VOLUME 16, NO. 35
s on Anna VMaria Island Since 1992
Mermaids! Just in time
for the July 4 holiday.
the news ...
Manatee County short-
ens library schedule.
Planting to begin in
Grassy Point Preserve.
Your opinion. Our
opinion. Slick's opinion.
Looking back: Those
were the days, with
June Alder. Page 9
TECO begins work on
natural gas line.
The Island police
reports. Page 13
A wing and a prayer
for Mt. Vernon veteran.
Nesting now: Turtle
patrol reports 81 nests,
44 false crawls.
In season: It's tourna-
ment time for fishing.
Sports: Center camp
drives basketball funda-
mentals. Page 22
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By Rick Catlin
Islanders and Island visitors who have
long looked to the July 4 holiday to shoot
off fireworks on Anna Maria Island beaches
should think twice this year before setting off
any such devices.
Fireworks are illegal in Manatee County
and people on the Island who fire off their ille-
gal pyrotechnics will have them confiscated by
law enforcement officers and receive a warn-
ing that a future violation could result in a fine
That's the word from the Island Fireworks
Task Force, which held a news conference
June 26, emphasizing the confiscation policy
and alerting the public that law enforcement
officers from four agencies will be on the
Business news on the
Island and across the
bridges. Page 24
Island and Longboat Key "in force" starting
After confiscation, a repeat offender could
be given a citation for $500 and could face up
to a year in jail.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford organized
the task force last fall after a serious injury
in Anna Maria during last year's July 4 cel-
ebration. She said the concern for the "health,
safety and welfare" of the public takes prec-
edent over the tradition of individual fireworks
And a recent Manatee County ordinance
makes those fireworks illegal to set off any-
where in the county without a permit. Only
sparklers and "flower" tubes that display
sparks are legal for personal use.
"We have to make this a safe holiday for
everyone," Barford said. "The health, safety
and welfare of our visitors and residents will
Agreed, said Sgt. John Kenney, the offi-
cer in charge of the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office substation in Anna Maria.
"The problem has gotten out of hand.
We've been lucky since I've been here, but
there are thousands and thousands of people
setting off fireworks that weekend and it has
become totally uncontrollable," he said.
In fact, said Kenney, the private displays
often cost more than the fireworks programs
that restaurant owner Ed Chiles has held at the
Sandbar and BeachHouse restaurants every
July 3-4. This year, Chiles will have a fireworks
show on July 3, but only at the BeachHouse.
PLEASE SEE FIREWORKS, NEXT PAGE
Week 3 winner:
Suki Janisch of Holmes Beach is the third
winner in the newspaper's six-week-long
Top Notch contest, winning front page
placement for the photo and an Islander
newspaper "more-than-a-mullet wrapper"
T-shirt. Her entry - a photograph of a
palm frond in the Florida Keys - will go
into a pool of weekly winners eligible for
the grand prize of $100 from the news-
paper and a bevy of gift certificates and
other prizes from Islander advertisers. See
page 8 for additional contest information.
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2 0 JULY 2, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Fireworks ban goes into effect
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But police on the Island will be on patrol all week-
end, Kenney said.
Law enforcement officers from Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach, Longboat Key and the MCSO will be
patrolling streets and beaches on the Island, possibly
in unmarked vehicles.
Kenney declined to say how many officers would
be involved, or what strategies will be used to identify
illegal users, but he stressed several times that officers
will be here "in force."
"Our purpose is to educate and confiscate, not
arrest," said MCSO spokesperson Dave Bristow. How-
ever, he added, a repeat offender would be issued a
citation and arrested.
"If we take someone's fireworks and give them
a warning and 30 minutes later find them setting off
more, I think we're going to arrest that person," he
"But we are going to try and manage it first. We are
going to enforce the law with a show of manpower,"
Bristow added. If the confiscation policy works and ille-
gal fireworks displays are halted, it's possible the Sand-
bar fireworks show could return next year, he said.
Aside from the potential for serious injury from
illegal fireworks, traffic is a major issue the July holiday
with as many as 15,000 people coming to Anna Maria
Island from the mainland, Bristow estimated.
When the man was injured last July 4 in Anna Maria,
it took emergency personnel and an ambulance nearly an
hour to reach him because of the traffic, said Bristow.
In his observation, many of the offenders are from
other areas, such as Hillsborough or Polk counties. It's
become a tradition to come to Anna Maria Island with
a huge supply of fireworks that were purchased in Ala-
bama or Tennessee and set off a private display. That's
a tradition that has to end, Bristow indicated.
The MCSO's bomb squad will be at the Holmes
Beach City Hall July 3-4 to receive and eventually dis-
pose of the fireworks collected by law enforcement.
The task force is composed of the MCSO and the
police departments of all three Island cities, the respec-
tive mayors, the Manatee County Office of Public
Safety and the West Manatee Fire Rescue District.
marks 15 years of
The BeachHouse Restaurant will host its
annual fireworks display and party July 3.
The restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach, has hosted fireworks for 15 years.
The general public can see the show from
locations along the Gulf of Mexico and restaurant
patrons can see the fireworks from VIP seats.
VIP passes for the holiday event will include
dinner, a beer and wine bar, desserts, entertain-
ment, party favors, valet parking and a seat for the
big bangs put on by Bell Fireworks from a barge
in the Gulf.
The restaurant party will begin at 7 p.m. and
the fireworks, weather permitting, after 9 p.m.
For more information, call the restaurant at
For more information on the county fireworks ordi-
nance and the confiscation policy, Internet users can go
Bradenton Beach election
qualifying closes July 3
The qualifying period for two city commission
seats in Bradenton Beach closes at noon July 3.
Presently, three candidates have announced in
November they will seek the available commission
seats for two-year terms.
As of Islander press time, two people, Bill Shearon
and Robert Bartelt, had qualified to run for the Ward 4
commission seat and one person, incumbent Bob Con-
nors, for his Ward 2 seat.
Qualifying begins for two city commission seats
and the mayoral post in Holmes Beach at noon July 7
and closes at noon July 11.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and Commissioners
Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti have said they
will run for re-election Nov. 4.
Anna Maria Island
By Rick Catlin
The latest press release from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation on its $9.2 million Anna Maria
Island Bridge rehabilitation project indicates all work
is on schedule for a 45-day closure of the bridge to
vehicular traffic beginning Sept. 29.
DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said that in the
next two months, contractor Quinn Construction Co.
of Palmetto will complete the traffic rail repairs on the
south side of the bridge, slope protection repairs on
both sides of the bridge and the remaining structural
and non-structural pile jacket repairs.
The company will also replace the bascule metal
grating during a night project scheduled to take place
between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. July 8-9. (See separate story
on page 3.)
An earlier attempt at a night-time closure to replace
the grating was unsuccessful as the necessary material
for the repairs did not arrive.
During the 45-day closure, Quinn will perform
bridge deck hydro-demolition and concrete overlay,
complete bascule structural replacement, paint the bas-
cule leaf structural steel, complete installation of per-
manent electrical power systems and controls, replace
the Hopkins frame and recondition the drive machin-
ery and perform functional testing and checkout all the
While the bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, boat
traffic will be able to transverse through the span at
selected hours. The contractor will allow some vehicles
across the bridge during this period, but only with an
advance notice to the DOT.
The bridge is expected to reopen Nov. 13, operat-
ing on its normal schedule for all vehicular and boat
For the latest information on the rehabilitation
project, go on the Web to www.islander.org and to the
community page. People without Internet access can
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 2, 2008 3 3
Longboat Key trolley stop map doesn't exist
By Rick Catlin
Longboat Key residents looking to try the new
Sarasota County Area Transit-Manatee County Area
Transit trolley service from Coquina Beach to down-
town Sarasota might have difficulty trying to find a map
of trolley stop locations. There isn't one, according to
What is available at SCAT's Web site is a trolley
route map - Route 18 - for the new service. But
examining that map could lead to more questions than
That map shows what appear to be just three stop
locations on Longboat Key. And one could easily
believe he or she would have to walk, run or drive to
one of three lettered locations noted on the route map
to catch a trolley ride.
That's what Longboat Key Chamber of Com-
merce executive director Gail Loefgren believed after
she downloaded the map from SCAT's Web site to her
computer for viewing. She had planned to give the stop
locations to her members, but the map didn't help.
"I was confused by the map. It looked to me like
there were only six stops on the entire route, with just
three on Longboat Key," she said.
But the lettered locations and accompanying index
on the Route 18 map are not necessarily trolley stops,
said SCAT planner Sarah Blanchard. The map is "only
for time points, what time the trolley should reach a
particular point," she said.
The trolley will stop at any location on Gulf of
Mexico Drive where an MCAT or SCAT sign appears,
Blanchard said, but as far as she knows, there's no
available map of these locations. Blanchard did not
know how many trolley stops are on Longboat Key.
According to Loefgren, however, there are 44 loca-
tions for a trolley stop on Longboat Key.
"I know, I counted them all," she said.
Armed with her inspection, Loefgren is preparing a
map and list of all the Longboat Key locations where the
trolley will stop for waiting passengers. SCAT-MCAT,
however, could have done a better job informing the
public where the trolley will stop, she believes.
The Islander's efforts to reach MCAT spokesperson
Randy Beckwith to determine if he, unlike SCAT, had
a map of all the trolley stops were unsuccessful.
According to the Route 18 map Loefgren down-
loaded, the trolley time check points on Longboat Key
are at the Hilton Hotel, Bay Isles Road near the Long-
boat Key Town Hall and at Harborside Drive, about
Hail the LBK
von Hahmann and
Patterson, with scis-
sors, cut the ceremo-
nial ribbon along
with other area
elected officials to
inaugurate the Man-
atee County Area
County Area Transit
trolley service from
Coquina Beach to
June 30. The ser-
vice began June 14.
Manatee County will reduce library hours, includ-
ing openings at the Island Branch Library, beginning
The changes are due to budget cuts.
"Belt-tightening in the 2008-09 Manatee County
budget, in part due to the passage of Amendment One,
has contributed to a small reduction in operating hours,"
said Diane Frenz, the county's information services
The county introduced a plan for reducing library
hours last month, with the unveiling of a draft 2008-09
budget that will be voted upon by the county commis-
sion in September and put into effect Oct. 1.
But cost-saving measures also will be implemented
in county departments this summer, including the
Overnight one-lane bridge
closure set for July 8
The Florida Department of Transportation and
Anna Maria Island Bridge contractor Quinn Con-
struction Co. have scheduled a night-time lane clo-
sure of the bridge on July 8-9, DOT spokesperson
Audrey Clarke said.
Only one lane will be closed as work crews
install temporary railings on the south side of the
bridge, Clarke said. Flaggers will direct traffic
through the lane closure.
Clarke said she is trying to determine if boat
traffic will be affected, but had not heard back from
the contractor as of press deadline.
She also said she knows of no other planned night
closures of the bridge prior to the scheduled 45-day
closure Sept. 29.
change July 5
reduced hours for libraries.
The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will be closed Sundays and Mondays.
The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Reduced hours will take place in five of the six
libraries in the system.
"Despite the challenges of budget reduction, I
am confident Manatee County is providing sufficient
access for residents to their library system," Frenz said.
"We've reached a balance in utilizing available finan-
cial resources in relation to the maximum number of
hours the libraries may be open. At this time, it's the
best of both worlds."
Money to pour to Island
Anna Maria Island fared fairly well in the pro-
jected five-year transportation work plan unanimously
approved by regional planners.
The transportation improvement plan of the Sara-
sota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization for
fiscal years 2008-09 through 2012-13 earmarked more
than $11.7 million for various Island transportation
No. 1 on the funding plan is $9.156 million for
resurfacing of Gulf Drive from the Longboat Bridge
to Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach. Construction is
scheduled for 2009-10.
No. 2 on the financial side is three-year funding for
the Manatee Trolley from 2009-13. Total investment
on the trolley is $3.784 million.
Also on the TIP is $384,102 for landscaping in the
city of Anna Maria and $3,938 as a reimbursement for
traffic signals in Holmes Beach.
one mile south of the Bay Isles stop. Loefgren said
that, from her personal inspection, these points are also
According to the route map, the trolley should take
about 30 minutes to complete a run from its origination
at either Coquina Beach or downtown Sarasota to the
other end of the route.
A ride on the Longboat Key trolley cost 75 cents
to any designated stop, but the trolley is not an "on
demand" service, said Sarasota County spokesperson
Sarah Walsh. Passengers have to be at a stop designated
by an MCAT or SCAT logo, she emphasized.
Despite the somewhat confusing start, Loefgren
welcomes the trolley as something overdue for Long-
boat Key residents.
"We've wanted this for years," she said, "but I'm
a bit disappointed with the information provided about
the stops. It's very confusing."
While the service just started on June 14, Loefgren
said she's going to look for feedback from chamber
members and the traveling public. "We need to know
if this is going to be useful during the winter season,"
"There needs to be a public awareness campaign
for Longboat Key of where and how to get on and off
the trolley," Loefgren added. "And we need to have that
in place before the season."
In addition to the stop locations on Longboat Key,
the trolley is also scheduled to pick up passengers at
Mote Marine Laboratory and St. Armands Circle. It
originates on First Street at SCAT's downtown Sarasota
The route is operated jointly by SCAT and MCAT,
with SCAT providing two of the three trolleys that will
operate the Longboat Key Trolley service.
