Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: August 13, 2008
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Koenigs convicted of Normand shooting

the news ...
Island tourism booms
in June. Page 2

Sandbar gets site-plan
approval. Page 3

Those were the days:
Tthe saga of Anna
Maria City with June
Alder. Page 8

Big insurance
changes for wind
Page 10

Streetlife: The Island
police reports.
Page 11

A look at financial
support for county
candidates and some
candidate interviews.
Pages 12, 14-15.

What to do and when
and where to do it.
Page 16

Island Biz

The latest in Island
commerce and trade.
Page 18

My summer vacation:
Joe McClash's close
encounter with a
nesting turtle. Page 22

Fishing: Some
backwater tips, trips.
Page 23

School: AME principal
Tom Levengood looks
forward to the new
year. Page 24

School bus schedule,
weekly lunch menu
and dress code info.
Pages 24-25

Mark Koenigs listens last week to testimony
at his trial for the shooting of Holmes Beach
businesswoman Sue Normand at her Island
store. Islander Photos: Courtesy Bradenton
Herald, photographer Brian Blanco

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A six-member jury on Aug. 8 convicted
Mark Koenigs, 55, of the Dec. 5, 2007, shoot-
ing of Island resident Sue Normand, owner of
the Island Mail and More on East Bay Drive
in Holmes Beach and the chair of the city's
planning commission.
Normand said after the verdict from her
store where she worked Saturday, she was
"much relieved."
The jury deliberated less than four hours
before returning its guilty verdict on one count
of aggravated battery with a firearm and two
counts of aggravated assault on a law enforce-
ment officer. The trial began with jury selec-

Final public

meeting before

bridge closure set

for Sept. 18
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Islanders and anyone who uses the Anna
Maria Island Bridge will get their last chance
to hear and be heard Sept. 18, just 11 days
before the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion will close the bridge for a planned 45-day
period as part of the $9.2 million bridge reha-
bilitation project.
The DOT has set a public meeting on the
closure for 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at St.
Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.
The DOT said in a press release that the meet-
ing will "give residents, business owners and
other stakeholders an opportunity to obtain a
better understanding of what to expect from
various agencies during the closure period."
Officials from the Manatee County Area
Transit will be on hand to provide information
on a planned trolley route along 75th Street
and on Cortez Road on the mainland detour
and bring them to and from the Island via the
Cortez Bridge. The ride, like the trolley on the
Island, would be free for passengers.
The Cortez Bridge will be the Island's only
link to the mainland during the planned 45-day

Sue Normand explains to the jury during the trial how she saw a flash of light and felt a
burning in her hip after she was shot by Mark Koenigs Dec. 5, 2007.

tion on Monday, Aug. 4.
After Koenigs shot Normand in her store
on the morning of Dec. 5, he fled along the
shoreline in Bradenton Beach. When Holmes
Beach police officers and Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies approached him in the
area of the Moose Lodge, he pointed a weapon
at them and refused to drop the handgun.
MCSO deputy Angel Buxeda testified at
the trial that he then fired four shots at Koenigs,
wounding him in the process. Koenigs, who
remained jailed since the incident, appeared
in court in a wheelchair.
Koenigs' attorney, public defender Peter
Belmont, argued that the Normand shooting was
accidental, but jurors rejected that defense.
Normand was shot in the hip and had to
undergo surgery to reconstruct her pelvis. She
said she spent 12 days in the hospital follow-
ing the shooting and currently has to use a
cane for assistance, but for many months she
relied on a walker or a motorized wheelchair
to get around. She has filed a civil suit against
Koenigs, seeking to recover some of her medi-
cal expenses.
No date for sentencing was set by the
court, but Koenigs faces up to life imprison-
ment for his crimes.
A resident of Bradenton Beach, Koenigs
had been a customer of the store prior to the
While Normand was incapacitated, the
store was run by her son and friends from the
"The community has been a big help," said
Normand. "I can't thank everyone enough.
They've been extremely supportive."
But Normand still has a civil suit pend-
ing against Koenigs, a suit she hopes will help
with her mounting medical bills.
"I can't begin to think about the suit," she
said, "but I have a lot of medical bills and need
a lot of help to get them paid."
Normand said she was "nervous" all week
during the trial. "I wasn't sure what was going
to happen. I'm certainly relieved by the out-
The guilty verdict, she said, did not bring
closure, but it's a start.
"Maybe, when I can walk again, I will
begin to put this behind me, but that is a long
way off," she said.

Islander, league

co-host forum
The Islander in partnership with the
League of Women Voters will co-host
an election forum for candidates seeking
seats on the Manatee County Board of
Commissioners Wednesday, Aug. 13, at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
Voters will find several contests on
their primary ballots - incumbent Jane
von Hahmann facing John Chappie in
the Manatee County District 3 commis-
sion race; and incumbent Joe McClash
facing Greg Witham in the Manatee
County District 7 commission race.
Also on the ballot are incumbent 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
Candidates in the Aug. 26 county
commission races were invited to par-
ticipate in the forum and, although the
four commission candidates previously
confirmed they would attend, Chappie
last week said he will not participate.
He said he will instead attend a dinner
put on by an organization supporting his
The Islander forum will begin with a
meet-and-greet session at 5:30 p.m., fol-
lowed by the forum at 6 p.m. Candidates
will be asked to make opening remarks,
field questions and present a closing.
The panelists will include Bonner
Joy of The Islander newspaper and
moderator 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 941-778-7978.

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2 0 AUG. 13, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Island tourism

booms in June

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If people are vacationing less because of high gas
prices and the economy, they still seem to be coming
to Anna Maria - and in record numbers.
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau reported the occupancy rate for Anna Maria
Island hit 71.1 percent in June, a jump of 11.6 points
from the 59.5 percent occupancy reported by the CVB
for June 2008.
It was the highest occupancy level on the Island for
any June in the past four years, and the second highest
rate for any month this year, surpassed only by the 88.9
percent rate recorded in March 2008.
But the Island's gain might have been the main-
land's loss. Occupancy figures for mainland accommo-
dations this past June fell to 53.8 percent, down from
the June 2007 figure of 61.6 percent.
Overall tourism to Manatee County was at 61.6
percent for June 2008, a 2 percent increase from
the 59.6 percent overall rate recorded for June
In five of the first six months of 2008, the Island
has had an increase in occupancy levels from 2007.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce pres-
ident Mary Ann Brockman said the Island has been
enjoying a great summer season, thanks in large mea-
sure to European vacationers, who are taking advantage
of a favorable exchange rate.
"June was great and July was also good. I haven't
heard anyone reporting they are lacking visitors,"
Brockman said.
At present, one Euro can be exchanged for about
$1.50, compared to two years ago, when the rate was
about even.
One British pound is now worth about $2, while just
two years ago, the exchange rate was about $1.30.
"Their money goes a lot further when they vacation
here," said Brockman.

Only a quarter for bridge drive
With the speed limit on the Anna Maria Island Bridge now reduced to 25 mph during the rehabilitation project,
Manatee County .9i itff's Office deputies and Bradenton police officers have begun targeting speeding motor-
ists there. The deputies shown above were checking speeds on Aug. 6, at the east end of the bridge and said
they will return at random intervals. The fine for a speeding ticket doubles if workers are present

when a motorist is stopped. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Bridge hearing set
closure period. The Longboat Key Bridge linking the
Island with Longboat Key will remain operational
during this period.
At the Sept. 18 meeting, various agencies and busi-
nesses will have representatives available to answer
questions about operations during the closure.
But a number of Island business owners have
already expressed their disapproval with the Sept.
29-Nov. 13 closure period.
The concern among the owners is that the Island's
winter tourist season traditionally begins in October

and the closure period will interfere with the season.
Additionally, any delay in re-opening the bridge Nov.
13 as planned could seriously affect the Island's econ-
omy, which depends heavily on winter visitors and the
Thanksgiving holiday for business.
The DOT consistently ignored and, finally, just
weeks ago rejected the request by the business owners
to move the closure dates forward to early Septem-
For the latest information on the rehabilitation proj-
ect, go on the Web to and click on
"community links." People without Internet access can
call 941-792-0369.

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THE ISLANDER U AUG. 13, 2008 E 3

Man commits suicide at Coquina trolley stop
A Manatee County man committed suicide on
Coquina Beach around 9:25 a.m., Aug. 5, at the trolley
turnaround near the main concession stand, moments
after stepping off the trolley to Longboat Key.
Bradenton Beach police said Bridwell F. Tobin, 79,
of Sarasota, shot himself with a .38-caliber handgun
after he first boarded the trolley, then told the driver he
had changed his mind.
Nearby lifeguards on duty at the beach imme-
diately began life-saving operations on the man
and Manatee County Emergency Medical Services 1 '"
arrived moments later to assist in the effort, but to
no avail. 1 ,
Police said Tobin drove his car to the beach and got
on and off the trolley in a matter of seconds. Moments.
later, witnesses said they heard a shot and saw Tobin-
lying on the ground with a gun in his hand. I
Joe Stankowski said he was on the beach near the--
concession stand when he heard a single shot shortly .
after the trolley had picked up passengers that morn- .
"I looked over and saw the man on the ground and
lifeguards running to him. I didn't see anyone running
away," Stankowski said.
Rescue workers spent about 15 minutes with the.
man and applied a defibrillator in an effort to restart his .
heart and breathing, but were unsuccessful. . . .
"They really tried to save him," Stankowski said. -_
Police said Tobin left a suicide note addressed to Emergency medical service technicians and lifeguards at Coquina Beach Aug. 5 worked unsuccessfully to
his wife and that he had a history of medical issues. revive Bridwell F. Tobin of Sarasota after the man shot himself with a small pistol. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

TECO late to the Bradenton Beach starting gate

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Tampa Electric Company officials have been plan-
ning to construct a natural gas pipeline from the main-
land to Anna Maria Island for the past year and have
already received approval from Manatee County.
All well and good, said Bradenton Beach City
Commissioner John Shaughnessy when TECO officials
approached the city commission at its Aug. 7 meeting
to discuss a franchise agreement. Except that the com-
pany might be a bit late approaching the city to meet its
proposed completion date of Sept. 29, he observed.
"Don't take this the wrong way, but I'm a little
upset with TECO" for waiting this long, Shaughnessy
said to Leroy Sullivan of TECO.
TECO came to the city for an agreement when it
had only seven weeks before its "drop dead" comple-
tion date of Sept. 29. That's when the Anna Maria
Island Bridge will close for 45 days for bridge repair.
If the pipeline is not installed by that date, TECO can't
continue working on the bridge and will have to wait
until it reopens, costing the company a large chunk of
The company's delay in approaching Bradenton
Beach has left Shaughnessy with a "negative" feel-
ing toward the company, and he said giving TECO a
30-year franchise agreement would be "a bit much" for
a company new to the city.
In addition, the city now has to rush all the paper-
work and permits through its staff and back to the com-
mission to get TECO approved.
"It's a bit much," reiterated Shaughnessy.

Sullivan apologized for not coming to the city
sooner. Time is short, said Sullivan. He asked that the
issue be placed on the commission's next agenda for
approval, but that request was proving to be difficult.
City attorney Ricinda Perry had a number of con-
cerns about the franchise agreement, particularly with
regards to city liability, obligations and the lack of a
provision for litigation. She also noted that a TECO sub-
sidiary, People's Gas, will actually sign the contract.
What happens if People's Gas, which appears to be
a shell company, closes up, she asked? Does the liabil-
ity go back to TECO? Those issues are not addressed
in the agreement, she said.
Perry added that it will take some time to iron out
these issues with TECO lawyers, but the agreement
would have had to be completed Aug. 8 to meet the
10-day advance advertising requirement for a first read-
ing before the commission on Aug. 21.
TECO, however, can take a chance and obtain its
building permits in anticipation of a franchise agree-
ment, Perry noted.
Agreed, said city building official Steve Gilbert.
"Permits and franchise agreements are separate," he
Sullivan elected the option to seek permits now,
saying that TECO and the city "will have an agreement
Perry will confer with TECO attorneys to get an
agreement ready for a first reading on Sept. 4 and a final
reading Sept. 18.
In the interim, Mark Rubin of TECO, the com-
pany's construction supervisor for the project, said he

Sandbar finally gets site-plan approval

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
It may have taken a bit more time and money than
Sandbar Restaurant owner Ed Chiles expected, but a
renovation project begun by the restaurant four years
ago received final site-plan approval Aug. 5 from the
Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board.
That approval, however, came with stipulations.
The restaurant has to enclose its trash compactor
and relocate it within 60 days, remove existing concrete
pads for the Dumpster, install a new concrete pad under
the relocated Dumpster to ensure no liquid drains from
the container into the right of way, erect beach-access
signs along Spring Avenue and, within 30 days, install
bumpers in a parking lot.
Any controversy that might have been generated
by the site plan was extinguished when Chiles decided
not to pursue approval for another area to hold outdoor

events, a location called "Site 2" in the plan.
City planner Alan Garrett said that under the
approved site plan, Chiles cannot use other parts of
the property for outdoor events without a special-event
permit. Chiles currently can use a pavilion at the res-
taurant and the outdoor deck for such events.
Attorney Jeremy Anderson, who represents Wil-
liam and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue, neighboring
the Sandbar, said he was pleased Chiles had withdrawn
that request.
Had that new location still been part of the site plan,
Anderson said he was prepared to bring "expert wit-
nesses" and a court reporter to the public hearing and
"pursue case law" to prevent approval of the additional
Anderson said his actions would have been to pre-
serve the rights of adjacent landowners.

would apply for building permits. He pledged to get the
project completed before the high volume of seasonal
traffic returns to the Island for the winter.
"That's what I said," observed Shaughnessy. "If
you had just come to us months ago instead of two
weeks, this would all have been over and done."
The commission consensus was to consider a
15-year agreement with TECO, not a 30-year franchise
as the company suggested.
TECO has also been to Holmes Beach to obtain a
franchise agreement, and similar issues have surfaced
in that city. The company has not approached the city
of Anna Maria for an agreement.


Anna Maria City
* Aug. 14, 5 p.m., city commission work session.
* Aug. 19, 5 p.m., budget work session - CAN-
* 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. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
* Aug. 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting
* Aug. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
* Aug. 20 and Aug. 27, 4:30 p.m., West Manatee Fire
Rescue District facilities review committee meeting.
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
* Aug. 21, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue District
commission meeting. Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900,
* Aug. 25, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council meeting. Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive,
* Aug. 26, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Manatee County primary
elections. Various precinct locations. www.votemana-

4 E AUG. 13, 2008 U THE ISLANDER

Buchanan says money available for Island

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
"I'm in love" with Anna Maria Island, U.S. Rep.
Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, told the Aug. 6 meeting of
the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials held at
Anna Maria City Hall.
All well and good, but the officials at the meeting
wanted to hear how that "love" translates into action,
particularly when it concerns two of the BIEO's major
interests: beach renourishment and a new Anna Maria
Island Bridge.
"What do you need?" Buchanan asked. "Just get
me a list of things where I can be helpful."

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan
speack at Anna Maria
City Hall to the members
of the Coalition of Barrier
Island Elected Officials.

