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Arson fire causes
$50,000 to Holmes
By Paul Roat
Mark Pelham was napping when he woke up to the
smell of smoke at about 3 p.m. May 25. He thought the
smell was from the ongoing wildfires that have plagued
the region until he noticed flames over the door -
the only door of his upstairs apartment in Holmes
But the smoke got thicker, said Pelham, 25, and
when he saw flames by the front door, he quickly
grabbed his dogs Abby and Dakota and got them out-
side. He tried to put water on the blaze, but it was too
"I didn't have shoes on," he said. "I didn't want to
try to run into a burning building."
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
who lives nearby, saw the commotion and flames as
she drove by the duplex at 6814 Palm Drive and called
Holmes Beach Police. Officers responded within min-
utes to the fire, as did West Manatee Fire & Rescue.
Pelham, a musician with the band "Bootleg," grew
up on Anna Maria Island and is the son of Dr. Steve
and Sheleagh Pelham. He was treated at the scene for
Property damage was estimated at $50,000.
West Manatee Deputy Fire Marshall Kurt Lathrop
said he has ruled the fire as arson.
"The evidence leads us to believe it was arson,"
Lathrop said. "We used a canine to check the area by
the door, and have sent samples to state laboratories for
Lathrop said that Pelham is not involved in the
investigation. "We're not looking at him," he said, but
he declined to discuss any other suspects in the fire.
If the suspect or suspects are apprehended, they
face first-degree arson and attempted murder charges,
Lathrop added that Islanders should be aware of
the dangers of residences that only have one exit in the
event of fire.
"He was lucky to get out without having to launch
off the balcony," he added. "People need to consider
another way to get out. It was good that the fire was set
so high on the door so he could get out from under it."
Fire personnel and equipment from WMFR and
Longboat Key responded, as did Manatee County
Emergency Medical Services. About 20 personnel were
on scene at one point to fight the blaze.
"It wasn't the stove," Pelham said as he slumped
on the back of an ambulance. "It was outside."
Mark Pelham is comforted by mother ._i,L ILi, after he escaped from a burning apartment in Holmes Beach
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'Immediate hearing' requested in public records lawsuit
By Paul Roat
Circuit Court Judge Peter Dubensky heard argu-
ments last week on the Bradenton Beach motions
to dismiss the lawsuit filed by The Islander regard-
ing records requests related to the resignation of the
city's former building official, Ed Mc Adam, in the
wake of sexual harassment charges made by a city
"The court denied the city's motions," Islander
attorney Kendra Presswood said, "paving the way for
the court to get to the heart of the matter." The Islander
will now ask for an immediate hearing on the merits
of the case. The court will decide whether the city vio-
lated the Public Records Act and the Government-in-
the-Sunshine Law as alleged by The Islander."
Mc Adam submitted a letter of resignation in March
after being placed on administrative leave. Repeated
requests for documents pertaining to the matter resulted
in the newspaper obtaining a one-sentence memo to
Mayor John Chappie from code enforcement officer
Gail Garneau, in which she said, "Please be advised
that I am filing a formal complaint against the city of
Bradenton Beach for sexual harassment by the building
official, Ed Mc Adam."
The Islander alleges that further documents are
in existence regarding the complaint by Garneau and
the subsequent resignation by Mc Adam. However,
repeated requests for such documents have not been
At the recent hearing, Perry acknowledged that she
does have public records, but claimed they are exempt
from disclosure under the Whistle-blower Act.
Gathering the goods
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Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. The sale continuesfrom 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through June 2. Information: 941-778-
4769. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Presswood said the whistle-blower provision Perry is
relying upon does not apply because this is not a situation
where someone is complaining that they were retaliated
against for blowing the whistle and, even if it were, the
provision Perry is relying upon would not apply to Perry's
investigation. The Wwhistle-blower exemption applies
only when there is an administrative hearing procedure
established by a local ordinance to handle whistle-blower
complaints -- not when the city hires an attorney to
investigate a sexual harassment allegation.
The alleged violation of the Sunshine Law stems
from meetings and/or phone conversations between the
city's attorney for the matter, Ricinda Perry, and the
mayor and each of the city commissioners. The suit
alleges Perry acted as a "conduit of information" in
private discussions with each of them prior to the public
commission meeting to in public to vote to accept Mc
Adams' resignation. There was no discussion on the
topic of Mc Adams' resignation at the public meeting.
The date for the court hearing has not yet been set.
Gulf Drive/Cortez Road
intersection work to start soon
Intersection improvements at Gulf Drive and Cortez
Road in Bradenton Beach are scheduled to begin any
day, and traffic stalls, gridlock and delays are antici-
According to the Florida Department of Trans-
portation, AJAX Paving Industries Inc. will be replac-
ing the mast arm, which holds the traffic signal, at the
intersection. "Expect a right-lane, west-bound closure
on Cortez Road during mast-arm installation," DOT
officials said, as well as "various lane closures along
both Cortez and Gulf drive.
The work is part of a $472,000 intersection
improvement project by the DOT.
Also, DOT officials warn that a maintenance proj-
ect has commenced from the intersection south to 13th
Street as crews clean storm drains. The project will run
weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through June 7
and "there will be northbound and southbound intermit-
tent lane closures on Gulf Drive."
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 30, 2007 0 A-3
Weathering storms in Anna Maria Island style
By Lisa Neff
Betty Lou Huth's "castle" has served as a fortress
in many storms.
"We've had some pretty bad storms but we've been
blessed that it hasn't been worse," said Huth, seated
on a porch at "The Castle" on Beach Avenue in Anna
Maria. "We've never had water here."
Huth, an Island native, has lived at various loca-
tions on the Island and now divides her time between
the Island and a home near the river in west Manatee.
She recalled numerous battles with the elements
over the years.
"We were living near where the Sandbar [Restau-
rant] is and one night a hurricane came," she said. "I
was about 4 or 5. My parents were out sandbagging the
house because it was about to wash into the Gulf.
"Daddy decided after that it was time to sell,"
Huth remembered. They moved to another home on
the Island, a sturdier home that still stands today.
Huth felt fear that night of the no-name storm,
waking to hurricane-like weather and knowing her
parents were outside, fighting it back.
But she doesn't fear the storms now.
To some degree, she's grown accustomed to Florida
weather. "We've been here four generations," she said,
Huth, a former professional model, remembers
her uncle telling stories about a storm that essentially
drowned the Island he could sail across at each end.
She remembers the 1940 wreck of the Regina, which
she calls the "old molasses wreck" because the ship out
of Cuba was carrying molasses.
"I remember going down and seeing that as a child.
The water was brown for days," Huth said. "I remember
daddy going out to try to get [crewmembers] off."
Her father, John Hartley Blackburn, lost his glasses
in the rescue operation when a woman frantically
waving her arms knocked the spectacles off his face.
Huth is a storm veteran.
"I don't feel frightened by them. We've lived
through so many," she said.
Her preparations include making sure she has gas
in the lanterns, ice in a cooler, plenty of canned goods
on hand and lots of water.
Kathryn Martin, who has lived on the Island for 26
years, also makes sure she has plenty of cash available
because an ATM or credit card won't be much help
"We put the shutters down, put the porch furniture
inside, take everything to the garage from the dock,
so no flying objects," Martin said. "I have a box of
important insurance papers, etc., to take with me when
I leave. Then pray a lot."
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administra-
tion, as well as archives at the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society Museum, document numerous storms
here over the years the fierce 1848 storm that flooded
Egmont Key and Anna Maria Island, the 1906 storm
that wrecked a three-masted schooner and sent a load
of lumber to be salvaged on the shores of the Island,
the 1921 hurricane that ravaged Cortez, the 1932 storm
that dumped the Longboat Key Bridge on Jewfish Key,
Alma "the little hurricane with a nasty disposition"
that damaged homes in 1966, the tidal wave that swept
over the Island in 1969, the torrential rains and twisters
of 1982. The Island has caught the tail end of Agnes
in 1972, suffered Charley's wrath, took a sideswipe by
Frances and got smacked by the outer edges of Ivan
Betty Lou Huth sits on the porch at the Anna Maria home she affectionately calls "The Castle." The home,
built in a French-Normandy style, resembles a castle, complete with a turret. The home also has been afortress
against many storms. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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Martin has experienced one significant storm -
Elena in 1985.
"We closed the house with porch furniture inside
and drove off of the Island with clear skies," she said.
"It was close to midnight. We heard ... about one hour
later the hard rains started and the people were evacu-
ated. Our neighbors went to a school in Bradenton and
slept in the library for three days and nights. No one
could return to the Island for almost three full days."
"We have evacuated twice when told to, back to
Winter Haven where we used to live," said Holmes
Beach resident Trudy Horrigan.
Her experiences demonstrate the difficulty in pre-
dicting the path of a storm. "We got hit there both times
and all was fine here," she said.
When an evacuation is ordered, motels and hotels
in Bradenton fill fast. So do the roads, said the Rev.
Gary Batey, who has lived in the area since 1999.
Batey and his wife Karen live in west Braden-
ton about five blocks from Palma Sola Bay and have
escaped damage. But they have housed evacuees.
And Batey, as pastor of Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church in Anna Maria, is prepared to respond to a
"In any weather emergency or power outage, Roser
Memorial Community Church facilities will be open to
the community if there's a way we can be of service,"
Batey said. "Police, fire and city officials of all three
Island municipalities are authorized to use the Roser
church building, equipment and supplies for the emer-
gency needs of the community."
Tax-free holiday for hurricane
supplies begins this week
By Lisa Neff
Let the buying begin at 12:01 a.m., Friday.
Florida will inaugurate the 2007 hurricane season
with a holiday a sales tax holiday that begins June
1 through June 12.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin-
istration is forecasting an above average hurricane
season, with 17 named storms, including as many as
five major hurricanes.
In late April, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed into
law House Bill 211 establishing the tax holiday on hur-
ricane preparedness items.
"I urge all Floridians to take advantage of the
Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday so that
every person is prepared for the possibility of a
storm," Crist stated. "We have learned from experi-
ence that prepared residents and communities are
key to surviving and recovering from hurricanes or
other natural disasters."
PLEASE SEE HURRICANE, NEXT PAGE
Other Island storm veterans know the importance
local businesses play in responding to emergencies.
Charlie Shook and Lois Finley have evacuated for
two storms Hurricanes Andrew and Charley. The
husband and wife advised storm rookies if threaten-
ing weather approaches, err on the side of caution.
Several years ago, when electricity was off for days,
the couple kept their ice cream shop, Mama Lo's By the
Sea, operating on a generator. And they supplied coffee
to neighbors, reporters and emergency officers, who in
turn helped keep close watch over Mama Lo's.
In the aftermath of Katrina, many Americans looked
at the destruction and wondered why people choose to
inhabit the Gulf Coast.
Batey, asked that question, replied, "No matter
where you live, weather-related concerns are a fact of
life. I like weather I don't have to shovel."
Horrigan, who lives on the Island with husband
John and has served in hurricane relief in the past,
recalled severe weather in the Midwest.
"We have lived through tornadoes in Illinois, where
we are originally from. Five kids and us in the basement
isn't much fun," she said.
Finley too recalled the severe weather in other loca-
tions a storm in 1974 destroyed her home in Tulsa,
"We've been more fortunate in Florida," she said.
"It's our paradise. The beauty and the benefits far out-
weigh the risks."
Huth, who only lived outside Florida for about
eight months, when her husband John was stationed
in Norfolk, Va., still marvels at the beauty despite its
"Our lives are centered around the water," she
Anna Maria City
June 4, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the
annex building at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, 708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.
June 4, 4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
June 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
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summit June 1
Manatee County Emergency Management offi-
cials will host a summit for agency personnel and
elected officials on natural and manmade disasters
Friday, June 1.
Presenters will include experts on weather,
including storm surge and hurricanes, planning, post-
disaster plans and staging sites, traffic management
and incident management.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at the Manatee Civic Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Pal-
metto. Manatee County Emergency Management
chief Laurie Feagans will serve as host.
Reservations are required. For more information,
call 749-3022, ext. 3530.
Hurricane tax holiday starts soon
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
The governor estimated that the holiday held
now for the third year in the state would save con-
sumers about $25 million in taxes.
"As public awareness of this tax holiday contin-
ues to grow, we are encouraging Florida retailers to
prepare for even greater demand than last year," Crist
said. "While we hope for a quiet hurricane season, the
tax holiday will help give Floridians the opportunity to
be prepared for any possibility."
Florida Division of Emergency Management direc-
tor Craig Fugate said a hurricane preparation kit is vital
as an emergency plan. "Recent history shows us that
hurricanes can impact every Floridian," he said. "I chal-
lenge all residents to get a plan and prepare now."
Fugate's advice included restocking last year's kit
with fresh food, water, batteries and other supplies.
Tax-free during the holiday are numerous items,
Flashlights and other portable, self-powered light
sources $20 or less.
Portable radios, two-way radios and weather-band
radios $75 or less.
Tarps $50 or less.
Gas or diesel fuel containers $25 or less.
Batteries $30 or less (AAA, AA, C and D cell,
and 6 and 9 volt batteries).
Non-electrical food-storage coolers $30 or
Portable generators $1,000 or less.
Carbon-monoxide detectors $75 or less.
Storm shutter devices $200 or less.
For Islander Pam Thomas, the tax-free holiday isn' t
as exciting as the post-Thanksgiving shopping spree
she goes on. But, she said, it has become her traditional
period to stock up.
"It's wise to be ready," Thomas said. "Last year
we didn't use any supplies, thank God, but I still need
replacements and the cost adds up year after year. I do
my best to buy on the Island, at our drug stores and our
Danny Hadley also will stock up during the holiday.
"I'm on a fixed income and I budget and every penny
counts," said the Holmes Beach resident.
In addition to saving the sales tax on designated
items, consumers can expect to see retailer discounts
Many of the Island's retailers that deal in supplies
mark the advent of the hurricane season with discounts
on supplies in early June.
