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Anna Maria City funds
frozen by governor
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city officials the past few days have
been anxiously hoping that the city didn't have a dra-
matic emergency where they needed a large amount
of cash, like a few hundred thousand dollars from the
city's reserve account.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday froze with-
drawals from all State Board of Administration pooled
investment accounts until Dec. 4 because of a recent
number of large withdrawals from those accounts.
That put Anna Maria in a bind, said city treasurer
Diane Percycoe, because the city's reserve fund of
$455,342 is held in one of those accounts, while another
$52,178 is deposited in a similar SBA account.
The move by Crist came after $16.6 billion was
Bridge grief, come
By Paul Roat
It's pretty much set: We're looking at a 45-day clo-
sure for rehabilitation of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
beginning Sept. 29.
U.S. Coast Guard Seventh District bridge manage-
ment specialist Michael Lieberum, though, is still a bit
undecided a schedule opening the bridge for boaters.
And the adjacent Cortez Bridge.
Lieberum was present at a pair of meetings last
week in Bradenton Beach. He's a mild-mannered guy
with a big smile but, at a meeting with about 20 Flor-
ida Department of Transportation officials, contractors
from Quinn Construction - the company that's doing
the work on then bridge - and others, he was definitely
the 800-pound gorilla.
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withdrawn by Florida cities and counties from SBA
accounts last week after credit rating agencies down-
graded SBA investments in the chancy sub-prime mort-
Nervous investment fund managers in Florida
reacted quickly to the downgrade, particularly Pinel-
las County, which withdrew a $290 million investment.
The city of St. Petersburg was not far behind, pulling
out $104 million of its $108 million SBA investment.
Percycoe said that while the city "never intended
using these funds, these are basically our reserve funds
and the news is a shock, as well as a major concern to
both the mayor and myself." She said she learned of
the freeze Friday morning.
Efforts to reach Mayor Fran Barford for comment
Crist said he invoked the freeze to halt the run on
withdrawals to give the SBA time to find a long-term
Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer, said the
actual danger to the remaining deposits is minimal, but
fear of a meltdown in Florida's housing and mortgage
markets had snowballed last week, prompting the massive
withdrawals - and the resulting intervention by Crist.
Without the freeze, the run on withdrawals might
have continued unabated, said Sink, forcing fund man-
agers to consider selling - at a loss - a portion of the
securities backed by high-risk mortgages.
Percycoe said she and Barford planned to consult
with the city auditor on Monday and would update the
commission at its Dec. 6 meeting. Crist and the SBA
were scheduled to meet Dec. 5 to consider a long-term
Not all Florida cities and counties reacted nega-
tively. Hillsborough County and its school board left
$872 million and $573 million respectively in SBA
accounts, while Pasco County maintained a $486 mil-
lion account with the SBA.
Volume 16, No. 5 Dec. 5, 2007 * FREE
By Lisa Neff
While hundreds started the December holiday
season with merrymaking at Island events, a vacation-
ing family began the month with the discovery of a
body in Holmes Beach.
An autopsy performed Dec. 2 indicated the victim,
Carla Ann Beard, 29, of Sarasota, had died of blunt
trauma to the head. In the 12th month of 2007, the
Holmes Beach Police Department was investigating
its first homicide of the year.
HBPD Chief Jay Romine was asking "that anyone
with information about the victim's activities during
the past week" contact the police department at 941-
708-5800 or the Manatee County Crime Stoppers at
"We are following up on several leads right now, but
have no specific suspect at this point," the chief said.
Beard's body was found in a wooded area near
a rental residence at Fifth Avenue and 50th Street in
Holmes Beach at about 4:40 p.m. Dec. 1.
Authorities believe the body had been in the loca-
tion for several days - and that Beard was killed on
"We have nothing to indicate that she wasn't,"
Police have not been able to account for the wom-
an's whereabouts since about Nov. 26, when she was
released from a treatment facility in Sarasota.
"We're just trying to trace her whereabouts,"
Beard's body was found by a visiting family that
had arrived Friday night and dismissed a foul odor as
that of dead fish or seaweed.
The next day, with the odor more intense, they
scouted around the property and discovered a decom-
PLEASE SEE MURDER, NEXT PAGE
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine peers
through the branches of a seagrape tree near the
beach and the Gulffront rental home at 50th Street,
where a decomposing female body was found Satur-
day, Dec. 1. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
2 0 DEC. 5, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
MURDER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
posing body under the branches of an overgrown
seagrape tree a short distance from the beach and the
The finding prompted the vacationers to cancel
plans for a party and to instead put in a call to the
The partially clothed, decomposed body was car-
ried from the scene that c . n'. with police character-
izing the death as "suspicious."
Reports from the scene indicated that Beard's pants
and shoes were missing.
An autopsy took place Sunday, with HBPD detec-
tive Terri Davis attending. The examination found that
"the manner of death is believed to be blunt trauma to
the head," stated a news release from HBPD.
Fingerprints were used to identify Beard's body.
A spokeswoman with the district medical exam-
iner's office said the autopsy report would not be
released without permission from the state attorney's
office. Such permission is often delayed in a homicide
Little was known about Beard as The Islander went
to press on Monday. A relative in Sarasota declined to
comment and police were still collecting details about
the victim's life.
A review of records
with Manatee and
Sarasota clerk of court
offices found a request
for a temporary injunc-
tion filed by Beard
dc in regards to a 2000
domestic violence inci-
dent in Sarasota.
Romine said authori-
ties were reviewing the
court records but added,
Beard "That's such an old
case, we're looking at some more recent matters." He
declined to be more specific.
Court records in Sarasota also contained a child
support matter involving Beard and her grandmother,
who helped raise the victim. Romine said authorities
had not determined as of Monday morning whether the
victim had any children, however.
The home at 5002 Fifth Ave., Holmes Beach, where
a dead body was found Saturday. Islander Photo:
The investigation on Monday also continued to
involve a search for a weapon and Beard's missing
clothing, according to the chief.
On Sunday at the scene, an intense grid search was
under way to locate evidence or clues. "We collected
numerous items off of the beach to be submitted to
the lab to determine if they are connected, but there's
nothing that we know of at this point," Romine said.
Romine said that an unoccupied home at 105 51st
St., just a few doors away from where the body was
Anyone with any information related to
the death of Carla Ann Beard is asked to con-
tact the Holmes Beach Police Department at
941-708-5804 or Manatee County Crime Stop-
pers at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS). Holmes Beach
Police Chief Jay Romine stressed that anyone
who wants to report an anonymous tip can call
Crime Stoppers and possibly receive a cash
discovered, had been broken into. His officers found a
rear window broken by a concrete block while search-
ing the area Dec. 2.
The chief also noted another home, 111 50th St.,
had been broken into about six weeks earlier and an
arrest of a homeless person had been made.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger learned
of the discovery of the body late Saturday afternoon
"It's the kind of thing that can happen in any neigh-
borhood," Bohnenberger said. "People are people and
crime does occur."
On Monday, the mayor expressed concern over a
problem with the homeless on the Island and urged
residents to report suspicious activity.
"Our Island is becoming a destination for people
at night," Bohnenberger said, adding his disappoint-
ment that a county ordinance intended to crack down
on vagrancy was not tougher.
The rental property where Beard's body was found
is co-owned by Deborah W. Barber of Avon Park, Ha.,
and Marcia Ward and William R. Ward, for which no
address was provided, according to the Manatee County
Property Appraiser's Web site.
The line of trees where the body was discovered
went from the beach to the road along the north prop-
erty line. The seagrape leaves where the body laid were
compressed and decomposed, and maggots were still
present on Sunday.
The killing is the only suspected homicide to be
investigated on the Island this year.
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You need the 45-day closure? Liberum asked the
I visualize painting on one span, dealing with steel
on the other, with all of it taking 45 days, Quinn's Tom
Lock down for boats? Liberum asked.
After a lot of discussion, it would appear that 8 p.m.
to 6 a.m. 2 will be bridge closure to the Anna Maria
Island Bridge. Closure time might change, but Liberum
appeared to be leaning toward on-the-hour timing, with
on-the-half-hour closures for the Cortez Bridge.
No changes in openings are anticipated for the
Longboat Pass Bridge.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 5, 2007 3 3
Island aglow: Holiday season in full swing
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Island powered up the holiday season
this past weekend.
The lights on the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce's two-story tree went on Nov. 30 in the
parking lot of the visitor's center in Holmes Beach.
Chamber board chair Mark Davis and other board
members counted "Three, two, one" and Ed Miller of
Miller Electric flipped the switch to turn on the tree,
made of long strands of hundreds of bulbs.
"Ed spent hours and hours I know," Davis said. "A
lot of work."
The next day, the lights on the Bridge Street Christ-
mas tree went on, as well as lighting displays along
the historic commercial street and on Gulf Drive in
Electricity provided the juice for the Holmes Beach
Parks and Beautification Committee's presentation of
the feature film, "Miracle on 34th Street," in the city
hall field Dec. 1.
And, earlier in the day, Santa Claus arrived, not by
sleigh, to the newly built Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, but on a
gas-powered fire truck, for The Islander-Lester Family
Chuck and Joey Lester, in partnership with The
Islander newspaper and the Center, presented the old-
fashioned family affair.
For adults, the Fun Day featured raffles, including
25 turkeys for holiday feasting provided by the Lesters
and an iPod Nano and other prizes provided by The
For children and adults, the event featured an all-
American lunch of hot dogs, burgers and soda pop,
carols by the Center's youth chorus and performances
The event also featured face-painting, a bounce
tent, cookie decorating and finger-painting in the new
"It's so e\ iiini.'." Center executive director Pier-
rette Kelly said of the activities in the gym, including
the performances on the new stage.
The Lesters, in addition to ushering in December
with the party, invited the community to join in support-
ing the Center with a challenge to match their annual
grant. The couple is offering $50,000 to the Center
provided the community raises the same amount by
The Center 's April Jonatzke paints the cheek of Jacob
Castro, 6, of Holmes Beach, during Fun Day Dec. 1
at the Center. "I love it," Jonatzke says of the event.
"I think it's wonderful for the families."
Dec. 31. Last year the total amount raised exceeded
One Islander, Chuck Krauss of Holmes Beach,
arrived to the Fun Day with a check in his pocket. His
donation, $5,000, brought tears to his eyes and those
of Joey Lester.
Krauss said he donated the money in memory of
his late wife, Helen Jo Krauss.
"It's just so nice of people," Joey Lester said as she
dabbed her eyes with a tissue.
The Lesters have supported the Center for years.
L\ c.i since we started coming here," Joey said. Chuck
Lester added, "This is a very worthwhile function."
Even as the Fun Day was just getting into full swing
with the arrival of Santa, some were making plans for
the evening's holiday activities.
"After this, a nap, and then we'll take the trolley
down to Holmes Beach for the movie," said Nancy
Howard of Anna Maria.
At the screening of "Miracle on 34th Street," about
60 moviegoers munched on cookies and sipped hot
chocolate, taking the edge of the chill in the night air.
"Oh, this is good," Mary Rice said of her hot choco-
late as she sat on her blanket on the city hall field.
"This is one of the sweetest Christmas movies,"
said Natalie Howard, who attended with her three chil-
dren. "The kids like it too. They wouldn't sit still for
To the south, on Bridge Street, shoppers walked
Chuck Krauss, Joey
Kelly of the Center
and Chuck Lester
at The Islander-
Lester Family Fun
Day Dec. 1 at the
Anna Maria Island
The Lesters sponsor
the event annually
at no cost to the
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"What a perfect \ t nin." said Bob Vintner of
Longboat Key and formerly Chicago. "I don't have to
tell you what it would be like up north for an event like
this. I'd be wearing a ski mask."
In the bay, bi igIhl\ lighted boats paraded from the
Seafood Shack to Longboat Pass and back, drawing a
crowd to the Cortez Bridge.
The seasonal celebrations will continue with the
Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House from
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The event will feature
refreshments, music and shopping in the city's business
district, as well as a prize drawing.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, the Anna Maria Island
Privateers Christmas Parade will take place, begin-
ning at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and traveling to
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
At the conclusion of the parade, AMIP will present
a party with free food for all the children (adults are
asked to make a donation for their refreshments) and a
visit by Santa Claus, who is certain to be in the mood
to hand out presents to boys and girls.
The following weekend, will bring the annual Beth-
lehem Walk at Roser Memorial Community Church in
Anna Maria Saturday, Dec. 15, and the Christmas con-
cert by the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra at Crosspointe Fellowship Sunday, Dec. 16.
Anna Maria City
Dec. 12, 11, 7 p.m. city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Dec. 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda: se-
lection of vice mayor, approval of invoices, approval
to attend conferences, approval on banner requests,
approval of invoices, approval of mini-golf course.
Dec. 6. 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Nov. 29, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Dec. 5, 5 p.m., parks and beautification board meet-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
4 0 DEC. 5, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Island taxpayers generously supporting county budget
By Rick Catlin
Island taxpayers are doing their fair share to pay
for the budgets of Manatee County and the three Island
cities. Some might even say they're paying more than
their fair share, considering Anna Maria Island accounts
for 16 percent of the county's ad valorem taxes collected,
but has just 2.7 percent of the county's population.
And while most of the major taxpayers on Anna
Maria Island are corporations, partnerships, or limited
liability companies, some individuals have made the
Top 25 list of most taxes paid to Manatee County for
the 2007-08 fiscal year.
Not surprisingly, Benderson Development LP,
operating as Anna Maria Associates and owners of the
Anna Maria Centre Shops in Holmes Beach, topped the
taxpayers' list with a bill for $101,839.
But were it not for operating as separate compa-
nies, Barbara Rodocker of BridgeWalk Partners LLC
- owner of the BridgeWalk Resort in Bradenton Beach
- might have headed the list.
While BridgeWalk Partners came in second on the
Top 25 list with $89,177 in taxes, Rodocker's Silver
Surf Motel in Bradenton Beach garnered fourth place
Collectively, Rodocker's companies are slated to
pay $170,162 to Manatee County Tax Collector Ken
Burton. Of that amount, only about 15 percent -
approximately $25,500 - will reach the Bradenton
Beach city treasury.
Only two individuals made the first 10 on the Top
25 taxpayers list. Paul Atkins of Holmes Beach was
seventh with $71,087 in taxes, while Stew Bertron of
Anna Maria took the No. 10 spot with a tax bill for
$60,417. Efforts to reach either individual for comment
Other individuals in the Top 25 were William Jack-
son of Bradenton Beach at No. 12 with $55,580; Stephen
Walker of Anna Maria at No. 13 with $55,056; Gary Per-
rine of Holmes Beach with a tax bill of $53,240; Frank
Davis of Holmes Beach at No. 18 with $48,236; Lucette
Gerry from Holmes Beach was No. 19 with $48,236;
Anna Maria's Joe Garcia took the 21st spot with $47,392
in taxes; Jim DePoore, also from Anna Maria, was No.
23 at $45,655, while Robert Miller of Anna Maria con-
cluded the Top 25 list with a tax bill of $43,755.
If the taxes paid separately by Davis and wife Jo
were added together, the couple would have taken No.
Roser Guild donates to migrant tea
Jean Thobe, Margaret Miller, Charlotte Dann, Margaret Art, Joyce Decker, Elaine Johnson, Evelyn Wood and
Peggy Nash of the Roser Memorial Community Church Guild shared quilts, clothes, books and toys for the
Migrant Tea. The event is sponsored by Church Women United. Islander Photo: Lynda Stringer
Anna Maria Island Art League Presents 20th Annual Original
Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts
Saturday and Sunday
S- December 8th and 9th, 2007
S1 - More than 100
S. Juried Artists and
"Young at Art"
Live Continuous Music with
Howie Banfield, The Anna Maria String
Band, The Gumbo Boogie Band and more
Free Admission and Parking
W Val- Holmes Beach City Hall Park
on Marina Drive
T-shir available by arisRichard Thomns
5 on the Top 25 list with $78,775 in taxes paid.
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar and BeachHouse
Restaurants, failed to take the No. 2 spot because the
restaurants are taxed in Anna Maria and Bradenton
Beach and both are operated as separate companies.
Collectively, however, the two companies would have
placed second with a combined tax bill of $100,891.
The BeachHouse, owned by ELRA Inc., finished at No.
20 with a tax bill of $47,645.
Among celebrities making the list of Top 100 Island
taxpayers were country and western singer Lee Green-
wood of Holmes Beach and Moody Blues drummer
Graeme Edge of Bradenton Beach. Also in the Top 100
is the late baseball hall-of-famer Warren Spahn and
members of his family. The Anna Maria aunt of movie
star Cameron Diaz did not make the Top 100 list.
Rodocker said it was a dubious distinction to be
so high on the list of those paying the most in taxes to
support Manatee County's budget.
In recent years, a number of Island motels have
converted to condominiums as taxes for non-home-
steaded properties skyrocketed, but motels continue to
be appraised for tax purposes as condominiums as the
"highest and best use" for the property.
Rodocker, however, is dedicated to the motel resort
industry and believes she has created one of the finest
products in the industry.
