VOLUME 16, NO. 47
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the news ...
mism on bridge
closure. Page 3
laments long bus
ride to and from
school. Page 4
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series on bridges
County first to
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Real estate news
district for fees.
for 'One Bay.'
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By Rick Catlin and Bonner Joy
The Florida Department of Transportation
held its final public meeting Sept. 18 to dis-
cuss the planned Sept. 29 closure of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge for 45 days of repairs,
and to give Islanders a last opportunity for
questions and answers.
There was much in the way of new infor-
mation from the collection of officials, which
included city and county elected officials and
staff, a U.S. Coast Guard representative, emer-
gency service providers and law enforcement
But there appeared to be as many elected
officials, government and business represen-
tatives ready to speak as there were Islanders
Expect Cortez Bridge
lane closures Sept. 25
The Florida Department of Transpor-
tation announced there will be intermittent
east- and west-bound lane closures on the
Cortez Bridge between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
on Thursday, Sept. 25.
and media in the audience.
Many of the invited officials and guests
and DOT staff gave an overview of how their
agency or company would deal with the planned
45-day closure, but there were few questions at
the end of the meeting that was held at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.
DOT District One (Bartow) Secretary
Stan Cann said he wanted to allay the fears of
many Island business owners that the bridge
would not reopen as planned on Nov. 13.
"We and the contractor are committed to
having this project completed in 45 days or
less," he said. "You have my cell," he told
the city officials, "and I want to ensure every-
body of our total commitment to getting the
No one from contractor Quinn Construc-
tion Co. of Palmetto attended the meeting, but
DOT staff gave assurances that every contin-
gency has been planned and anticipated.
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WMFR administration in temporary location during closure
West Manatee Fire Rescue District to the district's prevention and training office The move was scheduled for Sept. 23.
announced last week it will temporarily relo- at 407 67th St. W., Bradenton, while the Anna For further information, call Deputy Chief
cate its administrative offices from the Island Maria Island Bridge is closed for repairs. Brett Pollock at 941-741-3995, ext. 401.
on Anna Maria Island Since 1992
Officials detail Sept. 29 AMI Bridge
closure plans for public
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2 0 SEPT. 24, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Bridge closure stars Monday
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In a Sept. 20 statement from the DOT, Quinn
owner Tom Quinn said, "We are working and will
continue to work as diligently as possible to complete
the work on or before schedule."
Greg Wilson of PB Americas, the DOT' s contracted
project engineer, said Quinn has every reason to finish
on time, particularly given the $560,000 fine it could
face if it doesn't get the bridge open by Nov. 13.
Wilson also announced that projects planned in
advance of the closure, such as the extended turn lane
on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, and a dedicated
turn lane from northbound 75th Street onto Manatee
Avenue eastbound have been completed.
He said the bridge will close at 11:59 p.m. on
Sunday, Sept. 28.
And numerous detour signs will mark the route
from State Road 64/Manatee Avenue to Cortez Road
to Gulf Drive and back. He also announced that law
enforcement will be present at four intersections: Gulf
at Cortez, Cortez at 75th Street, 75th Street at Manatee
Avenue, and East Bay Drive at Manatee Avenue from
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the first week of closure.
Tentative plans call for law enforcement pres-
ence a second week, he said, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gulf Drive-Cortez Road
And Wilson asked that boaters observe a no-wake
zone in the vicinity of the bridge "due to a worker
hanging under the bridge," and he asked boaters to
lower outriggers for one-leaf openings.
There will be no pedestrian traffic - or fishing
- on the bridge during the 45-day closure.
Wilson reminded everyone that the project does
not end when the contractor finishes the "closure"
work. "The contract continues lhi< 'ugh Lirch 2009"
and that there may be further one-lane closures at
night during that period. He said some work, includ-
ing applying four coats of paint, will be done after
DOT officials assured the audience that the bridge
The audience was sparse and only a few had questions at the Florida Department of Transportation Sept.
18 bridge closure meeting after officials - many officials - spoke to their aspect of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge closure. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
could reopen to at allow at least one lane of traffic in
the event of an emergency evacuation.
Manatee County Chief of Emergency Services
Mark Edenfield assured everyone in attendance that
an extra ambulance and medical technicians would be
on the Island during this period. And Bayflite medi-
cal helicopter service is ready to provide service if
needed and will transport some emergency cases to
Blake Medical Center rather than across the bay to
West Manatee Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Brett
Pollock said an additional truck and at least three
personnel will be stationed at the retired, volunteer
fire station in Bradenton Beach during the 45-day
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sgt. John
Kenney, supervisor of the Anna Maria substation,
said the MCSO vehicles serving the Island have
been equipped with "push bumpers" to remove any
broken-down vehicles from the [Cortez] bridge in an
Ralf Hessler of Manatee County Area Tran-
sit announced that a free shuttle bus will operate a
30-minute loop from 6 a.m. to either 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.
from Blake Medical Center to the trolley turnaround
at Coquina Beach. He said the Blake-beach shuttle
ride and transfers at Blake will be free, but anyone
entering along the route will "pay as usual."
Mark Davis, representing the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce said, "Shop local."
Ron Nolan, a resident of Gulf Drive, asked
officials, "How will you notify us if the bridge
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 24, 2008 3 3
Business owners optimistic on bridge closure
By Rick Catlin
With five days left before the Sept. 29 Florida
Department of Transportation's 45-day closure of
the Anna Maria Island Bridge to complete a $10.2
million renovation project, Island business owners
are coming together to help each other. At the same
time, owners are encouraging Islanders to support
"I' m counting on the closure not making any dif-
ference," said Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce president Mary Ann Brockman. "Our winter
guests will just come here and stay here. They won't
need to go off the Island."
"We have everything anyone needs right here on
the Island. Just ride the trolley and have fun," Brock-
"It's time to be positive. I really want to see
everyone make it through this period," Brockman
Brockman added that she wouldn't be surprised
to see the bridge completed ahead of schedule.
"I' ve talked to the contractor [Quinn Construc-
tion Co. of Palmetto] and they are quite positive.
They have all the equipment they need in place, and
they have some good incentives to get done early."
The DOT has given Quinn Construction 625,000
good reasons to finish the job early.
FDOT District One Secretary Stan Cann said the
DOT will pay Quinn a bonus of $625,000 if it wraps
up the job on Nov. 8 or earlier, and the company
gets $550,000 if the bridge reopens on Nov. 13 as
After that date, Quinn will be penalized on a sliding
scale starting at $10,000 per day for the first five days
behind schedule and increasing an additional $5,000
every five-day period thereafter.
Barring any unforeseen weather problems, Cann
said he is "very confident" that Quinn will finish
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Carol Sustek of Holmes Beach asked officials how
school bus schedules will be adjusted to avoid
traffic backups, however, no one attended from the
Manatee County School District. Islander Photo:
"I sure wouldn't like to see any storms between
now and Nov. 13," Cann said.
With Brockman and Cann maintaining positive
attitudes, remaining upbeat for the next 50 days was a
common thread among surveyed business owners.
Dee Schaefer of The Beach Shop at Manatee
Public Beach, Holmes Beach, has been in business
on the Island for 20 years. She's seen a lot of public
projects undertaken on the Island during those two
decades and, while she said she's never seen one
finish on time, this is one project that she is confident
will make its planned Nov. 13 re-opening date.
"I'm always optimistic. I just hope for the best,"
She said she usually starts to see an upswing
in business in October and November, with a large
influx during Thanksgiving.
"We get a lot of regulars who come every year.
I' m just hoping they will come here and not let the
bridge interfere with their plans," she added.
Another optimistic business owner is Dave Rus-
sell, owner of Rotten Ralph's restaurants in Anna
Maria and Bradenton Beach.
While Russell believes the Bradenton Beach loca-
tion on the city pier will continue to draw well, he's
concerned about his Anna Maria restaurant, where
summer sales have been slow.
"All we can do is hope," said Russell.
The Anna Maria restaurant on South Bay Bou-
levard gets no drive-by traffic and Russell also is
counting on Islanders to support Island businesses
during the closure period.
To help that support, he's been mailing out 20
percent discount coupons along with a "kids eat free"
offer. Russell also partnered with other Island busi-
nesses to offer shared discounts.
"Let's all work together and help each other out,"
is Russell's theme. "If we support each other, we'll
help each other and we'll make it to Nov. 13."
By then, many winter visitors will be back, he
Bridge closure stars Monday
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Spokesperson Audrey Clarke responded that there
will be message signs to alert motorists, e-mails to all
who registered at the bridge rehab Web site and at meet-
ings, and the Island city's mayors will be notified.
Clarke also offered to be available for emergen-
cies 24/7 via the phone contact number listed on the
DOT project Web site.
And Manatee County Commissioner Jane von
Hahmann offered to be an intermediary between
people and the DOT. This will be "a test of your
will, but I believe the 45 days [of closure] will go
For the latest information on the project, access
links to the rehab project are available at www.
islander.org. Click on community links. People with-
out Internet access can call 941-792-0369.
Contractor work detail
Greg Wilson of PB Americas, the DOT's
contracted project engineer, revealed for the
first time at the Sept. 18 meeting the work that
will be performed by contractor Quinn Con-
struction during the bridge closure starting
That detailed list of work includes:
* Structural steel replacement - bascule
leafs, including cantilever brackets, sidewalk
supports and railing.
* Replacement of steel open grid and con-
crete-filled roadway flooring.
* Concrete deck replacement - 26 spans
- which will be completed by doing one lane
at a time to allow access.
* Cleaning and sealing deck expansion
* Lead paint removal.
* Replacement of electrical system, power
said confidently. With all the incentives for Quinn to
finish early, the bridge might even be open sooner
than expected, he said.
Someone who counts on winter visitors to make
it through the year is Lois Manza of Design's by L
in Holmes Beach.
"November is when I start to see business pick
up and people start coming in. I get a lot of walk-in
traffic," she said. "All I can do is hope. September
was slower than last year, and I think everyone needs
the bridge re-opened on time."
The winter visitors will be back on schedule,
predicted Tom Buehler of Haley's Motel in Holmes
His advance reservations for October and Novem-
ber are ahead of last year.
"October reservations are very strong and
November looks real good. I haven't had anyone
cancel because of the bridge, or even ask me about
it," Buehler said.
"The visitors will come. They don't plan to leave
the Island once they are here, so a little detour to get
here won't bother them. I'm totally confident we'll
see them start returning in October," he concluded.
If Buehler's prediction is correct, that's good
news for small restaurants and shops such as the Jolly
Roger-Ooh La La! Bistro in Holmes Beach that are
witnessing an extremely slow September.
Chef Aldo Cipriano of the Jolly Roger-Ooh La La
Bistro in Holmes Beach said the Labor Day weekend,
indeed the entire month of August, was slow.
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Anna Maria City
* Sept. 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
* Oct. 9, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
* Oct. 13, 6 p.m., transportation enhancement
grant committee meeting.
* Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning meet-
* Oct. 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Oct. 27, 6 p.m., transportation enhancement
grant committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
* Sept. 24, 7 p.m., final budget hearing.
* Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
meeting, includes discussion on proposed amend-
ments to the comp plan.
* Oct. 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting,
includes discussion on proposed amendments to the
* Oct. 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* Oct. 1, 5 p.m., city parks and beautification
* Oct. 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement board
* Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Oct. 16, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue
District commission meeting.
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900, www.wmfr.org.
4 0 SEPT. 24, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Island youth worries detour might doom job
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach resident J.D. White, 17, is hard-
working teen, but with the impending 45-day closure
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge, he's not sure how
long he'll have a job.
Living with cerebral palsy since birth, J.D. is 5 feet,
1 inch tall and has difficulty w alkin'. but manages.
He puts his determination to good use as a window
washer for some Island businesses.