"We want to encourage people to have storm-
related items," said Shannon Patten of Publix Super
Markets. "In addition, we want them to know a lot of
those tax-exempt items are on sale."
Patten said Publix stores, including the store at
3900 Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, will soon be receiv-
ing additional hurricane supply stock.
Also, in July, pallets of emergency food stock are
shipped to stores, with instructions not to sell the sup-
plies unless the need arises.
"We want to be proactive," Patten said. "We don't
have those sent to the store for sale. We tell them to hold
them in the back room until a storm hits. We want to
make sure we have the basic essentials and we are one
step ahead so if a storm does hit we' re not unprepared."
For more information about the tax holiday, go to
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria city commissioners decided to seek
additional details before they consider a proposed
countywide ordinance changing the rules for registered
Manatee County commissioners are considering an
ordinance proposed by the Early Learning Coalition of
Manatee County that would require all home day-care
providers to be licensed.
Presently there are two types of legal day-care
homes in the county. One type is the "licensed" home
that is subject to staffing and health-related require-
ments, as well as inspection and enforcement require-
ments under the Florida Department of Children and
Family Services. A second type is the "registered" home
that is subject to a background check and a verification
process, but no inspection and no authority to investi-
The proposed county ordinance would require all
day-care homes to obtain a license, for which there is
no charge, but under which the day-cares would face
more stringent review.
County officials, as they review the proposed mea-
sure, are asking municipal officials whether they want
to be covered by a county ordinance or exempt.
Most Anna Maria commissioners decided during a
May 24 meeting that they need more information before
making a decision.
The issue was presented to the commission on its
consent agenda, which typically consists of items the
commission has previously reviewed or routine matters
Commissioner Dale Woodland pulled the measure
from the consent agenda.
"I'm not in any position to debate this memo," he
said, requesting additional information.
Woodland said the proponents of the ordinance
made a good case, but he wondered if there was an
"It's what I don't have in front of me that concerns
me," he said, adding that he wanted additional informa-
tion about whether the ordinance would impact home-
Commission Chair John Quam and Mayor Fran
Barford said if Anna Maria could be covered by the
county ordinance, the city would not face the $200
or $300 expense of enacting a similar measure in the
"We want to be sure these places are secure and
protected," Barford said, referring to day-care homes.
Commissioner Christine Toilette raised the ques-
tion are there any "registered" day-care homes in
"It would be nice to know," Toilette said.
The commission asked city clerk Alice Baird to ask
county officials when the county commission might
take up the ordinance. They also said they might con-
sider the issue at a workshop in June.
Also last week, commissioners approved a franchise
i.A.Iwc inl \ ith Florida Power & Light. The vote was 4-0.
Commissioner Duke Miller did not attend the meeting.
A memo from city attorney James Dye said, "I've
reviewed the proposed ordinance. I don't have a legal
The agreement covers a 30-year period and is
non-exclusive, allowing for another power provider to
secure rights in the city.
Woodland proposed bringing FPL representatives
to the city in the fall for a workshop for advice on
how the city can cut its c I. i .'y use and its power costs.
Woodland said he specifically was interested in learning
about FPL's carbon-reduction program.
The commission also unanimously denied a request
from property owner Jack Guggino to leave a 100-foot-
long fence in the city's right of way.
The issue came before the commission via code
enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon, who received a
complaint about the fence near Guggino's 101 Maple
Rathvon researched the situation and determined
that in 1997 the city issued a permit to place a fence
on the property, not in the right of way. Rathvon said
Guggino did not own the property at the time, but he
requested to leave the fence on the right of way.
The city's regulations, however, prohibit such.
"I don't see how we as a commission can go against
our ordinances," said Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick.
"It's a very inexpensive thing to move this fence,"
said Quam. "I don't see any reason not to deny his
That was echoed by Toilette, who said, "If it's the
ordinance that says no fence shall be, then no fence
In her report to the commission, Barford said city
hall repairs would be completed in early June.
"It's great to have this behind us," Barford said.
The commission approved the transfer of $41,537
in a reserve fund to the city hall restoration fund for
the mold and asbestos remediation work that has taken
This week and next, the city plans to clean and
move office equipment from temporary offices at Cros-
spointe Fellowship to city hall.
In other business, the commission:
Approved spending $9,275 for repairs near a
pedestrian bridge at the LaVista Inlet.
Approved an agreement to house post-disaster
operations in a building on the Manatee Community
College campus. MCC invited the three Island city
shares to share space for coordinating government
operations during a disaster recovery period.
The Rev. Charlie Shook celebrates his 79th birthday during a mid-May surprise party thrown by wife Lois
Finley at their Anna Maria home and attended by dozens of guests many of whom read poems they dedicated
to Shook. Shook has served as an officiant at Island weddings for more than a decade.
Anna Maria holds off
on home day-care rule
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 30, 2007 0 A-5
Island Players celebrate another season
By Lisa Neff
The Island Players concluded the 58th season with some
dinner theater dining, a touch of drama and some comedy.
The group hosted its annual banquet May 25 at
the Bradenton Country Club in Bradenton with guests
including season ticket holders, board members, actors,
directors, producers, sponsors and a variety of volun-
teers who work in the house and behind the stage.
The evening included cocktails, a buffet dinner and
then an awards program.
In an emotional moment, with many diners standing
to applaud, Island Players board president Peggy Faarup
presented the Igo Award to Carol Cozan. The trophy
is given each year to the individual whose "unselfish
dedication and commitment of time and effort to the
Island Players is unsurpassed."
Faarup said Cozan has "devoted countless hours
to helping with practically everything at hand. There is
nothing that has been requested that has not been com-
pleted with thoughtfulness, care and expediency."
Faarup also presented an "honorary lifetime board"
award to Alice Doeden "for her dedication, c nI. i .' and
support of our theater for many, many years. She has
always been a champion of the Island Players."
Other award recipients who attended the banquet
included Brian James Dennis, Herbert Stump and James
Thaggard, who received awards for appearing in three
plays. The three-play honors also went to Anthony Bus-
ciglio and Richard Schubel, who did not attend.
Bobbie Berger, Priscilla Boyd and JoAnn Murdoch
received awards for three seasons of service. Carolyn
Kopp and Maggi Wilkinson also earned the service Island Players board president Peggy Faarup, left, congratulates Carol Cozan after announcing Cozan had
awards this year. won the theater group's Igo Award May 25. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
New bell planned for Church of Annunciation
By Lisa Neff
The bell at the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation in Holmes Beach has kept Pat Geyer on
time for years.
"I just love it," the Holmes Beach city com-
missioner said of the bell, scheduled to ring three
times a day morning, noon and evening.
But during a May 22 meeting, the Rev. Harry
Parsell told Geyer and other city commissioners
that lately the bell at the Church of the Annuncia-
tion, 4408 Gulf Drive, hasn't been ringing like
"The controller for this bell is going awry,"
Parsell said. "It rings erratically."
That could cause people such as Geyer, who have
come to rely on the bell, to miss an appointment.
It could also lead to complaints about noise.
So Parsell, hoping to install a new system at the
church, sought and found support at Holmes Beach
The church plans to work with an Atlanta clock
"We would like to bring down a bell system and
install it," Parsell said. The new digital system would
allow the church to play a variety of musical pieces and
would have a timer, as well as a volume control.
"I would never imagine it louder than the existing
bell," Parsell said.
Parsell said the church would seek a permit
for the installation.
City attorney Patricia Petruff suggested looking
at the city's noise ordinance to see what provisions
it makes for bells. "It would be prudent," she said.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and city commis-
sioners told Parsell that if the ordinance contained
a hitch, they'd remedy the situation.
"We can make any changes we need to," Boh-
"I think church bells are part of the fabric of
the community," said City Commissioner John
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Prepare for worst, hope for best
Our "other" season starts later this week, and it's a
season that we hope produces no visitors to Anna Maria
The Atlantic Ocean hurricane season starts June
1 and runs through Nov. 30. Of course, that's just an
estimate we' ve already seen Tropical Storm Andrea
spin through the Atlantic before fizzling off Florida's
Islanders are a pretty savvy lot when it comes to
storms. We should be, what with the practice we have
had in the past few years, and after watching the dev-
astation that Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Katrina,
Rita and Wilma caused.
So we've figured out the part about batteries and
canned food and lots of water and hurricane shutters
and, most important, leaving the Island if evacuation
orders are issued.
We know by now that we should' t expect to return to
the Island any time soon if the "Big One" hits. We know to
find accommodating friends on the mainland rather than
endure the cramped confines and crabby companions at
a shelter in some school gym or church activity center.
But here are some things you may not have thought
about when it comes to storms.
We did a totally unscientific poll of a few folks on
what they should have in their hurricane kits. Some of
the results were impressive.
For example, have you thought of getting some
heavy work boots and gloves for after-storm cleanup?
The summation of the suggestion makes perfect
sense: What good are you going to be if, after the first
few minutes of picking up debris, you cut yourself on
nails or sharp metal edges so badly that you can't walk
or hold a shovel?
In the same vein, stock up on big, heavy-duty plas-
tic bags for debris. Get a lot, just in case the worst hap-
pens and you' ve got to bag a yard or houseful of scrap
for eventual removal.
Another thought was to get one of those DC/AC
converters that you can plug into the lighter of your
vehicle to power up a lamp, fan, small frig or TV (for
weather reports), or recharge a cell-phone.
There was also the suggestion of getting a heavy-
duty battery-powered screwdriver to make installing and
removing plywood easier. A lot easier. And get extra bat-
teries for your cleanup equipment and charge them. And
make sure you've got some extra bits and chucks.
Also in the mix are chainsaws and generators. Yeah,
they can both be dangerous, but if carefully used they make
things a lot more comfortable in a post-hurricane world.
We hope you don't need any of our advice for
the "other" season but, please, keep it in mind
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SLICK By Egan
All roads and bridges have accidents and many
involve alcohol. More tax money spent on a new bridge
won't change that and I can't afford more or new taxes.
I like all kinds of trees and make no distinction
among them. With the recent report of carbon in the
air tripling in one year due to industry in China, we
need ALL the trees we can get. Start planting not chop-
I am against pedophiles in my neighborhood. I am
against pedophiles period. Perhaps we will soon have
a place for them at Guantanamo Bay? Let's hope.
The Sandbar Restaurant is great and so are the wed-
dings and the resulting tax revenue paid to the city.
The Nalleys are wasting more of our tax money. They
should get a life.
Are these issues really that complicated? I think
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria
More on bridge
There have been many opinions on what should
and should not be done about the safety of this [Anna
Maria Island] bridge, and I would like to offer mine to
Most cars that are built these days offer what's
referred to as crumple zones," meaning the vehicle
will crumple (in a wreck) to a certain point and then
stop, thus making the person/persons inside safer. This
is pretty common in most vehicles.
My opinion is this: Why not incorporate this exact
type of tc. 1hn ,1 ,_.' into making guardrails on bridges? I
realize it's not our fault that people are stupid enough to
drive drunk, but it is a problem that must be addressed.
If someone could design a guardrail that would resist
a high-speed impact and crumple up to a certain point
and then stop, think of the lives that could be saved.
If this type of tc.hni,1,,'.y seems as if it might be
too costly to develop, then think about the amount of
money that the DOT plans to spend on renovating the
Manatee Avenue bridge. They say that safety will not
be addressed in this "renovation" and that when com-
pleted the bridge will last another 20-30 years. How
many people will have to die during that time before
DOT decides to update its tc L hn< ,ll< 'y and put in better
For $10 million, I believe our taxpayer money
could be used to include much safer guardrails on this
bridge. If this idea about crumple-zones for guardrails
already exists, then why has it not been considered up
to this point for the Anna Maria Island Bridge? Haven't
enough people suffered already?
Ted S. Griffith, Holmes Beach
Remove guns, not trees
The Easter Sunday shooting at Coquina Beach has
had a negative response from our leaders. Rather than
solve the criminal problem, the law-abiding and tax-
paying citizens are being punished.
Much needed clean air and shade provided by Aus-
tralian pine trees have been taken away by the actions of
our entrusted leaders. Somehow, the problem remains
and the shade and clean air givers eliminated.
What is wrong with this picture?
Ines Norman, Bradenton Beach
'Keep Island beautiful'
Many thanks to The Islander for the wonderful cov-
erage of the tree plantings coordinated by Keep Mana-
tee Beautiful at three island locations on April 29.
Reporter/photographer Lisa Neff was at all three
ceremonies Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Anna
Maria and did a wonderful job capturing the essence
of this annual event. The full page color coverage of
these three tree plantings was beautiful to see when I
read the May 2 issue.
We appreciate the coverage and hope that it makes
more islanders aware of the positive efforts that are
being made to keep our island beautiful.
Dantia Gould, chairperson, Keep Manatee
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 30, 2007 0 A-7
By former Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney
Why is it called paste?
You' 11 recall, I trust, that I told you recently about
the trouble I've had selecting the proper roll of toilet
paper. You know my dilemma on whether I should buy
it in single rolls, double rolls-or now, triple rolls is a
choice, too. Plus, should it be mint flavored?
Anyway, I've settled that problem only to come
up with a brand new one when Wife Sarah sent me out
for toothpaste the other day. There on the shelf in CVS
was offered all sorts of paste varieties, each of which
had only one single thing in common all were called
Why, I can't imagine, because the only "paste" I put
in my mouth these days is the one that holds my upper
bridge to the roof of my mouth, and they call that stuff
When she herself does the toothpaste shopping,
she always comes back with either Crest or Colgate,
so I headed toward that area of the toothpaste aisle.
Believe it or not, there were two shelves of Crest -
each identified like providing "pro-health" or "minty
mouthwash," and "Scope extreme" and "plus white" to
name just a few choices. I almost settled on the "plus
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Maria Island churches, announced this week that three
$500 AID scholarship recipients have been named.
