Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: August 6, 2008
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VOLUME 16, NO. 40

s on Anna Maria Island Since 1992

Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church turns 50 and the
Rev. Rosemary Backer
helps kick off a series of
celebrations with a ser-
vice and brunch. Page 11

the news ...

Fireworks task
force meets, looks at
remedies. Page 3

Aug. 5, 1998, 10
years ago in The
Islander. Page 5

Readers share
opinions - and lots
of them. Pages 6-7

The saga of Anna
Maria, a series by
June Alder, starts this
week. Page 9

Top Notch honorable
mentions. Pages

Farewell to the
Center's Jeff Darwin.
Page 14

Ask the candidates:
Manatee County
commission districts
5, 7. Page 15

Trial begins for Sue
Normand's shooter.
Page 18

Island Biz

DOT to SAM: No lights for AMI Bridge

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Florida Department of Transporta-
tion will stick with its plan to exclude light-
ing from the rehab plans for the Anna Maria
Island Bridge, a state official informed Save
Anna Maria Inc. recently.
SAM president Billie Martini had inquired
about the installation of lights on the bridge as
part of the major $9.2 rehab project under way
on the Manatee Avenue structure.
Lights are possible and were planned, accord-
ing to Edward Gonzalez, the DOT's director of

transportation operations in Region 1.
Gonzalez said that in preparation for the
rehab project the DOT "determined the struc-
tural capacity of the bridge could accommo-
date the installation of street lights. To that
end, streetlights were planned to be included
as part of the project."
However, he added, the DOT eliminated
the lights in an effort to reduce costs.
"As with many of our projects over the
last several years, the cost of the rehabilitation
increased and aesthetic components such as
street lights had to be removed from the project

scope," Gonzalez wrote in a letter to Martini.
The DOT explored using safety dollars
for lights but "based on the Anna Maria Island
Bridge crash history, the bridge does not warrant
the installation of lights" for safety reasons.
Gonzalez said SAM could approach a local
government entity to explore a joint agreement
with the state and financing the lights locally.
However, he added, lights on the bridge
also "could be a potential impact to sea tur-
Artificial lights can disorientate nesting
female turtles on the beach and hatchlings.

Two manatees visited the dock at the Gryboski house in Holmes
Beach, where Ansley Jacobs, 7, visiting from Atlanta, got a
close up look and the thrill of seeing friendly, large marine
mammals in the wild. The large adult manatee pictured had a
companion, a half-size juvenile. Both showed some propeller
scarring while the adult manatee had a large cut-out scar at the
base of its tail. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Expect weekly Thursday,

Friday night delays

on AMI
The Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation
is now having its own
version of "Friday Night
Lights" on the bridge,
at least until the end of
A DOT press release
states the agency and
bridge contractor Quinn
Construction Inc. of
Palmetto "have sched-
uled continuous night-
time lane closures every
Thursday and/or Friday
from now until the end
of August." The DOT had
previously announced
lane closures for Thurs-
day nights.
Quinn needs one lane

of traffic closed to repair
pile jackets with con-
crete, the release said.
Motorists can expect
the closures to occur
between 8 p.m. and 6
a.m., weather permitting.
Only one lane of
traffic will be closed and
flaggers will be used to
move traffic through the
lane closure, the DOT
For the latest infor-
mation on the project,
go on the Web to www., commu-
nity links, for a DOT
link. People without
Internet access can call

Openings and events
at area businesses.
Page 19

Things to do, places
to go. Page 21

Turtle and fishing
news, cortez mullet-
fishing contest,
'Smiley' to launch.
Pages 22-23


New trolley route planned for bridge closure
By Lisa Neff During this period, contractors plan to Traffic to and from the Island during the
Islander Reporter work on the steel deck, recondition structural closure will be directed to the Cortez Road
Manatee County Area Transit is work- steel on the bridge, recondition the electrical Bridge. The bridge to Longboat Key on State
g to put a fare-free trolley into service to operating system, restore the concrete deck Road 789 also will remain open.
ansport passengers from the mainland to and repair pile jackets. Residents, business owners and other

the Island during the closure of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge.
The transit authority plans to establish
another trolley route to take people from to a
yet-to-be-named park-and-ride lot near 75th
Street in Bradenton along Cortez Road to the
Island and then return to Bradenton.
MCAT's tentative plan will be explored
at a public meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The meeting will be the last held by the
Florida Department of Transportation before
the Anna Maria Island Bridge is closed Sept.
29 to general traffic for major repairs.
The DOT will close the bridge to non-
emergency vehicular traffic for 45 days.

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The planned detour during the 45-day
closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Islander Image: Courtesy FDOT

stakeholders are invited to attend the DOT
meeting to review plans for the closure and
"obtain a better understanding of what to
expect from various agencies during the clo-
sure period," according to a news release.
Representatives from a number of public
agencies, including police, fire and rescue,
have been invited to attend the meeting, as
well as officials from MCAT.
In addition, the DOT has invited a
number Waste Management Inc. and dis-
tributors that make regular deliveries to the
Island, including Sysco, Cheney Brothers
and Gold Coast Eagle to send representa-
For more information, visit www.ami-

AUG. 6, 2008

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2 0 AUG. 6, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Two firms seek to land city mooring contract

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Two firms are in the running for a contract to
develop Bradenton Beach's master recreational boat-
ing plan.
The city commission is expected to select a firm
- either IBI Group or Scheda Ecological Associates
- during a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at city
hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
City officials reviewed both companies' submitted
plans during a meeting July 29 with representatives
from the firms.
In 2006, state lawmakers approved a request from
the city to expand its municipal boundaries to include
500 feet from shore.
The city sought the expanded boundaries as part of
a plan to establish an official anchorage and mooring
field generally south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier
in Sarasota Bay.
The city, which has researched the issue for some
years, secured a grant from the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission to write a master recre-
ational boating plan.
The FWC grant is for a maximum of $39,200, with
the city also obligated to invest some money.
IBI and Scheda submitted bids to work with the city on
the plan, which in addition to engineering research related
to establishing a mooring field would result in the identi-
fication of areas for non-motorized boating launches.
Specifically, the city wants a consultant to help:
* Organize the creation of a master plan with a
series of public meetings and focus group interviews.
* Analyze existing city data and research such as
mapping, depths and bathymetry studies and conduct
any new engineering research to create a base map for
a managed anchorage and mooring field.
* Prepare plans and permits for markers and buoys
mandated by the state.
* Design signage for the mooring area.
* Create an environmentally sound and ADA-com-
pliant plan for non-motorized launches.
* Create a design for non-motorized launches.
* Prepare an overall, final master boating plan for

Bradenton Beach is working on a plan to establish a normal anchorage and mooring area south oJ the Historic
Bridge Street Pier. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

the city to adopt and the state to review.
Sheda proposed to complete the plan for $44,000
and IBI for $39,200.
During the hour-long meeting last week, IBI and
Scheda representatives shared time before city proj-
ect and program manager Lisa Marie Phillips, Mayor
Michael Pierce, Vice Mayor John Chappie and Com-
missioner Bob Connors.
"This is a good project," Chappie said. "It's an
important one.... The regulation will protect our envi-
ronment and provide a recreational need for the whole
IBI representatives fielded the first batch of ques-
tions. The firm had previously submitted a bid for the
project, but city officials encountered problems in nego-
tiating a contract.
Russell Moore of IBI said there were misunder-
standings. "I assure you," he said, "that we would be
able to work out a contract."
Phillips sought clarification on some omissions in
the IBI proposal, confirming that IBI would include a
job description for a harbormaster and would advertise
public meetings.

Phillips also asked whether Moore thought some
existing data collected by the city would need to be
Moore said probably not, since a major storm has
not hit the area in recent years.
Phillips asked whether the plan could be finalized
by an FWC-imposed deadline of June 15, 2009, to
which Moore replied, "Yes."
Dianne Rosenweig and Thomas Reis, representing
Scheda, said they think Herb Dolan Park on the bay side
would be an excellent site for a non-motorized launch
and that they already have a design plan.
"It's made of recycled plastic," Reis said.
Rosenweig said Scheda is working with St. Augus-
tine and St. Petersburg on their master boating plans
and that the firm's experience in those cities would be
a plus for Bradenton Beach.
Representatives with both firms said the city's proj-
ect - with mooring planned for about 40 boats - is
relatively small.
But, they added, small projects, when they involve
possible environmental mitigation, can be compli-


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Fireworks task force to lobby for state reform

By Lisa Neff

went off."

Islander Reporter Kenney estimated that law enforcement officials
Members of a local fireworks task force will turn confiscated about $6,000 worth of fireworks over three
their focus from the beaches to the state capitol in an days in Anna Maria City alone.
effort to reduce illegal fireworks use. Members of the task force agreed that a lot of
"The problem is a huge loophole," Anna Maria people were angry over the crackdown.
Mayor Fran Barford said July 29 in reference to a state Barford said a number of people called her "un-
law that allows for the public sale of an array of fire- American" and the enforcement "unpatriotic."
works but some only for limited uses.
Barford convened the Anna Maria
Island Fireworks Task Force following a
fireworks-related injury on the beach in
Anna Maria on July 4, 2007.
Meeting on a monthly basis, repre- --
sentatives from the county, the Island
cities, Longboat Key and local fire and
law enforcement agencies came up with :
a plan to educate the public about illegal
and legal fireworks in advance of July 4
and to enforce fireworks laws over the
holiday - which involved the confisca-
tion of illegal items.
In addition to stepping up enforce-
ment, Barford requested that the Sandbar
Restaurant cancel its annual July 4 public
fireworks display to reduce the beach The Anna Maria Island Fireworks Task Force meets July 29 to discus
crowd. Some people who gathered for the campaign to curb the use of illegal fireworks over the July 4 weekend
professional, permitted show brought their Photo: Lisa Neff
own pyrotechnics to set off on the beach,
creating a threat to people and wildlife. "There was a lot of negativity," she said.
"I just feel good that no one got hurt," the mayor "We had a lot of people who were really, really,
said last week during a task force meeting at city hall. really mad," Kenney said. "But it didn't escalate."
"That was the key issue." For July 4, 2009, Barford said the city would work
"I feel it was pretty successful," said Sgt. John with the Sandbar if the restaurant decides to host a
Kenney with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office public fireworks display.
substation at Anna Maria City Hall. "There's no com- The task force plans to continue its educational
prison to years past as far as the illegal fireworks that campaign, as well as some level of enforcement with

Plan amendments on Holmes Beach

commission agenda

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners will hold a
public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 on proposed amend-
ments to the city's comprehensive plan.
The meeting will take place at city hall, 5801
Marina Drive.
The city's planning and zoning board recommended
the amendments following a review that took most of
the spring and involved numerous sessions with city
planning consultant Bill Brisson.
"The planning board did a really great job," Brisson
said. "It was a lot of work.... And I think that I agree
on everything the planning board has in here."
The changes would bring the comp plan up to date
with the city's already revised and approved evaluation
and appraisal report.
Perhaps the most significant proposed amendment
involves establishing a mixed-use zoning district in the
area generally referred to as downtown Holmes Beach
along Marina Drive.
The mixed-use provision would allow for a blend
of commercial and residential uses, with commercial
operations on the first floor of a building and residential
on the second and third floors.
During its review, the planning board agreed to
reduce the mixed-use overlay district, which originally
covered all property designated as commercial on the
future land-use map.
Brisson said, "In order to ensure that the impacts
of the new land-use category could be accurately
assessed and to promote mixed-use in the commercial
corridor that includes city hall, the mixed-use overlay
will be initially applied only to the commercial core
north of 52nd Street."
The comp plan includes a number of other ele-
ments that address the city's population, transporta-
tion, housing, infrastructure, schools, conservation,
recreation, coastal management and capital improve-
In the transportation element, a proposed amended
map establishes Key Royale Drive as a two-lane "major
local roadway for inclusion in possible future improve-
ments to be funded with the local-option 5-cent gas tax

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revenues," Brisson said.
In the housing element, the planning board
attempted to address the state's requirement that comp
plans deal with affordable housing.
Under the proposed affordable housing policies,
the city would:
* Work with the county to identify and pursue new
revenue sources to be earmarked for eligible families
to obtain low-interest mortgages and down-payment
* Consider the appropriateness of allowing an acces-
sory dwelling unit - commonly known as a mother-in-
law apartment - on oversize lots in the low-density,
residential land-use category.
* Evaluate establishing an affordable housing fee to
be charged to new residential and commercial develop-
ment, with the fees dedicated to a trust fund adminis-
tered by the county or state.
The recreation and open-space element includes
a proposed map showing shorelines and waterways, a
new requirement from the state.
Also new is the entire public school facilities ele-
ment, which was already approved by the commission
earlier this summer.
With the approval of the commission, the comp
plan amendments would be forwarded to the Florida
Department of Community Affairs for review before
final approval by the city commission.