Money, replied Anna
Maria Mayor Fran Bar-
Her concern is that Anna
Maria is being left out of
the next beach renour-
ishment project because
Manatee County does
not have enough money
to pay for renourishment
of the beaches in all three
Island cities. Anna Maria
gets the "short end of the
stick" because, according
to county officials, it does
not generate enough rev-
enue from the "bed tax,"
which pays for beach

"We don't have as many accommodations as
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach," Barford. said

Sandbar site plan approval
He also said he was disappointed that the city would
not have its attorney present at a public hearing on such
a major issue in the city.
"We" need stipulations to the plan, Anderson
Board member Jim Conoly said he was concerned
that delivery trucks were consistently parking in the
city right of way when delivering to the Sandbar and
questioned why the city was not enforcing its codes.
Following the meeting, code enforcement officer
Gerry Rathvon said the city commission policy is that
code enforcement is "reactive," not "proactive." She
can only take action on a perceived code violation when
a legal complaint is lodged with the city.
The commission has consistently upheld that policy
for the past six years.
The P&Z board will next meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 22,
and continue its discussion of site-plan review proce-

"We're primarily a residential community." Con-
sequently, Anna Maria's contribution to the beach
renourishment pie does not meet that of the other two
"Right now, the money is not there," she said.
Buchanan, a member of the U.S. House Transporta-
tion and Infrastructure Committee, pledged to help find
funds somewhere in the $3 trillion federal budget to aid
the project.
"There is money available. We need to get our fair
share," he said.
He'll also do what he can to speed up a replacement
bridge for the north half of Anna Maria Island on State
Road 64/Manatee Avenue.
The consensus related to Buchanan from BIEO
members is that a new bridge should have two lanes
of traffic with emergency lanes on each side.
Because of the Island's size and current road struc-
ture, "We can't handle a four-lane bridge," said Holmes
Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens.
But Buchanan is only one of 435 members of the
House of Representatives and he's learned that to get
an)\ thing done in Washington takes compromise - and
some arm-twisting.
"There are 34,000 registered lobbyists in Washing-
ton," he observed.
With all of that political clout, at least 2 percent
of the federal budget - $60 billion - is always ear-
marked for "special projects."
That means projects that the lobbyists want for the
"special interest group" they represent, he indicated.
And to get some of that money, you have to "be
at the table." Wilhoi 'i representation, "You don't get a

U.S. Rep. Vern Buch-
anan, R-Sarasota,
attended an Anna
Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce-
sponsored luncheon
prior to meeting with
local elected officials
on the Island. Here
he speaks with Rae
Dowling, left, area
manager of external
affairs for Florida
Power and Light,
and Don Sayre,
seated, also of FPL.
Islander Photo:
Edna Tiemann

share of the pie," he added.
To get a "share of the pie" for his district, which
includes Manatee and Sarasota counties, he often has
to give a vote for other projects unrelated to this district
or Hlorida.
He said there has never been a House Transporta-
tion Committee member from the Tampa Bay area, yet
that committee is the largest in Congress.
Now that he's "at the table," he's been able to
obtain funding for the Ware's Creek project in Mana-
tee County, a project that took 34 years to get off the
ground and get $90 million for red tide research. He
was also part of a bipartisan effort to move the location
of a proposed natural gas pipeline off the north end of
the Island to a more favorable location.
But more issues are coming to this district.
Baby boomers are starting to retire, Buchanan
observed, and this area is a prime retirement location.
In fact, of all 435 districts in the House, his has
more people over the age of 62 than any other dis-
Health insurance, Medicare, Social Security, prop-
erty taxes and infrastructure are major issues for the dis-
trict, but maybe not for the entire Congress, he noted.
Buchanan said two of the biggest issues facing
Congress are illegal immigration and cnii I.,v.
"We got more than 50,000 e-mails in one week"
on illegal immigration and cnii. . v he said. These are
"gigantic issues" that Congress absolutely has to deal
with when it meets again in January.
Buchanan now favors offshore drilling in the Gulf
of Mexico to help the c n.l',Y crisis. "We need to be
drilling, but not off our beaches."

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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 13, 2008 5 5

No problems with

Anna Maria budget
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners breezed through
their Aug. 7 budget workshop, praising the city staff for
its preparation and the detailed format of the spending
With no disagreements on the proposed $3.96 mil-
lion budget for 2008-09, commissioners canceled their
planned Aug. 19 work session, opting instead to skip
ahead to the first public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10.
While the $3.96 million is a record for the city, $1
million is from the city's line of credit and will fund
Phase I of its stormwater improvements project.
Commissioners also learned from County Commis-
sioner Carol Whitmore that $8,000 budgeted to help
the county operate the Island trolley will eventually be
returned to the city as its share of revenue generated
from a proposed plan for advertising on the trolleys.
Although the 2008-09 budget is "bare bones," said
Mayor Fran Barford, it "does not jeopardize the health,
safety and welfare of the citizens of Anna Maria."
Commissioners also praised the new budget format,
which is department-driven rather than "usage-driven"
as in prior budgets.
With the new format, commissioners can easily see
what each department plans to spend during the fiscal
year, Commissioner Dale Woodland noted.
"It's much easier to read," added Commission
Chairman John Quam.
The proposed millage rate for this year's budget
is 1.7882, the same as last year, city treasurer Diane
Percycoe said. The final millage rate will be established
by the commission at a public hearing.
Under Florida law, once a city has established a
tentative millage rate for its budget, it can only lower
that rate, not raise it.

Correction from

July 30 issue
The proposed Anna Maria millage rate for the
2008-09 budget is 1.7882 mills. Additionally, the
first public hearing on the budget is scheduled for
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Cultural Connections to announce plans

Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island plans
a public meeting Aug. 21 at the Studio at Gulf and
The group was formed to 1
answer what its members saw
as a need for cooperation and
collaboration to help trans-
form Anna Maria Island from
a beach haven to a cultural
The organization's rack
card, which has a map of its
member locations, will be " -
unveiled. In addition, plans
for a series of arts-related Joyce Karp, left, and .i
events and concerts titled art- off the new group's rac,
sHOP, to be held Nov. 14-16, Islander Photo: Courte

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will be announced.
The artsHOP weekend will showcase the organi-
zation's founding members:
the Anna Maria Island Art
League, Anna Maria Island
Historical Society, Anna Maria
Island Community Chorus
and Orchestra, Artists Guild
Gallery, Gulf Coast Writers,
Island Gallery West, Island
Players, Off Stage Ladies and
S.. The Studio at Gulf and Pine.
The Studio is at 10101 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
Sty Rush Dean show For more information,
ard to members. contact Dantia Gould at
Marlane Wurzbach 941-778-1880.

Von Hahmann
advances in
LI Chesney's star
Eric von Hahmann
of Cortez won the
first stage of Kenny
( i it it y's Next Big
Star competition Aug.
9 at Dallas Bull, a
Tampa club, and he will
now open the ( lit ity
show at the Ford
Amphitheatre in Tampa
Aug. 29 before a crowd
of 20,OOO-plus fans.
That appearance can
lead with von Hahmann
opening for ( it ,oity on
a tour of shows in Sep-
tember and an audition
for Sony BMG records.
Watch out for this
Rising Manatee County
country music star.
Islander File Photo:
Bonner Joy

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Be happy
There was a time when back-to-school wasn't so
much fun. It wasn't just the dread of a bus ride, the hours
of peer pressure, the lack of preparation for a test, bad
food and a hot bus ride home.
On Anna Maria Island, it was a riff between parents
and other friends of the Anna Maria Elementary School
and the administration. It started over a disregard for the
community's investment in the school and it wound up a
battle of retribution and reprisals.
But that ended. The dividing force, the former prin-
cipal, moved on, assigned to another school.
Now the love is back at AME.
The principal, teachers, support staff, parents, families
and community seem to have found harmony. Returned
is the old spirit of "anii\ iing for the kids."
It's not hard to imagine that many among the kinder-
garten through fifth-grade students look forward to their
school days at AME.
Another school year? Yippee.
Now we must ask everyone to drive carefully both
during mornings and afternoons when students are either
heading to school or going home. It's up to you to be
alert for students on foot, skateboard or bike, and to take
extra care. And, when possible, help kids along the way
by observing crosswalks and slowing down in the school
speed zone. Exercise patience and courtesy for the numer-
ous drivers delivering and picking up students.
And, please, wave to the school crossing guard.
Let's all be happy.

See you at the forum
In ancient Rome, while a fire destroyed the city, the
emperor Nero played his violin, thus revealing his total
lack of concern for his people and his empire.
This week we have John Chappie as an example of
Nero's legacy, doing something trivial in the midst of an
event of significance.
He first acknowledged weeks ago that he would attend
this newspaper's forum for candidates vying to serve Anna
Maria Island on the Manatee County Board of Commission-
ers, then, last week, he declined to attend. Instead, he said,
he will attend a dinner given by a campaign contributor.
No great loss to the newspaper - we only hope to
report the positions of the candidates and their responses
to questions from the public.
We don't sponsor this event for the candidates, but
for our readers and the voting public.
And if Chappie feared coming under the gun from the
newspaper, which last year won a public record's lawsuit
against him, he was also fully aware that the event would
be moderated by a member of the local League of Women
Voters. The league has moderated similar Islander events
in the past to ensure fairness to all.
We will go on without regret but for you, the voters.
Islander Forum: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at
Holmes Beach City Hall.

By Egan



Many thanks
How can we ever thank all the people who helped
Rotten Ralph's with a benefit for the Neumann family?
Once again you all pulled together to help a family in
need, and it wouldn't have worked without the assis-
tance of all the kind-hearted people who attended,
donated cash, bought raffle tickets, and, of course, the
people who donated gifts and prizes for the raffles.
Thanks go to Galati Marine, Manatee County Golf
Course, River Strand Golf Course, Capt. Ed Hartog, Pro
Golf Discount, Timesaver, Cafe on the Beach, Sand-
bar, Lee Roy Selmon's, Beef O'Brady's, Red Lobster,
Cody's Roadhouse, Peach's, Essence of Time, Island
Bazaar, Garden Hut, Mister Roberts, Matt & Dom's
Pastry Cafe, The Fish Hole, The Sailor's Knot, Two
Sides of Nature, Egrets, Sun N Surf, AMI Video and
the Holmes Beach Barber Shop. Also, the liquor and
beer vendors that donated, Bridge Walk Resort, which
helped the Neumann family with accommodations, and
the guys in the band HWY 41, who donated their time
and talents to entertain and run the raffle. Thanks, too,
of course, to all the staff at both Island Rotten Ralph's
locations for putting in extra hours and helping to orga-
nize and run the events.
Special thanks to Katherine, who went through a
similar tragedy not too long ago and brought this to
our attention so that we could try to help. The weekend
turned out to be a big success and, hopefully, we helped
the family a little through a tragic time. Through the
kindness of everyone involved, Karen, Jordan, Dakota
and Brianna now have a second family in the Anna
Maria residents.
We really can't thank you all enough.
Kay, Dave, Tyler and Doreen Russell and the crew
of Rotten Ralph's restaurants

Election fodder
Now we know how John Chappie's performance
compares with clear headed people. Lt. John Cosby
of the Bradenton Beach Police Department, who was
able to analyze, cut through to the essentials and fix

the city's budget. He saw the problems and offered
solutions. He even notes that we have too many city
attorneys. Brilliant!
Our ninny collection of commissioners don't have a
clue. If you will recall, this is the same group that ordered
the removal of pine trees from Coquina Beach so that
Chappie could walk the beach that has been cited for
pollution and where signs read no swimming allowed.
Talking about pollution, my recently published
photo clearly showed how thousands of gallons of pol-
luted stormwater are being flushed from Fifth Street
South into Sarasota Bay. This is in Chappie's city ward.
Instead of solving the problem, he is working to get a
certificate of occupancy for the project that contributed
to this mess.
In his election brochure for Manatee County Com-
missioner, Chappie makes the following assertion that
he will: "Cut wasteful spending and make certain that
public funds are spent wisely."
Wow! This is the same guy who took over the city pier
rebuilding project, and then, due to bad planning, the budget
was shattered by cost overruns that exceeded $240,000.
That's enough money to buy 40 gallons of gas for every
man, woman and child in Bradenton Beach.
Chappie should go back to his day job of cutting
grass. Cut wasteful spending? What a laugh.
These are the facts. You decide.
Ken Lohn, Bradenton Beach
Editor's note: Letters regarding elections are only accepted
for publication in sufficient time to allow a rebuttal prior
to the election.
Proud to conform
Much has been made in the local press and at
Holmes Beach city commission meetings of the Beach
Bistro's alleged non-conforming status in the "outside
dining" debates.
As much as I like being considered a non-conform-
ist, the Beach Bistro is, in fact, a "conforming" res-
taurant operation in the city's A-1 hotel-motel zoning
Sean Murphy, Beach Bistro, Holmes Beach

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* Bradenton Beach city commissioners unanimously
Agreed to reject a purchase offer by Bradenton Beach
Marina owner Allan Buzzy to sell the marina, citing "tax
issues." The city would have been required to operate the
marina if it used a federal, low-interest loan for the $6.2
million purchase. The commission, however, wanted to
lease the operation to a private company.
* A 9-year-old Bradenton boy was shot while on a
church outing at Coquina Beach in what police termed a
random, drive-by shooting. The youth was taken to Blake
Medical Center, then flown to All Children's Hospital in St.
Petersburg, where he was released after two days.
* The Florida Community Trust in Tallahassee said
it was close to funding a number of preservation proj-
ects in Holmes Beach and elsewhere in Manatee County,
including the $715,350 purchase of the 37-acre Grassy
Point area in Holmes Beach. Also included in the funding
package would be purchase of the Cortez schoolhouse
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Those were the days

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Part 2, the Saga of Anna Maria City
By June Alder
Letter to the Evening Herald, March 31,
After making my winter home for four or five
months a year for the last 10 or 12 years in Florida,
and very carefully studying every part of the state
and every phase of industry, I am convinced that
this is to be one of the richest states in the union.
Indicative of the tendency of outside people to
spend their winters in Florida, I am just in receipt
of a letter from Mr. J.D. Rahner, General Passenger
Agent of the Florida East Coast Railway, stating
that since January 1st his road handled 600,000 pas-
sengers. So great has been the travel to the state
this year that reservations out of Florida have to be
made sometimes two or three months in advance if
one wants a drawing room or a compartment. Simi-
lar conditions have existed on other roads bringing
passengers to Florida.
This business is bound to increase very rapidly.
We have only seen the beginning of it.
I have on my desk at the moment a clipping
from the Wall Street Journal stating, for instance,
that twelve hotels are to be built at Miami Beach
this summer. But what is going on at Miami and
Miami Beach- for they are both growing with won-
derful rapidity - is merely typical of what is going
on all over Florida, with the exception, perhaps,
of a few towns here and there which have not yet
struck their stride.
Richard H. Edmonds, Editor
Manufacturers Record, New York City

Their faces ruddy with the last rays of the set-
ting sun fanning out above the Gulf, they hurried
up the beach from where they had hitched their
horse and wagon, a tall red-headed man carrying a
lantern in his hand and a short, plump woman with
a shawl pulled tightly around her shoulders.
On this chilly winter night, February 27, 1923,
they had come to Anna Maria Beach from their
place two-and-a-half miles down the island for the
second meeting of the incorporation committee. It
was being held at the bathing pavilion not because

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a large crowd was expected, but simply because it was
the only structure around with electric lights (powered
by a generator, of course, since power lines had yet to
reach the Island).
No one was more highly respected on the Island
than Sam and Annie Cobb. Both now in their 50's, they
had arrived in 1895 to farm 165 fertile acres at the heart
of Anna Maria Island where there was a small natural
harbor on the Bayside. Sam was a boat-builder by trade,
and after his homestead was "proved up" in 1903, he
established a boat yard - the Island's first business. By
1923 his son Louis and other relatives were involved
in the successful operation, but Sam was aware that
otherwise, the Island was not on the move economi-
Cobb's opinion carried a great deal of weight in
the discussion that evening. The proposal for banding
together with his neighbors up at the point made sense
to him, and he said so. That was all the encouragement
the Anna Maria contingent needed.
Cobb got the honor of making the motion officially
authorizing local attorney and state representative Wal-
lace Tirvin to apply to the legislature for a charter that
would create for a municipality "to be known as the
Town of Anna Maria." The new town would not only
consist of the down-on-its-luck i _ 1c. i i th a dock and a
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"The founders" must have left the pavilion feel-
ing well satisfied with themselves. A prosperous and
growing Anna Maria was surely in the making. Sam
Cobb, for one, was already thinking of subdividing
some of his acres of empty farmland for residential
But, pitfalls lay ahead. Not everyone wanted to
emulate Miami Beach, growing with such wonder-
ful rapidity.

Next Week:
Whoa, Nellie, some folks said.

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Anna Maria stormwater project:

costs recede as fees rise

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Sometimes, less is more.
That's what Anna Maria city commissioners learned
at their July 24 meeting.
City engineer Tom Wilcox told commissioners that
Phase I of the city's redesigned stormwater drainage
project will cost the city just $645,000 compared with
the $764,000 cost of the original design.
The Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict had rejected the first plan, but opted to approve
a modified version submitted by Wilcox and his firm,
HDR Engineering of Sarasota, that required only a few
adjustments to the first design.
That amounts to a savings of $114,000 for the city
- on paper, at least - until HDR increased its fees due
to its work to redesign the project to meet Swiftmud
specifications. The HDR bill for the project jumped
$64,000 to $208,000, according to figures supplied by
city treasurer Diane Percycoe.
The company has said previously it waived an esti-
mated $30,000 in various fees for Anna Maria projects.
Wilcox said he was trying to coordinate the start
of Phase I with Adkins Contracting, the approved con-
tractor, so that it does not interfere with the current
Gulf Drive pipe-laying project by the Manatee County
Utilities Department.
The stormwater project was scheduled to start Aug.
4, Wilcox said, with a targeted completion date of Jan.
31, 2009.
Planning and zoning board member Jim Conoly
provided comic relief to the meeting when he ques-
tioned where all the drawings, e-mails, letters and min-
utes of meetings regarding the entire project will be
Mayor Fran Barford said she hoped Conoly was not
insinuating that the city has anything to hide regarding the
project, which has taken about four years of planning.
Quite the contrary, noted Conoly.
"I just want to be able to look and see what we are
doing. I'm not here to replace Rick DeFrank," he said,
bringing a laugh from the commission and audience.
"You could never do that," quipped Barford with a
DeFrank, long a critic of the city's stormwater
drainage plans recently sold his Pine Avenue home and
moved from the city to northwest Bradenton.

