned
to the 71st Field Hospital as a combat medic.
He was sent to the front lines with the infantry and
served as a medic for a rifle company until July 30,
1944, when he contracted a severe case of malaria and
was returned to the hospital.
"I learned that, as a medic, he had to go into the
fighting to get the wounded and drag them back to
safety and treat them. I also learned that the Japa-
nese ignored the Geneva Convention on shooting
medics and wanted to kill them so the wounded
At some point during these four months in combat,
Sam Droukas must have saved quite a few lives. Bronze
Stars for valor weren't given out like Halloween candy
to mere sergeants.
"But he never told me exactly what he did. He
would just say that he helped people who were hurt.
One day, however, he did say that he had seen things
that no one should ever see. And that was all he said.
My mom always told us not to ask him about what he
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did in the war."
To Sam, what he did in the war was no big deal,
"He said he wasn't a hero. He never told us about
his medal, so I was blown away when I found his
Bronze Star. He went through his whole life and never
mentioned anything about it."
Joe discovered the medal was given for valor in
the face of hostile action. He recently wrote to the U.S.
Army Personnel Office in St. Louis for an exact copy
of the citation.
But Sam's story doesn't end when he contracted
malaria in New Guinea.
He was sent back to a hospital in Kentucky and
given an honorable discharge on Oct. 4, 1944.
Joe now knows that his dad suffered from whatever
it was he saw during four months as a combat medic.
The Army acknowledged his troubles, awarding
him a disability after his discharge.
N\ly dad took the disability pay for about six
months, then turned it down. He said he told the Army
that he just did his duty for his country and he was now
fine. He told his friends he didn't want to take money
for doing his duty."
Sam returned to the Bronx and married his girl-
friend, Anna Michilli. They raised three sons and oper-
ated the family restaurant until selling it in 1976.
Sam and Anna moved to Holmes Beach in 1989.
Sam Droukas passed away at age 87 last year, taking
his WWII secrets with him. Anna Droukas still lives in
Joe Droukas remembered that he had an uncle who
was in the Army at Anzio in Italy.
"But when they got together, they never talked
about the war. It was a taboo subject.
"Dad never wanted the publicity. He never would
have come to The Islander to be in 'The Greatest Gen-
eration,' and he'd be mad as hell if he knew I was talk-
ing about him in the war. But after I saw his medal and
learned some of his story, I thought it would be fitting
for his family to have his story told. He was just an
ordinary guy in extraordinary times. A guy who did his
duty for his country."
Intrigued by his dad's Army assignment as a combat
medic in the Pacific, Joe read the book "Flags of Our
Fathers," about the six men who raised the flag over
Iwo Jima in February 1945. The book was written by
James Bennett, the son of flag-raiser John Bennett, a
Navy medic attached to the Marines on Iwo Jima.
"I found out what my dad must have gone through
by reading the book. It wasn't pretty. It must have been
Sam Droukas was a Holmes Beach resident for 18
years after moving from New York in 1989.
hell for him. The Japanese targeted the medics and the
medics all carried pistols and had to shoot at the enemy
while taking care of the wounded right out in the middle
of a fight. And the wounded were usually in bad shape,
often blown to pieces by the time the medics got there.
I felt terrible just reading the book, knowing what he
went through, what he saw."
Joe Droukas now believes that, because of his early
discharge from the service, his father may have suf-
fered from more than just malaria on New Guinea. But
whatever Sam Droukas saw and did during the fighting
to win a Bronze Star remains buried with him.
"I'll never know everything, but at least my dad's
story will be told. It's the story of ordinary people in
extraordinary times, but to me, my dad wasn't ordinary,
and neither are all the other veterans of the war."
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any allied
country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear from
you. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 9, 2007 0 21
Wednesday, May 9
7:45 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a
sunrise breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. The Friends Book Club meets at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Thursday, May 10
8 p.m. The Island Players opening night of "Guest in the House" at
the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Performances continue Tuesday
through Sunday until May 20. Information: 941-778-5755.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon at the Sun House Restaurant, 111
Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-383-2466.
Friday, May 11
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The opening reception for the 14th annual
Manatee High Exhibit, which runs through May 22, takes place at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
Saturday, May 12
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast
and to hear Diana Dill of Take Stock in Children talk at Cafe on the Beach,
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: www.
annamariakiwanis.org or 941-778-7823.
Allday- U.S. Postal Service carriers help collect food for community
banks with the 15th annual National Association of Letter Carrier's Food
Drive. People are encouraged to leave non-perishable food by their mail
boxes and, for those with postal boxes, at their local post office. Information:
9a.m. to 11 a.m. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium hosts a Dol-
phin Discovery family program at the aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy,
Sarasota. Mote also hosts a SeaSnooze overnight stay at the aquarium.
Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 229, or www.mote.org. Fee applies.
10 a.m. Family origami with Judy Pruitt takes place at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
6p.m. to 11 p.m. The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Organization annual Spring Fling takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church's
activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. The theme is "Beach Bash."
Tickets are $35. Information: 941-708-5525.
Sunday, May 13
Mother's Day is celebrated.
Tuesday, May 15
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a "get-
ting to know you" forum at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-447-5362.
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Through May 26, Bradenton Beach artist Robert Johnson's work is
featured in "A Brush with Nature" at the Arts Council of Manatee County
Gallery, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2223.
Through May 13, Islander Trina Rizzo appears in "A Chorus Line"
at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton.
On Mondays at 11:30 a.m. through May 21, the Anna Maria Island
Community Center presents Food for Life with Ellen Jones in the St. Bernard
Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
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Adams Kids Day. The event this year takes place at Coquina Beach south-
east pavilion. Games, contests, treasure hunts, food and refreshments for
kids are free. Food and refreshments for adults are by donation.
On May 31, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a
roundtable discussion on hurricane preparedness at the Sun House Res-
taurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
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takes place along the bay across from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
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Junior League Islanders fall short in loss to Active Images
By Kevin Cassidy
Bradenton resident Chad Blacketer hoped he'd get
some playing time during the May 2 Junior League
baseball game at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes
Beach. His team, Active Images from Manatee National
League, is 10-4 on the season and has 15 players on its
roster, so playing time is a premium. Little did he know
he'd be playing for the opponent.
When only eight Islanders showed for the 11 a.m.
game, umpires presented the Active Images coaches the
option of lending one of their players to the Islanders or
leaving them to play short. The Active Images coaches
left it to their four reserves, and Blacketer agreed to
play for the Islanders, a decision that nearly cost Active
Images the game.
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Anna Maria Island Little League AAA standings
as of April 26
Team Won Lost
Morgan Stanley 6 1
Dunan Real Estate 3 7 Brendan Gengler dives back to first base on an attempted pick-off. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
WM FD 0 7
Anna Maria Island Little League top 10 AAA bat-
1. Joel Hart
2. Connor Field
3. Adam Hart
4. Andrew Crowton
5. Johnny Mattay
6. Patrick Edwards
7. Julian Botero
8. Allyssa Bosch
8. Neil Carper
9. Chris Mundell
10. Travis Belsito
Junior League (ages 13-16)
May 9 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. Manatee Amer. 2 @
May 12 11 a.m. Manatee Amer. 1 vs. Islanders @
AAA (ages 10-12)
May 10 6 p.m.
May 12 2:30 p.m.
May 14 6 p.m.
Duncan vs. WMFD
Duncan vs. M. Stanley
WMFD vs. Duncan
AA (ages 8-9)
May 11 6 p.m. Sato vs. Bistro
May 12 12:30 p.m. Sato vs. Bark
May 16 6 p.m. Sato vs. Bistro
AAA, AA are played at Bayfront Recreation Center, Longboat
T-Ball (ages 5-7)
May 10 6 p.m. Americo vs. LPAC
May 10 7 p.m. Eye Tours vs. A&E
May 14 6 p.m. A&E vs. Americo
May 14 7 p.m. Eye Tours vs. LPAC
T-Ball games are played at the Holmes Beach Fields.
ers, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a couple of
stolen bases, while also making three putouts in center
field, including one on a laser by Mike Shreves. Black-
eter also pitched a couple of innings in relief of Ben
Valdivieso, whose forearm stiffened after recording the
second out of the sixth inning.