Election meet, greet
John Chappie, Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioner and vice mayor and candidate for Manatee
County Commission, District 3, will host a "Meet
and Greet" from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 12, at the Sandpiper Resort recreation hall,
2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Chappie is running in the Aug. 26 election
for the seat presently held by two-term Commis-
sioner Jane von Hahmann.
For more information, contact publicist Linda
Cinque, 941-746-1151.

confiscation of fireworks.
But in the coming months, the focus will be on
lobbying the area's state legislative delegation to revise
Florida's fireworks laws.
Barford planned to draft a letter to state lawmak-
ers outlining the problem on Anna Maria Island, the
effort the task force made to heighten safety this past
holiday and the work she thinks legislators need to
take up.
Generally, sparklers and fireworks-
'-* like items that do not shoot into the air or
explode can be used in Florida.
. S..... Bigger, bolder fireworks, however,
cannot be purchased in every locale and can
only be set off for certain uses - a permit-
ted public display, for work in a mine or on
a railroad, or for use on a farm or in a fish
" p hatchery.
People who purchase fireworks that
propel through the air or go "boom" in
Florida must sign a waiver that states, "I
have reviewed Section 791.04 of Chapter
791 Florida Statutes and my purchase and
use of the fireworks falls within the expec-
tations specified therein."
its "We're going to be struggling with
Islander this until there is some change at the state
level," said Bob Tollise, Manatee County's
HAZMAT coordinator.
"Until the state law is changed, people are going
to remain confused about the personal use of explosive
devices," agreed Capt. Larry Leinhauser with Manatee
County public safety.
At the conclusion of last week's meeting, the task
force agreed to meet again this winter.

M beIings

Anna Maria City
* Aug. 7, 5 p.m., budget work session.
* Aug. 14, 5 p.m., city commission work session.
* Aug. 19, 5 p.m., budget work session (tentative).
* Aug. 21, 6 p.m., joint city commission and planning
and zoning board meeting.
* Aug. 28, 5 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach
* Aug. 6, 6 p.m. board of adjustment meeting to include
discussion on challenge to building official's ruling.
* Aug. 7, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
* Aug. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting to include
discussion on master boating plan.
* Aug. 11, 2 p.m., ScenicWAVES parking meeting.
* Aug. 11, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES general meeting.
* Aug. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach
* Aug. 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting to include
discussion on TECO/Peoples Gas project, votes on out-
door dining ordinance, comp plan review.
* Aug. 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Of Interest
* Aug. 6, 1:30 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting with U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan at Anna Maria
City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-6130, www.cityo-
* Aug. 6, Aug. 13, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27,4:30 p.m., West
Manatee Fire Rescue District facilities review commit-
tee meeting. Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900,
* Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m., The Islander candidate forum for
the Aug. 26 primary at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive, 941-778-7978,
* Aug. 21, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue District
commission meeting - with budget discussion - at
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
* Aug. 25, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive, 941-748-4501,
* Aug. 26, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Manatee County primary
elections at various precinct locations, www.votemana-

4 0 AUG. 6, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

State presents county millions for Neal Preserve

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The state of Florida last week presented Manatee
County's board of commissioners with $2.2 million to
put toward the past purchase of Neal Preserve.
The county acquired the preserve - located on
Perico Island on the south side of Manatee Avenue
near the east end of the Anna Maria Island Bridge -
in 2005, anticipating receipt of a grant from the state
to help fund the discounted $9 million purchase from
developer Pat Neal.
The $2.2 million check came from the Florida
Communities Trust.
"Neal Preserve is a wonderful property that will
greatly enhance the corridor of outstanding conserva-
tion lands in Manatee County," Department of Com-
munity Affairs Secretary Tom Pelham said in a news
release. "I am delighted that Manatee County and
Florida Communities Trust have established such a
productive partnership to safeguard precious natural
and historical resources."
The county next hopes to secure a grant for con-
servation work at the site.
In March, county commissioners authorized the
Manatee County Natural Resources Department - for-
merly known as conservation lands management - to
seek a $500,000 grant for work in the preserve from the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection under
the Recreational Trails Program. The amount would be
split between the state and the county.
As part of the management plan for the area, the
county has committed to providing a recreational trail
- a quarter-mile, multiuse loop trail with a boardwalk
and benches - which could be funded with the DEP
Water borders the preserve on three sides.
County conservation officials hope to remove the
stock of Brazilian pepper trees and Australian pines in
the uplands area later this year, possibly in late Sep-
tember, when the nearby AMI Bridge is closed for
Though the preserve is not open to the general
public, passersby can glimpse the abundant wildlife in
the area - and kayakers can get an even better look
at brown pelicans, herons, roseate spoonbills, egrets,
osprey and an occasional eagle.
Portions of the preserve also can be linked to the
Perico Island archeological site. A large shell midden
once extended from the site of the preserve, with a
burial mound and cemetery actually located in the pre-
Over time, the acreage became farmland, mostly
for row crops. Now, according to county conservation
officials, the preserve is destined to become a site on
the Perico-DeSoto Trail, which also includes Leffis
Key in Bradenton Beach, Perico Preserve on Perico
Island, Robinson Preserve and the Geraldson Commu-
nity Farm in west Bradenton and Riverview Point Park
near DeSoto National Monument.

"The acquisition of Neal Preserve works in con-
cert with several other FCT acquisitions to preserve
an irreplaceable alignment of coastal habitats in lower
Tampa Bay," said county natural resources director
Charlie Hunsicker. "These properties, along with our
commitment to careful, long-term management, will
anchor our coastal quality of life and the recreational
and economic values that make up the very fabric of

Busy agenda for BB
The Bradenton Beach City Commission will meet at
7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The commission is expected to review bids for the
creation of a master recreational boating plan. (See
separate story.)
Also on the agenda is a discussion regarding a fran-
chise agreement with TECO/Peoples Gas. The com-
pany has been installing a natural gas line in Bradenton
Beach, with plans to extend the line to Holmes Beach
and along Manatee Avenue to the mainland.
The franchise agreement would serve as a contract
between the city and the company.
Commissioners also are expected to discuss seeking
proposals for a debris management service, a require-
ment for disaster planning, and the updating of the Gulf
Drive corridor management plan, a state requirement
for the scenic highway designation.
In other business, the commission will discuss:
* Canal-maintenance responsibility.
* A request for an education grant from the South-
west Florida Water Management District.
* The purchase of semi-automated recycling
* A state-mandated change to rename the occupational
license to the business tax receipt.
* Approval of invoices from city attorney Ricinda
Perry and building services contractor M.T. Causley.

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Palma Sola loses trees
Most of the more than 700 trees planted this past
year along the Palma Sola Causeway are doing well,
but some have died for various reasons.
The causeway project, which involves a number of
governments and an advisory group created to guide
improvements on the scenic highway, has involved
landscaping, construction of a boat ramp, reconfigura-
tion of parking, relocation of newspaper boxes and the
removal of invasive exotic plants.
In recent weeks, Palma Sola regulars have noticed
some struggling trees - and some that have died.
However, any trees that die through June 2009 will be
replaced by the contractor, J.C. Tree, according to county
information outreach manager Randall Beckwith.
Additionally, the contract for J.C. Tree to water
trees has been extended to aid in plants' survival.
County and Bradenton officials identified several
reasons for the loss of trees along the Manatee Avenue
corridor that runs from 75th Street in Bradenton to
Perico Island and on to Anna Maria Island.
"Some of the trees have died as a result of people
removing the supporting stakes before they had enough
time to be fully rooted; then they were blown down
by the wind," Beckwith said. "Other vandals have
removed and destroyed bollards planted nearby that
affected [tree] root systems. And some just died from
the effects of being transplanted."

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THE ISLANDER U AUG. 6, 2008 5 5

Holmes Beach pursues gas agreement

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city officials want a percentage of
revenue that the sale of natural gas to customers in the
city by TECO/Peoples
Gas will bring.
City officials were
surprised earlier this
summer when they
learned of TECO's
plans to install a natu-
ral gas line from 75th
Street in Bradenton
along Manatee Avenue
to Holmes Beach and
south into Bradenton
Yellow coils of gas pipeline ar
Beach. Manatee Public Beach in Holt
TECO representa-
TECOrepresentaof the ongoing project by TEC
tives informed Holmes Lisa Neff
Beach and Bradenton
Beach officials after their permitting process was com-
plete with the Florida Department of Transportation,
which holds most of the rights of way where the line
will be placed.
Installation of the line began in Bradenton Beach
last month, without city action because none was
needed, said Mayor Michael Pierce. The pipeline is
being installed on state rights of way there.
In Holmes Beach, the company does need city per-
mission to install part of the pipeline because sections
will be in the municipal rights of way.
And with the permission will come a franchise
agreement, said Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnen-
A memo from city attorney Jim Dye to city clerk
Brooke Bennett said the proposed agreement is stan-
dard. "Please note the franchise fee is a percentage of
sales, which is not unusual," Dye wrote. "The amount
of sales is probably not going to be great initially."
The proposed fee to be paid to the city would be
"equal to 6 percent of the company's gross revenue,
less any adjustments for uncollectable amounts, from
the sale of natural gas to customers within the corporate
limits of the city," according to the draft agreement.


Dye noted that the proposed pipeline route reaches
into Holmes Beach at the AMI Bridge and "loops north
for a short ways before heading south into Bradenton
Beach and then back across the Cortez Bridge."
During a meeting
July 22, city commis-
sioners, the mayor,
city attorney Patricia
Petruff and represen-
tatives of TECO/Peo-
ples Gas reviewed the
proposed agreement.
Petruff identified pos-
sible areas in the docu-
c bment that need clari-
fication or revision,
Stored in the parking lot at ic the nor siono
s Beach. The material is part including the proposed
s Peoples Gas. Islander Photo: 30-year term of the
franchise agreement.
"Thirty years is a long
time," Petruff said.
Commissioners agreed, saying they would be more
comfortable with a 15-year term.
Petruff also suggested that the company signatory
should be Tampa Bay Electric Company rather than
Peoples Gas, which is a division of TECO.
"It's problematic for something that is not a legal
entity to be signing a legal document," Petruff said.
Peoples Gas representative Leroy Sullivan Jr. said
he would take the questions back to the company's legal
staff and Petruff said she would draft a letter outlining
the city's concerns.
Sullivan said the company wants to move quickly
to finish the pipeline installation before the Anna Maria
Island Bridge closes for 45 days beginning Sept. 29.
While the city and the company negotiate an
agreement, work on the gasoline may soon shift from
the Island to the mainland and west along Manatee
To expedite the project, city commissioners want
to hold a first reading on an ordinance adopting the
franchise agreement on Aug. 12. They may convene
for a special meeting Aug. 19 for a public hearing and
final reading.

In the Aug. 5,1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:

* Curfew proposal packs house: Residents filled
a room at Anna Maria City Hall to discuss a curfew
ordinance proposed to curb juvenile crime.
* Local Anna Maria/Ai. st Side firefighters returned
from fighting North Florida wildfires, considered the
worst in the state's history.
* The Holmes Beach City Commission established
a maximum millage rate of 2.25 percent, the same as
the year before, with a projected 1999-2000 budget of
$4.8 million.
* Bradenton Beach officials were preparing to
adopt an ordinance banning beachfront lights during
sea turtle nesting season.
* The "no" signs at the gateways to Bradenton
Beach were replaced with more patient signs reading
"Enjoy your stay. Please obey our rules and regula-
tions" and "Please, come again."

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Rats, snakes and skeeters
Oh my. The "dog days" have arrived along with
the beginning of August. August's word meaning, full
of solemn splendor and dignity, doesn't approach the
"the dog days of summer," but they are closely associ-
The dog days are typically the hottest, most sultry
days of summer. And we refer sometimes to "feels like"
the dog days when things are dull, the mood is languid,
or, in the case of this summer, the stagnant economy.
In spite of an increase in real estate sales, for which
we are grateful, it's definitely dog days on Anna Maria
Island. The market had no way to move but up - it had
fallen to the pits, with no sales to report some weeks.
Now, home and condo sales are up, and some say prices
are even moving back up.
But it seems there are more mosquitoes looking for
people than people looking to find the perfect T-shirt,
moment or memorable meal.
Maybe it's the looming fear that gas prices will
increase further that is putting a crimp in retail and res-
taurant sales locally. The beach beckons, but it's been
slow at all but the most popular watering holes and
feeding troughs. Tough going for some.
Remember years back when school started just
after the state fair and Labor Day? Now school begins
early, Aug. 18 in Manatee County, and that will fur-
ther reduce the family visits this month to Anna Maria
With heat comes the afternoon showers we so badly
need, but that brings small critters - what little wildlife
we have on the Island - looking for a dry home. How
they get into toilets in that quest is remarkable, but look
before you take a seat. It happens. Like in the cartoons
we watched as kids, up through the toilet come the
creepy critters.
There was a time in Cortez when older Cortezians,
facing any sort of problem, would ponder and shake
their heads and say, "kids, cats and kicker boats," the
three things most likely to cause them strife. It was the
Cortez version of "Murphy's Law." They sure had a
To us it seems more like a roller coaster ride, espe-
cially as it relates to real estate specialists, retail store
owners, bankers, restaurateurs and mortgage brokers
and, maybe, newspapers.
Rest assured, though, community newspapers aren't
seeing the dire cutbacks of the dailies. We maintain our
focus on what makes us what we are: community.
We thrive on hot and sultry and the dull progress
that comes with the dog days. There's never a lack of
interesting news on Anna Maria Island.
Dog days? How else could Islanders enjoy a
summer vacation?