Service begins at 5:30 a.m. at the Sarasota terminal
station and the trolley makes its first return to that sta-
tion at 6:50 a.m. A second trolley begins operating
from Coquina Beach at 6:40 a.m., providing continu-
ous north and south service throughout the day. The last
trolley departs from Coquina Beach at 10:55 p.m. and
reaches downtown Sarasota at 11:25 p.m., according
to the route schedule.
The third trolley will be held in reserve to replace
one of the operating trolleys as needed.
Anna Maria City
* July 3, noon, qualifying for municipal elections
* July 8, 7 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
* July 10, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
* July 22, 5 p.m., city budget work session.
* July 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
* July 2, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
* July 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* July 14, 2 p.m., ScenicWAVES parking meeting.
* July 14, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
* July 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* July 7, noon, to July 11, noon, qualifying for mu-
nicipal elections takes place.
* July 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* July 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting
* July 18, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board meeting.
* July 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* July 16, 3:30 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
* July 17, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900, www.wmfr.org.
4 E JULY 2, 2008 U THE ISLANDER
Holmes Beach preserve, parks take shape
By Lisa Neff
Kayakers linger under the mangroves, searching
the shore for the bright eyes of raccoons and searching
the clear water for sparkling fish.
Above them, pelicans, egrets, herons and osprey
fly across the sky.
The bird's eye view shows the lush, undeveloped
land now known as the Grassy Point Preserve - 32
acres protected through a partnership between the city
of Holmes Beach, the state of Florida and the Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program. The area, consisting of uplands,
wetlands and submerged land, is bordered on the west
by East Bay Drive, the east by Anna Maria Sound, the
north by Sunbow Bay condominiums and the south by
Planting to restore native species to Grassy Point
was scheduled to begin this week, as The Islander went
"They are going to be young," Julia Burch of SBEP,
said of the plants. "That actually ends up a lot of times
being better. It may not look fantastic immediately. But
the plants can grow and adapt - and we want a high
In the area most visible to Islanders, the cleared
area near the intersection of East Bay and Gulf drives,
SBEP will likely plant Spartina grass.
"We did some earthwork there to reconnect some
of these lagoons," Burch said. "The exotics had dam-
aged the h\ dil o1 .Y' of the area. This area in particular
is going to have a lot of marsh grasses."
The restoration phase has involved the removal of
exotic, invasive trees that crowd out other plants, pri-
marily Brazilian pepper trees and Australian pines.
Work to remove the exotic species began in May and
is about 90 percent complete, according to Burch.
"That's an ongoing process," she said of eliminat-
ing exotic plants.
She added that some trunks of Australian pines
were left behind. "They are going to die," she said.
"But the woodpeckers will like them. And the osprey
like to perch on them."
The removal of plants from Grassy Point somewhat
disrupted the lives of both animal inhabitants of Grassy
Point and human trespassers. The Islander received a
citizen's report of a campsite in the preserve that soon
disappeared. The Islander also received a report of an
increase in the number of animals, specifically raccoons
and opossums, injured or killed on East Bay Drive after
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A recent aerial view of Grassy Point Preserve in Holmes Beach shows land clearing near the center of the
photo. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
the clearing of trees.
State and county wildlife officials could not con-
firm an increase in animal deaths, noting that casualties
on East Bay Drive, as well as the Palma Sola Causeway,
are not uncommon.
"It's unfortunate," Burch said, if animals were dis-
placed or injured.
However, "raccoons in particular are probably not
going to stay put anyway," she said. "They are urban
wildlife. It's possible that the construction there dis-
turbed them, but they probably cross that road anyway"
to reach the goods left behind the restaurants and
Plans for Grassy Point should improve the habi-
tat for wildlife - and probably draw more wildlife,
according to SBEP
"What was in there was basically two species of
plants with a few natives hanging on," Burch said.
"That's reduced biodiversity. If you are raccoon, you
don't eat Brazilian peppers or Australian pines. We
are reestablishing the biodiversity that was there to
Island officials and Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island members gather
for the Rotary's donation of a bench
in the pocket park to the south of
Regions Bank, 3900 Sixth Ave.,
Holmes Beach. Incoming Rotary
president Barry Gould and outgoing
president Pam Schlueter are seated.
Behind the bench stand Rotarian
and Regions Bank branch manager
David Pardue, Rotarians Ava Hils
and Dantia Gould, Holmes Beach
. Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, Holmes
Beach City Commission Chair Sandy
Haas-Martens, Rotary's director
Sof service Laura McAdams and
- Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor John
Chappie. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
In the sky...
Many days Islanders
take notice of the set-
ting sun and observe that
each sunset is unique.
With sunset July 6, Mars,
Saturn, the Earth's moon
and Regulus (the 25th
brightest star in the sky)
will appear together,
according to NASA.
Look first for the waxing
crescent moon to help
locate the golden Saturn,
the reddish Mars and
the blue-white Regulus.
Courtesy of NASA
completely support wildlife - and support more wild-
"We're thrilled," Burch continued. "I commend
Holmes Beach for going after the Florida Communi-
ties Trust money."
The Holmes Beach City Commission agreed to
pursue the acquisition of the land for Grassy Point
in 1997 to guard against development and "restore a
coastal hammock community and thereby provide a
rare habitat form for the education and enjoyment of
future generations," according to a news release from
Eight years ago, the Florida Communities Trust
approved a grant to acquire the Grassy Point acres pro-
vided that the city removed non-native plants within 10
Soon after the purchase of the land, the city invested
about $7,500 for a survey, signs and limited access.
In 2005, the city and SBEP entered an agreement
to develop a restoration plan that led to the removal of
exotic plants this spring, to be followed by the plantings
and creation of a nature trail this summer.
Eventually, city officials want to see the construc-
tion of elevated walking paths, an observation tower
and an observation pier on the waterfront.
"I think you'll be surprised," Holmes Beach Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger said referring to the sizable scope
of the project, and the relatively small cost to the city.
Of the $40,000 the city committed to the first phase
of Grassy Point, a resident donated $25,000.
Grassy Point is a fraction of some of Manatee
County's mainland preserves, including the 480-acre
Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton that will
open to the public July 19. But given the size of Anna
Maria Island and the development over the past 30
years, Grassy Point is a significant preserve, Burch
"It's all about scale - and every little bit helps,"
For Holmes Beach's mayor, no green space can be
Last week, Bohnenberger enthusiastically cel-
ebrated improvements to a small "pocket" park near
the Regions Bank, 3900 Sixth Ave., and announced the
city was close to opening a new pocket park on Sixth
"And we're beginning to look at some other areas,"
said the mayor, who made adding green space a priority
of his mayoral term.
"I'm really grateful we have citizens who care,"
Bohnenberger said June 26, when the Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island donated a bench for the first-such
park. "It's about more than green space. It's about
making good use of land."
Holmes Beach Commission Chair Sandy Haas-
Martens, celebrating the green day, pointed out the
tranquil qualities of the park, despite its proximity to
the bustling East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue cor-
"It's so restful," she said.
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 2, 2008 5 5
Lottery scam stings Islander
By Rick Catlin
There's an old saying that if you think something is
too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.
When Sharon Clarke of Bradenton Beach received
her "official" notice in the mail that she was one of the
winners of Canada's North American Sweepstakes Lot-
tery, she was thrilled to see the accompanying check
for $4,875 as the "first payment" on her $125,000 win-
nings. The check, drawn on the Centra Bank in Hun-
tington, W. Va., appeared authentic, she said.
But husband Lyn Clarke was suspicious because
the letter and check came in an envelope with no return
address. In addition, the letter advised Sharon she had
to pay the Canadian government taxes on her winnings
before she could cash her first installment.
That tax of $2,875 had to be sent by Western Union
or Moneygram to an address that would be given to
Sharon when she called her assigned "tax agent" at
Union Financial Securities and Trust in Toronto. The
letter furnished a telephone number for her agent.
"We weren't sure what to do," said Lyn.
Because Sharon authored a book, M morning
Redemption," she thought at first it might be a royalty
The Clarkes, however, opted for caution.
"We went to our own bank," said Lyn. "They
checked it out. The check looked incredibly real, but
our bank called us the next day and said the check was
a dud, it was all part of a scam."
It's a scam that has hit a number of southern states,
including Florida, said Centra Bank spokesperson
Rachel Stephenson in West Virginia.
"We are aware of the situation and have advised
the authorities in both the United States and Canada,"
"Any time you get a letter saying 'you won' but
have to pay money to get your winnings, it's obviously
a scam," she added.
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesperson
in Toronto, who asked not to be identified, said the
scam has been around for some time with a number of
different operators involved. She advised people that
"there are no taxes to pay if you win any lottery in
Canada" and to report any scam letters to their local
Unfortunately, said the spokesperson, quite a few
of these scam artists target elderly people, many of
whom are unaware of the sophisticated crime methods
employed by today's white-collar criminals.
While most people realize these "lottery winner"
letters are scams, a surprising number of people fall for
the con, the RCMP said.
"That's why they continue to operate. They do have
some success," the spokesperson said.
Stephenson also advised people that another scam,
operating primarily in areas with a large number of
retirees like Florida, is the "shopping-spree" swindle.
In this scam, a person is notified either by a letter
or e-mail that they have won a shopping trip funded
by merchants such as Sears, Old Navy, McDonalds,
etc., and can use the enclosed shopping vouchers, or
download the attached vouchers, for their "free shop-
The vouchers appear authentic, said Stephenson,
but the catch is that the vouchers are usually for an
amount such as $5,000, but the "winner" can only spend
$2,500. The difference of $2,500 has to be returned by
the "winner" before the vouchers are made valid.
The winner is required to send the difference using
a cashier's check, money order or Western Union
moneygram to the company operating the scam. The
remaining $2,500 in vouchers will be returned to the
winner after the first shopping trip is completed, the
A similar scheme hit Island accommodation owners
and operators several years ago.
In the "advance reservation deposit" scam, a
person, usually purporting to be from overseas, will
call an Island hotel or motel and make a reservation for
a week or longer. The requested stay is several months
in the future.
The potential "guest" will then send a deposit check
for more than the required amount, accompanied by a
letter requesting that the difference between the check
and the deposit be returned to the prospective visitor
prior to arrival.
Of course, the deposit check is phony, as is the
scam operator's plan to visit the Island. The only thing
"real" is the money the owner was to send back to the
scam artist as the "difference."
One local motel operator nearly fell for the scam,
but was alerted by a bank official when she went to
deposit the check and requested a money order for the
sum to be returned to the scam artist.
scripted for region
Within the U.S. Congress I .n .i ' and Water Devel-
opment Appropriations Act" comes $15.323 million in
projects to the Manatee and Sarasota county areas.
Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key,
announced that funding, if approved by Congress and
signed into law, will go toward Wares Creek, Manatee
and Tampa bay harbors, enhancing natural resources
and addressing e ni i.i y needs.
Wares Creek in Bradenton will get $7.6 million for
dredging projects if the act is approved. And, accord-
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lands management director Charlie Hunsicker said,
"This federal tax dollar re-investment in our commu-
nity comes at a very opportune time as we draw close
to obtaining the state permits we need to commence
The act includes $1 million for a renewable/alter-
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Lido Key beach renourishment and $2.541 million
sought by Buchanan and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor for
maintenance dredging at Port Manatee.
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improvements to the Tampa Harbor in order to meet
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Things that go boom
Fourth of July. A day to celebrate freedom, indepen-
The holiday commemorates the adoption of the Dec-
laration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring inde-
pendence from Great Britain.
Here, the holiday signals a week (or more) of beach
parties, barbecues and all manner of celebrations.
The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers parade is
the day's official event and they will lead the celebrants
aboard their ship/float from the south end to the north, and
then celebrate more by awarding youth scholarships at a
party at Manatee Public Beach.
According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, on July
4, 1777, 13 guns were fired, once at morning and again as
evening fell, at Bristol, R.I. Philadelphia celebrated the
first anniversary with an official dinner for the Continental
Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music,
parades, troop reviews and fireworks. Ships were decked
with red, white, and blue bunting.
It is the only holiday that celebrates the United States.
And it is the only holiday that wreaks havoc on Anna
Maria Island, causing traffic gridlock, a huge overflow of
truck-trailer combos at the boat ramps, and, yes, illegal
fireworks all along the beach from end to end starting at
dusk and ongoing into the night. And the accompany-
ing aftermath of trash - from huge discarded mortars to
thousands of spent sparklers - is everywhere.
And there are real dangers, particularly when com-
bined with the associated adult-style beverages.
The authorized fireworks displays on July 3 and July 4
were never enough to satisfy the crowds. Each year we've
seen the celebration grow with more and more private
displays that rival the professional pyrotechnics in both
firepower and expense. Some were staged from trailers
pulled on the beach. Some set rockets and shells flying
over crowds on the beach and into the Gulf from lawn
chairs and balconies.
Whoa! As the robot announced on the 1960s TV show
Lost in Space, "Danger, danger Will Robinson."
So it was time for a task force to look at our problems
- crowds, heightened public safety issues and environ-
mental hazards - and how to curtail them.
