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- VOLUME 17, NO. 1


, Am r k


s on Anna "Maria Island Since


Cortez celebrates
folk, art atfest.
Page 24




Skimming

the news ...
Anna Maria mayor
says beach parking
concern resolved.
Page 4

DOT reviews Anna
Maria boardwalk
plan. Page 5

I'm not from around
here: Observing the
natives. Page 7

Bradenton Beach
reviews sign ordi-
nance. Page 8

Greening Pine
Avenue. Page 9


Bradenton Beach
hosts fishing con-
test. Page 11

AME runners train
for race. Page 13

Streetlife: Page 13


SENER11ATIFON

Island doctor
served in two wars.
Page 14

Bradenton Beach
holds first mooring
field meeting.
Page 16

Island celebrates
Halloween.
Page 18

S h@el
AME calendar.
Page 19

Turtle watch
members celebrate
2008. Page 20



Page 21

Sandscript: Exot-
ics seek Florida's
friendly climate.
Page 23


Survey says: Island beaches No. 1
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Visitors to the Bradenton area over- . \' -
whelmingly say the best thing to do while ,. ,
vacationing in the area is head for the beaches :
of Anna Maria Island. '
In a study by Research Data Services Inc.
conducted for the Bradenton Area Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau between March and
August, 96.4 percent of visitors interviewed
said their chief activity during their stay was
enjoying the Island beach, while their second
favorite activity was dining out.
Eighty-four percent of respondents said
walking on the beach was their third most
favorite activity.
While the Bradenton area has few theme
parks or man-made attractions, 38.9 percent i7
said the Anna Maria City Pier was their
second favorite attraction to visit after St.
Armands Circle, with a 58.9 percent approval
rating.
The Rod & Reel Pier came in as the third Anna Maria City Pier takes high honors
favored attraction to visit, with 38.7 percent At the Anna Maria Historic City Pier Oct. 30, Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, left,
of those surveyed saying they enjoyed the accepts a Historic Preservation Award from Sissy Quinn, right, of the Anna Maria Island
private pier in Tampa Bay just north of the Historical Society. Former Mayor SueLynn and Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick applaud.
Anna Maria City Pier. AMIHS is presenting 12 historic preservation awards in the next year, as well as offering
PLEASE SEE BEACHES, PAGE 4 them to owners of Island structures more than 50 years old. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff



Eight more days to bridge reopening


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
With just 8 days left before the Anna
Maria Island Bridge is slated to reopen
to motorists, the Florida Department of
Transportation has given no indication of a
delay.
DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said
that contractor Quinn Construction Co. of
Palmetto is "on schedule" to finish by the
Nov. 13 deadline, if not sooner.
The company has been working many
nights and weekends to meet the contracted
reopening date, and stands to earn a $550,000
bonus if the bridge reopens Nov. 13. For
every day earlier than Nov. 13 that Quinn
has the bridge open, the company will make
an additional $25,000, DOT district secretary
Stan Cann has said.
At the same time, however, Quinn must
pay a $10,000 per day fine for every day after
Nov. 13 that the bridge is not open.


Clarke said the DOT met with Quinn
on Oct. 30 and the contractor said it is "on
schedule and the bridge is expected to reopen
by Thursday, Nov. 13."
The $10.2 million project has seen good
weather and all materials have been available
to the contractor when needed.
Clarke said she would announce a defi-
nite time for the Nov. 13 reopening as soon
as Quinn provides one.
If the bridge reopens on Nov. 13, that's
welcome news for Island business owners,
said Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce
president Mary Ann Brockman. The Island
economy could use a boost.
"It's been slow, but people are starting to
return and by mid-November, many of them
are back. We need the bridge for our day visi-
tors. The businesses really look toward the
Thanksgiving weekend to get a start on the
season," she said.
Brockman and Island business owners
have said previously their greatest fear was
that the bridge would still be closed by
Thanksgiving.
"From all indications, it looks like they
are going to make the date," Brockman
said.
With the bridge reopening just eight days
away, she said the news has to get to the trav-
eling public.
"We're going to do our part. We'll have
the information on our Web site, in mailers
and give it to people who call for information
on an Island accommodation," she said.
Clarke said she did not yet know if the
DOT planned a ceremony Nov. 13 or a soft


reopening, but the Nov. 7 press release on the
project should contain further information on
the reopening.
The earlier the better on Nov. 13, Brock-
man said.
"We're just glad that this is almost
behind us. It will be a major sigh of relief
when Islanders and visitors can use the
bridge again," she said.
During the closure, all traffic to and from
the mainland has used the Cortez Bridge,
causing occasional traffic backups at the
Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection, the
119th Street-Cortez Road intersection and
at the Cortez Road-75th Street intersection.


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Election Day arrives
Anna Maria Island voters were set
to go to the polls Nov. 4 to cast ballots
that included candidates for posts from
the fire house to city hall, the state house
and the White House.
For results, turn to the Nov. 12 issue
of The Islander or go online for results
election night at www.islander.org.


NOV. 5, 2008





2 E NOV. 5, 2008 U THE ISLANDER


Special exception request draws critics


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A special exception request to the Holmes Beach
City Commission Oct. 28 by the Agnelli Group Pro-
fessional Park to modify commercial uses at 6000
Marina Drive drew criticism from surrounding
neighbors.
Agnelli requested a special exception use
to modify "commercial uses approved for the
property to include a construction service estab-
lishment and the general contractor/construction
trade uses associated therewith," according to the
application.
Attorney Robert Hendrickson III, represent-
ing several nearby property owners, objected to the
application, claiming the requested uses are "not
routine."
He said the commission has 12 standards to
judge a special-exception permit, and the applica-
tion fails several standards.
A special exception use is not supposed to be
"detrimental to the health, safety and welfare" of the
public, Hendrickson said. Without knowing specifics
of what general construction uses are, he said those
uses could easily be detrimental.
Hendrickson noted that a special excep-
tion should "not diminish property values" in the
neighborhood or be detrimental to the neighbor-
hood. Without more specifics, construction uses
could harm property values or the neighborhood,
he said.
Hendrickson maintained that the use does not
appear to be "consistent with a residential neighbor-
hood," but the application does not detail the pro-
posed use.
He agreed that the existing property was in use
before his clients purchased their homes, but as a
funeral home.


"The key is that, now, the applicant is
coming for a special exception that was not in
place when my clients bought their homes,"
Hendrickson said.
When his clients purchased their property,
there was no heavy equipment, trucks or other
construction items stored at the funeral home,
he said.
However, it's possible that the applicant just
wants something minor, Hendrickson noted. But
the way the application was submitted and pre-
sented does not appear compatible with the city's
code and Hendrickson requested the application
be denied.
Attorney Ricinda Perry, representing Agnelli,
said at the time of application, the company did not
believe there was a problem.
"The city decided we needed a special excep-
tion," said Perry, indicating that her client was willing
to work with Hendrickson to solve the objections.
"We are not here to cause waves."
Perry suggested the commission grant the excep-
tion with conditions and with a time limit.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said it might be a
good idea for Hendrickson and Perry to meet prior
to the next public hearing on Nov. 18 and "iron out
their differences."
Petruff said a "very specific site plan" might ease
the process, and she would review the plan prior to
Nov. 18.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino said he believes
Perry and Hendrickson are "very close" to solving
their differences.
"Just come up with some common ground so we
can all be happy," he said.
The commission continued the hearing to Nov.
18, and Petruff received permission to have city plan-
ner Bill Brisson attend that meeting.


Waste Management Inc.
In other commission business, Commissioner
Pat Morton said that Waste Management Inc., the
city's contracted trash and waste hauler, had a list
of delinquent accounts totaling more than $26,000.
The company is seeking to stop service to some of
the customers.
Morton said WMI wanted to know if the com-
mission had a problem with that idea.
He explained that, in many cases, renters are
paying landlords for the service in their rent, but
the owners do not pay WMI. Additionally, some
renters sign up, then move out without paying the
bill.
Some accounts are for more than $900 and go
back several years, Morton said.
Petruff said she needed to review the franchise
agreement before she could give an opinion.

Outdoor dining
Petruff made it clear that the city's outdoor dining
ordinance applies to private property.
Her response came following an inquiry by
Morton, who said he followed up on a com-
plaint about outdoor dining at a local restau-
rant that only recently opened in a shopping
center.
The restaurant has large picnic tables that seat
12 people on the sidewalk and apparently block the
walkway, he said.
Morton said that when he approached the owners
to tell them that the limit on outdoor dining is eight
seats per table, he said the owners told him that this
was "private property" and the city has no jurisdic-
tion.
Wi< n_', said Petruff. "This is definitely something
the city regulates," she said.


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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 5, 2008 U 3


This way to AMI
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 along Gulf Drive in Bra-
denton Beach and on Gulf Drive leading to Longboat
Key.
But hey, this is an Island on the Gulf of Mexico,
a place of good vibes and good times.
So, during the shutdown, ask yourself, "WWJD?"
- that's "What would Jimmy Buffett do?" for the
initiated.

Nov. 5 - Nov. 11
Wednesday, Nov. 5: It's hump day. Hunker
down. Veg out. Order in. Look in the paper for a
"We deliver" ad.
Thursday, Nov. 6: Stop by the Anna Maria Island
Art League in Holmes Beach to see a tribute to the
organization's instructors. The faculty exhibit is
AMIAL's first show of the 2008-09 season.
Friday, Nov. 7: Stay close, but get away from
home and pamper yourself - and a loved one -
with an overnight stay at an Island resort. Soon the
"no vacancy" shingles will go up and will stay up for
months.
Saturday, Nov. 8: Hook up with a boating friend
and head toward Egmont Key, a state park and
national wildlife refuge marking the 150th anniver-
sary of its lighthouse.
Sunday, Nov. 9: The Anna Maria Island Bridge
is closed on the east side of the Island, so go west.
Book a charter and venture into the Gulf of Mexico
for big fish and wild sights.
Monday, Nov. 10: Start the week out with a jolt
and a teaser. Swing by the Pine Avenue General Store
for The New York Times. Spend some time with the
Monday crossword puzzle over a cappuccino at Matt
& Dom's Pastry Cafe in Anna Maria.
Tuesday, Nov. 11: Today is Veterans Day.
Remember those who served by putting out a flag.
For a complete listing of events this week, turn
to The Islander calendar.


Spending more time in the
auto these days with the closure
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
and a detour to Cortez Road?
The Islander invites you to
share your favorite drive-time
tunes. Give us a list with 10 tracks 0 P
you think other motorists should
download from iTunes, load up g
on iPods or burn to a disc. O
Here is a list from The Island-
er's Carrie Price.
1. "Can You Get to That," by
Funkadelic.
2. "Higher Ground," by Stevie Wonder.
3. "Some People," by Ethel Merman.
4. "Low," by Flo Rida.
5. "Atonement," by Lucinda Williams.




City to fix


'functionally


obsolete' bridge
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria motorists who drive north on Bay
Boulevard got some good news at a special city com-
mission meeting Oct. 31.
Commissioners agreed to spend up to $38,100
with Uretek ICR of Lakeland to repair the north
approach to the humpback bridge on Bay Boulevard.
The bridge has been closed since late September after
public works director George McKay and engineers
determined there was an issue with safety at the
approach. Some of the money can also be used to
repair the approaches on the Crescent Drive bridge,
if engineers detect a safety issue there.
Uretek has a unique method to solve the Bay
Boulevard bridge problem. The company will inject
lightweight polyurethane deep into the foundation
of the approach to seal off the voided areas found by
inspectors.
But spending $38,100 is just the good news. The
bad news for the commission is that both bridges
have been labeled "functionally obsolete" by the
Florida Department of Transportation.
The Bay Boulevard bridge was inspected in May
by the DOT, while the Crescent Drive bridge was
inspected in August.
In both inspections, the engineering firm of
Volkert & Associates of Tampa said the bridges
were "functionally obsolete," but still useable. If the
inspections had revealed a safety issue, the engineers
could have labeled the bridges "structurally deficient"
and the DOT could have blocked traffic.
The DOT gave both the Bay Boulevard Bridge
and the Crescent Drive bridge a "5" rating, the lowest
possible rating for a bridge to receive and still be
considered safe. The highest rating is a "9."
McKay said the city will eventually have to deal
with overhauling both bridges.
The Anna Maria Island Bridge was a "5" when
it was closed Sept. 29 for $10.2 million in renova-
tions.

Center to host concert
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
seeking vendors and sponsors to participate in its free
outdoor concert from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
15. The concert will take place on the Center playing
field, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, and feature the
band Yesterdayze playing music of yesteryears.
In addition to inviting vendors to sell food, drinks
and crafts, the Center is inviting concert-goers to
bring lawn chairs, blankets and their neighbors.
For more information, call Sandee Pruett at
941-778-1908.


Anna Maria City
* Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
meeting.
* Nov. 10, 6 p.m., transportation enhancement
grant committee meeting.
* Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., city commission swear-
ing-in ceremony.
* Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., Government-in-the-Sun-
shine Law meeting.
* Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning
board meeting.
* Nov. 20, 7 p.m. city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
941-708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
* Nov. 6, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
* Nov. 6, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Nov. 10, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES committee
meeting.
* Nov. 13, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board
workshop meeting.
* Nov. 17, 1 p.m. city commissioner swearing-
in session.
* Nov. 19, 9 a.m., communities for a lifetime
meeting.
* Nov. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
* Nov. 6, 10 a.m., code enforcement board
meeting. CANCELED
* Nov. 10, Islander Veterans Day observance at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
* Nov. 12, 5 p.m., city parks and beautification
committee meeting.
* Nov. 17, 8 a.m., city commission swearing-in
ceremony.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Of Interest
* Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, government offices
will be closed, as well as banks and some busi-
nesses.
* Nov. 12, 3:30 p.m., Palma Sola Scenic
Highway Corridor Management Entity Committee
meeting. 1112 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton, www.
mymanatee.org.
* Nov. 13, 1:30 p.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council charette. Hilton Longboat
Key, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
* Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting. Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
* Nov. 20, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue
District commission meeting. Location to be deter-
mined, www.wmfr.org.
Send public meeting notices to lisaneff@
islander.org.


Drive.time tracks to speed you through


6. "Please Call Me
Baby," by Tom Waits.
7. "The Sidewinder," by
Lee Morgan.
8. "If I Can Dream," by
r Elvis Presley.
IDISE 9. "Free Man in Paris,"
/ , by Joni Mitchell.
10. "Your Good Girl is
Gonna Go Bad," by Tammy
Wynette.
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.


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 NOV. 5, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


The Bradenton Area Convention & Visi-
tors Bureau will host a tourism charrette from
1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Hilton
Longboat Key Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of
Mexico Drive.
Among the issues to be discussed are how the
4-cent resort tax is spent, along with area tour-
ism opportunities, challenges and other significant
issues for the tourism industry.
The event is open to the public and anyone
involved in the tourism industry such as hoteliers,
restaurant owners and people in the accommodation
or retail industry on the Island and Longboat Key.