SLICK The dog, er, catfish days of summer ByEgan

Voter influence
Jane von Hahmann deserves to be re-elected to
the district three seat on the Manatee County Board
of County Commissioners. Her agenda of frugal gov-
ernment and controlled growth makes it all the more
important that she represent us.
John Chappie's claim to fame was being the lackey
for Richard Connick, who as mayor of Bradenton
Beach ran a corrupt dictatorship for 14 years until the
Sunshine Party forced him to resign. Throughout the
Connick regime, Chappie was an errand boy for Con-
nick by enforcing Connick's edicts.
The damage Connick/Chappie imposed on Braden-
ton Beach was so devastating that it took years to repair
the city's fiscal and community wounds.
Now Chappie wants to inflict his shenanigans upon
the entire county government. In these critical times,
we cannot afford to regress to back room deals with
Big Business, Big Money and Big Developers.
Voters are entitled to the best, and that's Jane von
Hahmann for commissioner.
Joe Kane, Cortez
Editor's note: Letters regarding elections are accepted
for publication only in sufficient time to allow a candi-
date rebuttal prior to the election.

Signs of trouble
A recent Islander article highlighted some of the
comments I made before Bradenton Beach city com-
missioners regarding the equity of turtle code enforce-
ment in Bradenton Beach.
It was a good article, but the title, "Turtle season
brings trouble for shop," was a bit misleading. Our
after-dark business has taken a slight hit, but our
overall revenue is up significantly from last year,
thanks to our many faithful customers. My purpose
for speaking to the commission was not to complain
about the impact to our business, but to seek equitable
Florida Power and Light continues to illuminate

the beach. Why isn't FPL facing the same $500-per-day
fine that we were facing? And four businesses were
cited for neon signs, yet the BeachHouse Restaurant
neon sign continues to glow brightly into the early
morning hours.
In spite of comments to the contrary from Suzi Fox
to the Islander, the FWC does not have the authority
to issue a permit that supersedes city ordinances. Our
small neon "Open" sign was cited by the city with the
threat of a fine, yet the BeachHouse big neon fish burns
brightly. Does that sound fair?
One of the biggest violations occurs every Friday
and Saturday night when the BeachHouse drives vehi-
cles on the beach after dark in violation of city ordi-
nance 10-28(a). It does not matter which direction the
car lights are pointed, it's to keep nesting turtles from
being run over. It is a blatant violation of city ordi-
nances that continues to go ignored with potentially
fatal consequences for sea turtles.
Small businesses were written up with the threat of
fines. Bigger businesses continue to get away with vio-
lating city ordinances. What say ye, commissioners?
John Pretty, Get The Scoop-Big Olaf Ice Cream
owner, Bradenton Beach

Budgeting for three
Every time we go through the annual budgets
for the three fiefdoms on Anna Maria Island, we are
reminded once again that there is no logical or fiscal
reason to have three separate governments.
The people who run these communities are doing a
disservice to the citizens of Anna Maria Island by per-
petuating an inefficient and antiquated set of duplicative
services that serve no other purpose than to continue a
system that is for those who operate it rather than for
the betterment of the citizens of the Island.
When will those who run these three fiefdoms do
what is best for Island citizens rather than perpetuate
their existence?
Ron Corso, Vienna, Va.

THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 6, 2008 7 7


Musical chairs?

Skinny's Place in Holmes Beach needs your
The city previously put in place an allowance of
eight outside seats for all restaurants to help with the
state smoking ban. But after listening to our patrons
repeatedly ask to take more chairs outside, we decided
to look into it.
The ordinance ties seating to parking spaces and we
would need to do a costly site plan to add more seats.
This ordinance obviously no longer worked when taking
into consideration the increasing numbers of bikers,
walkers and trolley riders, not to mention Skinny's is
uniquely located right across from the Manatee Public
Beach and its vast parking lot.
So we sought to revise the outdoor dining ordi-
nance and gathered 2,000 signatures from locals and
tourists. And we thought we got somewhere when the
city agreed to look into the number of seats tied to
parking and to finally work on the ordinance to reflect
the new findings with regard to safety for more outside
On July 23, the commissioners proposed an ordi-
nance to allow restaurants in Holmes Beach to increase
outside seating with a basic, less costly site plan and
some other simple requirements. We finally thought we
were being heard.
This was not the case. All but Commissioner David
Zaccagnino decided that a non-conforming restaurant
(zoned residential but operates as commercial) would
be excepted from the new ordinance and would have to
plea its case to the board of adjustment. If that failed,
then a zoning changed would be needed.
Guess what? The only restaurant we know that is
non-conforming is Skinny's Place. It's possible Beach
Bistro is included. So even though Skinny's was the
only restaurant to raise the issue, worked with the city,
and had more than 2,000 names on a petition for more
outdoor seating, it will now be the only restaurant
required to follow a different set of rules.
Ultimately this will cost Skinny's more money. It
leaves as the only other option a costly zoning change,

which code enforcement has warned could completely
change Skinny's Place as we have known it for 56 years.
What happened to the commissioners' support for
us and the people who live, work, and visit here?
This is why we need your help and support! Please,
write, call or e-mail the commissioners of Holmes
Beach and/or write to the local newspapers, espe-
cially before the final reading of the proposed ordinance
by the commission on Aug. 12. It is within their power
to do something about this.
Once again, our attorney says, just as five years ago
when we were asking for our sign, the city is violat-
ing our rights. They can and should allow us to follow
the same requirements as all of the other restaurants
in Holmes Beach. After all, we are only talking about
adding tables and chairs!
City attorney Pat Petruff said that if they give us a
pass, then that would give all other non-conforming
businesses a pass. But that is not so. We do not want
a pass, we want to follow equal guidelines. And let's
not forget the 2,000 signatures of people who should
be heard.
The commissioners have again complicated a
simple issue and it is within their authority to have
an ordinance that allows ALL restaurants to have more
outdoor seats.
As I sit in my office writing this letter, stopping to
look out the window and gaze at the flowers and trees,
I'm thinking how I would much rather be stress-free,
outside, relaxing, enjoying a typical Florida afternoon.
Funny, I think to myself, that this is what sparked
it all. And we have 2,000 people who want a choice to
sit outside at one of the oldest institutions in Holmes
Beach, Skinny's Place, with the Gulf of Mexico right
across the street. Who can blame them?
We feel again that we are being singled out. How did
they come up with such an ordinance when we are possibly
the only non-conforming restaurant in Holmes Beach?
It's up to the Holmes Beach commissioners. We
think it's time to put an end to the city's political and
personal bias.
Thanks in advance for your support! Skinny's loves ya!
Estella Freeman, Skinny's place co-owner

Mayor to mayor
It is with sadness that I write this letter in response
to former Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola's com-
ments regarding former Bradenton Beach Mayor John
Chappie and former Holmes Beach mayor, now County
Commissioner Carol Whitmore.
As Katie is aware, these two servants of the public
have both been Anna Maria Island residents for close
to 40 years. They have served their cities well and the
Island is a better place today due to their public ser-
The difference of opinion is that Pierola supports
John Chappie's opponent. She has hosted fundraising
events and wears T-shirts supporting her candidate to
various candidate functions.
Carol Whitmore has not hosted events or displayed
the candidate name she supports and any candidate
Former Mayor Pierola's candidate is supported by
a Manatee County Commission District 3 developer,
Larry Lieberman of Longbar Pointe, and to put it in the
words written in a letter to the editor by Pierola, "What
is their agenda?"
In all due respect, please, do not speak negatively
of your former mayor colleagues, who, while in office,
helped you fight to stop the building of a new Cortez
Bridge and supported you in the successful beach
Connie Drescher, former mayor of Bradenton

Editor's note: As reported in The Islander, Commis-
sioner Carol Whitmore has posted campaign signs for
John Chappie for county commission in her yard.

I feel that Katie Pierola's opinion letter, which pub-
lished in The Islander, July 30, was most unkind. I hope
it does not influence anyone's voting.
Edie S. LeCroy, Bradenton, formerly of Holmes

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West Manatee fire stations get inspections

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
West Manatee Fire Rescue has trained an inspection
team's focus on its stations on the Island and main-
A WMFR citizens' committee met July 30 to begin
its examination of the district's existing facilities and
to determine whether improvements are needed and, if
so, how they would be achieved.
Group members Randy Cooper, Kerry Ward, the
Rev. Rosemary Backer and Anna Maria Mayor Fran
Barford met with Chief Andy Price at WMFR's Station
No. 1 in Holmes Beach. They toured that station and
then embarked on a tour of stations on Cortez Road
and on 67th Street north of Manatee Avenue in Bra-
WMFR's station in Bradenton Beach is retired from
regular service and is used by the district's volunteer
firefighter association.
The purpose of the tour was to "gather informa-
tion about the existing infrastructure of the district,"
to "identify short- and long-term requirements of the
district and to prioritize solutions," said committee
member Randy Cooper.
Previously, WMFR commissioners embarked on
a similar tour of the stations and were surprised at the
cramped quarters that house the firefighters while on
The committee in its review will address living


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Alma Dahlin, 84, of Tampa, died at home July 25.
Mrs. Dahlin was born in Bradenton and raised in
Cortez. In addition to raising a family, she volunteered
much of her time and enjoyed the friendship of many.
She was known in Cortez to have
made "the best fried chicken
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Sin death in 1988.
She is survived by a daughter,
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Emergency Medical Service responders as well as fire-
Another major issue the committee will explore is
whether the district should consolidate its administra-
tive operations, currently split between the 67th Street
and Marina Drive stations.
Price has recommended such a consolidation -
though he has said an ultimate goal would be the con-
solidation of all fire districts in the county.

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There are two such communities in the area - the
village of Cortez and the city of Bradenton Beach.
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Florida Communities Trust.
FCT for some years has provided grants for com-
munities seeking to preserve conservation land. In the
next funding cycle, FCT has specific money for desig-
nated waterfront communities under the Stan Mayfield
Working Waterfronts Program.
The Cortez workshop on the grant program will
take place at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th
St. W., Cortez, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Other workshops were held in Apalachicola and
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Anna Maria Mayor
Fran Barford, the
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Backer and Randy
Cooper - all
members of the
district's facilities
review committee
- during a tour
A. of Station No. 1
in Holmes Beach.
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Consolidating administrative operations might
"free up space in one or more stations to accommo-
date the basic living requirements of the firefighters,"
Cooper said. "This is just one of several ideas that we
will explore."
The committee will hold meetings in August to dis-
cuss facilities and operations. The meetings will take
place at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 6, Aug. 13, Aug. 20 and
Aug. 27 at Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes

waterfront workshop
reservations are required.
The grant program is "one that we are very, very,
very excited about," said Roger Allen, director of his-
toric resources in Cortez for Manatee County. "It's all
about the preservation of working waterfronts and Flor-
ida Communities Trust has been trying to do something
like this for a while.... This is very progressive."
The FCT grant program has special appeal to offi-
cials in Bradenton Beach and Cortez.
In Bradenton Beach, the city wants to acquire some
Gulfshore property for a park.
In Cortez, the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage has long wanted to acquire the Seafood Shack to
the north of the Cortez Bridge.
"FISH has never given up on that and its interest in
that property," Allen said. "And at the same time they
could be preserving Annie's Bait and Tackle, the marina
and the rest of the waterfront."
Allen said grant money also could be sought to
acquire additional property for the FISH Preserve.
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TLose were the days

Beginning the saga

of Anna Maria City

By June Alder
Reprinted from The Islander, circa 1993

Part 1: Anna Maria Folks
to Boost Island
Anna Maria Key (Special) - The citizens of
Anna Maria have come to the point where they feel
that improvements are not being made fast enough
to suit the times and have determined to take a hand
in this matter themselves in the future; therefore they
have organized meetings of the residents to discuss
the welfare and progress of this community.
The last meeting was held at the bathing pavilion
and very well attended, many taking a part in the
discussion. Hon. Wallace Tervin, representative of
this district in the Florida Legislature, gave a fine
talk which was very closely attended to, and after
further discussion, the matter of incorporation by
the community was gone into quite fully.
A committee was appointed of the interested par-
ties, which will endeavor to have everyone with inter-
ests at this end of the island to be in attendance at the
next meeting to be held at the same place Tuesday
evening at 7:30.
- The Evening Herald, Feb. 27, 1923

