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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: November 28, 2007
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Attention shoppers:


Anna Maria hosts holiday walk


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"PTS Syndrome" is the disease Nichole Jamieson
suffered last Friday, known as "Black Friday" in the
retail industry and considered one of the biggest shop-
ping days of the year.
"PTS Syndrome," according to Jamieson, stands
for "Post-Thanksgiving Stress Syndrome" and, in her
self-diagnosis, the only known cure is shopping.
"Things just get so hectic with the holidays after
Thanksgiving," said Jamieson, an Island vacationer
from Nashville, Tenn. "I have a long list of gifts to get
and I have to get it done early."
So on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, Jamieson
joined a crowd of Island residents and visitors at Christ-


mas on Anna Maria, the first of several holiday walks
and open houses scheduled to take place on the Island
over the next several weeks.
Christmas on Anna Maria showcased stops along
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in the Island's northern-
most city. On Saturday, Dec. 1, Bradenton Beach will
host a holiday walk, followed by a holiday open house
in Holmes Beach's downtown on Friday, Dec. 7.
The city of Anna Maria's event featured carolers, a
visit by Santa Claus, refreshments, displays of holiday
lights and bargains in the district's shops.
At the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402
Pine Ave., visitors browsed in the historic Belle Haven
Cottage, which was decorated for the holidays with
PLEASE SEE CHRISTMAS, NEXT PAGE


Volume 16, No. 4 Nov. 28, 2007 * FREE


Anna


Maria pier


improvements


contemplated
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Members of Anna Maria's transportation enhance-
ment grant committee spent several hours Nov. 19
inspecting the city pier and its parking lot to consider
potential improvement projects.
Such work might be included in the committee's
master plan for improving the Pine Avenue-Gulf Drive
business district.
City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who chairs the
TEG committee, said the group would consider provid-
ing a better location for the trolley stop and redesigning
the north-side picnic pavilion in the parking lot.
Other suggestions include screening a Dumpster
with shrubs and trees, planting trees along split-rail
fences, relocating bicycle racks, moving an historic
information sign to a more prominent location and
designing a new sign commemorating the pier's cen-
tennial.
Mattick said another idea on the list is to redesign
the north parking lot to increase the number of parking
spaces and improve the traffic flow. The city's plan, if
adopted, would be done in conjunction with Manatee
County Area Transit and the Florida Department of
Transportation.
"The list is not prioritized," Mattick said. "It's just
a list of suggestions in no particular order. When we get
everything on paper, then we'll begin to discuss each
idea in detail with the DOT and prioritize the sugges-
tions."
The committee was formed to identify and priori-
tize plans and locations for "streetscaping" improve-
ments in the Pine Avenue-Gulf Drive business district.
The city has been awarded a $358,000 transportation
enhancement grant that will be funded in the 2010-11
DOT budget.
Mattick said the next TEG meeting will be at 6:30
p.m. Dec. 3 at city hall. The committee will discuss
how the city's upcoming drainage project might affect
the Pine Avenue side of city hall.


A crowd applauds as the holiday tree is lighted at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Park in Anna Maria.


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Pier makeover?
Improvements for the Anna Maria City Pier, includ-
ing parking and changes to the trolley stop, are under
consideration by the city transportation enhancement
grant committee. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


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Christmas shopping begins
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
antique toys, dolls and a Christmas tree holding hun-
dreds of blown-glass German ornaments.
"I used to have a doll just like this," Amy Cline of
Bradenton said of a treasured item in the Belle Haven
exhibit, which will remain until Jan. 1.
Outside the cottage, Jimmy Gee, illuminated by the
historical society's holiday tree, performed on the cool
night for an audience clad mostly in slacks, sweaters
and jackets.
At the Studio at Gulf and Pine, Santa Claus pre-
sented candy gifts as the Studio's owner Rhea Chiles
and special events director Lois Finley served punch
and cookies. In the reception hall, Charlie Shook led
the crowd in carols, accompanied by Jack Elka on key-
boards, Gene Aubry on guitar and Dave Rogerson play-
ing flute.
Pastries proved the draw at Matt & Dom's Pastry
Cafe on Gulf Drive, and many people made merry over
mimosas served at nearby Andrea's Tropical Styles.
Holiday walkers stopped to shop at the White Egret
and the Egret's Nest, the Pine Avenue General Store,
Ginny's Antiques and Art and Jane E's Bakery, Silvia's
Flower Corner and Chapae.
At Body & Sol on Gulf Drive, visitors found tastes
of chili and coupons for spa treatments. Steaming cups
of cappuccino were served at An Island Place Realty
and chilled wine attracted a crowd to Betsy Hills' real
estate office, both on Pine Avenue.
Other offices also catered to the early Christmas
crowd. Duncan Real Estate invited people to stop by
for cider and gingerbread cookies. Capital Securities
offered musical entertainment. Remax Gulfstream
served cookies and hosted a raffle with "free money"
as a prize.
"I was at the big stores this morning looking for the
bargains," said holiday walk participant Jan Schneider
as she navigated the curving aisles at Ginny's and Jane
E's, which also hosted a "flea market" Nov. 25. "Now
I'm looking for those special somethings for special
someones."
Retail experts predicted an increase of about 4
percent in holiday sales this year to $474.5 billion
nationwide. The larger increases were predicted for
specialty stores rather than department and discount


store sales.
"I do my best to buy local, always have," said Anna
Maria resident and holiday walker Joe McGrath. "I


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4 defendants await Acute Care trial


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Four people associated with an Anna Maria medi-
cal supply company are scheduled to go to trial in early
December.
Meanwhile, a woman associated with Acute Care
has agreed to a plea-bargain agreement in which she
will testify against the remaining defendants. Andrea
Suarez has joined Stephanie Nichols and Carla Cama-
cho in accepting a plea-bargain agreement in the fraud


case. Suarez received probation sentences of five and Cynthia May.
15 years respectively for each of the two counts of The defendants, who have pleaded innocent, are
Medicaid fraud against her. Also, she will serve 200 accused of filing nearly $2.7 million in bogus Medicaid
hours of community service and repay an undisclosed claims with the state of Florida.
sum of money. They are charged with one count of Medicaid fraud,
Camacho and Nichols already accepted simi- a third-degree felony, and one count of organized fraud,
lar plea-bargain arrangements, leaving Acute Care a third-degree felony.
owners and Holmes Beach residents Jeanne Fergu- If convicted on both counts, each defendant faces
son and Nancy Wood to face fraud charges at trial, a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine
along with Bradenton residents Heidi Rickert and of $15,000.


Partisanship in paradise: Island Dems vote for Clinton


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Just days after Iowa's latest straw poll in the 2008
presidential election, Island Democrats conducted a
straw poll of their own.
An overwhelming majority voted for Hillary Clin-
ton in the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club's poll
during a meeting Nov. 19 at the BeachHouse Restaurant
in Bradenton Beach.
Florida will hold its presidential preference primary
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. In the recent past, the state's
presidential primary has taken place in September. The
Florida Legislature's recent decision to bump up the
primary may cost Florida all its delegates to the Demo-
cratic National Convention and half its delegates to the
Republican National Convention.
The conflict between the state and national parties
over the primary date resulted in all but one candi-
date seeking the Democratic nomination for president
refraining from campaign appearances in Florida.
That, in turn, has cost the candidates some good
cheer among Democratic voters, including one member
of the Island Democratic Club who plans to vote for a
write-in candidate in January.
Bill McGrath said he intends to write-in a vote
for Al Gore, the Democrats' candidate in 2000. "It's a
protest," McGrath said. "But I can support any of the
candidates."
So, in the Island straw poll last week, Gore received
one vote; Barack Obama, six votes; Bill Richardson
and John Edwards, four votes each; Joe Biden, three
votes; Dennis Kucinich, two votes; and Clinton, 25
votes. Christopher J. Dodd and Mike Gravel did not
receive any votes.
Club member Pat Geyer, a Holmes Beach city com-
missioner, said she's liked Clinton since her tour of duty
in the White House as first lady.
Now, Geyer said, she's eager to see Clinton work
in the Oval Office.
"I just think she's the best qualified, period," Geyer
said. "With the second debate, I decided for sure."
Club member Ken McConoughey said he was not
a Clinton supporter until he heard her speak at a forum
in Davenport, Iowa. " She converted me," he said. " She
is very impressive."
John Hunt also said he planned to vote for Clinton.
Her edge, he said, is that she's a woman. "It's time,"
Hunt said. "Fair is fair."


Francine Slack and Harry Kamberis count ballots
in the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club's poll of
members at its Nov. 19 meeting. Hillary Clint on
the balloting. Florida's Democratic primary ballot
will include presidential candidates Joseph R. Biden
Jr., Hillary Clinton, ( h iiti, ,pliti J. Dodd, John
Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis J. Kucinich, Barack
Obama, William "Bill" Richardson III. The primary
will be Jan. 29. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
"The Democrats here are a pretty good indicator,"
club president Dale DeHaan said after reading the vote


Sarasota man dies in Gulf


boating accident off Longboat


Who do you love?
Next week: Island voters name their favorites
in the GOP presidential preference primary. Want
to share your pick? E-mail your chosen candidate
- and your reasons why - to reporter Lisa Neff
at lisaneff@islander.org by noon Nov. 30.
Also, visit www.islander.org to vote in the
newspaper's Internet poll in the Democratic and
Republican primaries. The poll closes Dec. 1.

totals. In November 2003, the club majority favored
John Kerry for the party's nomination.
The club's vote trends with the rest of Florida. A
recent Sunshine State poll gave Clinton, with 48 per-
cent of the vote, a 24-point lead over her closest oppo-
nent, Obama. But Iowa's most recent straw poll showed
Obama with a 4-point lead over Clinton, followed by
Edwards.
Outside the Island Democratic Club meeting,
among sunbathers on the beach, Clinton continued to
poll ahead of the other Democrats in the race, but not
as strongly as among hard-core Democrats. Clinton, in
a Democrat on the beach survey, had about 34 percent
of the vote.
The Islander, in its waterfront polling, also found
a number of undecided voters.
"I just haven't made up my mind," said Saman-
tha Trainor of Holmes Beach. "I think it is too early
really. But I am interested and watching some of the
debates."
Her son Pete, 8, added, " ly dad's a Republican."
With the election -which also includes a contro-
versial constitutional amendment on property taxes
- two months away, the Manatee County Supervisor
of Elections Office is currently registering people to
vote.
According to the Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections Office, there are 1,432 registered voters in the
city of Anna Maria, including 445 declared Democrats
and 666 declared Republicans.
Holmes Beach has 3,266 registered voters, with
927 declared Democrats and 1,504 declared Republi-
cans.
Bradenton Beach's registered voters number 876,
including 289 declared Democrats and 326 declared
Republicans.
Countywide, there are 193,409 registered voters.
For more information about the election, visit www.
votemanatee.com.


MeetiUngs


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Sarasota man died Nov. 25 in a boating accident
in the Gulf of Mexico near Longboat Pass.
Authorities on Monday continued to investigate
the accident that took the life of Henry Ogden, 49, of
the 5000 block of Bentgrass Drive in Sarasota. Ogden
owned a taxicab company.
Ogden, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission law enforcement division,
was thrown from the bow of a 42-foot yacht, was run
over by the boat and possibly struck by a propeller.
Eight people had been aboard the yacht in the open
waters of the Gulf of Mexico at about 4 p.m. Sunday,
when the accident occurred.
The boat, according to Lt. Jon Dobbs of Florida
Fish & Wildlife, apparently was jumping or navigating
boat wakes when Ogden went overboard.


Another Fish and Wildlife spokesperson, Gary
Morse, said Ogden suffered severe lacerations in the
accident.
Longboat Key police pulled Ogden from the water,
taking him to shore at Leffis Key, which is on the bay
side of Bradenton Beach.
There, emergency personnel tried to revive the
man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Morse said the investigation involved interviewing
witnesses, examining the boat for damage and, as is
routine, conducting a alcohol test on the boat's driver,
who at press time had not been identified.
This year, more than 60 people have died in boating
accidents in the state.
Boating accidents in 2006 resulted in 69 deaths in
Florida, according to Fish & Wildlife. That's the highest
number of boating fatalities in the nation. In 15 of the
fatal accidents, people fell overboard.


Anna Maria City
Dec. 4, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
Dec. 6. 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 29, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Dec. 6, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Nov. 29, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Dec. 5, 5 p.m., parks and beautification board meet-
ing.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.