They are Kimberly Kuizon, a third-year student at
the University of Gainesville; Katie O'Neil, a Manatee
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white" since that's what we usually use toothpaste to
do to our teeth to the real ones anyway.
But then I noticed that Colgate on the shelf next
to Crest labeled one of its pastes "extra white." I
didn't know whether to buy plus or extra, so I looked
at the other Colgate boxes. There I came across "fresh"
and "cream mint." Since we were already using the
mint-flavored toilet paper I bought last week, that
seemed to me like the right choice.
At least it was until I saw that Colgate also offered
"luminous," "enamel strength" and a "maximum fresh"
variety. Then I wondered, is the latter better than the
Finally, I noticed that one I forget if it was
Colgate or Crest had paste in a box marked "total."
I skipped that, too, on the chance that the "total" might
have also included my "adhesive cream." So, I almost
decided to skip both of Wife Sarah's favorite brands
and, instead, choose from a couple of strange brands
that promised sensitive teeth, or another that assured
healthier gums. But neither of those others so much as
What really bothered me was that even though I
never had a problem returning things to stores, I wasn't
ready to chance having to be the first one ever to return
toothpaste if I didn't bring home her favorite.
Then I got an idea: If I took the toothpaste out of
the box that listed all those extras before I got home,
Wife Sarah would have no idea which it was since none
of the tubes themselves mention an\ Lthing but the brand
Maybe, I thought, I should just buy the new paper
strips on both toothpaste shelves that promised whiter
teeth in minutes with no paste involved. Instead, I just
went home and said that I forgot to stop for the tooth-
But all the way home, I thought about an old TV
toothpaste commercial that I remembered showed a
little boy using his toothbrush and telling his mother,
"Look Ma, no cavities." And I still wonder, how did
that kid's gums turn out without all that stuff that's in
today's pastes? Plus, are his teeth white or just cavity-
Anyway, thank heaven that these days I only have
to buy adhesive cream for my own mouth. No paste for
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Cortez Village Historical Society and the Cortez
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'Turtle talk' part of Island vocabulary
By Lisa Neff
His school year has ended, but Island vacationer Chris-
topher Nadire is still working on vocabulary lessons.
Christopher picked up from several Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch volunteers the definition of "false crawl" as
he walked on the beach in Anna Maria May 24.
"It's when the turtle comes up and goes back without
leaving the eggs," said the 10-year-old from Boise, Idaho.
Christopher said he's taking a keen interest in sea
turtles during his two-week vacation. The ancient crea-
tures aren't seen in his western hometown, but he's seen
Crush, the "totally awesome" sea turtle from "Finding
Nemo," who is one of the more popular attractions for
dudes and dudettes at Disney's Epcot Center.
"I think turtles are really cool, because they're like
dinosaurs. They were here a long time before people,"
The nesting season for female sea turtles began
May 1 and continues through Oct. 31.
As of May 28, members of the Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch had identified six nests and five false crawls,
according to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox.
There's a lingo that gets picked up during the nest-
ing season, and not just by AMITW walkers. Many
Island residents and visitors catch on and take part in
"The whole Island gets into turtle season," said
Mike Kammer of Anna Maria, who was sunning on
the beach May 24. "People really talk about it the
crawls and the nests and the hatchlings."
Asked for the season's buzz words, Kammer offered
nest, crawl, false crawl and loggerhead.
"Those are the sea turtles most common to the
Island," he said, referring to the loggerheads.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission offers a lengthier list of words and their defini-
tions for the season:
Crawl tracks and other signs left on a beach
by a sea turtle.
False crawl a crawl resulting from an aban-
doned nesting attempt.
Nest a crawl resulting from a nesting attempt
in which eggs are deposited.
Egg chamber the cavity excavated by the rear
flippers of a nesting turtle to deposit a clutch of eggs.
Primary body pit the excavation made by a turtle
on the beach just prior to di. .inll. the egg chamber.
Backstop the approximate 45-degree incline
made as rear flippers push the sand back during the
excavation of the primary body pit.
Secondary body pit an excavation made by a
nesting turtle using the front flippers following the egg
deposit. The work sprays sand over the primary body
pit and helps disguise the egg chamber.
Escarpment The perimeter of the secondary
body pit where the front flippers have cut a small cliff
into the sand.
Turtle nesting season
During sea turtle nesting and hatchling season,
which began May 1 and continues through Oct.
31, state officials, scientists and volunteers along
Florida's coastlines work to collect data and pro-
tect the animals. The turtles' protectors encourage
local residents and volunteers to follow a list of
Do remain quiet and observe from a dis-
tance if you encounter a nesting turtle.
Do shield or turn off outdoor lights visible
on the beach from May through October.
Do close drapes after dark.
Do fill in holes on the beach that may entrap
hatchlings on their way to the water.
Do place trash in its proper place.
Do remove beach chairs and other items
from the beach from sunrise to sunset.
A white egret greets
Olivia Caffrey, 14
months, and her father,
Joseph, on a visit to the
historic Anna Maria
City Pier May 15.
Olivia's mom, Stepha-
nie, looks on from the
shade of the City Pier
Restaurant. The family
-- -was vacationing from
-- Monrovia, Md. Islander
S- Photo: Lisa Neff
'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
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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-
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Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional photo labels are available at the newspaper
office or they may be copied.
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Piroska Planck captured the first weekly prize in
2005 for this photo of her grandson.
Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo
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tographers are those who derive less than 5 percent of their
income from photography.
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Jan. 1, 2007, are eligible. This allows for extended eligibility.
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each print, or listed similarly in the e-mail message along with the
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THE ISLANDER U MAY 30, 2007 U A-9
Holmes Beach navigates dock, sign issues
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach City Commission stayed its
course May 22, continuing to navigate through the
complicated matters of regulating docks in dead-end
canals and signs throughout the city.
Draft regulations regarding both docks and signs
will again be reviewed during additional workshops
"We are going to take a couple more sessions," said
Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens.
The proposed dock ordinance, now headed for a
seventh draft, seeks to resolve conflicts over mooring
areas and docks in the city's dead-end canals, providing
size restrictions, authorizing exemptions and allowing
for private-party agreements for trouble spots.
"You've got situations that are unique," city plan-
ning consultant Bill Brisson of LaRue Planning and
Management Services told commissioners. "This is
much more complex than most dock rights."
Much of the commission discussion May 22
involved a provision for private parties to enter agree-
ments on docks and proposed size restrictions.
Initially there was a consensus on the commission
that a time limit should be attached to the agreements
so an unhappy party had an exit.
But, on the advice of city attorney Patricia Petruff,
commissioners agreed last week to remove a time
"I think it would be hard going back every 10 or
15 years," Petruff said. "I'm fine with it running with
Commissioners did emphasize that they hoped pri-
vate parties would carefully consider agreements before
signing them, including deciding whether to affix an
Commissioners also agreed to require, in situations
where private-party agreements currently exist, revised
agreements executed after passage of the ordinance.
One specific set of docks continues to slow progress
on the ordinance seven docks in the canal between
71st and 72nd streets continue to be the subject of a
legal dispute and discussions before the city commis-
In the regulations Brisson proposed, the docks and
mooring rights for the canal would provide the two
parties on the outer edges, the McCalebs and the Neu-
mayes, with 15 feet, and the five parties in the middle,
the Lindahl, Damon, Moses, Corbett and Lowman par-
ties, with 8 feet, 10 inches.
Commissioner John Monetti asked whether the
configuration provided enough room for boaters.
Brisson and Petruff said the proposed measure-
ments are close to what already exists at the location.
Addressing the commission, an attorney for five of
the dock owners suggested creating seven equal spaces
and treating the site as an expansion basin rather than
a dead-end canal.
But another attorney, Keith Hope, representing the
McCalebs, objected to creating seven equal spaces and
endorsed Brisson's proposal.
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Dock-owner Jack Neumayer also endorsed Bris-
The commission also worked last week on pro-
posed sign regulations for the city, asking Brisson to
make two revisions to the draft document.
Pat Morton made the first request, asking Brisson
to provide an administrative process for local groups
to request permission to hang a banner to promote an
The proposed regulations set forth how a business
can obtain administrative approval for an event banner,
but don't offer the same for civic, church or education
groups, Morton said.
The second request came from Haas-Martens, who
asked for clarification on rules for temporary signs at
Commissioners have said they want to keep the
number of signs, as well as the size of signs, to a mini-
mum at work sites. They also don't want signs erected
when no work is taking place.
"I think we need some clarification," Haas-Martens
said, referring to that section in the draft document.
"If you have a sign on a piece of property, you better
be working on that piece of property," she added.
In other business last week, city commissioners:
Voted unanimously on a final reading of an ordi-
nance amending an ordinance regulating live-aboard
vessels to comply with a state law.
Voted unanimously on a final reading of an ordi-
nance changing the name of the occupational license
tax to the "business tax" to comply with a new state
Unanimously approved the reappointments of
Mark Kimball, Peter Ereg, Dave Moynihan, Russ Olson
and Robert Douglas to the board of adjustment.
Unanimously approved the reappointments of
Dan Hardy and Sean Murphy to the police retirement
Designated the mayor as the city official who
should talk with Florida Power & Light officials about
renewing a franchise agreement with the city.
The city attorney said negotiations on an agree-
ment were stuck, in part over FPL's push for a 30-year
agreement. "In this climate of deregulation, that's a
very, very long time," Petruff said.
The city commission's next meeting is scheduled
for Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Road work planned in Holmes Beach
By Lisa Neff
Some Holmes Beach streets and alleys are due to
get new coats.
"We're going to have 14 streets resurfaced," Sandy
Haas-Martens, chair of the city commission, said during
a May 22 meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall.
The commission last week authorized the mayor to
execute a $121,492.65 contract with Superior Asphalt
for road resurfacing work.
Locations due for asphalt resurfacing or patchwork
Marina Court from Marina Drive to the east
78th Street from Palm Drive to Gulf Drive.
Palm Drive from 78th Street to 73rd Street.
74th Street from Gulf Drive to the west end.
64th Street from Holmes Boulevard to Marina
52nd Street from Gulf Drive to the west end.
46th Street from the 100 block to the end.
39th Street from Gulf Drive to the west end.
Fourth Avenue from 39th Street to 35th Street.
36th Street from Gulf Drive to the west end.
28th Street alley from 28th Street to the south
Gulf Drive, a patch at 52nd Street.
Marina Drive, a patch in the 5400 block.
The costliest resurfacing would be the 1,154-foot
stretch on Palm Drive, according to the city public
L\c ly [street] on here is in dire straights,"
Commissioner Pat Morton said, referring to the list
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Haas-Martens said the asphalt crews would be "in
and out" quickly."
City officials also plan to seek bids on a project to
ease traffic congestion on the southern end of Marina
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger characterized the effort
as "street calming" and said the work, as well as storm-
water improvements in the area, would take place this
"For years I've had complaints the turn lanes are
not long enough," Bohnenberger said.
The mayor and city commissioners have endorsed
extending the left-hand turn lanes in the 5400 block of
The "street calming" work also involves adding a
sidewalk along the east side of Marina Drive near the
Wachovia Bank property.
An aspect of the plan troubled Commissioner David
Zaccagnino, who said the work didn't address difficul-
ties at the crosswalk from the Wachovia Bank parking
lot to the Island Shopping Center.
"We're not doing anything to make that crosswalk
better. There's nothing making the crosswalk more vis-
ible," said Zaccagnino, who said the "improvements"
will likely speed up traffic, causing more trouble for
pedestrians on Marina Drive.
Morton agreed that problems exist at the crosswalk.
"The drivers and the walkers are not working together,"
However, Morton questioned whether the city could
do an\ Lhing to improve the situation at a location where
city right of way is tight. "You can only educate people
so much," he said.
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Anna Maria OKs land map,
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria city commissioners last week read-
justed the vision set forth in a city plan for the future
and then voted to send their revisions to the state for a
The final unanimous vote May 21, taken at Holmes
Beach City Hall because of continuing repairs to Anna
Maria City Hall, was to send an updated and amended
comprehensive plan, including a future land-use map,
to the Florida Department of Community Affairs.
The vote came after testimony from the public,
clarification from city planning consultant Tony Arrant
and discussion among commissioners. At the end of
it all, before adjournment, Commission Chair John
Quam thanked all who participated in the project that
has taken several years.
Comment during the meeting pertained to goals,
objectives and policies pertaining to future land uses
and the future land-use map.
Citizens and commissioners basically focused on
three issues a provision setting a 27-foot height
restriction on commercial-zoned buildings; a plan-
ning and zoning board recommendation to designate
the vacant commercial land at Pine Avenue and North
Bay Boulevard as ROR (residential/office/retail); and
a request to update the future land-use map to show
property at Palmetto Avenue and Gulf Drive as ROR
rather than residential.
By meeting's end, the 27-foot height restriction on
commercial property had been removed from the plan,
the designation of the Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard
property had been returned to commercial and the prop-
erty at Palmetto and Gulf owned by former Commis-
sioner Linda Cramer remained residential.
It took nearly four hours to reach that end.
The 27-foot height restriction
The comprehensive plan, as recommended to the
commission by the planning and zoning board, stated,
"All commercial structures are limited to 27 feet in
height" 10 feet less than status quo for homes in
Mike Galati of Galati Yacht Sales argued against the
27-foot restriction, saying the limit would make new build-
ings cost-prohibitive and possibly uninsurable.
"The comprehensive plan is to protect the integrity
of the city," Galati said. "I don't think that's going to
protect the property rights of the commercial property
Sandbar Restaurant owner Ed Chiles also spoke
against the 27-foot limit. Chiles suggested that if the
plan limited residential property owners to such a height
"you'd have a hostile crowd here tonight."