A student at Manatee High School, he takes the
special needs bus home, a trip that currently takes
just under two hours.
"I leave school around 2:20 and don't get home
until around 4 p.m. I then go right to work washing
windows and I work until it gets too dark," J.D. said.
Once the Anna Maria Island Bridge closes, J.D.
is concerned that his 100-minute bus trip will take
even longer, making him late for work, or missing
his jobs altogether.
"The bus driver has told us it could take any-
where from 30 minutes to an hour longer," J.D said.
"That's going to make it tough on me.
The bus takes each student directly to his or
her doorstep, and J.D. is one of the last stops on the
At present, the bus can reach the Island via Mana-
tee Avenue and the AMI Bridge. When the bridge
closes, the bus will have to travel a circuitous route
Business owners optimistic
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oversees three properties - Tortuga Club, Tradewinds
and Seaside Resort - and was "pleasantly surprised"
at the activity.
"We were full Labor Day weekend at all three
resorts. In fact, occupancy was high all of August,"
While many guests at the Tortuga and Tradewinds
made advance reservations, Teitelbaum said the Sea-
side did a brisk business in walk-in traffic. "I was
surprised. The weather didn't seem to keep anyone
And Teitelbaum said he's already getting advance
reservations for October, the traditional start of the
winter tourist season.
"It's been very positive for October. We've gotten
quite a few reservations for October and the feedback
is very good."
He agreed with other accommodation owners that
having only one bridge open for 45 days should not
deter regular visitors from coming to the Island.
"These people come to stay on the Island for rest
and relaxation. They're not looking to go to the main-
land every day," Teitelbaum said.
While that might be true, Roxanne Reid of the
Sterling Anvil in Holmes Beach, an Island business
since 1971, said October is the month when people
start returning to shop on the Island.
"We don't normally get a lot of people in Octo-
ber, but the traffic does pick up. We just hope it won't
be slower than normal. We'll spend our time making
As contractors with the
Florida Department of
Transportation wrap up
their work at the intersec-
tion of Cortez Road and
Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach, a bicyclist, pedes-
trians and motorists make
use of the added space.
Because traffic during the
Anna Maria Island Bridge
closure will be detoured
to the Cortez Bridge,
the DOT lengthened the
southbound left-turn lane
on Gulf Drive at the inter-
section by about 750 feet.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
No bridge, no work
Holmes Beach resident and Manatee High School
student J.D. White needs to get home from school
and start work before sunset. Islander Photo:
to the Cortez Bridge.
That means that the student living on Longboat
Key will be dropped first, making J.D.'s stop the last
on the route, he said.
"I go right to work when I get home and I'm usu-
ally working by 4:30. If I'm the last one dropped, I
don't know when I'll get to work, or if I will even be
able to work," he said.
J.D. needs sunlight to clean windows and as the
days get shorter and his bus ride home gets longer,
jewelry and getting ready for the season and staying
positive," Reid said.
held steady in August
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau reported that occupancy of Island accom-
modations in August 2008 dipped 1.2 percent when
compared with the same month last year.
The CVB figures had Island occupancy at 49.5
percent for August 2008, while August 2007 levels
were at 50.7 percent.
Overall occupancy (mainland, Island and Long-
boat Key) increased .8 percent for the same month,
climbing from 51.5 percent for August 2007 to 52.3
percent in August 2008.
he's going to have less time to perform his duties.
With daylight saving time, the clock will go back
one hour Oct. 26 and darkness will arrive around 5:30
"That's not going to give me much time, even if
I got home at the normal hour," J.D. observed.
"Having a job makes me feel like I'm contribut-
ing to society," he said. "I don't want to be a burden,
I just want to be productive. With this bridge closure,
I don't know what's going to happen."
But J.D. will still have some windows to clean,
even if he's a bit late arriving for work.
J.D. cleans windows for The Islander newspaper
and for the Beach Bistro restaurant.
Islander publisher Bonner Joy said J.D. is still
going to be working for the newspaper, while J.D.
said Murphy also has assured him of a job during the
"I just want the school board and the department
of transportation to know that this is going to affect
me. I doubt there's much that they can do, but for me,
having a job is very important. I want them to know
that this bridge closure is affecting a lot of people
they never thought about," J.D. said.
The closure could affect all Island students and
require them to leave home earlier than at present, but
the school has not yet given students any new times
for pickups and dropoffs, J.D. said.
"The kids at school don't know how the schedule
is going to work. Nobody's said anything."
Margi Nanney of the Manatee County School
District's public relations office said that, at present,
the collection times for students in the morning will
remain the same, while the drop-off times might be
about 10 to 15 minutes later than the current sched-
"We've been working on this since Day One. If
we have to adjust our schedules once we see how
the times are w oikin'. we will," said Nanney. She
said the handicap bus that White takes could have
its schedule revised if necessary.
This way to Anna
The Islander invites readers to join us on a Detour
to Paradise as we ride out the closure of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge through Nov. 13.
Sure, the bridge will be closed for 45. And traffic,
depending on the hour, may be moving slow on and
off the other bridges at Cortez Road and along Gulf
Drive in Bradenton Beach and on Gulf Drive leading
to Longboat Key.
But hey, this is an Island on the Gulf of Mexico,
a place of good vibes and good times, casual charm
and cool locale.
And we encourage readers to watch in the coming
weeks for our ideas about how to make the most out
of the period.
Take the detour. Look for our Detour to Paradise
calendar in this issue and future others and support
Island businesses and organizations.
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 24, 2008 5 5
Pine Avenue vision in Anna Maria becomes reality
By Rick Catlin
The dream of Islanders Ed Chiles and Mike
Coleman to keep Anna Maria's Pine Avenue
looking like old Florida continued to mature on
Sept. 12 with the start of construction at 315 Pine
The two men joined forces during the summer of
2007 after watching construction of what they found
to be undesirable "mega-mansions" on the site of the
former Island Marine on Pine Avenue.
To preserve Pine Avenue's character, Chiles and
Coleman formed Pine Avenue Restoration LLC.
Along with investor and part-time Anna Maria resi-
dent Ted LaRoche, the company purchased 15 prop-
erties on Pine Avenue, including the six lots on the
northwest corner of the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard
The investors determined that all projects would
be designed with the "look and feel of old Florida and
old time Anna Maria," and be primarily retail-office-
residential projects, rather than single-family homes,
The project at 315 Pine is the second effort by the
company, with a third Pine Avenue project - Cozy
Corners - almost ready for presentation to the plan-
ning and zoning board.
Coleman, who now has the title of project man-
ager, was ecstatic that the dream of restoring Pine
Avenue was under way.
"We are honored and pleased to be part of the
dream begun back in 1911," he said. "This is the first
physical step in the restoration and revitalization of
the charming little downtown that was envisioned but
never realized by our founders," he said
Ed Chiles added that "Anna Maria is 97 per-
cent residential and only 2 per cent ROR (resi-
dential, office, retail. Mike and I feel strongly that
one of the most critical threads in the fabric of
any community is its small business district. Pre-
serving that opportunity is an effort well worth
Central to the company's vision is the conviction,
gathered from private citizens, as well as appointed
and elected city officials, that two-story, historic cot-
tages best reflect the culture, heritage and nature of
Although recent rulings allow for three-story,
mixed- use in the district, the partners volunteered to
maintain the low-profile architectural style that was
clearly the preference of many seeking to maintain
the "uniquely Anna Maria" nature of the street, Chiles
"Pine Avenue is our last, best hope to capture
and preserve the legacy that is a big part of why so
many of us have fallen in love with this commu-
nity," he said.
Future plans call for developing the Pine Avenue
properties with historically compatible structures,
housing first-floor boutique retail shops, with a
residential floor on top, Coleman noted. Existing
historic structures will be renovated whenever pos-
Partner Ted LaRoach said he was drawn to
the company because the vision "will allow us to
save some of the most historic buildings in the
LaRoche and his wife, Gloria, have maintained
a home on the Island for many years. Both Chiles
and Coleman agreed that the addition of LaRoche
to the partnership brought critical business, legal
and financial expertise to the project.
"Ted read about what we were trying to do,
when we first went public with our plans before
the city commission a year ago," Chiles said. "He
loves the quaint nature of Anna Maria and was
impressed by our vision for preserving and enhanc-
ing its future. We feel very fortunate to have him
as a partner."
Sales and marketing will be done by David Teit-
elbaum and Alan Galleto from Island Real Estate.
An official ribbon-cutting and grand opening
ceremony for the project will be held at 11 a.m. on
Thursday, Sept. 25, at the 315 Pine Ave. site.
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6 E SEPT. 24, 2008 U THE ISLANDER
Caution: Bridge closed ahead
The time is finally upon us when the Anna Mafia
Island Bridge will close for 45 days for repairs.
The $10-plus million repair by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation has long been in the works
and has long been needed. It was planned for after the
DOT's plans for a new bridge were thwarted based on
the dire environmental impacts of its proposed replace-
Contrary to some hopes, a new bridge on Manatee
Avenue, or a replacement for the Cortez Bridge, which
is the same age as the Anna Maria Island Bridge, is
many years off in the future. It isn't yet funded. It isn't
in any budget.
The process of aging the two bridges that link our
Island to the mainland includes rehabilitation, and that's
where we are now. The Cortez Bridge was closed for 54
days in 1995 for rehab, although the work was planned
to take 30 days. The discovery of lead paint on the bas-
cule contributed to the delay.
But DOT engineers assured us at a meeting last
week that they've taken every probability into consid-
eration, inspected, calculated and planned for problems
and, according to one official, "We have every intention
of finishing this job in 45 days or less."
One optimistic person at the meeting said, "That
The bridge will close Sept. 29. And we all have
our fingers crossed that the repair work will be done
If you feel that you' 11 be inconvenienced by the sit-
uation, take any anticipated trips to town now, and then
plan to shop on the Island, where business owners need
you. Plan to dine closer to home and skip the chains in
town where you have to wait in line for a seat.
Make the best of a bad situation. You may find
stores and restaurants that you hadn't previously fre-
quented have much to offer. And you may find you have
no need to leave Anna Maria Island.
And wouldn't that be a good thing?
Think of it like a detour on a cross-county trip,
when you often find quaint shops and a great place to
eat that you wouldn't have discovered otherwise.
You'll come to see Anna Maria Island like a native.
Maybe a trolley ride will open your eyes to new places
to go during the detour. Make the best of it.
This way to some fun pirate gear for the kids. This
way for an ice cream cone. This way for gourmet food
or home-style grub, Italian, German, Japanese or Flo-
ribbean cuisine. This way to a great cheeseburger. This
way to the beach!
The 45 days of bridge closure can breeze by us just
like a "Detour to Paradise."
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Teen Scene invite
Hey, I'm Blake Rivers. I am writing to you to tell
you about the newest teen program at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. It's called "Teen Scene."
It's a program that welcomes all teens to a cool, safe
and fun environment.
The Teen Scene is always active.
Almost every week, you can come to the AMICC
and find something fun to do. For example, you can
just hang out at the Drop Zone - a day of the week
in which we can all just hang out and relax. Or, you
can help out around the center another night, having
fun while getting some volunteer hours.
The Teen Scene is also about big events, too.
We have decided to try and raise $5,000. I plan to
help out by showing up to all the fundraising events.
The events include car washes, bake sales, Friday
night movies, carnivals, skate nights, but that's not
even half the list.
I have seen the list of events planned to reach our
goal, and I think with the right teamwork this $5,000
is going to be almost guaranteed.
And when we do reach our goal, the Teen Scene
plans to use the money for a snow-skiing trip to North
Imagine how fun it would be going on a road trip
with some friends, then ripping it up in the snow for
But this trip just isn't going to be an easy in. To
be in the trip, you must show up to fundraising events
and contribute all that you can towards our goal. This
also means showing up to ski-trip meetings and help-
ing out with ideas on how to reach our goal and ways
we can improve our events.