4 0 NOV. 28, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER


SAM questions


DOT over


bridge rehab
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Save Anna Maria, the organization that led the
fight during the 1990s against a 65-foot-high, fixed-
span bridge to replace the bridge on Manatee Avenue,
said in a Nov. 16 letter to the Florida Department of
Transportation that it is not opposed to a new bridge,
nor the DOT's present plan to rehabilitate the Anna
Maria Island Bridge.
But SAM indicated that it believes the current struc-
ture could last another 75 years and raised a number
of questions and concerns about the current renovation
project and future plans for the bridge.
The organization is "not against rehabilitation or
a replacement bridge for the Manatee Avenue bascule
span (drawbridge)," wrote SAM president Jim Kissick,
but is "opposed to a'mega' bridge."
SAM said it has concerns the DOT has not satisfac-
torily addressed all the issues raised at an Oct. 29 town
hall meeting on the bridge rehabilitation and asked if
there are no other ways to reduce or possibly eliminate
a 45-day closure.
The DOT had originally planned a 75-day closure
of the bridge beginning in April, but following a public
outcry, changed the plan to a 45-day closure starting in
late September or early October.
SAM also asked why it was "not applicable or cost
effective, after necessary repairs are made" to use a
"fiber-reinforcement material" that might extend the
life of the current bridge 75 years?
"Is it absolutely necessary to replace this bridge?"
SAM asked the DOT.
Kissick also wanted to know who was appointed
the "watch dog" to monitor the contractor for the rehab
and report regularly to agencies and the public.
SAM also wondered what was preventing the
contractor from working 24/7, claiming "shadow and
reflection" should not be an ongoing problem for work-
ers.
The DOT is "obligated to keep our bridge in repair,"
said SAM and, the organization contends, the DOT out-
lined three options for the bridge in 2002 - to build
a new bridge, repair the existing bridge or repair and
widen the existing bridge.
"If the condition of the bridge was in such dire
straights in 2002, why has it taken five years to fix it?"
said the letter.
Efforts to reach the DOT for comment were unsuc-
cessful by press deadline due to the Thanksgiving holi-
days, but spokesperson Audrey Clarke has said the DOT
is doing all it can to reduce the 45-day closure period,
including having Quinn Construction work around the
clock when possible.
DOT engineers have said it is not cost effective to
extend the life of the current bridge beyond 10 to 15
years and that a new bridge will be a necessity.


All Island Denominations hosts an ecumenical service on Thanksgiving eve at Crosspointe Fellowship in
Holmes Beach. The Nov. 21 event displayed the unity of the Island churches, drawing representation from
St. Bernard Catholic Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Cros-
spointe Fellowship and Roser Memorial Community Church. Pictured are the Revs. Harry Parsell of the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei, Gary Batey of Roser and Frank McGrath
of All Island Denominations. The Rev. Robb Mongiello of St. Bernard Catholic Church is in the second row,
with the Revs. John Bonser of Gloria Dei and Ron Joseph of St. Bernard. The Praise Choir from Crosspointe
Fellowship - Sandy Warfel, Bendy Payne, Judy and Marion Duncan, Carl Jones, Ralph Warfel, Howard
Payne and Fuzz Meneley - is in the third row. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose


The Rev. Gary Batey
welcomes a crowd to
Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, which
observed Thanksgiving
with a community dinner,
drawing from the Island
community of regular
churchgoers, neigh-
bors and vacationers.
Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff


Anna Maria Island's houses of worship celebrate
Thanksgiving Nov. 22 with community dinners and St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach
St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach
services. Dozens of volunteers, including the Rev. traditional Thanksgiving
welcomes a crowd to its traditional Thanksgiving
Dale Lawson of Crosspointe Fellowship and his wife, feast turkey with all the trimmings- on Nov. 22.
Irene, helped prepare and serve the feasts for thank- lander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
ful diner. ander Photo: Nancy AmbroIslander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
ful diners. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose


Save Anna Maria president Jim Kissick addresses a
town hall meeting on the Anna Maria Island Bridge
project earlier this year. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


The dessert
spread at Roser
Memorial Com-
munity Church's
Thanksgiving
dinner. Volunteers
for the dinner set
tables, cooked
turkeys, side
dishes and pies,
served the meal
and cleaned after-
ward. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff





THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 28, 2007 5 5


North end property owners save on flood insurance


By Molly McCartney
Islander Reporter
It's official.
The federal government has sent a letter to Anna
Maria City confirming it has advanced to Class 5 in
the community rating program for the National Flood
Insurance Program.
That's good news for property owners in Anna
Maria City, who should now receive up to a 25 percent
discount on premiums - 10 percent more than in the
past - for new and renewed flood insurance policies
issued on or after Oct. 1.
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach property
owners remain in Class 7 with a 15 percent discount
on flood insurance premiums.
"Of course, we are very pleased," said Anna Maria
Commissioner John Quam, who chairs the city com-
mission..
Quam said the Class 5 rating translates to an annual
savings of about $251,000 in flood insurance premi-
ums for the city's residential and business property
owners.
Actual savings for individuals will vary, depending
on the amount of flood insurance coverage purchased,
among other variables. But an Anna Maria property
owner who has been paying $1,000 a year for flood
coverage could reasonably expect to get a discount of
about $250, thanks to the new rating.
Quam said Anna Maria's city administration has
been "diligently working" for the past two years to
improve its classification in the federal community
rating system.
Participation in the federal government's commu-
nity rating system is voluntary. It's up to each city to
decide to participate and then take the steps to acquire
points by reducing flood risks. To determine a city's
classification and premium discount, federal officials


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perform regular audits of the reports submitted by the
city.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Fed-
eral Emergency Management Agency, oversees the
national flood insurance program and the community
rating system, which was devised to provide incentives
for communities to go beyond minimum floodplain
management requirements.
The city of Anna Maria has participated in the com-
munity rating system since 1991.
In his letter to the city, FEMA assistant mitigation
administrator David I. Maurstad began with "Congratu-
lations!"
"This savings is a tangible result of the flood
mitigation activities your community implemented
to protect lives and reduce property damage,"
Maurstad said. In closing, he recommended that
"your community add new activities annually in
order to obtain a better community rating system
classification." He said each improvement in a
rating class "results in greater flood insurance pre-
mium savings and brings your community closer to
being disaster resistant."
The FEMA rating program has 10 classifications
for cities. The lowest rating is Class 10, which offers no
discount. The highest rating is Class 1, which provides
a 45 percent discount.
Although these discounts appear to apply to most
property owners, the FEMA materials suggest that there
are some exceptions. Individual policyholders may
want to check with their insurance agent to find out the
precise discount now available for his/her property.
Quam said Anna Maria began working more than
two years ago to improve its classification. He said the
city created a flood mitigation committee to review its
flood management plan. The commission also approved
a resolution last year on flood prevention.
"The city staff was key in getting this classification


increased," Quam said.
He also gave credit to the city's previous admin-
istration, including its former building official, Kevin
Donohue, who helped identify and implement steps the
city could take to reduce flood risks. Donohue has since
left the city for private employment.
More information about the city's flood control
program can be found on the Internet at www.cityo-
fannamaria.com/files/flood-preparedness-2007.pdf
For more information about the community rating
system, go to www.fema.gov/business/nfip/crs.shtm
The challenge for Anna Maria City now, Quam
said, is to retain its new Class 5 rating and try to achieve
an even better rating with bigger premium discounts.
"This is an ongoing project that you have to keep
up with or you don't retain your classification," Quam
said.
He said the city would rely on its consultant, plan-
ner Steve Gilbert, for continued progress. Gilbert, a
certified building official, has been under contract with
the city since July.
Gilbert, who also does consulting for the city of
Bradenton Beach, is employed by M.T. Causey Inc.,
a Homestead-based firm that employs more than 100
people and specializes in construction inspections, test-
ing and consulting.
Bradenton Beach is now in Class 7, with a 15 per-
cent premium discount. But thanks to steps taken by the
city over the past year, according to Gilbert, Bradenton
Beach has been approved to move into Class 6, and in
May 2008 will be eligible for a 20 percent premium
discount.
Holmes Beach property owners, who now receive
a 15 percent discount on flood insurance premiums,
are not scheduled at this time to receive any additional
relief. City officials have said they are working to obtain
additional points for flood management and that could
lead to a better rating and lower premiums.


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6 0 NOV. 28, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER



Spinion



Ho! Ho! Ho! ... No blow!
You hardly would have known it was hurricane
season, and suddenly it's the winter holidays and San-
ta's season.
Events are rolling up on the calendar like a team of
bombers in a roller derby challenge.
Anna Maria City held its annual holiday open house
Nov. 23, the day after T-Day.
Now zoom ...
Here comes the holiday evening walkabout in Braden-
ton Beach on Dec. 1, also the date of a parks and beauti-
fication committee-sponsored evening movie outdoors at
Holmes Beach City Hall and The Islander-Lester Family
Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Here comes the annual downtown merchants walk-
about in Holmes Beach, featuring the Privateers and
Santa on Dec. 7.
Here comes the Privateers Christmas parade from
the north end of Anna Maria Island to the south end,
where at Coquina Beach, Santa awaits the young
"believers" with presents and refreshments. Remember
the date - Saturday morning, Dec. 8.
Worn out yet? Hope not.
Here comes the shopping extravaganza that focuses
attention on unique artisan-made gifts for the artsy folks
on your shopping list. Winterfest takes place Dec. 8-9,
alongside Holmes Beach City Hall.
Yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so
break out the somewhat perishable hurricane supplies and
use them up. Gobble up the Vienna sausages, rotate the bat-
teries and drinking water, and pack away the other neces-
sities to await another year of storm threats - all with the
hope there won't be a threat to our "slice of paradise."
We can finally celebrate - the hurricane soprano
is singing her operatic finale - and it's an extraordi-
nary vocal virtuosity. It's not good to let our confidence
build, but there's time to strengthen and reinforce hur-
ricane protection for our families and businesses before
next May, when the vigilance begins again.
Spend that time wisely, as you look forward to
holiday spending. Shop and dine local. Frequent our
advertisers, as they seek your patronage and promise
to provide their best service and goods.
And don't forget to think of others. Our "Wish
Book," published last week, highlights the needs of
local community service organizations that you can ful-
fill simply by adding a few items to your shopping list.
Stop by the office for a copy or look online, www.
islander.org - it's a great way to begin the holiday
season, helping others.
We're thankful for the satisfactory finale of hurri-
cane season, and the prospects of the holiday season.
Get in the spirit.
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United, please
Let us make it clear: Save Anna Maria Inc. is not
against rehabilitation nor a replacement bridge for the
Anna Maria Island Bridge bascule span draw bridge on
Manatee Avenue. SAM remains, however, opposed to
a Megaa" bridge.
In spite of all the information about the bridge
rehabilitation as provided by the Florida Department of
Transportation, SAM still has concerns about the issues
that were not satisfactorily nor clearly addressed.
* Are there no other ways to reduce, even more, or
possibly eliminate the 45-day closure?
* Why is it not "applicable" nor "cost effective"
- after necessary repairs are made - to use a fiber
reinforcement material to possibly extend the life of the
bridge 75 years? Is it absolutely necessary to replace
this bridge?
* Who has been appointed "watch dog" to monitor
the contractor, and report, regularly, to the appropriate
agencies and the public?
*What is, really, preventing work from proceeding
24/7? Shadow and reflection should not be an ongoing
problem. As for the "turtle" issue, Suzi Fox of Turtle
Watch and department heads at Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission state that very little
happens at that time of the season. All that would be
required are shields on the west side of the lights, which
is done all the time, and coordinate with Turtle Watch
as to the schedule.
* In 2002, DOT outlined three options for this
bridge:
A new drawbridge.
Repair of the existing bridge.
Repair and widening of the existing bridge.
DOT is obligated to keep our bridge in repair. If
the condition of the bridge was in such dire straights in
2002, why has it taken five years to fix it?
These are but a few of the many important ques-
tions concerning the rehabilitation of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge. Better relations can be achieved by
DOT's honest, up-front answers. Why can't the offi-


cials of the state be united with those whom they are
supposed to serve?
Jim Kissick, president pro-tem, SAM

Regarding the season
Regarding your waiter/waitress or even I suppose
restaurateur's recent comments on tipping, I visit your
beautiful Island every year, I spread the word of it's glory,
and our friends have also enjoyed holidays with you. One
friend has just bought a condo on the Island. In short, we
love it, otherwise we wouldn't come all this way.
Just remember, sunshine, if we foreign visitors and
snowbirds didn't want to spend our time in paradise,
you would be out of work.
Bear in mind that the tipping regime in the United
States is not always mirrored elsewhere - certainly
not here in the United Kingdom - and visitors to your
country may not know what is expected. I do, because I
have American friends in Bradenton and I have therefore
been instructed properly. Others may not have had this
opportunity. Lighten up. Do you want a job or not?
Tony Cooper, Cardiff, Wales

On bridge repairs
We would prefer Option A, but would also rather
have a new bridge built along side of the one which
now serves the Island.
The Florida Department of Transportation also
needs to insist that Longboat Key have its own access
bridge from the mainland.
Repairs to the Manatee Avenue bridge are very
shortsighted. We need a new "high" bridge to access
the north end of the Island.
Maree and Dave Rodgers, Holmes Beach

Have your say
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ion letters.
Address letters to Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217, fax to 941-778-9392,
or e-mail to news@islander.org.


