VOLUME 16, NO. 45
s on Anna Maria Island Since 1992
Cortez hosts fundraising
the news ...
Storm damages 41
turtle nests. Page 3
Meetings: The govern-
ment calendar, includ-
dates. Page 3
.hit /1, restaurant
shuts down. Page 4
Our opinion, your
opinion. Page 6
In the headlines: 10
years ago. Page 7
Bradenton Beach taps
firm to update Gulf
Drive plan. Page 9
S.t, LL i it: The Island
police reports and
Koenigs sentencing set
for Oct. 1. Page 11
Those were the days.
Looking back with June
Alder at early Anna
Maria Island. Page 12
updates travel policy.
Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School: On the
menu, on the calendar,
in the planning.
Island Biz: Notices and
news from the business
community. Page 20
What's happening and
when on Anna Maria
Island. Page 21
Wildlife Inc. rescues,
Fishing good in back-
waters, but storms kink
offshore trips. Page 23
Surfers ride the waves of Gustav, await Ike's shore break. Left, Georgio Gomez catches
a ride, above, surfer unknown. Islander Photo: Courtesy George Fara
Ike makes landfall in Cuba, heads to Gulf
By Lisa Neff
Hurricane Ike was a killer storm as it made
landfall in Cuba Sept. 7.
Ike diminished to a category 2 storm as
it traveled over Cuba heading for the Gulf of
Mexico Sept. 8. The Florida Keys, evacuated
over the weekend, were expected to begin feel-
ing the storm's impact.
But Ike was expected to gain strength, as
The Islander went to press.
"The environment in the Gulf is expected
to be very conducive to restrengthening," the
National Hurricane Center reported.
"The major unknown is how disrupted
Ike will be when it emerges," the NHC fore-
cast continued, referring to Ike's passage over
Cuba, expected to take more than 36 hours.
The official forecast showed Ike turning
northwest into the central Gulf, but the west-
ern Florida Panhandle remained within the
five-day cone of uncertainty, according to the
National Hurricane Center.
Florida's emergency management agency
issued a warning on Sept. 8: "There is sig-
nificant uncertainty in the long-range forecast
track of hurricane Ike. It is important that all
Floridians and visitors continue to monitor
Emergency management officials also
emphasized that even if the storm does not
directly hit western Florida, it's impact likely
Gustav damages seawalls,
creates North Shore lake
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria residents along North Shore
Drive whose property suffered beach erosion
damage or the loss of a seawall from the pass-
ing of Hurricane Gustav in the Gulf of Mexico
might wish they live within the .6 mile portion
of Anna Maria beaches that will be included in
the next Manatee County beach renourishment
Being outside the zone, Joe Zambito,
owner of the property at 869 N. Shore Drive,
is out of luck.
Waves generated by the hurricane tore
through the seawall at his property and owners
were forced to haul in sandbags to prevent
damage to the house. Neighboring homes
also were affected by the storm, and these
owners also brought in sand bags and sand.
But those seawalls bore up under the brunt of
While efforts to reach Zambito were
unsuccessful, resident Joan Dickinson at
865 N. Shore said she barely escaped serious
damage from the storm.
"There was a lava flow of sand and water
that extended around my home, flooded my
driveway and yard. Luckily, my seawall
held," she said. She had recently added a large
amount of sand around her property - before
the storm - that helped prevent any major
damage or loss, she said.
Dickinson purchased her home in 1998
and the seawall does not appear to be one of
the original walls that some believe may have
been constructed in the 1930s.
North Shore Drive resident Tom Turner,
who has been coming to Anna Maria since the
early 1950s, and a resident since the 1960s,
said the seawall at the Zambito property and
similar ones on North Shore "have always been
there. No one was ever sure who put them in,
But Dickinson has more issues with the
city than just her seawall. She blames the
city's recently completed drainage project for
contributing to the "lake" that surrounded her
property during the storm and subsequent rain-
PLEASE SEE GUSTAV, NEXT PAGE
will be felt with strong waves, high winds and
heavy rain. Such was the case last week with
The NWS base in Ruskin predicted the
Tampa Bay area would see as much as two
inches of rain Sept. 9-10, increased chance of
showers and thunderstorms, a lot of clouds and
"rather breezy conditions."
For Sept. 11-10, the NWS predicted that
if Ike continues to move into the central and
western Gulf, the area should see breezy east
to southeast winds, scattered bands of rain,
cloudy skies and high surf.
At one point last week, forecasters were
watching four storms - Gustav as it dissipated
over the southern United States, Ike as it rapidly
gained strength, and also Hanna and Josephine.
Tropical Storm Hanna made landfall Sept.
6 along the North Carolina and South Carolina
border and traveled up the east coast, eventually
losing tropical characteristics over New England,
according to the National Weather Service.
Tropical Storm Josephine, located about
1,200 miles east of the northern Leeward
Islands, was diminishing on Sept. 8, but still
generating thunderstorms over the Atlantic.
Work takes place on traffic signals at the
intersection of Manatee Avenue and East
Bay Drive in Holmes Beach Sept. 4. A
number of road-related projects were under
way on Anna Maria Island last week in an
effort to finish the work before the Manatee
Avenue Bridge closes Sept. 29 for 45 days.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
2 0 SEPT. 10, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Gustav causes minor Island harm
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The North Shore Drive-Gladiolus drainage project
is a failure," Dickinson said. She noted that as early
as 2006 she sought to determine where swale water
from the project would go, but the engineer for the
project told her that impact studies of that kind were
"This gross mismanagement of taxpayer dollars
is inexcusable," Dickinson said, adding that she had
told the city in 2006 that the system would be "inef-
While Dickinson was lucky, Zambito may have to
replace his seawall at his own expense.
According to a recent vote of the Manatee County
Commission, only the .6 mile portion of beach near
the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria that was part of
the 2002 renourishment project will be included in the
renourishment cycle expected to begin in 2011-12. That
excludes North Shore Drive, although the northern-
most beach area and bayfront is considered "critically
eroded" by the Florida Department of Environmental
Manatee County Natural Resources Department
director Charlie Hunsicker included several Anna
Maria beach areas identified by the DEP as "critically
eroded" when he presented the renourishment project
to the commission in May, including the beach in front
of the Dickinson and Zambito properties.
County commissioners, however, decided the
budget only has enough money to renourish those areas
that were included in the 2002 effort.
Many Anna Maria beachfront property owners
opted out of that project by declining to provide ease-
ments and those areas are now are ineligible for state
and federal renourishment funds that supplement the
county's funding for the project.
But all may not be lost for Dickinson and Zam-
Dickinson said she contacted U.S. Rep. Vern Buch-
anan's office and was told that some Federal Emergency
Management Agency funds for "hazard mitigation"
might be available to rebuild any damaged seawalls.
In addition, Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said
she will continue to push for a meeting with county
Go with the gusto
The seawall in the 860-870 block of North .9ih, c Drive in Anna Maria were damaged by waves generated when
Hurricane Gustav passed in the Gulf some 300 miles from the Island. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
commissioners regarding beach renourishment, and
she's got an ally in some members of the Tourism
Development Council, including Sandbar owner Ed
Chiles and Holmes Beach City Commissioner Sandy
The TDC will hold a November workshop to dis-
cuss potential funding sources to pay for renourishment
of the worst erosion on Anna Maria beaches.
Hunsicker said he's also pushing for a November
city-county commission meeting prior to the TDC
On another positive note, Hunsicker said he's aware
of available funding for the portion of Anna Maria
denied sand by the county commission, but he would
"prefer to wait until everyone is available and present
at a meeting" before discussing those options.
If the Anna Maria beaches considered "critically
eroded" are included in the next renourishment proj-
ect, the cost for the entire project has been estimated
at $16 million.
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Gustav's waves topple surfers, capsize boat
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County's public safety team reported a
number of Anna Maria Island incidents associated with
Hurricane Gustav last week.
A 46-year-old Apollo Beach man suffered injuries
when lightning struck his boat near the Cortez Bridge
on Aug. 30. The lightning strike caused a small fire on
the boat, according to the West Manatee Fire Rescue
Also, several people were rescued without injuries
from their boat near the Historic Bridge Street Pier in
Bradenton Beach on Aug. 31.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael Pierce said the
boaters from Orlando were trying to tie down their boat
at the pier when the vessel overturned.
The boat, on Sept. 2, was tied to a city dock - still
On the north end of Anna Maria Island, strong wind
and surf on the bayside damaged at least one seawall
and flooded sections of North Shore Drive.
A sewage line to the Rod & Reel Pier also suffered
damage, but was repaired in time for the restaurant to
open on Labor Day.
Meanwhile, on the Gulf side of the Island,
Gustav's waves generated strong surf drawing surf-
ers, skimboarders and swimmers, despite warnings of
dangerous rip currents from public safety officials.
Over the weekend, lifeguards and emergency
medical technicians responded to a number of inci-
dents on the beaches, including some minor jel-
lyfish stings, treating a 7-year-old who fell on the
beach, a swimmer who got caught in a rip current
and a skimboarder who suffered a minor back and
leg injury, according to Capt. Larry Leinhauser with
Manatee County emergency medical operations.
By Lisa Neff
Waves associated with hurricane Gustav took a toll
on sea turtle nests on Anna Maria Island.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch representatives
estimate that the high tide and heavy surf associ-
ated with the storm possibly damaged 41 loggerhead
As of Sept. 3, 36 nests remained on beaches,
according to AMITW.
"We lost a lot of beach. I think there's three feet of
sand missing in some areas of Bradenton Beach," said
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive director Suzi
Fox. AMITW monitors the beach for nesting turtles
and hatchlings, as well as helps collect data for beach
renourishment projects administered by the county.
"This is the largest loss I've seen," Fox added.
The storm damaged 18 nests in Bradenton Beach,
seven nests in Holmes Beach and 16 nests in Anna
Other coastal areas in Florida also suffered signifi-
cant nest damage, according to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Mote Marine Laboratory, which is involved in mon-
itoring nesting from Longboat Key to Venice, reported
that the storm impacted 25 percent of the turtle nests.
"Storm-related erosion happens every year," said
Dr. Tony Tucker, head of Mote's Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion and Research Program. "Nesting beaches on bar-
rier islands are made of sand and so they are always
eroding and accreting. Although the plight of individual
nests is sad, it's important to remember that sea turtles
have evolved with and in spite of environmental irregu-
put beach ero-
sion due to hur-
ricane Gustav at
about three feet
Beach near 13th
Street S.uih. '.
High water act
Hurricane Gustav, at its closest, was 300 miles from Anna Maria Island. But the storm generated strong waves
and high tides. The evidence is this wave going over a seawall on the bayside in Anna Maria and drenching
Elijah Barton, Jerry Mayer and Eli Pellegren. Islander Photo: Peggy Duffy
Storm damages 41 turtle nests Meetings
Anna Maria City
* Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m., city commission hearing on
* Sept. 11, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
* Sept. 16, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board
* Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m., city commission final hear-
ing on budget.
* Sept. 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
* Sept. 10, 11 a.m., meeting on 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.,
* Sept. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
* Sept. 23, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Sept. 10, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operations
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
* Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m., Palma Sola Scenic High-
way Committee meeting.
Manatee County Administration Building, 1112
Manatee Ave., Bradenton, 941-748-4501, www.my-
* Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Sept. 18, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900, www.wmfr.org.
The first waves associated with Gustav hit Anna
Maria Island on Aug. 30 and rough weather continued
for two days.
With Gustav passing the Island about 300 miles
to the west late Aug. 31 and early Sept. 1, the most
significant waves hit the shore.
By then many of the wooden stakes AMITW uses
to mark nests on the beaches had washed away, Fox
said, adding that she hoped people who found stakes
would return them to the group.
"It worries me that there are eggs in the ground, in
nests that aren't marked," she added.
During the storm, a number of people telephoned
AMITW at 941-778-5638 asking whether the nests
could be excavated to save the eggs.
"It was amazing, the public interest," Fox said.
But regulations do not allow the relocation of the
nests so far into the incubation period - nests cannot
be touched 12 hours after they are made, according to
"You can't go into the nest," Fox said. "But you
can pick up an egg up if you see it in the surf. That gets
dangerous for humans.... Plus, we just didn't see a lot
of exposed eggs. They were gone in the night."
AMITW recovered eight eggs on the beach.
Fox said she planned to file a report with state and
county officials regarding the loss.
Some beach renourishment is planned for Braden-
ton Beach next spring, and a more extensive renourish-
ment project is planned for the Island in 2011.
"I'd like to say, can we get it a little sooner," Fox
4 0 SEPT. 10, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Shells closure signals perilous economy
By Rick Catlin
In what Island business owners hope is not a portend
of the future, Shells seafood restaurant in the Anna Maria
Island Centre, Holmes Beach, abruptly closed its doors
At the same time, the restaurant chain's corporate
office in Tampa announced it had filed for bankruptcy
and was closing eight locations, all in Florida.
Staff members reported for work that evening
without knowledge that the restaurant was closing or
facing difficulty, but Shells chief executive officer Marc
Bernstein said the entire restaurant industry "has been
negatively affected by the economic downturn."
He cited the recent closing of the Bennigan's and
Steak & Ale national restaurant chains as indicative of
the poor economy and said that in order for Shells to
survive "marginal stores" such as the Holmes Beach
location had to be closed.
Bernstein said 10 Shells restaurants, all in Florida,
will remain open. Four other Shells locations that are
not company owned, only managed by the firm, are not
affected by the bankruptcy, he said.
