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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992" www.islandp.org Volume 16, No. 8 Dec. 26, 2007 * FREE
Expect busy Christmas week for Island tourism
By Rick Catlin
If the past six months are any indication of tour-
ism, Islanders can expect a busy Christmas-New Year's
period, as visitors to the Island the next two weeks
could well be at record levels.
Since June 2006, occupancy at Island accommo-
dations has surpassed levels for the same six months
in 2006, with November's occupancy figure at 40.5
percent for 2007, up from the 37.3 percent for the same
month last year.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce execu-
tive director Mary Ann Brockman sees no reason that
trend won't continue in December, aided by a lhi i\ ing
"I haven't had any complaints. We've had a lot of
inquiries and all indications are that we're going to be
very busy this week and next," she said.
to flood Island area
By Paul Roat
Anna Maria Island may reap a cornucopia of trans-
portation goodies in the next five years, to the tune of
almost $32 million.
At least on paper.
The Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Orga-
nization, the regional transportation planning group that
offers advise to the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, unanimously approved a five-year plan for road,
bridge and aviation improvements last week.
Resurfacing of roadways on, off and near the Island
topped the list of the top-ticket projects, as well as traf-
fic signals, turn lanes and landscaping.
But with budget cuts looming at the state level, the fund-
ing for the projects in the "out" years is always in question,
said Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore.
"We' re getting really good at getting the process
to get us what we need," she said, but added that state
budget cuts may gut the highway projects in the outly-
The local needs, as outlined in the 2008-09 to
2011-12 transportation improvement program plan
* Resurfacing of Gulf Drive, from the Longboat
Pass Bridge in Bradenton Beach to Manatee Avenue
in Holmes Beach, at a cost of $7,204,000, due to be
completed during the 2009-10 fiscal year.
* Although off-Island, there is also a scheduled
resurfacing project, to the tune of $5.2 million, west
on Manatee Avenue from Palma Sola to 43rd Street,
Bradenton, in 2008-09.
* And for Longboat Key, there is a proposed resur-
face effort for the length of the key which, including
turn lanes and bike path resurfacing on Gulf of Mexico
Drive, totals $5.411 million.
To get more local, the MPO's five-year plan
includes landscaping improvements in Holmes Beach
for fiscal years including 2009-11 to total $384,000,
plus reimbursement for traffic signals from 2009-13 at
DOT District 1 Secretary Stanley Cann told the
MPO that he was "very much relieved" of the projects
that could be funded.
He said that $1.2 billion was cut from the state
transportation budget statewide, but that the Manatee-
Sarasota county area "was not touched."
In other MPO business, Manatee County Commis-
sioner Donna Hayes was unanimously elected chair
for 2008. Vice chair will be Sarasota County Commis-
sioner Nora Patterson.
Advance reservations at Island accommodations
would seem to confirm that prediction.
"We are totally booked for Christmas week and
next week," said Tom Buehler, co-owner of Haley's
Motel in Holmes Beach.
"In fact, advance reservations for January are way
ahead of last year at this time," he noted. "But there are
still some room nights available that month."
Advance reservations for February and March are
also strong and only a few rooms are available for those
two months, he added.
Buehler attributes much of this season's success to
actively pursing the European market, where the declin-
ing value of the dollar against the Euro and other cur-
rencies has worked in favor of tourism to Florida and
Anna Maria Island.
"We' re getting a lot of European business. They' re
getting good value for their money and we've even got
a Web site in German that has attracted a lot of people,"
The European market has been a prime target of the
overseas marketing and advertising campaign of the
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau the
past year and it, too, appears to be working.
The CVB's August jazz festival drew a number of
German and European visitors to the area and Susan
Estler of the CVB said the trend of European visitors
seems to be continuing.
The value of the Euro against the American cur-
rency seems to be fueling tourism from Europe, Estler
noted. She's heard from several members that not just
mainland Europeans, but many Irish and British visitors
are taking advantage of the favorable exchange rate to
visit the area, as well as tourists from Canada, where
the Canadian dollar is at least equal to the U.S. dollar,
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Santa Claus hangs with three silly clowns before handing out presents at the Sandbar Dec. 18 during the 14th
annual Lawton ( i/lt , ( Ih itint ,for Kids party at the restaurant. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
WMFR extinguishes fire
By Lisa Neff
Firefighters on Dec. 17 put out a small fire in a
condominium building in the 5400 block of Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach.
A construction worker in the area called West
Manatee Fire Rescue dispatch to report seeing smoke
at about 1:30 p.m.
The first firefighting team arrived about three min-
utes later and saw "light smoke" from two of the four
units in the building at about 1:30 p.m.
When firefighters arrived they found a small fire in
the walls of two units.
There were no injuries reported in the incident, but
the buildings were evacuated as a precaution and about
20 personnel from WMFR, Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment, Cedar Hammock and Longboat Key fire depart-
ments and Manatee County Emergency Medical Services
responded. Damage was estimated at $20,000.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
at The Islander's press time.
UILD OUR BRIDGE
Sticker slogan rerun
Bumper stickers demanding "BOB" - as in "Build
Our Bridge" - have been showing up on vehicles
on the Island. The slogan and sticker first circulated
more than a decade ago, when Islanders and the
Florida Department of Transportation were engaged
in a discourse over the future of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge on State Road 64. The campaign was
recently resurrected as Islanders renewed the discus-
sion on the future of the AMI drawbridge. Holmes
Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens
provided fellow Commissioner Pat Geyer with an
old souvenir sticker. Geyer, who has long favored a
new bridge, then had new stickers printed and made
available at her restaurant, Duffy's Tavern, 5808
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Tourism outlook brightens
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if not worth slightly more.
In addition, Island tourism has been aided by a
number of unsolicited endorsements in newspapers and
travel magazines that have rated Anna Maria Island as
one of the top vacation spots in America.
Visitors, however, aren't booking ahead as much
as they used to, noted Barbara Rodocker of the Bridge-
Walk Resort, and a tourism industry veteran of 35 years.
While Dec. 15 used to be the latest date many Island
visitors would make their reservation, they now seem
to wait until just before Christmas.
Reservations for Christmas week have been steady
and the resort is level with last year's tourism at this
time, Rodocker said, but she anticipates a lot of people
will be traveling south just after Christmas.
"We generally get some good walk-in traffic right
after Christmas and there's been a lot of snow up north,"
That's an assessment that Marge Moran of Club
Bamboo in Bradenton Beach can agree with.
"We get a lot of walk-in traffic Christmas week,
particularly since we take one-night reservations and
have daily room cleaning. Our advance reservations are
good, but I expect a lot of walk-ins this week and next,"
Moran said. "It's going to be a good Christmas."
Likewise it should be a good Christmas for the
Tortuga Inn and Tradewinds Resort, both in Bradenton
Manager Katy Demick said the resorts are "busier
this year than last year" and are presently 80 percent
booked for the Christmas week. The majority of guests
were scheduled to arrive Christmas day, she noted, and
there are always some last minute arrivals.
The flow of tourists to the Island can only help
restaurants and retail outlets, noted Brockman.
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar and BeachHouse
restaurants on Anna Maria Island and the Mar Vista on
Longboat Key, said he's been "pleasantly surprised"
because December has been a very good month and
ahead of last year.
"It's been really good this month," said Chiles,
noting that all renovations to the Sandbar have been
completed, the new outdoor dining deck is completed
A driver crashed an SUV into the windows of the former Sportfish Grill in the Island si, ,ppm,, Center Dec. 21,
and as luck would have it, the defunct restaurant had no customers. Jill Catherwood, 40, of Glasgow, Scotland,
reported that she returned to her rented Lincoln Navigator in the parking lot of the center, started the engine,
but upon realizing the "hatch" was open, she exited the vehicle to close the "hatch." At that point, the SUV,
still in "drive," began to roll forward and as Catherwood "jumped in," she accidentally hit the accelerator
with "full force" instead of the brake. This caused the car to speed into the store window. There were no inju-
ries, according to the police report, and damages were estimated to be $20,000. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
and new rest rooms that comply with the U.S. Ameri-
cans with Disabilities Act are "totally operational."
"We' re very happy to be at the end of the 13-month
project," a delighted Chiles said. 'It's been a long proj-
ect, but everything looks great now."
A sure sign the winter season can't be far behind
the Christmas holidays is found at the Holiday Resort
RV Park in Cortez.
Owner David Goren said, "Normally, Christmas
is very slow for us. RV'ers don't travel until after the
holidays. They come down just after New Year's, so
we' re very delighted that advance reservations are pick-
ing up right after New Year's."
He also noted that a lot of RV'ers who don't plan
to spend the entire season take advantage of the daily
and weekly rates offered by his resort. "But the majority
of our guests are here for the season. A lot of them are
regulars," he added.
IT FOOD ON THE GULF COAST"
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Shooting victim on the mend, anxious for home
By Lisa Neff
Sue Normand chuckles at her good humor.
"Well, I like all my customers," she says, followed
by a pause and then the clarifying punchline, "except
That one customer, Mark W. Koenigs, is the man
who allegedly shot Normand on Dec. 5, minutes after
she opened her Island Mail & More store in Holmes
Normand, 63, does not characterize Koenigs, who
has refused to talk with police about the incident, as a
"This is somebody who is not in a good mental
state," said Normand. "I think he wasn't in his right
mind and, from what I've read, he hadn't been for a
"I think of him as somebody who is mentally ill,"
she continued. "I'm surprised that I don't feel anger or
hatred. But don't get me wrong. I want to see him get
the maximum punishment allowable."
Koenigs, 54, faces multiple charges in connection
with the shooting at Island Mail & More. The Manatee
County Sheriff's Office arrested him on two counts
of aggravated assault with a firearm and the Holmes
Beach Police Department arrested him for attempted
first-degree murder. Koenigs, who remained last week
in the Manatee County jail on bond totaling $2.4 mil-
lion, also faces two counts of contempt of court in an
apparently unrelated case.
According to law enforcement reports, Koenigs,
a self-employed real estate agent with addresses and
property holdings in Bradenton Beach and Bradenton,
waited for a couple of hours for Normand to arrive to
her store in the Anna Maria Island Centre Shops on East
Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.
The man, who had been a customer on about 12
occasions over the past year, placed a box on the coun-
ter. And from the box he removed a gun. Normand
was shot once in the abdomen, the bullet shattering her
A customer waiting nearby, Bruce Henke of Colum-
bus, Ohio, called 911 and applied paper towels to the
wound until emergency personnel arrived.
Shortly after the shooting at Island Mail & More,
Koenigs was arrested on the beach in Bradenton Beach,
where MCSO deputies shot him three times after he
allegedly turned his 9-mm handgun on them.
"It all happened so sudden and so fast," said Nor-
mand, who previously had firearm training and took
self-defense classes. "If I'd been standing at the counter
with a weapon in my hand, I wouldn't have been able
to fire it."
Normand, evacuated by a medical chopper from
the plaza parking lot, underwent surgery Dec. 6 and
spent more than a week at Bayfront Medical Center in
St. Petersburg, much of the time in intensive care.
On Dec. 16, Normand was transferred to a rehab
facility in Sarasota, where she began physical ther-
apy and counted down the 10 days until her release
and return to the Island. Normand planned to stay in
a ground-level apartment until her elevated Holmes
Beach home could be outfitted for a wheelchair.
"I want to get independent again," Normand said.
"And once they tell me when I can go, I need to be
ready with a place."
Her second day at the rehab facility, Normand, who
had enjoyed years of good health, learned first-hand
that "occupational therapy" has nothing to do with
"It's learning all the things we take for granted
every day," Normand said.
She faced four therapy sessions a day - two occu-
pational therapy sessions to prepare her for tackling
everyday chores and using a walker and a wheelchair,
and two physical therapy sessions to regain strength
"They really have a strong program here," Nor-
mand said. "It's designed to get you back on your feet
as soon as possible."
In between therapy sessions, she visited with
friends and family and took phone calls, most of them
from well-wishers hoping for her full recovery, which
Sue Normand recuperates in a hospital bed last week.
Normand was shot in the hip Dec. 5, minutes after
opening her store, Island Mail & More, in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
may take as long as a year.
"I've heard from people I went to high school with
back in Virginia," Normand said, her eyes tearing up
at their concern for her. "And everyone here has been
so supportive. I feel like, without all the notes, I would
have felt very much alone. It's been heart-warming."
Periodically, a medical attendant stopped by to
inquire about Normand's comfort, to give her medica-
tion or take requests for the next meal - scrambled
eggs, orange juice, milk and hash browns for Wednes-
From the hall, there were sounds of conversation at
a nursing station, the hums of medical equipment and
an occasional cough.
Get-well cards, plants and flowers adorned most
flat surfaces by Normand's bed.
The room also contained evidence of the work she
faced - a wheelchair in one corner, a walker by the
"I might be using a walker for three to six months,"
As Normand worked in therapy, the community
remained united behind her recovery, collecting money
to help offset medical costs and other expenses.
An estimated 47 percent of small businesses in the
United States lack health insurance benefits and about
half of all uninsured workers in the United States either
are self-employed or work for a small business, accord-
ing to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit public
Normand is one of the uninsured.
Two funds were established in the days after her
shooting. One, the Sue Normand Recovery and Relief
Fund created by family and friends, is collecting con-
tributions at www.supportsue.com and Regions Bank.
Also, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is collecting money
in its Bay of Dreams account to assist Normand.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will raise money
for Normand's expenses with a mullet smoke on Jan.
19 in the parking lot of the Holmes Beach Publix.
Also, a benefit concert for Normand was scheduled
to take place at the BeachHouse Restaurant Sunday,
Dec. 23, as The Islander went to press.
"I'm hoping we raise a substantial amount of
money," said Islander Chuck Caudill of the band Coun-
The band consists of Caudill, 53, Eric Chanie, 16,
Matt Meola, 15, and Islander Jay Beard, 13.
"They thought it was a great idea," Caudill said of
his band mates. "They were all 100 percent behind it."
At Island Mail & More last week, Normand's son,
Stephen, conducted business, sometimes with the help
In addition to the volunteer support, Normand also
has received assistance from the MCSO victim's advo-
Normand herself has served as a volunteer victim's
advocate for the sheriff's office and was on-call the day
of the shooting. She signed up for the program after
attending the MCSO citizen's police academy, spon-
sored by HBPD Chief Jay Romine.