Active Images jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first
inning despite not yielding a hit until Jay Menendez sin-
gled out of the eight hole. Starting pitcher Cory Wash
struck out the first batter, but then struggled with his
control due to tightness in his lhiI', \ ing shoulder before
eventually being relieved by Valdivieso. Valdivieso set-
tled in after a couple of walks to get out of the inning.
The Islanders sent eight batters to the plate in the
bottom half of the first to score three runs, while Active
Images committed three errors.
Valdivieso breezed through the second inning with
a perfect three-up, three-down to give the Islanders a
chance to get back into the game.
The Islanders sandwiched walks by Connor Clo-
harty and Ryan Guerin around a single by Gengler to
load the bases for Valdivieso, whose grounder was
booted for a two-run error. Guerin came home on a
groundout by Zach Evan and Valdivieso scored on a
single by Blacketer for a 7-5 Islander lead.
Unfortunately, the Islanders sat on that run total
for the remainder of the game as Active Images pitcher
Mitchell Shreves baffled them with off-speed pitches.
Shreves allowed only two hits and no runs over the
next four innings. Meanwhile, Active Images started
pecking away at the Islanders.
Active Images scored one run in the third with two
outs. Trevor Seeley singled, stole second and scored
on a single to center by Mike Shreves to pull to within
7-6. They took the lead for good in the fourth with
a two-run rally that was started by a lead-off double
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from Brandon Seeley. A fielder's choice grounder by
Brandon Estep was followed by an error and a single
to left by TJ Beckett.
The Islanders came to bat in the bottom of the sev-
enth trailing by two runs. After struggling against the
soft-tossing Mitchell Shreves, they now had to attempt
a comeback against his older brother Mike, who throws
extremely hard and down in the zone. Mike Shreves
recorded all three outs to record the save via strikeout
with the only blemish coming when "teammate" Black-
eter singled and then went to second on an error. He
next stole third and came home on a throwing error.
Gengler led the Islanders with two singles and two
runs scored, while Guerin and Valdivieso each scored
a pair of runs. Validivieso also turned in a solid pitch-
ing performance, going five-plus innings and allow-
ing only four hits and two earned runs. Wash added a
single and Cloharty scored one run to round out the
Active Images was led by Brandon Seeley, who
reached base all five times up. He finished with a
double, single and three runs scored, while brother
Trevor along with Mike Shreves and Josh Thompson
each singled and scored one run.
Duncan hands Morgan Stanley first loss
Anna Maria Island Little League competition
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on April 30 behind the combined pitching efforts of
Christian Pettit, Zach Facheris and Blaine Jenefsky.
Pettit started the game and allowed three hits and
one run in three innings of work. Facheris followed
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of first place Morgan Stanley.
Jenefsky also helped himself at the plate with
a single and one run scored for Duncan, which also
received three walks and three runs scored by Devon
Francisco and two runs scored by Trevor Albers.
Morgan Stanley was led by Patrick Edwards, who
went 3-for-4 and scored one run, and Adam and Joel Hart
who each had two hits and scored one run on the day.
M. Stanley 13, WMFD 2
Morgan Stanley banged out 15 hits and scored 13
runs as the team rolled past WMFD on April 28. Travis
Belsito went 3-for-4 and scored two runs to lead Morgan
Stanley, which also received a single, double and two
runs scored from Neil Carper and Connor Field. Joel
Hart added a double and one run to the Morgan Stan-
ley offense that also received hits and runs from Adam
Hart, Jacob Bell and Patrick Edwards in the victory.
Philip Dudevoire and Johnny Mattay each had a
single and one run scored to lead WMFD on offense.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men teed it up for their weekly,
18-hole handicap tournament on May 2 with a low-net-
of-partners game. The team of Jim Mixon and Bill Melvin
combined for a 4-under-par 124 to claim first place by
five strokes. Second place went to Don Ledford and Bob
Jorgensen who carded a 1-over 129. Third place went
to the team of Danny Williams and John Williams with
a score of 130, while John Atkinson and Dick Grimme
were a shot back in fourth place at 131.
The men played a nine-hole handicap tournament to
close out the month of April with a better-ball-of-partners
game. Three teams fired a 6-under-par 26 to share first-place
honors: Vince Fanton and Dick Eichhom, Chet Hutton and
John Purcell, and Jim McCartney and Paul Kaemmerlin had
to share clubhouse b nl,'in,' rights on the day.
As if the three-way tie for first wasn't crowded
enough, five teams tied for second place. The teams
of John Heiselman and Tom Nelson, John Sagert and
Bob Landgren, Bill Gallagher and Bob Dickinson, Bob
King and Larry Fowler, and Bill Olson and Matt Behan
finished two shots back.
The ladies teamed up with the men on April 27 for
Ben Valdivieso at the plate.
a coed best-ball-of-foursome match. First place went to
the team of Jane Winegarden, Mary Selby, Paul Kaem-
merlin and Tom Warda with a score of 5-under-par 27.
One shot back in second place was the team of Eunice
Warda, Mary Kemmerlin, Al Gunn and Fred Meyer.
Outdoor festival set for June 23
The second annual Florida Gulf Coast Outdoor
Festival will take place June 23 in Bradenton Beach.
The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along
the bay across from Coquina Beach.
The event will feature seminars, clinics, exhibits
and activities geared toward nature lovers and outdoor
enthusiasts, according to a news release.
The festival also will feature kayak racing and
Participants include Mote Marine Laboratory and
Aquarium, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, the South
Florida Museum and Around the Bend Nature Tours.
Organizers include the Florida Gulf Coast Sports
Commission, Manatee County Parks and Recreation,
Cory Wash delivers a pitch in the first inning of the
game between Active Images and the Islanders.
the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and
the city of Bradenton Beach.
For more information, including details on becom-
ing a vendor or sponsor, go to www.fgcsc.com or call
The Anna Maria Island Privateers canceled the
annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament.
The tournament had been set to take place at the
River Club Golf Course in Bradenton on May 12 but,
they said advance registration was lacking.
For more information about the Privateers, call
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Garden fun Sunday in Sarasota, authors galore June 1-2
Sunday the 13th of May is Mother's Day, and what
better way to spend a fine spring day than at a garden
Rob Branch is hosting his seventh annual Mother's
Day garden tour. It's free, open to the world, and a
pretty wonderful place to roam around for a while.
Rob's got something like 5,000 various plants of
2,000 varieties, spread out on a shady acre of live-oak
trees in north Sarasota, flanked by a creek.
If you're interested in a defined English-style
garden, don't show up. If you like natural Florida lush-
ness in your plantings, you'll love the place.
Consider this as that: there is no grass at Rob's
place. Everything is plants and mulch.
You can expect more than 200 varieties of palms,
bromeliads in the trees, air plants, birds ... oh, and the
waterfall that flows into the koi pond. The koi have
grown at least a foot since they got their new home a
few months ago, and the waterfall and pond are new
additions since last year's event.
Rob started his garden hobby/fixation while living
on Phillippi Creek many years ago. Flooding on the
creek caused Sarasota County to virtually condemn
about 30 houses, including his, which brought him to
this place in north Sarasota.
His gardening began with bromeliads, and he is
still a director of the local bromeliad society. Rob's
focus expanded to palms a few years ago, and he tells
wonderful stories of International Palm Society excur-
sions to Hawaii and the Dominican Republic. Next up
is a tour of Costa Rica.
Rob's "Branch Ranch" is at 1315 38th St., in north
Sarasota. From Anna Maria Island, take U.S. 41 south
to Myrtle -Jungle Gardens is a good landmark to
watch for and turn east, then go to Coconut, turn
north for a block, and park. The place is just north of
the Sarasota Succulent Society, which is also a nice spot
Hours for Rob's tour are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Islanders have been reading about native vs. exotic
plantings for the past few months in this newspaper
and there has been some debate on the issues. This is
a garden that does not have any "noxious exotics," but
does enjoy some scrumptious non-native plantings that
may be of interest to local gardeners.
Anybody ever heard of Australian ferns?
It's a mystery no longer
"Florida's killer scribes are coming to Sarasota once
again for the Third Annual Mystery Florida Writers'
Conference, June 1-2, at the Lido Beach Resort, 700
Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota," so the spokeswoman
It's actually much more than a regular conference
of writers, readers and fans. Mystery Florida is small
in participants, big in author function. It is designed to
allow people to get up-close-and-personal with their
favorite Florida authors.
