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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Tree trimming in time for holiday
AME second-graders Hunter Storey, Ceira Thomas and Jules Henig cut and decorate holiday trees crafted of
construction paper and garnished with glitter, beads and ribbons during a holiday craft session in Karen Gran-
stad's classroom. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Pine Avenue restoration
project takes first big step
By Rick Catlin
The first step in what Islanders Ed Chiles and Mike
Coleman believe will be the ultimate restoration and
preservation of Pine Avenue in Anna Maria to its 1920s
"Old Florida" look began last week with the sale of 315
Pine Ave. to Chiles and his group of investors.
The group, known as Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC, welcomed long-time Island visitor and prop-
erty owner Ted LaRoche as an investor in the proj-
LaRoche, who hails from Murfreesboro, Tenn.,
read about the Chiles-Coleman initiative to preserve
Pine Avenue in The Islander and contacted Chiles to
express an interest.
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"FU Zoning decision could
Cost Perico Bay Club
By Molly McCartney
Here's a Christmas letter to the nearly 700 mem-
bers of the Perico Bay Club condominium complex on
Perico Island on the south side of Manatee Avenue.
Welcome to insurance Zone 2, where property
owners apparently will be joining those living on Anna
Maria Island and paying higher property insurance rates
- especially for wind coverage - because of loca-
We know Perico Bay owners want to be in Zone
3 along with the rest of Manatee County's mainland
communities. But as of Friday, Dec. 14, state insurance
officials were saying that they actually belong in the
more expensive Zone 2.
If that decision stands, the annual premium cost to
insure the Perico Bay Club buildings will be about $432
more per condo unit, according to John Hagerty, Perico
Bay Club manager, and Terrence Hobbs, a Perico Bay
Club condo owner and board member.
"That's a pretty significant increase, and it's going
to cause some budget constraints - no getting around
that," said Hobbs, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. "But
if you want to stay here, you're going to have to pay
it, and we probably will, at least during this time when
you can't sell anything anyway."
Hobbs has been working w ith IhIL�it y on this insurance
issue, hoping to avoid the increase by challenging what
they see as a zone change.
They said the zone issue came up this summer
when the Perico Bay Club lost its standard insurance
coverage and turned to Citizens Property Insurance
Corporation, the state's insurer of last resort.
Citizens processed the Perico Bay Club application
with its new software and concluded that the condo-
minium complex belonged in Zone 2 rather than Zone
Hagerty figures the additional premium for a Zone
2 designation is about $300,000 a year for the Perico
Bay Club complex, a gated community with a huge
American flag at its entrance and grounds that include
winding streets, lush landscaping and waterways and
bays that attract birds and other wildlife.
The extra premium works out to about $432 a year
for each of the club's 694 condo owners.
As part of their zone challenge, Hagerty and Hobbs
met with representatives of Citizens in November at the
Bradenton holiday open house hosted by state Rep. Bill
Galvano (R-68), who has been working to find solu-
tions to the state's insurance crisis.
Hagerty works for Sentry Management, a profes-
PLEASE SEE INSURANCE, NEXT PAGE
Terrence Hobbs is one of 694 owners at the Perico
Bay Club condominiums facing a significant increase
in insurance premiums due to the community's loca-
tion on an island west of the mainland. Islander
Photo: Molly McCartney
That "interest" led to investment and the pur-
chase of the first of many Pine Avenue parcels for the
Chiles said he expects to close on seven more prop-
erties within the next 30 days.
He said he, along with Coleman and LaRoche, were
"extremely optimistic" about the future of the six lots
on the northwest corner of the Pine Avenue-North Bay
Boulevard intersection. With the city designating that
parcel as retail-office-residential on its future land-use
map, Chiles believes there is "great flexibility" for any
project on that site.
"We're very optimistic we can work with the city
to make those lots the showpiece" for what the group
plans, he said.
First Pine Avenue
The first of what inves-
tors hope will be many
. *deals for the future of
Pine Avenue development
came to the closing table
/ ' Dec. 14 at the Barnes
Walker office in Holmes
_ Beach. Pictured are,
seated, left to right, inves-
tor Ed ( ii/t ,, sellers Pat
and Curt Bell, investor-
- developer Mike Coleman
and investor Ted LaRoche
. of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Standing is commercial
lending officer Rich Steere
of Whitney Bank. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
2 0 DEC. 19, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Insurance hike hits Perico
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
sional management company that oversees the Perico
Bay Club operations. Hobbs is a member of the Edge-
water Cove I board, one of several condo boards within
the Perico Bay Club complex.
In the meeting at Galvano's office, Citizens com-
munications director Christine Turner told Hagerty,
Hobbs and Galvano that she would try to get to the
bottom of the Perico zone issue.
After consulting with Citizens' underwriting team,
Turner sent an e-mail message to Hagerty last week
saying that Citizens has new software tk Lihni >1 '. that
enables its underwriters to electronically check the
information submitted on the agent's application form
for a condominium community.
"The agent has classed this (Perico Bay Club) risk
as a Zone 3," the Turner e-mail said. But in review-
ing the agent's application, Citizens found that Perico
Island and the Perico Bay Club actually are located in
Zone 2, because "the property address is located on an
island west of the mainland."
Explained Turner: "It is my understanding that this
risk should have always been considered Zone 2 in the
past and it was not because we were not capable of
checking it electronically until now."
This is the first year that Citizens has been able to
electronically confirm addresses and zone designations
for condominium properties, Turner said.
But it has been possible for Citizens to do elec-
tronic checks on single-family home addresses and
zone designations "for some time," she said, and, as
a result, "single-family homes on Perico Island have
always been considered Zone 2."
Turner's e-mail to Hagerty also included a discus-
sion of the agent's reasons for classifying Perico Bay
Club as a Zone 3 property rather than Zone 2.
Without identifying the agent, the message said
that the agent had expressed the opinion that Perico
Island had been part of Zone 3 in the past and that the
Zone 3 definition appeared to have somehow changed
because "the state or county had done some dredg-
ing" that disconnected the island from the mainland
It was not clear from the e-mail if the agent had
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at Crosspointe Fellowship in Holmes Beach. AMICCO's next concert will be Feb. 17 at Crosspointe. Tickets
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addressed how the condo complex could have a differ-
ent zone designation from single-family home.
Nor was it clear at press time if this is the final word
on the Perico Bay Club zone designation.
Galvano said he would like to see more research,
because "you have a whole community relying on one
representation and making plans based on that, and then
the premium makes a huge jump."
He said he would do some homework to review
what the Perico Bay Club owners are saying and to dis-
cuss matters with the Florida Office of Insurance Regu-
lation, which regulates insurance rates in Florida.
"If the agent is correct about a change as a result
of some dredging, then maybe there is something
to explore," Galvano said, so he thinks "we need to
take another look and make sure it is as equitable as
it can be.
"I feel for everybody so much."
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 19, 2007 3 3
Palma Sola gets sand, awaits plants
By Lisa Neff
Sand - tons of it - was deposited along the
Palma Sola Causeway last week to renourish the bay
By the end of April, hundreds of trees also should
stand along the causeway, which is designated as a
scenic highway by the state.
The landscaping project has been delayed due to
an underestimate in the cost of implementing an initial
design plan, but members of the Palma Sola Scenic
Highway Corridor Management Entity said last week
that a redesign is in the final stages and a contract about
to be awarded. Rather than cut the proposed 744 trees,
sod and some shrubbery were eliminated from the
"We're on budget now," said Ingrid McClellan,
executive director of Keep Manatee Beautiful and chair
of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Manage-
ment Entity. The committee consists of representatives
from non-profit groups and citizens, as well as advisory
officials from Bradenton, Manatee County, Holmes
Beach, the Florida Department of Transportation and
other governmental entities.
Meeting Dec. 12, the Palma Sola group agreed that
with deadlines to use $295,000 in state and federal grant
money set for April and June, they must push forward
with plantings as soon as possible.
But committee members, after listening to Island
landscaper Mike Miller, also agreed to review where
trees and shrubs will be planted, as well as whether
some plants may be replaced with other species.
Miller said the project as designed seems too uni-
With the removal earlier this year of Brazilian
pepper trees along the causeway, Miller said he began
to remember what the stretch of road connecting the
mainland to Anna Maria Island once looked like.
But the landscaping plan for the causeway "is an
Arvida-style" design that would take away the natural
look, Miller said, referring to the manicured new-Flor-
ida look in housing developments.
"This is old architectural landscape school," Miller
said, adding that the intent should be to create a land-
scape along the corridor that looks natural.
While the current plan uses all native Florida
plants, Miller recommended native substitutions such
as Jamaican dogwood, strangler fig and southern red
cedar and a more random configuration of plants.
"Nature could not have done this," he said, refer-
ring to the design of clustered plants.
"I 100-percent support Mike," said Manatee County
Commissioner Carol Whitmore, who attended the meet-
ing but is not a voting member of the group. "I've seen
the look the causeway needs to be. Everything (in the
Sand is dumped on the beach along the Palma Sola Causeway on Dec. 10. The sand had been stored on the
bayside of Coquina Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
plan) is uniform.... It's going to look like Arvida. It
isn't the natural feel, but it can be changed."
McClellan defended the plan, pointing out the use
of native species. "They will grow au natural," she said.
But she also invited Miller to assist on-site when the
planting is about to begin.
"We can make changes in the field," McClellan
Meanwhile, beach renourishment on the causeway
began Dec. 10 and was expected to conclude Tuesday,
McClellan said truckers were hauling a total
of 9,500 cubic yards of sand from a staging area at
Coquina Beach to the causeway. The sand resulted from
a dredging program in the Intracoastal Waterway.
Eight to 10 trucks a day, much of the work donated
by local contractors, hauled the sand to the causeway,
the mean high-tide line demarcating where the sand
could be placed.
"It's a really big job and I can't wait till it's over,
but it's fun," McClellan said.
The Palma Sola group's agenda also included a dis-
cussion on placement of pet-waste stations, construc-
tion of a boat ramp along the causeway and removal of
Manon Lavoie of the DOT said the agency would
remove Brazilian pepper tree stumps left after the clear-
ing of non-native trees along the causeway earlier this
year. The work is expected to begin around the new
Australian pine tree stumps near the water's edge
will remain, said McClellan.
McClellan informed the group that the Tampa Bay
Estuary Program awarded a $10,000 grant for pet-waste
stations along the causeway. She said she planned to
talk with dog walkers about the best locations for sta-
Mark Alderson of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Pro-
gram suggested the group also apply for a similar grant
from his organization.
Regarding a new boat ramp on the causeway,
McClellan said the city of Bradenton has agreed to
build and maintain a parking lot and Manatee County
will build and maintain a boat ramp on the south side
of the causeway.
The group's next meeting will take place at 3:30
p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the county building, 1112
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
BB scenic group approves merger plan Meetings
BB scenic group approves merger plan
By Paul Roat
Let's all come together and sing "Kumbaya."
That was the word from the Bradenton Beach
Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity last
week, when it voted to join forces with the Waterfronts:
Accessible, Viable, Ecological and Sustainable com-
mittee to become one advisory committee to the city
Scenic highway members have addressed and
helped implement almost $1.4 million in projects in the
city along Gulf Drive in the past few years, City Com-
Bridge closure to
At presstime, the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation was scheduled to close the Anna Maria Island
Bridge to boat traffic between 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.
18, and 6 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.
DOT spokesperson Cindy Clemmons-Adente said
the closure would allow repair crews to remove the
asbestos from the bridgetenders building.
Clemmons-Adente said the planned closure would
not interfere with vehicular traffic.
The $9.2 million renovation project for the bridge
is still slated to begin in January, she added, but the
bridge will not be closed to vehicular traffic until the
end of September.
missioner John Chappie said, with most funds coming
from federal and state grants. The WAVES commit-
tee also has strong ties to outside funding sources to
improve the streetscape of the city.
Both committees are dealing with virtually identi-
cal issues, city project/program manager Lisa Maria
Phillips said. A joint committee would avoid quorum
problems that have plagued both bodies and could
reduce the number of meetings needed.
"I don't see any downside of joining the two com-
mittees," scenic highway chair Tim Lyons said.
Next up will be a discussion of the merger before
the joint scenic highway/WAVES committee meeting
at 3 p.m. Jan. 7.
In other business, the scenic highway committee
agreed that it would meet at 3 p.m. rather than its cur-
rent 1 p.m. session in an effort to gain more members.
The committee agreed that the later time would gain
Special AM meeting Thursday
The Anna Maria City Commission will hold a spe-
cial meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, to vote on
authorizing the mayor to sign a construction agreement
for Phase I of the long-planned stormwater drainage
Commissioners will also vote to authorize Com-
mission Chairman John Quam to sign a lot-split at 510
S. Bay Blvd.
Anna Maria City
Dec. 20, 5 p.m., special city commission meeting on
Phase I drainage project.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Dec. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting - CAN-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Dec. 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Governmental offices in Anna Maria City, Bradenton
Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will be
closed Dec. 24-25 for the Christmas holiday.
There will no be solid waste or recyclable collection
on Dec. 25 in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach or Long-
boat Key. The revised schedule calls for recycling
pickup for those cities in advance of the holiday on
Saturday, Dec. 22; solid waste collection on Wednes-
day, Dec. 26; and yard waste collection on Saturday,
Dec. 29. There is no change in schedule for Braden-
ton Beach collections
4 E DEC. 19, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Normand continues recovery, store opens
By Lisa Neff
"Taking care of business" proved the motto in
the aftershock of the Dec. 5 shootings on Anna Maria
But last week did not bring "business as usual."
Around the Island, residents and regular visitors
expressed outrage over the shooting at Island Mail & More
and the intrusion of violent crime into their paradise.
At St. Petersburg's Bayfront Medical Center, Sue
Normand, owner of Island Mail & More, recovered
from a gunshot wound suffered when a man walked
into her Holmes Beach store and turned a gun on her.
At Mail & More, Normand's son, Stephen, con-
ducted business - shipping packages and selling
stamps in between calls and visits from those wishing
his mother the best.
At Holmes Beach Police Department, police con-
tinued to prepare the case against the suspect, Mark W.
-- .Koenigs. An hour after allegedly
C shooting Normand, two Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputies
Ishot Koenigs as he aimed a gun
iat them on the beach in Braden-
" ton Beach, according to MCSO.
Koenigs, 54, was transferred
from St. Petersburg's Bayfront
Medical Center to the Manatee
Normand County jail, where he was held
last week on bonds totalling $2.4 million.
The defendant, whose legal address is in Bradenton
Beach, faces multiple charges in cases being handled by
two law enforcement agencies - HBPD and MCSO.
HBPD is investigating the shooting at Island Mail
& More and MCSO is handling
the shooting of the suspect in
In the Island Mail & More shoot-
ing, Koenigs faces a charge of
attempted first-degree murder.
A formal complaint against
Koenigs, filed at the Manatee
County Courthouse in Bradenton,
Koenigs stated that there was probable cause
to believe that the "defendant did shoot the victim with
premeditated intent to affect the death of the victim."
The complaint detailed what Normand, a long-time
member of the Holmes Beach Planning Commission,
told authorities happened Dec. 5. She arrived to her
business in the Anna Maria Island Centre Shops at
about 9:45 a.m. and noticed a man sitting on a bench
in a blue sweatshirt. She unlocked the store door and
allowed a couple waiting to mail a package to enter,
then relocked the door, awaiting her normal 10 a.m.
"The defendant," according to the complaint, "came
to the locked door, pulled on it and walked away."
Normand then unlocked the door.
