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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 15, No. 31
June 6, 2007 FREE
Island loses a great resource: Officer Lannon
By Diana Bogan
If the soft rain and
gray clouds weren't
enough to dampen Island
spirits Friday, June 1, the
news of Holmes Beach
Police Officer Pete Lan-
non's passing put many
in a somber mood.
Lannon was a fixture
at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School for seven
years, where he taught
students much more than
just Drug Awareness
until illness prevented his
return last fall.
you fill those
He's been more than
just a school resource
officer at AME, he has
been an active member
of the Island community.
Many who didn't know
Lannon personally still
looked forward to being
greeted with a smile and
friendly wave as they
passed the school where
he was the crossing guard
for more than five years.
Lannon's presence in
front of the school was
noticeably absent shortly
after the start of the
2006-07 school year and
news soon followed that
he had been diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer.
Following his diag-
nosis in October 2006, the
Island community banded
together, planning several
a spaghetti dinner and
walk-a-thon to support
his family as Lannon
began radiation treatment
to shrink the size of the
pancreatic tumor. He also
received small doses of
apy drugs to help make
the tumor cells receptive
to the radiation.
The illness caught
people by surprise, espe-
cially his family. At 48
years old and having
overall good health, doc-
tors weren't looking for
afl\ thing so drastic when
Lannon began complain-
ing of back pain earlier
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Wife Debra, whom
Pete called his "rock,"
says, "He put up a great
fight even though we
knew the odds were
SEE PETE, PAGE 3
Barry brings rain, no significant damage
By Lisa Neff
Barry broke out of the box early bringing the
first tropical storm to the Gulf Coast just hours into the
2007 hurricane season.
After weeks without rainfall, local residents rejoiced
at Barry's existence, even as they fretted about predic-
tions for an above-normal hurricane season.
"We need the rain bad," Dick Hyde of Anna Maria
said Saturday morning, as forecasters predicted the dis-
organized Barry to make landfall on the coast about six
hours later. "I'm grateful for the rain. But I wish it was
just a typical thunderstorm."
"Well, if anyone needed a nudge to get prepared,
Barry gave it," said Sharon Hyde.
In May, subtropical storm Andrea out of the Atlan-
tic sent unwelcome smoke from northern wildfires to
Anna Maria Island.
On June 1, Barry brought welcome rain, as well as
wind and waves that built over night to June 2. Storm
warnings were issued along the Gulf coast, from Bonita
Beach to Keaton Beach.
Islanders woke Saturday to find that Barry was pre-
dicted to make landfall later that morning in Pinellas
County, just north of Tampa Bay, posing a threat of coastal
flooding, wind damage, tornadoes and creating dangerous
sea conditions and the possibility of water spouts.
At 9 a.m., with thunder rumbling over the Gulf, rain-
fall was strong enough to impair visibility on the roads.
At 10 a.m. rain stopped and clouds moved north,
leaving blue, sunny skies. But many residents, especially
those nearest water, remained concerned about the high
tide, set for about 12:15 p.m. along Anna Maria Island.
At the noon hour, residents living along canals
and near the bay, especially in Holmes Beach, found
water spilling into streets, including Gulf and Marina
drives. Water pushed up into yards as well, but Mana-
tee County emergency officials reported no significant
property damage in the area.
Storms off the Gulf can pose a threat to sea turtle
nests, but Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive
director Suzi Fox said Saturday that no nests were lost
to Barry and only one needed to be relocated. Mean-
while, as Barry approached late Friday, June 1, two
turtles came ashore to nest.
As Barry moved on and dissipated into a depression
June 2, surfers arrived to the shore to ride the waves.
"They aren't so good," said surfer Tammy White of
Lakewood Ranch. "But they're better than usual around
here. This isn't Surf City." Surfers lingered into the
The impact of Barry lingered longer on Saturday
night an Enl .'. Resource barge in the Lake LaVista
Inlet for a dredge project listed, causing about 15 gal-
lons of diesel fuel to spill into the water and sending the
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Key Royale Bridge to be dedicated to military vets
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the
city plans to dedicate the reconstructed Key Royale
Bridge to military servicemembers and veterans.
"We' re just going to have a formal ribbon-cutting
at some point in the near future," Bohnenberger said.
The bridge, he said, was built for the convenience
of residents and visitors, but it will also bear a bronze
plaque honoring servicemembers past and present.
Initially there were no plans to dedicate the struc-
ture, but Bohnenberger said he has received some
requests to create a memorial to military veterans.
It's a coincidence, the mayor said, that the bridge
project was wrapping up so close to Memorial Day.
City commissioners have said they are satisfied
with the project, which began last fall and was overseen
by the Florida Department of Transportation.
The city borrowed the money with interest to finance
the $3.4 million construction campaign in anticipation
of reimbursement from the state sometime this year.
In addition to being a capital improvement project,
the construction provides an opportunity for academic
study involving University of Florida researchers Stefan
Szyniszewski and H. R. Hamilton III, whose specialty
is civil and coastal engineering.
The researchers said they have two basic research
goals with the Key Royale Bridge project to improve
the durability of prestressed concrete bridge piles and to
evaluate the use of sensors attached to the piles. Sensors
on the bridge use wireless tcl. lmhnl1, '' to transmit data." ... ". ~-. iS
to a computer so the researchers can monitor wear and Signs and afew workers remain at the Key Royale Bridge in Holmes Beach May 29. The construction crew
tear on the structure. said all that remained of the work were final details. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Sex offender decides against Island residence
By Rick Catlin
Convicted sex offender George Pyke has apparently
decided against returning to his Anna Maria residence
at 775 N. Shore Drive.
Following his May 10 conviction in an Orlando
court for lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor,
Pyke was given 10-years probation and had indicated to
the Florida Department of Law Enforcement he would
return to his Anna Maria home to serve his probation.
But Pyke also listed an address at 755 Lake Como Drive
in Lake Mary with the FDLE. On June 1, the FDLE Web site
for convicted sexual offenders indicated Pyke has chosen to
make the Lake Mary address his permanent residence.
The Shore Drive property is listed for sale at
$995,000. According to the Manatee County Property
Appraiser's Office, it is owned jointly by Pyke, Mark
English and Dorothy English.
Pyke was arrested in June 2005 in connection with
the sexual molestation of an Anna Maria youth, but
those charges were later dropped to allow the Orlando
case to move forward.
Pyke's 10-year sentence and probation was
approved by the victim.
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against us with pancreatic and liver cancer.
"The past few weeks have been hectic to say the
least," she continued. "I was lucky enough that my
work-place, Lakewood Ranch Medical Women's
Center, was able to give me as much time off as I needed
to care for Pete. I kept him at home as long as I could
care for him safely. Tuesday night was a very restless,
uncomfortable night for him, so Wednesday morning
I decided to place him in the Ellenton Hospice House.
They made him very comfortable and at peace.
"His friends and family visited him at all hours
and his family was there at his passing. I was wonder-
ing why he was hanging on so long," she said, "then
I remembered it was his mother's birthday June 1. He
waited until 36 minutes after midnight [to die]."
Lannon's fighting spirit and infallible positive out-
look as he battled this challenge in the public eye only
made him more of a positive role model for the commu-
nity. Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine spent some
time with Lannon shortly before his death and noted that
although he wasn't quite his "normal self" he was "joking
and keeping his spirits up as much as possible."
Lannon joined the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment after moving to the area from North Carolina and
taught the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program
at AME. Tim Kolbe was the principal when Lannon
began his school duties.
"From the moment he walked into the school you
just knew, it's hard to pinpoint, but you just knew he
was a good guy," said Kolbe. "I remember I'd look out
my window and there he' d be walking in. He was so
friendly not a mean bit in his spirit and he never
changed. We considered him part of our staff."
"We already miss him," said Jamie Walstad, AME
parent and friend. "He always wanted to be involved.
He was a great leader and friend. He was an angel to
us here and I know he'll be an angel in heaven."
"I am not sad for Pete," said Joy Murphy, AME Par-
ent-Teacher Organization president and family friend.
"Pete is in a better place and his pain is gone. I am sad for
his family; all those who loved him and those who will
not get a chance to know this wonderful man. Our com-
munity has lost a tremendous asset. The Island is going to
be missing a little bit of its sunshine without Pete. It won't
be the same to drive by the school and not see his smiling
face or not see him on summer patrol on his bike.
"Pete loved with all his heart and gave everything
with no reserve. Our school and our community were
blessed with him for just a short while. We will miss
"I'm not sure I've ever seen an officer have a more
positive effect on a community," said Romine. "He was
here seven years but it feels like 70. I don't think we' 11
ever be able to measure what he meant to the school
and all the kids on whom he has had an impact. I don't
think we' 11 ever be able to replace him.
"How do you fill those shoes?"
Romine said that officers from across the country are
planning to attend the June 6 funeral services, which will
be a full law enforcement ceremony. In addition, Romine
said he received a letter May 31 from the DARE program
announcing that beginning in 2008 the statewide "DARE
Officer of the Year" award will be named after Lannon,
Lannon visitation, funeral
rie Fisher of the Anna
Maria Island Commu-
nity Center have com-
piled 10 strategies for
parents and guardians
to speak with children
about death and help
guide them through the
Be honest with
children and use the
word "death" rather
than other things that
will be harder for chil-
dren to understand.
Relate death to
the cycle of birth-life-
death that is normal for
all people and even for
Use the faith
context of "heaven"
and life after death if
The Mass will be followed by a procession to
Manasota Memorial Park, 1221 53rd Ave. E., Bra-
Immediately following the burial, the family
and the HBPD will welcome guests to a reception
at the Elks Lodge No. 1511, 2511 75th St. W., Bra-
die from it, but that there are some cancers that are so
strong that the body cannot recover from the illness.
Know that this death may remind them of other
deaths your family has experienced and they may
Learning to cope
On learning Friday morning that "Officer Pete" Lannon
had died, Joselin Presswood set out "all on her own" to
draw him on top of the world, surrounded byfigures of the
artist, now afihli .- iJt r at Anna Maria Elementary, and
friends, Elena, Josh, Holly, Ricky and Tori. The artwork is
on the sidewalk at The Islander newspaper office.
this is your family's belief.
Invite your child to go to the funeral if they want
to, but talk to them about what it will be like before you
go so they will not be surprised that people are crying
and that they may see a coffin. Do not force your child
to go to a funeral.
In speaking about cancer, make it clear to your
child that many people recover from cancer and do not
have more questions
because they were
younger at the time
Share positive mem-
ories about the person
who has died, not just
once, but often.
Talk about the
person's qualities and
strengths with your
child and see how you
can make them part of
your lives as a way of
keeping the person alive
person by planting a tree
in your yard or some
other symbol that cre-
ates a place of memory.
Put a picture of the
person in the child's
room to remember them.
If you see that your child is not sleeping or seems
to have lost his/her appetite, consider counseling if
symptoms last for more than a week.
Harrison is available for counseling by calling Anna
Maria Elementary School at 941-708-5527, and Fisher
is also available for counseling through the Center, call
Blue light for Lannon
There are many things I will remember about which people place a blue light in their window
Officer Pete Lannon his affinity for Superman, during the winter holidays to let the police officers
his ability to create Etch-A-Sketch masterpieces, on duty know that their services are appreciated.
and how he liked to see blue lights in windows Rather than wait for the holidays, I plan to put
at Christmas. a blue light or blue candle in my front window
Lannon related a story about the blue lights to me Wednesday, after his memorial service just to
each year as we chatted casually about how we each let him know how much I have appreciated knowing
celebrated the holiday and our family traditions. him. I invite you to join me.
According to Lannon, there is a tradition in Diana Bogan
who was a recipient of the award in 2005.
"He stands for ct .l thing DARE would want in an
officer," said Romine. "I think he'd want kids to remember
that if you have a good attitude you can do n\ thing "
"I want them to remember him as a fun-loving,
vibrant man who had their best interests at heart," said
wife Debra. "I' m sure he wants them to remember his
teachings, aspire to be great caring adults and strive to
achieve their highest goals. Reach for their dreams. And
remember him as someone who really enjoyed life and
lived for his work."
Debra said that the family is "holding up extremely
well right now. We have surprised ourselves."
A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday,
June 6, at Sts. Peter and Paul the Apostle on 75th Street
in Bradenton. Graveside services and burial will follow
at Manasota Memorial Park, 1221 53rd St. E., Braden-
ton. "[The family] chose row 9, lot 58, for his birthday
(March 9, 1958)," said Debra.
The Holmes Beach Police Department and the
Lannon family announced that guests are welcome at
a reception at the Elks Lodge No. 1511, 2511 75th St.
W., Bradenton, immediately following the service at
Manasota Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Pete Lannon Memorial Fund at Wachovia Bank.
"He truly loved his AMI/AME community. I know
he will miss it," Debra said.
Anna Maria City
June 12, 6:30 p.m., environmental education and
enhancement committee meeting.
June 14, 7 p.m., approval of EAR minutes and city
Anna Maria City Hall is expected to reopen June 11.
To confirm meeting locations, call, 708-6130. www.
June 6, 2 p.m., special city commission meeting.
June 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
special event applications, invoice approvals, consent
agenda approval and commission reports.
June 12, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
June 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Visitation for Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete
Lannon, who died June 1, will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
Tuesday, June 5, at Brown and Sons Funeral Home,
604 43rd St. W., Bradenton.
A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Wednes-
day, June 6, at Sts. Peter and Paul the Apostles
Catholic Church, 2850 75th St. W., Bradenton.
Coping can be tough for kids
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
counselor Cindi Harrison and licensed therapist Rosema-
4 0 JUNE 6, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Barry brings waves and wave-riders. Islander Photo:
Island visitors take a walk on the short pier at Manatee Public Beach June 2, as tropical storm Barry
approached the Gulf Coast. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Water rises around a pump at the Pure gas station in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Water rises around a pump at the Pure gas station in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
June 1, and
ists on the
dents of the
Barry brushes past Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
boat into the rocks, said Anna Maria City public works
director George McKay. He said there was no sign of
significant damage to the vessel.
The dredging is part of an Anna Maria City effort that
began last week to remove sand and replace the rip-rap
that has washed into the channel, narrowing the water-
way and eroding the bank.
Also on the bay side in Anna Maria Sunday, yellow
caution tape and a sign barred entry to the Rod & Reel
Pier, which was closed. Routine repairs were previously
scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, but a broken utility
pipe forced an early closure at the pier, which suffered
other minor storm damage.
According to the National Weather Service office in
Ruskin, the area received from 2 to 6 inches of rain from
June 1 through June 2. Rainfall in Manatee County is
reported from a gauge at the Sarasota Bradenton Inter-
national Airport, which malfunctioned.
Going into this week, the forecast for the Island
included a chance of thunderstorms through Wednesday
and highs in the low 80s.
Experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's climate prediction center projected a
75 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season
this year. Scientists predicted 13 to 17 named storms,
with seven to 10 becoming hurricanes. The government
agency predicted three to five storms could be Category
3 or stronger.
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After the storm, surfers head out to ride the waves in Bradenton
Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Marina Drive becomes a temporary canal. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
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A barge lists and rests on rocks at Lake LaVista Inlet.
Islander Photo: Jack Elka
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 6, 2007 U 5
Holmes Beach arson investigation continues
By Lisa Neff
State and West Manatee Fire Rescue District officials
continued last week to investigate what they deemed an
arson at a Holmes Beach apartment on May 25.
