VOLUME 17, NO.5
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Thanksgiving is about fellowship, said
Laverne Raisch as she gathered with about 15
women to help prepare a traditional Thanks-
giving dinner at Roser Memorial Community
Thanksgiving, she said, is about sharing.
And Thanksgiving is about cooking, added
's: Yours, Raisch, whose holiday specialty is a cranberry
id Egan's. salad with oranges and apples - and certainly
On Thanksgiving day, with the help of
from Raisch and many other volunteers, Roser
here. By hosted the public for a traditional dinner -
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roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green
bean casserole and a spread of homemade des-
The dinner lasted about two hours.
The preparation began several weeks ear-
lier with volunteers gathering in the church
kitchen to prepare the sweet potatoes and the
Just the making of the mashed potatoes takes
a morning, with about 15 volunteers w hin;..
peeling, boiling and mashing 50 pounds of pota-
Illinois vacationer John Mutter celebrates
Thanksgiving while on an Anna Maria
Island holiday. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
toes before adding the sour cream for richness
and salt and pepper for flavor.
"I just felt like I wanted to do something
to help, for the community and the church, for
somebody other than myself," said Sandy Dahl
as she peeled potatoes for the holiday feast.
She joined in a group of volunteers in the
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Island books Santa Claus visits
By Lisa Neff
Seasonal residents are on the return.
Holiday vacationers are growing in
And one traveler has Anna Maria Island
on his December itinerary at least five times.
Islanders can catch up with Santa Claus
on Dec. 5 in Holmes Beach, where the down-
town merchants will usher in the Christmas
season with an annual holiday walk, providing
refreshments, entertainment and some deals
At The Islander office, Santa will visit
with youngsters and offer treats with the help
of the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
The next day, Dec. 6, Santa Claus is
expected to put in an appearance at Lester-The
Islander Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Santa Claus also will spend much of the
day on the Island on Dec. 13, when he will star
in the Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas
Parade, hand out gifts at the post-parade party
at Coquina Beach and then put in an appear-
ance at Christmas on Bridge Street from 5 p.m.
to 9 p.m. in Bradenton Beach.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria City and head
south, traveling through Holmes Beach and Bra-
denton Beach to conclude at Coquina Beach.
After the parade, children and adults are
invited to attend the Privateers' party with
Santa at Coquina, where Santa holds court on
the group's ship.
PLEASE SEE SANTA, PAGE 3
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Jean Knopp helps prepare the Thanksgiving dinner enjoyed by more than 100 people at
Roser Memorial Community Church Nov. 27. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Islanders thankful for giving
By Lisa Neff
sought by owner
By Lisa Neff
Holiday lights will go up this week at
Haley's despite the twin tragedies of an "inten-
tionally-set" fire and the unsolved disappear-
ance of the motel's co-owner.
To bring some brightness to the motel,
8102 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, co-owner
Tom Buehler is seeking some help from the
community - donations of volunteer time and
"The decorations burned in the fire," Bue-
hler said of the Christmas-themed displays that
the motel is known for
setting up to open the
ues to await results h
of forensic tests from
evidence collected fol-
lowing the Nov. 16 fire
and news from detec-
tives investigating the Musil-Buehler
disappearance of his
estranged wife, Sabine Musil-Buehler.
Musil-Buehler was last seen Nov. 4, the
night of the general election, by her boyfriend,
William J. Cumber of Anna Maria.
The two were watching election news
when they had an argument over Cumber
smoking a cigarette. He said she left his resi-
dence in Anna Maria in her white Pontiac con-
vertible and he has not seen her since.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office
recovered Musil-Buehler's car early Nov. 6
and arrested the man allegedly seen driving the
vehicle, Robert Corona, 38, of Bradenton.
On Nov. 18, Corona pleaded not guilty to
a felony charge of grand theft auto. He also
faces misdemeanor charges of driving without
a valid driver's license and resisting arrest.
Corona initially told investigators he was
given the key to the car to go buy drugs. He
later said he found the car, with the key in the
ignition, in a parking lot at the Gator Lounge
on 14th Street in Bradenton.
Authorities have said they do not believe
Corona met Musil-Buehler.
Blood found in Musil-Buehler's car has
led MCSO detectives to believe they may be
investigating a homicide. Details of lab tests
on the blood will not be released.
Meanwhile, testing continued last week on
evidence collected from the motel fire, which
caused an estimated $250,000 in damages.
The fire destroyed a two-story wooden
structure to the north of the main part of the
motel. The building was used for maintenance,
storage and laundry facilities on the ground
level and motel lodging that overlooked a
garden, according to Buehler.
Buehler said the structure, which was
insured, could be torn down as early as this
week and that he has plans to rebuild on the
PLEASE SEE HALEY'S, NEXT PAGE
State may transfer
Egmont. Page 5
DEC. 3, 2008 1 �
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Haley's fire intentionally set
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
site. The details, he said, are being discussed with
Holmes Beach building officials.
Officials, at Islander press time, had yet to iden-
tify the origin of the fire or the cause in an inves-
tigation that has involved interviewing witnesses,
securing the scene, collecting evidence and sending
materials to a lab for testing.
"It's an ongoing investigation at this time," said
Sam Venezeio, a public information officer with the
State Fire Marshal office. "We're keeping it close."
