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Publication Date: September 3, 2008
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The gridiron games
begin again. And
The Islander's annual
football contest is back.
Get in the game. Page 13


the news ...
Manatee County IDs
recovery shelters.
Page 2

Vote 2008: Voters ride
anti-incumbency wave.
Page 3

Island businesses
worry over bridge
closing. Page 5

Our opinion: Trying to
reason with hurricane
season. Page 6.

Your opinion: Elections
and taxes. Page 6

Newspaper presses
DOT on bridge closure
date. Page 7

Study: Floridians
significant to Island
tourism. Page 9

Island to host USF
academy. Page 10

Those were the days.
A look back with June
Alder. Page 12

Anna Maria commis-
sion proceeds with
stormwater utility fees.
Page 14

VOLUME 16, NO. 44

SEPT. 3, 2008 I 1

s on Annh'a MVaria Island Since 1992

Gustav makes waves here on path for La.

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The outer bands of Hurricane Gustav
brought heavy rain, strong winds, big waves,
dense clouds and some damage to Anna Maria
Island Aug. 31.
The storm was far west of the Island and
roaring northwest on Aug. 31, expected to
make landfall in Louisiana on Sept. 1, as The
Islander went to press.
As residents of New Orleans and other
areas on the northern Gulf coast were evacu-

ating, Islanders got just a glimpse of Gustav's
"The water is so high now, I can't imagine
what a storm would do to this Island if one
hit," vacationer Vicki Walters of Detroit said
as she watched waves roll ever closer to the
Sandbar Restaurant Aug. 31.
Strong waves knocked down at least one
seawall on the bayside of Anna Maria City.
Bay water spilled over other seawalls, smacked
against waterfront homes and flooded sections
of North Shore Drive and other streets.
On the Gulf shore, the waves provided
thrills for surfers, skimboarders and swimmers
off the beaches

Monday or Tuesday, depending on the
On Aug. 30, thunderstorms associated
with Gustav also fell on Anna Maria Island.
A boater from Apollo Beach suffered injuries
when his boat was struck by lightning near the
Cortez Bridge. The strike also caused a small
fire on the boat, according to West Manatee
Fire Rescue District.
As Gustav headed for the northern Gulf
Coast, forecasters were keeping watch on two
other systems - tropical storm Hanna in the
Atlantic and a tropical wave about 950 miles
east-northeast of the Leeward Islands.
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AME School: Students
learn about friendship,
bullying. Page 18

Islander Calendar:
What's happening,
when and where.
Page 20

St, itit: .Island police
reports. Page 21

City team rescues
hatchlings. Page 22

The fishing report.
Page 23

Center expands youth
soccer. Page 25

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Right, surfers make their way back south as water washes over a number of turtle nests near the Sandbar Restaurant marked with stakes by
members of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch to indicate the location of loggerhead turtle nests. "Huge, huge losses," AMITW's Suzi
Fox said. Left, a surfer wipes out at White Avenue beach in Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff and Bonner Joy

County seeks grant, improvements at Coquina Beach
By Lisa Neff the county, was largely attended by Bradenton weekend in 2007, when two men were shot in
Islander Reporter Beach officials and members of the city's See- a gang-related incident on the beach.
Manatee County may seek a state grant to nicWAVES committee. "We put together a task force," Turner
pay half a $400,000 tab for improvements to The advisory group, after first eying the said, noting that staff and elected officials with
Coquina Beach. plans in early August, questioned whether the Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton

The proposal is set to go before the board
of county commissioners on Sept. 9. The dead-
line to apply for the recreational grant is later
this month.
Plans for Coquina Beach include two new
picnic pavilions, estimated to cost $75,000
each; a new playground, estimated to cost
$150,000; and possibly new handicapped park-
ing and benches and signs along the multi-pur-
pose path in the county-run Bradenton Beach
County officials confirmed the plans
during a meeting Aug. 25 at the Florida Mari-
time Museum in Cortez. The meeting, held by

playground and shelters were top priorities for
Coquina Beach. They also questioned the esti-
mated costs.
County officials were prepared to respond
during the Aug. 25 meeting, assuring commit-
tee members that there is a long-term plan for
the beach and that there are reasons for the
specific improvements.
The improvements are part of the county's
effort to create a family-friendly, safe atmo-
sphere at Coquina Beach, according to Cindy
Turner, director of county parks and recre-
Turner reminded the audience of the Easter

Beach were involved.
A plan to redesign the parking lots at
Coquina Beach took shape, Turner said. So
did a plan for added amenities.
"We wanted to create a safe place because
the beaches are the jewels of our county,"
Turner said.
The existing picnic shelters at Coquina
apparently are well used. "We can't have too
many," Turner said. L\ .lyone is looking for
pavilion rentals on the beach."
She added that the county wanted to build


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Coquina Beach improvements
a playground in the grassy field near an existing large
pavilion for recreation but also security.
Children could play with their parents nearby at the
shelter, Turner said, adding that the other small play
areas at the beach are across Gulf Drive on the bayside
or north of the concession stand.
"We' ve really been listening to what people are
saying about families and safety," Turner said.
A $500,000 multi-purpose path was built at about
the same time the county reconfigured the parking lots,
creating areas that could be opened or closed to vehicles
depending on beach crowds, as well as better defined
parking with bollards.
Long-term plans for the area call for another multi-
purpose path and a lifeguard station on the bayside of
Coquina Beach, a concession loading and unloading
zone and rest stops along the trails.
ScenicWAVES members had questioned why the
county had opted to do the picnic shelters and the play-
ground rather than the bayside path or a new concession
stand or rest room.
Part of the answer is that the grant requires at least
half the money be spent on creating a new active or
passive recreational opportunity.
The bayside multi-purpose trail would fall into that cat-
egory, but would cost far more than the allotted $400,000.
Another concern is that the county would be using
impact fees to pay its share, and impact fees must be spent
on new improvements not renovations. The rest rooms and
concession stand at Coquina Beach will likely be renova-
tions on existing footprints, for permitting reasons.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Turner promised
to revisit with the ScenicWAVES group to discuss the
playground equipment.
"Do we have a consensus?" she asked.
She continued, "We have an opportunity now to
seize this. We are under a tight crunch to move for-
The audience appeared to agree on the plans.
There also was agreement on the suggestion by
ScenicWAVES member Ed Chiles that the county and
Bradenton Beach continue to discuss plans for the
beach in anticipation of future grant opportunities.

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County offi-
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approves on
Sept. 9, will
seek a grant add two
picnic shelters
and a play-
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Manatee County IDs recovery shelters

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County recently approved an agreement
with the state for the identification of potential disaster
recovery centers.
The state had requested that all county governments
identify sites as an emergency precaution.
In a memo, county emergency management direc-
tor Laurie Feagans identified Manatee County's poten-
tial recovery center sites as:
* The Manatee Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd.,
* G.T. Bray Park fieldhouse, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive
W., Bradenton.
* Myakka Community Park, 10060 Wauchula Road,
Myakka City.
The mobile sites, referred to as "soft-sided" recov-

ery centers in emergency management jargon, would be
designed for activation within 24 hours of a declared
state of emergency by the governor or the president.
The sites would be equipped with two tents, a light
tower and generator, traffic cones, a satellite uplink
system, portable rest rooms, barricades, a Dumpster,
tables and chairs, a communications trailer, lighting,
flooring and a message board.
The centers, according to Feagans, would offer
one-stop assistance to survivors, including information
about housing, the Small Business Administration, fed-
eral individual assistance, unemployment, insurance,
veterans affairs, crisis counseling, legal aide and aging
County officials could not estimate the cost of acti-
vating the sites, but expenses could be recovered under
a presidential disaster declaration.


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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 3, 2008 3 3

Voters ride anti-incumbency wave

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County voters rode to the polls Aug. 26
on an anti-incumbency wave that swept two county
commissioners out of office.
In the Manatee County District 3 commission race,
Jane von Hahmann, who has held the seat since 2000,
lost a close race to John Chappie, currently a Bradenton
Beach commissioner.
In the Manatee County District 1 commission race,
Larry Bustle, currently mayor of Palmetto, defeated
incumbent Amy Stein and Felicia Tappan. Stein has
held the commission seat since 1996.
The Manatee County District 5 commission race
will be decided Nov. 4, when incumbent Donna Hayes,
who won the Republican primary with 67 percent of
the vote, will face challenger Scott Carlton.
Chappie and Bustle are political veterans, but
they are relative newcomers to county politics and did
well in their respective races in part because of what
appeared to be voter frustration with the current county
government and rising spending and taxes in recent
The two also received a round of endorsements,
from developers' associations to the area's main daily
newspaper, the Bradenton Herald.
Chappie, who celebrated his victory at Ezra's in
Bradenton, and Bustle, who partied at Popi's Place Too
in Palmetto, both received 51 percent of the vote in their
respective races. Chappie received 5,272 votes to von
Hahmann's 5,045 votes. Bustle received 3,908 votes to
Stein's 2,879 and Tappan's 814.
A number of voters on election day said they were
tired of the old guard and wanted a new board to protect
and pursue their interests.
An anti-incumbency sentiment could even be seen
in races in which incumbents won.
Joe McClash was re-elected to a sixth term as
Manatee County commissioner in the at-large District
7, but with just 53 percent of the vote. Newcomer Greg
Witham, with little name recognition and campaign
cash, received 14,211 votes.
In the non-partisan countywide race for the District
2 seat on the Manatee County School Board, incumbent
Harry Kinnan received 16,216 votes to Dave "Watch-
dog" Miner's 15,045 votes. Kinnan, a 12-year veteran
board member, received 52 percent of the vote.
Kinnan's struggle for re-election could be seen
in numbers from Anna Maria Island. Among Anna
Maria City voters, Kinnan lost to Miner 105 votes to
141 votes. At the Precinct 92 polling place in Holmes
Beach, Miner was up by four votes and, at Precinct 93
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Miner was up by one
vote. In Bradenton Beach, Kinnan received 65 votes to
Miner's 61 votes.
McClash carried each of the Island cities, outper-
forming Witham among Republicans, Democrats and
The results on the Island were more mixed for von
Hahmann and Chappie.
Chappie carried Anna Maria, but von Hahmann
won more Democratic votes.
In Precinct 92 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, von
Hahmann won more universal ballot votes, as well as
Democratic votes. Von Hahmann also won Precinct
On Chappie's home turf in Bradenton Beach, Chap-
pie won the most independent, Republican and Demo-
cratic votes.
Chappie, who will take office Nov. 18, told a crowd
of cheering supporters at Ezra's that the voters "want a
The next morning, von Hahmann, who observed
election night with friends and supporters at Bayside
Banquet Hall in Cortez, said, "I wish John the best.
He'll do the job."
Von Hahmann, too, saw that voters wanted a
"I just think it may have been a sign of the times,"
she said.
Von Hahmann has not decided her plans for after
November, but she vowed, "I'll stay involved. I'm not
going away."
While voters who went to the polls on Aug. 26
seemed motivated, statistics from the supervisor of
elections office indicate that many voters were not
motivated enough to go to the polls.

At the polls
Some voters thought the rainbow, seen outside the polling place at St. Bernard Catholic Church on Aug. 26,
was an election day omen. Others considered the 7 a.m. rainbow sighting their reward for getting out
early to vote. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Overall voter turnout in the county was 16.24 per-
cent - 32,391 of the county's 199,493 registered pri-
mary voters cast ballots.

Unofficial Aug. 26

On Aug. 26, Anna Maria Island voters went to the
polls to elect Manatee County commissioners for Dis-
trict 3 and District 7, a school board member and a
Here are the unofficial totals for those races:
District 3 county commission.
* Incumbent Jane von Hahmann: 5,045 total.
* Challenger John Chappie: 5,272 total.
District 7 county commission.
* Incumbent Joe McClash: 16,592 total.
* Challenger Greg Witham: 14,211 total.
Voters in the non-partisan countywide school board
race re-elected Harry Kinnan, 16,216 votes, over David
\\,i.i hd<, g" Miner, 15,045 votes.
Voters in the non-partisan circuit court race
for judge narrowly elected Gilbert Smith Jr. over
Connie Mederos-Jacobs. Smith had 52 percent of
the vote.

How did Islanders vote
in key races?
Manatee County District 3 commission race.
Anna Maria Precinct 91 (city hall):
* Chappie received 138 universal ballot votes, 83
Republican votes and 42 Democratic votes.
* Von Hahmann received 123 universal ballot votes,
56 Republican votes, 51 Democratic votes.
Holmes Beach Precinct 92 (Gloria Dei):
* Chappie received 140 universal ballot votes, 106
Republican votes, 22 Democratic votes.
* Von Hahmann received 158 universal ballot votes,
76 Republican votes, 55 Democratic votes.
Holmes Beach Precinct 93(St. Bernard):
* Chappie received 111 universal ballot votes, 75
Republican votes, 24 Democratic votes.
* Von Hahmann received 137 universal ballot votes,
75 Republican votes, 51 Democratic votes.
Bradenton Beach Precinct 94 (Tingley Library):
* Chappie received 80 universal ballot votes, 36
Republican votes, 24 Democratic votes.


Anna Maria City
* 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
2008-09 budget.
* 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,
Bradenton Beach
* Sept. 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Sept. 8, 2:30 p.m., special public meeting on the
planned dinghy dock.
* Sept. 8, 3 p.m. ScenicWAVES committee meet-
* Sept. 10, 11 a.m., special meeting on Florida
Communities for a Lifetime elderly program.
* Sept. 10, 7 p.m., budget hearing.
* Sept. 11, 5 p.m., planning and zoning meeting,
including a hearing on a special exception application
for a dock at 112 Seventh St. S.
* Sept. 17, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
* Sept. 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Sept. 24, 7 p.m., budget hearing.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach
* Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m., city commission hearing on
the 2008-09 budget.
* Sept. 8, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
ing/workshop, includes comp plan amendment hear-
* Sept. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
* Sept. 23, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Of Interest
* 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
District meeting.
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900,

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Voters cast ballots: results
* Von Hahmann received 55 universal ballot votes,
24 Republican votes, 20 Democratic votes.

