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Coast Guard prepping for bridge rehab


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Coast Guard last week signaled that the federal
agency already is working with state and local officials
to reduce traffic congestion during next year's Anna
Maria Island Bridge rehab.
The Florida Department of Transportation proj-
ects that a 400-day rehab of the bridge will need to
include about 45 days of full bridge closure next


fall, as well as three three-hour closures earlier in
the project. The rehab work is set to begin in early
January.
A major concern about closing the Anna Maria
Island Bridge to traffic next October and November
is the heavy volume of vehicles that will be directed
from Manatee Avenue to Cortez Road to the Cortez
drawbridge.
The DOT is working with local law enforce-


Fun in the sand
Before the contest, Team SandTastic's Larry Hudson, Steve Schomaker, Pat Harsh, Vic Ferrari and Mark
Mason build "Robot ( hi itmniu " in the BeachHouse Restaurant parking lot. The effort takes three days.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Fire damages Anna Maria duplex


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Residents carrying two infants fled an Anna Maria
duplex as it filled with smoke from a smoldering fire
in the wall Nov. 16.
The fire in the 300 block of North Shore Drive
officially remained under investigation by Deputy Fire
Marshal Kurt Lathrop. However, officials on the scene
Friday night suspected a chimney became hot, igniting
wood studs in the building.
"We had a fire in the fireplace," said apartment
resident Jackie Logan. "And then smoke started coming
into the garage. We don't know what it was, but there
was smoke everywhere."
Logan, her two children, ages 5 months and 19
months, and several others evacuated the apartment,
turned off the electrical power to the building and called
911 shortly before 10 p.m.
The occupants of the second apartment also fled,
though the fire did not spread to that space.
The occupants of the two apartments stood on
North Shore Drive in the red glare of emergency lights,
watching gray smoke rise from the roof.
A fan was utilized by firefighters to push the smoke
out and firefighters soaked the hot structure with foam
that bubbled on the ground and ran down the chim-
ney.
West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters, with assis-
tance from Longboat Key firefighters, the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office and the Manatee County Emer-
gency Medical Services responded to the emergency
call.


Four fire trucks, an ambulance and several support
vehicles lined the street and MCSO patrol cars directed
traffic at the North Shore Drive intersections with Syca-
more and Elm.
More than a dozen firefighters worked at the site.
Some climbed ladders outside the residence to cut into
the chimney, while firefighters inside the apartment cut
through walls and surveyed the attic and garage.
WMFR Chief Andy Price said firefighters needed
to completely check the structure to be sure the fire was
fully extinguished. "Better to make sure now than come
back at 3 a.m.," he said.
The lights and smoke drew neighbors from blocks
away. On the cool night, several people offered to bring
PLEASE SEE FIRE. NEXT PAGE


ment agencies to post officers to direct traffic at
the Cortez and Gulf Drive intersection in Bradenton
Beach, as well as provide directions along the detour
route.
Another key, according to the DOT and the Island
mayors, is working with the Coast Guard on the best
schedule for opening the Cortez drawbridge.
"It could be on demand," said Michael Lieberum,
PLEASE SEE BRIDGE, NEXT PAGE

SandTastic

SandBlast

competition
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The sand sculpting on the beach last week for Sand-
Blast 2007 caused some to reflect upon great works.
Builder Paul Frasier of Longboat Key thought of
the French Rococo sculptors and their marble pieces.
Teacher Joyce Kramer of Bradenton thought of
poetry and William Blake: "To see a world in a grain
of sand and heaven in a wild flower/Hold infinity in the
palms of your hand and eternity in an hour."
Ten-year-old Chris Makepiece thought about the
Corn Palace - built with 250,000 ears of corn - in
Mitchell, S.D. "We saw it on a vacation, not last year,
but the year before. It was really cool, like this," Chris
said, referring to the SandBlast work. "But made out
of corn instead of sand."
Team SandTastic's professional sculptors, the
BeachHouse Restaurant and Keep Manatee Beautiful
partner to present SandBlast. The event - three days of
lessons in sculpting sand, the construction of a massive
"Robot Christmas" by professional artists and a Nov.
17 competition on the beach - boosts the profile and
the finances of KMB.
KMB, a chapter of Keep America Beautiful, coor-
dinates cleanup and beautification programs in Manatee
PLEASE SEE SANDBLAST, PAGE 3


Inside this week:


Residents of an apartment in the 300 block of North
.9hw, c Drive in Anna Maria talk with Deputy Fire
Marshal Kurt Lathrop outside their home, which they
evacuated after they noticed smoke at about 10 p.m.
Nov. 16. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff






2 E NOV. 21, 2007 U THE ISLANDER


Bridge rehab spurs timing change
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

bridge specialist with the Coast Guard's District 7
office in Miami. "It could be on a 20-minute schedule.
It could be on a 30-minute schedule. We just need to
know what's going to be best for everyone."
Federal law guarantees vessels passage on U.S.
waters, including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, which
the bridges from Anna Maria Island to the mainland
span.
But, said Lieberum, part of the Coast Guard's job is
finding the best ways for vessels to navigate waterways
while vehicles navigate bridges.
"The U.S. Coast Guard bridge branch does our best
to balance the needs of transportation, that includes
vehicle and vessel traffic," Lieberum said.
There are priorities - commercial barge and tug
traffic on U.S. waterways cannot be halted, nor can
military vessels.
But Lieberum emphasized the temporary nature of
a schedule change for the Cortez bridge. "The big thing
is, we've got to put a balance on e' \.) thing that's going
on. We are talking only temporary. So we just need to
figure out something to assist people in the area, which
is going to be clogged with cars."
Deciding what's best, he said, requires a review
of current traffic patterns - over the drawbridge and
under the drawbridge - at the Cortez and Anna Maria
Island spans.
"All we know now is, traffic is going to increase"
at Cortez, Lieberum said.
Currently the Anna Maria Island and Cortez bridges
open on signal, except from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., when the
draw opens 20 minutes after the hour, 40 minutes after
the hour and on the hour. The routine changes from
January through May.
The Coast Guard implemented that schedule in
response to a request from Island mayors.
That the Coast Guard is seeking to help alleviate
traffic congestion during the AMI Bridge closure put
some Island commuters at ease last week.
"That's a relief, because I heard they were a tough
sell," said Paula Grayson of Holmes Beach as she
gassed up her car at the Citgo on Gulf Drive. Gray-
son drives across the Anna Maria Island Bridge at


West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters cut into the chimney of a duplex in the 300 block of North .i, , c Drive in
Anna Maria Friday night. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


least twice a day to a job in downtown Bradenton.
"I'll be honest. I rent here, no investment, and I was
thinking of looking for a place downtown to avoid
the hassle."
Boaters also said they want government officials
to do their best to reduce traffic delays.
"I know one thing, I'd rather be delayed on my boat
out on the water than caught in a huge traffic jam trying
to get it into the water," said Nick Moffitt, "captain"
of the Green Eyed Lady, which he set into the water in
Bradenton Beach.
More immediate for the travelers are plans to close
the AMI bridge from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Dec. 18, for
some pre-rehab work, including the removal of asbes-
tos.
"That was something they wanted to do before they
got started," Lieberum said.


Fire in duplex disrupts residents
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

warm clothing for the duplex's residents and others
asked if temporary lodging was needed for anyone, but
Lathrop said the displaced residents would be staying
with relatives.


Oops
Call it a sign that wouldn't talk.
One of the advance traffic signal signs, designed
to designate traffic problem to and from Anna Maria
Island, broke and fell into Gulf Drive in the 3100 block
in Holmes Beach Nov. 15.
No one was hurt. The sign company was called to
remove the sign from the roadway and make repairs.


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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 21, 2007 3 3


Galvano pushes for AMI bridge study


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The future of the Anna Maria Island Bridge renova-
tion project appears clear, according to representatives
of the Florida Department of Transportation, elected
officials and business leaders involved in the DOT's
recent about-face on closing the bridge in April for the
project.
DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said the DOT
is still in the process of renegotiating the $9.1 million
contract with Quinn Construction of Palmetto to reflect
an October bridge closing rather than April, as was
originally planned. Another change to the contract is
the 45-day bridge closure period, rather than 75 days.
But the project is still scheduled to begin Jan. 7, 2008,
said Clarke.
State rep. Bill Galvano said that he's talked to
the DOT and will do e \ . t thing he can to ensure that
agency sticks to its plan to have the 45-day closure
in October. In fact, Galvano said he's lobbying for a
closure of less than 45 days, but it's still too early to
determine from talks with the contractor if that's a pos-
sibility.


Sandblast is a blast in the sand
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
County.
KMB's current major project is the renourishment
of the beaches along the Palma Sola Causeway. The
effort began with the hauling of sand to the BeachHouse
for SandBlast, some of which will later be trucked to
the causeway. The work will continue in the next sev-
eral weeks with the hauling of 8,000 cubic tons dredged
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway sand from a storage site at
Coquina Beach to Palma Sola.
The sand, according to KMB executive director
Ingrid McClellan, will help shore up the beaches for
the planting of hundreds of trees, as well as ground
plants.
SandBlast began in Bradenton Beach along the
city's state-designated scenic highway Nov. 14, with
Team SandTastic's experts conducting a sand-sculpting
clinic.
Clinics also were conducted on Nov. 15 and Nov.
16, as work took place on SandTastic's tribute to the
holiday season.
Melissa Conner, passing by on Nov. 14, marveled
at the size of the sculpture.
"I have never in my life seen anything like it," she
said. "It's absolutely beautiful."
Josh Taylor, 4, stood at the edge of the sculpture,
watching the pros work. "I like to play in the sand, too,"
he observed.
Then, on Nov. 17, 20 teams competed to build the
best sand sculpture on the beach. The groups, consisting
mostly of children, built sculptures along three themes
- patriotic, native Florida and holiday.
Participants, supported by sponsors that paid
$300 entry fees, included Ad-Vance Personnel Ser-
vices; Anna Maria Island Brownie Troop 316; Bay-
shore High School National Art Honor Society; Boys
& Girls Clubs of Manatee County; Braden River


Where Galvano believes he can be more effective
is in getting money budgeted for a feasibility study to
begin as soon as possible on a new bridge.
"I've already talked to some of my colleagues and
I need to impress upon them that we find money for
a study in the next budget," he said. "But dollars are
tight," Galvano acknowledged.
"I need to convince my colleagues that a temporary
fix of Anna Maria Island Bridge is not the best use
of tax dollars. That's why I'm working on getting the
process started now for a new bridge."
Getting a new bridge is not likely to be quick or
easy. Deborah Hunt of the DOT's Bartow office has
estimated a new bridge is about five to seven years
away "at the earliest," and that's if everything lines
up perfectly. A better estimate would be a new $70-90
million bridge in about 10-15 years.
Galvano added that he's also keeping in touch with
the DOT to ensure it has the latest and best information
about Anna Maria Island and the Island's tourist season.
DOT officials had said they were "surprised" to learn
that the Island's tourist season doesn't end with Easter
but continues through to the end of April.



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High School; Bradenton Christian School; city of
Palmetto; King Middle School Environmental Club;
Manatee Community College EARTH Club; Mana-
tee High School Anchor Club; Manatee High School
Ocean Awareness Club; ManaTEENS; Palmetto High
School; Peace Lutheran School; Phi Theta Kappa/
MCC Bradenton Honor Society; Reef Rakers &
Sarasota Bay Buddies; Anna Maria Island Privateers;
Southeast High School Key Club and Student Gov-
ernment Association; Sugg Middle School Jr. Honor
Society; Surfrider Sun Coast Chapter and USF Inter-
Varsity Christian Fellowship.
Judges included a BeachHouse representative, pro
sand-sculptor Larry Hudson and artist David Miller and
his wife, Nancy.

SEE WINNERS, SANDTASTIC, NEXT PAGE


The Anna Maria Island Brownie team works to create
a giant sea turtle. The Brownies won the Future Sand
Sculptors of America award.


The DOT based its decision to close the bridge
for 75 days starting April 9 on erroneous information
it received that the tourist season in Manatee County
would be over by that date.
Galvano doesn't want to "finger-point" as to how
or from whom the DOT obtained that information and
why it failed to inform area elected officials promptly
of the planned April bridge closing last July when it
awarded the contract to Quinn Construction of Pal-
metto, at least not now. But he does want to make
sure the DOT doesn't get further out of touch with the
Island.
"I'll do whatever I can to help. I'm going to stay
in touch with the DOT about this project on a regular
basis," he pledged.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash,
however, believes that at some point the DOT must be
held accountable for its actions and has called its mis-
communication tactics "unacceptable," even after Hunt
apologized for leaving Manatee elected officials out of
the information loop regarding the closure plans.
Businessman Ed Chiles, who owns two restau-
rants on Anna Maria Island and one on Longboat Key,
doesn't want to point blame, he just wants to get the
job done - and quickly.
He's accepted the 45-day closure in October as
better for the Island than the originally plan. But he
wants the job done as quickly as possible and has called
for Quinn to work around-the-clock.
"I want them to look into working 24/7 on this
project. I just want the bridge repairs to go as quickly
as possible so we can get the process for a new bridge
rolling," he said.
A new bridge is Chiles' most favored option, one
that appears to have gained a groundswell of support
since the DOT announced in late October that repair
plans included closing the bridge for 75 days starting
in April.
While public opinion and some good, old-fashioned
political arm pressure forced the DOT to backtrack
quickly on that plan, Chiles, Galvano and McClash,
don't want the DOT to forget about moving forward
with plans for a new bridge.
Hunt said the DOT isn't forgetting, but these things
take time.
"If we could build it in three years, we would," she
said. "But we can't."
The AMI Bridge, similar to the Cortez Bridge,
was deemed "functionally obsolete" but "structurally
sound" by DOT inspectors earlier this year.
The only option remaining to the DOT until a new
bridge can be built are the $9.1 million in repairs to the
current structure that should extend its lifespan another
10 to 15 years, Hunt said.
"It would be a shame and a waste of taxpayer money
if we didn't have a new bridge in place in 10 years,"
Chiles maintained. "I'd like to see it a lot sooner."


Meetings..

Anna Maria City
None scheduled.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.
Bradenton Beach
Nov. 27, 1 p.m., scenic highway meeting.
Nov. 29, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.
Holmes Beach
Nov. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Nov. 29, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org
Of Interest
Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials \k.Nl int . Bradenton Beach City Hall -
CANCELED.
Nov. 28, 3 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Or-
ganization meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Holiday Closures
Governmental offices in Anna Maria, Bradenton
Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will be
closed Nov. 22-23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.





4 0 NOV. 21, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER


Palma Sola project to be scaled back


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The group tasked with beautifying and protecting
the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor learned last
week that a plan to plant hundreds of trees along the
causeway must be scaled back.
Seth Kohn, an employee with the city of Bradenton
and member of the Palma Scenic Highway Corridor
Entity committee, said the estimated cost of the plan
proved too low.
The Palma Sola group, consisting of government
employees, citizens and representatives from Keep
Manatee Beautiful and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Pro-
gram, met Nov. 14 at the county administration building
in Bradenton.
The existing plan calls for the placement of 744
native Florida trees and thousands of ground cover
plants along the scenic highway, also known as Mana-
tee Avenue and State Road 64. The corridor runs from
75th Street West to East Bay Boulevard in Holmes
Beach.
Funds from the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion and the Florida Division of Forestry, along with
funds from Bradenton and Manatee County will pay
for the $250,000 project. The Bradenton City Coun-
cil authorized the project in September 2004 and the
county commissioners in April 2004.
Earlier this fall, the city of Bradenton sought bids
on the project and received just one, which has not yet
been awarded.



Sandblast:



and this year's


winners are...

SandBlast 2007 took place Nov. 17 on the beach
near the BeachHouse Restaurant, which sponsored the
event.
Numerous teams took home prizes - trophies and
SandBlast 2007 medallions - in the Keep Manatee
Beautiful fundraiser.
Medallion winners included Ad-Vance Person-
nel Services; Anna Maria Island Privateers; Boys &
Girls Clubs of Manatee County; Braden River High
School; city of Palmetto; Anna Maria Island Brownie
Troop 316; Manatee High School Ocean Awareness
Club; Manatee High School Anna Maria Islanders;
Manatee Community College EARTH Club; Mana-
TEENS; Peace Lutheran School; Phi Theta Kappa/
MCC Bradenton Honor Society; Reef Rakers & Sara-
sota Bay Buddies; Southeast High School Key Club
and Student Government Association; Sugg Middle
School Jr. Honor Society; and Surfrider Sun Coast
Chapter.
Trophies were presented to:
Patriotic theme, first-place trophy: USF InterVar-
sity Christian Fellowship.
Florida native theme, runner-up trophy: King
Middle School Environmental Club.
Florida native theme, first-place trophy: Bayshore
High School National Art Honor Society.
Holiday theme, runner-up trophy: Manatee High
School Anchor Club.
Holiday theme, first-place trophy: Bradenton Chris-
tian School.


The Anna Maria Island Privateers entry in SandBlast
is a giant gecko, which won the sculptors a batch of
medallions.


Officials learned as they reviewed the bid that the
cost of the project as shown in the plan, along with a
yearlong warranty contract, would exceed the estimate.
"We asked for a redesign to bring the design in
closer to the funding that we have, to bring this project
down to the funding level it needs to be," Kohn said.
"This isn't the first time this has happened."
Most likely, the redesign will involve reducing the
number of trees to be planted, said KMB executive
director Ingrid McClellan.
"We're Xing out a lot of trees to get us in budget,"
she said.
The scaling back actually may assist with the long-
term maintenance of the plants, which were planned for
three jurisdictions - Bradenton, Holmes Beach and
Manatee County.
The redesign will likely result in the elimination
of some trees in the county west of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge, where the county has jurisdiction. Due
to budget constraints, the county is no longer taking on
new landscaping projects on roadways anyway.
The project was scheduled to begin in early Decem-
ber and completed within the next month. With the
redesign, the plantings have been pushed back.
"We did get an extension," McClellan said in
regards to the funding for the project.
Meanwhile, a renourishment of the Palma Sola
beaches will be taking place over the next several
weeks.
A convoy of trucks will trek from Bradenton
Beach to the causeway, hauling dredged sand stored at
Coquina Beach and removed from the Gulf Intracoastal
Waterway.
The project, organized by Keep Manatee Beautiful


and authorized by the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection, will build up the Palma Sola shores
with about 8,000 tons of sand.
The renourishment will help protect the trees and
plants that will be planted there.
In other business last week, the committee finalized
the group's bylaws, and appointed McClellan as tempo-
rary chair and Kohn as vice chair until a full committee
can be appointed.
The committee also reviewed plans to:
* Add two bus shelters, modeled after the design in
Holmes Beach, on the Palma Sola Causeway.
* Work with other local scenic highway groups,
including one in Bradenton Beach, to host a statewide
conference next spring.
* Remain vigilant at prohibiting the return of non-
native plants along Manatee Avenue west of 75th
Street.
Australian pines and Brazilian pepper trees were
removed in the spring and summer. Committee mem-
bers said they wanted to make sure the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation and Manatee County continu-
ally checks the area to keep the invasive plants from
returning.
The DOT will be monitoring the area east of the
Anna Maria Island Bridge and the county is keeping
watch west of the bridge.
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore said the
Brazilian pepper trees were several feet high east of
the bridge, but that the DOT planned to spray as early
as Tuesday, Nov. 20.
The committee's next meeting will be at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the county administration building,
1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.


