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VOLUME 16, NO. 47


s on Anna Maria Island Since 1992


Gloria Dei honors
public safety
officers. Page 13




Skimming

the news ...
Detour to Paradise:
An Islander calen-
dar of how to spend
your days during
the bridge closure.
Page 2, 4

Wall Street worries
reach Gulf Drive.
Page 3

Budgets approved
in Bradenton
Beach, Holmes
Beach. Page 5

Anna Maria
bayside erosion
worries property
owners. Page 8

Island promotes
green business.
Page 9

Organization, club
announcements.
Page 10-11

Those were the
days: A look at
Island history with
June Alder. Page 12

Keep Manatee
Beautiful honors
supporters, antici-
pates cleanup.
Page 15

The Islander street
map. Pages 16-17

Islander Calendar:
What to do and
when. Page 18

AME celebrates
books, birthdays.
Page 19

Streetlife: Island
police reports.
Page 20

Artist offers under-
water perspective.
Page 22

Fishers say snapper
catch phenomenal.
Page 23


Days of reckoning:


Island holds breath as


AMI bridge closed


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Island business owners and
concerned residents will spend the
next few weeks holding their col-
lective breath. Crews for contrac-
tor Quinn Construction Co. of Pal-
metto have closed the Anna Maria
Island Bridge to normal vehicle
traffic for the next 45 days.
The closure could well cause
turmoil in the economic life of
Island businesses if winter guests
fail to return, mainland visitors
decline to take day trips to Anna
Maria Island during this period,
or if the project extends beyond
the scheduled Nov. 13 completion
date.
Then again, it could well be
that William Shakespeare was
right and it's "Much ado about
nothing."
Only the next six weeks will
bring answers.
The bridge was closed to
at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 28 to allow
Quinn and its sub-contractors
unrestricted access to repair the
bridge.
Despite pleas by a number of
Island business owners, elected
officials and The Islander news-
paper for the Florida Department
of Transportation to move the clo-
sure period forward to early mid-
August and September, the DOT
stuck to its schedule.
"All we can do now is wait


and hope," said Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce president
Mary Ann Brockman.
The hope is that winter visi-
tors will return to the Island begin-
ning this month via the Cortez
Bridge, and that the bridge will
reopen as planned. The DOT has
said it chose the late September
closure date out of concern for a
possible hurricane in September.
Any delay in reopening the
bridge could interfere with the
Thanksgiving holiday, a major
influx of business for Island
accommodations, restaurants and
shops.
But Quinn Construction can
earn up to $650,000 if it com-
pletes the job on time. Likewise,
Quinn must pay a fine for every
day beyond Nov. 13 that it's work
delays opening the bridge.
DOT District No. 1 Secretary
Stan Cann in Bartow has said he
is confident that Quinn will finish
on time, or earlier, unless weather
interferes with the project.
While the AMI Bridge is
closed, the Island's only direct
connection to the Manatee County
mainland will be the Cortez
Bridge.
The DOT has widened the
southbound turn lane on Gulf
Drive at the Cortez Road intersec-
tion to accommodate increased
traffic, and Bradenton Beach
SEE BRIDGE, NEXT PAGE


Traffic flows to and from the mainland last week on the Anna Maria
Island Bridge. On Monday, Sept. 29, the bridge closed to motorists for
up to 45 days for $10.1 million in repairs. Islander Photo: Jack Elka.


At the start: State Rep. Bill Galvano, Florida Department of Trans-
portation Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos and DOT District 1 Secre-
tary Stanley Cann tour the Anna Maria Island Bridge in January, just
before the 400-day bridge rehab began. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


Humpback bridge closed

indefinitely in Anna Maria


With sunrise Sept. 29, workers arrived to the Anna Maria Island
Bridge on Manatee Avenue to block motorists from the roadway
approach and bridge for 45 days of repairs. "Road closed" signs
and a patrol officer with the Holmes Beach Police Department
directed motorists away from the bridge. Other law enforcement
was scheduled to assist motorists at three other intersections;
Gulf Drive at Cortez Road, Cortez at 75th Street and 75th Street
at Manatee Avenue from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the first week of
closure. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commission-
ers at the Sept. 23 budget hearing
learned from public works direc-
tor George McKay that during
repairs to the humpback bridge
on North Bay Boulevard, a safety
issue came to light. Slabs on the
north approach need repairs that
might cost the city about $8,200,
he said.
But that figure is only a "best
guess," McKay said.


The bridge was to close from
Sept. 22 to Sept. 25 for the repairs,
but McKay said he decided to
keep the bridge closed after Sept.
25 while engineers determine the
cause of the problem.
"I'm not going to reopen the
bridge until we come up with a
cure," he said.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick
expressed concern about the bridge,
noting that the city had paid for
resurfacing several years ago, only
SEE HUMPBACK, PAGE 2


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Bridge closure begins on island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
police will be available for traffic control. For the
first seven days of the closure, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
law enforcement will be at four major detour inter-
sections, Gulf at Cortez, Cortez at 75th Street, 75th
Street at Manatee Avenue, and East Bay Drive at
Manatee Avenue.
"Our hope is that our winter visitors will come
to the Island and stay on the Island while the bridge
is being fixed," Brockman said.
According to several accommodation owners,
advance reservations for October and November
are strong, with some properties ahead of last year's
pace.
Winter visitors are still planning to return to the
Island in October, said Tom Buehler of Haley's Motel
in Holmes Beach.
"If the bridge reopens on schedule, we should be
OK," Brockman predicted.
For the latest information on the rehabilitation
project, go on the Web to www.islander.org. and click
on "community links." People without Internet access
can call 941-792-0369.


AM humpback bridge closed
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
to find out in August that the adhesive material used
was ineffective and further repairs were needed. Now,
commissioners learned, there's a safety problem with
the bridge that's going to cost the city more money.
McKay said he would know more about the prob-
lem and hoped to provide a better cost estimate for
commissioners at their next meeting after discussing
the issue with the engineers working on the bridge. Tom
Wilcox of HDR is the city's consulting engineer.
Without a more exact estimate, commissioners agreed
to take a wait-and-see approach, but to leave the 2008-09
budget untouched and to take any funds needed to repair
the bridge from the budget's contingency fund.


This way to Anna Maria Island


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Islander staff invites you to join us on a
Detour to Paradise as we ride out the closure of the
Anna Maria Island Bridge through Nov. 13.
The bridge is closed. Traffic, depending on the
hour, may be slow-moving on and off the other
bridges at Cortez Road and Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach and on Gulf Drive to Longboat Key.
But hey, this is an Island on the Gulf of Mexico,
a place of good vibes and good times.
So, during the shutdown, put yourself on Island-
time. Relax. Don't worry. Be happy.

Oct. 1 - Oct. 7
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Digest some politics at lunch.
Catch the trolley and catch Democratic candidate
Christine Jennings talking with members of the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce over lunch at
the Sun House Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. in Bradenton
Beach.
Thursday, Oct. 2: Does a traffic jam make you
think of city living? Say, sweet old home Chicago?
Pull over and indulge in an authentic Chicago-style
hot dog - even the celery salt and sweet pickle relish
- at Ginny's and Jane's at the Old IGA in Anna
Maria.
Friday, Oct. 3: Celebrate Oktoberfest with
German food in an Island setting. The special
on Friday nights at Old Hamburg in Holmes
Beach is Bavarian haxen. Be sure to call a day in
advance.
Saturday, Oct. 4: Shop for fresh produce at the
Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. and stop nearby for the Island's version
of a major golf tournament - the first annual Fish
Hole Miniature Golf Tournament - beginning at 10
a.m.


Also, from noon to 7 p.m., Concert in the Park
takes place at the Holmes Beach City Park, 5801
Marina Drive, featuring KoKo Ray and the Soul
Providers, the Dr. Dave Band, the Billy Rice Band,
Yesterdayze and Eric von Hahmann.
Sunday, Oct. 5: Rise and shine - and maybe get
splashed - with the annual Skimboard Bash, held in
the Gulf of Mexico near the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Monday, Oct. 6: Start and end the day right.
Catch the sunrise from Bayfront Park in Anna Maria
and the sunset from Katie Pierola Park in Bradenton
Beach.
Tuesday, Oct. 7: Test your peddle power.
How long does it take to bicycle the length of the
Island?
For a complete listing of events this week, turn
to The Islander calendar.


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Wall Street worries reach Gulf Drive


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The financial crisis that has rocked Wall Street
and Pennsylvania Avenue is reaching Main Streets
across America - and Gulf Drive in Anna Maria.
Anna Maria city commissioners agreed by con-
sensus Sept. 25 that with the volatility in the U.S.
financial market, the city must proceed cautiously
with spending for stormwater improvements.
With the turmoil over collapsing companies, a
big bailout and worries of recession, Anna Maria offi-
cials focused on concerns about a $1 million line of
credit sought for stormwater improvement projects
until grants and fees come in to cover costs.
City treasurer Diane Percycoe informed com-
missioners on Sept. 23, during a hearing on the city's
2008-09 budget, that the Florida Local Government
Finance Program line of credit through the Florida
League of Cities/Florida Association of Counties will
not be immediately funded due to the financial crisis.
Percycoe said that news had not changed during
a commission meeting Sept. 25 at city hall. Commis-
sioners Dale Woodland, Jo Ann Mattick and John
Quam attended the meeting, along with Mayor Fran
Barford. Commissioners Christine Tollette and Duke
Miller were absent.
"They are not issuing any new loans," Percycoe
said. "And there is pressure on existing loans.... It's
a day-to-day thing. It's fluctuating up and down....
But there is no guarantee for our loan that we are
supposed to receive."
Percycoe added her concern that interests rates
might also jump.
However, the treasurer told commissioners that
she inquired at a bank about a line of credit and
learned that the city was eligible.
"What do you want me to do?" Percycoe asked
commissioners.
The consensus from the commission was to not


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners learned the
hard facts of being at the low end of the municipal
credit market at their Sept. 23 public hearing, when
they unanimously approved a $2.2 million operating
budget for 2008-09 budget and a property tax drop
from 2.0415 to 1.7882 mills.
While the new budget and tax rate is a decline
of 12.4 percent from last year's figure, city treasurer
Diane Percycoe tempered the news of a drop in taxes
when she told commissioners that the city's $1 mil-
lion line of credit might not be funded immediately
because of the federal credit crisis.
The city has a line of credit in its new budget
to fund stormwater-improvement projects and some
money has already been drawn from the account.
Percycoe said the Florida League of Cities
and the Florida Association of Counties, where
the city obtained its credit line, has problems
that are "causing a delay in the city receiving
the funds."
"The demand for commercial paper is small,"
especially from a city that wants just $1 million, she
said. The situation is "volatile," and much depends
upon the federal government acting %% ifll\ t, , resolve
the crisis.
She promised to provide the commission with
more information at its Sept. 25 meeting. (See sepa-
rate story this page.)
"Hopefully things will calm down soon," she
said.
"We are just one of many cities with this prob-
lem," said Mayor Fran Barford.
Aside from discussion of the line-of-credit issue,
commissioners moved swiftly to approve the $2.2
million budget that lowers the ad valorem tax rate to
1.7882 mills.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said the city


seek a bank loan, but instead watch how the process
unfolds and have the city borrow from itself if neces-
sary.
"We would look at our own general reserve
fund," Woodland said. "It's basically a short-term
basis.... We don't have an emergency. I would be
inclined to borrow from ourselves. Just treat it like a
loan."
Woodland also said the city should review phase
two of the stormwater project in light of the money
situation.
"That's what we're looking at now," Barford
said.
In other business Sept. 25, city commissioners:
* Discussed beach renourishment and the protec-
tion of property owners on the bay side. (See separate
story.)
* Held a first reading on an ordinance that would
exempt some seniors from paying the recently
approved stormwater utility fee.
The exemption would go to property owners who
have qualified for the Low-Income Senior Additional
Homestead Exemption for people over 65.
Voters in November 1998 approved the additional
homestead exemption as an amendment to the Florida
Constitution. The amendment authorized the Legisla-
ture to pass a law allowing counties and municipali-
ties to grant an additional homestead exemption to
low-income people who are at least 65 and whose
total household adjusted gross income falls beneath
defined limits
Woodland had suggested adopting an exemption
for low-income seniors during a meeting in August.
Percycoe said 14 property owners would qualify
this year.
Chairman Quam asked, "This will be monitored
every year?"
Percycoe replied, "Yes, we'll be in contact with
the property appraiser."


staff had done a great job in preparing a budget
using a new method of budgeting. "This is the best
budget, something you should be proud of," he said
to the staff.
"I really like it that everyone involved knew
where they were going with the budget," Woodland
added.
And it appeared that members of the public also
approved the budget. No city residents attended the
hearing and two commissioners - Duke Miller and
Christine Tollette - were absent.
While the operating budget is $2.2 million, the
total budget is $3.9 million, including the delayed $1
million line of credit. The city also has $764,000 in
grant money in the budget.
The 2008-09 operating budget of $2.2 million
is down 6 percent from the $2.24 million needed
to run the city in fiscal year 2007-08. The contin-
gency fund will have about $58,000, while the city's
reserve fund will maintain 38 percent of revenues,
Percycoe said.