"The defendant returned, opened the door, took two
steps inside, then turned and walked out," the complaint
The couple left the store and the defendant returned.
"He walked up to the counter with a package in his
hands," the complaint stated. "The victim took the
package from him and asked if needed any packing
material. The defendant said no, he needed stamps.
As the victim turned toward the cash register, he shot
her once. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the
abdomen, which subsequently resulted in the bullet
breaking her hip."
The complaint said that Normand knew the defen-
dant "as he has come to her store to mail certified letters
at least a dozen times this year."
In the MCSO case, Koenigs faces two counts of
aggravated assault with a firearm. MCSO Sheriff Brad
Stuebe said officers stopped Koenigs on the beach,
ordered him to show his hands and, when he pointed a
gun in the direction of two deputies, they fired. He was
wounded in the ankle, leg and groin.
Koenigs also is facing two contempt of court
charges apparently unrelated to the incident on the
The defendant, who is scheduled for arraignment
Jan. 18, continued to refuse to talk with police last
week, said HBPD chief Jay Romine.
L\ c .lybody knows what took place," Romine said.
"Nobody knows why."
Stephen Normand said he felt like giving up on the
Stephen Normand stands in for his mom at the Island Mail & More counter. Sue Normand is recovering from
a gunshot wound suffered on Dec. 5. A relief campaign has been launched on the Internet at www.supportsue.
com. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
"It's imponderable," he said.
Neighbors of a home Koenigs owns in Bradenton
have described him as erratic, negligent and annoying.
A relative last week described Koenigs as mentally ill.
Normand, from her hospital bed, said last week his
speech seemed "not right."
"It seems pretty clear this person has a long history
of mental illness," Stephen Normand said.
The son reopened the store Dec. 10, five days after
"No one knew I was here at first," he said. \\ id
started getting around and we had a run on people."
He and his sister, Lisa Normand, spent the days
before with their mother, who was transferred to a Sara-
sota rehab facility by Monday. "We know she was glad
to have us with her," he said.
But Sue Normand, who opened Island Mail & More
five years ago, also was concerned about being closed
during the peak Christmas season.
"Her business, it's her baby," said Stephen Nor-
mand, who previously has worked in the store, but also
works as a DJ in the Tampa area.
Last week, as he reopened the business, Stephen
Normand also launched www.supportsue.com on the
Internet for people to contribute via PayPal to the Sue
Normand Relief and Recovery Fund.
On the site, the Normand children described their
mom, a former mitigation specialist with the county and
real estate agent and broker, as devoted, independent
"Mom finally realized her dream of opening her
own business in 2002," the Web site states. "She has
struggled to run the business, mostly by herself, since
As the sole proprietor and the primary worker at
Island Mail & More, Normand did a lot to make ends
meet, including going without health insurance.
"This is all going to hit hard," Stephen Normand
said of the medical expenses. "She's going to be off
work for a year. She's going to have to pay people to be
here - though she' 11 probably be coming back sooner
than anybody tells her she can."
Last week, Holmes Beach resident and Manatee
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore lined up a pri-
mary care physician for Normand and began collecting
medical equipment for her return home.
"When she comes home, she is going to need con-
tinued care," said Whitmore, who was trying to find
someone to donate a lift for Normand's Holmes Beach
The daily routine seemed reestablished last week
in the plaza that's home to Island Mail & More, but
nearby residents and plaza visitors continued to discuss
the crime and its impact.
"I just think Sue's a wonderful person and I'm
praying for her to get through this all right," said Tina
Seufer of Bradenton Beach. "And I'm praying for jus-
tice. I'd like to know why people think it's all right for
guys to walk around with guns in this state."
"It can happen anywhere to anyone," said Bob
Worthington as he arrived last Thursday morning to
Ace Hardware on East Bay Drive for plumbing tools.
"That's what we say for reassurances, but that's hardly
"I know a young woman got murdered here and I
just think I'd be more worried if Sue's attacker was still
loose, too," Walgreens shopper Amy Dillard of Holmes
Beach said, referring to the slaying of Carla Ann Beard,
29, of Sarasota, in late November. Beard's body was
found Dec. 1 in Holmes Beach, where police believe
she was killed.
Romine, too, expressed relief that Koenigs, who
according to an arrest report is self-employed in real
estate, was quickly taken into custody.
After Normand was shot, the gunman walked from
Island Mail & More and fired his weapon several times
as he left the bustling plaza parking lot and headed
"It could have been a whole lot worse," Romine
said. "There were an awful lot of people who could
have gotten in the line of fire." That same day a gunman
in an Omaha, Neb., mall killed eight people before
taking his own life.
Romine had just left a meeting Dec. 5 when he
received the emergency call informing him of the
"I thought I misunderstood," he said of his own
surprise. His department already was investigating
the Beard homicide and violent crime is rare on Anna
The chief praised the cooperative effort among law
enforcement agencies in the case, including HBPD, the
Bradenton Beach Police Department and MCSO.
"Within a matter of minutes, all the agencies came
together," said Romine.
"When it comes to street level, a lot of times we
function like one big department," Romine continued.
"And that's what happened. I've never seen a coordi-
nated effort come together that fast."
In addition to officers, police dogs were employed
to locate the suspect, as well as an MCSO helicopter,
from which Koenigs was observed on the beach.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger also
praised the law enforcement response, as did city com-
Bohnenberger expressed thanks for the profession-
alism and cooperation and said citizens can be proud.
The mayor also said he was thinking of Normand,
who, in the days after the shooting, was the subject of
so many inquiries from Islanders that Bayfront staff
moved her to a different room and placed her under an
alias to allow her to recuperate.
PLEASE SEE NORMAND, NEXT PAGE
THE ISLANDER U DEC. 19, 2007 5 5
How to help
Friends and family of Sue Normand have
launched a Web site, www.supportsue.com, to pro-
vide updates on the Islander's recovery and to receive
Normand, 63, was shot on Dec. 5 just minutes after
she opened her store, Island Mail & More, 3230 E.
Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. An hour later her alleged
assailant was shot by Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Normand is recovering from a gunshot wound that
shattered her hip, but she lacks health insurance and her
medical expenses will be high.
At www.supportsue.com, people can contribute
via PayPal to the Sue Normand Relief and Recovery
How else can the community help?
Some people have been volunteering at Island Mail
& More to keep the business operating during the peak
Normand's son, Stephen, also is encouraging holi-
day shoppers - and mailers - to patronize the shop
and show their support as consumers.
In addition, the Bay of Dreams is collecting money
to assist Normand at the request of the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, of which Normand has
been a long-time member.
The Chamber is collecting funds through Bay of
Dreams account at the chamber visitor center, 5313
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Donors are asked to make
checks out to Bay of Dreams and write "Sue Normand"
on the memo line.
A concert to benefit Normand will take place 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The
band Counter Clockwise, headed by popular Beach-
House/Sandbar restaurant entertainer Chuck Caudill,
will perform and pass the hat for the Bay of Dreams-
Sue Normand account.
The Islander newspaper is still collecting signa-
tures and "well wishes" for Normand at the office in the
Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, with the anticipated delivery shortly before the
holidays to Normand.
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach police continued last week to pursue
leads in the slaying of Carla Ann Beard, 29.
Beard's body was discovered Dec. 1 in a bed of
seagrape leaves behind a beach house at 50th Street
and Fifth Avenue in Holmes Beach. Renters looking
for the source of an odor came across the find.
By Dec. 2, authorities had identified the body as that
of Carla Beard, who went missing after leaving a First Step
substance abuse treatment center Nov. 26. Officials believe
Beard died in the days just after she left First Step.
HBPD investigators have been trying to build a
timeline, as well as pursue leads in Beard's disappear-
ance and death by a blow to the head.
"We still feel like we've got somebody out there
that knows what happened," said HBPD Chief Jay
Romine. "Somebody saw her."
Romine said the department had received some
information that Beard was seen on the Island.
He added that officials hoped to have more infor-
mation when medical results come back from a lab.
Normand revering from shooting
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
More than a week after the incident, the inquiries
and the wishes for a speedy recovery continued, as did
a volunteer spirit.
Whitmore volunteered to work in Island Mail &
More. "I can help pack packages," she said.
Lynn Henneman also volunteered time at the
"I' ve owned a business of my own in the past and I
couldn't imagine them being closed at the busiest time
of the year," she said. "I thought, 'This is something I
want to do.' I' m trying to be helpful."
Stephen Normand said the assistance "is just won-
And he said his mother "has been so appreciative of
all the help and all the kind words, of the sheer numbers
of people who have been coming and wanting to say
they love her."
Police continue to seek
information in the slaying
of Carla Ann Beard, 29, of
The Gold Star Club of Manatee County has offered
a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in
The Manatee County Crime Stoppers has put up a
$1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and
conviction in the Beard case.
Authorities are urging anyone with information
about Beard's death to call the Holmes Beach Police
Department at 941-708-5800. Anonymous tips may also
be made to Manatee County Crime Stoppers hotline at
866-634-8477 (TIPS) or at www.manateecrimestop-
Tourism council OKs
A campaign to promote culinary tourism in the
"off-season" received a recommendation for funding
from the Manatee County Tourist Development Council
The council, meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall,
recommended spending about $86,000 of the local con-
vention and visitors bureau' s co-op advertising revenue
on a campaign to draw dining enthusiasts to the area in
the 2008 off-season months.
"Time to be a Florida foodie" is the concept behind
the proposed marketing campaign, according to infor-
mation from the Bradenton Area Convention and Visi-
tors Bureau, which promotes Anna Maria Island.
The promotion will seek to draw on affluent,
younger travelers who take a destination's culinary
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6 0 DEC. 19, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
How do YOU say merry
The holiday fast approaches and most of the pre-
holiday events are out of the way - open houses, con-
certs, the Privateers' parade featuring Santa.
Even the cold weather has arrived on cue, just to
give us a "frosty feeling."
There may also be a snowman (of sand) or two on
the beach, with a corncob pipe and a button nose and
two eyes made of seashell....
It's not hard to imagine "snow" blowing on the
beach in the sudden chill and brisk wind of the past
weekend as you sense you're looking across a field
toward a great lake that will soon freeze over and the
ice skating and sledding will begin.
Are there Floridians who have never seen snow?
Piles of snow so deep you can't drive your car through
it and school gets canceled? Is it possible they don't
know of ice storms and the wrath of Mother Nature in
It's not a question such as we fear - "if' the season
will bring a hurricane - for snow and ice are certain
to come in winter north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Christmas in Florida? It's the best! It's still Christ-
mas, but warmer. It's about palm trees decorated with
bright bulbs and ornaments, rays of sun, fine sand and
sparkling blue water, shopping with visiting relatives,
and trying out new skateboards, bikes and boats.
Christmas in Florida? It's the perfect time to reflect
on all the great joys that life on Anna Maria Island has
This year, we' re all relieved to know that Sue Nor-
mand, a victim of a violent shooting at her business
Dec. 5, is recovering and will soon be back in her Island
She's a "can do" sort of woman. A fighter. Indepen-
dent. And with the strength and support of this great
community, she will know that she is loved and appreci-
ated by so many.
It's not just palm trees that make this Island a para-
dise to live in, it's people.
So don't forget to put the wrappings for Christmas
aside for a time and take a walk on the beach. Nod and
say "Hello" to passersby as you watch the birds and the
dolphins frolic and take in the sea air.
Embrace this place and say to yourself, like so
many people who have been so fortunate, "I love Anna
And listen, Monday night, for the sound of eight
tiny reindeer, the jingle of the sleigh bells and the
laughter of the jolly old elf, St. Nick.
"Merry Christmas to all!"
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Thanks for the help
Thanks to The Islander for your contribution to
our "Lannon's Way" project at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School. Your ideas for "Lannon's Way" and the
spaghetti dinner you organized helped to create a fitting
tribute to Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon.
Every day, as students, staff and parents enter the
school, they are reminded of Pete and the important
things for which he stood.
We are grateful for your contribution and we thank
you on behalf of the staff, students and parents of Anna
Maria Elementary School.
Tom Levengood, principal, Anna Maria Elementary
Replace, not repair
It is time to get real about the upcoming bridge
Does anyone really know what the traffic will be
like going up and down the Island? I believe the resi-
dents of Anna Maria will be in traffic for 30 to 45 min-
utes both coming and going. But that is just my opinion.
Why doesn't someone stage an experimental bridge
closing? Let's find out for real what the chaos will be.
And in the middle of the closing, raise the Cortez
Bridge, and then have a mock emergency in Anna Maria
where the rescue crew needs to go from Holmes Beach
up to Pine Avenue and then back down the Island to get
to Blake Medical Center.
It took me an additional 27 minutes in relatively
no traffic from mid-Holmes Beach to Blake using the
Cortez Bridge. Will that 27 minutes be critical for a
stroke or heart attack victim from Anna Maria? I would
not want that decision on my conscience. My doctor
says it very well could be critical.
The only real solution is a new bridge. The Save
Anna Maria people opposed it 10 years ago to keep
the Island from being over-developed, but people came
anyway. The $9 million plus will be a wasted Band-Aid
and a new bridge in 10 years will cost $80 to 90 million.
It just does not make any sense.
The residents of Anna Maria Island pay local taxes
at a higher rate than the rest of the county and get less
services. It's time for the county to step in and chip in
for a new bridge fund. If they can plan to spend $110
million on a bridge over the Little Manatee River in
East Manatee to service the projected growth, they can
certainly put some big bucks toward a more eminent
and commercially important problem. The new bridge
in Sarasota came in early and under budget, as did a
bridge built by the same company in Fort Myers. They
know how to do it, somebody in charge ought to give
them a call.
We need to stop wringing our hands about this and
step up, and with the aid of the three city commissions,
present a petition to the state to stop the repair folly.
Al Ames, Holmes Beach
Good job on no porn
I would like to express my pride in and gratitude
to the city commissioners in Holmes Beach for adopt-
ing an ordinance prohibiting pornography. By adopting
this ordinance, they denied access to an organization
that wished to utilize property in Holmes Beach to
produce pornographic videos and other pornographic
By precluding this kind of an operation within the
city's limits, I believe the city commission has defi-
nitely taken the high road and deserves our sincere
gratitude and appreciation.
L. Howard Payne, Anna Maria
Thank you to The Islander and Wells Fargo Home
Mortgage for the big bone and goodie basket I received
in the costume contest at Bayfest.
I carry my bone all around the house, even though
it is heavy. And I don't let the cats get near it.
All of us contestants were cute.
Because I lost my puppy figure, I had to wear my
"most creative" Miss America dress around my neck.
Tinkerbell, as relayed by Barbara Parkman, Holmes
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Holiday open I
Donations to the Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House
Dec. 7 were placed in gift boxes and each of the participating merchants
offered chances to win at their stores during the event.
There were hundreds of entries for the prizes listed below:
Gift Package 1
Island Gallery West:
Greeting cards by artist Dee Pastorius.
Original watercolor from artist Anne Abgott.
Original painting and note cards from artist Carolyn Dougherty.
Greeting card from artist Cecy Richardson.
Artists Guild Gallery: Note cards from artist Jolie Bell.
Mister Roberts' Resortwear: $25 gift certificate.
Home True Value Hardware: Salt and pepper set.
Essence of Time: Seashell picture frame, holiday cocktail napkins.
J&J Graphics: Sunscreen lotion.
Sand Dollar Gifts: Gourmet pasta.
Sweet Peas Samplings: Bottle of Florida-made wine.
Restless Natives: Fancy flip-flops.
LaPensee Plumbing: Showerhead.