Judging by the tax rolls, the Manatee County Prop-
erty Appraiser's office would certainly agree with that
Efforts to reach Chiles for comment on his spot in
the standings were unsuccessful.
Top 25 Island taxpayers and
tax amounts due
Manatee County for 2007-08
1. Anna Maria Associates LP $101,839
2. BridgeWalk Partners LLC $89,177
3. Bali Hai Corp. $82,318
4. Silver Surf Motel $80,985
5. Blue Water Beach Club $71,372
6. La Costa Development Corp. $71,148
7. Paul Atkins, Holmes Beach $71,087
8. BB Time Share Vacations Inc. $70,951
9. Publix, Holmes Beach $62,490
10. Stew Bertron, Anna Maria $60,417
11. Tropic Isle Investors $56,472
12. William Jackson, BB $55,580
13. Stephen Walker, AM $55,056
14. Gary Perrine, HB $53,240
15. Southern Region Industrial Realty $52,779
16. AMI Beach Resort $51,554
17. Raps Development $51,203
18. Frank Davis, HB $49,614
19. Lucette Gerry, HB $48,236
20. Bradenton Beach ELRA Inc. $47,645
21. Joe Garcia, AM $47,392
22. Druenti Inc. $47,157
23. Jim DePoore, AM $45,655
24. Reliance Tidemark Partners $44,789
25. Robert Miller, AM $43,755
By Paul Roat
Putt-putt may come-come to Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton Beach planning and zoning board mem-
bers voted unanimously last Thursday to approve a
miniature golf course adjacent to the Beach Bazaar, at
117 Bridge St. Final approval will come from the city
commission during its meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 7.
There was some discussion about parking - 12
spaces - on the south side of the property, which fronts
Third Street South.
Residents along that street were also less than
enamored with the golf course.
Adrienne Boles, who owns property just to the
south of the possible putt-putt, said she was concerned
W ih light L and, "I don't want to listen to a whole bunch
of stuff in the back of my house."
Joe Boles, who also lives on the south side of the
proposed site, voiced concerns. He talked about prop-
erty value declines of such a venture, as well as his
ingress and egress in the event of an emergency.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 5, 2007 5 5
Palma Sola Causeway awaits native nourishment
By Lisa Neff
The beaches along the Palma Sola Scenic Highway
will be built up with about 8,000 tons of sand from the
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway later this month.
The sand currently is being held at a staging area
on the bayside of Coquina Beach.
Also this month, the advisory Palma Sola Scenic
Highway Corridor Entity Committee will review plans
for a major beautification project along the highway, the
stretch of State Road 64 from 75th Street in Bradenton
to Holmes Beach.
The committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 12, at the Manatee County Administration Build-
ing, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, to discuss the
In November, committee members learned that the
project, which had been scheduled to begin this month,
would be delayed because a redesign is needed. The cost,
as designed, with 744 trees and other plants, was expected
to exceed the $250,000 available for the project.
Committee members now hope to trim expenses
by eliminating sod and shrubs rather than trees from
the design, according to Ingrid McClellan, executive
director of Keep Manatee Beautiful and chair of the
scenic highway committee.
The need to return to the design phase irritated
some who had opposed the removal of existing trees
along the causeway.
The scenic highway committee endorsed the
removal of some Australian pines and all Brazilian
pepper trees, both classified as invasive, exotic spe-
cies in the state, to clear the way for native plantings.
Both types of trees crowd out other plants and should be
removed when possible, according to state and county
officials, as well as environmental groups, including
the Sierra Club.
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But the removal of trees was challenged by the
Island-based Stop Taking Our Pines, a grassroots group
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pine trees at Coquina Beach and in Anna Maria.
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All I want for Christmas ...
When a fifth-grader at Anna Maria Elementary
School turns to you at dinner in a crowded restau-
rant and says, "What's marijuana?" you tend to take
By fifth-grade, kids know something about drugs
from their peers, overheard conversations, TV news
and shows - and they should know about drugs. Par-
ents are ultimately responsible, make no mistake, we
subscribe to that mantra.
However, by practice and by custom, kids at AME
have had the great advantage of participation in a
school resource program, which, at AME, for many
years has been known as Drug Awareness Resistance
There's no measure for its success unless you know
some of the local youth and you know kids who grew
up "straight" or knew kids who experimented with
drugs or ultimately got into trouble with drugs.
The latter, kids in trouble, haunt those of us who
knew of them and tried - and tried and tried - to
reach them and pull them out of despair.
And know that the kids come from all backgrounds,
ethnicities, rich and poor, single-parent and family
households, private and public educated. Drug use and
abuse strikes at will.
We'd like to think, though, that kids can survive
with a good educational background and the knowledge
that peer pressure is coming around many corners in
life, that they can say "No" and still have friends and fit
into the popular worlds of Hannah Montana and Tony
For seven years, kids at AME had Holmes Beach
Police Officer Pete Lannon to teach them about life's
lessons and prepare them for the real world. Before
Lannon, another HBPD officer, Eric Kuusela, was also
a great mentor.
They were huge assets at the school and in the com-
Officer Lannon was absent all of last year before
losing his battle with cancer, leaving a class of students
without DARE and without his guidance.
This year, in spite of promises from the school
superintendent and the sheriff, and the lack of fund-
ing for the Holmes Beach budget, there is no resource
officer and no DARE program at AME.
It is sadly lacking - and we support the recent
city decision reinstating this vastly important position
In fact, we believe the HBPD should be fully
funded and public safety should not be lacking at any
We want DARE and we want the kids at AME to
know and admire their local police officers. It's integral
as they step off into lives beyond fifth-grade and Anna
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I read with interest and hope about a ballot initiative
supported by Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio that
calls for a flat 1.35 percent cap on all property taxes.
The ballot proposal is sponsored by the coalition Cut
Property Taxes Now and you can read more about their
proposal at their Web site www.cutpropertytaxesnow.
com. This is a grassroots initiative and they need more
than 600,000 verified voter signatures by the end of
January for it to be placed on the ballot.
What particularly caught my attention was the
acknowledgement by Rubio that we (the people) need
to reign in government spending. Our Legislature, local
representatives, and Gov. Charlie Crist have clearly
demonstrated a lack of will and competence to address
the citizens' concerns about spending and taxes; there-
fore, we, the people, need to take action.
I strongly urge all concerned citizens to complete
the petition form and notify your friends and family
about this important ballot initiative. Let's show Tal-
lahassee that we the people can make a difference.
Dale Woodland, Anna Maria City Commissioner
At the March/April meetings of the Palma Sola
Scenic Highway Commission, on behalf of many resi-
dents of Anna Maria Island, I asked that reconsideration
be given to the removal of Australian pines, particularly
those on the northeast section of the causeway. The
Holmes Beach City Commission refused to reconsider,
and offered as mitigation the plan to replace the same
with more than 700 trees.
My group then suggested that the pines be left in
situ and the plantings be carried out around the trees,
where more than enough space exists as shown on the
plans provided by the commission. We suggested that
if at a future date, the pines hindered the growth of the
new plantings or died, they should then be removed.
The commission indicated they had been advised that
the lives of pines in that location were limited, which
made even more sense to the compromise solution
offered. The commission turned a deaf ear to this idea
and proceeded to cut down the trees. This, despite the
massive complaint and negative sentiment expressed by
Island residents to the removal of trees at the Coquina
Beach bike path site.
It is on the record that the commission received
extra funding from the county to pay for the removal
of the pines, not provided for in the original budget.
Now, we learn that the same commission understated
the cost of the replanting and will compromise the plan
by significantly reducing the number of tree plantings
In February/March of this year, another mass
removal of Australian pines took place to make way
for a "blacktop" cycle path, the brainchild of the Bra-
denton Beach Scenic Highway Committee. When
questioned by residents, Tom Yarger of Manatee
County Parks and Recreation Department assured in
meetings that trees would be selectively replaced to
ensure shade, which was lost by the removal of the
pines. He stated that Bradenton Beach officials and
the public would receive a proposal for replanting,
and their input be sought.
Where is this proposal? There is no evidence of
replanting at the site.
These commissions have failed to deliver, provid-
ing misinformation to the public and relying upon the
public's short memory to get away with their over-
sights. Failure to accurately budget and the wasteful use
of taxpayer's dollars requires more thorough oversight
by the county.
John Molyneux, Holmes Beach
Thanks and blessings
On behalf of the Council of Catholic Women of
St. Bernard Catholic Church, we thank all who helped,
donated foods, crafts, money and expertise for our very
successful Christmas bazaar. May God bless you during
this special season of love and friendship. We wish you
all a very healthy and happy new year.
Rickie Arnold, Jean Stanley, Cornelia Zanetti, St.
Bernard Council of Catholic Women
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CART supports 1.35 percent
tax cap ballot initiative
By Rick Catlin
The Holmes Beach-based Coalition Against Run-
away Taxation grassroots tax reform organization is
endorsing a ballot initiative by Cut Taxes Now Inc.
that would cap all property taxes at 1.35 percent of a
parcel's taxable value.
CART president Don Schroder said that if the 1.35
percent initiative is enacted, it would apply uniformly
to all properties - commercial, rental, homesteaded or
"It also means that most homes protected by the Save
Our Homes (SOH) amendment will enjoy increased tax
savings through this lower tax rate, in addition to main-
taining all the existing SOH benefits," said Schroder.
He said the plan has the backing of a number of
grassroots tax organizations throughout Florida because
the plan "will provide significant tax relief to all owners
of real property. It actually limits the amount a prop-
erty may be taxed after deducting the SOH and other
exemptions. It provides for a level playing field, more
equitably distributes the ad valorem taxation of property
and cuts taxes an average of 26 percent statewide."
The SOH amendment limits to 3 percent the annual
amount ad valorem taxes on a parcel may increase.
The Cut Taxes Now plan has the backing of Flor-
ida House Speaker Marco Rubio (R-Miami), who has
encouraged members of the various tax protest organi-
zations around Florida to "support a grassroots petition
drive for a plan that calls for a maximum tax of 1.35
percent of the taxable value of a parcel of property."
Rubio said the CTN plan is "simple, it applies to all
properties, it keeps Save Our Homes, and it cuts almost
$8 billion in property taxes."
For more information on the 1.35 percent plan, visit
CART's Web site at www.CARTonline.org.
Acute Care trial moved to June
By Rick Catlin
The trial of four remaining defendants in the Acute
Care Medicaid fraud case has been postponed until June
after yet another defendant accepted a plea bargain
agreement from the state attorney's office.
The case against Acute Care owners Jeanne Fergu-
son and Nancy Wood, along with staff members Heidi
Rickert and Cynthia May, was moved from a Dec.
3 court date to June 2, 2008, after defendant Andrea
Suarez last month agreed to a plea bargain in which
she will not serve any jail time, but pay an undisclosed
fine and testify against the remaining four defendants.
Former Acute Care staffers Stephanie Nichols and
Carla Camacho have previously accepted similar plea
Prosecutor Loren Bums of the state attorneys office in
Bradenton could not be reached for comment on the case.
Ferguson, Wood, Rickert and May are accused of
filing nearly $2.7 million in bogus Medicaid claims
with the state of Florida for the Anna Maria-based
medical services company. Each of the women have
entered not guilty pleas.
Following a k ngith investigation, the seven women
were arrested Feb. 23 by agents of the Florida Attorney
General's Medicaid Fraud Unit in Tampa. The women
were not arrested at Acute Care's office on Gulf Drive in
Anna Maria, but at various locations, including at home.
The remaining four defendants are each charged
with one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of
organized fraud, both third-degree felonies. If convicted
on both counts, each defendant faces a maximum sen-
tence of 30 years in prison and a fine of $15,000.
Ferguson and Wood are both Holmes Beach resi-
dents, while Rickert and May have listed addresses in
In the Dec. 3,1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Holmes Beach city commissioners ordered then-
Mayor Bob VanWagoner to supply them with job descrip-
tions to justify any proposed salary increase. During the
recent budget hearings, VanWagoner had urged salary
increases for department heads, but had failed to provide
commissioners with any data on their duties.
* Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies in Anna
Maria responded to a 5 a.m. report Nov. 29, 1997,
of gunshots in the Bean Point area and discovered a
number of armed men. Luckily, the men were U.S.
Army reservists who were practicing beach landings
and assault techniques. The shots fired were blanks.
* GTE asked the Manatee County Circuit Court to sepa-
rate three of the five counts in its lawsuit against the city of
Holmes Beach and expedite a ruling on those issues. GTE
filed a lawsuit against the city after Mayor Bob VanWagoner
refused to sign a site plan approved by the city commission
calling for a cellular telephone tower at Smith Realtors at
5904 Marina Drive.
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8 0 DEC. 5, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Insurance: Heartburn for Islanders over new Citizens rule
By Molly McCartney
A little-noticed insurance requirement scheduled to
take effect in January 2009 is already giving heartburn
to some Anna Maria Island homeowners.
The new rule says that homes in high-risk coastal
areas with an insured value of $750,000 or more will
not be eligible for coverage with Citizens Property
Insurance Corporation unless the structure has storm-
shutter protection that complies with the latest state
While that may seem reasonable at first glance,
Anna Maria homeowner and City Commissioner Duke
Miller says the Citizens rule isn't just or practical.
Citizens is the state-created insurance company,
the insurer of last resort and the only source of wind
insurance for many homeowners.
Mly house is not valued anywhere near that
$750,000 threshold, but I am concerned that they might
lower the threshold and I will be left holding the bag,"
The problem, he says, is that his house, which is
located near the Gulf of Mexico, was built in 2000 to
the code requirements in effect at that time, but to install
storm shutters over his windows and doors would cost
"thousands of dollars."
Miller says he has tried to reduce the risk of wind
damage to his house by covering his windows and doors
with 3M security film, which the manufacturer says
can "offer increased protection against falling shards
of glass, debris, wind and water."
"When the Legislature was talking about imposing
this new requirement, they said it would cost about
$3,700 to bring the average home up to code with
storm-shutter protection," Miller said.
But, he says, the actual cost is much higher.
"I have already spent $4,200 to cover 82 glass panes
with security film," he said, "so you can imagine what
hurricane glass or hurricane shutters would cost."
Miller also noted that there is no insurance discount
for the security film he installed.
He described the results of the legislative effort
behind this mitigation effort as "just crazy - they
were planning all this on a different level from what the
Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke Miller says it
would cost thousands of dollars for him to comply with
a new Citizens insurance requirement that calls for
hurricane protection for all door and window open-
ings on homes valued at $750,000 or more starting
January 2009. Islander Photos: Molly McCartney
Average Joe would have to do to comply." He warned
that some homeowners are "looking at astronomical
amounts of money to change their windows and doors
to comply with the new rule."
State representative meeting
Miller was one of two Island homeowners to raise
questions about this new insurance requirement with
Rep. Bill Galvano (R-68) and Christine Turner, director
of communications for Citizens, at Galvano's Thanks-
giving open house on Nov. 20. Galvano, who represents
Anna Maria Island and other parts of western Manatee
County, has been a leader in efforts to find solutions to
the state insurance crisis.
The other Island homeowner at the open house to
talk to Galvano and Turner about the "impracticality" of
the new insurance requirement was Norman Mansour,
who also has a home in Anna Maria.
"There are three issues," Mansour told The Islander
newspaper. "One is the cost. Another is the engineering
- my house is elevated and, because of the design, I
am unable to install roll-down shutters because there
is not enough space for the mechanism.
"The third issue is operational," he said. I aug some
of the shutter-protection devices that go on and come off
isn't practical because I would have to find someone to
go up 30 feet to do that before and after a storm alert."
Mansour said he did an analysis of his home to
determine his highest risk and is now taking steps to
reduce that risk. "In one area, I had a Pella window engi-
neer measure to retrofit two large windows and some
French doors. And in two other areas, I have purchased
and installed others kinds of systems that can work."
He is now trying to deal with risk areas of his home
where there doesn't appear to be a practical or feasible
solution. If he can't find a solution, he said, his only
alternative might be to go uninsured.
Mansour also cautioned that the $750,000 basis
for the requirement could come down in the future.
"When this bill was first introduced, the threshold
was $300,000," he said. "It was then amended to
$750,000, but I would suggest this is only a foot in the
door, because there are a lot fewer homes insured for
$750,000 than for $300,000."
Mansour said he doesn't think his situation is that
He and Miller both reported that Galvano and
Turner were "understanding" and "receptive" to their
comments about the difficulties of trying to comply
with the Citizens rule.
Galvano aide Mark J. Pinto Jr. said that nine people
attended the open house to ask insurance questions, drink
flavored coffee and sample some Thanksgiving treats.
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Turner, who has relatives living in this area and
has been visiting Anna Maria Island for many years,
said the issues that came up in her conversation at
the open house "were all over the map." One couple
expressed concern about pending rate increases with
their carrier and wanted to know what options Citi-
zens could provide. Several condo associations came
in asking questions and seeking information.
" We also had people come in worried about the
provision relating to the $750,000-and-up shutter
requirement that goes into effect in 2009. The attitude
of the people we met with was very positive, even those
who had frustrating issues. They seemed to be very
thankful to have an opportunity to meet one on one and
Turner said this kind of meeting with citizens is
"something that we do as a service that most other com-
inE;.Bn'c a _~f~-t~ .* ~ 1ar -inaaa:
panics would not, so I find these meetings to be very
helpful for us and for the public. We are able to learn
what real issues are out there and our policyholders are
given an opportunity to see that we have real people
who care working for Citizens."
