Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Volume 15, No. 29 May 23, 2007 FREE

Save our pines! Refrain again sounds at Coquina

By Paul Roat
A mini-protest of about a half-dozen people took
place on Coquina Beach in the wake of a Manatee
County Parks and Recreation Department decision -
approved by county officials to reconfigure the park-
ing area of the facility in Bradenton Beach in the wake
of a shooting on Easter.
Workers were out late last week to take out Austra-
lian pine trees in the center run of the parking area of
the park. About six demonstrators appeared to protest

the pine removal, some lashing themselves to the trees
and prompting city police officers to arrive and urge
them to exit the area as bulldozer operators took down
the pines.
There were no arrests, and the protest ended peace-
Upwards of 80 pine trees were scheduled to be
removed from Coquina Beach following a shooting
incident on Easter Sunday in which three men were
hospitalized and two others arrested.

Counselor Harrison, right, gave a good game speech to thefifth-graders and a dedication for Holmes Beach
Officer Pete Lannon, who has been fighting cancer most of the school year, and put the students in a winning
mood. Many were wearing Lannon "Islander4Pete" bracelets. Jumping in the foreground is Kyla Nipper, of
Anne Kinnan's class. More fifil ,,dt fun, page 21. Islander Photo: Joanie Mills

Memorial Day 'Flags of our

Fathers' coming Monday

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
This Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day. It is a day
to honor all the men and women of the armed forces
who have died defending this country.
I would like to honor those departed men and
women, and those that are still with us, by presenting
some excerpts from the book "Rags of Our Fathers,"
by James Bradley. The book was adapted to a movie
directed by Clint Eastwood.
"Flags of our Fathers" is the story of the six men
who raised the flag on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945. The
photograph of the flag-raising is arguably the most
famous and recognizable war picture ever taken. There
is an Iwo Jima memorial statue of the flag-raising in
Arlington, Va.
Author Bradley is the son of one of the flag-rais-
ers John Bradley, a U.S. Navy corpsman (medic in
Army terms) who was assigned to the Marine Corps
and landed in the first wave on Iwo Jima.
Of the six men in the photograph, three later died
on Iwo Jima in combat. The three survivors included

Pima Indian Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon of New Hamp-
shire, and Bradley, from Wisconsin.
The book is the true story of the flag raising and
the lives of the six men, both before and after they
were immortalized in the photo by Associated Press
photographer Joe Rosenthal.
I will not reveal all the graphic details of the book or
movie, but Bradley was a combat medic in the Pacific,
much like Sam Droukas of the U.S. Army, who was
featured in the May 9 "Greatest Generation" column.
Unfortunately, Sam passed away before he could
tell his story of being a front-line medic, and his son,
Joe, had few details of his combat experiences.
But those experiences are most certainly similar to
those of Bradley.
The soldiers and Marines would all call the com-
pany corpsman/medic "doc," although they were not
doctors. It was a sign of respect for what the medics
did, a sign of the camaraderie and affection the troops
would have for the men who would be the first, and
perhaps only, chance for them to survive if wounded.

Manatee County workers have quickly moved
to implement revisions to the park that call for new
entrances, parking plans and a greater law enforcement
presence at Coquina, at costs that have been estimated
to reach $750,000. Those plans included the removal
of the pines in the middle of the parking lot, which
drew the protest from Islanders who oppose taking out
the trees, a species viewed as noxious exotics by state

Sex offender gets

probation, plans

return to Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
An Anna Maria doctor convicted in Orlando of
sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in 1991 won't be
going to jail, but instead plans to return to his residence
at 776 N. Shore Drive following a judge's ruling that
allows him probation instead of prison.
George A. Pyke, 58, was sentenced May 10 to 10
years of probation by Judge Marlene Alva after plead-
ing guilty to lewd and lascivious assault on a child.
According to a witness to the trial, three counts of
capital sexual battery against Pyke were dropped by
the prosecution under an agreement approved by the
victim. In addition, Judge Alva withheld adjudication
pending completion of Pyke's probation.
In court, the victim, who was not identified by an
Orlando Sentinel story on the trial, read a statement
that indicated the assaults against him began in 1991.
"He took my childhood innocence away and I will
never be able to reacquire that," the victim said. "Pyke's
actions ruined my childhood. Now, he will no longer
ruin my life," he concluded.
According to testimony, Pyke lived in the Orlando
area from the 1980s until moving to Anna Maria in
2001. The sexual assault took place in Seminole
Carrie Hoeppner of the Seminole County Sheriff's
Office, which had jurisdiction of the case, said SCSO
investigators found four male victims of Pyke, three of
whom are now adults. The juvenile victim apparently
lives in Anna Maria, but was not identified by Hoep-
According to investigators, a pattern of sexual
abuse against young boys was established beginning
in the late 1970s. The most recent incident was in 2005

Sex offender's house
The house at 776 N. .9i,. c Drive in Anna Maria was
listed by convicted sex offender George Pyke with
the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as his
permanent address. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


Snooks' kids, page 23.



Police to step


Florida police will step up enforcement of seat belt
regulations for Memorial Day with a "Click It or Ticket
Florida" campaign.

Pines again come down
Cindy Turner, head of the county's parks and rec-
reation department, conducted a survey of the tree
removal and halted taking out about 10 Australian
pines late last week, as they had bird nests within their
Work is ongoing on the Coquina Beach parking lot
redesign, with no completion date set.
In related business, the Coquina Beach Trail also
a controversial issue for Australian pine aficionados -
should receive Florida Department of Environmental
Protection permits to proceed within a week, according
to Mike Sosadeeter of the county's parks and recreation
The project drew the ire of residents when pines
started to fall during the early preparations. A total of
about 38 trees were to be demolished in the early phases
of the project; upwards of 60 were eventually fated
to fall, many in the Cortez Beach area, prompting an
uproar from tree supporters.
A Manatee County project, the trail had received
the blessing of all federal, regional and state agencies
- until work commenced in February. DEP officials
then halted work on the project, stating they needed to
review the plans for the project. Work stopped in late
March while officials worked out their issues within
the plans.
Sosadeeter said last week that the Coquina Beach
Trail project, which runs from Fifth Street South to
the Longboat Pass Bridge on the west side of Coquina
Beach, should be completed no later than Aug. 30.

up patrols for
Memorial Day weekend is one of the deadliest on
Florida's roads last year 32 people died in traffic
accidents in the state during the three-day weekend.
About 66 percent of those who died were not wearing
seat belts, according to the Florida Department of Law
This year, law enforcement teams are partnering
on the "Click It or Ticket Florida" initiative. The effort
involves stepping up enforcement of seat belt regula-

Memorial Day
tions this week and through Friday, June 1.
"This campaign serves to protect all motorists on
Florida's roadways," said Holmes Beach Police Lt.
Dale Stephenson. "These tickets will serve as remind-
ers and hopefully get people to consider the real costs
of not taking safety measures. If we save one person's
life, it's all worth it."
For more information about the campaign, go to

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Going down
Workers took out Australian pine trees at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach last week as part of a parking lot
redesign, prompted by an Easter shooting at the park. About a half-dozen Islanders protested the tree removal.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 23, 2007 3 3

Sex offender to move back
in Anna Maria.
"The abuse allegedly took place during overnight
visits at Pyke's residence, as the boys and their families
had an established relationship with the doctor," Hoep-
pner said.
"While two of the victims reported the molestation
as an isolated incident, one disclosed an ongoing cycle
which spanned from the age of 9 until he was 15. The
most recent victim to come forward lives in Miami,"
said Hoeppner.
Because of the statute of limitations, Pyke was
only charged in two of the cases, one of which was in
Manatee County, she said. Pyke was convicted in the
Seminole County case, while charges against him in
Manatee County were dropped in February 2006.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that after the trial, Pyke
indicated he was currently living in the Orlando-Sanford
area, but planned to return to his home in Anna Maria.
As a convicted sex offender, Pyke is required
to register his address with the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement. On May 14, he listed
his address as 776 N. Shore Drive on the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement's Web site for
sexual offenders.
Pyke is prohibited from having contact with anyone
under the age of 18, nor can he work as a volunteer
around children or be where large groups of youngsters
are present.
The victim and Pyke reached a settlement in a civil
suit filed by the victim, but the terms were not dis-
closed, the Orlando Sentinel said.

Anna Maria arrest
Pyke was arrested on June 5, 2006, by Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputies at his Anna Maria resi-
dence and charged with lewd and lascivious molesta-
tion by a person 18 years of age, a first-degree felony
with a maximum sentence, if convicted, of life impris-
onment. Pyke entered a not guilty plea to the charge,
which reportedly involved an Anna Maria youth.
But the Manatee County charge against Pyke was
dropped on Feb. 27, 2007, to allow the Seminole case
to proceed.

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George Pyke, of 776
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SIite appeared in an
Orlando courtroom
Sally 10 after he was
Srlvicted of a sex
S, ime against a minor
crtd given 10 years
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C',urtesy Florida
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According to one woman involved in the Manatee
County case, the molestation allegedly involved the son
of a friend of Pyke's.
Information on Pyke can be found at the FDLE
Web site at www.offender.fdle. state.fl.us.
According to the Manatee County property apprais-
er's office, the house at 776 N. Shore Drive is owned by
Mark English, Dorothy English and Pyke. The house
is listed for sale at $995,000.
The property is located just 500 feet north of a
school bus stop on North Shore Drive used by Anna
Maria Island Elementary School students.
Efforts to reach Pyke for comment were unsuc-

Change of address
On Friday, May 18, Pyke's Anna Maria address was
removed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement' s
Web site for convicted sex offenders.
Instead, Pyke registered his address as 755 Lake
Como Drive in Lake Mary, Fla. According to the Semi-
nole County property appraisers office, that property is
owned by Anna Nattalucci and is considered a rental
The FDLE said that when a convicted sex offender
posts an address with the department, that person must
move to the address immediately or face a probation
Efforts to reach the FDLE for comment on Pyke's
correct permanent address were unsuccessful prior to
press deadline on Monday.

Memorial Day 'Flags of our Fathers' CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

"Doc" would carry a .45 caliber pistol in the Pacific,
along with his S-3 bag of medical supplies. The pistol
was to shoot attacking Japanese soldiers who, unlike
German soldiers, declined to respect the Red Cross
armband worn by medics to identify them as "non-
In his book, Bradley writes that, "The thick white
swatches of woven cloth were for tourniquets. In battle,
these would be stained red from blood spurting from
severed arteries as the corpsman wrestled one over the
stump of a man's missing arm or leg."
Elsewhere in the book, a Marine said, "I heard a
mortar. The shrapnel penetrated my arm and leg. I was
sliced open from my knee to my buttocks and under my
arm. Doc Bradley came over. He made everyone stay
away and he took charge. He gave me a blood transfu-
sion right in the middle of the battle."
On another occasion, Doc Bradley "watched a
Marine blunder into a cross fire of machine-gun bursts
and slump to the ground. Doc did not hesitate. My
father sprinted through 30 yards of saturating cross fire
- mortars, and machine guns to the wounded boy's
side. As bullets whined and pinged all around him, Doc
found the Marine losing blood at a life-threatening rate.
The Japanese gunfire danced all around him, but Doc
focused his mind on his training.
"He tied a plasma bottle to the kid's rifle and
jammed it bayonet-first into the ground. He moved his
own body between the boy and the sheets of gunfire.
Then, his upper body still erect and fully exposed, he
administered first aid.
"His buddies, watching from their shell holes, were
certain that he would be cut down at any moment. But
Doc stayed where he was until he thought it was safe
to move the boy.
"Then, he raised his hand and signaled his comrades
not to help, but to stay low. And then my father stood
up in the merciless firestorm and pulled the wounded
Marine to safety by himself."
For his actions, John Bradley would be awarded
the Navy Cross.

Two days after the famous flag raising, Bradley
was wounded by shrapnel. He refused evacuation and
continued to administer aid to the wounded until he col-
lapsed and was taken to a hospital ship. Of the 227 men
in Bradley's company when he went ashore on Iwo, only
23 walked out when the battle ended after 35 days.
Just as Joe Droukas learned, after his father died that
his dad had been awarded a Bronze Star for bravery in
action on New Guinea, James Bradley discovered his
father's Navy Cross after he passed away in 1994, the
last of the six flag-raisers. The award and the citation had
been stored in a cardboard box in John Bradley's attic.
And like Sam Droukas, John Bradley never men-
tioned the Navy Cross to any of his children or his
My dad fought in World War II. He was awarded
the Bronze Star for action at Bastogne in the Battle of
the Bulge. To my ever-lasting regret, he never told me
or my mom what he did to deserve the award. It must
have been special.
This was the duty of our fathers.
In the movie "Flags of our Fathers," Rosenthal says,
L\ cly jackass thinks they know about war, especially
those who have never fought in one."
Maybe that explains why it's been difficult for
many veterans to speak of their war-time experiences,
except to another combat veteran.
Maybe that's why only Iwo Jima veterans, such
as Walter Sonnenberg of Freedom Village and Roger
Greeley of Holmes Beach, can speak to each other
with a mutual understanding. Maybe that's why only
a combat veteran will understand another combat vet-
eran, whether he fought in the Pacific or in Europe.
More than 5,000 Marines died on Iwo Jima.
Nearly 250,000 Americans lost their lives in
In "Flags of Our Fathers," James Bradley writes
that the Marines on Iwo Jima fought for their country,
"but they died for their buddies."
May 28, 2007.
In memory of our fathers and their buddies.

Sandbar to

comply with

city site-plan

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Sandbar Restaurant owner Ed Chiles said he will
submit a site-plan amendment to the city commission
for tented wedding receptions.
The move comes after the city commission agreed
at its May 10 meeting that tented weddings are part of
the normal course of business for the restaurant and
should be approved by a site-plan amendment.
The Sandbar has been receiving a special event
permit for each wedding conducted in an outdoor tent,
but the commission agreed that because of the frequent
occurrence of these events, they were part of the normal
course of business for the restaurant.
Until a site-plan amendment is approved, the Sand-
bar can continue to apply for a special event permit
for a tent, when needed, for an outdoor wedding. The
permit process does not apply to weddings scheduled
for the Sandbar's pavilion, which is already built and
was approved in the restaurant's site-plan.
Mayor Fran Barford sent Chiles a letter May 15
informing him of the need for a site-plan amendment.
"We will be happy to comply with the city's
wishes," said Chiles, who said he has begun preparing
the application.

Protesters to picket

at Cortez Trailer Park
Residents of the Cortez Trailer Park continue to
protest the possible sale of the park for development.
Residents, who have offered to purchase the prop-
erty, plan to demonstrate against a potential sale of the
area by Butch Howey to developer Carlos Beruff.
The pickets will take place 10 a.m. to noon Satur-
days at the trailer park along Cortez Road.
For more information, call 941-795-7598.

No BIEO meeting
The May meeting of the Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials scheduled for May 16 in Longboat
Key was canceled due to a lack of submitted agenda
items. The next BIEO meeting is scheduled for June
20 in Anna Maria.


Anna Maria City
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.

Bradenton Beach
May 23, 1 p.m., city commission work meeting to
discuss building official applicants.
May 29, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
May 29, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
None scheduled.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Holiday Closures
Governmental offices in Anna Maria City, Bradenton
Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will be
closed on Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.
There will be no garbage or recycling collection in
Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key on
May 28. Rather, it will be collected on Saturday, May
26. There will be no interruption of service in Bra-
denton Beach.

4 0 MAY 23, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Review of fatal crash on bridge continues

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The investigation continued last week into the May
13 crash of an SUV on Anna Maria Island Bridge that
caused the death of one man.
One passenger was killed when the vehicle struck
the guard rail, and two others, the driver and another
passenger, suffered injuries in the crash that is under
review by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Authorities on May 19 publicly identified the pas-
senger who died when the green 2000 Ford Expedi-
tion went off the bridge into Anna Maria Sound. The
deceased is Eudiel Gonzale-Ortiz, 21, of Wimauma.
The notification took six days because authorities had
to reach next of kin in Mexico, said FHP Lt. Doug
Dodson, a spokesman for the regional headquarters.
A passenger in the front seat was identified as Flo-
rentino Gonzalez-Doran, 35. He was treated at Blake
Medical Center in Bradenton.
The driver was identified as Gregorio Lopez-Cha-
varria, 21, of Bradenton. He too was treated at Blake
Medical Center before being transferred to the Manatee
County jail.
Lopez-Chavarria faces multiple charges in connec-
tion with the crash DUI manslaughter, a second-
degree felony; two counts of driving under the influence
causing property damage, a first-degree misdemeanor;
and driving with no valid driver's license and causing
injury, a third-degree felony.
The blood-alcohol level of both Lopez-Chavarria
and Gonzalez-Doran was tested at Blake. Lopez-Cha-
varria's blood-alcohol level was .29, well over the legal
limit of .08 for the driver, and Florentino's blood-alco-
hol level was .32.
Lopez-Chavarria took another test later May 13 at
the Manatee County jail. That test also put his blood-
alcohol level above the legal limit.

