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Second accident on AMI Bridge in a week
One man died and two others suffered injuries when the SUV they were in went off the Anna Maria Island
Bridge into the water early May 13. The crash was the second on the bridge in less than a week. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Pine time protesters in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
When the Anna Maria City Commission voted
three years ago to authorize removal of five of the 12
Australian pines trees in Gulffront Park, the decision
generated all the public interest of a vote on buying
more water cups for the drinking fountain.
How times have changed.
Since 2004 the grass-roots organization known as
Stop Taking Our Pines has gained momentum on the
Island and organizers now say they have more than 900
signatures on a petition demanding that governments
stop removing Australian pines.
And about 100 STOP members attended the Anna
Maria City Commission meeting May 10 to express
their displeasure with the city's decision on Gulffront
Park, the area seaward of homes between Oak and Palm
STOP organizer John Molyneux said that his
group's view is that while the city only wants to remove
five pine trees this time, next year it will be five more,
then five more the next year and so on. "This is only
the beginning" of the elimination of all Australian pines
on the Island, he contended.
Not true, responded City Commissioner Dale
Woodland. Removal of more than the five trees at
Gulffront Park "has never been planned." In fact, noted
Woodland, the consultant's report from 2004 had rec-
ommended the city remove all the Australian pines
from the park, and some people wanted them removed
from Gulf Boulevard as well.
The city only made its decision after obtaining the
study on how to manage the Gulffront Park environ-
ment, which was prepared by an environmental con-
sulting group, he added. Removing five pines was a
"responsible and fair compromise," Woodland said.
Molyneux, however, said it was "irresponsible" for
the city to be cutting down Australian pines when they
should be planting them. It's a "misuse" of taxpayer
funds to remove those trees, he said. His organization
wants the commission to "cease funding" removal of
He dismissed the idea that the pines should be
removed because they are invasive and non-native,
stating the trees are part of the beauty of the Island,
absorb carbon, provide shade for beachgoers and pro-
tect a number of bird species that make nests in the
Other STOP speakers suggested that a referendum
might be necessary to halt further pine tree removal,
while one speaker indicated the day would come when
all the trees on the Island have been removed.
Commissioner Duke Miller was perplexed. It seems
there is a "huge perception" that the commission is out
to eradicate all the Australian pines in the city. This
removal was discussed and approved three years ago,
Tim Eiseler, chairman of the environmental educa-
tion and enhancement committee and a trained forester,
said the five pines that will be removed are not used by
anyone and are interfering with the growth of some sea
oats. Removing the pines is a logical step to preserving
Although the commission took no action to change
its plan for removing the five pine trees in Gulffront Park,
STOP members apparently don't plan to give up. Some
have asked to meet with Mayor Fran Barford to discuss
the referendum process to put the issue to a vote.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion recommends that governments remove Australian
pines on public property "where possible," and also
prohibits the planting of any Australian pine trees. The
DEP has labeled the trees "invasive, exotic and non-
Meanwhile, the removal of the five offending Aus-
tralian pines is slated for this summer.
In other commission business, commissioners dis-
cussed the future of dredging the Lake LaVista inlet as
opposed to extending the jettys as a means of keeping
the channel free of silt for a longer period of time.
City engineer Tom Wilcox gave the commission
four options, but said his recommendation is that the
city pay a local firm for an extra "fillet" of silt removal.
This would keep the channel open a bit longer until the
city is ready for a major dredge operation that will cost
between $100,000 and $125,000. The city currently has
two dredging permits for Lake LaVista that expire in
2009 and 2010 respectively, unless the city can renew
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Volume 15, No. 28 May 16, 2007 FREE
One dead, two
injured in AMI
By Lisa Neff
One man died and two others suffered serious inju-
ries when their SUV crashed through the Anna Maria
Island Bridge guardrail and plummeted into the water
early May 13.
The crash was the second on the bridge in less than a
week a Bradenton man suffered minor injuries when
he lost control of his vehicle on the bridge May 7.
The May 13 accident happened at about 3:15 a.m.,
according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The vehicle, according to FHP, was traveling east-
bound on the bridge when the right front tire struck
a curb and the vehicle crossed into the westbound,
struck another curb, turned counterclockwise and went
through the concrete guardrail into the water.
The accident led to a charge of DUI manslaughter
against Gregario Lopez-Chavarria, 21, who was identi-
fied as the driver. Lopez-Chavarria, of Bradenton, and
Florentino Gonzalez-Doran, 35, a passenger in the front
seat, were injured in the crash. The name of the deceased
passenger had not been released at press time.
Two young motorcyclists, who declined to provide
their names to The Islander, and two West Manatee Fire
Rescue District employees rescued Lopez-Chavarria
and Gonzalez-Doran. The motorcyclists were crossing
the bridge soon after the green Ford Expedition went
into the water near the western edge of the bridge.
"We were passing by as it happened," said one
motorcyclist. "We dove in."
"We seen people screaming," said the other. "Some-
one was on top of the SUV, screaming." Both citizen res-
cuers suffered minor injuries- scrapes and cuts on their
chests and shoulders from barnacles. One limped across
the bridge to his bike as he prepared to leave the scene.
The first emergency workers to the scene were
WMFR Battalion Chief Rich Losek and firefighter Greg
Wigeria. They climbed down a ladder into the water
and helped bring the injured men to shore, as well as
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Florida Department of Transportation workers
installed approximately 15 feet of temporary guard-
rail on the Anna Maria Island Bridge last week after
a vehicle struck the guardrail. More temporary rail-
ing was added following Sunday morning's crash.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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Crash kills one Sunday morning
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found the body in the vehicle.
Lopez-Chavarria and Gonzalez-Doran were taken to
Blake Medical Center suffering serious injuries. A medi-
cal evacuation by helicopter was not possible because
of the smoky haze caused by northern wildfires.
First reports from the bridge caused some confu-
sion. Based on information from the passengers, com-
municating through a translator, law enforcement offi-
cials believed a fourth man had been in the vehicle and
So at dawn a search and recovery mission was in
full operation, with officers from Holmes Beach Police
Department, WMFR, U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish
and Wildlife and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Islanders awoke to the sound of a low-flying heli-
copter searching for the possible fourth victim. Divers
and emergency officials at the water's edge and on the
bridge also searched.
Meanwhile, divers and Malt's Express tow and sal-
vage operators worked to haul the SUV from the water.
Additional emergency workers removed car parts and
other debris from the water and tried to collect oil and gaso-
line that had turned the water to a shiny brown-green.
On the bridge, about a dozen patrol cars were
parked, most of them with the MCSO and FHP
The bridge remained closed to vehicle traffic for
hours, opening at about 9:45 a.m. to a long line of vehi-
cles headed into Holmes Beach and only a few cars
headed off the Island because most had been redirected
to cross on the Cortez drawbridge.
As motorists passed the scene, they slowed or
stopped to look, sometimes forcing those behind them
to slam on the brakes. The squealing tires occasionally
causing reporters and emergency officials to jump.
With the SUV resting on the edge of the shore, FHP
Sgt. William Pascoe studied the vehicle inside and out,
looking at what had been an empty baby seat in the
back row, the airbag lying limp on the steering wheel,
the belongings strewn about, the broken windows and
the crumpled doors and roof.
"We can only account for three people," he said,
adding that no one had been publicly identified and
authorities had not determined who was driving.
Pascoe, supervising officer on the scene, said both
the injured men appeared to be under the influence of
alcohol and that the investigation was ongoing.
He added that authorities had not determined whether
the dead man, a passenger in the rear seat, had drowned
or succumbed to injuries suffered in the impact.
"We' 11 wait for the medical examiner," he said.
In the accident May 7, a vehicle slammed into the
bridge, knocking a gap in the side guardrail and sending
chunks of concrete into Anna Maria Sound.
The accident occurred at about 9:33 p.m., drawing
a convoy of emergency personnel and halting traffic on
"It looked like a carnival there were so many blue
and red lights," said Holmes Beach resident Lisa Wil-
liams, an Islander employee.
Williams was driving on the bridge at the time of
the accident and, after the crash, saw the wrecked truck,
with at least one tire knocked off and spilling gas.
She also saw an unidentified motorist pull the truck
driver from his vehicle.
Clifford G. Grayson, 44, was traveling east on the
bridge in a 2004 Dodge pickup. According to the Flor-
ida Highway Patrol, Grayson was driving at a "high rate
of speed" when the pickup crossed the divider separat-
h ers haul the
c from the water
o and FWC
t -e- on from their
ing the pedestrian walkway and the eastbound lane.
The pickup traveled with the driver's side wheels in
the road and the passenger's side wheels on the walk-
way for about 235 feet.
The vehicle then crossed back into the road and began
spinning counterclockwise, crossing into the westbound
lane, slamming into the guardrail and eventually coming
to a rest facing northeast in the westbound lane.
Grayson was taken to Blake Medical Center suf-
fering minor injuries.
FHP estimated the damage to the pickup at $10,000.
"The vehicle caused structural damage to three sec-
tions of the bridge rail and posts," according to a report
from William Thomas, a spokesman with FDOT's
regional office in Bartow.
Inspectors later found that the accident damaged
four railing posts and three sections of guardrailing.
On May 8, caution tape and wood filled the gap
in the guardrail on the bridge, which is set for a major
rehab in 2008.
In the days that followed, workers with L&S Con-
crete out of Sarasota, worked to repair the bridge, a
process that involved installing temporary railing and
then installing new reinforcing steel and casting new
posts and rails.
The FHP report stated that the accident was alcohol
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2007 E 3
Wildfires blanket Anna Maria Island in smoke
By Lisa Neff
Wildfires in Georgia and Florida burned hundreds
of thousands of acres last week and sent plumes of
smoke across the state, creating a dense haze and drop-
ping ash on Anna Maria Island.
The smoke was especially heavy on the Island
throughout the day May 8 and in the afternoon May 11.
"You can see the ash on my glasses," said Islander
Phyllis Taylor as she left the U.S. Post Office in Anna
Maria last Friday. "I don't think I ever remember it
being this bad."
The number of fires in Florida fell from 236 on
May 10 to 223 on May 11, but three massive fires
continued to burn as severe drought conditions carried
into the weekend.
Conditions prompted the National Weather Service
out of Ruskin to issue a smoke advisory for the Tampa
Bay region May 11: "The smoke and ash will pose seri-
ous hazards to persons with breathing problems and all
visitors with breathing problems are advised to remain
indoors the remainder of the day."
At the City Pier in Anna Maria, people complained
of dull headaches as they fished in a gray-blue haze
that nearly obscured the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in
"At least it hasn't hurt the fishing," said Manny
Rodriguez of Bradenton.
On the beaches, from Bean Point in Anna Maria
to Coquina in Bradenton Beach, people complained of
a shortness of breath, irritated eyes, runny noses and
"It's not a pleasant smokiness, like a chimney fire
or a barbecue," said beachgoer Paul Foster of Longboat
Key. "Smells like destruction."
The wildfires drew firefighters from across the
country and all parts of Florida, including Manatee
County. Brett Pollock, deputy chief for West Manatee
Fire Rescue District, left to assist with fighting fires in
Lake and Flagler counties more than a week ago.
A member of one of four state interagency teams,
Pollock was responsible last week for overseeing the
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Smoke on the water
Smoke from wildfires in Florida and Georgia blankets
safety of about 200 firefighters who worked night and
day shifts to extinguish wildfires.
His home base last week was the Flagler County
Emergency Operations Center.
"Basically when I got here, I took a tour of the
area," Pollock said via phone. "I looked at the apparatus
on the site. I looked at the hazards [firefighters] were
dealing with and there were a few hazards out there we
had to address."
The fires Pollock responded to were not the ones
sending smoke into the Gulf.
"Those are in north Florida and Georgia," said Pol-
lock May 11, the seventh day of what could be a 14-day
assignment for him. "We had the same issue. We were
socked in with smoke from the fires up north."
Pollock, at press time, was the only WMFR officer
deployed to work the wildfires.
"We haven't been told how long we are going to
be here," he said. "But the state is still in a pretty dire
Center cools to Verizon cell
tower, plan advances slowly
By Rick Catlin
The budding romance between the Anna Maria
Island Community Center and Verizon Wireless over
installation of a cell tower at the Center has apparently
After several major Center donors expressed their
displeasure over the prospects of the tower, board
members at their May 9 meeting decided to back off
from further discussions until Verizon presents an
actual proposal. Even an actual plan might not be
enough for the suitor to win the bride.
"Some of our significant donors are not happy with
the Center hosting a cell tower," said board chairman
Tom Breiter, who said he has received several nega-
tive calls on the issue since Verizon's proposal was
announced several months ago.
In fact, board members along with Center execu-
tive director Pierrette Kelly agreed that donors and
donations are more vital to the Center than a cell
"It's very important to step back and look at this
Pine protest draws 100-plus
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Commissioners also discussed a stormwater utility
fee similar to a proposal submitted by Woodland two
years ago that he eventually withdrew because of the
20-year payback portion of the proposal.
The fee would pay for maintenance of stormwater
improvements that are currently budgeted. Barford said
she would take Woodland's spread sheets from the last
proposal and bring more information back to the com-
Woodland said he thinks a stormwater utility fee is
a "great way" to pay for drain maintenance, but not an
effective means to fund new construction of this type.
much more carefully," said Kelly. "If it affects our
donations, I'm all for putting it off. I'd say we don't
have to rush into this."
The problem is the visual negativity of a cell tower,
Anna Maria City Commissioner Christine Toilette,
the city's liaison to the board, said she's gotten several
irate calls from citizens on the proposed tower.
But Toilette noted that, according to the Federal
Communications Commission, cities can't prohibit
a cell tower, only control its location, height and
Anna Maria has a cell tower ordinance limiting
such structures to 37 feet in height, and recommend-
ing they be placed in locations such as at city hall,
the Roser Memorial Community Church and at the
"People will be irate no matter where it goes," said
And a cell tower will eventually come to the north
end of the Island, added Price. "Someone will put one
in sooner or later," he predicted.
Board member Andy Price has been in discussion
with Verizon representatives and he said Verizon is in
the process of preparing a conceptual drawing of the
cell tower, along with a study of its required height.
But that tower might not be at the new community
center. Board members agreed to take no action and
step back and wait for further contact from Verizon.
"We're in a 'go slow' mode" on any cell tower, said
Breiter. "We have some issues."
Price said he would call Verizon and tell them the
Center is "chilling" to the idea and waiting for the study
to be presented.
In other business, Kelly said that in about six weeks,
the renovated center should be completed, allowing the
staff to begin moving in and preparing for a certificate
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the beach in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
WMFR Capt. Tom Sousa said the district is ready
for additional deployment.
Sousa added that generally the Island doesn't face
wildfire threats and that the district had received few calls
from residents inquiring about the smoke and haze.
Olesens ask city to
lift stop-work order
Attorney Ryan Owen, representing the Olesen
family of 504 S. Bay Blvd. in Anna Maria, has asked
the city commission to lift a stop work order against
his clients in order for them to complete renovations at
Owen said in a May 2 letter to the commission that
the Olesens are "willing to pay for the renovations and
complete the residence at their peril."
The Olesens filed suit against the city last year after
a stop work order was issued by the city regarding own-
ership of a 5-foot-wide right of way on the north side
of their property. The case has not yet gone to trial.
The commission heard Owen's request at a "shade"
meeting May 11, but any decision will have to be made
in public, said Commission Chairman John Quam.
Anna Maria City
May 21, 6 p.m., neighborhood meeting for 830 and
834 S. Bay Blvd. at Crosspointe Fellowship Church.
May 21, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting
on EAR, Holmes Beach City Hall.
May 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the annex
building at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 GulfDrive,
Anna Maria, 708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.
May 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: Ap-
proval of Kokolis agreement, approval of attorney ser-
vices with Ralf Brookes and Ricinda Perry, beach parcel
offer discussion, special request for various events and
banners, Monroe Cottage renovations, approval of
invoices, consent agenda and commission reports.
May 23, 1 p.m., city commission work meeting on
building official applicants.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
May 16, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay
May 17, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Commission meeting on assessment rates, Fire Sta-
tion No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
4 0 MAY 16, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
State wants you
By Molly McCartney
Message to homeowners from the state of Florida:
Protect your house and we'll try to help.
If you don't, we won't.
That is the idea behind the latest storm-proofing
legislation, which the governor is expected to sign
It is also the philosophy of the state program
established to encourage people to harden their homes
against hurricanes by offering free wind inspections,
matching grants and consumer education.
The program, known as My Safe Florida Home,
has been streamlined and is in the process of expand-
ing its campaign for storm proofing, also known as
State Rep. Bill Galvano (R-68) explains: "The only
way we are going to solve the insurance crisis ulti-
mately is to make hurricanes less costly. And the only
way to make them less costly is by properly mitigating
and preparing for them."
Galvano, who represents Anna Maria Island and
other parts of western Manatee County, said that state
officials have adopted a "system of incentives and
thresholds" to encourage individual homeowners to
stormproof their houses.
"The early stages are all about incentives, to get
people to start thinking about hurricanes and how to
minimize damages," he said.
Among the "incentives," he said, are the free wind
inspections and matching grants that are available to
eligible homeowners through My Safe Florida Home.