With two victim's advocates by her side at Bayfront,
Normand thought, "I'm on the wrong side of this bed."
As Koenigs' case moves through the court system,
the victim's advocate program will offer Normand
advice and support.
The advocates also will help Normand navigate the
potentially complicated process of securing compensa-
tion. State and federal programs make available compen-
sation for disability, wage loss, medical expenses, prop-
erty loss, even funding for cleaning up a crime scene.
The state of Florida paid more than $19 million in
compensation for 9,400 victim claims in 2004, the most
current statistics available.
Normand, once the criminal case is finalized, also
could receive restitution if ordered by a judge - Flor-
ida law provides that a court may require an offender to
pay all restitution to a victim before paying other fines
and other expenses.
Additionally, Normand could file a civil suit, which
would probably not be considered until the criminal case
is closed, according to spokespeople with the National
Crime Victim Bar Association and the National Center
for Victims of Crime.
Koenigs, who is represented by public defender
Peter Belmont, is identified in court records as the
owner of several properties, but his financial situation
is unknown. He already faces a civil suit filed by River
Point of Manatee Homeowners Association that claims
Koenigs has failed to pay his assessment fees on his
"I'm considering all options because I need to do
that," Normand said when asked about a lawsuit.
She emphasized that she's now focused on her
health and returning to a somewhat normal routine.
She won't immediately return to working long hours
at Island Mail & More, but she's eager to return to
"It's very difficult to stay away from your busi-
ness," Normand said. "I want to work, even to at least
work from a computer."
With the new year approaching, Normand's goals
have shifted in the past few weeks. She said she didn't
expect to spend New Year's Eve dancing and dining,
but she expects to soon be telecommuting from home,
just like the Islanders she sought to serve when she
opened Island Mail & More five years ago.
Anna Maria City
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Jan. 3, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 4. 3 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 2, 5 p.m., parks and beautification meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Governmental offices in Anna Maria City, Bra-
denton Beach, Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will
be closed for the New Year's holiday Dec. 31 and
* There will no be solid waste or recyclable
collection on Tuesday, Jan. 1, in Anna Maria, Hol-
mes Beach or Longboat Key. The schedule calls for
recycling pickup for those cities on Saturday, Dec.
29; solid waste on Wednesday, Jan. 2; yard waste on
Saturday, Jan 5. There will be no interruption in ser-
vice and the schedule does not change in Bradenton
Beach during the holidays.
* The Islander offices will be closed Dec. 24-25,
and open until noon Dec. 31 and closed Jan. 1 in
order for staff to enjoy the holiday with families. The
deadline for classified advertising that is to appear in
the Jan. 2 edition is noon Friday, Dec. 28.
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THE YEAR IN REVIEW...
Part 1 - January through June 2007
By Lisa Neff
Island headlines in 2007 read much the same as
elsewhere in Florida, introducing readers to reports of
a ,i,.in,1 real estate market, continued struggles over
property taxes and property insurance and mounting
concerns over preserving natural resources and envi-
A look back at the first half of 2007, as reported by
AME gets new principal: Manatee County School
District Superintendent Dr. Roger Dearing appointed
Tom Levengood as the new principal at Anna Maria
Elementary School. Levengood, at the time, was the
principal at Bayshore Elementary. He was tapped to
replace Kathy Hayes, who moved to the new Gullet
Elementary School at Lakewood Ranch.
Concerns mount over sandpile: Holmes Beach
residents objected to the mounting pile of sand and
equipment stored near the city's ball park and within
sight of the residents at Westbay Point & Moorings
and Shell Point condominiums. City officials moved to
shield the staging area for the Key Royale Bridge and
dredging projects and, when the projects winded down
in the summer, the site was cleaned up.
City of Anna Maria takes a temporary home:
Anna Maria City Hall temporarily set up operations at
the Island Baptist Church, which became known over
the winter as Crosspointe Fellowship. The city's reloca-
tion was needed because city hall underwent extensive
renovation to repair mold and water damage.
Insurance reform said to bring lower premiums:
With the new year, state lawmakers repeated an old
promise, pledging they'd deliver some relief in insur-
ance costs after a season of brutal, escalating premiums
for some and cancellations for others. Insurance Com-
missioner Kevin McCarty released a statement describ-
ing the reforms as "significant and far-reaching." He
said the changes will "bring badly needed rate relief."
Australian pine trees fall, complaints echo: The
crews who cut Australian pine trees to make way for
the Coquina Beach Trail in Bradenton Beach didn't yell
timber. But tree-lovers cried foul, their protests echoing
up and down the Island and across the mainland to the
Manatee County government complex in Bradenton.
Initial plans for cutting the trees for the pathway on the
west side of Gulf Drive called for the removal of 37
Australian pines, considered a non-native invasive spe-
cies by state and federal agencies. More than 60 trees
were taken down, the first of many exotics removed
Islandwide over the course of the year.
Anna Maria keeps trolley on current track: Anna
Maria city commissioners voted not to ask the Manatee
County Commission to extend the free Island trolley to
the far north end of the Island. The city had received
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Overall winner Mickey Hooke shows his determination at the start as runners take off in the 5-kilometer Anna
Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash in January. The event raised money for Anna Maria Elementary
School's Parent-Teacher Organization. It was followed by refreshments and prize drawings at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
requests to take the trolley north of its turnaround spot
by the city pier. But commissioners declined, citing
concern for the trolley traveling through residential
areas with lots of walkers, cyclists and children at
Cortez's fishing festival turns 25: "Let's rock
and reel," shouted Mary Stein, 49, as she hoisted a
cup of beer and danced before the stage at the Cortez
Commercial Fishing Festival Feb. 17. Stein was one
of thousands who attended the two-day event in the
historic fishing village. For the earliest festival, organiz-
ers said about 500 people turned out. That number in
2007 had grown to about 10,000, most of them paying
$2 admission to raise money toward buying land for
the FISH Preserve, the development buffer to the east
of the village.
Fire damages Holmes Beach condo: Fire and
smoke caused about $50,000 in damages to a con-
dominium at Westbay Point & Moorings in Holmes
Beach in mid-February. There were no injuries to fire-
fighters or to the four people and the cat that escaped
the ground-floor residence at 6200 Flotilla Drive. The
smoke and heat forced occupants of five other condo-
miniums from the building. Long after the structure
was repaired, the cause of the fire has remained under
investigation by the state fire marshal's office.
County buys Perico property: Manatee County
commissioners voted 7-0 to purchase and conserve
more than 231 acres of land on Perico Island during a
special meeting Feb. 20. The unanimous vote followed
about 10 minutes of discussion and years of consider-
ation. The special meeting was called on Feb. 15, after
officials worked out an agreement between the county
and the landowner, Hayden Lane 1 Ltd. "This is a good
deal," said Manatee County Commissioner Jane von
Arrests tied to Acute Care in Anna Maria:
Agents from the Florida Attorney General's Medicaid
Fraud Unit in Tampa on Feb. 23 arrested seven women
who worked at the Acute Care facility office on Gulf
Drive and charged them with $2.6 million in counterfeit
billing claims. Arrested were Acute Care owners Jeanne
Ferguson and Nancy Wood, along with Heidi Rickert,
Andrea Suarez, Carla Camacho, Stephanie Nichols
and Cynthia May. The women were not arrested at the
Anna Maria office, but at various locations, including
Tidemark, Beach Inn buddy up: Officials of
the Tidemark Resort and the Beach Inn announced an
agreement that involved combining the two properties
and allowing fractional ownership of some of the units.
The two properties would then be marketed under Tide-
mark Resorts. Under the fractional ownership concept,
each owner would get a one-eighth deeded interest with
no less than six weeks of ownership privileges. Pur-
chased units can be sold, willed or placed in trust.
SAM votes to save Australian pines: Save Anna
Maria Inc. members decided in early March that the
grassroots group's mission included protecting the
Island's Australian pines. SAM adopted two motions
regarding the removal of the trees on the Island. The
PLEASE SEE YEAR IN REVIEW, NEXT PAGE
Holmes Beach resident Rebecca Brodeur embraces
her dog, Moka, after West Manatee Fire Rescue fire-
fighter Greg Wigeri Van Edema rescued the dachs-
hund from a storm drain March 19. Islander Photo:
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Year in review
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
first motion committed SAM to opposing the "uncon-
ditional removal of Australian pines from Anna Maria
Island." A second motion said SAM would work with
Stop Taking Our Pines to realize that mission.
Bradenton Beach building official resigns: Ed
McAdam resigned as building official in Bradenton
Beach after a sexual harassment charge was levied
against him by a building department employee. In a
terse, undated letter to Mayor John Chappie, planning
clerk and code enforcement officer Gail M. Garneau
wrote, "Please be advised that I am filing a formal com-
plaint against the city of Bradenton Beach for sexual
harassment by the building official, Ed McAdam."
McAdam was placed on administrative leave Feb.
23, and Gameau took leave from her job a few days ear-
lier. McAdam tendered his resignation March 8. But the
controversy continued into the summer, as The Islander
sought records detailing how McAdam came to resign
and the nature of the city's investigation into Garneau's
Irishman of the year named: The Irishman of
the year - Sam McDowell - was crowned on St.
Patrick's Day by former Holmes Beach Commissioner
Patrick's Day by former Holmes Beach Commissioner With Manatee Public Beach as their house of worship, attendees at the 43rd annual Easter Sunrise Serv
Don Maloney at the breakfast he hosts annually at the
Don Maloney at the breakfast he hosts annually at the listen to the Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church read from the Bible - Matthew 28:1
Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach.
Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach. Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club organized and sponsored the service, which began at 6:45 a.m. April
Island Baptist becomes Crosspointe Fellowship: beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
The Baptist church on the Island showcased the old and
the new during services March 18. The church cele-
brated its 20th year in the sanctuary at 8605 Gulf Drive, -
Holmes Beach. The church also officially announced_ -
a name change - from Island Baptist Church to --
Crosspointe Fellowship. The new name reflected the -- - -
church's effort to establish a second campus in Parrish ...." U-- -
and possibly additional campuses in the future.-
Pier costs continue to grow: Bradenton Beach --
officials learned in March that the city pier project .. -.-
was coming in a "bit over" the budgeted amount. They 4-
would get similar news in the months ahead, as renova-
tions and cost increases continued into the summer.) .
County crews cut peppers: Manatee County. -
workers in March began removing Brazilian pepper '
trees along a section of Manatee Avenue in Holmes
Beach near the Kingfish Boat Ramp. The work had
been delayed for months due to a hitch in securing
the equipment necessary to take out the trees. A sign
erected near the boat ramp announced the project, "This
maintenance work is being conducted by the Manatee
County Conservation Lands Management Department
in cooperation with the Palma Sola Causeway Scenic
Highway Beautification Committee. We are protecting
native mangrove trees by removing Brazilian pepper
and other non-native plants harmful to Florida's coastal One man died and two others suffered injuries when the SUV they were in went off the Anna Maria Islan
environment." The earlier protests that came with the Bridge into the water early May 13. The crash was the second on the bridge in less than a week. Island
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The giving season
We know Islanders give - from their hearts, from
their homes and from their bank accounts.
We see this throughout the year as Islanders come
through in times of need for individuals, for families
and for organizations. We've seen Islanders - full-
timers and part-timers - go deep for donations to help
neighbors fight for good health and recover from debili-
tating medical expenses. We've seen Islanders go deep
for donations to help local groups in causes as varied as
raising scholarship funds, stocking food pantries, build-
ing Habitat homes, playing Santa Claus, researching the
cause and effect of red tides and rebuilding a center for
Yes, we know Islanders give - probably much
more than the average $2,000 U.S. households donate
each year to charitable causes.
And we ask Islanders, in this last week of the tra-
ditional giving season, to give more.
The Lester-Islander Challenge fundraising cam-
paign comes to a close Dec. 31, though the Anna Maria
Island Community Center will count donations that
arrive after the new year if they are dated in Decem-
The campaign, established by Chuck and Joey
Lester of Holmes Beach in partnership with this news-
paper, has become a march to top off the Center's build-
ing fund. Each year the couple pledges $50,000 to the
Center and asks the community to do the same. And, as
in the past, in addition to raising money for the building
fund, donors can also earmark money for the endow-
Last year, the challenge campaign raised $117,495,
of which Islanders and friends donated $67,495. A total
of 183 donors joined the Lesters in the effort.
This year, going into the final week of 2007, the
challenge is shy of its goal by more than $30,000.
Islanders might think, "I shouldn't" because they've
already given this season, because the economy appears
sluggish, because the newspapers arrive in the driveway
with too many "Recession?" headlines and reports about
tax increases, high insurance costs, housing slumps, real
estate foreclosures and employee layoffs.
But take into consideration that these concerns,
coming at the end of 2007, do not bode well for chari-
table groups in 2008. Santa might have tightened the
belt a notch in 2007, but he may need to go on a crash
diet in 2008.
So, we ask a lot of Islanders, as we reach the end
of one year and begin another, to make a contribution,
We ask Islanders to keep our local nonprofits in
their hearts and in their financial concerns and we ask
them this week to join The Lester-Islander Challenge
and mail tax-deductible donations to Lester-Islander
Challenge, PO. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216, pay-
able to AMICC.
Play Santa one last time in 2007.
And best wishes to you all in 2008.
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Against miniature golf
in Bradenton Beach
The approval of the putt-putt golf course in Braden-
ton Beach on Bridge Street has got to be the dumbest
idea yet. The description of the 18-hole course says it
all. What a hokey design! Who is this architect? What
the heck is an ice house or a water tower going to look
There's nothing about the design that fits Bridge
Street. The description says it will be on Bridge Street.
Where that happens to be is beyond me. I sure don't
care much for the idea of sitting on the deck at the
Magnolia Inn and seeing a putt-putt golf course for
scenery. The notion that there won't be noise, bright
lights, etc., is just nonsense. I have never seen a putt-
putt golf course do well in the dark. And, it sure won't
look like any park I've ever seen.
These commissioners miss the whole point. The
charm of the Island is in part due to the quiet and peace-
ful evenings which will now be turned over to a car-
nival atmosphere. The mayor and the commissioners
also need to take a course in Economics 101. Here we
are spending thousands of dollars each year, and who
do they cater to - people who will bring their kids to
play putt-putt golf and spend $5 each. They won't be
spending any money in the shops.
The best chance for the shop owners to increase
their sales is from restaurant patrons and people like
those of us who visit every year for a month or more at
Personally, I think the commissioners and the
mayor need to retire to Alaska.
