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VOLUME 16, NO.51


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s on Ann a7Aaria Island Since 1992


Traffic buildup brings hope for businesses


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If there's ever been a time when Island-
ers don't mind seeing more traffic, it could
well be now and for the next three weeks.
That's how much time remains for the
Anna Maria Island Bridge to stay closed
during the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation's $10.2 million bridge rehabilitation
project.
While the bridge is closed, all traffic to
and from the mainland has to use the Cortez
Bridge, and increasing traffic at the Gulf
Drive-Cortez Road intersection indicates


more visitors are returning to the Island for
the winter season.
"That means more people will be staying
in Island accommodations, eating at Island
restaurants and shopping in our stores," said
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
president Mary Ann Brockman.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Spe-
ciale said officers assigned to monitor traffic
at the Gulf Drive-Cortez Road intersection
have noticed a significant increase in vehicle
activity there the past week compared with
the first two weeks of October.
"During the day, there definitely has


been a lot more traffic, especially in the after-
noon. It's been a bit busier," said Speciale.
"On weekends, we've seen a lot of traffic
coming on and off the Island and I think
many of them are coming for the planned
activities."
Traffic southbound on Gulf Drive turn-
ing onto Cortez Road often backs up past the
Gulf Drive Cafe at 10th Street North during
the afternoon when people are leaving the
Island, he noted.
The officers assigned to the location
are on duty from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekday
PLEASE SEE TRAFFIC, PAGE 3


Take an Islander
Detour to Paradise.
Page 3

Vote 2008: A look
at candidates,
ballot measures.
Page 4


Condo associa-
tion fined for turtle
deaths. Page 8

Anna Maria com-
mission to review
bridge solutions.
Page 10

Bradenton Beach
commission pursues
dogs on trail.
Page 11


ScenicWaves group
takes scenic walk.
Page 13

Streetilife: Police
reports. Page 14


S h@ol
School news: AME
plans safe kids pre-
sentation. Page 20



The Islander Cal-
endar: What to do,
where to go, people
to see. Page 21

Snook thick in the
bays. Page 23


I , '. i I hlt l \, hi.. \ ,. I, .,, ,. / 11.. I, I I'l, '*ii. i,
Marlin, 1, chase bubbles during Bayfest,
held Oct. 18 on Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria. The Anna Maria Island (C /.i... i of
Commerce sponsored the 12-hour event.


. _- .- \
Sissy Quinn, executive administrator of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, offers
T-shirts for sale at Bayfest. For more on the festival, see page 17. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff


Bradenton Beach pursues grant for dunes project


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach officials think they
have an answer to a historically complicated
question of how to best use private and public
land in the 100 block of Gulf Drive North.
The answer is a complicated private-
public partnership for the waterfront land
designated for preservation.
On Oct. 14, city officials met with rep-
resentatives of some landscaping and design
companies, as well as local businesses, to
discuss a possible grant for creating dunes,
parking spaces and public access to the beach
across from city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The meeting occurred a week after the
city commission tentatively endorsed efforts
to seek a grant for the dunes restoration and
six days before the grant application was
mailed to the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection.
The city holds one parcel on the west
side of Gulf Drive, and, according to proj-
ect and program director Lisa Marie Phillips,
would like to create four parking spaces, a
dunes, a walkway and a possible lookout at
the location.
The dunes, said Phillips, would help
keep lights off the beach during sea turtle
nesting season, as well as provide some soft


coastal armoring.
"We're looking at an opportunity for the
community that relies heavily on partner-
ships," Phillips said. "We have some really
great ideas."
Phillips had suggested that as the city
pursues its plans, it invite Ed Chiles and his
BeachHouse to participate. Chiles owns the
parcel north of the city land and south of the
BeachHouse. If the project moves forward,
part of Chiles' property could be used for a
sand parking lot and the new dunes could run
the width of both parcels.
"Shared development and shared respon-
sibility," Bradenton Beach building official
Steve Gilbert said, describing the proposed
partnership.
"I'm delighted to be here to attempt to
reach agreement on something that works for
everybody," said Chiles, who joined in last
week's meeting. Other attendees included
Mike Miller of Perfect Island Landscape,
Jay Andrews of Turner Tree and Landscap-
ing, Carlos Ugarte of Ugarte and Associates,
Mayor Michael Pierce and Commissioners
Janie Robertson and John Shaughnessy.
"We've been talking about this for a long
time," Chiles said. "And I'm fully open to
participating."
In past discussions, some commission-


ers frowned on suggestions that the Chiles
property be used as a restaurant parking lot.
But a new approach to the project may result
in different views on the commission.
"I am willing to say there are possibili-
ties that have come up," Robertson said after
the meeting. "I am totally opposed to a paved
parking lot - don't pave the beach. But I'm
willing to take a look at what's being dis-
cussed."
Referring to a ScenicWAVES tour of
PLEASE SEE DUNE, NEXT PAGE


Bradenton Beach building official Steve
Gilbert prepares for an Oct. 14 meeting to
discuss a dunes restoration project across
the street from city hall. Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff


Skimming

the news ...

Plaza could be
gateway to Anna
Maria City Pier.
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2 0 OCT. 22, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Plaza could be gateway to Anna Maria City Pier


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's transportation enhancement grant
committee might only have $358,000 to spend in
beautifying the retail-office-residential district along
Pine Avenue, but it has its sights set on a plan that
would make that grant money worthwhile.
At its Oct. 13 meeting, TEG members discussed a
design created by committee member Tim Eiseler for
a boardwalk along the beach in front of the city pier
that would include a "pier plaza" as the focal point.
Eiseler said he looked at boardwalks along Fort
Lauderdale and Rio de Janeiro for possible inspi-
ration, but he soon concluded "that wasn't Anna
Maria."
What he presented to the committee was a design
that harkened back to "Old Florida" and the "charac-
ter of Anna Maria," he said.
"This says' Anna Maria,'" Eiseler told the com-
mittee.
His plan calls for a boardwalk about 360-feet
long and anywhere from 8 to 12 feet wide that would
have a plaza at the pier's entrance to enhance the
pier's character and flavor. This would be the "gate-
way to the pier," Eiseler said.
City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who chairs
the committee, was enthusiastic about the proposal,
noting it would tie in with the 100-year anniversary
of the pier in 2012.
Eiseler said he was able to preserve and enhance
views of the bay for "car-sitters," while at the same
time featuring the pier as a draw for visitors.
The Eiseler plan would have native plants along
the boardwalk, be compliant with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, create a "pier experience" for those
unable to go out on the pier, and a plaza would allow
the pier to become a "gathering spot" in the city, he
said.
Bike racks also would be provided in addition to


historical signs about the pier and the city. Environ-
mental education signs could also be used in appro-
priate places and picnic tables would be included.
The Island trolley turn-around would be rede-
signed, and the parking lot would be crushed shell.
Eiseler observed, however, that there are nega-
tives associated with the plan.
Without cost estimates, a city pier plaza might
place all the grant money in one location, or become
too expensive to build, he noted.
There are also maintenance costs to consider,
along with potential conflicts with utility poles and
overhead wires. Storm damage and insurance are
other issues, he said.
Still, committee members were enthusiastic about
the presentation and Eiseler's initial design work.
Mattick said Chris Piazza of the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation's Bartow office attend the
committee's Oct. 27 meeting to review the proposal
and tour the city pier and beachfront area.

Dune improvements sought
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
native landscapes in Anna Maria the day before,
including stops at Chiles' Sandbar parking lots, Rob-
ertson said, "What I saw yesterday was one of the
reasons why I said, 'Let's look at this again.' If we
can do that..."
"Our land-use and land-development codes are
going to be important as far as approval," Gilbert said.
He suggested the city and Chiles could negotiate
a development agreement, especially for the proposed
parking lot, that would have an out-clause for both
parties, as well as a mechanism for review every five
years.
"The development agreement can contain any-
thing but it has to follow the comp plan and the intent
of the land-development code," Gilbert said.


The committee has until July 2009 to decide on
where the grant money will be spent, and already has
indicated that trolley shelters are first on the priority
list. The money will come from a federal grant in the
DOT's 2010-11 budget.


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Old-time Anna Maria
This picture of the Anna Maria City Pier was taken
in 1924. Islander Photo: Courtesy Anna Maria
Island Historical Society

Robertson said a development agreement would
require a lot of thought and some restrictions.
Officials have not discussed costs associated with
the project, but the grant the city is seeking requires
a 50/50 match, although in-kind donations count
toward the city's match.
There are other unknowns in addition to cost,
including how many levels of approval will be needed
for permitting from the DEP and whether the dunes
could be built on the erosion control line.
Gilbert said the first phase of the project would
be limited to developing the concept, the design and
then initiating the permitting process.
"The second phase would be the actual construc-
tion of the dunes, the walkover, the parking," Gilbert
said.
"This is not a rush project," Phillips added. "This
is a 2010 project. We all have time."


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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 22, 2008 E 3


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

Oct. 22 - Oct. 28
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Browse through Holmes
Beach's Island Gallery West, a co-op gallery featur-
ing the work - watercolors, jewelry, sculptures and
photographs - of regional artists. The fanciful mural
outside marks the spot.
Thursday, Oct. 23: Shuffle over to the shuffle-
board courts at Holmes Beach City Park, 5801 Marina
Drive, and shove a disc. Shuffleboard is quintessential
Florida, but the game dates back through the ages.
Henry VIII banned his archers from playing because
the game was getting in the way of archery practice.
Friday, Oct. 24: Discover the gem that is Grassy
Point Preserve in Holmes Beach. N k.i nik i li 'tiugh the
mangroves in a kayak - just for fun and adventure.
Saturday, Oct. 25: The city of Holmes Beach
welcomes vendors of various items to its park, 5801
Marina Drive, for an open-air market. Hours will be
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26: Paddle hard. A kayak festival
takes place on the Gulf of Mexico just south of the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach. Activities are planned for most of the day,
including races and prize-drawings.
Monday, Oct. 27: Have you ever seen a scarlet tana-
ger? They prefer to hide in forest canopy, but at least
one of the striking red birds has been seen in the trees at
Leffis Key in Bradenton Beach. Break out your Audubon
Society guide to Florida birds and start your quest.
Tuesday, Oct. 28: Angling for a good time? Cast
off from one of the Island's main piers - the Rod
& Reel and Historic City piers in Anna Maria or the
Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach.
For a complete listing of events this week, turn
to The Islander calendar.


Spending more time in the
auto these days with the clo-
sure of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge and a detour to Cortez 0
Road? D
The Islander invites you to
share your favorite drive-time PAR
tunes. Give us a list with 10
tracks you think other motor-
ists should download from *
iTunes, load up on iPods or j
burn to a disc.
Here is a list from The
Islander's Lisa Williams,
who recently cut her bridge-crossing needs by
moving back to the Island from the mainland.
1. I IIghlt aiy To Hell," by AC/DC.
2. "All Summer Long," by Kid Rock.
3. "Feel Like A Number," by Bob Seger.
4. "Miracle," by Barry Manilow.



DOT says bridge v
The Florida Department of Transportation's latest
update on the progress of the $10.2 million Anna
Maria Island Bridge rehabilitation project said all
work is on schedule and the bridge is still slated to

Traffic good thing for business
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
mornings and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekday afternoons.
On weekends, the officers are at the Bradenton Beach
traffic light from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"They monitor the traffic and adjust the traffic
signal accordingly," Speciale said. If necessary, the
officers can personally direct traffic to get vehicles
moving on and off the Island.
Special also said that he's had several com-
plaints from people about vehicle backup caused by
the traffic light at the 119th Street and Cortez Road
intersection in Cortez.
While that location is outside his jurisdiction, the
chief said he contacted Manatee County and DOT
officials about altering the timing of the light to allow
more vehicles to get through the intersection.
But, Speciale said, he was told by the DOT that
the light could not be re-timed.
"We will deal with it as best we can during this
period," he said, reminding motorists that any slight
traffic delays at those two intersections is only tempo-
rary until Nov. 13, when the AMI Bridge is scheduled
to reopen.
"It's definitely starting to look like the winter
season has begun," the chief said.
Brockman said she was pleased with the work of
law enforcement in handling the traffic.
"They've been moving the traffic very well," she
said.
"Remember, this is only for a few more weeks,
and as we see more and more traffic, we know that
more and more people are coming for the winter.
We've seen a lot of our six-month visitors return,
and a lot of people from Germany and elsewhere in
Europe are on the Island," she said.
Island business owners hope that news will be
reflected in business activity.
While a number of accommodations, including
Haley's Motel, Tortuga Club and the White Sands
Resort, have reported good reservations for the latter
half of October, that same activity has not yet shown
up in significant numbers in the retail sector.
Several restaurants have reported slower sales
than usual for this time in October, and at least one
restaurant owner said he might not renew his lease
if business doesn't pick up soon.
Some retail shops, however, have indicated a
slight increase in activity in October, but noted that
there is still no apparent great influx of customers.
"We need the day visitors," said Brockman.
"They are starting to show up, and I expect BayFest
will be a big event this year and draw many of them.
We're all working together."


5. "Soul Man," by the
Blues Brothers.
6. "Going Mobile," by
The Who.
7. "Bridge Over Trou-
0 bled Water," by Simon and
ADISE Garfunkel.
X,/ 8. "If You're Goin'
Through Hell," by Rodney
' Atkins.
9. "Beat It," by Michael
Jackson.
10. "Under Pressure,"
by David Bowie/Queen.
Send your list of 10 tracks to The Islander
via e-mail to lisaneff@islander.org, or via mail
to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Please include your name, address and a contact
number. And, if you really want to impress us,
maybe enclose a CD.



work on schedule
reopen Nov. 13.
With just three weeks remaining until the reopening
date, DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said contractor
Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto and its sub-con-
tractors have been busy maintaining the work schedule,
which is now at the half-way point of the project.
Eleven of 26 spans have been repaired, and there
have been no delays reported by Quinn to the DOT,
she said.
For the latest information on the rehabilitation
project, go on the Web to www.islander.org. and click
on "Island links." People without Internet access can
call 941-792-0369.

Board of adjustment to meet
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment is
scheduled to meet Oct. 23 for its first meeting since
January 2006.
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. with two items
on the agenda, both involve requests to expand legal
non-confirming uses.
One request was filed for an expansion of a legal
non-conforming triplex in the 300 block of 64th Street,
where the property owners want to add a bathroom.
A second request was filed for an expansion of
a legal non-conforming duplex in the 7000 block of
Gulf Drive.
Both properties have been classified as legal non-
confirming uses for years.
The property owners want to make improvements
without tearing down the structures, which would
otherwise be required.


Anna Maria City
* Oct. 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Oct. 27, 6 p.m., transportation enhancement
grant committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
941-708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
* Oct. 27, 6 p.m., anchorage/mooring plan
meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
* Oct. 23, 9 a.m., Holmes Beach Board of Ad-
justment meeting.
* Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
meeting.
* Oct. 28, 3:30 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Send public meeting notices to lisaneff@
islander.org.


Drive.time tracks to speed you through


This way to Anna Maria Island: The detour route is
marked with numerous signs to aid motorists on their
way to and from AMI.





4 0 OCT. 22, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


ANNA MARIA ISLAND CANDIDATES, ISSUES


Anna Maria city

commission has 4 for 2
Incumbent Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo
Ann Mattick is profiled for city voters in this edi-
tion.
The profiles of Anna Maria city commission can-
didates Mark Alonso and Bob Barlow appeared in
the Oct. 15 edition of The Islander and copies are
available at the newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Mattick, Alonso and Barlow are three of the four
candidates vying for the two commission seats up for
election Nov. 4. The other candidate is former City
Commissioner Chuck Webb.
Numerous efforts to reach Webb for information on
his candidacy were unsuccessful by press deadline.