The "thresholds," Galvano said, include the
new legislative requirements that owners of expen-
sive coastal homes install shutters on windows and
doors, as of 2009, when they remodel or apply for
hurricane coverage from the state-operated Citizens
Property Insurance Corp. These requirements would
apply to all homes valued at $750,000 or more in
"It is this simple: If you want taxpayers to help you,
you have to help yourself," Galvano said.
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, whose depart-
ment oversees My Safe Florida Home, is also talking
about the possibility of naming a state "mitigation czar"
to promote the state's campaign for stormproofing.
"We are looking into that," a Sink spokeswoman
told The Islander.
The good news is that the state effort to encour-
age interest in mitigation with the offer of wind
inspections and $5,000 matching grants has been a
"To date, we have had more than half a million
Cell tower again proposed
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of occupancy from Anna Maria. However, programs
won't begin until school returns in late August, she
"So, don't start celebrating yet," she advised
The center will also be one of four recipients of
donations in an upcoming Father's Day blood drive. The
Center receives $100 for each pint of blood given at the
blood drive, as long as the donor indicates the money
should be earmarked for the Center.
Teen coordinator Jeff Darwin gave an overview of
the teen program and asked for volunteers to allow a
teenager to "job shadow" for a day. Anyone interested
in having a "shadow" on the job should call Darwin at
Kelly also noted that with the completion of the
new building, the annual "Affair to Remember" will
be held next year on Feb. 23, 2008.
That's earlier than previous affairs and will allow
more Islanders and winter visitors to attend, she said.
The next AMICC board meeting will be at 7:30
p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the West Manatee Fire
District's Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach.
A PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
Go to the state's Web site, www.mysafefloridahome.com, for information on ways to storm-proof your home
against hurricane damage and to apply for the state's free wind inspection program and matching grants that
are offered to eligible homeowners.
phone calls," said Tami Torres, the special program
administrator for My Safe Florida Home, which oper-
ates under the direction of Chief Financial Officer
The bad news is that 53,000 homeowners includ-
ing 1,300 in Manatee County who applied last year
are still waiting for their long-promised inspections.
"We recognize the homeowners' frustration,"
She said that officials have been scrambling since
the program was established in May 2006 to hire per-
sonnel, find and train inspectors and develop the tech-
n' v1, ,'y and procedures needed to fulfill the legislative
mission for the $250 million program, which is the first
of its kind in the nation.
In the pilot phase last August, the program con-
ducted more than 14,000 free wind inspections across
the state, including 441 in Manatee County. As of May
3, the program had awarded about $200,000 in match-
ing grants to 88 Florida homeowners who hardened
their homes against hurricanes.
Torres said the inspections resumed in April.
But new applicants should not expect a free wind
inspection before August, she said, because the 53,000
people on the waiting list from last year, including
1,300 in Manatee County, have priority.
For a glimpse into the current status of the program,
here are excerpts from an April 22 e-mail that My Safe
Florida Home sent to one Holmes Beach homeowner,
who has been waiting for nine months to get the free
"Last fall, you applied online for a free wind
inspection through the My Safe Florida Home program.
Your application has been pending with us until we
reopened the program to resume inspections again. That
time has arrived.
"We have selected 11 inspection firms to conduct
inspections statewide and will first serve the 53,000
applicants who applied last year. You are one of the
53,000 applicants. You do not need to do anything else
to receive your free wind inspection except wait to
be contacted by an inspection firm or inspector.
"If you have not heard from a wind inspec-
tion firm or wind inspector by June 30, call us at
1-866-513-6734. Please allow the inspection firm or
inspector 60 days to schedule your inspection before
Who is eligible?
To qualify for a free wind inspection, you must be
a homeowner with a homestead exemption. The house
must be a single-family detached structure or a unit in a
residential building of no more than four units. And you
have to apply and obtain approval in order to receive
the free wind inspection.
Properties not eligible for free wind inspections
include mobile homes and manufactured homes, apart-
ments, condominiums and businesses.
There are other eligibility requirements, but some
of them are on the verge of changing because the Leg-
islature has tightened the rules. Under the 2006 law,
an applicant living in a home with an insured value of
$500,000 or less was eligible for a free wind inspection.
The 2007 legislation says the applicant's home must
have an insured value of $300,000 or less to qualify.
Program officials are reluctant to comment on
the new eligibility rules until the 2007 legislation is
signed and can be incorporated into their operating
Meantime, there is a considerable amount of
information about the program on the Web site, www.
mysafefloridahome.com and homeowners who want to
apply for the free inspection and grant funding should
go there and click on "I want to apply."
Those who do not have access to the Internet can
call the toll-free number, 866-513-6734.
Steps you can take
Program officials say there are steps you can take
to make your family and your home safer, even if you
don't qualify for the free wind inspections or the match-
And the program Web site is full of tips to help
you, including "easy fixes you can do yourself."
Anchor large exterior items such as sheds, gas
tanks and air conditioning units to the ground or the
foundation so they don't become flying objects.
Caulk and/or install weather stripping to all doors
and windows to keep wind from entering.
Have cut-to-fit board and mounting frames
ready for all windows and doors, if you don't have
The Web site also has some how-to videos,
myths and facts about hurricane proofing, sugges-
tions for choosing a contractor and reasons to safe-
guard your home.
If you want to pay for a wind inspection yourself,
either because you don't qualify for a free inspection
or because you are not interested in the state inspection
program, you may want to contact a wind inspector on
For help finding one, go to www.mysafeflori-
dahome.com and look for the state's list of 11 wind
inspection firms that have undergone the state's manda-
tory training in mitigation techniques and have passed
background checks that included fingerprinting and
Any homeowner may contact one of the approved
firms to schedule a wind inspection. The inspection fee,
according to the Web site, is $150.
Siam Gardens sues
Owners of the Siam Garden Resort condominiums
in Anna Maria filed a lawsuit May 10 against Manatee
County property appraiser Charles Hackney and tax
collector Fred Burton.
The suit, filed by attorney John Harllee represent-
ing Siam Retreat Partners LLC as owners, alleges that
Hackney's property value appraisal method was not
done according to Florida statutes and was "arbitrarily
based on appraisal practices" that differ "from the
appraisal practices generally applied to comparable
property within Manatee County."
While not stated specifically in the lawsuit, it would
appear Hackney appraised the property according to
"highest and best use," rather than using the income
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2007 5 5
U.S. Postal Service workers including ( hI i\tiit Swist, Gloria Kincaid, Ted Griffith and Chrissy Abdala at
the post office on Anna Maria Island collected food May 12 for the annual National Association of Letter
Carriers Food Drive. The drive began 15 years ago and traditionally takes place on the second Saturday in
May. The event, which locally collected non-perishables for the food bank operated by Meals on W7 t t PLUS,
is sponsored by the letter carriers union in partnership 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.
For more information about the campaign, call 727-531-1477. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Lawsuit filed Davis in 2005 to an Island company that then converted the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 units to condominiums and sold them to individual inves-
method of valuation. tors, but the use of the property remained as a motel.
According to the lawsuit, the property was appraised Efforts to reach Harllee prior to press deadline
at slightly more than $3.5 million and the resort owners were unsuccessful.
paid $39,147 in 2006 taxes in November. Longboat Key motel owners WSRB Partners Ltd.
Also named in the suit is the Florida Department filed a similar suit against Hackney in November 2006.
of Revenue. Island attorney Chuck Webb represents WSRB Part-
Siam Gardens Resort was sold by developer Kent ners, and that case has not yet gone to trial.
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The merrymaking Anna Maria Island Privateers
will steer the newly named Skullywag ship/float to Bra-
denton Beach Saturday, May 19.
That's the date of the annual Snooks Adams Kids
The site this year is the south pavilion at Coquina
Beach Bayside off Gulf Drive, near the bridge to Long-
Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until
about 2 p.m.
Children can expect games, prizes and food, as well
as a karate demonstration by sense Kevin Bergquist, a
treasure hunt and a pirate costume contest.
The day both honors the Island's kids for another
nine months of school work and former Holmes Beach
Police Chief Snooks Adams, who recently celebrated
his 90th birthday at the Sunny Bowers adult-care facil-
ity in northwest Bradenton.
More than five decades ago, Adams, the Island's first
peace officer, drove a group of youngsters to Coquina Beach
to celebrate the end of the school year. Adams, in addition
to providing the Jeep transport, provided hot dogs and soda
pop. He continued to host the growing Kids Day into the
1980s, when the Privateers sought to join the fun.
The non-profit charitable organization still carries
on the Kids Day tradition free hot dogs, soda and
fun for kids.
Adults, too, join the celebrating- though they're
encouraged to donate for food and refreshments a bit
of their treasure to benefit AMIP causes.
For more information about Kids Day, call 941-
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Through the haze
We were socked in by smoke on the Island last
week. People on the beaches from Bean Point to
Coquina Beach complained about smoke irritating
their eyes, pressing in on their chests, scratching at their
throats, clouding their thoughts.
The smoke-induced haze even seemed to have been
a factor in the life-rescuing operation that took place
after a crash on the Anna Maria Island Bridge May
13 authorities wanted to evacuate the injured by
helicopter but the chopper couldn't fly safely.
The health complaints reminded us of those that
could be heard on the worst of days under a red-tide
And we were far from the disaster zone where fire-
fighters from across the state and country battled fires
scorching more than 300,000 acres and threatening
homes and livelihoods.
As the fires continued to burn into this week, we
encourage people feeling the smoke to heed the cau-
tions from state and local health departments. The
Manatee County Health Department issued an advisory
encouraging people to protect themselves and family
from the harmful effects of smoke avoid prolonged
outdoor activities, stay indoors when possible, do not
add to indoor pollution by utilizing fireplaces, candles
or gas stoves, follow a doctor's advice and stay alert to
But, of course, we can do more than turn on the air
conditioners to block out the threat.
We can, for one thing, simply follow the new,
increased water restrictions in place during this drought.
We have noticed abuses the sprinklers drenching
green lawns in mid-morning, the excess water pud-
dling on the sidewalks, streaming into streets and storm
You've probably noticed a neighbor watering
the grass in the noon-day sun or down the driveway.
Officers with badges don't lock up violators, but that
doesn't mean we can or should ignore the rules.
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and continue through July 31 for people on public and
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Pines, piers, parks, oh my
Should we consider replacing removed pine trees
with sturdy, native trees? What happens as we wait for
these trees to mature, especially on the beach? There
will be no place for our birds to rest and nest on our
tree-lined beaches. One of the unique assets of our
beautiful beaches is the trees and the canopy of shade
The article in The Islander newspaper spoke of
vision. Where is our vision and concern about the real
estate signs a true blight to our community? What
about the unique and eclectic businesses that are leav-
ing Holmes Beach, such as Ginny's? What will arrive
next, a chain store?
The charm of our community comes from the mom-
and-pop stores and the businesses that are here on the
Let us keep Anna Maria Island unique and charm-
ing. Let's not be seduced by the glitz of the big city.
Big isn't always better.
And, finally, build the Bradenton Beach city pier.
Do it right no matter the cost. Encourage more and
more open space and parks for our community.
As Robert Frost wrote, "Poems are made by fools
like me, but only God can make a tree."
Let's not destroy what God has given us.
Ann Rully, Holmes Beach
I am depressed
I am depressed because the Anna Maria Island
Community Center wants to build a disgusting 120-
foot-tall "pole" cell tower in the middle of a residen-
tial part of Anna Maria City. Just what we need an
ugly blight of a tower that can be seen for miles in
the middle of an area with a 35-foot building height
Anyone who has seen the cell tower in Holmes Beach
knows that it sticks out like a sore thumb. Wise up, com-
munity center. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Cell towers need to be subject to the same 35-foot
height restriction as everything else and should blend
in. When I look around, I should not be able to see it
even if I am looking for it.
Perhaps Verizon could hire Disney to design a nice
banyan tree that contains the cell equipment inside and
would fit into a residential neighborhood. The fake
banyan tree at Disney World is pretty convincing.
Robert Atkins, Anna Maria
You haven't heard it all, yet
You have heard a lot lately about the Cortez Trailer
Park, but I don't think you have heard it all.
I can't give Butch Howey credit for all of the prob-
lems. We also have others playing a part in this. You've
heard about the eviction of his aging mother, father,
uncle, aunt and cousin, but you haven't heard about
the eviction of his father-in-law. That is because he is
a major player in the sale of the park.
How many people do you know who would walk
around the park waving bye-bye to many of the older
residents with a smile on his face? Some of these people
have resided here for more than 40 years and this is all
the home they have left.
He calls us "Yankees" and tells us to go north. I
know this is going to come as a shock to him, but I am
just as Southern as he is. I have ancestors who fought
in the Civil War and they didn't wear blue. This man
is a big pusher for the sale of the park.
Apparently Howey thinks all his problems will be
solved when he sells Cortez Trailer Park. I think they
will simply continue. You still have to live with yourself
and the man who has no heart at all your father-in-
law, who harasses elderly homeowners being driven
from their homes.
Jim Rose, Cortez
Why? Why? Why?
Why is Mr. Beruff's money better than Cortez Park
homeowners? Only a very few know the answers and
of course have no comment. I have two sisters who also
live in this park. Need I say more?
Alma Cockerham, Cortez
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2007 7 7
it's cAlon ey!
By former Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney
Much very much -
ado about nothing
It was one of those wonderful "do nothing" days
that I've written about here before days that never
come often enough. You know what I mean, a day with
no meetings, a day when Wife Sarah can't think of a
thing I ought to be doing around the house, a day with
no visitors from the north to entertain (or not even visi-
tors from the south for that matter).
I'll tell you how absolutely "nothing" the particular
day was that I want to tell you about. Like, would you
believe that coming back to our island that morning
from Bradenton, not a single car- not even one from
Michigan or Ohio tried to beat me to the merge on
the Palma Sola Causeway. I didn't get a single letter
that day from the Publishers Clearing House, or even
from a credit card company that had already approved
me. The former bothered me because I was anxious
to know if my chances to win the $10 million were
better than the 160,000,00-to-1 odds that the letter in
the previous day's mail promised me.
Anyway, the funny thing about those wonderful
"nothing" days lately is that they leave me time to
fully wonder about "somethings," and wonder about
the really strangest "somethings."
For example, that day I wondered why nobody
wanted to beat me to that merge. When that wonder
faded, on the particular day I'm taking about, with noth-
ing else on my mind, I began some strange wondering.
I even wondered who was the first hotel housekeeper
to fold the end or, I guess, it's the beginning of
the toilet paper roll into a tidy triangle?
Why didn't she or he ever get public credit?
I want to know that, and if she or he is the same one
who first left those tiny bottles of shampoo and rinse on
the sink after she folded the toilet paper? And what am I
going to do with all of those little bottles I've collected
over the years?
Whatever. I also wondered who gave the weather
bureau the idea to name our first 2007 storm "Andrea?"
Wasn't that the first name of a cruise ship that sunk
years ago with everybody aboard? Are they just trying
to tell us once more that this is going to be a more-
than-serious hurricane season coming up? And are they
planning to skip their normal alphabetical naming of
storms and call the next one Titanic?
And why do classy restaurants have a sign on the
door that warns: "Shirts and shoes required"? Could
you go in wearing ONLY that?
And why I wondered does the sign in the mens' rest
rooms in those places only read: "Employees must wash
their hands before returning to work"? Is the manage-
ment exempt? Do ladies' rooms have the same signs?
I wasn't just wondering about hotels and restaurants
that day. I also wondered who was the first gas station
owner to price his (or her) product by adding ".9" to
the cost per gallon instead of leaving it in even cents?
If I only wanted one gallon, where would I get the .9
to pay for it? And would the price of only two gallons
come out ending in .8? And why, no matter how many
gallons my car takes, does my bill always come out to
even cents on the end with no "point" anything? How
often have I been taken for one-tenth of a cent or
even nine-tenths of a cent?
And just yesterday, I drove Wife Sarah over to get
her eyes examined. While waiting there for her, I sud-
denly wondered why people who had ear problems were
often called "hard of hearing," but people with eyesight
problems were never called "hard of seeing."
Why, I also wondered that day, do Canadian auto-
mobile factories build cars with headlights that are
always on, but with directional lights that never work?
Or is the latter left to be the driver's choice up there?
While on the subject of drivers, I read just the
other day that currently more people are leaving Flor-
ida every year than are moving here, a fact backed by
numbers that showed that almost three times as many
ex-Floridians are switching their driving licenses to
North Carolina licenses as did a couple of years ago.
Same is true for switchers leaving for South Carolina
and Tennessee. What's causing the change, and what
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In the May 7, 1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
After the Holmes Beach City Commission post-
poned a decision on an application by GTE for a cell
tower facility in Holmes Beach, GTE attorney Bill Dav-
enport warned commissioners that the Federal Com-
munications Commission Act of 1996 prohibits a city
from refusing a cell tower application for the proper
Members of the Island Transportation Planning
Organization discussed the possibility of an Island-
wide trolley service following what Anna Maria Mayor
Chuck Shumard called the "worst traffic congestion"
for a winter tourist season that he's ever seen. A fea-
sibility study would be done by the Sarasota-Manatee
Metropolitan Planning Organization. A similar effort
in 1993 for an Island trolley met with opposition from
all three Island cities.