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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 28, 2007 7 7


Committee walks Anna Maria


business district


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
In an effort to get a first-hand look at what locations
in Anna Maria's business district might be suitable for
landscaping measures or trolley shelters, the members
of the transportation grant enhancement committee par-
ticipated in a "walking" meeting Nov. 12 along Pine
Avenue and Gulf Drive.
Commissioner and committee chairperson Jo Ann
Mattick said the major highlight of the "tour" was to
pinpoint potential locations for new trolley stops and
trolley shelters. Committee members also identified
locations for landscaping measures such as trees.
"We want to ensure that whatever is planted will
have a high likelihood of surviving with little or no
maintenance after its initial establishment," Mattick
said.
Locations on the initial list for landscaping are:
* Southeast corner of Palm and Gulf drives.
* Northeast corner of Magnolia and Gulf drives.
* South side of Pine Avenue on city hall property.
* North side of Pine Avenue at Tarpon Street adjoin-
ing Roser Church - maintain existing parking for use
by Roser, but including signage indicating public park-
ing is also allowed.
Other locations were identified where one or more
elements of streetscaping might be incorporated or trol-
ley stops could be adjusted to provide a safer distance
from the street. Those were:
* Southwest corner of Magnolia and Gulf drives.
* Northwest corner of Magnolia and Gulf drives.
* Southwest corner of Spring and Gulf drives.
* North side of Pine Avenue at The Studio to adjust
location of trolley bench/bike rack.
* Southeast corner of Pine Avenue and Crescent
Drive - readjust trolley stop/bike rack/ trash recep-
tacle.
The committee had planned to inspect the City
Pier, but because the committee wanted to devote a
significant amount of time to discussions about the pier,


members met again at 1 p.m. on at the city hall to walk
to the pier.
The committee is charged with identifying and pri-
oritizing specific areas and measures along Gulf Drive
and Pine Avenue where streetscaping might be effec-
tive. The list is for the Florida Department of Trans-
portation's implementation of a federal transportation
enhancement grant recently awarded to the city, but not
funded until the DOT's 2010-11 budget.
The DOT will perform the design and engineering
required, once the committee selects a specific project.
The DOT will also decide if the selected project is fea-
sible with the $358,000 the committee has to spend.
The selected projects) must be submitted to the
DOT by July 2009 for the engineering and design phase
to be included in the DOT's 2009-10 budget.
In addition to Mattick, other members of the com-
mittee on the "walking" tour Nov. 12 included Don
Brownewell, Nancy Colcord, Michael Coleman,
Richard DeFrank, Sissy Quinn, Mary Selby and Betty
Yanger.

Lesters issue community challenge
Holmes Beach residents Chuck and Joey Lester
have issued a challenge to the Island community to
raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The Lesters have offered to put up $50,000 to benefit
the Center's building and endowment funds - money
they hope the community can match by Dec. 31.
The Lesters have issued similar challenges in years
past to raise money for the Center, which recently
opened its new building.
Last year, the campaign raised $117,495, of which
Islanders and friends donated $67,495. A total of 183
donors pitched in with the Lesters.
The Center provides more than 1.5 million hours of
service to more than 3,400 Island residents each year.
To contribute to the campaign, mail tax-deductible
donations to Lester-Islander Challenge, PO. Box 253,
Anna Maria FL 34216, payable to AMICC.


In the Nov. 26,1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Florida Department of Transportation officials
increased the estimated cost of a new Anna Maria Island
Bridge to $16 million, up about $1 million from a prior
estimate. David Twiddy of the DOT said the project
would remain in the DOT's five-year plan, although
its future was in doubt following an unfavorable court
ruling.
* Holmes Beach city commissioners chastised then-
Mayor Bob VanWagoner for testifying in support of pet
chickens at a code enforcement board hearing, despite
a commission policy that chickens were not pets but
farm animals.
* The Manatee County Commission agreed to repair
an erosion groin at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes
Beach and turn it into a fishing pier, but were undecided
about the future of three similar groins at Cortez Beach
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County eyes slower water-born speed at Bean Point


By Rick Catlin commissioners are prepared to implement a speed limit
Islander Reporter in the channel.
With the channel off Bean Point in Anna Maria Anna Maria resident Charlie Daniel and a number
shifting closer to shore, and following several near-miss of people who frequent the beach at Bean Point com-
incidents between boaters and bathers, Manatee County plained earlier this year about speeding boats and the

Studio to host AID show
All Island Denominations will present a "Celebra- Dec. 6-7 at the Studio. Judging will take place Dec. 7.
tion of the Creative Spirit Art Show" at the Studio at The show's purpose, according to an AIDS news
Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria. The show will open Dec. 10 release, will be to "build bridges by bringing our dis-
and continue through Dec. 19. similar and diverse religious and spiritual communi-
AID, a group of all Island churches and members, ties together."For more information, e-mail AID's John
issued a call for artists last week. Entries - the fee per Bonser at johncbonser@cheerful.com.
entry is $5 - will be received from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


All Island Denominations welcomes speaker
Mark McLaughlin of the Homeless Coalition speaks at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Nov. 14 to representatives
of All Island Denominations, a group of Island churches and their members, about the One Stop Center plans
and hopes. AID is entering a busy time of year, with holiday season events. Also, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday,
Dec. 10, AID will host a "Celebration of the Creative Spirit Art .9hi. i-" at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna
Maria. Island merchants are providing prizes for participating artists. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose


danger they presented to bathers.
Anna Maria city commissioners agreed and took
the issue to the Manatee County Board of Commission-
ers.
Manatee County at-large Commissioner Carol
Whitmore, former mayor of Holmes Beach, said the
commission planned to implement a 25-mph speed
limit in the Bean Point channel, which passes as close
as 50 feet to the shore.
"That's where it's dangerous," Whitmore said.
"The channel has been moving over the years and
the commission has all agreed it should be a 'slow'
area.
Whitmore said speed-limit signs would be posted in
the channel after the commission passed an ordinance,
but the ordinance would allow boaters to increase speed
in that area "weather permitting."
During inclement weather, there likely won't be
any bathers in the water to present a danger to boaters,
she said.
Boaters had complained that with the tricky current
at Bean Point, a 25-mph speed limit seemed too slow to
navigate the waters during high winds and fast moving
tides.
Daniel, who attended the county commission
meeting last week for a discussion on the speed-
limit ordinance, said he and other concerned Anna
Maria residents were pleased by the county's
action.
"It's very acceptable," he said. "The county com-
mission was very positive and very understanding about
our concerns.
Daniel said there is no problem allowing boaters
to increase their speed during bad weather.
"Who's going to be out swimming in the channel
at that time?" he asked. "No, I don't see that as a prob-
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Island Branch Library building to turn 25


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Friends of the Island Branch Library will mark a
milestone in December.
Twenty-five years ago, on Dec. 15, 1982, the doors
opened to the library at 5701 Marina Drive.
Prior to the construction of the building, the public
library system served Islanders with a bookmobile, and
then, in the 1970s, a storefront library at the Island
Shopping Center in Holmes Beach.
By the end of that decade, the non-profit group
known as the Friends of the Island Library was lobby-
ing the Manatee County Board of Commissioners to
sign off on a new building to house an Island library.
A site was established to the south of Holmes
Beach City Hall on Marina Drive. Island architect H.
Patterson Fletcher designed the building. Friends mem-
bers led a fundraising campaign. Construction workers
broke ground on the new building in April 1982 and the
library opened Dec. 15, 1982.
"It was a dream come true," Helen Swift said at the
time. Swift, who died in November 2004 at 91,was a
longtime supporter of the library who helped bring the
bookmobile to the Island.
In 1998, the library underwent renovations, includ-
ing new paint and carpeting and improvements in the
meeting room named for Swift and Eleanor Walker,
who headed the fundraising campaign to construct the
building.
To celebrate the 25-year-old home, the library will
open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, for an anni-
versary party. The event will coincide with Winterfest,
the art fair taking place nearby at Holmes Beach City
Hall, so organizers are encouraging those who can to
use the free trolley service.
The library is closed on Sundays, but party coordi-
nator Denise Johnson said the group received permis-
sion from the county commission to open the building

Library to host Earthbox guru
The Friends of the Island Library will welcome
Blake Whisenant, inventor of the Earthbox, at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4.
The event at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will feature a discus-
sion on how to grow a bumper crop of local favorites
with the Earthbox system.
For more information, call 941-778-6341.


Twenty-five years ago...
The Island Branch Library will mark 25
years in its 5701 Marina Drive building in
December. What else was taking place in 1982?
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was released. A
61-year-old dentist, Barney Clark, became the
first person to receive an artificial heart. About
30,000 women formed a human chain in a mas-
sive "No Nukes" demonstration in England.
Time magazine named the computer as "man
of the year."

for the celebration.
"It's a good day," she said. "People will be out
and about and they can pop in and see what we' 11 be
doing."
The party will include a program, with people talk-
ing about the library's past, present and future.
The event, free to the public, also will include
refreshments, activities and entertainment, including
music by a youth chorus and the Sweet Adelines Quar-


The Island Branch Library will celebrate a 25th
anniversary in December, as well as welcome visitors
for a variety of programs, from lectures to classes.
The calendar includes:
* 1 p.m., Dec. 4, the Friends of the Island Library
welcome Blake Whisenant, inventor of the Earthbox.
* 8:30 a.m., Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, the library hosts
an Internet class.
* 10:30 a.m., Dec. 8, the library hosts an origami
class.
* 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, the Friends of the
Island Library celebrates 25th anniversary of the Island
Branch Library at the 5701 Marina Drive location.
* 6 p.m., Dec. 10, a lesson in knitting is pre-
sented.
* 10:30 a.m., Dec. 11, Ellen Jaffe Jones, a
volunteer for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center and a media consultant, discusses "The
Inside Scoop on TV News" during a Friends lec-
ture.
* 1 p.m., Dec. 12, the Island Library Book Club
meets.
* 9:30 a.m., Dec. 21, the Friends of the Island


tet, storytelling and face-painting.
"We are hoping for 400 people," Johnson said. "We
will have as many as would like to come."
When the Island library opened in the shopping
center in 1970, Islanders appreciated its small-town,
intimate character.
The Island Branch Library has grown over 25 years
to serve about 35,000 local patrons - as well as vaca-
tioners - who check out about 132,391 books a year.
On average, about 429 patrons visit the library a day
- compared to about 212 patrons in 1983, according
to branch supervisor Ava Ehde.
Despite the growth, Friends members and other
patrons find the library still has a small-town atmo-
sphere.
"It's a very personal, personable place," said Mary
Stokes, who visits the library for DVDs, CDs, books
and a regular read through The New York Times.
"I find it a wonderfully intimate library," said John-
son, who said she visits the library about three times a
week. "It's a small library, but we have the other ser-
vices of the public library system if we need them."


Library board meets.
For more information, call 941-778-6341.


Lead-off lecturer
Mote Marine Laboratory scientist Barbara Kirk-
patrick kicks off the Friends of the Island Library
lecture series Nov. 13 with a talk about red tide and
its effects on human respiratory systems. The next
lecture at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, will be at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11,
when Ellen Jaffe Jones, a volunteer instructor with
the Anna Maria Island Community Center and a
media consultant, discusses "The Inside Scoop on TV
News." For more information about the library or
the Friends programs, call 941-778-6341.


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referendum proposal


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach's mayor and city commissioners are
expressing their opposition to a proposed constitutional
amendment requiring citizens to vote on changes to
their municipal comprehensive land-use plans.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and Commissioners
Sandy Haas-Martens, David Zaccagnino, Pat Morton,
Pat Geyer and John Monetti have endorsed a resolution
against the amendment, which will be placed on the
November 2008 statewide ballot if enough signatures
are collected.
The Holmes Beach resolution states, "Voters would
be required to approve or disapprove complex amend-
ments based on ballot information described in 75
words or less without the benefit of public debate and
legal counsel."
The resolution also states that managing growth is
a complex process that current laws provide for public
input on changes to comprehensive plans and the state's
review of those changes provides "another level of
checks and balances."
The primary proponent of the amendment is the
4-year-old Florida Hometown Democracy.
The Florida Legislature in 1985 passed the Growth
Management Act, which set forth the rules for munici-
palities in drafting the original comprehensive plans
and developing a planning process.
Comp plans, developed in 1985-89, documented
the present conditions in a municipality and set forth the
vision for the future. Holmes Beach recently received
a state OK on changes to its evaluation and appraisal
report, part of the planning process.
The proposed constitutional amendment would
change Article II, Section 7, of the state constitution,
which applies to the "natural resources and scenic
beauty" of Florida.
The amendment would state, "Public participation
in local government comprehensive land-use planning
benefits the conservation and protection of Florida's
natural resources and scenic beauty, and the long-term
quality of life of Floridians. Therefore, before a local
government may adopt a new comprehensive land-use
plan, or amend a comprehensive land-use plan, such
proposed plan or plan amendment shall be subject to


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For more information about Florida Home-
town Democracy and the proposed constitu-
tional amendment to require voter approval
for comprehensive land-use plan changes, go
to www.floridahometowndemocracy.com or
www.flchamber.com.

vote of the electors of the local government by refer-
endum."
Florida Hometown Democracy, which describes
itself as a "grassroots, non-partisan group," maintains
that putting comp-plan votes before citizens would
make it more difficult for developers to win plan
amendments for problematic projects - high-rises by
the Gulf of Mexico shore, McMansions on agricultural
land, timeshare motel units in commercial districts.
Presently, if a developer proposes a project incon-
sistent with the municipality's comp plan, the gov-
ernment can simply amend the plan. But, with voter
approval required, a comp-plan change would first need
to be placed on an election ballot and then be approved
by a simple majority of voters.
Backers of the amendment include a number of
environmental groups, including the Sierra Club of
Florida, whose leadership argues that Florida's pro-
growth policies have jeopardized the state's natural
resources, as well as contributed to overcrowding and
traffic gridlock.
Opposition to the ballot initiative is g i i'. espe-
cially among business groups, including the state's
chambers of commerce and builder associations.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce, which repre-
sents 160 chambers, including the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, has launched a "Stop the Scam"
campaign, calling the Florida Hometown Democracy
group a "special interest" and the proposed amendment
a "vote on everything initiative" that "would imperil
Florida's prosperity and quality of life."
Hometown Democracy is still conducting its peti-
tion drive to put the proposed amendment to a vote
during the November 2008 presidential election. The
group needs 611,000 signatures by Jan. 31, 2008.