JO ANN MATTICK
Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick
is seeking re-election for a second term in office.
Mattick was a political new-
comer in 2006 when she won
one of two commission seats
up for election.
Originally from Ohio,
she retired from the medical
accounting field in 2001 and
moved to Anna Maria. She
had purchased property in the
Mattick city in 1999.
Mattick has seven children and
17 grandchildren. Four of her children live on Anna
Maria Island.
She is seeking a second term to continue the work
of the current commission and city administration in
making the city run smoothly for the benefit of its
residents, and to continue supporting the beautifica-
tion of the Pine Avenue business district.
Mattick believes she made a good start to accom-
plish one goal when in 2005, prior to her election, she
successfully wrote the grant for $358,000 in beau-
tification funds for Pine Avenue. She serves as the
chairperson of the transportation enhancement grant
committee that is working with the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, which is overseeing the proj-
ect and the distribution of funds.
Her re-election will ensure the continuity of the
committee and its goals, she said.
She wants to continue the good relations the city
has with the business community and would look for
future grants that could fund improvements to the city
pier, among other locations in the city.
Mattick said she has worked hard with other
commissioners to lower taxes. She said the recently
adopted city budget reduced taxes by more than 12
percent.
She also approves of the stormwater fee adopted
by the commission, noting that the assessment will
be re-evaluated every year by the commission.
Mattick explained that many people are under
the assumption that the stormwater drainage plan
will solve all drainage problems in the city. But on a
barrier island just 4 feet above sea level, that's a tall
order.
"We can't solve all our drainage problems," she
said.
The drainage plan does, however, improve
the quality of stormwater runoff into waters sur-
rounding the city. That is important to the environ-
ment, fishing and other recreational activities, she
said.
Among her other accomplishments during her
first term, Mattick cites passage of a revised fee
schedule for the building department and withdrawal
of a proposal for a coastal-overlay district. She also
voted to approve the city's revised comprehensive
plan.
All of these were accomplished with the support of
the commission, and Mattick believes she works very
well with its members. She said she is more than will-


ing to compromise on issues for the good of the city.
Mattick does not support the charter referendum
calling for a super-majority approval vote by the com-
mission to change the future land-use element of the
city's comprehensive plan. She believes a majority
vote is sufficient.



Two referendum

questions on Anna

Maria ballot
When Anna Maria city residents go to the
polls Nov. 4 to elect city, state and national offi-
cials, they also will face two questions on the
ballot that, if passed, would change the city's
charter.
One question asks if the charter should
be amended to delete obsolete provisions and
remove clarifying language no longer needed.
The second question promises to give many
voters pause for thought.
The ballot title of that question is "Super
majority vote requirement for Anna Maria
Future Land-Use Element Comprehensive Plan
amendments."
It asks voters to decide whether the city
should establish a requirement that "any amend-
ment to the Future Land-Use Element of the
Comprehensive Plan can only be adopted by an
affirmative super-majority vote - four or more
of the commissioners."
The proposal to require a super-majority
vote to change the city's future land-use element
and/or accompanying future land-use map of the
comp plan is backed by outgoing Commissioner
Duke Miller, along with Commission Chairman
John Quam and Commissioner Dale Woodland.
Commissioner Christine Tollette has
opposed the measure, as has Commissioner Jo
Ann Mattick.
Voting on election day in Anna Maria takes
place at city hall between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.


WMFR District has 2

seats up for election
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Two of the five seats on the West Manatee Fire
Rescue District board of commissioners are up for
election on Nov. 4.
The candidates for seat No. 1 on the board are
incumbent Jessie Davis and challenger Al Robin-
son.
The two candidates for seat No. 5 are Randy
Cooper and Steve Pontious.
Board member Jack Emery is not seeking re-
election.


SEAT 1, JESSIE DAVIS
Jessie Davis has served four previous terms on
the board. He works for the Manatee County Utili-
ties Department and was formerly a member of the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Hazardous Materi-
als team.
He said the current board is "on a good path,"
and he works well with other board members.
Davis favors a proposed regulation that all new
construction in the district more than a certain square
footage be required to have a water-sprinkler system
installed. The rule would apply only to new construc-
tion, he emphasized, and not to any existing struc-
ture.
He also is concerned about the district's current
facilities.
With 43 full-time firefighters, there is little space


at some of the fire stations to accommodate staff and
operations without difficulty. Operations and admin-
istration are in separate locations.
The district is looking to improve its facilities
and Davis would like to be on the board to see that
accomplished "without breaking the bank," he said.
He also favors consolidation of some of the coun-
ty's fire districts, but noted that there has always been
a lot of opposition to such a suggestion. At a recent
meeting of the Manatee County Fire Commissioner's
Association, the idea was voted down, but with the
current trend in the economy, Davis believes the idea
now might have merit.
He believes he's been very frugal with the dis-
trict's money and has never drawn a salary for his
efforts as a commissioner.
With his 16 years experience, Davis believes he
is well-suited to continue as a board member.
He believes in the adage that public safety "is to
save lives and protect."


SEAT 1, AL ROBINSON
Al Robinson, a Holmes Beach resident, is run-
ning for a seat on the West Manatee Fire Rescue Dis-
trict board of commersioners because he is concerned
about wasteful government spending.
He holds a master's degree in public safety and
was in coal mining in West Virginia before moving
to Anna Maria Island in 1991. He formerly owned D.
Coy Ducks Tavern in Holmes Beach. He is a former
member of the Coal Mine Fire and Rescue team in
West Virginia.
\ ly observation is that government spends too
much money and I have a duty to monitor that spend-
ing for the taxpayer," Robinson said.
He noted that the WMFR has a staff of 44 people
and an annual budget of $6 million. The budget grows
every year, he said, and perhaps it's time to take a
hard look at spending.
"We need cake, but we don't need icing on the
cake," he said.
He wants to be the conservative voice for spend-
ing on the board.
Robinson said he has not yet had an opportunity
to review recommendations made by the district's
facilities committee on improving and expanding the
district's current fire stations.
\ h l, of our government buildings, however,
have become palaces," he said.
If elected, he would review those plans and facili-
ties and look for cost-saving measures.
"I've been involved in big business all my life.
I understand what is needed and what is not needed
to operate," he said.
L\ c lybody does not need power windows, a
sunroof and a global navigation system," he said.
Although he has no prior political experience,
Robinson said his past experience as a coal mine
owner and involvement with safety issues would
serve him well as a board member.
He would not sacrifice safety or the efficiency of
firefighters for economy, he said.
"The service seems to be very good," Robinson
concluded.


SEAT 5, RANDY COOPER
Randy Cooper said he has no single issue that
moved him to become a candidate for a seat on the
West Manatee Fire Rescue District board.
"I just want to get involved for my community,"
said Cooper, who is a former volunteer firefighter in
Hillsborough County.
He said he has been going to district meetings
for the past 18 months as a member of the public to
keep up on district affairs and expenditures. Often,
he was the only member of the public, he said.
Cooper was active as a member of the district
committee that recently completed a study of the
WMFR stations and facilities and made recommen-
dations to the board on improving the current infra-
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Candidates speak out
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structure of the district.
He believes his election to the board would be a
good continuation of his work on the committee.
"I got an in-depth look at facilities while a com-
mittee member," he said.
If elected, Cooper would work to ensure a bal-
anced budget and have the district save money wher-
ever possible.
He would like to see the board rotate its meetings
among the three available stations to develop more
public awareness. At present, most meetings are at
Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach.
Cooper is an engineer with the Southwest Florida
Water Management District's Sarasota office. He and
his wife live in Palma Sola.
He has a Web site at www.coop4commish.org
with more information about his candidacy.

SEAT 5, STEVE PONTIOUS
Steve Pontious said the main reason he is seek-
ing a seat on the WMFR board is he believes he can
continue to provide good service to the district.
He retired in January 2006 after nearly 30 years
as a professional firefighter, having worked at both
the West Manatee Fire District and its successor, fol-
lowing a merger with the Anna Maria Fire District.
With election to the board, he can continue the
good work he saw firefighters providing district resi-
dents.
He would like to explore consolidation to see if
it is a good idea for the taxpayers and the district.
Pontious also believes there is a need to reorga-
nize the district's facilities.
The administrative staff and the district's fire
chief are in separate locations and he believes they
should be placed together at a mainland station,
because the Island is the first place to be evacuated


in the event of a hurricane.
"We are starting to outgrow Station No. 1 and
No. 2," he said. Putting the chief and administration
together would "free up some space," he believes.
He is opposed to any further annexation from the
WMFR district by Bradenton and would like to see
what steps can be taken to halt future incursion.
The district operates very well with the present
staff, he said, and his goal as a board member would
not be to suggest wholesale changes.
His experience as a firefighter will be invaluable
as a board member, he believes.
"Because of my experience, I can contribute
immediately to the board. I know the district and I
know how it operates," Pontious said.


Candidates share

platforms on drilling
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Domestic oil got prime-time publicity during the
Republican National Convention, as chants of "drill
baby drill" echoed ilhio ugh N li nn. isota's Excel En. ,i.
Center.
Placement of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's name
on the ballot as the GOP's vice presidential nominee
helped keep oil - and drilling for it domestically -
a national election issue.
Domestic drilling also is a local election issue,
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6 0 OCT. 22, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER



Opinion


Half done
Call it half baked, half empty or half full. But it's a day
or so more than half done and Islanders and their friends
on Perico Island and Flamingo Cay, facing the great divide
- the repairs to the Anna Maria Island Bridge that have
resulted in its closure since Sept. 29 - now can see the
end in sight.
The job is at least half done. Optimism reigns among
many - Is there a more popular topic? - when discussing
the bridgework. Many folks are hopeful that the contrac-
tor is working hard to finish on time or sooner, especially
knowing there's a $25,000 per day award for every day they
finish before the scheduled reopening on Nov. 13.
The incentives for the Florida Department of Trans-
portation's contractor, Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto
are great.
The hope for an earlier-than-promised-opening may be
greater. And that's because traffic is undecidedly up, accom-
modation and rental occupancies are up and looking good
for season, and numerous events planned by businesses and
organizations to attract folks to Anna Maria Island during the
bridge closure appear to be meeting their goal. Retail stores
and restaurants, however, are not seeing an up trend from
the down summer and slow fall sales. It's the economy.
And, in spite of attempts to warn the DOT that the
economy on AMI had worsened significantly since the
bridge closure was planned, it was for naught. It's going
to result in a long recovery, both from the bridge closure
and the economic conditions.
We trust folks will keep coming to AMI. We hope the
bridge opening in November (or sooner) will be as if open-
ing floodgates and the winter season, winter friends and
signs of recovery come rushing in.
Half full? Yes.

Home stretch
There's another popular topic for conversations Island-
wide that will soon have a conclusion: Election 2008.
Thankfully, the bitter, negative, sniping commercials
on TV will soon eclipse and the dark shadow will fade as
the campaigners settle into the numbers, the win or loss,
the reality of the day after Nov. 4.
Locally, we address some commission seats, some
amendments, some judicial seats, and assorted races on
our various ballots.
But on AMI, unlike other years, the city races for vacant
seats aren't so hotly contested. They amount to choices
between good people and friends. No debates over dire
healthcare needs, petroleum production or taxes. There's
nothing to debate in paradise.
It will be a matter of "may the best man - and woman
- win."
We will, optimistically, all be winners - including
reporter Lisa Neff - when everything is tallied.





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In regards to those advocating lifting the 30-day
minimum rental in Holmes Beach's single-family resi-
dential zones:
"The zoning district is intended to protect and
enhance the residential character of single-family
areas located throughout the city."
Holmes Beach Code states that from 10 p.m. and 7
a.m. creating excessive and unreasonable noise across
a residential property line that disturbs or annoys the
peace, quiet, comfort and repose of a reasonable
person violates permissible sound levels.
I live in a nice home on Sixth Street and the house next
door is a seven-day rental - and it also is a nice home.
I have experienced first-hand having to call the
police at 2 a.m. for the disturbance at the rental. Rental
group after group spend their week celebrating at
my discomfort. Cars are parked everywhere. There
is partying all night. Do I know these people as my
neighbors? Do I pay taxes and insurance on my prop-
erty and live in a residential R-1 or is my property
now Motel-1 ? Living next door to a seven-day rental
means making an effort to contact the rental agent and
getting glazed over. It means numerous trips to city
hall to determine my position as a property owner.
As a recent letter writer stated, the vast majority
of visitors to this Island come for a week's vacation.
Let them get a motel and get out of our residential
neighborhoods.
Susan Brownewell, Holmes Beach

Pine Avenue paradise
I really appreciate the coverage and editorial sup-
port The Islander has provided the Pine Avenue Res-
toration project since the inception.
I would like to clarify, however, that judgments
about how other citizens chose to develop their prop-
erty are not, and have not been, our focus.
Remember, I myself was involved in the construc-


tion of one of the three-story houses at the old marina,
which would make me an unlikely critic of other homes
built by one of the most respected builders in the area.
This project has always been about what we're
for - specifically to live out the original vision for a
uniquely Anna Maria mixed-use development along
Pine Avenue.
During this process I have been privileged to
get to know many of our neighbors more personally.
Along the way, I have come to realize that our differ-
ences are part of what adds up to Anna Maria.
Some of us prefer larger, some smaller, some want
smart growth, some want no growth at all. Many sup-
port our project and some, not so much.
It is clear to me that regardless of point of view,
all involved love this little piece of paradise and are
motivated by a genuine desire to protect and preserve
the qualities that make our city so unique.
Micheal Coleman, Anna Maria
Dangerous intersection
Recently the humpback bridge on 127th Street
between Cortez Road and 126th Street in Cortez was
rebuilt about 4 feet higher.
The result is a dangerous intersection for motor-
ists driving from 126th Street onto 127th Street and
then turning left to drive toward Cortez Road.
I have observed drivers going north on 127th
Street past Annie's Bait and Tackle, then over the
humpback bridge at a rapid speed.
It is almost impossible for drivers entering 127th
Street from 126th Street to see anyone coming from
Cortez Road because of the dip in the road by Annie's.
Drive it yourself and you'll see what I mean.
Additionally, the guardrail for the new sidewalk
extends too far into the 127th-126th Street intersection,
causing vehicles turning on 126th Street to veer out into
the oncoming vehicle lane. Bottom line is the higher bridge
has created a very dangerous situation for motorists.
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Low-income residents of Anna Maria may soon
find relief from paying the city's recently adopted
annual stormwater utility fee.
City treasurer Diane Percycoe said the Manatee
County Property Appraiser's Office establishes the
low-income standard.
One of the qualifying factors is that the combined
household income cannot exceed $24, 214, according
to the MCPAO.
The city commission is expected to pass an ordi-
nance granting those who qualify an exemption from
paying the fee, called an Environmental Services Unit.

State to accept
waterfront grant applications
The Florida Communities Trust will begin accept-
ing grant applications from working waterfront com-
munities seeking to purchase property for marine
work or education.
Two state-designated working waterfronts com-
munities are in the area - the city of Bradenton Beach
and the village of Cortez.
And residents in both have said they hope their
communities can capitalize on the grant opportunity.
Bradenton Beach officials may seek funding for a
Gulffront park and Cortez preservation groups may seek
funding to purchase the site of the Seafood Shack.
The money must be used specifically by working
waterfront communities to facilitate the commercial
harvest of marine organisms or saltwater products and
to promote and educate the public about the heritage
of Florida's traditional working waterfronts, according
to the Florida Department of Community Affairs.


A standard annual ESU in Anna Maria is $45 for a
single-family residence with 2,254 feet of impervious
surface, while a condominium pays $22.95 per unit.
Condominium owners get off with just a $40.95 fee
and vacant lot owners pay $9.45 yearly.
City clerk Alice Baird told the commission at its
Sept. 11 meeting that there might be as many as 14
families that could qualify for the exemption.
The stormwater utility fee was adopted Sept. 11
by the commission after more than three years of
study and preparation. The fee can only be used to
fund maintenance of the city's stormwater infrastruc-
ture, and the city can't borrow from other sources if
there's a shortfall in the maintenance budget.
The commission has said it will review the fee
annually, and an appeal process is in place if a prop-
erty owner feels the ESU is too high.

Skoloda wins ESU appeal
Former Anna Maria City Commissioner Tom
Skoloda had no success last month when he and his
wife Alice Newlon made a last-ditch appeal to the
city commission to reject the stormwater utility fee
ordinance. The ordinance passed unanimously.
Skoloda did, however, fare a bit better when he
appealed his $111.80 annual assessment for the fee,
called an Environmental Services Unit.
After reviewing Skoloda's appeal, city engineer Tom
Wilcox agreedto reduce the ESU to $86. Wilcox agreed that,
with just 5,600 square feet of land at Skoloda's residence on
North Shore Drive, the amount should be lowered.
Wilcox, of HDR Engineering in Sarasota, is the
engineer who designed the city's current stormwater
maintenance project and assisted the commission with
establishing the fee schedule.


In the Oct. 21, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Holmes Beach city commissioners agreed to hire
a structural engineer to determine if the former city
hall building would still be usable because the Anna
Maria Island Community Center asked to lease the
building for teen activities.
* The Anna Maria Island Privateers asked the
Holmes Beach City Commission for permission to
return its float to park in the city. The group moved the
float from its 20-year home at the comer of Clark Lane
and Clark Drive after then-Mayor Bob VanWagonner
instructed the city's code enforcement officer to issue
a citation against the group for having a trailer parked
on a vacant lot.
* Manatee County administrator Ernie Padgett
conducted a public forum on Anna Maria Island to
drum up support for his proposal to add a 1-cent
increase to the county's sales tax. Padgett said the
additional tax would bring in an extra $746,000 in
revenue for the Island cities.