Galvano said that he thinks it is worth taking
another look at the requirement for shutter protection
for $750,000 homes to see how much this can actually
cost and at what point the cost for a home, based on its
value, becomes prohibitive.
"We don't want to create an impossible situation
for people," Galvano said, "but we do want to heighten
homeowner responsibility in high risk areas or we will
never get out of this insurance crisis."
He said he would like to find a reasonable balance
between those two points "so I can look with a straight
face to the non-Citizens policyholder who is being
assessed and at the same time talk to someone who is
being asked to engage in mitigation (risk reduction)."
The Citizens' requirement for door and window
protection is one example of a larger struggle aimed at
making homes safer and holding down insurance costs,
according to Steve Gilbert, a certified building official
who works for the cities of Anna Maria and Bradenton
The Florida building industry, for example, is cur-
rently challenging a state re-roofing rule, based on
Senate Bill 1864, that took effect Oct. 1 and that was
intended to move the state closer to being storm-proof
and to lessen the insurance crisis.
The rule requires that replacement roofs be brought
up to code, including strapping the replacement roof to
the walls of the home, in certain cases.
At issue is the way in which the law is being inter-
preted, Gilbert said. "This is a hot potato right now."
The Florida Building Commission, the state agency
responsible for writing the rule, says that a homeowner,
when re-roofing, should spend up to 15 percent on com-
THE ISLANDER U DEC. 5, 2007 E 9
15 percent of the total job.
"If compliance is going to cost you more than 15
percent, you shouldn't have to do the compliance,"
according to Don Fuchs, executive director of the
Building Officials Association of Florida, a non-profit
"What happened," Fuchs said, "is that this legisla-
tion may have been passed real fast and there wasn't
enough research. So maybe they didn't look at the
impact and cost for residents."
There is also the mystery of the missing insurance
adjustment for re-roofing compliance. Legislative sup-
porters of the law say it was their intent to require that
insurers adjust premiums for homeowners who re-roof
in compliance with the new rule. But that requirement
is absent from the final legislation.
Explained Fuchs: "Possibly there was some insur-
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By Lisa Neff
Michele Holcomb watched the lively debate among
the Republicans running for the White House hoping
to find "Mr. Right."
"Now I'm leaning toward Fred Thompson, but
I'm still curious, especially about Mike Huckabee,"
the part-time Holmes Beach resident said of her vote
in the Jan. 29 Florida presidential preference primary.
"I like their conservatism."
The CNN/YouTube Presidential Primary Debate
was taking place less than an hour away from Anna
Maria Island at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater.
Holcomb considered making the drive from the Island.
Then, uncertain about gaining access to the theater, she
decided to catch the show at home on TV.
The Florida Republican ballot includes Rudy Giu-
liani, Duncan Hunter, Alan Keyes, John McCain, Ron
Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo, Huckabee and
The state Democratic ballot includes Joe Biden,
Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards,
Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama and
In late November, the Anna Maria Island Demo-
cratic Club took a straw poll. Clinton won.
Thompson, meanwhile, has polled well among
Island voters with Republican leanings.
In a survey on The Islander's Web site, www.
islander.org, he ran ahead of the GOP pack for most of
last week with about 20 percent of the vote.
And, in interviews with voters at various locations
in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach,
the former U.S. senator and TV star held favored
"I was so hoping he'd get in the race," said Donna
Douglas of Holmes Beach. "I think he's more thought-
ful than the others, and more real."
Rich Bohnenberger, who holds the non-partisan
mayoral seat in Holmes Beach, has his partisan lean-
ings. He said he quit as treasurer of the Manatee County
GOP because the organization wasn't conservative
Bohnenberger sort of likes Thompson, as well as
Romney and Giuliani in the Republican primary.
"I'll have to wait and see," he said. "I'm not 100
percent thrilled with anyone, but those are the three I
think can do a fine job.... And whoever gets the job has
got a tough road to hoe."
In national polls, the top-tier Republican candidates
are Giuliani, Thompson, Romney, McCain and Hucka-
bee, with Giuliani often ranking No. 1. Giuliani also is
the front-runner in Florida.
Over coffee at Rotten Ralph's in Bradenton Beach,
Jesse Hallup, Paul Smith and Hugh Martin discussed
the GOP debate the morning after.
Hallup said he will vote for Romney, the former
governor of Massachusetts, because he is the "authentic
Smith and Martin will support Giuliani, the former
mayor of New York City.
"I guess you'd call me a moderate Republican,"
Martin said. "I truly believe in less government and
fiscal restraint. And that's why I like Rudy."
In the parking lot at the pier, a bumper sticker on
a silver BMW promoted U.S. Rep. Ron Paul's candi-
The driver, Jane Guetnella, 17, said, "Well, it's my
dad's car. I don't know who that guy is."
But Holmes Beach voter W. G. Smith knows of the
candidate. Paul, a 10-term congressman from Texas,
will be Smith's choice on primary day.
"His views and values more closely parallel mine
than does any other candidate," Smith said. "Also, he
has served with distinction for years in the U.S. House
of Representatives. So he knows very well what is
wrong in Washington and the steps that need to be taken
The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office
is currently registering people to vote for the primary
election, which also will include a proposed constitu-
tional amendment on property taxes.
Currently there are 193,409 registered voters in the
* 1,432 registered voters in the city of Anna Maria
- 445 who are declared Democrats and 666 who are
* 3,266 registered voters in Holmes Beach -
927 who are declared Democrats and 1,504 who are
* 876 registered voters in Bradenton Beach - 289
who are declared Democrats and 326 who are declared
For more information about the election, visit
www.votemanatee.com. Also, voter registration forms
are available at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The deadline to register
is Dec. 31.
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The Holmes Beach City Commission last week
approved a site plan for LaPensee Plumbing's new Mana-
tee Avenue operation, but not without a few stipulations.
The locally owned and operated plumbing com-
pany plans to move its operations from 5362 Gulf Drive
to a building at 401 Manatee Ave., a former real estate
office that has been vacant for some time.
Last month, the city commission approved a request
to change the zoning at the Manatee Avenue site from
Commercial-1 to Commercial-2 after a public hearing
that drew property owners who either opposed or sup-
ported the project.
LaPensee sought the zoning change to allow for
the operation of a showroom and administrative offices.
C-1 zoning allows for offices and C-2 for more intense
operations, such as retail, restaurants and dry cleaners.
Some neighboring property owners raised concerns
about increased traffic, overnight parking of service
vehicles and whether landscaping would provide a
buffer, especially between the commercial building
and residences on the south side.
LaPensee attorney Chuck Webb has repeatedly told
commissioners that LaPensee Plumbing would be the
best of neighbors.
During the Nov. 27 city commission meeting, Webb
invited questions about LaPensee's site plan, which includes
plantings on the south side that initially will be about 5 feet
high and may grow to 8 feet high in two years.
"I don't see anything wrong with the site plan,"
said Commissioner Pat Morton.
Commissioners, with Pat Geyer absent from the
meeting, voted 4-0 to approve the plan with several
conditions for LaPensee to meet:
* No more than four service vehicles may be parked
at the site overnight.
* No deliveries will take place before 7 a.m.
* Landscaping must be followed through on and
conform to conceptual drawings that show a high buffer
on the south side of the property.
Company owner Mike LaPensee promised, "We're
going to have a pretty darn good barrier."
In other business, commissioners:
* Applauded Michael Leonard, a Holmes Beach police
officer, for his role in making an arrest after a robbery at the
CVS drug store last Christmas. (See the related story.)
* Approved the reappointment of the city attorney
and an increase in rates from $170 per hour to $180 for
basic city matters to $180 and from $175 per hour to
$185 for litigation matters.
* Unanimously approved the final reading of an
ordinance amending the city's purchasing and bid
policy to allow department heads to make purchases
up to $5,000 without the mayor's prior approval and to
increase the minimum amount to trigger a formal bid
process to $25,000.
* Unanimously approved the final reading of an
ordinance to define "sexually oriented business" and
prohibit such businesses in the city.
* Unanimously approved the first reading of an ordi-
nance revising the city's employee handbook, bringing
the document up to date with current laws, providing
for a department head to terminate an employee and
requiring employees who are arrested, charged or con-
victed of a crime to notify the mayor within five days
of the incident.
City treasurer Rick Ashley worked with city attor-
ney Patricia Petruff to revise the handbook, with input
from Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.
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By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission breezed
through the first review of proposed amendments to the
city's comprehensive plan Nov. 29.
But board members and city planning consultant
Bill Brisson expect some tough issues will be tackled
in future meetings, specifically in regards to affordable
The planning commission, meeting last Thursday
at Holmes Beach City Hall, is at work preparing an
updated comprehensive plan based on the evaluation
and appraisal report the city commission approved
The EAR summarized the successes and failures
of the city's comp plan, identified key issues and rec-
ommended changes to the plan, a future guide for the
city - through 2011 for short-term goals and 2016 for
Now the planning commission must work the EAR
into the comp plan. The update process, required by the
state, is expected to take at least five months, with the
planning commission meeting once a month.
"Most of the material we've already gone over in
discussing the ERA," Brisson said.
The consultant said he hoped the planning com-
mission would complete its work in April "so that the
proposed amendment can be reviewed by city commis-
sion and forwarded to the DCA during the summer."
The Florida Department of Community Affairs will
then review the amended plan and either OK the docu-
ment or request changes.
Last week, in an hour-long meeting, commission-
ers reviewed proposed changes to the comprehensive
plan's future land-use and transportation sections.
Most of the proposed changes, according to Bris-
son, eliminate language no longer required by the state
in comp plans or outdated information.
The commission, however, did spend time discuss-
ing whether to remove from the comp plan a provision
calling for the city to prepare a "streetscape" study.
A provision in the current comp plan calls for the
study - a review and recommendation for the city's
main streets - by 1999. Brisson said the language
should either be removed or updated.
Commissioners unanimously agreed to keep the
provision for a streetscape study in the comp plan and
change the date to initiate a review by 2010.
"I'd like to see it done," said Commissioner Gary
Hickerson. "I would leave this in with the hope that
they'll get around to streetscaping."
Commissioner Michael Snyder added, "I'm very
positive, high on this concept."
Commission chair Sue Normand said such a study
might help beautify the city as interest in eco-tourism
and environmental preservation increases.
While last week's meeting went quickly, Brisson
cautioned the commission that some difficult issues will
arise. First and foremost, will be tackling affordable
Anna Maria city officials are at work on an afford-
able housing policy at the urging of DCA. Holmes
Beach should prepare for needing a policy as well,
'When we adopted the last comp plan, we got away
with policies that don't really address affordable hous-
ing," Brisson said. "We don't really have anything in
our plan now. But we'll have to look and see if there's
something we can come up with."
Some options may be to accommodate "mother-
in-law" or accessory apartments on larger housing lots,
requiring affordable housing in "mixed-use" areas and
requiring developers to contribute to a county housing
"It's food for thought," Brisson said.
In other business last week, a new board member,
Edward Kerr, was introduced. Kerr has replaced Mike
McCaleb, who resigned from the commission for per-
Kerr, who is retired, previously owned a small retail
chain and served as a Sears & Roebuck executive, as
well as on civic committees in Illinois.
The board re-elected Normand as chair and elected
Hickerson as vice chair
The planning commission will meet next in Janu-
ary, but a specific date has not been set.
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with $10,000 from the Hagen Foundation.
The grant from the foundation, established by Rex
and Helen of Holmes Beach, will be used for improve-
ments near the skate park, where the city plans to create
what Mayor Rich Bohnenberger calls a "tot lot."
The mayor said last week the playground equip-
ment for the lot is in the city's possession and will be
installed once the ground is prepared.
Still under review is the addition of fencing and
some type of sun shade for the playground.
Bohnenberger added that more equipment might
be placed next year.
"The area is small and we're running out of space
out there," the mayor said, adding that "the whole intent
The playground will have equipment for cluldren
up to age 6. The area already has the skate park, a
baseball diamond, a basketball court and a grassy field
where soccer and football games are played. Tennis
courts also are nearby.
"I think that a playground will really make it feel
more like a park here," said Sally Caldwell, who was
watching her two children in the skate park last Thurs-
day afternoon. "The beach offers us a lot recreation-
wise. But if you have children, you need a playground,
Vacationing mom Paula Hurst added, "I think that
will be real nice for the kids who live here and visit.
And being so close to the field and the library. That's
perfect. It's a long way to a slide otherwise."
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By Lisa Neff
A nighttime fire in an Anna Maria duplex Nov. 16
was accidental, according to deputy fire marshal Kurt
Lathrop, an investigator for the West Manatee
Fire Rescue District, said last Friday that the case is
"It's an accidental fire," Lathrop said, adding that
debris from the fireplace fell into an oven vent that was
connected to the fireplace.
Lathrop estimated the damage at about $30,000-
$40,000 and said the property had been released back
to the owner for repairs.
WMFR firefighters, assisted by Longboat Key fire-
fighters and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and
emergency medical personnel, responded to the fire call
at about 10 p.m. Nov. 16, a Saturday night.
Occupants of both apartments in the duplex in the
300 block of North Shore Drive fled the smoky building
on the coldest night of the fall.
"We were laying on the floor in front of the fire-
place and I noticed it was getting hot," Jackie Logan
said, adding that firefighters told her hot embers or ash
from the fireplace probably ignited grease and other
material in the oven vent under the floor.
"I couldn't see five feet in front of me," she said.
Logan, her two children, ages 6 months and 19
months, and her husband evacuated the apartment,
turned off the electrical power to the building and called
Last week, as Lathrop closed his investigation,
Logan and her family moved to a new residence on
In the weeks after the fire, the Logans stayed at
Club Bamboo in Bradenton Beach.
The family had moved into the Anna Maria
apartment from Bradenton in March, hoping to
live by the beach for at least a year or so, Logan
Now they are living a few more blocks from the
beach in Holmes Beach.
12 0 DEC. 5, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
'Greetings' gets Island welcome
By Lisa Neff
"Greetings" gets its spirit from divine intervention,
The Christmastime play on stage at the Island
Players theater at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria tells the story of an unhappy family that gets
some holiday cheer and lifetime lessons courtesy of a
Visitations are familiar devices in holiday stories -
the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in "A
Christmas Carol," the smooth angel in "The Bishop's
Wife," or little Clarence Oddbody in "It's a Wonderful
Life." But without spoiling the plot, the spirit on stage
at the Island Players playhouse is a lot more New Ageist
"Greetings," written by Tom Dudzick and directed
by Kelly Wynn Woodland, stars Chelsey Panisch, Brian
James Dennis, Pat Ferrari, Tim Kalinowski and Shane
Lead credit for the design, makeup, props, costume,
lighting and sound goes to Marc Lalosh, Don Bailey,
Bob Grant, Chris McVicker, Joanne Romans, Dolores
Harrell and Rita Lamoreux.
Woodland sweetly stages a story that begins rife
with rancor and ends with happy harmony - it's clear
she likes this play, first staged off-Broadway in 1991.
Set in the 1980s, "Greetings" is the meet-the-
parents story of Andy Gorski (Dennis) who takes his
Jewish atheist fiance Randi Stein (Panisch) home to
Pittsburgh to meet his conservative Catholic parents
Emily (Ferrari) and Phil (Kalinowski) and their men-
tally handicapped son Mickey.
Act I explores the predictable problems that arise
between older conservative parents disapproving of a
son's liberal choices and a potential daughter-in-law
with beliefs contrary to their own. There are some good
one-liners, fun gags, and fine acting moments in the
Act I leaves you hanging for a 15-minute intermis-
Act II explodes with drama, comedy - and magic,
or, as one character puts it, cosmic rigmarole.
Garves stands out as Mickey, the retarded son,
and as the intervening spirit Lucius, who conducts a
Christmas Eve family therapy session. He'll make you
feel uneasy. He'll make you laugh. And he'll make you
What Kalinowski brings to ex-ballplayer Phil
Gorski brings tears at the end. His character is a sour
bigot who thinks c . i.\ thing 's stinkoo," mostly for good
reason. Like other cranky pops in plays, he's no bleed-
ing heart, but he's got a good one, and it melts like snow
in Act II.
"Greetings" will repeat on the Island Players' stage at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria until Dec.
9. The group's next production will be "Over My Dead Body," opening Jan. 17. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Ferrari has strong stage presence as her Emily
runs interference between father and son and father
and fiance. She creates an appealing matron - loyal
yet strong-willed - with apron strings a grown-up kid
would want to hold on to.
Panisch and Dennis share some sparks as a young
couple in love. Panisch's fear when reality seems unreal
seems genuine and Dennis does well convincing the
audience there's a big chip on his shoulder and a pain
in his back.
Much applause is due the behind-the-scenes crew
on this production for superb attention to detail and
mood. If you're yearning for an old-fashioned home
decorated for the holidays, you might be satisfied with
the cozy, softly lit Island Players stage.