AME SAC approves staff bonus


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary's School Advisory Com-
mittee recently approved a budget of about $31,000 for
staff bonuses.
The money is a direct result of AME's ability to
maintain an "A" performance rating. A school's perfor-
mance is determined by the yearly results of the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Tests in reading, writing
and math given to fourth- and fifth-grade students.
To achieve an "A" status, schools must test at least 95
percent of eligible students, including speech-impaired,
gifted, hospital/homebound and limited-English proficient
students who have been in an ESOL program more than


two years. AME principal Tom Levengood said AME
was one of 20 Manatee County schools to earn an "A."
"A" schools are awarded about $100 per student
based on 2006-07 enrollments.
Levengood said teachers and other personnel vote
on how to disperse the funds and, as in past years, unan-
imously voted in favor of bonuses. The SAC, made
up of parents and community members, gave final
approval to the bonus plan.
Levengood said employees who worked at the
school last year but retired or transferred to another
school will receive a bonus, and that he will share his
bonus with Kathy Hayes, who served as the school's
principal for half of the 2006-07 school year.

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' Representatives ofseveral
area non-profit groups attend
the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce's
breakfast meeting Nov. 14 at
the SunHouse Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach. Meeting
attendees included .Niiowi. i
Barhorst of Big Broth-
ers Big Sisters, Dan Yonko
and .si,, it Simmons of the
Manatee County YMCA and
Kimberly Borsheim of the
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee will deliver its holiday present to the Island Dec.
1 - a screening of "Miracle on 34th Street" in the field
near city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
"The black-and-white one," committee member
Melissa Snyder stressed, referring to the 1947 original
and not the numerous musical and non-musical remakes
of the Christmas-themed film.
Before the movie presentation, committee members
will serve cookies and hot chocolate provided by the
Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, after dark, the com-
mittee will show the film to an audience that should
bring seating - blankets and lawn chairs.
The premise of the film, directed by George Seaton,
is that a bearded Kris Kringle gets hired by reluctant
Macy's supervisor Doris Walker to replace a drunken
Santa in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Kris is
such a success, he's hired as the department store Santa
Claus through the Christmas season. He's also a suc-
cess with Doris' neighbor, who invites the man with the
twinkling eyes to share his flat, and with Doris' skepti-
cal daughter. Where does it all get interesting? When
Kris Kringle lets it be known that he's the real Santa.
The film stars Maureen O'Hara as the too-rational
Doris and a very young Natalie Wood as the daughter
who wants to believe in something. Edmund Gwenn
stars as Kris Kringle, an Oscar-winning performance,
and John Payne as the open-minded attorney who
believes in Santa Claus.


Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn star in "Miracle
on 34th Street." The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1, on the Holmes Beach City Hall
field. Islander Photo: Courtesy Fox Home DVD
The film also won Academy Awards for "best
writing" by Valentine Davies and George Seaton and
received an Oscar nomination for "best picture."
For more information about the Holmes Beach
,h.'io ing. call city hall at 941-708-5800.


Greenwood releases new disc


Occasional Island visitor and Gulf Drive property-
owner Lee Greenwood recently re-released "Inspira-
tional Songs."
The album contains 11 re-recorded songs intended
to lift the spirit, from "Amazing Grace" to "Bound for
the Promised Land" to Greenwood's signature "God
Bless the USA," which has become popular as both a
Christian anthem and a patriotic ballad.
"I think my choice of material has been an asset to
my career," said the singer, who has been seen at Island
hangouts and lodgings, including the Harrington House
in Holmes Beach. "People recognize that I choose songs
that have quality and are not cheap shots."
"I always record songs that have more depth in the
lyric. I am a songwriter and I go for depth. Maybe that's
what has made me have a lasting career."
Greenwood's musical career spans back to the
w. U "


Lee Greenwood performs with members of the Lack-
land Air Force Base Band of the West the Texas' Six
Flags Fiesta in tribute to those affected by terrorist
attacks Sept. 11. Islander Photo: Courtesy U.S. Air
Force/Yoland Hunter


Star sightings?
Think you've seen stars on the Island in the
broad daylight? Maybe so. The Islander wants to
hear about your celebrity sighting. E-mail lisan-
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1960s. His career could have taken a different path
had he stayed with a show band he joined in Las Vegas
in the 1960s - the band would become the Young
Rascals.
Instead, Greenwood sought a career as a solo artist
and songwriter, and he found success in the 1980s with
a series of hits in the urban cowboy era.
The artist, born in California, has divided his
career between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Nashville.
In the mid-1990s he built the Lee Greenwood Theater
in the Smoky Mountains tourist town of Sevierville,
Tenn., and settled down for a while.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11,
2001, Greenwood returned to touring as an audience
embraced the themes of "God Bless the USA."
"One of the reasons I wrote the lyric 'I'm proud to
be an American' is I really wanted to instill the pride
back in America," Greenwood writes of "God Bless
the USA." "The song represents my family, my com-
munity and all the Americans who are proud of who
they are."
As he continues to tour, Greenwood also is at work
on a pop-song cover album and a country album tar-
geted at a new generation of listeners - the Keith
Urban crowd.
"I intend on being competitive," he writes in his
biography at www.leegreenwood.com. "That's the
only way you'll get on radio and the charts."


Manatee Sweet Adelines
concert Dec. 1
The Manatee Sweet Adelines will present a Christ-
mas show at Bradenton Christian Auditorium, 3304
43rd St. W., Bradenton.
The show will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
1.
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Island kids shin

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Entries to this year's Manatee County History
Fair ran the gamut from "The History of Chocolate"
to "Glass Blowing and the History Behind It."
The Manatee County History Fair - open to stu-
dents in grades 4-12 - takes place annually in Novem-
ber. Entries are judged by community volunteers, who
consider the projects' historical quality, relation to the
theme, clarity of presentation and some basic rules.
In addition to prizes awarded for Manatee County,
Florida, American and World histories, special prizes
are also awarded in a number of categories at the
county level, which include Anna Maria Island history
and Cortez history. Entries may also be selected by the
judges to be submitted to the Florida State History Fair
held in Tallahassee in May.
This year students were asked to base projects on
"Conflict and Compromise."
Students had the choice to write a paper, create a
project display, prepare a documentary or do a perfor-
mance.
Students stuck to the theme, with topics centered
upon the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United
States, wars and Native American history. Another told
the history of Walt Disney World and its impact on the
city of Orlando, and one project explored the conflicts
and controversy surrounding the design and building
of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Some projects showed thinking outside the "card-
board box." The Eiffel Tower project, for example, uti-
lized old shutters, rather than the usual cardboard display,
to hold photographs and captions. The base of another
project titled "Old Sparky" was a full-size chair modeled
to resemble a wooden execution seat.
New this year was the use of digital/video displays
mounted onto project boards. A handful of project par-
ticipants used portable DVD players for slide shows
and video "clips" to give viewers a new dimension to
their topic.
Of the participants in the project-board category,
two students hailed from Anna Maria Island - Daniel
Miller and Anna Maria Galati.

Miller's project
Daniel, an eighth-grade student at the Center for
Education, focused on World War II and D-Day by tell-
ing the history of the event through the eyes of Anna
Maria Island veteran Ken Freshwater.
Daniel chose his topic because he was impressed
by a visit to the scene of D-Day on Normandy beaches
during a family trip three years ago. He said he visited
surrounding museums and a cemetery for U.S. soldiers
and spoke with people who remembered the event.
Daniel researched his project at the library, finding
a few books on the topic, as well as on the Internet.
However, he wanted to find an Anna Maria Island vet-
eran to personally interview.
Daniel found Islander reporter Rick Catlin's series
of articles on WWII's "Greatest Generation" helpful.
He then attended The Islander Veterans Day celebration
at Holmes Beach City Hall and met Freshwater, who
was an Army corporal when he landed on Utah Beach
in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
"There is a lot of material about D-Day," said Miller.
"Although there are many books and videos about the
war, the thing I liked best was talking with a real veteran.
I thought the best way to present my project was to put
pictures and captions on a display board."
This was not Miller's first year participating in the
Manatee County History Fair. In fact, he has partici-
pated each year since fourth-grade and has received

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Island history
The "conflicts and compromises" of living on Anna
Maria Island is the basis of a history fair project cre-
ated by Danielle and Katie Konen, Kristi Todd and
Ilsa Curry.


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AMI vet's history showcased
As a participant in this year's Manatee County History Fair, Island student Daniel Miller submitted a dis-
play about Anna Maria veteran Ken Freshwater's World War II D-Day experience. Among the clips posted to
Daniel's board is Islander reporter Rick Catlin's "Greatest Generation" story about Freshwater, as well as the
veteran's enlisted record report. The board also features (lower right) a photo of Miller, with Ken Freshwater
and Josie Freshwater. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan


Galati history
Anna Maria Galati presented a slice of Island history - and her family history - at this year's Manatee
County History Fair with her project board about the Galati Marina.


four history fair prizes.

Galati's project
Anna Maria entered in the fair's elementary divi-
sion. Her project board centered on both Island and
family history as she explored the history of the Galati
Marina.
She set out to show that "over the years the Galati
children have endured compromises in order to promote
and maintain the marina business begun by their father,
Michael Galati, in 1970."
"I picked my topic because I thought it would be
fun to do a project on our family business," Anna Maria
said.
In doing her research, Anna Maria interviewed relatives
and read brochures and newspaper articles from the past.

More history
Two other fair project boards focused on Island


and Cortez history. Carly Lourie, an elementary school
student, showed a "then-and-now" pictorial history of
the Cortez fishing village. Kristi Todd, Ilsa Curry, Dan-
ielle and Katie Konen partnered in the senior division
to present a project board depicting the fair theme of
conflicts and compromises involved in living on Anna
Maria Island, although they do not live on the Island.
Among the conflicts Islanders face, the group cited,
are the threat of hurricanes, red tide events, an invasion
of Brazilian pepper trees, the razing of older homes
to make room for condominiums and the aging Anna
Maria Island Bridge.
The students researched their project by visiting
the Island and its historical sites, including a tour of
the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum.
"This topic was very personal to us as we live very
close to Anna Maria Island and enjoy going to its beach.
We were given a great opportunity to visit the Island and
actually learn about the history," the students wrote.




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Elementary School by representatives of G.Wiz Science and Technology Center, a hands-on museum for kids
in Sarasota. During the event, students learned about scientific observation through experimentation with air
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During "Christmas Around the
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Nov. 16, 100 block Park Avenue, burglary. The
complainant said that someone entered the structure,
but nothing appeared to have been taken.
Nov. 17, 200 Spring Ave., Sandbar Restaurant,
theft. Restaurant management reported that someone
took a wheelchair from the establishment.

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 13, 2600 block Gulf Drive, burglary. The
complainant said that some entered the construction
site upon which he was working and took compressors
and other material with a total value of nearly $1,500.
Nov. 16, 2500 block Gulf Drive, disorderly intoxi-
cation. Jose Salgado, 41, of Bradenton, was observed
by officers in the roadway "staggering," according to
the report, and arrested.
Nov. 17, 2513 Gulf Drive, Circle K, petty theft.
The complainant said that customers took various items
from the store without paying for them. Arrested for
petty theft were Carl Gunder, 36, homeless, and Kevin
Tupin, 22, homeless, for taking a bottle of beer, beef
jerky and a pickled hot dog.
Nov. 18, 2200 block Avenue C, burglary to a resi-
dence. The complainant said someone took his bicycle
from his storage shed.

Holmes Beach
Nov. 17, 4000 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said he loaned his car to an employee, who did
not return it. The vehicle was later located where the
car was first parked.
Nov. 19, 5200 block Gulf Drive, warrants. Officers
stopped a vehicle and record checks revealed outstand-
ing warrants on the passenger. He was cited.
Nov. 20, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. The complainant said he believed his cellular
phone was taken while he was at the beach.
Nov. 20, 200 block 67th Street, criminal mischief.
The complainant said that someone vandalized the
mailbox.


Deputies arrest man for theft
By Mike Quinn
NewsManatee.com Publisher
Special to The Islander
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office deputies have
arrested a man accused of stealing metal construction
materials from the Anna Maria Island area.
Arrested was Charles G. Dees, 49, who works at
Suncoast Metals in Sarasota.
According to the report, Dees was attempting to
sell copper wiring and brass plumbing fixtures at his
place of work. Dees and an associate were questioned
about where the items were obtained.
Dees was arrested for allegedly dealing in stolen
property with an estimated value of $400.
He has a history of arrests for similar offenses and is
currently out on bond for a recent unrelated theft charge,
according to reports.