Survey: Beaches top draw
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Mote Marine and the Ringling Museum were
seventh and eighth on the attractions list, behind the
Prime Outlet Mall, Orlando theme parks and Tampa
Bay attractions.
The study reported 246,800 visitors came to the
area during the six-month period, with Florida the
most common point of origin. Between March and
May, 26.4 percent of visitors came from a Florida
location, while 34.5 percent of visitors between May
and August came from Florida.
European visitors accounted for 15.2 percent of
visitors during the winter months and 16.2 percent
during the summer period.
In terms of spending, visitors had a total
economic impact of $223 million in the area
between March and August, the study said.
Among the respondents between March and May,
59 percent said they did not consider another location
to visit, while 44 percent had the same answer during
the summer months. An average of 33 percent said it
was their first visit to the area and 83.5 percent said
they planned a return trip.
More than 66 percent of visitors said they received
information about the Island from the Internet, while
27.5 percent said they heard about the Island in a
recommendation from friends and relatives.
The survey results came as no surprise to Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary
Ann Brockman.
"We' ve always known we are the draw. It's no
secret what brings visitors to this area. All the adver-
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The Manatee County Board of Commissioners,
members of the Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council, elected representatives and chamber
of commerce officials from both Longboat Key
and Anna Maria Island are expected to attend.
Information gathered from the session will pro-
vide direction to the CVB as it works to increase
tourism and economic development in the Braden-
ton area, a CVB press release said.
Reservations are recommended. Contact
Monica Luff with the Bradenton Area CVB by
e-mail at monica.luff@mymanatee.org or call
941-729-9177, ext. 231, to make a reservation.


enjoy their stay and plan a return visit. I hope we can
make it so great that 100 percent of first-time visitors
will return," she said.
Brockman said the survey would go a long way
to ensuring support for Island tourism from the Man-
atee County board of commissioners, although she
acknowledged the commission has always supported
tourism and the tourist development council.
"I think this survey speaks very well for the Island
and what is here. It certainly shows the county com-
mission that their support of tourism has produced
results," she said.
"The economic impact of our beaches and beach
attractions is tremendous. Not just what people spend
on the Island, but what they spend on the mainland
before and after they visit Anna Maria Island. We' re
a destination that's being discovered."
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford noted that the
No. 2 and No. 3 favored places to visit in the survey
were both in Anna Maria.
"It's no surprise to see that people want to come
to our city. All the brochures on tourism show Bean
Point and the Island beaches. And the city pier is just
a slice of old Florida that you can't find anywhere
else," she said. "I hope this will help convince people
that, even though Anna Maria is the smallest accom-
modation market of the three Island cities, we provide
a quality experience for the visitor."
Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick,
who is head of the transportation enhancement grant
committee studying the possibility of a boardwalk at
the city pier, said the survey confirms that the pier is
an integral part of the tourist experience.
"I think it's wonderful to have two such popular
attractions in our city," she said.


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City: Beach

parking issue

resolved
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said the city
has met its public parking requirements to receive
state beach renourishment funding.
"Parking has been solved. We got what we
needed and we have more beach accesses," she
said.
Lack of public parking had been one issue
of concern for county commissioners to fund the
Anna Maria portion of the next beach renourish-
ment project, scheduled to begin in 2011 or 2012.
Barford said she has scheduled a joint meet-
ing with Anna Maria and county commissioners
for 8:30 a.m., Dec. 2, to iron out issues involved
in beach renourishment.
Some county commissioners had expressed
concern for renourishing Anna Maria beaches
because the city trails Holmes Beach and Bra-
denton Beach in providing bed-tax receipts used
to fund renourishment projects.
Barford agreed that the city does not have
as many accommodation units as its sister
cities, but, in 2008 Anna Maria contributed
$184,514 in bed-tax receipts, slightly less
than half of the Bradenton Beach total of
$389,227.
Holmes Beach provided the bulk of bed-tax
funds, sending $1.107 million to the county's
beach renourishment account.
But everything shouldn't be about who pro-
vides the most funding, the mayor said.
"We are all in this together. We really hope
to show the county commission that we are com-
mitted to beach renourishment and willing to do
whatever we can to obtain funding," she said.
And the city's Pine Avenue business district,
city pier, Rod & Reel Pier and Bean Point area
are major attractions for visitors to come to the
Island, Barford added.
Manatee County Natural Resources Depart-
ment manager Charlie Hunsicker has said previ-
ously he has some potential funding sources for
beach renourishment and he' 11 discuss those at
the Dec. 2 meeting, expected to take place at the
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 5, 2008 0 5


DOT eyes Anna Maria boardwalk proposal


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The idea of a boardwalk as an enhancement to the
Anna Maria City Pier is "feasible," Chris Piazza of
the Florida Department of Transportation told mem-
bers of the transportation enhancement grant com-
mittee Oct. 27.
Piazza, along with Manon Lavoie of the DOT,
listened to a presentation by committee member Tim
Eiseler and studied a conceptual plan by Eiseler that
was "simpler" than the one he presented to the com-
mittee Oct. 13, Eiseler said.
Eiseler said he took input from other committee
members and even addressed the "pros and cons" of
a boardwalk.
The plan features a boardwalk north and south
of the pier walkway, where a pier plaza would be
established. The boardwalk would be less than 300
feet long.
Eiseler also reconfigured the parking lot to incor-
porate a trolley stop. The committee plans to build a
trolley stop at the pier that presents the look and feel
of "old Anna Maria," committee chairperson and City
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said.
After the committee began discussing the trolley
shelter at the pier, the concept of a boardwalk was
brought up and committee members became inter-
ested in the idea.
Eiseler said he talked with a number of pier visi-
tors for the plan, including "car-sitters," and they all
said the pier was the main reason they came to Anna
Maria. Even those unable to navigate the length of
the pier said they enjoy sitting in the car and watching
the pier activity, Eiseler said.
But any plan presented by the committee must
be approved by the DOT, which is distributing the
$358,000 federal grant in its 2010-11 budget and pro-
viding design and engineering services at no charge


to the city.
"It's feasible," said Piazza, "but something just
pops out."
That "something" is compliance with the U.S.
Americans with Disabilities Act, he said.
Piazza told the committee that all DOT projects
must comply with the act, or at least address the issue.
Additionally, he said, the DOT must deal with the
Florida Historical Commission regarding enhance-
ment of a historical structure such as the pier.
Sissy Quinn of the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society said the boardwalk plan "is just wonderful,"
and noted that the pier is on the commission's list of
historical places, although it does not have an official
designation.
The good news, said Piazza, is that "we are look-
ing at improving a historical resource. We are bring-
ing it back up to its former historical significance," he
said, and the commission views such projects favor-
ably.
Piazza added that the DOT has specialists at its
Bartow office who will examine the project for ADA
compliance and make recommendations.
Quinn said in the 1920s the city pier was the dock
for the steamships from Tampa that would come on
weekends carrying hundreds of wealthy Tampa resi-
dents for a day on an unspoiled beach. Beachgoers
would walk along what was then a path through the
palmetto bushes to reach the Gulf of Mexico. The
path would eventually become Pine Avenue.
In addition to working with the historical com-
mission, the DOT must also obtain permits from the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection and
complete an impact study.
In other words, the idea has a long way to go
before becoming a reality.
And the TEG needs a cost estimate to present
to the city commission Nov. 20 when it asks for


approval to continue examining the feasibility of such
a project.
Piazza said he could have something ready in
about two weeks, and he made a ballpark estimate
of about $90,000 to $100,000.
"The worst case scenario would be $500,000,"
Piazza said. "But we'll look into all of it," he told the
committee.
The committee's plan presently includes native
vegetation, picnic shelters, a bicycle rack, trees and
buffering the trash area with plants.
"I think it's a great enhancement of our most sig-
nificant historical site," Quinn said.

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The public is invited to attend public presenta-
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The Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Author-
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a glimpse of the group's plans for high-speed trans-
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TBARTA encompasses Citrus, Hernando, Hills-
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counties. The plans include a mixture of express bus
service and/or light rail. No funding has been ear-
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Locally, public workshops are set for Nov. 5 from
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8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. that day at Bradenton Auditorium, 1005 Barcar-
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Opinion


Postcards from paradise
The Anna Maria Island Bridge should soon reopen
to motorists after a 45-day shutdown for renovations.
At least some of us were inconvenienced as we
traveled to and from the mainland.
Some of us may have even forgotten the detour while
in town, taken a drive on Manatee Avenue as far as Perico
Island and suddenly remembered, "Oh, yeah..."
Some of us may have waited longer than usual
for a school bus to arrive.
Some of us may have suffered a decline in busi-
ness - fewer dollars in the cash register, fewer diners
at the table.
But, hopefully, some Islanders may have taken
the bridge's closure as an opportunity to rediscover
the Island. We're reaching the end of a 45-day "stay-
cation" and we should have learned some lessons
about shopping local, dining local, playing local.
Those who had been hauling home truckloads from
the mainland Walmart might have found they can save
time and maybe money with purchases from our Island
Publix, Bridge Street Market and the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's new organic produce co-op.
Those who had been cruising into Bradenton for
a quick oil change at a franchise might have found
that local mechanics can accomplish the same just as
quick and for the same cost.
Those who had been going to "town" for dinner
might have discovered they can find fine fare on the
Island - and even catch a movie on Friday nights at
the Center.
Hopefully, during the bridge's closure, we Island-
ers spent some time rediscovering the Island's natural
and people-made attractions. We strolled the historic
piers, we walked the beaches, we trekked through
Leffis Key and perhaps, by chance, witnessed the
arrival of migrating birds.
Maybe, too, we reconnected with Island friends
and organizations.
Certainly, we, as Islanders, felt like a common
people, a tribe, pulling together to make the best out
of a potentially disastrous situation.
And the lesson?
We shouldn't need a calamity to band together as
a tribe. We should go forward with an effort to shop
local, dine local, play local - for the betterment of
our community, for the health of our businesses, for
the conservation of our resources.
If we do this, perhaps we can avoid ever again
needing to detour off our beaten path.

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After a reader posted a comment on www.
islander.org in which she suggested grant money
could not be used on a proposed plaza at the Anna
Maria Historic City Pier, but, rather to repair the pier,
an e-mail was sent to Anna Maria City officials from
Tim Eiseler of the beautification group.
Eiseler's e-mail, placed on file at Anna Maria
City Hall, said that the reader is basing her comments
on what she reads in the paper but instead "needs to
get off her fat ass and attend a few meetings to get the
full picture of what she terms the 'pier plaza.' Then
she would find out what is and what is not eligible
to be spent using grant funds. I have little patience
for lazy bystanders criticizing what they don't know
an\ tling about, because they have chosen not to par-
ticipate but instead to be critics. Guess what, that is
too easy. The world is governed by those who show
up. This is the only time I am going to waste on igno-
rant people. No further comment.... Tim Eiseler."
I am not an expert on the use of grant money
but I am aware that we, as citizens, are all entitled to
express our opinions, whether accurate or not.
However, when a representative of a city com-
mittee uses such vulgar comments as "get off her
fat ass," this I believe refers to "ignorant people."
Charlie Daniel, Anna Maria

Design committee sought
Manatee County and the Florida Department
of Transportation need to appoint a bridge design
committee for the proposed replacement of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge.
During the three years of the controversy regard-
ing the replacement of the Cortez Bridge, then-Met-
ropolitan Planning Organization member and County
Commissioner Kathy Snell appointed a design
committee. That committee worked so well, it was
deemed "the most dedicated committee to work for


the board of county commissioners in the history of
Mantee County."
That committee was made up of one citizen each
from Anna Maria City, Longboat Key and Cortez, two
from Bradenton Beach, four citizens from Holmes
Beach and one at-large member.
Many, including the Manatee Chamber of Com-
merce, now want the bridge on Manatee Avenue
replaced with a higher fixed-span bridge. I don't know
if the Island chamber has yet taken a position.
Some say times are different now. It certainly
seems like the events of today are much like the
events that preceded the DOT's plans to replace the
Cortez Bridge in the early 1990s.
The county has the tools and staff to educate
a new committee to work with the DOT when the
bridge workshops begin, and that committee could
then make its recommendations to the MPO.
While Save Anna Maria Inc. has not said they do
not want a new bridge, SAM has objections to the
higher fixed-span.
Further investigation of recently replaced bridges
(in Pinellas County for instance), reveal many remain
lower bascule bridges.
Katie Pierola, Bradenton

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Observing the natives
Perhaps the title got your attention. It's more
likely your eyes came upon this article by sheer acci-
dent. Maybe it was my name that caught your eye and
your mind was attempting to find out whether or not
there was any relation to the late, great author Don
Maloney, former columnist in The Islander - "No
matter how you slice it, it's still Maloney."
Regardless, you can thank the giant scale at the
Publix Super Market if you feel that my writing is
quickly becoming a colossal waste of your time. You
see, in addition to having the distinct honor of being Don
Maloney's oldest grandson, I am also the biggest fan of
his writing. When he passed away last year, I had made a
pledge to carry on his legacy through my own writing.
I was reminded of this promise during a recent
stop at Publix to pick up the weekly ration of baby
formula, wipes and diapers. It was on this occasion
that I encountered the giant scale.
Some of you might recall my grandfather pontifi-
cating on the aforementioned scale and that it was the
only measurement device he could use to record his
weight due to the limitations associated with standard
household models.
With all this said, it might be important to point
out that I am new to Anna Maria Island. My wife,
baby boy and myself relocated from California in
August. After 13 years as a junior high school educa-
tor, I decided to shift careers, move across the country
and join the ranks of a truly unique and novel profes-
sion on this island - real estate agent. I am a proud
new member of my aunt Barbara Sato's establish-


ment, Sato Real Estate.
Besides my intent to carry on my grandfather's
legacy through humor and the written word, my hope
is to also offer a new and different view of life on
Anna Maria Island. Here are a few early observa-
tions:
I have never been passed on the road in my car
so often by riders on bicycles.
Since we arrived, two bridges have become "out
of order."
I need to replace the suspension on my automo-
bile for I did not realize that Palm and Pine avenues
were all-terrain thoroughfares.
How are Island natives so casual about lizards
sharing their space? And I can't forget to mention
the cat-sized palmetto bugs lying on their backs in
my living room. They are the laziest bugs I have ever
seen.
I have come to learn that 80 degrees is classified
as cold.
Confederate flags are still fashionable here.
And speaking of "Bridging the Gap," why is this
small Island separated into three cities?
I also have realized that my wife and I are willing
to drive an hour round trip each day to enjoy a latte
from Starbucks.
Also, "speed limit 25 mph" really means "speed
limit 25 mph." (Proven recently while pulled over by
the Island's finest for driving 31.)
Finally, like the Statue of Liberty in New York
City, you don't actually go to the city pier if you
reside on the Island.
Now that I live where other people choose to vaca-
tion, I am truly eager to adopt the lifestyle, appear-
ance and outlook of a true Anna Maria Islander.
I look forward to sharing more musings as a
person "not from around here." And I'm eager to
establish friendly relations with all of AMI's inhab-
itants. Until then, I'll start by removing the Obama/
Biden button from the side of my baby's stroller -
after Tuesday.


In the Nov. 5, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* A traffic accident at Kingfish Boat Ramp near
the Anna Maria Island Bridge closed the bridge
for more than three hours while fire crews and law
enforcement worked to clear the scene of injured
people and damaged vehicles. No one was seriously
hurt in the four-car accident.
* Holmes Beach public works director Joe
Duennes suggested to the city commission that it
consider changing the configuration of the yet-to-
be-built baseball field that was named in honor of
baseball great Birdie Tebbetts to move home plate
close to the fire station. This would keep the sun out
of the batter's eye, he said.
* Holmes Beach city commissioners gave the go-
ahead for then-Mayor Carol Whitmore to investigate
costs associated with using a Florida governmental
telephone service that would eliminate city hall's
778 prefix, but potentially save the city more than
50 percent on its monthly telephone bill.