You also must write an essay explaining why you
should have a slot on the ski trip.
Oh, by the way, there are only nine slots for kids
to get in, so you really have to try hard to get into this
awesome event. I know I'm going.
So if you're a teen, you should definitely try out
the Teen Scene. And if you like it, try helping out for
the ski trip.
I'm positive that if you give this new program a
try, you will be addicted and will want to come back
again and again.
I know, I am!
Blake Rivers, Holmes Beach
My first day on Anna Maria was Dec. 4, 1963. Since
that time the Island has been a special place to me. I
spend every weekend possible when not working.
I am probably one of a very few who remembers
having to stop and pay a toll on the bridge.
I hear people lamenting the bridge closing for 45
days and what will the closing do to small businesses
on the Island.
But it goes beyond 45 days.
The traffic backups that we have seen in the past
will still be with us and blaming a light at the intersection
after the bridge is a lame excuse. The Ringling Bridge
in Sarasota has lights at both ends of the bridge.
I look at the smart people of Sarasota and Clear-
water who had the vision and foresight to see the need
for a change in the bridge system - and if anyone has
driven those new bridges they can attest to the improved
the skyline and the decreased traffic congestion.
It is a pleasure to drive over them and get a bird's-
eye view of the waterways and skyline.
I must admit at the time they were being replaced
that I had doubts about them.
But no longer do I doubt. It is now time to thank
the writer who claims to have stopped the bridge she
wanted and should have had and for the pain that every-
one is sharing, visitors or Islanders, who call Anna
Maria their permanent home and it proves that one can
have clouded vision with just one martini too many.
William Roscoe, Holmes Beach
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Voter registration closes Oct. 6
Voter registration is open for the Nov. 4 election
until 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6.
To be eligible to vote in Manatee County, a
person must be a U.S. citizen, a Florida resident, 18
years of age, and not have a record of a felony con-
viction in the state or currently considered mentally
Registering to vote can be simple - potential
voters complete applications available at most gov-
ernment offices, banks, libraries, chambers and some
businesses, including The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Applications can also be downloaded at www.
David Zaccagnino, right, is the chair of the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island's food drive that will
take place Sept. 26-28. Barry Gould, left is club
president. And members of Brownie Troop 316 will
serve as volunteers for the drive.
votemanatee.com, the Manatee County Supervisor
of Elections Web site.
The applications are then mailed or delivered to
the Supervisor of Elections Office, Suite 108, 600
301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.
The application process takes about two weeks.
The elections office also is taking requests for
absentee ballots, which must be made by 5 p.m.
For more information about voting absentee, call
the supervisor's office at 941-741-3823.
Rotary to hold food
drive Sept. 26.28
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will
hold a Food-Raiser Sept. 26-28 at the Publix Super
Market in Holmes Beach to benefit the Manatee
County Food Bank.
Hours will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 26,
from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 and from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Sept. 28.
Donations also will be collected at Anna Maria
Elementary School on Sept. 26.
The food bank reports that the amount of food it
is giving out has more than tripled in the last year. In
July 2007, the food bank distributed 52,000 pounds
of food compared to 170,000 pounds of food this
Items on the food bank's need list include baby
items, pasta, cereals, tuna and other canned meat
and fish, peanut butter, rice, canned soups and stews,
macaroni and cheese, dried and canned beans,
canned vegetables and fruits, fruit juice, flour and
sugar and nutritious children snacks.
For more information, call Dantia Gould of
Rotary at 941-778-1880.
In the Sept. 23, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* The Holmes Beach City Commission said it planned
to modify its telecommunications ordinance to allow
Primeco Personal Communications to place a cell phone
antenna on the roof of the Martinique North condominium.
The move came after attorneys for Primeco pointed out
some discrepancies in the ordinance and suggested legal
action could result from the city's denial to Primeco.
* Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch director Suzi
Fox said the turtle nesting season ended on a sour
note, as the passing of Hurricane Earl caused the loss
of 58 turtle nests.
* With the approach of Hurricane Ivan toward
Anna Maria, West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy
Price advised all Islanders to prepare for an evacua-
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By Lisa Neff
Commissioners approved a request to expand the
Bradenton Beach board that governs the community
redevelopment agency, the catalyst for erasing blight
in the city's historic district.
The Bradenton Beach City Commission unani-
mously supported the request to expand the CRA
board by two citizens during a meeting Sept. 18 at
The request came from the city's ScenicWAVES
Committee, which the commission made an advisory
committee on CRA matters earlier this year.
The first CRA matter ScenicWAVES took up was
a recommendation from businessman and resident
David Teitelbaum to expand the CRA board, which
currently is the city commission.
Teitelbaum presented the committee's request
to the city commission last week, maintaining that
expanding the CRA might create new opportunities
and broaden the CRA's vision.
"We feel that the CRA is very important," he said.
"And Bradenton Beach is very, very special."
The ScenicWaves proposal, which Commissioner
John Chappie incorporated into a motion to approve,
called for adding a resident in the district to the CRA
and a businessperson in the district to the CRA.
Chappie said adding citizen participation to the
board was not unusual for CRAs in the state.
Commissioner John Shaughnessy, who seconded
the motion, said, "I think it's a pretty good idea."
He too hoped expanding the CRA would bring
more ideas to the dais.
The details of the expansion will be drafted into
a resolution for consideration by the commission at
a later date, said city attorney Ralf Brooks.
The city established the CRA 16 years ago to
revitalize the blighted district with Community Rede-
velopment Block Grant money, other grant sources
and incremental tax assistance. The district is mapped
as the area between Sarasota Bay, Cortez Road, the
Gulf of Mexico and Fifth Street South.
When the CRA was established in 1992, the
downtown district, which the CRA plan called His-
toric Old Town, was considered blighted. The 1957
Anna Maria Island and Cortez bridges that had fueled
development in Holmes Beach had resulted in a
decline in Bradenton Beach, according to the CRA
master plan. The new bridge in Bradenton Beach
replaced the crossing at Bridge Street, which became
the city pier.
"The city pier became the last inheritance of the
original bridge - still jutting out 660 feet into the
bay, but looking tired and shopworn from years of
benign neglect," the plan stated.
"For 35 years, from 1957 to 1992, Bradenton
Beach has limped along the edge of a prosperous
The city had been a bustling community some-
what dependent on vice for commercial enterprise in
its earliest years. With the end of Prohibition, com-
merce turned to the tourism trade and "Bridge Street
developed into stores and services on both sides of
the street as every automobile entering the Island
drove through the midst of the town.... From 1922
until 1957, Cortez Beach was the economic center of
The creation of the CRA, with an infusion of cash
from grants and dedicated property tax dollars, was
intended to rejuvenate old town's slump.
The goals set forth in the CRA plan called for cre-
ating a traffic pattern to bring people to Bridge Street,
attracting new investment in commerce, partnering
with organizations and businesses to promote histori-
cal, social and recreational programs, improve and
increase public parking and secure historic district
status for the community.
The CRA received about $400,000 in the
2007-08 fiscal year, which was largely dedicated to
paying off a loan for the reconstruction of the city
pier. By statute, money channeled into the district
must be used for improvement projects, not main-
The proposed 2008-09 budget, shows CRA
expenses projected at $566,100, with $550,000 to
be directed to payments on the loan to restore the
In other business at the Sept. 18 meeting, com-
* Approved payment of a $2,937.55 invoice from
attorney Greg Hootman.
* Approved payment of a $4,085 invoice for an
annual software support and protection contract.
* Approved payment of a $5,796.88 invoice for
August building services from M.T. Causley Inc.
* Approved payment of a $1,800 invoice for an
annual emergency satellite phone service contract.
* Approved special event permit requests for the
West Coast Bike Rally Poker Run Oct. 12, the Hid-
eous Hawaiian Shirt Luau on Oct. 25, a series of
arts and crafts shows at Coquina Beach to benefit
the Ronald McDonald House and a series of Thieves
Markets to benefit the Anna Maria Island Privateers
charitable work. (See separate story).
* Approved placement of "No overnight parking"
signs at public parking spaces by the Historic Bridge
The next regular city commission meeting will
be at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. The
agenda includes a review of proposed changes to the
city's comprehensive plan from the evaluation and
A meeting for a final vote on the city's budget
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Landscaping ordinance interests AMP&Z
By Rick Catlin
A proposed landscaping ordinance put together by
Anna Maria's environmental education and enhance-
ment committee received a positive reception from
the planning and zoning board when EEEC member
Robin Wall presented the proposal Sept. 16.
The landscaping requirements would pertain only
to new developments, redevelopment and expansion
of existing structures, Wall said.
But the ordinance would require new construc-
tion or expansion in the city's retail-office-residential
district to conform to a variety of standards, including
the addition of 20 square feet of landscaping for each
parking space on the property.
The EEEC ordinance, modeled after Sanibel's
code, would require at least 10 percent of a parcel to
be landscaped, and 25 percent of the total number of
trees and shrubs on each residential lot would have
to be native. New construction or expansion projects
in the ROR and commercial zones would be required
to have 75 percent of its plants be native species.
Wall said the 10 percent requirement is in the
city's new comprehensive plan.
A minimum of six native trees and 16 native
shrubs would be required, and a buffer of landscaping
would be required when a commercial property abuts
a residence, even if there is a 10-foot alley between
Wall said the ordinance is in keeping with the
city's recently adopted comprehensive plan, and is
not as rigid as Sanibel's ordinance, which is "very
restrictive," she said.
In Sanibel, a homebuyer must clear exotic trees
from the property, even if there is no new construc-
tion, Wall said. She noted, however, that Australian
pines are not on Sanibel's remove list. Likewise, Anna
Maria's ordinance would not require the removal of
City planning consultant Alan Garrett, who
worked with the EEEC in developing the proposal,
said many communities require removal of Austra-
lian pines when a property changes hands or a new
The proposed ordinance also contains a list of
native plants and exotics, or non-native species, to
guide builders and homeowners. Planting of exotic
species would not be allowed for a new development
or redevelopment. The non-native list includes inva-
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sive Australian pines and Brazilian peppers.
One issue in the proposal is a requirement for an
annual inspection of a new development to ensure
compliance with the ordinance. But building official
Bob Welsh said the city does not have the staff now to
do some annual inspections required in other codes,
let alone perform added inspections.
Wall suggested the homeowner could do the
inspection and report to the city.
While several members of the public said there
appear to be some inconsistencies with the proposal,
all seemed pleased with the presentation.
"It's a great start," said Mike Coleman of Pine
Avenue Restoration LLC, which has several projects
in the ROR that will be directly affected if the ordi-
He suggested the city could use his company's
new project at 315 Pine Ave. as a template to dem-
onstrate how the ordinance will affect development.
He is voluntarily landscaping that project to conform
to the requirements in the proposal, even though it's
a long way from adoption.
Coleman is, however, concerned about "the con-
trol aspect" of the ordinance, and believes that hom-
eowners could do many of the requirements "without
"I don't know if this is good for individual hom-
eowners, but I embrace if for the ROR," he said.
He also suggested that the buffer requirement
might not be appropriate.
"What problem is it that we are trying to solve?"
I didn't know we had a buffering problem. I am doing
bufferingg] voluntarily, so I object to putting it in an
The requirement that "high intensity" commer-
cial uses require a landscaping buffer concerned
As stated in the proposal, high-intensity com-
mercial uses include "restaurants, 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."
Former planning and zoning board chairman Tom
Turner said the plan is a "good start," but suggested
some design sketches be brought to the next P&Z
meeting. He added that there seems to be some con-
fusion about landscaping requirements in the ROR
and residential areas. In his view, the percentages and
requirements for landscaping should be the same in
City Commissioner Dale Woodland praised the
effort committee members put into creating the docu-
ment, something long needed for the city. He sug-
gested that it could be simplified during the revision
EEEC Chairman Tim Eiseler said the ordinance
"is a huge leap forward" for the city. Without the
ordinance, the city can't be designated as a "Tree City
USA" and apply for federal landscaping grants.
