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VOLUME 17, NO. 3


SandBlast blasts
off. Page 10





Skimming

the news ...

Island tourism up
in October. Page 3


Additional penny
bed-tax backed.
Page 3

Work continues
along Palma Sola
Causeway. Page 4

Editorial page:
Our opinion, your
opinion. Page 6


's on Anna "Maria Island Since 1992


Sunday fire at Haley's 'suspicious'
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Orange flames punched the sky from the
ripped-open roof of the duplex that is part of .
Haley's Motel Nov. 16.
No one was reported seriously injured in :l
the nighttime blaze, which brought personnel .
from West Manatee Fire Rescue and Long-
boat Key Fire, Bradenton Beach and Holmes
Beach police, the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office and the Manatee County Emergency'
Medical Services.


Island readies
for Thanksgiving.
Page 14



D� Fuck, UI
The Greatest
Generation: WWII
vet: 'Not my day
to die.' Page 16

Streetlife: The
Island police
reports. Page 19
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WMFR Capt. Tom Sousa, also the depart-
ment's public information officer, talks
to the media at the Haley's Motel fire.
Islander Photo: Jack Elka
On Nov. 17, the case remained under
investigation with the origin of the fire unde-
termined, according to WMFR deputy fire
marshal Kurt Lathrop.
The investigation was continued from
Sunday night due to safety concerns, he
said.
"We had a structural collapse of the roof
on the second floor on the backside," Lathrop
said early Monday as he drove to Holmes
Beach to meet with other investigators.
With the cause unknown as of Nov. 17,
the Holmes Beach Police Department was
taking precautions and treating the area as a
crime scene.
A fire watch was posted through the
night to protect the scene in the 8100 block
of Gulf Drive.


Gufj and Marina drives were filled with jrepjgnters and their equip-
ment while fighting the blaze at Haley's Motel just after dinner
Sunday. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


The fire began sometime after 7 p.m.
Two 911 calls were received at 7:17 p.m.,
with the dispatch going out at 7:18 p.m. and
firefighters were on their way by 7:21 p.m.,
according to WMFR Capt. Tom Sousa.
"Upon arrival, the first units saw the


rear of the lower and upper section heavily
involved in fire," Sousa said. "And at that
point, the structure was deemed unsafe. The
fire progressed so fast."
By 7:45 p.m., Gulf and Marina drives
PLEASE SEE HALEY'S FIRE, PAGE 9


... and search for Musil-Buehler continues


Islander com-
petes in Iron Man
events. Page 20

Islander Calen-
dar: What to do
and when.
Page 21

Sandscript: Water
shows with dol-
phins and whales.
Page 22

Fishing report:
Grouper, snapper
move closer to
shore. Page 23


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"Sabine would have a helicopter out
searching for someone," Debby Hall said,
confident her close friend would do all to
find a missing person.
Sabine Musil-Buehler, 49, co-owner of
Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach, has been
missing since late Nov. 4, according to
friends and family.
She was reported missing by the Mana-

Reward fund

established
Friends and family of Sabine Musil-
Buehler have established a fund to offer
a reward for information in the case.
Donations can be left at Whitney
Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
in the name of the Sabine Buehler Ben-
efit Fund.


tee County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 6, after
her car was found on the mainland.
Hall does not expect Musil-Buehler
to come home. "I just don't feel that she's
alive," she said.
The MCSO initially issued a news release
indicating that there was no evidence of foul
play in Musil-Buehler's disappearance.
But subsequent reports from the MCSO
indicated otherwise, and by Nov. 10 detec-
tives were investigating a possible homi-
cide.
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube
acknowledged on Nov. 11, a week after
Musil-Buehler's disappearance, that too
many days had passed without close friends
and relatives hearing from her.
And the physical evidence in the case did
not bring positive news. Musil-Buehler's car,
found at about 3:17 a.m. Nov. 6, contained
human blood, though authorities have not
said whose blood.
Robert Corona had left the car in the


1200 block of 26th
Avenue West in Bra-
denton, according to
an arrest report from
the MCSO. A deputy
had tried to stop the
car, a white, two-door
Pontiac Sunfire, for a
Musil-Buehler traffic violation. The
driver tried to flee, leading to a foot-chase
in the neighborhood.
Eventually MCSO deputies and a K-9
dog found Corona hiding under a truck and
arrested him. The first charges filed against
him were for resisting arrest and driving on
a suspended license. A charge of grand theft
auto was later filed, along with a detailed
arrest report stating that the car belonged to
Musil-Buehler and that human blood was
found inside.
The report stated that someone had
removed pieces of the seat and carpet, and
PLEASE SEE MISSING, PAGE 12


NOV. 19,2008 1 �





2 E NOV. 19, 2008 U THE ISLANDER


Anna Maria Island gateway more like 'junkyard'


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
When the Anna Maria Island Bridge reopened
Nov. 6, visitors might have been expecting to see a
beautiful Florida barrier island as they made their
way to the bridge.
Instead, they' re being treated to what some people
call a junkyard of equipment, vehicles, construction
activity and piles of dirt.
During the closure, workers for Tampa Electric
Co. were busy at the east and west approaches to the
bridge installing a natural gas pipeline. That project
is ongoing.
At the same time, the Sarasota Bay Estuary
Program in conjunction with the Palma Sola Scenic
Highway Committee began removing invasive plants
and trees from the Neal Preserve about 100 yards east
of the bridge on Perico Island.
County officials said the removal, including Aus-
tralian pines, was about 40 percent complete, with the
rest of the work scheduled to take place by workers
cutting trees by hand.
Enthusiasm for the Neal project was shared
during a meeting of the Palma Sola Scenic High-
way Corridor Management Committee Nov. 12. (See
separate story.)
Asked about the tree removal last week, John Moly-
neux, a leader of last year's active Stop Taking Our
Pines, said, "I know they carved out a lot of trees."
Molyneux said, however, that he recognizes the
state and local governments will continue efforts to
remove the trees and he has "moved on to tree pres-
ervation in general."
Meanwhile, on Manatee Avenue, the St. Joe
Corp., - during the privacy of the bridge closure
- tore down the Perico Harbor Marina building.
Quinn Construction, the bridge contractor, still
makes its project headquarters on the east approach
of the bridge, along with keeping its equipment, com-


The east approach to the Anna Maria Island Bridge saw some activity during the 38-day closure of the
bridge. In addition to the St. Joe Corp. tearing down the Perico Harbor Marina building, installation of
the TECO natural gas pipeline and bridge contractor Quinn Construction staging equipment and parking
vehicles along the approach, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program in conjunction with Manatee County was
busy clearing invasive plants and trees from the Neal Preserve across from St. Joe's S.. .. ,l /,. -1. ' project.


Islander Photo's: Rick Catlin

pany and personal vehicles and an office trailer at that
location.
Some Islanders might say that all the activity is
giving visitors a poor impression as they approach
the Island.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger agreed
that the area is unsightly and looks like a junkyard,
but there's really not much the city can do.
"The county controls that land. I' ve tried for years
to annex it, but the county always says no. It's now
an eyesore for people driving to and from the Island,
but all we can do is complain," the mayor said.


Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said the activity doesn't
give a first-time visitor a good impression, but that
all disappears at the Holmes Beach city limits.
"It's certainly not a good advertisement for the
Island, but it doesn't take long to get through that
activity," she said. "I just wish all that equipment
wasn't going to be here all season. It's definitely
unsightly and not a scenic view."
Brockman's advice to visitors is to f i it the. con-
struction area - the Island is "still nice and clean and
a wonderful place to visit."


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THE ISLANDER U NOV. 19, 2008 E 3


Koenigs: 40 years for Island shooting


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A judge sentenced Mark Koenigs to 40 years in
prison for shooting Islander Sue Normand and threat-
ening to shoot two law enforcement officers on the
beach.
Judge Diana Moreland sentenced Koenigs, 55,
Nov. 13, nearly a year after the shooting.
Koenigs, convicted in August, entered Nor-
mand's Island Mail & More store on East Bay Drive
in Holmes Beach with a package on Dec. 5, 2007.
He handed the package to Normand, who sug-
gested more packing before mailing the box. And
then, from the box, Koenigs produced a gun, which
he fired at Normand, shooting her in the hip to the
shock of the shopkeeper, a store customer - and
eventually the whole Island.
Koenigs ran from the store, heading south from
the shopping center parking lot. While police, para-
medics, firefighters and nearby businesspeople rushed
to Normand's aid, law enforcement officers searched
for the shooter.
Eventually law enforcement officers confronted
Koenigs on the Gulf shore in Bradenton Beach, where
he was shot several times after pointing his gun at two
officers.
Moreland, before she imposed the 40-year sen-
tence, cited the fact that Koenigs ran rather than tend-
ing to Normand's wound, as well as the fact that he
continued to try to elude police, and, when confronted
by officers, did not surrender and drop his weapon.
The hearing took place in a courtroom in the
Manatee County Judicial Center in downtown Bra-
denton.
Normand arrived with supporters - her daugh-
ter Lisa, a county victim's advocate, a neighbor and
Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy Angel Buxeda.
Koenigs arrived to the hearing about 30 minutes
late due to a delay in transportation from the Manatee
County jail, where he has been held since December
2007, and then another delay at the courthouse.
Normand, wearing a tan suit, entered the court-
room using a cane.
Koenigs, in blue jail garb and holding a plastic
sandal, entered the courtroom in a wheelchair pushed


- -1 7' I


Lisa Normand, left, and Sue Normand, comfort one another during the sentencing hearing for Mark
Koenigs. Inset, Lisa Normand holds her mother's hand during the hearing.


by a deputy.
As Koenigs, seated at a table, conversed with his
attorney, Normand and her daughter sat on a bench,
arms around one another, talking softly.
Assistant State Attorney Lauren Berns was first
to address the judge, asking Moreland to consider the
shooting at Island Mail & More and the confrontation
on the beach as two separate episodes.
Koenigs was convicted of one count of aggra-
vated battery with a firearm for shooting Normand,
as well as two counts of aggravated assault on law
enforcement for aiming his armed gun at officers.
Berns recommended that Koenigs be sentenced
to 25 years for the crime against Normand, and sen-
tenced to 15 years on each count of assaulting law
enforcement. The sentences on the two counts of
aggravated assault on law enforcement would run
concurrently, but consecutive to the 25 years on the
assault against Normand.
Normand then addressed the court. From the wit-
ness stand she read a prepared statement that at times


Additional 1I-cent bed tax endorsed


By Paul Roat
Most people don't base their travel plans on the
tax rate of their destination, and with that general
assumption came a general consensus by 100 tour-
ism experts that Manatee County should levy another
penny tax on tourists.
Meeting in an afternoon charrette Nov. 13, repre-
sentatives from the resort, restaurant and other tour-
ism industries agreed that the current 4 percent tax on
lodgings of less than six months should be increased
to 5 percent.
The charrette was hosted by the Bradenton Area
Convention & Visitor's Bureau. CVB director Larry
White painted a dark picture of future finances for
the tourist-seeking agency without cutting programs
such as marketing and advertising without the added
tax, estimated to provide $1.2 annually.
The gloom is attributed in part to skyrocketing
property taxes and insurance rates on resorts, caus-
ing many owners to sell their hotels or motels to
more financially lucrative condominium develop-
ers. National and international economic woes also
played a part in causing people to travel less and be
more frugal on vacation.
The CVB funds a host of projects and pro-
grams geared toward tourism: marketing, adver-
tising, branding, promotions, plus funding for the
Manatee Convention & Civic Center, the Powell
Crosley Mansion and McKechnie Field in Braden-
ton. There is also a dedicated 1-percent for beach
renourishment.
White said the current budget should be virtu-
ally unchanged from last year. He said he expected
shortfalls in funding in the next few years that would
cut programs, specifically marketing of the area as a


tourist destination.
Unfunded projects that could benefit from extra
tax revenues include $8.2 million for the civic center
for a new roof, air-conditioning and heating renova-
tions, enhanced landscaping and additional parking.
The Crosley Mansion needs improvements to
the carriage house at an estimated cost of $650,000.
McKechnie Field needs new seating, a video score-
board, covered seats, new concession and plaza stands
and improved parking at an estimated cost of almost
$4 million.
Beach renourishment at the north and south ends
of Anna Maria Island should be untouched in 2009 by
any financial worries, but planned renourishment for
the entire Gulf shore of the Island in 2012 could be
in jeopardy without federal and state financial aid.
Other beach elements in need of funding include
$4.6 million for improved concession stands, pavil-
ions, rest rooms and other beachscape improve-
ments.
Highlights underscored by charrette participants
for future funding included continued beach renour-
ishment, marketing of the area, civic center and Cros-
ley Mansion improvements, arts and cultural tourism
marketing, McKechnie Field improvements and eco-
tourism marketing.
"It's obvious we need the extra penny," Island
restaurateur Ed Chiles said.
Results of the charrette will be compiled in a
report and presented to the Manatee County Tourist
Development Council in February. The nine-member
board will then make a recommendation to the Mana-
tee County Commission.
If the fifth-cent tax is desired, public hearings will
be held before a decision is reached.


brought her and her daughter to tears.
Koenigs sat before Normand, sometimes running
a hand through his beard, but mostly leaning forward,
with his left hand cupping his chin.
Normand said Dec. 5, 2007, began like an ordi-
PLEASE SEE KOENIGS, PAGE 13


Mark Koenigs arrives in a courtroom Nov. 13,
where he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Koenigs shot and wounded Islander Sue Normand
on Dec. 5, 2007. Islander Photos: The Bradenton
Herald


Meetings

Anna Maria City
* 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. 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
* None scheduled.

Of Interest
* 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.
* Nov. 27 is Thanksgiving, when government
offices will be closed, as well as banks and some
businesses, including The Islander newspaper. City
halls on the Island also will be closed Nov. 28.
Send public meeting notices to lisaneff@
islander.org.