Ron Corso, Vienna, Va.
Belated Bayfest thanks
This year's installment of Bayfest was by far the
best ever! The weather cooperated and more than
10,000 of us enjoyed a perfect combination of warm
sunshine and cool bay breezes. The final numbers are
in and we earned $7,000 above our projected goal. This
money contributes to college scholarships awarded to
our local high school students moving on to a career in
In addition, we brought awareness and much-
needed funds to many, many local nonprofit agencies,
like the Privateers, Turtle Watch, the Historical Society,
the Anna Maria Art League, the Island Rotary Club,
Children's Miracle Network, the American Cancer
Society and more.
We were also able to assist in finding homes for
more than 20 animals in our local adoption shelters,
contributed to saving more than 42 lives with 14 units
of blood collected by the Florida Blood Services
Bloodmobile, and, lastly, we raised more than $500 in
our children's area for the Matthew Lannon College
Our local artists, retailers and restaurants also expe-
rienced a very successful day. Many informed me that
the money they make at Bayfest is only a part of their
success; their participation in Bayfest gives them the
exposure that pays dividends all year.
There are many individuals and businesses who
contributed to Bayfest, including the city of Anna
Maria, our sponsors, volunteers and the hard-working
committee. Your time and effort are very much appre-
ciated. We couldn't do it without you!
Lastly, I would like to thank my husband Doug, and
my children Jennifer and Alec, for always supporting
my volunteer efforts and for eating lots of takeout while
I prepared for this event!
Cindy Thompson, Bayfest chairperson
Condolences to a friend
Regarding the death of Hugh Bryant in an airplane
crash Dec. 9 in Virginia: Although Chris and I knew Hugh
for only a short while, our memories of him are always
going to be like a lifelong friend, because that is what it
would have amounted to, had we not lost him. To Con-
stanza, we will always be by your side and will continue to
be with you in all the memories and friendship. Please be
consoled that we will always be thinking of you and Hugh,
and that we will be there for you if you ever need us.
Steve and ( h i, inc Boniberger, Bradenton Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 26, 2007 7 7
Year in review
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
cutting of Australian pines did not accompany the cut-
ting of the Brazilian peppers, which can be toxic to
animals and shade out other plant life.
Holmes Beach dedicates first tree in new pro-
gram: Bill Ryskamp watched as two employees with
Amerson Nurseries planted the southern magnolia he
dedicated in his sister's memory on April 6. "I think of
the white blossoms this tree will have for my sister,"
he said. The planting of the tree in a public space that
is evolving into a small park at Sixth Avenue and 37th
Street in Holmes Beach marked a first in the city's tree
Off-duty officer suffers minor injury in shooting:
Authorities arrested one man and continued their search
for three other people in connection with the shoot-
ing of an off-duty Holmes Beach police officer. Offi-
cer James Cumston suffered a minor fragment wound
April 4, while off-duty, as he pursued the suspects he
saw attempting to burglarize a neighbor's home in east
Manatee. On April 5, an arrest was made in Winder,
Ga., where James Perkins, 19, surrendered and was
taken into custody on a warrant for attempted murder.
Easter shooting at beach injures three men:
Gang violence erupted on Coquina Beach on Easter
Sunday, sending three people with gunshot wounds to
the hospital and two men to jail on multiple charges. The
victims, all of them brothers from Arcadia, were Jose
Estrada, 20, Salvador Estrada, 27, and a 17-year-old
identified by Bradenton Beach police as EE. Arrested
in the shooting were Rene Vasquez-Mendoza, 22, and
Santiago Delgado Jr., 22, both of Plant City. Vasquez-
Mendoza was charged with three counts of attempted
first-degree murder, carrying a concealed firearm,
improper exhibition of a firearm and discharge of a
firearm in public. Delgado was charged with carrying
a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm
and discharge of a firearm in public.
HB commission adopts EAR: Holmes Beach city
commissioners signaled that the l .ngiith assessment of
the city's comprehensive plan was comprehensive and
complete. The commissioners voted 5-0 to adopt an
evaluation and appraisal report, as required by state law
and as one step in the process of modifying the com-
prehensive plan to reflect changes in the city and state.
In the summer, the state approved the document.
Anna Maria pulls back from park proposal:
Anna Maria residents objected to a proposal by Com-
missioner Jo Ann Mattick to purchase property at 703
N. Shore Drive for a botanical garden and park. The
complaints - aimed at city hall and the current prop-
erty owners - prompted city officials to put aside con-
sideration of the proposal. "I had the best of intentions
and I didn't expect it would descend to name calling
and vilification," Mattick said.
Island real estate market improves: May bloomed
with optimism as many Island real estate agents reported
that sales during the past winter season were better than
the year before. "It was definitely better," said Jessie
Brisson of Gulf-Bay Realty in Holmes Beach.
Cinco de Mayo holiday passes peacefully:
Mounted members of the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office, along with beefed up vehicle and foot patrols
from MCSO and the Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment, made sure the Cinco de Mayo holiday was
peacefully observed at Coquina Beach. The increased
police presence was a response to the beach shoot-
ings on Easter Sunday. "It is really just a beautiful day
out here," said park visitor Sammy Reed of Longboat
State lawmakers OK impact fee hike for fire
district: Near the end of the 2007 legislative session,
state lawmakers passed a measure authorizing the West
Manatee Fire Rescue District to increase impact fees on
new construction. The state House of Representatives
voted April 25, passing the bill with 119 yeas and zero
nays. The Senate voted for the measure 30 to zero on
May 2, two days before the session ended. Later, Gov.
Charlie Crist would sign the measure, which voters had
endorsed in November 2006.
One dies, two suffer injuries in bridge crash:
Islanders awoke on Mother's Day to the buzz of heli-
copters over Anna Maria Sound. The choppers, as well
as rescue boats, had been called out to search for pos-
sible victims of an early morning crash on the Anna
PLEASE SEE YEAR IN REVIEW, NEXT PAGE
In the Dec. 24,1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Publix Super Markets of Lakeland announced
it had purchased Island Foods at 3900 E. Bay Drive
in Holmes Beach and would commence construction
of a new Publix in early 1998. The new supermarket
was to have 27,000 square feet of space, an increase
of 8,000 square feet from the Island Foods operation.
Island Foods owner Jim Gloth said the sale price was
in excess of $3.2 million.
* Groundbreaking for a new Holmes Beach City
Hall was scheduled to begin in early January after city
commissioners awarded the $1.372 million contract for
the new facility to Jon E Swift Inc. of Sarasota.
* Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard along with
City Commissioner Robert McElheny and former
mayor and commissioner Max Znika were the only
candidates who qualified to run for the positions of
mayor and the two commission seats up for election
in February 1998, thus eliminating the need for any
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Anna Maria approves drainage contract, despite changes
By Rick Catlin
Faced with a cost overrun on Phase I of its storm-
water drainage improvements project, Anna Maria
city commissioners approved a $600,000 contract for
the work, but elected not to proceed immediately with
installation of two vortex separators and improvements
at city hall.
The delays will shave about $175,000 from the ini-
tial price tag and give the city time to find alternative
funding sources for those two aspects of the project,
city engineer Tom Wilcox said during the Dec. 20 city
meeting. Other funding sources include application for
a 2009 grant from the Southwest Florida Water Man-
agement District and an out-of-cycle funding request
The city already has a matching $235,000 Swiftmud
grant for the project, but low-bidder Adkins Construc-
tion Co. Inc. of Sarasota came in at $600,000 for the
job. The city also has to pay engineering fees, adding
to the shortfall.
Approving the entire contract, but passing the
change order, allows the city to proceed with the project
while looking for other funding sources, Wilcox said.
Commissioner Dale Woodland, who has been at the
forefront of the project, said the city is "not eliminating
an\ lhin ng." just delaying a portion of the contract "for
The vortex separators in the drainage plan are the
most expensive type of separators available for drain-
age systems, but are extremely effective, Wilcox noted.
Year in review
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7
Maria Island Bridge. A SUV went off the bridge into the
water. One man drowned and two other men, including
the driver, suffered injuries. The driver, Gregario Lopez-
Chavarria, 21, was charged with DUI manslaughter.
State announces major bridge rehab: Florida
Department of Transportation officials in Bartow
announced a massive project for the Anna Maria Island
Bridge would take place in the summer of 2008, with
initial cost estimates already at around $10 million.
"This will be a total bridge rehabilitation," said William
Thomas of the DOT's Bartow office. In September, the
bridge turned 50 years old.
GSR rep tells Bradenton Beach: "we're broke":
When pressured by the city of Bradenton Beach to clean
up its property in the city, the once flush and ambitious
GSR Development pleaded poor. "We' re broke," GSR
restructuring officer William Maloney told city officials.
GSR troubles did not begin in 2007, but they mounted
as the company's bankruptcy case cycled through the
Siam Gardens sues county appraiser, tax collec-
tor: Owners of the Siam Garden Resort condominiums
in Anna Maria filed a lawsuit May 10 against Mana-
tee County property appraiser Charles Hackney and
tax collector Fred Burton. The suit, filed by attorney
John Harllee representing Siam Retreat Partners LLC
as owners, alleged that Hackney's property value
appraisal method was not done according to Florida
statutes and was "arbitrarily based on appraisal prac-
tices" that differ "from the appraisal practices gener-
ally applied to comparable property within Manatee
Sales suspended at SevenShores: Real estate
developer St. Joe Company suspended sales at its con-
troversial mid-rise SevenShores development on Perico
Island. The Jacksonville-based company announced
that it would conduct new market research and analyze
the current demands for real estate before restarting its
sales campaign. Site work, meanwhile, continued.
FISH Preserve property acquisitions continue:
Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage president Allen
Garner announced in May that negotiations have been
ongoing to purchase remaining lots within the 96-acre
preserve just east of the Cortez fishing village. FISH
had acquired much of the property several years ear-
Anna Maria OKs land map, comp plan revi-
sions: Anna Maria city commissioners readjusted the
vision set forth in a city plan for future land use and
then voted to send their changes to the state for a second
opinion. Citizens and commissioners basically focused
on three issues - a provision setting a 27-foot height
restriction on commercial-zoned buildings; a plan-
Other flaps and separators the city has utilized in the
past, while less expensive, have not worked to the city' s
satisfaction to relieve drainage problems.
But the changes prompted the ire of city resident
Rick DeFrank, who said that these are "major changes"
that commissioners should not approve.
"How can you sit there as residents and say 'go for
it' ?" DeFrank inquired. There were too many "ifs" in
the changes, apparently, for his satisfaction.
Other than Woodland, the other commission-
ers are not "up to speed" on the drainage issues, said
"I' m shocked. How can you sit there and say every-
thing is fine?" he asked. "Bite the bullet" and do the
entire project, he said.
Wilcox agreed the city should go for the "entire ball of
wax" at this point, but while there are financial consider-
ations, the city is not eliminating any part of the project.
"It' s just a change order to delay some of the work,"
Commissioners agreed and voted unanimously to
accept the Adkins bid with the note that two parts of
the bid would not be done at this time. By approving
the entire contract, Wilcox said it locks in the prices
with Adkins Construction, but gives the city time to
find more funding sources.
Commissioners also discussed the minutes of its
Dec. 11 public hearing on the comprehensive plan and
got hung up on what words were actually said on allow-
ing "one residential unit/structure" and "two habitable
floors" in the retail-office-residential district.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said she was some-
what "confused" about the language.
Commissioner Duke Miller said the commission
had agreed "by consensus" to add the word "structure"
to the language.
But Mattick maintained this gave that section of
the comp plan a new meaning with which she might
City attorney Jim Dye, however, noted that the
comp-plan was approved by the commission Dec. 11.
When efforts by some members of the public and
commissioners appeared to return the discussion from
approval of the minutes to what the comp plan says or
means, Commission Chairman John Quam steered the
discussion back to the minutes.
Commissioners approved the minutes and a tran-
script of the public hearing, but agreed to revisit discus-
sion of the "meaning" of the language at their February
In other commission business, Quam was autho-
rized by the commission to sign off on a two-lot sub-
division plat at 810 S. Bay Blvd. as an administrative
action for the commission.
Island visitors take a walk on the short pier at Manatee Public Beach June 2, as tropical storm Barry
approached the Gulf Coast. The first full month of the 2007 hurricane season proved fairly quiet for Florida.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
ning and zoning board recommendation to designate
the vacant commercial land at Pine Avenue and North
Bay Boulevard as ROR (residential/office/retail); and
a request to update the future land-use map to show
property at Palmetto Avenue and Gulf Drive as ROR
rather than residential.
Fire officials conduct arson investigation: State
and West Manatee Fire Rescue District officials con-
tinued through the summer to investigate what they
deemed an arson at a Holmes Beach apartment on May
25. One man, resident Mark Pelham, was treated for
smoke inhalation after escaping the fire at 6814 Palm
Drive. Pelham discovered the fire at the entrance to
his second-story apartment and had to battle heat and
smoke to escape.
Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon
dies: If the soft rain and gray clouds weren't enough
to dampen Island spirits June 1, the news of Holmes
Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon's passing put many
in a somber mood. Lannon had been a fixture at Anna
Maria Elementary School for seven years, where he
taught students much more than just Drug Awareness
Resistance Education until illness prevented his return
last fall. Lannon died after a year-long battle with pan-
Anna Maria city hall reopens: Like snowbirds
preparing to return to their primary residence, Anna
Maria city workers packed up their belongings at
Crosspointe Fellowship and headed north - about 10
blocks. After a season in temporary headquarters at the
church, city workers returned to a renovated city hall.
Turtle nesting picks up: Throughout May, Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch walkers identified six nests
and seven false craws. In just the first two days of
June, walkers identified three more nests and two false
crawls. A stretch of beach from the Sandbar Restaurant
in Anna Maria to 66th Street in Holmes Beach was the
most active maternity ward in the city. It was home to
half of the loggerhead nests made in the first month of
Barry brings needed rain: Barry broke out of the
box early - bringing the first tropical storm to the Gulf
Coast just hours into the 2007 hurricane season. After
weeks without rainfall, local residents rejoiced at Bar-
ry's arrival, even as they fretted about predictions for
an above-normal hurricane season. In May, subtropi-
cal storm Andrea out of the Atlantic sent unwelcome
smoke from northern wildfires to Anna Maria Island.
