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Publication Date: October 15, 2008
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VOLUME 16, NO.49

A look at the
Island's Nov. 4
general election
Pages 4-8

thenew ..


The Islander's
Detour to Para-
dise, seven days,
seven ways to
spend time on AAMI.
Page 3

Island hosts scav-
enger hunt. Page 9

Pine Avenue
restoration project
delayed. Page 10

Bradenton Beach
explores dunes
Page 11

Players toast new
season with 'The
Cocktail Hour."
Page 11

Those were the
days: A look back
at Island history.
Page 12

School news: AME
calendar, menu
and notes. Page 13

Streetlife: Island
police reports.
Page 14

Islander Calendar:
What to do, when
to do it. Page 20

Fishers bring stone
crab to market.
Page 21

Fishing: Kings
reign offshore.
Page 23

is on Anna Maria Island Since 1992

Island businesses

find winter

friends returning
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A number of Anna Maria Island business
owners are to relaxing now that they've found
their winter friends are beginning to trickle
back to the Island for the season. And the
closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge -
at least to this two-week point in the 45-day
rehab plan - has not impacted that return to
any significant degree.
While it might be expected that Braden-
ton Beach businesses would benefit from the
detour that puts all traffic to and from the
Island and mainland onto the Cortez Bridge
during the closure, businesses located in the
middle and on the north end of the Island seem
to be holding up well, at least through the first
two weeks of the closure.
"We've been pleasantly surprised," said
Roxanne Reid of Sterling Anvil jewelers,
which has been in business in Holmes Beach
since 1971.
"It's going very well for us, especially
since we moved to a new location. We're
seeing some of our regular clients returning to
visit us, in addition to some new ones," Reid
"I think people are discovering that it's not
so hard to get out here on the Cortez Bridge,"
she added.
Reid and business partner Mary Norman
had been concerned some regulars might not
be able to find the store after they moved over
the summer to 5508 Marina Drive.


AMI Bridge repairs

on schedule
The $10.2 million rehabilitation proj-
ect of the Anna Maria Island Bridge is "on
schedule," and no delays have been reported,
according to the The Florida Department of
Through the first few days of the bridge
closure, the contractor replaced a number of
the 42 concrete approach spans as part of the
project, the DOT stated in a news release.
Quinn Construction Co. and its sub-con-
tractors are working to complete the project by
Nov. 13, the date the bridge is slated to reopen
to regular traffic, according to a spokesper-
In the event of an emergency, the contrac-
tor has portable hydraulic equipment on the
bridge that can lower the draw (bascule) to
allow fire engines and ambulances to cross.
Quinn stands to gain up to $650,000 in
bonus money from the DOT if it completes
the project ahead of schedule.
For the latest news on the rehabilitation
project, go on the Web to
and click on "Island links." People without
Internet access can call 941-792-0369.


Moving along on Anna Maria Island Bridge
A work crew pours concrete onto the deck of the Anna Maria Island Bridge Oct. 8. The
bridge was closed Sept. 29 for major rehab work and is expected to remain closed until
Nov. 13. Prior to pouring the concrete, a high-pressured water system was used to remove

about two inches of old concrete - a process
Photo: Lisa Neff

Bayfest set

for Oct. 18
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce is revving up for Bayfest,
which again will feature a classic car show,
as well as something new to view - a
motorcycle show.
Anna Maria's Pine Avenue will be the
site of the annual Island Bayfest, set for 10
a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Admis-
sion to the festival is free.
In addition to the car and motorcycle
shows, the event will feature numerous arts
and crafts displays, a Taste of the Island
food court, a children's play area and lots
of entertainment.
Children can expect a variety of amuse-
ments, including the possible appearance
of representatives from the Tampa Bay
"They will somehow be involved,
whether they are here or they give us some
giveaways," said Bayfest organizer Cindy
Thompson. "They've participated in Bay-
fest every year."
For the music stage, the chamber has
booked five bands - Dr. Dave Band,
Koko Ray and the Soul Providers, the
Blues Alternators, Highway 41 and Kettle
of Fish.
"The music is always a highlight,"
Thompson said.
She added that so many quality bands
applied, the chamber decided to resume its

known as "hydro-demolition." Islander

Chamber surveys

homeowners on

Holmes Beach

rental rule
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce is surveying Holmes Beach homeown-
ers on a rental restriction in the city that passed
more than a year ago.
At the request of some local businesspeo-
ple and residents, the city commission agreed
to revisit the issue.
The city updated its land-development
code with a minimum 30-day rental restric-
tion in low-density, single-family residential
zones known as R-1.
There are pockets of R-1 zoning
around Holmes Beach, but the bulk of
R-1 is from 66th Street north to the city
limits and east of Marina Drive. A 30-day
restriction also applies in Key Royale,
zoned R-1AA.
The rental restriction rule, also part of the
proposed comprehensive plan amendments
under consideration by the city that recently
passed a preliminary state check, changed the
minimum from seven days to 30 days, but it
does provide for a phasing out of seven-day
rentals over 10 years.
Elsewhere in the city in areas zoned R-2,
R-3 and R-4, a seven-day minimum is the
Through a mailing, the chamber is poll-
ing homeowners on whether they support the

OCT. 15,2008 1 �

2 0 OCT. 15, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Bayfest this Saturday
Friday Fest concerts in January, and continue with the
nighttime events every other month.
"There are a lot of wonderful bands out there,"
Thompson said. "But at Bayfest, there are just five
spaces from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m."
In the Taste of the Island food court, the cham-
ber has signed up the Sandbar, the Sun House, the
Waterfront, Moveable Feast, Skinny's, Gulf Drive
Cafe, Melinda's Cafe and Paradise Cafe.
The restaurants pay a $200 fee to participate
in Bayfest, but are not required to share proceeds
with the chamber, which often is the formula for
"They keep 100 percent of their profits," Thomp-
son said. "The vendors, they come in and pay a fee
and then they keep their profits. This is not really a
moneymaking festival. It was never really designed
to be that. This a chamber event - we are businesses
supporting each other."
Thompson said about 20 food vendors can be
accommodated, so additional applications are being
"Sometimes they even get in on the day of the
event," she said.
Festival attendees looking for a cause or a club
will find representatives from a number of Island
organizations, including Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, Anna Maria Island Community Center, the
sponsoring Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce and the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island.
Non-profit groups are invited to participate in Bayfest
at no cost.
The chamber estimated about 5,000 to 8,000
people would attend Bayfest this year.
Thompson said any income to the chamber above
expenses would be put into the organization' s schol-
arship fund.
For more information about Bayfest, call Thomp-
son at 941-761-4766.

Former Bradenton Beach Mayor Connie Drescher
takes her preventive medicine Oct. 10 at the Publix
Super Market in Holmes Beach. Nurse Laura
Keegan gave Drescher two shots intended for
wellness during the flu and pneumonia season. A
number of establishments are providing oppor-
tunities for customers to get flu shots. Watch The
Islander for additional information. Islander
Photo: Edna Tiemann

Correction to Oct. 8 report
A story in the Oct. 8 issue about a dispute involv-
ing Bradenton Beach and resident Ken Lohn over
properties neighboring his home reported Synovus
Bank owns 502 Bay Drive S. and 109 Fifth St. S. The
bank does not own the properties, according to records
from the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office.
Records show 502 Bay Drive S. is owned by Edward
and Christel Lewis and 109 Fifth St. S. is owned by
Lighthouse Pointe LLC of Sarasota.

Correction on Cortez Bridge price
The picture of the humpback bridge on 127th
Street in Cortez that appeared in the Oct. 8 issue of
The Islander should have indicated the bridge cost
$1.8 million to renovate, not $18 million as the cap-
tion indicated. In addition, a Florida Department of
Transportation spokesperson said the DOT has no
plans at this time to reimburse the private developer
who paid for the project.

Rental thoughts solicited

one-month rental restriction for R-1 areas.
According to the mailer, "The elected offi-
cials normally take opinions from the public and,
in the past, absentee owner opinions have not been
"The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce hopes to help the silent majority voice
opinions regarding the one-month rental restric-
tion. Seasonal vacation rentals are a large piece
of the support structure that allows our local
businesses to sustain and flourish on Anna Maria
The chamber letter notes that "the mayor and
city commissioners ... have agreed to revisit the
rental restriction in the months of October-November
At a meeting earlier this year, commissioners did
agree to review the rule in light of mounting eco-
nomic troubles on the Island.
"Our economy is getting beat up," said Commis-
sioner David Zaccagnino. "Are we trying to drive
business off the Island?... You can't rent the way
you've rented for 30 years."
Commissioner Chair Sandy Haas-Martens
agreed that the matter could come back to the com-
mission, but not before many people away for the
summer returned. She said the commission previ-
ously heard from "a deluge of people calling and
saying, 'We don't want seven days.'... We discussed
it at length."
Haas-Martens said the issue hasn't been
placed on the agenda for the commission's next
meeting, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.
She added that the commission probably would
not take the matter up before the Thanksgiving holi-
day, and perhaps not until January.
"I want to make sure all our residents are here,"
she said.

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Detour to Paradise
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. 15 - Oct. 21
Wednesday, Oct. 15: Looking for a jolly good
time? Visit the Jolly Roger at the Ooh La La Old
World Bistro in Holmes Beach and try a Detour to
Paradise special: Chef Aldo's all-you-can eat spa-
ghetti - with extra meatballs for DOT personnel.
Thursday, Oct. 16: Chase away the evening with
a daiquiri on the deck at the Sandbar in Anna Maria.
Be sure to arrive before the bell rings to mark the
Friday, Oct. 17: Looking for the finest pale ale?
The richest porter? The Waterfront Restaurant in
Anna Maria is widely known on the Island as the
place for beer and wine.
Saturday, Oct. 18: Bayfest, raising money for the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce's scholar-
ship program, takes place on Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 19: Take a kayak into Sarasota Bay
near Leffis Key and see how many dolphins you can
Monday, Oct. 20: Just looking? Take a walk
through your neighborhood for "for rent" and "for
sale" signs. Of course it's OK to look. Your new
American dream might be around the corner.
Tuesday, Oct. 21: Have you ever seen someone
eating ice cream and frowning? Perhaps it is physi-
cally impossible not to smile while licking chocolate-
mint chip. Stop in your favorite ice cream shop -
with the number on the Island there's likely to be one
nearby - for a scoop, or two.
For a complete listing of events this week, turn
to The Islander calendar.

Drive.time tracks to speed you through

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. Provide , I
us a list with 10 tracks you
think other motorists should
download from iTunes, load
up on iPods or burn to a disc. D
Here is Islander graphic
designer Jon Sachtjen's music
for an Island traffic jam: N
1. "Mama Told Me Not to I
Come," Three Dog Night.
2. "Hey Baby," J.J. Cale.
3. "Soul Meets Body,"
Death Cab for Cutie.
4. \\ i lung the Wheels," John Lennon.

Business picking up on Island
"Some of the people are starting to return, and
they've found us at our new location, so we're very
pleased so far," she said.
At Beach Bums-Island Attitudes on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria, manager Lauren Sato said the sales
figures for the first week of October are already ahead
of last year's numbers.
"We' re real excited about October, especially
with Bayfest coming up. We've got some new bicy-
cles and we' re co-sponsoring a kayak festival on Oct.
25. We've had some decent traffic for this early in the
season," she said.
Sato noted that the entire Island community seems
to be pulling together during the closure period.
"It's great to see how everyone is pulling together
to get through this. I think October is going to be a
great month for everyone," she said.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce exec-
utive director Mary Ann Brockman was also pleased
by the influx of winter visitors, and the ability of the
Florida Department of Transportation and local law
enforcement to keep traffic moving on and off the
Cortez Bridge.
"It's all good," she said. "I haven't had any mem-
bers complaining, traffic is moving well, and we have
started to see the winter visitors show up at the cham-
ber offices asking for information about the Island.
That's a great sign."
Brockman said members are reporting a lot of
visitors from Europe, who are taking advantage of
low October and November accommodation prices
on the Island.
And, with a concerted effort by Islanders to sup-
port Island businesses, Brockman said she expects
Bayfest to be "unbelievable" this year.
"All in all, we seem to be handling the closure
quite well, and the winter visitors are now returning,"
she said.
At the Holmes Beach Barber Shop in the Island
Shopping Center, Holmes Beach, owners Don and
Patsy Madden said they are starting to see a few of
their regular winter visitors.
"About four or five every week," said Don
Madden. "I don't think the bridge has hurt us,
but our people are locals and winter residents, not
But it's only two weeks into the beginning of the
season, and some small businesses have yet to see
any spark from returning winter visitors.
Chef Aldo Cipriano at Jolly Roger-Ooh La La!
Bistro in the Island Shopping Center said business
the weekend of Oct. 3-5 was marginal compared
with the same time last year. The restaurant is
offering a two-for-one coupon to diners as in the
past, along with special pricing on its children's
Aldo also has a deal on his all-you-can-eat spa-
ghetti entree, in addition to numerous nightly specials,

5. "Some Girls," The Rolling Stones.
6. "Run for your life," The Beatles.
7. "Mansard Roof," Vampire Weekend.
8. "Walls No. 3," Tom Petty.
9. "Suite Judy Blue
Eyes," CSN.

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including spaghetti carbonara and risotto calamari.
At Mister Roberts Resort Wear in the S&S Plaza,
Holmes Beach, co-owner Signa Bouziane said winter
visitors are "few and far between."
In fact, business has been slower this October
than last year at this time, she said, and she thinks
it's because the bridge is closed.
"But it's still early. Normally, we don't expect to
see our visitors until the middle of October. With an
election this year, they might wait until after that's
over," Bouziane said.
If that's going to be the case, Bouziane and her
sister co-owner will be particularly happy if the
bridge opens as planned - on time.