"This is the slow part of things," said Kurt Lathrop,
deputy fire marshal for WMFR.
One man, resident Mark Pelham, was treated for smoke
inhalation after escaping the fire at 6814 Palm Drive.
Pelham, a guitarist with the band Bootleg, discov-
ered the fire at the entrance the only door to
his second-story apartment and had to battle heat and
smoke to escape.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about five
minutes. Officials estimated property damage at about
$50,000, and the fire damage was limited to one side
of the upstairs duplex.
About 20 rescue workers assisted in fighting the
fire, including WMFR firefighters, Longboat Key Fire
Rescue, Holmes Beach Police Department officers and
Manatee County Emergency Medical Services staff.
Lathrop said officials had concluded that the fire
was intentionally set, but they are still investigating the
"We're still doing our basic followup," Lathrop
said, adding that the investigation involved reviewing
property ownership and insurance records.
Manatee County Property Appraiser records for the
site show that 6814 Palm Drive #A, valued at $271,665,
is owned by M.C. Stafford of the United Kingdom, and
6814 Palm Drive #B, valued at $273,599, is owned
by Adam John Stafford of the United Kingdom. The
property owners could not be reached.
Lathrop, who is working with the state fire mar-
shal's office and the Holmes Beach Police Department
on the case, declined to discuss whether investigators
had identified a suspect or suspects.
He also declined to say how the fire was started.
"We can't go into that," the deputy marshal said.
The on-site investigation, however, has concluded,
Outside the duplex last week, burned and water-
damaged debris remained. Red caution tape barred
access to the property and a sign offered a cash reward
for help solving the case.
The incident could result in an attempted murder
charge as well as an arson charge.
Arson, according to the Florida Statutes, involves
willfully or unlawfully causing damage by fire or explo-
sion. The crime is a first-degree felony if the fire is set
with the belief that a person is inside the structure.
Historical society unveils marker
Each year the Manatee County Historic Commis-
sion designates one site to receive an official historic
marker bearing its seal.
This is the Anna Maria Island Historical Society's
year. The organization unveiled its new marker May 29
outside the museum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Wit the "pop" of a cork from a champagne bottle,
Sissy Quinn, the AMIHS administrator, and Carolyne
Norwood, an AMIHS founder, pulled down a light blue
cloth to reveal the tall, black aluminum marker.
A group of several dozen AMIHS supporters,
including representatives from the Island cities and
Manatee County, cheered the unveiling.
On one side, the marker heralds the history and
preservation of the museum building and Belle Haven
The museum is housed in a building that has been
used as an icehouse, a garage, city hall, police depart-
ment and firehouse.
Belle Haven, tucked in a nest of native plants at the
historical park, first stood where the City Pier Restau-
rant now stands. Soon after its construction, the cottage
fell into Tampa Bay, was rescued from the water and,
after a barge trip around the Island's north end to Pal-
metto Avenue, served as a home until 2001. That year,
the historical society acquired the cottage with the help
of the three Island cities and their citizens.
On the other side of the marker, words tell the oft-
repeated history of the fresh-air Anna Maria City Jail,
also at the historical park.
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Sissy Quinn, administrator of the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society, and Carolyne Norwood, a founder,
unveil the historic marker at the AMIHS museum.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
The jail was built in 1927, at the insistence of Anna
Maria's first mayor, Mitch Davis. Davis felt the city
needed a place to "house" the drunk and disorderly
leaving a tavern and dance hall on the Gulf end of Pine
Avenue. The plaque states that the jail became a tour-
ist attraction thanks to the insight of the founder of a
former Islander newspaper, Harry Varley.
During the dedication, Quinn read the writing on
the plaque. The celebrants gathered, then toasted the
event with champagne.
Markers can be purchased for $2,000, but they
lack the official historic commission seal that's on the
AMIHS marker, said Cathy Slusser, of the historic
resources department of the Manatee County Clerk of
the Circuit Court office.
Slusser said about 25 historic markers exist in
Manatee County, but only this one on the Island.
Bradenton Beach officials are working to obtain a
marker for Monroe Cottage, 304 Church Ave., a resi-
dence acquired by the city to expand its offices, said
city project/program manager Lisa Marie Phillips, who
attended last week's dedication in Anna Maria.
"It's not an easy process," she said.
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Just in time, out of time
Tropical Storm Barry arrived just like clockwork for
the start of hurricane season. It was the second storm of
the Atlantic season, and while Andrea glazed the east coast
of Florida, this one was all ours.
Barry formed in the Caribbean and made its way
toward Tampa Bay, moving ashore in Pinellas County.
The center of the storm passed over Anna Maria Island,
creating an eerie calm as the winds clocked from southeast
Thankfully, Barry was a wimp. Its winds were meek
rather than fierce. The token rain was a relief, but minimal
for the ongoing drought. The tidal surge brought minimal
flooding about a foot over the normal high tide at about
noon Saturday. Barry only struck a glancing blow.
The streets flooded, yes, and yards of manicured grass
and shrubs may suffer from the saltwater intrusion. The
Gulf of Mexico roared you could hear it from the bay-
front side of Anna Maria Island.
But for as close as Barry came to Anna Maria Island,
it was merely a distraction for most of us, a practice run
for forecasters and TV weather-watchers. A chance for
the young to surf and for the reckless to run their cars
through the high water in the roads.
But hurricane season and the storms it brings are no
laughing matter the real deal won't be so easy to bear.
We've seen far worse conditions from bigger storms pass-
ing 300 miles out in the Gulf. Barry wasn't a hurricane, it
was trial and error.
A little glancing blow by a wimpy storm in the Gulf
is a serious reminder to prepare in advance. Have a plan,
stock up and pack up, be ready to leave and know where
you're going. Prepare the house, car, and boat, and protect
the family and pets. And don't wait until the next storm is
bearing down to decide how to do it all.
The time is now.
Time ran out Friday for a community friend, a man
who was so gracious and giving to everyone. He was so
unpresumptuous, he barely knew it was his calling.
We all suffer when we lose friends and family members
from time to time, but the community lost more than a police
officer and a friend, and few people have had such a positive,
lasting impact on our children as had Pete Lannon.
Not even Pete suspected how he would impact us
when they gave him the title of "resource officer."
Once cancer hit him and the community whose children
he protected and nurtured responded to help, he said over and
over that he believed he was living the part of Jimmy Stewart
in the holiday classic movie, "It's a Wonderful Life."
Lannon was given that rare chance to see how much he
was loved by so many, but on Friday, he ran out of time.
Chief Jay Romine said, "How do you fill those
Pete was working on that job, too one kid at a
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Father's instinct proves right
On Easter Sunday I took a bike ride with two of
my children to Coquina Beach. As we got closer to
the Longboat Key Bridge, we noticed that the crowd
was largely Hispanic. The music was very loud coming
from the cars, so we decided to go home.
On our way home, we saw a Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office patrol coming across the Cortez Bridge on
the way to Coquina. As a former police officer, I told
my children that it was good that we left, as I was sure
there would be trouble.
Watching the news Sunday, my concerns were
right with the report that three shootings took place
at the beach that day. I commend all law enforcement
for trying to keep the lid on at the beach, but I feel that
after so many years of violence that this event should
My suggestion for next year is that along with local
law enforcement, the INS should be involved. I am sure
that their presence would be a strong deterrent to the
Dennis Morgan, Bradenton Beach
A pet-friendly Islander
I want to thank the lady from Vermont for express-
ing her feelings about Anna Maria Island becoming a
more pet-friendly Island. I am an animal lover as well
and I know that the majority of us are dutiful and con-
scientious of others regarding our pets. Unfortunately,
there are no places to let one's dog run and play on the
I don't believe it's too much to ask that pets be
allowed in designated areas at specific times on the
beach. The causeway is not an option due to the danger-
ous traffic along Manatee Avenue.
We need to realize that more and more people are
traveling with their pets and they will go elsewhere if
we cannot present the same open and permissive atti-
tude toward these folks as we do toward our friends
who do not have pets with them.
I find Longboat Key and Sarasota much more pet
friendly than we are on the Island. Fort Myers Beach
is also a great destination where you can walk the long,
wide beach with your dog on a leash. Another great area
for pet lovers is Key West, where most accommoda-
tions will take dogs.
Let's see if we can make some good changes in this
direction on the Island and show our consideration and
tolerance for our four-legged friends.
Maureen Dahms, Anna Maria
Regarding the letter published in The Islander of
May 16 from Jim Rose a cheap shot letter about
Cortez Trailer Park. Maybe someone will send him a
copy since he left town before it was published. You
haven't heard about father-in-law's "eviction" because
we supported Butch Howey during this time of his char-
acter assassination, untrue statements, signs, nasty car-
toons, etc. If our support of his lawful right to sell his
property makes us "major players" or "big pushers"
then we' re guilty.
Rose has had a long-standing grievance with my
husband, so he's not capable of judging his "heart con-
dition" or ani Lhing else about him. As he helps maintain
the park, he really "harasses" the elderly as he mows
the grass, picks up their trash and garbage weekly and
all the little odd jobs he has done for many of them.
We don't care about Rose's ancestors. A lot of
Southerners call people who live up north Yankees or
snowbirds. That is a lot better than what he called my
Butch has offered to sell the park to the hom-
eowners twice before and they haven't been able to
come up with the money. Does that make him a care-
giver? Maybe all the TV publicity, letters, picketing
and village involvement could have helped at that
As far as my family living with ourselves, we only
have one person to answer to, and it's not Rose.
Ann Odom, Cortez (Howey's mother-in-law)
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 6, 2007 7 7
Questions on park deal
As Cortez Trailer Park homeowners and residents,
my husband and I would like to know if this is really the
example Butch Howey and Carlos Beruff want to use to
teach all of our children and grandchildren (including
your own) on how to treat parents and senior citizens
Selling out our parents for the almighty dollar and
those who would be a part of something so sad and just
plain wrong are not the kind of role models than any
child, anywhere, need to be exposed.
We love our community and all of historic Cortez
fishing village. We thank one and all for standing with
us in our effort to preserve our homes. If Howey and
Beruff succeed, we'll be only one of many who will
have paid tens of thousands of dollars per year to live
here. Now in retirement with our dollars possibly going
into your pockets, we don't have enough time left to
work and save up to start over again. And, quite frankly,
how many of our oldest residents could survive being
uprooted in such a terrible way?
The example you're setting could indeed come
back to haunt you in the next generation.
Bob and .sL idl Brunton, Cortez Trailer Park
On Friday, May 18, we attempted to have a college
graduation party for our daughter at our house on South
Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria.
The tent went up three days before, and while we
decorated, all of our immediate neighbors, and even
the renters nearby, stopped in with well wishes. Even
Christine cycled up with a flower for my daughter. All
the neighbors were invited to come and dance, and
everyone was told that the festivities would be over at
11 p.m. when a hired trolley would take the partygoers
back to the Eckerd College campus.
We planned a lovely event with a professional Calypso
band from Orlando. On the night of the party, e \ c I \ iing
seemed to be going as planned. The band and the food
arrived. The graduates arrived on their trolley, cheering.
The band was very good and people were enjoy-
ing themselves. The sun wasn't even down before we
had the first visit from the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office. There had been an anonymous complaint about
the noise, so the band turned the sound down.
By 9 p.m., the deputies had three more complaints
from the same "anonymous" people, who were now
standing in the street and pointing at us. Our band had
no choice but to pack up and leave after only two hours
of a four-hour gig.
Up the street, the aggrieved mother and daughter
could not be mollified. One of my guests, herself a police
officer, offered them a plate of food in an attempt to
pacify them, and ended up with it thrown in her face.
So there we were with 45 college students, two
kegs of beer and no band from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. To
the great credit of our guests, they still had a marvelous
time, and left on the trolley, leaving hardly any mess
behind. This was a civilized party and not an out-of-
control event by any standard.
The deputies were embarrassed by the whole thing,
and it became clear from our neighbors that the folks
who complained have made a career out of calling the
cops on their neighbors. In any other town, they could
possibly be charged with making frivolous complaints.
I found it interesting that the very next day, I saw the
woman and her mother dumping their yard waste on
the property across the street from their house. They
may want to think twice before breaking the law again,
because people might notice.
Janet Kingan, Anna Maria
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8 0 JUNE 6, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Cortez Park residents win battle maybe
By Paul Roat
Cortez Trailer Park owner Butch Howey has agreed to
drop an offer by a developer to purchase the property and
will allow residents the opportunity to purchase the property
at 12507 Cortez Road, ending a long-standing feud.
Developer Carlos Beruff had offered to purchase
the approximate five-acre property, which includes
about 620 feet of bayfront, for $10.8 million earlier
this year. His offer was called unsolicited.
But park residents had also said they wanted to pur-
chase their land, which encompasses 79 permanent mobile
homes and eight recreational vehicle sites, from Howey
Beruff has now withdrawn his offer to purchase,
leaving it up to the residents to come up with the funds
to purchase the property.
Cortez Trailer Park residents' purchase committee
co-chair Doug Morgan, who is currently in Iowa for the
summer, said he "absolutely doesn't know what's going
on. I haven't heard anything from Butch. I'm waiting
for some kind of confirmation."
Park association present Bob Coulter said that park
owners were "one for one." He explained that the deci-
sion by Beruff was good news, but now park residents
needed to attain financing, develop an association and
purchase the facility.
Two-thirds of the residents have agreed to the pur-
Minor injuries suffered in
Three people suffered minor injuries in an accident
on the Anna Maria Island Bridge June 2, according to
the West Manatee Fire Rescue District.
One person was taken to the hospital for treatment,
said Brett Pollock, WMFR deputy chief.
A WMFR report indicated that five vehicles were
involved, including a truck.
The accident occurred at about 6 p.m. Traffic was
halted while the bridge was cleared.
chase, Coulter said, and although he estimated that the
purchase price of $10.8 was too high, the acquisition
could still go forward at that figure.
He also estimated that some of the bayfront prop-
erty could be sold to offset the total price.
Coulter also said that the per-space cost would be
in the $80,000 range for residents.
The property is currently zoned light-industrial, and
any change of use from its current trailer park status
would require a change in the Manatee County com-
prehensive plan a lengthy, expensive and dubious
process requiring not only county, but state approval.
"It was for sale for some time, and we offered him
a contract in January 2006, which was refused," Morgan
has said. "[Howey] had offered it in October 2005 for sale,
and in March 2006, when most of our people were home,
he said not to get concerned, we'd work on it this season.
Then, all of a sudden, he cut a deal, but not with us."
Morgan has said he had been in contact with sev-
eral financial institutions that said if residents start to
contribute to the purchase, the funds could be found.
Coulter has said he created a committee of park resi-
dents, of which two-thirds had agreed to purchase the park
as a co-operative, similar to a recent action in Bradenton
Beach at the Sandpiper Mobile Resort. Earnest money in
the form of $50,000 was collected, Coulter said, but there
had been no response from Howey on the proffer.
L\ cliyone in Cortez is interested in the park,"
Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage president Allen
Garner has said.
Howey told The Islander in October 2005 that he
arrived at the park from New Jersey at age 7 and has
lived there ever since. His father, Harry Sr., had the prop-
erty from arrival in 1959 until he sold it to his son in
1988. Both father and son and their families live there.
Next to come in the saga is for the residents to
secure financing for purchase of the park and develop
some form of a co-operative association for manage-
ment of the park.