"I just think it takes a lot of the incentive away from
doing business" in Anna Maria, property owner John
Cagnina said of the 27-foot limit.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick agreed, offering the
night's first motion to amend the document. She pro-
posed striking the 27-foot limit from the document. "It
is discriminatory," she said.
Commissioner Christine Tollette seconded the
motion, calling the limit unjust and an undo burden.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said he supported
the motion, provided the plan was amended to limit the
number of "usable" floors to two stories. He said the
27-foot limit seemed to put "an unnecessary burden on
the commercial," but he also expressed concern about
"intensity" of use.
Commissioner Duke Miller suggested also includ-
ing restrictions on the type of operation that can take
place on an upper floor, preferring professional and
retail operations to food and beverage sales.
After some confusion about how best to vote on the
three proposals, the commission approved Mattick's
motion. The commission then approved a motion lim-
iting commercial structures to two usable floors. But
Miller's motion to restrict the use of the upper floors
died for a lack of a second, prompting him to rescind
his "yes" vote to remove the 27-foot limit.
Pine Avenue, Bay Boulevard property
People familiar with the northwest corner of Pine
Avenue and Bay Boulevard know that there's a dusty
empty lot that occasionally gets used for parking, meet-
ups and Island festivals.
The property owners, LLB Realty, encouraged city
officials to support changing from commercial to ROR
the designation at the site so they could build a mixed-
"It preserves the village atmosphere," attorney Matt
Taylor, representing LLB Realty, said, encouraging the
commission to support the ROR designation on the
The planning and zoning board endorsed ROR, but
a majority of commissioners favored commercial.
Tollette expressed concern for mixing residential
and business at the location and encouraged a com-
And Woodland expressed concern for losing land
specifically reserved for commercial development.
"We don't have a lot of commercial property in the
city of Anna Maria," he said. "Those lots, they repre-
sent about 15 percent of the commercial property that
we have in the city. ... If we change, you are going to
lose that commercial and you are never going to get it
Quam also endorsed a commercial designation.
Mattick pushed for the ROR designation, arguing
that the lot likely would remain vacant otherwise.
Miller indicated early in the discussion he wasn't
sure how to vote, but at the close of arguments he
endorsed the ROR designation, which seemed more
likely to lead to development.
After Miller called the question, commissioners Toi-
lette, Quam and Woodland voted "yes" on a commer-
cial designation. Miller and Mattick were opposed.
At the corner of Palmetto Avenue and Gulf Drive
are lots 1 and 2, block 31. On the future land-use map
recommended to the commission, the lots are identi-
fied as residential. But property owner Linda Cramer
maintains that label is a longstanding mistake.
The property historically has been zoned commer-
cial, Cramer said, adding that due to a "scribner's error"
the property was identified as residential on a zoning
Cramer read a letter from former Anna Maria
Mayor Ray Simches stating that an error was made.
"Now," she urged the commission, "is the time to
correct the error on the future land-use map."
She presented a petition signed by 42 people sup-
porting the ROR designation. Others spoke on her
behalf at the meeting.
Ed Chiles said the ROR designation would help
promote the "boutique business" character in the neigh-
Another Chiles also urged the ROR designation.
"As I look at the map, you've got commercial across
the street. It seems logical that that be ROR down to the
corner there," Joe Chiles said, adding that he's "part of
four generations that have walked the streets of Anna
But the commission also heard from people who
wanted the property to be designated residential on the
"This was not a mistake," Palmetto Avenue resident
Robin Wall said of the residential designation. She said
maintaining the residential designation is "vital to the
character in our neighborhood."
Property owner Liane Bennati added that identify-
ing the property as ROR would conflict with the city's
goals in the comp plan.
When commissioners took their turn, Toilette pro-
posed designating the property ROR. She pointed to a
blown-up image of the future land-use map and said
the lots are "just hanging there."
She said mistakes have happened in Anna Maria
and that she believes one occurred involving the lots
"No one can convince me it was a good idea to
end the commercial in the middle of a block," she said.
"There was an error and an error has continued.... Why
can't we correct this one?"
PLEASE SEE COMP PLAN, NEXT PAGE
Gloria Dei hosts book group
A women's book study group will meet at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 31.
The group will spend eight weeks studying "The Harlot
by the Side of the Road, Forbidden Tales of the Bible."
To reserve a book or register a place in the group,
call 941-778-1813. The fee is $15.
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 10:15 a.m.
Monday, June 4, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
During the program, members will share their writ-
ings. For more information, call 941-778-7631.
Comp plan revisions OK'd
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10
Tollette made a motion to designate the lots as
ROR, but that motion died for lack of a second.
There was no public comment on other elements
of the plan, including goals, objectives and policies
pertaining to capital improvements, intergovernmental
coordination, recreational and open space, coastal and
conservation, infrastructure, housing and traffic circula-
The state will review the draft and send the docu-
ment back with recommendations, said Arrant.
In the meantime, city commissioners may come up
with another amendment to the document.
Toward the end of the May 21 meeting, Miller
proposed that citizens vote on future changes to the
"This is not a new notion," he said. "To name a few,
there is presently a citizen's initiative under way to put
on this November's ballot a state mandate requiring
voter approval of comp plan changes. Closer to home,
the voters of St. Pete Beach approved same via an
amendment to their city charter in the last election."
Miller said there are two ways to give citizens
a vote on comp plan changes adding the stipula-
tion to the plan presently before the commission or
asking voters if they want such a say in a referendum
Quam suggested the idea be "work-shopped" and
the rest of the board agreed.
/' Island's 'Little
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Island class of
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are ready to dance
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students ranging in
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Two students from Anna Maria Elementary School
will attend summer camp at Mote Marine Laboratory
courtesy of the Longboat Key Sea Turtle Watch.
The group sponsored Joely Hernandez, who will
enter the fourth-grade this fall, and Noah Conners, who
will enter the fifth-grade.
Turtle watch volunteer Lucinda Hathaway sug-
gested the sponsorhip. \ ly great nephews from Loxa-
hatchee have attended Mote summer camps numerous
times and loved it," said Hathaway. "I felt it would be
a great opportunity for the Longboat Key Sea Turtle
Watch to help two local kids benefit and enjoy a great
program in our backyard, where we so often forget to
A limited number of spaces remain open for Mote's
summer camp sessions. For more information, call 941-
388-4441, ext. 299.
Kathleen E. Joyce
Kathleen E. Joyce, 50, of Bradenton and formerly
Corry, Pa., died May 25 in Corry.
Mrs. Joyce was born in Corry.
Memorial services were in Corry May 29, and
funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. May 30 at
Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry. Other
memorial services will be held in Phoenixville, Pa., and
Bradenton in June at dates and times to be announced
later. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, PO. Box 253, Anna
Maria FL 34216, or to St. Mary's Franciscan Shelter
for Homeless Families, 209 Emmett St., Phoenixville
She is survived by husband Daniel L.; son Kevin;
sisters Janet Armstrong and husband James, Betsy
McIntyre and husband David, and Vicki Anderson and
husband Jamie; brothers William Hajec, David Hajec
and wife Julie, and Gary Hajec and wife Linda; mother
Dorothy A. Neff Hajec Thompson of Corry; and 12
nieces and nephews.
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Restoration returns wild to Robinson Preserve
By Lisa Neff
Water flows, trickles, pools and swirls where it once
Charlie Hunsicker points out the stream, the pond,
the lakes, the bayou, and the bay as, excited and ener-
gized, he conducts a small tour of Robinson Preserve.
He likens the manner in which the saltwater runs
through the northwestern Manatee County preserve to
the way blood courses through a body.
The saltwater, here and there mingling with fresh, is
Robinson's lifeblood. "It's life-giving," says Hunsicker,
the director of Manatee County Conservation Lands
The 480-acre preserve is surrounded on three
sides by water bodies Tampa Bay, Perico Bayou
and Palma Sola Bay. It is one of the last remaining
undeveloped waterfront properties in the county, res-
cued from a future as a golf course. Hunsicker can even
point out what could have been the fairway to the fifth
Development plans called for the construction of
about 400 homes and the golf course when county
officials invited landowner Bill Robinson to sell to the
government. The land was appraised at $17 million, but
the parties negotiated a sale at $10 million, including
$6 million from a state grant.
Additional money from a variety of sources was
invested in the restoration project, necessary because
the land had been used for farming row crops as far
back as the 1920s and then lay uncultivated, open
to an invasion of exotic plants.
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This would have been the fifth hole if Robinson Preserve had been a golf course rather than purchased by
Manatee County for conservation land. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
"Our goal has been to return this land to the land-
scape that it was before it was agricultural," Hunsicker
says. "We don't need to recreate. We need to refur-
The entrance to Robinson is located on 99th Street
Northwest in Bradenton, not far from the Palma Sola
Botanical Park. An Islander could drive west on Mana-
tee Avenue, head north on 75th Street, then east on 17th
Avenue Northwest to the entrance. It is marked by a
gate and distinguished by a massive coconut palm tree
and signs identifying the partners in the habitat restora-
tion project Manatee County, Florida Department
PLEASE SEE ROBINSON, NEXT PAGE
A view with a bridge in Robinson Preserve.
The county installed a number of wooden bridges on the property for several
reasons to elevate foot traffic over water and wetlands, to provide access
for utility trucks and for the occasional fisher winged or otherwise.
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For information on upcoming Robinson
Preserve tours or to volunteer for plantings, call
Melissa Cain, the volunteer and education coor-
dinator for Manatee County's conservation lands
management department, at 941-748-4501, ext.
4605, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
of Environmental Protection, Southwest Florida Water
Management District, Manasota Basin Board, Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
At the gate, there's activity in the trees a downy
woodpecker, a pileated woodpecker, warblers and
Before the morning's mildness turns to midday
heat, Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore
and conservation lands management volunteer and
education coordinator Melissa Cain join Hunsicker
to review the preserve, which will be closed to motor
"It's going to be walking and bicycling," Hunsicker
The first visit is a place in the northeast section of
the preserve, where a pond serves to treat stormwater,
helping handle runoff for a nearby residential neighbor-
Three double-breasted comorants fish in the pond
and, later, two ducks join for a swim.
Cain is reminded that one day she saw a flock of
the dark comorants on the preserve, an unusual site.
But seeing wildlife or signs of such on the preserve is
'There are more than 180 bird species," she says.
The preserve is also home or range for foxes,
coyote, turtles, bobolinks and snakes. Seasonally, a pair
of bald eagles reside in the preserve, their nest high in
a tree on the west side of the preserve.
Throughout the tour, the group observes snowy
egrets, blue herons, wood storks, but is denied the
opportunity to see the roseate spoonbills spotted in the
Manatee County's director of conservation lands management, Charlie Hunsicker, and Manatee County Com-
missioner Carol Whitmore watch the flow of water from Tampa Bay through Robinson Preserve.
The landscape marsh, uplands and prairie -
consists of a blend of old and new plants. Hunsicker
estimates the preserve has "hundreds of thousands" of
new plants, some purchased, some donated.
Some plants are small and some brown. Some,
Hunsicker acknowledges, won't survive.
"This is the hardest drought since the records
began," he says in late May, with the official National
Weather Service gauge still showing zero rainfall for
the month. "It's a challenge in this environment for new
plants to grow. We'll lose some and we'll have some
Still, many plants, especially the palms and the
mangroves, seem healthy and plentiful.
'This ridge here was constructed by farmers who
wanted to keep the saltwater out of the farm," Hunsicker
says. "And here, see how the mangroves are leaning,
pulling. The Australian pines were here, pushing the
So workers removed most Australian pines.
At one point along the tour, Hunsicker pauses to
point to the south of our path, toward a tangle of dry,
dull brown branches and bare dirt. "Look at the dead
zone that was underneath those trees," he says.
Then he points to the north, to a field colored almost
chartreuse green it's the bright, neon-like color of
new plants emerging from the ground. \\ iIh 'oI Aus-
tralian pines, this is what Mother Nature provides.
That," he says, "is why I'm confident we're doing right
in coastal restoration. We've taken the pines out and
brought light in."
In the restoration, the ridge and other water bar-
riers were removed so the saltwater could nourish the
"This is bringing life seed, food, forage, all
PLEASE SEE ROBINSON, NEXT PAGE
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manner of things into what was empty field," Hunsicker
says of the water.
From a wooden bridge, Hunsicker and Whitmore
catch glimpses of fish swimming along a line of red,
black and white mangroves.
"It's so beautiful here," Whitmore says. "I just want
Hunsicker says the curve in the bridge is intended
to provide a sense that the hiker is on a journey and
create uncertainty about what's ahead.
Past the curve lies a broad path to the shore of
Tampa Bay. Hunsicker stops beside a black mangrove.
"This mangrove here is ancient," he says. "You can
almost measure catastrophic events in the breaks in the ,.
trees. They are like ancient storytellers."
In addition to restoring the habitat, Robinson
includes some man-made amenities.
Two rescued old buildings will be brought to the
property from Palmetto via barges an 1890s Victo-
rian home to house a visitor' s center and another home
for a ranger's residence, Whitmore says.
"We want to have a [human] presence at our larger
parks," Hunsicker explains. To the casual observer, the color palette in Robinson might seem limited to blue and green, but upon closer
Plans also call for a campground that includes scrutiny one sees the many variations in those colors, as well as the whites, yellows, oranges and browns in the
space for 12 primitive sites for tents. On a map of the native plantings.
preserve, white crosshatch marks designate the camp-
ground. On the preserve, each camp site is home to a
The preserve also features four bridges, some of
them designed to keep foot traffic off wetlands and out
of water, some designed to provide access for utility
vehicles Florida Power & Light worked with the
county to put electrical wiring underground through
The map shows the bridges, as well as the site of a
40-foot observation tower, an observation deck, a paved
path connecting to Manatee Avenue on the southern
edge of the preserve, shell roads and the location of
artificial reefs in the lake created by the return of water
to the land.
"Any lake has to have structure," Hunsicker says.
