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adopts budget. Page 2
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seek grant for dock.
Meetings: The govern-
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sought for reunion.
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police reports. Page 11
Those were the days:
June Alder's history
column. Page 12
What's happening and
when? Page 13
Holmes Beach resident
to serve as Republican
delegate. Page 14
Pine Avenue restora-
Islanders stock up, stay
home for Fay. Page 16
Center promotes Teen
Scene. Page 19
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Jim Moneck recalls his
Iwo Jima experience.
Fishing the Island and
mullet fishing tourney
Business news and real
estate sales. Page 25
By Lisa Neff
Registered voters planned to head to the
polls Tuesday, Aug. 26, to decide several local
Voting was scheduled from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. in the primary election, scheduled after
The Islander's deadline.
Anna Maria residents were to vote at city
hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
Holmes Beach residents in precinct 92
were to vote at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, and Holmes Beach resi-
dents in precinct 93 were to vote at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive.
Bradenton Beach residents were to vote at
Tingley Library, 111 Second St. N.
Cortez residents in precinct 49 were to
vote at the Cortez Community Center, 4517
123rd St. Court W.
Manatee County's Longboat Key residents
in precinct 95 were to vote at the Longboat
Election results will be available
online at www.islander.org on Aug. 26
as soon as they become available. To
sign up for notices and "breaking news"
alerts, go to The Islander Web site.
Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Island ballots contained races for:
* Board of county commissioners, Dis-
trict 3, Jane von Hahmann versus John
Chappie. Both are Republicans, but, with
no Democratic opponent, the race was open
to all District 3 voters. The race was to be
decided on Tuesday.
* Board of county commissioners, District
7, Joe McClash versus Greg Witham. Both are
Republicans, but, with no Democratic oppo-
nent, the countywide race was open to all
voters. The race was to be decided Tuesday.
* School board, District 2, Harry Kinnan
versus Dave Miner. The race, nonpartisan and
countywide, was to be decided Tuesday.
* 12th Circuit judge, Connie Mederos-
Jacobs versus Gilbert A. Smith Jr. The race
was nonpartisan and countywide and was to
be decided Tuesday.
Island Republicans were also to join in
the votes to nominate a candidate for the 12th
Circuit Court public defender - Larry Eger
or Ron Filipkowski; and elect a state commit-
teeman - John Colon, Paul A. Sharff or Craig
For more information, call the supervisor
of elections office at 941-741-3823 or visit
Waiting for wave from Fay
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As Tropical Storm Fay headed west across the northern part of the state on Aug. 22, waves headed into Anna Maria Island's shore - and
surfers and bold swimmers hit the breaking surf. For more on the storm, see pages 16-17. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Lane closures on Anna Maria Island Bridge continue
The Florida Department of Transportation
and contractor Quinn Construction Co. were
scheduled to close one lane of traffic on the
Anna Maria Island Bridge on Tuesday, Aug.
26, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
A DOT press release said the contractor
needed the lane closure to continue repairing
Continuous Thursday night lane closures
will resume on Sept. 4, the DOT said.
The DOT said that because of the unpre-
dictability of Tropical Storm Fay, the contrac-
tor canceled the lane closure planned for Aug.
21 and needed to reschedule the work.
AMI Bridge repairs halted for Fay
The DOT suspended all work on the Anna
Maria Island Bridge Aug. 18 as a precaution
in advance of Tropical Storm Fay.
Contractor Quinn Construction Co. of Pal-
metto removed all nonessential traffic mainte-
nance devices and canceled any work involv-
ing lane closures on the bridge.
Crews were back at work Aug. 20, as the
tropical storm passed well to the east of the
Tampa Bay area and caused no more than the
one-day's interruption of the $9.2 million DOT
DOT spokesperson Cindi Clemmons-
Adente said the project remains on schedule.
Motorists are reminded that the speed limit
on the bridge during the current construction
is 25 mph.
Another public meeting - the
last - before AMI Bridge closes
The DOT reminded the public that it has
scheduled a "Closure Public Meeting" for the
Anna Maria Island Bridge rehabilitation proj-
ect from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18,
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
This is the final public meeting before the
planned 45-day bridge closure that will begin
Monday, Sept. 29.
For the latest information on the reha-
bilitation project, go on the Web to www.
islander.org and click on "community links."
People without Internet access can call
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WMFR raises concern about future annexations
By Lisa Neff
West Manatee Fire Rescue officials plan to meet
with attorneys this week to discuss the city of Braden-
ton's future land-use plans, which indicate a possible
interest in eventually annexing property in unincor-
porated Manatee County west of 75th Street between
Manatee Avenue and Cortez Road.
"That's a good chunk of our jurisdiction," WMFR
Chief Andy Price told fire commissioners Aug. 21.
Losing area to the city of Bradenton could mean less
territory for WMFR to service, as well as a drop in income
from assessment fees and a potential budget concern.
Price, at the commission meeting last week, said
he needed to learn more about Bradenton's interest in
annexation and the impact of annexation.
"It might just be something they have to put in a
plan," he said, referring to city officials.
Fire commission adopts budget
The West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commis-
sion swiftly voted to adopt a 2008-09 budget Aug. 21
that provides for a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise, but
no major purchases.
About 92 percent of the $5,843,581 budget will be
funded with fees and assessments.
WMFR, which provides fire service to Anna Maria
Island and other west Manatee County areas, collects
assessments from property owners rather than property
"This years budget proposal includes an approxi-
mately 6.35 percent increase in assessments, which
produced an estimated increase of $307,481," WMFR
Chief Andy Price said in his budget statement.
The current year's budget is $5.3 million.
"This year's budget is the third budget in a row in
which our income was limited to the five-year personal
income growth factor for Floridians," Price added.
"This has only allowed us to maintain the staffing and
service levels in place since the 2005-06 fiscal year."
The budget shows an anticipated $5,378,981 in
revenues from assessments and fees; $145,000 from
interest earnings and $319,000 from reimbursements.
On the expense side, the budget shows $4.7 mil-
lion for wages and benefits, $144,000 for maintenance,
$60,000 for insurance, $42,000 for training, $11,500
for office expenses, $26,500 for supplies, $131,600 for
utilities, $95,000 for capital improvements, $222,951
for special services, $300,000 for debt service and
$30,569 for miscellaneous.
In addition to the cost-of-living increase in wages,
the budget provides for a 20 percent increase in health
insurance costs and the replacement of a battalion
The budget, which will become effective Oct. 1,
also provides for the cost of additional staffing needed
on Anna Maria Island during the shut down of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge.
The bridge on Manatee Avenue will be closed to
regular traffic for major repairs for 45 days beginning
During that period, WMFR will add two extra
teams - a part-time engine team at the volunteer fire
station in Bradenton Beach and a second engine team
at the Marina Drive station in Holmes Beach.
The Florida Department of Transportation will
reimburse WMFR for the cost.
"We have negotiated an agreement with the Florida
Department of Transportation to cover our costs during
that time and secured funding up to $236,501," Price
said. "We will be using our career and reserves mem-
bers and possibly part-time firefighters to staff addi-
In addition to approving the budget, commission-
ers last week authorized WMFR to spend $7,500 to
complete a Sept. 11 firefighters memorial outside the
Holmes Beach station.
Price said firefighters would pay the money back
with fundraisers, and that the loan was needed to finish
the project before Sept. 11.
The next commission meeting will be at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 18, at Station No. 1, 6004 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach
Waving up votes
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann joined her re-election campaign supporters at the Cortez
Trailer Park in Cortez for some old-fashioned hand and sign waving Saturday morning, just days before the
Aug. 26 vote. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
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City to seek state funds for new dock
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach is going after a state grant to
replace the public dinghy dock south of the city pier.
The city commission, in a unanimous vote Aug.
21, authorized city project and program manager Lisa
Marie Phillips to apply for the grant.
The city for years has worked at redeveloping its
waterfront, including the renovation of the Historic
Bridge Street Pier that was finished late last summer.
Next on the city's agenda is the creation of a rec-
reational boating master plan and the replacement of a
dingy dock to the south of the pier.
Several attempts to start the dock project have
stalled primarily due to funding concerns, with pro-
jected costs exceeding what the city wants to spend.
Now the city hopes to secure a Florida Recreational
Development Assistance Program grant, which does not
require matching money to pay for the $44,000 dock.
"Keep your fingers crossed," Phillips said.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion administers the grant program, awarding money
to be used for development of land for public, outdoor
"This is really a milestone," Commissioner Janie
Phillips said she plans to hold a public meeting on
the project at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at city hall,
107 Gulf Drive N.
In other business at the Aug. 21 meeting, commis-
* Approved a recommendation from public works
director Tom Woodard to authorize Florida Power &
Light to install three new light poles on Bridge Street.
The commission did not vote to remove the decora-
tive, non-working light poles on the street, as requested
by some in the Historic Bridge Street Merchants Asso-
"Just leave them until we decide what we are
going to replace them with," Vice Mayor John Chap-
* Approved a special event application for an annual
skimboard competition from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5, at
the BeachHouse Restaurant.
The event was pushed back this year to occur
during the 45-day closure of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge - part of a communitywide "Bridge the Gap"
effort to bring people to the Island during the bridge
Proceeds from the contest will go to red tide
* Briefly reviewed but did not act on proposed
changes to the city's travel expense policy to state that
mileage will be computed by using MapQuest rather
than state road department maps.
The draft policy also states that the city will use
the mileage rates set by the federal Internal Revenue
By Lisa Neff
Boater toilet habits have Bradenton Beach officials
looking into establishing a new dumping station and
adopting a new mooring ordinance.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale sug-
gested both during a meeting of the city pier manage-
ment team Aug. 21.
The discussion came about a week after the U.S.
Coast Guard joined local law enforcement agencies
to flush out boaters illegally dumping waste into area
The focus was in Sarasota Bay, specifically the
waters between Cortez and Bradenton Beach, because
divers recently reported finding toilet paper on a reef
at Leffis Key.
On Aug. 13, officers with the Coast Guard, Manatee
County Sheriff's Office and Bradenton Beach Police
Department boarded several boats in the area to check
Boating laws require that vessels longer than 26
feet and with an enclosed cabin for sleeping must be
equipped with a toilet. Also, all houseboats must have
Boats and small docks in the bay in Bradenton Beach. The city plans to seek a grant to replace the city-owned
dock this year and also develop a recreational boating master plan. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Service each year and that meals will be reimbursed as
mandated by the state.
Section 112.061 of the Florida Statutes addresses
per diem and travel expenses of public officers, employ-
ees and other authorized people in government.
The commission is waiting to act until city attorney
Ricinda Perry reviews the policy.
* Approved payment of an invoice from M.T. Caus-
ley for $5,281.26 for building department services from
July 14-July 25.
* Approved an invoice from J&H Diesel for $1,069
for drive shaft repairs to the sanitation truck.
* Approved an invoice from Perry for $3,454 in
legal services in July, including work on a board of
adjustment case, the city's debris management plan,
The Islander vs. Chappie case, code issues and a parks
and recreation ordinance.
* Approved an invoice from Ralf Brookes for
$1,115.83 in legal fees, including work on the Gulf
Drive intersection expansion, land-development code
questions, city commission meeting preparation and
the business tax ordinance.
* Approved, on second and final reading, an ordi-
nance changing the name of the occupational license to
business tax. The ordinance makes a change mandated
by the state.
The next commission meeting will be at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 4 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Anna Maria City
* Aug. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Sept. 2, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board
* Sept. 8, 6 p.m., transportation enhancement
grant committee meeting.
* Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m., city commission hearing on
* Sept. 11, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
* Sept. 16, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board
* Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m., city commission final hear-
ing on budget.
* Sept. 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
* Aug. 27, 6 p.m., board of adjustment hearing on
a building official challenge.
* Sept. 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Sept. 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m., city commission hearing on
the 2008-09 budget.
* Sept. 9, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
* Sept. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
* Sept. 23, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Aug. 27, 4:30 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue
District facilities review committee meeting.
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900, www.wmfr.org.
* Sept. 1, government offices, including the Is-
land city halls, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, for
Labor Day. Garbage and recycling collection in Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach will take place on Saturday,
Aug. 30, not Sept. 1.
* Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Sept. 18, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900, www.wmfr.org.
at least one toilet. Boats with toilets must also carryg
a Coast Guard-certified marine sanitation device that
can be connected to a government-approved pump-out
Waste from the toilets cannot be flushed within 9
miles of the shore, according to the Coast Guard.
To check for proper handling of waste on a boat, the
Coast Guard uses dye pellets, which are dropped into
toilets that are then flushed. If dye shows up in the water
outside the boat, the Coast Guard has found a problem
that can result in a fine of $375 for first-time offend-
ers. Second-time offenders can face a $1,125 fine and
third-time offenders can be hit with a $2,250 fine.
The Coast Guard did not issue any citations Aug.
13, but plans to continue monitoring local waters for
Bradenton Beach police also have plans to monitor
However, Speciale said his officers need more regu-
lations at the municipal level and, he said, the city should
consider providing a dumping station for boaters.
Facilities for disposing of waste exist at the pri-
PLEASE SEE MOORING, NEXT PAGE
City considers dumping
station, mooring regs
4 0 AUG. 27, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
scallops in bay
By Lisa Neff
Census takers headed out early Aug. 23 to conduct
a population count.
They went from sector to sector on Sarasota Bay,
not door to door.
The counters were volunteers with the Sarasota Bay
Great Scallop Search - and they found 826 scallops,
considered the bay equivalent of the canary in a coal
mine, because when water quality declines, so does the
Florida's onshore human population has boomed
in recent decades, but during the same period the
shallow water populations of scallops declined -
Scallops and other edible seafood were once so
abundant in the waters of Cortez, the area was called
The problem - the decline of the small shellfish
- was not confined to the area off Cortez - Sarasota
Bay saw a severe drop in its scallop population, as did
Mooring field plan moves forward
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
vately-owned Bradenton Beach Marina, but Speciale
said the city, as it works to increase and manage boaters
in the area, needs to offer its own service.
Special suggested that when the city replaces its
dinghy dock to the south of the pier, a connection could
be made to a sanitation line.