Manatee County District 7 commission race.
Anna Maria Precinct 91:
* McClash received 157 universal ballot votes, 80
Republican votes, 60 Democratic votes.
* Witham received 89 universal ballot votes, 49
Republican votes, 31 Democratic votes.
Holmes Beach Precinct 92:
* McClash received 174 universal ballot votes, 102
Republican votes, 52 Democratic votes.
* Witham received 116 universal ballot votes, 77
Republican votes, 22 Democratic votes.
Holmes Beach Precinct 93:
* McClash received 146 universal ballot votes, 85
Republican votes, 46 Democratic votes.
* Witham received 91 universal ballot votes, 57
Republican votes, 28 Democratic votes.
Bradenton Beach Precinct 94:
* McClash received 76 universal ballot votes, 38
Republican votes, 22 Democratic votes.
* Witham received 48 universal ballot votes, 18
Republican votes, 19 Democratic votes.
Manatee County school board race.
Anna Maria Precinct 91:
* Kinnan received 105 votes
* Miner received 141 votes.
Holmes Beach Precinct 92:
* Kinnan received 145 votes.
* Miner received 149 votes.
Holmes Beach Precinct 93:
* Kinnan received 124 votes.
* Miner received 125 votes.
Bradenton Beach Precinct 94:
* Kinnan received 65 votes.
* Miner received 61 votes.
12th Circuit Court judicial race.
Anna Maria Precinct 91:
* Mederos-Jacobs received 109 votes.
* Smith received 127 votes.
Holmes Beach Precinct 92:
* Mederos-Jacobs received 134 votes.
* Smith received 142 votes.
Holmes Beach Precinct 93:
* Mederos-Jacobs received 123 votes.
* Smith received 120 votes.
Bradenton Beach Precinct 94:
* Mederos-Jacobs received 62 votes.
* Smith received 67 votes.

Off-Island results
With 68 percent of the vote, incumbent Donna
Hayes defeated Bob J. Henderson and Benwayne Mor-
rison in the District 5 county commission primary.
With 51 percent of the vote, challenger Larry Bustle
defeated incumbent Amy Stein and Felicia Tappan in
the final District 1 county commission race.
Incumbent state Rep. Ron Reagan won his primary
against Kirk E. Faryniasz, receiving 85 percent of the vote.
Sources: Unofficial election returns from precincts
and Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office.


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Fall season: 2008 election

cycle concludes Nov. 4

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Even before the Aug. 26 primary concluded, Florid-
ians were looking to the big election Nov. 4.
Aug. 26 primary ballots in the state contained local
elections - some of them finals, some of them nomina-
tions to Nov. 4.
The November ballot also will contain federal
races, including the presidential race between Demo-
crat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain and
the election of all members to the U.S. House of Rep-
Anna Maria Island voters will play a role in decid-
ing whether to return Republican Vern Buchanan to
Congress or send Democrat Christine Jennings to rep-
resent the 13th Congressional District.
At the local level, a contest will be waged in Anna
Maria, where four people qualified to run for two city
commission seats - incumbent Jo Ann Mattick, former
Commissioners Robert Barlow and Chuck Webb and
Mark Alsonso.
In Bradenton Beach, Robert Bartelt will face former
commissioner Bill Shearon for the Ward 4 seat pres-
ently held by John Chappie, who decided to leave city
government for a successful run for county commis-
Also, two seats on the West Manatee Fire Rescue
District's board of commissioners are up for election.
In District 1, Jesse Linn Davis is seeking re-election in
a race against Albert F. Robinson. In District 5, Randal
Cooper and Steve Pontious have qualified to run for
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were not registered to vote? The deadline to
register for the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 6. For
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5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Islanders will also cast ballots in a race for public
defender involving Democrat Adam Tebrugge and
Republican Larry Eger, who won his primary Aug. 26
with 52 percent of the vote.
Many other posts were unchallenged and incum-
bents are set to return to office:
* Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti as Holmes
Beach city commissioners and Rich Bohnenberger as
* Bob Connors as Bradenton Beach commissioner
for Ward 2.
* Fran Barford as mayor of Anna Maria.
* R.B. Shore as county clerk of the circuit court.
* Bob Gause as Manatee County School Board Dis-
trict 4 representative.
* Charles Hackney as property appraiser.
* Brad Steube as sheriff.
* Bob Sweat as supervisor of elections.
* Ken Burton Jr. as tax collector.
* Earl Moreland as 12th Judicial Circuit State Attor-

* Mike Bennett as state senator.
* Bill Galvano as state representative.

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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 3, 2008 0 5

Island businesses worry over bridge closing

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
How long is 45 days?
Some Island business owners and real estate agents
might say 45 days is just long enough to ruin an econ-
omy, particularly real estate. That Island industry has
been on the rebound after two years of sluggish activity,
agents say.
Then, again, a lot of Island business owners might
say that the 45 days from Sept. 29 to Nov. 13 when the
Anna Maria Island Bridge will be closed to vehicular
traffic could well be disastrous for the entire Island
Jason Sato of Sato Real Estate in Anna Maria, said
he is "hopeful" that the bridge closing "won't affect
He's had a fairly decent summer of inquiries and
sales, and, like a lot of Island agents, counts on the
return of winter visitors starting in October to jump
start the real estate season.
Maybe not this year.
Jessie Brisson of Gulf-Bay Realty in Holmes Beach
predicts that closure of the bridge "is definitely going
to affect inquiries and all businesses north of Manatee
Public Beach. It's a slow time in the economy already,
and the closure is not going to help."
Brisson and other Island real estate agents depend
on people from the mainland to visit the Island in search
of bargains and solid investments, particularly as the
weather cools and traffic becomes light.
"We get a lot of people from Bradenton as walk-ins,
but now I'm not so sure they'll be coming. It's going
to be a major slowdown," he said.
Brisson's chief concern is not the loss of walk-in
traffic, but what happens if the bridge doesn't reopen
as scheduled on Nov. 13.
"Will we be able to weather that?" he asked.
But the Island's difficulties might help Longboat
Key's real estate industry.
Terry Hayes at Sky Sotheby's on Anna Maria
Island and Longboat Key noted that with all traffic to
the Island using the Cortez Bridge, it might get busier
in her Longboat market earlier than usual. Hayes said
Longboat Key winter visitors generally don't start
returning until Thanksgiving.
"Longboat Key is usually real quiet that time of
year, so we might get some traffic," she said.
And it's not only real estate agents who are con-
cerned about the potential loss of clients and custom-
Some restaurant owners say there's a possibility they
might have to close for that period - or maybe even
close for good.
"We can't make it," said Dave Russell, owner of
Rotten Ralph's restaurants in Anna Maria and Braden-
ton Beach.
"A lot of businesses just won't survive" if the
bridge is still closed into Thanksgiving, he predicted.
While his Bradenton Beach restaurant should do
well during the closure, Russell doubts that, while
the AMI bridge is closed, people would want to drive
across the Cortez Bridge, then all the way to the north
end of the Island, to eat at Rotten Ralph's on South Bay
Boulevard in Anna Maria.
With August and September already low-revenue

months, Russell said he's faced with dismal October
and November revenues. "That's four months of losses.
Who can survive that?" he said.
"It's scary for us. This is going to hurt us," said
Dom Schole of Matt and Dom's Pastry Cafe in Anna
But Jason Suzor of the Waterfront Restaurant in
Anna Maria said he will be offering lunch and dinner
discounts to Island residents during the closure period
through a direct- mail campaign.
"I just want to look at the whole closure as a posi-
tive thing, not a negative," he said. "We all have to
support our Island businesses."
Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach
"We've got to look at this as half-full," he said.
One bridge to the mainland will still be open and Island
business owners have to start looking at how to get
through this period.
Murphy is doing his part.
During the 45-day period, he'll provide a free ride
in his Bistro van from the Cortez Road-75th Street for
anyone who wants to come to the Island. He's already
started the service on weekends for people who want
to dine at the Beach Bistro.
Not everyone had such a positive outlook as Suzor
and Murphy.
One Island restaurant owner, who asked not to be
identified, said he would close his operation in October
and just "hope for the best" that the bridge will reopen
on Nov. 13.
That's assuming it opens as planned.
Dee Schaefer of the Beach Shop, a retail store at
Manatee Public Beach, has seen numerous government
projects on the Island in her 21 years in business here.
"And I've never seen one yet that finished on time."
If the project is delayed and the bridge isn't open
by the Thanksgiving holiday period, business owners
fear the worst.
John Jaeger, owner of the Egret shops at several
Island locations, said that if the bridge doesn't open on
time, it will be a "real hardship" for small businesses
on the Island.
The "hardship" may have already arrived.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said many members reported
a lot of vacant rooms for the Labor Day weekend.
"If we don't make it Labor Day, how are we going
to make it when the bridge is closed," she asked.

Motels appear safe
For at least October, some Island accommodation
owners say they're starting to see reservations trickle
in, but as Sabine Musel-Buehler of Haley's Motel in
Holmes Beach said, there aren't many visitors in Octo-
ber, and those who do come, are regular visitors and
don't plan to leave the Island anyway.
"I've told our guests about the bridge and they've
said they don't care, that they don't plan on leaving
the Island. I think the motels won't have a problem,"
Musel-Buehler said.
What she worries about are the retail shops that
depend upon day traffic from the mainland during Octo-
ber and November.
At the White Sands in Holmes Beach, Jeff Gerry


said October is "looking good," but the reservations are
primarily for guests who come every year.
"October is OK, it's right now that's bad. We've
had our worst August in 30 years. We're not getting the
walk-in traffic that we usually see right before Labor
Day," said Gerry.

DOT in Bartow
The director of operations for the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation's Bartow office, District No. 1,
is Ed Gonzalez. The main telephone number for Bartow
is 863-519-2300, or 800-292-3368.
The DOT's Web site is, where
District One (Bartow) has a link under "contact us."
In addition, the DOT's public relations office e-mail
address in Bartow is cindy.clemmons-adente@dot., while e-mail for Gonzalez is ed.gonzalez@

Under four weeks
Crews from Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto are
continue to work on the Anna Maria Island Bridge in
anticipation of its Sept. 29 closure to vehicular traf-
fic. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Night-time lane closure

Sept. 4 on AMI Bridge
The Florida Department of Transportation and con-
tractor Quinn Construction Co. are scheduled to close
one lane of traffic on the Anna Maria Island Bridge
from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4.
A DOT press release says the contractor needs the
lane closure to continue pile jacket repairs.
The DOT said motorists can expect Thursday night
lane closures until the bridge closes to all vehicular
traffic for 45 days starting Sept. 29.

Bridge meeting finale prior to closure
The DOT has scheduled a "Closure Public Meet-
ing" for the Anna Maria Island Bridge rehabilitation
project from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
This is the final public meeting before the planned
45-day bridge closure that begins Monday, Sept. 29.
For the latest information on the rehabilitation proj-
ect, go on the Web to and click on
"community links." People without Internet access can
call 941-792-0369.

6 0 SEPT. 3, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Trying to reason
with hurricane season
Hurricane Gustav, while passing some 300 miles to
our far west in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, brought
us rain, brisk winds, higher than usual tides and wild
Hurricane Hanna? Well, who knows. There are just
too many variables, and too many deviations based on
the anticipated highs and lows influencing which way
Hanna turns.
Unfortunately for novices in the forecasting game,
most of the TV broadcasts provide too little informa-
tion on the prevailing weather systems that will eventu-
ally influence tropical systems. The experts don't often
share the details that create their forecasts.
But armed with that information and experience, you
can make a pretty good prediction of the impact here,
taking into account the spaghetti models they provide.
It's interesting, too, to listen to the TV forecasters
and note the hint of zeal - outright enthusiasm - in
their broadcast for the big, big storms. They say things
like, 'There's some optimism the storm will reach the
Gulf coast," while most of us on the Gulf coast are
thinking, "Hey, that's dread we feel, not optimism."
Forgive them. They live for big weather events.
And aren't some of us glued to watching the models
and the cone of uncertainty?

Take the detour
We must plan if the Anna Maria Island Bridge is
to close Sept. 29 for 45 days - and we certainly lob-
bied hard in support of businesses to have the Florida
Department of Transportation move that date forward
with no success, or to change that plan to night clo-
sures and one-lane day closures with no response yet
from the DOT.
We're ready to take on "Detour to Paradise," a
program that will hopefully highlight the positive
aspects of Anna Maria Island for residents, visitors
and owners.
Island travelers to other parts of the world know
all to well that a detour sometimes produces the most
interesting results - revealing local delights that aren't
necessarily on the tour map.
We hope to encourage people on the Island to stay
on the Island, to get out and experience the best we have
to offer, and to encourage off Island folks to come and
play, shop and dine.
We hope to engage readers with stories and infor-
mation that will make it all possible - and hope-
fully, business here will do better than survive, it will
Welcome to paradise!