Next week in The Islander:
The year in review: Part 2 - July through Decem-
THE ISLANDER U DEC. 26, 2007 E 9
Deadline for voter
By Lisa Neff
The deadline for Islanders to register to vote in the
Jan. 29 presidential preference primary is Dec. 31.
To register in Florida, people must be citizens of the
United States, Florida residents, at least 18, not be adjudi-
cated mentally incapacitated and not have a record of a con-
victed felony without civil rights having been restored.
The Florida Republican ballot includes presidential
candidates Rudy Giuliani, Duncan Hunter, Alan Keyes,
John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo,
Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson.
The state Democratic ballot includes Joe Biden, Hillary
Clinton, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel,
Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson.
Voter registration applications can be downloaded
on the Internet at election.dos.state.fl.us/regtovote/
webappform.pdf; picked up at local government offices,
libraries, banks and some businesses, including The
Islander office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
In addition to casting votes for a candidate in the
Republican and Democratic presidential primaries, voters
will decide a proposed constitutional amendment regard-
ing property tax exemptions and tax assessments.
The controversial amendment was placed on the
ballot in an attempt by state lawmakers to quiet a prop-
erty tax revolt among Florida citizens.
The ballot initiative would cut property taxes by
about $9.3 billion over five years, but the amendment has
lots of opposition, including from local elected officials
who say it won't help the second-home property owners
being taxed out of the state and from school teachers who
say it will take money away from education.
As of Dec. 17, Manatee County had 193,706 active voters,
including 62,801 Democrats and 84,985 Republicans.
In Anna Maria City, 1,432 people are registered to
vote, including 445 Democrats and 666 Republicans.
In Holmes Beach, voter registration totals 3,266,
including 927 Democrats and 1,504 Republicans.
In Bradenton Beach, 876 are registered to vote,
including 289 Democrats and 326 Republicans.
Early voting in the primary will take place 8:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 through Jan. 19 and Jan. 21 through Jan.
26 at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office,
321 15th St. W., Bradenton.
For more information, call the supervisor's office
Laura Gee of
502 S. Bay Blvd.
in Anna Maria
-has filed a legal
the Anna Maria
Ssion over its
-. variances for
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is at the left.
Neighbor vs. neighbor in Olesen variance
By Rick Catlin
Not content with making vocal objections to the
Anna Maria City Commission's approval of four vari-
ances for property owned by Terry and Patricia Olesen
and family at 504 S. Bay Blvd., neighbor Laura Gee of
502 S. Bay Blvd. has filed a legal action.
She filed the complaint with the Manatee County
Circuit Court seeking a judicial review of the city's
Gee, represented by attorney Ricinda Perry of the
Bradenton law firm of Lewis, Longman & Walker,
noted in her action that the commission's approval of
a 5-foot, 4-inch variance from the 10-foot setback on
the north side of the Olesen property was at odds with
the city's own planning and zoning board. The P&Z had
recommended denial of that variance, but had voted to
recommend the other three variances that the commis-
sion ultimately granted.
The variance requests were the result of a medi-
ated settlement between the Olesens and the city that
began with disputed ownership of a 10-foot easement
on the north side of the property. The city claimed the
easement had never been dedicated to the Olesens.
The Olesens, however, claimed they owned the ease-
ment. The Olesens filed their own legal action against
the city after then-building official Kevin Donohue in
April 2006 issued a stop-work order because the con-
struction was encroaching into the easement.
Perry alleged in her petition to the court that, based
upon her review, the granting of the variances "departed
from the essential requirements of law by misapplying
the city's code of ordinances."
In addition, said Perry, the decision to grant the
variances "was devoid of any competent substantial
In her 20-page submission to the court, Perry fur-
ther claimed that the city also did not provide "any
evidence that there was anything unusual about the
Olesens' property that prevented the use of the prop-
Perry called upon the court to grant Gee "tempo-
rary injunctive relief against the Olesens and/or their
agents from any further development activities by the
Olesens," in addition to any other relief "as the court
may deem just and proper and warranted under the cir-
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said that the city's
defense will be handled by city attorney Jim Dye, not
the Florida League of Cities, as there is no request for
money in the action.
Perry is also the city attorney for Bradenton
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Tourism council readies for 2008
By Lisa Neff
Go on a shopping spree.
The Manatee County Tourism Development Coun-
cil focused last week on three avenues to boost visits to
the area in 2008: sports, shopping and dining promo-
The council, meeting Dec. 17 at Holmes Beach
City Hall, recommended dedicating $86,000 in adver-
tising revenues for the Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau for an off-season dining campaign.
The council also praised a swing-away approach to
drawing sports contests to the area and a push to lure
European vacationers with a penchant for shopping.
"The exchange rate is really too strong to ignore,"
said CVB director Larry White, referring to the shop-
ping opportunities for international travelers.
White said winter bookings for the region appear
strong and he speculated that the interest is partly due
to the high value of the Euro in the United States.
The U.S. dollar is at its lowest exchange rate versus
the British pound in 26 years and against the Euro since
it came into circulation. Many Europeans now view the
States as a place to flex their strong currency, according
to the International Herald Tribune.
"This may be the year that Europeans really pay
attention to us," White said.
TDC board member Kent Davis noted that he has
met visitors from Scotland, England and France who
left with suitcases full of new purchases.
"I talked to a family, they had just bought four sets
of golf clubs," Davis said.
He continued, "These people who are coming over,
they have a license to steal.... When you hit the right
side of a currency exchange, it makes you dizzy it's so
Davis' comments prompted a discussion about how
to market the area as a shopping destination, promot-
ing the added consumer value with shopping in the
Trial postponed in
The trial of a man charged in the shooting of an
off-duty Holmes Beach police officer has been pushed
back to February.
The trial had been set to begin Dec. 17, but was
postponed until Feb. 19, with a review of the status of
the case set for Feb. 12.
James Perkins was arrested and charged with
attempted second-degree murder soon after the April
4 incident in east Manatee County that left off-duty
Holmes Beach police officer James Cumston suffering
from a minor bullet fragment wound.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office maintains that
Perkins and another man were involved in an attempted
burglary next door to Cumston's east Manatee home.
Cumston interrupted the burglary and a car chase
began. Cumston, in a Chevy Trailblazer, followed the
suspects, who were in a Dodge Neon.
During a chase through the area, the suspects fired
several times at Cumston, who fired back. The officer
suffered a minor wound to his leg when fragments from
a bullet struck him, but he did not need hospitalization.
In addition to promoting the favorite U.S. pastime
of shopping, the TDC endorsed the CVB's suggestion
to better fund the Florida Gulf Coast Sports Commis-
sion and its work to bring sporting events to the area.
Commission president Joe Pickett said the FGCSC
is preparing for a major bridge tournament and senior
games in February, bidding for several youth sports
events and planning to host a water-skiing event in
Palma Sola Bay and on the Manatee River.
Davis praised the sports commission: "I have not seen
any outside group consistently bring in high room nights"
like the sports commission and "I would certainly support
any effort ... that enhances what you are doing."
Meanwhile, a new 2008 dining campaign will
encourage "off-season" - summer and fall - vaca-
tioners to indulge in "in-season" cuisine.
A survey by the Travel Industry Association of
America has found that about 17 percent of U.S. lei-
sure travelers engaged in "culinary tourism" in the last
The survey also found that culinary tourism is
growing and that 60 percent of domestic leisure trav-
elers will take an interest in tasty travel over the next
A report to the TDC indicated that these tourists
tend to be young and affluent.
'The goals of this campaign are to increase awareness
of the 'whole' experience of Florida's Gulf Islands, to add
value to off-season travel and to further develop partner-
ship unity within our destination," the report stated.
Tourism officials said they hoped to work with local
restaurants, farmers' markets, supermarkets, wineries
and other attractions and accommodations in the pro-
motion, according to Susan Estler, CVB marketing
"I think it's a great promotion," said Ed Chiles,
a TDC member and owner of a trio of restaurants on
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.
Barbara Rodocker, also a restaurant owner and
TDC member, echoed Chiles' statement.
In other business, the council received two new
publications - a glossy guide to sports venues and
organizations in the state and a 2008 visitors guide to
The council also reviewed lodging statistics for the
A review of the average daily rate for lodging in the
area showed rooms going for about $20 less in Mana-
tee County than Sarasota County. Another comparison
showed the ADR at $127.70 for Anna Maria Island as
compared to $145.06 for Longboat Key and $81.76
for the mainland. The overall Manatee County ADR
in 2007 is $112.74 compared to $129.97 in 2006.
In regards to occupancy, statistics for Manatee
County showed a lower occupancy rate in November
than in the past three years - 50.5 percent compared
to 54.3 percent in 2006, 58.7 percent in 2005 and 58.6
percent in 2004. The occupancy rate on the mainland in
November was 62.3 percent compared to 40.5 percent
on the Island and 48.6 percent on Longboat Key. (See
separate story in this week's issue.)
The TDC's next meeting will be at 9:30 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 11, at the Manatee County Administra-
tion Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The council's schedule in 2008 includes meetings
April 21, June 16, Aug. 18, Oct. 20 and Dec. 15.
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Center adult programs
ease into groove
By Lisa Neff
A theme is taking place at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center - a musical theme.
The Center, which in the fall opened its new
multi-million-dollar facility in Anna Maria, has lined
up a series of dance and music events for the coming
Some of the events require an audience and some
require pupils, said adult program coordinator Sandee
First up, the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., will host
the locally based Billy Rice Band at 8 p.m. Jan. 12, and
the Dream Classics at 8 p.m. Jan. 25. Tickets will be on
sale in advance.
The Billy Rice Band's slogan is "A little bit of
country, a lot of rock 'n' roll." Bandmembers include
Rice, Islander Jack Elka, Bill Huff and Bob Luner-
The Dream Classics consists of five musicians who
play Big Band favorites.
Also, the Center will host a free concert. The U.S.
Air Force Reserve Band will perform at 2 p.m. Feb. 3.
The event falls on Superbowl Sunday, so organizers are
making plans for a football-themed tie-in.
The U.S. Air Force Band's Reserve Generation
appeared at the Center about five years ago. About 400
free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served
basis, Pruett said. Concertgoers should expect contem-
porary music - rhythm and blues, jazz, country and
pop - not the marching band style sounds of John
"We've always had the Big Band dances," said
Pruett. "But we're also trying to get more contempo-
rary bands and also younger audiences."
In addition to the concerts, the Center is offering
a number of music- and dance-related courses, includ-
ing the increasingly popular "So You Think You Can
In December, dance students learned swing -
some in preparation for the Feb. 14 dance presented
by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island to benefit
In January, students will get instruction in ballroom
dancing from Rebecca Henry on Saturday afternoons.
The fee-based class, said Pruett, "has been a lot of
fun. It's a great way to have fun and learn."
The Center also will offer fee-based instruction in
Irish dance and line-dancing. The Irish dance course
will be begin Monday, Jan. 7, and will be taught by
Emma Donahue. The line-dancing course will begin
Friday, Jan. 4, and will be taught by Bunny Burton.
By Lisa Neff
Looking for a new resolution for the new year?
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will offer a variety of
classes in January for those seeking to make some self-
improvements in 2008.
Additions to the January course schedule include:
* Basic fly-tying, taught at 1 p.m. Saturday Jan.
5-26 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8-29.
* Free-weight exercise class, taught at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, January through May.
* Bridge lessons, taught at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan.
* Knitting lessons, taught at 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Center students will learn how to sell old stuff on
eBay in a series of classes with Diana Miller, former
director of e-tailing with Goodwill Industries. The
classes will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday,
beginning Jan. 10.
Also, the Center will host a beading class 10 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19, with bead shop owner Chloe Lee
leading the program.
Meanwhile, with the arrival of the new year, the
Center will see The Islander-Lester Challenge fundrais-
ing campaign come to a close.
Chuck and Joey Lester of Holmes Beach have
offered to donate as much as $50,000 to the Center in
a grant to be matched by the Island community.
The Lester funding will go to support the Center's
building fund - the non-profit group opened its new,
multi-million dollar facility in Anna Maria earlier this
year. Money from the community can be earmarked to
support the Center's building or endowment funds.
The Lesters have offered the challenge in years
past. Last year's campaign raised $117,495, of which
Islanders and friends donated $67,495. A total of 183
donors joined the Lesters in the effort.
As of last week, the Center had received about
$16,670 in donations.
Center spokesperson Sandee Pruett said checks
dated in December but received after the new year
would be included in the campaign total.
She added, "We know it's tough times and the
Center is grateful to get anything - $10 - knowing
the amount doubles."
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.
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Fire district pursues
By Lisa Neff
Residential property owners who install sprin-
kler systems may receive discounts or rebates on their
assessments from the West Manatee Fire Rescue Dis-
trict next year.
WMFR commissioners during a meeting Dec. 20 at
Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach encouraged Chief Andy
Price to continue working on incentives for installing
sprinklers in homes.
Such a program may also include providing rebates
or discounts to property owners with sprinkler systems,
even if such systems are required by code or law, such
as commercial structures.
Price said an inventory of the district, which
includes Anna Maria Island, found 465 properties with
sprinkler systems. He said all but a handful of those
properties were required by code. To offer those sys-
tems a discount on assessments would cost the district
$22,000 to $50,000 a year in revenues.
Thus, commissioners were leaning toward reserv-
ing the discount for those not required to sprinkle their
Price said the commissioners had several months
to review their options and decide. A rebate or discount
would be offered with new assessment rates in late
In other business, commissioners balked at approv-
ing the chief's request for about $48,000 for a review
of the district's buildings.
Price, with money from the building reserve fund,
wants to hire a firm to complete analysis of the station
houses to plan for repairs and improvements.
"We' ve been fixing things as they broke," the chief
said. "This way, we're going to get an idea of the next
five years and look at our space needs."
But commissioners agreed that with the belt-
tightening taking place from the state to local level in
Florida, the expense was too high.
"Do we really need this now?" asked Larry Tyler,
the first commissioner to express his concern about the
"To me it's just a waste of money," he continued.
"I'd rather spend money doing stuff to the buildings."
"We' re limited on our funds," added commissioner
"I think this whole thing would be nice, but I don't
think we can afford it," he concluded.
Price said he would investigate the cost of a limited
review of WMFR structures, specifically roofs at two
older station houses and air-conditioning systems that
repeatedly have problems.
"I think the best thing to do is to ... pull this back
to something that could be acceptable," Price said.