Venezeio said the fire was deemed "intentionally
set," but additional details could not be released and
the case remains under investigation.
"On this case," he said, "there are other issues."
Partners in the joint fire investigation include the
West Manatee Fire Rescue District and the Holmes
Beach Police Department.
"It is not something that happens real quick,"
WMFR Capt. Tom Sousa said of the testing pro-
As the official detective work continued last
week, Musil-Buehler's friends continued to collect
donations for a reward fund at Whitney Bank, 5324
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. "I really appreciate their
concern," Buehler said of the support from friends.
Thanks for Thanksgiving
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Roser kitchen who, as they worked, talked about
good books, scandalous television shows, sensational
recipes and whether to buy more Idaho russets or
Yukon gold potatoes.
Dahl helped with the Roser dinner on Thanks-
giving, but also made a Thanksgiving dinner at her
Bradenton home for her family. Her house specialties
include her creamed spinach and a coleslaw recipe
from her former mother-in-law.
The Rev. Gary Batey welcomes attendees of All
Island Denominations' Thanksgiving Eve service
Nov. 26 at Roser Memorial Community Church.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Though a lot of work takes place in advance, the
day before the holiday and the morning of Thanksgiv-
ing bring a flurry of activity at Roser.
In the 24 hours leading up to the 2 p.m. dinner,
volunteers arrange chairs and tables, set places, carry
in desserts and prepare the casseroles, gravy, stuffing
and turkeys - which are cooked at volunteers' homes
and brought in Thanksgiving morning for carving.
"The day before is a big day," said Edna Sinnott,
who coordinates the whole effort - and that's not a
management position but rather a hands-on job.
Jean Knopp has volunteered to help with Thanks-
giving at Roser for five years.
"I think it's a great idea to have a community
dinner," she said.
Knopp volunteered on each of the three Wednes-
days prior to the holiday and then Thanksgiving
morning, when she arrived with pies.
"It's my favorite holiday," she said. "I do enjoy
cooking and I am thankful - for our health, both my
husband and I."
Ann Jones has volunteered to help prepare four
Thanksgiving dinners at the church.
"Helping, it's kind of the name of the game when
you are here six months out of the year," said the
She arrived for the season on Anna Maria Island
on Oct. 26 and quickly signed up for the Thanksgiv-
"It's important to have a dinner and celebrate
together," Jones said. "I'm thankful this year for
family, friends and community. I feel very fortu-
The Annie Silver Community Center in Bra-
denton Beach also hosted a community dinner on
Thanksgiving. An open invitation went out to the
public two weeks before, inviting guests to bring a
dish to share.
"Thanksgiving is such a community holiday,"
said Bradenton Beach resident and city employee
Lisa Marie Phillips. "So we all get together and we
have a real banquet. It's a way for us to know our
Others on the Island celebrated in their homes
or at local restaurants, including Cafe on the Beach,
which offered a casual crowd of holiday celebrants
a turkey and all-the-trimmings buffet.
On Thanksgiving Eve, Islanders celebrated the
holiday with an All Island Denominations service
at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna
The Rev. Stephen King delivered the sermon,
"Give Thanks" and the Rev. Gary Batey delivered
And members of all six Island churches contrib-
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Long haul for bayside renourishment
By Rick Catlin
"It's a huge project," Anna Maria Mayor Fran Bar-
ford told homeowners along North Shore Drive and
South Bay Boulevard interested in beach renourishment
to protect their properties from future erosion.
The mayor met with affected homeowners Nov.
24 to present options and to get the process started
to renourish their properties with federal dollars or
their own efforts.
The city has no money for private beach renour-
ishment, Barford told the homeowners. Because the
affected waterfront property is not considered "sea
side" by the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, those areas are ineligible for state or
county funding in the Manatee County beach renour-
ishment project expected to start in 2011-12.
What little sand there is on the bayfront at the
homes between the Rod & Reel Pier and Bean Point
is privately owned. That also knocks those home-
owners out of the ballpark for other state funding. In
addition, the marker indicating where beach renour-
ishment can begin - what the DEP calls "open sea"
- is about 200 yards north of the Rod & Reel Pier.
By Lisa Neff
For recreational fishers, the fall mullet run can
be a smoking good time.
For commercial fishers, the fall mullet run can
be do or die.
Mullet are found worldwide in tropical and
subtropical waters, including Florida's bays and
estuaries and along the state's Atlantic and Gulf
coasts. The primary fishery for Florida mullet is
Mullet - dark bluish on the top and silver on
the sides - feed on aquatic plant and algae, swim
in large schools and run in the waters in the late
fall, when the fish migrate from the back bays to the
deeper waters to spawn.
Islanders will know when mullet are fat with fish
eggs and on the run because castnetters will multiply
by large numbers on Anna Maria's north end and
dozens a day will launch boats from the ramps at
'They're not quite ready to be caught yet," said
Karen Bell of A.P Bell Fish Co. in Cortez. 'There
are some that have roe in them, but no, they're not
The run traditionally lasts until late December or
Santa comes to Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Later in the day, merchants will open their
doors for extended hours to welcome Santa and
visitors for the Christmas on Bridge Street, which
this year may include the outdoor screening of a
That c% _iiI ning. from the Historic Bridge Street
Pier, people can watch the Cortez Yacht Club's
lighted boat parade.