The accident occurred at about 3:15 a.m., with
emergency personnel arriving to the bridge by 3:21
West Manatee Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Rich
Losek and firefighter Greg Wigeri Van Edema, along
with two motorcyclists traveling across the bridge,
helped rescue Lopez-Chavarria and Gonzalez-Doran.
Investigator Ronnie B. Highsmith, a corporal with
FHP, identified small scratch and tire marks where the
SUV's front right tire struck a raised concrete curb in
the eastbound lane.
Authorities determined the SUV went out of con-
trol, spun into the westbound lane and went through
the concrete guardrail. The vehicle plunged 20 feet
into the water, landing upright, crumpled and missing
a wheel.
Lopez-Chavarria, according to FHP, said he was
driving about 65 mph in a 50-mph zone when he lost
control of the vehicle.
In a taped interview with investigators, he also
allegedly said he and the other men had been drinking
beer since the day before and were looking for some-
place to buy more alcohol. When the wrecked SUV was
pulled from the water, authorities found a case of Bud
Light. Dodson said investigators had not determined
where the motorists obtained the beer.
Lopez-Chavarria and Gonzalez-Doran told FHP
they did not know Gonzale-Ortiz. The men met May
12 at a bar at 15th Street East and 57th Avenue East in
Bradenton, according to FHP's report.
Also still under review was whether a second vehi-
cle was traveling with the SUV. Witnesses who called
911 to report the accident reported seeing a second car
in front of the SUV as it crossed the bridge. Dodson
said investigators don't suspect a second vehicle was
involved in the crash, but rather was in the vicinity.
The accident was the second fatal wreck on the

bridge in just over a year. On April 8, 2006, passenger
Ryan Costello suffered severe injuries and driver Zane
Zavadil, 19, died when the SUV they were in went
through the guardrail and into the water. FHP said alco-
hol was a factor in that accident.
Also, earlier in the month in what FHP called
another alcohol-related accident, a Bradenton man suf-
fered minor injuries when his truck crashed into the
guardrail, but did not fall from the bridge.
Last week, as authorities continued to create a com-
plete picture of what happened May 13, motorists and
pedestrians on the bridge reflected on safety.
Several suggested the time had come for a new,
more modern bridge, such as the four-lane span recom-
mended by transportation authorities but challenged by
Island residents in the 1990s.
"If this was a backwoods, country road people were
taking to and from the Island, this bridge would be
fine," said Sue Arnold, a boater who frequently crosses
the bridge to Kingfish Boat Ramp. "People want a fast
road, but not an accommodating bridge. That's the
Many others suggested regular law enforcement
checkpoints at the bridge.
"I don't think we need to start building bridges to
accommodate impaired drivers," said Bert Plympton,
who fishes from the bridge. "I think we need to keep
the impaired drivers off the bridge."
"I'd like to know where these guys were drinking
at 3 a.m.," said Tammi Price, of Holmes Beach. "I think
we've got to do better at cleaning up the roads."
Frequent bridge traveler Phil Cramer suggested a
review of the speed limit.
"Slower going would make the bridge safer," he
said. "There's no need to fly at 50 or more over that
bridge. Make them slow down for sleepy Anna Maria

A construction
worker repairs the
guardrail on the
Anna Maria Island
Bridge following a
fatal crash. Crews
worked through the
week to repair the
guardrail a large
section of the bridge
was damaged
when a SUV went
through the railing
and plunged into
Anna Maria Sound.
Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff

... while safety committee has concerns about Anna Maria Bridge

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
After two deaths in the past 13 months from vehi-
cles crashing through the railing on the Anna Maria
Island Bridge and plunging into the waters below, the
Manatee County Community Traffic Safety Team has
some concerns about bridge safety.
At its May 15 meeting, committee members agreed
to ask the Florida Department of Transportation for
a copy of its planned 2008 renovation project and to
request that the committee be allowed to provide input
on safety for the project.
A major issue appears to be that the guardrails
are neither high enough or strong enough to contain a
vehicle that hits it at a high rate of speed, said CTST
member Arlon Cummings. In addition, there are no
emergency lanes on the bridge.
CTST member Lt. Dale Stephenson of the Holmes
Beach Police Department noted that a third accident in
early May took out a 20-foot section of bridge railing,
but the vehicle spun back into a traffic lane. There were
no serious injuries in that crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol said alcohol was
involved in all three of the aforementioned accidents.
Committee members agreed that, while they have
concerns for the safety of the current bridge, any discus-
sion of a new bridge should come from Island elected
Ten years ago, Islanders rejected a DOT plan for
a 65-foot-clearance, fixed-span bridge and the DOT
eventually withdrew the proposal after a lengthy court
battle with supporters of the current structure and a
judgment against the planned construction.
Cummings said he would speak to Ron Lusk of
the DOT about the renovation project, but it was his
understanding that the DOT planned no major changes
to the bridge. The upcoming project does not include
installation of safer railings.
"Still, I think we would like to know what they
are doing," said Stephenson, and the committee
At the time it withdrew the proposal for a fixed-
span bridge, the DOT said that eventually the current
structure would have to be replaced by a high-rise

bridge, but that the present bridge could last another
20 to 30 years with proper maintenance.

... and DOT says safety not an

issue in renovation project
The Florida Department of Transportation said the
safety features of the Anna Maria Island Bridge will
not be addressed in the $10 million renovation project
expected to begin in 2008.
"Safety is not an issue in this project," said William
Thomas of the DOT's Bartow office.
He acknowledged that two people have died in the
past 13 months on the bridge when the vehicle they
were traveling in crashed through the guardrail and
plunged into Anna Maria Sound.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to those families,"
Thomas said, but in each accident, alcohol and exces-
sive speed were involved.
The bridge guardrails are designed to stop a vehicle

THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 23, 2007 5 5

Pilato, Sloan named as officers of the year

Holmes Beach's Michael Pilato and Chuck Sloan of
Bradenton Beach have been named as law enforcement
officers of the year by the Manatee County Hundred
Club, a group that supports and honors law enforcement
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine recom-
mended Officer Pilato specifically for two acts of cour-
age in the past year a rescue effort off the Anna
Maria Island Bridge a year ago and an arrest in a Christ-
mas armed robbery.
"A vehicle carrying two teenagers crashed off of the
Manatee Avenue bridge and plunged into the water,"
Romine said, referring to a late-night accident in April

DOT safety no part of bridge re-do
doing 50 mph, the speed limit on the bridge, he said.
"Above that, we can't foresee what excessive speed
will do. Over 50 mph, our safety features don't help"
when a vehicle strikes the guardrail.
Reducing the speed limit won't stop people from
drinking and driving their vehicles at a high rate of
speed on the bridge, he said. The Florida Highway
Patrol has indicated that a lower speed limit on the
bridge won't have much effect at 2 a.m., when a drunk
driver travels the bridge.
Meanwhile, the DOT is not ignoring the community.
Thomas said that while the DOT currently has no plans
to change the speed limit, it has been asked by local
elected officials to review the current 50-mph limit.
And Islanders shouldn't expect to see any DOT
plans for a fixed-span, high-rise bridge in the near
"It's not in our long-range plans," he said.
Ten years ago, when the DOT proposed a high-rise,
fixed-span bridge with emergency lanes, Islanders rejected
the proposal, and lobbied to keep the old bridge.
"It was what they wanted," Thomas said.
The current bridge should last for another 15 to 20
years after the renovation project, he said. Any request
for a new bridge should come initially from Island resi-
dents and elected officials, not the DOT, he concluded.

2006. "Officer Pilato, along with Sgt. Sloan of the
Bradenton Beach Police Department, were the first two
officers to arrive at the scene. When it was determined
what had occurred, both officers, without consideration
for their own safety, removed their equipment and dove
into the dark waters in an attempt to save the occupants
of the vehicle."
Both Zane Zavadil and Ryan Costello were removed
from the SUV and, although Zavadil did not survive,
Costello's recovery from severe injuries continues.
Romine also praised Pilato's response to an armed
robbery at the CVS Pharmacy in Holmes Beach on Dec.
25, 2006.

"While off-duty and having Christmas with his
family, Officer Pilato, who had just finished his tour
of duty, overheard one of our officers pursuing an
armed robbery suspect eastbound on Manatee Avenue,"
Romine said. "Officer Pilato immediately responded to
the scene of the pursuit and assisted in the apprehen-
sion of the suspect, who was eventually charged with
multiple offenses."
"Sgt. Sloan deserves the award," Bradenton Beach
Police Chief Sam Speciale said. L\ clyone in the
department is proud of him. He deserved it."
It was the first time in recent years that two officers
received the honor from the club in the same year.

Edison band wins prizes
The band at Edison Academic Center in Bradenton recently competed in the Universal Studios Festival middle
\ i, id i/ih school competition. The Edison students wonfirst place in the jazz division andfirst place for
guitar quartet. Marisa O'Brien and Cory Costello each won awards for outstanding soloist. Pictured, from left,
are Billy Krokroskia of Holmes Beach, Courtney Stocks, Marisa O'Brien, ( i, i, Jenkins, Cassy Moss, Cory
Costello, Jesse Woodson, Brandon Kerr and, in front, band ii, \r, ti,, leader Jimi Gee. Not pictured are Matt
Miola, Bit Rissner and Islanders Jay Beard and Cody Beavers.

6 0 MAY 23, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER


By now, you've heard it all, whether over coffee in
the morning, during exercise class, meets on the beach,
or at happy hour everyone's got thoughts on what to
do about "the bridge."
We've seen some serious crashes in the past and recent
fatalities involving both bridges that link our Island to the
Who or what is to blame? At least one law enforce-
ment officer was quick to blame the bridge while helping
detour traffic following the week-ago Sunday morning
crash on the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
All those who sought to have the bridge replaced some
years ago with a tall, fixed-span bridge, give yourselves a
hand now. You surely believe, now more than ever, that a
high-rise bridge would help prevent accidents.
All those who sought to spare the old bridge from
the wrecker ball to maintain the "quaint ambiance" of
Anna Maria Island and preserve the environment, applaud
yourselves now. You surely believe that no bridge, high or
low, could prevent the dreadful destiny of drunk drivers.
The Florida Department of Transportation terms
the Anna Maria Island Bridge "functionally sound, but
structurally obsolete." The bigger question now will be,
"Is it safe?"
The problem with the two fatal crashes illn lillghtl more
than a year, and other crashes on this bridge and the Cortez
Bridge, lies more with impaired drivers than bridge design.
If these drivers who crash weren't under the influence of
alcohol and/or drugs, would they speed excessively, hit the
curb, swerve, drive out of their lane, and cause crashes?
We believe it will help to lower the speed limit on
the bridges and the approaches and particularly on
Palma Sola Causeway on the "town side" and on Mana-
tee Avenue in Holmes Beach. It would likely help cur-
tail speeding, red-light running and crashes at Manatee
and East Bay Drive and through the quiet village of
Slower speeds statistically produce fewer and less
severe crashes.
What are your ideas to prevent accidents on the bridges?
Visit www.islander.org to submit your comments.

Many memorials
Memorial Day holidays come and go, frequently with
a family picnic to herald the day and the beginning of
summer, and a Monday of leisure rather than work.
But with the Greatest Generation column in The
Islander, and the keen awareness that the number of World
War II veterans decreases every day, we hope you take
a moment to join us in reflecting on the lives lost, the
sacrifices made and the tremendous courage of all who
fought for our freedom in wars past and present.
Don't forget to fly your American flag in their
And make it a reflective, happy and safe holiday.

Thle Islander
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SLICK Nothing greater ... the ultimate heroes By Egan


Whistling questions
On behalf of those of us who so admired and
respected Ed Mc Adam, I sincerely hope that The
Islander gets to the heart of the matter regarding the
city's actions and his departure. We may never know
what happened, but I believe it is the commission
and especially Mayor John Chappie and city attorney
Ricinda Perry who need to be held accountable for this
embarrassment, not the employees.
Bradenton Beach operates under a weak mayor
form of government. Unlike the other two Island cities,
the commission holds responsibility and authority on
virtually every aspect of governing, and the only power
given to the mayor under the charter and city laws is to
administer the policies and direction given to him or
her by the commission in overseeing day-to-day opera-
tions. But Chappie consistently assumes strong-mayor-
like control over city operations with or without the
direction of, or even (as in this case) the commission's
knowledge. As the self-proclaimed "administrator,"
he discourages commissioners from "interfering with
staff." Unfortunately, department heads such as the
clerk, the chief of police, etc., are sworn officers who
take an oath to uphold the city's charter and laws, as
well as the state constitution and statutes not the
law according to Chappie. It is they who will pay the
price for following his and Perry's direction, along with
nod-and-smile commissioners, who trust and timidly go
along to get along regardless of consequence. No good
deed. We ALL lose.
Chappie placed Mc Adam on administrative
leave, hired Perry to investigate the matter, held pri-
vate meetings with the complainant [Gail Garneau],
Perry, Mc Adam and others, without the knowledge
or consent of the commission of Bradenton Beach.
I believe he violated state open meetings and public
records laws, as well as the city's own laws and,
more importantly, its very charter.
I also find it hard to accept that these transgressions
are somehow forgiven under the so-called "whistle-
blower's act." I'll admit it's been a while, but I'm pretty

sure that "whistle" blowing and sexual harassment are,
uh, two different things.
It's The Islander that's blowing the whistle. Seems
like the city is just w hitlilng in the dark.
Anna O'Brien, former city commissioner, Braden-
ton Beach

Anna Maria Island Bridge
speed too high
OK, I admit it. I have a lead foot, but only on
interstate highways. I also get very irritated when I'm
behind someone going 25 mph in Holmes Beach when
the speed limit is 35. A line of cars extends behind this
driver and they have no clue. You just have to put up
with it.
Having said this, I would like to comment about the
speed limit through Kingfish Boat Ramp and the Anna
Maria Island Bridge. It starts at 50 mph at the ramp and
all the way across the bridge. Here we have people pull-
ing boats out onto Manatee Avenue, we have a narrow
bridge with no lighting and the speed limit is 50 mph.
Even with my lead foot, I think this is way too high.
For safety's sake, the limit from East Bay Drive to
the east end of Anna Maria Island Bridge should be no
more than 40 mph. It will take a few more hellacious
accidents before the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion does something about this.
What a shame.
Tony Webb, Holmes Beach

Correction on poem
In a letter to the editor in the May 16 edition of The
Islander, the writer of the poetic line "Poems are made
by fools like me, but only God can make a tree," was
incorrectly identified in the letter as Robert Frost.
The correct author is Alfred Joyce Kilmer, who
was killed during World War I while serving in the U.S.
Army in France.

THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 23, 2007 7 7


Answers to STOP advocates
My vision is not about whether any tree is beautiful
or not. It is about which beautiful trees constitute an ideal
environment for living on this particular island. In and
of itself, every tree is potentially beautiful. In any given
location, however, the beauty of any tree is contextual, and
the context is the nature of the location itself. Stop Taking
Our Pines, to the contrary, simply worships all trees indis-
criminately. They cannot grasp the concept of a natural
identity or the role of vegetation in establishing it.
The places where "natural identity" and "ideal envi-
ronment" are easiest to comprehend are the state and
national parks. For instance, I can agree with Anita Brulato
that the Australian pines are "absolutely breathtaking,"
but planting them all over the Saguaro National Park in
Arizona for much needed shade would entirely obliterate
the identity and the beauty of that national treasure. What
she and her STOP accomplices have yet to comprehend
is that those pines have already prevented the existence
of a similar natural identity and beauty on Anna Maria
Island that has not yet been allowed to exist. The Island
to them is just a pile of dirt, and its identity is created on
the fly by whatever people stick into the ground.
But the botanists and archeologists can tell us the
components of its natural beauty. And like an artist who
can paint an ideal sunset that has never existed, a land-
scaper can take that list of components and assemble
a natural Florida barrier island as ideal as Yellowstone
is a Rocky Mountains landscape.
Thus, when Boris Kousseff accuses me of envision-
ing a "stark, uniform appearance" for the Island, he is
only displaying his ignorance of the rich and varied
palette of vegetation indigenous to our regional bar-
rier islands. He is likewise oblivious of the fact that
all of our great national parks are dominated by the
same continuity of locally indigenous vegetation that
is the core of my vision. He also did not bother to read
the essay "IDEA" on my Web site, perfectisland.us, in
which I advocate growing and enjoying exotics within
a native landscape. The unique distinction I make is

that in order to preserve the sense of place attained
by a native landscape, exotics should be harmless,
restrained to a small minority. They should be incor-
porated like outdoor houseplants in pots or in the
ground as accents as transitional extensions of one's
own values and personality and the architecture of one's
home, into an exclusively native landscape.
And, really! What is more "stark and uniform,"
the grounds of the Anna Maria City Hall, where I have
been practicing what I preach, or Coquina Beach?
Mike Miller, Anna Maria

A protestor's point of view
As one of the protesters during the Wednesday,
May 6, cutting of pine trees on Coquina Beach, I came
away with the following:
County officials are interested in making our
beaches attractive to what they think visitors want.
Those of us who live on the Island, including wildlife,
are of no concern. Several trees with bird nests were
There is poor stewardship of our Island. There are
no immediate plans to replant other trees. Meanwhile,
each tree cut processed three tons of carbon dioxide and
gave us oxygen. With recent forest fires in the northern
part of our state, we need all the clean air we can get.
In addition, there is nothing to prevent soil erosion. Not
a good situation with the storm season approaching.
Officials present talked about the law being on
their side. They had permits to cut the trees. None of
those officials are familiar with the law of nature. They
have contributed to global warming and flooding, yet
think what they did "will be better for the future."
The trees were cut on Wednesday when local
newspaper coverage would be difficult.
Please, if you care about the Island and do not see it as
a disposable beach filled with Madison Avenue palm trees
and parking lots, call your elected officials and let them
know you want to keep the Island environment alive.
Lolly Owens, Holmes Beach

In the May 21, 1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The Florida Department of Transportation said it
would include replacement of the Key Royale Bridge
in Holmes Beach in its 2003 budget and would spend
about $75,000 in repairs to the structure this year to
extend its life another eight to 10 years.
Actor Woody Harrelson was in Anna Maria film-
ing the movie "Palmetto." The Anna Maria City Pier
was used for several scenes involving Harrelson. Co-
star Elizabeth Shue was not involved in the Anna Maria
Holmes Beach officials, residents and Island base-
ball coaches ironed out an interlocal agreement to build
a baseball field on the property just north of city hall.
Then-Mayor Bob VanWagoner had been concerned
about the city's ability to control use of the field, but
was satisfied with the final agreement. The field was
not planned to be lighted.

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8 0 MAY 23, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Insurance: Review your policy now

for hurricane coverage later

By Molly McCartney
Islander Reporter
When it comes to insurance, Maureen and Bill
Shuman are as ready as any Anna Maria Islanders can
be for the hurricane season starting next week.
They have met with their insurance agent and
reviewed their policies, so they are familiar with the
scope of their coverage as well as their deductibles.
As part of that review, they raised the amount of
coverage to reflect the remodeling work done recently
on their Holmes Beach condominium unit. And
although they live on the second floor of their building
at Westbay Cove, they decided this year to add flood
insurance to the wind and fire protection they already
From their years of working in the San Francisco
Bay area, and the knowledge they gained there in pre-
paring against the threat of earthquakes, the Shumans
already knew to make a home inventory of their per-
sonal property.
Now that they are year-round residents here in hur-
ricane country, they updated their home inventory and
are photographing the interior of their renovated unit
to show the new kitchen cabinets, updated flooring and
personal contents.
"We're going to put the photos onto a memory stick
that we can keep in our safe deposit box," Maureen
Shuman said. "And the safe deposit box is in a bank
off the Island."
The Shumans set a good example for others of what
coastal residents should do in advance of the coming
hurricane season, according to hurricane insurance
In an ongoing campaign to help consumers better
understand insurance products and policies as well as

In preparation for hurricane season, which begins June 1, Island residents Maureen and Bill .hmiiti, are
putting photos of their personal property onto a memory stick that can be stored in a safe deposit box at an off-
island bank. Island Photo: Molly McCartney

state laws and regulations, the Florida Department of
Public Services, under the direction of Chief Financial
Officer Alex Sink, publishes a range of guides and bro-
chures for the public.
You can receive any of those publications by call-

ing the department at its toll-free phone number, 1-800-
342-2762, or by downloading a range of items from the
department's Web site at www.fldfs.com. A Spanish ver-
sion of the guides is available on the Web site as well.

'Top Notch' photo contest under way in June

If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
The Islander photo contest will begin publishing
weekly winning photos on June 13. Six weekly 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 newspaper and local
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.
Send or deliver your favorites (no limits) weekly to
Top Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina

Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to topnotch@islander.org
or on a disc. No retouching, enhancements or computer
manipulation is allowed.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants are required to submit the label
information in the text of the e-mail, one photo attach-
ment per e-mail.
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional photo labels are available at the newspaper
office or they may be copied.

Top notch dolphin shot
Dr. Gy Yatros won the weekly contest in 2002 with
this dolphin smile.

Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo
Contest is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur pho-
tographers are those who derive less than 5 percent of their
income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after
Jan. 1, 2007, are eligible. This allows for extended eligibility.
Photos previously published (in any format/media) or entered
in any Islanderor other competitions are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera.
No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permit-
ted of negatives, prints or electronic photo files; no composite


I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.

pictures or multiple printing will be accepted. Digital photos may be
submitted in their original JPG file format (via e-mail or CD) or a
printed photograph. Slide (transparency) photos are not accepted.
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be writ-
ten clearly, in ink, on the contest label and affixed to the back of
each print, or listed similarly in the e-mail message along with the
digital photo attachment. One e-mail per photo submission. Mail
entries to The Islander Top Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. E-mail digital entries to topnotch @
5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may publish
their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to furnish the


I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.

original negative or original digital image if requested by the contest
editor. All photos submitted become the property of The Islander.
Photos will not be returned. The Islanderand contest sponsors
assume no responsibility for negatives, CDs or photo prints.
Entrant must know and submit the name and address
of any recognizable persons appearing in the picture. Names
must be enclosed/attached with the entry.
6) Employees of The Islander and their immediate family
members are not eligible to enter the contest.
7) Any taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the
winners. Any cash prize won by a minor will be awarded to a
parent or guardian. Prize rights are not transferable.


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Insurance tips for storm season
One of Sink's most useful brochures is the checklist
for homeowners to use in preparing a room-by-room
inventory that makes it easier to file an accurate claim
in event of a loss.
Or as Maureen Shuman puts it: "You can't claim
it if you don't have a record of having it in the first
The inventory brochure contains a checklist for
the living room, dining room, kitchen, family room,
bedrooms and bathrooms. There are spaces to write
down the price, date of purchase and brand name
for furniture items, electronics and miscellaneous
items, such as blinds, table linens, mirrors, rugs and
so forth.

Insuring your home
Among the most comprehensive of Sink's consumer
guides is the 40-page publication called "Insuring Your
Home." This guide explains various kinds of insurance
packages, including the ones sold to owners of single-
unit homes, condominium units, mobile homes and
renters or tenants.
The guide also defines some common insurance
terms, such as replacement cost, which the booklet says
is the amount of money "needed to replace or repair
your damaged property with materials of similar kind
and quality, without deducting for depreciation."
Here is the example of the difference between cov-
erage for replacement cost and coverage for actual cash
value, according to the booklet:
"Let's say you bought a new television in 1994
for $700. In 2005, a lightning strike destroys the TV.
A policy for actual cash value will only pay an amount
that reflects the TV's current value say $100.
"A replacement cost policy would cover the entire
cost of a new TV of the same type say $900. Legis-
lation passed in 2005 requires full payment without a
depreciation hold-back for personal residential policies
in some cases.

Insurance tips
Here are suggestions from Sink's pamphlet, "Are
you prepared?"
Purchase insurance now: Insurance companies do
not accept new applications or requests for increased
coverage once a hurricane nears Florida.
Know what your insurance covers: Flood and
wind damage are often covered in separate policies.
Decide if you need this protection and contact your
agent for more information.
Make sure you have adequate coverage: Consider
increasing your coverage if your policy doesn't cover
the current value of your home and its contents, or the

P "M .

Here are images of publications on hurricane pre-
paredness available from the Florida Department of
Financial Services in printed form or at the depart-
ment's Web site at www.fldfs.com.
cost to replace the home.
Know the name of your insurers: Write down
the names of your agent and agency, your insurance
company, your policy number and a telephone number
to report a claim.
Safeguard your records: Store important insurance
and financial papers in a safe and accessible place.
Secure your home: Fortify your home's roof,
windows, garage and entry doors against hurricane

Condominium insurance
Maureen and Bill Shuman don't have to protect
their home's exterior because they live in a condomin-
Their condo association is responsible for insur-
ing the buildings, although the cost for that policy gets
charged back to unit owners as part of their quarterly
maintenance fees.
But it is up to the Shumans to insure their appli-
ances, air conditioning and heating equipment, water
heater, floor coverings, window treatments such as
drapes and blinds, and hurricane shutters.
At present the Shumans are shopping for hurri-
cane protection for their windows facing Anna Maria
"We're looking at various possibilities, including
hurricane glass, shutters and film," Shuman said. The
problem is finding something that will be effective and
work with their existing windows, he said.
In addition to preparing their unit and their insur-
ance for the hurricane threat, Bill Shuman has taken

Don't miss the May 30 Islander
special section on hurricanes

THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 23, 2007 0 9

Two arrested in

Coquina shootings

plead not guilty
The two men arrested on multiple charges
in connection with the Easter Sunday shootings
at Coquina Beach have pleaded not guilty.
Three people were injured in the shooting
incident on April 8 Jose Estrada, 20, Salva-
dor Estrada, 27, and a 17-year-old identified
by Bradenton Beach police as EE. Authorities
allege that they are connected to the Sur 13
street gang.
Two men, Santiago Delgado Jr., 21, and
Rene Vasquez-Mendoza, 22, both of Plant City,
were arrested in the incident. They are allegedly
involved in the Norte 14 street gang.
Delgado faces charges of carrying a con-
cealed firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm
and discharging a firearm.
Vasquez-Mendoza faces the following
charges: three counts of attempted first degree
murder, carrying a concealed firearm, improper
exhibition of a firearm and discharge of a fire-
arm in public.
Delgado has been released from the Mana-
tee County jail after posting bail.
Vasquez-Mendoza remains in jail on no
bail. In late April, his request for a furloughed
release from jail was denied.

on the job of serving as co-chair of the Emergency
Response Program for his 15-building condominium
As a result of his emergency planning job, Shuman
said he is "more aware of the potential" for a hurri-
cane season problem and the need to plan now for what
might happen later.
Maureen Shuman, a member of the board of her
condo association, has been working with her husband
on the condominium's emergency response effort as
well as their personal plan.
Her advice to Island residents, based on what she
and Bill have learned:
"You have to review your coverage, especially if
you have made any changes to your home. And you
have to have a realistic inventory of your personal prop-
erty. That means taking photos of what you have and
storing [the photos] in a safe place."

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10 0 MAY 23, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Private, public remembrances mark Memorial Day

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Chuck Barnes isn't sure where he'll be at 3 p.m.
May 28, but he knows he'll pause for a moment to
"I owe that to my dad and to my grandfathers,"
said Barnes, who last week hauled the belongings of a
family newly arriving to Anna Maria Island.
Barnes, a truck driver who does a lot of heavy haul-
ing along the Gulf Coast, is the son of a Vietnam vet-
eran and the grandson of two World War II veterans.
All three men came home from their wars, but they
are gone now, buried in Alabama following military
The nation will observe Memorial Day on
Monday, May 28. Several years ago a White House
commission urged people to observe a moment
of silence at 3 p.m., in addition to other tradi-
tions on the day.
Most federal, state and local offices are
closed for the holiday, including Holmes
Beach, Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria
city halls. Banks also close for the day.
In Manatee County, a formal observance
of Memorial Day will take place at 9 a.m.
with the laying of wreaths, a 21-gun salute
and speeches in Sutton Lamb Park, Sixth
Street West and 10th Avenue West, Palmetto.
Also, the American Legion Kirby Stewart
Post 24, 2000 75th Street W., Bradenton, will host a
memorial service at 2:30 p.m., followed by a barbecue.
Memorial Day originally was called Decoration
Day and is a day of remembrance for those who have
died in the nation's service. President Lyndon Johnson
declared Waterloo, N.Y., the birthplace of Memorial
Day, but many believe the day originated in the South
during the Civil War.
The first known proclamation for Memorial Day
was issued May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national
commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The
first official observance took place May 30, 1868, with
the placing of flowers on the graves of Union and Con-
federate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Logan designated a day for "the purpose of strew-
ing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of
comrades who died in defense of their country during
the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost
every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.
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Memorial Day is Monday
There are clips from the Stars and Stripes. There are
snips of headlines and copies of photographs from
unidentified troops to Adolf Hitler.
The binder also contains recollections of Island
life during war years, especially World War II, when
what is now the Island Players theater housed the
community hall. The building at Gulf and Pine in
Anna Maria became a makeshift USO in the mid-
1940s, where Islanders gathered to serve refresh-
ments to the soldiers who served at the radar base on
the Island's north end.
"There were about a dozen men at the base,"
Lorna Schiek told an interviewer in the 1940s.
"They lived in houses along Gulf Drive. Some were
married and their wives were with them. Island resi-
dents would provide refreshments on weekends at
the community hall."
U.S. Coast Guard officers were stationed on the
Island, patrolling from Bradenton Beach to Anna Maria.
Sometimes Islanders assisted in keeping watch. The late
Annie Silver, who served cold drinks and cookies to
Coast Guard patrols, also went (o'It \ itlh a pair of binocu-
lars to the beach at night. She was looking not for nesting
sea turtles, but rather for German subs and spies.
Members of Roser Memorial Community Church
felt the impact of the war, the church history docu-
menting blackouts, the hum of airplanes overhead, the
"tramp of Coast Guard feet on the beach."
The church published a newsletter, the Anna Maria
Messenger, to keep Islanders posted on news from local
servicemembers, especially information about Steve
Raymond, a survivor of the Bataan Death March who
was captured in Manila and held until the end of the
war in a Japanese prison camp.
There aren't many original photos in the binder.
Schiek explained that film was expensive and, with gas
rationing, there were few trips off the Island.
There might not be many photos of the era, but
there are the writings and the memories passed on by
\ ly great-grandfather left us a memory book," said
Anna Maria resident Nadine Palmer, who will observe
Memorial Day with a quiet family picnic. "It's not a
diary, he didn't write. It's pictures and news clippings,
but it helps tell his story."
Last Wednesday, two butterflies drew two children
to the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden, created
between Holmes Beach city hall at 5801 Marina Drive
and the Island Branch Library to provide a place for
peace and reflection.
The children ran about chasing butterflies, but their
father did some reflecting after realizing the garden is
host to a memorial dedicated to military veterans.
"I lost some friends in Vietnam, a couple of really good
guys from my high school," Paul Irving said. "I don't know
where they are buried, but I think about them on Memorial
Day and Veterans Day. I think about what it must have been
like and what they gave for the country."
Some days the numerous American flags along the
streets and on Island fixtures blend into the landscape,
but with the approach of Memorial Day the flags draw
"It can bring a tear to the eye," said Islander Kathy
Mayfield, whose brother served in Vietnam.
Last Wednesday, a mix of Island regulars and vaca-

By Paul Roat
The FISH Preserve should be more preserved in
the next few weeks, according to the FISH officers at
their annual meeting last week.
Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage president
Allen Garner told the crowd of about 30 people present
at the meeting in the historic Cortez 1912 schoolhouse
that negotiations have been ongoing to purchase the
remaining lots within the 96-acre preserve just east of
the fishing village.
FISH acquired much of the property several years
ago. There are about a dozen lots still within the con-
fines of the property, Garner said, including three lots
owned by the Lemasters. That property is on the market
for more than $1 million.
"The Lemasters have requested a permit to build,"
Garner said, "but they'll have to build a public road,
install sewage and the cost for utilities is in excess of
$500,000. We're working on it."
Garner, in updates to the group, said that the chan-
nel from Star Fish Company to the FISH Preserve has
been dredged to depths of 7 feet by 30 feet in width
"and it was pure, white sand" that ended up in the Pre-
serve area for future use as fill.
Good news and bad came from Roger Allen, who

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tioners were gathered on the City Pier in Anna Maria.
An American flag waved overhead in the breeze.
"A lot of people think they can put a flag out and
there, they've done their part to observe Memorial
Day," said pier visitor Elizabeth Trudy Simpson. "They
don't even know how to treat a flag, let alone what
Memorial Day is about."
Simpson, whose late husband served in Korea, said
she will spend some time on Memorial Day placing
flowers in a Manatee County cemetery.
"Our duty," she said, "is to tend to the graves of
those who served and others we've lost."

serves as the FISH executive director.
The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival earlier
this year raised $61,500, and there is more than $65,000
in the bank all to the good.
Bad news is that the festival committee's average
age when it began 25 years ago was 23, and today it is
61. Allen urged the FISH committee to begin to recruit
younger members to carry on the cause.
Also sought by FISH vice president Richard Cul-
breath are oyster shells for the exhibits at the Florida
Gulf Coast Maritime Museum. And Jeff Moates, the
curator at the museum, said he's always looking for
old pictures or other memorabilia for exhibits.
"We'd like to scan photos of any kind for the
museum," Allen added. "Look in your albums."
Phase I of the Burton store is under way, Allen said,
with bids let and received by Manatee County. The first
phase will deal with the roof and walls of the historic struc-
ture, which was moved onto the schoolhouse site earlier
this year, in an effort to secure and preserve the structure.
FISH members decided to pass on a request to
allow Aquarium Quest, a not-for-profit organization
that is renovating a 1958-vintage gaff-rigged sailboat,
to undergo renovations on preserve property until its
next meeting June 5.