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Want to ask Tim Dorsey why his characters are so
crazy? Ask the mystery-crazed Tim his own self.
Want to learn some magic tricks? Jim Swain has
promised to reveal all well, maybe.
Keeping with tradition, the conference will open
with a barside Mystery Mingle, featuring bookselling
and signing, and casual discussion on suspense, vil-
lains and the jagged art of murder.
Returning authors include James O. Born, Don
Bruns, Blaize Clement, Tom Corcoran, Jonathon King,
Ward Larsen, Kristy Montee of PJ. Parrish fame, Bar-
bara Parker, James Swain and the afore mentioned
Dorsey and White. Noted local writers Wayne Barcomb
and Terry Griffin will also attend.
Barcomb has taken a hiatus from his Sarasota-based
Sam Wallace series to complete a stand-alone thriller
for St. Martin's Press. And Griffin arrives off the suc-
cess of his debut novel, Longboat Blues with his latest
whodunit, Murder Key.
The festival's strong reputation among writers has
attracted David Hagberg, James Macomber, Claire
Matturro and Bob Morris, who will participate for the
Stuart Kaminsky, who recently received the dis-
tinction of Grand Master from the Mystery Writers of
America (a tradition that began with Agatha Christie),
will be toasted for Lifetime Achievement in the Art
of Mystery and Suspense, and will share some of his
secrets of the craft in various panels during the confer-
This year's conference panels address the usual
journalism questions of mystery writing: How ("How
to Create a Villain"); What ( \ I\ lck ry vs. Thriller -
What's the Difference"); Where ("Location and Set-
ting the Tone"); Why ("Why Authors Write a Series vs.
Stand-Alone Mysteries") and When Hollywood Comes
Calling, ("Turning Books Into Movies").
Literary scholar Cal Branch will explore the late
John D. MacDonald's influence on Florida mysteries,
and the continuing tradition of MacDonald's "Liars'
Club" fraternity (today, including a few sorority sisters)
of killer writers. The conference will close Saturday
evening with a patrons' dinner among sponsors and
The Mystery Mingle starts at 5 p.m. at the Lido
Beach Resort and is free. Last year saw at least 40
authors in attendance, all there for conversation. The
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per person. Go to www.mysteryflorida.com for details,
or send a check to Mystery Florida in care of Circle
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All profits are shared by Tingley Memorial Library
in Bradenton Beach and the Longboat Key Library.
I helped set up this conference three years ago as
an offshoot of some author events co-sponsored by The
Islander. We've had a lot of fun with it over the years,
and it should again be a hoot to yuck it up with some
top Florida mystery authors.
The Islander has been a proud sponsor of the event
for all these years, too. We love a mystery.
And books! We'll have all kinds of books by all
kinds of Florida authors, not just mysteries or thrillers,
And bring your books! Every author attending this
event has expressed his or her love of having a fan push
a book under her or his nose for an autograph. It's part
of the charm of this little event. Don't be shy.
Christine Kling, who was at the first two of our
conferences, was almost in tears when she had to offer
her regrets this year. "Your event is so great," she said
last year. "You treat us like royalty."
Well, for those of us who love Florida fiction, all of
the published authors are like royalty, and we're hon-
ored to have you there with us.
As the founders of Mystery Florida put it at our
first planning sessions, we just want to have all of our
reading friends meet all of our author friends.
If you want more information, call 388-2850.
OK, so I'll admit one of my deep, dark secrets for
all the world to know I occasionally read science
I also read John D. MacDonald's wonderful stories,
especially the Travis McGee series, all 19 of them.
And no, to answer the question that John D. expert
Cal Branch is asked at every conference, there is no
"black" book (all of the McGee stories have a color in
the title" by John D. about Travis. He never dies.
Anyway, the sci-fi genre and John D. combined in
author Spider Robinson's book "Callahan's Key." Rob-
inson has written a series of eminently readable stories
and books of a bunch of strange occurrences that take
place in a bar on Long Island. In "Callahan's Key," the
gang decide to move to Key West in a monster road trip
of more than 20 school buses, all 100-plus of them.
There are two places that are must-sees in the trip to
the islands. First, of course, in sci-fi circles, is to watch
a space shuttle launch.
The second is to go to Fort Lauderdale, Bahia Mar
Marina, Slip F-18, mooring spot of Travis McGee's
"Busted Flush" houseboat.
In the book, they find the slip deserted, but there is
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Big mack attack hits just offshore Anna Maria
By Capt. Mike Heistand
It's mackerel time off Anna Maria Island.
Reports keep coming in of big macks being caught
off the shore. Farther out in the Gulf of Mexico, there
are some scattered kingfish, lots of big amberjack and
excellent grouper and snapper action. ..
Backwater fishers were just getting into the snook
season catch before the season ended, but redfish are
taking up the slack in the bays for inshore anglers. Trout
are scattered, apparently small, but still out there.
At Annie's Bait and Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball said his offshore charters for grouper and snap-
per are excellent, and he's also catching a few kingfish.
Capt. Mark Johnson, also based out of Annie's, said -
backwater fishing has improved and he's putting his ~' _--
clients onto reds and some trout, although small. He's W_ -
also finding lots of macks along the beaches. .
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore fishers are
catching some really big amberjack near the deep-
water reefs. There are also good reports of red and gag -
grouper in the Gulf, and snapper fishing is hot. Inshore
snook action is good, and redfish have "invaded" the
seagrass flats, Bill said. Mackerel are also thick along
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there are finding that mackerel are about the best catch,
although there are some jacks being caught and a lot
of snook under the pier -staring at the fishers but not
taking a hook.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
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some snapper and snook being caught. Sheepshead Capt. ( ii, i "Nellie" Nelson, with Carrie-Lynn Horne of Rock Hill, S.C., vacationing in Holmes Beach with
season is all but gone, he added. family and friends, all had a great day on the water and a great dinner of redfish on the half shell, grilled
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said with skin down, covered with lemon slices. Yum.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
a plaque there, dedicated to John D. and designated as
a literary landmark.
When you go to the conference, ask Jon King about
his trip to Bahia Mar with Mike Connelly.
They both went out to the dock and read the inscrip-
They both put their hands on it and, unscripted and
unplanned, said simultaneously, "Thank you, John."
I think there were a few tears, too, for the man
who is generally acknowledged as the father of Florida
The plaque in Fort Lauderdale is indeed there. I've
seen it, and too laid hands upon it. It reads:
Bahia Mar Marina.
Dedicated to the home of Travis McGee.
Fictional hero and salvage consultant.
Created by John D. MacDonald, author.
Designated a literary landmark Feb. 21, 1987.
And the slip is always empty, awaiting the return
of Travis McGee with, as Spider puts it, "a houseboat
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he's getting lots of reports of redfish coming out of Terra
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Bay. Mangrove snapper are plentiful and hungry near
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge piers in Tampa Bay, he
reports, as are mackerel.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include mack-
erel from the Skyway piers, small bonnethead sharks,
mangrove snapper and a sparse catch of sheepshead.
Capt. James Ramsey said he's been catching some
really big yellowtail jacks, lots of small snook and a
few big redfish.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said that fishing is good. "We are catching
big gag and red grouper, scamp, American red snapper,
mangrove snapper, amberjack, por \,. triggerfish and
a few scattered kingfish, sharks and barracuda. We are
fishing from 80-foot depths out to 160 feet," he added,
"and we are using a variety of live baits and artificial
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Bob "Mouton"
Lamb from Holmes Beach and Gino "The Bambino"
Linn from Bradenton to a "backwater slam for both
anglers with catches of snook, redfish and trout in the
Anna Maria Sound, Palma Sola Bay and north Sarasota
Bay area on Saturday. In addition, Lamb started off the
morning battling a 40-pound spinner shark. The duo did
well with some really nice trout and Spanish mackerel
on the seagrass flats of Anna Maria Sound and later
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enjoyed action with numerous snook and redfish." Capt.
Zach observed that the weather has finally started to
settle, "and now that snook season has ended, I will be
concentrating on some offshore pursuits for kingfish,
cobia and permit."