A C-OT OF 'D-oR.
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SLICK 'Which way for cheeseburgers in paradise?' By Egan


Hollow victory
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash's vic-
tory at the polls rang hollow.
He has had the support of Commissioners Amy
Stein, Jane von Hahmann and Ron Getman to finally
begin to make the developers pay more to buy the
roads, bridges, police stations, libraries, parks and EMS
vehicles that new residents needed.
This vote by the majority of the board of county
commissioners protected us from paying higher taxes
to buy these things. Now it could be 5-2 votes to sock
the developers' costs to you and me.
Do you really believe that state Sen. Mike Bennett,
Rex Jensen from Lakewood Ranch and development
interests shelled out $500,000 so that John Chappie
could improve the budget process and cut wasteful
The current county administrator and commission
have been hard at work all summer on a project to
improve the budget process and cut the lowest priority
spending because of the economic slowdown.
How will dumping two commissioners who have
served this community faithfully for 12 and eight years
help you?
Von Hahmann's and Stein's votes will not be there
to require developers to pay the costs of their projects
in Manatee County.
Instead, five votes will be there to do the bidding
of the donators of more than half a million dollars that
produced the slanted fliers that helped elect Chappie
and Bustle.
Where were the 85 percent of registered voters who
did not vote for protecting their pocketbooks, quality
of life and natural resources?
I join Stein in wishing good luck to Manatee
Manatee County will really need good luck in the
absence of an informed electorate going to the polls to
vote for their best interests.
Mary .hil1 p.. J, Bradenton

Taxing matters
During the past year, we, the property taxpayers all
read and heard about property tax reform and our future
relief from high property taxes.
Our leaders and politicians commiserated about
slashing budgets, additional user fees, closing librar-
ies and various other political schemes and games they
We are told that assessed values are down some 12
percent, our homestead exemption is increased $25,000
to $50,000 and government budgets have been slashed
by our state, county and local governments.
This will surely help to reduce our property taxes,
we hear.
Not true.
We received our trim notice from the county and,
amid our shock and surprise, our tax bill of $5,687.38
from last year was reduced by $17.03 for this year. This
amount was certainly not what the politicians would
have us, the taxpayers and voters, believe.
Our current elected officials have been playing this
shell game for too long and major tax reform and politi-
cal honesty is certainly needed.
Robert T. Barlow, Anna Maria

Taxed out
As a full-time resident of Anna Maria, I am cer-
tainly opposed to the proposed new line-item fee/tax
increase for Anna Maria stormwater.
I agree with the letter in The Islander by retired
accountant Alice Newlon. Surely the small city of
Anna Maria can manage expenses within our cur-
rent budget without the creation of new line-item
How about letting the tourists help fund this portion
of our budget? Maybe stop the free ride on the Island
trolley and have revenue from the trolley help defray
Island city expenses.
Other cities having visitors contribute to infrastruc-
ture expenses.
Richard V Francis, Anna Maria

THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 3, 2008 7 7

Newspaper not yet giving up

on bridge closure change

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Islander newspaper editor and publisher Bonner
Joy has not ended efforts to get the Florida Department
of Transportation to change its closure plans for the
Anna Maria Island Bridge rehabilitation project, despite
several previous rejections by the DOT.
Joy exchanged e-mails with Florida Gov. Charlie
Crist recently in an at-the-wire effort to get the DOT
to change its decision on a 45-day complete closure of
the Anna Maria Island Bridge starting Sept. 29.
Following the e-mails, Florida Secretary of Trans-
portation Stephanie Kopelousos contacted Joy to listen
to her grievances, many of which were expressed by
Island business owners at a July 17 meeting organized
by the newspaper.
"Some of us are at serious risk," Joy told Kopelou-
sos, adding that many who attended the July 17 meeting
"have grave concerns about being able to recover from
the typically slow months of August and September"
with the bridge closed in October and November.
If the repair work goes beyond the Nov. 13 com-
pletion date, the impact on Island businesses "will be
devastating," Joy said.
Joy noted that when Islanders and concerned citi-
zens voted for a preference between a 45-day full clo-
sure or 105 days of one-lane closures, the vote was
made "blind." The DOT only said then that the 45-day
closure timeframe would be in September.
Joy said the businesses on Anna Maria Island
are "stakeholders and they should have been directly
involved with the decision on the closure."
It was only after the vote among those who
responded to a DOT survey in favor of 45 days that
the DOT said it had worked out an agreement with
contractor Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto to close
the bridge from Sept. 29 to Nov. 13. The DOT said it
chose the late date in September because of concerns

for a possible hurricane in early September.
Island business owners had no input into that deci-
sion, Joy told Kopelousos.
Many owners at the July 17 meeting said that when
the DOT said the 45-day closure would be "in Septem-
ber," they assumed the DOT would look at closing the
bridge in early September to minimize any impact to
the start of the winter tourist season, generally consid-
ered to begin in October.
One owner said she was shocked by the DOT's
choice of dates.
Margaret Hoffman of Hurricane Hank's Bar and
Grill said she and other owners "all thought that [the
closure] would start around the beginning of September
and [the bridge] would be closed September until mid-
October. This Sept. 29 date was a shock," she said.
Forty-five days is "not so bad" if it's all of Septem-
ber to mid-October, Hoffman added.
Tough economy
As if to emphasize the importance of the winter
tourist season to the Anna Maria Island economy, an
informal survey of Island accommodation and retail
shop owners found a consensus that business was down
considerably the second half of August and the outlook
for September was grim.
"This was our worst August in 30 years," said co-
owner Jeff Gerry of the White Sands Resort in Holmes
Beach. In fact, for the first time ever, the resort had a
day with no guests.
"And September is always our slowest month,"
Gerry added.
Ginny Dutton of Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old
IGA in Anna Maria said local customers continued to
visit the store, but there was a noticeable drop in walk-
in traffic the latter part of August.
"We had a good first week of August, but we've
noticed it slowing down since then," she said.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-

In the Sept. 2, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Only 30 percent of 130 Anna Maria beachfront
property owners signed an easement granting Manatee
County access to the beach for a planned 2001 beach
renourishment project, putting the Anna Maria portion
of the effort in jeopardy, Manatee County environmental
management director Jack Gorzeman said.
* Funding to purchase the Grassy Point area of
Holmes Beach was in danger when the Florida Com-
munities Trust, the agency that would provide the city
with the money to buy the property, ran out of money
before it could consider the purchase. FCT officials said
Grassy Point did not make the top 25 list of approvals,
but was "near the frontline" for supplemental funds.
* Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard told city com-
missioners that the Anna Maria City Pier needs a com-
plete overhaul at a cost between $100,000 and $200,000.
The commission gave Shumard approval to move for-
ward with an application for a state grant that would
provide 75 percent of the funds for the project, while the
city would be required to pay the balance.

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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Florida Department of Transportation has been
working on improvements to the Gulf Drive-Cortez
Road intersection to ease the flow of traffic during the
closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge that starts
Sept. 29.
The work is planned to take up to 45 days and the
bridge is said to be reopened by Nov. 13.
DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said the proj-
ect will lengthen the southbound turn lane on Gulf
Drive at the intersection for motorists heading to the
mainland on the Cortez Bridge.
Clarke said the improvements will cost an esti-
mated $275,000 and become a permanent part of the
intersection. She advised motorists to expect periodic
lane closures during the period leading up to the clo-
While the AMI Bridge is closed from Sept. 29 to
Nov. 13, the Cortez Bridge will be the Island's only
direct link to the mainland.
Travelers to the Island from Manatee Avenue will
be detoured south on 75th Street and west on Cortez
Road, through Cortez and then across the Cortez
Clarke said the DOT will make full use of its
information signs on Manatee Avenue, Cortez Road
and elsewhere to advise motorists of the detour route
and of possible traffic slowdowns during the closure

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DOT officials in Bartow have pledged that if an
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dent Mary Ann Brockman said that a number of accom-
modation owners reported vacancies during the Labor
Day weekend, traditionally a sellout on the Island.
Brockman's concern is that if the Island is slow
now, how will it fare when the bridge closes, par-
ticularly if the bridge doesn't re-open on Nov. 13 as
"I, too, am very concerned about the closure start-
ing on the 29th," Brockman told Joy. "Thanks for going
to the mat for us on this."

Last proposal effort
Joy made a proposal to Kopelousos that the bridge
be closed overnight, with one-lane daytime closures
during off-peak traffic periods. The bridge should be
"fully open" to motorists for any weekend holidays.
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significant to

local tourism
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
More vacationers came to Manatee County this
spring from other parts of Florida than any other region
of the United States.
This is one finding in a study conducted by
Research Data Services Inc. for the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council, which met Aug. 25 at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
RDS's Walter Klages studied tourism in the county
from March through May and found that Floridians
made up 26.4 percent of the vacationers.
The next highest group, 20.8 percent, came from
the northeastern United States, followed by 16.3 per-
cent from the Midwest, 15.2 percent from Europe and
10 percent from other parts of the southeastern United
"Florida is a very important part of the market,"
Klages said. "This is very clear and very obvious."
Klages said the downturn in the economy, including
the high price of gasoline, were factors in this spring's
vacation trends.
He added that statistics show the European market
"has incredible potential," with vacationers from both
the continent and the United Kingdom impressed with
visits to the county and taking advantage of a weak
The direct expenditures of tourists during the three-
month period was $73 million and the total economic
impact in the county was estimated at $115 million.
The study found that most U.S. vacationers trav-
eling to the area by air use Tampa Bay International
Airport, but Orlando's airport is a major hub for Euro-
About 53.5 percent of travelers used planes, 49.5
percent used rental cars and 45.5 percent used personal
"The drive market is significant," Klages said.
Leisure, not business, was the primary reason
three-fourths of travelers came to the area from March
through May, Klages said.
The study found that the average party size was
2.8 people and the average length of stay was 7.2 days.

Many vacationers in Anna Maria come for the casual but safe atmosphere, especially on the beaches, accord-
ing to a recent survey for the Manatee County Tourist Development Council. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Couples made up 47.2 percent of the parties traveling
to the area this spring.
The survey further found that about 34.9 percent
of the vacationers were first-time visitors, the average
age was 51 and the median household income was
Other statistics presented last week indicate that
tourism and accommodation rentals were up this
summer compared to last. (See story below.)
The average daily rate for lodging in the county
was $127 this July compared to $119 last July. Occu-
pancy in July on the Island was at 68.9 percent in July
compared to 59.6 percent last July.
One statistic that was down is the local-option
tourist development tax - total collection for 2008 in
June was $375,016 compared to $380,587 for the same
period last year.
Also last week, TDC chairman and Manatee County
Commissioner Joe McClash announced plans for a
one-day charette to discuss TDC priorities, especially
The meeting is tentatively set for 1:30 p.m. Nov.
13, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach.

McClash said he wants to hold a separate forum to
discuss ways to pay for the no-fare Anna Maria Island
trolley in the future.
The TDC also heard brief comments about two
Island initiatives - "Bridge the Gap," a community-
wide effort to promote Island events to draw visitors to
the Island during the 45-day closure of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge; and Cultural Connections, a coalition of
organizations and businesses promoting Island arts and
Both drew praise from commissioners and Braden-
ton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau director Larry
White, who suggested "Bridge the Gap" become an
annual campaign.
L\ .ly fall, tourism faces a gap," White said.
"There's a lull and I'm hopping that we can make this
an annual fall promotion."
In other business, the commission recommended
spending $8,900 for three sporting events in the county,
and reviewed reports on marketing campaigns for the
visitors bureau.
The TDC's next meeting will be at 9:30 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 20, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive.

Island tourism continues upward trend

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island's tourism climb this year con-
tinued in July as the Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau reported occupancy of Island accom-
modation units increased 1.4 percent from the same
month in 2007.
While the July 2008 figure of 68.9 percent occu-
pancy is only slightly ahead of last July's 67.5 percent
occupancy rate, it's nearly 9 percent higher than July

Right writing
Charlie Winans, Sylvia
Price and Judy Dom-
ienik stand with author
Patda Jim, who was the
guest speaker for the
Gulf Coast Writers May
meeting at the Island
Branch Library. Patda
Jim spoke on "Writ-
ing Right for Read-
ers." The group's next
meeting will be at 1:15
p.m. Wednesday, Sept.
3, at the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo:
Edna Tiemann :.. J.

2006, when occupancy was reported at just 59.6 per-
At the same time occupancy rates are climbing,
Island accommodation owners are apparently offering
visitors discounted room rates to make Island vacations
more attractive.
The CVB reported the average daily rate for an
Anna Maria Island accommodation room during July
was $141.04, down $4.13 from the July 2007 figure of

Although the Island's occupancy rate climbed in
July, mainland rental units continued an occupancy
slump that began in 2005.
Occupancy of mainland accommodation units
dropped to 56.9 percent in July 2008, down 2.1 percent
from the 59 percent occupancy level of 2007 and off
9.1 percent from July 2006, when the rate was reported
at 66 percent. In July 2005, mainland occupancy was
at 72.8 percent.
As occupancy of mainland units fell, the average
daily rate for that category of visitor stay was climbing.
The average mainland room rate jumped from $81.20
for July 2007 to $85.48 for the same month this year.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman has noted previously that
the continued tourism increase is significant for Island
accommodation owners.
And Brockman expected August to also be a busy
month for visitors.
After 2006 the Florida Department of Education
moved the opening of public schools forward two
weeks to allow Florida families a last chance for a
beach vacation.
The result was impressive as the Island occupancy
rate climbed 18.4 percent in August 2007 compared
with the same month in 2006.
Florida hoteliers had long complained that August
was the month that Florida families traditionally vaca-
tioned at state beaches and at attractions.
This year, Brockman has her fingers crossed as the
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The University of South Florida's Academy for
Lifelong Learning will return to Anna Maria Island
this fall and winter with an expanded lineup of pro-
The academy presented a series of lectures earlier
this year at the Studio at Gulf and Pine and the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
Organizer Tom Tollette said the academy board,
which he serves on, was so impressed with the turnout
and interest that the Island is now designated as an
academy extension site.
"The board was very enthusiastic," Tollette said.
Additionally, the board decided to expand the
academy's offerings with a free lecture, an eight-week
course and a free discussion series this fall.
In the winter, the academy will offer more lectures,
discussions and four eight-week courses.
This fall's lecture by Beverly Orchard on the sub-
ject of "Living a Healthy Lifestyle" will take place at
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria.
This fall's fee-based course, Florida Maritime Heri-
tage, will take place on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. begin-
ning Oct. 8. The classes will take place at the Florida
Maritime Museum, 119th St. W., Cortez.
Also this fall, the Studio, 10101 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, will serve as the sight for Einstein's Circle, a
free series of discussion groups. The groups will be
limited to 15 people.
The schedule includes:
* 11 a.m., Oct. 29, Elections 2008: What can we
expect of a new administration?
* 11 a.m. Nov. 12, Enii.-ly Policy: What next?
* 11 a.m. Nov. 26, Morality: A religious or Darwin-
ian concept?
* 11 a.m. Dec. 10, State of American Education:
Who is responsible?
"You can book to go to them all or just one," Tol-
lette said.
Beginning in January, the academy will offer
Island-based courses in the craft of w lilin.ii econom-
ics and public policies, "the great American stage play"
and Florida-friendly gardening. There is a fee associ-
ated with the courses.
For more information and to make required reser-
vations, call 941-359-4296.