Eagle eyed,
Ean Brown,
an Eagle
Scout with Boy
Scout Troop
27, received
approval to
conduct a proj-
ect in which he
will construct
decks at the
FISH Preserve
in Cortez. The
group agreed
last week to
allocate $2,000
for his efforts.
Islander Photo:
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Earlier this spring the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs announced the purchase of 295 acres in Sarasota
County for a new national cemetery.
"Providing a new national shrine for veterans in
southwestern Florida is a priority for VA," said Secre-
tary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson. "The purchase
of this land is the first step in honoring our commitment
to provide final resting places and lasting tributes to
America's veterans and their families."
The property was once part of the Hawkins Ranch
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scenic highway event

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway advocates are
readying to showcase their 2.8 mile stretch of Gulf
Drive and other area amenities in an ultimate cruise.
The Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Corridor
Management Entity is hosting a statewide Florida
Department of Transportation conference in the spring
of 2008.
"We are still in the planning stage, so we don't have
definite dates or location for the hotel," said Mariano
Berrios, environmental programs administrator with
DOT. Berrios is the manager of the state scenic high-
way program.
Dozens of state officials and scenic highway advo-
cates from around the state will be bound for Bradenton
Beach next spring.
So preparations must begin early, agreed members
of the local group as they met May 1 at Tingley Memo-
rial Library.
Bob Herrington, Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization planning manager, said the con-
ference might draw 200 people for as many as three
days. He planned to contact local chambers of com-
merce and area officials to identify the best location
for the meeting and a conference hotel.
One suggestion was to hold the conference at the Powel
Crosley Estate, which could lead to a water taxi crossing
Sarasota Bay to Bradenton Beach, a preview for what is
hoped to be a future transportation problem-solver.
Herrington also suggested lining up a trolley tour
of local scenic highways that would conclude in Bra-
denton Beach with a sunset celebration. There are two
scenic highways with Island connections the 2.8
mile stretch of Gulf Drive that makes up the Bradenton
Beach Scenic Highway and the Palma Sola Causeway,

which carries motorists to and from the Island on Mana-
tee Avenue/State Road 64.
Herrington encouraged members of the scenic high-
way group to offer additional suggestions. "I don't care
how wild it sounds. Let me know. Shoot me any ideas
you have," said Herringon, who can be reached at bher-
rington@sarasota-manateempo.org or 941-359-5772.
In other business, the scenic highway group dis-
cussed chairing the meetings through the summer.
Chairman Tim Lyons had offered his resignation at the
start of the meeting, explaining that he had to leave the
Island for some months to tend to family matters.
"I don't feel I could satisfy my obligation during
that length of time," Lyons said.
But after discussing the issue, members agreed that
vice chair Carl Parks would cover for Lyons until his
The group also agreed that Parks would draft a
letter to county parks and recreation officials request-
ing a designated handicapped picnic area at Coquina
Members also discussed beginning work on an
annual report, proposing capital improvement projects
and revising a corridor management plan.
"It's that time of year," Bradenton Beach project
manager Lisa Marie Phillips said, referring to the five-
year capital improvements plan. Phillips advised mem-
bers that if there's a project they want to seek grant
money for in the next several years, they should recom-
mend its inclusion in the capital improvements plan.
"I implore you, look forward and see what you
want to accomplish," she said.
Work on the CIP dovetails with writing the annual
report and reviewing the corridor management plan,
which details the purpose and goals of the Bradenton
Beach scenic highway campaign, Phillips said.

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
About one hour through their two-hour debate May
7 regarding proposed changes to Anna Maria's site plan
review ordinance, planning and zoning board members
suddenly realized they were debating a section of the
recommendations that has already been approved by
the city commission.
Some members were at odds with section B of
the proposed language on the first page that allows an
applicant to "request deviation" from certain require-
ments of the zoning district if they could show that the
deviation requested "results in a superior design."
In effect, this would allow the applicant to be
granted a variance during the site plan review process
and not to have to apply to the city for a variance at
another time before the site plan can be approved.
Board member Frank Pytel objected, noting the
section allows site plan applicants to bypass the vari-
ance procedure, while someone with a project that does
not need site plan review, but does require a variance,
would have to go through the variance process.
Building official Kevin Donohue pointed out that in
February 2006, the city commission approved language
in the site plan review ordinance allowing for "devia-
tion" by showing "superior design."
Hold on a second, suggested board chairman Doug
Copeland. The commission apparently approved that
language without input from the board. "We weren't
asked to review that," Copeland said. "Why are you
bothering to ask us now?"
He questioned the P&Z's role in reviewing ordi-
nances and suggested the city had just wasted "four
hours of our time."
Not so, indicated city planner Alan Garrett, a
member of the ad hoc committee that drew up the rec-
ommendations to the site plan review ordinance. City
governments everywhere direct planning and zoning
boards to review some ordinances and not others, he
said. P&Z boards everywhere aren't asked to review

every ordinance, Garrett noted.
If the language is already in the ordinance, "Then
what is the purpose of our review?" asked irate board
member Randall Stover.
Mayor Fran Barford interjected to calm the waters,
observing that the commission charged her in Janu-
ary with getting a committee together to come up with
changes to the site plan review ordinance.
The P&Z board is a "key player" in the review pro-
cess of these suggestions, she said. The city is "inter-
ested in what you have to say."
If the board has issues with the recommendations,
let the commission know about them, she said.
The majority of board members took issue with
the "deviation" and "superior design" language
because this allows the applicant to bypass the city's
variance procedures. It doesn't give single-family
homeowners the same "avenue" to bypass the vari-
ance request process because they don't have to
submit a site plan when rebuilding or adding more
livable space.
Agreed, noted Garrett. The purpose of the language
was simply to streamline the process and eliminate one
step for site-plan applicants. But the P&Z board can
recommend changes to the proposed procedures.
Board members did just that, voting 6-1 to recommend
the commission remove the language on "deviation" and
"superior design," and require site-plan applicants to go
through the variance process, if necessary. Board member
Sandy Mattick voted against the recommendation.
The board agreed that the city's variance-procedure
code was antiquated and unanimously recommended
that the city commission update the code.
By a 4-3 "straw vote," the board agreed to forward
the site-plan review recommendations, along with its own
motions on the revised procedures, to the commission.
In other business, board members agreed to dis-
cuss proposed changes to the setback and lot coverage
requirements at their June meeting.

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Historical society earns awards

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation hon-
ored the Anna Maria Island Historical Society with an
organizational achievement award.

AMIHS, which
at 402 Pine Ave.
in Anna Maria,
received the award
during a conference
in Sarasota May
The trust, the
only statewide
preservation orga-
nization in Florida,
presented the award
for the preservation
of Belle Haven Cot-
tage on the AMIHS
museum grounds,
402 Pine Ave., Anna
The trust
opened its con-
ference May 17,
beginning three
days of meetings
that took place
mostly at the Van

operates the historical museum

Winners circle
Representatives of the Anna Maria
the award-winners at a reception I
Historic Preservation in Sarasota
for its preservation of Belle Haven

Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota.
The conference included talks on the importance of
preservation, workshops on archeological practices and
protecting historic sites in a disaster, tours of historic
sites and shopping at a "restoration market."

The awards ceremony, where administrator Sissy
Quinn and others from AMIHS accepted the award,
took place at St. Paul Lutheran Church and was fol-
lowed with a reception at the Marie Selby Botanical
"The awards jury chose AMIHS to receive this
award for organiza-
tional achievement
because they are a
small organization
that accomplished
a preservation suc-
cess with limited
/ g at resources in a pro-
fessional way," said
Caroline Tharpe
S Weiss, the trust's
executive director.
The histori-
cal society also has
another presentation
to celebrate. The
Manatee County His-
toric Commission, a
Historical Society are among non-profit corpora-
hosted by the Florida Trust for tion dedicated to pre-
May 18. AMIHS won an award serving the pioneer-
Cottage in Anna Maria. ing spirit of the area,
has honored AMIHS
with a marker for the
museum grounds at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The historical society will unveil the marker at a
public reception with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 29, at the museum.
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Privateers plan July 4 parade

Preparations are under way for the July 4 parade
organized by the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
An early order of business for the group is collect-
ing applications for participants in the parade.
Applications are available at The Islander newspa-
per office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Entry in the parade is free, but there are rules and
recommendations to follow:
Participants should have a sign or banner desig-
nating the name of the entry.
Floats or vehicles should be decorated in the spirit
of Independence Day.

All entries must be motorized vehicles or self-
propelled (bikes, skates and the like) no marchers,
no walkers.
Participants should gather at Coquina Beach in Bra-
denton Beach, where the parade begins, by 9:30 a.m.
July 4. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. and travel
north to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.
Celebrants will gather after the parade at Cafe on
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Imagine a hurricane has just blown through. Imag-
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tricity. Imagine the recovery effort.
Then prepare to attend the third annual disaster pre-
paredness meeting sponsored on Tuesday, June 12, by
the Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce.
The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at
the Longboat Key Club's Harbourside Dining Room.

The keynote speaker is Craig Fugate, emergency
management director for the state.
As organizers ready for the program, they are invit-
ing those who plan to attend to e-mail emergency ques-
tions they'd like answered at the forum.
Write to Gail Loefgren, president, LLSA Chamber of
Commerce, at gloefgren@longboatkeychamber.com.
For more information about the chamber or the
program, call 383-2466.

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n Helen Wenzlick
the Rev. Robb
Mongiello of
St. Bernard
Catholic Church
during the cel-
ebration of his
20th anniversary
as a priest. The
May 17 event
took place at the
church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach.
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Couple walks

for a cause

to ID turtle

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Fred Mack wears the pins on his floppy hat like
The pins designate his volunteer work with the
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, which has identified
at least four turtle nests this season.
"This is my sixth year," he says during a Friday
morning walk along the Gulf shore.
Mack's wife, Marge, a former Palma Sola school
teacher, accompanies him on the walks.
He is searching for signs that a female loggerhead
sea turtle has crawled from the water to the beach to
nest the only time the giant creatures leave the
She is e \c. i.in.' though she too has a sense of
what to look for and the value of the work.
"And it's beautiful here in the morning," she says.
On this morning, the sky is gray and hazy due to fires
burning in the northern part of the state. But many
mornings the two witness a colorful sunrise to the east
and dolphins playing in the west.
"Sometimes we see a real light show," Fred Mack
says. "We both seem to enjoy it. We get out in the morn-
ing, taking a walk with a purpose."
The Macks, married 47 years and originally from
New York, became interested in sea turtles years ago
during a visit to South Carolina, where they witnessed
hatchlings crawl from a nest to the ocean.
"Looks like sand bubbling up from the nest," Marge
Fred Mack, retired from a career in the Air Force,
read about AMITW and decided to volunteer.
"I figured it would be a nice way to spend a morn-
ing," he says.
During his first year patrolling, Mack identified
four nests on one morning. One year, he said, he found
two nests, but storms washed them out.
The discovery of nests, as well as seeing the hatch-
lings crawl to the Gulf, provides volunteers such as the
Macks with a sense of value.
"It just feels good," he says. "I don't know really
how else to explain it."
He's proud enough of his volunteer work that he
holds on to a stake that once marked a nest for a keep-
sake. "You'd think it was just a piece of old wood, but
it's something special," he says.
His wife is reminded that the beach brought them to
the Manatee County area. "We got sand in our shoes,"
she says, and so they decided to stay.

Fred and
walk a
of beach
for signs
of sea
turtles on
the sand
on Friday
Fred is a
with the
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Code officers monitoring

beaches in turtle season

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
With sea turtle nesting in season, there are more
than Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers patrol-
ling the beaches.
Federal and state laws and city ordinances on Anna
Maria Island protect the turtles, who come ashore in the
summer to dig nests and lay eggs. So code enforcement
officers are monitoring for potential problems that could
endanger turtles and result in citations for people.
"We're going out at night and checking," Wendy
Charbot of Bradenton Beach's code enforcement depart-
ment said last week, just days after AMITW walkers
found the first Island nest of the season in Holmes
Beach. The first nest in Sarasota County was found
May 4 at the north end of Manasota Key.
In Holmes Beach, code enforcement officer Nancy
Hall also is conducting nighttime lighting surveys to
ensure compliance with regulations. Lighting must be
adjusted during the season to make sure it does not
directly or indirectly illuminate the beach from sunset
to sunrise through Oct. 31.
In addition to surveying lighting, Hall is monitoring
to make sure furniture is removed from the beach from
sunrise to sunset.
Hall surveys the beach on different days of the
week, at different hours, nights and mornings.
"What we find here in this city is most of our viola-

tions come from visitors," Hall said, adding that the visi-
tors may not be aware of the seasonal regulations. "A lot
of them are [staying] inland in the city, but within walk-
ing distance of the beach. They carry tents and bring
chairs and leave them out overnight" on the beach.
The codes in Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach also
mandate lights out along the beach during the season
and prohibit activity that might disrupt turtles from
sunset to sunrise. They require the removal of items
such as beach chairs, umbrellas, cabanas, personal
watercraft and boats that may interfere with the use of
the beach as a nest.
When a violation is found, Chabot said the item
is photographed, tagged and moved out of the way in
Bradenton Beach.
Hall also surveys the beach with a camera and tags,
but she said locating the owners of items found on the
beach is difficult.
The owner, if one can be found, receives a first-time
courtesy warning before the issuance of a citation or
notice of violation, which can result in $250 fines.
To contact Holmes Beach's code enforcement
department in regards to turtle season, call 941-708-
5800, ext. 21.
To contact Anna Maria's code enforcement depart-
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Fire commission approves new rates

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commis-
sion set an increased 2007-08 assessment rate May
17 that will result in a base residential assessment of
$139.37 for the first 1,000 square feet.
Residential property owners can expect to pay an
additional .084 cents per square foot over 1,000 square
feet of property.
The board of commissioners held a public hearing
on the assessment rates for the new fiscal budget year
at Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach.
No members of the public attended.
After a brief review by WMFR Chief Andy Price,
the commission adopted a resolution setting the new
rate schedule.
The commission was bound by a state law limit-
ing the increase in the assessment rate to the personal
income growth rate determined by the state.
For the new year, the personal income growth limit
is 5.78 percent, slightly more than this year's 5.4 per-
With the increase factored in, the new rate schedule
was set.
Vacant lots will be assessed at $20 per lot or acre,
the same for the current budget.
The base assessment for commercial parcels will
be $334.48 for the first 1,000 square feet and .140 per
square foot above 1,000 square feet of area. The base
increased from $316.20.
The residential base rate applies to condomini-
ums, mobile homes and miscellaneous parcels, as
well as hotel/motel parcels. The base increased from
Price has estimated that the 2007-08 budget will
be about $5.3 million and not contain new personnel
positions or significant equipment purchases. The new
spending plan likely will include an increase for fuel
and must include increases for health insurance and
workers compensation.
The assessment rate increase will generate an addi-
tional $265,000 for the district, which covers a popula-


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tion of 40,000 and 19,500 parcels of property on the
Island and the west Manatee mainland.
In other business last week, commissioners
expressed their appreciation that members of Roser
Memorial Community Church offered the church space
for emergency use.
In a letter to local government officials and emer-
gency officers, Roser's church council said "the con-
gregation, the buildings, grounds, equipment and sup-
plies of Roser ... are available for helping to meet the
emergency needs of the community."
Commissioners also repeated their endorsement of
a planned Sept. 11, 2001, memorial at Station No. 1.
The design is complete for the proposed memorial
to firefighters killed in the terrorist attacks and the rescue
efforts that followed. Firefighters hope to have the memo-
rial ready for an unveiling on the anniversary of Sept. 11.
During the past several months, Anna Maria archi-
tect Gene Aubry worked with WMFR Battalion Chief
Barry Brooks and firefighter Carlo Valente on the

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Initially, WMFR firefighters had discussed creat-
ing a mural to serve as a memorial. The concept now
involves building a tribute that incorporates the two
towers of the World Trade Center.
Valente provided commissioners with an update
last week.
The firefighter said a building official with the city of
Holmes Beach saw no problems with the preliminary plans
for the memorial, and the permitting process can begin.
The memorial would be just over 13 feet tall, from
top to bottom, with 2.5 feet below ground.
"There's not going to be any problem with shift-
ing," Valente assured the commission.
Price suggested encouraging public comment on the
memorial, which would be seen along Marina Drive. "If
there's any problem from the public, we want to know
now," the chief said.
The commission's next meeting is at 6 p.m. Thurs-
day, June 21, at Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive.

