VOLUME 16. NO. 36
s on Anna Maria Island Since 1992
JULY 9. 2008 I
the news ...
July 4 holiday pops for some, sizzles for
Political signs go up
prematurely in Holmes
Beach, Anna Maria.
Two candidates make
ballot for Bradenton
Beach ward seat.
Anna Maria Island
Bridge repairs moving
on schedule. Page 5
Op-Ed: Your opinions.
Our opinion. Page 6
Islanders form Cultural
Connections to plan
Events for varied
interests, from politics
to film, nature to video
games. Page 21
Fishing report: Going
for grouper offshore.
Native Surf Camp surf-
ers ride waves, chomp
pizza. Page 24
The Islander's business
report. Page 25
By Lisa Neff
The crowd oohed and ahhed as the fire-
works lit the sky on Independence Eve in Bra-
Occasionally there were ughs and grrs in
the midst of the celebration, as law enforce-
ment officers asked holiday revelers to turn
over bottle rockets and suggested they simply
enjoy the public extravaganza presented by the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
The July 4 holiday, annually observed with
lots of traditions in the United States, was com-
memorated differently on Anna Maria Island
this year, as well as in a number of other U.S.
Public fireworks displays in municipalities
across the country were canceled for various
reasons - cash-strapped governments, caution
over the potential for wildfires, shortages of fire-
works from China and concerns for the use of
illegal fireworks in the midst of large crowds.
The latter prompted the cancellation of
the public July 4 fireworks display in Anna
Maria. The Sandbar Restaurant traditionally
treats beachgoers to the show, but canceled
this year's event at the request of Anna Maria
Mayor Fran Barford.
Barford also spearheaded the creation of
an Island task force to deal with illegal fire-
Wa ilinmon 'ireiworks. vainion's rosar
Top photo: Fireworks enthusiasts wait for darkness to fall and the light show to begin on July
3 on the beach in Bradenton Beach. Bottom: The Anna Maria Island Privateers lead the
Independence Day parade, firing their cannon and entertaining hundreds of celebrants
on the route from one end of Anna Maria Island to the other. The parade was one of the
largest in many years. For more on July 4 activities, see inside. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
works usage after a firecracker injured a man
The task force met for nearly a year, devel-
oping a public service campaign highlighting
the differences between legal and illegal fire-
works and a plan to confiscate fireworks that are
illegal. Florida law allows hand-held or ground-
based sparkler-type fireworks, but not fireworks
that go boom or are propelled into the air.
PLEASE SEE JULY 4, NEXT PAGE
Week 4 winner:
Taking the Plunge
Mary Anne Keenan of Bradenton is this
week's winner in the newspaper's six-
week-long Top Notch contest, winning
front page placement for the photo and
an Islander newspaper \ h 'ic-Than-A-
Mullet wrapper" T-shirt. Her entry - a
photograph of ducklings anticipating a
swim at Freedom Village - will go into
a pool of weekly winners eligible for the
grand prize of $100 from the newspaper
and a bevy of gift certificates and other
prizes from Islander advertisers. See page
8 for additional contest information.
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July 4 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Teams of law enforcement personnel from the three
Island cities, including the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office and officers from Longboat Key, policed the
beaches for illegal fireworks usage during the holiday.
Materials - M80s, cherry bombs, roman candles,
DayGlo bombs and bottle rockets - were confiscated.
A news release said the contraband would be turned
over at Holmes Beach Police Department, where the
MCSO bomb squad would collect it for disposal.
On the shore in Bradenton Beach, lots of legal spar-
klers and ground-based fireworks went off as people
awaited total darkness and the BeachHouse Restaurant
Occasionally somewhere along the length of the
beach a bottle rocket would shoot into the air, but the
pops before the big permitted show were few.
"I think most people got the message not to bring
them to the beach," said Amanda Kirby of Bradenton.
"We left ours at home. So we'll have them for tomor-
Several teenagers with pockets full of firecrack-
ers set off a few into a crowd near the BeachHouse,
but under the glare of other holiday celebrants they sat
quietly for the rest of the evening.
"I think firecrackers are fun, but I understand that
they can be dangerous in crowds," said William Tate,
12, of Sarasota. He attended the BeachHouse display
with his family and brought along a paper sack stuffed
with sparklers and other permissible July 4 fireworks.
His mother, Diana Tate, said, "It's a beautiful eve-
ning - gorgeous sunset and now the fireworks. I just
love coming out here to the Island for this."
The Island crackdown on fireworks did not occur
in isolation. Other communities in Florida canceled fire-
works shows this year and law enforcement agencies
organized crackdowns on the use of personal fireworks.
Officials in other states also acted to discourage
illegal fireworks use.
California Gov. Arnold SLhli\\ ai/,i.-'.' i urged
people not to patronize roadside stands this year for
fear of fireworks - even legal sparklers - escalating
the wildfire situation there.
Also, in drought-stricken Texas, at least four coun-
ties issued emergency declarations prohibiting the sale
explode over the
beach in Braden-
ton Beach near
July 3 display. A
traditional July 4
did not take place
on the Island due
to safety concerns
about the use of
on the beaches.
Law enforcement officers for the three cities on
Anna Maria Island reported a quiet Fourth of
July weekend. Although some illegal fireworks
were confiscated, and some set off, Bradenton
Beach Police Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz said
he estimated the illegal shoreline displays were
about half of last year. Anna Maria and Holmes
Beach officials reported a quiet, peaceful week-
end as well.
Left, Holmes Beach Police Officer Joel Pierce
unloads confiscated fireworks from his patrol
truck at the station before heading back out on
the road to answer a backup call regarding a
battery in Bradenton Beach Friday night, July 4.
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Island home foreclosures could mean buyer bargains
By Rick Catlin
With home foreclosures in Manatee County and
throughout Florida are at all-time highs, buyers on
Anna Maria Island could easily find some great bar-
gains, according to Island real estate agents.
The Island, as local real estate agents say, is always
in demand and a bargain here generally doesn't last
long on the market.
At least one Web site found by The Islander that
lists foreclosed properties or those about to enter fore-
closure, reports 70 single-family homes and condo-
miniums on the Island in those categories. There are
3,038 properties countywide, according to the same
Based on an Island population of about 7,500
people - 2.2 percent of Manatee's estimated 330,000
residents - 70 foreclosures out of 3,038 is 2.3 percent
of the total.
"That's about right for Anna Maria Island," said
May Aston of ReMax Alliance Group on Manatee
Aston, who specializes in foreclosed and distressed
properties, cautioned that when using a Web site to find
bargains, "There are a lot of figures out there that are
But foreclosures are here and are being filed in
Figures just released by the Manatee County Circuit
Court indicate 2,660 foreclosures were filed in Manatee
County through the first six months of the year, break-
ing the record number of 2,620 for all of 2007.
"And it's not likely to end any time soon," said
But the Island, as Islanders like to say, is not like
While some foreclosed properties on the mainland
might be considered "distressed," those on Anna Maria
Island are quality properties, Aston said.
Island real estate agents see those "quality" fore-
closures as a boom market for buyers.
"The Island is always in demand," said Jason Sato
of Sato Real Estate in Anna Maria.
It makes foreclosed properties here an eye-catcher
because they are likely to be genuine bargains as the
Island real estate market re-establishes itself, said Jessie
Brisson of Gulf-Bay Realty in Holmes Beach.
In some cases, the bank wants to get out of the
mortgage and will consider an offer for less that what
it's owed, Sato said.
In a pre-foreclosure scenario, the homeowner has
received a notice from the bank of impending foreclo-
sure. The owners often will listen to any offer that will
gets them off the hook and avoid foreclosure.
Sato and Brisson said they have seen an upswing in
foreclosure showings and have been involved in several
such property sales.
Interested buyers, however, should avoid relying
entirely on a Web site for information on a property.
It might all look good on the Internet, said Bris-
son, but not all the sites represent licensed real estate
Brisson said buyers who use the Internet to find
bargains should know what they're looking for and be
wary of an extremely low price.
The low price listed on a Web site is the "hook" to
get the potential buyer to purchase that service. Once
signed up, a buyer will get full information on the loca-
tion of the property and whether or not it's for sale by
a bank, owner or real estate agency.
An Internet search of Web sites for foreclosed prop-
erties found more than 10 such sites and each had a
varying figure for the number of Manatee County fore-
closures. Some of the Web sites provide basic informa-
tion on each property at no charge, while most require a
fee to see the complete listing, including an address.
And some of the foreclosure properties are the
result of a "short sale" - below the amount owed to
the mortgage company - prior to the foreclosure.
And that's one of the reasons why property values
are in decline, Aston said.
"The problem is that a lot of these properties are
'flip' homes and just not worth what someone paid,"
In a 'flip' home, the buyer purchases the property
for a minimal amount or even no money down, then
obtains an immediate appraisal. When the re-appraisal
shows - on paper - that the home is worth consider-
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This house on Flotilla Drive was part of a recent New York Times story on the practice of "flipping" homes
during the real estate boom years of 2005-07 that led, in part, to the mortgage-lending crisis. A segment of the
television show Fox Business Network also featured the property. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
ably more than what the buyer just paid, the buyer will
take that appraisal to a lender such as Countrywide,
obtain a higher mortgage, pay off the first mortgage
and pocket the difference.
Shipping houses works fine until there is no longer
a buyer. At that point, the speculator is left with a high
mortgage on one or more properties and is unable or
unwilling to make the payments.
An example of a "flip" home gone bad is the house
on Flotilla Drive in Holmes Beach once owned by Scott
Hopp and recently featured in a report in The New York
Times and on Fox Business News television.
According to the Fox program, Hopp purchased
the house for $750,000 with no down payment, then
obtained a refinance mortgage with Countrywide for
$1.1 million, using an appraisal with a higher value.
Hopp used Countrywide for several other Manatee
County "flip" home purchases, including one in Bra-
denton Beach that he defaulted on.
The Flotilla Drive home will be sold at auction this
month with the minimum bid at $369,000, although the
bank has the option to reject offers.
Other Island real estate agents alleged GSR Devel-
opment LLC principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega
practiced flipping. When the Island real estate market
collapsed, the company was left with 22 properties on the
Island, all of them mortgaged for more than their market
value, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records.
With so many foreclosures and pre-foreclosures,
Aston said now is a good time for bargains.
"The banks are working hard with a buyer to make
a deal because they have so many of these homes. I
don't see an end in sight. The market will come back
eventually, but there's a lot of foreclosure inventory out
there" for the entire county, she said.
And there are some excellent bargains on Anna
Maria Island, at least according to one Web site.
The site - realtytrac.com - listed a one-bedroom/
one-bath condominium on the Island for $79,000.
"And that might have been just what the bank was
owed," said Aston.
Other Island "deals" on the various Web sites
included several single-family homes for just over
$200,000 and one for $199,000. A number of con-
dominiums were listed in the $100,000 to $199,000
The Islander newspaper will host a meeting at
4 p.m. July 17 for business owners to discuss the
effects of the planned 45-day closure of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge and to explore the possibility
of moving the date forward from Sept. 29.
The Florida Department of Transportation will
participate in the meeting.
Some business owners have expressed a
need to close the bridge earlier during the slow-
est month, September, and to allow the bridge to
open before November.
The meeting will be at The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
To put the decline in prices in perspective, in 2005,
the average price of a single-family home on Anna
Maria Island was more than $600,000, while the aver-
age condominium sold for $330,000.
"Prices have really dropped," Brisson said. "But I
believe prices have bottomed out. There was a drop in
early 2008, but I'm seeing a leveling off. The Island
real estate market is already on the comeback trail."
According to the multiple listing service used by
real estate agents, sales for the first half of 2008 are
up 16 percent compared with the first six months of
Granted that prices are down from last year, said
Brisson, but the increase in sales shows activity.
The serious buyer or investor is finding some excel-
lent values in foreclosed and pre-foreclosure properties,
And on the Island, those properties are quality
homes, said Aston. "You're not seeing distressed prop-
erties as foreclosures, but very nice houses."
Anna Maria City
* 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.
* July 29, 10 a.m., Island Fireworks Task Force meet-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
* July 10, 5 p.m. planning and zoning board work-
* 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.,
* Through July 11, noon, qualifying for municipal
elections takes place.
* 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 9, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Com-
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900, www.wmfr.org.
* July 16, 4 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
Port Manatee, 300 Tampa Bay Way, Palmetto,
* 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 9, 2008 U THE ISLANDER
Political signs go up prematurely; some come down
By Lisa Neff
A couple of candidates in the Aug. 26 primary pre-
maturely planted political signs in Holmes Beach and
Anna Maria last week.
In Anna Maria, John Chappie's signs for the Dis-
trict 3 county commission race and signs for school
board candidate David Miner were required by code
enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon to come down.
"If we're not in compliance, I apologize," Miner
said July 2.
Chappie said he removed his signs within an hour
after a final interpretation of Anna Maria's code.
Chappie's signs also were placed in Holmes Beach
before the code allowed, but Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
said July 1 that he wanted to allow the signs to stay. He
also invited Jane von Hahmann, the incumbent in the
District 3 race, to post her signs early.
Questions over the signs began circulating on July
1, when von Hahmann received an inquiry from a con-
cerned citizen who saw Chappie's signs on the Island
and wondered why she hadn't erected her campaign
Von Hahmann then inquired with Holmes Beach
and Anna Maria code enforcement officers.
"When I saw them going up, I was like, 'Wow,
what's going on here," said von Hahmann.
"Rules are rules," von Hahmann said, adding, "I' m
not a sign person. For me it's about substantive debates
and forums. It's about where we've been, where we're
going and how we're going to get there."