Island real estate sales
5300 Gulf Drive, Unit 103, Martinique North,
Holmes Beach, a 1,516 sfur 3bed/2bath Gulffront condo
with pool built in 1971 was sold 11/07/07, Newhart to
Gross for $800,000; list $899,000.
2600 Gulf Drive, Unit 18, Anna Maria Island Club,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,179 sfla / 1,339 sfur 2bed/2bath
gulffront condo with pool was built in 1984 was sold
11/06/07, Caraher to D Ambrosio Florida Holdings
LLC for $660,000; list $689,000.
202 78th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,222 sfla / 1,519
sfur 3bed/2bath/3car home built in 1991 on a 69x80
lot was sold 11/09/07, Wells Fargo Bank to Cloutier
for $43' ),000; list $445,000.
1810 Gulf Drive N., Unit 127, Runaway Bay,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with pool built in 1978 was sold 11/08/07, Wolf
to Jones for $270,000.
301 Highland Ave., Unit 1,Villas by the Sea, Bra-
denton Beach, a 460 sfur 1 bed/ bath condo with pool
was sold 11/07/07, Hereyugo Properties 1 LLC to
McDonnough for $250,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-
7244. Current Island real estate transactions may also
be viewed online at www.islander.org. Copyright 2007.


Island artist Richard Thomas provided the image for
the Winterfest T-shirt. Islander Image: Courtesy Anna
Maria Island Art League

Winterfest turns 20
The Anna Maria Island Art League's Winterfest
turns 20 this year.
The event, scheduled for Dec. 8-9 in Holmes Beach,
will feature more than 100 local, regional and national
artists, including two local artists who were part of the
earliest Winterfests. The event again will feature the
work of jewelry-maker Autumn DeFrank and photog-
rapher Jay Canterbury.
Featured artists are expected to display paintings,
glass, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, photography and
woodwork.
New this year will be a "Young at Art" children's
exhibit while a returning favorite is the gala raffle, with
more than 70 donated works to be won.
The festival also will feature Cajun and bluegrass
music and fair food.
Winterfest, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will take
place in the field adjacent to Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive.
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Water conservation urged as drought continues


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"Skip a week" is the Swiftmud slogan for the
winter.
With the arrival of cooler temperatures, the South-
west Florida Water Management District is encouraging
people to hold off on irrigating lawns.
"The cooler months are a good time to try to gradu-
ally reduce your irrigation to train your lawn to need
less water," said Swiftmud's Sylvia Durell. "Over-
watering makes your lawn less drought tolerant and
can encourage pests. Using less water will encourage
deeper grass and plant roots, which makes them more
drought-tolerant."
Below-normal rainfall has been experienced
throughout the water district, which includes Anna
Maria Island. As a result, watering restrictions were
put into place months ago that restricted all 16 counties


Jennings seeks Island support in '08
( Ih i ,mi Jennings talks with the Anna Maria Island
Democratic Club during a meeting Nov. 19 at the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. She
is again seeking the office of U.S. representative in
the 13th Congressional District Democratic pri-
mary. During last week's meeting, Jennings, whose
campaign treasurer is restaurant owner Ed ( hii/ t,
circulated petitions to place her name on the ballot
next year. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

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H20 on hold
The Southwest Florida Water Management
District is encouraging property owners and man-
agers to skip a week of irrigation this month and
next in a voluntary push to conserve water. Water
restrictions also are in place. If your address ends
in:
* 0 or 1, water only on Monday.
* 2 or 3, water only on Tuesday.
* 4 or 5, water only on Wednesday.
* 6 or 7, water only on Thursday.
* 8 or 9 and any location N ih '[out a discernible
address, water only on Friday.
to a one-day-a-week watering.
Forecasters predict that the area also will experi-
ence a drier winter and spring, possibly reaching record


Off Stage ladies 1
The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Play-
ers will hold a meeting and luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Freedom Village, 6501 17th
Ave. W., Bradenton.
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a week" push to encourage people to water every two
weeks through April.
A University of Florida study, published recently
in the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering,
found that nationwide at least 50 percent of household
water gets dumped on lawns and plants.
For those concerned with the quality of their lawns,
Swiftmud offered some tips about when water may be
needed. Watch for grass blades folded in half or turning
blue-gray in color, then water on the designated day.
The "skip a week" campaign builds upon Swift-
mud's Florida-friendly landscaping campaign, which
is promoted during the late winter and spring, when
people are thinking about gardening and improving
their yards.
For more information about water restrictions, visit
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to meet Dec. 12
The program will be a variation of "A Night Before
Christmas" by members Alice Doeden, Carol Cozan
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For more information and reservations, call Carol
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Mother, daughter co-author book


A mother and daughter have collaborated to deliver
a message to the grandchildren of divorcing parents,
particularly a letter to a grandchild named Sammie.
Patricia and Adrienne Friedberg, mother and daugh-
ter writers, are the authors of "Dear Sammie: A letter to
a grandchild of divorcing parents."
Patricia Friedberg, a former documentary writer,
TV moderator and Longboat Key Observer columnist,
is the mother of four and the grandmother of eight chil-
dren. Formerly a longtime resident of Longboat Key
and owner of the former Salon Gallery, she now lives
in Bradenton.
Adrienne Friedberg, who lives in New York City,
also is a writer, as well as the mother of three daugh-


"Candles" by Wendy Dickinson will be featured
in the art show "Sarasota Ink" at the Anna Maria
Island Art League beginning Nov. 30. Islander
Image: Courtesy AMIAL

Anna Maria Island Art League
to host printmaking show
The Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, will host "Sarasota Ink," an
exhibit of works by various printmakers, from Nov.
30 through Dec. 20.
Featured printmakers include Kevin Dean, Wendy
Dickinson, Robert Farber, Patrick Lindhardt, Joe Loc-
cisano, Johnnie Lee Scott and Bradlee Shanks.
A reception will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday,
Nov. 30.
For more information, call 941-778-2099 or visit
www. islandartleague.org.
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 3, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The group's featured speaker will be Fran Oren-
stein, author of children's books and poems.
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The Friedbergs' partnered on the book with local
artist MaryAnn Amato, who created the illustrations to
accompany a text about the sadness of separations, but
the joyfulness of family.
Amato, who lives at the Perico Bay Club, studied
art at New York University, then went on to teach, work
as a set designer and a cartoonist. She currently is a film
producer for Progress Pictures in the United Kingdom
and Cloudland Films in the United States.
The book is available at www.booksinprint.com,
as well as borders.com and amazon.com.
For more information on the collaboration, contact
MaryAnn Amato at 941-730 8797.



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In the season
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Obituary


Jim Drawdy
Jim Drawdy, 61, of St. Petersburg and formerly of
Manatee County, died Nov. 14.
Born in Long Beach, Calif., Mr. Drawdy moved
to Manatee County in 1948. He and buddy Jim Brady
opened West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach in 1964.
He sold his interest in the business two years later, and
opened a similar establishment on Siesta Key, which
also included leather goods. He was a pioneer in surf-
ing in Florida, and won many awards for his prowess
in the sport throughout the world. He was a graduate of
Southeast High School. He recently worked for Centex
Homes in St. Petersburg.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec.
8 at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach.
He is survived by sisters Debi Noll of Largo and
Peggy Stromberg of Columbia, Ala.; and brother Tom
of Columbia.


Chamber gets into holiday spirit
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
light its Christmas tree at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at its
office, 5313 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach.
The schedule for the chamber in the next few weeks
also includes holiday walks, ribbon-cutting ceremonies
and business meetings.
* 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, a ribbon-cutting at
Egret's Landing, 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
* 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Bradenton Beach's holi-
day open house.
* 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, a business card
exchange at Bridge Street Interiors, 114 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach.
* 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, the chamber par-
ticipates in the "Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday
Open House."
* 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, a ribbon cutting at
Matt & Dom's Pastry Cafe, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.


Relay for Life kickoff Dec. 6
A kickoff party for the Relay for Life will
take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the
Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
Relay for Life annually raises money for the
American Cancer Society and its efforts to treat
and cure cancer. The Island Relay for Life will
take place May 31, 2008, at Coquina Beach in
Bradenton Beach.
For more information, call 941-725-1214,
ext. 5806.

Museum to hold grand opening
The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court's
office will hold a grand opening of the Florida Maritime
Museum in the renovated 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse 7
p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.
The museum is at Cortez Road and 119th Street
West.
For more information, call the clerk's office at 941-
708-6120.

Click!
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives - weddings, anni-
versaries, travels and other events. Please send notices
and photographs with detailed captions - along with
complete contact information - to news@islander.org
or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.


Center to explore 'creative
discipline' Thursday
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will host a lesson in "cre-
ative discipline" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.
The Center's therapist, Shirley Romberger, will
lead the workshop on parenting techniques.
For more information or to register, call 941-778-
1908.
Artwork displays available
The Anna Maria Island Art League is seeking art-
work from Island youth to display at its annual Win-
terfest arts show Dec. 8-9 at the Holmes Beach athletic
field.
Children are invited to display their art - draw-
ings, paintings, photography, sculpture or other 3-D
works, such as clay pots - in a special tent for that
purpose.
Items should be submitted to Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School art teacher Gary Wooten by Monday, Dec.
3, at the school, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Entries should include the artist's name and prints
or drawings should be matted. Anyone interested in
having his/her artwork professionally matted and
framed for the show, may contact AME parent Joanie
Mills at 941-778-2800. Otherwise mats and frames may
be purchased at any arts and crafts supply store.
For more information, call Tricia Hackworth at
941-749-0846.
Church women
gather for lunch
Pianist Tom Benjamin
rL i and vocalist Carole
b Cornman perform for
S the women of the Anna
Maria Island churches
during a luncheon at the
Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation in Holmes
Beach Oct. 25. Islander
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Island teen bound for land of 'Oz'


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Island teenager Trina Rizzo is heading over the
Anna Maria Island Bridge to follow the yellow brick
road through the land of Oz.
Trina, 14, will star as Dorothy Gale in the Manatee
Players' production of "The Wizard of Oz." Her co-star
will include a little Maltese-Pomeranian canine named
Edgar, found at the Manatee Players theater, who will
play the role of "Toto." "It will be a thrill to work with
him," Trina said.
The show will open Dec. 6 and run through Dec.
30 at the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 12th
St. W., Bradenton.
The Islander visited recently with Trina, who is
dividing time between rehearsing on the stage and
studying for school.
The Islander: Is the production of "The Wizard of
Oz" the musical version?
Trina Rizzo: Yes, with a few numbers that are not
in the movie, such as "Jitterbug," when Dorothy and


her friends are in the haunted forest.
The Islander: How many times have you seen the
film version?
TR: About a half dozen times, but not lately.
The Islander: Who do you like better - the Scare-
crow, the Tin Man or the Cowardly Lion?
TR: The Lion, because I relate to his fright of
everything. I'm also a coward.
The Islander: Do you think it will be difficult to
make your own a character that is so closely associated
with the actress Judy Garland in the 1939 film?
TR: Yes, it will be a challenge to meet everyone's
Judy Garland expectations, and I will do my best.
But some lines you can't change the intonation, such


as, "Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas any-
more."
The Islander: How did you prepare to audition for
the role?
TR: I worked on the song "Over the Rainbow" with
my voice coach, Nathan Rifenburg, for a month. I did
daily voice exercises and practiced a monologue from
the show.
The Islander: What else are you working on this
year?
TR: I will be auditioning for "Cats" and "All
Shook Up" at Manatee Players. I'm also concentrating
on schoolwork because I am taking four high school
honors courses this year.


Islander Trina Rizzo is Dorothy in the Manatee Play-
ers production of "The Wizard of Oz."


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'Greetings' goes to Island stage
The Island Players will present "Greetings," a holiday-themed comedy, Thursday, Nov. 29, through Sunday,
Dec. 9, at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The play, directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland, will star
( Ih /iL) Panisch, Brian James Dennis, Pat Ferrari, Tim Kalinowski and .inic Garves. The box office is open
for ticket sales from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Fridays and an hour before shows. For more informa-
tion, call the box office at 941-778-5755 or visit www.theislandplayers.org. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


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Wednesday, Nov. 28
8 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of
Commerce hosts a "Good Morning, Longboat Key" breakfast at the cham-
ber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-
2466.
5p.m. -The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a ribbon
cutting at Egret's Landing, 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-1541.

Thursday, Nov. 29
6:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron hosts a course
in charts at the AMIPS building, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information:
941-714-0449.
8 p.m. - "Greetings" opens at the Island Players playhouse at Gulf
Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. The play continues Tuesdays through
Saturday to Dec. 9. Information: 941-778-6878.

Friday, Nov. 30
5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce lights its
Christmas tree outside its office, 5313 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1541.
5:30 p.m. - 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.

Saturday, Dec. 1
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets for a pro-
gram and breakfast at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7823.
8:30 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron presents the first
of a two-part "Boat Smart" class at the squadron building, 1200 71 st St. N.W.,
Bradenton. The second session is Dec. 8. Information: 941-714-0449.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, hosts a rummage sale. Information: 941-778-3224.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - 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.
4:30 p.m. -A paddle tour and picnic takes place at Robinson Preserve
in west Manatee. A group meets at the gate on the corner of 17th Avenue
Northwest and 99th Street North. Information: 941-748-4501, ext. 4615.
6 p.m. - The Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive
S., Longboat Key, hosts a reception for "A New York State of Mind," show-
casing new sculptures and paintings by Florida-based sculptor Jack Dowd.
Information: 941-383-2345.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - The Bridge Street merchants celebrate the holiday
season with a walk and extended hours of shopping on the historic com-
mercial strip.
6 p.m. - The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee
presents "Miracle on 34th Street" as its annual holiday movie on the field
near city hall. Information: 941-708-5800.
6 p.m. - The Cortez Lighted Boat Parade will take place in the Gulf
Intracoastal Waterway, beginning near the Cortez Bridge and heading south
to Longboat Pass, then returning to Cortez. Information: 941-794-1235.
7p.m. - The Manatee Sweet Adelines presents a Christmas show at
Bradenton Christian Auditorium, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Information
and tickets: 941-746-7065.