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By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grader Grant
Bower's determination to win first-place in the county-
wide speech competition sponsored by Tropicana and
4-H paid off. Grant advanced to the county level last
year, but took home a second-place win impressive,
yet Bower vowed to set his goal higher.
In the first leg of competition, Grant competed against
classmates for a spot among the top three speech writers
from each of AME's fourth- and fifth-grade classes.
Grant took first place in the schoolwide contest
with a speech about public speaking. At the countywide
competition, he competed against first-place winners
from approximately 30 other Manatee County elemen-
tary schools.
Sixth-grade is the final year students are able to
compete, and Grant said he has already selected his
speech topic in anticipation of competing for the top
spot again next year.
2007-08 AME PTO
officers elected
New Parent-Teacher Organization officers are ready to
take on their responsibilities for the 2007-08 school year.
The new PTO president is Joy Murphy. Working with
her is Lynda Hicks, vice president; Kelly Joseph will con-
tinue as treasurer; and Julie Krokroskia, secretary.
One of the first projects for the new school year is
the sale of school supply packages during back to school
night, which will be held in August. That event will
also present a good opportunity to meet the new board
members, join the PTO and sign up for committees.
For more information about the PTO, call

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competition competing against fifhh -r aders county-
wide. Grant is a student at Anna Maria Elementary
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Salvation Army celebrates 127 years of service

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Salvation Army marked its 127th year of ser-
vice last week with celebrations and continued disaster
relief, including dispatching volunteers to help with the
wildfires burning in Florida.
In Manatee County, the Salvation Army Corps con-
tinued to shelter and feed the homeless and readied for
hurricane season, which begins June 1.
As the worldwide organization observed its anni-
versary in more than 100 countries, Island volunteer
Russ Olson reflected on its mission and good deeds. The
Holmes Beach resident, fondly known as the "grumpy
old man" and officially known as Wisconsin's former
lieutenant governor, coordinates Island bell-ringers at the
Publix supermarket during the Christmas season, primar-
ily through the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club.
Islander: How did you become involved with the
Salvation Army?
Russ Olson: I got started back in Madison, Wis.,
with bell ringing. I helped the Kiwanis there.
Islander: And you got involved when you came to
the Island?
RO: Yes. Before Publix was here we had three
or four spots that amounted to peanuts. When Publix
opened it was like a bonanza for the Salvation Army
and for us at the Kiwanis. We had started with just one
week of bell ringing and saw that we could expand to
a month, starting at Thanksgiving. We started to bring
in big bucks $14,000, $15,000 a season.
Islander: Do you volunteer because of the Salva-
tion Army's cause?
RO: I' ve never heard anything bad about the Salva-
tion Army and I've seen the good things they do.

The Islander welcomes photographs and notices of
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Please send items, photographs with identities and
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Islander: What do you personally take away from
the volunteer work?
RO: The people here are so generous. I get like
40 or 50 people to ring the bell. It goes way beyond
Islander: Do you ring the bell as well as coordi-
RO: Oh yeah, but lining up people takes up much
of my time.
Islander: What do you think is the Salvation Army's
most important mission?
RO: Taking care of the less fortunate people. I don't
know the whole gamut of what they do, but they are
dedicated people.
For more information about the Salvation Army -
headquartered in Manatee County at 1204 14th St. W.,
Bradenton call 941-748-5110.

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Kiwanis club elects

The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island has elected
new officers and directors.
The group meets Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. for break-
fast and a program at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The officers are president Bob Lopiccolo, presi-
dent-elect Don Maloney, vice president Sandy Haas-
Martens, secretary Mike Snyder, treasurer Pete Robert-
son and foundation vice president Dick Herman.
The directors, serving terms from October 2007 to
October 2009, are Jim Anderson, Ralph Bassett, Joan
Freestone, Al Guy, Bob La Mastro and Bob Raisch.
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Suzanne Wight and David Andrew Jackson were wed
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Wight-Jackson wedding
Janet and Gene Aubry of Anna Maria and Doug
Wight of East Greenbush, N.Y., announce the marriage
of their daughter, Suzanne Wight to David Andrew
David is the son of Mary and Les Jackson of Key
The wedding took place April 14, 2007, at Roser
Memorial Community Church and the reception fol-
lowed at the Sandbar Restaurant.
The bride graduated from Manatee High School and
cum laude from the University of Florida. The groom
received his undergraduate and a master's degree in
business from the University of Florida.
The couple met while in the Gator Marching Band
and the reception was highlighted by a performance of
both bride and groom with the Manatee High School
Jazz Band.
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The Studio to hold open house

An open house will take place Monday, May 28,
at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, which opened in early
April after an extensive renovation.
The Studio is housed in the former Bistro at Island's
End restaurant, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. It is a
project of Islander Rhea Chiles, the former First Lady
and wife of the late Florida governor and U.S. Sen.
Lawton Chiles.
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property in 2005 and spent months with a work team
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DeSoto National

Memorial celebrates

The De Soto National Memorial will celebrate the
468th anniversary of the Hernando de Soto expedition
May 26.
The Spanish expedition began 468 years ago with
the arrival of conquistadors, horses and war dogs to the
Tampa Bay area.
Events on the memorial grounds at the north end
of 75th Street Northwest in Bradenton include:
9:30 a.m., a ranger talk, "What Brought De Soto
to La Florida? How Would Their Arrival Impact the
Culture of the Natives?"
9:45 a.m., the landing De Soto and his army
begin their odyssey. Join the conquistadors on a walk
through the mangroves to Camp Uzita with stops along
the way to discuss life in "La Florida."
11 a.m., learn from volunteer Sheila Benjamin
about a 16th-century Spanish kitchen.
noon, see and hear about tools of the time.
1 p.m., a discussion on the legacy of the De Soto
Admission to the DeSoto National Memorial Park
is free. The park is open from sunrise to sunset but the
parking area closes at 5 p.m.
For more information, call 941-792-0458.

Chamber announces

June events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will celebrate the grand opening of the Laguna
Veneto condominiums in Bradenton Beach Tues-
day, June 5.
The event, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., takes place at Laguna
Veneto, 2317 Ave. C, and is hosted by Remax real estate
agents Kimberly Mills and Erlene Fitzpatrick.
For more information, call 941-758-7777.
Other AMICC-related events in June include:
Wednesday, June 6, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., a lun-

Four young volunteers from the Anna Maria Island
Community Center help load food donated during the
National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.
They are, left to right, Rainia Lardas, Erin Dolan,
Adina Dicus and Jeff Darwin. This is the first year
that the letter carriers had outside volunteer help.
Islander Photos: Courtesy Cheryl Dykstra

cheon at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach. Lunch is $15.
SWednesday, June 13, 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m., a sun-
rise breakfast sponsored by Manson Roofing at the Sun
House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive.
Wednesday, June 27, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., a "Vino and
Vibes" business card exchange sponsored by Coast
Bank, 9819 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. The cost is
$5 per person.
Continuing in June, AMICC is selling Devil Rays
baseball tickets and collecting sponsorships for the
chamber's annual golf tournament.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.

Emma Laade, 3, of Holmes Beach, hands a canned
food contribution for the letter carrier's food drive to
her mail carrier, Cheryl Dykstra, who said she thinks
the Island collected at least 25 percent more food
than last year.

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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
May 7, 400 block South Bay Boulevard, grand
theft. The complainant said someone took items from
a party.
May 12, 300 block Pine Avenue, domestic battery.
Deputies were called to the scene of a verbal argument
that became physical, and the boyfriend was charged
with domestic battery against his girlfriend and taken
to jail.
May 14, 400 block North Bay Boulevard, burglary.
Deputies were alerted of a person who removed a digi-
tal camera from a vehicle and then walked away. The
man was located, charged and arrested.
May 15, 100 block South Bay Boulevard, driving
with suspended license. Deputies noticed a pickup truck
traveling at a high rate of speed from Galati Marine,
according to the report, and also noted the truck did not
have a lighted license tag. The driver was arrested for
driving without a valid driver's license, and the vehicle
was towed.

Bradenton Beach
May 10, Gulf Drive and Cortez Road, DUI. Offi-
cers noticed a vehicle swerving and, after stopping it
and conducting field sobriety tests, charged Mark She-
pler, 47, of Bradenton Beach, with DUI.
May 16, 3011 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, Marchman
Act. Officers responded to assist Holmes Beach police
and took a man who appeared intoxicated into custody

under the Marchman Act as he said he did not have
anywhere to go, according to the report.
May 17, 1500 block Gulf Drive, driving with
license suspended. Officers stopped a car that was
speeding north on Gulf Drive and, after checking the
driver's license, determined the driver had a suspended
license, according to the report. It was also determined
the license plate did not match the vehicle. The driver
was taken to jail.

Holmes Beach
May 11, 300 block 39th Street, found property.
Officers noticed bicycles in the bushes beside the road
and determined they had been stolen. The owners were
contacted and they collected the bikes from the police
May 11, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, tres-
pass. Officers responded to a call from the bar man-
ager and issued a patron a trespass warning. The unruly
patron then left the establishment.
May 13, 3800 block East Bay Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took his bicycle from his
May 14, 7100 block Palm Avenue, burglary. The
complainant said she suspected her son had taken her
cigarettes and credit card.
May 16, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, tres-
pass. Officers noticed a woman causing a disturbance
in the parking lot, then enter the bar. Bar management
asked officers to issue her a trespass warning, which
they did, and she left.
May 16, 5318 Marina Drive, Sportfish Grill, fraud.
The innkeeper said two men ordered beers and nachos
and left without paying the $12.24 tab.

GSR proposes

auction sale for two

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Bankrupt GSR Development LLC has asked the
federal bankruptcy court for permission to sell two
properties at a public auction June 1.
Attorney Richard Prosser, representing GSR,
requested that the property at 206 56th St., Unit B, in
Holmes Beach and at 110-B Seventh St. S. in Bradenton
Beach be auctioned off by Michael Saunders & Co. at
10 a.m. June 1 at Courtroom B of the U.S. Bankruptcy
Court at 801 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa.
Written or absentee bids must be received by the
auctioneer by 5 p.m. May 29, said Prosser.
All offers must be accompanied by a "good faith"
deposit of 10 percent, and GSR will retain the right to
"recommend to the court the offer it considers to be the
highest and best offer" for each property.
"All bids must be for cash, payable in full," on the
date the sale closes.
Successful bidders will have 30 days to complete
a purchase, or 10 days from the date of the court's
approval of the sale, whichever is later, said Prosser.
Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May heard the
motion on May 15, but had not yet issued a ruling by
press deadline.

Library announces June events

The Island Branch Library will hold a session on
origami Saturday, June 9, with instructor Judy Pruitt.
The program will begin at 10 a.m.
Other events at the library in June include:
A children's concert with the Earthlings' Wash-
board Band at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 5.
A teen-focused wildlife education and rehabilita-
tion talk with David Sadkin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday,
June 6.
A children's presentation of Circus Sarasota with
Karen Bell at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 12.
A meeting of the Friends Book Club at 10:30 a.m.
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22 0 MAY 23, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

By Rick Catlin

SevenShores sales
The Associated Press reported Friday
that real estate developer St. Joe Com-
pany has temporarily suspended sales at
its SevenShores on Perico Island.
The Jacksonville-based company
announced that it will conduct new
market research and analyze the current
demands for real estate before restarting
its sales campaign.
In a statement released last week,
Nick Cassala, the company's president
of the northeast and central Florida
regions, said, "The slowing market has
provided an opportunity to measure and
analyze current demand so that we can
better align our future product offerings
before moving forward with sales."
However, Cassala added, site work at
Seven Shores will continue.
The sales office on Manatee Avenue
appeared to be vacated last week, with
no staff present to answer inquiries about
the project. The high-rise condos were
approved by Bradenton officials amid
some controversy and protests by area
residents, including Islanders.
The AP also reported St. Joe shares
slipped 95 cents to $54.35 in Friday,
May 18, trading.

Sandbar gets 'best'
listing with New
York magazine
New York-based "The Knot" bridal
magazine has rated the Sandbar Restau-
rant in Anna Maria as one of its "Best
Reception Sites" nationwide in its annual
issue of "Best Weddings of 2007."
"The Knot" based its list on the
reports of more than 25,000 newlyweds
in 2007. Sites were rated for view, scen-
ery, hospitality, food, service and enthu-
Also making the list was the Crosley

Neal properties in
'market correction'
Neal Communities president Pat
Neal reported strong sales for the start of
the second quarter at the company's west
Manatee properties, a sign that home sales
in the area are on the rebound, he said.
"According to the latest trends, all
the experts are reporting that we are in
the initial stages of a market correction,"
said Neal. "Our strong April sales and
traffic support this research data. With
our current traffic and sales, we antici-
pate that this quarter will also reflect this
At one time, Neal owned the south
portion of Perico Island opposite the
SevenShores condominiums and could
have developed the property for residen-
tial purposes. Instead, Neal chose to sell
the property to Manatee County, which
plans to convert the land to a public
nature park.
Neal Communities in west Manatee
County include Thornhill, Edenmore,
Silverwood, Wexford, Stone Ridge, The
Harborage and Forest Creek.
For more information on Neal Com-
munities, call 907-8440.

Island tour for
tourism experts /

Travel agents and tour operators
from the United Kingdom took in the
beaches and other sites of Anna Maria
Island in mid-May.
The group of 27 travel profession-
als was hosted by the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitor Bureau and the
Sarasota Convention and Visitor on a
trip sponsored by Visit Florida.
The trip involved two days on area
beaches, dining at local restaurants and
visits to natural and cultural attrac-
"It was important to bring travel rep-
resentatives here from our top European
market," said BACVB president Larry
White. "Manatee and Sarasota counties
provide such diverse tourism offerings,
and these familiarization tours really
help to sell the destination."
The travel professionals stayed at
the Tortuga Inn, Tradewinds Resort,
Bungalow Beach Resort and Palm Tree
Villas on Anna Maria Island.
They also dined at the Sandbar Res-
taurant in Anna Maria, shopped at St.
Armands Circle and had breakfast with
Snooty the Manatee at the South Florida
Museum in Bradenton.

Award winner
Head chef Will Manson of the Beach-
House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach
was the recent winner of a Culinary
Institute of America/Napa Valley divi-
sion trip. Islander Photo: Courtesy
BeachHouse Restaurant

BeachHouse chef
wins Hobart
Culinary award
Will Manson, the head chef of the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton
Beach, was recently named the winner of
the Hobart Survey Culinary Institute of
America/Napa Valley division award.
A graduate of the CIA in Hyde Park,
N.Y., Manson will receive a five-day
course at the Culinary Institute of America
at either the Hudson Valley, N.Y., facility
or the Napa Valley, Calif., campus.
"It's like winning the Lotto," said
Manson of his award. "I'm looking for-
ward to learning new cooking techniques
and bringing them back to the Beach-
House," for introduction to the staff and

Five-star fame
Angela Pluff of Cannons Marina on
Longboat Key was recently designated
as a five-star certified service writer
manager by Yamaha Motors. The
rating represents the highest certifica-
tion level a Yamaha service writer can
attain, said David Miller of Cannons.
For more information on Cannons,
call 941-383-2523. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Cannons Marina
As head chef, Manson is in charge of
a kitchen staff of 35 people that serve up
to 2,500 main dishes every day during
the high season.
"We' re a fun, fast, casual destination
house. People come here hungry and are
ready to eat. At lunch time, we average
just 12 minutes from order to the table,"
he said.
At dinner, food reaches the table in
12 to 18 minutes, he said. "It's a fast-
paced kitchen," Manson added.
For more information on the Beach-
House, call 941-779-2222.