Von Hahmann said she was aware of the timetables
for the various jurisdictions because she received a fact
sheet from the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections
Office in her candidate packet.
The supervisor indicated that signs could go up 30
days prior to an election in Anna Maria, 45 days prior
in Holmes Beach and 60 days prior in Bradenton, Pal-
metto, unincorporated Manatee County and Bradenton
That sheet, however, contained at least one error.
A review of codes last week indicated that Bradenton
Beach does not place restrictions on when political
signs can go up, but it does require them to come down
within five days of an election, said code enforcement
officer Wendy Chabot.
Also, apparently Anna Maria's code, revised two
years ago, confused some seeking office and some in
Miner, who is running against incumbent Harry
Kinnan in a countywide race for the District 2 school
board seat, said his campaign thought his gold and blue
political signs were permissible in Anna Maria as early
as last week.
"If all the city attorneys and county attorneys got
it together on this issue so there is a consistency, that
would be for the benefit of all the governmental inter-
ests and the residents' interests," Miner said.
Chappie said, "There were three interpretations.
It wasn't clear.... I think they are going to workshop
Anna Maria code enforcement officer Gerry Rath-
von said after she received von Hahmann's telephone
call, she reviewed the ordinance and then talked with
city officials, including city attorney Jim Dye, on July
On July 2, she received Dye's final interpretation
- that the political signs are classified as temporary
Rathvon said "temporary" signs in the city's ordi-
nance cannot be placed more than 30 days before an
event, in this case, an election.
Based on that timetable, the political signs in Anna
Maria went up about 22 days early.
"We will notify the people who have signs out and
Regulations for political signs differ from one
jurisdiction to the next in Manatee County. Signs,
according to a review of local codes, can go up:
* 30 days prior to an election in Anna Maria.
* 60 days in Bradenton.
* No prior limit in Bradenton Beach.
* 45 days in Holmes Beach.
* 60 days in unincorporated Manatee County.
* 60 days in Palmetto.
A sign for John Chappie, candidate for the District
3 county commission seat, stands outside the West
Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach. The mayor said
the candidate's signs could remain despite being
placed two weeks before allowed under the city's
sign ordinance. The mayor invited incumbent Jane
von Hahmann to put up her signs last week. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
give them 24 hours to remove them," Rathvon said July
2. "There's no fine. I myself was unsure of this and had
to go back to the guidelines and the city attorney."
By July 3, Chappie's signs were gone in Anna
Maria. A few of Miner's signs, as well as several faded
signs for Barack Obama and John McCain, remained
in the city, the presidential candidates' signs placed
well ahead of the allowable timeframe for the Nov. 4
Meanwhile, Chappie's red, white and blue signs
remained in Holmes Beach as the July 4 holiday
The Holmes Beach City Commission adopted a
new sign ordinance last fall, the measure stating, "It is
the purpose and intent of this article to create a com-
prehensive and balanced system of sign control that
accommodates both the need for a well-maintained,
safe and attractive community, and the need for effec-
tive business identification, advertising and communi-
cation," the measure states.
Last week, after reviewing the sign ordinance, Boh-
nenberger said he would let Chappie's signs stay.
"I think they were put up a few days early and we
decided not to press the issue," Bohnenberger said. "It's
a matter of a couple days, that's all.... I don't like to
bend the rules, but it's only a few days."
Bohnenberger said at first the code enforcement
officer thought the signs went up months in advance,
believing the race was to be decided Nov. 4.
Rather, the signs went up about two weeks in
"It is the primary election," Bohnenberger said.
"The ordinance dictates 45 days. So, it's only a couple
The mayor also expressed some reservations with
the sign restrictions.
"We're going to have to address that code," he said.
"It takes a lot of effort and expense for candidates to
put up signs."
As local officials last week reviewed and reacted
to timetables for sign placement in the various jurisdic-
tions, the American Civil Liberties Union issued a gen-
eral statement to The Islander noting a U.S. Supreme
Court ruling on political signs.
The high court, in the City of Ladue v. Gilleo in
1994, recognized the signs as "venerable means of
communication that is both unique and important....
Signs that react to a local happening or express a view
on a controversial issue both reflect and animate change
in the life of a community.... Residential signs are an
unusually cheap and convenient form of communica-
tion. Especially for persons of modest means or limited
mobility, a yard or window sign may have no practical
The ACLU has challenged ordinances related to
political signs in other states, most recently in Virginia
and Maryland. In Baltimore, a judge invalidated a
45-day restriction on political signs stating that many
courts have recognized "the importance of official cam-
paign signs and the message they provide" and ruled
them protected speech under the First Amendment.
"Campaign signs in front yards are as much a part
of the American political landscape as newspaper edi-
torials, stump speeches and blogs," said the ACLU's
Miner, a Bradenton attorney, said he would comply
with the ordinances, but added, "All of these ordinances
are suspect.... I do think it is a very restrictive, flawed
limitation.... This election is less than 60 days away
and it is a very important election."
Two candidates campaign for ward seat
By Lisa Neff
William Shearon and Robert Bartelt are running for
the Ward 4 seat on Bradenton Beach's city commission,
promising low-key but substantive campaigns.
The qualifying period for the election closed at
noon July 3.
In Ward 2, incumbent Bob Connors, of Avenue B,
will not face any opponent and he retains his commis-
The municipal contest in Ward 4 will be decided in
the Nov. 4 general election, which also will include the
race for the White House and the local congressional
district seat, among other contests.
Bartelt, who lives on Church Avenue, serves on
the advisory ScenicWAVES Committee and is active
in boating organizations.
The candidate moved to the Island eight years ago
after retiring from a 33-year career with the fire depart-
ment in Milwaukee, where he also taught emergency
medical services at the Milwaukee Area Technical
"I just really wanted to get involved in city poli-
tics," Bartelt said of his reason for running. "I really
love Bradenton Beach. And I really enjoy being part of
"I want to make it clear, I' m not 'running against
Bill Shearon.' If I could have run in another ward,
I would of. But I did want to throw my hat into the
Shearon, who lives on Gulf Drive, previously
served on the city commission and currently serves on
the planning and zoning board. He ran for mayor last
year against Michael Pierce.
Shearon, who with his partner Tjet Martin runs and
resides at the Linger Longer Resort, said he decided to
Holmes Beach candidate
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 Commission-
ers Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti have
said they will run for re-election Nov. 4.
run for office to complete unfinished business from his
previous commission term.
"There were a lot of projects that were started but
haven't been finished and that's really why I am run-
ning again," he said. "When I first ran, it was because
I thought there were projects that should be done. Now
I think there are projects that should be finished."
Shearon, who is retired from a career as an inde-
pendent petroleum marketer in the Chicago area, said
he wants to bring his business acumen to city hall.
Like Bartelt, he promised a friendly, issues-oriented
"With both of us running, that means the people
have a choice," Shearon said. "In the past, the people
haven't had a choice."
Shearon recalled the he has been elected in Braden-
ton Beach by one vote, his own. "I'm not very proud
of that," he said. "People need a choice."
Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor John Chappie cur-
rently holds the Ward 4 seat. He decided not to seek
re-election at the municipal level and instead is running
against incumbent Jane von Hahmann for the District
3 county commission post.
With both Chappie and von Hahmann running as
Republicans and no Democratic candidate on the ballot,
that election will be decided in the Aug. 26 primary.
THE ISLANDER U JULY 9, 2008 5 5
AMI Bridge repairs continue on schedule
The Florida Department of Transportation and Anna
Maria Island Bridge contractor Quinn Construction Co.
were scheduled to complete a nighttime installation of
temporary railing on July 8-9.
The work was to involve the closure of one lane of the
bridge between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Flaggers were to direct
traffic across the bridge during the 10-hour period.
DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said she was still
trying to determine if Quinn planned any other night
closures before Sept. 29, when the bridge will close to
vehicular traffic for 45 days to allow Quinn to finish the
$9.2 million project. The bridge is scheduled to reopen
for all traffic Nov. 13.
During the 45-day closure period, Quinn will per-
form bridge deck hydro-demolition and concrete over-
lay, complete bascule structural replacement, paint the
bascule leaf structural steel, complete installation of
permanent electrical system power and controls, replace
the Hopkins frame and recondition the drive machinery
and perform functional testing and checkout.
While the bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, boat
traffic will be able to transverse through the span at
selected times that will coordinate with raising the
Cortez Bridge bascule. The system is designed to
ensure no boat is "trapped" between the two bridges.
Also during the 45-day closure, emergency vehicular
traffic such as ambulances, fire trucks and police vehi-
cles will be allowed across the bridge with an advance
For the latest information on the rehabilitation proj-
ect, go on the Web to www.islander.org and click on
community links. People without Internet access can
The story in the July 2 issue of The Islander should
have indicated that only emergency traffic will be
allowed across the Anna Maria Island Bridge during
the 45-day closure period from Sept. 29 to Nov. 13.
New trolley shelters erected in Holmes Beach
By Lisa Neff
Crews went to work erecting four new trolley shel-
ters in Holmes Beach last week.
The wooden beams for the shelters arrived in late
June and the construction work began June 30, visible
on Marina and Palm drives in the city.
A fifth shelter will be built at the Manatee Public
Beach once the city and the county complete talks on
the best location, said Holmes Beach public works
director Joe Duennes.
The locations for the other new shelters are:
* Palm Drive and 71st Street.
* Palm Drive and 74th Street.
* Palm Drive and 85th Street.
* Marina Drive and 63rd Street.
Each shelter, modeled on previous shelters, costs
about $4,200, Duennes said.
The city's advisory parks and beautification com-
mittee recommended the locations earlier this year
based on trolley ridership.
The city has erected several shelters each year for
the past four years.
Given budget constraints in the next fiscal year and
frugal forecasts, Duennes said he didn't know whether
Workers install wooden beams for a new shelter at a trolley stop in Holmes Beach July 1. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
additional shelters would be erected in the near future. said July 1 that the city probably will fund another year
However, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger of shelter improvements.
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Houston, we've got a problem
Sign of the times? Call it an enforcement problem. But
it's a problem and it's fireworks.
Legions of Fourth of July celebrants came to Anna Maria
Island for the holiday and ignored laws, flaunted their pur-
chases of illegal pyrotechnics and set off their fireworks.
Even with repeated warnings from law enforcement, the
use was so prevelant that it mounted to a continuous volley
on July 4. The week before the holiday and July 3, sporadic
displays - the sort that rocket through the sky - were rou-
But the night of July 4, the rockets glared from shortly
before 9 p.m. until late into the night. Boom. Kaboom.
Pop. Pop. Pop. Bam, bam, bam. Big, loud, low-rumbling
It was as if no one knew - or cared - it was illegal.
One police officer said that as he patrolled the beach
and confiscated illegal fireworks from partiers, others were
shooting rockets behind his back, mocking his effort.
He and other law enforcement officers were booed, criti-
cized, scorned and shamefully disrespected.
This is out of control. These are the people we trust to
protect our safety and welfare.
But we have a year to try to resolve it.
Before we're invaded again, we need to address state
laws that allow the sale of illegal fireworks, and we need
Call it a sign. The local elections will see some races
decided in the Aug. 26 primary and it appears at least some
candidates jumped the gun by posting yard signs too early,
in violation of local ordinances.
This, in spite of the fact that the candidate packet distrib-
uted to all who consider running for political office includes
a simple list detailing the sign limits.
County commission candidate John Chappie was ordered
to remove his signs in Anna Maria, and complied. But in
Holmes Beach, where his advocate is the former mayor and
current county commissioner, Carol Whitmore, the signs
In fact, at least one city commissioner and Whitmore
have left Chappie's political signs in their yards.
But Mayor Rich Bohnenberger offered to allow Chap-
pie's signs to remain - and invited the incumbent in the
race, Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, to also post "illegal"
signs, although she declined.
But can he, should he waive the ordinance?
If this is a sign of how things will be in local politics,
it's a bad sign.
This week we say a final goodbye to Jim Hanson, a
newspaper man who contributed greatly to the success of The
Islander with his endearing ways and storytelling skills.
He is dearly missed and his contributions to our news-
room will long be remembered. We owe him a great deal,
for he taught us much and that will live on. He died July 4.
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A message to the Privateers
I've lived on the Island going on two years. We
love it here. This morning I enjoyed my second Fourth
of July parade. I find it curious that no color guard
displaying the American flag leads the parade. I know
the parade had a lot of stars and stripes but there is no
more pride displayed than standing with your hat off
and hand over your heart.
This tradition seems to be lost by most people, but
I was taught this respect by my father, who served four
years in World War II (with the 8th Air Force over-
seas in England). For all the years he was alive, he
not only stood for the color guard but stood at atten-
tion and saluted it as he did so many times during the
war. He was a 60-year veteran in the American Legion.
For brave people such as him it's our duty to continue
the tradition of the color guard at the beginning of all
parades. It's our American duty particularly on the
Fourth of July, our country's birthday. Usually color
guards are supplied by the local American Legion,
VFW and even junior ROTC programs at no charge.
I plan to drive my classic car next year in the parade
and nothing will be more pleasing to me than to be lead
by a color guard displaying "Old Glory."
Roger Cox, Holmes Beach
One might think I would be disturbed at the tone
of Janet Aubry's June 18 opinion letter in The Islander,
branding me a naysayer with 18 followers. Quite the
In all fairness, Ms. Aubry should have disclosed she
is the wife of architect Gene Aubry. He is the architect-
partner in the Pine Avenue project with developers Ed
Chiles and Mike Coleman.
So I consider it an honor that my naysayingg" has
been a constant irritant to her, because all my nays have
been on behalf of the residents of this community to do
as I promised more than three terms in office to protect
what we've got.