Tuesday, Dec. 4
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton

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1p.m. - The Friends of the Island Library welcomes Blake Whisenant,
inventor of the Earthbox, to the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
6 p.m. - The South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, hosts
an evening with photographer John Moran. Information: 941-746-4131 or
visit www.southfloridamuseum.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 5
5p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a busi-
ness-card exchange at Bridge Street Interiors in Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541.
7 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, hosts Joan Dickinson discussing resolutions for the new
year. Information: 941-778-1908.

Ongoing:
* The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, offers a range of courses for adults and children Mondays through
Saturday, 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 widowed
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. Informa-
tion: 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
Friday and first Saturdays of the month. Information: 941-720-2775.
* On the second Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Aux-
iliary 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 Auxiliary
Flotilla 82 hosts a basic "America's Boating Course" in the Buchanan Room
at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information:
941-358-2068. Fee applies.

Coming up:
* On Dec. 7, Holmes Beach merchants host the annual "Downtown
Holiday" celebration with visits from Santa and the Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers, 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, celebrates
a 25th anniversary. Information: 941-778-6341.
* On Dec. 9, St. Bernard Catholic Church hosts the first pancake break-
fast of the season in its fellowship hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-4769.
* Dec. 10-19, the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria hosts a "Cel-
ebration of the Creative Spirit Art Show" sponsored byAll Island Denomina-
tions.
* On Dec. 15, The Islander hosts the Where's Woody yard sale at the
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 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.


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New gallery to feature ex-Islander
Former Islander Karen Klosky, whose work is
pictured will be the featured artist in a reception at
the new Dancing Crane Gallery in Bradenton. The
reception will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at
the gallery, 1019 10th Ave. W., Bradenton. Klosky,
also known as Karen ( h i.,ii .o , specializes in land-
scapes and still life, abstracts and portraiture. For
more information, call 941-744-1333.

* 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 available 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. Infor-
mation: 941-778-6341.
* On Feb. 7, 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. 8, a benefit for the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden - the
Butterfly Bash - takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
* On Feb. 10, the Anna Maria Wedding Merchants Association hosts
an Islandwide wedding trade fair. Information: 941-778-8705.
* On Feb. 23, the Anna Maria Island Community Center holds an Affaire
to Remember at the Center. Information: 941-778-1908.
On March 1, 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
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Some not-so-tall tales to tell, plus a storm wrap


Call this a column of stories.
My girlfriend did a low-budget movie called "Cap-
tiva" back in 1994 with Ernest Borgnine, who turned 90
years old last Friday. "Captiva" was filmed in South-
west Florida on islands to our south.
She tells a couple of great tales about Ernie, who
won an Academy Award for his role in a 1955 movie
called "Marty."
Seems when he arrived on the set of "Captiva" -
on duh? Captiva Island - he got out of his limo, all
hunched over and bent. The cast and crew were aghast
at how he looked. Slowly, Mr. Borgnine rose to his full,
big height, gave out a bellow, and said, "Hah! Gotcha!"
Everybody hugged, and the production began.
He was later walking down the road with my friend
when the "film-behind-the-film" crew was shooting.
That's the "movie-behind-the-movie" thing that usually
happens to give the behind-the-scenes shots of produc-
ers, directors, cast, crew and all the rest something to
refer back to in later years as they reminisce about the
shoot.
Anyway, filming of the behind-the-film was on-
going and got very up-close-and-personal with Mr.
Borgnine. Ernie said something like, "Hey, you want
to see something?" and dropped his pants to moon the
camera.
"Did you get that?" he asked as he pulled his pants
back up. "No? Here, take another shot," and repeated
the action, giving the big Ernie grin all the time -
between his legs, of course.
So old Ernie is 90. According to wire reports, his
secret to his longevity is that he's "got a young wife."
He also tells a great story of how when he was a
kid, he and his sister were going through poor times
during Christmas. Mom was making handmade stuff
for them, they knew, and they weren't expecting much
in their stockings that year.
Dad got a payment on a loan he made to a buddy a
while back, though, all of $14. That was a lot of money
back then and, when the kids collected their fruit and
nuts from their stockings, they each found $7. It was
something of windfall. No, much more than a wind-
fall.
Happy birthday, Ernie.

Et tu?
The names will be deleted to protect the innocent or
guilty on this one, and tutus are apparently not involved
- but it's a weird mix of dance and sports.
It seems that a big-time college football coach came
to our part of the world and extolled the virtues of ballet
to a local high school football team. The team snarled
at the thought of doing the ballerina maneuvers, until
the skinny little girls came out to offer to help the big,
strong football players.
"Oh. I get to pick them up? I get to twirl them?"
was the refrain.
Suddenly, ballet didn't seem so girly to the football
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to do the dance, and the run, and the jump.
And the coach noticed how much the team had
improved as a team. They could run down the field
better, catch the ball better, return the ball better, deek
and dodge better, all because of the ballet that they were
getting better and better at doing.
Wanna dance, big guy?

Surreal
Speaking of dance, stopped off at the Sarasota Ritz-
Carlton the other night for an adult beverage. It was
Sunday, usually a quiet night, and we were expecting
no real action, just a quiet drink.
Not.
The small lounge had at least 100 people packed
in, with a constant throng on the dance floor doing the
tango.
Yeah, the tango. Or the flamenco. Or whatever.
It seems that the resort has been doing some kind of
dance event for five months or so. Response has been
huge.
I stood there in my usual Island-style scruffies
while the guys in their Armani suits and the women
in their slinky dresses and $1,000 shoes dipped and
twirled and felt like more of a heel than usual.
But it was quite a show.

Numbers
Enough of stories. Here's something you can
really use. As near as anyone can figure, we've made
it through the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season.
According to Dr. Phil Klotzbach and Dr. William
Gray, this is the breakout of the season. These com-
ments are all from Colorado State University team's
Web site:

Subtropical Storm Andrea
On May 9, a previously extratropical cyclone
organized into Subtropical Storm Andrea while about
140 miles southeast of Savannah, Ga. Later, the orga-
nization of the system deteriorated with a significant
decrease in convection as it moved over cooler waters,
and on May 10 it weakened to a subtropical depression
May 10. On the morning of May 11, convection flared
up over the center, indicating that the cyclone might be
acquiring tropical characteristics once again. However,
it did not.
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slowly deepened as it moved through the northwest
Caribbean Sea into the southeast Gulf of Mexico. On
June 1, the first day of the officially defined hurricane
season, the cyclone organized into Tropical Storm Barry
despite being located in an area of high shear, and warn-
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Barry provided much-needed precipitation to Florida
and Georgia, which were experiencing drought condi-
tions. Barry made landfall near Tampa Bay on June
2 as a minimal tropical storm. Soon thereafter, Barry
was downgraded to a tropical depression as it began its
extratropical transition. On June 3, the cyclone moved
up the coast of the Carolinas, bringing rains into the
Mid-Atlantic states and New England. By June 5, its
center had moved northward into Atlantic Canada.
Tropical Storm Chantal
An area of low pressure developed near the Baha-
mas on July 28, and slowly organized while moving to
the north-northeast. On July 31, the system strength-
ened into a tropical storm south of Nova Scotia, the
first in nearly two months. Damage was estimated to
be in the millions of dollars, with at least $4 million in
damages in the town of Placentia.

Hurricane Dean
A vigorous tropical wave moved off the west coast
of Africa in the second week of Aug. 28. The storm
continued to strengthen and on Aug. 16 was upgraded
to the first hurricane of the season. On Aug. 17, the eye
of the hurricane passed into the Caribbean between the
islands of Martinique and Saint Lucia as a Category 2
hurricane. Dean rapidly strengthened into a Category
4 hurricane. Dean then passed just south of Jamaica as
a category 4 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center
upgraded Dean to Category 5 status late on Aug. 20,
and at that strength, it made landfall on the Yucatan
Peninsula of Mexico near Costa Maya on Aug. 21. At
least 42 people were killed by Hurricane Dean.

Tropical Storm Erin
On Aug. 9, an area of convection developed just
south of Jamaica in association with a trough of low
pressure. It was upgraded to Tropical Storm Erin on
Aug. 15. It weakened to a tropical depression as it made
landfall near Lamar, Texas, on Aug. 16, and the NHC
issued its last advisory on the system shortly thereafter
as it moved inland. Two people were killed when a
warehouse collapsed in Texas. In total, 18 people died
as a result of Erin.

Hurricane Felix
On Aug. 31, an area of weather east of the Wind-
ward Islands became organized enough, and was named
Tropical Depression Six. Early on Sept. 1, it was
upgraded to a tropical storm and named Felix. Later
that day, Felix was upgraded to a hurricane, And later
upgraded to a Category 5 storm and struck northeastern
Nicaragua with winds of 160-mph Sept. 4. At least 133
people were killed by Hurricane Felix.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle
A cold front that moved off the southeastern coast
of the United States on Sept. 1 developed a weak low
over the waters near Georgia. On Sept. 8, new con-
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Good fishing offshore for kings, inshore for reds


By Capt. Mike Heistand
It's that time of year when the fishing is all depen-
dent on the weather. Calm days, go out in the Gulf of
Mexico and catch a slew of kingfish, snapper, mackerel
or amberjack.
Rough weather, plan to stay close to shore in the
bays and catch redfish, snook, flounder or some catch-
and-release trout.
Regardless of the weather, the fishing remains good
either inside our out in the Gulf.
Capt. Thom Smith out of Annie's Bait & Tackle
on Cortez Road said water temperatures have dropped
in the past few weeks, even though daytime highs of
more than 80 degrees are coming in. Snook, especially,
seem to be reacting to the temperature change, Capt
Thom said. "Nature is telling them that they need to
position themselves closer to their winter haunts for
protection when it really cools down," he advised.
"Snook are a semi-tropical fish that prefers warmer
water conditions. They thrive when the water tem-
perature is 70 degrees and higher and begin to have
problems when temperatures drop. When it gets that
low, their metabolism slows down and they drop into
the deeper dark-bottom areas to ride out the winter.
They still feed, but they are not going to exert a lot of
e IKi i _.\ chasing bait or fast moving lures when the cold
weather comes." He's finding redfish just the opposite,
as a more cold-hardy species, with good action right
now over the darker mud or seagrass areas.
Capt. Thom also said he's catching Spanish
mackerel in Tampa Bay, kingfish offshore, plus a few
cobia.
Capt. Sam Kimball, also out of Annie's, said he's
catching excellent catches of kingfish, mackerel, grou-
per, snapper, triggerfish and amberjack in his offshore
charters.
Capt. Mark Johnson of Annie's said his backwa-
ter charters are good with keeper-size snook, redfish,
a few out-of-season trout that are, of course, released,
plus sheepshead.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said that fishing is hot
right now, even if the water temps are not, with lots of
red and black grouper coming in from offshore, some
up to 30 pounds. Snapper to 6 pounds are also being
caught in the Gulf, some just 12 miles out from the
Island. Kingfish are still moving through, too. For the
backwaters, look for snook, redfish and black drum.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheep-
shead are the No. 1 angler catch right now, as well
as flounder, a few snapper and some big snook to 32
inches. He's also seeing some red and black drum being
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Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers are catching mackerel, snapper and snook.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's seeing lots of snapper off the dock, and seeing
some big snook coming out of Terra Ceia Bay, plus
some black drum from the Manatee River.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said Donna Renzetti of the Lakewood Ranch
fishing club caught a nice-kingfish while out in the Gulf
last week - the largest fish she ever caught. "We were
fishing 30 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island using a
sardine on a flatline," he added.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said weather allowed us to get out
in the Gulf for some pretty hot action with big Spanish
mackerel, bonito and king mackerel. "Thursday brought
another cold front that kicked the Gulf up a lot and kept
us inshore," he said, "where the action was not exactly
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and poor daytime tides put a damper on the bay fish-
ing." He did take out the Biddle family from Rye, N.Y.,
for their annual Turkey Day outing. They caught big
mackerel, kingfish, redfish, flounder, mangrove snapper
and small gag grouper. Capt. Zach predicts that with
forecasts of warmer and calmer weather should come
a stall in winter fishing patterns.
On my boat Magic, we've been fishing pretty much
every day and catching a lot of redfish to 27 inches, plus
snapper to 17 inches.
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
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Sandscript
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
vection eventually united with the center, leading the
transition of Gabrielle into a tropical storm. Gabrielle
gradually strengthened as it traveled northwest towards
North Carolina and Virginia. The storm reached its
peak intensity just before it arrived in Cape Lookout,
though strong wind shear kept most of the convection
and surface winds offshore. The circulation deterio-
rated further, and the storm dissipated southwest of
Nova Scotia.

Tropical Storm Ingrid
A large, westward-moving tropical wave moved off
the coast of Africa on Sept. 6. The depression moved
west-northwestward for the next week. The cyclone
slowly developed into a weak tropical storm on Sept.
13, and reached its maximum intensity the next day.
The final advisory was issued on the 17th as the system
degenerated into an open wave north of the Leeward
Islands.