Jazz Islands could
bring cash to Island
The Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau is bringing jazz to the
Island this August with its Jazz Islands
promotional campaign, and the program
could mean big bucks in the pockets of
some Island businesses during a tradi-
tionally slow month.
Under the plan, co-sponsored by the
CVB and Jazzradio.net in Berlin, estab-
lishments that offer live jazz music at
least four times each week during August
may be eligible for a reimbursement of
By getting into the program, an
establishment can be listed on the
CVB's main Web site at www.floridas-
gulfislands.com in addition to the jazz
microsite at www.jazzontheislands.
com and jazzradio.net. Other benefits
include a listing in advertising, public
relations and promotional materials for
Jazz Islands.
Establishments in the program also
take part in a live interview with Leslie
Nachmann of Jazz Radio in Berlin.
The CVB has been targeting a large
number of jazz enthusiasts in Germany
and anticipates that visitors will make
plans to visit the Island during August.
For more information on Jazz
Islands, call the CVB at 729-9177.


David Teitelbaum,
owner of the Tor-
tuga Inn, center in
blue shirt, welcomes
tour operators and
travel agents from
the United Kingdom.
Islander Photo:
Courtesy Gentry

Hail Columbia
The Columbia Restaurant chain,
which has a branch on St. Armands
Circle, was recently honored by Florida
Attorney General Bill McCollum for
taking a proactive approach to protecting
consumers from deceptive marketing.
The restaurant's headquarters
announced that its seven operations
throughout Florida would serve grou-
per only if the company could ensure
the fish was actually grouper and not a
less-expensive substitute.
Last October, the attorney general's
office began an investigation into Florida
restaurants substituting less expensive
fish for high-priced fresh Florida grou-
per and found 17 violations among the
20 restaurants it investigated.
Columbia said it would offer grou-
per only if the entire fish was received
from a supplier and not fillets that could
be easily disguised as grouper.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner
John Monetti is the manager of the St.
Armands Circle Columbia Restaurant.
To reach the Columbia Restaurant,
call 941-388-3987.

Island real estate
319, 321 64th St., Units 8A and 8B,
Island Walk, Holmes Beach, two 2,001
sfla 3,176 sfur 3bed 21bath/2car condos
were sold 05/01/07, OM Island Proper-
ties LLC to Pankhurst for $850,000.
309 64th St., Unit 309, Island Sun
& Beach, Holmes Beach, a 2,390 sfla
3,229 sfur 3bed/ 21bath 2car condo built
in 2006 was sold 05/03/07, Island Realty
Development LLC to Kaiffermann for
$615,000; list $649,000.
127 Crescent Drive, Anna Maria,
a 1,922 sfla / 3,348 sfur 3bed/2bath
home built in 1994 on a 75x100 lot
was sold 04 30/07, Brush to Dimasi for
5300 Gulf Drive, Unit 206, Martin-
ique North, Holmes Beach, a 1,057 sfla
/ 1,169 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo
built in 1971 was sold 05/04/07, Wakeland
to Shardell for $560,000; list $649,000.
6602 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
a 1,432 sfla / 1,646 sfur 4bed/2bath
duplex built in 1970 on a 77x96 lot was
sold 05/02/07, JonJen Acquisitions LLC
to Kaleta for $425,000; list $490,000.
6250 Holmes Blvd., Unit 62, North
Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,536
sfla 1,965 sfur 3bed/3bath condo built
in 1990 was sold 04/30/07, Didonna to
Auch for $437,500; list $489,000.
215 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,000
sfla 2,243 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in
1971 on a 107x70 lot was sold 05/03/07,
Moroney to Kaleta for $375,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.
Got a new business going up in Anna
Maria Island, Cortez or Longboat Key?
Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
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recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

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their swashbuckling and also karate at the
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Dream of Island life becomes reality

Joanne M. Hinsch
Joanne M. Hinsch, 79, of Bradenton, died May
Born in Saline, Mich., Mrs. Hinsch moved to Bra-
denton from Anna Arbor, Mich., in 1984. She was the
vice president of 307 Pine General Store in Anna Maria
City. She was Lutheran.
Memorial services were May 21 at Brown and Sons
Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association,
1230 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota FL 34239.
She is survived by husband Robert; daughter Chris-
tine K. Eagleberger of Bradenton; sons Robert B. and
Alexander S., both of Anna Maria; sister Jeanne Carr
of Louisville, Ken.; brother James Levleit of Saline
and Daniel Levleit of Jackson, Mich.; grandchildren
Brigette LaValle and Michael Pickell; and four great-

Inez Roberts Ives
Inez Roberts Ives, 94, of Anna Maria, died May
Born in Wallingford, Conn., Mrs. Ives came to
Manatee County from there in 1999. She was a home-
maker and bookkeeper. She was a member of the Yales-
ville United Methodist Church in Yalesville, Conn.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell
Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge
of arrangements.
She is survived by daughter Diane Canniff of Anna
Maria and several nieces and nephews.

Jane Badgley Smith
Jane Badgley Smith, 75, of Holmes Beach and for-
merly of Nokomis and Traverse City, Mich., died May
Mrs. Smith was the mother of three sets of twins
which she raised with her first husband, David R.
Murray, on a fruit farm in northern lower Michigan.
She loved golf, skiing and water sports and imparted
this love on to her six boys. She was a graduate of
the University of Michigan and was forever a life-long
learner. She had a great love of the arts and literature.
Memorial services will be held in Traverse City in
August at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions
may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care,
3355 26th St., Bradenton FL 34205.
She was preceded in death by her sons Carl Badgley
Murray, Evan Douglas Murray, John Hoffman Murray
and her husband Langdon Smith. She is survived by
sons David Reese Murray, Peter Chandler Murray and
Christopher Howell Murray; sister Joan Innes; and five

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Much has changed since 1963, when Jill Morris first
recalls visiting the Island. But one steady thought through
those years has been Morris' fantasy to live here.
Fantasy can become reality, Morris, the new direc-
tor of The Studio at Gulf and Pine, has learned.
Jill and husband Mark Morris left Raleigh, N.C.,
and posts in corporate financial management, for the
Island in December 2006.
"I started visiting in 1963," Jill Morris said. "A
relative had discovered the Island and we came down
with family and friends. I fell in love with it. It has been
my second home my whole life."
Her parents moved to the area in 1989. Jill's sister
Janet Aubry settled on the Island with her husband
Gene in the mid-1980s.
Jill, who in her 20s lived in Bradenton, has yearned
to join her relatives here.
"I have always wanted to live on Anna Maria
Island," she said. "I always wanted to come back."
So she and Mark married at Roser Memorial
Community Church in 1989 began making plans to
retire to a home purchased on Spring Avenue.
"It was part of my fantasy to live in my little house
on Spring Avenue," said Jill.
"We're coming down 10 years early, but the time
was right," said Mark, explaining that the move to the
Island began well ahead of the retirement years.
The change provides the couple an opportunity to
spend time with Jill's relatives they are staying with
her mother at Perico Bay until their home on Spring is
The move also provides an opportunity for a change

in employment, especially for Jill, who had grown tired
of corporate work.
"I don't want to live that lifestyle," she said.
So she is now the director of The Studio, the Anna
Maria business owned by former Florida first lady Rhea
Chiles. In the months leading up to the opening of The
Studio, former Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn served as
The Studio is a business, but far from corporate. It
is a gallery and gathering place that Jill said could be
af) nlling imagined.
"It's a concept that is constantly ct\ '1 in." she
said. "When I take people through The Studio, I tell
them it is only limited by their imagination. The Studio
can be anything."
"To get to work there, I feel like I've died and gone
to heaven. I never would have imagined that I'd find
employment like that, three blocks from my house on
an Island in the Gulf of Mexico."
Mark Miller, too, is pursuing new dreams in
employment and service.
Last week, he joined Sarasota-based Fantech as the
manager of finance and administration.
And he hopes soon to become involved with youth
ministry in the area.
In Raleigh, the partners were involved in a Meth-
odist church Jill in music and Mark in a youth pro-
The Raleigh program brought children to the
church once a week for dinner and a program to build
their faith and their character and teach fundamental
"It was so much fun," Mark said, "for them and for
me as well."

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Wednesday, May 23
7 p.m. The Island Players and season ticket-holders gather for an
annual meeting at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:

Thursday, May 24
Last Day of school for Manatee County School District students.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon at Fleming's Steakhouse, 2001
Siesta Drive, Sarasota. Information: 383-2466.

Friday, May 25
1 p.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of
Commerce holds a golf tournament at the Longboat key Club's Islandside
Course. Information: 383-2466.
6:30 p.m. The Island Players hold an annual banquet at the Braden-
ton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 792-8991.
Fee applies.

Saturday, May 26
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast
and to hear from Robin Kaercar of the Arts Council of Manatee County at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: www.annamariakiwanis.org or 941-778-7823.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. DeSoto National Memorial celebrates the anniver-
sary of the DeSoto expedition at the park, located at the end of 75th Street
North in Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.
9 a.m. to noon The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct free
vessel checks at Coquina South Boat Ramp in Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-378-5620.
10 a.m. to noon -A protest against the possible development sale of
the Cortez Trailer Park in the Cortez Village takes place. Information: 941-
7:30 p.m. Manatee High School graduation takes place at Hawkins

Monday, May 28
Memorial Day is observed, with most government offices closed and
people encouraged to observe a moment of silence at 3 p.m.
9 a.m. -A formal observance of Memorial Day includes the laying of
wreaths, a 21-gun salute and speeches in Sutton Lamb Park, Sixth Street
West and 10th Avenue West, Palmetto. Information: 941-465-5880.
2p.m. to 7p.m. The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, holds an open house. Information: 778-1906.

Tuesday, May 29
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and to
hear from scholarship recipient Jhana Martinez at the BeachHouse Restau-

rant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 447-5362.
5:30 p.m. -The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Cham-
ber of Commerce hosts a business after hours event at the Blue Dol-
phin Cafe, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
5:30 p.m. -The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will unveil its new
marker, presented to the non-profit group by the Manatee County Historical
Commission, at the AMIHS museum, 402 Pine Ave.,Anna Maria. Information:

Wednesday, May 30
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce hosts a breakfast at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2466.

St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach
starting May 26. The church will host a rummage sale in its hall 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. May 26, as well as 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 29 to June 1, and 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. June 2. Information: 941-778-4769.
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.

Garden grow
Maddy Valadie,
Monika Beard and
Jacob Beal perch
Sby Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School's
new "grow cart,"
purchased with
a grant from the
Manatee Education
Foundation. The
cart includes a heat
lamp that helps
plants germinate,
such as the milk-
weed plants Karen
Newhall's class is
growing. Islander
Photo: Diana

Coming up:
On May 31, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds
a roundtable discussion on hurricane preparedness at the Sun House
Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Reservations: 941-778-
On June 4, Bible school begins at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Registration is under way. Information: 941-778-
On June 25, Bible school begins at Crosspointe Fellowship, formerly
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,Anna Maria. Registration takes place
June 9 and June 16. Information: 941-778-7845.

Save the Date:
On June 1, hurricane season begins. Are you prepared?
June 1-2 the third annual Mystery Florida Writers Conference takes
place at Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. The confer-
ence is for mystery writers and fans. Information: 941-228-6666 or 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.
Information: www.fgcsc.com or 800-4-MANATEE.

Send calendar listings to lisaneff@islander.org. Please include time,
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Boating thoughts for start of 'unofficial' boat season

Memorial Day signals the semi-official start of
Memorial Day, May 28 this year, is also the semi-
official start of the high boating season in Florida, and it's
only fitting that we're in the midst of Safe Boating Week.
Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet have
signed a proclamation designating May 19-25 as Flor-
ida's National Safe Boating Week.
"There is no better place than Florida to enjoy the
outdoors, and we want to make sure all Floridians can
enjoy water sports and recreation safely," Crist said in
a press release. "I encourage all Floridians and visitors
to our state to practice safe boating and to wear life
The proclamation encourages Floridians and visi-
tors to "stay alert for danger approaching from any
direction, develop a life-jacket habit, take an approved
safe-boating course and get a vessel check."
Let's take that proclamation advice one step at a
Pay attention. Everywhere.
Probably the worst time I ever had on the water
was coming through New Pass in my little boat after
watching the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix many years
I left the boat race early to avoid the watery traffic
jam, as did apparently everyone else. The New Pass
channel by City Island is narrow, there are docks that
jut out from the shore to the south and a sandbar to the
north, and I found myself in a mass of boats that were
hellbent on getting through.
Huge waves, nowhere to go but straight ahead, major
rocking and rolling, and a bunch of dummies trying
to run me over. I spent more time watching what was
trying to run up my stern than I did looking ahead.
The point of this little tale is to watch what's coming
at you as much as what you're coming toward on the
Life jackets are your friends.
The Mae West-style life jackets were a thing of beauty
and hold historical significance, but are far from the pre-
cautionary devices available today. Today's life jackets
- or collars are thin, sleek, weigh virtually nothing,
and really work. They don't even cost all that much.
The latest models resemble belts and suspenders
that only inflate on impact with water.
OK, so you don't want to don the vests when you' re
working on your tan on the boat. At least grab a vest,
size it to fit you, take a big black marker and write your
name on it, then keep it nearby on the deck. Do the same
with all the other regulars who go yachting with you.
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the catches of a life jacket before you jump in the water
and start to swim away?
Do the life-vest test before you start your day on
the water. Ditto for all your guests. For old models, I
even suggest you put on the vest and then jump in so
you can splash around a bit so you've got an idea of
what it's like to have a life jacket buddy with you.
Safe-boating courses are also a no-brainer for any
Sure, we all state we know the rules of the "road
of waterways."
We' ve figured out that "red right returning" means
to take the red marks on the starboard side when we' re
coming into a port, and we're even pretty sure which
side is starboard.
But take the classes anyway. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary, Power Squadron pick one, spend a few hours,
and be sure and safe out on the water. Please.
Safety checks.
A boat safety check is one of the best things you
can do for you, your boating friends and your vessel.
And it's FREE.
The afore-mentioned groups run these really nifty
checks on boats at many of the boat ramps around Anna
Maria Island most weekends. The men and women are
nice, they don't bite, but they do tell you it you've got
a problem with your boat.
Fire extinguisher expired? No good.
No whistle? No horn? Not good.
More people than life vests? Very much no-good.
And when did you, if ever, replace your flares?
If/when you pass the safety check, you get a nice
little sticker you can put on your boat to prove to the
world that you' re a safe, responsible boater.
Back when I had my little boat, a few of us were
running off the Island in the Gulf to points south. It
was a pretty day, calm seas, and the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission officers were out
in force to check on boats and boaters.
We were only three in my little boat with its safety
sticker on display when we saw at least 14 vessels
flagged down to undergo a little "inspection." In fact,
all the boats around us were flagged.
I slowed, waved, and got waved back at by the
water cops, and off we went.
It was a bit puzzling jeez, they stopped every-
body but me? but of course I had a valid inspection
sticker on the side of the console of the boat.


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Sad news
"Unfortunately, our boating fatality rates have risen.
We offer our condolences to the families and friends of
the 69 people who tragically lost their lives in boating
accidents last year in our state," FWC officials said this

Weird news
Fishers out of Cortez reported some unusual stuff
during the annual Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage
meeting last week.
Mark Ibasfalean, who's been here and been out on
the water about as long as anybody around, said that
stone crabs dropped off the charts and disappeared from
local waters just after January and never really came
"They dropped off like a rock," was how he put it.
Stone crab season ended May 15, by the way.
Ibasfalean also said that "flat, upside-down jel-
lyfish" have "become a very big problem. They've
become very big, and you can almost walk on them"
across the bays.
There is indeed an "upside-down jellyfish," Cas-
siopeia xamachana which, according to the "National
Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida," is found in
stagnant bays. "Thousands lie together upside-down
on the ocean floor waving arms," the guide states, and
"sting causes mild rash."
We've also got a "moon jellyfish," Aurelia aurita,
which isn't quite as upside-down, but is distinguished
by four square marks in the top of its body.
All of these critters are about as big around as the
size of a pie plate, by the way, but as thick as a cake. If
you brush against them, you' 11 be sorry.
Capt. Zach Zacharias also noted at the FISH meet-
ing that he's seeing lots of sea horses of late and, of
course, as reported here, scallops.
Ibasfalean added that horseshoe crabs "took a beat-
ing with the red tide, and I saw them going out of Long-
boat Pass like blankets.
"There are a lot of strange things happening out
there," he concluded.

Sandscript factoid
For those out of the loop, one of the most wonder-
ful Florida books out there is the "National Audubon
Society Field Guide to Florida."
It's small, it fits more or less in a pocket, it's col-
orful, it's informative, it's like $20, and it's one of the
most useful resource tools I use on a more-than-weekly
Look for birds, animals, trees, flowers, insects,
weather even nature preserves and parks in the state
are listed in the publication.
If you don't have the guide in your library, go

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Tarpon are here! Tarpon are here!