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BB commission reviews sign ordinance


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach city commissioners worked
through a near-final draft of a sign ordinance drafted
to simplify the rules and remove content-based
restrictions.
Meeting for a work session Oct. 29 at city hall,
the commissioners took a two-hour review of the
ordinance with city attorney Ralf Brookes and city
building official Steve Gilbert.
A first reading of the ordinance is scheduled for
a commission meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at
city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. The commission agenda
also includes readings on proposed ordinances gov-
erning public beach hours and allowing the police
department to issue certain code-related citations.
Work on updating the sign ordinance began a
year ago, with an extensive review by the city's plan-
ning and zoning board.
Commissioners and Mayor Michael Pierce
praised the board for its thoroughness.
"They even brought in sample signs," Gilbert
said of the board members.
The sign ordinance reviewed last week consisted
of 31 pages, most of them containing strike outs of
words, sentences and paragraphs that referred to con-
tent on signs rather than size, structure and location
of signs.
"Essentially, the supreme court has ruled that,
for the most part, signs ordinances have to be content
neutral," Gilbert said referring to a First Amendment
legal ruling that prompted municipalities around the
state to review ordinances. "So planning and zoning
began last October removing content.... It has been
difficult. What you will see as we go through is a lot
of strike outs."
Brookes added, "Think in terms of structure, size,
materials, not words," he said.
The ordinance is needed, according to the draft,
because "an over-abundance of signage, certain ani-
mated, electronic and changeable-copy signs and
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detract from and interfere with the city's pedestrian
sidewalks, rights of way, historic neighborhoods and
the natural scenic beauty and resources of the Gulf
of Mexico, Sarasota Bay and the city of Bradenton
Beach."
One section that the planning and zoning board
removed from the ordinance covered campaign
signs.
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the best approach to dealing with campaign signs
was to allow them to be governed by existing Florida
election law.
State law - 106.1435 in the statutes - requires
campaign signs to come down within 30 days of a
candidate losing, winning or withdrawing from an
election, but does not place a limit on when signs can
go up prior to an election.
The draft presented to the city commission last
week contained a prohibition on electronic signs with
changing copy and also restricted existing electronic
signs to change wording once an hour.
The prohibition will remain in the ordinance that
the commission takes up on Thursday, but the mayor
and commissioners indicated a willingness to allow
the one existing sign to change more frequently than


once an hour.
That's because the sign at Smuggler's Cove, 1501
Gulf Drive N., was built under a city permit and made
to comply with city regulations when it went up sev-
eral years ago.
The city commission changed the rules when
it adopted an ordinance Sept. 7, 2006, after Smug-
gler's Cove spent more than $10,000 on the permitted
sign.
Property manager Jim Valente has repeatedly
asked the city to reconsider, and that's what com-
missioners indicated a willingness to do last week.
Commissioner John Shaughnessy said he asked
people who pass by the sign whether it was a dis-
traction, and he found some hadn't even noticed the
Smuggler's Cove sign.
"I don't think it's distracting at all, he said,
adding, "He spent $10,000 on it."
"And we approved it," Pierce said, referring to
the city's permit for the sign.
The mayor added, "I drive by five to six times a
day and it has never distracted me. I think it needs
to be grandfathered at this point.... I don't think we
need to have any more like it, but we need to just
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Pine is green
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC has brought some
green to Pine Avenue.
The company is using a construction material
called Green Block for the walls and roof at its Cozy
Corner project at 315 Pine Ave., co-owner Mike Cole-
man said.
Green Block will reduce e ni i. '\ use, insulate the
buildings from heat and cold better than regular insu-
lation and improve air quality, Coleman said.
"It's the latest th._ hn, ,1. ,_'v in environmentally safe
building materials," he noted.
"Initially, it was something we wanted, but didn't
think we could do, because it costs more than regular
insulation. But when I called Green Block, they were
willing to negotiate on the price."
With that news in hand, Coleman called partners
Ed Chiles and Ted LaRoche.
"They both said' do it, it's the right thing to do,'"
said Coleman, who now plans to use Green Block at
future Pine Avenue Restoration projects.
I ,ing this gives us a significant e ni. .\Y cost sav-


ings. It makes using Green Block worthwhile," he
said. "It's expensive, but we managed to cut other
expenses, and they were willing to negotiate."
Coleman added that Green Block Inc. is a relatively
new company and is using Cozy Corner and future
company projects as a showcase for its products.
"I think this project gives them very good expo-
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us and good for the environment. We' 11 use it at our
next project, too," he said.
That future Pine Avenue project could be just
around the corner, at 401 Pine Ave., Coleman said.
The current occupants there, Lor Ell's and Sara's
Hair Design and Island Podiatry, have agreed to relo-
cate to Cozy Corner, which Coleman anticipates will
be ready for occupancy in January 2009.


Iseman remains head of Anna Maria City code board


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria code enforcement board re-
elected Bill Iseman as chairman for 2008-09, during
the board's annual organizational meeting Oct. 20.
Shirley O'Day was re-elected vice chair.
The remaining board members for 2008-09 are
Jeff Murray, Dr. Carl Pearman, Carol Lewis, Diane
Molesko and Mike Celby.
The board will meet next at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 to
hear the city's complaint against Jack and Evelyn
Fiske, property owners at the south tip of Bay Bou-
levard. The city alleges that the Fiskes are operating
the property as a marina and expanding its use.
When the complaint went before the city's code
enforcement board in May, no decision was reached
and the matter was continued to June 8. That date and
all subsequent dates for a continuation of the hearing
have been rejected for a variety of reasons.
Even the new date for the board to hear the case
- Nov. 18 - has possible ramifications.
Chuck Webb, the lawyer for the Fiskes, is on
the Nov. 4 election ballot, seeking a seat on the city
commission.
If elected, Webb might have to step down as the
Fiskes' attorney or delegate the case to an associate.
Webb's candidacy is just one wrinkle in a case
fraught with complexities.
The Fiskes filed a legal action against the city a
few weeks before the May code board hearing, asking
the Manatee County Circuit Court for a declaratory
judgment that their property can be used for marine
purposes because, among other justifications, it's a
"grandfathered" use. Their filing was made before the


city sent any notice to the Fiskes to appear before the
city's code enforcement board, Webb said.
Webb has noted that the city and its attorney,
Jim Dye, wrote a letter to his clients in 2006 saying


that the use of the property, while a non-conformity,
was "grandfathered." The property has operated as a
marina since 1938, perhaps as early as 1911, Webb
has said.


... and HB board of adjustment OKs expansions


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment recently
approved two requests to expand legally non-con-
forming rental properties.
The BOA - members are Mark Kimball, Russ
Olson, Robert Douglas and David Moynihan - met
Oct. 23 at Holmes Beach City Hall for the first time
in about two years.
The primary purpose of the meeting was to
address two requests to expand legal non-confirming
uses and structures in the city, but first the board took
care of some old business.
The BOA elected Moynihan as chairman and
Kimball as vice chairman.
The board then took up the first request for per-
mission to expand a legally non-conforming property
in the 300 block of 64th Street.
The property, which had been involved in fore-
closure proceedings, is a triplex where the owners
want to add a master bathroom, as well as expand a
kitchen and living room.
Bill Saunders, the city's building official, said
even with the expansion, the property would be in
compliance with setback requirements.
Moynihan said, "What's before us is a pretty
routine process where owners of property are trying


to renovate their property."
Moynihan said it would be up to city staff to
make sure the developer complied with regulations,
such as the 50-percent rule for improvements to a
ground-level structure.
"So much of what's before us falls back on the
city building department," he said. "It's one thing
for us to approve or reject. The burden falls on the
city to make sure it falls within the FEMA [Federal
Emergency Management Agency] guidelines."
The board vote to allow the expansion was unani-
mous. So was a board vote on an expansion of a legal
non-conforming duplex in the 7000 block of Gulf Drive.
In that situation, the property owners want to
build onto the structure, adding about 300 square
feet to each unit.
"It meets all the setback requirements," Saunders
said, adding that he received phone calls from several
people inquiring about the project. L\ .iyone seems
to be in favor of this structure rather than a three-story
single family [residence], which is what would have
to be built on that site if the expansion of the duplex
was not allowed. It's just a typical little duplex."
Again, Moynihan stressed the city's role in
checking to make sure that the project, which still
must be permitted, does not violate FEMA's 50 per-
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A young crew of fishers, including Conor Valentine, 10, wet their lines on the Historic Bridge Street Pier
Nov. 1. The pier, marking the one-year anniversary of its reopening following a major renovation, hosted
the Kids' Fishing Tournament, co-sponsored by the city's ScenicWAVES committee and Bridge Street busi-
nesses and offering prizes for all contestants. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff


AMICCO concert Nov. 16
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra's first concert of the 2008-09 season will
take place Nov. 16.
The "Fall Welcome Back" concert, which will
begin at 2 p.m. at Crosspointe Fellowship in Holmes
Beach, will feature performances of music by Bach,
as well as Mozart and Vivaldi.
Additional concerts will take place Dec. 21,
Feb. 15 and March 22. The December concert will
celebrate the holidays. The February concert will
honor Haydn and the March event will be a concert
version of "Carmen."
For more information, including ticket details,
go to www.amicco.org, or call 941-778-1541.


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had caught 10
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Center announces new classes
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host Inez Santos leading a Latin dance/aerobic class
on Monday at 9 a.m. starting Nov. 17. A fee is
required.
Another new Center program is creative floral
arranging with Silvia Zadarosni of Silvia's Flower
Comer in Anna Maria. Lessons will take place at 6:30
p.m. on Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18
and April 15. A fee is required.
A new beginner Spanish class also will start soon.
The class will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday beginning
Nov. 11. A fee is required.
The classes take place at the Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call 941-778-1908.


Celebrating 60
Omer and Norma Trolard celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary on Oct. 9 with a dinner at
the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. The Trolards have lived
in Holmes Beach for more than 20 years and they
have five children, eight grandchildren, two great
grandchildren and a home companion named
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MPO commits to Island trolley


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
While Anna Maria Island has just 3 percent of the
population of Manatee County, it contributes more than
15 percent of the county's tax revenues. The Island
often gets the short end of the revenue-sharing stick.
That wasn't the case with the Sarasota-Manatee
Metropolitan Planning Organization's 2008-09 list of
financially feasible highway projects. Although there
are no projects on the list specifically for the Island,
the MPO has allocated $15.3 million for expansion of
the trolley connection from Coquina Beach to down-
town Sarasota.
But it's not $15.3 million in one shot, said MPO
executive director Mike Howe. That figure is what
the MPO projects it will cost to operate the Sarasota
portion of the trolley connection for the next 25 years,
he said.
In fact, the Anna Maria Island-Longboat Key
trolley was inaugurated June 14 and is already opera-
tional.
Howe explained that the $15 million budget item
"is in both operational and construction costs," and

Off Stage Ladies to meet
The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island
Players will celebrate Thanksgiving at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Bradenton Country Club,
4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be
served.
For more information and reservations, call
OSLA president Carol Heckman at 941-761-7374.

Church store opens for season
The Lord's Warehouse thrift shop is open for the
winter season.
The store, 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key, is open from 9 a.m. t 1 p.m. Monday, Wednes-
days and Saturdays.
For more information, call Joan Roecker at
941-761-1412.


Featured sale: This home at 518 58th St., Holmes
Beach, sold in April 2002 for $625,000 and in
October 2008 for $1,595,000, an increase of 155
percent. The cost per square foot is $532. Islander
Photo: Jesse Brisson

Island real estate transactions
518 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,998 sfla / 4,586
sfur 4bed/312bath/2car canalfront pool home built in
1962 on a 108x154 lot was sold 10/14/08, Yavalar
to Murphy Property Group LLC for $1,595,000; list
1,595,000.
136 49th St., Unit B, Coastal Cottages, Holmes
Beach, a 2,495 sfla / 3,900 sfur 4bed/3�2bath/2car
land condo with pool built in 2008 was sold 10/10/08,
Coastal Cottages VI LLC to Garbutt for $596,000;
list $599,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 237, Runaway Bay,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with pool built in 1978 was sold 10/07/08,
Thorpe to Wincraft Corporation for $259,500.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
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Copyright 2008


includes new buses, maintenance and construction of
any future facilities at Coquina Beach for the trolley
terminal.
"Let's give ourselves a pat on the back. This is
already up and running," he said.
The Island also made the MPO's recommended
transit list with $58 million to operate a limited-stop
bus route from Anna Maria Island to Interstate-75 via
Manatee Avenue.
But that project is more of a "wish list," Howe
said. The MPO does not consider the project finan-
cially feasible at this time, he indicated.
Holmes Beach made the MPO's enhancement
project priorities list for landscaping, sidewalks and
bus shelters on East Bay Drive from 31st Street to
S.R. 64. The MPO has $184,000 in Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation funds to spend on the proj-
ect, with no contribution needed from either Holmes
Beach or the county.
Perico Island is also on the enhancement proj-
ect list with $541,000 for a multi-use loop trail. The
DOT will fund $300,000, while Manatee County will
provide $241,000.

Longboat chamber announces
November plans
The Longboat Key/ Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Chairman's
Reception at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Re Fed-
erico, 15 Avenue of the Flowers, Longboat Key.
The event recognizes the LLSA Chamber volun-
teers and supporters for their work during the year.
The chamber will hold its "Nooner" luncheon
at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Sun House
Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
The chamber will hold another luncheon at 11:30
a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Fleming's Prime Steak-
house & Wine Bar, 2001 Siesta Drive, Suite 101,
Sarasota.
A business breakfast is planned for 8 a.m. Tues-
day, Nov. 25, at the chamber office, 5570 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
For more information or reservations, call
941-383-2466.


Inquiring Minds begins season
Inquiring Minds, the cross-denominational
religion program inspired by All Island Denomina-
tions, will begin its fifth season on Tuesday, Nov.
11.
The discussions will focus on interfaith, begin-
ning with a look at Judaism.
The group will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday through
Dec. 16 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Frank McGrath at
941-778-4579.


Library friends host tea
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
host an afternoon tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday,
Nov. 7.
The event at the library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, is free and open to the general public.
No reservations are required.
The library support group will serve tea and other
refreshments, as well as invite visitors to become
members.
For more information, call the library at
941-778-6341.

Democratic club to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
gather for a post-election lunch at noon Nov. 17 at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach.
The guest speaker will be professor Susan Mac Manus,
who will discuss the election results and mandates.
For more information, call Dale de Haan at
941-778-9287.


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Toese were the days


Postscript to the hurricane of 1921


Tales of

hurricanes past
by June Alder
"Equinoctials" most often hit in the season of
the autumnal equinox. The 19th century settlers
of Tampa Bay respected and feared hurricanes but
took them in stride.
The hurricane of October 1846 flattened the
log home of Manatee pioneers Julia and Joseph
Atzeroth on Terra Ceia Island. Only the hen house
remained standing. "Madame Joe" and her hus-
band moved to where Palmetto is today and started
over again.
Elbridge Ware's house just west of Ware's
Creek also blew away that night. The family had
retreated to the detached kitchen and there, at the
height of the storm, Louise Ware gave birth to a
son, believed to be the first white male child born
south of the Manatee River.
One more tale from that storm: Hector Braden
was returning on horseback from a trip to the north-
ern part of the state. Trying to cross the swollen
Little Manatee River, Braden and his horse drifted
into a sink hole. When found days later, the story
goes, Braden's corpse was seated upright in the
saddle, eyes wide open, reins and riding crop still
clenched in his hands.
No sooner had a lighthouse been built on
Egmont Key two years later and another hurricane
hit. Anna Maria Island and Egmont were both com-
pletely covered with water in that fierce 1848 storm.
Driven from his cottage by the pounding waves,
the lighthouse keeper put his wife and children in a
rowboat and lashed it to a palm tree. Next morning
the lighthouse was gone, but the family had ridden
out the storm safely. (The replacement lighthouse
was considerably sturdier than the first one. It stands
on the north end of Egmont Key to this day.)
Returning home from its maiden voyage to
New York with a full cargo, the schooner "Atlanta,"
built by pioneer Henry Clark, had the misfortune
to cross the path of the 1848 storm. The vessel
went to the bottom and with her went the young
captain, William Gamble. No wonder his brother,


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Major Robert Gamble, later took pains to build his
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the floors so they would sway in a gale like the deck
of a ship.
In May 1903 Captain Will Fogarty and three
other men drowned when Fogarty's schooner the
"Vandalia" went down in a storm off Cape Romano.
The ship was rebuilt and became part of the Favorite
Line fleet of freight and passenger boats docking at
Anna Maria Island. It burned in 1914.
A bad storm in 1906 was a stroke of luck for the
homesteaders on Anna Maria Island. A three-masted
schooner loaded with lumber got stranded off Egmont
Key and the captain had to jettison his cargo. Most of
the lumber piled up on the shores of Anna Maria Island.
Wilbur and Mary Hall (she was the daughter of first
Island homesteader George Bean) and other settlers sal-
vaged the lumber for home construction and repairs.
In the October hurricane of 1911 the steamer
"Mistletoe," which had been stopping at George
Bean's dock on Anna Maria Island since 1895, sank
at dockside in Tampa. But it was resurrected and
lasted for another decade until it sank again, this time
for good.
The hurricane of 1921 failed to knock down the
Cortez bridge, but the Island's second bridge - built
from Anna Maria Island to Longboat Key in 1926
- was the victim of a bad storm in March 1932.
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In the past half-century hurricanes with femi-
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Island. Elena was the scariest of the sisterhood.
She wobbled up the Gulf and took aim at the Island
on Friday of the 1985 Labor Day weekend. Some
20,000 residents of Anna Maria Island and Longboat
were rousted out of bed in the middle of the night
and sat around in shelters all day Saturday waiting
for Elena to make up her mind. When she suddenly
skipped away Sunday morning (leaving behind some
$10 million in property damage) people rushed back
home, creating an awful traffic jam.
So hurricanes do take some funny twists. But
they are no laughing matter. Skeptics who scoff
at hurricane evacuations are wrong-dead wrong.
Sticking around on the Island for hurricane fun and
thrills would be as foolish as long-ago horseman
Hector Braden plunging into that raging river.