Anna Maria City
* Oct. 20, 5 p.m., code enforcement board
* Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
* 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,

Bradenton Beach
* Oct. 16, 9 a.m., special master hearing on
code enforcement issues.
* Oct. 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Oct. 27, 6 p.m., anchorage/mooring plan
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
* Oct. 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement board
meeting. CANCELED.
* Oct. 23, 9 a.m., Holmes Beach Board of Ad-
justment meeting.
* Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
* Oct. 28, 3:30 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
* Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting. Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, 941-708-5800. CANCELED
* Oct. 16, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue
District commission meeting. Station No. 4, 407
67th St. W., Bradenton,
* Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council meeting. Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-708-5800.
Send public meeting notices to lisaneff@

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4 0 OCT. 15, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Four for two in

Anna Maria City
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Four Anna Maria candidates are vying for the two
city commission seats up for election in November.
Incumbent Jo Ann Mattick is seeking a second
term, while former commissioners Chuck Webb and
Bob Barlow are joined by political newcomer Mark
Alonso in the election.
Current City Commissioner Duke Miller did not
seek re-election.
The candidate profiles of Alonso and Barlow are
presented here. Efforts to reach Webb and Mattick
were unsuccessful prior to press deadline, but their
profiles will be featured in next week's issue of The

Mark Alonso is a 17-year resident of the city,
and is an unofficial ambassador for Anna Maria,
proclaiming his love for the city to whomever he
He and his wife Miren
retired here after he had a
S successful career as a self-
employed paving contractor.
S- ~ He is well known in Anna
q- Maria for his artwork and the
three-wheeled bicycle he uses
for transportation.
Alonso Originally from Spain,
Alonso is a U.S. Army veteran
of World War II and the Korean War, and entered the
service after jumping ship from a British freighter
docked in Philadelphia during WWII and volunteer-
ing for the draft.
He formerly served as a volunteer worker at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Alonso said that he never considered running for
political office until he began to believe that North
Shore Drive was being neglected by the city.
If elected, he would work to have the Manatee
County Transit Authority establish a trolley route
along North Shore Drive to allow visitors to the beach
access areas and to transport residents living on the
north side of the city. He would also like to see fin-


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Alonso would also work to have the city "more
friendly to our sister cities," he said.
Alonso, who lives on North Shore Drive, said
he is stopped often by visitors asking him where the
beach is and where can they park.
"We have all these beautiful beaches and no place
for people to park. That's why they park in people's
driveways and on the grass. We need a trolley so they
can park at city hall and take the trolley along North
Shore," he said.
Alonso says that MCAT approved the route, but
the city commission rejected the suggestion.
He would also make the beach access signs
larger, so people can see them better.
"Right now, they are almost invisible," he said.
Alonso wants the city to be friendlier to visitors
and the business community. Presently, he said there
is an invisible message on the back of the sign wel-
coming people to Anna Maria that says "go back."
"It seems like we don't want people," he said.
He also believes the city has made it difficult for
businesses such as the Sandbar Restaurant to operate
"The Sandbar has had to fight every inch of the
way for what it wanted. They only mean good. The
city needs to be more friendly and supportive of our
businesses," he said.
He also believes that beach renourishment is a
waste of money because nature will renourish the
beach in its own time.
Likewise, putting money into stormwater drainage
projects is ihi ", ing money away because the entire
city is in a flood plain. The drainage problem can't be
solved unless you "jack up the Island," he said.
He does favor beautification of the city pier, but
would like to also see some grants or funding to beau-
tify North Shore Drive.
"It's our main thoroughfare. We need to have
much more done on North Shore Drive," he said.
Alonso said the recently adopted comprehensive
plan was a great example of cooperation and he has
no objections to its contents.
He only wants good things for the city and its
residents. "I love it here. I plan to die here. I'm not
going anywhere," he said.

Bob Barlow has lived in Anna Maria since 1993.
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He and his wife Marsha have four children, two in
the military, one in high school and another child at
A former city commissioner and vice-mayor, he
has also served on the planning and zoning board
with a term as chairman. He
was on the city's 2002 char-
ter review committee, and is
a former board member of the
Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center.
Barlow said he is running
for a seat on the commission
in the belief that, if elected, his
Barlow background and experience
will serve the city well.
"I believe I can make a positive contribution to
the already professional administration of the city.
My prior service to the city and my construction
background will complement the commission and
city staff," he said.
He has no single issue that he believes the city
needs to address, but said he will help "keep things
running smoothly with a positive contribution."
Barlow believes the recently adopted comprehen-
sive plan is "quite satisfactory" and he is fully behind
renourishment of all Anna Maria beaches in need.
He would like to improve the city's relationships
with its sister cities on the Island, and also with the
board of county commissioners.
"I would like to see an active relationship and I
believe it can happen with the new county commis-
sioners," he said.
Regarding stormwater drainage, Barlow noted
that the city has already spent close to $1 million. "I
hope it works as advertised," he said. "It's not com-
pleted yet. I just hope everything works properly," he
Those involved in stormwater drainage appear to
have expertise on the issue, he observed.
While he has an engineering degree, his experi-
ence has been in building and construction.
Barlow does want to see the city beautified and
has been pleased with the objectives of the transpor-
tation enhancement grant committee and its work to
"Beautification of the city pier will also be help-
ful to the city," he added.
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Candidates speak out

Avenue Restoration LLC to purchase older homes
on Pine Avenue and convert them to retail-office-
residential complexes, at the same time achieving the
architectural style and ambiance of the city's historic
district along Pine Avenue.
"From what I've seen of the plans at planning
and zoning, it's extremely positive. It's much better
than the 'canyon effect' that has been built on Pine
Avenue," he said.
Barlow said he is pleased to see the historic pres-
ervation of historically significant properties on Pine
He also supports a better relationship between the
city and its business community. "We need a good
mix, but development needs to be compatible with the
comprehensive plan and our Island's ambiance."
At the same time, the city has to remember that
"the contributions of our business community to our
city are legendary."

Bradenton Beach has

two for one, one bye
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Ward 4 on the Bradenton Beach City Commis-
sion has two candidates competing for the seat: Bob
Bartelt and Bill Shearon.
The Ward 2 seat will be taken by Bob Connors,
who faced no opposition in his re-election bid.

Robert Bartelt's accent is undeniably Milwau-
Milwaukee, where he spent more than three
decades in public safety work, is his past.

Bartelt says his present and future is undeniably
Bradenton Beach.
The 62-year-old retired firefighter and paramedic
is running for a seat on the city commission in the
Island's southernmost city,
where he has lived for the past
eight years.
Bartelt said he decided to
run for office to become more
involved in city politics - not
because he wanted to run a
campaign against Shearon.
The Islander conducted
Bartelt an interview with Bartelt, a
Church Avenue resident, last
The Islander: You've decided to run for the city
commission, what do you think is in your background
that well qualifies you for the office?
Bob Bartelt: I have served for more than four
years on the city of Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES
Partnership Committee that adds a layer of protection
in preserving our traditional economy, as well as our
historical and ecological heritage. I know city hall. I
have been a Bradenton Beach resident for more than
eight years.
I also serve as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's
Division 8 finance officer and as treasurer of the Pines
Trailer Park Homeowners Association.
The Islander: What is the most significant issue
facing Bradenton Beach and why?
BB: My focus will be on retaining the current
"old Florida" character of our fair city, while working
to ensure that it remains fiscally sound.
The Islander: How do you plan to address this?
BB: I will vote and make other decisions in a
manner consistent with the city's vision statement
and new comprehensive plan, since many concerned
residents worked long and hard to make these our
guiding documents. They protect our community's
quality of life.
Bradenton Beach is a small, friendly island com-

munity that values the civic pride of both perma-
nent and seasonal residents, maintains its old Florida
charm, and respects its bountiful natural resources.
History, hospitality and spirit are the hallmarks
of our thriving waterfront, offering ease of mobility
by land and sea.
The Islander: If you could, characterize for me
- what kind of place is Bradenton Beach?
BB: Bradenton Beach is unique among Florida's
resort communities, since we maintain low-profile
architecture and a historic district, while we have
two waterfronts, making Bradenton Beach a work-
ing waterfronts community.
The Islander: And what would you change about
Bradenton Beach?
BB: I would like to expand the level of com-
munication between the citizens and city officials. I
would also like to get more citizens involved in the
boards and processes of city government.
The Islander: I'd like to get your quick thoughts
on some issues facing Bradenton Beach, and the
Island as a whole.
What is your opinion of consolidation for Island
BB: Bradenton Beach has always been at the
forefront in our programs and projects, way ahead
of other cities. We lead through example.
I do not favor consolidation because I feel that
Bradenton Beach would only be d ., in,_- the other
communities along.
Each of the Island's cities have their own dis-
tinct personalities that have developed through the
years. Historically, these personalities have some-
times clashed, because Islanders from the three cities
share very different visions of what their communities
should be. Consolidation would waste everybody's
n i i ,.'.v. Through the decades, these discussions have
remained unfruitful.
The Islander: What are your thoughts on a new
bridge for the Island?
BB: I feel we, the laid-back Islanders down here,

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Looking for closure
Sometimes when bad things happen, such as the
death of family member or friend, including a beloved
pet, we look for an event that signals closure. Closure
provides us with a sense of finality, a means to come to
terms with our loss or the feelings we've experienced.
We're almost all dealing with closure now, one way
or another. We're in week three - halfway finished, if
you're the optimist - of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
Shells restaurant in Holmes Beach closed, citing
the economy and bleak prospects during the bridge clo-
sure. The company closed seven restaurants and filed
for bankruptcy. The Seafood Shack closed for the same
reasons and, more recently, the Iron Skillet closed.
But before this reality, there were others less noted
in the media. Mattison's at the Plaza on Longboat Key
closed. During the past year, a dentist's office, gas station
and Longboat Market on the north end of the key closed,
and recently the Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands
Key Chamber of Commerce moved to smaller headquar-
ters mid-key on Longboat to reduce costs and to better
serve members to the south.
Notable in Manatee and Sarasota counties, Ruth's
Chris sold its Sarasota steakhouse and four others,
although the locations remain open thanks to the influx
of cash and a leaseback deal. The popular Table in Sara-
sota's Southside Village closed, as did MT's Martinis and
Tapas in East Manatee. Before that, numerous closures
took a toll at Main Street Lakewood Ranch, including
Morton's Market and Fred's restaurant.
Faced with the imminent bridge closure, Anna Maria
Island restaurants and businesses buckled down, came
up with a variety of specials and yet, maybe due to the
depressed economy, some closed and many still struggle.
And, as one Islander advised, we better make plans
to weather three years of economic hardship, a dismal
thought indeed.
It's downright mournful.
What's next?
Well, on the positive side, we are seeing winter visi-
tors returning to the Island. But, while vacation rentals
were up this summer, restaurants and stores that offered
great enticements still saw spending spiral downward.
And certainly, we tried to convince the Florida
Department of Transportation the bridge closure would
exacerbate the economic situation, to no avail.
Will the ongoing financial bailout trickle down
and improve discretionary spending? Will the election
change the complexion? Will lipstick improve the pig?
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My husband and I have followed the articles and
comments in your newspaper related to our Bradenton
Beach property and remained silent. Despite inaccu-
rate articles that have referred to Synovus Bank as
the owners of this property, we have owned 502 Bay
Drive S. since January 2005.
Unlike many victims of GSR Development, for-
tunately, we had already purchased our property prior
to its insolvency. But when GSR Development went
down, it left us with no funds in the condo association
and unpaid bills to creditors, some of which had pro-
vided maintenance of the buildings. It took us months
and more than $50,000 to repair the damage done by
GSR's irresponsible financial dealings.
Although we do not yet have the luxury of living
on Anna Maria Island year around, we tried to be a
good neighbor. When the other three units of Hibiscus
I and II were tied up in the bankruptcy court we paid
the expenses for upkeep. Unlike many GSR properties
that have become vacant eyesores, Hibiscus I and II
are attractive and well built properties that have been
sold and provide significant revenues to the city of
Bradenton Beach.
Furthermore, Synovus Bank has not owned the
other three units of Hibiscus I and II since July. They
are now owned by a Sarasota resident.
It is our sincere hope that someday we will be able
to retire in our lovely little condo in peace.
Christel L. Lewis, Bradenton Beach and Virginia
Beach, Va.

Center thanks
for golf tournament
John Horne and his Anna Maria Oyster Bar team
have again shown that they are deeply committed to

making our Island community a better place.
Thanks to Horne and his hard-working team, all
the volunteers, and the tremendous support of busi-
nesses and individuals, the Anna Maria Oyster Bar
Charity Golf Tournament was another amazing suc-
Golfers from as far as Spain came to be a part
of this successful fundraiser that benefits more than
1,200 youth and their families annually and provides
scholarships for children and families who are other-
wise unable to afford quality before or after school
On behalf of all those the Center serves, the staff
and board of directors deeply appreciate the time,
e n. i and commitment of everyone who worked to
make this event such an incredible success.
We also remain deeply grateful for all of you, for
understanding the need and making the commitment
required to create life-changing outcomes.
Your hard work and dedication to the people of
our community today is not limited to the present.
You set a wonderful example for our children - our
future philanthropists.
Pierrette Kelly, Center executive director
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Candidates speak out

would rather stay within the charm of a smaller bas-
cule bridge. We do not need a Ringling Bridge. A
high bridge would exacerbate evacuation problems
during high winds, and the approaches would alter
the complexion of our island.
The Islander: Anna Maria Island Bridge and the
Cortez Bridge were built at the same time. /li. -i../l we
be looking at that structure as well?
BB: Absolutely not. A high bridge at Cortez Road
would loom over our historic district and destroy its
character. Similarly, the approaches to such a bridge
would destroy many businesses and the character of
the village of Cortez.
The Islander: Taxes and property values have
been big issues for Florida voters the past couple of
years. Do you think those issues have been addressed
BB: Islanders pay an unfair share of taxes because
their property is appraised for highest and best land use.
How can a little mom-and-pop motel or other
business stay in business if its taxes are the same as a
high-rise condo for millionaires?
The empty Gulffront property where GSR went
belly up formerly had two motels that were bulldozed
to make way for luxury condos that would have been
out of character and contributed to a canyon effect on
Gulf Drive.
Every time a hotel or motel is destroyed, it hurts
our tourism industry. Look at what happened when
Longboat Key lost its Holiday Inn and all those motel
The Islander: The city, to meet its new budget, will
dip into some reserves. Projections statewide are not
good for the 2009-10 budget year. What are some pre-
liminary thoughts about how the city can operate?
BB: We are fortunate in having staff such as our
program-projects manager, who is a very successful
grant writer. We also are fortunate in having a com-
munity redevelopment agency that gets outside fund-

ing. For day-to-day operations, our city runs a very
efficient government.
The Islander: Tell voters something they might
not know about you?
BB: I enjoy playing piano in my spare time. I
also sang in a German male chorus when I lived in
Milwaukee, before I moved to Bradenton Beach.

When William Shearon arrived to Bradenton
Beach to retire, he didn't linger.
Shearon, who dedicated himself to building a busi-
ness in Chicagoland, built another business in Braden-
ton Beach. With Tjet Martin, his partner, Shearon runs
the Linger Longer Resort.
Shearon also became active
in Bradenton Beach's civic
community and, on Nov. 4, he
is seeking election to the city
commission. His opponent is
Robert Bartelt.
Shearon's involvement in
Bradenton Beach includes
..... participation in the Metro-
politan Planning Organization,
Bradenton Beach ScenicWAVES, the city pier team,
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce. He served three years
on the city commission before giving up his seat to
run unsuccessfully for mayor.
While commissioner, as well as during the year
prior to his election, Shearon attended nearly every
public city meeting.
"And the few that I missed, I listened to on tape,"
he said. "I go 110 percent."
The Islander conducted an interview with Shearon,
who lives at Linger Longer, last week.
The Islander: You've decided to run for the city
commission, what do you think is in your background
that well qualifies you for the office?

In the Oct. 14,1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Bradenton Beach Police Chief Jack Maloney
resigned his position following a dispute with Mayor
Connie Drescher regarding a traffic accident involv-
ing building official Bill Sanders. Lt. Sam Speciale of
the police department was appointed by Drescher to
replace Maloney.
* Anna Maria Island TurtleWatch director Suzi
Fox reported a record 232 nests were found on the
Island during turtle season, surpassing the previous
record of 220 set in 1995.
* Then-Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore
said construction of a new baseball field would
start within the next few weeks. Manatee County
was to provide the labor and fill, while the city
must haul the fill, she said. The city designated
the field site just north of city hall be named in
honor of former baseball great and longtime Island
resident Birdie Tebbetts.