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8 0 OCT. 22, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Condo association fined $100 per turtle death


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Bradenton Beach condominium association
must pay an $800 fine for the deaths of eight hatch-
ling sea turtles.
The fine was part of an order against the Coquina
Beach Club Condominium Association issued by
special master Harold Youmans, who presided over
a code enforcement hearing Oct. 16 at Bradenton
Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Youmans levied fees and deadlines for the con-
dominium association and Holmes Beach Property
Management to come into compliance with city
regulations intended to protect sea turtles during the
animals' nesting season.
The hearing last week was triggered by an incident
Aug. 27 that resulted in the disorientation of at least log-
gerhead hatchlings who had emerged from a nest on the
beach behind Coquina Beach Club, 1906 and 1908 Gulf
Drive N. Testimony during the hearing was that six to eight
hatchlings died; others were rescued by Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch volunteers, a passerby and some city employ-
ees and eventually released into the Gulf of Mexico.
After the incident, city code enforcement officer
Wendy Chabot cited the beach club for violating the
city's sea turtle protection ordinance, which regulates
lighting during nesting season.
The ordinance, intended to support state and fed-


eral law protecting endangered sea turtles, states that
existing developments "must ensure that sea turtle
nesting habitat is not directly or indirectly illuminated
by lighting originating from existing development
during nesting season."

The city's case
Chabot testified that she received notice of an
Aug. 27 disorientation from Suzi Fox, executive
director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, the non-
profit group that monitors turtle nesting from May
through October.
Chabot said she went to the location of the
reported disorientation that morning and saw hatch-
ling tracks going east from the nest toward the
Coquina Beach Club. The tracks, she said, should
go west toward the water.
Chabot also made a nighttime inspection and said
she determined lights at the beach club caused the
disorientation.
Specifically, she said, she saw a "bright glow of
light" underneath the parking garage, where hatch-
lings had been found.
"And I could see point-sources of light," Chabot
said in response to questions from city attorney
Ricinda Perry. "In my opinion, these lights are not
in turtle compliance."
For another opinion, Chabot invited a Fish and


Draaenton Beacn coae enforcement officer wenay
Chabot, center, testifies during a special master
hearing Oct. 16 at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107
Gulf Drive N. Tom Condron, left, represents the
Coquina Beach Club and Harold Youmans is the
special master. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist to check
the lights. An FWC report identified lighting problems.
Tom Condron, representing Coquina Beach Club,
asked Chabot if she knew of incidents in which natu-
ral light, such as the moon rising in the east, disori-
ented turtles.
Chabot said she had no personal knowledge of
such incidents.
"Was the moon coming up?" Condron asked.
"I'm sticking with what I saw that night," Chabot
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Turtle deaths spur fins
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
answered.
"Could the disorientation have taken place if
every light was out?" Condron inquired.
"It's possible," Chabot said.
Condron also asked Chabot if she noticed that
large exterior lights were turned out at condos, and
other lights were yellow-coated and shielded.
Chabot said, regardless, the lighting is too bright
and other corrective measures are needed.
Condron also inquired about measuring lighting,
asking, "You don't have any type of light meter?"
"I have not," Chabot replied.
Fox also testified during the hearing, recalling that
she received a 4 a.m. call from the Bradenton Beach
Police Department about hatchlings on Gulf Drive.
"There were dead turtles on the road," Fox said.
"And dead turtles on the edge of the property."
Fox added that 75 live hatchlings were
found, including some in the Coquina Beach
Club garage and some in a nearby stormwater
drain.
Artificial light can draw the hatchlings away from
the water, she said, and then turtles become even
more disoriented when they get under the light.
Perry, summing up her case, said the Coquina
Beach Club was in violation of city code and that
violation caused irreversible harm.
"We had a very egregious problem," she said.
There was evidence of a disorientation.... Turtles
were found dead."


The club's argument
Condron said the Coquina Beach Club "has done
just about everything in their power over the last 10
years to be as turtle-friendly as they can be."
The association installed yellow-coated lights,
shielded lights in the garage and turned out larger
exterior lights.
"With every suggestion that was made to us,
Coquina Beach Club responded," Condron said, esti-
mating turtle-friendly improvements cost thousands of
dollars. L\ .ly single light in the garage is shielded."
Condron said he met with Chabot after receiving
an Aug. 29 violation notice and the condo association
began making plans for additional improvements.
But he showed frustration at what he characterized
as a lack of detailed technical information about lights.

The special master's finding
Youmans had opened the quasi-judicial hearing
with a statement, "The burden of proof in these mat-
ters is on the city. They must prove a violation existed
and that the violation still exists."
He closed the hearing, finding that the city proved
its case.
Chabot recommended that the beach club be fined
$100 for every disoriented turtle, that the association
pay city legal, administrative and special master costs
and that a fine of $150 per day - beginning on Aug.
27 - be levied if the property does not provide a
lighting plan within 30 days.
"That would be outrageous to do that," Condron
said, referring to the fine. "It' s been years since we' ve


THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 22, 2008 E 9
had any conversation" with the city about problems.
"You don't have to be punitive with the Coquina
Beach Club," he added.
Perry countered by reading off a collection of notices
issued in recent years to the beach club and emphasizing
the gravity of the harm caused by the lights.
Fox, said later, "There have been disorientations
there for 10 years."
Youmans took the arguments into consideration
during a five-minute break and returned with a deci-
sion. The beach club must:
* Pay $800 for the hatchling deaths.
* Submit a lighting plan to the city by Nov. 16.
* Implement the lighting plan within 90 days after
approval.
* Pay legal, administrative and special master
costs totaling $1,483.

The reaction
With the conclusion of the three-hour hearing,
city staff left the meeting room to prepare for another
meeting that day.
Condron thanked Youmans for his time and
patience in the case with a handshake.
Youmans rushed off for a meeting in Tampa and
to prepare for three hearings the next day.
And audience members quietly discussed the
events of the morning.
The city had won, and AMITW's testimony had
been accepted, but Fox seemed somewhat saddened
by the situation.
"What's the price of an endangered species?" she
asked.


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23 me Anna Maria
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season
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safety concerns with
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is expected to discuss
repair procedures
and costs at its Oct.
23 meeting. Islander
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Commission to ponder


humpback bridge solution


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria City Commission at its Oct.
23 meeting will discuss potential solutions to the
problems with the north approach to the humpback
bridge on North Bay Boulevard that could cost the
city $38,000 or more.
Commissioners were presented five options at
their Oct. 9 worksession, and the consensus favored
a $38,100 proposal by Uretek ICF Florida of Lake-
land.
The company would inject a special compound,
Uretek 486 polyurethane, to fill the void found by
engineer Tom Wilcox and public works director
George McKay under the approach.
Other proposals ranged from $7,500 to


$72,500.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said he was in
favor of Uretek's proposal, as it seemed to offer the
best value to the city. It includes a 10-year guarantee
on materials.
Woodland pointed out that the problem was not
caused by the recent resurfacing of the bridge, but
was discovered during that process.
Wilcox told the city commission Oct. 9 that the
bridges on Bay Boulevard and Crescent Street were
built in 1952, and time and saltwater are having an
impact.
"They' ve had a pretty good life," he told the com-
mission.
Woodland suggested it might be a good time to
further inspect both bridges.


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach city commissioners approved
the first reading of an ordinance allowing police offi-
cers to issue certain civil citations to be reviewed by
a special master.
"There are a handful of violations that occur on
a frequent basis," said city attorney Ricinda Perry.
"It' s appropriate to use a citation-type format.... So
we' ve modified the ordinance."
Officers would issue citations for loud noise,
open containers of alcohol and animal violations that
do not involve endangered species.
"A violation of any code or ordinance regulating
or related to noise, open containers, or any animal not
considered to be an endangered species may result
in the assessment of a civil penalty by citation up to
$100 per offense," the ordinance states.
A second offense, if it occurred within two years
of the first, could result in a $250 fine.
In other business during the Oct. 16 meeting at
city hall, commissioners:
* Approved the first reading of an ordinance
intended to bring the city's public beach hour regula-
tions in line with the county's. (See separate story.)
* Approved, in a 3-0 vote, the first reading of an
ordinance for a quit-claim deed from the city to the
Sandpiper Resort Co-op.
* Continued until 7 p.m. Nov. 6 the first reading
and public hearing on a sign ordinance to remove
content-driven restrictions.
* Authorized the police chief to work with Perry
on revising regulations related to the Historic Bridge
Street Pier.
The last ordinance drafted for the pier was
adopted in 1978, said Bradenton Beach Police Chief
Sam Speciale.
"With the changes at the pier, we obviously need
to update," he said.


Commissioner Janie Robertson suggested that
the ordinance needs to be massively realigned.
* Remanded to the board of adjustment a case
challenging the city's issuance of an occupancy cer-
tificate for 2201 Gulf Drive.
The BOA had reviewed a complaint from Cyn-
thia Dagher and Mark Mixon and found that the
couple did not meet the city's 30-day requirement
for a timely appeal.
Based on recent court decision in a similar city
case that said an appeal need not be entirely com-
plete to be timely, city attorney Ralf Brookes recom-
mended the commission ask the BOA to review the
case on its merits.
The commission vote to remand the Dagher/
Mixon complaint to the BOA was unanimous.
* Approved a resolution adding a new class to the
solid waste and recyclables collection fee-schedule
- Class No. 32 covers commercial business, retail,
office, residential, condominium, hotel and motel and
sets a $1,456 annual fee for collection of recyclables.
Public works director Tom Woodard said the new
classification was created for properties that contract
for sanitation with Waste Management Inc. or another
trash hauler, but that want to hire the city to collect
recyclables.
The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
has indicated interest, he said.
* Approved banner sign applications from
the Anna Maria Island Art League for ArtsHop in
November, Winterfest in December and Springfest
in March 2009.
* Approved a special event application for the 14th
annual Wildlife Rehab and Education Arts and Crafts
Show at Coquina Beach from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan.
17-18 and March 14-15. The event will benefit Wild-
life Rehab and Education Inc. in Bradenton Beach.
* Renewed a maintenance contract for the police
PLEASE SEE CODE RULES, NEXT PAGE


Bradenton Beach updating


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BB commission pursues dogs


on Coquina Beach Trail


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach city commissioners agreed last
week that as they update an ordinance on beach activ-
ity, they want to allow dogs on the multi-use path
running.
The commission met Oct. 16 at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N., to take up a lengthy agenda, including
the first reading of an ordinance amending the city
regulation of public beach activity.
City attorney Ricinda Perry and Police Chief Sam
Special presented the ordinance as a plan to match
the city's beach rules with the county's beach rules.
Coquina and Cortez beaches are in Bradenton Beach
and policed by the Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment, but the county parks and recreation department
maintains and manages the sites.
Special said he wanted to meet with county offi-
cials and propose that both jurisdictions set beach
hours from 6 a.m. to midnight. County signs state that
the beaches are open from sunrise to sunset, while
the city has specific beach hours.
A discussion on hours, however, turned to the
issue of whether to include in the revised ordinance
the commission's interest in allowing dogs on the


Bennett pilots

Pilates program
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island Community Center instructor
Laura Bennett studied sports medicine and now has
piloted a career in exercise.
She teaches yoga and the Pilates physical fitness
method on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The Islander recently asked Bennett about her
instruction at the Center.
The Islander: How did you come to be an instruc-
tor with the Center?
Laura Bennett: I started as a sub. Then Sandee
[Pruett, adult programs manager,] gave me a time slot
on the schedule to teach my own Pilates class in 2001.
The Islander: Name one thing you expect stu-
dents to take from your class?
LB: Working out is a lifestyle. If you truly want
to look and feel your best, you must practice wellness
for the rest of your life. And you will be rewarded
with the highest quality of life.
The Islander: How long have you been teaching
the subject?
LB: I worked at Blake Medical Center in the cor-
porate wellness/rehab department for 13 years before
starting my own personal training career. So I have
been in the fitness business over 20 years.
The Islander: What was the last adult education
class or program you enrolled in and why?
LB: I became certified by Peak Pilates to use The
Reformer and other Pilates apparatus to enhance my

Code rules revamped
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10
department's reporting software for $1,546 a year.
* Took no action on a request to advertise for a
part-time project-program department administrative
assistant with a year salary not to exceed $5,450.
The commission discussed the request and agreed
not to spend the money on a new hire, although the
expense is budgeted.
"Just because the money is budgeted doesn't
mean we have to spend it," Commissioner John
Chappie said. He added, "We need to make every
nickel scream."
"Times are tough," said Commissioner John
Shaughnessy, pointing out that city staff did not
receive a cost-of-living increase and will not receive
merit raises in the 2008-09 budget.


multi-use trail along the beach.
The city and the county have been in conflict over
dogs on the path.
The city commission voted in late March to draft a
letter to the Manatee County Board of Commissioners
asking the county to ease the restriction for the trail.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael Pierce was the
lone dissent.
Pierce also voted against the motion last week,
which was to approve the first reading of the ordi-
nance updating beach rules and pursuing a course
that allows leashed dogs on the multi-use path.
Commissioners John Chappie, Janie Robertson,
Bob Connors and John Shaughnessy voted for the
motion.
"To me it's a code-enforcement or law-enforce-
ment issue," Chappie said, regarding concerns about
pet problems on the path.
Chappie, who will be sworn in as a county com-
missioner next month, said the city ordinance could
allow dogs and, if the county wants to enforce a ban,
"they should let the lifeguards do it.... I'm sticking
with what the intent was."
Special said he would raise the issue during a
meeting with county officials.


Laura Benett teaches Pilates.


knowledge of the Pilates technique.
The Islander: How would you describe the Cen-
ter's role on Anna Maria Island?
LB: AMICC is where all the action is - the best
programs, staff and facility. It doesn't get any better
than our beloved community center.
The Islander: Finish the statement - Lifelong
learning is...
LB: ... making our life journey a lot more inter-
esting.
For more information about Bennett's courses at
the Center or other classes, call 941-778-1908.


Code board applicants sought
Holmes Beach is accepting applications for
citizens interested in serving on the city's code
enforcement board.
For more information about applying for
a board position, visit city hall, 5801 Marina
Drive, or call the city code enforcement depart-
ment at 941-708-5800, ext 222.

* Took no action on a $3,000 bid from Johnsen's
Out of His Tree Inc. to trim 21 Australian pines at
Herb Dolan Park and Children's Park.
Commissioners and the mayor also agreed that
the tree-trimming was an unnecessary expense.
* Approved payment of a $3,202.05 invoice from
Williams Testing for cleaning, inspecting and main-
taining city stormwater catch basins.
* Approved payment of a $1,005 invoice for tire
work on a 1999 garbage truck.
* Approved payment of a $1,426 invoice for
repairs to a 1998 Ford Expedition used by the public
works department.
* Approved payment of a $11,921 invoice from
M.T. Causley for building department services.
The city commission's next meeting will be at 7
p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.