Santa's fourth scheduled appearance on the
Island is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at
the Sandbar Restaurant for the annual Lawton Chiles
Christmas for Kids Party.
Organizers of the party, which welcomes about
100 children from Head Start and Healthy Families
Manatee, are collecting cash donations to put toward
the purchase of gifts for kids.
Attending children have a turkey dinner and then
receive a pair of shoes, an outfit and a toy from Santa,
who arrives on West Manatee Fire Rescue truck.
And the fifth scheduled appearance?
That would be Islandwide on Christmas Eve,
According to the mayor, the DEP said this is the only
critically eroded bayside area along Florida's coast
But all is not lost.
Barford presented the group with three grants
that could lead to funding. Two of the grants require
matching funds, while the third, a U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers grant of up to $3 million per project,
does not require a matching contribution.
The task to obtain a USACE grant, however, is
formidable. The city would have to fund an engineer-
ing study of the affected shoreline, then submit the
grant application. The Corps has $30 million annual
funding for the entire nation under this grant pro-
gram, Barford said.
She added that the homeowners have to also start
lobbying their state and federal representatives about
"These are all things we need to do to try and
understand the problem. We need to explore all
opportunities and lobby our legislators," she said.
The group will get a chance to lobby U.S. Rep.
Vern Buchanan (R-Sarasota) when it meets again Jan.
early January and is influenced by cold fronts over
the Gulf of Mexico.
Though no part of the mullet is discarded at A.P
Bell, Bell said it's the roe that is the fisher's prize.
There is a lucrative market for the roe in Europe and
Bell said the market for the roe is not strong
in the United States because of the price, not the
The mullet roe also has cultural value in east
Asia, where it is given as a gift to celebrate the new
year. The U.S. custom is to eat black-eyed peas on
new year's day for good luck; the custom in east Asia
is to eat mullet roe on new year's eve for fortune and
In more recent years, Bell's company has sold
its roe to a distributor in Italy for the European
(from "What's Cookin' in Cortez Cook Book"
compiled by Mary Fulford Green)
2-3 fish fillets, skinned and scaled.
Water, enough to cover fillets.
2 tablespoons lemon juice.
1 bay leaf.
1 small clove garlic, crushed.
PLEASE SEE MULLET, NEXT PAGE
26. Barford said she plans to have either Buchanan
or someone representing him at the meeting to hear
She'll also have Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection representatives at that meeting to
discuss where the marker is that separates "sea side"
from "bay side." Barford said the DEP will discuss
how to change the marker.
Other options for funding include forming a spe-
cial taxing district along North Shore Drive and South
Bay Boulevard, but that's a long and complicated
step, according to Barford. She said city attorney Jim
Dye would make a presentation on that process at a
L\ c .ything is a lot to take in, but it's a start,"
North Shore Drive resident Jo Ann Dickinson,
whose beach area has been washed away by wave
action from several storms over 10 years, thanked the
mayor for providing the information and pushing the
"We have a long way to go," Dickinson said.
Fish for funds
In the parking lot
of the Publix Super
Market Nov. 15,
Anna Maria Island
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ily its scholarship
funds. The crew
fished for traffic to
their mullet stand.
Anna Maria City
* Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning
* Dec. 18, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
* Dec. 4, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
* Dec. 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Jan. 12, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* Dec. 3, 5 p.m., parks and beautification com-
* Dec. 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* 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,
* Dec. 19, 9 a.m., Manatee County Legisla-
tive Delegation annual meeting. Meals on Wheels
PLUS Enrichment Center, 1816 Ninth St. W.,
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Mullet recipes from Cortez
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1 tablespoon chopped onion.
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish.
1/2 teaspoon mustard.
2 tablespoons mayonnaise.
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley.
1 teaspoon dry parsley.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Steam fillets in skillet with lemon, bay leaf and
garlic about 10 minutes. Drain. Cool.
To cooled fish add chopped onion, sweet pickle
relish, mustard, mayonnaise, fresh parsley, dry pars-
ley, salt and pepper.
(from "What's Cookin' in Cortez Cook Book"
compiled by Mary Fulford Green)
Yield: 6 servings.
1 1/2 pounds mullet fillets, fresh or frozen.
1 quart boiling water.
1 tablespoon salt.
1 cup chopped celery.
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped.
1/3 cup mayonnaise.
2 tablespoons chopped sweet pickle.
1 tablespoon chopped onion.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
Dash of pepper.
6 large tomatoes.
Thaw frozen fillets. Place fillets in boiling water.
Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or until fish
flakes easily when tested with a fork. Drain.
Remove skin and bones; flake.
Combine all ingredients, except tomatoes and
Wash tomatoes and remove stem ends, place on
lettuce. Cut each tomato, not quite through, into 3
vertical slices. Separate slices slightly and sprinkle
with salt. Fill in between slices with salad, using
about 1/3 cup for each tomato.
(from the state's Fresh From Florida depart-
Yield: 4 servings.
2 large Florida eggs.
1 teaspoon water.
1 cup all-purpose flour.
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
1/2 teaspoon pepper.
1 cup cornmeal for dredging the fish.
4 6-ounce Florida mullet fillets.
1 cup vegetable oil,
4 soft sandwich rolls, split.
Florida leaf lettuce.
2 Florida tomatoes, sliced thin.
Beat together eggs and water in a shallow dish.
Season the flour with cayenne, salt and pepper.