Site-plan reviews
In other business, commissioners had the first read-
ing of an amendment to the site-plan review procedures
that will turn a large portion of the process over to
the administration and the city's building official. The
amendment will give an applicant 18 months from the
date of preliminary site-plan approval to apply for final
approval, but just one year from that approval to com-
plete the project.
Under the amendment, the administration would
be able to extend the deadlines.

EEEC official
Commissioners also gave the city's environmental edu-

cation and enhancement committee status as a recognized
city committee, with from three to seven members appointed
by the mayor and approved by the commission.
As a city committee, the EEEC is subject to
Florida's Government in the Sunshine laws, ethics
statutes, accounting procedures for municipal com-
mittees and other legal requirements, in addition to
adopting rules of order, setting agendas and taking
public input.

Full-time building official
The commission unanimously approved a resolu-
tion to retain M.T. Causley Inc. as the full-time source
for the city's building official duties, with Bob Welsh
of M.T. Causley remaining in that position.
The city will pay $2,500 per week for the services,
but provide no personnel benefits.

With the annual Island Bayfest planned for October
when the Anna Maria Island Bridge is scheduled to be
closed to vehicular traffic, the commission approved
a measure reducing the special event permit fee from
$500 to $200 for the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce, organizers of the event.
Commission Chairman John Quam was reluctant
to back the chamber's request to waive the fee because
he feared it would set a precedent, but was swayed by
Barford's argument that the event's impact would be
lessened this year because of the bridge.
Commissioner Dale Woodland agreed to reduce the
fee - albeit reluctantly - but said the chamber should
understand that "this is a one-time deal."
The commission was in an expansive mood, agree-
ing in a separate measure to waive the $670 building
fee for the Island Players to improve the theater, which
is owned by the city.

Staggered office hours
Barford said the staggered hours for office staff
initiated recently in anticipation of the 45-day closure
of the AMI Bridge has been "great" for the staff.
"It's a real morale booster and we've cut down on
sick time and lost days," she said.

The three commissioners in attendance - Mat-
tick, Quam and Woodland - adopted a tentative mill-
age rate of 1.7882 for the 2008-09 budget as Percycoe
noted that the millage rate now cannot be raised, only
The rollback rate - the ad valorem tax rate
needed to generate the same amount of revenues as
in the 2007-08 budget - was 2.0415, but no com-
missioner was interested in raising the millage. The
2008-09 budget will now have $151,000 less revenue
than last year's, but that will be offset to some degree
by increases in fees and other revenue sources. (See
separate budget story.)
Commissioners Duke Miller and Christine Tollette
were absent from the meeting.

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By Molly McCartney
Islander Reporter
Memo to the hundreds of Anna Maria Island resi-
dents who have wind-only coverage with the state-
created Citizens Property Insurance Corporation:
"Your current wind-only policy is being discontin-
ued. Your current coverage will expire about six months
from now on the date indicated on the attached expira-
tion notice. You must reapply for coverage."
Those are the opening lines in the warning letter
that Citizens has begun sending to its wind-only resi-
dential customers to make sure they understand that
their current coverage is going to expire over the next
year, beginning in February, and they must reapply for
a policy.
Citizens announced its plan Aug. 5 with a flurry
of press releases, explaining that the change is neces-
sary to upgrade Citizens' "aging" system for writing
wind-only policies and "to provide better customer
"We're not canceling any policies," said executive
vice president Suzanne Murphy during a media briefing
in Tallahassee.
Wind-only policies are being discontinued - as
they expire over the next year - for about 350,000
Citizens policyholders throughout Florida. That number
includes 2,475 wind-only policyholders who live in the
Manatee County coastal portions of Anna Maria Island
and north Longboat Key.
Most people whose policies are being discontinued
will qualify for a new policy.
Murphy also said that Citizens is not raising its rates.
However, wind-only policyholders will pay a
higher premium if they are found to need additional
coverage when they reapply, Citizens said.
At present the average wind-only residential pre-
mium in Manatee County is $1,597, compared to the
statewide average of $1,948.
Most policyholders "do not need to do anything

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment at its
Aug. 6 meeting planned to continue a hearing it had
begun July 16, when it couldn't act because it lacked a
But the best-laid plans often go awry.
City attorney Ricinda Perry determined that the
applicants - Cynthia Dagher and Mark Mixon of
2205 Gulf Drive - had not met the requirements to
notify the adjacent landowners and public regarding
their complaint to the board.
Dagher and Mixon are questioning the building
official's interpretation of the land development code
that allowed its neighbor - Sunset Beach Motel/
The Beach Club at 2201 Gulf Drive - to install 10
air-conditioning units that "exceed the city's decimal
[sic] noise levels" and are attached to a building that
"exceeds the allowed setback requirement."
The applicants claim the units have "created an
ongoing hardship with the quality of life we had enjoyed
before renovations [sic] of this project."

Freedom Village hosts
'grape escape'
Freedom Village senior living community in Bra-
denton will host "Grape Escape" at 5 p.m. Aug. 28. The
wine tasting and professional networking event will
benefit the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheim-
er's Association.
Southern Wine and Spirits will provide award-win-
ning wines and Chef Luciano Silva will give culinary
Freedom Village is located at 6406 21st Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Admission is complimentary, however, seat-
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now," Citizens said.
But a "few people" should act immediately, offi-
cials cautioned. Any wind-only policyholder whose
home has a shingle roof that is more than 25 years old
or whose roof is more than 50 years old should "call
your agent soon to see if you can qualify for our new
policy," Citizens said.
The fact sheets put out by Citizens say the system
they have been using to write wind-only residential
policies is outdated and needs to be upgraded so that
wind-only policies are consistent with multi-peril poli-
The only way to achieve the upgrade, they said, is
to let the existing wind-only residential policies expire
and have the policyholder reapply for coverage based
on the upgraded system and policy forms.
"We now have a wind-only policy form that is a
combination of a bunch of forms all in one. It's hard to
read. It's confusing," Murphy said.
A Citizens wind-only policyholder living in or rent-
ing a single-family home, condo unit or mobile home
will have to reapply for coverage.
But if you have multi-peril coverage with Citizens,
you already have the upgraded policy forms and your
coverage is not affected. Nor is there any impact on
the wind-only policies of condominium associations,
apartment complexes or businesses.
For more information on the Citizens plan, go to
its Web site at and click on the headline
that says: "Big changes for wind-only policies."
Mark Mixon of Jim Mixon Insurance Inc. in
Holmes Beach had a positive reaction to the Citi-
zens plan to upgrade its wind-only policy forms even
though it means additional time and effort for him
and his agency to help customers apply for new poli-
"Yes, it is more work," he said, "but in a down
market, you're not doing a lot of new closings. We'll
have time to help our customers make the change."

But Perry said the applicants did not meet the code
requirements for a board of adjustment hearing because
they failed to supply the city with a copy of the public
notice document that they mailed to adjacent landown-
ers at least 10 days prior to the hearing.
With that news, BOA chairman John Burns said
the board could not hear the complaint.
The board has "no leeway" in determining whether
or not it can hear the case when the public notice
requirement has not been met, he said.
It's a matter of "due process" that all applicants
must undergo, Burns said. "We'd like to proceed with
the meeting, but we can't. We are not permitted to hear
the case tonight."
Mixon responded, "If this is going to be another
loophole and things get dismissed," then he is "back
to square one."
Not so, indicated Burns, who noted that the next
step is up to the applicants.
Burns said Mixon and Dagher had two choices:
start the entire process over again, or continue the
hearing to a "date certain" and meet the public notice
requirement noted previously. The applicants have met
all the other code requirements for notice of a public
hearing, he said.
Mixon said he would "take the blame" for the error
and asked the board to continue the hearing.
The board continued the hearing to 6 p.m. Wednes-
day, Aug. 27.
In other business, Burns noted that the board of
adjustment is supposed to have seven members, but
currently only has four. Meetings have been canceled
because a quorum was lacking.
He asked that a letter be sent to Mayor Michael
Pierce requesting that he "pursue additional board
In addition to Burns, board members are Barton
Weeks, Dan Debaun and Karen Cunningham.

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Thieves target metal on fire hydrants

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
With the price of copper climbing to five times what
it was in 2003, thieves have begun targeting metal objects,
particularly the brass bolt used to anchor a fire hydrant.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.
A Holmes Beach resident reported last
week that someone had taken the brass fit-
ting on a fire hydrant in the 6600 block of .
Holmes Boulevard.
While that's only an isolated incident
in this district, according to West Manatee '- :
Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price, several fire .K
districts in the county have had a rash of
brass thefts.
"Other districts have had issues with
this theft," said Price. "It's all over the
county and in other places as well. We've The brass nut

been aware of the issue for some time, but
we don't know if this one was stolen or
Price said it's possible that the fitting

attached to thi
hydrant disap1
Islander Photo
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could have been removed by a contractor

in McLean, Va., had stolen all five brass fittings from
the hydrants on one street. When a fire broke out at a
house on the street, firefighters were left with an empty
hose as they watched helplessly as the fire consumed
the structure.
Fire officials then inspected all fire
' hydrants in the county, the AP said, and
" found nearly four dozen had been stripped
. of their brass fittings.
At about $10 per fitting at any junk-
! , yard, thieves have found an easy way to
get quick cash, the story noted.
Other locations named in the story
where brass fittings to hydrants have been
stolen were Chicago, Elmira, N.Y., Colum-
bia, S.C., and parts of West Virginia.
Thieves have also stolen the brass
that was fittings and plaques from headstones in
is fire graveyards, in rest rooms and from church
feared. altars, the AP said.
o: Price said WMFR officials are going
to inspect all hydrants in the district.
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nut. Hydrants can be fitted with a locking cap to prevent
When the brass fitting is removed, the hydrant fails any theft of the brass, he added.
to operate properly, said Price. The AP story said the price for brass is now about
A recent Associated Press story noted that thieves five times higher than it was in 2003.

Commissioner disgruntled by lawsuit fees

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner John Chappie
had no kind words for The Islander newspaper at the
city commission's Aug. 7 meeting, claiming he did not
want to call it a "newspaper."
Chappie, a former Bradenton Beach mayor and
current Manatee County commission candidate, made
his remarks after city attorney Ricinda Perry asked
the commission to allow her to pay the court-ordered
amount due The Islander from a 2007-08 lawsuit.
The commission, however, agreed to Perry's
The Islander successfully sued the city last year
to obtain records that were withheld by the mayor.
The city was found to be in violation of Florida public
records laws and the newspaper was awarded a judg-
ment by the court, while a portion of the lawsuit regard-
ing Sunshine Law meeting violations was dismissed.
Bradenton Beach was ordered by the court to pay costs
and some legal fees to the newspaper and Perry was
seeking to comply with the court order.

Island police report
Anna Maria City
Aug. 2, 100. S. Bay Blvd., information. Deputies were
advised of a woman who had jumped in the water. The
woman's mother said she had been depressed. Deputies con-
tacted various agencies that had marine rescue equipment
and followed the woman on foot along the shore. As she was
approaching the Rod & Reel Pier from the water, a man at
the pier borrowed a boat, coaxed her from the water into the
boat and took her to shore. She said she was depressed over
a bad relationship with her boyfriend and she agreed to speak
to a counselor.

Bradenton Beach
Aug. 1,500 block Bay Drive South, warrant arrest. Offi-
cers arrested a man on outstanding warrants.
Aug. 2, 2000 Gulf Drive, Bungalow Beach Resort,
burglary. The complainant said someone took cameras and
electronic equipment from his vehicle.

Holmes Beach
Aug. 1, 200 block South Harbor Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said overnight someone took his outboard boat
motor from his vessel. The motor was valued at $3,500.
The complainant said he suspected a man who had come by
earlier to rent the house may have taken the motor.
Aug. 2, 100 block 77th Street, burglary. The complain-
ant said someone burglarized her car, taking cameras and
identification as well as credit cards and $35.
Aug. 2,500 block 70th Street, trespass. The complainant
said that a friend was disturbing her. He was issued a trespass
Aug. 2, 600 block Crestwood Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said that several items from his mother's estate,

The Islander, however, has appealed the court's ruling
with regard to its attorney's fee reduction and Perry will
represent the city in that matter.

Talk planned on Pine

Avenue preservation
Developers of a restoration and preservation
project on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City will
host a discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at
503 Pine Ave.
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC developers Mike
Coleman and Ed Chiles planned the event in part-
nership with Sissy Quinn of the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society.
Coleman said the audience could expect to
view drawings of the Pine Avenue projects and hear
lots of discussion about preservation and restora-
tion. The event also will include refreshments.
Chiles, who also owns the Sandbar Restau-
rant in the city, and Coleman have said they hope
to preserve the historic "Old Florida" ambiance
of Pine Avenue throughout their project, which
includes numerous properties on the street and on
Bay Boulevard.
For more information, call Coleman at

mostly jewelry, were missing and, according to the report,
the victim suspected a woman who had been hired to assist
with sorting through the estate may have been involved.
Aug. 2,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, trespass.
Officers were called after two men were seen drinking at the
cafe. One had a previous trespass warning, and he was arrested;
the other was issued a trespass warning and left the beach.
Aug. 3, 6500 Flotilla Drive, burglary. The complain-
ant said she was supposed to check the condo unit while the
owners were out of town and she found two televisions miss-
ing. Upon contacting the owner, she said that there were vari-
ous repair crews working in the unit at the time.
Aug 6, 5608 Gulf Drive, Sun Plaza West, burglary. The
complainant said that someone took fishing gear valued at
approximately $1,600 from his pickup truck.
Aug. 6, 600 block Emerald Lane, fraud. The complain-
ant said that he had entered into a contract with a Sarasota
company to replace his driveway, but work was not done.
The matter was referred to the state attorney's office.
Aug. 6, Gulf Drive, Playa Encantada, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone took his three bicycles from in back of
his parking garage. The complainant said he suspected that
juveniles that had been ejected from the property earlier in
the day may have taken the bikes.
Aug. 7, 200 block 28th Street, domestic disturbance.
Officers responded to a domestic call. The man said he had
access to the house; his wife said she had changed the locks,
apparently in violation of a court order that allowed him
access to the property, according to reports. Tape recordings
of his conversations with his wife were played, according
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County commission candidates have variety of support

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Both candidates for the Manatee County Commis-
sion seat for District 7, which includes Anna Maria
Island, have the financial backing of a number of sig-
nificant business leaders and elected officials.
Incumbent Jane von Hahmann has received con-
siderable support from mainland businesses and politi-
cians, while challenger John Chappie, presently a Bra-
denton Beach city commissioner and former mayor, has
found contributors from some lobbying organizations,
developers and a groundswell on Anna Maria Island.
According to online records available at votema-, von Hahmann has raised $42,092, while
Chappie has $32,945 in his campaign treasury.
The following are some of the notable companies
and individuals that have donated to the campaigns:

Von Hahmann contributions from current and former
Bradenton Beach:
Former Mayor Katie Pierola contributed $100.

Holmes Beach:
City attorney Patricia Petruff contributed $100,
while Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and his wife, Phyl-
lis, have given $200.
Former city commissioner and Save Anna Maria
Inc. president Billie Martini donated $100.

Former state Sen. John McKay donated $250, while
Bradenton Councilman Gene Gallo provided $150 to
the von Hahmann treasury.

Chappie contributions from current and former offi-
Bradenton Beach:
Mayor Michael Pierce donated $100 to the Chappie
campaign, as has former Mayor Connie Drescher.
City Commissioner John Shaughnessy donated
$150 and received a $50 refund from the campaign.
City clerk Nora Idso, assistant director of public works
Estha Patterson and code enforcement officer Gail Gar-
neau each donated $100, while city attorney Ricinda
Perry provided $500 to the campaign.
Former City Commissioner Bill Shearon donated

Holmes Beach:
City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens contrib-
uted $100, while City Commissioner David Zaccagnino
chimed in with $200.