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Raven Smith gather on Wednesday mornings at Anna Maria Elementary School to participate in the run-
ner's club. Islander Photo: Becky Walter

AME runners club meets weekly


Anna Maria Elementary School has resumed its
runner's club in preparation for the upcoming 2009
Dolphin Dash.
Club members meet Wednesdays at 8 a.m. on
the bayside of campus to run laps. Twelve laps are
equivalent to a mile run.
Parents are welcome to run with students, as are
Island residents.


Center offers
SHARE food program
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, continues to serve as a
host site for the SHARE Program.
SHARE stands for Self Help And Resource
Exchange and each month SHARE participants can
receive groceries at a discounted cost.
A basic SHARE package costs $18 and consists
of frozen meats, fresh produce and grocery items.
Participation in SHARE is not restricted to
income levels. The discounts are available as a result
of wide participation in the program.
During the holidays, SHARE offers holiday
meals serving four to six people and consisting of
turkey, dessert, stuffing mix, gravy mix, cranberry
sauce, rolls and fresh fruit and vegetables.
SHARE holiday meals cost $30 each.
The deadline to register for a holiday meal - or
to donate a meal - is Nov. 7.
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mission slips for new members are available in the
school administrative office.
The Dolphin Dash is a 5k fun run and 1-mile race
through Holmes Beach. It is scheduled for Jan. 17,
2009 and proceeds benefit the AME PTO.
For more information, call the school at
941-708-5525.




Island police reports
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No reports.

Bradenton Beach
Oct. 25, 100 block 11th Street South, burglary.
The complainant said someone broke the window of
his car and took numerous items.
Oct. 28, 200 Bridge St., city pier parking lot,
towed vehicle. Officers noticed a car parked in a no-
parking area. A records check revealed the vehicle
was unregistered and did not have a proper license
tag. It was towed.

Holmes Beach
Oct. 26, 4000 Gulf Drive, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone took his camera bag, camera
and lenses from his vehicle while he was having
breakfast at the beach. Value of items missing was
$2,200.
Oct. 26, 200 block 76th Street, burglary. The
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bit ies

Donna J. Harris
Donna J. Harris, 86, of Sarasota and formerly
Anna Maria Island, died Oct. 13. She was born in
Dekalb, Ill., and began her photographic career serv-
ing in World War II as a photographer in the Women's
Army Corps.
Memorial donations may be made to Sarasota-
Manatee National Organization for Women, PO. Box
2972, Sarasota FL 34230. A celebration of life will
be announced at a later date.
Survivors include friends and family.

John E. Kemper
John E. Kemper, 60, died Oct. 21 at home on
Longboat Key.
There will be no local services. The Kemper
family is being served by Covell Funeral Home &
Cremation Service.
He is survived by wife Mickki and father John M.

Janette Fox Moore
Janette Fox Moore, 89, of Bradenton, died Oct.
29.
She was born Dec. 8, 1918, in Hartford, Conn.,
graduated from Hyde Park High School, Boston, and
completed studies in 1938 at Stoneleigh College, Rye,
N.H. She attended Amy Baker School of Design in
Boston from 1938-40.
Janette moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1952 and
Bradenton in 1956, from Marshfield, Mass., with her
husband of 54 years, Albert R. Moore, who died in
1994.
Mrs. Moore worked as a nurse assistant at Mana-
tee Memorial Hospital for 17 years after completing
CNA training in 1967. She was an associate member
of the Manatee Art Association, and exhibited in
many local art leagues and sold her watercolors in
the bay area for almost 15 years.
Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements
were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
She is survived by seven children, including sons
Bruce Ansen Moore, A 1C USAF (retired) of Bra-
denton; David Pierce Moore, S 'M-1l USAF (retired)
and U.S. Merchant Marine (retired) of Flag Pond,
Tenn., Scott Kingsly Moore, Captain, U.S. Merchant
Marine, of Holmes Beach, and Craig Fox Moore,
Tsgt. (retired) of Federal Way, Wash.; daughters Can-
dace Lee Woods of Bradenton, Sheryle Jean Bruno
of Whitneyville, Tenn., and Holly Anne Cory of Ft
Worth, Texas; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchil-
dren and two great-great-grandchildren.

bicycles and a TV from a house he uses for storage.
Value of the items taken was $1,200.
Oct. 26, 3700 Gulf Drive, burglary. The com-
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while she was at the beach and took a purse contain-
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Island doctor served

in two wars
Part-time Island resident Dr. Jim Coffman of
Holmes Beach served his country in two wars, and
credits his military duties in World War II with con-
vincing him that medicine was his future profession.
What he didn't realize was that medicine would
also put him on the front lines of the Korean War.
Born and raised in Kansas, Jim remembers that
he was 15 and on a church outing on Dec. 7, 1941,
when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and Amer-
ica entered the global conflict.
"I was still in high school and only 15, so, I
didn' t have too much to worry about as far as being
drafted," Jim recalled.
"Still, a lot of the older guys in my high school
crowd joined, and my older brother went into the air
force," Jim said.
By 1943, however, it was apparent that the war
was not going to end soon. Jim, now a senior in high
school, saw a U.S. Army Air Corps advertisement
for the V-12 program, which put qualified youngsters
into college for training and eventual deployment on
active duty.
On July 1, 1943, Jim entered the program and
was sent to Westminster College in Missouri. Ironi-
cally, it was the same school where, in 1946, Win-
ston Churchill would coin the phrase "iron curtain"
to describe a post-Eastern Europe dominated by the
Soviet Union.
"I was assigned to train as a naval corpsman. I
had always been interested in medicine and wanted
to become a doctor. This seemed like a good oppor-
tunity to get a head start in medicine."
Indeed, it was, as Jim was sent to a number of
naval hospitals for training. None, however, were
anywhere near the water.
"I never saw a ship, never saw the ocean during
my whole time in the Navy. When the war ended, I
went to the University of Kansas to finish college and
go to medical school."
Jim said the training he received as a corpsman
cemented his belief that medicine was his field. "I
loved learning about medicine. I wasn't a doctor in
the Navy, but I got a lot of basic training and I knew
I wanted to be a doctor."
With his corpsman background, Jim zipped
through medical school in the required four years,
then interned at University Hospital in Kansas City,
Kan., for one year.
Just two weeks before his final year of medical
school began, the Korean War broke out. The Army
lacked a lot of things to fight the war, especially medical
personnel. President Harry Truman and Congress passed
a special draft law aimed particularly at doctors.
"When I read about that law, I knew I was going
in and it didn't matter that I had already been in the
Navy. Actually, I ended up joining the Army before
I was drafted."
A friend talked him into signing up for the Army,
rather than wait for the dreaded "Greetings from the


Dr. James Coffian of Holmes Beach and Lakeland.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


- - NOV


Dr. Jim Coffman beside a ' 1l. i1 1,..,, tank during the Korean War.


President" letter.
"A lot of guys in my medical class tried to join
the Navy or Air Force, but they weren't taking any
more doctors, for obvious reasons," said Jim with a
laugh.
"It was clear from the newspapers that the Army
was terribly short of doctors and nurses and had
plenty of openings."
Jim graduated from medical school in 1951 and
completed his internship in the summer of 1952.
He was commissioned a first lieutenant after his
internship and sent to Brooke Army Medical Center
in San Antonio, Texas. There, his training to learn
how to be an Army doctor was slated to last eight
weeks.
"After just three weeks, they shipped us out to
Japan to 8th Army headquarters. I barely knew how
to salute, but it was obvious they needed doctors. I
hadn't had time to specialize in anything. I was just
a general practice doctor, but that didn't matter to the
Army. I was expected to do everything, and I did."
On the flight to Korea, the doctors on board dis-
cussed how to get out of Korea and obtain a post in
Japan. One doctor, a former professional baseball player,
pulled some strings and got assigned to the 8th Army
baseball team. The remaining doctors stopped in Japan
for a few days, then were forwarded on to Korea.
Jim was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 179th
Infantry Regiment of the 45th Infantry Division as
the battalion surgeon. He barley knew what his duties
would be, but he got a quick initiation.
"The battalion was on the front lines, somewhere
near the 38th parallel," Jim recalled.
"The first night I was there, the battalion exec
took me to the forward outpost a few hundred yards
from our headquarters. We started shelling them with
artillery. He said when the ChiComs [Chinese Com-
munists] fired back at us, I could expect casualties.
My job was chief medical officer of the battalion and
I was stationed at the battalion aid station, about a
half-mile from the front. We had to be close to treat
the wounded."
A few minutes after the Americans fired on the
ChiComs that night, they returned fire and casualties
began to stream in to the aid station.
"The ChiComs didn't waste any time. I had about
30 medics under me and our job was to save as many
wounded as we could. We treated those we could.
It was mostly wounds by gunshot or shrapnel. We
were the front line of triage. Some guys had to be
sent to the MASH unit about 10 miles to the rear and
we sent them back by evac choppers. The ChiComs
would shoot at the choppers, knowing they contained
wounded."
By this time in the war, the front line was fairly
stagnant. Artillery fire, however, was a constant, as
were patrols and casualties.
"Once the firing started, the wounded never
stopped.
It was on-the-job-training for Jim. He saw wounds
that he had never dreamed possible, wounds that he
would never see again. He also never dreamed that he
would see men die by the hand of their own air force.
"One day, the 8th Air Force came over on a
bombing run, but someone gave them the wrong


coordinates or the wrong recognition signal. They
bombed a Korean labor camp nearby and some of
the bombs hit our guys. We had more than 300 casu-
alties. To make it worse, we also got strafed by our
own fighter planes. You don't want to see a guy shot
up by a .50-caliber machine gun because there's not
much left of him."
Luckily for "Doc," as the soldiers respectfully
called him, the aid station was a solid bunker built
into the ground. Only a direct hit would jar Doc Coff-
man from his operating room.
One afternoon while outside the bunker, the Chi-
Coms sent a calling card and a mortar landed a few
feet from Jim and another soldier.
"He took a lot of shrapnel in the abdomen. Luck-
ily, the aid station was right there and we got him on
the operating table right away. We saved his life, and
that was a success story. That was the closest I ever
came in Korea to getting hit."
But when Jim couldn't save a soldier,
it hurt, especially if the man was a friend.
"I had a lot of friends among the soldiers. I wasn't
into this military stuff and made friends with a lot of
the enlisted guys. So, when one of them didn't make
it, it was tough to take. I tried my best, and I just
had to put it out of my mind and go on to the next
wounded. The soldiers took care of me, because I was
the only doctor on the front."
Because of his uniqueness, Jim took to training
some of the better medics on surgical procedures.
"I had to do that. What happened if I got hurt?
Who was going to sew me up? Plus, when things
got busy, I needed someone doing those things that
I didn't have time for. The medics treated a lot of
casualties and we had a very good record."
But it was still life on the front lines of Korea.
During the winter of 1952-53, the temperature
dropped to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Jim
and his medics had a heated bunker, but the soldiers
were still outside in the fighting, and the medics and
choppers - and medical doctor - still had to go out
to the wounded.
"It was miserable. I'm from Kansas and we had
cold winters, but nothing like that. The first night it
snowed was the coldest night of my life, and we had
a heater," Jim said with a laugh, remembering that
Army regulations forbid the men to turn the heater
past "three" on the 1 to 10 scale.
Still, Jim managed with what he had. When he
had to go back to the MASH unit, or a field or general
hospital further to the rear, he saw how the "other
half" of the Army lived.
"Hot meals, clean uniforms and beds, the best
equipment, USO shows. It made you a bit jealous,
until you remembered that you had a job to do and
the men were depending upon you."
While the men knew what Jim was doing, his
folks had little idea of what was really happening in
Korea.
"I had to tell them where I was and what I was
doing. There was very little in the papers at that time.
It seems like Korea had been forgotten. But, I kept
it simple writing home. I just told them I was doing
general practice and I didn't mention all the wounded
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Forgotten Generation
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
and disfigured men I treated."
People who think war is neat and clean, and sol-
diers get nice, neat wounds like in the movies are
sadly mistaken.
"I saw more blood in Korea than I thought I
would ever see. It's tough when you see guys with
heads blown off, guts scattered on the ground, arms
blown away. And I had to try to save them."
In addition to saving men, Jim also carried a side-
arm, just in case the ChiComs decided to advance into
the battalion's position. The ChiComs were known
to disregard the Geneva Convention on "noncomba-
tants" like doctors and medics.
They wanted to shoot the doctors and medics
because that meant the wounded wouldn't get treated
and could die, Jim recalled.
The ChiComs almost got one doctor. One day,
a British neurosurgeon came to the front lines to
observe first-hand the manner in which men received
head wounds.
"He walked around without a helmet. I guess he
wanted to show us he wasn't afraid. Then, the Chi-
Coms sent over a few rounds and I noticed that he
disappeared real quick. I don't know if he ever got
a helmet, but he did get the hell out of there," Jim
recalled with a chuckle.
As the spring of 1953 approached, Jim and his
men began to hear rumors of peace talks.
"All we could do was hope. We heard rumors all
the time. One day in early summer, I knew the rumors
were true because, all of the sudden, the guns on both
sides stopped firing. The, we got the word of the cease-
fire agreement. We didn't celebrate. We were too tired.
I think all we did was get some extra sleep."
After the ceasefire went into effect in June, 1953,
Jim began to look at how many points he needed to
be sent home.
He didn't have much to worry about. With his
Navy duty added to his combat time, and the fact


he had gotten married in 1950, he had more than
enough points to be returned to the United States and
discharged.
Jim boarded a troop ship that summer filled
with about 350 ex-prisoners-of-war. That was an
experience.
"We were to examine them to determine their
injuries. They were both physically and mentally in
bad shape."
When the ship reached San Francisco, there
were a few fireboats shooting off their water guns in
appreciation of the POWs. That was the extent of the
"Welcome Home" ceremonies for the men returning
from Korea.
"I guess they did that for the POWs," said Jim.
"I was asked if I wanted to stay in the Army, but I'd
seen enough of combat."
He was discharged from the service and returned
to Kansas. He moved to western Kansas and was a
small-town family doctor for 12 years, before return-
ing to medical school to specialize in i, di, ,lb, ..
In 1971, he moved to Lakeland, where he and
some other doctors founded the Watson Clinic. Today,
the clinic has more than 300 doctors in its numerous
locations.
He came to Holmes Beach off and on between
1971 and 1988, visiting his wife's mother. They pur-
chased her condominium in 1988 and he retired for
good in 1999.
Jim and his current wife come to Holmes Beach
as often as possible. Jim, whose first wife passed
away, has three sons and one of them is a police offi-
cer on Longboat Key.
"I'm proud of my service and my duty. Going
into the Army was something I had to do, and I have
no regrets. I did it to the best of my abilities, and I
like to think I saved a lot of lives during my time in
Korea."
A proud member of both the Greatest Generation
and the Forgotten Generation.
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
Generation" columns are for Island, Longboat Key,


THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 5, 2008 0 15

Islander honors

veterans Nov. 10
The third annual Islander newspaper Veterans Day
ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at the
Holmes Beach City Hall Butterfly Park and Veterans
Memorial.
The ceremony is to honor all veterans and, in par-
ticular, to recognize those veterans whose stories have
appeared in The Islander's "Greatest Generation" and
"Forgotten Generation" columns about World War II
and Korean War veterans.
All veterans and their spouses and families are
invited to attend the ceremony. A complimentary con-
tinental breakfast will be offered to all who attend.
An honor guard from the Kirby Stewart Ameri-
can Legion Post No. 24 in Palma Sola will present
the colors followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and
the playing of the national anthem.
Guest speaker will be Islander reporter Rick
Catlin, who writes the "Greatest Generation" and
"Forgotten Generation" columns. Other Island vet-
erans will also make brief remarks. Dress will be
Island-style casual, although veterans are encouraged
to wear their service caps or hats.
The honor guard will fire a 21-gun salute and conclude
with Taps. Veterans whose stories have appeared in
The Islander are asked to arrive a few minutes early
to obtain a nametag and to mingle with other guests.
Veterans Day officially is celebrated nationwide
on Nov. 11. For more information, call Rick Catlin
at 941-778-7978, or e-mail him at rick@islander.org.

