Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: November 26, 2008
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the news ...
Bank sues city over
Villa Rosa property.
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Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
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events planned,
tourists welcomed.
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Opinions from
readers, Egan and
the paper. Page 6

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Happy Holly Berry.
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Bradenton Beach
commission signs
off on sign ordi-
nance. Page 10

Lathrop named top
fire investigator.
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Island Biz: Trade
and commerce
news. Page 14

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Calendar, menu and
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Happy, happy

Smoke clears,

mystery remains
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
By mid-day Nov. 20 the smoke had long
cleared from the air over Haley's Motel, but
the murkiness of mystery remained.
A joint investigation still was under way
to determine the cause and origin of the Nov.
16 fire at the Holmes Beach motel.
An investigation continued into the dis-
appearance of motel co-owner Sabine Musil-
BAnd gawkers contin-
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The burned Haley's garden house in the 8100 block of Gulf Drive. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Holmes Beach may get

'lakefront' park

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach is in line to receive a fed-
eral grant to tear down a frequently flooded
home on Holmes Boulevard to create space
for a lakefront park.
The property in the 6800 block of Holmes
Boulevard is on the shore of Spring Lake.
On Nov. 5, the city received notice from the
Florida Division of Emergency NM inag, m. nt thiKti
it was awarded up to $846,486 from the Severe
Repetitive Loss Mitigation Grant Program.
The program is funded by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency and exists
to help reduce the risk of flood damage by
improving or razing structures.
The FEMA money will be used to tear
down the home on Holmes Boulevard, sod the
open space and purchase the property from
Kenneth Rushforth.
A FEMA project description states, "The
structure suffers repeated damage from floods.
The land will be converted to open space and
the deed restricted."
"It can never be built on," said Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger. "It will become a little
waterfront park on Spring Lake."
The city commission, the mayor and
city attorney Patricia Petruff discussed the
grant during a meeting Nov. 18 at city hall.
The commission did not accept the grant, but
authorized Petruff to work out details of the
project with Rushforth.
In other business, the commission:
* Discussed a request from Jeanne Fer-
guson of Acute Care Team Home Medical
in Anna Maria to allow a motorized-access
vehicle on the beaches.
Ferguson wants the city regulation against
motorized vehicles on the beach relaxed to

allow people with mobility issues to use her
store's Beach Scoot. The battery-powered, all-
terrain scooter can carry two people at a top
speed of 6 mph.
She presented a similar request in Anna
Maria earlier this year, and commissioners
there suggested she seek support in Holmes
Beach and Bradenton Beach before they made
a final decision.
Bohnenberger said state law prohibits the
city from authorizing motorized vehicles on
the beach.
However, the mayor, with agreement from
the city attorney, said the U.S. Americans with
Disabilities Act would allow people who need
assistance with access to the beach to use an
appropriate vehicle.
"I don't believe the city needs to amend
its ordinance," said Petruff.
* Continued to Dec. 9 the final reading of
an ordinance that brings the city's schedule for
candidate qualifying in line with a new statute
on qualifying dates.
* Continued to Dec. 9 a discussion on a
special exception request from John Agnelli
at 6000 Marina Drive for certain commercial
* Agreed to reappoint Petruff as city attor-
* Authorized the city to contract with
Ashbritt, Phillips and Jordan, Bamaco and
Crowder Gulf for debris removal in the event
of a disaster.
* Approved a request from the police
department to buy, as budgeted for this year,
two new Ford F-150 trucks at $23,242 each.
* Heard from the mayor a brief report
that the electronic message sign overhanging
Gulf Drive near the intersection with East Bay
Drive was removed for safety concerns.

ued to standjust beyond
the yellow crime-scene
tape at the little motel
at the border with
Anna Maria and share
thoughts about who-
done-it - if anything
was done.

About this time of
year, gawkers are a tradition at Haley's, but
usually they are looking at the holiday-themed
decorations that go up on the patio and in the
gardens. Last week they were gawking instead
at the charred relic of the motel's two-story
garden house and wondering about the disap-
pearance of Sabine Musil-Buehler.
The last confirmed sighting of Musil-Bue-
hler, 49, was late Nov. 4, and she was officially
reported missing by the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office on Nov. 6.
An unconfirmed sighting was made Nov.
13 by Islander Nancy House at the Sarasota
Bradenton International Airport.
House said she and a friend, Janean Martin,
were departing from SRQ to take a cruise to
Cozumel. As she was moving through the air-
port security at about 6 a.m. Nov. 13, House
believes she saw Musil-Buehler.
"I saw her before we went through secu-
rity," said House. "I kept looking at her and
staring at her.... I told my friend, 'I'm positive
that that's that lady missing on the Island.'"
House said about a year ago she met
Musil-Buehler when her sister applied for a
job at Haley's, that she'd previously seen the
motel owner on the Island and also was famil-
iar with reports of her disappearance.
"But we were going on a cruise," she said.
"It was the last thing on my mind."
Once in line at the airport's security check-
point, House said she saw Musil-Buehler just
two people behind her.
But House has undergone knee surgery.
She said the titanium in her legs "goes off
like the Fourth of July and they brought me
to the side. So the woman went ahead of me. I
watched her through the check and my friend
thought she went toward the Delta gate and
that was the last we saw her."
House said she telephoned her husband
about the sighting but then rushed to catch her
She notified authorities when she returned
from the cruise on Nov. 18.
House said the woman she saw spoke with
a German accent like Musil-Buehler, that she

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Haley's fire cause sought
had shoulder-length, curly, light hair "like she proba-
bly colored her hair," and was wearing a long-sleeved
gold or yellow sweater.
"I just reported what I saw," she said. "I was
pretty darn sure it was her. I hope it was. I thought it
was her and that's the truth."
The MCSO said last week that surveillance tape
at the airport was reviewed and detectives do not
believe Musil-Buehler was at the airport, nor has her
name appeared on any flight manifests.
Ten days after the missing person report was
issued, the two-story structure that housed the
motel's maintenance shop on the ground level and
two accommodations on the second floor burned,
starting at about 7:19 p.m.
An investigation was under way as The Islander
went to press to determine the cause and origin of the
fire and whether it is tied to Musil-Buehler's disap-
The general consensus among TV- ~Aik hin_'.
mystery-reading Islanders is that the two cases must
be linked, but the investigators need evidence.
The joint investigation involves the Holmes
Beach Police Department, the MCSO, the state fire
marshal's office and the West Manatee Fire Rescue
During a press conference last week, HBPD
Chief Jay Romine deemed the fire "suspicious,"
given the totality of the circumstances, including
Musil-Buehler's disappearance.
Her boyfriend, William J. Cumber, was the last
known person to see Musil-Buehler on the Island.
They were watching election news on Nov. 4 at his
Anna Maria apartment when they had an argument
because he was smoking.
Cumber said Musil-Buehler left in her car and he
hasn't seen her since that night.
A report from the MCSO that she was seen on
14th Street in Bradenton proved false, provided by
Robert Corona, 38, a man now jailed and accused of

Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine, left,
and Manatee County 1,.. i iff's Office spokesper-
son Dave Bristow ready for a press conference
the morning after afire destroyed a structure at
Haley's Motel on Gulf Drive.

stealing Musil-Buehler's car, a white Pontiac convert-
Corona initially said he was given the car to go
buy drugs, and then said he found the car, with the
key in the ignition, parked behind the Gator Lounge
on 14th Street.
The MCSO recovered the vehicle early Nov. 6
near 14th Street after chasing Corona through the
In a search of the car, crime scene investigators
found human blood in both the passenger and driver
areas, but authorities declined last week to release
details of tests on that evidence.
"On the blood, no comment," said MCSO spokes-
man Dave Bristow.

Bristow said, "We've been working extra hard on
this missing person case.... We have two detectives
on it full-time."
Detectives interviewed family and friends, includ-
ing Cumber and Tom Buehler, who is separated from
Musil-Buehler but still her partner in the motel.
"We' ve talked to the boyfriend before and after
the fire and we'll continue to talk to him," Bristow
said, adding that detectives are interviewing all "indi-
viduals close" to Musil-Buehler.
Romine said his department had concern with
Cumber's conflicting statements in regards to the
night of the fire.
Cumber, who was convicted of felony arson
and served time in prison, has repeatedly said he
doesn't know what happened to his girlfriend and
more recently said he was not involved in the fire but
might be the target of a frame-up.
N ly past is my past," said Cumber, who says he
loves Musil-Buehler and in a couple of years planned
to go with her to Germany to live.
Bristow said the MCSO would like to conduct an
all-out search for Musil-Buehler, but detectives "do
not have any conclusive information as to where she
might be."
Last year the MCSO solved the disappearance
of Susan Fast, who had been missing weeks before
she was found slain. Data from a GPS device in her
Lexus was used to help solve that case.
"We don't have any information to point to
a search area," Bristow said. "This is a very big
The reported sighting of Musil-Buehler at the
airport was one of at least five reported to the MCSO,
including one report from Tampa.
In both the missing person and fire cases, officials
are urging potential witnesses to step forward.
Bristow emphasized that with the election, Nov.
4 and Nov. 5 "were monumental days for people" and
thus details of the day easier to recall.
Romine said, "There is no unimportant informa-

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Bank sues city over Villa Rosa property

By Rick Catlin drainage easement. In 2002, the city approved the GSR site plan
Islander Reporter Perrey claimed also in the lawsuit that at the Oct. for Villa Rosa, but the company was never able to
Horizon Bank has filed a lawsuit against Anna 23 hearing, a city commissioner had said "vacation develop the planned 18 units, except for a $2.5 mil-
Maria over the city's Oct. 23 denial of the bank's of properties in Anna Maria is non-existent, other lion model home, which remains vacant and unfin-
property vacation request on Palm Avenue in the Villa than swaps." Perrey claims in the lawsuit that this ished.