The board consensus was that the proposal was
a good idea, but there are some ambiguities. Board
Chairman Doug Copeland suggested the EEEC bring
back a revision incorporating some of the suggestions
Garrett said he and the EEEC now have "clear
direction," and they would rework the ordinance and
return in a few months with an amended version.
Wall said she was pleased by the P&Z board's
reception. "It was a good, positive meeting," she
New natural gas line faces deadline
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busy on the west end of the approach to the Anna
Maria Island Bridge, lining Manatee Avenue with
equipment while installing a natural gas pipeline
that will service island customers. A spokesperson
for TECO said the company must complete installa-
tion of the pipe across the bridge prior to the bridge
closure Sept. 29, or it will have to stop work until
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AME welcomes new teacher
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School principal Tom
Levengood introduced students to new teacher Tina
Goffred during the school's Peace Day gathering
Friday. Goffred, along with Maureen Loveland and
Melanie Moran, are kindergarten teachers at the
Goffred is an Island resident and on learning
AME was in need of an additional kindergarten
teacher, she voluntarily chose to transfer from Free-
dom Elementary, where she taught first-grade for the
past three and a half years.
"I'm grateful," Levengood said. "We're very for-
tunate to have her. Her co-workers from Freedom
speak very highly of her."
Goffred earned her bachelor's degree in early
childhood education from Chicos State Teachers
College in Northern California and holds a Florida
state reading endorsement as well as an English as a
Second Language endorsement.
She moved her classroom materials to AME over
the weekend and will greet her new class Sept. 25.
Pidge Taylor, who taught technology at AME,
is also ready to take on her new role at the school.
Beginning Thursday she will greet her own class of
"Her classroom looks so neat," said Levengood,
"I wish I was one of her students."
Levengood has requested an additional part-
time teacher's aide position, but has yet to receive
New AME teacher
Anna Maria Elementary School principal Tom
Levengood introduces Tina Goffred to the students
during the school's Peace Day gathering. Goffred
transferred to the Island school from Freedom
Elementary. '/... starts teaching kindergarten Sept.
25. Islander Photo: Lisa Williams
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The aide would assist with physical education, music
and art classes twice a week.
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National Estuaries Day with a discounted ticket pack-
age that includes a cruise with Sarasota Bay Explor-
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The cost for the Sept. 27 package is $7 per
On the Bay Explorers cruise, participants will
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Anna Maria Elementary
Anna Maria Elementary School has many
events throughout the school year at which the
community is welcome to attend and partici-
Upcoming activities include:
* Sept. 26, birthday book club at 1 p.m. in
the media center.
* Oct. 10, Parent-Teacher Organization
meeting 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.
Anna Maria Elementary School menu
Monday, Sept. 29
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick, Cereal,
Toast, Yogurt, Oatmeal.
Lunch: Mini Corn Dogs or Whole Grain Grilled
Cheese Sandwich, Tomato Soup, Broccoli,
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on a Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit.
Lunch: Breaded Chicken Patty on a Bun or Ravioli,
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Wednesday, Oct. 1
Breakfast: Choice of "Jump Start" boxed selections,
Super Donut, Toast, Cereal.
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken, Assorted Salads and
Sandwiches, Steamed Carrots,
Strawberry Cup, Sunchips.
Thursday, Oct. 2
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup,
Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit.
Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese or Fish Nuggets,
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Friday, Oct. 3
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spring, has just completed a run of several weeks at
the Broadway Theatre in New York City. Accord-
ing to Mr. Paul Gilmore, head of the movie com-
pany, the picture was received with enthusiasm, and
press notices have been outspoken in their praise of
the photography and the beautiful scenery that is
The story portrayed in the picture is a very pretty
romance that takes place in the Philippine Islands.
Mr. Gilmore, who plays the leading role, is shown
as a wealthy plantation owner. He is entangled in a
romance and rescues the heroine from a burning ship
and he and his rescued lady are washed ashore on a
desert island and are attacked by savages.
Mr. Gilmore has the offer of contracts for several
other pictures but he will be unable to fulfill them
until the bridge to Anna Maria is built. The making
of these pictures will require a number of workmen
as well as a corps of artists, and it means much to
Bradentown to get behind the bridge and see that it
is built without delay.
Let's make Anna Maria the studio for the picture
people and Bradentown their home.
Manatee River Journal, March 21, 1921
* In the November 1920 election in which they
helped put Warren Gamaliel Harding into the White
House, the voters of Manatee County also made
an historic decision. By a vote of 231 to 122 (the
county was gigantic in area but Lilliputian in popu-
lation then) the electorate endorsed the sale of bonds
to pay for a bridge to Anna Maria Island. The Anna
Maria Island precinct went solidly for the bridge -
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people sometimes had to wait three or four hours to
get on board.
No question about it. Anna Maria with its daz-
zling beaches was the big drawing card, the key to
the future prosperity of the Manatee section, said
the fortune-seekers. The bridge couldn't be built fast
enough to suit them.
It took time to decide on the location. Not surpris-
ingly the site that won out was from Hunter's Point
(Cortez Village) to Cortez Beach (Bradenton Beach).
The most influential Bradentown businessmen had
their money concentrated there. The opinions of the
handful of homesteaders on the Island didn't count
In April, down the Manatee River from Bra-
dentown came a barge bearing a 50-foot-high
derrick and another with the first load of thick-
creosoted pine pilings for the understructure of the
long span. Day after day the rhythmic thuds of the
pile driver rang through the air and the shallow
bottom of the sound shuddered with each impact
as the huge logs hit bedrock. By the end of June,
the concrete caissons that would support the draw-
bridge were in position, and as soon as the steel
girders were laid across them the decking crew
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But Mother Nature had other plans.
There was to be no celebration in December.
Lumbering up the Gulf from its birthplace in the
Caribbean was a monster hurricane the likes of which
hadn't been experienced in Tampa Bay for 73 years.
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Chamber golf outing
to raise money
The annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Golf Tournament will take place at 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 29 at the Bradenton Country Club in Braden-
The event will raise money for the chamber
scholarship fund with the collection of green spon-
sorships and registration fees.
Other upcoming chamber events include:
* A luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Sun
House restaurant in Bradenton Beach, with a speech
by Democratic congressional candidate Christine
* A "Ladies Night Out" at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the
Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria.
* A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 at
the new Bridge Street Jewelry in Bradenton Beach.
* A breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Sun House
restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
* The Island Bayfest on Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 18.
* A business-card exchange at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at
the Island Players Theater in Anna Maria.
* A Trail of Treats Halloween celebration at
4 p.m. Oct. 31 beginning at the chamber office in
For more information about chamber events, call
the office at 941-778-1541.
Gloria Dei to honor public
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will honor emer-
gency personnel Sept. 28 during a 9:30 a.m. service
at the church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The church has invited members of the West
Manatee Fire Rescue District, the U.S. Coast Guard,
the county emergency medical service and the local
sheriff's office, and the Bradenton Beach and Holmes
Beach police departments to attend.
For more information, call the church at
Holmes Beach Police Officer Mike Leonard
received a $120 certificate from the Beach Bistro
earlier this month.
The restaurant, along with several other Holmes
Beach businesses, donated monthly prizes for city
employees that are distributed in a drawing.
Leigh Llewelyn, a dispatcher with HBPD,
received a gift card from Publix Super Market and
Joe Duennes, the city's public works superintendent,
received a gift card from Duffy's Tavern.
Keep Manatee Beautiful
to host Galvano
Florida state Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Braden-
ton, will deliver a keynote speech during Keep
Manatee Beautiful's awards lunch.
The program will take place at 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 25 at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646
Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
For details about the program or the orga-
nization, call 941-795-8272 or e-mail keep@
St. Bernard to host sale
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, will host a "Before the Bridge
Closure" rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satur-
day, Sept. 27.
The church will sell "white elephant" items,
donated clothing, holiday decorations, jewelry and
other items, as well as fresh, home-baked goods.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City and Bradenton Beach: No reports.
Sept. 9, 6800 Marina Drive, sunken vessel. Offi-
cers responded to a complaint of a sunken vessel at a
dock. Attempts to reach the owner were unsuccessful,
and officers pumped the water from the boat.
Sept. 11, Key Royale, water violations. Four
improper lawn-watering actions resulted in violation
Sept. 12, 600 block Emerald Lane, burglary.
The caretaker of the house said someone entered
the residence and took a flat-screen television,
valued at $6,000. Entry was made through an
unlocked, rear sliding-glass door. The caretaker
said he suspected a man may have taken the TV.
Police questioned the caretaker and he admitted he
had taken the set and sold it. The TV was retrieved
by police with help from the caretaker. The hom-
eowner declined to press charges, according to the
report, and would reconsider the caretaker's future
Sept. 16, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks,
theft. The complainant said someone took his bicycle,
which was left in front of the bar overnight.
Sept. 17, Key Royale, water violations. Two
improper lawn-watering actions resulted in violation
City to hold final budget vote
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach City Commission was
expected to adopt a 2008-09 budget Sept. 23.
The budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 5801
Marina Drive, was scheduled to take place after The
Islander's press deadline this week.
Commissioners held a public hearing on the pro-
posed 2008-09 city budget and millage rate at city
hall earlier this month and approved on first reading
a $7.96 million budget. The budget is $502,294 less
than the 2007-08 budget.
The commission also was expected on Sept. 23
to establish a millage rate of 1.5989 mills. A mill is
$1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of property less
For a house valued at $525,000 in Holmes Beach,
minus $25,000 homestead, the property tax bill from
the city for the next year would be $799.45.
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In other business for Sept. 23, the commission
was scheduled to consider a resolution remov-
ing the city from the list of defendants in a class
action lawsuit that names the city of Tampa as
the chief defendant. The lawsuit involves a chal-
lenge to the application of occupational licenses
During a work session following the 7 p.m. regu-
lar meeting, the commission was expected to discuss
revising its dates for qualifying for elected office.
The city's rules are out of synch with newly
adopted state regulations on qualifying dates.
A proposed resolution would strike the city's
requirement that petitions to qualify for office be
filed within 46-50 days before the election. Instead,
the city would require that petitions be filed during
the qualifying period set by state law.
The commission's next meeting will be at city
hall at 7 p.m. Oct. 14.
Emerging artists from Jean Blackburn's
studio and plein air painting sessions
Evelyn Peters Gary Gorman
The Studio at Gulf and Pine will host a recep-
tion for a collaborative exhibit titled Fresh Paint
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.
The reception will mark the opening Emerging
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Fresh Paint features Cheryl Moody, Janet
Nancy K. Betty
Whitehead, Evelyn Peters, Gary Gorman, Jeanne
Chinnis, Nancy Hielscher, Irene Gorman and
Nancy K. Betty.
The Studio, owned and operated by Rhea
Chiles of Holmes Beach, is located at 10101 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
For more information, call 941-779-1906.
By Rick Catlin
How much does former Island real estate devel-
oper Robert Byrne have left to his name?
Maybe not a whole lot for the federal bankruptcy
case brought last year by disgruntled investors.
But after sifting through Byrne's reported $33
million financial statement, bankruptcy court trustee
Angela Gonzalez may have finally found some per-
sonal property of Byrne's worth selling - a modern
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art oil painting that could be priceless, or worthless.
The court will auction the painting at an "abso-
lute estate auction" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Bay
Area Auction Services Inc. in Pinellas Park.
Islander Kent Davis, one of the creditors in the
personal bankruptcy case, said he has no idea who
the artist is or how much the painting is worth.