Minnie's Beach Cafe: $10 gift certificate.
One of the three winners of gift baskets donated by
Holmes Beach merchants for visitors to their Down-
town Holiday Open House is lucky Dee Bowlus of
Holmes Beach. Bowlus was excited to see the gift
package overflowing with prizes and gift certifi-
cates presented by organizer Rebecca Barnett of The
Islander newspaper. The other gifts were claimed by
Kathy Morgan of Anna Maria and Harold Petraske of
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning: A room of carpet cleaning.
Island Traders: Large seashell.
The Islander: "More than a mullet wrapper" T-shirt.
Sun & Surf Lifestyle Apparel: M. Gibson Knitwear sweater.
Melinda's Cafe & Catering: Bottle of Melinda's original hot sauce.
Tidemark Resorts: Bottle of wine.
Acqua Salon: Men's Aveda toiletry bag.
Gift Package 2
Island Gallery West:
Greeting cards by artist Dee Pastorius.
Original painting from artist Carolyn Dougherty.
Note cards from artist Nancy Law McLure.
Greeting cards from artist Cecy Richardson.
Artists Guild Gallery: Note cards from artist Midge Pippel.
Mister Roberts' Resortwear: $25 gift certificate.
Home True Value Hardware: Salt and pepper set.
Essence of Time: Seashell ornament, holiday cocktail napkins.
and a Merry Christmas sign by artist Barbara Hehne.
J&J Graphics: Sunscreen lotion.
Sand Dollar Gifts: Aluminum fish platter.
Sweet Pea's Samplings: Bottle of Florida-made wine.
Hurricane Liquors and Hurricane Hanks Pub & Grub: Bottle of wine.
Acqua Salon: Aveda perfumed candle, beauty gloves.
The Garden Hut: Dragonfly screen-door saver.
Native Rentals: Certificate for a kayak eco-tour.
Tidemark Resorts: Gift certificate to Minnie's Beach Cafe.
Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning: A room of carpet cleaning.
Island Traders: Pirate-themed oven mitt.
The Islander: More than a mullet wrapper" T-shirt.
Sun & Surf Lifestyle Apparel: Guy Harvey shirt.
Melinda's Cafe & Catering: Bottle of Melinda's original hot sauce.
Gift Package 3
Island Gallery West:
Greeting cards by artist Dee Pastorius.
Print from artist Anne Abgott.
Note cards from artist Carolyn Dougherty.
Greeting card from artist Cecy Richardson.
Artists Guild Gallery: Package of note cards.
Mister Roberts' Resortwear: $25 gift certificate.
Home True Value Hardware: Pair of coffee mugs.
Essence of Time: Holiday cocktail napkins, seashell ornament.
J&J Graphics: Sunscreen lotion.
Sand Dollar Gifts: Flower candleholder.
Sweet Pea's Samplings: Bottle of Florida-made wine.
Hurricane Hank's Pub & Grub and Hurricane Liquors: Bottle of wine.
Acqua Salon: Aveda aroma-therapy body oil.
The Garden Hut: Christmas necklace.
Minnie's Beach Cafe: $10 gift certificate.
Fat Cat Carpet Cleaning: A room of carpet cleaning.
Island Traders: Salt and pepper set.
The Islander: "More than a mulletwrapper" T-shirt.
Sun & Surf Lifestyle Apparel: Woman's Tori Richards jacket.
Melinda Cafe & Catering: Bottle of Melinda's original hot sauce.
In the Dec. 17, 1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* A petition by Holmes Beach residents seeking
to have a referendum vote on a city commission
resolution permitting GTE to construct a cellular
telephone tower on Gulf Drive was rejected by
commissioners after they voted that, according to
the city charter, the referendum process does not
apply to resolutions.
* Manatee County and the Holmes Beach City
Commission agreed to revise the interlocal agree-
ment for the baseball field behind city hall after
county officials pledged to spend $50,000 to refur-
bish the field.
* Pioneering Anna Maria Island developer John
E. Holmes Jr., who was born on the Island in 1925
and was the son of Island builder John E. Holmes Sr.,
passed away in Georgia. The city of Holmes Beach
was named for Holmes Sr.
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HB commission revises handbook, OKs site plan
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners closed the book
on 2007 with the final approval of an ordinance revis-
ing the city's personnel handbook and the final OK for
a site plan for LaPensee Plumbing's Manatee Avenue
The commission, holding its last meeting of the
year on Dec. 11, quickly moved through its agenda.
The board voted 5-0 to approve an ordinance bring-
ing the personnel handbook up to date with current
laws, providing for a department head to terminate an
employee and requiring employees who are arrested,
charged or convicted 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.
The board also concluded its review of the LaP-
ensee Plumbing project at 401 Manatee Ave.
The locally owned company is renovating 401
Manatee Ave. and plans to eventually move its show-
room and administrative offices from 5362 Gulf Drive
to the former ReMax building.
Last month, the city commission approved a request
to change the zoning at the Manatee Avenue site from
Commercial-1 to Commercial-2. C-1 zoning allows
for offices and C-2 for more intense operations, such
as retail, restaurants, laundries, dry cleaners and cater-
The commission next reviewed a site plan for the
project, giving the plans preliminary approval Nov. 27
Day at the library
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger presents Jolie Bell of the Friends of the Island Library and Island
Branch Library supervisor Ava Ehde with a proclamation. The library building turned 25 years old this month
and the mayor proclaimed Dec. 15 as "Library Day" in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
and final approval Dec. 11.
Commissioners attached several stipulations:
* No more than four service vehicles may be parked
Gloria Dei hosts Swedish carolers
Vocalist Susanne Ericsson, pianist Jonathan Spivey and horn-player Mats Helgeson, blowing on a 1,000-year-
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Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
at the site overnight and no heavy equipment may be
* No deliveries will take place at the business before
* Landscaping along the property line must reach at
least 5 feet tall initially and screening must be opaque
in two years.
Also, commissioners voted unanimously to re-ap-
point John Molyneux, Pam Leckie and Dantia Gould
to the city's parks and beautification committee, and
appointed Melissa Snyder as a regular member of the
advisory board. Snyder had served the past year as an
Commissioners also concurred with Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger's decision to release some reserve funds
donated by Rex and Helen Hagen back to the Hagen
The money, according to the mayor, will be used
for improvements to the Hagen Tennis Courts at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
Bohenberger said the Hagens had requested the
transfer and city officials agreed the project was a
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County commissioner seeks beach smoking ban
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County Commissioner Donna Hayes
wants to pursue a "don't smoke 'em if you got 'em"
ordinance for county-operated beaches.
Hayes suggested a ban about a year ago, but moved
on after she lacked a second on the board of commis-
sioners. She had also heard from county staff that such
a ban was not provided for under state law.
"I just dropped the whole issue," she said.
Hayes re-ignited her idea after the Sarasota County
Commission passed a beach smoking ban on Dec. 11.
"Now there's a different light and I've asked our
legal staff to check into the state law," Hayes said,
adding that she didn't know whether the topic would
come up at a county commission meeting Dec. 18. An
ordinance would cover the Manatee Public Beach and
Coquina Beach and, perhaps, Bayfront Park on the
Hayes said she's approaching the issue with a vari-
ety of concerns - the environmental impact of litter,
the impact of second-hand smoke and the cost to clean
"The county should not have to deal with the resi-
due of smoking," Hayes said.
Cigarette butts - the filters and tobacco remnant
- are the most common form of litter at the local, state,
national and even global level, according to various sur-
veys by environmental groups. An estimated 4.5 trillion
butts become litter in the United States each year.
Keep America Beautiful, parent of the local Keep
Manatee Beautiful, reports that cigarette butts make
up about 34.4 percent of the litter in the United States
- the next highest on the list is food wrappers and
containers at 10.11 percent. Cigarette filters, cigar tips
and tobacco packaging accounted for 29 percent of the
litter collected in Florida in 2004, the most recent sta-
The plastic pieces of cigarette butts have been
What to do with the butt?
Keep Manatee Beautiful encourages outdoor
smokers to dispose of cigarettes when needed in
small, free portable ashtrays that are available
from Keep Manatee Beautiful as well as at The
found in the stomachs of fish, birds, dolphins, whales
and other marine creatures that mistake them for food,
according to research by the Clean Virginia Waterways.
Butts contain residual alkaloids, such as nicotine, that
can be ingested by wildlife, causing digestive prob-
"This is not good for the birds, not good for the
fish, not good for the children," Hayes said.
A federal bill intended to persuade people not to
toss their cigarette butts on beaches, roadsides, side-
walks and in parks is pending in the U.S. Senate.
But last week the Sarasota County Commission
took action on its own. The board of commissioners
restricted the use of tobacco products on county-oper-
ated beaches to parking areas and picnic shelters.
The action followed repeated reports from Keep
Sarasota County Beautiful that butt containers on the
beaches are not enough to discourage litter, according
to a statement from the county.
Sarasota County officials held two workshops on
the issue in March, then met with representatives from
the cities of Venice and Sarasota to discuss adopting an
ordinance banning smoking on the sand.
The commission approved the ordinance Dec.
11, clearing the way for "No smoking" signs to go up
within the next three months.
Hayes said if Manatee County pursues an ordi-
nance, she would like to maintain a designated smok-
ing area on the beach property, but away from the sand
and concession areas.
"I've been on the beach for 30 years," said Hayes,
adding that she's a former smoker. "I never do see
anyone taking a container along in which to place their
cigarette butts. They just think it's all right since they
are outside to throw them on the ground."
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, former
mayor of Holmes Beach, said she would not support a
"I don't smoke. I'm allergic to smoke, but that's
taking away a right and I don't think you can enforce
it anyway. I don't support passing laws you can't
enforce," she said.
Whitmore also expressed concern about a negative
impact on tourism.
"We have visitors from all over the world," she
said, adding that smoking remains more acceptable
in other areas of the world. In recent years, tobacco
use has declined in many countries in North America
and Western Europe, but increasing in many others,
especially in Asia. More than 25 percent of the world's
smokers live in China, according to the American Lung
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger ques-
tioned whether action is needed on local government's
"I think stuff like that should come from the citi-
zens," he said.
Citizens surveyed last Friday on the beach voiced
mixed opinions on the subject.
"I think it's disgusting to have to sit on the beach
and smell smoke," said Mary Weiffenbach. "It's not as
common as it used to be, but I can't believe it's good
for people or nature."
"Next they'll ban it in our own homes," said Glen
Barrett. "I see other litter out here. Are we going to stop
Beachgoer Harold Marcantonio was on the fence. "I
could go either way," he said. "But I'm leaning toward
no smoking. Fair is fair. No alcohol. No fireworks. No
Attorney asks GSR judge to cancel January trial
By Rick Catlin
Islanders and mainlanders who have lost money
investing in the failed GSR Development LLC were
hoping for their day in federal bankruptcy court Jan.
10. That's the day adversarial proceedings against GSR
principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega and others
involved in the failed company were slated to start.
But that day in court now appears in jeopardy.
The attorney for the unsecured creditors committee
and the plaintiff in the proceedings has told Judge K.
Rodney May that an agreement has been reached with
the "adversaries" and the trial scheduled for Jan. 10 in
bankruptcy court may be canceled.
Cheryl Thompson of the Tampa law firm of Gray
Robinson PA. filed her notice with the court Dec. 12,
noting that her client and "all remaining defendants in
this adversary proceeding" have "reached a settlement
of all of the claims at issue."
As a result, Thompson told May, the January trial
"may be canceled." Thompson also said that she would
file a motion with the court for "authority to compro-
mise controversy" in the near future.
If May agrees, it means the scheduled trial of the
men who ran GSR and allegedly took Island and area
investors for nearly $6 million in unsecured claims will
not take place. Byrne and Noriega will probably face
no other claims or proceedings in federal bankruptcy
Investors in the failed company were puzzled by the
announcement that an agreement had been reached.
Unsecured creditor Paul Galizzi, who is also the
contractor who built GSR's still-vacant $2.5 million
model home just off South Bay Boulevard in Anna
Maria, said it appears that attorneys involved just filed
the adversarial action to make more money. Attorneys
for the plaintiff had asked for a settlement of $3.3 mil-
lion, of which a large portion would likely go to pay
the vast array of attorneys and accountants who have
become involved in disposing of any GSR assets since
the company filed for bankruptcy in July 2006.
"I still haven't gotten a dime of what I'm owed,"
Galizzi said, "I would really like to see that agree-
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By Lisa Neff
Officer Brian Copeman dared to step up for the job
And he got it.
Copeman, 29, is Holmes Beach Police Depart-
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"I expressed my interest in the position and, lo and
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day HBPD Chief Jay Romine announced the appoint-
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Likewise for unsecured creditor Kent Davis,
who has managed to get back a significant portion
of the original $600,000 he was owed by Byrne
and GSR not through the committee but on his own
The agreement was a surprise to Davis, who said
he would need to talk to his attorney before comment-
Davis, along with Islanders and GSR investors Mel
and Carol Yudofsky, retained their own attorney two
months ago to represent them in the adversarial pro-
Davis has previously indicated, however, that while
he has no great hope of ever getting all his money back
from Byrne and Noriega, he would like to know where
all GSR's money went, particularly as the company
went bankrupt during a period of unprecedented growth
in Island real estate values.
Thompson did not respond to e-mails asking her
for an explanation of the settlement.
He said he sought the new appointment because
"I love being out and being with the community and
working with kids. I have kids of my own. So it seemed
like a great opportunity.
"I see it as a great chance to open the lines of com-
munication and to get to talk to children, to help them
out and to be a friendly face."
The position Copeman will fill, first established
with a federal "COPS" grant in the 1990s, has been
vacant for some time. Officer Pete Lannon, known
Islandwide as Super Pete, had held the job. Lannon
died in June, after a yearlong battle with cancer.
During the fall semester, the post remained vacant
due to a hiring freeze at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Last month, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, in consul-
tation with Romine and AME principal Tom Leven-
good, thawed the freeze to name Lannon's successor.
Copeman said he hoped to carry Lannon's torch.
"That's going to be one of the tougher aspects of
this," Copeman said. "He did such a wonderful, great
job.... But I'll do the best I can and continue that great
relationship he had with the community."
Of Copeman, Bohnenberger said, "I think he's
well-suited for the job. He's young enough to be able
to relate to students at the elementary school.... I expect
him to become a big brother."
Bradenton Beach man dies
in Virginia plane crash
Hugh Bryant, 43, of Bradenton Beach, died Dec.
9 in a single-engine plane crash in Virginia.
According to reports, the plane had taken off from
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, was cleared
for landing at its destination at the Warrenton-Fauguier
Airport in Virginia at 9 p.m. When it hadn't landed as
scheduled, authorities began a search.
The plane and Bryant were found at about 4:15
a.m. Dec. 10 approximately 4 miles northwest of the
Fog may have contributed to the crash.
Bryant, of the 2300 block of Avenue B, is survived
by his wife Constanza. The couple lobbied Bradenton
Beach city commissioners last week to allow dogs on
the new Coquina Beach Trail in the city, although no
action was taken.
She left for Virginia Tuesday morning, according
Bryant was a computer analyst who spent much of
his time in Washington, D.C., Virginia and working out
of his Bradenton Beach home, according to neighbor
"He was a very nice, gentle man and a nice person,"
she said. "He and Constanza were a very devoted
Norman said Bryant had been flying for 12 years,
and had owned the plane that crashed for seven years.
"He loved flying," she said. "It was his passion."
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 11,400 block North Bay Boulevard, domestic.
