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Publication Date: November 12, 2008
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VOLUME 17, NO. 2


Visitors discover
Egmont Key.
Page 20


s on Anna "Maria Island Since 1992


SHaley's Motel owner missing

ikimmin ___


the news ...

Election results:
Island voters leave
mark at the polls
Nov. 4. Page 2

Charette planned
on tourist develop-
ment. Page 11

Bradenton Beach
revises beach rules.
Page 12


An army of volun-
teers cleanup the
FISH Preserve.
Page 14

Watershed collab-
orative proposed
for Island. Page 15




ArtsHop happening
Nov. 14-16.
Page 18

Streetlife: Island
police reports.
Page 19

Islander Calendar:
What to do, when
and where. Page 21

Sandscript: Think-
ing about Island
time. Page 22

Fishing: The skinny
on hooking a catch.
Page 23

Sporting news:
Youth soccer and
KRC golf reports.
Page 24

Island Biz: Cham-
ber awards and
other Island busi-
ness news. Page 25


IPage 26.. 1,I
Page 26


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Sabine Musil-Buehler, the co-owner of
Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach, was offi-
cially reported missing early Nov. 6.
Friends and family on Anna Maria IslandTE
say they last saw the 49-year-old woman on
Nov. 4, election day.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office
released its missing person report on Nov.
6, stating that Musil-Buehler is a possible
endangered person and was last seen Nov. .Sabine Musil-Buehler.
5 in the area of 14th Street West and 26th .......
Avenue West in Bradenton.
Her car was reportedly found early Nov.
6 behind the Gator Bar in Bradenton. MCSO
spokesperson Dave Bristow confirmed
Monday, Nov. 10 that forensics tests revealed
blood was found in several locations and on
the seat belt of Musi-Buehler's car.
The investigation is being treated as a
possible homicide.
"We' re working on this pretty hard,"
Bristow said Monday. "We're concerned, and
each day we're more and more concerned." Robert Corona, the man
Information circulated on the Island on police say was found with
Nov. 6 that Musil-Buehler's car had been Sabine Musil-Buehler's car.
stolen and found with several people inside.
An MCSO release said the car had been aban-
doned, but by Nov. 7 MCSO had released
information that a man had been seen with Sabine Musil-Buehler, right, is missing, according to the
Musil-Buehler's vehicle, a white Pontiac sheriff's office. '/,..- is pictured her with partner Tom
PLEASE SEE MISSING, PAGE 4 Buehler. Islander file photo: Molly McCartney


Anna Maria Island Bridge opens week early


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
With the reopening of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge, Islanders and Island busi-
ness owners are celebrating, while contrac-
tor Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto has
725,000 reasons to celebrate.
The company reopened the Anna Maria


Island Bridge unannounced at 5 p.m.,
Thursday, Nov. 6, one week earlier than
planned and several hours in advance of
the 8 p.m. opening announced the previous
day. According to the $10.2 million contract
between Quinn and the Florida Department
of Transportation to renovate the bridge,
Quinn earned a $725,000 bonus.


Motorists arrive and depart on the Anna Maria Island Bridge Nov. 6 after the structure re-
opened following a 38-day closure for renovations. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


The company was able to complete
enough repairs to allow vehicular traffic
on the bridge to begin, according to a DOT
press release. Renovation efforts will con-
tinue while the bridge is in use, but should
not interfere with traffic.
The opening could not come soon enough
for many Island business owners, particularly
those in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria.
"It's great to hear that news," said Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman.
When she first heard that the bridge was
reopening, she e-mailed chamber mem-
bers and the overwhelming response was
"Yahoo," she said.
"L\ iclyone is just thrilled and we're so
happy it's over. Now we can get back to
normal," Brockman said.
"I want to thank everyone for working so
hard, pulling together and keeping morale
up during this time," she added.
Business was slow in October for many
chamber members, although Brockman said
she wasn't certain all of that could be attrib-
uted to the bridge closure.
"We had a national election, we have a
slow economy and the bridge closure. Now,
we can hopefully get back to normal and get
ready for our winter visitors and residents.
It's been a difficult period," she said.
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2 0 NOV. 12, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Island voters leave marks at the polls


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
They waited at sun up.
And they waited as the moon rose.
In between, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Anna
Maria Island voters headed to the polls in high num-
bers, but most did not encounter long lines or hold-
ups.
Voters turned out to elect Robert Bartelt in Bra-
denton Beach's Ward 4 city commission race. Bartelt
faced William Shearon in the low-key contest to take
the seat held by John Chappie, who was elected to
the Manatee County Board of Commissioners from
District 3.
The results were 339 for Bartelt and 270 for
Shearon.
Bradenton Beach incumbent Commissioner
Bob Connors returned to office without opposition
in Ward 2.
Bradenton Beach, which has 887 voters, will hold
a swearing in ceremony for the new candidates at 1
p.m., Nov. 17, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
In Anna Maria, which has 1,434 registered voters,
citizens elected incumbent Jo Ann Mattick and attor-
ney Chuck Webb, who ran in a four-person race for
two city commission seats.
According to unofficial returns, Mattick received
627 votes, Webb received 540 votes, Bob Barlow
received 522 votes and Mark Alonso received 284
votes.
Anna Maria's winners will be sworn in at 6:30
p.m. Nov. 13 at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
In Holmes Beach, which has 3,376 registered
voters, incumbent Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and
Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and John Mon-
etti ran unopposed and retained their seats. They will
be sworn into office at 8 a.m. Nov. 17 at city hall,
5801 Marina Drive.
For the West Manatee Fire Rescue District, com-


mission races saw candidates Jesse Davis and Al
Robinson for seat one and Randy Cooper and Steve
Pontious for seat five.
Election day returns indicated that Cooper and
Davis won their races. Davis received 7,879 votes
and Robinson received 5,808 votes. Cooper received
8,195 votes compared to Pontious' 5,377 votes.
While Island voters decided the local contests, as
well voted on six constitutional ballot amendments,
a U.S. House race, the public defender and in several
judicial retention races, the top draw proved to be the
presidential contest, which began with fiercely fought
primary battles almost two years ago.
In Cortez, longtime resident Linda Molto became
a U.S. citizen to vote for Barack Obama, who won the
state vote, the national popular vote and dominated
the electoral vote.
"It was pretty e \, itin_.' voting in my first presi-
dential election," she said.
Molto, an artist, is a Canadian by birthright and
had held on to her Canadian citizenship after moving
to Florida decades ago.
"I' ve lived here a long time and I thought no, no,
no, I can't sit on the sidelines any longer," Molto said
of her decision to become a U.S. citizen.
In addition to registering to vote, she enlisted in
the Obama campaign, which included volunteering
as a greeter at the old firehouse in Cortez, a polling
place on election day.
"This is history in every way you look at it," said
John Davis of Key Royale and the first voter in line
at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, a polling location for
Holmes Beach.
Opening the polls is a tradition for Davis going
back nearly 30 years, when he stood first in line in a
precinct in Canton, Mich.
Davis said he relished the n.uIyv of election
day and didn't want to vote absentee or cast an early
vote.


Voters wait in line at St. Bernard Catholic Church in
Holmes Beach, one of two polling places in the city
on election day Nov. 4. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Davis arrived at Gloria Dei at about 6:15 a.m.,
and, at 6:30 a.m., as he waited for the 7 a.m. opening
of the polls, precinct worker David Hines stepped
outside.
"This is a lot different than the primary," Hines
said as he looked at the line of waiting voters.
Inside, Hines said the precinct team was ready
to go. "It's virtually the same crew that worked the
primary," he said.
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By mid-morning, hundreds of voters had cast bal-
lots at the church - long-time voters and first-time
voters.
First-time voter Courtney Call said she was voter
No. 323 at Gloria Dei and the proposed constitutional
amendments brought her to the polling place.
Voters faced six proposed amendments, including
Amendment 6 to provide some property tax relief
to working waterfront businesses, Amendment 4 to
provide some tax incentives for land conservation
and Amendment 2 to define marriage as the union of
one man and one woman invalidate any other "legal
union that is treated as marriage or the substantial
equivalent thereof."
"I am very sure that someone has no right to tell
some one who they can or cannot marry or love,"
Call said on election day.
Statewide, voters appeared to have approved by
more than 60 percent Amendments 2, 4, and 6, as
well as Amendment 3 providing property tax exemp-
tions on storm-related home improvements. Amend-
ment 1, on alien property rights, and Amendment 8,
on community college funding, did not pass based
on unofficial returns.
In Cortez, on election day, the enthusiasm for
Amendment 6, was evident with dozens of campaign
signs found in yards and several volunteers distribut-
ing literature along the waterfront.
"It's protecting a way of life," said campaign
volunteer Paul Lefkowitz.
Meanwhile, at Tingley Memorial Library in Bra-
denton Beach, Maryann LeFevre cast the day's first
ballot.
She waited first in line out of necessity.
"I have to go to work," LeFevre said.


She added that she always votes and, this year,
her support at the top of the ticket went to Obama.
LeFevre said the foremost consideration in her
vote was the make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court
- the next president may appoint as many as four
new justices - and the fate of women's reproductive
rights.
At a distance from the polling place, John Rich-
ards, a volunteer for John McCain's campaign, waved
a sign to arriving voters and passing motorists.
"I will tell you that somebody is going to lose,
but we should all feel proud of how engaged people
are in the country's electoral process," Richards said.
"People are celebrating election day like it is a holi-
day and that gets me kind of choked up."
At St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach,
a line stretched from the church hall to the sanctuary
as the polls opened.
And, at Anna Maria City Hall at Pine Avenue and
Gulf Drive, voters lined up from the building into the
parking lot, where commission candidates and a vol-
unteer with the Democratic Party made last-minute
pitches and welcomed people to the polls.
William Bouchard, 9, was one of the younger
campaign volunteers in the city hall parking lot.
Wearing a white and red T-shirt advertising re-
elect Mattick, William said, "I'm for my grandma."
He also took an interest in the presidential race,
announcing that he voted for Obama in the third-grade
contest at Anna Maria Elementary School because, "I
really want to elect the first African-American presi-
dent."
"Obama had 41 and McCain had 14," William
said of that unofficial election. "But really it's not
how many votes you have, it's the electoral col-
lege."
While William did not vote at city hall, Frank
Almeda continued his tradition of casting the first


THE ISLANDER U NOV. 12, 2008 E 3
ballot on election day in the Anna Maria precinct.
Almeda, like William, voted for Obama and sup-
ported Mattick, as well as Alonso.
"I got here about 5:45 a.m.," Almeda said. "I've
been No. 1 for the last 10 years."
For many, voting was exciting but somewhat
routine.
For others, there were hiccups.
The paved municipal parking lot on the north side
of Anna Maria City Hall was closed and under recon-
struction, making parking an issue for some voters,
especially those using walkers or wheelchairs.
"It struck me as odd," said Sophie Lardas, won-
dering why the work couldn't have begun Nov. 5.
Lardas used a wheelchair to get into the polling place
and said precinct workers were helpful. But she was
concerned about access for others.
A few voters reported that they had requested
absentee ballots that were not received.
Holmes Beach residents David and Trish Kruger
invested an hour on election day trying to vote, even-
tually succeeding at St. Bernard.
The couple, which splits time between a residence
on the Island and a summer place in Lake Bluff, Ill.,
had wanted to vote absentee, but their ballots never
arrived.
"They were possibly lost by the post office,"
David Kruger said.
So the Krugers decided to vote on Nov. 4, first
going to Gloria Dei, where they had voted prior to an
address change, and then to St. Bernard, the precinct
location for their new address.
"It took about an hour," David Kruger said. "But
in any case, it all worked out. We voted."
They were more fortunate than a man standing in
line with them to vote at Gloria Dei. He arrived to the
polling place to find he was no longer registered, pos-
PLEASE SEE ELECTION, PAGE 8


For the record


Islanders went to the polls on election day
votes or absentee ballots.
President
McCain/Palin (R) Anna Maria
Total 642
Obama/Biden (D) Anna Maria
Total 517
13th Congressional District
Buchanan (R) Anna Maria
Total 630
Jennings (D) Anna Maria
Total 433
Amendment 1
Alien property rights Anna Maria
Yes 541
No 542
Amendment 2
Ban gay marriage Anna Maria
Yes 571
No 565
Amendment 3
Storm shelter tax relief Anna Maria
Yes 742
No 309
Amendment 4
Conservation land tax relief Anna Maria
Yes 769
No 278
Amendment 6
Working waterfronts tax relief Anna Maria
Yes 815
No 230


Amendment 8
Community college funding
Yes
No
Registered voters
Total registered
Total
Ballots cast
Total


Anna Maria
335
753

Anna Maria
1,434
Anna Maria
1,177


- and some on the days before Nov. 4 cast early


Holmes Beach
1,446
Holmes Beach
1,158

Holmes Beach
1,434
Holmes Beach
958

Holmes Beach
1,279
1,172

Holmes Beach
1,375
1,201

Holmes Beach
1,554
804

Holmes Beach
1,663
584

Holmes Beach
1,781
569

Holmes Beach
732
1,699

Holmes Beach
3,376
Holmes Beach
2,639


Bradenton Beach
326
Bradenton Beach
368

Bradenton Beach
362
Bradenton Beach
263

Bradenton Beach
313
342

Bradenton Beach
343
345

Bradenton Beach
387
232

Bradenton Beach
426
202

Bradenton Beach
454
186

Bradenton Beach
220
441

Bradenton Beach
887
Bradenton Beach
709


Cortez
368
Cortez
300

Cortez
388
Cortez
227

Cortez
333
296

Cortez
384
273

Cortez
422
188

Cortez
437
161

Cortez
516
118

Cortez
193
424

Cortez
906
Cortez
675


Source: Manatee County Supervisor of Elections


Anna Maria City
* 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. 17, 1 p.m., city commission swearing-in
ceremony.
* Nov. 17, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES committee
meeting.
* Nov. 19, 1 p.m. city commission work meet-
ing.
* Nov. 19, 6 p.m., board of adjustment 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. 17, 8 a.m., city commission swearing-in
ceremony.
* Nov. 18, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Of Interest
* 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 Of-
ficials meeting. Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive. CANCELED
* 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.