Most t% \ . i ding that goes boom or flies through the
air is illegal.
Kudos to law enforcement for hearing the pleas of
public officials and citizens.
For all who wish to enjoy the holiday with a display of
fireworks, there are rockets, shells and bursts in the skies
aplenty put on by the pros and, this year, even Sarasota's
large fireworks show on July 4 is just a no-hassle trolley
Meanwhile, celebrate freedom in the USA. Wave the
Celebrate living in paradise.
Make it a fun and safe
SLICK By Egan
Worries while walking the dog
I live on Anna Maria Island half a year and pay
I love the Island - we have been coming here
for more than 20 years. And I just love the new multi-
purpose trail along the beach.
I am sorry if some disagree, but I don't want dogs
on the trail. We use it five days a week and see some
of the messes that are left for others to step into.
If people want to have a dog, keep it on personal
property or go to places with provisions for dogs.
I was bitten by a dog and am uncomfortable near
I should not have to worry about dogs when I am
w walking. just as others shouldn't have to put up with
second-hand cigarette smoke.
The law protects non-smokers. Let's also keep pro-
Gary J. Garvin, Bradenton Beach
A report from the wildlife watch
I ran into Roxy Raccoon the other day and we got to
talking about wildlife here on sunny Anna Maria Island.
Roxy wanted to pass along this to all the wonderful
folks who live on this nice laidback island:
I came to this wonderful island eight years back one
night during a bad thunderstorm. You see I had fallen
from an old live oak out here on the north end during
this storm and one of you wonderful Island folks found
me crying my eyes out and scared out of my wits.
Those folks called a man who seems to have a fond-
ness for us. Well, this man I went with took very good
care of me and raised me to be watchful of all our native
wildlife and to take notice when things go haywire,
which they have and I'll get to that soon enough.
First, a little about us. You see, like many of my
cousins we live here on this Island, which was once
covered in scrub, live oak and had lots of natural fauna
and habitat. Many of my earlier cousins have watched
this place boom with buildings and strange looking ani-
mals that walk on two legs - that would be the people
of the Island, as we call them. They chopped and they
cleared and they hammered and pounded. The homes
and people came in waves.
Well, these people, they were very busy making
these homes and did not take notice that we too live
here and had been here for years before them. In fact,
we were here when the Native Americans walked the
area and ox and cart, as well as horses, were the means
Well, with the arrival of the Island people, we have
watched from the darkness and seen many a strange
happenings. We noticed all these wonderful sights and
smells coming land that had pools of water, where we
could see the Island people swimming like they do in
the Gulf. Sometimes we use those little pools not just
to take a nice cool swim but also as a bathroom - we
do have needs.
Now, the one need I want to talk about is the need
to live together all in peace and harmony. Seems there
was a bit of land cleared out in the mangroves round
the areas of East Bay Drive and Gulf of Mexico Drive
in Holmes Beach for something the Island people call
When that was done, that caused major confusion in
our lives - we had our homes pulled out from beneath
us. In the midst of all that turmoil I had a many cousins
and friends of the opossum family struck and killed at
that intersection. Such a shame that was, some with
broken legs and hurt backs as they all fled in a panic.
Well, we now have organized a group, my friends
say to call it Roxy's Wildlife Watch as I seem to be
the one who collects the complaints. And the RWW
is going to watch a lot more carefully what's going on
here on this awesome Island. We want the Island people
to think before they go tearing up trees - non-native
Remember, if you take our homes, we will have to
find other places to live, perhaps your places. So we're
watching - from the darkest places in the woods and
for some of you, from your roofs and attics.
Joseph Mark, Anna Maria Island
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 2, 2008 7 7
Former Islander, celeb photog
shoots mermaid calendar
Former Islander Andrew Brusso published his first
photograph at the age of 10 and worked for his home-
town paper, The Islander, through his mentor Gene
Brusso went on to become a professional pho-
tographer, most recently shooting a limited-edition,
16-month Mermaid Calendar for the famed Weeki
Wachee Springs park.
Brusso volunteered to shoot the calendar after
hearing about Weeki Wachee's "Save Our Tails" cam-
Brusso attended Rochester Institute of Te .i hi 1, 1' \
and studied photography for a year in Salzburg, Aus-
He then went to work as a staff photographer for
Hampton's Magazine in South Hampton, N.Y., where
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Photographer Andrew Brusso and his calendar.
The July image in the Weeki Wachee Springs Mer-
maid Calendar, shot by former Islander Andrew
Brusso. Calendars are available at Weeki Wachee's
gift shop, State Road 50 and Highway 19 near Spring
Hill, and www.weekiwachee.com. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Andrew Brusso
he began training his lens on celebrities.
From there, Brusso went to work in New York City
and, over the years, he has photographed numerous
celebrities, politicians, sports stars and musicians. The
names include Dolly Parton, Jack Black, Ellen DeGe-
neres, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Roger Clemens, Fiona
Apple, LeBron James, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert,
Jason Kidd, Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern and John
"Shooting John Glenn was my favorite photo shoot
- when he went back into space. Growing up in Flor-
ida and into the whole space thing, I was stoked. The
[Newsweek] cover got a lot of recognition and Glenn
picked my photo for the cover of his biography."
In the July 1,1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* After hearing reports of a gang of juveniles called
the "Island Thugs" operating in Holmes Beach and
Anna Maria, Anna Maria city commissioners discussed
implementing a curfew and a meeting with officials of
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office juvenile division
to discuss the problem.
* Holmes Beach city commissioners gave prelimi-
nary approval to a site plan for a new Publix on the site
of the former Island Foods market on East Bay Drive.
Publix officials gave a target opening date of Easter
* The combined West Side/Anna Maria Fire District
unofficially changed its name to the West Manatee Fire
Rescue District after officials selected the name in a
contest among firefighters and personnel of the two
districts. The new name was to be approved by the
Florida Legislature before becoming official.
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'Top Notch' photo contest week 4 entries due
If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
The Islander Top Notch photo contest is in its third
week. Six weekly winning pictures are featured on the cover
of The Islander and one photo will be a grand prize winner
with $100 cash prize from The Islander and other prizes
and gift certificates from local merchants, including Min-
nie's Beach Cafe and Jolly Roger in Holmes Beach, and
a custom framing for the grand prize winner courtesy of
Karly Carlson Pohotograph and Custom Framing in Cortez.
Weekly winners receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper"
This week's deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3,
due to the July 4 holiday.
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snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal pictures.
Nothing is overlooked, including great kid pics, senti-
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Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
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income from photography.
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By June Alder
Reprinted from The Islander, circa 1993
20 YEARS AGO (1973)
Last year the city of Holmes Beach put up traf-
fic islands in the middle of Marina Drive approaching
the Gulf Drive intersection to keep motorists in check.
Besides that, the parking area for the shopping center
was redesigned. But this by no means solved the traffic
problem. Police Chief Snooks Adams now is convinced
a stoplight is needed at that corner.
- The Islander
* A stoplight installed about six years later only made
matters worse. During the winter tourist season long
waits at the light often backed up northbound traffic to
the Manatee bridge. Finally, a no-stop right-hand turn
lane was put in with the cooperation of the First Union
Bank. That solved the problem.
40 YEARS AGO (1953)
Richard H. Simpson, chairman of the state road
department, writes the editor that they are doing every-
thing "humanly possible" to get bridges to the Island.
He said bonds have to be validated and sold for bridges
from Cortez Road and Manatee Avenue and across the
pass to Longboat Key. People are wondering how long
it will be before we see some progress. Our one and
only wooden bridge to Cortez, built 30 years ago, is in
a sorry state.
- The Islander
- When World War II was over, everyone was
eager to attract northern tourists and open up Mana-
tee County to development. And so the clamor began
immediately for good bridges. Most decrepit of all
was the bridge to Anna Maria Island. This long,
narrow plank bridge to Bradenton Beach was so
rickety that all car traffic had to be stopped when
the school bus crossed over. It had a hand-operated
drawbridge, and when a boat wanted to go through
it had to go through the ritual of cranking down the
crossarms to stop the cars. Then crank the turntable
span around out of the boat's way by walking around
and around, pushing his arms and chest against a
wooden gear handle. After the boat had gone by, the
whole rigmarole had to be gone through again. You
can imagine the frustration of waiting motorists. Then
as now the big problem was money. There was none
in sight from Washington or Tallahassee. Finally the
decision was made to float bonds to be paid off by
tolls. Then there were long legal battles over rights
of way and other matters. But eventually, the three
present bridges to the Island went up in 1957-58 and
there were celebrations (the one for the Cortez bridge
"Mamie" Bean Hall and husband Wilbur in 1986.
featured a Ringling Brothers Circus elephant). More
celebrations were held when the hated toll tickets
were torn up and "buried" under a tombstone lettered
with "Rest In Pieces." The bridges built in 1957 made
the Island and Longboat Key what they are today.
Now, some 30 years later, a mountain of a bridge
looms on the horizon. Wonder what will be said of it
30 years into the future?
80 YEARS AGO (1913)
Anna Maria City got started when George W.
"Will" Bean, brother of Mary Bean Hall, and a man
named Chap Tedder bought out the heirs of the (George
E.) Bean estate and bought the Cunningham, Berg and
Underhill tracts. In 1910 they began to survey, lay out
streets and build homes. They put sidewalks all across
- Mitch Davis, Anna Maria's first mayor, who built
houses for Will Bean.
* From the age of 10 when her mother died of yellow
fever, Mary "Mamie" Bean had been the caregiver in
the George E. Bean family. She was 16 when her father
built his home on Anna Maria Island in 1893. There she
kept house for him, her 18-year-old brother Will and
a younger brother and sister until she fell in love with
a Salvation Army evangelist and, against her father's
wishes, went off with her sweetheart and married him in
1896. In 1898, however - the year the American navy
steamed out of Tampa Bay to free Cuba from Span-
ish rule (Will Bean and his brother Hal were among
the local lads who joined up with Teddy Roosevelt) -
Mary reconciled with her father. Honoring his deathbed
request, she came back with her husband Wilbur to the
Island where they reared five children. They "proved
up" the homestead on Sept. 7, 1899.
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By Lisa Neff
The entrance to Bradenton Beach at the foot of the
Cortez Bridge may get a major makeover.
The advisory ScenicWAVES committee discussed
improving the gateway at the intersection of Cortez
Road and Gulf Drive during a June 23 meeting at Bra-
denton Beach City Hall.
"Think big," encouraged committee member Ed
The discussion followed a slideshow presentation
on public space by city projects and programs manager
Lisa Marie Phillips.
Phillips reminded the advisory committee, a merged
body of members of the Gulf Drive scenic highway
group and the waterfronts group, of its goals: to pro-
tect and enhance the environment, plan and implement
hazard mitigation projects, maintain the city's "old
Florida" character, move people and motorists, improve
downtown, promote cultural activities and events and
encourage commerce and enhance public spaces.
"I'm hoping we can get back to focusing on our
gateway," Phillips said after the presentation, which
included photographs of best and worst uses of public
space, from art to traffic islands, gateways to parks.
Chiles, who owns the BeachHouse Restaurant on the
southernmost corner of the Cortez-Gulf Drive intersec-
tion, said, "That's the perfect place to have an icon."
"It would be great to have a sculpture there," said
committee member and business owner David Teitel-
Phillips suggested the city host a design contest for
the gateway, possibly involving the Ringling College
of Art and Design in Sarasota.
"Go wide open," Teitelbaum said as committee
members began to share ideas.
Committee member Sissy Quinn, the director of
the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, suggested a
design modeled on the giant sculptures built each fall
for the Sandblast contest.
"A permanent sandcastle," she said.
"This is a lot of fun.... That spot is an incredibly
spectacular spot to have something there. Do not put
any limits on it now. Dream as big as you want," Chiles
enthused. He added that the city might consider buying
a nearby house on the corner and that his restaurant
might part with some property if necessary.
In pursuit of enhancing public space, committee
members agreed that Bradenton Beach should apply
for grants under the state-funded Florida Communities
Next year, the FCT will reserve grant money for
localities designated as Waterfronts Florida Communi-
"That's huge," Phillips said. "A percentage of the
Florida Communities Trust money must go to water-
Currently, there are 21 state-designated waterfront
communities, including Bradenton Beach and Cortez
in Manatee County.
In other business, Phillips informed the commit-
tee that the city plans to seek additional bids for the
creation of a recreational boating plan.
She said city officials were not satisfied with the
proposal received from a previous bidding process.
Phillips also said a promotional guide for the
Island-based Trolley Up campaign that originated in
Bradenton Beach was close to going to press. The hand-
out will feature the Trolley Up logo and details on how
to ride the fare-free Island trolley and connect with the
new 75-cent trolley to Longboat Key and Sarasota, as
well as bus connections to the mainland.
The handout also will contain coupons for Island
businesses promoting trolley ridership.
The idea, said Phillips, is to encourage people to
take public transportation to and from the Island, and
to use the trolley once they arrive.
Briefly the group discussed the city commission's
request that members formally serve as an advisory
board on community redevelopment agency matters.
(See separate story below.)