The complainant and her boyfriend got into a verbal
dispute, in which he threatened to break all of her pos-
sessions. She called deputies. There were no signs of
physical violence, and domestic packets were issued to
Dec. 6, 200 block 70th Street, auto theft, burglary.
Officers were checking a suspicious vehicle parked at
Kingfish Boat Ramp when dispatch notified them of a
stolen car and burglarized truck. The truck owner said
someone took his stereo and his girlfriend's car was
missing. The suspicious vehicle found at Kingfish was
Dec. 7, 4400 Gulf Drive, driver's license. Officer
stopped the driver after he was observed swerving his
vehicle. Officers had prior knowledge of his license
being suspended, according to the report, and he was
Dec. 8, 400 block 72nd Street, warrant. Officers
responded to an anonymous call of a man with an
outstanding warrant on issuing forged documents.
The man was seen by officers, but hid in the house.
Numerous people in the house stated the suspect was
not there. According to the report, officers told the
occupants that if the suspect's location in the house
was not revealed, they would be arrested. Other offi-
cers responded as backup and the suspect's wife told
officers the suspect was hiding in a kitchen cabinet.
He was arrested.
Dec. 11, 3900 Gulf Drive, Skinny's, violation of
contact. The complainant said that a violation of contact
had been ongoing, as his wife was entering his place
of employment despite a court order to stay away from
him and his probation officer had advised him to file a
Dec. 12, 200 block 85th Street, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took her jon boat from her dock.
Dec. 12, 3600 block Sixth Avenue, burglary. The
complainant said he was checking the vacant duplex
on behalf of the owner when he discovered a broken
window and two missing television sets.
Dec. 12, 8200 block Marina Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his 15-hp motor from his
boat, valued at $200.
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Chuck Sloan has traded the sand of Braden-
ton Beach for the snow of Quantico, Va., and the
slow pace of police work on Anna Maria Island
for the frenzy that is the Federal Bureau of Inves-
Bradenton Beach Sgt. Sloan was recently
accepted into the FBI and is presently in train-
ing. His final placement as a special agent will
be determined when he completes the training
The training shouldn't be too tough for
Sloan, who served as supervisor of training for
reserve officers at Manatee County Technical
Institute, and as training supervisor for the Bra-
denton Beach Police reserve force.
"Personally, I'm very proud of him," said Chief
Sam Speciale. "I'm also proud for the department
and for the city, and I wish him the best."
Sloan started as a reserve officer 13 years ago,
then became a full-time officer, then was promoted
By Lisa Neff
Four electronic message signs installed for Anna
Maria Island will remain in "test" mode until two other
signs are replaced.
Six "Advanced Traveler Information Signs" went
up earlier this year, but two of the signs, on arms reach-
ing over roadways, came down in mid-November. One
sign, positioned near the intersection of Gulf Drive and
East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, fell to the ground
when its support beam snapped. There were no injuries
in the incident. However, another sign, located on Gulf
Drive near Coquina Beach, was removed as a precau-
And until the problem with those two signs is cor-
rected by the contractor, the four smaller pole signs
will remain off-line, according to Manatee County proj-
ect manager Vincent Canna. Those signs are located
at Manatee Avenue near Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach
and in Bradenton at 75th Street south of Cortez Road,
on Cortez Road east of 75th Street and on Manatee
Avenue east of 75th Street.
"It's a complete system," Canna said. "But we
have not accepted it and we won't until all six signs
The project, in other words, "is still in limbo,"
He made news last year when he and a Holmes
Beach officer rescued people from an SUV that
went off the Anna Maria Island Bridge. The two
officers rescued two men from the vehicle, although
one died. Sloan received commendations from Bra-
denton Beach for his actions.
Sloan received a law degree from Stetson
University College of Law earlier this year, but
decided his career path was not in a legal practice.
He applied for both the FBI and the Secret Service,
Special said, adding that Sloan said he would take
either offer. First come, first served.
FBI was first up, and Sloan accepted.
The next day, the Secret Service offered him a
"He's going to be hard to replace," Speciale
Meanwhile, his replacement has been named:
Canna said, adding that the carrot left dangling before
the contractor is payment. The stick might be a daily
The county hired Traffic Control Devices Inc. of
Altamonte Springs to design and build the signs. A
spokesperson with the company declined to comment
The price tag on the project exceeds $800,000, with
the county and the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion sharing the expense.
Island, county and DOT officials said they still
hope the signs will be active in time for the 2008 hur-
ricane season and major rehab work on the Anna Maria
The signs will contain pre-programmed messages
for storm-related information, including evacuation
notices, as well as traffic and parking messages.
The sign project has been in the works for more
than a decade and the arrival of the signs was long
awaited by Islanders and those traveling to the Island.
"I know the big importance is to provide emer-
gency information," said beachgoer Iris Holt. "But I
just think it's going to be invaluable in letting people
on the mainland know what kind of beach traffic they're
going to encounter. You know, so we can stop and get
some water for the wait."
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AM to withdraw
some $500,000 from
troubled SBA fund
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners voted unani-
mously last week in an emergency meeting to withdraw
$502,000 the city has on deposit with the Florida Board
of Administration Local Government Investment Pool
A account and place the money in a money market
certificate with Wachovia Bank.
The city's $75,000 deposit in Pool B will remain
with the SBA.
The commission's move came after Mayor Fran
Barford and city officials met with bankers and pre-
sented the commission with various options for invest-
ing the money.
SBA accounts have taken a beating the past
month after a poor credit rating was given to some
SBA investments in the volatile sub-prime mortgage
market. On Nov. 30, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist tem-
porarily froze withdrawals after nearly $16.6 billion
was taken out in less than two weeks.
On Dec. 6, Crist and the SBA lifted the freeze, but
restricted withdrawals from Pool A to a maximum of
$2 million or 15 percent of the amount a city had on
deposit, whichever was the greater number.
While the more than $500,000 the city has invested
with the SBA may not be a lot of money for some large
municipalities, "That's big money for us," said Barford,
who brought the issue to the attention of the commis-
sion three weeks ago.
Both Barford and city treasurer Diane Percycoe
breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Manatee
County Property Appraiser's Office assured them - and
other taxing authorities in the county - that property
taxes collected are not tied up in any SBA accounts. That
means Anna Maria and the other Island cities will be
getting their revenue checks as scheduled next year.
Not all local governments will escape the SBA
According to Manatee County finance director
Jim Seuffert, the county has $70 million deposited
with the SBA and about 6 percent of that money is
in investments that have defaulted. Seuffert said he
expects the county to lose less than $1 million by the
time all the investments are sorted and investigated.
Rotary Club donates dictionaries
Jeff Cappello and Lynn Zemmer of the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island hold a poster that Anna Maria
Elementary School third-graders made to thank the club for its donation of dictionaries. Club members distrib-
uted the dictionaries at the grade school in Holmes Beach Dec. 4. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Anna Maria city commissioners didn't take long to
make their decision to pull the funds and place them
into a local financial institution, which will guarantee
the revenue 100 percent. The money will be in a secure
money market account, "which is 100 percent guaran-
teed," Percycoe said.
She added that the other two Island cities were
planning on remaining in the SBA pool.
Kiwanis announces Feb. 14 dance
The annual Sweetheart Dance sponsored by the
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will take place
Feb. 14 and benefit the Anna Maria Island Community
The event will be held in the Center's new gym,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Again the featured entertainment will be the Big
Band music of the Bob Zimmerman Orchestra.
For more information and tickets, call club member
Sandy Haas-Martens at 941-778-1383.
Legion to salute female vets
The American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 will
host a "Salute To All Women Veterans" at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9.
The public tribute will take place at the post head-
quarters, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton.
The guest speaker will be Wilma L. Vaught, a
retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general and the presi-
dent of the Women in Military Service Memorial board
in Washington, D.C.
For more information, call Gwen Rodgers at 941-
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 19, 2007 0 13
Community Center grant deadline Dec. 31
The world is counting down the days to the end of
the year and the start of 2008: Thirteen if you are read-
ing The Islander the morning of its issue date.
And that's about how long the Island community
has to match a challenge grant offered by Holmes Beach
residents Chuck and Joey Lester. The grant would go to
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The Lesters, in partnership with The Islander, have
offered to put up $50,000 to benefit the Center's build-
ing and endowment funds.
The couple, long-time supporters of the Center who
also sponsor the traditional Fun Day in December and
the annual auction-dinner, hope the community can
match their $50,000 by Dec. 31.
As of Dec. 14, the Center had received $6,550
in community donations, according to spokesperson
The Lesters have issued similar challenges in years
past to raise money for the non-profit community group,
which recently opened its new building after about a
year of operating mostly from a trailer and the activity
hall at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Last year, The Islander-Lester campaign raised
$117,495, of which Islanders and friends donated $67,495.
A total of 183 donors joined the Lesters in the effort.
The Center provides more than 1.5 million hours of
service to more than 3,400 Island residents each year.
To contribute to the campaign, mail tax-deductible
donations to Lester-Islander Challenge, PO. Box 253,
Anna Maria FL 34216, payable to AMICC.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
1908 or The Islander at 941-778-7978.
Mattick writes first lady about preservation
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick
has written first lady Laura Bush in her capacity as the
chairperson of the Preserve America initiative.
Mattick wants to have Anna Maria designated as a
Preserve America Community, particularly in view of
several historical projects that include the preservation
of the Belle Haven Cottage at the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society complex on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
Unfortunately for Anna Maria, Mattick learned that
a city must have a population greater than 200,000 to
gain the designation that allows access to a host of
funds and services for historical preservation.
That's why she wrote the first lady.
"It is impossible for a small city to compete with
large metropolitan areas, either historically or finan-
cially," said Mattick in her letter.
Considering that it's "important for all communi-
ties, regardless of size, to be proactive in the preser-
vation of historical buildings," Mattick suggested that
Bush and the Preserve America committee consider a
"special category" for smaller cities.
This would allow all cities, regardless of size to
apply to become a Preserve America Community, and
"perhaps more importantly," said Mattick, "a Preserve
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CART to host property tax proposal meeting
By Rick Catlin
Islanders, mainlanders and anyone interested in the
property tax situation in Florida are invited to a public
meeting Wednesday, Dec. 19, to hear Florida House
Speaker Marco Rubio present his plan for a maximum
annual property tax increase of 1.35 percent.
Hosted by the grassroots tax group known as the
Coalition Against Runaway Taxation, the meeting
begins at 10:30 a.m. at Dolphin Aviation at 8191 N.
Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Bradenton.
CART executive director Don Schroder said his
organization "strongly" supports Rubio in his effort to
gain the 600,000 signatures required by Jan. 31 to place
the proposal before the electorate on the November 2008
"This proposal protects all current homesteaded and
Save Our Homes caps," said Schroder, including the
$25,000 homestead exemption, plus "all other exemp-
tions such as widow/widower/veterans/age, etc."
Rubio's plan is simple. The 1.35 percent maximum
annual increase applies to all Florida properties and
does not include any sales tax increase. The speaker
claims his measure will cut almost $8 billion in Florida
Schroder said the public meeting is for Rubio and
CART to receive input from concerned citizens, take
questions and obtain signatures.
"This is a true grassroots movement led by citizen
activists, not politicians," said Rubio. "As such, it will
take real activism to get it done."
Rubio's Web site at www.cutpropertytaxesnow.com
provides details and an opportunity to place a signature
on the petition.
For more information on the meeting and CART's
position, call Schroder at 941-720-7100 or Barry Gould
at 941-448-5500. E-mails may be sent to Schroder at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Gould at barrylgould@
Anna Maria Island Relay for Life holds kickoff party
Anna Maria Island Relay for Life committee members, front row from left, Dantia Gould, Debbie Wagner, Laura
McAdams, Nancy Ambrose, and back row from left, Barry Gould, Ashley McAdams, Kimberly Borsheim and Lynn
Zemmer gather for a kickoff party at the Sandbar Restaurant Dec. 6. The Relay for Life takes place May 31-June
1 at Coquina Beach. For more information, call 941-725-1214, ext. 5806. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
All Island Denominations donates $1,000
All Island Denominations recently contributed $1,000
to Our Daily Bread. The money was collected during
the group's Thanksgiving eve service at Crosspointe
Fellowship. The Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church presents Bob Eikill of Our Daily
Bread, 1426 14th St. W., Bradenton, with a check
for $1,000. For more information about Our Daily
Bread, call 941-746-4088. Islander Photo: Nancy
Perico Bay club
Isabella Willard and Marge
Exnicios entertain during the
Perico Bay Club Bridge Ladies
annual ( h, i1 t , luncheon at
the Bradenton Country Club
Dec. 5. The two acted out the
"Twelve Days of( h, /i it...."
The group also collected gifts
for donation to Manatee Chil-
dren's Services. For more
information about the club, call
Mary Ryan at 941-792-7480.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 19, 2007 0 15
Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn
Lester are offering up to $50,000 in matching
funds for contributions made by
Dec. 31, 2007, to the Anna Maria .
Island Community Center. Your ,
contribution may be designated for \
either the building fund or endowment
fund. And your contribution is tax deductible.
The Center provides a critical human service need on the Island and provided more than
1.5 million hours of service to more than 3,400 Island residents last year.
Please send donations to the Lester-Islander Challenge, P.O. Box 253,
Anna Maria FL 34216, payable to AMICC. Please, indicate whether your donation
is for the building fund or the continuing endowment fund.
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- My donation is for the endowment fund.
- Please, bill me for my pledge amount.
- I would like my gift in honor of:
1I I would like my gift to be in memory of:
Make checks payable to AMICC and mail to
P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
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16 0 DEC. 19, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Stanley B. Anderson
Stanley B. Anderson, 82, of Bradenton and for-
merly of Anna Maria, died Dec. 12.
Memorial services are to be announced.
He is survived by sisters Dagny Vogel of Braden-
ton, Betha Sandeen of Ellenton, Margaret Toraka of
Gilbert, Az., and Doris Schlaich of Oceanside, N.Y.
Hugh Wardell Bryant
Hugh Wardell Bryant, 43, of Bradenton Beach, died
A Virginia native, Mr. Bryant was president of
Ligaware Technologies. He was a graduate of the Uni-
versity of Virginia, and traveled the world.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
20, at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 604 43rd St. W.,
Bradenton. Burial will be in Fogartyville Cemetery.
He is survived by wife Constanza; sisters Dorothy
Chilton and Susan Schuffenhauer; and parents Alice
Mari Miri, 97, of Bradenton, died Dec. 15.
She came to Bradenton in 1979 from Palisades,
N.J. She was an active member of St. Bernard Catholic
Church and its Women's Guild for more than 20 years.
As of press time, a service was scheduled to take
place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at St. Bernard, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Brown and Sons Funeral Homes, 43rd St. Chapel,
was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include sons Frank of Holmes Beach and
Peter of Oakland, N.J.; sister Connie Scolaro of Coco-
nut Creek, Fla.; four grandchildren and seven great
Rev. Dr. Benton Wood
The Rev. Dr. Benton Wood, 80, of Parrish, died
Born in Arlington, Mass., the Rev. Wood came to
Manatee County in 1976. He was a retired rector of the
Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach. He was
Andy Jonatzke of the
Anna Maria Island
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the items needed for
a holiday dinner,
including a tradi-
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boxes - 14 of them
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organization of Island
churches, All Island
and then distributed
to families in need
from the Center,
407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Islander
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REAL Women holds Christmas brunch
Angie Dennis, wife of the Rev. Jay Dennis of the
First Baptist Church at the Mall of Lakeland, serves
as the guest speaker during the REAL Women
Ministry ( i tmino, Brunch Dec. 8 at Crosspointe
Fellowship in Holmes Beach. For more information
on the ministry, call 941-778-0719.