Place flour mixture and cornmeal in separate shal-
low dishes. Coat fillets in seasoned flour; dip into
egg wash and then coat with cornmeal. In a deep
pan, cook the fillets in 1 inch of oil at 375 degrees
Fahrenheit on a deep-fat thermometer for 2-4 min-
utes, browning on each side. Drain on absorbent
paper. Serve on sandwich rolls with lettuce and
Mullet on the menu
* Mullet is a firmly textured, lean fish, with a light
meat and moderate flavor.
* Buy a pound per serving of a whole or drawn
fish; a half-pound per serving of a dressed or clean
fish; a quarter-pound per serving of a fillet or steak.
* Purchase seafood last and keep it cold during
the trip home.
* Fresh whole fish should have a shiny surface
with tightly adhering scales, a mild aroma, similar to
* Fresh steaks, fillets and loins should have a
translucent look, flesh that is firm.
* Keep raw and cooked seafood separate to pre-
vent bacterial cross-contamination.
* If you marinate seafood, always keep in the
* For cooking, the general rule is 10 minutes per
inch of thickness, at the thickest part of the fillet or
steak, at 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit.
* If fish is cooked in parchment, foil or a sauce,
add five minutes to the total cooking time.
* Fillets less than a half-inch thick do not need to
be turned during cooking.
* Fish cooks quickly; do not overcook.
* Fish is done when the flesh becomes opaque
and flakes easily when tested with a fork.
* The two most commercially harvested variet-
ies of mullet in Florida are the striped mullet (IMugil
cephalus) and white mullet (Miugil curema). The
striped mullet is commonly called a black mullet,
gray mullet or jumping mullet and the white mullet
also is called a silver mullet.
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture
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State may transfer responsibility of Egmont to Feds
By Lisa Neff
To save money, the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection is proposing the transfer of its
management on Egmont Key to the federal govern-
Currently the site at the mouth of Tampa Bay,
visible from the north end of Anna Maria Island, has
a state park operated under the jurisdiction of DEP's
Division of Recreation and Parks and a National
Wildlife Refuge under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Egmont, according to the DEP, is owned by U.S.
Fish and Wildlife and it is not known how much of the
key would be kept open if the transfer takes place.
The current agreement between the state and
the federal government provides for a small staff on
Egmont Key that welcomes about 170,000 visitors a
year - all of them arriving by boat.
The DEP proposed the transfer of its responsi-
bility on Egmont to deal with a request from Gov.
Charlie Crist, who wants all state agencies to submit
plans to reduce their operating budgets by 10 percent
in fiscal 2009-10.
Each division of the DEP has proposed budget
The Division of Recreation and Parks proposed
the transfer of Egmont Key and Three Rivers State
Park to the federal government and Forest Capital
Museum State Park to Taylor County. Three Rivers
in Jackson County is owned by the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers and Forest Capital in Taylor County is
owned by the county.
Additionally, the division proposed temporar-
ily closing public access to 19 state parks, selecting
the sites based on low visits and revenue compared
to relatively high operating budgets, according to a
statement from the state.
The 19 parks are Terra Ceia Preserve State Park
in Manatee County, Yellow River Marsh Preserve
State Park in Santa Rosa County, St. Marks River
State Park in Leon County, Lake June-In-Winter
Scrub State Park in Highlands County, Pumpkin
Hill Creek Preserve State Park in Nassau County,
Constitution Convention Museum State Park in Gulf
County, John Gorrie Museum State Park in Frank-
lin County, Deer Lake State Park in Walton County,
Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek State Park in
Polk County, Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park in
Escambia County, Letchworth-Love Mounds Archae-
ological State Park in Jefferson County, Dunns Creek
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Visitors to Egmont Key walk along a path. The state parks division is proposing to transfer its responsibili-
ties at Egmont to the federal government. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
in Putnum County San Marcos de Apalache Historic
State Park in Wakulla County, Windley Key Fossil
Reef Geological State Park in Monroe County, Dagny
Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
in Monroe County, Dudley Farm Historic State Park
in Gilchrist County, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve
State Park in Okeechobee County, Nature and Heri-
tage Tourism Center in Hamilton County, Cedar Key
Museum State Park in Levy County.
The Florida Audubon Society released a state-
ment of concern about the DEP proposal: "Some
of these closures could have grave implications for
Florida's rarest natural communities and wildlife.
Florida's parks and other conservation lands are held
in trust for the people of Florida. Holding land in
trust means a commitment to good management and
responsibility for stewardship of vulnerable natural
"Audubon is calling on Gov. Crist to give sub-
stantial consideration to the impacts of these reduc-
tions on the state's ability to adequately manage these
Egmont Key, for example, is an important
resource for imperiled beach-dependent birds in
Audubon said reversion of the property to the
National Wildlife Refuge system might provide some
cost-savings, but the short timeframe proposed would
not give the federal cooperating agency sufficient
time to find the resources to replace the functions
the state provides.
The result, according to Audubon, could be
"the park's sensitive resources would be left with-
out on-site, round-the-clock management, and the
island would be vulnerable to trespass and resource
Representatives with the Egmont Key Alliance
that recently hosted a Discover Egmont Days that
included a celebration of the 150th anniversary of
the key's lighthouse, said they hoped to lobby for
Egmont in Tallahassee during the 2009 legislative
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It seems like we barely sparked up the celebration
for the Fourth of July and here we are, just weeks
away from Christmas and the new year.