Duke Miller, Anna Maria city commissioner
A Duke follower
Regarding the letter from Janet Aubry regarding
Anna Maria Commissioner Duke Miller: Ms. Aubry,
shame on you!
I am one of many "followers" of Miller and the ideals
he has stood for with regard to preserving our city.
The only possible way the commissioner could be
classified as a "naysayer" is in the eyes of those who
are trying to change our beloved city. Property owners
should know that Aubry is the wife of architect Gene
Aubry, a person who stands to make a lot of money on
the redevelopment of Pine Avenue, along with develop-
ers Ed Chiles and Michael Coleman.
Perhaps Janet Aubry has an agenda.
Miller has fought for six years on behalf of the resi-
dents of Anna Maria. He held the line against numerous
potential encroachments on what we all love most about
our city. It has always been a tough fight with some of
the people who want to change our city, while most of
us, it seems, just want to preserve our Anna Maria.
As he leaves office, it is our hope that Miller's
replacement will continue to " toe the line" so we don't
end up like yet another ruined barrier island commu-
nity. We all know that businesses are a very important
part of our city, but someone has to continue to repre-
sent the residents.
I do agree with Aubrey on one thing: "We have
good people and a good city." Let's keep it that way!
Mike Selby, Anna Maria
It was very nice of Pierrette Kelly, executive direc-
tor of the Anna Maria Island Community Center, to
thank Keith Offenhauer for the use of his parking lot
during spring training games, which resulted in raising
$6,097 in donations for the Center.
Unfortunately, she overlooked all the people who
parked cars and collected funds, a staffing almost exclu-
sively by Duncan Real Estate Inc. Volunteers were
requested from the Center, but none were provided.
Linda Schaich. Bradenton
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Contractor reconsiders Anna
Maria stormwater project
By Rick Catlin
After Anna Maria was forced to delay the projected
start of Phase 1 of its stormwater drainage project
because it never received the required Southwest Hor-
ida Water Management District permit, Adkins Con-
tracting Inc. - the successful project bidder - wrote
Anna Maria city engineer Tom Wilcox a letter demand-
ing the company be paid $235,000 of the $539,000
contract it had signed with the city for the project.
The city responded in kind that the Adkins claim
Pipe dream in Anna Maria
Workers for the Manatee County Utilities Depart-
ment are busy on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria installing
new water lines with accompanying one-lane traffic.
Anna Maria public works director George McKay
said he's been told the project, which began June 23,
will take up to 60 days to complete. The first delay
has already taken place as the project was scheduled
to begin in January, according to Anna Maria Mayor
Fran Barford. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Cooler heads, however, have apparently prevailed
and Adkins - faced with a signed contract, a denial
of its claim by Wilcox and Mayor Fran Barford, and
some legal advice - is reconsidering the contract and
project. Now that Swiftmud has issued a permit for
the project - Phase 1 of the city's master stormwater
drainage plan - the start date has been pushed back
Evidently, some work in a bad economy is better
than no work in a bad economy and trying to sue the
city in court for damages.
Adkins wrote Wilcox on June 23 that the company
was "reviewing the newly revised plans" and asked for
a new construction schedule.
The company said it now needs to contact its sub-con-
tractors and suppliers to determine if they will honor
their original quotes. Adkins said it would reply to the
city by July 3.
In other drainage project news, Swiftmud sent a
notice that it would meet with Wilcox and other city
officials at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 17, to discuss "con-
ceptual level plans for Phase 2" of the city's overall
Phase A of the plan has already been completed, but
difficulties have been found with the filters installed.
In Phase 1, Swiftmud rejected the original design
and asked for models of what the stormwater runoff
would look like before any new drainage construction.
The city eventually agreed to a Swiftmud suggestion
to eliminate the ditch blocks and some pipes in certain
locations and get rid of the project's vortex separator.
With a scaled-down design, Wilcox has estimated
Phase 1 will cost about $120,000 less than the $539,000
in the Adkins contract. But there are also engineering
inspection fees to add, Wilcox has previously noted.
HDR Engineering Inc. and Wilcox have already
waived an estimated $30,000 in fees and costs associ-
ated with the project.
In the July 8,1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* The Holmes Beach City Commission heard
from the public, including Bob Jorgensen, that
dredging of the city's canals as mandated by
the comprehensive plan should be funded in the
city's yearly budget, not by an annual assess-
ment or by raising property taxes.
* Bradenton Beach city commissioners agreed
that a proposal to purchase the Bradenton Beach
Marina hinged on whether the property could be
declared tax-exempt if leased to a management
* Anna Maria public works director Phil Char-
nock told city commissioners he was reviewing a
proposal by developer Jim Toomey for Bayview
Plaza, a retail-office complex to be built on the
site of the former Anchorage restaurant.
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Special master orders compliance with turtle regs
By Lisa Neff
A beachfront resort was ordered to comply with
sea turtle regulations or face a daily fine during the first
special master hearing to take place in Bradenton Beach
since the city adopted the code enforcement practice.
The city disbanded its code enforcement board
last year in favor of a special master or special magis-
trate process, which involves a trained hearing officer
making findings and conclusions rather than a commit-
tee of citizens.
Special Master Harold Youmans, a retired judge,
travels around the state presiding over such hearings.
The June 26 hearing in Bradenton Beach drew a
crowd to city hall, somewhat surprising the special
master of the quasi-judicial procedure. Some people
said they were curious about the code enforcement pro-
cess. Others said they were interested in sea turtles,
which are protected under the U.S. Endangered Species
Act, Florida statutes and local ordinances. And some
said they were interested in both the enforcement pro-
cess and turtle protection, including Anna Maria Mayor
Bradenton Beach code enforcement officers Wendy
Chabot and Gail Garneau and city attorney Ricinda Perry
presented the case against Tri Star Properties, owners of
2218 Gulf Drive N. and 2300 Gulf Drive N.
On June 2, Garneau and Chabot reported viola-
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye has rejected
claims by an attorney, that the city's controversial zero
lot-line ordinance is at odds with the city's already
established codes and recently adopted comprehen-
Jeremy Anderson, of the Sarasota law firm of Lobeck
and Hanson, represents William and Barbara Nally of
Spring Avenue in their lawsuit against the city over its
approval of the Sandbar Restaurant's site plan.
In a June 26 letter to Mayor Fran Barford, Dye said
Anderson's interpretation of the zero-lot line ordinance
is at fault because Anderson claims the ordinance cre-
ates duplexes, which are not allowed in the retail-office-
residential future land-use category established by the
Not so, opined Dye.
The city code allows residential structures to join
their roofs and facades provided "no more than two
residential structures join in this way and each structure
is located on its own platted lot."
The structures are considered separate for resi-
dential density purposes, enjoined Dye, and the ordi-
nance questioned by Anderson "does not allow any
more dwelling units to be built than would originally
have been allowed" prior to the adoption of the ordi-
tions of two codes at Tri Star's Sand Pebble Apartment
properties - a requirement for turtle-friendly lighting
during the May through October nesting season and
a requirement that furniture and other possessions be
removed from the beach from sunset to sunrise.
A loggerhead turtle caught under a beach chair
while nesting was the catalyst for the code enforce-
ment investigation and subsequent hearing.
"He interprets this joinder as creating duplexes,"
said Dye, and "Mr. Anderson threatens to challenge this
ordinance," possibly in court.
Dye said he "disagreed with Mr. Anderson's state-
ment that the intensity or density of the district has
changed because of the enactment" of the ordinance.
Anderson cites a number of rules of construction
that "support his argument," conceded Dye, but there
are other rules that are "contrary" to Anderson's reason-
Included is "one that states that the most recent
statement of the legislative body is the best evidence
of the body's intent."
But Dye also conceded that it might not be worth
the city commission's time, effort and taxpayer money
to fight any challenge from Anderson and the Nallys.
The city could focus on a policy discussion and
definition of a duplex that "could be adjusted to elimi-
nate any ambiguity reflected by the Nallys' concerns,"
Dye also suggested that the city commission dis-
cuss other issues raised by Anderson for property uses
on Pine Avenue.
'That would be much more fruitful than defending
a legal challenge, which could be remedied by a simple
definitional adjustment," concluded Dye.
No problem for Anna Maria candidate-attorney
By Rick Catlin
Former Anna Maria city commissioner and current
commission candidate Chuck Webb said he won't have
a conflict if elected this November.
A licensed attorney with an Island practice, Webb
represents Evelyn and Jack Fiske of 850 S. Bay Blvd. in
their legal action against the city - which is to affirm
their right to use their property as a marina.
If elected, however, Webb said he would recuse
himself from any vote and not participate in discus-
sions about the Fiske property. If a shade meeting is
held regarding the Fiskes, Webb would abstain from
"But I fully expect this will be resolved by Novem-
ber," he said.
Florida Ethics Commission counsel Virlindia Doss
said that while she could not comment on a specific
case, such situations have come up in the past.
It's not uncommon in Florida for an attorney to be
elected to public office while at the same time repre-
senting a client with a claim against the governmental
body, she said.
Once elected, a lawyer in such a situation typi-
cally does not vote or participate in discussions on
the issue, assigns the case to a colleague or withdraws
Speaking in "general terms," Doss said Florida
Statute 112.313(7) covers conflicts of interest for
elected officials and government staff members.
And every case is different and "fact specific,"
Doss said. The FEC has had several conflict of interest
cases in which the judicial opinion differed. Determin-
ing a conflict of interest is "not a checklist of events
and actions," Doss said.
Legal opinions and rulings on FEC cases can be
found on the FEC's Web site at www.ethics.state.
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
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or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
mans holds a
hearing in Bra-
June 26 in city
E hall. Youmans
i Addresses Louis
Najmy, left, of
Tri Star Proper-
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e -b Perry and city
On June 1, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch director
Suzi Fox notified the city and Sand Pebble management
that a nesting turtle had become trapped in a chair left
on the beach near the resort.
Fox also reported that lights at two Sand Pebble
buildings threatened to disorient turtles - the animals
find their way back to the sea by the moon and starlight
reflecting on the water, so artificial lights visible from
the beach can disorient adults and hatchlings.
Chabot, testifying during the hearing last week,
said she and Garneau investigated the situation June 2
and identified lighting and furniture violations, prompt-
ing notices to Tri Star.
During a second inspection June 18, Chabot
observed that the lighting problem at 2218 Gulf Drive
N. had been corrected by turning out the light, but vio-
lations remained at 2300 Gulf Drive North, including
about a dozen chairs on the beach after sunset.
Perry asked Chabot for her penalty recommenda-
tion; she suggested Tri Star pay a $250 daily fine for
each violation and be ordered into compliance. "They
need to shield their lights ... and they need to stow
away their beach furniture," Chabot said.
Later in the hearing, Perry said the city would be
agreeable to a lesser fine, but also wanted Tri Star to
pay the city's costs associated with the case.
Louis Najmy, representing Tri Star, said a fine
would "be a hardship.... This isn't the best of times."
Najmy did not dispute the city's claims and offered a
speedy fix. \ly intent is not to be adversarial," he said.
Until he received notice of the violations, Najmy
said he thought the resort was complying with nesting
\ly concern is to get our property into compli-
ance," he said. "I thought we were in lighting compli-
ance because of the actions we'd taken. And in years
past we've never been found in violation because we
pull our chairs back."
Fox testified at the hearing about the lighting
and furniture found early June 1 and the threat to the
AMITW's attorney, Curt Harbsmeier, also spoke,
reminding the special master that the city's codes "are
born of federal regulation."
"It is my understanding that a citizen actually
removed the beach chair from the turtle," Harbsmeier
Youmans, at the start of the hearing, said he was
guided by two principles - that sufficient notice is
made of an alleged violation and that all have the
opportunity to speak.
After hearing from the parties involved and offer-
ing to hear public comment, Youmans found that Tri
Star had received sufficient notice.
He then made a number of findings and conclu-
sions, including that:
* The two properties "contained deficiencies" and
did not comply with the city's code.
* The violations continued over a period of time.
* The city incurred $948.40 in costs that Tri Star
* Tri Star must correct lighting problems by close of
business June 30 or pay a $100-per-day fine for future
* Tri Star must create a system for keeping furniture
off the beach at night by the close of business July 10 or
pay a $100-per-day fine for future non-compliance.
"That's my decision today," Youmans said.
City attorney rejects Anna Maria
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Commission: no to leniency on lien
By Lisa Neff
Day after day neighbors watched the weeds grow
up around 6804 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
A daily $250 fine on the foreclosure property also
continued to grow.
The fine, imposed in September 2007 by the city
code enforcement board for "o _i',u l" iloh," resulted in
a lien on the property that now stands as a barrier to its
sale to neighbors Shawn and Jennifer Kaleta.
Recently, Shawn Kaleta appeared before the Holmes
Beach City Commission and asked that the lien be lifted
from the property or at least the fine reduced.
The commission consensus was "no."
Kaleta, on his own, stopped the clock on the mount-
ing fine by cleaning up the property now owned by
GRP Loan in White Plains, N.Y., and formerly owned
by developer Robert T. Byrne.
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discovery of the lien, which totals $57,250 - a $250
fine for 229 days.
Kaleta reviewed the property history for the com-
"This is a foreclosure," he said. "Basically the
property was acquired two years ago. The investor
never made a payment. Never touched the property."
Eventually Byrne returned the property to the
bank and it went into a foreclosure sale in Febru-
ary. Shawn Kaleta began to inquire about buying
the property, hoping to tear down the structure and
"The day of the closing was the day we found out
about the lien," he said.
The Kaletas volunteered to clean up the property,
which stopped the city fine from building. They also
volunteered, on behalf of the bank, to ask the city to
lift the lien.