"It is our goal to emerge from Chapter 11 as soon as
we can with a capital structure and a balance sheet that
will allow us to continue to operate," Bernstein said.
He indicated the Holmes Beach operation would
not re-open, but the company would continue to oper-
ate the 10 remaining restaurants while it seeks "post-
The seven other Shells that closed on Sept. 3 are
in Ocala, Winter Park, Orlando, Kissimmee, Winter
Haven, St. Petersburg and Fort Myers.
Management closing up the restaurant Sept. 3
offered "no comment" when asked about the closure.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said it was "disheartening"
to learn about Shells, particularly as the Island faces a
Final shell game
.9l //l. restaurant management staff members Barbara Casper, at left, and Gemma Howley load liquor and
other supplies into a vehicle Sept. 3 following the closure of the restaurant in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo:
45-day closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge begin-
ning Sept. 29.
"I hope this is not the beginning of things to come,"
Brockman said, noting that now is the time for Islanders
to be "positive" about the future.
"We need to support all Island businesses while the
bridge is closed and spend our money here, not on the
mainland. Don't go off the Island," she urged Islanders.
Efforts to reach Shells spokesperson Jan Broadwa-
ter in Tampa for comment were unsuccessful.
With the closure of Shells, the Anna Maria Island
Centre, operated by Benderson Development Inc., has
a reported 11 vacancies.
DOT's Cann says no can do, bridge closure on
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Transportation will
not likely alter its planned 45-day closure of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge.
Islander newspaper publisher Bonner Joy held a
conference call Sept. 3 with Florida Secretary of Trans-
portation Stephanie Koupelousos and DOT District One
secretary Stan Cann in Bartow to plead the case for
Joy told Cann and Koupelousos that the DOT
should change its closure plan to allow at least a
single lane of traffic while renovations continue on
the bridge. The bridge is scheduled to close from Sept.
29 to Nov. 13.
She explained to the officials that the fear among
Island business owners is that the complete closure of
the bridge will keep winter arrivals and mainland day
visitors from the Island until the bridge reopens. Worse,
if the bridge does not open as planned on Nov. 13, many
business owners fear they'll lose expected Thanksgiv-
ing holiday business.
The business owners say the winter season begins
in October and they count on the return of visitors that
month to start cash registers ringing, be it homes that
are sold or rented, sales of clothing and jewelry and
hungry mouths seeking a quality Island dining experi-
ence, she said.
"I have business people coming to me every day
A solitary worker for Quinn
Construction Co. crosses the
Anna Maria Island Bridge a
as the contractor continues
work on the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation's
$9.2 million rehabilitation
project that will include some
night-time lane closures and
the complete closure of the -
bridge to vehicular traffic
from Sept. 29 to Nov. 13.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
asking, 'What are we going to do?'" Joy told the DOT
officials. "They are telling me they can't survive after
a slow summer, a particularly bad August, and the typi-
cally slow September without the expected increase in
business in October."
The business owners say they are "very worried"
about their livelihood and how they will support their
families, Joy said.
The DOT needs to consider the times. When this
plan was in the making, the Island economy was better
than some other areas. Now the economy has hit retail
and restaurants hard. It's been a slow summer for them,
on top of a slow year for real estate, Joy said.
With no direct "lifeline" to the mainland from the
north half of the Island, business owners fear visitors
and winter residents will simply put a hold on plans to
come to the Island until the bridge is open to traffic.
Joy noted that Shells restaurant in Holmes Beach
just closed (see separate story) and an employee indi-
cated one of the reasons given by management was that
owners feared they could not recover from the loss of
business during the 45-day bridge closure.
That fear is spreading, Joy told Cann and Koupelou-
"Business owners here are so worried, they don't
know whether to stay open or close. Either way they
take the loss" during the 45 days the bridge is closed,
she told Cann.
Joy made the case that the DOT should augment the
closure plan to allow at least one lane of traffic to oper-
ate to and from the Island, and that construction should
continue at night to ensure a speedy completion.
She noted that contractor Quinn Construction Co.
of Palmetto has said that during the closure period it
will have emergency power equipment available to
lower the bascule (draw) within 10 minutes in the event
of any emergency vehicles needing access.
If that's the case, said Joy, Quinn should be able to
work around a single lane of traffic.
Cann, however, was unimpressed by the argu-
After the DOT first announced last October that
the bridge would close for several months to vehicular
traffic beginning April 1, 2008, a public outcry forced
the DOT to present several options to Islanders and
Those included a 105-day closure with one lane of
traffic open, or a complete 45-day closure with no lanes
available for traffic.
At that time, the DOT indicated the closure would
be in September, and taking the lesser of two evils,
respondents to the survey voted in favor of the 45-day
When the DOT announced the closure would start
Sept. 29, not in early September, a number of busi-
ness owners, including Ed Chiles, and elected officials,
including Manatee County Commissioner, quickly
changed their opinions and asked to have the work start
Cann, however, said it was too late to change the
"We've listened to the public. We gave the public
an option and they voted for the 45-day period," he
"We based everything on what people wanted. We
also went to businesses and they said October-Novem-
ber was the time to do [the closure]."
However, it was only Chiles who remarked on a
preference for an October-November closure last year
on learning the DOT would delay its April closure plan.
Chiles has since indicated that the closure should have
been in early September.
Joy countered Cann's argument, stating that she has
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 10, 2008 5 5
Complaint too late, says Bradenton Beach BOA
By Lisa Neff
A meeting of the Bradenton Beach Board of Adjust-
ment concluded Aug. 27 with the board's determination
that the appeal it was set to review was filed too late.
Cynthia Dagher and Mark Mixon of 2205 Gulf
Drive sought a BOA hearing on a complaint regarding
decisions by building officials that led to the issuance
of a certificate of occupancy for the Sunset Beach Motel
at 2201 Gulf Drive.
At the meeting, Dagher and Mixon worked through
a timeline of their appeal with the BOA. The board,
after nearly an hour-long discussion, determined it
could not hear the substance of the appeal.
"We're working through legal windows," said BOA
chairman John Burns.
City regulations require that an administrative
appeal be filed within 30 days of the city decision.
The city issued the certificate of occupancy on Oct.
25, 2007, and the complete application for the appeal
was filed on July 8, according to the city.
"We have exceeded the 30 days based on the exhib-
its in evidence," Burns said. "And we have no authority
to hear this.... We can't legally hear this."
The decision, which will be reviewed by the city
commission, frustrated Dagher and Mixon, who claimed
that correspondence with the city last fall indicated
timing was not critical, and who spent about $1,000
noticing the BOA hearing.
"Why are we here for the third time?" Mixon asked,
referring to the fact that the BOA meeting had been
continued from July 16 to Aug. 6 to Aug. 26. "The appli-
cation should never have been accepted with an applica-
tion fee.... We have been misled since day one."
"I would think the city would say something if
there was a specific timeline of 30 days," said Dagher,
adding, "There are so many things going on in this
project and none of them have ever come forth."
City staff said they couldn't tell an applicant that an
appeal is untimely, only that an application is complete
"We just can't make that decision," said code
enforcement officer Gail Garneau.
"It's the responsibility of the board to look at the
application," said city attorney Ricinda Perry. "No one
in the city can modify this application."
A letter from building official Steve Gilbert to
Dagher and Mixon dated Oct. 26, 2007, the day after
the issuance of the CO, contained several statements
regarding the 30-day appeal deadline and the complain-
ants' window of opportunity.
A similar situation arose earlier this year when the
BOA determined that a complaint from resident Ken
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Lohn has taken the issue to court.
Dagher and Mixon may eventually turn to court as
well. "It seems the only way we are going to move for-
ward is to have legal counsel and sue the city," Mixon
said at one point during the meeting.
He later thanked the board for its time, saying he
understood the rules and pledging to follow the process
Burns, in turn, said he understood Mixon's and
Dagher's frustrations, adding, "Redress is more appro-
priately done with your city representative."
Burns also said the applicants could "go to your
city council member and talk about how the process
can be rectified.... If it's not clear to you, it might not
be clear to other people."
The substance of the complaint filed by Dagher and
Mixon, which the BOA did not discuss, contained the
* Construction work at 2201 was a major devel-
opment that exceeded the 50-percent rule watched by
The complaint alleged, "How could a 7,514-square-
foot motel be remodeled with a new roof, granite
countertops, stainless-steel appliances and fixtures,
new plumbing, electrical, windows, drywall, porch
additions, A/C units, etc., be done for $445,188? This
equates to under $60 a square foot."
* Air-conditioning units generate too much noise
and were improperly placed.
"The location of these units has created an ongo-
ing hardship with the quality of life we had enjoyed
before ... this project," stated Mixon and Dagher in
their appeal. "We ask the board to hear our plea and
restore peace back in our lives."
* A "condominium-ized" motel constitutes a
change of use.
"Units are being sold as condos but used as a motel
daily," the complainants said. "What is this? If it is a
motel, it is not permitable to have a kitchen in it if it is
under 450 square feet."
* Stormwater runoff from 2201 Gulf Drive now
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"Their property is higher than ours," the complain-
ants stated. "The reason for the runoff is due to them not
doing the erosion control across the entire property."
* Trees planted on 2201 Gulf Drive impair visibility
from the neighboring driveway.
"The planting of trees over 8 feet tall close to the
street right of way has created a hazardous situation
leaving our driveway," the complainants stated.
Gilbert, in other documents, responded to the alle-
* The project was a minor development, according
to former building official Ed McAdam, and thus a
planning board review was not required.
Additionally, Gilbert said, affidavits on an indepen-
dent appraisal and the schedule of costs associated with
the 2201 project put the work within the 50-percent rule.
"You may submit any contradictory evidence as
to compliance with the 50-percent rule that you have
now for consideration or with the administrative appeal
application," he wrote.
* "Landscaping and buffering ... have now been
installed and inspected and appear to have mitigated
much of the noise," Gilbert stated.
* Regarding the "condominium-ized" motel use,
Gilbert wrote, "The land-development code regulates
use of land, but not the type of ownership of real prop-
erty, which is regulated by Florida statutes.... 'Condo-
minium' is merely a form of ownership under Florida
statutes. 'Condominium' ownership does not control,
limit or govern actual 'use' of the units for either tran-
sient or permanent occupancy.
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are regulated by local government LDC is when the
use of the hotel changes from transient occupancy to
* Regarding stormwater runoff, Gilbert said addi-
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* Regarding the driveway exit on Gulf Drive, Gil-
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Mel Brooks brought the level of angst for moviego-
ers to the brink of hilarity in his 1977 comedy-thriller
classic "High Anxiety."
Brooks wrote, directed and starred in the film in
which his character, Dr. Richard Thorndyke, arrives as
the new administrator of the Psychoneurotic Institute for
the very, very nervous only to discover some suspicious
goings-on. He's framed for murder and so must confront
his condition - "high anxiety" - to clear his name.
It's Brooks' genius at his best. The cast of charac-
ters and the plot are suitable to Anna Maria Island and
the Florida Department of Transportation, if only the
situation for business owners were not so ominous.
Although it is amusing to think about assigning the
cast of characters from among the players in the DOT
and the Anna Maria Island Bridge plot, er, plan.
Still, with much pleading and many meetings and
conversations between the DOT and Islanders we don't
seem to be reading from the same script.
First they mistook what constituted tourist season
on the Island. Rewrite.
Then the DOT plotted a blind survey and from the lesser
of two evils, Islanders thought they made the best choice.
But as the DOT cast its plan in steel, the evil chang-
ing economy pulled the rug out from under some retail
business owners and restaurateurs.
Can the DOT adapt or conceive of another way to
accomplish the renovations that will keep Island busi-
ness owners from their worst fears - a slow October
and November startup to season on the heels of pain-
fully slow sales in August and the prospect of Septem-
ber being worse.
Business owners here are saying they may not make it.
They're saying, "We're scared to close and scared to stay
open." We may not recover from four months of strain.
The DOT needs to stop looking at us as a construc-
tion project, a PR debacle, a bridge, and look at us as a
community. The community that is served by the bridge
is crying out for help.
We're asking for consideration of the changing
times since the rehab plan was scripted a year ago -
and some creative thinking.
We suggest one-lane closures and speeding up the
process. Work around the clock. If the bridge has to be
closed starting Sept. 29, work more shifts and crews to
finish in half the time. After all, the community's needs
should outweigh the contractor's convenience.
DOT should script a way to save our small business
community from the impact of its actions - and we
shouldn't have to prove the worst scenario, but instead
Please, to the DOT, help the community and repair
the bridge - and find a cure for our high anxiety.
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Pass by Johns Pass
Seems the people of Treasure Island have more
smarts than we have. They are sporting a new, two-
lane, two breakdown lane, bicycle and pedestrian walk
bridge with a 21-foot-clearance bascule.
They paid for it with a grant and now own it -
Florida Department of Transportation approved.
Two, low-level twin bascule bridges are being
built at John's Pass with a 27-foot bascule clearance.
The typical section includes two lanes of travel in each
direction, eight-foot outside shoulders and four-foot
inside shoulders. Plus four observation decks.
Looks to me like our northern neighbors in Pinel-
las County are more concerned with safety than we are
- their bridges are opened more than ours to marine
I understand they are in a different DOT district
than we are, too. Maybe we should try to be included
in their zone.
Talk about smarts.
Now Manatee County is trying to slow the boat
traffic on the river, but offering a non-stop speedway
in the bay by supporting higher bridge clearance than
we now have.
Billie P. Martini, Holmes Beach
Missed the bridge
I think Save Anna Maria should butt out of the
Had SAM members not gotten into the bridge issue
years ago, we'd have saved in fuel, thousands of gallons
of gas, not polluted the air and atmosphere and enjoyed
the Island much more.