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Islanders scavenge in off-season Islandwide trolley hunt

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The scavenging began in Anna Maria.
And continued Islandwide, from the Anna Maria
City Pier to Coquina Beach.
Several contestants joked that Islanders, with the
off-season at hand and the Anna Maria Island Bridge
closed at Manatee Avenue, needed to spend their Sat-
urday scavenging.
But they were scavenging for prizes, not suste-
nance. And the activity Saturday was a game, not a
necessity of life.
The event was the Trolley Scavenger Hunt, one
of the many feel-good events planned during the
45-day shutdown of the AMI Bridge.
The hunt took place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11,
with contestants registering at the Sandbar Restaurant
parking lot on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria.
In teams of various sizes, contestants headed out,
many of them making use of the trolley, to collect
items and answers required to complete the hunt.
A 10-page handout guided contestants through
the hunt, providing clues to get points.
Contestants answered questions, such as:
* Name the one highway, the one route and the
two trails traveled on the hunt?
* State the length of the Island.
* State the average year-round temperature on the
Contestants also gathered up items, such as:
* Ten points for a seagull feather - and not
obtained by harming the bird.
* Five points for a dried seagrape leaf.
The hunt was organized to promote a good time,
but also to promote Island business.
Saturday morning, one of the first visits for many
scavengers, Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, was
crowded with people clamoring to collect points on
three clues.
Scavengers requested a brochure for the
store and bakery to score points, found the
answer to how many people shop at Ginny's
for more points. And what, the scavengers
asked, was the soup of the day? Spinach and
artichoke was the answer that earned them still
more points.
"It's not as easy as I thought it was going to be,"
said Carmen Hiller of Palmetto, who played with a
team from her workplace. "Where I am I going to
find a fisherman or fisherwoman with a fresh caught
An eavesdropping contestant, Maddy Taylor, said
she knew but wouldn't tell.
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City estimates bridge repair at $38,000

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The aging humpback bridge on North Bay Boule-
vard needs $38,000 in repairs before it can be reopened,
Anna Maria commissioners learned Oct. 9.
The repairs sound like Botox for bridges -
injecting a compound that is fast-acting, light and
strong to fill gaps and voids underneath the approach
to the bridge to extend the structure's life.
The bridge was closed to traffic Sept. 22 due to
safety concerns.
There was a thump that had worried Anna Maria
engineer Tom Wilcox. And also a dip that he could
see when he examined the approach to the humpback
Further study, with city public works director
George McKay and bridge specialists, found that
there is a void under the decking that must be filled.
The Bay Boulevard Bridge, as well as the Cres-
cent Street Bridge, were built in 1952. "They've had
a pretty good life," Wilcox said.
He reminded commissioners of past work on the
bridges, but made it clear that the structures are aging
and that tides and saltwater can take a toll.
The present problem on the Bay Boulevard
Bridge, Wilcox said, is with slab on the north
approach that is under asphalt, and the fill mate-
rial under the 10-inch thick concrete slab.
To learn more about the problem, Wilcox said
holes were punched or drilled through the deck. What
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options at various prices:
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and shoulder area and inject flowable fill into gaps
underneath. The cost, as proposed by Lovin Con-
struction of Bradenton, is $7,517.
* Option No. 2 is to remove the approach slab
and slope pavement and inject a chemical grout to
stabilize the soil behind sheet piling. The cost, also
proposed by Lovin, is $31,235.
* Option No. 3 is a deep injection of Uretek 486
lightweight polyurethane to fill the void. The cost,
as proposed by Uretek ICR Florida of Lakeland, is
$38,100. The project would take two days.
* Option No. 4 is to remove the approach slab and
slope pavement and install new composite sheet pile
behind existing sheet pile. The cast, as proposed by
Lovin, is $38,350.
* Option No. 5 is to use chemical grouting with
urethane and micro-fine cement to fill the voids under
the ridge. The cost, as proposed by Consel Inc. of
Naples, is $72,464.
Wilcox said No. 2 and No. 4 were good options
because, by removing the approach slab, the city
could better see conditions underneath.
But Wilcox also endorsed No. 3, which comes
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Candidates speak out
Bill Shearon: What I'm going to bring to the
table is my business experience - 27 years being
an independent petroleum marketer, starting out with
one employee and ending up with 150. I know what
it takes to make a payroll. And I know what it takes
to succeed in business.
I have my three years as a former commissioner
before running for mayor. I have experience in Bra-
denton Beach.
The Islander: What is the most significant issue
facing Bradenton Beach and why?
BS: The biggest issue in all government, and our
whole economy, is the way we do business. It needs
to be re-evaluated.
The Islander: How do you plan to address this
BS: As a commissioner, I was very strong on
budget reform. I am going to work with the mayor
and the commission to get better financial informa-
tion so that decisions and necessary cuts can be made.
We can address the main concern - which is spend-
ing less with less revenue.
The Islander: If you could, characterize for me
- what kind of place is Bradenton Beach?
BS: It's very unique and quiet, which is scarce now
- and that's the reason why I made this my retirement
home, and why I have a business here. It is unique. It
is seasonal. And we kind of have the best of all worlds
- it is as laid-back as any island in Florida.
The Islander: And what would you change about
Bradenton Beach?
BS: Bradenton Beach has been fortunate with the
past mayor and the past staff in respect of wanting to
change things for the better. Now we have to kind of
take it the next step. To be negative, which I hate to
do, in Bradenton Beach we have a tendency to start
a lot of things, but we don't get them finished.
We need a timeline on getting things done. We
can't spend tens of thousands of dollars researching
something and not following through on it.
The Islander: I'd like to get your quick thoughts

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on some issues facing Bradenton Beach, and the
Island as a whole.
What is your opinion of consolidation for Island
BS: I was involved in that as a former commis-
sioner and served as a representative of Bradenton
Beach to the ad hoc committee that was trying to take
consolidation to the next step....
I think the appropriate starting point is what we
were working on - to consider, and I underline con-
sider, consolidating some services that would be ben-
eficial to all three towns and start a phase-in of services,
with the idea that if it worked, we could add some more
services and if it didn't we could shelve the thing.
The Islander: What are your thoughts on a new
bridge for the Island?
BS: To me that is a basic no-brainer.... There
should be a fixed-span bridge at Manatee Avenue.
And there are two reasons for that - it would be
guaranteed access off the Island and it wouldn't have
the openings that cause traffic problems. Plus, there
is the indication that it would be less expensive to put
in a fixed-span bridge.
The Islander: The Anna Maria Island Bridge and
the Cortez Bridge were built at the same time. %/'. "/../
we be looking at the Cortez structure as well?
BS: I think we should be looking at that now,
simultaneously, but to keep the Cortez Bridge the
type that it is now. To have it a fixed-span would be
cost-prohibitive.... To do a fixed-span bridge they
would have to go way out in the Gulf of Mexico to
get the right angles.
The Islander: Taxes and property values have
been big issues for Florida voters the past couple of
years. Do you think those issues have been addressed
BS: Oh, no. I haven't gotten my tax bill yet, but
I' m scared to death. My taxes aren't going down that
The Islander: The city, to meet its new budget,
will dip into some reserves. Projections statewide
next year are not good for the next budgets. What
are some preliminary thoughts about how the city
can operate?
BS: My last year as a commissioner, I did not
vote for the budget. I believe the mayor and the com-
mission need better information to make better deci-
sions. As far as taking it out of the reserves, I strongly
feel that that is a very big mistake. The reserves are
there for a reason and that's just telling voters that
we are not making any changes. I would have bit the
bullet and said, "Hey...." Now, what do we do next
year? We' re prolonging the problem.
I do want to say, because I was involved in the
budget process before, the city staff has been very
conservative and really looks after the spending.
The Islander: Tell voters something they might
not know about you?
BS: I walk with my guide dog, Levet, for an
hour and a half in the morning and an hour and a
half at night. I walk the whole town. Gulf Drive. I
know what's going on. I'm visually impaired. But
my vision for the city is not impaired, and I have a
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Ward 2
Bob Connors did not face opposition when he
ran a first time for the Ward 2 seat on the Bradenton
Beach City Commission in 2006.
And Connors, a resident of Avenue B, does not
face opposition this year.
Connors, who has lived for nine years in Braden-
ton Beach with his wife, is a graduate of Northeastern
University in Boston, with a degree in economics.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was
employed as a social worker, worked for UPS for 20
years, followed by employment with Liberty Reverse
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Early voting Oct. 20
Early voting for the Nov. 4 general elec-
tion will begin Monday, Oct. 20, at the Manatee
County Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301
Blvd. W., Suite 118, Bradenton.
Early voting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. through Oct. 25 and from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3.
Absentee ballots have already been mailed to
voters who requested them.
Voting at Island precincts on election day will
take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The supervisor's office is reminding voters
that they must present identification with a signa-
ture and a photograph.
The tally of registered voters in Manatee
County as of Oct. 7 was 203,676. There are 88,169
registered Republicans and 67,797 registered
Democrats in the county.
For more information, call the supervisor's
office at 941-741-3823.

Dem club meets Oct. 20
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet at noon Monday, Oct. 20, for lunch at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach.
Waldo Proffitt, columnist with the Sarasota Her-
ald-Tribune, will be the speaker, along with some
local Democratic candidates for office and represen-
tatives of the Barack Obama presidential campaign.
For information, call Dale de Haan at 941-778-9287.

Center to host concert
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
seeking vendors and sponsors to participate in its
free outdoor concert from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 15.
The concert will take place on the Center playing
field, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, and feature the
band Yesterdayze playing music of yesteryears.
In addition to inviting vendors to sell food, drinks
and crafts, the Center is inviting concert-goers to
bring lawn chairs, blankets and their neighbors.
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Paddle hard:

Kayak fest Oct. 26
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Kayaks first came to use in arctic regions, but
paddlers in warmer climates long ago adapted to the
people-powered boats.
On Oct. 26, Native Rentals and Retail, Beach
Bums, the BeachHouse Restaurant, Giant and Ocean
Kayak will host the Outdoor Kayak Festival in Bra-
denton Beach.
The event will take place near the BeachHouse,
200 Gulf Drive N., beginning at 9 a.m.
Events include introduction to kayaking sessions,
a kayak fishing seminar, raffles for a kayak and a
bicycle and the first annual Kayak Cup race, with
heats taking place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The following is an interview with festival orga-
nizer Shawn Duytschaver, owner of Native Rentals
Bikes and Kayaks.
The Islander: Is this event a resurrection of the
outdoor festival held in previous years on the bay
Shawn Duytschaver: This, to us, is a resurrection
to the festival on our end. We are bringing all of our
equipment kayaks, paddles, vests, etcetera, to this
The Islander: What do you think is the difference
between kayaking in the bay and on the Gulf?
SD: The difference between kayaking in the bay
and Gulf is the bay is more birds and mangroves
where the beach is sand, shells and sunsets. I have
a lot of customers who like both. Each has its own
attributes. We are lucky to have a beautiful calm Gulf
side and our bays are very protected and full of wild-
The Islander: I grew up with canoes and I'm
not sure I heard of kayaks until maybe in the last 10
years. Have kayaks replaced canoes? Or are they
quite different ways to travel?
SD: The sit-on-top kayak, in a way, has become
the new canoe. It is stable, self-bailing and easy to
The Islander: I get the sense that this event is for
kayakers of all skill levels, as well as non-kayakers.
SD: This is definitely an event for all ages and
skill levels. We want to expose people to the fun of
kayaking and let people use all the different models

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The third project by Anna Maria developer Mike
Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC to develop
properties that retain the city's historic ambiance
hit a slight stumbling block at the Oct. 7 planning
and zoning board hearing. Several P&Z members
expressed concern for Coleman's request for multiple
variances for the project.
The proposed project, named "Cozy Corner," calls
for a retail-office-residential complex at 513 Pine Ave.
that would retain the historic d\ .11in_.' built around
1920, and add three ROR structures designed in keep-
ing with the old Florida style of architecture.
Each building was planned with retail compo-
nents on the ground level, while the second floor
would be residential, Coleman said.
Coleman said he needed the variances to meet
parking and setback codes. The site-plan calls for 23
parking spaces, but Coleman said he needs a vari-
ance to allow some of those to be off-site. He also
asked for a variance to use tandem parking for the
residential units, and a 12-foot, 2-inch variance for a
side-yard setback.
P&Z board chairman Doug Copeland said he
believed Coleman was creating the need for a vari-
ance with the parking plan proposed in the site plan.
As the plan stands, the parking configuration is "not
allowed without a variance," Copeland noted.
Agreed, said Coleman. "I have struggled with the
options. I can't solve the parking problem completely,
but I could find a way with a variance," he said.

Si.., , Duytschaver, sitting atop a delivery of
kayaks to his Native Rentals Bikes and Kayaks, is
one of the organizers of the Outdoor Kayak Festi-
val on Oct. 26. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

of kayaks.
The Islander: But how competitive do you expect
the race for the cup to be?
SD: This is our first annual cup so its not as much
competitive as it is a great team-building exercise. We
are encouraging Realtors and other such businesses
to get teams together. It is a great moral-boosting
The Islander: Will contestants need their own
SD: No, you don't need to bring your own any-
thing. We will provide c \ctillIIII i. plus - chances
at winning a new bike and a new kayak.
The Islander: What kind of numbers do you expect
for the event? Dozens of kayakers? Hundreds?
SD: We are hoping for a couple hundred people.
We also are hoping for a lot of exposure, and want
to get the word out so that people know about the
For more information about the festival, call
Native Rentals at 941-778-7757.

But Copeland, along with board member Randall
Stover, suggested Coleman could comply with city
parking codes by constructing smaller buildings and
rearranging the structures. Coleman could eliminate
the need for a side-yard setback variance, and provide
the required parking spaces.
\ iLho '[il the side-yard setback [and with smaller
buildings], you could provide parking on one side,"
Copeland said. "These are not unique circumstances"
that prevent a developer from building on a piece of
property, he observed.
If Coleman would alter the design, that would
reduce the number of required parking spaces and
he could likely build without obtaining a variance,
Copeland indicated.
Coleman said he wanted to be in compliance with
city codes. "How can I make it work? I only became
aware of the side-yard setback problem two days ago.
It's my fault," he said.
"Compliance is my No. 1 objective," Coleman said,
adding that he would re-examine the plans and meet
with city planner Alan Garrett to modify the site plan.
Board members agreed to continue the hearing
to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5, allowing Coleman time to come
up with a plan that doesn't require a variance.
But by Friday, Oct. 10, Coleman said he had mod-
ified his plan to meet all objections noted by the board.
The new plan will be presented Nov. 5, he said.
The board gave unanimous approval for Pine
Avenue Restoration's modified site-plan for mixed
use at 315, 317 Pine Ave., and will forward that rec-
ommendation to the city commission.