Grading and
paving
The Marina Drive
streetscape project
-- shifted last week from
_,- - rebuilding side-
i0 i walks and removing
-islands to grading
and paving the major
Holmes Beach road.
Lane closures on
- _ :..Nov. 15 slowed traf-
fic. Islander Photo:
SLisa Neff


Team SandTastic leaves imprint on Island


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The experts who arrived to help Keep Manatee
Beautiful with its annual SandBlast competition left
an Island gift - a temporary one.
Team SandTastic constructed a tribute to the holi-
days on the beach to the south of the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., last week.
"It's a hobby gone crazy," said Team SandTastic's
Mark Mason.
The Islander recently talked with Mason about
sand, sculpture and temporary art that leaves a lasting
impression.
The Islander: How do you become a professional
sand sculptor?
Mark Mason: Lots of arts and crafts as a kid, and,
all through high school and college, sand-sculpting in
a local contest in Ft. Lauderdale.
The Islander: What's the first thing you teach some-
one wanting to create something from sand?
MM: There's the science of packing the sand and
there's the equally important aspect of designing a good
piece.
The Islander: Is it difficult to watch the elements
destroy what you've created?
MM: Not at all - it's an ephemeral art, and you
know that going in.
The Islander: Are you involved in other artistic
pursuits?
MM: Saturdays, when I'm not off carving sand, I join
a group of great folks who get together at the Sarasota
Arts Council building for a figure drawing session.
The Islander: What's the most interesting sand


sculpture you've ever seen?
MM: An odd favorite of mine was one carved at
the Sarasota Square Mall - a collage of 26 objects
each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. It
engaged the viewer to a high degree - for appreciating
the art of each element and also completing the list.
The Islander: What's the biggest challenge for a
sand sculptor?
MM: The fluid nature of the design and how fast
one must go from grunt-work shoveling to blocking out
to fine detail.
The Islander: How does teamwork apply to build-
ing a sand sculpture?
MM: Our team building has been getting more and
more successful. Groups are finding that their guests
are not only having a great time making fun displays
but there's a unique camaraderie happening. There are
many aspects to the program - from physical labor,
to design, to presentation.
The Islander: Team SandTastic holds a Guiness
World Record for a sand sculpture - achieved in Geor-
gia Stone Mountain Park in 1998. What's it like to hold
that record? Do you worry about it getting broken?
MM: The record to me is less about a plaque on
the wall, but more about the memory of how well my
team worked together - and how hard - to make our
goal. I'd question the sanity and legitimacy of anyone
attempting to or claiming to have broken our record,
with the rules being that it must be hand shoveled and
carved in under 100 manhours it's quite a feat.
The Islander: If you could chose, would you rather
live in a sand castle or a sand skyscraper?
MM: A classic Medieval sand castle.





THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 21, 2007 5 5


Demolition work begins at Crosspointe Fellowship


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A seven-member demolition team last week began
tearing down the 50-year-old former chapel and library
buildings at the Crosspointe Fellowship in Holmes
Beach.
The same day the demolition work began, Nov. 15,
firefighters with the West Manatee Fire Rescue District
conducted a training exercise at the site.
The old one-story buildings to the north of the sanc-
tuary and the fellowship hall were damaged by termites
and covered with mold, as well as contained asbestos tiles,
according to Crosspointe's campus manager Pat Morton.
A renovation would have cost about $800,000 and
the structures, taken out of use several years ago, also
were not insurable, Morton said.
So the church decided to demolish the buildings, a pro-
cess that began last week with the removal of asbestos on
Nov. 13, followed by the tear down that began Nov. 15.
Larry Oxendine, owner of Palmetto Asphalt, the
contractor on the project, estimated the demolition
would take about three weeks and cost $30,000.
"It's beyond repair," Oxendine said.
He said the operation would be delicate and prob-
ably not involve a wrecking ball because other struc-
tures are too close.
"We' 11 do a lot of piece by piece," he said as an
operator used an excavator to sort steel and wood into
recycling piles at the Gulf Drive property.
"We' 11 recycle as much as we can," Oxendine said,
noting that steel, wood, cement and wiring would be
recovered. "That's our big thing."
WMFR, meanwhile, continued to use Crosspointe for
training exercises. Earlier this fall, WMFR and Longboat
Key firefighters conducted exercises in the old chapel.
Last week, firefighters practiced using the department's
ladder truck, as well as cutting into a roof.
After tearing down the buildings, the area will be
covered with either shell or grass, Morton said.
Eventually, he added, the church may build another
classroom building on the site. "That's three or four
years down the road," Morton said.


Larry uxenaine, owner of ratmetto Aspnatt, watcnes as an excavator operator removes a section of mte ota
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6 E NOV. 21, 2007 U THE ISLANDER




OOpinion


Much to be thankful for
This week is officially the "kickoff" of the giving
season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus,
Kwaanza, the new year, it's all just around the corner.
Too much, too soon? But some folks look forward to
the "twinkles" and "glitter" that signal "Let the holidays
begin."
A cold front this week - finally - helps provide the
atmosphere for the approaching excitement.
Snowbirds are flocking back. The frangipani leaves
are falling and the crepe myrtle is fading. Sunset arrives
before dinner rather than long after. The "second" season
has begun on Anna Maria Island and it's the holiday
season.
Thanksgiving. A feast that demands loads of effort
and is consumed heartily along with a menu of football
games on TV. One local tradition calls for mullet spread
appetizer to celebrate the fall fishing harvest.
Then Christmas Eve, celebrated in some homes with
last-minute shopping and wrapping of presents, and deliv-
ering good cheer to neighbors and friends. There are pre-
lims -the traditional Privateer parade and Lester Fun Day
and Roser Church's "Bethlehem Walk" for traditions. And
the long night of waiting begins for little ones who believe
in miracles - and Santa Claus.
Christmas Day, Dec. 25, the Christian holiday com-
memorating the traditional birth-date of Jesus brings cel-
ebrations to Island churches. Santa has finally made his
magical trip, leaving wondrous gifts under the holiday
tree. All things wished for appear miraculously and the
long-awaited morning is filled with the sounds of joy -
and the search for batteries, last-minute gift assembly,
technical diversions and consumer hotline calls.
Then we celebrate the arrival of the new year. New
year's eve on Anna Maria Island is traditionally celebrated
by some with quiet reflections and a walk on the beach.
Where else is the holiday season so welcome as in
our own paradise?
With this start of the season, we invite you to
peruse our Wish Book, included with this edition of The
Islander.
As in years past, we've assembled a list of items that
will help the community organizations that provide the
needs for so many people, young and old, on Anna Maria
Island.
Amidst the miracles and joy of the season, we encour-
age you to remember those less fortunate and those that
seek to serve them.
It is our hope that you will include them on your holi-
day shopping list, or volunteer hours or make a donation.
It goes a long way to helping others.
The Wish Book provides each and every one of us
with one of the season's greatest traditions - the joy of
giving.
We're thankful to you, our readers, for all that you do.
Happy Thanksgiving.


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So when is the tourist season?
My wife and I have vacationed on Anna Maria
Island since the mid-1980s, always in the spring. In
recent years, we spend the month of May on your little
Island paradise, and have become attached to the point
that we subscribe year 'round to The Islander.
In reading the numerous articles about the bridge
controversy, I was very surprised by some of the sta-
tistics quoted as to which time of year is the busiest.
Average occupancy rates for the winters of 2005-06
and 2006-07 were quoted as 32.5 and 32.6 percent,
respectively. Conversely, for the spring of 2006 and
2007, the stated occupancy rates were 55.7 and 57.8
percent. I am curious as to an explanation as to how
can this be?
Among several reasons we prefer May for our visit,
one is because of the lack of crowds. In contrast, friends
who spend time during the February-March timeframe
talk of the crowds, gridlock, parking problems and lines
at restaurants.
The newspaper openly talks of the influx of winter
snowbirds. So how do the numbers square with these
real-life observations? It would seem appropriate that
the bridge controversy be addressed by at least having
viable numerical data when comparing alternatives.
Bill Imfeld, Centerville, Ohio

Thanks, Haley's
Thank you Haley's Motel for an awesome Hallow-
een night. I loved your haunted garden. The spiders
that dropped on our heads were great. The people who
jumped out at us were really scary. I can't wait to come
back next year. Thank you.
Nicci DiVita, second-grade, Anna Maria Elemen-
tary

In a supporting role
Thank you for the report on page 15 of The Islander
(Nov. 14). The Golden Apple mentioned they were
sending you some news about "Can-Can" and were


going to attach my biography.
If they have called me a "star" of the production,
they are making a great deal of the very nice support-
ing role I play to a stellar cast of experienced musical
production performers.
Many thanks for informing your readers. They have
the opportunity to enjoy the splendid theater work of
Island Players, and well they should, but if time allows,
a night with this legendary musical during the holiday
season might be a special evening for them.
Tom Aposporos, Anna Maria

'Tis the season
I am a local Islander whom has lived here for the
past 12 years. I work in the restaurant business and
have had enough with the snowbirds along with the
tourists from outside the United States who repeatedly
"stiff" us with their poor tipping skills. Why can't they
understand that the people in the service industry basi-
cally make their money on what customers leave on the
table?
The checks that we may recieve are quite small, if
any at all. Tipping your server 10 percent is ridiculous.
We are not in the Great Depression anymore! Fifteen
percent to 20 percent is the norm. The customers sit at
your table, enjoy their meal, tell you that you were the
best server they have had, then they leave you $2 on a
$20 tab.
Remember, if we can't make our money, we may
have to look for other work. If you lose all of your
servers, you may have to go to McDonalds. Happy
Holidays!
Darren Molson, Anna Maria

Kudos for Mattick
City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, in addition to
getting the grant, has assembled a really good commit-
tee with great ideas and vision. Congratulations to her
for doing so much to help improve the commercial area
in Anna Maria that we all rely on so much.
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 21, 2007 7 7


The best-ever Thanksgiving
We knew Thanksgiving would be different this year. We
just didn't know how different. Erik having a new heart is
enough to celebrate - and having an anonymous heart donor
who allowed Erik the gift of a new, longer, healthier life.
But our celebration started early on Sunday, Nov. 18,
when so many people from so many different times in our
lives - and people we didn't even know - showed up to
"Walk The Beach For Erik."
From the youngest who had to be encouraged to make
the walk from the Manatee Public Beach to Beach Bistro and
the Sandbar, to my dad's almost 78-year-old friend. And to see
Erik, not just walking but running some of the time, all the way,
in both directions, well, I can't even express how that feels.
We are overwhelmed, touched and extremely grateful
for everyone who came. It was a day made by God, with
absolutely perfect weather, and many angels on Anna Maria
Island, all wrapping your arms around us. We feel so blessed,
so loved, so supported and cared for by everyone who walked
with us, donated money and bought raffle tickets to help with
Erik's medical expenses. Your generosity is amazing.
And, wow, did Cindi Harrison, our friend and extraordi-
nary Anna Maria Elementary School guidance counselor, put
together the perfect group of people to pull this off. Cindi,
you are the greatest and we and this island community are
so fortunate to have you here!
Thank you, Kay Kay Hardy, for having this perfect idea
and for getting the Manatee High School band's drum line
to perform - you and the drum line are awesome.
Thank you to Susan Timmons, who organized the raffle,
donated the dinner prize at the Beach Bistro and has been
such a willing support system to us over the years whenever
Erik had heart surgery.
Thank you to Nancy Boltwood and family for helping
sell raffle tickets and being supportive friends. No one can
understand what we have been through as well as another
family who has gone through something so similar with their
own children who have heart conditions. Our prayers and
love go out to all of you.
And an added bonus of the day was the opportunity to
meet Andrew Spehr, another heart transplant recipient who
went through his transplant in April, and his parents.
Thank you to the Cafe On The Beach for letting us


assemble there, to the Beach Bistro for a refreshment stand
part way through the walk, for donating the dinner and for
your staff's effort selling tickets, to the Sandbar Restaurant,
for allowing the use of the pavilion and putting on a beautiful
spread of food for all the walkers, and to the volunteers at
each place who helped out.
Thank you also to both Island newspapers who have
supported us and kept our community informed of Erik's
progress and the walk. And to ABC 7 news for the interview
about the walk that brought even more people from our past
to participate.
Again, our happy hearts are touched, we are truly
blessed, and grateful to have all of you in our lives for our
"Best Thanksgiving Ever."
Mary Ellen, Michael and Erik Stahr, Holmes Beach

On preserving beach weddings
My daughter was married on Oct. 6, 2007, at the Sandbar
Restaurant in Anna Maria City. It was a spectacular ceremony
and a gorgeous reception. The staff at the Sandbar did an out-
standing job in handling all the details. They helped make
our daughter's day perfect in every way. The DJ provided
the perfect music for the ceremony and reception, and was
mindful of the sound level throughout the evening. Silvia's
Hower Corner did an outstanding job on the beautiful flow-
ers - we could not have asked for anything better! Shooting
Star Photography was the best! They had great ideas for the
photographs and were unobstrusive and professional.
The rehearsal dinner was held at the Waterfront Restau-
rant on Anna Maria on Oct. 5. The events coordinator was the
consumate professional and her staff was outstanding as well.
Even with the threat of rain, they kept the guests happy and
everyone raved about the food. Jay Goodley Entertainment
gave a great performance, even performing during the wind
and rain that inevitably dampened the evening!
My daughter and new son-in-law live in Virginia, but chose
the Sandbar after visiting us and seeing how beautiful it is. They
felt that Anna Maria was the perfect spot to begin their new
life together. Just about everyone in attendance came to Anna
Maria from Virginia and Massachusetts - they all raved about
the beauty of the ceremony site and the fine job performed by
everyone involved.
The Tortuga Inn and the Tradewinds Resort also played a big
part in our festivities. The rooms were very nice and everyone had
a great time. We are very thankful that our family could enjoy this
special day at such a special place.
We would like to see other brides, grooms and their
families have the same great experience that we did at the
Sandbar. It was truly a day we will not forget.
Don and Cheryl Hughes, Bradenton


In the Nov. 19,1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* The Manatee County Commission told Island
elected officials that while it supports adding a trolley
service on Anna Maria Island, it does not have the esti-
mated $1.75 million annually to operate such a system
without financial support from the three Island cities.
* The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board
ruled no harm, no fowl when it agreed with residents
Tom and Sabine Buehler that their chickens, "Ellie and
Nellie," were being raised as pets and not for consump-
tion. Farm animals are prohibited in the city, but that
ruling allowed the Buehlers to keep the cluckers on
their premises.
* Holmes Beach city commissioners declined to dis-
cuss a petition calling for a repeal of the commission's
vote to allow GTE to construct a cellular telephone
tower at 5904 Marina Drive because of a lawsuit filed
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8 0 NOV. 21, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER


Anna Maria still waiting for DCA reply to comp plan


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
One has to admire Anna Maria city commissioners
for their patience.
They've been waiting for a reply from the Florida
Department of Community Affairs to the city's pro-
posed comprehensive plan amendments for nearly two
months.
At the commission's Nov. 15 meeting, they learned
from professional planner Tony Arrant, the man who
has guided the city through the plan revision process
the past five years, that they're going to have to wait a
little longer to approve the comp plan.
That's because Arrant has still not heard from the
DCA planners he needs to meet with to resolve what
he believes is the lone remaining issue to the proposed
plan. The DCA expressed concerns about affordable
housing in its review of the plan.
The commission had hoped to finally adopt the
amended comprehensive plan that will take the plan
from "proposed" to "adopted," but because of the lack
of DCA response, believed it prudent to continue the
public hearing to 6 p.m. Dec. 11.
Arrant said he is confident that all other issues
raised by the DCA in prior responses have been suc-
cessfully addressed. He noted that the DCA has not
told the commission it has to "change" anything in the
proposed plan, just "suggested." Even those "sugges-
tions" have been successfully addressed, he said.
A majority of commissioners continue to believe that
the proposed future land-use element and map that are
part of the plan are adequate, although Commissioners
Jo Ann Mattick and Christine Tollette argued that the six
lots on the northwest corner of the Pine Avenue-North
Bay Boulevard intersection should be changed from
commercial to retail-office-residential on the FLUM.
Commissioners Duke Miller, Dale Woodland and
John Quam are opposed to any change at this time.
The commission is also opposed to changing the
land-use designation of the two lots on the northwest
corner of the Palmetto Avenue-Gulf Drive intersec-
tion - commonly called the "Cramer" lots for current


owner and former City Commissioner Linda Cramer
- from residential to retail-office-residential.
In other business, the commission approved two
variance requests, including one that the planning and
zoning board had recommended be denied in part.
The commission unanimously approved the vari-
ance request of Michael Coleman of 418 Pine Ave. for
the home he built into the 20-foot setback.
Coleman had originally submitted plans to build
according to the city's 29-foot setback in the ROR, but
then building official Kevin Donohue had erroneously
rejected those plans and suggested Coleman could and
should build into the 20-foot setback as the other three
houses on the former Island Marina property had been
built. Donovan apparently overlooked a change in the
setback in the ROR district from 20 feet to 29 feet after
the original three houses were constructed.
The commission agreed Coleman had suffered an
"undue" hardship.


Commissioners also agreed to four variance
requests from the Olesen family of 504 S. Bay Blvd.
that were part of the mediated settlement between the
Olesens and the city over a disputed 5-foot easement
on the north side of the Olesen property. The Olesens
had taken the city to court after Donovan issued a stop-
work order on the property in April 2006, contending
that the Olesens did not own the easement and the city
had never dedicated it to the family.
The P&Z board had recommended approval of three
of the variances in the settlement, but recommended
denial of the variance allowing the Olesens to place an
air-conditioning compressor unit into the setback.
Laura Gee, an architect who lives at 502 S. Bay
Blvd, opposed that variance, but commissioners
approved the measure by a 4-1 vote.
The commission also scheduled a special meeting
for 5 p.m. Dec. 20 to award the contract for the next
phase of the city's planned drainage project.

I swear
Newly elected Anna Maria
City Commissioners John
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and ( ih ioic Tollette
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the commission's deputy
chairperson. Woodland
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Holmes Beach commission OKs rezone for LaPensee


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach City Commissioners Nov. 13
approved a request from LaPensee Plumbing to rezone
401 Manatee Ave.
The company wants to relocate its operation from
5362 Gulf Drive to the now vacant building. But before
buying the property, LaPensee sought a change in
zoning - from Commercial 1 to Commercial 2 - to
allow for the operation of a showroom and adminis-
trative offices. C-1 zoning allows for offices and C-2
for more intense operations, such as retail, restaurants,
laundries, dry cleaners and catering.
Before unanimously approving the final reading
of the rezoning ordinance, city commissioners held a
public hearing that spanned two meetings.
Consideration of LaPensee's application drew the
largest crowd the commission had seen for a meeting
in a year on Oct. 23.
Last week, a smaller crowd gathered in the com-
mission chambers. One member of the public, Molly
McCartney, spoke against the rezoning, and another,
Don Schroder, spoke in favor of the request. The city's
planning consultant, Bill Brisson, outlined areas for
consideration, and LaPensee's attorney, Chuck Webb,
presented the company's case.
Webb stepped to the podium first and emphasized
that LaPensee still needed to undergo a site plan review
after the zoning change, at which time commissioners
can make specific requests regarding operations and
improvements on the property, which is to the west of
the Regions Bank.
Regarding questions about screening the property,
where LaPensee hopes to park some vehicles overnight,
Webb said, "I think we got it all solved."
He added that LaPensee Plumbing would "be one
of the best possible neighbors you can have."
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in zoning could open up the property to uses more
intense than what LaPensee Plumbing proposes, as well
as trigger a request for other zoning changes along the
Manatee Avenue corridor.
C-2 operations can be open longer hours, emit odors
and noise and draw larger vehicles than C-1 offices,
Brisson said, noting that if something happened to the
LaPensee family "the next owner has the right to put
in any business allowed in C-2."
"I think you have to look at the potential impacts
in this area," Brisson said.
McCartney, who lives at nearby Westbay Cove
condominiums, asked commissioners to deny the
application, reminding them that the city's planning
commissioners first recommended the change but in a
subsequent meeting split on the issue.
McCartney emphasized that she liked the LaP-
ensee family and used the plumbing service, but said
appreciation for the family and business was not reason
enough to approve the rezoning.
Her primary concern was with traffic, which would
access the building at 401 Manatee Avenue from the
rear of the property.
"There's one little entrance," McCartney said.
She cautioned commissioners that if they approved
the change to C-2 they "can't put the genie back in the
bottle" and encouraged city officials to make Manatee
Avenue from the bridge to the public beach as a "land-
scaped gateway to the Island."
Schroder urged the commission to approve the
application, saying the rezoning would help a good
business fix a problem property. The site "has never
been successful," Schroder said. "To me, having LaP-
ensee come in, I think it's a good marriage for this
city.... I think it's a bonus for the city."
Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens closed
the public hearing and Commissioner David Zaccag-
nino made a motion to approve an ordinance rezoning