"What would it cost to put a dumping station in
there?" he said. "If we are going to do this mooring
area, we should have our own.... I'd rather see us be
Lisa Marie Phillips, the city's project and program
manager, said the consulting firm overseeing the cre-
ation of a recreational boating plan will look at the
She added that the city might apply for a grant to
pay for a dumping station.
"There is money out there for the stations - the
Clean Marina Program," Phillips said.
In the meantime, Speciale suggested the city con-
sider adopting a mooring ordinance so city officers
could better police the area.
"Until we get the harbor master plan, it's a good
idea," the chief said.
Special and city attorney Ricinda Perry are review-
ing Longboat Key's mooring ordinance for ideas.
Special said he specifically wants interim rules
regarding the dumping of waste and the tying of boats
to the pier dock.
"I'd like to get something in place with teeth," he
said. "Right now, we are riding on state statute, and
what we did with the Coast Guard was federal."
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The scallop population decline became so exten-
sive that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission closed the state to all commercial fishing
for bay scallops and severely restricted recreational
During the scallop search Aug. 23, volunteers
hunted but certainly did not harvest.
"We are going to use the numbers as a health mea-
surement tool," said Peter Clark, director of Tampa Bay
Watch, which has conducted a scallop hunt annually for
about 15 years.
The event was coordinated by Sarasota Bay Watch
Inc., with the participation of other groups and agen-
cies, including Tampa Bay Watch, Sarasota Bay Estuary
Program, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission and Solutions to
Avoid Red Tide.
SBW is a non-profit group founded by Rusty Chin-
nis, Ryan Denton, John Ryan and Sandy Gilbert, who
serve on the board of directors along with Lowe Morri-
son, charter fishing captain Jonnie Walker and Charlotte
SBW launched earlier this summer as a group
dedicated to preserving and restoring the bay's eco-
system, and the Sarasota Bay Great Scallop Search is
the group's inaugural event.
How to get involved
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non-profit organization committed to preserving
and restoring Sarasota Bay's ecosystem through
community education and citizen participation. To
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Jo and Jonnie Walker head out to search for scallops
near Whale Key in Sarasota Bay.
"I like to think of us as the detectives on the bay,"
said Walker as he navigated his boat, Bay Walker,
toward Whale Key, where he and his wife, Jo, dived in
wearing masks and snorkels. He likened Sarasota Bay
Watch to CrimeStoppers on the water, a group that can
monitor the health of the bay, but also keep watch for
The Walkers joined dozens of others Saturday
morning for a meeting at Sarasota's Ken Thompson
Park on Lido Shores near Mote, and then an adventure
on the water.
Dark clouds loomed and heavy rain occasionally
pelted boaters and divers as they searched in the shal-
lows on seagrass beds for scallops.
The weather created murky waters, impairing vis-
ibility and requiring divers to rely more on touch than
"We're using the Braille technique," Clark said.
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Scallops found in local bays
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When they reached Whale Key off Longboat Key,
and later a sandbar that jetted far out into the bay, the
Walkers climbed from their Chris-Craft boat into the
"The water's about 88 this time of year," said
Jonnie Walker, who has been a charter captain about
But the bay felt cold to Jo Walker. She shivered.
Together they searched for scallops on the south
side of Whale Key.
"I'd love to see scallops here," Jo Walker said.
"They've got purple eyes."
But when Jonnie Walker emerged from the water,
he announced, "Not a one."
After searching the water on the north side of the
key, he reported finding several starfish, but no scal-
The search near the sandbar was hastened as
thunder rumbled over the Gulf and thick rain clouds
While the Walkers didn't find any scallops, a
number of other divers did come across live scal-
lops, including one party that found 260 scallops near
The number of scallops counted in Sarasota Bay on
Aug. 23 exceeded 622, the number counted in Tampa
Bay a week earlier. But Clark emphasized that the scal-
lop hunts are not contests.
"It's fun and it's exciting and we'll be able to use
these numbers to track back. We've had years when
there were zero counts in Tampa Bay."
"We're going to make this an annual event," Chin-
nis said. "It's going to take a concerted effort over years
to make a difference."
Another group, SBEP's Bay Buddies, had planned
to go snorkeling in the grass flats by Cortez as part of
The group decided not to participate due to "uncer-
tain weather conditions," according to an announce-
ment Aug. 22 from SBEP
The Bay Buddies and Boys and Girls Clubs of
Manatee County had provided hope for the hunt-
ers. In July 2007, the groups were cleaning up at
Emerson Point and discovered many scallops. What
began as a cleanup effort became a significant
finding for area researchers and scientists - the
discovery of the largest scallop population in the
region in 25 years.
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Each boat in the Sarasota Bay Great Scallop Search
was equipped with poles to test water depth and a
bucket with buoys to search for scallops.
Peter Clark of Tampa Bay Watch talks to the scallop
hunters about the science behind the scallop search
in Sarasota Bay.
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Fall sneaks up,
summer heat continues
It seemed just yesterday, with tourism numbers
up and spending seemingly down, we were won-
dering how Anna Maria Island merchants would
Yet here it is, Labor Day weekend coming, and
the signal - along with school starting - of the
end of summer. The unofficial end of summer ....
The fall equinox, the day when the amount of
daylight and night are each 12 hours, doesn't come
until Sept. 21.
Yankees might recall Labor Day as the weekend
that farm kids quit working in the field and took
back up the books. The corn (name your crop) was
harvested, or about to be, and there was school to
keep the kids busy - and educated - for nine
months to come.
The annual holiday - officially celebrated in
the United States and Canada - is devoted to work-
ers and their contribution to our lives and society.
Labor Day mirrors for workers the recognition
of military veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans
Day. Our past presidents on Presidents Day. We
honor many on certain days, and honors often come
with speeches, parades, rallies and dedications.
Here, it's a day off from work for some labor-
ers, most government offices and schools and busi-
nesses - but not the tourism business. That should
Some businesses, such as ours, operate with
limited staff, hoping to give as many employees as
possible a day without labor - unless you consider
the work involved in hauling equipment and kids to
the beach, loading the boat with coolers and gear,
firing up the barbecue and burning meat, or cleaning
the gutters on the house, finishing piles of laundry,
or getting ready for the next yard sale.
It's a national holiday.
The Summer Olympics are over and the games,
er, national political conventions and football,
are just arriving, like fall leaves on the northeast
Celebrate your way. Keep cool. Summer's hot
temps and fast, incoming storms won't end anytime
And, please, visit The Islander online edition for
the local Aug. 26 primary election results (posted
that night) and "the rest of the best news."
Stormwater fee or tax
in Anna Maria City?
Recently the homeowners of Anna Maria got a sur-
prise preliminary bill for a new "fee" from a new utility
for stormwater abatement maintenance.
The justification for the fee is continued funding
of maintenance of the stormwater system. Maintenance
of our public works is a good idea, but this method of
funding is a bad idea.
Don't work harder, work smarter: Every time you
communicate, bill and collect, it costs money for the
city and the taxpayer. The city doesn't accept automatic
payments or take the funds via Internet, so homeowners
will have to write another check. Bad idea.
Don't let separate billing do your accounting.
The "Christmas Club" approach is not effective. As a
retired certified public accountant, I assure you creat-
ing new entities to handle different functions is a bad
If the camel gets his nose in the tent, his body will
soon follow. The city's approach opens the door for
creative thinking for the future. Are we going to have
a fee for bridge maintenance, storm preparation, turtle
alerts? Opening the door to new fees is a bad idea.
It walks like a duck, quacks like a duck.... Don't
let the term "fee" fool you. This is a tax increase.
Our city can cut expenses or find other ways to raise
money. Calling it a fee to make it appear as if it is not
an increase in taxes is a bad idea.
I know the mayor and commissioners worked hard
to come up with their plan, but a new utility is a bad
Wake up Anna Maria, keep it simple and keep
stormwater maintenance in the general city budget.
Alice Newlon, Anna Maria
Our Island has a number of nonprofit organizations.
Each of these serves a different function, none of them
any less important than the other.
When the members of our local community come
out in mass to support these organizations, it shows
that we truly are a community working together for a
Such was the case with the Island Blood Drive.
Whether you showed up to work as a volunteer,
gave blood, donated food or money, each one of you
deserves a huge thank you.
It doesn't matter which organization you chose to
support, the fact that you helped on those days means
your heart is in the right place.
We, the members of the West Manatee Fire Rescue
Auxiliary, appreciate all of our friends and support-
Pat Gentry, Bradenton Beach, WMFRA member
The Island Players was saddened to learn of the
Aug. 16 death of Erskine Calderon.
He was an outstanding volunteer for Island Players
and a marvelous craftsman who helped build sets for
the theater's productions. He will be sorely missed and
long remembered by all who knew him.
Peg Faarup, Holmes Beach, Island Players board
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Former Anna Maria Elementary School teacher Elizabeth Moss takes fourth-grade students on afield trip to
Kiwanis Hall in Bradenton to square dance. Moss taught during the 1950s and is now seeking to reunite with
former students. ., 'in ii with Moss are, left to right, Larry Skidmore, Butch Ruppenthal, Lynn Gabert, George
Tyson, Janice Haverkos, Mary Alice Jones, Gary Wagner and Joan Gunther. Islander Photo: Courtesy John
AME 1950s alumni sought for reunion
Students who attended Anna Maria Elementary
School between 1953 and 1955 are being sought to
attend a reunion picnic with former teacher Elizabeth
Moss taught second-, third- and fourth-grades at
AME and has expressed an interest in reuniting with
her students. "I had so much fun teaching in those
years," said Moss. "We would do our lessons in the
morning and in the afternoon the children would
square dance, learn Spanish, take walks or go on field
Longtime Islanders Joan Gunther Pettigrew and
Christine Torgeson Shaw have taken up the task of find-
"We're hoping that if you were part of those Anna
Maria Elementary classes in the mid-50s, or if you
know of someone who was, we can get in touch, get
together and reminisce about the old days," said Pet-
A picnic reunion is planned for Sunday, Nov. 2. For
more information, e-mail Shaw at ShaZandt@aol.com
or Pettigrew at JoPett@aol.com.
In the Aug. 26, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Island businessman Dale Marler of Holmes Beach was
arrested on federal drug charges following a ki ngIlh investi-
gation by federal agents, Holmes Beach police and Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputies. Marler was charged with
intent to distribute both marijuana and cocaine.
* A contingent of Holmes Beach officials along
with grant-writer Jaime Doubek of the Sarasota Bay
National Estuary Program left for Tallahassee to make
a presentation before the Florida Communities Trust for
a grant of $715,350 to purchase the Grassy Point area
of Holmes Beach for wetlands preservation.
* Members of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
accused owners of the Coconuts Beach Resort in
Holmes Beach of killing 96 baby turtles after they found
the newborn hatchlings headed toward the bright lights
of the resort near their nest, rather than the horizon of
the Gulf of Mexico. The remains of the baby turtles
were discovered in the pool area of the resort.
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Cortez motorists who have had to detour around
127th Street because of construction on the humpback
bridge should be celebrating in a few weeks.
The bridge is on schedule for completion by Aug.
30, and should reopen the first week of September, said
Norm Burke, the man behind the privately financed
"Thankfully, the rain hasn't hurt us," said Burke,
who is also building the Bradenton Boat Club marina
a few hundred yards east of the bridge.
Burke needed the bridge a few feet higher to allow
clearance for the large boats that plan to use the marina
to access the open bay waters.
The Florida Department of Transportation had
plans to remodel the bridge, but not for a few years.
Rather than wait on the DOT, Burke offered to finance
the $18 million project - and await DOT reimburse-
ment in a future budget - if he could raise the height a
few feet. The DOT jumped at the offer and construction
began in late May.
At the same time as the bridge reopens, Burke said
the marina should be completed and ready to accom-
modate boats a few weeks later.
"That's also on schedule," Burke said of the
232-boat dry storage facility and 10 wet slips.
The bridge span will be 10 feet, 4 inches, above
high mean water, Burke said, which should permit pas-
sage of any boat that can be accommodated by the BBC
BBC's 10 wet slips are designed for power craft
up to 35 feet long, while dry slips can accommodate a
boat up to 40 feet in length, he said. Sailboat operators
will have to lower their mast to reach the marina.
Burke said pre-construction sales at the BBC have
been good, with about 100 advance reservations.
Even in a down economy, Burke wasn't surprised
at the brisk sales. "People with an investment in a boat
want to protect it. It's a need, not just a want," he said.
Once the marina is operational, it will have a staff
of six full-time employees, with Alan Goddard as oper-
ations manager, said Burke.
BBC is on the site of the old C&C Marina on the
north side of Cortez Road. The club sits on 4.78 acres,
including a lagoon and adjacent underwater land.
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Work begins to extend turn lane
The Florida Department of Transportation began
work last week to extend the southbound left-turn lane
along the beach at Gulf Drive and Cortez Road.
Bradenton Beach and Florida Department of Trans-
portation officials want to extend the turn lane before
the Anna Maria Island Bridge closes Sept. 29.
When the AMI Bridge on Manatee Avenue/State
Road 64 is closed for 45 days for a major rehab, the
Island will be accessible by two bridges - the Long-
boat Key Bridge and the bridge on Cortez Road.
Most traffic is expected to travel the Cortez Road
Bridge, putting a lot of activity into what city and state
officials have long said is a problem intersection -
Gulf Drive at Cortez Road.
Earlier this spring, representatives from Bradenton Beach
and the DOT agreed that the southbound turn lane should be
lengthened by about 750 feet, at least temporarily.
In addition to extending the turn lane, the DOT
plans to widen Gulf Drive, at least temporarily, so
motorists traveling south into Bradenton Beach's cen-
tral corridor will move more quickly through the Cortez
The Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion has issued a permit allowing the DOT to remove
beach-quality sand along the shore of Gulf Drive that
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Labor Day brings
By Lisa Neff
Most government offices, including Island munici-
pal offices and post offices and schools, will close Sept.
1 for the Labor Day holiday.
Waste Management of Manatee County will adjust
its garbage and recycling schedule for the holiday, col-
lecting in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach on Saturday,
Aug. 30, instead of Monday.