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Missing Island woman sought
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Sunfire, and he was arrested while trying to flee.
A report from the sheriff's office stated that the
patrol deputy noticed the vehicle with no taillights
and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.
The driver pulled over, but walked away.
The deputy told him to stop, but the man contin-
ued to walk away, and eventually began to run.
The deputy, with assistance, pursued and the
driver was eventually found hiding under a parked
truck on 11th Street West.
The man, Robert Corona, 38, was arrested for
resisting arrest and driving on a license that had been
suspended for failure to pay a fine.
Corona allegedly first told deputies that he had
been partying with Musil-Buehler, according to a
report in the Bradenton Herald.
Corona, described on his arrest report as a tile
setter, later said he did not know Musil-Buehler and
only found the unlocked car with the keys inside the
vehicle. Corona is not a suspect in Musil-Buehler's
disappearance, but remains a person of interest.
Bristow said MCSO deputies searched the area
where Musil-Buehler reportedly was last seen on
Nov. 6 and planned to continue their search until they
locate the Holmes Beach woman.
Her husband and business partner, Tom Buehler,
declined to talk with The Islander Nov. 7, other than
to say, "There's some things going on. It's really too
early to say anything to anybody. We are right in the
middle of the investigation."
Buehler, who is separated from his wife, filed the
missing person's report on Nov. 6, saying he had not
seen Musil-Buehler since Nov. 4.
His wife is widely known on the Island - an
active member of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce, a member of a garden club, an advocate
for property-tax relief, a participant in Holmes Beach
Police Department's missing children alert program,
a volunteer for Turtle Watch, and, most recently the
host of one of the Island's largest Halloween celebra-
tions at the hotel.
Just days after she welcomed hundreds of people
to Haley's for a party, Musil-Buehler was missing.
"Sabine is just a very wonderful person," said
her friend, Islander Debby Hall. "She's an upstanding
citizen, an outstanding person.... Sabine thinks she
can save the world."
Hall believes Musil-Buehler went to Bradenton
to help someone, and she was fearing the worst on
Nov. 7.


AMI Bridge reopens ahead of schedule
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


Brockman said some annual visitors told the
chamber they weren't coming back until the bridge
was ready, but, now, there's no reason not to come.
"I think the next two weeks will be the test. If
visitors start coming back and our day visitors show
up, everyone is going to be happy," Brockman said.
Indeed. While many business owners maintained
a positive outlook during the closure, many had said
business was hurting because day visitors weren't
coming.
"It was slow," said Jason Suzor of the Waterfront


When the Anna Maria Island Bridge opened on
Nov. 6, a detour sign came down.
"She would never just not show up for work,
not call her friends, not call her husband," Hall said.
"Something has happened to Sabine."
Hall described Musil-Buehler as petite, about 120
pounds, 5 feet, five inches tall, with shoulder-length
silver hair and a German accent.
Hall also said Musil-Buehler is a health enthusiast,
and would not be at a 14th Street bar or partying.
"She doesn't even drink coffee," she said.
Detectives have interviewed friends and family


Restaurant in Anna Maria.
"I would think the bridge closure had a lot to do
with that. We needed the day traffic, so it's nice to
hear that news. We should start to see a turnaround
in a week or two," he said.
Signa Bouziane of Mister Roberts Resort Wear
in Holmes Beach was ecstatic when she heard the
bridge was open.
"That is so exciting to hear," Bouziane said.
"October had been slow until the last few days and
then we were very busy. A lot of visitors are coming
back and I hope this is the turnaround we all need."
Bouziane noted also that the store has many cus-
tomers from the northwest Bradenton area who had
said they would "be back" when the bridge reopens.
"We'll be looking for them," said Bouziane
with a laugh. "There's no reason not to come to the
Island."
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said the early
opening was welcome news.
"I think it's just great that they were able to com-
plete the bridge early," she said.
While residents added 10 to 20 minutes to their
mainland journey during the closure, Barford had
concerns about safety and welfare in the event of a
fire, health issue or evacuation. She was particularly
concerned for elderly residents.
"Thankfully, the weather cooperated and we
didn't have a major fire or need immediate help from
Manatee County Emergency Medical Services during
the closure," she said.
"I'm just glad it's over. I think everyone involved
cooperated to get this done as quickly as possible,
and I'm so glad I was wrong that many government
projects aren't completed on time. This is wonderful
news and proves that people working together can
accomplish a lot."
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in the case, as well as motel employees.
They also interviewed Musil-Buehler's boy-
friend, William J. Cumber, 39, who resides in Anna
Maria.
Cumber was paroled from prison in September
after serving two years for a felony arson convic-
tion. Court records indicate several other arrests of
Cumber, as well as a reopened 2002 domestic rela-
tions case.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to
call MCSO at 941-747-3011 or to call Crime Stoppers
at 866-634-TIPS.


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In October, a work crew poured concrete onto the bridge deck. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


Bridge reopens ahead of plans
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The West Manatee Fire Rescue District had
placed an additional fire truck at its Island station,
and EMS had stationed a vehicle there during the
closure. The DOT funded the additional cost, in addi-
tion to paying for extra law enforcement officers to
handle traffic at the Gulf Drive-Cortez Road and Gulf
Drive-Manatee Avenue intersections.
For contractor Quinn Construction Co. of Pal-
metto, the one-week early opening means the com-
pany will collect at least $550,000 in bonus money,
and an additional $25,000 per day for the advance
opening, or $175,000 for a $725,000 total.
According to Stan Cann, DOT District One secre-
tary in Bartow, Quinn is to get $550,000 for finishing


on Nov. 13, plus an additional $25,000 per day for
every day before Nov. 13 that the bridge opened to
regular traffic.
"We delivered on our promise," Cann said.
He thanked Quinn Construction for getting the
bridge open early and "all those who helped make
this opening a reality sooner than later, especially the
mutual coordination of Island officials, fire rescue,
police and Manatee County officials and staff."
DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said the con-
tractor still has work to complete before the project is
finished, but the activity is not expected to interfere
with vehicular movement on the bridge.
It was only 38 days, but it seemed like a lifetime,
according to some Island business owners.
"The stress is over," said Brockman.


THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 12, 2008 0 5

DOT replacement bridge
workshop coming soon
While the Florida Department of Transportation
has reopened the Anna Maria Island Bridge, the DOT
is expected to complete its study on a replacement
structure in early 2009, according to DOT spokesper-
son Cindy Clemmons-Adente.
When the study began in November 2007, DOT
officials indicated it would take about a year to com-
plete the project development and environmental
study and perform the engineering and environmental
data analysis. The DOT said it will hold a workshop
for Islanders prior to completion of the study.
Clemmons-Adente said the public workshop,
which will be held on Anna Maria Island, will be
held "before the end of the year and the study will
be completed in early 2009."
Following completion of the study, another public
hearing will be held on the Island, she said.
The study will present Islanders with options on
the type of replacement bridge, but there will not be
an option for a four-lane, high-rise structure, DOT
officials have consistently said.

Bridge speed limit is 35 mph
Stan Cann of the Florida Department of Trans-
portation's District One office in Bartow said the
speed limit on the Anna Maria Island Bridge is still
35 mph.
Construction is still on-going, he said, and motor-
ists are advised to use caution.
Law enforcement will randomly establish radar
units along both approaches to watch for speeders.
A speeding fine doubles if construction workers are
present.
Cann said also that the Manatee County Traf-
fic Department will check traffic loads on the bridge
and Palma Sola Causeway and advise the DOT if the
speed limits need to be reduced. The speed limit on
the causeway remains 50 mph.


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6 0 NOV. 12, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER




Opinion


Rush to finish
What was the best thing you noted during the five-
week closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge?
Some of the Island's "northenders" agree it was
the drive through Bradenton Beach and Cortez for a
look at the communities we don't see that often when
we routinely drive Manatee Avenue for any necessary
trips "to town."
We observed construction under way, new businesses,
nature's changes on the beach and the much-improved pre-
serve and maritime museum grounds in Cortez.
The worst part of what seemed like a long, long clo-
sure of the northern link to the mainland? We missed the
drive along the causeway, where sometimes we spotted
an osprey or roseate spoonbill. We missed the "wildlife"
reveling on the causeway, riders on horseback and folks
allowing their dogs a watery workout.
No more. Thursday saw the bridge reopen ahead
of the scheduled Nov. 13 opening - yet none too soon
- and without pomp or circumstance. The barricades
came down and on went the motorists.
Some honked, some gave a decidedly happy
thumb's up, while others went to work spreading the
word that the AMIB was indeed open.
With shame on the person responsible to notify the
media and the public of the early opening - only a few
television stations were alerted - the Island coconut
telegraph, friend-to-friend and business to business, did
the job.
Traffic, which was already in gridlock due to a vehi-
cle crash closer to the Cortez Bridge, was finally moving
across the AMI Bridge. Swiftly. Maybe too %% ill).
The bridge is still undergoing repairs, construction
crews will likely be present through February, and we' re
reminded of construction speed zones.
But all along the Palma Sola Causeway, we see
motorists driving too fast, ignoring the threat of passing
in no-passing zones and swerving around cars waiting
to turn off the busy road.
The bollards installed along the causeway beach
have resulted in a funnel of speeding cars and trucks on
the road, while pedestrians, ice cream trucks, party tents
and parked vehicles and boat trailers are now closer to
the roadway than ever.
The 50-mph speed limit is often ignored there, espe-
cially by motorists heading west, who hit the bridge
at high speeds before flying into Holmes Beach and
through the curve at the Manatee Public Beach, north-
ward on Gulf Drive, likely still soaring past the speed
limit and the elementary school.
Hello, Florida Department of Transportation and the
collection of law enforcement on the causeway and bridge:
Thanks for the early opening, but we now need to
slow it down.





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Who will enforce code?
To the honorable Mayor Michael Pierce and city
taxpayers:
Bradenton Beach has always had one-sided code
enforcement. The code enforcement officer is quick
to jump on private citizens for yard-sign violations,
but when the city's own building official is shown to
be in violation of the code, nothing is done.
It is a corrupt system.
The city now wants to authorize our police force
to enforce our city code. The city, however, already
has two code enforcement officers. The problem is
that they work for the building official, and therefore
cannot cite him for his own violations of the code.
As city attorney Ricinda Perry has pointed out, the
building official has violated many of our codes. Viola-
tions include excessive impervious surface areas, ille-
gal driveways, stormwater pollution of Sarasota Bay,
illegal re-positioning of buildings, setback violations,
lack of required record keeping and on and on.
Despite all of that, the city does nothing about
charging the building official for these blatant code vio-
lations. The citizens of Bradenton Beach deserve better.
We hope that by authorizing the police department to
enforce our code, that the building official will then be
subject to the same regulations as the rest of us.
Kenneth J. Lohn, Bradenton Beach

Miller's thanks
I want to thank the wonderful people of Anna Maria
for the opportunity to serve three terms as commissioner.
The motivation for getting involved, back in late
2002, was the state-mandated revision of our compre-
hensive plan. Its completion was truly the highlight,
but would not have come to fruition without the mag-
nanimous devotion of many fellow Anna Marians.
The landslide voter approval to amend our char-
ter to require a super majority to change the land
use element of the comp plan is a high point, too.


Development interests were opposed, but you sent
an unambiguous message: "Don't mess with what
we got here, because we don't want to lose it."
My thanks also to those who devote their time
to serve on our boards and committees. Without you
we' d be in way over our heads.
To the commissioners who served with me, when
we disagreed, it was in a civil manner that resulted
in compromise to the benefit of all of us. You all
realize we are a very special place among barrier
island cities, and it is my hope future commissions
perpetuate that truth.
Mayor Fran Barford, you have a great handle on
running our city, unselfishly putting your past experi-
ence to use for our benefit. I' m sure having a devoted
and professional staff helps, too.
Last, but by no means least, I want to thank my
loving wife, Cindy, for her unbridled patience. It took
a lot. (No more meetings, dear, I promise!)
Duke Miller, Anna Maria

Short rental long-term problem
Having lived in Holmes Beach since 1971,1 I have
seen quite a few problems with short-term rentals.
I sympathize with the views of real estate agents,
many of them my friends and who make much of
their income from rentals.
However, I have always believed that single-fam-
ily areas are zoned that way for a reason. If absentee
owners are free to rent their homes for a few days or
a week, why do we bother with R-1A zoning?
Additionally, for every such home that is used for
a short-term rental, our motel and bed-and-breakfast
owners are deprived of another source of income that
should properly be theirs.
I hope that our Holmes Beach commissioners will
consider these factors and leave rental limits at 30
days for single-family properties.
Rose H. Spinoza, Holmes Beach




THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 12, 2008 U 7


City offers homeowners


support, but no funds


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Property owners in Anna Maria living on the
bayfront along North Shore Drive and South Bay
Boulevard will meet with Mayor Fran Barford Nov.
24 to discuss options for renourishment of their disap-
pearing beachfront.
Unfortunately, there aren't many options, said
Barford, who lives on South Bay Boulevard.
"There's really not much we can do as a city,"
she said. "They are not part of the 2011-12 beach
renourishment plan because they are not considered
open sea" by the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection, the mayor said.
What little beach remaining there is in front of
the homes immediately north of the Rod & Reel Pier
and it's privately owned. That also knocks those
homeowners out of the ballpark for state funding. In
addition, the marker indicating where beach renour-
ishment can begin - what the DEP calls "open sea"
- is about 200 yards north of the Rod & Reel Pier.
However, Barford said there are three U.S. Army
Corps of Engineer funding programs available. In
addition, the affected property owners could declare
themselves a special taxing district to obtain funding
for renourishment as happened on Longboat Key.
"That's a long and agonizing process and needs
the support of the city, but it can be done," said Bar-
ford.
"There is no short-term solution. The homeown-
ers are going to have to pitch in and help lobby."
She said the city wants to help, but it has no
money for beach renourishment.
That leaves homeowner Joan Dickinson of North
Shore Drive still looking for help after nearly a decade
of struggling with the encroaching sea.