the site from C-1 to C-2, which was seconded by Pat
Morton.
The commissioners, finding that the change was
consistent with the city's comprehensive plan and land
development code, voted unanimously to approve the
motion.
A much shorter discussion took place before com-
missioners approved the first reading of an ordinance
to define "sexually oriented business" and then prohibit
such businesses in the city.
A somewhat garbled fax inquiry several months
ago from a business considering a move to Holmes
Beach prompted city officials to open a discussion on
if and where adult-entertainment operations should be
allowed to do business in the city.
Commissioners, after discussing the matter at
several meetings, decided to prohibit adult businesses
rather than define a small zone where they could oper-
ate. A standard in other municipal ordinances would
prohibit adult uses within 1,000 feet of schools, parks,
churches and residential zones. Such an area was not
available in Holmes Beach.
Commissioners previously expressed concern that
such a prohibition might trigger a lawsuit, but then
agreed that the city's small geographic size provided
a defense. The new ordinance states, "Based on the
present zoning map and due to the small size of Holmes
Beach, no locations within the city are compatible with
sexually oriented adult uses, and no zoning regulations
can sufficiently protect residential and light commercial
uses from potentially adverse effects from a neighbor-
ing sexually oriented adult use entertainment."
A "sexually oriented adult use" was defined as a
place that restricts admission to adults, "presents, films
displays, depicts, describes, or otherwise provides for
the observation of sexually oriented material by clien-
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Islanders and vacationers will find feasts at seven
local churches on Thursday.
And then some bargains at local shops on Frid
"I think this is one of the nicest Thanksgiving h
day spots in Florida," said Naomi Walker of Tallal
see. "We come down every year for the last two we
in November for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner,
shopping, and the beaches of course."
Walker brought along a husband and two fan
friends for the holidays.
And she was planning to celebrate with Island re
tives Bill and Nancy Whittacre of Holmes Beach.
"We've been here 10 years and it's at Thanksgih
more than any other time that we realize how wonde
it is to be here," Nancy Whittacre said as she did sc
pre-Thanksgiving shopping at the Island Publix
week.
Thanksgiving, traditionally celebrated the foi
Thursday of this month, is Nov. 22.
Three Island churches will host dinners on
holiday. While the meals are free at each event,
churches request reservations.
* Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Hol
Beach, will host a dinner at 1 p.m. For more inform
tion or to make reservations, call 941-778-0719.
* St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Har
Drive, Holmes Beach, also will serve dinner at 1 p
For more information, call 941-778-4769.
* The fifth annual community Thanksgiving dir
will begin at 2 p.m. at Roser Memorial Commui
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. For reservati
or more information, call 941-778-0414.
Island churches also will hold services on Thi
day: 10 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Ann
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; 9:30 a
at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Di
Holmes Beach; 10 a.m. at Roser Memorial Commui
Church; and 8:30 a.m. at St. Bernard.
Also, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, All Isla
Denominations will host an ecumenical service at Ci
spointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Bea
The speaker will be the Rev. Ron Joseph of
Bernard Catholic Church. For more information atl
the service, call 941-778-5715.
In observance of the holiday, Manatee Cou
public schools, including Anna Maria Element
School, will close Wednesday, Thursday and Frida
Post offices on the Island will be closed Thursd
while city halls will be closed Thursday and Frida:
But don't expect to find retailers closed on Fric
considered one of the biggest sale days of the year
In fact, plan on finding a number of shops o
extended hours beginning Friday, Nov. 23, especial
those in Anna Maria City, which will celebrate "Chi
mas on Anna Maria" that night.
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sons who engage in sexual activities."
In other business, city commissioners:
* Approved a first reading on an ordinance ame
ing the city's purchasing and bid policy to allow dep
ment heads to make purchases up to $5,000 without
mayor's prior approval and to increase the minim
amount to trigger a formal bid process to $25,000.
* Heard from city treasurer Rick Ashley, who ,
an updating of city hall's personnel policy is un
way.
* Approved the appointment of Edward Kerr to
planning commission. Kerr is retired. He previot
owned a small retail chain and served as a Sear:
Roebuck executive, as well as on civic committee
Illinois.
* Approved the appointment of Rose Quin-E
to the code enforcement board. Quin-Bare is an ei
ronmental consultant retired from Waste Managenr
Inc., a former Anna Maria police officer and a founc
member of Keep Manatee Beautiful.
The commission's next meeting will be at 7 p
Tuesday, Nov. 27, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.


Thanksgiving


Seasonal sign
Brent Thompson and Gary Thorpe with the city of
Anna Maria's public works department put up a
holiday banner along Pine Avenue Nov. 12. The men
raised about 60 banners that day on Pine Avenue,
Gulf Drive and other locations in advance of the
"( i, iio,,I on Anna Maria" celebration. The holi-
day walk put on by merchants in the northernmost
city will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff

with the restaurants, offices and shops on Pine Avenue
and Gulf Drive in Anna Maria, will usher in the Christ-
mas season with the traditional post-Turkey Day holi-
day walk.
Look for good cheer and tasty refreshments at stops
on the streets, as well as Santa Claus at the historical
society museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The holiday walk will feature a stop at the Studio
at Gulf and Pine, where refreshments will be served
from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Santa will arrive at about 7
p.m. Carols will be led by Charlie Shook, with Jack
Elka accompanying on keyboard, according to Studio
special events director Lois Finley.
The Bridge Street merchants on the historic com-
mercial strip in Bradenton Beach will host a holiday
walk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
Holmes Beach will host another holiday walk on
Friday, Dec. 7. The annual "Downtown Holiday" cel-
ebration will feature visits from Santa and the Anna
Maria Island Privateers, as well as music, refreshments
and shopping in the Gulf and Marina drives area.
Retail experts are forecasting a 4 percent increase
this year from last in holiday sales nationwide. Spe-
cialty shops - an Island specialty - are expected to
see bigger increases, according to the National Retail
Federation.
The post-Thanksgiving weeks will bring numer-
ous holiday-themed events, in addition to the walks,
including:
* The Islander-Lester Family Fun Day on Saturday,
Dec. 1, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
* The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee outdoor holiday movie, "Miracle on 34th Street,"
at dusk in the field next to city hall on Dec. 1. Informa-
tion: 941-708-5800.
* The Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas
Parade Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at Bayfront Park in
Anna Maria and ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton
Beach with a party, Santa visits and free food for kids.
Information: 941-752-5973.
* The Roser Memorial Community Church annual
Bethlehem Walk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Anna Maria on
Saturday, Dec. 15. Information: 941-778-0414.
* The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 16, at Cros-
spointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-8585.


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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Island Players group will send "Greetings" to
the stage Nov. 29.
The play is the Players' second production in the
2007-08 season at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria.
Kelly Wynn Woodland, who has a long history with
the Island Players, will direct the play written by Tom
Dudzick.
The cast will include Chelsey Panisch, Brian
James Dennis, Pat Ferrari, Tim Kalinowski and Shane
Garves.
The design, makeup, props, costume, lighting and
sound team includes Marc Lalosh, Don Bailey, Bob
Grant, Chris McVicker, Joanne Romans, Dolores Har-
rell and Rita Lamoreux.


Island Players describes "Greetings" as a boy-
brings-fiance-home-for-the-holidays tale; a lively
comedy with warm-hearted emotion and a lot of reli-
gion jokes. The boy's family is Catholic; the fiance is
not.
The playwright has been characterized as the
"Catholic Neil Simon" and his "Greetings" won some
rave reviews with New York presentations.
The box office opened Nov. 19 for ticket sales and
will be open through the duration of "Greetings" from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Fridays and an hour
before the shows.
Showtimes, Tuesday through Saturdays will be at 8
p.m. Sunday the Island Players presents a matinee, which
begins at 2 p.m. "Greetings" runs through Dec. 9.
For more information, call the box office at 941-
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
With the newly built Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center now open, members of the Center's execu-
tive committee held their first meeting at the revitalized
facility and executive director Pierrette Kelly took the
time to thank the board for its work the past six years
in turning a dream into a reality.
"Thank you for your support during the last few
years. Together, we have experienced some challenging
and difficult times," she said.
While everyone can now "take a deep breath" as
the new Center is open, she said, the board's work is
not done.
The board's next major goal will be to find the bal-
ance of funds needed to reduce the debt on the Center,
which Kelly estimated at approximately $500,000.
The board also needs to continue to secure the
funds required so that "no child will ever be turned
away because a parent cannot afford to pay for the pro-
grams and services the Center provides."


Kelly also said volunteers are needed for several
committees, including finance, branding and public
relations, development and governance.
Current members of the Center's executive/finance
committee are Tom Breiter, Scott Rudacille, John Home,
Bill Ford, Stewart Moon and Andy Price. The development
committee is composed of Carol Carter, Pierrette Kelly
and Aida Matic, while the public relations and branding
committee members are Bob Carter and Darcie Duncan.
Looming on the horizon, however, is an affair.
Actually, it's an Affaire to Remember, the Center's
annual fundraising dinner auction. This year's event is
slated for Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008. The date was pushed
up a few months from May to allow more winter visi-
tors and residents to attend.
The Affair's organizing committee, headed by
Trudy Moon, is still busy gathering raffle prizes, auc-
tion items and sponsors.
Anyone interested in giving a prize or raffle item,
volunteering to serve on a committee, being a sponsor
or reserving a table, should call 941-778-1908.

Kiwanis calls for
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and the Anna Maria Island
Rotary Club makes a donation
to the Salvation Army at the
Holmes Beach Publix, where
AMI Kiwanis Club members
andfriends man the kettle. The
Island Kiwanis hasfilled in for
the Salvation Army for many
years, but the club's numbers are
small and they are seeking help
to cover two-hour shifts between
10 a.m. and 8 p.m. between now
and ( h, i ,t ... To volunteer, call
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Center to host fun day
Anna Maria Island Community Center supporters
Chuck and Joey Lester and The Islander newspaper
will sponsor the Lester Family Fun Day at the Center
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
The event will raise money for the Center, which
recently celebrated the construction of the new building
at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, but still needs to
raise $700,000 for the capital campaign.
The Lesters proposed the fun day in 2002, seek-
ing to provide family-oriented entertainment at old-
fashioned prices.
Those who attend will find food and refreshments,
games, arts and crafts, performers, musicians, and Santa
Claus, who will arrive by fire truck at about noon.
The event also will feature a raffle and giveaways,
including a prize from The Islander and 25 turkeys
donated by the Lesters, who also underwrite the event.
For more information, call 941-778-1908.

Artist registration ongoing
Artist Woody Candish and The Islander will again
host an annual pre-holiday "yard sale" on the sidewalks
of the Island Shopping Center in Holmes Beach.
The annual sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15. Participating artists, whether indepen-
dent or artists associated with Restless Natives, the Anna
Maria Island Artists Guild, Art League, Island Gallery West
or any other art organization are invited to have a booth at
the sale - they need only to register with The Islander.
There is no fee to enter and all area artists are wel-
come to register and participate in the sale. The dead-
line to register and take part in the sale is Dec. 12.
For holiday shoppers, it's a chance to purchase
quality original art, some at bargain prices directly from
local artists.
To participate in the sidewalk sale, contact Court-
ney Call or Carrie Price at The Islander, 941-778-7978,
or e-mail either courtney@islander.org or carrie@
islander.org.
LBK celebrates NYC
The Longboat Key Center for the Arts will present
"A New York State of Mind," showcasing new sculptures
and paintings by Florida-based sculptor Jack Dowd.
The exhibit in the Durante Gallery at the center,
6860 Longboat Drive S., will run from Nov. 27 to Dec.
9. An opening reception will take place from 6 p.m. to
9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
For more information, call 941-383-2345.


Visiting minister at Gloria Dei
The Revs. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church with Lavern Franzen of the Florida-Bahamas
Synod, who spoke to Gloria Dei members Nov. 11
about Lutheran Services of Florida and its 60 minis-
tries. For more information about Gloria Dei, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, call 941-778-9101.
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St. Bernard hosts bazaar
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Catholic Church in Holmes Beach enjoy their job
duties at the candy table during the church ( h, iin,,
bazaar Nov. 17. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose


Honeymoon in St. Lucia
Lance and Jill Young take The Islander along on
their recent honeymoon at The Sandals Hacienda in
St. Lucia. The couple was married Oct. 13.


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Obituaries


George A. Beland
George A. Beland, of Cortez, formerly of Hudson, N.H.,
died Nov. 3.
There were no services. Brown and Sons Funeral Home,
43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Dianne; brothers Lee and Cam;
sisters Pauline and Gaye; many nieces, nephews and cousins;
and friends.
Lawrence E. Rediker Sr.
Lawrence E. Rediker Sr., 82, of Bradenton, died Nov. 11.
Mr. Rediker moved to Manatee County from
Salem, Mass., in 1997.
Memorial services will be Friday in Danvers,
Mass. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street
Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 58 years Rose; son Law-
rence E. Jr. of Anna Maria Island; daughters Patricia
of Gloucester, Mass., and Donna Sciola of Swamp-
scott, Mass.; and four grandchildren.
Charles Arthur Shumard
Charles "Chuck" Arthur Shumard, 83, of Bradenton,
formerly of Anna Maria City, died Nov. 12.
Born in Birmingham, Mich., Mr. Shumard moved
to Anna Maria City in 1979. He was elected as city
commissioner in 1994, and in 1996 was elected as
mayor, a position he held until 2000. He was retired
Sears-Roebuck Department Store after 25 years, where
he was the manager of the outlet in Coatesville, Pa.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War
II. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois. He
was a member of the Marine Corps League and the
American Legion Kirby Steward Post 24.
He represented the city at the Manasota League of
Cities from 1996 to 2006, and was the turtle permit holder
for the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch until 1995.
Memorial services were Nov. 11 at Roser Memorial
Community Church, Anna Maria. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research
Program, in care of Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota FL 34236.
He is survived by son Craig Arthur and wife Nancy of
Chester Springs, Pa.; daughter Nancy S. Berry of Bradenton;
and grandchildren Nicole Berry, Craig Jr. and Kyle.


Islander v. BB: to be continued


The judge may have ruled last week but the public
records lawsuit filed by The Islander against Bradenton
Beach Mayor John Chappie continues.
A request for further information - public records
- by the newspaper with regard to the sudden adminis-
trative leave for two Bradenton Beach employees, includ-
ing an allegation of sexual harassment by one building
department employee against the department supervisor,
followed by the resignation of the building official, went
unanswered for many weeks. Even months.
The lack of records and the absence of any public
discussion on the matter was followed by numerous
denials of records by city officials and finally, a lawsuit
by The Islander.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners last week
decided to decline any settlement offers.
"We will proceed," said Mayor John Chappie follow-
ing the city "shade" meeting regarding the legal action,
which was adjudicated by Judge Peter Dubensky on two
issues, the lack of production of the public records and
the probable violation of the Sunshine Laws.
"Shade" meetings are closed to the public and press
to allow elected officials to discuss pending litigation


Kiwanis recognizes dedication
Bob Lopiccolo, president of the Anna Maria Island
Kiwanis Club, presents Jim Anderson a recognition
pin for Anderson's 50 years of service. The Island
club meets regularly at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the
Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach.
Islander Photos: Courtesy Ralph Bassett


with their attorneys. After the Friday shade meeting,
the city commission convened and voted unanimously
to have the legal firm of Lewis Walker and Longman
to pursue the post-trial work.
Commissioner Janie Robertson made the motion and
later said, "It's a lot of legal stuff ... based on what was
said at the shade meeting. I really can't discuss it."
Dubensky ruled in favor of The Islander on the
public records, stating the city had indeed withheld
records and did not properly provide legal exemptions
for the records withheld, and that the city had falsely
relied on the "Whistleblower Act" in withholding
records.
The judge declined to rule on the Sunshine Law
violation, saying there was insufficient evidence to
determine that the city officials had met or discussed
the matter privately.
The matter will likely proceed with The Islander
filing to recoup its attorney fees. Although the news-
paper had offered, prior to the judge's ruling, to reduce
its fees and drop the claim regarding Sunshine Law
violations, the city previously rejected that offer and
opted to continue the trial.




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service to the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club. The
club recently held a banquet in Holmes Beach.


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All officers take office
For the first time in recent history, the entire Bradenton Beach City Commission participated in a swearing-in
ceremony Monday, officiated by Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat. Taking office for mayor
is former Commissioner Michael Pierce, who defeated City Commissioner Bill .Shi iit i in the Nov. 6 elec-
tion. For a two-year return to office is Ward 1 City Commissioner John .Ni/iu iit , , as well as Ward 3 City
Commissioner Janie Robertson. Filling out a one-year term of office, the seat vacated by Pierce, is Ward 2
newcomer Bob Conners. A familiar face is back in the Ward 4 seat for the one-year term vacated by .Shi ,.. :
former Mayor John Chappie, who was term-limited as mayor. Pictured, from left, are .SNiiiuiht \\y, Pierce,
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Nov. 10, 400 block Poinsettia Boulevard, burglary.
The complainant said that someone took items from
their home while they were away.
Nov. 11,300 block Pine Avenue, criminal mischief.
The complainant said that someone had sprayed graffiti
on the side of the building.
Nov. 15, 100 block Park Avenue, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone entered her home through the garage
door and took miscellaneous objects from the home.

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 5, 200 block 22nd Street, theft. The complain-
ant said that someone had been removing lawn orna-
ments from her property in the past few weeks, valued
at about $62.
Nov. 9, 2400 block Avenue C, t heft. The complain-
ant said someone took his license plate sticker.
Nov. 10, 110 Bridge St., Sports Lounge, battery.
Officers were called to deal with a disturbance in the
parking lot of the bar, where it was subsequently deter-
mined that a husband and wife had gotten into a physi-
cal altercation. The husband was arrested.

Holmes Beach
Nov. 9, 100 block 81st Street, theft. The complain-
ant said when he returned to the Island from his other
home he noticed that rocks and an outdoor table were
missing from his residence, with a total value of $800.
Nov. 9,300 block 65th Street, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took his brother's barbecue grill,
valued at $150.
Nov. 10, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, trespass.
Officers responded to a complaint of customer problems.
After repeated warnings by officers, the two men refused
to leave the bar area. One was arrested for refusing to
comply to the trespass warning. The other man returned to
the bar, and was later arrested, also on trespass charges.
Nov. 10, 39 block Sixth Avenue, drug parapherna-
lia. Officers on patrol noticed a van stalled on the road.
The driver said he wasn't sure he had a valid driver's
license and subsequently apparently threw something
away from him, which was later identified as a pipe used
for smoking crack cocaine. Donald W. Sisemore, 33, of
Holmes Beach, was arrested on charges of destroying/
tampering with evidence to obstruction and possession
of drug paraphernalia.
Nov. 11, 5400 Marina Drive, warrant. Officers
observed a man on a bicycle driving at night without lights.
A record check revealed outstanding warrants from the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office, and he was arrested.
Nov. 14,600 block Ivanhoe Drive, criminal mischief.
The complainant said that someone shot a BB into the
glass door of his home. Damage was estimated at $400.
Correction: A report last week incorrectly stated that
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'Skip' Hannon off to

Korea at age 21
Thomas "Skip" Hannon of the Mt. Vernon develop-
ment in Cortez was working for a liquor distributorship
in Manhattan when he was drafted into the U.S. Army
for service during the Korean War.
"I was only 15 when World War II ended, so I
didn't really think I'd be called up for the service,"
said Skip.
"Then Korea came along. We knew there was a
war on over there and a draft, and some of my buddies
even joined up, but you didn't really read much about
it in the papers or see it on TV. It was five years after
World War II ended and people really didn't care much
about Korea."
But Skip got to care a lot about Korea.
He was 21 years old and living in the Bronx when
he got his draft notice.
"It was Oct. 18, 1951. That was the day I reported
for the draft. They were taking guys out of the line
and making them join the Marines. They picked off
a couple of pals of mine from the Bronx. The funny
thing is they went to warm, sunny California for two
years, while the Army sent my rear end to frozen
Korea."
Skip trained as an infantryman/artilleryman and
went directly to Korea after his training. He and hun-
dreds of other replacement troops landed at Inchon in
April 1952. As Skip and the other replacements were
leaving the ship, the soldiers they were replacing were
lining up to board the ship for home.
"They were shouting stuff like 'You'll be sorry'
and 'You don't know what you're getting in to,' but we
were young and stupid and didn't know any better that
we should have been scared," remembered Skip with
a laugh. "I was 21 and I was one of the older guys. We
were really just kids."
He was immediately assigned to the 955th Field
Artillery Regiment on the east coast of Korea, about 1
mile from the front lines.
"The first night there we got our welcome to the
war. There were incoming and outgoing rounds of artil-
lery. We were assigned to tents. There was no protection
from an incoming artillery round. You just hoped they


Thomas "Skip" Hannon tries his best to shave while on duty at the forward observer's bunker for his artillery


unit during the Korean War.
missed."
After his first night listening to the artillery, Skip
got his chance to return fire the next day when he was
ordered to a crew firing a 155-mm howitzer.
"We were shooting over a valley and a few ridges.
We couldn't see where our rounds landed, but we had
a forward observation post right up at the front lines
that directed fire."
Living on the front lines was certainly not like stay-
ing in a five-star hotel. In fact, even by Army standards
it was primitive.
"There were no hot showers, no latrines, no rec-
reation room, no heat and no three-day passes. There
weren't any towns near us, so we had nowhere to go
anyway. There wasn't any reason to get a pass because
you couldn't go anywhere."
After a few months of manning an artillery piece
seven days a week, Skip volunteered to be a member
of a three-man forward observer team. He had become
friendly with a forward observer lieutenant, who was
also from the Bronx.
"He asked me if I wanted to be his recon assistant.
It got me out of guard duty and maintenance, although
we'd only be a few hundred yards from the Chinese
Army. I said 'Sure.' It sounded exciting."
Skip and his team would head to the front lines
where they would stay buried in the observation post