The group also voted to ask the city commission
to adopt a resolution endorsing the Florida Department
of Elder Affairs' Communities for a Lifetime initiative,
which is intended to "build ... a place free of physical,
emotional and social barriers."
The committee's next meeting will take place at 3
p.m. Monday, July 14, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. A
meeting of the group's parking subcommittee will take
place at 2 p.m. that day.
Committee to review CRA
structure in Bradenton Beach
By Lisa Neff
Expanding the Bradenton Beach community rede-
velopment agency will likely be the first issue an advi-
sory group on the CRA will address.
In early June, the Bradenton Beach City Com-
mission, which also acts as the CRA governing board,
agreed to have the city's ScenicWAVES group address
The community redevelopment agency was estab-
lished about 16 years ago to revitalize the area bounded
by the water on the east and west, Cortez Road on the
north and Fifth Street South on the south.
Community Redevelopment Block Grant funding
from the state and property taxes channeled back to the
district have provided funding for CRA projects over
One of the CRA's major projects has been the
rebuilding of the Historic Bridge Street Pier, which
reopened last fall.
With the pier work complete - though a loan
remains to be paid off - some civic leaders and busi-
ness owners have suggested the CRA tackle new proj-
ects, specifically parking improvements.
That discussion led to a recommendation that more
people be involved in the CRA, with an advisory group
and possibly the expansion of the CRA board.
With the ScenicWAVES now appointed as the advi-
sory committee, the first issue members will face is a
proposal to add people to the CRA board.
ScenicWAVES member and Bradenton Beach busi-
ness-owner David Teitelbaum recommended expanding
the CRA board during a meeting June 23.
"Could we bring to the commission a resolution
that two or three members be added to the five-member
board?" Teitelbaum said.
ScenicWAVES member and local business-owner
Ed Chiles suggested additional members should reside
within the CRA district.
Cortez family picnic
set for July 4-6
The community known for its independent spirit
will celebrate Independence Day with a family reunion
The Fulford and Cortez Family Reunion will take
place July 4-6 in Cortez, the historic fishing village near
the base of the Cortez Bridge.
The reunion will celebrate the settlement of Cortez
in the 1880s by five Fulford siblings and cousins from
the Taylor, Lewis, Guthrie, Bell, Adams, Jones and
Foreman families, which moved to Florida from Cart-
eret County, N. C.
The families had fished in North Carolina, a state
devastated by a hurricane in 1879. The fishers relocated
to Cortez, creating a close-knit community and the larg-
est fishing village in the state.
The reunion schedule includes dinner at Star Fish
on July 4; a walking tour of Cortez homes, a fishing
contest, a grits cooking contest and tours of the Florida
Maritime Museum, all on July 5; and a church service
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The Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict's Governing Board voted unanimously June 24
to extend one-day-per-week restrictions on watering
through Sept. 30.
The board chose to extend the term of the water
shortage order because impacts from the two-year
drought continue despite the start of the annual rainy
"We need people to continue to be vigilant," David
Moore, district executive director, said. "We appreciate
their efforts to conserve through the dry season and we
need them to continue. Now is the time to try and help
our water resources recover."
Although the district's 16-county region received
about five inches of rain in June, this represents only
67 percent of the normal amount for the month. For the
24-month period of June 2006 through May 2008, the
districtwide rainfall deficit was 17.2 inches.
All 16 counties within the district are experiencing
"While the recent rains have been beneficial,
we have not seen enough improvement in the water
resources to lift restrictions," said Lois Sorensen, the
district's demand management coordinator. "Fortu-
nately, residents do not need to water their lawns now
that it is raining."
The water shortage order, which has been in effect
since Jan. 16, 2007, was slated to expire June 30.
The order includes restrictions that apply to the use
of water from public and private water utilities as well
as the use of all wells and surface water sources such
Under the order, lawn and landscape irrigation,
regardless of whether a user is on a private or public
water service, is limited to once a week on the follow-
* Monday: Addresses ending in 0 or 1.
* Tuesday: Addresses ending in 2 or 3.
* Wednesday: Addresses ending in 4 or 5.
* Thursday: Addresses ending in 6 or 7.
* Friday: Addresses ending in 8 or 9 or unknown
Irrigation is restricted to 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. for proper-
ties less than two acres and 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. for larger
The restrictions also state that hand-watering or
micro-irrigation is allowed anytime. Car-washing is
limited to once a week, although fundraising events
are allowed. Also, residents are encouraged to limit
recreational water use.
Fountains and other aesthetic water features can
operate no more than eight hours per day.
Swiftmud issues the restrictions, with each county
setting up its enforcement procedures.
In Manatee, the policing is done primarily at the
county level in response to citizen complaints.
nights in, out
By Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is celebrating the height of
summer - or the slowdown that's summer - with a
series of nights for Islanders of varied ages and interests.
On Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Center
hosts Boys' Night, with meetings of the Teen Boys
Group, which is open to boys ages 11 to 17.
On Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Center's
Teen Girls Group meets for discussions and activities.
The program is open to girls ages 11 to 17.
On Friday, the Center hosts family night from 6:30
p.m. to 9 p.m. A skate night is scheduled for Aug. 15.
Movies are scheduled for July 12, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8.
Also on Friday nights, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the
Center offers childcare services with certified babysit-
ters for kids of parents who have places to go and
people to see.
Other Center activities taking place this summer
* Teen sunset volleyball at Manatee Public Beach,
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12.
* Youth video gaming tournament, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30
p.m., Aug. 12-Aug. 16.
* Teen cleanup sessions at Leffis Key in Bradenton
Beach, 11 a.m. July 10, July 24 and Aug. 7.
* Youth three-on-three basketball tournament July
For details about the Center's activity and member
fees and additional information about programs, call
Center to host
youth drama camp
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host a youth drama camp starting July 7.
Linda Hasbrouck will lead the camp, with classes
meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and
Wednesday through Aug. 6.
Participants will appear in a performance of "Alice
in Wonderland" Aug. 8 at the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call the Center at
Commission chair holds
Manatee County Commission Chair Jane von Hah-
mann, who represents Anna Maria Island, will hold a
"State of the County" talk July 9.
The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive,
An announcement for the event stated, "Hear first-
hand where we are today and issues we face in the
Von Hahmann is seeking re-election to another
commission term on Aug. 26. She is running against
John Chappie, the vice mayor in Bradenton Beach.
Voter registration open for
Voter registration is open for the Aug. 26 primary
until July 28, the traditional 29 days before an elec-
To be eligible to vote in Manatee County, a person
must be a U.S. citizen, a Florida resident, 18 years of
age, and not have a record of a felony conviction in the
state or currently considered mentally incapacitated.
Registering to vote can be simple - potential
voters complete applications available at most gov-
ernment offices, banks, libraries, chambers and some
businesses, including The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Applications can also be downloaded at www.
votemanatee.com, the Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections Web site.
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By Lisa Neff
Work crews for TECO Peoples Gas began installing
a natural gas line last week in Bradenton Beach.
TECO plans to bury the 4-inch line along Gulf
Drive, running it north into Holmes Beach and then
east to the hookup in Bradenton.
However, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnen-
berger said the city would keep watch for TECO to
work in the city's rights of way.
Bohnenberger also said he asked the city attorney
to notify TECO that Holmes Beach wants to negotiate
a contract with the company.
"I had our attorney call them and tell them they
need a franchise agreement," Bohnenberger said.
City officials in Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach were surprised to learn this spring that the
company not only had plans to pipe natural gas to the
Island, but that the company already had permits from
the Florida Department of Transportation for the work.
The gas line will run along state roads off and on the
Officials in both cities complained about late notice
of the project, which is being staged from the county-
operated Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
With the entire project planned for state rights of
way in Bradenton Beach, Mayor Michael Pierce said
the city really had no say.
"They don't have to get any permission from us at
all," Pierce said.
Last week, Pierce said he was pleased to see the
project moving quickly so as to avoid a conflict with
other construction plans on Gulf Drive. The city and
the DOT are planning to extend the southbound turn
lane on Gulf Drive at Cortez Road to improve traffic
"I'm happy that they did start here," Pierce said.
"That should get it out of the way of other projects and
that was our main objection. I don't think it will be too
Company officials said the project will be com-
pleted before Sept. 29, when the Anna Maria Island
Bridge will be closed to traffic for 45 days for rehab
The company, which already serves 300,000 cus-
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Fertilizer measure in research
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach officials are not using a quick-release
formula for adopting new fertilizer restrictions.
The city has a model ordinance restricting fertilizer
use during the rainy season, but city commissioners and
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said that an ordinance needs
to be tailored to Holmes Beach.
During a commission meeting June 24, Bohnen-
berger said he is working with the Florida League of
Cities to collect information about statutory regulations
regarding fertilizer use.
"I think it is wise to continue this and operate with
a better informed opinion," the mayor said during the
Holmes Beach officials, as well as Anna Maria and
Bradenton Beach officials, have been reviewing the fer-
tilizer ordinance recently adopted by Longboat Key's
town board. The measure prohibits the use of fertilizers
containing nitrogen and phosphorus from June 1 through
Sept. 30, a traditionally rainy period on the south Florida
Gulf Coast. The measure also establishes fertilizer-free
zones near any shore waters and details training require-
ments for commercial landscapers and gardeners.
The Longboat ordinance will take effect Oct. 1.
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* Rejected a request to lift a lien on property in the
6800 block of Marina Drive. The property is the subject
of a costly code-enforcement case.
Also, Bohnenberger said the city might revise its
fee and fine schedule to increase parking fines.
"I'll be coming back to the commission," the mayor
said, responding to concerns from Commissioner Pat
Morton about people in vacation rentals who are park-
ing vehicles and boat trailers on sidewalks and blocking
The commission's next meeting will be at 7 p.m.
July 8 at city hall.
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Man pleads not guilty in netting arrest
By Lisa Neff
An Apollo Beach man has entered a not guilty plea
to illegal fishing charges in Manatee County Court.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officers arrested Christo-
pher Ron Baker, 27, June 9 near Coquina Beach. FWC
investigators also arrested Daniel P. Gilliland, 28, of
As of Islander press time, Gilliland had not entered
a plea. He and Baker were scheduled to appear at the
Manatee County Courthouse in Bradenton for a formal
arraignment hearing on July 25.
Both men face multiple charges in connection with
the incident: use of a gill net in state water, failure to
transit gill net, possession of an unmarked gill net and
no saltwater products license. Use of a gill net in state
water is classified as a third-degree felony. The other
charges are classified as second-degree misdemean-
Use of a gill net has been illegal in Florida since
On June 9, FWC Officer Louis Hinds was "con-
tacted about a vessel off of Bradenton Beach that
appeared to be pulling in a net," according to a probable
Robert Jones Glacken
Robert Jones Glacken, 77, died June 23. He was a
resident of Holmes Beach since 1979 and formerly was
of Sparta, N.J.
Mr. Glacken was president of Elmora Lions Club of
Elizabeth, N.J., and was a member of the Moose Lodge
of Anna Maria Island, Key Royale Club, Holmes Beach,
and Lake Mohawk Country Club of Sparta, N.J.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hos-
pice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
34238. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory of
Bradenton is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Glacken is survived by his wife of 53 years,
Nancy; sons Richard and wife Susan of Blairstown, N.J.,
and Robert D. of Sparta, N.J.; daughters Wendy G. Coak-
ley and husband James of Farmingdale, N.J., and Lindsey
Crosbee and husband James of Palm Coast, Ha.; grand-
children Christina and Christopher Coakley, Brandon and
Jillian Crosbee, and Olivia and Alexandra Glacken.
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Two other FWC officers, Grant Burton and Will
Widener, stopped the vessel and, according to the
report, "retrieved the net from the water. The vessel
was taken to the [nearby] dock and both subjects were
Hinds said the vessel had left the village area head-
ing south and that he later saw the boat about 100 yards
from the beach.
Hinds said in his FWC report that he watched
through binoculars and night-vision goggles and saw
"both subjects pull up the shoulder straps of their rain
slickers as if preparing to do some work. Both suspects
then walked to the back of the vessel, one positioned
on right and one on the left and began to pull what
appeared to be a gill net out of the water. I could see
the two suspects taking fish out of the net and throwing
them in the bottom of the vessel."
FWC officers pulled a gill net from the water that,
according to their report, contained four sharks, 10
pompano, two sheepshead, two mangrove snapper, one
spotted sea trout, two whiting and 58 lady fish.
Hinds' report noted that the boat, a 28-foot home-
made skiff, was not registered to either defendant.
Baker and Gilliland were taken first to the Fulford
Fish Docks in Cortez to leave the boat, then transported
to Manatee County jail late June 9. They posted bail
through Big Johnson Bail Bonds June 11.
Car wash to benefit
Volunteers will hold a car wash July 12 to ben-
efit city public works employee Wayne Vandermo-
len and his family, whose home burned in May.
The benefit will take place from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
Vandermolen has a wife, Alison, and his two
sons attended Anna Maria Elementary School. The
family's home in east Manatee burned on May
In addition to the car wash benefit, the Fund for
Alison and Wayne Vandermolen has been opened
for donations at Regions Bank, 3900 Sixth Ave.,
Alleged shooter faces
August trial date
The man accused of shooting Island businessperson
Sue Normand is facing a trial in early August.