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Toese were the days


Part 6, The Hurricane of 1921

The destruction

of Cortez
By June Alder
The people of Cortez were seafaring folk, used
to the ways of storms. But the hurricane of October
1921 caught them by surprise.
On Sunday uniniii'. Oct. 23, the men of the
village gathered as usual around the barber shop
and post office on the Albion Inn dock to swap
stories and play checkers. The weather was blus-
tery, the seas were high and heavy. They knew they
were in for a bad storm.
But no one expected a hurricane. It was too
late in the year.
Then the telegraph clicked out a message - get
your boats out of the water, get ready for one heck
of a blow. But the warning was too late. Some of the
fishermen went out in the driving rain and managed
to pole their craft to the lee of a nearby mangrove
island, but there was no time to do much else.
They hurried to their homes - most of them
two-story clapboard houses on two-foot pilings -
and, as the water rose higher and higher, got their
families to the upper floors. While the wives and
children waited for the menfolk to come with row-
boats to get them to safety, they watched bits and
pieces of the village pass %% ifil\ by their windows.
They saw Brown's grocery store topple over and,
swept along like a matchbox by the rushing waters,
hit the new bridge to Anna Maria Island broadside
with a mighty crash.
The brick schoolhouse had fortunately been
erected on the highest spot in the village. It was
there most of the refugees spent the night. After
the worst of the storm was over, a cavalcade of
rowboats headed up flooded Cortez Road toward
dry land - to about where 75th Street is today.
Rescuers were waiting there to take them in.
Next day, when the Cortezians returned to
the village, they were stunned by the chaos. The
whole waterfront had been obliterated. All that was
left were stubs of pilings. Behind the broken pil-
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leveled to the ground, and splintered wood was thick
in the muddy streets.
For the close-knit little community, all dependent
on the sea and one another for their livelihood, the
1921 hurricane was a terrible disaster.
But as often happens in times of great trial,
the survival spirit triumphed. Jack Leffingwell, the
bridge builder who survived the storm, marveled at
how quickly the fishing community recovered.
He wrote:
"The mainland lumberyards donated lumber.
Carpenters gave their time. Hardware stores gave
their goods. The banks gave money. The Tampa fish
companies donated food, as did the Bradentown gro-
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ScenicWAVES group takes scenic walk


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach's ScenicWAVES advisory com-
mittee took a scenic field trip Oct. 13 for a course in
native plants.
The committee, on an advertised public meeting,
caught the Island trolley outside Bradenton Beach
City Hall late Monday afternoon and cruised north
to a stop near Anna Maria City Hall.
Along the trolley route, the group took notice of
some non-native species, Kginning %% ith a plant recently
placed outside Bradenton Beach City Hall and including
the Australian pines found along Gulf Drive.
"Are those on the right of way?" asked Bradenton
Beach City Commissioner Janie Robertson as she
spotted some young Australian pines on the west side
of the road.
"Those have to go," she added, referring to the
state-designated invasive species. The trees were
planted in Florida in an attempt at hazard mitigation,
but are now considered problem species.
Once at Anna Maria City Hall, Robertson got
some affirmation from landscaper Mike Miller, who
has a reputation for preaching a go-native gospel.
Miller, of Perfectlsland.us, and Ed Chiles, a
member of the ScenicWAVES committee and Island
businessman, hosted the visit to Anna Maria.
As the group stepped off the trolley and under
the canopy of trees at Anna Maria City Hall, Miller
boasted, "Welcome to paradise."
He then immediately pointed out the purple ber-
ries on the beautyberry shrub and said, "I made jelly
out of this, folks."
Miller encouraged the Bradenton Beach com-
mittee to join Anna Maria in a campaign to replace
non-native species with plants appropriate for Anna
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"The sugarberries, the strangler fig, the cedars
over there - this is what makes a sense of place.
And this, this is a palm hammock. This is what
Anna Maria looks like when it is allowed to be Anna
Maria," Miller said.
Miller encouraged ScenicWAVES members to
keep the Island as natural as possible as they tackle
new projects in Bradenton Beach.
That, he said, means applying xeriscape practices
and using a sand-shell mix, not concrete, asphalt or
paver bricks.
L\ N.ly piece of asphalt, every paver, pushes
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From city hall, the group walked to the Sandbar
Restaurant parking lot to see the native plantings and
the sand/shell parking lot.
The group also strolled along Pine Avenue, where
Chiles and others involved in the Pine Avenue Resto-
ration project plan to plant native species to enhance
their "old Florida" plan. Already Chiles' restaurant
parking lots are bordered by native plants and plants
from Miller's native palette are dense at the Studio
at Gulf and Pine, owned by Chiles' mother, Rhea.
"We'd like to see this all the way down Pine
Avenue," Chiles said.
"We all know how special our Island is," Chiles
continued. "Certainly it is special because of the
beaches. It's the low-rise architecture and the beau-
tiful water. But this is part of what is special - this
is a very big part of what is special.... It takes me
back to five years old on Anna Maria Island. That's
what we're trying to do."
Lisa Marie Phillips, Bradenton Beach's project
and program manager, said ScenicWAVES took the
tour for its educational value.
"It's important for people to see this in practice," she said
'This isn't just a theory. This should be done everywhere."

Center hosts food co-op
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as a collection point for the new AMI Food Co-op.
Each Friday at 4 p.m., deliveries of organic pro-
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Streetlife


Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.

Bradenton Beach
Oct. 12, 1700 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach, no
valid driver's license, loud stereo. Officers stopped
a vehicle with a loud stereo as it was exiting the
beach. A records check revealed the driver did not
have a driver's license, and he said he was not
legally in the country, according to the report. He
was arrested.
Oct. 13, 1800 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach,
domestic battery. The complainant said she and her
boyfriend got into an argument at the beach that
escalated into him hitting her as they drove from the
beach. She asked him to take her to the hospital, but
the number of police cars parked in front of Manatee
Memorial Hospital kept him from stopping, according
to the report. He drove her to Blake Medical Center,
where she was treated for a swollen lip, bruises and
scratches. She agreed to press charges against him
and he was arrested.
Oct. 13, 1600 Gulf Drive S., Cortez Beach, war-
rant. A man was stopped by officers for being on the
beach after hours. A records check revealed he had
an outstanding warrant from Taylor County, Fla. He
was arrested.

Holmes Beach
Oct. 10, 5600 block Guava, aggravated assault/
battery. Officers responded to a call of a man swing-
ing a golf club near a car. The car's owner wanted
him to stop. Officers asked the man, who appeared
drunk, to go inside his house. Officers were later
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arrested.
Oct. 10, 4400 block Second Avenue, battery.
Officers responded to a domestic dispute between
an estranged couple. She said he struck her; he said
she struck him as well. He was arrested.
Oct. 11, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, DWI/
drugs. Officers responded to a report of a hit-and-
run accident in the parking lot of the bar and located
the vehicle allegedly involved. After questioning
the driver and passenger, it was determined that
the passenger, Tiffany L. Barklow, 25, of Holmes
Beach, had been driving the vehicle that caused
the crash and had subsequently switched seats with
the other woman in the car. Barklow was given
field sobriety and breath tests and was charged
with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.
She also was charged with drug possession after
officers discovered pills in her purse. The driver at
the time officers stopped the vehicle was charged
with driving with a suspended license. Both were
taken to jail.
Oct. 12, 100 block 47th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took two lawn chairs, valued
at $150 each, from her backyard.
Oct. 13, 4000 Gulf Drive, Cafe on the
Beach, trespass. Restaurant staff members
requested a patron leave the establishment.
The man became unruly toward officers, and a
records check revealed he had a previous tres-
pass warning against him at the restaurant. He
was arrested.
Oct. 14, 2800 Gulf Drive, drugs. Officers
stopped a minivan with no tail lights or license plate
lights. A records check revealed the driver's license
was suspended. Officers then noticed unmarked pre-
scription pill bottles in the van, and also uncovered
paraphernalia and marijuana. The driver of the van,
Jerry D. Baulding, 36, and the passenger, Angela K.
Franklin, 38, both of North Carolina, were arrested
on drug charges. Baulding also was cited for driv-
ing with a suspended license and no working tag
lights.
Oct. 15,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
warrant. Officers noticed a person in a car acting sus-
picious and checked records of the driver and pas-
senger. The passenger had an outstanding warrant
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5601 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,097 sfla
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$425,000.
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8004 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,448 sfla /
2,183 sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1979 on a 75x101
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105 Eighth St., Bradenton Beach, a 1,667 sfla
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50x100 lot was sold 10/01/08, Hinnebusch to Forni-
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Election info for Nov. 4 ballot
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
as four candidates - incumbent Republican Vern
Buchanan, Democrat Christine Jennings and inde-
pendents Jan Schneider and Don Baldauf - vie for
the 13th Congressional District seat on Nov. 4. The
district includes Anna Maria Island.
Buchanan has called for "a comprehensive
national e ni i,.' policy to reduce our dependence on
foreign oil. That includes drilling, conservation and
the use and development of alternative fuels, includ-
ing wind, solar, clean coal and nuclear."
Buchanan supports "environmentally safe domes-
tic drilling in places such as the Arctic National Wild-
life Refuge. ANWR holds the single largest deposit
of oil in the entire United States - almost half the
nation's oil reserves."
But the incumbent said last week that he stands
opposed to the expansion of offshore drilling in the
Gulf.
"Our white sandy beaches are vital to the econ-
omy and our quality of life," he said. "Drilling closer
to our beaches would threaten Florida's $57 billion
tourism economy and could have a negative impact
on our environment."
Jennings, however, criticized Buchanan for
opposing limits on new exploration by oil companies,
specifically his vote against the Responsible Federal
Oil and Gas Lease Act to prohibit the secretary of the
interior from issuing new leases to leaseholders who
have not developed the lands presently under their
control.
"In Congress, nobody will fight harder than I
will to keep oil companies from drilling near Anna
Maria Island and other treasures along Florida's Gulf
Coast," Jennings said. "Ultimately, only a smart and
innovative c nc i-. policy can bring an end to our
dependence on oil - not drilling."
Jennings added, "Additional offshore drilling
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that we must resist.
"Drilling near treasures like Anna Maria Island
will threaten Florida's environment and economy
without effectively reducing gas prices, and I strongly
oppose it."
Jennings, who ran against Buchanan in 2006,
warned of the negative impact of off-shore drilling
on the environment, specifically offshore platforms
"which take many years to construct, emit green-
house gases, pollute the air, and introduce oil-infused
drilling mud and seepage into local marine ecosys-
tems."
Most recently, massive winds and waves associ-
ated with Hurricane Ike destroyed oil platforms, rup-
tured pipelines and dislodged storage tanks, causing
about a 500,000 gallons of crude oil to spill into the
Gulf of Mexico and marshes and bays of Louisiana
and Texas, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Schneider, who campaigned against Jennings in
the 2006 Democratic primary for the House seat, said
oil companies that "want to risk ruination of Florida's
beaches and its tourism-driven economy already have
leases on more than 30 million acres elsewhere where
they have yet to start drilling. Meanwhile, these same
oil companies are enjoying record profits - more
than $155 billion last year alone - while consumers
are being gouged at the pump."
The independent opposes drilling offshore in the
Gulf and in ANWR.
"The way to address these problems is not ... to
lift the 27-year-old ban on new offshore drilling that
will jeopardize national treasures as well as tourism
vital to the Florida economy," Schneider said.
Baldauf, however, said he has researched the
issue and is open to some offshore drilling in the
Gulf.
"First, we have the t 11 hn, ,1, ,.'\ to drill and recover
with minimal impact on the sea bed," he said. "We can
accomplish this with smaller footprints per hole."
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Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election
began Oct. 20, at the Manatee County Supervi-
sor 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.
Voters in Anna Maria, precinct 91, will cast
ballots at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
Voters in precinct 92 in Holmes Beach will
cast ballots at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive.
Voters in precinct 93 in Holmes Beach will
cast ballots at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive.
Voters in Bradenton Beach, precinct 94, will
cast ballots at Tingley Memorial Library, 111
Second St. N.
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registration card, or can inquire on the supervisor
of election's Web site at www.votemanatee.com.
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that they must first present identification with a
signature and a photograph.
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County as of Oct. 14 was 205,203. There are
88,475 registered Republicans and 68,360 reg-
istered Democrats in the county.
For more information, call the supervisor's
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BALLOT QUESTIONS FOR NOV. 4 ELECTION


Bar recommends

retention of judges
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Chances are good that Island TV viewers will not
see Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Wells say, "I'm
Charles T. Wells and I approve of this message" in a
campaign advertisement.
But Wells is on the Nov. 4 general election ballot,
as are a number of appeals court judges around the
state.
Judicial merit retention campaigns operate dif-
ferently than partisan campaigns for office, or even
non-partisan contested races for city commission or
the fire district board. In fact, the judges do not cam-
paign.
To help voters identify qualified judges this elec-
tion, the Florida Bar Association recently conducted
a merit-retention poll.
In the survey, Florida lawyers overwhelmingly
recommend retaining Wells for a six-year term.
Twenty-three district court of appeals judges will
appear on ballots in the counties over which their
courts have jurisdiction, with voters being asked if
they should be retained for six-year terms. The survey
also indicated lawyers' positions on retaining these
judges.
"Once again, it is good to see that the attorneys
who best know Florida's appellate jurists give them
high approval rankings," said John G. White III,
president of the Florida Bar.
"For 30 years, the Florida Bar has conducted this
merit-retention poll and it is indeed a wonderful ser-
vice for Florida's voters," White added.
Lawyers practicing and residing in the state
received secret ballots in August asking them whether
the incumbent justice and appeals court judges should
be retained or not and asked that they consider eight
attributes in their ratings. Those attributes are:
* Quality and clarity of judicial opinions.
* Knowledge of the law.
* Integrity.


By Lisa Neff
Islander Opinion
My partner and I fell in love more than 15
years ago. We fell in love again several years ago
- both with a place.
When we visited Florida for the first time, we
decided to make the Sunshine State our home. It
wasn't just that Florida promised
a warmer climate than Chicago,
though that was significant. O V E
The sunny atmosphere seemed
so pervasive, and the wild and
natural seemed so close.
So my partner and I packed
up and headed south, ignoring ono0n2.co
repeated warnings from Chi- Va . rT
cago friends about devastating
hurricanes, human-chewing alligators and anti-gay
ministers.
In September 2005, we arrived to this tran-
quil spot on the Gulf Coast. We found much more
than tolerance on Anna Maria Island - we found
community, acceptance as a couple, respect, and
friends.
Florida fast became home - our paradise.
And, after so many years of moving here and there,
from the Midwest to the West and back, my partner
and I began thinking of Anna Maria Island as a
permanent place to live, as home sweet home.
Then political circumstances developed that
gave me concern. In early February, the Florida
Department of Elections officially certified the
inappropriately titled \ L in iagc Protection Amend-
ment" for the Nov. 4 general election ballot.


* Judicial temperament.
* Impartiality.
* Freedom from bias/prejudice.
* Demeanor
* Courtesy.
According to the bar, only lawyers indicating at
least limited knowledge or greater of the judges were
included in the poll results.
The survey found 91 percent support retaining
Wells.
Also, in the Second District Court of Appeals,
which includes Manatee County, the results were:
* 94 percent support retaining Judge Chris W.
Altenbernd.
* 88 percent support retaining Judge Carolyn
Fulmer.
* 90 percent support retaining Judge Morris Sil-
berman.
* 87 percent support retaining Judge James W.
Whatley.
If voters elect not to retain a judge on Nov. 4,
a vacancy is created and will be filled through the
merit selection process through which the governor
will appoint a nominee submitted by the respective
judicial nominating commission.


Amendment 3 offers

storm.proofing help
Property owners who storm-proof their homes
might catch a break if Amendment 3 on the Nov. 4
ballot passes.
The proposed constitutional amendment, one of
six, needs 60 percent support to pass.
The Florida Budget and Taxation Reform Com-
mission proposed Amendment 3 to promote storm-
proofing.
The measure, if passed, would authorize the
Florida Legislature to prohibit assessments for tax
purposes from going up based on storm-proofing
improvements to residential properties. Improve-
ments would include new storm shutters and hur-
ricane wind-resistant windows, shingles and doors.


On election day, Floridians will vote on whether
to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex
marriage. And yes, by the way, same-sex marriage
already is banned in Florida in four places within
the state statutes.
I ask those of you who know me: Do you really
think my relationship is a threat that requires a con-
stitutional amendment?
Amendment 2 also would
harm unmarried opposite-sex
couples, as well as impact
"Golden Girl"-type living-
arrangements. Regardless of
how one feels about gay mar-
riage, know this: Unmarried
Floridians will be impacted
by this amendment, especially
divorced or widowed seniors and public employ-
ees who, under existing programs, can share some
benefits, such as hospital visitation privileges and
healthcare coverage without being married.
With the election approaching, I began to worry
about whether the amendment would pass. Could I
live in a place where citizens vote to amend their
constitution to not only ban same-sex marriage,
but also any other legal recognition of my 15-year
relationship?
To me, it seems, any vote for Amendment 2 is
a vote motivated by prejudice or ignorance, and I
know I'll feel let down if AMI favors this hateful
amendment.
Lisa Neff reports on Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach for The Islander. Write to lisaneff@
islander.org.


The measure also would provide an incentive to
property owners who make green, renewable- n iiu-.'
improvements to their homes.
The amendment carries the endorsement of the
Florida Chamber of Commerce, as well as a number
of business and trade organizations in the state.
The League of Women Voters of Florida, which
does not endorse amendments, cited the pros and
cons of the proposition.
Pro: Hurricane safety may be improved on resi-
dential property. Residential property values may be
increased, without increased taxes.
Con: Local revenues could suffer. Individuals'
savings may be minimal. The amendment does not
apply to new construction.