"The previous owner is the one negligent," Shawn
Kaleta said. He added that if the lien is not lifted, the
property "is just going to sit there.... You could be star-
ing at it another year or two."
Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens acknowl-
edged that the previous owner was responsible for the
code violation and the mounting fine. However, she
said, "Someone did not do their job."
Haas-Martens questioned how the bank was
unaware of the lien.
"I worked in banking for 28 years," she said. "When
the bank takes back a piece of property, they normally
do research to see if there are any other liens. I'm not
happy with this."
Commissioner David Zaccagnino suggested the
city could reduce the fine but added, "We can't just go
ahead and start forgiving fees willy nilly.... It's some-
thing that can't just be dismissed."
Zaccagnino and other commissioners said lift-
ing the lien might jeopardize the integrity of the code
enforcement board and process.
While Zaccagnino and John Monetti initially indi-
cated an interest in reducing the fine, Commission-
ers Pat Morten, Pat Geyer and Haas-Martens seemed
opposed to a reduced fine from the start.
"We' re going to ruin our code enforcement board,"
Morton said he feared opening the floodgate as fore-
closures continue on the Island - and nationwide.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger added, "Code enforce-
ment has been having a real hard time with foreclosed
properties.... And we' ve had problems with a lot of
banks in this area."
By Lisa Neff
With a platter of stipulations, the Bradenton Beach
City Commission July 2 approved an application for a
major expansion of a beachfront restaurant.
Commissioners devoted considerable time during
their 125-minute meeting at city hall to reviewing plans
for the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N.
The city's planning board recommended commis-
sion approval of the restaurant's application, which
calls for a $500,000 expansion with a new parking
lot, chickee hut, a tiki bar and lobby, as well as a new
kitchen and rest rooms. The plan calls for a total of 90
parking spaces and 252 seats for patrons.
The planning and zoning board, during its meeting
in May, focused on parking accommodations and the
definition of a chickee hut.
"Chickee" or "chiki" is the Seminole word for
house and the structures are considered by many Flor-
ida engineers to be among the simplest but most durable
in hurricane-force winds.
A part of Native American tradition and culture,
chickee huts built by members of the Seminole or Mic-
cosukee tribes of Florida are exempt from the permit-
ting process, though rules such as setbacks do apply.
State and federal policies define a chickee hut as an
open-sided wooden hut with a thatched roof of palm
or palmetto or other traditional materials, devoid of
electric, plumbing or other non-wood features and con-
structed by the Miccosukee or Seminole tribe.
The restaurant's chickee hut would be used for special
events, such as wedding receptions or executive lunches.
The city commission - after hearing from city
building official Steve Gilbert, the cafe's project engi-
neer Marie McCaughan and two local residents -
focused primarily on the concrete slab to the south of
the restaurant. The slab is a remnant of the old Trader
Jack restaurant, which closed in 1985 and was burned
by an arsonist in 1987.
In an early stage of planning, the restaurant's plans
included building a bed and breakfast inn at the loca-
tion, as well as the restaurant amenities. The bed and
breakfast was removed from the current plans, primar-
ily because the project was too large to complete within
a year, McCaughan said.
With development on the south end of the property
on hold, plans to keep a portion of the Trader Jack slab
concerned residents who attended the meeting.
"Are they not going to do ani\ hi ng with the cement?"
That doesn't seem right to not take care of that eyesore,"
said Barbara Hug, a resident on Gulf Drive. "I have not
seen them take care of that property."
Hug added that residents in the area also are concerned
about noise from bands performing in the tiki bar.
"This is a big concern for the 70 owners that live
there," she said, referring to the Imperial House con-
Gilbert said noise and any other nuisance concerns
could be dealt with under the city's code by the police
department or code enforcement officers.
He said the commission could consider requiring a
fence or landscape buffer for the slab, which sometimes
gets used for illegal beach parking. The area is near
the Regina shipwreck site, a popular destination for
underwater divers, and the concrete has been a popular
parking spot for their vans and trucks.
The commission, in its motion to approve the cafe's
application, stipulated that the restaurant owners create a land-
scaping buffer on the Gulf Drive side of the slab. Specifically,
the motion was to create a buffer of native beach plants.
The commission's motion also stipulated that the
chickee hut would not be supplied with electricity or
water and that no food or drink service would take
place in the hut, with exceptions for private or permit-
City hall still must sign off on a final site plan for
In other business, the commission:
* Approved a final reading of a 30-year franchise
agreement with Florida Power & Light Co. The existing
agreement was set to expire in August.
* Directed city staff to prepare revisions to the city's
ordinance on "occupational licenses" to change the
term to "business tax receipt" to comply with changes
at the state level.
* Approved payment of a $3,697.56 invoice from
Lewis, Longman and Walker for legal fees.
* Approved payment of a $6,359.38 invoice from
M.T. Causley for building department services.
* Endorsed a recommendation from Commissioner
John Shaughnessy, Ward 1, that the city recognize its
administrative staff for rallying during the absence of
city clerk Nora Idso, who went on medical leave this
spring and recently returned to work part-time.
Commission approves application
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Mark Green, an organizer of the Fulford Family Reunion in Cortez over the July 4 weekend, welcomes a crowd
to the celebration. The event is a tradition in the historic fishing village, but this year drew record numbers of
Fulfords and Cortez natives from all over the United States. It featured a fishing contest, boat rides, swimming,
storytelling, museum tours, dining and the Cortez World Champion Grits Cooking Contest. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Roger Allen
Bridge rehab leads to Island 'hop'
By Lisa Neff
A group of Islanders hope to build a cultural festi-
val from the closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
The bridge, currently undergoing a multi-million
dollar rehab, is scheduled to be closed for 45 days
beginning Sept. 29.
For months, Island officials have been working
with state and county representatives to prepare for
the potential traffic and economic woes the Manatee
Avenue bridge closure might yield. Traffic during the
45-day period will be detoured to the Cortez Bridge.
In late June, a group of Island business owners met
Public invited on port tour
By Rick Catlin
A July 16 meeting of the Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials is to take place at Port Manatee at 4
p.m., with officials touring the port.
The public is invited to join the BIEO members in
Manatee County commissioner Carol Whitmore,
who is also a member of the port authority, is organiz-
ing the tour at the suggestion of Anna Maria Mayor
The suggestion came after a company that plans
to operate a natural gas pipeline from the Gulf of
Mexico to Port Manatee recently agreed to shift the
pipe's planned route away from a location offshore of
the north end of Anna Maria Island that would have
traversed needed borrow pits for beach renourishment
Because Port Manatee falls under the watch of the
Federal Emergency Management Agency, a security
clearance is needed for the visit.
Anyone interested in going on the July 16 tour
should call Whitmore's county office at 941-745-3704
no later than July 14 to register.
Whitmore said the port authority has a 70-seat tram
purchased several years ago from the Hershey Choco-
late Co. to take passengers around the facility along
western Tampa Bay.
Port Manatee is located off U.S. Highway 41 about
three miles north of Palmetto near the Hillsborough
hold breakfast July 14
The Democratic Women's Club of Manatee County
will hold its annual Island event, Breakfast at the Beach,
at 10 a.m. Monday, July 14.
The event will take place at Cafe on the Beach at
Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Suzanne Dickie at
941-761-4098 or Francine Slack at 941-778-3444.
at Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA to discuss a
concerted effort to keep vacationers coming to Anna
Maria Island during the bridge closure.
"We need to get heads in beds," said Ed Chiles,
who owns two Island restaurants.
To draw visitors, Chiles said an annual skimboard
contest sponsored by the BeachHouse Restaurant that
usually takes place in late summer, will be postponed
to the fall.
Two other events will take place in Bradenton
Beach in the fall to draw crowds to the Island - a
fishing tournament at the Historic Bridge Street Pier
and a miniature golf tournament at The Fish Hole on
Meanwhile, a loosely organized new coalition
called Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island is
planning to celebrate the reopening of the AMI Bridge
with a full weekend of events.
For Nov. 14-16, coalition members are planning a
weekend called "artsHOP" on the Island to include:
* Nov. 14, open houses at Island Gallery West, the
Anna Maria Island Art League and the Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island Gallery in Holmes Beach and the
Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria.
* Nov. 14-15, an opening for the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society's Seminole exhibit at the museum on
* Nov. 15, a Bridge Street Market in Bradenton
* Nov. 15-16, an art and crafts fair in the field by
Holmes Beach City Hall to benefit the Anna Maria
Island Butterfly Garden.
* Nov. 15, a live performance at the Island Players
theater in Anna Maria.
* Nov. 16, an Anna Maria Island Community
Chorus and Orchestra concert at Crosspointe Fellow-
"Each city is going to host events," said Sissy
Quinn, director of the Anna Maria Island Historical
Jewelry taken from
Bradenton Beach home
More than $50,000 in jewelry and computer equip-
ment was reported taken from a Bradenton Beach
Robyn Morgan, 44, of Philadelphia, said she
returned to her home in the 2200 block of Avenue B to
find numerous items were disturbed. As she searched,
she discovered a laptop computer missing, as well as
coins and jewelry containers.
Morgan said entry apparently was made through
an unlocked back door and she suspected the burglars
exited through a front door.
She estimated 26 items were taken, including a gold
ring that she valued at $7,000.
Fingerprints were taken from the scene. The inves-
tigation is ongoing, Bradenton Beach Police said.
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James E. Hanson
Anna Maria Island, Cortez, Longboat Key, Sara-
sota, Montana, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington,
D.C., and more places around the globe have lost a
Jim Hanson died on the Fourth of July surrounded
by family and friends. He had been a reporter and fea-
ture writer since 1995 for The Islander newspaper,
where he insinuated himself with the residents of the
village of Cortez.
Born in Montana, Jim was a graduate of the Uni-
versity of Montana. He joined the U.S. Navy and served
as a captain of a PT boat off New Guinea during World
War II. He then continued his military career in Central
and South America.
Upon returning to the states, he went to Seattle to
work for a newspaper, eventually becoming manag-
ing editor. He was later invited to become legislative
assistant for U.S. Sen. Henry Martin "Scoop" Jackson
of Washington state, and moved to Washington, D.C.,
to run Jackson's legislative office.
Jim then went into the lobbying realm, working for
Amtrak among other organizations.
Jim retired to Longboat Key in the mid-1980s and,
after three years, decided to go back into journalism.
He started as a writer for the Longboat Times, later
becoming its editor. He then worked for the Weekly
newspaper, a Sarasota-Bradenton tabloid, the Pelican
Press newspaper and The Islander.
Islander publisher Bonner Joy said, "He made him-
self a friend to everyone he met and he made friends
for the newspaper. He had a gentle way with words and
people. He was especially admired among the oldtimers
in Cortez, as if he was one of them, and that's not an
easy task. I can't imagine how we'll fill his shoes. It
will be impossible. I will miss his wit and wisdom."
Jim won numerous writing awards for The Islander
newspaper over the years at the annual Florida Press
Former Sarasota Mayor Jack Gurney, also a former
reporter, said of Jim, "He was a gentle, very intelli-
gent man who had a great sense of humor. He was just
a great guy to have as a friend. He had a wonderful,
diverse background. For a boy raised in rural Montana,
he saw the world. His perspective on things reflected
not only his boyhood, but his experience."
"He will be missed," said Cortez resident Joe Kane,
"for he had newspaper in his blood."
"I did love the man," said Roger Allen of the Flor-
ida Maritime Museum in Cortez. "He was one of my
pillars. This is so very, very sad."
Cortez patriarch Blue Fulford said, "Among the
annals of journalist writing, he was the top cowboy. I liked
old Jim. He always had our best interests at heart."
Memorial services are being planned for a later date
and will be announced in The Islander.
He is survived by wife Amira; sons David of Arling-
ton, Va.; Brian of Bristow, Va., and Eric of Clifton,
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By Paul Roat
Jim Hanson stories are myriad.
He and I met more than 20 years ago when we were
both editing newspapers owned by the same company.
We worked side by side, and I found that his journal-
istic experience spanned decades. Hell, he worked on a
paper in Washington state that used linotypes to set copy
- those bulldozer-sized machines that used to creak and
crank out hot lead pieces of metal in the shape of letters
that would end up on a printing press, inked and imprinted
on the paper.
We learned how to use computers together.
It was a slow process for both of us old dogs in tip-
ping our toes into the computer age, but we eventually got
the hang of it all and could zip through like pros on our
old Apple 2 computers - cutting-edge processors for the
Jim worked out of his back room on Longboat Key
then. We would get page layouts on Friday afternoon, then
work like fiends through the weekend to get the paper to
the printer Monday and Tuesday.
After a month or so, and after getting to know Jim,
I suggested it was silly for him to drive all the way to
south Sarasota to the company office to pick up the layout
sheets. Why not meet downtown somewhere, say, and
maybe have a beverage? I suggested.
He thought that was great. And so we did. I'd deliver
his mail on Friday afternoon, kibitz about how awful the
news was, talk about what was going on - did I men-
tion adult beverages? - and then we went forth to do the
voodoo to finish the weekly newspapers.
After a while, I mentioned to another journalist that
Jim and I were meeting on Fridays and asked if he'd care
to join us. He did, as did others of a like mind, and others,
It was Jim who gave our gatherings the name of "choir
practice," and those of us that remain here meet still.
Our respective newspapers got folded into another
publication and although I departed, Jim stayed for a
while. He went to the Pelican Press of Sarasota and Siesta
Key and also started to do some work for The Islander.
He eventually left the Pelican and worked exclusively for
The Islander, where he quickly fell in love with Cortez.