* In the early spring of 1923 Manatee Countians
were excited about two things: the news from Egypt
where archaeologists were unearthing fabulous trea-
sures from the recesses of the 3,000-year-old tomb of
King Tut; and the daily activities of Branch Rickey's
St. Louis Cardinals at their spring training camp in
No wonder the above dispatch from Anna Maria
Key was stuck in the back pages of the Herald
between the "Amusements" column and the list
of registrants at the Tourist Information Bureau.
Who cared about a few oddballs living out on "the
beach"? To be sure, Bradentown folks visited there
more often than they used to, now that there was a
bridge to the Island - but only to swim and fish on
weekends and holidays.
You had to be peculiar to live year-'round on
Anna Maria Key. An Eden it wasn't.
That bridge built in 1921 almost had no place
to go. For just before it was finished the fearsome
October hurricane of 1921 (the worst to strike Tampa
Bay since 1848, it was said) almost obliterated the
key. A 75-mph wind drove foaming 10-foot-high
waves clear across it in many spots and sheared
off the north tip (then called Redfish Point). The
remaining stands of cypress and oaks and pine trees
that Will Bean hadn't bulldozed down in 1910-11
for his Anna Maria Beach Resort got killed off. So
did the coconut palms the son of the island's first
settler had planted down the middle of the wide
(Pine) avenue leading from his long dock on the
bay to the hotel and bathhouse along the Gulf.
Bean's dream resort was in trouble long before
the hurricane, however. He soon ran out of cash, got
bailed out by St. Petersburg developer C. M. Roser,
and finally lost it all to Roser in 1917. The war in
Europe put a damper on tourism and the resort never
recovered. By the time Roser managed to peddle it to
a New Hampshire corporation in December 1922, it
was decidedly down-at-the-heel. The unpaved streets
were in a wretched condition. There was only a wind-
ing horse-and-buggy trail down south to the bridge.
So Cortez Beach, with its new, modern bathhouse,
was getting all the business from the tourists coming
across in their flivvers.
The brief minutes of that meeting, recorded in
flowing Spenserian handwriting on the stiff, yellow-
ing pages of a small ledger now kept in the safe at
the Anna Maria City Hall, tell us that four men took
Temporary chairman S.N. "Sam" Davis was the
operator of the bathing pavilion (located where the
Sandbar Restaurant is today, and C.W. Bonham, tem-
porary secretary, was among the early (1912 or 1913)

Overgrown Pine Avenue in 1923

buyers of a Bean-built house near the C.N. Roser
home just up from the dock on the bay. The mem-
bers of a committee to "wait upon absent residents"
consisted of W.M. "Mitch" Davis, fishing guide and
builder of the tiny church and school as well as most
of the homes in the resort community; H.C. Ditmus,
a former circus man and vaudeville performer; and
Bonham. Their task was to get a "good turnout"
for the next meeting, five days away. It would be a
momentous one.

Now, a word from our sponsor ...
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evening of Feb. 28. The films will cover a number
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things. It promises to provide an evening of unusual

The hotel has been full up for some time and
anyone contemplating a stay here had better make
reservations in advance or run the chance of being
compelled to seek other accommodations.
- The Evening Herald, Feb. 28, 1923

Next Week: How large will the town be?

IJune Alder wrote
her historical
-column and
* other annotated
works originally
for The Islander
Ain 1993.

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Country star appears here, Tampa
Eric von Hahmann got the call to appear Saturday,
Aug. 9, at Dallas Bull, a club in Tampa, as part of
the contest for Kenny ( it, city's' s Next Big Star. He
will be one of four contestants in Tampa vying for an
opening on the show. If he's successful, he will then
compete for a chance to tour with ( hit ity. Earlier
on Aug. 9, Eric will perform 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at a cam-
paign event for Manatee County Commissioner Jane
von Hahmann, who is his mom, at the Anna Maria
Island Centre (Walgreens) in Holmes Beach. She is
running for re-election to a third term on the county
board. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

MTI offering skimboards to
boat-building class
Manatee Technical Institute is recruiting students
interested in learning the fundamentals of boat building,
as well as making skimboards.
The first course began in January and the next
course will begin Aug. 18.
For more information, call Terri Parish at
941-751-7900, ext. 2018.

Library to host photo lessons
The Friends of the Island Library will present
two photography programs at the Island Branch, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
James Corwin Johnson of Johnson Photo Imaging
will present the programs - one on studio photog-
raphy that will take place at 4 p.m. Aug. 14, and one
on taking travel photographs that will take place at 4
p.m. Aug. 21.
For more information, call the library at

Center in
Tweedledee and
Tweedledum, played
here by Ellie Leibe
and Sadie Elbert, will
take the stage for the
Anna Maria Island
Community Center's
presentation of "Alice
i . in Wonderland." The
public is invited to see
p ! the short version of the
Disney musical based
on Lewis Carroll's
' L, ' story at 7p.m. Aug.
14 at the Center, 407
' Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. The presenta-
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dren ages 6-14. For
more information, call
director Linda Hasb-
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Privateer benefit car show
The Anna Maria Island Privateers benefit car, truck
and bike show will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9, at Mexicali Border Caf6, 5502 Cortez
Road W., Bradenton.
The show will feature award-winning cars, food
discounts, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a visit from
the Privateers aboard their ship. For more information,
call Roger Murphree at 214-714-3953.

Islander to publish
children's book
Islander Barbara Parkman is known for a collection
of tales about her life with a pet monkey.
In "I was a Monkey's Momma," Parkman writes
about the Capuchin monkey she mothered.
The hardcover book, published by Triad Publishing
Group, has been available on the Internet, including
at and,
as well as from Parkman, a member of the Gulf Coast
Writers Group.
In September, Triad will publish Parkman's first
children's book, another story about the monkey.
Parkman, however, does deal with other animals,
most recently an adventure with some of the Island's
outdoor cats.
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All Island Kiwanis - all the time
Above, Frank McGrath of All Island Denominations
talks with the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club about
AID's the need for contributions to the organization.
Below, Jodi Egger, community relations coordinator
at Freedom Village of Bradenton, talks recently with
the Anna Maria
Island Kiwanis
Club about senior
living. The club
meets at 8:30
a.m. Saturday
at Cafe on the
Beach at Manatee
Public Beach for
a program and
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Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann

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West Manatee Fire
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Florida wildfires with
members of the Anna
Maria Island Rotary
Club July 29 at the
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rant. The club meets
at noon on Tuesdays
at the Bradenton
Beach restaurant.
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Change of the guard
The Rotary Club of Anna
Maria Island hosts a
changing of the guard
ceremony in which Pam
Schlueter hands off the
presidency to Barry
Gould. Additional club
officers include Jeff Cap-
pello, vice president and
president-elect; Judy Rup,
secretary; and Ed Misner,
treasurer. Islander Photo:
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Instructors Monica Luoto and Laura Beard teach people to make wallets from duct tape during a program at the
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The teens' messages to their friend and adviser,
written in colorful marker on a banner, read like year-
book notes:
"Hope you visit real soon."
"You're amazing."
"No one's ever gonna replace you."
"I've had a blast."
"Jeff, I will miss you. It's gonna be hard to trust the
next person."
Jeff Darwin said goodbye last week to the members
of the Anna Maria Island Community Center's teen
program and his colleagues at the Center.
And he said goodbye hoping it won't be too hard
for the teens to trust the next person.
Darwin finished his last day at the Center July
28 to prepare with his wife for a move to Loui-
siana, where she plans to begin work this fall in
a doctoral program and he plans to either land
a new job or go back to school and also earn a
doctoral degree.
Darwin, who joined the Center team more than two
years ago, was semi-surprised by staff and teen program
participants with a farewell party in the Center gym at
the end of his last day.
Talking loudly to be heard over Darwin's "favor-
ite" music, burned by a teen to CD, colleagues called
the resigning director of teen programs a rock, while
teens called him a friend, a cool dude, a sweetheart
and a confidante.

Darwin's time at the Center was not on his career
path - he studied political science. "I fell into this,"
he said, recalling that an appeal was a "plan your own
days, set your own schedule" offer.
But Darwin fell hard for the teens and the pro-
\ly plan was to help kids make better choices now
by planning for the future," he said. "And part of that
was fostering community service."
The Center's executive director praised Darwin's
success with the teens. "Never underestimate someone's
power to make a difference," Pierrette Kelly said. "Jeff
has made a profound difference. He's a great leader. He
took his role very seriously, but the kids don't know
that he had a role."
Darwin and the Center's teen members spent a lot
of time involved in activities - from playing video
games to cleaning up a nature preserve to hanging out
and discussion sessions.

Above, Members of the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center's teen program write farewell wishes to
Jeff Darwin, the departing director of the program.
Left, a table is decorated for Jeff Darwin's goodbye
party. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

"We've talked a lot about the big things," Darwin
said. "About sex, and sexually-transmitted disease
and drugs. And some people really just like the hang-
ing out stuff."
Lee Bergeron, 12, said he'll miss the conversations
with Darwin.
"I think he's really cool and good to talk to," Lee
said. "So I came here because I wanted to say good-
"Since he's been here, he's taught us about going in
the right direction," said Kyle Parsons, 15, who wrote
"Jeff is the best forever" on the farewell banner hung
on the gym wall.
With Darwin's exit, Andy Jonatzke will become the
teen program director, as well as continuing to super-
vise youth sports. Future plans for the teen program
include a journalism club, a workout program and a
teen-mentoring program.
"I know the kids already," he said. "So I think it
will be fun."
April Jonatzke, Andy's wife, will head up the
Center's new after-school program for middle
school students, as well as continue with the Cen-
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Ask the candidates:

District 3
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Incumbent Jane von Hahmann is facing challenger
John Chappie in the race for Manatee County District
3 commissioner on the Aug. 26 ballot.
The Islander asked the candidates:
Do you support a replacement bridge for Anna
Maria Island? And if so, do you have ideas about what
kind of bridge?
Jane von Hahmann: I do support the bridge
I know that the community
did its best in the past to protect
the ambiance of the Island com-
munity from a high, fixed-span
bridge. We managed to get an
additional 15-plus years out of
the present bridge, but now I sup-
port moving forward to build a
new bridge.
Jane von Hahmann As the district commissioner,
I will support the majority decision of the community
as to what type bridge is preferred.
John Chappie: Yes. The details will be worked out
later. What is important is the process has started. The
problem has been ignored way too long.
The bridge is a major safety
and economic link to the main-
land and must be replaced. The
county was told 12 years ago that
the bridge needed to be replaced
in the near future.
Once the Forida Department of
Transportation plans for a new
John Chappie bridge replacement were quelled,
the commission put the bridge
issue on the shelf.
In 12 years the future of the bridge was not
addressed - this is a county issue - a health, safety
and welfare issue and an economic issue. This has to
be a top priority for all of Manatee County and, in par-
ticular, District 3.
The Islander: How do you think the Island trolley
should be funded in the future?

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John Chappie: I would like to see the ridership
remain free, with funding to be picked up by the Mana-
tee County Tourist Development Council, advertise-
ment revenues, grant money and the cities.
I believe that the return Manatee County gets back
in sales taxes, economic impact and goodwill more than
balances out the costs.
Jane von Hahmann: The county receives a sig-
nificant amount of funds from the Florida Department
of Transportation that support the free trolley.
I view the trolley as an environmental asset and
economic driver in our Island communities. It meets
transportation needs by reducing lane miles driven on
very constrained roads, which also provides some envi-
ronmental air quality benefit to our area.
The task is going to be: When grant dollars run out,
where do we find the additional $400,000-plus a year
to run this route?
At the present time, general revenue collected from
all county taxpayers provides for half the cost for this
route. So do we ask them to now bear the total cost? I
will work to assure some equitable method of funding
is established. What specifically that may look like, I
can not say at this time, nor can I commit to whether it
will remain free.

Ask the candidates:

District 7
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Incumbent Joe McClash is facing Greg Witham in
the at-large Manatee County District 7 commissioner
contest on the Aug. 26 ballot.
The Islander asked the candidates:
Do you support a replacement bridge for Anna
Maria Island? And if so, do you have ideas about what
kind of bridge?
Joe McClash: I have always
supported a replacement bridge
in the past and I still do. It is evi-
dent in the construction of the
Ringling Bridge that a 65-foot
bridge is safe and has eased
congestion significantly in Sara-
Joe McClash A 65-foot fixed bridge would
be the safest and would remove
the congestion experienced when
the bridge opens.
It is also better for the environ-
ment because it would reduce pol-
lution and need less c ii. -'2.. During
an evacuation, there would be no
worries of mechanical failures pre-
venting use of the bridge.
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The facts presented have indicated very little difference
in wind speed between a 45-foot and 65-foot bridge.
The cost for a 65-foot fixed bridge is estimated to
be almost $20 million less than a bridge that opens.
I would like to make sure the bridge is designed to
respect the characteristics of the Island.
Greg Witham: Yes, spending the time, effort
and money on a new bridge is the most practical
But I would need further information on bridge
The Islander: How do you think the Island trolley
should be funded in the future?
Greg Witham: I believe the trolley should be pri-
marily self-funded.
Additional funding should be obtained through
more flexibility on the use of gas tax revenues.
Joe McClash: Funding options for the trolley
should be explored, including using the tourist tax, a
per-night assessment, advertising and any other option
to keep the trolley free.
Having a free trolley was one of the goals I had for
the Island and I believe there should not be a charge
for the trolley. It has proven beneficial to the tourism
economy, as well as keeping cars off the roads.