Maritime industry

pushes Amendment 6
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A sign here and a sign there in Cortez call for
a "yes" vote on Amendment 6, a proposed consti-
tutional amendment on the Nov. 4 general election
ballot.
But ask people in the historic fishing village or
on Anna Maria Island their opinion on Amendment
6 and a likely response is another question: What's
Amendment 6?
Amendment 6 is one of six proposed consti-
tutional amendments on the ballot and it calls for
assessing working waterfront property based upon
current use rather than highest- and best-use of the
land, which has been state policy.
The situation for some waterfront operations is
that they operate as a fish house or a marina, but their
land may be assessed as ideal for high-rise devel-
opment. Being taxed at a higher value has made it
difficult for some waterfront businesses to operate
- and to resist developers' offers to convert land
into condominium towers.
Specifically, the amendment, if passed by 60 per-
cent of voters, "provides for assessment based upon
use of land predominately for commercial fishing pur-
poses; land used for vessel launches into waters that
are navigable and accessible to the public; marinas
and drystacks that are open to the public; and water-
dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commer-
cial fishing facilities and marine vessel construction
and repair facilities and their support activities."
The Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Com-
mission proposed the amendment in an effort to help
the state's maritime industry, which has argued that
assessed taxes based on potential use are unfair.
Save Our Waterfronts is the statewide campaign
organized to promote Amendment 6 and has cited 400
percent increases in tax bills for marina owners on the
state's Atlantic Coast. The SOW campaign reached
many potential voters with a stake in working water-
fronts earlier this month during the Marine Industries
Association of South Florida's 10th annual Marine
Summit at the Palm Beach Convention Center.
There, state Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, said
the assessments were "shutting down the marine
industry in the state."
Ross noted that an existing constitutional amend-
ment provides a tax-break for agricultural proper-
ties.
MIASF has estimated that the amendment could
save working waterfront properties about $70 million
in taxes next year and $306 million by 2016.
"We're looking at this as the survival of our
industry," said MIA's Amy Tolderland.
The amendment also has earned support of many
major newspapers in the state, organizations such as
the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Tax
Watch, and a number of legislators, including state
Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and state Sen. Mike
Bennett, R-Bradenton.
There is no organized opposition to the proposed
amendment, but SOW spokesperson Keyna Cory said
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 22, 2008 0 17


Anna Maria's Bayfest celebrates Island spirit


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Thousands of festivalgoers turned out Oct. 18 to
Bayfest for servings of Island food and politics, art
and crafts, music and machines.
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria was like a parade
route during the annual Bayfest, presented by the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and orga-
nized by a crew of volunteers.
Organizers estimated about 8,000 people attended
the 12-hour event.
Throughout the day, junior firefighters ran up
Pine Avenue in plastic red fire hats handed out to
youngsters by West Manatee Fire Rescue District.
An UnderDog rescued apricot poodle pitter-
pattered along Pine Avenue on a pink leash and to
adoring coos from passersby.
Motorcycle enthusiasts and muscle car-a-holics
polished and shined their machines parked along
Anna Maria's main east-west road.
Shoppers strolled from booth to booth, looking
at watercolors, oils, photographs, sculptures and met-
alworks in the art exhibits, including displays by the
Anna Maria Island Art League and the Artists Guild
of Anna Maria Island.
Wendy Hernandez stopped at a booth showcasing
artist Robert Johnson's paintings. "I can't afford to go
to galleries, but I find a lot of gallery-quality material
at festivals," she said as she fished in her purse for a
credit card.
Animal-lovers stopped for extended periods at
the UnderDog Rescue tent, under the spell of a Chi-
huahua named Prince.
"We have 73 dogs right now," said Mike Middle-
ton of UnderDog. He said the organization has 10
families in Manatee and Sarasota counties who care
for the animals until they ca be adopted. "Prince
here, he's a prince."
Outside Roser Memorial Community Church,
children sat under a tent decorating cookies and get-
ting their cheeks painted.
"I wanted a bat, because it's going to be Hal-
loween, and I think this will be part of my costume,"
said Trisha King, 9, of Bradenton, as she studied her
recently painted right cheek in a mirror. "I probably
will keep it until Halloween."
Under the shade of trees in the churchyard, chil-
dren danced and chased bubbles.
"Well, I like Bayfest because it's fun," said Toby
Henderson, 5, of Holmes Beach.
For children, Bayfest also offered opportunities
to bounce, run, race and slide.
"The idea is to bring the kids in the morning, get
them tired out and to bed early and then come back
for the music," said Shannon O'Malley, a vacationer
from Grand Rapids, Mich.
While children played, volunteers with Manatee
County Republican and Democratic organizations
campaigned, distributing lots of stickers and buttons


Amendment 6 touted in Cortez
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16
there are a lot of voters to educate in the weeks before
the election.
She cited a Florida Chamber of Commerce poll
from late September that found 57 percent of voters
support the amendment. That's three points below
the 60 percent needed to pass the measure.
"That's why we are doing a really big push right
now," Cory said. "We are going to have a lot of voters
out with this presidential election."
In Cortez, the amendment's passage might pro-
vide some relief, but possibly not as much as in other
parts of the state.
Re-assessments have tended to trigger the high-
est- and best-use application from county asses-
sors. "We have pockets in the state where property
appraisers came back and totally out of the blue
re-assessed property at the highest- and best-use,"
Cory said.
That apparently has not occurred wholesale in
Cortez.


for display during the final weeks before the Nov. 4
election.
"Just because I take a sticker doesn't mean
that's who I'm supporting," Candice Crane said as
she walked away from the Republican Party booth
with a Vern Buchanan for Congress sticker. "I collect
things."
"But," she added, "I am a registered Republi-
can."
At the Democratic Party booth, festivalgoers
posed for photographs with a life-size cut-out of
Barack Obama.
"I guess this is as close as I'll get to him," said
Amanda Tate. "Anna Maria Island is not a likely stop
for the campaign."
Candidates for Anna Maria City Commission
also campaigned at Bayfest with booths and hand-
outs from brochures to fans.
A food court and a music stage at the west end
of Pine Avenue drew crowds.
Sarasota Gold opened the day with a blend of
contemporary jazz and an occasional rocker.
Hwy 41, Koko Ray and the Soul Providers, Mark
Burdett, the Blues Alternators, Kettle of Fish and the
Dr. Dave Band also performed.
Nearby, festivalgoers dined on hoagies from the
Paradise Cafe, cheeseburgers from Skinny's Place,
grilled oysters from the Sandbar Restaurant, fish
tacos from the Waterfront Restaurant, tuna sliders
from the Sun House, steak and shrimp kabobs from
Melinda's Cafe, pizza from Moveable Feast, pastries


from Matt & Dom's, chocolate chip-mint ice cream
from Dairy Queen, kettle corn from Wilbur's, chicken
wings from the Gulf Drive Cafe and Italian ice from
Miller Snack Foods.
A classic car show drew a crowd to the west end
of Pine Avenue.
As people reminisced about dad's old Chevy and
a first ride in a convertible, DJ Lance Hubschmitt of
Cruzin to the Hop played classic tunes.
"I do 120 car shows a year," said Hubschmitt,
who played a variety of oldies, but mostly 1950s rock
'n' roll.
"I like 'Rock Around the Clock,'" he said when
asked his personal favorite.
Across Pine Avenue from the DJ booth, Ross
Ford put a shine on his green 1967 Mustang. "I'm
just about finished with it," he said of the restoration
work. "So it is still a work in progress, but it's taken
three trophies."
Several blocks away, mechanic Patrick Prophet,
outside Island Riders on Pine, put a shine on his
custom-made motorcycles.
"We're letting everybody know that we're here,"
he said, setting a business card on the seat of a canary-
yellow chopper. This is a great opportunity."
The chamber hosts Bayfest to promote Island
businesses, as well as provide Islanders a good-time
before the rush of the winter season.
The event also brings in money for the chamber's
scholarship fund. Organizers expected to provide
details on the fundraising later this week.


At Saturday's Bayfest on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, Patrick Prophet of Island Riders shows off some of
his custom-made machines. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


So Amendment 6 would have some impact in the
village, the degree is just an unknown.
"It could possibly make a difference on some
of the property sold recently," said Manatee County
Commission Chair Jane von Hahmann, who repre-
sents District 3, which includes Cortez. "But I'm not
sure of the impact. Already there are some properties
assessed low.... This amendment was mainly done
for the Keys, because they were being taxed out of
business."
Also, the amendment was brought forward while
Florida was still dealing with a residential boom - in
the number of residential properties and the soaring
value of those properties.
The boom has since been replaced with a
slump.
"The amendment really addresses an issue that
has kind of passed," said Dale Friedley of the Mana-
tee County Property Appraisers Office.
Friedley said when residential values were sky-
rocketing, "the whole thing was upside down with
highest- and best-use."
But the market has changed and the value is down


on land that could be used for residences - high-rise
or otherwise, Friedley said.
More significant, said Friedley, is the fact that the
proposed amendment does not include certain busi-
nesses that lobbied hard for relief from the highest-
and best-use assessment - mom-and-pop motels and
some waterfront restaurants.
"Left out of the amendment were those with the
major complaint - the hotels, the motels," Friedley
said. "It's very limited in the number of properties
that will take advantage."
"Amendment 6 is for working waterfront, pretty
industrial," von Hahmann said. "The mom-and-pop
motels, they are not included."
SOW maintains that Amendment 6 is still vital to
the maritime industry because housing development
will begin anew and the most desirable properties
remain on the waterfront.
One activist for Amendment 6 locally is Karen
Bell, of A.P Bell Fish Co.
"I've been trying to let people know that it will
help Cortez's waterfront and other commercial uses
of waterfront around Florida," she said.





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0bitaries,-

David Dean Arling
David Dean "Mechanic Dave" Arling, 48, of Bra-
denton Beach, died Oct. 9.
He was born in Chicago and raised on a farm. He
enoyed boating, art and spending time with Karma, his
golden retriever. He studied at Donver Technical Insti-
tute and worked on the Island as car mechanic.
He is survived by son Adam of Bradenton Beach;
sister Barbara Douville of husband Mike of Craig,
Alaska; brother Edward and wife Ann of Lyons, Colo.;
mother Dorothy of Bradenton Beach; and nieces and
nephews Raymond, Heather, Victoria and Dana.

Cora Louise Barnes
Cora Louise Barnes, 87, of Bradenton, died Oct.
15.
Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., Mrs. Barnes moved to
Bradenton in 2001 from Lithia and Brandon. She was a
member of West Bradenton Baptist Church.
Visitation was Oct. 17 and services Oct. 18. Brown
and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by son Ray and wife Adele of Anna
Maria; daughters Glenda Slattery and husband Bernard
of Fort Lauderdale, and Jennifer Stewart of Fort Coy;
brother William Daniel of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.; sister
Ruth Champion of Rock Spring, Ga.; six grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren.
Richard D. Fernandez
Richard D. Fernandez, 57, of Bradenton, died Oct.
16.
Mr. Fernandez worked with Smith Realty, Green
Realty and Wedebrock Real Estate as a man who could
fix, repair or remodel whatever was needed.
He also loved to fish and was a great cook.
A celebration of his life will be at 6 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 24, at Melinda's Cafe, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach.
He is survived by wife of 19 years Patty; sons
Chris and Derek; stepson Jason; sisters Melinda and her
family and Dee and her family, grandchildren Aidan and
Nadia; and many other family members and friends.
Benjamin David Gullett
Benjamin David Gullett, 72, of Bradenton, died Oct.
19. He was a lifelong Manatee County resident, born
March 7, 1936, in Duette, Fla. He was one of 12 children
and attended Manatee High School.
He married his high school sweetheart, Alice
McGowan, in 1957 at the First Baptist Church in Fort


Wayne, Ind. They made their home in Bradenton fol-
lowing Ben's military service and raised four children.
He served in the U.S. Army and then was employed
at CSX Railroad, where he retired after 42 years of ser-
vice.
He helped raised funds to support his children's ath-
letic pursuits, youth baseball, it. 'Iiii and football.
He enjoyed fishing and reciting his musical lyrics.
He and wife Alice celebrated their 51st wedding
anniversary June 15, 2008. He was a member of Bethel
Baptist Church and an avid fisherman and rancher.
A mullet fishing tournament was inaugurated this
year to honor Mr. Gullett, who was recognized in Cortez
for his quality, smoked mullet, and for contributing his
culinary delicacy and fundraising at the annual Cortez
Fishing Festival. The Ben Gullett Mullet Invitational
fishing tournament was held Sept. 5-6 and is expected
to be an annual event.
His grandfather, the late Benjamin David Gullett
Sr., served 17 years as Manatee County superintendent
of schools and was honored in 2007 with the naming of
the B.D. Gullett Elementary School.
A celebration of Mr. Gullett's life will be held at 3
p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Bethel Baptist Church, 1805
30thAve. W., Bradenton. The family requests donations
be made to the youth/children's ministries at Bethel Bap-
tist Church, 1805 30th Ave. W., Bradenton FL 34205.
He is survived by wife Alice; sons Benji and wife
Millie of Palmetto, Mark of Bradenton, and Richard and
wife Holli of Parrish; daughter Betsy Johnson of Bra-
denton; nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren; five
brothers; five sisters; and numerous other family and
friends.
Joseph A. Lightner
Joseph A. Lightner, 54, of Dixon, Ill., died Oct.
15.
Born in Dixon, Mr. Lightner was head of custodial
maintenance at Anna Maria Elementary School prior to
his retirement. He attended First Christian Church Dis-
ciples of Christ, Dixon.
Visitation was Oct. 19 and funeral services Oct.
20. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Pres-
ton-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, was in charge of
arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www. pres-
tonschillingfuneralhome.com
He is survived by wife Eris; mother Marillyn of
Anna Maria Island; brothers John and wife Linda of
Bradenton; and Tom and wife Elise of Sarasota; sisters
Linda Brantley of Dixon and Peggy Covert and husband
George of Dixon; and grandson Joey.


They do
Christopher Carson and Trista Ouzts, both of Anna
Maria, married at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna
Maria on May 28.


Flu shots given at Center,
chamber Oct. 23
Islanders can get flu shots from 9 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
The cost for the shot is $25 and people
must present identification and Medicare Part B
cards.
The Center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria.
For more information, call 941-778-1908.
Also, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce will host Manatee County Health
Department for flu and pneumonia shots from 2
p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 23.
The cost is $35 for flu and $40 for pneumo-
nia and the expense is covered by Medicare Part
B.
To make an appointment, call the chamber
at 941-778-1541.


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Haley's Motel, 8102 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
will host a pumpkin-carving contest Halloween
week.
The winner will receive a two-night stay at
Haley's.
Contestants on Oct. 25 should bring their carved
pumpkin to the hotel to be placed on display and
judged by public vote, with the winner announced
on Oct. 31.
Also, Haley's will host a haunted motel Hallow-
een celebration Oct. 31.
The motel's celebration will begin at 6 p.m.,
following the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce's Trail of Treats event and The Islander's dog
costume contest.
The motel will host the Anna Maria Island Pri-
vateers in a haunted garden, and visitors will check
into a spooky motel room if they dare.
Haley's warns that the event is not suitable for
children under 8 years old.
For more information, call the motel at
941-778-5405.


Pastry, poetry planned
Oct. 26 at cafe
Matt & Dom's Cafe, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, will be the scene of an evening of poetry
and music with Mary Ellen Durante to celebrat-
ing the publication of her "Songs of a Phoenix
Rising: Poems of a Woman's Transformation
2000-2008."
The program will take place at 2 p.m. Oct.
26.
For more information, call the cafe at
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Mixon Fruit Farms to Kiwanis to meet Saturday at


celebrate 70 years
Mixon Fruit Farms is excited to be celebrating
its 70th anniversary.
As part of the celebration, Mixon will col-
lect non-perishable food items for the Meals on
Wheels food bank, as well as collect teddy bears
for law enforcement officers to distribute to chil-
dren.
People are encouraged to bring items to the farm
and retail center, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton, from
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 23.
During that time, the farm will host a free concert
with the Dr. Dave Band.
Concert parking is $5, but admission to the con-
cert is free.
For more information, call 941-748-5829.


Cafe on the Beach
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Cafe on the Beach
at the Manatee Public Beach.
The guest speaker will be Dantia Gould discuss-
ing the Cultural Connections coalition.
For more information, contact the Kiwanis' Al
Guy at allan.guy3@verizon.net or 941-778-8444.

Library to host sword-fighting
Sword-fighters will demonstrate their techniques
and skills during a program at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
For additional information, call the library at
941-778-6341.