Hurricane Humberto
On Sept. 8, a weak surface trough and an upper-
level low produced disorganized showers and thun-
derstorms between western Cuba and the eastern Gulf
of Mexico. The depression quickly intensified, and
became Tropical Storm Humberto. Humberto turned
to the north and eventually north-northeast and contin-
ued to rapidly intensify. In the early morning hours of
Sept. 13, Humberto had strengthened into a hurricane
while located about 15 miles off the coast of Texas.
Hurricane Humberto made landfall near High Island,
Texas, as a Category 1 hurricane. Humberto quickly
weakened and entered Southwest Louisiana as a tropi-
cal storm. Hurricane Humberto caused some structural
damage on High Island and widespread tree and power
line damage in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area. Power
outages caused four oil refineries to halt production in
Beaumont. One person was reported dead as a result of
the storm, a Bridge City man killed when his carport
crashed on him outside his house.

Tropical Depression 10
An extra-tropical low formed off the east coast
of Florida on Sept. 18. It slowly tracked westward,
breaking itself away from a trough over the Atlantic.
Tropical Depression Ten began to move onshore, and
never reached tropical storm strength. Damage from
the precursor low was reported in Eustis, Ha., from one
or more tornadoes that damaged or destroyed about 50
houses, but caused no serious injuries.

Tropical Storm Jerry
Jerry began as a non-tropical low that drifted around
the central North Atlantic on Sept. 21. It was classified
as a subtropical depression on Sept. 23. Jerry became
fully tropical on Sept. 24. Thereafter, the storm tracked
northeastward over cooler waters and began to weaken.
By Sept. 25, the storm had completely dissipated. 64.

Tropical Storm Karen
In the fourth week of September, a very large tropi-
cal wave emerged off the coast of Africa and tracked
south of Cape Verde. It slowly became organized. Early
on Sept. 25, it became a tropical depression, and six
hours later was upgraded to Tropical Storm Karen. It
was slow to intensify at first, but on Sept. 26 Karen
rapidly intensified to near hurricane intensity early in
the day.

Hurricane Lorenzo
A tropical wave moved off the western coast of
Africa on Sept. 11, traversed the Caribbean and crossed
the Yucatan. Under weak steering currents, the depres-
sion drifted south and southwest, executing a small
cyclonic loop into the Bay of Campeche. Rapid inten-
sification eventually brought Lorenzo to hurricane
status. Lorenzo reached its peak intensity on Sept. 28,
then weakened slightly before making landfall near
Tecolutla, Mexico, as a minimal hurricane. The small
circulation weakened rapidly after landfall, and the
system dissipated the next day. Six deaths in Mexico
were attributed to Lorenzo, mostly the result of flash
floods and mudslides. The states of Puebla and Veracruz
reported damage from rain and high winds. Two hun-
dred people were forced to evacuate in Hidalgo when
the San Lorenzo River overflowed its banks. Lorenzo
made landfall in virtually the same location that Hur-
ricane Dean had struck a month earlier.


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Manatee High girls and boys cross country
teams had a bit of Island flavor in Jarott Nelson, Chris
Owens, Baili Heeman, Georgia Gibbons and Jessica
Pate. Each were members of the school's cross country
junior or varsity teams that took home third-place in
the Class 3A, District 5 championships Nov. 1 at G.T.
Bray Park in Bradenton.
Sophomore Jarott Nelson is a member of the boys
varsity team that earned a third-place finish at district
competition to advance to the 3A Region 3 Champion-
ships in Estero. He finished 83rd in Estero with a time
of 21:41. He ran a personal-best time of 20:38 at the
Bradenton Runner's Club Invitational on Oct. 13 and
took 38th in the Manatee County Championship with
a time of 22:17.
Fellow Islander, sophomore Chris Owens, served
as the team manager.
Sophomores Baili Heeman and Georgia Gibbons
are in their first year as members of the junior varsity
girls program and both had a great experience.
'The thing I love the most about cross country is
the team," Heeman said. "We are like family and we
have the best coach ever."
Heeman and Gibbons both set personal records at
the BRC Invitational with times of 26:35 and 26:47
respectively. Heeman's best finish came at the county
championship run on Oct. 27 when she finished in 10th
place with a time of 26:59.
Jessica Pate, a junior in her first season of running
on the varsity squad, has lived on the Island since 2005.
Despite her relative inexperience, she helped the girls
to a second-place finish at the county championship,
third place in districts and a seventh-place finish at the
regionals.
Pate's best finish came at the Southern Stars Invita-
tional on Sept. 29, when she ran a 21:47 to finish in fifth
place. Pate also had strong performances at districts,


finishing in 15th place with a 21:20 time and her sixth-
place finish in the county championships with a time of
21:27 earned her a spot on the all county team.
Pate reflected on her experience this year: "I loved
doing cross country this year. The girls on the team
were really great and Coach Reed (Rae Ann Darling-
Reed) has really helped me. I'm looking forward to
track and cross country next year."
With another year of experience, next season should
shape up well for the Hurricanes cross country teams
and the Island runners.

Horseshoe news
R.B. Munro and Ron Pepka teamed up to defeat
John Johnson and Debbie Rhodes 21-11 to win the Nov.
21 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall
pits.
The Nov. 17 games saw 20 participants vie for
bi,,in, rights, but only two teams managed unde-
feated pool play records. Karl Thomas and John John-
son emerged as champs in a hard-fought 21-17 victory
over George McKay and Norm Langeland.
Johnson, who had reconstructive surgery on his
throwing hand and now has his fastball up to 97 mph,
threw a four-pointer to clinch the match.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Basketball reminder
Boys and girls ages 5-17 can still register for the
2007 Anna Maria Island Community Center basketball
league. The deadline to register has been extended to
Dec. 1.
Contact the Center for information on signup and
tryouts, as well as for cheerleading opportunities, at
941-778-1908.


Members of the Manatee High girl's cross country team pose for a picture after finishing second at the Manatee
County ( ,, iirii. iii ,il in October.


Tropical Storm Melissa
Melissa began as a tropical wave that exited the
western coast of Africa on Sept. 26. The depression
drifted westward between very weak steering currents.
While inching westward, the depression strengthened
slightly and became Tropical Storm Melissa, tying the
record for most storms to form in a month. The next
day, increasing westerly shear weakened Melissa back
to a tropical depression. As it lost deep convection, the
depression moved rapidly toward the west-northwest
along the southern edge of a regenerating low-level
ridge. Thunderstorm activity sputtered, and the depres-
sion degenerated to a remnant low. Since Melissa did
not affect land, there were no reports of damage or
casualties associated with the storm.

Tropical Depression 15
On Oct. 11, a tropical depression formed in the
central Atlantic east of Bermuda. It dissipated without
further development.

Hurricane Noel
Tropical Depression 16 developed Oct. 27. It


steadily intensified and became a tropical storm on
the afternoon of Oct. 28. It made landfall in Haiti
on Oct. 29, and then meandered across the western
Caribbean near Cuba for the next three days. Noel
brought torrential rain to the region, killing at least
148 people. It then accelerated northeastward, pass-
ing through the Bahamas before strengthening to a
hurricane on Nov. 1. Noel began an extratropical
transition on Nov. 2.

Sandscript factoid
OK, so I've got to put some kind of critters into
this report - and this is literally a killer.
It seems that some guy in Michigan told law
enforcement officers that he made a mistake when he
shot a 1,400-pound, pregnant cow.
He believed it was a coyote.
Remember that coyotes are those kinda dogs that
sometimes weigh all of 40 pounds.
Oh, and shooting coyotes is illegal in Michigan
right now, since its deer season.
According to wire service reports, authorities are
"skeptical" about the shooter's explanation.


Island runners help MHS Hurricanes to

successful season





28 0 NOV. 28, 2007 U THE ISLANDER

ISLA - ER CLA SSIFIEDj


MARINE PILINGS: NEW. Used for decorative
landscaping 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
Condominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed
copies available at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.


GARAGE SALE: 9am Friday, Nov. 31, 9am Sat-
urday, 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
Tuesday, Thursday. 9am-noon Saturday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

ST. BERNARD'S RUMMAGE sale: 9am-1pm
Saturday, Dec. 1. Great selection of jewelry,
Christmas items, clothing, white elephant
and food. 248 South Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach.

DEAL OR NO DEAL: Garage sale. 9am-4pm
Friday, Nov.30 and Saturday Dec. 1. 505 68th
St., Holmes Beach.

MOVING: FURNITURE SALE. 9am-12pm Sat-
urday, Dec. 1.509 72nd Street, Holmes Beach.
Also 142 by 8 white PVC lattice panels.

NIKI'S ISLAND TREASURES: All sterling silver
jewelry 50-75 percent off. Extra special Christ-
mas gifts galore! Sterling Aztec bracelet, great
old enamel table, Highwayman painting, Lenox
clock and lots of great antiques, gifts and jew-
elry, 20 to 80 percent off. Open seven days.
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

VENDORS WANTED! HUGE outdoor market
8am-4pm Saturday Dec. 8 and Sunday Dec. 9
at the Longboat Key Market. Whitney Beach
Plaza Call 941-383-7180.

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
778-0455




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Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 * www.suncoastinc.com


LARGE GARAGE SALE: 9am to 4pm Saturday,
Dec.1 and Sunday, Dec. 2. Christmas items,
bicycles, lamps, mirrors, footstools, picture,
decorations and kitchen items. Antiques, two
large chandeliers, used appliances, TVs, sinks,
and faucets, patio furniture, books, birdbath.
503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.


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



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: sales-
bydiana@gmail.com.
LOOKING FOR CHILDCARE? VPK? Bizzy
Bees Daycare (formerly on the Island) enroll-
ing now! Ages 6 weeks - 5 years. Call Shelagh,
941-761-0132.

ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, 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 Wild-
life 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 But-
terfly Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50.
Forms at The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for
more information.


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 appli-
cants screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.

SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

S Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
941-809-3714
www.michellemusto.com

LACASA COSTIERA Luxury condo
7320 Gulf Dr., #10, Holmes Beach:
Exquisite 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views,
tastefully furnished, wet bar, crown
molding, heated pool and spa.
$1,669,000. ML#338524.
e-mail: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com


1982 CB900 HONDA motorcycle. Good ride.
$950. Please call, 941-778-5136.
1996 GRAND CHEROKEE, 1996 Jeep SUV.
123,000 miles, two-wheel drive, power, good
condition. Runs great. Below book value:
$3,250. View at The Islander newspaper, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-1102.


BOATLIFT RENTAL ON Holmes Beach canal.
10,000 LB lift holds 110 inch beam boat. Water,
electricity, cleaning table and dock box avail-
able $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.

FREE DOCKAGE WITH weekly rental of Bradenton
Beach bungalow. Available December, no smoking,
most pets OK.941-485-2057.

KAYAK: $350. BOSE 901 speakers, maple table
$185, table and chairs $75. 941-778-7003.


NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours,
rotten pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront
Restaurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or
call 941-778-3953.
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@
oohlalabistro.com.


BOUTIQUE: CRUISEWEAR, GIFTS and more
in top Holmes Beach mall. Only $10,000 plus
inventory at 10 percent under cost! Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112.
HAIR SALON: ANNA Maria. 1,600 sf, Gulf
Drive frontage. All fixtures, equipment and
inventory included. $9,500. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307.


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


For Sale: Large
3BR/2BA condo in
Northwest Bradenton.
Pool. $125,000
We still have great
beachfront condo's
available for Fall and
Winter rental !


J'Gayle Schulz
Boker/Aocite
Sales * Vacation Rentals
941.812.6489
JIM. NDERSON REALTY
6000 Marina Drive, Sle. 105 * Holmes Bea, FL 34217
941 7784847 * toll free 1.800.772 3235
e-mail: gayle511 @tampabay.rr.com


Sailboat-wide deep water, no bridges to bay and Gulf!
1,548 sf, 2,307 sf under roof, dock, room to expand! $649,000.
Laura E. McGeary PA * punky2@aol.com * Call 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate


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5o0,000


Challenge


BUILDING


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FUTURE

Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn
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 ,
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


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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.
- 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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ISLA AER CLA SSIFIEDS


CALL KENDALL: 15-year old high school soph-
omore looking for babysitting, pet sitting or dog
walking jobs. Four years experience and first
aid certified. 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 elementary or middle school child in math,
science and English. Available 3:30-5:30pm
Monday-Friday, and weekends by request. Call
941-778-2979. References 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
appointments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates.
Sunshine Car Service. Serving the Islands.
941-778-5476.

COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer 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.

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
estimates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-
2137.


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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.
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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
yrealty3@aol.com * www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


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 services - 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 boutique, nail products, handbags, jewelry
and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Call for an appointment. Now offering in-home
pedicure services. 941-713-5244.

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

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

TUTOR: 30 YEARS experience with
B.A.elementary education; M.A. reading spe-
cialist, M.A. learning disabilities; edd 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.

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

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

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

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


HABLA ESPANOL? LEARN to speak, read and
write Spanish, Hourly lessons at your home.
941-383-4232.

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your
home and business specialist. On-site ser-
vice, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup,
upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wire-
less networking, custom system design. 941-
224-1069.

CAREGIVER FOR THE elderly. 28 years expe-
rience, all duties and appointments. Please call
Diana 941-545-7114

LEWIS MOBILE CAR wash. Detail, shampoo
and vacuuming inside wash outside. At your
home or office, anywhere 941-465-6963.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, 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, haul-
ing, 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 land-
scape maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching,
plantings, sod, shell. Many references and
insured. Please call 941-778-2335.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Island resident since 1988. Call Chris, 941-
778-2823.