There are so many gloomy predictions for the
economy dominating national media that I thought a
trip to St. Louis for Thanksgiving with family would
put an emphasis on that economic forecast. But it's
just that the Midwest trees are bare, the fields color-
less and the sky is gray.
The main mall in St. Louis was filled to the brim
with people and holiday spirit, and the theater where
we viewed the teen-phenomenon "Twilight" - twice
- was near capacity. There was a line to dine at the
mall's popular Cheesecake Factory. And people were
observed spending money - shopping!
A riverboat tour had a nice audience and there
were crowds at the Gateway Arch. And the City
Museum - a place of absolute amazement -
was crowded, as in past years. Kids were all over
the four-story outdoor playground of scaffolding,
ramps, slides, stairs, turrets and towers, high ramps
and walkways linked by a plane fuselage and other
marvels. And there's a seven-story indoor slide that,
on the way to the top, is it's own adventure.
It's all among other things to do, including a tiny
train ride for toddlers, an awesome aquarium, circus
ring (with youthful performers), a walk-through
beluga whale of stone, bigger than the Privateer's
ship. And climbing, L a"ilin;g. sliding spaces that
scale up and down the interior of what was formerly
a downtown shoe factory. Now the floors, ceilings,
walls and stairs are works of art.
There's a fire pit with people roasting marshmal-
lows, a floor of architectural displays and gargoyles, a
floor for weddings and parties, a restaurant that churns
out hundreds of pizzas and huge, hot chocolate-chip
cookies, and a quiet space with people reading and a
If you can't have a beach, and, of course, there
is no such thing in St. Louis, then this is the place.
There are no worries of the economy
of wonderment. This is a place of vision
tion. Future and past collide, kids find ar
every turn, and adults can observe it all
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happening. I would like to comment on something he said.
� bright and Being new to the area, there is a lot to learn and
here will be there are a lot of fun places to explore.
anta. 'Tis a I guess he has not heard of Ginny's and Jane E's
at the Old IGA.
Bonner Joy In the column, he said that he and his wife are
"willing to drive an hour round trip each day to enjoy
a latte from Starbucks." Fortunately, there is no need
for that long trip for coffee. We have a great place for
lattes, smoothies and wonderful baked goods here on
Furthermore, by going to Ginny's and Jane's we
For are shopping locally.
So, welcome to the Island Miki, and be sure to
check out Ginny's & Jane E's for your coffee and
more. That's what the locals do.
aIn Fr Bill Funkhouser, Holmes Beach
Lost and found
I want to thank Erlene Fitzpatrick, who found
my tennis bracelet in the parking lot in front of her
e. office. Her honesty and kindness are so appreciated,
as the bracelet was a gift from my husband 20 years
ago for my birthday.
I am forever grateful to her and The Islander, as I
put it in the Islander free lost-and-found column and
consider it a miracle that it was there for six days and
I love the people of Anna Maria Island and espe-
cially Holmes Beach.
)nt Susan Fernald, Holmes Beach
rive Vet's thanks
Thank youto Bonner Joy,Rick Catlin and The Islander
for the Veterans Day remembrance celebration.
As a World War II veteran, I feel it is an honor to
have all veterans remembered in this way.
As I drove up and saw all the flags flying at Holmes
Beach City Hall, I felt a wave of pride to be an American
What a perfect event it was for all - wonderful
weather, breakfast, the honor guard presenting the
colors, all the branches of the military honored, sing-
ing patriotic songs lead by Rick Catlin and his guitar
and the remarks made during the ceremony.
It was an honor to be there and I hope that even
more people will come out next year and show their
gratitude and to let everyone know they are proud to
be an American.
Dr. O.C. "Doc" Walker, Holmes Beach
The grounds of the Florida Maritime Museum in
Cortez were crowded Nov. 15. The museum, and the
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage sponsored and
hosted a folk festival.
Smoked mullet spread, Cortez hot dogs (fried
mullet on a bun), coupled with some of the finest folk
entertainment from Manatee, Sarasota, and Hillsbor-
ough counties were the order of the day.
Volunteers are the backbone of any successful
event. We had lots of them to work throughout the
day, and they made it all worthwhile.
Thank you to all the volunteers.
Richard Culbreath, Cortez
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U Z By Miki Maloney Sr.
Many topics were brewing for my column this
week, but then my creative process took a major hit. A
disruption in my life subsequently filled my mind with
endless thoughts about the subject as a whole, not to
mention a burning desire to vent on the matter.
What is this disruption? Baby Miki Jr. is sick.
This is his first legitimate bug. Of course, we have
dealt with bouts of sniffles and sneezes in his first
11 months, but this has turned-out to be an entirely
Wife Bridget and I have been so blessed up to this
point - downright lucky. We have the happiest, healthiest,
and, might I add, cutest kid on the face of the Earth.
We were just as paranoid as any other new par-
ents, probably worse. Our new parent neurosis then
evolved to where we are now as parents observing the
"five second rule." The days of boiling and sanitizing
for the baby are long gone.
But this time he is really, really sick. It's enough
to concern any parent, new or experienced.
But, let me go back to the original point of my
frustration. I am sick of germs. They get us all sick.