AME's 'mailwoman' carries home cash
Jean Lewetag came closest to guessing the correct
amount of cash $731.03 worth of silver dollars,
big bills and loads of change in the big jug that
was a feature "donation" to the Anna Maria Elemen-
tary-Parent Teacher Organizaion Spring Fling, where
the winner was announced. Her guess, $729.52,
earned her a heavy load, even for a mail carrier, of
$100 in penniesfrom The Islander newspaper and
penny jug sponsor John Bacich of Anna Maria. With
Lewetag, a mail carrier for the Bradenton Beach
Post Office, is Kelly Joseph, PTO treasurer, who vol-
unteered to count up the cash in the jug, and her sons
Dylan, 6, and Ryan, 22 months. The jug of money
and an additional donation from the newspaper to
the PTO evened up the PTO gift to $1,000. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
'Top Notch' photo contest delayed to June 20
Due to extensive news this week, The Islander
delayed publishing the first weekly photo contest
winner to June 20. 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 now extended to Friday,
Judging begins with a selection of pictures that
may include abstract photos, still life pictures, land-
scapes and scenics, candid unposed snapshots, action,
holidays, humor and animal pictures. Nothing is over-
looked, including great kid pics, sentimental moments
and moments of personal triumph.
Send or deliver your favorites (no limits) weekly to
Top Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to topnotch@islander.
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puter manipulation is allowed.
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each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants are required to submit the label
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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.
Top notch past winner
Ed ( iilL won the weekly contest in 2005 with this
Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo
Contest is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur pho-
tographers are those who derive less than 5 percent of their
income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after
Jan. 1, 2007, are eligible. This allows for extended eligibility.
Photos previously published (in any format/media) or entered
in any Islanderor other competitions are not eligible.
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Entrant must know and submit the name and address
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must be enclosed/attached with the entry.
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THE ISLANDER U JUNE 6, 2007 E 9
Variance requests denied in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
A spa that nudged into the setback zone at a resort
in Bradenton Beach was recommended to be moved
by city officials last week. Final decision on the matter
will be made by the city commission at a later date.
Members of the city's board of adjustment recom-
mended denial of a variance to RAPS Development
LLC for its property, Sunset Beach Motel, 2201 Gulf
Drive N., for the spa to be 7 feet from the rear property
line where 10 feet of setback is required.
Steve Gilbert, the city's building official, said the
plans for the resort renovation indicated a single pool,
which he found to be properly located on the site. On
inspection, he noticed the spa encroached on the set-
back area, and he requested the developer come before
the board of adjustment for a variance.
He also issued a stop-work order for the spa.
RAPS Development's Richard Spanski said that a
spa is "very important to motel users." He added that the
spa had been dug and steel and concrete were already
installed, contributing to the hardship by the owners and
contributing to the request for the variance.
Board of adjustment members disagreed.
"It is a desire, but not a necessity, to put in the spa,"
BOA Chair John Burns said. "The applicant has the
opportunity to locate the spa elsewhere on site."
Board member Dan DeBaun concurred.
"The code is clear," he said. "There were changes
made which did not meet the setbacks. There are hard-
ships, but it's not clear enough for me [to vote for the
The denial was unanimous.
In other board action, members also vetoed a boat
lift variance requested by Jerry and Connie McKee at
their home at 2101 Bay Drive N. or 1909 or 2102
Bay Drive N., depending on which records are refer-
Jerry McKee said he bought the property in Decem-
ber 2005 and spoke to building officials regarding the
creation of a boat lift on the canal side of the waterfront
property. He said he was told there would be no prob-
lem with such an amenity.
In September 2006, he retained the services of a
boat lift contractor, who applied for and received per-
mits for the lift construction. In March 2007, the work
was completed and the contractor was paid, but a final
review by the city spurred a stop-work order.
At issue, according to Gilbert, is a city code which
states that boat lifts, docks or pilings should not project
more than 5 feet into the water. The McKee pilings are
13 feet from the seawall and the canal edge.
Gilbert quoted the city's land development code,
which states in part that "no piling, boat dock or pier
shall project more than 5 feet into the canal."
There are two canals in Bradenton Beach.
Neighbor Michael Southwick said he is opposed to
the lift and objected to the variance.
"Most lifts are on the bay," he said of the McKee
project. "I believe it will impede ingress and egress to
Southwick said that the extensive mangrove fringe
on the south side of the canal also contributed to navi-
gational issues in the narrow waterway.
Neighbor Jaroslav Urbanek concurred.
"It's the only canal in Bradenton Beach with man-
groves," he said. "It's unique, and it's only deep on one
Chair Burns said the plans appeared to have been
issued in violation of city codes. Adjustment board
member DeBaun agreed, and made the motion that the
issuance of the building permit was in error and should
be revoked, which was unanimously approved.
Roser Thrift Store turns 10
Roser Thrift Store volunteers Peggy Nash, from left, Laverne Raisch, Jean Knopp, Marilyn Hawkins, Marga-
ret Art, Marguerite Thompson and Dottie Morasco celebrate the store's 10th anniversary May 31. Thrift store
proceeds support Roser Memorial Community Church, as well as a number of other area groups, including
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, All Island Youth and the
.9it, iff's Youth Ranch. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The
store is located across the street from the church in the 500 block of Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. For more infor-
mation, call 941-778-0414. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Beach shooting trial set for August
The two men arrested on multiple charges in con-
nection with the Easter Sunday shootings at Coquina
Beach are set to stand trial in mid-August.
Three people were injured in the shooting incident
on April 8 Jose Estrada, 20, Salvador Estrada, 27,
and a 17-year-old identified by Bradenton Beach police
as F.E. Authorities allege that the three victims are con-
nected to the Sur 13 street gang.
Santiago Delgado Jr., 21, and Rene Vasquez-Men-
doza, 22, both of Plant City, were arrested in the incident.
They are allegedly involved in the Norte 14 street gang.
Delgado is charged with carrying a concealed fire-
arm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharging
Vasquez-Mendoza is charged with three counts of
attempted first-degree murder, carrying a concealed
firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharge
of a firearm in public.
Both men have entered not guilty pleas. The defen-
dents, according to court records, will be tried together.
They are scheduled for jury trial in mid-August, but
often trial dates get pushed back to allow attorneys
additional preparation time.
Delgado was released from the Manatee County
jail after posting bail.
Vasquez-Mendoza remains in jail without bail.
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Like snowbirds preparing to return to their primary
residence, Anna Maria city workers are packing to head
But they will only be traveling 10 blocks.
After a season in temporary headquarters at Cros-
spointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
the city crew is readying to re-open Anna Maria City
Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
The planned re-opening date is June 11.
The main moving day is June 8.
"Some services may be interrupted," said Mayor
Fran Barford, referring to phone services and other
technical systems. "But I'm hopeful we'll keep it to a
"If people could bear with us and have patience,"
said AnnMarie Thorpe, city administrative assistant.
City hall has been closed for months while workers
repaired the building after removing mold identified
shortly before the November election of Barford and
two city commissioners.
City officials blame the cause of the mold on water
that entered the building when Roof USA was install-
ing a new roof in the summer of 2006. Thousands of
gallons of rainwater coursed through the roof into city
hall, causing serious damage inside the building.
"It was really bad," said Thorpe, who walked
through city hall June 1, pointing out offices that had
An environmental report commissioned last year
by then-Mayor SueLynn found "significant mold con-
tamination" in the trusses above the ceiling tiles in the
commission chambers, in the air in the locker room and
in the west wall of the building.
That report did not indicate the mold posed a seri-
ous health issue, but eventually city hall was vacated
for the remediation work.
"It began to affect the health of our staff," Barford
said. "And when that happens, you can't stay."
Since January, city meetings have taken place pri-
marily at Holmes Beach City Hall and city employees
have conducted day-to-day work at Crosspointe Fel-
lowship, formerly the Island Baptist Church.
"They've been wonderful," Barford said, referring
to Crosspointe Fellowship's assistance. "They've been
so gracious. We just owe them so much."
But, Barford added, there's no place like home.
"We're in a fish bowl right now," she said of the
consolidated, temporary space at the church. "We' re all
on top of each other."
A timeline distributed to city commissioners
detailed the relocation of the city government and the
associated expenses, beginning in August 2006, when
the rainstorm sent a deluge of water into the building,
drenching the Manatee County Sheriff's Office substa-
tion, the mayor's office and the administrative offices.
The next day, with work taking place on the roof, a
water pipe burst in the administrative office.
"This took a hit," Thorpe said, referring to the com-
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Thorpe stands in her empty office at city hall June 1.
Thorpe and other city employees plan to move back
to city hall June 8. They have been working for sev-
eral months in a temporary space at Crosspointe Fel-
lowship, formerly the Island Baptist Church. Islander
Photos: Lisa Neff
mission chambers, where she stood beside a ladder
amid tools and construction material.
She walked from the chambers through a confer-
ence room and into the administrative hallway and
"Water was pouring in here," she said, pointing to a
gap in the ceiling tiles. "And my office was flooded. We
had water coming in here. F\ i\ t1hilng was soaked."
Fans were brought in to take out the moisture.
But in November 2006, city officials received an
environmental report showing mold in the building and,
by mid-January, the temporary city hall was set up at
Crosspointe Fellowship. City documents were packed
up in boxes. Furniture was placed in storage.
Over the next several months, asbestos and mold
were abated from city hall, the cooling and heating
system was cleaned and repairs throughout the building
Last week, workers with the Garry Group contin-
ued repairs, expecting to finish up before employees
returned June 8.
"We're doing little odds and ends," said Terry
Murphy of the Garry Group. "We' re putting it all back
together. There's been a lot of little things to do."
"We're ready to come back and have our own
space," Thorpe said, standing in her empty city hall
The estimated cost to repair city hall, excluding
legal fees, is more than $100,000, which city officials
hope Roof USA will cover.
"We had to use our city funds to move forward with
this project," Barford said.
For more information about the status of city hall,
Andy Behrend of the Garry Group works at city hall June 1. The contract workers expected to wrap up their
repairs this week.
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By Lisa Neff
"The girls are hot." That's the early observation for
June from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive
director Suzi Fox.
Throughout May, AMITW walkers identified six
nests and seven false craws.
In just the first two days of June, walkers identified
three more nests and two false crawls.
A stretch of beach from the Sandbar Restaurant in
Anna Maria to 66th Street in Holmes Beach seems to
be the most active maternity ward in the city. It is home
to half of the loggerhead nests made last month.
"They love the dark spots," Fox said, referring to
the female l1 'P... iliad turtles that come ashore, creating
tractor-like treads as they make their way over the sand
to a suitable nest site.
For the record, there were four nests identified on
Anna Maria in May 2005 and 12 nests in May 2006.
The count was 42 nests in June 2005 and 49 nests in
June 2006. The total number of nests last year was 118,
and 97 in 2005.
On Longboat Key in May, walkers identified eight
nests four loggerhead nests in the Manatee County
section and four turtle nests in Sarasota County. Two of
the Sarasota nests were made by green turtles and two
were made by o1< ', l.id iL.\ according to turtle watchers
at Mote Marine Laboratory.
Mote reported a total of 29 nests in May for the
beaches it monitors on Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta
Key, Casey Key and Venice. There were 40 fewer nests
counted this May in the area than last May, the result
of a decline in nesting on Casey Key and in Venice.
Nesting monitors, as well as code enforcement offi-
cers in the area, continue to encourage the public to
help by removing beach furniture at night and turning
off lights that can be seen from the water.
During the season, which continues through Oct.
31, beachgoers are encouraged to:
Remain quiet and observe from a distance if you
encounter a nesting turtle.
Close drapes after dark and put beach furniture far
back from the water landward of any dune areas.
Fill in holes on the beach that may entrap hatch-
lings on their way to the water.
Place trash in its proper place.
Stay away from nesting turtles or hatchlings leav-
For more information about AMITW, call 941-778-
Island blood drive benefits charities
Donors in the Island Blood Drive can raise money
for local non-profits as they stock the Florida Blood
Services blood bank.
Donors can, if they arrive early enough, also receive
a free event T-shirt.
The seventh annual Island Blood Drive will take
place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9, and
Sunday, June 10.
Potential donors, who can make appointments to
donate at www.fbsdonor.org, should look for FBS vehicles
at three locations the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach; the Publix Super Market, 3900
E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach; and the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
For each donor who participates in the drive, the
Taylor Family Foundation headed by Ritchie Taylor
will donate $100 to a local non-profit. Five organiza-
tions will benefit from the drive, with each donor decid-
ing where to direct his or her money all to one group
or divided among multiple groups.
Participating non-profits include the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, the Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers, the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club, West Mana-
tee Fire Rescue Volunteers and Wildlife, Inc. Education
"We usually generate about $10,000, because we
work so hard on it for months," Gail Straight, of Wild-
life, Inc. Education & Rehabilitation, said of the blood
The rehabilitation clinic, located in Gail and Ed
Straight's Bradenton Beach residence and currently
home to hundreds of birds and other animals, esti-
mated the blood drive covered about one-sixth of the
all-volunteer organization's budget.
"The money goes directly to caring for the wildlife
- the food, medical supplies, gas for rescues, caging,"
Causley firm hired
By Paul Roat
Bradenton Beach city commissioners have retained
the services of M.T. Causely company to provide build-
ing official services to the city.
The firm specifically Steve Gilbert has been
working as interim building official since March in the
wake of Ed Mc Adam's departure.
The firm will be paid $109,000 for one year of
service, but that figure may be negotiated to a lesser
figure after meetings with firm president Mike Causley,
Mayor John Chappie said.
"We can change the hours," Chappie said of Gil-
bert's duties for the city. "We can cut him down to 30
hours, or even 20 hours a week, depending on the econ-
omy. What we've done in the past doesn't work."
Vice Mayor John Shaughnessy agreed with Chap-
"He's not the cheapest," Shaughnessy said, but
added that based on the company accepting liability
for any issues that may come up with any decisions
Critters at Wildlife Inc. 's rehabilitation clinic in Bra-
denton Beach, including "Athena," a great-horned
owl, receive medical care in part supported by the
annual Island Blood Drive. This year's drive will take
place Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10.
For more information about the blood drive, call
FBS at 800-682-5663.
as building official
made by the department, "it's Causley's responsibility,
not ours. I like that."
M.T. Causley is a private company that provides a
variety of services to public agencies.
Causley has said his firm developed from his expe-
riences as the building official in Miami-Dade County
after Hurricane Andrew. "We have a team of people that
we can draw upon," he has said, "anything you need,
from structural engineers to planners to architects. We
do this in 30 cities in Florida."
Mc Adam was paid about $82,000 a year, plus a
city vehicle. Causley will provide insurance, benefits
and a vehicle for Gilbert.
There were three other applicants for the position.
Pay range for the others was in the $65,000 to mid-
$70,000 area, with insurance, benefits and vehicle to
be included in the package paid for by the city.
The final negotiated Causley payment package is
expected to be approved by the city commission later
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12 E JUNE 6, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Holiday stokes expectations for hot summer season
By Lisa Neff
Summer-like crowds packed Anna Maria Island
Memorial Day weekend, a strong barometer for the
summer season, according to industry experts.