I've always thought that the villagers were just as quirky
as Jim, which was the likely reason for the love affair.
Jim was always there for us. Breaking news? No prob-
lem - give Jim the basics and you'd have a complete
article in 20 minutes.
Need a comprehensive analysis of something so com-
plicated that even the people doing the analysis didn't
quite know what was going on? No problem - give Jim
a few days and he' d produce an article that was compre-
hensive, coherent and eloquent.
He was an award-winning journalist in Florida, but
he was humble. He got a best-in-state in the press asso-
ciation contest for agricultural writing on an article he
did on beekeepers, and another for religious writing on
the St. Bernard Catholic Church 50-history and anniver-
sary celebration. And there were others, too numerous
Jim called himself the "old dog."
And I'm sure going to miss the old dog.
Many folks will miss Jim Hanson.
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THoe we e te days
By June Alder
Reprinted from The Islander, circa 1993
20 YEARS AGO (1973)
The first phase of the $3 million countywide sewer
system is under way on the Island. Heavy equipment
is ready in Bradenton Beach to lay the first section of
pipe for the lines that will do away with septic tanks.
* Little did the Islanders realize the mess the sewer
project would make of their Island - every street torn
up, clouded with dust in the hot weather, clogged with
mud in the summer rains; the noise of the bulldozers
and backhoes and trucks; every front yard dug, split by
trenches for the sewer hookups; then the spot repaving
of the streets leaving them full of humps. On top of that,
along came the gas shortage of 1973-74 courtesy of the
Middle East sheiks, when crabby motorists lined up at
gas stations before dawn. And then there was the stench
of one of the worst red tide outbreaks in many years,
which had us all sneezing and coughing. Altogether it
was a bummer of a year.
of bits and
by June Alder
40 YEARS AGO (1953)
The Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring
an Islandwide meeting on March 5 at the Island School
to explore the subject of consolidating Anna Maria,
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach.
* When Islanders have nothing better to think
about, they think about "consolidation" - that is
making one city out of the three tiny cities on the
Island. Harry Varley, editor of the former Islander
newspaper, pushed hard for consolidation before
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach were incorpo-
rated in the early 1950s (Anna Maria City had been
created in 1923.) A few Anna Marians favored Varley's
"one city" scheme, but most of them didn't then and
don't now. Time and time again referenda on consoli-
dation of any kind have failed. I doubt if independent-
minded (OK, read that self-centered) Islanders will
ever buy it.
80 YEARS AGO (1913)
Anna Maria Beach is destined to be the great-
The inset photo at left is of Capt. Jim Sage's deep sea fishing boat "Clipper," which sailed out of the Island's
Bayside in the 1940s. The aerial photo shows the old wooden bridge that linked Bradenton Beach with the
Cortez mainland and tied into Bridge Street. Jack Leffingwell, a well-known resident of the era, built the rickety
span just after the 1921 hurricane. The bridge was the only connection to the Island from the mainland for 35
years. The late Harold Smith, who owned a camera shop in Holmes Beach, took the aerial photo. The smaller
photo was taken by the late Don Roat, father of Islander news editor Paul Roat.
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ice delivery, many miles of cement sidewalks. In the
near future we will have electric lights, and a streetcar
line connecting the Island with the mainland is now
-Will Bean, in a 1913 pamphlet advertising his
* Anna Maria Island never did get a trolley line, of
course. It was just Bean's ballyhoo. However, way back
in 1903 there was a six-mile electric railway running
between Braden Castle to Manatee (the town east of
what is now Bradenton) to Fogartyville (the boat-build-
ing community surrounding what is now 26th Street).
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14 0 JULY 9, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Oh, say did you see...
By Lisa Neff
Star-spangled banners waved in the Anna Maria
Island Privateers' July 4 parade.
The motorcade took place the morning after fire-
works burst in the air during an Independence Day Eve
display in Bradenton Beach.
The parade traveled nearly the length of the Island,
from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach to Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria.
Participants tossed beads and candy from slow-
going red, white and blue floats and vehicles. Onlookers
waved and hollered to friends and family passing by.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers led the parade in
the group's ship on wheels, the Skullywag, followed by
the winners of the Privateers' scholarships this year.
The fashion of the day was red, white and blue - in
solids, stars and stripes. The accessories included beads,
miniature American flags and floppy Uncle Sam hats.
Paradegoers cheered for a variety of parade entrants
representing the Island emergency departments, busi-
nesses, city halls, community groups, condominium
associations, mobile home parks and neighborhoods.
'Throw me some candy," Jacob Nice, 7, shouted
as the boat float carrying Holmes Beach city hall rep-
resentatives passed through the intersection of Manatee
Avenue and Gulf Drive.
Instead, Jacob received some beads. "Cool," he
said, adding the beads to the substantial collection
around his neck.
Paradegoers raced up to a Winn-Dixie truck for free
bottles of water, eager for a drink with the overhead sun
pushing the late-morning temperatures higher. And they
shouted to pirates, hula dancers, ballplayers, real estate
agents, retailers, restaurant owners, police officers, fire-
fighters and hundreds of others in the parade.
"Man, this is going to be one hot day," said Nancy
Armour of Orlando. She was spending the last day of
a week on the Island.
"It's been a heck of a Fourth," she said.
Privateers said 98 units were involved in the parade
with 589 people in the motorcade. 'Thousands" was the
best estimate of watchers.
After the parade, the Privateers gathered at Cafe on
the Beach at Manatee Public Beach for a luncheon and
to present scholarship awards to students.
The organization raised more than $27,000 for
scholarships this year, which went to Austin Eason,
Kimberly Kuizon, Elise Mundy, Claire Ingram, Ashley
Bishop, Chris Chawi, Nicholas Gotts, Angela Jackson,
Dion Shorey, Eric Whitley, Ashley Stinton, Elizabeth
Aguilar, Josie Cockerham, Charlie Green, Lupita Per-
ales, Ashley Petersen, Kelsey Taylor, April White and
Privateers said the scholarship total was the most
the organization has ever raised in a year.
"When it all comes together, it's really something,"
said Privateer and parade organizer Tim "Hammer"
Privateers' class of 2008
The Anna Maria Island Privateers presented $27,000 in scholarships to local students, pictured, at the Cafe
on the Beach July 4. The students joined the Privateers in the holiday parade, then dined on barbecue at the
beachfront restaurant before receiving their scholarships. Awards were presented to Austin Eason, Kimberly
Kuizon, Elise Mundy, Claire Ingram, Ashley Bishop, ( i, i, ( /i,in i, Nicholas Gotts, Angela Jackson, Dion
.9iw, t , Eric Whitley, Ashley Stinton, Elizabeth Aguilar, Josie Cockerham, Charlie Green, Lupita Perales,
Ashley Petersen, Kelsey Taylor, April White and Sean Price. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
by the Anna
"DeAna Smith, 13, and Amanda DeKleine, 12, visit-
Paradegoers wave to participants in the July 4 event ing from New Jersey, capture parade moments near
organized by the Anna Maria Island Privateers. Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
Lucas, 8, and Ian MacLeod, 10, of Bradenton, climb
over rocks near the BeachHouse Restaurant to reach
the shore and await the July 3 fireworks show.
Fireworks flower in the sky in Bradenton Beach.
Trinity Cure, 3, celebrates in Bradenton Beach.
THE ISLANDER U JULY 9, 2008 0 15
After the celebration comes the cleanup
By Lisa Neff
Florence Parker had a paid holiday July 4, but she
Parker and a number of other people turned out
on the Holmes Beach shoreline early July 4 to collect
the trash left behind by the previous night's revel-
Early risers, some of them Island residents and
some of them Island vacationers, also turned out to
pick up trash in Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach, as
well as at Kingfish Boat Ramp
"I think when you have crowds of people, you have
trash," Parker said. "But it's not good to let it go out
into the water."
The nonprofit Ocean Conservancy estimates that
about 61 percent of the trash found in bodies of water is
generated by shoreline recreational activities compared
to about 2 percent generated by dumping.
Wildlife, on shore and in the water, can be injured
by litter and other waste - volunteers last year in the
international cleanup found 834 birds, 730 fish, 453
invertebrates, 278 mammals and 87 reptiles entangled
in debris. The entangled animals can choke, suffocate,
starve, or fall victim to predators.
Richard Chambers was out collecting trash on the
beach in Holmes Beach on July 4 by 6:30 a.m.
Andy Pates picked up litter in Anna Maria - two
garbage bags filled with bottles, paper wrappers and
Meanwhile, on the beach close to where the fire-
works show took place July 3, Bill Stott used a metal
detector to search for valuables more precious than
On last year's morning after the show, Stott found
about $15. This year, he said, he didn't find more than
a few coins.
"It's just not as good,," he said, "but they did leave
a lot of trash."
After a survey of the Island beach, Suzi Fox,
executive director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch,
said she saw litter in spots, but "all in all it's not too
AMITW did report finding an abundance of fur-
niture left overnight on the shore, creating potential
obstacles for nesting sea turtles.
Also, near 65th Street in Holmes Beach, Fox
received a report from HBPD of someone driving on
the beach and then about 1,000 people gathered in
the area as two loggerheads crawled from the Gulf of
Mexico to nest.
Fox said police stayed in the area to protect the
turtles until AMITW representatives arrived.
Treasure or trash?
Bill Stott searches in the early morning on July 4for valuables among the trash on the shore in Bradenton
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Super-majority referendum up to Anna Maria voters
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners voted 3-1 at their
June 26 meeting to place a referendum on the Novem-
ber ballot asking city voters to decide if amendments to
the city's land-use element of its comprehensive plan
and amendments to the city charter should require
approval by at least four commissioners.
The measure, also known as a "super-majority"
vote, came from the city's charter review committee
and was supported by outgoing Commissioner Duke
Miller, who had originally wanted the electorate, not
the commission, to have the final say on comp-plan
amendments. He said he was confident a super-major-
Von Hahmann to hold 'fun raisers'
Jane von Hahmann, who is running for re-election
as county commissioner in District 3, will hold two
"political fun raiser" events this summer.
"No money needed. Free hot dogs and cold drinks,"
states an announcement from the candidate, who will
face John Chappie, presently the vice mayor in Braden-
ton Beach, in the election Aug. 26.
The first event, hosted by Karen Bell, will take
place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12 at the Star Fish
Co. Restaurant and Seafood Market, 12306 46th Ave.
The second event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. Aug. 9 at the Anna Maria Island Centre shopping
center on East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.
Center offers Wii, watercolor,
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's fee-
based adult program lineup this month includes a water-
color class taught by Sue Lynn Cotton on Thursdays at
10:30 a.m., a yoga fitness class with LaRae Brownewell
on Wednesday at 9 a.m. and a Wii bowling class on
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Center is at 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. For more information about pro-
grams and fees, call 941-778-1908.
ity vote would ensure future comp-plan amendments
would be scrutinized thoroughly.
Commissioner Christine Tollette cast the lone
Commissioners also approved another measure from
the review committee for the Nov. 4 ballot that, if passed,
will delete some obsolete provisions of the city charter
and add "clarifying language" to other sections.
The best news of the meeting came from city trea-
surer Diane Percycoe, who reported that changes in
the redesign of Phase 1 of the city's drainage plan have
resulted in a $188,000 decrease in the estimated cost of
the project. Percycoe added, however, that engineering
costs might rise by an additional $64,000.
The total estimated cost of the project (phases 1
and 2) was still at $764,000, but Percycoe said she
was confident this is the maximum cost. The South-
west Florida Water Management District has already
approved a matching grant of $539,000 for the project
and the city is seeking an additional matching grant of
While the second grant has not yet been approved
by Swiftmud, Percycoe said the request is "way up on
the list," perhaps No. 3 or No. 4 out of 20 requests.
Mayor Fran Barford said she is confident of Swiftmud
approval in its 2008-09 budget.
The commission voted unanimously to approve the
change order for the project.
Percycoe also came in for some praise from Bar-
ford, who has nominated her for the "Florida League
of Cities Financial Officer of the Year" award.
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n surer Diane Percycoe
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In other business, commissioners agreed to begin
the process of giving the environmental education and
enhancement committee "official status" from city gov-
ernment, similar to the city's planning and zoning and
code enforcement boards.
Barford said the committee has made many excel-
lent recommendations to the commission, including a
suggestion to review the sign ordinance.
City attorney Jim Dye noted that the EEEC is dif-
ferent from P&Z and the CEB because those boards
"make a final decision with the force of the law," while
the EEEC is an advisory committee.
Barford said the EEEC wants to be more of an
"oversight committee," similar to an architectural
Dye said a commission resolution would be appro-
priate to give the committee official status and he will
prepare a resolution that will detail the EEEC's specific
duties for the commission's July 24 meeting.
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Bradenton Beach plans 'dinghy dock' work
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach officials agreed last week to
undertake minor in-house repairs of a city-owned dock
and prepare a grant application for a major overhaul in
The agreement was reached July 2 during a meeting
of the city's pier team at city hall.
In addition to the renovation of the Historic Bridge
Street Pier, which was completed about a year ago, city
officials have been planning to create a formal mooring
area and rebuild a storm-damaged "dinghy dock."
A bid for an L-shaped dock located south of the
city pier opposite the Bridge Tender Restaurant came
in higher than expected earlier this year, leading city
officials to seek bids on a scaled-back design.
The most recent proposal for the dock came from
Wood Dock and Seawall in Cortez. The bid called for
removing the damaged dock and rebuilding a new
90-foot-long dock with 20 marine-grade pilings at a
cost of $12,600.
"It's as stripped down as it gets," said Lisa Marie
Phillips, manager of city projects and programs.