"It could be a lot or it could be nothing. I've never
seen it. "It's probably the only piece of personal prop-
erty the court has been able to find," said Davis.
As there is no reserve price on the auction, it will
be sold to the highest bidder. Davis did not now if the
painting was a Picasso or some similar well-known
artist. Such a painting would likely bring a consider-
able price at auction, he suggested.
Just a few years ago, Byrne displayed a $33 mil-
lion financial statement to potential investors. Last
year, however, he told the bankruptcy court he had
only $500 to his name.
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Manatee County pilots post-disaster plan
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County planner Michael Wood is lead-
ing an effort to write a plan he hopes will never get
Wood is the county's project manager on drafting
a post-disaster redevelopment plan, not a document
on how to respond in the hours or days after a hurri-
cane strike but a document that guides redevelopment
in the years after.
The county is one of five communities selected by
the state to participate in the pilot Post-Disaster Rede-
velopment Planning Initiative. Eventually Florida's
Department of Community Affairs and its Division
of Emergency Management, along with the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, want all commu-
nities in Florida to draft and adopt a post-disaster
redevelopment plan. In fact, the plan is a requirement
of all coastal counties and municipalities, according
to a DCA spokesperson.
A catalyst for the post-disaster redevelopment
process was the devastating impact of Hurricane
Katrina on the Gulf coast.
While some government officials sought to learn
lessons from the immediate impact of Katrina, others
are still trying to learn the lessons of the hurricane's
Earlier this month, as the world watched another
hurricane head for Katrina's target, the third anniver-
sary of Katrina was observed with sobering statis-
* About 81 percent of those who received feder-
ally funded grants lacked sufficient resources to cover
* More than one in three residential addresses -
more than 70,000 - remain vacant, according to the
Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.
* Rents have spiked 46 percent in the city.
* About 79 percent of transit buses in New
Orleans are not operating.
Meanwhile, at academic, think-tank levels,
debate continues over the logic of rebuilding New
These are issues planners in Florida are consid-
ering as they work on post-disaster redevelopment
plans, according to DCA.
"With post-disaster, people generally think three-
months after, but what about 10 or 15 years down the
road?" Wood said. 'This is not emergency response.
This is long-term recovery."
Probably the most severe storm on record to
strike Manatee County was the 1921 hurricane that
destroyed all but a store and an inn in the Cortez fish-
The village, according to the histories at the Flor-
An estimated 16feet of storm surge strikes the Florida Panhandle during Hurricane Eloise in September
1975. Islander Photo: Courtesy NOAA National Weather Service Collection
ida Maritime Museum, rebounded with fishermen and
their families rebuilding in the year that followed.
The post-disaster redevelopment in Cortez was a
best-case scenario - the self-sufficient village even
seemed insulated from the Great Depression that
came less than a decade later.
Today, however, planning for post-disaster recov-
ery is essential for furthering the sustainability of a
community, according to Sandy Meyer, the state's
PDRP project manager.
With a redevelopment plan, a community "has a
better chance of using the window of opportunity to
move the community farther down the road to resil-
iency," Meyer said.
A post-disaster redevelopment plan identifies
policies, operational strategies, roles and responsi-
bilities for a long-term recovery and redevelopment
after a disaster.
The plan, said Wood, will provide opportunities
to mitigate future hazards and make improvements
consistent with comprehensive plans, such as incor-
porating restrictions on when, how and what new
structures can be built.
Recovery topics the plan will address include
business resumption and economic development,
housing repair and reconstruction, infrastructure
restoration and mitigation, sustainable land-use and
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'These plans should, at a minimum, establish
long-term policies regarding redevelopment, infra-
structure, densities, non-conforming uses and future
land-use patterns," states a passage in the Florida
The state is providing the county with technical
expertise on the project and FEMA is providing the
money for developing the plans. The due date is next
The pilot plan for Manatee County, Wood said,
will not serve as a governing document for incorpo-
rated areas of the county, such as the Island cities.
Instead, it will serve as a guide to the cities as they
develop their own plans.
"We're also helping the state develop a best-
practices guide," Wood said.
He works in an office on the fourth floor of the
Manatee County administration building in down-
On a recent workday, with National Hurricane
Center forecasters tracking three significant storms,
storm clouds to the south darkened Wood's office,
where he has a vast collection of information for pos-
sible inclusion in the PRDP.
The county entered its agreement with the state
to serve as a pilot community in the spring.
Now, Wood said, the data collection and analysis
is taking place.
"We're trying to get an understanding of the
issues - vulnerability assessments, housing stock,
and so forth," he said.
In drafting immediate-response and short-term
recovery plans, emergency management officials use
Wood also expects to use disaster scenarios -
storm surge, hurricane-force winds, flooding, and
tornados - in drafting the PDRP
What happens if residents leave, if businesses
fail to reopen and if there is no property to generate
"Part of what I am doing is looking at what does
this mean to the economy? To the economics of local
government," Wood said. "What is the impact of lost
revenue? We need to recognize how big that could be
and we need to be prepared to meet the shortfall."
As the planning process began earlier this year,
the county invited participants from local govern-
ments, including the Island cities.
Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby, who for
years has been involved in disaster planning for that
city, is one point person on the project.
Cosby said the long-term planning is crucial for
Bradenton Beach and other coastal communities.
"This is a real concern because if we had a
Katrina-type event, would we see a mass exodus and
people not come back? That's just one issue that has
to be addressed."
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By Lisa Neff
As Hurricane Ike gained strength in the Gulf of
Mexico, weather forecasters recalled similar paths of
other storms in other years.
Fay's approach had residents on Florida's Gulf
coast remembering Charlie.
Gustav's threat reminded others of Katrina.
Now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration offers a database that allows expert
forecasters and amateur storm-trackers to study hur-
ricanes of the past and perhaps better predict the paths
of those in the future.
The database, Historical Hurricane Tracks, is
found on the National Hurricane Center's Web site
Online users can navigate to the site, click on
query storm tracks" and search for information by
storm name, place name, year, climatology, latitude
and longitude and ZIP code.
The tool helps provide users with a picture of
coastal areas with the greatest frequency of hurricanes
and tropical storms - and the historical snapshot can
help community members and local emergency man-
agers develop better plans for storm preparation and
recovery, according to NOAA officials.
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Featured sale: This canalfront home at 508 Key
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for $400,000 and in September 2008 for $550,000 for
an increase of 38 percent in five years. The cost per
square foot is $298. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
Parks board to start new season
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at city hall,
5801 Marina Drive.
The committee took the summer off.
The group of citizens serves as an advisory board,
promoting greener spaces in Holmes Beach.
Anna Maria bridge closed
The humpback bridge on North Bay Boulevard
in Anna Maria was scheduled for closure from Sept.
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La Vista Inlet overpass.
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ists will be alerted by signs of the detour and he will
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1975 on a 90x117 lot was sold 09/02/08, Gilbert to
Wohlers for $575,000.
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Center offers parenting help
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
offering parenting workshops on Monday nights.
The workshops, which take place every other
Monday at 6 p.m., help provide parents with expert
strategies in raising children, according to Center
therapist Terri Milen.
The Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, also
offers counseling on an income-based, sliding-scale fee.
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Martha Jane Capo Masemore, 75, of Cortez, died
Mrs. Masemore was a homemaker, an Episcopa-
lian, and co-owner of the former Capo Fisheries in
Visitation was held at Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, Bradenton.
Burial was to be private. Memorial donations may be
made to the Manatee County Humane Society, 2515
14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205, or TideWell Hos-
pice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL
34238. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory
was in charge or arrangements. Online condolences
may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. Masemore is survived by husband Charles;
son, Lloyd Capo Jr. of Ellenton; daughter Cindy and
husband Patrick Mullen of Parkland, Fla.; brother
Harry Mofield of Thonotosassa, Fla.; and grandchil-
dren Roxann and Whitney Mullen.
Ronald "Ron" D. Tucker
Ronald "Ron" D. Tucker, 53, of Bradenton, died
Sept. 14. He was born in Marion, Ind., and moved to
Anna Maria as a young boy.
Mr. Tucker was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He
was in maintenance work and retired early. He was
a Florida Gator.
Visitation was held Sept. 19 at the Mansion
Memorial Funeral Home of Ellenton. Funeral Ser-
vices were Sept. 20 at the funeral home.
He is survived by wife Kathy; son Jason and wife
Emira; brother Steve and wife Barbara; two sisters,
Patty and husband Mike Austin and Sandy and hus-
band Garth Peterson; two grandchildren, Eric and
Jessica Tucker; and nine nieces and nephews.
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City seeks stormwater funds from schools
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger wants
to collect stormwater fees from the Manatee County
But the school board's position is that the charges
amount to stormwater assessments, and the district
doesn't pay stormwater assessments.
For the past four years, the city has billed stormwater
charges to the district for the four parcels of property that
make up the Anna Maria Elementary School grounds.
A review of the records at the Manatee County
Tax Collector's Office indicates that the school dis-
trict's stormwater charges from Holmes Beach are
unpaid for 2003 through 2007.
Specifically, the tax collector's office shows
unpaid amounts of:
* $1,506.50 for 2003, $1,356.68 for 2004, $1,206.86
for 2005, $1,057.05 for 2006 and $907.23 for 2007 for
4700 Gulf Drive. The total for the property is $6,034.32.
* $168.76 for 2003, $151.98 for 2004, $135.20 for
2005, $118.41 for 2006 and 101.63 for 2007 for 214
Harbor Lane. The total for the property is $675.98.
* $168.76 for 2003, $151.98 for 2004, $135.20 for
2005, $118.41 for 2006 and $101.63 for 2007 for 210
Harbor Lane. The total for the property is $675.98.
* $170.72 for 2003, $153.74 for 2004, $136.76
for 2006 and $119.79 for 2007 for 206 Harbor Lane.
The total for the property is $581.01.
Kiwanis to meet Sept. 27
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will
hear from Ava Ehde, supervisor of the Island Branch
Library, at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Cafe on the Beach in
Prior to the program, the club will meet for break-
fast in the Manatee Public Beach restaurant.
For more information, call Al Guy at
"The ad valorem taxes are completely exempt,
but the non-ad valorem tax, such as stormwater, was
not exempted," said Sara Ackley with the tax collec-
Asked about the unpaid amounts, school district
spokesperson Margi Nanney researched the issue
with financial, legal and e in i ,.'\ personnel.
The conclusion came from school board attorney
John Bowen, who said school district does not pay
Bowen cited a court ruling in a dispute between the
city of Clearwater and a local college as precedence.
An advisory legal opinion from the Florida Attor-
ney General's Office that predates the ruling from a
Pinellas court indicates that municipalities can collect
stormwater fees from other government entities based
upon use of the system.
The advisory opinion states, "While state prop-
erty used for public purposes is not generally sub-
ject to taxes or special assessments, the state may be
liable for charges for services it uses."
Rick Ashley, Holmes Beach city treasurer, noted
that the stormwater charges are not anything the city
itself doesn't pay.
"The city of Holmes Beach has been billed by the
tax collector and has paid $2,040.08 each year since
2003," he said.
Bohnenberger, maintaining that the district should
pay the overdue charges, said, "The bottom line is,
this isn't a tax."
Charges dismissed in blown-kiss case
By Lisa Neff
A judge last week recently dismissed a felony charge
against a teenager arrested in connection with an alleged
scuffle with a police officer on Coquina Beach.
Days later a juvenile judge dismissed the case against
the teenager's brother, also arrested in the incident.
During a hearing Sept. 16, Circuit Judge Diana
Moreland dismissed the felony charge of battery on a
law enforcement officer filed against Veronica Lewis.
Moreland, however, did find probable cause for
a misdemeanor simple battery case against the teen-
age girl, whose brother, Lance Lewis, 14, also was
arrested in the incident on April 20.