4 0 NOV. 19, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Work continues along Palma Sola scenic highway


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The choke is loosening on native growth and
natural tidal flow at Neal Preserve, according to the
preserve's chief advocate.
"There's not a lot of natural habitat because the
site was clear-cut in 1970," said Charlie Hunsicker,
director of the county's natural resources depart-
ment.
But a year from now, Neal Preserve will have
changed dramatically, Hunsicker told members of the
Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Management
Entity, which met Nov. 12 at the county administra-
tive center in Bradenton.
Change already is apparent at the site located
southeast of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
When barricades on the bridge came down earlier
this month and traffic resumed there, many Island
motorists first caught sight of the change.
While traffic was rerouted to the Cortez Bridge
for repairs to the AMI Bridge, workers used heavy
machinery to remove invasive, non-native plants
from the preserve.
Hunsicker said the removal of exotic plants,
mostly Australian pines and Brazilian peppers, is
about 40 percent complete.
"The remaining Australian pines have to be taken
down by handsaw," he said, adding that removing the
overgrowth of invasive species will free tidal flow at
the site and bring back Florida habitat.
"There's not much native habitat left," Hunsicker
said.
The removal of the non-native plants, he added, is
the beginning of the site work. Eventually the county
will create a kayak launch, shell trails, a 20-foot
observation tower, parking for about 10 vehicles, as
well as bring back native plants and make stormwater
improvements.
"When can I launch my kayak?" asked Palma
Sola committee vice chair Molly McCartney of
Holmes Beach.
"This time next year," Hunsicker replied. "We
have the money. We have to get the plans drawn,
submitted and approved."
In other business last week, the Palma Sola group
discussed the status of the plants placed this year
along the scenic corridor, which is Manatee Avenue/
State Road 64 from 75th Street in Bradenton to East
Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.
More than 700 trees and shrubs were planted this


year as part of a massive beautification project involv-
ing Bradenton, Manatee County, Holmes Beach, the
Florida Department of Transportation and J.C. Tree
and Landscaping.
In the months after the initial planting, 72 palm
trees died, according to committee chair Seth Kohn,
who works for the city of Bradenton.
J.C. Tree replaced the trees this fall.
"We have set up a watering regimen and we
continue to weed the beds around the trees," Kohn
said.
He provided updates on other Palma Sola proj-
ects:
* The shell parking lot planned for the new boat
ramp at the southwest corner of the causeway has not
been built because the Florida Department of Trans-
portation is working on a lease agreement for the
right of way.
* The concrete slab left from the old boat ramp
at the northeast corner of the causeway will remain
until the new boat ramp opens.
* This month, pet waste stations will be placed
along the causeway, where dogs are allowed to swim.
Signs will go up on the stations to provide "The
Scoop on Poop."
Bill O' Shea, with the county natural resources


department, said the county continues to work with
the DOT on planning improvements at Kingfish Boat
Ramp at the border with Holmes Beach.
He estimated that any parking lot improvements
at the site are at least six months away.
O'Shea added that once the parking area is
improved and illegal parking on the south side of
Manatee Avenue across from the ramp is addressed,
the county needs to improve the Kingfish seawall.
"That's a $500,000 project," he said. "That's
phase two."
From Holmes Beach public works superintendent
Joe Duennes, the committee learned that requests for
proposals on two bus shelters for Perico Island soon
would go out.
Duennes also said he would take back to his city
commission and mayor the committee's interest in
seeing the scenic highway extended several blocks
west.
The scenic highway designation currently ends at
East Bay Drive, but could be extended to Gulf Drive,
where Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 dead ends at
the Manatee Public Beach.
The next Palma Sola committee meeting will
be at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the county building, 1112
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Hand-craft
April Jonatzke paints a
soccer ball on daugh-
ter Hailey's hand
during the Concert on
the Green outside the
Anna Maria Island
Community Center
Nov. 15. A soccer fan,
4-year-old Hailey says,
"I scored eight goals"
in the Center's soccer
season. The concert,
featuring Yesterdayze,
was booked to cel-
ebrate the opening of
the Anna Maria Island
Bridge and the first
year of the Center in its
new facilities. Islander
S. . Photo: Lisa Neff


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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 19, 2008 0 5


Despite bridge closure, Island tourism up in October


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Figures just released by the Bradenton Area Con-
vention and Visitors Bureau show tourism on Anna
Maria Island during October climbed nearly 15 per-
cent compared with the same month last year.
Even with the Anna Maria Island Bridge closed
for the month, occupancy of Island accommodation
units used for the survey rose from 40.9 percent in
October 2007 to 46.6 percent for October 2008, a
14.1 percent increase.
The average daily room rate, however, remained
stable. The average daily price of a room on the
Island in October 2008 was $131.72 compared with
$131.54 during October 2007. The CVB surveys
28 percent of available accommodation units for its
monthly report.
The occupancy increase came even as a number
of Island business owners said October was a very
slow month for business.
Signa Bouziane of Mister Roberts Resort Wear
in Holmes Beach said sales only began to pick up in
the latter half of the month, while Jason Suzor of the
Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria said October
was one of the slowest months ever for the restau-
rant.
But several accommodation owners said a large
percentage of October visitors are people who come
every year and do the majority of their cooking on
their own stove.
Ken Gerry of the White Sands Resort in Holmes
Beach said October was a very good month for occu-
pancy at the resort, but the majority were returning
guests who come every year.
"Once they get here, they like to stay here and
eat at home. They weren't bothered by the bridge
closure," he said.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman agreed.
"The people many of our members count on are


the day visitors. People who come from Sarasota or
the mainland," Brockman observed.
Those are the people who make visiting the
Island a day-long adventure, with plans for lunch
and dinner, visiting the piers and shopping.
But a recent national media story said that, accord-
ing to government figures, Americans have reduced
their discretionary spending dramatically because of
the economy. Consumer spending dropped 2.8 per-
cent in October, the largest decline in history.
"We absolutely have to have those visitors for
our members to make it during the season," Brock-
man said.
The Island has weathered hard economic times
in the past, including the winter of 2001-02, just after
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Restaurant owner Ed Chiles said he remembers
that during the winter following Sept. 11, Anna Maria
Island more than held its own, while other tourist
areas felt the effects. He's keeping a positive attitude,
but is prepared for any slump in discretionary spend-


The Anna
Maria Island
Bridge, now
open to vehic-
ular traffic,
apparently did
little to slow
tourism to the
area in Octo-
ber. Islander
Photo: Bonner
Joy






ing that reflects on dining at his three restaurants.
"Anna Maria Island is the last thing people want
to give up. The Island is a bit of security," he said.
Chiles said sales at the Sandbar, MarVista and
BeachHouse restaurants were, surprisingly, up in Octo-
ber, despite the bridge closure and the economy.
"What caused that? Was it the Europeans coming
here?" Chiles asked.
"Will we feel the crunch next year? We' ve been
somewhat insulated on the Island," he said.
The good news for the Island is that gas prices
have dropped considerably the past months and
efforts by the Manatee County Tourist Development
Council appear to be having a positive effect on
Island tourism, he said.
Brockman said Island business owners should get
a good idea if the season is going to go well during
the Thanksgiving week. That's when Island accom-
modations should be full and retail shops and res-
taurants expect shoppers and diners to abound on
the Island.


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OwOpnion


Good news, bad
Would you like the good news first, or the bad
news last?
We can share some closure on the shooting inci-
dent in Holmes Beach that left Sue Normand, a friend
to many who know her and a valued citizen for her
service to the city, a wounded survivor.
The man who shot her was sentenced Nov. 13.
And 40 years, while a long time in prison for Mark
Koenigs, is a long time for Sue to endure the conse-
quences of her attacker's actions.
Driving into the shopping center to where Nor-
mand's store is located, I was greeted by a Publix
employee, running from the scene to take news back to
the store: "Sue Normand's been shot seven times."
It was a small, but terrifying moment.
How could such a thing happen here?
Once in the parking lot, merchants and staff gathered
in shock and, along with those there to report, spoke of
the gunman's escape and, quickly, of another shooting
at a Bradenton Beach store. That was rumor, but it was
soon verified by law enforcement that the gunman had
been shot, caught. His terror ended on the beach.
Only a week earlier, we learned the body of a
young Sarasota woman was found on the beach -
bludgeoned. She wasn't known here. But killed here,
on our beach?
How did we come to this?
Before you can answer that rhetorical question,
consider how Sabine Musil-Buehler came to be miss-
ing from Holmes Beach.
Sabine is missing two weeks, and greatly missed
by family and her husband Tom, who, although sepa-
rated, remains her business partner. Her many pets,
friends and acquaintances and many, like myself, who
know her as a wonderfully free spirit and a giving
person miss her as well.
The worst is feared for her well being, with little
evidence or hope to cling to for better news. We can
only hope for a surprise ending like the "runaway
bride," or a sudden urge on her part to jump on a
plane to Germany for a fling with life.
Was Sunday night's fire at Haley's Motel that sur-
prise? Will we learn more about this mystery? Facts
are hard to come by, but the coconut telegraph carries
many suspicions.
Life on the beach, for the rest of us, goes on.
The past weekend was a great one for music, the
arts and the Island-Cortez community and that helps
us continue on, looking forward.
We all have much to be thankful for as we look
forward to Thanksgiving and the future.
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Traveling far, no problem
My sister and I can't understand why people
would not go to Anna Maria Island during the bridge
closure.
We came all the way from the United Kingdom
while the bridge was closed and managed perfectly
well.
If we needed to go to Manatee Avenue, we fol-
lowed the detour, which was very well signed.
It hardly took any extra time, and certainly didn't
spoil our holiday.
We'll be back next year, with or without the
bridge.
Yvonne Smith, East Sussex, England

Call for unity
As the sun rises on Nov. 5 over our beautiful
Island, we have elected in a historic election the first
black president.
As your neighbor and friend, I want to tell you
first a bit about myself. I am 70 years old and my
whole life I have been a civil rights activist. I marched
in the Selma, Ala., march with Martin Luther King Jr.
and I worked with the tenant farmers outside Selma,
trying to get them to register to vote.
A black woman who worked with me was hit by
a car on the road from Selma to Montgomery, left to
lie to die by the road.
I know what hate does.
Now, neighbors and friends, we have had a very
hard fought campaign and I saw some things said and
done during the campaign that were anti-productive
to our democracy. The people have spoken. We have
a new president. Now it is time for us all to join
together. We have two wars to finish and an economic
crisis that has our beautiful country on our knees.
Now is the time to call for unity, for us all to rise
together off our knees, standing tall, as one people,
one nation under God.


So, my neighbors and friends of Anna Maria
Island, I ask you to join me as I call for unity in sup-
port of President-elect Barack Obama.
God bless America.
Jane Grossman, Holmes Beach

Corner bench
OK, I give up.
Can anyone tell me what the new wood shelter
- recently built at the southwest corner of Palm and
81st Street in Holmes Beach - is for?
It looks like a trolley shelter, but the southbound
trolley turns down Gulf Drive in front of Haley's
Motel, just north of the shelter.
There's no school bus stop there either.
Is this a new hurricane shelter?
Paul Kruppenbacher, Holmes Beach

Editor's note: The shelter replaced old benches
at the location that had been requested by parents
seeking seating for school-age children waiting for
buses, according to city public works director Joe
Duennes. The location no longer serves as an official
school bus stop, Duennes said, but he's hopeful "the
stop will be resurrected." Also, the shelter is used by
morning commuters sharing rides to the mainland.

Have your say
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ion letters.
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and i ~.c i thl right to edit for length and grammar. Let-
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at The Islander and available to the public.
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'Yankee-Pankie'
Here come the snowbirds! Lock your doors. Brace
yourself for long traffic lines. Quick, enjoy your favor-
ite eateries, shops and cafes, for these same places will
be infiltrated by Yanks before you know it.
Now, for those who bothered to read my first
offering in this newspaper two weeks ago, you may
recall that I am not from around here. Even worse,
I grew up on the upper-westside of New York City.
Yes, I myself am a Yank. You might say I am a resi-
dent snowbird.
Being that I am not from around here, I do need
to be caught up on a few things. My frequent trips
to Anna Maria Island in the past 25 years to visit my
Maloney-Sato family, only left me with more ques-
tions. I have to admit that I have often wondered
about the animosity that some Islanders, or for that
matter, Southerners, have for folks from the North.
Of course, much of this attitude is in good
humor, but some of it comes across as a reflection of
true feelings.
Just the other day, there was a young lady driving
an inch from my rear bumper who was proudly flying
the Confederate flag on the top of her car.
Or there was the time 15 years ago when I was an
employee at a restaurant on the Island. I vividly recall
my lonely lunch breaks. Lonely because I was a Yank
who didn't fit in with the local crowd.
As a resident of the Island, I am beginning to
understand the inconveniences associated with the the
snowbirds. No one appreciates long lines, increased
traffic and difficulty in going to their favorite places,
but don't we all depend on the spending of tourists


to some degree?
When a person from the South visits the North,
it's with open arms. In fact, the majority of northern
folk are tickled pink to have a Southerner gracing their
streets. Everyone up north looks forward to an authentic
"howdy y'all" or a good old-fashioned "okey-dokey."
If anyone has true disdain for people of the north,
such as my lady friend with her Confederate banner,
why is that? Are we really still upset with the final
outcome of the Civil War? What am I missing? I
cannot believe that this is all about preserving South-
ern heritage when there are so many other wonderful
reflections of this culture.
On a lighter note, in honor of the giving spirit of
the holiday season, I believe that the time has come to
reach out to our snowbird friends. As Islanders, I feel
that we are obliged to inform European men of the
need to leave the Speedos at home in favor of swim
shorts. And while we're at it, we also might include
buttoned-once button-down shirts, leaving us with a
significant view of the stomach area.
Perhaps, we're not setting the proper example.
Let's be honest. Some Southerners' fashion choices are
a bit questionable, not to mention the amount of skin
that some individuals show while enjoying the warmth
of the Florida summer or fall. Maybe it doesn't always
look so good to others.
Here are just a few local examples of my things-
I-would-change:
Light shorts, dark socks, no-match sneakers. Not
good.
Neon, glow-in-the-dark, or sherbet-colored
T-shirts. Very ugly.
Men in tank-tops or shirtless. Please, people, be
sure about this.
Adults wearing pirate or rum-related shirts. This
does not scream, "Sharp-shooter."
Our collective efforts will create a positive change
in the scenery, and a Speedo-free Island for all. Hey,
if the T-back had to go, so also should the Speedo.
Then, we will truly have much for which to be
thankful.