Waves lap at the shoreline along Anna Maria's bay-
front, just north of the Rod & Reel Pier. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

When Dickinson bought her home 10 years ago,
she had about 15 to 20 feet of sand past the seawall.
In fact, she only discovered she had a seawall as the
beach began to recede.
During the passage of Hurricane Gustav in Sep-
tember, Dickinson saw water coming over the sea-
wall, past her home and flooding North Shore Drive.
She sandbagged her home and the seawall held, but
others seawalls in the area did not survive the storm.
Joe Zambito of 869 N. Shore Drive lost his seawall
to the crashing waves.
Dickinson said that with high tides, she often has
water splashing over the seawall.
"It's been a problem for the past seven years.
People think this is something new, but it isn't," she
said.
Still, she was encouraged by the mayor's efforts
and plans to attend the Nov. 24 meeting.
"Hopefully, people will come together and we
can get something started. I'm looking forward to
the meeting," she said.


In the Nov. 11, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* The Anna Maria City Commission voted to
opt out of an Islandwide plan to apply for a fed-
eral grant that would fund a multi-use path and an
Island trolley. Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
city commissions had voted to proceed with the
grant application, but attorney Tom Gustafson said
the application had to include all three cities or it
would be declined.
* The Florida Department of Community Affairs
Community Development Block denied a Bradenton
Beach request for a $550,000 grant that would have
allowed the city to build sidewalks and install land-
scaping on Gulf Drive.
* The U.S. Coast Guard reported it had found the
body of Cortez fisherman Donald Akins aboard the
boat Kare Free, which had been swamped off the Dry
Tortugas near Key West. Another Cortez fisherman,
Paul Kight, was still missing.


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8 0 NOV. 12, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Mattick, Webb elected to Anna Maria city commission


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria voters Nov. 4 returned an incumbent
city commissioner to office and elected a former com-
missioner to fill the two vacancies on the commission
up for election.
Incumbent Jo Ann Mattick was easily returned
to office, garnering 627 votes to lead all candidates,
while former City Commissioner Chuck Webb nar-
rowly edged another former city commissioner, Bob
Barlow, by a 540 to 522 vote. Political newcomer
Mark Alonso received 284 votes. City Commissioner
Duke Miller, who had served two consecutive terms

Election draws crowds
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
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record numbers of votes across the country.
In Manatee County, 30 percent of the registered
voters cast early or absentee ballots. Early voting
took place at the supervisor of election's office in
Bradenton, voters waited more than an hour in lines
that sometimes curved around the building.
The high volume of absentee and early vote bal-
lots factored in the biggest hiccup on election day
in Manatee County - a delay in tabulating final
votes.
Votes were counted and posted at the supervisor's
office at a quick pace on Tuesday night until about 9
p.m., when the computer system froze up.
Computer technicians in Bradenton, as well as
in Canada and Texas, attempted to fix the problem,
which occurred as elections officials were trying to
count the last nine precincts, all the absentee ballots
and about two-thirds of the early votes.
But the problem was not corrected by about 12:30
a.m. Nov. 5, and the elections canvassing board, in
consultation with the supervisor, decided to close the
office and resume the count at about 7 a.m.
The county resumed counting ballots at about 11
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as city commissioner, declined -..
to seek a third term, citing
business constraints.
Manatee County Super-
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18-vote difference a manda-
tory recount is not required.
Under Florida law, the margin Mattick
of victory must be less than one-
half of one percent for an auto-
matic recount. Webb polled
27.3 percent of the vote, while
Barlow claimed 26.46 percent,
a .84 difference.
Mattick was gracious in
taking her victory.
"I would like to thank
everyone who voted for me. I Webb
think this shows that the work I
have been doing on the commis-
sion and my support of tourism and the revitalization
of Pine Avenue reflects what the voters want for the
commission and the direction of the city."
On election night, Webb said he preferred to wait
for the official results before making a statement.
"I think it's too early to comment," he said
then. "Let's wait until after the votes have been
counted."
But efforts to follow up with Webb for comment
on the official results were unsuccessful.
Barlow thanked his supporters for their efforts
and said he had no plans to ask for a recount.
"Frankly, I don't see the need for a recount. The
18-vote margin has been pretty steady. I'm just hope-
ful those machines know how to count," he said.
He also took time to thank his supporters. "It is
certainly an honor that so many people placed their
trust in me," he said.
"I have all the confidence in Chuck Webb and
Jo Ann Mattick and I wish them all the best," he
added.
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According to Barlow, Sweat said 100 percent of
the votes had been counted, except for several thousand
absentee ballots, and Barlow trailed by 18 votes.
"I wondered how 100 percent of the votes can be
counted when there are still votes to count," Barlow
said. "It seems kind of confusing to me."
Shortly after 5 p.m. Nov. 6, City Commissioners John
Quam and Dale Woodland, accompanied by City Clerk
Alice Baird, went to the elections office to canvass the
Anna Maria vote and ensured the recount was accurate.
Alonso thanked everyone who voted for him and
offered the winners his congratulations.
"They will do just fine as commissioners. We
had a great campaign. Nobody started name-calling.
It was energetic to get out and meet all the people
and I'm very glad I had the opportunity to be heard
on the issues. Thank you to everyone who voted for
me. I'm still here to help," Alonso concluded.
Mayor Fran Barford was automatically returned
to office after no candidate qualified to oppose her
re-election.
Voters approved by an 833 to 260 margin an
amendment to the city charter requiring a super-
majority (four of five commission votes) to approve
any changes to the future land-use element of the
comprehensive plan or the future land-use map.
In a 941 to 183 vote, the electorate passed a char-
ter amendment allowing the city to delete obsolete
provisions in the charter and adding clarifying lan-
guage to several provisions.
Voting was heavy, said one poll worker, with
about 30 people lined up at 7 a.m. when polls
opened.
More than 70 percent of the city's 1,452 regis-
tered voters cast a ballot Nov. 4, with 1,026 recorded
votes. It was one of the largest turnouts in recent
memory, the worker said.
Following the election of Mattick, Webb and Bar-
ford, the commission's organizational meeting will
be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13. Barford will chair
the meeting after she and the commissioners take an
oath of office.
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 12, 2008 0 9


Bartelt wins in Bradenton Beach's Ward 4


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
With about 60 percent of the vote, political new-
comer Robert Bartelt won the Bradenton Beach City
Commission race in Ward 4 on Nov. 4.
Bartelt faced William Shearon in the contest.
Unofficial returns put Bartelt's vote at 339 com-
pared to Shearon's 270 votes. That makes for a 56

Anna Maria election results
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
chairperson, who will automatically become the
city's vice-mayor. A deputy commission chairperson
will also be elected at the meeting.
The commission's next regular meeting will take
place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Webb faces decision
Anna Maria City Commissioner-elect Chuck
Webb must now decide how to proceed with a client
he represents that faces code enforcement action by
the city.
The case is scheduled to come before the code
enforcement board Nov. 18, while Webb will be
sworn into office on Nov. 13.
Prior to the election, Webb indicated he would
recuse himself from any vote and not participate in
discussing the Fiske property as a commissioner. If
a shade meeting is held regarding the matter, Webb
could absent himself from those proceedings.
Efforts to reach Webb for comment on whether
or not he would represent his clients at the Nov. 18
code board hearing were unsuccessful.
Mayor Fran Barford said she would ask city
attorney Jim Dye for an opinion prior to the hearing
and speak with Webb.
"I'll know something this week," she said. "Obvi-
ously, it's an issue we have to deal with."


percent to 44 percent split on
votes.
According to the Manatee
County Supervisors of Elec-
tions, Bradenton Beach has
887 registered voters.
Bartelt has served on the
city's ScenicWAVES commit-
tee, but never before ran for
ofice. Bartelt
office.
Shearon served as a city
commissioner, but gave up his seat last year to run
for mayor. He lost that campaign to Michael Pierce.
The seat up for grabs Tuesday was being vacated
by John Chappie, who will be sworn in at 9 a.m. Nov.
18 as a Manatee County commissioner from District
3.
Bartelt spent some time on election night at the
Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach, opting not to plan
"a big shindig," he said after voting on Tuesday.
Voting before election day, Bartelt added, would
be like opening Christmas presents early.
Shearon also voted on Tuesday. He spent election
night at home.
Both Bartelt and Shearon ran low-key cam-
paigns.
And both had only praise for the other candi-
date.
"The city is not going to lose on this one,"
Shearon said before the polls closed. "There were
two really interested people running for one seat....
I think both of us have had the same feelings about
the city."
Bartelt said as he knocked on doors to introduce
himself to voters, he learned what citizens see as sen-
sitive issues and top concerns in the city - voters
wanted to talk about a plan to restore dunes along
Gulf Drive across from city hall and the city's role
on building commerce on Bridge Street.


At about 6:45 a.m. Nov. 4, voters wait in line for
the polls to open and the balloting to begin at
Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Shearon said he visited most with voters during
his regular walks along Gulf Drive. "That's how I
really communicate with citizens," he said, adding
that he received a lot of "thanks for running" com-
ments.
One other Bradenton Beach commission seat was
up for election this year, the Ward 2 post held by Bob
Connors, who faced no opposition on election day.
Bradenton Beach's swearing-in ceremony will
take place at 1 p.m., Nov. 17, at city hall, 107 Gulf
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Island Butterfly Garden and Veterans Memorial at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
An estimated 100 veterans attended the cer-
emony where an honor guard from Kirby Stewart
American Legion Post 24 in west Bradenton pre-
sented the colors.
The ceremony honored all veterans of the
armed services and, in particular, those veterans
whose stories have appeared in The Islander's
"Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten Generation"
columns.
Islander publisher Bonner Joy was the master
of ceremonies and introduced Islander reporter
Rick Catlin, who writes the veteran columns.
Catlin asked the veterans to recognize Anna


Tom Miller plays Taps to close the event, the
final honor for fallen comrades.


Maria native Steve Raymond, a survivor of
the Bataan Death March who passed away two
months ago.
He also thanked the veterans for their ser-
vice and their contribution to the columns. The
Islander won a Florida Press Association award
for the stories, which are printed bi-weekly in the
newspaper.
Veterans and guests sang the Star Spangled
Banner and God Bless America.
A complimentary continental breakfast was
provided by The Islander and Caf6 on the Beach
restaurant.
Far left: Veter-
ans John Bacich,
Harold Bergstrom
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salute during the
veterans program
-' Nov. 10 at Holmes
, '-, Beach City Hall.
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More than 20 teams are set to compete in the
annual SandBlast sand-sculpture contest set for
Nov. 15 at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton
Beach.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Prior to the contest, pro sculptors with Team
Sandtastic will spend three days building an exhibi-
tion sculpture near the restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.
The sculpture, according to a news release from
KMB, will have a nautical theme.
Team Sandtastic also will conduct public clinics
in sand-sculpting at the BeachHouse from 5 p.m. to


6 p.m. Nov. 12-14.
Teams signed up for the contest include local
Brownies, Cub and Girl Scouts, high school clubs,
the city of Palmetto and some local businesses.
KMB is planning on 24 teams participating in
SandBlast and creating sand sculptures along three
themes - free form, holiday or nautical.
KMB also continues to seek sponsors for
teams.
To enter SandBlast, call KMB at 941-795-8272.
Registration, which can be covered by a sponsor, is
$300 and is tax-deductible.


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Sawing on Saturday
Workers ready the porch on a historic building at the Florida Maritime Museum grounds on Nov. 8. The
porch will serve as the stage for Cortez Folk Festival taking place on Nov. 15 at the museum, 4415 119th St.
W., Cortez. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"We' re looking for answers that day," Mana-
tee County Tourist Development Council Chair Joe
McClash said of a Nov. 13 charette.
McClash, a county commissioner representing an
at-large district, said the purpose of the charette is to
bring together an alert group to discuss TDC goals
and finances, specifically the use of a bed tax - a
tax on overnight lodging in the county.
The TDC met in Holmes Beach Oct. 20 for a
regular meeting, which involved making plans for
the public charette at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Hilton
Longboat Key.
A catalyst for the gathering is that, going forward,
the county is requiring the TDC to take on a greater
burden of the Manatee Convention Center and Powel
Crosley Estate costs.
The TDC must decide how to cope with the costs
of operating those facilities and making improve-
ments, while continuing to promote tourism in Mana-
tee County and protecting tourism amenities, such
as Anna Maria Island beaches that need renourish-
ment.
"There are some things we can't put off any-
more," McClash said.
The charrette will involve several short presen-
tations from county officials, including Elliott Fal-
cione, who will talk about the civic center and Cros-
ley Estate operations; and Charlie Hunsicker, who
will talk about beaches and renourishment; and Larry
White, who will talk about the present spending of
the bed tax - the county collects 4 cents for every
dollar spent on overnight lodging.
Then, McClash said, people will gather in small
groups for discussions on various issues.
White, the executive director of the Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the ideas
that come out of the charette would be useful in the
two-year budgeting process the county plans to begin
in 2009.
White also said the charette is an important plan-
ning tool as the economy continues to impact govern-
ment and business.
"I' m apprehensive about the economy," White
said. "The year ahead is going to have a lot of chal-
lenges and we are going to have to work harder."
Several Island businesspeople on the TDC -


Certificates for city employees
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger holds
a container Oct. 14 as Beach Bistro owner Sean
Murphy pulls the name of public works employee
Steve Beck, who received a $120 certificate to the
restaurant. Beach Bistro donated the certificate
to the city for a monthly employee awards pro-
gram. Other winners were police officers Stanley
House, a certificate donated by Cafe on the Beach,
and Brian Hall, a certificate donated by the Anna
Maria Oyster Bar. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


Did you know?
The Manatee County Tourist Development
Council will hold a charette Nov. 13 to discuss
funding issues and balancing a variety of inter-
ests.
A charettee" is a collaborative session that
typically involves breaking into sub-groups to
tackle multiple issues, then coming together to
incorporate ideas and interests into a plan.
The use of charettee" or charettee" is
believed to have its origins in the Ecole des
Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 19th century and stu-
dent design projects. The French word means
cart or chariot.