Three Bradenton residents were rescued by the
U.S. Coast Guard about 23 miles west of Anna Maria
Island after spending four days floating in their cap-
sized boat in the Gulf of Mexico. John Kloss, Deboar
Woods and Sue Klein were treated and released at
St. Petersburg's Bayfront Medical Center. The Coast
Guard said they were alerted to search for the trio by
a Bradenton Beach police officer, who noticed their
car had been parked at Coquina Beach for four days
do they know that I don't know?
Every day, I come across drivers that I wish would
switch. But that's a whole other subject,
The last thing I wondered that day is why I call
days like that "nothing" days when I wonder about so
many more things on those days than I do on "some-
Now that's something worth wondering about.
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8 0 MAY 16, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
April tourism up from last year on Island
By Rick Catlin
April tourism brought a smile to many of the
Island's accommodation, retail and restaurant owners
as occupancy was up 1.3 percentage points from the
same month last year, a sign that tourism is making a
comeback after a two-year decline.
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau reported April occupancy for Island accommo-
dations was 61.8 percent compared with 60.5 percent
for April 2006.
For the three month period from February to
April, occupancy averaged 71.9 percent against the
dismal 65.8 percent occupancy for the same three
months last year.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce director
Mary Ann Brockman said the six point jump in occu-
pancy was reflected in heavier than usual traffic on the
Island's roads, overflow parking at the Manatee Public
Beach and reports of a good season from members.
"I didn't have anyone tell me they didn't have a
good season. A lot of our members were so excited
about their traffic and several retail outlets said the
season was fantastic. Plus, we've been extremely busy
at the chamber," said an enthusiastic Brockman.
The fact that the Web site TravelAdvisor named
Anna Maria Island No. 1 on its Top 10 list of "hottest
destinations" in the United States for 2007 certainly
didn't hurt, she added. The No. 2 destination was Hawaii,
while Siesta Key finished a "distant third" on the list.
But the 2007 winter season is still behind the
February through March period for 2006, when Island
occupancy averaged 79 percent for the three-month
period. This past season also pales against the 80
percent average occupancy for the same three months
"Still, this season was a great sign," said Brock-
man, noting that the chamber had 1,266 walk-ins in
April requesting information on accommodations. In
addition, the chamber mailed 592 packets on Island
tourism to various individuals that month.
And the influx of visitors might not slow down
The CVB is attempting to boost summer tourism
with its "All that Jazz" program that will compensate
Island establishments that feature jazz music during
August. The program has targeted jazz enthusiasts
in Germany and Europe as potential travelers to the
Island and a large contingent of those jazz lovers is
slated to hit the Island this summer if the CVB market-
ing strategy works.
Additionally, the Island should benefit from an
extra two weeks of summer vacation for Florida
August is the traditional month for Florida families
to hit the beach, but those plans have been hampered
the past few years by an early August beginning for
This year, the Florida Legislature has mandated an
Aug. 20 start date for public schools, in effect giving
school kids and their families an extra two weeks to hit
"I know that's going to help the Island," said a
Island occupancy in August is generally about
30 percent, although it did climb to 43.2 percent in
St. Bernard council installs officers
The St. Bernard Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women installs officers during a program May 10 at
the Holmes Beach church. The officers include, floor, from left, Marian VanWinkle, VDCCW seminarian fund
chair; Cornelia Zanetti, Northern Deanery representative; Rickie Arnold, president; Cele VanWinkle, first vice
president; and Sarah Maloney, treasurer. Second row, Florence Tully, legislation and respect life chair; Bar-
bara Cook, family concerns chair; Janet Clark, secretary; the Rev. Al Hribsek; and Rosemary Treonis, second
vice president. Third row, Virginia Wahl, community concerns chair; Mary Elizabeth Carey, former Northern
Deanery director; and the Rev. Robb Mongiello. Not pictured are Margaret Wilkinson, international chair;
Mary Jo Gaspari, church chair and Margaret Riley, organization chair. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
'Top Notch' photo contest under way in June
If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
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winning pictures will be featured on the cover of The
Islander and one photo will be a grand prize winner
with prizes and gift certificates awarded by the news-
paper and local merchants.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the first deadline June 8.
Judging begins with a selection of pictures that
may include abstract photos, still life pictures, land-
scapes and scenics, candid unposed snapshots, action,
holidays, humor and animal pictures. Nothing is over-
looked, including great kid pics, sentimental moments
and moments of personal triumph.
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Dr. Gy Yatros won the weekly contest in 2002 with
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2007 0 9
Holmes Beach board identifies park site
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee
members hope businesses and organizations will help
grow their budding tree dedication program.
Committee members released their proposed tree
dedication procedure during their May 2 meeting at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
The committee recommended a procedure that
begins with the party writing a letter to the mayor seek-
ing to dedicate a tree on city property.
If the mayor approves, the request is referred to the
parks and beautification committee, which will assign
a committee member to follow up on the request.
A committee member will talk with the party about
the type of native tree desired the minimum height
at the time of planting should be 10 feet.
In consultation with the city public works depart-
ment, a date for delivery of the tree will be decided,
with the planting and dedication to follow another pass
by the mayor.
The procedure leaves the responsibility to obtain a
"dedication marker" with the party dedicating the tree,
though the marker needs committee approval.
"This looks good to me," said committee member
Dantia Gould. "It's got everything covered."
Committee member Pam Leckie motioned to rec-
ommend the procedure, with John Molyneux seconding.
The vote to approve the procedure was unanimous.
The committee likely will not meet again until Sept.
5, after a summer hiatus. But members said they would
continue to work to promote the dedication program
and encourage participation.
"I don't intend to let it sit still over the summer,"
Chairman Jim Dunne said of the dedication program.
"Just because the committee doesn't meet doesn't mean
we won't be active on this." Dunne invited people who
want to dedicate trees to contact him.
Molyneux also proposed the committee create a
map of potential sites for tree dedications and contact
local businesses who might purchase trees.
"We all have the responsibility to do as much as
we can to alleviate the planet's ill health," he said.
In other business, the committee discussed potentially
locating a linear park at Sixth Avenue and 35th Street,
where earlier this spring a tree dedication took place.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger had encouraged the
committee to look for areas designated for streets that
will never become such to create small parks.
The proposed site, located behind Publix and
several blocks from the Gulf and Manatee Avenue,
"basically lends itself to a park environment,"
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By Lisa Neff
Give me shelter is a refrain heard at trolley
stops in the spring and summer, when awaiting
passengers seek a respite from the sun and heat.
The Holmes Beach City Commission took
action May 8 to clear the way for construction of
five new shelters in the city.
The commission accepted a bid of $7,200 per
shelter from Kimball Construction of Bradenton.
Funding for the project was set aside in the city's
fiscal 2006-07 budget.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the bid was the
lowest the city's public works department received
and that the cost per shelter was about $300 less
than in the past.
The shelter locations are:
Gulf Drive and 65th Street.
Gulf Drive and 74th Street.
Marina Drive and 55th Street.
Palm Drive and Clark Drive.
Manatee Public Beach.
The city's parks and beautification committee
recommended the shelter locations to the mayor.
In other action, the commission unanimously
approved a first reading of an ordinance intended
to bring the city into compliance with a 2006 state
statute regulating live-aboard vessels.
The state law granted local governments the
authority to regulate vessels within marked bound-
aries of mooring fields, but removed local author-
ity to regulate non-live-board vessels outside the
mooring fields. The statute also narrowly defined
In other words, with the exception of designated
mooring fields, Holmes Beach has no authority to
regulate where a cruising vessel anchors unless the
city can prove it is a live-aboard.
"This is to bring our ordinance in line with the
state change of last summer," said Commission
Chair Sandy Haas-Martens.
He proposed adding several trees, a bench and some
bollards and removing two Brazilian pepper trees.
Committee member Melissa Snyder suggested
planting wild flowers as well. "It's really a very nice
park," she said.
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The commission also approved a first reading of
an ordinance to bring the city into compliance with
new state rules on business licenses. State lawmak-
ers passed a bill requiring municipalities to change
the name of the "occupational license tax" to "local
business tax" and to refer to licenses as "receipts."
The law doesn't affect the fees or regulations.
"Again, this is to update us with the state," Haas-
Martens said before the vote. "What's the pleasure
of the commission?"
The commission also accepted an audit for the
fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2006.
"Once again this year, we have a clean audit
with no deficiencies in internal control processes
noted and no items of non-compliance," said Rick
Ashley, the city's treasurer.
Ashley said the audit came in a "little later"
because of a few reporting complexities, specifi-
cally the reporting of the Key Royale Bridge project,
which the city financed in anticipation of reimburse-
ment the Florida Department of Transportation.
"Since the financing and funding are on the city's
books and the actual construction and expenditures
are being done through DOT, it posed a few inter-
esting challenges in the financial reporting aspect of
the project," Ashley said. "At this point, all of those
matters have been worked out and taken care of."
The bridge project is wrapping up this month at
a cost of about $3.5 million.
Meanwhile, the city can expect reimburse-
ment on the money in fiscal 2007-08, said William
Thomas, a DOT spokesman in the regional office in
Bartow. Thomas said the money would be federal
dollars channeled through the state sometime after
July 1 in a single payment.
The commission meeting lasted just 29 minutes.
Commissioners expect a meeting Tuesday, May 22,
to last longer. During a work session following a 7
p.m. regular meeting at city hall, the commission
plans to resume discussions on proposed sign and
During committee discussion toward the end of the
meeting, Snyder raised the issue of requiring the issu-
ance of a city permit before removing trees.
Such ordinances exist elsewhere in the region
and national beautification programs encourage such
laws. But committee members said the matter must be
researched and the discussion could resume next fall,
when meetings begin again.
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A public hearing will take place Thursday, May 17,
on the proposed assessment rate for the West Manatee
Fire Rescue District.
The district, which includes Anna Maria Island, is
preparing its fiscal 2007-08 budget.
WMFR Chief Andy Price has estimated that the
budget would be about $5.2 million to $5.3 million
and not contain new personnel positions or significant
equipment purchases. About 80 percent of the budget
is payroll, he said.
The new spending plan will likely include an increase
for fuel and possibly an increase for health insurance.
The bulk of revenues in the fire district's budget
come from assessment fees paid by property owners.
The fees are not ad valorem taxes based on property
value, but rather flat rates based on the type of property
and the size of the building on that property.
The fees can go up based on personal income
growth determined by the state for fire districts.
Price said state regulations set a limit, based on
personal income growth, on how much the fire district
can raise its assessment rate. This year the limit is 5.78
Last year's personal income growth limit was
If the commission approves the assessment rate,
owners of a single-family home with about 1,000 square
feet will see an increase of about $7 in the assessment
rate, to $140. The rate for a single-family home with
about 2,000 square feet would increase about $12.
The rate increase will generate an additional
$265,000 for the district, which covers 40,000 people
and 19,500 parcels of property on the Island and the
west Manatee mainland.
Price said projected revenues fall $100,000 short
in the preliminary budget, which means the spending
plan will be cut before it goes to the commission.
The public hearing will take place at 6 p.m. Thurs-
day, before the regular WMFR commission meeting at
Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Bradenton Beach city commissioner conducted
interviews with four applicants for the building offi-
cial position last week. The post has been vacant since
the controversial resignation of Ed Mc Adam in early
March. The services of M.T. Causley, a private com-
pany that provides a variety of services to public agen-
cies, have been retained by the city as it searches for a
And Mike Causley and Steve Gilbert, the acting
building official, offered their services as applicants
for a more extensive role.
Causley said his firm grew from his experiences
as the building official in Miami-Dade County after
Hurricane Andrew. "We have a team of people that we
can draw upon," he said, "anything you need, from
structural engineers to planners to architects. We do
this in 30 cities in Florida."
Causley said he would charge about $109,000, but
would offer a vehicle, professional liability, general
liability and workers compensation for the people the
city retained if his firm is selected.
Mc Adam was paid about $82,000 a year, plus a
Applicant Bradley James Weigle is currently the
branch manager of Capri Engineering in Naples, but
previously served as a consulting plans examiner for
Marco Island and was building official in Naples for
about six years.
He has been in the construction trade for 30 years,
he said, adding that he holds all the necessary licenses
for a building official post.
\ ly philosophy is that a building is going to be
built or remodeled," Weigle said, "and I like to get
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everyone involved in it early, so when they come in
for a permit, it's done."
He said he hoped the city would pay him at least
$70,000 a year.
Applicant Lawrence G. Nayman is currently the
building official for the town of Indian Shores in Pinel-
las County. He, too, holds all the necessary licenses
for a building official, and previously worked in North
Miami as building official.
"I'm there to find solutions," he said, "and get
the problem solved. I try not to be a friend, but to be
friendly. If you want your building department run effi-
ciently, you'll pick me."
He said he would like to be paid $66,000 a year,
but added that he would not need city-paid insurance,
although he would like the extra city value of insurance
benefits paid as salary.
Asked about his experience in emergency oper-
ations and storm events, he simply said, "I went
Applicant Kevin Donohue is currently the build-
ing official in Anna Maria City, and previously was
building inspector and zoning administrator in Pough-
"I'm very dynamic dealing with codes," he said,
"and I've always worked to make the codes work, and
I've never lost a court case."
He said he was interested in coming to Bradenton
Beach from Anna Maria because "there's more diver-
sity in Bradenton Beach. Anna Maria is mostly single
family, and I miss commercial and multi-family."
Donohue said he would like to be paid $75,000
Mayor John Chappie said that city commissioners
would meet May 23 at 1 p.m. to discuss the applicants,
with a final decision expected June 7.
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Court says Bon Eau owns
Villa Rosa, sale ordered
By Rick Catlin
The long-running saga of bankrupt GSR Develop-
ment LLC's Villa Rosa property in Anna Maria may be
nearing the "end game."
Federal bankruptcy court Judge K. Rodney May
has ruled that Bon Eau LLC of Sarasota has the title to
the Villa Rosa property, but gave GSR the "option" to
sell the 14 individual Villa Rosa lots within 60 days or
give up any remaining interest in the property.
May also dismissed a motion by the unsecured credi-
tors that Bon Eau is not entitled to the property because
of a "usurious" loan it made to GSR in August 2005.
Not so, indicated the judge. "In light of all the fore-
going," said May, "the committee objection is overruled
as moot," and Bon Eau is "entitled to the protection"
of the federal bankruptcy code.
In approving the "compromise controversy"
between GSR and Bon Eau, May ordered Bon Eau to
make a "settlement payment" of $700,000 to the GSR
estate, if and when several contingencies in the order
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are met. The settlement payment would be in "full satis-
faction" of all claims against Bon Eau by the unsecured
creditors committee, according to the order.
In a previous motion to the court by Bon Eau,
$400,000 of the settlement payment would be used
by GSR for "administrative claims" from its lawyers
and accountants, while $250,000 would be set aside
for the unsecured creditors committee for payment of
claims on its side of the proceedings. The committee
would also have $50,000 of the settlement payment for
possible "litigation" against "targets," including GSR
principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega.
In giving GSR and its restructuring officer Wil-
liam Maloney 60 days to sell the property, May set a
"strike," or minimum price on all 14 lots at Villa Rosa
collectively of $8.2 million all going to Bon Eau.
Any excess in a sale above the "strike" price would be
split between GSR and Bon Eau on a 50-50 basis. If
the total sales exceed $8.6 million, the 50-50 deal is off
and GSR keeps \c c i \ hillng over that amount.
But if the strike price on any of the lots isn't met
within the 60 day period, Bon Eau keeps ownership
of the lots and GSR says goodbye to Anna Maria and
A buyer could take all 14 lots for $8.2 million, but
no less, according to the court order.
The "strike" price of the Villa Rosa lots is:
Lot 1 $688,909.
Lot 2 $579,825.
Lot 3 $581,643.
Lot 4 $577,307.
Lot 5 $579,161.
Lot 6 $529,059.
Lot 7 $648,842.
Lot 8 $538,358.
Lot 9 $633,737.
Lot 10 $528,989.
Lot 11 $550,406.
Lot 12 $569,406.
Lot 13 $590,943.
Lot 15 $609,403.
The total price of all lots combined is $8.206 mil-
lion, although they can be sold individually.
All the lots are undeveloped canalfront properties.
Lot 14, which is excluded from the sale, contains the
model home at one time owned by NBA player Theo Rat-
liff. It is now owned by a Massachusetts-based bank.
An Island real estate agent familiar with canalfront
properties said the prices are "in the ballpark." He noted
the recent sale of a lot on Magnolia Avenue in Anna
Maria of comparable size that sold for $550,000.
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Local surfer Mike Purdy takes to the water and air on a kite board near the Kingfish boat ramp. Better-than-average winds made for better-than-average wave riding in
March. Islander Photo: Keith Barnett
Artist Midge Pippel
shops as volun-
teer Don .ilit o,
sells books and art
the Artists Guild
of Anna Maria St.
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Beach March 17.
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Photo: Lisa Neff
Justin Wetterhall, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, visits
the Golden Souks .il ppyiiii Mall in Abu Dhabi in the
United Arab Emirates. Wetterhallflies a KC-10 in the
Air Force. He is stationed with his wife near Fair-
field, Calif. Parents Gary and Susan Wetterhall own a
Bradenton Beach vacation home.