"Greetings" is the Island Players' second produc-
tion in the 2007-08 season. Next on the schedule is
"Over My Dead Body," which will open Jan. 17.
Shows are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and
Sunday at 2 p.m.
The box office is open for ticket sales during the
run of the show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through
Friday and an hour before shows.
For more information, call the box office at 941-
778-5755 or visit www.theislandplayers.org.
Center hosts swing
The Anna Maria Island Community Center swings
into December with a new dance class.
The "So You Think You Can dance" class will
begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and continue for two
months on Saturdays. Swing dance will be taught in
December and ballroom dance in January.
Pre-registration for the course, which will be taught
by Bradenton Dance Center instructor Rebecca Henry,
is required. The Center needs at least six couples to
enroll to hold the class.
Also, the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
will host a knitting class taught by Debbie Petti begin-
ning Jan. 3. The class will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thurs-
The Widowed Persons Support Group, which meets
regularly at the Center, will take a road trip to Sara-
sota Monday, Dec. 10. The group will head south at
about 9:15 a.m. to see the "Sculpture on the Waterfront"
For more information about the Center and its pro-
grams, call 941-778-1908.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 5, 2007 0 13
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,
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14 0 DEC. 5, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Missouri Lutherans to meet
on Anna Maria Island
The Hope Lutheran Church in Bradenton - the
only Missouri Synod Mission Lutheran branch in Man-
atee County - will meet on Anna Maria Island at 5
p.m. every Sunday at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
in Holmes Beach beginning Dec. 9.
Hope Lutheran Pastor Andy Toopes said that
because Hope is the only Missouri Synod in the county,
he wanted to be able to bring this branch of Lutheran-
ism to the Island, where a number of winter visitors and
residents are Lutherans.
"We really have to thank Gloria Dei and Pastor
Rosemary Backer for making their church available,
said Pastor Toopes. "A lot of people don't want to make
the drive to the mainland and fight that traffic, so we
are coming to the people."
Toopes said he hopes to bring the Missouri Synod
service to the Island every winter. The present plan is
to hold services every Sunday through April.
The service offered will be a "preaching station,"
which is a bit less formal than a regular service, he
"We want to reach out to everyone, Lutherans,
Missouri Synod and everyone interested. Everyone is
For more information on the services, call 941-755-
Longboat Island Chapel hosts
A program on personal financial planning will take
place from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Long-
boat Island Chapel.
The church is located at 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key.
The program has three primary goals, according to
a news release: to encourage estate planning, to help
people understand the legal and financial aspects of
estate planning and to explore philanthropic goals in
For more information, call 941-383-6491.
Piano duo performs at Gloria Dei
Marcio Bezerra and Estibaliz Gastesi perform a
piano recital Nov. 23 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
in Holmes Beach. The church, 6608 Marina Drive,
will host two recitals in the next two months - one
featuring traditional Swedish music at 7 p.m. Dec.
11, and one featuring church organist Carl Parks on
Jan. 27. For more information, call 941-778-1813.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Larry Hibbs of ServPro
in Bradenton talks about
what makes his business
unique during the Nov. 8
Longboat Key/Lido Key/
St. Armands Key Cham-
ber luncheon at the Sun-
House Restaurant. The
next luncheon will be
Thursday, Dec. 13, at the
Bradenton Beach restau-
rant. For more informa-
tion, call 941-383-2466.
Islander Photo: Nancy
Silvia Zadarosni of Silvia's Flower Comer demon-
strates how to use fresh and unusual flowers for unique
arrangements during an Anna Maria Garden Club meet-
ing Nov. 14 at Roser Memorial Community Church. The
next club meeting will be at noon Dec. 12 at the church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. For more information, call
941-778-2607. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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Women's group to hold brunch
The REAL Women's Ministry of Crosspointe Fel-
lowship will hold a brunch 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8,
at the church, 5806 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The group is inviting family, friends and co-work-
ers to celebrate the holiday with food and music.
For more information or to make reservations, call
Longboat chamber holds
luncheon, holiday party
The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon at 11:30
a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at The Sun House, 111 Gulf
Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
Also, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, the cham-
ber will host a holiday party at its office, 6960 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. The event is free to
chamber members and their guests.
For information or reservations, call 941-383-
FiPtli-Lrader Tori Boltwood makes a sale at the
fourth- and fiPfil- i t' minimal, held outdoors
recently at Anna Maria Elementary School. The
minimal allows students to sell items - handmade
or collected from home - to each other, teachers and
friends of AME. The "money" they earn is then spent
later in the year at a student auction at the school.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Detail from "Blue Moth II" by Nikitas Kavoukles.
The artist's work is on exhibit at the Studio at Gulf
and Pine in Anna Maria. Islander Image: Courtesy
the Studio at Gulf and Pine
Nikitas Kavoukles exhibit at Studio
The Studio at Gulf and Pine showcases the colorful
nature-oriented work of artist Nikitas Kavoukles this
The exhibit "Beneath the Surface" features cutting-
edge printmaking, according to Rhea Chiles, owner of
the Studio, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
"Each of the pieces in the 'Beneath the Surface'
exhibit is intended to engage your senses - to elicit
an emotion, evoke a faint memory of other worlds, or
subtly shift your consciousness," Chiles said. "For this
reason, they are supremely pleasurable to contemplate
for extended periods of time."
Kavoukles was born on the Greek island of Kalym-
nos in the Aegean Sea and came to America with his
family when he was a child.
He grew up in New York City, where he trained
with new- and old-world craftspeople in cabinetry
design and decorative furniture finishes as a teenager.
The artist studied fine arts and architectural design
at the City College of New York, and then in 1994,
moved to Sarasota.
Traveling abroad to Greece, Turkey, and Bali,
Kavoukles searched for an understanding of the art of
He returned to the United States and, in addition to
his work in oils, watercolor, pastels, and etching, began
to explore the new digital media.
Kavoukles has exhibited his work at the Lincoln
Center, New York's Professional Arts Guild, Prov-
incetown Museum Galleries in Massachusetts, and,
recently, the Crowley Museum in Sarasota.
"I believe that art has the ability to help us to tran-
scend the mundane - and that even brief moments of
transcendence can forever elevate the human being,"
he said. "Thus I approach my work as both an offering
and an invitation."
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The Anna Maria Elementary 2007-08 school
calendar is abundant with opportunities for com-
munity involvement. Following are a few of the
dates worth noting:
* Every Wednesday and Thursday, 8-8:30
a.m., Dolphin Dash training on the AME field.
* Dec. 7, 9 a.m., Parent-Teacher Organization
* Dec. 18, 5 p.m. Family Dinner Night in the
cafeteria and 7 p.m. first-grade musical "Christ-
mas at the OK Corral" in the auditorium.
* Dec. 24 to Jan. 7, winter break, school
* Jan. 14, 3:15 p.m., School Advisory Com-
mittee meeting in the media center.
* Jan. 19, 8 a.m., Dolphin Dash.
16 0 DEC. 5, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Eagle nest missing from cell tower
By Lisa Neff
State wildlife officials and volunteers with Audu-
bon of Florida are inquiring about the disappearance of
a bald eagle nest from a cell tower near Cortez Road.
The nest - a massive construction of sticks weigh-
ing as much as 800 pounds - was seen as recently as
early November in the cell tower on the West Manatee
Fire Rescue District station, according to Ron May-
berry. Mayberry volunteers to keep track of eagle nests
for the Audubon Society.
Mayberry said he looked for the nest each morn-
ing this fall on his drive from his Smuggler's Landing
condominium in Cortez to his office in east Manatee.
He regularly noticed the nest high in the metal tower,
which is owned by Cingular. But one day in mid-No-
vember, he observed that the nest had disappeared.
Mayberry said he also noticed a work crew in the
tower on Nov. 5, but doesn't know if the tower work is
linked to the missing nest.
"There were some guys working on the tower,"
Mayberry said. "I saw them Nov. 5. The next day, the
nest was intact. But then I noticed it was gone."
WMFR Chief Andy Price said members of his
department also noticed the nest missing after the crew
added some antennas to Cingular's tower.
"We don't know what happened to it," he said.
Mayberry, who owns an Internet-based title search
company, reported that the nest disappeared to Dale
Nauman with Audubon Eaglewatch, a program of
Audubon of Florida. Nauman reported the situation to
special agent Janet Rider with the U.S. Fish and Wild-
"Audubon Eaglewatch is concerned about the nest
removal from the tower," Nauman said. "Bald eagle
nests are to be fully protected no matter where they are
Nauman said he was impressed with the federal
government's quick response to his report, but was
unaware of the investigation's status.
Rider, as of press time, had not responded to The
Mayberry watches three other nests in Manatee
County - one in Palmetto and two nests in east Mana-
Twenty-three bald eagle nests are being monitored
in the county, according to Nauman. One nest is in a
dead Australian pine, two are in cell towers and 19 nests
are in Southern pine trees.
In Sarasota County, eagles are nesting on three
cell towers - two of those nests were built this year,
"Eagle nesting on towers is increasing each year
in Florida," he said. "I believe it is because we are
Ron Mayberry looks through a camera lens at the tower where previously a bald eagle nest rested. Mayberry
said he noticed the nest was missing last month. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Hawk eyes sought
The annual Christmas bird counts organized
by the Audubon Society begin soon. Two counts
will take place in Manatee County - one in Bra-
denton on Dec. 15 and one on Anna Maria Island
on Dec. 27. For more information, call coordina-
tor David Williamson at 941-378-9920.
losing so many of the old-growth Southern pines near
the water, which eagles certainly prefer."
Nauman added that eagles mature at 5 years old, so
the first eaglets that fledged on towers are mature and
making their own nests on towers, "since that is where
they were raised."
Florida, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, supports the largest number of breeding bald
eagles in the Southeast. About 85 percent of the occu-
pied nesting territories in the Southeast are in Florida.
"A lot of people don't know that, but it's important
for people to be aware of that fact," Mayberry said.
The bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North
America, according to the FWS. The bird ranges over
most of the continent, from the northern reaches of
Alaska and Canada down to northern Mexico.
The bald eagle, the country's national symbol, was
in danger of extinction throughout most of its range 25
years ago, largely due to DDT and PCB poisoning that
thinned their eggshells.
Government action to protect the bald eagle helped
the species make a comeback, its populations improv-
ing in numbers, productivity and security in recent
The bald eagle remains classified as threatened by
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and will not be delisted until a new management
plan, developed with public input, is approved by FWC
The bald eagle also remains protected by the fed-
eral Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the federal Bald and
Golden Eagle Protection Act.
A single violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle
Protection Act is a misdemeanor. The maximum pen-
alty is one year of imprisonment and a fine of either
$100,000, or twice the financial gain or loss caused by
The cellular communications tower at the back of the
West Manatee Fire Rescue station on Cortez Road
until recently held a bald eagle nest. Ron Mayberry,
who watched the nest for the Audubon of Florida,
said the nest has disappeared. The tower is owned by
Cingular, which leases space at the station house.
AME third-grader Austin Morrow's Native American
project showcases a Chickee Hut and patchwork
quilt similar in style to what an Osceola Indian might
Ben Ware's "Native American Museum" display
highlights notable figures from the Penobscot Indian
tribe, including Major League baseball player Louis
Socka Lexis, as well as an Indian arrowhead and
birch bark found in Maine. Ware's project was the
culmination of a third-grade social studies lesson at
Anna Maria Elementary School. Islander Photos:
THE ISLANDER U DEC. 5, 2007 0 17
Community shows heart, spirit for Island Stahr
Special to the Islander by Michael Stahr
It was bright and sunny. Delightfully warm, and
a light breeze flowed out of the north as friends and
well-wishers gathered to "Walk for Erik" Nov. 18.
My son Erik and I spent the prior day walking about
a third of the proposed 2.5-mile distance just to see how
it might feel. It can be challenging walking on a beach.
The soft sand and a slanted profile can make simple
walking more of a physical challenge. Erik, a recent
heart transplant recipient, finished the near 1-mile test
walk without breaking his hard-for-Dad-to-keep-up
pace. The 19-year-old was confident and excited about
the next day's possibilities.
Donations were accepted for a chance to win a prize
of dinner for four, including premium wines, at Sean
Murphy's Beach Bistro. Many were interested in the
dinner possibility and many wanted to show support
for this smiling, energetic Island teen with a new heart.
Five months ago, life was a little more tense, but with
determination and dedication to a complex medical
regimen, Erik's health has blossomed.
Case in point
Erik arrived at the start of the walk at the Manatee
County Public Beach about 2:30 p.m. wearing a smile
and barefoot. Walkers, including Erik's new-found
friend Andrew Spehr, began arriving. Spehr tracked
Erik down after learning that they had something in
common: a new heart transplanted less than six months
True, the walk was designed as a fundraiser to help
with medical expenses, and it did. But, even more so,
this was a celebration of health and new possibilities.
A horn signaled the start of the walk just past 3 p.m.
and a mass of walkers spanned across the soft, bright-
white sand heading for the waters edge. Erik and Andrew
were among the happily chatting well-wishers. There
were lots of folks just sitting about and sunning. Many
probably wondering what all the commotion was about,
but mostly just baking in the delightful afternoon sun.
How far would the boys make it? Was it a good
idea for them to be pushed to "perform" physically and
They pressed on.
The Beach Bistro is conveniently located about
half way between the public beach in Holmes Beach
and the walkers' final destination, the Sandbar Restau-
rant in Anna Maria. Two large, red beach umbrellas at
the Bistro welcomed walkers. Upon arrival water and
freshly quartered oranges were offered. Many smiles,
hugs and stories were shared by walkers and hydra-
tion station volunteers, which included a physician. The
boys stopped briefly, restocked their water supply and
Erik Stahr led the way Nov. 18 along the Manatee Public Beach, for a fundraising walk organized on his
behalf. The Island teen was the recipient of a heart transplant in June. He and community supporters walked
2.5-miles, making a pit-stop at the Beach Bistro before continuing to the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
The curve of the Island beach is welcoming. Trav-
eling north along the water's edge, the beach bends
gracefully to the northwest. This time of year, the water
is deep blue to aqua, melting into the pure white sugar
sand. Kids scampered in the gently lapping waves,
sometimes scattering the Sandpipers that "fish" along
the edge of each wave wash. Seagulls and pelicans
lead the way around the tree-lined point just before you
reach the Sandbar Restaurant.
This writer would have loved to have been a closely
flying seagull listening in on the conversations strung
out along the water's edge. All I could see from afar
were the smiles and spirited gestures of the story-telling
The boys easily made the full 2.5-mile walk to the
Sandbar. Barely a drop of sweat appeared on the shirt-
less Erik, who was ready for more hydration. Erik, and
his mother were filled with the love and support of
friends and many familiar faces from the past - bask-
ing in love and sunshine.
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The prize drawing was made. Cindi Harrison, guid-
ance counselor at Anna Maria Elementary School, who
helped organize this event, held high the giant jar filled
with entries for the Bistro dinner. Erik dug deep, swirl-
ing and laughing in the spotlight to pull a single entry.
Erik showed the winner to an astonished Harrison, who
looked at Erik's surprised face and then turned to the
"You will never believe this," she said, "The winner
of the dinner for four at the Beach Bistro is the parents
of Andrew Spehr!"
How ironic, how fitting, how amazing! How is this
Andrew came up to share the spotlight, accepted for
his parents and shared a few "heartfelt" words about his
story. Next, more than 100 people enjoyed shrimp and
other refreshments provided by the Sandbar, the boys
accepted the love and support from the community,
thanked everyone, and then Erik and Andrew walked
together back to the public beach.
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Jake Spooner, Jeanette Morris and Dana Snell of
Bridge Street Bazaar welcome the holiday season,
participating with other Bradenton Beach busi-
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The event featured a tree-lighting, music by DJ
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Buchanan seeks consensus on new bridge
By Lisa Neff
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan will carry a request for
funding for a new bridge to Anna Maria Island to Wash-
But first, the local congressman needs an Island-
wide consensus behind a new bridge, according to
Buchanan spokesperson Sally Tibbetts.
Buchanan is a member of the House Transporta-
tion and Infrastructure Committee, which already is
working on a reauthorization bill that would include
transportation money for 2010. The fiscal year would
begin in October 2009.
Last week, Buchanan discussed the prospect of
building a new bridge to the Island with Holmes Beach
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.
"I'm asking him to help get money for a new
bridge," Bohnenberger said. "I think the message is
clear from the Island. We need to start thinking about
a new bridge."
A new fixed-span, high bridge to replace the draw-
bridge on State Road 64 was proposed but dropped by the
Florida Department of Transportation a decade ago.
While the DOT maintains that a new bridge will be
needed in 10-15 years, the state plans a $9 million rehab
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge beginning in January.
The project will involve the full closure of the bridge
for 45 days next fall, forcing motor vehicle traffic to
the Cortez Bridge and possibly delaying boat travel on
the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
The DOT's plans for a rehab, especially the full
bridge closure, resurrected talk of a new bridge.
During a town meeting in Holmes Beach earlier this
fall, many attendees urged the DOT to build a new bridge.