Rosa subdivision.
In the lawsuit, attorney Phillip Perrey, represent-
ing Horizon, said the bank had requested a vacation
of "Palm Avenue (not constructed)" in the subdivi-
sion to "allow it to construct a single-family residence
on its property" that would add tax revenue to the
Perrey alleged that the city was incorrect on a
number of issues when it denied the request, includ-
ing the city's contention that approving the vacation
would be detrimental to the public interest.
At the Oct. 23 hearing on the request, Horizon
had offered to grant the city a permanent utility and

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If reports from Island accommodation owners
and managers are any indication, Anna Maria Island
should be bustling as Thanksgiving vacationers arrive
and more and more winter residents return.
With the reopening of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge earlier than expected, almost a month
before Thanksgiving, Island businesses and
accommodations had high hopes for a good holi-
day week.
"Thanksgiving is looking very good for us,"
said David Teitelbaum of the Seaside, Tortuga and
Tradewinds resorts in Bradenton Beach.
"We only have a few rooms available, but I antic-
ipate them to be taken this week. Thanksgiving is
usually a sellout and it's looking good. It's a popular
weekend to visit the Island," he said.
Teitelbaum acknowledged that Thanksgiving is
the start of the winter season and Island businesses
are looking forward to a good week to set the tone
for the season.
"I hope everyone does well. I'm sure a lot of
places are full this week," he said.
At the White Sands Resort in Holmes Beach,
owner Jeff Gerry said that, as of Friday, Nov. 21, he
had only one room left for the week, but expected
that to be filled by Thanksgiving.
"It's looking very good for us. We'll have a full
house," he said.
Gerry noted, however, that some vacationers who
usually spend a week at the White Sands are staying
only four to five days. That could be attributed to the
economy, he indicated.
"But Thanksgiving is about family and we see a
lot of people bring the whole family to the Island for
the weekend," he said.
The Rod & Reel Motel in Anna Maria should
also be full this week, said manager Janet Hoffman.
"We've only got a few rooms left and those usu-
ally go before Thanksgiving. We get a lot of walk-
ins," she said.
Hoffman said business has been increasing since
the Anna Maria Island Bridge reopened, but she
hopes the economy won't keep visitors away from
the Island this winter.
"If Thanksgiving is any indication, it will be a
good season," she predicted.
Sonya Powell at the Club Bamboo Resort in Bra-
denton Beach is also expecting a few walk-ins this
"Reservations have been increasing, but we still
have some units available," Powell said.
Traditionally, some vacationers wait until the last
few days to book a reservation, or take their chances
when they reach the Island, she noted.
"We get a lot of walk-in traffic," Powell said.
"I really expect a full house for the Thanksgiving

indicates that "the city always finds a reason" to deny
a vacation request.
He now has the Manatee County Circuit Court
to give Horizon satisfactory relief.
Mayor Fran Barford said she forwarded the law-
suit to city attorney Jim Dye and the Florida League
of Cities. The FLC frequently provides legal counsel
to the city in such matters.
The Horizon lawsuit could be the first of a
number of legal challenges the city must deal with
in the wake of the bankruptcy of GSR Development
LLC, the company that originally owned the Villa
Rosa property on South Bay Boulevard.

No vacancy signs are good news for Island busi-
ness owners, who are hoping that the influx of visi-
tors translates into a solid week of sales, coming on
the heels of slow retail numbers in September and
Dom Schole of Matt and Dom's Pastry on Gulf
Drive in Anna Maria said that more and more people
are coming in for their fresh-baked goods, and that's
a sign visitors are returning.
"People are slowly coming back. We're seeing
more and more of our returning customers. After
October, when it was really slow, we can only hope
that Thanksgiving is a busy week for us," he said.
"If the hotels and motels are full, that's a good
sign for the small businesses on the Island," Schole
Likewise for the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna
Owner Jason Suzor said after the Anna Maria
Island Bridge reopened, business picked up and has
quickly returned to previous levels.
"We're seeing returning regulars, day visitors
and locals. Business has been good, and Thanksgiv-
ing weekend should be a success. It's usually a great
week for us and I'm looking forward to the holiday,"
Suzor said.
At Mister Roberts Resortwear in Holmes Beach,
co-owner Signa Bouziane said the reopening of the
bridge brought back a lot of regulars.
"It's been busy the past few weeks. Last week
was a little slow, but we really expect to see a lot of
people this week. We generally do. It's nice to have
the bridge open, good weather and see lots of people
about," Bouziane said.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said it's a relief to have the
bridge open.
"That was a major concern of our members. Once
the bridge reopened, a lot of people started to see
an increase in business activity. We're really hoping
everyone has a great week," Brockman said.
Traditionally, however, Island tourism takes a dip
after Thanksgiving and before Christmas.
This year, because Thanksgiving comes late in
November, only three weeks will elapse until school
is out for the holidays and the Island can expect to
see visitors and more winter residents return.
"There's a lull before Christmas," said Teitel-
baum, followed by a mild slowdown in January. "The
really big season begins in February."
While many business owners expressed con-
cern about the national and global economy, the
prospect of Thanksgiving activity has given them
a boost of confidence that the winter season will
remain strong.
"This week is a good indication for all of us,"
said Brockman.

Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are
CAPX Realty of Delaware, owners of the model
home, and Bon Eau Enterprises LLC of Sarasota.


events planned
On Nov. 26, All Island Denominations
will hold its traditional Thanksgiving Eve ser-
vice at 7 p.m. at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The sermon, to be delivered by the Rev.
Stephen King, will be titled "Give Thanks."
The program will include words from
other AID pastors and lay liturgists, as well as
music from choral singers from all the Island
On Thanksgiving, Roser will host a
dinner for the public, with roast turkey and
all the trimmings, and a spread of homemade
The church staff is currently taking res-
ervations for Thanksgiving dinner and vol-
unteers already are at work preparing for the
For more information or reservations,
call Roser at 941-778-0414.
In Bradenton Beach, the Annie Silver
Community Center will host a community
Thanksgiving dinner at 2 p.m. and extended
an open invitation to the public. Dinner guests
are asked to bring a dish to share.
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.

Anna Maria City
* Dec. 1, 1 p.m., citizen recognition committee
* Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
* Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning
board meeting.
* Dec. 18, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
* Dec. 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Jan. 12, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
* Dec. 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
* 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.
* Dec. 8, 10 a.m., Technical Advisory Commit-
tee of the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Plan-
ning Organization meeting. MPO Office, Airport
Commerce Center, 7632 15th St. E., Sarasota,
Send public meeting notices to lisaneff@

Island gives thanks for busy

Thanksgiving week


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Anna Maria code board continues Fiske case

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
About 30 people - which is more than show up
for most city commission meetings - attended the
Nov. 18 Anna Maria code enforcement board meet-
ing in anticipation of hearing the city's case against
Jack and Evelyn Fiske of South Bay Boulevard for
allegedly expanding the marina at their property.
But the board unanimously agreed to continue
the case to Dec. 15 after learning the Fiskes recently
obtained a new attorney.
Newly elected Anna Maria City Commissioner
Chuck Webb, an attorney, had represented the Fiskes
prior to the election, but told the board that the Florida
Ethics Commission advised him he could not continue

as the Fiskes' attorney while a city commissioner.
He and the Fiskes retained attorney Michelle Hall
the morning of the hearing.
Hall said, with the "tremendous amount of docu-
ments to review" and witnesses involved, requested a
continuance to become familiar with the case.
Webb added that this "is not a simple case." It
involves a lot of old city codes and what city officials
and previous commissions did in the past. Hall needs
a fair amount of time to become familiar with the
proceedings, he told the board.
The case first came before the board earlier this
year and has been continued several times for a vari-
ety of reasons. The city has alleged that the Fiskes
violated city ordinances by expanding the use of their

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Cottage commendation
Anna Maria Island Historical Society executive administrator Sissy Quinn presents a plaque to Barbara
Sato as members ofAMIHS and Sato Real Estate look on. Sato occupies the 1912 Roser Cottage on Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria and AMIHS is presenting a dozen preservation plaques to structures that date back
more than 50 years. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

property as a marina, while the Fiskes maintain that
the marina use is grandfathered.
CEB chairman Bill Iseman agreed with Webb
that fairness is an issue for the Fiskes and Hall.
City attorney Jim Dye added that allowing the
case to be heard that night without giving Hall ade-
quate time could result in an appeal. He said the city
had no objections to a continuance, but requested the
case be heard as soon as possible.
Webb said before the election he anticipated the
case would be resolved prior to the Nov. 18 hearing.
He said he made efforts to find an alternate attorney, but
the Fiskes wanted him to continue as their counsel.
Webb said he contacted the FEC prior to his elec-
tion and an FEC attorney indicated he could continue
as the attorney.
However, after his election, he said he received
a response from the FEC which said he could not be
both a city commissioner and the Fiskes' attorney.
Webb has asked for an official opinion from the
FEC, but the earliest that commission will meet is
Dec. 4. When he learned of that date, he said he began
looking in earnest for an alternate attorney.
Webb was elected to his commission seat Nov.
4 by 18 votes over former City Commissioner Bob
In his letter to the FEC, Webb says, "The rela-
tionship between the city commission and the code
enforcement board is the same as between the state
Legislature and the state judiciary, where there is
separation of powers.
"Further, under the city charter, the city commis-
sion does not have the ability to supervise city staff,
only the mayor," Webb said.
He added that any review of the code board's
actions would be by the circuit court, not the city
The board unanimously agreed to continue the
case to 6 p.m. Dec. 15.

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BB commission

reviewing turtle

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Facing high costs for monitoring lights during the
sea turtle nesting season, the Bradenton Beach City
Commission is taking a new look at its 10-year-old
turtle protection ordinance.
Commissioner Janie Robertson brought the
matter to the commission during a work meeting Nov.
19 at city hall.
Policing the beach at night took up a lot of code
enforcement time during the 2008 season, which is
from May through October.
And time, emphasized Robertson, is money.
She estimated that the city's cost for enforcing the
turtle ordinance was "above and beyond $40,000"
for 2008.
"I don't think any of us was aware one ordinance
was costing us this much," Robertson said.
The city's code enforcement officers make regular
beach surveys to check for lighting violations under
the ordinance, which prohibits artificial light from
reaching the beach at night because nesting mothers
and hatchling turtles can become disoriented.
Robertson said for lighting problems the city
could rely on notice from Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, which has volunteers who monitor the beach
to collect data on turtle nesting under permits from
the state.
"The state has Suzi Fox," Robertson said, refer-
ring to AMITW's executive director.
Commissioner John Shaughnessy, while acknowl-
edging problems with enforcing the ordinance, noted
that Fox lacks enforcement authority in the city.
Robertson said AMITW could file a report with
the city and the code enforcement department could
review the matter.
Fox, who was not at the meeting, told The Islander
that AMITW checks the beaches in the morning for
turtle activity, not at night when lights would be on.
City building official Steve Gilbert said city
commissioners should consider a variety of issues

in regards to the ordinance, including the cost and
time for staff, but also government funding for beach
renourishment projects.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission has said that beach renourishment money
can be jeopardized in communities that lack adequate
ordinances to protect nesting turtles, specifically in
regards to lighting.
Referring to state and federal officials, Gilbert
said, "They'd like us to be pro-active. You'd like us
to do this reactively."
Fox said lighting enforcement is a must for
renourishment funding.
"When the state sees too many disorientations,
it's a red flag on that city's renourishment report
card," she said.
Fox added that the lighting patrol does not need
to be done by a code enforcement officer, though
code enforcement must act to ensure compliance.
Some governments, she said, employ a part-time,
nighttime walker who has undergone training.
At the conclusion of the discussion, the commis-
sion agreed to hold another meeting on the matter.
Robertson also proposed Nov. 19 that the city
adopt a policy to recover some of the city's cost for
staff time devoted to preparing for and attending spe-
cial master, planning and zoning board and board of
adjustment hearings.