On my boat Magic, we caught limit catches of red-
fish every day this week, plus a couple of keeper-size
snook and mangrove snapper to 16 inches. Trout are
still elusive, though.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-723-1107 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
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counted travel tickets, hotel rooms,
rental cars, package vacations and event
tickets. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Good 'source' for
lowest travel fares
Island resident Chris Sorce was in
the construction business, but when
that industry started to slow down
he cast around for a new venture and
found that the travel industry had a
Liked Things is gone
The Things I Like gift shop in the S&S Plaza adjacent to the Holmes Beach Post
Office recently closed its doors. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
He recently formed his own Inter-
net business at www.picklowfares.com,
offering low prices on airfares, rental
cars, hotel rooms, sporting event tickets,
cruises and a host of other related needs.
Package vacations are also available.
"Construction got a bit slow and I
had to do something, so I founded this
Sandbar going native
Improvements to the Sandbar Restaurant parking lot on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria
began last week with some palm trees being planted. The trees are part of the res-
taurant's overall plan for improvements, including the construction of rest rooms
that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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For questions about the Web site, or
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GreenSteel Homes owned in part
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Island businessman Ed Chiles, recently
announced it would open a manufactur-
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The company will manufacture
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Carrabelle is in the Florida Pan-
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Local business owners ranked
among the 27 finalists in the competi-
tion for Manatee County's 2007 Small
Business of the Year Awards.
The awards were presented by the
Manatee Chamber of Commerce during
a luncheon May 3 at the Manatee Con-
Five small business owners received
honors for "quality and excellence,"
including Laura and Colin McAdams
of The UPS Store at Beachway Plaza in
Finalists included the following
Island and Cortez businesses American
Beauty Pools/Max Powers, Beach House
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This year there were 106 nomina-
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2915 Ave. E, Unit 2S, Starfish
Beach, Holmes Beach, a 722 sfur,
2bed/2bath condo built in 1967 was sold
04/17/07, Starfish Beach LLC to Ogg for
$610,000; list $619,000.
104 Gulf Drive S., Unit 102, Gulf
View condo, Bradenton Beach, a 1,209
sfla / 1,065 sfur 2bed/2bath gulfront condo
built in 1980 was sold 04/20/07, Fadley
to Curd for $582,000; list $658,000.
213 Sycamore Ave., Anna Maria, a
812 sfla / 1,177 sfur 2bed/lbath home
built in 1959 on a 55x100 lot was sold
04/17/07, Horvat to Harris for $550,000;
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 306, West-
bay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach,
a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1979 was sold 04/19/07, Graef to
Furneaux for $300,000; list $359,500.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
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941-746-4906.401 42nd Street W., Bradenton.
PRE-DEMOLITION HOUSEHOLD contents sale.
9am-2pm Friday and Saturday, May 11-12. Appli-
ances large and small, HVAC and fixtures, furniture
and furnishings. Everything must go! 215 Chilson
Ave., Anna Maria.
YARD SALE: 7am-3pm Saturday, May 12. Tables,
computer stand, pictures, ladies clothes, miscella-
neous. 5607 Guava St., Holmes Beach.
NIKI'S ISLAND TREASURES storewide sale: All
sterling jewelry, collectible plates, thimbles, por-
celain dolls, and clowns 50-75 percent off. Select
antiques, art, furniture, vintage and costume jew-
elry, cups and saucers, depression glass 50-90 per-
cent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-779-0729.
YARD SALE: 8am-noon Saturday, May 12. "Down-
sizing." Furniture, accessories, kid's furniture,
clothes and toys. 613 Norton St., Longboat Key.
FOUND: NECKLACE. OUTDOORS, nearthe walkway
at the Rod & Reel Motel. Call Nicole, 941-794-0245.
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES. Black frames.
Frames are bent, lenses OK. Found 4400 block of
Gulf Drive and Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach.
Call Dale, 941-538-4770.
MISSING: FEMALE CAT.Tabby/tortie, medium-long fur.
Microchipped. 700 block of Jacaranda Avenue, Anna
Maria. Reward. Call Joan or Bob at 941-778-1069.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdi-
SAIL AWAY ABOARD 65-foot Lex-Sea. Key West
Fantasy Fest, six days, five nights, $995 per person,
$1,095 per couple. Cayo Costa Thanksgiving, four
days, three nights, $595 per person, $1,095 per
couple. Everglades Expedition, seven days, seven
nights, $795 per person, $1,495 per couple. 941-
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Tiffany Place -Great Gulf viewsfrom this beautifully redesigned condo.
Building has elevator, heated pool and a wonderful beach. Great rental,
too. Now, just $599,000.
Panoramic view from the sixth floor. Gulf and bay views, completely
renovated 2BR/2BA with garage. Elevator, tennis, clubhouse, heated
pool. Now, just $699,000.
Martinique South First floor 2BR/2BA with great Gulf view from lanai.
Everything light and bright. Elevator, clubhouse, heated pool. Can you
believe just $499,000!
Direct Gulf view-End unit with new open kitchen and granite counters.
2BR/2BA in Gulf to bay complex, heated pool, clubhouse and fishing
pier. Just $399,900.
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eebrock HOLMES BEACH
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SAVE MONEY ON travel: Go to www.picklowfares.
com to save on airfares, resort stays, cruises, golf
packages, event tickets. Call for information on how
you can join the team! Call Chris Sorce at 941-725-
2290 for more information.
FREE RABBIT HUTCH:You pick up. Holmes Beach.
$100 REWARD FOR information leading to the
return of two Berni glass, handmade blowfish taken
from The Beach Shop. Call Dee, 941-795-1115.
REFRIGERATOR: BEIGE, NORMAL-size, freezer
on top. Looks good, runs good. Holmes Beach. $50.
KIDNAPPED! Bentley (the butler statue) disap-
peared from Sandy Rich's Real Coffee & Realty,
9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on March 17. Sandy
says, "Call and I'll pick him up, no questions asked."
Call her at 376-6077.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at The
Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more information.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
NEED HOME FOR sweet male cat that is leukemia
positive. Has to be single-cat household, stress-free
and indoor only. Neutered and all shots, will pay for
future vet care. Call Haley's Motel at 941-778-5405
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
F T1 Pointe West 3BR/2BA Updates, heated pool!
village West 3BR/2BA Near Bray Park! $26&49O 259,900!
Villager 2BR/2BA. Backups needed! WOW! $104,500!
PMariners Cove 3BR/2BA FULL Bayview. 35-foot boat slip!
Bay Palms 2BR/2BA Sailboat grand canal. Private dock. Nice!
Room for pool, expansion. $695,000!
Lexington 2,663sf 3BR/3BA plus den. Pool-size lot! $387,500!
Kingsfield Lakes 3-4BR/2BA Pending! $289,000!
Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA Nice updates. NEW 14 seer air
Island Beachy Bar Business Opportunity. Beer, wine, music!
Laura E. McGeary PA
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
ISLAND CANAL HOME 3BR/2.5BA with fir&lace. Corner lot on
canal with ne L i chen cabinets and
granite counter all Carleen Weise,
Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
KEY ROYALE This outstanding 3BR/3BA canalfront home has
been renovated, updated, and added on. Extensive pavers, brick
walkand patios, new barrel roof 2004,75-foot seawall, 50-foot dock
with 13,000 Ib boatlift, this home is lovely inside and out. A 27-foot
Sport Craft with twin 150s will stay with full price offer. Offered at
$1,650,000. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor, 941-742-0148 evenings.
SINGLE FAMILY- REDUCED Centrally located, one blockto beach.
2BR/2BA spacious home on corner lot. $569,000. Call Joy Murphy,
Realtor, 941-730-2820 evenings.
PERICO BAY CLUB- Reduced for quicksale. Owneranxious. Florida
condo living at its best waterfront, security, pools, spa, tennis
courts, 2BR plus den. Immediate possession. $369,900. Call Marion
Ragni, Realtor, 941-761-1415 evenings.
MARTINIQUE NORTH Make an offer on this 2BR/2BA condo with
a breathtaking full view of the Gulf. Hurricane shutters, elevator,
tennis courts, heated pool. Sold as is. $735,000. Call Michel Cerene,
Broker-Associate, 941-545-9591 evenings.