Barbara Rodocker, Ed Chiles and David Teitelbaum
- said business for them was good in September
and suggested optimistically that the Island might
be insulated from economic hard times because it
attracts visitors from the European and Floridian mar-
kets.
"Our restaurant is holding its own, I am happy
to say," said Rodocker, referring to the Sun House in
Bradenton Beach. She said she has noticed that the
luxury resort market seems to be doing well, but less
so for the budget market.
"That tells you that what's happening in our
economy is hitting middle-class people," she said.
"But I' m optimistic for the next year."
The occupancy report presented to the TDC last
week showed the county rate down in September
compared to last year - 34.7 percent in 2008 com-
pared to 39.6 percent in September 2007. The average
daily rate paid by visitors countywide was $4 higher
in September compared to September 2007.
The occupancy rate for Anna Maria Island was
down for September - from 35.1 percent in Septem-
ber 2007 to 32.8 percent in September 2008. The rate
also was down for the mainland and Longboat Key
by greater amounts.
The total tourist-tax collection reported for Sep-
tember was $191,705 compared to $193,953 in Sep-
tember 2007.
In other business at the TDC meeting, the coun-
cil:
* Heard that the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau is working with the Tampa
Bay Superbowl Host Committee and Florida Sports
Commission to promote Manatee County to football
fans.
* Learned that efforts to create a niche Web site
to promote eco-tourism would be scaled back in a
cost-saving move but would incorporate eco-tourism
information will be incorporated into the BACVC's
existing Web site, www.floridagulfislands.com.
To promote eco-tourism, the BACVB also is
working with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and
Manatee and Sarasota counties to print and distribute
a map geared to eco-tourists.
* Discussed briefly increasing efforts to market
Manatee County to Floridians.
"Looking ahead to '09 and even '10, air travel
exceedingly is going to be impacted," White said,
observing that airlines are reducing the number of
non-stop flights. "Where this leads is we must be
focused on the international and drive markets."
McClash said the TDC had been reluctant to
focus on marketing to Floridians, but "there is no
reason not to market stay-cations.... Things have
changed. Maybe we should be marketing them."
* Listened to a report on the Anna Maria Island
Wedding Merchants plans for an Islandwide wedding
fair.
"Weddings are becoming very, very large for us,"
said Mark Davis of the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce. "We have great support, a lot of sup-
port from our Island businesses, for the festival."
The next regular TDC meeting will take place in
February 2009.


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Commission approves revised beach rules


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach city commissioners on Nov. 6
unanimously approved an ordinance revising beach
regulations to firmly set open hours from 6 a.m. to
midnight.
The new measure was drafted by the city in an
attempt to match city and county hours for Cortez
and Coquina beaches, according to Bradenton Beach
Police Chief Sam Speciale.
A brief discussion came before the vote, with
Commissioner Janie Robertson asking about a provi-
sion in the ordinance that prohibited temporary tents
on the beach.
The language stated that beachgoers could not
"erect, maintain, use or occupy on or in any beach
or bathing area any tent, shelter or structure of any
kind, except by special written permit granted by the
city commission."
"People have pup tents on the beach," Robertson
told city attorney Ricinda Perry, who prepared the
ordinance.
"This is broad enough to prohibit that," Perry
said. "It is something I was asked to incorporate into
this ordinance."
Perry said city staff had indicated a concern sea
turtles when people who erect tents on the beach
and leave them overnight. The structures can create
a hazard for nesting and hatchling sea turtles.
"Are we saying you can't take a daytime shelter
down there?" Robertson asked.
Perry suggesting amending the provision to allow
for tents during the hours the beaches are open.
"That would be a compromise," she said.
Other ordinances also contain beach regulations
for the protection of sea turtles, including a provision
against using tools to dig sand.
The commission then adopted the ordinance with
the change suggested by Perry.
The ordinance applies to "all public beach and
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by the city, county or state, lying waterward of the
established erosion control line or within Coquina
Beach Park or Cortez Beach Park."
Specifically the measure maintains prohibitions
on firearms and firecrackers, as well as outlaws fires
on the beaches.
The ordinance prohibits the removal or trans-
planting of vegetation and the capturing of any wild-
life except when engaged in fishing.
The measure further allows for pets "within
areas, including designated automobile concourses
and walks ... that are clearly marked by signs indicat-
ing that dogs or other domestic animals are permit-
ted."
"Nothing in this section," the ordinance contin-
ues, "shall be construed as permitting the running of
domestic animals at large."
In other business, the commission:
* Congratulated, along with the citizens in the
audience, City Commissioner John Chappie, who
will be sworn in as a county commissioner on Nov.
18.
Former Mayor Connie Drescher thanked Chap-
pie, who also served as the city's mayor.
Perry added, "I just want to thank Commissioner
Chappie.... It's been an honor and a privilege."
* Held the first reading of an ordinance revising
the city's sign regulations to remove content-based
restrictions.


* Continued a public hearing and reading of an ordi-
nance regarding a quitclaim deed for city rights of way
that have not been used or maintained by the city.
The commission voted 3-0 on Oct. 16 to approve
a first reading of an ordinance executing a quitclaim
deed to the Sandpiper Resort Coop for 27th Street
from Gulf Drive to the Anna Maria Sound, Avenue
B and Avenue C from 26th Street to 27th Street, and
the northerly unpaved portion of 26th Street from
Gulf Drive to Anna Maria Sound.
A final reading was scheduled for Nov. 6, but
Sandpiper attorney Chuck Webb told commissioners
that Manatee County officials had concerns about
county utilities in the rights of way.
Webb asked for a continuance, which the com-
mission approved, setting the date for the hearing and
final reading for Dec. 4.
"Rather than you all listening to two attorneys
all night, I suggest continuing to a time-date certain,"
Webb had recommended.
* Approved a special event request for the Beach-
House Restaurant's New Year's Eve celebration Dec.
31, which will include a four-minute fireworks dis-
play with the arrival of the new year at midnight.
* Approved a special event request from the Anna
Maria Island Privateers to hold the group's annual
Christmas parade at 10 a.m. Dec. 13. A Coquina
Beach holiday party with Santa Clause will follow
the parade.
* Approved a special event request for the Bridge
Street Market to take place every Saturday from Feb-
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The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra will open its 2008-09 season at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 16, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The concert will feature Bach's "Cantata No.
4," Vivaldi's "Concerto For Two Cellos," Vanhal's
"Concerto For String Bass-Allegro Moderato" and
Mozart's "Mass In C Major, K.262."
The soloist will be student Theodoretus Breen,
of Venice, Fla., who began playing the double bass
in fifth-grade.
Maestro Alfred Gershfeld is artistic director and
principal conductor of AMICCO. The assistant con-
ductor is Jon K. Magendanz and Daniel A. Hoffman
is chorus master.
Tickets are available by calling 941-778-8585 or
at the door one hour prior to the concert.

Gloria Dei hosts yard sale
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will hold a neigh-
borhood craft and yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14.
The event will take place outdoors on the church
grounds, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Also, the church will host a free jazz recital at 7
p.m. Nov. 23.
For more information, call the church at
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Beach rules approved
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12
ruary through April, and on the first and third Satur-
days in January, as well as from May through July
and from October through December.
* Heard, during public comment, from Bridge
Street businessperson Jacob Spooner, who praised
new landscaping in the roundabout at Bridge Street
and Gulf Drive.
"I really like the new entryway to Bridge Street,"
Spooner said. "I think it looks great."
Others, prior to the start of the meeting, had criti-
cized the landscaping in the circle, referring to it as
a "log cabin."
The next city commission meeting will be at 1
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Center announces new
classes starting Nov. 20
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host a class in beading beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Nov. 20.
The teacher will be Susanne Arbanas, the new
membership coordinator at the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
There is a fee for the class.
The Center also will present classes in silk-scarf
painting at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17-18. Barbara Hines will
lead the course.
There is a fee and pre-registration is required.
The Center also will begin a yoga class at 9 a.m.
Nov. 10. Instructor Dolce Little will teach the class
on Monday and Fridays.
For more information, call the Center at
941-778-1908.


Garden club to meet
Nov. 19
The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet at noon
Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Club members will have lunch and learn about
flower arranging from Ginger Wyss. Club members
should bring small clippers to cut stems.
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appears in the Manatee Players 'production of
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Anna Maria Elementary

School calendar
Anna Maria Elementary School has many events
throughout the school year in which the community
is welcome, including:
* Every Wednesday, 8 a.m. Runners Club meets
on the school field.
* 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 performance of "Cock-
A-Doodle Dandy" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the audi-
torium.
* Nov. 18, Kiwanis Club-fifth-grade grandparents
program, 11:45 a.m. at the school.
* Nov. 19, fourth- and fifth-grade field trip to the
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
* Nov. 20, "Bone Zone" health, nutrition and sci-
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Watershed collaborative proposed for Island


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"Water knows no boundaries" is a line that
Lisa Marie Phillips repeats like the chorus of a pop
song.
Because "water knows no boundaries," Phillips,
the project and program manager for the city of Bra-
denton Beach, brought together representatives from
Island governments and local agencies to discuss the
creation of a watershed collaborative to pursue best
practices for cleaner waters.
An informational meeting took place Nov. 7 at
Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Phillips, a recent graduate of the University
of Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute,
said the idea for an Island watershed collaborative
matured as she studied at the institute this past year.
The Island area collaborative would bring
Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach to
the table on watershed issues, as well as Mana-
tee County, the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection, the Southwest Florida Water
Management District, the Lynn Townsend & Asso-
ciates engineering firm, the Sarasota and Tampa
Bay Estuary Programs, and possibly the Mana-


sota Basin Board, the town of Longboat Key, the
Florida Department of Transportation and other
interested parties.
The collaborative likely would address issues
related to stormwater runoff, fertilizer use, low-
impact development, pollution and conservation.
"This is about a concerted effort in our commu-
nity for the health of our waters," Phillips said. "I
think we all have something to add."
Watershed collaborative exist around the world,
but not to a large degree in Florida, and their origins
go back to ancient Rome, when water was carried
from distant watersheds for urban kitchens, public
baths and clean streets, according to a study by the
National Policy Consensus Center in Portland, Ore.
In early United States, collaborative existed to
manage flood control, irrigation of farmlands and
diversion of water for public supplies.
Over the past 30 years, collaborative have
formed to protect waters, which Phillips said is her
primary goal.
NPCC's study of watershed collaborative found
compelling reasons for forming them - they are a
successful way to address complex issues, help lever-
age scarce resources, reduce conflict and litigation,


promote innovation and integrate economic and envi-
ronmental objectives.
Florida's collaborative, according to Phillips,
were created primarily for management of water-
sheds involving springs and rivers.
The local watershed currently is proposed for
Anna Maria Island.
"Island communities have their own special cir-
cumstances," said Julia Burch of the Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program. "From what I've seen, the Island
is a good place to start."
Phillips asked collaborators for a letter of com-
mitment to the project by early December and sug-
gested that, following an organizational meeting in
January, the collaborative would meet quarterly.
Townsend praised the concept and said her firm
was eager to participate.
The engineer has worked on Island projects and
noted that there are three Island cities with three dif-
ferent stormwater plans and each with a wealth of
information that the other cities might find useful.
"There's a need for this," she said, "for land
development, for education, for sustainable solu-
tions.... Working together we can come up with
solutions."


Holmes Beach dock dispute continues


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A dock dispute involving the city of Holmes
Beach and property owners John and Diane Crawford
has sailed into the county courthouse.
The city has filed a complaint in circuit court
against the Crawfords, of the 600 block of Ambas-
sador Lane on Key Royale. The complaint seeks a
court order that the Crawfords "remove and demolish
all portions" of their dock and boat lift "that violate
provisions" of city code. Basically, according to the
city, the dock encroaches on adjacent property.
On Nov. 5, attorney Scott Rudacille, representing
the Crawfords, asked the city to withdraw from the
issue and let the Crawfords and their neighbor, Ryan
Sheck, settle the matter.
"We appreciate all of the city's efforts over the
past two years to try to resolve the matter between
two of its citizens," Rudacille said.
But, he continued, "we request that the city with-
draw its petition and allow this property owner to
utilize his own funds, not the taxpayers, if he wishes
to litigate over this private dock agreement."
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"If the city had denied them permits to construct a
dock at that time, they would have used this money to pur-
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"While we appreciate the efforts of the city to work
with us to resolve these issues, an agreement has not been
reached because the new property owner has refused to
participate in any discussions regarding a resolution."
Rudacille, in asking the city to withdraw its peti-
tion in circuit court, noted last year's adoption of a
new dock ordinance.
"The clear message sent by the city commission is
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Hopping into arts season: artsHop Nov. 14.16


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island's cultural organizations coalesced
around a fall campaign to bring foot traffic to galleries,
crowds to concerts and fairs and funds to causes.
The artsHop weekend is the result of several
months of meetings and hours of organizing on the
part of the newly formed Cultural Connections.
The CC consists of Island arts, literature and
music groups and venues, including the Artists
Guild of Anna Maria Island, Anna Maria Island Art
League, Anna Maria Island Historical Society, Anna
Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra, Gulf
Coast Writers, Island Gallery West, Island Players,
Off Stage Ladies and the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
The artsHop weekend will take place Nov. 14-16
and involve a gallery walk, open houses, an arts and
crafts festival and a classical music concert.