Pine Avenue restoration project delayed

BB explores dune restoration plan

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach city commissioners gave city
staff the go-ahead to prepare a grant application for
a dune restoration project across from city hall.
The project's future, however, depends on the
amount of in-kind support city staff can drum up.
The project may also involve working with Ed
Chiles and his BeachHouse Restaurant, which owns
undeveloped land adjacent to the city property on the
west side of the 100 block of Gulf Drive North near
First Street.
The commission, during a work meeting Oct.
9, reviewed with city project and program manager
Lisa Marie Phillips and building official Steve Gilbert
plans to seek a grant under the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection's Coastal Partnerships
Phillips asked for and received tentative support
for a very preliminary plan because the grant applica-
tion deadline is Oct. 21.
She said she had not planned to seek a grant
until the city recently was asked if it could use some
beach-quality sand.
A condition of the grant is a $1 to $1 match in
funds, Phillips said, such that if the state awards the
city $15,000, the city must invest $15,000.
However, the investment can be in-kind services
and materials, which is where the partnership with
local businesses and organizations is a factor.
Specifically, the city project involves creat-
ing four parking spaces at the First Street property,
including two ADA-compliant spaces; building
dunes; installing a dune walkover; and possibly an
ADA-accessible viewing platform at the walkover.
Adding dunes, Gilbert said, would add protec-
tion to Gulf Drive and city hall, as well as enhance

BB commission meets

Oct. 16
The Bradenton Beach City Commission
will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at city
hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The agenda for the meeting includes the
first reading of a revised sign ordinance and a
discussion on updating the ordinance covering
the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Other agenda items include requests to
place promotional banners at the intersection
of Cortez Road and Gulf Drive and for permits
to hold special events.

wildlife habitat.
"I'm told now that's considered a flat dune," he
said. "It provides no protection from a surge or break-
ing waves."
Gilbert said the project would require permits
from the DEP, and he suggested that the BeachHouse
and Chiles might find it advantageous to get involved
so enhancements could be made to a larger area.
While authorizing staff to proceed, the commis-
sioners and Mayor Michael Pierce expressed concern
about costs to the city.
Pierce pointed out that it is a city expense even
if the city's only contribution is labor hours from the
public works, building and planning and projects and
program departments.
Phillips said, "Yes, one way or another it is going
to cost the taxpayers something."
But, she said, it doesn't have to cost them
"We're relying heavily on partnerships. It's

Players toast new season with 'Cocktail Hour'

By Lisa Neff
Islander critic
The Island Players toast a new season, opening
with 'The Cocktail Hour" on the Anna Maria stage.
See the play before the last Sunday matinee,
because you may be so smitten with Barbara Flem-
ing's performance that you'll want to catch a re-run.
The two-act play by A.R. Gurney serves as some-
thing of an homage to the drawing-room comedies of
yesterday. The plot deals with a middle-aged play-
wright, John, played by Mark Woodland, who has
returned to his aging parents' home in upstate New
York to share with them his new play - which bor-
rows a lot from home-life.
'The Cocktail Hour" premiered in San Diego in
June 1988, and was first produced in New York City
in October 1988. The play opened in Anna Maria at
the Island Players at its Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive
theater on Oct. 9.
Father Bradley, played by David Ohlson, doesn't
care to be personified on stage, his objections have
largely to do with his concern for being ridiculed and
satirized in the theater.
Sister Nina, played by Diana Shoemaker, seems
so-so on the subject - she'd mind less if her char-
acter had a larger, more significant role.
Fleming's mother Ann has some concerns, mostly
with how the play will reflect upon on her family. Plays
are loud, she says. Why not write a book instead?
The family reservations are shared during the
cocktail hour, which is extended by a new maid's
inability to cook a roast.
In short, the martinis flow and so do the recrimi-
nations and revelations. Visiting director Gareth
Gibbs, welcoming the audience and prepping the
house for the play, says, "A family and cocktails,
that's a recipe a for you know what - trouble."
Sit back, he encourages, "and enjoy my wonder-
ful cast in 'The Cocktail Hour.'"
With Gibbs' direction, audience-members might
feel like forgotten dinner guests watching a family crisis
- the build up, the blow up and the recovery effort.
Woodland and Ohlson are the first players to step
onto the stage - and it's their characters' strained

relationship at the heart of the play.
Woodland's John has issues he wants to deal with
- his new play a gimmick for exploring them. John is
a troubled man who blames his father and, to a lesser
degree, his mother for his anger and resentment.
For much of the first act, Woodland reveals his char-
acter's anger in short, dry comments and questions, but
you'll sense the buried rage. And, if you're seated in a
front or second row, you might feel the rush of air that
comes with his verbal explosion.
Ohlson's Bradley, too, has issues, but he mostly
doesn't want to deal with them, preferring scotch at
cocktail hour and reminiscences about the good old
yesteryears - and an occasional reminder that he will
one day die. Though there are jokes over Bradley's
hypochondria and fear of death, Ohlson undoubtedly
will make you think sadly about his character's mor-
tality and perhaps trigger a tear.
Fleming arrives next on stage. Her speech,
manner and style are right-on up-state New York
upper class. She endearingly presents a sweet but
classy mother who is less out-of-touch than she seems
and more caring than she's given credit.
Shoemaker is the fourth and final character to
arrive on stage - and she does so with a burst of
n. iu'y and speed-talk that personifies everything
about her character. The ne i.,'y and enthusiasm are
intended to mask the fact that Nina is a deeply unsat-
isfied woman who has lived her life by doing what's
expected of her, not what she wants.
The set, designed by Gibbs, is what Gurney
called for - a stepped-down living room with a
front entrance and part of a staircase, furnished with
a writing desk, family portraits, lots of books and
comfortable furniture. A "waxed and clean" space
where things get messy at cocktail hour.
Joining Gibbs on the production staff are light
designer Chris McVicker, sound designer Bob Grant,
costume designer Don Bailey, stage manager Mavis
Gibbs, makeup and hair artist Rita Lamoreux and
props chairs Bobbie Berger and Joann Murdoch.
'The Cocktail Hour" continues through Oct. 19,
with performances Tuesday-Saturday at 7 p.m. and
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Tose were the days

Part 5, The Hurricane of 1921

Anna Maria Island

hit hard
by June Alder
After a good night's rest to recover from his
hurricane ordeal, Jack Leffingwell (builder of the
nearly completed bridge to Anna Maria Island) and
Edison Curry (a neighbor of Jack's on Point Pleas-
ant in Bradenton) set off in Curry's launch down
the Manatee River to Cortez.
Jack dreaded what he might find.
His first concern was the fate of the pile-driver
and its caretaker. The man had refused to leave his
post as the storm approached on the evening of
Oct. 23. The huge piece of equipment had broken
loose from its moorings and disappeared at the
height of the storm.
To his relief Jack saw that the pile-driver had
come to rest about a mile north of the bridge,
almost midway up Anna Maria Island.
"We found that unreasonable craft, all right,
with its 50-foot-high derrick undamaged and
upright," Jack wrote in his memoir of the storm.
"It was on the Island, west of Cobb's boat yard.
And the old black man was alive - down in the
hold and still praying."
As for the bridge, the steel draw with its foun-
dation was intact, Jack rejoiced to see, but almost
all the decking from the nearly half-mile-long span
had been swept away. Two large fish houses and
a store had crashed into the bridge, knocking out
many pilings. It would take a lot of work to repair
the bridge - but it could be done.
Jack and his friend motored slowly up the
sound along the shoreline of the Island. The dock
on the south end where steamers made stops was
gone, and so were most of the cottages and shacks
in Cortez Beach (now Bradenton Beach). But the
Gulf Park Hotel built by Jack's friend Rurick Cobb
in 1906 still stood, though considerably damaged
on its Gulfside. And further northward also still
standing was the long Anna Maria wharf built 10
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Jack and his companion put in at the dock where
a dozen or so men were cleaning up storm debris.
Not one cottage on the Island had been swept off
its foundation stones, not a soul was injured, he was
told. But there had been some close calls. The Island
school teacher and her aged father, who lived in Lotus
cottage on the pier, might have lost their lives had not
Mitch Davis (future first mayor of the town of Anna
Maria) risked his life to carry them off to safety.
Most disturbing was what had happened to Bean
Point. The lovely, gently curving promontory, where
the Island's first homesteader, George Emerson Bean,
had built his home amid a fine grove of tall palms in
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AME to make up Fay day
Friday, Oct. 17, will be used as a make-up day
for Manatee County District Schools, to account for
the closing of schools Aug. 19 due to the threat of
Tropical Storm Fay.
Originally, Oct. 17, was scheduled as a "record
day" for teachers and a day off for students. However,
the make-up day is necessary due to Florida statute
attendance requirements. Schools must operate for
180 days during the school year.

Anna Maria Elementary calendar
Anna Maria Elementary School has many events
throughout the school year in which the community
is welcome, including:
* Oct. 15, deadline to submit student art for Hal-
loween display.
* Oct. 16 all-day estuary project on the school's
* Oct. 17, hurricane make-up day. School in ses-
* Oct. 20, no school.
* Oct. 21, 23 and 24, West Manatee Fire Rescue
District presents fire safety and prevention pro-
* Oct. 22, 24 and 27, Safe Kids "Stranger Danger"
* Oct. 23, report-card conference night from 4:30
to 7:30 p.m.
* Oct. 25, Fall Festival costume contest at the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and

parade to AME, 10 a.m.
* Oct. 25, Fall Festival 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
* Nov. 3, reading walk-a-thon fundraising
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Islander to host dog costume contest
The Islander plans to celebrate Halloween with
a howling good time Oct. 31, and you're invited.
The newspaper will host the Crazy, Creepy,
Crawly Critter Celebration and Corral Costume Con-
test from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 31.
Prizes will be offered for pets in the scariest, most
original and silliest costumes, as well as dressed to
win an owner-critter lookalike contest.
Contestants will gather in a corral outside the
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, with reg-
istration starting at 5 p.m. and judging scheduled for
5:30 p.m.
The Islander is partnering on the event with Holmes
Beach resident Olivia Willis and daughter Emma.
The contest is scheduled to coincide with the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce's Trail of Treats,
which begins at 3:30 p.m. at the chamber office with
a kid's costume contest and then a trick-or-treating
adventure throughout downtown Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Lisa Williams at the
newspaper, 941-778-7978, or e-mail lisaw@islander.

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Anna Maria Elementary School menu

Monday, Oct. 20: No School.
Tuesday, Oct. 21
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit.
Lunch: Hamburger or Pork Riblets, Hash-
browns, Broccoli with Cheese Sauce, Fruit Cup
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Breakfast: Choice of "Jump Start" boxed
selections, Super Donut, Toast, Cereal.
Lunch: "Bosco" Sticks, Assorted Salads and
Sandwiches, Mixed Veggies,
Strawberries, Chortles.
Thursday, Oct. 23
Breakfast: Pancakes with Sausage, Oatmeal,
Cereal, Fruit.
Lunch: Tacos or Burrito, Spanish Rice,
Happy Birthday Cupcakes.
Friday, Oct. 24
Breakfast: Sausage and Egg Patty on a Biscuit,
Yogurt, Bagels, Cinnamon Roll, Cereal, Toast
Lunch: Pizza or Shrimp Poppers, Baby Car-
rots with Dip, Corn, Sherbet.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.

14 0 OCT. 15, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Lasting memories

for Michael Cagnina
A special group of guests were welcomed to
Anna Maria Elementary School Oct. 8 for the dedi-
cation of a memorial for former student and lifelong
Islander Michael Cagnina, who was killed Jan. 26 in
a motorcycle accident in Holmes Beach.
At the time of his death, parents John and Carol
Cagnina designated memorial gifts for Michael be
made to the Manatee Education Foundation. The
resulting funds were dedicated to helping with the
special needs of students with dyslexia.
The Cagnina family and guests gathered in the
media center, where they were greeted with a large
display of books selected by media specialist Lynne
McDonough for the library collection, all bearing a
label dedicating the volume to Michael.
Many of the people who donated to the MEF
in memory of Michael were in attendance, as well
as invited district personnel, including school board
member Harry Kinnan.
Guests were treated to lunch by Islander pub-
lisher Bonner Joy and then received a welcome from
principal Tom Levengood, guidance counselor Cindi
Harrison and MEF director Mary Glass.
McDonough introduced the books, many of
which focus on or about students with special needs.
Other books focused on Michael's interests, including
baseball and hot rods.
Prior to the luncheon, the school dedicated a

League's season begins
The Anna Maria Island Art League opened its
2008-09 season with an exhibit honoring the non-
profit group's faculty.
The faculty exhibit opened Oct. 10 with a recep-
tion at the league studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, and continues through Nov. 7.
Other events on AMIAL's schedule include:
* Fauna & Florida, Nov. 14-28, with a reception
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. The exhibit will
feature the "fin, fur, feather"-bearing work of local
* Peggy Potter: Pastel Moments, Dec. 5-19, with
a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5. The exhibit will fea-
ture Potter's pastels of landscapes, seascapes and
* Winterfest, an annual fine arts and crafts festi-
val, at field north of Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Dec. 13-14.
* 15th Annual James Pay Exhibit, Jan. 9-Feb. 6,
2009, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9. The exhibit
will feature AIAL's members and honors a league
* Robert Reiber: A Radical Departure, Feb.
13-27, 2009, with a reception Feb. 13. The exhibit
will celebrate the work of Island watercolor illustra-
tor and commercial artist Robert Reiber "taking a
turn toward abstract expression."
* Student Exhibit, from March 6-April 3, 2009,
with a reception March 6. The exhibit is open to
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A magnolia tree near the front of the AME campus
was dedicated with help from ffih - raiders, front
row, Clifford Porterfield, Max Driscoll, Mikey Ells-
worth and Zach Steward. Family and friends, from
left, Marie and Deena Franklin, John and Carol
Cagnina, Dawn Bates, Carmen Cagnina Shea,
Bunny Lambert, Manuela Herbert, Mary Glass,
Cindi Harrison and Tom Levengood. Above right,
Levengood welcomes the Cagnina family and
guests Oct. 8 to a luncheon and book dedication at
the Anna Maria Elementary media center. Islander
Photos: Bonner Joy
Magnolia tree, a fitting choice considering the Cag-
nina family homestead and the former IGA, oper-
ated by the Cagninas for many years, is on Magnolia
Avenue in Anna Maria.
Following the tree planting, Levengood and Har-
rison hosted a lunch and introduced the Michael Cag-
nina Memorial book display in the media center.

Photographer James Corwin Johnson shows
his work at the opening of the first exhibit of
the 2008-09 season at the Anna Maria Island
Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

AMIAL students of all ages.
* Springfest, another annual festival, at Holmes
Beach City Hall, March 14-15, 2009.
* Artists Gone Wild, April 10-May 1, 2009, with a
reception April 10. The juried exhibit is open to area
* 15th Annual Manatee High Exhibit, May 8-29,
2009, with a reception on May 8. The exhibit will
showcase the drawings, paintings, photographs,
ceramics and graphic designs of Manatee High
School art students.
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How you can give
to benefit schools
Mary Glass, director of the Manatee Edu-
cation Foundation said the organization "really
needs community support to help our teachers
and students."
The MEF is a non-profit that provides direct
support to the Manatee County School District.
The funds raised through special event, busi-
ness and individual donations go for classroom
grants and programs in the district. Due to the
major tax cut in dollars to the schools this year,
now more than ever the teachers are needing
help with supplies, t. hn, ,1, ,.'\ and materials.
The mission of MEF is to provide enhanced
educational opportunities for teachers and stu-
dents of Manatee County Public Schools that
cannot be funded by tax dollars.
This year we were able to fund the annual
Science Fair in January, the IST Institute for
Science Teachers at the South Florida Museum
and provide fourth-graders a museum field
A donation is an "investment in our great-
est resource, the more than 42,000 students of
Manatee Public Schools, Dlass said.
For information or donations, visit the Web
site at
or contact Glass at 941-708-8770, ext. 2148,
2149 or 2161, or e-mail glassm@manatee-

AME's Halloween art
Former Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn is working
in conjunction with Anna Maria Elementary School
students for an Islandwide Halloween art display.
AME principal Tom Levengood said students are
invited to create art using any medium they prefer, as
long as the work fits a Halloween theme.
SueLynn will collect artwork Oct. 15 for display
throughout the Island community, and list of locations
will be provided for the public to travel the Island and
view the art, which will "contribute to places to go
and things to do during the bridge closing" according
to SueLynn.
For more information, call the school administra-
tive office at 708-5525.