Anna Maria:
Mayor Fran Barford has given $300, while City
Commissioner Dale Woodland has provided $200.
Former city commissioner and current city candidate
Chuck Webb donated $100.

Manatee County:
Larry Bustle, a candidate for the Manatee County
Commission District 1 seat, has given $100 to the Chap-
pie treasury, while County Commissioner Carol Whit-
more has provided $300 for Chappie's campaign and
her husband, Dr. Andre Renard has donated $250.

Attorney Greg Hootman of Sarasota, who often
works for the Florida League of Cities in defending
lawsuits against municipalities, gave $500 to the Chap-
pie election effort.

Chappie business/individual contributions of $500:
* Whiting Preston, landowner.
* David Wilcox, attorney.
* LaPensee Plumbing Inc. of Holmes Beach.
* David Teitelbaum, Bradenton Beach developer.
* Citizens for Housing and Urban Growth.
* Committee Supporting Competitive Utilities.
* Teachers United for Better Schools.
* Gulf Coast Builders Exchange.
* Frank Davis, real estate, Holmes Beach.
* Michael Coleman, Anna Maria developer.
* WELD Inc./Sandbar Restaurant.
* Bradenton River Utilities of Lakewood Ranch.
* Lorraine Corners (real estate), Lakewood Ranch.
* Portico Condominiums, Lakewood Ranch.
* Polo Ranches of Sarasota (real estate).

Contribution of $437.58:
* ELRA Inc./BeachHouse restaurant (in kind).

Contribution of $400:
* Robert Whitehead, construction.

Contributions of $250:
* Lewis, Longman and Walker, Palm Beach attor-

* John Cagnina, Holmes Beach.

Contributions of $100:
* Wagner Realty.
* Barry Gould.
* David Moynihan.

Von Hahmann business/individual contributions of
* Larry Lieberman, real estate.
* Lemuel Sharp, contractor.
* Paul Sharff, property management.
* APA political action committee, Washington, D.C.
* Shepherd's Red Barn, Bradenton.
* Palmer Investors, real estate, Bradenton.
* Cargor Partners, agriculture.
* High Ground Enterprises, property management.
* CMP Investment Management, Bradenton.
* Shirley McNabb, Bradenton.
* Willow Trail LLC, developers, Bradenton.
* Venice Dodge, auto dealer, Venice.
* Ron Benderson, developer, Buffalo, N.Y.
* Whiting Preston, landowner.
* Len Sirotzki, retired.

Contributions of $250:
* Jeffrey Steinsnyder, attorney.
* Dan Molter, pest control.
* Commercial Plastering Inc., Bradenton.
* West Coast Medical, Bradenton.
* John Neal, developer, Lakewood Ranch.
* R.M. Beall, Bealls chairman, Bradenton.

Contributions of $200:
* BSC land development, Bradenton.
* Sean Murphy, restaurant, Holmes Beach.
* David Gorin, Holiday Cove RV Resort.

Contributions of $150:
* Dolly Young, real estate.
* Getman Travel.
* Bonner Joy, newspaper, Holmes Beach.
* Turner Tree and Landscaping, Bradenton.

Contributions of $100:
* Charles McDonald, Bealls.
* Earl Baden, attorney.

Editor's Note - The above are only some of the people
and businesses who contributed to both campaigns. For
a full list of contributors, go on the Internet to www. and click on the file "candidates,"
then search financial records.

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Anna Mae Barnett
Anna Mae Barnett, 70, of Holmes Beach, died Aug. 6.
She was born in Catlettsburg, Ky., and in 1956 gradu-
ated from Catlettsburg High School. She then worked
as a telephone switchboard operator in Catlettsburg.
She met her husband, Paul Barnett, on his return from
serving as a U.S. Marine in the Korean War. They
were married July 18, 1959, and moved to Columbus,
They moved to Manatee County in 1979 and
became residents of Holmes Beach. Anna continued
to be a full-time homemaker. She enjoyed painting,
gardening and cherished her grandchildren, and spent
many hours doing artwork with them. With Paul, she
attended the First Church of the Nazarene of Braden-
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10,
at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd
Street Chapel, 604 43rd St.W., Bradenton. A funeral
service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, also
at the Brown & Sons Funeral 43rd Street Chapel.
Mrs. Barnett is survived by husband Paul; son
Randy Barnett and wife Dolores; daughter Melissa
Morrison and husband Scott of Bradenton, Fla., brother
Houston Burke; sisters Donna Stewart and Christine
Stewart; and five grandchildren, Austin and John Bar-
nett, and Jamie, Justin and Jarryd Morrison.

Sandra K. 'Sandy' Sizemore
Sandra K. "Sandy" Sizemore, 56, passed away at
her home in Kingston, Tenn., July 2. She is formerly
of Bradenton and Pardeeville, Wis.
There will be a memorial service at 5 p.m. Aug. 23
in Bradenton Beach followed by a celebration of life at
2603 24th St. W., Bradenton. To post a memorial, log
on to
Sandra is survived by her husband, Adam; son
Trent Dimond; daughters Tricia Dimond, and Nichole
Dimond Makynen; and six grandchildren.

Patricia Porter Warren
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Thieves steal last remaining items from Davis fire

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Kent and "Pa" Davis of Holmes Beach thought they
had at least salvaged a cherished collection of orchid
plants from the April 17 fire that destroyed their home
on 58th Street.
Alas, there is a valuable market for orchids, as
the couple learned last
week when thieves
stole the plants that
had survived the fire
and been carefully nur-
tured back to a healthy
existence by Pa.
Neighbors of the
Davis house said that _
on Sunday, July 26,
they observed a female
who was of medium
build with waist-length,
dark brown hair walk-
ing alongside the house
and carrying some pots Pa Davis with what is left of h
containing the orchids. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Believing the
woman was part of the demolition team scheduled to
start clearing the rubble remaining from the fire, the
neighbors thought no more of the incident.
On Monday, July 27, the same woman was observed
at the rear of the burned-out home. Again, a neighbor
thought the woman was with the demolition crew.
When Pa went to water her plants on Tuesday, July
28, she discovered the orchids were missing.
"They were not visible from the road," Pa said.

and was a successful fashion model in the 1940s and
50s. She moved to Sarasota with her husband, Art, in
1973 and retired from the social sciences department
at New College.
She enjoyed poetry, art, history, traveling and
spending time with her family. She was lovingly called
"Lady" by her grandchildren. She was a member of the
Presbyterian Church and Daughters of the American
Revolution, and she volunteered for many charitable

"I think there is a good chance someone saw them
from a boat and returned to the property to take
The woman with the plants was last seen driving a
full-size, dark blue pickup truck.
"After e i\ thing that has happened, I really didn't
need this," said Pa. "I spent five years watering those
orchids to bring them
to life. I love orchids,
so I guess I'll start over
Pa's collection of
orchids was valued at
Several years ago,
thieves stole about
$4,000 worth of
orchids being grown at
a house on Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach.
The owner of the
plants later learned
home and her orchid garden. that there is a major
demand for orchids in
cities such as Miami
and New York, particularly for rare species of the flow-
ering plant.
One particular orchid can bring up to $1,000 from
a black-market dealer, the owner learned.
Mr. and Mrs. Davis are offering a reward of $100
for anyone who can provide them with information
leading to the location and return of their orchids.
Call Kent or Pa Davis at 941-778-3086 with infor-
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Arthur Warren.
Survivors include her daughter, Wendy Gagne
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wife Betty; great-nieces Virginia Kavanaugh, Caroline
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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:
There have, in the past, been problems with criminal
activity on Island beaches. Do you feel that an adequate
system - with parking reconfiguration and the stepped
up law enforcement - is now in place to address the
situation or do you feel there is more to do?
John Chappie: The new system works - we
Shave families coming back to
the beach. Here is an example of
being reactive rather than proac-
' jtive to a dangerous situation.
As a District 3 commissioner
I will work with all Island com-
munities, the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office and the county
John Chappie parks and recreation department.
The needs of the district must be
represented at the county commission level.
Jane von Hahmann: To my knowledge with
the new parking lot design we
have not had further incidents at
Coquina Beach.
I have received e-mails extol-
ling the new lot, with people
saying they now feel safe bring-
ing their families back to the
As to whether more needs to
Jane von Hahmann be done, if safety issues arise
again they will be immediately addressed.
The Islander: Do you support the beach renourish-
ment projects for Anna Maria Island? And, if so, what
do you think past renourishment has accomplished?
Jane von Hahmann: I support beach renourish-
ment as it is needed to provide for the protection of life
and property.
It is, however, expensive.
It is my hope that as research progresses we may
find more effective and economical ways to protect our
coastline than simple sand placement, which seems to
be needed every 8-10 years at very high costs.
John Chappie: Yes. Beach renourishment has been
the single most important event that has happened for
the health, safety and welfare of Anna Maria Island and
the economic health of our tourism industry for all of
Manatee County.
The Islander: Cortez is a unique community that
now has unique programs intended to preserve and
promote the fishing village, many of them tied to the
county. What do you see happening in Cortez in the
next four years?
John Chappie: The village of Cortez is a Water-
fronts Florida Community and the community must be
Jane von Hahmann: I have no doubt in my mind
that the community will continue to fight to preserve
the heritage which is Cortez and the industry which
made the community what it is. It is a well-known battle
and not one that community members have ever been
known to back away from.
The Islander: What is your opinion of the Palma
Sola Causeway project?
Jane von Hahmann: As a member of, chairman or
co-chairman of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Cor-
ridor Management entity for more than six years, I am
extremely pleased with the outcome of the causeway.
The goals of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway
committee were to plan for and provide for safety and
separation of the many diverse users of the causeway.
Though change is not always welcomed, I believe
we met the goals of the plan submitted to the state of
Florida and I feel the plan implementation has been

There are several small items we are still working to
address, such as possible bollard placement adjustments
and some more direct water access for varied reasons.
We will continue to review and refine our plan as
those involved deem needed....
John Chappie: Overall I like the project, but I
believe that too much of the beach has been blocked
by bollards.
Palma Sola Causeway is a place where there should
be free access to the shoreline.

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:
There have, in the past, been problems with criminal
activity on Island beaches. Do you feel that an adequate
system is now in place to address the situation or do you
feel there is more to do?
Joe McClash: Managing the
Island beaches is important to
keeping criminal activity away.
The current management system
seems to be working and all
reports indicate that people feel
Greg Witham: I feel we have
much more to do.
Joe Mhe Islander: Do you support the
beach renourishment projects for Anna Maria Island?
And, if so, what do you think past renourishment has
Greg Witham: Yes, I support
the projects.
Past projects have provided
us with attractive beaches, which
are a vital part of our local tourist
industry and economy.
Joe McClash: I support beach
renourishment projects on our
beaches. When I grew up here,
Greg Witham the Island had very little beach-
front. The wider beach has proven beneficial to our tour-
ism economy and has protected the buildings, which
would have been damaged, even in a minor storm.
There is no doubt we would have a depressed
Island economy if we did not continue to renourish
our beaches.
The Islander: What is your opinion of the Palma
Sola Causeway project?
Joe McClash: The Palma Sola Causeway project
is not what I would call an example of a beautification
The wooden poles and white ropes around the plant-
ing areas are unattractive. These barriers also prevent
water access, which, in my opinion, violates the federal
intent not to diminish recreational areas.
Greg Witham: It is a disaster - this has done little
more than to further discourage use of the causeway.
I do not at all feel that this project is representative of
the desires of the people of Manatee County.

New judge to be

elected to bench
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
There are nine judicial posts open for election in
the 12th judicial circuit, but incumbents who face no
opposition will fill eight of those seats.
Voters, including those who go to the polls on Aug.
26 on Anna Maria Island, will find one judicial contest
to settle - between Connie Mederos-Jacobs and Gil-
bert A. Smith Jr. for 12th Circuit judge in group 1.
The candidates are competing in a non-partisan
contest and, unlike other candidates for office, are
restricted in how they campaign. They can advertise
their experience, their endorsements and their ideas
about the law.
Mederos-Jacobs describes herself as a second-gen-
eration Cuban-American, born in Ybor City, Tampa,
and the first of her family to graduate from high school
and then college.
She has 19 years experience as a trial attorney,

including time as a prosecutor.
Mederos-Jacobs says she worked in a variety of
court systems - local, state and federal, and in more
than 45 countries.
She also has served as past president of the Pinellas
County Victim Rights Coalition, the Florida Associa-
tion of Women Lawyers Manatee County Chapter and
American Inns of Court Grimes-Gallen Chapter.
Mederos-Jacobs' endorsements come from the Fra-
ternal Order of Police District 3, the Fraternal Order of
Police, State of Florida Lodge and the Florida Associa-
tion of State Troopers.
Her campaign motto is "A vote for Connie is a vote
for experience."
Smith's motto is "A tradition of judicial leader-
Smith, who grew up in Bradenton, has endorse-
ments from a number of local politicians, including
former Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells and cur-
rent Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube, state Sen.
Mike Bennett and Sarasota County Sheriff Bill Balk-
Smith's father served as a circuit judge for 20 years
and the son says he learned from his dad that "a judge
should be fair and impartial to everyone who appears
in front of the court."
His professional career has included experience in
civil, business and family law and time in county, circuit
and federal courts. He also is a managing shareholder
and president of Hamrick, Perrey, Quinlan & Smith, a
past president of the Manatee County Bar Association,
a chairman of the Manatee County Chamber of Com-
merce's legislative affairs committee and the recipient
of the MCBA's 2008 leadership award.
Facing no opposition in the 12th Circuit are incum-
bents Charles Roberts, Rick DeFuria, Andrew Owens
Jr., Robert McDonald Jr., Peter Dubensky, Marc Gilner,
Deno Economou and Edward Nicholas.

School board

incumbent readying to

do more with less
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Harry Kinnan, first elected to the school board in
1996, saw the boom years in Manatee County - a
period when the district was adding 1,600 students a
year to the system.
And now he's seen the slowdown.
"This, is a critical time for Manatee County," says
Kinnan, 67, who is running for re-election on the Aug.
26 ballot facing David Miner for the District 2 school
board seat. The vote in the nonpartisan race is county-
"We' ve implemented impor-
tant reforms over the last four
years, but there is much more to
be done to create a world-class
education for all our students."
At the same time, says Kinnan,
"the school system faces finan-
B A cial uncertainty and limited
Harry Kinnan resources as the economy slows.
I am running again because I believe I have the ability
to deliver additional change while protecting the parts
of the system that work."
The Islander invited both candidates to answer a
series of questions. Here are Kinnan's responses.
The Islander: What is the foremost challenge facing
the Manatee County school di ,t, .' And how do you
plan to meet this challenge?
Harry Kinnan: It really does come down to the chal-
lenge of delivering additional improvements in education
with fewer resources. This is to be done within the frame-
work of the hiring of a new superintendent as well.
It is not going to be easy meeting the challenge. I
think we really need to restructure the way we oper-
ate. We're shifting from a period of growth, where we
were adding 1,600 students a year to the system -
that's like a new high school every year - to a system
with little growth and declining revenues. We have the
resources we need to meet the challenge, but we need
some flexibility with how we spend those resources.
Specifically we are asking the state for flexibility to
shift some dollars we have budgeted for new construc-
tion to the classroom.

The Islander: The ballot will not be a lengthy one
on Aug. 26. Why should voters turn out?
HK: Obviously the stakes are enormous. Mana-
tee County schools will educate 42,350 students next
year. Our system has 7,000 employees... and we'll have
a 2008 budget of $761 million dollars. That's a huge
responsibility and the next school board the voters
choose will shape the system.
The Islander: What makes you the better candidate?
HK: I have a record of accomplishment as a board
member and a plan of further reform for the next four
years. In terms of getting taxpayer dollars into the class-
room, Manatee is now ranked No. 1 of mid-sized coun-
ties in all of Florida. We launched eight charter schools
to drive innovation outside of the traditional school
bureaucracy and we created countywide school choice
to give parents more control. We also improved the cur-
riculum to stress citizenship and traditional values.
But much more needs to be done.... We need to
further expand student choice, competition and paren-
tal involvement. We need greater accountability for
academic performance and we need to make sure our
classrooms are safe and orderly places to learn.
The Islander: Do you think that the No ( hi I Left Behind
standards have been good for Manatee County schools?
HK: No Child Left Behind is the federal law and
we must adhere to it at this time.
I'm actually a fan of Florida's A+ program, which
preceded NCLB and is the real measure of account-
ability for Manatee County. I think it is important to
test and have a standards baseline, but that's best imple-
mented at the state level. So it is not clear what value
the NCLB adds in Florida.
The Islander: Generally, how well do you think the
district prepares its children for the future?
HK: First, by testing measures we know we're
second of eight similar counties in the percent of
schools that are A or B.
Also, on a personal level, I am proud to say my wife
and I have three adult children who are all products of
Manatee County public schools - from kindergarten
through high school.... All three were very well pre-
pared to compete at the next level.
The Islander: Where could the district do better?
HK: More than 70 percent of the schools we oper-
ate are graded A or B. That's an improvement, but obvi-
ously that's not good enough. Anna Maria Elementary
continues to be an A school and ranks at the very top
of all elementary schools.
The Islander: What is your opinion of the FCAT
system and the importance placed on FCAT in the dis-
HK: The FCAT is state law over which we have no
control. I think we need to measure how we're doing as
a school system, and standardized testing is part of that
program. Of course, there's always room for improve-
ment. The FCAT is only one measure of individual suc-
cess. Individual improvement is one step and we need to
relieve the pressure of passing the FCAT as the criteria
for promotion, especially in elementary school.


seat on board
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The challenger for the Manatee County School
Board District 2 seat sought to deliver voters a mes-
sage when he filed for office.