Registration rises

The number of registered voters went
up slightly on Anna Maria Island in recent
In Anna Maria, there are 1,424 active voters,
including 442 Democrats and 651 Republicans.
The total number of registered voters in the city
in April was 1,419. The small gain was primarily
among Democrats.
In Bradenton Beach, there are 857 people
eligible to vote Aug. 26, including 290 Demo-
crats and 307 Republicans. In April, there were
851 voters.
Holmes Beach has 3,325 active voters,
including 969 Democrats and 1,542 Republicans.
There were 3,315 active voters in April.
Early voting for the Aug. 26 primary will
take place beginning Monday, Aug. 11, at the
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office,
600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 118, Bradenton.
Early voting hours will be from 8:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. from Aug. 11 to Aug. 16 and from
Aug. 18 to Aug. 23.
Voting at Island precincts will take place on
election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, call the supervisor's
office at 941-741-3823.

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Featured sale: This condo at 3701 Fifth Ave., Unit
1, Gulf View Townhouses, Holmes Beach, sold in
November 2005 for $499,000 and in a foreclosure
sale in July 2008 for $299,900. The cost per square
foot is $210. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
827 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 3,390 sfla /
4,086 sfur 3bed/3bath bayfront home built in 1950 on a
34,587 sq ft lot was sold 07/18/08, Fasulo to Rodencal
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
An attorney was asking for a continuance in
the trial of a teenager arrested in connection with
an alleged scuffle in April with a Bradenton Beach
police officer on Coquina Beach.
The trial of Veronica Lewis, 18, was scheduled
to begin this month, but attorney Alex V. Hajaistron
requested a continuance due to "outstanding discov-
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The state attorney's office supported the
Hajaistron also has sought a dismissal of the
case, alleging that the officer's actions rather than
the defendant's actions were "criminal and without
probable cause."
The scuffle occurred after a 14-year-old boy,
Lewis' brother, blew a kiss toward Bradenton
Beach Officer Timothy Matthews on April 20.
Matthews has since resigned from the Braden-
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Island real estate transactions

Islander, league to
co-host election forum
The Islander in partnership with the League
of Women Voters will co-host a candidates' forum
Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Candidates in the Aug. 26 county commission races
were invited to participate.
Voters will find several contests on their primary
ballots - incumbent Jane von Hahmann facing John
Chappie in the Manatee County District 3 commission
race; incumbent Joe McClash facing Greg Witham in
the Manatee County District 7 commission race, incum-
bent Harry Kinnan facing David Miner in the Mana-
tee County School Board District 2 race and Connie
Mederos-Jacobs and Gilbert A. Smith Jr. in the race for
12th Circuit judge.
The event will begin with a meet-and-greet ses-
sion at 5:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 6 p.m..
Candidates will be asked to make opening remarks,
field questions and present closing remarks.
The panelists will include Bonner Joy of The
Islander newspaper and Pat Arends, a board member
of the League of Women Voters of Manatee County.
Arends, of Longboat Key, served as Longboat's town
clerk for nearly 15 years and has served on a number of
boards, including as a current member of the Longboat
Key Planning and Zoning Board and the Longboat Key
Charter Review Board.
For more information, call The Islander at

Koenigs set for

trial this week
Trial began Monday, Aug. 4, for Mark W. Koenigs,
the man accused of shooting Island businessperson Sue
Koenigs faces three charges of aggravated assault on
a law enforcement officer with a firearm and a charge of
aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the
Dec. 5, 2007, shooting in Holmes Beach.
Authorities maintain that Koenigs, of Bradenton
Beach, waited for Island Mail & More in the Anna Maria
Island Centre shopping center to open that morning. Nor-
mand, who owns the store, unlocked the door and several
customers entered.
Koenigs allegedly entered carrying a box, which con-
tained a gun.
Authorities maintain that Koenigs removed the gun
from the box and intentionally shot Normand in the hip.
Three weeks ago, Normand filed a civil suit alleging
that Koenigs accidentally - but n.igligc ntlu - fired the
gun at her.
Koenigs was taken into custody about two miles away
on the Gulf of Mexico shore in Bradenton Beach. He was
shot three times by Manatee County Sheriff's Office depu-
ties before he was apprehended.
The trial began Monday with jury selection, at the
Manatee County Justice Center in Bradenton, although a
number of law enforcement personnel scheduled to testify
expected a possible postponement.

Continuance sought in blown.kiss case

case against Lance Lewis, who is being treated as
a juvenile, were not available.
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 area."
N iauh u 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 Lewis
and he pushed me away. I grabbed him in a head-
lock 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 claimed that N Liiath s overreacted
to the incident and harassed the teens and that
Veronica Lewis tried to protect her brother, who
was wearing a cast on his arm.
Hajaistron asked for a continuance until at least


By Rick Catlin

Longboat chamber
announces August events
"Chillin' on a Hot August Night" is the theme of the
Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce's after-business-hours event in August.
The event will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 12,
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Caf6 on the Bay, 5350
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Other chamber events include:
* "Nooner North" luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday,
Aug. 14, at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive
S., Bradenton Beach
* "Nooner South" at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28,
at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 2001
Siesta Drive, Suite 101, Sarasota.
For information or reservations, call

Realtors plan
'shipwreck' at Sandbar
The Manatee Association of Realtors will hold a
"Shipwrecked in Paradise" party at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at
the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
The party's theme will be "Gilligan's Island," with
prizes for the best costume and trivia buffs.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for
Humanity and My Community Makeover.
For more information, call 941-224-8950.

Smith moves off Island
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The Island office was closed July 1, nearly a year
after Smith moved from its Marina Drive locale to Gulf
Smith had not responded to Islander inquiries as
of the newspaper's deadline.
The company's Web site, which still listed Smith's
Holmes Beach address, said the company's roots on
the Island "go deep - spanning over 70 years of ser-
Smith Realtors' Web site is

Anna Maria Island chamber
seeks nominees
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
is seeking nominations for its "Small Business of the
Year" award.
The chamber is seeking nominations in three cat-
* Small business of one-5 employees.
* Medium business of six-15 employees.
* Large business of more than 15 employees.
To qualify, a business must be in operation for at
least a year.
Nomination forms ask for the name of the com-
pany, address, phone number, principal owner, number
of years in business, sales volume or sales dollars and
a brief description of the business.
The deadline to file nominations with the chamber,
5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is Aug. 15.
The winners will be announced at a luncheon Oct.
1 at Stonewood Grill, 7110 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
For more information, call the chamber at

Bridge Street welcomes
new merchant
Brad Smith, the new owner of Bridge Street Jew-
elry, 129 Bridge St., is in the process of planning a
grand opening for the Bradenton Beach shop.
Smith said it was too early to discuss many details
of the venture, but, he added, "There are many great
things to come."
Smith has been a jeweler and gemologist for 26

THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 6, 2008 0 19
years and owned a jewelry store for 21 years.
He said he planned to reopen the new store in the
next two months and hold a grand opening in early
Smith can be reached at gemie4u

Freedom's free events
Freedom Village, a Brookdale Senior Living facil-
ity in west Bradenton, is offering some fun, entertaining
and educational events to the public in August.
From 1-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, you're invited to
join Sue Fox, program specialist with the Alzheimer's
Association, for "Ask the Expert: The ABC's of Care-
giving," including information onf financial matters,
behavioral management and activities of daily living.
Next is a "Blues Brunch," a presentation and tour
on blues styles, from the Kansas City Shurffle to the
Delta beat, including brunch, starting at 9:30 a.m. Tues-
day, Aug. 12.
Finally, Freedom Village will host "Blue Monday"
from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, featuring per-
formances by Scott Blum Music, including vocalist Ally
Coach, guitarist Greg Pulis and Scott Blum, of Holmes
Beach, on saxophone and drums. This event will include
wine, hors d'oeuvres and tours of the facility.
Admission is complimentary to the August events,
however, seating is limited. Freedom Village is located
at 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Reservations must be
made by calling 941-798-8122.

Chamber plans golf outing
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
hopes to add to its scholarship fund with a golf outing
scheduled for noon Sept. 29 at the Bradenton Country
Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
\ Ni king a difference in our local community with
drives, slices, draws, duffs, mulligans, chips and 2 +
putts is a win-win situation," reads a news release from
the chamber's organizing committee.
Golfers can register at the chamber office, 5313
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Those interested in sponsoring the event also are
encouraged to visit the chamber, which is offering
sponsor packages from $1,000 to $50.
For more information, call the chamber at

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brandy peppercorn or bearnaise sauce.
Veal or Chicken Frangaise
Veal or Chicken Marsala
Veal or Chicken Normandy
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finished with a splash of cream.
Fresh Calves Liver
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served with pommery mustard demi-glace sauce.
Bouillabaisse Marseilles
~ The celebrated stew of Provengal, made in the
classic manner with lobster, shrimp, scallops, clams,
fresh fish, assorted vegetables, garlic, saffron and herbs.
Ahi Tuna
~ Sushi-grade tuna steak, grilled to your liking and
finished with beurre blanc-wasabi mustard sauce.
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20 0 AUG. 6, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger holds a container July 21 as City Commission Chair Sandy Haas-
Martens pulls the name of police dispatcher Leigh Llewelyn, who received a $120 certificate to Beach Bistro.
The restaurant donated the certificate to the city for an employee awards program that will continue with a
monthly drawing, Bohnenberger said. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Sarasota Bay subject of documentary

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program invites the
public to free viewings of its new documentary, "Sara-
sota Bay: Celebrating Our Water Heritage."
Produced by Florida Journey Communications, the
28-minute documentary explores the health of Sara-
sota Bay and the bay's environmental and economical
The film features interviews with local officials and
images of the bay, as well as the village of Cortez and

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Topics in the film include habitat restoration, nutri-
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The film will be shown at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sat-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.

Bradenton Beach
July 22, 2300 block Avenue C, operation of license sus-
pended. Officers responded to a suspended theft and stopped a
man driving a vehicle and, upon a record check, it was learned
his license had been suspended. He was arrested.
July 24, traffic. Officers stopped a man driving a vehicle
without operating tail lights and, after a record check, it was
revealed he had a suspended driver's license and was classed
as a habitual offender. He was arrested.
July 27,402 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach Marina, bat-
tery. The complainant said her ex-boyfriend beat her up and
left her for another woman. No charges were filed.

Holmes Beach
July 25,6300 block Flotilla Drive, fraud. The complainant
said someone made off with $4,000 from his bank account.
July 25,400 block 75th Street, burglary. Flooring crews
reported someone broke into a home where they were working,
but nothing appeared to have been taken.
July 25, 200 block 72nd Street, theft. The complainant
said she observed a man taking fishing rods and reels from
her garage.
July 26, 3232 E. Bay Drive, Subway, theft. The store
manager said someone took meat and cheese from the outside
freezer and that it was suspected to be a former employee.
July 26, 600 block Emerald Lane, theft. The complainant
said someone took his outboard motor, depth finder and fishing
poles from his boat.
July 28, 100 block 72nd Street, domestic. Officers arrived
on the scene of three men scuffling, two of them apparently
attempting to hold another to the ground, according to the
report. The argument apparently began over a girlfriend of one
of the men. The man who was being restrained was arrested.
July 29, 500 block 58th Street, theft. The complainant
said that $750 in orchids had been stolen.
July 30, 200 block 73rd Street, disturbance. Officers
responded to a call of a disturbance among a female resident
and two visiting male friends. The resident found that one of
the two men had a new girlfriend and had asked him to leave.
He said that she had his cell phone. She went outside the house
to give him the phone, according to the report, then punched
him in the face. He was issued a trespass warning and, upon
a record search, it was revealed he had outstanding warrants
from Manatee County. He was arrested.
July 31, 6700 block Gulf Drive, theft. The complainant
said someone took a compressor and other tools from a locked
July 31, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, theft.
The complainant said while he was swimming someone took
his wallet, containing $200, credit cards, a driver's license and
other identification.
July 31, 200 block North Harbor Drive, missing person.
Officers responded to a call from the caregiver of an adult male
who had disappeared from their home. He apparently took a
walk and was found on the east side of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge and taken to Blake Medical Center for treatment.