In the rescue service
West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price, right, presents the life-saving award to firefighter paramedic Mike
Brooks and paramedic ./t, , i Pellien during a meeting Dec. 20. The two emergency personnel assisted a victim
in a pedestrian accident in May. "The victim was lying unprotected in the eastbound lane after being struck,"
said WMFR deputy chief Brett Pollock. The paramedics "positioned their personal vehicles to protect the
victim." Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Ian Haddix and
Evan Purcell receive
service award from
WMFR Chief Andy
Price. The two men
helped rescue two
other men after a
crash May 13 on the
Anna Maria Island
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One man died in the
Rotary tickets selling fast
Lynn Zemmer and Mary Burke sell tickets for Rotary
Club of Anna Maria's Extravaganza and Casino
Night, which will take place at St. Bernard Catholic
Church on Jan. 19. The tickets, according to organiz-
ers, are going fast. They can be purchased at Island
Vacation Properties, 3001 Gulf Drive, and Island
Florist, 5312 Marina Drive, both in Holmes Beach;
and Waterside Lending, 104 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach. For more information, call 941-778-7167 or
941-746-7517. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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John Stump receives the firefighter of the year award District receives the officer of the year award from
from WMFR Chief Andy Price. his chief Andy Price.
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.
Thursday, Dec. 27
7 a.m. - Manatee Audubon conducts a Christmas bird count on Anna
Maria Island at designated locations. Information and registration: 941-302-
5:30 p.m. - The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria hosts a free
jazz night. Information: 941-778-1906.
Saturday, Dec. 29
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.
Monday, Dec. 31
Happy New Year's Eve.
Midnight: The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach, hosts a New Year's Eve fireworks show on the shore, weather-
permitting. Information and dinner reservations: 941-779-2222.
Tuesday, Jan. 1
The year 2008 begins.
Wednesday, Jan. 2
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. Information and registration: 941-778-1908.
11:30 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts a
lunch at the Mar Vista Restaurant, 760 Broadway, Longboat Key Information:
* The Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria displays the work of pho-
tographer Nikita Kavoukles through Jan. 15. 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.
* From 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturdays of the month, the Felts Audu-
bon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, opens to visitors, with volunteers
available to answer questions about the flora and fauna and hiking paths.
* 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
Friday and first Saturdays of the month. Information: 941-747-8056.
* On the second Saturday of each month, the U.S. Coast Guard Aux-
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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 Jan. 4, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5413 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, hosts a reception for photographer William Vilensky of Long-
boat Key. Information: 941-778-6694.
* 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.
* On Jan. 12, the Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts the Billy
Rice Band. Tickets are now on sale. Information: 941-778-1908.
* 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. Fee applies. Information: 941-
* 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.
* On Jan. 30, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business
expo takes place at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.
Save the date:
* On Feb. 2, the Friends of the Library holds the annual Friends Book
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Sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
* On Feb. 3, the Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts the U.S.
Air Force Band in a free concert. Free tickets are available on a first come,
first served basis. Information: 941-778-1908.
* 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 Park - 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 Feb. 29, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts its
annual fashion show at the Bradenton Country Club. Information: 941-778-
* 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-
Send calendar listings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include time,
date and location of the event and a contact number and e-mail address.
The deadline for submissions is at least one week prior to the Wednesday
publication date. Remember, the sooner you submit your notice, the sooner
The Islander can announce the event.
Feathered for fundraising
The informal and feathered "Boa Ladies" meet for lunch Oct. 30 at Rotten Ralph's at the Pier in Bradenton
Beach. The group - Mo Dye, Wendy Holcomb, Pat Dorrington and Mary Zion in the front row; Joan Voyles,
Priscilla Seewald, Carolyne Norwood, Hazel Hanson and Trudy Horigan in the back row - meet monthly for
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BeachHouse to host fireworks Dec. 31
By Lisa Neff
Fireworks will blast in the new year on Anna Maria
The Chiles Group will present a fireworks display
on the shore by the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The show will begin at
midnight, as 2007 is left behind.
The BeachHouse will accommodate diners with
either reserved tables under the pavilion or a complete
New Year's Eve package, which includes dinner, party
favors and a midnight toast.
The fireworks crowd will begin to gather at about
may be on
Cortez Cove, the waterfront gem that seems to have
as many lives as a cat, may be on the verge of another
Its owners have expressed varying degrees of
interest in getting their money out of the marina and
boatworks, and now either new investors or prospec-
tive buyers would be welcome, said managing partner
She said she is ambivalent about getting out, but the
other owners seem inclined to want to put their money
elsewhere. The major investor in the enterprise, Peter
Thurell, has begun a major upscale residential develop-
ment on the north side of the historic fishing village.
The third investor is Judith Breuggeman. All are Cortez
They bought the waterfront property near the east
end of the village three years ago and have expanded
it to a boat repair and maintenance yard equipped to
haul large boats, as well as the existing rebuilt 34-slip
"I can well understand my partners' wish to refocus
their attention and finances," Bell said. "I would like
to find a way to keep it myself, with investors or new
partners or whatever. It's a fun place, and we all want
to preserve it as a marina and boatworks."
Some interest has been hinted for its acquisi-
tion as part of the nearby Florida Maritime Museum
at Cortez. The museum's functions include restoring
historic boats, now housed in the Cortez Community
Center building, and that program would fit well into
the marina, noted Allen Garner. He is president of the
historic fishing village's prime mover, Florida Institute
10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, for the display and for a live
remote broadcast by radio station WCTQ. The station
will set up on the BeachHouse deck and, in addition
to music by Robby Cox, there will be prize giveaways
throughout the evening.
Elsewhere for New Year's Eve, celebrants will find
champagne toasts and prix fixe dinners at some of the
Island's chicest restaurants.
Bars, too, will be hosting New Year's Eve parties.
And local law enforcement officers will be on alert
for intoxicated celebrants. According to the Florida
Highway Patrol, more than 15 people died on Florida's
roads last New Year's in 14 accidents, including one
crash in Manatee County. Only five of those accidents
were not classified as alcohol related.
A public service announcement released last week
by FHP cautioned people that the designated driver is
not the person who has the least amount to drink but
rather the person who has had no alcohol to drink.
In an effort to curb the number of people driving
while intoxicated, the FHP, Budweiser and AAA will
offer a "Tow to Go" service. Impaired drivers can call
800-AAA-HELP for a ride.
Also, according to the Manatee County Transit
Authority, the free trolley service on the Island will run
past midnight, until the fireworks' crowd is safely home.
Preserving the Pine Avenue trolley
Mike Coleman, left, and Ed ( ii it , of the Restore Pine Avenue LLC development group present a check last week
for $4,000 to Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford as half of the city's $8,000 payment to Manatee County to keep the
Island trolley operating free during 2008. Coleman and ( Ihl t , are purchasing and restoring Pine Avenue proper-
ties to maintain the "Old Florida" character of the city's business district. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
for Saltwater Heritage, which played a decisive role in
the museum's development.
"It would cost less than the Seafood Shack," he
said, referring to the large Cortez restaurant/marina
that FISH last year took an interest in having Manatee
County and the state buy for the museum. County and
What DO snowmen DO at night?
Anna Maria Elementary School first-grade teacher Heather Nyberg started a guest reader program, bring-
ing members of the Island community to her classroom to read books and talk about their businesses to her
students in advance of the holidays. Here, Islander publisher Bonner Joy reads from "Snowmen at Night."
Islander Photo: Courtesy Heather Nyberg
state joined private donors to buy the 1912-built school
for the museum.
Bell said the marina/boatworks price is around $3
million, while speculation last year put the Seafood
Shack's price at three or four times that.
But "I am not aware of any way FISH could buy the
marina," said Richard "Chips" Shore, and "it doesn't
seem at all likely" the county would buy into it. He
is clerk of the circuit court for Manatee County, and
his many responsibilities include the county historic
resources department, which oversees the museum.
Cortez Cove started life about 1960 as the Sigma
Fish House, and had a tumultuous history until it
became Cortez Cove. The founders were "Big Bubba"
and "Little Bubba" Capo, and Junior Guthrie bought
it in 1979. He ran into unrelated problems and lost it,
and it was sold on the courthouse steps to Chester Bell.
He in turn sold it to Tony Huang, businessman and
financier, who named the business Sigma and ran into
troubles of his own with the U.S. government and left
the country for his native Taiwan.
Piero Rivolta, Italian businessman, developer and
entrepreneur, bought it in 1999. He dredged the boat
basin, rebuilt the boat slips and tried to develop it into
a marina with some townhouses and cottages. So many
Cortezians objected so intensely to the concept that he
sold it in May 2004 to Bell and partners.
Their plan was to make it into a major repair facil-
ity, mainly for commercial fishing boats. Bell had
long noted the need for such a boatworks as a working
member of the family that owns A.P. Bell Fish Co., a
few blocks from Cortez Cove on the waterfront.
They installed a large Marine Travelift to hoist
boats up to 70 feet long and 60 tons and move them to
work spaces on land for maintenance and repair.
Along the way Cortez Cove became a movie set
when scenes for "Out of Time," starring Denzel Wash-
ington, were filmed there.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 26, 2007 0 15
Florida mayors reject legislative tax plan
By Rick Catlin
Seems like a lot of people in Florida don't like
the Legislature's tax plan that will be on the Jan. 29
The Florida League of Mayors is the most recent
opponent, joining the Florida League of Cities and the
Holmes Beach-based Coalition Against Runaway Taxa-
tion organization in denouncing the plan.
FLM president and Sunrise Mayor Stephen Feren
said the Legislature's property tax plan, which calls for
a 10 percent cap on property tax increases, is "an unfair
tax debacle that will hurt young families and schools
and small community businesses. The legislative plan
does, however, increase the homestead exemption from
$25,000 to $50,000.
But that increase holds little water with Feren and
"The amendment makes an already broken tax
system worse," he maintained, and punishes "families
and their children who work and live in our communi-
Feren said that according to an independent analysis
done by Florida TaxWatch, the Legislature's plan "gives
relief to those who need it the least, while giving virtually
nothing to those who have seen their taxes rise the most.
Artists Guild holds
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will host
a reception for Longboat Key photographer William
Vilensky, who is the guild's featured artist of the
The reception will take place 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 4, at the Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive,
Also, AGAMI will host Carlene Rentschler con-
ducting a demonstration in pastels from 1 p.m. to 3
p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the gallery.
For more information, call 941-778-6694.
TaxWatch also noted that the plan shifts the tax
burden from homesteaded to non-homesteaded prop-
erty, which punishes small business owners and first-
Feren added that the only "tax breaks" in the Leg-
islature's plan go to landlords and owners of vacation
homes, condos and beach-front villas, even if they don't
live in Florida.
Labor, social-service groups and teacher unions
that all oppose the plan have formed a group called
"Florida is Our Home" that is actively campaigning
for its defeat Jan. 29.
CART opposes the legislative plan for several
reasons, including the fact that it does not address
the methods used by property appraisers throughout
Florida to set property values. CART has maintained
that the "highest-and-best-use" method presently
mandated by the Legislature is unfair to the small
motel owner because it allows property appraisers
to compare the motel to a condominium for property
values, and the condominium is always appraised at
a higher value.
Kindergartners and second-graders at Anna Maria Elementary School worked together to gather sweets and
small gifts to stuff gigantic stockings for the Bradenton Nursing Home on Cortez Road. Pictured with one of
the stockings are students from Toni Lashway's and Melanie Moran's classes. Maureen Loveland's and Kathy
Granstad's students also participated in the project. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
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City request for review in records suit denied
By Lisa Neff
A circuit court judge has denied a request from the
city of Bradenton Beach to reconsider aspects of his
ruling in a public records suit filed by The Islander.
Meanwhile, the question of whether the court will
require the city to pay the newspaper's legal fees and
court costs is pending.
The court case involves a dispute over the manner
in which the city handled an alleged sexual harassment
complaint filed by one municipal employee, Gail Gar-
neau, against another, Ed McAdam. McAdam resigned
before the complaint was addressed by the city com-
The Islander suit, which named then-Mayor John
Chappie as the defendant, alleged that the city improp-
erly handled public records requests involving the
sexual harassment complaint and violated Government-
The Islander's chief concern was that despite the
series of quick actions by the city to respond to the
sexual harassment complaint, the public record was
scant and there was no public discussion on the matter
or on the acceptance of McAdam's resignation.
In November, Circuit Court Judge Peter Duben-
sky issued a ruling in the case that "grants in part and
denies in part" The Islander's claims against the city
in a public records suit.
Chamber hosts tree-trimming party
Victoria Sweeney of Island Scooter Rentals places
an ornament on a tree during the Longboat Key/Lido
Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce's holi-
day party Dec. 18. Chamber members brought orna-
ments that reflect their business to decorate the tree
at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. For more information, call 941-383-
2466. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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Both parties declared a victory in the case, although
the newspaper won the count against the city for violat-
ing public records laws. Three other counts were dis-
In a motion filed Dec. 5, the newspaper asked the
court to award $59,448 in fees and costs. A hearing was
scheduled for Jan. 8 at the courthouse in Bradenton.
The city also filed a motion after Dubensky's initial
ruling, asking that he reconsider his finding that the
city's investigation into the sexual harassment com-
plaint was not active in late June, when the city finally
made available months-old records in the case to The
City attorney Ricinda Perry, who conducted the
investigation of Garneau's sexual harassment complaint
as well as represents the city in The Islander suit, asked
Dubensky to allow her to "present evidence related to
the duration of the investigation."
Dubensky, in a ruling released Dec. 13, said, "The
court finds a rehearing is unnecessary because evidence
of the duration of the investigation had already been
presented to the court through attorney Perry's testi-
The judge referred to several statements by Perry
during an August hearing, including one in which she
said she told McAdam her investigation would no longer
be an issue if he resigned. McAdam resigned March 8,
more than three months prior to the city releasing some
public documents to the newspaper and, on orders from
the judge, to the court.
i Toddler dance
SLittle dancers learn to tap
and tumble to music at
the Island Dojo in Holmes
Beach with dance instruc-
tor Darlene Friedrich. Pic-
tured is Thursday's toddler
class of2- and 3-year-olds.
Clockwise, back row, from
S left, are Elaina Bayard,
" Fiona Lathum-Turner,
Laila Singer and Maite
Hansen. Friedrich, who
.'. ..... ...... - previously taught at Island
Fitness, is offering a full
range of dance instruction
for children and adults.