John Bacich, Anna Maria
Unheard at hearing
"It's closed! It's closed! It's closed."
That's Anna Maria City Commission Chairman
John Quam's usual cry regarding public comment.
Along with his remark, which I paraphrased as:
Thank you for your petition of 150 signatures in oppo-
sition, but I think it's a good idea and we've been work-
ing on it a long time and have already spent a lot of
money. This is always the way it happens, when we
get to the last hearing...
His implication is that the commission will pay no
attention to the petition.
There are several principles to address relating to
how our public servants avoid hearing what the public
has to say.
First, when important public hearings are scheduled
for 5 p.m., you prevent anyone who can't get off work
early from attending.
Second, when you complain that the public's timing
is too late, because this is the final hearing on the ques-
tion, the purpose of two hearings is negated.
Third, when you allow the commission to bring in
a new aspect in response to public comment and then
don't allow the public to respond to that aspect, you
prove again that the commission is not interested in
what people have to say. This is a common practice in
Anna Maria City. But it takes skill to move a debate
along when comments become repetitious.
Perception, fact or both: The commission prefers
to ignore public input. If commissioners were really
interested in public opinion on yet another tax increase
in the city budget, and in perpetuity, why not have a
referendum on the issue?
Diane Canniff, Anna Maria
I am suing God.
I tripped and fell over a rock the other day and since
God made the rocks and placed them in inconspicuous
places, I am going to sue Him.
Does anyone know of a good attorney? Maybe
attorney Peter Mackey will take my case.
Also, my thoughts and prayers go out to the
Anna Maria Island Community Center. I am thank-
ful for all the positive e nil \.Y it brings to our com-
Caryn Prasse, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 10, 2008 7 7
Skeeter season peaks
By Lisa Neff
The rainy weeks of August delivered the mosquito
season to Anna Maria Island and the rest of Manatee
Now the county's swat team - the mosquito con-
trol district - is at work on daytime and nighttime
patrols to control mosquitoes, which can be more than
Mosquitoes can carry disease, which is why county
mosquito districts work with
the Florida Department of a...
Health and other state agen-
cies to control the mosquito
population and stress protec-
tion against mosquito-borne
"Taking a few simple
steps can drastically reduce t
the chances of contracting
a mosquito-borne illness," ',,4
said Lisa Conti, director of
the state's division of envi-
ronmental health. "Symp- -
toms of West Nile virus - " -
infection, St. Louis enceph- -
alitis and Eastern Equine
encephalitis may include The rainy season in Flo
headache, fever, fatigue, diz- season. Islander Photo:
ziness, weakness and confu- of South Florida
sion. Physicians should con-
tact a local county health department if they suspect
an individual may have a mosquito-borne illness."
The state health department suggests people
remember the five Ds to protect against illness:
* Drainage. Rid the area around a home of standing
water, which is where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
* DEET. Repellents containing DEET are recom-
mended to protect against mosquito exposure. Pica-
ridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus are other repellent
* Dress. Wear clothing that covers most of your
* Dusk and Dawn. Avoid being outdoors when mosqui-
toes are most active.
The DOH also suggested people work to elimi-
nate breeding sites by cleaning out troughs and gutters;
turning over empty plant pots, picking up all beverage
containers outdoors, checking tarps for collected water,
pumping out bilges on boats, replacing water in bird-
baths at least once a week and removing leaves.
Meanwhile, the Manatee County Mosquito Control
District dispatches trucks and helicopters to problem
areas, especially in the east
part of the county, where
there are more breeding
Spots, especially ponds
and open fields where vast
amounts of water can col-
The district, under the
- - direction of Mark Latham,
uses trucks to spray larvae
" -during the day and trucks
and helicopters to spray to
kill adults at night.
S- Residents can go to
" . www.manateemosquito.
M- com to track the location of
the trucks and helicopters
]a ushers in the mosquito and to request service.
courtesy of the University The control district
with the board of the Flor-
ida Anti-Mosquito Association, emphasize that the
state's sunshine and beaches attract many visitors
and new residents, but the state might still be what
early explorers termed inhabitable without mosquito
The mosquito was such a plague when the Span-
iards arrived that they named what is today Ponce de
Leon inlet "Barro de Mosquitoes," according to a his-
tory at www.manateemosquito.com.
The county's mosquito control district was created
61 years ago and has graduated from using draglines to
trucks to aircraft over the years.
In the Sept. 9, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Anna Maria Island TurtleWatch director Suzi Fox
said about 25 turtle nests were washed out when Hur-
ricane Earl passed near the Island, but the remaining
25 nests appeared "healthy."
* While Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard said
he supported the concept of a curfew for teenagers,
Bradenton Beach Mayor Connie Drescher and Holmes
Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said they were opposed
to any Islandwide curfew. Shumard called for a Sept. 10
worksession among for Islanders and elected officials
to discuss the issue.
* The prospects of Holmes Beach purchasing the
Grassy Point area of the city brightened after Holmes
Beach city treasurer Rich Ashley said the Florida
Communities Trust indicated it is sending a draft grant
agreement for $715,350 for his review prior to an FCT
purchase of the 37-acre site.
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not talked to a single business owner who now favors
the October-November closure, including Chiles.
"You should come here and go door-to-door" to get
a grass-roots opinion of the closure," she said.
Sorry, said Cann. "October to November is what
we were told."
"I can't make a change at this point," he said. The
U.S. Coast Guard would need at least 90 days to change
the closure date and the contractor has already lined up
materials and sub-contractors for the Sept. 29 date.
But Joy argued that changing the closure to allow
for one-lane of traffic won't require Coast Guard
approval. No closure means no Coast Guard permit.
Cann, however, stuck to his guns. More than 60 per-
cent of the people who voted last fall indicated a prefer-
ence for the 45-day option and, Cann said, he would
"stick with a majority of the people." He added that
if the 105-day plan were implemented, bridge repairs
would still be ongoing in December and January, when
the Island is in the midst of its tourist season.
Cann also said that a majority of Island and Mana-
tee County elected officials have indicated a preference
for the 45-day closure.
He relented, saying he would seek the opinions of
the Island's three mayors.
But, said Joy, those are not business owners who are
facing the loss of their livelihood. "None of the three Island
mayors owns or operates a business - or works."
"Go to the business owners, not the mayors," she
suggested, observing that had a DOT representative
attended the July 17 meeting called by The Islander
for Island business owners to discuss the 45-day plan,
the DOT would have known how those same owners
feel the 45-day plan will devaste their businesses.
The DOT was supposed to have sent a representa-
tive to that meeting, but no one was present that day
to hear owner after owner express "dire concerns" for
their economic future.
Maybe because Cann and other DOT staff members
are "government," they are immune from the economy,
Joy said, but she and other small business owners on
the Island are not.
"You need to hear from the stakeholders," she
admonished Cann. "All we hear from you is 'we can't
do this' for one reason or another," she said. The DOT
is being "inflexible" in its decision-making process and
the Island economy has changed significantly since last
year. The DOT needs to take that economic change into
consideration, Joy said.
Cann finally agreed to listen to business owners
if the owners would communicate to their respec-
tive mayors regarding their desires, and if Joy would
provide him a list of names, telephone numbers and
e-mails, but made no promises that any change of plan
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scheduled to close one lane of traffic on the Anna
Maria Island Bridge Sept. 8 and 9 from 8 p.m. to 6
a.m. - the final night-time lane closures planned
before the bridge closes for 45 days beginning Sept.
A DOT press release said contractor Quinn Con-
struction Co. of Palmetto needed the night closures
to continue repair of the pile jackets and revise the
While Joy provided Cann with the names of the
more than 30 Island business owners who attended the
July 17 meeting, she had little hope there would be any
significant change in the DOT master plan.
"I don't think the DOT is capable of adapting or
even considering the economy in its plan so it doesn't
have this dire effect on the Island businesses.
But they should, she said. They should be looking at
ways to lessen the impact to us in view of the past few
months. "It's not a bridge to nowhere. It's our lifeline."
We have to stick together, hope they listen, and
"hope we get through this," she said.
Business owners and Islanders who want to express
their opinion should contact Joy at 941-778-7978, or
e-mail the newspaper at email@example.com.
Cann can be reached at the DOT Bartow office,
800-292-3368, or by e-mail at Stan.Cann@dot. state.
fl.us. Koupelousos can be reached by e-mail at Stepha-
nie.koupelousos@ dot. state.fl.us.
"Incorporating a beautiful healthy smile with a rejuvenated body"
traffic pattern on the bridge.
The DOT reminded Islanders and the public that
its final public meeting prior to the bridge closure
will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.
For the latest information on the rehabilitation
project, go on the Web to www.islander.org. and
click on "community links." People without Internet
access can call 941-792-0369.
HB police to monitor
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Motorists caught in slow-going traffic may be
tempted to search for shortcuts during the 45-day clo-
sure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
But Island police officers warn that speeds will be
monitored and limits strictly enforced on the detours
and along side roads.
"We want people to know, they can't get around the
traffic by speeding through a shortcut," said Holmes
Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson.
Stephenson said HBPD patrol officers will check
speeds specifically on Gulf Drive, where it takes a
turn to the west at East Bay Drive and curves around
to the north to intersect at Manatee Avenue and the
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EEEC wants new projects to 'go native'
By Rick Catlin
Under proposed changes to the Anna Maria land-
scaping ordinance by the city's environmental educa-
tion and enhancement committee, new developments
in the city would be required to landscape at least 10
percent of the parcel. Additionally, 75 percent of the
"total number of trees and shrubs" on each lot "must
be native plants."
The EEEC submitted a 10-page document and
accompanying proposed ordinance to the city for con-
sideration after numerous meetings on the issue and
many discussions with city planner Alan Garrett.
In the letter to the city outlining the EEEC's reason-
ing behind the ordinance, EEEC member Robin Wall
said the committee has edited and refined the landscap-
ing ordinances of Sanibel, Palmetto and Anna Maria "to
determine landscaping requirements that will suit and
enhance the physical and biological characteristics of
our west central Florida barrier island city, support and
satisfy the city of Anna Maria's comprehensive plan
policy and be flexible, fair and result in a reasonable
City taps firm to update Gulf Drive plan
By Lisa Neff
A Sarasota firm will steer the revision of Bradenton
Beach's management plan for the Gulf Drive Scenic
The 2.7 mile, two-lane stretch of the state road in
the city is designated as a scenic highway under state
and national programs.
To maintain the designation, the city must update its
corridor management plan for Gulf Drive by next April.
On Sept. 4, the city commission accepted a bid from
the IBI Group of Sarasota to complete the update.
Choosing between the IBI Group and Glatting,
Jackson, Kercher, Angling of Orlando was difficult,
commissioners agreed during a workshop on the issue
"Boy, they both really want to do this don't they?"
said Commissioner Janie Robertson.
Glatting assisted the city on previous scenic high-
way work and IBI's Russell Moore once served on the
city's scenic highway committee, which is presently
called the ScenicWAVES Committee.
"We've dealt with both of them," said Commis-
sioner John Chappie. "And both of them have served
Glatting proposed to complete the update for about
$69,000, but offered to reduce the bid by about $20,000
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by eliminating some design elements in the plan.
IBI proposed to complete the update for about
$39,000, including design elements to help promote
the scenic highway designation.
Moore said IBI's plan also would contain "recom-
mendations on how to go about procuring dollars for
all the projects that are going to come out of this pro-
"You' ve made huge advances," Moore said of the
work to improve and promote the scenic highway. "But
it is time for an update."
The city is due to receive a National Scenic Byways
grant to pay for 75 percent of the costs, according to
city project and program manager Lisa Marie Phil-
Phillips told commissioners that both plans seem
impressive and both firms are qualified to do the
She noted, however, that IBI made the low bid,
which the city would try to bring down to $38,500 to
meet its budget.
"They are local," Chappie added.
Bradenton Beach has one of three scenic highway
designations in the area. U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail is a
scenic highway. So is State Road 64/Manatee Avenue
from 75th Street in Bradenton to East Bay Drive in
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The use of native plants will "comply with and
help support our city's comprehensive plan," said Wall,
noting that the future land-use element of the plan says
the city shall "encourage the use of native vegetation"
in landscaping commercial and residential projects.
The proposed code breaks down the distribution of
plants by requiring that "of the six required native trees,
there must be at least three different kinds (species) of
trees and, of the 16 required native shrubs, there must
be at least six different kinds (species) of shrubs."
The proposal claims to give "clear direction" to
affected projects. Wall's forwarding letter noted that
the city's current code requires that two native trees
and six shrubs be planted per residential dwelling unit
or commercial building.
In addition, the EEEC amendment would require a
"vegetative (sic) buffer" where commercial use is adja-
cent to residential, "even when an alley exists between
the commercial use and the residential use."
The EEEC also suggested that all vehicle parking
areas in the retail-office-residential district have "at
least 20 square feet of landscaping for each parking
space. Each 100 square feet of landscaped area shall
have at least three trees and four shrubs, at least 75
percent of which shall be native plants; not more than
25 percent may be non-competing exotic species of
EEEC's amendment also gives requirements for a
"vegetation buffer" where "high-intensity commercial
use" in either the C-1 or ROR areas "abuts residential
use" in the R- 1 or R-2 districts, or where it "abuts" an
alley that, in turn, "abuts a residential use in R-1 or
High-intensity commercial uses include "restau-
rants, day care facilities for children, parking areas and
other uses similar in intensity that produce impacts such
as noise, light and/or disturbance due to their character
and nature," the EEEC said.