In the Nov. 18,1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Some Holmes Beach residents along Flotilla
Drive complained to the city commission about con-
struction of a new baseball field, claiming baseballs
hit over the fence could damage their property. The
field was named for baseball legend Birdie Tebbetts,
who lived on the Island.
* An effort by the Anna Maria Island Privateers to
return their float to its former location at the Clark Drive/
Clark Lane intersection in Holmes Beach failed when
Donald Clark, trustee for the property owned by his late
father, denied the request. The Privateers were forced to
move the float out of the city when former Mayor Bob
VanWagnonner had them cited for a code violation.
* A broken water line in Anna Maria flooded
ditches along Pine Avenue and Willow Street, forcing
public works director Phil Charnock to spend several
hours locating the proper Manatee County official to
get the water turned off. County workers located the
break somewhere near Gulf Drive and Pine.

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Mattick says commission absence needs discussion


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Re-elected Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo
Ann Mattick said the commission needs to address
the issue of absenteeism from the city commission.
Speaking at the commission's organizational
meeting and swearing-in ceremony Nov. 13, Mattick
noted that the commission had been "w itlhoti a serv-
ing commissioner" the past four months, in reference
to former City Commissioner Duke Miller, who did
not seek re-election.
The city charter allows a commissioner to be
excused from a meeting for illness and other absences
established by the commission, but those reasons
have never been established. Mattick wants the issue
of what constitutes an excused absence addressed by
the commission. The charter also allows the commis-
sion to determine if an absence is "based on good
cause."
Mayor Fran Barford, re-elected Nov. 4, agreed
and asked commissioners to also discuss who gives
the excuse to an absent commissioner. The charter is
silent on that matter.
Commission Chairman John Quam, who was
unanimously re-elected to the chairmanship by his
fellow commissioners Nov. 13, agreed to place the
absenteeism issue on a future worksession, but said
the earliest date would be in January. Quam has
served the commission as chairman since November
2002.
In other business, Commissioner Christine Tol-
lette was re-elected as deputy chairperson.
Liaison assignments for the Coalition of Barrier


Island Elected Officials, the Sarasota-Manatee Met-
ropolitan Planning Organization and the Manasota
League of Cities went to Barford, while Quam will
be liaison to the Island Players.
Newly elected Commissioner Chuck Webb will
be the commission's liaison to the city pier and the
environmental education and enhancement commit-
tee, while Tollette will be the commission's liaison to
the chamber of commerce and community center.
Commissioner Dale Woodland remained as com-


Sworn
Anna Maria
Mayor Fran
Barford, center,
and City Conm-
missioners Jo
Ann Mattick and
Chuck Webb are
sworn into office
SNov. 13 at the
S commission's
.organizational
I j meeting follow
ing an election.
Barford was
unopposed in
her re-election.
Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin



mission liaison to the capital improvements advisory
committee.
Re-elected Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick will be
liaison to the historical society and the transportation
enhancement grant committee. She also will pursue
exploration of new grants for the city.
Commissioners also adopted Roberts Rule of
Order.
The first regular meeting of the new commission
will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20.


Beware submerged hazards near Anna Maria Island Bridge


Notice to mariners: beware of submerged obstruc-
tions near the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
John Linn of Corkey's Bait & Tackle on Cortez

Correction
Ex-Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke
Miller served three consecutive terms in office
before he decided not to seek re-election.
He said he chose not to seek a fourth term
because he had set a term limit of three when he
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coming in."
He said he found a scratch that ran most of the
length of the boat. Whatever caused the scratch
also created a 3-inch hole in his vessel. Quick
thinking and deployment of some bilge pumps
kept the boat afloat until he could get it out of the
water.
Linn said he contacted U.S. Coast Guard Station


Cortez regarding the incident. Coast Guard personnel
searched the area but couldn't find anything in the
water, he said.
"I've been in and out of that channel for years,"
Linn said, "and I've never had a problem."
With his boat now repaired, he vowed to return
to the site and look for the obstacle.
"I don't know where it came from," he said.
1\ l,, . it was thrown off the bridge during construc-
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Haley's Motel fire
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
were blocked with fire trucks and other emergency
apparatus. About 25 firefighters with tanks on their
backs and masks on their faces hauled heavy hoses
to the building. The sound of glass shattering could
be heard from a distance. Emergency lights and head-
lamps splashed the road. Northbound and southbound
traffic - with access restricted to and from Anna
Maria - became backed up for blocks. And police
kept a crowd - growing minute by minute - back
from the motel.
Whispers N . int lhiu ugh the crowd for much of the
night. Sabine Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley's,
has been missing since late Nov. 4, and the MCSO is
investigating her disappearance as a possible homi-
cide. Many onlookers wondered if the fire was related
to her disappearance.
"Could this be coincidence?"
"This is scary."
"This seems suspicious."
"It's like a Florida mystery," said Joel Petruff,
vacationing on Anna Maria Island from Orlando.
As firefighters battled the blaze, several people
stepped up to yellow crime-scene tape to ask law
enforcement officers questions about the fire, the

A palm
tree is
scorched
as the ,-
roof of a
duplex
at
Haley's /
Motel
burns
Sunday
night.
Islander
Photo:
Courtesy
Dustin
Busiere





missing motel owner and the investigations.
"Is the woman still missing? Has there been an
arrest? If not, I'm leaving the Island tonight," said
Anna Maria resident Nancy Cline, watching in her
pajamas. "I'm scared."
Officers answered each inquiry: Musil-Buehler's
disappearance remains under investigation, detectives
were dispatched to the fire, people should feel safe,
but do what makes them feel comfortable.
Later, Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
and MCSO spokesman Dave Bristow addressed those
questions during a press conference at Holmes Beach
City Hall.
To think the fire and the disappearance are linked
is "simply speculation," Romine said, adding that a
mutual investigation was under way to gather evi-
dence in the fire.


Firefighters prepare to enter the burning duplex adjacent to Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach on Nov. 16.
The fire remained under investigation on Nov. 17, as The Islander went to press. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


The chief added that due to the totality of damage
and the circumstances involved, the fire "has to be
considered suspicious."
Bristow added, "We have a keen interest in what's
going on" and that the MCSO was re-interviewing
the people closest to Musil-Buehler.
Firefighters took about an hour to bring the blaze
under control and then remained at the site until mid-
night.
"We reported the fire was brought under control
at 8:09 p.m.," Sousa said. "It was probably a little
sooner than that."
Several of the motel guests, here for a N %. ddi n,'.
stood at the perimeter, inquiring about their dogs,
which were still in their motel rooms.
"We' 11 get him out here as soon as we can," Lath-
rop told guest Bill Poarch, who was asking about his


black chow in room No. 7.
Eventually at least three dogs were brought to
safety, including Poarch's puppy.
The Salvation Army offered assistance to guests,
as did a representative from the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, but most were believed to
have stayed with friends on the Island or with friends
in other accommodations.
"If you need to, come crash at our room," vaca-
tioner Sandy Beach called to another vacationer.
Tom Buehler, who is separated from Musil-Bue-
hler but continues to be a partner in the motel with
her, watched the fire from Gulf Drive.
He offered his guests shelter in a cottage across
the street from the motel on the chilly night and apol-
ogized for their inconvenience.
Buehler also said the structure, listed as owned by
Haley's Motel Inc. on the Manatee County Property
Appraiser's Web site, was not occupied at the time
of the fire.
The structure is described as a detached duplex,
part of the motel with a maintenance area on the first
floor and accommodations on the second floor.
The fire did not spread to the main portion of the
one-story motel, according to Lathrop, who said a
door or window in one of the rooms might have been
broken to rescue a dog.
Nor did the fire spread north of the burning
duplex. From the neighboring structure, residents
kept watch and occasionally came down with coffee
and water for the police officers and firefighters.
Early Nov. 17, with the smell of smoke still
heavy, investigators walked through the wooden
structure, now tagged with warning signs from the
city of Holmes Beach, as firefighters arrived to extin-
guish a couple hotspots.
Fire officials could not offer a damage estimate
as of Islander press time. Sousa said, "The building
is a total loss."


A firefighter
adjusts his
mask at the
intersection
of Marina
and Gulf
drives while
preparing
to enter
the burn-
ing building
at Haley's
Motel.
Islander
Photo:
Lisa Neff


Peggy Rienderer and Sandy Beach are reunited
with their rescued dogs outside Haley's Motel.
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Sculptors have beach blast


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
SandBlast contestants and celebrants spent a Sat-
urday morning in the sun and rain, surf and sand.
"It is one of my favorite days on the beach," said
Cindi Walker, who went to the BeachHouse Restau-
rant Nov. 15 to watch 23 teams - adults and children
- sculpt free form, holiday- and nautical-themed
designs from sand.
\ ly favorite is the pirate ship," said Neil Urban,
7. "I like pirates and pirate ships a lot. Next year, I
want to be on a team."
The teams were competing in Keep Manatee
Beautiful's annual SandBlast event sponsored by
the BeachHouse, which raises money for the envi-
ronmental group and brings a crowd to Bradenton
Beach for a good time.
Saturday's event began with rain and gray skies,
but finished with sun and blue skies.
In the four hours that teams spent sculpting their
entries, a crowd of onlookers, sometimes under
umbrellas in the rain and sometimes fanning them-
selves in the heat, changed like the tides.
"Do you have any tips?" Kia Kern asked as
people passed by the corner lot where her Girl Scouts
troop was sculpting a snowman.
"Just that you use lots of water," said one pass-
erby.
"Yes, thank you, we know that," Kern replied and
then returned to work.


At each station, teams soaked sand so that their
sculptures held together and to add detail to the
designs.
"We kind of learned from the past year," said
17-year-old Skylar Ramsey, a member of one of the
Manatee High School Anchor Club teams.
"It's such a nice concept," said Helen Naylor as
she watched the workers. "They get to have this fun
building all these sculptures and then we get to have
them on our beach for a month or so. It's beauti-
ful."
SandBlast participants included the Anna Maria
Island Privateers, Bayshore High School National
Honor Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee
County, Boy Scouts of America Cub Pack 7, Braden
River High School Key Club, Bradenton Christian
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
fighting a lawsuit brought by a Bradenton woman
who said she fell in the Center's parking lot due to
negligence.
In the civil suit filed this summer by attorney
Peter Mackey on behalf of Carmeane Mackey, the
plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages.
The suit alleges that Carmeane Mackey "was
injured due to the negligence of AMICC, including
its failure to use reasonable care in maintaining its
premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn
Carmeane Mackey of dangerous conditions on the
premises."
Specifically the suit alleges that on May 12
Mackey went to the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria, to watch her grandson play in a baseball
game.
"Mackey tripped and fell on a parking bumper
located in the parking area on the property, causing
her to suffer serious injury. The parking bumper was
insufficiently marked or painted, such that it consti-
tuted an unreasonably dangerous condition. Further,
the lighting in the parking area was turned off, cre-
ating an unreasonably dangerous condition on the
premises."
The suit claims that Mackey suffered a "broken
arm and/or wrist," resulting in "pain and suffer-


ing, mental anguish, disability, inconvenience, loss
of the enjoyment of life, and medical and hospital
expenses."
Furthermore, Mackey's attorney alleges that the
fall at the Center was a factor in a subsequent fall on
June 5 that resulted in a fractured hip.
That fall did not occur at the Center. Yet the suit
alleges, "But for AMICC's negligence, this fall could
have been avoided and would not have occurred."
Mackey is asking for unspecified compensatory
damages, court costs and legal fees and "relief as the
court deems appropriate."
The Center, in a response filed by attorney David
Finlay, denied Mackey's claim of negligence and her
assertion that the Center failed to provide safe condi-
tions.
Further, Finlay, in an answer to Mackey's com-
plaint, said, "Plaintiff knew of the existence of the
danger ... and realized and appreciated the possibility
of injury as a result of the danger."
Mackey has signed a notice for trial, stating that
the case is ready to be scheduled for a two-day jury
trial.
However, the Center is challenging the rush to
the courtroom because the case is in the initial stages
of discovery and no depositions have been sched-
uled.
"Defendant alleges that it is premature to sched-
ule a trial in this matter at this time," Finlay wrote.



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on Phase II of the
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By Rick Catlin
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Four members of the Anna Maria public attended
the city's Nov. 12 public workshop on Phase II of the
city's stormwater improvements plan. One of those
was George Barford, wife of Mayor Fran Barford.
City Commissioner Dale Woodland, who has
spearheaded the plan for the commission, along with
city engineer Tom Wilcox gave the presentation. Also
in attendance was Matt Preston of the Southwest
Florida Water Management District, the state agency
that approved the project and provided the matching
funds for construction.
Wilcox said Phase I of the master stormwater
improvement plan is completed. It was a "concept"
for the city, while Phase II is now under construc-
tion.
Phase II will "improve the quality of the storm-
water runoff and reduce the amount of runoff," he
said.
The project is based on Swiftmud's 1995 study
of the city's drainage problems and will use some of
the latest engineering advances in improving water
quality and reducing runoff, Wilcox pledged.
Phase II will involve two basins in the city:
one along South Bay Boulevard and the second
along North Shore Drive, primarily by the Gulf of
Mexico.