For more information, call
Friedrich at 941-748-4476.
Islander Photos: Diana
Ready to stretch
their dancing legs
are, from left, Fiona
Laila Singer and
Maite Hansen. The
2- and 3-year-olds
.. comprise the tod-
dler dance class
taught by Darlene
Friedrich at the
Island Dojo in the
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advices against ban
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County Commissioner Donna Hayes
backed away last week from a push to ban smoking on
the county's beaches.
Hayes said she decided not to pursue an ordinance
after hearing from Manatee County Attorney Tedd Wil-
The attorney told Hayes and other commissioners
that he didn't think the ordinance would withstand a
Florida law, which prohibits indoor smoking in
most public areas, reserves regulation of smoking for
the state, Williams said.
Hayes had suggested pursuing a ban on beach
smoking several days after the Sarasota County Com-
mission adopted an ordinance restricting smoking at
its public beaches to parking areas and picnic shel-
Hayes proposed a similar ban in Manatee
County, citing environmental, economical and
public safety concerns. Mainly, she said, she was
troubled that the county must foot the cost of pick-
ing up butts.
Hayes informed other county commissioners of her
decision to drop the campaign during a board meeting
Commissioner Ron Getman said that such a ban
probably would be unenforceable anyway and Com-
mission Chair Amy Stein suggested the county look at
placing more receptacles at beach entrances so beaches
don't become ashtrays.
Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter
in the world, according to various surveys. In the United
States, smokers discard about 4.5 trillion butts on the
ground each year.
Sarasota County's ordinance took several months
to adopt. Workshops on the issue took place in March,
followed by discussions between county and municipal
Other locales in the United States also have enacted
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 26, 2007 0 17
Alfred Handel, 86, of Bradenton, died Dec. 21.
Mr. Handel was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.
He retired in 1977 after 34 years with Grumman Air-
craft in Bethpage, N.Y. He was past governor of the
Moose Lodge, Bradenton Beach.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jayne;
daughter Lorraine of Bradenton; sons Henry of Braden-
ton and Alfred of Wanaque, N.J.; eight grandchildren;
and nine great-grandchildren.
John Riedel, 80, of Bradenton, died Dec. 20.
He was a member of the Bradenton Beach Moose
Lodge, Elks Lodge, Kirby Stewart Post 24 and a life-
time member of the Monroe Michigan Boat Club.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mabel.
Contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and
Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Many happy years, good burgers
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Pat Geyer and
husband Ed, pictured at one of their five daughter's
wedding a few years back, will celebrate 55 years of
marriage on New Year's Eve. They operated Duffy's
Tavern for many years, and now enjoy the help of
their daughters in their business. Duffy's was located
across from the Manatee Public Beach and the
Geyers took over there in 1970, and then moved and
reopened in March 2003 at their present location on
Marina Drive across from Holmes Beach City Hall.
ordinances banning smoking on beaches and in parks,
including Chicago, where smokers who light up within
15 feet of a beach or playground can be fined up to
$500. Many beach communities in California also ban
smoking, including Long Beach, Los Angeles, Santa
Monica, Malibu, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach,
San Clemente and Newport Beach.
New York frame of mind
Bradenton's Terry and Sandy St. John and Ashley
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20 E DEC. 26, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
held its annual installation of officers and banquet at
the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria recently, with
Mark Davis of Harrington House Bed & Breakfast Inn
elected as chairman of the board.
Cindy Thompson of Paradise Cafe is the chairman-
elect, while Barbara Murphy of Travel Now is secretary
Island real estate transactions
401 Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach, a 4,204 sfwa,
5,010 sfur commercial building built in 1979 on a
31,012 sq ft lot was sold 12/05/07, Golden Kodiak
Investments LLC to Signature LLC for $1,250,000.
727 Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria, a 2,325 sfla
3,153 sfur 3bed/312bath/2car pool home built in 1980
on a 100x126 lot was sold 12/04/07, Pinnacle Partners
LLC to Poole for $1,200,000; list $1,250,000.
6006 Gulf Drive, Unit 209, Playa Encantada,
Holmes Beach, a 1,830 sfla / 2,149 sfur 3bed/2bath Gulf-
front condo with pool built in 1980 was sold 12/04/07,
Griffin to Steyer for $1,250,000; list $$1,495,000.
3013 Ave. F, Unit D2, Island Beach Club, Holmes
Beach, a 984 sfla / 1,228 sfur 2bed/lbath Gulfview
condo with pool was sold 12/05/07, Moynihan to Moon
6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 122, Westbay Point &
Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,459 sfla 2bed/2bath bay-
view condo built in 1978 was sold 12/05/07, Davis to
Lindeman for $395,000; list $449,900.
241 17th St., Unit 9, Bradenton Beach Club, Bra-
denton Beach, a 1,676 sfla / 2,118 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo built in 2003 was sold 12/04/07, First Priority
Bank to Mercier for $325,500; list $699,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay, 941-778-
Current Island real estate transactions may also be
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Wayne Gunter of Bank of America, who provides
mortgage services for clients at Re/Max Gulfstream
Realty's office at 401 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria, works
from the bank office at Manatee and 43rd Street in Bra-
denton. He can be reached at 941-708-2831.
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The chamber gave awards at the banquet, honoring
Ellen Aquillina of SunTrust as ambassador of the year.
Trudy and Stewart Moon of Air & En. i_ *.Y were named
business persons of the year at the event by the Anna
Maria Island Rotary Club.
The chamber is also seeking member vendors for
its Business Expo to be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan.
30, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center at 407
Magnolia Ave. in Anna Maria. For more information,
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* Absolute Anna Maria (vacation rentals), 601
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, 905-579-4996, Terry
* American Home Watch Services, 14763 1st Ave.
E., Bradenton, 941-809-4746, Home watch services,
Bob and Susan Tyson.
* AMI Fitness, 5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
(941)-778-5446, fitness club, Kip Lalosh.
* Creations by L, 5508 Marina Drive, Suite A,
Holmes Beach, 941-779-0779, bead and jewelry shop,
* Florida Eye Tours, PO. Box 705, Anna Maria,
941-219-2106, virtual tour provider, Chris Grumley and
* Gibson Sisters Photography, 207 46th St. N.W.,
Bradenton, 941-747-5175, photo and wedding officiate
services, Erica Gibson.
* Gulf Path Condominium, 104 29th St., Holmes
Beach, 011-49-2545-919-9081, rental, Eckhardt
* Island Players, P.. Box 2059, Anna Maria, 941-
778-5755, community theater, Nancy Ambrose.
* Manatee County Discount Club, Bob Barrett
Sales Co., 8610 54th Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-761-
* Matt and Dom's Pastry Cafe, 204 Palmetto Ave.,
Anna Maria, 941-778-3909, Matt and Dom Schole.
* Marine Max, 1601 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sara-
sota, 941-388-4411, boat and yacht sales, Jack Berg-
* Memories by Billi, PO. Box 705, Anna Maria,
FL, 941-545-8877, photography, Billi Stuckert.
* Morgan Lewis Realty, 5392 Gulf Drive, Holmes
William Reithmiller, attorney, 419 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, 941-778-1910, attorney at law.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 13, 100 block 25th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said that someone entered her home through a
kitchen window and stole alcohol, jewelry and a laptop
computer. Police suspect that due to the window size,
the suspect is a juvenile.
Dec. 14, 900 Gulf Drive N., Gulf Drive Cafe, war-
rant. Officers noticed a woman known to have an out-
standing warrant for her arrest. A search of the vehicle
of Cynthia N. Kettering, 22, of Bradenton Beach,
uncovered drugs in her purse. She was arrested.
Dec. 14, 100 block 42nd Street, theft. The com-
plainant said that someone took two backpack blowers
from his landscaping vehicle while his crew was work-
ing on a job.
Dec. 15, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, trespass.
Two patrons were issued trespass warnings after they became
belligerent and refused to leave the establishment.
Dec. 15, 3200 block East Bay Drive, DUI. Officers
responded to a crash. Officers noticed a strong odor of
alcohol on the driver of one vehicle, Jolynn Hedberg, 39,
of Bradenton. After field sobriety tests and subsequent
breath tests, she was charged with DUI and arrested.
Dec. 16, 7100 block Marina Drive, burglary. The
complainant said someone took his wallet from his
vehicle while he was at a holiday party, which con-
tained his Social Security card and $50.
Dec. 17, 5337 Gulf Drive, chamber of commerce,
criminal mischief. The complainant said that someone
ripped down part of the lights on the Christmas tree.
Dec. 17, 5400 Marina Drive, assist. Officers
responded to a report of a fire and evacuated the prem-
ises until firefighters responded.
Dec. 18, 43rd Street access, miscellaneous. Public
works employees found a signed check at the beach.
Officers contacted the check issuer, who directed the
check to the recipient, who subsequently picked it up.
Dec. 18, 4000 Gulf Drive, Cafe on the Beach,
criminal mischief. The complainant said that a man was
throwing chairs from a lifeguard stand, according to the
report. The subject said he was intoxicated and trying to
find a place to sleep. The man's wife came to pick him
up, and the complainant declined to press charges.
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No jail time for defendant in beach shooting
By Lisa Neff
One of the two men arrested in connection with
the Easter Sunday shootings at Coquina Beach was
sentenced last week to house arrest and probation.
The man, Santiago Delgado Jr., 22, had pleaded no con-
test to several charges in connection with the shooting.
Three people were injured in the shooting incident
on April 8 - Jose Estrada, 20, Salvador Estrada, 27,
and a 17-year-old identified as EE. by Bradenton Beach
police. Authorities allege that the three victims are con-
nected to the Sur 13 street gang.
Delgado and Rene Vasquez-Mendoza, 22, both of
Plant City, were arrested in the incident. They are alleg-
edly involved in the Norte 14 street gang.
Delgado was charged with carrying a concealed
firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharg-
ing a firearm.
In mid-October, he pleaded no contest to the charges
as part of a plea agreement with the prosecutors in the
Circuit Judge Edward Nicholas said Delgado's
sentence was more lenient than what he would have
imposed and that Delgado got a break.
Delgado, according to assistant state attorney Jeff
Quisenberry, is an important witness in the case against
Vasquez-Mendoza, who is charged with three counts
of attempted first-degree murder, carrying a concealed
firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharge
of a firearm in public.
Vasquez-Mendoza is not expected to go to trial on
the charges until early next year. A tentative trial date
was set for Feb. 19.
Skinny's Place co-owner Clark Freeman, left, and friend Tom Roach prep the board in the disc jockey booth
during their restaurant's fifth anniversary celebration Dec. 22. The hamburger haven on Gulf Drive marked its
fifth anniversary, but it was founded many years ago and the location was operated by other owners as Duffy's
Tavern until the Freemans returned five years ago. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
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Water woes less worrisome, plus mooring advice
A Merry Christmas to all. Let's hope that the holi-
day brought everything you hoped for under the tree for
you and yours, and the upcoming New Year festivities
are pleasant and uneventful, at least when compared
to the bad news on Anna Maria Island near the end of
At least it was a Merry Christmas for Tampa Bay
Water, water everywhere
Tampa Bay Water in Hillsborough County has
received global attention in the past few years. The
utility has been attempting to build the largest desalina-
tion treatment plant in the United States, and perhaps
the world, for many years.
The plant has had a slew of problems, but last week
finally got up to its projected capacity of itlhdia" ing-
saltwater from Tampa Bay, pumping it through the plant,
then producing 25 million gallons of freshwater daily for
customers in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
It was a huge undertaking, and withstood not only
huge criticism, but huge setbacks.
Arguably the biggest problem came from one of
the smallest critters in the bay.
For a time, Asian green mussels, an exotic species
of shellfish that apparently invaded Tampa Bay and
waterways elsewhere in the state, clogged the inflow
pipes of the plant near Apollo Beach.
The mussels are generally believed to have been
introduced into our area through ballast pump-outs from
ships that came from East Asia. The little bright-green
shellfish flourished in the area and took up residence
in the pipes that withdraw water from the bay into the
OK, so you've got some shellfish in the pipes, you
say. So what? Let's have dinner!
Unfortunately, the pretty little shellfish spewed out
some kind of fiber that clogged the membranes of the
plant's filtration system.
Tampa Bay Water utilizes a series of really fine
fibers that are supposed to block out everything, includ-
ing salt, before it gets sent through the plant and eventu-
ally to a customer's faucet.
Cortez museum chief
heads state unit
Roger Allen, director of the Florida Maritime
Museum at Cortez, was elected president of the Florida
Maritime Heritage Association at the group's organiz-
ing meeting in the historic fishing village.
He was instrumental in forming the association,
inviting organizations, museums, nonprofit entities and
others "with maritime preservation materials related to
Nearly 100 representatives went to Cortez for the
conference, he said, taking organizational steps and
selecting a name and a president - Allen.
Next will come incorporation through the state
government, Allen said, then establishment of member
categories, a dues schedule, newsletters and other mat-
ters necessary for a formal organization. Next meeting
is planned in St. Augustine.
By Paul Roat;
Asian green mussels, with its fibers, clogged the
membranes before the filters' expected lifespan was
reached. A refit was ordered. Delays ensued.
Then there was that pesky problem of the com-
panies that had agreed to build the plant declaring
bankruptcy. That financial "obstacle" was followed by
another, then another, three in total. The final contrac-
tor then couldn't meet the required test runs for a few
But last month the bugs got worked out of the
system - or the shellfish, perhaps - and the plant
met its goal of providing drinking water to the region
from the saltwater from the Gulf.
Outflow, by the way, is called "brackish" and it
has been deemed to not be harmful to the environment.
Almost all tout the process.
At $158 million, it wasn't a cheap process to build
the country's largest desal plant. It also took four years
As one Tampa Bay Water board member told the
St. Petersburg Times, "When you're doing a project of
that size and in a way that's never been done before,
you' re going to have problems."
'So what?' you ask
The Tampa Bay Water desal plant isn't a big deal
for Manatee County, which is lush with water despite
a statewide drought. However, Venice officials in Sara-
sota County are allegedly very interested in what's been
going on up to the north.
Venice is at the hind end of the water supply that we
enjoy. Saltwater intrusion is the major problem down
there, and the problem appears to be getting worse.
Think of Florida's underground area as a big
sponge. Yes, it's limestone and aquifers and all that
other water stuff, but basically it's a sponge that is being
squeezed at one end by drinking water withdrawals.