Kimberly Wilson, owner of Restless Natives in Holmes Beach, and
Mark Wayman, of Montgomery Air Conditioning and Heating in
Sarasota, share dinner and The Islander on a Royal Caribbean
Cruise Line ship that made stops in Grand Cayman, Belize, Cozumel
and Costa Maya.
Gloria Cropper, from left,
Ann Jones, Ellie Thomas-
sen and Joy Nelles play
a bridge hand during
the annual Winter Card
Party Jan. 31. The St.
Bernard Women's Guild
Council of Catholic
Women hosted the party
in the activity room of
the church in Holmes
Beach. About 100 women
played cards, sampled
homemade desserts and
raffle. The guild uses the
money raised to support
its charity work on and
off the Island. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Island churches make new office appointments
By Nancy Ambrose
In this season of renewal, three Island churches
- Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach,
Roser Memorial Community Church and Cros-
spointe Fellowship in Anna Maria
The new secretary at Gloria Dei,
Drive, Holmes Beach, is Kim Phillips.
- signed on
Phillips is a graduate of Elon University in North
Carolina with a degree in journalism. She moved to Pal-
metto with husband Chris about three years ago. They are
raising two sons, Cade, 3, and Benjamin, 10 months.
The new administrative coordinator at Roser, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, is Ginger Braune, a fifth-gen-
Braune worked for 40 years as an administrator in
higher education, including at the University of Florida, the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the University of
Tennessee Medical Center, Memphis; Memphis State Uni-
versity; Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis;
and Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota. Braune
lives in Village Green with two cats, Annie and Cleo.
The new secretary at Crosspointe, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, is Asta Day.
Day and her family recently moved to Sarasota
from New Hampshire, where Day worked in real estate
and for a U.S. representative. She said her new post on
the Island is a "blessing."
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2007 0 13
Annexation of boat ramp returns to agenda
By Lisa Neff
The future of new rest room facilities at Kingfish
Boat Ramp might be grounded in whether the prop-
erty remains in unincorporated Manatee County or is
annexed to Holmes Beach.
Members of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway
Committee learned last week that because the county-
operated ramp is currently in unincorporated Manatee
County, proposed new rest rooms must be elevated
under the county's own regulations.
"We would have to build a bathroom 19 feet in the
air," said Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whit-
more, former mayor of Holmes Beach.
If Kingfish remained under county control but was
annexed to Holmes Beach, the rest rooms possibly
could be built at ground level because the city's code
is different from the county's regulations, according to
Charlie Hunsicker, the county's director of conservation
The county is currently removing non-native, inva-
sive Brazilian pepper trees near Kingfish and along
Manatee Avenue and the Palma Sola Causeway.
After the tree removal, county officials hope to
go forward with improvements at Kingfish, including
a reconfiguration of the parking lot, landscaping and
construction of rest-room facilities at the eastern edge
of the ramp.
Last summer, Holmes Beach officials, who long
thought that Kingfish was within city limits, and offi-
cials with Manatee County sometimes engaged in
contentious communication over preliminary plans
for the ramp.
Meanwhile, a survey of the property determined
that Kingfish, in fact, was in unincorporated Mana-
Talks continued and the plans were amended to
the apparent satisfaction of Holmes Beach officials and
neighbors to the ramp, primarily residents of Westbay
In November, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Boh-
nenberger asked then County Commission Chair-
man Joe McClash to back a voluntary annexation
of the property.
The newly elected mayor and city commissioners,
along with Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine,
were concerned about policing and maintaining safety
at Kingfish. Their feeling was that Holmes Beach
police lacked jurisdiction to patrol at Kingfish, and
Manatee County Sheriff's Office personnel were fre-
quently too far away.
The county commission rejected the invitation,
sending a letter to Holmes Beach officials stating that
the board did not support annexation, although they
Holmes Beach to 'rollback' 2007-08 budget
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach officials are ready to "rollback"
the city's budget whether or not such action is man-
dated by an upcoming special session of the Florida
"We decided to proceed with a rollback budget,"
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger announced
Through the spring legislative session, Bohnen-
berger repeatedly expressed concern with the direction
of state lawmakers on property tax reform.
Two months ago, the mayor instituted a hiring
freeze as state lawmakers and the governor debated
how to respond to widespread complaints from resi-
dents and business owners about escalating taxes.
The regular session ended in early May without
reform legislation going to the governor. Lawmakers
will instead deal with the issue during a special session
set to begin June 12 and continue through June 22.
Both Senate President Ken Pruitt and House
Speaker Marco Rubio said they were confident law-
makers would reach an agreement to lower property
taxes for Floridians.
Members of the a joint House-Senate committee
will hold two meetings prior to the special session a
meeting May 21 to discuss options and a meeting June
4 to propose legislation.
"We're working towards a plan that focuses on
the taxpayer, not the tax collector," said Dean Cannon,
chair of the House Economic Expansion and Infrastruc-
ture Committee. "It's the taxpayers' money, not govern-
ments' and they deserve to keep more of it."
Bohnenberger and Holmes Beach treasurer Rick
Ashley said they anticipate special session action will
impact Holmes Beach's budget process and they are
making preliminary plans to at least hold the line on
"Property owners should not expect a tax increase
this year," Bohnenberger said.
"We feel that as we are putting together a budget
to take to the commission, that it should be a rollback
budget," said Ashley. "It really is something we ought
to do. ... We hope to tighten the belt."
Ashley said Holmes Beach is in the preliminary
stages of preparing a budget for the fiscal year begin-
ning Oct. 1. Notices have already gone out to agencies
that traditionally request money from the city, such as
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, asking for
fiscal 2007-08 requests.
"We will probably be taking a closer look at those
this year and in future years," Ashley said, comment-
ing on the property tax concerns. "We have cautioned
Typically, the mayor presents a proposed budget
to the city commission in mid-July and a maximum
proposed millage rate is set by the end of the month.
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were willing to engage in discussions about operations
in the area.
But some are wondering whether the county com-
mission will reconsider.
"There's room now to reopen discussion," said
"I' m speaking as an individual and not the county,"
he emphasized. "I still think there is an opportunity for
a continued discussion between the board [of county
commissioners] and Holmes Beach to bring about more
cost-effective and efficient controls for public safety
coverage and in the manner of landscaping and building
improvements at Kingfish Boat Ramp."
Whitmore, a new member of the scenic highway
committee, also supports the idea of Holmes Beach
annexing the property.
"I've always supported Holmes Beach annexing
[the land] to the bridge for public safety reasons,"
Holmes Beach City Commission Chair Sandy
Haas-Martens, also a member of the scenic highway
group, said, "For years I'd always been under the
impression that that was our property to take care
of. So I mean it was like news to me when it wasn't
Haas-Martens said she continues to think that given
Holmes Beach Police Department's proximity to the
ramp, "its only logical" the city has policing authority
in the area.
Also potentially at stake the rest room facilities.
Hunsicker said it seemed unlikely the county would
proceed with building new rest room facilities if they
must be raised. Rather, the county would continue "to
provide port-a-lets that are portable and can be moved
out of harms way."
Bill Saunders, Holmes Beach assistant superin-
tendent of public works, said he would have to see
the design plans to determine whether the restrooms
facilities could be built on the ground if the ramp was
located in Holmes Beach.
He added, "I can't imagine why it would have to
be elevated" if built in Holmes Beach.
The county was waiting to complete the Kingfish
improvement plans until after the ongoing tree removal,
which Hunsicker said is about 80 percent complete.
The next step, Hunsicker said, would be another
meeting between county officials and residents near
Kingfish, as well as new conversations with Holmes
The boat-ramp project, he added, might be
impacted by possible budget cuts that would be man-
dated by state tax reform laws. State lawmakers will
meet in a June special session to take up property tax
"Projects like Kingfish and other ramps around the
county would definitely be affected and, whether or
not those affects call for a cancellation of the project is
really a decision that would have to be weighed by the
board of county commissioners," Hunsicker said.
14 E MAY 16, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Volunteers organize for missing child program
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach Police Department has partnered
with the nonprofit A Child is Missing Alert to hasten
searches when a youngster must be found.
"Time is critical," said Sgt. Terri Davis, a detective
Davis met with a dozen volunteers in the break
room at police headquarters in city hall on April 30 to
train them to respond to a missing child alert.
Last year, Davis began recruiting residents for the
program as she wrote the department's master guide
for responding to such an incident.
Part of the master plan involved creating a roster
of volunteers from among residents who can assist in a
search, and businesses who can help nourish searchers.
This work stems from Davis' involvement in a
Child Abduction Response Team, a regional response
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In August, property owners then receive notices of
the proposed rate, as well as details on public hearings
for Holmes Beach and the other taxing authorities in
The hearings follow, with a commission vote on
the budget in September.
That timeline is tight, given that the special session
will conclude just a month before the budget is due to
"They are cutting it close," Ashley said.
Various tax reform proposals have circulated in Tal-
lahassee, including one to take property tax revenues
to the 2001 level and another to the 2003 level.
Returning to the 2003 level would cost Holmes
Beach $1.2 million, Ashley said.
"If they roll us back to 2003, we're not talking
about tightening the belt," Ashley said. "We're talking
about major cuts. There will be a lot of upset people."
Such cuts, he said, could mean reducing the scope
of canal dredging and road-paving projects or funding
for outside agencies.
unit created in the wake of the kidnapping and murder
of Carlie Brucia in Sarasota in February 2004. Florida
Child Abduction Response Teams, considered models
for the nation, train and organize investigators, forensic
experts, counselors and volunteers to be ready.
Davis' volunteers she has about 21 lined up -
probably would not be called upon in an abduction, but
rather in instances when a child is simply missing.
The response to a missing child, said Davis, must
be swift. In most situations the child can be found in a
matter of minutes, not hours, she added.
The detective outlined a scenario for the volunteers:
The police department receives notice that a child
is missing he's run off on the beach, for example.
The police gather the details and then A Child
Is Missing Alert, which is staffed 24/7 and operates
nationwide, is notified. The organization activates a
system that places recorded calls to residents in a tar-
geted area as many as 1,000 in a minute. The area
is chosen based on where the child went missing and
using a satellite mapping system.
In its partnership with HBPD, A Child Is Miss-
ing Alert will also place specific calls to the volunteer
searchers working with Davis.
The searchers, based in part on where they live or
work, will be assigned an area to patrol.
"Most of our missing children [cases] happen on
the beach," Davis said. "The child is here on vacation
and the child runs off. With the amount of visitors we
have, we have to be vigilant here. We have a safe com-
munity and we want to keep it that way."
Davis, in the next week, planned to create a grid
system for searchers. "I really think breaking the beach
into segments is a great idea," she said.
When volunteers reach their search area, they will
look for the child, as well as ask others on the beach if
they've seen the child or will help in the search.
Volunteers asked Davis a variety of questions.
One asked whether volunteers will cross jurisdic-
tions and search for a child in Anna Maria or Braden-
Davis replied that if a child is missing from Holmes
Beach, the volunteers will search wherever necessary.
Sgt. Terri Davis, a detective with the Holmes Beach Police
Department, conducts a training program for volunteers
to search for a missing child. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
She said if a child is missing from Anna Maria
or Bradenton Beach, it will be up to law enforcement
in those jurisdictions to decide whether to call upon
HBPD and its volunteers.
Others asked about how to respond when they see
the child, who may be frightened and likely has been
instructed not to talk to strangers.
Davis said to call out the child's name and if there's
a response, stay with the child until police arrive. "Do
not take the child. Stay with the child. Someone will be
there fast," she said, adding that as soon as a missing
child alert goes out on the beach, HBPD responds by
boat, four-wheeler and on foot.
Volunteers also agreed to help search in the event
adults go missing, as could be the case with someone
living with Alzheimer's disease.
For more information about HBPD's missing child
search program, call Davis at 941-708-5804. For more
information about A Child is Missing Alert, go to www.
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Sandbar's party tent needs site-plan amendment
By Rick Catlin
Some veteran Island political observers might find
it hard to believe, but the Anna Maria City Commission
May 10 unanimously agreed on one issue regarding the
The restaurant needs to file a site-plan amendment
if it wants to continue to hold outdoor weddings and
celebrations in a tent when the permanent pavilion on
the property is already in use.
For the past two months, commissioners had been
discussing possible changes to the special event permit
ordinance, changes that might have relegated the Sand-
bar to just six outdoor weddings utilizing a tent in one
Manatee County public
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But Mayor Fran Barford summed up the general
discussion of changing the special event ordinance by
laying the cards on the table.
"What's t i I. .c i in the problem are the Sandbar
weddings in an outdoor tent. That's the bottom line."
The restaurant needs to "do a site-plan amend-
ment and address the impact" of the tent weddings,
If the commission takes the Sandbar out of the
special event permit process, there's no need to
make anything but cosmetic changes to the ordi-
nance, she suggested.
Commissioners and city planner Alan Garrett
In his opinion, if the Sandbar has outdoor dining
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By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach City Commission on May 8
unanimously voted to extend medical leave and benefits
for Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon.
The vote on the resolution was a formality for com-
missioners, who showed an eagerness to help Lannon,
known as Holmes Beach's "Officer Friendly."
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.
The city's standard provision for medical leave is
up to 120 days.
Lannon took leave on Aug. 17, 2006, to treat
his illness and received an extension of benefits in
January that was to expire in May. So he requested
another extension in a letter to Holmes Beach Mayor
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He continued, requesting extended leave into
January 2008. Lannon wrote, "It is my sincere desire
to return to work as a police officer for the city of
The resolution approved by the city commission
extends Lannon's medical leave and medical benefits
to Jan. 18, 2008. The measure stated that "Peter Lannon
has ... exhibited dedication to the city and the people
of Holmes Beach and ... the city commission finds that
the circumstances in this case justify an extension of
leave beyond 120 days."
The city has extended benefits for previous employ-
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associated with these tent weddings, "they need a
site plan review amendment. They need to come in
Garrett does not believe the tent weddings fall
under the special event permit process, but because
there are so many of these, they are now a "function of
And any increase in outdoor dining requires a site-
plan amendment, he concluded.
Commissioner Duke Miller, who at one time had
lobbied for a maximum number of special event permits
issued to an establishment in one year, agreed that a
site-plan amendment is what the Sandbar and owner
Ed Chiles need to comply with the city's ordinances.
"I'm all for it. We need [Chiles] to amend his site
plan to meet Anna Maria codes."
Barford said she would discuss the issue with
Chiles, but noted that until a site-plan amendment
is submitted, the city will continue to accept special
event permit applications from the Sandbar for these
The restaurant has scheduled 18 outdoor wed-
dings utilizing a tent between July 1 and Dec. 31,
The site-plan amendment does not apply to wed-
dings held in the restaurant's permanent pavilion. Those
functions do not require a special event permit.
dredging not so
By Rick Catlin
Reports that a portion of the sand dredged for
the Longboat Key beach renourishment project is
coming from Passage Key off the north end of Anna
Maria Island in Tampa Bay are off by about two to
Rick Spadoni of Coastal Planning and Engineer-
ing of Boca Raton, Longboat Key's beach consultant
to the project, said the actual area being dredged
is in the Gulf of Mexico a few miles southwest of
"It's the area dredged several years ago for the
Anna Maria Island renourishment," he said. That puts
it about 2,000 yards west of the north end of the Island
and in an area that was used for the 2002-03 Island
"It's definitely not in Passage Key," Spadoni
He also noted that the company is working with
Manatee County officials preparing for an estimated
1-mile renourishment project on Coquina Beach that
should begin in January or February 2008.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not be
involved in the Coquina Beach project, Spadoni
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Island cities ready for storm season
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach became the first of the Island cities to
approve an agreement to locate municipal operations at
Manatee Community College in the days after a disaster.
The Holmes Beach City Commission approved an
agreement with MCC during a meeting May 8 in prepa-
ration for the 2007 hurricane season. Forecasts are for
an active season, with as many as 17 tropical storms and
a better-than-average possibility of a hurricane striking
the United States.
"It's very good of the county community college
to offer the facility to us," said Holmes Beach Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger, who called the mainland location
a hurricane-hard facility.
The location has a number of plusses, said the
mayor, including the cost to the Island cities none,
except for a pro-rata share of utilities during the cities'
stay and any damages that might result.
After an event such as a hurricane, the city would
set up operations but not housing in building
18 on the MCC campus, which is located in the 5800
Leota 'Lodie' Pearl Garton
Leota "Lodie" Pearl Garton, 91, of Bradenton, died
Born in Everest, Kan., she moved to Manatee
County in 1955. She was employed as a cleaner at the
Bradenton Beach Post Office for more than 10 years,
as well as several Island restaurants.
No services are planned.
She is survived by daughters Sally Anna Horn of
Pleasant Hill, Mo., and Phyllis Ford of Bradenton; sis-
ters Neva Reese and Vesta Berry, both of Bradenton;
six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-
Donald 'Critter' Ritter
Donald "Critter" Ritter, 77, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Edgar, Wis., Mr. Ritter
owned and operated an auto body
shop in Reading, Mich., which he
later integrated with a carwash,
towing and salvage service. He
later became body shop manager
for Chevrolet dealerships in Hills-
dale County, Mich. He served in
the U.S. Army and became 5th
Donald Ritter section sergeant of Battery C, with
the 9th Field Artillery on the front lines in the Korean War
from 1950-52. He was a past commander of the American
Legion Post 360, where he was a member for 53 years,
as well as a current member of VFW Post 10141.