Gallery Walk
The weekend begins with the gallery walk from
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.
Anna Maria Island Art League, Island Gallery
West, Artists Guild Gallery, Essence of Time, the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, and Ginny's and Jane E's at
the Old IGA are participating in the walk.
Visitors to each of the six locations become eli-
gible to win a basket of $150 in art supplies donated
by Keeton's Office and Art Supplies in Bradenton.
The Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will celebrate the work of watercolor-
ist Cheryl Jorgensen during the walk.
Additionally, Kathleen Masur and Barbara Hines
will lead a community art project inviting visitors to
experience painting on silk and guild members will
sell raffle tickets for work by Jorgensen and artists
Darlene Holbrook, Chris Huntington, Cheryl Jor-
gensen, Judy Strom, Connie Sheda and Joan Voyles
offering paintings and jewelry by Diane Labhart,
Nancy Sullivan and Nancy Sabattini.
The art league, 5312 Holmes Blvd, Holmes
Beach, will host an opening reception for its "Fauna
and Florida" exhibit. To celebrate artsHop and the


opening of the exhibit, artist Robert Johnson donated
an oil painting, "Egret in the Mangroves," to be raf-
fled, with proceeds benefitting Wildlife Inc. Rehabili-
tation and Education in Bradenton Beach.
Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach will host
an open house and feature the work of Barbara Orear
and the Studio at Gulf and Pine will host an opening
reception for the Women's Contemporary Art Exhibit,
as well as an art demonstration.

Arts, crafts and concerts
Nov. 15-16, as part of artsHOP, the Anna Maria
Island Butterfly Park will host an arts and crafts show
on the field near Holmes Beach City Hall. The festi-
val will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday
and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
In Anna Maria, the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. in association with artsHop. The exhibit includes
Seminole clothing.
Meanwhile, that day on the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's playfield in Anna Maria, the
band Yesterdayze will perform a free public con-
cert.
At 8 p.m. Nov. 15, the Island Players open their
theater at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria for "Charles
Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle," written and performed
by Steve Carroll. The one-man show is for one night
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Also, the Studio at Gulf and Pine will host a
"Meet the Maestro" reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Nov. 15. The reception will introduce AMICCO con-
ductor Alfred Gershfeld to a Studio audience.
The next day, concluding artsHOP week-
end, AMICCO will present its first concert of the
2008-2009 season at CrossPointe Fellowship Church
in Holmes Beach.
Not officially associated with artsHOP, but arts-
related, are two additional events - the annual Sand-
Blast sand-sculpting contest at the BeachHouse and
the new Cortez Folk Festival at the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez. Both events will take place Nov.
15.

On the calendar
The weekend of activities serves as a prelude to
the rush of open houses that come with winter holiday
season.
Anna Maria City businesses and organizations
will host the annual open-house holiday walk that
begins Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving, and
continues through the weekend. Holmes Beach mer-
chants will host a holiday celebration Dec. 5, on the
eve of the Anna Maria Island Community Center's
Islander-Lester Family Fun Day. Bradenton Beach
merchants will host a celebration Dec. 12, on the eve
of the Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade
and the Anna Maria Island Art League's Winterfest.


Site work: Painter works on location


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Some days, there is a painter amid the fishers and
dolphin watchers at the Rod & Reel Pier.
Some days, there is a painter amid the sunbathers
and swimmers on the Gulf beach.
Some days, there is a painter amid the white
egrets, brown pelicans and blue herons feeding in
the shallow waters of the Gulf or the bay waters.
Artist Robert Johnson works on location.
For more than 20 years the artist has created land-
scapes and seascapes and wildlife portraits of Florida,
with much of the work occurring on the scene.
"I like to set up my easel on the scene - some-
times right on the beach, right on the water's edge,"
Johnson said. "Your subject is right there. That's the
inspiration."
Sometimes, the scene might be as close as John-
son's backyard, on the edge of Clark Lake in Holmes
Beach.
Johnson took up painting while in Key West,
where he worked as an artist for more than two
decades. He was 18 years old when he rode his
bicycle from Jacksonville to Key West to discover
for himself a thriving arts community and to see the
clear blue skies, turquoise seas and old conch houses
and schooners.
Johnson continued to paint after leaving Key
West once the quiet, quaint town became not so quite
and not so quaint.
Johnson wound up on Anna Maria Island, falling
in love with the Island's natural splendor.
"Especially the birds," Johnson said.
"One of my favorite spots to paint is down on the
beach, with all the little shorebirds," he added.
Johnson paints most days, and he paints primarily


Artist Robert Johnson in his booth at Bayfest.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

with oils. "They're very forgiving to work with," he
says. "You can erase your mistakes."
When painting wildlife, Johnson strives for an
accurate representation of the animal.
When painting a landscape or seascape, he said,
"I have two different styles - I have a whimsical
style and a kind of realistic style."
Johnson sketches his subject first, to set the com-
position. Then he paints.
Sometimes, he'll attract the attention of beach-
walkers or pier-goers.
"I love meeting people while I work," he said.
Johnson is one of the artists participating in the
Anna Maria Island Art League's upcoming "Fauna
and Florida" exhibit.
The show will open Nov. 14 with a reception at


5:30 p.m. in the art league's studio, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Johnson's "Egret in the Man-
groves" will be featured at the reception, which is
sponsored by Jane E's Cafe. He donated the vibrant,
colorful oil painting to be raffled in a fundraiser for
Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton Beach.
"I really wanted to help Wildlife Inc., really
wanted to raise some money for them," Johnson said.
"And this was one way that I could use my art to
help."
"I donated the painting and Joyce really took it
from there," he said, referring to AMIAL director
Joyce Karp.
Johnson scouts out painting locations while
bicycling around the Island. "I just peddle around,
look around for the next painting," he said. "I paint
pretty much all my favorite things about Anna Maria
Island."
While he works on location, he finishes the pieces
in his garage studio at home.
I ,uaily," Johnson said, "I've got about six
paintings in the works at one time. I like to have a
bunch of them going because I like to leave a painting
alone for a while."
In addition to showing his work at the art league,
Johnson's paintings can be found in the Gingerbread
Square Gallery in Key West and in his gallery in
Boothbay Harbor, Maine, where he spends summer
months.
His work also can be found on the Internet at
roberttheartist.com and at local fairs and festivals.
"I do about 20 art festivals," said Johnson, who
most recently showed his work at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce's Bayfest. "When you
do the festivals, you get a lot of good feedback, meet
a lot of people."










Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 2, 1800 Gulf Drive beach, suspicious,
carrying a pistol without a license. Officers were
dispatched on a complaint of a man walking on
the beach with a handgun. The man attempted
to elude officers, according to the report, and
was stopped at rifle-point. The gun turned out
to be a realistic-looking 9-mm BB gun. Also
confiscated were two bottles of alcohol and a
plastic bag filled with costume jewelry that the
man, Mark E. Robertson, 23, of Mississippi, said
belonged to his late mother. He was arrested.

Holmes Beach
Oct. 30, 3200 East Bay Drive, driver's license.
During a routine traffic stop for a faulty headlight, it
was determined the driver of the vehicle did not have
a license. He was arrested.
Nov. 4, 3600 block East Bay Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took his garbage can,
valued at $60, while he was away from his condo
for the summer.
Nov. 5, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, trespass.
Officers responded to a complaint of a stolen vehicle.
The complainant said he left the keys in the truck,
which belonged to his girlfriend. When contacted at
home, the girlfriend said the complainant had borrowed
her car to run to the store, had not returned and she
didn't know ail thing about a truck. Her car was located
in the parking lot, the girlfriend was given a ride to pick
it up, the boyfriend asked for and was given a ride to
a payphone to call a friend to pick him up, and he was
issued a trespass warning from the bar.


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Police investigate

campaign incident
Holmes Beach police are investigating an inci-
dent in which a sign-waver for the Barack Obama
presidential campaign said a motorist threatened to
hit her with his van.
The incident, according to the Holmes Beach
Police Department report, took place in the 5300
block of Gulf Drive at about 10 a.m. Nov. 3.
Debra Barker, owner of Niki's Island Treasures,
was standing near the street outside the store with an
Obama campaign sign when she saw a motorist in a
blue van approaching.
Barker said she first noticed the motorist give her
a thumb's down.
But then, she said, the driver swerved his van in
her direction.
"I thought,' He's going to hit me,'" she said. "He
missed me by about 4 inches. He definitely meant to
do it - his eyes met my eyes."
HBPD was investigating the incident as a pos-
sible aggravated assault. Police were looking for the
van based on an Illinois license-plate number provided
by a witness and Barker's description of the vehicle,
including a John McCain bumper sticker on the rear.
Barker said the driver appeared to be in his upper
60s or 70s and that a woman was seated in the front
passenger seat.

Koenigs sentencing

set for Nov. 13
The man convicted of shooting a Holmes Beach
business person and then aiming his gun at police
was to be sentenced Nov. 13.
In early August, after about three hours of delibera-
tion, a jury convicted Mark Koenigs in the December 2007
shooting of Island Mail & More owner Sue Normand.
The sentencing hearing before Judge Diana
Moreland was scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051
Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
Koenigs was convicted of one count of aggra-
vated battery with a firearm and two counts of aggra-
vated assault on law enforcement.
Koenigs, who has remained in the Manatee
County jail since last December, faces a possible
sentence of life in prison.
Normand has filed a civil suit against Koenigs
alleging negligence and seeking damages.


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Barbara Barrows Hall
Barbara Barrows Hall, 88, formerly of Philadel-
phia, died Nov. 3 at her home in Anna Maria.
Mrs. Hall was the beloved wife for 49 years of
the late Calvert Hall, who was a past city politician
and mental health advocate. More recently, she mar-
ried Christopher Morris of Anna Maria and Wood-
stock, N.Y., who predeceased her.
Born in Lynn, Mass., daughter of an educator, she
was a top student who always looked forward to family
summer vacations on White Horse Beach, Cape Cod,
where her love for the seashore blossomed. A graduate
of Adelphi College, where her father chaired the his-
tory department for more than 25 years, she majored in
biology with the intent to study medicine, but instead
married her high school , %.Ithllanl Living in Garden
City, Long Island, N.Y., and expecting her first child, she
worked at Sperry Gyroscope while her husband served
in the Pacific in World War II. After the war, the family
moved to Plainfield, N.J., where seven of her nine chil-
dren were born. Following moves to Charlotte, N.C.,
and Atlanta, the family settled in Philadelphia in 1963.
She was a full-time wife and mother who loved lit-
erature, bird watching and the shores of Ocean City, N.J.,
where the family had a home for two decades. She was
active in the Mayflower Society, the English Speaking
Union, the Audubon Society, the Jefferson Hospital Aux-
iliary, the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and the Unitar-
ian Universalist Church. She was a former member of the
Druid Hills Golf Club and the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
A memorial service will be held at Mrs. Hall's
home at 510 Bayview Place, Anna Maria, at 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15, at the George Washington Memo-
rial Park Chapel, 80 Stenton Ave., Plymouth Meeting,
Pa., followed by a graveside burial and a reception at
the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Flourtown, Pa. Memo-
rial donations may be made to the Wildlife Inc., 2207
Ave. B, Bradenton Beach FL 34217.
Mrs. Hall is survived by her nine children, Susan
Andrews (Dolph) of San Rafael, Calif., Pamela Bawden
(Andy) of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., C. Barrows Hall
(Eleanor) of Fishers Island, N.Y., and Hobe Sound,
Fla., Betsy Hills (Bob) of Anna Maria, William E. Hall
of Gwynedd Valley, Pa., Leslie Matkosky (Dennis) of
Nashville, Tenn., Barbara Gummin (Glenn) of Denver,
Colo., and Bradenton, Laura Jamra (Jim) of Madison,
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Some visitors to Egmont Key Nov. 9 dis-
covered the state park that can be seen on many days
from the northern shore of Anna Maria Island.
Other visitors rediscovered the historic Tampa
Bay site that has for 150 years lighted the way for
sailors and that for decades has served as an official
sanctuary for wildlife and as a preserve for outdoors
enthusiasts.
Egmont Key State Park hosted the annual Dis-
cover Egmont Key celebration Nov. 8-9, which coin-
cided with the 150th anniversary of its lighthouse.
"Celebrating 150 years of lighthouse service is an
important milestone for this cultural resource," said
Florida Park Service director Mike Bullock. "The
Egmont Key Alliance's time and support have made
this event a great success in celebrating the value of
the lighthouse to Egmont Key."
The alliance, a group of volunteers, organized the
weekend of activities, which included speech-making
and hiking through the public areas of the key, and
encounters with volunteers in period costumes.
Egmont is accessible only by boat, so a ferry
transported most visitors to Egmont from a dock in
Fort DeSoto Park south of St. Petersburg. Some visi-
tors arrived via their own boats to browse the souve-
nir shop, tour the museum and learn about Egmont
Key and the lighthouse.
During the 19th century, Egmont was a camp for
captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole
War. The Union Navy occupied the site during the
Civil War. In 1898, with the threat of the Spanish-
American War, Fort Dade was built on Egmont. In
1974, the Fort Dade Military Reservation, where guns
once sounded, became the Egmont Key National
Wildlife Refuge, home to gulls, least terns and other
shore birds.
The first lighthouse on Egmont was built in 1848,
as commerce picked up along Florida's Gulf, and it



To the lighthouse
Egmont Key State Park, accessible only by
boat, is open from 8 a.m. to sundown 365 days
a year.
A ferry carries visitors to the park from Fort
DeSoto Park in Pinellas County.
Admission to the park is free, but there is a
charge for the ferry.
Egmont Key State Park is government run,
but operates with the support of the Egmont Key
Alliance, a volunteer group that helps clean and
maintain the park and host events.
For more information about the alliance, go
to www.egmontkey.org.
For more information about the park,
call the state parks information center at
850-245-2157.


mont Key

served as the only lighthouse between St. Marks and
Key West at the time. That first lighthouse, made of
brick and costing about $10,000 to construct, was
damaged by a hurricane the same year it was built.
The story is that the lighthouse keeper and his
family took refuge in a rowboat tied to a palm tree
as the water rose.
They survived, but the lighthouse suffered, and a
new lighthouse was built in 1858 for about $16,000.
Improvements and renovations took place over the
years, but the lighthouse still stands.
Alliance members, in addition to celebrating
Egmont's natural splendor and the lighthouse birth-
day, marked the end of a successful bird-nesting
season and an extensive effort to remove non-native,
invasive plants.
"All of our members that were involved should
feel they have accomplished a lot," said EKA presi-
dent Jim Spangler.