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a former chaplain of the Anna Maria Fire Department.
He was a retired prep school administrator and Angli-
can clergyman. He was a graduate of Northwestern
University, SUNY, in Albany, and Geneva Theologi-
cal College. He served as director of St. Alban's Stamp
Mission, chaplain of the Baker Street Irregulars and
editor of the Northwestern alumni newsletter.
Memorial services will be private.
He is survived by wife of 53 years Joan; son John
and his wife Theresa of Herndon, Va.,; granddaugh-
ter Diana of Herndon; and sister Nancy Gormley of
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Anna Maria passes comp-plan ordinance
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's nearly five-year effort to approve a
new comprehensive plan came to an end Dec. 12 when
city commissioners unanimously approved the ordi-
nance amendment approving the plan.
Then again, as Yogi would say, "It ain't over until
it's over." And "it ain't over" in this instance until the
Florida Department of Community Affairs approves
the ordinance as amended.
Surprisingly, commissioners agreed at the public
hearing to change the land-use designation for the six
lots on the northwest corner of the Pine Avenue-North
Bay Boulevard intersection from commercial to retail-
In a 3-2 vote, the commission reversed earlier deci-
sions to keep those lots commercial and voted for the
ROR designation on the city's future land-use map.
Commission Chairman John Quam was the swing
vote, noting that he had "changed my mind."
Looking to the future, Quam said he could not see
what commercial ventures would fit on those lots. Any
commercial use of the property would create "more
traffic" in an already crowded area.
"The best land use is ROR," he contended.
Prior to the vote, however, city attorney Jim Dye
got assurances from Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick that
neither she nor her son have any current financial inter-
est in the property. Mattick's son was the real estate
agent that sold the property to LBK Real Estate. That
company now has a sale agreement with Anna Maria
resident Mike Coleman. Mattick said there is no finan-
cial interest and her son's transaction was completed
several years ago.
Mattick, along with Commissioner Christine Tol-
lette, sided with Quam, while Commissioners Duke
Miller and Dale Woodland were opposed to any land-
use change on the FLUM for that parcel.
"There's no reason for any change," said Wood-
Miller agreed. Changing the land use was "asking
for nothing but trouble," he maintained.
Miller again presented his motion that the commis-
sion should allow future changes to the comprehensive
plan only by either a super-majority vote of the com-
mission (4-1 at a minimum) or by referendum.
The commissioner said the only reason he was bring-
ing his motion forward was to block any attempts at
land-use changes in the city by a future commission that
might want to increase density or expand the commercial
land-use areas against the wishes of the residents.
"If a change is going to be made, it's going to be
residential versus commercial," he said.
But other commissioners rejected the idea of a ref-
erendum for land-use amendments and changes.
Tollette said that in her informal survey of the elec-
torate, voters said they had faith in the commission.
She also said she believed that there were enough
"checks and balances" already in place to prevent any
unwanted land-use change.
Quam wondered if the commission could add word-
ing in the comp plan that a super majority vote would
be needed on the commission for any changes to the
ROR or commercial districts.
But facilitator Tony Arrant, who has guided the
city the past five years through the comp-plan revision
process, cautioned that these are "muddy waters."
Dye agreed. "Caution, minefield," he said, allud-
ing to the potential for putting something in place that
might violate state law.
Arrant said the commission should have something
in writing pertaining to this policy before voting to add
or change something in the plan.
"If you want this policy, I really would like to see
things like this written out and discussed first before a
vote," he said.
Commissioners heeded the warning and asked
Arrant to prepare a draft resolution that a supermajor-
ity would be needed to change the FLUM if the issue
involved any change to the ROR or commercial dis-
tricts. The commission will then discuss the draft at its
"I can get behind that," said Miller.
Although the commission changed the land-use
designation for the six lots at the east end of Pine
Avenue, it let stand the commercial designation for the
two lots owned by former City Commissioner Linda
Cramer at the Palmetto Avenue-Gulf Drive intersection.
Cramer had advocated for an ROR designation, noting
that the city commission and mayor in the early 1990s
had agreed they were residential property.
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seeks festival vendors
for March 1 event
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society is lining
up vendors for the annual Island Heritage Day Festi-
The event will take place March 1 at the Anna Maria
Island Historical Park, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The event, sponsored by AMIHS, will kick off
Manatee County's month-long celebration of local his-
Organizers are hoping to bring in a number of art-
ists, crafters and antique dealers for the festival, now
in its 18th year.
The historical society's calendar also includes:
* Jazz Fest, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Feb. 7, at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
* Jazz Fest, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., March 13, at the
* Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of
Homes, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15, at Belle Haven
Cottage on the museum grounds and other Island loca-
* AMIHS Dance, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., March 22, at
* Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce busi-
ness card exchange, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., April 23, at the
Additionally, the group plans to hold a tea and
antique fashion show and a member luncheon in the
For more information about the festival, call
AMIHS president Thea Kelly at 941-778-0173.
Fling volunteers for
May 3 event
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization is seeking volunteers for
its annual Spring Fling dinner/dance fundraiser.
The event theme is "That '70s Party" and is
scheduled for May 3, 2008.
PTO president Joy Murphy is seeking vol-
unteers to help with organizing sponsorships,
entertainment, decorations, student art projects,
class baskets, silent auction items, food and
The fundraiser is dependent on volunteers
to plan and execute the event. Volunteer forms
are available in the AME administration office.
For more information, call Murphy at 941-
S ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND
Patricia Diane Guenette and James ( h, i,t, p/in ,
Guenette, Drake announce
Patricia Diane Guenette and James Christopher
Drake became engaged Nov. 3.
Guenette, a native FHoridian, is a freelance graphic
artist and sales associate with a local beach shop.
Drake, a locksmith, moved from Speedway, Ind.,
to Bradenton Beach about 15 years ago.
The two plan to marry March 28, 2008.
Bradenton couple marry on Island
Lancealot Young and Jill Lyday, of Bradenton, were
married in October on the beach near the Moose
Lodge 2188 in Bradenton Beach. The couple cele-
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Caroline Reed and Dana Cyr will talk about the
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Library travel series bound
for Virgin Islands
The Friends of the Island Library's travel series
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The program at the Island Branch Library, 5701
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AME winter garden harvest bountiful
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-graders have
been tending to their edible garden since the beginning
of the school year - a learning experience that is prov-
Before heading off on winter break, students from
each of the three fourth-grade classes at AME harvested
crops from the edible garden alongside the school caf-
eteria. The winter harvest yielded two pounds of baby
carrots, purple and green basil, red lettuce, arugula,
lemon balm and cauliflower.
The produce is grown in Earthboxes, which the
students plant with seeds and small starter plants at the
start of the school year. Sean Murphy and Susan Tim-
mons, owners of the Beach Bistro restaurant in Holmes
Beach, support the project by purchasing and using the
vegetables and herbs on their menu. Proceeds benefit
the gardening project, allowing more seeds, Earthboxes
and other supplies to be purchased.
In addition to support from the Beach Bistro, volun-
teers, such as Island master gardener Christine Callahan
and Ervin Shannon of the Manatee County Agricultural
and Natural Resources Department, work with students
on a regular basis, teaching them how to plant and har-
For more information about the edible garden, call
AME at 941-708-5525.
Sweet baby carrots
The winter harvest of AME's edible garden produced
sweet baby carrots. Fourth-grader Jackie Burgess
collected a handful from the garden, which willfind
Cabbage head their way to the Beach Bistro kitchen. Restaurant
Caleb Baker and Trevor Albers check on the progress owners Sean Murphy and Susan Timmons have part-
of the cabbage growing in the fourth-grade edible nered with AME to help fund the garden by purchas-
garden at Anna Maria Elementary School. ing herbs and produce from each harvest.
Kieran Grumley and
learn from Susan
Timmon how to weigh
purple basil grown
in their class garden.
Timmon and husband
Sean Murphy support
the school's edible
garden through a
partnership with their
Holmes Beach restau-
rant, Beach Bistro,
which purchases herbs
and vegetables from
the school's garden
to use in the restau-
rant kitchen. Islander
Photos: Diana Bogan
AME fourth-grader Holly Parker discovers a healthy
crop of cauliflower ready for harvest. Parker and
fellow classmates tend to their garden of vegetables
and herbs in Earthboxes.
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The winners of the city-sponsored residential and
business holiday lighting contest in Bradenton Beach
have been announced.
In the residential category, first place went to 401
Gulf Drive N.; second to 2214 Ave. A.
Other highlights for home holiday decoration view-
ers, the committee said, include 2302 Ave. B and others
on the street; 2318 Canasta; 106 12th St. N.; No. 41
Pines Trailer Park; 103 11th St. S.; 105 10th St. S.; and
601 Sixth St. S.
In the city's commercial-business division, first place
went to the Drift In on Bridge Street, with second place
honors going to the Linger Longer, 304 Gulf Drive S.
Commissioner Janie Robertson reports that other
good spots to look at nifty holiday lights in the city are
Sharkey's, Bungalow Beach, Silver Surf (all along Gulf
Drive) and all of Bridge Street, especially the Bridge
First place winners in each division get $150, with
second receiving $100. Prize money may be collected
at city hall Dec. 20 during business hours.
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives - weddings, anni-
versaries, travels and other events. Please send notices
and photographs with detailed captions - along with
complete contact information - to email@example.com
or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
AME dates to
The Anna Maria Elementary 2007-08 school cal-
endar is abundant with opportunities for community
involvement. Following are a few of the dates worth
* Every Wednesday and Thursday, 8-8:30 a.m.,
Dolphin Dash training at the AME field.
* Dec. 19, deadline to drop off "Project AME Elves"
* Dec. 24 to Jan. 7, winter break, school closed.
* Jan. 14, 3:15 p.m., School Advisory Committee
meeting in the media center.
* Jan. 19, 8 a.m., Dolphin Dash.
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Creativity honored at
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Art .S/, .1 at the Studio at Gulf and Pine Dec. 10. Pic-
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rowing Madonna." Honorable mentions went to Rolf
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Richardson for "Church Lady" and "In a Copper
Canyon." The exhibit continues through Dec. 19 at
the Studio. The hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Islander
Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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Palma Sola man is one
of Korea's 'Chosen Few'
The nightmares have never stopped for Scott Blo-
meley. They have gotten easier to bear over the years.
It would be hard to forget the "Chosin Reservoir"
battle fought by the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea in
late 1950 and the many men in Scott's squadron under
his command - not to mention the entire 1st Marine
Division - who didn't make it back.
But for a clerk's error, Scott might have missed the
Korean War - and his memories.
His story begins in Brooklyn in late 1944.
A 17-year-old senior at Farragut Military Academy
high school in New Jersey, Scott came home for Christ-
mas to tell his dad he was failing trigonometry.
"I told him I was fed up with school and that I
wanted to be a Marine," remembered Scott.
\ ly dad said OK, and the next day, we went down
to the enlistment station and he signed the papers. I was
in the Marines."
During his basic training, it became obvious to
Scott and his fellow Marines that they were going to
the Pacific, which was fine with them. "We heard about
Okinawa and we were ready to fight. When you're
young, you think nothing bad will ever happen to you,
so a lot of us were upset we missed the battle. By the
time we got to Okinawa, the fighting was over."
Scott's ship, however, didn't miss a mine planted
by the Japanese and, in the ensuing blast, he dislocated
his shoulder. He was sent to Hawaii for recovery.
In August 1945, the atom bomb was dropped on
Japan and the war ended.
Scott, however, still had more than two years to
serve and he was assigned to Japan as a bodyguard and
orderly to U.S. Navy Admiral Saul Phillips.
His duties also took him to China, where he became
involved in the Chinese civil war between the national-
ist forces of Chiang Kai-Shek and the communists led
by Mao Zedong.
"The admiral asked me if I wanted to 'volunteer'
to be a guard on a train taking supplies to north China.
I said 'sure.'"
On the ensuring trip, however, the communists took
offense to the intrusion by the U.S. military and shot at
"When I got back and made my report, Admiral
Phillips said that no more Marines would be on the
trains because sooner or later, we'd shoot back and
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we'd have another war, so that was the end of the train
Eventually, Phillips was assigned to Norfolk. With
just a few months remaining on his enlistment, Scott
decided to take those days in Hawaii, where he played
on the base football team that featured future NFL
player George Blanda.
After his discharge, Scott went to work for an
engineering company in New Orleans before entering
Tulane University, even though he still lacked a high
Luckily, Scott had some Navy friends who knew
the right people at Tulane. "I started as a physical edu-
cation major on academic probation, but I got in."
Still looking to play football, Scott found that the
10th Marine Reserve Battalion in New Orleans had a
team. The only way he could play, however, was to go
back on active duty.
"I figured it was no big deal. I'd play the season,
then go back to the inactive reserve." All he did for the
battalion was play football on weekends. He didn't have
to endure any training or wear a military uniform.
That was the plan, anyway, and, after the season
ended, Scott told his company clerk to put him back on
the inactive list. He returned to Tulane and thought no
more about the Marines for the next two years, until he
was back in Brooklyn in May 1950 after finishing his
"I was working and came home one day and my
roommate called from New Orleans and said the
Marines were looking for me. They said I was AWOL.
I called my outfit and learned that I was still being car-
ried as active and I had 72 hours to get back to New
Orleans because the battalion had been activated for
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in his squad
duty. Wow. I had to go back or be arrested."
Returning to his unit, Scott was promoted to ser-
geant and informed that it looked like the battalion was
going to Korea.
"We went to California for training and got all our
combat gear and, while we were there, we learned that
the North Koreans had invaded South Korea. It was
going to be called a police action, but it was still war."
The 10th battalion was sent to Japan to prepare for
action as part of the United Nations forces under Gen.
The war had been going badly for the Allies and
they needed a fancy move to take back the initiative.
McArthur's landing at Inchon saved the U.N. troops
as the North Koreans never expected that an invasion
force would challenge the 30-foot tidal movement at
"We had 45 minutes to make it off the boats and
get on land," remember Scott. "We did it. The Koreans
were surprised. We were expecting a tough time, but
we had only a few casualties."
After Inchon, Scott's unit was sent to the 1st Marine
Division, where he was assigned to Able Company (the
first company) of the 1st Battalion of the 1st Regiment
of the 1st Division. The only "first" he didn't get was
his squad, which was the third.
"We were sent to Yang Dan Pao where there was
some tough action. We had to call in the tanks to
shell the North Koreans and one of the tanks fell
into the cellar of a building. It was taking the guys
a long time to pull it out, so I went over to find out
what was happening. Turns out the building was a
brewery and the guys were getting drunk on warm
Scott got the men moving and they seized the air-
field, becoming the first Allied unit to raise the flag
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there: the American flag, not the U.N. flag.
Despite the brewery incident, it had been a tough
fight. "That was some tough action and we had a lot of
tough guys," remembered Scott. One squad member
won the silver star, others the bronze star.
"We got loaded up and went back to Inchon and
some of us were stupid enough to think we were going
home, but we were sent to the east coast of the Korean
peninsula for another invasion. We were supposed to
take Won San harbor."
It took the division four days to make the trip and
when the Marines landed, they found Bob Hope and
his show already there.
"They had come up with the Republic of Korea
army. They gave us a real hard time about being slack-
ers. It was a wasted invasion, but we did get to see Bob
Hope and some girls."