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Terri Milen and Rosemarie Fisher regularly
see clients at the Anna Maria Island Community
And these days, they say, they rarely see
someone not suffering financial stress - even
children struggle with economic hard times.
"We're concerned about people," Milen
"We understand that these are more stressful
times," Fisher added. "It may be tough times for
all of us."
And for some, she said, it may be times of
desperation and depression.
Anna Maria Island may be a sub-tropical
paradise, but it is not isolated from the economic
storm, said Milen.
The declining state of the nation's economy
is taking a physical and emotional toll on people
nationwide, according to data from the American
Psychological Association's newly released 2008
Stress in America survey.
"With the deteriorating economy dominating
the headlines, it's easy to worry more about your
finances than your health, but stress over money
and the economy is taking an emotional and physi-
cal toll on America," said psychologist Katherine
Nordal, the APA's executive director for profes-
sional practice. "Many say they are handling their
stress well. Yet, people report more physical and
emotional symptoms. If people continue to experi-
ence these high levels of stress for prolonged peri-
ods of time, they are at risk for developing serious
When asked about the recent financial crisis,
almost half of all adults surveyed by the APA said
they are increasingly stressed about their ability
to provide for their family's basic needs.

At the same time, eight out of 10 adults said
that the economy is a significant cause of stress,
up from 66 percent in April.
Compared to men, women are most likely to
report unhealthy behaviors to manage stress such
as eating poorly and excessive shopping, as well
as to report physical symptoms of stress such as
fatigue, irritability, headaches and feeling depressed
or sad.
The APA survey also found increases in the
number of people who reported lying awake at
night as a result of stress.
Milen and Fisher said they are familiar with
these stress symptoms and emphasized that the
Center can assist through its confidential program,
including family therapy.
Counseling can help, said Milen, adding that
talking about stress helps relieve stress.
"And also, we do help with employment strat-
egies," Milen added. "We can help people break it
all down into manageable steps of what to do."
Some clients, said Milen, are dealing with
underemployment or unemployment.
Some, added Fisher, are "upside down in their
mortgage, with no assets to draw on."
Healthcare costs and insurance also are issues,
the therapists agreed. But Fisher and Milen don't
think they are seeing enough people.
"While the economic crisis seems to be getting
worse, we are unfortunately seeing less people,"
Milen said. 'This isn't how it should work, even
though it makes sense to some degree.... The
reasons people back off from seeking counseling
during difficult times are many."
The Center's therapy program operates on a
sliding-fee schedule, from $1 to $30 per session.
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A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Sat-
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By Rick Catlin

Silver for Sandy
Sandy and Danny Moses of San-
dy's Lawn Service on Anna Maria
Island are celebrating the 25th anni-
versary of the business this month and
are extending a warm thank-you to all
their wonderful customers.
"It's been a great 25 years," said
"We moved here in 1982 and started
our business in 1983. When we began, it
was just Danny and I, but in the back of
my mind, I dreamed of having a small
business that would grow into a success
on this beautiful Island."
And grow it did, along with their
family. Sandy and Danny have two
girls who were both raised on Anna
Maria Island, and grew up along with
the business.
Today, Sandy and Danny employ
several crews and she credits their skill
and knowledge with much of the com-
pany's success.
"Our crews are really reliable and
thorough. They know so much about
lawn service and they care about our
customers and doing a good job. Some
of them have been with us for more
than 10 years," she said.
Sandy and Danny have seen a lot
of changes on the Island the past 25
years, but one constant is that Islanders
have remained friendly.
"It's just so great to be able to
live and work here. The people are so
friendly. We have a very cosmopoli-
tan group of clients from all over the
world, but they are all friendly. We are
just so thankful that everything worked
out for us," she said.
Sandy and Danny have always
believed in taking care of their cus-
tomers with excellent service and it's
paid off. "I think one of our secrets to
success is that we're there when we say
we'll be there," she said.
Another secret to their success is
that Sandy and Danny "trouble-shoot"
for their customers, particularly those
who are absent from the Island for
extended periods.
"When we see a problem like a
water leak, we'll do what we can to
protect the property while we're con-
tacting the owner. People really appre-
ciate that," Sandy said.

Sandy and Danny do monthly and
annual contracts, in addition to service
calls on an as-needed basis.
"We' re very flexible for our cus-
tomers and they appreciate that, and
we appreciate them. They are key to
our success," Sandy said.
For more information or to reach
Sandy or Danny, call 941-778-1345.


Monster Mash

Halloween Bash
Mattison's chain of restaurants will
host a Monster Mash Halloween Bash
on Friday, Oct. 31, at each Mattison's
Part of the festivities will be a cos-
tume contest at each restaurant - one
for men and one for women - with the
winners receiving a Mattison's Culi-
nary Club Card.
Live music, ghoulish drinks, appetiz-
ers, dinner specials and decorations for the
occasion are the order of the day, although
regular dining is also available.
Mattison's has three locations,
including on in Sarasota, one on Long-
boat Key and the waterfront restaurant
in downtown Bradenton.
At Mattison's Riverside at 1200
First Ave. W., in Bradenton, the Hal-
loween party begins at 6 p.m. with live
music by the Venturas.
Reservations for any Mattison's
location are requested, and persons
interested in attending the Braden-
ton party can call 941-748-8087, or
go online to, for
more information.

Seniors now have

day care option
The Sunny Bower Assisted Living
Facility on 71st Street in Braden-
ton recently expanded its services to
include day care for seniors.
Sunny Bower is owned and oper-
ated by Island residents Annie Close
and her son and daughter-in-law, Chris
and Maria Grumley, and the new ser-
vice is ready to provide family mem-
bers, spouses and care-givers with a
much deserved break.
The senior day care operates flex-
ible hours seven days a week, with
extended evening hours, said Maria
"Our service includes daily activi-
ties, all meals and snacks and personal
care, including showers," Maria said.
The staff at Sunny Bower is experi-
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celebrating 25 years in business this month. Islander Photo: Rebecca Barnett

ment and stroke-affected seniors, and
will provide "good company in a
safe environment" to seniors, Maria
Transportion can be arranged for
eligible seniors on the Manatee County
Area Transit Handybus.
Day care rates start at $65 per day,
and an hourly rate is offered as well.
For more information, call

'Super Funky'

sale at

Tide and Moon
Laura Shely of the Tide and the
Moon jewelry store and gift shop, 2502
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, at
the Club Bamboo Resort, is offering
a "Super-Funky Sale" special during
All items in the store will be 30
percent off during October, Laura
said, including what is available at
her booth at the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce Bayfest Oct.
18. Although the discount doesn't
apply to custom-made jewelry, Laura
said there are a large number of bar-
gains available.
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday.
To reach Laura for more informa-
tion about the sale, call 941-778-4050
or e-mail her at funkychick@tampabay.

New marketing

director at CVB
Jessica Grace has taken over the
role of marketing director for the
Bradenton Area Convention and Vis-
itors Bureau, fol-
lowing the depar-
ture last month of
Susan Estler to
become Panama
City's director of
Grace was
Jessica Grace formerly with the
Lee County visitors and convention
bureau and marketed the Fort Myers
and Sanibel Island beaches for the
"Jessica is a strong addition to a
very solid and successful marketing
team," said CVB executive director
Larry White. "Her familiarity with the
destination and her knowledge of both
traditional and interactive marketing
strategies are tremendous assets for
the CVB."
A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast
University in Fort Myers, Grace has
more than seven years experience in
the Florida tourism industry, and is a
member of the public relations com-
mittee for "Visit Florida," the state's
official tourism agency.

Get in the news
The Manatee Chamber of Com-
merce will hold its annual "Promote
Your Business and Get in the News"
seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
Friday, Oct. 17, at the Bradenton Coun-
try Club.
The seminar will focus on how
businesses can obtain more recognition
and publicity for themselves through
use of the various media in Manatee

Laura '/.. /'y of Tide and Moon
Jewelry at the Club Bamboo Resort
on Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Speakers from the print, radio and
TV media, including Islander pub-
lisher Bonner Joy, will discuss how to
obtain media exposure in the area.
Cost of the seminar is $25 for
members and $50 for non-members
and includes lunch. Reservations are
For more information, call Lisa
Reeder at 941-748-4842, ext. 123.

Fantasy cruises

for deals
Fantasy Travel at 6630 W. Cortez
Road, Bradenton, will host what
manager Pieter Hahn is calling "The
World's Largest Cruise Day Open
House" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs-
day, Oct. 16.
Pieter and the staff are offering
deals on cruises from member cruise
lines that include reduced deposits, on-
board credits and coupon books, Pieter
"Bring your checkbook, cash, or
credit card and let's make a deal,"
he said. "Come on down for a cruise
For more information, call

Free wine tast-

ing, new prix fixe

at Harry's
Harry's Continental Kitchen at
525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key,
reopened after its vacation last week
to continue its tradition of free weekly
wine tasting with another event
planned from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thurs-
day, Oct. 23.
In addition to free wine, patrons
will also be served some of Harry's
tasty treats, and all wines purchased at
Harry's Deli during the tasting will be
discounted 20 percent.
And Harry's dining room now
offers a new $25 per person, four-
course "Prix Fixe" dinner.
The main course offers Gulf of
Mexico mangrove snapper, or roasted
rack of lamb, among other choices for
A premium wine pairing for diners
is available for an additional $14 per
Dinner hours for the "Prix Fixe"
are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through
For more information or to make a
reservation, call 941-383-0777 or visit
the restaurant's Web site at www.har-

Islander Reporter
Just three years ago,
former Island real estate
developer Robert Byrne
displayed a $30 million
personal financial statement
to potential investors in his
now-failed company, GSR
Development LLC.
But as Bob Dylan
said, "The times they are-
a-changin.'" And how.
With both GSR and
Byrne in separate bank-
ruptcy cases, Byrne told
the federal bankruptcy court
earlier this year he had a
mere $500 in assets.

Robert Byrne's painting "On Coral" by noted
Australian artist Stephen McClymont sold for pen-
nies of the original cost at auction. Islander Photo:

He might be able to add Courtesy Kent Davis
$450 to the total that could
eventually be divvied up among his many creditors
following an Oct. 4 auction of his personal posses-
sions at Bay Area Auction Sales in Pinellas Park.
Make that an auction sale of his sole personal
possession. The only item brought to the sale by the
court that, according to court documents, belonged
solely to Byrne and had no mortgage or lien against it
was an abstract painting of what appears to be leaves
on a tree.
Island resident Kent Davis, who is owed money
by Byrne, attended the auction and said the event was
a series of bankruptcy estate sales. The Byrne estate
had one item listed - the painting.
Other items auctioned were "mostly a collec-
tion of bad items like you'd find at a discount garage
sale," said Davis with a chuckle.
He said the auctioneer did his best to boost
interest in the painting, characterizing the 6-foot-
by-6-foot monolith as a "great work of art." That
brought a round of laughter from the sparse crowd,
Davis said.
When the painting was brought to the front for
display, Davis said the laughter continued as people
saw it was an abstract, appearing like of tree leaves,
and entitled "On Coral."
One man wondered aloud if the painting and

Ex.developer Byrne's estate,

art values tumble
By Rick Catlin - ensuing laughter were

of a new "Candid Camera
skit, Davis said.
"The auctioneer
explained that the paint-
ing was from a bankruptcy
estate and that on the back it
still had the original price tag
of $18,000," added Davis.
The purchase price
brought a howl from the
audience, he said, that
continued when the auc-
tioneer started the bid-
ding at $10,000. With no
takers, the auctioneer then
lowered the opening bid to
$5,000, then $2,500, but
those prices brought nary
a nod from the apparently
discerning art connois-

seurs in attendance.
At this point, said Davis, the auctioneer reiterated
that this was a "rare work of art" by Australian mod-
ern-artist Stephen McClymont and dropped the price to
$1,000, but still no bids were forthcoming.
Davis said that when the auctioneer lowered the
opening bid to $250, "two people, who obviously
couldn't resist a bargain, bid the price up to $450, and
that was the final price," adding that he was unable
to locate the buyer following the conclusion of the
"I think they made a hasty exit before they could
be asked about their purchase. That buyer must have
had one heck of an ugly wall to cover," he said.
As a creditor trying to collect more than $100,000
from Byrne, Davis is dismayed that the bankruptcy
court could find no other assets.
"It's amazing how this painting represents Robert
Bymes' entire $30 million fortune after only three years.
It's hard to believe this is the only unencumbered asset
the court has been able to find," Davis said.
Davis and other Byrne creditors have claimed
in court that Byrne owes about $5 million through
various personal guarantees given when attracting
investors to GSR, which is now in the final throes of
its bankruptcy case.



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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.

Bradenton Beach
Oct. 1, 2000 Gulf Drive N., Bungalow Beach Resort,
burglary. The complainant said someone entered his unit
and took $200 from a purse and the purse was left in the
Oct. 5, Sixth Street and Manatee Avenue, Holmes
Beach, DUI. Officers noticed a vehicle swerving and stop
for a green light. The car was stopped and the driver, Lela
H. Rex, 31, of Bradenton, was arrested by Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies for DUI.
Oct. 7, Cortez Beach, drugs. Officers noticed
a vehicle parked at the beach after hours. Officers
noticed an open container of alcohol. Driver's licenses
of the four people in the car were checked and it was
determined one person had an outstanding arrest war-
rant from Polk County. A search of the vehicle turned
up what was later determined to be crack cocaine. Dion
Laray West, 30, of Lakeland, later allegedly admitted
the drugs were his and he was arrested on the warrant
as well as drug charges.

Holmes Beach
Oct. 4, 5400 block Marina Drive, warrant. Officers
saw a woman suspected of having an outstanding arrest
warrant for grand theft, placed her in custody, and she was
transported to jail.
Oct. 4, 5901 Marina Drive, city field, concert, trespass.
The event manager requested a man be issued a trespass
warning to leave the event, because he allegedly "was
acting strangely around children." The subject left the
Oct. 4, 100 block 30th Street, trespass. The com-
plainant said someone illegally dumped an estimated
400 to 500 pounds of ceramic tile at a construction site.
Based on an address found amidst the debris, officers
were able locate a suspect, who admitted to dumping the
material but said he had permission from the contractor
and paid him $20. After discussion, the suspect agreed to
pay the contractor $100 to have the tile hauled away. The
suspect also pointed out the man he gave $20 to and he
got that money back. The suspect was issued a trespass
warning from the property.
Oct. 7, 500 block 70th Street, theft of vehicle. The
complainant said she loaned her car to her roommate, who
did not return it. She was advised to call police if the car
and roommate returned.
Oct. 8, 8102 Gulf Drive, Haley's Motel, burglary. The
complainant said someone took jewelry from his motel
room while he and his wife were gone.