Weekend vacationers packed the beaches from the
north end of Anna Maria to the south end of Bradenton
Beach, crowded into restaurants, opened up second
homes that haven't filtered a breeze off the water in
months, and seized up vacancies at Island motels.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
doesn't yet have statistics for the holiday weekend or
the first week of school break. However, volunteers at
the office said they had a hard time finding room vacan-
cies for visitors.
"We were packed," said Tom Buehler of Haley's
Motel, 8102 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
That's the case most weekends, Buehler added, but
he said bookings going into the summer are ahead of
last year's bookings.
"I think it's going to be a good season," he said, "It
The AAA Auto Club South, which measures activity
through reports from 70 branch offices in Florida, Geor-
gia and Tennessee, reported an increase in Memorial
Day travel over the same time last year in the region.
In fact, travel went up nationwide for the Memorial
Day holiday, which serves as an overture to the summer
season, according to AAA.
The association estimated llil3 38 3 million Ameri-
cans traveled at least 50 miles from home during the
weekend, a 1.7 percent increase from 2006, despite high
gas prices and increasing vacation costs. An estimated
4.4 million people traveled by airplane, an increase of
1 percent from last year.
Higher gas prices didn't deter Bobby Salata and his
family, who drove from Orlando to Anna Maria Island
for a weekend at the beach.
"It goes without saying that if it's Memorial Day,
they're going to up the gas prices so you just have to
go and not think about it," Salata said. "High gas prices
always are an issue at holidays."
AAA estimated the average household traveling on
Memorial Day weekend spent about $594.
Salata said his family of four spent in excess of
that on Anna Maria Island, from the coffee shops in
the morning to the bars at night.
"Coming here every year is a tradition, a treat for
the kids for working hard in school," Salata said. "And
this year we had two graduates. We're celebrating."
Waylon Calbreath, 8, of Parrish, also was treated
to an Island vacation last week.
"School is out so we're on summer vacation,"
Waylon said. "We take two vacations. At the begin-
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On Memorial Day, Waylon worked with his father
on skimboard techniques near the Sandbar Restaurant
in Anna Maria while his mother attended an open house
at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, a new gallery/reception
hall/meeting place in the city.
"This is a lively place," Michael Calbreath said,
looking down the beach at the colored umbrellas,
chairs, towels and people. "The right pace, you know?
A lot of people, but not a lot of congestion."
Some blocks to the south, on a patch of beach near
the Harrington House Bed & Breakfast in Holmes
Beach, a couple was married in a small ceremony.
"We' ve got guests spread up and down the Island,"
said Patti Mercer of Atlanta, the mother of the groom.
"Some are at Coconuts [Beach Resort]. Some have
vacation rental cottages. It's just a lovely time and the
perfect time of year here."
Mercer's son planned to stay on the Island through
the week with his new bride. The honeymoon plans
included a fishing charter, a kayak trip, a scooter ride
and lots of sunbathing.
"Better than Disney," Mercer said.
Islander named class salutatorian
Jordan Pritchard graduated from Manatee High
School May 26 with a full resume of honors from
class salutatorian to varsity letters in track and cross
Jordan's parents are both in the safety field Jim
Pritchard is a lifeguard and emergency medical techni-
cian with Manatee County Marine Rescue, and Julie
Pritchard is a financial assistant with the West Manatee
Fire Rescue District.
The graduate's accomplishments at Manatee High
include winner of a Golden Herald Award, a Rensse-
laer Medal for mathematics and an Anna Maria Island
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He also continues to be involved in Crosspointe
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 6, 2007 0 13
By Lisa Neff
No birds and no nests were observed last week in
the Anna Maria beach area that was roped off to protect
the nesting grounds for least terns.
What could be seen were human footprints,
beer bottles and an expletive in the sand made from
The message typifies a situation Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission experts and Man-
atee County Audubon volunteers have observed this
year in Anna Maria. A sign at the entrance to the city
proclaims Anna Maria a bird sanctuary, but the people
trying to protect the nesting grounds for least terns and
black skimmers say they have fielded numerous com-
plaints and encountered hostility.
Wildlife experts, working with local volunteers, go
out in the spring to designate nesting grounds for the
birds, considered threatened in the state largely because
of encroaching development. The birds have tradition-
ally nested on Anna Maria Island's sandy shores, as
well as along isolated stretches of mainland shore.
On several occasions this season, complaints
from Island residents and visitors prompted officials
to reduce the size of the protected nesting areas.
"We had a higher number of complaints from resi-
dents and visitors," said Nancy Douglass, a regional
non-game biologist with the FWC. "There've been
people demanding that the areas be removed, people
harassing volunteers, harassing our staff. That's dis-
heartening. Usually we see a general trend of accep-
tance and this year people got up in arms. To ask people
to walk a few feet around does not seem to be an exces-
Also at the nesting grounds, stakes have been pulled
up and ropes have been taken down. Over Memorial
Day weekend, the ropes were breached to write exple-
tives in the sand and scatter beer bottles.
"That's the kind of behavior that is a death sentence
for these birds and that level of intolerance will poten-
tially lead to there not being any more of these nesting
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birds in Florida," Douglass said. "There is not a square
meter of beach that is not covered with human or dog
foot prints except for those posted areas and even those
are violated. It does not bode well for these birds."
Officials have noticed an absence of least terns in
Anna Maria and elsewhere along the Southwest Florida
coast, though they can't say specifically why.
"Things are definitely different this year on the
southwest coast, from Lee to Pasco counties," Douglass
said. "We're seeing a different pattern of behavior."
In Collier County and to the south, wildlife experts
reported that 2007 is a strong year for nesting least
terns. On the Atlantic side of the state, experts suspect
a mid-May storm delayed nesting. Here too, nesting
habits have been altered.
"A lot of the least tern colonies that we have
come to anticipate, they didn't set up," Douglass said.
"The birds are around, but by and large the ones that
attempted to nest just failed. They quit. We get out and
post the colony and, boom, they abandon it. I don't
know what that's due to."
There is speculation about what might be involved
- development, human interference, the smoke from
wildfires, red tide, anticipated storms, the record
The drought has had an impact on other nest-
ing birds. At Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier
County, wood storks built several dozen nesting plat-
forms, but they failed to lay any eggs. Experts believe
that the lack of rainfall led to a scarcity of prey for the
storks and thus, they gave up their nests.
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Toward the end of last week, the FWC regional
office in Lakeland received reports that a colony of
least terns had formed on the south end of Egmont Key
in Tampa Bay. A section of Egmont Key is a federally
protected wildlife refuge.
"I hope they're out there and they're doing well,"
said Holmes Beach birdwatcher Charles Mack as he
and his wife stood outside the empty nesting grounds
in Anna Maria last week. "But I miss them here."
"I hope they come back," Bonnie Mack added.
For more information about nesting birds, call
FWC at 863-648-3200.
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The course, sponsored by the Association for the
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14 0 JUNE 6, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Charlotte Long, former
Holmes Beach mayor, dies
By Lisa Neff
Charlotte Long, who served as mayor of Holmes
Beach from 1978 to 1985 and was
the first woman to hold the post,
died June 1.
She was 86.
"She was a strong lady," said
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Boh-
nenberger. "She had the city in her
heart at all times."
"She brought a sense of duty to
Holmes Beach," said former Bra-
Charlotte Long denton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola,
who described Mrs. Long as "digni
field, poised and what you would call a class act."
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, a
former Holmes Beach mayor, added "feisty" to the words
defining Mrs. Long.
"She wasn't afraid to speak her mind. I've always had
the utmost respect for her," said Whitmore, singling out Mrs.
Long for breaking the city's gender barrier in the top office.
Mrs. Long ousted James Zerby to become mayor in
1978. She had served on the city commission prior to her
mayoral bid and, after her eight years as mayor, she served
on the city's board of adjustment.
It was at city hall that Betty Hill, a longtime city clerk
and later a city commissioner, got to know Mrs. Long in
"She was a very, very fine lady," Hill said. "And that's
the best way to define Charlotte as a fine lady. Super
intelligent. A great pleasure to work with."
Hill described Mrs. Long as a "productive" elected
official and credited her with taking "our ancient zoning
ordinance and rewriting it, bringing it up to date."
Through a working relationship, the two women
developed a friendship that lasted through the years.
"She was my best friend and my boss," Hill said.
Together they traveled as near as Disney World and
as distant as the Far East. Mrs. Long, Hill remembered,
was a fun and knowledgeable traveler.
They were neighbors at Westbay Point & Moorings
condominiums in Holmes Beach.
The two last saw each other at the hospital, where
Mrs. Long underwent heart surgery.
"It was just too much," Hill said of the surgery. "She
was told by the doctors to have the surgery or she would
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Mrs. Long and her husband, the late William Long,
met in Cleveland, Ohio. They lived in New Jersey, close
enough for a commute to Manhattan, before coming to
Anna Maria Island in 1973.
In addition to being remembered as a politician and trav-
eler, Mrs. Long is remembered by her friends and family as
a golfer, a bridge player, and a gourmet cook.
Survivors include her two stepsons, Thomas Long
of Bay Village, Ohio, and William Long Jr. of Lenexa,
Kan., whose wife is Joy. Mrs. Long was grandmother to
two children and great-grandmother to nine children.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday,
June 8, at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church
of the Annunciation memorial garden, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217-1829.
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 will be at 7
p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Trin-
ity United Methodist Church, 3200
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
She and husband Dan came to
Bradenton from the Philadelphia
area four years ago. She served as
administrative assistant for the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
"She entrenched herself in our
Kathleen Joyce Center and in our community imme-
diately," said Sandee Pruett of the Center. "Kathy found out
she had ovarian cancer soon after she started working with
us. After a successful surgery, she started her chemo treat-
ments. Nothing could stop her. She was so much a part of
the pulse of the Center, working at all of our fundraisers,
never missing a beat.
"Mrs. Joyce was very involved with her friends at her
Tanglewood neighborhood, starting a weekly gathering
dubbed "Redneck Sundays," where all the neighbors would
gather together in their lawn chairs to chat and relax. She
was involved with our Island Bunco Babes and also a steady
member of the Chick Flix group, a bunch of gals that would
meet monthly for dinner and a movie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria
FL34216, or to St. Mary's Franciscan Shelter for Homeless
Families, 209 Emmett St., Phoenixville PA 19460.
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sisters Janet Armstrong and husband James, Betsy McIn-
tyre 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.
Thelma Parrish Rochon
Thelma Parrish Rochon, 96, of Bradenton, a member
of the founding family in Parrish, and formerly of Anna
Maria Island and New York, died May 28.
Mrs. Rochon taught school at Ballard Elementary School
in Bradenton and at Scarsdale Elementary School in Scarsdale,
N.Y., for 20 years. During World War II she worked in the
security division of a U.S. Army base in Miami, a section that
was a precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency. She was a
life member of Entre Nous in Bradenton. She and her husband
supported the arts, and she was an avid theatergoer, supporting
the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Museum ofArt.
She was a patron of the Island Players and the Sarasota Ballet
Company. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, Holmes Beach.
Memorial services were June 1.
She is survived by sisters Laurene Parrish Powell of
Bradenton and Jessie Parrish Morland of DeLand; nephews
Dr. Ralph Powell ofYardley, Pa., and David Parrish of Terra
Ceia; and nieces Laura Morland Rhodes of Berkley, Calif.,
and Paris, France, and May Diane Parrish Lane of Parrish.
John M. 'Bananas' Shahinian Jr.
John M. "Bananas" Shahinian Jr., 64, of Bradenton,
died May 27.
Born in Milwaukee, Wis., Mr. Shahinian moved to
Bradenton from DesPlaines, Ill., in 1976. He was a carpet
installer for many years and most recently a truck driver.
He enjoyed being near the water, boating and being with
family and friends.
Memorial services were June 1 at Sunny Shores
Clubhouse. Memorial contributions may be made to H.
Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, or Tidewell Hos-
pice and Palliative Care, Fund Development, Bradenton
Hospice House, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes,
26th Street Chapel, Bradenton.
He is survived by son John M. IV and wife Laurie of
Palatine, Ill.; daughters, Lisa Seagraves and husband Wil-
liam, and Shari Nickens and husband Dean, all of Arlington
Heights, Ill.; sisters Barbara Ristow and Vivian Gentner, both
of Bradenton; brother Richard ofAnna Maria; grandchildren
Madeline, Megan, Shannon, Alexander, Bill, Victoria and
Sara; and his long time girlfriend Linda Moynihan.
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Katherine S. Shymanski
Katherine S. Shymanski, 85, of Holmes Beach, died
peacefully at home in the presence of her daughter Joan
on May 31.
Mrs. Shymanski was born in
Wausau, Wis., on February 26, 1922,
as Katherine Cornelia Scherhart.
She graduated from Northwestern
University in 1943 with a degree in
education, and taught elementary
school for several years before mar-
rying and starting a family.
She was an active life-long
alumni of the Alpha Gamma Delta
Sorority, and was known by her
Kathleen Joyce friends as "Sugar."
In the late 1950s, she moved with her second husband
and three young sons to Florida. After living for a short time in
Sebring, the family to the city of Anna Maria and thento Pal-
metto. They eventually settled in a spacious 1920s Spanish-
style home in Palma Sola Park with a huge yard big enough
to accommodate her six children, all born by 1961.
She loved being close to the beach and, in the early
1960s, with a station-wagon full of kids, would gladly pay
the toll to cross the newly built Manatee Avenue bridge
to Anna Maria Island. Becoming lifelong friends with all
of the regulars at Manatee Public Beach, her kids blended
with other surf and beach families in the area, contributing
to a burgeoning surfing community.
She became the quintessential Surf Mom blonde,
raising six kids on her own, forgiving surfboards all over
the house and lawn, and turning the garage into a surfboard
shaping shop. She allowed surf trips to the east coast and
the Caribbean, and became "Mom" to many young surfers
and all the friends of her kids throughout their lives.
She was a Republican, and in 1968 went to the Repub-
lican National Convention in Miami as a delegate from
Bradenton. As a football fanatic, she cheered for the Pack-
ers, Dolphins, and ultimately the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In 1969, she bought a brand-new Plymouth Barracuda
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was absolutely the hippest mother ever.
She relocated to Holmes Beach in the mid-70s, two
blocks from the beach, in the perfect home just a short
walk from her favorite places.
She had been on several ocean cruises as well as a
trip to Hawaii and was always captivated by the beauty
of tropical locales.
Through all of this, she saw one of her twin sons
develop kidney disease and over the years require three
kidney transplants, all donated by his brothers. Her strength
was seen in her children as they saved their brother's life
with the gift of transplantation.
She became a grandmother in 1976 and again in 1999.
Her grandsons were like stars shining in her eyes.
She is survived by five sons, Channing, Richard and
Philip Salick, all of the Cocoa Beach area, Rosser Shymanski
of Atlanta, and Wilson Shymanski of Bradenton; her daugh-
ter and caregiver of many years, Joanie Mills and her hus-
band Tony, of Holmes Beach; and grandsons Brandon Mills
of Holmes Beach and Philip C. Salick of Los Angeles.
The family will host a sunset memorial service at 7:30
p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the northern edge of the Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to
the National Kidney Foundation of Florida, Direct Patient
Aid, 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119, Orlando FL 32803.
Mary W. Smith
Mary W. Smith, 96, of Bradenton and formerly Bir-
mingham, Ala., died May 27.
No services are planned.