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
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ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
1993 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL: White, excellent
inside and out. New brakes, alternator, etc. $2,200.
Call Bill at 941-518-4222.
1996 GRAND CHEROKEE, 1996 Jeep SUV.
123,000 miles, two-wheel drive, power, good con-
dition. Runs great. $3,800. View at The Islander
newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOR RENT: BOAT slip. 85th Street, Holmes Beach.
Up to 23 feet. $125/month. 941-778-2581.
BOAT DOCK FOR sale: 10x20 feet, slip deeded.
$20,000. Call Jesse Brisson, Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-
KINGFISHGEAR.COM. QUALITY TACKLE, dis-
count prices. Reel tackle for reel men and women.
Local deliveries. 941-256-4033.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-
REAL ESTATE AGENTS wanted: SunCoast Real
Estate LLC. Floor time and generous split. Confi-
dential. Call Mary Ann Schmidt, 941-779-0202 or
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-1 pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.
BUSY ITALIAN RESTAURANT in the Adirondacks,
upstate New York, looking for line cooks for the
summer season. Must have experience and refer-
ences. Housing available. Call Bill, 518-932-1333.
CLERK WANTED: FULL or part-time. Must like people
and be available weekends, evenings and holidays.
Apply in person at the Beach Shop, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, or call Dee, 941-795-1115.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216
I3BR/3BA north end of Anna
Maria. Completely renovated.
Call for more information!
views. 23,000 st each. Only
3BRt/2A neco duplex. Ten-
ants in place. Priced to sell!
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Gulf view. $649,000.
undercurrentappraisedvalue.Deep- rooms, fireplace, steps to
water, direct Gulf access, 1.2 acres, deeded beach access, rental
private beach area. $1,799,000. income potential. $949,000.
Sf Cell: 941-730-5227
U II (dIt l/ firstname.lastname@example.org
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: FULL-time, salary
depends on experience. Leading real estate office
located in Anna Maria, Fla., is in search of an expe-
rienced assistant. If you have excellent communi-
cation skills, thrive in a team environment, highly
organized, self-motivated, a forward thinker, and a
multi-tasker with extensive accounting knowledge,
windows applications experience and prior experi-
ence managing the daily activities of a busy office,
we want to speak with you. Please send us your
resume via e-mail. Include a cover letter and salary
requirements to: email@example.com, or stop in
and fill out an application in person. 419 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. No phone calls, please!
SERVERS NEEDED at Cafe on the Beach. Apply
in person at 4000 Gulf Drive, Homes Beach or call
BUSY NOT-FOR-profit office on Anna Maria seeks
energetic, self-motivated, flexible individual to
handle wide range of administrative and executive
support. Experience in general human resources,
basic accounting, Word and Excel a must. Volunteer
coordination a plus. Bachelor's degree and minimum
three years experience. Competitive salary and ben-
efits package. Qualified candidates e-mail resume to
firstname.lastname@example.org fax to 941-778-9511.
LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL position: Press-
wood Law Firm, PA., is an employment litigation
and appellate practice located in Bradenton, Fla.
This position offers a casual office setting, the latest
technology tools, and the flexibility to work between
25-40 hours per week. Must be adept with technol-
ogy (e.g., utilizing software such as Word, Excel,
Outlook, Amicus Attorney, PC Law) and enjoy work-
ing with people. Litigation experience preferred. E-
mail resume to email@example.com.
GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden.
Enchanting shop, fun items in Holmes Beach busy
shopping district. Profitable. $79,000. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112. For more great business and
realty buys: www.longviewrealty.com.
CHARTER BOAT SERVICE: Eco-tours, sightseeing,
more in Cortez. Assets include 26-foot cat, 150-hp
outboard. $70,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
For more great business and realty buys: www.
HAVE AN ISLAND business without the overhead.
Consignment space available at Everything Under
The Sun Garden Centre. 941-778-4441.
Jon's been earning Islander's Trust for Over 23 Years
iRi, P,1 KJON KENT
S lsManaging Broker
T U Is? E 941-778-7777
401B PINE AVE ANNA MARIA
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One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
'W hen you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, government,
call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker or
somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-year-old,
ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-779-9783.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
FREE HOUSESITTING/PETSITTING: Retired Chris-
tian couple will take care of your home, pets etc.
References furnished, much experience, bondable.
E-mail: ewingwt @earthlink.net. 770-832-7319.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Vic Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, fluent in 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Italian, Spanish and English (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 730-1062 Cell
guffay aCfty ofJAnna Maria Inc
S Jesse SBisson Broer Associate, qg
(941) 713 -4755 (800) 7716043
CAPRI BEACH VILLA Gulftront condo with panoramic
views. Step off your back deck into the sand! Watch the sunset
every evening from your living room or enjoy the great rental
income potential and excellent rental history. $750,000.
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CONFIDENCE CLEANING CORP.: Housecleaning,
office cleaning and window cleaning. Good refer-
ences, reasonable rates. Licensed and insured.
Family owned and operated. 941-296-5103.
ABOUT GROUT: CLEANING, sealing, staining
(painting of grout), tile and grout repair, caulking
of showers/kitchen. Bonded and insured. Call Jeff,
ANY ODD JOBS? Need a pet sitter or dog walker?
Island local, dependable 17 year-old seeks work.
Call Zach, 941-779-9783 or 941-224-5854.
PAULS DEPENDABLE HOME Services. Specializing
in drywall and stucco, new or repairs. Popcorn removal,
skip-trawl ceilings. All jobs welcome. 941-650-7874.
CLEANING: DOMESTIC AFFAIRS. Neurotic atten-
tion to detail, houses, condos, offices, rentals. Ten
years experience. References provided. Rose,
CAMPBELL PAINTING: DEPENDABLE, experi-
enced, reasonable. Free estimate. "Beautifying the
beach one home at a time." Call Chuck. Home, 941 -
778-8290, cell 330-206-8448.
AMERICAN HANDYMAN: ISLAND resident. Guaran-
teed price, guaranteed quality. Any job. Discount with
ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry, 941-448-5999.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-758-0395.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pres-
sure washing, landscaping, property maintenance.
Owner operated by Island resident. Exceptional
value! Licensed and insured. Call 941-726-7070.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. Many references and insured. Please
TREES BY THE Breeze, Inc. Landscaping, tree trim-
ming, property maintenance. Insured. Island resident
since 1988. Call Chris Lundy, 941-778-2837.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
TIRED OF NO return calls? Straight Shot Land-
scape calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark
Mark. 941-727-5066. Shell $42/yard.
TIRED OF PAYING more than estimates? Tree trim-
ming, removal, pruning, mulching. Guaranteed best
price in writing. 11-year Island resident. Cell, 941-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
3303 Gulf Drive
#4 Sea Pirates,
2BR/I BA, pool.
OF ANNA MARIA
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f l Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
6301 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach:
W3BR/2.5BA, built 2005, 1,895 sf,
hardwood floors, pool. Short stroll
to beach! $729,000
The closest you can get to
the beach just steps and
still have a deepwater canal!
212 OAK AVENUE ANNA MARIAn
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This spacious Island home has it all!
4-5BR/5BA, sauna, pool
Deepwater canal with dock and lift
Short walk to the beautiful beach
Priced below market value
Owner financing available
SCCAPT. KEITH BARNETT
An Isln4 Place Realty /
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Irinxgsi ople Home Since 1939
A ~ARt rINu! Anna ivarla ulrron lor B1 ill
yourdream home here on the sugarwhite sand
beach andwatchthestunning sunsetsand seethe
here Becky Smith, 941-773-1954 or Elf Starett,
941-778-2246 MLS#504998 $1,750,000
REMODELED IN 2007, ground-level four
units surround private heated pool Steps
to the beach 2BR unit ideal for owner
Good rental history and reservations
Owner/Agent Jacque Davis, 941-778-2246
DIRECT BEACHFRONT See breathtaking sun- MARINERS COVE Direct bayfront, top floor
sets and sunrises from this fifth floor condo 3BR/2BA, 2,000 sf gated community, two
Heated Gulffront pool, tennis court Low pools, tennis, elevator, protected deep water
condo fees, garage, secured elevator Small 35-foot boat slip Peter Mancuso, 941-545-
pet allowed Becky Smith and Elfl Starrett, 6833 or Dave Moynlhan, 941-720-0089
941-778-2246 MLS#553695 $649,000 MLS#543600 $579,000
RESORTIN PARADISETroplcal landscaping surroundsslxcharming
unitsstepsfrom beach Immaculate, familyowned and clientele keep
coming back Possibleownerfinancing Karen Day, 941-778-2246
EXQUISITE UNIT has Gulf views and luxury amenities Crown
molding accents high ceilings and open plan Granite countertops
and stainless appliances Designer perfect furnishings 3BR/2 5BA
Karen Day, 941-778-2246 MLS#551496 $1,599,000.