The team briefly discussed the bid proposal but
then decided to seek grant funding from the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in 2009
for the L- shaped dock and an accessory "floating dock"
In the meantime, a city public works crew will
replace the damaged wood in the existing dock, a proj-
ect estimated to cost about $3,000.
I'd like to see us go that route," Phillips said.
Boats and small docks in the bay in Bradenton Beach. The city plans to repair a city-owned dock this year and
apply for grant money to overhaul the dock in 2009. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
"Address the health and safety issues and apply for
funds for the whole dock."
In other business during the meeting, team mem-
* Endorsed relocating a news rack from the base of
the Historic Bridge Street Pier to a location on the pier.
The rationale for the move is to create more space for
* Heard from Phillips that a new request for bids
to develop a master plan for a mooring field was being
* Encouraged Phillips to seek grant money for a
new bicycle rack at the pier, possibly a rack with artistic
* Reviewed changes on the pier required by a West
Manatee Fire Rescue District inspection, including the
placement of a fire extinguisher in the fishing kiosk and
the removal of dust covers from smoke detectors in the
dock master's office.
* Agreed that the city's ScenicWAVES Committee
should review a concern about where anchorage boaters
might park cars overnight.
"People are coming in with 30-foot sailboats and
other family members bring cars," Bradenton Beach
Police Chief Sam Speciale said. "The issue is, we
don't have overnight parking on the pier and on Bridge
"If we are planning on these higher-end boats,
where are we going to put them when they come in
with cars? We're going to have address this issue."
... while 'Rotten' city pier bait shop opens
Rotten Ralph's on the Pier manager Mike Cosby
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concession stand operated by Rotten Ralph's on the
Historic Bridge Street Pier. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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operating on Rotten Ralph's time.
"Ralph gets a half-day off at Christmas," said owner
Dave Russell. That means that 365 days a year, from
about 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., the bait shop and concession
stand will be open on the Historic Bridge Street Pier in
Russell said the shop had a soft opening, starting
with informal hours and the sale of snacks and treats,
including chips, soft drinks and ice cream.
"We' ve been open and trying a few things out to see
what's going to go," Russell said. "It's been building
up a little as people find out we're here."
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hats and T-shirts for sale, as well as fishing rods for rent
and frozen bait on sale.
"We've got frozen bait right now," Russell said.
"We're going to run that and see what kind of demand
is out there."
Rotten Ralph's on the Pier opened last Septem-
ber following a major renovation of the pier structure,
which was damaged in 2004 by Hurricane Frances.
Along with a contract with the city to operate the
restaurant, Rotten Ralph's secured the contract to oper-
ate the fishing kiosk.
The Rotten Ralph name also is attached to Russell's
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 28, 100 block Pelican Avenue, battery. About
40 people were present at an estate sale and depu-
ties observed one man grab a woman by the arm. The
woman declined to press charges and the man and his
wife agreed to leave.
June 25, 2000 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, tres-
pass. Lifeguards called officers after a report of a bel-
ligerent man who refused to leave the beach. He was
issued a trespass warning and then he left the park.
June 28, 700 block Gulf Drive South, Cortez
Beach, theft. The complainant said someone took his
skim board from the beach.
June 29, 1600 Gulf Drive South, traffic arrest. Offi-
cers stopped a man driving north on Gulf Drive. It was
determined he did not have a driver's license and he
June 26, 300 block 67th Street, criminal mischief.
Officers responded to a report of a man who went to his
ex-wife's home and demanded to see his son. When he
was told he was not allowed to see his son, he became
excited and broke a window, then left.
June 26, 200 block South Harbor Drive, DUI.
Officers stopped a vehicle after noting the radio was
turned up beyond accepted legal sound limits. Officers
detected a an odor of alcohol and determined the driv-
er's license was suspended. Field sobriety tests were
made and Lacey M. Wieman, 28, of Bradenton, was
arrested on DUI charges and obstruction, as she gave
a false name when first stopped.
June 26, 300 block 67th Street, criminal mischief.
Officers responded to a suspected drunk man on the
beach. Lifeguards said he had caused a disturbance
earlier in the day. The man was asleep. After he was
awakened, he was issued a trespass warning and driven
to a bus station.
June 28, 3015 Gulf Drive, Citgo, trespass. Officers
were called in regards to a man panhandling in the park-
ing lot. He was issued a trespass warning and left the
June 29, 3000 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
plainants said that they met a childhood friend, who said
he was homeless, and they let him spend the night on
the couch in their home. When the couple awoke, they
found the man gone, as well as a duffle bag containing
about $550 in video equipment and sunglasses.
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By Lisa Neff
An attorney is asking for a dismissal of charges
against a teenager arrested in connection with an
alleged scuffle in April with a Bradenton Beach
police officer on Coquina Beach.
The attorney for the youth alleges that the offi-
cer's actions were "criminal and without probable
The scuffle occurred after a 14-year-old boy
blew a kiss toward Officer Timothy N LiatthL on
April 20. N Liath . s has since resigned as a reserve
officer from the Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment and taken a post with the Palmetto Police
Two teenagers were arrested - Lance Lewis,
14, for felony battery and his sister, Veronica, 18,
for battery on a law enforcement officer.
Tampa attorney Alex Hajaistron recently filed
a motion seeking a dismissal of the case against
Veronica Lewis. Records in the case against Lance
Lewis, who is being treated as a juvenile, were not
A probable cause affidavit filed in the case by
BBPD detailed law enforcement's perspective.
Matthews wrote that at about 2:12 p.m. he was
driving his patrol car in the parking lot at Coquina
Beach "and observed a white male (Lance Lewis)
blow me a kiss. I asked him what his problem
was and he said, 'I don't have a problem N...' I
asked why he would blow me a kiss and he said,
' F... you.' There were many young children in the
Matthews reported that when he approached
the boy, his "sister Veronica Lewis stepped between
us. I told her to move and she pushed me and said,
'I don't want my brother arrested.' I then pushed
her out of my way and attempted to grab Lance
June 29, 200 block 66th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his bicycle, valued at about
June 30, 2700 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
Lewis and he pushed me away. I grabbed him in
a headlock and he kicked me in the left leg. I then
took him to the ground and handcuffed him. His
sister was grabbing me, trying to pull me off, and
I called for officers to assist."
Hajaistron, in his motion, said that N Lilltth s
overreacted to the incident and harassed the
"Upon observing a' kiss being blown at him,'
Officer N Latth. \%s exited his patrol unit, asked co-
defendant Lance Lewis if he was retarded, verbally
berated Lance and his defendant/sister, then started
aggressively approaching both defendants."
The attorney claimed that Veronica Lewis tried
to protect her brother, who was wearing a cast on
"Officer N Latthi\, s pushed Veronica Lewis out
of the way, placed his hands on the body of Lance
Lewis, put the minor in a choke hold, flipped the
child to the ground, straddled the upper torso of the
juvenile, attempted to punch the child in the face
where the officer missed and punched the concrete
causing injury to his knuckles, then began choking
Hajaistron went on to claim that Matthews'
actions were criminal, that he lacked probable
cause to "confront the defendants nor does
having a 'kiss blown' at Officer Matthews
create a reasonable suspicion that the defen-
dant or her brother were involved in criminal
activity or that the defendants were armed and/
A response to Hajaistron's motion had not
been filed at the courthouse by The Islander press
A status hearing in the case is scheduled for
July 29 at the Manatee County Justice Center in
plainant said someone took a tabletop water fountain,
valued at $75.
June 30, 600 Manatee Avenue, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took his bicycle.
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Wednesday, July 9
5:30 p.m. - The Florida Public Archaeology Net-
work presents a teen program on the past at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Thursday, July 10
11 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community
Center's teens program heads to Leffis Key in Bra-
denton Beach to clean up the preserve. Information:
11:30 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St.
Armands Key Chamber of Commerce "Nooner" luncheon
at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-383-2466. Fee applies.
2 p.m. - Movie at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
7:30 p.m. - Wii bowling for adults at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Friday, July 11
6:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts movie
night in the gym, showing G-rated feature movie, "The
Spiderwick Chronicles." Information: 941-778-1908.
Saturday, July 12
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
hosts a breakfast meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Carwash at Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, with proceeds to benefit the
Vandermolen family, whose home burned.
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Family origami with Judy
Pruitt at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - "Political Fun Raiser" meet
and greet with Manatee County Commissioner Jane
von Hahmann hosted by Karen Bell at Star Restaurant,
12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez. Free hot dogs, drinks and
music by Eric von Hahmann.
8 p.m. - Karaoke "Cortez Idol" contest kicks off at
Pelican Pete's, 12012 Cortez Road, Cortez. Information:
Monday, July 14
10 a.m. - Democratic Women's Club of Manatee
"Breakfast at the Beach" at Caf6 on the Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-4098
S l]: 3232 East Bay Drive
Next to Walgreens
Jack MacDougall's one-man show, "Nature's Spirit,"
will be on display at the Manatee Arts Council Gal-
lery, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton, through July 28.
Included in the show is "East Beach, Fort DeSoto,"
a photograph taken in the Pinellas County park.
6 p.m. - "Redirecting Children's Behavior" par-
enting workshop at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Babysitting available.
Tuesday, July 15
10 a.m. - The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a "Harry Potter" program.
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
for lunch and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:
Wednesday, July 16
5:30 p.m. - Learn to draw mythical creations with
comic-book author and illustrator Bruce Allen Wallis at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch
horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
* Simply Put Artisan Gallery, 11904 Cortez Road,
hosts "Fourth Fridays" for Cortez, from 6 p.m. to 9:30
p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Information:
* Teen Boys Night meetings take place Wednesdays
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
* Teen Girls Night meetings take place Thursdays at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Information:
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* From 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturdays of the
month, the Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E.,
Palmetto, opens to visitors, with volunteers available to
answer questions about the flora and fauna and hiking
paths. Information: 941-729-2222.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the
American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Braden-
ton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information:
* On the third Saturday in July, the Historic Bridge
Street Merchants Association presents the Bridge Street
Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bradenton Beach. The
event will then take break and resume in the fall. Infor-
* On July 19, the South Florida Museum celebrates
the birthday of Snooty the Manatee. Information:
* On July 19, Manatee County commissioners and
the county conservation lands management department
host a grand opening of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th
St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.
* On July 22, the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a public performance by the
Earthlings Washboard Band.
* July 25-27, the Anna Maria Island Community
Center Fishing Tournament takes place. Information:
941-778-1908, ext. 9203.
Save the date
* On Aug. 15-17, the Island Players welcome
the Welsh Players to the Island for a performance of
"The Importance of Being Earnest." Fee. Information:
* On Aug. 26, Florida holds its primary election.
* Sept. 1 is Labor Day.
* Nov. 14-16, "artsHOP" takes place at various
venues on the Island. Information: 941-778-2099.
Send calendar announcements two weeks in advance
to email@example.com. Please include the time, date and
location of the event, a brief description and a contact via
e-mail and phone.
Chamber seeks fall vendors
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is
seeking vendors for its October event, Island Bayfest.
This year's event will take place from 10 a.m. to 10
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
The chamber is seeking vendors for arts and crafts,
food and retail booths, as well as non-profit organiza-
tions to operate informational stands.
For more information, call organizer Cindy Thomp-
son at 941-4766, or chamber president Mary Ann
Brockman at 941-779-9412.
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By Lisa Neff
"It can end up being exercise, that's for sure," Steve
Schewe said as he hiked along the Gulf of Mexico tide
line on a recent morning.
Schewe moved fast enough to bring color to the
cheeks, but not at a huff-and-puff pace. He was walking
on uneven terrain and studying the sand.
Schewe, a health and wellness trainer by trade, is
a volunteer with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. He
walks the area of the Island's Gulf beach identified as
"Section 7" on AMITW's map on Thursdays and Fri-
Schewe's job, like that of nearly 100 other volun-
teers, is to look for signs that a female sea turtle has
nested on the beach - or at least attempted to nest.
On a recent walk, Schewe came across tell-tale
tracks and a nest, which was verified by AMITW execu-
tive director Suzi Fox, then staked out and marked to
protect the clutch of eggs.
"She came up, put her nest in an appropriately high
area, turned left, looked at a sandcastle and just before
the water here did a 360," Schewe said, studying the
Schewe moved to Manatee County from the Los
Angeles area, specifically Malibu, where he had a long
and successful career in fitness training. "In 1975, I
became one of the first fitness trainers in the United
States," the Bradenton Beach resident said, recalling
workout days at Gold's Gym with muscular names
in the growing field, including now California Gov.
Arnold S.-li a iil/ ii.- .'c
Schewe moved to the area about four years ago and
to the Island last year.
"All I did was switch west coasts," he said.
But then Schewe added that he also switched atti-
tudes. "Well, the Midwestern kindness and friendliness
comes through here," he said. "Malibu is friendlier than
Los Angeles. Most people would still walk by and say
'hello' or smile. But in Los Angeles, a smile is almost
an invasion. It is not the norm."
Schewe guessed that if a turtle-watch program
existed in Malibu, the residents probably would pay
maids to walk the beach in lieu of volunteering them-
On Anna Maria Island, Schewe continues to work
as a fitness trainer, specializing in healthy aging and
making house calls.
As he walked south on the beach from 25th Street
toward the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach,
Schewe said, \ ly motto is, 'No pain. Just results."
He paused in the walk to watch birds in a nesting
area on the beach. "When they sit like that," he said,
pointing to a black skimmer, "that's probably a nest."
In addition to monitoring for nesting turtles, and
eventually turtle hatchlings, the Section 7 walkers
watch out for the nesting birds.
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They also watch for potential obstacles in the path
of a turtle's crawl across the beach.