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AME Fall Festive
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Elementary School campus will
be home to a gathering of ghosts, goblins, pirates and
princesses this weekend as the school Parent-Teacher
Organization hosts its annual Fall Festival Saturday,


Oct. 25.
Designed as an old-fashioned, family carnival,
the annual PTO fundraiser kicks-off with a costume
contest and parade. Parade participants will gather
at a new location this year, the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, at 9:45
a.m. for costume judging. The parade route was
shortened to accommodate an open-air market and
the accompanying parking at Holmes Beach City
Hall, where the parade route traditionally begins.
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a.m. for the opening of game booths, a food court and
a craft fair. Tickets for purchases will be sold at the
AME caboose.
Arts and crafts vendors return to the festival this
year. Participants include artists and jewelry makers
from The Hive, Shabby Caterpillar's tiles and signs,
Sarah Baird's beaded Halloween jewelry, and soaps
and candles by Wing Dings and What Not.
On the bayfront behind the main building will be a
rock climb wall, bounce house and inflatable slide.
The main lobby of the administrative office will
serve as a "caf6" featuring Starbucks coffee and a
bake sale and the cafeteria will house food vendors.
The PTO aims to raise Halloween spirits with a
haunted house in the auditorium, an event that draws
long lines throughout the day. Volunteers are wel-
come to help decorate and there are also positions
available as creepy tour guides and "scarers" the day
of the event. To help with the haunting, call JoDene
Moneuse at 941-387-9919 or 941-302-4913.
Proceeds of the Fall Festival are used by PTO to
purchase classroom supplies.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach.

AME plans 'safe kids'

presentations
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary School students will
learn personal safety through the Kids Involved
Directly with Safety program presented by Manatee
Children Services.
Presentations will take place Oct. 22, 24 and
27.
Instructors will use puppets, discussions and role-
playing to reinforce the concepts taught to the lower
grade levels, while students in third- through fifth-
grade also will watch a video presentation.
The Safe KIDS curriculum for kindergarten
through second-grade teaches children about "the
touching rule," or child lures used by strangers, and
how to recognize, resist and report danger.
Older students learn about sexual abuse, physical
abuse, mental abuse and neglect with age-appropriate
videos.
Parents are welcome to attend the presentations
and monitor their child's participation in the pro-
gram.
AME principal Tom Levengood said consent
forms permitting student participation will be sent
home prior to the program presentation.
For more information, call 941-708-5525.


Beware all who enter here
The entry to the auditorium at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School is decorated in anticipation of the Fall
Festival. The haunted house is one of the most
popular and most scary and most fun things to do
at the event. Islander Photo: Lisa Williams


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Elementary calendar
Anna Maria Elementary School has many events
throughout the school year in which the community
is welcome, including:
* Oct. 23 and 24, West Manatee Fire Rescue Dis-
trict presents fire safety and prevention programs.
* Oct. 24 and 27, Safe Kids "Stranger Danger"
program.
* Oct. 23, report-card conference night, 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 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
campus.
* Nov. 3, reading walk-a-thon fundraising
begins.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
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Wednesday, Oct. 22
5 to 7 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business card exchange at the Island Play-
ers, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1541. Fee applies.

Thursday, Oct. 23
8:30 a.m. - Internet class at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-6341.
9 a.m. to 1:30p.m. - Flu shots at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Identification and
for those qualified, Medicare Part B card required.
Fee applies.
2 p.m. - Travel movie at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-6341.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Mixon Fruit Farms celebrates
its 70th anniversary with a charitable food collection
and concert with Dr. Dave Band. Concert parking $5,
admission free. Information. 941-748-5829.

Friday, Oct. 24
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. - Goblin Gathering, featuring
face painting, hay rides, bounce houses, treats and cos-
tume contest at G.T. Bray Park, 5503 33rd Ave. Drive
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5974 ext. 6036.

Saturday, Oct. 25
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island hosts guest speaker Dantia Gould of Cultural
Connections of AMI at a breakfast meeting at Cafe on
the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-795-8697.
10 a.m. - Anna Maria Elementary School stu-


dent costume contest and parade departs from the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Fall festival at Anna Maria
Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-708-5525.
1 to 8 p.m. - Hawaiian-shirt party at the Drift
In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-778-8565.

Sunday, Oct. 26
9 a.m. - Outdoor Kayak Festival at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-7757.

Tuesday, Oct. 28
8 to 9 a.m. - "Business @ Breakfast" network-
ing at the Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce office, 5570 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2466.
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.
7p.m. to 8:30p.m. - Photoshop Elements com-
puter course at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through
Nov. 11. Information: 941-778-7908. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Oct. 29
6p.m. - Sword-fighting demonstration by Paul
Stonebridge and His Knights at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-6341.

Ongoing:
* Faculty exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through
Nov. 7. Information: 941-778-2099.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the
American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Braden-
ton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information:












































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Make a wish: The Islander

seeks holiday wishes
Each year, with the arrival of Thanksgiving
and the season for sharing, The Islander pub-
lishes 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 group, as well as a contact name
and number, to reporter Lisa Neff at lisaneff@
islander.org.
And, on publishing the special section in
November, The Islander encourages readers to
support these groups that enhance lives and com-
munity on the Island by adding a needed item to
his or her holiday shopping list.



941-794-3489.

Coming up:
* Oct. 31, Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce
Trail of Treats.
* Oct. 31, Creepy Crawly Critter Costume Con-
test and Corral on the Trail of Treats at The Islander
newspaper.
* Oct. 31, Sandpiper Mobile Home park family
fun party.
* Oct. 31, Koko Ray & Soul Providers Halloween
bash.
* Nov. 1, Sarasota Blues Festival, www.saraso-
tabluesfest.com.
* Nov. 2, Anna Maria Elementary 1950s student
reunion picnic.
Send calendar announcements to diana@
islander.org. Please include the time, date and loca-
tion of the event, a brief description and a contact
via e-mail and phone.


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Dead zone percolates in northwestern Gulf of Mexico


Sandscript is back and watching what's dying in
the northwestern Gulf of Mexico and beyond.
A patch of water encompassing about 8,000
square miles has been called the "dead zone" due to
the low-oxygen content there. This year marks the
third-largest dead zone on record in the Gulf.
The lack of oxygen drives fish and other marine
life from the region. Bottom-dwelling critters simply
suffocate and die.
The dead zone's cause is attributed to runoff
from the Mississippi River, which drains 41 percent
of the lower United States. The area southwest of
New Orleans also suffers from poor water circulation,
acerbating the problem. Remember the old adage,
"The solution to pollution is dilution?" Well, there
isn't all that much dilution in that portion of the Gulf
except from the Mississippi.
And the problem is likely to worsen from an
unlikely source. The "greening" of the country.
Scientists from the University of Michigan have
been studying the low- or no-oxygen area, called a
hypoxic zone, for several years. Researchers have
made little or no progress in controlling the dead zone
and predict that as more and farmland converts to
corn for ethanol production, the hypoxia will increase
in size.
Call it competing federal governmental agencies.
On one side are the agencies that want to improve the
atmosphere and combat global warming through the
production and burning of ethanol. On the other side
are the environmental groups that want to protect
the Gulf from the spew of nitrogen and phosphorus
that are products of stormwater runoff that ends up
downstream and threatens the $500 million annual
Gulf Coast fishery.
Donald Scavia and Kristina Donnelly are with the
University of Michigan School of Natural Resources.
They've been studying the dead zone for the feds
since 2000. They've concluded that the best way to
shrink the hypoxic nature of the Gulf is to eliminate
the cause, the source of nitrogen and phosphorus.
The chemicals are used in fertilizer, with phos-
phorus also found in high levels from sewer treatment
plant effluent. When the chemical soup ends up in
open waters, it is like a free buffet at a biker bar,
drawing all manner of hungry algae. The algae stuff
themselves, then die and sink to the bottom. Bacteria
eat the dead algae and gobble up all the oxygen in the
water. End result: dead water.
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Green fuel isn't all a corn product. According to
a study by the University of British Columbia and
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, "An estimated
21 billion gallons will come from advanced biofuels,
which can be produced using a variety of new feed-
stocks and technologies. Of this, roughly 16 billion
gallons is expected to be from cellulosic biofuels,
derived from plant sources such as trees, grasses and
agricultural waste."
The U.S. ethanol industry produced a record
amount of fuel ethanol in 2007 - 6.48 billion gal-
lons, which represents 32 percent more ethanol than
in 2006, according to the U.S. En.i,'y Department
Enil�.,Y Information Administration. Capacity for
ethanol production is expected to grow another 4
billion gallons in 2008.
The 2007 corn harvest came from 84.4 million
acres, up 14.8 million acres from last year. More acre-
age is expected to be devoted to corn harvesting to
meet the 2017 goal.

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ern Gulf, it did indeed churn up the hypoxic mess.
For a while.
Researchers with the Louisiana Universities
Marine Consortium said oxygen levels increased for a
bit post-Ike, but were starting to return to abnormally
low levels again. It will take winter's cold fronts to
stir up the goop to bring oxygen levels back up to
levels that can sustain marine life.

... and we're not alone
There are an estimated 400 dead zones scattered
around the globe, covering about 95,000 square
miles. And scientists with the Virginia Institute of
Marine Science estimated that the size and quantity
of the zones has doubled every decade since 1960.
According to a study in the journal "Science," the
largest dead zone is in the Baltic Sea. There are also
scattered pockets of hypoxic water off California.
Good news comes out of San Francisco Bay.
From the 1950s through the 1970s, water quality
was abysmal due to poorly operating sewer treatment
plants and canneries. Things got better out there in
recent decades, though, and hypoxia is a thing of the
past. For now, at least.

And now, bringing it home
Sarasota Bay has some low-circulation areas
within its boundaries. They are not dead zones, but
they are areas where water takes a long time to flush.
Scientists call the areas null zones.
Dr. Y. Peter Sheng has studied local waters and
written several technical papers on water circulation
in the Sarasota Bay system.
As he has written in the 1993 Sarasota Bay Estu-
ary Program publication "Framework For Action,"
"Circulation and transport within the Sarasota Bay
system are primarily driven by the interaction of tidal
wives propagating through the multiple inlets con-
necting the bay with the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa
Bay. Circulation and transport are also influenced by
wind, as well as by density gradients associated with
salinity and temperature variations.
"Sarasota Bay is characterized by areas of strong
currents in and around the passes, and by null zones
(areas of very low currents) located at dead-end zones
or where two tidal waves propagating in from differ-
ent inlets meet."
After reviewing some on-the-water sampling and
plI' iiiii data into computers, Sheng was able to offer
water circulation figures on the bay.
His figures estimated that 31 percent of the water
in Palma Sola Bay was flushed out in 10 days. Middle
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Kings still rampant offshore; reds, snook thick in bays


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Between the kingfish catches and the mackerel
haul, it's tough to throw a line in the water and not
reel in something exciting.
The annual fall kingfish run is in high gear, with
the fish packing the Gulf of Mexico waters off Anna
Maria Island anywhere from 1-12 miles out. Mack-
erel are also in the same waters. Farther offshore,
good catches of grouper and snapper persist, as well
as some amberjack and cobia.
Fishing for trout, redfish and snook is excellent
in the backwater, although the fish are running a little
small. Sharks are everywhere in the backwaters as
well, especially in Terra Ceia Bay.
Classes in how to catch local catches from a
local charter fishing guide will be offered for six con-
secutive Thursdays at the Longboat Key Education
Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Capt. Rick Ehlis will offer his insights on catch-
ing fish from his 38 years as a fishing captain.
Class starts at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 and will continue
for six weeks, except for Thanksgiving, through Dec.
18. Cost is $85 for center members, $95 for non-
members.
For more information, call 941-383-8811, or go
to www.LBKeducationcenter.org.
As for the local catch:
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said he's putting his charters
onto lots of kingfish in the Gulf up to 12 miles from
shore. Grouper and snapper are stable and getting
better by the day, he added.
Capt. Mark Johnston, also out of Annie's, said
he's reeling in limit catches of redfish and snook. The
linesiders take some sorting, he said, to cull the big
ones from all the little fish.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said kingfish
are everywhere offshore, ranging from a mile off of
Anna Maria Island in the Gulf to 12 miles. Bigger
fish seem to be farther out, he said. In the 100-foot
depths, amberjack and cobia are hitting well. Grouper

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Sarasota Bay flushed 32 percent in 10 days; Little
Sarasota Bay, where the former Midnight Pass was
located between Siesta and Casey keys, had 27 per-
cent flushed in 10 days.
In contrast, Anna Maria Sound by the Cortez Bridge
had 81 percent water flushed in 10 days, and the Long-
boat Pass area had 64 percent flushed in 10 days.
"It is clear that Palma Sola Bay, middle Sarasota
Bay and middle Little Sarasota Bay have rather poor
flushing rates," Sheng wrote.

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and snapper are also a good catch, and expected to
only get better once the water cools just a little bit
more. For backwater fishers, snook are a good target,
although there seem to be more little linesiders than
big ones. Redfish are also plentiful but small, most
in the 22- to 25-inch range.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said mack-
erel are thick around the pier, with some big kingfish
mixed in. There are also good catches of redfish and
snook at night.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
kingfish have moved close to the pier and are snap-
ping away at hooks. Mackerel are also a good catch,
plus redfish and snook, although the best linesider
action is coming after dark.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House
said he's hearing reports of big snook - a 25-plus
linesider, one boat that caught a 42 inch monster and
another with a 44-incher.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports are that trout are
thick in Terra Ceia Bay. Sharks are also everywhere
there - just go out in the middle of the bay and start
to drift for the best hookups.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's doing
very well on snook and kingfish.
Capt. Mark Bradow said he's hammering king-
fish just off the beaches.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Cindy and Rich
Mlakar from Tucson, Ariz., and local friend Sandy
Smith to "a slew of jumbo Spanish mackerel off of
Anna Maria Island. We had a number of true smoker
kings absolutely annihilating our chum baits. Several
were hooked, but no landings." Thankfully, the day
was not over. They moved to northern Sarasota Bay
for a solid catch of snook, redfish, spotted sea trout
and jack crevalle. "It seems as if the beach action for
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to flow in," Capt. Zach advised. "Whitebait is very
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bay. Most of the inshore species are really beginning
to prefer whitebait now and will probably continue
until the bait has left for the winter, when shrimp will
take over as the premium bait." He's also seeing lots
of sheepshead on the flats.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's catching just about c \ .ci thing the
Gulf can offer: gag and red grouper, amberjack, king-
fish, Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, hogfish,
barracuda and reef sharks. He's even catching some
big tarpon in Sarasota Bay and near the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay. He's finding live bait
to work well to entice fish to a hook.
On my boat Magic, we're catching upwards of 14
redfish per trip out of Sarasota Bay, plus lots of small
trout and snook. We' re seeing sharks everywhere.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
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Korean vet no hero,

just a survivor
Growing up in East Hampton Long Island, N.Y.,
Bill Field was too young for World War II.
At 18 years of age, however, Bill decided to enlist
in the U.S. Army to get training as an engineer. Some
might think he picked the wrong day to enter the
military.
"I enlisted on June 25, 1950. The very next day
the North Koreans came across the border and the
Korean War started. Who knew?"
During basic training, the drill sergeants began
talking about Korea and how the recruits would be
sent to the conflict.
"Korea was the top subject, but when they told
me I was going to Korea, I said 'No, I'm going to
engineering school.' They just laughed at me."
Bill figured out that his orders for engineer-
ing school had been canceled when he was sent to
advanced infantry school following basic training.
While in advanced training, he had one chance
to avoid becoming an infantryman.
"They put a list on the bulletin board and said
that anybody who wanted to volunteer for cook and
baker's school should sign up. I just said 'No, that
wasn't for me,'" he recalled.
Out of 200 soldiers in his infantry class, three
volunteered for the school, while the remainder
headed to Korea.
Bill and about 60 other soldiers flew first to Japan
by way of Alaska. From Tokyo, Bill was sent to the
1st Cavalry Division, which was already in combat
in Korea.
"I got to Korea in late October. I was assigned
to L Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regi-
ment. When I got to the company area, the C.O. said
he needed a machine gunner, so I raised my hand
because I had been good on a machine gun in train-
ing. It was stupid of me. I later found out a machine
gunner had a life expectancy of about 30 seconds."
Bill also quickly found out that L Company was
on the front line. About 12 hours after his arrival, the
North Koreans came calling with an attack that was
repelled by the company.
While new soldiers in combat were scared, Bill
remembers that once you got through your first attack,
your nerves calmed down, at least enough to let you
learn the names of the guys in your unit.
"The veterans of combat told us that if we made it
through the first week, and paid attention to what they
were saying, we might just make it through the war.
That wasn't all true, but it was enough at the time."
Assigned as an assistant for a .30-caliber, air-
cooled machine gun, Bill got rapidly promoted. Pro-
motions came when the guy who ranked ahead of
you got killed. Bill was soon a corporal and became
a sergeant within a few months.
In one attack against the North Koreans, Bill's
company started with more than 200 men. When it
was over, 26 remained with the outfit. His squad of 15
men was down to just six available for duty. The others
were either dead, wounded or missing in action.
In addition to the perennial combat, the winter
of 1950-51 was one of the coldest in Korea. Tem-
peratures dipped at night to well below zero degrees
Fahrenheit.
Along with the cold came the Chinese Commu-
nists, who joined the North Koreans in battle during
that winter.
The ChiComs pushed the 1st Cavalry south of
Seoul that first year, but the Allies eventually regained
the upper hand, thanks to a daring attack at Inchon by
Gen. Douglas McArthur. By the spring of 1951, the
1st was back at the 38th parallel.
"The main line of resistance went back and forth.
We had guys come in and before you could get to