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"We have no policy for that," Robertson said,
noting that there is a mechanism for the city to
recover attorney fees and some clerical costs, such
as reimbursement for mailings.
"Not a dime for time," Robertson said, adding,
"We need to have a policy on how you prepare for
these special meetings and how you deal with staff
time so that you are not just bleeding money."
The special master meetings, to date, have taken
place during regular business hours at city hall, but
planning and BOA hearings often take place after-
hours, sometimes leading into overtime for staff.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale
said perhaps the city can recover some costs the way
the police department does. When a BBPD officer
makes an arrest, the officer completes an adminis-
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Many thanks
It has been said that Thanksgiving is one day that
is ours, a purely American holiday.
But in the spirit of this holiday, it should be shared. And
we should be thankful that we can share our bounty.
Our beach. Our sunrise over Perico Island. Our
sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Our playground, the
Intracoastal Waterway and the sandy beach, where
sandcastles and wave-riding, dolphins, shore birds
and peace abound.
Whether you share these bounties, or a burger
with friends, be thankful.
This year, in particular, there are some less fortu-
nate people and the organizations that hope to serve
them who are straining with less this year.
Even our "Wish Book" is lean this year, lean, that
is, on advertising support. Business on Anna Maria
Island is not invulnerable to the economic downturn, in
particular, the ,..p-'ini' real estate market. It all trickles
down, including less spending on the part of visitors.
Thank goodness the accommodations are report-
ing good occupancy rates and bookings, up from
previous years by small amounts. Thankfully, some
people, no matter how precious their dollars, are still
looking forward to spending time in paradise.
Call it "the pinch." Nearly everyone is penny-
pinching. Tightening their belts. Thinking before leap-
ing into spending. We dine out less, shop less, but spend
more effort on quality time - the beach - and time
with family at the grill, the pool, on the bike paths and
doing things that don't have to eat up their cash.
We need to prepare for leaner times as compared
to the boom times when real estate listings here were
selling like firecrackers on the Fourth of July. The
times when dollars flowed downstream from the north
into gift shops and restaurants will be slow to return.
We still need to be thankful for the bounty we
have - and remember that it is important to share our
wealth, no matter large or small. Whether it be a box
of markers or pencils for the elementary school, or a
small gift of your time, sharing with others is what this
season - the holiday season - is all about.
For now, large or small, peruse the Wish Book
and give from your heart. You will surely find your
reward in the "joy of giving."
Happy Thanksgiving. And, as always, thanks for
reading The Islander.
Last week, the first-person editorial appearing
here should have included a signature. T'was me -
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More bridge facts
Facts, or close to: The Cortez, Anna Maria Island
and Longboat Key bascule bridges all have the same
27-foot clearance. The Cortez Bridge opened in April
1957, the Manatee Avenue bridge opened in April
1959 and the Longboat Key Bridge was third. Cortez
was rehabilitated in the 1990s and the AMI Bridge is
being rehabilitated now.
Why is all the current talk about replacing the
Manatee Avenue bascule bridge when it is not the
oldest? Why change the clearance on one bridge and
not the other? Some vessels may only be able to go
under one bridge and not the other if the bridges are
not all the same clearance.
If, because it is cheaper, per comments made by
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore that
the Florida Department of Transportation wants a
65-foot clearance at Manatee Avenue, the chances are
it will have to have a different landfall. If that same
height sought to replace the Cortez Bridge, what will
happen to the village of Cortez and the city of Bra-
denton Beach? To re-align that bridge would probably
mean a complete redesign of both communities. I don't
believe there is enough room in that portion of the bay
to curve the bridge to meet the desired height.
They could take out Cortez Bridge entirely and
put in a 53rd Avenue bridge to the south end of Bra-
denton Beach. If this were the plan, then a high bridge
there would be precarious because there is no wind
We sometimes get storms with no warning to
evacuate. The worst storm since I arrived on the
Island in 1944 was the no-name storm and there was
no advance warning.
It seems the FDOT and Whitmore have no con-
cern for our safety if all they are concerned with is
building the cheapest bridge. As fire chief Andy Price
once said, "Nothing is too costly when you're talking
about saving lives."

No high bridge is safer than our present bridge
Once again, why all the talk about replacing the
bridge on Manatee Avenue when the Cortez Bridge
is older?
Keep in mind: Any boat can pass through a
27-foot drawbridge, but not so for a 65-foot clear-
ance bridge. A new bascule bridge at Treasure Island
and two at John's Pass in Pinellas County are 27-foot
clearance bascule bridges.
They obviously care about their citizens' safety.
Billie P. Martini, Holmes Beach

Fall festival success
I would like to thank the community for making
this year's Anna Maria Elementary School Fall Fes-
tival such a success.
We are so grateful for having such a giving com-
munity, which donated more than 150 items to be
given away.
Also, thanks go to Subway of Holmes Beach for
sponsoring cookie coupons and to the Sandbar Restau-
rant, the Anna Maria City Pier, Starbucks and Coca-Cola
for coming through yet again with food and drinks.
There wouldn't have been a rock wall and inflat-
ables without help from Joe Ungvarsky Construc-
tion, SunTrust Bank, Mike Norman Real Estate,
Fran Maxon Real Estate, Bay Area Foot and Ankle,
Island Real Estate, Longboat Observer, Andrew Vac
of ReMax Excellence, Thompson Pre-School & Kids
Club and Florida Eye Tours.
Thanks to Chris Grumely for the wonderful
music and to Joe Pandolph and family for donat-
ing pumpkins. Thanks to Lori Schlossberg, festival
event chair and to all of her hard-working volunteers,
who helped with the parade, haunted house, game
booths, kid's prize room and bake sale. The fami-
lies of AME and staff had a blast!
Caroline Pardue, AME Parent-Teacher Organi-
zation president

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Oath of office
Circuit Court Judge
Edward Nicholas swears
in John Chappie, former
Mayor and city com-
missioner in Bradenton
Beach, as a Manatee
County commissioner.
k. "Chappie defeated incum-
bent Jane von Hahmann
in an open primary in
August. The swearing in
ceremony, at which incum-
bents Donna Hayes and
Joe McClash and newly
elected Larry Bustle also
swore oaths, took place
before a standing-room
only crowd Nov. 18 at
the county administra-
tive center in Bradenton.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Manatees on the move: be watchful

November is Manatee Awareness Month - for
good reason, according to the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission.
Florida manatees are on the move, seeking warm-
water sites to spend the winter. That means boaters
should be cautious and watch for Florida's official
marine mammal and for changing speed zones on water-
ways, according to a news release from the FWC.
Manatees generally start traveling to warm water
when the air temperature drops below 50 degrees or
when the water temperature dips to 68 degrees.
The FWC has changed seasonal speed zone signs
on many waterways to accommodate manatee migra-
Boaters should scan the water near or in front
of the boat - looking for swirls resembling a large
footprint, a repetitive line of half-moon swirls, a mud

trail, or a snout or fluke (tail) breaking the water's
Kipp Frohlich, leader of FWC's Imperiled Spe-
cies Management Section, said boaters can help
manatees have a safe migration by staying in marked
channels, wearing polarized sunglasses to improve
vision, obeying posted boat speed zones, using poles,
paddles or trolling motors when in close proximity to
manatees, and having someone help scan the water
when under way.
Besides slowing down and following the FWC's
recommendations, residents can help manatees sur-
vive by purchasing the specialty manatee license
plate. The funds collected for these plates go directly
into manatee research and conservation.
For more information about manatees, visit

In the Nov. 25,1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Anna Maria applied for a $15,000 grant to
purchase an electric vehicle in hopes of eventually
replacing its public works trucks with a fleet of elec-
tric cars and trucks, PWD director Phil Charnock
* Florida Department of Transportation offi-
cials announced a $2.6 million repair project for the
Longboat Pass Bridge to begin in 2003, along with
installation of a traffic signal at the Gulf Drive-Man-
atee Avenue intersection in front of Manatee Public
Beach. The traffic light project was planned for 1999,
the DOT said.
* Florida Department of Transportation
officials said landscaping of the just-completed
four-lane Cortez Road from 75th Street to 119th
Street was not part of the contract and Manatee
County was asked to foot the estimated $300,000

Date Low High Rainfall
Nov. 16 58 70 Trace
Nov. 17 44 65 0
Nov. 18 63 '76 0
Nov. 19- 43 65 0
Nov.,20) 52 70 0
Nov. 2 60 76 0
Nov. 22 52 71 0
Average Gulf water temperature 650
24-hour rainfall accumulation with reading at approximately 5 p.m. daily.

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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria elected officials, along with mem-
bers of staff, committees and boards, met with city
attorney Jim Dye Nov. 17 for a seminar on Florida's
Government-in-the- Sunshine Law.
The city holds the seminar every year following
the swearing in of new city commissioners.
Dye said the seminars have been held with
"encouragement" from The Islander and are designed
to inform and educate people involved in city govern-
ment about the law. Florida has a model law for the
nation on government in the sunshine, Dye said.
Basically, the law is divided into two parts, Dye

said. The first deals with public meetings, while the
second part involves public records.
A public meeting is any meeting between "two
or more people who can take action" on an issue,
Dye observed. "Take action" means there could be a
vote by the same two people at the same time on an
issue then, or at a later date. These meetings have to
be noticed to the public.
It is a misconception some people have that a city
commissioner can't discuss an issue with a planning
and zoning board member without a public notice.
Those two people do not sit at the same voting table
and are "not on the same body," said Dye, hence, they
are permitted to discuss issues without public notice.

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The mayor does not have a vote and commission-
ers by themselves are free also to discuss issues with the
mayor without a public notice. However, two commis-
sioners cannot meet with the mayor at the same time.
City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick was con-
cerned that in her capacity as chairman of the trans-
portation enhancement grant committee, she might
violate the law by talking to committee members out-
side a meeting. However, Dye said that because she
does not vote on the committee, such communication
does not violate the law.
One area of the Sunshine Law that has been sub-
ject to recent discussion is when a private company
does business on behalf of the government, Dye said.
When that happens, the records of the private com-
pany as they pertain to the government business are
open to the public.
Another area of interpretation is when an indi-
vidual acts on behalf of a city board or the commis-
sion. An example is appointing someone to negotiate
a contract for the city. Any meetings that individual
has when acting on behalf of the city have to be open
to the public, said Dye.
This situation often "flies under the radar," noted
A new area of the public records portion of the
Sunshine Law are e-mails. The courts have deter-
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public business are official documents and need to
be available to the public. The exception is the "one-
way" e-mail, where no reply is requested.
"As long as there is no dialogue and no response,"
these e-mails do not violate the Sunshine Law, Dye
Anna Maria holds a Sunshine Law seminar
every year shortly after the general election. It is the
result of a judge's order following a successful claim
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Pine Avenue variance request continued

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Four parking spaces might not sound like many
in a larger city, but in Anna Maria, parking's been a
concern since the first bridge to the Island opened in
1922, and it's an issue likely to draw a lively crowd
at a city commission meeting.
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
went before the city commission Nov. 20 to request
a variance for four parking spaces at the company's
Cozy Corner project at 315-317 Pine Ave.
According to city codes, he needs 19 spaces for
the retail-office-residential complex, but only 15
spaces are included in the project's site-plan. The proj-
ect calls for three retail buildings and two residences
spread over the two lots, plus a residential structure
built around 1912 will be retained, Coleman said.
Coleman has already gained a recommendation for
a parking variance from the planning and zoning board,
but hit a stumbling block at the commission's public
hearing on the same request. Some commissioners said
they could "not see the hardship" a variance requires.
Rather than vote on the variance that night, how-
ever, the commission granted Coleman a continuance
to Dec. 18 to allow him to either "broaden my argu-
ments or shrink the buildings," Coleman said.
The hearing did not start well for Coleman as
P&Z board member Jim Conoly, who originally voted
to recommend approval of the variance, said that he
would change his vote if given a second chance.
After additional review of the project, Conoly
said, "The hardship is created by over-crowding the
available real estate."
P&Z board member Randall Stover, who voted against
the variance request, agreed before the commission.
"The site could be rearranged to meet the ordi-
nance. I don't see a hardship," Stover said.
Coleman countered that the hardship is in trying
to save a house built in 1912 from demolition and in
limiting parking at the rear of the buildings. Adjacent
property owners have objected to any rear parking
arrangement, he said.
From the start of Pine Avenue Restoration's ROR
projects along Pine Avenue, the focus has been to pre-
vent older homes from being torn down and replaced
by three-story mega-mansions, Coleman added.
Saving Pine Avenue has been the key of every PAR
project since the its inception in July 2007, he said.
Coleman asked the commission to "enable us to
preserve a historic house." The alternative, he said, is

to bulldoze the house and build a three-story single-
family residence.
Anna Maria Island Historical Society administra-
tor Sissy Quinn backed Coleman's request.
"I do have a dog in the fight," she said. "I want to
see these homes preserved. I love what Pine Avenue
Restoration is trying to do. They are trying to save
things that need to be saved."
Some commissioners, however, appeared caught
between appreciation of the project and the city's
parking regulations.
"Nobody is opposed to saving historical build-
ings," said Commissioner Dale Woodland.
"That's not the issue. We have an ordinance that
says to grant a variance, the applicant has to meet
criteria. In my opinion, the parking problem is created
by the applicant."
Commissioner Christine Tollette favors preserv-
ing the city's historic structures and suggested Cole-
man use the rear property for parking and reduce the
size of one building to provide the necessary spaces.
Former City Commissioner Carol Ann Magill
spoke against the variance request, noting that "this is a
residential community. It is not St. Armands Circle."
It's also not supposed to be Bradenton Beach,
said Commission Chairman John Quam.
"The four spaces could be across the street, but