Perico Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bra-
denton and Cortez veterans, man or woman, who
served in the armed forces of any allied country (U.S.,
Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway, France, Poland,
Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, etc.) during
World War II or the Korean War. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.


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16 0 NOV. 5, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


City holds first mooring field meeting


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Sailors, Bradenton Beach officials and planning
consultants began a journey Oct. 27 - an 18-month
course to creating a city mooring field.
The city, with a grant from the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission, hired Scheda
Ecological Associates Inc. of Sarasota as the con-
sultant on developing a recreational boating master
plan. The foundation of the plan will be establishing
a mooring field in Sarasota Bay near the Historic
Bridge Street Pier.
The city already has cleared some hurdles in the
process.
In 2006, state lawmakers approved a request
from the city to expand its municipal boundaries to
include 500 feet from the shore.
Last fall, the city completed a multi-million
renovation of the Bridge Street pier, which included
showers and rest rooms and a floating dock - ameni-
ties for boaters and others.
Then, over the summer, the city hired Scheda to
take a lead role in developing the master plan that, in


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addition to establishing a mooring field, will identify
a public location or locations for a kayak launch and
set the criteria for hiring a harbor master.
Specifically, Scheda will help:
* Organize the creation of a master plan with


Boater Wes Wal-
drope talks about his
interest in a mooring
field during a meet-
ing Oct. 27 at Bra-
denton Beach City
Hall. Senior scientist
Dianne Rosensweig
of Scheda Ecologi-
cal Associates Inc.
listens. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff


a series of public meetings and focus group inter-
views.
* Analyze existing city data and research, such as
mapping, depths and bathymetry studies and conduct
PLEASE SEE MOORING FIELD, NEXT PAGE


Tiki and Kitty's Novemberfest


November finds Tiki and Kitty getting
a head start on their holiday shopping at the
best shops in the area.
The fall weather is the perfect time
to explore the Historic East Manatee
Antique District. Stop in at Braden
River Antiques and see the huge variety
of merchandise Jess has. Then make your
way over to Retro Rosie and Cobwebs
Antiques to explore the amazing selection
of vintage clothes at Rosie's and Cobweb's
beautiful vintage cottage style goods. At
Jill's Restoration, Jill is offering up to 50
percent off in her closing sale - stop in a
pick up a great deal.
In other parts of town, Martha and the
gang at Community Thrift have a great


selection of top quality items at affordable
prices - including holiday decor. Bab)
BouTiki reminds all moms to save the date
of Nov. 22 for a FREE holiday photo ses-
sion for babies and toddlers. Call Carrie
at the shop for details and reservations.
Visit Vintage Vagabond and wander its
huge space packed with antiques, vintage
clothes, furniture and more. The store also
hosts a great flea market the first and third
Sunday of each month.
And the Wliilfield Exchange is packed
with tons of quality furnishings and col-
lectibles...you really must check it out!
Over in Palmetto and Ellenton The Bag
Lady has a great selection of fall bags now
in - come find all the latest styles.
The Feed Store is a must stop for all
antique and collectible hounds - see for
yourself why this is the top antique mall in
the area.
A must stop in Cortez is The Sea Hagg
now doubled in size! They have super stuff
for the pirates and mermaids at heart!
On the Island, Tide and Moon has


Jill of
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- but not
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merchan-
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unpacked and put out all some amazing
new hand-selected jewelry - Laura knows
her stuff and has great taste. On the north
end of Longboat Key you'll find Steff's
Stuff, a cute shop filled with surprises.
Mark you calendar for the flea market held
every first weekend - next one will be Dec.
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any new engineering research to create a base map
for a managed anchorage and mooring field.
* Prepare plans and permits for markers and
buoys.
* Design signage for the mooring area.
* Prepare an overall, final master boating plan for
the city to adopt and the state to review.
Last week's meeting at city hall involved Scheda
representatives Dianne Rosensweig, Wendy Hersh-
feld and Kathy Noullet, city project/program manager
Lisa Marie Phillips, Commissioner Janie Robertson,
Mayor Michael Pierce and about two dozen members
of the boating community.
Rosensweig welcomed the group to city hall and
outlined the task - to balance recreational needs and
interests of boaters with environmental concerns.
"We don't want boats mooring in the seagrasses,"
she said.
Rosensweig then outlined the benefits of devel-
oping a master plan: enhanced security with the pres-
ence of a harbor master and convenient amenities
and regulations that will help promote safety in the
water.


Commenting on the city's current offerings, sev-
eral boaters said there are not enough showers on the
pier, that their access to the floating day-dock on the
pier has been restricted and that overnight vehicle
parking locations are needed for boaters.
Phillips said the city was trying to balance con-
cerns about vandalism in the showers with public
access to them. "When we have a harbor master, there
will be a keypad," she said.
She added that the Bradenton Beach Police
Department is working one-on-one with boaters to
help provide overnight parking.
In regards to the floating dock, Phillips said she
would consult with Police Chief Sam Speciale, but
she thought that the dock was available to anyone for
day use, and that boaters, whether liveaboards or day
visitors, should have access.
Some boaters seemed wary of the city effort to
create a master plan and others endorsed the idea.
Phillips emphasized that the city's goal is not to
drive away liveaboards.
'That's never been the idea," Phillips said.
Boater Wes Waldrope said, "I appreciate your
comment that the purpose is not to push out the livea-
boards. Many places have decided they'd like the
quote-unquote riff-raff to go somewhere else.


THE ISLANDER U NOV. 5, 2008 0 17
"In the boating community at large, there is a
rising concern that more and more cities are devel-
oping these plans to restrict peoples' access to the
waterways."
Waldrope said he understood the environmental
reasons for mooring management and that he sup-
ported the city's effort.
Phillips said the city will not make a profit on
the mooring field, but the city expects a positive eco-
nomic impact for local business.
'This is as much an economic-impact project as
a public-access project," she said. "But this is not in
any way a revenue generator for Bradenton Beach....
No profit, but self-sustaining is the goal."
With the discussion of money, boaters raised the
question of cost - how much would the city charge
per boat per month?
Phillips said she couldn't answer that question because
a cost-balance assessment has yet to be completed.
"I know what the going rates are. And I think
Sarasota is a bit high," she said, referring to a
$400-a-month charge for mooring there.
Several boaters cautioned against being too opti-
mistic about occupancy rates in setting the cost.
The next meeting on the master plan has not been
scheduled


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home decor at Braden
River Antiques. This east
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Tiki is hooked on the Sea Hagg
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From left, big dog entry Barry Manilow and owner Lisa Williams look over a growing group of contenders at The Islander "Crazy, Creepy, Crawly Critter
Costume Contest" at the newspaper office on Halloween. Lola the daisy shows off with owner Josh Calvert and "busy bee" Cassie Calvert, 1. Officer Neece
and K-9 officer Jobby on patrol. Hula princess Anna parades for the judges with owner John. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy


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Twister Raven
Smith, 9, waits
for the judging
in the cham-
ber's annual
Trail of Treats
Halloween
costume con-
test. /h', won
for "funniest"
costume.


Treats and tricks, costumes and kicks
Robot Connor Johnson, 7, awaits the contest judg-
ing outside the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce on Halloween. He won a prize for "most
original" costume. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff


Baker
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Green,
2, wins a
prize for
"most
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costume in
the cham-
ber contest.


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Costumed kids collect their treats at the Artists
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Anna Maria Elementary School has many events
throughout the school year in which the community
is welcome, including:
* Every Wednesday, 8 a.m. runner's club meets
on the school playing field.
* Nov. 10-11, no school.
* Nov. 12, walk-a-thon fundraising packets due.
* Nov. 14, Parent-Teacher Organization meeting,
9 a.m. in the cafeteria.
* Nov. 14, third-grade field trip to the South Flor-
ida Museum.
* Nov. 18, Parent-Teacher Organization family
dinner night featuring Chipotle restaurant 5 p.m. in
the cafeteria.
* Nov. 18, second-grade play, "Cock-A-Doodle
Dandy," at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the auditorium.


* Nov. 18, fifth-grade grandparents program with
the Kiwanis Club, 11:45 a.m. at the school.
* Nov. 19, fourth- and fifth-grade field trip to the
Van Wezel.
* Nov. 20, "Bone Zone" health, nutrition and sci-
ence program all day in the auditorium.
* Nov. 21, reading walk-a-thon event 9 a.m. to
noon on the school ball field.
* Nov. 21, birthday book club 1 p.m. in the media
center.
* Nov. 21, Florida Studio Theatre Playmakers
visit fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.
* Nov. 26-28, Thanksgiving vacation.
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AME Fall festival exceeds

$10,000 goal
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization Fall Festival fundraiser
exceeded its $10,000 goal, bringing in $13,000.
The event, held at the school Oct. 25, featured
a haunted house, game booths, bake sale and food.
Proceeds are used to purchase items for teacher class-
rooms.
This year's festival included some new features.
The school entrance was turned into a pumpkin patch
thanks to a donation by Joe Pandolph of large pump-
kins shipped in from a farm in New York.
The parking lot was blocked to vehicle traffic
allowing foot traffic to move safely between the craft
vendors and haunted house.
The walkway to the main entrance was lined with
customized scarecrows for auction. AME Art Teacher
Gary Wooten created a giant sea hag scarecrow that
fetched high bids. Other themes included sports teams
and Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz."
The PTO has two more large fundraisers still to
come this school year. The Dolphin Dash takes place
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Turtle watch members celebrate 2008


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch participants
gathered for an end-of-season celebration and a math
lesson Oct. 28.
The annual event, at which AMITW volunteers
shared appetizers and heard a preliminary report on
the sea turtle nesting season, took place at the Moose
Lodge in Bradenton Beach.
"There were 277 actual days of walking,"
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said, referring
to the number of days people patrolled the Island's
beaches looking for signs of nesting or hatchling sea
turtles since May 1.
Fox estimated that over the course of the 2008
season, which officially ended Oct. 31, walkers cov-
ered 4,432 miles.
She offered more numbers as AMITW members
dined on deviled eggs, cabbage rolls and an assort-
ment of other nibbles.
AMITW walkers identified 147 loggerhead
nests and 104 false crawls, incidents in which a
female sea turtle came ashore to nest but aborted
the attempt.
Fox estimated that walkers spent about 4,432
hours on the beaches and the coordinators of
AMITW's nine walking sections spent about 9,789
hours on nesting duties.
"Somewhere around three hours of time goes
into a nest by a coordinator," Fox said. "That doesn't
count going back after predators have messed up a
nest three or four times. That also doesn't count the
times we went out to check cooler crawls, lawn chair
crawls and humps of sand with no crawls at all from
all the new walkers."
Fox also reported eight disorientations on the
Island in 2008, incidents in which hatchling sea tur-
tles lost their way to the Gulf of Mexico. A primary
cause of disorientation is artificial lighting that draws
the turtles away from the sparkle of moon and star
light on the Gulf water.
There were two disorientations involving 95
hatchlings in Anna Maria, three disorientations
involving 101 hatchlings in Holmes Beach and three
disorientations involving 270 hatchlings in Bradenton
Beach.
The number of washouts, incidents in which
wave action washed over a nest and washed away
stakes marking the location, proved a concern this
year.
"It was a stormy year," said Fox, who reported 47
washouts. AMITW does not know whether hatchlings
emerged from any of those nests.
AMITW also reported 19 incidents, all of them
at Coquina Beach, in which raccoons raided nests.
The data collected as a result of AMITW's moni-
toring the beaches will be turned into the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission, part of the
requirement under the state sea-turtle permit held by
Fox.
The data Fox and other permit-holders provide
is used to document the distribution, seasonality and
abundance of nesting loggerheads in the state, as well
as nesting green and leatherback turtles. All three
species are listed as either threatened or endangered
under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Specifically, the data becomes part of the state-
wide nesting beach survey.
That survey put Manatee County's total reported
loggerhead nests - including numbers from Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch and walkers on the north
end of Longboat Key - at 179 in 1990. The nesting
number went to 180 in 1991, 179 in 1992, 203 in
1993 and then 228 in 1994. The number leaped to
354 in 1995, dipped to 303 in 1996, then was 306 in
1997, 398 in 1998, 436 in 1999, 357 in 2000, 306 in
2001, 180 in 2002, 298 in 2003, 176 in 2004, 173 in
2005 and 191 in 2006 and 208 in 2007.
In the years that the nesting was high in Manatee
County, FWC also reported high statewide numbers.
In 1999, when Manatee County reported a total of 436
nests, the statewide total reached more than 81,000.
Over the years, Brevard and Palm Beach coun-
ties consistently report the highest numbers of nests,


Members of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch gather for a group photograph during an end-of-season cel-
ebration Oct. 28 at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


some years reporting as many as a third of the nests
in the state.
The statewide survey for 2008 will not be avail-
able until early 2009 for comparisons to previous
years.


AMITW's numbers show a slight increase -
from 134 total nests in 2007 to 147 nests in 2008.
The most nests, 23, were reported from section six
on the Island - from the Manatee Public Beach pier
at 4000 Gulf Drive to 26th Street.


DNA turtle research continues


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Research continues in a Georgia lab in an effort
to learn more about the population of sea turtles that
nest on Anna Maria Island's beaches and elsewhere
in the southeast.
During summer 2007, Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch worked with a researcher at the University
of Georgia to collect DNA samples from turtle eggs
found in empty nests on the beaches.
Previous studies have shown that female sea
turtles return to the beaches of their origin to nest
when they reach adulthood.
The work largely conducted by Brian Shamblin, a
doctoral student with the Warnell School of Forestry
and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia,
involves a broad, long-range effort to identify genetic
differences among sea turtle populations.
Genetic diversity is important for adaptation to
environmental changes. A certain amount of diver-
sity is necessary for the health, longevity and even
survival of a species.
The research involves more than 30 partners in
Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina
that contributed DNA samples. Key players include
the Applied Conservation Genetics Lab at the Uni-
versity of Georgia and the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources.
"We' re really excited about the possibilities the
new genetic markers and technique have unlocked,"
said Shamblin, who has worked directly with
AMITW.
Shamblin, a student in Dr. Joe Nairn's lab, said
the researchers are generating nesting data on the
threatened species on a scale unimaginable a few
years ago.
Research from a completed DNA pilot study
in 2006 revealed four instances of mother-daughter
pairs nesting on beaches in Georgia.
"This is an important development because log-
gerheads do not become sexually mature until some-
time between 30 and 35 years of age," said Mark
Dodd, a senior wildlife biologist with the DNR's
Wildlife Resources Division. "If you have a mother-
daughter pair nesting on the coast, then you know the
mom is at least 60-70 years old and has been repro-
ductively active for 30 years or longer. That is an
incredibly long period to be reproductively active."