Longboat Key's waste collection day also will be
Bradenton Beach will not alter its waste collection
schedule, which includes yard waste pick up on Mon-
In addition to changes in government schedules,
banks and some business offices will close for the holi-
day, but a random check of Island shops and restaurants
found many plan to be open.
Congress established Labor Day as a federal holi-
day in 1894.
History holds that a parade of 10,000 workers on
Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City was the first Labor Day
observance. By 1893, more than half the states were
observing a Labor Day holiday.
The Census Bureau reported that as of May, the
U.S. labor force included 154.5 million people, includ-
ing 7.7 million people working two jobs.
The median number of years a worker stays with
an employer is four. The median income for a full-time
male worker is $42,261 and $32,515 for a full-time
The hottest jobs in the country - fastest growing
jobs - are registered nursing and data communication
analysis, according to the Census Bureau.
The most current labor statistics for Anna Maria
Island are from 2000, when the Census Bureau reported
817 Anna Maria City residents in the labor force, 2,248
Holmes Beach residents and 754 Bradenton Beach res-
idents. About half the Island's residential population
over age 16 was employed.
The average Island worker traveled about 30 minutes
to work and the per capital income of Island residents
- excluding seasonal visitors - was about $27,000.
By Lisa Neff
TECO/Peoples Gas officials continue to wait for a
final agreement for the company to operate in Holmes
Beach due to the continuance of an Aug. 19 meeting.
City commissioners talked with representatives
during a meeting at city hall Aug. 12 and planned to
approve an agreement Aug. 19.
However, due to a lack of quorum, Commission
Chair Sandy Haas-Martens continued the matter to a
meeting Sept. 8. The disruption in the schedule was
due to the precautionary closure of city hall for Tropical
TECO/Peoples Gas is bringing a natural gas line
to the Island that will run along Manatee Avenue from
Bradenton and also connect through Bradenton Beach
with a line to Longboat Key.
The company plans to serve customers in Holmes
Beach and Bradenton Beach. Presently, company officials
said the plan is to serve commercial customers, but the
service likely will be extended to residential customers.
A draft agreement for the franchise operation
between Holmes Beach and the company calls for a
15-year contract, with the city receiving a fee of 6 per-
cent of the locally generated revenue.
Company officials estimated that initially the rev-
enue to the city would be about $6,000 a year based on
the company securing 25 commercial accounts.
TECO/Peoples Gas already installed part of its gas
line in Bradenton Beach, but stopped work pending
approval of the agreement in Holmes Beach. Braden-
ton Beach commissioners in early August authorized
TECO/Peoples Gas to continue any work needed in that
The next commission meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept.
8 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. The meeting will take
place on a Monday rather than the regular Tuesday to
avoid a conflict with a school district hearing.
Anthony 'Tony' J. Conboy
Anthony "Tony" J. Conboy, 82, of Bradenton, died
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Conboy moved to Bra-
denton in 1970 from Floral Park, N.Y. He served in the
U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He attended
Saints Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church. He
was a retired sports writer with the Bradenton Herald,
retired New York City firefighter and retired from Man-
atee County Tax Collectors Office. He was a member
of Village Green Golf Club.
Memorial visitation will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a
memorial service to follow at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.
27 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd
St. Chapel, 604 43rd St. W. , Bradenton. Memorial
contributions may be made to Athletes in Christ, PO.
Box 20771, Bradenton FL 34204, or online at www.
athletesinchrist.org. Online condolences may be made
to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. Brown & Sons
Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Carol; daughter, Kellie and
husband Chris Galati of Holmes Beach; sons Tony
Conboy III of Bradenton and Chris and wife Melissa
Conboy of Palmetto; four grandchildren, Christopher
Galati, Anna Maria Galati, Chloe Conboy and Chris-
Mabel V. Riedel
Mabel V. Riedel, 94, of Bradenton, died Aug. 17.
Born in Hamburg, Penn., Mrs. Riedel moved to
Bradenton in 1987 from Grosse Pointe, Mich. She was
a graduate of Wayne State University and a proofreader
for the Detroit News. She and her husband, John, were
avid boaters and members of the Monroe Boat Club
and active members of the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation for many years. She also was a member
of Episcopal Church Women.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 30, with a reception following at the Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Inter-
ment will be in the church memorial garden. Memo-
rial contributions may be made to TideWell Hospice &
Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Arrangements are by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
Survivors include two brothers, Paul Heisler and Lee
F. Heisler; and sister Helen Heisler-Huet.
Molly Diane Schambers
Molly Diane Schambers, 80, died July 24. She was
born in Wyandotte, Mich.
Mrs. Schambers was a
licensed practical nurse at Eloise
and Wayne County general hos-
pitals. She married, established
a home, and raised her family in
WA.Land, Mich., until retiring to
Anna Maria in 1992.
A memorial service was held
Aug. 23, 2008 at the chapel of
Molly Schambers Roser Memorial Community
Church, Anna Maria. Memo-
rial contributions on behalf of Mrs. Schambers may
be made to Roser Church, PO. Box 247, Anna Maria
FL 34216, or TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care-
Bradenton, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Molly is survived by daughter Tina Bauer and hus-
band Craig of Rochester, Mich.
Holmes Beach woman
arrested for shoplifting
By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
Bradenton Police arrested Patrizia Storelli, 47, of
Holmes Beach, for shoplifting at a Bradenton store.
According to the arrest report, Storelli entered the
Wal-Mart store at 5315 Cortez Road W., Bradenton,
Aug. 19. She proceeded through the store selecting
miscellaneous items. She concealed the items in her
purse and exited the store past all points of sale.
She was stopped outside by the store's loss-preven-
tion personnel and brought back into the store, where
she was held awaiting law enforcement.
The total amount of items taken was $27.46.
She was arrested and charged with theft by shop-
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By Lisa Neff
Kenny Chesney's been singing "Big Star" for a
couple of years.
And he's been a big star for more than a decade,
breaking through with a Billboard No. 1 in 1997.
Now the country music hero hopes to find the next
big star - and a son of Cortez is in the running.
Eric von Hahmann, 22, who was born and raised
in Cortez and now lives in Orlando, has advanced in
Chesney's Next Big Star Contest and will open for
Chesney at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 29.
Von Hahmann says he's been singing since he was
3 years old, playing the guitar since he was 12 and
performing professionally since he was 14.
" I write my own music and lyrics and, being born in
Cortez on the edge of the beach, I infuse my down-home
country-western tunes with an island flavor," he says.
Islanders may have seen von Hahmann, the son
of Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann
and husband Rocky, perform at local clubs or festivals,
including the annual Cortez Fishing Festival.
When Chesney kicked off his Poets and Pirates tour
in April, he announced that 33 stadium shows would
feature a battle of the bands contest to determine the
hometown act to open each concert.
"People told me I was crazy and, logistically, it's
taken a whole lot of people to sort out just how to do it
... to be fair and to find local bands all over America who
deserve the shot," Chesney said in a press statement.
Von Hahmann won the battle to play in Tampa and
he is now in the pool to win a grand prize - to tour
with Chesney on his last three shows this fall, to win
$25,000 and to audition with Sony BMG Records in
In advance of the concert, The Islander asked von
Hahmann a few questions about performing and star-
dom, and country versus rock.
The Islander: What do you think won you the
chance to open for Kenny ( iit ',ty?
Eric von Hahmann: I'm not totally sure about that
one, could have been my music or my style. I have been
told that I have good stage presence. I do feel honored
to have won, because I do know that I shared that stage
with some very talented performers that night at the
I do know that I was very determined, this is some-
thing that I really wanted. It is an unbelievable and
The Islander: Who will be in the audience for you
at the concert?
EV: So many people I have almost lost count. Let's
see - my mom and dad, both of my brothers and their
girlfriends, and pretty much most of family, most of my
friends. And a lot of fans - I have some real dedicated
The Islander: Have you ever played a show so big?
EV: No, I have played in front of a thousand or
so, but never anywhere close to 20,000. I could get used
The Islander: What do you plan to sing?
EV: Well, for sure my signature song "Redneck
Heart," and then I figure I will do "The Wind is Dancing
with the Rain," "Last Call for Alcohol" and "Headed
Home," which is another signature song that I like to
end my shows with.
The Islander: If you sang with ( I it ity, what song
would you want to sing?
EV: Any song. I cannot think of a song of Kenny's
that I don't like. I guess my favorite one or two if I had
to choose would be "When the Sun Goes Down" or
"She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy."
The Islander: You started singing at 3? Do you
recall a first song and a first audience?
EV: My first real audience was at St. Joseph's Cath-
olic school, when I was in the talent show, and I sang
"Yesterday" by the Beatles. I believe that it was in the
The Islander: Describe your music style?
EV: Country music infused with an island flavor -
maybe kind of a Jimmy Buffett meets Brad Paisley, or
maybe kind of like, oh I don't know, Kenny Chesney.
The Islander: Do you like Facebook or MySpace?
EV: I do have a MySpace page - a person that
Musician Eric von Hahmann grew up in Cortez.
On the Web
Go to www.youtube.com/
watch?v=A8AWEHRdErc to see a video of Eric
von Hahmann winning the Next Big Star Con-
test and a place on stage at the upcoming Kenny
Chesney concert in Tampa.
To read more about von Hahmann, visit www.
is in this kind of business can really get some great
exposure on there. Seriously, look at how many people
are on MySpace everyday.
The Islander: Ten years from now, where would
you like to be playing? And who would you like to be
EV: Wow, what a question. Well, I would like to
be touring across the United States. And with who?
Well, that is a tough one also - Jimmy Buffett, Kenny
Chesney, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, those are just
a few entertainers who I admire and listen to personally.
The list just goes on from there.
The Islander: What would be better - to become
a rock 'n' roll star or a country-western star?
EV: A country-western star with no doubt, country-
western stars last forever - country music never dies,
it just moves on from generation to generation.
Man arrested for burglary,
A man who told Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputies he had been out of work for a month was
arrested in Anna Maria at about 1:15 p.m. Aug. 22 for
burglary, attempted burglary and resisting arrest with-
A sheriff's office report said Zachary James Provin,
26, of the 7100 block of Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
was at a residence on South Bay Boulevard in Anna
Maria when a homeowner called the sheriff's office to
report a suspicious person.
Provin told the MSCO deputy who responded that
he was having car trouble, while the property owner
said he wanted Provin to leave. The deputy then gave
Provin's car a jump start and they left.
About two hours later, a resident of Elm Avenue
called law enforcement, saying Provin had entered her
residence. She said Provin had been walking around
several houses in the neighborhood.
When the deputy who had helped Provin with his car
arrived on Elm, he observed MSCO Sgt. John Kenney
attempting to handcuff Provin. He also observed a plas-
tic bag containing $380, a pack of cigarettes, a small
flashlight and a lighter.
Provin told the deputy he was with two other people
in the residence at 111 Elm Ave. After receiving no
answer at the door, MCSO deputies forced entry, but
no one was found inside.
Provin was arrested and his car was towed.
Group details plans for artsHop
By Dantia Gould
Special to The Islander
Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island last
week officially unveiled its new rack card and plans
for its first artsHOP weekend.
The group, gathering at the Studio at Gulf and Pine
in Anna Maria Aug. 21, welcomed several elected offi-
cials, including Manatee County Commissioner Carol
Whitmore, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
and Holmes Beach City Commission Chair Sandy
Joan Voyles of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria
Island, who conceived the idea that became Cultural
Connections with Joyce Karp of the Anna Maria Island
Art League, said Cultural Connections was initiated to
see what value could be added if the various local arts
organizations worked together.
"We need to package ourselves," she said. "We
need the beach, but we need more than that. Singly, we
were invisible ... together we are visible."
"Our Island arts have been a hidden secret,"
Joan Voyles of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island
talks to interested artists and art contributors about
the Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island, an
arts coalition, last week. Islander Photo:
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Aug. 16, Chilson Avenue, theft. The complainant
said someone broke into his vehicles and took an esti-
Aug 16, 100 block Seventh Street North, traffic,
drugs. Officers stopped a car after it was determined it
displayed the wrong license tag. A search of the vehicle
uncovered prescription drugs not assigned to the driver,
Donald Otto Martin, 51, of Bradenton Beach. He was
Aug. 15, 5600 block Guava Lane, burglary. The
complainant said someone ransacked his vehicle, but
nothing appeared to be missing.
Aug. 15, 200 block 54th Street, burglary The com-
plainant said someone ransacked her vehicle, but noth-
ing appeared to be missing.
Aug. 15, 6600 Gulf Drive, Resort 66, trespass. Offi-
cers issued a juvenile a trespass warning after several
youths were found in the pool by the resort's security
Aug. 17, 600 block Baronet Lane, suspicious. Offi-
cers responded to a complaint that someone tipped over
the portable toilet at the under-construction home, as
well as a complaint of cypress mulch dumped on the
hood of a neighbor's car.
Aug. 18,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
civil. The complainant told officers he saw a truck and
construction equipment he knew to be stolen at the
beach. But officers determined that neither the truck
nor the Bobcat equipment were listed as stolen, and
officers advised the complainant that the matter was a
civil, not criminal, matter.
Whitmore said. "There is more to the Island than the
She said other groups could become involved with
the local effort, including the Manatee County Tourist
Bohnenberger noted what the arts community has
achieved for Sarasota.
"Historically, people look at Sarasota as a cultural
destination," he said.
Cultural Connections "will reach out to others," the
The group's new rack card, which features a map of
member addresses, as well as information about mem-
bers, will be placed at various locations on the Island.
Cultural Connections' first major weekend, artsHop,
will take place Nov. 14-16, following the scheduled re-
opening of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
The weekend of events will showcase the found-
ing members of Cultural Connections, including 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 the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
The weekend will begin Nov. 14 with music and
open house celebrations at Island Gallery West, Anna
Maria Island Art League, Artists Guild Gallery, the
Studio and the Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Nov. 15-16 will feature an arts and crafts show to
benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden.
Additional Nov. 15 events include a "Meet the
Maestro" reception sponsored by AMICCO at the
Studio from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and an Island Players
performance at 8 p.m.