Coleman may have solution
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC in Anna Maria said Monday he believes he
has "solved" the parking issue at the company's
513 Pine Ave. project and will be able to withdraw
his variance request for four parking spaces at the
Following the Nov. 20 public hearing on the
request - at which the city commission granted
Coleman a continuance to Dec. 18 - he said he
"went back to the drawing board" and found a solu-
tion to the parking issue that will not require a vari-
ance request.
"I think I've solved it, so we will be able to
withdraw our variance request," Coleman said.
He said he needs to discuss his idea with city
planner Alan Garrett, but the solution moves all
parking onto the site without reducing the size of
any of the planned structures.
The planning and zoning board has approved
Coleman's site-plan for the project, subject to the
parking variance from the city commission.

all we're doing then is pushing the problem away. We
don't want this city to be a Bradenton Beach, but it
could be in 10 years," Quam said.
City attorney Jim Dye chimed in to say that if a
variance request fails to meet any of the criteria, the
ordinance says it can't be granted.
Newly elected Commissioner Chuck Webb
agreed with Woodland, but offered Coleman the
opportunity to seek a continuance.
"Right now, I don't see the hardship," said Webb, a
practicing attorney and former city commissioner. "But
I'm new to this project. I would agree to a continuance
so I can go over this" in greater detail, he said.
"We are in no hurry," replied Coleman, but noted
to the commission that there is 9,000 square feet on the
property that is not being used for the complex or park-
ing. Building three-story houses on the three lots would
be the most profitable for the company, he observed.
"Financially, the best thing is to scrape this lot
clean and build a three-story house." Pine Avenue
Restoration, however, does not want to do that, he
said. "That's not our focus."
Commissioners voted 4-1 to continue the hearing
to 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Anna Maria City Hall, with
Quam casting the lone opposing vote.

Stormwater drainage
In other business, commissioners got an update
from city engineer Tom Wilcox on the progress of
Phase I of the city's stormwater drainage plan.
All that remains to do is complete the north park-
ing lot at city hall, Wilcox said. "It's looking good at
city hall," he said.
The construction costs should be about $35,200
less than anticipated, Wilcox said, giving the city a
reserve for future phases of the stormwater plan.
"We should wind up not spending as much as we
thought we would," he said.
Wilcox also noted that the original contract price
with Adkins Construction was $600,000, but they
were able to negotiate a lower contract.
Under a matching grant, the Southwest Florida
Water Management District will return 50 percent of
the cost of Phase I to the city, after Anna Maria pays
all the bills. At present, Swiftmud has authorized a
maximum of $270,000 as its share of the grant.
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stop signs on both approaches to the city's humpback
bridges on Crescent Drive and North Bay Boulevard.


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Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach City Commission signed
off on a new content-neutral sign ordinance without
needing a content-based discussion.
City staff and appointed and elected officials had
repeatedly reviewed and refined the ordinance before
the Nov. 18 vote.
City commissioners said the planning and zoning
board worked diligently on the ordinance before it
reached them.
Commissioner Janie Robertson moved to adopt
the ordinance, with a second by John Shaughnessy.
The commission vote, with Bob Connors absent, was
The city has a sign ordinance because "an over-
abundance of signage, certain animated, electronic
and changeable copy signs and visual clutter can be
distracting to drivers, annoying to residents, detract
and distract from the recognized and designated
scenic highway and detract and interfere with public
views and vistas," according to the measure.
The city embarked on an update of the sign ordi-
nance because, as stated in the measure, "recent case
law indicates that sign ordinances should be content
neutral" under the First Amendment.
The ordinance contains a long list of definitions
- from banners to festoons to yard signs; a list of
prohibited signs and details on the size, location,
duration and design of allowed signs.
One revision to the ordinance omits a section on
political signs. The city will leave the matter to state

statute, which does not place restrictions on when
campaign signs can go up, but does require that they
come down within 30 days of an election.
In other business, the city commission:
* Elected Shaughnessy as vice mayor, following
a nomination from Mayor Michael Pierce.
* Approved a special event application for Mana-
tee County's annual household waste and electronics
collection at Coquina Beach. The E-Scrap event will
take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31.
* Approved a special event application from the
Bridge Street Merchants for Christmas on Bridge
Street, scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 13.
* Approved payment of an invoice for $5,703 to
M.T. Causley Inc. for building department services.
* Approved payment of an invoice for $942 to
attorney Ralf Brookes for legal services.
* Heard from city attorney Ricinda Perry that on
Nov. 18 an appeals court heard oral arguments in an
ongoing dispute between The Islander newspaper and
the city.
Perry said she didn't know when the court would
issue an order.
"Hopefully this will be the end," she said of the
anticipated court ruling.
Also, last week, Pierce thanked city staff, com-
missioners and others for assistance in his first year
of office.
"We are moving forward and I'm really happy
about it," Pierce said.
The next commission meeting will be at 7 p.m.
Dec. 4.

BOA continues appeal review

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment, fol-
lowing orders from the city commission, took another
look Nov. 20 at a complaint it previously had deemed
too late to consider.
And in its second consideration, the BOA voted
to continue the case to 6 p.m. Jan. 7, 2009. BOA
members John Burns, Karen Cunningham and Dan
DeBaun said they still have questions about the time-
line in the appeal Cynthia Dagher and Mark Mixon
filed against building official decisions that led to a
certificate of occupancy for the Sunset Beach Motel
and The Beach Club at 2201 Gulf Drive.
The concern is over whether Dagher and Mixon
diligently worked on their appeal between Nov. 16,
when they made a first attempt to appeal the certifi-
cate of occupancy, and June 26, when they submitted
a more complete second appeal.
Cunningham asked for more information from
the city regarding correspondence with Dagher and
Mixon. She said it is important to know whether the
matter "was left hanging" during the seven-month
gap or pursued.
Agreeing, DeBaun said, "Reasonable due dili-
gence has to be addressed.... We need more."
In August, the BOA determined that Dagher and
Mixon were too late with their challenges because
city regulations require that an administrative appeal
be filed within 30 days of the city decision.
The city issued the certificate of occupancy on
Oct. 25, 2007, and the complete application for the
appeal was filed in the summer, according to the
The city commission, however, returned the
case to the BOA this fall, following a court order in
another unrelated but similar case in which the judge
said there is a difference between a late appeal and
an incomplete or technically deficient appeal.
The substance of the complaint filed by Dagher
and Mixon contained the following allegations:
* Construction work at 2201 Gulf Drive was a
major development that exceeded the 50-percent rule
watched by FEMA.

The complaint alleged, "How could a
7,514-square-foot motel be remodeled with a new
roof, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances
and fixtures, new plumbing, electrical, windows,
drywall, porch additions, A/C units, etc., be done
for $445,188? This equates to under $60 a square
* Air-conditioning units generate too much noise
and were improperly placed.
"The location of these units has created an ongo-
ing hardship with the quality of life we had enjoyed
before ... this project," stated Mixon and Dagher in
their appeal. "We ask the board to hear our plea and
restore peace back in our lives."
* A "condominium-ized" motel constitutes a
change of use.
"Units are being sold as condos but used as a
motel daily," the complainants said. "What is this?
If it is a motel, it is not permitable to have a kitchen
if it is under 450 square feet."
* Stormwater runoff from 2201 Gulf Drive now
flows to neighboring property.
"Their property is higher than ours," the com-
plainants stated. "The reason for the runoff is due to
them not doing the erosion control across the entire
* Trees planted on 2201 Gulf Drive impair vis-
ibility from the neighboring driveway.
"The planting of trees over 8 feet tall close to the
street right of way has created a hazardous situation
leaving our driveway," the complainants stated.
Building official Steve Gilbert, in other docu-
ments, responded to the allegations:
* The project was a minor development, accord-
ing to the determination of former building official
Ed McAdam, and thus a planning board review was
not required.
Additionally, Gilbert said, affidavits on an inde-
pendent appraisal and the schedule of costs associ-
ated with the 2201 project put the work within the
50-percent rule.
"You may submit any contradictory evidence
as to compliance with the 50-percent rule that you

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SAM meets Dec. 6, beaches

topic of discussion
Save Anna Maria Inc. will host a general meeting
at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The meeting will include a beach renourishment
talk with Cliff Truitt, coastal engineer with Coastal
Te lin< 1n l.' Company, which is working on a beach
project on Longboat Key.
For more information, call Billie Martini at

Center 'fun day' Dec. 6
The Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will host the
seventh annual Lester-Islander Holiday Fun
Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is free.
The old-fashioned fun day will feature the
sale - at attractive family prices - of Duffy's
Tavern burgers, hot dogs, snacks and sodas,
and games and crafts for kids as well as the
arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck at noon.
The day also will feature raffles for prizes,
including 30 turkeys. The event is sponsored
by Chuck and Joey Lester and The Islander
For more information, call the Center at

Gallery names December artist
Lee Mears is the December "Artist of the
Month" at the Island Gallery West in Holmes
Beach. Mears uses acrylics, watercolors, pen and
inks and collage in her work. Her work will be
shown Dec. 1-31 at the gallery, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. For more information, call IGW at

Appeal continued to Jan. 7
have now for consideration or with the administrative
appeal application," he wrote.
* "Landscaping and buffering ... have now been
installed and inspected and appear to have mitigated
much of the noise," Gilbert stated.
* Regarding the "condominium-ized" motel use,
Gilbert wrote, "The land-development code regulates
use of land, but not the type of ownership of real
property, which is regulated by Florida statutes....
'Condominium' is merely a form of ownership under
Florida statutes. 'Condominium' ownership does not
control, limit or govern actual 'use' of the units for
either transient or permanent occupancy.
"The only way condominium conversions of
hotels are regulated by local government LDC is
when the use of the hotel changes from transient
occupancy to permanent occupancy."
* Regarding stormwater runoff, Gilbert said
additional review during a storm event might be
* Regarding the driveway exit on Gulf Drive, Gil-
bert said there is no problem for "a vehicle pulling out
front first onto Gulf Drive." He added that motorists
"attempting to back out a vehicle onto Gulf Drive"
might have a problem, but state statutes generally
prohibit backing out onto state roads.