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* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 8-9: Anna
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* 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 8-9: Arts,
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* 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9: Outdoor antique
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* 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15: Outdoor antique
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Buchanan seeks consensus
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19
Island municipal officials, emergency officials and county
commissioners also urged for a new bridge.
Many people also endorsed a new bridge - though
not whether such a structure should be a drawbridge or
fixed span - in a poll conducted by the DOT.
State transportation officials have estimated
that a new bridge would cost about $70 million and
emphasized the current need at the state level for fiscal
Tibbetts said there is a process to follow for request-
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The 13th Congressional District office "would need
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"It's important to lay the groundwork now," Tib-
Proposed transportation projects would be reviewed
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Florida members on the committee include Buch-
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The walk is a neighborhood reenactment, with pre-
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searching for shelter. The couple, accompanied by a
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Anna Maria City
Nov. 26, 9600 block Gulf Drive, vehicle fire. A
tree-service vehicle caught fire. West Manatee Fire
Rescue responded and extinguished the blaze.
Nov. 21, 100 block 68th Street, criminal mischief.
The complainant said someone broke outdoor light fix-
tures of her home.
Nov. 21, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, suspicious. Lifeguards called officers regard-
ing suspicious activity of a man walking up and
down the beach with a video camera. When con-
fronted, he said he was filming for a television show.
When his camera was reviewed, it revealed he had
taken pictures of juvenile women. He was issued a
Nov. 23, 200 block 65th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone had entered his home and carved
the name "Troy" on his table and put out cigarettes on
his carpet while he and his wife were away.
Nov. 23,7000 block Gulf Drive, criminal mischief.
The complainant said that four juveniles rolled a large
rock in front of her car and she struck it. Damage was
estimated at more than $1,000. The unidentified juve-
niles fled the scene, but more rocks were found on the
roadway and removed by officers.
Nov. 23, 2800 block Avenue B, criminal mis-
chief. The complainant said someone broke his front
Nov. 24, 6500 Holmes Boulevard, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took a power washer, value of
$160, out of his garage.
Nov. 25, 5800 Marina Drive, trespass. Officers
issued a trespass warning to a man who did not have a
Nov. 27, 300 block 67th Street, information. Offi-
cers responded to a call of a dispute regarding payment
of a payroll check.
Nov. 27, Seaside Court, battery. Officers responded
to a call of battery. A man and two women agreed they
had a verbal argument, all were romantically involved,
all were intoxicated, according to the report, and no one
wanted to press charges.
Nov. 28, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, distur-
bance. Officers responded to a call from the bartender
of an impaired patron attempting to leave. After some
discussion, she called her son, who called her a taxi to
take her home.
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Bradenton man arrested on
By Lisa Neff
A Bradenton man was arrested on felony charges
after a car- and foot-chase near 50th Street in Holmes
Beach Nov. 24.
Gary Young, 22, was taken into custody at about
1:45 p.m. after allegedly trying to flee police, according
to a Holmes Beach Police Department report.
Initially Young was accused of two offenses -
driving on a suspended license, classified as a third-
degree felony, and trying to flee law enforcement, a
second-degree felony. But a drug charge was quickly
added to the case - possession of cannabis, a first-
A property report from HBPD indicated that Young
was in possession of $1,789 in cash, which he said he
planned to use to pay his rent, and .5 grams of marijuana.
Near the scene of Young's arrest, a witness reported
finding an Ajax brand cleaning container containing
five plastic bags believed to contain cocaine. Young's
cell phone and a T-shirt also were found.
Young, according to HBPD, was driving a white
Volkswagen on Gulf Drive near Marina Drive when an
officer attempted to pull him over because of darkened
windows on the car.
Young, according to the report, sped up instead of
stopping and an officer followed.
In the 5000 block of 50th Street, Young allegedly
left the VW and began to run through yards to the
beach. Police alleged that Young attempted to empty
his pockets in the Gulf of Mexico, but a small bag of
marijuana was found in his pants.
While police researched Young's record, emergency
medical personnel treated the suspect for a sprained ankle.
Young is scheduled to appear in court for arraign-
ment on Jan. 4. He was released from the Manatee
County jail on a $6,000 bond.
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Hazel Ball, 102, of Anna Maria, died Nov. 24.
Ms. Ball was one of the first Bell Telephone opera-
tors and was a "Rosey the Riveter" during World War
Visitation and services were Nov. 29 at Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home, Bradenton.
She is survived by grandchildren Karen, Larry and
Gary; and seven great-grandchildren.
James W. Stansbury
James W. Stansbury, 76, of Sun City Center, for-
merly of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 22.
Born in Washington, D.C., Mr. Stansbury was an
auditor, accountant, systems analyst, program analyst
and program designer for American Security and Trust
in Washington, D.C., from 1995 to 1960. He was vice
president of Manatee National Bank. He was responsi-
ble for the startup of Westside National Bank, now Bank
of America, where he served as vice president, cashier
and director. He owned Stansbury Ingram Associates.
He was a chair of several chamber of commerce com-
mittees in Manatee County, including the committee to
name Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, chairman of
commerce director, vice president and president-elect
of the Civitan Club, past president of United Appeal,
past director of and member of executive committee
of downtown Bradenton Association and was publicity
association chair for the DeSoto Celebration for three
Private services were held at Arlington National
Cemetery, Richmond, Va. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home
was in charge of arrangement.
He is survived by wife Jean of 51 years; sons
Michael E. of Anaheim, Calif., and James of Sum-
merfielf, Ga.; daughters Sherri Gallaway of Duluth,
Ga., and Susan of Bradenton; grandchildren Justin
M. Daniel, Matthew, Austin, Justin L., Zachary and
Edythe June Williams
Edythe June Williams, Longboat Key, died Nov.
Memorial services were Dec. 2 at Roser Memorial
Community Church, Anna Maria City. Toale Brothers
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memo-
rial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide
Dogs Inc., 4210 77 St. E., Palmetto FL 34221.
She is survived by daughters Laura Redeker and
husband Tim, Stephanie Goodman, Michelle Gray and
husband Duane; brother William F. Mallett Jr.; and
granddaughter Abrye Redeker.
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City to appoint school resource officer
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Elementary School's attendance may
go up by one by year's end.
The city of Holmes Beach is moving to name a new
resource officer to serve at the grade school, 4700 Gulf
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Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he
hopes to have a new school resource officer in place
prior to the start of the spring semester.
"This is the best news that I have heard in a long
time," said Tom Levengood, AME's principal.
Levengood said the school resource officer is
"absolutely essential" at the elementary school.
"Even though AME doesn't have the discipline
problems and crime many of the other schools do, it is
extremely important for our students to have contact
and a relationship with law enforcement.
\lhic importantly, having someone to teach the
DARE program to our students before they move
on from the shelter of our little Island community to
middle schools and high schools and all that is entailed
HBPD Chief Jay Romine added that the commu-
nity policing position - first established with a federal
"COPS" grant in the 1990s - is law enforcement pre-
vention, reaching an audience before any trouble can
"Wouldn't we rather prevent something than clean
it up afterward?" he said.
The position had been held by Holmes Beach police
officer Pete Lannon, who died June 1 after a yearlong
fight against pancreatic cancer.
Lannon, widely loved in the community and school,
served as a crossing guard at AME and taught the
school's Drug Abuse Resistance Education or DARE
program. Lannon even received a statewide honor for
his commitment to DARE, an annual award that will
be named for Lannon in future years.
For much of 2006, while Lannon battled his illness,
DARE was not taught. Nor has the program been taught
during the fall 2007 semester at AME.
Lannon's death created a vacancy, but a hiring
freeze at city hall kept the post empty.
Bohnenberger, expressing budgetary concerns,
initially said he wanted to wait to see what conse-
quences might come from a constitutional amendment
on property taxes on the January presidential preference
But last week the mayor said the city was seeking
to fill the resource officer post.
"We're starting the search," Bohnenberger said.
He added, "It's really important to try to get these
kids started on the right path."
Levengood had talked with other school officials
about incorporating another anti-drug program, Cross-
roads, into AME's classrooms.
But last week the principal and the mayor were
giving DARE the edge.
"I have seen both programs and feel that DARE
is the best of the two," Levengood said. "I know that
Crossroads has been rewritten. I have seen it, and it
does look better than it did. But I still would prefer
DARE, because it was such a success here at AME and
in the community."
HBPD's current officers have been asked to think
about seeking the position.
"You want somebody who is enthusiastic about
doing the job and who can relate to kids," Bohnen-
berger said. "Hopefully we can get somebody who can
establish a good rapport with the students."
Romine added that the person who takes the job
must have "the ability to communicate. You've got to
relate and you've got to communicate. And you've got
to have a certain amount of sincerity. That's why Pete
was so good at the job. He really cared."
Regardless of whether the post is filled by an officer
currently with the department or from outside city hall,
Bohnenberger said a new employee would be needed.
"We're not at full strength now," he said.
Garden club to meet Dec. 12
The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet at noon on
Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The club will hold a holiday music program featur-
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A light lunch will be served following the pro-
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Brooklyn native Earl Carpenter was just 18 years
old and at loose ends in early 1950.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula were "heating
up" remembered Earl and it was "becoming obvious
to me and my buddies that there was going to be some
trouble over there."
Earl and his friends from his neighborhood had
been too young for World War II and a lot of guys were
a little upset that they had missed out on the action.
"We believed Korea was going to be the next hot
spot. A lot of us didn't want to miss' the action' like we
had in the war, so we decided to join up. Most of us
wanted to be Marines. Besides, the draft was still around
and I figured I would probably get drafted anyway."
But a funny thing happened on the way to the U.S.
Marine Corps Recruiting Station.
"One day, I just decided to join the Navy. There
wasn't any particular reason. I even had relatives who
had been Marines in WWII and they tried to steer me
into the Corps. Most of my buddies were joining the
Marines, but I decided on the Navy."
Earl's father had no objections and, in early 1950,
Earl left high school and signed up for four years in the
Just a few weeks later, as Earl and his pals had
figured, the North Koreans invaded South Korea and
the Korean War began.
"We were still in basic training at Great Lakes
Naval Training Station," remembered Earl, "but all
everyone wanted to know was how they could get to
Korea. We learned that it was really up to the Navy if
we would go or not. You couldn't volunteer. You had
to get assigned to a ship headed to Korea or already
After completing basic training, Earl got orders for
the U.S.S. Newport News, a cruiser stationed, naturally,
in Newport News, Va. It was a long way from Korea.
"I started as just a deck hand, or 'deck ape.' We
did all the cleaning, painting and ordinary assignments
Earl and Pauline Carpenter enjoy the good life in Anna
Maria. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
around the ship. Of course, I got bored with that real
The ship patrolled the western Atlantic from Green-
land to Cuba and Earl had enough free time that he was
able to complete his high school education. That turned
out to be a lucky break because one day, the ship's
quartermaster division advertised for a bugler.
"I had learned to play the trumpet back in Brook-
lyn, so I applied for the job. I had a pretty good ser-
vice record and having that high school diploma was a
Earl got the job and shifted from the "deck apes" to
the quartermaster crew, which was charged with navi-
gation of the ship, signals, semiphors, charts, commu-
nications and a host of other important duties.
"I didn't know my Morse Code or flag signals,
but I got on-the-job training and learned how to send
messages using flags and semiphors. It was definitely
a bit more exciting than being a deck ape. We were
really working at the nerve center of the ship. We knew
(CI I living that was happening, so naturally, my bud-
dies always came to me for the latest' scuttlebut.'"
By this time, the Korean War was in full swing and
a number of Navy ships had been sent to the Pacific to
join the Seventh Fleet. But they were primarily aircraft
carriers and accompanying vessels, remembered Earl.
L\ c lybody was trying to get assigned to the 7th
Fleet in San Diego, which was sending the ships to
Korea. Everybody wanted to go, but there were only
so many vacancies.
"I remember we had a 50-man Marine detachment
on board the News. When Korea started, they all got
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divisions to get ready for combat."
Earl would learn later in the war that most of the
Marines on the Newport News were killed in action in
While Earl couldn't get to the Korean theater, life
for a single guy in the Virginia Beach-Newport News-
Norfolk-Portsmouth area of Virginia wasn't all that bad,
particularly since Earl had gotten a promotion to petty
officer third class, which provided him with more pay
and a sharp looking uniform.
"The place to go was Main Street in Norfolk. That's
where all the bars were. After awhile, I realized there
were too many guys and too few girls. I started going to
Portsmouth and Lynchburg and found a lot less sailors
- and more gals. Those were definitely better places
than Norfolk and Virginia Beach."
"A lot of guys got in trouble on Main Street, but
I didn't. I was a petty officer and didn't want any
After 18 months in Virginia Beach, with no luck
in getting a Korean assignment, Earl volunteered to
be a signalman on a merchant ship being used by the
government to bring construction materials to a U.S.
Air Force base being built in Greenland.
"I know the first rule in the service is 'never vol-
unteer,' but this sounded exciting."
Indeed it was.
The ship struck an iceberg off the coast of Green-
land on its first cruise and started sinking.
"All I could think of was the Titanic," said Earl
with a laugh. "I remember me and my buddy counting
the life jackets and lifeboats, just to be sure. Here we
were, with a 30-degree list to the ship in the middle of
the north Atlantic and taking on water fast."
Luckily for Earl and his pals, a rescue ship appeared
shortly and the crew was able to patch the gaping hole
in the side of the ship well enough to limp back to New
Jersey for repairs. "We never did get to find out if that
ship would sink like the Titanic or not," remembered
Earl. "And we didn't want to."
Back in port, Earl was hoping he would get trans-
ferred to the Pacific and Korea, but as luck would have
it, his next assignment sent him back to Virginia Beach
on a Landing Ship Dock, or LSD.
"There was a lot less regulation on the LSD than on
the Newport News. Our captain was a guy from New
York, so he and I hit it off great."
One day, the LSD took on board a brand new civilian
automobile, which caused quite a stir among the crew.
"We immediately sailed for Cuba," recalled Earl,
"and there were a lot of important looking guys in civil-
ian suits with us. We started talking to them and learned
they were Secret Service and the car we were taking
was President Truman's."
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 5, 2007 0 25
By Lisa Neff
Police officer Michael Leonard received honors
from a statewide retail federation for his role in arrest-
ing the man who robbed the Holmes Beach CVS drug
store last Christmas.
Leonard received the Florida Retail Federa-
tion honors - high praise, a plaque and an envelope
containing about $700 in gift certificates - during a
Holmes Beach City Commission meeting Nov. 27.
Dan Doyle, a vice president with Bealls Inc.,
Holmes Beach property owner and chair of FRF s law
enforcement program, presented the honors.
"We think it's just a tremendous job he did," Doyle
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Alas, Truman was not on board the ship, but the
cargo was delivered safely to Cuba for a high-level
Earl was eventually transferred from the LSD to a
tanker, a ship that delivered precious fuel to ships at sea.
"That was risky business," said Earl.
"When you' re running side-by-side in 20-foot seas
with a fuel line from your ship to the other ship, you
just pray that everybody knows what they're doing. It
was definitely dangerous work."
On one refueling mission during rough seas, the
fuel line broke and sprayed the ship and everyone on
deck with fuel.
"Thankfully, nobody decided to light a cigarette,"
But after three years in the Navy, Earl realized he
wasn't going to get to Korea.
"The war was winding down by this time," he
recalled. "As soon as they signed the cease-fire, the
Navy let a lot of guys out early. I got sent to the Brook-
lyn Naval Shipyard for about a month while I got my
Still, Brooklyn wasn't all that bad, considering he
was just a few blocks from home.
One day, a crusty old chief came into the barracks
looking for volunteers. Having learned his lesson with
Greenland, Earl was reluctant to step forward for any-
thing, but the chief told him he' d enjoy this one.
"We got sent to a radio show with the movie actress
Anne Bancroft and we got to kiss her. Of course, it was
on radio, so nobody really saw anything."
Finally, Earl was discharged from the Navy.
"Of course, my CO asked if I wanted to stay in. It
was tempting, but I was ready to be a civilian."
But going back to the old neighborhood as a civil-
ian was different than when he wore a uniform.
"The old neighborhood had changed. I had changed.
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Accepting the accolades, Leonard said, "It's a
career that we choose to get into. Most people don't
like cops, but they love us when they need us.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine said Leon-
ard was receiving "the recognition he deserved."
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger told
Leonard, "We thank you for being with us."
Leonard was a fairly new recruit to the Holmes
Beach Police Department last Dec. 25, when he was
dispatched to the CVS at Manatee Avenue and Bay
Boulevard to respond to an armed robbery.
Witnesses said a man, later identified as John Francis
Dan Doyle of the Florida Retail Federation and
Bealls Inc. presents Holmes Beach police officer
Michael Leonard with a plaque for his role in arrest-
ing an armed robber on ( In itmio, 2006. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
I had gone in the Navy as a boy and come out a man. I
looked at things differently. I had the confidence that I
could get any job done.
"Of course, the sad part of going back was to learn
about all my pals who had gone in the Marines and not
come back from Korea. There were a lot of them. To
this day, I don't know what made me change my mind
and go in the Navy. It was just luck."