Swales for Phase I were constructed and are
doing well, he said. Phase II also will have swales
with a 4-to-1 slope. The swales will be shallow and
lined with grass to aid percolation of the runoff, he
said.
Wilcox said the city is considering installation
of a type of drivablee grass" in front of some houses
on South Bay Boulevard that will allow vehicles to
cross it, while at the same time aiding drainage and
percolation.
This type of grass "assumes the shape of the
slope," making it an improvement on previous types
of drivable grass, which had to be pounded into the
ground and made to fit the swale, Wilcox noted.
The city's share of Phase II is $352,500 and
Wilcox said the latest start date is Dec. 31. How-
ever, he said it's likely the city will have to request an
extension from Swiftmud. The projected completion
date is Dec. 31, 2011.
"We have plenty of time," Wilcox said.
The city has formed a stormwater oversight com-
mittee to review the progress of each phase of the
master stormwater drainage plan as it is under con-
struction.
The committee consists of Mayor Fran Barford,
City Commissioner Dale Woodland, Wilcox, public
works director George McKay and a member of the
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Search continues for woman
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

that surrounding areas were stained with blood, as
well as other areas on the driver and passenger side
of the vehicle.
The sheriff's office also reported that on the eve-
ning of Nov. 5, on 14th Street West, a witness saw
Musil-Buehler, who is described as petite, with silver
hair and braces, and was believed to be wearing a
floral-print top, jeans and Converse sneakers.
But Musil-Buehler has many friends, including
several who came from her native Germany last week
to help search, who question the witness report.
Friend Silvia Feuerbach said the report that
Musil-Buehler was seen in Bradenton the day after
the election "is certainly a big question mark."
Feuerbach met Musil-Buehler through mutual
friends about six years ago and they frequently went
to movies together.
"Sabine loves the movies," Feuerbach said. "She
is an Oscar nut."
Musil-Buehler also was an
advocate of Barack Obama for
president, and Feurbach said
she feels certain the motel
owner, if she could, would
have called someone on Nov.
5 to celebrate Obama's vic-
tory.
"I would have expected her
Corona to call - or to call someone
on Wednesday," said Feuer-
bach, who last talked to Musil-Buehler on Oct. 30,
when she invited her to an Obama rally in Sarasota.
"The police say she was seen, so we have to go from
there. But for me, this is a big question."
On the Island, William J. Cumber provided the
last known whereabouts of Musil-Buehler, his girl-
friend. She is separated from her husband.
Cumber, a woodworker, and Musil-Buehler were
at his apartment in Anna Maria watching election
news on Nov. 4.
"She was excited about Barack Obama," he
said.
But she left after they had an argument.
"She got mad because I was smoking cigarettes
and she left," Cumber said.
Musil-Buehler left the apartment sometime
before midnight.
Asked if he knew where she might have of gone,
Cumber, with emotion, said, "No, no, she normally
leaves and goes home."
She did not show up at the motel on Nov. 5.
The missing person report was issued early Nov.
6, when a notice went out across the state and into a
federal database.
The alert also reached overseas to Montabaur,
Germany, where Musil-Buehler's family - she has
two brothers and a father there - worried about her
safety.


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Sabine Musil-Buehler's car was found in the parking lot of this Bradenton bar. Islnder Photo: Bonner Joy


As a volunteer with the Holmes Beach Police
Department's Child Abduction Response Team,
Musil-Buehler knows about the urgency in finding
a missing person.
"I think that it is important to start a search at the
earliest possible time, to get the word out and have
people look for missing children," she said during a
training session for the team, which would be acti-
vated in the event someone went missing in Holmes
Beach. "The chances to find them are a lot bigger
when things happen fast."
"I have three granddaughters and if something
would happen to them I would lose my mind. That
is why I want to help as a volunteer," she said.
Last week, Feuerbach found herself volunteering
to search for her friend, going to 14th Street bars to
hand out posters with Musil-Buehler's picture.
"I felt, you have to do this," she said. "But there
were times when we were just sitting there crying."
"She's really a giving person," Feuerbach said
of Musil-Buehler. "She takes care of everything and
everyone and she would never just leave without
knowing her pets were taken care of."
Friend Suzi Fox said the same, describing Musil-
Buehler as a strong-willed woman with a heart of
gold. "There's no chance she would have just gone
off without taking care of her animals," Fox said,
referring to Musil-Buehler's family of cats, birds and
a shared dog. "I know she would never leave like
that."
Fox said that when she learned that someone was
in possession of Musil-Buehler's car, she "knew
something was wrong."
The MCSO report said Musil-Buehler's car was
packed with clothing, but they found no identification


I do, for another 2
Commissioners John Monetti, left, and Sandy Haas-Martens were sworn in Monday, Nov. 17, by Judge
Janette Dunnigan at Holmes Beach City Hall. Mayor Rich Bohnenberger also took the oath for another
two-year term. In an organizational meeting that followed the ceremony, Haas-Martens was again elected
commission chair and Monetti will again serve as vice chair. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


or her cell phone, which friends have been calling
since Nov. 4.
"I've called a million times," Hall said. "It's full
of messages now."
"We're all worried," said Cumber, who said a day
didn't go by before she disappeared that he didn't see
Musil-Buehler. "It's not like her to take off, not to call
anybody, not to respond to calls that are going out to
her."
Corona, according to authorities, told at least two
accounts of how he came into possession of Musil-
Buehler's vehicle.
In one account, he said an acquaintance gave him
the keys to go buy drugs. In another account, Corona
said he found the car parked outside a 14th Street bar
with the doors unlocked and the key in the ignition.
Investigators have interviewed friends and family,
including Cumber; Tom Buehler, her husband and co-
owner of Haley's; motel employees and close friends
on and off the Island.
Steube said a team of detectives is working the
case, interviewing anybody and everybody who
knows Musil-Buehler.
Among the untrained but concerned, suspicions
and theories abound, as numerous as the questions
in the case.
Only Corona has been identified by the MCSO
as a "person of interest" in the case.
"I've said goodbye to her," Hall said last week.
"I think she is gone. I'd really like to think there's
some hair-brained scheme and she's on an island
somewhere drinking a mojito, but they found blood
in her car."
Hall and others who know Musil-Buehler said
they believe the sheriff's office is conducting a thor-
ough investigation, including canvassing areas, espe-
cially 14th Street.
Asked if he thought the MCSO was handling the
case well, Tom Buehler said, "Yes, I really do." He
said tests on evidence taken from the car will be com-
pleted Wednesday, and that the detectives are "hoping
for something from the evidence."
Buehler added, "It's a tough case. We just hope
it comes to a close soon."
Meanwhile, Musil-Buehler's loved ones are
not staying idle. Hall ventured out to 14th Street to
look around last week. Another friend searched area
beaches and preserves. Cumber said he was asking
questions and conducting research and that he vol-
unteered to be placed in jail to talk with Corona. And
friends and family were coming together to offer a
reward, with money being collected at Whitney Bank,
5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Cumber, who carries several photos of himself
with Musil-Buehler, said he needs to know what hap-
pened. "We had a future," he said.
Hall, too, said she needs answers. "I need to
know," Hall said. "You know, she turns 50 in July. All
of us were going to go to Germany to celebrate."
Islander reporter Rick Catlin contributed to this
report.







Koenigs sentenced to 40 years
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
nary day at the start of what she had hoped would
be a busy business season, the holiday rush that can
carry Mail & More through the down months.
But within the first minutes of opening, Normand
was lying on the floor of her store, losing feeling in
her legs and "bleeding out" from a gunshot wound
in her hip.
"To this day, I have no idea why," she said, refer-
ring to the shooting.
As Koenigs fled, a customer called 911 and
tended to her. "I was told that had I been alone ... I
would have died," Normand said.
She recounted the hardships - physical, emo-
tional and financial - she faced in the weeks after the
shooting and those she continues to face. Normand said
nearly a year later, she still needs a cane for mobility,
as well as a wheelchair at home. She can only work
part-time at her store, which was closed for a week
after the shooting. And she feels Koenigs' robbed her
of a precious intangible - independence.
\ ly independence was taken from me," she said.
"I felt violated over and over again."
Normand also told Moreland of the burden on
her adult children. Besides the emotional strain, her
son, Stephen, has continued to work at Island Mail &
More while holding his job in Tampa, where he lives.
Her daughter has repeatedly taken time off work to
fly to Florida to assist.
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"had to clean up the blood."
Her daughter, testifying, said she served multiple
tours in Iraq and saw horrors. And then she returned
to the United States and "the horror at home."
"I don't think I will ever be able to recount that
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Mark Koenigs' wheelchair into the courtroom Nov. 13,
where Koenigs was sentenced to 40 years in prison
for a shooting on Anna Maria Island Dec. 5, 2007.
Islander Photo: Tiffany Tompkins-Condie /The
Bradenton Herald
ing her mother was shot.
"He put a hole in my mother," Lisa Normand
said. "I'm past asking why."
But she did ask, aloud, what does Mark Koenigs
do? "What good is he? What function does he serve?"
before she asked the judge to impose the toughest
possible sentence.
Buxeda, one of the officers that Koenigs aimed
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Testifying for the defense, Dr. Valerie R. McClain,
an expert in forensic p, hi 'l1, .'V, said she reviewed
Koenigs' records and interviewed him.
She said Koenigs was diagnosed with bi-polar
disorder while undergoing treatment at a Veterans
Administration hospital in the 1990s, and that she too
diagnosed bi-polar disorder, as well as depression.
McClain said Koenigs had limited recall of the
shooting and she recommended that he be placed
on medication, as well as in anger-management
classes.
Koenigs did not address the court.
As Berns argued, Moreland said she saw the
shooting at Island Mail & More and the encounter
with police on the beach as two separate incidents,
involving two separate crimes.
In addition to sentencing Koenigs to 40 years
in prison, Moreland ordered him to pay numerous
legal fees and court fines and to make restitution to
Normand. The amount of restitution has not yet been
determined.
Normand, as she left courtroom 8A, said Koenigs
received the sentence she had sought.
Buxeda added, "Justice was served."


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Nov. 19. Motorists are advised to use caution,
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Island readies for Thanksgiving holiday


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
In the fall of 1621, the pilgrims held a three-day
feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest in their new
home.
Islanders will observe this early settlers' tradi-
tion with a multi-day celebration - church services,
Thanksgiving feasts and holidays on the beach.
On Nov. 26, All Island Denominations will hold
its traditional Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria.
On Thanksgiving, Roser will host a dinner for the
public, with roast turkey and all the trimmings, and
a spread of homemade desserts that usually lines an
entire wall in the church hall.
The church staff is currently taking reservations
for Thanksgiving dinner and volunteers already are
at work preparing for the holiday.
For more information, call Roser at
941-778-0414.
Also on Thanksgiving, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will
hold a service at 9:30 a.m. and St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, will
hold a service at 8:30 a.m.
The Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Episcopal
Church Women at the Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will set the seasonal
mood with its annual Holly Berry Bazaar.
The Nov. 22 fundraising event will take place
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature arts and crafts, as
well as baked goods and the ECW's much-sought
after pickle crisps.
For more information, call the church at
941-778-1638.
The Island churches also are preparing for the
Christmas holiday season ushered in with Thanksgiv-
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St. Bernard Catholic Church will host its annual
Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6-7. Hours will be 9 a.m. to
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 7.
The event will feature a raffle for a quilt and the
sale of a variety of arts and crafts and white elephant
items, as well as baked goods and candies.
On Dec. 7, following St. Bernard's 4 p.m. service,
the church also will host its annual chicken dinner.
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Christmas brunch will take place at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 6
at the church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The program will feature a presentation by Ann
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The event also will feature a cookie exchange,
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and 10 p.m.
For more information, call the church at
941-778-1813.

Episcopal Women plan sale
The Episcopal Church Women at the Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will host
the annual Holly Berry Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 22.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
and feature arts and crafts, as well as baked goods
and the ECW's famous pickle crisps.
For more information, call the church at
941-778-1638.

Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Cafe on the Beach
at the Manatee Public Beach.
The guest speaker will be Lynnda Thomas of
Manatee Children's Services.
For more information, contact the Kiwanis' Al
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Waste Management of Manatee County is
reminding Holmes Beach customers that the resi-
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Island real estate is not the mainland


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
As Islanders like to say, "The Island is not the
mainland," and that applies to the real estate market,
as many sales agents and brokers have noted.
This time, however, the two markets - mainland
and Island - could be headed in the same direc-
tion.
The Manatee Association of Realtors said recently
that September real estate activity for the county was
up 12 percent compared with the same month last
year. The MAR reported 286 single-family homes
under contract in September, compared with 255 for
September 2007.
"That could be about right for the Island, too,"
said Jason Sato of Sato Real Estate in Anna Maria.
In fact, sales at his office are up 7 percent from last
year at this time.
"But you really can't compare the Island to the
mainland. We are definitely a different market," he
added.
On the Island, September and October are tra-
ditionally the slowest months of the year in the real
estate industry. This year, the Anna Maria Island
Bridge was closed for 38 days for rehab and people
everywhere were faced with a national election.
But the election is over, the bridge opened Nov.
6, and the $700 billion congressional bailout of the
finance industry is slated to have a positive effect on
the economy.
With that, Gail Tutewiler of Wedebrock Real
Estate in Holmes Beach said people are starting to
return to the Island and again look at property.
"Last weekend, we had a rush of walkins. It was
good to see," she said.
October sales and activity was a bit slow said
Tutewiler, one of the leading sales agents at Wede-
brock, but it was not the disaster some had pre-


dicted.
"There were buys out there. The smart buyers are
starting to buy because they are getting a good price,"
she said.
"It's a cliche, but everybody wants to buy low
and sell high and you can now do that in the real
estate market," Tutewiler said.
While Tutewiler did not yet have any figures on
October sales, she said she's encouraged by the recent
activity and the number of European visitors shop-
ping for properties in October.
"I saw quite a few of them and there were some
sales made. They came at a good time," she said.
Tutewiler said the report from the Manatee
County Association of Realtors that sales countywide
are up is welcome news.
Sato agreed. "It's positive news and will certainly
help the industry," he said.
His sales were bolstered by the arrival of a
number of British visitors who became buyers.
"We had a lot of activity from Great Britain. One
British couple said they were going to look in the Port
Charlotte area for property, but they called back and
said they were coming here to buy. They fell in love
with the Island," he said.
The British buyers must have been doing their
homework, Sato said, because, like Tutewiler,
he believes there are quite a few bargains on the
Island.
"There are a lot of good buys out there and people
are hearing about the Island. We're getting discov-
ered," he said.
But the closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
may have dampened interest in real estate on the
Island.
"September and October are always the slowest
months, but having the bridge closed was not help-
ing," Sato said. "Now that it's open, that's positive


news for the industry and the Island."
Real estate activity on the Island generally begins
to pick up in November and the Christmas season is
usually a "pretty busy time," he said.
Jessie Brisson of Gulf-Bay Realty agreed with
Sato that one really shouldn't compare the Island and
mainland real estate markets.
His data for the Island, compiled from the multiple
listing service used by all real estate agents, shows only
eight sales were recorded in October 2008, compared
with seven in October 2007. The average sale price,
however, climbed 28 percent, from $534,000 in Octo-
ber 2007 to $683,000 for the same month this year.
Brisson noted that the MLS only has properties
sold and recorded. Some sales in October may not yet
have been recorded at the circuit court, while some
transactions, for various reasons, are not recorded.
Brisson said October activity was slower than aver-
age, but because activity is always slow between Sep-
tember and November, it's hard to gauge the market.
"You really don't see activity on the Island
pick up until late November, early December and at
Christmas," he said.
That's expected every year because of the sea-
sonal nature of Anna Maria Island, he said.
During that same two-month period, however,
buyers could be flooding the mainland market, devel-
opers could be discounting large numbers of homes,
or new arrivals to the area could influence sales, Bris-
son observed.
Conversely, the mainland real estate market might
not be as active during the winter as the Island.
"We're different than the mainland. We're on the
water, we're relaxed," he said.
"People come to the Island for a visit and spot an
interesting piece of real estate while driving around.
That's not likely on the mainland," Brisson con-
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J ll by Rick OAtlinh