The scuffle occurred after Lance Lewis blew a kiss
toward Officer Timothy Matthews, who was then a
reserve officer with the Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment but has since left for another law enforcement job.
N Liu1lh t s wrote in his arrest report that he asked
Lance Lewis "what his problem was and he said, 'I
don't have a problem N...' I asked why he would
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blow me a kiss and he said, 'F... you.' There were
many young children in the area."
When N Lllth.k \ began to arrest Lance Lewis for
disorderly conduct, Veronica Lewis tried to intervene.
Matthews told the girl to move, grabbed Lance
Lewis and put him on the ground to handcuff him.
Veronica Lewis next pulled on Matthews' lapel
and scratched the officer's lip. Veronica Lewis was
then arrested for battery on a police officer.
Moreland said Matthews lacked reasonable sus-
picion that Lance and Veronica Lewis were involved
in criminal activity.
As of Islander press time, prosecutors had not
decided whether to pursue the misdemeanor charge
against Veronica Lewis.
But a juvenile court did act to dismiss the case
against Lance Lewis, arrested charges of battery on
a police officer and disorderly conduct.
Judge Marc Gilner dismissed the charges in a
hearing Sept. 18 after finding that the police officer
lacked probable cause to make the arrest.
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looks to 2050
By Lisa Neff
A coalition of government and non-profit groups
is seeking local opinions on the future of Tampa Bay
in the One Bay campaign.
The campaign involves Manatee, Hemando, Hills-
borough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.
The campaign also involves a number of agencies
and organizations, including the Tampa Bay Estuary
Program, Tampa Bay Partnership Regional Research
and Education Foundation, Tampa Bay Regional
Planning Council, Urban Land Institute Tampa Bay
and Southwest Florida Water Management District.
All these agencies are listening to the public
through a series of meetings and an online survey as
they draft a One Bay plan that promotes smart growth.
The area population is predicted to grow by 3.2 mil-
lion in the next 40 years, requiring an estimated 1.3
million new homes and 1.6 million new jobs.
Some local residents took the One Bay survey at a
September meeting of Manatee County Commissioner
Jane von Hahmann's District 3 advisory board.
Others recently completed the survey distrib-
uted during a meeting of Bradenton Beach's Scenic-
WAVES advisory committee.
The One Bay campaign also has reached local
schools, including Manatee High School, where the
effort was incorporated into studies this month.
The campaign dates back more than a year, and
has involved more than 1,000 people in seven coun-
ties in a series of events to establish some basic pri-
orities for One Bay.
The priorities include:
* Promoting quality communities by uniquely
clustering higher-density, mixed-use development
around transportation corridors.
* Maximizing mobility using multi-modal trans-
* Preserving natural systems and emphasizing
sustainable water supplies.
* Balancing jobs and housing for affordable qual-
ity of life.
* Attracting higher-paying jobs.
* Preserving farmland.
To take the One Bay survey, go to www.myone-
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In the past year, more than 1,000 people
have participated in One Bay events or com-
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Egmont awaits hatching of last turtle nests
By Lisa Neff
Two out of the season's 52 sea turtle nests remain
to hatch on Egmont Key.
"We're hoping for hatchlings," said Tom Watson,
the assistant manager of the state park to the north
of Anna Maria Island at the junction between Tampa
Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
The park, accessible by private boat or commer-
cial ferry, is a wildlife refuge, a sanctuary to nesting
birds and sea turtles and other animals, including
gopher tortoises and green anoles.
Watson, other park staff and volunteers want to
see hatchlings emerge from the two remaining log-
gerhead turtle nests on Egmont Key, but they remain
Hurricane Gustav, followed by Hurricane Ike,
washed out many nests on the island.
"The storm pretty much devastated half of them,"
Watson said last week. Days had passed since Ike
moved passed, but sections of Egmont Key remained
under water. "What Gustav didn't destroy, Ike fin-
Watson said the storms washed over or washed
out 22 nests.
"The others did hatch, before the combination
punch," he said.
"We've still got our fingers crossed that one or
two survived," Watson continued "The nests are not
supposed to hatch until October. "We may get lucky.
We're just hoping is all."
Turtle monitoring duties on Egmont Key are
shared by state park staff, interns from Eckerd Col-
lege in St. Petersburg and volunteers, who also help
monitor bird populations and clean up litter.
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Egmont Key Alliance.
Discover Egmont Key will involve a Civil War
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150th anniversary of the Egmont lighthouse.
Shuttle boats will leave Fort Desoto Park -
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shine Skyway Bridge on the route to St. Pete Beach
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Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 147
loggerhead sea turtle nests and 97 false crawls on
the beach as of Sept. 21.
AMITW also reported 6,121 hatchlings
emerged from nests.
The numbers, according to AMITW execu-
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because there were no nest excavations in the past
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Snapper bonanza inshore, offshore now
By Capt. Mike Heistand
It's all snapper all the time right now, both inshore
and out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Snapper fishing is described as being phenom-
enal, with some mangroves coming in at up to 8
pounds. Even Sunshine Skyway Bridge Pier fishers
are catching fish up to 5 pounds.
Other action offshore include grouper and amber-
Backwater fishing includes lots of redfish and big
snook, as well as a few mackerel.
The water has been exceptionally clear in the past
few days, something to ponder with all the churned-up
water that came our way thanks to Hurricane Ike.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said offshore fishing improved
with better, calmer weather. He's putting his charters
onto grouper, amberjack and snapper, with the snap-
per reaching up to 8 pounds in size.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said he's catch-
ing keeper-size snook and limit catches of redfish on
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore
fishing has been rough weather-wise, but the fishers
going out are bringing back red and gag grouper and
even some Warsaw grouper in the 100-mile-from-
shore range. "Snapper fishing is tremendous," he
said, adding that it's the time of year when snap-
per appear in huge numbers. Inshore action features
mackerel, snapper everywhere and redfish. The best
bet for reds is to work the lower tides, he added.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing is
greatly improved of late, with keeper snook, redfish
to 30 pounds, big black drum and mackerel. Snapper
are everywhere, Dave added.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said pier
anglers are reeling in black drum, mangrove snapper,
mackerel and even a few early sheepshead.
Wednesday, Sept. 24
5 to 7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce busi-
ness card exchange at Beach Fitness, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. - Teen movie and "Books Unbound" craft night at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Friday, Sept. 26
4 to 8 p.m. - Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island Food-Raiser
to benefit Manatee County Food Bank at the Publix Super Market,
3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.
Saturday, Sept. 27
Celebrate National Estuaries Day.
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a
breakfast meeting with guest speakerAva Ehde of the Island Branch
Library at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - "Before-the-bridge-closes" rummage sale
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island Food-
Raiser to benefit Manatee County Food Bank at the Publix Super
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Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House
said he's seeing mangrove snapper, trout and redfish
coming to the dock.
At Tropic Isles Marina, fishers are catching red-
fish and trout in Terra Ceia Bay, plus lots of blacktip
and bonnethead sharks.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's catch-
ing nice-sized snook up to 30 inches, a few redfish
and lots of trout, but the trout are usually pretty
On my boat Magic, we caught a half-dozen reds
Market, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.
7:30 p.m. - Manatee Players present "Steel Magnolias" at the Riv-
erfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875.
Sunday, Sept. 28
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island Food-Raiser
to benefit Manatee County Food Bank at the Publix Super Market, 3900
E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.
9:30 a.m. - Hero's celebration at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
10:30 a.m. -Shiprek Anna Maria Island Privateers Poker Run
starts at Peggy's Corral, 4511 U.S. Highway 41 N., Palmetto. Informa-
Monday, Sept. 29
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown.
11:30a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing
at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
a program, "Landscaping with Native Plants, Trees and Shrubs" with
Tom Heitzman of the Florida Native Plant Society, at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:
Wednesday, Oct. 1
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
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caught this 36-inch
snook off the dock at
the Titsworth home
on Tampa Bay in
Holmes Beach one
night last week. They
released it shortly
after the picture was
taken. They were
fishing for shark
when the whopper
snook picked up
their bait - a chunk
of mullet - from
the bottom. Islander
Photo: Judy Tits-
to 25 inches on one trip, plus lots of small trout and
a few keepers.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are
also welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news @islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
luncheon with guest speaker Christine Jennings, Democratic congres-
sional candidate, at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bra-
denton Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies; limited seating.
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horse-
shoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the
public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.
* Oct. 3, "Speed Racer" film at the Anna Maria Island Com-
* Oct. 4, Bay Wise kayak tour departs from Palma Sola Bay.
* Oct. 5, skim board competition at the BeachHouse Restau-
* Oct. 6, deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election.
* Oct. 8, Yom Kippur begins.
Save the date
* Oct. 18, Island Bayfest, Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
* Oct. 25, Anna Maria Elementary School costume parade and
* Oct. 31, Trail of Treats.
* Nov. 1, Sarasota Blues Festival, www.sarasotabluesfest.
* Nov. 2, Anna Maria Elementary 1950s student reunion
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By Rick Catlin
New jeweler to open
The grand opening of Bridge Street
Jewelers on historic Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach will be held at 10
a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2., said owners
Brad and Kersandra Smith.
Brad Smith, a professional jew-
eler and gemologist with more than
20 years experience in the industry, is
introducing a custom-designed "Anna
Maria Island bracelet" for customers.
"This will remind visitors of their
visit to paradise for years to come,"
As a full-service jeweler, Brad
offers wholesale pricing to the public.
With suppliers from around the world
and the ability to make custom jewelry
in-house, a customer can dream of a
piece of jewelry and Brad can make it.
After developing an impeccable
reputation in Pennsylvania, Brad said
he hopes to "create the same relation-
ship with this community for many
years to come."
In addition to jewelry, Bridge
Street Jewelers will have framed
art work from such artists as Robert
Wyland and Jim Warren on display.
For more information, call
Duffy gals return
Duffy's Tavern at 5808 Marina
Drive in Holmes Beach will reopen
Wednesday, Sept. 24, following its
Rob Roberts has returned to Anna Maria Island after about five years of travel
and will begin entertaining in the Red Room at the Jolly Roger/Ooh La La!
Bistro this week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Rob has "cooked up"
some favorite oldies to entertain old and new friends who he suggests drop in
for happy hour.
annual closure for vacation. Holmes
Beach City Commissioner Pay Geyer
and husband Ed own Duffy's and their
family members - all daughters - run
the daily operation.
For more information on Duffy's,
Closing for vacation
While Duffy's is reopening next
week, the Tortilla Bay Tex-Mex res-
taurant in the Island Shopping Center
in Holmes Beach will be closed for
vacation from Sept. 22 to Oct. 12, with
a reopening date of Oct. 13, owner Zoe
Iron Skillet, 7020 Cortez Road
W., Bradenton, was abruptly closed last
week and, although no one was avail-
able for comment, persons who fre-
quented the restaurant said the owners
were having financial difficulties.
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus in
the Anna Maria Island Centre shopping
center at 3246 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach, will celebrate Oktoberfest with
customers with special menus and
Oktoberfest beer. On Friday and Sat-
urday nights only, the menu includes
"oven-fresh Bavarian Haxen" and
duckly," but reservations are requested
a day in advance.
Chef Brigitte and husband
Wolfgang (found most nights
behind the bar) Jahn enjoy sharing
their German heritage and cuisine,
especially for this fall celebra-
Contact them for reservations at
And at the north end of the Island,
The Waterfront Restaurant will be
celebrating Roguetoberfest Oct. 2
with a selection of Rogue Ales from
the Oregon Brewing Company. From
5 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a beer
tasting in the "beirgarten," formerly
the courtyard, and Chef Bill Shafer is
expected to provide some accompany-
ing tasty fare for the event.
Mattison's Riverside restaurant in
downtown Bradenton will celebrate Okto-
berfest with a traditional Bavarian feast
starting at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27.