Rollback rate
The new millage rate of 1.7882 mills represents
a 12.4 percent drop from the rollback rate of 2.0415
mills. Taxing authorities are required by state law to
begin their budget with a rollback of the millage rate
to a rate that will generate the same revenue as in the
previous year.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value
of property, less any exemptions. The rate can be
lowered through the adoption of the budget at public
hearings on the spending plan, but once the commis-
sion establishes a tentative rate, it cannot be raised
by the commission.
For a house valued at $525,000 in the city of
Anna Maria, with a $25,000 homestead exemp-
tion, the property tax bill from the city would be
$894.10.


A second reading will take place Oct. 23.
* Approved on a second reading an ordinance
amending site-plan procedures.
The approval was scheduled for a previous meet-
ing, but commissioners asked the city attorney to
make some revisions, which he said were incorpo-
rated into the document approved last week.
After the vote, Woodland said the commission
approved a good document but "don't be surprised
if it gets changed again and again and again."
* Congratulated Percycoe, who is one of five
finalists for a professional award to be decided later
this year.
"Who could not recognize her?" Barford said
with praise.
* Heard from the mayor that a leak in the water-
line improvements on Gulf Drive continues to be a
problem, but once the leak is fixed the project will
be completed.
"We're working on that," Barford said. "And as
soon as it is resolved, we'll pave."
Barford added that work also continues on the
humpback bridge on North Bay Boulevard.
* Accepted the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
substation report detailing activity from Aug. 19-Sept.
15, including six misdemeanor arrests, three felony
arrests, 21 traffic citations, 13 written warnings, 44
parking citations, 407 building checks and 4,575
miles driven in patrolling the city.
* Accepted the code enforcement department
report on activity from Aug. 27-Sept. 24, including
62 inspections or re-inspections, reviewing 29 new
complaints and issuing three violation notices.


Anna Maria City
* Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
meeting.
" 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-
ing.
* 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,
941-708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
* Oct. 2, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
* 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
comp plan.
* Oct. 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
* Oct. 1, 5 p.m., city parks and beautification
committee meeting.
* Oct. 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement board
meeting.
* Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Of Interest
* Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting. Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, 941-708-5800.
* 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.

Please send meeting notices to lisaneff@
islander.org.


Credit crisis could affect


Anna Maria City 2008-09 budget





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Two-wheelin' to Turkey Day: early resolution


By Lisa Neff
Islander Opinion
I fell into fall without a resolution.
I came to Anna Maria Island from Chicago, a
place with four obvious seasons - cold, real cold,
sometimes cold and cool - and I often marked the
arrival of each new season with a resolution for self-
improvement.
Here in Florida, without keeping close watch on
a calendar, marking the change of seasons becomes
difficult - it isn't as if with the arrival of fall on Sept.
22 we switched to a heavier cotton blend in our shorts
and T-shirts.
So, I'm post-dating a resolution for the fall and
committing to spending more time on two wheels,
bicycling to and from assignments and obligations,
bicycling to take care of tasks and chores, bicycling
to enjoy the sunshine and salt air.
I could make an argument that this resolution is
intended to take my car off the road and help other
motorists through the 45-day closure of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge for repairs. The contractor with the Flor-
ida Department of Transportation took the bridge out
of service to regular vehicle traffic on Sept. 29 and the
plan is to keep the bridge out of service until Nov. 13.
But truthfully, this resolution is intended to take
my car off the road and help me through the 45-day
closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
My plan is to pedal past the car-bound on the
outside lane that's by law reserved for me and other
two-wheeling enthusiasts. I'll wave to those I rec-
ognize and try not to smirk. I'll nod to the trolley
drivers, who logically should be transporting much
higher numbers of passengers over the next month
compared to last month and the month before.
My payoff for pedaling over motoring?
I'll save some change on gas, avoid traffic, put
recreation into my day, maybe save time and even
help to curb pollution. If everyone who lived within
five miles of work left his or her car at home just one
day a week, nearly 5 million tons of global warming
pollution would be saved every year, according to the
Environmental Defense Fund.
I became a bicycling enthusiast in 1980 and I'll
admit that "Breaking Away" - that heartwarming
1979 film about an Indiana teen obsessed with an
Italian cycling team - had something to do with my
taking up the sport.


The writer on a not-so-scenic leg of the Bike Across the Magnificent Miles of Illinois trip in 1982. Islander


Photo: Mary Neff

I'd been a "Rocky" fanatic, but realized fairly
quickly and still at a young age that I would never
become a heavyweight prizefighter.
Then I saw "Breaking Away," and while I knew
I couldn't aspire to becoming a southpaw boxer from
Philly, I could race my bike on the hilly highways of
the Midwest.
I started to ride my Raleigh road bike to work
after school. I started to ride long distances on week-
ends, building from 10 miles to 25 miles, from 40
miles to 65 miles. I took part in Bike Across the Mag-
nificent Miles of Illinois - a multi-day trek over
many miles in the Land of Lincoln. And I became a
cyclist.
To ride was not exercise, not work. It was thrill-
ing to race on the straightaway, to coast down a hill,
to ride the wind into a turn.
Over the years, through college and newspaper
jobs with long hours and little free time, bicycling
became work. I didn't bike because of the weather,


because I didn't want to lug my bike from my sec-
ond-floor apartment, because I didn't have enough
time between appointments. I didn't ride because I
didn't want my ride stolen. I didn't ride because my
bike, after too many potholes and rocks and curbs,
had become clunky.
The Raleigh is long gone. So is the pretty but
oh-so-delicate Peugeot that replaced the Raleigh.
I now have a purple, battered beach-cruiser bike
purchased at a yard sale in Bradenton. I can't hit
high speeds on my Murray, but I still sense the thrill
of the ride. And I expect that with my new resolve,
after 45 days of pedaling, I'll be a cyclist again -
and I'll keep on riding, through Thanksgiving, into
December and on to another seasonal resolution.

Lisa Neff reports on Bradenton Beach, Holmes
Beach and environmental issues for The Islander.
',h.i...- how you're coping with the bridge closure.
Write to lisaneff@islander.org.


Island hosts scavenger hunt during bridge closure


An Islandwide scavenger hunt will highlight
the Bridging the Gap series, a collection of events
coordinated by local businesses and organizations to
promote Anna Maria Island during the 45-day closure
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
The bridge on Manatee Avenue closed to regular
vehicle traffic on Sept. 29.
A highlight of Bridging the Gap, the result of a
series of meetings mostly at Ginny's and Jane E's at
the Old IGA in Anna Maria, is a scavenger hunt that
involves $1,500 in prizes.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11, according to organizer Caryn
Hodge of the Chiles Restaurants Group.
Registration - participation will cost $5 per team
-will take place at the Chiles' Sandbar Restaurant
parking lot at Gulf Drive and Magnolia Avenue in Anna


Maria from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the day of the event, tournament, an outdoor concert at the Anna Maria
Participants will then head out in teams, making Island Community Center, an art walk, a crafts fes-
use of the trolley, to collect items required to com- tival and a neighborhood market.
plete the hunt. For more information, call Hodge at
Other Bridging the Gap events include a fishing 941-713-3105.



Drive-time tracks sought for traffic delays


Spending more time in the auto these days
with the closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
and a detour to Cortez Road?
The Islander invites you to share your favor-
ite drive-time tunes. Give us a list with 10 tracks
you think other motorists should download from
iTunes, load up on iPods or burn to a disc.
Here is Islander reporter Lisa Neff's music
for a Friday morning traffic jam:
1. "Crosstown Traffic" by Jimi Hendrix.
2. IIlgh,,y to Hell," ACDC.
3. "Drive My Car," the Beatles.
4. "Take it Easy," the Eagles.
5. "Low Rider," War.
6. "Me and Bobby McGee," Janice Joplin.
7. "Slow Ride," Foghat.
8. "Ramble On," Led Zeppelin.
9. "Ramblin' Man," the Allman Brothers.
10. "Born to be Wild," Steppenwolf.
Send your list of 10 tracks to The Islander via
e-mail to news@islander.org, or via mail to 5404


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New fiscal year arrives in Bradenton Beach


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Oct. 1 starts a new year in Florida, with munici-
palities operating under new 2008-09 budgets.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners adopted a
new budget Sept. 24, as well as set the city's tax rate
at 2.1539 mills.
Holmes Beach and Anna Maria city commissions


also adopted new budgets last week.
The Bradenton Beach votes took place in less
than 15 minutes at city hall, with Commissioners
John Chappie, Janie Robertson, Bob Connors and
John Shaughnessy in attendance, and Mayor Michael
Pierce absent.
City Clerk Nora Idso and press attended, but no
members of the public spoke during the hearings on


Holmes Beach approves new budget


Holmes Beach city commissioners unanimously
approved a 2008-09 budget of $4.325 million at their
Sept. 23 public hearing on the budget, a decline of
12.7 percent from last year's budget, city treasurer


Donor account for Welch
granddaughter
With the sudden passing of their son, Curtis,
on Sept. 18, Anna Maria building official Bob
Welch and wife Monica have established a fund
to benefit their granddaughter, 6-year-old Gwen
Welch.
A statement from the Welch family said it
"has decided that this would be the most fitting
memorial for our son."
People wishing to make a donation may
contact a family member, or deposit the funds
at any Bank of America branch in Florida. The
account number is 2290-0150-1120.
"Thank you for your kind words and heart-
felt sympathy during this very difficult time,"
said a statement from the Welch family.
Curtis Welch was 29.


Rick Ashley said.
The city's ad valorem millage rate for the coming
tax year will be 1.5989, down from 1.8315.
Including reserves and carryovers, the total city
budget is $8.127 million.
Ashley said revenues are down in the current
budget because of a corresponding decline in prop-
erty values.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he had "many
compliments to the staff" for their hard work and
preparation of the budget.
The new rate of 1.5989 mills represents a 12.7
percent decrease from the rollback rate of 1.8315.
Taxing authorities are required by state law to begin
their budget process with a rollback of the millage
rate to a rate which will generate the same revenue
as in the previous year.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of
property less any exemptions. The rate can be low-
ered through the adoption of the budget at public
hearings on the spending plan, but, once a tentative
millage rate is established, it cannot be raised by the
commission only lowered.
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 will be $799.45.


the budget or the millage rate.
The city's new budget is $3.56 million, down
from $3.68 million in 2007-08. To balance the budget
and meet citizens' mandates for tax reform, the city
shifted money from two capital projects and dipped
into reserves to meet an anticipated $171,224 drop
in revenue over the next year.
The resolution the commission adopted last week
stated, "The computed proposed tentative millage rate
exceeds the rolled-back rate by minus 16 percent."
The current year roll-back rate was 2.6880.
The roll-back rate "would have made our millage
rate 2.2579," Idso said. "However, after Amendment
1 calculations and subtractions, our millage rate is
2.1539 to balance the current budget. The minus 16
percent over the rolled-back rate is the percentage
that would have come into effect before the Amend-
ment 1 requirements."
The 2008-09 millage rate approved by the com-
mission is 2.1539 mills compared to last year's mill-
age rate of 2.2579 mills.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value
of property less any exemptions.
For a house valued at $525,000 in Bradenton
Beach, minus $25,000 homestead, the property tax bill
from the city for the new year will be $1,076.95.
The budget projects $1,278,766 in revenue from
the ad valorem taxes.
The commission began reviewing the budget in
July, but Idso said the budgeting process for 2009-10
would begin in the spring, with city staff working on
department needs.
"Next April we start talking about it," Idso said.
"This year we didn't have a wish list. This year was
easy. There's not a lot of money."
A number of officials around Florida also expect
money to be tighter in 2009-10 for municipalities and
the state.


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6 0 OCT. 1, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


pinion

'Look for silver lining'
Maybe you recall the tune and you can hum
along, because along the way, as you come to either
curse or embrace the 45-day Island endurance test of
the closed Anna Maria Island Bridge, this ditty can
help get you at least thinking in the right direction.

Verse 1 (Boy)
Please don't be offended if I preach to you awhile,
Tears are out of place in eyes that were meant to smile.
There's a way to make your very '.7, ,.. troubles small,
Here's the happy secret of it all.
Verse 2 (Girl)
As I wash my dishes, I'll be following your plan,
Till I see the brightness in ev'ry pot and pan.
I am sure your point of view will ease the daily
grind,
So I keep repeating in my mind.
Refrain:
Look for the silver lining
When e'er a cloud appears in the blue.
Remember some where the sun is shining,
And so the right thing to do,
Is make it shine for you.
A heart, full of joy and gladness,
Will always banish sadness and strife.
So always look for the silver lining,
And try to find the sunny side of life.

According to Googled sources, the song was
written by Buddy DeSylva and Jerome King in the
1920s, it titled a 1949 movie, Judy Garland recorded
it, and it inspired many more songs and titles. Its
lyrics are outdated, but it says something to keep in
mind for 45 days: "Make it shine for you."
We should ponder what small (or large) inconve-
nience the closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
might bring us and then think some more about how
to find the "bright side" of our nuisance.
The best we can do is to shop and dine local. Keep
close to home, enjoy what we have and make the best of
it. Follow The Islander plan for a "detour to paradise."
For many years, Islanders have condensed trips to
town for the goods and services that aren't available
to us around the corner. Now also plan a visit with
a friend you haven't seen for a long time - maybe
someone in the hospital. The trip to town suddenly
becomes worthwhile, meaningful, and there you have
it - a bright moment in the day.
The contractor is on the bridge, and barring bad
weather, 45 days should go quickly. We truly hope
the contractor finishes early and earns every penny
of his "silver lining" for doing so.
Now, wouldn't that be sunny?