"We had no structure. It was as featureless as a bath-
tub." So workers recycled the Australian pines, sinking
the trees to create the artificial reefs for marine habi-
In the future, Robinson Preserve will be adjacent
to a golf course. The developers are working with
the county to make sure there's a screen, Whitmore J
says. "It' s public and private working in a relationship -
here." i .
"I can't think of a better partner," Hunsicker adds. .
"Come back in two years and ask the wood stork, he y .J ,
won't be able to see the difference." Robinson Preserve's population includes a variety of wading birds and water birds, as well as critters such as
PLEASE SEE ROBINSON, NEXT PAGE fox and coyote, and a variety of saltwater fish such as snook and mullet.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
May 18, 500 block Magnolia Avenue, attempted
burglary. The complainant said someone removed a
window screen in the garage area to gain access to the
residence, but no sign of entry was evident.
May 14, 2100 block of Avenue B, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his bicycle.
May 17, 2600 block Gulf Drive, unregistered vehi-
cle, driving with suspended/revoked driver's license.
Officers observed a vehicle driving erratically and,
after stopping the vehicle, determined that the male
driver had a suspended license, the license plate was not
assigned to the vehicle and the car was not registered.
He was arrested.
May 19, Coquina Beach, drugs. During a routine
traffic stop, officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana
from the vehicle and, after a search, charged Dustin
John Barter, 19, of Bradenton, with possession of a
controlled substance, marijuana.
May 19, Coquina Beach, burglary. The complainant
said someone entered his vehicle and stole his wallet.
May 20, Cortez Beach, disorderly intoxication.
Officers responded to the 600 block of Cortez Beach
after an altercation on the beach regarding a man's hat.
Witnesses confirmed that an altercation between two
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
A tabloid-size map of Manatee County identifies
the county-managed preserves 26,003.3 acres from
Leffis Key on Anna Maria Island to Duette Preserve
near the Hardee County border. In west Manatee,
the map shows the 19-acre Leffis Key in Bradenton
Beach; the 480-acre Robinson Preserve, the 120-acre
Neal Preserve on the south side of Manatee Avenue
across from the SevenShores Perico Island develop-
ment; the 20.7-acre Geraldson's Community Farm
southeast of Robinson and the 11.7-acre Riverview
Pointe Park near DeSoto National Memorial. The
county also recently purchased 231 acres on Perico
Island from Hayden Lane 1 Ltd.
Hunsicker says the county did not have a plan tar-
geting each of the properties for acquisition. Rather,
they were acquired as opportunity arose. But there is a
grand scheme in the conservation lands management
"The goal," Hunsicker says, "is to re-strike the bal-
ance that Tampa Bay has enjoyed between development
and nature, to keep in mind a tapestry of uses."
Robinson, he says, could open to the public as early
as August, provided tax reforms at the state level or
changes at the county level don't impact funding.
Already Cain is conducting tours by appointment.
'There's been an outpouring of interest," she says.
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May 21, Coquina Beach, drugs. Officers noticed
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After a search of the vehicle, officers determined that
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May 22, 400 block 22nd Place, burglary. The
complainant said someone took his bicycle from his
May 22, Cortez Beach, theft. The complainant said
that while he was snorkeling in the Gulf, he observed
four people take miscellaneous gear from his beach
area, including sunglasses and swim masks.
May 19, 4200 block Gulf Drive, driver's license.
During a routine traffic stop, officers determined the
driver did not have a driver's license and he was
arrested and taken to jail.
May 19, 600 block Key Royale Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took a host of items from
his boat overnight, including GPS units, depth finders,
anchors and stereos.
May 19, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
warrant. Officers said two men in a vehicle were
observed putting something on the floor of vehicle and,
according to the report, discovered open cans of beer in
the vehicle. Upon a record check, one of the men was
found to have a warrant for his arrest and he was taken
May 22, 2900 block Avenue B, trespass. The
complainant said that her husband's ex-wife, who
had a trespass warning issued, was observed leaving
the complainant's home. She had left the area when
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Calling all WWII veterans
Now that summer is almost upon us, many Island
residents have headed back north to cooler climates,
including many World War II veterans.
Although I've been writing the WWII veteran sto-
ries for the past four years in the bi-weekly "Greatest
Generation" column, there are still veterans out there
that I haven't been able to reach, including some who
are year-round residents.
If you are a WWII veteran or have a friend who is
a WWII veteran who has not had his story printed in
The Islander, please contact me at 941-778-7978.
This is a fraternity that is not accepting new mem-
bers, and I believe every veteran of the war has a story
to tell, whether he was a cook stateside, or a combat
veteran of the frontlines in Europe or the Pacific.
Some veterans have expressed a reluctance to tell
their story, saying it's something that they've tried to
I understand that. My father was a WWII veteran
and spoke very little about his experiences. I'm also
a veteran, although my war was 20 years later in the
jungles of southeast Asia.
The point is simply to have your story told so that
you can give something personal of yourself to your
children, grandchildren and great-grandkids. It is your
The columns are not written to glorify war or those
who wore a uniform during the conflict, but simply to
tell the story of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
I look forward to meeting and talking with each and
every member of "The Greatest Generation."
Again, please call me at 941-778-7978. I'll be on
vacation for two weeks, so please leave your name and
telephone number with the front office and I'll call you
as soon as I return.
Holmes Beach chief to
chair justice commission
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
recently was elected to chair the Florida Crim-
inal Justice Standards and Training Commis-
Romine was appointed to the commis-
sion in August 2002 by then Gov. Jeb Bush.
Bush reappointed Romine to the commission
in October 2006.
For more information about the commission,
go to www.fdle.state.fl.us/cjst/commission.
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any allied
country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear from
you. Please call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
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Anna Maria Elementary test results released
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores
in reading and math for Anna Maria Elementary School
fourth- and fifth-graders were released just days before
summer vacation began.
In fourth-grade at AME, 83 percent of students
taking the FCAT achieved a proficiency level in reading
and 85 percent achieved proficiency levels in math.
AME students still rank above district and state
results. Districtwide in Manatee County, 65 percent of
fourth-graders achieved a proficiency level in reading,
and 63 percent in math.
Fifth-grade students at AME took the FCAT read-
ing and math tests as well as a science test.
In reading, 88 percent of AME fifth-graders scored
3 or above, as opposed to 70 percent districtwide. In
math, the percentile dropped to 72 percent of AME
fifth-graders achieving a 3 or greater, although the score
is still well above the district average at 55 percent.
AME fifth-graders also took the science portion of
the FCAT. At AME, 61 percent of fifth-graders achieved
a level 3 or above.
Manatee districtwide scores in reading, math and
science trailed state averages in fourth- and fifth-
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Free-roaming felines find Island friends
By Lisa Neff
She's known at one address as "Impatience"
because she gets so hungry.
But the blue-eyed cat with white-and-brown fur
has other lives. Residents in the Anna Maria neighbor-
hood where the cat hangs out call her "Baby," "Blue,"
"Marple," "Lolly," "Rosie" and "Mother." She finds
that residents offer her food and water, the shade in
their yard and an occasional back scratch.
Impatience is one of the Island's free-roaming
felines and she reflects a growing trend in aiding such
cats the notch in Impatience's left ear suggests she
was trapped, neutered and released.
TNR is an increasingly popular way of taking care
of homeless cats here, in Manatee County and across
Estimates vary widely on the number of free-roam-
ing cats in the area one puts Sarasota County's popu-
lation at 80,000 and another puts Manatee County's
population at 50,000. One cat colony in the historic
village of Cortez consists of about 100 cats, according
to Lindalee Anderson, who works with the Gulf Shore
A bite to eat, a friendly pet
When Vicky Dunn and her husband rented their
home in Anna Maria last year, they also accepted
responsibility for taking care of occasional back-yard
"These are my babies," Dunn said, referring to two
free-roaming felines lounging on a hot afternoon in her
shady yard. One cat only slightly stirs as she sleeps
under a chair in the gazebo. Another, a tad overweight,
stretches and steps out of the outdoor shower to look
for a treat.
These are the real "fat cats" of Anna Maria, Dunn
said. "Don't let anybody tell you otherwise."
In the morning, the cats will be waiting outside her
side door for breakfast.
"I'm really glad that they are here," said Dunn,
adding that knowing the hungry cats are waiting in the
darkness helps her rise each morning.
In Holmes Beach, resident Stacie Suttles said the
neighborhood cats she cares for are an integral part of
her life as well.
"They provide me companionship," said Suttles.
"They have their own personalities."
Suttles has two indoor cats Groucho and Ophelia
- who were rescued from Sarasota. In addition, she
feeds seven outdoor cats. "It helps me get out of the
house," she said. "It gives me a feeling that I am doing
The outdoor cats are the last of a colony that Suttles
helped trap, spay or neuter and release with the help of
the Gulf Shore Animal League.
"When I first moved here, I didn't know about
TNR. I was putting food down for the cats and I started
getting kittens every couple of months," said Suttles.
"Basically, TNR stops the cycle. It helps lower the
Trap, neuter, release
TNR programs involve trapping, evaluating, vacci-
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A stray cat formerly known as Romeo a she, not a he takes a walk. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
nating and neutering cats. Kittens are placed into adop-
tion and adults are returned to their home territory.
"Obviously the animals are returned in better shape
than when they were picked up," said Anderson, who
has been involved in animal welfare work for years.
The Gulf Shore Animal League is at the forefront
of the effort to promote TNR programs in the area.
In Sarasota County, it is against the law to trap and
release a feral cat or dog and the Samaritans who feed
such animals for more than five consecutive days are
considered their owners and may be fined for letting
them roam free.
In Manatee County, GSAL worked with county
commissioners, animal services and other animal wel-
fare groups to adopt an ordinance legalizing TNR.
"We are way out in front of a lot of other coun-
ties in Florida," Anderson said, referring to Manatee's
TNR ordinance. "We can legally do this. Now others
are looking at our ordinance very closely. I hope they
have lots of success."
GSAL is coordinating its work with the Manatee
County Humane Society, with GSAL handling the TNR
program and the humane society working to find homes
for the kittens.
"I feel better when I've been out trapping 'til mid-
night," said Anderson.
A good home
While TNR may help control the homeless cat pop-
ulation, adoption in good homes remains the best life
for cats, agree many in the animal protection field.
The Humane Society of the United States and the
American Humane Association have partnered with
the American Bird Conservancy on Cats Indoors!, "a
campaign for safer birds and cats."
The groups maintain that cats live longer, better
lives indoors and birds live longer, better lives when
cats are indoors.
The threats to domestic cats outdoors are numerous
-cars, other animals, human cruelty, disease, para-
sites, poison and traps.
For more than three decades, Henry and Catherine
Stevens have been caring for free-roaming cats that pass
by their home on North Shore Drive in Anna Maria.
"They are what I call 'streetwise,'" Catherine Ste-
vens said. "They have a society. They have a pecking
order. They have a culture."
"I know a lot of people don't like these cats. We try
to keep them alive," said Henry Stevens, a retired vet-
erinarian. "We like animals and we do what we can."
When they can, the Stevens find homes for the
"We can see that some of them, with proper atten-
tion, could make good pets," Henry Stevens said.
"They're entitled to a good home," Catherine Ste-
The Stevens also do their best to see that the females
are neutered in partnership with Dr. William Bystrom
at the Island Animal Clinic in Holmes Beach.
"We couldn't do it without him," Henry Stevens
To bring a cat to the clinic, the Stevens first need to
gain its trust. They put food in a carrier and eventually
they can close the door and take the captured cat to the
clinic, where Henry performs the surgery.
These days the Stevens see fewer homeless cats
than a few years ago. Stacie Suttles also sees fewer
free-roaming cats, as does Bystrom.
The vet recalled two decades ago that the free-
roaming population was so large a fishing net could be
used for trapping the cats.
"Oh yes, there used to be a lot more," Bystrom said.
"But over the years, they've been spayed or neutered
and gradually the number has gone down."
Anna Maria resident Vicky Dunn pets a back-yard visitor. Dunn is
part of an informal network of Islanders who care for free-roaming
cats. "These are my babies," she says, referring to two regular
THE ISLANDER U MAY 30, 2007 U A-21
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Anna Maria Elementary's fifth-graders marked the
end of the 2006-07 school year with the presentation of
the class, an awards assembly and some fun-time on the
The following honors were presented last week:
All A's and B's
Davis class: Shayna Danziger, Madison Kane, Gussie
Lardas, Kelly Stewart.
Goens class: Alyssa Bosch, Joel Hart, Nick Papazian,
Kinnan class: Chelsea Burgess, Leah Spann, Arianna
Collins, Jarrett Tsai, Sarah Porterfield, Max Miller, Johnny
Mattay, Mackenzie Cates, Gabby Fenton.
Davis class: Hunter Parrish, Chelsea Perez, Olivia
Roemer, Jennifer Walstad.
Goens class: William Hellem-Brusso, Noell Niemann,
Kinnan class: Max Moneuse.
Davis class: Chelsea Perez, Hunter Parrish, Jamie
Goens class: Denver Hardy, Jessica Bouchard, Anthea
Kinnan class: Max Moneuse, Gabby Fenton, Jarrett
Tsai, Johnny Mattay, Sam Azmi.
Davis class: Sam Albon, Hunter Parrish, Chelsea
Goens class: Alyssa Bosch, Andrew Crowton, Denver
Hardy, Kim Huston.
Kinnan class: Gabby Fenton, Johnny Mattay, Jarrett
Sons of the American Revolution outstanding citizen-
ship awards: Max Moneuse, Kim Huston.
Rotary Service Above Self: Sam Albon.
Davis class: Chelsea Perez and Hunter Parrish (Citi-
zenship) Lexi Achor (Most Improved), Olivia Roemer
(Reading), Luke Shackelford (Personal Success).
Goens class: Olivia Brodeur and Nick Papazian
(Citizenship), Payton Hinton and Andrew Crowton (Most
Improved), Travis Belsito (Writing), Geno Sperotto and
Kaylee Harrop (Helpful).