Documents filed at the Manatee County Courthouse
last week indicate that Mark Koenigs could stand trial
as early as Aug. 4.
Koenigs has been held at the Manatee County jail
since early December 2007, after his arrest on charges
in connection with the shooting of Normand at her
store, Island Mail & More, in Holmes Beach.
Koenigs faces four first-degree felony charges
and one third-degree felony charge. Authorities say he
walked into Island Mail & More with a gun in a ship-
ping box, removed the weapon and shot Normand once
in the hip. He was apprehended on the beach, after
being shot three times by Manatee County Sheriff's
A docket sounding to review the status of the case
is scheduled for July 28.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 23, 700 block Fern Street, information. The com-
plainant said someone chased her son into their house, claim-
ing her son took his cell phone. He left when confronted,
deputies were called, the juvenile's license tag was run but
was not present at his northwest Bradenton address. The
phone was not located.
No new reports.
June 20,3300 block Gulf Drive beach access, theft. The
complainant said someone took her beach bag containing
$117, keys and her cell phone from the beach.
June 21, 5600 block Guava, disorderly intoxication. Offi-
cers responded to a complaint of a man causing a disturbance.
A 44-year-old man was arrested after officers determined he
June 22, 8102 Gulf Drive, Haley's Motel, domestic.
Officers were called to a fight where the boyfriend allegedly
hit his girlfriend in the forehead, and, according to the report,
he had been struck in the back of the head. He left the scene
before officers arrived. Officers determined that they could
not identify the primary aggressor, according to the report,
He was located and both were arrested.
June 23, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, domestic.
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Mt. Vernon veteran
Fred Wiegman of Mt. Vernon remembers exactly
where he was when he heard the Japanese had bombed
Pearl Harbor and America was in World War II.
He was in his room at Illinois State University on
Dec. 7, 1941, studying for exams and listening to the
radio when an announcer broke into the program. Fred
knew exactly what he was going to do the next day.
"I had always wanted to fly and I had two years of
college, which was what the Army Air Corps required
to become a pilot. The next day, I got on the bus to
enlist," recalled Fred.
He also remembers the bus driver told him to put
his money away when he told him he was going to
"There were a lot of guys who thought the same as
I did and headed down to the enlisting office the day
after Pearl Harbor. I had figured a war was coming,
but most people thought it would be from Europe," he
With America ill-equipped for a world war, the pro-
cess to become a pilot was a long, drawn-out affair.
Fred had to wait until October 1942 before his class
was called to start training. He had to do basic train-
ing, then pre-flight training and advanced flight school
and he then passed all of his "elimination" flights. He
was confident he could pass the course and become a
One day in mid-1943, however, an officer came
into the barracks and told the men that their class was
going to be closed and the men were to be shipped out
as bomber crew members.
"That was it. They told us we had all washed out
because they had plenty of pilots, but there weren't
enough guys to man the crews over in Europe. Our
training group was selected to go back to the regu-
lar Air Corps. They needed bodies for the bombers,"
remembered Fred. "It was a low point for me and the
guys because we really wanted to become pilots and
had already done a lot of training."
Fred had to undergo additional training to learn the
rudiments of flight engineering and aerial gunnery.
Somewhere during all of this training, he found
time to marry his girlfriend, Eula, who was going to
Eastern Michigan University. They had met on a blind
date they had in the fall of 1941, attending a football
game between Eastern Michigan and Illinois State.
Fred had continued to write Eula during his training
and romance blossomed. They were married on July 10,
"I was sent to Texas A&M University for more
training as an aerial gunner and Eula took the train
from Illinois to Bryan, Texas, for us to get married,"
Fred Wiegman training with the U.S. Army Air Corps
during World War II.
As with many wartime marriages, the honeymoon
was all too brief.
Fred eventually completed his training in Texas
and was promoted to sergeant. He was sent to Mac-
Dill Army Air Corps base in Tampa to meet the guys
who would be his crew members on a brand new B-17
headed for England. Fred was assigned to the crew as
a waist gunner, firing twin .50-caliber machine guns at
"I met the guys and we formed up. Our pilot was
Hal Switzer. He was the best pilot and a great leader.
He could make that plane walk."
Fred would need a good pilot when his B-17 took
off in late 1944 for combat duty with the 8th Air Force
in England, commanded by the legendary Gen. Jimmy
The flight took them from Tampa to Gander, New-
foundland, to Iceland and eventually Prestwick in Scot-
land, where they landed in the middle of the night.
"We landed in the rain and fog on instruments. I
asked the ground crew when it cleared up and they said
'never.' And they were right."
From Prestwick, Fred and his crew flew their B-17,
now named the "Clean Sweep," to Thorpe Abbey in
England, where they joined the 319th Bomb Squadron
as part of the 100th Bomb Group. The "Bloody One
Hundredth" was its well deserved nickname.
"The day we got there a sergeant took me to my
quarters. There was a foot locker there under the bunk
and I told the sarge there was already somebody using
that space. He looked at me real funny and said, 'He
won't need it. He won't be coming back.'
"That's when we knew we were in the war, that this
was for keeps. This was combat and some guys didn't
come back from missions."
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Clean Sweep had its first combat mission as "tail-end
Charlie" in a formation of some 300 bombers to a target
in France, the name of which Fred has long forgotten.
Still, it would be the Clean Sweep's introduction
to combat, and Fred and his crew had vivid memories
of the empty bunks that first day at Thorpe Abbey.
"Anybody who tells you they weren't scared on
their first mission, or any combat mission, is a liar,"
"We were all scared, but we were determined to do
our jobs. We got over our fear. You had to or you could
get yourself or somebody killed. You weren't going to
chicken out in front of your buddies."
What Fred recalls most about that first mission is
the flak the Germans fired at the bombers.
At first, Fred thought they were headed to some
dark rain clouds. As they got closer, however, he real-
ized it was enemy anti-aircraft fire that was turning the
"It was so thick I thought I could get out and walk
on it. You would hear it rattle against the plane when
it was close. That first flight, I didn't see how anybody
could get through it, but we did. It was so thick, it
blocked out the sun."
After that first mission, Fred and his crew were
considered veterans. Guys who would do anything not
to let their crew mates down. They didn't fight for the
flag or the girl they left behind. They went up in the air
because it was their job, their duty, and their buddies
were going up with them.
"It was that simple," recalled Fred. "We were like
brothers. Closer than brothers. We had a job to do and
we all had to do our part. It really was that simple, but
you knew you could buy it on any mission."
In addition to facing the flak, the Clean Sweep
would usually get strafed by German fighter planes.
"Sometimes, they came so close I could see the
pilot's face. They would start out as a little dot and
come straight out of the sun. You just kept firing and
At times, the Clean Sweep gunners would shoot
down a few fighters and Fred would think the worst
was over. Then, he'd look over at some of the other
bombers in the squadron and see one or two of them
spiraling down, flames surrounding the fuselage.
"We would pray that they got out. Sometimes they
didn't. Sometimes the planes just blew up right next to
you. That's something you can never forget, even to
this day, because you knew it could have been you."
And sometimes the enemy would seriously damage
the Clean Sweep.
"We lost an engine on several missions and others
we were just shot up bad, but Hal would always get us
home. He was the best."
And back at Thorpe Abbey, Fred and his crew
would see the empty bunks and know that somebody
wasn't coming back.
"We didn't talk about it. If you did, it would jinx
you. But you remembered what you saw."
Sixty-three years later, time has clouded exact
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dates, missions and how many times Hal got the plane
back to England on just a wing and a prayer.
But Fred still has memories that bring tears to his
"I lost a lot of good friends over there. They were
the heroes. We just kept on going and prayed that we' d
make it. I guess our prayers were answered."
Back at the base, Fred would write his letters to
Eula and go on a weekend pass to London with his
crew. There, they would always find some loud-
mouthed drunk infantryman saying the Air Corps never
did anything to win the war.
"We told him to fly with us if he thought it was
so easy, but, of course, nobody ever went with us,"
As 1945 progressed, Fred and the Clean Sweep
crew knew they were nearing completion of their
required 30 missions to go home, but nobody wanted
to talk about it for fear of bad luck.
Then one day in late April 1945, Fred didn't see
the Clean Sweep's number on the mission roster.
"We went to Hal and he said 'That's it. We're done.
We' re going home.' I got down and thanked God that I
had made it."
Fred isn't quite sure if the Clean Sweep completed
its required 30 missions or the air war had been sus-
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to learn the next day that they were needed to fly supply
missions to the people of the Netherlands. Although
the war was nearly over, the Germans had taken all
remaining food for their own use, leaving the Dutch to
Hal's squadron dropped supplies to the civilian
population, with the Germans understanding that if they
retaliated, they would pay a heavy price at the end of
The fun for the crew, however, was when they flew
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As more and more men were sent back to the States,
Fred wondered when his number would come up.
Finally, in late 1945, he boarded a troop ship for
New York, where he was discharged from the service.
From there, he returned to Eula and entered Eastern
Michigan University. He earned bachelor, master and
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He and Eula had three children and moved to Mt.
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In 1985, on a reunion trip to Europe 40 years after
his supply missions to the Netherlands, a Dutch couple
who had survived because of the air drops made by the
100th gave Fred a handmade dinner plate engraved with
a personal "thank you" for saving their lives.
It is one of his most treasured mementos of the
"I am proud of my service. I' m the last surviving
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Today is Independence Day.
10 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Privateers host a July 4
parade from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach to Bayfront Park
in Anna Maria, followed by a party at the Cafe on the Beach. At the
party, the Privateers will present $27,000 in scholarships.
5 p.m. - The Fulford and Cortez Family Reunion takes place
through July 6 in Cortez, the historic fishing village near the base of
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5 p.m. - Manatee County Commission Chair Jane von Hah-
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cussion at Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive,
5:30 p.m. -The Florida Public Archaeology Network presents
a teen program on the past at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
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summer break and resume in the fall. Information: 941-518-4431.
* From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12, volunteers hold a carwash at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, to benefit city public
works employee Wayne Vandermolen and his family, whose home
burned earlier this year.
* On July 15 at 10 a.m., the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach hosts a "Harry Potter" program for children.
* On July 16 at 5:30 p.m., "Creepy, Carnivorous Plants!" is the
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Allen Wallis at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
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* On July 19, Manatee County commissioners and the county
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Double the pleasure:
Walker finds two
By Lisa Neff
Bev Mustaine shouted to beach walkers, "101
Technically she meant "101 eggs," but on June
27 Mustaine felt like an overjoyed, expectant proud
Mustaine, of Bradenton, volunteers for Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch, the nonprofit group that monitors
the activity of nesting marine turtles on the Island's
shore May through October.
On Friday mornings, she walks the length of
AMITW's section 5, which runs from the Martinique
condominiums to the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes
On June 27, Mustaine, hiking north in her section,
discovered two loggerhead turtle nests, identifiable by
the tractor-like treads leading from the Gulf of Mexico
across the sand.
She had arrived to the beach with great expecta-
tions and excitedly pointed toward each of the six nests
staked out in the section since the nesting season began
"I haven't found any nests yet this year," Mustaine
said early in the walk. "But I think today is the day."
As Mustaine walked the beach, looking for tracks
and periodically stopping to pick up trash, a man
stepped onto the sand and called out, "I saw a turtle
down there last night.... About midnight."
"It's amazing how many people tell us, 'We saw a
turtle,'" she said. "So far, I have not."
Her pace quickened as she walked north and talked
about sea turtles. "When the hatchlings leave here, they
swim for 48 hours looking for sea grass," she said. "I
find that incredible."
Suddenly Mustaine stopped walking. "What do
we have here?" she said, looking at what she quickly
identified as loggerhead tracks and signs of a possible
"Son of a gun, we have something," she said before
telephoning her section coordinator, Ed Sterba.
"What I don't know," Mustaine said, "is whether
she nested or whether she got frightened off."
Mustaine completed her call and continued her
walk. "We have to finish, because there might be some-
Soon she did find something else, tracks and another
"To find two in one day. I'm just thrilled," Mustaine
Minutes after the discovery of the second set of
tracks, Sterba and AMITW volunteer Betsy Lynch
arrived to verify the nests - and to relocate the eggs
away from the Gulf.
Mustaine, who moved to Bradenton about two
years ago from Pennsylvania, works as a professor in
the college of p, i_ h'l ,'.Y and behavioral sciences at
Argosy University in Sarasota.
Occasionally the job interferes with her walk, but
the avowed animal lover said she works hard to find
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers Betsy Lynch, left, and Bev Mustaine remove loggerhead sea turtle
eggs from a nest made too close to the Gulf of Mexico June 27. The nest was moved back.
time to volunteer. Mustaine also volunteers at the Wild-
life Education and Rehabilitation Center in Bradenton
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Tarpon time offshore, plus grouper; reds thick in bays
By Capt. Mike Heistand
It's fishing tournament time in our area.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will hold
a tourney July 25-27 with a total pay-out of $16,000 for
winners. The first 50 registrants receive a Thunderstick
7-foot Spin Rod.
The event begins the evening of Friday, July 25,
with the captain's meeting, where contestants will
receive their packets while enjoying a "Taste of the
Island" menu. The fishing contest begins in earnest Sat-
urday morning and ends that evening. The event will
conclude on Sunday, July 27, with an awards banquet.