Turtle research has taken to the lab to study genet-
ics of the marine creatures.

DNA samples from the nesting turtles are entered
into a database at the UGA genetics laboratory.
The database will help researchers determine
differences in the current population. The research
can also provide details on how long the turtles live,
how long they are capable of reproducing, how many
times they nest and where they nest. Researchers said
this "site fidelity" is important to gauging the health
of the reproductive population.
"For example, if they assume that each female
nests four times per season and in truth the females
nest five times, then they have far fewer turtles than
they thought and the population is much smaller than
originally thought," Dodd said. "These are critical
questions to consider when creating a plan for con-
servation."
The DNA from the samples is a genetic finger-
print that identifies individuals.
"We are able to determine parents and offspring
and even 'cousins' in each turtle family," Dodd
said.
Researchers have relied on tags and transmitters
to track specific turtles. But the devices sometimes
fail and eventually fall off . DNA research creates a
permanent link, a database in which all nesting turtles
can be compared.
"This project is really exciting for us," said Nairn,
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Wednesday, Nov. 5
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
luncheon at Stonewood Grill, 7110 Cortez Road, Bradenton. RSVP:
941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. - Gulf Coast Writers meeting with guest speaker Charlie
Winans at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-7631.

Thursday, Nov. 6
10 to 11 a.m. - Mommy and Me at Mote "Ocean Babies" program
for ages 2 to 5 (accompanied by an adult) at Mote Marine Laboratory,
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441. Fee
applies.
8 p.m. - "Wilder! Wilder! Wilder!" opens at the Cook Theater, 5555
N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through Nov. 23. Information: 941-3351-8000.
Fee applies.

Friday, Nov. 7
2 to 4 p.m. - Friends of the Island Branch Library tea at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-6341.
6:30 p.m. - Family movie night featuring "Space Jam" at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908.

Saturday, Nov. 8
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a break-
fast meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-795-8697.
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Privateers Thieves' Market at Coquina Beach in
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-323-4075.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Discover Egmont Key featuring food, children's
games and the 150th anniversary of Egmont Key Lighthouse. Shuttle
boats depart from Fort Desoto Park until 2. Information: egmontkey.info.
Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Family Origami at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Sunday, Nov. 9
9a.m. to 5p.m. - Discover Egmont Key featuring food, children's games
and the 150th anniversary of Egmont Key Lighthouse. Shuttle boats depart
from Fort Desoto Park until 2. Information: egmontkeyinfo. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. - Gospel concert at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.

Monday, Nov. 10
9 a.m. - The Islander newspaper will host its third annual vet-
eran recognition and Veterans Day ceremony outdoors at the Holmes
Beach City Hall veterans memorial and butterfly garden. Information:


941-778-7978.
10:30 a.m. to noon - Quick, Cheap, Healthy Protein cooking class
featuring Asian Fusion Salad and Tempeh Broccoli Stir Fry at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Nov. 11
Today is Veterans Day.
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.
4p.m. - Inquiring Minds presents an inter-faith look at Judaism at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-4579.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Chart smart seminar at the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information:
941-795-0482.

Wednesday, Nov. 12
7:45 to 9a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
RSVP: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
11:30 am. -The Off Stage LadiesAuxiliary of the Island Players Thanks-
giving celebration and meeting at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave.
W., Bradenton. Reservations by Nov. 7 to: 941-761-7374. Fee applies.
5 to 6 p.m. - Sand-sculpting clinic at the BeachHouse restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-713-1763.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce Chairman's reception at Re Federico, 15 Avenue
of the Flowers, Longboat Key. Reservations: 941-383-2466.


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Ongoing:
* Faculty exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 7. Information: 941-778-2099.
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Information: 941-794-3489.

Coming up:
* Nov. 14-16, "artsHOP" takes place at various venues on the Island.
Information: 941-778-2099.
* Nov. 15, Cortez Folk Festival at the Maritime Museum, Cortez.
* Nov. 15, Anna Maria Island Community Center"Concert on the Green."
* Nov. 15, Keep Manatee Beautiful SandBlast competition.
* Nov. 16, Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra "Fall
Welcome" concert. Tickets on sale, www.amicco.org.

Save the date
* Nov. 26-Dec. 1, Manatee County School District Thanksgiving break.
* Dec. 1, Artists' Guild Gallery holiday dinner.
* Dec. 5, Downtown holiday open house co-sponsored by The
Islander.
* Dec. 6, Lester-Islander Family Fun Day
* Dec. 21, Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra
"Season of Joy" concert.

Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
contact via e-mail and phone.


Supervising
the vote
Bob Sweat, Manatee
County's supervisor of
elections, talks with mem-
bers of the Anna Maria
Island Kiwanis Club Nov.
1 about the 2008 vote
and the election process.
The club meets at 8:30
a.m. Saturday at Cafe
on the Beach. The next
speaker will be Katherine
Goosney of the Aging
Resource Center. For
more information, call
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Exotics are flocking to Florida's friendly climes


Exotic species are no strangers to Florida.
Imagine how the Native Americans must have
viewed those strange-looking guys with their steel
suits as they tromped into the Florida wilderness back
in the 1500s. The conquistadors' legacy, besides death
and disease, was what are now known as feral pigs.
The porcine critters double their population every 10
months or so and wreak havoc on the scrub.
The Sunshine State is something of a mecca for
non-native plants, insects, animals and other critters.
Without the natural predators of their own regions,
exotics - biologists call them non-native invasive
species - flourish. Control or eradication is expen-
sive or, sometimes, impossible for the hundreds of
exotics found in the state.
Anna Maria Island has been mostly spared from
the bad guys out there. Sure, we've got Australian
pine, Brazilian pepper and punk trees, but Islanders
don't have to deal with a midnight face-off with a
4-foot-long spike-tail iguana who wants to share the
bed on those cool nights.
Some of our neighbors do have some problems,
though. Consider:

Asian green mussel
The pretty little iridescent green bivalves made an
appearance in our part of the world in 1999. Hitching
a ride in the ballast tanks of a freighter or two from
east Asia, the mussels quickly began a prolonged
attachment to any structures in Tampa Bay.
The mussel arrival unfortunately coincided with
what was at the time construction of the largest salt-
water desalination plant in the world. The green pests
choked the saltwater intake pipes for the plant. The
mussels have these fine filaments that clogged the
elaborate filtration systems of the plant and cost mil-
lions in retrofit dollars as well as months of delays
before the plant went on-line.
There's no real way to halt the invasion. Sure,
you can take a shovel and scrape off the shells from
structures, but the mussels grow back. And they're
hardy little buggers.
"They were found, alive, at a truck stop in Min-
nesota on a boat that was being transferred to North
Dakota from Florida," said a Texas mussel researcher.
"They were on the hull of the boat, dry, and according
to our tests, they can probably withstand, best case
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Call Asian green mussels the Energizer bunny of the
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More cockroaches
A Florida rite of passage involves stumbling into
the kitchen in the middle of the night for a drink of
water, turning on the light, and being confronted with
a cockroach that looks to be of a size adequate to eat
your car.
You shriek. The bug skitters away.
Imagine if the bug shrieked back at you.
Scientists at the University of Florida warn that
a whole raft of new bugs may be destined to cross
our borders and visit our kitchens in the years ahead,
bugs with cozy names like the Turkestan cockroach,
the Madagascar hissing roach, the lobster roach and
the orange spotted roach. None are here yet. Many
could thrive if they arrive in our wilds.
Lots of these travelers are coming to the United
States via military transport as our troops return home
from abroad. Others are being imported for, of all
things, exotic lizard food.
"Roaches as reptile food is probably the most
popular thing going these days," said a rare animal
store owner who, one suspects, should get out in
public with humans more to find out what's popular
and what's not. Apparently, the staple market for-
merly topped by cricket-for-lizard-food has been
taken over by roach popularity.
"You can spend $50 a month buying crickets,
so that's $600 a year, or you could spend $50 (on
roaches) and in six months, never have to buy food
again," the rare pet purveyor told researchers at the
University of Florida. Roaches tend to be somewhat
prolific in their breeding patterns, it would seem.
Let's hope they seem to like other parts of the
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disturbed.

Lionfish
Lionfish are Pacific Ocean critters which appear to
be expanding their habitat to the Gulf of Mexico. One
was caught a year or so ago off Pinellas County.
The average lionfish is big at 18 inches in length
or so, covered with lots of spines, and poisonous to
humans if speared by a spike.
Lionfish are a classic example of an aquarium
dweller gone too big. People get a saltwater aquar-
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soon outgrow their glass-box home. What to do?
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fish - let's call him Spike - is just too big. He's a
part of the family, though, so Dad takes Spike to the
bay or Gulf and lets him go free, hopefully to find a
mate and produce lots more Spikes and Spikettes.
Swim free, Spike!
Yikes!
Don't release any exotic pet - heck, any pet at
all - into the wild. Take it back where you got it and
recycle. If recycling is good enough for an aluminum
can, recycling is good enough for a critter.

Burmese pythons
Pythons are another species that outgrew its wel-
come as a pet and has become rampant in the wild.
Thanks to a number of Miamians who let their big
friends loose in the Everglades, the pets are becoming
pests.
According to the U.S. Geologic Survey, the
pythons could find a comfy home in about one-third
of the country if left unchecked.
The constrictors can grow to 20 feet or so in
length and can weigh up to 250 pounds. They've got
few predators in Florida. Remember that picture a
few years ago of a python-alligator interaction where
both died in each other's "arms?" If an alligator can't
best a python, there isn't much out there in the wild
that can.

Nutria
Nutria are a South American rodent that were
originally imported to this country as a source of fur
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High winds driven by the first cold front of the
season effectively and literally chilled fishing action
last week.
Virtually no vessels ventured out on the water,
giving the fish a week off. The few fishers who did
cast a line in the water brought in snook, redfish,
flounder, a few mackerel and sheepshead.
As the wind dies down, fishing action should start
to pick up.
Remember that trout season closed Nov. 1.
And while many of our captains and guides that
report fishing news were out of town or stayed at the
dock, here's the mixed report from a few reporting
stations and an excellent report from an undaunted
Capt. Zach Zacharias.
Capt. Zach on the Dee Jay II at Parrot Cove
Marina in Cortez says he can't remember seeing as
many juvenile grouper on any structure in the bays or
in the nearshore Gulf, including deeper seagrass beds,
as now. "On two occasions, my clients had non-stop
action with grouper from 10 inches up to 19 inches in
the bay and on a small rock outcropping off Longboat
Key," he said. And he's been getting a good mixed-
bag of trout, mangrove snapper, redfish, flounder, black
sea bass, Spanish mackerel, grouper and bluefish from
Northern Sarasota Bay, Palma Sola Bay and in the Gulf
off Longboat. He said the black sea bass have been a real
surprise, as they have been relatively rare for a number
of years. Snook are a tough fish to catch of late, but
action should start to pick up as the weather moderates.
He said he took Rick and Matthew Fuchs from Cincin-
nati out last week. "The conditions ranged from winter-
like at the start of the week to more normal autumn
weather at weeks' end," he said. "The father-son duo
managed good but completely different catches each
day." He also took Peggy and Jerry Jamison of Denver
to "a banner catch of flounder on Thursday." Their party
iced down six big fat flatties up to 21 inches."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier the rough
weather has kept most fishers off the dock, but the
hardy souls who did venture out caught some black
and red drum and decent-size flounder.
Rocky Corby at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there reeled in a few sheepshead and man-
grove snapper, plus a few mackerel.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
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week. "The wind kept most people in," he said.

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Flotilla 81 offers boating help
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 will
conduct an "ABC Boating Program" at 8 a.m. Satur-
day, Nov. 8, and 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.
The two-part course will take place at the Flotilla
81 training center at G.T. Bray Park, 5801 33rd Ave.
W., Bradenton.
For more information, call Jan Morello at
941-795-6189.

Preserve to host orientation
Manatee County will host a volunteer informa-
tion meeting at Robinson Preserve at 9 a.m. Nov.
11.
During the program, volunteers will learn about
opportunities in the northwest Bradenton preserve
and sign up for positions.
For more information, call the county's natural
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Privateers get to business
The Anna Maria Island Privateers sent up smoke
signals in October - the fall season has arrived.
The non-profit group smokes and sells mullet in
the Publix Super Market parking lot to raise money
for its charitable efforts, including a scholarship fund,
and the next event will be Nov. 15.
The privateers also are planning a series of
Thieves Markets at Coquina Beach from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. Nov. 8, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 7 and April 11.
AMIP expects that about 100 vendors will par-
ticipate in the markets.
For more information about the Privateers, go
to www.amiprivateers.org, or call Jackie Waldron at
941-323-4075.

Fair to benefit butterfly park
Supporters of the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park in Holmes Beach will hold an arts and crafts
festival Nov. 15-16 to benefit the garden.
The festival will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday in the field
north of Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
not far from the garden on the south side of city hall.
The event will feature food, music, arts and
crafts.
For more information, call TNT Events at
352-344-0657.

Audubon announces agenda
The Manatee County Audubon Society will join
the Sarasota Audubon Society and the Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program in cleaning up the FISH Preserve
in Cortez Nov. 15.
Volunteers also will plant spartina grasses in the
preserve from 9 a.m. to noon.
In addition, the Manatee Audubon calendar
includes numerous field trips throughout the year,
bird-watching classes in January, and the Christmas
bird count in December. The count on Anna Maria
Island will take place Dec. 30.
Next spring, the chapter will hold a workshop to
establish a beach bird-nesting monitoring program.
Also, the chapter meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third
Thursday of the month from October to April at First
Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Braden-
ton.
For more information about the Christmas count,
e-mail Audubon's David Williamson at david@local-
birder.com.
For more information about the chapter, call the
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Cortez celebrates folk, art at Nov. 15 festival


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Cortezians plan to play Nov. 15.
Musicians will play on the porch of the old Brat-
ton Store on the grounds of the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez.
And the audience will sing, dance and play on the
field now named for County Commissioner Jane von
Hahmann, a longtime resident of the historic fishing
village.
Cortez, which hosts a famed fishing fest in Feb-
ruary, now is planning the Cortez Folk Festival from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the museum, 4415 119th
St. W.
The event, according to organizer Ted Adams
of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court's
Office, will feature music throughout the day, food
and beverages and products sold by about 20 ven-
dors.
The menu, as of mid-October, includes smoked
mullet and mullet spread on crackers, hot dogs,
cheesecake and other desserts by residents of the
Cortez Trailer Park.
The entertainment lineup includes Something
Special, Myakka, Maple Mountain Music, Motley
Crewe Sea Chanties, Richard Culbreath, Heather
Doig and the Richard Culbreath Group.
The museum will display some of its wood boats,
as well as host an exhibit of the photographs of Tim
Lawn.
Also, attendees will get an opportunity to visit
the newly named Jane von Hahmann Field on the
southeast corner of the museum grounds.
The county commission, by a vote of 6-0 with
von Hahmann abstaining Oct. 21, adopted a resolu-
tion naming the playfield for the current board chair.
Von Hahmann will be leaving the commission in
November.
The resolution stated that von Hahmann has
"supported the preservation effort within the historic
Cortez Fishing Village" and "consistently worked
to preserve the unique quality of life available to
residents of Manatee County as exemplified by the
recently completed and lovely Cortez School House
Preserve grounds."
"This is a very appropriate and fitting designa-
tion," said County Commissioner Donna Hayes,
adding that she's heard von Hahmann is "quite an
athlete."
Von Hahmann said she was shocked when she
learned of the honor Cortezians sought for her. The
commission adopted the resolution at the commu-
nity' s request.
"There are so many incredible people in our
village," she said, adding that she hopes the county
commission helps preserve the history and charac-
ter of other communities, such as Rubonia and Terra
Ceia.
The playfield, according to Allen Garner of the
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, has a long
history.
The museum is housed in a 1912 schoolhouse
and children have played on the field since the school
opened. Children used fishnets to build backstops,
Garner said.
"We're all very honored to have it named after
Jane," he said.
Garner said he couldn't recall where he first
heard the suggestion of naming the playfield for
von Hahmann, but "once everybody heard the idea,
everybody embraced the idea.
"And we'll be sitting on lawn chairs on Jane von
Hahmann Field" during the festival, Garner contin-
ued.
There will be no charge for admission to the folk
festival, but donations to help defray costs will be
appreciated, according to organizers.
Sponsors include the Cortez Village Historical
Society and FISH, which also is selling FISH T-shirts
at the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
through December.
For a schedule and more information, go to
www.cortezvillage.org or call the museum at
941-708-6120.