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Wednesday, Oct. 15
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Job fair sponsored by the Manatee Chamber of
Commerce at the Manatee Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

Thursday, Oct. 16
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - "Pilates for Pink" classes at Balance Pilates
and Yoga Center, 7463 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-773-6168. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Founda-
10 a.m. to 2p.m. - Kathy Wright demonstrates her plein-air painting
technique at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1906. Fee applies.
2 p.m. - Movie at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Friday, Oct. 17
Today is a Hurricane make-up day in Manatee County with all public
schools in session.
6:30 p.m. - Family night featuring "The Sponge Bob SquarePants
Movie" at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Saturday, Oct. 18
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Plant and antique sale at Palma Sola Botanical
Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-761-2866.
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island present "How
to Solar Power Your Home" with guest Tom Stockebrand at a breakfast
meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-795-8697.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Bridge Street Market featuring music, food
and shopping on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information:
10 a.m.-10 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
"Bayfest" on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-9412 or
10 to 11 a.m. - Mommy and Me at Mote "Water Wings" program
for ages 2 to 5 (accompanied by an adult) at Mote Marine Laboratory,
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441. Fee
Sunday, Oct. 19
1 to 7 p.m. - "Paws for Independence" featuring music, food and
raffles atAmerican Legion Post 24,2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-776-5843. Fee applies. Proceeds benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs.
Monday, Oct. 20
Today is a training day for public school educators and there are no
classes for students.
6 p.m. 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.
Noon - The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents "The
Change We Need" with guest speaker Waldo Proffit, Sarasota Herald-
Tribune columnist, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-9287. Reservations. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Oct. 21
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.
6:45 p.m. - The Federation of Manatee County Community Associa-
tions meeting with guest speaker John Chappie, Manatee County com-
missioner elect, at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton.
Information: 941-792-5477.

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Wednesday, Oct. 22
5 to 7 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business-
card exchange at Island Players Playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

* Faculty exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 7. Information: 941-778-2099.
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits atAnna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
* 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.
Coming up:
* Oct. 25, Anna Maria Elementary School Fall Festival and
* Oct. 25, Hawaiian shirt party at the Drift-In.
* Oct. 26, Outdoor Kayak Festival.

Chamber hosts

annual Trail of Treats
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
invites goblins and ghosts, princesses and fairies,
witches and warlocks to the annual Trail of Treats
Oct. 31.
The event again will take place beginning at 3:30
p.m. at the chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
with a costume contest.
From the chamber, costumed Halloween cel-
ebrants will head out to participating local establish-
ments to collect treats.
What kinds of costumes should trail-watchers
expect to see?
A survey by the National Retail Federation found
that witches and pirates are favorites among children
and adults, but expect to see a lot of kids dressed as
Disney persona Hannah Montana and "Star Wars"
heroes and villains.
Other popular children's costumes this holiday
include Spider-Man and Batman, the Dark Knight.
Among adults, the NRF predicts a number of
people will turn to politics for inspiration.
For more information about chamber events, call
the office at 941-778-1541

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Save the date
* Oct. 31, Trail of Treats.
* Oct. 31, Sandpiper Mobile Home park family fun party.
* Oct. 31, Koko Ray & Soul Providers Halloween bash.
* Nov. 1, Sarasota Blues Festival,
* 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, Cortez Folk Festival at the Maritime Museum, Cortez.
* Nov. 15, Anna Maria Island Community Center "Concert on the
* Nov. 16, Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra "Fall
Welcome" concert. Tickets on sale,

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contact via e-mail and phone.

Center hosts


On the outdoor courts at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, tennis is the sport
of choice.
Inside, in the gym at the Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria, the paddle sport is pick-
Pickleball is played in thousands of school
physical education programs, parks and recreation
centers, camps, YMCAs, YWCAs and retirement
Some Islanders have been playing the sport
for a couple of years at the Center, but novices
can pick up the game of coordination, patience
and strategy during pickleball exhibition games
scheduled for this month and November.
The games will take place from 2 p.m. to 5
p.m. Saturday.
Center members will play for free and
others pay $10.
For more information, call the Center at

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to 2 p.m. Oct. 18
on Bridge Street
in Bradenton
Beach. Other
market days
include Nov. 1,
Nov. 15, Dec. 6
and Dec. 20. For
more informa-
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 15, 2008 0 21

Fishers bring stone crabs to market Wednesday

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A $9.5 million market opens this week.
Stone crab season begins Wednesday, Oct. 15,
and continues until May 15.
For Cortez, that means crabbers are hard at work
hauling, baiting and collecting traps and retailers are
at work marketing the stone crab claws.
Many other fishing communities around the state
also rely heavily on the season. Last year, the state
reported that sales of stone crab claws generated
about $9.5 million, with far more claws collected
from Florida's west coast than the east coast.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission reported issuing 30 stone crab licenses in Man-
atee County for 2008 as of August. The number is down
from 54 licenses in 2003 and 97 licenses in 1998.
Catches reported from Manatee County also have
declined over the years - 24,466 pounds last season
compared to 65,200 pounds in 2003.
Statewide last season's stone crab catch was 1.4
million, with fishers reporting 9,870 trips and crab
sales averaging $6.69 a pound.
Until the first reports from trap checks come
in, fishers and retailers will not know what kind of
season to expect, but the National Oceanic and Atmo-
spheric Administration has reported that stone crab
population levels are estimated to be high and no
overfishing has occurred recently.
Government agencies maintain that restrictions
on crabbing have led to a sustainability of the spe-
cies, specifically rules allowing crabbers to take only

Did you know?
Crabbers take only the claws of stone crabs
and return the live crab back to the water. Stone
crabs regenerate their claws the next time they
Stone crabs are usually "right-handed,"
meaning that the larger crusher claw is usually
on the right. The ability of adult stone crabs
to feed upon mollusks can be attributed to the
enormous crushing force of their claws - up
to 19,000 pounds per square inch. Their pincer
claws are used to cut or tear shell and tissue.
Stone crabs appear to be well suited for
their habitat. The dark, unmottled pattern of the
Gulf stone crab helps it blend in with the mud
substrates common to the northern Gulf estuar-
ies, and the lighter, spotted color pattern of the
Florida stone crab makes it difficult to see in
grassy areas.
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a legal-sized claw from a crab and then returning it
to the water.
For diners, stone crab claws are a low-fat source
of protein, selenium and magnesium.
But the nutritional value is not really what attracts
foodies. Seafood enthusiasts describe the claws as a
delicacy - succulent, sweet, delectable - whether
dipped in butter or served with a signature sauce.
The claws are cooked immediately after harvest.
They are served fresh here, but the claws also are
frozen and shipped worldwide.
"We have people from all over come in for stone crabs,"
said Alice Sistek of Cortez Bait & Seafood Inc., 119th St.
W., Cortez. "People enjoy those stone crabs - and we get
some colossals that are amazing, just amazing."
The fresh seafood shop relies heavily on the stone
crab harvest. "It pulls us through," Sistek said.
Just as crabbers do not know what to expect of
the harvest this new season, retailers and restaurants
do not know what to expect for prices.
The increased cost of fuel was expected to be a

Each year, with the arrival of Thanksgiving and
the season for sharing, The Islander publishes the
Holiday Wish Book containing wish lists from our
local community-support groups.
The Islander encourages representatives of local
groups to submit wish lists by a Nov. 4 deadline.
Please send a list of items needed for your non-profit

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Dennis Sell
baits stone crab
traps with pigs'
feet as Chris
Arnold loads
the traps onto a
boat in Cortez.
Fishers are
allowed to put
their traps in
the water two
weeks before
the harvest
begins on
Oct. 15.
Islander Photo:
Edna Tiemann

Alice Sistek of Cortez Bait & Seafood bags a sale.
The retail store on the waterfront in the historic
fishing village of Cortez depends on strong sales
when the first haul of stone crab claws arrives by
boat this week. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

group, as well as a contact name and number, to
reporter Lisa Neff at
And, on publishing the special section in Novem-
ber, The Islander encourages readers to support these
groups that enhance lives and community on the Island
by adding a needed item to his or her holiday shopping

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Make a wish: The Islander seeks holiday wishes

Stone Crab Season

Starts Oct. 15!

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22 0 OCT. 15, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Turtle watch prepares data for Oct. 28 event

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch will release pre-
liminary end-of-season data during an end-of-season
party Oct. 28.
The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
at the Moose Lodge No. 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S.,
Bradenton Beach, where AMITW walkers and orga-
nizers will celebrate the 2008 nesting season.
Volunteers will hear preliminary figures on how
the season compared to the past, according to Suzi
Fox, AMITW executive director.
AMITW, which holds permits from the state to
monitor nesting on the Island beaches, will turn in
more detailed data to the government later this year,
Fox said.

Palma Sola to host
plant sale Saturday
Palma Sola Botanical Park will hold its annual
plant and antiques sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur-
day, Oct. 18.
The Palma Sola Botanical Park is across the
street from the entrance to the county's newly opened
Robinson Preserve at 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Braden-
For more information, call 941-761-2866.

Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Cafe on the Beach
at the Manatee Public Beach.
The guest speaker will be Tom Stockebrand dis-
cussing solar power for homes.
For more information, contact the Kiwanis' Al
Guy at or 941-778-8444.

Center hosting
SHARE food program
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
reminding Islanders that it hosts a co-op food pro-
gram monthly.
Through the Self Help and Resource Exchange -
SHARE - program, customers can buy a basic pack-
age of food for $18, an estimated 50 percent savings.
The package contains frozen meats, produce
and grocery items, which SHARE purchases from a
national market of growers and producers.
SHARE is open to anyone, regardless of
For more information about buying a share in
SHARE, or distribution details, call the Center at

Gloria Dei hosts Oktoberfest
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host Oktoberfest from 5 p.m. to
8 p.m. Oct. 17.
The menu will include bratwurst, sauerkraut,
German potato salad and desserts.
A $12 donation is requested for dinner.
For more information or tickets, call the church
at 941-778-1813.

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Hatchling deaths
subject of hearing
Bradenton Beach will hold a special master
hearing at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 on a code-enforcement
case involving the Coquina Beach Club, 1906
Gulf Drive N.
Hatchling turtles got lost on their way to
the Gulf of Mexico due to lighting issues at the
property, according to the city.
While some turtles were recovered from
storm drains by a city team, some turtles died.

In its most recent update, AMITW reported 147
loggerhead turtle nests found on Island beaches since

Mike Wallen cooks burgers for the movie-night
crowd Oct. 10 at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The
Center featured films in two "theaters" - "Seabis-
cuit" for a young audience in the gym and "Resi-
dent Evil II" for a teen audience in the second-floor
lounge. The next movie night, scheduled for 6 p.m.
Oct. 17, will feature "The SpongeBob SquarePants
Movie." --..,. .. Jam" will be shown Nov. 7.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Open-air market planned
Those who like to rummage and hunt will find
two events of interest on the Anna Maria Island cal-
endar this fall.
The first is an open-air flea market planned for
Saturday, Oct. 25, at Holmes Beach City Park, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The market will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Later, house-hunters - or those who want to take
a peek inside Island homes - can attend the Progres-
sive Realtor Open House, a series of open houses. The
event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15.
For more information about the open-air
market, call Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA at
For more information about the open house, call
Sandy Rich at 941-778-0426.

Garden club to meet
The Anna Maria Island Garden Club will meet at
noon Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The club will gather for lunch, a program about butterflies
and a visit from Diane Broda of Southeast Guide Dogs.
For more information, e-mail Ginger Wyss at



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early May and indications of 97 false crawls. A false
crawl occurs when the turtle crawls from the water
to nest, but does not.
AMITW also reported 6,575 hatchlings had
emerged from nests this season.
Nesting season has wound down in other areas
of the state, including the area to the south of AMI
that is monitored by Mote Marine Laboratory.
For parts of Longboat Key, Lido Beach, Siesta
Key, Casey Key and Venice, Mote has reported
1,127 loggerhead nests this season compared to
741 last season. Walkers found 452 nests on Casey
However, passing Hurricane Gustav caused
the loss of 279 nests in Mote's area and 42 nests in
AMITW's zone.

City treasurer

Percycoe a finalist

for statewide award
Anna Maria financial director and city trea-
surer Diane Percycoe was named one of five
finalists for the Florida League of Cities Financial
Officer of the Year award.
The award is one of 10 honors the FLC
will present at its Florida Cities of Excellence
luncheon Nov. 21 at the Hyatt Regency at the
Orlando International Airport.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said that
when a staff member is so honored, "You know
you have a winner on your team.
"Diane is admired, respected and regarded
with fondness by her colleagues, elected offi-
cials, fellow government agencies and the general
public," the mayor said.
Percycoe has been a member of the Anna
Maria staff since 2000, and was promoted to chief
financial officer several years ago. She also serves
the city as the deputy city clerk.
For more information on the FLC awards, go
to the Web site at

TECO gas link delayed
While installation of Tampa Electric Com-
pany's natural gas pipeline to the Island via the
Anna Maria Island Bridge has been delayed
pending the re-opening of the bridge, crews
are working in Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach completing sections of the feeder lines
in anticipation of the Nov. 13 completion of the
The line, being installed by TECO subsidiary
People's Natural Gas, will serve business and resi-
dential customers in Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach, a TECO spokesperson said.
The company has not sought a contract with
Anna Maria for installation of the natural gasoline,
and has no plans at present for such a project, TECO
said last summer.


THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 15, 2008 0 23

Kings continue to reign offshore, macks everywhere

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Mackerel are to be found and hooked almost
everywhere right now: offshore, nearshore, in the
passes and throughout the bays.
Kingfish are also doing their fall run offshore, with
lots of catches of big fish being reported with a few miles
of shore in the Gulf of Mexico. Grouper and snapper
offshore are also in the "good to excellent" category.
Snapper fishing continues to be great.
Redfish, snook and trout are coming from the
backwater areas around Anna Maria Island. Some of
the linesider catches are too big for the slot limit and
are being released after putting up a fine fight.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said his offshore trips are
putting his charters onto kingfish, mackerel, grouper
and snapper.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said his back-
water charters are producing big redfish and snook.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore
fishing is starting to change - change for the better.
Mackerel and kingfish are thick offshore of the Island.
Grouper fishing is excellent, with the best catches
coming from 100-foot depths in the Gulf. Snapper
are thick offshore, too. For backwater anglers, there
are plenty of keeper-size snook and big redfish are
starting to school offshore.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said fishers
there have been catching mackerel, drum and snapper.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers at
the pier are reeling in redfish, snapper, drum and lots
of mackerel.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
reports on big snapper are about as numerous as the
size of the catch. Redfish to 24 inches in length are
being landed in Terra Ceia Bay, Dave said, and there
are also lots of snook outside of the slot limit being
caught and released. One fisher caught and released
an estimated 85-pound Goliath grouper near the Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge last week, he said.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include lots of
trout coming out of Terra Ceia Bay, as well as lots of
small sharks.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams said
kingfish action was good in 40 to 60 feet of water over
hard bottom and around big schools of bait in the Gulf.
He's also finding big Spanish mackerel near any struc-
ture in the bay, and snook under the lights at night.
Snapper are still biting around the wrecks and bridges,
he said, with small shiners working well for bait.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said that he's finding fishing to be great
offshore of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.
"We're catching gag and red grouper, big mangrove
and yellowtail snapper, cobia, kingfish, Spanish
mackerel up to 5 pounds, amberjack and lots of
sharks," he said. He took Nick Marks of Atlanta,
Ga., out last week to a catch all of the above spe-
cies plus a 2-pound hog snapper. His best catch of
the week, though, came when Roy Padgett, manager
of the Hilton on Longboat Key, caught a 55-pound
kingfish 2 miles offshore using a live Cigar minnow.
His best grouper action is in water depths of 90 feet
or more, with kings coming on closer to the beach.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said he took Jim Beardslee
from Decatur, Ala., and Geno Linn from Braden-
ton out early last week and they "tore up a bunch
of school-size kingfish to 15 pounds, jumbo Span-
ish mackerel and bonito on whitebait and ballyhoo
less than a mile off the beaches of Longboat Key
and Anna Maria Island. Their catch was pretty much

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indicative of the action on local beaches for more than
a week now. Toward the end of the week, the action
slowed somewhat but should bounce back after the
passage of the next front." Capt. Zach said the duo
also nailed some slot-size redfish, mangrove snapper
and a few fat flounder in the Anna Maria Sound area.
Other catches from north Sarasota Bay, Palma Sola
and Anna Maria Sound include redfish, spotted sea
trout and flounder. "Snook are moving into the back-
water now, and can be cooperative when the tide and
weather conditions are right, but overall they have not
really gotten in gear for a pre-winter feeding spree
as yet," he said. "Mullet are at their peak for eating
right now, and the local bays are literally paved with
them," he added, "and I saw a large school of tarpon
off the beaches, but we were unsuccessful in getting
them to cooperate with a hookup."

The new boat ramp on the southwest end of
the Palma Sola Causeway may not open for several
The boat ramp was built earlier this year as part
of a series of improvements on the causeway, the
stretch of State Road 64/Manatee Avenue linking the
mainland to Anna Maria Island.
But the ramp will not open until a parking lot to
accommodate boat trailers is built.
Before the city of Bradenton can begin work on
the parking lot, a lease agreement must be signed

In the Keep Manatee Beautiful Coastal Cleanup
Oct. 4, 12 volunteers cleaned a mile of the FISH Pre-
serve in Cortez, removing 2,300 pounds of debris and
In Bradenton Beach, 148 volunteers hauled away
608 pounds of litter from 4.75 miles.
In Holmes Beach, 25 volunteers cleaned 3.5
miles and removed 425 pounds of litter and debris.
In Anna Maria, 35 volunteers cleaned seven miles
and removed 650 pounds of litter, most of it from the

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Backwater * Near Shore * Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Snook * Redfish * Trout * Flounder
Mackerel * Snapper
Light Tackle Fishing * Reservations a Must!
Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided!
Capt. Mike Heistand * USCG Licensed

Nice red
Joselin Press-
wood, 11, of
caught this
keeper redfish on
a bayfront dock
while fishing in
the early morn-
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Beach. The fish
was 20 inches
in length and
Joselin caught it
on her first cast
using Gulp bait.
And it was Jose-
lin's second time
fishing and her
first-ever catch.
Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

On my boat Magic, we spent the week fishing
Pine Island Sound. We caught limit catches of red-
fish on most trips, plus lots of small mangrove snap-
per. The highlight came with a 34-inch snook and a
32-incher, plus two that were even bigger that were
hooked but lost. I even caught a 60-pound tarpon,
which jumped a half-dozen times before breaking
the 10-pound test line I was using.
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 ofyour catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@ Please include identification for persons
in the picture along with information on the catch and
a name and phone number for more information.

for right-of-way use with the Florida Department of
That lease agreement is 60-90 days from being
completed, according to Seth Kohn, chairman of the
Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Management
Entity and an engineer with the city of Bradenton.
Once the agreement is finalized, the lot will be
built, which could take about 60 days, Kohn said.
The new boat ramp replaced a ramp on the
northeast side of the causeway that was never per-

More than 130 volunteers cleaned 2.5 miles of
the Palma Sola Causeway, clearing away 635 pounds
of litter and debris.
Some 42 volunteers helped remove 286 pounds
of litter on Longboat Key and, on Jewfish Key, two
volunteers removed 160 pounds of litter.
The cleanup took place as part of an international
effort to clean up roadways, preserves, parks and

Palma Sola boat ramp awaits parking lot

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24 0 OCT. 15, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Forfeit helps Ross Built to top spot in soccer division

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
An Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer
League Division I tussle between Ross Built, featur-
ing twin brothers Andrew and Jake Ross, and Island
Real Estate, which boasts Neil Carper and Ray Fano,
never materialized on Oct. 10. Island Real Estate had
to forfeit the match as only five players showed for
the match, giving Ross Built the 1-0 victory.
The win gives Ross a 4-2-1 record, three points
ahead of second place Mike Norman Realty, which
has a 3-2-1 record. Division II-leader Mr. Bones
and Premier-leader West Coast Air Conditioning
both boast 5-0 records and hold eight-point leads
in their respective divisions over the second-place
With the season about half over, teams in those
divisions better start cutting into their leads or their
chances for winning the division crown will be gone
rather shortly.
In other soccer action...
Mr. Bones continued to roll in Division II with a
5-0 shutout victory over Coastal Orthopedic on Oct.
9. Michael Latimer led the way with four goals, while
Ben Connors chipped in with one goal.
West Coast Air Conditioning continued its high
scoring ways during a 6-3, Premier Division victory
over Harcon Corp. on Oct. 9. Trevor Bystrom led the
way with three goals, while Zach Evans, Chandler
Hardy and Daniel Pimental each added one goal in
the victory.
Harcon Corp. received one goal apiece from
Nicole Botero, Garrison Clark and Alex Hall in the
On Oct. 7, Island Real Estate doubled up on Mike
Norman Realty by a 4-2 score in Division I soccer
action. Neil Carper and Ray Fano led the way with
two goals apiece in the victory.
Mike Norman Realty was led by Logan Reiber
and Mikey Ellsworth, each scoring one goal in the
On Oct. 8, Henrik Brusso scored three goals
to lift Autoway Ford past Ross Built in Division I
soccer. Brusso was supported by teammates Natasha

AMICC Soccer League standings
as of Oct. 10

Division II
Mr. Bones

Division I


Lost Tie Pts.

Premier Division
Wash 2
Lapensee 1
Harcon 1

AMICC soccer schedule
Date Time Teams
Instructional Division (ages 4-5)
Oct. 15 6:30 p.m. A&E vs. Surf Shop
Oct. 16 6:30 p.m. Panoramic vs. Ralph's
Oct. 21 6:30 p.m. Panoramic vs. Surf Shop

Division III (ages 6-7)
Oct. 15 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 7 p.m.

Division II (ages 8-9)
Oct. 16 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 7:30 p.m. I
Oct. 21 6:30 p.m. I

Division I
Oct. 15
Oct. 23
Oct. 24
Oct. 24

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

Orthopdics vs. Sparks
Bones vs. Panoramic
Panoramic vs. Sparks

(ages 10-11)
6:30 p.m. Ross vs. Norman
7:30 p.m. Norman vs. Autoway
6:30 p.m. Ross vs. Autoway
6:30 p.m. Norman vs. IRE

Premier Division (ages 12-15)
Oct. 15 7:30 p.m. Lapensee vs. WCAC
Oct. 21 7:30 p.m. Lapensee vs. Harcon
Oct. 13 7:30 p.m. Wash vs. Lapensee
Oct. 14 7:30 p.m. Harcon vs. Wash

Nieckoski and Josh Zawistoski, who each added a
goal in the victory.
Ross Built was led by Jake Ross with two goals,
while Andrew Ross added one goal in the loss.
Harcon Corp. 4, Lapensee Plumbing 3
On Oct. 8, Harcon Corp. earned its first victory
of the season with a 4-3 win over Lapensee Plumb-
ing in the Premier Division. Chris Pate led the way
for Harcon with two goals, while Hunter Parrish and
Nicole Botero each added one goal in the victory.
Vanessa Parkin led Lapensee with two goals,
while Danny Krokroskia added one goal in the loss.
Mike Norman Realty edged Autoway Ford by a
3-2 score on Oct. 6 behind three goals from Mikey
Ellsworth. Autoway Ford was led by Josh Zawistoski
and Henrik Brusso, who scored one goal apiece in
the Division I loss.
On Oct. 6, West Coast Air Conditioning cooled
off Wash Family Construction 9-1 in the Premier
Division. Trevor Bystrom led the way with three
goals, while William Brusso, Chandler Hardy and
Max Miller each scored twice.
Chris Callahan scored the lone goal for Wash in
the loss.
Ross Built 6, Island Real Estate 3
On Oct. 4, Jake Ross scored four goals to lead
Ross Built by a 6-3 score over Island Real Estate in
Division I action. Brother Andrew Ross and Madison
Gsell each added single goals to complete the Ross

Nicholas Ananicz,
son of the Sandbar
Restaurant's Stephen
Ananicz, dribbles out
of trouble during U8
MAYSO soccer action
at G.T. Bray Park,
Bradenton. Ananicz
and his Hooters team
dropped a hard-fought
6-4 decision to Coastal
Orthopedic. Coastal
Orthopedic is coached
by former Islander
soccer players Matt
Bowers, Islander sports
writer Kevin Cassidy
and boast their juniors,
Brennan Bowers and
Conal Cassidy and
Lane Bowers, son of
former Islander player
Ken Bowers. Islander
Photo: Kevin Cassidy

scoring in the victory.
Ray Fano led Island Real Estate with two goals,
while Neil Carper added one goal in the loss.

Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club in Holmes
Beach played a basic low-net-for-nine -holes game
and threw in a best-four-consecutive-holes challenge
during their golf outing on Oct. 7. Low-net winner
in flight one was Lois Biel with an even-par 32. Sue
Hookem and Roswitha Fowler tied for second place
at 35.
Nancy Grimme and Meredith Slavin tied for first
place in flight two with 3-over-par 35s. They were
followed closely by Helen Klos and Lorraine Towne,
who finished in second and third place with scores of
36 and 37.
Winners of the best four holes in a row went to
Sue Hookem, Joy Phelan and Penny Williams with
18 strokes over four holes in flight one. Flight two
winner was Meredith Slavin with a 20. Dolores Jor-
gensen chipped in on number 7.
The men teed it up on Oct. 6 for a nine-hole,
best-ball-of-foursome game. The team of Russ Olson,
Richard Westby, Matt Behan and Charlie Knopp
combined to fire a 7-under par 25 to claim the day's
bu,_in,_ rights. Second place went to JohnAtkinson,
Dick Grimme, Bob Kelly and Chris Collins with a
6-under 26.

Manatee High band sells coupon book

In addition to performing under Friday night
lights at Manatee High School football games, the
MHS Marching Canes and Sugar Canes are sell-
ing coupon books to raise money to participate in a
London New Year's Day Parade.
The $20 books contain coupons valued at more
than $3,000, including discount vouchers for a
number of Anna Maria Island businesses. About $10

From Friday night lights to the big city
The Manatee High School Marching Canes per-
forms during a recent football game. The band and
the Sugar Canes are selling coupon books to raise
money to participate in a New Year's Day parade
in London.

from each book sold will go toward travel, $7 toward
other band needs and $3 toward printing costs.
"An incredible opportunity awaits as our march-
ing band ... prepares to travel to England to partici-
pate in London's 2009 New Year's Day Parade," said
bands director Jim Bruce. "We are honored to have
been selected from bands around the world ... and
we want every member to be able to participate."
Band and Sugar Cane members also are selling
the books, as are a number of Island venues, includ-
ing: Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce office,
5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; AMI Video, now
on Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; Home True Value
Hardware Inc., 5324 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach;
Body & Sol Spa & Wellness, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria; Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria; Hair's To You Salon &
Spa, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach; AMI Fitness,
5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; Island Lumber, 214
54th St., Holmes Beach; AcquaAveda Salon and Spa,
5311 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach; The Sand Dollar
Gift Shop, 5302 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria; and
Anna Maria Island Accommodations, 5604 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

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City calls for open government in capitol

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners recently
endorsed a resolution calling for an amendment to
the Florida Constitution to require the state Legisla-
ture to operate under the state's Government-in-the
Sunshine Law.
The law, enacted in 1967, established right of
access to most meetings of boards, commissions and
other governing bodies of state and local govern-
ments, but the Legislature has exempted itself from
the requirements.
Anna Maria Commissioner Dale Woodland said
he's 100 percent behind the Florida League of Cities
resolution, which calls for the Florida Commission on
Open Government to propose a constitutional amend-
ment and urges Gov. Charlie Crist's support.
Woodland, for the audience, reviewed the premise
and principle of government in the sunshine and said,
"The Legislature, they conveniently exempted them-

For the record
Section 286.011 of the Florida Statutes,
the Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, requires
- with exceptions for the state Legislature -
that all meetings of state or local government
boards or commissions be open to the public
unless there is a specific statutory exemption.

selves ... and for the life of me I can't see why."
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford recalled previ-
ous pushes to require the Legislature to fall under the
Sunshine Law requirements.
"We all feel that it is not a fair deal," she said.
She added that the Florida League of Cities'
approach, approved during the league's annual confer-
ence in Tampa Aug. 16, is different than past efforts.
"I think it's great," Barford said.
However, the mayor also said, "I will tell you,
it's probably not going anywhere."

... and Anna Maria runs down other matters

The Anna Maria City Commission at its meeting
last week had some discussion on the following:
* Discussed repairs needed to the humpback
bridge on North Bay Boulevard.
* Set an ordinance dealing with a request to
vacate a platted portion of Palm Avenue intersecting
with South Bay Boulevard for a final reading and
public hearing on Oct. 23.
* Encouraged property owners and residents to
mow and otherwise maintain city rights of way, but
to notify city hall if they chose to do so.
She encouraged people who plan to mow rights
of way near their property to contact the city first.
"Just give us a call," the mayor said, adding that
her primary concern is the swales in some areas.
"We just don't want anybody to get hurt," Bar-
ford said.
* Briefly reviewed a proposed sign-ordinance
amendment to clarify policy on election signs,
making the rules for campaign signs the same as for
commercial, retail-office-residential properties and
residential properties.
The measure likely will be revisited during a
commission meeting Oct. 23.
* Agreed to add a provision on the "lot, yard,
bulk and parking regulations" to a list of measures to

eventually review after hearing concerns from attor-
ney Ricinda Perry about the measure.
Perry, a private attorney as well as Bradenton
Beach's city attorney, said she represents a Gulffront
property owner having trouble selling the land because
of the ordinance restrictions, specifically the require-
ment that a lot zoned single-family residential has "at
least 50 feet of frontage on a single public street."
"A $2.5 million transaction went south two weeks
ago," Perry said, adding that her client is dealing with
another interested party but the ordinance restrictions
remain a stumbling block.
"What is happening is you have two pieces of
property," Perry said. One property, which fronts
North Shore Drive, contains a single-family home.
The other piece of property consists of 1.5 acres
behind the home and on the Gulf.
"That piece is being sold," she said. "And this
ordinance is prohibiting it."
The commission consensus was to put the ordi-
nance on the review list, but there was no enthusiasm
for changing the policy.
"I do recall the many, many hours we spent on
that ordinance," Quam said.
He added, "We will put this on our list to review,
but there is no timetable at this point."