Center offers nighttime
computer class
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
offer Tuesday night classes this month on computers.
The classes, taught by Clarence Jones, will offer
instruction in computer basics, including e-mail and
Internet use.
Classes will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9-Sept.
23. There is a fee associated with the course.
The Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
also continues to offer adult courses in yoga, Pilates
and other exercise programs, Spanish and watercolor
For more information, call the Center at

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Celebrating 60th anniversary
Betty and J.O. "Junie" Guthrie Jr. of Cortez cel-
ebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 28.
J.O. Guthrie Jr. is a native of Cortez, son of J.O.
Guthrie and Grace Fulford Guthrie. Betty is the
daughter of Capt. Billy Fulford, an early settler of the
historic fishing village. Betty was born in Detroit and
moved to Bradenton Beach at the age of 12. Betty
and J.O. have a son, J.O. Guthrie III of Valrico, and
two daughters, Carol Haas of Bradenton and Peggy
Ann Barr of Lebanon, Ind. They also have nine
grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Art league offers
children's classes
Children's art classes at the Anna Maria Island Art
League will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, with a
scrapbooking workshop for parents and children.
Participants should bring 6-12 photos to create
scrapbooking pages.
Also this month, AMIAL, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, will offer a class in working with clay
on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, on young artists on
Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on black-and-
white photography on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5:30
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-2099
or visit

Robinson to host
kids weekend

Manatee County's natural resources department
will present a "Wild Kids' Weekend" at Robinson Pre-
serve in west Bradenton.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13.
The program will be sponsored by grants from the
United States Environmental Protection Agency/Gulf of
Mexico Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmo-
spheric Administration Restoration Center, Gulf of Mexico
Foundation, and the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.
For reservations, which are required, or more infor-
mation, call Melissa Cain Nell at 941 748 4501, ext.

MCC to feature
Molto's work
Manatee Community College
will exhibit prints - includ-
ing "The Magic Bus Moved to
Wimauma II" - by Cortez artist
Linda Molto Oct. 3 through
Nov. 6. The exhibit will open
with a reception from 6 p.m. to
8p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, in MCC's
fine art gallery, 5840 26th St.
W. Molto, who moved to Cortez
about 25 years ago, has won
awards for her prints atfestivals
in St. Petersburg, Gainesville
- and Atlanta. The MCC also
- - - will add 28 of her prints to
its permanent collection. For
more information, call MCC at

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Community Center sued over fall

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Bradenton woman is suing the Anna Maria Island
Community Center for negligence for unspecified mon-
etary damages.
Attorney Peter Mackey, on behalf of Carmeane
Mackey, filed the civil suit at the Manatee County
Courthouse in Bradenton earlier this summer.
The suit alleges that Carmeane Mackey "was injured
due to the negligence of AMICC, including its failure to
use reasonable care in maintaining its premises in a rea-
sonably safe condition and to warn Carmeane Mackey
of dangerous conditions on the premises."
Specifically the suit alleges that on May 12 Mackey
went to the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, to
watch her grandson play in a baseball game.
"Mackey tripped and fell on a parking bumper
located in the parking area on the property, causing
her to suffer serious injury. The parking bumper was

insufficiently marked or painted, such that it consti-
tuted an unreasonably dangerous condition. Further, the
lighting in the parking area was turned off, creating an
unreasonably dangerous condition on the premises."
The suit claims that Mackey suffered a "broken arm
and/or wrist" resulting in "pain and suffering, mental
anguish, disability, inconvenience, loss of the enjoy-
ment of life, and medical and hospital expenses."
Furthermore, Mackey's attorneys allege that the fall
at the Center was a factor in a subsequent fall on June
5 that resulted in a fractured hip.
The fall did not occur at the Center, but the suit
alleges, "But for AMICC's negligence, this fall could
have been avoided and would not have occurred."
Mackey is asking for unspecified compensatory
damages, court costs and legal fees and "relief as the
court deems appropriate."
The Center had not responded to the suit as of The
Islander press time.

Homicide victim's personal possessions found

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach police have recovered personal
property officers believe belonged to Carla Beard,
found slain in the city Dec. 1, 2007.
Beard's body was found in a bed of seagrape leaves
at a beach house at 50th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Authorities believe Beard, 29, was killed sometime
after she left a First Step substance-abuse treatment
center in Sarasota on Nov. 26, 2007.
In late August, someone on the beach near the Mar-
tinique Condominiums found the items that supposedly
belonged to Beard.
"The nature of it is personal property," said
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson. "Some-
body who was hanging out on the rocks happened to
see it."
Stephenson declined to detail the items found, but

said the property matched descriptions of items known
to be in Beard's possession when she was last seen.
"We knew she was out on the beach and we knew
there was property missing," Stephenson said.
He said the items were "properly packaged" and
are now with crime-scene technicians.
"That's about all I can say on that," he said.
The Gold Star Club of Manatee County continues
to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to an
arrest and the Manatee County Crime Stoppers has put
up an additional $1,000 reward for information leading
to an arrest and conviction.
Authorities have urged anyone with information
about Beard's death to call the Holmes Beach Police
Department at 941-708-5800. Anonymous tips may also
be made to Manatee County Crime Stoppers hotline at
866-634-8477 (TIPS) or at www.manateecrimestop-

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach commissioners this week will
review plans for the city to host a workshop on pro-
moting environmentally friendly business practices.
The commission will discuss the planned workshop
during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4,
at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The "Greening Your Business" workshop is a
partnership between the city's ScenicWAVES com-
mittee, Green Connection US and Simply Green Solu-
tions LLC. The program will take place Sept. 22 at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.
Other agenda items for the commission this week

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Tropical Storm Fay was a non-event weather-wise,
but the storm did interrupt Island business, including
the Holmes Beach city commission meeting of Aug.
The commission was expected to hold a second and
final vote on an ordinance to transmit amendments to
the city's comprehensive plan to the state for review.
With city hall closed on Aug. 19 as a storm precau-
tion, the meeting was opened at 7 p.m. by Commission
Chair Sandy Haas-Martens and continued at 7:02 p.m.
for lack of a quorum.
The commission is expected to vote on the comp
plan transmittal at the 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at city hall, 5801
Marina Drive.
The changes to the comp plan are based on the
previously approved evaluation appraisal report
and include amendments to the plan's land use,
housing, transportation, infrastructure and recre-
ation, conservation and coastal management ele-
One of the more significant changes involves estab-
lishing a mixed-use overlay in the commercial area
generally referred to as downtown Holmes Beach. The

* A proposed amended travel expense policy. The
policy is being revised to base mileage on the rate set
by the Internal Revenue Service.
* An amendment to the city's capital improvements
plan to include planning for a mooring field and other
waterfront projects.
* A discussion on a contract for a corridor manage-
ment plan update, a document required to meet state
rules for scenic highways. Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach has a scenic highway designation.
* Discussion on the city's evaluation appraisal report,
which was submitted to the state earlier this year.
* Requests for special event permits for the Beach-
House Restaurant to host kayak races and the annual
SandBlast sand-sculpting tournament.

provision allows for a blend of commercial and resi-
dential uses, with commercial operations on the first
floor of a building and residential on the second and
third floors.
During its review, the planning board agreed to
reduce the mixed-use overlay district, which originally
covered all property designated as commercial on the
future land-use map.
In the transportation element, a proposed amended
map shows Key Royale Drive as a two-lane, major
roadway to make the street eligible for improvements
under the local-option 5-cent gas tax.
In the housing element, the planning board
attempted to address the state's requirement that comp
plans deal with affordable housing.
The recreation and open-space element includes
a proposed map showing shorelines and waterways, a
new requirement from the state.
With the vote, the document goes to the state for
review, city planning consultant Bill Brisson said,
He added, "I have no doubt they will find some-
The state has 60 days to review the amendments
and then the city would take 60 days to make any
needed changes.

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Tlose were the days

Part 5, the Saga of Anna Maria City


victim of accident
By June Alder
Kenneth McLeod, connected with the Ozone
barber shop in Bradentown, met with an accident
Monday night near the corner of Fairview and Man-
atee avenues when a Harley-Davidson motorcycle
he was riding turned over upon him, the accident
being caused by a young man trying to avoid collid-
ing with a Ford car suddenly coming into Manatee
from Fairview.
McLeod is at the Larrabee hospital, suffering
from internal injuries and bruises, and while in a
serious condition throughout the night, being par-
tially paralyzed for hours, the young man was rest-
ing Tuesday as well as could be expected.
It appears that shortly after 10 o'clock Monday
night, Rufus Peacock met McLeod and asked to be
taken out on Manatee Avenue, where a car occupied
by his sisters had been stalled. There being a sidecar
on the motorcycle McLeod was driving, Peacock
asked to get in, and they started down Manatee
Avenue, and at the corner mentioned a Ford car
suddenly turned into Manatee Avenue. Mr. McLeod
maneuvered and avoided a collision, but it seems
that Peacock became frightened and jumped from
the sidecar, which caused the motorcycle to become
unbalanced, and it made three complete somersaults,
each time falling upon McLeod.
Night police officers Bennett and Miller
were soon on the scene, and with assistance of
others extricated the unfortunate man from his
perilous position and rushed him to the Larrabee
hospital, where Dr. Larrabee gave him immedi-
ate attention.
- The Evening Herald, May 30, 1923

When we celebrate the 217th birthday of our
nation this year [1993] with rockets and parties
and parades, how about humming a bar or two of
"Yankee Doodle" in honor of Anna Maria City's
70th birthday.

It was on July 5, 1923, that the Island's first munici-
pality announced its presence in the world. That's when
the three temporary commissioners - the two Davises
(Mayor Sam and Vice Mayor Mitch, not related) and
C.W. Bonham (town clerk pro tem) - put their heads
together and enacted the town's first laws.
Typical of the officials of frontier settlements, their
objective was "to bring law and order" to their bailiwick.
Don't laugh. The Island was on the frontier of Florida
as far as smuggling was concerned. Prohibition was
in effect and rum runners were active here. Schooners
and launches loaded with whiskey from Cuba slipped in
and out of Tampa Bay in the dark of night. And illegal
immigrants (mostly Chinese) were being landed on the
shores of Sarasota and Manatee counties from time to
But the principal disturbers of the peace in those
days were not desperadoes in black hats who rode into
town on lathered up horses with six-guns a-shootin',
but Roaring Twenties renegades in helmets and goggles
astride smoke-belching, ear-splitting adult toys called
Ah, how they loved to jounce over the Cortez Road
bridge, cut over to the beach and speed northward along
the hard-packed sand up to Pine Avenue, then shoot east
toward the bay on the concrete sidewalk and onto the
long wharf, leaping over broken or missing cross-rails
and finally coming to a stop within inches of the end of
the dock. It was called rough-riding, and it was consid-

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ered a thrilling sport, but not by tranquility-loving
Anna Marians.
So the first ordinance to go on the books created
the office of town marshal, the second dealt with
rules and regulations to keep the cyclists and Tin
Lizzies in check, and the third set up a municipal
court to punish the miscreants.
The six other ordinances dealt with occupational
licenses, the design of a town seal (more about that
later), the duties of the town clerk, qualifications
for elective office, the town's tax year - July 1,
1923, to July 1, 1924 - and finally, the date for the
election of the permanent board of commissioners:
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1923.

Next Week: And the winnah is...?

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and other anno-
tated works for
The Islander
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pitch to halt


fee fails
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
After more than three years of discussions and 10
public hearings dating back to May 2007, Anna Maria
city commissioners were more than ready at Aug. 28
to adopt a stormwater utility fee.
But a group of city residents led by Alice Newlon
and former City Commissioner Tom Skoloda protested
the action.
Newlon presented a petition signed by more than
150 residents calling on the commission to forget the
fee and find money for stormwater maintenance in the
city budget - and to do it without raising taxes.
The city has enough problems with this issue that
the commission should reconsider, Skoloda said, adding
that saying this a "fee" is a misnomer. 'This is a tax,"
he said.
"This should come out of the budget," Skoloda
said, and it opens the door to fees by the city on a vari-
ety of items.
Newlon agreed. "We are afraid because cities
are starting to add fees" in place of taxes because the
Legislature has ordered that taxes be held to levels of
"Make hard choices and find the money in the
existing budget," she urged the commission.
Commissioners said they appreciated the concern,
but some wondered why residents had come late to the
Commission Chairman John Quam said the com-
mission has been discussing the issue for three or four
years and public hearings started 15 months ago.
"Now, at the last minute, you are coming forward,"
he said.
Quam noted that the city is required by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency to improve the
quality of its stormwater runoff. Maintenance of those
stormwater drainage projects will help ensure the water
quality meets EPA standards, he indicated.
Commissioner Dale Woodland, who was at the
forefront of creating the fee, agreed this was a tax.
But the fee addresses an issue that has festered in
the city without action for quite some time, he said.
The city will have a dedicated fund for stormwater
maintenance and Woodland said he was "proud to be a
backer" of the fee.
With two projects completed under the master
stormwater drainage plan and a third in the planning
stage, passage of the fee allows the city to "protect our
investment," Woodland said.
After hearing a number of other speakers against
the fee, the commission unanimously voted to approve
the resolution. The resolution also includes an appeal
process and requires the commission to examine the
fee amount on an annual basis.
The petitioners weren't really a day late with their
protests, but they were $45 short in their effort to halt
implementation of the fee.
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lent stormwater unit) annually for a single-family resi-
dence that encompasses 2,254 square feet of impervi-
ous surface on a property.
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Island library announces September events

The Island Branch Library will host a family ori-
gami class from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
The library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
also will host movies at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 and

Because the fee was enacted as a resolution, it can
be amended or withdrawn by the commission at any
Following the vote, state Rep. Bill Galvano pre-
sented his legislative update for the 2008 session and
praised the commission for making "tough decisions"
on difficult issues.
He noted that the Legislature gets "pushed" by the
federal government and the Legislature, in turn, pushes
on cities and counties.
In other business, commissioners approved an
amendment to the city's site plan procedures and
authorized Mayor Fran Barford to begin the ordinance
amendment process with the planning and zoning board
regarding issues approved by consensus of the commis-
sion and board at an Aug. 21 joint session.
The commission also authorized the mayor to sign
a contract to repave a section of Gulf Drive between
Willow and White streets at a cost of $11,500, and
resurface the humpback bridge on North Bay Boule-
vard for $11,860.
Commissioners also approved a $20,000 increase
in the city's 2008-09 contract with the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office because fuel costs have increased since
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Also on Sept. 18, the library will host a book club
meeting at 10:15 a.m.
At 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, the Friends of the
Island Library board will meet.

ment services this fiscal year.
Resident Jim Conoly said paying the MCSO is one
of the best investments the city has ever made.
"We have better service than towns around us," he
Commissioners also approved an $11,000 contract
to repave a portion of Gulf Drive and gave consent for
$11,860 for resurfacing the humpback bridge on North
Bay Blvd.