I am tired of days such as today, when one's absence
from work upsets colleagues who believe you're
home on the couch, having a grand old time.
In this case, I'm home, but I'm nursing an
extremely unhappy patient - with a shirt drenched in
baby boogers and tears. At one point, things became
so bad that as the baby vomited, I caught the toxic
substance with my hands. Something like that hasn't
happened since my fraternity days in college.
So back to my original point, again. I am sick of
the senseless transmission of germs during cold and
While there is no cure for the common cold, we
do have some control in our own hands - literally.
Our culture consists of shortcuts. We are willing
to do an\ thing in order to reduce the amount of time
that it requires to do anything. Our technologies and
inventions are most reflective of this truth. We aspire
for quicker, faster - speed, speed, speed.
Unfortunately, this mentality is not so compatible
with the need for cleanliness and proper hygiene.
Before baby Miki, I witnessed some gross
hygienic practices. After baby, I began to view each
and every person as a potential spreader of the germs
that could make my kid sick.
During my final year as a school teacher, I even
made it a requirement for my students to keep hand
sanitizer in their possession at all times. Now, I cringe
at the alarmingly high percentage of men who do not
wash their hands after using rest-room facilities. I cannot
speak for women. I just assume they all do it right.
I become instantly mortified each time an individual
sneezes or coughs into his hands and then offers to shake
mine. I nearly faint at the sight of a shirt sleeve substi-
tuting for a Kleenex. I attempt to block out the reality
of just how many bacteria are being passed from one
unsuspecting person to another unsuspecting person.
The possibilities are endless.
There is a ray of hope. We can do something about
this. The time has come for change. We must create
a unified front. No more cutting comers on hygiene.
Let's all wash those hands. Work up a thick lather of
hand soap. Use warm water. Cough or sneeze into our
elbows. Inform others if we're sick. Get adequate rest.
Eat right. Most of all, show compassion to others when
they are sick (unless we know they're faking it).
If you really stop to think about it, by living on a
small island populated by a large portion of worldly
visitors, we are possibly dealing with an even wider
array of germs than normal.
I think I'm getting sick from worrying about it all.
In the Dec. 2, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard told city
commissioners that the U.S. Post Office at 9908 Gulf
Drive will relocate to a new facility in the Bayview
Plaza at the intersection of Bay Boulevard and Pine
* Holmes Beach city commissioners and rep-
resentatives of the Anna Maria Island Community
Center agreed that the $100,000 starting price
to renovate the former city hall for use as a teen
facility by the Center was too steep and scrapped
the plan. Then-City Commissioner Roger Lutz
said that estimate did not include mold or mildew
* David Lee Hunt, 48, a Manatee County Parks
and Recreation Department worker, was arrested by
Bradenton Beach police officers and charged with car
burglary in a sting operation at Leffis Key. Hunt was
also a suspect in a string of car burglaries at Coquina
Beach, police said.
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Commissioner seeks to educate on project
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick
has been busy lately explaining a proposal by the
city's transportation enhancement grant committee
to construct a boardwalk at the city pier.
The proposed project would be funded from the
$358,000 grant the TEG expects to receive from the
Florida Department of Transportation in its 2011-12
"There is a lot of misinformation out there about
this proposal and the grant," said Mattick, who chairs
She said the grant, which she applied for prior to
her 2006 election to the commission, is federal money
administered by the state DOT. The grant specifies
that the funding can only be used for new projects
in the city's business district along Pine Avenue and
That requirement eliminates using the grant funds
to improve an existing structure, such as the city pier,
as some have suggested.
Some people have been critical of the commit-
tee's proposal to construct a boardwalk along the
water side of the parking lot at the pier. The board-
walk would be similar in design to the one in the Rob-
inson Preserve in northwest Bradenton, she said.
"I would like those people to come to our next
meeting and listen to the proposal," Mattick said.
"We need public input, both for and against,"
she emphasized. She asked that people get all the
facts before judging what the committee is trying to
That next meeting will be at 6 p.m., Monday,
Dec. 8, at city hall, and Mike Piazza of the DOT
will provide cost estimates for a boardwalk. Mattick
and committee members will be available to answer
questions about the boardwalk and other enhance-
The latest naysayer to the boardwalk proposal is
Maro Lorimer, who lives in Holmes Beach.
In a letter to Mattick, TEG members and other
city commissioners, Lorimer said a boardwalk would
turn the city pier into "just another attraction."
Lorimer suggested that the "attractions" be
spread around town "rather than attract them all to
"It seems your ideas could be carried out more
appropriately in places that are already built. The
museum is a good place for signs and information,"
He even said the city might be better served if
the TEG leaves the pier area alone.
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from a grant.
"It' s time to stop using public funds just because
they are there," Lorimer said.
"The responsible thing would be to refrain from
starting new development where it is not needed -
even if it means giving up the grant money," Lorimer
Lorimer said he meant no disrespect to the
people who came up with the plan, noting that he
was "speaking as an outsider."
Mattick said she hopes Lorimer and others with
similar interests will come to the meetings. The TEG
has been meeting every month for more than a year
discussing how to spend the grant, but few members
of the public ever attend. The result: misinformation,
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch director Suzi
Fox told an Anna Maria committee she was "excited"
about the committee's proposed project to construct
a boardwalk in the city pier area.