Happy birthday
Marie Landon, right, celebrates her 99th birthday,
which officially was Nov. 15, with her daughter,
Regina Johnson, left, and many friends at the Nov.
14 meeting of St. Bernard Women's Guild CCW at
the church. 1/,.. lives at the 1,/. "-.. , of Bradenton,
but remains an active volunteer with the guild and
at its rummage sales. Her fellow members pre-
sented her with a flower arrangement and a birth-
day cake. She also received a blessing from the
Rev. Jean Woady Louis, a new assistant priest at St.
Bernard. Islander Photo: Courtesy Sarah Maloney

Call to young artists
The Anna Maria Island Art League is seeking
artwork for its "Young at Art" youth art exhibit, to
be included at Winterfest Fine Arts and Fine Crafts
Festival in Holmes Beach Dec. 13-14.
The exhibit is open to any elementary, middle or
high school student in Manatee County. The league
requests only original two-dimensional art from
elementary, middle and high school students. All
students are asked to attach a note with name, age,
school, medium and title of the piece. Elementary
school-aged artists must attach entries to a standard-
size sheet of construction paper. Middle and high
school students are asked to submit matted work.
Artwork may be submitted to AMI Art League
facility at 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, 9:30
a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Or, if the
school collects multiple entries, arrangements can be
made for the league to pick up the work. The deadline
for all entries is Friday, Dec. 5.
Elementary, middle and high school categories
will be judged and ribbons and gift certificates will
be awarded.
All submitted work will be displayed at Win-
terfest. Young at Art is sponsored in part by Publix
Super Markets Charities and Keeton's Office and Art
For more information on the youth exhibit or
Winterfest, call 941-778-2099, or visit the league's
Web site online at

... And another artist call
Island-area artists and crafters are invited to
display and sell their work at the annual "Where's
Woody" show - so named because artist Woody
Candish, who started the pre-holiday art sale seldom
participates. The event is sponsored by The Islander
newspaper at its office in the Island Shopping Center.
It will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.
There is no charge to show or sell and everyone
who pre-registers is welcome. Artists represented at
local galleries are encouraged to participate. A table
is all that's required to show work under the protected
walkway in the shopping center.
The show traditionally includes work at reduced
prices, the perfect opportunity for finding locally pro-
duced, unique gifts of art and crafts.
To register, call The Islander office at
941-778-7978 by Dec. 18 with name, type of artwork,
phone number and/or e-mail.

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Bell-ringing begins at Publix
The Salvation Army bell-ringing began Nov. 13
at Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach.
And the ringing will continue through the holiday
Dorothy McKenna of the Key Royale Club is
coordinating the ringing for November.
And, starting Dec. 1, the Anna Maria Kiwanis
Club will station bell-ringers up to Christmas - 192
hours requiring 96 volunteers.
For more information or to volunteer, call
Kiwanis member Ralph Bassett at 941-795-8697.

FISH hosts potluck Dec. 2
The Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage will
host its annual holiday potluck at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at
the Bayside Banquet Hall in Cortez.
The public is invited to participate in the holiday
celebration and share dishes.
For more information, call FISH advocate Ted
Adams at 941-708-6120.

Cortez museum seeks
The Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez is seek-
ing volunteers to help with the collection and exhib-
its, as well as conduct tours.
The museum, at 415 119th St. in the fishing vil-
lage, will host a volunteer orientation at 10 a.m. Dec.
For more information, call special events coor-
dinator Ted Adams at 941-708-6120.
Annunciation to host party
The women of the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation in Holmes Beach will meet at 9:30
a.m. Dec. 4 for a Christmas party.
The program will begin with a special Advent
Eucharist service, with readings by Jeanne Dwan.
Women will then decorate the parish Christmas
tree, and the Rev. Harry Parsell will deliver a special
Christmas reading.
The luncheon committee for the party includes
Jeanne Colwell, Sue Wait and Regina Percy.
Reservations for the luncheon must be made at

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Art league hosts Potter exhibit
Longtime Island resident and artist Peggy Potter
will show her pastels in an exhibit that opens
Dec. 5 at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The reception will
take place from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. For more
information call AMIAL at 941-778-2099.

Artists Guild showcases Cotton
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will
showcase the work of Sue Lynn Cotton in December,
beginning with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m. Dec. 5.
The exhibit will be at the Artists Guild Gallery,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Also, from 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 6, the Guild Gal-
lery will host artist Roger Rockefeller demonstrating
watercolor techniques.
For more information, call Karen Stuart at

Sandbar to host holiday party
The annual Lawton Chiles Christmas Party will
take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at
the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
More than 100 children with Head Start and
Healthy Families Manatee programs are invited to
the party, hosted by Ed Chiles, son of the late gover-
nor, and his restaurant staff.
Chiles encouraged cash donations to help purchase
a pair of shoes, outfit and toy for each child who attends
the party, which will feature a turkey dinner, a visit
from Santa Claus, costumed characters and games.
For more information or to make a donation, call
the Chiles Group at 941-778-8709.

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New priest at St. Bernard
The Rev. Jean Woady-Louis has been named as a
new priest at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes
A native of Haiti, Woady-Louis was ordained in
1991 and came to the United States in February 1994.
His first ministry in America was as parochial
vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Immokalee. He
remained at that parish until his assignment to St.
St. Bernard is located at 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach.
To reach the church, call 941-778-4769.

Thanksgiving break for AMI
bridge construction
The Florida Department of Transportation said
that construction activity on the Anna Maria Island
Bridge will take a four-day holiday beginning Nov.
27, Thanksgiving day.
There is "expected to be no construction activity
during the Thanksgiving holiday, beginning Thurs-
day, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 30," a DOT press
release said.
Contractor Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto will
resume working on Monday, Dec. 1, the DOT said.
The DOT advised pedestrians and bicyclists that
the south sidewalk remains closed to traffic.
Mariners should go on the Internet to www.ami- and look in the updates section for
any changes to the bridge-raising times.

Rotary to meet Dec. 2
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will
meet Tuesday, Dec. 2, for lunch and a program at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach.
The speaker will be Melissa Cain discussing the
county's efforts to restore Robinson Preserve in west
For more information, call Dantia Gould at
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In 2006, Lathrop was recognized by the Florida
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Lathrop and his K-9 unit serve as an "on-call"
resource for the state fire marshal's office, and, at
times, he is the primary K-9 response unit for Mana-
tee, Sarasota, Hillsborough and Polk counties, the
release said.
He has also received two exceptional duty medals
for his work as a K-9 handler and has promoted a
"working relationship" with Southeastern Guide
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Lathrop has had three "partners" during the 16
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The Residential Fire Safety Institute based in
Iowa recently presented West Manatee Fire Rescue
a Life Safety Achievement Award for 2007 for local
fire prevention activities.
A release said that WMFR qualified because it
recorded zero fire deaths in structures during 2007.
RFSI director Roy Marshall said, "Experience
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With the opening of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge, the West Manatee Fire Rescue District's
administrative office at 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, has reopened.
A WMFR press release said that, during the clo-
sure, the office, some records and several administra-
tive staff were relocated to the WMFR station near
67th Street and Manatee Avenue.
Firefighter Dan Tackett of the
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his career with the district
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By Rick Catlin

Island investment
Frank Davis of Island Real Estate
on Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, is
sold on Island real estate. So much
so that he's opened a second office to
handle the expected sales activity that
will be generated by the company's
sales and marketing of Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC's group of shops and
offices there.
The new office opened Nov. 18 at
401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, where Pine
Avenue Restoration is building Cozy
Corner across the street at 315 Pine
Ave. and Island Real Estate plans to
move to that complex when its office
is ready for occupancy.
Larry Chatt will be the office man-
ager for the new Island Real Estate
For more information on Island
Real Estate, call 941-778-6066.

Ace has new owner
Ace Hardware in the Anna Maria
Centre Shops, 3352 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach, has a new owner and
name, but the store will keep its affili-
ation with Ace.
Reed Savidge of Perfect Angle
Inc., the new owner, said the new name
is Holmes Beach Hardware. Savidge
and his company also own Longboat
Key Hardware at 4030 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key.
Savidge said everything will
remain as it is at Holmes Beach Hard-
ware, including the staff and operating
LE\ i\ thing is the same except the
name. The same friendly service and
smiles are still here," he said.
For more information on Holmes
Beach Hardware, call 941-778-0999.


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MCAT cuts ad rates
The Manatee County Area Tran-
sit has announced reduced advertising
costs for the free Island trolley.
All advertising for the Island trol-
ley is displayed inside the vehicle on
a digital screen.
An MCAT press release said
high-season advertising rates - from
December through April - will cost
$40 per week per ad, but a 10 percent
discount is given with the purchase of
four consecutive weeks of advertising,
if paid in advance.
During the low season, the rate
is $30 per week per ad with the same
10-percent discount offered.
Advertisers get a 20-percent dis-
count if they purchase a minimum of
12 weeks of advertising. The ads have
to be paid for in advance, but need not
run consecutively, MCAT said.
With a 12-week minimum pur-
chase, ads cost $32 per week in high
season and $24 per week in the low
season, MCAT said.
MCAT said ads purchased for the
Island trolley will also be displayed on
one of the trolleys that operates from
Coquina Beach to St.
S| Armands and into
downtown Sarasota.
- Unlike the Island trol-
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75-cent toll for a one-way ride.
For more information, call MCAT
at 941-747-8621, ext. 229.

Chamber news
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold its December
luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Lee Roy Sel-
mons restaurant, 6510 Cortez Rd. W.,
The cost is $15 and the event is
open to members and prospective
members. Reservations may be made
by calling 941-778-1541.

Island Dojo to
Island Fitness
Island Dojo karate school has
moved to AMI Fitness in the Tidemark
Shoppes, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The dojo recently raised more than
$700 for abused and at-risk children
through its belt-testing program.
Owner Kevin Berquist has five
fully qualified instructors, including
himself, and offers training in weap-
ons, submission grappling and ninja
arts, among other martial art forms.
For more information on the festival
or Island Dojo, call 941-807-1734.