Site plan amendment continued
Commissioners held off on approving the second
reading of an amendment to the city's site plan review
procedures, continuing the issue to the Sept. 25 com-
mission meeting.

Former mayor named to
transportation grant committee
The commission approved Mayor Fran Barford's
nomination of former Mayor SueLynn as a member of
the city's transportation grant enhancement committee.
The TEG is establishing a list of priority projects that
will be funded by the city's upcoming $370,000 federal
grant for Pine Avenue improvements.

Longboat Key chamber holds eco-hunt on circle
The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands The hunt will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Hem-
Key Chamber of Commerce will hold an eco-hunt ingway' s Restaurant and Bar, 325 John Ringling
Sept. 13 on St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. Blvd.
The event - limited to the first 100 to reg- The deadline to pay the $10 registration fee is
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Albert Lee Anderson
Albert Lee Anderson, 87, of Bradenton, died Aug.
Mr. Anderson moved to Bradenton from Sterling
Heights, Mich., 22 years ago. He was a member of
the Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Course, Elks Lodge,
American Legion Kirby Stewart Post and the Braden-
ton Beach Moose Lodge. He was a U.S. Navy veteran,
having served during World War II.
There was to be no service. Memorial contributions
can be made to Tidewell Hospice. Covell Funeral Home
is serving the Anderson family.
Mr. Anderson is survived by wife Merrie; son
Gregory and wife Teresa; grandchildren Brandon and
Garrett Anderson; and step grandchildren Adam and
Anthony Griffin.

Ada D. Kelley
Ada D. Kelley, 92, of Bradenton, died Aug. 23.
A memorial service was held Aug. 26 at Wind-
sor Oaks, Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes
& Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in
charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be
made to; Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care 5955
Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Mrs. Kelley is survived by daughters M. Arlene
Clarke of Anna Maria and Lois K. Lee of Bradenton;
four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

John Joseph Spenyovics Jr.
John Joseph Spenyovics Jr., 68, died Aug. 23.
He was born in Ramsey, N.J. He served his coun-
try in the U.S. Navy from 1957 until 1959, and then
worked for the Long Island Railroad in New York. He
moved from East Islip, N.Y., to Bradenton in 1976.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge #99, American
Legion Post 24, DAV, AM-VETS, and Moose Lodge
of Bradenton Beach and Palmetto.
John recently served as a security guard for Beth
Callens Management and Blake Medical Center.

Services were Sept. 2 at the chapel of Covell
Funeral Home, 4232 26th St. W., Bradenton with full
military honors. Memorial donations made be made to
the American Legion,, or by giving
blood in his honor to the Manatee Blood Bank.
He is survived by daughters Dawn and husband
Chris Atkinson of Parrish, Michelle Heidt of East
Tawas, Mich.; and Carrie and husband Brian Fanslau,
of East Tawas, Mich.; and six granddaughters and one
Justine S. Sprenger
Justine Gambill Stinson Sprenger, 74, of Braden-
ton and Holmes Beach, died Aug. 24. She was born
in Ashland, Ky., and was a descendent of a pioneer
family from North Carolina who entered eastern Ken-
tucky through the Great Cumberland Gap in the early
1800s and settled in the Big Blaine Valley of what is
now Lawrence County, Ky.
Following graduation from Ashland Senior High
School in 1952, she graduated from University of
Kentucky with a major in mathematics and a minor
in music in 1956. She was a member of Chi Omega
sorority, participated in choir and intramural athletics,
and during her senior year was ROTC Pershing Rifle
Princess and a member of the May Day Court.
She and Tom Sprenger were married June 24, 1956.
They lived in Indianapolis, New Orleans and Tampa
prior to moving to Bradenton in August 1961.
In Indianapolis, Justine worked for the U.S. Geo-
logical Survey Ground Water Division and in New
Orleans for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
After moving to Bradenton, she became involved at
Palma Sola Presbyterian Church with the choir, Sunday
school, youth group and session, building and deco-
rating committees. For 23 years, Justine decorated the
church sanctuary with orchids for Easter and poinsettias
at Christmas. Other activities included Panhellenic and
the Manatee County Medical Auxiliary, past presidents of
each; Entre Nous, past treasurer and life member; member
Daughters of the American Revolution, Chi Omega and
University of Kentucky Alumni; YMCA board member;
and Bishop Museum and Planetarium volunteer.
She served on the board and executive committee
of the Florida West Coast Symphony for many years.

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Other FWCS activities include governance committee
and Emeritus Club. She co-chaired the Manatee Sym-
phony Association Valentine Pops for three years.
Visitation and service were Aug. 28 at Palma Sola
Presbyterian Church, Bradenton.
Memorial donations may be made to Palma Sola
Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
FL 34209, or to Florida West Coast Symphony, 709 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34236.
She is survived by husband Tom; daughter Dr.
Rebecca Belis and husband Mitchel of Bradenton;
son Michael and wife Lynne and grandchildren Jacob,
Sophia, and Nathan, all of Brandon; niece Dr. Kimberly
May of Scotch Plains, N.J., and nephew Shawn May of
Ashland, Ky.

Taking 10 minutes to save a life
Mark Mixon, left, of Bradenton Beach, volunteers at
the Holmes Beach Publix Super Market Aug. 30, col-
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leukemia." Sabine Musil-Buehler of Holmes Beach
swabs her mouth, while Mixon explains his girlfriend's
sister-in-law has leukemia and is in need of a donor.
The tests will identify any possible blood or bone
marrow donors. The donor registration and testing
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'Tomato Plant Girl' entertains, teaches AME students

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Manatee Players play "Tomato Plant Girl"
kicked off a tour of area schools with a presentation at
Anna Maria Elementary School Aug. 29.
The play will be performed at eight other elemen-
tary schools in Manatee County throughout the year.
"Tomato Plant Girl" was written by Wesley Mid-
dleton, the associate director for Seattle Fringe Theatre
Productions, and jointly premiered in 1997 by Metro
Theatre Company and Idaho Theatre for Youth. It has
since been performed for young audiences nation-
"Tomato Plant Girl" takes young audiences to
"Heretown," where they encounter three elementary
school age girls: Little Girl, Bossy Best Friend and
Tomato Plant Girl. Through their interactions students
see first hand the subtle ways girls bully one another.
AME guidance counselor Cindi Harrison said the
script is "packed with symbolism and real-life stuff kids
Harrison, who previewed the play during the
summer, worked with Leona Braun, Manatee Player's
education coordinator, to develop a "play talk" com-
ponent to the performance.
Harrison developed both pre-talk and post-talk dis-
cussion points that help students process scenes from
the play and begin their dialogue about what constitutes
bullying. She led the discussion at AME and will con-
tinue to facilitate the play-talk component when the
play is performed.
"The play talks get kids to make [stage] scene-to-
self connections," said Harrison.
The bossy girl is manipulative and makes Little
Girl do mean things. They meet each day in a garden
where Little Girl's tomato plant grows through her
nurturing, while Bossy Best Friend's does not thrive.
When Bossy Friend's plant dies, she demands to have
Little Girl's plant. When Little Girl pulls up her plant, a
tomato spirit who appears in the shape of a girl appears.
In the absence of Bossy Girl, Little Girl builds a true
friendship with the Tomato Plant Girl. When Bossy Girl
discovers the friendship, she demands Little Girl make
a choice between her two friends. By this point, Little
Girl has grown to recognize true friendship.
Harrison says Bossy Girl and Little Girl exemplify
the manner in which girls bully. "It's not a classic bully
that tends to repeat a behavior to the same person,
but rather it's common for elementary school girls to
attempt to gain control over another girl."
For AME students, the play begins what will be a
yearlong lesson in learning to recognize and stop bul-
lying. The play complements the districtwide "Not in
my School" bullying campaign, Harrison said.

"The problem we have is that kids don't tell us
what's happening," said Harrison. "Many don't know
the difference between 'tattling' and 'reporting.' When
confronted with the topic in play format, kids will talk
about bullying because they don't have to name names.
They aren't pointing the finger at someone. This gives
us a way to assess students' ideas about bullying."
Braun researched national statistics on bullying and
learned, "one out of four students are bullied nation-
wide. There is no place for that in our schools."
In fact, Braun said that Manatee Players initiated
the play project after a theatre patron expressed her con-
cern about her son being bullied at school. The theater's
artistic director Rick Kirby was aware of the Orlando
Repertory Theater's production of "Tomato Plant Girl"
and brought the script to Manatee Players.
Invited guests at the Riverfront Theatre in Braden-
ton previewed the play in July. Braun said the decision
was made to take the play into the schools for added
"Coming to the theater is a magical experience,"
explained Braun, "but it is more striking to perform this
play in a school setting where bullying takes place. We
find the audience can relate to the subject from a safe
distance being easily entertained and then allowed to
think about the seriousness of the subject."
Following the AME debut, students were asked
if they had ever been bossy like the girl in the play.
Almost all students raised his or her hand. When asked
if anyone had been nice like Little Girl - all hands
went up.

Class act
Booker High School
students Gabby
Boyer, Grace Rubin
and Mona Pirnot
entertain students
at Anna Maria
Elementary School,
and showcase good
behavior versus
-I bullying with the
Manatee Players
traveling production
' of "Tomato Plant
Girl." In character,
from left, are Boyer
- as Tomato Plant
Girl, Rubin as Little
Girl and Pirnot as
.,.Bossy Best Friend.
tIslander Photos:
Lisa Williams

Students recognized that some of the bossy girl's
behavior is patterned after her mom, a character that
is briefly introduced in the play, and noted the giving
characteristics of Little Girl's friendship with Tomato
Plant Girl.
The three roles are played by Booker High School
juniors, Gabby Boyer, Mona Pirnot and Grace Rubin.
Braun said Manatee Players is pleased with the collabo-
ration between the theater and schools and is seeking
grant funding to tour the play to as many schools as
At the close of the play talk, AME students gave a
resounding declaration against bullying.
"Not in my school," students chanted. "Not in my

Not my school
The actresses from the Manatee Players'production of
"Tomato Plant Girl" lead AME students in the school's
new motto against bullying - "Not in my school."

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Center MAP brings teens together

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
answering the call of Island middle school parents to
provide a safe gathering place after-school.
The Center has begun a new "Middle School After-
School Program," abbreviated as MAP, that provides
teenagers loosely structured activities. Unlike the cur-
riculum-based elementary after-school program "Time
for Learning Creatively," middle school students have
more freedom in choosing how to spend their time at
the Center. Andy Jonatzke, who oversees the Teen pro-
gram, said participants will have unlimited homework
help, time in the computer lab and reading lounge, as
well as access to healthy snacks.
April Jonatzke supervises the TLC program and
said parents have been asking for a program that offers
supervision for their children as they leave elementary
school. "We' re very excited about expanding our ser-
vices," she said.
Andy Jonatzke noted that the state doesn't require
supervision of children once they reach age 11. "The
state of Florida states that a child at age 11 is considered
a teen and may remain home alone," he said.
The MAP program is open to students in grades

sixth through eighth, and transportation is provided.
Jonatzke said that the Manatee County School District
provides transportation from King Middle School to
Anna Maria Elementary School, where a Center bus
picks up participants and takes them to Anna Maria.
MAP runs until 6 p.m., and participants must be signed
out by a parent in order to leave the Center. MAP weekly
fees are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Day rates also are available.
MAP dovetails into the Center's "Teen Scene"
menu of daily activities, which are open to teenagers
in both middle and high schools. Teen Scene begins as
early as 5 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. depending on the
activity. Participants in Teen Scene activities come and
go as they please and MAP participants are welcome
to stay past 6 p.m. and join in.
Activities include a just for girls and just for boys
weekly meeting featuring discussions on dealing with
life issues and concerns.
Youth fitness classes meet twice a week for struc-
tured workouts and nutritional education.
"Director's Cut" is a movie night showcasing recent
releases on the Center's new 55-inch television. Pizza
is included.
Teens also will have the opportunity to conduct

Friendship grows
In the play "Tomato
Plant Girl, " a garden
spirit helps two girls
learn the true charac-
teristics offriendship.
* The play raises aware-
ness among elementary-
age students about the
nuances of bullying.
Manatee Players is
touring the play to area
schools with its first
- ~stop at Anna Maria
Elementary School.


community service project, publish a teen newspa-
per, gather career and college information, take field
trips and challenge staff members to sporting or video
Jonatzke said teens are rewarded for participating
with "community points" redeemable for discounts on
field trips and special events.
Teens can receive notices of upcoming events via
personal e-mail or MySpace accounts.
For more information about MAP or Teen Scene
gatherings call the Center at 941-778-1908.