On Nov. 16, AMICCO will present its first concert
of the 2008-2009 season at the CrossPointe Fellowship
Church in Holmes Beach.
donor tests offered Saturday
Mark Mixon of Jim Mixon Insurance Inc. and his
girlfriend Cindy Dagher are looking for some pos-
sible donors for blood cancers, but particularly for a
bone marrow donor for Cindy's sister-in-law, Debbie
Debbie Dagher has been diagnosed with Acute
Myelogenous Leukemia and awaiting a transplant from
her listing on the national register for more than six
months. She's currently stable on chemotherapy.
Mixon and Cindy Dagher have arranged to take
test "swabs," a simple swipe in the mouth with a Q-tip,
from anyone willing to be tested at Mixon Insurance,
5412 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 11 a.m. to 3
p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30.
The testing could result in a donor for her or any
of the millions on donor lists nationwide. There is no
charge for participating in the test, although donations
will be appreciated. Donors must be ages 18-55 and in
For more information, call Mixon at 941-778-2253
or 941-773-6016, or Cindy Dagher at 941-779-0018.
Roser shop reopens
The Roser Memorial Community Church's thrift
shop will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 2, after a month's vaca-
The church's women's guild operates the store, 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
For more information, call the shop at
Anna Maria city commission
meets at 5 p.m.
The Anna Maria City Commission regular meet-
ing on Thursday, Aug. 28, will be held at 5 p.m. as
originally scheduled. The city had changed the time to
7 p.m., but has now determined the meeting will take
place at the originally scheduled time: 5 p.m.
For further information, call the Anna Maria City
Hall at 941-708-6130.
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Tome were the days
Part 4, the Saga of Anna Maria City
By June Alder
Wallace Tervin, who represented Manatee County
in the lower house of the state Legislature in the ses-
sion just ended, returned home Tuesday night. Not
as "Mr. Tervin, the member from Manatee County,"
but as county solicitor, the governor having appointed
him to that place before he left Tallahassee.
Discussing the work of the Legislature, Mr. Tervin
said that for the most part the men composing the
membership of the two houses were earnest in their
efforts. He said south Florida would be benefited by
the proposed reapportionment of representation in the
Legislature. He said he was favorable to the Legis-
lature's act providing against inheritance or income
taxes as state levies in Florida.
The member from Manatee secured passage of
many acts of a local nature, including the amended
Bradentown charter, permission to the board of county
commissioners to issue time warrants not to exceed
$35,000 for purchase of road building machinery;
the right to levy a higher county tax for publicity
purposes; also for the support of the agricultural and
home demonstration work; acts enabling the people
of the Bradentown and Palmetto districts to vote upon
no-fence laws for their respective districts.
The Evening Herald, April 29, 1923
* The Bradentown newspaper's list of Rep. Tervin's
legislative accomplishments in behalf of Manatee
County did not include approval of a new municipal-
ity on Anna Maria Island.
It wasn't Tervin's fault. He'd been working
hard since February 1923 to bring into being a town
encompassing most of the seven-mile-long island.
The charter he drafted was approved enthusiastically
by the locals on March 13, 1923, and Tervin was con-
fident of the Legislature's blessing.
But as the final days of the 1923 session
approached, Tervin got a wire from Anna Maria. A
hitch had developed. Objections were being raised to
the proposed boundaries of the town. A public meet-
ing was to be held on April 10, 1923, to deal with the
Tervin must have been annoyed. A major last-
minute change in the charter could mean putting off
its approval until the next year. Worse, a divisive fight
on the local level might wreck the whole incorpora-
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Still standing on the northwest
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avenues, this is thought to
be the first dwelling to go
up in the Anna Maria Beach
Resort, probably in 1910.
Called "Pioneer Cottage,"
it was occupied by developer
George W. Bean for a time.
By the early 1920s, the C. W.
Bonhams (at left chatting with
friends) owned it. When Anna
Maria was incorporated,
Bonham was temporary town
clerk and later the first vice
mayor. Below: Pioneer Cot-
tage today. Islander Photo:
tion plan entirely. Tervin didn't have time to get back
to Anna Maria for the April 10 meeting, but no doubt
he awaited the outcome anxiously.
That night Mayor Pro Tem Sam Davis stepped
down from the chair so he could participate freely
in the discussion. A special chairman was "chosen"
(we don't know how) to take his place. He was J.G.
"Jim" Whitehead, whose name shows up on a 1910
plat of the Samuel C. Cobb subdivision as owner of
a citrus grove at the corner of Sapadilla and Avocado
streets (present-day 56th Street and Marina Drive).
We only have sketchy minutes to go by - Town
Clerk Pro Tem C. W. Bonham did not see fit to record
how many people were present or who said what -
but the meeting must have been a tense one.
The charter submitted to the Legislature described
a town stretching from the north tip of the Island
down nearly four miles to what is now the Holmes
Beach business district. What opponents wanted
was to cut the territory back to the old Anna Maria
Beach boundaries. Presumably residents to the south
weren't willing to pay taxes to maintain the rundown
resort. Or possibly it was vice versa - some Anna
Marians were unenthusiastic about throwing in with
their southern neighbors.
Wrote Clerk Bonham: "After discussing the
above topic a motion made by U.J. Mashburn, sec-
onded by Mr. Schwartz [I have been unable to iden-
tify these two men] that we reduce the territory from
the south line of the S. Cobb place to include the orig-
inal holdings of the Anna Maria Beach Company."
Following this, Bonham noted, "Motion lost."
There was one more matter: "Motion by S.N.
Davis, seconded by W.M. Davis [temporary vice
mayor] that the attorney be wired to carry out the
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ried. Motion to adjourn. Motion carried."
Though the Evening Herald took no note of it,
evidently the charter was granted before the gavel fell,
sending the solons home. For after a gap of 10 weeks,
the three-man board of commissioners of the town of
Anna Maria convened on June 20, 1923, to authorize
Bonham to "get a list of the necessary Books and
Blanks to start the Records and Accounts of the Town
of Anna Maria."
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her history column and other
annotated works for The
Islander in 1993.
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5:30p.m. -Teen movie night at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Thursday, Aug. 28
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - The Longboat Key, Lido
Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce "Nooner" at
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 2001 Siesta Drive, No. 101,
Sarasota. Information: 941-383-2466. Fee applies.
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working event at Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-798-8122. Fee applies.
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Saturday, Aug. 30
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:
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8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Rummage sale to benefit the
West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary at the firehouse,
201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Monday, Sept. 1
Today is Labor Day.
Tuesday, Sept. 2
10 a.m. - Family story time at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
for lunch and a program about Sarasota Jungle Gar-
dens with Chris Costanco and Joan Brannan at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.
Wednesday, Sept. 3
7 p.m. - Seminar with Dr. Pat Gilbert on harm-
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* Antique summer fashion display Tuesdays
through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Anna
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* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., play-
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* The first and third Mondays monthly, the American
Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts din-
ners for the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.
* Sept. 4, volunteer meet and greet at Robinson
* Sept. 5-6, Gullett Invitational Fishing Contest spon-
sored by the Star Fish Company and The Islander.
* Sept. 6, Bay Wise kayak tour to Robinson Pre-
* Sept. 6, Wild Kids Weekend "Animal Olympics"
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* Sept. 7, Red tide seminar at New College.
* Sept. 8, seminar on nautical knots at the Anna
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Joint board meeting in Anna Maria reviews ROR issues
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's city commission and planning and
zoning board held a joint workshop Aug. 21 to discuss a
number of long-standing issues related to development
in the city's retail-office-residential district.
The joint meeting delved into issues for the ROR
area of Pine Avenue presented by city planner Alan
Garrett related to use regulations and lot, yard, bulk
and parking regulations.
The commission-P&Z consensus on the first two
questions presented by Garrett was that the city should
not require a mix of commercial and residential uses in
the ROR, and that a commercial use in the district should
not be required to have an upper-level residence.
Commissioners and board members also agreed
that the tenant of the upper-story residential unit did
not have to be the owner of the property.
For residential parking, the consensus was to allow
tandem parking (one car behind another) in the ROR.
A major sticking point for development in the dis-
trict was possibly resolved when the joint session gave
consensus that a property owner in ROR does not need
7,500 square feet to build an upper-story residential
unit. At present, a retail-office structure needs only a
5,000-square-foot lot for its construction, but adding
a residential unit requires a 7,500-square-foot lot,
according to the comprehensive plan adopted earlier
"It's a fairness issue," said Commissioner Dale
"People who have purchased 5,000-foot lots should
be allowed to develop them and not be forced to buy
Agreed, said board member Randall Stover, recall-
ing the rush to build on 5,000-square-foot lots before
the comp-plan was adopted.
Although the P&Z board in February 2005 denied
a request to build a three-story residence on one of the
5,000- square-foot lots that comprised the former Island
Marine on Pine Avenue, a legal challenge resulted in
an opinion by city attorney Jim Dye that, despite being
non-conforming, they were "legal, platted lots," because
the city had accepted them. Therefore, residences could
be built on them, he said in March 2005.
Dye reminded board members and commissioners
of his opinion, noting that the ordinance is "confus-
A change to the ordinance should clear up the con-
fusion, Garrett said.
In other matters, board members and commission-
ers agreed that landscaping requirements for a project
should be determined on a case-by-case basis, accord-
ing to the site plan presented.
For parking in the ROR, the joint session consensus
was that the regulations should say the front yard "can"
be used for parking, rather than "must be" used for
parking. Parking also would be angled in the direction
of the traffic flow.
The commissioners and board members also agreed
that the city should match zoning in the city with the
future land-use map recently adopted by the city as
part of the comprehensive plan. Presently, zoning is
only changed to agree with the FLUM upon request of
a property owner.
Commission Chairman John Quam said the next
step is for the commission to authorize the mayor to
begin preparing the necessary ordinances and then for-
ward them to the P&Z board for review and a recom-
Quam said he would put authorization on the com-
mission's Aug. 28 meeting agenda.
The P&Z board will hold public hearings on any
new ordinances or amendments related to the land-use
changes, as will the city commission.
Anna Maria: slim turnout for next stormwater phase
By Rick Catlin
Few Anna Maria residents showed up for an Aug.
18 workshop to hear details of Phase 2 of the city's
master stormwater drainage plan, but Commissioner
Dale Woodland said some absences might have been
due to the threat of Tropical Storm Fay.
Woodland, one of the leaders of development of
the master stormwater drainage plan and working with
the Southwest Florida Water Management District for
funding, added that there will be other opportunities to
discuss Phase 2 before its planned 2009 start date.
Phase 2 will involve two stormwater drainage
basins: basin A in the Jacaranda Drive-North Shore
Drive area, and basin B on South Bay Boulevard.
The goal of the project is to reduce flooding in the
basins and improve water quality before it is discharged
into Tampa Bay, Woodland said.
Cost of the project is estimated at $705,000, partly
funded by a Swiftmud matching grant of $302,500.
Phase 1 of the master plan, which is under way, is
funded under the same Swiftmud program.
Woodland said the plan is to have the project bid
and under contract by Dec. 31. He said there will be
at least one more public meeting to discuss the project
before the bid process begins.
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away" at some point in the future. The fee will not end
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Republican Party Chairperson Kiihk.>. n King has been
elected to represent the 13th Congressional District at
the Republican National Convention.
The GOP gathering will take place from Sept. 1-4
in St. Paul/Minneapolis.
Eight Floridians were elected by the Florida del-
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King will serve on the committee on resolutions,
more commonly known as the platform committee.
She also serves as the 13th Congressional District
caucus chairman and co-chair of the Manatee County
campaign for John McCain.
She is a member of the Republican Party of Florida
State Executive Committee, as well as the constitution
and rules committee, grants committee and women's
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Commissioner Woodland said the fee is designed to
"create a continuing, dedicated funding source to meet
the city's stormwater infrastructure" needs.
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Receptive Pine Avenue restoration
By Rick Catlin
Mike Coleman and Ed Chiles of Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC are wasting little time in keeping
their pledge to develop projects along Anna Maria's
historic Pine Avenue that will preserve the older
homes on that street, while adding new structures that
capture the essence of "old Florida."
The two introduced their latest project during
a neighborhood meeting Aug. 19 and found a warm
Plans call for development of the three lots encom-
passing 503 Pine Ave. into the "Cozy Corner" retail-
office-residential complex. "Cozy Corner" is the name
given the property many years ago, Coleman said, and
the company plans to retain the name and image.
By building a complex around the present structure
that was built decades ago, "This project will help keep
the 'look and feel' of old Florida on Pine Avenue," he
A walkway and courtyard will be built around the
present structure, which will become a small retail
At the rear of the property, four additional retail
shops with three residential units on the second floor
Two residences will have 1,368 square feet of
living space, while the other will have 1,248, Cole-
man said. The retail outlets are designed for one or two
employees, and the project is configured for 23 parking
With limited parking, Coleman said he "doubted
that a restaurant could meet the city's parking require-
Sissy Quinn of the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society said she was excited about the project. "I'm
just happy to see that these homes don't get ripped
Neighbors of the project expressed similar views.
"I think it's just wonderful that people are trying to
preserve the older buildings," said Mady Iseman.
Coleman was pleased with the meeting attendance,
despite the weather.
"I was really happy with the turnout and we plan
to do more of these in the future," he said.
"It was a good conversation with the neighbors. I
was looking for input so I could respond in real time.
There were some good suggestions made," he said.
Coleman and Chiles started Pine Avenue Restora-
tion LLC in July 2007 to halt the spread of "mega-
mansions" being built on Pine Avenue. They were par-
ticularly concerned about the scale and modern style of
new homes built on the former Island Marine.
The two feared that attractive, original structures
dating back many years on Pine Avenue would gradu-
ally disappear to make way for modern homes unless
an alternative plan for retail-office-residential structures
Keeping historic Pine Avenue historic
Sissy Quinn, left, of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, and resident Mady Iseman examine a drawing of
a planned project on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The investment group grew with the addition of a
number of like-minded backers and the company pur-
chased 15 properties on Pine Avenue and six lots on
the northwest corner of the Pine Avenue-Bay Boule-
vard intersection. The company is now starting its third
Coleman said the next step for "Cozy Corner" will
be to submit the plans to the city.
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The company also hopes to develop a small guest
house-style motel on the six lots on the northwest
corner of the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection
that would be called the "Anna Maria Guest Home."
While still in the conceptual stage, Coleman
pledged that any project the company presents "will
always retain the old Florida charm of Pine Avenue
that we all know and love."