She is survived by son Allen of Holmes Beach; broth-
ers C.D. Warren of Anaheim, Calif., and Herschel Warren
of Birmingham; and grandchildren Robert of Sarasota and
Elizabeth "Betsy" Boyd of Tampa.
J. Clifford Venters
J. Clifford Venters, 65, of Holmes Beach, died May 30.
No services were planned. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
She is survived by husband Ken and sister Patricia
Grayson of Bradenton.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
May 29, Bayfront Park, information. Deputies
responded to a complaint from a woman "yelling pro-
fanities at her children," according to the report. Deputies
talked to the mother, who admitted she did say a profane
word, but that it was not intended to be heard by her chil-
dren, and deputies found no cause of abuse.
May 24, 2300 Gulf Drive N., Sand Pebble, burglary.
The complainants said that when they returned to their vehi-
cle after watching the sunset, they discovered their front and
rear windows smashed and their purses missing.
May 25, 100 Bridge St., Bridgewalk Resort, burglary.
The complainant said someone attempted to break into his
mini-van by prying open the doors, but was not able to
gain entry. The complainant said he did hear loud noises
the night before and saw a man in his late teens leaving
the parking area, according to the report.
May 26, 1101 Gulf Drive N., Queensgate Motel,
criminal mischief. The complainant said someone dam-
aged his vehicle's hood while it was parked in the lot.
May 26, Coquina Beach, possession of alcoholic bev-
erages. Lifeguards notified officers that several people
were drinking on the beach. Amulfo Chavez Fabian, 36,
of Mexico, was arrested on charges of possession and use
of alcohol in a public park and was taken to jail.
May 28, Cortez Beach, robbery. Officers were dis-
patched to respond to a fight at the beach. The victim
said that while he was waiting at the trolley stop, several
people took his skimboard. Officers, upon arrival, saw
someone walking away with the board and, after investi-
gation, arrested a man for theft.
May 30, Coquina Beach, attempted burglary. Officers
responded to an alarm at a lifeguard tower. The door to
the structure appeared to have been damaged, but nothing
appeared to be missing from inside the stand. Damage
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By Paul Roat
Myriad questions by city officials prompted a
developer to withdraw his development request for
property in the 2200 block of Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach last week.
RAPS Development LLC of Longboat Key, with
agent Rich Spanski, represent the Beach Club at Anna
Maria. He told city planning and zoning board mem-
bers he and his group want to combine three properties,
vacate a portion of 22nd Street and donate beachfront
property to the city as part of the project.
The properties include 47 units. Existing resorts
are the Gulffront Seaside Inn, Sunset Beach Motel -
located across Gulf Drive and Tropic Isles.
Spanski proffered a relatively new concept to plan-
ners last week in the form of a "development agreement,"
which "allows the local government and the applicant to
negotiate conditions of development of development to
provide public/private benefits that might otherwise be
construed as unconstitutional contract zoning."
RAPS plan was to combine the three existing
motels into one development.
Seaside Inn, on the Gulf of Mexico, would serve as the
Bradenton Beach Police are seeking a
person of interest" in a May 29 robbery at
the Seaside Inn, 2200 Gulf Drive N.
According to the report, someone entered
a motel unit and took the occupant's purses
while they slept. The purses were recovered
near the beach at the resort, but about $150 in
cash was missing.
Surveillance tape at the resort showed
a suspect "going through a purse, walk-
ing towards the area where the purses were
found," according to the report. The video
tape also showed the suspect attempting to
enter six other units at the resort.
The suspect was identified as a white male
in his late 40s with short, wavy, gray hair.
The investigation is continuing, according
to Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz of the Braden-
ton Beach Police Department.
proposal fizzles in
check-in for the complex. It would also be demolished and
reconstructed to include 10 resort units, all on the existing
building "footprint," but with under-building parking.
Sunset Beach motel, east of Seaside across Gulf
Drive, is currently under renovation.
Spanski initially said he hoped the development agree-
ment would be approved by the city's planning and zoning
board and recommended to the city commission, with the
proffer of the developer's donation of about 27,000 square
feet of beachfront property as part of the city's agreement
to vacate 22nd Street, which divides Sunset Beach and
Tropic Isles, from Avenue C to Gulf Drive.
'There is minimal traffic on 22nd Street," Spanski
told planners. "I've seen most of the people use the
street as a pedestrian area."
Then the concerns about the project started up
among planners and others.
City building official Steve Gilbert was not pleased
with the vacation of the street.
"Staff recommendation is not to vacate 22nd
Street," he said.
Mamon Lavoie, with the Florida Department of
Transportation, echoed Gilbert's concerns.
She said that the DOT had let a project for the
northern portion of Gulf Drive in May, which involves
sidewalks flowing from Avenue C off Gulf Drive
through 22nd Street.
P&Z member Jo Ann Meilner said she was con-
cerned about setbacks in the coastal construction con-
trol zone for the Seaside Inn if it were to be demolished
and then rebuilt.
Meilner also questioned the benefits of the beachfront
land proffer, which is arguably worthless for development,
but which the developer stated would be retained for the
"perpetual, non-exclusive right to use the beach area and
to place and leave beach chairs, umbrellas, tables, kayaks,
sunfish, portable storage and the like on the sand."
P&Z board member Ernest Clay said the plans as
presented "are very incomplete. You've got more than
10 setback issues."
Clay said he had issues with the street vacation,
the fact that the proposed project would stretch across
a state highway that incorporates an S-curve, and that
the preliminary drawings call for the steel barricade at
the S-curve be removed.
"Your sketch has no safety barriers," Clay said.
"You're going to have all kind of kids running across
the street to the beach. What you're doing there con-
ceptually is a very bad idea."
City attorney Ralf Brookes agreed. "I believe
you've got a very preliminary proposal," he said.
Then both Clay and Meilner questioned the parking for
the proposed Seaside Inn renovation, which had prelimi-
nary parking plans that did not appear to meet city code.
"This parking plan would not work," Clay said.
"You need to get at least a 6-foot variance to widen the
building. It's just not going to work."
"I don't see the benefit to the city," P&Z chair
Rick Bisio said. He said that the beachfront property
is apparently undevelopable, although he said that "if
you want to tear down Seaside and elevate it and make
it work, I'm not adverse to it."
In public comment, resident Greg Bowers expressed
his concerns about access to the beach. 'They are run
down," he said, "and need to be renovated, but we want
to have our access to the beach."
Resident Nancy Ockerman said she wanted to "see
22nd Street open to the public."
Based on the concerns echoed, RAPS attorney
David Rosenberg said he would withdraw the devel-
opment agreement "and come back at a later time" with
Police CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15
to the door was estimated at $200. Further investigation
indicated that three more lifeguard towers had been dam-
aged in acts of vandalism, according to the report.
May 26, 3000 Gulf Drive, assault. Officers responded
to a call of a verbal argument, but the parties to the dis-
agreement had left when officers responded. Officers later
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broken. After investigating, officers determined that a car
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May 27,2800 block Gulf Drive, theft. The complainant
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May 28,4300 block Gulf Drive, disturbance. Officers
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May 29, 6300 block Gulf Drive, battery. Officers
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10 a.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of
Commerce holds a small business seminar on finding and keeping great
employees at the Longboat Key Club & Resort, Harbourside Drive. Informa-
11:45 a.m. to 1p.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.
Thursday, June 7
7:30 p.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce holds its Small Business of the Year Awards Breakfast at the
Longboat Key Club & Resort, Harbourside Drive. Information: 941-383-2466.
Friday, June 8
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota, celebrates World Ocean Day with children's activities.
Saturday, June 9
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets to hear
Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby talk about hurricane readiness and
for breakfast at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive.
Information: www.annamariakiwanis.org or 941-778-7823.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Florida Blood Services conducts a drive to collect
blood and raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, the
Anna Maria Island Privateers, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, Wildlife
Education and Rehabilitation Center and West Manatee Fire Rescue Vol-
unteers. Locations include the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; The BeachHouse, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach; and the Publix Super Market, 3707 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 800-682-5663 or www.fbsdonor.org.
10 a.m. Family origami with Judy Pruitt takes place at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crosspointe Fellowship's youth group holds a
car wash outside the church, 8505 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
7p.m. to 11 p.m. Dance lessons kick off an evening of dance at the
Bradenton Woman' Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The club holds
a public dance. Information: 941-773-0177.
Sunday, June 10
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Florida Blood Services conducts a drive to
collect blood and raise money for the Anna Maria Island 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. Locations include the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach;
The BeachHouse, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach; and the Publix
Super Market, 3707 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 800-
682-5663 or www.fbsdonor.org.
Monday, June 11
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Atwo-day safe-driver course sponsored byAARP
and conducted by Stretch Fretwell takes place at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-722-6780.
Tuesday, June 12
10 a.m. Circus Sarasota with Karen Bell takes place at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island holds a lunch meet-
ing and club assembly at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.
5 p.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of
Commerce holds a discussion on disaster preparedness at the Longboat
Key Club Harbourside dining room. Information: 383-2466.
Wednesday, June 13
7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds a sunrise breakfast sponsored by Manson Roofing at the Sun House
Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive. Information: 941-778-1541.
9 a.m. to noon Manatee County Conservation Lands Management
Department hosts a "Summer in the Salt Marsh" program for volunteers to
help replant Robinson Preserve. Information: 748-4501 ext. 4605.
10:30 a.m. -A Friends Book Club meeting takes place at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
5:30 p.m. A teen-focused program on Japanese cartooning takes
place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 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-
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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.
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.
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Skin thoughts as sun, summer approach
Oh, how we remember the day.
And oh, how we're living through those days.
Years ago we used to go to the beach, slather our-
selves with mineral oil to promote tanning, and lay on
our towels for hours and hours to bake like the little
basted turkeys that we were in the sun.
We were tan. We were rested. We were ready.
Decades later, though, some of us are noticing some
unsightly red blotches on our skin.
We've got some nasty bumps.
Perhaps we did a bad thing back then.
But we did it all back then to look good. Today,
we're not looking all that great, skin-wise.
And to our credit, our offspring are finding that the
dark-skin treatment of yesteryear isn't all that attractive
today and, in fact, even being golden brown isn't all
According to iVillage and the Skin Cancer Founda-
tion's survey, "the appeal of tanned skin may finally be
waning 53 percent of people surveyed believe they
don't look better with a tan and 63 percent say they are
not more attracted to someone who is tan."
Survey results continue that "69 percent do not
think a tan makes them look slimmer."
What a difference a few years makes, eh?
The survey was conducted by GfK Roper Public
Affairs and Media for iVillage in partnership with the
Skin Cancer Foundation, according to a press release.
"These findings are encouraging," said Perry
Robins, M.D., president of the Skin Cancer Foundation.
"Once people stop linking their self esteem to tanned
skin, we will really begin making headway in the fight
against skin cancer. For now, there is still a lot of work
to be done since an alarming number of people never
For those who care about numbers as we enter our
high sun/summer season, 40 percent of people surveyed
said they never use sunscreen and 11 percent use an
SPF 15 or higher daily.
Sunburns? Survey says that 42 percent of people
are still getting sunburned at least once a year.
As the skin cancer group reminds us, "a person's
risk for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer,
doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns."
And we apparently aren't all that smart when it
comes to sun stuff.
"The small percentage of people applying sunscreen
daily is surprising, given that 58 percent of people say
they are concerned about skin cancer," according to the
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ing that every day incidental sun exposure, like inter-
mittent, intense exposure, such as on beach vacations,
seriously damages the skin over time. But people are
getting better about using sunscreen when outdoors -
59 percent of people use sunscreen at least occasionally,
a 20 percent increase from a survey done in 2003."
Women are definitely smarter than men when it
comes to putting on the goo on the beach: 47 percent
of men say they never put on a sun-block substance,
while 34 percent of women are in the same category.
Both of those numbers are too high, of course.
According to the SCF, and it's good advise, "no sun-
screen blocks 100 percent of UV rays and most people
do not apply it adequately or frequently enough."
And then there is the issue of clothes. In a few
words, they don't work to protect your skin from the
sun unless you wear a parka to the beach.
We've been saying for years here that T-shirts are
pretty much a Sun Protective Factor of 10. Remember
the numbers on you sun goo? Remember how everyone
says that you should have at least a 15 factor? Remem-
ber the above T-shirt reference to 10?
According to the SCF, "an untreated white cotton
T-shirt only provides the equivalent of an SPF 5 to 7.
Darker, more densely woven fabrics, provide a much
Maybe the 15 factor, or so. Pass the goo.
The foundation offers these thoughts for us all to
remember this summer.
Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4
Do not burn.
Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
Use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher every
Apply one ounce of sunscreen to all exposed
areas 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every
2 hours, or immediately after swimming or excessive
Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed
hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should
be used on babies over the age of 6 months.
Examine your skin every month.
CAP AS *Os
See your physician every year for a skin exam.
About the poll
By the way, for those who follow polls, the survey
included more than 1,000 people, and had a plus-mi-
nus accuracy factor of 3 percent and was pretty much
evenly divided between men and women.
Those numbers are pretty standard for any survey,
for those who don't follow such polling data.
In a word, cover.
With sun goo.
Lots of it.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
in her previous life was a nurse and worked with her
husband, Dr. Andre Renard, a plastic surgeon who deals
with such things as skin care.
Whitmore is also dealing with past indiscretions of
spending too much time out in the sun and not bother-
ing with as much sunscreen as she should have.
She said that the key to later-life skin problems is
to avoid too much sun when young. Sunburns as youths
results in skin problems when old, when she summed
Men seem to have problems with skin cancer on
the top of their heads and on the top of their ears, she
added, while women seem to have issues with the tip
of their noses and their faces.
Another tan tip
Want to get tan? Want to look like you've got a
Here's a better alternative: tanning creams.
The products of yore aren't as messy as what's out
Back then, you could figure you'd be pretty much
orange before you got done. Today, the color is a light
There are also some tanning spray places out there
that can give you some color if you so desire, although,
based on the survey, a tan color isn't all that attractive
So here's the final sun tip for summer.
L'Oreal has a sunblock with an SPF 60. It blocks
pretty much everything that could harm your skin, and
is a lot lighter than a parka.
Look for something called Mexoryl in the goop, a
European product that just got approved for sale in the
United States. It's supposed to block all the harmful
sun rays from damaging your skin.
It looks to be a bit expensive, but hey do you
know how much it costs to get skin cancer burned
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 6, 2007 19
Grouper rules offshore catch, reds, macks near shore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing action is slowly getting into a summer-like
mode. Redfish catches and a few trout are good bets in
the backwater areas, plus catch-and-release snook.
Look for mackerel near the shore, grouper and
snapper farther out in the Gulf of Mexico, plus some
tuna and wahoo farther out.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said redfish are the big
catch inshore right now, but most are too big to keep.
Trout are coming out of Palma Sola Bay, and mackerel
are still being caught off the beaches of Anna Maria
Island. Offshore action includes tuna, dolphin, wahoo
and a few kingfish, he added.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said that's he's also finding fishing to be "really
great this week. We are catching permit, gag grouper, red
grouper, scamp, mangrove snapper, hog snapper, amber-
jack, lots of blacktip sharks, spinner sharks, barracuda
and triggerfish." One day last week he caught eight hog
snapper, and he's also still catching kingfish up to 30
pounds on most trips out in the Gulf. His tip for the kings
is to fish in the large bait schools offshore, with threadfin
herring or bluerunners as bait. Most of his action comes
from about 25 miles out in the Gulf.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing is
a bit slow, but he's seeing some small redfish up to 20
inches in length coming in as well as a few mackerel.