TIRED OF PAYING more than estimates? Tree
trimming, removal, pruning, mulching. Guaran-
teed best price in writing. 11-year Island resi-
dent. Cell, 941-951-1833.



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



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

JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remod-
eling 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
service since 1975. Repairs and new construc-
tion. 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.


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,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure 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 refer-
ences. 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 reno-
vations. Kitchens, baths, cabinets, drywall, car-
pentry, 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.

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

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and paint. Minor to major repairs or remodeling. Call
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WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and
more. Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett
for a free in-home consultation. Island refer-
ences, 15 years experience. 941-778-3526 or
730-0516.

IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach.
Free, courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows
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0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.

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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,
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA half duplex. Great
location, 201 72nd St., Holmes Beach. Very
clean, possible 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 31st St., Holmes Beach. Coast-
Line Accommodations, 941-779-9500.
SUNNY SHORES MOBILE home. 1BR/1BA
near beach, clubhouse. Very nice. $1,200/
month, October and November. No smoking,
no pets. 941-730-4078.
CHARMING MONTHLY SEASONAL: Con-
dominium. 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/1 BA, 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.
STEPS TO BEACH: Anna Maria Island. Fully
furnished, spacious 1BR/2BA, kitchen, court-
yard, washer and dryer. $425/week. Call 800-
903-5176, or e-mail: annamariaisland@gmail.
com.

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.

SEASONAL MODEL HOME in northwest Bra-
denton for lease. 3BR/3BA, pool. Available now.
941-778-1919 or 941-779-6753.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA HOME in Baylake Estates.
Minutes to Island. 941-778-1919 or 941-779-
6753. Available now.
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.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with
beautiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or sea-
sonal 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.


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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, Novem-
ber Weeks 45, 46, 47; $2,900/week. 518-731 -
6789 or 518-653-6849. joegill2007@aol.com.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA 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 evergreenproperties@yahoo.com.
CONDO: ANNA MARIA, Shell Point. 2BR/2BA
furnished. Ground floor on water. Heated pool.
Tennis court. Covered parking. No pets, smok-
ing. Coin laundry. Minimum two months. Sea-
sonal rates. First, last and security. 716-861-
8016.
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/1BA. Great
neighborhood, steps to beach, across from bay.
$950/month. Call 941-737-9662.
COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE: 1 or 2 offices
with shared conference room/kitchen. Free
standing building on Gulf Drive. 941-737-
0915
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 fur-
nished, 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 71 st Street near the beach, $1,000/
month plus utilities, 2BR/1 BA near the beach
in Anna Maria. $950/month plus utilities. Call
Sue at An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
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ANNUAL UNFURNISHED: BEAUTIFUL large
2BR/2BA, florida room, dishwasher, washer-
dryer hookup, carport $1,000.2BR/1 BA apart-
ment, $725/month. 1 BR/1 BA $700/month.
Small older house $800/month. No pets. Dolo-
res M. Baker Realty 778-7500
WATERFRONT 1 BR/1 BA APARTMENT 2008
season. 2BR/2BA house. Discount price due
to cancellation. Call 703-587-4675.

BEAUTIFUL HOUSE 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.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA
with balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or
monthly rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
2spinnakers.com. CORTEZ ANNUAL: LANAI,
washer and dryer, central air conditioning. Near
bay. $695. Phone, 941-778-2710.
CHARMING BEACH BUNGALOW mobile
home in 55-plus community. Cable TV, high-
speed internet. Sleeps 2/3, Jacuzzi tub, steps
to both bay and Gulf. $350/week in Decem-
ber, 941-896-5827 http://vacationrentals.com/
vacation-rentals/27421 .html.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND club. March 2008 rental
available. Beachfront 2600 Gulf Drive, Braden-
ton Beach. 813-781-7562.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON 2BR/1BA
duplex, carport, storage, washer and dryer
hookups, yard. $650/month. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307
CORTEZ ROAD CONDO, canal access to Gulf
with dock. 1/2BR furnished. For more informa-
tion or to view 863-687-4052 or 863-686-5705,
Annual lease preferred.
DECEMBER 2007: $1,700/month. 2BR/2BA
Palma Sola townhouse, heated pool, boat dock.
January 2008, $2,500/month. Also available
Key Royale 3BR/2BA pool, boat dock $899/
week. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA 1100
square feet. Steps to the beach. Large rooms
available Jan. 1, 2008. First, last and security
585-473-9361. $925/month.


DUPLEX, 2BR/1BA, WASHER and dryer
included, 2 miles from beach, $825. Tenants
pay utilities. Small pet allowed. 941-773-1552.
FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED to share
2BR/2BA condo on beach with pool in Holmes
Beach.Available now! E-mail: beachcondo25@
yahoo.com.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, $1,500/month
fully furnished ground floor duplex with all ame-
nities near Rod and Reel pier. No smokers and
no pets, available December 1. Discount for
longer stays, 941-228-0603
SIX-MONTH FURNISHED rental on Key
Royale, December through May! Annual rental
2BR/2BA elevated duplex on 71st Street near
the beach, $1,000/month plus utilities. Annual
2BR/1 BA near the beach in Anna Maria $950/
month plus utilities, call Sue at An Island Place
Realty, 941-779-9320
ANNUAL: ANNA MARIA 2br/lba unfurnished
ground level new kitchen and carpet. $800/
month. Garbage, and lawn included 941-778-
6088
3BR/2BA HOUSE for rent in Holmes Beach.
Garage, washer/dryer hookup. Clean, large
yard. No pets 941-778-7039
3BR/2BA HOME IN Holmes Beach, wide canal,
pool, dock, renovations, double car garage,
$629, 941-778-6474.
2007 SANDPIPER 55 plus, 2BR/1BA. $500
deposit, annual $650/month, seasonal $1,100/
month plus tax. Upgraded, turnkey furnished,
carport, laundry and clubhouse. No smoking/
pets. Water views. 941-778-9504 or 941-545-
8923
VACATION RENTALS: ANNA Maria 1 BR/1 BA,
close to beach available January to March.
$2,100/month plus tax. 2BR/2BA Anna Maria
January and February $2,100/month. Call Fran
Maxon Real Estate 941-778-2307.
ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT 1BR/1.5BA.
Completely remodeled, 900 sf, private pool-
side patio, 201 S. Bay/Spring Ave., apartment
3 $900/month. Cell, 786-375-9633, leave mes-
sage for Reggie.
WINTER RENTALS AVAILABLE: monthly,
starting at $2,100/month. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307. www.franmaxonreal-
estate.com.
GULFFRONT: 3BR/2BA HOME with incred-
ible views from every room. Available X-mas.
1-813-920-5595.


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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.hiddenlakecondominiums.com.

3BR/2.5BA HOUSE, STEPS TO beach: Less
than two years old, nearly 2,000 sf, 18-foot
soaring ceilings, heated pool, granite counter-
tops, wood cabinets, 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 Sand-
piper Resort Co-op for sale. Totally renovated,
all new turnkey unit. Beautiful bay views, pri-
vate beach access, clubhouse, shuffleboard
and more. $149,000. Includes share. Call Deb
for viewing, 941-224-1652.


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
furnishings, 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 exterior. $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.

MUST SELL: ELEVATED concrete duplex.
2/BR per side. 3,500 sf. One block to beach.
$429,900. 941-807-5449.

$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 access. 2BR/2BA
remodeled with garage, security and hurricane
glass. $599,000, make an offer. Call Paul Mitch-
ell 941-737-3424, Ted Geeraerts Real Estate.

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. RETIRING AND MUST
sell my Riverview Boulevard home in Northwest
Bradenton. 2000 square feet. 3BR/2BA 2 car
garage with a huge family room, secluded pool,
lanai and tropical garden area. Updated and
well maintained. $329,900 941-730-0100.


BAYVIEW AND CANALFRONT with pool. 2BR/2BA
open plan, new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock,
three davits. Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must
see inside! $625,000. 404 21st Place, Bradenton
Beach by owner. Call Herb Dolan, 941-725-2395.


PANORAMIC VIEWS OF Palma Sola Bay! Gor-
geous 3BR/2BA condo has too may features to
list. Priced to sell $449,500. 941-792-4803.

ISLAND LIVING: SANDPIPER Resort on the
bay. Steps to beach 1 BR/1 BA, lanai, shed,
clubhouse and more. $139,000 includes
share. Owner will carry with low down. 941-
778-3051

3BR/2BA HOME IN Holmes Beach, wide canal,
pool, dock, renovations, double car garage.
$629,000. 941-778-6474.




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Across
1 Immature
8 "___ at Large,"
2003 Fox sitcom
13 El ___ (Peruvian
volcano)
18 Like Kashmir rugs
20 For all to hear
21 One-dimensional
22 Nebraska town,
named after an
Indian tribe,
featured in
"Lonesome Dove"
23 Run away from
chewing-tobacco
users?
25 Alexander the
Great's ambition?
27 Leading the field
28 admin
(computer techie,
for short)
29 Revolution-era
loyalist
30 Black and tan
ingredient
31 Mental acuity
34 Glinting flecks in
granite
37 Problem for a
sweaty-handed
Tarzan ?
41 Trawler's trailer
42 Much of Anais
Nin's work
45 Quite often
46 One of the five
stages of grief
48 Leaves in hot water
49 ___ de guerre


Answers to this
week's puzzle
on page 28


50 Oil company in a
1999 merger
53 Technique
involving thickly
applied paint
55 Crumb carrier
56 One who's crazy
for a sharp-dressed
man?
58 Moved two
chessmen in one
turn
59 Early collaborator
with Eastwood
61 Islamic chieftain
62 Drug ___
64 Bring on board
65 Stole, perhaps
66 Shakespearean
prince who's
handsome and
muscular ?
68 Membranous
structure
69 Sportswear brand
71 Weekly service
72 Creditor's
collection
73 Some hieroglyphic
characters
76 At great length
78 Fish-worshiping
groups
81 Insect egg
82 Novelist Jamaica

83 You might hear it
going up and down
84 Backup singer's
syllable
85 Tridactyl bird
86 Scotland's Summer

87 Market pessimist
89 Beguiles
91 Powell's "The Thin
Man" co-star


92 What a magician
might do with a big
saw ?
98 Theories
99 1978 disco hit
101 Say what isn't so
102 "Good gracious!"
103 Bass part
105 Mr. Bean
107 How to avoid
getting tipsy on
hard liquor
113 Designed jeans?
116 Barograph reading
117 DVD box set,
possibly
118 "Ready ..."
119 Flat remover
120 Boxed-off map
section
121 Ladies and
gentlemen of the
jury
122 Producer of the
Keystone Cops
films

Down
1 Part of firefighter
attire
2 Ship launched from
[olcus
3 Favoritism
4 Dresses down
5 Tabletop
decoration
6 Good news for
some prisoners
7 Parade-ground
command
8 Thin and crisp
9 Soothes
10 They're not
positive
11 Performance that
takes a second


12 Some web site
banners
13 Paw
14 Following behind
15 Oil spill ?
16 Sealant
17 Schedule-keeping
org.
19 Christine of
"Chicago Hope"
21 Eton collar
material
24 "Man is by nature a
___ animal":
Aristotle
26 Long, long time
30 Excitement
32 Show signs of
falling
33 Took a big step
34 Bad stuff to
microwave
35 One of the Forsytes
in "The Forsyte
Saga"
36 Macho beer-
drinker's
outerwear?
37 Seductress
38 Place to hole up
39 Not feeling 100%
40 Breaks
43 Gather
44 Sweet talk
47 Lane on Broadway
50 Greek god of
ridicule
51 Contemporary of
Virgil
52 See 94-Down
54 Do damage to
57 "___ Dance"
(David Bowie
album)
60 Perceptive person's
detection


62 Throw out
63 Pitts of silent film
66 Unable to see much
67 Little green man
68 Figure skater
Cohen
69 At a slow pace
70 Popular sleep aid
71 "Excusez-___!"
74 Words mouthed to
a camera
75 Leaves gasping


77 Telegraphy signal
78 Short-spoken
79 Take up the entire
sofa
80 Nail holder
83 Ginnie ___
88 Iconic Anne Baxter
role
90 Gets one's food on
a tray, say
93 Fleshy-leaved
shrubs


94 With 52-Down,
"Symphonic
Fantastique"
composer
95 Discharges
96 Party to many a
civil union
97 Begin using
100 Bandleader Shaw
103 French business
partner, maybe
104 "Peer Gynt"
playwright


106 What a line of dots
may signify
107 Peel
108 Charles
Lindbergh's wife
109 Author of "Trinity"
110 Draw in
111 Brisk step
112 Posted
113 ESP, remote
viewing, and such
114 Hall-of-Famer
Dawson
115 Music genre





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COASTAL GEORGIA: HALF-acre plus $89,900.
Incredible community, water and marsh views,
Year-round temperate weather. Near Golden
Isles. Enjoy boating, fishing, walking, family/
retirement living. Great financing available. Call
888-513-9958.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS LOG cabin shell on
two private acres near very wide trout stream
in the Galax area and New River State Park,
$139,500. Owner, 866-789-8535.
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3-35 ACRE TRACTS near Moultrie, Ga.
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229-890-1186.
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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.


Smart Buyers Are
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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
JUST REDUCED - NOW $515,000







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