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(OP) bunker for 10 days, eating nothing but C-rations
and directing artillery fire. Their only protection from
the Chinese was their own bunker and a battalion of
Republic of Korea infantry draftees.
"We were frequently attacked by the Chicoms (Chi-
nese communists) and the ROK's were the only thing
saving us. One night, the Chicoms over-ran our post
and we had to call in artillery fire right on our own posi-
tions. A couple of rounds landed right on top of us and
killed two ROK's, but that drove off the Chinese."
Skip remembered that the next day was bitterly
cold and eerily quiet. "It was scary to think what might
have happened, but bringing in our own artillery was
the move of last resort, and it worked."
The commanding officer of the ROK battalion was
extremely upset that he had lost two men to friendly
artillery, remembered Skip. He wasn't interested in the
explanation that without calling in the artillery, which
Skip learned had come from a battery of ROK artillery,
everyone would have been either killed or captured.
It was not an easy decision to make.
"We got lucky that day, and it wasn't the only time
we got lucky while up at the OP. I found out the OP
wasn't 'safe' duty like a rear-echelon desk job."
But Skip wasn't that lucky on Nov. 6, 1952. He
didn't duck quick enough when he heard an incoming
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artillery round and got hit in his lower back by a piece
of shrapnel. He was sent to a MASH unit where he
didn't find any pretty nurses, just foul-mouthed doc-
tors.
"I didn't see any Hot Lips nurses. It certainly wasn't
like the TV show and the doctors just cursed at you,"
said Skip laughing at the memory.
Also not like the TV show was the practice of the
Turkish Army, which had some wounded at the MASH
unit. The Turks regularly smoked hashish during the
evening and the distinctive smoke could be smelled by
the Americans on their wards.
"But nobody was going to tell the Turks they
couldn't do that," said Skip. L\ .clyone knew that they
cut off the ears of their enemies and you definitely didn't
want to be their enemy. So we just ignored them."
After being wounded, Skip's days on the observa-
tion post eventually came to an end and he was made
the company mail driver.
"I didn't complain about the duty. My job was to
drive five miles and collect the mail, then drive back
and distribute it to the units. It was great duty, even
though the roads were unpaved and it was tough driving
during rain and snow."
The 955th moved quite a bit in support of the infan-
try, usually in the Kumwah Valley, also known as the
Iron Valley.
With the local towns off-limits to soldiers, Skip
eagerly awaited his seven day pass to Kokura, Japan.
"We got back to civilization, night clubs, restau-
rants, booze and girls in Japan. I was a single guy and
had fun and let's just leave it at that," said Skip with a
sly smile.
Returning from Japan, Skip realized he only needed
a few more points to reach 36, the magic number to be
sent home.
"I had started counting from the first day I got in
country, but it was a dangerous game to think about
going home. I lost a lot of buddies and it seemed like
all of them were just about ready to go home when they
got it."
One friend was killed just 13 days before the cease-
fire was signed in June 1953.
"He had taken my spot on the OP They took a direct


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Today, "Skip" Hannon enjoys living in Mt. Vernon off
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Catlin

hit from the enemy artillery. I think about that often. It
could have been me. Just the luck of the draw."
But Korea eventually came to an end for Skip, just
around the time the cease-fire was signed.
During Skip's tour of duty, neither side had been
interested in any serious offensive action, just in keep-
ing what territorial gains they hade made.
"It was a strange war. We were told to just hold
the line and that's what we did. Yet we had more than
50,000 American soldiers die over there."
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months in uniform in New Jersey near his home before
being discharged in 1953.
He came back to the Bronx with little fanfare,
except his dad had a welcome home sign hung in the
street to greet him.
Skip returned to the liquor distributorship business
for several years, then worked in a bank and as a safety
engineer.
Married in 1956, Skip first came to Bradenton in
1985 as a "snowbird." He lived on Longboat Key and
on Anna Maria Island before buying a home in Mt.
Vernon on the edge of Cortez. He and his wife have
two children.
He has remained active in Korean War veterans
groups and other veterans organizations. In 2005, he
wrote a book entitled "Land of the Morning Calm,"
about his Korean War experiences.
"Korea changed me. I was basically just a kid when
I went over there. When I got back, I knew how to deal
with people. I knew what it was like to be in tough
situations where you didn't know if you would live or
die, where you had to make quick decisions that would
decide if people lived or died. I think I really grew up
in the Army. I wasn't a hero. The heroes are still over
there. I was just damn lucky to get out of some tough
scrapes. I'm definitely proud of my service, my uniform
and my country."
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten Gen-
eration" columns are for Island, Longboat Key, Perico
Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bradenton
and Cortez veterans, man or woman, who served in
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Britain, Holland, Norway, France, Poland, Australia,
New Zealand, the Philippines, etc.) during World War II
or the Korean War. We'd like to hear from you. Please
call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.


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Technique and trade
Artist Marilyn Cassidy
leads a demonstration in
painting and marketing
Nov. 2 at the Artists Guild
of Anna Maria Island Gal-
lery 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more
information about AGAMI
programs, call 941-778-
6694. Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff .


Art festival set

for Dec. 8-9
The Anna Maria Island Art League will present its
20th annual Winterfest, Festival of Fine Arts and Fine
Crafts, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at the field near
Holmes Beach City Hall.
The juried show will raise money for the non-profit
organization's programs, drawing more than 100 artists
from across the United States.
Local restaurants will operate booths, as will non-
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On the market
Patrons of the arts and scavengers for deals
browse the Artists Guild of Anna Maria
Island's "Art and Attic Affair" in Holmes
Beach Nov. 3. The event, a fundraiser for
AGAMI, took place at the Guild Gallery
and on the sidewalks of the Island Shop-
ping Center at Marina and Gulf drives. On
Friday, Nov. 9, AGAMI partnered with Island
Gallery West, Anna Maria Island Art League,
Restless Native, Essence of Time and The
Islander newspaper, all in Holmes Beach,
and the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna
Maria to present the first Island Art Walk.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


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20 0 NOV. 21, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER


Islanders help Manatee Hurricanes to tournament title


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Manatee Hurricanes girls' varsity soccer
team captured the Timberwolf Classic girl's Nov. 9-10
soccer tournament at Lawton Chiles High School in
Tallahassee. The Lady Canes, which boasts Islanders
Amber Wright, Tina Papazian and Erin Mulrine, went
undefeated in three games to earn the championship
trophy.
The tournament format had each school randomly
play three games. Three points were awarded for a
victory, while teams could also earn one point for a
shutout and one point for every goal up to three goals.
A maximum of seven points could be earned, allowing
a 21-point maximum for three games. The Hurricanes
earned 19 of 21 possible points to edge Tallahassee
Lincoln for the crown.
The Hurricanes defeated Taylor County High 4-0
in its first game on Nov. 9, then followed that up with a
tough 2-1 victory over two-time defending tournament
champion Gainesville High School. The Hurricanes


finally defeated Wakulla High School 3-0 to clinch the
title.
In the Gainesville victory, senior defender Amber
Wright had to mark striker Emily Dowd, a player who
had scored more than 130 goals in her career and has
already committed to play at the University of Tennes-
see. Wright, who always marks the opposition's top
offensive threat, held Dowd to one very questionable
goal, which came late in the game.
Erin Mulrine, a freshman center midfielder, didn't
score in Tallahassee, but has been a consistent per-
former for the Lady Canes, notching two goals in
seven games for the 5-0-2 Hurricanes. Tina Papazian,
who started every game in goal last year, is injured and
hasn't played.
Other members of the team include seniors Lexi
Braxton, Ali Thomas, Alisha Keene, Katie Rubino,
Tara Stutts, along with juniors Kat Bouziane, Chrissy
Rice, Eliza Faillace, Emily Argeros, Sandra Montalvo,
Brooke Scott, Ansley Watts, Whitney Conley and
Devinne Whitaker, while sophomores Molly Knight,


Alyssa Brock and Deirdre Barr round out the roster.

Elks hoop shoot
Boys and girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend the
2007 Elks Hoop Shoot free-throw contest. The free
event will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at Bradenton Chris-
tian School Gym. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the
gym, located at 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton.
Free refreshments, hamburgers, hot dogs and soft
drinks, will be provided for participants and their fami-
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For more information, contact Dan Tabor at 941-
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
been extended to Dec. 1.
Cost for playing basketball for members is $50 for
the first child and $45 for any additional children in the
member family. Non-members fee is $65 for the first
child and $60 for additional siblings.
The basketball season is a 2-3 hour commitment
with two games and one practice per week.
Every child that registers will be placed on a team,
but all prospective players must attend mandatory try-
outs at the times and dates listed below.

* Ages 5-7: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3.
* Ages 8-9: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.
* Ages 10-11: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 5.
* Ages 12-13: 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.
* Ages 14-17: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 7.

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men teed it up on Nov. 14
in a better-ball-of-partners format. The team of Gerry
Taylor and Nub Turner carded an impressive 7-under-
par 57 to claim clubhouse bir ,ini rights for the day.
Four teams - Bob Kelly and Chris Collins; Lew Wine-
garden and Jim Thorton; Bob Sayles and Larry Fowler;
Frank Vikingstad and John Purcell - tied for second
place with matching 58s.
The men played nine holes on Nov. 12 in a two-
best-balls-of-foursome format. The team of Gordon
McKinna, Fred Meyer, Jim Finn and Hal Sears fired
a 13-under-par 51 to claim first place. Second place
went to the team of Ed Havlik, Larry Fowler, John
Heiselman and Gino DiClemente. Third place was a
tie between the teams of Chris Collins, Dick Grimme,
John Atkinson and Bob Kelly and the team of Bob
Lamp, Bob Sayles, Al Gunn and Jerry Micho as both
teams carded 56s.
The ladies teamed up with the men on Nov. 9 in a
two-best-balls-of-foursome game. Jane Winegarden,
Terry Westby, Matt Behan and Al Gunn carded a 59,
which was matched by the team of Teddy Morgan, Al
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Herb Puryear teamed up with Ron Slagh to earn
the day's bir''in_' rights during Nov. 14 horseshoe
competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Puryear
and Slagh rolled to an easy 22-12 victory over Norm
Langland and Karl Thomas.
The Nov. 11 games saw three teams post unde-
feated records in pool play, resulting in a three-
game playoff. Steve Doyle and John Crawford
absorbed a brutal 26-11 defeat in the semifinals
against Herb Puryear and John Johnson. The final
was more of the same as Puryear and Johnson
coasted past Sam Samuels and Debbie Rhodes by
a 23-5 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
welcome.


Boys and Girls Clubs
tree lot to open
The 53rd annual Boys and Girls Clubs of
Manatee County Christmas Tree sale will begin
Nov. 23 - over the bays and across the cause-
way.
The tree lot will be located at the Westgate
Shopping Center, 3900 Manatee Ave. W., Braden-
ton.
The lot will feature holiday wreaths and
Frasier firs and hours will be noon to 9 p.m. Mon-
days through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday
and Sundays.
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Fire commission to push home sprinklers


Islander Reporter
Kurt Lathrop uses statistics to persuade people that
putting sprinkler systems in homes is a good idea.
Fires in single-family homes and duplexes caused
$5.7 billion in property losses last year.
Eight in 10 fire fatalities occur in the home.
The deputy fire marshal also uses examples to
encourage the installation of sprinkler systems in new
single-family homes and duplexes.
Earlier this fall, a fire swept quickly through a two-
story North Carolina beach house, killing seven col-
lege students and renewing calls for placing sprinkler
systems in homes. A sprinkler system in the structure
would have cost about $3,500, according to Lathrop.
"Less than 1 percent of homes are sprinkled," he
said. "A lot of people just don't even know they can....
It's something - that fires still kill when we have the
t hnliiu 1, '.' we have."
But Lathrop and WMFR deputy chief Brett Pol-
lock needed neither statistics nor examples to persuade
the district's commissioners that promoting residential
sprinklers is a wise move.
The district commissioners, meeting at Station No.
1 in Holmes Beach Nov. 15, encouraged an effort to
draft a countywide ordinance on sprinklers in single-
family homes and duplexes.
In the meantime, the commissioners urged Lath-
rop, Pollock and WMFR Chief Andy Price to draft an
ordinance providing incentives for builders and new
homeowners to voluntarily install sprinkler systems.
WMFR officials have been working for about two
years with other fire district officials to draft a county-
wide ordinance on residential sprinklers. Currently
sprinkler systems are required in commercial structures,
public buildings and dwellings for three or more fami-
lies.
"Residential sprinklers, for us, is a whole new
animal," said Lathrop. "Though we've had sprinklers
for fires for more than 100 years."
Across the country, fire departments, municipali-
ties and state legislators increasingly are pressing for
sprinkler systems in homes.
San Clemente and Corte Madera, Calif., were two
of the first communities to adopt residential sprinkler
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to adopt such an ordinance in Florida.
When sprinklers are present, the chances of dying
in a fire are reduced by one-half to three-fourths and
the average property loss per fire is cut by one-half to
two-thirds, according to the National Fire Protection
Association.
The primary opponents of residential sprinkler
regulations are building associations, which argue that
the new mandates are too burdensome, adding $1 to $6
per square foot to the cost of a new home.
Building associations have turned back efforts to
pass mandatory residential sprinkler measures in Tal-
lahassee and by the International Code Congress.
Lathrop maintains that a residential sprinkler system
costs less to install than a sprinkler system in the yard.
The cost, he said, is about $1.50 per square foot.
"And it's like having a firefighter in your house
24/7," he said.
Residential sprinkler systems are heat-activated.
When the temperature reaches about 160 degrees, a
sprinkler goes off.
Sprinklers in a structure do not operate "like in the
movies," he said, all going off at once. Rather, each
sprinkler is heat-sensitive.
A home sprinkler system is a network of piping
installed behind walls and in ceilings, with individual
sprinkler heads placed along the piping. The pipes are
filled with water under pressure. If a fire breaks out, the


Rotary planning 2008

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The jackpot for the Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island rolls up on calendar wheel Jan. 19, 2008. That's
the date of the service group's big fundraiser next
year.
The 2008 Rotary Extravaganza and Casino Night
will take place at 6 p.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Club members are organizing for the must-attend
Island event, which raises money for local non-profit
efforts.
Tickets, which often sell out in advance, will be
$65 per person and are available by the table.
For more information, call Pam Schlueter at 941-
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air temperature rises and activates the sprinkler, which
can release about 10-25 gallons of water per minute.
To move forward with a countywide ordinance,
fire officials need to complete a survey of needs and
analyze possible incentives, such as rebates or waivers
on impact fees for new homes built with sprinklers.
Lathrop said the height and square footage of new
homes in the area make sprinkler systems necessary.
"It's a no-brainer," he said. "On the Island, there's a lot
of tearing down and building bigger."
Commissioners, during the workshop, expressed
their enthusiasm for a countywide ordinance, but
also endorsed an interim ordinance that would pro-
vide a financial incentive for adding sprinklers in new
homes.
"Let's move it along, get it going," said Commis-
sioner Larry Tyler.
Two area fire districts presently provide incentives
- North River offers a 25 percent reduction of fire
taxes on properties with sprinklers and East Manatee
offers a 20 percent reduction on fire taxes for sprinkled
properties.
In other business during last week's meeting, Price
updated the commissioners on the planning taking place
for the rehab of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
The bridge will be renovated over 400 days begin-
ning in early January 2008. A portion of the work will
require a 45-day full closure of the bridge next fall,
according to the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion.
Price told commissioners he and other public safety
officers are working with the DOT to reduce the impact
of the closure on emergency operations.
With financial assistance from the state, the fire
department likely will hire additional staff for the
Holmes Beach station during the closure. An extra
Emergency Medical Services vehicle may be placed at
the station, or an additional paramedic may be assigned
to the Island.
Price said Island public safety officers and DOT
representatives plan to meet in December to further
discuss plans and to review traffic projections during
the rehab.
The next commission meeting will take place at the
Holmes Beach station house at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
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Some good news regarding red tide, for a change


Red tide forecasts may be made easier, thanks to a
group of regional folks.
According to news reports, the University of
South Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research
Institute have established the Center for Prediction
of Red Tides at the University's College of Marine
Science in St. Petersburg. The center will develop,
test and implement models to forecast Florida red tide
conditions.
According to the reports, "A five-year, $1.25 mil-
lion contract from FWRI will help finance the center
that will assist the state's red tide monitoring pro-
gram. USF is matching the state's contribution with a
$400,000 computer cluster along with staff support for
the center."
The report continues with what we all know all too
well: "Florida red tides are natural phenomena caused
by a microscopic organism, Karenia brevis. which pro-
duces a toxin that can kill fish, birds and marine mam-
mals, such as dolphins and manatees. Also, it can cause
respiratory problems in people."
"CPR will combine information from multiple
sources including FWRI red tide monitoring data;
USF water circulation, temperature, salinity and other
information; satellite imagery; and models to develop
forecasting capabilities for red tide conditions and
impacts," according to the report.
First up is water circulation modeling, combined
with the ongoing weekly red tide monitoring reports.
"For the first time, the Center for Prediction of Red
Tides will pull together biological, chemical and phys-
ical scientific expertise and couple it with advanced
computing power to model factors contributing to red
tide formation across all appropriate spatial scales,"
said Gil McRae, FWRI director.
The group's long-term goal "is to create a routine
capability to predict Florida red tides and their potential


Cortez boat parade

set for Dec. 1
The fourth annual Cortez Lighted Boat Parade will
take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Gulf Intra-
coastal Waterway.
The parade, presented by the Cortez Yacht Club,
will feature boats of various sizes.
The parade will begin just north of the Cortez
Bridge, travel south to Longboat Pass and then return
to the bridge.
To encourage elaborate decorations, the club will
award a grand prize of $500 and additional prizes of
$100 for boats in several classes.
To register, visit the Seafood Shack Marina, 4110
112th St. W., Cortez, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. the night of
the event.
For more information, call 941-780-3547.


impacts. In the future, biological models that address
factors such as bloom growth, when coupled with the
physical models and supported by additional observa-


tions, will improve the predictability of bloom evolu-
tion from beginning to end."

Sandscript factoid
According to biologists at FMRI, "Water samples
collected offshore this week, 7 to 25 miles west of
Collier County, detected Karenia brevis, the Florida
red tide organism, at concentrations ranging from not
present to very low. Alongshore samples collected
between Pinellas and Collier counties contained no
K. brevis."
Is that good news, or what?