"See, there's a chair," Schewe said, taking a sip
from a travel mug containing organic green tea with
honey and blueberries. "That's a shame. It's just not
fair that people endanger other animals."
"This is really one special island," Schewe added.
"Living here is like experiencing National Geographic
By Lisa Neff
The loggerhead sea turtle achieved iconic status in
the state of Florida last week.
The turtle became the state's official Florida salt-
water reptile on July 1.
The loggerhead sea turtle - the scientific name is
Caretta caretta - is the most common sea turtle to nest
on beaches in Florida, including Anna Maria Island.
The new designation recognizes the threatened spe-
cies at a time when loggerhead nest counts are down
statewide, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Florida's loggerhead sea turtle nest counts declined
37 percent in the last 19 years, according to the FWC.
The species nests from May through October in Florida,
with hatchlings emerging from incubating warm sand
beginning in July. The due date for the Island's first
hatchlings is about July 12.
The Florida Legislature approved the state symbol
designation earlier this year at the urging of students
from the Florida State University School's Middle
School science honors class.
The students worked with state Rep. Curtis Rich-
ardson, D-Tallahassee, to honor the loggerhead.
Some facts about the sea turtle:
* The turtle is named for its large head, which may
be 10-12 inches wide. Powerful jaw muscles enable
the loggerhead to crush heavy-shelled clams, marine
snails, horseshoe crabs and crustaceans.
* Lo ',,. i lh~.ad turtles reach maturity after 20-40
years and could have a lifespan of 70 years or more.
* Adult turtles weigh 200-350 pounds and measure
4 feet in length. Hatchlings are 2 inches long.
* Threats on nesting beaches include habitat altera-
tions from coastal armoring and beach lighting.
* During the nesting season, females remain in shal-
low areas near their nesting beaches.
* The loggerhead moves on land by using diago-
A hatchling loggerhead sea turtle on the sand.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife
nally opposite flippers at the same time. The center of
the track looks like a wavy line in the sand.
* Once a nest site has been chosen, a body pit is
excavated by di ,._,__ iin .i with four limbs and rotating the
body. This removes the dry surface sand that could col-
lapse and places the egg cavity at a greater depth. When
the body pit is complete, an egg cavity is dug using the
cupped rear flippers as shovels.
* Two-thirds of the time involved in nesting takes
place after the eggs have been laid as the female covers
and disguises the nest.
* Lo ''i. l1iad turtles will nest at 12-15 day intervals
throughout nesting season with sand.
* After nesting, loggerheads disperse to feeding
grounds throughout the Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican
Republic, north along the eastern U.S. coast and south
through the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico.
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Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 99
loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as of July
5. AMITW also reported 58 false crawls.
Nesting season continues through October,
with the first hatchlings due about July 12.
Loggerhead becomes state symbol
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Reds, trout best bet in
still strong offshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
There's a new fishing rule that all grouper and snap-
per anglers should be aware of in Florida waters.
All fishers who use lead as a weight must also use
circle hooks. There also has to be a de-hooker and vent-
ing tool on the vessel.
For local action, backwater catches remain good for
redfish and trout catches, plus an occasional flounder.
Offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, fishers report
excellent catches of grouper, snapper and amberjack.
Shark action is hot in Tampa Bay near Egmont Key
and Tampa Bay is also a good spot for a tarpon hookup,
as well as off the beaches.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait & Tackle
on Cortez Road said grouper and snapper are his big-
ticket catches offshore, plus triggerfish, lane snapper
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said he's putting
his charters onto reds and trout in the backwater. On his
near-shore trips into the Gulf, he's catching mackerel
and mangrove snapper just off the beaches.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore fishing
for grouper and snapper remains steady, although the
weather has been a little rough of late. Most of the best
action is off the artificial reefs in the Gulf, with some of
the mangrove snapper coming in at 5 pounds. Amber-
jack are also being caught. For bay fishers, look to
hookup redfish and mackerel along the beaches. Shark
fishing in Tampa Bay is very hot right now, Bill added,
with species being caught including black tip, bulls and
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers at
the pier report good catches of mackerel and redfish,
plus lots of mangrove snapper. The snapper are small,
but occasionally there will be a keeper in the batch, he
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said fish-
ers there are also catching lots of mackerel and snapper,
plus bonnethead shark.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are redfish coming out of the mouth of the Mana-
tee River by Emerson Point.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said tarpon fishing is
still good and should remain strong through the month
of July. Tarpon season here has been very good, he
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's finding fishing to be great offshore
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. "Our parties
are catching limit catches of monster red grouper
and American red snapper," he said as well as a few
big gag grouper, lots of mangrove, yellowtail, lane
and vermillion snapper. "We are also catching lots
of amberjack, triggerfish, lots of big sharks and bar-
racuda. Best bite on grouper and amberjack is out
about 35 to 45 miles." Closer in from Egmont Key
"is all the Shark and Snapper action you want," Capt.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching redfish to
27 inches, a few 17-inch trout and some nice-size early
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fish-
ing report. Prints and digital images of your catch
are also welcome and may be dropped off at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or
e-mailed to news @islander.org. Please include
identification for persons in the picture along with
information on the catch and a name and phone
number for more information.
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Scott Woodland caught this huge permit near the shore of Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico using a
pass crab as bait. He fought the fish for about 15 minutes, reeling it in on 50-pound threaded line. "It was a
fish of a lifetime," Woodland said.
Tot in training
Islander Cassie Calvert, 14 months, is too young to be headed for China and the Summer Olympics this year,
but the child is excelling in the Infant Swimming Resource class taught by instructor Famerra Hopkins at the
YMCA on 59th Street in Bradenton. Cassie's parents, Josh and Lisa Calvert of Holmes Beach, boast she's a
good floater. But Cassie also is learning some survival techniques - including how to react should she fall into
a pool. For more information about the program, visit www.floatbaby.com.
Visitors bureau hosts ecotourism talk
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau will host a workshop on eco-tourism at 3 p.m.
July 10 at the Bayside Banquet Hall, 4528 119th St. W.,
The event will feature a roundtable discussion
on ideas to promote eco-tourism in the coming
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Fun for all at Island Native Surf Camp
By Kevin Cassidy
Fun was the order of the week during the annual
surf camp put on by Native Surf Camp and the West
Coast Surf Shop. Leading the young surfers was Ryan
Helm, a professional surfer and former X-Games par-
ticipant. Helm has an easy-going, let's have fun attitude
that fits well with kids trying something new, especially
Roughly 25 kids came out to the White Avenue
beach June 30-July 4 to give surfing a try. The young
surfers were taught the basics of paddling out in the
surf, picking and catching waves, getting up on the
board and even trying some switch stances before
With instructors in the water and along the beach,
safety was not a concern for the many parents watch-
ing from the beach. Among the instructors were former
surf camp participants Travis Belsito, Luke Shakelford,
Chris Pate and Giorgio Gomez. Other assistant surf
instructors included Joe Mattay, Spencer Carper, Brandi
Brady, Rainia Lardas and Paula Helm.
After riding two consecutive waves to the beach,
6-year-old Bolly "Bali" Turner of Bradenton was asked
how he liked surfing? "The first time it kind of hurted
because the board shot up in the air and I fell," he said.
But when asked if it was worth the pain, Bolly happily
Thanks to a nice little ground swell in the Gulf of
Mexico, the waves were perfect all week long for kids
learning to surf. In addition to surfing, the kids also
spent a lot of time skimboarding and taking part in
many of the usual activities that young people enjoy
while at the beach.
The culmination of the camp was a surf contest, then
pizza and sodas for all. And unlike other surf contests
that give awards for first or second place, this contest
recognized the participants in different categories.
Best trick went to Jack "Black" Coleman, while
biggest wave was shared by Bolly "Bali" Turner and
Ben "Hercules" Stobaugh. Longest wave went to
Brendan "Kracken" Sorenson, while best wipe out
went to Madison "Monkey" Gsell. Brayden "Maver-
ick" Hohman grabbed honors for best dance moves
Participants in the Native Surf Camp pose for a picture before diving into a pile of pizza, culminating an end to
their week of learning. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
on a surfboard, while Jake "Ace" Batey pulled off the
best switch stance. Biggest smile went to Dylan "DJ"
Joseph, while Thomas "The Train" Moore, visiting
from Atlanta, won the most fun award.
Stay tuned to The Islander for news of another
Native Surf Camp before school gets back in session.
Cedars offers Saturday tennis instruction
The Cedars resort on north Longboat Key is offer-
ing weekly tennis instruction for three age groups on
Saturday until Aug. 2. Cost is $10 for first child and
$5 for each additional sibling. Tennis professional Tony
Easton is running the clinic, which gets started at 9 a.m.
for children ages 5-8. Children ages 9-12 go from 9:45 to
10:30 a.m., and ages 13-16 play from 10:30-11:15 a.m.
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Surf camp students paddle, ride and wade in the Gulf of Mexico July 1 at the White Avenue Beach on Anna
Maria Island. The West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach and the Native Surf School in Jupiter partnered to
present a week of surf camp last week. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
For more information, contact Easton at
In hindsight, it's probably a good thing not many
people showed up for the July 2 horseshoe competition,
considering the way Sam Samuels was throwing. He
threw ringers on half of his throws throughout the day,
but was at his best in the championship game when he
threw three consecutive "six packs" - double ringers
- on the way to a 21-1 thrashing of Debbie and Tom
The June 28 horseshoe session saw Samuels team
up with Steve Doyle and post the only undefeated pool-
play mark to earn outright champion status.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club are battling the
heat during women's summer golf league action.
Tootie Wagner fired a 3-under-par 29 to claim first
place in flight 1 on July 1. Second place went to Lois
Beil, Joyce Reith and Barb Mason, who each carded
2-under-par 30s. Mary Miller and Shirley Cessna tied
for first place in flight 2 with a 4-under-par 28. Norma
Moran Shearer took second place with a 30, while third
place was shared by Ruth Williamson and Meredith
Slavin, who each finished one shot back.
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By Rick Cti
By Rick Catlin
Sylvia and Al Marnie of Pelican Pete's
on Cortez Road in Cortez will begin
their second annual Karaoke Contest
on July 12, with a first prize of $1,000
to the winner of the eight-week contest.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
search for Cortez
Idol starts July 12
Talented singers or anyone just
looking to get on stage and have fun are
invited to enter the second annual Peli-
can Pete's Karaoke Contest beginning
Saturday, July 12.
Pete's, located at 12012 Cortez Road
W., is offering a grand prize of $1,000
to the winner of the eight-week contest,
while second prize is a one-week stay at
an A-Paradise Vacation Rentals property
on Anna Maria Island.
Owner Sylvia Marnie said singing
gets started Saturdays at 8 p.m. and the
contest runs for eight consecutive weeks,
ending on Aug. 30, with the announce-
ment of the grand-prize winner.
Entry forms are available at Pelican
Pete's or at www.karaokecountryroad-
A panel of three judges will do judg-
ing for the finals.
The contest is organized by Chiara-
monte Dynamics Karaoke Contests.
For more information on the contest,
call 941-792-4822 or 941-518-3861.
Rent Me Florida
Rent Me Florida is a new Florida
rental property management service
company in the Sarasota-Bradenton
market and making an impact on Anna
Maria Island, said Mary Hank, the CEO
of the company and a real estate agent.
Rent Me Florida offers a unique
approach to the rental market by pro-
viding a "lower-cost alternative to prop-
erty owners who need to generate rental
income from their investment proper-
ties by giving them a 'do-it-yourself'
option," Mary said.
The company also provides profes-
sional-grade marketing and "Rent Me
"Because our company charges flat
fees well below what a property owner
would pay to a more traditional property
management company as a percentage of
their rental income, owners have flocked
to Rent Me Florida," Mary said.
"The response has been tremen-
dous," she said, particularly the flat-fee
Rent Me Florida offers an array of
packages and services, including tenant
rewards and an Internet shopping site.
This "win-win" combination is "too
good to resist for property owners and
tenants alike," Mary said. "This is a con-
cept whose time has come."
For more information on Rent Me
Florida, call Mary at 941-474-2882 or
send an e-mail to inquiries@rentme-
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The Sun House Restaurant, 100
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, is offer-
ing a summer special on its tapas menu
during the afternoon.
Lynda Haack of the restaurant's
marketing department said diners will
can order two appetizers on special for
$10 and the listed specials change every
three to five weeks.
Offerings include coconut shrimp
and Caribbean chicken wings, among
many other appetizers.
The restaurant also has added a sea-
food basket to its dinner menu, along
with crusted chicken with cashews and
coconut and herb-encrusted salmon with
Sun House is open from 11 a.m. to
9 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Friday
For more information or to request
a preferred seat, call 941-782-1122.
Get summer fit
The AMI Fitness Center in the
Tidemark Shoppes in Holmes Beach is
offering several summer programs for
prospective new members.
Owner Kip Lalosh has a summer
membership plan for students home from
Get summer fit
Kip Lalosh, left, of the Anna Maria
Island Fitness Center in the Tidemark
Shoppes in Holmes Beach is offerin.'
summer membership rates and pro-
grams. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
college that allows for three months of
membership for $79.
In addition, Kip has a program for
new members that provides the first
month for free and a discounted enroll-
ment application fee.
There are no long-term member-
ship commitments with any AMI Fit-
ness membership, said Kip, and all new
members receive a free personal training
session. New members are also invited
to attend the center's free nutritional and
group fitness sessions.
For more information on the Cen-
ter's summer specials, call Kip at
Liz Blandford has been named the top
sales agent for June at Island Real Estate,
6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Winning the top listing agent award
for the same month was Alan Gal-
To reach Alan or Liz, call
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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
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. Information:
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
NEWYELLOW COUCH, loveseat, $300. New rattan
table, 4 chairs, $200. 941-448-6424.