Venice is at the dry end of the drinking-water sponge.
North Port, too, and it's one of the fastest-growing cities
in the state.
As you've probably heard before, potable - drink-
ing - water is the single greatest limiting factor to
growth in Florida. No water, no developments, no new
people, no added tax base for government services.
Sure, there have been long-standing plans in place
and withdrawals from the Peace River to the south,
but a nifty, working desal plant would sure ease a lot
of problems for a lot of people.
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Re: Bradenton Beach mooring field
Please accept this note as an advisory that the city
of Sarasota has passed on first reading an ordinance
that establishes a mooring field to the south of Marina
Jack restaurant on the bayfront in Sarasota Bay.
It's taken at least 17 years for Sarasota to reach
this point. Bradenton Beach is pegged at less than a
Sarasota's ordinance, which may be approved in Jan-
uary by the city commission, will create something like
100-plus places for boats to moor on about 114 acres.
The cost for the Sarasota mooring field is still uncertain,
but a charge of $15-per-day has been discussed.
Commissioners also discussed the concept of
charging options including fees based on the number
of people on the boat, size of the boat, length of stay.
All that will probably be decided in January.
Of course, Bradenton Beach would have a much
smaller field due to its smaller size. Similar concerns
are evident in both fields, though, in the form of the
need of rest room and shower facilities - still to be
built in Sarasota, already in place in Bradenton Beach
at the pier - as well as harbor master services - ditto
above - and a place to park dinghy's, which both still
need to be resolved.
What is of interest is the whole concept of the city/
private concept in Sarasota. Marina Jack Mooring LLC
is apparently going to run what the state calls the "man-
aged anchorage mooring field" at the bayfront, with
the city taking charge of the field itself. However, as
one Sarasota commissioner put it, he wants a "fire-
wall" between the private entity and the public part of
the project regarding who gets what money, when, and
from whom. The field is a city operation. The opera-
tion of the mooring field is being farmed out to Marina
Sarasota's mooring field ordinance apparently
mimics one in Fort Myers, which is apparently based
on the first-such waterborne creation in Vero Beach.
I've been to Vero Beach's mooring field. It's beauti-
ful - a nice little clubhouse for cruising boaters, show-
ers, laundry facilities, a little snack bar and all the other
amenities of "home away from home."
Bradenton Beach has created something very, very
similar to Vero, but better, what with the trolley only a
couple of blocks away and all of the Island and beyond
Bradenton Beach also has the added potential for a
waterborne taxi, if funding can ever get w i._ lNk.d away
from federal or state coffers.
Please keep the Sarasota ordinance in mind during
the anticipated 2008 discussion on the Bradenton Beach
Managed Anchorage Mooring Field."
And remember that the cost of the huge mooring
field in Sarasota is estimated at $700,000.
According to my always-questionable math, a desal
plant the size of Tampa Bay Water can service 250,000
customers. Sarasota County's population is arguable
pegged at 370,000 full-time residents, with an untold
number of extra workers and visitors tapping into the
Moon Date AMI 4H U M L P IGHWPMALOW
Dec 26-- - 7:44 -0.7 3:53 1.2 5:47 1.1
Dec 27-- 12:45 2.3 8:24 -0.5 4:08 1.2 7:08 1.0
Dec 28-- 1:44 2.0 9:02 -0.2 4:23 1.3 8:22 0.9
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Reds in backwater, grouper everywhere in Gulf
By Capt. Mike Heistand
The grouper catch is being described as "phenom-
enal" offshore, with big fish coming in from relatively
shallow waters, most from about 12 miles from Anna
Maria Island. Other offshore action includes some stray
kingfish, amberjack and a few snapper.
Backwater fishing is still great for redfish. The days
are counting down for the start of snook season Jan. 1,
but if catch-and-release reports are accurate, it promises
to be a fine time for linesiders next year. Flounder are
also being caught, as well as mackerel.
At Corky's Live Bait, Tackle & Snack Shop on
Cortez Road, Annamae Lahay said that offshore fishing
has been spectacular, with big grouper being caught,
plus bonita, mackerel and kingfish. In the backwaters,
mangrove snapper are a good catch on live shrimp,
plus Spanish mackerel on spoons. "Redfish are quite
plentiful in Perico Bay," she said, "and there are some
in Sarasota Bay, and they are attracted by the 'select/
hand-pick' size live shrimp and fiddler crabs." Anna-
mae added that trout are also being caught and released.
Sheepshead are starting to show, with fiddler crabs
working well as bait, as well as some small flounder,
whiting, bluefish, ladyfish and redfish.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Annie's Bait & Tackle on
Cortez Road said grouper fishing offshore has been "phe-
nomenal." Snapper fishing is also good, and he's catch-
ing a few stray kingfish out in the Gulf, as well as some
mackerel and amberjack. Capt. Mark Johnson, also
out of Annie's, said his backwater trips are producing
lots of redfish and catch-and-release snook. Trout, out of
season until Jan. 1, are hard to find, but there are plenty
of mackerel to take up any slack in the fishing action.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said there are lots of
reports of sheepshead being caught around structures
or piers, and mackerel are everywhere.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers there
are catching lots of sheepshead, mackerel and a few
whiting. Whitebait is still thick there, too.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
the fishing action is focused on mackerel, sheepshead,
and catch-and-release snook at night.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing good reports of redfish being caught from
Terra Bay near the mangroves. Black drum are a good
catch in the Manatee River near the railroad bridge,
and Dave said that he's also hearing of good catches of
mangrove snapper by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, "if
you can boat them through those hungry dolphins."
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include good
catches of reds and mackerel, plus a lot of small bon-
nethead and blacktip sharks.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he was finally able to get
out on the water after a few days sitting at the dock,
thanks to cold and windy weather. Whitebait is still
out there, and the bait is helping to produce catches of
flounder, catch-and-release trout, redfish, ladyfish and a
few stray Spanish mackerel. Most of his fishing action
is coming from Anna Maria Sound and Palma Sola
Bay, with shrimp, whitebait, pinfish and jigs working
best as bait. Capt. Zach said he did manage a short trip
out in the Gulf one day last week, and got into some
Spanish mackerel, bluefish, triggerfish and jacks, and
he's hoping cobia will start to show up soon in better
On my boat Magic, we've been limiting-out on
redfish on every trip, plus catching mangrove snapper
to 16 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Good catch from offshore
Eric Condie, left, with a red grouper and a kingfish; Bill Mackson with his first hog snapper and a mangrove
snapper; and Glenn McClinton with a gag grouper, all caught 35 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island while
fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire on .9i, in Me The Fish Charters.
Big fish from up north
JoAnn Fumerell of Holmes Beach caught this 15-pound ling cod while vacationing with fiance Anthony Manali
Jr. in Jeana, Alaska.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
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New Cortez maritime museum a hot item
By Jim Hanson
Just one historic item short of completion, the new
Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez is two weeks old
and already enjoying the kind of success its mentors
had hardly dared hope to realize.
Some 200 visitors welcomed the museum to life at
its opening and an estimated 400 have toured it since,
said director Roger Allen. He and curator Jeff Moates
were "surprised and totally pleased" at the public's
reception of their facility.
It is at the eastern edge of the historic fishing village
just across the Cortez Bridge from Anna Maria Island,
in the old school built in 1912. It is open free of charge
from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays.
Part of the museum are two other historic buildings,
the Burton Store and the Pillsbury Boatworks, both 100
years or more old. The store building was moved from
the west end of Cortez in the spring, and the boatworks
from Snead Island just this month. Restoration work
has begun on both.
They share the 4-acre grounds with the imposing
museum building, along with shell pathways, pond,
parking area and a splendid taste of Old Florida to
the east - the 95-acre FISH Preserve that adjoins the
museum area. The preserve was purchased by the vil-
lage's main powerhouse, the Florida Institute for Salt-
water Heritage, which also was a prime mover in help-
ing the state and Manatee County acquire the school
for the museum. The county holds ownership of the
school and its grounds, with a management contract
with the Manatee County clerk of the circuit court and
its historic resources department.
The building was designed as "the Cortez Rural
Roger Allen heads up the new museum in Cortez. Islander Photos: Paul Roat
Graded Schoolhouse," and generations of Cortez
youngsters passed through. A few of them still call the
There are two gardens on the museum property off 119th Street in Cortez.
hT am . .....
In time, buses made many school buildings surplus
and the Cortez building became an art school in 1962.
It eventually went on the market, and in 1974 interna-
tionally famed fabric artist Robert Sailor bought it and
used it for many years as a residence and studio.
This is the only maritime museum in Florida with
a professional staff and an assignment "to collect, pre-
serve and interpret our maritime heritage from Cedar
Key to Key West."
It is nautical enough for anyone, starting in the
yard with a restored Cuban boat donated by Calvin
Bell, whose family has played such a significant part
in Cortez for generations.
Outside at the rear of the building are two enclosed
patio-type areas, one the water garden developed by the
Manatee County Master Gardener program of the Uni-
versity of Florida extension service. The other will be
"the surprise garden," now haven for the Cortez Horse
sculpture left by Sailor and stolen twice by vandals. It
is chained down now, and eventually will be moved to
a water fountain nearby.
Indoors, there are ship models of many sizes and
designs, the most imposing being a very large one cre-
ated in the early 1900s by "Cap'n Billy," Cortez pioneer
William Thomas Fulford, who along the way also cre-
ated a dynastic family that still looms in Cortez.
Another vessel there is a full-size dugout canoe,
chopped and burned hollow by Central American
natives; it was thought for years to have been from the
Indians of the Cortez area, but Allen pointed out that it
is of slightly different configuration from the ones used
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Cortni Wash made a tree-shaped edible ornament for
the "( i, ,i ,mi, ," tree that was planted in front of the
school in memory of Holmes Beach Police Officer
Pete Lannon, who served as Anna Maria Elementary
School's resource officer and died this summer. The
ornament is made from bread. Peanut butter was
used to "glue" on sunflower seeds - all items neigh-
borhood squirrels and birds will enjoy once Wash
hangs her ornament on the tree outside. Islander
Photos: Diana Bogan
Museum opens in Cortez
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
There are pictures galore, from shots of Cortez and
its boats and fish houses to its residents from the old
days, and innumerable items from the past donated by
residents and other friends.
The old store building is on its permanent founda-
tion toward the rear of the property, its shell surpris-
ingly solid after decades of neglect. It was built as a
general merchandise business by Jesse Burton where
the U.S. Coast Guard's Station Cortez is now. Burton,
who lived on the second floor with his family, sold it
to L.D.C. Bratton, who added five rooms and operated
that part as a hotel - the "Hotel de Cortez," according
to a weathered sign that survives.
The craftsman who built the five additional rooms
and made the sign was Willis Adams, father of "Snooks"
Adams, who became Anna Maria Island's first law
enforcement officer and retired as Holmes Beach chief
of police in 1975.
The building was threatened with demolition along
with the attached Albion Inn to make way for the Coast
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Police Officer Pete Lannon's memorial "( hii it ,ni"
tree, which was planted along "Lannon's Way" ear-
lier this year.
Guard station, but the Cortez Village Historical Society
managed to pry it loose from the inn and move it to a
nearby lot until a home was found.
The other detached building that is part of the
museum arrived just days ago from the Snead Island
Boatworks on the north shore of the Manatee River.
It was a machine shop, first erected by the Pillsbury
family when they acquired land in 1907 to set up the
boatyard, whose products became famed among Cortez
commercial fishermen. It was donated by the boat-
works' current owner, Jim Alderson.
It too is on a permanent concrete foundation
and will be restored to its past function with historic
machinery, including an original lathe donated by the
late "Humbug" Cobb of Holmes Beach.
The only historic structure still to come to the
museum grounds is a 14-foot-diameter cistern of
cypress wood that provided the village's first public
water supply. On stilts at second-story elevation, this
gravity-flow waterworks provided potable water to
houses at the center of the village - eight houses each
direction from the cistern, said its donor, Calvin Bell.
Its foundation pilings are ready to receive the cistern
behind the museum building.
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exhibit featuring the work of artist Nikitas Kavoukles
to Jan. 15.
The exhibit, "Beneath the Surface," features
cutting-edge printmaking, according to Rhea Chiles,
owner of the Studio, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Kavoukles was born on the Greek island of Kalym-
nos in the Aegean Sea and came to America with his
family when he was a child.
He grew up in New York City, where he trained
with new- and old-world craftspeople in cabinetry
design and decorative furniture finishes as a teenager.
The artist studied fine arts and architectural design
at the City College of New York and then, in 1994,
moved to Sarasota.
Traveling abroad to Greece, Turkey, and Bali,
Kavoukles searched for an understanding of the art of
He returned to the United States and, in addition to
his work in oils, watercolor, pastels, and etching, began
to explore new digital media.
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The Studio is open 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
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dor, Nancy Ambrose, returned to Ames,
Iowa, Oct. 20, as a member of the Iowa
State University Alumni Band at ISU's
homecoming. The band came together
to celebrate the school's 150th anniver-
sary. Looking for the Islander? She's in
the second row, second to the right of the
"2007" sign. Islander Photo: Courtesy
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Mullet near end, stone crabs 'adequate'
By Jim Hanson
Two of the mainstays for commercial fishermen
here are coming and going - mullet are within one
weather disturbance of ending their season, and the
stone crab harvest is just "adequate."
The mullet season has been in full swing for a
month or more and the yield for castnetters has been
about normal, according to fishers. But the mullet are
on the verge of ending their availability.
The season begins every November when fish
begin to bunch up and produce eggs, reaches its peak
about Thanksgiving, and ends when rough weather
gives them what they need for propagation, usually
Allen Garner, descendant of a long line of Cortez
fishers and president of the historic fishing village's
core Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, explained
that mullet move offshore to lay their huge numbers of
eggs and the males drop their sperm to be spread by
agitated water and fertilize the eggs. So they have to
hold off until weather turns stormy.
Until then, their eggs, or roe, make them fat and
Grouper 'bust' a small one
By Jim Hanson
The Lisa Belle is back fishing the Gulf of Mexico
for grouper, in fact never wasn't legally fishing, and a
report of a major "bust" was just flat wrong.
That's the word from the A.P Bell Fish Co. in Cortez,
which acts as homeport to the Lisa Belle and her captain,
Terry Britton. A spokesperson for the fish house said last
week's incident was a tempest in a teapot based on an
erroneous TV news report.