Tarpon season appears to have finally arrived off
Anna Maria Island. Reports of the silver kings are
coming from the passes, with big schools rolling past
the north end piers in Tampa Bay.
Inshore action is hot and heavy for snook since,
of course, the season is closed and the wiley linesiders
seem to have some sort of calendar to let them know
when they can gobble a shrimp and then be released.
Redfish and trout action is also hot in the backwater.
Offshore, it's amberjack, grouper and snapper still,
although the reports indicate that the finest catches are
farther out in the Gulf of Mexico than usual.
Annamae Lahay at Corky's Bait & Tackle on
Cortez Road said reports include some good-size red-
fish and trout from Palma Sola Bay, caught on live
shrimp. Kingfish and mackerel are pretty thick offshore
of Bradenton Beach in the Gulf, she said, and Spanish
mackerel are being caught off the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge in Tampa Bay. Sharks are thick off Bean Point
just north of the Island, she said, and one young angler
caught a 4-foot blacktip off Palma Sola Causeway last
week. Snook are everywhere and biting well but, of
course, the season is closed for linesiders. She's also
hearing of tarpon and permit off the Skyway, and she's
ready for the silver king fishers: she's got a slew of pass
crabs for those who want' em.
R.J. Condon at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said mackerel fishing
is good right now, as are shark catches at night off
the piers. Catch-and-release snook are a good sport,
plus redfish catches from the bays. He's also hearing
of some tarpon catches.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include blacktip
sharks, mackerel, plus some tarpon hookups in the past
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball is catching amberjack and mangrove snap-
per, plus grouper, but well offshore in the Gulf. He's
also putting his charters onto kingfish and mackerel.
Capt. Mark Johnson said his inshore fishing has been
featuring a lot of catch-and-release snook as well as
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
things are really starting to pick up at the pier, with
cobia, mangrove snapper and even a few sheepshead
lurking under the deck. Spanish mackerel are big up
to 23 inches and then there are the tarpon. Jesus said
he saw two big schools one day last week, and although
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only a matter of minutes before somebody brings in a
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were hitting shiners in the deep seagrass areas." He
added that he's catching some nice-size permit on the
reefs off Sarasota and Longboat Key.
Angel Garson at Skyway Bait and Tackle said
redfish, trout and mackerel are a good bet off the
Skyway Bridge, and she's been hearing of some good
catches of pompano and jacks down by Sarasota. Cobia
are offshore, she said, and trout are being caught, too,
but they're small.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
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been boated as well." Capt. Zach noted that "monster
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Morgan Stanley wins Island league's AAA title

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Little League season has
come to an end and Morgan Stanley is the AAA base-
ball champ thanks to a lineup that includes the top five i
batting averages and seven from the top 10 batting A. ,.. .
averages in the league. Morgan Stanley finished the '. .'
season with an impressive 9-2-1 record, while Duncan
Real Estate came in second with a 7-4-1 record. West
Manatee Fire District finished in third place with one
victory on the season.
All that's left now are the season-ending awards
celebrations for the league divisions, though it would
be a huge upset if Joel Hart doesn't win the AAA MVP
Hart finished with the league's best batting average -
.735 168 points higher than second-place finisher,. ,
brother Adam Hart.-
Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and .- _
parents of league champion Morgan Stanley. .- ...-

M. Stanley 19, WMFD 9
The last game of the season was a strange affair --
that saw a coach deflect a foul ball that WMFD first-
baseman Johnny Mattay managed to catch and an --. :
improbable infield triple on a pop fly by Travis Belsito
improbable infield triple on a pop fly by Travis Belsito MFD catcher Nick Papazian makes a nice defensive play. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
between first base and the pitcher' s mound. Belsito hit
the pop up and took off running. When the ball hit, the
backspin on the ball had it backing up toward home.
Meanwhile, Belsito never hesitated, running full speed
into third with a stand-up triple.
Neil Carper had a huge day, going 3-for-3 with three
runs scored, while Henrik Brusso, Patrick Edwards,
Julian Botero, Sophie Bernet and Henry Bernet each
had two hits and scored two runs. Claudia Hynds added
a single and one run scored for Morgan Stanley in the
WMFD was led by Phillip Dudevoire, who went
3-for-4 with two runs scored. Johnny Mattay added two
runs scored for WMFD, which also received runs from
Robby Officer, Allyssa Bosch and Logan Reiber in the

M. Stanley 15, Duncan 15
Morgan Stanley and Duncan Real Estate battled to
a 15-15 tie in a game halted due to darkness on May
17. Joel Hart had a huge day, going 3-for-4, including
a triple and four runs scored to lead Morgan Stanley,
which also received three hits and two runs scored from....
Patrick Edwards. Adam Hart and Travis Belsito each .!.;.!ii;.ii!iiiiiiii
had two hits and scored two runs, while Connor Field,
Julian Botero, Henrik Brusso and Henry Bernet each
added a single and one run scored. ..T ....
Andrew Crowton went 3-for-4 with three runs
scored and Zach Facheris was 2-for-3 with three runs
scored to lead Duncan in the tie. Christian Petit singled Logan Reiber delivers a pitch for his WMFD team
and scored one run, while Christian Hightower added Morgan Stanley's Sophie Bernet is a picture of con- during AAA baseball action at Bayfront Recreation
two runs scored. centration in the batter's box. Center, Longboat Key.

Duncan 10, WMFD 9
Christian Hightower and Andrew Crowton each
went 2-for-3 and scored two runs to lead Duncan Real
Estate past WMFD on May 14. Candace Hanson and
Christian Petiti both doubled and scored one run, while
Trevor Albers and Jake Parsons each added singles in
the victory.
Josh Schmidt doubled and scored two runs and
Johnny Mattay tripled to lead WMFD in the loss.

Final Anna Maria Island Little League
AAA standings
Team Won Lost Tie
M. Stanley 9 2 1
Duncan 7 4 1
WMFD 1 11
Anna Maria Island Little League Top 10 AAA batting averages
as of May 17

Name Avg. Team
1. Joel Hart 735 M. Stanley -.....-
2. Adam Hart .567 M. Stanley d
3. Connor Field .516 M. Stanley .
4. Patrick Edwards .485 M. Stanley
5. Julian Botero .469 M. Stanley .- .- -
6. Andrew Crowton .429 Duncan '.-
7. Neil Carper .409 M. Stanley .,
8. CandanceHanson .400 Duncan
8. Travis Belsito .400 M. Stanley -.-
9. Allyssa Bosch .381 WMFD ..,_,- x-..,
10. Johnny Mattay .375 WMFD WMFD shortstop Phillip Dudevoire waits for a high pop fly to come back down to earth.

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QUALITY, UNIQUE, RARE furniture, cannot find
locally at these prices. Must sell, moving. Hand-
crafted beautiful teak furniture, imported: Dining
room table with eight chairs and cushions, $950,
credenza with storage space, $750, three teak
(tall) chair back bar stools, $350. Teak desk with
keyboard drawer, $450. Two antique oak dressers,
beautiful, $650 each. Concrete outdoor fountain,
$450, Thomas Kincade villages and train sets,
priced below actual value; miscellaneous collect-
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Gulffront condo sale: entire kitchen, great oak
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cabinets, sinks and accessories, doors, carpet. For
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Lindsey Bell added a single and scored two runs
and Olivia Brodeur walked four times and scored
two runs.

Key Royale golf news
Jim Mixon and John Sagert tied for bi a, in' rights
this week with matching 4-under-par 60s, two shots
better than Earl Ritchie and Vince Fanton, who both
shot 2-under 62. Three shots back at 1-over 65 was
Gordon McKinna, while Lew Winegarden and Fred
Meyer tied for fourth with 66.
On May 14, the men played nine holes in a two-
best-balls-of-foursome format. Three teams fired 9-un-
der-par 55s to tie for first place. John Heiselman, Tom
Nelson, Bob Kelly and Jim Thorton; Tom Steele, Pieter
Thomassen, Jim MacVicar and Joe Proxy; and last, but
not least, Ralph Bassett, Austin Rice, Larry Fowler and
Jim Proxy.
Key Royale Club held its weekly coed scramble
on May 11. The team of Jane Winegarden, Dorothy
McKinna, Fred Meyer and Jim Proxy combined to fire
an 83 to claim bi .'in_'. rights for the day. Chet Hutton
managed a chipin on number one.

Youth football registration
deadline this week
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
register girls and boys, ages 5-16, for NFL Flag Foot-
ball. Youths and their parents must register by May
24 no exceptions, according to the Center spokes-
Registration is ongoing during business hours at
the Center's temporary office trailer behind St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Nighttime football registration events include:
5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, Center trailer.
5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, Center trailer.
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YARD SALE: 9am-noon Saturday, May 26. House-
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CARPORT SALE: 8am-noon Saturday, May 26.
Tools, tools, tools, fishing rods, HP fax/printer,
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collectibles, Hummels, vintage and costume jewelry,
art, porcelains, ruby and depression glass, books
30-90 percent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm.
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-779-0729.

ESTATE SALE: 9am-2pm Thursday, May 24. Set of
sterling silver, newly upholstered rattan sofa, love
seat and chair, rattan coffee table and sofa table.
Mikasa china, outdoor wicker set, Pfaff sewing
machine, Husqvarna serger, sewing cabinet,
scissors, ribbons, stamps, fabric, notions, cutting
boards, kitchenette set, trundle bed, cookbooks,
small media center and kitchen. Sales by Julie
McClure. Pictures at www.appraisals4u.biz.

JEWELRY FOUND: 62nd Street trolley stop. Call
Anna Maria Elementary School, 941-708-5525.
LOST: SET OF keys on beach Sunday morning.
Between Sandbar restaurant and Beach Bistro. Includes
Mazda and GM keys. Reward. 941-778-0189.

KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdi-


W. Ben Stewart, Esq.

fax 941-951-2321
595 Bay Isles Rd., Suite 125 Longboat Key

One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
WT hen you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community.
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, government,
call Ron local for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.

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Monhotton Mariage Corpotgion

32 Years ofProfessional Service
SHELL POINT 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool view. turnkey, $295,000.
MT. VERNON 2BR/2BAwaterfront, boat docks available, turkey, like new. $259,000.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. $690,000.
home, quality built, room for pool. Extras. $339,999.
LUXURY WATERFRONT VILLA Boat dock, 3BR/2BA, immaculate, updated.
Designer kitchen, glassed lanai, tennis, pools, covered parking. $649,900.
SUNBOW 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $449,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR/4BA includes guest quarters, large master suite. $950,000.
BEST BUYS: ADULT COMMUNITY from $55,000, heated pool, near
shopping, dining and transportation.
PINEBROOK AND IRONWOOD $139,000 to $263,900.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
5508C MARINA DRIVE g 778-0807 I 800-956-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

SAIL AWAY ABOARD 65-foot Lex-Sea. Key West
Fantasy Fest, six days, five nights, $995 per person,
$1,095 per couple. Cayo Costa Thanksgiving, four
days, three nights, $595 per person, $1,095 per
couple. Everglades Expedition, seven days, seven
nights, $795 per person, $1,495 per couple. 941-
713-8000. www.annamariaislandsailing.com.
FREE RABBIT HUTCH:You pick up. Holmes Beach.
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.

sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at The
Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more information.

FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.

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.

1996 GRAND CHEROKEE, 1996 Jeep SUV. 123,000
miles, two-wheel drive, power, good condition. Runs
great. $3,800. View at The Islander newspaper, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-1102.

W. Ben Stewart
Attorney At Law
Real Estate Closings Title Insurance
Condo Associations Evictions
Contracts/Agreements, Leases
Qualified Intermediary for 1031 Exchanges


1-4PM SAT MAY 26
Key Royale
610 Emerald Lane 3BR/2BA, canal and boat lift. $975,000.
Come register and win door prizes!
Pam Edgington, 941-812-6324
4015 Hawk Island Dr.
Hawk Island. HOT YACHT SPOT! 4BR/4.5BA,
three-car garage, pool. $2,980,000.
1211 W. 21st St.
Wares Creek. 4BR/2.5BA, pool. I 1 1,000.
3567 Founders Club Dr.
Founders Club. 4-5BR/4BA plus den, pool. $1,600,000.
927 River Basin Ct. #101
Waterlefe Golf & River Club. *Furnished* 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage, community pool. $439,000.
Bonus! CDD paid in full.
8324 Eagle Isle Pl.
Heritage Harbour-Stoneybrook. *Furnished* 2BR/2BA,
plus den. Two-car garage, community pool. 1,900.
12716 NE 7th Ave.
Hidden Oaks. 3BR/2.5BA, pool. $419,000.

S"The Experience is Everything"

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Florida WCI Realty
4520 E. SR 64 Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: 941-465-4300 *Fax: 941-465-4359

count prices. Reel tackle for reel men and women.
Local deliveries. 941-256-4033.

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.

PREMIUM DEEDED BOAT slip with dock for sale
on Anna Maria Island. Room for 26-foot boat and
lift. Wide deep-water canal, close to marina and
bay. Price reduced $25,000 for immediate sale.
Great investment at $54,900. Contact Brian at
2005 HOBIE GETAWAY Catamaran. Trailer and
beach wheels included. Fast and safe fun for family.
$5,400 or best offer. 941-400-4628.
1984 ISLANDER BAHAMA 30: $28,500. New rigging
in December 2003, Harken roller furling, Anderson
self-tailing wenches, wheel steering, hand-shower,
refrigeration, 15-hp Yanmar diesel engine, fresh
water-cooled. Call for more information or appoint-
ment. 941-383-7626.

NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-

REAL ESTATE AGENTS wanted: SunCoast Real
Estate LLC. Floor time and generous split. Confi-
dential. Call Mary Ann Schmidt, 941-779-0202 or

NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-1pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.

each side.
304 65th St.

;RE/ c Tina Marie Doxtator, P.A.
tGulfsti a 941-705-8462

419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 www.betsyhills.com

TROPICAL BAYFRONT BEAUTY Beautifully appointed, lushly
landscaped, 3BR/3BA hideaway, complete with panoramicview
and meandering dock, boatlift and heated swimming pool!
Hardwood floors, southwestern color scheme, comfy kitchen
with maple cabinets, stainless range and domed ceilings. Short
stroll to the Gulf beach. Priced at $1,198,500.

PERICO PATIO HOME Inviting 2BR/2BA plus den home with
mirrored fireplace, tile floors and entryway, double sinks in both
baths, gourmet kitchen, new fiberglass shingle roof, new heat
pump, and private solar heated pool and spa. $464,900.

32 0 MAY 23, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
andys Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 24 Years of
Service Quality & Dependable Service.
rCall us for your landscape
778"1345 and hardscape needs.
7 3Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

Office: (941) 778-2246 (941) 792- 8628
E-mail: haroldsmall@wagnerrealty.com

Removal of all types of trash, debris and junk.

Locally owned and family operated since 1988

qA, Crown molding Specialist
'M DOUG EWING 941-737-9115

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Carpets Furniture Mattresses
Air Ducts Flood Damage
27YEARS EXPERIENCE 941-962-5331


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We Come To You fFull Warranty
* Antennas Mirrors
* Power Locks L lTT M.
Trunks Door Handles 941-957-3330

The Paver Brick Store
8208 Cortez Road W. Bradenton 34210 (941) 794-6504
9:00 AM til Noon, or by Appointment
Pool Deck, Patio and Driveway Renovations
Design Build

Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants,
mulch, trip, hauling and clean
Call Junior, 807-1015

.Reach thousands of people weekly with
r". ,. your ad -for as little as $20.00!
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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.
LPN: UPSCALE RETIREMENT community. 3-1 1pm.
Please fax resume to 941-798-3521. 450 67th St.
W., Bradenton FL, 34209.
MEDICAL TECH: 3-11pm. Upscale assisted living
community. Fax resume to 941-798-3521.450 67th
St. W., Bradenton Fla., 34209.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: OUR Daily Bread, a soup
kitchen. Contact Mary, 941-745-2992.
HOUSE CLEANER: Detail, part-time, available any
day.$15/hour. 941-778-3519.
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more infor-
mation, 941-779-1208.
wood Law Firm, PA., is an employment litigation
and appellate practice located in Bradenton, Fla.
This position offers a casual office setting, the latest
technology tools, and the flexibility to work between
25-40 hours per week. Must be adept with technol-
ogy (e.g., utilizing software such as Word, Excel,
Outlook, Amicus Attorney, PC Law) and enjoy work-
ing with people. Litigation experience preferred.
E-mail resume to kendra.p@verizon.net.

GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden.
Enchanting shop, fun items in Holmes Beach busy
shopping district. Profitable. $79,000. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112. For more great business and
realty buys: www.longviewrealty.com.

CHARTER BOAT SERVICE: Eco-tours, sightseeing,
more in Cortez. Assets include 26-foot cat, 150-hp
outboard. $70,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
For more great business and realty buys: www.
HAVE AN ISLAND business without the overhead.
Consignment space available at Everything Under

The Sun Garden Centre. 941-778-4441.