By September 1950, the war was looking good for
the U.N troops.
"We had the North Koreans licked, but the Chinese
communists then entered the war and things changed
As the ChiCom Army drove south from the Yalu River,
they burned and looted cities and towns, creating a massive
exodus of refugees headed for Allied lines. The 1st Marine
Division of about 25,000 men was ordered to protect the
refugee flow through a mountain pass at a place high up
in the mountains known as the Chosin Reservoir.
"We were to provide security for the refugees, but
after we got there, the Chinese surrounded us. We were
cut off. Thank God for the Air Force. Within 'u them, we
wouldn't have made it."
The Chinese Army had about 60,000 soldiers at
the reservoir and controlled all the roads and bridges.
Their intention was to starve the Marines out, but that
didn't work because of the Air Force.
As the weather turned colder, supply planes flew
in food, ammunition and, most importantly, winter uni-
forms, remembered Scott.
They also got an overdose of Tootsie Rolls.
"The code word for mortars is 'tootsie rolls,'"
laughed Scott. "I guess they had a new replacement
on the radio down at supply headquarters, because one
day, we radioed for a couple of airplanes full of Tootsie
Rolls and that's what we got: the real thing."
It turned out that was a good choice because the
candy kept the Marines' lips and mouths moist and
prevented cottonmouth. They needed it.
"It was cold, like down to 30 below or more at
night. With 'ut the candy, the cottonmouth was real bad.
The Chinese would get hopped up on opium and drunk
on sake and charge our lines every night, but couldn't
Neither could any Allied reinforcements.
"We weren't supposed to make it back. The arm-
chair generals had all written us off, but they forgot we
The Marines also had the legendary "Chesty"
Puller as their commanding officer, a man known as
the "Patton" of the Marine Corps.
"He finally decided the only way we were getting
out was to fight our way out. The Chinese had blown
up a bridge at Fuson Pass on the escape route and we
had to repair that while they were firing at us."
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Thankfully, the ChiComs didn't have any heavy
artillery, just the 88-mm screaming ' mimis" that "cre-
ated a hell of a racket and scared the daylights out
of somebody the first time you heard them," Scott
Repairing the bridge, however, was no easy task.
The Marines had to build an armor-plated encasement
around the men to keep them from getting shot while
they were fixing the bridge supports.
The bridge was finally repaired and in early Decem-
ber 1950, the 1st Marine Division, now known in the
international press as the "Chosen Few," marched,
walked, rode and fought their way through 60 miles of
enemy-held territory to make it to Allied lines.
Not all the Marines made it.
"I had 200 guys in my company and we lost about
30 or 40," said Scott with great difficulty as he recalled
being ordered to capture a hill where he would lose
several good friends.
"I had one guy who I tried to keep back from the
Browning Automatic Rifle, but he said he'd be OK."
At the first cry of "corpsman," Scott knew that it
was for Paul, his friend from New Orleans. He had been
killed instantly by a concussion grenade.
"I had to go on. I grabbed the BAR, climbed a tree
and shot up all the enemy I could see."
As if that action wasn't bad enough, Scott and his
company were attacked by a group of U.S. Air Force
"I guess they figured that we had to be enemy
infantry because all the U.N. forces had supposedly
surrendered or been killed."
In the ensuing air attack, Scott lost eight men from
his squad to allied bombs and guns. "The kid next to me
was from Canada, someplace in Ontario. He had come
down to join the Marines and fight for us. He didn't make
it," recalled Scott with emotion bordering on tears.
With no radio to contact the pilots, Scott desper-
ately sought some recognition signal before his entire
unit was wiped out.
The only thing he had was an old Rebel flag in his
back pack. He started waving the flag as another fighter
lined up for an attack. At the last minute, the pilot spot-
ted the flag, waggled his wings, and called off the other
Scott's squad finally made it down from the reser-
voir, fighting a rear guard action as the last U.N. forces
"We thought that would be the end of our war, but
we were wrong.
In April 1951, the 1st Marines had to rescue the
atomic cannon group. It was during this attack that
Scott was wounded for the first time.
"I got wounded at Hill 863. It was April 23,
He would be wounded again before August 1951,
when Scott's tour of duty in Korea came to an end. He
left with memories and nightmares.
\ ly mom was in bad health and I got assigned to
Staten Island, where we had a truck farm."
There was almost no mention of Korea in the papers
or on television, although Scott did observe that some
people had read about the Chosin Reservoir and the
Korea had become the "forgotten war" by the end
of his service.
Discharged in 1954, Scott went to Wagner College,
then moved to Illinois where he got married, started a
farm and began working for a nearby nuclear power
plant as a sheet-metal worker. He and his wife had three
daughters and one son and he retired from the power
plant in 1988.
He first came to Bradenton in 1997 and retired here
in 2003. His second wife is the mother of one of the
owners of the Longboat Key Observer.
He has no regrets about his service, just the night-
mares he's had to endure. In today's everything-has-a-
name world, he has what doctors have told him is post
traumatic stress syndrome.
Whatever it's called, Scott has seldom thought
about the clerical error that put him on active duty with
"If I had to do it again, I would. We've got to see
that our grandkids have the same chances we had. In
Korea, we reestablished that country."
The Korean church in St. Petersburg honors area
Korean War veterans every year in a tribute that brings
tears to Scott's eyes.
He remembers and honors the eight men who didn't
come back, and he thinks about them daily. He gives
talks to area students about Korea, but it is hard to
identify with people who have never been in combat.
"I tell people I'm not a hero. The heroes are still
over there. I'm still gung-ho, but I still have night-
"I have no regrets. I have not forgotten Korea and
I never will. I'm just glad I made it back. It's important
to talk about it, even if it's tough. I guess the Lord was
looking out for me."
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CELEBRATING THE SEASON IN ISLAND STYLE
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Letters to Santa
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graders get a little help from teacher Toni Lashway, in
sending holiday letters to Santa Claus. Before mailing
them to the North Pole, Lashway shared a few of the
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City hall happening
All the whose in Anna Maria came out for the traditional holiday gathering at Anna Maria City Hall Dec. 13.
Partygoers dined and drank and wished one another season's greetings in the festively decorated city commis-
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Winter break for AME
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Classes will resume Tuesday, Jan. 8.
For more information, call your school administra-
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Canine Christmas Festival held
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Fish tales from far out in Gulf to Panhandle streams
Here, fishy fishy fishy.
Fish tales of myriad types have been swimming
through the news of late. Here's a few.
'Mariculture' bashed for Gulf
It was all-against, all-the-time last week in St.
Petersburg, as a proposal to allow fish farming in the
Gulf of Mexico met massive opposition before a hear-
ing of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Coun-
The federal agency is considering offshore fish
farms in the Gulf. The "farms" would consist of a series
of huge underwater cages, placed in about 100 feet of
water roughly 20 to 50 miles from shore. Each cage is
estimated to cost $100,000, plus installation, and could
hold up to 10,000 fish.
The marine aquiculture plan - "mariculture" -
was pretty much blasted by commercial fishers, envi-
ronmentalists and citizens, according to a St. Petersburg
Times account. About 70 people showed up, and more
than 15 spoke to the issue. Almost all speakers opposed
Concerns ranged from pollution due to massive fish
food going into a small space. And all those fish have to
get rid of all that food, too, also in a small space. Pollu-
tion threats were voiced, although the scant proponents
said that offshore currents that far out in the Gulf would
eliminate any real problems.
Then there were the hurricane issues.
The fish farming operations would be vulnerable to
storm action. Most of the farm fish are raised on shore,
then moved out into the open Gulf to grow big before
harvest. The problem voiced was that most of the fish
were genetically bred, meaning that if a cage broke, a
whole slew of the same stock of fish would emerge and
breed with native stock.
Fish farms in the open waters are featured through-
out the world, including China and Mexico, among
The matter is expected to come back before the
council in January.
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Endangered fish makes comeback
Here's a happy holiday story about a rare little fish
that has surged back in its population. "Surge" is the
operative word here, since it went head-to-head with
the U.S. military.
There's a funny little fish called the Okaloosa darter
that apparently is only found in the Florida Panhan-
dle. More specifically, it's pretty much found only in
streams within the massive Eglin Air Force Base water-
front, located between Panama City and Pensacola on
the Gulf of Mexico.
The fish is a timid little guy, described by the St.
Petersburg times as being about the size of stick of
chewing gum. It hides in plants along streams, avoids
open water to the point that most of the fish spend their
entire lives living on one side of a waterway or the other
- never crossing the open water - and is dependent
on the vegetation along the waterway to live.
Then came the military, back in the 1930s, with
roads and erosion and clearing and loss of habitat.
Loss of the darter population followed, with a count
of maybe 1,500 of the little guys in the early 1970s.
Environmentalists screamed. The Air Force lis-
The base began a vegetation replanting effort for
the darters. It restructured some drainage features to
better handle runoff. Erosion control was addressed.
The cost was in the millions of dollars, and the fish
The military went so far as to create an aquarium
atmosphere with fighter-pilot canopies to protect a cul-
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vert across part of a golf course for the darters.
The result has been a resurgence of the fish, with
an estimated population today of about 500,000 and a
consideration of a change in status from "endangered"
to "threatened" by federal fisheries officials.
Of course, the military didn't do all this just to be all
warm and fuzzy. It seems that with an endangered spe-
cies on the grounds, training of troops, such as a charge
across a stream, meant they had to build a bridge.
If the fish is merely threatened, they can "hoo-ha!"
across the water sans bridge.
Nonetheless, it's a nice story of how, as the Times
reporter put it, "A military Goliath figured out how to
be a good neighbor to the skinny kid next door."
So after the above good news about how the gov-
ernment and the environment can play well and not
have to run with scissors comes this little snippet of
irrationality from another federal agency.
When Hurricane Katrina smacked New Orleans in
August 2005, it took out power to much of the city for
a very, very long time. Among the damaged properties
was the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas where,
without filters, thousands of fish died.
When the juice came back, Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency officials admitted to the fish-kill damage,
about $616,000, and tentatively agreed for the funding.
Aquarium officials, wanting to fast-track the pro-
cess, decided to take the direct route and hired fishers
to collect species from Florida waters, to the tune of
just under $100,000.
Some savings, huh? Quicker, more efficient, jobs
for locals, avoid paperwork, save the taxpayers a bunch
of money, huh?
Nope. FEMA officials, citing some obscure law that
apparently says that facilities can only be returned to
their previous condition, not improved, has said they
will not reimburse for the fish loss because the fish were
not obtained through "commercial" sources. In other
words, pay a whole lot more.
The matter irks more than a few. As a spokes-
man for the Louisiana governor's office on homeland
security and emergency preparedness told the AP, as
reported in the St. Petersburg Times, "It's relatively
typical that when Louisiana, or an applicant, finds a
unique way to solve a problem that FEMA comes in
and throws a flag and says, 'no, you can't do that.'"
Let's see: the feds OK $600,000 for the dead fish.
The aquarium does it for $100,000. Attaboy for initia-
tive and cost-saving? Nah.
The idea of growing fish in Gulf waters isn't new.
A crew proffered the process a few years ago off Anna
Maria Island, and were soundly rejected by state and
Concerns then were about the same as now: Too
much fish food with the potential of too much nutrients,
among others issues.
Personally, working a farm that is 50 feet under-
water and 20-plus miles from shore seems a little iffy
to me, too.
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Grouper great out in the Gulf; reds inshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Although a cold front blew through the region
during the weekend, fishing last week was more of a
fall-summer style. Whitebait was everywhere from off
the beaches to nearly all over Tampa Bay, with only a
cast or two of a net to produce enough bait for a day.
Offshore action for grouper in the Gulf of Mexico
is extraordinary. Lots of gags and a few reds are being
caught about 12 miles out from shore, plus reds and
some snapper. Kingfish are also out there and hungry.
Look for lots of redfish in the backwaters, catch-
and-release snook and trout, plus flounder, tons of mack-
erel and the beginning of the sheepshead season.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said grouper fishing out in
the Gulf couldn't be any better. He's mostly catching
gags about 12 miles from shore, he said, as well as
mackerel, bonita and some kingfish. The kings are
hanging around so long because apparently they like
the relatively warm water temps in the Gulf, but the
weekend's cold front will probably drive them away.
Capt. Mark Johnson, also out of Annie's, said his
inshore fishing for catch-and-release snook is good,
but filling the coolers for his charters are redfish,
sheepshead and mackerel.
Capt. Mark Howard on Sumotime Charters
said that with the unusually warm weather, he's find-
ing plenty of whitebait available off the beaches. "Just
look for the diving birds, pelicans and terns, and the
bait will be under them," he advised. "Throw the net a
couple of times and you will have all the bait you need."
He's finding that mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, trout and
small sharks in about 4 feet of water over seagrass flats
in the bay. "Anchor up and chum up with shiners and
you should have all the action you want," he said. He
added that one customer pulled in fish for three hours
"until his wrists got sore." All fish were released. Other
action from Capt. Mark includes sheepshead.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said grouper and snap-
per action is excellent offshore now, with limit catches
coming in on every trip. Inshore action is macks and
reds. Trout are hard to find, but since the season is still
closed, it doesn't make a lot of difference. The trout
season opens Jan. 1, by the way.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said mackerel are
the main catch for pier fishers, but there are also catches
The Flying Fish Fleet crew of Capt. John Labash,
Capt. Brian Alcorn and mate Jamie Keebler - "the
elf" - brought in a limit catch of grouper and snap-
per while fishing 35 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico
off Anna Maria Island.
of small flounder, w hlitng. sheepshead and bonita. He
also a lot of bait working around the pier and through-
out Tampa Bay and on the seagrass flats.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
mackerel are best bet for anglers there, plus bonita and
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are good reports of black drum coming from the
Manatee River, and he's seeing a lot of mangrove snap-
per around the docks at the crab house. There are also
a lot of mackerel and mangrove snapper around the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge, he added.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include good-sized
redfish and sheepshead.
Capt. Zach Zacharias out of Parrot Cove Marina
in Cortez said he went out "with the express purpose
of targeting flounder and was pleasantly surprised.
Decided to forego live bait and opted for CalJigs with
a root beer shad tail with a chartreuse tail. Killer! Actu-
ally boated dozens of flounder on a low incoming tide
in Palma Sola Bay and Anna Maria Sound just before
the big cold front." He said he worked the lures in
the current very slowly, allowing the jig to rest on the
bottom briefly, and "the flatties would nail it on the
jump-up. A bycatch of some really nice speckled trout,
numerous ladyfish, redfish and whiting." He said that
most of the flounder were small, but several were in the
15- to 16-inch.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching our limit
of redfish, almost all within the slot limit. We've prob-
ably caught 2,000 redfish this year and, with the excep-
tion of a few 30-inch fish, all have been within the
23- to 25-inch range, making them 3 years old - the
spawn of fish that survived the red tide in 2004. We're
also catching mangrove snapper to 18 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Southern Cal visit
Tom and Judy Johnson of Anna Maria visit the
Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach during a
recent vacation to the Southern California coast. The
two began their trip in San Diego and stops included
San Juan Capistrano, a night on the Queen Mary and
Youth basketball season
By Kevin Cassidy
The 2008 Anna Maria Island Community Center
youth basketball season gets started shortly after the
winter holiday season and school break comes to an end.
The annual banquet to kick-start the league will be held
at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 with the dinner again donated by the
Beach Bistro. Individual and team photos will be taken
Jan. 12 with the regular season starting on Jan. 14.