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Make mine a double
I hope William Roscoe, Islander letter writer
Sept. 24, doesn't mind me calling him a young pup
because, to me, that is what he is.
I thought most everyone remembered paying tolls
on our bridges. I remember as a teenager in 1944
coming to the Island over the wooden Cortez Bridge.
No one complained back then about waiting for the
bridge tender to walk from the Cortez side to crank
open the bridge to let a boat through, then again wait
for him to close it. And back then there were coal
barges to Sarasota to supply the electric company.
We did complain back then about the Florida
Department of Transportation moving the Cortez
Bridge to Fifth Street North so they could put a toll
on it. Many of us couldn't understand why, as the
new bridge went directly in front of the motor court
owned by my husband and myself.
We were thinking of the loss for business people
on Bridge Street, or was it too many Martini's (Robert
and Billie), or our love for the Island.
What an exhilarating sight back then, coming over
our bridge to see fishers and castnetters. What an adver-
tisement for the relaxing mood of our Island. You sure
won't see them fishing on any new, high bridge.
I look at the people of Sarasota, because they
also took FDOT to court over construction of a high
bridge. Needless to say, FDOT didn't listen to them.
Billie P. Martini, SAM Inc. president and former
city commissioner, Holmes Beach

On landscaping
The Islander Sept. 24 article, "Landscape ordi-
nance interests AM P&Z," warrants clarification.
Only invasive exotic plants would be prohibited
in developments covered by the [proposed] ordinance.
A list of those plants is included in the proposed ordi-
nance. Other exotics are not prohibited. For example,
Brazilian pepper trees and mother-in-law's tongue


plants are on the prohibited list. Hibiscus and citrus,
although exotics, are not prohibited.
Diane Caniff, Anna Maria (for the Anna Maria
Environmental and Education Committee)

No show is good news
The fact that nobody showed up at the budget
hearing is a good sign that we may finally have peace
on earth in Anna Maria.
The commissioners, Mayor Fran Barford and the
administration are doing such excellent work there is
no need to keep our eye on them.
May it last forever!
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria

High bridge, long view?
I read the opinion of the gentleman who praised
the high bridge into Sarasota and the decreased traffic
congestion. But I wonder if he has tried to cross the
bridge during rush hour in season, when traffic comes
to a stop in both lanes heading into Sarasota.
One point no one mentions about a high bridge
on Manatee Avenue is that during peak season, traffic,
will back up over the bridge. There is just too much
volume for the island roads to handle.
So traffic will back up just as with a low
bridge.
Maybe if we made Gulf Drive a five- or six-lane
road, had four-lane high bridges at Manatee and
Cortez Road with four-lane approaches, then we
wouldn't have congestion.
But then we lose the character of the Island that
we all love.
So the next time you are sitting in backed-up traf-
fic on the low Manatee bridge, watching the pelicans
drifting along the railing, watching the occasional
dolphin breaking the water, and the fisherman stand-
ing in the water, remember, you could be on a high
bridge, with a far off view of the bay and the sky.
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 1, 2008 7 7


Voter registration closes Oct. 6 m
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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. citi-
zen, a Florida resident, 18
years of age, and not have
a record of a felony con-
viction in the state or cur-
rently considered mentally
incapacitated.
Registering to vote
can be simple - potential
voters complete applications available at most
government offices, banks, libraries, chambers
and some businesses, including The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and state Rep.
Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, will join others Oct. 2 in
Bradenton to celebrate the second anniversary of the
Emergency Contact Information Program and TIFF's
Initiative.
The event will take place at 11 a.m. at
the Student Union, Building 14, at Manatee
Community College, 5840 26th St. W., Bra-
denton.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles implemented the ECIP in partner-
ship with Galvano and Palma Sola resident Christine
Olson.
Olson, who works at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna
Maria, lost her daughter Tiffiany in a motor vehicle
accident Dec. 7, 2005. Tiffiany's boyfriend, Dustin
Wilder, also died from injuries sustained in the acci-
dent.
Olson did not learn about her daughter's death
until hours after the accident and decided to campaign


Applications can also be downloaded at www.
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. Oct. 29.
For more information about voting absentee, call
the supervisor's office at 941-741-3823.


for an emergency-notification system in the state. She
called the campaign TIFF's Initiative in memory of
her daughter.
Now more than a million people have registered
emergency notification numbers with the state that
are accessible to law enforcement through the driv-
er's license.
During the program at MCC, the DHS�IV's
Florida Licensing on Wheels mobile registra-
tion van will be on-site and staff will assist
in registering emergency numbers for attend-
ees.
Olson will kick-off the event at 11 a.m.
Electra Theodorides-Bustle, DHSMV executive
director; Sandra Lambert, DHSMV drivers license
director and Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston also
will attend.
The public is welcome.
For information, call Galvano's office at
941-708-4968.


In the Sept. 30, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Islanders responded to a mandatory evacuation
order in anticipation of Hurricane Georges striking
the area, but the storm moved west a day before its
expected landfall. The Island suffered a storm surge
of about three feet, and many areas flooded, but only
56 residents stayed following the evacuation order.
* Manatee County environmental manager Jack
Gorzeman said that because only a few beachfront
property owners in Anna Maria provided the neces-
sary easements for beach renourishment, only a small
area of beach in the city would be included in the next
cycle of new sand, expected in 2001-02.
* Anna Maria city commissioners turned down a
request from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch for a
$1,500 donation from the city's 1998-99 budget, citing
pressing needs elsewhere in the $1.1 million budget.


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Anna Maria


bayside


erosion worries


homeowners
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Big name storms sent big bruising waves crash-
ing against property along North Shore Drive last
month.
Last week, the local tropical storm forecast from
the National Hurricane Center was clear, but the wor-
ries of homeowners in the Anna Maria neighborhood
continued.
Just modest winds that blew in with the first day
of fall brought water past the normal shoreline.
And brought homeowner Joan Dickinson to the city
commission meeting Sept. 25. Commissioners Dale
Woodland, Jo Ann Mattick and John Quam and Mayor
Fran Barford attended the meeting. Commissioners
Christine Tollette and Duke Miller were absent.
"I' m not asking for money," Dickinson began.
She then asked city officials to help find a solution to
the situation in the neighborhood, which is not slated
to get help from a 2011 beach renourishment effort
despite critical erosion of the shore.
"We get saltwater and rainwater," Dickinson said
of flooding in the area. She said the area from Bean
Point south to Bayfront Park is impacted and property
owners need relief and protection.
"You are totally eroding," Barford said, acknowl-
edging the situation.
Barford said to get relief, legislation must be
changed and she suggested to Dickinson that elec-
tion season is a good time to lobby.
"We need a political effort," the mayor said. "It's
going to take your neighborhood, everyone."
"This is a big issue, a major issue to try to
change," Barford continued, adding, "Grassroots is
where it's at ... and that's what is going to make
change."
City officials will meet with county representa-
tives at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2 to discuss renourishment in
Anna Maria.
The meeting was not called to focus on the bay-
side problem, but Barford urged residents concerned
with erosion on North Shore to attend the meeting,
which may take place at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center.
Dickinson said she needs assistance in the lob-
bying effort.
She added that perhaps there were alternatives to
beach renourishment to explore.
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ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 25 at 315 Pine Ave. for the retail-office-residential project at the site. Devel-
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Bohnenberger eyes beach renourishment funding


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger told
city commissioners at their Sept. 23 meeting that
he was concerned about state funding for the beach
renourishment project slated for 2011-12.
The mayor recently attended a Florida Shore and
Beach Preservation Association conference at Cap-
tiva Island and learned that while there is $28 million
in state funds for Florida beach renourishment in the
2008-09 budget, funding for upcoming years "does
not look good," he said.
There are 398 miles of Florida beaches along
with a number of inlets that need renourishment,
Bohnenberger told commissioners.
It's something commissioners need to be con-
cerned about, the mayor said, particularly since he
learned at the conference that one Florida city, Fer-
nandina Beach, applied for beach renourishment in
1948 and got funding for the project just last year.
Beach renourishment projects are funded with a
mix of federal, state and local dollars, with Manatee
County's portion coming from the tourist tax col-
lected on room rentals.
In other news, Bohnenberger said he learned from
the Florida Department of Transportation that the
DOT won't construct a pedestrian crossing on East
Bay Drive in front of Publix as has been requested.
The DOT requirement is that a stop light must be
present at a crossing, he said.
The mayor said DOT officials informed him that
the pedestrian crossing in Bradenton Beach where


there is no traffic light, was a "pilot project," and the
DOT determined "they didn't like it."
Bohnenberger did have some good news for com-
missioners, observing that the DOT said that it is
committed to meeting the Nov. 13 date to reopen the
Anna Maria Island Bridge, which closed Sept. 29 for
repairs.
"They said they pulled people off other projects"
to finish the bridge on time, he said.
Commissioner Pat Morton said that city busi-
nesses and residents will just have to "wait and see"
if the project will affect the Island and be completed
on time.
Bohnenberger also reported that the Florida
League of Cities is seeking support from municipali-
ties for three resolutions it recently adopted.
One resolution would amend Florida's constitu-
tion to require the Legislature to operate under the
state's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law. When the
legislature passed the law, it exempted itself from 98
percent of the requirements, he said.
The FLC also wants support for a resolution to
end unfounded mandates from the Legislature, and
a resolution asking cities to hire teenagers during the
summer months.
The latter is an idea that has been tried in Holmes
Beach in the past with some success, Bohnenberger
said.
Commissioners also unanimously passed the first
reading of an ordinance that would change the city's
qualifying dates for an election to mirror those of the
state and federal governments.


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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 1, 2008 0 9


Eco economics: Island promotes green business


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Two Island resorts received "Green Lodging"
designations from the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection Sept. 23.
The designations for the Via Roma in Bradenton
Beach and Resort Sixty-Six in Holmes Beach, both
Bluegreen Resorts, came the day after about 15 Island
businesspeople attended a workshop on promoting
green businesses.
The workshop, sponsored by the ScenicWaves
advisory committee in Bradenton Beach and held at
the Beach House Restaurant, featured representatives
from Simply Green Solutions and Sarasota Green
Marketplace Inc.
The speakers offered resources for businesses
interested in pursuing both economic growth and
promoting conservation.
One such resource is the DEP's Green Lodging
Program, a state initiative that provides the lodging
industry with free technical assistance in adopting
cost-saving green practices that reduce waste and
conserve natural resources.
"Participants ... stand out as the industry's envi-
ronmental leaders," said Deborah Getzoff, the direc-
tor of the DEP's southwest district.
The state, as of last week, had made 226 green
lodging designations, including the Via Roma and
Resort Sixty-Six.
"By providing guests with green alternatives, the
Via Roma and Resort Sixty-Six are preserving the
state's natural resources, protecting its waterways and
conserving e nc i .\," Getzoff said.

On the Web
For information about Florida's Green
Lodging Program go to www.dep.state.fl.us/
greenlodging.


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To receive the designation, lodging facilities
must implement a variety of green practices, includ-
ing water conservation measures such as the installa-
tion of low-flow plumbing fixtures, creating a linen-
reuse program and promoting e nii -.y efficiency by
installing En. i.v Star appliances and programmable
thermostats.
Lodging facilities must also reduce waste through
recycling programs and the purchase of recycled
materials.
All Green Lodging designees must use green
cleaners and high-efficiency air filters, according to


Greening the
Island
Mary Ann Bowie
of Sarasota Green
Marketplace Inc.
and Karen Fraley
and Yvette Little of
Simply Green Solu-
tions of Bradenton
lead a workshop
Sept. 22 on green-
ing businesses at
the Beach House
Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach.
About 15 people
attended the event,
which was spon-
sored in part by the
city's ScenicWAVES
. advisory commit-
tee. Islander Photo:
Edna Tiemann


the DEP
"It's a great feeling to know that our hard work
is making a difference," said Dave Pontius, president
of Bluegreen Resorts.
Bluegreen operates 13 resorts in the state and
Pontius said the company wants to secure Green
Lodging designations for all of them.
Other Green Lodging destinations in the area include
the Holiday Inn Riverfront in Bradenton, the Holiday Inn
in Lakewood Ranch, the Hilton Longboat Key Beach-
front Resort and Longboat Key Club and Resort on
Longboat Key and several Sarasota properties.


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Key Royale resident Clarence Jones teaches
elementary adult education at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.
Jones, who has lived in the area for about five
years, provides instruction in elementary computing
and the elements of digital photography.
The Islander, as part of a series, asked him about
his work at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, and his role as an educator:
The Islander: How did you come to be an instruc-
tor with the Center?
Clarence Jones: I wanted to contribute some-
thing to the community. I often help friends with
computer or photography questions, problems.
The Islander: Name one thing you expect stu-
dents to take from your class?
CJ: The computer class is for true beginners.
They will be able to use e-mail and surf the Internet
after three classes.
The digital photography class is also for true
beginners. Students will be able to shoot, download,
and do basic editing of their pictures after three
classes.
The Islander: How long have you been teaching
the subject?
CJ: One year at the community Center; many
years to friends.
The Islander: What was the last adult education
class or program you enrolled in and why?
CJ: A photo printing class sponsored by Epson,


Welcome 'Cause'
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Florida to Anna Maria Island for their state board
meeting Sept. 27 at the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
Walter Dartland, right, is president of the board,
and Ben Wilcox, left, is executive director. Common
Cause is a nonprofit organization committed to
honest, open and accountable government. Dart-
land and Wilcox are from Tallahassee. The lunch
speaker for the meeting was political science pro-
fessor Susan MacManus of the University of South
Florida. Islander Photo: Molly McCartney

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The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island
Players will hold a luncheon and meeting at 11:30
a.m. Oct. 8 at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646
Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
During the program, Gareth Gibbs, James Thag-
gard and Kelly Wynn Woodland will discuss their
upcoming productions at the Island Players theater.
For more information or to make reservations,
which are required by Oct. 3, call OSLA president
Carol Heckman at 941-761-7374.