The name on the ballot will read Dave \\ ati Md< g"
Miner, a reminder of the candidate's bold motto on his
bold blue-and-gold signs. Miner is a "Watchdog, Not
The 62-year-old challenger to incumbent Harry
Kinnan has been a regular visitor
at school board meetings over
the past eight years.
"I am a passionate believer
in public education and the
critical role it plays in devel-
oping our community and our
country," Miner says. "I have
been attending Manatee County
Dave Miner School Board meetings for over
eight years and attended more board meetings
and board workshops than some of the current board
Miner has a reputation not only for showing up,
but also for speaking out: "I have become disappointed
that the school board, including my opponent, has sanc-
tioned lawsuits costing taxpayers millions of dollars
that should go into the classroom. I think it hurts our
community that my opponent has approved spending
tens of thousands of dollars on nonessential matters
to benefit board members when year after year teach-
ers and parents must pay out of their own pockets for
school supplies.
The Islander invited both candidates to answer a
series of questions. Here are Miner's responses.
The Islander: What is the foremost challenge facing
Manatee County school ,dt, , .' And how do you plan
to meet this challenge?
David Miner: Money! How we get it. How we
use it. How we account for it. Most citizens believe a
great deal of the money spent by our school district is
not well spent - and I am one of them.
First, before the public will believe that tax money
is being well spent, the public must have easy access
to the district's information and documentation about
how the money is spent. Having such transparency is
the first step toward building a trusting relationship.
Fortunately, the wonders of the Internet have made
transparency and easy access to information possible at
a low cost, which is why many school districts across
the country have begun posting their check ledgers
showing the monthly expenditures. The Manatee
County School District should do the same.
Additionally, the district should include on its
Web site all its contracts for supplies and services, as
well as employment contracts. Each district employee
should have included on the district's Web site a pho-
tograph of the employee, along with the employee's
name, responsibilities, wage and the name of the
employee's immediate supervisor. Doing this will
help bring recognition to dedicated hard-working
employees and exposure to those whose job may not
be necessary.
Second, reducing senior staff. The experiment of
trying to save money by having an in-house staff attor-
ney and in-house school board attorney has been an
expensive failure, unnecessarily costing taxpayers hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars that should have gone into
the classrooms. These services should be outsourced
and put up for bid....
Third, I will be returning 10 percent of my salary
to the general operating fund during my first two years
in office. I will encourage my fellow board members
to do the same....
The Islander: The ballot will not be a lengthy one
on Aug. 26. Why should voters turn out?
DM: The election... is of great consequence to our
county.... It is the final election in this school board
race. All voters, countywide, regardless of party affili-
ation or no affiliation, will determine by their vote how
well a school board budget of over $800 million is man-
aged and prioritized; half of their property tax bill is
used and the children of our community are provided
a public education.
The Manatee County School Board is a "big deal"

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- it is Manatee County's largest employer and has its
largest payroll.
The Islander: What makes you the better candidate?
DM: ... For more than eight years, I have attended
school board meetings fighting for a better education
for our children, the efficient use of our tax dollars and
the right of the public to be truthfully informed about
what our school board is doing. Unlike my opponent, I
have carried my fight for better education to Tallahas-
see, where I have testified before the Senate Education
Committee, which approved legislation I authored for
our children - the "Truth in Testing - Parents' Right
to Know Act."
In recognition of my role as a director of two state-
wide education organizations - the Florida Associa-
tion of School Advisory Councils and the Florida Coali-
tion for Assessment Reform - I have been endorsed
by state and national education leaders, including the
Educator's Roundtable and FCAR.
The Islander: Do you think that the No ( lniI Left
Behind standards have been good for Manatee County
DM: I have a deeply rooted concern about high-
stakes standardized testing, which has led me be an active
member of state and national organizations examining
ways for better assessment and encouraging better public
education. I believe that standardized testing of students
is an important part of assessment. I also believe there is
great deal to learn from disaggregating data showing how
students perform on standardized tests....
I think more and more people are realizing that the
federal No Child Left Behind legislation has had sig-
nificant negative consequences on bettering education
in Manatee County, as well as the nation.
The Islander: Generally, how well do you think the
district prepares its children for the future?
DM: Our district is blessed with thousands of
highly qualified, dedicated and hard-working persons
whose sole mission is to best prepare our children
for the future. Their efforts are not fully appreciated
and unfortunately their efforts are often impeded and
compromised by a school board seemingly enamored
of enacting policies promoting themselves as opposed
to promoting a better future for our children....
Can our children be better prepared for the future?
Sure, but a lot of that depends on us as citizens being
willing to elect school board members dedicated to
watch out for our children and support the people in
the trenches such as our teachers.
The Islander: Where could the district do better?
DM: The district will do better when we have a
school board that recognizes that it works for the tax-
payers and heeds the need to put first priority on helping
out in the classroom.
The Islander: Tti1 i ., *'in opinion of the FCATsystem
and the importance placed on FCAT in the iht,, C.'
DM: The FCAT system has had the effect of
focusing much of the education resources on test-
ing - how to take tests and game tests - instead
of on learning. While it claims to be a "comprehen-
sive" test, it is not, and as a result encourages schools
to narrow their educational focus to what is being
tested, not what we would like our children to learn.
Our district would do better by placing our focus on
educating our children, not testing them. As the old
saying goes, you don't make the pig any better by
weighing it.

Early voting begins
Early voting for the Aug. 26 primary began
Monday, Aug. 11, at the Manatee County Supervi-
sor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite
118, Bradenton.
Early voting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. through Aug. 16 and from Aug. 18 to Aug. 23.
Voting at Island precincts on election day will
take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, call the supervisor's
office at 941-741-3823.


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Wednesday, Aug. 13
2:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., hosts a youth video
game tournament through Aug. 16. Information:
7:45 to 9 a.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce Sunrise breakfast at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

Thursday, Aug. 14
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - The Longboat Key,
Lido Key, St. Armand Key Chamber of Commerce
"Nooner" at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive
S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-383-2466. Fee
2 p.m. - Movie at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
4 p.m. - Portrait photography demonstration pre-
sented by James Corwin Johnson at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-6341.
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. - Open house for kindergarten,
first- and second-graders at Anna Maria Elementary

School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Open house for third-,
fourth- and fifth-graders at Anna Maria Elementary
School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
7 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community
Center Drama Camp performance of "Alice in Won-
derland" in the Center gym, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

Friday, Aug. 15
4 p.m. - Opera and vocal music performed by
Erica Reynolds at the Longboat Key Education Center,
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Informa-
tion: 941-794-3409.
6:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts a family
skate night in the gym. Information: 941-778-1908.
6 to 9 p.m. - Opening night of "One Show," fea-
turing digital photography by Island resident Constance
Wagner, at the Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W.,
Palmetto. Information: 941-518-2109.
8 p.m. - The Welsh Players perform "The Impor-
tance of Being Earnest" at the Island Players theater,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee. Information:

Saturday, Aug. 16
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:
8 p.m. - The Welsh Players perform "The Impor-
tance of Being Earnest" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Fee. Information: 941-778-5755.

Sunday, Aug. 17
2 p.m. - The Welsh Players perform "The Impor-
tance of Being Earnest" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Fee. Information: 941-778-5755.

Monday, Aug. 18
Today is the first day of school for public school
students in the 2008-09 term.

Tuesday, Aug. 19
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
for lunch and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:

* 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:
* 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,

iki and Kitty's Super Summi

always cool to shop, especially when you know the best local
places to go. Join Tiki and Kitty this summer as they beat the
heat by spending time in the cool comfort of the area's finest
On Anna Maria Island - Essence of Time in Holmes
Beach features beautiful one-of-a-kind beach-glass jewelry
made on the premises as well as antiques and collectible. The
Beach Shop at the Manatee Public Beach is having a huge
summer sale with 50% off select clothes and 30% off swim-
suits and better jewelry. Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old
IGA in the city of Anna Maria is the place to shop for vin-
tage coastal furnishings and home accessories and it's perfect
for a bite to eat - enjoy a fresh salad, a homemade bakery
treat or a Chicago-style hot dog with all the fixings. The Tide
and Moon, located in Bradenton Beach at the Club Bamboo
North resort, has spectacular sterling-silver jewelry - chunky-
and-funky pieces are its specialty - and a fresh new line of
summer dresses, perfect Islandwear.
In Cortez Village, The Sea Hagg has a remodeling sale
in progress and you can take advantage of some great deals
while the crew at the Sea Hagg gets the store in ship-shape!

In the historic downtown district of Palmetto, The Bag elected over the summer.
Lady has the finest in designer-name handbags and accesso- Just north of the airport
ries - and just next door is the sassy-to-classy Classy Lady on U.S. 41, The Whitfield
Boutique and Gifts, featuring Hello Kitty, fashion and fun Exchange has a newly
items - come see what's new for fall. Up the road in Ellen- revamped store - a new
ton, The Feed Store invites you to browse the area's bes - bkdrop for an incredible
known antique mall with tons of great dealers - somethir election of fine used fumi-
for everyone. d home accessories.
In the Historic East Manatee Antiques District, yo a i Stop in and see the new look
park and walk to several great stores: Braden River Aiqus and great merchandise.
has a great mix of mid-century modem and classic pieces; Col And now that you know
web's Antiques has moved in with Retro Rosie to share a huge where to go, be sure to smile
space with the best of both worlds - Rosie's vintage clothes and tell everyone that those
and Cobweb's cottage-style antiques, collectibles and more; and crazy Islander women, Tiki
the newly opened Jill's Restoration offers antique furniture and Kitty, sent you!
restoration along with shabby chic items, collectibles, jewelry
and more. Stop in and welcome Jill to the neighborhood.
In downtown Bradenton, Rust Crickett's has some
great back-to-school fashions ani!an accessory-filled "pink
room" of shoes, purses andjewry C irickett's also has plenty
of unique gifts and coastal -on4 goods, baby items and free
gift wrapping. On Manatee Avenue, our friends at Commu-
nity Thrift are back from their summer vacation and their
grand re-opening is in progress. Stop in and see Martha and
the gang and check out all the great merchandise they've col-


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50% off 150% off
Jackets, Tops, Shirts
2 & 3-piece Capri Sets Collectible Dolls
Crochet knit tops & sweaters 2 5 o
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Swimsuits & cover-ups The
French dressing jeanswear BEACH j SHOP
Focus capris and tops - I .
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something yummy in your tummy!
Ginny's 778-3170 * Jane E's 778-7370
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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 Artisan Gallery, 11904 Cortez Road,
hosts "Fourth Fridays" from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
on the fourth Friday of each month. Information:
* 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:
* From 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturdays of the
month, the Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E.,
Palmetto, opens to visitors, with volunteers available to
answer questions about the flora and fauna and hiking
paths. Information: 941-729-2222.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the
American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Braden-
ton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information:

Coming up:
* Aug. 21, the Will Rogers Follies opens at Manatee
* Aug. 25, registration deadline for the Mullet Invi-

3r Shopping
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Island antique hounds,
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national Fishing Contest. Information: www.cortezvil-
* On Aug. 26, Florida holds its primary election.
* Aug. 28, "Grape Escape" wine tasting and net-
working at Freedom Village.

Save the date
* Sept. 1 is Labor Day.
* Sept. 5-6, Mullet Invitational Fishing Contest
sponsored by the Star Fish Company.
* Sept. 29, the annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce golf outing. Information: 941-778-1541.
* Nov. 2, Anna Maria Elementary 1950s student
reunion picnic.
* Nov. 14-16, "artsHOP" takes place at various
venues on the Island. Information: 941-778-2099.
* Nov. 15, Village of Cortez Folk Festival.
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.

Reynold's vocal talent
showcased on LBK
The Longboat Key Education Center will showcase
the vocal talent of Erica Reynolds at 4 p.m. Sunday,
Aug. 17.
Reynolds is a recent graduate of the Visual and
Performing Arts Program at Booker High School and
will be entering the Boston Conservatory in the fall to
begin voice and opera studies.
Reynolds sings in Italian, French and German, and


Lindsay and
Susan Owens of
. The Whifield
i Exchange are having a fun summer!
They have recently renovated the store
and have more merchandise than ever.
The Wirfit 1, i Exchange is known for
fine used furniture and home accesso-
ries - the spacious store always has a
fresh mix of great stuff - suitable for all
styles and budgets. Pop in and see the
new look and let Lindsay and Susan and
the rest of the friendly staff assist you.

The invitation to the Aug. 15 opening of "One .5iw n,"
featuring digital photography by Island resident Con-
stance Wagner, at the Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth
St. W., Palmetto.
her repertoire includes and array of operas by Mozart,
Bellini and Donizetti.
The Longboat Key performance will feature several
arias and a few audience requests will be accepted.
The event is free. Tea, wine and light refreshments
will be served.
The Longboat Key Education Center is located
at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Centre Shops of
Longboat Key.
For more information, call 941-794-3409.

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Dr. Shaw joins

Fox Chase Cancer

Dr. Christiana Marie "Ana" Shaw
has just competed five years of surgi-
cal residency at Tufts Medical Center in
At the completion ceremony, Shaw
was presented with the chairman's
award, given by the faculty for supe-
rior clinical performance, as well as the
Deterling Memorial Award for best bed-
side manner and most kindness shown
toward patients.


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after successful completion of an intern-
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ate of the University of Miami Miller
School of Medicine, Florida State Uni-
versity, Manatee High School and Anna
Maria Elementary School.
Ana is the daughter of Christine
Torgeson Shaw of Holmes Beach.

Free acupuncture

If the idea of acupuncture scares
you, Tricia Graziano will attempt to
allay those fears at a free clinic on acu-
puncture she will host at noon Wednes-
day, Aug. 20, at Body and Sol on Gulf
Drive in Anna Maria.

Tricia is a certified doctor of oriental
medicine and will give a free demonstra-
tion of applications along with informa-
tion on this traditional method of heal-
After the free session, anyone who
takes part can expect a discount off their
initial consultation.
Body and Sol is located upstairs at
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA at
9807 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria.
For more information or to attend
the session, call 941-773-6134.