Once again there will be four age divisions for com-
petition, including the non-competitive instructional
division for players in the 5-7 year old group. Division
III is for players in the 8-9 age group and Division II for
players in the 10-11 year old group. Last, but not least,
is the Premier Division for players 14-17 years old.
Three teams emerged from pool play with unde-
feated records to duel it out for bl_''in_' rights during
the Dec. 8 horseshoe proceedings.
up with Ron Slagh to defeat the tea
Tom Rhodes 22-18 to advance to t
defeated Jay Disbrow and Sam
The Dec. 12 games saw R.I
Bobledyk roll past David Lansa
22-10 to win the day's bi,','in' r
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. e
Saturday at the Anna Maria City
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by rai
There is no charge to play and ev
Key Royale golf
The men of the Key Royale Cl
Hayes and Bob Dickinson team
10-under-par 54 that Gerry Taylo
carded to finish in a tie for first
to start post-holidays
John Johnson teamed went to the team of Earl Ritchie and John Heiselman
am of Ron Pepka and with a 9-under 55. Third place went to Bob Kral and
he finals, where they Dale Hudson, who matched the 7-under-par 57 that
Samuels by a 22-12 Pete Weir and Gary Harris carded. Greg Shorten and
Jim Mixon finished in fourth place with a 6-under 58.
B. Munro and Gene The men played a nine-hole, two-best balls-of-four-
w and Art Kingstad some game on Dec. 10 with the team of Omar Tolard,
rights. Bob Dickinson, Chuck Reed and Jim Dunne taking first
-very Wednesday and place with a 9-under-par 55. Second place went to the
Hall pits. Warmups team of Russ Olson, Charlie Knopp, Matt Behan and
ndom team selection. Peter Proxy with a score of 57 that was matched by the
eryone is welcome. team of Joe Dickinsin, Charlie Krauss, Al Kaiser and
news The ladies allowed the men to play along on Dec.
ub played an 1hole, 7 with a "throw-out-the-worst-hole" game. First place
ub played an 18-hole, . .
went to the team of Joy Nellis, Dorothy McKinna,
;nt on Dec. 12. Day Jim Finn and Marion Mulroy, who combined to fire a
red up to match the
r and Joe Dickinson 10-under-par 118 and win by four strokes. Second place
S n ice went to the team of Eunice Warda, Joyce Brown, Jerry
place. Second place Brown and Dale Hudson.
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ISLANDERS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
* Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Dec. 24: 6 p.m., worship service.
* Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-1638.
Dec. 24: 5 p.m., family service of Holy Eucharist;
10:30 p.m., carols; 11 p.m., Holy Eucharist service.
Dec. 25: 10 a.m., Holy Eucharist service.
Dec. 30: 9 a.m., Holy Eucharist service, followed
by a holiday party in the garden.
* Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Dec. 24: 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., candlelight services.
Dec. 25: 9:30 a.m., Christmas worship service.
* Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, 941-778-0414.
Dec. 24: 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., worship services in
Dec. 25: 10 a.m., worship services and Holy Com-
munion in the chapel.
Dec. 31:4 p.m. to 9 p.m., continuous Holy Com-
munion in the chapel. Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will host a ( i, itoi, Day service in the
* St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, chapel at 10 a.m. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach, 941-778-4769.
Dec. 24: 4 p.m., children's mass; 10 p.m., the "Old
Dec. 25: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services.
* Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, 941-779-1912.
Dec. 24: 7 p.m., worship service.
Mary, portrayed at the return to the church by Julia
Duytschaver, shows to the crowd the baby Jesus,
portrayed by son Marlin Duytschaver.
Holy night: Roser hosts 'Bethlehem Walk'
Joseph and Mary, portrayed by Mike Doll and Caitlin Tribble, lead the annual "Bethlehem Walk" presented
by Roser Memorial Community Church Dec. 15. The walk, an Island tradition, began and ended at the church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Lexi Roberts, who portrayed the baby Jesus last year in the "Bethlehem Walk," is this year's ( i, i ,ti,, angel.
The Rev. Gary Batey preparesfor the walk.
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Boatworks rounds out Cortez museum
By Jim Hanson
One hundred useful years later, the Pillsbury Boat-
works is at its permanent home in Cortez.
It arrived at daybreak one day last week after a
journey in darkness along deserted roads to be installed
on the foundation poured for it at the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez.
There it will be put in top condition, furnished with
machinery of the kind it housed for the last century at
Snead Island, and opened to the public to show modern
folks what it was like in the old days. That fits snugly
in the museum's theme in the historic fishing village.
The Pillsbury building is joining the historic Burton
Store, moved from the west end of Cortez and now well
along in its refurbishment, and, of course, the museum,
housed in the old school and restored to the point that
it has just opened for the public. Hours are from 9 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays.
The boatworks building was constructed in 1907
Cortez craft showcased at St. Pete gallery
By Doug Calhoun
Special to The Islander
The Cuban refugee boat being rebuilt by Florida
Maritime Museum members was a central attraction
recently at a St. Petersburg gallery.
The "Esperanza" was in "The Water is Wide: The
Art of Boat Building" exhibit at the Studio@620 Gal-
lery in downtown St. Petersburg, which closed Dec.
The 15-foot flat-bottomed skiff carried six Cubans
to the Florida Keys and then began life as lawn art. At
about the time the bottom of the boat began to recycle
as compost, the Cortez-based museum acquired it as a
Bob Pitt, museum boat builder, and Paul Thomas,
president of the Florida Gulf Coast chapter of the Tra-
ditional Small Craft Association, retrieved the boat for
The boat's poor condition caused some hesitation
among the volunteers recruited to repair it. But the
boat's historical importance convinced many of them
to devote their time.
The boat's history drew many at the gallery to its
Pitt attended the exhibit to explain how the boat is
being refurbished, as well as to discuss boat-building
lore in Florida.
The exhibit also featured model boats and their
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decades. E.E. Bishop bought Snead Island Boatworks
in the late 1930s and continued to include the building's
machine-shop functions in the boatbuilding business.
The business expanded until it outgrew the old shop
and a new, bigger building replaced it. The Pillsbury
family liked the sturdy old building enough to truck it
to the family compound 3 miles from the boatworks,
and put it to work as a machine shop for the Pillsbury
Now it has survived another major overhaul of the
Pillsbury interests - in 2003 Albert Pillsbury advised
Jim Alderson that the family was subdividing its com-
pound and a new property line would run right through
Alderson, then and now the Snead Island Boat-
works owner, has a strong sense of history, so he and
Albert decided to save the old building. They found
a fine home for it at the newly launched Maritime
R.B. "Chips" Shore accepted Alderman's gift of
the building on behalf of Cortez and Manatee County,
which has ownership of the museum. Shore is clerk of
the Circuit Court of Manatee County, which includes
the county's department of historical resources and the
museum. Last week, Brett Johnson and his crew of
professional movers brought the building to Cortez,
doing the job in the wee hours to avoid traffic.
"It's in good shape," said Allen Garner, president
of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, which
as the historic village's prime organization has spear-
headed the entire museum project.
"Its shell is as strong as ever and needs little work,"
Garner said. "FISH and Cortez will set it up as it was
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Wednesday, Dec. 19
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Last chance: The "Celebration of the Creative Spirit
Art Show" sponsored by All Island Denominations closes at the Studio at
Gulf and Pine. Information: 941-778-1906.
Thursday, Dec. 20
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Another last chance: Today is the last day
to see the "Sarasota Ink" exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099 or visit www.islan-
Friday, Dec. 21
5:30 p.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce hosts a holiday party at its office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. The event is free to chamber members and their guests.
Saturday, Dec. 22
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets for a pro-
gram and a breakfast at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7823.
11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Skinny's Place, 3901 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
celebrates a fifth anniversary with live music and specials. Information: 941-
4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - The South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton, hosts a holiday open house. Information: 941-746-4131 or visit
Monday, Dec. 24
Manatee County School District schools are closed, beginning the
Tuesday, Dec. 25
Today is Christmas.
Wednesday, Dec. 26
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts a holiday camp for children on vacation
from school. The camp continues through the holidays, except Dec. 29-30
and Jan. 1. Information and registration: 941-778-1908.
* Island Vacation Properties, 3001 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, welcomes
drop-offs for the Toys for Tots collection. Information: 941-778-6849.
* The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria displays the work of pho-
tographer Nikita Kavoukles in December. Information: 941-778-1906.
* The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, offers a range of courses for adults and children Mondays through
Saturday, including cooking, dance, fitness and art classes. The Center
also hosts a variety of athletic programs. Information: 941-778-1908, or www.
* The second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9 a.m., the widowed
persons support group meets at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion Post
24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Information:
* On Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts meetings of the Inquiring Minds group. Informa-
* 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
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Dec. 15. Local artists offered their work at discount prices, capping off several busy weeks of art-related events
on the Island. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Friday and first Saturdays of the month. Information: 941-747-8056.
* On the second Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Aux-
iliary Flotilla 82 holds a "GPS for Mariners Course" at 10 a.m. at the Mote
Marine Keating Center, Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 941-358-2068. Fee applies.
* On the last Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 82 hosts a basic "America's Boating Course" in the Buchanan Room
at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information:
941-358-2068. Fee applies.
* On Dec. 31, the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach, hosts a New Year's Eve fireworks show. Information: 941-779-
* Dec. 31 is the last day to register to vote in the Florida presidential
preference primary to be held Jan. 29. Stop by The Islander office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, for a registration form before the deadline.
Information: www.votemanatee.com or 741-3823.
* On Jan. 7 at 1 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Contract Bridge Group
begins playing at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-4362.
* The second annual Dolphin Dash is scheduled for Jan. 19. The event
consists of a 5k run and a fun walk 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. Information: 941-778-5525.
* On Jan. 19, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presents the 2008
Rotary Extravaganza and Casino Night at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-746-7517.
* On Jan. 26, a Household Hazardous Waste/E-Scrap Collection takes
place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coquina Beach. Information: 941-316-1988.
* On Jan. 29, Florida holds its presidential preference primary.
Save the date:
* On Feb. 2, the Friends of the Library holds the annual Friends Book
Sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
* 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.
* 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. 14, the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island presents the
annual Sweetheart Dance at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
* On Feb. 23, the Anna Maria Island Community Center holds its annual
auction and dinner-- an Affaire to Remember-- at the Center. Information:
* On March 1, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts Heritage
Days at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
* On March 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center presents the Tour of Homes benefit. Information: 941-778-
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shipments of cool North Florida and Georgia stuff
(primitive cabinets, etc.). Call shop: 941-778-9396,
or info line: 941-795-5566.
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Antiques, gifts, vintage costume jewelry and wall
art 20-90 percent off. Open seven days. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-779-0729.
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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:
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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 and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, at the Longboat Key
Market. Whitney Beach Plaza Call 941-383-7180.
FOUND A BOSTON terrier dog near Anna Maria
Elementary. Please, call Melissa Lazzara 941-779-
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ISLAND RESIDENT BUYS costume jewelry, fine
jewelry. Sterling silver wanted. Will come to you.
Diana Miller, 941-592-1400. E-mail: salesbydiana@
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.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at The
Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more information.
HOME NEEDED FOR 2-year-old male tabby. FeLV
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VESPA 2007 MOTOR Scooter LX50. Over $500 of
Vespa extras. Be the Cary Grant of the Island. Pris-
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BOAT FOR SALE: 24-foot pontoon, 40-hp Mercury.
Runs great, low hours. Boat 18 years old. Loaded.
941-778-4814 or 410-703-8994.
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boat. Depth finder, fridge, TV, AC/DC converter,
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cover, bimini. Must sell due to health problems.
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2000 WORLD CAT 245-DC with two 115-hp Yamaha
4-stroke motors, and a duel-axle performance trailer.
Very low hours, kept out of the water at Catchers
Marina, Holmes Beach. Good electronics, power
anchor. Blue book sale price for all is more than
$46,000. Will sell for $32,000. Call 203-221-1144.
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.
BOUTIQUE: CRUISEWEAR, GIFTS and more in
top Holmes Beach mall. Only $10,000 plus inven-
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etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
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CALL KENDALL: 15-year old high school sopho-
more looking for babysitting, pet sitting or dog walk-
ing jobs. Four years experience and first aid certi-
fied. Great with kids and animals! 941-779-9783.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED 14-year-old looking for a
job babysitting or pet sitting. Experienced with kids!
Call Kim, 941-794-8640 or 941-807-0889.
FOR BABYSITTING, PETSITTING or dog walking:
Call Ariel and Kayla Jennis, twin sophomores at
Manatee High School. CPR and first-aid certified
by the Red Cross. 941-778-1746.
ISLAND TUTORING WITH Chris Perez. 15-year-old
Manatee High School freshman will tutor elementary or
middle school child in math, science and English. Avail-
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CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
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ANY ODD JOBS? Need a pet sitter or dog walker?
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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
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
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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@
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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-
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and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom
system design. 941-224-1069.
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experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
D&E HANDYMAN SERVICES. Drywall, finishing,
texture, painting, trim, free estimates, insured. 941-
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EXPERIENCED HOME COMPANION, your home
or mine. Live in or out. All needs attended. 941-748-
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ing, dump runs, garages and construction cleaning,
light hauling. Free estimates, excellent references.
COOKS ON CALL. We shop, prepare appetizers
and meals, serve and clean up. Experienced. Cindy
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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-
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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
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1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
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20 TIMES, WORD SEARCH-STYLE - HORIZONTALLY, VERTICALLY AND DIAGONALLY IN ANY DIRECTION.
1 Feed for cattle
8 River or city of
12 E-5 in the
16 Fourth steps
20 Control ___ (four-
21 Vessel lost at
22 Piz Bernina or
30 Hindu queen
31 Not fair at all
32 Bingo call
33 Rock group with
35 Some martyrs:
38 Music center?
39 Weena's fictional
40 Marc Antony's
42 Rolodex abbr.
44 Like Narcissus?
50 Popular Hispanic
Answers to this
on page 36
54 Longtime soap
55 "Prince ___
56 Play analyzer
58 Year England
Normandy at the
59 Kind of sweater
61 Fully functional
62 Actor Kilmer
63 Last time?
66 1964 Beatles #1
68 Museum hanging
69 Employee's move,
70 Words from a
73 Ye follower
77 "Bald" baby
81 Classic outdoor
84 Uganda's ___
86 One who's gone
but not forgotten
87 Mag magnate
89 -plie (ballet
91 Personnel person
93 "___ homo"
97 Bond's man?
100 Ltr. carriers
101 Quasar co-
102 Pope of 452 who
met with Attila
103 Red-eye cause
106 Adam Sandler's
108 Precious cargo of
110 Mythical beast
112 1988 Cy Young
113 Laundry worker
114 Verb follower?
1 Sources of fall
2 Light, in a way
4 Sen. Specter and
5 "Waiting for ___
7 Certain flake
8 Mushroom stems
11 Santa's reindeer,
13 Rickey Henderson
14 Beetle juice?
15 Edward 0. ___
author of "Beat
18 Words per minute,
24 Manx trait
26 Pin spots
32 "___ good cheer"
34 Actress Getty
39 Stumbling sounds
40 13, for Al
43 Senior Saarinen
45 Dropping acid,
46 Evening person?
47 Go kaput
48 First name in
51 Redenbacher of
52 Hero's hero
55 Genesis shepherd
57 Forces in the
60 Craft often shown
landing on three
61 Old sports org.
64 Let out
65 Current with the
66 Metric foot
70 Anatomical duct
72 Osaka O.K.
76 Ailey and Toffler
80 Towering figure
81 Carrie Chapman
Catt, for one
82 Little wrigglers
83 Baa maids?
87 He-Man Woman-
88 Link, as fingers
of the hands
90 Key of Dvorik's
91 "Crimes of the
92 Out of gear
94 John of "Rat
between Lynx and
96 Starts to make a
97 "Life short
98 Brand under AMC
99 "We Got the Beat"
101 "The Night Cafe"
was painted there
104 Comic Sahl
105 Frizzy coif
107 "Well, what have
109 Big inits. in news
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 19, 2007 0 33
Claire Louis Krykew entertains AME students with a
song - words and music by local Kiwanis member
Bob LoPiccolo - during a holiday party Dec. 11 at
the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
./9in 11 , Steenstra, 11, of Anna Maria Elementary School, presents Robert Sayles with a potted basil plant he
grew from seed. The two are involved in the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club's program pairing AME fifth-
graders with "adopted" grandparents. During a holiday party Dec. 11 at the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation, students and their surrogate grandparents exchanged gifts. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Kiwanis member Bob
LoPiccolo leads AME
fifthi-graders in a
carol Dec. 11.