Kinnan class: Brooke Cobb, Max Moneuse, Gabby
Fenton, Chelsea Burgess, Max Miller (Citizenship).
Tropicana/4-H Speech Awards
Davis class: Jennifer Walstad, Shayna Danziger, Grant
Goens class: Anthea Rokop, William Hellem-Brusso,
Kinnan class: Shannon Kemper, Reina Glavan, Max
Leadership Team Awards: Derrick Allen, Jonah
Caster, Jamie Meisch, Luke Shackelford, Sam Azmi,
Jerry Mayer (USA Flag Team); Sam Albon, Cole
Banyas, Jarrett Tsai, Nick Papazian, Brennan Gal-
lagher, Bradley Hanson, Max Miller, William Hellem-
Brusso (X-Tech); Jessica Bouchard, Olivia Brodeur,
Brooke Cobb, Gabby Fenton, Leah Spann (Peace Pole
Flag Team); Sam Albon, Hunter Parrish, Kim Huston,
Madison Kane, Chelsea Perez, Olivia Roemer, Taylor
Smith, Shayna Danziger, Reina Glavan, Kyla Nipper,
Gussie Lardas, Noell Niemann, Alyssa Bosch (Safety
Patrol); Grant Bower, Arianna Collins, Anthrea Rokop,
Kelly Stewart, Jennifer Walstad, Rachel Webb, Lexi
Achor, Lee Bergeron, Payton Hinton (Tour Guides);
Dina Gomez, Max Moneuse, Johnny Mattay, Andrew
Crowton, Kaylee Harrop, Sarah Porterfield, Garrison
Clark, Shannon Kemper, Max Moneuse, Caleb Bell,
Samantha Latimer, Travis Belsito, William Hellem-
Brusso, Mackenzie Cates, Joel Hart, Chelsea Burgess,
Denver Hardy (Special Projects).
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By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach shop
Rumors overheard that the whim-
sical Garden Hut, 5337 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will close are not true
- it is for sale.
The business, located in a leased
space at the corner of Gulf Drive and
Holmes Boulevard in Holmes Beach's
commercial district, is listed with
Longview Realty of Longboat Key.
The listed sale price for the busi-
ness and the inventory of outdoor and
indoor decor is $79,000.
The listing states, "It is still a young
- and growing business, popular
with residents and tourists alike, and is
already making money. But for personal
reasons, the owner must sell."
Business owner Darlene McNa-
mara declined to discuss details with
cottage opens in
Jan Nelson, whose rustic cottage
furniture was featured at the former Gin-
nie's Antiques and Art in Holmes Beach,
has opened the Rusty Cricket Coastal
City Cottage in downtown Bradenton.
The shop, 615 15th St. W., is located
in the first floor of an old home and fea-
tures furniture, household items and
moved its offices
from Mana- aB :
tee Avenue in I
to 501 Pine
Ave. in Anna E
Jon Kent and
man will staff the
office. For more i t
information, call : D
For the birds, the business
Islander Mark Wayman has opened Island Kayak Tours in Holmes Beach to guide
people to and through Anna Maria Island's natural offerings. Wayman will offer
instruction in kayaking and education about the Island habitat as explorers visit
mangrove trails, shallows and beaches. To reach Wayman, e-mail islandkayak-
email@example.com, or call 941-592-8869. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
The store is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Saturdays, and 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 941-745-
Boat captain dabbles
Capt. Thorn Smith, known for
dropping a lure from time to time and
carrying charter customers to hot fishing
spots, also likes to dabble in collecting
vintage fishing tackle and retro rods and
Smith, of Flats Lady Charters and
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Florida Antique Tackle Collectors Club
and has an enthusiasm for vintage bait
casting reels and antique lures.
"Most of the reels I collect are ones
that just caught my eye. They range from
120 years old to about 30 years old,"
he said. "A lot of what we call 'knuckle
While many collectors concentrate
on a single manufacturer, Smith's col-
lection is diverse.
"Early reels were mainly manufac-
tured up north, in states like New York,
Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan and Ken-
tucky. Some by dentists, jewelers and
watchmakers I guess for their atten-
tion to detail and precision," Smith said.
"Later on, Florida became known for
some quality reels, being made in both
St. Petersburg and Miami. I'm always
ready to talk about some of those oldies
but goodies that may be around."
To reach Smith, call 941-776-1187.
small business week
The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St.
Armands Key Chamber of Commerce
will observe Small Business Week June
4-7 with a series of no-charge semi-
The agenda includes a seminar
Monday, June 4, on "Nl,kakmng Word
of Mouth Marketing Work, Increase
Revenue and Profits Using Merchant
Services and Estate Planning Issues"
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the cham-
ber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
On Tuesday, June 5, the chamber
explores "Chamber 101 and The Art
of Gathering Referrals" from 10 a.m.
to noon at the Longboat Key Club and
Resort's Harbourside Dining Room,
Also on Tuesday, June 5, there's a
seminar on "Search Engine Optimiza-
tion" from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Long
boat Key Club and Resort's Harbourside
Dining Room, Longboat Key.
Two seminars will take place
Wednesday, June 6 "Your No. 1
Business Problem: Finding and Keep-
ing Great Employees" from 10 a.m. to
noon at the Longboat Key Club and
Resort's Harbourside Dining Room,
and "Publicity: How to Hook the
Media" from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the
For more information about the
programs, call 941-383-2466, or e-mail
kheintz@ longboatkeychamber. com.
Mike Norman Realty, 3101 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, congratulates
Rolando Rubi, who was the group's
top producer in May in both listings and
sales. For more information, call 941-
Island real estate
220 84th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,721
sfla / 2,435 sfur 3bed/212bath/2car pool
home built in 1971 on a 83x100 lot
was sold 05/10/07, Divita to Fish for
$595,000; list $599,000.
101 Gull Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,390
sfla / 1,957 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar canal-
front home built in 1972 on a 10,193 sf
lot was sold 05/09/07, Piech to Mclean
for $532,500; list $599,000.
110 12th St. S., Unit 122, Gulf to
Bay Moorings, Bradenton Beach, a 896
sfla / 1,046 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built
in 1982 was sold 05/10/07, White to
Touchton for $417,200; list $489,000.
509 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a
1,092 sfla / 1,549 sfur 2bed/2bath home
built in 1985 on a 52x145 lot was sold
05/10/07, Ramsey to Loudermilk for
6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 154, West-
bay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a
1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
built in 1978 was sold 05/10/07, Rariden
to Ramsey for $315,000; list $355,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
Current Island real estate transac-
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The work of high school
senior Justin Oaksford is I
on display at the Artists
Guild of Anna Maria I
Island Guild Gallery
throughout May. Oaksford
is a student at Palmetto
High School studying art
with teacher Daniel Wolfe.
His pencil drawing Still
Life #1 is on display at
the gallery. The graduat-
ing senior was welcomed
to the Guild Gallery by ,
AGAMI president .Nii, ley
O'Day. For more infor-
mation about AGAMI,
call 941-778-6694. The
gallery is located in the
Island ./i ,irjm, Center,
5413 Marina Drive,
In the class of 2007
Island residents Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas M. Bucci announce
the graduation of their
daughter Kristen Elizabeth
from Manatee High School.
She graduated in a ceremony
May 26 at 7p.m. at Hawk-
ins Stadium and plans to go
forward with her education at
Sante Fe Community College
and the University of Florida.
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going toward her master's degree in Spanish: Latin
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Awards ceremonies wind up AMI youth baseball
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Little League officially
ended its 2007 baseball season at a May 22 awards
presentation. All players were awarded participatory
trophies, while the AAA division awarded pitching
honors to each team's top pitcher.
League champion Morgan Stanley honored Joel
Hart as its top pitcher; second-place Duncan Real Estate
honored Christian Pettit; and West Manatee Fire Dis-
trict honored Philip Dudevoire.
Next week, look for awards for the AMILL major
division and Junior League teams.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club's men teed it up for an
18-hole, better-ball-of-partners tournament on May
23. The team of Vince Fanton and John Sagert fired a
9-under-par 55 to earn clubhouse bl,''in_' rights for
the day. Two shots back in second place was the team
of Bob Kral and John Heiselman with a score of 57.
Third place went to the team of Chris Collins and Bob
Kelley with a 4-under 60.
On May 21, the men played a nine-hole, individual-
low-net-score tournament that saw Earl Ritchie fire a
4-under-par 28. Two shots back in second place were
Dan Hayes and John Sagert, who both fired 2-under-par
30s. Don Ledford, Fred Meyer and Chuck Reed tied for
third place with scores of 31, while John Heiselman,
Bob Jorgensen and Vince Fanton each matched par to
finish in a tie for fourth place.
The May 18 coed tournament saw the team of Jane
Winegarden, Dorothy McKinna, Chet Hutton and Jim
Proxy combine to shoot a 136 to win the low-team
net-score tournament. Second place went to the team
of Jeanette Cashman, Frankie Smith-Williams, Fred
Meyer and Mike Selby with a score of 139.
Three teams emerged with unbeaten records from
the eight that entered pool-play action May 19 at the
horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall
Tom Rhodes and Sam Samuels held off the team
of Bill Starrett and John Johnson by a 22-15 score to
advance to the finals. Waiting to play was the team
of Doug Yox and Norm Good. Good set the tone of
the match early when he topped off a single ringer by
Rhodes with a double ringer of his own. The two teams
battled back and forth with Yox and Good prevailing
by a 23-17 score.
The May 23 competition saw John Johnson and
Hank Huyghe craft the only perfect 3-0 pool-play
record to win the games outright.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Youth football tryouts this week
The next sport up for girls and boys, ages 5-16,
is NFL Flag Football. Registration to play ended last
week, and this week there will be a mandatory tryout
for all registered players at the Holmes Beach field on
Wednesday, May 30.
The sport is offered by the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center and all games will be played at Holmes
Beach City Hall fields Monday-Friday.
Contact the Center at 941-778-1908 for more infor-
'Driven' basketball camp in August
AMICC is once again hosting its "Driven" basket-
ball camp for players ages 9-14. The camp, which will
Joel Hart is the top pitcher for 2007 Anna Maria
Island Little League Division AAA champion Morgan
Stanley team. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
run Aug. 6-17, will split players into two divisions for
ages 9-11 and 12-15.
The camp focus will be on conditioning, defense,
transition, ball handling, shooting and teamwork. Tro-
phies will be awarded for various competitions, such as
shooting, defense, sportsmanship and most improved.
Players will also compete to earn the camp's highest
achievement, the Driven Award, which is awarded to
the player that shows the most motivation, determina-
tion and leadership.
Cost for the camp is $40 and the registration dead-
line is July 20. Players can register at the Center office
trailer behind St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the Center's Andy
Jonatzke at 778-1908.
MAYSO offers summer soccer camps
Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization is offer-
ing summer soccer camps for new soccer players, rec-
reational players and competitive players ages 4-18 and
Saturday Street Soccer/Futsal for ages 6-18.
The camps are divided into half-day sessions,
8:30-11 a.m. Monday-Friday for $80; or full day from
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $150.
The first session ends this week, but there is still
time to register for Sessions II-IV.
Session II, June 11-15.
Session III, June 18-22.
Session IV, Aug. 6-10.
Saturday Street Soccer/Futsal costs $20 for cur-
rent MAYSO players, $30 for new players, and will
be played 9-11 a.m. June 9, 16 and 23 at King Middle
School for players ages 6-18.
MAYSO also offers a 10 percent sibling or multi-
camp discount. For more information, contact Erik
Barbon at 941-932-0800, or e-mail him at barbonet@
verizon.net. Registration forms and additional informa-
tion about Street Soccer/Futsal can be found at www.
Ben Murphy on the ice.
Murphy excels on ice
Islander Ben Murphy, a dedicated ice hockey
player, was recently chosen to be one of four defensive
players from the southeastern United States, including
the area from Washington, D.C., to Dallas, to attend the
USA National Hockey Development Camp, which is
part of the USA Hockey Olympic program.
Ben, 16, attends Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep School in
Minnesota, a school that specializes in hockey training.
He will enter 11th-grade in the fall.
He grew up playing sports, including Little
League and hockey, at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center. His parents are Susan Timmons and
Sean Murphy of Holmes Beach, owners of the Beach
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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: 941-383-2466.
Thursday, May 31
9:30 a.m. -Awomen's book study group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
5:30 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a
roundtable discussion on hurricane preparedness at the Sun House Res-
taurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
Friday, June 1
5p.m. to 7p.m. -A mix and mingle kicks off the third annual Mystery
Florida Writers Conference taking place at Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben
Franklin Drive, Sarasota. The conference is for mystery writers and fans.
Information: 941-228-6666 or www.mysteryflorida.com. Fee applies.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. -A Japanese cocktail party takes place at the First
Friday at Sato Real Estate in Roser Cottage, 519 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The party celebrates the arrival of June and Father's Day. Information: 941-
Saturday, June 2
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron offers a "Boat
Smart" class at its headquarters, 1200 71st St. N.W, Bradenton. The second
installment of the class takes place June 9. Information: 941-714-0449.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Privateers host Pirate
Day in the Wal-Mart parking lot pavilion, 5315 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
Monday, June 4
9 a.m. Vacation Bible school begins at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and continues through the week. Infor-
10:15 a.m. The Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
11:30 a.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce holds small business seminars at the chamber office, 6960
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2466.
Tuesday, June 5
10 a.m. An Earthlings' Washboard Band concert takes place at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria hosts Frank Willett discussing
working with youth during a luncheon at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.
5:30 p.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of
Mums for mom, kids for fun
The always popular mum sale on Saturday before Mother's Day at the Anna Maria Elementary School and
other area locations benefits the Manatee High School 'Canes band program and the Sugar Canes drill team.