SUMMER SANDS BAYFRONT Unique 3,292 sf townhome
3-4BR/4 5BA with family room and glassed lanai Exceptional
complex w/private beach and bayside pool/spa Community dock
Dave Moynlhan, 941-778-2246 MLS#534641 $1,350,000.
THE CASTILLIAN Rarely available 3BR/2 5BA with direct Gulf
views Tastefully furnished and updated Two balconies, built-ins,
wood floors, storm shutters and what a view Dorothy Cook,
941-383-5577 MLS#313382 $1,250,000.
LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT Key West-style home on sailboat
water Boatlift, open floor plan, four-car garage, workout room
and 30-foot screened balcony Becky Smith or Elfl Starrett,
941-778-2246 MLS#520397 $999,500.
GULF COAST PLAZA Fully leased eight
unit strip center on busy Cortez Road with
300 feet frontage, 6,100 sf of building,
parking for 32 cars Zoned general com-
mercial Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246
Int WUHn la iUUrt ntHt! iewer Klrcnen,
baths and air conditioningI Park-like set-
ting steps to the bayfront fishing pier Pool,
tennis, workout room Seller is motivated'
BeckySmithand Elfl Starrett,941-778-2246
VALUE IS IN TWO LOTS only a few 100 yards from Gulf Beautiful
street and beach access Build two homes or remodel cottage
and live in paradise 2BR/1 5BA Karen Day, 941-778-2246
BRADENTON BEACH TWO-FAMILY Turnkey furnished 2BR/1BA
cottage with 1BR/1BA bungalow Great family retreat or
rental property Walk to shops, beach and more Anne Miller,
941-778-2246 MLS#518824 $825,000.
EXCEPTIONAL 2BR/2BA direct Gulffront unit with outstanding
views of the Gulf Totally renovated Secured elevator, heated pool,
tennis court and private garage Near shopping and restaurants
Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246 MLS#543586 $799,900.
DIRECTGULFFRONT 2BR/2BAapartment withfabulousviews Top
floor end unit is turnkey furnished Great walking Beach, heated
pool and weekly rentals permitted David Moynhan,941-778-2246
GULF VIEWS from this immaculate 2BR condo Enjoy the heated
pool in a tropical setting or walk across the street to the sugar
sand beach Turnkey furnished and ready for rentals oryourfamily
Jim Zoff, 941-778-2246 MLS#544099 $389,000.
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
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KEN &TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275
for free estimates.
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
ACCOMMODATIONS & REALTORS
9903 Gulf Drive P.O. Box 941 Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 779-9500 Fax: (941) 779-9501
Open House- Thurs. May, 1oth
6pm tO pm
304 Poinsettia Rd. North endofAnna Maria off North Bay BCvd:
4 njou Wine & Cheese
Catered by Mundher Kobrosly: "Island Gourmet"
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Get a
bid then call Nick, he's the best. Island refer-
ences. Licensed. Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or
RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitch-
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.
2BR/2BA end unit.
All new appliances.
to Gulf and bay. Enjoy
a meal in glassed/screened lanai while viewing your boat in
deeded slip no. 12. Two assigned spaces in garage a floor below.
All extras: large heated pool, tennis, fitness center amongst these
luxurious surroundings. Just off-Island, only minutes to beach.
2BR/2BA, all utilities,
exclusive West Bay
.. .. Point & Moorings no.
122. Enjoy the beach
from your glassed/
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Deeded carport no. 11 out your front door. All amenities: pool,
tennis, sauna, exercise area. Minutes to Gulf beaches.
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A Newer 2 bedroom 2 bath,
Custom built & Designed by:
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Quality9 construction & open
floor plan make this house a
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mention the incredible rental
income that it generates. The
house is loaded with all high
quality amenities. There was
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to detail in the design and
construction of this
The tropically landscaped
adjoining lot is also available.
here is room to build guest
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NORTHWEST HRADENION Recently updated
2BR/2BA home close to river and Lewis Park. New
kitchen, wood floors, massage tub, enclosed lanai and
one-car garage. $349,000.
from this newer
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porches with unob-
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remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Do you need a pro-
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painting and remodeling? 24-hour emergency ser-
vice. Free estimates. 941-224-3593.
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RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two master
suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer, garage,
designer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of the
finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly. Call 941-713-
0034 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor unfur-
nished, $900/month. Seasonals available starting
at $1,800/month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
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1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach. Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
clothes and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalm-
ANNUAL RENTAL: PALMA Sola Park. 3BR/2BA, like
new, fresh and clean. Small pet OK, nonsmoking.
Available April 1. $1,500/month. 941-713-3533.
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal view
with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to share.
Apartment has private entrance, bath and kitchenette.
All utilities except telephone included. $350/week or
$850/month. Perfect for a clean and quiet individual!
Please e-mail email@example.com or call 941-928-
8735. Leave message for information and availability.
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL RENTALS still available.
Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call
Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA, lanai,
garage. Clean, nice quiet area. $975/month. 406-
ANNUAL RENTALS: NORTH Beach Village, 3BR/2BA,
$1,700/month. 2BR/2BA home, Anna Maria, $1,250/
month. 2BR/2BA apartment, Anna Maria, $865/
month. Riverfront condo, 2BR/2BA, $1,195/month.
Cedars East townhome, 3BR/2.5BA, $2,750/month.
Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307.
ANNUAL RENTALS: HERON Harbor condo,
2BR/2BA, pool and clubhouse, corner unit. Ground
floor. $1,000/month. Martinique North, Gulffront,
1 BR/1.5BA, fifth floor, bonus view of Sunshine
Skyway Bridge! $1,300/month. www.coastlineac-
commodations.com. Call Mike at 941-737-0915.
ANNUALS: SANDPIPER RESORT 55-plus com-
munity, No. 200, 2BR/1BA, $695/month. Turnkey
furnished, washer and dryer. Includes water, sewer
and garbage. On bay, Gulf view. Call 941-920-0868
PALM COTTAGE IN Anna Maria. 3BR/1.5BA, laun-
dry, one block to beach. Accepting reservations for
2008 season. 941-739-1882.
LAKEFRONT CONDO: NEW, rent to own. 2 and
3BR/2BA, large lanai. Includes pool, spa, cable,
water. Nice northwest location. Close to beaches.
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel in beauti-
ful town of Anna Maria. Quaint island cottage, steps
to beach. 203-454-0573.
BRAND NEW LUXURY townhome: Harbor Land-
ings, Cortez. 3BR/3BA, private elevator, two-car
garage, all amenities, walk to beach. $2,750/month.
Call Donna at Premier Florida Realty, 941-761-
3720. Cell, 941-313-0104.
OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,000 sf. Available May 1,
2007. Former Cortez Exchange. 8811 Cortez Road,
AFFORDABLE LUXURY! BRADENTON vacation
home available. $700/week, $100 discount each
additional week up to eight weeks. Great location,
open floor plan, Victorian decor and charm, new
carpeting, on deep water canal, garage. Call 614-
207-7878, or visit www.scottincolumbus.com.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
GORGEOUS FURNISHED 2BD/2BA house, steps to
beach. Available May 15 for weekly rental or July, and
August for monthly. July or August monthly rate, $1,600.
Call 636-352-8155. http://jjvacations.blogspot.com.
ANNUALS TO RENT and list! Available 3BR/2BA unfur-
nished with boat dock, $1,400/month, plus utilities. Also,
1 BR/1BA, furnished with pool use, Anna Maria. $900/
month. Call An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
ANNUAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria home. 2BR/2BA,
huge garage, large screened deck, peeks of bay.