His years in Michigan included 25 years as a vol-
unteer fireman for the Reading Fire Department, many
community fundraising activities and organizer of the
Reading Tip-Up Festival annual ice fishing competition
he founded in 1958 with his brother. An avid outdoors-
man, he achieved numerous championship awards in
pistol shooting, Euchre competition and fishing tour-
naments (and kept secret the spots where he found his
wild asparagus and morel mushrooms).
He was employed as a mechanic at the former Huff-
ine's Service Station in Holmes Beach before retirement.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
June 2, at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 604 43rd St.
W., Bradenton, followed by an informal gathering at D.Coy
Ducks, Holmes Beach. On June 30 in Michigan, a memo-
rial service will be held followed by a graveside service
at Maple Grove Cemetery, Reading. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be sent to Tidewell Hospice
and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
He is survived by sister Dorothy "Sis" (Leon-
ard Gayle) Custer of Wheatridge, Colo.; former wife
Donna Boyd of Reading; sons J.R. and wife Brenda of
Hillsdale, R.D. and wife Shelly of Union City, Mich.;
daughters Laura of Holmes Beach, Karen Cascaddan
and husband Dale of Reading, and Kathy Fitch and
husband Jim, formerly of Bradenton; nine grandchil-
dren; and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are
his "adopted" daughter Jan Barnes of Bradenton, long-
time family friend Herb Haller, Holmes Beach, and
dedicated caregiver Brenda Sisca of Bradenton.
block of 26th Street West in Bradenton and outside the
The arrangement with MCC also was briefly
discussed during a meeting of the Island Emergency
Operations Center team May 9 at the West Manatee
Fire Rescue District Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach.
The meeting took place as subtropical storm Andrea
formed in the Atlantic and watches were issued for parts
of Georgia and Florida. The warnings came with three
weeks still to go before official hurricane season begins.
During the meeting, the IEOC group discussed
obtaining additional disaster training for elected offi-
cials and participation in upcoming disaster drills for
the county and the state.
An unplanned discussion focused on a recent
realignment of counties into regions for emergency
preparedness and response.
The Island officials expressed a collective concern
with the change, which put Manatee County into the
Fort Myers region rather than the Tampa Bay region.
A low-key announcement of the change was made
April 20, in a letter from Ana M. Viamonte Ros, sec-
retary of the Florida Department of Health, to law
enforcement, health and emergency management com-
Ros said that by executive order, Gov. Charlie Crist
instructed state agencies to do a "top-to-bottom review" of
operations and identify ways to improve state services.
The review resulted in the creation of a "single,
unified, seven-region structure" in the state for opera-
tions linked to the Florida Division of Emergency
Management, Florida Department of Health, Florida
Department of Law Enforcement and Florida Regional
Domestic Security Task Forces.
Manatee County is part of Region 6, which also
includes Sarasota, DeSoto, Highlands, Charlotte, Lee,
Collier, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties.
The more populated Region 4 includes Hardee,
Polk, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, Sumter, Pinel-
las and Citrus counties.
"It's going to be a big thing for funding," said
Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby. "If we are in
[the Fort Myers] region, there's a lot less money and
we aren't going to get anything. ... I think it will hurt
"It's all going to go south," West Manatee Fire
Rescue District Chief Andy Price added, referring to
funding and attention to Region 6.
Price said the state fire chiefs association is encour-
aging the state to reconsider the regional assignments.
He suggested lobbying through the police chiefs asso-
ciation as well.
"This is an issue that is going to effect all the
municipalities," Price said.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie suggested
contacting state Rep. Bill Galvano and state Sen. Mike
The next IEOC meeting will take place at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, June 6, at the Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
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AME 'Incredible Edible' gardeners dine at Beach Bistro
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-graders
recently enjoyed the "fruit of their labors" at a spe-
cial luncheon at the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach.
During the school year, Joan Sackett and Marcia
Brockway's students tended to an "edible garden"
consisting of more than 15 herb varieties, tomatoes
and eggplant grown in Earthboxes alongside the
school's picnic patio.
The Beach Bistro donated the funds enabling the
students to purchase 10 Earthboxes, a special grow-
ing container, and with the help of master gardener
Christine Callahan and representatives from the Mana-
tee County Extension Service, the students harvested a
The year's work culminated in a gourmet lunch
prepared by Bistro chef Bobby Wheeler, who used the
herbs the students supplied. The menu featured herb-
grilled chicken with lemon grass and lime dill butter,
served with pesto bow-tie pasta and eggplant chips. The
main course was accompanied by a sampling of tomato
salad and the Bistro's herb dressing.
But the meal began with an "Herb Amusee," some-
thing Susan Timmons, Sean Murphy's wife, described
as a fun first course that is meant to delight the mouth.
And, what better way to start a meal than with cookies
and ice cream? The Amusee consisted of two samplings
of homemade ice cream and a shortbread cookie made
with fresh herbs. Students were surprised to find the
ice cream flavored with chocolate chip basil and lemon
thyme. The cookie contained rosemary seasoning.
Prior to the main course, students snacked on bread.
Students Josh Zawistoski and Morgan Hackworth
were big fans of the bread. "It has the best flavor,"
said Zawistoski. "The top crust is so crunchy and with
butter, it's even better. I taste a little lemongrass, I think,
on the crust."
The rich flavor of the fresh herbs also impressed
Ariana Knepp, who is inspired to start an herb garden
Timmons commented that the flavors of the herbs
were especially excellent because they were fresh. She
was present when the herbs were harvested and noted
that the student's garden was beautiful. "Our chef was
so impressed by how fresh and beautiful the product
was," she said.
Beach Bistro plans to continue its support of the
fourth-grade garden and in the future hope to pur-
chase herbs from the AME garden to use regularly at
"We try to use locally grown produce, and we
couldn't get a fresher herb source," said Timmons.
Fourth-graders Chris Galati and Kobi Hunter said
the time spent in the garden was worth it, not to men-
The meal ended with one of Beach Bistro's signa-
ture desserts, named after the owners' daughter, Alexan-
dra Murphy, called praline Alexandra. Although dessert
didn't contain any fresh herbs, it appeared to be a hit
with most students, who attempted to lick the serving
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2007 0 17
'Guest' haunts house in Island Players show
By Lisa Neff
Islander theater critic
Early in "Guest in the House," the current show
at the Island Players, the audience knows a secret the
characters do not know that the guest is dangerous.
Evelyn Health would have her hosts believe she
is "Snow White" or a "pure pussyfooting female," but
she's not. She's definitely whacky, certainly conniving
and probably pathological. All cannot end well in this
"Guest in the House," directed by Kelly Wynn
Woodland from a script by Hagar Wilde and Dale
Eunson, opened May 10 at the Island Players theater
in Anna Maria.
The play, based on a story by Katherine Albert,
was first staged on Broadway in 1942 and adapted to
the screen in 1944.
The plot involves a kindhearted Connecticut family
welcoming cousin Evelyn, a twentysomething woman
who has supposedly lived an impoverished existence
in Cleveland with a bad heart and a drunkard father.
As Evelyn settles in, the Proctor family learns
the young woman suffers from a wicked case of orni-
thophobia, obsessively plays Franz Liszt's "Liebe-
straum" on the phonograph, enjoys far too much being
waited upon and has a penchant for stabbing people in
"Guest in the House" is the most serious play to be
staged at the Island theater this season. As the play pro-
gresses, tension and suspicion rise, and a storm brews
inside the home that threatens to rip apart a family.
Even so, there's an element of camp, an amusement
coursing through the show courtesy of three female
members of the cast memorable Miriam Ring as
wise wisecracking Aunt Martha, Amy Modderman
as brassy Miriam Blake and Melanie Marquez as the
demented Evelyn. They effectively create strong drama
and, at the same time, are deliciously fun, executing
lines like, "If they charged me with what I'm thinking,
I'd be in the electric chair twice."
The play's large cast nine female roles and four
Kiwanis delivers checks
to Island churches
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club recently
delivered checks to Island churches, providing all the
"offering" raised with the club's annual Easter service
on the beach.
The club holds a sunrise service on Easter this
year was the 43rd and raised enough that the club
donated $622.31 to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Harvey Memo-
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In announcing the donations, the club repeated its
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ess, Jennifer Vassel as "Ann Proctor," while James
Taggert looks on all part of the drama in "Guest
in the House." The play runs through May 20 and the
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male roles also brings to the stage Greyson Wallis
as the scandal-sheet scribe, Nancy Ambrose as the tag-
along tabloid photographer, husband and wife Robert
and Jane Becchetti as husband and wife dinner guests,
As the Island Players wrap up the 58th season
with "Guest in the House," the group is preparing
for its next season. The tentative lineup is "Second
Time Around" Oct. 11-21, "Greetings" Nov.
29-Dec. 9, "Over My Dead Body" Jan. 17-Feb.
3, 2008, "Born Yesterday" March 13-30, and "The
Long Weekend" May 8-18.
Islander newspaper for designing and printing the pro-
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Holmes Construction for the stage and the Key Royale
Club for the use of its podium.
The time for "Pomp and Circumstance" has arrived.
The Islander welcomes announcements for graduating
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Mike Lusk as the gullible Rev. Shaw, Anne K. Fasulo
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Though the cast is large, the k.ngiith production -
three acts with two intermissions provides ample
opportunity for even those with the smallest roles to
get some shine time.
And shine they do in what seems the most creative
lighting design in an Island Players show this season.
Lights tell this story dimming with Evelyn's bad
seed deeds, casting spooky night-time shadows of trees
on the set, flickering to mimic lightning and suggesting
The sound design, too, is exceptional. The howling
of a thunderstorm seems so realistic that some open-
ing night audience members expected to walk out of
the theater into a gusty downpour. The madness comes
across in the music, "Liebestraum" becoming a toxic
theme, reflecting Evelyn's illness and threatening to
poison others in the home.
The set, the Proctor home in a Connecticut village
circa 1942, created a cozy, warm ambiance the per-
fect atmosphere for a troubled houseguest to torture a
The artistic and production staff includes Rick
Kopp on set design, Chris McVicker on light design,
Bob Grant on sound design, Don Bailey on costume
design, Rita Lamoreux on makeup and hair and Doro-
thy Eder as stage manager, with dozens of volunteers
"Guest in the House," which closes the Island Play-
ers 58th season, continues through Sunday, May 20.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
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Tickets are $15 and for more information, call the
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May 7, 300 block Hardin, theft. The complainant
said someone took an ice chest filled with beer from
his property after a wedding party. Value of the cooler
was estimated at $150; the beer was judged to be four
cases at a value of $75.
May 7, 400 block South Bay Boulevard, grand
theft. The complainant said that someone took items
from his house during a party.
April 17, 100 block Highland Avenue, burglary.
The complainant said someone broke a window on his
back door and took televisions, VCRs and telephones
from the residence.
April 18, May 3, 100 Gulf Drive, Circle K, grand
theft (supplemental). Officers arrested a store employee
after managers observed her on video surveillance tapes
taking CDs and a phone card.
May 5, 2000 Gulf Drive, Coquina Beach, alcohol.
Officers were notified of young people drinking at the
beach. Two juveniles were arrested.
May 5, 1700 Gulf Drive, possession of controlled
substance. Officers stopped a vehicle for speeding and,
after a consensual search of the vehicle, found a bag of
marijuana. Officers charged Penrose Lynn Norris, 18,
of Tampa, with possession of drugs.
May 6, 900 block Gulf Drive, Cortez Beach, viola-
tion of nonresident requirements for a driver's license.
Officers stopped a vehicle after it was determined the
license plate did not match the vehicle. It was then
determined that the driver did not have a valid U.S.
driver's license, and he was arrested.
May 6, 1700 block Gulf Drive South, Coquina
Beach, no driver's license. Officers noticed a truck with a
broken front windshield and, after checking, determined
the driver did not have a license. He was arrested.
May 6, 100 Gulf Drive S., Circle K, criminal mis-
chief. The complainant said someone broke the side
window of his car while he was at work in the store.
Marie Anne Lendermon and Kevin Francis Bergquist
married March 31.
Lendermon, Bergquist marry
Marie Anne Lendermon and Kevin Francis
Bergquist were married March 31 at the Palma Sola
Botanical Gardens Park in Bradenton.
The Rev. Jimmy Goins officiated at the ceremony,
which was followed by a reception, also at the botani-
Parents of the bride are Robert and Jan Lendermon.
Parents of the groom are Madeleine Bergquist and the
late Gilbert Bergquist.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Jamaica and now
reside in Bradenton.
May 4, 300 block 65th Street, trespass. Officers
noticed a man on a bicycle leaving the Crosspointe
Fellowship church at night without lights on his
bike. He was stopped and questioned, then released.
Officers later noticed him place his belongings at
the side of a home and, after further questions, he
was issued a trespass warning from his mother's
house, where he was attempting to camp out for
May 5, 200 block 77th Street, criminal mischief.
The complainant said someone broke the side window
of her vehicle. Nothing was taken from the car.
May 6, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
drunk. Lifeguards at the beach contacted police regard-
ing a drunk man at the beach. The subject called his
mother, who picked him up.
May 8, 68th Street canal, theft. The complainant
said he noticed someone had been on his neighbor's
boat, and it was determined that about eight gallons of
gas had been removed from the tank.
May 8, 62nd Street and Flotilla Drive, criminal
mischief. The complainant said someone threw rocks
at his construction trailer, denting the sides.
May 8, 3500 block Sixth Avenue, burglary. The
caretaker of the duplex reported that someone had
apparently been staying in a unit without permission,
but nothing was taken. Fingerprints were taken.
May 8,3000 block Gulf Drive, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took her bicycle from the fenced area
of her condominium. Value of the bike was estimated
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
Monday, May 21, for lunch and a talk on electing the
next U.S. president.
With a full field of candidates in the running for
2008, club members will discuss "Choosing a Presi-
dent: Let's Talk More Politics" with their club presi-
dent, Dale de Haan.
The meeting will take place at noon at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
For more information or to make reservations, call
Turtle nests multiply
in Sarasota, Manatee
Volunteers documented a number of l, '._ c. i ll.d sea
turtle nests in the first two weeks of the nesting season
in Sarasota County and Longboat Key.
The Coastal Wildlife Club identified the first nest
of the season in Sarasota County May 4 at the north
end of Manasota Key.
A second nest was found in a similar area May 8
and a third nest was found on the south end of Manasota
Key at Stump Pass Beach State Park May 10.
Volunteers with Mote Marine Laboratory recorded
nests on Siesta Key May 6 and May 10, as well as a
false crawl May 6.
On the northern end of Longboat Key, volunteers
with the Longboat Key Turtle Watch identified a
nest May 9.
On Anna Maria Island, the first nest was identified
by Barbara and David Hines May 6 on the beach near
74th Street in Holmes Beach. The due date is June 29.
Bird monitors sought
People to monitor nesting grounds for shore birds
are needed to help on crowded beaches for the Memo-
rial Day and July 4 holidays.
Volunteers will wear orange vests and be on hand
to help educate beachgoers about nesting least terns and
black skimmers on the Island beaches.
Volunteers will not be asked to maintain crowd
control, but are needed to keep watch and call on law
enforcement when necessary.
Volunteer days include May 26-28 and July 4.
For more information or to sign up, call Nancy
Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
May 9, 699 Manatee Ave., Bank of America, forged
check. Bank officials contacted police regarding a sus-
pected forged check that someone was trying to cash at
the drive-through teller. Officers responded and deter-
mined that the suspect had negotiated several checks
with different names, according to the report, and she
was arrested on two counts of uttering a forged instru-
ment and false identification and she was issued a cita-
tion for not having a driver's license.
Case closed against
Holmes Beach man
The case has been dropped against a Holmes Beach
man arrested in connection to a sexual relationship with
a teenage runaway.
Jack Allen Pollock, 19, faced charges of lewd
or lascivious battery on a victim under 16 and child
abuse both felonies and aiding a minor runaway,
On May 8, records were posted at the Manatee
County Courthouse that the case was closed and the
charges abandoned because the prosecutor's office
declined to proceed with the case.
"They felt there was insufficient evidence," said
Pollock's attorney, public defender Laurence Eger.
'The state declined the charges."
Pollock was arrested April 3 by a deputy with the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office. An arrest report stated
that Pollock and a teenage runaway were engaged in
sexual activity in a wooded area near Beach Avenue in
Court documents referred to the girl involved as
Pollock's girlfriend. The girl's mother had reported her
missing to the sheriff's office, leading to the search in
Another case against Pollock, this one involving
misdemeanor charges in connection with another
teenage runaway, is set for a non-jury trial later
Featured sale: This Martinique South condo at 5200
Gulf Drive, Unit 202, Holmes Beach, sold in March
2005for $650,000 and in April 2007for $600,000.
The cost per square foot is $568. Islander Photo:
Island real estate sales
614 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,464 sfla
3,517 sfur 4bed/4bath/2car canalfront pool home built
in 1970 on a 95x115 lot was sold 04/24/07, Ganos to
Terry for $850,000; list $899,000.