After his discharge, Earl took and passed the test
to join the New York Police Department. There were
3,000 people on the list to become police officers and
he was No. 970. He and a buddy of his were just "sit-
ting around" waiting for their orders, but after nearly
four years in the Navy, sitting around didn't suit Earl's
desire for adventure.
Earl and his pal headed to Los Angeles, where they
had a friend who was in the Army.
"He had told us he could get us jobs, and as soon as
we got there, we went to work in construction as brick
But La-La Land didn't suit Earl. After eight months,
he headed back east, stopping in Jackson, Mich., to
check on a job.
"That's where my life really began," he said.
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Butler, 45, of Bradenton, walked into the CVS, pulled
out a BB gun and demanded everyone lay on the floor.
When Leonard arrived to the drug store, he learned
that the suspect was attempting to flee. The suspect ran
to a nearby condominium complex and stole a vehicle,
which he drove over the Anna Maria Island Bridge
With police in pursuit, the getaway car crashed and
the suspect tried to run off again.
Leonard tackled the man and the police recovered a
CVS bag containing $7,635.71 from the stolen vehicle.
The FRF, in deciding to name Leonard a runnerup
in its annual law enforcement awards program, stated,
"At risk to his own personal safety, Officer Leonard
tackled the suspect and prevented his escape. The sus-
pect's numerous charges included armed robbery and
aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He
was also charged with an unrelated bank robbery that
occurred several days before."
The bank robbery took place in Sarasota County,
where the case was transferred. There, Butler pleaded
no contest to the charges against him and was sentenced
to 10 years in the Graceville Correctional Facility for
aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, armed
robbery, robbery, carjacking and fleeing to allude an
The federation named Sgt. Daniel J. Carron of the
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office as the FRF Officer of
the Year for breaking a shoplifting ring.
Earl got a job at the Goodyear plant and settled
down. Marriage and two children came soon after-
He left Goodyear after 10 years and moved to Ft.
Wayne, Ind., where he formed his own kitchen and bath
remodeling company. By now single, Earl was repair-
ing the kitchen for a woman named Pauline, whom he
eventually asked out for a date. They' ve been married
now for 15 years.
In fact, they discovered Anna Maria Island on their
"We fell in love with this place at first sight. We
just love it here. It's paradise," said Earl.
Earl has remained active in veterans affairs and
organizations. Although he never made it to Korea, he
honors the memory of the 54,000 American servicemen
who didn't come back from that war.
"I'm very proud of my service and I'm a patriot. I
was willing to go. It was the luck of the draw that sent
me where I went. I became a man in the Navy, but I cer-
tainly wasn't a hero. The heroes never came back. I'm
just glad I could contribute in my own small way."
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Wednesday, Dec. 5
5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds
a business-card exchange at Bridge Street Interiors in Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
7 p.m.- The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts Joan Dickinson discussing resolutions
for the new year. Information and reservations: 941-778-1908.
Thursday, Dec. 6
Noon to 3 p.m. - The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, sponsors a personal finance seminar
in the church fellowship hall. Information: 941-383-6491.
Friday, Dec. 7
6 p.m. - The Holiday Night of Lights takes place on Sarasota's
St. Armands Circle. Information: 941-388-1554.
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. - The Holmes Beach merchants host the
annual "Downtown Holiday" celebration with visits from Santa and
the Anna Maria Island Privateers, as well as music, refreshments
and shopping in the Gulf and Marina drives area. Information: 941-
7p.m.- The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court's office
sponsors the grand opening of the Florida Maritime Museum in the
renovated 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse, Cortez Road and 119th Street
West, Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.
Saturday, Dec. 8
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets for
a program and a breakfast at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The guest speaker is Jack
Carroll, a former Marine who was at Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - The Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez
Road and 119th Street West, Cortez, hosts a public grand opening.
9:30 a.m. - The REAL Women's Ministry of Crosspointe Fel-
lowship hosts a Christmas brunch - open to friends, family and
co-workers - at the church, 5806 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
10 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade
takes place, 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:
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts
Winterfest Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in the Holmes Beach City
Hall field on Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-2099.
10 a.m. to noon - The South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton, hosts "Holiday Stories from Around the World." Informa-
tion: 941-746-4131, or visit www.southfloridamuseum.org.
Sunday, Dec. 9
8:30 a.m. - St. Bernard Catholic Church hosts the first pancake
breakfast of the season in its fellowship hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts
Winterfest Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in the Holmes Beach City
Hall field on Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-2099.
2 p.m. to 4p.m..- The Friends of the Island Library celebrates
the 25th anniversary of the Island Branch Library at 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Monday, Dec. 10
2 p.m. - A Celebration of the Creative Spirit Art Show opens
at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria. The show continues
through Dec. 19. . Information: 941-778-1906.
6 p.m.- A lesson in knitting is presented at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
7 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron presents a
class on knots at the squadron building, 1200 71 st St. N.W., Braden-
ton. Information: 941-714-0449.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
10:30 a.m. - Ellen Jaffe Jones, a volunteer with the Anna Maria
Island Community Center and a media consultant, discusses "The
Inside Scoop on TV News" at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Noon - The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch
and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. The speaker is Peiter Visser of the Escape School,
who will talk about "Smarter Kids Are Better Kids." Information: 941-
6:30 p.m. - Silvia Zadarosni of Silvia's Flower Corner leads a
class in creative floral arranging at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
7 p.m. - Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, hosts Swedish musicians for a free public concert.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
7:45 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds a breakfast meeting at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf
Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
Noon - The Anna Maria Garden Club celebrates the holidays
with a musical program and a luncheon at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
1 p.m. - The Island Library Book Club meets at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
* The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria displays the work
of photographer Nikita Kavoukles in December. Information: 941-
* The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, offers a range of courses for adults and children
Monday through Saturdays, including cooking, dance, fitness and
art classes. The Center also hosts a variety of athletic programs.
Information: 941-778-1908, or www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
* The second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9 a.m., the
widowed persons support group meets at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the
public. Information: 941-794-3489.
* On Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts meetings of the Inquiring Minds
group. Information: 941-778-1813.
* The Village of the Arts - located between Ninth and 14th
streets west and Ninth and 17th avenues west in Bradenton - holds
art walks on the first Fridays and first Saturdays of the month. Infor-
* On the second Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 82 holds a "GPS for Mariners Course" at 10 a.m.
at the Mote Marine Keating Center, Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600
Art League hosts printmaking show
Artist Robert Farber, an instructor at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, stands with his work
during the reception for "Sarasota Ink," a new exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League. Farber's work is a
study of a defunct amusement park. The show at the league gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., continues through Dec.
20 and also features Kevin Dean, Wendy Dickinson, Patrick Lindhardt, Joe Loccisano, Johnnie Lee Scott and
Bradlee .s9ihwAi ,. This weekend the league also will present Winterfest, an arts and crafts festival, in the Holmes
Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive. For more information, call 941-778-2099 or visit www.islandart-
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Boating enthusiasts on the "Crossroads" display
holiday spirit Dec. 1 during the fourth annual Cortez
Yacht Club's lighted boat parade in the Gulf lntrac-
oastal Waterway. The parade began near the Seafood
.wi,, 4, Marina, 4110 112th St. W., Cortez, and trav-
eled to Longboat Pass before turning back. Islander
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* 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.
* On Dec. 15, The Islander hosts the "Where's Woody" arts and
crafts yard sale at the newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
* On Dec. 15, the Women of the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive
S., Bradenton Beach, welcome Santa Claus and children who'd like
to talk with him. Reservations required. Information: 941-752-7777.
* On Dec. 15, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, hosts the annual Bethlehem Walk from 6:30 to 8
p.m. in Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
* On Dec. 16, the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra presents its holiday concert at Crosspointe Fellowship,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585.
Save the date:
* The second annual Dolphin Dash is scheduled for Jan. 19.
The event consists of a 5k run beginning at 8 a.m. Entry forms are
available in the school administrative office. Pre-registration fees are
$20 for adults and $10 for children under 16-years-old. Information:
* 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-
* On Jan. 29, Florida holds its presidential preference primary.
* On Feb. 2, the Friends of the Library hold the annual Friends
Book Sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
* On Feb. 7, 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. Information: 941-518-4431.
* 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
its annual action and dinner - 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. Informa-
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Waterway thoughts, plus more hurricane problems
I've had an interest in the Gulfcoast Intracoastal
Waterway for years. As a Little Roat, I watched missiles
go past my house on what is now Anna Maria Sound,
en route to the Cape.
So it's kind of fun to see a press release that states
"the dream of a waterborne superhighway that would
unite the nation and move its commerce dates back to
the founding fathers. Like many outsize dreams, real-
izing it took decades of determination, engineering
feats, financial wizardry and lobbying. The Atlantic
Intracoastal Waterway now stretches from Boston to
Miami, fulfilling its purpose of protected passage for
ships and boats, serving for commerce in some areas
and recreation along its length.
Of course, this waterway also stretches from the
Florida Keys to Texas.
The East Coast Waterway today promotes recre-
ation and one of Florida's major economic engines,
the boating industry, according to the book's author,
William G. Crawford Jr.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, he is the author of
numerous articles on Florida's Atlantic Intracoastal
Waterway, and has written scores of others on Florida
The 2008 hurricane landfall rate is expected to
remain high, according to Risk Management Solu-
tions out of California. The group has "confirmed its
modeled hurricane activity rates for 2008 to 2012
following an elicitation with a group of the world's
leading hurricane researchers," according to a report.
"Results of the elicitation suggest that the average
risk of landfalling hurricanes in the Atlantic basin
for the next five years, known as 'the medium-term
view,' remains at approximately the same level as
has been predicted for the past 2 years, which is
significantly above the risk averaged over the long
"Although U.S. hurricane-related losses have been
low since 2004 and 2005, it was apparent from the
views expressed among the experts that we are still
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in 1995, and that this is likely to continue for at least
several more years," commented Dr. Claire Souch,
senior director of model management at RMS. "How-
ever, there remains disagreement and uncertainty about
what is driving the change in hurricane frequency, with
some researchers believing it is mainly due to natural
cycles in oceanic circulation, and others arguing it is
primarily caused by human-induced climate change."
OK, so some of us view Brazilian pepper trees as
evil, noxious shrubs that should be banned. At least,
that's what the state of Florida thinks.
But at this time of year, their happy little red
blossoms make for a nice little wreath for a front
There were a bunch of people harvesting sprigs
from trees off 75th Street last year, and I expect more
U.S. Coast Guard's bridge management specialist
offered a little note of late.
It seems that there is a legal issue for boaters that
pass through bridges that isn't all that known regarding
antennae. If you can drop it, you should.
According to Michael Lieberum, who head up the
seventh district of the Coast Guard out of Miami, fail-
ure to lower any outriggers or antennae can, at a second
offense, result in a $25,000 fine.'
No, that's not a typo. It's $25,000.
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Snook season closed, so go for those reds
By Capt. Mike Heistand
With the closure of snook season Dec. 1, inshore
action is focusing on redfish, and based on reports the
fish are responding.
Mackerel are also still a good bet in the backwaters,
as are some flounder. Sheepshead are also starting to
show up in numbers by most of the structures.
Out in the Gulf of Mexico, the grouper and snap-
per action is pretty hot, and not all that far from shore.
There are some good reports of fish caught within 12
miles of Anna Maria Island.
Capt. Mark Howard with Sumotime Fishing Char-
ters said that redfish have been the fish of choice of late.
"With the low water and low tides, redfish have been
in the potholes off the Intracoastal Waterway," he said,
adding that "Spanish mackeral and big ladyfish are still
around for some light-tackle fun. And blacktip sharks
are still prowling the edges of the flats."
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait & Tackle
on Cortez Road said he's finding that fishing couldn't
be better: He's putting charters onto good catches of
gag grouper and snapper about 13 miles out in the Gulf,
Capt. Mark Johnson, also of Annie's, said snook
are out of season just when the fishing got good, but
he's catching plenty of redfish and mackerel to take up
the linesider slack.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore grouper
fishing is hot right now, anywhere from 12 to 16 miles
out in the Gulf. Snapper are coming off the offshore
fishing reefs, too, he said, "if you can get them past the
Goliath grouper." The fish formerly known as a jewfish
is a hungry critter, it would appear. Inshore fishing for
redfish and mackerel is good as well, and sheepshead
are starting to show up in some numbers.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there are catching a few sheepshead, mackerel, red-
fish, black drum, small mangrove snapper, flounder and
yellowtail jacks - just a little of everything. He also
reminds everyone that snook season closed Dec. 1.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
it's sheepshead and mackerel at the pier right now, plus
a few flounder and snapper. Small spoons and white jigs
are the ticket for the macks, he added.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are reports of legal-size grouper coming out of
Terra Ceia Bay, and offshore catches of grouper are
good. He's also seeing some boaters bringing in lots
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Rick Fuchs from
Cincinnati, Ohio, to a good catch of king mackerel to 25
pounds, plus some big Spanish mackerel, a 50-pound
barracuda and some grouper in about 30 feet of water
over hard bottom in the Gulf. "Most of the action came
on whitebait, pinfish and shrimp," Capt. Zach said.
"The barracuda ate the leftovers from its first bite of a
Spanish mackerel. Later on, in Sarasota Bay, we bested
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Gail McGrath of Plant City caught this 32-pound kingfish while fishing offshore with Capt. Tom Chaya aboard
redfish up to 26 inches, speckled trout and ladyfish."
He's finding kingfish and mackerel action to remain
strong right up to the beginning of December. Other
action has included bonito, small grouper, mangrove
snapper, flounder and a rare cobia. "On the inshore
waters," he said, "things have been pretty active with
open water species, but most of the shallow flats species
are transitioning and the best scenario for success with
snook, reds and sheepshead would be a substantial front
that knocks down the water temps to a normal range in
the mid to low 60s for this time of year."
On my boat Magic, we're catching tons of redfish
up to 25 inches, plus flounder and limit catches of man-
grove snapper up to 17 inches on every trip.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and a name
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By Rick Catlin
The marketing efforts of the Braden-
ton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
will be recognized Jan. 28, 2008, in New
York City when the CVB will receive
two Gold Adrian Awards from the Hos-
pitality Sales and Marketing Association
The gold awards are for the destina-
tion's brand-positioning campaign and
2007 Visitors Guide. The CVB earned
a bronze award for its media kit.
"Florida's Gulf Islands" are mar-
keted to visitors around the world in the
CVB's marketing strategy.
"We've been very happy with the
results of our new branding campaign,"
said CVB marketing and public relations
director Susan Estler. "We expect our
Island Mail and More celebrates anniversary
Sue Normand, owner of Island Mail and More at 3230 E. Bay Drive in Holmes
Beach, is celebrating her fifth anniversary in business this week. Originally
conceived as a mail, conference and business center, Island Mail and More now
offers decorative bubble mailer, cards and gift tags and e-mail confirmation on
delivered items so holiday gift shippers can rest easy knowing their packages
have arrived. For more information, call Island Mail and More at 941-228-1911.
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campaign to continue driving consumer
awareness that will lead to increased
visitation and room nights in Florida's
The CVB earned the gold awards in
competition that included nearly 1,300
entries from more than 35 countries.
The winning entries are the work of
Insight Advertising of Fort Myers. The
agency specializes in destination brand
marketing and has represented Florida's
Gulf Islands since August 2006.
5300 Gulf Drive, Unit 105 (incor-
rectly reported last week as Unit 103),
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with pool built in 1971 was sold 11/07/07,
Newhart to Gross for $800,000; list
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on a 50x105 lot was sold 11 16/07, Bobko
to Stephan for $399,000; list $409,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate transac-
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Fire chief joins Rotary club
West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price is welcomed into the Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island during a program Nov. 27 at the BeachHouse Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach. Pictured are Price, center, with past club president Steve Schlu-
eter and current president Pam Schlueter. The club meets Tuesdays at noon at the
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce's November business card
exchange featured an address by attorney and new chamber member William
Riethmiller. The next card exchange will be the holiday party sponsored by Bridge
Street Interiors, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednes-
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Longboat Limo marks 13 years
Jim and Jimmy Seaton of Longboat Limousine & Liquid Limousine Charters
celebrated their 13th anniversary in business last week. The company provides
transportation services on land and on the water, offering sedan- and stretch-style
limo service, as well as travel by yacht. The company's fleet numbers more than 15
vehicles. For more information, call 941-383-1235. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
New store opens in Anna Maria
Rachel Vanatta Noyes and Justin Kingsley Noyes along with their official greeter,
"Holly," have opened The Hive Creations. Vanatta makes jewelry and home
decor. Noyes started his own label of screen-printed clothes and does wood-cut
art. The store is located at 9908 Gulf Drive, Suite C, in Anna Maria. For more
information, call 941-778-2389 or 941-524-2572. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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Captain Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters talks about his business during
a breakfast meeting of the Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of
Commerce Nov. 28. The program took place at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. For more information, call 941-383-2466. Islander
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Cortez club hears Island Players' history
Islander community ambassador Nancy Ambrose joins the Cortez Kiwanis Club
Oct. 25 for breakfast and to talk about the history of the Island Players. Ambrose
is vice president of the theater group's board. The Kiwanis meeting took place at
Eddie's Sunnyside Up restaurant in Bradenton. For more information about the
Cortez Kiwanis, call 941-792-7715. Islander Photo: Courtesy Nancy Ambrose
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By Kevin Cassidy
The men of the Key Royale Club played an 18-hole,
low-net-of-partners tourney on Nov. 28 at the Key
Royale Club golf course. The team of Lew Winegar-
den and Jim Thorton earned bi,. inii.' rights for the day
with a 3-over-par 131 to edge a pair of teams that were
one shot back. John Atkinson and partner Dick Grimme
matched the 4-over par 132 carded by Bob Sayles and
Larry Fowler to tie for second place. Third place went
to the team of Merritt Fineout and Gerry Taylor at 134,
while the team of Bob Kelly and Chris Collins were one
shot back in fourth place.