$1,250/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
VILLAGE GREEN: BIG 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
huge corner lot, large lanai, new paint, carpet, tile
and appliances. Minutes to beaches in west Braden-
ton. $1,395/month. Annual. 941-720-2804.
MONTHLY RENTAL: FLAMINGO Cay. 2BR/2BA
with boat dock. Turnkey furnished. Available June 1
through Sept. 30. $950/month. References required.
ROOMMATE WANTED: ONE house from beach.
Private entrance and bath, satellite, washer and
dryer, phone, TV/DVD, internet, all utilities. $700/
month. Call Bill, 941-518-4222.
VACATION RENTALS NOW: 2BR/2BA town-
house, pool and boat dock, $499/week. Key Royale
3BR/2BA home, pool and boat dock, $799/week.
Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
NORTH SHORE DRIVE: 2BR/2BA, ground level,
steps to beach. Available October 2007-May 2008.
$1,900/month. Six-months or longer. Shorter stays
more. Garage, central air conditioning, laundry. 863-
858-7934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER: JUNE THROUGH Labor Day. Holmes
Beach furnished 2BR/2BA, pool, tile throughout,
dishwasher, washer and dryer, cable TV. 1.5 blocks
to beach. $3,300 covers utilities. 941-778-3104.
HOLMES BEACH: PERFECT 3BR/2BA, all new, canal
home. Two docks, caged pool, unfurnished, large deck,
spa, boatlift. $1,800/month. 941-729-2106.
ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy
home. 4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in
Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.
1BR/1BA FURNISHED CONDO on Cortez Road
near Bradenton Beach. Lease, $625/month includes
basic cable and water. Jackie, 941-929-7165.
ANNUALS AND SIX-monthers! 2BR/2BA Gulffront,
furnished, with pool! 55-plus $1,800-plus. 2BR/2BA,
furnished, Key Royale with garage, washer and
dryer, $1,500-plus. 2BR/1BA furnished bayou condo,
$1,000-plus. 2BR/2BA, furnished updated bead
board cottage near the Rod & Reel Pier and more!
Call Sue at An Island Place Realty, 941-720-2242.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1.5BA, $1,000/
month. Trash, water and sewer included, shared laun-
dry. Small pet OK. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
ANNUAL RENTAL: PERICO Bay Club. 2BR/2BA loft
unit. Furniture available, pools, tennis, security gate.
Beautifully landscaped community. Leave message,
ROOM FOR RENT: Holmes Beach house, 1.5
blocks to beach. $225/week includes electric, water
and trash. First, last and security deposit. Available
ANNUAL STUDIO APARTMENT in Holmes Beach.
No pets. 941-778-7039.
ENCLOSED STORAGE AREA: Holmes Beach.
1,000 sf. $350/month. Close to city hall. Call 941-
778-0837 or 941-704-4591.
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ANNUAL: REMODELED 2BR/2BA, elevated duplex,
covered parking, washer and dryer hookups. $950/
month. 2415 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach. 941-778-0954.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA: WEST of Gulf, ground floor. Pri-
vate areas if unit is shared. $1,200/month. 129 49th
St., Holmes Beach. 941-920-0868.
HOLMES BEACH: FURNISHED 2BR/2BA. June 1,
2007- Jan. 1, 2008. Tile throughout, pool, dishwah-
ser, washer and dryer, cable TV. 1.5 blocks to beach.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s.
Minutes to beach, no flood, evacuation zone.
Hidden Lake Real Estate, 941-761-0444.
ISLAND CANAL LOT: 75x100 feet, new dock, priced
to sell quickly. Below market and appraised value,
$535,000. Call Jake, 941-544-7786.108 Gull Drive,
BY OWNER: 2BR/1.5BA condo. West of Gulf Drive,
two pools, covered parking. $399,999. 863-412-
2612. www.cflrealestateonline.com/condo. 5400
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
CPR: DON'T STRESS out over your property man-
agement fees. Low rates and tiered services. Now
accepting new rental properties. Call Suzanne,
941-962-0971, or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.
PERICO ISLAND BY owner. Single 3BR/2BA home,
beautifully decorated and maintained. Wide-open
views overlooking preserve from heated, caged pool.
Buyers agents, 3 percent. $472,000. 941-794-8360.
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA end unit. Huge
Gulf views from most rooms. Beautiful Tommy
Bahama-style furnishings. Pool, hot tub, tennis,
docks. Great vacation home and rental income. By
owner. $589,000. 941-388-5238.
ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner.
Holmes Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool,
boat dock, many upgrades. $775,000. Call 941-
PRE-FORECLOSURE SALE: $499,999. My loss is
your gain! Selling $50,000 below purchase price.
3BR/2BA beautiful home, recently remodeled and
redecorated on quiet drive. 413 Bay Palms Drive.
Contact owner/broker, Fisher Real Estate Inc. 941-
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6BR on canal, deeded beach
access. Use it, rent it out or redevelop. $649,900. Mary
Ann Namack, Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
MUST SELL! ELEVATED concrete duplex, 2BR per
side, freshly remodeled. 3,500 sf of enclosed space.
One block to beach. $449,000. 941-807-5449.
AREYOU A teacher? Walk to Suggs Middle School
when you buy this 2BR/2BA, updated cul-de-sac
home for $210,000. Call CPR, 941-794-1515.
BAYFRONT ANNA MARIA Sound on the Intra-
coastal Waterway. Unobstructed southern views,
tastefully renovated, pool, boat dock, mature land-
scaping. 2BR/1 BA, office, garage. Brokers protected.
517 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-0029.
Recently reduced, $1,100,000.
PALMA SOLA VIEW: Perico Bay Club: 2BR/2BA,
close to beach! Second-floor unit with vaulted ceiling,
screened and air-conditioned glassed-in porch, one-car
garage. 24-hour security. Active associations. Open 1 -
4pm Sunday. Was 439,900, now $ 429,900. Make offer!
1191 Edgewater Circle. Home, 863-324-0944. Cell, 863-
280-0222. email@example.com. Owner is a broker.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Beautiful duplex, walking
distance from the beach on private street, conve-
nient to everything. 3BR/3BA unit and 1BR/1 BA unit.
Large bedrooms. $499,000. Call Jerry Sutton with
Realty Professional Group Inc. 813-263-6995.
MUST RELOCATE: DREAM deal on Island at
$489,000. Home in great condition, deep-water canal,
large boat dock, decks. 2BR/2BA, updates. See it at
www.buyowner.com. (ID#63415) or 24-hour hotline,
1-877-940-7777, or 941-779-2807 for personal tour.
MUST SELL! ELEVATED concrete duplex, 2BR per
side, freshly remodeled. 3,500 sf of enclosed space.
One block to beach. $449,000. 941-807-5449.
BEST BUY ON the beach: Direct Gulffront 2BR/2BA
condo. Newly updated, heated pool, great rental
history. $719,900. Call owner, 941-778-3180.
EIGHT LUXURIOUS DESIGNER condos to choose
from. 3BR/2BA 1,750 sf, garage, private elevator,
pricing from the $600s. Call for your personal tour.
Kimberly Mills or Erlene Fitzpatrick, Realtors, Re/
Max Gulfstream, 941-758-7777.
FOR SALE: 2BR/1 BA condo. Private beach and boat
slips on Intracoastal Waterway. Income producing or
private getaway. Best buy on the Island. $385,000.
COME HOME TO the Island: new luxury condos.
3BR/2BA, garage, private elevator, veranda, 1,750
sf, located at 2317 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach. From
the $600s. Contact Kimberly Mills or Erlene Fitzpat-
rick, Re/Max Gulfstream. 941-758-7777.
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BOATERS DREAM: MARINERS Cove condo
includes 50-foot boat slip. Large updated 3BR/2.5
BA end unit, with a view of the Intracoastal Water-
way. Amenities include fireplace, wet bar, glass-
enclosed lanai and much more. $799,000, Richard
Parker 941-920-3250, Re/Max Gulfstream.
FOR SALE BY owner: Anna Maria deep-water
canal home. 2BR/3BA with large in-law suite. Large
office, possible third bedroom. 1,900 sf. Priced to
sell. Three percent to Realtors. Call for appointment.