The registration fee is $300 per boat, $375 per boat
after July 14. Children 12 and under can enjoy some
fishing and fun in the sun in the Children's Pier Fishing
Tournament on Saturday, July 26.
Proceeds benefit the Center. For more information,
contact Aida Matic at 941-778-1908, ext.9203.
Also coming up is the Hernando De Soto Historical
Society 12th Annual Fishing Tournament July 11-13.
On Friday, July 11, at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307
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p.m., followed by the captain's meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Weigh-in and auction is Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.
More than $30,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.
For more information, call 941-747-1998.
Local action for tarpon is hot right now, with silver
kings being hook from Egmont Key through Tampa
Bay and along the beaches off Anna Maria.
Offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is still great
for grouper, snapper and amberjack.
Backwater fishers are doing well with redfish,
mackerel and trout, plus some huge catch-and-release
snook. There are even a few early-season flounder
being caught in the bays.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said his charters have been
catching a lot of tarpon on the beaches and in the passes
using crabs and shiners. Catch-and-release snook "have
been showing thick on the beaches and the passes in the
Bill and Jennifer Lowman,
owners of Island Discount
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learned a friend had suffered
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giving and was lacking
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early morning and outgoing evening tides with plenty
of hookups," he said, adding that he's still doing great
with trout on the seagrass flats.
Capt. Sam Kimball, out of Annie's Bait & Tackle
in Cortez, said his offshore charters are producing lots
of grouper, snapper and amberjack.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said his back-
water catch has included redfish, trout and mackerel.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said grouper and snap-
per action offshore in the Gulf is excellent right now.
Backwater action continues to be strong for redfish and
trout, he added.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are catching lots of mangrove snapper, redfish to 22
inches, yellowtail snapper and a few yellowtail jack.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
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anglers there are also reeling lots mangrove snapper,
plus some black drum.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing lots of reports of redfish being caught at
the mouth of the Manatee River, plus some big catch-
and-release snook. There are also a lot of mackerel and
snapper being boated near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
in Tampa Bay. Redfish are also a good bet, but they're
running a tad small at 19 inches. Trout are coming
out of Terra Ceia Bay, but the catches are few and far
between, he added.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's hooking up
plenty of tarpon off Egmont Key, plus mangrove snap-
pers to 4 pounds.
Capt. Zach Zacharias said that better tides towards
the end of the week provided much improved action.
Mangrove snapper and spotted trout made up most of
his catch, but bluefish, juvenile gag and red grouper,
ladyfish, jacks, reds and snook all came aboard over
several trips last week. He said that Lloyd Johnston and
grandson Peter from the Minneapolis area did well with
a variety of grouper, snapper a limit catch of redfish and
sea trout. Earlier in the week, local Don Lapp and his
family bested a pair of 30-inch snook.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching 30-pound
cobia from the Manatee River - far up the river, too.
Redfish action is still strong, and we caught a 17-inch
flounder last week.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@
islander.org. Please include names of people with infor-
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22 0 JULY 2, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Basketball camp teaches fundamentals of game
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center summer
"Driven" Basketball Camp recently concluded the first
week of the first session camp. Players were put through
a series of drills designed to improve both offensive and
defensive skills while also taking time to work on other
team building talents.
Participants also went through endurance training
as well as speed and agility drills.
The second part of the camp will put more focus
into implementing the first week's training skills in
games and scrimmages.
If you missed out on Driven's session one, you
can still sign up for session two, which takes place
July 14-24 from noon-2 p.m. Call the Center at
941-778-1908 to register.
More basketball news
The Center's 3-on-3 Monster Jam basketball tour-
ney is back and registration is ongoing. The tournament
will be July 18-20 at the AMICC gym. The cost is $100
per team for up to four players, and team member will
each receive a Monster Jam T-shirt and two guaranteed
games. There also will be a dunk and three-point con-
test included as well. Island resident Stephen Thomas, center, was the starting center midfielder for the 2007-08 Manatee High Hur-
Age groups start at 8-9 and go all the way up to the ricanes varsity soccer team. Thomas, a sophomore, was honored as "rookie of the year" and teammates Pablo
40s and up. Deadline to register a team is July 7, so get Varon, left, senior defender, won team MVP and sophomore goalie Charlie Dye, right was the team's most
your team together and sign up now. Call the Center at improved player. They are wearing district championship jackets at the end-of-season awards banquet. Islander
941-778-1908 to register or for more information. Photo: Courtesy Jose Torres
The Center also offers adult hoopsters a chance to
show their stuff on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Play-
ers ages 18 and up can play free if they are Center fit-
ness or annual members. Monthly members pay $2.50
per session, while the fee is $5 for non-members.
More Center things to do
The Anna Maria Island Community Center offers
a multitude of things to do for adults and youth alike,
The AMICC Teen Program offers a relaxed sunset
volleyball game at the Manatee Public Beach. Teens
are welcome to come out and play, socialize and enjoy
the sand and sunset. It's not a formal game and often
the rules do not apply. Sodas are available for $1, but
the fun is free.
Participants: Ages 11-17.
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Children's Church School: 10am
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Holy Eucharist - 9:00 am
Religious Education Classes
Children/9 am - Adults/10:15 am
Call for Holy Days
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SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
When: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, Aug. 5
Location: Manatee Public Beach. Teens can gather at
the beach or meet at the Center by 5:45 p.m. for a ride.
Those video gamers who think they rule will have
another chance to prove it beginning when the Center
begins its second Video Gamer Challenge. It's a head-
to-head gaming extravaganza for players to battle for
the challenge championship title and first-place prize.
What's your game? Call the Center, 941-778-1908,
ext. 9207, and let them know.
Players will compete Aug. 12-15 for a chance to
play in the Video Gamer Challenge finals on Aug. 16.
The finals will be played out on a 20-by-10-foot projec-
tion screen in the Center gym.
Registration: Now through Aug. 8.
When: 2.30 p.m.-3.30 p.m. Aug. 12-16.
Fees: Member $10, non-member $12.
Youth Tennis Session 2
Tennis instruction by Wayne Sewall.
Participants: Ages 7-17.
When: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 14.
Fees: Member $10/month, non-members $20/
Get ready to bump, set and spike at the Center's
first volleyball program with instruction by Ted Rigo.
Rigo has years of experience teaching volley-
ball, including six years as a high school coach in the
New York area, seven years as varsity head coach at
Southampton College, 12 years as varsity head coach
at Manatee High School, plus 15 years coaching club
teams in USAV and AAU.
Participants: Ages 7-17.
When: 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Wednesday through
A Center camper goes in for a lay up at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center's "Driven" basket-
ball camp. Islander Photo: Lee Ross
Fees: Member $50, non-members $65
Location: AMICC indoor (cool) gym.
British Soccer Camp
The No. 1 soccer camp in the United States is
coming to the Island providing a great opportunity
for kids to learn soccer and improve their game. The
coaches have an innovated method of teaching and all
players of any skill level can benefit from their instruc-
Registration: Now through Aug. 1.
Participants: Boys and girls ages 4 to 16.
When: Aug. 11-15 at AMICC.
Sessions: Two-hour mini camp, half-day morning
or evening camp.
Fee: $90-$100 based on camp time.
Center soccer camp
Gear up for soccer season and get a kick start on
skills at the Center camp designed for all skill levels to
help players get ready for fall season try-outs.
Participants: Ages 4-14.
Registration: Aug. 1-27.
When: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 27-29.
Fee: $25 for members, $40 for non-members
Family Skate Night
DJ Chris Grumley provides the tunes for this fun
family event. The concession is open, food is available,
games are played and prizes are to be won. Hurry over
and bring your skates.
Participants: All ages.
When: 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, July 12 and
Friday, Aug. 15.
Fees: Member $2, non-members $2.
Location: AMICC (air-conditioned) gym.
Pickleball is the latest craze in sports on the Island
- a fun and energetic game for all ages. It's a combina-
tion of ping-pong, tennis and badminton and has been
enjoyed for more than 20 years by folks all over.
Participants: All ages.
When: 1-3 p.m. Monday, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday,
9-11 a.m. Wednesday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday.
Fees: Members free, non-members $10 per ses-
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played a nine-
hole, low-net-of-partners game June 23. Larry Fowler
and Dick Mills teamed up to card a 7-under-par 57 to
edge Al Morgan and Peter Proxy by one shot. Russ
Olson and Charlie Knopp came in third place with a
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By Rick Catlin
A sterling display
The Sterling Anvil jewelry store is
now open in its new location at 5508
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
An Island institution since 1971,
owners Mary Norman and Roxanne
Reid feature the finest in sterling silver
and gold jewelry and are well known for
their hand-made creations.
Store hours during the summer
season are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues-
day through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on Saturday. The Sterling Anvil is closed
on Sunday and Monday.
For more information on the Ster-
ling Anvil, call Mary or Roxanne at
Simply sale action
Tim Gallagher at Simply Put,
11904 Cortez Road. W., plans on spic-
ing up Friday nights at Simply Put, a col-
lectible and antiques store that is already
chock full of vendors and merchandise
that creates a homestyle atmosphere.
Beginning Friday, July 25, Tim will
have live entertainment inside the shop,
with a featured band and a number of
Tim will also have various artists
display their talents and specialty acts.
"I'm still looking for vendors and
acts for the first event," Tim said. "It's
still three weeks away, but we want to
let everyone know what's up."
To learn more about the Friday store
night events, call Tim at 941-795-4788.
Singer Janine Elise Scott is now
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Roxanne Reid, at left, and Terra Bundy-Vickers are all smiles as Sterling Anvil is
now open for business in its new location at 5508 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
A native of Reno, Nev., Janine sings
a variety of songs from well known art-
ists such as Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra,
Carole King and Bonnie Raitt, among a
host of others.
With her degree in music and as an
opera-trained singer, Janine also covers
jazz, country music and a number of
other music genres with equal enthusi-
asm and ability.
Janine's show at Sharky's begins at
To reserve a table at Sharky's, call
Steak at the Plaza
Chef Paul Mattison of Mattison's
Steakhouse at the Plaza, 525 Bay
Isles Parkway on Longboat Key, has
introduced "Friday Night Lobster and
Champagne" for dinner guests.
The $34.95 fare includes Maine lob-
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ster, Cedar clams, Blue Point oysters,
Prince Edward Island mussels, corn suc-
cotash, new potatoes and drawn butter.
In addition, diners obtain a $2 price
reduction on a bottle of champagne.
Reservations are recommended.
Live music is provided by Mike
Moran in his "Tribute to Swing" revue.
For more information, call
Dan Mobley, Captain Dan Mobley
as he's known in sailing circles, has
more than 30 years experience as a com-
poser, arranger and performer. He per-
formed for 13 years at Hog's Breath in
Key West with jaunts to the "real world"
(the United States and Canada) over the
He's just back from his Yankee tour
and he's tuned up the Ovation, polished
off his repertoire of Gordon Lightfoot
and Jimmy Buffett - and "A Pirate
Looks at 40" in particular - and he's
plotted his course for the new Jolly
Roger restaurant in Holmes Beach.
The new Jolly Roger is at the
"old world" Ooh La La! Bistro, where
summer features music by Capt. Dan
on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
nights, a menu of lighter summer fare
(both price and calories), all the favor-
ites from the Ooh menu, and a full list of
Italian specialties from new Chef Aldo
Dan plays 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and he
welcomes back his old friends from the
High Seas. Remember when?
Island photo gal
back in area
Karly Carlson spent 20 years on
Anna Maria Island, operating her own
After a brief absence, Karly is back
with her own shop and photography
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Janine Elise Scott is now singing Tues-
day and Wednesday nights at .hwi, ,,3 's
on Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
performing on Tuesday and Wednesday
evenings at Sharky's Steak and Sea-
grill, 2519 Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton
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business at 11904 Cortez Road. W.
inside the Simply Put artist shop at the
"I'm just thrilled to be back. I have
20 years experience in beach photog-
raphy and weddings. And I'll also be
doing custom framing," said Karly.
The shop will open by Tuesday, July
15, but in the interim, Karly is accepting
appointments for photography.
For more information, call Karly at
Sandy Rich of Rich Real Estate on
Gulf Drive in Anna Maria has closed her
office and is moving to Horizon Realty
at 420 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria.
Sandy said she looks forward to
participating in the many Pine Avenue
events and sharing the office with broker
To reach Sandy at Horizon, call
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce welcomed the following new
members during May and June:
* Oceansidebride.com, 14620
Corkwood Drive, Tampa, Julie Deon,
* One Man & A Power Washer, 2911
Ave. E, Unit B, Holmes Beach, Bill
* Elegant Sarasota Weddings, 6980
Beneva Road, Sarasota, Terri Schubel,
* Sherri's Island Images, 2907
Ave. B, Holmes Beach, Sherri Proctor,
* Kori Z LLC, 11660 Greentree
Road., Colorado Springs, Colo., Kori
* Anna Maria Island Vacation Rent-
als.com, 158 Jewel Drive, Brandon,
Miss., Aimee Faulkner, 601-825-9885.