Award-winning muralist Kathy
Dawson of Denver paints an Island
theme inside Rudy's Subs at 9906
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Owners
Julie Quinlivan and Sally Woodward
are hoping to open the first week of
December. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin

Island real estate
541 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 3,136 sfla / 4,704 sfur 3bed/3bath/3car
bayfront pool home built in 1962 on a
100x217 lot was sold 11/07/08, Cox to
St. John for $1,050,000; list $1,325,000.
209 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a
1,892 sfla / 2,453 sfur 3bed/3bath/1 car
canalfront pool home built in 1956 on a
72x148 lot was sold 11/07/08, Nelson to
Murrell for $700,000; list $749,000.
145 50th St., Unit A, Coastal Cot-
tages, a 2,495 sfla 4bed/3�2bath/2car
land condo built in 2008 was sold Coastal
Cottages 6 LLC to FLM Inc. for $575,000;
list $649,500.
333 Tarpon St., Anna Maria, a vacant
75x110 lot zoned R1 was sold 11/04/08,
13940 Willard Road LLC to Chilli Fish
LLC for $550,000.
405 21st Place N., Bradenton Beach,
a 2,332 sfla / 2,892 sfur 3bed/3bath/1 car
bayfront home built in 1973 on a 100x133
lot was sold 11/03/08, Dolan to FLM Inc.
for $470,000.
3607 E. Bay Drive, Unit 204, Sandy
Pointe, Holmes Beach, a 976 sfla / 1,065
sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool
built in 1996 was sold 11/03/08, Gar-
diner to Aresenault for $242,000; list
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Maria, a 822 sfla / 882 sfur 2bed/1 bath
condo with boat slip built in 1973 was sold
11/05/08, Burns to Malar for $240,000;
list $299,000.
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School Calendar
* Every Wednesday, 8 a.m. runners club meets
on the school playing field.
* Nov. 25, Mini mall from 9 to 10 a.m. in the
covered pavilion.
* Nov. 26-28, Thanksgiving vacation.
* Dec. 12, Dental health presentation.
* Dec. 16, 11:45 a.m. Kiwanis Club Adopt-A-
Grandparent holiday lunch.
* Dec. 16, 1 p.m. first-grade play in the auditorium.
* Dec. 16, Parent-Teacher Organization dinner
at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria, followed by the first-grade
play at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
* Dec. 17, Wildlife Inc. presentation from 10:30
to 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.

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Between 9 a.m.
and noon Friday,
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grade at Anna
Maria Elemen-
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raised money
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Islander Photo:
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AME kids walk
for books, $4,860
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary School student "Healthy
Hearts - Healthy Minds" walk-a-thon Friday, Nov.
21, raised $4,860 to purchase the new state adopted
reading textbook series.
AME principal Tom Levengood said that due to
budget cuts last year he exhausted his funding with
the purchase of reading materials for grades three,
four and five. There was no funding to purchase the
phonics books, handwriting books and other consum-
able workbooks that need to be replaced each year.
The new reading series is one that is state adopted
and all schools are required to use the textbook series,
providing benefits to students who may transfer to a
new school.
AME students raised funds from pledges and

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school's playing field. Each class walked for a full
class period.
The funds raised will allow the school to pur-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 15, 1100 Gulf Drive S., obstruction. Offi-
cers responded to a complaint of several people stag-
gering in the road. Officers noticed one juvenile lose
his footing several times. He appeared to be intoxi-
cated, according to the report, and was detained in
the back of a patrol car while attempts were made to
contact his parents. He became violent and had to be
pepper-sprayed. He was taken to the police station
and released to the custody of his mother. Another
man attempted to get his friend out of the car, became
violent, was also pepper-sprayed, arrested on obstruc-
tion charges and taken to jail.
Nov. 17, 200 block First Street North, trespass
after warning. Officers responded to a call of an
intoxicated person who refused to leave the resort.
The woman refused to open the door, said she was
not leaving, and became abusive, according to the
report. Officers entered the room through a window,
the woman threw a lit cigarette at officers. She was
pepper-sprayed, handcuffed and taken to jail.
Nov. 19, 100 block Gulf Drive North, possession
of controlled substance. Officers stopped a vehicle
with a driver who was driving erratically and then
detected an odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle.
Marijuana and Oxycodone pills, a controlled drug,
were found in the vehicle, and Dustin L. Kennedy,
19, of Ellenton, admitted the drugs were his. He was

Holmes Beach
Nov. 15, 500 block 77th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said his boat was missing from the canal
at his home. He said he was working on it the night
before and did not raise it out of the water on the

Charles L. Wellard
Charles L. Wellard, 84, of Holmes Beach,
died Nov. 5. He grew up in Gulf Mills, Pa.
Mr. Wellard graduated from Massachusetts
Institute of Te.hn1ii olo.' with a degree in electri-
cal engineering. He served as a commissioned
officer in the U.S. Navy in World War II. During
a career spanning six decades, he was awarded
28 patents, built 36 industrial plants, published
technical articles and books and presented techni-
cal papers at symposiums around the world. As
an entrepreneur, he developed products for both
space and civilian industries. He headed compa-
nies leading in the development of computer chips
and electronic components in the United States

davits, and said it could have floated out with the
high tide. Officers searched the waters near his
house to no avail. The U.S. Coast Guard later found
the boat adrift near Egmont Key and towed it to
Kingfish Boat Ramp, where the owner retrieved the
Nov. 16, 6300 block Flotilla, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took his bicycle, valued at $40,
from his carport. The bike was later returned.
Nov. 19, 6400 block Holmes Boulevard, March-
man Act, trespass. The complainant said a woman
had entered her home through a window. The woman
said she was collecting her belongings and was going
to stay with friends in Anna Maria. Officers gave her
a ride, but later they received a suspicious person call
from the same address. Officers located the woman
and noticed a screen door had been cut at the house.
The homeowner did not want to press charges, but
that he wanted her to seek help with her drinking
problem. She was placed in custody under the March-
man Act.

and abroad, while also serving on numerous cor-
porate boards both as member and chairman.
Funeral services in Valley Forge, Pa., will be
private. Donations may be made to the Wellard
Scholarship Fund, Sandhills Community College,
Pinehurst NC 28374.
Mr. Wellard is survived by wife Jane M.;
daughters, Penelope M. Stauden-Mayer of
Douglassville, Pa., Paula A. Pupillo and husband
Salvatore of Gilbertsville, Pa., Elena Azuola of
Auckland, New Zealand; two sons, Charles P.
Wellard, of Silver Spring, Md., and Edward
Azuola of Victorville, Calif.; three grandchildren,
Matthew Stauden-mayer, recently serving in Iraq;
Katey Staudenmayer of Reading, Pa., and Nicole
Pupillo of Gilbertsville, Pa.

Longboat chapel, hospital
host lecture
The Longboat Island Chapel will partner with
the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Memory Disorder
Clinic to present a lecture called "Normal Memory
and Aging."
The lecture will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 2, at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Space is limited so reservations are required.
For more information or to reserve a place,
contact the chapel office at 941 383-6491 or e-mail

An annual barbecue chicken dinner will take
place after the 4 p.m. mass at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, on Saturday, Dec. 6,
not Sunday, as previously reported in The Islander.

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Wednesday, Nov. 26
Manatee public schools begin a Thanksgiving break. Classes
resume Dec. 1.
5:30 p.m.- Teen craft and "Twilight" movie party at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
7 p.m. - All Island Denomination's Thanksgiving Eve service at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

Thursday, Nov. 27
Today is Thanksgiving.
8:30 a.m. - Thanksgiving service at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-383-0433.
9:30 a.m. - Thanksgiving service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
9:30 to 11 a.m. - Thanksgiving Day Yoga class for all levels, cen-
tered around the practice of "gratitude," at the Island Yoga Space, 9805
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Registration: 941-778-3149. Fee applies.
2 p.m. - Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, hosts a Thanksgiving dinner. Information: 941-778-0414.
2p.m. -Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach hosts
a Thanksgiving dinner for the public.

Saturday, Nov. 29
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a break-
fast meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-795-8697.
Noon to 2 p.m. - Santa Jaws will be in the courtyard at Mote
Marine Acquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, through Dec.
20. Information: 941-388-4441. Admission fee applies.

Monday, Dec. 1
10:30 a.m. to noon -Pasta cooking class at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Lee Mears art exhibit at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Dec. 31. Information:
7 p.m. --Artists' Guild Gallery hosts holiday activities and dinner
in the community hall at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
presentation by Melissa Cain about Robinson Preserve at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:
4 p.m. - Inquiring Minds presents a look at Judaism at Gloria Dei
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

Wednesday, Dec. 3
6:15 p.m. - Soup supper at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
7 p.m. - Holden evening prayer at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.

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The Island Players box office is open from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. weekdays for tickets to "Cliffhanger," the
second play of the 2008-09 season.
The box office at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, also will open an hour before each per-
The play will open Dec. 4 and run through Dec.
14, with performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is dark
on Monday.
"Cliffhanger" is a comedy-thriller that the
Atlanta Journal described as "an old-fashioned
thriller-chiller with some heart, heartbreak and
hearty laughs."
The cast, directed by James Thaggard, will
include Rick Kopp, Laura Morales, Carl MacMi-
chael, Vinnie Conte and Mary Jo Johnson.
For more information, call the box office at
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Information: 941-794-3489.

Coming up:
* Dec. 5, Downtown Holmes Beach holiday open house sponsored
by The Islander.
* Dec. 6, Lester-Islander Family Fun Day.
* Dec. 6, "A Presence of Angels" presentation at CrossPoint Fellow-

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* Dec. 10, Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players holiday
lunch at the Londoner Bed and Breakfast.
* Dec. 13-14, Winterfest art and craft festival at Holmes Beach City Hall.
* Dec. 21, Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra
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Supreme court sounds off on whales, Navy

Cetacean Wars: The battle moves close to
National security takes precedence over the
health of dolphins and whales, according to a recent
ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Environmentalists had taken the U.S. Navy to task
for sonar testing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of
southern California, claiming warships were damag-
ing whales by creating underwater sound waves. The
sonar testing was akin to a barrage of noise to whales'
sensitive hearing, according to whale supporters, and
"has been found to injure whales and dolphins, inter-
fering with their ability to communicate and navigate
and potentially causing fatal strandings," according
to the National Resources Defense Agency.
Naval officials countered that the 14 proposed
submarine hunting exercises were needed to locate
and identify foreign vessels and that similar training
exercises in the past 40 years had found little evi-
dence that harm came to whales.
Court justices sided with the Navy.
"The interests of the environmental groups are
plainly outweighed by national security," the court
ruled. "The most serious possible injury would be
harm to an unknown number of the marine mam-
mals. In contrast, forcing the Navy to deploy an inad-
equately trained anti-submarine force jeopardizes the
safety of the fleet. The sonar in question is the only
proven method of identifying submerged diesel-elec-
tric submarines operating on battery power."
Environmentalists warn that the continued test-
ing will continue to harm marine mammals. As one
whale researcher put it, "Generally, if there is a large
whale stranding, there is a military exercise in the
area. Sonar is killing more whales than we know

Moving closer ...
We may learn more about whale strandings than
we want to in Florida.
Responding to a public outcry of a naval sonar
testing range off North Carolina, the military is now
advocating the tests for the Atlantic Ocean off Jack-
Of particular concern with the Florida location
is the proximity of the range to established calving
grounds of right whales. Right whales are the most
endangered species of big marine mammals, with less
than 400 estimated to be swimming in the world's
Female right whales migrate south to Atlantic
waters off Florida and Georgia to give birth in the
fall. The proposed testing area would encompass 625
square miles and include hundreds of microphones

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placed on the sea floor to record the training exercises
as submarines flood the area with sonar waves. The
range would cost about $100 million and be used
about 480 times a year in one- to six-hour dura-
Before any Naval underwater sonic booms
take place off Florida, a bevy of permissions must
be granted, including the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission. The studies are
expected to go on for a while.
Whales have the most acute hearing of any
mammal. Some species, like humpbacks, can com-
municate across thousands of miles. Imagine a crea-
ture that can hear that well being subjected to a bar-
rage of really, really loud noise 480 times a year next
to a nursery. Comforting, it is not.