Village Green Vet:

'Not my day to die'
As many veterans of World War II say, they made
it back safely because they "got lucky" and fate inter-
vened to save their lives.
Village Green resident Henry "Hank" Piecuch
can say that fate intervened three times during the war
to save his life, and one of those was a simple change
to a duty roster for a combat bombing mission over
what was then Yugoslavia.
Hank's odyssey in the war began in Boston in
1943 when he was drafted. With two brothers already
in the service, Hank was ready to do his duty.
On draft day, he was given a choice of services
to enter and picked the U.S. Army Air Corps.
"I thought that looked pretty good, better than
the infantry," Hank said.
And his military service started out on a lucky
note. After basic training, he was sent to Miami Beach
where he and other airmen lived in a hotel.
"It was very good duty," said Hank, but it was
not to last.
He was sent to gunnery school in Arizona, where
he learned to fire the .50-caliber machine guns that
were standard equipment on the B-24 Liberator
bomber, the type of plane he was assigned to crew.
"It was called a Liberator, but we called it a
'flying coffin' because we had heard a lot of bad sto-
ries about it," Hank recalled.
In mid-1944, Hank and his crew were sent over-
seas to the 15th Air Force in Italy, where they were
assigned to a bomber wing at Cerignina.
He can hardly forget his first mission.
"We were assigned to bomb Ploesti in Roma-
nia. It was one of the most heavily defended sites in
Europe because that's where the Germans had their
oilfields," Hank remembered.
Ploesti had been bombed numerous times since
the first Allied effort in 1943, but the Germans always
rebuilt and managed to get the refineries opera-
tional.
When his B-24 got over Romania, the pilot told
the crew that they had to turn back because they had
an oil leak in one engine and had to shut it down.
As the plane lost altitude, Hank and the crew
threw \ t i \ hi ng unnecessary out of the plane. Unfor-
tunately, the plane lost another engine and gradually
began losing more altitude.
The plane got so low that German anti-aircraft
fire was able to open up on them.


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"It sounded like popcorn hitting the side of the
plane, but we got through it OK, even though we
were still losing altitude. We had hundreds of holes
in the plane. God must have been with us that day."
Finally, the pilot told the crew they couldn't make
it to safety and would have to bail out.
Somewhere over what was then Yugoslavia, the
crew jumped and Hank landed on a boulder that dam-
aged his knee.
"I was paralyzed. I couldn't walk at first. Some of
the other guys found me and I told them to leave me,
but they refused. After awhile, I was able to hobble
along and we began hiking through the mountains,
trying to find either the partisans or the Chetniks."
These rival Yugoslavian factions were fighting
each other at the same time they were fighting the
Germans. The partisans were communist controlled,
while the Chetniks represented the previous govern-
ment.
Luckily, the flyers eventually met a group of
about 500 Chetniks, one of whom spoke English.
The group kept moving through the hills, evading
German patrols, while it sought a secret landing field
where the Allies would attempt a rescue.
"One day, we came to a village controlled by the
partisans. We went in to get some food and the next
thing, the partisans and the Chetniks are shooting at
each other. It was ridiculous."
Hank and his crew took off with some Chetniks
more interested in fighting the Germans than their


countrymen.
Outside of Belgrade, the group met up with an
Allied cameraman, a doctor and a Navy radioman.
The doctor patched up Hank as best he could, while
the Navy guy got in touch with Allied headquarters
in Italy.
They made theii \\,i) \ though the mountains to the
designated landing zone and waited for a rescue.
"On the first night, no plane showed up, so
we thought it was never going to happen," Hank
recalled.
The next night, however, two C-47s landed on
the recently plowed field and took Hank and the crew
back to Foggia and safety. They had been missing in
action for 27 days.
"It was a strange way to start the war," Hank said.
But it would not be his last unusual experience during
WWII.
After a brief rest, Hank and the crew were sent
back to combat and flying missions.
One night, Hank went to sleep expecting to be on
a bombing mission the next day. Some time during
the night, the captain removed his name from the duty
roster and substituted Hank's name with a gunner
named White, who was scheduled to have the day
off.
"I guess the captain liked White better. I never
found out why I was scrubbed."
During the mission, Hank's B-24 was hit by anti-
aircraft fire and exploded and the entire crew killed.
Hank was struck numb when he heard the news.
These were the guys he had trained with in Arizona
and flown to Italy with; these were his friends.
"It was tough to take. It just wasn't my day to
die," Hank said. "Call it luck, someone looking out
for me. It's something I've never forgotten. All I
could ever say was that it wasn't my day, but it's
something I've never forgotten. How could you?"
Hank was assigned to a new crew and flew sev-
eral more missions without incident.
On his sixth mission, anti-aircraft fire knocked
out the engines and the men had to jump - again.
"It was Dec. 27, 1944. I couldn't believe I had to
jump again, but this time I knew what to do."
Unfortunately, the parachute didn't open and
Hank had to frantically scratch open the pack. The
chute finally opened, but the lines got tangled and
Hank was falling headfirst.
Luck again. He landed in a tree, but the tree was
in Austria - enemy territory.
He was hauled down from the tree by some civil-
ians, who put him and other crew members in the
local jail until the Luftwaffe - the German Air Force
- came and took responsibility.

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Greatest Generation
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16
"They took us to Frankfurt for interrogation.
They asked me all kinds of questions. They weren't
Gestapo, but Luftwaffe people. They knew even more
than I did. All I gave them was my name, rank and
serial number."
Eventually, Hank was sent to a prisoner-of-war
camp outside Nuremberg. As an NCO (non-commis-
sioned officer) he was exempt from manual labor and
placed with others of similar rank.
"I remember there were a lot of British flyers
there. They helped out, but nobody had any food.
There were about 10,000 POWs in the camp. One
day, I saw an officer come in and it was my old CO
from Italy. We had a joke about me staying in the
air."
But there were no jokes about camp conditions.
It was the end of the war and nobody was getting
enough food. Hank lost nearly 50 pounds as a POW,
while a few prisoners starved to death.
"The thing that saved us were the Red Cross
packages. We would get one about every month and
we divided one box between five or six guys. It saved
us. The German food was nothing but water, and the
bread was made of sawdust."
As spring came to the area, the POWs began to
hear artillery fire in the distance. The camp's hidden
radio said that Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army
were nearing the camp.
Before liberation, however, the Germans marched
the POWs south toward Bavaria to a camp outside
Munich.
"It was extremely crowded and no food. You ate
what you had saved from the Red Cross package.
Nobody wanted to be the last guy killed in the war,
so we were determined to survive. We could hear the
artillery getting closer every day."
One morning in mid-April 1945, Hank awoke to
find that the guards had disappeared.
"We got out a hidden U.S. flag and took down the


The West Manatee Fire Rescue District has
been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security's Commerce Equipment
Direct Assistance Program for a chemical detec-
tor valued at $31,000.
While the WMFR is receiving a chemi-
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trict obtained a grant from the same pro-
gram for hydraulic rescue tools used for
extrication purposes, according to a news
release.


Nazi flag and put ours up and everybody cheered. It
was a chilling effect to see that flag go up, to know
that we had made it," he said.
A few hours later, advance units of the 3rd Army
arrived at the camp and began distributing food and
clothing to the men.
The next day, old "Blood and Guts" himself,
Patton, drove into the camp.
"I got a good look at him and I swear he was
crying at the sight of us. We gave him a good cheer
for saving us. I had survived."
Hank had survived, but he still bore the physi-
cal and mental scars of being a POW, bailing out of
a plane twice and cheating death by the stroke of a
pilot who changed a duty roster.
He was shipped back to the United States, where
he spent three months in a convalescent hospital.
The Army doctors wanted him to stay another
three months, but Hank talked his way into a dis-
charge at the end of 90 days.
He was given a 10 percent disability that has been
raised to 100 percent over the years.
After his discharge, Hank returned to his family
in Boston and enrolled in business college. He


The U.S. Army, Electronic Proving Ground
will administer the grant and provide training
for both districts.
Both districts, along with the Long-
boat Key Fire Department, participate
jointly as an Urban Search and Rescue
Team through the Florida Division of
State Fire Marshal, the release said, and
these devices "will add greater safety and
capability to the team and incidents within
the county."


graduated from Suffolk University and worked for
various government departments, including the Fed-
eral Deposit Insurance Corporation, for nearly 30
years.
He retired in 1983, and he and his wife moved to
the Bradenton area in 1987.
"I came here, saw the Island and the land and said
'This is the place for me.'
"I was very, very lucky to come back. So many of
the guys didn't. I wasn't a hero. We left them behind.
I'm just so thankful and proud that I was able to con-
tribute something."
Hank Piecuch is a proud member of the Greatest
Generation.

"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
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gensen during the gallery walk Nov. 14.


Hop, hop, hop...
The Anna Maria Island arts community, under the umbrella of a new group called Cultural Con-
nections, presented a gallery walk Nov. 15 to lead into artsHop weekend. One stop included the
Anna Maria Island Artists Guild Gallery, where Barbara Hines led a demonstration in silkscreen
painting. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff


Front porch festival
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sang sea chanties on the porch of the historic Burton store on the grounds of the Florida Maritime Museum
in Cortez. The museum hosted a free folk festival Nov. 15, a prelude to the big fishing festival that takes
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No new reports.
Bradenton Beach
Nov. 12, 119 Bridge St., Two Sides of Nature,
theft. A store clerk said she went to help a man and
woman and the man took her wallet from behind the
counter, according to the report. She confronted the
couple after they left the store, and both denied taking
anything. Police were called, but the couple was not
located. Missing were credit cards and $100.
Holmes Beach
Nov. 7, 3011 Gulf Drive, hit-and-run. Officers
responded to a report of a vehicle that ran off the
road, struck a gate post, then continued south on Gulf
Drive. Bradenton Beach police reported the same
vehicle involved in a crash in the city in the 2200
block of Gulf Drive a short time later. The driver of
the vehicle was charged with leaving the scene of
an accident, careless driving and no proof of insur-
ance.
Nov. 10, 2800 block Avenue B, burglary. The
complainant said someone entered his house through
a window and took $3,600. He said he suspected a
friend, who records revealed was on probation for
robbery.
Island real estate sales
634 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,412
sfla / 1,776 sfur 3bed/2bath/ Icar canalfront pool home
built in 1967 on a 95x116 lot was sold 10/30/08,
Lalosh to Murphy Property Group LLC for $580,000;
list $699,000.
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3bed/2bath/ car home built in 1945 on a 50x110 lot
was sold 10/30/08, Blatter to Pickard for $470,000;
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Robert G.L. Pears
Robert "Bobby" Gerard Linden Pears, 61, for-
merly of Bronxville, N.Y., Sarasota, and Anna Maria
Island, died Oct. 16, 2008.
Mr. Pears was born in Bronxville and came to
live on Anna Maria Island from 1990-95. He was
planning to return to the Island in November.
A funeral was held in Sarasota with arrange-
ments by Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home. A
memorial service will be held in New York City at
a later date.
Survivors include wife Marina Rosasco; sons
Brian of Malibu, Calif., James of Bradenton, and
Thomas and Michael, both of Anna Maria; daugh-
ters Bonnie of Pleasantville, N.Y., and Anna of Anna
Maria; a sister, Mary Claps of Amityville, N.Y.; and
three grandchildren, William, Madeleine, and Cath-
erine.


Pinnacle hosting
fest Nov. 22
Pinnacle Urgent Care Center, 315 75th St.
W., Bradenton, will celebrate its 10-year anni-
versary with a community festival from 1 p.m.
to 5 p.m. Nov. 22.
The festival will feature free eye and foot
screenings, free blood pressure and blood sugar
checks, as well as raffle prizes and kid's activi-
ties.
Also, West Manatee Fire Rescue District
firefighters will set up their grill for hot dogs
and hamburgers and volunteers will collect non-
perishables for Meals on Wheels PLUS.
For more information, call Pinnacle at
941-761-0680.