Snook are hanging out under the pier, he added, but
since they're out of season and don't seem to be hungry,
they're just serving as a "tease" to anglers.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
mackerel are the fisher's mainstay at the pier right now,
plus a few jacks, snapper, sharks, catch-and-release
snook and a few sheepshead.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball said he's finding fishing to be pretty good
on his offshore charters, with good catches of grouper
and snapper, mackerel and banded rudderfish. Capt.
Mark Johnson, also out of Annie's, said his backwater
charters are getting into lots of small catch-and-release
snook, keeper-size redfish, a few trout and mackerel.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's seeing some "monster-size" snook under the dock,
and is hearing good reports of big snapper and keeper-
size redfish in Terra Ceia Bay, most in the 18- to 20-inch
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said kingfish are still
around in 35 feet depth in the Gulf, plus he's catching
"nice mangrove snapper and triggerfish at the same
hard bottom. Reds, snook and trout are cooperating
throughout Miguel and Terra Ceia bays, and shark fish-
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ing has been good in the bay off Emerson Point."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said that "angling action has
been getting pretty interesting lately and some creativ-
ity is in order for success. Whitebait is getting harder
to come by. It is notable that when I have gone to the
trouble to get a bunch, they have been a dud for pro-
ducing fish. Shrimp, small pinfish and crabs have been
the ticket for success on my charters, with crabs par-
ticularly good for finicky redfish, followed by shrimp
and pinnies. The biggest snook in the past couple of
weeks was a 34-incher taken with half a blue crab sus-
pended beneath a cork while targeting redfish. All of
the snook and reds have been caught fishing tight to
the shade of mangroves on the extra-high tides we've
had lately, especially where there are oyster beds as
well." Capt. Zach added that deeper bay waters are
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trout, jumbo Spanish mackerel, bluefish, assorted shark
and the occasional pompano. Again, all of the above
preferred either shrimp or pinfish over whitebait." He
took Carrie and Troy Kreiser and friend Richard Eettle
of Pennsylvania out last week and the trio "scored a
backwater slam of snook, reds and trout. The threesome
also bested a few shark, mango snapper and big Spanish
macks on a half-day trip. Carrie, who owned up to be a
complete novice at the start of the trip, ended up being
the top rod for the day." He also guided Joe Kreon and
Bob Lamb, both from Cleveland, Ohio, to a nice catch
of redfish to 23 inches and spotted sea trout to 21 inches
in Palma Sola and Anna Maria Sound.
On my boat Magic, we've caught redfish to 30
inches, mangrove snapper and mackerel.
Good luck and good fishing.
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Already surveys show that more
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So IMG hooked Fox Network's
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Adults can enroll in three- or five-
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boarding or non-boarding courses.
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Rhea ( iihL /, owner of The Studio at Gulf and Pine, welcomes two guests, Island-
ers Jimmy and Betsy Nichols, to an open house at the Anna Maria business. The
Studio opened in early April after an extensive renovation of the building at 10101
Gulf Drive. On Memorial Day, ( iil and the Studio's executive director, Jill
Morris, showed off the art and amenities including meeting rooms, a catering
kitchen and high-tech audio, video and computer equipment. For more information
about The Studio, call 941-778-1906, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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Wagner Realty welcomes back Mary
Schmidt, an 8-year veteran of Wagner
Realty. Schmidt recently returned to
Wagner from real estate work with Seven
Shores Development. A native of Cincin-
nati and a former teacher, she has lived in
the area for 24 years and has been active in
Rotary Club work for 14 years. Among the
many accolades she has received, Schmidt
said "receiving Wagner's Shining Star
Award stands out most in my mind."
Schmidt is working out of Wagner's
corporate office on Cortez Road and can
be reached at 941-727-2800.
5311 Sunrise Lane, Holmes Beach,
a 3,512 sfla / 5,312 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car
bayfront pool home built in 1953 on
a 140x252 lot was sold 05/18/07,
Haines to FLM Inc. for $1,500,000; list
619 Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach,
a 2,249 sfla / 2,846 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car
canalfront home built in 1974 on a
100x 114 lot was sold 05/18/07, Cochrane
to 619 Gladstone LLC for $535,000; list
310 63rd St., Unit 5A, Island Walk,
Holmes Beach, a 2,001 sfla / 3,176
sfur 3bed/212bath/2car condo was sold
05/15/07, Parrish Ranch LLC to Phelan
512 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,588
sfla / 2,214 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar canal
front home built in 1969 on a 83x105
lot was sold 05/14/07, Jaenichen to
HBH Limited LLC for $455,000; list
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty ofAnna Maria, at Gulf-
Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.
islander.org. Copyright 2007
Creative Native 2 opens in Anna Maria
The owners of the Creative Native
in Bradenton have expanded to the
Island, opening a second T-shirt and gift
shop on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria.
The Island store, 9801 Gulf Drive,
is stocked with items similar to those
that have made the 8208 Cortez Road
shop a success the original airbrushed
T-shirt "dezines" of owner and artist Phil
Babas. One of Creative Native's most
popular items is a T-shirt with the image
of a mullet fish with a mullet haircut.
Co-owner Carolyn Babas also is
an artist and the store carries a selection
of tropical-themed gifts and souvenirs,
including glassware and mobiles.
"We just opened two weeks ago,
Carolyn Babas said of the Island shop.
The two opened the Cortez Road
store about four years ago and have
longed to set up shop on the Island.
"We have a lot of customers that
come from the island," Carolyn said.
"We're really happy to be on Anna Maria
Island. It's where we wanted to be."
The Island shop's hours are 9:30 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
For more information, call 941-778-
3750, or go to www.creativenativeaird-
Featured sale: This home at 512 69th St., Holmes Beach, sold in March 1995for
$160,000 and in May 2007for $455,000 for an increase of $295,000 in 12 years.
The cost per square foot is $286. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
Debra Adams works in the newly opened Creative Native 2 on Gulf Drive in Anna
Maria. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Pelican Pete's hosts
A good karaoke singer can't get past
Simon Cowell's criticism on "Ameri-
can Idol," but could walk away with a
$1,000 prize at Pelican Pete's, 12012
Cortez Road, Cortez.
The restaurant, owned by Sylvia
Marnie of Anna Maria, is hosting a
karaoke contest at 8 p.m. Saturday from
June 16 through July 28.
The first prize, sponsored by Autoway
Ford Bradenton, is $1,000. The second
prize, sponsored by A-Paradise Vacation
Rentals in Holmes Beach, is a three-day,
two-night stay on Anna Maria Island. The
third prize is a $100 gift certificate.
Registration will cost $10.
For more information, call 941-792-
in travel guide
Photographers are being sought
for the annual cover of "A Look at
Florida's Gulf Islands," a publication
that features "the best of Florida's
Gulf Islands, including locales and
personalities on Anna Maria Island,
Longboat Key, and in Bradenton and
The winner will receive $500,
according to sponsor Front Row Media
Deadline is June 29. All entries must
be digital and sent to mullins@frontrow-
The publication is read by more than
2 million visitors a year, according to
THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 6, 2007 0 21
NFL flag football season on summer horizon
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's 2007
summer flag football season gets under way Friday,
June 8, at the Holmes Beach athletic fields. The Center
experimented with flag football earlier this year with
great results and now they've stepped it up by join-
ing NFL Flag Football. The league will sport eight
teams in three age divisions.
Pee Wee Division for players ages 5-7 will have
two teams, the Eagles and the Colts. The Junior Divi-
sion for players ages 8-11 has the Titans, Chiefs and
Texans. Last, but not least, is the Youth Division for
players ages 12-15, which has the Buccaneers, Panthers
and Raiders as its three teams.
As part of the NFL Flag Football program, the
Center will host an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competi-
tion on Saturday, July 14, at its home field, the Holmes
Beach field adjacent to city hall and the skate park.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men teed it up for an 18-hole,
partners-low-net tournament on May 30. Jim Mixon
and Bob Kral combined to shoot a 12-under-par 52 to
claim clubhouse bi,.r.'in' rights for the day. Two shots
back in second place were two teams, Lew Winegarden
and Bob Elliott, and the team of Pieter Thomassen and
Jim MacVicar. Third place went to the team of Fred
Meyer and Dan Hayes with a 61.
May 28 saw the men play a nine-hole, individual-
low-net tournament which was won by Bob Kral with a
4-under-par 28. Second place went to Don Ledford with
a 1-under-par 31, while Bob Kelly and Dick Grimme
tied for third place with 33.
The ladies and men of Key Royale Club teamed up
on May 25 for the weekly coed tournament. The team
of Jane Winegarden, Terry Westby, Larry Fowler and
Tom Proxy fired a 101 to win the low-team-net-score
tournament. Second place went to the team of Jeanette
Cashman, Frankie Smith-Williams, Fred Meyer and
Bob Proxy with a score of 105.
Three out of five teams advanced from pool play
with 3-0 records during May 23 horseshoe action at
Anna Maria City Hall. Debbie Rhodes and Ron Slagh
cruised past the team of Bill Starrett and Hank Huyghe
by a 22-11 score to earn a shot in the finals at the wait-
ing team of Tom Rhodes and Peter Dickson. Dickson,
a pit rookie visiting from Gainesville, won the match
with a walk-off ringer and a 23-18 score.
Only one team managed to emerge from pool play
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during May 30 horseshoe action. Debbie Rhodes and
Dean Rowe were the undisputed champs for the day.
Ron Slagh and Sam Samuels took second place with a
23-8 victory over the team of Jimmy Spencer and John
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
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$1,650,000. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor, 941-742-0148 evenings.
SINGLE FAMILY- REDUCED Centrally located, one blockto beach.
2BR/2BA spacious home on corner lot. $509,000. Call Joy Murphy,
Realtor, 941-730-2820 evenings.
PERICO BAY CLUB Reduced for quick sale, owner anxious. Florida
condo livingat its best,waterfront, security, pools, spa,tennis courts, 2BR
plus den. Immediate possession. Seller will pay one-year maintenance
fee and give $2,000 "appliance allowance" forthe buyer. $369,900. Call
Marion Ragni, Realtor, 941-761-1415 evenings.
MARTINIQUE NORTH Make an offer on this 2BR/2BA condo with
a breathtaking full view of the Gulf. Hurricane shutters, elevator,
tennis courts, heated pool. Sold as-is. $735,000. Call Michel Cerene,
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THREE GULF PROPERTIES located on this
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S3BR/2BA furnished beach home. $2,900,000.
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ISLAND CONDO Walking distance to many shops and
restaurants, this condo offers it all. Heated pool, storage, two
covered parking spots, washer, dryer and a new water heater.
Turnkey furnished for your convenience. A real beauty priced
to sell. $294,900. Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
22 E JUNE 6, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
Youth Division (Ages 12-15)
June 8 7 p.m. Buccaneers vs. Raiders
June 9 10 a.m. Buccaneers vs. Panthers
June 11 7 p.m. Raiders vs. Panthers
Junior Division (Ages 8-11)
June 8 6 p.m. Texans vs. Chiefs
June 9 9 a.m. Titans vs. Texans
June 11 6 p.m. Texans vs. Chiefs
Pee Wee Division (Ages 5-7)
June 8 6 p.m. Colts vs. Eagles
(All games played at Holmes Beach field)
Join Her-icane golf challenge
The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls soccer
team is hosting a fundraising golf tournament at the
Bradenton Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.
The team uses the money for uniforms, warm-up suits
and tournament travel.
For a $100 donation, players can test their golf
skills at Bradenton's most exclusive and challenging
layout in a four-person scramble.
All players registered before the Aug. 1 deadline will
receive a goody bag, cart and greens fees, a post-tourney
banquet and guaranteed fun throughout the day. Also on
tap are a straightest-drive contest, two closest-to-the-pin
contests, a putting contest and raffles for tons of prizes. The
field is limited to the first 100 golfers, so don't delay.
The Her-icanes are also looking for tournament
sponsors to help their cause. For $800, a business can
purchase the Hat Trick package, consisting of a four-
some, banquet, tee or green sign on the course and a
banner that will be displayed at all Manatee Her-icane
home soccer games. A golden goal sponsorship pack-
age includes a foursome and a tee or green sign on the
course for $500, or a tee or green sign for the tourna-
ment for $125.
To sign up a foursome, list the four players and
each players phone number and send the list with a
check payable to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster. Mail
it to me, Her-icane Coach Kevin Cassidy at 2011 79th
St. N.W., Bradenton FL 34209. For more information,
call me 807-1105.
The Her-icanes also are looking for tournament
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or green sign on the course and a banner that will be
displayed at all Manatee Her-icane home soccer games.
A golden goal sponsorship package includes a foursome
and a tee or green sign on the course for $500, or a tee
or green sign for the tournament for $125.
To sign up a foursome, list the four players and
each players phone number and send the list with a
check payable to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster. Mail
it to me, Her-icane coach Kevin Cassidy at 2011 79th
St. N.W., Bradenton FL 34209. For more information,
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
OF ANNA MARIA
Bringing People Hme Simnce 1939
PERICO BAY CLUB Best value Jasmine SPANISH MAIN Must see this beauti-
townhouse, end unit, 2BR/2BA, water view, fully maintained 2BR/2BA villa Bright
two miles to beach, gated with 24/7 secu- and sunny Boating community on
nty with heated pools, tennis, clubhouse, Intracoastal Waterway Active over-55
attached garage PennyBray,941-795-6685 area Peggy Henger, 941-720-0528
#551490 $349,900 #336593 $339,000
BOATERS PARADISE Let's go fishing-dock- RUNAWAY BAY CONDO ANNA MARIA
sailboat Saltwater canal Minutes to Gulf, ISLAND Very clean, quiet, partially updated
shopping restaurants and more Furnished condo with skylight Turnkey furnished
and ready to move into Boatlift and mm- with view of canal to bay Jim Zoff,
nature light house included Joe Corbo, 941-778-2246 MLS#519606 $374,900
941-778-2246 MLS#555795 $499,900
FIVE WATERFRONT LOTS FOR SALE Owner will sell single or in
bulk Premium location New subdivision Builder and floor plans
available immediately Becky Smith or Elfl Starrett, 941-773-1954
#549550 From $120,000 to $151,000.
MOTEL/RESORT OPPORTUNITY ANNA MARIA ISLAND Great
11-unit resort/motel One block to the beaches Many restaurants,
specialty shops and fishing pier within short distance Jim Zoff,
941-778-2246 MLS#539134 $2,575,000.
EXQUISITE UNIT HAS GULF VIEWS and luxury amenities Crown
molding accents high ceilingsand open plan Granitecountertopsand
stainless-steel appliances Designer perfectfurnishings 3BR/2 5BA
Karen Day, 941-778-2246 MLS#551496 $1,599,000.
ARAREFIND!AnnaMaria Gulffront lot Buildyourdreamhomehere
Walk the sugar white sand beach, watch the stunning sunsets, see
the dolphins swim peacefully by and write your novel here Becky
Smith or Elfl Starett, 941-778-2246 MLS#504998 $1,495,000.
LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT Key West-style home on sailboat
water Boatlift, open floor plan, four-car garage, workout room and
30-foot screened balcony Becky Smith or Elfi Starett,941-778-2246
SUMMER SANDS BAYFRONT Unique 3,292
sftownhome 3-4BR/4 5BAwithfamilyroom
and glassed lanai Exceptional complexwith
private beach and bayside pool/spa Com-
munitydock Dave Moynihan,941-778-2246
RUNAWAY BAY Spacious, unfurnished
2BR/2BA waiting for your Florida tropical
lifestyle decor Association offers many
amenities Steps to beach Home war-
ranty available for buyers Anne Miller,
941-778-2246 MLS#533670 $279,900
REMODELED IN 2007, ground level four units surround private
heated pool Steps to the beach 2BR unit ideal for owner Good
rental history and reservations Owner/Agent Jacque Davis,
941-778-2246 MLS#548868 $999,000.
GULF COAST PLAZA Fully leased eight unit strip center on busy
Cortez Rd W/300' frontage, 6100 SF of building, parking for 32
cars Zoned general commercial Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246
VALUE IS IN TWO LOTS only a few, 100 yards from Gulf Beautiful
street and beach access Build two homes or remodel cottage
and live in paradise 2BR/1 5BA Karen Day, 941-778-2246
BRADENTON BEACH TWO-FAMILY Turnkey furnished 2BR/1BA
cottage with 1BR/1BA bungalow Great family retreat or
rental property Walk to shops, beach and more Anne Miller,
941-778-2246 MLS#518824 $825,000.
GREAT PRICE! Cute, very well maintained cottage home All remod-
eled,ceramicthroughout exception large mastersuitelWood burning
fireplace, RoseGarden ComeSeel Stacey Limberg,941-776-3300
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
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LIKE-NEW DESIGNER sofa, large whitewash enter-
tainment center, stained-glass and decorator lamps,
waterbed, two oak bedroom nightstands, silk plants,
new kitchen glass table and four chairs, whitewash
computer desk and oak desk. 941-778-4451.
JOHN DEERE ZERO-turn mower. F-620. Good con-
dition. SN.TCF620X013982, manufactured 1995,
reconditioned. New battery, belts. $2,000 firm. Ted
FOR SALE: DRUM bell kit for middle school, high
school band class drummers. Good condition. $160.
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Vic Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, fluent in 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Italian, Spanish and English (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 730-1062 Cell
6000 Marina Drive, Ste. 105 Holmes Beach, FL 34217
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
Gayle Schulz www.jimandersonrealty.com
Broker/Associate email: gayle511 @tampabay.rr.com
Large, updated 3BR/2BA condo
with a pool in West Bradenton.
Move right in. Unbelievable price
Call Gayle 941-812-6489.
0 mPly the Be1s
i116,9UU CONDO WtESI BKALUNION 1l5K
partly furnished across from clubhouse and pool.
Beautifully updated, move-in condition.
COMPLLItELY RENOVA tED ZBRZBA ground-level villa.
Top of the line amenities and beautifully furnished. Stainless
steel appliances, wood floors, one-car garage. $329,000.
KEY ROYALE Move-in condition. Beautiful
2BR/2BA. Huge patio and Florida room. Wonderful
views of bay and canal. Boat dock, nice landscaping.
Good value. $599,000.
M ike 800-367-1617
Norman 3101 GULFDRIVE
Realty N HOLMES BEACH
Ofrecemos servicio de ventas en espanol
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 drinkfrom
the old-style mugs available at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
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.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
days, Thursday. 9am-noon Saturdays. Always porch
clothing sales. 941-779-2733. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Local luxury. Partnered with Sotheby's International Realty.
Anna Maria Island luxury
with views of the Gulf and Bay
Brand new, beautifully furnished, four bedroom townhouse with
fabulous amenities: 9ft. ceilings, gourmet kitchen, granite counters,
stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile floors, two-car garage, jetted
tub, wrought iron style railings and a tri-level elevator. 1/2 block to a
white sand beach and watch sunsets or view the beach from all rooms.
Visit www.hannerle.com or www.skysothebys.com
for photos and a video tour
Anna Maria Island's South Beach Village has
gorgeous views of the gulf, white sand beach, sunsets
and bay. Phone for info on great developer incentives!
This 3 bedroom townhome and 2006 Parade of Homes top
award-winner is beautifully furnished and has a fabulous amount
of attention to every detail. Some of those details include; bay
windows, skylights, cherry wood cabinetry, wet bar, kitchen
& baths with granite counters, Italian tile in the bathrooms,
Jacuzzi tub in the master, all GE Profile appliances, central vac,
2-car garages and paver driveways. wonderful location with 9
restaurants within a half mile, 2 miles to a major grocery and a
half mile to the Bradenton Beach fishing pier.
Visit www.hannerle.com or www.skysothebys.com
for photos and a video tour
Direct bayfront lot with expansive
unobstructed bay views
Lot includes a deeded deep water boat slip
just steps away, ii I.. hl.. sunsets, gorgeous
bay views all situated in a small gated enclave
of beautiful custom homes and 5 minutes
away from a white sugar sand beach. Custom
home plans included.
Virtual tour at www.hannerle.com
All offices are independently owned and operated.
546 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228
PH 941.383.7171 I FX 941.827.9765
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SALE: NIKI'S ISLAND Treasures. Storewide, all
sterling jewelry 50-70 percent off. Select antiques,
art, books, costume and vintage jewelry, Hummels,
furniture, porcelain, beach items 30-90 percent off.
Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-779-0729.
INSIDE GARAGE SALE: 7-11am Saturday, June
9. Designer sofa, collectibles, designer clothes,
whitewash furniture, coffee tables, bedroom furni-
ture, books, linens, entertainment center, stained
glass, jewelry, lots of knick-knacks. 218 84th St.,
YARD SALE: 9am-5pm Saturday, June 9. House-
hold, water skis, toys and miscellaneous. 218 82nd
St., Holmes Beach.
THREE-FAMILY SALE: 8am-2pm Saturday, June 9.
Lots of good stuff. 2903 Ave. B, Holmes Beach.
PORCH SALE: 9am-1 pm Saturday, June 9. Antique
porcelain and dishes, jewelry, books, lots of interest-
ing stuff. 110 48th St., Holmes Beach.
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.
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-
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
ISLAND YOGA SPACE: Summer classes and work-
shops. Drop-ins welcome. Visit islandyogaspace.
com, or call 941-747-9397 for more information.
ISLAND RESIDENT BUYS costume and fine jewelry.
Please call Diana Miller at 941-778-4201, or e-mail
email@example.com. Will come to you!
KIDNAPPED! Bentley (the butler statue) disap-
peared from Sandy Rich's Real Coffee & Realty,
9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on March 17. Sandy
says, "Call and I'll pick him up, no questions asked."
Call her at 376-6077.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
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.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
,We& &A/ 9M9&a-Iotvl mt
y SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 www.betsyhills.com
(941) 778-2291. EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
iUUANL;At;U iAUt I is lovely 3 B/zbA eacn
house offers panoramic Gulf views! Amenities
include vaulted ceilings, expansive kitchen with
breakfast bar, French doors, and wrap-around
deck. Priced at$890,000.Turnkeyfurnished. The
perfect family beach house! Call Carmen Pedota
941-284-2598 or Lori Guerin 941-773-3415.
UtrU I rULLT YYrrUINItU IbL UrII lUVIul lasieTully
decorated 3BR/2.5BA home offers many amenities,
including French doors, tiled floors, spacious kitchen
with stainless-steelappliances, breakfast bar, and sunny
Florida room. Other features include a formal dining
area, textured ceilings, tile top vanities, and a sunny
patio with plenty of room for a pool. There is a handy
circular driveway, outdoor shower, sprinkler system,
and lush tropical landscaping. Best of all, the sparkling
Gulf of Mexico is only short stroll away! Tucked away
atthesecluded north end,thischoice property is priced
at $799,900, furnished. Call Carmen Pedota 941-284-
2598 or Lori Guerin 941-773-3415.
HISTORIC BEACH AVENUE RETREAT3BR/3BA pool
home west of Gulf Drive on 1.5 lots. Highlights of this
distinctive retreat include new roof, gourmet kitchen
with European appliances. Outside amenities include
solar heated pool with cabana, surrounded by lush
landscaping This wonderful hideaway offers privacy
plus. Exclusive! $997.500. Call for details.
SECLUDED BAY FRONT ESTATE This warm and
inviting 4BR/2BA hideaway offers sweeping views
across Anna Maria Sound! There is a protected
canal along the south side of the property, offering
an electric boatlift and 32-foot dock. Other features
include a solar heated 30x15-foot swimming pool
and a spacious 25x19-foot bayside sundeck, plus an
enchanting 12-foot gazebo with endless views of sea
and sky! There is a brand new kitchen with wooden
cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, and gorgeous
granite countertops, plus newly installed hardwood
floors and cheerful yellowvinyl siding. The spacious
25x23-foot mastersuite hasskylightsand softpickled
cedar walls. There is an enormous walk-in closet and
separate sitting room area with sliding doors opening
onto the panoramic bayside sundeck. This choice
estate is situated on an extremely private lot of the
end of a quiet street, offering several lovelytrees. The
sparkling Gulf beach isashortstrollaway! Don't miss
this rare and wonderful Island retreat!
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.
WANTED: FLOATING DOCK for three-person Jet
WANTED: BOAT SLIP with lift wanted for rent.
23-foot boat. Need deep water and no bridges to
pass under. Northern canals that empty into Galati
harbor area preferred. Charlie, 205-602-0513.
12-FOOT ALUMINUM v-bottom outboard 1972
Mirrocraft, trailer, 2.5-hp Mercury, like new, safety
equipment. $750. Call 941-778-2670.
2004 10-FOOT Trinka sailing dinghy. All running rig-
ging, loaded. Sailed two times, extra towering eye
oars, ss-transom mount, anodized two-part mast.
$3,695. 941-776-1999 or 941-776-0299. See at
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-1pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.
HOUSE CLEANER: Detail, part-time, available any
day. $15/hour. 941-778-3519.
NEED SOMEONE TO do ironing at their house. Will
pick up and deliver. $1 per piece. 941-330-5723.
CLEANING AND/OR handyman service needed.
Four units rented by night, week, month. Call 941-
962-4265 for appointment.
Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
PERIO BAY CLUB TOWNHOUSE
883 Waterside Ln., Bradenton: 2-
3BR/2BA, 1,632 sf, furnished, water
and preserve views. Gated community.
Only two miles to Gulf beaches.
Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready
to help you get the home of your dreams.
SLocal experts with the power to say "YES" to
your home loan.
mUp-front approval* at the time of application.
BAs little as no-to-low down payment options
available to make qualifying easier.
sLoan amounts to $6 million.
BConstruction financing available.
EQUAL HOUSING LENDER 2003 COUNTRYWIDE
TRYWinE FINANCIAL CORPORATION AN/OR ITS SUSI
Home Loan Consultant
401 Manatee Ave.W. Holmes Beach
HOME LOANS, INC. TRADE/SERVICE MARKS ARE THE PROPERTY OF C
DIARIES. ADD APPROPRIATE STATE LEGAL. UP-FRONT APPROVAL SURB
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pool. 2BR/2BA open
plan, new kitchen.
Dock, three davits.
Not a drive-by,
must see inside!
For sale by owner.
404 21st Place,
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PREP COOK NEEDED at busy breakfast and lunch
cafe. Apply in person. Melinda's Cafe. 5315 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-0411.
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-
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach or order online www.islander.org.
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.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
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.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
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The Rivertowne Lot 40- $493,190 $359,000 The Kiawah Lot 28 $528,602 $379,000
3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,637 SF 2 bedroom plus study, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,791 SF
ON BRADEN RIVER
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Key West 2nd Floor $356,565 $284A65
2 bedroom plus den, screened lanai. 1,638 SF
'S CGCA 17845
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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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-
DEALERS WANTED to market Triron portable
gas and diesel generators. Great opportunity for
electricians, contractors, entrepreneurs. Mammoth
Dist.,Bradenton, Fla. jamesfallon @tampabay.rr.com.
CAN THREE MINUTES change your life? Seeking
six highly motivated people who want paid what
they're worth. 1-800-515-9083. Wellness business.
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker or
somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-year-old,
ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-779-9783.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
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.
WEST BRADENTON GEM
Possible convert back to 3BR.
Large corner lot with room for
pool, and to park boat or RV. Lots
of lush landscaping. Convenient to
everything. New bathrooms, new
paint, home is in great shape and
shows extremely well. $190,000.
egF MAJESTIC BAYFRONT A
real bayfront beauty. Recently
renovated 4BR/3BA spacious
home on a large bayfront lot. Bay
views from many rooms, room
for a pool, roof top sundeck with
sweeping Gulf and bay views and a
two-car garage. The quality shows,
come see for yourself. Large deep-
water dock with lift and room for
multiple boats on the Intracoastal
539 ul Dive- aolesBec
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.
AMERICAN HANDYMAN: ISLAND resident. Guaran-
teed price, guaranteed quality. Any job. Discount with
ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry, 941-448-5999.
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.
GETYOUR GUTTERZ Done before the rain comes!
Seamless rain gutters. Clean, install, repair. Low
prices! Free estimates! Call Rob, 941-465-3095.
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.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-
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.
W. Ben Stewart
Attorney At Law
Real Estate Closings Title Insurance
Condo Associations Evictions
Qualified Intermediary for 1031 Exchanges
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.
HOLMES BEACH. 778-0807 800-956-0807
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
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pres-
sure washing, landscaping, property maintenance.
Owner operated by Island resident. Exceptional
value! Licensed and insured. Call 941-726-7070.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. Many references and insured. Please
GET MOORE FOR your money: Specializing in tree
trimming and removal, brush chipping, estate clean-
ups. Insured. Call Lew Moore, 941-755-5559.
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.
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VAN-GO PAINTING residentiaVcommercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN &TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, 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.
The closest you can get to
the beach just steps and
still have a deepwater canal!
21 Ah AIIVuIIIm AIIHA MADIAn Mli
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Get a bid then
call Nick, he's the best. Island references. Licensed.
Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or 941-962-5131.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I take
pride in my work. For a free estimate, call Colin at
941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
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.
PAULS DEPENDABLE HOME Services. Special-
izing in drywall and stucco, new or repairs. Popcorn
removal, skip-trawl ceilings. All jobs welcome. 941 -
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.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or email@example.com.
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1 BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299, or e-mail
captko462 @ aol.com.
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach. Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
clothes and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalm-
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal
view with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to
share. Apartment has private entrance, bath and
kitchenette. All utilities except telephone included.
$350/week or $850/month. Perfect for a clean and
quiet individual! Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 941-928-8735. Leave message for informa-
tion and availability.
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL RENTALS still available.
Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call
Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.
ANNUALS: SANDPIPER RESORT 55-plus com-
munity, No. 200, 2BR/1BA, $695/month. Turnkey
furnished, washer and dryer. Includes water, sewer
and garbage. On bay, Gulf view. Call 941-920-0868
LAKEFRONT CONDO: NEW, rent to own. 2 and
3BR/2BA, large lanai. Includes pool, spa, cable,
water. Nice northwest location. Close to beaches.
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel in beauti-
ful town of Anna Maria. Quaint island cottage, steps
to beach. 203-454-0573.