Bill Field as a U.S. Army private in 1950 prior to
shipping overseas to join the Korean War.
know them they were killed. Luckily, we had some
Turks and Greeks on one side and some Canadians
on the other. They were good fighters," said Bill.
By the summer of 1951, Bill had been promoted
to sergeant. He was wounded in a mortar attack on
June 20, 1951, and was sent to a MASH unit, then a
Swedish Red Cross hospital, for recovery.
It was not, however, the "million-dollar wound"
that soldiers knew was a ticket out of combat.
"If you got hit in the legs and couldn't walk, that
was the ideal wound," Bill said. "You were done
because you couldn't fight. But I wasn't that lucky."
Bill recovered from his wound that summer and
returned to the front. The horrendous Korean weather
- it now rained every day - turned the front lines
into a mud bowl.
Because he still had open wounds, Bill's CO said
he didn't want him in a foxhole, where an infection
could easily become gangrene. He was assigned as
the chief of a half-track vehicle that carried four
.50-caliber machine guns for firepower.
It still put Bill in the middle of any firefight.
"We were a line infantry company. We weren't
headquarters or a service company behind the lines. If
you wanted to know where the front was, you stopped
at our company."
The fighting never seemed to stop, Bill said, even


Korean War veteran Bill Field on duty with Kirby
Stewart American Legion Post 24. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin


though the Chinese and Allies seemed to be in a stale-
mate by mid-1951.
"We kept on fighting. Some guys, they just
couldn't take it, but most did. When you are in combat
with the guys, you become closer than a family. You
become closer than a brother to the men who would
fight and die for you, and you for them. You would
do anything not to let your buddy down."
Bill remembers that, when Bob Hope brought
his show to Korea, the entertainer stayed well behind
the front lines. Likewise, Bill never saw a reporter or
newsreel crew on the front lines.
"Korea was the forgotten war. I had to write home
to my parents to ask them where I was. They had to
find where the 1st Cavalry was by reading the paper.
They said there wasn't a whole lot about Korea to
read. That's the way it was in that war. If you didn't
have a family member there, you didn't think about
Korea," Bill said.
"The war wasn't what people back home wanted
to read about."
Bill said that when he was in a MASH unit after
his wound, the doctors and nurses were extremely
professional.
"They were the unsung heroes. They saved a lot
of lives."
Bill was supposed to do just 13 months of combat
duty before rotating back to the United States, but his
13 months came and went.
"I tried not to think about it. Then, one day, I was
on the MLR, I think it was December 1952 and my
squad was to go on outpost duty, about a half-mile in
front of the company. I asked the lieutenant if I had
to go. I told him I had been with the company longer
than anybody else. All the guys I started with were
either dead, wounded or had been sent home. He said
I had to go on duty, and I told him that I might not
make it back. Then I went to my post."
Early that c u.nin'. Bill was back with the lieu-
tenant at the command post when a radio call came
in giving the names of the men scheduled for rotation
back to the United States.
Bill missed the first name, then heard several
dozen names called, but not his.
"I asked the lieutenant why all these guys who
had come after me were going. I asked him, 'What's
up?' He said, 'Bill, yours was the first name called.
Now, grab your stuff and get out of here.'"
Bill's time in Korea was over, but not without
one final scare. He spent his last night sleeping in a
supply tent in the supposedly safe rear area, where a
friendly supply sergeant told him to take off his boots
and sack out on a pile of sleeping bags.
Just when Bill got comfortable, the ChiComs
shelled the supply area and Bill had to jump in a
foxhole without his boots.
"I remember thinking, this can't happen to me on
my last night. I had heard of other guys getting it on
their last day before going home. And I didn't have
my boots."
But Bill survived.
The next day, he took the truck to a troopship and
sailed for San Francisco. He had made it.
"I wasn't a hero. I was a survivor. We left the
heroes over there. When we got to San Francisco,
there was no band, no welcome-home party. There
wasn't even anything in the papers about Korea."
Korea was so "forgotten" that when Bill returned
home and put on civilian clothes for the first time in
nearly two years, he ran into some old friends from
high school, who asked him where he had been the
past few years.
"When I told them Korea, they said, 'What's
that?' They didn't even know there was a war. In fact,
it wasn't even a war, it was called a police action."
But Bill had left the service as the United States
entered a recession. Jobs were tough to find, and
Bill's main skill was in firing a machine gun, not an
occupation in demand. He got married in late 1953
and a few years later, to take care of his wife and their
growing family, he returned to the Army.
He would eventually become a master sergeant,
spend time with the 101st Airborne Division and the
10th Mountain Division, and was scheduled to take
part in Operation Desert Storm in 1990, before the
brass decided he'd seen enough combat.
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 22, 2008 0 25


In praise of American veterans


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
There are at least two annual visitors who didn't
let the 45-day closing of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge interfere with their travel plans.
Vera and Udo Mitschrich of Berlin, Germany,
have come to Anna Maria Island every fall for the
past 20 years, and this year was no exception, despite
the temporary closure of the northern Island bridge
for repairs.
"No, that wasn't going to stop us," said Vera. "In
fact, we heard about it because we read The Islander
online, but it never entered our thoughts not to come.
This is a trip we make every year to the Island. This
is now 20 years for us, and this is such a lovely place
and we have such good friends and relatives here. It
is our home away from home. And we always enjoy
reading about the American veterans in your Islander
paper because I grew up in Berlin during the airlift
and we always remember the American flyers."
This year, however, it was a difficult visit for
Vera because her sister, Gertraud, who had married
an American solider and lived in Bradenton for 47
years, passed away in May.
May was a bittersweet month. As she was losing her
sister, Berliners celebrated the 60th anniversary of the
Berlin Airlift that began in May 1948, when the Soviet
Union blockaded the city. Vera and Gertraud were born
in Berlin and feared then their young lives might be
handed over to the communists. The Berlin Airlift made
sure the two girls would grow up in freedom.
"Gertraud and I gave thanks to the American
fliers every day of our lives, not just on Veterans
Day," said Vera.
"Those boys gave us hope," said Vera. "We will
always be thankful and always remember them for
what they did. We love the American soldiers when-
ever and wherever we see them."
Vera and Gertraud were just age 5 and 12 and
living in West Berlin in 1948 when the Soviets
decided to blockade ground routes into the city in
hopes of forcing the Allies (France, Britain and the
United States) to vacate Berlin. The Soviets wanted
the entire city for the communists of East Berlin.
"It was a terrible time. Everyone was worried. We
were very concerned about what the Russians would
do," said Vera. "We thought they might start World
War III. They wanted to starve us out."
Everyone was worried except Vera's mother,
Ella Balke. Because the Balkes lived in the Ameri-
can sector of the four-part city, their mother was very
optimistic that the Americans would not abandon
Berlin.
"She had no fear, so we were not afraid. We

Forgotten Generation
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
"I was lucky in that I didn't get sent to Vietnam.
I would have gone. I was, and still am, proud of my
service.
When you are 18, you think nothing can happen to
you, although you don't really know what's going
on. I've heard people say the service made them.
The Army didn't make you anything you weren't
already. But you did learn a lot about yourself and
other people."
Bill retired from the Army for good in 1992 and
has stayed active in various veteran organizations.
He moved to Bradenton in 1996, and, in 2001, was
named Manatee County Veteran of the Year. He is a
member of Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24,
the local VFW and the Manatee Veterans Council.
He gives talks at local schools on patriotism and
the Korean War, and agrees that Korea was the for-
gotten war.
"Even though nobody cared about Korea, I am
most proud of the fact that I got the Combat Infantry
Badge there. It's a badge of honor."
Bill Field. A proud member of the Forgotten Gen-
eration.
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the armed forces of any allied country during World
War II or the Korean War. Call 941-778-7978.


trusted the U.S. soldiers. The American command-
ing general said he would not let Berlin starve. Then
he announced they would fly in supplies to us. We
were so thankful."
The Americans also told the Russians in no
uncertain terms that if any U.S. plane was shot down
by them, it would be considered an act of war.
"The Russians were impossible," said Vera. "You
didn't dare go into the east [Soviet] zone for fear that
you wouldn't be allowed back."
"Then the planes started coming in," remem-
bered Vera. It was May 1948 and the Berlin Airlift
had begun.
There was one special plane that would always
fly low over the apartments where Vera and Gertraud
lived as it made its approach into Tempelhof Airport.
The pilot would dump out the cargo door boxes of
candy, chocolate and raisins attached to parachutes
for the kids who gathered every afternoon. That pilot
soon earned the name "Captain Candy."
The pilot's real name was Capt. Gil Halvorsen.
Although he was officially forbidden to drop any-
thing to civilians, "Capt. Candy" ignored that rule.
"When you saw his plane dip its wings, you knew
that he had a load of candy and was going to drop
them," said Vera. "When we saw Capt. Candy's plane,
we just knew everything was going to be alright."
Eventually, Halvorsen's unauthorized deeds
reached the Berlin and American newspapers and he
became a celebrity. The American commander was
somewhat forced to give his blessing to Halvorsen's
unauthorized humanitarian candy drops.
Vera remembers one of the first drops, when a
parachute got stuck in a tree. Her father, who had lost
a leg fighting on the Russian front, climbed up into
the tree to get the goodies.
The bag contained Hershey's chocolate bars and
most of the young German children had never seen
or eaten chocolate.
\ly father gave each child a small square of
chocolate and it was the first chocolate I ever had.
Whenever I am in the supermarket and see Hershey's
chocolate, I always remember the good feeling I had
that day," Vera said.
As the supplies came in, Berliner's got food,
although some of the American foods were unknown
to the Germans.
"We got a lot of corn meal, but they didn't give
us a recipe. We did not know this food, so we thought
it was soup," laughed Vera at the memory. "We also
got lots of powdered things, like powdered milk,
eggs and potatoes. They didn't taste that great, but
we didn't starve like the Russians wanted."
Vera also remembers how friendly the American
soldiers were to the young kids. "When you walked
around the American sector, you really felt protected.
You could go anywhere, not like in the Russian zone.
The American soldiers would always give you a stick
of gum if they had one, or a candy bar. We just felt

Capt. Gil Halvorsen flew a C-47 plane such as
this one during the 1948 Berlin Airlift.
The plane was officially designated the
"Rosinenbomber" - "Raisin bomber."


Memorable
reunion in
Berlin
Part-time Bra-
denton Beach
resident Vera
Mitschrich and
former U.S. Air
Force pilot Gil
Halverson, nick-
named "Capt.
Candy," attend
the 60th anniver-
sary party for the
Berlin Airlift in
Berlin in 2008.


Vera and Udo Mitschrich have visited Anna Maria
Island every winter for the past 20 years. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
safe with them around, and to this day, we are so
thankful," said Vera.
"We learned our first English from the GIs, things
like 'OK,' and 'Hi, Joe.'
"We remember the American veterans on Veter-
ans Day in Germany, and I always take time to thank
them for coming."
At the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift in
1998, Vera met Capt. Gil for the first time. This past
May at the 60th reunion, they renewed their friend-
ship.
"It is something I can never forget. Gil and his
pilots, they gave us our lives. They gave us hope.
They made us feel safe. We knew everything was
going to be alright as long as the Americans were
flying. My sister and I always honored them on Vet-
erans Day."
Vera and her husband live in Germany for eight
months of the year, then vacation at their condo at
La Costa in the fall, while their children remain in
Germany. Vera has a nephew who served in the U.S.
Army for 20 years and is now with the Florida High-
way Patrol in Bradenton.
"I wanted to honor the veterans before Veterans
Day," said Vera, who is leaving for Germany on Nov.
1, and will be unable to attend any Veterans Day cer-
emonies.
"We just want every American veteran and sol-
dier to know that you are appreciated by me and were
appreciated by my sister and mother and every child
who grew up in Berlin during that time. You saved
our lives and will never be forgotten."


Eine Legendle fhieqf wieder uber Berlin.





26 0 OCT. 22, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Island players contribute to MHS volleyball success


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Manatee Hurricanes high school varsity vol-
leyball team is in the midst of one of its best seasons
in recent memory behind senior and middle-hitter

AMICC soccer standings as of Oct. 17
Team Won Lost Tie Pts.
Division II
Mr. Bones 7 0 0 21
Panoramic 2 2 1 7
Orthopedic 1 3 2 5
Sparks 0 5 1 1


Division I
Ross
Norman
Autoway
IRE


Premier Division
WCAC 6
Wash 3
Lapensee 1
Harcon 1


Soccer schedule
Date Time Teams
Instructional Division (ages 4-5)
Oct. 22 6:30 p.m. Bistro vs. Ralph's
Oct. 23 6:30 p.m. Panoramic vs. A&E
Oct. 27 6:30 p.m. Panoramic vs. Bistro
Oct. 28 6:30 p.m. Bistro vs. Surf Shop


Division III (ages 6-7)
Oct. 22 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 7 p.m.

Division II (ages 8-9)
Oct. 22 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 24 6 p.m.
dics
Oct. 27 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 6:30 p.m.


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

Bones vs. Orthopedics
Panoramic vs. Orthope-

Panoramic vs. Bones
Sparks vs. Orthopedics


Division I (ages 10-11)
Date Time Teams
Oct. 23 6:30 p.m. Norman vs. Autoway
Oct. 24 7 p.m. Ross vs. Autoway
Oct. 24 8 p.m. Norman vs. IRE
Oct. 27 7:30 p.m. IRE vs. Autoway

Premier Division (ages 12-15)
Date Time Teams
Oct. 22 7:30 p.m. WCAC vs. Wash
Oct. 23 7:30 p.m. WCAC vs. Harcon
Oct. 28 7:30 p.m. Lapensee vs. Wash


Mackenzie Kosfeld goes high on this jump serve
during MHS-JV volleyball action. Islander Photo:
Kevin Cassidy
Courtney McDonald and fellow senior middle-hitter
Taylor Mealy.
Waiting in the wings to continue the Hurricanes
success next year are sophomores Jenna Duvall,
Mackenzie Kosfeld and Sarah Howard, all of Anna
Maria Island. This trio of Islanders have helped the
Manatee High School junior varsity team to a 12-5
record.
Duvall, an outside hitter, has put together a nice
season with 61 kills, 18 blocks and 29 digs, while
serving at a 75 percent success rate, including 15
aces.
Kosfeld pulls double duty for the Lady Canes as
an outside hitter and setter. She has 24 kills, 22 digs
and six blocks and has dished out 52 assists. Kosfeld,
who coach Kimlyn Wilson says has an incredible
jump serve, has served an 87 percent success rate
and 25 aces.
Wilson raved about Howard, who plays middle-
hitter and also serves as the team co-captain. "Sarah
has been a force for us with her hitting and blocking.
She is the player that will always hit the floor going
for the ball, always giving 110 percent." Howard has


accumulated 65 kills, 44 blocks and 32 digs. She has
also served at an incredible 90 percent rate, including
38 aces.
Wilson, in her second season as the JV coach, was
quick to point out that it's not all about volleyball with
these girls. "They are a great bunch of girls that work
hard, both in the classroom and on the court. And
they've dedicated much of their free time to raising
money to fight breast cancer for the Oct. 14 "Volley
for the Cure" games at Southeast High. The girls could
be found selling pink, "Volley for the Cure" T-shirts
at their home volleyball and football games."
As a team, the Manatee girls sold $2,300 worth
of shirts and raised more than $400 in donations from
area businesses for the cause. They also made pink
posters to hang around school and produced a TV
commercial that aired on Cane news.
Duvall, Kosfeld, Howard and the rest of their JV
team will wrap up their season on Oct. 22 against
Lakewood Ranch, a team they've lost to twice this
season. Good luck.