Kiwanis to
meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will
meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Cafe on
the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach.
The guest speaker will be Stephanie Hefner
of Just for Girls, a non-profit group.
For more information, contact the Kiwanis'
Al Guy at allan.guy3@verizon.net.


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Center or other classes, call 941-778-1908.


Longboat center announces
fall schedule
The Longboat Key Education Center boasts
that its courses are "like college, only better."
The center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key, offers a variety of fall and winter classes
for adults, as well as other programming.
The fall session will take place from Oct.
20-Dec. 19, and the winter session is from Jan.
5, 2009-Feb. 28, 2009.
The fall lineup includes lessons and exercises
in yoga, bridge, watercolor painting, meditation,
film and fishing.
During the winter session, adults will be able to
enroll in lessons in maj j, 'n,. politics, geography,
architecture, music, poetry, yoga, religion, history and
art.
A full program is available online at www.
lbkeducationcenter. org.
For more information, call 941-383-8811.

Center plans fall films
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
lights will be dimmed for films on a succession of
Friday nights this fall.
The family-oriented movie nights will take place
in the gym at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., at about
6:30 p.m.
The Center will show:
* "Speed Racer" Oct. 3.
* "Sea Biscuit" Oct. 10.
* "The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie" Oct. 17.
* "Space Jam" Nov. 7.
Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets and
pillows for lounging on the gym floor and appetites
for the snacks sold at the Center concession stand.
For more information, call 941-778-1908.

'Cocktail Hour' presentation set
The Island Players cast for "The Cocktail Hour"
will include David Ohlson, Barbara Fleming, Mark
Woodland and Diana Shoemaker.
The play, written by A.R. Gurney and directed
by Gareth Gibbs, runs Oct. 9-19 at the theater, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The basic storyline for "The Cocktail Hour" is
playwright John returns to his family home in upstate
New York to share with relatives his new play, which
is about his family life and perhaps a little too close
to the truth. Martinis facilitate the family interaction
at the ritual cocktail hour.
For ticket information, call the box office at
941-778-5755.


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The University of South Florida's Academy for
Lifelong Learning's new round of programs on Anna
Maria Island will begin this month.
This fall's fee-based course, Florida Maritime
Heritage, will take place on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
beginning Oct. 8. The classes will take place at the
Florida Maritime Museum, 119th St. W., Cortez.
Also this fall, the Studio, 10101 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, will serve as the sight for Einstein's Circle, a
free series of discussions. The group will be limited
to 15 people.
The Einstein schedule includes:
* 11 a.m., Oct. 29, Elections 2008: What can we
expect of a new administration?
* 11 a.m. Nov. 12, En.' .Y policy: What next?


* 11 a.m. Nov. 26, Morality: A religious or Dar-
winian concept?
* 11 a.m. Dec. 10, State of American education:
Who is responsible?
This fall's lecture by Beverly Orchard on the sub-
ject of "Living a Healthy Lifestyle" will take place at
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Beginning in January, the academy will offer
Island-based courses in the craft of w ilin.ii_'. econom-
ics and public policies, "the great American stage
play" and Florida-friendly gardening. There is a fee
associated with the courses.
For more information and to make required res-
ervations, call 941-359-4296.


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Fall classes at the Anna Maria Island Art League
begin Oct. 4 and will include adult class offerings in
stained glass, dia ine. oil painting, collage, digital
and 35-mm photography, basket weaving, watercolor,
gourd art, colored pencils, pottery and open studio.
Class offerings for children will include mixed
media, photography and pottery. Most classes run for
four weeks.
For more information or to register for the courses,
which do involve fees, call AMIAL at 941-778-7099
or visit the art league at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach.
The children's course offerings follow:
* Introduction to Black and White Photography
with Christine Galanopoulos on Mondays, 4-5:30
p.m., four weeks beginning Oct. 6 and Nov. 3.
* Budding Young Artists with Gloria Bocchetti
on Tuesday 4-5:30 p.m., four weeks beginning Oct.
7 and Nov. 4.
* Creative Clay Ages with Sandy French on Sat-
urdays, 10 a.m.-noon, four weeks beginning Oct. 4
and Nov. 1.
Adult offerings follow:
* Acrylic Painting with Nancy Law on Mondays,
2-4 p.m., four weeks, beginning Oct. 6 and Nov. 3.
* Basic Drawing with Alexandra Lillis on Tues-
days, 1:30-3:30 p.m., four weeks beginning Oct. 7
and Nov. 4.
* Collage Art with Sarah Taylor on Wednesdays,

Holmes Beach hosts
concert Oct. 4
The Concert in the Park will take place from
noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Holmes Beach
City Park, 5801 Marina Drive, featuring KoKo Ray
and the Soul Providers, the Dr. Dave Band, the Billy
Rice Band, Yesterdayze and Eric von Hahmann.
Organizers also are lining up food, arts and crafts,
and non-profit groups for the event.
Additionally, the event will feature appearances
by the Anna Maria Island Privateers, who will sell
tickets for a chance at winning a flat-panel televi-
sion donated by The Islander. Proceeds from the
raffle, which will be announced at the Anna Maria
Elementary School's Fall Festival, will benefit
the school and the AMIP Jim Hanson Journalism
Scholarship Fund.
For more information on the event, part
of the Bridge the Gap campaign organized by
local businesses, call organizer Mark Kimball at
941-518-6329.

Artists group to hold meeting
The first fall meeting of the Anna Maria Island
Artists' Guild will be take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday,
Oct. 6, at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The meeting will begin with a social gathering,
followed by a program at 7 p.m.
Artist Paula Schoenwether will provide tips on
how artists can improve the quality of the photo-
graphs they take of their original art and why know-
ing how to use their digital cameras is an integral part
of the artist's process.
For more information, call the AGAMI Gallery
at 941-778-6694.


1:30-3:30 p.m., four weeks beginning Oct. 8 and Nov. 5.
* Digital Photography Basics with James Corwin
Johnson on Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., four weeks
beginning Oct. 9 and Nov. 6.
* Digital Photography Basics with Johnson on
Thursday, 6-8 p.m., four weeks beginning Oct. 9
and Nov. 6.
* Drawing the Clothed Model with Lillis on
Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m., four weeks, beginning
Oct. 9 and Nov. 6.
* Hand Built Pottery with Ginny Eitman on
Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. and with Jami Wright on
Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., four weeks, beginning Oct.
8 and Nov. 5.
* Introduction to Colored Pencils with Lillis on
Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon, four weeks beginning Oct.
9 and Nov. 6.
* Oil Painting with Lillis on Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-
noon, four weeks beginning Oct. 7 and Nov. 4.
* Open Studio, second and fourth Tuesdays, of
the month 6:30-8:30 p.m.
* Photography: Black & White Composition
through the Lens with Galanopoulos on Mondays,
6-8 p.m., four weeks beginning Oct. 6 and Nov. 3.
* Stained Glass with French on Mondays, 11:30
a.m.-1:30 p.m., five weeks beginning Oct. 6 and Nov.
10.
* Watercolor with Cheryl Jorgensen on Wednes-
days, 1:30-3:30 p.m., four weeks beginning Nov. 5.

Bridge Street Market
takes place Oct. 4
The Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge St., Bra-
denton Beach will re-open on Saturday, Oct. 4 for the
fall season.
The open-air market will feature the sale of fresh
produce, plants, jewelry, artwork, cookbooks, purses,
tee shirts, photography, stained glass, angels, crystal
sandals, wood art, garden art, antiques and collect-
ibles, furniture and more.
DJ Tom Barrons will provide music to shop by and,
for shoppers with appetites, the market will feature the
sale of smoked mullet and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
The market hours for the season will be 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
Additional market days through the end of the
year are Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec. 6 and Dec.
20.
For more information, call organizer Nancy
Ambrose at 941-518-4431.


Center classes begin
this month
The Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will begin a
new series of classes next week.
The programs include:
* "Mo's Mixed Movements," an exercise
class to salsa music, classical themes and show
tunes at 9 a.m. Friday beginning Oct. 10.
* "Adult Ballet Workshop," a ballet class at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday starting Oct. 8.
For more information about the courses, which
require fees, call the Center at 941-778-1908.


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Those were the days


Part 2, The Hurricane of 1921


Partying at the

Club House hotel
By June Alder
Engineer Jack Leffingwell was pleased with
the bridge he had built. It was a first-class job, he
thought. What's more, he had brought it in well
under deadline, in time for the 1922 tourist season.
But it had been a hard six months' work. He would
be glad, after the official dedication, to get back to
Cuba where another job was waiting for him.
Jack's pal and childhood friend, Pat Green,
decided to hold a farewell shindig at the small
Cortez hotel where Jack was staying, within steps
of the new bridge. The Club House hotel was
owned by Green Real Estate, which used it for
the entertainment of its customers. It was just the
place for a weekend house party with Jack's many
friends.
The Saturday of the party-Oct. 22, 1921-
dawned bright with only scattered clouds, a wel-
come improvement over the "unsettled" weather
of the past week. But by the time the first guests
began to arrive in the afternoon, a slow rain started
that wouldn't let up for two days. The party perked
up that evening when there was a big buffet supper
followed by games and dancing. Too bad, it was
too wet and windy for dancing on the veranda.
Early Sunday morning, despite a dripping sky,
the crowd trooped across the bridge to the beach.
The hardiest of the tribe dashed in and out of the
roiling surf, enjoying themselves hugely - until
heavy swells began to thunder in, shaking the
beach with their weight.
That was when Jack Leffingwell chased the
merry-makers back to the Club House and put in
a telephone call to the weather station in Braden-
town. There was a bad storm brewing but it was
way out in the Gulf, he was told, and on a route
straight northward, so it was not likely to do any
damage to Florida.
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Above: The Club House hotel was the scene of a
lively party on the eve of the 1921 hurricane. The
storm left Cortez and its fishing docks in a shambles.

Right: A frolic on the beach has always
been a delight for visitors to Anna Maria
Island, in fair weather or foul.

on enjoying ourselves."
But in the afternoon, Jack's barometer "began
doing things" and the sky darkened ominously. To
Jack it was obvious that a bad blow was coming.
(This was, of course, before there was any hurri-
cane-tracking system.)
"Naturally, having the responsibility of lots
of girls, we became worried," Jack recalled. "We
phoned the weather station again and were assured
again that the disturbance was some 200 miles west
of us and not to worry. But by four o'clock the wind
had veered to the northwest and we were getting
strong winds and rains in gusts. Pat and I talked it
over and decided, much to the disgust of the guests,
that we had better abandon the party and send the
boys and girls home.
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Taylors celebrate 50th anniversary
Marian and Robert George Taylor of Anna Maria
recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniver-
sary at a reception and dinner in Guelph, Ontario
in Canada. Robert's brother Bill hosted the event
that 94 friends and relatives attended on Sept. 6.
The husband and wife were born on the same day
- Jan. 27, 1930, in different provinces in Canada.
They were introduced to one another by Robert's
sister Pat. After the i.. .1.iii,. the couple moved to
C ht. ... ', where Robert taught at the University of
C /. ..h . * The Taylors have three children, as well
as grandchildren. Robert and Marian say, in their
announcement, they "are looking forward to many
more years of living in Florida and enjoying seeing
friends and relatives when they visit from up north."


It's a boy!
Carrie Price Whaley and husband Preston Whaley
Jr. of Bradenton welcome Otis Preston Whaley to
their family. Otis was born Sept. 1 at home weigh-
ing 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Carrie is a sales representa-
tive for The Islander newspaper.


Gulf Coast Writers
to meet Oct. 1
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15
p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Milly Roy, a longtime member of the group,
will select members to perform her one-act
play, "Saving Singer Sophie - From Dastardly
Deeds," a take-off of the 1930s movies starring
Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddie.
Also, members and guests will share their
writings.
For more information, call 941-778-7631.


Fish Hole to host
golf tournament Oct. 4
The first annual Miniature Golf Tournament at
the Fish Hole Miniature Golf Course on Bridge Street
in Bradenton Beach will take place from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Oct. 4.
The first-place finisher will receive $200 cash,
Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and a trophy.
A second-place winner will receive $100 cash
and Sanuk Sandals.
The third-place finisher will receive a $50 gift
certificate to Bridge Street Bazaar.
Registration is $20 and includes two rounds of
golf and lunch. To pre-register, call the Fish Hole,
117 Bridge St., at 941-778-3388.


Thankful prayer


for public safety'


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service at the church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The church
invited first-responders, including members of the West Manatee
Fire Rescue District and the Manatee Countv Sheriff'V Office. to attend.