9903 Gulf Drive P.O. Box 941 Anna Maria, FL 34216
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4-5BR/5BA, sauna, pool
Deepwater canal with dock and lift
Short walk to the beautiful beach
Priced below market value
Owner financing available
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ANNUAL RENTAL: BEAUTIFUL, freshly painted,
new tile, quiet Holmes Beach 1BR/1BA. One
block from beach. $800/month, includes lawn and
trash. Call, daytime, 8-11am. Ann, 941-778-9196.
BRAND NEW LUXURY townhome: Harbor Land-
ings, Cortez. 3BR/3BA, private elevator, two-car
garage, all amenities, walk to beach. $2,750/month.
Call Donna at Premier Florida Realty, 941-761-
3720. Cell, 941-313-0104.
OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,081 sf. Former Cortez
Exchange. 8811 Cortez Road. 1-800-952-1206.
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-
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. 1BR/1BA,
across street from beach. $695/month, includes
water and garbage. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-
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 1 BR, living room, kitchen.
$1,200/month. Bradenton Beach. 727-480-8154.
AFFORDABLE ANNUAL RENTALS available:
1BR/1.5BA, Gulffront, 1BR/1BA duplex, 2BR/1BA
duplex, 2BR/2BA Gulf view, 2BR/2BA condo. Start-
ing at $750/month. Coastline Accommodations.
GREAT LOCATION: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier.
2BR/1BA, ground floor, fully furnished with all ame-
nities, no smokers or pets, available June 1. Annual
or six-months, $1,000/month. 941-387-8610.
FLORIDA SUMMER SPECIAL: Vacation across
from the beach. 1 BR, $549/week. 2BR, $649/week.
ANNUAL/SEMI-ANNUAL rental: Anna Maria Shell
Point condo. 2BR/2BA, furnished, ground floor, on
water. Heated pool, tennis court, covered parking.
Some vehicles prohibited. No pets. Nonsmokers. Coin
laundry. Annual, $1,500/month. Semi-annual, $2,200/
month. First, last and security. 716-861-8016.
TEMPORARY OR ANNUAL 2BR elevated duplex with
porch and laundry. Freshly remodeled, private park-
ing, block to beach. $795/month. 941-807-5449.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1.5BA ground-
level duplex. $900/month, shared laundry. Small pet
OK. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
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.
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.
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.
ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA home, completely
furnished, close to beach. Available June through
October. No pets, no smoking. $950/month. 941-
UNFURNISHED ANNUALS: 2BR/1 BA, Anna Maria.
$1,000/month plus 2BR/2BA, canalfront Holmes
Beach. Call Sue at An Island Place Realty, 941-
BED AND BOAT: Beautiful 2BR condo on Anna Maria
with optional boat rental. Canal to Intracoastal Water-
way. Summer rates. 941-778-8520, 813-713-5430.
BRADENTON BEACH: Small, quiet, one-room cot-
tage on the Intracoastal Waterway. $1,000/month,
annual. No pets. No smokers. 813-996-3606.
PALMS OF CORTEZ: 2BR/1BA very clean, third
floor. Small pets welcome. Pool, fitness center, etc.
$950/month. First, last, security deposit, negotiable.
941-778-8277 or 941-962-8347.
ONE AND TWO-BEDROOM house: waterfront,
pool, short-term rent. Phone, 941-779-9074.
RENT-TO-OWN: Waterfront and pool homes,
several to choose from! Starting at $995/month.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA MORNINGSIDE unfurnished
condo. Pool, close to beaches, shopping, schools.
Small pets welcome, no smokers please. $985/
month. Diane, 941-761-1968.
LUXURY 2BR/2BA, STEPS to beach. $995/week
plus taxes and cleanup. Nice 2BR mobile home in
gated, senior park. $695/month annual or $400/
week. 863-688-3524. Cyberrentals. E-mail: chick-
JUST RENOVATED! GORGEOUS 2BR/2BA house,
steps to beach. $1,575/month, $625/week. Jaime,
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA duplex, two-
car garage, screened lanai, shared laundry. $1,000/
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TWO-ROOM APARTMENT: Kitchen, clean. Holmes
Beach, one block to beach. May 10-20 and July
6-Aug. 31. Three-day minimum. 941-779-4505 or
ANNUAL RENTAL: PERICO Bay Club. 2BR/2BA.
Furnished or unfurnished, pools, tennis, secu-
rity gate. Beautiful landscaping. Leave message,
UNFURNISHED ANNUALS! 2BR/1 BA, Anna Maria,
$975 plus utilities; 1BR/1BA near beach, Holmes
Beach, $825 plus utilities. Call Sue at An Island
Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
FURNISHED ANNUALS! 2BR/2BA home near
Bean Point, immaculate, $1,700/month; 2BR/2BA
home with garage on Key Royale, $1,500/month;
2BR/1 BA Anna Maria condo near pier, $975/month!
Also six-month availabilities! Call Sue at An Island
Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
OWNERS! WE HAVE a list of qualified tenants look-
ing for unfurnished annuals! Please call Sue at An
Island Place Realty. We take care of all leasing and
management with a smile! 941-779-9320.
ANNUALS: SANDPIPER RESORT 55-plus commu-
nity, #200, 2BR/1BA, $695/month. #202, 1BR/1 BA,
$595/month. Both on bayside. Turnkey furnished,
washer and dryer. Includes water, sewer and gar-
bage. 941-920-0868 or 941-778-4523.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes
to beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake
Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.HiddenLakeCon-
ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner.
Holmes Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool, boat
dock, many upgrades. $725,000. Call 941-545-8601.
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 personal tour.
MUST SELL! ELEVATED concrete duplex, 2BR per
side, freshly remodeled. 3,500 sf of enclosed space.
One block to beach. $454,900. 941-807-5449.
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.
BY OWNER: MOVE into lovely home in unique
area under sprawling oaks. Close to everything,
3BR/2BA, family room, new kitchen. $305,000. West
WATER-VIEW, DEEDED boat slip, 2BR/2BA home
in Holmes Beach. 1,703 sf, large corner lot, 100 per-
cent updated, priced to sell, $499,000. cculhane@
3BR/3BA WATERWAY PENTHOUSE: Loft, dock,
bay view. New air conditioning, kitchen. Must sell!
BEST BUY on the beach. Romantic, Bradenton
Beach, direct Gulffront studio condo. Newly reno-
vated, furnished. The perfect getaway. $325,000.
HOT BUYERS MARKET: Anxious seller! Club
Bamboo South, direct Gulffront studio. Incredible
interior, all new outside. On-site management,
pool, nightly rentals and more. Way under value!
$399,000. George, 312-321-7501.
INCOME POSSIBILITIES AND Island living in this
2BR/1BA. One-car garage also has a 1BR/1BA
attached apartment. Great location, minutes to
the Gulf of Mexico. $699,000. Contact Erlene
Fitzpatrick or Kimberly Mills, 941-758-7777.
Re/Max Gulfstream Realty.
LOT: 57.75x114-feet. Neptune Lane, Holmes Beach.
One block to beach. $487,000. 941-779-4505 or
GORGEOUS FURNISHED 3BR/2BA Perico Bay
Club condo. $365,000. Owners, 941-345-5372 or
WANT TO BUY: Direct Gulffront condo on either
Bradenton Beach or Holmes Beach. As part of the
deal, I would trade either my one-or two-bedroom
condo, plus cash. The condos are on Gulf Drive
(across the street from the beach) and have been
totally renovated and have a great rental history.
607-731-1103 or mgb2617@ lightlink.com.
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includes 50-foot boat slip. Large updated 3BR/2.5
BA end unit, with a view of the Intracoastal Water-
way. Amenities include fireplace, wet bar, glass-
enclosed lanai and much more. $779,000. Richard
Parker, 941-920-3250, Re/Max Gulfstream.
HAVE IT ALL: Beautiful direct Gulf views just steps
to sandy beach. Also a fishing pier, boat dock, pool,
spa and tennis court. 2BR/2BA, kitchen with granite
countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Nice,
turnkey furnished. $575,000. Ninth Street, Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach. Contact owner at 941-
NEW: 2007 ISLAND condos with over 3,000 sf
under roof. These 3BR/2BA plus garage, have pri-
vate elevators. Please stop by 2317 Ave. C, Bra-
denton Beach, and view our model, or call Kimberly
Mills at 941-321-9601, or Erlene Fitzpatrick 941-
758-7777. Re/Max Gulfstream Realty.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm, Sunday. Minutes to beaches,
2BR/2BA, garage, in-ground caged pool, close to
shopping, good schools. Hurry, this one won't last
long! $224,900. 8512 43rd Ave. Terr. W., Braden-
ton. Chard Winheim, Horizon Realty, 941-713-6743.
A GREAT DEAL for the smart investor! 2BR/2BA
home, large corner lot, room for expansion and/or
pool. Needs updating. Take a look and make us an
offer! Call Carla Price, Bark and Company Realty
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NANTAHALA LAKE LOT with old fish camp and
2/BR septic permit, close to public boat ramp.
$225,000. Valleytown Realty. valleytownrealty.com.
SOUTH CENTRAL Alabama waterfront land sale!
Grand opening Saturday, June 23. One day only!
Gorgeous property, great prices, come see for your-
self! Water access from just $19,900. Paved roads,
underground utilities, excellent financing! Call now
and reserve a priority appointment. 877-457-5263,
LAKE SEATON GEORGIA: First time offered. 1.96
acres, $110,900. Three acres lakefront, $147,900.
Beautiful views and frontage on Lake Seaton. Black-
topped roads, underground utilities. Only 43 miles
to Atlanta, Ga. Don't miss out on pre-grand opening
SOUTH COLORADO RANCH sale: 35 acres,
$36,900. Spectacular Rocky Mountain views, year-
round access, electric and telephone included.
Come for the weekend, stay for a lifetime. Excellent
financing available with low down payment. Call Red
Creek Land Co. today! 866-696-5263, ext. 2682.
LAKE PROPERTIES: Lakefront and lake-view
homes and parcels on pristine 34,000-acre Norris
Lake in east Tennessee Call Lakeside Realty, 888-
291-525, or visit www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Western North
Carolina mountains. Free color brochure and infor-
mation. Mountain properties with spectacular views,
homes, cabins, creeks and investment acreage.
Cherokee Mountain GMAC Real Estate. cherokee-
mountainrealty.com. Call for free brochure, 800-
SOUTHWEST GEORGIA LAND for sale. Too
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ONE MILE CREEKFRONT! 55-plus acres,
$199,900. Beautiful pasture with one-plus mile
along creek. Two working barns, fenced for cattle.
West Tennessee, potential to subdivide. Excellent
financing. Call now, 866-685-2562, ext. 1257. TN
Land & Lakes.
LAKE LOT BARGAIN: One-plus acres with free boat
slips, $34,900. Nicely wooded, lake-access property
in brand new premier development on spectacular
160,000-acre recreational lake! Prime waterfronts
available. Call 800-704-3154, ext. 1241.
WEST NORTH CAROLINA mountains. We have
what you are looking for, rivers, lakes, mountains
and acreage. Owner financing. Perfect for log cabin.
Call today, 800-699-1289, or www.riverbendlake-
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Large 2-to
10-acre tracts in last phase of popular, gated,
mountain community with great view, trees, waterfall
and large public lake nearby, paved private access.
$69,500 and up. Call now, 866-789-8535.
NEW! COASTAL GEORGIA community homesites
up to 4.5 acres. Marshfront with long range views
and 150-year-old live oaks. 14 miles north of the
Florida state line. Shown by appointment. Call 866-
EUFALA, ALA., WATERFRONT gated community.
Two hours from Atlanta and the coast. One to three
acres from the $50s. Fishing, boating, swimming
and more. Clubhouse, boat slips, nature trails. 866-
TIMBER COMPANY sell-off! 20 acres, $39,900.
Subdivision potential! Big mountain acreage with
views. One mile to Nicklaus-designed golf course.
Close to Tennessee River and recreational lake.
Creekfronts available. Excellent financing. Free call,
866-685-2562, ext. 1201.
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COASTAL GEORGIA: 40.5 acres on private cul-
de-sac loaded with trees and wildlife. Great access
to 1-95 and coast. Potential to subdivide. Bring the
horses! Only $169,900. Excellent financing. Call
now, 800-898-4409, ext. 1282.
COASTAL GEORGIA: 24.29 acres, $99,900. Beau-
tiful trees, pasture for horses, loaded with wildlife.
Easy access to 1-95. Short drive to Georgia coast.
Long road frontage, potential to subdivide. Excellent
financing. Call now, 800-898-4409, ext. 1277.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.
DEVELOPER'S CLOSEOUT: Sept. 29. 20 percent
off already low pre-construction pricing. Lots and
condos available with water, marsh, golf, nature
views starting at 70k. One-year no-payment options.
TENNESSEE: NORRIS LAKE lots, cabins and
condos available. Luxurious, rustic setting. Invest-
ment rentals or year-round living. www.TheWil-
lowsAtTwinCove.com. Sherry Shope, Gables &
Gates, Realtors, 800-488-9191.
MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY ON Tuckasegee River, N
C. Private community, dramatic views, exceptional
weather and recreation. $250,000-plus, incentives.
Riverfront sites still available! 866-464-5885. www.
waterdancenc.com, High Vision LLC.
LAKEFRONT COMMUNITY: Boone Lake, northeast
Tennessee. Fully amenitized, spectacular views,
conveniently located near tri-cities. Final homesite
release $85,900-plus, excellent incentives. www.
grandeharbor.info. 888-295-2537. Grand Vision Inc.
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Split plan. $345,000!
Village West 3BR/2BA Near Bray Park! Fresh Paint.
Lexington 2,663sf 3BR/3BA plus den. Pool-size lot!
Islands West 2B S L ront condo. Longboat Key.
Bay Palms 2BR/2BA Sailboat GRAND CANAL. Private
dock. Nice! Room for pool, expansion. $695,000!
Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA Nice updates. NEW 14 seer
air conditioningl-285n700 $279,000!
Mariners Cove 3BR/2BA FULL Bayview. 35-foot boat slip!
$6948&-e $649,900! Lowest priced 3BR!
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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc
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ELEGANT GULFFRONT CONDO
3BR/2.5BA abulousspacious condo. Designerfunished,granite countertops,
stainless-steel appliances, elevator, heated pool, fabulous rental. $1,585,000.
Spacious 4BR/3BA pool home with 253-foot waterfront. Deep
water, two docks and lushly landscaped. $1,850,000.
HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock, direct
access to Tampa Bay. $699,900.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $365,000.
ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH
3BRhouse plus cottage! West of Gulf Drive very close to gorgeous
beach! Screened porch, furnished house. Now $699,900.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay and
Intracoastal Waterway $599,000.
ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo fl ooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
PLAYA ENCANTADA TOWNHOUSE
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view of Gulf. New kitchen,
tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $849,900.
FLAMINGO CAY POOL HOME
3BR/2BA plus den. Updated waterfront home. Dock, caged
solar-heated pool. Sprinkler system, two-car garage. $699,900.
KEY WEST WATERFRONT
4BR/3BA spectacular pool home with gorgeous view of Bimini Bay
with 9,000 lb. boat lift! $1,700,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDO 2BR/2BA Patio. $269,900.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $859,900.
SUN PLAZA WEST CONDOS 2BR/2BA. From $499,900.
UPDATED DUPLEX- 2107 Avenue B. $596,900
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulf view. $949,900.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulf view. $799,900.
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPE COD 3BR/2BA. $479,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey $165,000.
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Stewart Elementary School
Geraldson Farms Produce
King Middle School
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