308 Tarpon St., Anna Maria, a 2,094 sfla / 5,147
sfur 3bed/2bath/car canalfront home built in 1985 on a
75x115 lot was sold 04/24/07, Sweeny to Phillips for
$770,000; list $770,000.
5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 202, Martinique South,
Holmes Beach, a 1,057 sfla / 1,169 sfur 2bed/2bath
Gulffront condo built in 1970 was sold 04/24/07, Bowes
to Omness for $600,000; list $699,000.
5801 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,644 sfla
2,292 sfur 3 -d 2':1 Ilxh 2car canalfront pool home built
in 1972 on a 80x105 lot was sold 04/26/07, Evans to
Childs for $484,000; list $550,000.
208 Palmetto Ave., a 1,232 sfla / 1,751 sfur
2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1986 on a 53x110 lot
was sold 04/23/07, Macaioni to Bunch for $459,550;
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate transactions may also be
viewed online at www.islander.org. Copyright 2007
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2007 0 21
Bradenton Beach pier
costs hike yet again
By Paul Roat
More increases to replace the city pier restaurant
and ancillary buildings have been approved by the Bra-
denton Beach City Commission, the latest to the tune
The latest changes are for power equipment for the
kitchen area. Total cost of the pier is now pegged at
$1,888,410, but contractor Southern Cross Contracting
Inc. has said that the price will rise before the work is
completed, hopefully no later than late September.
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 $2.2
million on the project. Contractor Southern Cross 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.
Tom Edwards, with Southern Cross, said that the
latest changes would probably push the project comple-
tion date back by about six days.
Concerns have also been voiced regarding changes
requested by Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, the
concessionaire for the restaurant, that go above the bud-
geted items. Those matters were referred to city attor-
ney Ralf Brookes for review to determine if additional
funds should be reimbursed to the city from him, and at
what time any such reimbursement would take place.
There are still pending issues on the pier.
Edwards has said that still to come in change orders
are costs associated with lift stations for waste-water flow, a
grease trap for the restaurant, back-flow preventers, an emer-
gency generator, electrical revisions, hot water installation
systems, conduit for utilities and a galvanized water line for
fire safety in lieu of cheaper materials previously planned.
There are also some cosmetic changes to the pier
restaurant under discussion, Edwards said.
By Paul Roat
Responses from Bradenton Beach attorneys to
a lawsuit by The Islander newspaper requesting
further information and documentation regarding
a sexual harassment charge by a city employee that
apparently resulted in the resignation of that city's
building official are being pursued.
Building official Ed Mc Adam submitted a
letter of resignation in March after he was placed
on administrative leave. Repeated requests for
documents pertaining to the matter produced an
undated, one-sentence memo to Mayor John Chap-
pie from code enforcement officer Gail Garneau, in
which she said, "Please by advised that I am filing
a formal complaint against the city of Bradenton
Beach for sexual harassment by the building offi-
cial, Ed Mc Adam."
The Islander believes that further documents
are in existence regarding the allegation by Garneau
and the subsequent resignation by Mc Adam. How-
ever, repeated requests for such documents have not
"IThe city responded with an allegation that it
has 'an ongoing active investigation that involves
the information received by the local chief execu-
tive officer, which derived from allegations of an
employee's act of malfeasance," Islander attor-
ney Kendra Presswood said regarding the response
to The Islander's lawsuit filed by city attorney
The Ccity response alleges "s[s]pecifically,
Chappie received a letter from Garneau stating
that she was initiating a formal complaint regard-
ing sexual harassment by a city employee."
Perry's response states: "To date, the investi-
gation into employee malfeasance is still active,
and thus, any records produced or derived from the
investigation are exempt from the Public Records
Presswood, who has handled numerous
sexual harassment and whistleblower matters,
said, "The City is attempting to rely upon the
state Whistle-blower's Act to claim its investi-
gation of a sexual harassment complaint not
a whistle-blower complaint is exempt from
the Public Records Act."
Presswood added, "It is incredible that the city
claims it is still investigating the sexual harassment
complaint two months after the city accepted the
resignation of the accused employee, Mc Adam, at
its emergency meeting on March 8."
Presswood said, "In more than 10 years of liti-
gating sexual harassment cases, I cannot recall any
employer continuing to investigate a complaint
against an individual whose employment was
In response to Islander allegations that Chappie
"violated the Sunshine Law by meeting with each
of the city commissioners, either directly or indi-
rectly through Perry," the city's response admits that
"Perry conducted telephone conversations between
the mayor and commission members individually"
but claims she did not convey information from one
elected official to another. Absent from the city's
response, however, is any explanation as to what
Perry did discuss with the mayor and each commis-
The subject of the discussion, however, accord-
ing to Perry's billing statement, which is among
the requested documents that were provided to The
Islander, was the investigation of Mc Adam and the
sexual harassment complaint.
On Feb. 23, Perry invoiced 6.8 hours and
described her duties related to the "administrative
investigation" to include "employment matters and
advice re: handling same; travel to city hall for
meeting with mayor; meeting with E. Mc Adam re:
employment issues; follow up with commissioners
with phone calls."
Depositions are being scheduled by Presswood
on the matter with a host of city employees and
officials, and a hearing date in circuit court has been
set for May 21.
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The Anna Maria Elementary School "Beach Bash"
Spring Fling event was attended by 300 people and
the dinner-dance was a sell out.
The annual event is organized by the Parent-Teacher
Organization to raise funds for educational materials
such as library books, science equipment and computer
laptops. This year's fundraising goal was $25,000 -
for a mobile computer lab.
Funds are raised through ticket sales, a silent auc-
tion and cash call. An additional cash call was made this
year to fund an estuary program to provide materials
for an outdoor classroom.
In addition to fundraising, the evening featured
chances to win prizes. The Islander sponsored a contest
in which guests attempted to guess the amount of money
contained in a 5-gallon jug. The winner of the penny
challenge was Jean Lewetag, who guessed $729.52.
The amount in the jug was $731.03. Lewetag won $100
in pennies and the AME PTO received the jug and a
check for a total of $1,000 from The Islander.
The PTO sponsored a costume contest for the
"Most Radical Dude" and "Hottest Beach Babe." Prizes
provided by Coast Bank and First Priority Bank were
awarded to husband and wife Chris and Maria Grum-
The evening featured a buffet dinner and an eve-
ning of dancing to "beachy" music provided by a DJ.
,- ", .i ^'Y.
Spring Fling co-chair Holly Connelly pours cham-
pagne for guests as they arrive at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church where the school's dinner-dance fund-
raiser was held.
AME-parent Trisha Hackworth baked a chocolate cake in the shape of a sandcastle for the school's Spring
Fling dinner and dance. The cake was a focal point of the dessert table.
Monday, May 21
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick, Super Donut,
Toast, Fruit, Cereal
Lunch: Chicken Tenders or School Planned
Entree, Steamed Carrots, Fruit Cocktail, Juice
Tuesday, May 22
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese or School Planned
Entree, Roll, Green Beans, Pineapple Tidbits
Wednesday, May 23
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Yogurt, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: School Planned Meal
Thursday, May 24
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: School Planned Meal
Friday, May 25
Summer Vacation Begins.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
AME parent Laurie
Higgins takes a look
at the selection of
silent auction items
at the PTO's Spring
items included gift
baskets with themes
such as "Road
Trip," a one-tank
road trip book, gas
card, games and
fuzzy dice. Other
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the Beach" and
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 16, 2007 0 23
Friday, May 18
9:30 a.m. The Friends of the Island Library annual board meeting
takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
1 p.m. to 2p.m. Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee hosts a family care-
giver support group session for anyone caring for an ailing adult at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-747-4655.
Saturday, May 19
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast
and to hear Dawn Stroup of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office talk at Cafe
on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach. Information: www.annamariakiwanis.
org or call 941-778-7823.
9 a.m. to noon The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct free
vessel checks at City Island Boat Ramp off the Ken Thompson Parkway
near Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota: 941-378-5620.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. RV World of Nokomis presents the "Circle of
Boats," a collection of powerboats, at St. Armands Circle in Sarasota today
and Sunday. Information: 941-388-1554.
10 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Privateers host the annual Snooks
Adams Kids Day. The event this year takes place at the southeast pavilion of
Coquina Beach Bayside. Games, contests, treasure hunts, food and refresh-
ments for kids are free. Food and refreshments for adults are by donation.
Sunday, May 20
7p.m. The Manatee Players hosts open auditions for "La Zapetera
Prodigiosa," which will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles July
13-22. The auditions take place at the theater, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton.
Monday, May 21
8:30 a.m. An Internet class for beginners takes place at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
11:30 a.m. -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. Information: 941-778-1908.
Noon The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meets for lunch and
conversation on the 2008 presidential election at the BeachHouse Restau-
rant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-9287.
Tuesday, May 22
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets to hear from Lance
Burchett from a Sarasota club talk about serving youth and lunch at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information:
5p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a busi-
ness card exchange at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. -The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of
Commerce hosts a hob nob at Mattison's Steakhouse, 525 Bay Isles Pkwy.,
Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2466.
Wednesday, May 23
7p.m. The Island Players and season ticket-holders gather for an
annual meeting at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
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.
Horseshoes get tossed in the pits atAnna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., with warmups
at 8:45 a.m.
On May 25, The Island Players hold an annual banquet at the Braden-
ton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 792-8991.
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. Reservations: 941-778-1541.
Save the Date:
On June 1, hurricane season begins. Are you prepared?
June 1 and 2 the third annual Mystery Florida Writers' Conference
takes place at Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. The
conference is for mystery writers and fans. Information: 941-228-6666 or
May brings high school graduations (May 26), the
last day of school (May 24) and the celebration of
student artists at the Anna Maria Island Art League.
AMIAL's Manatee High student exhibition opened
May 11 at the studio/gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. At the opening reception, MHS stu-
dent Caitlin Tribble and University of Florida student
Travis ._ia,,c study the work. The exhibit continues
through May 31. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
www.mysteryflorida.com. Fee applies.
On June 23, the second annual Florida Gulf Coast Outdoor Festival
takes place along the bay across from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
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Mangrove stories: common, legal, bizarre and absurd
Mangroves are pretty amazing.
These trees can:
Live where no other trees can survive includ-
ing in saltwater.
Have roots that stick out of the ground.
Provide a massive amount of food for sea life.
Mangroves are indigenous to the sub-tropical/tropi-
cal regions of the world. In Florida, we've got them
from northern Pasco County to the Florida Keys.
We've got three species of mangroves here,
although the jury is still "out" on that factoid.
Red mangroves are the ones we' re used to seeing.
They're at the water's edge of our bays, and have
those big roots that prop up the tree. Since the roots
are red, the tree was easily named, and since the prop
roots tend to keep going out into the water, the trees
became a "walking tree" to early settlers to this part
of the world.
Mangroves also can survive in a saltwater-rich
environment, a place where most of the plant world
tends to perish. A wonderful adaptation to deal with the
salt is found in black mangroves, which have those little
upwelling roots called pneumataphores. They stick up
from the water for and let the tree breathe when its
submerged in water.
Next up from the shore scene are white man-
groves, which have less tolerance for saltwater but
deal with it by allowing the salt to ooze from the
leaves of the trees.
The other nifty about mangroves is their shedding.
Leaves, bark and other stuff that comes off mangroves,
which scientists call detritus, fall into the water.
"Detritus" in the water world is a good thing. The
stuff causes all sorts of little critters to have something
to eat, from juvenile snook and redfish to crabs and
shrimp. Combine the mangrove droppings with sea-
grass beds and you've got a cornucopia of a feast for
all kinds of stuff in the water.
Of course, there are also the crabs that live in the
trees, the birds that find the tree tops a safe haven for
hanging out or nesting, raccoons that like to hang there
... you get the idea.
The down side of mangroves is that they flourish
along the bayside of islands.
Good news for marine life, but bad news for humans
who want to enjoy a nice water view.
And that's where state regulators come into play.
Kris Holmberg and Ana Gibbs were in town a while
back. They' re with the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection, which is charged with ensuring that
mangroves are not unduly whacked.
The state w c I lln I ';ugh a whole lot of mangrove rule
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changes years back. It seemed that the rules changed
almost every year for a while until the state got the rules
right, and regulations adopted in 1996 have remained
The state decided that the ecological, physical and
economic benefits of the spindly trees warranted their
special protection, Holmberg told a small group of
people at Bradenton Beach City Hall.
The state also outlined how and how much you can
trim the trees. Waterfront homeowners have the right
to a view of the water, he said, but just how much trim-
ming is allowed for that view is up for interpretation.
"It's generally best to contact the department before
you trim," Holmberg said of the DEP General guide-
lines allow trimming to a 6-foot height, but to cut a
mangrove to that level could take several years, as you
may only trim 25 percent of the tree annually.
Professional licensed arborists, landscape architects
and other professionals can oversee the process.
And the process can be costly if not done correctly.
Fines for improper trimming can amount to $10,000 per
day, Holmberg said.
The best rule of thumb for mangrove trimming is
"1 iind\\ inll." which is to allow a view by taking out
the under story of the trees but leaving the canopy.
\\ iidn\\ Ing is the way to go if you have large
mangroves on your property," he advised.
If you' ve got mangrove questions, call the DEP in
Tampa at 813-744-6100.
Wind farms those big turbines that you see
in pictures every so often or on trips to the Midwest
and Southwestern United States are a big-time
growth industry for the ecologically minded power-
They're currently cranking up about 1 percent
of the e ii. Y needs for the country, but have pretty
much quadrupled in production in the past six years.
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Oh, but there is a bit of a problem.
It seems that some of the turbine plants are
placed on migratory paths for birds, which shred
themselves in the windmills. Environmentalists are
obviously in a quandary: Wind energy is a good
thing. It's free. It's easy. But it's also deadly to our
little feathered friends.
Of course, studies are ongoing to determine the
next course of action.
Drink! Drink! Drink!
It's dry, dry, dry out there. The smoke from wild-
fires from across Florida and Georgia blanketed the
state for several days last week, causing at least one
of us to believe a big dumbbell landed on his face, the
sinus congestion was so bad.
A little sub-tropical low-pressure system moving
south along the eastern Florida coast didn't do much
to help put out the fires or ease the drought. Expected
afternoon thunderstorms didn't materialize. And so
But it could be worse.
The Associated Press reported a few weeks ago
that a 29-year-old New Jersey guy died on one of those
"wilderness adventure" treks in Utah. He went some-
thing like 10 hours without water in 100-degree heat in
the canyons of Utah, and dropped less than 100 yards
to his goal of a cool cave and fresh water.
The kicker to all this is that the "guides" had
water for emergencies, but determined that they
didn't want him to pass up the chance to meet his
goal for the course.
A course which, by the way, the poor guy paid
$3,175 to attend.
You've probably read this before, and you' 11 have
to hear it again this summer.
If you wait until you're thirsty, you're already
Do some major guzzling first thing in the morn-
ing if you' ve got yard work planned. Keep drinking
throughout the day. Don't stop.
Yeah, I know a cold beer tastes pretty good after
cutting the grass, but stick to water or one of those "...
ade" drinks instead.
A few years ago, my landlord came down with
some big-time muscle cramps after working on a
summer house-painting job. He thought he was drink-
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Mackerel best bet right now, grouper offshore, too
By Capt. Mike Heistand
With snook season closed, of course the know-it-all
linesiders are hitting hard and have to be released. It's
just the nature of fishing.
Other backwater action includes some redfish and
trout, plus mangrove snapper.
Mackerel are the big catch off the beaches and in
the Gulf of Mexico.
Farther out, look for grouper, snapper, some king-
fish and amberjack.
Tarpon catches should start to come in within the
next few weeks, according to some predictions.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore fishing is
good for grouper, snapper, amberjack, kingfish, mack-
erel and banded rudderfish. Backwater fishing for
trout is starting to pick up, and there are a lot of red-
fish coming to the hook. Mackerel are also a good bet
along the beaches of Anna Maria Island.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said action there
included a few mackerel, some sheepshead, blue runners
and a hope that fishing will improve in the next few days.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
they're catching some mangrove snapper and some
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ing enough, but paramedics suggested that perhaps he
did not. He guzzles like a fish now and no longer has
It's not going to get any cooler any time soon.
Please take care of yourselves while you're out there
in the heat.
A favorite mangrove story comes from Mote
Marine Laboratory several decades ago.
A senior scientist who shall remain nameless
decided to try to grow mangroves in pots, something
that nobody was really doing much with at the time.
He got a bunch of the long shoots that are the fledg-
ling red mangroves and stuck them in some dirt, and
clucked over them like a mother hen as they started to
sprout and grow.
Unfortunately, he had them set up on a deck where
the Mote crew would imbibe in refreshments after
work. As often happens while drinking beer, there was
some ... uh, well, you can guess relieving. And the
guys decided that the little mangrove plants in their
little pots were a good target.
Although mangroves thrive in saltwater in bays and
estuaries, they apparently don't thrive in all saltwater.
The plants didn't flourish until the scientist announced
at one of the gatherings:
"Would you guys stop peeing in my mangroves!"