However, Fox cautioned the transportation
enhancement grant committee that it should consider
turtle-friendly lighting for the area.
"That's our next step," said City Commissioner
Jo Ann Mattick, who chairs the committee.
Speaking at the committee's Nov. 10 meeting,
Fox said Anna Maria's bay side is the only bay-side
turtle nesting area in Florida. As such, the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be
very concerned about lighting for the project.
Fox encouraged the committee to discuss lighting
with Jean Higgins of the FWC. Higgins "knows how
to light a boardwalk" to protect turtles, she said.
Fox was also concerned with lights on the city
pier, but Mattick pointed out that the committee can
only spend the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion's $358,000 grant coming in 2010-11 on new
projects in the city's business district.
Mattick and the committee, however, believe the
project and pier lighting should go together. Lighting
the pier is an issue of public safety, protecting the
turtles and the ambiance of the pier, she said.
Fox had good news for the city's treasury, saying
that she has information for Mattick on grants that
will cover the cost of lighting the pier to make it
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The boardwalk idea is "very low-key," the com-
missioner observed. "It's not going to be Disney
World. It's similar to the boardwalk at the Robinson
Preserve," she said.
The TEG committee is considering a number of
enhancements for the city's retail-office-residential
district, in addition to the boardwalk proposal.
Covered trolley stops along the MCAT Island
trolley route in Anna Maria are among the proposals,
but these would be funded by Manatee County, not
The DOT administers the grant for the fed-
eral government and will provide free design and
engineering services to the city for any project it
"Great," said Mattick, who thanked Fox for her
"What you are doing is wonderful," replied Fox.
"Just consider that this is a habitat area for birds and
turtles. It's a great project."
While Fox was enthusiastic about the project and
the dedication of committee members to making it
turtle-friendly, Mattick was concerned about some
possible misconceptions about the proposal among
"There's been misinformation out there about
what we can and cannot do with the money," Mat-
tick said, and that's caused a "controversy" in the
city. The money can't be used to repair or maintain
an existing structure, she noted, and it has to be used
along Pine Avenue and/or Gulf Drive.
Part of the "controversy" appears to be what
people define as the "city pier" and the "city pier
area," said Mattick.
The committee's concept is for a boardwalk of
several hundred feet behind the beach at the city pier
"area," along with landscaping, picnic tables and a
"pier plaza" that would enhance the pier's entrance.
"There has been concern that we were spending
all of the money in one place," she said, and some
people were worried that the proposal for trolley shel-
ters would be cast aside in favor of the boardwalk.
Not to worry, said Mattick. Funding for the
trolley shelters on Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive is
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coming from Manatee County. Committee member
Sam Jones, a contractor, is building a model shelter
on Seagull Lane.
Still, the committee would like to keep the
boardwalk cost around $100,000. Piazza had given
a "rough estimate" of $90,000 when he attended the
committee's Oct. 20 meeting.
Although the $358,000 is a federal grant, the DOT
is administering disbursement and providing design and
engineering services at no charge to the city.
Committee member Sissy Quinn, who also serves
as administrator of the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society, said the boardwalk idea will enhance the
overall experience visitors have at the pier and in the
"Tourists are going to come here regardless of
what we do," said Quinn, noting a recent survey
done for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visi-
tors Bureau that said visiting the pier was the No. 1
attraction in Manatee County for vacationers.
"Tourists might as well come to something nice,
not something sloppy. The area is sorely in need of
enhancement," she said. A pier boardwalk and plaza
would also fit nicely with the pier's centennial cel-
ebration planned in 2011, Quinn observed.
Committee member Mike Coleman agreed. Visi-
tors and accompanying traffic are coming to the city
to visit the pier and city beaches.
"Let's make a better experience for the people
who live here and for people who visit here. This
[project] creates a great atmosphere," he said.
But the committee is aware of the negative posi-
tions some residents have adopted on the project.
Nallys oppose city
By Rick Catlin
William and Barbara Nally of the 100 block of
Spring Avenue, Anna Maria, have asked the city to
remove a fence located at the beach access on Spring
Avenue adjacent to the Sandbar Restaurant.
The Nallys, who have previously objected
to a number of issues concerning the Sandbar
Restaurant, had attorney Jeremy Anderson write
Mayor Fran Barford a letter expressing their con-
cerns about the fence. The fence surrounds a tree
between the beach access and the Sandbar.
Anderson said, "Greater access must be more
fully provided all guests and residents who may be
disabled such that they are unable to completely
access the beach due to the soft sand or because
certain health issues may prohibit long-term or
direct sun exposure."
Anderson said his clients and their family mem-
bers enjoyed "direct beach access without interfer-
ence" before the city installed the fence in 2007.
According to Anderson, research indicated that
the purpose of the fence "may have been to direct
pedestrian traffic away from the dunes." Since
there are no dunes, "the beach fence is not serv-
ing its intended purpose," Anderson claimed.
"The city's beautiful beaches and the gorgeous
views should be enjoyed by all. The removal of
the beach fence would facilitate the ability of more
residents and guests to enjoy the city's beaches
and views," Anderson said.
He requested that the fence be removed
fence near Sandbar
William and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue in
Anna Maria have objected to this fence placed
around a tree by the city at the beach-access
crossover adjacent to the Sandbar Restaurant.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
because it serves no purpose and asked the city to
respond by Dec. 5.