The 1890 Bratton Store and porch are under restoration on the grounds of the Florida Maritime Museum
in Cortez. On Nov. 15, the museum grounds will be the site of the Cortez Folk Festival. Islander Photos:
Edna Tiemann


Sandscript
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22

and food. They' ve been described as looking like
a beaver with a tail like a rat. At 20 or so pounds,
they're very big rats, breed like rabbits and devour
wetlands like a roto-tiller.
So far they' ve migrated from Louisiana to the
Florida Panhandle and are also found in Texas, Mary-
land and as far away from us as Oregon.
Nutria aren't especially aggressive toward
humans. However, with big beaver-like teeth and at
20 pounds, do you really want to get up-close-and-
personal with one?
Oh, and they're supposed to taste awful. So much
for a nice Sunday dinner of roast nutria.

Black spinytail iguana
Our neighbors in Boca Grande are facing an
iguana issue that has reached epic proportions.
Black spinytail iguanas have taken over the quiet
island in Lee County. There are an estimated 12,000
of the big lizards - they grow to 3 feet in length
- and they' re facing down the humans on golf cart
paths and on the beach.
The lizards tear up landscaping and burrow in
sand dunes, sparking beach erosion as the delicate
seascape turns into a mass of holes. Iguanas also eat
loggerhead turtle and shorebird eggs.
A resident apparently brought some of the critters
back from a trip to Mexico in the late 1970s and let
them loose when they got too big for a cage. Biolo-
gists readily admit that they don't make very good
pets. Besides hissing, the lizards use their long tails as
whips, breed like crazy and have no natural predators.
They' ve also got lots of sharp teeth and, when they
grab something, they don't let go.
About the only good thing about the lizards is they
love to eat Brazilian pepper berries and could serve
as a means to control another invasive species.

Nile Monitor lizards
Lee County is also the new home to the Nile
Monitor, the largest lizard found in Africa. At better
than 10 feet in length, the Nile has been roaming
through Southwest Florida since the 1990s, mostly
near Cape Coral.
The lizard eats birds, turtles and about anything
it can wrap its big mouth around.
There's no real count of the number of these


Allen Garner of the Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage volunteers to help with restoration efforts
at the museum.

big critters, but confirmed breeding pairs have been
found and sightings have even been recorded as far
away as the northern Florida Keys.
Police also shot a Nile lizard in Casselberry, in
the center of the state, but it skittered off into the
brush before it could be captured.
Besides being big, fast and having lots of large
teeth and sharp claws, monitor lizards can swim and
have bacteria it their mouths that can be deadly to
humans if they' re bit.

Sandscript factoid
Whether it flaps, swims, slithers or strolls through
Florida, invasive species are finding our part of the
world a home away from home. More unwelcome
critters are undoubtedly on the way.
Ships take on or pump out water in their bilges to
stabilize their passage from port to port. This ballast
water can trap whatever is floating in or near one port
and disperse it across the globe.
And, according to the U.S. Department of Com-
merce, L\ .ly minute, 40,000 gallons of foreign bal-
last water is dumped into U.S. waters."
That's a small swimming pool worth of water per
minute, containing who-knows-what worth of critters.





THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 5, 2008 0 25


Soccer League's division winners take titles


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The 2008 soccer season at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center is quickly winding down. Divi-
sion winners are all but assured. Mr. Bones in Divi-
sion II and West Coast Air Conditioning in the Pre-
mier Division are still pursuing undefeated records
and hold insurmountable leads over their respective
second-place teams.
Ross Built currently holds a 6-point lead in
Division I over Mike Norman Realty, which math-
ematically still has a chance to tie Ross Built for the
top record if the Normans win their last two games
and Ross Built loses theirs. Unfortunately for Mike
Norman Realty, Ross holds the season tiebreaker on
the strength of a pair of 2-1 victories over Norman on
Sept. 24 and, more recently, on Oct. 29. The two teams
tied in their two other regular-season matches.
In the Oct. 29 game, Andew Ross and Jake Ross
scored one goal apiece to lead Ross to what amounted
to a pennant-clinching, 2-1 victory over Norman.
Samantha Burgess scored the lone goal for Mike
Norman Realty in the loss.
West Coast Air Conditioning continued its assault
on an undefeated season with an easy 6-1 victory
over Lapensee Plumbing on Oct. 29. Daniel Pimen-
tal notched three goals, Trevor Bystrom scored two
and Jack Titsworth added one goal for WCAC in the
victory. Vanessa Parkin notched the only goal for
Lapensee Plumbing in the loss.
Wash Family Construction rolled past Harcon
by a 6-1 score in Premier Division action on Oct.
30. Austin Wash led the way with three goals, while
Chris Callahan added two and Emma Barlow scored
one to complete the Wash scoring. Chris Pate notched
the lone goal for Harcon in the loss.
Ben Connors scored the only two goals on the

Center soccer standings
as of Oct. 30
Division II
Team Won Lost Tie Pts.
Mr. Bones 9 0 0 27
Panoramic 3 3 1 10
Orthopedic 3 4 2 11
Sparks 0 8 1 1
Division I
Ross 6 2 2 20
Norman 4 4 2 14
Autoway 3 5 0 9
IRE 3 5 0 6

Premier Division
WCAC 9 0 1 28
Wash 5 3 2 17
Lapensee 2 5 2 8
Harcon 1 8 1 4

Center soccer schedule
Instructional Division (ages 4-5)
Date Time Teams
Nov. 5 6:30 p.m. Ralph's vs. Bistro
Nov. 6 6:30 p.m. Surf Shop vs. A&E
Nov. 7 6:30 p.m. Ralph's vs. Panoramic
Nov. 10 6:30 p.m. A&E vs. Panoramic
Nov. 11 6:30 p.m. Awards

Division III (ages 6-7)
Nov. 5 7 p.m. AM Glass vs. Sand Bar
Nov. 6 7 p.m. Jessie's vs. Sand Bar
Nov. 7 7 p.m. Sand Bar vs. Sand Dollar
Nov. 10 7 p.m. Sand Dollar vs. Oyster Bar
Nov. 11 6:30 p.m. Awards

Division II (ages 8-9)
Nov. 6 6:30 p.m. Bones vs. Orthopedic
Nov. 7 6:30 p.m. Panoramic vs. Bones
Nov. 8 9 a.m. Sparks vs. Orthopedic
Nov. 10 6:30 p.m. Panoramic vs. Orthopedic
Nov. 11 7:30 p.m. Awards

Division I (ages 10-11)
Nov. 5 6:30 p.m. Autoway vs. Norman
Nov. 7 7:30 p.m. Autoway vs. Ross
Nov. 8 10 a.m. IRE vs. Norman
Nov. 10 7:30 p.m. Autoway vs. IRE
Nov. 11 7:30 p.m. Awards

Premier Division (ages 12-15)
Nov. 5 6:30 p.m. WCAC vs. Lapensee
Nov. 7 7:30 p.m. Wash vs. Harcon
Nov. 8 7:30 p.m. WCAC vs. Wash
Nov. 10 7:30 p.m. Lapensee vs. Harcon
Nov. 11 7:30 p.m. Awards


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Former Islander Gillian Cassidy, daughter of the
paper's sports writer, looks to pass during Ull
Manatee Magic girl's soccer action at G.T. Bray
Park, Bradenton.
night to lead Division II Mr. Bones past Sparks Steel
Art on Oct. 30. The win keeps Bones' perfect season
alive with two games remaining to be played.
Luke Valadie notched a pair of goals to lead
Coastal Orthopedic past Sparks Steel Art during an
Oct. 28 Division II contest.
The second game of the evening saw Premier
Division Wash Family Construction roll past Lap-
ensee Plumbing by a 7-0 score. Julian Botero scored
three goals and Austin Wash added a pair of goals.
Emma Barlow and Chris Callahan each added single
goals to the victory total.

Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club brought the
men along during a coed two-best-balls-of-foursome
game played Halloween morning. The team of Rose
Slomba, Terry Westby, Gordon McKinna and Paul Proxy
carded an 8-under-par 54 to run away with first place
by nine strokes. There was a tie for second with two
teams coming in with 1-under 63s. Eunice Warda Pau-
lette Proxy, Jim Finn and Matt Behan matched the score
posted by Fred Meyer, Joy Nellis and Ken Stabeck.
The men played a nine-hole game and an 18-hole
game on Oct. 29 as part of their semi-annual "stag
day." They played a two-best-balls-of-foursome
format, while also having individual low-net and
low-gross category winners.
The team of John Driscoll, Vince Mercadante, Al
Gunn and Larry Fowler carded a 147 total to edge


second-place finishers Jim Thorton, Gordon McK-
inna, Bob Elliott and Dale Hudson by two strokes.
Individual low-net winner was Bob Jorgensen
with an even-par 32, one shot better than Jim Thorton
and two better than Vince Mercadante, who finished
in third place.
Individual low-gross winner with matching 38s
were Thorton and Jorgensen. Jorgensen also won
closest-to-the-pin on hole three. Chris Collins won
it on number eight, while Thorton had the day's only
chipin on number 3.
First place in the 10:15 a.m. nine-hole slot went
to the team of Al Morgan, Richard Westby, Chas
McMullen and Hugh Holmes with a 68. Second place
went to the team of Jim Krumme, Jim Auch, Charlie
Knopp and Art McMillan with a 70.
Bob Schuetz took home first place in the indi-
vidual low-net category with a 34, followed closely
by Dick Mills with a 36 and Fred Berg at 37.
Low-gross winner was again Dick Mills with a
natural 41, while Schuetz finished with a 42 that was
matched by Gerry Elson.
Pieter Thomassen won the closest-to-the-pin
on number three, while Craig Humphries won it on
hole number eight. Al Morgan, Matt Behan and Art
McMillan all had chipins on the day.
The summer golf season came to an end for the
Key Royale Club women as they played a low-net
and low-gross game on Oct. 28. Joy Phelan netted a
35 to claim the top spot in flight one by one stroke
over Jean Holmes. Low gross winner was Penny Wil-
liams after she carded a natural 45.
Second-flight low-net-winners were Dolores Jor-
gensen and Joy Nelles, who both carded 39. Markie Ksi-
azek took home first place with a low-gross score of 56.
The men played a nine-hole low-net-of-partners
game on Oct. 27. The team of Tom Lewis and Chris
Collins matched the 65 carded by Matt Behan and
Charlie Knopp to tie for first place. Second place also
saw a tie as Bob Dickinson and Bill Gallagher saw
Al Gunn and Jerry Micho fired a matching 67. Third
place went to the teams of Peter Thomassen and Dick
Eichorn and Al Morgan and Vince Mercadante after
they both carded 68s.


Key Royale to host golf event
The Key Royale Golf Club will host a family golf
tournament at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the course, 700 Key
Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.
The tournament is open to golfers ages 10 and
older, but the number of contestants is limited to 72.
The entry fee is $18.
For more information, call Tom Tollette at
941-779-1888.


Paddlers and winners
Justin Giles, Chris Henderson, Jerry Thome and Molly Knight, all wait staff at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
celebrate their victory in the Outdoor Kayak Festival race.The event, held Oct. 26, featured kayaking les-
sons, a kayak fishing seminar, raffles for a kayak and a bicycle and kayak races. The Islander co-sponsored
the event. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann





26 E NOV. 5, 2008 U THE ISLANDER


Season begins


Nov. 14 for


Artists Guild
The new season is under way for the Artists Guild
of Anna Maria Island, which hosts monthly exhibits
and regular demonstrations at the Guild Gallery, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The lineup of activities includes 5:30 p.m. art-
ists receptions: Nov. 14, watercolorist Cheryl Jorgen-
son; Dec. 12, watercolorist Sue Lynn Cotton; Jan. 9,
2009, watercolorist Sally LaViolette; Feb. 13, 2009,
oil and pastel artist Elayn Leopold; March 13, 2009,
watercolor and mixed-media artists Barbara Hines
and Midge Pippel; and April 10, 2009, pastel artist
Karen Stuart.
Demonstrations at the gallery will feature water-
color artist Mary Stealey in November, watercolor
artist Roger Rockefeller in December, watercolor
artist Kathy Sparks in January 2009, mixed-media
artist Mary Hamilton in February, watercolor artist
Sandi Nowicki in March and Pippel in April.
In addition to the Guild Gallery events, AGAMI
will hold business meetings at 7 p.m. the first Mon-
days of each month at the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Programs will include a Christmas dinner on Dec.
1, Kathy and Wayne Moser discussing interior rede-
sign on Jan. 5, 2009, a representative from Keeton' s
Office and Art Supply in Bradenton discussing new
products on Feb. 2 and a 20th birthday celebration for
AGAMI on March 2. Meetings also will take place
April 6, May 4 and June 1.
For more information, call the Guild Gallery at
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Island Gallery West,
" 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, is
honoring water-
Scolorist Barbara
le o t .k Orear of Longboat
Key in Novem-
wber. Orear is the
S artist cooperative's
s " artist of the month.
S- . I Gallery hours are
S10 a.m. to 5p.m.
SMondays through
t, Saturdays. For more
informationi, call
a, a 941-792-1039.



Holiday parade set for Dec. 13
A cold wind blew across Anna Maria Island for the holiday season, units must have an ID banner or
a couple of days last week, reminding residents that sign, entries must be peddle- or motor-powered - no
cooler weather approaches - as does the holiday walking.
season. For more information and to sign up, call Privateer
The Anna Maria Island Privateers is organiz- parade chair Greg "Wig" Luzier at 941-752-5973.
ing the Island's annual Privateer Christmas Parade,
scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. SandBlast set for Nov. 15
Plans also are under way for a holiday celebration Keep Manatee Beautiful will host its annual
at Coquina Beach following the parade that will fea- SandBlast sand-sculpture competition at the Beach-
ture free hot dogs and sodas for children, as well as House Restaurant Saturday, Nov. 15.
holiday presents. Each year at the end of the parade, The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
celebrants find the Privateers' ship, as well as Santa in Bradenton Beach.
Claus and his sleigh. Prior to the contest, pro sculptors with Team
Staging for the parade will take place at Bayfront Sandtastic will spend three days building an exhibi-
Park in Anna Maria City. The parade will travel the tion sculpture near the restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.
length of the Island to Coquina Beach. The sculpture, according to a news release from
The Privateers are collecting applications for KMB, will have a nautical theme.
floats and other units. Participation is free, but appli- Team Sandtastic also will conduct public clinics
cations - which can be downloaded at amiprivateers. in sand-sculpting at the BeachHouse from 5 p.m. to
org or picked up at The Islander - must be filed. 6 p.m. Nov. 12-14.
Some rules apply: All floats must be staged in To enter SandBlast, call KMB at 941-795-8272.
Anna Maria by 9:30 a.m. Dec. 13; entries must be Registration, which can be covered by a sponsor, is
decorated in colors and style befitting the spirit of $300 and is tax-deductible.



SLot-REDUCED TO SELL!
Lot Zoned Duplex 11,400 sq.ft. Small home
SALES & RENTALS included, which requires TLC, OR allow this
beautiful lot to conform to duplex use. Located in
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( 4 7- construct contemporary attached townhomes.
4 19 Pine Ave. * Anna- Mar~ia NEW PRICE only $379,000.
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"We ARE the J


CORTEZ VILLAGE- Adorable 2BR/1.5BA, freshly painted
in and out. Walk to beaches and shops. $250,000.


VACATION!
Fully furnished
21BR/21BA,
Large pool.
parking just
one block to
the beach.
$285,000.