Cindi Harrison and Kim Steenstra serve lunch during
a holiday party for AMEfifth- L raiders and their
adopted grandparents. The program is a partnership
between the local Kiwanis chapter and the grade
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34 0 DEC. 19, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
sl d. Biz
By Rick Catlin
Skinny's Place on the southeast
corner of the Manatee Avenue-Gulf
Drive intersection in Holmes Beach
will celebrate its fifth anniversary with
a customer appreciation party from 11
a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.
Live reggae music from local bands
Bootleg and Roadblock will begin at 11
a.m. in the on-site tent, and Skinny's will
have plenty of beer specials along with
its full menu service for guests.
The public is invited to attend, but
should bring their own chair due to the
anticipated large crowd.
The Freeman family established
Skinny's in its current location in 1952
and resumed operations in 2002.
Mixon Fruit Farms at 2712 26th Ave.
E. in Bradenton will celebrate the open-
ing of its new Garden Oasis and Pavilion
with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an
open house starting at 4 p.m. Jan. 17.
Grammy-nominated musician David
Young will provide entertainment along
with the jazz group Sophisticated Jazz,
while food for the event will come from
Mixon's own kitchen and farm.
"It's going to be a great party," said
owner and Island resident Janet Mixon.
"We've been working on this proj-
ect for almost a year and it all started
with a prayer," added husband Dean
Mixon. "We're calling this a Memory
Making Moment and releasing 30 white
Music will begin around 4 p.m.,
while the actual ceremony will be held
at 6 p.m., Dean Mixon said.
Mixon Fruit Farms was started by
Dean's grandparents in 1939. Although
both have passed away, Dean Mixon said
he knew that they were looking down
now and "smiling at what we have done
with their grove."
Four generations of the Freeman family, owners of Skinny's Place in Holmes
Beach, will be on hand for a customer celebration party Dec. 22. Pictured above
are .sin ii , Estella, Maggie, Jan and Janice. Islander Photo: Carrie Price
The Oasis location and d6cor is a
natural attraction, he added, and already
eight weddings and parties have been
booked at the Oasis, Butterfly Garden
and Honeybell Hall, said Janet Mixon.
"This will truly be a place where
memories are made."
Wayne Gunter of Bank of America is
now providing mortgage services for
Re/Max Gulfstream Realty directly
from its Island location on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Cour-
tesy Bank of America Mortgage
Wayne Gunter of Bank of America
is now providing mortgage services for
clients directly from RE/MAX Realty's
office at 401 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria.
Bank of America senior vice-
president C. J. Coury said that with
the real estate agents and mortgage
officers together in the same location,
the entire home-buying experience
becomes streamlined for the benefit of
Coury added that all six RE/MAX
Gulfstream offices in Manatee County
will now include Bank of America loan
officers positioned on site to work with
real estate associates and their custom-
Gunter is a native of Manatee
County and graduated from the Univer-
sity of Florida in 1995.
To reach RE/MAX in Anna Maria,
The Florida Association of Insurance
Agents has named Fort Myers insur-
ance executive John Pollock, president
of Oswald Trippe and Company Inc. of
Fort Myers, to its board of directors. Pol-
lock will serve a one-year term.
On Anna Maria Island, Oswald
Trippe and Company has an office at
5203 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
New owner has
The former Island Fitness Center in
Holmes Beach is now AMI Fitness along
with a new owner who has the club's
PLEASE SEE BIZ, NEXT PAGE
Kip Lalosh is the new owner-operator
of AMI Fitness in the former Island
Fitness Center location in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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"fitness" on a healthy track.
Kip Lalosh took over from former opera-
tor John Bolding several weeks ago and pur-
chased the entire fitness club. John Belsito,
who operated the club as the Island Fitness
Center for many years, is no longer involved
in ownership or operations, Lalosh said.
Lalosh has pledged to keep member-
ship simple and he's apparently true to
AMI Fitness has no yearly contracts
or fees, just a monthly, weekly or daily
membership rate. The club has a monthly
rate of $34.99 for a single, while other
plans are available for families.
Lalosh also has a membership sched-
ule for winter residents and a guest rate
for a one-day membership.
It's all in keeping with his plan to
have AMI Fitness "dedicated to health,
fitness and wellness," said Lalosh. The
staff of experienced personal trainers are
committed to providing members "with
the training and knowledge needed to
help reach their personal goals," he
added with confidence.
AMI Fitness hours are from 6 a.m.
to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6
a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2
p.m. on Saturday. The facility is closed
AMI Fitness is located in the Reliance-
Tidemark building - the former Island
Fitness Center - at 5317 Gulf Drive just
east of Wachovia Bank in Holmes Beach.
For more information on AMI Fit-
ness, call 941-778-5446.
Got a new business going up in Anna
Maria Island, Cortez or Longboat Key?
How about a new product or service, an
anniversary, a new hire, or an award-
winning staff member? Call Island Biz
at 778-7978, fax your news to 778-9392,
or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Matt and Dom's
Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce
members, friends and
family join in a Dec. 12
celebration at Matt and
Dom 's Pastry Cafe, which
specializes in cakes, pas-
tries, espresso, smoothies
and sandwiches. A ribbon-
cutting and grand-opening
party took place at the
new cafe, 9701 Gulf Drive
in Anna Maria. For more
information about the
business, call 941-778-
3909 or go to www.mad-
Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Kristen Heintz, Ryan
Ingle and Gail Loefgren
of the Longboat Key/Lido
Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce
welcome Janice Kreider,
events manager with
the Sun House restau-
rant and BridgeWalk, to
the organization's Dec.
13 luncheon. The next
chamber luncheon will be
Thursday, Jan. 10 at the
Sun House in Bradenton
Beach. For more informa-
tion, call 941-383-2466.
Islander Photo: Nancy
36 0 DEC. 19, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER
Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Lawn Celebrating 24 Years of
SerAie Quality & Dependable Service.
Serv ceCall us for your landscape
778.1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza - Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References
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HADOLD SMALL REALTOR.
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Site Clean-Up * Yard Waste/Brush 9W
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Property Clean-Out WE RECYCLE
CEILING & WALL REPAIRS
Locally owned and family operated since 1988
WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION 941.725.0073
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T Power * Locks
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Sn Design service * Kitchens and baths
Condo remodels * Patios and decks
'* 941-720-7519 * References available
qI / Crown molding Specialist
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S FREE ESTIMATES
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Specializing in landscape
design & installation
Cell 941.807.1035 * Office 941.721.9655
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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"
Straight Shot Landscape. For all your landscape needs.
Shell $42/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential
and commercial. 30-years experience. 941-729-9381.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island expe-
rience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen anytime.
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 supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
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 941-962-5131.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I take
pride in my work. For a free estimate, call Colin at
941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
Here is Zeus,
mix, very active,
$80. Call Julie at
0202, or Manatee Humane Society at 941-
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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.
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.
PAINTING DONE RIGHT. Reliable and clean. Call for
estimate. Free house cleaning with job. 941-756-9595.
POWER WASHER, PAINTER, licensed taxi driver,
light maintenance hauling. Island resident. Flat
rates. CJ: 941-224-5969.
BEAUTIFUL TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR/1.5BA
condo. Washer/dryer, large patio and heated pool.
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-
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 Accom-
modations, 941-779-9500.SEASONAL TURNKEY
SUNNY Shores mobile home. 1BR/1BA, near
beach, clubhouse. $1,200/month 941-730-4078.
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CHARMING MONTHLY SEASONAL: Condominium.
Beach view on Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer
and dryer. Two screened in-decks. Pool. Cross the
street on the water. $2,400/month. 813-677-7477.
SEASONAL 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.
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.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL ground-level, unfurnished
2BR. $850/month plus utilities. First, last, security.
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.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
ANNA MARIA ISLAND club. March 2008 rental
available. Beachfront 2600 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
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/
FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED to share 2BR/2BA
condo on beach with pool in Holmes Beach.Avail-
able now! E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/
SANDPIPER RESORT 55 plus, 2BR/1 BA. $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 9.41-545-8923.
FURNISHED "TURNKEY" APARTMENT. Clean,
cozy 2BR/1 BA. 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-
FOR RENT: ANNA Maria. Beautiful remodeled
3BR/2BA and 2BR/1 BA, fourth and fifth houses
from the Gulf. Available December 2007-January
2008. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-778-7933
AVAILABLE RENTALS FOR winter 2008.1 BR/1 BA
apartment, central Holmes Beach, $1,750/month.
2BR/1 BA 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.
SEASONAL AVAILABILITY WESTBAY Cove/West-
bay Point. 2BR/2BA tennis, heated pool. Close to
all services. Call Sharon at Old Florida Realty, 941-
THREE GREAT FURNISHED units in 55-plus
waterfront park with beach access. Some land
owned, one on the water. Patti Reed, Century 21.
LONGBOAT KEY, 651 Linley Street. Charming,
1 BR/1 BA cottage. Air conditioning/heat, utilities,
cable. Fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer. Rear
deck. For rental rates, more details, call 203-929-
7063 or 941-750-0112.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.
ANNUAL RENTALS: GULF view, 1BR/1BA, $750/
month. Anna Maria 2BR/1BA $890/month. Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307. franmaxonre-
VACATION RENTALS: AVAILABLE winter 2008.
Starting at $2,100/month. Call Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307. franmaxonrealestate.com
SEASONAL RENTAL: ANNA Maria. 2BR canal home.
Steps to the beach. Newly remodeled inside and out.
Available January and April. Call 813-245-0428.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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2BR/1BA ground-level duplex. Near beach, clean,
$1,025/month. No smoking. 941-778-2658.
PERICO ISLAND ANNUAL rental. 3BR/3BA, two-
car garage. Private pool, new tile. Clubhouse with
pool, tennis and gym. $1,750/month. Call Adam,
BEACHFRONT 1BR, accommodates four. Fully
equipped, $1,200.00. Dec 26-Jan 2. Call 941-
1 BR/1 BA ANNUAL. $875/month, heated pool,
washer and dryer, fenced, carport, yard care, water,
sewer and trash included. 202-A Haverkos Court.
Available Jan. 1. First floor, reference and lease.
ANNUAL RENTAL HOLMES Beach, 2BR/1BA.
Close to all, steps from the beach. $850/month
with utilities included. Call 941-224-1484 or 941-
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1BR/1BA, $700/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker
DIRECT GULFFRONT, beautifully furnished
2BR/2.5BA. Beach, pool, tennis court. Bi-monthly
or monthly. 941-794-8877.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED PALMA Sola Traces.
Brand new townhouse, 3BR/3BA, and one-car
garage. $1,300/month. Brand new home, 2BA/2BA
plus den and two-car garage. $1,400/month. Four
miles to beach, minutes to IMG campus, fitness
center, pool, clubhouse. Available Jan 15. Non-
smoking/no pets. 941-447-3726.
ANNUAL RENTALS! 2BR/2BA elevated duplex on
71st Street near the beach, $1,000/month plus utili-
ties. 2BR/1 BA near the beach in Anna Maria, $950/
month plus utilities. Large 3BR/3BA townhouse
with two-car garage, North West Bradenton across
from Palma Sola Trace! Call Sue at An Island Place
Perico Bay Club
Immaculate 2BR/2BA condo with fabulous water views. Only minutes
from sparkling white beaches of Anna Maria Island. Gated community,
24-hour guard, heated pool, tennis courts, club house. Bring your family
and enjoy this secluded paradise. Buy before January to earn the income
from February and March rentals. $314,900.
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Huge price reduction. Light, bright, ground-
floor, 2BR/2BA end unit. Heated pool, ten-
nis court. Close to the beach. $299,000.
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-
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.
RETIRING AND MUST sell my Riverview Boule-
vard home in Northwest Bradenton. 2000 square
feet. 3BR/2BA 2 car garage with a huge family room,
secluded pool, lanai and tropical garden area. Updated
and well maintained. $329,900 941-730-0100.
BAYVIEW AND CANALFRONT with pool. 2BR/2BA
open plan, new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock,
three davits. Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must
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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.
COMPLETELY RENOVATED MOBILE home.
2BR/1BA. Nice size lot 16th Street, West Braden-
ton. $69,500. 941-538-0225.
NEW CONSTRUCTION BRADENTON: 3BR/2.5BA,
over 2,400 sf, large yard, fireplace, wet-bar, two car
attached garage. Short walk to bay, plus much more.
$490,000. Call Greg, 941-720-0932, for details.
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FOR SALE: ANNA Maria City canal home. Steps
to the beach. Remodeled inside and out. 2BR/2BA.
Boat dock and lift. This is an outstanding place. 813-
VILLAGE GREEN:2BR/2BA, two car garage villas
$145,000 to $259,900. Denise Langlois, Coldwell
DIRECT GULF FRONT. Your choice, pick one.
Actual 2007 rents $419,900-$19,745. $434,900-
$17,408. $554,900-$26,827. 941-778-7117 or 941 -
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.
Banker, 941-725-4425. BEAUTIFUL GULF VIEWS from this 2BR/2BA
Bradenton Beach condo. Tommy Bahama-style fur-
SPACIOUS 1 BR/1 BA condo (917 sf). Covered park- nishings, washer and dryer in unit, kitchen, granite,
ing, fishing pier, two pools, boat dock, tennis court stainless steel. Complex has pool, spa, tennis court,
and elevator. End unit in excellent condition, turnkey boat slips, fishing pier. $519,000. Owner at 941-388-
furnished. $255,000. 941-779-0005. 5238 or 941-447-2061.
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DIRECT BAYFRONT Beautiful setting. New dock on
deep water. Large 2BR/2BA. Tile floors throughout. Even
has a separate mother-in-law apartment. $995,000.
VERY SPECIAL, Bayfront home 4BR/3BA. Hard-
wood floors, new kitchen. Huge Master bedroom
with balcony overlooking Sarasota Bay. View of
Gulf from 4th level deck. Boat dock for large boat
KEY ROYALE. Completed in December of 2007.
5,000 sf 4BR/5BA. Elevator, two fireplaces, 28x32-
foot great room, heated pool, canal/dock with view
down canal to bayou. $1,999,000.
Canal home in Bay Palms subdivision of Holmes Beach
Beautifully maintained 3/4 BR/2BA. Fresh paint, huge
heated pool. The 29-foot lanai with hot tub and the 29-foot
florida room provide a sense of carefree living. New impact
glass windows throughout, maintained free yard with total
privacy. Lots of value $593,000
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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
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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
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