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Reds in bays, grouper moving closer to shore


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Redfish are the best bet in the backwater right
now, with snook coming in a good second-place catch.
Flounder are also a good bet as a good catch.
Offshore action on mackerel and kingfish, plus
amberjack, also are wonderful now, as are grouper,
although most reports of snapper are coming in slow.
And Severin Dufour caught a 30-inch tarpon off the bay-
front dock at Imperial House in Bradenton Beach. Dufour
is from Quebec City, and was amazed at his catch.
Capt. Sam Kimball, out of Annie's Bait & Tackle
on Cortez Road, said he's putting his charters onto grou-
per, snapper, kingfish, amberjack, banded rudderfish,
triggerfish and mangrove snapper. Capt. Mark John-
son, also out of Annie's, said his backwater charters are
bringing in snook, redfish, mackerel, snapper and some
big trout.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said redfish are the best
bet for inshore fishers right now, but snook and out-of-
season trout are also biting. He's hearing some good
reports of big flounder being caught as well. Offshore
action is all grouper, with snapper action a bit slow.
Gag and red grouper are moving closer to shore, with
most of the catches in 50 to 100 feet depths. Bill said
that kingfish have also been a good catch this month.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers there
are catching mackerel, sheepshead, small redfish, a few
snapper a some snook.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers were doing well with catches of mackerel, floun-
der, jacks, sheepshead, snook - mostly at night - and
a few small sharks.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
good-size snapper are hanging around his dock, and
sheepshead are starting to show up. The big ticket item,
though, is redfish: one boater said they caught more
than 30 while fishing in Palma Sola Bay last week.
At Tropic Isle Marina, reports are that small tarpon
that were in the yacht basin have moved out, but mullet
have moved in to take up the space. Redfish up to 25
inches are being brought to the dock, and mackerel are
still a good bet offshore.
Capt. Alan Engle said he's been catching lots of
snook, with shrimp working the best for him as bait,
with pinfish as a backup rather than whitebait.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
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more active in the evenings, and hitting around lighted
areas," he added.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he took 15-year-old Casey Jago out last
week and put him onto his largest red grouper caught
30 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island using a live pin-
fish. Capt. Calvin Brannen, Casey Jago, Joe Jago and
Owen Jago also were chartered last week and caught
gag and red grouper and kingfish. "We were fishing
about 30 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island," Capt.
Larry said, "and this was a special trip for the Jago
family. Joe is a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Sgt. Joe fin-
ished two tours in Iraq. While in Iraq, Joe was in three
different HumVs that were blown up. On the last attack
his Hummer was blown completely up in the air. Joe
survived, but his three buddies did not make it. Joe Jago
received a Purple Heart. Joe came home last March and
is now going to school to become a firefighter/EMT.
This fishing trip was special in honoring Joe for what
he has done for our country." Other action for Capt.
Larry includes good catches of gag and red grouper,
scamp, mangrove snapper, kingfish to 25 pounds and
lots of small grouper.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said that last week started out
with plenty of mackerel, king mackerel, bonito, sharks
and such in the Gulf. "At the end of the week, a pretty


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hard northern came through and probably put an end to
that action until next spring," he said. "There may be
some stray Spanish mackerel and some decent cobia
action between now and Christmas, but it looks like
sheepshead season is fast upon us," he continued. On
the inshore front, he's doing well with reds, snook,
mangrove snapper and flounder. He added that he
took Rick and Matt Fuchs from Ohio out on a cold
and windy Friday and caught small redfish in a variety
of protected locations, plus a couple of snook, "and one
of the largest flounder I have seen in nearly two years.
Before the front, the same pair of anglers cleaned up
on some really decent mangrove snapper, and caught a
pair of 35 inch cobia." He added that he's also catching
bluefish, bar jacks, triggerfish and a slew of not-quite-
legal gag grouper.
On my boat Magic, we're catching lots of redfish
on the lower tides, plus snapper and flounder.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name and phone number for more information.


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mark Resorts on Marina Drive are also
being marketed for fractional ownership
B iz and with the same amenities.
Rick Catlin Those include a fully equipped fit-


Tidemark Resorts
taking

reservations
Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro
Restaurant in Holmes Beach has worked
"diligently" the past 20 years to create
the "best little restaurant in Florida."
His dream of creating perhaps the
"best little place to have a second home
experience" appears to be coming true
for his Beach Inn at 101 67th St. in
Holmes Beach. The inn paired with
Tidemark Resorts Beach and Marina
Residence Club. Tidemark Resorts
is located at 5325 Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach.
The Beach Inn is being remodeled
and revitalized and its 15 units are now
being marketed as vacation homes with
fractional ownership.
At the same time, units at the Tide-


By


Beach, a 2,055 sfla / 2,061 sfur & a 2,427
sfla / 2,754 sfur cottages built in 1926
on a 150x99 lot were sold 10/29/07,
Noyes to Coastal Cottages 5 LLC for
$700,000.
8204 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 1,186 sfla / 1,713 sfur 2bed/2bath
home built in 1954 on a 84x90 lot was
sold 10/31/07, Adams to Frazier for
$440,000; list $449,000.
106 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach,
a 1,097 sfla 2bed/lbath home built in
1950 ona 42x100 lot was sold 11/01/07,
McDonald to Tow for $350,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.
islander.org. Copyright 2007.


Sandbar pavilion
The Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria has completed the vast majority of reno-
vations at the restaurant that included a new covered pavilion and rest rooms that
comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Owner Ed Chiles said there is
still some work remaining on drainage in the parking lot and some other improve-
ments. Islander Photo: Courtesy Sandbar Restaurant


Celebrating No. 3
Sue and Bill Burnley of Anna Maria Gulf Coast Rentals celebrate three years in
their office at 5319 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. They also are celebrating 10 years
of living in Florida. The two moved from Liverpool, England, to Anna Maria
Island in September 1997. For more information, call 941-778-3699. Islander
Photo: Nancy Ambrose


THE RESIDENCES AT


Timeless Elegance. Expansive Views. Charming Sophistication. Meticulous attention to detail.
The Residences at Point Pleasant are bringing a unique style of luxury living to
Downtown Bradenton. Point Pleasant is a thoughtful blend of unparalleled craftsmanship and
extraordinary design. A host of elegant and convenient features ensure a lifestyle that is as
comfortable as it is effortless. For the boater, The Residences also have private boat slips
available on the Manatee River.

For your personal introduction to this unique property, call or e-mail Dan. Nettuno at
941.807.6227 or Dan.Nettuno@teamnettuno.com.

Visit our website at www.ResidencesatPointPleasant.com


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ness center and spa, a concierge and
bell service, membership in the Owners
Beach Club, an on-site fishing guide ser-
vice, residence club exchange services
and storage facilities.
Units at both the Beach Inn and Tide-
mark Resorts Beach are being offered at
a special "Founder's Pricing" for as low
as $149,000 and includes shared owner-
ship of a boat.
"As an owner, you can vacation in
your beach or marina residence as often
as you wish, subject only to reservation
policies," said Murphy.
The initial "fleet" of boats available
to owners will be bay boats from manu-
facturers such as Everglades.
With comparable Island homes sell-
ing for more than $1 million, club own-
ership is a "compelling alternative," said
Murphy.
To arrange for a tour of the prop-
erty and to discover all the benefits of
ownership, interested parties should
call the Tidemark sales team at 866-
778-8433.
Tidemark's Web site is www.tide-
markresorts.com.


Featured sale: This home at 8204
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, sold in
April 1999 for $120,000 and in Octo-
ber 2007 for $440,000 an increase of
267 percent. The cost per square foot
is $370. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson


Island real estate

transactions
105 & 103 Fourth St., Bradenton


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Wednesday, Nov. 21
No public school today.
7p.m. -The All Island Denominations Thanksgiving Ecumenical
Service takes place at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. The speaker will be the Rev. Ron Joseph of St. Bernard Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5715.

Thursday, Nov. 22
Thanksgiving is today.
1 p.m. - St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, hosts a community Thanksgiving dinner in the fellow-
ship hall. Information: 941-778-4769.
1 p.m. - Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
hosts a community Thanksgiving dinner. Information: 941-778-0719.
2p.m. - Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, hosts its fifth annual community Thanksgiving dinner. Information:
941-778-0414.

Friday, Nov. 23
No public school today.
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Christmas on Anna Maria takes place along Gulf
Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City. The holiday walk involves
businesses and the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. Information:
941-778-0492.

Saturday, Nov. 24
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets for a
program and a breakfast at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7823.
9 a.m. -The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82 hosts a one-
day boating class at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 941-378-5620.

Sunday, Nov. 25
8 a.m. - Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA hosts a "flea market"
in the parking lot at Gulf Drive and Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-8203.

Tuesday, Nov. 27
10:30 a.m. - Jim Davis presents a program on brass rubbings at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-6341.
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
a video look at the Rotary International Convention at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-
1880.
Noon - The "Friendly Bridge Group" plays at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Nov. 28
8 am. -The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce hosts a "Good Morning, Longboat Key" breakfast at the
chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
941-383-2466.

Ongoing:
* In November, the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, honors "Artist of the Month" Shirley Rush Dean. Information:
941-792-1039.
* In November, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Long-
boat Drive S., Longboat Key, hosts two exhibits-the National League
of American Pen Women in the Durante Gallery and a selection of
artistic glass in the Glen Gallery. Information: 941-383-2345.
* In November, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina
Drive, celebrates "Artist of the Month" Judy Strom. A reception takes
place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Information: 941-778-6694.
* The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, hosts
"ASense of Place" photography exhibit through November. Hours are 2
p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Fridays. Information: 941-778-1906.
* The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,

Church
hosts o
Holly Berry
Bazaar
The Episcopal
Church of the
Annunciation,
4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes
Beach, is the
site of the
Holly Berry
Bazaar Nov.
17. The sale
draws many
customers
seeking the
famed home-
made pick-
les. Islander
Photo: Nancy
Ambrose


Roser observes 'Founders Day'
Roser Memorial Community Church, built in 1913, celebrates Founders Day Nov. 11. Greeters at the morning
service included Daryl Van Ostenbridge, left, portraying Lena Phelps, Sunday school teacher and first prin-
cipal of the Island School. Elizabeth Moss, center, portrayed Lulu Colman and Carolyne Norwood portrayed
Colman's daughter, Marion. The Colmans reopened the church in the early 1930s, after years of abandonment


and deterioration. Islander Photo: Linda Kinnan

Anna Maria, offers a range of courses for adults and children Mondays
through Saturdays, including cooking, dance, fitness and art classes.
The Center also hosts a variety of athletic programs. Information: 941-
778-1908, or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
* The second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9 a.m., the wid-
owed persons support group meets at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public.
Information: 941-794-3489.
* On Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts meetings of the Inquiring Minds group.
Information: 941-778-1813.
* The Village of the Arts - located between Ninth and 14th streets
west and Ninth and 17th avenues west in Bradenton - holds art walks
on the first Fridays and first Saturdays of the month. Information: 941-
720-2775.
* On the second Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 82 holds a "GPS for Mariners Course" at 10 a.m. at
the Mote Marine Keating Center, Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.
* On the last Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Aux-
iliary Flotilla 82 hosts a basic "America's Boating Course" in the Buch-
anan Room at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.

Coming up:
* On Nov. 29, "Greetings" opens at the Island Players playhouse at
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information and box office:
941-778-5755.
* On Nov. 30, the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, hosts a reception for "Sarasota Ink," an exhibit
featuring the work of seven area printmakers. The exhibit remains
through Dec. 20. Information: 941-778-2099.
* On Dec. 1, the Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts The
Islander-Lester Family Fun Day at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna


Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
* On Dec. 1, the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Commit-
tee hosts an outdoor holiday movie, "Miracle on 34th Street," at dusk in
the field next to city hall. Information: 941-708-5800.
* On Dec. 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Bridge Street Merchants
on the historic commercial strip in Bradenton Beach will host a holiday
walk.
* On Dec. 7, the Holmes Beach merchants host the annual "Down-
town Holiday" celebration with visits from Santa and the Anna Maria
Island Privateers, as well as music, refreshments and shopping in the
Gulf and Marina drives area.
* The Anna Maria Island Art League's Winterfest takes place Dec.
8-9 in Holmes Beach at the field next to city hall. Information: 941-778-
2099.
* The Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade takes place
on Dec. 8, beginning at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and ending at
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. A party with refreshments and
Santa presenting gifts for children follows the parade. Information: 941-
752-5973.
* On Dec. 9, the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, cel-
ebrates a 25th anniversary. Information: 941-778-6341.
* On Dec. 9, St. Bernard Catholic Church hosts the first pancake
breakfast of the season in its fellowship hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
* On Dec. 15, The Islander hosts the Where's Woody yard sale at
the newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Artists can
sign up at The Islander newspaper office by Dec. 14. Information: 941-
778-7978.
* On Dec. 15, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, hosts the annual Bethlehem Walk from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
* On Dec. 16, the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra presents its holiday concert at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.

Save the date:
* The second annual Dolphin Dash is scheduled for Jan. 19. The
event consists of a 5k run beginning at 8 a.m. Entry forms are avail-
able in the school administrative office. Pre-registration fees are $20
for adults and $10 for children under 16-years-old.
* On Jan. 19, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presents the
2008 Rotary Extravaganza and Casino Night at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-746-
7517.
* On Jan. 29, Florida holds its presidential preference primary.
* On Feb. 2, the Friends of the Library hold the annual Friends
Book Sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
* On Feb. 7, 2008, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts
a jazz fest at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.
* On Feb. 10, 2008, the Anna Maria Wedding Merchants Asso-
ciation hosts an Islandwide wedding trade fair. Information: 941-778-
8705.
* On Feb. 23, 2008, the Anna Maria Island Community Center
holds an Affaire to Remember at the Center. Information: 941-778-
1908.
* On March 1,2008, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts
Heritage Days at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-0492.

Send calendar listings to lisaneff@islander.org. Please include
time, date and location of the event and a contact number and e-mail
address. The deadline for submissions is at least one week prior to the
Wednesday publication date. Remember, the sooner you submit your
notice, the sooner The Islander can announce the event.





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ISLA AER CLA SSIFIEDS


MARINE PILINGS: NEW. Used for decorative land-
scaping etc. $5 per foot.941 -920-9594 or 941-748-
3670.
FOR SALE: DELL computer, one year old with
printer and computer stand. $250. Call 330-206-
8448.
GLASS DINNING ROOM table and chairs, $100.
941-778-9354.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
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
Beach. 941-778-7978.


GARAGE SALE: 9am Friday, Nov. 31, 9am Satur-
day, Dec. 1. 514 72nd St., Holmes Beach. Vintage
six-piece rattan furniture set, kitchen, wicker, tools
fishing, boat stuff and lots more.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
day, Thursday. 9am-noon Saturday. 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.


LOST COCKATIEL: CANDY last seen near city hall
in Holmes Beach. Very tame and friendly. Call 941 -
778-7260. Reward.


A YARN OUTLET: Yarn, knitting supplies and
classes. Open seven days a week. Free knitting
event 7-9pm Wednesday, Nov. 28. 5331 15th St E,
Bradenton. 941-756-8915.



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LOOKING FOR CHILDCARE? VPK? Bizzy Bees
Daycare (formerly on the Island) enrolling now!
Ages 6 weeks - 5 years. Call Shelagh, 941-761-
0132.

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

ISLAND RESIDENT BUYS costume jewelry, fine
jewelry. Sterling silver wanted. Will come to you.
Diana Miller, 941-592-0817. E-mail: salesbydiana@
gmail.com.
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums, flute, saxo-
phone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call Scott Achor,
941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen, 941-758-0395.
Rock on!
FREE GUN LOCK.Yes, free. Courtesy of the Project
Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
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-
mation.


PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941 -
720-1411.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.


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123,000 miles, two-wheel drive, power, good con-
dition. Runs great. Below book value: $3,250. View
at The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-1102.
1982 CB900 HONDA motorcycle. Good ride. $950.
Please call, 941-778-5136.


BOATLIFT RENTAL ON Holmes Beach canal.
10,000 LB lift holds 110 percent beam boat. Water,
electricity, cleaning table and dock box available
$360/month. 941-779-9101.
BOSTON WHALER! 2005 18-6 Dauntless. Fully
loaded and in excellent condition with low hours,
kept on boat lift, so no trailer. $25,300. Call 941-
284-1215 and leave message or e-mail: kendra.p@
verizon.net.


NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-
778-3953.
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Five hour morning
shifts and overnights, 10pm-8am, available. Travel
opportunity. 941-383-6953.
KITCHEN HELP apply by e-mail to chef@oohla-
labistro.com.


BOUTIQUE: CRUISEWEAR, GIFTS and more in
top Holmes Beach mall. Only $10,000 plus inven-
tory at 10 percent under cost! Longview Realty,
941-383-6112.


14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.


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CALL KENDALL: 15-year old high school sopho-
more looking for babysitting, pet sitting or dog walk-
ing jobs. Four years experience and first aid certi-
fied. Great with kids and animals! 941-779-9783.

RED CROSS-CERTIFIED 14-year-old looking for a
job babysitting or pet sitting. Experienced with kids!
Call Kim, 941-794-8640 or 941-807-0889.

FOR BABYSITTING, PETSITTING or dog walking:
Call Ariel and Kayla Jennis, twin sophomores at
Manatee High School. CPR and first-aid certified
by the Red Cross. 941-778-1746.

ISLAND TUTORING WITH Chris Perez. 15-year-old
Manatee High School freshman will tutor elemen-
tary or middle school child in math, science and
English. Available 3:30-5:30pm Monday-Friday, and
weekends by request. Call 941-778-2979. Refer-
ences on request.

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.



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 -
545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
0944.

Perico Bay Club
Immaculate 2BR/2BA condo with fabulous water views. Only minutes
from sparkling white beaches of Anna Maria Island. Gated community,
24-hour guard, heated pool, tennis courts, club house. Bring your family
and enjoy this secluded paradise. Buy before January to earn the income
from February and March rentals. $314,900.


Key Royale
Great location, reasonable
price. 3BR/3BA home with
private dock, protected deep
and true sail-boat water wa-
ter. Partial view of Bimini Bay.
Heated pool, 2 car garage,
new air-conditioner. Only
$669,000.
SunCoast


Westbay Pt.
Light, bright, ground-floor, 2BR/2BAend
unit. Heated pool, tennis court. Close to
the beach. $365,000.
*Call Piroska
Planck at
941-730-9667 or
e-mail piroska@
verizon.net


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PROFESSIONAL I.T SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.

ANY ODD JOBS? Need a pet sitter or dog walker?
Island local, dependable 17 year-old seeks work.
Call Zach, 941-779-9783 or 941-224-5854.

LOCK AROUND THE Clock: Island locksmith and
owner Bob Woods. Licensed, bonded and insured.
941-778-1661 or 941-713-4414.

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

CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking ser-
vices - when and what you need - to ensure your
house is secure and cared for while you are away.
Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.my.house@
verizon.net for details.

UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience all phases of nail care. Gift bou-
tique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and sun-
glasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure ser-
vices. 941-713-5244.

WILBER'S WAY MOBILE boat repair. Specializing in
diesel and inboard/outboard engines. 20 years expe-
rience. Call Shawn, 941-779-3467 or 941-761-0989.


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ing: Available weekends. Professional service,
beautiful results. Call Sandy, 941-747-2907.

ACCOUNTING SERVICES AVAILABLE part time
as needed. Call 941-739-6252.

TUTOR: 30 YEARS experience with B.A.elementary
education; M.A. reading, M.A. learning disabilities;
Ed.d, a.b.d. 941-778-0349

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING Co.: Oldest and
best on Anna Maria! 34 years of grateful, happy
customers. 941-773-2761.

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.
CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.

COMPUTER REPAIR: HARDWARE and software
installations and repair, virus, spyware removal,
training. $20 every half hour, no travel charge, 10
years experience, Island native. Call John Baird,
Matrix PC, 941-870-3445.

PARTY ON A budget: Serving, bartending provided.
Office and private parties. Professional service. Call
Sandy 941-747-2907.


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This beautifully designed 3br/2.5ba canalfront hideaway
offers a sparkling caged pool surrounded by lush tropical
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SANDY'S CLEANING: PRESSURE washing,
Christmas decorating, professional service, beau-
tiful results! Call 941-747-2907.

BOARDING PASSES PRINTED: Call 941-778-
3390.

AAA - ALL AMERICAN Home Inspections Inc.
Licensed, insured and NACHI certified. On-site
computer generated report, 25 years experience
owner operated. Don Viehman, ph/fax 941-792-
9595, e-mail aahii04@aol.com.



CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

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

JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pres-
sure washing, landscaping, property maintenance.
Owner operated by Island resident. Exceptional
value! Licensed and insured. Call 941-726-7070.
www.gulfshorelandscaping.com.


CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. Many references and insured. Please
call 941-778-2335.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc. Landscaping, tree trim-
ming, property maintenance. Insured. Island resi-
dent since 1988. Call Chris, 941-778-2823.



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"
941-720-0770.

TIRED OF NO return calls? Straight Shot Land-
scape calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067. Shell $42/yard.

NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. 941-729-
9381.

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island expe-
rience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen anytime.
Cell, 941-224-8569.




One of the biggest names
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W hen you choose Chase you
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Plus, the knowledge of loan
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to your local community.

Call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.

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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, 941-795-5100.

JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.

CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
or 778-4461

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied 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, cabi-
nets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-
4711.