The Egmont Key Alliance hosts visitors to the Egmont Key State Park during the annual Discover Egmont
Key on Nov. 9. The two-day event began Nov. 8, with people taking shuttle boats to the key from Fort
Desoto Park south of St. Petersburg. There, they participated in a 150th anniversary celebration of the
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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 a.m. - The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players
Thanksgiving 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.

Thursday, Nov. 13
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. -The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands
Key Chamber of Commerce "Nooner" lunch at the Sun House Restaurant,
111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Reserve by Nov. 12: 941-383-2466.
Fee applies.
2 p.m. - Movie at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5 to 6 p.m. - Sand-sculpting clinic at the BeachHouse restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-713-1763.

Friday, Nov. 14
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Outdoor crafts and yard sale at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-1813.
5 to 6 p.m. - Sand-sculpting clinic at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-713-1763.
5:30 p.m. - Open house featuring Barbara Orear at the Island Gal-
lery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
5:30 p.m. - Opening reception for the Women's Contemporary Art
Exhibit at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1906.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -"Fauna and Florida" artist reception at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-2099.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Featured works by Cheryl Jorgensen and a
community art project led by Barbara Hines and Kathleen Masur at the
Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-753-4760.


Saturday, Nov. 15
8 a.m. - Privateers Mullet Smoke at Publix, 3900 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-323-4075.
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a breakfast
meeting with guest speaker Vincent Conte, a financial planner, at Cafe on
the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8444.
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Two part boating course at the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Pre-registration:
941-795-0482. Fee applies.
9 am. to 2pm. - Bridge Street Market featuring music, food and shop-
ping on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Keep Manatee Beautiful SandBlast competition
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-713-1763.
10a.m. to 4p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts
the opening of its Seminole exhibit at the museum, 402 Pine St., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-0492.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park hosts a
benefit arts and crafts show in the field by Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
10a.m. to 5p.m. -Village of Cortez Folk Festival at the Florida Mar-
itime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.
Noon to 4 p.m. - Concert on the Green featuring the band Yester-
dayze at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
4p.m. - Meet the Maestro reception at The Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.

Sunday, Nov. 16
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park hosts a
benefit arts and crafts show in the field by Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
2p.m. -Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra "Fall
Welcome" concert at CrossPointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719. Fee applies.

Monday, Nov. 17
10:30 a.m. to noon - Quick, Cheap, Healthy cooking class on
"Stretching Soup Dollars" at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon - Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents "Election
2008: Results and Mandates" at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-9287.

Tuesday, Nov. 18
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.


Market features poinsettia sale
Orban's Nursery, the Bridge Street Market's featured vendor Nov. 15, will sell poinsettias for shoppers
seeking an early start to holiday decorating. The market also will feature fresh produce, accessories and
clothes, arts and crafts, collectibles and furniture. The market hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more
information, call organizer Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.


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Manatee County's natural resources depart-
ment will host wagon trips through Robinson
Preserve beginning at 1 p.m. Nov. 22.
"Roll through Robinson Preserve in style,"
said county naturalist Melissa Cain Nell. "Take
a relaxed ride through Robinson Preserve in the
department's Conestoga wagons."
During the tour, which costs $2 for an
adult and $1 for a child, participants will ride
along with a naturalist tour guide who will
present information on the preserve's history,
resident wildlife and fabulous flowers, and will
also describe preserve highlights including the
40-foot tall observation tower.
Tours will last about an hour and conclude
at 4 p.m.
To make a reservation call the county at
941-748-4501, ext. 4605.

2 p.m. - Seminar for hip and knee pain sufferers sponsored by
Blake Medical Center at H2U center, 6670 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
Information: 877-442-2362.
4 p.m. - Inquiring Minds presents an interfaith look at Judaism
at Gloria Dei Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-4579.
5 p.m. - Family dinner night featuring Chipotle restaurant at Anna
Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-708-5525. Fee applies.
6:30to8:30p.m. -GPS seminar at the Anna Maria Island Power Squad-
ron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-0482. Fee applies.
7 p.m. - "Cock-A-Doodle Dandy" second-grade play at Anna
Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-708-5525.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Noon -Anna Maria Island Garden Club meeting and flower-arrang-
ing workshop at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 PineAve., Anna
Maria. Reservations: 941-778-3665.

Ongoing:
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
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. 20, Island Garden Club potluck dinner at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church.
* Nov. 22, Holly Berry Bazaar at the Church of the Annunciation.
* Nov. 23, Jazz recital at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Save the date
* Nov. 26-Dec. 1, Manatee County School District Thanksgiving break.
* Dec. 1, Artists Guild Gallery holiday dinner.
* Dec. 5, Downtown Holmes Beach holiday open house sponsored
by The Islander.
* Dec. 6, Chuck and Joey Lester-Islander Family Fun Day at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
* 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
contact info via e-mail and phone.





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22 0 NOV. 12, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Island thoughts: All the time Islandtime


Islands always hold a special place in our hearts.
Now, we're finding that they hold a historic place in
human evolution.
Time passes more slowly on an island. Urban
rush and bustle turns into a stroll and, sometimes,
a nap. Sunrises and sunsets take on new meaning,
bracketing a day of soft winds and the murmur of
water easing onto shore.
Anna Maria Island shares the Islandtime man-
date. Perhaps it's the separation from the mainland,
perhaps it's the boundary that water offers, but being
separated from the rest of the region is more than
a physical distinction for Islanders. We're separate,
apart and, yes, different than many.
Researchers are now discovering that islands -
small islands - have played a more significant role in
the enhancement of civilization than once thought.
"Small islands dwarf large ones in archaeologi-
cal importance," according to University of Florida
archaeologist Bill Keegan, writing in the journal
Human Ecology. "We've written history based on
the bigger islands," he said, "yet not only are we now
seeing people earlier on smaller islands, but we're
seeing them move into territories where we didn't
expect them.
"It was thought that people preferred larger
islands because the land mass of bigger islands could
support a more diverse range of habitats and greater
numbers of animal species for humans to subsist on,"
Keegan said. But small islands had coastlines rich
with fish, and the absence of dense woodlands made
them more suited to farming and hunting small prey
such as iguanas, tortoises and other wildlife.
"In the short term, small islands often are supe-
rior to larger islands, and for a variety of reasons
they were actually people's first choice," Keegan
said. "They had better wind flow, fewer mosquitoes
and more plentiful marine resources. With sufficient
water and a relatively small amount of land to grow
certain kinds of crops, they had e . i th iing one would
need."
He based part of his findings on early Ceramic
Age artifacts found on small islands in the U.S. Virgin
Islands and Montserrat that were not found on larger
islands in the Lesser Antilles.
Keegan said that not only were the little islands
more attractive to early settlers, they were also a des-
tination of folks who wanted to relocate.
Based on pottery shards, he has proposed that
"humans often left large islands for small ones, prob-
ably initially to take advantage of abundant marine
resources along the coastline," he said. Some of the
pottery bits found in the Turks and Caicos islands
originated in Haiti.
"Traveling to the Turks and Caicos gave these
people an opportunity to get sources of food that
weren't locally available to them," he added.
"In another case, pottery remains were found on
an extremely tiny island in the Turks and Caicos that
had little soil and was accessible only by a sand spit.
The island looks just like a rock. To think that anyone
would have any reason to be out there is just beyond
believability. But the island is named Pelican Cay, so
people may have gone there to capture sea birds and
their eggs."
It was all about food sources then, and smaller
islands had large varieties of fish, tortoises, iguanas
and sea turtles.
Speaking of sea turtles, Keegan said he found
loggerhead sea turtle remains that indicated the rep-
tiles were as large as 1,000 pounds on Grand Turk.
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in size from comparisons to the smaller species we
see today.
And traveling from island to island by water was
easier for those early islanders than trekking from one
end of an island to the other by land, due to dense
vegetation. The sea "was their ancient highway," he
said.
"Based on our work, it is clear that marine
resources on smaller islands in the Caribbean were
abundant, heavily exploited and even sought after
by the native peoples," Keegan concluded. "You
could say that 'small is beautiful' or 'size doesn't
matter.'"
Small islands were historically found to be desir-
able due to abundant food and moderate climate.
Islands like Anna Maria attract residents for the same
reasons, although our food choices today are more
succulent than the roasted iguana of yesteryear.

Going green, too
Caribbean islanders historically learned how to
live large on little places. They're keeping some of
that tradition alive today, offering a lesson that we as
Islanders should follow.
They're green to our south. We're green here,
or strive to be up to a point, and where it doesn't
inconvenience us too much. Wi 'ne. and with some
small lifestyle alterations we too could learn how to
be green islanders, mon.
Living on an island far away from land is hard
work. Our Caribbean friends have to import all the
fuel needed to power generators for ice, air condi-
tioning, refrigeration. Fresh water is scarce. Building
materials are limited and usually have to be imported
at a high price.
In short, it costs to live in paradise.
It's easier on Anna Maria Island.
We can crank up the AC and sit in front of our
lit fireplace during August, leave the water running
in our sinks or on our lush green lawns - heck, we


can even toss our recyclable materials into the regular
trash if we want! All it takes is money and a devil-
may-care attitude.
But, of course, we don't do any of the above. And
following our Caribbean friends, we can learn to do
better.
Those crafty folks at the University of Florida
have studied the accommodation industry on the
islands to our south. The results: "Two-thirds of 197
hotels in 19 countries in the English-speaking Carib-
bean are taking steps to protect the environment,
from changing and laundering linens less often to
urging guests to recycle. The UF folks also found
that success in environmentally-friendly reform
often was pegged to a 'green champion,' an indi-
vidual in the workplace who pushed for green prac-
tices."
As a cynic, probably none of what brought about
any environmental change was spurred by an urge to
go green. It's all about the money. In light of what
is generally accepted to be a financial crisis in the
United States, let's pay attention to what's going on
elsewhere to see if we can learn how to save a few
bucks.
Guests in Caribbean hotels are educated to the
needs of island living.
Water is in short supply, so do you need your
sheets laundered daily?
You're there for the beautiful environment of sun,
sand and surf. Do you want to wade through empty
cans or other trash to or through the aqua waters?
Why crank up the AC and then leave the win-
dows open?
You recycle at home. Why not recycle on vaca-
tion, too?
The UF study came up with a few Caribbean
green practices that probably won't happen here any
time soon. Hotel staff turning old shower curtains
into aprons? Bedspreads cut up and used as pothold-
ers? Our finances aren't there yet, but....
Going green is more than a slogan.

Sandscript factoid
Any Islandtime mention seems to require the
quote from the late, great Douglas Adams in his book
"Mostly Harmless."
"We all like to congregate at boundary condi-
tions. Where land meets water. Where Earth meets
air. Where body meets mind. Where space meets time.
We like to be on one side and look at the other."

Preparing the supplies
Gerald Lynn of Bartlett,
Tenn., readies his table for
shoppers seeking treasures
and trinkets during the Anna
Maria Island Privateers
Thieves Market Nov. 8. The
market on Coquina Beach
was the first of several
planned for 2008-09. The
next market will take place
Jan. 10. Also, the Privateers
will hold a smoked mullet
sale Nov. 15 at the Publix
Super Market in Holmes
Beach. For more informa-
tion, go to www.amipri-
vateers.org or call Jackie
Waldron at 941-323-4075.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


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THE ISLANDER U NOV. 12, 2008 E 23


Weather, and fishing, improve in Gulf, bays


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing has improved after passage of the blus-
tery weather spurred by the first real cold front to
arrive on our shores this fall. Offshore fishers were
able to get out in the Gulf of Mexico and bring back
excellent catches of grouper and snapper. Most of
the action is still a bit out from shore, but colder
water temperatures should bring the fish closer to the
beach.
Backwater fishing for redfish is great right now.
Snook action is scattered depending on tides and
location. Mackerel are still around and biting, and
it's the start of the sheepshead season.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said his offshore trips have
resulted in good catches of kingfish, grouper and
snapper for his charters.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said backwater
action for his clients has included snook and red-
fish.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore
grouper fishing is excellent. The catch is still in
deeper water in the Gulf, but Bill predicts the bite
will move into shallower waters as temperatures cool
in the next few weeks. Mangrove snapper fishing is
good around artificial reefs in the Gulf, and there are
still some kingfish being landed. In the backwaters,
redfish are the best bet, as well as mangrove snapper
and mackerel. Some catch-and-release trout are also
snapping up the bait.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheep-
shead have made an appearance at the pier in the
past week. Other action includes mackerel, mangrove


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Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there have been catching lots of mackerel,
snook, black drum and mangrove snapper.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House
said big snook have been hanging out around the
dock, but don't seem interested in hitting any baited
hooks cast their way. The mangrove snapper aren't
as fussy, though, and good catches are reported near
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Reds are being caught
everywhere, as are sheepies.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include contin-
ued small shark catches from Terra Ceia Bay, plus
lots of small catch-and-release trout.
Capt Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said he's found fishing around Anna Maria Island "to
be a mixed bag this week, with a cold front shaking
things up. On my charters, the trout, mackerel, lady-
fish and bluefish have been over the deep seagrass
eating furiously. Redfish, flounder and snook have
been on the flats in potholes feeding on the moving
tide. Shallow water grouper fishing is in full swing,
with many 7- to 12-pound keepers being landed."
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's put-
ting his charters onto limit catches of redfish on every
trip out in the bays. Snook fishing is excellent for him
now, and he's found that the linesiders are still on the
seagrass flats.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said fishing finally picked up
after a slow start last week. "The water temperatures
are more like December than early November," he
said, "and that temperature range has taken its toll on
some of the red-hot action we had been experienc-
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Jersey trio managed several averaged-sized snook, a
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snapper, small grouper and ladyfish. Rick Fuchs from
Cincinnati saw a near-perfect day later in the week
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year," Capt. Zach lamented. "I reckon the calendar
needs to catch up with water temperatures and bring
in some winter-pattern fishing."
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
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biting. We are catching limit catches of large red
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lane, vermillion and yellowtail snapper, triggerfish,
kingfish, big sharks and amberjack." Capt. Larry took
Bill Mackson, Don Clegg, Jim Mallo, Tom Blakely,
Howard and Sue Weaver out and landed the whole
gamut, fishing in about 130 feet of water in the Gulf
using live pinfish and sardines for bait. He's also
catching gag grouper closer to shore, "but deeper is
better."
I've been taking charters to limit catches of
redfish up to 26 inches in length, plus some small
snook.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are
also welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to
news@islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
catch and a name and phone number for more infor-
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24 0 NOV. 12, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Islanders take part in PAL Superbowl victories


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Islanders Chris Galati, Anthony Cucci and Joseph
Cucci all played in the Police Athletic League youth
football program this year. Chris played for the PAL
Raiders in the age 11-12 junior varsity division, while
Anthony and Joseph played in the age 8-9 mitey mite
division, also for the Raiders.
Not only did they play, they won. Galati's team
fashioned a perfect 10-0 season that was culminated
with an exciting 12-6 victory over the Panthers in the
PAL Superbowl. The Raiders were trailing 7-6 with
only two minutes left to play and proceeded to drive
the length of the field to score the winning TD with
only a few seconds left on the clock.
The Raiders had several fourth-quarter come-
backs like that during the season, showing they had
the hearts of champions.
Anthony and Joey anchored the defensive line
for the mitey mite Raiders, which compiled a 7-1
regular-season record, good for first place in the divi-
sion. They defeated the Jaguars by a 19-0 score in
the first round of playoffs before heading to the PAL
Superbowl where they avenged their only regular-
season loss when they defeated the Broncos 20-13.
Anthony and Joey chipped in with three solo tackles
and two assists each in the victory.
Congratulations to Chris, Anthony and Joey and
their teammates in PAL football.