This year the MHS drum line livened up the event. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Commerce holds a "chamber showcase" in observance of Small Business
Week at the Longboat Key Club & Resort, Harbourside Drive. Information:
941-383-8217. Fee applies.
Wednesday, June 6
10 a.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce holds small business seminar on "finding and keeping great
employees" at the Longboat Key Club & Resort, Harbourside Drive. Informa-
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds a luncheon at the Sun House, 111 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
5:30 p.m. A teen-focused wildlife education and rehabilitation talk
takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A rummage sale is taking place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach through June 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Infor-
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.
Tuesday and Thursdays the Anna Maria Island Community Center
presents "muscles and more" with Sherry Fideler from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at
the St. Bernard Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-1908.
Tuesday the Anna Maria Island Community Center presents a water-
color class with Susie Cotton from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Bernard
Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Wednesday the Anna Maria Island Community Center presents a
knitting class with Barbara Hines from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Bernard
Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Florida Blood Services conducts a drive June 9-10 to collect blood
and raise money for Island groups the Anna Maria Community Center,
the Anna Maria Island Privateers, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island,
Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center and West Manatee Fire Rescue
Volunteers. Information: 800-682-5663 or www.fbsdonor.org.
Father's Day is June 17.
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 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.
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date and location of the event and a contact number and e-mail address.
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Lots of old junk to find new home in offshore waters
There's a whole lot of new artificial reef material
planned for just offshore of the north end of Anna Maria
Island in June.
The Manatee County Conservation Lands Manage-
ment Department is planning to dump about 350 tons
of concrete at the Seven-Mile North Reef in the Gulf
of Mexico. The reef, not surprisingly due to its name,
is 7 miles out from Bean Point.
The expansion will bring the total of the stuff on
the water to about 1,000 tons, all the better to attract
fish and other critters for fishers. And it's a whole lot
of stuff going to the bottom.
"Concrete fender pilings removed from the Long-
boat Pass Bridge were originally slated for placement
on the reef," according to county staff.
"However, a new plan was needed after the contrac-
tor hired to do the work was unable to remove all the
pilings. The shortage of piling material presented the
perfect opportunity to utilize a diverse array of materi-
als for reef habitat enhancement. With assistance from
other county agencies, 14 concrete junction boxes
weighing more than 10 tons each and measuring 9 foot
by 12 foot, as well as more than 30 sections of concrete
culvert weighing more than a ton each were transported
to the county's staging area adjacent to Longboat Pass
in Bradenton Beach.
"The material will be transported to the reef by
barge and lowered to the bottom by crane to provide
10 to 15 feet of relief above the bare sandy bottom. The
project has since evolved to include several bridge-span
sections measuring more than 30 feet in length and
weighing more than 40 tons each.
"The combination of different types of material will
provide excellent habitat for sport fish such as grouper
and snapper and is especially important after the dev-
astating impacts of red tide observed on county reefs
"This will be a nice addition to the reef," said John
Stevely, the Florida Sea Grant marine extension agent
in our area. "They have a nice variety of material ready
to go that should make for good reef structure."
So just how much is 350 tons?
"It is a significant drop, but 350 tons is not a huge
amount concrete is really, really heavy so it is a
couple of barge loads at most," Stevely said.
A buddy translated it into about six motor homes.
Pass problems, solutions
Big pass problems are in store for our neighbors
to the south, and it promises to make for an interesting
summer of sandy news.
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at the dredging impacts to New Pass and Big Pass. The
inlets have shoaled so much that boater traffic through
them is challenging, to say the least, and county offi-
cials have been looking to dredge the sand and put it
on the beaches there.
New Pass is between the south end of Longboat
Key and Lido Key, named when early settler Charles
Whitaker woke up one morning after a big storm blew
through and said, reportedly, "There's a new pass."
Big Pass is between Lido Key and Siesta Key.
It's wide, shallow, full of shifting sandbars and has
had problematic boater issues associated with it for
All of this study may be of interest for sand
It seems that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
has a computer model that factors in a whole slew of
data currents, tidal conditions, wind direction, all
the stuff that contributes to beach and inlet erosion or
migration and can come up with a pretty good idea
of what's going on in the water.
The problem, though, is that the model was
designed to predict what would happen to one pass.
Two inlets less than 3 miles apart present a pressing
pass problem, and Truitt is looking to his colleagues in
the coastal engineering world to peer-review the studies
and determine if the model results are good.
And then there is the political side of the whole
Almost any boater except perhaps a kayaker will
readily agree that the channels in both passes are a prob-
lem to navigation. The sand shifts on an almost daily
basis, and if you don't go in and out a lot, you're looking
at running aground if you've got any size of vessel.
So, from a navigation standpoint, the dredging is
However, beachfront property owners have long
argued that the sand at the north end of Siesta Key
serves as a barrier to storms for the nearby gazillion-
dollar homes. The shoal there protects the houses, and
if the sandbar is breached, the homes will be in jeopardy
of damage in a storm.
The debate about sand grew huge in 1993 and cost
one county commissioner his job. Maybe two.
It seems that the county commission quietly agreed
to allow some "feathering" of sand off the shoal north
of Siesta for a beach renourishment project in Venice.
The sand is fine, white and perfect for beach placement,
and it was determined that it was cheaper to take the
sand from the shoal than go miles and miles offshore
to find good stuff for the Venice shore.
Venice was looking for something like 400,000
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Siesta Key residents decided it was a huge deal.
They revolted, raised about $100,000 to pay lawyers
and for their own coastal engineers, and eventually
swayed the county commission into changing its stance
on the project.
In the course of the debate, incumbent county com-
missioner Wayne Derr was ousted from his post by
challenger Jack O'Neil on a "save-our-sand" platform.
Derr had voted in favor of the project.
Ironically, O'Neil was outsted four years later from
his seat due in part to his position that boaters need the
navigational elements of the passes.
It seems that people down there really, really care
about their sand.
Truitt said the Corps model is undergoing some
modification on the two inlet projections it keeps
crashing because of all the input and results should
be in within six weeks. Then it goes to peer review, and
then the fireworks start.
As we like to say, stay tuned.
Mystery Florida this weekend
Don't fi igci. Lllc Mystery Florida conference is June
1-2 at the Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive,
Things start with the free Mystery Mingle at 5 p.m.
June 1. Last year saw about 40 authors present. The
actual conference begins at 7:45 a.m. June 2 and runs
throughout the day. Cost is $99. There is also the patron
dinner that night, at a $250 per person charge, which
includes conference registration and the dinner with the
authors. Authors scheduled to attend include Wayne
Barcomb, James O. Born, Don Bruns, Blaize Clement,
Tom Corcoran, Tim Dorsey, Terry Griffin, David Hag
berg, Stuart Kaminsky, Jonathon King, Ward Larsen,
James Macomber, Claire Matturro, Kristy Montee of
PJ. Parrish fame, Bob Morris, Barbara Parker, James
Swain and Randy Wayne White.
Further information is at www.mysteryflorida.com,
All profits are shared by Tingley Memorial Library
in Bradenton Beach and the Longboat Key Library. And
The Islander is a proud co-sponsor of the event.
This is the third year of the conference. It's designed
to let you get up-close and personal with your favorite
Florida mystery author, and has been a lot of fun. I hope
to see you there.
There is a great view of both New Pass and Big
Pass from the Mystery Florida conference meeting
space, on the eighth floor of the Lido Beach Resort,
although you'll have to step across the hall from our
rooms to get a good view of Big Pass.
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Look for grouper, snapper
offshore, macks nearshore,
reds in backwaters
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing is a bit slow, but there are still lots of good
catches of grouper, snapper and amberjack being caught
For the backwaters, look for redfish, some trout and
Rob Grant said he went tarpon fishing off the Island
with his 82-year-old dad last week and caught a 110-
pound tarpon after a 1.5 hour battle, so it would seem
the silver kings are indeed here.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball said he's catching big up to 15 pounds
- gag grouper offshore, plus mangrove snapper to 7
pounds, amberjack, banded rudderfish and lane snap-
per. Capt. Mark Johnson, also out of Annie's, said his
backwater charters are doing very well with redfish and
trout, plus catch-and-release snook.
Annamae Lahay at Corky's Bait & Tackle
on Cortez Road said that winds and lack of rain
have been "playing a big part in the catching of
fish. There were rough waters with quite a few
ripples and tarpon could not be easily spotted,
it was too dangerous for most boaters to go too
far offshore, and with little rain the waters
are getting quite low, preventing some fishers
from launching their boats and waders having
to wade in muck. But for the 'true' anglers," she
said, "in Palma Sola Bay several fishers have
reported catching redfish and trout of legal size,
plus some large black grouper when fishing with
'select'-size live shrimp. Off Bean Point, reports
include quite a few nice-size blacktip and sand
sharks." She said there are also pompano and
whiting from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway,
catch-and-release snook from Longboat Pass, as
well as Spanish mackerel, ladyfish, whiting and
some permit to the south.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore action is
pretty much focused on red and gag grouper, mangrove
and lane snapper, plus amberjack farther offshore.
Backwater fishers are catching snapper, with trout being
a tough catch.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said he's seeing
a few bonnethead sharks come onto the dock, plus lady-
fish and mackerel during the days, but the action has
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
he too is finding fishing to be a bit slow, but there are
still some catches of sharks, catch-and-release snook
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
all he's hearing is redfish action right now, as well as
snapper, catch-and-release snook and lots of reds, plus
small snook from in front of Terra Ceia Bay.
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Trevor and Connor Losada caught 18 and 12 pound
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At Skyway Bait and Tackle reports include
there are a lot of sharks being caught by the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge piers, some mackerel and still some
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said fishing "was great before it got windy
this week. Permit were the hot item we were catching,
along with grouper, snapper, triggerfish, hogfish, sharks
and barracuda. We were fishing out to 35 miles using a
variety of live bait and artificial lures." He added that
fishing "should be good as soon as this strong wind
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said late last week picked
up for him. He took Ward and Mitchell Van Ducer
from Bradenton out and they enjoyed some "decent
action with catch-and-release snook, redfish, trout
and mackerel. The snook were of average size, the
reds ran in the mid-20-inch range, and some dandy
trout up to 22 inches were boated." He's using
about all the bait around: whitebait, live shrimp
and small pinfish, which worked for the backwater
action near the mangroves and oyster beds in Palma
Sola Bay, as well as the deeper seagrass flats in
Anna Maria Sound.
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Boating class offered
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron will
offer a "Boat Smart" class 8:30 a.m. Saturday,
The second installment of the class will take
place June 9.
The fee is $25.
The class covers state boating laws, dis-
tress calls, boating safety, weather and types of
The program will take place at the AMIPS
building, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
For more information, call 941-714-0449.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-723-1107 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name andphone number for more information. Snap-
shots may be retrieved once they appear in the paper.
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IS L ADER CLA SSIFIEDS
FOR SALE: DRUM bell kit for middle school, high
school band class drummers. Good condition. $160.
QUICK SALE: HMP Medical Ultralite Scooter, model
355. Used only four times due to a passing. Must
sell to settle estate. Call 941-792-3071.
SALE! $2.50 A box: Anna Maria Junior Girl Scouts
Troop No. 590 cookies are on sale at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, 941-795-1112 or 704-8421.
OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
YOU WANT IT ...You got it. Oval AMI bumper stick-
ers are just $1 at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
HELP SUPPORT OFFICER Pete Lannon: Silicone
bracelets, DARE2CARE/ISLANDER4PETE. Child
$2, adult $5. The bracelets are donated by The
Islander and all $$$ go to a pre-paid college fund
for Pete's youngest son. Available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
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CANALIHUN I VILLA with a Oeautitui view. New ooat
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KEY ROYALE. New to be completed October
2007. 5,000 sf 4BR/4BA. Elevator, two fireplaces,
28x32-foot great room, heated pool, canal/dock with
view down canal to bayou. $1,999,000.
GULFFRONT DUPLEX. Beautiful location on quiet
beach. 2BR each side, turnkey furnished. Great value.
GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD Priced to sell, this duplex
features 3BR/2.5BA across from bay. $479,000.
Norman 3101 GULFDRIVE
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
Ofrecemos servicio de ventas en espanol
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
days, Thursday. 9am-noon Saturdays. Always
porch clothing sales. 941-779-2733.511 Pine Ave.,
MOVING SALE: 8:30am-4:30pm Saturday, June
2. Sofa and chair, twin bed, furniture, artwork,
lots of good stuff. Don't miss it! 240 Chilson Ave.,
JEWELRY FOUND: 62nd Street trolley stop. Call
Anna Maria Elementary School, 941-708-5525.
LOST: SET OF keys on beach Sunday morn-
ing. Between Sandbar restaurant and Beach
Bistro. Includes Mazda and GM keys. Reward.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdi-
SAIL AWAY ABOARD 65-foot Lex-Sea. Key West
Fantasy Fest, six days, five nights, $995 per person,
$1,095 per couple. Cayo Costa Thanksgiving, four
days, three nights, $595 per person, $1,095 per
couple. Everglades Expedition, seven days, seven
nights, $795 per person, $1,495 per couple. 941-
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.
TUTOR: COMPREHENSIVE SUMMER program.
All Subjects, K-8. Algebra I and Geometry certified
teacher. Local resident, 941-778-3728.
Jon's been earning Islanders' Trust for Over 23 Years
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ANNA MARIA FINE HOME
514 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria:
4BR/3BA, 2,205 sf, Brazilian teak
floors, luxurious master suite with
spa tub, and sweeping bay views.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
OF ANNA MARIA
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at The
Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more information.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
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.
1997 COUGAR: SIX-cylinder automatic, new air
conditioning, tires, brakes, battery, hoses, belts,
and water pump. Excellent condition. $3,950. 941-
1996 GRAND CHEROKEE, 1996 Jeep SUV.
123,000 miles, two-wheel drive, power, good con-
dition. Runs great. $3,800. View at The Islander
newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
WANTED: FLOATING DOCK for three-person Jet
KINGFISHGEAR.COM. QUALITY TACKLE, dis-
count prices. Reel tackle for reel men and women.