Bob, the fix-it man

Bob Gerstenschlager has been in the
home repair business for more than 20
years, primarily in the Sun City area in
Hillsborough County.
But he recently expanded his base of
operations, and Bob's Mobile Fix-It is
now servicing Anna Maria Island, Long-
boat Key and west Bradenton.
Bob specializes in interior repairs
and handles plumbing, electrical and
carpentry problems with ease.
He also does interior and exterior paint-
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along with cabinets and bathroom fixtures.
Bob is on call weekdays and available
on weekends for emergency service.
For more information, call

LBK chamber

on the move
The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St.
Armands Key Chamber of Commerce
is moving from its longtime location at
6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive to new quar-
ters in the Longboat Observer building
at 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Kristin Heintz of the chamber said
in a press release that the move will take
place the week of Aug. 18-22.
The move is being made partly
because of the downturn in the economy,
the release said, but at the same time, the
new location - farther south on Long-
boat Key - will allow members better
access to the chamber office.
In addition, the new office on the

first floor of the Observer building comes
with rent reduced by the newspaper from
the normal rate, Kristin said.
The chamber will save $16,800
annually in water and electricity at the
new location, she added.
And moving further south on Long-
boat Key makes sense.
"The north end of the key no longer
works for our members and visitors. As
businesses have closed on this end of the
island, we have become more and more
isolated," said Kristin.
"So, it is in our best interest" to
make the move, she said.
With no chamber events planned the
week of Aug. 18-22, that is the perfect
time to effect the move, Kristin said.
The chamber's telephone number
will remain the same.
For more information on the move,
call the chamber at 941-383-2466, or
e-mail the chamber at info@longboat-

Harry's taking

a break
Harry's Continental Kitchens at 525
St. Judes Drive on Longboat Key will be
on summer vacation until Oct. 3, a press
release from the restaurant said.
Catering director Debbie Wells will
be available to take calls and appoint-
ments for future catering events.
Debbie can be reached at

Island real estate

205 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, a
2300 sfla / 3,069 sfur 3bed/2bath&2car home
withpool andelevatorbuiltin20050ona51xl100
lot was sold 0( 22' ', Fifth Third Mortgage
Co. to Cade for $539,000; list $589,900.
2100 Avenue A, Bradenton Beach, a
2,077 sfla / 2,430 sfur 4bed/2bath canal-
front duplex built in 1971 on a 91x100
lot was sold 07/22/08, Dalton to Young
for $415,000; list $450,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-
Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at
Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244. Current Island real
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THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 13, 2008 19

Atomic bomb anniversary passes quietly

Commentary by Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
I am writing this while thinking about the Island
military veterans of World War II who were ordered to
participate in the planned November 1945 invasion of
Japan, or expected to be part of the invasion force for
the climatic battle of the war.
The 63rd anniversary of the explosion of the
world's first atomic bomb mission passed quietly last
week with hardly a mention from national or local
Debate over whether or not the Allies should have
used the bomb against Japan has been ongoing for the
past six decades, and will likely continue forever.
Two of the veterans I have interviewed for "The
Greatest Generation" either trained with the flyers of
the atomic bomb mission or were assigned as part of
the group.
On Aug. 6, 1945, Col. Paul Tibbetts of the 509th
Composite Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps, flying
from Tinian Island in the western Pacific, piloted his
B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, to a point 29,000 feet
above Hiroshima.
At 8:45 a.m. the bomb was dropped and exploded
two minutes later, killing or injuring an estimated
140,000 people and wiping out every structure within
four square miles of the center of the blast. The world
had entered the atomic age and life on this planet would
never be the same.
A second bomb was dropped on the Japanese
city of Nagasaki on Aug. 9 with similar results
and the Japanese finally surrendered on Aug.
15. The formal surrender took place Sept. 2,
Pacifists and other anti-nuclear opponents have
long argued that the bomb was unnecessary, that the
Allies would have won the war without dropping two
atomic bombs on defenseless civilians.
Some of these people have desecrated landmarks
to the 509th, labeled Tibbetts and his men as "murder-
ers," and called for Tibbetts and his men to be tried
for war crimes.

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On one occasion in England after the war, Tibbetts
was pelted with eggs during a ceremony honoring his
wartime service with the 8th Air Force while stationed
in that country between 1942-43.
When Tibbetts was assigned to France after the war,
his orders were canceled after French politicians and
communists said they did not want a man with "blood
on his hands" in the country, conveniently forgetting
the thousands of Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen who
died to free France from the iron jackboot of the Nazis.
A similar incident occurred when Tibbetts was sent to
The list of protests, many of them violent, against
the bombing and the men involved is long.
While there is no doubt that the Allies would have
won the war without using the atomic bomb, using the
weapon certainly hastened the end, and saved lives.
Planners for the Allied Combined Chiefs of Staff
during WWII had estimated that Allied casualties for
the invasion of Japan would be close to 1 million, with
about 300,000 deaths included in that figure. And those
are just the Allied casualty estimates.
The number of dead Japanese could have been stag-
gering, since the Japanese government had vowed to
fight to the last man, woman and child.
It is easy for people in ivory towers to condemn
President Truman - with the approval of British Prime
Minister Winston Churchill - for ordering that such a
weapon be dropped on mankind.
Truman later said he never hesitated in making the
decision. It was a question of saving Allied lives, he
Many people who criticize the use of the bomb
never fought in World War II, never faced a Japa-
nese kamikaze attack, were not on the Bataan Death
March, never fought the Japanese to the last man on
countless Pacific islands during the war, and were
never taken prisoner by the Japanese. And many
were never ordered to prepare to invade the Japanese
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veteran who served in the Pacific theater said the bomb
probably saved his or her life.
I have lost count of the number of veterans who
said they were on ships heading to Japan for the inva-
sion, or were training for the invasion, when they heard
that the bomb had been dropped and Japan had surren-
dered and the party began.
To a man, they all said that the invasion of Japan
was "the big one." Few had any expectation of return-
Would the Japanese have fought to the last man,
woman or child, or not?
On Iwo Jima, the Japanese defended the island with
20,000 troops. Only 11 were left alive when the battle
How many Allied soldiers would have survived the
invasion of Japan to tell their story to their children and
Allied peace overtures to the Japanese government
prior to Aug. 6, 1945, made through the Swiss Embassy
in Tokyo, were rejected without response.
Documents captured by the Allies after the war
show that the military government of Japan planned
to use all available people - women, children and the
old and feeble - to defend their islands.
So, who was right or wrong?
In war, the winners decide who was right or w i< n.'.
although there is really no such thing as a "right
Critics say use of the bomb violated all the demo-
cratic principles of human rights and dignity that the
Allies were supposed to uphold.
Yes, it is very easy now to criticize the victors for
dropping the bomb.
But consider this.
During the war, both German and Japanese scien-
tists were working on making an the atomic bomb for
their military.
Had either of those governments succeeded
before the Allies in developing the atomic bomb,
would they have hesitated to use this weapon
against us?


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Korea influenced life of

Holmes Beach man

Don Schofield of Key Royale in Holmes Beach
was only 11 years old and living with his parents near
Boston on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked
Pearl Harbor.
He was too young for service during WWII, but
' time' to serve would come when the Korean War broke
out in 1950.
"I remember that because I was so young, I never
gave much thought to going into the service during
WWII. I had an older brother who joined up when the
war started, but toward the end of the war, when I was
16, I was pretty sure I wouldn't be called," said Don.
His thoughts about military service proved correct
and the war ended before he turned 18 and could have
been drafted.
Fresh out of high school, Don went to work in the
construction industry in Boston. In late 1950, he mar-
ried Marian, his high school sweetheart, and looked
forward to starting a family and settling down in the
Boston area.
But war had broken out on the Korean Peninsula
in June 1950, and the United Nations sent in "police
forces" to combat the North Koreans. The U.S. Army
began drafting men to join the fight.
A healthy guy such as Don was classified 1-A by
his draft board and, in February, 1951, three months
after his marriage, he received his draft notice.
Although his marriage qualified him for a defer-
ment, Don rejected the idea.
"I didn t think that was the right thing to do. I just didnf t
think it was appropriate to request a waiver," said Don.
Leaving his young wife in Boston, Don did his
basic training in Georgia and was then shipped out to
Korea to become part of the 3rd Infantry Division.
"I knew I was going to Korea, but there wasn't
much to learn from the newspapers about the fight-
ing there. It was like Korea had been forgotten by the
For the first few months in Korea, Don was an
infantryman, assigned to the front lines that were actu-
ally north of the 38th parallel, the dividing line between
North and South Korea.
The Army, however, figured Don must have learned
something about supplies because of his construction
background. One day out of the blue, Don got orders
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"They sent me to a forward supply depot for com-
munications equipment. It was just a few tents and a
big field with common ' wire and other stuff for com-
munications," recalled Don.
It was not a glamorous assignment by any means.
"We were a few hundred yards from the front lines
and in the foothills. We slept in pup tents and our head-
quarters was another tent."
The battalion's mess tent was located well to the
rear and Don and his new buddies dined mostly on
C-rations and K-rations.
The occasional care packages from home contained
the best food he would eat while in Korea.
"The place was a mess. It was nothing but mud in the
summer and the North Koreans would fire at us all the
time. They could see us from their positions in the hills.
Luckily, we were just a little out of range of their rifles."
The "good news" about his assignment was his pro-
motion to corporal, which entitled him to a monthly
beer ration of about eight bottles.
Don had three Republic of Korea (ROK) soldiers
who helped him load and unload the supply trucks that
kept the depot busy at all hours.
"They didn't speak much English, but it was enough
for them to understand me. I think they were pretty
happy with their job because they weren't directly on
the front lines."
The front lines, however, did not remain static.
Either the 3rd Division was advancing and the
supply depot would pack up and move north, or the
North Koreans - later joined by troops from Com-
munist China - would attack and force Don and his
ROK staff to load up and move south.
On several occasions, Don and the company
reverted back to ordinary infantry, jumping into their
foxholes and defending their position against an

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"They came pretty close to getting us several times,
although we only lost one guy the entire war. One night,
the North Koreans were so close, we were ordered to
move out and leave everything behind."
Rather than let several hundred thousand dollars
worth of communications gear wind up in the hands of
the ChiComs or North Koreans, Don ordered his ROK
soldiers to pour gasoline on the supplies and burn them.
"We were about to be overrun, so I had to do some-
thing. We didn't have time to pack up. All I remember
is thinking, ' How in the hell am I going to write this
when it's time to make a report of what happened?"'
While Army life at the front in Korea was never
dull, troops in the rear echelons made the most of the
available attractions. Not so for Don and the boys on
the front lines.
When Bob Hope went to Korea, some troops in
his outfit were trucked to Seoul for the event, but the
celebrities stayed well away from the front lines. Don
never saw a USO show during his entire tour.
He also never saw a reporter or photographer, or
any member of the media at the front lines. Korea, it
seemed, had become the forgotten war.
\ ly wife would write and say that there wasn't
anything in the papers about the 3rd Division. It wasn't
like during [WWII], when the newspapers reported
where every unit was. She said you could hardly find
,1\ n11hing about Korea in the Boston papers.
But Korea was not forgotten by the men at the
They looked to each other to get them through each
day, each enemy attack, each rainstorm or snowstorm
and every snafu the Army could provide.
"We learned to depend upon each other. We had to.
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you was going to protect you, look after you if you got
hit. It was a great bunch of guys. We were real close.
Nobody wanted a transfer, and if someone got orders
sending them elsewhere, the CO would figure out a way
to get the orders changed."
In fact, it was the supply depot CO, Capt. Drye,
who would push Don in the direction that would change
his life.
"One day, we started talking and he told me that I
should think about using the GI Bill and go to college
when I got home. I had never thought about college,
but he said I was smart enough. It got me to thinking
about what I would do when the war ended."
First, however, there was this problem of getting
through the war and surviving the unpredictable Korean
When the winter of 1951 came, it was the coldest
Don had ever been, and he was from New England.
While the rear echelon troops lived in barracks with
heaters, frontline soldiers like Don and his pals had an
unheated pup tent and a blanket, if they were lucky.
And the snow would turn to mud and Don often had to
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get warm. It was terrible. There were some nights when
I truly didn't think I was going to make it to work in
the morning."
Don's "work" involved loading and unloading for
the United Nations forces that arrived daily for a re-
supply of communications equipment.
"I met guys from Turkey, Greece, Canada, a lot of
countries. It was an educational experience. It didn't take
much for the Turks or Greeks to get riled up, and they
didn't like each other anyway, so you had to be careful
if they were both at the depot at the same time."
But Don managed the weather, dispensing and
keeping track of the supplies and getting shot at and
attacked. He did so well he was offered a chance to
attend Officer Candidate School, but that would have
required him to serve another two years.
"I said' no thanks.' I just wanted to do my duty and
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nurses or Red Cross workers to hang out with.
The only women around were some elderly South
Koreans who would wash a soldier's clothes for a few
pennies, cigarettes or some food.
"The way they cleaned was to take your clothes to
the river and pound your uniform with a rock to get out
the dirt," recalled John. The pounding got out the dirt,
but a few such washings left the uniform in tatters.
After 12 months in Korea, Don got his orders back
to the States. He sailed to San Francisco and was then
assigned to Fort Dix in New Jersey to complete the last
few months of his service.
As expected, there were no bands playing when his
ship docked in San Francisco, no celebrities on hand
and no ceremonies to welcome home the troops.
Korea was the forgotten war, although Don would
never forget Korea or the men with whom he served.
"It was a great experience for me. I grew up a lot in
Korea. I learned how to cooperate with people, saw some
of the world and I got the inspiration to go to college."
After leaving the Army, Don enrolled at Boston
University to study accounting and business manage-
ment and received both his bachelor's and master's
degrees in three years.
He joined the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse
and later served as president of a development company
in Cleveland.
Along the way, he and Marian had three daughters,
including twins.
The couple first came to Holmes Beach 20 years
ago to visit friends and fell in love with the Island. "I
thought, this is the place for us," said Don.
Four days after he retired, Don and Marian moved
to Key Royale. He enjoys fishing, boating, bicycling
and w. lkin,. and still thinks about his Korean War
"I'm proud of my service. I don't think much of politi-
cians who avoided the draft. The Army was a big influence
on my life, even though I didn't do anithing special in
Korea. I can look back now and say I'm glad I went."
A proud member of the Forgotten Generation.

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My summer vacation: close encounter with nesting turtle

By Joe McClash
Special to The Islander
I have been sailing, diving, kayaking, fishing, skiing
and boating these waters for years. But every once in
a while you share an experience that makes you say,
I was vacationing in Holmes Beach for a few weeks
in July. Walking the beaches of Anna Maria Island first
thing in the morning is a special treat - from watching
the different birds at their morning feeding to seeing
the way the beach looks after being sculpted by the
Then there is always the hope of seeing turtle tracks
leading to a nesting spot on the beach and back to the
Gulf of Mexico.
My first week on the Island I was fortunate enough
to see turtle tracks from a turtle who had laid her eggs
the night before.
I thought that was one of my luckiest times on the
beach. Little did I know I was in for a special treat two
short weeks later. I love this area where we live.
My morning walks on the beach were great, but I
hadn't seen any more signs of turtle tracks. I must admit,
finding those turtle tracks brought back the excitement
of my childhood when getting a gift at Christmas.
Then, after dinner one Saturday, we were enjoying
another favorite time at the beach - the night sky. The
stars were out. The moon was rising and the look of the
beach and Gulf was changing as the moon lit the sky
with each degree of rise.
Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a glimpse of
movement on the beach. "I think I see a turtle on the
beach," I said.
"No, it's just the seaweed on the beach," someone
But to our amazement it became evident there was
definitely movement and it was coming right at us. We
sat in our chairs motionless, startled by what we were
seeing - a loggerhead crawling under this moonlit sky

Summertime sports:

slow, easy, but soon

to crank up
By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The women of the Key Royale Club played a com-
bination game on Aug. 5. They played a basic low-net
game in each flight while also playing a two-best-balls
team game.
Tootie Wagner placed first in flight one with a
4-under-par 28. One shot back in second place was
Roswitha Fowler, while Joyce Reith finished in third
place with a 2-under 30. Second flight produced a tie for
first place between Rose Slomba and Erma McMullen,
who both carded 2-under-par 30. Shirley Cessna, Sylvia
Price and Linda Kelly tied for second place with 34.
The team of Penny Williams, Josie Womble and
Erma McMullen won the team game with a com-
bined 82.

Horseshoe news
Sam Samuels was hot last week, picking up a vic-
tory all by himself during the Aug. 6 horseshoe games
at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Samuels defeated the
team of Larry Livragio and Steve Doyle 23-14.
The Aug. 2 horseshoe action saw Samuels team up
with George McKay to defeat the team of Jerry Dis-
brow and Larry Livragio 24-16.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm ups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
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searching for the perfect spot to lay her eggs.
We were wondering where she would stop as she
struggled along the beach, feeling the weight of gravity
out of her home in the water.
Again we were amazed as she stopped almost 8
feet from our chairs and started flipping sand as she
had found her perfect location to nest beside us.
Never having seen a turtle lay eggs before, we did

Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 150
loggerhead sea turtle nests and 96 false crawls on
the beach as of Aug. 10.
AMITW also reported 1,603 nests have
hatched thus far this season.
Nesting season continues through October.

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The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls soccer
fundraising golf tournament is set for 1 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 6, at the Bradenton Country Club and signups are
ongoing. The team uses the money raised by the golfers
for uniforms, warm-up suits and tournament travel.
For the $100 donation, a player gets a round in a
four-person scramble and a party at the club.
Also on tap are a straightest-drive contest, two
closest-to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and raffles
for tons of prizes. The field is limited to the first 100
golfers, so don't delay.
The Her-icanes also are looking for tournament spon-
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the Hat Trick package, consisting of a foursome, banquet,
tee or green sign on the course and a banner that will be
displayed at all Manatee Her-icane home soccer games.
A Golden Goal sponsorship package includes a foursome
and a tee or green sign on the course for $500, or a tee or
green sign for the tournament for $125.
To sign up a foursome, list the four players and
each player's phone number and send the list with a
check payable to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster. Mail
it to Islander sports writer and Her-icane coach Kevin
Cassidy at 2011 79th St. N.W., Bradenton FL 34209.
For more information, call 941-807-1105.