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Wednesday, Aug. 6
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce luncheon with guest speaker U.S. Rep. (R, P-13)
Vern Buchanan at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. - Gulf Coast Writers meet to share their work
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
Thursday, Aug. 7
11 a.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
teen program heads to Leffis Key to clean up the Baywalk
preserve. Information: 941-778-1908.
Friday, Aug. 8
1 to 3 p.m. - "Ask the Expert: the ABCs of Caregiving"
with Sue Fox, program specialist with the Alzheimer's Asso-
ciation, at Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-798-8122.
6:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts movie night
in the gym. On the screen will be "Toy Story." Information:
Saturday, Aug. 9
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.
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Family origami at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-6341.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - "Fun Raiser" with County Com-
missioner Jane von Hahmann, including music, free hot dogs
and cold drinks at the Anna Maria Island Centre, on East Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach.
6 to 9p.m. - Anna Maria Island Privateers' benefit car,
truck and bike show at Mexicali Border Caf6, 5502 Cortez
Road W., Bradenton. Information: 214-714-3953.
Tuesday, Aug. 12
9 a.m. - Anna Maria Elementary School class assign-
ments for the 2008-09 school year will be posted on the
administrative office windows, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-708-5525.
9:30 a.m. -"Blues Brunch" presentation of blues styles
from the Kansas City Shuffle to the Delta beat at Free-
dom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
for lunch and a program by Stephanie Hefner of Just For
Girls Inc. at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.
2:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., hosts a youth video game tournament
through Aug. 16. Information: 941-778-1908.
6 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community Center
hosts teen sunset volleyball at the Manatee Public Beach.




5344 Gulf Drive * Holmes Beach

Information: 941-778-1908.

Wednesday, Aug. 13
7:45 to 9 a.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Sunrise breakfast at Caf6 on the Beach at the Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-1541. Fee applies.
* The Artists Guild Gallery window display, located at
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, changes every two weeks
and currently features paintings of boats and beaches created
by guild members. Information: 941-778-6694.
* Antique summer fashion display Tuesdays through
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, through
August. Information: 941-778-0492.
* 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 Artesian Gallery, 11904 Cortez Road, hosts
"Fourth Fridays" from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the fourth
Friday of each month. Information: 941-896-5053.
* Teen Boys' Night gathering Wednesdays at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
* Teen Girls' Night gathering Thursdays at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Information: 941-778-1908.
* 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 ques-
tions about the flora and fauna and hiking paths. Information:

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SVon Hahmann 'fun
raiser' invitation

who is running for re-
election as county com-
missioner in District 3,
Soserves up a hot dog at her
"politicalfun raiser" in
July at the Star Fish Co.
Restaurant and Seafood
i Market, 12306 46th Ave.
W, , Cortez. Another "fun
- raiser" event will take
t place from 11 a.m. to I
p.m. Aug. 9 at the Anna
Maria Island Centre
on East Bay Drive in
Holmes Beach -free hot
dogs, cold drinks, and
entertainment by Eric
von Hahmann. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

* The first and third Mondays of each month, the Ameri-
can Legion Post 24, 200575th St. W., Bradenton, hosts din-
ners for the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.
Coming up:
* Video game tournament at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Aug. 13-16.
* Open house at Anna Maria Elementary School Aug.
* Aug. 15-17, the Island Players welcome the Welsh
Players to the Island for three performances of "The Impor-
tance of Being Earnest." Fee. Information: 941-778-5755.
* Aug. 18 is the first day of the 2008-09 school year.
* Aug. 21, the Will Rogers Follies opens at Manatee
* Aug. 25, registration deadline for the Mullet Invita-
tional Fishing Contest. Information: www.cortezvillage.

Save the date
* On Aug. 26, Florida holds its primary election.
* Aug. 28, "Grape Escape" wine tasting and networking
at Freedom Village.
* Sept. 1 is Labor Day.
* Sept. 5-6, Mullet Invitational Fishing Contest spon-
sored by the Star Fish Company.
Send calendar announcements to
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a
brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

22 E AUG. 6, 2008 U THE ISLANDER

Hatchlings threatened by raccoons released

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Few events draw big crowds on Anna Maria Island
in the dwindling days before school resumes.
But a big crowd gathered July 30 on the shore of
the Gulf of Mexico near 10th Street South in Bradenton
Beach. The crowd assembled at the end of a day of
buzzing about loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings rescued
from raccoons.
On land, the greatest threats to hatchlings are preda-
tory raccoons, cats, dogs and birds and artificial lights
that might lead the hatchlings to stray from the Gulf.
At sea, the greatest threat is the incidental capture
of turtles in fishing gear - primarily long lines and gill
nets, as well as trawls, traps and dredges. Additionally,
harvest of turtle eggs is a common practice in many
places, including Mexico, Cuba and the Bahamas.
With dozens of people gathered at nightfall, mem-
bers of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch released 95
rescued hatchlings - two that had become tangled in
roots and the others rescued from a nest being assaulted
by a raccoon on Coquina Beach.
They were held in a bucket, resting until they could
be released at nightfall.
The tiny loggerhead turtles - a protected species
under international, federal and state laws - crawled
from a bucket across the sand to the Gulf of Mexico to
begin their struggle to live at sea.
Most nests on the Island that AMITW monitors

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Loggerhead sea turtles arrive to
the Bradenton Beach shore in a
blue bucket for release July 30.
Members of Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch rescued the hatch-
lings from raccoons. Islander
Photos: Lisa Neff


by the

Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch
reported 150 logger-
head sea turtle nests
and 88 false crawls
on the beach as of
Aug. 3.
AMITW also
reported 11 nests
have hatched.
Nesting season
continues through

for data collection hatch out without incident - the
hatchlings crawling to the Gulf at night, leaving tracks
to be found at dawn.
Some nests get raided and hatchlings get a helping
hand from AMITW under state-imposed guidelines.
The helping hand is usually with applause from
those watching their first turtle release and those who
returned to see another.
The happening provides an opportunity for AMITW
volunteers and executive director Suzi Fox to talk with
the public about the organization but, more frequently,
about the turtles.
"What happens next?" Robert Mackenzie, 8, of
Kansas City, Mo., asked as he stood next to the bucket
of increasingly active hatchlings.
He learned that when hatchlings crawl to the surf,
they are swept through the surf zone and continue swim-
ming away from land for about one to several days.
After this swim frenzy period, post-hatchling log-
gerheads take up residence in areas where surface
waters converge to form local downwellings. These
areas are often characterized by accumulations of float-
ing material, such as seaweed.
Post-hatchlings are low-c n .l -' float-and-wait for-
agers. The little loggerheads may linger for months in
waters just off the nesting beach or become transported
by ocean currents within the Gulf of Mexico.
"What is their survival rate?" asked Annie Fischer
of New York City.
She learned that the survival rate is about one in
"That's rough," she said.
"Poor little guys," said her boyfriend, Paul Koontz,
also of New York.
At dusk, having checked the area to make sure there
were no birds about, AMITW volunteers organized the
hatchlings' audience in a semi-circle near the water and
one volunteer gently tipped the bucket, releasing the
hatchlings to the sand.
The hatchlings crawled, some moving slow, others
racing, toward the water. The wave of the first salty
drink washed most back a few feet and they crawled
out again.
And when the last of the hatchlings swam out and
away, the crowd clapped and cheered.
"That's like the event of a lifetime," Koontz said.
Fischer added, "It was beautiful."

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Summer fun: Lots of redfish, trout, grouper, snapper

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Summer is here and the water is hot - as is the
Inshore action features good catches of redfish,
trout and catch-and-release snook.
Offshore, look to catch grouper, snapper and amber-
jack, plus some wahoo and dolphin.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Annie's Bait & Tackle
on Cortez Road said his offshore charters are pulling
in lots of grouper, snapper and amberjack within about
30 miles of Anna Maria Island.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said his back-
water charters are producing catch-and-release snook
along the beaches, with it being nothing to see at least
50 a day off Whitney Beach on Longboat Key. He's
also catching lots of snapper in the bays near the Intra-
coastal Waterway, plus lots of reds and big trout in
Sarasota Bay.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's hearing lots of
good reports of mackerel offshore, as well as dolphin,
wahoo and tuna. Grouper and snapper are also good
catches. In the backwaters, he advises fishers to target
redfish or snapper.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing has

been slow, but there were a few catches of mangrove
snapper, small redfish and some catch-and-release
snook under the pier. Mackerel and whitebait have
moved offshore, he added.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said his
anglers are also finding fishing to be a bit slow, but he
reports some small bonnethead sharks are coming to the
hooks of pier fishers, plus a few mangrove snapper.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing good reports of catch-and-release snook
at night at the dock, as well as mangrove snapper being
caught later in the day. Boaters are catching big trout
in Terra Ceia Bay, he said, as well as some big cobia.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include lots of
shark catches from Terra Ceia Bay, plus trout and some
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's putting his
charters onto catch-and-release snook, redfish when
the tides cooperate, mangrove snapper and even some
late-season tarpon.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said numerous showers over the
past several days have moderated water temperatures
but it's still very hot. He said he put Jack Barnett of

Jo Valasquez of Sebring, Fla., shows off her first gag grou-
per, caught offshore of Anna Maria Island in while fishing
with Capt Larry McGuire of shI. ,, ' Me the Fish Charters.
London, England, onto trout, snapper, grouper and
ladyfish on a half-day outing last week. The 6-year-
old's best catches were a 22-inch sea trout and a 15-inch
mangrove snapper fishing in northern Sarasota Bay and
the Longboat Pass area. "All of our catch was taken
using average-sized whitebait, Spanish sardines and
very small pinfish," Capt. Zach said.
On my boat Magic, we' ve been catching lots of red-
fish - 20 to 30 per trip - with most up to 25 inches in
length. Sarasota Bay is our best bet for the biggest fish.

Rebuilt 'Smiley' soon to launch in Cortez

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Cortez will soon say hello again to Smiley.
Smiley is the name of a small fishing boat under-
going repairs in the FISH Preserve boatyard near the
Florida Maritime Museum in the historic fishing vil-
The boat's rebuilders can't help but smile when
they talk about Smiley.
Those who expect someday to use the boat to
instruct school teachers in marine life also smile when
they talk about Smiley.
"She was built right here in Cortez by Leo Taylor,"
said museum boatbuilder Bob Pitt. "The year was about
Smiley has had multiple owners over the decades,
according to Rick Viera, who is assisting with the reno-
vation work, as well as managing a major renovation
of the tall ship owned by Aquarian Quest.
"A lot of captains here, they'll say, 'When I was a
boy, I went out on Smiley,'" Viera said.
"She's in very good shape," he continued.
Pitt ran his hand across the stern.

Boatbuilder Bob Pitt in Cortez, where he is working
to restore Smiley. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
"She's built out of juniper," he said. "And in the
style of a modern workboat."
"She's as solid as a rock," said Roger Allen, direc-
tor of historic resources in Cortez. "I' m way happy with
what they are doing."
Smiley serves as a FISH workboat and enhances the
collection already held by the Florida Maritime Muse-
um's fleet. In recent years, the museum has acquired

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seven vessels through donations and repaired the boats
in a Cortez workshop.
Smiley may be used in a teach-the-teacher program
being coordinated by the museum and Aquarian Quest,
said Aquarian Quest president Jan Kirchner.
Kirchner hopes to secure a grant for the program,
which would involve bringing dozens of area teachers
to Cortez during the course of a school year to take
them out on Smiley, teach them about Florida's Gulf
Coast and even send them back to their classrooms with
lesson plans and teaching tools.
"We're still working on it," Kirchner said. "We
haven't fleshed it out completely."
Meanwhile, Smiley still is undergoing repairs.
But she may be put into the water this month -
which would make Pitt and Viera grin.

Cortez to host

mullet contest
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage will
hold the first Mullet Invitational Fishing Contest to
benefit the Cortez-based organization.
The event will take place in the fishing village from
Sept. 5-6 in honor of Ben Gullett of "Gullett's smoked
mullet" fame.
Under contest rules, mullet may be caught between
Ruskin and Sarasota using cast nets - no seine, gill or
gill cast nets allowed.
Teams may enter up to six mullet for prizes in top
catch categories.
The fish will be fried and served at an awards cer-
emony Sept. 6.
The Star Fish Company, 12306 46th Ave. W.,
Cortez, is the contest sponsor.
Deadline to enter the competition will be Aug.
For more information and entry forms, visit the
Cortez Village Historical Society Web site at www. or visit the Star Fish Company.



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Rock the Casbah
Molly and Jim McCartney of Holmes Beach keep up with Islander news while
vacationing in Morocco, Spain and France. Here they are at the Hammadi Res-
taurant, near the Casbah in Tangier, Morocco.