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EXPERIENCE - REPUTATION - RESULTS
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $395,000.
SHELL POINT 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool view. turnkey, $288,900.
PERICO ISLAND 3BR/2BA community pool, tennis courts. Turnkey
furnished, five minutes to beaches. $429,000.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. 90x104. $690,000.
VILLAGE GREEN "D" Lakefront 2/2, sparkling, updated $219,000.
WILDEWOOD SPGS 2-3BR, private courtyard, Updated. $199,000.
ILEXHURST LOT 2914 AVE C. H.B. $233,900.
TEN MINUTES TO GULF 3BR/2BA, pool/spa, cathedral ceilings,
Upgrade, tile, surround sound, lush landscape, fresh paint, new bedroom
carpets, custom blinds, and more. Meets hurricane codes. $429,800.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
HOLMES BEACH- 778-0807
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SPECTACULAR BAYFRONT BOATER'S PARADISE
Exceptional coastal design, bamboo with room for four boats, one up
floors, fireplace, plantation shutters, to 60 ft. impeccable upgrades,
metal roof, lush tropical landscape. heated pool & spa, outdoor kitchen.
#550391 $1,295,000 #562374 $1,375,000
211 71st Street (east or west) Six properties to beach access. Updated condo, turnkey
furnished, new roof, heated pool #564911 #564914 $339,000
1801 Gulf Dr. #254 Tropical park-like views, 2BR, turnkey furnished, fishing dock,
deeded beach access, heated pool, tennis #566830 $349,500
601 Gulf Drive #111 Charmingly decorated, turnkey furnished for a relaxed island
lifestyle. Deeded beach access, heated pool. #560506 $369,000
1908 Riverside Drive Gorgeous panoramic river views from most rooms. Updated
appliances, ceramic tile, 60 ft. dock, 10,0001b lift. #565040 $459,000
503 67th Street Updated canal home; move-in ready with granite tile counters,
ceramic tile, new seawall, dock and 10,0001b. lift. #552532 $549,000
93 North Shore Drive 5BR Duplex, annual tenants in place, prime location. May
be purchased as a condo at $295,000 per condo. #554013 $589,000
7005 Holmes Blvd. Fabulous coastal home, metal roof, ceramic, granite, stainless,
Thomasville cabinets, Jacuzzi tub, room for a pool. #552600 $739,000
1229 3rd St. Circle E 4-5BR, Priceless river views at Riviera Dunes. Granite, crown
molding, 60 ft. dock near Mangrove Grill. #566747 $750,000
120 9th Street. N. Bayfront 5BR triplex, turnkey furnished, 150 ft on bay and only
one block to the beach. #562534 $1,375,000
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Second-floor unit with views of the bay, turnkey furnished,
covered parking, heated pool, in an excellent location,
close to everything! $289,000! CallJesseBrisson,941-7134755.


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TILE AND MARBLE Installation: Many Island refer-
ences. Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen
Floor Coverings. 941-726-1802.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
or 447-2198.

THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call
941-518-3316.

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.


RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitch-
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.


K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.
941-544-8658.

HOME IMPROVEMENT: ENTIRE home renova-
tions. Kitchens, baths, cabinets, drywall, carpentry,
tile, all floor coverings, painting. Free estimates. Call
941-524-0088.

KITCHEN AND BATH remodeling and custom car-
pentry for your home or condo. Florida state licensed
builder. CBC1255132. Call John, Gulf Construction.
28 years of experience. 941-773-6808.

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


HANDYMAN SERVICES: OVER 35 years experi-
ence. Licensed and insured. Electrical, plumbing,
carpentry, tile, painting, power washing, rescreening
and remodeling. Forrest Parks Inc. 941-737-5967.
Emergency calls, 941-708-0676.

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.

UPDATE AND STUCCO your home with new stucco
and paint. Minor to major repairs or remodeling. Call
Tony, 941-778-4596.

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.



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

Gorgeous Grand Canal Home


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lp you with your sales, rental and
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'Gulf Drive * Anna Maria * 941.779.9500
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515 68' Street, Holmes Beach
On the Island's grand canal, this 3-4BR/3BA home offers gor-
geous water views with a deep-water dock for larger vessels. This
beautifully furnished home features a huge master suite, pool and spa.
A true Island retreat. $929,000. Sharon and Keith Whitfield, realtors.
941-302-4256
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy Established in 1983
La n Celebrating 24 Years of
rA i Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
7781345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
-Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza - Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References
Lic#CBC056755

WACNEQ REALTY )k
INCE 1939 2217 GULF DI2IVE NOI2TH - BKADENTON BEACH, FL TOO, W)
HAQOLD SMALL REALTOR.
Office: (941) 778-2246 * (941) 792- 8628
E-mail: haroldsmall@wagnerrealty.com a


HAUL-AWAY 720.2217
Site Clean-Up * Yard Waste/Brush sw
Bobcat Service * All Hauling Needs W.
Property Clean-Out WE RECYCLE


CEILING & WALL REPAIRS
Locally owned and family operated since 1988
WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION 941.725.0073
DARRIN J. WASH STATE LIC. CRC 1329024


We Come To You Full Warranty
" Antennas *Mirrors
" Power * Locks
Trunks * Door Handles 941-957-3330
POWERUPAUTO.COM * SINCE 1995 FREE ESTIMATES * FL MV-46219

IRDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
Residential * Commercial * Remodeling
0 ! Design service * Kitchens and baths
0 Condo remodels * Patios and decks
' 941-720-7519 * References available


J,7e Secret TO HAVING
A GREAT LOOKING HOME BEGINS
WITH A GREAT LOOKING ROOF.
27 years experience in Manatee county
s Licensed * Insured * State Certified
| Manatee Roofing 941.792.0992


\ Creative Vistas
Landscape Services
Specializing in landscape
design & installation
Cell 941.807.1035 * Office 941.721.9655
www.CreativeVistas.com


Leonor's Home Improvements

(941) 284-0680
* Interior and exterior paint
* Drywall repair and texture
* Popcorn ceiling removal
* Concrete repair c-
* Pressure Washing
* Carpet Cleaning
More than 15 years commercial and residential experience!


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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.

PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach. Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
clothes and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalm-
breeze.com. 941-730-5126.

GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1BR/1 BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299, or e-mail
captko462@aol.com.

STEPS TO BEACH: Anna Maria Island. Fully fur-
nished, spacious 1BR/2BA, kitchen, courtyard,
washer and dryer. $425/week. Call 800-903-5176,
or e-mail: annamariaisland@gmail.com.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA half duplex. Great loca-
tion, 201 72nd St., Holmes Beach. Very clean, pos-
sible third bedroom or office. Pet OK. $1,200/month.
CoastLine Accommodations, 941-779-9500.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, Gulf views. $1,200/
month includes water, cable TV, washer and dryer.
104 31 st St., Holmes Beach. CoastLine Accommo-
dations, 941-779-9500.

SUNNY SHORES MOBILE home. 1BR/1BA near
beach, clubhouse. Very nice. $1,200/month, Octo-
ber and November. No smoking, no pets. 941-730-
4078.

CHARMING MONTHLY SEASONAL: Condominium.
Beach view on Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer
and dryer. Two screened in-decks. Pool. Cross the
street on the water. $2,400/month. 813-677-7477.

SEASONAL ALL NEW: For rent December 2007,
January through March 2008.2BR/2BA on Holmes
Beach. Call 941-778-1819.

FOR RENT: STORAGE garage, 11feet wide, 24
feet deep and 10 feet tall. Located at 114 52nd St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-356-3903.

RENTAL PROPERTY: 3BR/1BA, two-car garage
with workshop. Large lot with picket fenced-in yard.
Two blocks from Gulf, one block from bay. Quiet
neighborhood. Bradenton Beach. $1,500/month.
941-321-3834.

THREE GREAT FURNISHED units in 55-plus
waterfront park with beach access. Some land
owned, one on the water. Patti Reed, Century 21.
941-750-6250.

ANNUAL 3BR/2BA HOME in Baylake Estates.
Minutes to Island. 941-778-1919 or 941-779-6753.
Available now.



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Here is Lil
Debbie, sweet
like the snack
cake, female, 12
weeks, spayed/
rabies, $50. Call
Julie at SunCoast
Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or
Manatee Humane Society, 941-747-8808

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SEASONAL MODEL HOME in northwest Braden-
ton for lease. 3BR/3BA, pool. Available now. 941-
778-1919 or 941-779-6753.

SEASONAL ANNA MARIA: 3BR/2BA house on
open-water canal with hot tub, boat dock, steps to
beaches and city piers. Available December, $2,800/
month. Call: Deborah Thrasher, Re/Max Excellence,
941-518-7738. www.flgulfcoast.net.

GULF VIEWS: ONLY 30 yards to beach. 3BR/1 BA,
ground-level home with porch. Dead end on Avenue
F, Holmes Beach. No pets, nonsmoking. $1,050/
month-plus. Yearly lease. Call owner, cell 800-894-
1950.

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

ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON Beach. 2BR/2BA
condo. The unit is a four-plex and has two floors
over parking. Steps to beach. $1,000/month, plus
utilities. Call 813-245-0428.

APARTMENT: 2BR/2BA, $950/month and 1 BR/1 BA,
$650/month. Tenant pays utilities on Palma Sola
Bay. Move in with security and first month rent. (Free
month). Call Reed at 941-448-8100.

RESORT SIXTY-SIX: Selling deeded, November
Weeks 45, 46, 47; $2,900/week. 518-731-6789 or
518-653-6849. joegill2007@aol.com.

HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1 BA GROUND-level duplex.
Large lanai, new kitchen, washer and dryer, two
blocks to beach. No smoking. March, $2,700/month.
April, $2,100/month. 813-928-5378, or evergreen-
properties @yahoo.com.

CONDO: ANNA MARIA, Shell Point. 2BR/2BA fur-
nished. Ground floor on water. Heated pool. Tennis
court. Covered parking. No pets, smoking. Coin
laundry. Minimum two months. Seasonal rates. First,
last and security. 716-861-8016.



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MUST SEE: 2BR/2BA. Steps to beach, washer and
dryer in unit, large pool, free cable and water, newly
painted and carpeted, small pets OK. Annual $950/
month 941-779-1586.

ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1 BA. Great neigh-
borhood, steps to beach, across from bay. $950/
month. Call 941-737-9662.

SEASONAL MODEL HOME in northwest Braden-
ton for lease. 3BR/3BA, pool. Available now. 941-
778-1919 or 941-779-6753.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.

FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal
view with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to
share. Apartment has private entrance, bath and
kitchenette. All utilities except telephone included.
$350/week or $850/month. Perfect for a clean and
quiet individual! Please e-mail tlyonsrq@verizon.net
or call 941-928-8735. Leave message for informa-
tion and availability.

ELEVATED 2BR/1.5BA DUPLEX in Holmes Beach
available Sept. 1. Quiet area, three blocks to beach.
$975/month unfurnished, includes water. First, last,
security required. 941-730-2606.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
2spinnakers.com.

COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE: 1 or 2 offices with
shared conference room/kitchen. Free standing build-
ing on Gulf Drive. 941-737-0915

ANNUAL RENTAL: GROUND level duplex, steps
to beach, 2BR/2BA. Unfurnished. $900/month. Call
Kathy, 941-778-7115.

BRADENTOWN IMG GOLF course condo,
2BR/2BA, first-floor, turnkey Jan 1-March 20, 2008.
$2,400/month. 217-384-0612.

SEASONAL: ALL NEW. For rent December 2007,
January through March 2008.2BR/2BA on Holmes
Beach. Call 941-778-1819.

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: 240-1,200 sf, Longboat
Key. Secretarial services onsite. Call 941-383-2056.

SEASONAL RENTAL: KEY Royale, fully furnished,
2BR/2BA, boat dock. $2,500/month. Call Kathy,
941-778-7115.

TWO-BEDROOM LUXURY condo, steps from the
Gulf. Tennis, sauna. $995/week plus tax and cleanup.
2BR mobile in gated park, $1,200/three month rental.
Call 863-688-3524, cell 863-608-1833.


ANNA MARIA ANNUAL unfurnished 2BR. $850/
month plus utilities. First, last, security. Dec. 1. 941-
778-5439.

ANNUAL RENTALS! 2BR/2BA nice elevated duplex
on 71st Street near the beach, $1,000/month plus
utilities, 2BR/1BA near the beach in Anna Maria.
$950/month plus utilities. Call Sue at An Island
Place Realty, 941-779-9320.

ANNUAL UNFURNISHED: BEAUTIFUL large
2BR/2BA, florida room, dishwasher, washer-dryer
hookup, carport $1,000.2BR/1 BA apartment, $725/
month. 1BR/1BA $700/month. Small older house
$800/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty 778-
7500

SEASONAL 2BR/2BA SLEEPS 6 Florida room,
block to Gulf beach. Very nicely furnished, Four
days-three nights, weekly, monthly, 778-0192

WATERFRONT 1BR/1BA APARTMENT 2008
season. 2BR/2BA house. Discount price due to
cancellation. Call 703-587-4675.

VACATION RENTALS: BOATS welcome. Palma
Sola Bay, 2BR/2BA boat dock, pool, townhouse,
$550/week. Key Royale waterfront home, pool, boat
dock, $899/week. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090

BEAUTIFUL 3BR/2 BA two car garage, Perico
Island. Minutes to beach, no smokers, $1,000/week,
$3,500/month plus tax. 941-778-3320.

ONE BR CONDO across from beach, $700/week,
$2,000/month plus tax. Nonsmokers only 941-778-
3320.



NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: From mid-$200s.
Minutes to beach, one block south of Manatee
Avenue on 67th Street. Models open daily. Hidden
Lake Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.hiddenlake-
condominiums.com.

3BR/2.5BA HOUSE, STEPS TO beach: Less than
two years old, nearly 2,000 sf, 18-foot soaring ceil-
ings, heated pool, granite counter-tops, wood cabi-
nets, stainless-steel appliances, hardwood floors,
metal roof, two-car garage and more! Owner must
sell. A real value at $669,000. 941-725-2826.

LOT FOR MOBILE home. Water view. One mile from
Island. Boat ramp available. $120,000. Can divide.
Perfect investment property. 513-470-3851.

ENJOY AFFORDABLE ISLAND living at Sandpiper
Resort Co-op for sale. Totally renovated, all new turn-
key unit. Beautiful bay views, private beach access,
clubhouse, shuffleboard and more. $149,000. Includes
share. Call Deb for viewing, 941-224-1652.


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BEST DEAL: For sale by owner, Holmes Beach
Sandy Pointe condo, 2BR/2BA, 1,000 sf, two car-
ports and storage. Fully furnished. All new appli-
ances. New granite, sinks, fixtures. Pool. $14,000
rental income. Sale price, $245,000. Call 813-486-
9535.

LOT FOR SALE: 57.75x114-feet, one block from
beach. $450,000. 123 Neptune Lane, Holmes
Beach. 941-779-4505 or 941-778-4246.


COSTA RICA: BE my neighbor on the Caribbean
coast in multi-national artist colony. Brand new
3BR/2BA home, 2,400 sf. All tropical hardwoods.
Walk to beach, dining and shopping. $219,000. Lot
for sale, 10,000 sf, small gated community. $45,000.
Call Robin, Gulf Bay Realty, for information, 941-
713-4515.


BEAUTIFUL GULF VIEWS from this 2BR/2BA
Bradenton Beach condo. Tommy Bahama-style fur-
nishings, washer and dryer in unit, kitchen, granite,
stainless steel. Complex has pool, spa, tennis court,
boat slips, fishing pier. $519,000. Owner at 941-388-
5238 or 941-447-2061.


FOR SALE: SUNBOW BAY across from Publix.
2BR/2BA fully furnished, decorated and well equipped.
Garage, storage, elevator, two pools, one tennis court,
one fishing pier. $350,000. 941-778-9684.

BRADENTON BEACH CONDO: 2BR/2BA, located
steps to the beach and Intracostal. Unit has two
floors above parking. Remodeled interior and exte-
rior. $350,000, Call 813-245-0428.

SHARE THE EXPENSE: Duplex home, minutes to the
beach. $269,900. Won't last long! 941-720-1121.


BRAND NEW, THREE from the beach, boat dock.
Views of the bay enhance this 4BR/3BA builder's
home. Available at $749,000. Just add pool at build-
er's cost and you have a perfect Island lifestyle. Bro-
kers protected. 941-592-6642.


DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000. 941-730-2606.

$469,900. HOLMES BEACH elevated duplex plus
owner's quarters on Gulf Drive. Steps to beach.
Health forces sale. Call N. Whipple at RoseBay Real
Estate, 941-650-0656.


BEST CONDO VALUE Martinique South, top floor
with best view and garage access. 2BR/2BA remod-
eled with hurricane glass. $599,000, make an offer.
Call Paul Mitchell 941-737-3424, Ted Geeraerts
Real Estate.

HOLMES BEACH: GULFFRONT condo, 1-2 BR
totally remodeled, stainless-steel appliances, two
pools and carport. $299,900. 941-795-5060.

NEW CONSTRUCTION BRADENTON: 3BR/2.5BA,
over 2,000 sf, large yard, fireplace, wet-bar, two car
attached garage. Short walk to bay, plus much more.
$490.000. Call Greg, 941-720-0932, for details.

NORTHWEST BRADENTON TWO blocks from
Palma Sola Bay. No flood zone. Remodeled interior.
$329,000. Zero down available. Call owner/agent
direct, 941-356-1456. a great condo alternative.

CREATIVE FINANCING: KEY Royale waterfront
home 3BR/2BA all remodeled interiors. Spa, pool,
boat dock. Appraisal $935,000, now $799,000,
10percent down. Use my credit, no bank qualify-
ing. A great opportunity if you want an island home.
Call owner/agent direct, 941-356-1456.


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PUTTING ON SOME WEIGHT By Alan Arbesfeld / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
1 Award for
hanging
7 18th-century
Venetian master
who painted
"Adoration of the
Magi"
14 Magnetic
induction unit
19 ___ Beach, Calif.
20 How miracle
workers walk
21 It may be left
holding the bag
22 Up to top physics
standards?
24 Flammable gas
25 Time, in Munich
26 Pet lovers' org.
27 Raid target
29 Actress Scala
30 Spinning
32 Recumbent W.W.
II general?
37 Punching tool
39 Perry of fashion
40 Zhou
41 Substitute (for)
46 First game of a
Chinese double-
header
50 Inkling
51 Omelette
ingredient
53 Yard units
54 Answer, briefly
55 Container for an
iron or wedge?


Answers to this
week's puzzle
on page 28


58 Grab
62 Scot's topper
63 Prefix with comic
64 Ludacris's music
66 "Air Music"
composer, 1974
68 "I'm not
interested in
having tea!"?
76 Absolut rival, for
short
77 Thing often rolled
over, in brief
78 Tiny amounts
80 British rule in
India
83 Bureau
86 Where to pick up
nuclear supplies
90 Lago composition
92 Seagoing: Abbr.
94 Small salmon
95 Big rig
96 Crucifix
101 Like some odes
103 Fabric with a
repeated pattern
104 House overhang
106 Green
107 Traveler's aid in
South Carolina
111 Item often cloned
116 With it
117 Burglar's
advance man,
maybe
118 Goes (for)
120 Bern's river
121 Bakery lures
123 Easily
transportable
plantation
product?


128 Take umbrage at
129 Lawyer, at court
130 Writers Shreve
and Brookner
131 "Golden Boy"
playwright
132 Wharf locale
133 Schoolyard
challenge

Down
1 Square
2 Surgical beam
producer
3 Texas A & M
athlete
4 Nasdaq info
5 Game with Skip
and Reverse cards
6 St. Louis's
historic
Bridge
7 Puccini classic
8 Present at birth
9 Meadow mother
10 Pussy foot
11 Member of the
500-home run
club
12 "The Joys of
Yiddish" author
13 "Smoking ___?"
14 Call 911, e.g.
15 Sound of
satisfaction
16 Facing
17 Seattle cager, for
short
18 Word with round
or rump
21 Modern music
genre
23 Makeup kit item


28 Give two fives for

31 "Well, ___-di-
dah!"
33 Spa offering,
briefly
34 Patron saint of
Norway
35 Low cards in
pinochle
36 1930s
heavyweight
champ
38 "Hold on there!"
41 Brief shots?
42 Killed time
43 Prefix with
surgery
44 Mountain retreats
45 When repeated, a
reproach
47 Eared seal
48 Longoria of
"Desperate
Housewives"
49 Record letters
52 Fairway cry
56 Baked, in Bologna
57 '60s hot spot
59 Party person
60 William Tell's
home
61 Charlemagne's
father, dubbed
"the Short"
65 Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame
designer
67 Peak in NE
Greece
69 Prince in Ezekiel
70 de France
71 Joe Pesci title
role


72 Dada pioneer
73 Figure in a bust
74 Questionnaire
category
75 Watts at the
movies
79 ___ and Span
(cleanser)
80 Coll. dorm figures
81 Questionnaire
info
82 Place together


84 Small part
85 Folgers
alternative
87 Alley ___
88 Unable to pass the
bar?
89 Biography
subtitled "Living
in the Shadows"
91 Suffix with liquid
or fabric
93 "L'Shana
(Rosh Hashanah
greeting)


97 Garage litter
98 Marlins' div.
99 Cong. period
100 Court ruling?
102 It makes MADD
mad
105 Not as busy
107 Singer with
Xavier Cugat
108 Brought on board
109 A.C.C. team,
informally


110 Spaced out
112 It's a dyeing art
113 Photo finish
114 Tourney type
115 Perfume, in a
way
119 Con game
122 Ran into
124 Shepherd's locale
125 Child seat?
126 Brouhaha
127 trial basis





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BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Escape to beau-
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brochure and information. Mountain properties
with spectacular views, homes, cabins, creeks and
investment acreage. Cherokee Mountain GMAC
Real Estate. Cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for
free brochure, 800-841-5868.