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Fiske code board hearing postponed to November
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's long-standing dispute with Evelyn
and Jack Fiske over whether they are operating their
property at the end of South Bay Boulevard as a marina
Busy bee helping ?
Anna Maria public works
department staff member
Gary Thorpe was busy
on Gulf Drive on Friday,
Aug. 22, sweeping the
dirt and rubble left from
Manatee County's ongo-
ing installation of new
water lines on that road.
The county has indicated
to city officials the project
will be completed by Sep-
tember. Islander Photo:
and expanding its use will not soon be resolved.
When the original complaint went before the city's
code enforcement board in May, no decision was
reached at that hearing, and the matter was continued
to June 8. That date and all subsequent dates for a con-
tinuation of the hearing have been rejected for a variety
Even the new date for the board to hear the case -
Nov. 18, 2008 - has possible ramifications.
Chuck Webb, the lawyer for the Fiskes, is up for
election to the city commission.
If elected Nov. 4, Webb might have to step down as
the Fiskes' attorney or delegate the case to an associ-
Webb's candidacy is just another complexity in a
case fraught with issues.
The Fiskes filed a legal action against the city a few
weeks before the May code board hearing, asking the
Manatee County Circuit Court to make a "declaratory
judgment" that their property can be used for marine
purposes because, among other justifications, it's a
"grandfathered" use. Their filing was made before the
city sent any notice to the Fiskes to appear before the
city's code enforcement board, Webb said.
Webb has noted that the city and its attorney,
Jim Dye, wrote a letter to his clients in 2006 saying
that the use of the property, while a non-conformity,
was "grandfathered." The property has operated as a
marina since 1938, perhaps as early as 1911, Webb
16 0 AUG. 27, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Islanders stock up, stay home for Fay
By Lisa Neff
Fay proved a back-to-bed event for many Anna
Maria Island residents on Aug. 19.
Residents who went to bed Aug. 18 expecting to
wake in the early morning hours of Aug. 19 to high
winds and heavy rain instead found peace and calm.
"I set my alarm for 5 a.m. so I could be ready for
action if necessary," said Anna Maria resident Theresa
Harper. "I got up and there was nothing going on. I
checked the TV - nothing for us. I went back to
The storm made its second Florida landfall at about
5 a.m. about 150 miles south near Cape Romano, where
Hurricane Wilma made landfall in October 2005.
As Fay slowly traveled east across the state on Aug.
19, Anna Maria Island saw little impact - sprinkles of
At Bradenton Beach City Hall Aug. 19, Debbie
Myers, left, and others complete applications for tags
that allow residents and business people to re-enter
Anna Maria Island in the event of an evacuation.
rain, slight winds, dark clouds.
While Islanders yawned over Fay's local impact,
the storm proved serious for those in other parts of
the state, prompting Gov. Charlie Crist to seek fed-
eral disaster aid. Downpours flooded people from
homes, forced airboat evacuations from property and
submerged croplands. A tornado in Brevard County
destroyed nine homes and damaged 40 others. Also,
at least 11 people died in Florida, including a High-
lands County man apparently overcome by carbon-
monoxide fumes while testing a generator in his
Manatee County emergency management officials
had started to prepare for disaster Aug. 18, opening
five shelters and calling for a mandatory evacuation of
mobile home parks and a voluntary evacuation of the
Island at mid-day Aug. 18. Fay, at that time, was pass-
ing over the Florida Keys to head up the Gulf coast.
But many Islanders stayed home, expecting the best
for an island spared so many times in the past.
In the Pines Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach, man-
ager Janice Dingman went door to door to notify resi-
dents of the evacuation notice.
"I' m out to tell people," she said. "But there aren't
many here to tell. There just aren't that many residents
around right now."
Dingman said she planned to head to Bradenton to
stay with friends.
"As soon as they tell me to really go," she said.
Residents stocked up on supplies - many carts
rolled out of the Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach
on Aug. 18 were loaded with gallon jugs of water and
cases of beer.
Some residents and business owners also prepared
by heading to city halls to pick up re-entry tags in the
event of a mandatory evacuation.
Island cities ready for Fay, stay ready
By Rick Catlin
While Tropical Storm Fay might have been a no-
show for Anna Maria Island, municipalities here took
the threat as a good opportunity to check hurricane pre-
paredness. And, considering the erratic behavior of the
storm, there was a potential need to do it all over again
at the end of the week.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she was
pleased at how well the city responded to the threat.
"We all felt it was a good exercise and good plan-
ning, without a severe event. It was good practice for
everyone, and the storm may still pick up and come
back here," she said.
City staff had bags and sand available for the public,
city commissioners were standing by at the Manatee
County Emergency Operations Center to coordinate an
evacuation had one been ordered, Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office deputies at the Anna Maria substation were
briefed on their roles, the safety of city equipment and sup-
plies was checked and double-checked by staff, and staff
members knew their roles had the storm hit, she said.
"It was a very good exercise," Barford said, adding
that she "hoped we don't have to go through this
Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael Pierce said his
city seemed well prepared for Fay.
The mayor, who was in Lansing, Mich., for a high
school reunion, stayed in contact with city officials,
including Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby, the
city's storm manager for the past decade.
Cosby was the point person with the Manatee
County Emergency Operations Center, as well as in
communication with the National Weather Service and
other agencies involved in monitoring and preparing for
"There was constant communication," Pierce said.
"We were well prepared, better than most."
Pierce added that the city, going into the busiest
period for the Atlantic storm season, "would always
be on alert for any changes in the weather."
In Holmes Beach, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said
the city's preparedness schedule was a success.
"I was pleased with our reaction," the mayor
"We met beforehand and went through our check
list. We had extra supplies on hand, equipment was ready
and police were standing by in case of an evacuation. It
was absolutely an operational success," he said.
The Island cities, however, didn't stand down Aug.
19. Fay was still lingering over northeast Florida on
Friday, Aug. 22.
"You never know about these storms," said Boh-
nenberger. "It could just make a U-turn and come back
at us," he added.
A number of public facilities and governments
offices closed in anticipation of Fay affecting the Mana-
tee County-Anna Maria Island area.
* Manatee County public schools and facilities were
closed Aug. 19.
* Anna Maria city hall was closed Aug. 19.
* Holmes Beach city hall was closed Aug. 19, how-
ever, the city commission meeting at 7 p.m. took place
* Manatee County Transit, including the Island trol-
ley, did not operate Aug. 19.
* The Manatee County Board of Commissioners
meeting on Aug. 19 was canceled.
* Mote Marine Laboratory was closed Aug. 19.
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Mid-day on Aug. 18, preparations are under way to
secure the Egret's Landing in Holmes Beach against
any storm damage. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Tropical Storm Fay made landfall four times in
Florida - at the Florida Keys, south of Naples on
the Gulf coast, on the Atlantic Coast near Flagler
Beach and then on the Florida Panhandle.
At Bradenton Beach City Hall, Debbie Myers of
Bridge Street Interiors completed an application for
"And we' re boarding up," she said. "This will be
our third time since Charley. We have so many win-
Shutters went up on other storefronts on Aug. 18.
Sandbags were filled and stacked in doorways.
Outside Holmes Beach City Hall, Gaspare Monte
and Mike Patterson filled bags to take to their homes.
"I bagged when Charley was going to hit," Monte
said. "And I'll evacuate if they ask us to."
"If it gets bad enough, I' 11 leave," added Patter-
By early evening Aug. 18, traffic was light on
Island streets, with many people settling down before
televisions, computers and radios to get the latest storm
"I tell you, if they say it's time to go, it is time to
go," said Joe Daniels, who was visiting from Miami
and closely watching the alerts.
But the night's announcements from the Manatee
County Emergency Operations Center did not carry a
mandatory evacuation notice for the Island. Local offi-
cials never said, "It's time to go."
By dawn Aug. 19, it seemed clear that Fay would
avoid Anna Maria Island and the hurricane warning for
the area was canceled.
A number of businesses - from shops to res-
taurants to tourist destinations such as Mote Marine
Laboratory - remained closed Aug. 19. So did Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach city halls and Manatee
County government offices, including the court-
house. Classes were canceled in public and private
schools. Public transit operations were suspended
in the county. Early voting for the Aug. 26 elections
was called off and a number of construction opera-
tions were shut down.
"It's like a snow day without snow," said Candie
DeMonte, an Island transplant from St. Paul, Minn. She
was sitting outside an Anna Maria ice cream shop with
a hot fudge sundae. "I' ve got a holiday from work and
absolutely no obligations or errands."
Through much of Aug. 19, Islanders watched the
weather in the event Fay's outer bands brought rain or
But the minimal impact in Manatee County was in
the east, where Florida Power & Light reported a few
short power outages and public safety officials said after-
noon rain showers caused more problems than Fay.
By Aug. 20, with Fay on the east coast, Island-
ers were back at work, city halls reopened, shops
Meanwhile, forecasters with the National Hurri-
cane Center continued to watch Fay, one of the longest
lasting storms to impact Florida. They also were moni-
toring an emerging low-pressure area off the coast of
Fay's track from the Gulf coast was easterly, across
the state. The storm then moved west across the north-
ern part of Florida toward the Gulf on Aug. 22, prompt-
ing Manatee County to again put residents on notice.
The county warned of heavy breezes, with possible
wind gusts of 35 mph, heavy rain, rough seas, high tides
and rip currents due to Fay.
The county also warned, "With heavy rainfall
amounts there is the possibility of run-ins with ants,
snakes and other wildlife that are seeking high ground
and safe shelter."
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 27, 2008 0 17
Forecasters: What's to follow Fay?
By Lisa Neff
Long and windy Fay was probably an opening act
for the busiest weeks of the Atlantic hurricane season
say experienced storm forecasters.
"We have raised our forecast from our early June
prediction. We anticipate an above-average probability
of a U.S. major hurricane landfall," Philip J. Klotzbach
and William M. Gray, leading hurricane forecasters with
Colorado State University, stated in a new advisory.
"We have raised our seasonal forecast from what
was predicted in early April and early June," the fore-
casters said in a joint release. "This is due to a combina-
tion of a very active early tropical cyclone season in the
deep tropics and more favorable hurricane-enhancing
sea surface temperature and sea-level pressure patterns
in the tropical Atlantic. The primary concern with our
current very active seasonal forecast numbers is the
continued ocean surface warming in the eastern and
central tropical Pacific."
The forecasters predicted 12 more named storms
this season, including nine hurricanes, five of them
Gray and Klotzbach said the probability of a major
hurricane striking the U.S. coastline in the next few
months was 67 percent.
The recently revised forecast from the federal Cli-
mate Prediction Center calls for 8-12 named storms,
including 5-8 hurricanes, during the remainder of the
The CPC said September and early October bring
the busiest weeks in the Atlantic hurricane season
because of an interaction with warm Atlantic Ocean
water, cold fronts and a high-pressure system.
Of the 15 named storms in the 2007 Atlantic season,
eight occurred in September and one in October.
Four of the 10 named storms in the 2006 Atlan-
tic season occurred in September and, in the infamous
2005 season, six of 28 named storms occurred in Sep-
tember and seven named occurred in October.
As Tropical Storm Fay headed west across the north-
ern part of the state on Aug. 22, waves headed into
Anna Maria Island's shore - and surfers and bold
swimmers hit the water. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Fay, according to the National Hurricane Center,
made a first landfall on Aug. 18 in the Florida Keys
and a second landfall on Florida's Gulf coast south of
Naples at about 5 a.m. Aug. 20. The tropical storm's
winds at that point were measured at 60 mph - 15 mph
short of hurricane strength.
Had Fay stayed over the warm Gulf of Mexico
longer, making landfall in the Tampa Bay area, NHC
predicted the storm would have become a category 1
Instead the storm made an easterly track across
Florida, went briefly over the Atlantic Ocean and then
came back on a westerly track. Manatee County began
a work week on Monday under a storm advisory and
ended a work week under a second storm advisory as
Fay moved toward the northern Gulf.
On Aug. 22, Manatee County emergency officials
issued the second advisory, "As witnessed by Fay's
development, Manatee County officials encourage all
residents to maintain their hurricane supplies and to
make any necessary adjustments to their family plans
in preparation of any storms that may develop over the
next three months of hurricane season."
The season's named storms include Arthur,
Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard and Fay. Names
not yet used include Gustav, Hanna, Ike, Jose-
phine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paloma,
Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.
Turtle watchers watch storms
By Lisa Neff
With Tropical Storm Fay taking aim at Florida, vol-
unteers with sea turtle programs on the coasts fretted.
Storm surges can drown the eggs the female turtles
lay on the state's beaches, including the shores of Anna
But early reports, collected Aug. 22 as Fay contin-
ued to soak north Florida and headed for another ride
in the Gulf of Mexico, indicated the storm had minimal
impact on nests.
On Anna Maria Island, the storm had no negative
impact, according to Suzi Fox, executive director of
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. AMITW monitors
nesting on the beaches, as well as collects data for
beach renourishment projects.
With Fay's path uncertain for Aug. 19, Fox called
off the early morning walk when volunteers check for
Later, she surveyed the beach. "It was pretty quiet
for us," she said.
The night before Fay made landfall in Florida south
of Naples, Fox said five nests hatched here, more than
\ i\a b. a pressure drop?" she said. "There is a
rhythm to the storm and maybe there is some connec-
Fox said she remained concerned for the next sev-
eral weeks. Forecasters say September usually is the
busiest month in the Atlantic storm season. Late August
and early September also are the busiest weeks for
hatchlings leaving Anna Maria Island for the Gulf.
"When I look at the dates, the bulk of the nests due
are in the next two weeks," Fox said. "This would be
the worst time for a storm for us."
Tropical storms and hurricanes do impact hatchling
rates, according to anecdotal information from Fox and
"If you look at the data, you can flip through and
see the drop in rates, and know that you are looking at
a storm year," Fox said.
Turtle eggs in a nest can be submerged for short
periods, but water cover longer than four hours can
destroy embryos, according to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission. The eggs are water
permeable, meaning water soaks through the shell to the
interior, where the hatchling embryo is incubating.