Top, Manatee County 1.. i i iff's Office Deputy John
Damato, Sgt. John Kenney and Deputy Gary Sellitto
attend the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Service honoring
public safety officers.


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sermon at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. '/,..- talked with West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commissioner Mike Mulyck observes a quiet moment
the children about using their hands to do good work. at church. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff





14 0 OCT. 1, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Obituarie


Patricia Cappello
Patricia Cappello, 70, of Holmes Beach, died
Sept. 26.
Mrs. Cappello was born in Cherry Hill, N.J., and
moved to Manatee County in 1991 from Palatine, Ill.
She was a graduate of Pierce Business School and
was employed as a hostess by American Airlines.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sat-
urday, Oct. 4, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to
TideWell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Arrangements are by
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Roger;
two sons, Craig and wife Elizabeth Cappello and Jeff
and wife Beverly Cappello, all of Bradenton; brother
William E. Ferguson of Ocala, Fla.; grandchildren
Nolan, Francesca, Nicholas and Emily.

Herbert J. Harris
Herbert J. Harris, 91, of Key Royale in Holmes
Beach and New York City, a noted percussionist, died
Sept. 21.
Born in Manhattan, Mr. Harris left New York
in the mid-1930s, playing drums for bands on the
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and the Broadway musical that propelled Carol Chan-
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In a career with many highlights, Mr. Harris said
he was honored to be invited by Bernstein to join the
New York Philharmonic in 1958, where he played
for 24 years. At the same time, he played in and con-
tracted with numerous orchestras for film, radio, TV-
show theme music and commercials, as well as work-
ing 18 years as Joseph Papp's music administrator on
such productions as "Hair" and "A Chorus Line."
He accumulated a vast collection of ethnic musi-
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of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
On moving to Holmes Beach in 2000, Harris
formed a jazz trio that recorded and released two
CDs and played locally with the Anna Maria Island
Community Orchestra and Chorus. His trio per-
formed at numerous events, clubs and restaurants
locally, including Ooh La La! Bistro and Da Gior-
gio Ristorante in Holmes Beach, the Longboat Key
Community Center, the Studio at Gulf and Pine, and
events for the Jazz Society of Sarasota.
A memorial service will be held in New York
City at a later date. Memorial donations may be made
to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Harris is survived by wife Francis Rainer.

Evelyn Muzzey Gerhard
Evelyn Muzzey Gerhard, 95, of Bradenton, died
Sept. 21.
Mrs. Gerhard was born in Buckeye, Texas. She was
a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.
Evelyn was an accomplished violinist and often would
play violins that her father made for her. She started
playing the violin at age 9 and, at age 12, Evelyn played
for the Peoples Symphony in Boston. While in high
school, she played in an orchestra that was guest con-
ducted by the late John Phillip Sousa. She played in
various symphonies and churches wherever she lived.
She and husband Bill Muzzey owned Paugus Bay
Seaplane Base on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire
where they provided sightseeing and air-taxi service. She
rode horses and competed in 40-mile endurance rides.
Mrs. Gerhard moved to Manatee County in 1968
from New Jersey. She was a member of the West
Bradenton Baptist Church. She enjoyed tm, dlin_1'.
music, oil painting and horseback riding.
Private services will be held at a later date. Memori-
als may be made to a local animal shelter. Condolences
may be made online at www.shannonfuneral homes.
com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home, West-
view Chapel, Bradenton.
Mrs. Gerhard is survived by son William R. and
wife Carole Muzzey Jr. of Bradenton; two daugh-
ters, Janice Tressler Simpson of Holmes Beach,
Carol and husband Randy Scott of Ona; six grand-
children, Pamela and husband Brad Klein, Cathleen
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Keep Manatee Beautiful honors supporters


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Representatives of a number of Island institu-
tions last week earned shiny plaques and applause for
efforts to beautify Anna Maria Island and Manatee
County.
Keep Manatee Beautiful, a local non-profit dedi-
cated to fighting litter and graffiti and promoting a
green county, presented annual awards during a lun-
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of Woodland's Quality Pool Care for work on behalf
of Keep Manatee Beautiful and promoting its anti-
litter mission with adopt-a-shore cleanup.
* Key Royale Club/Key Royale Golf Course for its
recycling and landscaping programs, which involves
recycling water and removing non-native, invasive
plant species from its shoreline on Bimini Bay.
"We're proud of what we've done," said Nancy
King, accepting an award for the private Holmes
Beach golf course.
King promised that if the club's budget allows,
more landscaping work would take place next year.
* Anna Maria Elementary School for its land-
scaping program, which involves students working
in varied theme gardens on the campus.
"I'll be very proud to share this with 300 children
when I get back," AME teacher Karen Newhall said,
accepting the award.
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work in the FISH Preserve in Cortez.
FISH president Allen Garner accepted the award
and invited people to attend FISH's free folk festival
Nov. 15 in Cortez.
* The Islander and the Island Sun for news cover-
age of KMB and environmental issues and supporting
pro-environmental programs.
"We very much appreciate the award," said
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During the program, Kathleen Galea, legislative
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Wednesday, Oct. 1
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
luncheon with guest speaker Christine Jennings, Democratic congressio-
nal nominee, at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies; limited seating.
1:15 p.m. - Gulf Coast Writers meeting featuring a one-act play
performance of "Saving Singer Sophie - From Dastardly Deeds" by Milly
Roy at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-7631.

Thursday, Oct. 2
11 a.m. - State Rep. Bill Galvano, Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and
Christine Olson speak about the Emergency Contact Information Program
at Manatee Community College, Student Union Building, 5840 26th St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-708-4968.

Friday, Oct. 3
6 to 8 p.m. - Reception for artist Linda Molto in the fine art gallery
at Manatee Community College, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-752-5225.
6:30 p.m. - Family movie night featuring "Speed Racer" at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908.

Saturday, Oct. 4
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts guest
speaker Stephanie Hefner, director of communications for Just for Girls,
at a breakfast meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.
9 a.m. to noon - Bay Wise kayak tour from Palma Sola Causeway
to Neal Preserve. Space is limited to 15 participants. Information: Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program offices, 941-955-8085.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Bridge Street Market featuring music, food
and shopping on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-518-4431.
10 a.m. to noon - Creative Clay class for ages 7 and older at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Four-
week session. Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.
10a.m. to noon- Italian language classes begin at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Six sessions.
Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - The "Fish Hole" miniature golf tournament at The
Fish Hole, 117 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-3388.
Fee applies.
Noon to 7 p.m. - Concert in the Park with the Dr. Dave Band at
Holmes Beach Field, 4801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Ballet classes for ages 4 to 8 begin at the Anna


Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through
Nov. 8. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Sunday, Oct. 5
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Skim board competition at the Beach House
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

Monday, Oct. 6
Today is the deadline to register to vote in the general election.
4 to 5:30 p.m. - Introduction to black-and-white photography for
ages 8 and older at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Four-week session. Information: 941-778-2099.
Fee applies.
6 to 7:30 p.m. - Put the fun back into parenting workshop at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Childcare available. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
7 p.m. - Artists' Guild Gallery presents "Photographing Your
Art" with Paula Schoenwether in the Community Hall at the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-6694.

Tuesday, Oct. 7
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
a program featuring Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1880.
4 to 5:30 p.m. - "Budding Young Artists" class for ages 7 and older
at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Four-week session. Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Spaghetti dinner prepared by Cub Scout Pack
7 at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-708-5525. Fee applies
6:30 p.m. - Environmental Summit and potluck dinner at Palma
Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information:
941-792-8314.
7p.m. - Third-grade play at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525.
7 to 8:30 p.m. - Digital photography class begins at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through Oct.
21. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Oct. 8
Yom Kippur begins at sundown.
7:45 a.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. - Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players lun-
cheon at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-761-7374. Fee applies.

Ongoing:
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
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Kim Foti, left, a vacationer from Lafayette, La.,
donates goods to Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island Food-Raiser volunteers Judy Rup and
Berni Volkmann. The club held the food drive Sept.
26-28, collecting items at the Publix Super Market
in Holmes Beach, as well as at Anna Maria Island
Community Center and Anna Maria Elementary
School. Organizers said the drive, collecting food
for the Manatee County Food Bank, was so suc-
cessful it will be conducted again. Islander Photo:
Edna Tiemann
* 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.
* Print exhibition by Cortez Village artist Linda Molto in the fine art
gallery art gallery at Manatee Community College, 5840 26th St. W.,
Bradenton, through Oct. 3. Information: 941-752-5225.

Coming up:
* Oct. 9, "Theatre for the Soul" at the Longboat Island Chapel.
* Oct. 10, Potluck dinner and "Sea Biscuit" movie at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
* Oct. 10, "Animal House" party at Palma Sola Botanical Gardens.
* Oct. 11, Trolley Scavenger Hunt departing from the Sandbar Res-
taurant.
* Oct. 13, Columbus Day.

Save the date
* Oct. 18, Island Bayfest, Pine Street, Anna Maria.
* Oct. 25, Anna Maria Elementary School Fall Festival.
* Oct. 31, Trail of Treats.
* Nov. 1, Sarasota Blues Festival, www.sarasotabluesfest.com.
* Nov. 2, Anna Maria Elementary 1950s student reunion picnic.
* Nov. 8-9, Discover Egmont Key.
* Nov. 14-16, "artsHOP" takes place at various venues on the Island.
Information: 941-778-2099.
* Nov. 15, village of Cortez Folk Festival.
Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please
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Anna Maria Elementary calendar
Anna Maria Elementary School has many events
throughout the school year in which the community
is welcome.
Upcoming activities include:
* Oct. 7, family-dinner night at 5 p.m. in the caf-
eteria followed by the third-grade play at 7 p.m. in
the auditorium.
* Oct. 10, Parent-Teacher Organization meeting
at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria.
* Oct. 14 and 16, bay estuary project, all day, on
the school estuary.
* Oct. 25, Fall Festival.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.

Bradenton Beach
Sept. 16, 2513 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, theft. The
complainant said she was getting gas when an acquain-
tance asked her for a ride. She said he asked her about
a bag in the car, and she said it contained prescription
drugs she had picked up for a friend. The man jumped
from the car with the pills while she was slowing down,
ran between buildings and disappeared. The man, who
was not located, took 90 oxycodone pills.
Sept. 21, 1600 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach,
DUI. Officers responded to a call of a vehicle in the
Gulf of Mexico with the driver still in it. The Jeep was
partially submerged, and the driver was turning the
ignition key in an attempt to start the vehicle, which
was sinking. The driver, Delmore Dean Holstrom, 23,
of Bradenton Beach, rolled up the window when he
saw officers approach and refused to exit the vehicle,
according to the report. An officer entered the water
and escorted Holstrom from the vehicle and, as he
was uncooperative, he was handcuffed and placed
in a patrol car. A witness told officers he watched
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a trailer into the water several times, jackknifing the
trailer, and then falling after he exited the Jeep. He
then re-entered the vehicle and completely backed
it into the water. Empty beer cans were found in the
vehicle after it was towed to shore. Holstrom refused
to take field sobriety tests or a breath test, and was
charged with DUI and taken to jail. It also was deter-
mined that his license was suspended.

Holmes Beach
Sept. 19, 3018 Ave. C, Air & Fl.- i'2. The com-
plainant said someone took scrap copper and alumi-
num from a secured area overnight. The complain-
ant reviewed security video and determined that two
middle-aged men driving a light-colored four-door
sedan had pulled up in the area overnight.
Sept. 20, 400 block 62nd Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took the front light from his
mother's scooter.
Sept. 21,5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, theft.
The complainant said someone took her golf cart,
valued at $3,500, from the parking lot in front of the
bar. The cart was discovered a short time later in a
different parking lot adjacent to the shopping center,
and officers determined it had been taken for a joy
ride. It was returned to the owner.
Sept. 21, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy ducks, vehi-
cle burglary. The complainant said someone took her
wallet, containing credit cards, $60 and identification,
from her rental car while she was in the bar.


Cortez man arrested for burglary, threats
ay Allen Schwartz of Cortez was arrested Sept. was going to kill her. She fled to a bathroom and
d charged with burglary after threatening to kill locked the door.
-girlfriend. Schwartz then left the scene in his car, deputies
according to Manatee County Sheriff's Office were called, and he was apprehended a short time
ts, Schwartz began banging on his ex-girl- later and taken to jail on charges of burglary to an


friend's door in the 7000 block of 15th Street East,
Bradenton.
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starting at 6 a.m. until not later than 8 p.m., depend-
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MCAT route 3 and route 6 customers may trans-
fer to and from the Island shuttle for free, the release
said. Otherwise, the transfer fee is $1.25. M-Card
transit passes will be available.
Route 3 normally utilizes the AMI Bridge, but
will turn around at Perico Bay during the closure
period, MCAT said. Route 3 serves Blake Medical
Center only on its eastbound trip, the release said.
Persons who want to get to the Island from
a location other than Blake, may park at Central
Station on Old 301 Boulevard across from the
DeSoto Square Mall and ride route 6 to Coquina
Beach. The fare is $1.25, and transfers are 25
cents, the release said.
MCAT manager Ralf Heseler said in the release
that the options are a "great opportunity for Manatee
County residents to see the value of public transpor-
tation. Congestion is what makes public transit an
appealing alternative. This will be a wonderful litmus
test for the public's interest in sustaining and growing
public transit in Manatee County," he said.
During the bridge closure, the Island trolley will
continue to operate its free service, Heseler has said
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Rob Roberts. Islander Photo: Bonner
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Guitarist Rob Roberts of Holmes
Beach is back on the Island and he'll
be playing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 1-2, at
the Jolly Roger-Ooh La La! Bistro in
the Island Shopping Center.
Rob's fame is well known on Anna
Maria Island, having played with the
band The Islanders several years ago.
With his "blasts from the past,"
Rob said he's popular among dinner
guests young and old.
Rob also is playing Saturdays at
the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in
Holmes Beach for a 5 p.m. service, and
is involved in a Christian ministry that
travels to a number of area prisons.
On Friday night, Gene Aubry,
noted architect from Anna Maria, will
play jazz guitar for the patrons of the
Jolly-Ooh La La in a tribute to the late
Herb Harris, a legendary musician who
resided in Holmes Beach and formerly
played with his trio at the restaurant.
For more information on per-
formances, call Ooh La La! at
941-778-5320.