Guest chef Hans Hoeussler will be
in charge of preparing the dinner, and the
event promises a large amount of German
beer and live music and dancing.
Seating is limited and reser-
vations may be made by calling
Senior real estate specialist Geri
Kenyon will host a free seminar on
real estate transactions and light lunch
in the seniors market at Freedom Vil-
lage, 6406 21st Ave. W. from noon to
2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.
For more information and reserva-
tions, call 941-798-8122.
Wagner Realty, with offices on
Longboat Key and at 1801 Gulf Drive
N. in Bradenton Beach, has named Rae
Hayo as its top residential listing agent
for August at its Anna Maria Island
office. Penny Wray took home the resi-
dential sales award at the Island office.
Dee Burke garnered the top resi-
dential listing award at Wagner's
Longboat Key branch office, while
Cathy Meldahl won the sales award at
For more information on Wagner
Realty, call 941-778-0000.
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12 Sorority chapter
17 Leader of a flock
18 Do away with
19 Spreader of
21 Singer who said
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25 Native tongue of
26 Bow to
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28 Ear part
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64 Cry at sea
66 Cancun resident,
68 Farm call
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things go bad
82 Boils down
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92 The "A" of
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7 Equips with new
8 Small African
9 It's darn likely
10 "My, my, old
11 Dusk, to Donne
12 Unlikely event
13 MADD member
14 Foe of Spider-
15 Like some
16 Coffee table
19 Mustang rivals
20 Gene who sang
"Back in the
21 Cause of many
27 Members of the
30 Biker's add-on
32 Early Chinese
33 Admit defeat, in
36 Polite disclaimer
37 ABC a.m. show,
38 Last resort in
41 Doesn't waver
42 Euripides drama
46 Bottle opener's
47 Vegas openings?
48 Untangles, in a
49 Cyberball maker
50 Pop singer who
appeared in the
51 It's called in a
53 Campaigns for
54 "Quite possibly"
56 Singles and
59 Sub with
60 White wine from
62 W., e.g.: Abbr.
67 Lords and ladies
73 Is past?
75 Scrape (out)
77 Like some
79 Sask. neighbor
80 Drinks in frosted
82 Hit Sony product
83 Model after
85 Design feature
of many a
86 Lookout, maybe
87 "OMG, that's
88 Kind of bar
89 Squared away
90 First name in
92 Now, in Nogales
93 Wages, before
97 Beer serving in a
102 U.S. gas chain
105 Part of a horse's
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THE ISLANDER U SEPT. 24, 2008 E 21
Team spirit lifts soccer kickoff at Center
By Kevin Cassidy
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20, proved
to be a nice warm up for players, coaches and team
supporters in the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter's 2008 fall recreational soccer league.
After practicing against each other, soccer teams
got a chance to see where they stand in their prepara-
tions for the season. Coaches surely had questions
answered about trying a particular player at one posi-
tion or another and perhaps received surprise perfor-
mances from some players.
Fans and supporters were certainly on their game.
Fans were resplendent in team colors, flashing signs
and wearing wild wigs. All that was missing to give
it a Sunday English Premier League feel, was fans
singing songs supporting their teams. The challenge
now for team supporters is to bring their enthusiasm
to each and every game.
The season gets started for real on Sept. 22. Look
for the schedules and game results in the Islander.
Results from the exhibition games played on Sept.
Lapensee Plumbing received one goal apiece
from Jerry Meyer and Danny Krokroskia in their 2-0
shutout victory over Harcon Corp. in Premier Divi-
Daniel Pimental scored a pair of goals for West
Coast Air Conditioning while teammates Jack Tits-
worth and Chandler Hardy each scored one goal to
lead WCAC 4-0 past Harcon Corp. in Premier Divi-
Vanessa Parkin scored two goals and Macken-
zie Kosfeld added one goal to lead Lapensee Plumb-
ing past Wash Family Construction by a 3-1 score
in another Premier Division game. Julian Botero
notched one goal to lead Wash Family Construction
in the loss.
WCAC cooled off Wash Family Construction
by a 7-2 score in Premier Division action. Trevor
Bystrom notched a hat trick, while teammates Chan-
dler Hardy and Daniel Pimental each scored two
goals in the route.
Wash Family Construction was led by two goals
from Chris Callahan in the loss.
Ross Built defeated Division I foe Island Real
Estate 3-1 behind a pair of goals from Jake Ross and
one goal from brother Andrew. IRE was led by Blaine
Jenefsky's lone goal in the loss.
Emma Terry scored the lone goal of the match as
Mike Norman Realty edged Autoway Ford 1-0 for a
shutout victory in Division I.
Anna Maria Elementary School second-grader
Sela Zaccagnino gets the hang of sounding the
horn of the city of Bradenton Beach's recycling
truck at the Parent-Teacher Organization spon-
sored "Touch a Truck" show. Islander Photos:
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Autoway Ford edged IRE by one goal for a 4-3
finish in Division I action behind a hat trick from
Josh Zawistoski. Natasha Nieckoski added one goal
for the winners.
Blaine Jenefsky had a hat trick of his own to lead
Island Real Estate in the loss.
And Mr. Bones defeated Sparks Steel Art 4-1 in
Division II action behind a pair of goals from Michael
Latimer and single goals from Ellie Liebe and Ben
Connors. Jacob Talucci led Sparks with one goal in
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played an
18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome golf game on
Sept. 17. The team of Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante,
John Heiselman and Earl Huntzinger carded a
9-under-par 119 to edge the second-place team of
Bob Jorgensen, John Ledford, Paul Keyes and John
Driscoll by one shot.
The men teed it up on Sept. 15 for a nine-hole,
individual-low-net game won by Fred Meyer and Rich-
ard Westby, who both fired a 1-under-par 31. Second
place went to Dick Grimme, Bob Jorgensen and Ralph
Bassett, who each fired a 1-over 33. Bob Kral, Jim
Dunne and Larry Fowler tied for third with 34s.
The Key Royale Club women had the course
to themselves on Sept. 16 and played individual-
low-net and throw-out-the-worst-three-holes game.
First-flight winner in the low-net game was Lois Biel
with a 1-over 33, followed by Tootie Wagner with a
36. Third place was shared by Roswitha Fowler and
Joyce Reith with matching 38s.
Second-flight winner was Sylvia Price with a 35,
Sierra Walther, an AME first-grader, digs into the
fun at the PTO's Sept. 16 "Touch a Truck" night.
LaPensee Plumbling's backhoe drew a lot of atten-
tion from students, most of whom had no trouble
operating the horn.
roskia battle for
the ball during
soccer action at
the Anna Maria
while Lorraine Towne, Nancy Grimme and Jeanette
Cashman each carded 39s to tie for second.
The game of the day was won by Tootie Wagner,
who, after throwing out her three worst holes, fin-
ished with a 22. Nancy Grimme had honors in the
second flight with a 31.
The women teamed up with the men on Sept. 12
for a best-ball-of-foursome game. Jane Winegarden,
Joyce Brown, Web Cutting and Jeanette Cashman
fired a 6-under-par 26 to finish four shots ahead of
two teams. Dorothy McKinna, Jim Finn, Jerry Brown
and John Driscoll matched the 30 carded by Frankie
Smith-Williams, Earl Huntzinger, Don Ledford and
Paulette Proxy to take second place.
The champions of the horseshoe action at the
Anna Maria City Hall pits finished off their oppo-
nents early during competition last week. Debbie and
Tom Rhodes emerged with the day's only undefeated
3-0 record on Sept. 17 to win outright bri' i i,'hlt
Jay Disbrow, playing as the walker, jumped out to an
early 18-8 lead only to watch as John Johnson and
Steve Grossman battled back to tie the score at 20-20.
Disbrow then threw a four-pointer to win the match
and take second place for the day.
The Sept. 13 games also saw the champs take an
early seat by virtue of undefeated pool-play record.
This time it was the team of Tom Rhodes and George
McKay that forged a 3-0 record. Second place went
to the team of Debbie Rhodes and Gary Howcroft,
thanks to a 23-16 victory over Jay Disbrow and Hank
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
League fall schedule
Date Time Teams
Instructional Division (ages 4-5)
Sept. 24 6 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Ralph's
Sept. 24 6:30 p.m. A&E vs. Bistro
Sept. 25 6:30 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Panoramic
Sept. 29 6:30 p.m. Surf Shop vs. A&E
Sept. 30 6:30 p.m. Ralph's vs. Bistro
Division III (ages 6-7)
Sept. 24 7 p.m. AM Glass vs. Oyster Bar
Sept. 25 7 p.m. Sand Bar vs. Sand Dollar
Sept. 29 7 p.m. Jessie's vs. AM Glass
Sept. 30 7 p.m. Sand Dollar vs. Oyster Bar
Division II (ages 8-9)
Sept. 26 6 p.m. Bones vs. Coastal Ortho.
Sept. 30 6:30 p.m. Bones vs. Sparks
Division I (ages 10-11)
Sept. 24 6 p.m. Ross vs. Norman
Sept. 25 6 p.m. IRE vs. Autoway
Sept. 26 7 p.m. Ross vs. IRE
Sept. 29 6:30 p.m. Ross vs. Autoway
Sept. 30 7:30 p.m. Norman vs. IRE
Premier Division (ages 12-15)
Sept. 24 7 p.m. Lapensee vs. Harcon
Sept. 25 7 p.m. WCAC vs. Wash
Sept. 29 7:30 p.m. WCAC vs. Lapensee
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$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View
and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursdays, 9 a.m.- noon Saturdays.
Always clothing sales. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
BEFORE THE BRIDGE closes rummage sale: 9
a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Jewelry, clothing,
Christmas items, white elephant. Food available.
St. Bernard's activity center. 248 S. Harbor Drive,
TRIPLEX SOLD: CONTENTS must go. 9 a.m. - 1
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27. Furniture,
tools, housewares. 102 Magnolia, Anna Maria.
LOST: MAN'S BLACK wallet. Lost in Holmes
Beach laundromat area. Call 941-518-0400.
SAILBOAT RUDDER LOST from boat at 73rd
Street, T-end canal. Holmes Beach. Reward. Call
FOUND: SEIKO WATCH in surf. Call Chris to
ENTERTAINMENT: CORPORATE, GOLF and
private parties. 781-367-0339, www.bbrodney.
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
FOR SALE: 1991 F-350 bucket truck. Excellent
condition. $6,000 or best offer. 863-528-7296.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: small sailboat rental
and instruction. Day, week, month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian,
TWO KAYAKS FOR sale: each 9.5 feet, used three
times. $150/each, firm. Call 941-779-2801.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours,
rotten pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront
Restaurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or
BABYSITTER NEEDED: BEFORE and after
school two days a week. 6:15 a.m.- 8 a.m.
and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Drop off and pick up from
school necessary. Holmes Beach. Call Jayne,
HIRING SALES REP: Vast territory, excellent
income potential. Ad experience helpful. Com-
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NAIL TECH OR massage therapist room avail-
able for rent. 941-713-5244 to view.
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on strate-
gic Longboat corner. Many business uses possi-
ble: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant, etc.
$1,300,000. Longview Realty: 941-383-6112.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kend-
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Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CHECK OUT OUR new Manatee Shoppers
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NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
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Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.
CAREGIVER: COMPASSION FOR quality of
life, nutritional meals, experienced, adaptable to
needs. Local references. 941-755-5948.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
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vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete
computer solutions for business and home.
Installation, repairs, upgrades, networking,
Web services, wireless services. Richard Arda-
bell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of grate-
ful, happy customers. Rentals our specialty.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
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Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
ESP CLEANING: PROFESSIONAL cleaning
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SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor
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grocery, doctor's appointments. Call Terry,
GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: $995 installed,
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STORM COVERS FROM $99.50, also windows,
doors, inserts, parts, service, repair, panel bud-
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Professional installation available. Metro Home
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CAREGIVER/COMPANION: Reliable, trust-
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household care, errands and appoint-
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HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Monday through
Friday. Excellent references. 941-539-6891.