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.
ZULA'S ANTIQUES - BACK from vacation! All art
20 percent off through July. 6441 US Highway 19,
Terra Ceia. 941-729-9500.
SIMPLY PUT ARTISAN Gallery is now accepting
quality dealers. Call Tim, 941-795-4788. 11904
Cortez Road W., Cortez.
ESTATE SALE 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 12.
Furniture, bedding, housewares. 244 Gladiolus St.,
NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, July 12. Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon. Saturday, July 12.
Oak antique desk, furniture, lots of miscellaneous
items. 408 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
BIG SIDEWALK SALE: 8-11 a.m. Saturday, July 12.
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in
the Island Shopping Center.
LOST EARRING JUNE 17 on beach at 77th Street,
Holmes Beach. Gold with zirconium, very sentimen-
tal. Please, call 813-956-5316.
REWARD FOR WATCH lost at Bradenton Beach
parking area by Fourth Street. Call 941-870-3722.
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.
FUNDRAISER CAR WASH for Lady Seminole Bas-
ketball at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday July 12.
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums, flute, saxo-
phone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call Scott Achor,
941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen, 941-758-0395.
FREE GUN LOCK.Yes, free. Courtesy of the Project
Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
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.
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2000 LAND ROVER SE7, 117,000 miles, excellent
condition, fully loaded. $6,200.00, 941-928-8735.
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 Moorings.
Below market, annual or seasonal. 941-321-3311.
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 pur-
chase. Call Brian, 941-685-1400.
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
CHURCH VAN DRIVER for Sunday mornings.
Duties include picking up people for Sunday morn-
ing worship service, managing a rider list, recruit-
ing riders, opening and closing church for Sunday
morning worship. Qualifications and experience
include a valid Florida driver's license, driving a
van or bus, five-year safe-driving record, working
with elderly people and some knowledge of building
security. Background check required. Approximately
5-6 hours per Sunday. Pay $75 per Sunday. Apply
by July 11 to Church Van Driver, PO Box 247, Anna
Maria FL 34216.
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 infor-
NAIL TECH OR massage therapist room available
for rent. 941-713-5244 to view.
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Full Gulf views from the upstairs master bedroom and living/
dining room downstairs. Across the street from community
bike path and direct beach access. Three large deck/patios.
Good rental income. Charming beach decor. $619,000
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IMPERIAL HOUSE Full unobstructed Gulf views from
this ground floor end unit in Imperial House. Deeded beach
access, pool, fishing dock are just a few of the amenities at
this 55-plus condo. $324,900.
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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 babysitting.
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
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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
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ASSISTED LIVING: SMALL personal home,
Alzheimer's care, immediate opening. Call Mary-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
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.
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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 trades-
man, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37-years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alterations,
cushion covers, ironing. Errands: grocery, doctor's
appointments. Call Terry, 941-778-3125.
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
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for you.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
WAGNER � REALTY
Brin& People ome Since 1939
REDUCED! Anna Maria Gulffront lot. VALUE IS IN TWO LOTS only a few
Build your dream home here. Walk hundred yards from Gulf. Beauti-
the sugar white sand beach, watch ful street and beach access. Build
thestunningsunsets,seethedolphins two homes or remodel cottage and
swim by. Write your novel here! Becky live in paradise. 2BR/1.5BA. Karen
Smith or ElfiStarrett (941) 778-2246. Day, 941-778-2246. #573537.
#504998. $1,199,000 $849,000.
tAUUIII-t UULl- VItW5 and luxury
amenities. 3BR/2.5BA. Crown mold-
ings accent high ceilings and open
plan. Granite countertops and stainless
appliances. Designer perfect furnish-
ings. Karen Day, 941-778-2246.
WELL MAINTAINED 3BR/3BA resi-
dence on deep-water canal with short
walk to beach. Open floor plan with
hardwood floors, newer master suite,
large covered porch and 21x17 work-
shop. Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246.
KEY ROYALE beautiful corner lot with GORGEOUUS BAYHRUNI HOME with
large boat basin. Completely updated private dock and lift. Updated with
2BR/2BAhomewith heated pool. New wood floors, granite countertops
kitchen with cherrywood cabinets and and stainless steel appliances. Large
Corian countertops, marble floors, master suite with Jacuzzi tub and
DCoranhcuthraoshrb941-78- balcony. Expansive bay views. 2-car
Deborah Thrasher, 941-778-2246. garage. One block to the beach.
#573998. $855,000. Deborah Thrasher, 941-778-2246.
2217 GULF DR. N. * BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 * (800) 211-2323 * WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
Great 2nd floor unit with views of the bay. Turnkey furnished
and ready to go. Would make a great home or rental. Covered
parking, heated pool and close to . ili. Seller will pay the
first 3 months condo fees for the buyer! $279,000
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
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Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References
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TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
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. Specializing 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.
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, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
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.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
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male kitten found
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Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or Manatee
Humane Society, 941-747-8808.
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THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island experi-
ence. Licensed and insured. Call Allen anytime. Cell
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.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
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.
and Pest Control
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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!
K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.
SDB HOME REPAIR LLC: Handyman, painting, tile
work, sheetrock, hauling, electrical, light plumbing.
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. $850/
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Large duplex unit,
2BR/2BA, den, hookups, central air conditioner,
$975/month, $1,000 security. 941-962-5827.
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.
NEAR BEACHES: 1 BR/1.5BA redecorated. Annual,
$750/month, furnished. Most utilities paid. Call
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,
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.
2BR/2BA ANNUAL TOWNHOUSE rental 100 steps
to the beach! Dec. 1, 2008- December 1, 2009.120
52nd Street, Holmes Beach. $1,200/month. First,
last and security. References, 330-758-3857.
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.
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.
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
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. One person effi-
ciency apartment. One block to Gulf of Mexico
beach and backyard dock with canal access to
Tampa Bay. Small pet possible. $695/month plus
security deposit. Call 941-778-9158.
ANNUALS: 3BR/2BA PERICO Island home with
2-car garage, association pool and tennis courts,
$1,500/month plus utilities. 1BR with sunroom in
Gulffront complex with two pools, carport, $950/
month. 2BR/1BA duplex near elementary school,
$850/month plus utilities. 2BR/2BA home with two-
car garage near Bean Point, $1,500/month plus
utilities. Annual 2BR/2BA Key Royale canalfront,
Concord Lane, $1,400/month plus utilities. Call Sue
at An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
WEST BRADENTON ANNUAL 2BR/1BA home.
3205 Ave. A, near the river. Large yard, small pet OK,
$900/month. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.
PRIME COMMERCIAL LOCATION in heart
of Holmes Beach. 5382 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for-
merly Smith Realtors, all new interior, high visibility,
1,900 sf. Only $2,400/month. Also, 24x12 storage
unit, $250/month. 941-746-8666.
ANNUAL HALF DUPLEX, 3BR/2BA with washer/
dryer hookups, beautiful tile, close to beach, $900/
month. 1 BR/1 BA, tile, $700/month. No pets. Dolores
M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
PALMA SOLA BAY 2BR townhouse, annual
rental, pool, boat slip. $900/month. Call Realtor,
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VACATION THREE-DAY weekend: 2BR/2BA, pool,
boat dock, $350. 3BR/2BA Island home, pool,
boat dock, $900/week. Longboat Village 2BR/1BA
cottage, boat welcome, $500/week. Realtor,
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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.
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.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street and terrific direct views. $455,000.
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.
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,
HOLMES BEACH TIMESHARE: $6,000 or best
SAILBOAT WATER, CANAL houses for
sale. $490,000. 509 59th St. or 514 71st St.
DRASTIC REDUCTION: 5400 Gulf Drive #36.
$560,000. Direct beachfront condo with Gulf and
beach views from every room. 717-392-4048.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
BR/1 BA MOBILE HOME.You own land in waterfront
park. No monthly fees. Great condition. Reduced!!
HOME OFFICE, FREE-STANDING building comes
with this spacious 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, pool
home. $299,000. Realtor, 941-756-1090.
INVESTOR WANTED TO remodel waterfront
home. $100,000 needed, will profit share. Call
SENIOR LIVING CONDO 1 BR/1.5BA, turnkey fur-
nished, pool, covered parking. $89,000. Realtor,
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT home. 3BR/2BA,
pool, boat dock, updated, xeriscape yard. $780,000.
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.
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TEN GRAND SURPLUS By Tony Orbach and Patrick Blindauer / Edited by Will Shortz
1 City once called
8 Jim Belushi's
15 Cross stock
21 Reform Party
22 Impatient kid's
plea at a zoo?
25 Four: Prefix
26 Wipe out
27 Animal with an
28 More kempt
29 Big name in
31 Worrisome type
at a china shop?
36 Sea route
39 "That hurt!"
40 Count with a
43 Villa ___ (town
44 Dwellers along
48 Seeking the right
50 Love overseas
Answers to this
on page 28
51 Maker of the old
52 "Get it?"
54 Warning sign on
a pirate ship?
57 Gold medalist
59 Miss Piggy's
61 Source of some
67 Name on a plane
69 The dark side
70 Young hog
71 Tree doctor?
75 City WSW of
77 Geom. point
82 Your basic "So
this guy walks
into a bar ..."?
85 Disastrous drop
88 Rabbit's title
89 Certain hand-
91 Brand-new to the
94 Use of steel
98 Palate appendage
101 Butch Cassidy,
105 Swingers' stats
109 "Be that as
110 Cheez Whiz you
could blow up?
113 What a rake does
116 Once, in the past
118 Bears witness
1 In case
3 Churchyard unit
4 Jack who wrote
the lyrics to
5 Intend (to)
6 Nursery items
7 Cartoon dog
8 Father of Deimos
9 Apple or pear
10 Comedic Philips
11 Punch with a
12 Take apart
13 Become blocked,
in a way
15 Took a two-
16 "A Masked Ball"
17 Music for a
18 Movie lover's
21 Have a quick
look from the
23 Geiger of counter
28 Alternative to
J.F.K. and La
30 Rain hard
31 "___ teaches you
when to be
32 Prepare to chat,
33 Some hand-helds
34 Golden pond fish
35 Be something
38 Laugh, in Lille
41 Type of eye
44 Thurman of "Kill
45 "When You
46 Actress Patricia
47 Concession stand
49 Opera's ___ Tc
50 Settled (on)
54 Luau fare
56 Holler's partner
57 Use shamelessly
58 Gray area?: Abbr.
59 Co. with a
61 Nature's aerators
62 Nikita's no
63 White wine
64 Soyuz launcher
66 South Pacific
67 "Voice of Israel"
68 Org, with peace-
72 Stock ticker's
73 1958 Best Actor
74 "___ Day" (1993
75 Flush (with)
77 Perfume brand
78 Boxing stats
79 There are 435 in
82 Seed cover
84 Author portrayed
in the miniseries
"The Lost Boys"
86 Indiana city near
88 Illegal record
96 When doubled,
97 Something to
99 Roxie's dance
100 "___ or lose ..."
103 Lead-in to girl
104 Battle of
106 Streisand, to
107 "___ first you
don't succeed ..
108 Orch. section
110 Wallet items,
112 Chess piece:
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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.
211 Elm Ave.
Nothing like this on the island! 4BR/2BA in two condos.
This home exudes warmth and charm in an Asian/Crafts-
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200 S. Gulf Drive Palm Isle Village
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front condos with granite and 10-ft ceilings. Call Terry finished and designer furnished with pool and roof
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909 N. Shore Drive 12410 Baypointe Terrace
Exqusite bayfront with beach! One level, beautiful open plan Gated Harbour Landings offers protected harbor, deep
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244 S. Harbor Dr.
Exquisite bay views from most rooms of this bayfront
townhouse with dock and lift. Private rooftop patio,
private elevator and garage.Well maintained community.
306 S. Gulf Drive
Adorable Gulffront retreat! Currently 4BR/3BA duplex
rental with pool and zoned C2. Huge beach backyard
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Bright Spot in Real Estate News
' i i. 1...1, "Why arepeoplebuyingNeal Homes
right now?" Pat Neal, Owner of Neal Communities,
shared some insights into the building industry.
"In the recent market fluctuation, we've seen
people continue to come to our communities and
invest in our communities. There are many good
reasons why this has continued to happen."
"Our land is old land, he explained." "We're
working with some land purchased as early as
1980-University Park, and some as late as 2003-
River's Reach. Our land was often purchased at
what would be considered discounts compared to
current values. We're able to pass this savings to our
Mr. Neal continued, "Our company has about 400
Trade Partners/Vendors, some we've been working
with for more than 30 years. On any given day, there
are about 105 Partners on the job throughout our
communities. Our Trade Partners are our partners.
Of this group, more than - , have helped reduce
prices on homes for Neal Communities. In return
for trade price reductions, we've worked hard to
make sure our jobs are scheduled and managed in
such a way as to keep our processes efficient and
our Partners working. This has had a huge and
successful result. Again, we are able to pass these
savings to our homebuyers."
"Because of early land purchases, we've been able
to take our homes back to prices that we offered
in past years-in some cases, 2003 pricing. That
represents real value to our homebuyers. We believe
that's why we've seen a strong market return this
year," said Neal.
I ....... i . are telling us that people who
previously were waiting for a market turn-around
are buying now. And, we've seen the results to
confirm their analyses. In my homebuilding career,
since 1970, there has never been a better time to
own a Neal home," concluded Pat Neal.
Smart Buyers Are
*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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Stewart Elementary School
King Middle School
U.S. Post Office
Urgent Care Medical Center
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