SUPER LOW WHOLESALE prices! Make money
selling premium jerky products. Company offers
free Web site and all hosting and marketing tools!
No large upfront cost and commissions paid each
month! www.igotjerky.com. 941-924-4107.

14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker or
somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-year-old,
ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-779-9783.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
Edward 941-778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-

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
MasterCard/Visa. 941-720-0794.

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.

Guaranteed price, guaranteed quality. Any job.
Discount with ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry,

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.
LOCK AROUND THE Clock: Island locksmith and
owner, Bob Woods. Licensed, bonded and insured.
941-778-1661 or 941-713-4414.
driveways, painting/sealing decks, driveways,
pavers, garage floors. Painting with two-part epoxy.
Call Scott, 941-538-0664.
HOUSE PAINTER, RETIRED, wants work. Prices
below all others. Richard, 941-778-3519.
GETYOUR GUTTERZ Done before the rain comes!
Seamless rain gutters. Clean, install, repair. Low
prices! Free estimates! Call Rob, 941-465-3095.
CLEANING BY HELENE: Honest, reliable, excellent
references. Longtime resident. Weekly, bi-weekly, rea-
sonable rates, free estimates. Call 941-778-5717.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
cell 941-720-4152.

All Subjects, K-8. Algebra I and Geometry certified
teacher. Local resident, 941-778-3728.
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 per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
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.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.



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native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.

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
call 941-778-2335.

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.

VAN-GO PAINTING residentiaVcommercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, 941-795-5100.
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
or 778-4461.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

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, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure 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.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275
for free estimates.
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call

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.
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.

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.

RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
749-6665. www.wedebrock.com.

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: beachdreams@tampabay.rr.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.

Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call
Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.

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Kitchens Bathrooms Tilework Decks
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1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week 941-713-
0034 or beachdreams@tampabay.rr.com.

1BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299, or e-mail
captko462 @aol.com.

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-
breeze.com. 941-730-5126.

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 tlyonsrq@verizon.net or call 941-928-
8735. Leave message for information and availability.

VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.

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
or 941-778-4523.

LAKEFRONT CONDO: NEW, rent to own. 2 and
3BR/2BA, large lanai. Includes pool, spa, cable,
water. Nice northwest location. Close to beaches.
$1,450-$1,550/month. 941-761-0444.
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel in beauti-
ful town of Anna Maria. Quaint island cottage, steps
to beach. 203-454-0573.

ANNUAL APARTMENT in Holmes Beach. Kitchen,
bedroom and bathroom. No pets. 941-778-7039.

Beach 1BR/1BA. One block from beach. $800/
month. Call, daytime, 7-11am or evenings, 9-11pm.
Ann, 941-778-9196. 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: 1,200 sf. Former Wicked
Candle. 8819 Cortez Road. 1-800-952-1206.
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.

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. jjvacations.blogspot.com.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
941-721-4789. www.annamaria-rental.com.

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 andrewr@asme.org.

Furnished or unfurnished, pools, tennis, security
gate. Beautiful landscaping. Leave message, 941-

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.

BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.

Briging NPp Horne Sine 1939I

close to beach, $800/month, lawn and water
included. Perico Island townhouse, 2BR/2BA, one-
car garage, $1,200/month plus utilities. 941-778-
0770. www.smithrealtors.com.

Beach furnished 2BR/2BA, pool, tile throughout,
dishwasher, washer and dryer, cable TV. 1.5 blocks
to beach. $3,300 covers utilities. 941-778-3104.

LONGBOAT KEY: THE Village. 2BR canalfront
house. Furnished, 1,350/month, unfurnished,
$1,250/month. 941-795-0301.

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.

3BR/2.5BA, two-car garage, recreation room,
screened lanai, elevator, several decks, pool. $1,700/
month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307.

to beach, open courtyard, dishwasher. $865/month
includes water and garbage. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307.

covered parking, storage, new carpet, tile and paint.
Washer and dryer. $875/month. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307.

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 Estate,

ANNUAL RENTAL: GULF view, 1BR/1BA apart-
ment. Covered parking, open deck, great direct
Gulf views! $750/month. No pets. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307.

FOR RENT: FULLY-furnished 1 BR, living room, kitchen.
$1,200/month. Bradenton Beach. 727-480-8154.

1BR/1.5BA, Gulffront, 1BR/1BA duplex, 2BR/1BA
duplex, 2BR/2BA Gulf view, 2BR/2BA condo. Start-
ing at $750/month. Coastline Accommodations.

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style home with breathtak- bright, ground floor, 2BR/
ing views of Bimini Bay, only 2BA end unit. Heated pool,
short walk to white sandy tennis court. Close to the
beaches. Deep water with no beach. $365,000.
bridges to Gulf and 9,000 Ib.
boatlift at your back door.

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A beachtront nome with panoramic views up and down Anna IVlarla Island! Atruly
spectacular home completely remodeled featuring incredible views ofthe sparkling
Gulf of Mexico from every room. Upgrades galore, including custom kitchen
with upgraded appliances, granite countertops and travertine floors. Originally
designed and recently remodeled byaward-winning architect H. Patterson Fletcher.
A'must see' for the discriminating buyer. Offered at $3,999,999.

Se e Ken Jackson, 778-6986
q REAL ESTATE ": Marilyn Klemish, 778-7627
OF ANNA MARIA Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072
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941 778-0455 www.greenreal.com Kate Eiseler, 224-0057
9906 Gulf Drive Anna Maria Evelyn Mitchell, 778-1952

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GREAT LOCATION: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier.
2BR/1BA, ground floor, fully furnished with all ame-
nities, no smokers or pets, available June 1. Annual
or six-months, $1,000/month. 941-387-8610.
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.
from the beach. Book before June 1. 1BR, $549/
week. 2BR, $649/week. 513-236-5091. www.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

ANNUAL FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA waterfront apart-
ment with laundry and some utilities included. $850/
month. Phone 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
TEMPORARY OR ANNUAL 2BR elevated duplex with
porch and laundry. Freshly remodeled, private park-
ing, block to beach. $795/month. 941-807-5449.
APARTMENT: 1BR/1BA ON Palma Sola Bay, near
beaches and park. Rent is $695/month, tenant pays
electric. Move in with security, $695 and utility prora-
tion, first month free. Call Reed 9am-8pm at 941-
448-8100 or 941-794-2258.
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA villa. Cozy home with
fantastic view and dock. $800-$1,000/month. Call

ANNUAL/SEMI-ANNUAL rental: Anna Maria Shell
Point condo. 2BR/2BA, furnished, ground floor, on
water. Heated pool, tennis court, covered parking.
Some vehicles prohibited. No pets. Nonsmokers. Coin
laundry. Annual, $1,500/month. Semi-annual, $2,200/
month. First, last and security. 716-861-8016.
all new ultra-comfortable 2BR/2BA condo. 55-plus,
two pools, washer and dryer. Annual, $1,600/month
plus utilities. Six months, $1,500/ month plus utilities
FURNISHED ANNUALS! 2BR/2BA Gulffront condo.
55-plus, 2BR/2BA home on Key Royale, 2BR/1BAAnna
Maria condo near pier! Also six-month availabilities! Call
Sue at An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320.

Local luxury. Partnered with Sotheby's International Realty.

Kieax dimu crnfigjEprtrtw wy 1
of island living in one o
beautiful new homes on Ann lariasland.
French doors to the maintenance free decks, trellises,
custom wood shutters, carriage style garage doors, brick
pavers and lush landscaping all add to the cottage curb
appeal of these 3BR/2.5BA homes. Interior upgrades
include wood floors, extra wide baseboards and crown
molding, granite countertops, cottage details in the
kitchen, and elevators. And you're already on the waiting
list for a boat slip across the street!

Call Greg's direct line


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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 il..h!. 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

SKY Sotheby's
All offices are independently owned and operated.
546 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228
PH 941.383.7171 I FX 941.827.9765

craftsmanship you deserve

312 61st Street, Holmes Beach
MLS 55+009
Inspired by craftsmanship of the 1920's this
home ofFers charming details
inside and out.
2,250 Square Feet
5 Bedrooms, 21/2 Baths
Hickor flooring R Maple Cabinetry
Granite Counters KStainless Appliances
10' Ceilings R Central Vacuum K Elevator
Outside shower RSwimming Pool
Full Furnished and Read9 for Company


5505 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Hl 3+217
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www. RossBuilt.com
License# CBC 12a+28
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OWNERS! WE HAVE a list of qualified tenants look-
ing for unfurnished annuals! Please call Sue at An
Island Place Realty. We take care of all leasing and
management! 941-779-9320.
2-3BR/2BA, $600/MONTH annual. Unfurnished,
beautiful family park near Lakewood Ranch. Buy
for $72,500 with land. 941-778-6667, ext. 205, or
CHEERY, GULF VIEW 2BR/2BA roomy condo in
four-unit building. Screened balcony, pool, washer
and dryer, very pleasant. Annual, $1,375/month
plus utilities. 717-392-4048.
level duplex. $900/month, shared laundry. Small pet
OK. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
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-
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. $725,000. Call 941-778-6474.
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. 941-932-0480.
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6BR on canal, deeded
beach access. Use it, rent it out or redevelop.
$649,900. Mary Ann Namack, Longview Realty,

The closest you can get to
the beach just steps and
still have a deepwater canal!
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This spacious Island home has it all!
4-5BR/5BA, sauna, pool
Deepwater canal with dock and lift
Short walk to the beautiful beach
Priced below market value
Owner financing available

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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. sands-
goldm@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.
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
Public. 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.

$2,000,000. Free list with pictures. www.BradentonLux-
uryList.com. Keller Williams Realty. 941- 447-4253.

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, 941-725-2395.

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor

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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: aavle511 @tampabav.rr.com

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. Call Gayle 941-812-6489.

S^Large, updated 3BR/2BA condo with
a pool in West Bradenton. Move right
,HAVEA HAPPY AND SAFE in. Unbelievable price of $135,000!
MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY Call Gayle 941-812-6489.

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.

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.

BY OWNER: MOVE into lovely home in unique
area under sprawling oaks. Close to everything,
3BR/2BA, family room, new kitchen. $305,000. West
Bradenton. 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@
tampabay.rr.com. 941-228-4361.

bay view. New air conditioning, kitchen. Must sell!
$424,900. 941-794-8162.

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.

BEST BUY on the beach. Romantic, Bradenton
Beach, direct Gulffront studio condo. Newly reno-
vated, furnished. The perfect getaway. $325,000.

HOT BUYERS MARKET: Anxious seller! Club
Bamboo South, direct Gulffront studio. Incredible
interior, all new outside. On-site management,
pool, nightly rentals and more. Way under value!
$409,999. George, 312-321-7501.
TINY ONE-ROOM cottage for sale on Intracoastal
Waterway, Bradenton Beach. $399,000. 813-996-
3606, no Realtors, please.
WHITE PRISTINE BEACH outside the front door.
Incredible beach and Gulf views from every room. Spa-
cious 2BR/2BA, totally renovated condo, $799,000.
Recent appraisal: $950,000. 717-392-4048.

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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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BRADENTON BEACH MOTEL for sale. Six beauti-
ful cottage-style suites feature full kitchens, com-
fortable living rooms and porches among white
arbors and mature palms. Steps from the Gulf
and one block from the Intracoastal Waterway and
two blocks from historic Bridge Street. Income-
producing property priced at $1,980,000. Call
Debra Cooper, 941-730-1700, or Angela Varga,
941-932-7131, at Michael Saunders & Company,
licensed real estate broker. 4400 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton FL 34209.

INCOME POSSIBILITIES AND Island living in this
2BR/1BA. One-car garage also has a 1BR/1BA
attached apartment. Great location, minutes to the
Gulf of Mexico. $699,000. Contact Erlene Fitzpat-
rick or Kimberly Mills, 941-758-7777. Re/Max Gulf-
stream Realty.

coastal Waterway. Own efficiency, fully furnished,
deeded. One or two weeks in May. $1,900/each.
941-778-6667, ext. 205, or 386-965-7567.
unfurnished. Beautiful family park. Rent $600/month,
annual. 941-778-6667, ext. 205 or 386-965-7567.
BEAUTIFUL TERRA CEIA condo. 3BR/2BA end unit
with expansive views! Gated golf community, pool,
pier and more! $199,900. MLS# 549344. Assist-2-
Sell, 941-794-2363.
$499,900. Direct Gulf view $399,900. Bay views
from $249,900. Call Gail Tutewiler, Wedebrock Real
Estate, today! 941-705-0227.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

$449,900. Flamingo Cay villa, 1,354 sf. Updated.
Includes boat, car, etc. $329,000. Gail Tutewiler,
Wedebrock Real Estate, 941-705-0227.

style on one acre, two miles from town. Turnkey
furnished, private lane. $129,000. 941-923-7712.
Carolina mountains. Free color brochure and
information mountain properties with spectacu-
lar views, homes, cabins, creeks and investment
acreage. Cherokee Mountain GMAC Real Estate.
cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for free bro-
chure, 800-841-5868.
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Owner motivated.
Not a drive-by,
must see inside!
For sale by owner.
404 21st Place,
Bradenton Beach.
Brokers welcome



38 0 MAY 23, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER


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.
NANTAHALA LAKE LOT with old fish camp and
2/BR septic permit, close to public boat ramp.
$225,000. Valleytown Realty. valleytownrealty.com.
800-632-2212. valleytownrealty@verizon.net.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN AND lakefront luxury condos.
Exclusive agents for HarborCrest and RiverStone Resort
and Spa. Prices from $234,900 to $569,900.800-628-
9073, RiverStoneRealty.com or HarborCrest.net.
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.
Twelve net-leased properties. Retail, with national
corporation. Leases, mountain chalets, retail land
offered individually. 800-257-4161.. higgenbotham.
com. Higgenbotham Auctioneers, ME, Higgen-
botham, CAI FL#AU305/AB158.

SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA waterfront land sale!
Grand opening Saturday June 23. One day only!
Gorgeous property, great prices, come see for
yourself! Water access from Just $19,900. Paved
roads, underground utilities, excellent financing!
Call now and reserve a priority appointment. 877-
457-5263, ext. 1007.
LAKE SEATON GEORGIA: First time offered. 1.96
acres, $110,900. Three acres, lakefront, $147,900.
Beautiful views and frontage on Lake Seaton. Black-
topped roads, underground utilities. Only 43 miles
to Atlanta, Ga. Don't miss out on pre-grand opening
pricing! 888-952-6347.

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EUFALA, ALA. WATERFRONT: Gated community two
hours from Atlanta and the coast. Half to three acres
from the $40s. Fishing, boating, swimming and more.
Clubhouse, boat slips, nature trails. 866-882-1107.
TIMBER COMPANY SELL off! 20 acres, $39,900.
Subdivision potential! Big mountain acreage with
views. One mile to Nicklaus-designed golf course.
Close to Tennessee River and recreational lake.
Creekfronts available. Excellent financing. Free call,
866-852-2538, ext. 1201.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: Log cabin shell on two pri-
vate acres near very wide trout stream in the Galax
area and New River State Park. $139,500. Owner,

T Village West 3BR/2BA Near Bray Park!
$2594 0 $249,900!
i Lexington 2,663sf 3BR/3BA plus den. Pool-size lot!
iVHH 349,500!
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, expansij 695,000!
Kingsfield Lake-OSL $282,000!
Villager 2BR/2B ~s I needed! WOW! $95,000!
Island Beachy Bar Business Opportunity. Beer, wine, music!
Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA Nice updates. NEW 14 seer air
conditioning! $2~8-00 $279,000!
Laura E. McGeary PA
Call 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc


3BRhouse plus cottage! West of Gulf Drive very close to gorgeous
beach! Screened porch, furnished house. Now $699,900.
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay and
Intracoastal Waterway $599,000.
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo fl ooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view of Gulf. New kitchen,
tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $849,900.
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock, direct
access to Tampa Bay. $699,900.
3BR/2BA plus den. Updated waterfront home. Dock, caged
solar-heated pool. Sprinkler system, two-car garage. $699,900.
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.
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $365,000.
UPDATED DUPLEX- 2107 Avenue B. $596,900
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulf view. $969,900.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulf view. $799,900.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $959,900.
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.
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nity with private river and lake access. Plus gorgeous
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ONE MILE CREEKFRONT! 55-plus acres, $199,900.
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see. Potential to subdivide. Excellent financing. Call
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Potential to subdivide. Excellent financing. Call now,
800-898-4409, ext. 1163.
23.55 acres, only $99,900, was $124,900. Coastal
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Perico Harbor
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Robinson's Preserve
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Stewart Elementary School
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