HBPD officer subpoenaed
Holmes Beach Police Officer Michael Pilato was
subpoenaed as a witness in the sentencing hearing of
Mark Koenigs.
Koenigs was convicted of shooting Holmes Beach
resident and businesswoman Sue Normand in Decem-
ber 2007 at her Island Mail & More Store.
A jury found Koenigs guilty of one count of aggra-
vated battery with a firearm and two counts of aggra-
vated assault on law enforcement. He faces a possible
sentence of life in prison.
His sentencing hearing was scheduled for Oct. 1,
but was postponed until 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13.
Koenigs remains in the Manatee County jail await-
ing sentencing. He has been in custody since his arrest
following the shooting.
The hearing will take place at the Manatee County
Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Trial in gill-netting case set
Two men arrested June 9 near Coquina Beach for
allegedly using a gill net in state waters are scheduled
for a jury trial in the spring.
The next status hearing in the arrest of Christopher
Ron Baker, 27, of Ruskin, and Daniel P. Gilliland, 28, of
Bradenton, will be March 9, 2009. The trial is scheduled
for March 23.
Gilliland and Baker are accused of using a gill net
in state waters, failing to properly transit a gill net, pos-
session of an unmarked gill net and no saltwater prod-
ucts license.
Use of a gill net in state waters, illegal since
1995, is classified as a third-degree felony. The other
charges are classified as second-degree misdemean-
The two men were arrested by Florida Fish and
Wildlife law enforcement officers on patrol in Cortez
and on the bay near Coquina Beach.
FWC officers reported pulling the fisher's gill net
from the water and finding four sharks, 10 pompano,
two sheepshead, two mangrove snapper, one spotted
sea trout, two whiting and 58 lady fish.

Sign me up
Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Ed Nicholas
ruled last month that Anna Maria does not have to move
the beach access sign on the north side of property owned
by Terry and Patricia Olesen of 504 S. Bay Blvd.
The Olesens had filed a suit in August arguing the sign
was on their property, but Judge Nicholas ruled otherwise,
saying the city "has a right and duty to control use of the
public access, including the placement of whatever signs
they believe necessary for use of the easement."

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WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Classic A-style gown with short
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CARPET AND PADDING: Never used, polyester
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DISHWASHER: Sears/Kenmore, portable, white,
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FISHER PRICE SMART Cycle, used once,
includes one game and all directions, cords,
etc. $70 or best offer. 617-733-6528.

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

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.

DEALERS WANTED: Saturday and Sunday,
Nov. 1-2. Antique and art fair. Longboat Key.
Information, 941-383-1901. Leave message.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Oct 18-19. Children's, household items.
6008 10th Ave. W., Bradenton.

ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct 17
and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday Oct. 18. 2208 89th
St. NW, off 21st Avenue NW. River Harbor West.
Very nice. Leather sofas, king bed set, dining
set, French chairs, coffee and end tables, four
TVs, costume jewelry, sofa and loveseat, mirror,
desk, queen bed set, two media centers, patio
set, bridge chairs, chess set, eight-foot ladder,
linens, silk plants, garden items and more. Julie
McClure Sales.

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* Prudential Palms Realty
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846 Waterside Lane,
Best Buy! Furnished 2BR/2BA villa,
water views, 1292 sf, pool, tennis
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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 Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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

ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All 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 rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. "Special bridge closure
prices." Daily rentals, $25. Lessons, $100. Call
Brian at 941-685-1400.

DOCK FOR RENT: Direct to Sarasota Bay
and Gulf of Mexico, in San Remo subdivi-
sion. $185/month. Storage in or out of water.

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.

FINE DINING RESTAURANT seeks experienced
fine dining servers willing to work Sunday brunch
(7:30-2:30). Jolly Roger-Ooh La La Bistro, 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

in Bradenton Beach. For more information,

Mariner's Cove 3BR 2BA 2,208sf TKF condo.
Captivating full bay views, boat slip $643,401
Covered Bridge 3BR 2BA 2,035sf with den/office,
hi-speed wired, lake view. $2J-9,500. $269,500
West Bradenton pool home! 3BR/2BA 1782SF,
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Handyman 2BR/2BA
Beautiful view
down the canal, 1300 SF.
Small boat OK. Walk to
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GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on
strategic Longboat corner. Many business uses
possible: gas/convenience store, bank, restau-
rant, etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112.

DAY SPA BOOTH rental available for hair and
nails. Please call, 941-746-8448.

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-
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Cross training, seven days a week. Maggie,
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CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.

NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Ken-
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lent professional references. Flexible scheduling.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
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computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
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away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
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computer solutions for business and home.
Installation, repairs, upgrades, networking,
Web services, wireless services. Richard Arda-
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Call Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
team serving Anna Maria Island. Call Steve and
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alterations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
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,
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Professional installation available. Metro Home
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ence. 941-729-9381.

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scaping and property management. 15 years
Island experience. Licensed and insured. Call
Allen anytime. Cell 941-224-8569.
spread, For all your hauling needs, call David
Bannigan. 941-504-7045.
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.
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.

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

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

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The

Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,

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

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.
PAINT YOUR HOUSE. Local and reliable. Call
Scott at 941-685-8999.

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

variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-

dock, furnished. $1,750/month, $800/week.
$125/night includes utilities. 941-794-5980.
ONE BEDROOM, SECOND-story, extra room,
updated, gorgeous. Balcony, half block to the
beach. $875/month. 941-746-8666.
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.

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able weekly and monthly. Steps to beach, the-
ater, bakery restaurants, and more. Call now,

bath/living areas. Unfurnished. No pets.

2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.

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.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA duplex, Holmes
Beach. Short walk to beach. $900/month plus
utilities. 941-755-4445.

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.

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.

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.

steps to the beach! 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.

city, near Gulf. $850/month, includes water and
sewer. $850 security. 941-778-5439.

duplex in Holmes Beach. $550/month includes
utilities. Call 941-778-6547.

washer and dryer, cable, water, pool, steps to
beach. $900/month. 941-779-1586.

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.

3BR/2BA, close to beach, available Oct.1.
$950/month plus electric. First, last, security.
585-317-7344 or 585-473-9361.

2BR/1 BA: CLEAN WITH private entrance. Com-
pletely furnished. Walking distance to restau-
rants and bars. One-half block to beach. $1,500/
month. 813-892-4768.

2BR/2BA, washer and dryer. $460/month
plus utilities. Holmes Beach. 941-704-4591 or

canalfront, $1,400/month. 1 BR/1 BA Martinique
direct-Gulffront furnished condo, $1,300/month.
1 BR/1 BA Gulffront condo, $950/month. Call Sue
at An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320.

FURNISHED 2/BR CONDO for rent, minimum
three months or annually. Beautiful location,
beach across the street, Intracoastal in the
back, has fishing pier, clubhouse, heated pool.
55 and older community, available after Nov. 3,
2008. Phone 813-927-1632 or 813-247-3178.

NEAR BEACHES: 1BR/1.5BA redecorated.
Annual, $750/month, furnished. Most utilities
paid. Close to beaches. Call 941-758-9133.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, carpet, very
cute. $875/month, water and trash included.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR/1BA. Meticulously
remodeled. Spacious living room, new Energy
Star appliances, super-efficient air conditioning,
granite counter tops, low-watt lights, washer and
dryer. 200 steps to Gulf of Mexico beach. Back
yard dock on Lake LaVista Bayou with Tampa Bay
access. Must see to appreciate. $1,195/month
plus security deposit. Call 941-778-9158.

BEAN POINT: GROUND-level, new appliances,
washer and dryer, granite travertine. 3BR/2BA.
$2,000/month or rent weekly. 201-327-8291.

ROOM FOR RENT: One block behind Publix,
two blocks from beach. $500/month. Bill,

MOBILE HOME FOR rent. Weekly, monthly.
941-756-8049 or 941-704-9259.

ANNUAL DUPLEX: 1BR/1BA, tile floors, $700/
month. 2BR/2BA, tile floors, $725/month.
2BR/1 BA tile floors, $725/month. 3BR/2BA, tile
floors, washer and dryer hookup, $900/month.
No pets. Close to beach. Dolores M. Baker
Realty, 941-778-7500.

duplex, $950-plus. 2BR/2.5BA Key Royale canal-
front, 1 BR/1 BA Gulffront condo and more! www. 941-779-9320.

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1 Seafood dishes
8 the board
14 Certified
22 Socrates or
Pythagoras, e g
23 Mangle by
24 Perfunctory
25 Lower part of a
26 Showing concern
27 Hanging over many
a mantel
28 *Common
Guernsey bull
31 Flower parts
32 West Flanders site
of three W W I
33 Lid attachment
35 "Ally McBeal" co-
star Lucy
36 Composer Charles
40 Ones being tested
41 *1968 firm
featuring a
46 *Urban farce
48 Studio supporter
49 Destination for
Mary and Joseph
50 Stainless steel, for
51 ear
52 Whopper topper
56 See 47-Down
57 Hiccup
58 Life
59 Hwys
60 Shore birds

Answers to this
week's puzzle
on page 28

61 *Where stars can
be seen fluffing
and folding
64 Kensington kiss
65 Hair line
66 Verdant stretches
67 ___ Beach, Fla
68 Gallic toppers
71 *What theaters
73 One of Luther's 95
75 Look lasciviously
76 Skye of "Say
77 What "matar"
means on an Indian
78 Great Trek trekker
79 *Bean, e g
83 Russian diet
84 Badge awarder
87 Region including
88 Mexican waterways
89 G I 's
91 Serve well
92 Goes on "Wheel of
94 Snail variety whose
name means "small
95 Bygone P M with a
palindromic name
96 "Ville d'Avray"
97 *Onetime regal
status of Shanghai
or Canton
98 *Get blankets
102 Presides over as a
103 Pizzeria chain,
104 "Is that 9"
105 Apple cores2

106 Pulitzer-winning
journalist Seymour
107 "Swept Away"
director Guy
111 *Novice in an ad
120 Home of the
Cadillac Ranch
122 Word with aunt or
123 "Heavens to
124 Computer
information path
125 "Rama Lama Ding
Dong" singers,
with "the"
126 Broke out
127 Thomas Gray and
128 Drug company once
headed by Donald
129 Fixed motor parts

1 Events gone by
2 From square one
3 " homo"
4 Columbia athlete
5 Mardi Gras
6 Roy Rogers
sidekick Devine
7 "Pipe down"
8 Precision
9 Takeout option
10 Tears
11 Wilson of "The
12 Sport for rikishi
13 German wine made
from the late
14 "Killer" program
15 Showcase item
16 Some shapes in

17 New newts
18 Ilk
19 Ski runs, e g
20 Designer Pucci
21 Old car with the
slogan "We are
29 Sunroof and
spoilers, e g
30 Gourmand
34 N L Central team
36 Less welcoming
37 Strongly green
38 Short jackets for
39 Roget offerings
40 Short jackets for
41 *Bad drivers back
them up
42 1 to 10, say
43 Godliness
44 Available
45 On easy street
47 Kind of examiner
56-Across was
51 Like xenon
52 Little foxes
53 Snaps back"
54 Places to develop
55 Ones who are
always starting
57 Chilling Var
58 Apothecary
62 Swells up
63 Vintage autos
64 Complete, as a
Senate term
65 Pub order
68 Jacket material?
69 Start of a counting
70 Clinton's first
labor secretary

Terse order
Chihuahua change
Small birds, in
British lingo
Getaway locale
"Pass the
Key shade
Rap sheet listing
How the Great
Sphinx looks

84 The fifth element
85 Gerald's
86 Staff members
90 Forerunner of the

92 Absorb, in a way
93 Takes for granted
94 Make ready for the
96 Filch
97 2000 Jennifer
Lopez thriller

98 Weekly with 30+
million circulation
99 instincts
100 Shift, in volleyball
101 Monkey predator
106 Playground quarry
108 Escarpment
109 Spinner for the
110 They're no good
112 Invited
113 Alaska senator

114 Mole, e g
115 1977 flick with the
tagline "Terror just
beneath the
116 "Gitl"
117 What each starred
clue - and its
answer - contains
118 Part of FEMA
119 Cabernets, e g
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2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED DUPLEX, quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Washer/dryer included. $1,000/
month, plus utilities. First, last, secu-
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

BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $440,000.
Owner, 941-447-2061.
City. New construction. Available mid-January.
4BR/4.5BA, pool, lanai, study, den, formal dining.
High-level finishes. $1,400,000. 989-498-2236.

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2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
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Kenrick, 941-713-3214, or Sherry Sasser at
Sato Real Estate, 941-778-7200.

to two-acre homesites, wood, views. Starting
at $59,900. Tennessee River and Nick-a-Jack
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New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900

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

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SHELL POINT BAYFRONT COMPLEX 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool
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WOODLANDS 4-5BR/3BA Pristine Palma Sola. 2,875 sf. Many extrams. $699,000.
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QW8A With Pat Neal, Owner of Neal Communities

Q: Why did Neal Communities create the new Cafe
A: Well, just about everyone knows the real estate market is
cyclical. With the current temporary downturn, we needed to
produce a home that filled the needs of our homebuyers and yet
was able to be sold at a price that fits today's market.
Q: How do you figure out what people want in a new home?
A: You ask them. We asked thousands of homeowners and some
apartment dwellers a lot of questions about what they wanted
and needed in a home. They gave us a great perspective about
today's young families, empty-nest couples, active adults, young
professionals, some not-as-young professionals, and single
We studied how people use their homes. The Neal family has
been building homes for over 38 years. And, more importantly,
we've been listening to our homeowners. We have a referral rate
of 98 percent. I think that's because we're good listeners. And,

as a company, we're all on the same page: we're dedicated to
creating unequalled customer satisfaction.
Q: I understand you've sold a lot of these homes since they were
introduced in February of this year. Why do you think they've
been so well received?
A. The homes themselves offer people a large range of choices.
Throughout our communities there are 24 different home choices
in the Caf6 Collection. These are cutting-edge designs with Neal
quality. More people are able to afford a home that is within
reach of today's budgets.
Aside from the homes themselves, the unique approach
is to offer these homes in amenitized communities that can
include recreation clubhouses, fitness centers, community pools
and spas, gated entrances, walking and biking trails through
neighborhoods that have large sections where we've created
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


Caf6 interiors are open and bright, with just enough formal area to add a touch of sophistication, and plenty of family space for an environment that's casual and
easygoing.With stately entrances, elegant columns, volume ceilings, bonus rooms, luscious lanais and floor plans ranging from 1,866-3,236 square feet, you can
sweeten to taste, all at a value that is definitely within reach.

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