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
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ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37-years experience.
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and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
DO YOU NEED plans and estimates for your
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She's very loving,
adoption fee. Call
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Manatee Humane Society, 941-747-8808.
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PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private
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Specializing in sport-specific training, improv-
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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, mulch-
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Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
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NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experi-
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service land-
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Island experience. Licensed and insured. Call
Allen anytime. Cell 941-224-8569.
CRUSHED WASHED SHELL delivered and
spread, For all your hauling needs, call David
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-778-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
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top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at
941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
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Island references. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
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Now certifying back flow at water meters.
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TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
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GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
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cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
TILE AND MARBLE Installation: Many Island
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Steve Allen Floor Coverings. 941-726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
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941-400-5384 for a free estimate good for one
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EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR:
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decks, remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair
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GABBARD MASONRY WILL help you improve
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RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
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BRADENTON BEACH BRAND new duplex,
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granite kitchen, marble baths, office, eight-per-
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and Intracoastal. Turnkey furnished, absolutely
pristine, no pets, $2,200/month annually with
option to buy. Call Lisa, 860-601-3838.
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT. Dock, fur-
nished. $1,750/month, $800/week. $125/night
includes utilities. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.
WATERFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA, boat
dock, fireplace, pool, $1,200/month, annual.
ONE BEDROOM, SECOND-story, extra room,
updated, gorgeous. Balcony, half block to the
beach. $875/month. 941-746-8666.
FANTASTIC FULLY-FURNISHED 2BR/2BA
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Tampa bay on Anna Maria Island. Available for
season. Call 818-620-3543.
MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA fully furnished,
lanai, sea/beach view, garage, laundry, tennis,
heated pool. January-April. 423-884-2598.
SEASONAL ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA. Avail-
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ANNUAL EFFICIENCY APARTMENT. Kitchen/
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ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
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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
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 or 585-473-9361.
ANNUAL 2BR/2.5BA KEY Royale canalfront
with one-car garage, $1,400/month. One bed-
room with sunroom, Gulffront complex, two
pools, $950/month. Call Sue at An Island Place
ISLAND VACATION RENTAL: Canalfront,
3BR/2BA fully furnished with pool/spa. $1,300/
week or $4,500/month. Call now for holiday
PEBBLE SPRINGS 3BR/2BA first-floor condo,
furnished or unfurnished, renovated, neutral
colors, pool, tennis. Annual, $1,100/month, Sea-
sonal, $1,600/month. Water and cable included.
813-368-7383. See us at www.macalusoprop-
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA duplex, Holmes
Beach. Short walk to beach. $900/month plus
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. Elevated
duplex, 63rd Street, 3BR/2BA, recently updated,
walk to beach. very large garage. $1,450/month.
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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.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
ANNUAL: 3/2, like new, 10 min. to beach. $1,100+1last�Sec.
ANNUAL: 3/2 Canalfront, Pool. $1,700/mo Ist,last, sec
HOLMES BEACH- 778-0807
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ADORABLE, ground level 2 BR/1.5 BA cottage located
just 1 short block to the beach. Lot is zoned duplex.
GORGEOUS POOL HOME close to the beach. 2/2
nicely furnished with great outside dining area. Take a look!
Mike Norman Realty
800-367-1617 * 941-778-6696 mC
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
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NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 2BR/2BA,
two-car garage plus den. Culdesac. Hot tub,
tile, and fireplace. Fenced-in yard, pets OK.
Washer and dryer. $1,300/month plus security.
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1 BA.
Washer and dryer on premises. Close to trol-
ley stores and half block to Gulf. $900/month,
utilities included! Call Jason at 941-778-7200
for more information.
ROOM/SHARE WANTED: Looking to share
expensive bills? Single, professional woman
coming to work in the area with two cats, well
behaved with expensive furniture. No smoking,
drinking, drugs. Starting new job in October,
need space to live and settle in new home.
Please, call 847-363-5922.
BOATERS: 3BR/2BA, two-car garage large
canalfront home. Flamingo Cay. $1,650/month.
TWO-BEDROOM LUXURY condo, steps from
the beach. Tennis, sauna, heated pool, near good
restaurant. $795/month plus tax and cleanup.
Call 863-688-3524, cell 863-608-1833.
ANNUAL FURNISHED 2BR/1BA. One block
to Gulf. Near trolley stop. $750/month. Call
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA IN Holmes Beach. Ground-
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 1BR, Anna Maria
city, near Gulf. $850/month, includes water and
sewer. $850 security. 941-778-5439.
MARINER'S COVE 3BR 2BA 2,208sf TKF condo.
Captivating full bay views, boat slip $643,401
COVERED BRIDGE 3BR 2BA 2,035sf with den/office, hi-
speed wired, lake view. 2.7 ,. $269,500
WEST BRADENTON! Price Slashed! 3BR 2BA family room,
lanai, FHA considered. 149 $138,900
WEST BRADENTON POOL HOME! 3BR/2BA 1782SF, new
roof, AC, $225,000
Laura E. McGeary PA * firstname.lastname@example.org * Call 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Offering Gulf cottages, Luxury Gulf homes, plus
near-the-beach units during bridge closure month
of October to November 15th. Rates as low as
$500/wk. Make your reservations today!
CALL FOR DETAILS!
Available sale properties priced from $429,900
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealt @verizon.net
Web site wwwianniamariareal.com
Living room, dining room, den, sun room,
washer and dryer, storage, large private yard.
$1,090/month includes yard maintenance.
HOLMES BEACH: 1 BR/1.5BA furnished 740-sf
apartment. $875/month. 941-587-1456.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2.5BA, 2,200 +/- sf
Holmes Beach home on canal. Pool, boat dock
and lift. Remodeled kitchen and bathrooms.
Garage converted to mother-in-law suite, extra
bedroom or storage. 863-698-9398.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 1BR/1BA tile floors, $700/
month. 2BR/2BA, tile floors, $725/month.
2BR/1 BA, tile floors. 3BR/2BA, tile floors, washer
and dryer hookups. No pets. Close to beach.
Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
NEEDED: ROOMMATE TO share 2BR/1BA
duplex in Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-6547.
FALL VACATION RENTALS: Perico Bay 2BR/2BA,
$1,100/month. Bay townhouse 2BR/2BA, $499
week with boat dock. Key Royale 3BR/2BA,
pool, boat dock, $799/week. Longboat Village,
2BR/1 BA, $599/week. Realtor, 941-756-1090.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2.5BA Key Royale
canalfront with garage. $1,400/month plus utili-
ties. Fresh paint, new carpet. 1BR/1BA condo,
Gulffront complex, $950/month, plus FPL. Call
An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
NORTH LONGBOAT KEY: Unfurnished ranch-
style house, 3BR/1BA on deep-water canal.
Available immediately, $1,100/month, contact
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Vic Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, fluent in 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Italian, Spanish and English (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 730-1062 Cell
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Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900
Great 2nd floor unit with views of the bay. Turnkey
furnished and ready to go. Would make a great home
or rental. Covered parking, heated pool and close to
everything. Seller will pay the first 3 months condo
fees for the buyer! $269,900
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
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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.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria
63 IDY ISLAND BLVD, BRADIIONM
3BR/2.5BA townhouse, 3,218 sf,
den, fireplace, wet bar, Italian Lube
kitchen and 24-hr guard gate.
Bsingtg PrWp0 Home Since 1939
REDUCED! Anna Maria Gulffront lot.
Build your dream home here. Walk
the sugar white sand beach, watch
the stunning sunsets, seethe dolphins
swim by. Write yournovel here! Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 941-778-2246.
nities. 3BR/2.5BA. Crown moldings
accent high ceilings and open plan.
Granite countertops and stainless-
nishings. Karen Day 941-778-2246.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS Now avail-
able several 1 or 2BR units, bayfront,
pool side and other views. Some
updated. Phone for details. Park-like
setting, beach access, tennis, pool.
On-site rentals. Priced $275,000 -
NW BRADENTON Exceptional Pine
Meadow pool residence, 3-4BR/2BA.
Separate living-dining areas, eat-in
kitchen, family room, den/office
vaulted ceilingsand outstanding caged
pool area with summer kitchen. Dave
BUILDABLE LOT on Gulf Drive across ANNA MARIA ISLAND PRIME LOT
from the beach. Guaranteed Gulfview Just one short block to pristine
across from Katie Pierola Sunset walking beach. Zoned for single-
Park. Zoned for multi-family. David family residence and lot is cleared
Eckel, 941-727-2800. #M575439. and ready for construction. Survey
$750,000. and house plan available. Dave Moyni-
han, 941-778-2246. #M5798220.
2217 GULF DR. N. * BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 * (800) 211-2323 * WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $440,000.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Free
list of foreclosed Island and mainland proper-
ties. Free list of homes with pictures or recorded
or 1-800-579-9106, ext. 1042.
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HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 4BR/4BA, large
lot, zoned R2. Remodeled, too much to list.
$675,000. Lease option, owner finance cash
offer. Water view. 941-779-0420. Let's deal!
SINGER ISLAND FLORIDA: 2BR/2BA ocean-
front condo. Pool, tennis, fitness. $450,000. Pos-
sible owner finance. 941-779-0420.
DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000.941-730-2606.
Terry Hayes, Realtor�
Exquisite bay views, docklift and lagoon-style podol
highlight this spacious 4BR/3BA home with additional
office and family room.
2312 Gulf Dr #209
2BR/2BA Gulffront top floor corner unit condo with
exquisite views, screened lanai and pool. Building is well
maintained and offers enclosed parking, private ground
floor storage and private beach access.
Ierrl/ H A Y E S
'Global market. Global connections.
941.308.6494 � email@example.com
3203 LGult Dr
Adorable 2BR/2BA beach cottage just steps to the
Gulf of Mexico and beautifully finished and furnished.
Rooftop patio for views and pool. Rental program
returns $42,000 for 2008.
12306 Baypointe Terrace
Protected deeded boat slip in gated community just
minutes to beach. 3BR/35BA pool home.
1700 Gulf Dr 6404 Gulf Dr
FULL Gulf views from this 3BR/2BA top floor comer Gulffront 3BR/3BA luxury condo, windows on four
unit with unique contemporary flair. Newer building sides,exquisite finishes and designer furnishings.Gated
with pod and enclosed garage. complex with pod.
105 81st St
Adorable beach house second in from Gulf.
798 N Shore
Beach house with Gulf views and beach across street.
3BR/2BA up and I BR apartment down. Good rental
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Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
2319 Avenue C
Best Buy! (make this a red flag in comrner)Views of the Gulf from this two-unit building
with each condo offering 3BR/2BA open plan with high end finishes like 9.5-foot ceilings,
granite, and wood cabinetry. Master suite with spa bath and terrace. Each unit has private
garage, elevator and ground floor bonus areas.
Top $509,000, Lower $499,000
28 0 SEPT. 24, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
QW8A 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.
Q: 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 Caf6 Collection. These are cutting-edge designs with Neal
quality. More people are able to afford a home that is within
reach of today's budgets.
Aside from the homes themselves, the unique approach
is to offer these homes in amenitized communities that can
include recreation clubhouses, fitness centers, community pools
and spas, gated entrances, walking and biking trails through
neighborhoods that have large sections where we've created
The initial Rose Cottage sold for $122,900. We couldn't
have built our new Caf6 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 Caf6 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 Caf6 Collection as
a part of the Neal Communities' extensive line of homes. We're
prepared for whatever the market cycle happens to create.
Introducing A New Member Of The Neal Communities' Family
In Prestigious Northwest Bradenton
Caf6 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.
Prie d firem $S4,9)Q
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