Anne Ficks Simmons
Anne Ficks Simmons, 68, formerly of Cincinnati,
died Nov. 14 at home in Holmes Beach.
She was born in Springfield, Mass., the daugh-
ter of Eleanor Walker, a long-time resident of Anna
Maria. She attended Goucher College in Towson,
Md., prior to moving to Cincinnati, where she lived
for more than 40 years, an active homemaker and a
volunteer at the Church of the Redeemer and at Chil-
dren's Hospital Thrift Shop. She earned an associate
degree in business from the University of Cincinnati
and worked at Martin's Town and County.
Mrs. Simmons resided in Holmes Beach since
1999 and was on the board of the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society. She also was involved in the Epis-
copal Church Women and was a sustaining member
of the Manatee Junior League.
A requiem Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday,
Nov. 20, at the Episcopal Church of the Annuncia-
tion, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. A reception
will follow at her home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer
Society, National Audubon Society, or the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society, P.O. Box 4315, Anna Maria
FL 34216.
Mrs. Simmons is survived by husband Daniel E.;
daughter Ridgely Ficks of Newton, Mass.; son Ben
Ficks of Bethesda, Md.; five step-children, Daniel,
Brian, Dawn, Allison, and Tonia; seven step-grand-
children; and four step-great-grandchildren.
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Strong women stay young.
That's the advice medical doctors, physical train-
ers and other health gurus offer on the television, in
the gym and on the pages of self-help books.
Sandy Meneley, 61, of Holmes Beach, is a strong
woman - an ironwoman, in fact.
And she knows this: You are as young as you
feel.
Meneley, who moved from Illinois to Anna Maria
Island about seven years ago with her husband, has
kept to a daily running routine for about 30 years.
She has run 13 marathons, and is preparing for
another - the Boston Marathon in April.
And Menely now competes in Ironman events -
triathlons of %% imininI'. biking and running. She most
recently finished second in her age group, 60-64, in
the Panama City Beach Ironman. The competition
consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race
and a 26.2-mile run.
Meneley trained for nine months and finished
with a time of 13 hours and 48 minutes.
The Islander recently asked the athlete about her
sport.
The Islander: How did you begin training for
Ironman competitions? And why?
Sandy Meneley: I became interested in the Iron-
man after watching both of my daughters compete in
them in recent years.
When you watch the athletes at such an event, it
is hard not to get caught up in the e ni i.- and hype
that surrounds you.
The Islander: What goes into the training? How
long do you train for an event?
SM: My training began about nine months ago.
However, I was already in shape for a marathon. So I
added swimming three days a week and biking three
days a week. I followed a strict plan, which gradu-
ally increased by biking to rides of 100 miles - a
six-hour bike - and swims in the Gulf of 2.5 miles
- with or without hurricane waves - and runs up
to three hours long.
The Islander: Have you always been involved in
sports and athletics?
SM: I taught PE in Illinois and I coached high
school track and cross country for 12 years. I have
always enjoyed physical activity.
The Islander: You've finished first in your age
category in competition? Which event was that and
what category?
SM: I was first at the Marine Corps Marathon
in Washington, D.C., last November - age group
60-64.


Ironman competitor Sandy Meneley of Holmes
Beach cycles.

The Islander: What is unique about an Ironman-
Ironwoman athlete?
SM: I don't know that we are as unique as we are
crazy.
It used to be that doing a marathon was con-
sidered the ultimate endurance event. Now so many
people have tackled the marathon that something even
longer and harder looks appealing to test not only
your endurance, but to try you during the massive
amounts of training that you must discipline yourself
to do.
For women my age, you have to not care that you
are one of the oldest at an event. I think you are as
young as you feel.
The Islander: What advice do you have for some-
one considering getting into Ironman competition?
SM: Know what you're getting yourself into
before beginning and stick to a plan.
The amount of self-discipline it takes is not
something to be treated lightly.
Then enjoy not only the event, but the training. I
loved the training. Every night I would simply look


at my calendar to see what I was to do the following
day. It did not matter if I had to get up at 5 a.m. to
do a workout before my other daily commitments -
dedication is the key. And enjoy.
The Islander: Where's the best place to work out
on the Island?
SM: I did my running around the Island and on
the beach. How much better can you get than that?
No snow. No cold.
I swam in the Gulf. Again, how much better than
that can you get when I am out in the water with the
dolphins and the manatees?
I biked on a stationary trainer on my patio two
days a week and the long bike rides were to Sarasota,
over the Ringling Bridge, out to Siesta Key. The bike
path once you got to Coquina was great.


Orlando student

pens pier poem
Erik O'Conner did some homework while
vacationing with his family on Anna Maria Island
recently.
Erik an eighth-grader from Orlando, was assigned
to write a poem.
So he wrote about an Island pier in "Smelly, Dirty
Pier."
Smelly, Dirty Pier,
sits in the sun all day,
wasting away into the vast ocean,
sticking out of the island,
like a thorn in your finger,
A mere speck on the map.

Yet,
it is still loved,
loved for its rotting fish on the ground,
its barnacles clinging to its side,
its field of greenies underneath
waiting to be taken,
its hooks and lines everywhere
from previous adventures,
its lazy blue heron
waiting for a free meal,
its calm blue water hitting beneath
Shimmering with light from its spoons and jigs.

So this isn't just a speck
of crumbled concrete on the map,
it is a sanctuary for many,
a demon for others,
it is loved,
by all the fishermen it calls,
by all the fish that it houses,
no longer Stinky, Dirty Pier,
but,
Old, Beautiful Pier.


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Inc. speaks' Sept.
Noon--Anna Maria Island Garden Club flower arranging workshop I n na Ma
at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Res- 20 to Anna Maria
ervations: 941-778-3665. j --,Island Kiwanis Club
members at their
Thursday, Nov. 20 ' regular Saturday
6 p.m. - Island Garden Club potluck dinner and presentation Smorning meeting at
by Palma Sola Botanical Park head gardener Kelly Estilla at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa- Cafe on the Beach in
tion: 941-778-0256. Holmes Beach about
7 to 8:30 p.m. - "Funky Chunky Beading" class at the Anna Maria the services provided
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: by her organization.
941-778-1908. Fee includes materials. Islander Photos:

Saturday, Nov. 22 W Ralph Bassett
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a break-
fast meeting with guest speaker Lynda Thomas of Manatee Children's
Services at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa- Ava Ehde,
tion: 941-778-8444. supervisor of the
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Holly Berry Bazaar at the Episcopal Church Island Branch
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-1638. Library in
1 to 5 p.m. - Community festival at Pinnacle Urgent Care Center, Holmes Beach,
315 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-761-0680. speaks Sept. 27
to Anna Maria
Sunday, Nov. 23 Island Kiwanis
7p.m. - Jazz recital at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina C
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813. Club members ,
at their regular
Monday, Nov. 24 Saturday morn-
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Knots seminar at the Anna Maria Island Power ing meeting -
Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-0482. about services
Fee applies.,
Fee applies. available at the " - " ".
Tuesday, Nov. 25 library. "
9a.m. - The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of .-
Commerce "Business @ Breakfast" at the Chamber, 5570 Gulf of Mexico ,h.".
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2466. k20 oror
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
presentation by Steve Panich and Taiwan exchange student Vivian Chang
on "Interact + Youth Exchange" at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.
4 p.m. - Inquiring Minds presents and inter-faith look at Judaism
at Gloria Dei Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: Stephanie
941-778-4579. Hefner, director
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Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: (.. . 3 to Anna Maria
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Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.lb meer
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Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Information: 941-794-3489.

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Dolphins, whales putting on free watery shows


Cetaceans are moving around both near and
far, providing a wonderful chance for us land-based
mammals to get an up-close-and-personal view of
our water-based brethren.
Dolphins and whales are moving from summer
haunts to winter locales in Florida waters.
In the Sarasota Bay area, dolphins are drifting
from the bays to passes and the nearshore Gulf of
Mexico in search of food. Bull sharks, a predator of
young dolphins, move away from the coast during
winter months, and the Gulf and inlets are relatively
safe for young dolphins.
On the east coast, right whales are migrating from
the east coast of the United States and Canada south
to the warmer Atlantic Ocean waters off Florida and
Georgia to give birth.

'Our' dolphins and red tide
The Sarasota Bay area is home to the longest-run-
ning wild dolphin research program in the world.
The study began with Randy Wells in 1970.
While a young Riverview High School student, Wells
teamed up with fledging Mote Marine Laboratory to
catalogue and study dolphins in the area. He found
about 140 resident marine mammals in the area, and,
as Wells writes now, "Over the past 37 years, we have
created a unique situation for learning about the needs
of coastal dolphins in the wild through understanding
them as individuals and following them throughout
their lives. As we learn what it takes for coastal dol-
phins to be able to survive and thrive, we improve our
ability to evaluate how expanding human activities in
coastal ecosystems may impact their lives, and what
approaches may be most effective for keeping them
and their populations healthy, while at the same time
allowing humans to use and enjoy coastal waters."
One threat to dolphins is red tide. The 2005
severe outbreak of Karenia brevis, a micro-plant that
at times blooms and releases a toxin, proved irritating
to humans and, as Wells discovered, indirectly deadly
to dolphins.
"Local dolphins did not die directly from the
toxin during the 2005 severe red tide," Wells said.
"However, dramatic and unsustainable increases in
dolphin deaths from attempts at stealing bait and
catch from recreational anglers coincided with a
precipitous decline in dolphin prey fish in Sarasota
Bay determined from long-term dolphin stomach
content analyses and ongoing purse-seining opera-





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By Paul Ipa?

tions, significant declines in dolphin body condition
determined through health assessments, and unprec-
edented changes in group size and where the dolphins
spent their time during the red tide as documented by
surveys and behavioral observations.
"Although dolphin deaths from fishing gear have
declined as fish stocks recover in the absence of red
tide," Wells continued, "supporting our hypothesis
about the role of red tide as a driver of this issue,
at least in the Sarasota area, a new study indicates
that some dolphins continue to show interest in bait
and catch. This interest appears likely to have been
reinforced by angler behavior, such as feeding and
releasing their catch near dolphins."
Karenia brevis blooms. Fish start to die. Dol-
phins can't find fish to eat and resort to taking fish
from anglers' lines. As highly intelligent creatures,
dolphins realize that this practice is easier to pursue
than the pursuit of fish in the wild and, when the red
tide abates, they continue the practice.
Charter Capt. Mike Heistand has lamented the fact
that he's been chased by dolphins all across southern
Tampa Bay who won't let his clients reel a fish to the
boat. They get a fish on the hook, but can't get it to the
boat before it's snatched by a dolphin. The dolphin's
perpetual smile probably resembles more of a smirk
as it takes off with a big redfish, hook and all.
Dolphin researchers Robin Perrtree and Kim
Bassos-Hull have studied the problem and found
it worse than expected. There was also an issue of
excess fishing line that entangled both dolphins and
other marine creatures, often fatally.
Surveys of fishers indicated that 65 percent of the
400 polled had seen marine creatures with monofila-
ment line entanglement problems, and 53 percent had
dolphins steal their catch. The surveys were done
around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge fishing piers.
Cleanup programs were initiated to collect the
monofilament line from piers and structure in the
bays. There also was a program to provide recycling
bins for line at all fishing locations.
The dual programs seem to be helping.

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tips to keep your catch from pesky dolphins.
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federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, and teaches
dolphins to beg for food and draws them dangerously
close to fishing gear and boat propellers.
* Reuse or share leftover bait. Don't dump it over-
board, since it serves as an attraction to dolphins.
* Reel in your line if dolphins appear.
* Move if dolphins show interest in bait or catch.
* Release catch quietly away from dolphins when
and where possible.
* Check gear and terminal tackle to avoid
unwanted line breaks.
* Use circle and corrodible hooks to reduce inju-
ries to fish, dolphins and sea turtles.
* Stay at least 50 yards from dolphins.
* Recycle fishing line.
* Don't throw trash overboard. Better yet, collect
any trash floating in the water.

'Our' whales
Winter means right whales on the east coast
as they move south from their summer waters for
females to calve. The North Atlantic right whale,
Eubalaena glacialis, "is one of the most endangered
large whales in the world, facing a high likelihood of
extinction largely due to human activities," according
to the National Marine Fisheries Service.
"About 300 animals remain of the western North
Atlantic population," researchers said. They are
called "right whales" because whalers found them
to be the right whale to hunt in the 1800s - "They
swam slowly in coastal waters, floated when dead
and yielded large amounts of oil and baleen."
Whale hunts were mostly banned in 1935. Right
whales are still impacted by human intervention,
though, with about 30 percent of all mortalities
coming from collisions with large vessels or entan-
glement in fishing gear.
"Right whales lack a dorsal fin, are dark gray
or black and have bumps called callosities on their
head," researchers observe. "When right whales
breathe, they produce a V-shaped blow that is often
as high as 15 feet and is visible from a great distance.
Measuring up to 55 feet, an adult right whale can
weigh 50 tons, and a newborn calf can measure 15
feet at birth and weigh 2,000 pounds."
Right whale fans can proclaim their affection
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Grouper, snapper move closer to shore


By Capt. Mike Heistand
Last week's balmy weather turned the fishing
red-hot both in the bays and offshore in the Gulf of
Mexico.
Backwater fishing for redfish, snook and man-
grove snapper was great. There are also good reports
of catch-and-release trout coming from Terra Ceia
Bay.
Grouper and snapper are starting to move closer
to shore - into about 50-foot depths in the Gulf.
Amberjack are farther out, and kingfish and mackerel
are scattered almost everywhere.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore
fishers are reporting to his store that they're catching
lots of kingfish and mackerel, and he predicts both
species to hang around for a while. Grouper and snap-
per action remains steadily good, and amberjack are
being caught in large numbers farther out in the Gulf.
Backwater action has mangrove snapper and redfish

Sandscript
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
Sandscript factoid
Dolphins spend their days in five general ways,
according to Randy Wells. The mammals feed, travel,
play, rest and mill about throughout the day and
night.
It is while feeding that Wells noticed one of the
most unusual acts of dolphin behavior - something
he calls "fish whacking."
Dolphins will often attempt to herd fish into a
confined area to feed, he said. As the fish attempt
to flee, they occasionally will get past a dolphin's
mouth - but not its powerful tail. As the fish tries to
dart past the dolphin, the mammal will flick its flukes
and hurl the fish into the air. When the stunned fish
lands back into the water, the dolphin will leisurely
gobble down the fish.
Wells said he has seen fish "whacked" more than
20 feet into the air.
Although dolphin have more than 90 cylindri-
cal teeth in their always-smiling mouths, Wells said
dolphin do not chew fish, but swallow them whole.
Play is an important element of a dolphin's day.
We're not talking about doing tricks with balls and
rings here. As Wells puts it, "dolphins use sex like
humans use a handshake."