What happened was that the U.S. Coast Guard made
a random stop of a fishing vessel, not an unusual event,
in this case the Belle. "She wasn't doing anything illegal,
it was just a random check," the spokesperson said.
The Coast Guard pulled the boat's fishing gear from
the Gulf waters and reportedly found some of the hooks
baited with chunks of grouper, evidently from undersize
fish that died in the catching. Using grouper as bait is
Then, routinely inspecting the boat, the Coast Guard
found that the required satellite beacon registration was
not aboard and that some emergency flares were older
than acceptable. The captain was told to correct those
flaws, issued a ticket for grouper-bait violation, and the
boat was sent home to Cortez.
There it delivered its catch to the fish house - 5,000
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common man's caviar. East Asia, especially Taiwan,
has been a major market, but now Italy is taking quite
a bit of the product, said Karen Bell of A.P Bell Fish
Co., handler of much of the area's seafood that funnels
through Cortez from sea to consumer.
The mullet, stripped of their valuable roe, are "but-
terflied" and spread out for smoking, another Cortez
The mullet harvest is "way down" from last year's
banner crop, Bell said, but there are enough of the fish
to keep the business going. It is a far cry from the pre-
1995 days when mullet were taken by the thousands
with huge nets spread by boats. Such netting was
banned by statewide referendum effective that year,
and mullet fishing is now limited to hand-casting of
smaller nets. The mullet is a vegetarian and can't be
tempted by hook and bait.
As for the great delicacy stone crabs, that annual
harvest is nothing to brag about this year, said Alan
Moore of the biggest and best known purveyor in
the area, Moore's Stone Crab restaurant on Longboat
Until recently the Moore family ran its own crab-
bing operation to serve the demand of its restaurant, as
well as provide some commercial supply, but that part
of the business has been abandoned.
Moore said commercial fishermen are bringing "an
adequate supply" of the famed delicacy. Prices gener-
ally have been a bit lower than last year's, he said, but
holiday demand now is pushing the prices up.
Cortez Bait and Seafood Co., which has a retail arm
along with its main commercial business, said retail
prices there are holding right around $15 for medium-
size stone crabs, $19 for large, $23.99 for "colossal."
The stone crab season will run to May 15.
As for grouper, another dependable source of food
and income for commercial as well as sports fishermen,
they are running "about normal" far offshore in the Gulf
of Mexico. Grouper fishing is controlled by a quota
system for the fish's several forms, and the season goes
on until the annual quotas are reached.
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merchant Barbara Rodocker is Tingley board chair Ceil Fellers. Also pictured, from left, is Tingley board
member Carol Nelson, director of sales for BridgeWalk Linda Haack, and Tingley board members Helen Dyk-
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Chiles party at Sandbar makes kids merry
By Lisa Neff
Ed Chiles remembers when the gift of a set of
walkie talkies made his day.
Last week, Chiles, along with others in the Chiles
group of restaurants and a legion of volunteers, helped
make the day for 143 children in Manatee County.
"I'm hoping for Hot Wheels," said Victor Rangel,
10, as he stood on the sand in the new pavilian at Chiles'
Sandbar restaurant and watched Santa Claus hand out
more than a sleigh-full of gifts.
One by one, children at the 14th annual Lawton
Chiles Christmas for Kids party walked up a set of steps
to hug Santa Claus and to accept a bag of gifts - a toy,
a pair of shoes, an outfit of clothing and a certificate for
holiday dinner fixings from Albertsons supermarket.
Chiles said the attendance for the traditional party
was larger than years past and has grown tremendously
since 25 children attended the first event named for his
father, the late governor.
"They do such a great job," Chiles said of the staff
and volunteer team, which was led by Sandbar manager
Children attended from the Head Start program
and Healthy Families Manatee, which Lawton Chiles
helped found in 1998.
When the children arrived to the Anna Maria res-
taurant, they encountered clowns bearing gift bags
loaded with prizes and Anna Maria Island Privateers
with bead necklaces for presents.
Under the Sandbar pavilion, children made crafts,
tossed bean bags and studied clowns making balloon
animals. On the beach, kids dug for treasure, especially
the hidden starfish that would win them big teddy
Sand and Santa
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for Kids party at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria on Dec. 18. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
"There's a lot of cool stuff to do," said Tiffany
Sielaff, who brought her 2-year-old daughter, Amari, to
the party. Sielaff said this Christmas "would probably
be Amari's first memorable Christmas."
Lunch - chicken fingers and french fries -
arrived at about noon, eaten at most tables with lots of
Soon after, Santa Claus arrived on a West Manatee
Fire Rescue fire truck. He stepped off to be embraced
by children, as well as a number of costumed adults
- pirates, elves, the Cat in the Hat, Spiderman, Elmo,
Shrek, Blue's Clues and Raggedy Ann.
Ed ( hilt \ captures a moment in a treasure hunt
during the Lawton ( ilt, ( h, i. itn ,for Kids party.
Margaret "Puppies' Mattern of the Anna Maria Island Privateers hands out beads to kids at the ( iii ,tino,
party at the Sandbar Dec. 18.
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Call for Holy Days
- Mon-Sat Sam morning prayer
4408 Gulf Dr.
All are welcome! for more information
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, ELCA
Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
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(primitive cabinets, etc.). Call shop: 941-778-9396,
or info line: 941-795-5566.
GREEN PATIO SET: round table with four chairs,
upright scale and ceiling lamp. Best offer. 941-779-
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
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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.
LOST BLONDE COCKER Spaniel female puppy.
Holmes Beach art show on Dec 7. Rick Rix, 941-
LOST! CAMERA CASE, black. Containing two
photo cards with very sentimental pictures. Near
Anna Maria Elementary on Dec. 8, 2007. Please,
return to the School for Constructive Play on Pine
Avenue, Anna Maria.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages three through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visit www.islanddojo.cmasdi-
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.
FREE GUN LOCK.Yes, free. Courtesy of the Project
Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
NIKI'S ISLAND TREASURES Christmas blow-
out sale! 50-75 percent off sterling silver jewelry.
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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HOME NEEDED FOR 2-year-old male tabby. FeLV
positive. Please, help. 941-586-8257.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
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adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941 -
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
1996 GRAND CHEROKEE, 1996 Jeep SUV.
123,000 miles, two-wheel drive, power, good con-
dition. Runs great. Below book value: $3,250. View
at The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-1102.
PUT A WHALER in your stocking! 17-ft Boston
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top, depth finder, Loran, radio, battery lock, teak
accents. $6,500. Call 941-778-3772.
2006 SUNTRACKER 118-ft party barge, pontoon
boat. Depth finder, fridge, TV, AC/DC converter,
headlights. 25-hp mercury, 4-stroke, less then 20
hours on engine, still has break-in oil. Full boat
cover, bimini. Must sell due to health problems.
Invested $17,323, for sale at $12,323. Call Stacey,
2000 WORLD CAT 245-DC with two 115-hpYamaha
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.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
Open House 1-5 pm
Sat. & Sun. * Dec. 29 & 30 * 901 Gulf Drive South
Must Sell-Bring Offers!
Beautiful Gulf views from this 2BR/2BA Bradenton Beach
condo. Tommy Bahama-style furnishings, W/D in unit,
kitchen with granite and stainless steel. Complex has pool,
spa, tennis court, boat slips, fishing pier. $519,000. Call
Owner at 388-5238 or 941-447-2061.
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NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Five hour morning
shifts and overnights, 10pm-8am, available. Travel
NAIL TECH OR massage therapist room available
for rent. 941-713-5244 to view.
KITCHEN HELP apply by e-mail to chef@oohlala-
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more infor-
BOUTIQUE: CRUISEWEAR, GIFTS and more in
top Holmes Beach mall. Only $10,000 plus inven-
tory at 10 percent under cost! Longview Realty,
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.
CALL KENDALL: 15-year old high school sopho-
more looking for babysitting, pet sitting or dog walk-
ing jobs. Four years experience and first aid certi-
fied. Great with kids and animals! 941-779-9783.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED 14-year-old looking for a
job babysitting or pet sitting. Experienced with kids!
Call Kim, 941-794-8640 or 941-807-0889.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
FOR BABYSITTING, PETSITTING or dog walking:
Call Ariel and Kayla Jennis, twin sophomores at
Manatee High School. CPR and first-aid certified
by the Red Cross. 941-778-1746.
ISLAND TUTORING WITH Chris Perez. 15-year-old
Manatee High School freshman will tutor elemen-
tary or middle school child in math, science and
English. Available 3:30-5:30pm Monday-Friday, and
weekends by request. Call 941-778-2979. Refer-
ences on request.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941 -
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results, wash
away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
ANY ODD JOBS? Need a pet sitter or dog walker?
Island local, dependable 17 year-old seeks work.
Call Zach, 941-779-9783 or 941-224-5854.
LOCK AROUND THE Clock: Island locksmith and
owner Bob Woods. Licensed, bonded and insured.
941-778-1661 or 941-713-4414.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking ser-
vices - when and what you need - to ensure your
house is secure and cared for while you are away.
Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.my.house@
verizon.net for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience all phases of nail care. Gift bou-
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glasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure ser-
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irrigation, free estimates. Se habla espanol. Call for
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TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
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and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom
system design. 941-224-1069.
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or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
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price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
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COOKS ON CALL. We shop, prepare appetizers
and meals, serve and clean up. Experienced. Cindy
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. Many references and insured. Please
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since
1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
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-
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. 941-729-
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0202, or Manatee Humane Society, 941-747-
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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-
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I take
pride in my work. For a free estimate, call Colin at
941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitch-
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.
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.
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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.
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 Accommo-
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.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
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. $900/
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.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED to share 2BR/2BA
condo on beach with pool in Holmes Beach.Avail-
able now! E-mail: email@example.com.
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/1BA,
ground-level home with porch. Dead end on Avenue F,
Holmes Beach. No pets, nonsmoking. $1,050/month-
plus. Yearly lease. Call owner, cell 800-894-1950.
FOR RENT: ANNA Maria. Beautiful remodeled
3BR/2BA, 200 feet from the Gulf. Available Janu-
ary 2008-March 2008. Weekly or monthly. Call 941 -
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AVAILABLE RENTALS FOR winter 2008.1 BR/1 BA
apartment, central Holmes Beach, $1,750/month.
2BR/1BA apartment, west of Gulf Drive, $1,900-
$2,000/month. 2BR/2BA north Anna Maria home,
$2,600/month. 3BR/2BA home, Bean Point area,
$3,200/month. 3BR/2BA great Gulf views, Anna
Maria, $3,600/month. 2BR/2BA, canal and pool,
Holmes Beach, $3,300/month. 3BR/2BA pool,
Holmes Beach, $3,800/month. Luxury Gulffront
condo, Holmes Beach, $5,600/month. Luxury
3BR/2BA with Jacuzzi, north Anna Maria, $5,600/
month. Some available weekly or monthly. Call Green
Real Estate, 941-778-0455. www.greenreal.com.
ANNUAL RENTALS. GULF vewvv, 1BR/I1 BA, $75GO
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-
PERICO ISLAND ANNUAL rental. 3BR/3BA, two-
car garage. Private pool, new tile. Clubhouse with
pool, tennis and gym. $1,750/month. Call Adam,
1BR/1BA 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-
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.
TOWNHOUSE 3BR/2.5BA, end unit, 2.5 car
garage. Washer/dryer, cable, pool and lawn ser-
vice included. Near beaches. No smoking and no
pets. $1,300/month plus deposit. 847-530-8833 or
ANNUAL, BEAUTIFUL, LARGE 2BR/2BA, Florida
room, dishwasher, washer-dryer hookup, car-
port, $1,000. 2BR/1BA apartment, $725/month.
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.
BEAUTIFUL TURNKEY FURNISHED 1BR/1.5BA
condo. Washer/dryer, large patio and heated pool.
ON THE BEACH! Condo appraised recently at
$510,000. Now only $385,000. Beautifully remod-
eled 2BR/2BA, granite counter tops, pools. 941-
CANCELLATION FORCES DISCOUNT for Janu-
ary and Febuary. 2BR/2BA Gulffront condo fully fur-
nished. Bradenton Beach. Call Camellia Properties,
REDUCED! JANUARY SEASONAL cancellations.
Available now. 2BR/2BA Westbay Cove condo.
Close to all services and beach. Trolley nearby,
tennis, heated pool. Call Sharon at Old Florida
Realty, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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.
DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000. 941-730-2606.
BAYVIEW AND CANALFRONT with pool. 2BR/2BA
open plan, new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock,
three davits. Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must
see inside! $625,000. 404 21st Place, Bradenton
Beach by owner. Call Herb Dolan, 941-725-2395.
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.
LOTS FOR MOBILE home. Water view. Boat ramp
available. Finally reasonableFlorida living! $120,000
or $62,500. 513-470-3851.
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
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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 -
SPACIOUS 1 BR/1 BA condo (917 sf). Covered park-
ing, fishing pier, two pools, boat dock, tennis court
and elevator. End unit in excellent condition, turnkey
furnished. $255,000. 941-779-0005.
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.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria
BEAUTIFUL GULF VIEWS from this 2BR/2BA
Bradenton Beach condo. Tommy Bahama-style fur-
nishings, washer and dryer in unit, kitchen, granite,
stainless steel. Complex has pool, spa, tennis court,
boat slips, fishing pier. $519,000. Owner at 941-388-
5238 or 941-447-2061.
Lot For Mobile Home. Water view. Boat ramp avail-
able. Finally reasonableFlorida living! $120,000.
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3-35-ACRE TRACTS near Moultrie, Ga. Wooded
acreage with lots of paved-road frontage. $8,000/
acre. Call Norris Bishop Realty at 229-890-1186.
5,000-SF CUSTOM-built home on 10 acres.
Includes stocked pond, dock, pond house, located
10 minutes south of Tifton, Ga. Great location! Call
Norris Bishop Realty at 229-890-1186.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: LOG cabin shell on two
private acres near very wide trout stream in the
Galax area and New River State Park. $139,500.
FMarhialand 'le Carleton are happy
hel ithyo sales, rental and
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Beautifully maintained 3/4 BR/2BA. Fresh paint, huge
heated pool. The 29-foot lanai with hot tub and the 29-foot
florida room provide a sense of carefree living. New impact
glass windows throughout, maintained free yard with total
privacy. Lots of value $593,000
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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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