Kyle Van Houtan, conducting research for Emory
University in Atlanta, studied data on Florida sea turtles
and found an increase in nest destruction by storms
from 1994 to 2005.
A series of category 3, 4 and 5 storms in 2004
Edging closer 1
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High tide and rough surf associated with Tropical Storm
Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
destroyed three-fourths of loggerhead and green turtle
nests in the Dry Tortugas National Park, Van Houtan
Researcher James Perran Ross wrote perhaps the
most widely circulated paper on "hurricane effects on
nesting caretta caretta" for the University of Florida.
"Passage of hurricanes over sea-turtle nesting
beaches in the southeast United States during 2004
raised concerns about the effect of hurricanes on sea
turtles," Ross wrote. "Data are lacking on this topic."
So Ross turned to his study on Masirah Island in
Oman, conducted in 1977 in partnership with the World
Wildlife Fund and the Oman Ministry of Fisheries.
Nearly 90 percent of the world's population of
loggerhead turtles nest on the beaches of Florida and
In June 1977, an unnamed cyclone passed directly
over the island with winds blowing at 138 mph and
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 147
loggerhead sea turtle nests and 85 false crawls on
the beach as of Aug. 24.
AMITW also reported 3,366 hatchlings.
Nesting season continues through October.
.' - '
Fay, pushes water ever closer to a sea turtle nest in
heavy rain. High tides began flooding the beach.
"Heavy rain and storm surge completely inundated
the whole nesting area for at least 12 hours during the
storm," Ross said. "Examination of the beach on June 14
indicated incursion of waves from 80-100 meters inland
of the normal high-tide mark. I excavated across the
beach and observed ... the beach profile changed."
Ross said 100 percent of the nests were destroyed. "I
calculated that around 43 percent of the eggs laid in 1977
were lost due to the hurricane. This roughly extrapolates
to 6.9 million eggs destroyed in the 1977 season."
Hurricanes can also impact the nesting female
Fox said that in the past AMITW has documented
an increase in nesting on nights just prior to a storm
reaching the Florida Gulf Coast. Such was not the case
with Fay, possibly because there will be few- if any
- new nests on Anna Maria Island at this late stage of
"The last laid nest was the first week in August,"
Ross, in his research in Oman, found, "The imme-
diate effect of the storm was to inhibit - but not com-
pletely prevent - nesting."
Ross also found that prior to the storm, a number
of turtles went ashore to lay eggs. After the storm, "it
appeared that turtles inhibited from nesting during the
rough weather delayed nesting for a few days."
18 0 AUG. 27, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
New fee structure for Center's TLC program
By Diana Bogan
With the start of the school year, the Anna Maria
Island Community Center resumes its Time for Learn-
ing Creatively before- and after-school program.
The program serves students in kindergarten
Monday, Sept. 1
Labor Day Holiday
Tuesday, Sept. 2
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Toast. Peanul Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Fruil.
Lunch: Breaded Chicken Patly on Bun or Ravioli.
Curly Fries. Veggie Cup wilh Dip. Applesauce.
Wednesday. Sept. 3
Breakfast: Choice of "Jump Start" boxed selec-
lions. Super Donul. Toast. Cereal.
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken. Assorted Salads and
Sandwiches. Chips. Steamed Carrots.
Thursday. Sept. 4
Breakfast: French ToasI Sticks. Oalmeal.
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese or Fish Nuggets.
Green Beans. Roll. Fruil Cup.
Friday. Sept. 5
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After-school care is offered at the Center, and bus
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Registration information is available at the Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Program scholarships are available upon request,
and TLC also accepts Resource Connection for Kids
participants. Call the Center at 941-778-1908.
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
encouraging young people to get involved in the non-
profit's Teen Scene program.
"Teen Scene offers several different types of pro-
grams and learning experiences based on three develop-
ments of life," said Andy Jonatzke, the Center's teen
programs coordinator. "Those developments are live,
learn and lead; teen time; and grow."
Jonatzke continued, "Teen Scene has endless oppor-
tunities. Our programs are changing and expanding all
the time to include something for everyone. So if you
have a new and exciting idea, please, feel free to share
it, as your idea just may be the next big thing."
The Teen Scene program includes a girls group that
meets Wednesday nights, a boys group that meets Thurs-
day nights, a job-mentoring program, a college-prep pro-
gram, a youth fitness program, field trips, tutoring and
teen movie nights at the Center on Fridays at 6 p.m.
Teen Scene also features a less-structured drop-in
program - basically hanging out in the youth lounge
at the Center on weekday evenings.
Teens who want to register for the program can pick
up packets and applications at the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
Through the program, teenagers can earn com-
munity points that can be exchanged at the Center for
discounts on field trips and other activities.
For more information about Teen Scene, call
Jonatzke at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.
Cortez hosts 'Fifth' Friday
Facing Tropical Storm Fay-related concerns, the
Fourth Friday art event in Cortez has been rescheduled
to Aug. 29 - this month's fifth Friday.
The event will take place at Simply Put, 11904
Cortez Road W., Cortez, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Call 941-795-4788 for more information.
Molly McDonough, Carmine and Nick Galati, and Paige Carper are former Anna Maria Elementary students
now attending Manatee High School. They will be on hand at the Aug. 28 tailgate party to kick off the 2008-09
football season. Dinner tickets for Woody's Bar-B-Que will be sold at the event for $10. For more information,
call .',/itIn Carper at 941-914-0642 or Lynn McDonough at 941-704-1309. Proceeds benefit the cheerleading
and football program. Islander Photo: courtesy Lynn McDonough
County amends library fee, fine policy
Manatee County recently revised its fees and fines
for its libraries.
The standard 25-cent fine for an overdue book
remains. The cost of obtaining a library card also remains
$20 for a non-resident; residents can obtain a free card.
However, the new schedule, approved in June by
the library board of trustees and on Aug. 12 by the
board of county commissioners, details replacement
fees and fines for lost or damaged items, from hard-
cover books to puzzles, and pamphlets to barcodes.
The library policy is reviewed annually, according
to John Van Berkel of Manatee County information
Budget constraints recently resulted in reduced
hours for the county's libraries, including the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The new hours resulted in the library being closed on
Monday, as well as Sundays.
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Iwo Jima: The heroes
were left behind
Jim Moneck of west Bradenton is 85 years old. He
has troubling remembering a lot of things that happened
to him during World War II.
But Jim was a Seabee on Iwo Jima, and he often
wishes he could have forgotten all of what he saw and
Jim's odyssey to arguably the bloodiest battle of the
war in the Pacific began in Pittsburgh, where he grew
Times were tough during the Great Depression and
Jim went to work at a young age for the Civilian Con-
servation Corps. At 18, he landed a job with American
Torch Tip, a company owned by his brother-in-law.
He was working on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, when
someone turned on the radio. After a few minutes of
music, an announcer came on and said the Japanese had
bombed Pearl Harbor. America was in the war.
"At first, my brother-in-law got me a deferment.
He told the draft board I was too valuable for the war
effort at the company. That was a laugh. But after six
months, I got tired of that and went down to the draft
board and got myself drafted."
Jim said not being in uniform during the early days
of the war was tough.
"You' d go downtown and everyone had a uniform
and someone would ask about you. It was real hard to
say I didn't have to go because I was exempt. People
looked at you kinda funny."
But Jim felt he had to do his part, especially since
an older brother had joined the U.S. Army.
Jim's CCC experience served him well, as he was
drafted into the U.S. Navy's construction battalions,
commonly called the Seabees.
Joining the 8th Naval Construction Battalion, Jim
and his fellow sailors wanted to get into the war quick,
but the Navy thought otherwise.
After initial training, the battalion was sent to an
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Army base near Los Angeles, where it waited for nearly
a year before getting further orders.
"L.A. was great. I would go downtown and meet
all the movie stars. It was a big treat for a kid from
Finally, in mid-1944, the battalion sailed for Hawaii,
where it would spend the latter half of 1944 training for
an as yet unknown invasion.
On Feb. 10, 1944, the battalion sailed with other
Seabee and Marine units, headed for an island Jim had
never heard of: Iwo Jima.
"They told us we wouldn't go in until the Marines
had secured the island. They figured that would be on
D+3. But when we got there, we couldn't land because
the Marines were still on the beaches."
Jim and his unit spent the next three days on the
ship, watching the battle for Mt. Suribachi.
"We were so close, we could see guys going up the
mountain. At night, the flares and gunfire made it look like
the Fourth of July. We saw them raise the flag at the top
and everyone cheered, but the fighting wasn't over."
Even after six days of heavy combat, Iwo was still
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"not secure," remembered Jim, but the Seabees were
ordered in on D+6 anyway.
"They needed the airfield repaired for the B-29s.
That was the whole reason we were taking the Island;
to have a place for the damaged B-29s coming back
from bombing Tokyo to land," Jim recalled.
Without Iwo, the bombers were faced with another
1,300 miles of flight before reaching Saipan and Tinian
where the bombers were headquartered.
"When we first landed, bullets were flying over our
heads. We were waiting for the trucks and ended up
helping with the wounded. God, they were everywhere,
and the place had the smell of death."
Jim saw men with wounds so terrible he wishes he
had never seen them.
"Gruesome," he said. "The stench was every-
where." But the war had to go on.
After just a few hours on Iwo, even Jim and his
fellow Seabees realized that their chances of getting
off the island alive were not good.
"The front lines were everywhere. You dug a fox-
hole and got in it and the Japs would shoot at you from
all sides. They were dug into these caves and the caves
were everywhere. They were even below you. At night,
we could hear them talking under the ground. Getting
any sleep was a joke. You got bombed, strafed and
mortared all night long, and that was if the Japs didn't
One particular night, Jim swore he heard voices
underneath him. The next day, he made a reconnais-
sance of the cliffs by the beach near him and discovered
a hidden cave. Careful not to be exposed, he watched
as about 15 Japanese emerged from their hiding spot.
"They looked awful. They were starving and
wounded. I got a hold of the Marines and they came
and took [the Japanese] away as prisoners. I guess they
were too weak to kill themselves, the way most of them
did. Those were the only POWs I ever saw on Iwo."
And few Japanese soldiers surrendered.
One morning at breakfast, Jim was just trying to
get a cup of coffee when he heard the dreaded "Banzai"
cry from a swarm of attacking Japanese. Grabbing his
carbine he flew into his foxhole and began returning
fire. The battle lasted all day, and Jim never did get his
coffee or breakfast.
But the attack failed and the Marines held the
The 8th, however, still had to work.
"Our outfit was different. We had to build every-
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thing and fight at the same time. I carried a carbine, or
a BAR, everywhere while I was working. It was tough
trying to work and shoot back at the same time," Jim
The battalion was called upon to build a road to
the top of Mt. Suribachi. With the battle still raging,
the Seabees got the job done, and Jim eventually found
himself standing at the top and watching the battle on
the north half of the island.
"It was an awesome sight. You could see every-
thing, even guys walking down the beach miles away.
It made me realize how easy it was for our guys to lose
their lives invading the island. I can still picture it to
Finally, with the island fairly secure, the Seabees
began reconstruction of the bombed-out airport, build-
ing a fuel depot and some hangars. The B-29s began
arriving almost immediately.
"We would see them come in with engines smok-
ing. They'd make an emergency landing and get out
and kiss the ground. They couldn't thank us enough.
We had saved their lives, but it cost us thousands of our
guys to do it," Jim said.
And some B-29s didn't make it.
"They would crash on the runway or the crew
would bail out over the island. You just hoped they
landed where the Marines were, not the Japs."
The Seabees of the 8th were lucky. Only a few of
Jim's pals were killed on Iwo Jima was shot at so many
times, he lost count.
After the island was declared secure and fighting
ceased, Jim hoped the 8th would be sent to Guam for
a rest, but the outfit had no such luck.
"Instead of Guam, we got orders for the inva-
sion of Japan. That was in the summer of 1945. We
weren't exactly thrilled. We all knew that this was
the big one and a lot of people were going to get
killed. I couldn't imagine invading Japan and making
it back home after seeing how the Japanese fought on
But Jim would make it home.
"We were all packed and ready to board the ships
Today, Jim Moneck enjoys the quiet life of west Bra-
denton and two of his four children live in the area.
He is pictured here wearing his Iwo Jima survivor
hat. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
for the invasion," he remembered.
A few days before their scheduled departure,
they heard that an atomic bomb had been dropped
on Japan. Jim didn't know what an A-bomb was, but
when the Japanese surrendered on Aug. 15, 1945,
after a second atomic bomb was dropped, the cel-
The 8th was sent to the Japanese island of Honshu
as part of the occupying force.
On Honshu, Jim had the distinct impression the
Japanese didn't care for the Americans.
"We went to a bath house to clean up. The Japanese
people wouldn't even look at us. They took our money,
but you could see it in their faces that they didn't want
With so many Seabee units in Japan, the brass
decided to send the 8th to Guam. There, the men were
dispersed back to the States for eventual discharge.
Jim was discharged from the Navy in 1946 and
returned to his old job in Pittsburgh.
He would get married when he was 27 and raise
four children. He retired from the company when he
was 71 and moved to the Bradenton area.
"I had come here back in the 1970s on vacation and
decided this was the place for me," he said.
Jim stayed active by swimming and, for a time,
working part-time as a security officer. He is a member
of the Pittsburgh Pirates booster club and watches all
of their home spring training games.
He has no regrets about his decision to enter the
draft during the war, and he is proud of his service.
But the stench of death, and the sulfuric smell of
Iwo Jima are never far from his thoughts, as much as
he's tried to forget.
"I did my duty. There's so much I can't remember,
but there's a lot I never even told my children, a lot
about Iwo I wish I could have forgotten. Even today, it's
hard to talk about it, and I can't let it get me down."
But Jim does talk about Iwo Jima.
"I'm 85 years-old. There aren't too many of us left.
I want people to remember Iwo Jima and the sacrifice
the troops made. I was definitely one of the lucky ones.
I just want people to treat the veterans right and not
forget what was given up for them.
"I wasn't a hero," Jim said. We left the heroes on
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Cortez Maritime Museum to restore boat
By Doug Calhoun
Special to The Islander
Cortez' Florida Maritime Museum launched its
restored Cuban refugee boat, the Esperanza, in April
at the Great Florida Gulf Coast Small Craft Festival.