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on kingfish and mackerel in the Gulf, with the fish
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ing to be excellent, but snapper action, while slowed,
remains good.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said he's catch-
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John Linn of Corkey's Bait & Tackle on Cortez
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Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
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plentiful, and snook fishing is good at night.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there are catching macks, snapper and redfish,
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At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include small
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many species to catch," he said. His charters are catch-
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to be moving closer to shore, in about 65 feet of water,
but bigger fish are being caught in the 130-foot depths.
Both live and dead bait work well, he added.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Bay Marina in Cortez said he's putting his char-
ters onto a mixed bag of almost e \c) i \ hi ng found in
local waters: juvenile barracuda, grouper, mangrove
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I've been taking my regulars to lots of redfish in
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Island soccer finale: Allstar games, awards


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Another fun-filled, action-packed season of
soccer at the Anna Maria Island Community Center
has come to an end. The Center League's Division
II winner Mr. Bones ran away with the title behind
the dynamic play of Michael Latimer, who led the
league in goals scored. He had support from fellow
forward Ben Connors as well as teammates Nicho-
las Bo% %ling. Brianna Connelly, Gabby Gallo, Ellie
Leibe, Joseph Perry, Kayla Theil and Cortni Wash.
Coached by Darin Wash, the Bones lost only one
game while building an insurmountable 11-point lead
over second place Panoramic.
The Premier Division was another runaway win
with West Coast Air Conditioning fashioning an
undefeated record and, but for a save 0-0 tie with
Lapensee Plumbing in the first game of the season,
might have had a perfect record. WCAC was an offen-
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Chandler Hardy, Jack Titsworth and Daniel Pimen-
tal all proven, capable scorers who combined for 59
goals in 12 games. Defensively, the team was led
by Adina Dicus, Zach Evans, Denver Hardy, Rainia
Lardas, Max Miller and Olivia Roemer and allowed
only 16 goals for the season.
Division I was the most compelling race this
season, with Ross Built edging second-place Mike
Norman Realty by three points or one victory. The
two teams played four times with Ross earning one-
goal victories in two contests, while the other two
games each ended with a tie. Ross was led by twins
Jake and Andrew Ross, who along with Madison
Gsell, possessed an athletic offensive attack. Throw
in a strong defense anchored by goalie Jack Walter
and supported by players such as Max Driscoll, Har-
rison Franke, Joely Hemandez, Jewel Martinez, Fran-
ceska Parkin and Sarah Wolfe, and you've got the
Ross formula for success.
Congratulations to the players and teams for a
great season.
Individually, there were many great performances
that were recognized at the awards ceremony held at
the Center on Nov. 11. At the event, the first-place
teams earned trophies and four individual awards
were handed out in each division, including the
Kenny Randall Sportsmanship Award, the Officer
Pete Lannon Goalie of the Year, Most Outstanding
Female Player and the coveted Dennis Grandstad
Most Valuable Player.
In Division II, Luke Valadie captured the sports-
manship award over finalists Ben Connors and Nicole
Sewall, while George Lardas won goalie of the year
over finalists Emma Moneuse and Nick Bowling.
Moneuse was named most outstanding female player
over finalists Ellie Leibe and Nicole Sewall. Most
valuable player was no surprise, as Michael Latimer
took home the hardware for the second straight year
over finalists Tyler Yavalar and Ben Connors.
The Division I sportsmanship award went to
Katie Rose Dell over finalists Samantha Burgess and
Andrew Ross, while Jake Parsons captured goalie of
the year over finalists Jack Walter and Morgan Greig.
Madison Gsell was named top female player over
finalists Emma Terry and Sibella Glavan, while Jake
and Andrew Ross shared MVP honors over finalist
Ray Fano.
Premier Division sportsmanship honors went to
Chris Pate over finalists Rainia Lardas and Macken-
zie Kosfeld, while Gabe Salter and Jack Titsworth
shared goalie of the year honors over finalist Nick
Papazian. Most outstanding female player was
Emma Barlow, who beat out finalists Vanessa Parkin
and Nicole Botero. Trevor Bystrom captured the
Premier MVP over finalists Julian Botero and Gabe
Salter.
Coaches Rich Bell and Wayne Sewall were
awarded four-year "Traditions" coaching awards,
while Scott Dell earned a six-year award.

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
better-ball-of-partners game on Nov. 12. The team of


Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League Division I award-winners Jake Parsons, Jake Ross,
Madison Gsell, Andrew Ross and Katie Rose Dell show off their trophies at the Center soccer awards cer-
emony. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy


Bob Jorgensen and Don Ledford carded a 6-under-par
56 to tie the team of Larry Fowler and Bob Sayles
for first place. Second place went to Bob Landgren
and Neal Hammer, who finished one shot back, while
Garry Harris and Bob Elliott carded a 3-under-par 59
to finish in third place.
The men played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-
foursome match on Nov. 10 that saw the team of
Jim Meena, Vince Mercadante, Bob Kral and Earl
Huntzinger card an 8-under-par 54 to claim first place
by two strokes. The team of Dana Cessna, Chuck
Reed and Carl Wencker matched the 56 carded by
Jim Dunne, Jim McCartney, Jerry Brown and Dick
Hills to tie for second place. Third place went to the
team of Gordon McKinna, Fred Meyer, Jim Fin and
Greg Shorten with a 57.


Division II
award-winners
Luke Valadie,
George Lardas,
Emma Monuese
and Michael
Latimer show
off trophies
at the awards
ceremony.












Premier
Division
winners
Emma
Barlow,
Chris Pate,
Trevor
Bystrom
and Gabe
Salter
hold their
trophies
following
the awards
ceremony.
Not pic-
tured, Jack
Titsworth.


AMICC Soccer League
final standings
Division I
Team Won Lost Tie Pts.
Ross 7 3 2 23
Norman 6 4 2 20
IRE 5 6 1 16
Autoway 3 8 1 10

Division II
Mr. Bones 10 1 1 31
Panoramic 6 3 2 20
Orthopedic 4 6 2 14
Sparks 0 9 1 1

Premier Division
WCAC 11 0 1 34
Wash 5 5 2 17
Lapensee 3 7 2 11
Harcon Corp. 2 9 1 7








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Shop owners on

national TV

Nov. 23
Two local boutique owners who
regularly are featured in The Islander
newspaper's Tiki and Kitty promotion
will be part of MSNBC national cable
news channel's "Your Business" pro-
gram at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 23.
Rosanne Dole of Retro Rosie
and Nancy Cobb of Cobwebs, both
have their stores located in the art and
antique district of downtown Braden-
ton and were interviewed in September
for the program.
"Your Business" is for and about
small businesses, MSNBC producer
Andrew Littell said, and the focus of
the interview is about how these two
small businesses joined together in
order to survive the current economy.
Islander advertising sales execu-
tive Rebecca Barnett said Retro Rosie
and Cobwebs are regular advertisers
in the "Tiki and Kitty" section of
The Islander. The section highlights
antique, art and art-related shops and
businesses on both Anna Maria Island
and the mainland.
For more information about
Tiki and Kitty, call Rebecca at
941-778-7978.

We be jamming
and rockin'
Jamrocks Jamaican Grill fea-
turing authentic Jamaican cuisine
recently opened in the Whitney Plaza,
6898 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key.
New owners Sandy Leedy-Wil-
liams, David Simms and Rodney Wil-
liams are offering daily lunch specials
at $8.95 and a tiki bar that features a
happy hour on draft beer from 3 p.m.
to 6 p.m.
Jamrocks also has delivery ser-
vice for the Island and reggae music
for customer enjoyment.
During the opening period, Jam-
rocks has an ad in The Islander that
entitles the customer to a free glass of
beer or wine with the purchase of an
entr6e.
The restaurant is open from 11:30
a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through
Sunday and is closed on Monday.
For more information on Jamrocks,
call 941-383-4932.

A hay of a
Thanksgiving
Euphemia Haye Restaurant at
5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key, is taking early orders for Thanks-
giving dinner.
All orders will be boxed and
include re-heating instructions from
Chef Raymond Arpke.
Orders may be picked up from 9:30
a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26,,
and on Thanksgiving from 8 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. Pick-up times are scheduled


I-


Your business on MSNBC
The MSNBC television channel program "Your Business" will air a segment at
7:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 23, that will include, from left, Jennifer Huber, daugh-
ter of Nancy Cobb of Cobwebs Antiques, Rosanne Dole of Retro Rosie, Aubrie
Huber, Jennifer's daughter and Nancy Cobb's granddaughter and Nancy Cobb
of Cobweb's Antiques. At far right is MSNBC-TV producer Andrew Littell.
Islander Photo: Rebecca Barnett.


every 30 minutes.
For more information on ordering
a dinner, call 941-383-3633.


Freedom tour
Freedom Village at 6406 21 st Ave.
W., Bradenton, will host its annual
Holiday Open House from noon to 3
p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Guests will be given a tour of the
facilities and be able to speak with resi-
dents about the advantages and benefits
that Freedom Village affords.
Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres
will be served, and music will be pro-
vided by Scott Blum and friends.
Space is limited. Reservations may
be made at 941-798-8122.


Convention

bureau wins
awards
The Bradenton Area Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau will be
honored in New York City, Jan. 26,
2009, by the Hospitality Sales and
Marketing Association International
when it receives two silver and three
bronze awards for its brand marketing
efforts.
The HSMAI received more than
1,300 entries from more than a dozen


countries and chose winners in a vari-
ety of categories. The CVB won its
awards for its innovative Worldwide
Web campaign, gaining honors in
destination Web site, integrated Web
marketing program, Web banner series,
e-mail series and contest/promotions.
New CVB marketing director Jes-
sica Grace said the new web site and
marketing programs have "increased
consumer awareness of the destina-
tion."


Area tourism

leaders join state

committee
Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau executive director
Larry White along with Island devel-
oper David Teitelbaum, a member of
the Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council, have joined the Florida-
Spain Heritage Celebration Commit-
tee.
A CVB press release said the com-
mittee is formulating a multi-year tourism
marketing plan to celebrate several state-
wide anniversaries and the state's distinc-
tive Spanish heritage, including develop-
ment of marketing in early 2009.
Those celebrations include the
450th birthday of St. Augustine in
2013.


AMI Plaza ready by Thanksgiving
Remodeling of the AAMI Plaza, formerly the Garden Hut, on Gulf Drive in
Holmes Beach should finalized by Thanksgiving and several businesses plan to
locate in the plaza, said Debbie Hynds of AAMI Realty. For more information,
call 941-447-9663. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 19, 2008 0 25


AMI Chamber

exchange
The November Business Card
Exchange for the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce
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 exchange is open to current
and prospective members. For reserva-
tions, call 941-778-1541.


Longboat

chamber plan
The Longboat Key/Lido Key/
St. Armands Key Chamber of Com-
merce has forwarded its 2009 Business
Plan and accompanying committee
volunteer sheet to all members.
Executive director Gail Loefgren
said the chamber was relying on its
members to advance the goals and
objectives of the chamber through
help with the business plan and com-
mittees.
Loefgren said the chamber plans a
number of special events during 2009,
including a "hob nob" reception in
April, a disaster preparedness seminar
in the spring and a golf tournament
May 22.
For more information on the
chamber or its committees, call
941-383-2466.


Tidemark owners

go with

Bradenton Club
Owners of units at Tidemark
Beach Resort are now eligible for
membership in the Bradenton Country
Club, according to a press release from
Tidemark.
The resort opened its Gulf of
Mexico units on 67th Street in
Holmes Beach in September, while
the Tidemark Marina Resort is under
construction behind the Shoppes of
Tidemark complex on Gulf Drive
adjacent to Wachovia Bank in Holmes
Beach.
For more information on fractional
ownership in any Tidemark property,
call 941-778-1124.

Bistro honored

again
The Beach Bistro restaurant, 6600
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, has
again received the Zagat Restaurant
Guide's Florida award for food excel-
lence.
Zagat gave the Bistro 28 of 30
points for food excellence and 27 of
30 points for service.
The Zagat Restaurant Guide con-
ducts surveys of diners to rate res-
taurants in a variety of areas, and is
considered one of the leading restau-
rant guides in America, a Zagat press
release said.
The Beach Bistro has consistently
been included in Zagat, the release
said.
Holmes Beach resident Sean
Murphy is the Beach Bistro owner.
For more information on the Beach
Bistro, call 941-778-6444.





26 0 NOV. 19, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will
meet Tuesday, Nov. 25, for lunch and a program
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach.
The speakers will be Steve Panich and
Vivian Chang discussing the club's student
exchange program.
For more information, call Dantia Gould at
941-778-1880.


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AME calendar
Anna Maria Elementary School has many events
in which the community is welcome, including:
* Every Wednesday, 8 a.m. runners club meets on
the school playing field.
* Nov. 19, fourth- and fifth-grade field trip to the
Van Wezel.
* Nov. 20, "Bone Zone" health, nutrition and sci-
ence program all day in the auditorium.
* Nov. 21, reading walk-a-thon event 9 a.m. to
noon on the school ball field.
* Nov. 21, birthday book club 1 p.m. in the media
center.
* Nov. 21, Florida Studio Theater Playmakers visit
fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.
* Nov. 26-28, Thanksgiving vacation.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.