LAKEFRONT LOG HOME in Tennessee. 470 feet
of shoreline, year-round water, sea wall. Beautifully
wooded one-acre level lot. 4BR/3BA. Call Jamie
Russell, 865-717-7775.

SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.


NORTH CAROLINA: 249.5 acres planted pines in
Moore County, road frontage, near Pinehurt. Excel-
lent potential. $3,450 per acre or will trade for beach
property. Iron Horse Properties, 800-997-2248.

DOCKABLE LAKEFRONT WITH log cabin only
$89,900. Fish from your front porch. 2,100 sf. Log-
home package on wooded lakefront in park-like
setting. Gorgeous Tennessee lake in private com-
munity. Excellent financing. Call now, 888-792-5253,
ext.1650.

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: FIVE acres riverfront on Big
Reed Island Creek near New River State Park, fishing,
view, private, good access. $89,500. 866-789-8535.


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Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any
preference, limitation or discrimination based on race,
color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national
origin, or intention to make any such preference, limita-
tion or discrimination Familial status includes children
under age of 18 living with parents or legal custodi-
ans, pregnant women and people securing custody of
children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly
accept any advertising for real estate which is in viola-
tion of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that
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able on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of
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Beautifully maintained 3/4 BR/2BA. Fresh paint, huge
heated pool. The 29-foot lanai with hot tub and the 29-foot
florida room provide a sense of carefree living. New impact
glass windows throughout, maintained free yard with total
privacy. Lots of value $593,000


spacious ana oeauui ul/ 34- to /C0 I iOIll e JUa StIaO
stroll to beach. Amenities galore and only one year old with
2524 square feet. Plenty of room to roam $699,000.


Large office and large apartment in the center of
the Holmes Beach shopping area. Lots of storage and
over 3,000 sq.ft. under roof. Zoned for duplex and has
12,844 sq. ft. of land. $550,000.


KEY ROYALE. Completed in December of 2007.
5,000 sf 4BR/5BA. Elevator, two fireplaces, 28x32-
foot great room, heated pool, canal/dock with view
down canal to bayou. $1,999,000.

Mike 800-367-1617
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Bright Spot in Real Estate News


V, I, - ,.1 "V, \ , p,, l ...ph.i,,.yingNealHomes
right now?" Pat Neal, Owner of Neal Communities,
shared some insights into the building industry
"In the recent market fluctuation, we've seen
people continue to come to our communities and
invest in our communities. There are many good
reasons why this has continued to happen."
"Our land is old land, he explained." "We're
working with some land purchased as early as
1980-University Park, and some as late as 2003-
River's Reach. Our land was often purchased at
what would be considered discounts compared to
current values. We're able to pass this savings to our


homebuyers.
Mr. Neal continued, "Our companyhas about 400
Trade Partners/Vendors, some we've been working
with for more than 30 years. On any given day, there
are about 105 Partners on the job throughout our
communities. Our Trade Partners are our partners.
Of this group, more than 80% have helped reduce
prices on homes for Neal Communities. In return
for trade price reductions, we've worked hard to
make sure our jobs are scheduled and managed in
such a way as to keep our processes efficient and
our Partners working. This has had a huge and
successful result. Again, we are able to pass these


savings to our homebuyers."
"Because of early land purchases, we've been able
to take our homes back to prices that we offered
in past years-in some cases, 2003 pricing. That
represents real value to our homebuyers. We believe
that's why we've seen a strong market return this
year," said Neal.
"Forecasters are telling us that people who
previously were waiting for a market turn-around
are buying now. And, we've seen the results to
confirm their analyses. In my homebuilding career,
since 1970, there has never been a better time to
own a Neal home," concluded Pat Neal.


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buying


Pinehurst I / Homesite 42
This home is perfectly designed for entertaining. The formal living and dining room
showcase this open plan. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a Den, a massive family room, and an eat-
in kitchen complete this award-winning home. The extensive lanai surrounds an inviting
pool and a 3-car garage provides lots of space.
2,798 SE WAS $-709,300 JUST REDUCED - NOW $598,000


ow.


Chesapeake I / Homesite 77
A grand entrance sets the tone for this signature, jewel-box
Neal home. The oversized living and dining rooms lead to a
luscious lanai and pool for an open and airy entertaining space.
Two bedrooms, a massive den, 2 1/2 baths, a 2-car garage, eat-
in kitchen and almost endless storage spaces make this one of
our most popular plans. With 2440 square feet, this spacious
home contains elegant custom features including a tile roof and
a paver driveway. Add maintenance-free lawn care and you're
ready to live the life of your dreams. WAS $645,900
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A VERY SPECIAL SECTION * 15th EDITION * NOV. 21, 2007














PLEASE, MAKE A

WISH COME TRUE

ie holidays are the time to take ain e\tra moment to
Cgi ive someone a smile or send a greeting ... pause to
give a quiet hug or words of praise.
The holidays are special for friends, family and
Islanders. In our 5tRM in f slan i b oet , we
take a moment to present stories and pictures about
organizations in our community that deserve special
. (,-consideration.
These community service organizations are dedicated to
providing assistance to families and individuals, teaching and
mentoring our children, helping the elderly and less fortunate,
all with the goal of making Anna Maria Island a better place to
live for each and every one of us.
With R-Jfod, organizations offer a special
way for you to share the holiday spirit. We've included a list.
of needs -- wishes - from each one. Your donation, however
small or grand, will be deeply appreciated by the organizations.
Please take a moment to select a gift from these lists to add to
your holiday shopping list.
It's 5- fcu'�,&way of saying thanks for the support we've
received for the past 15 years and a chance for all of us to give
something back to our community. A small contribution can
make a big difference.
We offer a special thanks to the generous sponsor advertisers
for making this publication possible. And we hope you receive
the same return as we have each year for 15 years from the
Islander Wish Book ... the joy of giving.
Happy holidays and best wishes for 2008!





PAGE 2 0 NOV. 21, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER


The Center's wish: board games for the before- and
after-school program.


Anna Maria Island


Community Center

This fall the Anna Maria Island Community
Center celebrated the completion of its new,
multi-level, multi-million dollar building.
Center staff and supporters called the com-
pleted construction the realization of a long-held
common dream and an Island milestone.
Now, from department to department,
the united wish at the Center is for the new,
expanded facility to provide a space for people to
delve into arts and athletic activities, drama and
dance, computer work and culinary arts, photog-
raphy and musical performances.
The Center's wish list for the before- and
after-school program includes:
* Board games.
* Portable cassette players.
* Art supplies.
* Balls.
* Gym toys.
* Gift certificates to Wal-Mart and Michaels.
The Center's wish list for the adult program
includes:
* Pastel paper for flyers.
* Pickleball paddles.
* Printer ink for an HP color laser jet 2605dn.
For more information about the Center, go to
www.islandcommunitycenter.com. To contact the
Center, call 941-778-1908.

Anna Maria Island

Community Chorus and

Orchestra

The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus
and Orchestra annually delivers a holiday wish
to Islanders with its seasonal concert.
This year's holiday concert takes place at
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Crosspointe Fellow-
ship. The performance will be the second in
AMICCO's 15th anniversary season.
AMICCO's holiday wish list also includes:
* Volunteer ushers.
* Volunteer ticket-takers.
* Volunteer board members.
* Volunteer fundraisers.
* Volunteer equipment haulers.
* Patrons in the audience for sell-out concerts.
To contact AMICCO, call James Stoltie at 941-727-
9886 or write P.O. Box 1213, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
For more information about the group, go to www.
amicco.org.


Anna Maria

The Anna Maria Island Privateers came
together in the early 1970s to promote the bet-
terment of youth and to
serve the greater Island
community.
The group raises
money for scholarships,
hosts Christmas and
July 4 parades and an
end-of-the-school year
celebration called Snooks
Adams Kids Day. In
between, the group's
members and their ship
show up to add charac-
ter and color to Island events.
The group's wish list includes:
* Scholarship donations.
* Gift cards for fuel.
* Gift cards for office supplies.
* Beads.
* Pirate items or pirate gear.
* Donations for Privateers to sell at the
Thieves Markets for scholarship funds.
* Lights or decorations for the ship.


Anna Maria Elementary School
principal Tom Levengood is wish-
ing for some volunteer wizards who
will work one-on-one with students
seeking some extra magic with math
and reading work.
Also, because Anna Maria
Elementary School students are
learning, with hands-on experience,
how a garden grows, school officials
want help with the tools and plants needed to
beautify the campus at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. The garden program's wish list includes:
* Earth Box containers with soil, natural
fertilizers, drain spouts and all that is necessary
to grow plants. The goal is 20 boxes to help stu-
dents in the fourth-grade achieve Junior Master
Gardener certification.
* Micro-irrigation kits, which allow for
watering plants at the ground level, saving
water and nurturing the plants.
* Child-sized gardening gloves, trowels and


The Island Players, with its theater at the
corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria, is now in its 59th season.
The playhouse hosts five productions -.
each year. --
The building has been remod-
eled several times since the original "
small house was barged over from the
mainland around 1912 by the develop-
ers of Anna Maria Beach. During the
ensuing years, it has been a city hall,
community center, service club during
World War II, tourist information center, l
school classroom, church and club meet-
ing place before it became a community
theater.
Island Players is governed by a
board of directors and made up of many
volunteers who enjoy working together to
Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra
wish: for sold-out audiences for its 15th anniversary
season concerts.


Island Privateers
* Mullet for mullet smokes.
* Sponsorships for the annual Whitey
Horton Golf Tournament.


* Donations of food and/
or toys for the Christmas
Parade and Snooks Adams
Kids Day.
* Water bottles for
parades and fundraisers.
* Large coolers for the
ship.
* A public address


system.
* Signs and banners for
events.
* Donations to cover
permit fees associated with events.
* Hot dog and hamburger donations for the
Thieves Markets, Snooks Adams Kids Day and
the Christmas celebration.
* Paint and other supplies to repair the ship.
* Peace, love and prosperity around the
world.
To contact the Anna Maria Island Privateers, call
Liz Christie-Cline at 941-778-8519.


pruning shears.
* Small medium and large clay containers
for potting herbs and propagating seed-
lings.
All lengths of hoses and nozzles
. for each garden.
* Volunteers to help plant
different gardens - butterfly,
sensory, wildlife habitat, edibles,
peace garden and wildflower
meadow.
* Help getting all the gardens planted to use
them for outdoor classrooms for studies and to
grow plants to give to Habitat for Humanity.
To contact the school about the wish list or the
garden program, call school counselor Cindi Har-
rison at 941-708-5525, or e-mail harrisc@fc.manatee.
kl2.fl.us.

Anna Maria Elementary School wish: for students to
learn about growing from the good earth with gifts for
their gardens.


produce quality theater for our community.
The theater is supported by ticket sales,
program advertisers, co-producers, sponsors,
grants and the Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary.
,i The Island Player's wish list includes:
S* People to join the fun - Island
Players welcomes volunteers as actors
on stage, backstage helping with set
construction, sewing, props, lighting,
* *sound or makeup, or in the box office.
* Co-producers to help produce
the upcoming productions.
* Theater-goers to purchase tick-
ets and come to the remaining four
shows of the season.
For more information, con-
tact Island Players president
Peggy Faarup at 941-778-7374 or
peglee47@aol.com.
Island Players wish: for people to join the fun -
actors, help with set construction, sewing, props,
lighting, sound or makeup, or in the box office.


Anna Maria Elementary School


Island Players


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15TH ANNUAL ISLANDER WISH BOOK 2007


Anna Maria Island Off Stage Ladies


Butterfly Park
Just as the caterpillar transforms into a but-
terfly, the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park con-
tinues it metamorphosis. The garden is currently
closed and going through major renovations.
The North American Butterfly Association's
Manasota Chapter, in cooperation with the city,
has created the garden at 5801 Marina Drive.
Home to the Island's veteran's memorial and
outdoor artwork to enjoy, the park will continue
to be free and open to the public when renova-
tions are complete.
Creators of the park are hoping for dona-
tions and materials to complete the gazebo that
will become an outdoor science lab for school
children and clubs.
The butterfly garden wish list includes:
* Donations of pressure-treated pine, stain-
less steel screws, bolts, washers, nuts and nails,
rebar, concrete and other materials needed for
the gazebo.
* Donations to the gazebo fund.
* Plants for replanting.
* Garden art.
* The community to purchase tickets for
fundraisers.
For more information about the garden or the
wish list, contact Nancy Ambrose 941-518-4431 or
nancya@tampabay.rr.com.


The Sunday before an open- i
ing night at the Island Players
playhouse in Anna Maria is
known as "Long Sunday."
The actors and technical
crew gather for a lengthy day of
rehearsal to perfect the produc- -
tion.
"Long Sunday" is one of the
days the Off Stage Ladies take
center stage at the playhouse.
The group exists to support th
the theater. They help with paint- Nor
ing the sets. They are costumers
and makeup artists. They assist
with lighting and serve as stage
managers. They raise money
with events.
Sometimes they appear on
stage.
And on "Long Sunday," when
a hearty meal might help the
lead recall his or her lines or the " -
lighting expert hit a mark, the Off
Stage Ladies prepare and serve
dinner to the starving artists.
This year, the Off Stage
Ladies wish list contains "Long Sunday" neces-
sities.


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Carol Heckman said, abbre-
.. "" viating the list. "Sturdy," she
added later with emphasis.
Consider, for the Off Stage
S Ladies:
* Paper or plastic plates.
* Paper napkins.
6 '\Ok .. * Paper or plastic cups.
* Paper or plastic table-
cloths.
* Plastic utensils.
* The group also wishes
for new members.
* The Off Stage Ladies'
ultimate dream is for restau-
rants or other businesses to
share in the dinner service on
"Long Sundays" set for next
Jan. 13, March 9 and May 4.
y For more information about
the Off Stage Ladies. To contact
S OffStage Ladies president Carol
Heckman, call 941-761-7374 or
e-mail carolheckman@tampabay.
rr.com. To contact Off Stage
Ladies vice president Marilyn
Moroni, call 941-792-0028 or
e-mail ecmoroni@msn.com.


"Paper products," Off Stage Ladies president


i Wildlife Inc. Education and Rehabilitation


Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park wish: for more plants
to draw butterflies to the garden next to Holmes Beach
City Hall.


Save the Manatee
Save the Manatee Club Inc. was established
in 1981 to protect the marine mammal through
education campaigns, research, rehabilitation
and legislation.
The nonprofit's principle source of funding
comes from the Adopt-A-Manatee program.
There are several that frequent the waters of
Tampa Bay, especially the warm water area at
Tampa Electric Company, in need of parents/
patrons. They are seen frequently in the bay
waters off Anna Maria Island.
The club's wish list includes:


Co-existence is the catchword for Ed and
Gail Straight, the operators of Wildlife Inc. Edu-
cation and Rehabilitation, which dates back to
1986 and one injured duck.
The Bradenton Beach-based center handles
some 4,000 calls each year regarding injured
or ill animals on land and sea. Often times the
injury is man-made, caused in a car accident,
a boating mishap or fishing negligence. Some-
times, the Straights say, the injury is even mali-
cious.
In addition to caring for animals, the center
conducts education programs in classrooms and
for organizations.
The center's wish list includes:










drives, monitors, laptops, scanners and printers.
* Office chairs, file cabinets.
* Worktable.
* Gift certificate to Office Depot or Staples.
* Office supplies, including highlight-
ers, pens, pencils, CDs, paper clips, binders,


* Paper towels.
* Bleach.
* Bird seed.
* Nuts - no peanuts or sunflower seeds -
in shells.
* Acorns.
* Gasoline cards.
* Gift certificates to Wal-Mart, Lowe's and
Home Depot.
* A 5-foot cast net.
For more information about the center, go to
www.wildlifeinc.org. To contact the center, call Gail
Straight at 941-778-6324 or e-mail caracara@juno.
com. Write to the center at P.O. Box 1449, Anna
Maria FL 34216.

tape, Post-Its, stamp pads, staples, white-out,
copy paper, colored copy paper, rubber bands,
Sharpie pens, envelopes, binder clips, hang-
ing file folders, rulers, ink cartridges and letter
openers.
* Tax-free donations.
For more information about the Save the Mana-
tee Club, go to www.savethemanatee.org. To contact
the club, call 800-432-5646 or write 500 N. Maitland
Ave., Maitland FL 32751.

Save the Manatee Club wish: for supporters to join
the Adopt-A-Manatee program to protect the marine
mammal. Islander Photo: Courtesy Smithsonian
Marine Station/Fort Pierce


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ManaSota-88
Created in 1968, ManaSota-88 evolved from
an environmental health study sponsored by
federal and county governments and state
schools.
The volunteer-driven organization in recent
years has helped prevent cities from dumping
sewage sludge, reduce the amount of pesticides
in schools and push for zoning laws to control
sprawl.
"Although the political climate has not been
favorable to environmental pursuits, members
of ManaSota-88 feel we have made real prog-
ress in our efforts to stop damaging types of
development and activities and in getting better
environmental regulations written to protect
us," said Manasota-88 director Glen Compton.
The organization rejects proposed contribu-
tions from "any polluting industries" and raises
100 percent of its operating revenue from citi-
zens. Only an attorney receives compensation.
The group's wish list includes:
* Volunteers skilled in research, gathering
data for projects and reviewing proposed proj-
ects.
* Help with paying legal costs, lobbying
lawmakers and circulating the newsletter.
For more information about Manasota-88, go to
www.manasota88.org. To contact Glen Compton, call
941-966-6256,fax 966-0659 or e-mail i.ii,J.it.-,t, .''
comcast.net.


Keep Manatee


Beautiful

Keep Manatee Beautiful, the local chapter of
Keep America Beautiful, plays numerous roles
in Island life. KMB is fulfilling its mission when
Islanders find little or no litter on the beaches
but do take notice of more trees in public places.
KMB conducts two major coastal cleanup
efforts in the county, including on Island
beaches and at the Cortez preserve. KMB also
is involved in beautification projects along the
Palma Sola Causeway and provides trees for
Arbor Day celebrations in the area.
The group's wish list includes:
* Reams of paper made with recycled paper
content.
* HP LaserJet Printer 4100 ink cartridges -
C8061X black.
* HP LaserJet Printer 2500L ink cartridges
- C9700A black, C9701A cyan, C9702A yellow,
Cn703A magenta, C9704A drum.
For more
information
about Keep
Manatee Beauti-
ful, visit www.
manateebeautiful
com, e-mail keep(,
manateebeautiful Wi g\ \W\
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795-8272.




Keep Manatee
Beautiful wish:
for reams of
recycled copier
paper.


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Ma n a S o -
ta-88 wish:
for volun-
teers to help
with lobby-
ing lawmak-
ers in the
state capitol
and at the
local level.
Islander
Photo: Cour-
tesy Visit Tal-
lahassee


Anna Maria Island Historical Society


In 2007, the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society welcomed visitors to its museum, 402
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, with a series of celebra-
tions and exhibits.
AMIHS hosted jazz concerts, old-time days,
holiday festivities and group meetings, as well
as showcased local history and the bread-mak-
ing skills of volunteers.
AMIHS exists to "collect, preserve and
exhibit materials relating to the early days on
Anna Maria Island and to provide information
to residents and visitors alike of our unique his-
tory."
The work - education, preservation and
restoration - is done with a care for the past,
the present and the future.
Most recently, AMIHS accepted from
member Bettylee Marquis-Kral a donation of
Seminole Indian clothing - six pieces of cloth-
ing to preserve. So, at the top of the group's
wish list is archival Plexiglass display cases to
house the items.
The historical society's wishes include:
* Archival supplies.
* A volunteer to tile the museum bathroom
with tiles already donated by Quality Painting &
Remodeling.
* Volunteers to be docents in the museum
for a maximum of three hours per week.
To contact AMIHS, write P.O. Box 4315,
Anna Maria FL 34216, call 941-778-0492 or 778-
5120, or e-mail sqonami@tampabay.rr.com. For
more information about the historical society
and museum, go to www.islandhistory.us.


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Anna Maria Island Historical Society wish: for a
volunteer to tile the bathroom floor.