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Visitors from Austin, Texas, gather on the Rod & Reel Pier during a recent "Girl's
Weekend." Pictured are Renee Savage, Laura Herrick, .Nilt Nesbitt (daughter of
Islander cartoonist Jack Egan), Gina Sylvester, Lee Burleson, Dawn .ihl, , /l and
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Dale de Haan, above, president of the Anna Maria Island Demo- Smoky mountain summer
cratic Club, reads the Islander even on vacation in Torremolinos, Below, four Islander-reading families - the Glavans, Dells, Moneuses and Schagens - gath-
Spain, where he stayed at the Bajondillo apartments, located on ered in the Smoky Mountains at Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in mid-June. Pictured are Danny Scha-
the Costa del Sol. The Bajondillo has several small miniature gen, Lily Dell, Olivia Glavan, Tyler Dell, Katie Rose Dell, Andrew Schagen, Sibella Glavan,
donkey statues on the grounds - providing an ideal spot for this Emma Moneuse, Reina Glavan, Max Moneuse and ( Ih i, \tiii Schagen. Islander Photo:
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Surf festival with local ties benefits Kidney Foundation

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The 23rd Cocoa Beach Surf Company NKF Pro-Am
Surf Festival is set for Labor Day weekend, Aug.
29-Sept. 1, at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, Ha.
Up to 800 professional and amateur surfers, along
with an expected 20,000 spectators will gather at the
beach to watch the competition and listen to musical
Some of the nation's best surfers will be competing
in the event, which will feature new events like tandem
surfing and kite surfing.
The weekend is packed with events including the
Taste of Brevard & Silent Auction from 6:30-11:30 p.m.
on Aug. 31. In addition, there is the Mar Chiquita bikini
contest each day along with food and drink vendors on
the beach.
The contest is the brainchild of twins and former
Islanders, Richard and Phil Salick. They initiated the
festival following Richard's first kidney transplant, the
first known among twins, and both continue to work
with the foundation. Rich has since received kidney
donations from two other siblings.
To sign up as a competitor or for more informa-
tion, call the National Kidney Foundation of Florida
at 1-800-927-9659 or 321-784-5661. You can also visit
the Surf Festival website at

Key Royale golf news
There was a ton of golf action at the Key Royale
Club over the past two weeks.
The men played a nine-hole, low-net-of-partners
game on July 29. The team of Jim Finn and Jerry Brown
combined to card a 2-under-par 62 to edge second-
place finishers Don Ledford and Bob Jorgensen by one
The men's 18-hole, individual-low-net game on
July 30 was captured by Chris Collins with a 3-under-
par 59. Bob Jorgensen finished in second with an even
par 64.
Aug. 1 saw the club play its monthly mixed-hand-
icapped scramble. The team of Shirley Cessna, Dana
Cessna, Craig Humphrey and Jane Winegarden shoot
16.8 to claim first place by two shots. Second place
went to the team of Marky Ksiazek, Adam Ksiazek,
Rose Slomba and Bob Kral. The team of Dick Grimme,
Nancy Grimme, Jim Dunne and Richard Westby fin-
ished in third with a 22.9.
Chuck Reed and Frankie Smith-Williams won the
closest-to the-pin contest on holes three and eight.
Rose Slomba managed consecutive chipins on
holes eight and nine, while Jane Winegarden and Dick
Grimme had chipins as well.

The men teed it up for an 18-hole, low-net-of-
partners game on July 23. The team of Bob Kelly
and George Womble combined to shoot a 6-under
par 122 to edge the team of Bob Kral and Vince
Mercadante by two strokes. Third place went to
the team of John Atkinson and Dick Grimme with
a 2-under 126.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net
game on July 21 with Richard AW-Ltb\ carding the low
score of the day with a 4-under-par 28. One shot back
in second place was Russ Olson, while Earl Huntzinger,
Vince Mercadante and Jerry Brown tied for third with
2-under-par 30s.
The women and men played together on July 18
in a best-ball-of-foursome game. The competition was
fierce as three teams came in tied for first place. The
team of Jerry Brown, Joyce Brown, Don Ledford and
Jim Finn carded a 9-under-par 23 to match the score
of Teddy Morgan, Al Morgan, Rose Slomba and Peter
Proxy. The team of Terry Westby, Matt Behan, Larry
Fowler and Paulette Proxy also managed a 23 to share
bir'inii rights for the day. Fowler, Westby, Jeanette
Cashman, Earl Huntzinger and Joyce Brown all had
chipins on the day.

Horseshoe news
Three out of four teams posted 2-1 pool-play
records during July 30 horseshoe action at the Anna
Maria City Hall pits. At the end of the day, walker
Larry Livrago dominated a pair of playoff opponents
to claim bir,''in,' rights. Livrago defeated the team
of Debbie and Tom Rhodes 22-6 in the semifinals
before dispatching brothers Jay and Jerry Disbrow
23-3 in the finals.
The July 26 games saw the team of George McKay
and Jerry Bennett emerge as the day's outright cham-
pions after fashioning the only undefeated pool-play

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Video gamer's challenge
Video gamers who think they rule will have a chance to
prove themselves Aug. 12 when the Anna Maria Island
Community Center puts on another Video Gamer's
Players in the challenge will battle for the champi-
onship title and a first place prize.
The competition will take place Aug. 12-15 with
the finals on Aug. 16 in the Center Gym on a 20-by- 10-
foot projection screen.
Registration ends Aug. 8, so hurry. There is an entry
fee for members of $10 and $12 for nonmenbers.
In June the Center had the Madden 08 Chal-
lenge, now they're looking for suggestions for another
challenge. What's your game? Call the Center,
941-778-1908, ext. 9207 and let them know.
Center invites runners to train
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is offer-
ing a runner's training camp for youths 7 and up who
are interested in getting in shape and learning about
running. All levels of runners are welcome.
Jessica Pate, a Manatee High School rising senior
on the varsity track and cross country teams will head
up the camp, which will meet from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 4-14, at the
Holmes Beach city field adjacent to the Pete Lannon
Skate Park.
Pate promises lots of stretching, j, ,in, and games
with the goal being to join her in running at the 16th
annual MHS 'Canes Classic 5k or 1-mile run Sept. 1
at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.
Call the Center, 941-778-1908, to sign up and for
more information.

H Pickled players
Avid players of pickleball at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center
gather at the net after a recent session.
- Pictured are, left to right, Elizabeth
' Fahringer, Barbara Smith, Mark Deur,
Marge Ignatius, Toni Teasdale, Bob
Taylor, Beppy Bongers, Mike Neal,
Penny Williams, Jim Teasdale and
Maria Taylor. Player Bob Taylor, 78,
invites anyone interested to attend
a game, learn to play and enjoy the
indoor sport - first time, no charge.
Contact the Center, 941-778-7978,
for more information.



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and dock on the mainland. One-acre building site with mature trees for shade
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HIGH-QUALITY FILL material for builders in Holmes
Beach. Please, contact Millmac Corp. for more infor-
mation, 954-345-4406.

SIX FILE CABINETS: black, 4-drawer legal or
regular file cabinets. $20 each. The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.

ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online:

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:

ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 8. 2110
Ave. B, Bradenton Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 9.
122-A 51st Street, Holmes Beach.

SIDEWALK "YARD" SALE continues at The Islander,
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, July 30-Aug 1,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

4 at the 65th Street beach access, Holmes Beach.
813-689-4135 or 813-685-1585.

JIB/HEADSAIL BEACHCAT with white sail.
Lost July 5 along Bay Boulevard. Reward. Call

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.
Rock on!

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.

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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

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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vate parties. 781-367-0339,

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.

2000 DODGE GRAND Caravan SE. Good condi-
tion. $3,500 or best offer. 941-778-9418.

1992 MERCEDES 500SL convertible. Excellent
condition, 83,975 miles. White with navy interior,
hard top, new soft top, New battery, cold air condi-
tioning. $10,900. 941-545-2971.

2001 FORD TAURUS SE: 4-door, 16,600 miles,
gold/tan cloth, new brakes, fuel pump. $4,895.
Harold, 813-956-7979.

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.

BOAT LIFT: BIMINI Bay. No bridges, deep water,
electric water. Call Larry, 941-778-1565.

1971 MORGAN 22.6-foot centerboard sailboat on
Longboat Key. Professionally restored to excellent
condition, too much new to list. $5,900 or best offer.

20-FOOT GRADY WHITE overnighter, cuddy
cabin,1989. Excellent condition, on Longboat Key.
$10,900. 727-417-6835 or 941-545-2971.

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33 Years of Professional Service

INSHORE SLAM FISHING - Reds, snook, trout with
Capt. Jim Savaglio. License, bait, tackle included.

NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Res-
taurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call

LEADING REAL ESTATE office located in Anna
Maria needs a part-time administrative assistant. If
you have excellent communication skills, thrive in a
team environment, highly organized, self-motivated,
who wants a flexible schedule and a supplemental
income, we would like to speak with you. Monday,
Wednesday, Friday, 4-5 hours per day. $8/hour start-
ing, $10/hour after 30 days. Please send us your
resume via e-mail to or
stop in and fill out an application in person, 419 Pine
Ave. No phone calls, please!

HOST/SERVER/BUS help sought at Ooh La La!
Bistro. Apply in person weekdays after 4 p.m., 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more infor-
mation, 941-779-1208.

NAIL TECH OR massage therapist room available
for rent. 941-713-5244 to view.

COUNSELOR NEEDED: Before-and after-school,
part-time position available at Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Seeking fun, energetic person.
Must be 21 with CDL, 40-hour DCF training class,
CPR and first aid or willing to pursue. Contact April
at 941-778-1908, ext. 9206, or send resume to spru-

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.

GARDEN/HOME DECOR. Enchanting Holmes
Beach shop is fun to run. Only $45,000. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112.

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MARINER'S COVE 3BR 2BA 2,208sf TKF condo.
Captivating full bay views, boat slip $643,401.
COVERED BRIDGE 3BR 2BA 2,035sf with den/office, hi-
speed wired, lake view. $279,500.

WEST BRADENTON! Price Slashed! 3BR 2BA family room,
lanai, FHA considered. ~J4 $138,900

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HERON'S WATCH 10 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.
WOODLAN DS 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 *

Sandy Pointe
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 , ,. iii;. Seller will pay the
first 3 months condo fees for the buyer! $279,000
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.

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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

BABYSITTER AVAILABLE ON the Island during the
summer. Lisa, 17, 941-538-8570.

CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting. I
have experience with kids of all ages.

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.

NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Five hour morning
shifts and overnights, 10pm-8am, available. Travel
opportunity. 941-383-6953.

a little or a lot, day or night. CPR, first aid, CNA
certified. Reliable, trustworthy, Island references.
Flexible scheduling. Personal/household care, driv-
ing, companionship. 941-778-5958.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.

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computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.

mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.

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
cell 941-720-4152.

best on Anna Maria! 34 years of grateful, happy
customers. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-9217.

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.

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired trades-
man, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve
Doyle 941-778-1708.

SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alterations,
cushion covers, ironing. Errands: grocery, doctor's
appointments. Call Terry, 941-778-3125.

CLEANING FAIRIES: LONG-time resident, weekly,
biweekly, reasonable rates and attention detail. Free
estimates. 941-778-5717.

PLEASE, LET ME clean your house for you, your
way. 20 years experience. Barb, 941-792-1381.

serving Anna Maria Island. Call Steve and Maria,

INSIDE/OUTSIDE PRO. Thorough cleaning inside
and out. Pro cleaning, pressure wash, landscape,
windows, insured. Jeff, 941-545-0128.

WASH AND FOLD Service: Formerly at Holmes
Beach Laundromat, now available for pickup and
delivery to your door. Ironing, too. Call Cheryl,

COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help? Call
JC, 941-484-7487.

NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for you.
Cell, 941-592-8684.

DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs cov-
ered! Print work: logos brochures, brand identity. Web
design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call Jon at Smashcat
Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.

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.

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. 941-778-2711.

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work, sheetrock, hauling, electrical, light plumbing.

WOOD, TILE, MOSAIC and carpet. Custom installa-
tions, quality workmanship, prompt service, reliable.
Licensed and insured, free estimates, many Island
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100 percent financed! We build, install and guar-
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V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
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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.

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
Lisa, 860-601-3838.

tropical pool with spa, two boat lifts, minutes to Gulf.
Don't miss it! $2,300/month, annual, available Aug.
1. 941-730-1086.

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.

unfurnished. One block from beach and trolley stop.
Great outdoor living in Bradenton Beach. Call Liz,
941-778-2173 or 941-962-8844.

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.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. Elevated
duplex, 2BR/2BA, recently updated, walk to beach.
Two bonus rooms, large garage. $1,500/month.
404-441-6471, e-mail: f.dolan

$1,750/month, $800/week. $125/night includes utili-
ties. 941-794-5980.

den, hookups, central heating/air, pets consid-
ered, $925/month, $1,000 security. 941-962-5827.

Cortez Road. 625 sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.

VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.

2BR/1BA, LARGE YARD, close to beaches, walk to
bay. $950/month. Agent/owner, 941-545-5786.