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Volunteer moms work
hard cutting and pasting
box tops collected at Anna
Maria Elementary School.
AME raised $1,200 said
Laurie Lee Higgins, the
Parent-Teacher Organiza-
tion chairperson for the
program. Box-top credit
symbols can be found on
countless grocery items.
Islanders are welcome to
collect and drop off credits
throughout the year. There
is a collection box at the
school's administrative
office. Proceeds benefit the
school. Islander Photo:
Becky Walter


Cleopatra
Valerie Kre-
isel brought
Cleopatra
to life in her
fourth-grade
classroom at
Anna Maria
S Elementary
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biography book
report project.
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DESK: SOLID OAK, teacher-style. Great condi-
tion. $65. 941-920-4469.

NEWWHIRLPOOL REFRIGERATOR.Top freezer.
33-inches wide. $400.217-549 9240.

HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.

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.




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

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

MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Satur-
day, Nov. 22. Big variety. 410 79th St., Holmes
Beach.

YARD SALE: 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov.22. Good stuff,
cheap! 412 Alamanda Road, Anna Maria.


SALE: 8 a.m.-? Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22.
Fishing equipment, case and Roughrider knives,
Brownie shotgun, sweet-16, 1911 Springfield
45-caliber, lots of sporting equipment, collectibles.
111 59th St., Bradenton.


ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21.731
Key Royale Drive, Anna Maria.


Waterfront home tear-down, all in good condition.
Florida-style, three years old, two queen bed sets,
dining set, refrigerator, washer, dryer, glass-top
stove, recliner, chairs, very nice computer desk,
end tables, area rugs, silk plants, lamps, pictures
and other accessories, two TVs, dishwasher, grill,
silk plants, a full kitchen, cabinets, fixtures, lights,
air-conditioner unit and more. Julie McClure sales.
See pictures: www.appraisals4u.biz.




LOST: GOLD AND diamond tennis bracelet,
round bezel-set diamonds. Reward offered. Lost
on Anna Maria Island. Please, call 216-496-7298
or 941-778-0523.

SAILBOARD: FOUND ON Anna Maria Island. Call
941-778-0991.




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.



SOUNDS AS IF IT'S COLD IN HERE By Paula Gamache / Edited by Will Shortz , ,| | 8 11 115 1i | ,1


Across
1 18th-century
Venetian fresco
painter
8 Gets with the
times
14 Pellet shooters
20 It's lighter than
air
21 Site of two
ecumenical
councils
22 "Capeesh?"
23 Question to a
paralegal?
25 Sea, west of
New Zealand
26 Type
27 Hoods
28 Overhead shot
30 "Sugar Lips"
trumpeter
31 What if,
informally
33 Figure in an
Edmund Spenser
poem
34 Inner: Prefix
35 Ancient name for
Great Britain
38 Red Sox
franchise?
41 Three-time
Masters winner
Nick
42 Bogus
44 Symbol on the
back of a dollar
bill
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.


45 Warning sign
outside of Br'er
Rabbit's home?
47 Classic cowboy
name
49 Not on good terms
(with)
54 Pigeon
55 Sire
56 Neighbor of
Switz.
57 London's
Square
58 Brown shade
59 Affiance
62 Imagine that
63 Useful advice for
a ring referee?
68 Botanical angle
69 Science of the ear
70 ___ Davis, first
African-American
to win a Heisman
71 How-to
73 It's more than a
stretch
74 CB radios, once
75 Some batteries
78 "Don't make
',,
79 Juilliard deg.
80 Clinician in the
'hood?
83 Canadian prov.
85 Knife
86 Ancient Egyptian
kingdom
87 Silicone implant
companies?
93 Man and ape
94 Start of some
choice words?
95 Parting words
96 Hoops Hall-of-
Famer Thomas


98 Brink
99 Low person on a
staff
100 "Marshal of
Cripple Creek,"
e.g.
102 Sure target
106 Beloved of
Pyramus
108 Matzo mover?
111 Georgia's Lake
___, behind the
Buford Dam
112 Underwater trap
113 Connect with
114 Timeless, in
verse
115 One living month
to month, say
116 Weeks in Madrid

Down
1 Fancy shooting
marbles
2 "If you ask me,"
in a chat room
3 Matter of life and
death: Abbr.
4 It's left on a ship
5 I
6 Boxer nicknamed
"The Bear"
7 Promising words
8 Uncommon blood
type, informally
9 Childish claim
10 Horizontal: Abbr.
11 Chum
12 Abounded
13 Hunt overseas
14 Incidentally
15 Wrap around the
neck
16 Overdoes the
accolades


17 Philly money
maker
18 Almost at
19 Forwarded
24 Lemon or orange
29 Vicks nasal
decongestant
32 Hero of New
Orleans
33 Be outscored at
the end
35 Jet locales: Abbr.
36 Doctor Zhivago's
love
37 Sound on classic
Pong
38 Rhythm
39 Play with
machines
40 French for 44-
Across
42 Score the winning
point in cribbage
43 Renounce
46 "Chill!"
47 Twist
48 For initiates only
50 Bete
51 ___ Bing! (go-go
bar on "The
Sopranos")
52 Over
53 Exclamation with
a handshake
56 "This is not
(warning label)
57 "The Lion King"
character voiced
by Whoopi
Goldberg
58 Slightly above
average
59 Invitation
stipulation
60 Brain scan letters


61 Homeland of
Orpheus
63 Sutra
64 Bar
65 Die Zeit article
66 "Essays of ___"
67 Periods between
Winter and
Summer Olympics
72 Egyptian symbols
of royalty
74 U.S.N. officers
75 French cleric


PUPPIES: LOVE KIDS and animals. Yorkie-bichon
mix, brother and sister. Must be together. $400 to
loving home. 941-778-4360.

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.

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

2004 SAILFISH 188 center console, 90-hp, four-
stroke Yamaha. Low hours. Call 941-448-1583.




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.


76 Duller than dull
77 With the intent
79 Botch
80 Architect van
der Rohe
81 Musket end?
82 Bliss
84 Stand for things
85 Lice and mice,
e.g.
87 Automotive
comeback of 1998


88 Cardinal's topper
89 Power source
90 Cry with a salute
91 French engineer
Gustave
92 Sobieski who
played Joan of
Arc
93 Duffer's
accomplishment
96 Suffix with social
97 Butt abutters
100 Wind in a pit


101 Uffizi Gallery
hanging
103 Singing partner
of Brooks
104 Numerical prefix
105 Old theaters once
owned by Howard
Hughes
107 Jerry's partner
109 Festoons with
Charmin,
informally
110 Pro




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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.


DEPENDABLE HONEST HEALTH care: 20 years
hospital and home care experience. Call Carolyn,
828-446-2420.


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.




ADOPT-A-PET

Veronica

beautiful
Russian Blue
mix, female,
6 months
old, very
friendly,
fixed/shots, $50. Call Julie at SunCoast Real
Estate, 941-779-0202, or Manatee Humane
Society, 941-747-8808.
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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.

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.
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.
DIAMONDS HOUSE CLEANING and lawn care
service. Pressure washing, move-in, move-outs,
grocery shopping, general house cleaning,
edging, mulching, flower beds, hedge trimming.


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

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Free estimates, references. Tonya, 941-536-7170.
Chuck, 941-565-0076.
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.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
941-795-7411. CAC184228.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
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.

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Landscape mainte-
nance, mulching, palm trimming, shell and more.
Fully insured, great Island references. Please, call
941-778-2335.


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.


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UNIQUE TROPICAL GARDENS AND PONDS
,~ All phases of landscape * residential/commercial
hardscapes * tiki bars * exotic plants
S JACKSON HOLMES - OWNER

(941) 812-3809
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\ Residential & Condo Renovations
SKitchens * Bath Design Service
ManaeC C arpentry * Flooring * Painting
ll phases Commercial & Residential
References available * 941-720-7519
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GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

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

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

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


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.

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



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.suncoastinc.com.


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
* 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


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.

ISLAND ANNUAL: UNFURNISHED, 2BR/1BA,
washer and dryer, cable, water, pool, steps to
beach. $925/month. 941-779-1586.

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.

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 ReALTY939
B|bm Pgfrt ipBne Since 1939


VALUE IS IN 2 LOTS only a few CORAL SHORES This is an excellent
100 yds.from Gulf. Beautiful street sailboatsaltwaterfrontpropertylocated
& beach access. Build 2 homes or on a cul-de-sac minutes from the Gulf
remodel cottage & live in paradise. & beaches. This charming house is
2BR/1.5BA. Karen Day(941)778-2246. priced underappraisal.Joe Corbo (941)
#M5798609. $849,000 778-2246. #M5800245. $365,000


OPEN SUNDAY 1-3
RUNAWAY BAY 1801 Gulf Dr #178
Updated ground floor 2BR/2BA condo
with peaceful pond and fountain view.
Located between deeded beach access
and bayfrontfishingpier.Enjoyheatedpool,
clubhouse,tennis,workoutroom, &more.
Becky Smith 773-1954 #M5798574.
$280,000


Noon to 5 PM.
9100 Block Cortez Rd W Spectacular
views of Palma Sola Bay from this
magnificently decorated 4BR/4.5BA
home, private elevator, 3 car gar.
Sharon Hightower (941) 330-5054.
#M5799513. $1,249,000


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 appliances, cabinets,
wood floors, granite countertops. One blockto 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.

HOLMES BEACH OFFICE center: Save money,
locate your office for as low as $250. Great for
professional, realtor, insurance or accountant
office. 5382 Gulf Drive. 941-746-8666.

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.

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.
$1,000 free rent upfront. Credit and criminal back-
ground checks. Call for information, 941-792-8333,
or visit www.cgpalmasola.com.

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

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

HOLMES BEACH: BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA,
steps to beach, garage, privacy fence, pool, spa,
washer and dryer. No pets or smokers. Very nice
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 RENTAL: 1BR/1BA just steps to Gulf
of Mexico beach plus back yard dock on canal.
New remodel with new kitchen appliances
plus washer and dryer. Water, trash services pro-
vided. Must see to appreciate. $995/month plus
security deposit. Call 941-778-9158.


MARTINIQUE NORTH GULFFRONT
2BR/2BA beautifully
renovated, turnkey-
furnished condo with
dazzling view of azure
Gulf and white sand
beach.New appliances,
granite counters,
ceramic tile, garage,
heated pool, tennis,
storage. Great price!
$647,500.

PERFECT ISLAND GETAWAY
2BR/2BAwithDen,caged
pool and one-car garage.
Completely renovated.
U, Steps to the white sandy
beach. $599,900





ANNA MARIA


REAL ESTATE LLC
SALES AND RENTALS
779-0202 * (800) 732-6434
Island Shopping Center * 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
sunco1@tampabay rr.com. JLS





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TENANT FROM HEAVEN: Quiet, retired woman
seeks annual unfurnished rental. Anna Maria,
Longboat Key, St. Armands, downtown Sarasota.
1,000 sf, bright, clean. December/January occu-
pancy. 941-896-7902.

FREE BOAT SLIP, cable TV, Internet and phone.
Heated pool. 1,700 sf of luxury, 2BR/2BA.
$1,295/month unfurnished, $1,495/month fur-
nished. $1,995/month seasonal. Let's negotiate!
941-704-7493.

MARCH AND/OR April 2009: Holmes Beach
2BR/1BA ground-level duplex, large air-condi-
tioned lanai, new kitchen, washer and dryer, two
blocks to beach. No smoking. 813-928-5378 or
evergreenproperties @yahoo.com.

HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL: Available to Jan.
28. 2BR/2BA. Washer and dryer. 410 71st St.
941-778-0275.

CONDO: 2BR/2BA, garage. Perico Bay over-55
gated community. Bayside nature view. $1,100.
941-387-0136.

ANNUAL DUPLEX; 3BR/2BA with tile floors,
washer and dryer hookup, $900/month. 2BR/2BA,
tile floors, $725/month. 1 BR/1 BA, close to beach,
$700/month. Rustic 2BR/2BA, family room,
screened porch, $900/month. No pets. Dolores
M. Baker, 941-778-7500.

ANNUAL RENTALS: UNFURNISHED ground-level
duplex, north Anna Maria near Gulf, 2BR/1BA,
$975/month plus utilities. 1 BR/1 BA. $825/month,
includes water and sewer. 941-778-7003.

SEASONAL FURNISHED NEW home in Anna
Maria. 3BR/2BA. Available now through April 1.
Block to beach. 813-251-9201.

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.

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

WANT TO BUY: Holmes Beach canal or bay home.
Fast purchase. $400,000 or less. 941-720-0067.

INVESTOR SPECIAL: CANAL home for sale.
Owner wants to rent back. $400,000. 10-year
lease. $1,750/month, two years advance rent. Call
charter Captain Larry at 941-448-1583.

DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000. Call Ilona Ken-
rick, 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!

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.

MORE FOR YOUR MONEY: The Islander now
offers ads in the Manatee Shoppers Guide.
Same ad, add half price. Minimum Islander ad
of $12 runs in both publications for $18. You get
50,000-plus more in circulation! 941-778-7978.

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

NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Handyman
special bordering U.S.F.S. paved drive, well,
septic, single-wide with shop near Lake Nan-
tahala, borders paved road. Only $49,000. http://
valleytownrealty.com. 800-632-2212.
valleytownrealty@verizon.net.

BUY LOT NOW: Build when you sell in Florida.
Mountain views/pristine riverfront. Clay County,
N.C. Pre-developed incentives end Nov. 29.
www.harrisonspotlight.com. Chip Manuel,
888-473-5253.

HOW TO ADVERTISE in the Islander Classifieds:
DEADLINE: MONDAY NOON for Wednesday
publication. CLASSIFIED RATES for business
or individual: Minimum $12 for up 15 words.
Each additional word over 16-30 words is $20.
31-45 words is $40. Box: $4. Ads must be paid
in advance. Classified ads may be submitted
through our secure Web site: www.islander.
org or faxed to (941) 778-9392 or delivered/
mailed to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL
34217. We are located next to Ooh La La! in the
Island Shopping Center. More information:(941)
778-7978.


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ESCAPE to a private 38-acre island in Sarasota Bay with half dedicated to a
protected nature preserve. Accessible only by boat with private car parking
and dock on the mainland. One-acre building site with mature trees for shade
and seclusion, water and electric to the property. $550,000.

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




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