Kent walks for

cancer awareness


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Real estate agent Jon Kent and A
Paradise Realty, at 5203 Gulf Drive in
Holmes Beach, are sponsoring a walk
against breast cancer Oct. 11 at the Sara-
sota Polo Club in Lakewood Ranch.
The team's name is "Pretty in Pink,"
said Jon, and the event is the \ liking
Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk for
the American Cancer Society.
"So far, we have 24 walkers. We
welcome anyone else who would like to
walk with us, women or men," Jon said.
Call Jon at at 941-778-4800, or go
on the Internet to www.Jon4Pink.com.


New to chamber
The Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce welcomed the fol-
lowing new members in August:
* Anna Maria Island Resort.net,
115 Third St. S., Bradenton Beach,
David Teitelbaum, 941-812-4226.
* Elaine's Bridal Boutique, 5283
S.R. 64 E., Bradenton, Elaine Cordeau,
941-747-8576.
* Lee Roy Selmon's, 6510 Cortez
Road. W., Bradenton, Ryan Walker,
941-798-3287.
* Capt. Craig's Charters, 3008
Taunton Drive W., Bradenton, Capt.
Craig Madsen, 941-812-1402.
* Guardian Security, 1816 76th
St. W., Bradenton, Chris Yavalar,
941-337-2206.
* Nuovo Bridge Magazine,
1840 Glengary St., Sarasota, Susan
Cavanaugh, 941-926-0257.
In other chamber news, on Wednes-
day, Oct. 1, the chamber luncheon will
be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sun


House Restaurant on Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach. The guest speaker
will be Democratic congressional
candidate Christine Jennings. Space
is limited to the first 50 reservations.
The Sunrise Breakfast for mem-
bers and those interested in becoming
a member is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. to
9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, also at the
Sun House Restaurant.
Reservations for chamber events
are made by calling 941-778-1541.


Neal has savings
Neal Communities is now offering
some savings for homebuyers because
of improved efficiency from its trade
partners, a Neal press release said.
That improvement has shown up
in increased sales figures from homes
at Forest Creek in Parrish.
In return for trade price reductions,
Neal Communities has worked hard to
make sure its jobs are scheduled and
managed on time and efficiently. This
benefits the local economy, keeps both
their trade partners and Neal employ-
ees working steadily, and provides the
community with housing that is within
reach of people with today's limited
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about 400 trade partners, some of
which they have been working with
for more than 30 years. On any given
day, there are at least 105 partners on
Neal jobsites throughout its communi-
ties. More than 80 of these trade part-
ners have helped place home prices for
Neal Communities in line with today's
market, according to a spokesperson.
"The biggest thing for me is mutual
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Bridge Street

Jewelers to open
The grand opening of Bridge
Street Jewelers on historic Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach will be
held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, said
owners Brad and Kersandra Smith.
Brad, a professional jeweler and
gemologist with more than 20 years
experience in the industry, is introduc-
ing a custom-designed "Anna Maria
Island bracelet" for customers.
As a full-service jeweler, Brad and
Kesandra offer 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 Bridge Street
Jewelers can make it.
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
941-896-7800.

Rave correction
The realty rave story on Wagner
Realty in the Sept. 24 edition of The
Islander should have noted that Penny
Bray was the top sales agent for the
company's Anna Maria Island office.
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22 0 OCT. 1, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Artist offers underwater perspective


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Linda Thompson tries to avoid cutesy when she
paints, but she acknowledges that sometimes cute is
unavoidable.
"How can it not be cutesy when it is baby turtles
on the beach?" the artist says in a phone interview
from her Sarasota home, where she has converted a
bedroom into a studio.
Thompson's focus is Florida marine life. Turtles,
whales, manatees, porpoises, sharks and jellyfish
swim across her canvases, and, in fewer instances,
fly or crawl.
"I'm trying to show people what is below the
surface of the water," she says. "Some people have
no idea what's under there."
Thompson's work will be featured in a one-
woman show, "Do You See What I Sea," at the Arts
Council of Manatee County Gallery, 926 12th St. W.,
in Bradenton' s Village of the Arts.
The exhibit Oct. 3-31 at the gallery. From 6-9:30
p.m. Oct. 3, the gallery will host a print-signing and
artist reception.
Thompson has painted most of her life.
She grew up in Canton, Ohio, where she painted
a lot of landscapes, farms and horses and other Mid-
west subjects.
After moving to the Bradenton-Sarasota area
34 years ago, Thompson began painting primarily
marine life and Florida scenes.
\ ly whole focus of painting has been on marine
life," she says.
Thompson applies the writer's rule - write what
you know - to her art.
"Give me a garden hose, a blank canvas and a
palette of color and I'll show you what I see if I were
suspended in the water," she says.
When she begins an underwater painting, Thomp-


Artist
Linda
Thomp-
son's work
will be
featured
at a solo
exhibit in
Bradenton.
Islander
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In the deep blue...
"Green Sea Turtle: Monarch of the Sea," an acrylic painting by Linda Thompson, is part of her solo
exhibit Oct. 3-31 at the Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton. The organi-
zation, in a news release about Thompson, emphasized, "Your turtle watch folks will love her work." For
more information, call the arts council at 941-746-2223. Islander Image: Courtesy Arts Council of Mana-


tee County

son takes her canvas into her back yard, where she
uses water from a garden hose and acrylics to paint
the sea.
\ 1 ',t of the time, I start with a canvas out in
the back," Thompson says. "I put the garden hose on
it - wet on wet - so the colors move and swirl."
Before she paints, Thompson conducts research
that will help her include details on the canvas. She
might study an animal at Mote Marine Laboratory,
which collects her work. She also might venture to
the Gulf of Mexico to take photographs or go with a
volunteer on a turtle watch walk.
"This takes a lot of study," she says. "If you are
painting realistically, you need to be accurate -
everybody is a critic."
The artist, whose background is in commercial
art and illustration, has participated in wildlife art
shows throughout the United States and published


her work in two books and magazines.
Thompson also gets involved in educational out-
reach efforts.
Her artwork, she says, helps "to spread the word
that you don't throw plastic overboard because it ends
up in the turtle's gut. It helps teach us to take care of
what we've got."



Nesting season

winding down
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch's presence
on the beaches was reduced as the sea-turtle
nesting season entered its last month.
About 10 nests have yet to hatch, according
to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox.
AMITW's volunteer force on the shore,
which at the height of the nesting season con-
sists of almost 100 people, is down consider-
ably, Fox said.
"There are still walkers out, but they are
checking individual nests," she said. "We still
have a couple of weeks to go on some of the
nests, and the season doesn't end until Oct.
31.
The passing Hurricane Gustav impacted
nesting season on Anna Maria Island. Winds,
waves and high tides associated with the storm
washed over dozens of nests and knocked down
many stakes that marked the nests for AMITW
walkers.
As of this week, AMITW had tallied 147
loggerhead sea turtle nests and 97 false crawls
on the beach since May.
AMITW also reported 6,575 hatchlings had
emerged from nests.
Generally the last weeks of the nesting
season do not involve the creation of new nests,
but Fox said that last week a green turtle made
a nest in Sarasota County.
"So we are still keeping our fingers
crossed," said Fox, who wouldn't mind an
extended season.



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Snapper catch termed 'phenomenal' by most fishers


By Capt. Mike Heistand
It's snapper to the left, snapper to the right, snap-
per here, snapper there ... you get the idea.
Snapper, be they lane, mangrove or several other
species, are thick near any type of structure in the
bays and out in the Gulf of Mexico. There are even
good reports of 5-pound snapper coming from the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge piers, huge fish for inshore
anglers.
Other backwater fishing action includes trout,
redfish and snook.
In the Gulf, amberjack are being caught off the
deeper reefs. There also are good grouper reports.
And speaking of grouper, I caught two big
grouper just short of keeper size on seagrass flats
last week, and several other fishers reported similar
catches from the shallows of what is usually a deep-
water fish coming.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams said
that kingfish and big Spanish mackerel are feeding on
the big bait schools throughout the shallow Gulf. He's
catching lots of sharks and a few tarpon while the
big fish are feeding on schools of threadfin herring.
There are also nice redfish populations in Sarasota
bay. "Snook will make a better showing on the flats as
the water cools," he said, "and the best bet for snook
is night fishing under the lights and all the passes."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said the past week
has seen "a decent amount of kingfish and Spanish
mackerel running along the beaches of Anna Maria
and Longboat Key. Stiff easterly winds kept most
boats close to shore. When the huge amount of bait
fish that has summered in the Tampa/Sarasota Bay
estuary starts pouring out into the Gulf in the next
month or so there should be some top action with
all the critters that pass by." He's finding the inshore
fishing scene to be excellent for mangrove snapper,
redfish, snook and trout. "Slot-sized reds are being
found in and around dock and seawall structures from
north Sarasota Bay to Palma Sola Bay and near the
mouth of the Manatee River. Most of the snook that
are filtering back to the estuary have been on the
small side, but numerous." Capt. Zach added that the
best flounder fishing of the year is between now and
Christmas.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
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Tackle on Cortez Road said snapper fishing is phe-
nomenal right now. He's catching snapper to 6 pounds
offshore, gag grouper to 16 pounds, red grouper to
12 pounds, plus amberjack farther from shore. The
snapper, he said, are anywhere there's structure from
6 to 30 miles out in the Gulf.
Capt. Mark Johnston, also out of Annie's, said
redfish action is fair to excellent right now. He's also
catching keeper trout and snook in the backwater,
while his offshore trips are producing mangrove
snapper and mackerel.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said mackerel fishing
in the Gulf is good, and snapper seem to be every-
where. Look for some underwater structures for the
best catches. The snapper are coming in a variety of
species: mangrove, lane and true American red. Bar-
racuda and sharks are proving to be a problem on the
artificial reefs, though, snapping up the snapper before
they can reel them to the boat. Backwater action is good
for redfish and more mangrove snapper. The "snook
bite" is excellent for this time of year, he added.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing has
been excellent of late. Big redfish are being caught
off the dock, as well as black drum, mackerel, lots
of mangrove snapper and keeper-size snook at night.
Whitebait is thick near the pier, too, Bob added.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishing there also was excellent last week. Anglers


have been catching mackerel, black drum, redfish and
big snook. Mangrove snapper are everywhere as well,
plus a few sharks.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
snapper are thick around the dock at the House, and
there are also lots of good reports of snapper coming
from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge piers, some up to
5 pounds. Mackerel are scattered through the bays,
he said, and redfish are just inside the mouth of the
Manatee River.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's putting
his charters onto keeper-size snook and limit catches
of redfish. For reds, the tides are playing a big role,
with the best action coming on low incoming or low
outgoing water.
On my boat Magic, we've been catching grouper
in the bays - yes, grouper in the bay - plus lots of
redfish, snapper near the Intracoastal Waterway and
snook.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
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 information.