240 Chilson Ave. 941-447-6668.
FOR SALE: SUNBOW Bay, East Bay Drive across from
Public. 2BR/2BA, fully furnished and equipped, elevator,
garage, two pools, tennis court, fishing pier. Just move
in. $368,000. Contact: fvanmechelen @hotmail.com.
CANALFRONT CONDO: WESTBAY Point & Moorings.
Fabulous 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, light and bright,
tennis, heated pool, walk to stores and restaurants,
minutes to beach. Priced for quick sale. Denise Lan-
glois, Coldwell Banker, 941-751-1155. ML#546946.
ISLAND BARGAINS: QUALITY duplex one block
to beach, $468,000 or best offer. Key Royale
3BR/2BA home, all new interiors, pool and boat
dock, $799,000 or best offer. Palma Sola town-
house, pool and boat dock, $275,000 or best offer.
Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: BY owner. 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage with family room, large fenced lot,
two blocks to bay. Not a flood zone. $299,000.
SANDPIPER RESORT: 55-PLUS. 2BR/2BA, turn-
key furnished, washer and dryer, 1,000 sf, 2005
manufactured home. Corner lot, includes share.
UPSCALE LUXURY PROPERTIES: $500,000-
$2,000,000. Free list with pictures. www.BradentonLux-
uryList.com. Keller Williams Realty. 941- 447-4253.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND villa: 2BR/2BA, elevated, close
to the beach, totally updated interior, furnished, garage
and room for small boat storage, too! $349,000. Tom
Nelson, Island Real Estate, 941-778-6066.
FIXER UPPERS, BARGAINS, lowest prices. These
homes need work. Free list with pictures. www.Braden-
tonFixers.com. Keller Williams Realty.941- 447-4253.
BY OWNER: HOLMES Beach, Sandy Pointe condo.
2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, covered parking, two
cars, washer and dryer. Two blocks from beach.
3607 East Bay Drive. $295,000. 813-486-9535.
GATED 10-ACRE estates: Horses OK, near national
and state forests. Owner financing, no closing costs.
$89,900. 800-352-5263. Florida Woodland Group
Inc., licensed real estate broker.
AAH! COOL MOUNTAIN breezes! Murphy, N.C.
Affordable land, homes, mountain cabins on lakes,
mountains and streams. Free brochure, 877-837-
2288. Exit Realty Mountain View Properties. www.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Western North
Carolina mountains. Free color brochure and
information, mountain properties with spectacu-
lar views, homes, cabins, creeks and investment
acreage. Cherokee Mountain GMAC Real Estate.
cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for free brochure,
LAKE PROPERTIES Lakefront and lake-view
homes and parcels on pristine 34,000-acre Norris
Lake in east Tennessee. Call Lakeside Realty, 888-
291-5253, or visit www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.
COLORADO RANCH SALE: 35 acres, $36,900.
Easy access, sunset views. All utilities, surveyed.
Financing available. Call owner today! 866-696-
5263, ext. 2595.
LIMITED TIME OFFER: 100 percent financing, no
payments for two years. Gated lakefront commu-
nity of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.
All dockable. 90 miles of shoreline. Start $99,000.
Call now, 800-709-LAKE.
ESCAPE FLORIDA'S HIGH costs! Lake access
from $49,900. Dockable lakefront from $194,900.
Exclusive, private community on Lake Guntersville in
northern Alabama. Featuring gated entrance, paved
roads, clubhouse, boat launch, marina, underground
utilities and estate-size parcels in park-like setting.
No time requirement to start building. Excellent
financing available. New phase release, The Oaks,
Saturday, May 19, 2007. Call to schedule your tour.
888-525-3725, ext.2521. www.theoaks-gpi.com.
Taylor Hicks, our newest lot owner, will be on hand
to greet appointment holders on May 19, 2007.
NANTAHALA LAKE LOT with old fish camp and 2/BR
septic permit, close to public boat ramp. $225,000.
Valleytown Realty. http://valleytownrealty.com. 800-
SMOKEY MOUNTAIN AND lakefront luxury condos.
Exclusive agents for HarborCrest and RiverStone Resort
and Spa. Prices from $234,900 to $569,900. 800-628-
9073, RiverStoneRealty.com or HarborCrest.net.
NORTH CAROLINA: BEST buy in mountains! Owner
financing, two acres with spectacular view, paved
road, restricted, Bryson City. $45,000, $9,000 down.
Call owner! 800-273-6213. www.wildcatknob.com.
TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN RETREAT: One day land
sale, save $10,000. Saturday, June 2 only. Estate
homesites up to four-plus acres from $39,900.
Reflects savings. Panoramic bluff views, owner's
clubhouse, paved roads, no state income tax. Call,
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: MY dream. Rustic two-
story log cabin on 13 acres with barn, pastures,
woods, creek. Adjoins Jefferson National Forest
with miles of trails, have to sell. $389,500. Owner,
Available from Commercial News
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JUST $195.22/MONTH: One-plus acres with free
boat slips! Nicely wooded lake access property in
brand new premier development on spectacular
160,000-acre recreational lake! Prime waterfronts
available. Call 800-704-3154, ext. 1113. Price
$34,900, 20 percent down, balance financed 30
years, 7.5 percent fixed, OAC.
COASTAL GEORGIA: NEW, pre-construction golf
community. Large lots and condos with deep water,
marsh, golf, nature views. Gated, golf, fitness center,
tennis, trails, docks. $70s-$300,000.877-266-7376.
TENNESSEE LAKE BARGAIN: Three-plus acres,
$129/month. Free boat slips! Enjoy access to pri-
vate, Jimmy Houston-endorsed bass lake. Paved
roads, utilities, soils tested. Lakefront avail-
able. Call now, 866-685-2562, ext. 1155. Price,
$24,900, 20 percent down, balance financed 30
years, 6.75 percent fixed, OAC. Tennessee Land
GEORGIA/FLORIDA BORDER: 23.55 acres, only
$99,900. Was $124,900. Coastal region. Wooded,
loaded with wildlife. Easy drive to St. Simons Island!
Subdivision potential! Call now, 800-898-4409, ext.
FOR SALE: PROPERTY in North Carolina'sYadkin
Valley wine region. 124 acres join the Pilot Mountain
State Park near Winston, Salem. Timber, develop-
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COASTAL GEORGIA! 119 acres, $234,900. Geor- "me"I poteLial, streams, river access. $/,ouu per
gia/Florida border. Mature pines, abundant wild- acre. Call 276-768-9002.
life, black rail fencing. Long road frontage, utilities. DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
Potential to subdivide. Excellent financing. Call now Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
800-898-4409, ext. 1163. Beach or order online www.islander.org.
NOW INCL 5K POOL PACKAGE!
Jennifer R. Cascardo 917-859-7859 or 941-778-1440
New York Florida Broker "Exclusive Service from Skyline to Skyway""
REAL ESTATE LLC
ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH
3BRhouse plus cottage! West of Gulf Drive very close to gorgeous
beach! Screened porch, furnished house. Now $699,900.
HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock, direct
access to Tampa Bay. $699,900.
FLAMINGO CAY POOL HOME
3BR/2BA plus den. Spacious updated waterfront home. Dock,
caged solar-heated pool, nicely landscaped. Sprinkler system,
oversized two-car garage. $699,900.
KEY WEST WATERFRONT
4BR/3BA spectacular pool home with gorgeous view of Bimini Bay
with 9,000 lb. boat lift! $1,700,000.
Spacious 4BR/3BA pool home with 253-foot waterfront. Deep
water, two docks and lushly landscaped. $1,850,000.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $365,000.
ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo fl ooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay and
Intracoastal Waterway $599,000.
PLAYA ENCANTADA TOWNHOUSE
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view of Gulf. New kitchen,
tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $849,900.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulf view. $799,900.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $959,900.
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.
SARASOTABAYFRONT PARADISE- 3BR/2.5BA, $1,124,900.
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA. $529,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey $165,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDO 2BR/2BA Patio. $269,900.
UPDATED DUPLEX- 2107 Avenue B. $596,900
SUN PLAZA WEST CONDOS 2BR/2BA. From $499,900.
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulf view. $969,900.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
1 MLS Sii1Coast
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated.
TO BE SOLD ATAUCTION MAY18
CALLTERRYHAYES FOR DETAILS
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