The Key Royale men were at it again with a 9-hole,
low-net-of-partners tournament on Nov. 26. First place
went to the team of Chris Collins and Dick Grimme,
who combined to fire an impressive 7-under-par 57,
which was three strokes better than the second-place
team of Tom Warda and Dave Krueger. There was a
three-way tie for third place between Bob Kral and Vince
Mercadante, Ed Havlik and Larry Fowler and the team
of Jim Finn and Chuck Boes, who all matched par 64 on
the day. Bob Landgren and Tom Lewis were at 1-over-
par 65 to finish fourth.
The ladies teamed up with the men on Nov. 23 in
a two-best-balls-of-foursome tournament. The team of
Teddy Morgan, Al Gunn and Rose Slomba fired a 9-un-
der-par 55 to edge the team of Jane Winegarden, Jim
Finn, Jerry Brown and Earl Huntzinger by one shot. Al
Morgan and Terry Westby both had chip-ins on the day.
Four teams emerged with 2-1 pool play records
during the Nov. 28 horseshoe proceedings at the Anna
Maria City Hall pits. The first semifinal saw Ron Pepka
and John Johnson defeat the team of Debbie Rhodes
and Bill Bartlett 21-15 to advance to the finals. There
they met the team of Steve Doyle and Art Kingstad,
who had defeated Ron Slagh and Paul Sheatler by a
21-16 score. The finals saw Pepka and Johnson roll to
the top with a 21-11 win over Doyle-Kingstad.
The Nov. 24 horseshoe games saw 12 teams square
off, but only the team of Ron Pepka and Ron Slagh man-
aged undefeated pool play and the pair were the day's
outright champions. Sam Samuels and Hank Huyghe
outlasted four other teams to earn runners-up honors.
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The Manatee High School Freshman and JV volleyball team recently celebrated the end of the season with a
banquet at the school, where coach Jessica Hinkle thanked the parents and players for a successful season.
Freshman team player Sarah Howard, and J.V players Jenna Duvall, Mackenzie Kosfeld, Kendall Anderson
and Alexa Carr all received praise for their efforts. Pictured are Island players Sarah Howard, left, Mackenzie
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Anna Maria Elementary
School students received
a wildlife lesson when Ed
Straight, left, and David
Sadkin, right, visited the
school with some of the
residents of the Wildlife
Education and Rehabilitation
Center of Bradenton Beach.
Among the birds ofprey were
Angel, a barn owl that was
rehabilitated after having
been hit by a car. Students
learned that the barn owl is
unique to other owls because
it prefers only mice for meals.
Assisting with the presenta-
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FOR SALE: DELL computer, one year old with
printer and computer stand. $250. Call 330-206-
KAYAK: $350, BOSE 901 speakers, maple table
$185, table and chairs $75. 941-778-7003.
FOR SALE: WHIRLPOOL washer and dryer. Seldom
used, like new. $275 for both. Call 941-896-7092.
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:
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
CONCRETE BLOCKS 75 cents each. Have 133
bricks: 8 by 8 by 16. 139 bricks: 2 by 8 by 16. On
Anna Maria Island. 954-599-2899.
LARGE COMPUTER CHAIR like new $50. Ladies
golf clubs with bag, rarely used. Call 941-778-2785,
no voice mail.
GARAGE SALE: 8-2pm SATURDAY and SUNDAY
Dec 8-9. Christmas items, children's clothing, VHS,
DVD, bedding and more. 4913 Gulf Drive, Holmes
8AM-3PM FRIDAY, SATURDAY Dec. 7-8. Multi-fam-
ily garage sale. Tons of stuff. 211 Haverkos Court,
SALE: 8AM FRIDAY AND SATURDAY Dec 7-8.
Lots of Christmas decorations, household items,
furniture. Four families. 2906 Avenue B, Holmes
GARAGE SALE: 8AM-11AM SATURDAY December
8.. 2914 Gulf Drive.
BIG GARAGE SALE: 9am to noon Friday and Satur-
day, Dec.7-8. Great selection! 511 75th St., Holmes
ARTS, CRAFTS AND farmer's market. 8am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9. Gift items, antiques,
orchids and more. The Market at Longboat Key,
Whitney Beach Plaza.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
OF ANNA MARIA
Immaculate Bay Palms home. Spacious 2BR/2BA,
2-car garage. Enjoy excellent tenant's income while
preparing for your move. $489,500.
Choice large duplex lot with small home, includes
several options for property use. $429,000
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
NIKI'S ISLAND TREASURES antiques and unique.
We'll be open for gala shopping night Dec. 7 5pm-
8pm. Sip on champagne and cookies. Meet Santa
Claus. Gifts, antiques, jewelry galore. All sterling
silver 50-75 percent off. Select art, crystal antiques
and jewelry 30-80 percent off. 5351 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Open seven days a week 9:30am-
5pm. (Dec 7 9:30am-8pm).
SATURDAY 9AM-1 PM Washer, old rattan furniture,
dorm fridge, curtains, pictures, antiques, and tables.
894 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
YARD SALE SATURDAY December 8th, 9am-1 pm.
Two Families. Corner of Rose and Jacaranda, Anna
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
day, Thursday. 9am-noon Saturday. 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
VENDORS WANTED! HUGE outdoor market 8am-
4pm Saturday Dec. 8 and Sunday Dec. 9 at the
Longboat Key Market. Whitney Beach Plaza Call
LOST DODGE TRUCK keys. Single key with alarm
remote. Please drop into the Islander if found.
FOUND A BOSTON terrier dog near Anna Maria
Elementary. Please, call Melissa Lazzara 941-779-
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages three through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdi-
NATIVE FLORIDA FOLK artist Rhonda K's funny
bar signs and mermaids make great original signed
gifts. Buy at Restless Native and Starfish Company
Restaurant. Need custom sign? See gallery at:
rhondakwrites.com call 941-704-7558.
ISLAND RESIDENT BUYS costume jewelry, fine
jewelry. Sterling silver wanted. Will come to you.
Diana Miller, 941-592-1400. E-mail: salesbydiana@
LOOKING FOR CHILDCARE? VPK? Bizzy Bees
Daycare (formerly on the Island) enrolling now!
Ages 6 weeks - 5 years. Call Shelagh, 941-761-
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
* Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
PERICO BAY CLUB TOWNHOUSE
883 Waterside Ln., Bradenton:
2-3BR/2BA, 1,632 sf, furnished,
water and preserve views. Gated com-
munity. Only two miles to Gulf beaches.
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums, flute, saxo-
phone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call Scott Achor,
941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen, 941-758-0395.
FREE GUN LOCK.Yes, free. Courtesy of the Project
Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
HOME NEEDED FOR 2-year-old male tabby. FeLV
positive. Please, help. 941-586-8257.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941 -
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
2000 HONDA ACCORD LX. Automatic, air-condi-
tioning, silver, 78,000 miles. Excellent Condition
1996 GRAND CHEROKEE, 1996 Jeep SUV.
123,000 miles, two-wheel drive, power, good con-
dition. Runs great. Below book value: $3,250. View
at The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-1102.
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@
KAYAK: $350. BOSE 901 speakers, maple table
$185, table and chairs $75. 941-778-7003.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place clas-
sified ads and subscribe online with our secure server?
Check it out at www.islander.org, where you can read
Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday.
S3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Kathy Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, GRI, CRS 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
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EXPERIENCE - REPUTATION - RESULTS
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $395,000.
SHELL POINT 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool view. turnkey, $288,900.
PERICO ISLAND 3BR/2BA community pool, tennis courts. Turnkey
furnished, five minutes to beaches. $429,000.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. 90x104. $690,000.
CAYMAN CAY Across from Beaches, 2BR/2BA, carport, ground floor end
unit. Turnkey, glassed lanai. Updated throughout. $324,900.
WILDEWOOD SPGS 2-3BR, private courtyard, Updated. $199,000.
ILEXHURST LOT 2914 AVE C. H.B. $233,900.
TEN MINUTES TO GULF 3BR/2BA, pool/spa, cathedral ceilings,
lush landscape, many upgrades. Like new! $429,800.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
HOLMES BEACH- 778-0807
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com
Sandy Point, Unit #204
Second-floor unit with views of the bay, turnkey furnished,
covered parking, heated pool, in an excellent location,
close to everything! $289,000! CallJesseBrisson, 941-713-4755.
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ISLA - ER CLA SSIFIEDj
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Five hour morning
shifts and overnights, 10pm-8am, available. Travel
NAIL TECH OR massage therapist room available
for rent. 941-713-5244 to view.
KITCHEN HELP apply by e-mail to chef@oohla-
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more infor-
BOUTIQUE: CRUISEWEAR, GIFTS and more in
top Holmes Beach mall. Only $10,000 plus inven-
tory at 10 percent under cost! Longview Realty,
HAIR SALON: ANNA Maria. 1,600 sf, Gulf Drive
frontage. All fixtures, equipment and inventory
included. $9,500. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-
CAFE/RESTRUANT HOLMES Beach. Charming,
fine location. Potential, retail inventory available
$75,000. Longview Realty 941-383-6112
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
CALL KENDALL: 15-year old high school sopho-
more looking for babysitting, pet sitting or dog walk-
ing jobs. Four years experience and first aid certi-
fied. Great with kids and animals! 941-779-9783.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED 14-year-old looking for a
job babysitting or pet sitting. Experienced with kids!
Call Kim, 941-794-8640 or 941-807-0889.
FOR BABYSITTING, PETSITTING or dog walking:
Call Ariel and Kayla Jennis, twin sophomores at
Manatee High School. CPR and first-aid certified
by the Red Cross. 941-778-1746.
ISLAND TUTORING WITH Chris Perez. 15-year-old
Manatee High School freshman will tutor elemen-
tary or middle school child in math, science and
English. Available 3:30-5:30pm Monday-Friday, and
weekends by request. Call 941-778-2979. Refer-
ences on request.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941 -
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
ANY ODD JOBS? Need a pet sitter or dog walker?
Island local, dependable 17 year-old seeks work.
Call Zach, 941-779-9783 or 941-224-5854.
LOCK AROUND THE Clock: Island locksmith and
owner Bob Woods. Licensed, bonded and insured.
941-778-1661 or 941-713-4414.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
TUTOR: 30 YEARS experience with B.A.elementary
education; M.A. reading specialist, M.A. learning
disabilities; edd a.b.d. 941-778-0349.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking ser-
vices - when and what you need - to ensure your
house is secure and cared for while you are away.
Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.my.house@
verizon.net for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience all phases of nail care. Gift bou-
tique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and sun-
glasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure ser-
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING Co.: Oldest and
best on Anna Maria! 34 years of grateful, happy
AAA - ALL AMERICAN Home Inspections Inc.
Licensed, insured and NACHI certified. On-site
computer generated report, 25 years experience
owner operated. Don Viehman, ph/fax 941-792-
9595, e-mail email@example.com.
CLEANING COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL clean-
ing: Available weekends. Professional service,
beautiful results. Call Sandy, 941-747-2907.
PREFFERED SOD, ST. Augustine, seville, floratom,
palmetto, zpysia. Also available: rip out, installation,
irrigation, free estimates. Se habla espanol. Call for
FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield. Available
for private parties, corporate events and golf tourna-
ments. Call 781-367-0339.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spy-
ware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis
and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom
system design. 941-224-1069.
CAREGIVER FOR THE elderly. 28 years experi-
ence, all duties and appointments. Please call Diana
LEWIS MOBILE CAR wash. Detail, shampoo and
vacuuming inside wash outside. At your home or
office, anywhere 941-465-6963.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
& C 0 M iMU-OMATIZS EIT O RYS Tt
' nn aria nd MikeCarleton are happy
p epou with your sales, rental and
property management needs.
903'Gulf Drive * Anna Maria * 941.779.9500
One of the biggest names
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W hen you choose Chase you
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nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan
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to your local community.
Call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
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ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
FRAMING AND REMODELING. Over 18 years
experience. Licensed and insured. Refrences avail-
able upon request. Call Lojax Construction LLC, ask
for Logan 941-448-7369.
D&E HANDYMAN SERVICES. Drywall, finishing,
texture, painting, trim, free estimates, insured. 941-
524-0299 or 941-524-9046.
PROFFESIONAL BARTENDER/SERVER to help
with your holiday parties. Call Sally at 941-737-
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pres-
sure washing, landscaping, property maintenance.
Owner operated by Island resident. Exceptional
value! Licensed and insured. Call 941-726-7070.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. Many references and insured. Please
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since
1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
TIRED OF PAYING more than estimates? Tree trim-
ming, removal, pruning, mulching. Guaranteed best
price in writing. 11-year Island resident. Cell, 941-
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"
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-
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island expe-
rience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen anytime.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, 941-795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION. Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-
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.
Griffin's Home Improvements Inc. Handyman, fine
woodwork, countertops, cabinets 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, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Get a bid
then call Nick, he's the best. Island references.
Licensed. Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or 941-962-
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
WAI LIHUN I LU I O orsaie from ;$14,UUU
to $151,000 ONLY3 REMAINING Premium
location New subdivision Builder & floor
plans available immediately Becky Smith
& Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246 #549550
Inxguug Ncop Homet Sim"e 1939
VALUI U IN only a few 1 UU ys from
Gulf Beautiful street & beach access Build 2
homes or remodel cottage & live in paradise
2BR/1 5BA Karen Day (941) 778-2246
LOCATED ON 13th GREEN at Waterlefe
View & privacy unsurpassed Entertainers
dream home, stainlessappl, plantation shut-
ters, customwindow decor, a touch of Euro-
pean elegance Owner/Agent Jaques Davis
(9411 77R-2246 #567700 $749 000
MANATEE RIVER LOTS spectacular DIRECT GULF FRONT 2BR/2BA condo with GULF FRONT Prime 2BR/2BA end unit wiht
panoramic views with 90' frontage and fabulous views This top floor end unit is panoramic gulf views Well maintained,
over 13,000 sq ft each lot Located on the offered turnkey furnished Great walking turnkey furnished condo with heated pool,
south shore close to downtown and 1-75 beach, heated pool and weekly rentals covered parking and great walking beach
Dave Moynihan (941) 778-2246 #563238 permitted Dave Moynihan (941) 778-2246 Weekly rentalsallowed Dave Moynihan (941)
$425,000 #567192 $635,500 778-2246 #567452 $655,500
A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulf Front lot Build your dream home EXQUISITE Gulf views & luxury amenities 3BR/2 5BA Crown
here Walkthesugarwhitesand beach,watch thestunningsunsets,
see the dolphins swim by Write your novel here' Becky Smith or
Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246 #504998 $1,399,999
LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT Key West style home on sailboat
water Boatlift, open floor plan, 4 car garage,workout room & 30'
screened balcony Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246
RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS Now available several 1 or 2BR units,
Bayfront, pool side & otherviews Some updated Phonefor details
Parklikesetting,beach access,tennis,pool Onsiterentals Priced
$299,000 - $469,900 (941) 778-2246
GRACIOUS LIVING in this waterfront, updated 3BR/3BA condo
Loftoverlookinggreatroom Soaringceilings Separate breakfast
rm 40 foot dock included Price Reduced Peggy Kendall (941)
383-5577 #332186 $599,900
PERICO BAY CLUB The mostexquisite villa in Perico Furnishings
and decor are to die for New roof, siding, AC Updated kit & BA
Encl lanai w/ lake view Private 2BR/2BA Karen Day (941) 778-
2246 #545756 $489,000
Moldings accent high ceilings & open plan Granite countertops
& stainless appl Designer perfect furnishings Karen Day (941)
778-2246 #551496 $1,599,000
GULFSHORE OF LONGBOAT Just steps to the beach or bay from
this 2BR/1BA land owned mobile home Over 55 community with
dock available Low maintenance fee Cathy C Meldahl PA (941)
383-5577 #364119 $151,500
SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB Best priced villa for the condition &
location Viewofbay&ICWfrom lanai Active clubhouse, marina,
boatdocks, priv beach, heated pool & more Cathy C Meldahl PA
(941)383-5577 #368905 $350,000
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Lawn Celebrating 24 Years of
Service Quality & Dependable Service.
rCall us for your landscape
778.1345 and hardscape needs.
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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.
HOME IMPROVEMENT: ENTIRE home renova-
tions. Kitchens, baths, cabinets, drywall, carpentry,
tile, all floor coverings, painting. Free estimates. Call
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, rescreening
and remodeling. Forrest Parks Inc. 941-737-5967.