* Spoonbill Villa, 317 Amy Lane,
Brockport, N.Y., Kari Vanderstouw,
* Islands Cleaning & Pet Sitting Ser-
vices, P.O. Box 1275, Holmes Beach,
Got a new business going up in
Anna Maria Island, Cortez or Long-
boat Key? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, a new hire, or
an award-winning staff member? Call
Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax your
news to 941-778-9392, or e-mail us at
Island real estate
83 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a
2,268 sfla / 3,136 sfur 3bed/21/2bath/2car
pool home built in 2001 on a 50x104 lot
was sold 06/12/08, Carpenter to Dimasi
for $775,000; list $849,000.
2700 Gulf Drive, Unit 207, Ocean
Park Terrace, Bradenton Beach, a 1,350
sfla / 1,539 sfur 2bed/3bath condo built
in 1982 was sold 06/09/08, Strickroth to
Sunglo Terrace LLC for $450,000.
515 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a
1,300 sfla / 1,935 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar
home built in 1981 on a 52x145 lot
was sold 06/12/08, Hicks to Coulter for
$405,000; list $459,000.
402 Clark Lane, Holmes Beach, a
2,080 sfla / 2,380 sfur 4h1d 41-ith duplex
built in 1973 on a 11,021 sq ft lot was
sold 06/12/08, Whitney to Spencer for
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 2, 2008 0 25
Anna Maria Island
Kiwanis Club presi-
dent Larry Fowler
welcomes his wife,
Linda, into the club as
a new member during
a program June 28 at
Cafe on the Beach in
Holmes Beach. The
group meets every
Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
at the restaurant.
Lolly Owens of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island addresses the Island
Kiwanis Club June 28 at Cafe on the Beach. Islander Photos: Ralph Bassett
$360,000; list $399,000.
6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 186, West-
bay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach,
a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with pool was sold 06/09/08, Guy to
Debaun for $314,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244. Cur-
rent Island real estate transactions may
also be viewed online at www.islander.
org. Copyright 2008
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setting, beach access, tennis, pool.
On site rentals. Priced $275,000 -
$399,000 (941) 778-2246.
Well maintained 3BR/3BA residence
on Deep Water Canal w/short walk to
beach. Open floor plan with hardwood
floors, newer master suite, large cov-
ered porchand 21xl7 workshop. Dave
Moynihan (941) 778-2246. #572802.
VALUE IS IN 2 LOTS only a few 100
yds.from Gulf. Beautifulstreet& beach
access. Build 2 homes or remodel cot-
tage & live in paradise. 2BR/1.5BA .
Karen Day (941) 778-2246. #573537.
2217 GULF DR. N. * BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 * (800) 211-2323 * WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
GULF DR. TOWNHOUSE
* Unobstructed Beach Views
* 2BR/2.5BA * Furnished
* Great Rental
IMMACULATE & AFFORDABLE
* Tropical Landscape
* Casa del Sol, W. Bradenton
* WEST BRADENTON
7 - ANNUAL RENTAL
7306-B Holmes Blvd, 2BD/2BA duplex.
$1,100/mo plus utilities. No pets. ,J
Jim Anderson Realty Company
6000 Marina Drive * Suite 105 * Holmes Beach
941.778.4847 * toll free 1.800.772.3235
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FOR SALE ON Anna Maria: king-size bed, king-
size turtle motif sheets and quilt, full set of shell
dishes plus extras, fan. Call 941-778-7748. For
photos, go to http://picasaweb.google.com/burn-
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
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. Infor-
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to
Condominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday. 9am-noon Saturday. Clothing sales. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon. Thursday, July 3.
Treasures of art, jewelry, clothes, walker, scooter
and more. 912 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-noon. Saturday, July 5. TV,
books, art, table with six chairs, more. 206 73rd St.,
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
For Expert Advice On Island Property
CALL THE ISLANDERS
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9 941-778- 6066
ll CHRISTINE T SHAW AND
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ZULA'S ANTIQUES - BACK from vacation! All art
20 percent off through July. 6441 US Highway 19,
Terra Ceia. 941-729-9500.
BIG SIDEWALK SALE: 8-11 a.m. Saturday, July 12.
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
in the Island Shopping Center.
SIMPLY PUT ARTISAN Gallery is now accepting
quality dealers. Call Tim, 941-795-4788. 11904
Cortez Road W., Cortez.
LOST ON ANNA Maria Island: Man's box-chain,
sterling-silver bracelet, very sentimental. Reward.
Please, call 863-214-3886.
LOST EARRING JUNE 17 on beach at 77th Street,
Holmes Beach. Gold with zirconium, very senti-
mental. Please, call 813-956-5316.
REWARD FOR WATCH lost at Bradenton
Beach parking area by Fourth Street. Call
LOST LARGE TIGER cat, pink collar. 3200 Gulf
Drive. Please call, 941-201-4571.
NEW FOURTH FRIDAY event starting in July at
Simply Put Artisan Gallery. Awesome outdoor
event 6-9:30 p.m. on July 25. Free set up for artist,
street performers and other interesting people. Call
941-896-5053 for information and application.
NIKI'S ISLAND TREASURES, 5351 Gulf Drive.
Open seven days. 50-70 percent off all sterling
silver jewelry. Select antiques, Florida art and col-
lectibles up to 90 percent off. 941-779-0729.
Call us for a The Islander
your sales or
(866) 519-SATO (7286) I
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation 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-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
1988 CADILLAC DEVILLE runs great. 78,000
miles, new tires, battery, brakes, cold air con-
ditioner, power everything. $900 or best offer.
941-779-2131, leave message.
2000 LAND ROVER SE7, 117,000 miles, excellent
condition, fully loaded. $6,200.00, 941-928-8735.
REAL ESTATE LLC
ANNUAL & SEASONAL RENTALS
779-0202 * (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center * 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 * www.suncoastinc.com
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BIMINI BAY SAILING: small sailboat rental and
instruction. Day, week, month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian, 941-685-1400.
RENT 70-FOOT SLIP at Longboat Key Moor-
ings. Below market, annual or seasonal.
2004 CHAPARRAL 280 SSI, twin 5.76 diesel
engines with 90 hours. All available options, includ-
ing windlass custom anchor, refrigeration, head,
sink, extended swim platform, transom, shower,
very high frequency radio, Garmin GPS, flush kits,
etc. $55,000, or best offer, 941-778-3416.
16-FOOT CAROLINA SKIFF, excellent condition,
$1,000 or best offer. 941-761-7472.
HAVE AN UNUSED boatlift? Will rent annually. Call
Dave at 813-760-0148.
CATALINA 25-FOOT SAILBOAT: $7,500. Ready to
sail, new Honda 9.9hp motor, great condition. Slip
available in north Anna Maria, $180/month with
purchase. Call Brian, 941-685-1400.
INSHORE SLAM FISHING - Reds, snook, trout
with Capt. Jim Savaglio. License, bait, tackle
EXPERIENCED REAL ESTATE agent to work full
time on Anna Maria. Send resume to Mike Norman
Realty Inc., 3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Res-
taurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call
HOST/SERVER/BUS help sought at Ooh La La!
Bistro. Apply in person weekdays after 4 p.m., 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more
NAIL TECH OR massage therapist room available
for rent. 941-713-5244 to view.
OF ANNA MARIA
33 Years ofProfessional Service
HERON'S WATCH 10 Min.to beach. 3/2, 2 car garage. 4.5 yrs old. fenced,
room for pool. $259,000.
3/2 waterfront, large lot, lush landscape, upgrades,
room for pool. $299,900.
4 bedroom, handicap accessible, Birch cabinets, Corian tops,
Large covered porch. Extras, Like new. $295,000.
SHELL POINT BAYFRONT COMPLEX 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool
view, tennis, turnkey, $239,000.
WOODLANDS 4-5BR/3BA Pristine Palma Sola. 2,875 sf. Many extras. $699,000.
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $395,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
ANNUAL- 2BR/1.5 BA 304 58th St. HB
ANNUAL: 2/2 Canalfront, garage, furnished, $1,600/mo.
HOLMES BEACH- 778-0807
email@example.com * www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant, etc.
$1,300,000. Longview Realty: 941-383-6112.
FLORIST SHOP: PROFITABLE, established busi-
ness and attached 4BR pool home near beach.
Work at home and live in luxury for $999,000. Busi-
ness also available separately. Longview Realty,
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School fresh-
man Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632 or
BABYSITTING AND PETSITTING. Teen with
child daycare experience and Red Cross certi-
fied available all summer. Katie, 941-778-1491 or
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.
BABYSITTER AVAILABLE ON the Island during
the summer. Lisa, 17, 941-538-8570.
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Five hour morning
shifts and overnights, 10pm-8am, available. Travel
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
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Italian, Spanish and English (941) 778-6943 Home
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ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, 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.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING Co.: Oldest and
best on Anna Maria! 34 years of grateful, happy
customers. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-9217.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spy-
ware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis
and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom
system design. 941-224-1069.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIR, handyman. Island resi-
dent. Very meticulous and reliable. Free estimates.
Call Colin, 941-376-0541.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37-years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor altera-
tions, cushion covers, ironing. Errands: grocery,
doctor's appointments. Call Terry, 941-778-3125.
QUALITY PAINTING. INTERIOR, exterior, custom
painting. Competitive rates. Professional workman-
ship, general liability and worker's compensation
insured. Call Wes for a quote, 941-720-0430.
ISLAND RESIDENT PAINTER and more look-
ing for full-time, part-time or small jobs. 19 years
actual experience. New construction, repaints
and remodels. Spray, cut, roll, drywall finish, tex-
turing, faux, minor carpentry, plumbing and more.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
SALES & RENTALS
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy' Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
SeriCe Quality & Dependable Service.
SCall us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
__ Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
j Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza - Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References
HomePurchase & Refinance Experts
Lynn Zemmer Broker/Owner 941-778-8103
www.9411ending.comrn * 104 Bridge St. * Bradenton Beachl
Call Now for Free Estimate
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Specializing in landscape
design & installation
Cell 941.807.1035 * Office 941.721.9655
Curtis Clark & Assoc. Inc.
Vinyl Siding & Soffit Specialists
* Windows and Doors
* Hurricane Protection * Porch Ceilings
* Vinyl Siding on Gable Ends
(941) 713-7433 or (941) 776- 9403
State Lic.# SC-C056780
Full Service Lawn Care & More
Providing Quality and Dependable Service Since 1987
Commercial * Residential * Condominiums &
Apartment Complexes * Shopping Centers *
Trimming * Clean-Ups * Dumpsters
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Fully Licensed and Insured
ISLAND VACATION RENTAL Cleaners. Ref-
erences, very dependable, anytime service.
CAN-DO LADY looking for work! Office work or
personal assisting. Proficient with Microsoft Office,
excellent organizational skills, commitment to meet-
ing goals and seeing projects through. Friendly, pro-
fessional, dependable. Part-time, full-time, anytime!
Call Dianne at 941-713-4770.
WASH AND FOLD Service: Formerly at Holmes
Beach Laundromat, now available for pickup and
delivery to your door. Ironing, too. Call Cheryl,
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-484-7487.
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for you.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Print work: logos brochures, brand
identity. Web design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call
Jon at Smashcat Studios, 941-778-2824 or
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking ser-
vices - when and what you need - to ensure your
house is secure and cared for while you are away.
Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.my.house@
verizon.net for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience all phases of nail care. Gift bou-
tique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and sun-
glasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure ser-
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private studio,
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializ-
ing in sport-specific training, improving balance,
strength, and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.
BABYSITTER AVAILABLE WEEKENDS and week-
nights. Experienced woman, Island references,
patient, caring and responsible. 941-726-5838.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
Here is Louie,
male Jack Russell
mix, left behind
when his people
$150. Call Julie
at SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or
Manatee Humane Society, 941-747-8808.
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulching.
Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island resi-
dent. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your land-
scape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
CONSTRUCTION STATE CERTIFIED
8008 SECOND AVE. W. * BRADENTON FL 34209
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Design service * Kitchens and baths
y Condo remodels * Patios and decks
941-720-7519 * References available
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THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
CRUSHED WASHED SHELL delivered and spread,
For all your hauling needs, call David Bannigan.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. Cell,
941-448-3857 or 941-778-0851.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulching.
Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island resi-
dent. Cell 941-951-1833.
RAINMAKER IRRIGATION SERVICE and repair.
Keep your lawn green. Special summer rates.
941-518-3362 or 941-792-8307.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construc-
tion. Free estimates, no overtime charges.
Now certifying back flow at water meters.
FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
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. Handy-
man, 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. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
DO YOU NEED a professional handyman that can
take charge of the services needed for your home?
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
2BR/2BA ANNUAL Bradenton Beach elevated
duplex. Garage plus covered parking. Nonsmok-
ing, small pets considered. Close to beach. $950/
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Large duplex unit,
2BR/2BA, den, hookups, central air conditioner,
$975/month, $1,000 security. 941-962-5827.
PRIME STOREFRONT LOCATION in heart of
downtown commercial area of Holmes Beach, high
visibility, 1,800 sf., 941-746-8666.
ANNUAL UNATTACHED DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA,
north Holmes Beach, $900/month plus utilities.
2/BR DUPLEX NEAR Blake, one block off Cortez
Road, extra clean, $725/month. 941-761-4040.
HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA apartment. 100 feet
from bay. First, last, security deposit, $795/month.
NEAR BEACHES: 1BR/1.5BA redecorated.
Annual, $750/month, furnished. Most utilities paid.
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty, Sharon,
941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: ANNA Maria, 2BR/1BA,
screened breezeway, washer/dryer if needed. Walk
to beach and bay, near community center. Water
and garbage included, $875/month. 941-756-8787,
NEAR BEACH 1 BR/1 BA duplex. Covered parking,
utility room with washer/dryer hookup, no pets.
$750/month plus utilities, $750 security deposit.
IMAGINE CHRISTMAS IN your annual rental 100
steps to the beach! Dec. 1, 2008 - December
1, 2009. 2BR/2BA Townhouse.120 52nd Street,
Holmes Beach. $1,200/month. First, last and secu-
rity. References, 330-758-3857.
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ISLA AER CLA SSIFIEDS
ISLAND BAYFRONT TRIPLEX steps to Gulf, nicely
renovated 2BR/1BA with washer/dryer, $1,050/
month. 1BD/1BA, $875/month, first and security.
352-242-0167. Furnished weekly rentals available
BRADENTON BEACH BRAND new duplex, block
from beach. 3BR/3BA two-car garage, granite
kitchen, marble baths, office, eight-person Jacuzzi,
elevator, balconies overlooking Gulf and Intrac-
oastal. Turnkey furnished, absolutely pristine, no
pets, $2200/month annually with option to buy. Call
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.
ANNUAL DUPLEX 3BR/2BA, washer/dryer hookup,
tile floors, $900/month. 2BR/2BA, tile floors.
1BR/1BA, $700/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker
BRADENTON BEACH: LARGE furnished studio
apartment. Washer, dryer and utilities included,
200 feet from Gulf. $850/month, available now. Call
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT paradise. 2BR/2BA,
tropical pool with spa, two boat lifts, minutes to Gulf.
Don't miss it! $2,300/month, annual, available Aug.
ANNUAL BEAUTIFUL 3BR/2BA Perico Island home
with two-car garage, association pool and tennis
courts! $1,575/month plus utilities. Annual 1BR
with sunroom in Gulffront complex with two pools!
Beachfront living year-around! Carport. $950/
month plus FPL. Annual 2BR/1BA with carport,
Mexican tile throughout. $950 plus utilities. Annual
2BR/1BA duplex near elementary school. $850/
month plus utilities. Call Sue at An Island Place
BRING YOUR BOAT: waterfront duplex in Bradenton
Beach. Two blocks to beach with dock and davits,
washer, dryer and storage shed. $1,000/month. Call
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
ROOMMATE NEEDED TO share 2BR/1 BA duplex
in Holmes Beach. $450/month, plus half utilities.
WANTED TO RENT: reasonable, pet friendly
2BR/2BA unfurnished apartment or condo on Anna
Maria Island for five to six months beginning January
1, 2009. Please email: jcmeyer61 @hotmail.com.
SPECTACULAR BEACH RENTAL: the reward for
those 55-plus. Views of Gulf and beach from every
pristine room. 941-779-1013.
ISLAND HOME 3BR/2BA, $799/week. Townhouse
2BR/2BA, $599/week. Both pool and boat dock.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 2BR/1BA, short-term
considered. Quiet, clean, no smoking. $850/month.
First, last and security. 941-778-5346.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. Beautiful and quaint
efficiency apartment with new appliances, cabinets,
wood floors, granite countertops. One block to Gulf of
Mexico beach and backyard dock with canal access
to Tampa Bay. One person, small pet possible. $745/
month plus security deposit. Call 941-778-9158.
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
FULL GULF VIEWS from most rooms! Also bay and
pool views. Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA end-unit.
Nicely updated kitchen with stainless steel and gran-
ite. Two large screened balconies, secure building,
washer and dryer in unit. Boat dock, tennis court.
Good rental income possible. $469,000. Owner,
941-388-5238 or 941-447-2061.
ANNA MARIA CITY, historical 2BR/3BA, or
1BR/2BA plus 2BR/1BA guest. Screened porch,
workshop, carport, patios, shade, fruit trees, flow-
ers and privacy. Wheel-chair friendly. New aluminum
roof. Handyman special. $629,000. 941-778-9217.
BIG REDUCTIONS IN price. Canal house. Gulfview
condo. Direct Gulffront condo. 941-779-1013.
LONGBOAT KEY GULF-SIDE large 2BR/2BA
condo in great resort. All new windows, roofs,
siding, paint, landscaping and more! Gulf views,
pool, tennis and great rentals. Turnkey ready, Sand
Cay Resort. $559,000. George, 312-321-7501.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street and terrific direct views. $455,000.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO: 2BR/2BA updated,
second-floor unit. New roof and air conditioner.
Turnkey furnished, good rental history. Call Susan
at 863-858-5960 for more information or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. Asking $310,000.
LOT FOR MOBILE home. Beautiful water view! One
mile to Anna Maria Island. Boat ramp available. Per-
fect for doublewide or divide lot to accommodate
two singlewides. No age restrictions. Reduced!!
NEW 2/BR AND 3/BR villas starting at $499,500.
Just five minutes from beach, waterfront lots with
40-foot deep-water slip. Everhart Realty and Devel-
opment. 941-792-0950, 941-504-5554.
BANK-OWNED PROPERTIES. Buy well below the
market, all types of properties. Call 888-836-4550.
TIMESHARE FOR SALE: Tortuga Beach Club
Sanibel Island. On the beach, five stars. One
or two weeks, June 13 thru June 20, 2008. Call
941-472-0301 or 561-791-9010 for price.
PARADISE BAY LAND-OWNED 8x28 mobile, 10x20
addition, driveway. Many updates, close to Island
beaches. $50,000 or best offer. Call 941-447-9852
for more information.
JULY 4 SPECIAL: spectacular 2003 Gulf view home.
2,000 sf. Call Mark, 941-518-6329, licensed broker.
ANNA MARIA BUILDING lot. Cleared, ready to
go, seller motivated. Call Mark, 941-518-6329,
ATTENTION BUYERS! ISLAND waterfront proper-
ties. Greatly discounted sale prices 941-779-1013.
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5 Citadel trainee
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have no walls
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20 Like galleys
21 Run of
22 Great Lakes
23 FOOD COURT
27 Music may come
28 Stock market
30 Like some
31 Stove option
32 Is for a group?
33 Clothing lines
34 Life's partner
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41 Like many dorms
43 ROOM SERVICE
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49 Covert sound
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51 What greedy
52 Cause someone's
55 LIGHT TOUCH
57 Pet animal of
60 Sylvia Plath
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12 Farm call
13 Best, in a way
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15 Gulf of Guinea
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18 Blisters, e.g.
24 "Stop it!"
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38 Read carefully
39 Throw a fit
40 Heaven on earth
41 Vikki who sang
"It Must Be
44 Soap plant
45 Some camera
47 Oaxaca gold
48 Hanoi holiday
50 Teahouse treats
52 Cut decoratively
55 Heavy hitter
56 Area around the
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ATTENTION BOATERS! CUSTOM Key West
home in Cortez gated community off Intracoastal
Waterway , deeded 40-foot boat slip. Reduced to
$1,150,000. Lynn Parker, Rosebay Real Estate,
REDUCED $100,000. NOW $475,000.911219th Drive
N.W., Mango Park, an upscale deed-restricted commu-
nity. 4BR/3BA, two master suites plus den and three-
car garage. Pool with must see privacy. 2008 kitchen,
all the upgrades. Lower taxes and insurance. No flood
required. Minutes to beach. Not a distress property, just
a retiree wishing to move nearer family. Check virtual
tour online. Call Realtor, Karen Pfeiffer, KellerWillliams
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.
NEW ARIZONA LAND rush! 1 or 2.5 football field-
sized lots! $0 down. $0 interest. $159-$208/month!
Money back guarantee! 866-819-2485 or www.sun-
COLORADO RANCH FORECLOSURES: 100-acres
just $59,900. Other ranches available. Year-round
roads, access to utilities. Excellent financing avail-
able. 866-696-5263, ext 4289, www.FLIovesCO.
HOW ABOUT TENNESSEE? For a list of available
lake and mountain homes and properties call Lake-
side Realty toll free at 888-291-5253, or visit www.
DOCKABLE TENNESSEE LAKEFRONT! 3.5 acres,
$49,900. Nicely wooded, gentle slope to water.
Excellent fishing. Perfect for retirement or weekend
getaway. Lowest financing in 25-plus years. Must
see. Call 888-792-5253, ext. 1892.
NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAIN properties. Visit
www.ASDover.com, www. FallingWatersClub.
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Cortez Fishing Village. 2BR/1.5BA. Cozy and cute.
Mt. Vernon Deal! 2BR/2BA, ground level end unit
with views of Sarasota Bay. Private and spacious.
Newly renovated 1131 villa in Seaside Gardens. Walk to
library, beach, restaurants and shopping. $199,000.
Elevated 2BR/2BA home near beach with large screened
porch, plenty of parking. A fabulous buy @ $399,000.
BRIGHT AND OPEN. Very spacious 2BR/2BA
condo. Large heated pool. Easy walk to beach. Fur-
Norman 3101 GULF DRIVE
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Builder's private 3BR/2BA condo is beautiful and unique!
Quality finishes, distressed maple floors, chefs kitchen and
amazing Gulf views! Roof-top patio ready for hot tub.
9308 Gulf Dr
North end of Anna Maria, seven houses to Gulf
beaches! Built in 2002 with 2,300 sq. ft. in 3BR/2BA
and so much charm with exotic wood floors, big wrap
porches and lots of room!
200 S Gulf Drive Palm Isle Village
/2 units left! Hurry! Bank-owned foreclosure! Beach- Adorable beach cottages - 300 ft to beach! Beautifully
front condos with granite and 10-ft ceilings. Call Terry finished and designer furnished with pool and roof
for details.These won't last at current pricing. -top patio. Rental program in place to offset cost.
Recduced $795,000 Priced from the $450s
2500 Gulf Drive 538 68th St
Builder short sale! Bring offers!Two new Gulffront town 6br/6ba spacious pool home on a corner bay lot, excel-
homes, beautifully finished and furnished. Closed garage lent protected harbor, 250ft of seawall w/dock and davits.
and pool. Good rentals. Buyer choice. Includes in-law suite, open plan, 2 car garage and room
244 S. Harbor Dr.
Exquisite bay views from most rooms of this bayfront
townhouse with dock and lift. Private roof top patio,
private elevator and garage.Well maintained community.
306 South Gulf Drive
Adorable Gulffront retreat! Currently 4BR/3BA duplex
rental with pool and zoned C2. Huge beach backyard
for private beach parties and to watch amazing sunsets.
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32 0 JULY 2, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Bright Spot in Real Estate News
' i i. 1...1, "Why arepeoplebuyingNeal Homes
right now?" Pat Neal, Owner of Neal Communities,
shared some insights into the building industry.
"In the recent market fluctuation, we've seen
people continue to come to our communities and
invest in our communities. There are many good
reasons why this has continued to happen."
"Our land is old land, he explained." "We're
working with some land purchased as early as
1980-University Park, and some as late as 2003-
River's Reach. Our land was often purchased at
what would be considered discounts compared to
current values. We're able to pass this savings to our
Mr. Neal continued, "Our company has about 400
Trade Partners/Vendors, some we've been working
with for more than 30 years. On any given day, there
are about 105 Partners on the job throughout our
communities. Our Trade Partners are our partners.
Of this group, more than - , have helped reduce
prices on homes for Neal Communities. In return
for trade price reductions, we've worked hard to
make sure our jobs are scheduled and managed in
such a way as to keep our processes efficient and
our Partners working. This has had a huge and
successful result. Again, we are able to pass these
savings to our homebuyers."
"Because of early land purchases, we've been able
to take our homes back to prices that we offered
in past years-in some cases, 2003 pricing. That
represents real value to our homebuyers. We believe
that's why we've seen a strong market return this
year," said Neal.
I ....... i . are telling us that people who
previously were waiting for a market turn-around
are buying now. And, we've seen the results to
confirm their analyses. In my homebuilding career,
since 1970, there has never been a better time to
own a Neal home," concluded Pat Neal.
Smart Buyers Are
*W* "l "T
Cape Hatteras / Homesite 57
One of our most popular homes with many designer upgrades included! The open living
and dining room showcase this expansive plan. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a den, a massive
family room, and an eat-in kitchen complete this special home. The spacious lanai
surrounds an inviting pool perfect for entertaining.
WAS $634,000 JUST REDUCED - NOW $498,000
Chesapeake I / Homesite 77
A grand entrance sets the tone for this signature, jewel-box
Neal home. The oversized living and dining rooms lead to a
luscious lanai and pool for an open and airy entertaining space.
Two bedrooms, a massive den, 2 1/2 baths, a 2-car garage, eat-
in kitchen and almost endless storage spaces make this one of
our most popular plans. With 2440 square feet, this spacious
home contains elegant custom features including a tile roof and
a paver driveway. Add maintenance-free lawn care and you're
ready to live the life of your dreams. WAS $645,900
JUST REDUCED - NOW $489,900
For more information please call Betsy Schutz at
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