While the hectic holiday season is just begin-
ning, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch's monitor-
ing season just ended Oct. 31.
The group, however, doesn't go into
winter hibernation.
In addition to patrolling the beaches
in the spring and fall to monitor
nests, eggs and hatchlings, AMITW I
members conduct public education
programs.
To help the organization
supply its own nest, consider donat-
ing from this wish list:
* Boxes of rubber surgical gloves in large,


medium and small sizes.
* Black permanent markers to write on nest-
ing stakes.
* Reams of white copy paper.
* A gallon of yellow road paint
for stakes.
* Hewlett Packard ink jet car-
* tridges.
For more information about AMITW,
> ) go to www.islandturtles.com. To contact the
organization, reach executive director Suzi Fox
by phone at 941-778-5638, by e-mail at suzi-
fox@tampabay.rr.com or by mail at 2213 Ave. B,
Bradenton Beach FL 34217.


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Florida Gulf Coast Maritime Museum and FISH


The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
has reeled in some major projects in recent
years, specifically the creation of the FISH
Preserve and the Florida Gulf Coast Maritime
Museum.
FISH is dedicated to protecting the seagoing
way of life in the village of Cortez. That work
involves hosting events, preserving resources
and even lobbying legislators.
The museum - housed in the renovated
1912 schoolhouse at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez -
celebrates that seagoing way of life, a longstand-


Cortez Village

Historical Society
For decades now, the Cortez Village Histori-
cal Society has driven preservation and restora-
tion in the old fishing community.
The historical society continues to collect
artifacts and documentation of old, colorful
Cortez for its Family Living Museum.
The historical society's wish list includes:
* Pictures of old Cortez, its people and the
place.
* Volunteers to help scan photographs and
help update the membership list.
* New members.
* Financial supporters.
* Display cases for exhibits.
To contact the historical society, call Mary Ful-
ford Green at 941-795-7121 or maryfulfordgreen@
hotmail.com. Or write CVHS, P.O. Box 663, Cortez
FL 34215.
Cortez Village
Historical
Society wish:
for volunteers
to help scan
old photo-
graphs.







Friends of the Island

Branch Library

Friends of the Island Library exists to help
the Holmes Beach-based branch of the Manatee
Public Library purchase new books.
The volunteer group also helps the branch
purchase equipment, as well as sponsors educa-
tion programs, such as the winter lecture series
that brings a speaker to the library the second
Tuesday of the month.
With the crunch on government budgets
in Florida, library friends throughout the state
are preparing for the likelihood that grants and
gifts will be needed to stock the library with the
newest materials.
The group's wish list includes:
* Children's wooden puzzles.
* Children's and teens' DVDs.
* Children's and teens' books on CD.
* Books for children and teens.
For more information about the Friends of the
Island Library, visit the library branch, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or call 941- 778-6341.
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ing tradition and livelihood in Cortez.
In the next year, Cortez residents and visi-
tors can expect to see a lot of activity, including
the renovation of the old Burton Store, the resto-
ration of the FISH Preserve and the presentation
of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
The wish list for the museum and FISH
includes:
* Maritime-themed materials, including art
work, books, periodicals, photographs and arti-
facts.
* Chain saw.


* Small push lawn mower.
* Large riding lawn mower.
* Weed whacker.
* Construction material for the boat building
shop and the renovation of the Burton Store.
* Volunteers to help care for the FISH
Preserve, work in the boat shop, renovate the
Burton Store, support the museum, and assist at
the annual festivals.
* Monetary donations.
For more information about the wish list, call
Roger Allen at 941-708-6121.


Florida
Gulf
Coast
Maritime
Museum
and
FISH: for
maritime-
themed
art work
for the
museum.
Islander
Photo:
Lisa Neff


Tingley Memorial Library


The independent Tingley Memorial Library
operates on donations - mainly the interest from
the Beulah Hooks Hannah Tingley bequeath.
The library at 111 Second St. in Bradenton Beach
also operates on the generosity of its volunteers.
About 20 volunteers help with the collection, which
is loaned to library members who pay a $3 a year fee.
"Our ultimate dream wish is for all of our
patrons to think fondly of their Tingley Library
experience because of courte-
ous, friendly assistance from our
staff and great satisfaction in the
reading materials, services and
any information they seek," said
library clerk Eveann Adams.


Tingley's wish list also includes:
* Volunteers to assist patrons, perform basic
library duties.
* Audio books on CD.
* Educational and entertainment films on
DVD.
* Reference books.
* Florida books.
* Monetary donations.
For more information about
the library, go to www.bythebeach.
c, 'ti.cny' To contact Adams,
call 941-779-1208, or e-mail
eadams@cityolradentonbeach.
com.


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Anna Maria Island
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island
came into existence in 1988 from a meeting of
a handful of artists at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.
Today the guild operates a cooperative gal-
lery at 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The guild's wish this season is for a warm,
sunny winter with many tourists shopping at
the Island Shopping Center.
AGAMI's wish list also includes:
* A glass jewelry case.
* For the Anna Maria Island Bridge repairs
to be done "mostly at night so that the bridge
can remain open during the day."
For more information about the guild, call Shir-
ley O'Day at 941-778-2971 or the Guild Gallery at
941-778-6694.


Longboat Key


Center for the Arts
Established in 1952, the Longboat Key Center
for the Arts has a history supporting and encour-
aging visual arts in the Sarasota/Longboat Key
community.
The center's campus offers a variety of activi-
ties including art classes, exhibitions, concerts,
lectures and other special events.
This past year proved a crucial one for the
center - it merged with the Ringling College of
Art and Design in Sarasota.
The center's wish list includes:
* Volunteers to answer phones at the center.
* Courtyard lighting.
* Printing and design sponsor for the school
book.
* Dust system for the sculpture studio.
* The ultimate wish - a million-dollar
endowment fund.
For more about the center, visit www.lbkca.
org or call 941-383-2345.


Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island wish: for many patrons to the AGAMI events, such as the recent "Art and
Attic Affair" at the Guild Gallery. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


Anna Maria Island Art League


The Anna Maria Island Art League is
dedicated to the visual arts, with a mission to
encourage emerging and evolving artists of all
ages through education and to enrich the Island
community with a celebration of the arts.
AMIAL, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
achieves this through classes, workshops, exhib-
its, scholarships for classes and special events -
including Winterfest and Springfest, two juried
fine arts and crafts festivals held outdoors at
Holmes Beach City Hall in December and March.
In the next year, the league looks forward
to "building our new pottery program, offer-
ing more workshops and special events, grow-
ing our festivals so they continue to be the best
festivals in Manatee County and making further
facility improvements so we can better serve the
art needs and desires of our community," says
executive director Joyce Karp.


The Anna Maria Island Art League's wish
list includes:
* A new computer and monitor, or a laptop.
* Art supplies for the children's art pro-
grams, including canvas paper, pads and scis-
sors.
* Glazes and supplies for the pottery pro-
gram.
* Jewelry display case.
* Display pedestals.
* Spot lighting for the galleries.
* New stools and chairs for the classroom.
* A new outdoor "Anna Maria Island Art
League" sign.
* Volunteers.
For more information about AMIAL, visit www.anna-
mariaislandartleague.org. To contact the league, call Karp at
941-778-2099, e-mail amiartleague@aol.com, or write 5312
Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach FL 34217.


Longboat Key Center for the Arts wish: for volunteers
to answer the phone Mondays through Thursdays, from
about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Rotary (
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, char-
tered in 1966, provides service and dollars to
organizations on the Island, in Manatee County,
and elsewhere in the United States and around
the world.
Part of Rotary International, the club seeks
both active and retired business, professional
and community leaders as members. It pro-
motes high ethical standards in business and
professions and works for the advancement
of international understanding, goodwill and
peace through a world fellowship of Rotary
members united in the ideal of "Service Above
Self."
This year, the club's theme is "Share Rotary"
and its holiday wish list includes:
* Donations of products and gift certificates,
in-kind gifts and money from local businesses,
foundations and individuals in support of the
annual Extravaganza and Casino Night.
* To sell all tickets for the Extravaganza and


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fI * � Make a Child's Holiday Merry
, Our Eighth Annual Toy Drive
Please bring a new unwrapped toy or gift
Open for a teenager to be distributed to children
late in Manatee County by Manatee Children's
and ll services and the Salvation Army.
Holiday Travel Gift Certificates Make Great Gifts
Available In Any Amount


Club of Anna Maria Island


Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club wish: for people to join them for meetings Saturdays at the Cafe on the
Beach in Holmes Beach.


Kids Miracle Partners


Kids Miracle Partners, whose founders are
based on Anna Maria Island, exists to provide
quality of life assistance to the families of criti-
cally ill children.
Assistance varies, from sending the family
on a Disney trip to providing toys to covering
rent to repairing a car.
The organization works with hospitals
and medical and social workers that serve as
liaisons between Kids Miracle Partners and the
families in need.
KMP's wish list includes:
* Cash donations.
* Children's toys and games.


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Casino Night, which will take place Jan. 19.
* Opportunities to "Share Rotary" through
donations, service projects, increased member-
ship and publicity.
* A multimedia projector.
* For continued participation in peace efforts
by the students at Anna Maria Elementary School
and for club members to help with those efforts.
* For the funds and people-power to work
with Rotarians worldwide to eradicate hunger
and polio, provide clean water, education and
shelter to those displaced due to natural disaster
and war.
For more information about the Rotary Club
of Anna Maria Island, go to www.annamariaro-
tary.org or call Pam Schlueter at 941-746-7517.
Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island wish: for donations of
products and gift certificates, in-kind gifts and cash from
local businesses, foundations and individuals in support of
the annual Extravaganza and Casino Night.


AMI Kiwanis Club
Most Saturday mornings, members and
guests of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club
can be found gathered at the Cafe on the Beach
at the Manatee Public Beach.
There the group will eat breakfast, share
news, trade jokes, sing songs, make friends,
listen to speakers and work on civic projects.
Outside the 8:30 a.m. meetings, club mem-
bers organize an annual Valentine's Day dance
and coordinate the Easter sunrise service on the
beach and help the Salvation Army in advance
of Christmas with bell-ringing for donations at
the Publix in Holmes Beach.
The club's wish for the holidays:
* That civic-minded people attend the Satur-
day morning meetings.
For more information, visit www.annamari-
akiwanis.org or e-mail James Fretwell at stretch@
fretwell.org.


Fundraisers.
Event planners.
Event sponsors.
A tri-athlete to organize a children's triath-


* Desktop computer.
* Office space. I
* Candidates for the board of directors.
For more information about the organiza-
tion, call Ronald Stanchfield at 941-779-2014
or e-mail ronstanchfield@kidsmiraclepartners.
org. The organization receives mail at P.O. Box
2008, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Kids Miracle Partners wish: for children's toys and games. ,


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VISIT OUR HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
5-8 p.m., Dec. 7, with Santa, the Privateers and a
snow storm at our office and refreshments and
minment throughout the downtown area!
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach


Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce


The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce, representing 500-plus members and
operating a visitors center at 5317 Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach, helps tourists to navigate the
Island, newcomers to settle onto the Island and
businesses to thrive on the Island.
Going into 2008, the chamber is preparing
to deal with a lengthy rehabilitation of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge expected to impact local
businesses and their customers, as well as coor-
dinate about half a dozen events per month.
The organization's mission is to "serve the
membership and the community through pro-
active leadership by building a positive busi-
ness climate while enhancing and perfecting the
quality of life for all."
The chamber's wish list this holiday season
includes:
* A laptop computer for some mobile opera-
tions.
* A desktop computer for volunteers' use.
* More volunteers during the winter season.
For more information about the chamber, visit
www.annamariaislandchamber.org. To contact chamber
president Mary Ann Brockman, call 941-778-1541.

Juvenile Diabetes

Research Foundation
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Founda-
tion adheres to a constant mission - to find a
cure for diabetes and its complications through
research.
JDRF has launched a billion-dollar global
campaign, "From Research to Reality: The
Campaign to Accelerate the Cure for Diabe-
tes," intended to step up the transformation of
research into treatments and interventions that
can soon benefit people with type 1 diabetes.
To fund the campaign, JDRF relies on the
work of local and regional chapters such as the
Florida Suncoast JDRF Chapter, which reaches
from Manatee County south to Marco Island.
The chapter strives to dedicate nearly all its
financial contributions to research. The local walks,
one next April 11 at 6 p.m. at Prime Outlets in
Ellenton and another March 15 at Siesta Key Beach,
send 95 cents out of every dollar to research.
So the chapter puts heavy emphasis on vol-
unteer support, as evidenced in its wish list:
* Teams to raise money and lace
up sneakers to participate in the
Walk to Cure Diabetes.
* Companies to form teams to
participate in the walk.
* Businesses to sell paper
sneakers to customers.
* Diabetic supplies, including
test strips, insulin, and syringes.
* Donations for purchasing educa-
tional books.
* A cure for juvenile diabetes.


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Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce wish:for a desktop computer for volunteer use.


Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands


Key Chamber of Commerce
The Longboat Key / Lido Key / St. Armands Chamber "7
Key Chamber of Commerce handles matters of put toward a
accommodation, relocation, recreation, registra-
tion, and business representation.
The chamber counts more than 600 mem-
bers - most businesses on the Keys and many
from surrounding areas that have an interest in
education, networking, lobbying and growing
The chamber's wish list includes:
* Two 52-inch-wide or 56-inch-wide white
ceiling fans. 4 E
* Circuit City gift certificates to purchase a i4 b
TV/DVD player for business seminars. Q Q 4
To contact the chamber, call Gail
Loefgren at 941-383-2466 or write

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wish: for Circuit City gift certificates to
double-duty machine - a television set
with a built-in DVD player.








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For more information about JDRF, go to www.jdrf.
org. The chapter can also be reached at 941-929-0621 and
3333 Clark Road, Suite 160, Sarasota FL 34231.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's
wish: Step into your Converse Chuck Taylors,
slip on your flip-flops or lace up your tennis
shoes to walk for a cure.


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SUNTRUST
Ellen P. Aquilina
Branch Manager


Open a new SunTrust personal
or business checking account
by 12/31/07 and SunTrust will
donate $100 to the charity of your
choice.*
*Contact Ellen for full details. Member FDIC


7419 Manatee Ave W * Bradenton, FL, 34209
941.761.1642 * ellen.aquilina@suntrust.com





15TH ANNUAL ISLANDER WISH BOOK 2007


L The Wish Book is made possible thanks to generous
( advertising sponsors and the extra effort of Islander
staff members, particularly Nancy Ambrose, Lisa Neff,
Paul Roat, Jon Sachtjen and Lisa Williams.
Please, join me in thanking them all ... Publisher Bonner


All Island

Denominations
All Island Denominations seeks to unify
Anna Maria Island in a variety of ways, bringing
together the Island's houses of worships - and
church members - to help with life's necessities
- from food and shelter to education.
To carry out its mission, AID has some
wishes for the holidays:
* People to assist with distributing food for
the holidays, including Christmas and Easter.
* Cash donations to assist people with rent,
utilities and food costs.
* Cash donations for scholarship funds.
* Non-perishable items to keep the food
pantry at Roser Memorial Community Church
in Anna Maria stocked.
To fulfill AID's wish, contact John C. Bonser
at 941-792-1039 or johncbonser@cheerful.com.


All Island Denominations wish: for canned goods and other non-perishables to keep the food pantry stocked.


All Island Youth


Most Wednesday nights, teenagers gather
at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna
Maria for a meeting of the All Island Youth.
They share conversation over the news - on
the Island, at school, in the headlines.
They share dinner.
They share thoughts about faith and reli-
gion.
And they enjoy themselves.
The group came together more than a
decade ago to bring the younger generation
together in a positive environment. The pro-
gram involves youths in seventh- through 12th-


St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women Guild wish:
for commercial-grade utensils for the kitchen.

St. Bernard Council of

Catholic Women Guild
A lot of activity takes place in St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach in the sanctu-
ary.
A lot of activity takes place in the church's
fellowship hall, where volunteers, many of them
with the St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women
Guild, organize rummage sales and bake sales,
bazaars and garden parties, breakfasts and din-
ners, dances and other social activities.
The wish list for the church activity center
this holiday season includes:
* Commercial utensils for the church's
kitchen.
* Large trays to hold silverware.
For more information, call CCW Guild president
Rickie Arnold at 941-778-3224.


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AIY programs usually take place at 6 p.m.
Wednesday at Roser, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, with dinner, followed by a talk and
maybe a guest speaker's address.
AIY's wish list includes:
* Donated dinners for the programs.
* Monetary donations for meals and service
trips.
* Guest speakers to conduct programs.
For more information about All Island Youth,
contact coordinators Jeanette Rothberg at 941-778-
5499.


All Island Youth wish: for dinner donations to the group's weekly meal.


Wishing everyone -
a safe and
happy holiday season!
GREG OBERHOFER President
5500 Marina Dr. * Holmes Beach
778-7127 *LIC CRC047915


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Meals on Wheels
At Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee Inc.,
staff and volunteers have worked since 1972 to
provide comfort to older citizens in their homes.
Meals on Wheels provides a range of ser-
vices in addition to the delivery of meals,
including nutritional advice, health monitoring,
emergency aid, transportation, the operation of
a day center for adults and a food bank for fami-
lies and infants.
The organization receives local and federal
money, but about 60 percent of its funds come
from donations, grants and fundraising projects.
In 2008, Meals on Wheels plans to have
its Renaissance on Ninth activity center fully
funded and offering a range of activities for
adults over age 50.
The organization's holiday wish list
includes:
* A drum set, bass guitar and electric key-
board for the Renaissance on Ninth center.
* Woodworking tools, including a lathe,
dust collector, jig saw and band saw.
* DVD video equipment.
* Digital camera equipment.
* Storage shelves.
* Canned meats and vegetables for the Food
Bank of Manatee.
* Three new computers for staff and volun-
teers.
* 25 chairs for the volunteer break room.
* A new tablecloth with a logo and display
board for community events.
For more information about the program, visit
www.mealsonwheelsplus.org. To contact Meals on
Wheels regarding the wish list, call Ellen Campbell
at 941-747-4655.



American Cancer

Society

Anna Maria Island

Relay for Life

More than a walk around a track, the Ameri-
can Cancer Society's Relay for Life provides
a time to remember those lost to cancer and
celebrate those who survive cancer.
Next May 31, people who have shared this
experience will come together to comfort and
encourage one another. And they join with
family and friends to help save lives.
This season, as it readies for the walk at
Coquina Beach, the Anna Maria Island Ameri-
can Cancer Society Relay for Life wishes for:
* Gift certificates to offer in a raffle.
* Refreshment donations for the walk and
other events.
* Entertainers for the walk.


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5347 Gulf Dr. #6
Holmes Beach
10am-4pm Tues-Fri
10am-lpm Sat
779-9594


To achieve an ultimate wish - a cure for cancer - the
Anna Maria Island American Cancer Society Relay
for Life wishes for people to put on their walking shoes
May 31, 2008. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
* Corporate sponsors, relay teams and vol-
unteers to join the walk.
For more information about the American
Cancer Society's Relay for Life campaign, visit
www.events.cancer.org/RFLamiFL. For infor-
mation about the local Relay for Life, call 941-
792-6366 or e-mail relay41ifebeaches@yahoo.
com.


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Annie Silver

Community Center

In November, things pick up at the Annie
Silver Community Center at 23rd Street and
Avenue C in Bradenton Beach.
'Tis the season. The summer hiatus comes to
an end and, as winter approaches, activity picks
up.
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The nonprofit center was founded by Island
entrepreneur Annie Silver in the 1950s to pro-
mote friendship and entertainment for neigh-
bors and friends in Bradenton Beach and on the
Island.
That means, during the winter season, a
celebration of song and music, shuffleboard and
bingo, and potluck dinners.
The center's wish list includes:
* Air conditioning so the center can host
summertime activities.
* A water heater.
* Handrails to make the rest rooms handi-
cap-friendly.
* Paint for the building's exterior.
To contact the center, call Kit or Dale
Redeker at 941-778-1915.


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Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn j"
Lester are offering up to $50,000 in matching
funds for contributions made by
Dec. 31, 2007, to the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Your \i
contribution may be designated for .
either the building fund or endowment
fund. And your contribution is tax deductible.


The Center provides a critical human service need on the Island and provided more than
1.5 million hours of service to more than 3,400 Island residents last year.
Please send donations to the Lester-Islander Challenge, P.O. Box 253,
Anna Maria FL 34216, payable to AMICC. Please, indicate whether your donation
is for the building fund or the continuing endowment fund.

WE'RE COUNTING ON YOU.
Tlhe Islander


YES, COUNT ME IN FOR
THE LESTER-ISLANDER CHALLENGE!
Name I
Address
Phone
1I Amount $
1 - My funds are to go to the building fund.
1- My donation is for the endowment fund.
- Please, bill me for my pledge amount.
- I would like my gift in honor of:
1I I would like my gift to be in memory of:
Make checks payable to AMICC and mail to
P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
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This advertisement is sponsored as a community service by The Islander in partnership with Chuck and Joey Lester.


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