... and even closer yet
Sperm whales bring to mind huge white creatures
ramming sailing ships in an effort to kill guys named
Ahab in the South Pacific or the North Atlantic.
Call me Pyseter catodon.
But one of the most popular areas for New Eng-
land whalers was the Gulf of Mexico, at least until the
whale population was driven to the brink of extinc-
tion in the late 1800s. Among the whales found in
Gulf waters were sperm whales.
Sperm whales are toothed marine mammals that
feed on giant squid and other deep-sea critters. They
grow up to 60 feet in length and can dive down to
3,000 feet, staying underwater for up to an hour.
When they surface, they exhale and inhale in great
bursts up to 70 times before diving again.
They aren't the fast swimmers like their smaller
relatives, dolphins, but cruise at about 15 mph and
can shoot water up to 40 mph when disturbed.
Sperm whales make clicking noises for echoloca-
tion - finding out what's around them - and also
"make a variety of other sounds including groans,
whistles, chirps, pings, squeaks, yelps and wheezes,"
according to researchers. The sound can travel for
Just where and how many sperm whales are



found in the Gulf of Mexico isn't certain. Studies
have only been taken for the past 20 or so years, but
based on occasional sightings and strandings, it is
believed they mostly inhabit the northern and central
Researchers believe there are about 1,350 sperm
whales in the Gulf. Most sightings run on a line from
southern Texas to northwest Florida, and from south
Texas to south of Key West. It is estimated that the
worldwide population of sperm whales numbers 1.5
A sperm whale stranded itself on the beaches of
northern Anna Maria Island in 1974, eventually dying
despite efforts to turn the 48-foot-long creature to
deeper waters. Cause of death was not determined.
There have been only 39 strandings of sperm whales
recorded in Texas, Louisiana and Florida.
It is also believed, based on DNA tests, that
sperm whales in the Gulf are a "distinct stock" from
other sperm whales. It is also thought that there is a
resident population of females and juveniles in the
Gulf, with roaming males coming near shore to pay
occasional visits.
There have been studies conducted to deter-
mine impacts of shipping activity as well as gas and
oil exploration in the northern and eastern Gulf on
whales, with yet no conclusive findings. A sperm
whale investigating an oil rig was captured on a pretty
incredible video, though, at a depth of about 3,000
Sperm whales are described as being "highly gre-
garious and polygamous." They are found in groups
of up to 100, although pods of 30 are most common,
and are generally clustered according to age and sex.
Older males are solitary except during breeding.
Sperm whales live up to 70 years. Females mature
at age 10; males don't mate until age 26. Females
calve every 2 to 5 years.
It's pretty amazing the things that lie under the
calm water surface in the Gulf of Mexico, isn't it?

Sandscript factoid
The sperm whale has the largest of mamma-
lian brains, both in proportion to its body and
in sheer mass. It also has the largest gullet of
all cetaceans, large enough to swallow a human.
Males can be aggressive when disturbed and are
said to have caused serious disruption to whalers
in their small wooden skiffs during hunts in the
Although generally dark in color, older male
sperm whales lighten as they age.
Perhaps the tale of Moby Dick wasn't that far-
fetched after all.

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Fishing by colors for backwater anglers

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing has become very colorful off Anna Maria
Island in the past few days: redfish, bluefish, black
drum and yellowtail jacks have all be coming to the
hooks of the anglers willing to brave the wind and
Backwater fishing for sheepshead is also starting
to pick up. Snook action is fair, with the fish running
a little small so far this season. Mangrove snapper
are also small and seem to be clustered around the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay.
High winds spurred by back-to-back-to-back
cold fronts have kept most offshore fishers close to
Capt. Mark Howard on Sumotime Charters
said fish are moving into waters around docks and
canals in a typical winter pattern. Redfish catches
have been steady. He's also been trolling for grou-
per in Tampa Bay and close to the beach with great
results, including landing of an 11-pounder.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said high winds and rough
seas have kept him at the dock for the past week,
but he's looking forward to calmer days and weather
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said his back-
water fishing trips have put his clients on lots of red-
fish and some snook.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said wind has
pretty much kept offshore fishing out of the picture.

Grouper on!
Wade Bates,
of Jackson,
N.J., caught
these grouper
while troll-
ing in Tampa
Bay with Capt.
Mark Howard
of Sumotime
Charters. They
also caught
mackerel in the
Gulf of Mexico.

More than keepers
Jared Blake and dad Austin, from Brandon, caught
two monster-size red grouper in 135 feet of water
offshore in the Gulf of Mexico while fishing with
Capt. Larry McGuire. Other catch included snap-
per and kingfish.

Backwater anglers have reported good catches of red-
fish and sheepshead. And sea bass are thick among
the rocks along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers
there have been catching redfish, bluefish, black
drum, yellowtail jacks and ladyfish in the past few
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there have done well with bluefish and sheep-
shead. Black drum are also a good bet there, plus
mangrove snapper, but the mangos are running on
the small side.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's noticed that mangrove snapper have pretty much
left his docks, although there are still good reports
of lots of small fish being caught by the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include lots of
bluefish and redfish, but the reds are running smaller
than in past weeks - the 18- to 20-inch size.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said his back-
water fishing has been focused on redfish and sheep-
shead, with great success.
"We were able to get out on the water a few times
last week, and caught lots of redfish - up to a dozen
or so on each trip. The snook action has been fair,
with the linesiders running on the small side. We also
caught lots of small grouper in the bays, plus sea


bass," he said.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said fishing is great offshore. "The water
temperature is perfect at 68 to 70 degrees with every-
thing biting. We are catching lots of gag and red grou-
per, amberjack, big kingfish, cobia and a variety of
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are
also welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
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22 0 NOV. 26, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Islanders talent shows for Manatee High boys soccer

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Islanders Stephen Thomas and Joey Hutchinson
are both starters on the Manatee High School boys
varsity soccer team. Both players got introductions to
soccer playing in the Anna Maria Island Community
Center's recreational soccer league, then moved up
to club soccer to hone their skills.
Thomas, a junior, is in his second season as the
starting central midfielder for the Hurricanes. Hur-
ricane coach Rene Mirandilla says Thomas is like the
quarterback of the offense. "Stephen has very good
technical skills and his vision and ball distribution
really make our offense click."
He played club ball with FC Sarasota in the
CDL League this past season is unsure about playing
soccer in college. And he wants to major in engineer-
ing and is looking at the Central Florida, Florida,
Florida Gulf Coast or Emory Riddle universities.
He's fashioned an impressive 4.6 weighted GPA
and is in the advanced placement program at MHS,
where he also has received letters of interest from
Washington University, Cornell and New College.
Thomas prefers to stay in Florida so he can be close
to home and use the Bright Futures scholarship that
he's already secured.
When asked to weigh in on his outlook for the
Manatee Hurricanes, Thomas was optimistic. "We
have some great new talented players on our team. I
think we are capable of winning district again, and
advancing further in regionals if we play together and
reach our full potential."
Hutchinson is one of the new and talented players
on the team. As freshman starter at forward and mid-
field, he's already adjusted to the high school game.
Hutchinson has helped MHS to a 3-1 start, scoring
one goal in his first game, a 3-1 win over Riverview.
He followed that up with a goal in a 2-0 victory over
Lakewood Ranch and assisted on the game-winning
goal in the team's 1-0 decision over Venice.
Unfortunately, the Hurricanes dropped the most
recent game by 1-0 against a talented Central High
team from Brooksville on Dec. 21.
Mirandilla had high praise for Hutchinson. "Joey
has a world of potential with his size, speed and tech-
nical skills. If he keeps working hard and keeps his
grades up, he is a legitimate Division I prospect."
Hutchinson played club soccer last year with
Strictly Soccer U15 and is also a member of the
U 15 Olympic Development Program, after surviving
regional and state tryouts. He's also in the advanced
placement program at MHS and very interested in
playing soccer in college, where he plans to study
For now, he's focusing on having fun at soccer

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Manatee High School freshman forward Joey
Hutchinson carries the ball during varsity soccer
action at MHS Joe Kinnan Field.
with his new teammates.
Thomas, Hutchinson and their Manatee Hur-
ricane teammates are entered in the Sarasota High
soccer tournament and, if all goes well, could be play-
ing in the tournament finals on Nov. 26. Congratula-
tions to them and MHS and good luck.

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
two-best-balls-of-foursome match on Nov. 19. The
team of Dan Hayes, Bob Dickinson and Neil Hammer
combined to card a 3-under-par 125 to edge second-
place finishers Gino DiClementi, Bob Kral and Jim
Mixon by two strokes. Third place went to the team
of Jim Thorton, Bob Elliott and Gary Harris with a
score of 131.
Ralph Bassett fired a 3-under-par 29 to lead
all the men who teed it up for a nine-hole, indi-
vidual-low-net game Nov. 17. Chris Collins was
one shot back in second place, while Dick Mills,
Bob Lamp and Pieter Thomassen all matched par
32 to finish in a tie for third place. Fred Meyer
and Austin Rice were both one shot back in fourth
place with 33s.
The women let the men play along on Nov. 14
in a best-ball-of-foursome game. First place went to
a pair of teams as Eunice Warda, Joyce Brown, Earl
Huntzinger and Jim Finn matched the 24 carded by
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Paulette Proxy. Second place went to the team of Nell
Bergstrom, Terry Westby, Gordon McKinna and Jerry
Brown with 27. Don Ledford and Joyce Brown both
had chipins on the day.

Horseshoe news
Only two teams managed undefeated records on
a cold, blustery Saturday of horseshoes, Nov. 22. Karl
Thomas and Norm Good edged John Johnson and
Ron Slagh 21-18 to earn the day's bir''in' rights.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is

Elks Hoop Shoot
Boys and girls, ages 8-13 are invited to attend the
2008 Elks Hoop Shoot free-throw contest. The event,
which is absolutely free to all participants, will be
held Saturday, Dec. 6 at G.T. Bray Park. Registration
starts at 9 a.m. at the gym, located at 5508 33rd Ave.
Dr. W., Bradenton.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be
provided free for participants and their families.
For more information, contact Dan Tabor at
753-4180 or call the Bradenton Elks at 792-1511,
ext. 21.

Cheerleading starts up
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
cheerleading program is registering girls and boys,
ages 7-13, who are interested in being a part of its
energetic cheerleading program.
The registration form can be found on the Center
Web site, Cost for
Center members is $45 for first child and $40 for
each additional sibling. Cheerleaders will receive a
uniform of skirt or shorts, socks, shirt and pompoms.
Cost for non-members starts at $60.
As part of the cheer program, the Center is offer-
ing a cheerleading camp from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs-
day, Dec. 11. Practices will start after camp, with
basketball games and cheers beginning in January.
The Center is also in need of cheerleading squad
leaders. To become a squad leader, volunteers need
to complete an application, including a background
check. Squad leaders' siblings may participate free
in the program.
For more information, contact the Center's Andy
Jonatzke at 778-1908, ext. 9205.

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BICYCLES: LADIES AND mens. 26-inch. Like
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TREADMILL: NEW. GREAT Christmas gift. Paid
$595, sacrifice for $350. 907-617-3887.

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

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

styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.

ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Nov. 29. 7366
Point of Rocks Road, Sarasota. South end of
Siesta Key. Chinese chests, oriental rugs, king,
queen and twin bed sets, paintings, set of eight
rattan chairs, marble-top console table, dining set
with eight chairs, Victorian footstool and sewing
box, fireplace accessories, patio set, new grill, TV,
Lenox dishes, set of Waterford dishes, 214-piece
Strasburg silver set, Waterford stemware, deco-
rative pictures, art books, linens, kitchenware,
garage items, Seadoo and much more. 1998
Audi, 100,000 miles. Details and pictures: www. Julie McClure Sales.