Native trees would also be protected under the
amendment and a permit would be required for removal
of a protected tree if the tree meets certain conditions.
The EEEC also provided a list of "prohibited" plant
species that "shall not be permitted to be planted" under
Commission Chairman John Quam said he had to
first study the ordinance before determining if it should
go to the city commission for discussion, or first to the
planning and zoning board for review and a recom-
mendation to the commission.
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Additional events on the chamber schedule
* 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, a business card
exchange at Beach Fitness, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna
* 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, a chamber lunch at
the Sun House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach featuring
ag Democratic congressional candidate Christine Jen-
* 7:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, a sunrise breakfast
at the Sun House Restaurant.
* 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, Island Bay-
fest on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
* 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, a business card
exchange at the Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
* 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, the Trail of Treats Hal-
loween celebration begins at the chamber offices in
For more information, call the chamber at
Democratic club to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
at noon Monday, Sept. 15, for lunch at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The speakers will be Jonathan McCullum and Rob
Kelly, area representatives of the Barack Obama cam-
paign for president.
For more information, call Dale de Haan at
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra's first concert of the 2008-09 season will take
place Nov. 16.
The "Fall Welcome Back" concert, which will
begin at 2 p.m. at Crosspointe Fellowship in Holmes
Beach, will feature performances of music by Bach, as
well as Mozart and Vivaldi.
Additional concerts will take place Dec. 21, Feb.
15 and March 22. The December concert will cele-
brate the holidays. The February concert will honor
Haydn and the March event will be a concert version
For more information, including ticket details, go
to www.amicco.org, or call 941-778-1541.
West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price speaks
at the weekly Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club
meeting Aug. 30 about the fire department's plans
during the shutdown of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
on Sept. 29. The club meets at 8:30 a.m. Saturday
at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach in
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ralph Bas-
Lt. Dale Stephenson of the Holmes Beach Police
Department tells the Anna Maria Kiwanis Club
members at their Saturday morning meeting at Cafe
on the Beach some suggestions for how to avoid traf-
fic problems during the Anna Maria Island Bridge
closure beginning Sept. 29. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Anthony Manali and JoAnn Fumerelle of Anna
Maria were married at a grand service June 14 at
the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Sarasota, but in keeping
with JoAnn's proposal to Anthony and her other
announcements flown over the beaches of Anna
Maria Island, a sky message proclaimed the event.
Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Travels with Jim
Jim Anderson of the Anna Maria Kiwanis Club
discusses his recent trip to his birthplace in Scotland
with members of the club on a recent Saturday. The
group meets at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Cafe on the
Beach at Manatee Public Beach. Islander Photo:
Sept. 11 tribute,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District firefight-
ers in recent weeks have been busy building a
memorial to those who died in terrorist attacks
on Sept. 11, 2001.
The memorial, at WMFR's Station No. 1 in
Holmes Beach, will be dedicated at 5 p.m. Thurs-
day, Sept. 11.
The memorial will contain the names of the
343 firefighters who died. The memorial also will
contain a piece of steel from the World Trade
Center that was donated by retired firefighter
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 10, 2008 0 11
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Aug. 29, 400 block Pine Avenue, attempted fraud.
The complainant said she received Internet correspon-
dence from a man who wanted to rent a unit, then sent
a cashier's check for more than the agreed-upon price
and asked for a refund. The complainant suspected a
scam and reported the matter to deputies.
Aug. 30, 2000 block Gulf Drive, assault. Officers
responded to a disturbance complaint. Officers had
to restrain a man who threatened other people with a
knife, according to the report, and he was arrested.
Aug. 31, 200 Gulf Drive S., theft. The complainant
said someone took his $800 surfboard off the roof of
his car. Officers tracked down the suspect and he was
arrested for theft.
Sept. 3, 12700 Cortez Road W., drugs. Officers
observed a vehicle with an expired license plate. After
stopping the vehicle, officers observed what appeared
to be a pipe under the female driver's shirt. After con-
tacting a female police officer from Longboat Key and
searching Kelly L. Martin, 21, of Bradenton Beach, the
suspect was charged with possession of cocaine and
Aug. 30, 3000 block Avenue C, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone broke into his business, damag-
ing a computer keyboard, and took several checks and
Aug. 30, 3000 block Avenue C, theft. The com-
plainant said someone broke a window of his truck.
Aug. 30, 30 block Seaside Lane, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took her trash can.
Aug. 31, 200 block 78th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone entered her unlocked vehicle and
took an unknown amount of cash in change.
Aug. 31, 3000 block Avenue C, battery. The com-
plainant said a tenant and his girlfriend became bel-
ligerent. A physical altercation ensued, and a capias
request was sought for the tenant.
Aug. 31, 500 block 67th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone took two iPods, valued at $250
each, from her vehicle.
Aug. 31, 500 block 67th Street, burglary. The
complainant said someone took $2 from her unlocked
vehicle while parked in front of her home.
Aug. 31, 200 block 35th Street, battery. Officers
responded to a disturbance and found several people
yelling at one another in a carport. It was later deter-
mined that one of the group had gotten into a fight with
another member of the group. He was arrested.
Aug. 1, 500 block 70th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone entered his unlocked vehicle and
took a GPS unit, valued at approximately $400, from
his rental car.
Aug. 1, 500 block 70th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone entered her unlocked vehicle and
took $10 in coins.
Aug. 2, 100 block White Avenue, theft. The com-
plainant said she took her sandals off at the beach and
left them under a bench and, when she returned, they
were gone. The sandals were valued at $160.
Beware of bogus cashier's checks, refunds
By Rick Catlin
An alert staff member at Betsy Hills Realty in Anna
Maria thought something was odd when the deposit for
a seasonal rental came in the mail.
What was odd was that the check was for $13,000,
double the agreed monthly rental amount of $7,000, and
the sender asked the real estate company to return the
overage to him, well before the expected arrival of the
The $13,000 cashier's check drawn on CitiBank
in Carlsbad, Calif., looked official, but a phone call to
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies at the Anna
Maria substation revealed the fraud.
"The check was bogus," said Sgt. John Kenney, the
officer in charge of the substation.
Kenney said the sender had e-mailed the real estate
company indicating that he was a wealthy individual
living in the Persian Gulf area and wanted to rent an
Island accommodation for his grandson for a month.
After the negotiations were completed, the cashier's
check arrived. The sender indicated that he wanted the
company to return the difference to him in cash.
But this is not a new scam, particularly in Florida
Man threatens beachgoers in
Bradenton Beach police took a Palmetto man into
custody Labor Day weekend for allegedly threatening
to kill three people.
Stephen Troy Ryan, 55, of Palmetto, faces charges
of aggravated assault in connec-
tion with an Aug. 30 incident in
the 2000 block of Gulf Drive
A Bradenton Beach Police
Department report stated that
Ryan, an antique restorer, had
approached three people on
the beach to ask the where-
Stephen Ryan about of his fishing pole.
The police report stated that
the Ryan then "put his finger to his neck and swiped it
across his neck. Then he pulled out a knife and said that
he was going to kill them all. Victims said they were in
fear for their lives and felt Ryan was a credible threat."
The arresting police officers to the scene said Ryan
"became abusive and tried to pull away numerous
The Islander and NewsManatee.com contributed
to this report.
resort areas. Instead of sending back the difference, the
check and the accompanying e-mails were turned over
to Kenney, who forwarded the details to the MCSO
"This is attempted fraud and they'll follow up on this indi-
vidual, maybe contact Interpol or the FBI," said Kenney
"It was good work on the part of the staff to spot the
scam," he said. "The check was very official looking.
"We just want everyone to know that there are
people out there who prey on unsuspecting agents. Let's
make sure no one falls for this," added Kenney.
He advised that anyone who gets a check for more
than the agreed upon amount and the sender demands cash
back should contact their local law enforcement office.
That type of arrangement is "definitely a scam,"
Koenigs sentencing hearing
set for Oct. 1
By Lisa Neff
The man convicted of shooting a Holmes Beach
business person and then aiming his gun at police will
be sentenced Oct. 1.
A jury convicted Mark Koenigs in the shooting
of Island Mail & More owner Sue Normand in early
August after about three hours of deliberation.
The sentencing hearing before Judge Diana Moreland
will take place at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Manatee County
Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
Koenigs was convicted of one count of aggravated
battery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated
assault on law enforcement.
During the trial, the jury learned that early on Dec.
5, 2007, Koenigs walked into the Island Mail & More
store on East Bay Drive with a package.
Normand, who knew Koenigs as a customer, shook
the package and told Koenigs he needed to secure what-
ever was inside the box.
The package contained a gun and, in the moments
that followed, Koenigs removed the gun from the box
and fired it, shooting Normand in the abdomen.
Koenigs left the store, running south from Holmes
Beach into Bradenton Beach, where law enforcement
officers on the Gulf shore surrounded him.
In courtroom testimony, police said Koenigs pointed
a gun at officers. He was shot three times before he was
taken into custody.
Koenigs, who has remained in the Manatee County
jail since last December, faces a possible sentence of
life in prison.
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Toee were the days
Part 6, the Saga of Anna Maria City
Mitch Davis to
be Anna Maria's
By June Alder
One mayor named Davis will retire to make
way for another of the same name at Anna Maria
shortly, as a result of the town caucus held there a
few nights ago, when W. M. Davis, better known
as "Mitch" Davis, was nominated for mayor,
receiving 20 votes in the meeting to nine cast
for the present mayor, S.N. Davis.
Other nominations were:
C.W. Bonham, vice mayor.
J. G. Whitehead, city clerk.
In each case, the office carries with it a com-
missionership, the plan of government being the
commission form, with three commissioners.
Anna Maria Beach was incorporated as the
town of Anna Maria at the recent session of the
state Legislature. S.N. Davis was made mayor
pro tem, and he with Messrs. W. M. Davis and C.
W. Bonham formed the board of commissioners
until the first general election, which has now
been called for Aug. 7.
- The Evening Herald, July 30, 1923
* As a kid growing up in Palmetto in the
1890s, Mitch Davis liked nothing better than
to slip away to fish the prolific waters of Anna
Maria Island. He fell in love with the wild Island
then, and the romance was to endure for more
than three-quarters of a century.
By the time Mitch (the son of Manatee County
Commissioner Mac Davis) was in his mid-teens,
making a name for himself as a fishing guide, and
soon was captain of his own charter boat. In 1908
at the age of 23, he was hired as caretaker of a
colony of summer cottages called West View on
the Island's south end. And he decided to settle
there with his young wife and infant son.
Two years later, along came a straw-hatted
chap named Will Bean with a proposition. Mitch
remembered Will from when he lived on the north
point on his father's homestead in the 1890s. Will
had done right well for himself. He'd married the
daughter of the Port of Tampa's postmaster just after
soldiering in the Spanish-American War and was a
"comer" on Tampa's political scene.
The old Bean home, now unoccupied, was being
reclaimed by the wilderness. But Will told Mitch
how he intended to transform the 165 acres into a
fashionable resort. It would be the finest thing on all
of Florida's West Coast, said Will. Would Mitch like
to get it in on it?
Don't mind if I do, Mitch said. And that's how
he came to build most of the houses in Bean's resort,
including a memorial chapel for the mother of Will
Bean's bankroller, Charles Roser.
By 1923, Will Bean and his hustlers were long
gone. But Mitch and his family stayed on. Everyone
liked Mitch, a guy always willing to help a neighbor,
always ready to take Island youngsters for outings
in his cabin cruiser. There was always a twinkle in
his eye and a quip on his lips. And folks knew they
could depend on him.
No wonder the slate headed by this popular
fellow was approved on Aug. 7. Full of optimism,
Mitch set to work to put the new town on the map.
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Bradenton Beach updates travel policy
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners traded in the city's
old travel policy for a new model Sept. 4.
City clerk Nora Idso worked on revising the policy
with the assistance of city attorney Ricinda Perry.
The revised policy spells out how Bradenton
Beach officials and staff should travel when conducting
municipal business - and what kind of reimbursement
they can expect.
Under the policy, the city commission authorizes
travel for the mayor and commissioners; the mayor
authorizes travel for department heads and department
heads authorize travel for employees.
Travel, under the policy, must be made using "the
most direct route available" and, when traveling outside
the city, only pre-approved charges may be applied to
a credit card.
Mileage under the former policy was determined
using state road maps. The new policy provides for
determining mileage using MapQuest on the Internet.
The mileage rate, under the new policy, will be
based on the published yearly Internal Revenue Service
rate. Previously the commission set the rate.
Other requirements in the policy require rental cars
to be the most economical available and tips and gra-
tuities are not reimbursable.
The new policy, which covers both elected officials
and employees, will take effect Oct. 1.
In other business, the commission:
* Approved an amendment to the city's capital
improvements plan to include the renovation of the
city's dinghy dock, a project the city hopes to partly
fund with a state grant.
The action was needed for the city to submit a grant
application - due Sept. 15 - to fund the project.
* Approved a bid of $39,000 from the IBI Group
for a corridor management plan update, a document
required to meet state rules for scenic highways. A
2.7-mile stretch of Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach has
a scenic highway designation. (See separate story.)
* Discussed the city's evaluation and appraisal
report, which was submitted to the state earlier this
year and recently approved.
The OK from the Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs on the EAR will trigger a new round of
hearings - possibly on a single day in October - to
incorporate the EAR recommendations into the city's
* Approved spending $1,000 to sponsor a green
business workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, and a second workshop
on promoting a green economy next spring during the
city's eco-week celebration.