Mike Norman RealtyNC
800-367-1617 * 941-778-6696 40
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH aj
www. mikenormanrealty.com W,


kIX qutfBay lea'ty of.Anna Maria Inc.
Jesse Brisson - BroksrAssociate, q9U
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.






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BLACK DS LITE and accessories, Pokemon
games, cards and videos. Prices negotiable. Call
Charlie at 941-792-8442.

ANTIQUE BED, $100. Antique coffee table,
25-inch high swivel stools, computer desk, 72-inch
length. 941-779-9195.

22-FOOT CHAMPION shuffleboard table for sale.
Brand new. 941-224-6726.

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.

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




MULTI-FAMILY SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.
Furniture, miscellaneous household, clothing, Hoosier
cabinet, wall units, wicker set, sofas, dinette, dresser,
cedar chest, more. 2715 Ave. C, Holmes Beach.

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.

SUNNY SHORES: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. only, Friday and
Saturday, Nov. 7-8. Multi-sales. 115th St. W. and
Cortez Road. Cortez.

HUGE MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 8. Something for every room in your house.
8004 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


LSA D F D


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. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.

BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized 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 infor-
mation.




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.

1999 CHRYSLER SEBRING convertible. Great for
season. Runs good, looks good. 120,000 miles.
$3,000. Cell, 352-233-7619.

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
Islander.


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.

WANTED: 10,000-POUND boat lift for 260 Sun-
dancer. No bridges, water, electricity, parking
desired. 941-723-1915.

16,000-POUND BOATLI FT for rent. Five minutes
to Intracoastal Waterway. Call 941-224-6726.

PERMANENT RESIDENT LOOKING for boat lift
to rent. Call Dave at 813-760-0148.




MATURE, MECHANICALLY INCLINED indi-
vidual needed at retail and rental shop. Must
have driver's license. 941-778-3316.

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

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




GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on 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-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.


No. 1026


ALL SAINTS' DAY By Daniel C. Bryant / Edited by Will Shortz 12 3 14 5[ 6 7 8 1-9 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18


Across
1 Titles are often
put in it Abbr
5 Scarlett O'Hara,
eg
10 Like Arnold
Schoenberg's
music
16 1990 Literature
Nobelist Octavio

19 Singer Winans
20 Certain bulb
21 Smooth and shiny
22 Actress Thurman
23 Switch in an
orchestra section9
26 "Take the filly in
the fifth," e g
27 Pressing need9
28 Union member
since 1896
29 Wise men
31 Emmy category
34 You can make one
for yourself
37 North Carolina
university
38 Negative north of
England
40 Pilgrim9
45 86-Across's alma
mater Abbr
48 Got cozy together
50 Beau
51 Scare off
52 Stumble
53 Kipling's "Follow
Me
54 Came about

Answers appear
on page 28 of
this edition.


56 Something near
many a checkout
line
57 Neolithic
outlaws9
63 Bank offering, for
short
64 Beckett's
"Endgame in
One Act"
65 Crazy Legs
Hirsch of the
early N F L
66 Parented
68 How dastards
speak
71 Rabbit's home,
maybe
72 Major-league
manager Tony
73 Be Circe-like
74 Alfred E Neuman
visages
75 Cut
76 Sch group
77 Invisible lost
dogs?
83 Sheet music abbr
84 Do some tune-up
work on
85 First Shia imam
86 Gen Robt
87 Swag
89 Photo files, in
computer lingo
92 Signifying
95 Internet initialism
96 Gets fat9
98 Org for 86-
Across
99 Composer
Dohnanyi
101 Blackthorn
102 Author Zora
Hurston


104 African nation
founder Jomo
108 Inside pitch9
111 Traditional
symbol of
friendship
114 Devon river
115 Go-go club9
120 Turn down
121 Hero pilot
122 Result of some
sandbagging
123 Whistler's
whistle, maybe
124 Trough site
125 Key of Bach's
best-known Mass
126 JFK 's "Why
England ___
127 They ring in a
ring

Down
1 Clinches
2 Bible reading
3 Let win
4 Franz who
composed "You
Are My Heart's
Delight"
5 French approval
6 Part of E S L
Abbr
7 Stead
8 Spoils
9 terrible
10 Bermuda hrs
11 Swab
12 Milo's title
partner in a 1989
film
13 El
14 One opening up a
can of worms9


15 Everyday
disinfectant
16 Add new
connections
between floors9
17 Whitaker played
him in a 2006
film
18 Nukes
24 Menotti role for a
boy soprano
25 Actress Belafonte
30 Pout
32 Curly conker
33 "The Naked and
the Dead" star,
1958
35 All the rage
36 Longtime D C
delegate to
Congress
Holmes Norton
38 PX users
39 Spider-Man's
May
41 "Delishl"
42 Graf
43 Loaded with fat
44 "The Time
Machine" people
46 Distances in
Canada
47 Force in the ocean
49 Costume designer
Danilo
51 Another name for
28-Across
55 Soda fountain
supply
58 Gourmet
59 Gene variant
60 Word origin
Abbr
61 Crepes
62 Kid's comeback


67 Meadows of
comedy
68 Certain
Himalayan
69 Anatomical cavity
70 Dieter9
71 Needing a lift9
72 Reveal to, as a
secret
74 Grouse
75 Serf
78 WW II Axis
leader


79 Leman and others
80 American
suffragist honored
with a 1995 stamp
81 Desires
82 Genesis creator
88 Cowboy actor
Calhoun
90 Jug capacity
Abbr
91 A deadly sin
93 Saturn S U V
94 Les -Unis


96 Cry upon an
arrest
97 Is honest (with)
100 Old Indian VI P
103 Numbers game
104 Some sneakers
105 Way out
106 Polo of
"Meet the
Fockers"
107 Galway Bay's
Islands


109 Explorer Tasman
of Tasmania fame
110 Messenger of
Noah
112 "Rule, Britannia"
composer
113 Sleep indicators
116 "Baudolino"
author
117 Thrice, in Rx's
118 "You betcha"
119 Collector's goal





28 0 NOV. 5, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
SandyS Established in 1983
L aw Celebrating 25 Years of
aw 1 Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
778.1345 and hardscape needs.
1 7 1 4Licensed & InsuredI

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



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


Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
(941) 794-6504 * cfideler@paverbrickstore.com

At TREE SERVICE

Call Now for Free Estimate
941-518-3621


General Contractor
specializing in:
Condo Remodels * Renovations
Fred H. Bey, inc. 941-755-6337
State Certified * CGC034907


Marvelous Maids f
All Types of Residential Cleaning *
1st Time Cleans * Move-In/-Move Out
Weekly/Bi Weekly/Monthly
941.795.2594 Office * 941.920.5246 Cell


AN'S RESCREEN INC3
OL CAGES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, DO
No Job TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estimates.
Call Dan, 941-713-3108





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CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ting. 941-778-5352
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

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

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-792-1000.

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

ESP CLEANING: PROFESSIONAL cleaning
team serving Anna Maria Island. Call Steve and
Maria, 941-345-2162.
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alter-
ations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
941-778-3125.
GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: $995 installed, many
colors to choose from, up to 25 sf. Local refer-
ences. 407-467-0629.


ADOPT-A-PET
Here is Girl,
a 1-year-
old hound

active, needs
fence, loves
other dogs
and kids.
Spayed/
microchip/shots, $50. Call Julie at SunCoast
Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or Manatee
Humane Society, 941-747-8808.
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PLACES IN TIME Photography: Weddings, gradu-
ations, events. Local references, samples. Slides,
prints, negatives to digital CD/DVD. Sarasota,
Manatee and Charlotte counties. Princely product
at pauper prices. Williamshoo@msn.com. Cell,
813-391-6714.
TOM'S DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, inserts, frame changeout, handsets
replaced, insulated glass replacement, screens,
etc. 941-730-1399 or 941-722-7507.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.
941 -778-7770. Leave message.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
EXCHANGE: CERTIFIED TRAINER, tai chi/aer-
obic instructor offers fitness/rehab guidance for
private room and bath. Jan.15-May 15. Physical
therapy background. 574-518-2537.
CLEANING BY HELENE: Long-time resident,
weekly, biweekly, reasonable rates and attention
to detail. Free estimates. 941-778-5717.
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell, 941-592-8684.

CAROLYN'S CLEANING SERVICES: Depend-
able. House, condo, interior, exterior, weekly,
bi-weekly, monthly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
941-567-4521 or 941-448-3857.

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.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional 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.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
Islander.



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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.
TROY GREER LAWN and palm tree service.
Senior discounts, free estimates. Fully insured.
No job too small! 941-524-2896.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
941-807-1015.


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

NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years 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.
941-544-865

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

REPAIR, REMODEL, TILE, paint, powerwash,
molding ... add character and design. Call Dave,
715-205-0426.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.


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PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.



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.

GULF-VIEW ONE BEDROOM, second floor
apartment, extra room, half block to the beach.
Updated, wrap-around balcony. $875/month. 5382
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 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.

ANNA MARIA SEASONAL 3BR/2BA. Weekly,
monthly availability Christmas 2008 through April
2009. Prime location, close to everything. Call
now, 941-737-9662.

MARINER'S COVE 3/2 2208sf Bayfront condo,
35' boat slip $643,401
COVERED BRIDGE 3/2/den, 2035sf lake view, $269,500
WEST BRADENTON POOL HOME! 3/2 1782sf,
new roof, AC, $225,000
FAIRWAYS IMPERIAL LAKEWOODS 4/2 Golf/Lake
views 2909sf $259,900
BRADEN RIVER LAKES 3/2 1801 sf $185,500
WHITFIELD ESTATES 2/2 bonus room 1207sf $109,900
WEST BRADENTON 3/2 1232sf $137,900
Laura E. McGeary PA * punky2@aol.com * Call 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate


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: HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1BA.
Washer and dryer on premises. Close to trolley
stores and half block to Gulf. $800/month, utilities
included! Call Jason at 941-778-7200 for more
information.

ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 1 BR, Anna Maria city,
near Gulf. $825/month, includes water and sewer.
$825 security. 941-778-5439.

ISLAND ANNUAL: UNFURNISHED, 2BR/1BA,
washer and dryer, cable, water, pool, steps to
beach. $925/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. $1,095/month
plus security deposit. Call 941-778-9158.

LARGE CONDO: 1 BR/1.5BA redecorated. Avail-
able immediately. Annual, $750/month, furnished.
Most utilities paid. 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.

BEDROOM FOR RENT: Holmes Beach. Bath-
room, kitchen, laundry room. $75/week. Call Bill,
941-538-2217.

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

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
Islander.


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.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA 1,500 sf living,
1,500-sf garage. $1,600/month. 122 51st St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-545-6781.

TRAILER ESTATES: BRADENTON. 1BR/1BA
mobile home, furnished. Annual, $550/month or
$280/week. 941-447-4915.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: Available Feb. 15
through April 15, 2009.2BR/2BA on beach. DHar-
veyEL@aol.com.

BRADENTON BEACH VACATION rental:
1BR/1BA, upstairs with porch, block to beach.
$500/week, $1,600/month. 941-779-1112.

PERICO BAY CLUB: Annual, unfurnished, beauti-
ful gated community, pool, tennis, clubhouse, min-
utes to beaches, large 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai,
new appliances, washer and dryer, carport plus
parking, rent negotiable. 603-969-6840.

PERICO BAY CLUB: Beautiful 2BR/2BA one-
story villa condo. Available December 2008
through February 2009. 30-day minimum. Com-
pletely equipped and tastefully furnished. One-
car garage. No pets and no smoking. Owner,
269-353-7750.

ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach 2BR/1.5BA.
Covered carport, shed, outside shower, washer
and dryer hookup. First, last and security deposit
plus utilities. 941-779-2265.

SHARE HOME: $700/month. Holmes Beach.
Prefer female. Close to beach. 941-778-7788.

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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.
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LUXURY UPGRADED CONDO: Fitness center,
game rooms, pool, spa, boat dock. Near beaches,
annual. 2BR/2BA. 941-761-1923.

ANNA MARIA ANNUAL rental. Beautiful and
quaint efficiency apartment with new appli-
ances, cabinets, wood floors, granite counter-
tops. One block to Gulf of Mexico's beach and
backyard dock with canal access to Tampa Bay.
One person, small pet possible. $645/month plus
security deposit. Call 941-778-9158.

FURNISHED 2/BR CONDO for rent, minimum
three months or annual. Beautiful location, beach
across the street, Intracoastal in back, fish-
ing pier, clubhouse, heated pool. 55-plus com-
munity, available after Nov. 3. 813-927-1632 or
813-247-3178.

TENANT FROM HEAVEN: Quiet retired
woman, excellent references, seeks long-term
annual unfurnished rental. Lido, Longboat Key,
Cortez, Anna Maria, downtown Sarasota area.
941-896-7902. Please leave address if possible.
No duplexes please.

SEASONAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA Gulffront condo,
$3,000/month. 2BR/1BA cottage, west of Gulf
Drive, $2,500 /month. 2BR/2BA house, $2,500/
month. Available January-April. Call Carla Price,
941-720-8746. Bark and Company Realty Inc.

COMMERCIAL SPACE: 1,800 sf, can be divided
up into offices away from home. $250-plus/month.
5382 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-746-8666.

VERY SMALL STUDIO: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $550/month.
941-383-4856.

BEACHFRONT RENTAL: HOLMES Beach
2BR/1 BA furnished, walking distance to trolley and
restaurants. Discounted rate for November and
December, $1,200/month. April-December 2009,
call for rates. 813-728-2590 or 813-294-3014.

SEASONAL: MONTHLY, NOVEMBER, December
and January. 2BR/1 BA duplex. Washer and dryer,
furnished Florida-style, side patio area. $2,400/
month. 10 percent senior discount. 410 71st St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-0275.


LUXURY LIVING IN 1,700-sf second-floor condo.
Nature preserve, spectacular sunsets. Boat
slip on sailboat water. Heated pool. Minutes to
beach and Gulf. Furnished, $1,500/month. Unfur-
nished, $1,300/month. Seasonal, $1,995/month.
941-704-7493. Rent, buy or lease back. Let's
negotiate. 941-704-7493.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1.5BA house. Nice neigh-
borhood. Three blocks to beach. $1,200/month,
includes utilities. 941-778-5143.

ANNUAL: 1BR APARTMENT. Three blocks to
beach. Quiet neighborhood. $800/month, includes
utilities. 941-778-5143.

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

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.


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

"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.

MOBILE HOME FOR sale: Pines Trailer Park.
Excellent condition, new floor and lanai. $40,000.
631-734-6856.

HARBOR PINES: 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer
connections, tile/carpet, 12-month lease, close to
MCC, Bayshore High School and shopping. $750/
month, $500 security. Call 941-650-3476.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Runaway Bay condo:
2BR/2BA updated second-floor unit. New roof, air
conditioning. Turnkey furnished. $297,000. Call
Susan at 863-858-5960 for more information or
e-mail sbouillez@aol.com.


PARADISE BAY: Land-owned 8x28 mobile home,
completely new inside. 10x20 addition, driveway.
Monthly maintenance fee, $115. 55-plus park.
Asking $49,000. Call 941-447-9852 for informa-
tion.

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.


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

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

FREE FORECLOSURE LISTINGS: Over 200,000
properties nationwide. Low down payment. Call
now, 800-770-4380.


All real estate advertising herein is subject to
the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to
advertise any preference, limitation or discrimina-
tion based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap,
familial status or national origin, or intention to
make any such preference, limitation or discrimi-
nation Familial status includes children under
age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians,
pregnant women and people securing custody of
children under 18. This newspaper will not know-
ingly accept any advertising for real estate which
is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this news-
paper are available on an equal opportunity basis.
To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free
at (800) 669-9777, for the hearing impaired (0)
(800) 543-8294.


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on Key Royale

Beautiful 2BR/2BA with bonus room / office off master bedroom. Large
Florida room, caged pool, two-car garage, canal with boat lift. $499,000.

Mike Norman RealtyNC
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3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
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