Soccer season winds down
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's fall
recreational soccer season is winding to a close with
only a few games left to be played. Division win-
ners are set: undefeated West Coast Air Condition-
ing taking top honors in the Premier Division, while
Division I winner is Ross Built with a 7-3-2 record.
Mr. Bones pursuit of a perfect season came to an
end thanks to a pair of games against Panoramic,
but the Bones still won Division II by a comfortable
margin.
Season awards will be reported in next week's
edition of The Islander. Congratulations to all of the
players, coaches and parents for a great season of
soccer for Anna Maria Island.
Panoramic and Mr. Bones battled it out to a 2-2
tie during Nov. 7 Division II soccer action. Panoramic
was led by Nicco Calleja and Tyler Yavalar, who
scored one goal apiece in the tie. Mr. Bones was led
by Michale Latimer's two goals.
Ross Built showed why they' re the top team in
Division I during a 4-0 victory over Autoway Ford
on Nov. 7. Madison Gsell scored two goals, while
Andrew and Jake Ross each added one goal in the
victory.
Michael Latimer showed why he has to be the
unanimous choice for Division II MVP after scoring
five goals to lead Mr. Bones past Coastal Orthope-
dic by a 6-2 score on Nov. 6. Ben Connors added
one goal for Bones in the victory. Luke Valadie led
Coastal with two goals in the loss.
LaPensee Plumbing received two goals apiece
from Mackenzie Kosfeld and Jonah Caster during
its 4-2 Premier Division victory over Wash Family
Construction on Nov. 6. Julian Botero and Chris Cal-


AMICC Soccer League

standings as of Nov. 7
Division II
Team Won Lost Tie Pts.
Mr. Bones 10 1 1 31
Panoramic 5 3 2 17
Orthopedic 3 5 2 11
Sparks 0 9 1 1
Division I
Ross 7 3 2 23
Norman 5 4 2 17
IRE 4 5 0 13
Autoway 3 7 1 10
Premier Division
WCAC 11 0 1 34
Wash 5 5 2 17
LaPensee 3 7 2 11
Harcon Corp. 2 9 1 7


Islander Chris Galati outruns a bevy of Bronco defenders on a 50-yard kick off return during the PAL
Superbowl.


lahan each scored one goal to lead Wash in the loss.
Mike Norman Realty edged Autoway Ford 3-2
in Division I soccer action on Nov. 5. Mikey Ells-
worth scored two goals and Alexis Yavalar added one
goal for Norman in the victory. Henrik Brusso and
Natasha Nieckoski each scored one goal for Autoway
in the loss.
West Coast Air Conditioning cooled off Harcon
Corp. 3-2 in Premier Division action on Nov. 5.
Chandler Hardy paced WCAC with two goals,
while Daniel Pimental added one goal in the victory.
Hunter Parrish and Chris Pate each scored one goal
for Harcon in the loss.
Panoramic eased past Sparks Steel Art 3-2 for a
Division II victory on Nov. 4. Leo Rose paced Pan-
oramic with two goals, while Tyler Yavalar added one
goal in the victory. Sparks was led by Ethan Bertrand
and Jacob Talucci, who each scored a goal in the
loss.
Harcon Corp. received one goal apiece from
Nicole Botero and Chris Pate as they defeated LaP-
ensee Plumbing 2-1 on Nov. 4. Gabe Salter scored
the lone goal for LaPensee Plumbing in the loss.
Island Real Estate rolled over Division I champs
Ross Built by a 5-1 score on Nov. 4. Ray Fano had
a hat trick, while Neil Carper added a pair of goals
for IRE in the victory. Andrew Ross scored the lone
goal for Ross in the loss.
West Coast Air Conditioning showed why they' re
the Premier Division champs with a 6-2 victory over
second-place Wash Family Construction on Nov. 4.
Daniel Pimental led the way with three goals, while
Trevor Bystrom added two goals and Chandler Hardy
chipped in with one goal. Julian Botero and Chris
Callahan each scored a goal to lead Wash in the
loss.

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,


Joey Cucci sheds blockers while searching for the
ball carrier during PAL football action.


best-ball-of-foursome game on Nov. 5. The team
of Vince Fanton, Bob Landgren, John Sagert and
Dick Eichorn fired a 12-under-par 52 to edge the
second-place team by two strokes. Vince Mer-
cadante, Pete Weir, John Heiselman and Bob Kral
finished at 10-under-par 54. Third place produced
a tie between John Atkinson, Dick Grimme, Bob
Kelly and Chris Collins, whose 56 was matched
by Bob Jorgensen, Din Ledford, Earl Ritchie and
John Driscoll.
The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-four-
some game on Nov. 3. The team of Larry Fowler,
Bob Sayles, Bob Lang and Jim Auch matched the 26
carded by Richard Westby, Russ Olson, Matt Behan
and Charlie Knopp to share biu,,inii rights for the
day.


Scouting Tampa
The Island Cub Scouts Pack 7 visits the Florida Aquarium in Tampa Oct. 17. The pack took a tour of the
aquarium and also participated in a sleepover in a new section of the aquarium.








sl Biz
By Rick Catlin






Ginny's back to

normal
With the reopening of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge, Ginny's and
Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, has returned to a
full schedule.
The store and eatery are now open
from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Ginny's is closed on Monday.
To reach Ginny' s and Jane E' s, call
941-778-3170.


Lord's Warehouse

opening on

Longboat Key
The Lord's Warehouse thrift shop
at 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key, is now open for the winter
season.
Part of the Longboat Island Chapel,
the shop is staffed by volunteers and
all items sold are donated, said Joan
Roecker, one of the store's managers.
All profits are used by the church for
its charitable ventures.
Available items include clothing,
shoes, bags, housewares, lamps and
some furniture, Roecker said.
"We will sell just about anything
someone wants to donate," she said.
The shop will be open from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Sat-
urday.
For more information, call
941-761-1412.


Outlook and

opportunities

seminar
Michael Valley of the Bradenton
and Holmes Beach office of Edward
Jones Financial Advisors will host
a free luncheon seminar Nov. 18 on
"Outlook and Opportunities" invest-
ment.
The seminar will be from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SunHouse Res-
taurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach.
Topics for discussion include the
current economic outlook, the impact
of political and social events on the
financial markets and the importance
of maintaining a long-term investment
strategy.
The seminar is free, but seating is
limited.
To register, call 941-779-2499.


Best of the best

on the beach
The Harrington House Bed and
Breakfast at 5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, has been chosen "Best on the
Beach" in the Best of BedandBreak-
fast.com Awards presented annually
to bed and breakfast establishments
throughout the United States and the


United Kingdom.
The awards are based on 50,000
independent reviews submitted to
BedandBreakfast.com, an online B&B
directory and worldwide reservation
network.
For more information about Har-
rington House, call 941-778-5444.


New to the

chamber
New members to the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce are:
* Oasis and Avante Transportation,
4514 A, 20th St. W., Bradenton, Alan
Shields, 941-953-3197.
* The Marriage Place, 2715 27th
Ave. Drive W., Bradenton, Dr. Kelly
Cohen, 941-753-7608.
* United Site Services, 3506
81st Court W., Bradenton, Gail Ann
Getham, 941-527-1616.
In other chamber news, the Sun-
rise Breakfast will be held at 7:40 a.m.,
Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the SunHouse
Restaurant on Bridge Street, Bradenton
Beach.
The November Business Card
Exchange will take place from 5 p.m.
to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the
Tidemark Beach Club, 101 66th St.,
Holmes Beach.
The events are open to current and pro-
spective members. For reservations,
call 941-778-1541.


Realty raves
Wagner Realty at 3639 Cortez
Road. W., with offices in Bradenton
Beach, has named Kathy Tobin as
the top sales agent for October for
the Island office. Bill Greene won the
same honor at Wagner's Longboat Key
office.
Sharon Hightower claimed the list-
ing agent award for the Island office.
The company also announced
that Richard Armstrong has joined its
Manatee Avenue office at 7411 Mana-
tee Ave. W., Bradenton.
For more information on the office,
call 941-761-3100.


Featured sale: This Martinique South
condo at 5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 604,
Holmes Beach, sold in June 2002
for $399,000 and in October 2008
for $480,000 for an increase of 20
percent. The cost per square foot is
$411. It is a 1,169 sfla 2bed/2bath
Gulf-view condo with pool built in
1970 and was sold Oct. 21, McMillan
to Elsasser, list $499,000. Islander
Photo: Jesse Brisson


Members of the 2008-09 Anna Maria Island (C i..,,i.. i of Commerce board,
installed during a swearing-in ceremony conducted by Manatee County Com-
missioner-elect John Chappie. Islander Photos: Courtesy Nancy Ambrose

II r


The winners of the Anna Maria Island ( i,..,,i.. i of Commerce's annual awards
and the award presenters Nov. 3 at the Key Royale Club. Pictured are Ed
Gocher of Miller Electric, front left, awards committee chair Ellen Aquilina,
Sue Gocher of Miller Electric, Joanne Hibbs of SERVPRO, Melissa Williams
of SteamDesigns.com, chamber president Mary Ann Brockman and chamber
ambassador Nancy Ambrose of the Bridge Street Market; back row, chamber
board chair Mark Davis and Larry Hibbs of SERVPRO.

C Don Schroder,
right, accepts
the Rotary Club
of Anna Maria
- Island's Busi-
ness Person of
the Year Award
Nov. 3. He is
pictured with
Mark Davis,
Barry Gould
and Mary Ann
Brockman.




Chamber presents awards


The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce installed its 2008-09
board and honored businesses of the
year Nov. 3.
The honors came during an annual
dinner, held this year at the Key Royale
Club in Holmes Beach.
During the dinner, Manatee County
Commissioner-elect John Chappie con-
ducted a swearing-in ceremony of the
new board, including Barbara Murphy,
Karen LaPensee, David Teitelbaum,
Ellen Aquilina, Joe Landolfi, Kim
Ibasfalean, Lois Gift, Judy Giovanelli,
Chuck Webb, Michael Vejins, Mark
Davis, Larry Chatt, Wende Webb, Cindy
Thompson and Mary Ann Brockman.
Amy VanDell also is a board member.
Brockman presented the ambas-
sador of the year award to Nancy
Ambrose.


Steam Designs.com received the
small business of the year award. Can-
didates also included An Island Place
Realty, Melinda's Cafe and Catering,
Island Mail & More.
The business of the year award
for a medium business went to Miller
Electric. The candidates included ABC
Rentals, Duncan Real Estate and Island
Bazaar.
The award for large business went
to SERVPRO; the Chiles Group also
was a candidate.
The awards ceremony included
the presentation of the Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island's 2008 Business
Person of the Year honor, which went
to Don Schroder.
Rotary club president Barry Gould
said Schroder lived the club's "service
above self" motto.




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nephew, Daniel P enstemaker, also oj Paris; and his great,
great, great niece, Elly Fenstemaker, born June 12.


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ISA N'R CA S IDS


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.




YARD SALE: ROSER Thrift Shop. 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday, Nov. 15. Lots of stuff! 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria.

DUPLEX DEMO SALE: 8 a.m.-1p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 22. Furniture, fixtures and equipment. 126
48th St. Holmes Beach.

GARAGE/ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat-
urday, Nov. 15. Household items, clothing, art-
work, furniture. 3716 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
941-778-7845.

GARAGE SALE: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 15. Loads of really great stuff. 531 69th St.,
Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 pm. Friday and Satur-
day, Nov. 14-15. Furniture, antiques, tools, etc. 609
Foxworth Lane, Key Royale. Holmes Beach.

GIANT GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday
and Friday, Nov. 13-14. Household, Christmas,
bakers rack, books, tons of brand-name men's
and women's clothes. Like new. Lots more. 4524
Nassau Road, Coral Shores, Bradenton.


ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.
Furnishings and accessories. Details and pictures:
www.appraisals4u.biz. Julie McClure Sales. 439
47th St., W. Palmetto Point. Palmetto.


ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
15. Leather couch and chair, contemporary chairs
and ottomans, black lacquer curios (two large,
one small), lamps, TVs, two queen bed sets,
chandelier, desk, prints, 1950s-style dinette, col-
lectibles, occasional tables, like-new GE profile
washer and dryer, approximately 100 new sets
of scrubs, 5500 Wheelhouse generator, tools,
ladders, kitchenware, linens, costume jewelry,
china, glass and bric-a-brac. 5312 86th St. W.,
Bay Lakes Estates, located off Cortez Road.
Sales conducted by Palma Sola Sales. Numbers
given out at 8 a.m.