* Approved requests for special event permits for
the BeachHouse Restaurant to host kayak races and the
annual SandBlast sand-sculpting tournament.
The kayak tournament will take place from 8 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Oct. 19.
SandBlast, which raises money for Keep Manatee
Beautiful, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov.
15, with sandsculpting experts arriving earlier in the
week to create a super-sized sculpture at the site.
* Authorized payment of an invoice for $8,671.88
from M.T. Causley for building department services in
July and August.
* Authorized payment of a $1,428.52 bill for repairs
to a 1997 Chevy truck in the public works fleet.
The commission's next meeting will take place at
7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at city hall for a hearing
on the proposed millage rate and budget for fiscal year
Florida agency awards land
grants to communities
By Lisa Neff
The governing board for Florida Communities Trust
met last week to review applications from 91 communi-
ties - including Bradenton Beach - requesting $260
million in grant money for recreational, conservation
or historic land purchases.
For the 2008 grant cycle, however, the FCT had
$73 million to spend and awarded grants to just 18 of
Bradenton Beach city did not receive a grant for a
planned Gulf Drive Park due to the competitive nature
of the grant process.
The state uses a complicated scoring system to
determine which communities are eligible for money,
and Bradenton Beach project and program manager
Center to host concert
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host a free outdoor concert from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sat-
urday, Nov. 15, on its field, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
The concert will feature the band Yesterdayze play-
ing music of yesteryears.
The concert will take place days after the scheduled
end of the Anna Maria Island Bridge closure.
The Center is inviting people to bring lawn chairs,
blankets and their neighbors.
The Center also is inviting vendors to sell food,
drinks and crafts during the concert.
For more information, call Sandee Pruett at
Lisa Marie Phillips said the city did not score high
enough in the competitive process.
Bradenton Beach applied for a $1.4 million grant to
put toward the $2 million purchase of .45 acres along
Gulf Drive to be used for a park and a nature center.
In April, the city commission approved the grant
application for the acquisition of beachfront parcels at
1402, 1404, 1412 and 1414 Gulf Drive.
The property is caught up in litigation between
the city and the current owners, Island Inc. and Beach
Development Inc. The dispute over whether the land
can be developed goes back years.
The developers sought to build on the land. The city
commission eventually voted against development due to its
zoning and the sensitive nature of the waterfront property.
The dispute went to court, where the city won one
round and the developers won on appeal. While the
matter remains before the courts, both sides N ii nt tlhi, 'ugh
a mediation session last year and want a resolution.
The mediation resulted in a finding that the city
should buy the land, a suggestion the city previously
proposed, but the developers rebuffed.
The city is now looking for state assistance in
financing a purchase.
Bradenton Beach also may seek FCT funding in
the 2009 cycle, which will feature new opportunities
for state-designated waterfront communities.
Bradenton Beach and the village of Cortez are
state-designated waterfront communities.
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fourth Friday of the month at Simply Put Artisan
Gallery, 11904 Cortez Road. The next event will take
place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. For more
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Let Us Not Forget
Hurricane Elena wreaked havoc on
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Roland Codoret Grant Stevenson
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Cheryl Hindle /izollins (deceased)
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14 0 SEPT. 10, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
in first tourney
By Bonner Joy
The Gullett family weighed, cleaned, served,
smoked, fried and thanked their friends for fishing and
coming to an awards dinner - all, for them, to honor
The fishers, who signed up to cast two days for
their prize fish, the six biggest mullet they could catch
in their nets, awaited the Ben Gullett Mullet Invita-
tional tournament results at the sponsoring Star Fish
Company Market and Restaurant, where they enjoyed
a meal of smoked or fried mullet - much of it from
After everyone was fed, Rick Gullett stepped out
on the floating dock and thanked everyone for coming
and contributing to the Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage, the group that supports preservation in Cortez
and the beneficiary of the tourney proceeds.
And he announced the winners: Ben Gullett Mullet Invitational winners Dwight Andress, center, and Rod Griffin, right, caught six mullet
Junior Division, first place, Kevin and Chris Bustle, weighing 27.08. They are pictured with tournament organizer Rick Gullett, left. The pair also won the Cast Iron
and second place, Joey Gullett and Jared Corley. Slam for their top combo catch of mullet, sheepshead and sand perch. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
The Bustles had 18.93 pounds of mullet and
received $100 and a new Talon Net, custom made by
David Durrance and donated to the event.
The adult cast-netters were headed by Dwight
Andress and Rod Griffin, who received $1,200 for their
net catch of six mullet weighing 27.08. They also won
the Cast Iron Slam for their combo catch of mullet, "
sheepshead and sand perch.
Second place went to Johnny Guthrie and Frank �. 's
Tucker for 25.9 pounds of mullet, and T.J. Stewart and
Jason Ramsey took third place with 24.31 pounds of
FISH was the real winner of the generosity
of the many who came to enjoy the $5 dinner
and the Gulletts, for the praise they earned from -
the fishers - who promised to come back next
Rick Gullett, Ben's son, and wife Holli, put in many
hours and worked tirelessly at the event and had the
help of many family members. Star Fish was the main
sponsor, providing a location for the captain's meet-
ing, weigh-in and the awards, and a program for the
The Islander was a co-sponsor and provided prize-
winners with gift certificates for dining at Jolly Roger-
Ooh La La! Bistro and "More than a Mullet Wrapper"
Islander T-shirts. Winners all
See you next year, netters. Ben Gullett Mullet Invitational winners with Rick Gullett, Ben's son, rear, and wife Holli, left.
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T.J. Stewart and Jason Ramsey, not pictured, took third place with 24.31
Ben Gullett Mullet Invitational tournament junior division first-place winners Kevin
and ( h1 , Bustle with tournament organizer Rick Gullett, left, and one of their prizes,
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The Gathering Place
restaurant on Gulf
Drive in Bradenton
Beach closed for a
September vacation, as
did other Island busi-
nesses seeking to cut
costs and take time
off during an annual
slowdown in the tourist
economy. The vacation
notice - orange paint
on boards over the
windows - prompted a
complaint to the press
and an inquiry at city
hall. Apparently the
signage is not improper.
AM zoning board declines vacation request
Anna Maria's planning and zoning in the city's best interest to vacate the
board at its Sept. 2 meeting decided property, which is adjacent to the now-
against a request from Horizon Bank for defunct Villa Rosa project. Horizon
the city to vacate a portion of property it Bank acquired some of the former Villa
owns at Palm Avenue where it intersects Rosa property through default and the
South Bay Boulevard bankruptcy of former Villa Rosa owner
Board members deemed it was not GSR Development LLC.
BB budget hearing
The Bradenton Beach City Commis-
sion will hold a hearing on the proposed
millage rate and budget for 2008-09 at 7
p.m. Sept. 10 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive
A second and final hearing will
take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 24.
The proposed budget is
$3,567,182.43 compared to the
2007-08 budget of $3,688,748.99 and
contains no raises for city employ-
Earlier this summer, the commis-
sion voted to set the maximum mill-
age rate at 2.1539 compared to the
2007-08 rate of 2.2579. A mill is $1
for every $1,000 of assessed value of
property less any exemptions. This
rate can be lowered through the adop-
tion of the budget at the public hear-
ing, but it cannot be raised.
Based on that rate, for a house valued
at $525,000 in Bradenton Beach, minus
$25,000 homestead, the property tax bill
from the city for the next year would be
Palma Sola group
meets Sept. 10
Summer vacation for the Palma
Sola Scenic Highway group will
end Sept. 10 when the committee
meets at 3:30 p.m. at the county
administration center, 1112 Mana-
tee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The group, according to its
* Elect new officers for terms
to begin Oct. 1.
* Discuss a replacement
member for Ingrid McClellan of
Keep Manatee Beautiful, who is
stepping away from the Palma
Sola committee to focus more on
the Tamiami Trail scenic highway
* Discuss writing an update of
the scenic highway corridor man-
agement plan, which is due next
* Discuss the status of landscap-
ing and other work on the State Road
64/Manatee Avenue corridor from
75th Street in Bradenton to East Bay
Drive in Holmes Beach.
Tiki and Kitty's Super Septemh
EPTEMBER is a time for renewal and Tiki and Kitty
have discovered a fabulous new store for tiny new people ...
Baby Boutiki. Its cute name describes exactly what it is -
a boutique for babies!
Here you'll find a fabulous selection of baby clothes, gifts
and gear, perfect for the special baby or toddler in your life!
Tiki - who was just blessed with her own little bundle of joy
- discovered Baby Boutiki when she learned she was expecting,
and her little son is the sharpest dressed 10-day-old EVER!
A sister business to Baby Boutikiis the new Tiki Studio, offering
yoga for mommies and babies, along with oodles of other fun exercise
and dance classes. These great little businesses are located on Manatee
Avenue West in Bradenton
We were delighted recently to find the Community Thrift
Shop absolutely bursting with fabulous items - lots of furni-
ture and some beautiful old paintings.
At the Gulf end of Manatee Avenue, The Beach Shop's
huge sale continues with swimwear 40 percent off and they
have some darling suits for every shape, age and size!
Toward the north end of Anna Maria Island, Ginny's and
Jane E's at the Old IGA continues to be a hot-spot for one-
of-a-kind coastal furnishings, and meeting up with girlfriends
for a cafe au lait and a muffin.
50 % off
Jackets, Tops, Shirts
2 & 3-piece Capri Sets
Crochet knit tops & sweaters
and various dresses
Swimsuits and cover-ups
French Dressing Jeanswear
Focus capris and tops
All Jewelry in cases
Native American Turquoise
In Ellenton, the Feed Store Antique Mall invites you And now that you know all the best places to shop, please,
in for a browse, but be prepared and wear your comfy stilet- patronize our participating businesses and be sure to tell 'em
tos because this place is huge. Tiki and Kitty sent you!
In Terra Ceia, just south of the Sunshine Skyway Brid - . Meet Carrie Costan-
Zula's Antiques beckons you to check out its new outdo( r tino Bendixen owner
garden section, where we found some cool outside trellis / of Baby Boutiki and
window boxes and lots more.A u Tiki Studio. Carrie,
In the Historic East Manatee Antique District, Br e - shown here withjust
ton River Antiques amazes us with its huge store ai hu a few of the many
selection of, well, everything! babies and toddlers,
Jill's Restoration offers Shabby Chic furnishings, col- also offers a variety
lectible and more, and furniture restoration. And Retro Rosie of mom and baby
and Cobweb's are teaming up this Saturday, Sept 13, for a exercise and dance
Pajama Party! They'll open at 6 a.m. and if you show up : classes.
wearing your PJs, you'll receive a discount card for your
purchases. Go early to save the nist and enjoy coffee and a
Rusty Crickett's is .e- favorite places to shop
for cute clothes, shoes, ac ooes for yourself, and unique
gifts for your loved ones - including yourself!
We were so thrilled to shop last week at the newly
revamped Whitfield Exchange, just north of the airport on
U.S. 41. It's so nice that we encourage you to include it on
your next shopping spree!
, Tea sets, chimes, candles,
frames and more!
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
At the Manatee Public Beach
941-778-5442 * Open Daily
5 OUT OF 4 PEOPLE
SHOP AT GINNY'S
Ginny's and Jane E's at the old IGA
Hi, I'm Ginny!
f Visit me for the best in
--' home furnishings and
S- accessories with a funky,
Hi, I'm Jane E. Visit my Bakery,
Internet Cafe and Smoothie Bar for
something yummy in your tummN1!
Ginny's 778-3170 * Jane E's 778-7370
9807 Gulf Drive* Anna Maria
Opens at 7am Tuesday-Saturday and 8am on Sunday
by Rick Catlin
Former Navy nurse has good,
Long-time readers of "The Greatest Generation"
and "The Forgotten Generation" columns will be disap-
pointed to know that there is no story this week.
That is not to say I didn't try for an interview, but
this time of year, many of our veterans are up north in
Because the list of veterans of World War II and
Korea grows shorter every day, it is not always easy
to find a veteran willing to discuss his or her wartime
And this is a fraternity that is not accepting any
Fomer U.S. Navy nurse Joan Chase served at a
naval hospital during the Korean War. She cared for
paraplegic and quadraplegic patients as they recovered.
Many of the wounds and sailors left a lasting impres-
sion on her, and it was not always a good one.
She is now retired in west Bradenton. She says she
has her good days and bad days.
We were scheduled for an interview on several
occasions last week, but Joan had some difficulty and
we decided to wait for a better time.
She was trying to collect all her pictures, awards
and diaries from Korea and the Navy, but I told her that
was not necessary.
Joan insists they are necessary because, like many
veterans, time has dimmed her memory. There are some
memories, however, that she wishes she did not have.
She is alone now. She told me once on the phone
that she wondered if it was worthwhile to go on.
Hopefully, Joan and I will be able to sit down this
week or next week to talk about the forgotten war. I
need to tell her to go on, that if she doesn't tell her
story, the day will come when there is no one left to
It is sad when a veteran who put on the uniform of
our country has no one to turn to in time of need.
Yes, I know about the Veterans Administration, but
sometimes, that is not enough.
How many veterans have had benefits denied
because of some VA bureaucrat?
One thing I know, the VA is not out looking for
people to help.
I went by Joan's apartment last week. She said she
was fine that day, she just needed a few days to gather
herself before we begin our talk.