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Wednesday, Sept. 3
1:15 p.m. - The Gulf Coast Writers meet at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
7p.m. - A seminar with Dr. Pat Gilbert on harmful
algal blooms is at the New College Sudakoff Center,
5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota. Information:

Thursday, Sept. 4
6 to 7p.m. - Volunteer meet and greet at Robinson
Preserve. Information: 941-748-4501, ext. 4605.
6:30 p.m. - Ben Gullett Mullet Invitational
fishing tournament captain's meeting at Star Fish
Company, 12304 46th Ave. W., Cortez. Information:
941-794-1243. Fee applies.

Saturday, Sept. 6
9 to 11 a.m. - "Animal Olympics" Wild Kids'
Weekend at Robinson Preserve. Program suitable for
ages 6 and older. Information: 941-748-4501, ext.
9 a.m. to noon - Bay Wise kayak tour from Palma
Sola Causeway to Robinson Preserve. Space is limited
to 15 participants. Information: Sarasota Bay Estuary
Program offices, 941-955-8085.
10 a.m. to noon - Creative Clay class for ages 7
and older at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Four-week session.
Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Family origami at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-6341.
1 to 3 p.m. - A Scrapbooking Adventure for parent
and child ages 5 and older at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.
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:
6 p.m. - Ben Gullet Mullet Invitational Fishing
Contest fish fry and awards ceremony at Star Fish
Company, 12304 46th Ave. W., Cortez. Information:
941-794-1243. Fee applies.

Monday, Sept. 8
6:30 p.m. - Seminar on nautical knots at the Anna
Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bra-
denton. Information: 941-795-0482. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Sept. 9
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
for lunch and a program about families in crisis at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.

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Mullet tourney to net preservation

The Ben Gullett Mullet Invitational fishing tourna-
ment Sept. 4-5-6 will accept last-minute entries at the
mandatory captain's meeting and then the fishing -
casting for big mullet - begins.
It promises to be a unique tournament. All fish
caught must be netted with a legal cast net - a first
for the area.
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.
It benefits the Cortez organization that seeks to pre-
serve the unique qualities of the village, the Florida
Institute for Saltwater Heritage.
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
Islander newspaper.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, with
the 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.
Only six saltwater mullet will be allowed for the
weigh-in and they must be iced down. The fish must
be weighed in by 4 p.m. Sept. 6. In the event of a tie,
the largest mullet of six from the tying team will break
the tie.
Two-person teams pay $150. In the junior division,
the fee is $50 per team for fishers age 17 and under.
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 sheep-
shead and perch will be weighed, but the mullet must be
of legal length. Adult rules apply in the junior division
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 Saturday eve-
ning awards ceremony, beginning at 6 p.m. at Star Fish
Entry forms and additional information, including
orders for tournament T-shirts, are available online at For information by phone, call Bell
at 941-794-1243.

Net spread
Cortez fishermen hang their cotton nets to dry after a day of fishing. Islander Photo: Courtesy Karen Bell

4 to 5:30 p.m. - "Budding Young Artists" class for
ages 7 and older at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Four-week session.
Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.

* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch
horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the

American Legion Post 24,2005 75th St. W., Bradenton,
hosts dinner. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.

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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Aug. 22, 100 block Elm Avenue, theft. Deputies
responded to a call of a man attempting to gain entrance
to a home. He had a plastic bag of cash and a flashlight,
resisted arrest and was charged with burglary.
Aug. 22,875 N. Shore Road, Rod & Reel Pier, tres-
pass. The complainant said a patron went behind the bar
and poured himself a drink, then jumped off the balcony
into the water. He was issued a trespass warning.
Aug. 23,7200 Gulf Drive, no valid driver's license.
Deputies stopped a vehicle with a broken windshield
and, after a record check, discovered the driver had an
outstanding warrant and no driver's license. He was
arrested and taken to jail.
Aug. 27, 100 block Magnolia Avenue, abandoned
vehicle. Deputies ticketed a vehicle with no tag parked
on the side of the road. Later, after attempts to locate
the owner failed, the vehicle was towed from the site.

Bradenton Beach
Aug. 26, 2200 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said outdoor furniture, including a lounge set,
two chairs and a table, were removed from the condo-
minium complex.

Holmes Beach
Aug. 23, 2800 block Gulf Drive, criminal mischief.
Officers saw a man knock a mailbox off its stand by
the road. When the man was approached, he began to
scream obscenities at officers and appeared intoxicated.
The residents of the house said they would notify the
owner regarding pressing any charges, the man said he
was sorry and would pay for the replacement mailbox,
and he was given a ride home.
Aug. 23, 400 block 74th Street, criminal mischief.
The complainant said someone blew up her mailbox,
possibly with fireworks.
Aug. 23, 3100 Gulf Drive, disturbance. Officers
stopped a woman walking a bicycle down the middle
of the road. When searched, officers found a bottle of
prescription drugs that were not labeled in her name.
She said they belonged to her mother, which was con-
firmed. No further action was taken.
Aug. 24, 100 block 81st Street, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took a staghorn fern plant, valued at
$150, from her yard when she evacuated her home prior
to a tropical storm.
Aug. 25, 200 block Haverkos Court, battery, crimi-
nal mischief. Officers responded to Blake Medical
Center after a woman told hospital workers she had
been battered by her boyfriend. She told officers her
boyfriend threw her down several times and choked
her, according to the report, and also threw her cell
phone across the room, breaking it. Officers stated in
the report they went to the boyfriend's home but were
unable to question him because he was passed out on
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Formal charges filed in gill-netting case

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The state attorney's office has filed formal charges
of illegal fishing against two men arrested June 9 near
Coquina Beach.
lorida Fish and Wildlife officers arrested Christo-
pher Ron Baker, 27, of Ruskin, and Daniel P Gilliland,
28, of Bradenton, for using a gill net in state water,
failing to properly transit a gill net, possession of an
unmarked gill net and no saltwater products license.
Use of a gill net in state water, illegal since 1995,
is classified as a third-degree felony. The other charges
are classified as second-degree misdemeanors.
According to documents filed at the Manatee
County Courthouse in Bradenton, FWC Officer Louis
Hinds was "contacted about a vessel off of Bradenton
Beach that appeared to be pulling in a net."
Two other FWC officers, Grant Burton and Will
Widener, stopped the vessel and "retrieved the net from
the water. The vessel was taken to the [nearby] dock
and both subjects were charged."
Hinds said the vessel had left the village area head-
ing south and that he later saw the boat about 100 yards
from the beach.
FWC officers pulled a gill net from the water that,
according to their report, contained four sharks, 10
pompano, two sheepshead, two mangrove snapper, one
spotted sea trout, two whiting and 58 lady fish.

Home invasion trial

set for September
The two men charged in the April 17 home
invasion in Anna Maria involving former City
Commissioner Linda Cramer will have separate
trials, according to court records.
Michael Gambuzza is charged with one count
of home invasion and robbery, a first-degree
felony, and one count each of false imprisonment,
a third-degree felony. He will have a jury trial at
9 a.m. on Sept. 15, according to court records.
Gambuzza has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Christopher Drescher also pleaded not guilty
to the charges, but his trial date will not be until
Jan. 9, 2009.
The two men remain in the Manatee County
jail on a $175,000 bond each. Judge Janette Dun-
nigan, the presiding judge in both cases, has
declined to lower the bail amount.
The case will come up for a docket sounding
on Sept. 4.

Aug. 25, 200 block 76th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone took $4 and a necklace valued
at $800 from his bedroom while he was gone.
Aug. 27, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, disor-
derly. Officers responded to a complaint of a man "trash-
ing the laundromat and ... l1hiu iing things around and
banging on the rear door" of the bar, according to the

Hinds' report noted that the boat, a 28-foot home-
made skiff, was not registered to either defendant.
Baker and Gilliland were taken first to the Fulford
Fish House in Cortez to dock the boat, then transported to
Manatee County jail, where they have since posted bail.
A trial is expected to take place later this year.

3 face misdemeanor

charges in sex sting
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested
three men on Aug. 28 for alleged sexual acts in areas
along the Palma Sola Causeway.
MCSO, responding to citizen complaints, con-
ducted the undercover operation in a causeway rest
room and in a mangrove area west of the causeway.
Authorities arrested a 48-year-old Palmetto man
late-morning Aug. 28 for allegedly exposing himself
and committing a sexually-related act in front of a
Two other men, both of Bradenton, were arrested
mid-afternoon in separate, allegedly sexually-related
The three men - Roy Ulysses Johns, 48, Luis
Manuel Colon, 22, and Daniel Robert Thyen, 37 -
face misdemeanor charges of exposure of sexual organs,
according to MCSO, which has dealt with cruising in
the causeway area for about 20 years.

Attorney refiles for dismissal
in blown-kiss case
An attorney again is seeking the dismissal
of a felony charge against a teenager arrested in
connection with an alleged scuffle with a police
officer on Coquina Beach.
Attorney Alex V. Hajaistron recently filed
a motion for a dismissal in the case against his
client, Veronica Lewis, who is charged with bat-
tery on a law enforcement officer.
The attorney also asked the court to allow her
brother, Lance Lewis, 14, also arrested in the inci-
dent, to tape his witness testimony because he is
under 16 years old.
The scuffle occurred after Lance Lewis blew
a kiss toward Bradenton Beach Police Officer
Timothy Matthews on April 20. Matthews has
since resigned as a reserve officer from the BBPD
and taken a post with the Palmetto Police Depart-
Hajaistron claims that Matthews entrapped
Veronica Lewis.

report. Officers stopped a man who appeared intoxicated,
and he was placed in custody in a patrol car for transport
to the police station. He then began banging his head
against the side window of the vehicle and would not
stop. He was pepper-sprayed and, due to lacerations on
his head, taken first to the hospital, then to jail.

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Bradenton Beach city team rescues hatchlings

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach city employees, equipped with a
pool net, rescued 15 hatchling sea turtles from a storm-
water drain Aug. 27.
"Some of them were really m,, in'." said city
building official Steve Gilbert.
Bradenton Beach Police Officer Eric Hall also res-
cued a number of hatchlings from the street.
The hatchlings had emerged at some point Aug.
26 or Aug. 27 from a nest on the beach near 1906 Gulf
Drive N., the address for the Coquina Beach Club,
home to 16 condominiums.
The turtles apparently became disoriented, moving
toward artificial light and the street rather than the Gulf
of Mexico, according to Suzi Fox, executive director
of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.
Fox and BBPD learned of the disorientation at
about 4 a.m. Aug. 27. Some hatchlings ended up in the
street, some ended up in a stormwater drain on Gulf
Drive and, according to Fox, an unidentified passerby
early that morning had found 59 turtles, collected them
and carried them to the Gulf.
At least six hatchlings died, Fox said.
With the discovery of hatchlings in the drain, rep-
resentatives from the city's public works and planning
and building departments turned out to fish out the
"We were able to get 15 of them," said Char Pat-
terson, deputy director of public works for the city.
Patterson carried a bucket with sand and water for
the hatchlings. Gilbert and public works Tom Woodard
collected the turtles with the net. Code enforcement
officer Wendy Chabot gathered the hatchlings from
the net. Code enforcement officer Gail Garneau also
A number of threats face both nesting female sea
turtles and hatchlings, according to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission.
But perhaps the most significant threat to hatch-
lings on Florida beaches is artificial lighting, which
can draw the turtles away from the Gulf of Mexico,
possibly leading them to death.
For 2007, FWC reported at least 1,410 incidents
in which hatchlings became disoriented on beaches in
the state, an increase of 400 disorientations from 2001.
The number of disoriented hatchlings was estimated at
64,433 in Florida in 2007.
With the arrival of nesting season in May, code
enforcement officials on Anna Maria Island made
a concerted effort to remind residents and business
owners of code requirements for lighting.
In Bradenton Beach, one property owner was called
before a special master for violating lighting regulations
earlier this year.
Last week, with the Aug. 27 disorientation, Bra-
denton Beach was abuzz with reports of another likely
special master hearing in October and a possible federal
or state review.

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Saltwater Heritage, a non-profit organization.

"Now we have an incidental take," Fox said, refer-
ring to the hatchling deaths.
Sea turtles are protected species at the state level
under the Florida Endangered and Threatened Spe-
cies Act and at the federal level under the Endangered
Species Act. Penalties for harming the animals can
include fines and/or imprisonment. In Florida, killing
or wounding an endangered or threatened species, or
intentionally destroying the eggs or nest of such a spe-
cies is classified as a third-degree felony.
On Aug. 28, Chabot and Garneau were investigat-
ing the incident and preparing a notice of violation
letter to 1906 Gulf Drive.
Garneau added that protocol when there are deaths
in a disorientation is to notify state and federal agencies
for possible prosecution.
On Aug. 28, the night after the disorientation near
1906 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, Fox reported
three more disorientations on Island beaches. In each

Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 148
loggerhead sea turtle nests and 97 false crawls on
the beach as of Aug. 30.
AMITW also reported 4,226 hatchlings
emerged from 63 nests.
Nesting season continues through October.

instance, hatchlings apparently reached the Gulf of
Fox speculated that "city glow" was a factor in
those disorientations, but she plans to ask a Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission agent about the
L\ N.iy single nest that went out last night went
south," Fox said Aug. 28. "We had three disorienta-
tions, which is a lot for one night."