Emergency calls, 941-708-0676.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
WANTED COMPETENT HANDYMAN. Qualified
in carpentry and plumbing. Employed on day-rate
basis only. 941-779-2220.
TKA BUILDERS ALL Phases of construction and
remodeling commercial/residential, license/insured,
23 years experience. Tom (941) 526-5396.
CARPET, TILE, LAMINATES Installation and repair,
restrech. 23 years experience, license/insured, call
Tom (941) 526-5396.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach. Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
clothes and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalm-
Here is Ruby.
bull mix, very
friendly and low
$80. Call Julie
at SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or
Manatee Humane Society, 941-747-8808.
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA half duplex. Great loca-
tion, 201 72nd St., Holmes Beach. Very clean, pos-
sible third bedroom or office. Pet OK. $1,200/month.
CoastLine Accommodations, 941-779-9500.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, Gulf views. $1,200/
month includes water, cable TV, washer and dryer.
104 31st St., Holmes Beach. CoastLine Accommo-
SEASONAL TURNKEY SUNNY Shores mobile
home. 1 BR/1 BA, near beach, clubhouse. $1,200/
CHARMING MONTHLY SEASONAL: Condominium.
Beach view on Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer
and dryer. Two screened in-decks. Pool. Cross the
street on the water. $2,400/month. 813-677-7477.
FOR RENT: STORAGE garage, 11feet wide, 24
feet deep and 10 feet tall. Located at 114 52nd St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-356-3903.
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,
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
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.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1 BA GROUND-level duplex.
Large lanai, new kitchen, washer and dryer, two
blocks to beach. No smoking. March, $2,700/month.
April, $2,100/month. 813-928-5378, or evergreen-
CONDO: ANNA MARIA, Shell Point. 2BR/2BA fur-
nished. Ground floor on water. Heated pool. Tennis
court. Covered parking. No pets, smoking. Coin
laundry. Minimum two months. Seasonal rates. First,
last, security. 716-861-8016.
MUST SEE: 2BR/1 BA. Steps to beach, washer and
dryer in unit, large pool, free cable and water, newly
painted and carpeted, small pets OK. Annual $950/
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1 BA. Great neigh-
borhood, steps to beach, across from bay. $950/
month. Call 941-737-9662.
BRADENTOWN IMG GOLF course condo,
2BR/2BA, first-floor, turnkey Jan 1 -March 20, 2008.
OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: 240-1,200 sf, Long-
boat Key. Secretarial services onsite. Call 941-383-
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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SEASONAL RENTAL: KEY Royale, fully furnished,
2BR/2BA, boat dock. $2,500/month. Call Kathy,
TWO-BEDROOM LUXURY condo, steps from
the beach. Tennis, sauna, heated pool near good
restraunt. $995/week plus tax and cleanup. Call
863-688-3524, cell 863-608-1833.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL unfurnished 2BR. $850/
month plus utilities. First, last, security. Dec. 1. 941-
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED: BEAUTIFUL large
2BR/2BA, florida room, dishwasher, washer-dryer
hookup, carport $1,000.2BR/1 BA apartment, $725/
month. 1BR/1BA $700/month. Small older house
$800/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty 778-
WATERFRONT 1BR/1BA APARTMENT 2008
season. 2BR/2BA house. Discount price due to
cancellation. Call 703-587-4675.
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
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 December, 941-896-5827 http://vaca-
ANNA MARIA ISLAND club. March 2008 rental
available. Beachfront 2600 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON 2BR/1 BA duplex,
carport, storage, washer and dryer hookups, yard.
$650/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-
CORTEZ ROAD CONDO, canal access to Gulf with
dock. 1/2BR furnished. For more information or to
view 863-687-4052 or 863-686-5705, Annual lease
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/
DUPLEX, 2BR/1 BA, 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.Avail-
able now! E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, fully furnished
ground floor duplex with all amenities near Rod
and Reel pier. No smokers and no pets, available
December 1. Discount for longer stays, $1,200/
3BR/2BA HOUSE for rent in Holmes Beach. Garage,
washer/dryer hookup. Clean, large yard. No pets
SANDPIPER RESORT 55 plus, 2BR/1BA. $500
deposit, annual $650/month, seasonal $1,100/
month plus tax. Upgraded, turnkey furnished, car-
port, 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 Feb-
ruary $2,100/month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate
ANNA MARIA WATERFRONT 1BR/1.5BA. Com-
pletely remodeled, 900 sf, private poolside patio,
201 S. Bay/Spring Ave., apartment 3 $900/month.
Cell, 786-375-9633, leave message for Reggie.
HOLMES BEACH: GULFFRONT condo, 1-2/BR
totally remodeled, stainless-steel appliances, two
pools and carport. $299,900. 941-795-5060.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA, elevated duplex.
walk to beach or shopping. $925/month, plus utili-
ties or optional garage at $1,000/Month. Located
on Avenue C, Holmes Beach. First and security
FURNISHED "TURNKEY" APARTMENT. Clean,
cozy 2BR/1BA. Short walk to the beach, restau-
rants, trolley, shops and bars. $1,500/month. Can
e-mail pictures. Available now thru March 2008.
GULF VIEWS: ONLY 30 yards to beach. 3BR/1 BA,
ground-level home with porch. Dead end on Avenue
F, Holmes Beach. No pets, nonsmoking. $1,050/
month-plus. Yearly lease. Call owner, cell 800-894-
RINGLING RETREAT AT Lido Beach. Available
now at pre-season rates! $1,200-$2,250/month.
Fully furnished modern studio, 1/2BR apartments
in garden setting. A few steps to beach; short walk
to St. Armands Circle. Fresh, tropical, delightful.
Seasonal rentals. Photos at www.vrbo.com/132124.
e-mail: email@example.com. 941-780-5490.
WINTER RENTALS AVAILABLE: monthly, starting
at $2,100/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-
FOR RENT: ANNA Maria. Beautiful remodeled
3BR/2BA and 2BR/1BA, fourth and fifth houses
from the Gulf. Available December 2007-January
2008. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-778-7933.
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ISLA AER CLA SSIFIEDS
AVAILABLE RENTALS FOR winter 2008.1 BR/1 BA
apartment, central Holmes Beach, $1,750/month.
2BR/1BA apartment, west of Gulf Drive, $1,900-
$2,000/month. 2BR/2BA north Anna Maria home,
$2,600/month. 3BR/2BA home, Bean Point area,
$3,200/month. 3BR/2BA great Gulf views, Anna
Maria, $3,600/month. 2BR/2BA, canal and pool,
Holmes Beach, $3,300/month. 3BR/2BA pool,
Holmes Beach, $3,800/month. Luxury Gulffront
condo, Holmes Beach, $5,600/month. Luxury
3BR/2BA with Jacuzzi, north Anna Maria, $5,600/
month. Some available weekly or monthly. Call Green
Real Estate, 941-778-0455. www.greenreal.com
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL, unfurnished, ground-level
2BR. $850/month plus utilities. First, last and secu-
VILLAGE GREEN 2BR/2BA annual. $1100 split
design, glass lanai, living room and dining room,
kitchen. Quiet street. First, security, last. Call 941-
CLEAN, PRIVATE, FULLY furnished, large efficiency
unit. Walk to beach. $1,000/month 513-378-9100.
SEASONAL AVAILABILITY WESTBAY Cove/West-
bay Point. 2BR/2BA tennis, heated pool. Close to
all services. Call Sharon at Old Florida Realty, 941 -
ROOM MATE NEEDED annually. 2BR/2BA, first
and last. $450/month plus half utilities. Call 941-
ENCLOSED STORAGE AREA Holmes Beach.
1,000 sf, $350/month. Close to city hall. 941-704-
DIRECT GULFFRONT, beautifully furnished
2BR/2.5BA. Beach, pool, tennis court. Bi-monthly
or monthly. 941-794-887.7
VACATION RENTALS: BOATS welcome. Palma
Sola Bay, 2BR/2BA boat dock, pool, townhouse,
$550/week. Key Royale waterfront home, pool, boat
dock, $899/week. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
WEEKLY VACATION RENTAL. 3BR/2BA sleeps six.
Great sunset and beach views. $750/week. 941-
SIX MONTH FURNISHED 2BR/2BA rental on Key
Royale, December through May! Also 1 BR/1 BA
furnished beachside rental December through
May! Annual rental 2BR/2BA elevated duplex on
71 st Street near the beach, $1000+utilities. Annual
2BR/1 BA near the beach in Anna Maria $950/month
plus utilities. Beautiful 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished
annual near the Pier in Anna Maria $1,400/month
plus utilities Call Sue at An Island Place Realty,
NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: From mid-$200s.
Minutes to beach, one block south of Manatee
Avenue on 67th Street. Models open daily. Hidden
Lake Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.hiddenlake-
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, private
beach access, clubhouse, shuffleboard and more.
$149,000. Includes share. Call Deb for viewing, 941 -
BRADENTON BEACH CONDO: 2BR/2BA, located
steps to the beach and Intracostal. Unit has two
floors above parking. Remodeled interior and exte-
rior. $350,000, Call 813-245-0428.
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.
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.
DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000. 941-730-2606.
$469,900. HOLMES BEACH elevated duplex plus
owner's quarters on Gulf Drive. Steps to beach.
Health forces sale. Call N. Whipple at RoseBay Real
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 Mitchell 941-737-3424, Ted
Geeraerts Real Estate.
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-
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.
3BR/2.5BA HOUSE, STEPS to beach: Less than
two years old, nearly 2,000 sf, 18-foot soaring ceil-
ings, heated pool, granite counter-tops, wood cabi-
nets, stainless-steel appliances, hardwood floors,
metal roof, two-car garage and more! Owner must
sell. A real value at $669,000. 941-725-2826.
TIMESHARE FOR SALE - Tortuga Beach Club -
weeks 24 and 25, June 13 thru June 27, 2008. On
the beach, five stars, Sanibel Island. Call for price
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2.5BA, townhouse,
large living room, pool, storm shutters, $479,000.
941-722-0640 or 941-301-9088.
BEAUTIFUL GULF VIEWS from this 2BR/2BA
Bradenton Beach condo. Tommy Bahama-style fur-
nishings, washer and dryer in unit, kitchen, granite,
stainless steel. Complex has pool, spa, tennis court,
boat slips, fishing pier. $519,000. Owner at 941-388-
5238 or 941-447-2061.
TWO OUT OF THREE By Trip Payne/ Edited by Will Shortz
10 Traipse (about)
13 Diamond points
18 Fashion's Tahari
22 Between green and
23 General assemblies
24 Nonsense about a
25 Warning about Mel
Gibson on a
28 Catchy tunes
29 ___ prime
30 Somewhere around
34 Far from perky
35 One who tells it
like it isn't
38 Bagel order
41 Major book about a
leader of the
47 Mr. Noodle's friend
on "Sesame Street"
48 Ltr. with a period
50 Like most jigsaw
51 Snow leopard
53 Capital of Honshu
54 French Toaster
55 Work with intaglio
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on page 36
57 Fixes a soundtrack
59 Margaret famous
with big eyes
62 Japanned metal
66 Not for the masses
67 Hound, typically?
69 Subject of the film
72 He spent 29 years
in the Knesset
74 Kind of powder
75 Formerly did
76 Part of making a
78 They travel very
80 X-ray doses
81 Takes too much,
84 Half of an
85 Verdi's "Don ___
87 "___ Unleashed!"
88 Figure skating
90 Why horses are
attracted to a
96 Chang and Eng's
97 1987 Suzanne Vega
99 Join up
103 Divers' milieus
106 Why guitar-loving
Cooke was blue
when his gal named
112 Witticism about a
wrinkly little dog?
115 Flame battler, at
116 Cover, in a way
117 Part of the answer
118 Tannin source
119 City that lost
capital status in
120 Unable to pay the
121 1980s video game
console, in brief
122 Puzzled (out)
123 ___ Spenlow
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2 Its first word
3 A nitwit liked the
4 Apparently do
5 "Eydie Swings the
6 Some tomatoes
7 Find one's
8 Gray lines
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10 Infection causes
11 Get of
12 Messing of "Will &
13 Open up, as a topic
15 "My dear man"
16 Musician Brian
17 Rank below
19 Some crosstown
21 Word before lock
26 Swift's "A Tale of
27 1980s Soviet leader
31 Count (on)
32 Signed in, say
33 Middle name of
35 Red-shelled fruit:
36 R.N.'s locale
37 U.S. dance grp.
38 L.A.'s region
39 Having multiple
40 German chancellor
43 Making a curling
motion with the
44 Frenzied situation
45 Like some jeans
46 To-do pile's place
52 Perfect places
56 Italian saint Philip
In ___ (dazed)
Vote in Quebec
64 End of a James
65 Wrote a novel, e.g.
67 Safari spottings
68 Graveyard shift
75 W.W. II American
77 Slangy turndown
79 "Feels good!"
81 Shoppe adjective
82 Temporarily not
83 Take to the skies
85 William Petersen
86 "Oh, clever!"
91 Calls (for)
95 Show off
98 Feature of some
100 Clinton's first
101 "___ is just pink
trying to be
102 Exeunt ___ (stage
103 Beurre blanc, e.g.
104 Rider of the steed
105 Coupon user
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108 Plebe's place:
109 Home to the Dr
110 Velcro alternative
111 Her sidekick was
112 Greek consonants
113 New England sch.
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MUST SELL: ELEVATED concrete duplex. 2/BR
per side. 3,500 sf. One block to beach. $429,900.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: TWO blocks from
Palma Sola Bay. No flood zone. Remodeled interior.
$329,000. Zero down available. Call owner/agent
direct, 941-356-1456. A great condo alternative.
CREATIVE FINANCING: KEY Royale waterfront
home, 3BR/2BA, all remodeled interiors. Spa, pool,
boat dock. Appraisal $935,000, now $799,000.
10percent down. Use my credit, no bank qualify-
ing. A great opportunity if you want an island home.
Call owner/agent direct, 941-356-1456.
COMPLETELY RENOVATED MOBILE home.
2BR/1BA. Nice size lot 16th Street, West Braden-
ton. $69,500. 941-538-0225.
3BR/3BA TWO car garage WATERFRONT Private
boat lift, dock and lanai. One mile to beach. Five min-
utes to Palma Sola Bay by Boat. No pets and no smok-
ing. San Remo Shores. $1,400. 941-524-6773.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Must see beautiful and colorful
fall foliage! Western North Carolina mountain homes, cabins, acre-
age and investments. Cherokee mountain GMAC Real Estate cher-
okeemountainrealty.com. Call for free brochure 800-841-5868.
DOCKABLE LAKEFRONT WITH log cabin only $89,900. Fish from
your front porch, 2,100 sf. Log home package on wooded lakefront
in park-like setting. Gorgeous Tennessee lake in private commu-
nity. Excellent financing. Call now 888-792-5253, ext.1650.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: FIVE acres riverfront on big reed island
creek near New River State Park, fishing, view, private, good
access. $89,500. Call 866-789-8535.
THREE THIRTY-FIVE acre tracts near Moultrie, Ga. Wooded
acreage with lots of paved road frontage. $8,000 per acre. Call
Norris Bishop Realty at 229-890-1186.
FIVE-THOUSAND SQUARE foot custom-built home on 10 acres.
Includes stocked pond, dock, pond house. Located 10 minutes
south of Tifton, Ga. Great location! Call Norris Bishop Realty at
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Simply the Best
Large office and large apartment in the center of
the Holmes Beach shopping area. Lots of storage and
over 3,000 sq.ft. under roof. Zoned for duplex and has
12,844 sq. ft. of land. $550,000.
GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD Priced to sell, this duplex
features 3BR/2.5BA across from bay. $479,000.
MAKE OFFER! Elevated 2BR/2BA home with large
screened porch. Bonus room, plenty of parking and
close to beach. $475,000.
SEASIDE GARDENS VILLA 1BR/1BA Updated
with ceramic tile and oak cabinets. Turnkey furnished.
Nor ma 941-778-6696
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40 0 DEC. 5, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Bright Spot in Real Estate News
' i i. 1...1, "Why arepeoplebuyingNeal Homes
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
Mr. Neal continued, "Our company has 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 - , 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.
I ....... i . 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
*W* "l "T
Cape Hatteras / Homesite 57
One of our most popular homes with many designer upgrades included! The open living
and dining room showcase this expansive plan. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a den, a massive
family room, and an eat-in kitchen complete this special home. The spacious lanai
surrounds an inviting pool perfect for entertaining.
WAS $634,000 JUST REDUCED - NOW $498,000
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 $489,900
For more information please call Betsy Schutz at
O Perico Harbor 0
Anna Maria Island & Gulf Beaches 0
0 Robinson's Preserve 0
0 Botanical Garden Park 0
O Rivertown Marina
Stewart Elementary School
King Middle School
U.S. Post Office
Urgent Care Medical Center
Building. Home. Life.
Neal Communities reserves the right to change floor plans, specifications and prices without notice. All renderings, floor plans and maps
are an artist's conception, and are not intended to be an actual depiction. Please see our sales representative with any questions.
Offer expires 12/31/07.