As always, I am asking that if anyone who reads
this column is a veteran of WWII or Korea, or knows
someone who is, please call me at 941-778-7978, or
e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten Gen-
eration" columns are for Island, Longboat Key, Perico
Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bradenton
and Cortez veterans, man or woman, who served in
the armed forces of any allied country (U.S., Canada,
Britain, Holland, Norway, France, Poland, Australia,
New Zealand, the Philippines, etc.) during World War
II or the Korean War. We'd like to hear from you. Call
Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
On Patriot's Day, Sept. 11, the American
Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 of Bradenton will
conduct a candlelight memorial service at 7 p.m.
to recognize those who lost their lives in the Sept.
11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
The guest speakers will be Manatee County
Sheriff Brad Steube and Andy Price, chief of West
Manatee Fire Rescue District.
The host will be Post 24 Americanism Chair-
man, Larry Bumette. Kirby Stewart Post 24 Honor
Guard and Rifle Squad will participate.
The public is welcome. The American Legion
Post 24 is located at 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton.
For information, call 941-794-3489.
ier Shopping Spree
Tiki can't resist anything with her
name on it, such as this sign she
found and Ginny's and Jane E's
at the Old IGA!
Braden River Antiques has some-
;,iiiL for everyone, including a
vintage ceramic kitty that is a must
have for Kitty!
a t Bradenton's Original
Thrift and Consignment Shop
Large selection of
Home Decor, Furniture,
Hue Jewelry, Clothes
for the whole familvl Books
5704 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton
Reader's Choice 2008 Best Consignment Store
Introducing the NEW
Enriching classes for you and your little ones
Childbirth Education (Lamaze/baby CPR)
Yoga (Prenatal, mommy/baby & family)
Babies & Toddlers Music & Movement
TuTu Couture (ballet & jazz) r
Themed Birthday Parties
Tiki Monb Group
Class descriptions and registration
online at www.babyboutiki.com
Located at Baby Boutiki
3205 Manatee Ave. W.
Call to register 941748-3800
Come see us!
20% off all art in store!
Buying and selling Quality Antiques and Collectibles
10am-5:30pm Tues.-Sat. 729-9500
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18 0 SEPT. 10, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Florida School Breakfast Week:
Super Foods Create Super Heroes.
Monday, Sept. 15
Breakfast: Pancake on a "Superhero" Stick,
Cereal, Toast, Yogurt, Oatmeal.
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken or Whole Grain Grilled
Cheese Sandwich, Tator Tots,
Carrots with Dip, Oranges.
Tuesday, Sept. 16
Breakfast: "Power Providing" Chicken Patty on a
"Fuel Filling" Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit.
Lunch: Turkey Gravy or Breaded Beef Patty
on a Bun, Mashed Potatoes,
Cucumber Coins with Dip, Peaches.
Wednesday, Sept. 17
Breakfast: Choice of "Jump Start" boxed selections,
Super Donut, Toast, Cereal.
Lunch: Mini Corn Dogs, Assorted Salads and
Sandwiches, Mixed Vegetables,
Peach Cup, "Clodhoppers."
Thursday, Sept. 18
Breakfast: "Faster than a Speeding Bullet" French
Toast Stick with Syrup, Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit.
Lunch: Meat and Cheese Nachos or Chicken
Tenders, Green Beans, Strawberries and Bananas.
Friday, Sept. 19
Breakfast: "Protein Packed" Egg and Cheese on a
Bagel, Cereal, Toast, Fruit.
Lunch: Whole Grain Pizza or Grilled Barbecue
Chicken on a Bun, Salad, Corn, Pineapple.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Swing set to be
Manatee County's parks and recreation depart-
ment removed a swing set at the county-operated
Manatee Public Beach recently.
The swing set was rusty, said parks and rec-
reation department operations manager Len Car-
He said a new swing set soon will be placed
at the location.
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PTO seeks parent
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Organization still has volunteer positions open for
anyone who missed the volunteer sign up meeting.
Fall festival plans are underway for the carnival-
inspired fundraiser that will take place on school
grounds Oct. 25. Many volunteers are utilized to make
this event a success, from organizing food vendors to
operating game booths.
Other volunteer positions open include: Family
dinner night co-chair, school store assistant, Domino's
Pizza Night coordinator, staff appreciation week coor-
dinator and kindergarten welcome 2009 coordinator.
Anyone interested is welcome at the next PTO
meeting, which will be held in the cafeteria at 9 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 12.
For more information contact Caroline Pardue,
email@example.com, or Charlotta Lan-
Lights, sirens, horns
come to AME
The Anna Maria Elementary School parking lot
will be filled Tuesday, Sept. 16, with some really big
trucks. Kids of all ages are invited to come for "Touch
a Truck" after school hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Children will be able to sit behind the wheel of the
Bradenton Beach recycling truck, honk the horn of a Man-
atee County fire engine and flash the lights of a Holmes
Beach Police Department patrol vehicle. There will also
be a LaPensee Plumbing backhoe for kids to check over.
Desoto Speedway racer Andrew Gibson will be at the
truck show with his racing truck. And the Manatee High
School freshman will be there in his racing gear, signing
autographs and giving away Desoto Speedway tickets.
The Parent-Teacher Organization is organizing the
event and is seeking additional vehicles to showcase at
the event. Anyone with a truck who wants to participate
should call Caroline Pardue at 941-580-5820.
The PTO also will be sponsoring a family dinner
prepared by Sun House Restaurant simultaneously in
the school cafeteria.
Anna Maria Elementary School has many
events throughout the school year in which the
community is welcome.
Upcoming activities include:
* Sept. 12, Parent-Teacher Organization
meeting 9 a.m. in the cafeteria.
* Sept. 16, Family dinner night at 5 p.m. in
the cafeteria and a "Touch a Truck" show in the
* Sept. 26, birthday book club at 1 p.m. in the
* Oct. 10, Parent-Teacher Organization meet-
ing 9 a.m. in the cafeteria.
* Oct. 14, family dinner night 5 p.m. in the
cafeteria followed by the third-grade play at 7
p.m. in the auditorium.
* Oct. 14 and 16, bay estuary project, all day,
on the school estuary.
* Oct. 25, Fall Festival.
For more information, call 941-708-5525.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Sun House sponsors
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Organization will host its first family dinner night of
the 2007-08 school year Tuesday, Sept. 16.
The Sun House Restaurant is preparing the meal,
which will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school
Meal tickets can be purchased prior to the dinner
in the school administrative office or at the event at a
cost of $7 for adults and $5 for children.
For more information, call the school administra-
tive office at 941-708-5525.
The PTO is seeking restaurants to participate in
upcoming family dinner nights. For details or to sign up,
call PTO member Jodi Rawlings at 941-812-1889.
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) 2 Eggs, Meat, Toast $3.49
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John Derek Benson
John Derek Benson, 57, of Anna Maria, died Sept.
3. He was born in Manchester, N.H., and came to reside
on Anna Maria Island in 1975.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Satur-
day Sept. 13, at Covell Funeral Home, 4232 26th St.
W., Bradenton, with the Rev. Andy Toops officiating.
Memorials for Mr. Benson may be made to TideWell
Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
He is survived by daughter Kara Benson; son
Jacob Benson; sister Sally Benson; and seven grand-
Elizabeth Harris Branch
Elizabeth Harris Branch, 87, of Bradenton, died
Aug. 31. She was born in Montgomery, Ala., and her
family resided in Holmes Beach for many years. She
came to Manatee County from Jacksonville, Fla., more
than two years ago.
She formerly worked as an acrobatic performer and
appeared with Jimmy Durante in "Jumbo" on Broad-
way. She owned and operated a dance studio.
She was a member of the Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution and the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation in Holmes Beach.
A service was held Sept. 1 at the chapel of West-
minster Shores, Bradenton. Private inurnment will be in
the memorial garden of the Church of the Annunciation.
Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home, Town
Chapel, Bradenton. Online condolences may be made
Donations in Elizabeth's honor may be made to the
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
She is survived by three children, Ben and wife
Hedy Wormer of Amherst, Mass., George and wife
Elaina of Sunland, Calif., and Mary and husband Barry
Cox of Interlachen, Fla.; brother George Harris and
wife Sylvia of Holmes Beach; three grandchildren,
Taylor Elizabeth Chrusiel, Benjamin Robert Branch
and Shanti Hobbs; and three great-grandchildren,
Ashley, Shelby and Eric Hobbs.
Elizabeth Ereg, 85, of Holmes Beach, died Aug.
28, following a long battle with cancer. She was born
in Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Rochester, N.Y. She
moved to Holmes Beach with husband Peter in 1989.
She studied English and philosophy at Syracuse
University. She served in the women's U.S. Navy Corps
during World War II.
Beth played Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" at
Mercy High School, recorded an album with Good
Shepherd Episcopal choir in Webster, N.Y., and sang in
a production of "South Pacific." She began a real estate
career in the 1960s in Webster. She and her husband
owned Peter V. Ereg Realtors for 15 years.
She was an avid golfer, and played in several clubs
and tournaments. She enjoyed a neighborhood book
club and the Democratic club.
She was an early member of SAM Inc. (Save Anna
Maria), an emergency room volunteer at Blake Medical
Center in Bradenton, and she volunteered at the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
Donations in her honor may be made to the Humane
Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W., Braden-
ton FL 34205, or Tidewell Hospice, 2504 34th Ave.
W., Bradenton FL 34205, or Planned Parenthood, 2055
Wood St., Suite 110, Sarasota FL 34237.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Peter;
daughters Susan Brennis of Holmes Beach; Elizabeth
and husband Edmund Gelgud of Charlotte, N.C.; Mari-
beth and husband Lance Tennison of Newport Beach,
Calif.; and Cynthia Bernfield of Rochester, N.Y.; son
Robert and wife Meg Brennis of Annandale, Va.; step-
son Douglas Ereg and wife Linda of East Lansing,
Mich.; stepdaughter Kathleen Magee of Rochester,
N.Y.; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-children.
Donald F. Garneau
Donald E Garneau, 80, Bradenton, died Sept. 3.
He was born in Detroit and moved to Bradenton in
1987 from Dearborn, Mich. He served in the U.S. Army
He was a member of Saints Peter & Paul the Apos-
tles Catholic Church of Bradenton, American Legion
Kirby Stewart Post 24 of Bradenton, and a volunteer
for Meals on Wheels, Our Daily Bread and Sister Nora
He was a retired design engineer for Ford Motor
Co. of Dearborn.
Visitation and services were at Brown & Sons
Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, Bra-
denton. A memorial Mass was held Sept. 6 at Saints
Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church Chapel,
Bradenton. Online condolences may be made online
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, M. Jean;
daughters Gail Garneau of Anna Maria and Sue Abi-
najem and husband Charbel of Estero, Fla.; sister Pat
Whictman of Drayton Plaines, Mich.; brothers Fred and
Ted, both of Garden City, Mich.; two grandchildren,
Nicole and Mikhael.
Marie Petlowany, 92, died Sept. 2 at Bradenton
Health Care Center in Bradenton. She was born in
Cleveland and lived in Parma, Ohio, before moving to
Mrs. Petlowany was a homemaker who enjoyed
gardening, cooking and sewing. She had also worked at
Quality Catering Service in Cleveland and was an elec-
tion poll worker in Parma and Bradenton Beach. She
was a member of the Plain Dealer Gallon Club, having
donated five gallons of blood in Ohio and Florida.
A funeral service was held Sept. 6 in the chapel of
Skyway Memorial Gardens, Palmetto. Arrangements
were by Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home,
Mrs. Petlowany is survived by husband Walter;
two daughters, Judith Venaleck and husband Howard
and Marie Pettis and husband Joseph; grandchildren
James Venaleck, Kristin Roach, Rachel Doctor, Jeffrey
Pettis, Debra Waricka and Jarrett Pettis; and 10 great-
20 0 SEPT. 10, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
Freedom Village assisted living facil-
ity at 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton, will
hold a free seminar at 1 p.m. on Friday,
Sept. 12, to talk about downsizing a home
and simplifying one's life.
Clare Ever and Robert Sidlow of
Senior Relocations will present the semi-
nar and discuss available resources to aid
people in this decision.
At 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sept.
16 and Sept. 30, Freedom Village will host
a complimentary luncheon and tour of the
facility for interested people.
For more information and reserva-
tions, call 941-798-8122.
Mattison's Riverside restaurant at
1200 First Ave. W. in downtown Braden-
ton will celebrate Oktoberfest starting at
5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, with a tradi-
tional Bavarian feast prepared by guest
chef Hans Haeussler.
In addition, the Oktoberfest celebra-
tion includes live music, dancing and a
variety of imported German beers. There
The Holiday RV Park on Cortez Road is undergoing some major improvements
and will be closed until Dec. 1. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
is limited seating for the event, and the
cost is $38.95 per adult and $12.95 for
children under 12.
More information is available at the
restaurant's Web site at www.mattisons.
Reservations can be made by calling
The Holiday RV Park on Cortez
Road in Cortez is closed until Dec. 1
while improvements are being made at
Dave Groh of the park's management
said the park, which is 35-years-old, was
in need of new water and sewer lines and
new electrical equipment. Sites at the park
also are being renovated.
The best time for the upgrades is
during the slow season, he said, and the
target date to re-open is Dec. 1.
Groh was confident the park would
reopen in time for all its loyal annual RV
visitors to return for the winter season.
For more information, call
The Tidemark Beach Resort at the
beach end of 66th St. in Holmes Beach
has postponed its grand opening that was
planned for Sept. 10.
Lance McNeil of Tidemark said that,
due to tropical weather patterns and the
possibility of inclement weather due to
Hurricane Ike, the grand opening will be
rescheduled to another date. That date,
however, was yet uncertain.
For more information on Tidemark
Resorts, call 941-778-1124.