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not have a clue how long it would take. After almost
two hours of flipping sand, burrowing down, laying
eggs and slowly covering her nest, she gradually moved
forward. Certainly, this was a once in a lifetime experi-
ence for us.
When the nest was covered with sand, she turned
around to head back to the Gulf of Mexico.
All the movements on the beach seemed like a
struggle for her, moving a few feet and stopping to
rest. The weight of gravity out of water made it so hard
for her to move. Then the final closing moments came
shortly after midnight as we cheered her back to her
home in the moonlit waters of the Gulf.
The next day walking the beach, as had become my
morning ritual, the turtle crews were busy at their task
of marking off the nest.
Vacationing on Anna Maria Island will always hold
special memories. Now it will be remembered fondly
as the place of a once-in-a-lifetime experience shared
with my wife and our lifelong friends. What a great
place to call home.
Joe McClash lives in Bradenton and serves as the
Manatee County commissioner for the at-large District
7. He owns property on Anna Maria Island.

AMITW releases top

section numbers
As turtle nesting reached the mid-season point on
Aug. 1, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported its
top nesting area with 29 nests was Section 7, from 25th
Street south to the BeachHouse Restaurant in Braden-
ton Beach.
The next highest total was for both Section 6, which
stretches from Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach
into Bradenton Beach, and Section 4, which is from
66th to 53rd streets in Holmes Beach. Both had seen
24 nests.
Nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles began
May 1 and continues through October.
During that time, members of AMITW walk each
morning to look for signs of a new turtle nest, a false
crawl or the emergence of hatchlings.
The Island consists of nine approximately mile-
long sections.

THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 13, 2008 0 23



fishing tips,

By Capt. Thom Smith of Flats Lady Charters
Special to The Islander
With the price of gas going up almost daily, anglers
who own boats may be looking for ways to save a few
dollars and still get out fishing without spending a lot.
Over the years, I've been impressed by the quality and
size of the fish that wading can produce.
Yes, it would be nice to have a boat and find
a spot that is away from all the rest, but for the
boatless angler, there are plenty of places to wade
Manatee County waters and with water temps in the
mid to upper 80s, it's very comfortable.
The standard equipment for boater or wader should
include a hat, polarized sunglasses and plenty of sun-
For a wader, a good pair of shoes is a must. I sug-
gest boots with a high top. Those little beach shoes are
OK, but being low cut, sand, shell and other things get
into your shoes and eventually that starts to grind on
your ankles and feet, making walking difficult. I like
dive booties. They usually have good tough soles that
can handle oysters underfoot and, with the higher top,
the grit has a harder time getting into your shoes and
irritating your feet.
What you carry with you is a mixed bag, but I
suggest a stringer and a small, watertight container
to carry extra leader line, hooks, jig heads and lures,
in case you have to re-rig. For wade fishers, there
are some nifty items on the market that amount
to towing a small boat around, and they can be
If you like to use live bait, I recommend a trolling-
style bait bucket. A pair of needle-nose pliers and a pair
of scissors or fingernail clippers to cut braided line to
trim your knots rounds out what you need to carry.
Wade fishing can offer a lot of opportunities, but
remember when wading to always do the "stingray
shuffle" and you can wade as far as your legs can carry
you, just remember, you have to wade back.
As I mentioned, there are a lot of areas locally for
wade fishers. Here are some of my favorites:
Palma Sola Bay off Palma Sola Boulevard.
You can fish the seagrass flats out from the shoreline
where it drops off into deeper water on a lower tide.
The fish hang out on the edge of the dropoff, waiting
for the tide to come back in. Also, in the southeastern
corner, there are mangrove islands and oyster bars, but
it's fairly muddy.
The Perico Island seagrass flats to the south and
north of the Anna Maria Island Bridge. The flats to
the south extend from the bridge to the mouth of Palma
Sola Bay. There are numerous sand holes. The shoreline
has oysters and you can fish the edge of the Intracoastal
DeSoto Memorial and Emerson Point are both
parks and good fishing areas, but both close at dark.
DeSoto is on the south side of the Manatee River
and offers a great shoreline that can hold a variety
of fish, with snook, redfish and trout being the best
bets. On the north side of the river in Emerson Point,
you can fish at least three directions. The south faces
the river; west has a large grass flat and what we
call the "River Bar," where snook roam during their
spawning period; and to the north and back to the
east is the pristine shoreline looking back into Terra
Ceia Bay.


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Good catch makes for happy group
Paul Gilmore, left, Marris Garrison, Gino Ruggeri, Barbara Garrison, Ron Jones and Betty Ruggeri from
Bradenton with part of their catch of red and gag grouper caught offshore of Anna Maria Island in 130 feet of
water in the Gulf. The party was celebrating Ron Johns induction into the national wrestling hall of fame. The
catch was made aboard Capt. Larry McGuire's .9hi ,' Me the Fish Charters.

South Skyway. On the north side of the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge causeway you have Joe's Bay and Joe's
Island. This side has loads of oyster bars, sand holes and
a long mangrove shoreline. On the south side, Miguel
Bay borders the interstate, but you barely know it's
there. This area has a sandbar you can walk out to and
work your way across to a string of islands that have
oyster bars and nice sand holes.
Terra Ceia Bay. Near the Crab Trap I restaurant
and the U.S. 19 bridge, anglers who wade west on the
south shoreline of Terra Ceia Island have numerous
opportunities around oyster bars, docks and a drop-off
into deeper water on lower tides.

Offshore fishing is hot now
Fishing is pretty slow in the bays right now. Off-
shore is another matter.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said that "Fishing is fantastic offshore of
Anna Maria Island right now, with limit catches of red
grouper up to 20 pounds, gag grouper to 15 pounds,
mangrove and yellowtail snapper, amberjacks, barra-
cudas and all the shark you can catch, including a few
hammerheads. Recently, we had a trip with Ron Johns
and party. They had the party of the lifetime. Ron is a
wrestling coach with Sarasota High School and is going
to be inducted to the National WK.itling Hall of Fame
for his many achievements, including winning many
state titles. This truly was the way to celebrate a special
occasion." His best action this week was out 130 feet
using large live and butterflied baits and ji *in, spoons
for the AJ's.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle on Cortez Road, reports
include mackerel, trout, catch-and-release snook, but
no redfish.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
were pulling in redfish, snapper, some catch-and-release
snook and a few mackerel. He said fishing was gener-
ally slow.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, reports included
few fish last week. In fact, about the only thing caught
were a few mackerel that were too small to keep.
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Power squadron holds
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The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron is hold-
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1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton, Sept. 6 and 13.
The course meets from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
and costs $35 per person or $50 per couple. A boating
manual and other materials are included.
The course provides an overview of boating safety,
rules, boat handling and distress signals. Upon comple-
tion, participants will receive a Florida Boating Safety
Education identification card and may be eligible for a
discount on boat insurance.
Pre-registration is required. Contact Gloria Potter
at 941-795-0482 to sign up.

Big bull dolphin
Kyle Cherko, 15, caught this 46-inch dorado he
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24 0 AUG. 13, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

AME principal looks forward to a 'great year'

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria School principal Tom Levengood said
he is looking forward to a great school year as his staff
returns to work refreshed from summer break.
Teachers were scheduled to return to campus
Aug. 12 after press deadline for The Islander, and they
should have found Levengood in the kitchen, whipping
up a welcome breakfast with help form school guidance
counselor Cindi Harrison and art teacher Gary Wooten.
On the menu: apple, cranberries, pecans, blueberries
and white peach variously combined in French toast.
Following the meal, Levengood was to meet with
teachers to share his expectations for the upcoming year

New meal prices: $1 breakfast, $1.75 lunch

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Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick, Cereal, Toast,.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit 0
0 Lunch: Mini Corn Dogs or Hamburgers, *
0 Veggie Cup with Dip, Chips, Pears 0
0 Tuesday, Aug. 19 0
* Breakfast: Chicken Patty on a Biscuit, Cereal,*
* Toast, Peanut Butter and *
0 Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
0 Lunch: Meat and Cheese Nachos or Chicken
0 Nuggets, Broccoli, Applesauce 0
Wednesday, Aug. 20
Breakfast: Choice of "Jump Start" boxed
selections, Super Donut, Toast, Cereal *
* Lunch: "Bosco" Cheese Sticks with Marinara,
* Assorted Salads and Sandwiches, Green *
* Beans, Peaches, Chocolate Chip Chortles o
* Thursday, Aug. 21 *
* Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, 0
0 Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit 0
0 Lunch: Breaded Chicken on a Bun or Hot 6
0 Dog, Potato Smiles, Carrots with Dip, 0
Strawberries and Bananas
0 Friday, Aug. 22
* Breakfast: Pancakes, Cereal, Toast, Fruit *
* Lunch: Whole Grain Pizza or Shrimp Pop- *
* pers, Corn, Garden Salad, Fruit Cup .
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and then allow time for them to prepare for the Thurs-
day, Aug. 14, open house.
Students return to school Monday, Aug. 18.
Levengood said there are 301 students enrolled for
the 2008-09 school year. "We' ve registered more stu-
dents than we lost from last year. Enrollment is high in
both kindergarten and fourth-grade," he said.

Staff changes
New teachers have not been added to the staff,
however, a few changes have been made. Levengood
announced that second-grade teacher Katie Boesen
resigned and, in her place, he rehired Lauren Waite, a
first-grade teacher let go due to budget cuts at the close
of the 2007-08 school year.
Waite will again teach first-grade.
Other teachers have made grade-level changes, includ-
ing Jackie Goens, from fourth-grade to second-grade, and
Becky Demo, from first-grade to third-grade.
Kristen Kerber and Wooten will share physical
education responsibilities. In addition to teaching music
to all grade levels, Kerber will teach kindergarten and
first-grade gym.
Wooten will teach PE to the remaining grade
levels in addition to continuing with the gifted pro-
gram and art.

Reading exploration
Levengood said AME plans to continue with its
book study group, which is optional for the teaching
staff. With budget cuts came the loss of AME's full
time reading coach, but Manatee School District staff
members Ruby Linda Zickasoose and Beth Seberson
will step in to fill that void.
"The Art of Teaching Reading" by Lucy Calkins is
this year's selected book. Calkins works at Columbia
University in New York and, according to Levengood,
"She is known as the guru on how to teach reading."
According to Levengood, both first-grade teach-
ers Heather Nyberg and Waite independently planned
trips to New York over the summer and took part in a
workshop given by Calkins. Levengood said Nyberg
attended a workshop on reading and Waite's workshop
focused on writing.
"Both teachers are very excited about sharing what
they learned with staff," Levengood said, "and I give
them both kudos for taking the initiative to go [to the

Auditorium face-lift
The school auditorium is no longer being left in the
dark by the Manatee School District. Work has begun
just prior to the startup of school to update its lighting
and audio systems.
Levengood said new lighting being installed under
the covered walkway leading from the main building
to the auditorium will help with evening gatherings.
New auditorium lighting and dimmer controls are
being installed and rewiring the auditorium will provide
more power to the facility.
A control booth is being built in the rear corner
of the auditorium, where all audio and lighting equip-
ment can be controlled from a raised platform. Lev-
engood said the new vantage point makes it possible
to see the entire stage and will improve overall sound
AME can say goodbye to the projector and milk-
crate stand in the middle of the auditorium. The
school can say farewell to the days of projecting
onto a large cloth sheet, too, as the district plans to
install a large screen and a ceiling-mounted digital
The stage ceiling has been raised so that no lights
will be visible to the audience, the paneling on the front
of the stage is being replaced and metal air-conditioning
grates that no longer function will be removed.
And the stage floor has been resurfaced.
"The new stage floor is e \, itliin'." Levengood. said
"It's not a brown chocolate mess. Underneath all that
was a white oak hardwood floor."
Finally, Levengood said, plans to install a public
bathroom to serve the auditiorim and a portable runway
to connect to the stage are still in the works.

On the first day of school, parents of kindergarten
students should take them to their teachers at the school
auditorium. Levengood said that having parents of new
students say goodbye at a central location and allowing
teachers to lead their group of students to their class-
room makes the process of starting school easier for
the few students who are "criers."
Also helping with the new transition, Levengood
said, is early dismissal for kindergartners at noon during
the first week.
School supplies pre-packaged for each grade level

Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Cortez morning bus schedules:

Route 94, Bus 289
Time Bus stop description
7:42 Marina Drive & 59th
7:43 Marina Drive & Key
Royale Drive
7:44 Marina Drive & 67th
7:45 Marina Drive & 68th
7:46 Marina Drive & 72nd
7:47 Marina Drive & 75th
7:48 Marina Drive & 82nd
7:50 Gulf Drive North &
Oak Avenue
7:51 Gulf Drive & Willow
7:52 Gulf Drive North &
Palm Avenue
7:53 Pine Avenue & Los
Cedros Drive
7:53 Spring Avenue & Gulf
7:54 Spring Avenue &
Tarpon Street
7:54 Spring Avenue &
South Bay Boulevard
7:55 North Bay Boulevard &
Crescent Drive
7:56 North Bay Boulevard &
Hibiscus Road
7:57 North Bay Boulevard &
Alamanda Avenue
7:57 North Shore Drive &
Gladiolus Street

7:58 780 N. Shore Drive
7:59 North Shore Drive &
Newton Lane
7:59 North Shore Drive &
Linda Lane
8:00 North Shore Drive &
Pine Avenue
8:02 Gulf Drive North &
Peppertree Lane
8:03 Gulf Drive & 75th
8:04 Gulf Drive & 72nd
8:04 Gulf Drive & 68th

Route 86, Bus 544
Time Bus stop description
7:11 5370 Gulf of Mexico
Drive & Centre Shops
7:28 Gulf of Mexico Drive &
St. Judes Street
7:29 Gulf of Mexico Drive &
Jungle Queen Way
7:30 Gulf of Mexico Drive &
General Harris
7:33 Palm Drive & Broad-
7:37 Gulf Drive South &
12th Street South
7:38 Gulf Drive South &
Third Street South
7:39 Gulf Drive North &
Second Street North
7:40 Gulf Drive North &
12th Street North
7:41 Avenue C & 22nd
Street North
7:42 Avenue C & 24th
Street North
7:43 Avenue C & 25th
Street North

7:44 Gulf Drive & 28th
7:45 Gulf Drive & 30th

King Middle School
Route 77, Bus 568
Time Bus stop description
8:10 75th Street West &
24th Avenue West
8:20 Gulf Drive South &
11th Street South
8:23 Palm Drive & Broad-
way (behind service
8:53 Manatee Avenue West
& Perico Way
8:55 Manatee Avenue West
& Perico Bay Boule-
8:55 Manatee Avenue West
& Bristol Bay Drive
8:56 Manatee Avenue West
& Flamingo Drive

Route 84, Bus 527
Time Bus stop description
8:13 Marina Drive & 71st
8:19 Pine Avenue & Cres-
cent Drive
8:20 Spring Avenue &
Tarpon Street
8:20 Spring Avenue & Bay
Boulevard South
8:21 Bay Boulevard &
Crescent Drive
8:22 Bay Boulevard & Poin-
setta Road
8:23 Bay Boulevard &
Jacaranda Road
8:24 780 N. Shore Drive

8:25 North Shore Drive &
Linda Lane
8:27 Gulf Drive & Magnolia
8:28 Gulf Drive & Oak
8:29 Palm Avenue & 85th
8:30 Palm Drive & 76th
8:31 Palm Drive & Clark
8:32 Marina Drive & Key
Royale Drive
8:32 Marina Drive & 62nd
8:33 Marina Drive & 56th
8:34 Gulf Drive & Holmes
8:35 Gulf Drive & Peacock
8:35 Gulf Drive North &
51st Street
8:36 Gulf Drive North &
Harbor Drive
8:37 Gulf Drive North &
30th Street
8:38 Gulf Drive North &
28th Street
8:38 Gulf Drive North &
23rd Street North
8:40 Gulf Drive North &
Ninth Street North

Route 61, Bus 540
Time Bus stop description.
6:27 Cortez Road & 101st
Street West