Traditional wooden boat builders came to the
event from as far away as California and Connecticut,
many bringing boats with them to sail and compete for
The Esperanza took her maiden voyage and also
won the Lee Hickok Award for traditional design and
With that accomplished, Bob Pitt, the museum's
boatbuilder, did not have to look very far for another
Just outside the museum's door, not too far from
museum director Roger Allen's office, rested the
Campesina, another Cuban refugee boat.
She had arrived at the boat shop at 123rd St. Court
W. in Cortez after many years of wear and tear and there
she was spruced up a bit with a bright coat of white
paint and some red trim. She looked so good and had
such nice lines that it was decided to move Campesina
to the front of the museum.
Her trip to Cortez took several tacks. Cubans had
originally built the 21-foot smack for fishing. Early
in her life, she probably had a sail. Later Campesina
acquired power and the mast and sail were removed. In
the 1990s, she wandered from Cuban waters and ended
up at the Bahamian Outer Island, Cay Sal.
Cay Sal (Salt Key), about 30 miles north of Cuba
and one of the most remote areas of the Bahamas, has
an obvious appeal for anyone with a boat desiring to
In 1994, two local vacationers, Win Yerkes and
Margot Walbert, sailed among the Bahama islands.
While at Cay Sal, they spotted the Campesina rocking
in the waves near the shore.
Elsewhere on the shore, Yerkes and Walbert found a
kind of raft-like boat made out of what looked like metal
poles for floats, with wood attached in the shape of a
bow, and with a small diesel engine on it for power.
With some help from a few of the refugees on
the island, they liberated the engine and put it on the
When Walbert and Yerkes left the Bahamas, they
towed the Campesina. On the way to Florida, they spot-
ted a Cuban refugee boat that was sinking. They pulled
the Campesina alongside and so she did her work once
again. The Cubans who boarded her were left in the
Florida Keys and Walbert and Yerkes sailed back to
Cortez, where the boat was eventually sold to the Sea
The Campesina rested in front of the Sea Hagg for
a few years. Then Calvin Bell bought and donated her
to the museum.
By this time the boat had severe structural problems
and it was decided that museum volunteers would just
copy the lines off her and eventually build another like
But the discussion did not end there.
Both Allen and Pitt felt that since the boat was the
same kind of boat that had worked the waters in the
Cortez area and the West Coast of Florida as early as
the 1700s, it should be saved.
Boats just like the Campesina came to Cortez from
Cuba and the Bahamas to fish the Gulf and bay waters.
Very few early fishing smacks with their live wells
intact survive to make that history real.
Pitt and Allen decided that she should be rebuilt
and the motor and sail both used to power the boat.
Now Campesina is awaiting its makeover.
The project calls for an extensive restoration of
the boat. Termites and weather have necessitated the
replacement of most of the fore and aft carvel-planked
bottom, the chine logs and even the keel.
The project will challenge the most experienced
When she arrived in Cortez, the boat's engine was
the two-cylinder, air-cooled, possibly Russian or East-
ern European diesel engine that had brought Cubans
to Cay Sal. It is the kind of motor that may have been
Coast Guard auxiliary offers
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 will
offer an ABC Boating Program in two parts - at 8 a.m.
Sept. 6 and 8 a.m. Sept. 13.
Classes will take place at the group's training
center in G.T. Bray Park, 5801 33rd Ave. W., Braden-
The course offers instruction in boating regulations,
boating safety and boating fundamentals.
For more information, call coordinator Jan Morello
taken from a cement mixer and fitted to boat use. She
the propeller there is a cup on a shaft, which also holds
the rudder. The propeller forces water into the cup and
is then split and forced into two smaller lines running
up into both exhausts, cooling them, with the added
benefit of causing a quieter running engine. The boat
must be moving for the water to cool the exhaust.
Since it no longer runs, however, the engine will
be replaced by a Yanmar diesel donated by D. Turner
Walbert provided several photographs of the
Campesina on Cay Sal so volunteers could see how
she looked there. Walbert also brought her original
nameplate to the museum.
This project may be undertaken at the new boat
shop east of the museum on the FISH property. The
volunteers are eager to get the boat shop finished and
get under way.
Who knows, the Campesina may even have been
in these waters before.
Editor's note: Doug Calhoun is a volunteer with the
Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez.
Squadron to hold
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron will hold
a two-hour seminar on nautical knots at the squadron
building, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
The course will provide hands-on instruction in
how to tie and use knots in boating.
The seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday,
Sept. 8. The fee is $5.
Pre-registration is required. Call organizer Gloria
Potter at 941-795-0482.
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Bad weather wreaks havoc on fishing offshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
With Tropical Storm Fay threatening Anna Maria
Island, many charter boat captains canceled trips last
week. The storm didn't negatively impact the Island or
cause any damage locally, but did rough up the Gulf of
Mexico and backwaters.
The fishers who ventured into the backwater
reported fair catches of mangrove snapper, redfish and
trout, as well as catch-and-release snook. Sharks are
also still a hot item for fishers in Terra Ceia Bay.
With a few showers from Fay Saturday, it's now
a thing of the past and the waters should still and the
fishing pick up this week.
Capt. Mark Johnston out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said his few charters last week
produced redfish and small snook.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports included a few
keeper reds, trout in Terra Ceia Bay, plus some good
shark fights, bonnetheads mostly.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said bad weather kept
most offshore anglers in port last week. Backwater fish-
ers willing to risk the weather caught a few redfish and
trout, he said.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing has
been slow, but the hardy anglers have been able to catch
a few small mangrove snapper, small redfish, and snook
are teasing fishers under the pier without any hookups.
Mackerel are also coming to the hook occasionally.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said the
action there has also been slow, with some small mack-
erel, mangrove snapper and a few black drum.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
State closes two Skyway fishing piers
By Lisa Neff
Officials will close the eastside of the fishing piers
at Sunshine Skyway State Fishing Pier State Park on
The Florida Department of Transportation and
Department of Environmental Protection announced
the closure of the east sides in a joint statement Aug.
"The FDOT and the FDEP are working together
to continue the operation of the western piers of the
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park," the statement read.
"In order to maintain public safety, FDOT and FDEP
will close the eastern portions of the fishing piers,
which were built in 1954 and can no longer be safely
In 1987, the state opened the new Sunshine Skyway
Bridge over Tampa Bay to connect Manatee and Pinel-
las counties. The old bridges, the remainder of the two
structures that fell into Tampa Bay after a tanker colli-
sion in 1980, later were opened as the Skyway Fishing
Pier State Park.
The park consists of two piers - a north and a
south pier. Each pier consists of two former bridges,
on the east and the west.
In 1994, the DEP entered into a 20-year lease with
the DOT to manage the piers as a recreational site.
Since then the piers have become a popular 24-hour
destination for anglers.
The east sides of both piers were constructed in
1954, according to the DOT.
Over the past 50 years, deterioration and saltwater
corrosion has led to the end of the service life of the
east sides of the piers.
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he's seeing some nice-size redfish coming to the dock,
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Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's been able to put
his charters onto catch-and-release snook and mangrove
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he found fishing to be great offshore
of Anna Maria Island before Tropical Storm Fay came
by. "The fish always feed really good right before a
storm and I get real hungry also," he said. "We had a
couple of hot trips last weekend catching big cobia,
red and gag grouper, lots of blacktip, reef and sand
sharks, and a variety of snapper. We were fishing out
to 130 feet using live and cut bait." He added that
storms always improve fishing, pushing new fish into
the area, and he's looking to catch mahi-mahi, billfish,
wahoo, Cubera snapper and lots more grouper and
cobia this week.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said that despite high winds punc-
tuated by outbursts of heavy rain, his clients managed
a decent catch of redfish, trout and mangrove snapper
at weeks' end. "We fished mainly in the Tidy Island
area and Palma Sola Bay in an attempt to get out of
the wind," he said, "and the tail end of an outgoing tide
proved to be the best. The first of the flood tide provided
some action as well."
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
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O'Connor Bowling Challenge throws another strike
By Kevin Cassidy
Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Fay Saturday
night failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the bowlers
who participated in the 18th annual Anna Maria Island
Community Center Bowling Challenge on Aug. 23.
The fundraiser, which benefits the Center, is as
much a social event as it is a sport. Particpants packed
the AMF Lanes on Cortez Road in Bradenton to show
off newly acquired bowling skills (Dale Conlon took
lessons prior to his entry) and to hobnob with friends
and family members.
Once again Billy, Sharon, Sue and George
O' Connor, along with longtime volunteers, Peggy Dav-
enport of Duffy's Tavern and Jen and Bill Lowman of
Island Discount Tackle, did a fantastic job of making
this fundraiser a success.
Kelly Jordan took home a couple of trophies for
winning high game and high series in the women's divi-
sion. She threw a high of 190 and finished with a 507
for all three games. Leah Best rolled a 34 to finish with
low score for one game and the "gutter queen" title.
Jim Weaver's 221 in his last game earned him a
trophy for men's high game, while Jim Stufflebeam
put together a 542 to win first place in the men's series
division. Low game was captured by Bill Nye with an
unimpressive score of 58.
It appeared for a while that Matt Bowers was vying
for gutter king honors, but he had to settle for a thrash-
ing by wife Chrissy in all three games.
The big winner of the evening was Cindy Jennis,
who took home the raffle prize, a 37-inch flat-screen
Island runners set records
in Charlotte County 5K
The fourth annual Hurricane Charley 5K run held
in Charlotte County turned out well for runners Michael
Lamb and Mickey Hooke. Lamb, 18, and an employee
at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach,
placed first overall and set a course record of 17:44.
Hooke, 47, founder of the Grassroots Running
System and on staff at Galati Marine in Anna Maria,
came across the finish line 10 seconds later to finish
second overall and first in the masters division.
Lamb practices the GRS program in his training
and running efforts.
For more information on grassroots running,
go to grassrootsrunning.com or call Mickey at
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played an 18-hole,
two-best-balls-of-foursome match Aug. 20. First place
went to the team of Lew Winegarden, Bob Elliott, Bob
Kral and Vince Mercadante with a score of 15-under-
par 113. Second place went to the team of Bob Jor-
gensen, Don Ledfor and the Proxy brothers, Peter and
Paul, with a score of 115.
The men also teed it up on Aug. 18 for a nine-hole,
individual-low-net game. Dick Grimme matched the
3-under-par 29 carded by Earl Huntzinger to tie for
first place. One shot back in second place was Charlie
roll up scores,
Jim Weaver, winner of
high game for the men
with a score of 221,
poses with Kelly Jordan,
who won high game and
high series for women
with a 190 game and
507 three-game total at
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Signup under way for Gullett Mullet
The Ben Gullett Mullet Invitational fishing tour-
nament Sept. 5-6 is accepting entries and it promises
to be a unique tournament. All fish caught must be
netted with a legal cast net - a first for the area.
Rods and reels are of no use for catching mullet,
which are vegetarian eaters.
And the catch has to be made in the waters
between Ruskin and Sarasota.
And the catch has to be iced, because it will be
fried and served at the awards banquet.
The tournament honors Ben Gullett, a long time
fisher in Cortez and top mullet smoker.
Ben's sons Mark and Rick and Rick's wife Holli
are the sponsoring family for the tournament, while
Karen Bell, owner of Star Fish Company Market and
Restaurant is co-sponsoring the tournament with The
The two-day event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 4, with attendance at a mandatory captain's
meeting at Star Fish Company, 12304 46th Ave.
W., Cortez. Fishing will take place Friday, Sept. 5,
through 4 p.m. Sept. 6.
Two-person teams must enter by Aug. 25 for a
fee of $125; after Aug. 25 the fee is $150.
Only six saltwater mullet will be allowed for the
weigh-in and they must be iced down. The iced fish
must be weighed in by 4 p.m. Sept. 6. In the event
of a tie, the largest mullet of six weighed in by the
tying team will break the tie.
There will be a 100 percent payout for the top
three mullet teams, plus a "Cast Iron Slam," a combo
catch of mullet, sheepshead and sand perch. Only the
sheepshead and perch will be weighed, but the mullet
must be of legal length.
In the junior division, the fee is $50 per team for
fishers age 17 and under. Adult rules apply and the
top three places will receive awards.
After the weigh-in, the contest fish will be
prepped, fried and served - $5 a plate - at the
Sunday awards ceremony, beginning at 6 p.m. at Star
Entry forms and additional information, includ-
ing an order form for tournament T-shirts, are avail-
able online at www.cortezvillage.org.
For information by phone, call Bell at
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during British Soccer Camp at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Courtesy Lee Ross
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awards for finishing one-two at the Hurricane Char-
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for the Tiki Studio at 3:
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4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday
The Tiki Studio will
featuring pre-natal yoga i
and baby yoga, baby and to
ment and dance classes a
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For more inform
B * The Bridgewalk Resort in Bradenton
^Biz Beach provides a 20 percent discount
for any stay Sunday through Thursday.
The offer is valid through Jan. 31, 2009.
Reservations can be made by calling
Cedar Cove Resort and Cottages in
Holmes Beach has a 15 percent discount on
ki and all three-night stays in a suite throughAug. 31.
1o Call 941-778-1010 for more information.
d1io Florida residents can enjoy a fourth
con night free this summer at the Beach Club
at Anna Maria. Call 866-501-7821 for
id open house more information.
203 Manatee The Tradewinds Resort is also offer-
be held from ing Florida residents a fourth night free
, Sept. 6. until Jan. 31, 2009. Some restrictions
open Sept. 2, and blackout dates may apply. Call
classes, mom 941-779-0010 for more information.
toddlers move- Island Real Estate is offering a 10
nd the studio percent discount on already reduced
rthday parties rental rates at several of its vacation
rentals. Most properties include a private
owner Carrie swimming pool. Call 877-778-6066 for
Studio, she's more information.
ly in the same The Seaside Inn and Resort is offer-
ing a fourth night at half-price through
ive maternity Dec. 15. AAA members, Florida resi-
)ywear, smart dents and military personnel receive a 15
essentiall items percent discount. Certain restrictions and
others. blackout dates apply Call 800-447-7124
id the opening to make a reservation.
The Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort is
action, call offering a 33 percent discount on studio
suites between Sunday and Thursday,
excluding holidays, until Jan. 31, 2009.
on Call 866-302-2525 to make a reservation.
savings on Island
Locals and visitors alike looking for a
getaway to Anna Maria Island can enjoy
savings at numerous Island accommoda-
tions from now until Jan. 31, 2009, a press
release from the Bradenton Area Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau said.
Anna Maria Beach Cottages is
giving a 15 percent discount for a book-
ing of three or more consecutive nights
between now and Aug. 31. To make a
reservation at the Beach Cottage, call
941-778-1503 and use the promotional
The Blue Water Beach Club is offer-
ing a 10 percent discount on all three-
night stays between Sept. 8 and Dec.
31. Reservations are available by calling
CVB receives top
The Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau was named the winner
of one of the coveted "Henry" awards
presented by Visit Florida, the state's
official tourism organization,
The CVB recently won the "Henry" in
the mixed-media category for its branding
campaign, edging out visitor bureaus in Ft.
Lauderdale and Orlando/Orange County.
In the magazine category, the CVB
was named one of four finalists for its
"Gulf Islands" advertising program.
Visit Florida, the state's tourism pro-
moter, presented the awards during the
annual Governor's Conference on Tour-
ism in Orlando.
Laptop users may soon find a wi-fi hotspot on the Historic Bridge Street Pier in
Bradenton Beach. Rotten Ralph's on the Pier and the city of Bradenton Beach
are exploring Internet possibilities with Bright House. The restaurant, which also
operates a fishing kiosk on the pier, soon hopes to offer wi-fi capabilities to visi-
tors. The city hopes to use improved Internet service for security on the structure.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
The program is designed to recog-
nize the outstanding tourism marketing
achievements of Florida's travel busi-
nesses, destinations and attractions.
Real estate sales
625 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,696
sfla / 2,672 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront
pool home built in 1970 on a 100x115 lot was
sold 08/08/08, Smith-Williams to Franks for
$585,000; list $599,000.
4701 Third Ave., Third Avenue condo,
Unit 1, Holmes Beach, a 1,728 sfla / 3,472
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car land condo with shared
pool built in 1999 was sold 08/05/08, Irwin to
O/Brien for $570,000.
4703 Third Ave., Third Avenue
condo, Unit 2, a 1,728 sfla / 3,472 sfur
These land condos
at 4701 and 4703
Third Ave., Holmes
Beach sold in
April 2005 for
in August 2008
a decrease 31
percent. The cost
per square foot
is $330. Islander
3bed/2bath/2car land condo with shared pool
built in 1999 was sold 08/05/08, Irwin to O/
Brien for $570,000.
316 Hardin Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,462
sfla / 1,792 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in
1957 on a 65x108 lot was sold 08/07/08,
Gummin to Rowley for $425,000.
312 64th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,285
sfla / 2,863 sfur 5 bed/3bath duplex built in
1969 on a 104x132 lot was sold 08/05/08,
US Bank National Association to Hanson for
125NeptuneLane,HolmesBeach,a 1,695 sfla
/ 2351 sfur3bed/2bath/2car home builtin 1954on
a 116xll4lotwas sold 08/05/08, Church to Honey
Fish LLC for $320,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-
Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached
at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Cortez Village Adorable 8BR/1.5BA, freshly painted in
and out. Walk to beaches, seafood restaurants and shops.
Large office and large apartment in the center of the Holmes
Beach shopping area. Lots of storage and over 5,000 sq.ft. under
roof. Zoned for duplex and has 12,844 sq. ft. of land. $550,000.
Mike Norman Realty INC
800-367-1617 * 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
www. mikenormanrealty.com %
Marilyn Trevethan, Realtor
11117 Sanctuary Drive. 3BR/3BA with pool, lagoon and
preserve. Four years new! Impact resistant doors and
~ CALL MARILYN!
--- OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND, INC.
6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FI 34217 * 941-778-6066
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
Broker Associate/ Notary Public
(941) 812-6489 Gayle511@tampabay.rr.com
2+ HOUSE FOR SALE
IMMACULATE & AFFORDABLE
* 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.
Call Gayle for details.
Jim Anderson Realty Company
6000 Marina Drive * Suite 105 * Holmes Beach
941.778.4847 * toll free 1.800.772.3235
GET ALERTS TO ALL THE LATEST AMI EVENTS WITH
AN ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION AT ISLANDER.OBOG!
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FOR SALE: WHITE wicker bedroom set. Wicker
headboard and queen bed, two bedside tables,
two dressers, white wicker mirror, $800. Perfect
condition. Butcher-block table, 36x24-inches, $100.
STORM COVERS FROM $99.50, also windows,
doors, inserts, parts, service, repair, panel buddies
and poly buddies in stock for quick install. Profes-
sional installation available. Metro Home Supply,
SIX FILE CABINETS: black, 4-drawer legal or
regular file cabinets. $20 each. The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
NIKI'S HUGE LABOR Day sale! Storewide. Lots
of gifts, jewelry, furniture, antiques, collectibles,
30-80 percent off. All sterling jewelry 50 percent
off. Open seven days, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-779-0729.
YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Fur-
niture, washer, dryer, electronics, king bed frame
with drawers, surround-sound, tile-top table, chairs,
roll-top desk, pool pump, fishing gear, auto supplies,
Stairmaster, more. Firehouse at 201 Second St. N.,
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.
SGqdffBay ftafty ofAnna aria Inc.
Jesse (Brisson - Sro rgssociate, O
Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900
Great 2nd floor unit with views of the bay. Turnkey
furnished and ready to go. Would make a great home
or rental. Covered parking, heated pool and close to
everything. Seller will pay the first 3 months condo
fees for the buyer! $269,900
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
SAILBOAT RUDDER LOST from boat at 73rd
Street, T-end canal. Holmes Beach. Reward. Call
LOST: 2004 JOHNSON 25-hp outboard. Serial
number G04770530. Last seen on my skiff in Key
Royale. Reward. 813-991-5462.
ENTERTAINMENT: CORPORATE, GOLF and pri-
vate parties. 781-367-0339, www.bbrodney.com.
YOU CAN HAVE everything you want in life if you will
just help enough other people get what they want.
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.
SIMPLY PUT FRIDAY artwalk is rescheduled for
6-9:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Usually held the fourth Friday
of each month, the August event was rescheduled
due to weather. Come out this Friday for art, enter-
tainment and a fun time. 11904 Cortez Road W. Call
941-795-4788 for more information.
"REINVENT YOURSELF" WORKSHOP with
author, model, coach, Jean Peelen. 1-4 p.m. Sat-
urday, Aug. 30. Body & Sol Day Spa, 9804 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. $20. Call Danielle to register,
FREE GUN LOCK.Yes, free. Courtesy of the Project
Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
Offering Gulf cottages, Luxury Gulf homes, plus
near-the-beach units during bridge closure montl
of October to November 15th. Rates as low as
$500/wk. Make your reservations today!
CALL FOR DETAILS!
Available sale properties priced from $429,900 to
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.aniamariareal.corn
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 LAND ROVER SE7, 117,000 miles, excellent
condition, fully loaded. $6,200.00, 941-928-8735.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: small sailboat rental and
instruction. Day, week, month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian, 941-685-1400.
NEW ENGLAND MEGA-BRAID: Mooring lines,
one-inch, slightly used. Davits, propellers.
FRONT DESK ASSISTANT needed at Anna Maria
Island Community Center, a smoke-free/drug-free
employer. Part-time, 25 hours per week. Must be
professional, positive, friendly person, over 21
years old with great computer skills: Excel, Micro-
soft Word, etc. Able to multi-task, problem solve, a
team player. Send resume to: spruett@tampabay.
rr.com, or call 941-778-1908, ext. 0.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Res-
taurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call
HOST/SERVER/BUS help sought at Ooh La La!
Bistro. Apply in person weekdays after 4 p.m., 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more infor-
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Vic Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, fluent in 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Italian, Spanish and English (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 730-1062 Cell
_5 Secluded artists/
writers retreat on
23 bedroom with
decking all around,
gorgeous pool and
spa area! Tropically landscaped and awaiting
your arrival! $1,099,000
Three bedroom, three
bath "Paradise Found,"
I With beadboard,
ceramic tile, corian,
and turnkey furnished!
Caged and heated
"Buying our new
house on Anna
Maria Island was
an easy and fun
of Sue Carlson.
She went beyond
of taking care of
all the details from
start to closing.
We were thrilled with her professional care on
our behalf especially since we were out of state.
And the best part.... we now consider Sue our
new island friend! "Ron and Debra Politte, St. Louis
80' dock with two
10,000 lb. boat lifts!
Beautiful open water
over Bimini Bay!
Stwo baths, updated
throughout, with pool
and spa! $1,295,000
For almost asking
price!! La Hacienda!
Tuscan style interior
two bedroom/two bath
with tropical pool, by
local resident Martin
countertops, his and
her Italian tile shower, great upscale furnishings!
An Island Place Realty
Call Sue at 941-779-9320
411 Pine Avenue * Anna Maria
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NAIL TECH OR massage therapist room available
for rent. 941-713-5244 to view.
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.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School fresh-
man Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle school
children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysitting.
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632 or
BABYSITTER AVAILABLE ON the Island during the
summer. Lisa, 17, 941-538-8570.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting. I
have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals! Best
on the Island! 941-779-9783.
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
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE to help
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 OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING Co.: Oldest and
best on Anna Maria! 34 years of grateful, happy
customers. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-9217.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spy-
ware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis
and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom
system design. 941-224-1069.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired trades-
man, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve
ESP CLEANING: PROFESSIONAL cleaning team
serving Anna Maria Island. Call Steve and Maria,
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alterations,
cushion covers, ironing. Errands: grocery, doctor's
appointments. Call Terry, 941-778-3125.
GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: $995 installed, many
colors to choose from, up to 25 sf. Local references.
WASH AND FOLD Service: Formerly at Holmes
Beach Laundromat, now available for pickup and
delivery to your door. Ironing, too. Call Cheryl,
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help? Call
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for you.
CAREGIVER/COMPANION: Reliable, trustwor-
thy, flexible scheduling. Personal and household
care, errands and appointments. 941-705-0706 or
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.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
5EtEAL EvnTATE INC.
519 Pine Avenue * Anna Maria, FL 34216
Call us for all
your sales or
(866) 519-SATO (7286)
We Make Owning a Vacation Home
on Anna Maria Island a Reality
state-of-the-art comforts you expect from a luxury resort. -' 9
Dennis Girard, Realtor
Joanne Zimmerman, Realtor BE AC H
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND
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' Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
e i Quality & Dependable Service.
Serviel Call us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
__ Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza - Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References
Home Purchase & Refinance Experts
Lynn Zemmer Broker/Owner 941-778-8103
www.9411ending.com * 104 Bridge St. * Bradenton Beach
Rentals & Sales A
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ISLAND CUSTOM TOPS
DuPONT CERTIFIED CUSTOM FABRICATION
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Islands Cleaning & Pet-Sitting Services
in the comfort of
your own home
for 15 years 4
"They're our family too"Q *941-592-5464
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
LET FRAN DRIVE U! Professional service with
a smile! Doctor appointments, general errands.
Very reasonable rates. I will get you there on time.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking ser-
vices - when and what you need - to ensure your
house is secure and cared for while you are away.
Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.my.house@
verizon.net for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience all phases of nail care. Gift bou-
tique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and sun-
glasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure ser-
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private studio,
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializing in
sport-specific training, improving balance, strength,
and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since
1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulching.
Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island resi-
dent. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your land-
scape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best results from
classified ads and service advertising!
Here are Lydia &
old kittens rescued
from the streets,
very friendly and
fun. $60 adoption
fee. Call Julie
SPONSORED BY The Islander
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
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE AND MARBLE Installation: Many Island refer-
ences. Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen
Floor Coverings. 941-726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
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.
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EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
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RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
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, $2,200/month annually with option to buy. Call
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT Dock, furnished.
$1,750/month, $800/week. $125/night includes utili-
ties. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL Space. 8799
Cortez Road. 625 sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. Elevated
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Two bonus rooms, large garage. $1,500/month.
404-441-6471, e-mail: email@example.com.
1BR AND 2BR apartments available, half block
from water. 3611 117th Street W. Pat McClary,
NEAR BEACHES: 1 BR/1.5BA redecorated. Annual,
$700/month, furnished. Most utilities paid. Close to
beaches. Call 941-758-9133.
2BR/2BA WATERFRONT CONDO: Boat dock, 1,700
sf, fireplace, pool, $1,200/month. 941-792-0524.
ONE BEDROOM, SECOND-story, extra room,
updated, gorgeous. Balcony, half block to the beach.
FANTASTIC FULLY-FURNISHED 2BR/2BA corner
unit condos with sweeping views of Tampa bay
on Anna Maria Island. Available for season. Call
MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA fully furnished,
lanai, sea/beach view, garage, laundry, tennis,
heated pool. January-April. 423-884-2598.
HANDY RETIREE SEEKS Anna Maria rental for four
months starting mid-December. 410-629-0368.
ANNUAL EFFICIENCY APARTMENT. No pets.
ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA. Available Sept. 1, 2008.
Furnished or unfurnished, washer and dryer, stor-
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PERFECT, BEACHFRONT CONDO: 55-plus.
$1,600/month plus utilities. 717-392-4048.
ANNUAL RENTALS: HOUSES. 2BR/1BA, pet OK,
washer and dryer. $875/month, 3205 Ave. A, Bra-
denton Beach. 1BR/1BA, garage, $850/month,
4508 124th Ct. W., Cortez. Mike Norman Realty,
PERICO BAY CLUB: 2BR/2BA villa, $1,100/
month. September, October, November 2008.
CHARMING CANAL HOUSE: 2BR/2BA. $1,350/
month plus utilities. 717-392-4048.
2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED DUPLEX, quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Washer/dryer included. $1,000/
month, plus utilities. First, last, secu-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
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game rooms, pool, spa, boat dock. Near beaches, and heat, covered patio, adjacent parking, $45,000,
annual. 2BR/2BA. 941-761-1923. Owner financing, 941-778-7980 or 941-713-1117.
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security. References. 330-758-3857. 941-756-1090.
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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
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
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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