Island real estate
157 Crescent Drive, a 2,400 sfla / 3,600
sfur 4kt.d 3'bIa i i'2car pool home built in
2008 on a 50x119 lot was sold 08/18/08,
Hansen to Hackney for $750,000; list
509 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,606
sfla / 3,179 sfur 31I.l 3lkidli'2car canalfront
home built in 1958 on a 90x120 lot was sold
08/21/08, Gibney to Campisi for $695,000;
203 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,493
sfla / 1,598 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex built in
1955 on a 90x108 lot was sold 08/22/08,
Shook to Wien for $530,000.
303 64th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,954
sfla / 2,185 sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in
1969 on a 85x100 lot was sold 08/22/08,
The advertising staff of The
Islander newspaper received notice
last week that it had won six Florida
Press Association advertising awards
Sales representatives Rebecca
Barnett and Carrie Price Whaley were
honored with awards in the following
* School and Instruction for "Open
Hive, Bizzy Bee's Daycare."
* Group Promotion for "Holiday Open
* Best Ad Series for "The Flowers
were WOW!" Silvia's Flower Corner.
* Most Effective Use Of Small Space for
"Gigantic Flea Market," Ginny's at
the Old IGA.
* Best Use of Clip Art for \\ iV-
Men Give Aveda, Acqua Aveda on the
* Blooper of the Year, "Mama Mia
Monday... on Thursday!" Cafe on the
The FPA announced only a random
list of winners. The awards will be
announced Oct. 3 at the 2008 FPS Fall
Advertising Conference at the Hilton
Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort,
' . ' ON THE
Finally, a sign
Justin Noyes, left, and C.D. Dashiell
show off the new sign to C.D. 's salon,
Nails on the Island, which Justin cre-
ated. The shop has been in the former
Anna Maria post office plaza in Anna
Maria since 2005, but without signage
until Justin and his inspiration came
along. Nails on the Island is located
at 9908 Gulf Drive. Justin is co-owner
of the Hive, a boutique in the same
center. To reach Nails on the Island, call
941-713 5244. To reach Justin at the
Hive, call 941-778-7432.
Featured sale: T his canalfront home
at 509 75th St., Holmes Beach, sold in
April 1997 for $200,000 and in August
2008 for $695,000 for an increase of
248 percent. The cost per square foot
is $267. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
Stalter to Hutchison for $390,000.
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 286, Westbay
Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985
sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1979 with pool and boat dock was sold
08/22/08, Halkyard to Finch for $315,000;
407 42nd St., Holmes Beach, a vacant
100x100 lot zoned R4 was sold 08/22/08,
Menendez Enterprises LLC to Hansen
Ventures LLP for $300,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244. Cur-
rent Island real estate transactions may
also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
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Islander captures six ad awards
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Wednesday, Sept. 10
7:45 a.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce sunrise breakfast at Melinda's Cafe, 5315 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee
Thursday, Sept. 11
Today is Patriot Day.
2 p.m. - Movie at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
7 p.m. - Patriot's Day candlelight memorial ser-
vice and speakers at the American Legion Kirby Stew-
art Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. The public is
welcome. Information: 941-794-3489.
7 p.m. - Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote
Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sara-
sota. Information: 941-492-5296.
Saturday, Sept. 13
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island hosts a breakfast meeting with guest speaker
Charles Bronson at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Bronson will discuss hurricane-proof
residential construction. Information: 941-795-8697.
9 to 11 a.m. - "Can You Sea Me?" Wild Kids'
Weekend at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W.,
Bradenton. Program suitable for ages 6 and older. Infor-
mation: 941-748-4501 ext. 4605.
12:30 p.m. - CANCELED due to Hurricane Ike.
Eco-hunt on St. Armands Circle sponsored by the
Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce. Meet at Hemingway's Restaurant, 325
John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle. Information:
941-952-1119, www.Eco-Hunt.com. Fee applies.
Monday, Sept. 15
Noon - Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meet-
ing with guest speaker Jonathan McCollum, regional
director, and Rob Kelly, Manatee County coordinator
for the Bradenton Obama campaign for President at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-9287.
Tuesday, Sept. 16
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
for lunch and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:
5 p.m. - Family dinner night at the Anna Maria
Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-708-5525. 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., Braden-
ton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information:
* Sept. 20, volunteer workday at Robinson Pre-
* Sept. 22, "Greening Your Business" workshop at
the BeachHouse Restaurant.
* Sept. 24, teen movie and craft night at the Island
Save the date
* Sept. 28, Shiprek AMI Privateer Poker Run, www.
* Sept. 29, the annual Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce golf tournament. Information:
* Oct. 18, Island Bayfest, Anna Maria.
* Oct. 25, Anna Maria Elementary School Fall Fes-
* Oct. 31, Trail of Treats.
* Nov. 1, Sarasota Blues Festival, www.sarasotab-
* Nov. 2, Anna Maria Elementary 1950s student
* Nov. 8-9, Discover Egmont Key.
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* Nov. 14-16, "artsHOP" takes place at various
venues on the Island. Information: 941-778-2099.
* Nov. 15, village of Cortez Folk Festival.
* Nov. 15, Anna Maria Island Community Center
"Concert on the Green."
* Nov. 16, Anna Maria Island Community Chorus
and Orchestra "Fall Welcome" concert. Tickets on sale,
Send calendar announcements to diana @islander.
org. Please include the time, date and location of the
event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and
Island Gallery West honors Law
Nancy McClure Law is the artist of the month at
the Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Law spent her early childhood in Argentina,
her teen and early adult years in Long Island, N.Y,
and about 30 of her adult years in New England. She
and her husband moved to Bradenton in 1997. Law's
work will be featured throughout September. For
more information, call the gallery at 941-792-1039.
Islander Image: Courtesy John Bonser
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Wildlife Inc. rescues, releases injured heron
By Lisa Neff
Damen Hurd and others associated with the Braden-
ton Beach-based Wildlife Inc. devoted days to trying to
capture the great blue heron with a Milwaukee's Best
beer can stuck on its beak.
The bird had been spotted in various locations in
west Manatee County, first at the Colonial Grand apart-
ments in Bradenton and later at various locations by the
"Since the bird was able to fly, it was difficult to
catch," said Gail Straight of Wildlife Inc. "He was
finally caught approximately 10 days later around a
retention pond near Cortez Road in the Palma Sola
Hurd used a net gun to catch the bird.
"It meant a lot to me," Hurd said of the effort to
catch the bird.
Wildlife Inc. doctored the heron, cutting off the can
and treating an injury to the bird's left eye.
Early Sept. 4, Straight said the heron "is now look-
ing good" and ready for a release.
The release came later that day near where the bird
was first sighted at the Colonial Grand apartments.
"Boy, was he happy to be free again," Straight
Hurd said he hoped people could learn from the
Trapped and rescued
Wildlife Inc. spent days trying to catch and aid this
great blue heron with a can attached to its beak. The
Bradenton Beach-based non-profit was first notified
of the bird several weeks ago, when the heron was
seen near the Colonial Grand apartments in west
Bradenton. Damen Hurd, pictured, captured the bird.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Gail Straight
"I just hope someone learns a lesson about litter-
ing," Hurd said.
According to the Ocean Conservancy, the predomi-
nant type of litter leading to bird injuries is the dis-
carded plastic six-pack harness. Birds fishing or feeding
in the water can easily entangle their bills and necks
in the plastic rings, which can lead to strangulation or
Fishing line and other types of string also cause a
significant number of injuries and illness, as can littered
cans, plastic bags and cigarette butts.
A statewide effort to clean up litter will take place
Saturday, Oct. 4, with the Florida Coastal Cleanup.
In Manatee County, the campaign will be coordinated
by Keep Manatee Beautiful, with volunteers along roads,
on shores and in parks collecting litter and debris.
The Island will have several volunteer registration
* Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
* Birdie Tebbetts Field, 62nd Street and Flotilla
Drive, Holmes Beach.
* Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach.
Also, volunteers will be able to sign up for work
details at the Cortez Bait and Seafood, 11601 Cortez
Road W., Cortez, and at the pavilions on the Palma Sola
For more information about the cleanup, call KMB
at 941-795-8272, or go to the Web site at www.mana-
For more information and to learn about volunteer
opportunities with Wildlife Inc., go to the Web site at
FWC report warns of crowding coastal wildlife
By Lisa Neff
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission released an analysis of predicted development
by 2060 and then delivered problematic consequences
for sea turtles and other wildlife.
FWC's study, "Wildlife 2060: What's at stake for
Florida?" tackles the questions associated with contin-
ued development in the state.
"It is our responsibility to predict what could happen
to the resources we have been charged to conserve. It
is what people expect of us," said Ken Haddad, FWC's
executive director. "Our scientists and managers have
crunched the numbers for the 'Wildlife 2060' report
and assessed what might happen to fish and wildlife if
growth continues on its same course."
The report contains specifics for the impact of
growth on sea turtles since 27 of the state's 35 coastal
counties, including Manatee and Sarasota counties, are
nesting beaches for sea turtles.
"The largest impact to sea turtle nesting beaches is
predicted to occur in Collier, Flagler, Gulf, Okaloosa,
St. Johns and St. Lucie counties," the report stated.
Flagler County could lose as much as 49 percent of its
nesting beaches, according to "Wildlife 2060."
"The majority of these beaches already are affected
by nearby development," the report stated. "Some
human impacts, such as beach lighting, can be man-
aged. More permanent changes, such as coastal armor-
ing, are more difficult to mitigate and result in loss of
Further, the report noted, "Development often
occurs very close to the dunes that buffer the coast
from storms, interrupting the natural cycle of [beach]
erosion and rebuilding. The result is often an expen-
sive cycle of beach renourishment and seawall con-
FWC's study did not show loss of turtle-nesting
habitat on Anna Maria Island, but the loss of habitat
elsewhere could impact Anna Maria's future nesting
"Beach development elsewhere can have negative
consequences for turtles and other wildlife that extend
far beyond the footprint of a development," said Hugh
Kennedy of 1000 Friends of Florida. "Call it the ripple
effect. Anna Maria Island can practice good environ-
mental principles, but it can be hurt by bad practices
"Wildlife 2060" predicts that the state's human
population may double to 36 million in the next five
decades, with the population in coastal communities
expected to rise from 12.3 million to 26 million.
The amount of urbanized land in Florida also is
expected to double. To accommodate the increase in
population, the report projects that by 2060, roughly 7
million additional acres of Florida land will be devel-
"The development of 7 million acres represents
a substantial loss of habitat and exceeds the size of
Vermont," said Dr. Thomas Eason, FWC's conserva-
tion initiatives coordinator. "Continuing the current
trend clearly would be detrimental to wildlife, but it
also would be detrimental to people. Fishing, hunting,
bird-watching, all kinds of outdoor activities, which
brought many of us to Florida in the first place, would
be greatly diminished. This affects our quality of life
and our economy."
"Wildlife 2060," according to the FWC, illustrates
how continuing the past patterns of urban sprawl could
result in fragmented natural places.
"Natural habitats could become islands in a sea of
development," Eason said.
Another prediction is that human-wildlife encoun-
ters will increase. As development encroaches on what
was habitat for wild animals, people and wildlife will
"I have confidence that Floridians will band
together to ensure that we do the right thing for our
fish and wildlife while boosting our economic growth
and quality of life," Haddad said. "But, we must bring
the best out in people to reach solutions, and we must
bring virtually all interests to the table to make that
FWC chairman Rodney Barreto urged Floridians
to "get involved in land-use planning and decision-
making, and become good stewards of the land."
Manatee County officials pointed to recent years in
which the government has successfully acquired large
tracts of land for conservation and recreation that had
been destined for development.
Holmes Beach also has acquired a large swath of
undeveloped land on the bayside for the Grassy Point
Preserve, which currently is being restored with native
A new report from the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission estimates that by
* The bald eagle could lose 1.9 million acres
* The Florida black bear could lose 2.3 mil-
* The Florida burrowing owl could lose
* The gopher tortoise could lose 700,000
* The wood stork could lose 200,000 acres.
Source: "Wildlife 2060"
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Backwaters good, offshore iffy with storms
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Offshore anglers are having a tough time, what
with the mix of tropical weather associated with Fay
and Gustav and the anticipated rough seas with the
approach of Hurricane Ike.
But the backwater fishers are doing well with trout,
snook and redfish.
Capt. Sam Kimball, out of Annie's Bait & Tackle
on Cortez Road, said he's staying in the backwater,
catching snook, redfish and trout.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said he's also
catching trout, redfish and snook.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore fishers have
had a rough time getting out, but those who do are
catching a few grouper. Backwater anglers are catching
redfish, snapper and trout.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers there
are catching small mackerel, mangrove snapper, redfish
and black drum.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said fish-
ers there were pretty much echoing what was coming
from the Rod & Reel: macks, snapper, reds and drum.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's seeing big snapper coming to the dock, as well as
big redfish from Terra Ceia Bay.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include some big
60-pound bull sharks, plus trout and snapper.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook season's open-
ing has been good so far, with limit catches every day
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he didn't go out last week due to the
bad weather, but expects fishing "to be fantastic when
the weather clears up. These storms always push new
fish into our area, including lots more grouper, snap-
per and cobia on the ledges and hard bottom. I forecast
more pelegic fish being pushed into our area, like big
mahi mahi, wahoo, billfish and kingfish."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Homer and Jesse
Williams of Tampa out last week and caught spotted sea
trout and mangrove snapper. "We fished primarily in the
Tidy Island vicinity of north Sarasota Bay and Palma
Sola. White bait was plentiful, good-sized, and easy to
get. The heavy rain bands from Gustav over the week-
end didn't mess up the water quality, in fact, the storm
helped by lowering the water temps," he added.