6:29 Cortez Road & 115th
Street West
6:54 Gulf of Mexico Drive &
St. Judes Street
6:56 Gulf of Mexico Drive &
De Narvaez
7:01 Gulf Drive & 13th
Street South
7:02 Gulf Drive & Eighth
Street South
7:03 Gulf Drive & 12th
Street North
7:04 Avenue C & 22nd
Street North
7:08 Cortez Road & 124th
Street West
7:09 Cortez Road & 119th
Street West
7:10 Cortez Road & 106th
Street West
7:11 Cortez Road & 101st
Street West
7:12 Cortez Road & Coral
7:13 Cortez Road & 87th
Street West

Route 84, Bus 527
Time Bus stop description
6:15 Pine Avenue & Cres-
cent Drive
6:17 Pine Avenue & Bay
6:17 Bay Boulevard &
Crescent Drive
6:29 Bay Boulevard & Poin-
settia Road
6:34 Bay Boulevard & Ala-
manda Road

6:35 780 North Shore Drive
6:36 North Shore Drive &
Newton Lane
6:37 North Shore Drive &
Cypress Avenue
6:38 North Shore Drive &
Coconut Avenue
6:40 Gulf Drive & Magnolia
6:41 Gulf Drive & Willow
6:42 Gulf Drive & Oak
6:44 Gulf Drive & 85th
6:45 Palm Drive & 77th
6:46 Palm Drive & 71st
6:47 Palm Drive & Key
Royale Drive
6:48 Marina Drive & 62nd
6:49 Marina Drive & 57th
6:51 Gulf Drive North &
Haverkos Court
6:52 Gulf Drive North &
46th Street
6:53 3900 East Bay Drive
6:55 Gulf Drive North &
29th Street
7:00 24th Street North &
Gulf Drive North
Manatee School for
the Arts transfers:
Route 71, Bus 535
9:15 Sugg Middle School
Route 85, Bus 238
9:15 King Middle School

THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 13, 2008 0 25

Expect school dress

code enforcement

this year

Anna Maria Elementary School will be enforc-
ing the Manatee County School Board's dress
code. AME principal Tom Levengood said that not
only will students for the 2008-09 school year be
expected to adhere to the dress code, but teachers
and staff will be asked to follow the same guidelines
at work.
The following is a checklist of apparel/items that
should not be worn or brought to school:
* Sunglasses.
* Hats, visors, bandannas, or other head apparel.
* Visible, pierced-body jewelry other than worn on
the ear.
* Cutoff pants or shorts.
* Unbuckled belts.
* Clothing that exposes the midriff.
* Ill-fitting sweat pants or warmups.
* Suspenders hanging down, including those on
* Shirts advertising alcoholic beverages or drugs,
or bearing questionable language or artwork.
* Known gang-related symbols.
* Beachwear.
* Any clothing, accessories, jewelry or hair style
that may be a distraction to self or others that have
obscene or drug-related phrases there in.
* Jeans with holes, cuts or slits above the knee.
* Gym shorts or soccer shorts that are not proper
length (two-thirds of the length from waist to middle
of knee).
* Footwear not secured at the heel.
* Electronic equipment to include, but not lim-
ited to, boombox, camera, CD player, camcorder, cell
phones, pagers and laser pointers.
* Glass containers.
Male students choosing to wear a "net" shirt must
wear an undershirt or an overshirt that buttons. Tank
tops are allowed, but should not be loose around the
arms, and female students should be sure that straps
cover undergarments.
Dresses should cover the entire back and the neck-
line should not plunge. Spandex skirts, shorts and pants
can be worn by females only if covered by an over-
garment of fingertip length. However, Spandex-type
shorts and trousers are not deemed appropriate for
Schools may develop additional dress code require-
ments, which would be provided to students and parents
at the school.
For more information, call Anna Maria Elementary
School at 941-708-5525.

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Center drama kids present

Alice in Wonderland

The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
summer youth drama program will culminate in a
presentation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonder-
land" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14.
Linda Hasbrouck will direct 20 Island youth
ages 6 to 14 in the shortened version of the story
made famous by Walt Disney. Taking the stage

in key roles are Aaliya Mapp as the Queen of
Hearts, Jake Parsons as the White Rabbit, Bri-
anna Esply as Alice and Marley Mapp as the
Cheshire Cat.
The performance is free and open to the public
at the Center gymnasium. For more information,
call the Center at 941-778-1908.


will be on sale at the open house starting at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 14, and supplies will be available
throughout the year from the Parent-Teacher Organi-
zation store in the caboose.
Finally, Levengood has scheduled the first AME

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OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

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!


KEY ROYALE. Outstanding, new, 5,000 sq.ft., 4BR
home with three full baths and two half baths, two fireplaces,
elevator, heated pool, new dock and loads of privacy. Truly
a gorgeous home!

with a shared pool. The end of the road doesn't get any
better than this. Old town feel with modern conveniences
overlooking Anna Maria Sound with a new dock.

GULF FRONT DUPLEX on a quiet street. Beautiful
views, great rental history, and endless possibilities!

DIRECT BAYFRONT Beautiful setting. New dock on
deep water. Large 2BR/2BA. Tile floors throughout. Even
has a separate mother-in-law apartment. $995,000.

Mike 800-367-1617
N� 941-778-6696
Norman 3101GULF DRIVE
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vate parties. 781-367-0339,

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.

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.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

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..2~9500. $269,500

WEST BRADENTON! Price Slashed! 3BR 2BA family room,
lanai, FHA considered. J149900 $138,900

Laura E. McGeary PA * * Call 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

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.
50 GufDive*Homsa ec

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.

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.

remodeled in 2007.
Everything is new
in this spectacular
Island home. 2
BR/2BA Great Room.
70 foot dock with
boat lift and wave
q=eca leasin.- runnerplatform.
View Bimini Bay.
Owner says SELL!
RCB Properties, LLC Licensed Real Estate
Broker 941.753.9011

It's a great time to buy!
Prices are down and there's so much
to choose from. Call a realtor you trust
with over 24 years experience in real
estate sales, property management,
vacation rentals, annual rentals and
commercial leasing.
Gayle Schulz
Broker /Associate / Notary Public
(941) 812-6489

* 2BR/2BA/2CG
" Tropical Landscape
* Casa del Sol, W. Bradenton

2008/2009 Vacation Rentals
2BR/2BA Gulf Sands condo directly
on the beach, heated pool.
Available Dec, Jan, Feb $3,100/mo.
3BR/2BA beautiful Key Royale canal home.
Available February $3,700/mo.
Call Gayle for details.

Jim Anderson Realty Company
6000 Marina Drive * Suite 105 * Holmes Beach
941.778.4847 * toll free 1.800.772.3235
www.jimandersonrealty. com

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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.

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.

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519EALn, ESTATnn E M IC. ( 866)5
519 Pine Avenue � Anna Maria, FL 34216 WWW.,

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.

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,

We Make Owning a Vacation Home

on Anna Maria Island a Reality

state-of-the-art comforts you expect from a luxury resort. -9W

Dennis Girard, Realtor
Joanne Zimmerman, Realtor BE AC H
941-778-2115 1-877-346-7711

2201 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach

Fractional Ownership from $15,000 -$47,000
This advertisement is being used for the purpose of soliciting fractional ownership sales as
governed by Florida Statutes Chapter 721 entitled The Florida Vacation Plan and TimesharingAct.
This offer is not directed to residents in any state in which a registration of the timeshare plan
is required but in which registration requirements have not yet been met.

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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy' Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
ic Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
__ Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
j Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza - Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References

Waterside Lending,
Home Purchase & Refinance Experts
Lynn Zemmer Broker/Owner 941-778-8103
www.9411ending.comrn * 104 Bridge St. * Bradenton Beach

Paver Brick
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
(941) 794-6504 *

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Cleaning and
pet-sitting services
in the comfort of
your own home

Island residents
for 15 years 1
"They're our family too" 941-592-5464

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.
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.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking ser-
vices - when and what you need - to ensure your
house is secure and cared for while you are away.
Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience all phases of nail care. Gift bou-
tique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and sun-
glasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure ser-
vices. 941-713-5244.
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializing in
sport-specific training, improving balance, strength,
and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.
GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: $995 installed, many
colors to choose from, up to 25 sf. Local references.

CAREGIVER/COMPANION: Reliable, trustwor-
thy, flexible scheduling. Personal and household
care, errands and appointments. 941-705-0706 or

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since
1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
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Here's Daisy,
a 1-year-old
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mix, rescued
from a hoarder,
very gentle and
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$80. Call Julie
Sat SunCoast
Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or
Manatee Humane Society, 941-747-8808.

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ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulching.
Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island resi-
dent. Cell 941-951-1833.
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.

scape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark.

and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island experi-
ence. Licensed and insured. Call Allen anytime. Cell
CRUSHED WASHED SHELL delivered and spread,
For all your hauling needs, call David Bannigan.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. Cell,
941-448-3857 or 941-778-0851.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
or 778-4461.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.

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carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,

man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

TILE AND MARBLE Installation: Many Island refer-
ences. Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen
Floor Coverings. 941-726-1802.

K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.

SDB HOME REPAIR LLC: Handyman, painting, tile
work, sheetrock, hauling, electrical, light plumbing.
WOOD, TILE, MOSAIC and carpet. Custom installa-
tions, quality workmanship, prompt service, reliable.
Licensed and insured, free estimates, many Island
references. Contact Omar, 941-447-7627, opolar@
100 percent financed! We build, install and guar-
antee them! No other company does it all. Call
941-400-5384 for a free estimate good for one year.
License #20055584.
ABOUTGROUT: CLEANING, sealing, setting tile,
grout, repairs, insured. Proven methods. Free esti-
mates. Call Jeff, 941-545-0128.

V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
941-795-1947. Lic.#RR0066450.

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.

WANTED TO RENT: 2-3BR/2BA, Jan 15-April 15,
2009. Prefer Anna Maria near Gulf. 877-476-0488,
ext. 214, or
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/1 BA, 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.
2BR/2BA WATERFRONT CONDO: Boat dock, 1,700
sf, fireplace, pool, $1,200/month. 941-792-0524.

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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.

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,

Includes washer, dryer, Internet, pool/hot tub. Semi-
annual rental, $950/month. 941-778-7315.

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.

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.

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.

fully remodeled. Large pool, boat dock. $799,000.
Owner, 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.

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

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.

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

OFF WITH THEIR HEADS! By Peter A. Collins and Joe Krozel / Edited by Will Shortz

1 Swarm
5 Lots
10 11th-century
14 Audibly
19 Hot rod rod
20 One of the Four
21 German article
22 Glow
23 "Will the long-
his sermon?"'
26 Philosopher
27 Puts on
28 Power brokers
29 "Let me tell you

30 Mark, Anthony
and others:
31 "Tasty!"
32 "The majority
of British ___
___ policy
coming to
34 Left over
36 Shoot out
37 Took care of
40 Washington
State airport
43 Amaze
44 One of five
48 "I noticed you
use the
often than the
tarnished one"
51 Promised

Answers to this
week's puzzle
on page 28

52 Ties a second
53 Habit
54 Human ___
55 Alphabet
57 "The driver's
crew decided to
make the
___ priority"
60 "Life
63 Welcome at the
65 Crossed one's
i's and dotted
one's t's?
66 Promgoers:
67 "The
ignored the _
meat on
71 Understands
74 Train head
75 Work hard
76 Ultimatum's
80 It might lead to
a cloud
formation, for
81 "The judges put
the names of
each . .
for the M.C. to
86 Pusher catcher,
for short
87 Shoe letters
88 Retinue of Pan
89 YouTube
90 Baloney
92 Teacher: Var.
94 "As one
member of the
crew ____
leaned on his

1OlNigerian export
102 Any ship
105 Company
bought by
Chevron in
106 Dig
107 Box-and-one
109 Mushroom
110 "You won't
find any ___
112 Wilder and
113 Wash. neighbor
114 Potato pancake
115 Race pace
116 Daisy type
117 It's frequently
118 Calm
119 Tom Joad, e.g.

1 Bad-weather
2 Apply
3 Dwellers in
4 Cross
5 Park in New
York, say
6 Australia, e.g.
7 Automotive
8 It may come
from a barrel
9 Take up
10 Deserve
11 Deceive
12 Central
13 Like some
boxes on ballots
14 Franciscan
15 Relics of the
Wild West

16 ___-ground
17 Derisive look
18 Copper
24 English
portraitist Sir
25 1994 and 1997
U.S. Open
29 Green shade
32 Bucket of bolts
33 Grove in many
an English
34 Pure
35 Your: Fr.
37 Lat. or Lith.,
38 Ursine : bear :
pithecan :
39 Amaze
41 Al's is almost
42 Place to hang
your hat
43 Lady ___, first
woman to sit in
45 Sacks
46 Mail for a
47 Johnson and
Johnson, e.g.
49 Kind of sale
50 " Nous"
(1983 film)
51 Having all the
money one
54 Bible
56 Milk
57 Attach, as to a
58 Cuisine choice
59 Many a pirate's
60 "That is to say

61 Receiver of
62 Tick off
64 Actress Holmes
68 Record holder
69 About which
the Bible says
"Consider her
ways, and be
70 Confederate
72 "Hairspray"
73 Baseball bigwig

77 Top
78 Beijing-to-
Shanghai dir.
79 Ike's W.W. II
81 Broadcast
82 Compromises
83 Tore
84 Minister's deg.
85 Japanese-born
Hall of Fame
87 Daredevil

91 Poker call
93 Deseeded, as
94 "Hasta ___"
95 Incorporate into
a city
96 Fess Parker TV
97 Greek
98 Folk percussion
99 Old enough
100 Break down

102 Smarmy smile
103 Red River city
104 Related on the
mother's side
107 Hari
108 Football Hall-
110 Melodramatic
response in
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HOW ABOUT TENNESSEE? For a list of available
lake and mountain homes and properties, call Lake-
side Realty toll free at 888-291-5253, or visit www.

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: Log-cabin shell on two pri-
vate acres near very wide trout stream in the Galax
and New River State Park area. $139,500. Owner,

FORECLOSURE SPECIAL! 100-plus acre Colo-
rado ranch for $49,900. Year-round roads, utilities.
Access to 6,000-plus-acre recreation land. Call,
866-OWN-LAND, ext. 4390.

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419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria
www.b etsy-hills.coin



779-0202 * (800) 732-6434

SMLS SnimCoast
Island Shopping Center * 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 *

Bring Pep Holme Sinc 1939

RiEuubLu! Anna iviaria bulrroni ot. VALUE IS IN I WU LUI only a Tew
Build your dream home here. Walk hundreds yards from Gulf. Beauti-
the sugar white sand beach, watch ful street and beach access. Build
the stunning sunsets, seethe dolphins two homes or remodel cottage and
swimby.Writeyournovelhere! Becky live in paradise. 2BR/1.5BA. Karen
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 941-778-2246. Day, 941-778-2246. #M573537.
#M504998. $1,199,000. $849,000.

tXUUISIit UULl- VItWS and luxury
amenities. 3BR/2.5BA. Crown
moldings accent high ceilings and
open plan. Granite countertops and
stainless-steel appliances. Designer
perfect furnishings. Karen Day, 941-
778-2246. #M578289. $1,599,000.

Well-maintained 3BR/2BA canalfront
residence with open floor plan, private
setting with new dock, paver brick
patio and drive. Excellent Island loca-
tion. Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246.
#M564733. $499,000.

CAYMAN CAY Fabulous central Island OPEN SATURDAY 1-3pm, PARADISE
locationashortwalktopristinebeach. BAY, 10315 Cortez Road W. Lot
Fully furnished 2BR/2BA with heated 2H. Great community with docks
pool, covered parking, screened porch, valuable forour boating pleasure.
BBQ area and extra storage. David Communateit center with carpo just
Moynihan,941-778-2246.#M571827. one mile to the beaches. Vince
$275,000. Meaney, 941-315-1501. #A387808.
(941) 778-2246 * (800) 211-2323 * WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM

acres, $49,900. New to market! Spectacular, 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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color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national
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accept any advertising for real estate which is in viola-
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all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are avail-
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discrimination call HUD toll-free at (800) 669-9777,
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'Global market. Global connections.

94 1.308.6494 -
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.



514 Key Royale
Spacious canalfront 3BR/3BA 2,700 sf pool home with new boat
dock and lift. This home has been lovingly maintained and updat-
ed. Open split plan offering two master suites and living room, dining
room and family room with wonderful built-in office area. Home is
built courtyard-style around huge, covered lanai and pool. Profes-
sionally landscaped with lush tropical palms.

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32 0 AUG. 13, 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 cufftting-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.

IntroducingA New Member Of The Neal Communities' Family

In Prestigious Northwest Bradenton

Cafr 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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