A person or persons unknown posted this sign Aug. 28 at the
77th Street beach access in Holmes Beach. Chief Jay Moyles
of Manatee County Marine Rescue said he's had no reports
of any large sharks in the area, but he planned to advise
lifeguards at Manatee Public Beach to be watchful. He was
also planning to contact the Manatee County .hit, itf's Office
to alert its helicopter to be on the lookout for any shark
activity offshore in the 77th Street area during the next
flyover. Islander Photos: Lisa Williams

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Snook season opens;

reds, trout also good

in bays
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Islander Correspondent
Snook season opened Sept. 1, and based on the
catch-and-release action of late, it promises to be a
good year for the fishers vs. big linesiders.
Other inshore action continues to be good for red-
fish and trout, plus some mackerel off the beaches.
Offshore fishing for grouper and amberjack is also
And mangrove snapper are around all the struc-
tures, docks and reefs, both inshore and out in the Gulf
of Mexico.
Capt. Sam Kimball, out of Annie's Bait & Tackle
on Cortez Road, said he's been putting his charters onto
amberjack, snapper and grouper offshore.
Capt. Mark Johnston, also out of Annie's, said
he's catching reds, trout and lots of mangrove snap-
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore fishing
has improved a bit, but it's still rough out there and

Feds propose

rules f(

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Coun-
cil recently voted to send Reef Fish Amendment 30B,
which deals with gag and red grouper, to the U.S. sec-
retary of commerce for approval.
The amendment addresses the overfishing status of
gag grouper and the recovered status of red grouper in
the Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to become effective
in late 2009 or early 2010, according to a news release
from the council.
The council stated that the regulations are necessary
because the latest stock assessment completed under
the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review program,
indicates that gag are overfished.
The Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act of
2006 mandated that once a stock is determined to be
experiencing overfishing, the council must take action
to end overfishing immediately.
The council requested that National Oceanic Atmo-
spheric Administration Fisheries implement an interim
rule to enact portions of Amendment 30B that pertain to
ending overfishing of gag, red snapper, greater amber-
jack and gray triggerfish.
The interim rule, which can only be used to address
those provisions that deal specifically with overfishing,
is expected to become effective by Jan. 1, 2009, and
will put in place temporary regulations until Amend-
ment 30B can be fully implemented.
Here's a rundown of what the interim rule will
* Set the recreational gag bag and possession limit
to two per person, per day. The aggregate bag limit will
remain at five.
* Extend the recreational closed season for gag
from Feb. 1 through March 31. The closed season for
black and red grouper will remain Feb. 15 to March
* Charter boat and headboat operators who possess

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he expects it to be rougher this week after Hurricane snapper everywhere where there's a structure, and
Gustav. Offshore action last week included red and gag mackerel off the beaches. Best bet for snapper is on
grouper, plus lots of mangrove and lane snapper and the rocks off Coquina Beach and Whitney Beach on
amberjack. In the bays, fishers were catching redfish, Longboat Key.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing has
been slow, with a few small redfish, mangrove snapper
new grouper and mackerel coming to the dock.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers have been catching mangrove snapper, plus a
r few mackerel and redfish as well as some bonnethead
)r Gulf sharks.

a Gulf reef-fish permit must comply with federal regu-
lations for those reef fish species experiencing over-
fishing (gag, red snapper, greater amberjack, and gray
triggerfish) regardless of where the fish are harvested, if
those regulations are more restrictive than state regula-
The interim rule would eventually be replaced by
Amendment 30B, which would establish a recreational
grouper aggregate of four fish with a two gag and two
red grouper bag and possession limit.
It also includes a recreational closed season for
all shallow-water grouper from Feb. 1 through March
On the commercial side, Amendment 30B would
reduce the minimum-size limit for commercial red
grouper to 18 inches and repeals the commercial Feb.
15 to March 15 closed season on gag, black grouper
and red grouper.
Instead, a commercial January through April clo-
sure would be established at the Edges 40 fathom con-
tour, a 390-nautical-square-mile gag spawning region
northwest of Steamboat Lumps.
Also, the amendment would set annual catch limits
and accountability measures for recreational and com-
mercial gag and red grouper, and for the commercial
shallow-water grouper aggregate.
For the commercial sector this would mean the
shallow-water grouper fishery will close when gag, red
grouper, or the sallow-water grouper quota is met.
For the recreational sector, if at the end of the fish-
ing year it is determined that the gag or red grouper
annual catch limit has been exceeded, then any sched-
uled increase in the recreational allocation will be can-
In addition, the recreational fishing season for
shallow-water grouper in the following year will be
reduced by the amount necessary to ensure that red
or gag grouper target levels are not exceeded for that

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Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's getting good reports of redfish from Terra Ceia Bay
and Miguel Bay, plus some big reds coming from the
mouth of the Manatee River.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include some
31-inch redfish as well as trout and sharks.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he found that fishing picked up after
Tropical Storm Fay cleared up. "We are catching big
red and gag grouper, cobia, mangrove snapper, trig-
gerfish, barracuda and lots of sharks," he said. "Best
action is out past 90 feet offshore of Anna Maria Island,
using live and cut bait."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said there are plenty of snap-
per all over the inshore waters of Manatee and Sara-
sota, and fairly decent trout and redfish action as well.
"As is usually the case, the plentiful small bait of the
summer has reached a decent size for the opening of
snook season," he said, "and the schooling of redfish
for the autumn spawn. The dense schools of bait are
the key to success for trout, snapper and mackerel,
because most of these species are found in close prox-
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Get Miller: Anna Maria Islander turns agent

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Agent Diana Miller beams.
"You like your job?"
"I love my job," she says, and she's sincere. "Love"
might be an understatement.
Miller moved to Anna Maria about six years ago
and has held various jobs in her adult life. For the past
five months, she has held the job of her dreams. She's
a private investigator and she really does earn a living
tailing cars, staking out love nests and documenting
various deeds from a spy's distance.
"And I did it on a whim," Miller says, seated
one morning for an interview at The Islander. "But
then I think that my whole life has brought me to this
To become a private investigator in Florida, a rookie
needs a sponsor. Miller turned to Manatee County's
best-known private investigator, Chuck Chambers, a
former Palmetto police officer who has been tapped to
help solve homicides and other major cases in Florida
and around the country.
"I approached him and yes, he sponsored me,"
Miller says, noting a curiosity - the licensing in this
profession is handled by the Florida Department of
"You start out as an intern," says Miller, whose
children think her job is cool and whose husband "is
very understanding."
To do the job, she says, one needs knowledge of
the statutes - the criminal laws but also other areas,
such as privacy.
"No audio," she says, pointing out that she might
photograph or video tape someone under surveillance,
but that an audio recording is prohibited. "When we
give a client a DVD, they won't hear what anyone is
Often, however, sound is not necessary.
A lot of investigations involve looking into whether
a significant other is significantly cheating.
"It's very emotional," Miller says. "They come to
us because they think something is wrong and most of
the time they are right, things are bad, the other person
is cheating. We don't judge. We say, 'OK, this is what
is happening.' People are looking for that, for that peace
of mind."
She recently completed a case in which a client
hired the firm to look into whether a fiance was being
faithful. The client had suspicions. The firm confirmed

Agent Diana Miller of Anna Maria Island is in the private investigation field. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

"Needless to say, the wedding did not take place,"
Miller says.
She is asked, "Don't people notice you watching
"Not really. Most of the time, people don't look
around," she says. "And people are very predictable."
Occasionally, however, "the mark" identifies the
tail. "We will have someone pull across three lanes and
make a u-turn," Miller says. "There have been chases.
Sometimes I think I can't believe how much this is
really like a movie. It really is an interesting job."
In addition to the cheater checks, Chambers Inves-
tigations in Bradenton handles a number of background
checks, especially for companies considering new
The firm also helps search for missing people, con-
ducts investigations for lawyers and assists law enforce-
ment personnel.
Miller arrives to The Islander interview with a col-
lection of tools of her trade - a night-vision camera,
a night-vision monocular, a wristwatch with a built-in
camera, a dual-purpose Taser and stun gun and a light
for detecting blood and other fluids. She has several
weapons, simple in design and undetectable to the
casual observer.

Do-it-yourself investigations
Diana Miller of Anna Maria Island is study-
ing the private investigator profession with Chuck
Chambers, who has worked more than 20,000
cases in more than two decades.
For those looking for a do-it yourself guide to
"protect yourself, get justice, or get even," Cham-
bers, a former Palmetto police officer, has written
"The Private Investigators Handbook" published
by Penguin.
Chapters include "How to catch the cheating
..." "Cover your ..." "Prepare an intelligence
file," "Protect your identify and privacy," "Cover
your assets," "The art of surveillance," "How to
shake a tail" and \ l-ining persons."

Some of the tools Miller uses in her job she can't
carry in a shoulder bag, such as a toy-like, remote

control airplane used to
"I'm Agent Miller,"
gadgets. "And I love it."

By Rick Catlin

Tidemark Beach

resort hosts grand

The Tidemark Beach Resort at the
beach end of 66th St. in Holmes Beach
will hold the grand opening of its first 12
units with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at
11:30 a.m. Sept. 10.
Lance McNeil of Tidemark said
that, after the opening ceremony,
public viewing of the units will begin
at noon and last until sunset. Food and
refreshments will be provided at the
McNeil said construction on the
second set of units at the beach resort is
"about 45 days" from completion.
The Tidemark Beach Resort is a
fractional ownership complex and part
of the Tidemark Resort and Marina,
located adjacent to the Wachovia Bank
in Holmes Beach.
While vertical construction at the
Tidemark Resort has not yet begun, the
marina portion of the facility is in place
and slips have been rented.

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Developers of the Tide-
mark Beach resort on
66th Street in Holmes
Beach will hold a grand
opening for the resort
on Sept. 10. Islander
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For more information on Tidemark
Resorts, call 941-778-1124.

New at Wagner
James Adkins has joined the staff
at Wagner Realty's west Manatee office
and is now working with his father, Jim,
in real estate sales.
For more information, call
941-761-3100 or 941-713-0635.



September plans
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce will host a luncheon at 11:30
a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Stone-
wood Grill, 7110 Cortez Road, Braden-
Also this month, the chamber hosts:

* A breakfast at 7 a.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 10, at Melinda's Cafe, 5315 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
* A business card exchange at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Beach Fitness,
9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
* A golf tournament at noon Monday,
Sept. 29, at the Bradenton Country Club
in Bradenton.
For more information, call the cham-
ber at 941-778-1541.


Center's youth soccer expands for young players

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
New to the Anna Maria Island Community Center
youth soccer program this year: a division for the
youngest-ever players, kids age 4-5.
This promises to be fun for the little ones, and fun
for spectators. The littlest guys of the past, ages 6-7,
play with a coach on the field and coach instruction is
essential, but frequently the play resembles a colony
of bumblebees circling, buzzing and stinging the ball.
The new division for 4-5-year-olds has a promise for
some fun instruction.
There's also a commitment from the Center to
adjust game schedules during the Anna Maria Island
Bridge 45-day closure starting Sept. 29, but this week's
player tryouts will be unimpeded except by a forecast
for rain.
Fees for the youth soccer program are $70
for member players and $85 for nonmembers,
although Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke
noted that late-comers, those who sign up after
August, will pay a $10 penalty. Youth member-
ships are $30.
Players are provided a team shirt and socks and
must provide their own black shorts, shoes and shin
guards. Only shin guards can be purchased at the Center
at a cost of $5.
Coaches are needed, according to Jonatzke, and the
child of any selected head coach will play free.
All players signed up by the August deadline will
play, according to Jonatzke, but for league parity, all
must attend tryouts at the Center according to the fol-
lowing schedule:
Age divisions 12-13, 14-17, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 2.
Age division 0-11 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 3.
Age division 8-9, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 4.
Age divisions 4-5, 6-7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 5.
Players will be assigned to teams immediately fol-
lowing the tryouts at 7:30 p.m.
The Center is located at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
For more information, call Jonatzke at the Center,
941-778-1908, ext. 9205, or e-mail andy@islandcom-

Bridge sparks Island softball tourney
In response to the Sept. 29 closing of the AMI
Bridge, Islanders are banding together for two days
of family fun on Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 from 2 p.m. to 7
p.m. to play softball at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes
Personal trainer Jeffrey Levin, who is chairing the
event, has enlisted a lot of Island businesses to not only
participate, but also to donate money and equipment to
make the games happen.
So far, Beach Fitness, Lapensee Plumbing, Rotten
Ralph's, Island Real Estate, Sandbar Restaurant, Hur-
ricane Hank's Liquors, Bridge Street Interiors, Sato
Real Estate, Ginny's & Jane E's at the Old IGA,
Holmes Beach Police Deptartment, West Manatee
Fire Rescue, City of Holmes Beach, Whitney Bank,
Michael's Landscaping, Aveda Salon, Tortilla Bay
Southwest Grill and AMI Fitness have all agreed to
participate in the games.
In addition, Rotten Ralph's, Hurricane Hanks,
Island Real Estate, Lapensee Plumbing, Sandbar Res-
taurant, Bridge St. Interiors and Sato Real Estate have
contributed either money or equipment, which will go
to the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Teens from the Center will be manning a conces-
sion stand, providing hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks
with the proceeds helping to fund a planned winter ski
There are also plans for a family picnic to get
everyone involved.
For more information or to get your business
involved, give Levin a call at 941-744-6883, or e-mail

Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a com-
bination game on Aug. 26. They played a low-net game
over nine holes, while also playing a best-poker-hand
First-flight winner in the low-net game was Joyce

Rotary wins award
At a Rotary Foundation program Aug. 23 in Port Charlotte, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island received
an award for membership development from Rotary International. Pam Schlueter accepted the award for AMI
Rotary from Gary Israel, district governor from 2007-08.

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Brown with a 2-under-par 30, while Terry Westby
and Diane Miller tied for second place with matching
1-over 33s. Pat Rice carded a 2-under-par 30 to win
flight two, while Lorraine Towne came in second with
a 33, followed by Linda Kelly in third place with a 34.
Kelly came out on top in the poker hand with a full
house based on her scores of 6, 6, 6, 4 and 4.

Still room in golf tourney
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar benefit golf tournament
will be held Friday, Sept. 19, at River Strand Golf and
Country Club. The tournament gets started at 10 a.m.
with an early lunch and putting contest followed by a
shotgun start at 11 a.m.
The tournament, which benefits Pace Center for
Girls, the United Way, Pinnacle Academy and the Anna
Maria Island Community Center costs $1,000 per four-
some and will also have closest-to-the-pin and longest-
drive contests in addition to raffles for tons of prizes.
For more information or to sign up, call the Oyster
Bar at 941-761-7797.