Local deliveries. 941-256-4033.
W. Ben Stewart
Attorney At Law
Real Estate Closings Title Insurance
Condo Associations Evictions
Qualified Intermediary for 1031 Exchanges
W. Ben Stewart, Esq.
595 Bay Isles Rd., Suite 125 Longboat Key
In fact, we're global times 1,400 plus! More than 1,400 PAID
subscribers receive The Islander out of town, out of state and out
of the United States. We go to Alaska, England, Germany, Canada,
Hawaii and nearly all points in between. These news-hungry
subscribers can't wait to get their hands on
"the best news on Anna Maria Island."
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 30, 2007 0 A-29
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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 941-920-1877.
FOR SALE: BOSTON Whaler dingy. $500. 941-
2001 MERCURY OUTBOARD 25-hp motor. Excel-
lent condition, low hours used, freshly inspected and
tuned up by local marina. $1,195. 941-807-5449.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten pay.
Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902
S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-778-3953.
REAL ESTATE AGENTS wanted: SunCoast Real
Estate LLC. Floor time and generous split. Confi-
dential. Call Mary Ann Schmidt, 941-779-0202 or
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-1 pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.
BABYSITTER WANTED FOR three young kids on
Anna Maria Island. Flexible hours. Own transporta-
tion a must. Call Steph at 941-465-1096.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: OUR Daily Bread, a soup
kitchen. Contact Mary, 941-745-2992.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more infor-
LEGAL SECRETARY/PARALEGAL position: Press-
wood Law Firm, PA., is an employment litigation
and appellate practice located in Bradenton, Fla.
This position offers a casual office setting, the latest
technology tools, and the flexibility to work between
25-40 hours per week. Must be adept with technol-
ogy (e.g., utilizing software such as Word, Excel,
Outlook, Amicus Attorney, PC Law) and enjoy work-
ing with people. Litigation experience preferred.
E-mail resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Rivertowne Lot 40 $493,190 $359,000 The Kiawah Lot 28 $28,602 $379,000
3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,637 SF 2 bedroom plus study, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,791 SF
ON BRADEN RIVER
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2 bedroom plus den, screened lanai. 1,638 SF
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OFFER EXPIRES 3/31/07
Harbor House Lot 64 $368-,30
2 bedroom, 2 bath, laundry room, eat-in
kitchen, courtyard, 2-car garage, 1,434 SF
For more information on these
exceptional homes visit:
Building. Home. Life.
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ISA -ER CA A SSIFIEDS
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.
RESTAURANT: CAFE AND RETAIL, charming and
picturesque in great location for your menu and
more. $75,000, inventory negotiable. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112. www.longviewrealty.com.
RESTAURANT: SPORTSFISH GRILL: Newly redec-
orated, well-equipped in great Holmes Beach shop-
ping center. $109,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker or
somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-year-old,
ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-779-9783.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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Top Producing Realtor
Toll Free 1-866-587-8559
ISLAND BARGAINS UNDER $300,000:
Bay views and steps to beach, pool on bay. Cute! $249,900.
Gulf to bay complex, ground floor 2BR/1BA, recent upgrades. $259,900.
Bay views, pool on the bay, close to beach 2BR/1BA. $284,900.
Sunbow Bay, 2BR/2BA, elevator, lots of tile, docks, pools, tennis. $299,900.
ISLAND PROPERTIES UNDER $500,000:
Cayman Cay: 2BR/2BA end unit, across from beach, pier and caf. $329,000.
Lakefront 2BR/2BA resort condo, pool, tennis, beach. Ground floor. $398,000.
North Beach Village, largest floor plan, four porches, two-car garage, pool. $489,900.
Direct Gulf view, end unit, new kitchen and baths, pool, pier. $399,900.
Gulffront, 2BR/2BA, carport, tennis, pool, clubhouse, beach. $499,900.
Gulffront, Tiffany Place, beautifully updated, elevator, pool. $599,000.
Gulffront, Longboat Key, 2BR/2BA, tennis, pool, pets okay. Beautiful! $647,000.
Panoramic Gulf and bay views, sixth floor, Upgraded. Car included. $699,000.
Gulffront Sixth Floor, two-car garage, gorgeous! Trip to Hawaii! $789,000.
ISLAND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
Duplex 2BR/1 BA each side, beach access, turnkey furnished. $587,000.
Villa Sorrento: 4BR/4BA, private pool, elevator. Amazing rental. $1,495,000.
BEAUTIFUL ISLAND HOME WEST OF GULF DRIVE:
Built in 2002, A must see! 3-4BR/4BA, large porches, huge garage! $967,000.
Large 2BR/2BAvilla, private dock, pool, tennis. Includes car, boat, etc. $329,000.
Updated and open Coral Shores home, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
large yard, dock. $449,900.
GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY:
Updated ground floor condo, pool, tennis, clubhouse. $134,900.
Call me for details or showings, 941-705-0227!
3224 EAST BAY DRIVE
/ edebrock HOLMES BEACH
L ESTATE COMPANY ww.Wedebrock.com
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941 -
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results, wash
away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
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.
AMERICAN HANDYMAN: ISLAND resident. Guaran-
teed price, guaranteed quality. Any job. Discount with
ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry, 941-448-5999.
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.
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.
32 Years ofProfessional Service
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTS
SHELL POINT 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool view. turnkey, $295,000.
MT. VERNON 2BR/2BA waterfront, boat docks available, turnkey, like new. $259,000.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. 90x104. $690,000.
LUXURIOUS WOODLAND PARK Over 2,800 sf living area. 4BR/3BA,
den, heated pool/spa. Extras include over $50,000 in lush landscape
and window treatments plus ceramic floors and granite in kitchen.
A MUST SEE at $699,000.
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.
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(941) 713 4755 (800) 771 6043
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
MASSAGE BY LOREDANA: Over 20 years experi-
ence. In the privacy of your home. Serving Anna
Maria Island, Longboat Key and vicinity. 941-400-
TWO TEACHERS: INTERIOR painting. Clean, cour-
teous, meticulous. Free estimates, honest rates.
Mark, 941-773-0555, or Bob, 941-778-5143.
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.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
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plan, new kitchen.
Dock, three davits.
Not a drive-by,
must see inside!
For sale by owner.
404 21st Place,
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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.
THE ISLANDER U MAY 30, 2007 U A-31
GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pres-
sure washing, landscaping, property maintenance.
Owner operated by Island resident. Exceptional
value! Licensed and insured. Call 941-726-7070.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. Many references and insured. Please
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 residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN &TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
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
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
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TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Get a bid then
call Nick, he's the best. Island references. Licensed.
Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or 941-962-5131.
RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitch-
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Do you need a pro-
fessional at plumbing, electrical, carpentry, tiling,
painting and remodeling? 24-hour emergency ser-
vice. Free estimates. 941-580-3312.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two
master suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly.
Call 941-713-0034 or e-mail: beachdreams@tam-
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
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POOLDUPLEXNEARTHEBEACH! GULFFRONT CONDO! Great
Great rental! $675,000. Owner sunsets, two pools! $670,000.
financing! Call Sue! Make an offer! Call Sue!
POOL & CANALFRONT! Anna Maria
3BR/2BA with great rental income!
$825,000. Ownerfinancing! Call Sue!
PARADISE FOUND! 3BR/3BA
canalfront with pool! Owner
financing! $925,000. Call Sue!
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VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.
ANNUALS: SANDPIPER RESORT 55-plus com-
munity, No. 200, 2BR/1BA, $695/month. Turnkey
furnished, washer and dryer. Includes water, sewer
and garbage. On bay, Gulf view. Call 941-920-0868
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3BR/2BA, large lanai. Includes pool, spa, cable,
water. Nice northwest location. Close to beaches.
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel in beauti-
ful town of Anna Maria. Quaint island cottage, steps
to beach. 203-454-0573.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BEAUTIFUL, quiet Holmes
Beach 1BR/1BA. One block from beach. $800/
month. Call, daytime, 7-11am or evenings, 9-11pm.
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BRAND NEW LUXURY townhome: Harbor Land-
ings, Cortez. 3BR/3BA, private elevator, two-car
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3720. Cell, 941-313-0104.
OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,200 sf. Former Wicked
Candle. 8819 Cortez Road. 1-800-952-1206.
AFFORDABLE LUXURY! BRADENTON vacation
home available. $700/week, $100 discount each
additional week up to eight weeks. Great location,
open floor plan, Victorian decor and charm, new
carpeting, on deep water canal, garage. Call 614-
207-7878, or visit www.scottincolumbus.com.
GORGEOUS FURNISHED 2BR/2BA house, steps
to beach. Available May 15 for weekly rental or July,
and August for monthly. July or August monthly rate,
$1,600. Call 636-352-8155. jjvacations.blogspot.com.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
ANNUAL APARTMENT in Holmes Beach. Kitchen,
bedroom and bathroom. No pets. 941-778-7039.
SMITH REALTORS: ANNUAL duplex, 1BR/1BA
close to beach, $800/month, lawn and water
included. Perico Island townhouse, 2BR/2BA, one-
car garage, $1,200/month plus utilities. 941-778-
TEMPORARY OR ANNUAL 2BR elevated duplex with
porch and laundry. Freshly remodeled, private park-
ing, block to beach. $795/month. 941-807-5449.
ANNUAL RENTAL: NORTH Beach Village.
3BR/2.5BA, two-car garage, recreation room,
screened lanai, elevator, several decks, pool. $1,700/
month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307.
ANNUAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria 2BR/2BA, close
to beach, open courtyard, dishwasher. $865/month
includes water and garbage. Fran Maxon Real
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1.5BA,
covered parking, storage, new carpet, tile and paint.
Washer and dryer. $875/month. Fran Maxon Real
ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Cedar's
East. 3BR/2.5BA large condo. Several decks, two
garages, lots of storage, pool, tennis, close to beach
and bay. $2,750/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
ANNUAL RENTAL: GULF view, 1BR/1BA apart-
ment. Covered parking, open deck, great direct
Gulf views! $750/month. No pets. Fran Maxon Real
FOR RENT: FULLY-furnished 1BR, living room,
kitchen. $1,200/month. Bradenton Beach.
FURNISHED ANNUALS! 2BR/2BA Gulffront condo.
55-plus, 2BR/2BA home on Key Royale, 2BR/1BA
Anna Maria condo near pier! Also six-month
availabilities! Call Sue at An Island Place Realty,
OWNERS! WE HAVE a list of qualified tenants look-
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AFFORDABLE ANNUAL RENTALS available:
1BR/1.5BA, Gulffront, 1BR/1BA duplex, 2BR/1BA
duplex, 2BR/2BA Gulf view, 2BR/2BA condo. Start-
ing at $750/month. Coastline Accommodations.
GREAT LOCATION: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier.
2BR/1 BA, ground floor, fully furnished with all ame-
nities, no smokers or pets, available June 1. Annual
or six-months, $1,000/month. 941-387-8610.
FLORIDA SUMMER SPECIAL: Vacation across
from the beach. Book before June 1. 1BR, $549/
week. 2BR, $649/week. 513-236-5091. www.
ANNUAL FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA waterfront apart-
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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.
ANNUAL/SEMI-ANNUAL rental: Anna Maria Shell
Point condo. 2BR/2BA, furnished, ground floor, on
water. Heated pool, tennis court, covered park-
ing. Some vehicles prohibited. No pets. Nonsmok-
ers. Coin laundry. Annual, $1,500/month. Semi-
annual, $2,200/month. First, last and security.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1.5BA ground-
level duplex. $900/month, shared laundry. Small pet
OK. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
TWO-ROOM APARTMENT: Kitchen, clean, Holmes
Beach. One block to beach. May 21-June 6 and
July 6-Aug. 31, three-day minimum. 941-779-4505
SMITH REALTORS ANNUAL rentals: Duplex,
1 BR/1 BA, close to beach. Lawn and water included,
$800/month. Townhouse, Perico Island, 2BR/2BA,
one-car garage, $1,200/month plus utilities. Duplex,
2BR/1.5BA, large yard, new carpet and floors, $900/
month. 941-778-0770. www.smithrealtors.com.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL: 2BR/2BA duplex. Brand
new, 2.5 miles to beach. Tile, turnkey furnished,
fenced yard, carport. $1,100/month or seasonal,
$2,600/three months. 941-400-3940.
FOR RENT: UNFURNISHED efficiency apart-
ment on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. $750/month.
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished,
walk to water. No smokers. $900/month, $500/week,
$100/night, includes utilities. 941-794-5980. www.
ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, newly painted, new carpet,
washer and dryer in unit. Pool, basic cable, 100
steps to beach. First, last, deposit. $975/month.
ANNUAL: TWO BLOCKS to beach, mid-island,
new appliances, tile, pet friendly. North side, $795,
1BR/1BA private backyard. South side, $1,195/
month, 2BR/1.5BA, washer and dryer, large side
yard, RV parking. 813-645-6738.
ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1BA home, completely
furnished, close to beach. Available June through
October. No pets, no smoking. $950/month. 941-
UNFURNISHED ANNUALS: 2BR/1BA, Anna Maria.
$1,000/month plus 2BR/2BA, canalfront Holmes
Beach. Call Sue at An Island Place Realty, 941-
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-
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.
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
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6BR on canal, deeded
beach access. Use it, rent it out or redevelop.
$649,900. Mary Ann Namack, Longview Realty,
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-
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
BAYVIEW AND CANALFRONT with pool. 2BR/2BA
open plan, new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock,
three davits. Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must
see inside! 404 21st Place, Bradenton Beach By
owner. Call Herb Dolan, 941-725-2395.
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.
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llmPointe West 3BR/2BA Updates, heated pool!
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BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
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