PAINTING LIVE! FUNNY bar signs, mermaids
and more. RhondaK, native Florida folk artist,
at Bridge Street Market, (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) Nov.15.
www.rhondakwrites.com. 941-704-7558.

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.

FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 778-7978.


BROTHER AND SISTER Yo-Chon puppies need
loving home. Call Sharon, 941-778-4360 or
571-215-6711.

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.




BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
941-685-1400.

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.

NEW SAILS, REPAIRS, custom rigging and outfit-
ting service. 25 years experience. Knighton Sail
Makers. 941-365-SAIL.




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.


WEB MASTER By Elizabeth C. Gorski


Across
1 Precipitate
7 Amplifier jack
letters
10 Liveliness
16 "Sort of" ending
19 Full assembly
20 Nabokov heroine
21 Falafel sandwich
sauce
22 Never, in
Niirnberg
23 They work on
Steinways
24 Where you might
see 115-Across
27 They're hidden
in a Hirschfeld
sketch
28 Others, in Latin
29 Tie followers,
briefly
30 Rubber that
meets the road
31 Coffee order
34 Deceive
36 Consumers
38 Pumpkin bomb-
throwing enemy
of 115-Across,
with "the"
40 Scottish cattle
breed
42 "Show me!"
43 Gibson's
"Ransom" co-
star
44 Prominent stars
in constellations
For any three answers,
call from a touch tone
hone: 1 900 285 5656,
1.49 each minute; or,
with a credit card, 1-800-
814-5554.


49 What's more
50 Food writer
Rombauer and
others
52 Related to base
eight
56 Royals abroad,
maybe
58 "___ see"
60 Go (for)
61 Bandleader
Puente
62 Scratch cause
65 Leaves behind
68 "London Fields"
author
69 Taliban leader
70 Way overseas
71 French goose
72 Mess up
73 Plant with
tendrils
74 Selfish cry
before and after
"all"
75 Sight from the
Bering Sea
77 Astrologers'
work
79 Geraint's
beloved
80 Vintage wheels
81 System of
beliefs
83 Baby carrier
brand
84 Dress lines
86 Singer Lauper
88 Legal org.
91 Plus
92 Loathing
94 Shoelace ends:
Var.


Edited by Will Shortz


97 Handel opera
based on Greek
myth
100 Film star who
played 38-
Across
105 Resemble
106 Wish granters
108 The planet
Venus
110 Memo starter
111 Lux. locale
112 "___ fool ..."
114 Identify from
memory
115 Theme of this
puzzle
119 Lighthearted
120 Suffix with
puppet
121 Extremely
122 Pupil's spot
123 It's covered by
a sleeve
124 Hosp. staff
125 Learn easily
126 Beam
127 Firewood
measures

Down
1 10-G, e.g.: Abbr.
2 Laundry
whitener
3 Actor Jeremy of
"North Country"
4 Nervousness
5 Run down
6 Some
intellectual
property: Abbr.
7 Chewy cookie
8 Immunity ___ on
"Survivor"


9 Monet painting
also known as
"The Woman in
the Green Dress"
10 And more: Abbr.
11 Wooden shoe
12 115-Across's day
job
13 They run through
South America
14 Publicity
15 Peculiarity
16 Visible
17 California's
High ___
18 Joan of Arc's
crime
25 Visual
presentation of
what gave 115-
Across special
powers
26 Tentacled enemy
of 115-Across
32 Economics fig.
33 Indian fort
locale
35 'acte
36 High ways?
37 To boot
39 Drawers in a
laundry room
41 Hardly luxurious
44 Looks good on
45 Assay
46 Largest moon of
Uranus
47 Film star who
played 26-Down
48 Quattro + due
51 Comfy shoe
53 Stopwatch info
54 All excited
55 Goes ballistic


57 Company
leaders: Abbr.
59 Bouquet
63 Mohawk, for one
64 Film star who
played 115-
Across
66 White-glove
affairs
67 Sp. matrons
76 Big time?
78 Modern test
subj.


82 "Scenes From a
___" (Woody
Allen film)
85 Home of Rapid
City: Abbr.
87 Setting of the
painting
"Washington
Crossing the
Delaware"
89 Natural
sweetener
90 "Don't look ___
that way!"


93 Suffix with glass
95 Dim perception
96 Old campus grp.
97 Let up
98 Stake
attachment,
maybe
99 Takes in, say
101 Small program
102 Girl's name
meaning "happy"
103 Person with a
public address


104 Swindle
107 Young business
partner?
109 Beginnings
111 Book before
Daniel: Abbr.
113 Water brand
116 Intersected
117 Glamorous
Gardner
118 Sticky stuff
119 Abbr. in a real
estate ad





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ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ting. 941-778-5352
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and 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.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced with both children and
pets. Red Cross certified in CPR for all ages. Call
the twins, Kayla and Ariel Jennis, 941-778-1746.
The best team around!
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 CARE for your loved one. Dementia spe-
cialists in a group home. Call Mary Jane at Select
Group Home for appointment, 941-751-1141.


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



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Hereiis
Jewel, a
1-year-old
Catahoula
hound mix,
great with
other dogs
and kids and
Scats. Spayed/
microchip, $50 adoption fee. Call Julie at
SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or
Manatee Humane Society, 941-747-8808.
SPONSORED BY T e Islander


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.
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.
CAROLYN'S CLEANING SERVICES: Depend-
able. House, condo, interior, exterior, weekly,
bi-weekly, monthly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
941-567-4521 or 941-448-3857.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. 941-539-6891.
LICENSED, DEPENDABLE, TRUSTWOR-
THY with references to assist with daily needs.
Medicines, grooming, hygiene, meals, doctor
appointments, shopping, etc. On-call 24/7.
941-758-4442.
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.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.


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


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


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


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

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

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



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118.
941-778-3924 or 778-4461.

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

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

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

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

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

K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.
941-544-865

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UNIQUE TROPICAL GARDENS AND PONDS
, All phases of landscape * residential/commercial
hardscapes * tiki bars * exotic plants
C R IJACKSON HOLMES - OWNER
(941) 81I-3809
P RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.

\ Residential & Condo Renovations
SKitchens * Bath Design Service
Manate Coarpentry * Flooring * Painting
ll phases Commercial & Residential
References available * 941-720-7519


WASH CONSTRUCTION
Renovation Specialist * All Carpentry Repairs
Completing more than 2,000 jobs on Anna Maria Island
SDarrin J. Wash 941.725.0073
LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988

Pawsitively Pets
& Property Services Inc.
761-7511Ta
INTERNATIONAL
Quality Pet Sitting * Bonded * Insured

� Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
Sm., e. _n_. S _-,i - Permitted/Licensed/Insured
K ? SAirport Shuttle
SDoor-to-Door Shuttle
941-580-5777 Special Events
www.shuttleserviceami.com Most major credit cards are accepted

Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, .c ,
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup
Call Junior, 807-1015 1

BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down * Easy Access * Clean * Security Cameras
941-232-9208 * Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road * 4523 30th St. W.
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Hurricane Windows & Doors
Kitchen & Bath Remodeling * Room Additions
730-5045* LIC#CBC1253145

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IS L A A D


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.

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.

MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Is your home in
need of sprucing up? Free estimates, 941- 580-
3312.



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


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

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

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.

ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.


Don't Delay...Buy Today!
Prices are down and there's so much
to choose from. Call a realtor you trust
with over 24 years experience in real
estate sales, property management,
vacation rentals, annual rentals and
commercial leasing.
Gayle Schulz
Broker / Associate / Notary Public
(941) 812-6489 Gayle511@tampabay.rr.com








- HOUSE FOR SALE
IMMACULATE & AFFORDABLE
i * 2BR/2BA/2CG
* Tropical Landscape
* Casa del Sol, W. Bradenton
$197,900
ANNUAL RENTAL - HOLMES BEACH
Spacious 3BR/2.5BA Townhouse
with two-car garage. Close to the Beach.
123-A 52nd Street, available Dec 1.
$1555/mo. plus utilities
Credit check required.
Call Gayle for details.
Jim Anderson Realty Company
6000 Marina Drive * Suite 105 * Holmes Beach
941.778.4847 * toll free 1.800.772.3235
www.jimandersonrealty.com


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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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




WAGNER REALTY
BrWnngbfPfrpl iW Sina 1939


REDUCED! Anna Maria Gulf Front lot. RUNAWAY BAY CONDOS Now avail-
Build your dream home here. Walk able several 1 or 2BR units, Bay front,
the sugar white sand beach, watch pool side & otherviews.Some updated
the stunning sunsets, seethe dolphins Phone for details. Park like setting,
swim by. Write your novel here! Becky beach access, tennis, pool. On site
Smith or Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246. rentals. Priced $275,000 - $354,000
#M504998. $1,199,000 (941) 778-2246.


EXQUISITE Gulf views & luxury ame-
nities. 3BR/2.5BA. Crown Moldings
accent high ceilings & open plan.
Granite countertops & stainless appl.
Designer perfect furnishings. Karen
Day (941) 778-2246. #M578289.
$1,599,000


FURNISHED MODEL OPEN Thur-Tues
Noonto5PM.9100 BlockCortezRdW-
SpectacularviewsofPalmaSola Bayfrom
this magnificently decorated 4BR/4.5BA
home, private elevator, 3 car gar. Sharon
Hightower(941)778-2246.#M5799513.
$1,249,000 Others from $799,000


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


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 annual unfurnished
rental. Lido, Longboat Key, Cortez, Anna Maria,
downtown Sarasota area. 1,000 sf, bright,
clean. December and January occupancy.
941-896-7902.

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.

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.

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.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.


Great canal home


Just off Cortez Rd. 3/2 completely updated on extra
large lot in Coral Shores East. New roof, kitchen,
baths, wood floors and beautifully -
textured ceilings! 10 minutes to
beach, yet economically priced at
$362,000. Call today for your personal
tour. Jim & Julie Warrender, Keller
Williams Realty. Agent Direct 718-5501.





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POOL HOME: VACATION rental. Eight minutes
from the beaches in northwest Bradenton. Gor-
geous 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, sleeps six,
inclusive. Contact 941-794-1515. View at www.
coastalpropertiesrealty.com.

ANNUAL APARTMENT RENTALS: 75th Street,
Bradenton. Colonial Grand at Palma Sola. 1, 2
and 3/BR available. No deposit with good credit.
Credit and criminal background checks. Call for
information, 941-792-8333, or visit www.cgpal-
masola.com.

LARGE DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage. Sunny
Shores, quiet, close to beaches. Available now.
$850/month. 941-761-1471.

ROOMMATES WANTED: 3BR/2BA house. Solar-
heated caged pool, canalfront with dock. All utili-
ties, electric, cable, TV, Internet, phone, washer
and dryer, storage. Everything but food, drink. No
pets. $650/month. 941-780-1668.

CHARMING BAY VIEW cottage: furnished,
1BR/1BA, washer and dryer, dock. $850/month.
941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1.5BA house. Three
blocks to beach. Quiet neighborhood. $1,000/
month. 941-778-5143

ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR/1BA apartment. Three
blocks to beach. Quiet neighborhood. $700/
month. 941-778-5143

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1.5BA. No children, pets.
Professional only. $1,000/month plus utilities.
941-779-2220.

ANNA MARIA: 150 feet to Gulf. 3BR/2BA and
2BR/1 BA, completely remodeled. Several weeks
and months available. 941-778-7933.

HOLMES BEACH: BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA, steps
to beach, garage, privacy fence, pool, spa, washer
and dryer. No pets or smokers. Deal at $1,600/
month, annual. 907-617-3887.

THANKSGIVING/CHRISTMAS VACATION spe-
cials: $599/week, Longboat Village 2BR/1BA
home, or Palma Sola 2BR/2BA townhouse with
boat dock. Island 3BR/2BA pool home and dock,
$799/week and more. Realtor, 941-356-1456.


ANNUAL HOMES: RINGLING Museum area.
2BR/2BA, one-car garage, updated. $1,000/
month. College 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, $1,200/
month. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

ANNUAL RENTALS: Gulffront complex large 1/
BR condo with sunroom, 55-plus. $975/month.
Visit www.anislandplace.com for annual rentals
or call Sue, realtor, at 941-779-9320.

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

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


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.

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.

A RARE REAL estate and business opportunity
to own a tropical resort 50 yards from the beach.
Return rental income of $50,000 with this charm-
ing resort triplex, completely redone, every unit is
perfect, ready to rent. Close to shops and restau-
rants. Offered at $899,000. Andrews and Associ-
ates, 941-504-7769.

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MOBILE HOME with land. 8x28 mobile, 10x20
addition, driveway. Located in Paradise Bay,
55-plus park. Low monthly maintenance. Asking
$49,000. Call 941-447-9852 for information.

CUSTOM KEY WEST HOME. Gated commu-
nity off Intracoastal Waterway, boat slip with
lift, pool. 2,700-plus sf, 3BR/2.5BA, oak floors,
cherry cabinets, elevator. $999,500. Owner/agent,
941-321-2736

BEAT THE BANK: Longboat Key 3BR/2BA, two-
car garage, $499,000. Key Royale 3BR/2BA, two-
car garage, pool and dock, $599,000. Realtor,
941-756-1090.

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!

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: Two acres on moun-
tain top near New River State Park, great fish-
ing, view, private. $29,500. Must sell, call owner,
866-789-8535.

COUNTRY ACREAGE: By owner. Five acres,
Beautiful mountaintop log-cabin site with breath-
taking views, gently rolling property, surrounded
by woods, 30 minutes from Cookeville, $29,900.
Owner financing. 931-445-3611.

IMMEDIATE CASH PAID for private mortgages
and trust deeds. Call John today at 631-208-1332
for your free quote on your note! www.lakesidef-
sonline.com.

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