Featured sale: This Tropical Sunset condo at 3311
Gulf Drive, Unit 2, Holmes Beach, sold in January
2005 for $510,000 and in August 2008 for $397,100,
for a decrease of 22 percent. The cost per square foot
is $298. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson

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141 50th St., Unit A, Coastal Cottages, Holmes
Beach a 2,495 sfla 4bed/312bath/2car land condo with
pool built in 2008 was sold 08/15/08, Coastal Cot-
tages 6 LLC to Alyryan Partners LLC for $645,000;
list $695,000.
3311 Gulf Drive, Unit 2, Tropical Sunset, Holmes
Beach, a 1,331 sfla / 1,415 sfur 3bed/2bath condo with
pool built in 1989 was sold 08/15/08, Newhart to Dahl-
gren for $397,100; list $397,100.
2409 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,672 sfla / 2,529
sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1985 on a 50x100 lot
was sold 08/12/08, Atwater to Mitchell for $330,000.
6300 Flotilla Drive, Unit 89, Shell Point, Holmes
Beach, a 1,151 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with pool built
in 1973 was sold 08/14/08, Sorenson to Kenney for
$250,000; list $295,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transactions
may also be viewed online at Copy-
right 2008

33 Years of Professional Service
HERON'S WATCH 10 Min. to beach. 3/2, 2 car garage. 4.5 yrs old. fenced,
room for pool. $259,000.
3/2 waterfront, large lot, lush landscape, upgrades,
room for pool. $299,900.
4 bedroom, handicap accessible, Birch cabinets, Corian tops,
Large covered porch. Extras, Like new. $279,000.
SHELL POINT BAYFRONT COMPLEX 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool
view, tennis, turnkey, $239,000.
WOODLANDS 4-5BR/3BA Pristine Palma Sola. 2,875sf. Many extras. $699,000.
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $395,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
ANNUAL: 2BR/1.5 BA 304 58th St. HB
ANNUAL- 2/2 Canalfront, garage, furnished, $1,600/mo.
HOLMES BEACH- 778-0807 *

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PLUS-SIZE WOMEN'S clothing: Size 14 and up. Plus
sizes. 4533 26th St. W., Bradenton. 941-753-3695.

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

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

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

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

MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.- noon Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 6-7. Furniture, antique oak dining set, house-
wares, clothes. 115 Los Cedros, off Pine Avenue,
Anna Maria.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursdays, 9 a.m.- noon Saturdays.
Always clothing sales. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

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.

water between 78th and 79th streets. Reward.

LOST: MAN'S BLACK wallet. Lost in Holmes Beach
laundromat area. Call 941-518-0400.

SAILBOAT RUDDER LOST from boat at 73rd
Street, T-end canal. Holmes Beach. Reward. Call

vate parties. 781-367-0339,

YOU CAN HAVE everything you want in life if you
will just help enough other people get what they
want. 941-778-7656.

ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums, flute, saxo-
phone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call Scott Achor,
941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen, 941-758-0395.
Rock on!

Artist's studio/carpenter's workshop or rehab old cracker
house. Located in the fishing village of Cortez on a large
lot. $197.000.

ESCAPE to a private 38-acre island in Sarasota Bay with half
dedicated to a protected nature preserve. Accessible only by
boat with private car parking and dock on the mainland. One-
acre building site with mature trees for shade and seclusion,
water/septic and electric to the property. $670,000.

Mike Norman Realty
800-367-1617 * 941-778-6696 C
www. ; j

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.

sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,

ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.

2000 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.

CANOE: 16-FOOT Pelican. New paddles and motor
mount. $250. 941-798-9173.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
misbehaving? Certified computer service and private
lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-545-7508.

, QGulf (Bay Vafty ofAnna Maria Inc.
J desse (risson - Arorssociate, q I
S941-713-4755 800-771-6043

Sandpiper Beauty
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

Sandy Pointe
Great 2nd floor unit with views of the bay. Turnkey
furnished and ready to go. Would make a great home
or rental. Covered parking, heated pool and close to
everything. Seller will pay the first 3 months condo
fees for the buyer! $269,900

Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.



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

puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
cell 941-720-4152.

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

and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spy-
ware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis
and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom
system design. 941-224-1069.

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

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.

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,

HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Monday through
Friday. Excellent references. 941-539-6891.

CAREGIVER FOR THE elderly: One-on-one care.
Home cooking, light housekeeping, appointments,
shopping, etc. Five hours or more. Top references,
25 years experience. Call 941-545-7114.

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

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

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

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.

TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www. 941-778-2711.

NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing massage in the com-
fort of your home. 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.

CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking ser-
vices - when and what you need - to ensure your
house is secure and cared for while you are away.
Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail for details.

UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience all phases of nail care. Gift bou-
tique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and sun-
glasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure ser-
vices. 941-713-5244.

certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializing in
sport-specific training, improving balance, strength,
and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.

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.

native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.

BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at

Call us for all
your sales or

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519 Pine Avenue * Anna Maria, FL 34216

We Make Owning a Vacation Home

on Anna Maria Island a Reality

state-of-the-art comforts you expect from a luxury resort. "- s

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

F L 0 R I D A
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2201 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach

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

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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy' Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
SeriCe Quality & Dependable Service.
SCall 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

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

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

& Service
Pool Service
YA2jI Service
IrriINtiod - Upli-ktit'1
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scape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 sheetrnock hauilinn electrical linht nluimhinn

EFFORTLESS 941-312-2239.
PROTECTION' 100 percent financed! We build, install and guar-
WVinGuard antee them! No other company does it all. Call
ACT-RESISTANT WINDOWS & DOORS 941-400-5384 for a free estimate good for one year.
ilN~fl MARI License #20055584.

"Yourfullserviceglassshop" ADOPT-A-PET

Here is Teddie,
an 8-week-old
black lab mix,
male, rescued from
high kill shelter,
$100 adoption fee
includes neuter/
michrochip. Call
Julie at SunCoast
Real Estate,
.,941-779-0202, or
Manatee Humane Society, 941-747-8808.

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

ONE MAN AND a power washer! Boat docks, pool
decks, patios, driveways, house and trailer washing,
sealing and staining. Local professional, licensed,
insured, Anna Maria Island chamber member. Free
estimates. 941-778-2081.

RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or

WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434.

BRADENTON BEACH BRAND new duplex, block
from beach. 3BR/3BA two-car garage, granite
kitchen, marble baths, office, eight-person Jacuzzi,
elevator, balconies overlooking Gulf and Intrac-
oastal. Turnkey furnished, absolutely pristine, no
pets, $2,200/month annually with option to buy. Call
Lisa, 860-601-3838.
$1,750/month, $800/week. $125/night includes utili-
ties. 941-794-5980.

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

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

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

2BR/2BA ANNUAL TOWNHOUSE rental 100 steps
to the beach! Dec. 1, 2008-Dec. 1, 2009.120 52nd
St., Holmes Beach. $1,200/month. First, last and
security. References. 330-758-3857.

ONE BEDROOM, SECOND-story, extra room,
updated, gorgeous. Balcony, half block to the beach.
$900/month. 941-746-8666.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.

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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.

ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA. Available Sept. 1, 2008.
Furnished or unfurnished, washer and dryer, stor-
age, covered parking, steps to beach, restaurants,
shopping. $950/month. 941-737-9662.

washer and dryer. $875/month, 3205 Ave. A, Bra-
denton Beach. 1BR/1BA, garage, $850/month,
4508 124th Ct. W., Cortez. Mike Norman Realty,
PALMA SOLA: 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, pool,
11x40-foot lanai. Walk to bay, beach. Annual, $1,595/
month. Seasonal, $3,000/month. 941-778-3051.
in Cortez village. $500/month plus utilities.
$1,600/month plus utilities. 717-392-4048.

CEDARS EAST ANNUAL rental: waterfront condo,
beautifully updated and furnished. 2BR/2.5BA.
$4,000/month. 941-383-0263.
duplex near beach. Covered patio, deck, carport,
washer and dryer hookups and large storage area.
Available October. $1,100/month. 828-684-9354.
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-
rity. 941-730-2606.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach or order online

BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street and terrific direct views. $440,000.
Owner, 941-388-5238.

2BR/1BA MOBILE HOME: Central air conditioning
and heat, covered patio, adjacent parking, $45,000,
Owner financing, 941-778-7980 or 941-713-1117.

CANAL HOUSE: 717-392-4048.

HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/2BA ground-floor condo.
Updated kitchen, ceramic tile, Berber carpet, glass-
enclosed lanai overlooking heated pool. Turnkey
furnished. Across street from beach. $279,900.
407-846-8741 or 941-778-0794.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Free list of
foreclosed Island and mainland properties. Free list
of homes with pictures or recorded message. www. or 1-800-579-9106,
ext. 1042.

FRONT-DOOR ACCESS to beach and Gulf.
2BR/2BA condo. Pristine. View from every room.

DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000. 941-730-2606.

homes minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains
on pristine Norris Lake. Call Lakeside Realty at
888-291-5253, or visit
STEAL MY MARSHFRONT: Owner sacrifice!
Drop-dead gorgeous marshfront. My neighbor
paid $389,900. I'll sell mine for less than the bank
repos. My six-figure loss is your gain. $229,900. Call

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: Two acres on moun-
tain top near New River State Park, great fish-
ing, view, private. $29,500, must sell. Call owner,

ROCKY MOUNTAIN log cabin. 35-plus acres with
log cabin, $289,900. Access to thousands of acres
of federal recreation land. Private setting with Pon-
derosa pines. Minutes to world-class fishing and
hunting. One hour to skiing. Call 866-OWN-LAND,
ext. 4264.

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13 July holiday, with
16 Spell caster
20 Declare
21 PC key
22 Silents star Bara
23 Agent Gold of
24 Teensy bit
25 Think the world
27 "Now I
28 Leaves in the
30 Start of
instructions for
what to do when
this puzzle is
33 "Moving forward"
34 Galilee's locale
35 G.I. addresses
38 Soft-shoe, e.g.
41 " in cat"
43 Something to go
in ... or on
47 ___-de-sac
48 With 67- and 97-
Across, second
part of the
57 " won't!"
58 Sequoyah, for one
60 Victim of
Hercules' second
61 Given directly
63 Ones caught in a

Answers to this
week's puzzle
on page 28

64 Little squirt,
65 Lachrymose
66 " et manus"
(M.I.T.'s motto)
67 See 48-Across
72 Brag
74 Digs
75 In and of___
76 Most liable to
77 Call on a pitch
78 Need for the
winner of a
Wimbledon men's
81 Young 'un
82 " Ba Yah"
(campfire song)
83 It follows the
initial part of a
85 Beethoven's Third
88 Forecast for
improved weather
92 College ___
94 Religious image:
95 Seasonal activity
96 Capital of Italy
97 See 48-Across
103 Baby kangaroos
104 Start of a
counting rhyme
105 BlackBerrys,
e.g., for short
106 Blackthorn
108 Request for
109 Staples of early
110 "The War of the
Worlds" invaders,
113 How one must
win in Ping-Pong
115 "Rubbish!"
116 Some corner
119 Orange and green
123 Rock candy,

126 Einstein's
127 Common hockey
power play
129 Author
mentioned in the
Beatles' "I Am the
130 Trillionth: Prefix
132 Study of the
heavens: Abbr.
133 Bias
135 Collaborative
Web document
138 Final part of
145 Something you
later might think
better of
146 Consumer
147 "Death in
Venice" and "Of
Mice and Men"
148 Machine used to
maneuver manure
149 Slay somebody
150 Thoreau, e.g.

1 Head
2 With: Fr.
3 A small one helps
the indecisive
4 QB Favre and
5 Like corn bread
6 Childish retort
7 Costing a nickel
8 Rat-___
9 "Zip it"
10 Cyclops' feature
11 Experimented too
12 Burkina ___
13 Structure of
Chekhov's "The
Cherry Orchard"
14 Court figure
15 "Broom-___
16 ___Bay, 1898
battle site
17 Memo abbr.
18 2007 Peace

Subgenre of punk
1990s Indian P.M.
Commerce treaty
starting 1947
"Oh, pooh!"
Big Ten rival:
"Stupidest thing I
ever heard!"
Poisonous shrub
Sound at a sauna
Remove with
Assume the fetal
Ottoman big shot
Opened, as a flag
Skating jumps
Suffix with planet
Safari sight
Unleash upon
Pantheon head
Bygone TV
control: Abbr.
62-Down carriers:
Gridiron grp.
File on an iPod
Access the
contents of, say
Mother. slangily
Let slip
1940s conflict:
Punjabi believers
"A Little
Princess" heroine
and others
Internet forum
Iowa college
Brings to a boil
Audible pauses

90 Greeting to Gaius
91 Necessary: Abbr.
92 "___ Wedding,"
Alan Alda film
93 Overseas O.K.
97 Prefix with sphere
98 Sine qua non
99 Dos' followers
100 Pick up
101 Western wolf
102 Some hand-
103 Alternative to a

107 " Cried"
(1962 hit)
109 N.Y.C. time when
it's midnight in
110 Emissions org.
111 ___ chi
112 Thesaurus
offering: Abbr.
114 Like a team
that's ahead by a
117 Trick-taking
118 Girl's name
that's Latin for

119 Walk
120 "I concur"
121 Behind
122 Hubbub
124 Black-eyed
125 Comic Charles
127 Highest-rated, as
a hotel
128 Like the majority
of Interstate
130 Tire (out)

131 "Like
132 Bide-_

134 Monterrey kin
136 Many-armed
Hindu goddess
137 Old actresses
Claire and Balin
138 Traveler's aid,
for short
139 Funny
140 Kung ___
141 In accord (with)
142 Eastern Canadian

not ..." 143 Campers, briefly
144 Id










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Q: Why did Neal Communities create the new Cafe
A: Well, just about everyone knows the real estate market is
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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
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and needed in a home. They gave us a great perspective about
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professionals, some not-as-young professionals, and single
We studied how people use their homes. The Neal family has
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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
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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
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neighborhoods that have large sections where we've created
nature preserves.
The initial Rose Cottage sold for $122,900. We couldn't

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