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.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, Nov. 28-29. Multi-family. Household goods,
books, clothes, nice stuff, Great bargains. 219
Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria.

NIKI'S HUGE CHRISTMAS sale: Select gifts,
dolls, art, glassware, collectibles, antiques, 30-80
percent off. All sterling jewelry, 50-75 percent off.
Open seven days, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.

SALE: 8a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Broyhill "Fontana"
queen bed with headboard and footboard, match-
ing 44-inch dresser with mirror, sofa and chair,
rattan dining table with four chairs, chandelier,
housewares, tools. 208 77th St., Holmes Beach.

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

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

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
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NEW SAILS, REPAIRS, custom rigging and outfit-
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HIRING SALES REP: Vast territory, excellent
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
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SOUNDS LIKE SOMEBODY I KNOW By Merl Reagle / Edited by Will Shortz

1 Doodled, e g
5 Elvis film "
10 Attorney's favorite
16 Reig n
17 "Loverboy" actress
who made the cast
20 It's love, in Lille
21 S6ance-loving
crime writer9
23 Adjustment means
on a radio
24 Yards, e g
25 Obi-Wan Kenobi,
for one
26 Uris hero Ben
27 Market closing9
28 Abbr after Ted
Kennedy's name
29 Kind of tape
31 Earthquake
33 Meshed foundation
in lace
35 Exclamation from a
36 Show too much
39 "0 S S " star, 1946
40 Hall of Fame golfer
who invented the
all-plastic club9
45 Alla ___ (pasta
48 Planned site of the
Geo W Bush

Answers appear
on page 28 of
this edition.

49 Piece that gets
50 Young wife (age
18) of Charlie
Chaplin (age 54)
51 Restraints
52 Egg ___ young
53 All-telling gossip
queen who repeats
everything she
55 Letters of
56 Laying-on of
59 "You're such
for helping"
60 Ronny & the
Daytonas hit
61 Eccentric
62 Acapulco gold
63 Long (for)
65 Letters of sizes
67 Yul Brynner died
the same day as
--- Welles (odd
69 Relatives of TV
host Tom
71 Everest setting
72 Avant-garde
composer who sat
around a lot9
76 Linger in the hot
77 Loses on purpose9
78 Y-axis, for one
79 Handy places to
80 Army type, for
81 Prima donna
82 Passionate tennis
85 Yaw relative, on an

86 Some etiquette
87 Online address
88 "Ratsl"
91 Regular writing
94 York, e g Abbr
95 Hollywood's Tea
97 Eye the bull's-eye
99 Trip-planning org
100 Option for a
103 Lower than It
104 Disney pirate, 1953
105 Moscow VI P who
liked to cook on a
110 Eban of Israel
111 "I have no face
cards" actress9
112 Near Eastern port
113 Easter ___ (period
up to Pentecost
114 European resort
115 Driving alternative
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1 Explorer Francis
2 Destroyer
3 Author Leonard
4 Hall of Fame coach
5 U S president after
6 Noriega's weapons
7 Delgado's rivers
8 Rear admiral's org
9 Extremely upset
10 Detestable one
11 Former Dodge
12 Operated
13 Reason for

14 Top Chinese Zhou
15 Your future is their
17 Freeboot
18 Old IBM offering
19 Useful article
21 Red Roof rival
22 Lip
28 Entertainer Martin
and others
29 Teutonic name part
30 Tenor, perhaps
31 Enos Slaughter's
team for 13 yrs
32 Roo's donkey
34 Slope
35 "Wagon Master"
actress Joanne
36 Heaven on earth
37 Assigner of G's
and R's Abbr
38 Tuba sounds
40 Wild
41 Action on Wall St
42 Swamps
43 Monstrousness
44 "You dirty I"
45 Patrick Macnee's
1960s TV co-star
46 Opus with singing
47 Interstate sight
48 Nonmatching item,
52 Toy store
54 Add-on for Gator
56 Guy who digs
fossils, slangily
57 American Beauty
58 Inspiration for
61 Nails but good

63 Old aviation
64 Have a bawl
66 Reshape a cornea,
68 Items for knitters
70 Gallantry-in-war
medals Abbr
71 House of
72 Tree with serrate
73 Big name in tea

74 Ocho minus cinco
75 US Airways datum
77 Vacation
destination for
sandwich lovers9
80 It's void in Vichy
81 English duke ---
83 Runner Sebastian
84 Odd morsel
85 Rummaged
89 Sorority letter

90 Iron Man co-
creator Larry
91 Mythical piper
92 Pullman supports
93 "Song of the
Islands" co-star
94 Old Testament king
95 Not express
96 Intro with centric
98 Connoted
100 Hit by Marty
Robbins, "El

101 Eager beaver's
102 Really test
103 Ilse's "very"
104 Swedish import
106 Hell
107Y A Tittle scores
108 Org with a five-
ring logo
109 United competitor

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furnished. $1,750/month, $800/week. $125/night
includes utilities. 941-794-5980.
condos with sweeping views of Tampa bay on Anna
Maria Island. Available for season. Call 818-620-3543.
monthly availability Christmas 2008 and after
April 2009. Prime location, close to everything.
Call now, 941-737-9662.
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
washer and dryer, cable, water, pool, steps to
beach. $925/month. 941-779-1586.
ANNUAL 1BR unfurnished apartment. Kitchen,
bath. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.
LARGE CONDO: 1 BR/1.5BA redecorated. Avail-
able immediately Annual, $750/month, furnished.
Most utilities paid. Call 941-758-9133.

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Spacious 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer, just
painted, tiled, carport. Steps to beach, quiet
neighborhood. $900/month. Available Dec.1.

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

game rooms, pool, spa, boat dock. Near beaches,
annual. 2BR/2BA. 941-761-1923.

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.

CHARMING BAY VIEW cottage: furnished,
1 BR/1BA, washer and dryer, dock. $850/month.
941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
to beach, garage, privacy fence, pool, spa,
washer and dryer. No pets or smokers. Very nice
at $1,600/month, annual. 907-617-3887.


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maintained 3BR/2BA canal front
residence with open floor plan, private
settingwith newdock, paver brick patio
& drive and excellent Island location.
Dave Moynihan (941) 778-2246.
#M5800155. $499,000

ISLANU UUPLEX Gult views from
upstairs deck. Upper unit is turn-
key in beach decor. Tile floors,
updated kitchens, new roof. Downstairs
annual, upstairs seasonal. Deborah

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pond and fountain view. Located views of Palma Sola Bay from this
between deeded beach access and magnificently decorated 4BR/4.5BA
bayfront fishing pier. Enjoy heated home, private elevator, 3 car gar.
pool, clubhouse, tennis, workout Sharon Hightower (941) 330-5054.
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA. 200 steps to Gulf of
Mexico beach. Backyard canal dock with Tampa
Bay access. New appliances. Quiet Sears 16 air
conditioner, energy saving low-watt lights and
ceiling fans. Granite counter tops throughout.
Laundry room with washer and dryer. Must see
to appreciate. $995/month plus security deposit.
Call 941-778-9158.
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

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

duplex, north Anna Maria near Gulf, 2BR/1BA,
$975/month plus utilities. 941-778-7003.
Maria. 3BR/2BA. Available now through April 1.
Block to beach. 813-251-9201.

VERY SMALL STUDIO: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $550/month.
CONDO FOR RENT: 55-plus community. Impe-
rial house, D-18, first floor. Across from Gulf.
2BR/2BA, all tile, leather sofa. $1,800/month, min-
imum three months. All included. 941-778-4075
or 1-863-602-4052.
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Beautiful view
down the canal, 1300 sf.
Small boat OK. Walk to
Bean Point and the
Rod & Reel, $385,000.

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$4,400/month. Canalfront, pool, large home,
$2,900/month. Also weekly rates. T. Dolly Young
Real Estate, 941-778-0807.

SENIOR COUPLE WANTS to rent 2/BR, prefer
ground level, for January and February. $2,200.
ANNA MARIA: 150 feet to Gulf. 2BR/1BA, com-
pletely remodeled. Several weeks or month avail-
able. 941-778-7933.
2BR/2BA LUXURY CONDO on canal. Boat dock,
pool, tennis. $995/month. 941-744-1711.

2BR/1.5BA canalfront home, dock, boat lift, out-
side kitchen, patio, minutes walk to beach. Avail-
able January through April or May, 2009. Call
Claire, 813-363-7250.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1.5BA house. Quiet
neighborhood. Three blocks to beach. $950/
month plus utilities. 941-778-5143.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1/BR apartment. Quiet neigh-
borhood. Three blocks to beach. $650/month
plus utilities. 941-778-5143.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3/BR, washer and dryer,
cable, fireplace. Near beach. $1,200/month.

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Beach, across from Gulf. All utilities included.
$800/month. 941-224-5664.

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.

BEACH AND GULF at front door: pristine condo
for rent. Perfect 55-plus. Annual, $1,600/month
plus utilities. Six months, $1,800/month plus
utilities, two months, $4,500/month plus utilities.

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

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

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

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

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

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
restaurants. Offered at $899,000. Andrews and
Associates, 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.

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,

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.

HOLMES BEACH: KEY Royale. An absolutely
spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA, two-car
garage, split-plan, custom remodeled through-
out. Deep sailboat water with new dock and lift,
direct access to Tampa Bay and Gulf. Must see!
Owner can hold second. Owner, 941-809-1522.

BRADENTON BEACH: Three 1/BR cottages,
on one large lot. $223,000 each. A must
see! 941-773-9005 or

WANT TO BUY canal home. Fast purchase,
10 day or less closing. $400,000 maximum.

LOT FOR SALE: Holmes Beach, close to Gulf. 75x104
feet. 6814 Palm Drive. $450,000. 727-698-7626.

FREE CONDO WITH purchase of million-dollar
view. Beachfront, renovated, pool, tennis. Owner
financing. $525,000. 941-778-1040.

BRAND NEW LUXURY lakefront condominiums.
Four traffic lights to Manatee Public Beach. Start-
ing at $210,000. 941-761-0444. HIddenLakeCon-

kept Island secret. Drastic price reduction. 5400
Gulf Drive, #36. 941-779-1013.

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

Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at www. And it's FREE!

COUNTRY ACREAGE: BY owner. Five acres,
beautiful mountaintop log-cabin site with
breathtaking views, gently rolling prop-
erty, surrounded by woods, 30 minutes
from Cookeville. $29,900. Owner financing,

man special bordering U.S.F.S. paved
drive, well, septic, singlewide with shop
near Lake Nantahala, borders paved road.
Only $49,000.
800-632-2212. valleytownrealty@verizon.

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!

SOUTH CAROLINA: LOW country. Hunting/rec-
reation tracts for sale. Close to 1-95 in Bamberg
county. Peaceful, secluded and loaded with deer,
turkey, hogs and timber value too. 42 acres, 85
acres, 120 acres, 235 acres, 500 acres, 730
acres, all on the Little Salkahatchie river. Roads,
game plots, stands new, ready to hunt. Priced
below market! Call now, 803-826-6033. Brokers

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

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This unique home is designed to reflect the sparkling expanse of waterviews across
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