On my boat Magic, we've been putting charters
onto trout, mangrove snapper to 20 inches and too
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Her-icane Golf Challenge a blast
By Kevin Cassidy
The fourth-annual Her-icane Golf Challenge,
played Sept. 6 at the Bradenton Country Club, went
off without a hitch. Tropical Storm Hanna stayed to
the east, while Hurricane Ike held off in the Atlantic to
give the Her-icane Golf Challenge perfect weather for
the annual fundraiser that benefits the Manatee High
girl's soccer program.
The team of Mike Gronow, Dave Williams, Rich
Hubbard and Kurt Kieninger combined to shoot a
15-under-par 56 to win the tournament for the third
time in the four years of the fundraiser. Second place
went to the team of Neil Halfacre, Steve Allen, Larry
Watterman Jr. and Larry Watterman Sr. with a score of
14-under 57. Jeff Watts, Zach Walker, Wayne Johnson
and Bob Lecters finished in third place with a 59.
Most honest golfers went to Her-icane junior var-
sity coach Jeff Nelson, his father Richard, Ralph Fail-
lace and Gary Harkness with a 2-over-par 73.
Harkness won closest-to-the-pin on hole 16, while
Larry Watterman Jr. captured the closest-to-the-pin con-
test on hole two. Greg Koeper won the straightest-drive
This writer, along with Ed Conk, David Case and
Jake Christian, managed an 11-under-par 60, but that
wasn't nearly good enough on what was a really good
day for golf.
A big thanks to MHS soccer players Jamie Cross,
Tina Papazian, Tristin Hoffman-Young and Sandra
Montalvo for their help checking in golfers in the morn-
Many thanks also to MHS soccer teammates Emily
Argeros, Molly Knight, Eliza Faillace and incoming
freshman Meredith Argeros, who handled the mic with
aplomb during the awards ceremony.
Last, but not least, a huge thank you goes out to all
of the businesses that donated prizes and to the friends
and family members that played in the tournament from
the team and the coaches, including myself.
Center holds soccer tryouts
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's fall
recreational soccer season is just around the corner.
Tryouts were held and teams selected last week.
Players were put through an array of drills and
exercises, while coaches carefully took notes in order
to pick their teams at the end of the tryout sessions. All
kids were placed on a team, but, for league parity, the
coaches participate in a draft to pick their players.
The season will kick off in a few weeks as players
will now hit the practice fields with their coaches to
hone their team's skills. Look for league schedules and
game results in The Islander in the weeks to come.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club tested out the
newly renovated greens at the Key Royale Club golf
course on Sept. 2, playing a low-net game and looking
Gary Harkness, Manatee High junior varsity coach Jeff Nelson and Ralph Faillace show off their new ball
retrievers for being the "most honest" golfers during the Her-icane Golf( /illit ',c. Not pictured from their
foursome, Richard Nelson. Islander photo: MHS senior soccer forward Emily Argeros
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for the fewest shots from tee to green.
Lois Biel captured first flight honors with a 1-under-
par 31, while Joyce Reith finished in second at 1-over
33. Third place was shared by Joyce Brown and Tootie
Wagner, who both carded a 35.
Sylvia Price fired an even-par 32 to take flight two
honors, while Linda Kelly, Meredith Slavin, Lorraine
Towne and Shirley Cessna each carded 35 to tie for
The lowest number of shots tee to green went to
Lois Biel with 27. Diane Miller and Tootie Wagner tied
for second with 28 shots.
Kayakers leave the shoreline
at the Palma Sola Causeway
Sept. 6for a trip to Robinson
Preserve. The Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program hosted the
tour, part of its Bay Wise
program. Other tours will
take place through May,
including Oct. 4, Palma Sola
Causeway to Neal Preserve
and return; Nov. 1, Coquina
Beach Bayside to Jewfish
and Sister keys and return;
Dec. 6, Ringling Causeway
to Hudson Bayou and return.
For more program informa-
tion, kayak rental information
or reservations, call the Sara-
sota Bay Estuary Program
offices at 941-955-8085, or
e-mail info @sarasotabay.org.
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New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900
Great 2nd floor unit with views of the bay. Turnkey
furnished and ready to go. Would make a great home
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Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
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and Precision 15. Call Brian, 941-685-1400.
INSHORE SLAM FISHING - Reds, snook, trout with
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NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
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Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more infor-
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GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
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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.
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. 2,875 sf. Many extras. $699,000.
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $395,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
ANNUAL: 2BR/1.5 BA 304 58th St. HB
ANNUAL- 2/2 Canalfront, garage, furnished, $1,600/mo.
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CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting. I
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EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE to help
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certified. Reliable, trustworthy, Island references.
Flexible scheduling. Personal/household care, driv-
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HOME HEALTH CARE: Registered nurse with 15
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
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and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
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ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
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repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
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941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
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coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING Co.: Oldest and
best on Anna Maria! 34 years of grateful, happy
customers. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-9217.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spy-
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and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom
system design. 941-224-1069.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
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man, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve
ESP CLEANING: PROFESSIONAL cleaning team
serving Anna Maria Island. Call Steve and Maria,
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alterations,
cushion covers, ironing. Errands: grocery, doctor's
appointments. Call Terry, 941-778-3125.
GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: $995 installed, many
colors to choose from, up to 25 sf. Local references.
STORM COVERS FROM $99.50, also windows,
doors, inserts, parts, service, repair, panel buddies
and poly buddies in stock for quick install. Profes-
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HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Monday through
Friday. Excellent references. 941-539-6891.
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WASH AND FOLD Service: Formerly at Holmes
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NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANIES. I will do house-
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
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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.
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years experience all phases of nail care. Gift bou-
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glasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure ser-
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sport-specific training, improving balance, strength,
and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since
1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulching.
Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island resi-
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JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your land-
scape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island experi-
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CRUSHED WASHED SHELL delivered and spread,
For all your hauling needs, call David Bannigan.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. Cell,
941-448-3857 or 941-778-0851.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
$100. Call Julie
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE AND MARBLE Installation: Many Island refer-
ences. Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen
Floor Coverings. 941-726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.
SDB HOME REPAIR LLC: Handyman, painting, tile
work, sheetrock, hauling, electrical, light plumbing.
HURRICANE WINDOWS. 30 PERCENT off!
100 percent financed! We build, install and guar-
antee them! No other company does it all. Call
941-400-5384 for a free estimate good for one year.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
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
STEINISSER PAINTING/HANDYMAN services. 20
years experience, very competitive. Specializing in
kitchens and wood ceilings. 941-518-6636.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
BRADENTON BEACH BRAND new duplex, block
from beach. 3BR/3BA two-car garage, granite
kitchen, marble baths, office, eight-person Jacuzzi,
elevator, balconies overlooking Gulf and Intrac-
oastal. Turnkey furnished, absolutely pristine, no
pets, $2,200/month annually with option to buy. Call
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT. Dock, furnished.
$1,750/month, $800/week. $125/night includes utili-
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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: email@example.com.
NEAR BEACHES: 1 BR/1.5BA redecorated. Annual,
$700/month, furnished. Most utilities paid. Close to
beaches. Call 941-758-9133.
WATERFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA, boat dock, fire-
place, pool, $1,200/month, annual. 941-792-0524.
LUXURY UPGRADED CONDO: Fitness center,
game rooms, pool, spa, boat dock. Near beaches,
annual. 2BR/2BA. 941-761-1923.
2BR/2BA ANNUAL TOWNHOUSE rental 100 steps
to the beach! Oct.1, 2008-Oct. 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.
FANTASTIC FULLY-FURNISHED 2BR/2BA corner
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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. Short term, month-to-
month.. Furnished or unfurnished, washer and
dryer, storage, covered parking, steps to beach, res-
taurants, shopping. $950/month. 941-737-9662.
ANNUAL EFFICIENCY APARTMENT. No pets.
ANNUAL RENTALS: HOUSES. 2BR/1BA, pet OK,
washer and dryer. $875/month, 3205 Ave. A, Braden-
ton. 1BR/1 BA, garage, $850/month, 4508 124th Ct.
W., Cortez. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ELEVATED Holmes Beach
duplex near beach. Covered patio, deck, carport,
washer and dryer hookups and large storage area.
Available October. $1,100/month. 828-684-9354.
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty, Sharon,
941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
LUXURY LIVING IN 1,700-sf second-floor condo.
Nature preserve, spectacular sunsets. Boat slip
on sailboat water. Heated pool. Minutes to beach
and Gulf. Furnished, $1,500/month. Unfurnished,
$1,300/month. 941-704-7493. Rent, buy or lease
back. Let's negotiate. 941-704-7493.
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lower corner unit overlooking Tampa Bay and Sun-
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$2,900/month plus taxes. Call 401-497-6327.
VERY SMALL STUDIO: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $550/month.
ANNUAL LEASE: $2,200/month. 2-3BR/2BA single-
story unfurnished, handicap accessible, canalfront
with dock. 941-726-1651.
TEN MINUTES TO beaches. Five-year old
3BR/2BA, fenced. No pets. $1,1 00/month plus last
month and security. T. Dolly Young Real Estate,
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Large 1,100-sf
3BR/2BA, close to beach, available Oct.1. $950/
month plus electric. First, last, security. 585-317-7344
CHARMING CANAL HOUSE: 2BR/2BA. $1,350/
month plus utilities 941-779-1013.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 1BR. Anna Maria City,
$850/month includes water and sewer. Available
Oct. 1. $850 security. 941-778-5439.
ANNUAL: NORTH END Anna Maria. 2BR/2BA
on deep-water canal. Large deck, beautiful view.
WALK TO BAY, beach. 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
dining room, screened pool, patio and 11x40-foot
lanai. Palma Sola. Annual, $1,595/month, seasonal,
furnished, six-months, $2,100/month. 941-778-3051
SEASONAL: SANDPIPER MOBILE resort.
2BR/1BA, Jacuzzi, patio, view of bay, steps to
beach. $2,000/month. 941-778-3051.
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washer and dryer hookup, tile floors, close to beach,
$900/month. 1 BR/1 BA, tile floors, $700/month.
2BR/2BA, tile floors, $725/month. No pets. Dolores
M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
VACATION FALL RENTALS: Perico Bay Club
villa, 2BR/2BA, $1,100/month. Cay townhouse,
2BR/2BA, pool, boat dock, $399/week. Island
unfurnished waterfront home, 3BR/2BA, pool, boat
dock, $700/week, $2,500/month. Real Estate Mart,
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sunroom, Gulffront complex, two pools, $950/month.
Call Sue at An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED DUPLEX, quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Washer/dryer included. $1,000/
month, plus utilities. First, last, secu-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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CANAL HOUSE: 941-779-1013.
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GREAT BUYS: LONGBOAT Village, 3BR/2BA,
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32 0 SEPT. 10, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
QW&A With Pat Neal, Owner of Neal Communities
Q: Why did Neal Communities create the new Cafe
A: Well, just about everyone knows the real estate market is
cyclical. With the current temporary downturn, we needed to
produce a home that filled the needs of our homebuyers and yet
was able to be sold at a price that fits today's market.
Q: How do you figure out what people want in a new home?
A: You ask them. We asked thousands of homeowners and some
apartment dwellers a lot of questions about what they wanted
and needed in a home. They gave us a great perspective about
today's young families, empty-nest couples, active adults, young
professionals, some not-as-young professionals, and single
We studied how people use their homes. The Neal family has
been building homes for over 38 years. And, more importantly,
we've been listening to our homeowners. We have a referral rate
of 98 percent. I think that's because we're good listeners. And,
as a company, we're all on the same page: we're dedicated to
creating unequalled customer satisfaction.
0: I understand you've sold a lot of these homes since they were
introduced in February of this year. Why do you think they've
been so well received?
A. The homes themselves offer people a large range of choices.
Throughout our communities there are 24 different home choices
in the Cafe Collection. These are cufftting-edge designs with Neal
quality. More people are able to afford a home that is within
reach of today's budgets.
Aside from the homes themselves, the unique approach
is to offer these homes in amenitized communities that can
include recreation clubhouses, fitness centers, community pools
and spas, gated entrances, walking and biking trails through
neighborhoods that have large sections where we've created
The initial Rose Cottage sold for $122,900. We couldn't
have built our new Cafe Collection homes without the help of our
Trade Partners. They're the people we've worked with for a long,
long time. Some of our vendors have been in business with us for
decades. They have helped us reduce the cost of building. And,
we're working with some land purchased as early as 1980.
Our land was purchased at what would be considered discounts
compared to current values. We're able to pass those savings to
Q: Do you think the Cafe Collection is real estate's future?
A: I think it is real estate's immediate future. Right now, the
market has contracted and there is a great need for smaller, less
amenitized homes. As the market cycle continues to expand,
buyers will once again want larger homes with more architectural
elements. Neal Communities has added the Cafe Collection as
a part of the Neal Communities' extensive line of homes. We're
prepared for whatever the market cycle happens to create.
IntroducingA New Member Of The Neal Communities' Family
In Prestigious Northwest Bradenton
Cafr interiors are open and bright, with just enough formal area to add a touch of sophistication, and plenty of family space for an environment that's casual and
easygoing.With stately entrances, elegant columns, volume ceilings, bonus rooms, luscious lanais and floor plans ranging from 1,866-3,236 square feet, you can
sweeten to taste, all at a value that is definitely within reach.
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