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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 1, 2008 0 25


Kick in the grass: Center soccer season under way


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's fall
recreational soccer league is only one week into the
season and there's already a great race for first place
in Division I. Each of the teams has played twice and
there is a four-way tie for first place between Auto-
way Ford, Island Real Estate, Ross Built and Mike
Norman Realty. Each team is sporting a 1-1 record.
Division II has Panoramic and Mr. Bones cur-
rently atop the standings with 2-0 records, while Lap-
ensee Plumbing and West Coast Air Conditioning are
already battling it out for first place in the Premier
Division with 1-0-1 records.
There's lots of soccer left to play, so stay tuned.
Mr. Bones smoked Coastal Orthopedic 2-0 in
Sept. 26 Division II soccer action. Ben Connors and
Michael Latimer led the way for Mr. Bones, scoring
one goal each in the shutout victory.
On Sept. 26, Island Real Estate edged Ross Built
4-3 in an exciting Division I match. Ray Fano paced
Island Real Estate with three goals while teammate
Neil Carper added one goal in the victory.
Jake Ross scored two goals to lead Ross Built,
which also received one goal from Andrew Ross in
the loss.
On Sept. 25, Trevor Bystrom and Daniel Pimen-
tal each scored a pair of goals to lead West Coast
Air Conditioning to a 5-0 shutout over Wash Family
Construction in Premier action. Adina Dicus added
a goal to complete the scoring in the victory.
Autoway Ford rode a balanced scoring attack to
record a 3-2 victory over Island Real Estate in Divi-
sion I soccer action on Sept. 25. Henrik Brusso, Zach
Stewart and Josh Zawistoski each notched a goal in
the victory for Autoway Ford.
Island Real Estate was led by Neil Carper's two
goals in the loss.
On Sept. 24, Ross Built edged Mike Norman
Realty 2-1 during Division I soccer action. Jake Ross
led the way with two goals for Ross Built in the vic-
tory, while Mikey Ellsworth paced Mike Norman
Realty with one goal in the loss.
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Also on Sept. 24, Jerry Meyer scored three goals to
lead Lapensee Plumbing to a 4-1 victory over Harcon
Corp. in Premier action. Danny Krokroskia added one
goal for Lapensee in the victory, while Garrison Clark
scored the lone goal for Harcon in the loss.
Mr. Bones smoked the luster off of Sparks Steel
Art for a 6-2 Division II victory on Sept. 23. Incred-
ibly, Michael Latimer scored all six goals for Mr.
Bones in the victory.
Ethan Bertrand and Jacob Talucci each notch a
goal for Sparks in the loss.
Tyler Yavalar scored a pair of goals to lead Pan-
oramic to a 4-1 victory over Coastal Orthopedic in
Division II action Sept. 23. Leo Rose and Joey Alta-
choff each added a goal for Panoramic in the victory.
Miles Fischer notched the lone Coastal Orthope-
dic goal in the loss.
Mike Norman Realty received single goals from
three different players during its 3-1 victory over
Autoway Ford in Division I action Sept. 22. Mikey
Ellsworth, Morgan Greig and Emma Terry each
notched goals in the victory.
Autoway was led by Josh Zawistoski's lone goal
in the loss.


John Horne, (the
one not wearing
a pink hat) poses
for a picture with
Island residents
and winners of the
most-honest golfers
award, Andy Price,
Kurt Janisch, Mark
Howard and Dave
Pate, at the party
for the Anna Maria
Oyster Bar charity
golf tourney. i


Also on Sept. 22, Wash Family Construction
doubled up Harcon Corp. by a 4-2 score in Premier
action. Julian Botero led the way with two goals,
while Chris Callahan and Christian Hightower each
notched one goal for the winners.
Harcon Corp. received goals from Nicole Botero
and Garrison Clark in the loss.
Panoramic 3, Sparks 0
Finally, on Sept. 22, Panoramic ran past Sparks
Steel Art in Division II soccer behind a pair of goals
from Tyler Yavalar. Leo Rose completed the scoring
for Panoramic.

Local charities benefit from
Oyster Bar Golf Tournament
The eighth annual Anna Maria Oyster Bar Char-
ity Golf Tournament was played Sept. 19 at River
Strand Golf and Country Club. This year's tourna-
ment benefited the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, as usual, but also the PACE Center for Girls,
United Way and the Pinnacle Academy. A total of
$69,822.00 was raised in this one-day event.
Setting the pace were 204 golfers from Manatee,
Hillsborough, Pinellas, Orange, Broward and Polk
counties and one golfer who traveled from Spain
joined the cause. The foursomes played 27 holes.
McCain Foods had the winning combination
of Mike Ludlum, Don Little, Rick Lockwood and
Greg Kornowa. In second place were Corky Taylor,
Larry McGary, Carl Callahan and John Mayo. Darryl
Weaver, Hugh Miller, Keith Offenhauer and Kurt
Reinert made up the third-place foursome.
The "most honest" team honors went to the all-
Islander squad of Mark Howard, Andy Price, Dave
Pate and Kurt Janisch, who were awarded pink
hats.
John Mayo and Tony Dimare tied for first place
in the putting contest sponsored by Coca Cola. Derek
Williams took a long drive and one of two closest-
to-the-pin prizes, while Wayne Wood, Joe Miller,
Tommy O'Brien and Pat Christie won the other
closest-to-the-pin contest. The remaining long drive
winners were Theresa Rawe, Vince Eurice and Larry
McGary. John Hagerty won for straightest drive and
Darin Pierce for most-crooked drive.
An after-golf dinner was held at Stoneybrook
Golf Club, where a 5-pound live Maine lobster,
donated by the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, was won by
Ernie Cotton.


Mackenzie Kos-
feld clears the
ball away from
the Lapensee
Plumbing goal
during Anna
Maria Island
Community
Center Premier
Division soccer
action at the
Center. Islander
Photo: Kevin
Cassidy





Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, low-
net-of-partners game Sept. 24. First place went to the
team of Bob Kral and Vince Mercadante with a 2-over-
par 130, three shots ahead of Jim Thorton and Bob Elliott,
who carded a 133 to finish in second place. Third place
went to Larry Fowler and Dick Mills with 137.
The women of Key Royale Club played a low-net
and low-gross game on Sept. 23. Winning low net in
flight one was Roswitha Fowler, who fired an even-
par 32 to finish one shot ahead of Terry Westby and
Diane Miller, who both carded 33s.
Second-flight, low-net winner was Meredith
Slavin with a 2-under-par 30, while Frankie Smith-
Williams took second place with a 34.
Dorothy McKinna, Joyce Reith, Sue Hookem,
Nancy King and Lois Biel tied at 49 for first flight
honors in low gross, while Phyllis Lamp took second
flight honors with a 52.
The men played nine holes on Sept. 22 in a low-net-
of-partners game. Gordon McKinna and Fred Meyer
carded an even-par 64 to claim first place, two shots
ahead of Bill Snyder and Dick Mills. Third place went to
the team of Danny Hayes and Peter Proxy with a 68.

AMICC soccer standings as of Sept. 25


Team
Division II
Panoramic
Bones
Sparks
Coastal

Division I
Autoway
IRE
Ross
Norman


Won Lost


Tie Pts.


Premier Division
Lapensee 1
WCAC 1
Wash 1
Harcon 0


AMICC soccer schedule
Date Time Teams
Instructional Division (ages 4-5)
Oct. 1 6:30 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Bistro


Oct. 2
Oct. 6
Oct. 7


6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.


Division III (ages 6-7)
Oct. 1 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 7 p.m.


Division II
Oct. 3
Oct. 3
Oct. 7

Division I
Oct. 1
Oct. 3
Oct. 6
Oct. 7


I (ages 8-9)
6 p.m.
7 p.m.
6:30 p.m.

(ages 10-11
6:30 p.m.
8 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.


Ralph's vs. Panoramic
Surf Shop vs. Bistro
A&E vs. Panoramic


AM Glass vs. Oyster Bar
Sandbar vs. Oyster Bar
Jessie's vs. Sandbar
AM Glass vs. Sand Dollar
Oyster Bar vs. AM Glass

Panoramic vs. Bones
Sparks vs. Orthopedic
Sparks vs. Panoramic

)
Norman vs. Ross
IRE vs. Ross
Autoway vs. Norman
IRE vs. Norman


Premier Division (ages 12-15)
Oct. 1 7:30 p.m. Wash vs. Harcon
Oct. 2 6:30 p.m. Harcon vs. WCAC
Oct. 2 7:30 p.m. Lapensee vs. Wash
Oct. 6 7:30 p.m. Wash vs. WCAC





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ISA N'R CA SIDS


FULL-SIZE POOL table: Complete with rack,
balls, cue sticks. Presently disassembled. $100.
Bob, 813-767-7924.

WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Classic A-style gown with short
sleeves. Perfect for spring or fall wedding. Size
14, altered slightly at waist and shoulders. Pro-
fessionally cleaned and preserved. $125 or best
offer. 941-794-2312.

ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
941-778-1102.

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

OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes
tax). Your coffee never tasted so good as when
you drink from the old-style mugs available at
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-7978.



ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursdays, 9 a.m.- noon Saturdays.
Always clothing sales. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. 941-779-2733.

MOVING SALE: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4 and
Oct. 10-11. Tiki bar, washer and dryer, table and
chairs, metal detectors. Lots of good stuff. 505 68th
St., Holmes Beach. Preview, call 941-778-7106.

MOVING/GARAGE SALE: 7 a.m.-noon Sat-
urday, Oct. 4. 122A 51st. St., Holmes Beach.
Follow signs.

CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4. Faith United
Methodist Church. First Avenue W., Bradenton.
Behind post office.

SALE: NIKI'S. All sterling jewelry 50-75 percent
off. Lots of wicker and wrought-iron furniture,
jewelry, antiques, art up to 85 percent off. Six-
drawer dresser with mirror and headboard, $50.
Open seven days, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.


FOUND: SEIKO WATCH in surf. Call Chris to
claim. 941-778-3249.



SARASOTA OPERA TICKETS: The Barber Of
Seville. Four tickets, Sunday matinee, Nov. 9.
Discount price. 231-947-1871.

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!

FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach
Police Department. Free at The Islander news-
paper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Don't be sorry, be safe.

BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butter-
fly Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms
at The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more
information.



PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
941-720-1411.

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



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,
941-685-1400.

CAROLINA SKIFF: J16 with Tohatsu 18-hp, four-
stroke. $2,300. Call 941-778-2298.


NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours,
rotten pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront
Restaurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or
call 941-778-3953.

HIRING SALES REP: Vast territory, excellent
income potential. Ad experience helpful. Com-
puter knowledge a must. E-mail info to bonner@
islander.org

HOST/SERVER/BUS help sought at Ooh La La!
Bistro. Apply in person weekdays after 4 p.m.,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library
in Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with
great community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For
more information, 941-779-1208.



GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on
strategic Longboat corner. Many business
uses possible: gas/convenience store, bank,
restaurant, etc. $1,300,000. Longview Realty:
941-383-6112.



ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School
sophomore Chris Perez tutors elementary or
middle school children. Call 941-778-2979.

CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ting. 941-778-5352

ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certi-
fied child care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red
Cross training, seven days a week. Maggie,
941-447-4632 or 941-778-8405.

CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.

NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Ken-
dall! First-aid certified, great with kids and ani-
mals! 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.

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

CAREGIVER: COMPASSION FOR quality of
life. Nutritional meals, experienced, adaptable
to needs, Local references. 941-755-5948.

EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE to
help a little or a lot, day or night. CPR, first aid,
CNA certified. Reliable, trustworthy, Island refer-
ences. Flexible scheduling. Personal/household
care, driving, companionship. 941-778-5958.

SENIOR CAREGIVER: ISLAND resident. Excel-
lent professional references. Flexible scheduling.
941-778-2161. IslandSeniorCare@gmail.com


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
941-778-5476.

COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash
away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
941-778-0944.

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
216-509-1945.

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.
941-778-9217.

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES.Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades,
diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless network-
ing, custom system design. 941-224-1069.


EXPERIENCE
REPUTATION
RESULTS


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 extrams. $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
yrealty3@aol.com � www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com __


REALTOR.
33 Years ofProfessional Service


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

ESP CLEANING: PROFESSIONAL cleaning
team serving Anna Maria Island. Call Steve and
Maria, 941-345-2162.

SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor
alterations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
941-778-3125.

GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: $995 installed,
many colors to choose from, up to 25 sf. Local
references. 407-467-0629.

STORM COVERS FROM $99.50, also windows,
doors, inserts, parts, service, repair, panel bud-
dies and poly buddies in stock for quick install.
Professional installation available. Metro Home
Supply, 941-758-5828. Metrohs@msn.com.

CAREGIVER/COMPANION: Reliable, trust-
worthy, flexible scheduling. Personal and
household care, errands and appoint-
ments. 941-705-0706 or 941-545-3369.

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

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37-years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

DO YOU NEED plans and estimates for your
construction projects? A good plan will save
you money. Houses, decks, porches, renova-
tions and additions. Call Carl V. Johnson Jr.
941-795-1947.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.
941-778-7770. Leave message.

CHILDCARE: DAYS, NIGHTS and weekends.
Call 941-920-0294.

HANDYMAN SERVICES: HOME repair, inside or
out. Attention to detail. Call Bill, 941-779-1396.

COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus?
Need wireless, network setup? Web site? Need
help? Call JC, 941-487-7487.


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Jesse Brisson - BrokerAssociate, gqnI
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

Sandpiper Beauty
Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900

Sandy Pointe
Great 2nd floor unit with views of the bay. Turnkey
furnished and ready to go. Would make a great home
or rental. Covered parking, heated pool and close to
everything. Seller will pay the first 3 months condo
fees for the buyer! $269,900
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.


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

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.org,
where you can read Wednesday's classified at
noon on Tuesday.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat,
refrigeration. Commercial and residential
service, repair and/or replacement. Serving
Manatee County and the Island since 1987.
For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
CAC184228.

TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.

CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services - when and what you need - to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house@verizon.net for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience all phases of nail care. Gift
boutique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and
sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call
for an appointment. Now offering in-home pedi-
cure services. 941-713-5244.

THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.org,
where you can read Wednesday's classified at
noon on Tuesday.






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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy S Established in 1983
L aw Celebrating 25 Years of
w viO Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
7781345 and hardscape needs.
1 78i4JLicensed & InsuredI

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
k Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Ful Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza - Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References
Lic#CBC056755



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


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The Big Picture...It's all about Real Estate.
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PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private
studio, certified trainer, 16 years experience.
Specializing in sport-specific training, improv-
ing balance, strength, and stamina. Toni Lyon,
941-928-8735.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance,
landscaping, cleanup, hauling and more!
Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
941-778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
TROY GREER LAWN and palm tree service
accepting residential accounts. Senior discounts,
free estimates. Insured. 941-524-2896.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
941-807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.

NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experi-
ence. 941-729-9381.

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service land-
scaping and property management. 15 years
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
Bannigan. 941-504-7045.
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.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch,
top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at
941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill 941-795-5100.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.



ADOPT-A-PET

Here is Girl, a
1-year-old female
hound mix, shiny
red coat, very
friendly to kids/
dogs,spayed/
microchip,
$60. Call Julie
@dSunCoast
Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or
Manatee Humane Society, 941-747-8808.


CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construc-
tion. Free estimates, no overtime charges.
Now certifying back flow at water meters.
FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924 or 778-4461.

TILLE-TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
941-779-2294.

GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
941-748-4711.

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

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or
447-2198.

K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free esti-
mates. 941-544-8658.

SDB HOME REPAIR LLC: Handyman, paint-
ing, tile work, sheetrock, hauling, electrical, light
plumbing. 941-312-2239.

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



RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
800-749-6665. www.wedebrockrentals.com.

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

BRADENTON BEACH BRAND new duplex,
block from beach. 3BR/3BA two-car garage,
granite kitchen, marble baths, office, eight-per-
son Jacuzzi, elevator, balconies overlooking Gulf
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.
com.

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WATERFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA, boat
dock, fireplace, pool, $1,200/month, annual.
941-792-0524.
ONE BEDROOM, SECOND-story, extra room,
updated, gorgeous. Balcony, half block to the
beach. $875/month. 941-746-8666.
FANTASTIC FULLY-FURNISHED 2BR/2BA
corner unit condos with sweeping views of
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-
able March 1, 2009. Steps to beach, the-
ater, bakery restaurants, and more. Call now,
941-737-9662.
ANNUAL EFFICIENCY APARTMENT Kitchen/
bath/living areas. Unfurnished. No pets.
941-778-7039.
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
WESTBAY POINT & Moorings Phase I:
2BR/2BA lower corner unit overlooking Tampa
Bay and Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Available
January-March 2009. $2,900/month plus taxes.
Call 401-497-6327.
TEN MINUTES TO beaches. Five-year old
3BR/2BA, fenced. No pets. $1,1 00/month plus
last month and security. T. Dolly Young Real
Estate, 941-778-0807.
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
Realty, 941-779-9320.
ISLAND VACATION RENTAL: Canalfront,
3BR/2BA fully furnished with pool/spa. $1,300/
week or $4,500/month. Call now for holiday
bookings. 352-429-8227.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA duplex, Holmes
Beach. Short walk to beach. $900/month plus
utilities. 941-755-4445.
NEEDED: ROOMMATE TO share 2BR/1BA
duplex in Holmes Beach. $550/month includes
utilities. Call 941-778-6547.


ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1 BA.
Washer and dryer on premises. Close to trol-
ley stores and half block to Gulf. $875/month,
utilities included! Call Jason at 941-778-7200
for more information.
NO BRIDGE PROBLEMS: Boaters, 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage large canalfront home. Fla-
mingo Cay. $1,650/month. Owner/broker,
941-374-3003.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA IN Holmes Beach. Ground-
level duplex. Living room, dining room, den, sun
room, washer and dryer, storage, large private
yard. $1,090/month includes yard maintenance.
941-224-2231.
LARGE 1 BR/1.5BA redecorated condo. Annual,
$750/month, furnished. Most utilities paid. Close
to beaches. Call 941-758-9133.
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.

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

NORTH LONGBOAT KEY: Unfurnished ranch-
style house, 3BR/1BA on deep-water canal.
Available immediately, $1,100/month, contact
Barb, 941-713-0116.
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.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 1BR, Anna Maria
city, near Gulf. $850/month, includes water and
sewer. $850 security. 941-778-5439.
ISLAND ANNUAL: UNFURNISHED, 2BR/1BA,
washer and dryer, cable, water, pool, steps to
beach. $900/month. 941-779-1586.
LARGE DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage in Sunny
Shores. Quiet, close to everything, beaches.
Available now. $900/month. 941-749-1238.


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FOR RENT OR sale: 2BR/2BA, den, living and
dining room, large kitchen, screened lanai,
garage. Near beach. 941-795-8626.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA available mid-Octo-
ber. Meticulously remodeled. Spacious living
room, new Energy Star appliances, super effi-
cient air conditioning, granite countertops, low-
watt lights, washer, dryer. 200 steps to Gulf of
Mexico beach. Back yard dock on Lake LaVista
Bayou. Must see to appreciate. $1,195/month
plus security deposit. Call 941-778-9158.

2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED DUPLEX, quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Washer/dryer included. $1,000/
month, plus utilities. First, last, secu-
rity. 941-730-2606.


SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
2spinnakers.com.




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!

BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $440,000.
Owner, 941-447-2061.

FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The
Islander.


UNDER $50,000: Land-owned mobile park,
8x28-feet with 10x20-foot addition, driveway.
Low monthly maintenance. In Paradise Bay,
55-plus park. 941-447-9852 for information.

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




SINGER ISLAND FLORIDA: 2BR/2BA ocean-
front condo. Pool, tennis, fitness. $450,000. Pos-
sible owner finance. 941-779-0420.

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
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No. 0921


IT'S A MYSTERY By Brendan Emmett Quigley / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
1 Drapery material
7 Lumber supplier
14 Item marked in
pounds
20 City and county
of central
California
21 Rushing
22 Hair color
23 School in
Madison, N.J.
25 Cause of worry
lines
26 Poet whose last
words were "Of
course [God]
will forgive me;
that's his
business"
27 "Beau ___"
29 Coup d'___
(quick glance)
30 Bank postings
33 Don't believe it
37 Seward-to-
Fairbanks dir.
38 rancheros
39 Levelheaded
40 Raw bar offering
42 Officer in
"Alice's
Restaurant"
43 Launches
45 Classic theater
name
46 "The Divine
Comedy," for
Dante
49 1950s-'70s TV
host
51 Petrol purchase


Answers to this
week's puzzle
on page 28


54 It's often
punched on a
keypad
55 Reader's goal
56 Online reading
58 Redeem
59 Wife, informally
61 Fraternity
member
62 Difficult
situation
63 Sitting with
one's hand on
one's chin, e.g.
66 Track-and-field
event
69 Google results
70 Duds
72 Record producer
who published
the diary "A
Year With
Swollen
Appendices"
73 Appetite whether
75 Favored one side
or the other
76 Kon-Tiki
material
78 Turned right
79 What eds. read
82 Get divorced
83 avis
84 Dropped off
87 More spooky
89 Work site?
91 German river
92 Trig angle
94 Salad morsel
95 "On Language"
columnist
97 Mens ___ (guilty
mind)
98 Pantry array
102 Enzyme in some
yeasts
103 There's one for
dance


105 Prefix with
centric
106 Only U.S. vice
president born in
Maryland
107 San Luis ___
109 Ones in charge
of a case ... or a
literal hint to the
eight other
longest answers
in this puzzle
116 Vacation
arrangement
117 Big name in
auto parts
118 French
subjects?
119 Alarm clock
button
120 Psychiatric visit
121 Major diamond
exporter

Down
1 Mil. authority
2 Laugh start
3 Suffix with
cyan-
4 City with the
world's first
telephone
directory (1878)
5 Loyally
following
6 Nuts
7 Had work
looming?
8 Combined
9 Blade in sports
10 The shakes
11 "The Da Vinci
Code" scholar
Sir ___ Teabing
12 Novelist who
wrote "The
Gravedigger's
Daughter"
13 No-tell motel
visit


14 Italy's Reggia di
___ (royal
palace)
15 Pizza
16 River that rises
in Cantabria
17 Beloved figure
in England
18 Bearlike
19 Eve , "The
Vagina
Monologues"
monologist
24 Connections
28 Quaint letter
opener
30 Eating sound
31 Persian Gulf
emirate
32 Cover many
subjects?
33 Extremely
pleasing, in
slang
34 Occupied
35 Word with smart
or mind
36 Upbraid
39 Biological
dividing wall
41 Being debated
43 Kind of fin
44 Dumped out
45 Singer Corinne
Bailey ___
47 Longtime news
inits.
48 Potato choice
50 Egyptian crosses
52 Yemeni money
53 Tolkien
creatures
57 Nobodies
58 Southern legume
59 Scoundrels
60 Window
washer's boo-
boo


Unlikely to be
Miss America
Ghostlike
Big tournament
Card game
played to 61
China's Zhou
Loose overcoat
Condense again,
as an article
The Mormons,
initially
High jump need
Certain photo
caption


79 Broadcasters,
e.g.
80 Predictors
81 Brief indulgence
83 "Malcolm in the
Middle" boy
85 Cy Young
candidates' stats
86 Liberal
88 Behind
90 Larry O'Brien
Championship
Trophy org.
92 Safeguards


93 Deli order
95 Sacred places
96 Winning hand in
blackjack
99 Stewpots
100 Certain flower
girl
101 "The Grapes of
Wrath" family
102 T-shirt size:
Abbr.
104 "___ perpetua"
(Idaho's motto)
106 Lots


108 Opposite of
guerra
110 Paris's Parc
Princes
111 Sixth-century
year
112 Prefix with
freak
113 Letters on a
brandy bottle
114 Marine predator
115 Org. that has its
benefits


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SOUTH CAROLINA: LOW country. Hunting/rec-
reation tracts for sale. Close to 1-95 in Bamberg
County. Peaceful/secluded and loaded with deer,
turkey, hogs and timber value, too. 42 acres, 85
acres, 120 acres, 235 acres, 500 acres, 730
acres, all on the Little Salkahatchie River. New
roads, game plots, stands, ready to hunt. Priced
below market! Call now, 803-826-6033. Brokers
protected.

STEAL MY MARSHFRONT Owner sacrifice!
Drop-dead gorgeous marshfront. My neigh-
bor paid $389,900. I'll sell mine for less than
the bank repos. My six-figure loss is your gain.
$229,900. Call, 888-306-4734.

35-PLUS ACRES from $34,900. First come,
first served Saturday, Oct. 4. Southern Colorado
ranches. Excellent financing available. Call for
your private property tour, 866-696-5263, ext.
4576.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

* ( Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
941-809-3714
www.michellemusto.com
SPERICO BAY CLUB TOWNHOUSE
883 Waterside Ln., Bradenton:
2-3BR/2BA, 1,632 sf, furnished,
water and preserve views. Gated com-
munity. Only two miles to Gulf beaches.
$249,000. ML#A374616.
email: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com









WAGNER REALTY
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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.
#M504998. $1,199,000.


EXQUISITE Gulfviewsandluxuryame-
nities. 3BR/2.5BA. Crown moldings
accent high ceilings and open plan.
Granite countertops and stainless-
steelappliances. Designer-perfectfur-
nishings. Karen Day 941-778-2246.
#M578289. $1,599,000.


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 -
$354,000. 941-778-2246.


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
voynihan,941-778-2246.#M576374.
$329,900.


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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.
$349,000.
2217 GULF DR. N. * BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 * (800) 211-2323 * WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM


LAKEFRONT LIVING AT its finest. Homesites
available nestled in the mountains of North Car-
olina along 150 miles of shoreline. 30 percent
discounts for limited time. 800-709-LAKE.

TENNESSEE LAND RUSH! One-plus acre
to two-acre homesites, wood, views. Starting
at $59,900. Tennessee River and Nick-a-Jack
view tracts now available! Retirement guide
rates this area. No. 2 in U.S. places to retire.
Low cost of living, no impact fee. 330-699-2741
or 866-550-5263, Ask about mini-vacation!

NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Two-plus
acres with great view, very private, big trees,
waterfalls and large public lake nearby. $49,500.
Call now, 866-789-8535.

LOW MONEY DOWN homes: Government
and bank repos! Little money down! Call now!
800-861-5890.

FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.


REDUCED TO SELL!


Lot Zoned Duplex 11,400 sq.ft. with small home
included which requires TLC, OR allow this
beautiful lot to conform to duplex use. Located in
quiet Holmes Beach Bay Palms and choice lot to
construct contemporary attached townhomes.
NEW PRICE only $379,000.



Offering Discount Rental Rates during bridge
closure. Make your reservation NOW starting at
$500/week and discover the most beautiful time
to enjoy our Island! Wide selection of properties
available October 1 to November 15.
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All real estate advertising herein is subject to the
Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to adver-
tise any preference, limitation or discrimination
based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap,
familial status or national origin, or intention to
make any such preference, limitation or discrimi-
nation Familial status includes children under
age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians,
pregnant women and people securing custody
of children under 18. This newspaper will not
knowingly accept any advertising for real estate
which is in violation of the law. Our readers are
hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in
this newspaper are available on an equal oppor-
tunity basis. To complain of discrimination call
HUD toll-free at (800) 669-9777, for the hearing
impaired (0) (800) 543-8294.


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


awAuE.r w a private co-acre isan m inarasoia nay win naih
dedicated to a protected nature preserve. Accessible only by
boat with private car parking and dock on the mainland. One-
acre building site with mature trees for shade and seclusion,
water and electric to the property. $670,000.
Mike Norman Realty
800-367-1617 * 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH 2jj
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32 0 OCT. 1, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


QW8A With Pat Neal, Owner of Neal Communities


Q: Why did Neal Communities create the new Cafe
Collection?
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
parents.
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
nature preserves.
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
our homebuyers.
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


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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
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