HOME EXCHANGE? OUR New York City apart-
ment for your Anna Maria Island place. We are get-
ting married on the Island and would love to swap
around April 11, 2009. AnnabelKaplan@yahoo.

LARGE DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage. Sunny
Shores, quiet, close to everything, beaches. Avail-
able now. $900/month. 941-761-1471.

No pets. 941-778-7039.

TWO WOMEN RELOCATING with granddaughter
starting kindergarten need affordable annual as
soon as possible. 419-756-7980, gjsmith449@aol.

VACATION RENTAL 2BR/2BA. Boat docks, pool.
$350/three days. $600/week. Turnkey furnished.
Realtor, 941-356-1456.

2BR/2BA WATERFRONT CONDO: Boat dock, 1,700
sf, fireplace, pool, $1,200/month. 941-792-0524.

SEASONAL ANNA MARIA Island canal house for
rent January through May. One to two month mini-
mum. Old fishing village. Call Mike, 941-920-6170.

1BR AND 2BR apartments available, half block
from water. 3611 117th Street W. Pat McClary,

2009. Prefer Anna Maria near Gulf. 877-476-0488, Includes washer, dryer, Internet, pool/hot tub. Semi-
ext. 214, or annual rental, $950/month. 941-778-7315.
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA duplex. Recently
refreshed. North Holmes Beach. $875/month plus
utilities. Available now. 941-778-7003.

game rooms, pool, spa, boat dock. Near beaches,
annual. 2BR/2BA. 941-761-1923.

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.

BEST BUY ON Pine Avenue. Residential/
commercial. $569,000, compare at $750,000.

WATERFRONT OLD SHACK, one-room cottage on
Intracoastal on Anna Maria Island with dock, not
deep. For sale by owner to owner-occupant-AARP
member. $395,000. No Realtors or friends of Real-
tors. 941-779-0289.

4-5/BR TOWNHOUSE FOR sale by British owner
at Sunbow Bay. Superb location, opposite Publix
supermarket. Turnkey furnished with beautiful leather
sofas. This house is all set up on three Web sites
as a rental unit and provides an excellent income.
Tennis courts and two swimming pools on site. Pri-
vate boat docks. 3803 Sunbow Bay, Unit 3A, off
East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Offers invited in
excess of $425,000. Contact Rita at 941-778-7169 or
011-44-784-135-7017. Call anytime for a viewing.

1BR/1BA MOBILE HOME. You own land in water-
front park. No monthly fees. Great condition.
Reduced!! $85,000. 513-470-3851.

garage. Private master suite entrance. $685,000.
Lease option considered. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

with updated 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, pool home.
$299,000. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

fully remodeled. Large pool, boat dock. $799,000.
Owner, 941-356-1456.

KEY ROYALE: LARGE waterfront lot. 112 feet from
frontage with 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, pool home.
$850,000. 941-356-1456.

$300,000. Sailboat water, updated, single-family
3BR home home with pool and dock. Open house
Sunday 1-3 p.m. Now $699,000. Virtual tour avail-
able. Visit on Sunday or call Karen Pfeiffer, Real-
tor, Keller Williams Realty. 941-747-2170. 5328
Bimini Dr., Coral Shores, Bradenton.

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.

HOW ABOUT TENNESSEE? For a list of available
lake and mountain homes and properties. Call Lake-
side Realty toll-free, 888-291-5253 or visit www.

LOOK! DOCTORS, LAWYERS, real estate bro-
kers: 20 acres of land located in the Asheville,
N.C., Alexander (West Buncombe) community.
Seclusion, privacy, heavily-wooded mature trees,
some acres cleared, 320-foot erode frontage, well,
walking trails, ride your four-wheeler, wildlife galore,
turkeys, deer, must see to appreciate. $40,000 per
acre. This property is a 10! No developers, please.
Serious inquiries only. Call Miles, 828-686-3414 or


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pockets nowadays
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overfriendly canine
20 Genus of poisonous
22 Brewing
23 Pasta used in soups
24 Actress Polo
25 Nickname for a
26 Flip
27 Junior in the N.F.L.
28 Bunch
29 Popular 1970s
British TV series
32 Bug
34 Fraternity letters
35 Dungeon items
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38 Took the risk
45 From Z
47 Radiate
51 When a second-
shift employee may
get home
52 City that overlooks
a bay of the same
53 Opening screen
option on many an
56 "Think big"
57 One inside another
59 Spot alternative
61 Fine-tunes
62 Split
63 Abbr. in a real-
estate listing

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Tammany Hall
66 Tic-tac-toe plays
68 Warner Brothers
shotgun toter
69 "Whose woods
these think I
know": Frost
71 Liberals
73 Actor Brynner
74 rut
75 Keats, e.g.
76 Ilk
77 It may have two
79 Ralph who co-
wrote "Have
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Little Christmas"
81 Cartoonist Keane
82 "The Praise of
Folly" writer
84 Cause of
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slash mark
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91 Club alternative
92 Slangy street
94 Ball with a yellow
95 Arrangements
98 Four-star hotel
99 J.F.K. info: Abbr.
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line position
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103 Deuce beaters
104 Where to pick up
pick-up sticks
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108 Summer Mass.
109 Bug
110 "We ___ please"
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116 Stead
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121 Having stars, say
122 Deliver, as a harsh
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series, to fans
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128 Shade of blue
130 Kids drink from
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133 Part of a shark's
respiratory system
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location, usually
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148 The second "R" in
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151 Pixar fish
152 Africa's
153 A super's may be
154 Result of pulling
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156 Unesco World
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13 Before: Abbr.
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21 In itself
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44 Go-ahead
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67 Negative
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suggesting "Try
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with "on"
78 Cipher org.
80 T or F, e.g.: Abbr.
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project that gave
rise to the Ted
Williams Tunnel
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87 Building
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89 Took it easy
91 Gone bad
93 Frog legs, to some
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96 TV puppet
97 Precept
98 Pal of Kenny and
100 Tach reading

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107 Alpine sights
112 Behind
113 Happen, slangily
115 "I'll pass"
117 Plush
118 Connoisseur
120 Pawned
123 Head counts?
126 Tristram's love
127 More gloomy
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138 Behind
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TENNESSEE MOUNTAINS: 1-2 acre homesites.
Wooded bluff-lakeview. Starting at $59,900. Guar-
anteed financing! 866-550-5263. Ask about mini-
vacation, three days, two nights, travel allowance.

with great view, very private, big trees, waterfalls
and large public lake nearby, $49,500. Call now,

STEAL MY MARSHFRONT: Owner sacrifice!
Drop-dead gorgeous marshfront. My neighbor
paid $389,900. I'll sell mine for less than the bank
repos. My six-figure loss is your gain. $229,900.
Call, 877-913-5253.


(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria

For Expert Advice On Island Property
941-778- 6066


Brigmg Peopl Home Sinc 1939

Rt-uuutu! Anna ivariala Ulf roni lot.
Build your dream home here. Walk the
sugar white sand beach, watch the
stunning sunsets, see the dolphins
swim by. Writeyournovel here! Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246.
#M504998. $1,199,000

txUUI Iit hULl- VItWS and luxury
amenities. 3BR/2.5BA. Crown mold-
ings accent high ceilings and open
plan. Granite countertopsand stainless
appliances. Designer perfect furnish-
ings. Karen Day, 941-778-2246.
#578289. $1,599,000.

VALUE Ia IN Z LUIa only a Tew
100 yds.from Gulf. Beautiful street
& beach access. Build 2 homes or
remodel cottage & live in paradise.
2BR/1.5BA . Karen Day (941)
778-2246. #M573537. $849,000

from this 2BR top-floor unit in well
maintained 10-unit complex in quiet
area of Holmes Beach. Pool, private
beach and weekly rentals OK. Dave
Moynihan, 941-778-2246. #566893.

3BR/3BA residence on deep-water large boat basin. Completely updated
canal with short walk to beach. Open 2BR/2BAhomewith heated pool. New
floor plan with hardwood floors, newer kitchen with cherrywood cabinets and
master suite, large covered porch and Corian countertops, marble floors.
21x17 workshop. Dave Moynihan, Deborah Thrasher, 941-778-2246.
941-778-2246. #572802. $699,000. #573998. $795,000.

(941) 778-2246 * (800) 211-2323 * WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM

acres, $49,900. Aug. 9 only. New to market! Spec-
tacular, level seven-acre hardwood setting, deep
waterfront! Prime Alabama location, minutes from
Interstate! Gated community, paved roads, county
water, utilities, more. Lowest financing in years! Call
now, 800-564-5092, ext. 1188.

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classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
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RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The Islander.

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Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any
preference, limitation or discrimination based on race,
color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national
origin, or intention to make any such preference, limita-
tion or discrimination Familial status includes children
under age of 18 living with parents or legal custodi-
ans, pregnant women and people securing custody of
children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly
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all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are avail-
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941.308.6494 -
Terry Hayes, Realtor@

100 36th St 83 North Shore Dr
Gulf-frontvilla- 3BR/35BA with luxurious finishes and Charming4BR/25BA Cape Cod with pool in the
designer furnished, heart ofAnna Maria.


200 S. Gulf Dr
Sold units #3,5, and 8! Sandcastle offers amazing
views in a luxury Gulf-front condo. Excellent for rent-
als! 2 left! Call Terry for details!



210 South Harbour
New 4BR/4BA on canal with dock and pool. Fine
finishes with garage and elevator.


212 South Harbour Dr
New 3BR/3BA canal-front home with pool and dock.
Beautiful finishes with elevator and 2-car garage.


3208 6th Ave
Adorable cottage with Gulf beach just across the
street! Pool and designer furnished.


102 36th St
Luxury Gulf-front condominium with 3BR/35BA and
exquisitely finished and furnished.


105 81st St.
Adorable beach house 2nd in from Gulf with Gulf views.


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211 Elm Avenue
Northend Anna Maria and 1 block to Gulf beach. Lush and enchant-
ing with loads of charm, 2 adorable condos are stylish with an
Asian/Craftsman influence. Each side 2BR/1BA and exquisitely fin-
ished with travertine floors, bamboo vaulted ceilings, granite counters
and cherry cabinetry. Private lanai features rock waterfall and tropical
landscape. Beautifully furnished!

(A)$475,000 & (B)$499,000



32 0 AUG. 6, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

QW&A With Pat Neal, Owner of Neal Communities

Q: Why did Neal Communities create the new Cafe
A: Well, just about everyone knows the real estate market is
cyclical. With the current temporary downturn, we needed to
produce a home that filled the needs of our homebuyers and yet
was able to be sold at a price that fits today's market.
Q: How do you figure out what people want in a new home?
A: You ask them. We asked thousands of homeowners and some
apartment dwellers a lot of questions about what they wanted
and needed in a home. They gave us a great perspective about
today's young families, empty-nest couples, active adults, young
professionals, some not-as-young professionals, and single
We studied how people use their homes. The Neal family has
been building homes for over 38 years. And, more importantly,
we've been listening to our homeowners. We have a referral rate
of 98 percent. I think that's because we're good listeners. And,

as a company, we're all on the same page: we're dedicated to
creating unequalled customer satisfaction.
0: I understand you've sold a lot of these homes since they were
introduced in February of this year. Why do you think they've
been so well received?
A. The homes themselves offer people a large range of choices.
Throughout our communities there are 24 different home choices
in the Cafe Collection. These are cutting-edge designs with Neal
quality. More people are able to afford a home that is within
reach of today's budgets.
Aside from the homes themselves, the unique approach
is to offer these homes in amenitized communities that can
include recreation clubhouses, fitness centers, community pools
and spas, gated entrances, walking and biking trails through
neighborhoods that have large sections where we've created
nature preserves.
The initial Rose Cottage sold for $122,900. We couldn't

have built our new Cafe Collection homes without the help of our
Trade Partners. They're the people we've worked with for a long,
long time. Some of our vendors have been in business with us for
decades. They have helped us reduce the cost of building. And,
we're working with some land purchased as early as 1980.
Our land was purchased at what would be considered discounts
compared to current values. We're able to pass those savings to
our homebuyers.
Q: Do you think the Cafe Collection is real estate's future?
A: I think it is real estate's immediate future. Right now, the
market has contracted and there is a great need for smaller, less
amenitized homes. As the market cycle continues to expand,
buyers will once again want larger homes with more architectural
elements. Neal Communities has added the Cafe Collection as
a part of the Neal Communities' extensive line of homes. We're
prepared for whatever the market cycle happens to create.

Introducing A New Member Of The Neal Communities' Family

In Prestigious Northwest Bradenton

Cafe interiors are open and bright, with just enough formal area to add a touch of sophistication, and plenty of family space for an environment that's casual and
easygoing.With stately entrances, elegant columns, volume ceilings, bonus rooms, luscious lanais and floor plans ranging from 1,866-3,236 square feet, you can
sweeten to taste, all at a value that is definitely within reach.


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