The unacceptable activity halted, the man-
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late-season sheepshead, but the big ticket for the pier
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
snook are biting good right now of course, since the
season has closed. He said that there are a lot of small
redfish being caught and trout are starting to show up,
as are snapper.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said that although
they aren't targeting snook since they're out of season,
they still can't help but reel in a few catches in the
bays. He's focusing his charters onto redfish, mack-
erel and snapper.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include mack-
erel, snapper, lots of small grouper, some small sharks
and a couple of flounder.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said "tides did not add to the big
action this week, but some decent catches were made.
Carol and John Brigham from Bradenton and Portland,
Ind., caught some big Spanish mackerel, spotted sea
trout and ladyfish on the open seagrass flats of Anna
Maria Sound. Live pilchards and shrimp worked equally
on a north wind and incoming tide. The same north wind
held the high tide down a few notches, but we did find
a few hungry snook in deeper channels. Mixed in with
the snook were some dandy redfish, but we were not
successful in hooking any up. It was the first trip in some
time that did not give up at least a few redfish." Capt.
Zach said that water temps are still a little cool, which
seems to be putting fishing action off a bit. He's able
to find lots of bait, though. He also predicts that tarpon
fishing should really start to show in early June.
On my boat Magic, we caught redfish to 28 inches
in length last week, mangrove snapper to 16 inches,
mackerel and lots of small catch-and-release snook.
Good luck and good fishing.
Snook Trout Redfish Tarpon *~r
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30 miles out
in the Gulf of
Look at those teeth!
Tara Condie ofFredsburg, Va., caught this large
barracuda off Anna Maria Island while fishing with
Capt. Larry McGuire on .slh ii Me The Fish Charters.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 25-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report.
Prints and digital images of your catch are also wel-
come 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
a name and phone number for more information.
We'd love to hearyour
fish stories, and pictures
are welcome, too.
Just give us a call at
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Little League: WMFD wins, Morgan Stanley loses
By Kevin Cassidy
West Manatee Fire District finally got into the win
column when it defeated Duncan Real Estate 7-6 on
May 10 in Island Little League action. Meanwhile, on
May 9, Morgan Stanley suffered its second loss on the
season to Duncan Real Estate. Neither occurrence made
much of a difference in the standings as Morgan Stanley
maintains an almost insurmountable lead over Duncan
Real Estate. Duncan Real Estate would have to win
out, while Morgan Stanley would have to lose every
remaining game for Duncan to tie for first.
The season is quickly coming to a close with awards
night set for May 22.
WMFD 7, Duncan 6
WMFD took advantage of walks to edge past
Duncan Real Estate 7-6 despite collecting only two
hits. Josh Zawistoski and Billy Eddy each singled and
scored one run to lead the WMFD offense at the plate.
WMFD also received runs from Philip Dudevoire,
Johnny Mattay, Nick Papazian, Lindsey Bell and Logan
Reiber in the victory.
Christian Hightower went 2-for-3 including a
double and one run scored and David Ortiz homered
and scored a pair of runs. Candance Hanson added a
2-for-3 performance that included two runs scored for
Duncan, who also received singles from Trevor Albers
and Devon Francisco in the loss.
Duncan 9, M. Stanley 5
Duncan Real Estate handed Morgan Stanley its
second loss of the season thanks to a strong hitting
performance from Candance Hanson. Hanson went
2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored. Trevor
Albers added a single and one run scored for Duncan,
which also received runs from Blaine Jenefsky,
Christian Pettit and two runs from Andrew Crowton
in the victory.
Julian Botero was 2-for-3 with a double and two
runs scored and Adam Hart went 2-for-2 with a double
and one run scored to lead Morgan Stanley at the plate.
Joel Hart and Connor Field each singled and scored one
run and Sophie Bernet had one single in the loss.
M. Stanley 15, WMFD 7
Morgan Stanley broke out the bats with nine hits to
back a strong pitching effort by Travis Belsito during
its 15-7 win over WMFD on May 7. Belsito allowed
only one hit in four innings of work to earn the pitch-
Anna Maria Island Little League AAA standings
as of May 10
Team Won Lost
M. Stanley 7 2
Duncan 5 4
WMFD 1 8
Anna Maria Island Little League AAA Top 10 bat-
ters as of May 10
1. Joel Hart.731
2. Connor Field
3. Adam Hart
4. Andrew Crowton
5. Julian Botero
6. Candance Hanson
7. Patrick Edwards
8. Johnny Mattay
8. Allyssa Bosch
9. Neil Carper
10. Travis Belsito
Junior League (ages 13-16)
May 9 6:30 p.m. Islanders vs. Manatee Amer. 2 @
G.T Bray Park
May 19 11 a.m. N. River National 2 vs. Islanders @
Birdie Tebbetts Field
AAA (ages 10-12)
May 17 6 p.m.
May 19 2:30 p.m.
May 22 7:30 p.m.
M. Stanley vs. Duncan
WMFD vs. M. Stanley
AA (ages 8-9)
May 16 6 p.m. Sato vs. Bistro
May 18 6 p.m. Bark vs. Bistro
May 19 12:30 p.m. Barkvs. Sato
May 21 6 p.m. Bark vs. Bistro
May 22 6:45 p.m. Awards night
AAA, AA are played at Bayfront Recreation Center, Longboat
T-Ball (ages 5-7)
May 17 6 p.m. A&E vs. LPAC
May 17 7 p.m. Eye Tours vs. Americo
May 22 5:15 p.m. Awards night
T-Ball games are played at the Holmes Beach field.
Duncan Real Estate's Trevor Albers scores as he slides safely into home under the tag of Morgan Stanley
pitcher Joel Hart. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
and Julian Botero each added a pair of hits and two
runs scored. Patrick Edwards singled and scored two
runs, while Sophie Bernet and Henrik Brusso each
added a single and one run scored in the victory for
Alyssa Bosch led WMFD at the plate with a double
and one run scored, while Logan Reiber collected three
walks and scored two runs. Johnny Mattay, Nick Papa-
zian, Lindsey Bell and Billy Eddy each scored one run
for WMFD in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The team of Chet Hutton, John Purcell, Gordon
McKinna and Fred Meyer shot a 7-under-par 25 to
win the better-ball-of-foursome, nine-hole handicap
tournament at Key Royale Club on May 7. Two teams
tied for second place with the team of Tom Steele, Jim
Krumme, Pieter Thomassen and Jim MacVicar match-
ing the 26 carded by the team of Paul Kaemmerlen, Jim
McCartney, Dana Cessna and Chuck Reed.
On May 9, the Key Royale men teed it up for 18
holes in a two-best-balls-of-foursome format. Bui'in_.1
rights went to the team of Tom Steele, Pieter Thom-
assen, Jim MacVicar and Joe Proxy with a score of
15-under par. One shot back were the teams of John
Atkinson, Earl Ritchie, Dick Grimme and Bob Kelly
and Bob Elliott, Lew Winegarden, Jim Thorton and
Register now for flag football
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is hold-
ing registration for girls and boys, ages 5-16, who are
interested in playing NFL Flag Football. Youths can
register anytime up to May 24 at the Center's temporary
office trailer behind St. Bernard Catholic Church at 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
There will be a mandatory tryout at the Holmes
Beach field on Wednesday, May 30 for all regis-
tered players. Thursday, May 24, is the last day to
register and the Center emphasized, there will
be no exceptions.
Adults may sign children up for flag football at the
following registration events.
5-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at St. Bernard.
5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Center
5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at the Center trailer.
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Cost for the Center's football program is $30 for
first child, $25 for each additional child, same family.
Non-member fees are $45 for first child, $40 for each
additional child. Players each receive an official NFL
Flag Football jersey and flag belt.
All games will be played at Holmes Beach City
Hall fields Monday-Friday.
"Driven" basketball camp in August
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
once again hosting its Driven" basketball camp for
players ages 9-14. The camp, which will run Aug.
6-17, will split players into two divisions for ages
9-11 and 12-15.
The camp focus will be on conditioning, defense,
transition, ball handling, shooting and teamwork. Tro-
phies will be awarded for various competitions, such as
shooting, defense, sportsmanship and most improved.
Players will also compete to earn the camp's highest
achievement, the Driven Award, which is awarded to
the player that shows the most motivation, determina-
tion and leadership.
Players can register for the camp at the Center
office trailer. Cost for the camp is $40 and the registra-
tion deadline is July 20. For more information, call the
Center's Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.
MAYSO offers summer soccer camps
Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization is offer-
ing soccer camps for new soccer players, recreational
players and competitive players ages 4-18 and Saturday
Street Soccer/Futsal for ages 6-18.
The camps are divided into half-day sessions,
8:30-11 a.m. Monday-Friday for $80; or full day from
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $150. Dates are as follows:
Session I, May 28-Junel.
Session II, June 11-15.
Session III, June 18-22.
Session IV, Aug. 6-10.
Saturday Street Soccer/Futsal costs just $20 for cur-
rent MAYSO players, $30 for new players, and will
be played 9-11 a.m. June 9, 16 and 23 at King Middle
School for players ages 6-18.
MAYSO also offers a 10 percent sibling or multi-
camp discount. For more information, contact Erik
Barbon at 932-0800, or e-mail him at barbonet@
verizon.net. Registration forms and additional infor-
mation about Street Soccer/Futsal can be found at
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BIKE: PEUGEOT SPRINT road racer: Small frame,
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for now. Perfect for beginning racer and long rides.
FOR SALE: DRUM bell kit for middle school, high
school band class drummers. Good condition. $160.
FREE DIFFERENT-SIZED aquariums. Not suitable
for fish. 941-779-2347.
SALE! $2.50 A box: Anna Maria Junior Girl Scouts
Troop No. 590 cookies are on sale at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
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OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
YOU WANT IT ...You got it. Oval AMI bumper stick-
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Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
HELP SUPPORT OFFICER Pete Lannon: Silicone
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adult $5. The bracelets are donated by The Islander
and all $$$ go to a pre-paid college fund for Pete's
youngest son. Available at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
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able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tuesdays,
Thursday. 9am-noon Saturdays. Always porch clothing
sales. 941-779-2733.511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
BUDGET BOX: 10am-4pm Monday-Friday, 10am-
2pm Saturday. Half price sale until May 24, summer
closing. 941-746-4906. 401 42nd Street W., Bra-
MOVING SALE: 8am-2pm Saturday, May 19. Furniture,
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STOREWIDE SALE: NIKI'S Island Treasures. All ster-
ling jewelry, collector plates, dolls, clowns, thimbles
50-75 percent off. Select antiques, art, furniture, books,
costume and vintage jewelry, ruby glass, Hummels
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FOUND: NECKLACE. OUTDOORS, nearthe walkway
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MISSING: FEMALE CAT.Tabby/tortie, medium-long fur.
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Maria. Reward. Call Joan or Bob at 941-778-1069.
JEWELRY FOUND: 62nd Street trolley stop. Call
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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
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Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more information.
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FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
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office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
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. Leather, all power. New brakes, alter-
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1996 GRAND CHEROKEE, 1996 Jeep SUV. 123,000
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WANTED: BOAT SLIP with lift wanted for rent. 23-foot
boat. Need deep water and no bridges to pass under.
Northern canals that empty into Galati harbor area
preferred. Charlie, 205-602-0513. ctcowin @aol.com.
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ISLAND CONDO Walking distance to many shops and
restaurants, this condo offers it all. Heated pool, storage, two
covered parking spots, washer, dryer and a new water heater.
Turnkey furnished for your convenience. A real beauty priced
to sell. $310,000. Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
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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.
ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR: FULL-time, upscale retire-
ment community. Excellent benefits. Close to Anna
Maria Island and local beaches. Apply at 450 67th St.
W., Bradenton FL., 34209, or fax 941-798-3521.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: OUR Daily Bread, a soup
kitchen. Contact Mary, 941-745-2992.
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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-
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Outlook, Amicus Attorney, PC Law) and enjoy work-
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E-mail resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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OF ANNA MARIA
end unit. All new
waterway 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. $398,500.
2BR/2BA, all utilities,
exclusive West Bay
Point & Moorings no.
122. Enjoy the beach
from your glassed/
screened lanai and the views of Tampa Bay from the living room.
Deeded carport no. 11 out your front door. All amenities: pool,
tennis, sauna, exercise area. Minutes to Gulf beaches. $449,900.
Call Dick Rowse "
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
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
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.
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.
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.
W. Ben Stewart
Attorney At Law
Real Estate Closings Title Insurance
Condo Associations Evictions
Qualified Intermediary for 1031 Exchanges
B Outstanding Agents'
^% m PR4MC JON KENT
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AMERICAN HANDYMAN: ISLAND resident. Guaran-
teed price, guaranteed quality. Any job. Discount with
ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry, 941-448-5999.
CLEANING AND COMPANION service: 20 years of
experience, reference available. Call France, 941-
465-7573, or home, 941-538-0859.
ALPHA PLUS CUSTOM Cleaning and Painting Inc.
"Joining two services in one, for the maintenance of
your home and business." Cleaning, residential and
commercial, kitchen, bathroom, all rooms, windows.
Weekly, bi-weekly, customized to your needs, all
supplies included, painting your entire house, paint-
ing all of your business. 941-580-0452.
HOMEWATCH: WE check services in your home
while you are away. Yard, mailbox, car, family,
errands, prescriptions, etc. Servicing Anna Maria
Island, Perico Island and north Longboat Key. Call
941-794-0210 or 941-778-5754.
ALL THINGS DOMESTIC: Experienced local care-
giver/nanny serving Anna Maria's seniors, disabled
and children. All aspects of household management
and personal care. Part-time availability on a long-
term, temporary, or on-call basis. Skilled, caring,
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, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
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.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
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595 Bay Isles Rd., Suite 125 Longboat Key
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
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.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
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
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach or order online www.islander.org.
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.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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The Rivertowne Lot 40- $493,190 $359,000 The Kiawah Lot 28 $28,602 $379,000
3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,637 SF 2 bedroom plus study, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,791 SF
ON BRADEN RIVER
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Key West 2nd Floor $356,565 $284A65
2 bedroom plus den, screened lanai. 1,638 SF
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OFFER EXPIRES 3/31/07
Harbor House Lot 64 $368-,30
2 bedroom, 2 bath, laundry room, eat-in
kitchen, courtyard, 2-car garage, 1,434 SF
For more information on these
exceptional homes visit:
Building. Home. Life.
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TIRED OF PAYING more than estimates? Tree
trimming, removal, pruning, mulching. Guaranteed
best price in writing. 11-year Island resident. Cell,
VAN-GO PAINTING residentiaVcommercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. 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.
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, handyman,
light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing
and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
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.
rEi r Village West 3BR/2BA Near Bray Park!
Lexington 2,663sf 3BR/3BA plus den. Pool-size lot!
Pointe West 3BR/2BA Updates, heated pool! Split plan. $345,000!
Mariners 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!
Kingsfield Lakes 3-4BR/2BA Pending! $289,000!
Villager 2BR/2BA. Backups needed! WOW! $104,500!
Island Beachy Bar Business Opportunity. Beer, wine, music!
Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA Nice updates. NEW 14 seer air
conditioning! $2&6-6~ $279,000!
Laura E. McGeary PA
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
6000 Marina Drive, Ste. 105 Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
Gayle Schulz www.jimandersonrealty.com
Broker/Associate email: gayle51 @tampabay.rr.com
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Spectacular Bimini Bay views from this large Key Royale Anna Maria
Island waterfront property with dock, three-car garage and solar-heated
pool. 3-4BR/4BA offered at $1,600,000.
5BK/2BA pool home in convenient Large, updated 3BK/2BA condo
West Bradenton. Freshly painted with a pool in West Bradenton.
and many upgrades. Priced for this Move right in. Unbelievable price
market at $270,000. of $135,000!
Please call Gayle Schulz direct to view these easy-to-show listings.
Duplex building site over 11,400 sf now includes
small structure to rent until ready to build.
Meticulous 2BR/2.5BA, 1,612 sf LA, 2,132 sf
under roof. Includes two-car garage, spacious,
Smaintenance-free lot. Asking $489,500.
Several Gulf properties located in beautiful
natural beach locations. Call for complete
details. Priced $2.9 to 4.9 million.
S"Wee AREthe Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
S 941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
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HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275 for
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
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 references. Licensed.
Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or 941-962-5131.
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.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Do you need a pro-
fessional at plumbing, electrical, carpentry, tiling,
painting and remodeling? 24-hour emergency ser-
vice. Free estimates. 941-580-3312.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org
pool. 2BR/2BA open
plan, new kitchen.
Dock, three davits.
Not a drive-by,
must see inside!
aill Herb eillm
404 21st Place,
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: email@example.com.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVDNCR, 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-
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. 406-837-0679.
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
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BEAUTIFUL, quiet Holmes
Beach 1BR/1 BA. One block from beach. $800/month.
To show, daytime, 7-11 am or evenings, 9-11 pm. Call
Allen, 941-778-6965. Leave message.
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.