Key Royale golf news
The men of Key Royale Club played a nine-
hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome golf game on Oct.
13. The team of Russ Olson, Richard WN.,tb\, Matt
Behan and Charlie Knapp carded a 4-under-par 58
to claim first place and edge second-place finishers,
Gordon McKinna, Fred Meyer, Jim Finn and Earl
Huntzinger by one stroke.
The ladies played a nine-hole, low-net game,
while also throwing in a three-club, low-gross game
on Oct. 14. First flight winner in the low-net game
was Joy Phelan, who finished at even-par 32, one shot
ahead of second-place finisher Judy Crane. Lois Biel
was alone in third place with a 34. Lorraine Towne
and Meredith Slavin tied for first place in flight two
with 2-over-par 34s. Markie Ksiazek carded a 35 to
claim second place, while Terry Westby came in third
with a 36.
Phelan was tops in the three-club game with a
39, while Crane was again second with a 42 in flight
one. Second-flight winner was Slavin with a 48, while
Towne finished with 49, good for second place.
Sue Hookem had the only birdie of the day on
number six, while Tootie Wagner and Penny Williams
both had chipins on number three.


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941-201-6032.

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

FISHER PRICE SMART Cycle, used once,
includes one game and all directions, cords,
etc. $70 or best offer. 617-733-6528.

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

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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.

SALE: 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. Vintage Longboat
Key cottage, furniture, tools, kitchen. Corner of
Poinsetta and Cedar Streets. Longboat Key.

MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Saturday
and Sunday, Oct. 24-26. Household furnishings.
3902 118 St. W., Bradenton.




FOUND: QUALITY EYEGLASSES, hard leather
case. Found in Holmes Beach. Call to identify,
941-744-6304.msb.

LOST AT BEACH: Waterproof camera with a
blue and orange floating device. Model: Olympus
Stylus SW 1030 (has an orange front). Contact
information, Andrew Callahan, 518-232-3974.
drewcallahan @ letv.edu.


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. Courtesy of the Project Child-
safe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. BUTTERFLY PARK
BENEFIT: Purchase a personalized brick in the
Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Two lines, $40.
Three lines, $50. Forms at The Islander or call
941-518-4431 for more information.




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

ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
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.

BAYLINER 2655 CRUISER: Fisherman US alu-
minum trailer, locally maintained in Anna Maria.
941-356-1456.




INSHORE SLAM FISHING - Reds, snook, trout
with Capt. Jim Savaglio. License, bait, tackle
included. 941-238-7597.


MATURE, FRIENDLY, MECHANICALLY-inclined
part/full-time person needed with a valid Florida
driver's license. 941-778-3316.

SEASONAL OFFICE PERSON: Approximately
30 hours/week. Apply in person to: Arbor Terrace,
405 57th Ave.W., Bradenton. Must speak English
proficiently. Equal opportunity employer.

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

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

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library
in Bradenton Beach. For more information,
941-779-1208.




GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant,
etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty,
941-383-6112.




ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
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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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No. 1012


CHANGE OF HEART By Rich Norris / Edited by Will Shortz 12 13 14 -s- 6 7 8 -9 10 111 112 113 14 151 16 17 18


Across
1 Sudden increase
6 Jacks, e g
10 Wallop
14 Fancy footwear
19 Up in the air
20 Object of a mil
search
21 Deserve special
perks, say
22 Georges who
wrote "Life A
User's Manual"
23 Low-budget films
about hearty
European meals9
26 Even things
27 Conductor
Pekka Salonen
28 Page with views
29 Organ repair
sites, briefly
30 Some crew
members
32 Hip-hop's
Kim
33 Where hermit
painters retire9
36 "Impossible"
response to the
question "Are you
sleeping9"
39 "I'm not quite
done yet"
41 Bone Prefix
42 Biography of
Odin, e g 9
46 Traffic directors
50 Say without
saying9

Answers appear
on page 28 of
this edition.


51 One to one, e g
52 Bring (in)
abundantly
54 Pinza of "South
Pacific"
55 Bones that
support tibiae
56 German beef9
58 Family dinner
62 Eva's half sister9
63 Fingered
64 Zinger
66 Say A is not A,
say
67 College cohorts
69 Place to go for
kitchenware9
73 Ivory or Coast
75 Grp that includes
Canada and
Colombia
76 Hardware fastener
77 It's taken by some
coll seniors
80 It may be stroked
81 Used
84 A little extra
burnishing,
maybe, in brief
85 E R part Abbr
86 Ltr holders
88 Picard's
counselor on
"Star Trek
TNG "
89 Narrow inlet
91 Supermarket
section
92 Recital list
95 How beatniks
raise kids
99 Decide to take
part


101 Make more
tempting, as a
deal
102 Worked (up)
103 ttagere with a
single tiny shelf9
108 Be in a cast
109 Frequent drivers
110 Butt
111 Protester
112 Semi-attached
compartment9
115 Stash
116 Where citrus
trees grow in
small groups9
121 Richards Moore
Grant
122 Slate, for one
123 "The Virginian"
author Wister
124 Hardly laid-back
125 Mythical
enchantress
126 Explodes
127 Agent with many
girls
128 White and wet

Down
1 Nigerian-born
singer with five
Top 40 hits
2 Grade elevator
3 Wee bit
4 "Original or
crispy" offerer
5 Study of natural
animal behavior
patterns
6 Drop leaf support
7 Staggered
8 Take some off the
top9


9 Skull and Bones
meeting attendee
10 Rapper with a
professional title
11 Mrs Gorbachev
12 4 x 4, briefly
13 Infatuates
14 Less dense
15 Place to find a
long-term
companion,
maybe
16 Oven emanation
17 Precept
18 Embarrassing
outbreak
24 Like cacti
25 Chamber work
31 Fictional clue
sniffer
33 California city
where A & W root
beer was born
34 Skater Brian
35 Chicago
journalist Mike
36 Last Supper
question
37 Rashad of
football
38 City NW of
Minneapolis
40 Lepidopterous
movie monster
43 Moves quietly
44 Once around
45 Hardest to get
47 13-time Gold
Glove-winning
shortstop
48 Learned
49 In order (to)
53 Sharp scolding
56 Something very
tough


57 Cover in a layer
59 "How can ___9"
60 Ceylon's capital9
61 French pronoun
65 Soothe, in a way,
as a burn
68 "American Pie"
songwriter
70 Queue before Q
71 Banker's worry
72 Ready to run later
73 When repeated,
"Out of the wayl "


Latin lambs
Raptor's roost
Date not marked
on a calendar9
Circular gasket
Inundate
With no adverse
consequences
Old TV's "__
Three Lives"
Numbers, at times
Subject of a 2004
F D A dietary
supplement ban


94 Disturbance
96 Missouri feeder
97 Done
98 Straight Prefix
100 Marching smartly
103 Archaic Irish
script
104 Hanger9
105 Kenyan grazer
106 Deep-six
107 1970s-'80s
supermodel


111 "So be it"
112 Family head
113 Over
114 Celebration time,
for short
117 Grp with a co-
pay
118 High ball
119 Noted war photo
site, briefly
120 Reagan adviser
Nofziger


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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services - when and what you need - to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house@verizon.net for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience all phases of nail care. Gift
boutique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and
sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for
an appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure
services. 941-713-5244.
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private studio,
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializ-
ing in sport-specific training, improving balance,
strength, and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
941-778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
941-807-1015.


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


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

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-778-0851.

LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing 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.

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

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

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

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.

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

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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.

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

MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Does your
house need some work? Call us! Free estimates.
941-580-3312.



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

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

SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT. 2BR/2BA,
dock, furnished. $1,750/month, $800/week.
$125/night includes utilities. 941-794-5980. www.
divefish.com.

ONE BEDROOM, SECOND-story, extra room,
updated, gorgeous. Balcony, half block to the
beach. $875/month. 941-746-8666.
FANTASTIC FULLY-FURNISHED 2BR/2BA
corner unit condos with sweeping views of Tampa
bay on Anna Maria Island. Available for season.
Call 818-620-3543.

MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA fully furnished,
lanai, sea/beach view, garage, laundry, tennis,
heated pool. January-April. 423-884-2598.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.







SALES & RENTALS

(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria
www.betsyhills.comn




Gulffront
3BR/3BA, pool,
dumbwaiter, large
enclosed garage.
Two verandas,
wonderful views.
$1,595,000.


Bright and
open. Very
spacious
2BR/2BA
condo. Large
heated pool.
Easy walk
to beach.
Furnished.
$285,000.


Mike Norman Realty
s 800-367-1617 * 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
www., mikenormanrealty.com


SEASONAL ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA. Avail-
able weekly and monthly. Steps to beach, the-
ater, bakery restaurants, and more. Call now,
941-737-9662.

ANNUAL EFFICIENCY APARTMENT. Kitchen/
bath/living areas. Unfurnished. No pets.
941-778-7039.
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
ANNUAL 2BR/2.5BA KEY Royale canalfront with
one-car garage, $1,400/month. One bedroom
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.

ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1BA.
Washer and dryer on premises. Close to trolley
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.
941-224-2231.

2BR/2BA ANNUAL TOWNHOUSE rental 100
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/1 BA on deep-water canal. Avail-
able immediately, $1,100/month, contact Barb,
941-713-0116.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 1 BR, Anna Maria city,
near Gulf. $850/month, includes water and sewer.
$850 security. 941-778-5439.

ISLAND ANNUAL: UNFURNISHED, 2BR/1BA,
washer and dryer, cable, water, pool, steps to
beach. $900/month. 941-779-1586.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR/1BA. Meticulously
remodeled. Spacious living room, new Energy
Star appliances, super efficient air conditioning,
granite counter tops, low-watt lights, washer,
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.



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3BR/2BA, close to beach, available Oct.1.
$950/month plus electric. First, last, security.
585-317-7344 or 585-473-9361.
NEAR BEACHES: 1BR/1.5BA redecorated.
Annual, $750/month, furnished. Most utilities paid.
Close to beaches. Call 941-758-9133.
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: Furnished. Holmes Beach.
Two blocks to beach. $500/month.Call Bill,
941-538-2217.
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.
BRADENTON/MIRROR LAKE: 2BR/2BA condo,
direct water view, pool, spa, tennis, washer and
dryer. First, last and security deposit. $950/month.
941-587-1456.

ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach duplex. Spa-
cious 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer, just painted,
tiled, carport. Steps to beach, quiet neighborhood.
$900/month. Available Dec.1.813-244-4944.
1BR/1BA GROUND-FLOOR CONDO. 55-plus,
pool, fishing pier. $1,600/month, seasonal.
813-681-7229.
VERY SMALL STUDIO: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $550/month.
941-383-4856.
ANNUAL RENTAL: UNFURNISHED. Perico Bay
Club, beautiful gated community, pool, tennis,
clubhouse, short ride to beaches, large 2BR/2BA,
enclosed lanai, carport plus parking, rent nego-
tiable. Call 603-969-6840.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA 1,500 sf living,
1,500-sf garage. $1,600/month. 122 51st. St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-545-6781.
VACATION RENTAL: $650/weekly, $2,000/
monthly. 2BR/1BA duplex on canal, dock. Walk
to restaurants, steps to bay. 941-448-7007.
TRAILER ESTATES: BRADENTON. 1BR/1BA
mobile home, furnished. Annual, $550/month or
$280/week. 941-447-4915.
BEACH AND GULF out front door: Pristine condo
for rent. Perfect 55-plus annual, $1,600/month
plus utilities. Six months, $1,800/month plus
utilities. Two months, $4,500/month plus utilities.
941-779-1013.


"Welcome back,

winter friends!"


TIfe Islander


E 267 GLADIOLUS ST.
Handyman 2BR/2BA
Beautiful view
down the canal, 1300 SF.
Small boat OK. Walk to
Bean Point and the
Rod and Reel $399,000


Marianne Correll REALTOR
941-725-7799 * 941-778-6066 * mariannebc@aol.com

1 ,ISLAND
' REAL ESTATE
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SEASONAL: NOVEMBER, DECEMBER and
January. 2BR/1BA duplex. Clean, washer and
dryer. Holmes Beach area. 941-778-0275.

SEASONAL RENTAL: SUNNY Shores mobile
home. 1 BR/1BA. Near beach. Available Novem-
ber only. No smoking, no pets. $1,200/month.
941-730-4078.

FALL RENTALS: PERICO Bay Club, $1,200/
month. Island 3BR/2BA, pool, boat dock, $799/
week. Bay townhouse 2BR/2BA, three-day week-
end, $350. Longboat 2BR/1BA cozy cottage,
$499/week. Realtor, 941-356-1456.

VACATION RENTAL: OPEN November and
December. 2BR/1BA, upstairs. West of Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria city. $1,000/month plus tax.
941-778-4499.

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

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

BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.


(gdulf Bay Realty ofJnna Maria Inc.
Jesse Brisson - BrokfrAssociate, GqJ
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

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

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




WAGNER REALTY
Bringing PPene Heom Since 1939


NW BRADENTON - Exceptional Pine
Meadow pool residence, 3-4BR/2BA.
Seperate living-dining areas, eat-in
kitchen, family room, den/office,vaulted
ceilings and caged-pool area with
summerkitchen. Dave Moynihan (941)
778-2246. #M576374. $299,500.


BEAUTIFUL NW POOL HOME 3/4 of
acrew/pond,3-4 bedrooms,two large
porches, onescreened, wood and tile
floors, central vac, huge kitchen, SS
appliances and granite. Owner/Agent
Rae Ellen Hayo (941) 778-2246.
#M577922. $495,000.

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

CANALFRONT MINI-MANSION in Anna Maria
City. New construction. Available mid-January.
4BR/4.5BA, pool, lanai, study, den, formal dining.
High-level finishes. $1,400,000. 989-498-2236.

"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Free
list of foreclosed Island and mainland proper-
ties. Free list of homes with pictures or recorded
message., www.manateeareaforeclosures.com or
1-800-579-9106, ext. 1042.

PERFECT BEACHFRONT CONDO in best-kept
Island secret. Drastic price reduction. 5400 Gulf
Drive #36, Holmes Beach. 941-779-1013.

DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000. Call Ilona
Kenrick, 941-713-3214, or Sherry Sasser at Sato
Real Estate, 941-778-7200.


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


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


"We ARE the Island"
SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com


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

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: Log cabin shell on two
private acres near very wide trout stream in the
Galax area and New River State Park. $139,500.
Owner, 866-789-8535.

ALABAMA LAND BARGAIN! 20 acres, $69,900
with dockable deep water! Nicely-wooded parcel,
gorgeous open field and dockable lakefront.
Prime location, minutes from Interstate! Close
to Tuscaloosa! Excellent financing. Call now,
800-564-5092, ext. 350.

FREE FORECLOSURE LISTINGS: Over 200,000
properties nationwide. Low down payment. Call
now! 800-817-5434.


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31-45 words is $40. Box: $4. Ads must be paid in advance.
Classified ads may be submitted through our secure Web
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mailed to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. We
are located next to Ooh La La! in the Island Shopping Center.
More information:(941) 778-7978.


BANK-OWNED One block to the
beach Duplex 2BR/2BA each side
2-car garage. Huge enclosed storage
area. New tile floors, new cabinets
and counter tops. Under appraisal.
Sharon Hightower (941) 778-2246.
#M5799280. $449,000.


TURTLE CRAWL- Longboat Key, Prime
top-floor, corner-unit offering pan-
oramic views of the Gulf. Resort offers
on-site rental staff with daily rentals
permitted. Heated pool, beach cabanas,
turnkeyfurnished. Dave Moynihan (941)
778-2246. #M5799511. $399,500.


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


EXPERIENCE
REPUTATION
RESULTS


;R eA REALTOR.
33 Years ofProfessional Service


HERON'S WATCH 10 MIN. TO BEACHES
3/2 Waterfront. Large lot. Lush landscape. Upgrades including cherry
cabinetry. Room for pool. $299,900.
4BR, handicap accessible, birch cabinets, Corian tops, large covered porch. Extras.
Sliding-glass enclosed lanai. Like new. Ready to move in. $279,000.
SHELL POINT BAYFRONT COMPLEX 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool
view, tennis, turnkey, $209,000.
WOODLANDS 4-5BR/3BA Pristine Palma Sola. 2,875 sf. Many extras. $699,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual. Call now!
CANALFRONT and POOL in San Remo. 3/2, 2-car garage,
enclosed lanai, great for play, office, den. Appliances. $1,500/month.
HOLMES BEACH- 778-0807
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