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SPILU;IULAH rvalma bola Dayfront laste-
fully updated, spacious 4,500 sf, 4-5BR on
one level with panoramicviews Largelot with
100 feet ofwaterfront Newer dock/lift, caged,
heatedpool Glorloussunsets JaneTinsworth,
941-761-3100 #549331 $1,895,000
EXQUISITE UNIT has Gulf views and luxury
amenities Crown moldings accents high
ceilings and open plan Granite countertops
and stainless-steel appliances Designer
perfect furnishings 3BR/2 5BA Karen Day,
941-778-2246 #551496 $1,599,000
ABSOLUTE DOLLHOUSE! Thoroughly BEAUTIFUL well-kept condo Canalfront
modern with old Florida charm Island complex Short list for dock use Fees
cottage has on-site management Deeded cover flood insurance Close to heated
beach, fishing pier on bay Pool Becky pool and renovated club house with bil-
Smith or Elfl Starett, 941-778-2246 liards and exercise equipment Jo Warren,
#524049 $399,900 941-778-2246 #554191 $220,000
MOTEL/RESORT OPPORTUNITY ANNA MARIA ISLAND Great
11-unit resort/motel One block to the beaches Many restaurants,
specialty shops and fishing pier within short distance Jim Zoff,
941-778-2246 #539134 $2,575,000.
ARAREFIND!Anna Maria Gulffront lot Buildyourdream home here
Walk the sugar white sand beach, watch the stunning sunsets, see
the dolphins swim peacefully by and write your novel here Becky
Smith or Elfl Starett, 941-778-2246 #504998 $1,750,000.
RESORTIN PARADISETroplcal landscaping surroundsslxcharming
unitsstepsfrom beach Immaculate, familyowned and clientele keep
coming back Possibleownerfinancing Karen Day, 941-778-2246
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 #548868 $999,000.
GULF COAST PLAZA Fully leased eight-unit strip center on busy
Cortez Road W 300-foot frontage, 6,100 sf of building, parking for
32cars Zoned generalcommercial DaveMoynihan,941-778-2246
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 Elfi Starett, 941-778-2246
PRICE REDUCED! Clean and comfortable,
located Across from pool and clubhouse
Close to the bay This property has been
refurbished Well located inthe nicest park in
Manatee County Jo Warren, 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.
ATTENTION BOATERS Totally updated 4BR/2BA 2,259 sf In Belair
Bayou NW has a large dock with 15,000 Ib lift Just minutes from
river and bay Large lush lot Beautiful pool/spa Shows like a newer
home JaneTinsworth,941-761-3100 #543002 $799,900.
VALUE IS IN TWO LOTS only a few hundred yards from Gulf
Beautiful street and beach access Build two homes or remodel
cottageandliveinparadise2BR/1 5BA Karen Day, 941-778-2246
ELEGANT BAYFRONT Spacious 2BR/2BA unit with 1,909 sf of
living area Exceptional Gulf to bay complex with private beach,
bayside pool/spa, resident manager, secured elevator lobby David
Moynihan,941-778-2246 #534725 $750,000.
MARINERS COVE Direct bayfront, top floor 3BR/2BA, 2,000 sf,
gated community,two pools, tennis, elevator, protected deep-water
35-footboatslip Peter Mancuso,941-545-6833 or Dave Moynihan,
941-778-2246 #543600 $579,000.
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 www.betsyhills.com
AWARD WINNING WATERFRONT RETREAT This captivating, 2 or
3BR, 2.5BA waterfront hideaway offers panoramic views across
tranquil Lake LaVistawith glimpsesofTampa Bay. Features include
a great room floor plan enhanced by artfully laid Italian tiled floors,
faux painted and hand stenciled walls, and a cheerful gourmet
kitchen with wooden cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, and
mosaic-tiled backsplash. The award winning landscaping frames
a sparkling 28x14-foot heated pool and spa with whimsical tiki hut
plus a 34-foot boat dock with direct bay and Gulf access. Don't
miss this wonderful piece of paradise, priced at $1,289,500.
WEST BRADENTON BLUE RIBBON FAMILY HOMEWITH MOTHER-
IN-LAW APARTMENT This tidy, well-maintained 4BR/3BA family
home is located on a pretty street near Manatee High School and
offers spacious mother-in-lawapartmentalong with an oversized
141x90 lot with plenty of room for a pool. Features include lovely
ceramictiledfloors, distinctivetextured ceilingswith crown molding
and fans and a spacious eat-in kitchen with pretty pine cabinets.
There is a new washer and dryer, new heat pump, and a well for
lawn irrigation. The expansive, high and dry lot offers a grapefruit,
orange and oaktrees. Don't missthis beautifully maintained family
home, reasonably priced at $294,500.
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andys Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 24 Years of
aSerice Quality & Dependable Service.
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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BDADENTON BEACH, FL
HAQOLD SMALL REALTOR.
Office: (941) 778-2246 (941) 792- 8628
Removal of all types of trash, debris and junk.
CEILING & WALL REPAIRS
Locally owned and family operated since 1988
WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION 941.725.0073
DARRIN J. WASH STATE LIC. CRC 1329024
Crown molding Specialist
LICENSED & INSURED
DOUG EWING ~ 941-737-9115
Carpets Furniture Mattresses
Air Ducts Flood Damage
27YEARS EXPERIENCE 941-962-5331
LRIDR COMBO=2 ROOMS
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We Come To You Full Warranty
* Antennas *Mirrors
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Trunks Door Handles 941-957-3330
POWERUPAUTO.COM SINCE 1995 FREE ESTIMATES FL MV-46219
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants,
mulch, trip, hauling and clean
Call Junior, 807-1015
CONSTRUCTION STATE CERTIFIED
8008 SECOND AVE. W. BRADENTON FL 34209
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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.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
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.
HOLMES BEACH: PERFECT 3BR/2BA, all new, canal
home. Two docks, caged pool, unfurnished, large deck,
spa, boatlift. $1,800/month. 941-729-2106.
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,
ANNUAL STUDIO APARTMENT in Holmes Beach.
No pets. 941-778-7039.
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.
CORTEZ/BRADENTON BEACH AREA: Spacious,
furnished 1 BR/1BA apartment. Full kitchen, dining
room, living room. Includes utilities, cable, laundry
room. Community boat ramp, marina. $995/month.
ANNUAL BRADENTON BEACH small 1 BR/1BA, half
of double home. Yard with ocean view. Washer and
dryer. Very small pet OK. $795/month. 216-469-2857.
SMITH REALTORS: ANNUAL duplex, 1BR/1BA
close to beach, $800/month, lawn and water
included. Perico Island townhouse, 2BR/2BA, one-
car garage, $1,200/month plus utilities. 941-778-
FOR RENT: TWO storage garages. 11 feet wide, 22 feet
deep and 10 feet high. $125/month. 941-356-3903.
LONGBOAT KEY: THE Village. 2BR canalfront
house. Furnished, 1,350/month, unfurnished,
WEST BRADENTON ROOM for rent. $150/week,
everything included. Please, call 941-518-8322 or
FOR RENT: UNFURNISHED efficiency apart-
ment on Pine Avenue. $750/month. Anna Maria.
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: VERY cute 2BR/1 BA with carport
on quiet street, north end of Anna Maria. Washer
and dryer hookup, new kitchen. 941-795-7089.
VACATION RENTAL: 3BR/2BA, two-story home
across from the beach with great views of the sunset
from the wraparound porch. $750/week. 941-730-
0688. seagrapevacation @aol.com.
RENT TO OWN! Waterfront and pool homes.
Several to choose from! Starting at $995/month.
ANNUAL: TWO BLOCKS to beach, mid-Island. New
appliances, tile throughout, side yard, pet friendly.
South side: 2BR/1.5BA, washer and dryer, large
side yard, RV parking. $1,295/month. North side:
1 BR/1 BA, private backyard. $895/month. First, last,
security. Call 813-645-6738.
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1.5BA,
covered parking, storage, new carpet, tile and paint.
Washer and dryer. $875/month. Fran Maxon Real
ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Cedar's
East. 3BR/2.5BA large condo. Several decks, two
garages, lots of storage, pool, tennis, close to
beach and bay. $2,750/month. Fran Maxon Real
FOR RENT: FULLY-furnished 1 BR, living room, kitchen.
$1,200/month. Bradenton Beach. 727-480-8154.
AFFORDABLE ANNUAL RENTALS available:
1BR/1.5BA, Gulffront, 1BR/1BA duplex, 2BR/1BA
duplex, 2BR/2BA Gulf view, 2BR/2BA condo. Start-
ing at $750/month. Coastline Accommodations.
HOLMES BEACH GULFFRONT condo. 1-2BR,
totally remodeled 2006. Stainless-steel appliances,
two pools, carport. Turnkey furnished. $900/month.
Now through December. 616-540-4343.
GREAT LOCATION: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier.
2BR/1 BA, ground floor, fully furnished with all ame-
nities, no smokers or pets, available June 1. Annual,
$1,000/month. 941 387-8610.
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NICELY FURNISHED 2BR/2BA with den, lanai,
garage. Walking distance to beach. No smoking, no
pets. Available May through October. 941-795-8626.
VILLAGE GREEN: BIG 3BR/2BA, two-car garage.
Huge corner lot, large lanai, new paint, carpet, tile
and appliances, minutes to beaches in west Bra-
denton. $1,395/month annual. 941-720-2804.
MOVING TO FLORIDA? Need beautiful home temporar-
ily? Furnished 2BR/2BA second-floor, bayfront, corner
condo with clear view of Sunshine Skyway Bridge and
bay. Pool, tennis. $2,000/month. 941-778-9710.
ANNUAL RENTAL: GULF view, 1BR/1BA apart-
ment. Covered parking, open deck, great direct
Gulf views! $750/month. No pets. Fran Maxon Real
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. www.HiddenLakeCon-
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.
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,
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.
PALMA SOLA VIEW: Perico Bay Club: 2BR/2BA,
close to beach! Second-floor unit with vaulted ceil-
ing, screened and air-conditioned glassed-in porch,
one-car garage. 24-hour security. Active associa-
tions. Open 1-4pm Sunday. Was 439,900, now $
429,900. Make offer! 1191 Edgewater Circle. Home,
863-324-0944. Cell, 863-280-0222. sandsgoldm@
aol.com. Owner is a broker.
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/1BA condo. Private beach and
boat slips on Intracoastal Waterway. Income pro-
ducing or private getaway. Best buy on the Island.
$385,000. Call 863-287-8078.
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.
FOR SALE: SUNBOW Bay, East Bay Drive across from
Publix. 2BR/2BA, fully furnished and equipped, elevator,
garage, two pools, tennis court, fishing pier. Just move
in. $368,000. Contact: fvanmechelen @hotmail.com.
FIXER UPPERS, BARGAINS, lowest prices. These
homes need work. Free list with pictures. www.Braden-
tonFixers.com. Keller Williams Realty.941- 447-4253.
UPSCALE LUXURY PROPERTIES: $500,000-
$2,000,000. Free list with pictures. www.BradentonLux-
uryList.com. Keller Williams Realty. 941- 447-4253.
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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.
BAYVIEW AND CANALFRONT with pool. 2BR/2BA
open plan, new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock,
three davits. Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must
see inside! 404 21st Place, Bradenton Beach By
owner. Call Herb Dolan, 941-705-4454.
OPEN SUNDAY 1-4pm. Full bay views from this
updated 3BR/2BA condo. Pool, spa, tennis and
24-hour security. Shows like a model and a must
see at $525,000.1167 Edgewater Circle, Perico Bay
Club. 941-792-4803, or barbfreeman @alltel.net.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1 BA house, 1.5 blocks from
beach. $399,900. 941-587-1456.
BY OWNER: MOVE into lovely home in unique
area under sprawling oaks. Close to everything,
3BR/2BA, family room, new kitchen, excellent
kitchen. $305,000. 941-795-8169.
WATER-VIEW, DEEDED boat slip, 2BR/2BA home
in Holmes Beach. 1,703 sf, large corner lot, 100 per-
cent updated, priced to sell, $499,000. cculhane@
3BR/3BA WATERWAY PENTHOUSE: Loft, dock,
bay view. New air conditioning, kitchen. Must sell!
ISLAND POOL HOME: 2BR/2BA with heated pool
and spa, workshop, fenced yard. For sale by owner
for a great deal. White appliances, including washer
and dryer, all staying. Motivated seller. Brokers/
agents welcome. $470,000. Call Tammy at 813-
478-4416 or 941-322-2132.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
DEEP-WATER CANAL home for sale by owner.
Anna Maria 2BR/3BA with office as possible third
bedroom. Very nice brick fireplace, large in-law suite
with bath. New permanent seawall, 20-foot dock,
10,000 lb. boat lift. 75x125-foot lot, screened lanai,
double shed, laundry room, 1,900-plus sf. Working
well with pump, new air ducts with high-end air han-
dler, allergen filter. Alarm system. Large, open back
yard with room for pool. Three percent to Realtors.
240 Chilson. 941-447-6668.
COME HOME TO the Islands: Resort-style living at
2317 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach, offering 3BR/2BA,
one-car garage priced from the $600s. Stop by our
model, there will be nine to choose from, or call Kim-
berly Mills or Erlene Fitzpatrick at 941-758-7777.
Re/Max Gulfstream Realty.
OPEN CONDO: WEDNESDAY at Anna Maria Island
Club. Rental income, $34,436.10 in the last year
from this direct Gulffront, 2BR/2BA unit in the ever-
popular Anna Maria Island Club with large heated
pool, assigned covered parking and elevator. Come
see for yourself 1-4pm May 16. Special champagne
sunset reception at 8pm! 2600 Gulf Drive, Unit 18,
Bradenton Beach. Asking $789,000. Door prize
drawing for a three-hour boating excursion for four.
(Realtors excluded). Call Barry Gould at 941-448-
5500. Island Vacation Properties.
LEASE/OPTION: BEAUTIFUL Key Royale canal-
front home. 3BR/2BA pool, boat dock, tastefully
remodeled. Call owner, 941-356-1456.
NORTH CAROLINA: COOL mountain air, views and
streams, homes, cabins and acreage. Free brochure,
800-642-5333. Realty Of Murphy. 317 Peachtree St.,
Murphy NC 28906. www.realtyofmurphy.com.
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.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Western North Car-
olina mountains. Free color brochure and information.
Mountain properties with spectacular views, homes,
cabins, creeks and investment acreage. Cherokee
Mountain GMAC Real Estate. cherokeemountainre-
alty.com. Call for free brochure, 800-841-5868.
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 2BR,
septic permit, close to public boat ramp. $225,000.
Valleytown Realty. http://valleytownrealty.com. 800-
SMOKY MOUNTAIN AND lakefront luxury condos.
Exclusive agents for HarborCrest and River-
Stone Resort and Spa. Prices from $234,900 to
$569,900. 800-628-9073. RiverStoneRealty.com
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10-acre tracts in last phase of popular gated moun-
tain community with great view, trees, waterfall and
large public lake nearby, paved private access.
$69,500 and up. Call now, 866-789-8535.
ESCAPE TO THE mountains: Saturday, June 2.
Special one-day savings. Explore this community
of mountain homesites in North Carolina. Call for
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ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo fl ooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
PLAYA ENCANTADA TOWNHOUSE
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view of Gulf. New kitchen,
tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $849,900.
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. Updated waterfront home. Dock, caged
solar-heated pool. Sprinkler system, 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.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay and
Intracoastal Waterway $599,000.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulfview. $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 Gulfview. $969,900.
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Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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.
TENNESSEE: NORRIS LAKE lots, cabins and
condos available. Luxurious, rustic setting. Invest-
ment rentals or year-round living. www.TheWil-
lowsAtTwinCove.com. Sherry Shope, Gables &
Gates, Realtors, 800-488-9191.
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COASTAL GEORGIA! 119 acres, $234,900. Geor-
gia/Florida border. Mature pines, abundant wild-
life, black rail fencing. Long road frontage, utilities.
Potential to subdivide. Excellent financing. Call now,
800-898-4409, ext. 1163.
GEORGIA/FLORIDA BORDER: Huge savings!
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. 1178.
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Local luxury. Partnered with Sotheby's International Realty.
Anna Maria Island luxury
with views of the Gulf and Bay
Brand new, beautifully furnished, four bedroom townhouse with
fabulous amenities: 9ft. ceilings, gourmet kitchen, granite counters,
stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile floors, two-car garage, jetted
tub, wrought iron style railings and a tri-level elevator. 1/2 block to a
white sand beach and watch sunsets or view the beach from all rooms.
Visit www.hannerle.com or www.skysothebys.com
for photos and a video tour
Anna Maria Island's South Beach Village has
gorgeous views of the gulf, white sand beach, sunsets
and bay. Phone for info on great developer incentives!
This 3 bedroom townhome and 2006 Parade of Homes top
award-winner is beautifully furnished and has a fabulous amount
of attention to every detail. Some of those details include; bay
windows, skylights, cherry wood cabinetry, wet bar, kitchen
& baths with granite counters, Italian tile in the bathrooms,
Jacuzzi tub in the master, all GE Profile appliances, central vac,
2-car garages and paver driveways. wonderful location with 9
restaurants within a half mile, 2 miles to a major grocery and a
half mile to the Bradenton Beach fishing pier.
Visit www.hannerle.com or www.skysothebys.com
for photos and a video tour
Direct bayfront lot with expansive
unobstructed bay views
Lot includes a deeded deep water boat slip
just steps away, ii i..hlib. sunsets, gorgeous
bay views all situated in a small gated enclave
of beautiful custom homes and 5 minutes
away from a white sugar sand beach. Custom
home plans included.
Virtual tour at www.hannerle.com
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Stewart Elementary School
Geraldson Farms Produce
King Middle School
U.S. Post Office
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