Barford responded Nov. 25, stating that the
city's position has not changed since September
"This remains a safety issue not only for the
Nally family members, but for the general public,"
said the mayor.
Since the issue "seems to be of major interest to
the Nally family," said Barford, she agreed to meet
with them "on their next visit to the city" to discuss
safety concerns and a possible compromise.
The Nally property at 110 Spring Ave., is
apparently a vacation rental, as indicated by a
sign at the property.
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'Cliffhanger' to open Dec. 4
The Island Players presentation of "Cliffhanger,"
the second play of the 2008-09 season, begins Thurs-
day, Dec. 4.
The show will continue through Dec. 14, with per-
formances at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays and at
2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is dark on Mondays.
"Cliffhanger," by James Yaffe, is a comedy-
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SAM to host
meeting Dec. 6
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 renourish-
ment talk with Cliff Truitt, coastal engineer with
Coastal Te R hn< , "' Company, which is working
on a beach project on Longboat Key.
For more information, call Billie Martini at
Theatre Odyssey calls for plays
Theatre Odyssey has announced a call for plays
for the fourth annual Ten-Minute Play Festival sched-
uled March 27-29 and April 3-5.
The festival will be held at Crocker Memorial
Church on 12th Street just off North Tamiami Trail
in Pioneer Park in Sarasota.
Playwrights should reside at least part of the year
in the Gulf Coast region of Florida and should submit
three copies of their plays without the identity of the
author on them, along with a cover letter that includes
their contact information.
The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31.
Selection of the plays will be made in early January.
Plays should be mailed to Theatre Odyssey, 5370 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Suite 209, Longboat Key, FL 34228.
For more information, e-mail theatreodyssey@
gmail.com or visit the Web site at www.theatreodys-
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The cast, directed by James Thaggard, includes
Rick Kopp, Laura Morales, Carl MacMichael, Vinnie
Conte and Mary Jo Johnson.
The box office, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
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and an hour before each performance.
For more information, call the box office at
Artist Erik Andree is the featured vendor at the
Bridge Street Market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
6, in Bradenton Beach. Andree will do portraits at
the market, as well as sell cards and prints. Other
vendors will sell fresh produce, jewelry, stained glass,
wood art, collectibles, furniture and plants, including
poinsettias. The market is sponsored by the Bridge
Street Merchants Association and another will take
place Dec. 20 on Bridge Street. For more informa-
tion, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431 or e-mail
St. Bernard to host Christmas sale
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor sale of a variety of arts and crafts, as well as baked
Drive, Holmes Beach, will host its annual Christ- goods and candies.
mas Bazaar Dec. 6-7. Hours will be 9 a.m. to OnDec. 6, following St. Bernard's 4 p.m. service,
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Sunday, Dec. 7. For more information, call Rosemary Treonis at
The event will feature a raffle for a quilt and the 941-383-0433.
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach City Commission is sched-
uled to hold a final reading on an ordinance executing
a quitclaim deed to the Sandpiper Resort Co-op for
unused city rights of way.
The reading is scheduled for the Dec. 4 meeting
that begins at 7 p.m. at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
On Oct. 16, the commission voted 3-0 to approve
a first reading of the ordinance executing a quitclaim
deed to the mobile home resort for 27th Street from
Gulf Drive to Anna Maria Sound, Avenue B and
Avenue C from 26th Street to 27th Street, and the
northerly unpaved portion of 26th Street from Gulf
Drive to Anna Maria Sound.
A final reading was scheduled to take place in
November, but the matter was continued after Mana-
tee County raised concerns about its utilities in the
Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff has
since raised concerns about what impact, if any, the
quitclaim process might have on the Island's central
city. The Sandpiper is near the border with Holmes
Sandpiper Co-op members essentially are seek-
ing the quitclaim because some homes exist on part
of the city rights of way, said John Shaughnessy, a
Bradenton Beach city commissioner and a park resi-
Shaughnessy said the quitclaim is needed to clar-
ify ownership of land that contains some dwellings.
In 1925, Gulf Investment Corporation platted the
Sandpiper parcel, creating, in part, Avenues B and
C from First Street North to First Street South, but
omitting any language dedicating any of the roads or
other lands to the public.
The parcel was replatted in 1952 and that docu-
ment dedicated Avenue B to the public.
The portions of Avenues C and B are within
the Sandpiper parcel but have not been used by the
public over the years, and have not been maintained
or improved by the city.
Additionally, the public has not used 27th and
26th streets on the Sandpiper parcel.
The proposed ordinance states, "The city of Bra-
denton Beach and the public will not lose existing
city right-of-way access to the bay or water by the
quitclaim grant to the Sandpiper."
Shaughnessy said 160 taxpaying Sandpiper fami-
lies get comfort in knowing that their community will
remain in tact with the transfer of property.
"We have serious problems with some of the
streets," he said. "Units are on rights of way. It's
no one's fault. It happened before there were reg-
ulations.... We are proposing a plan to rectify the
problem at absolutely no expense to the city. We are
absorbing all the costs."
Ralf Brookes, at a meeting in October, advised
the Bradenton Beach commission that the quitclaim
process was the route to go, citing a Florida law pro-
viding for municipalities to convey land that has not
been used for 60 consecutive months.
The statute provides that if a "municipality
fails to use such property ... or identify during the
60-month period the proposed use of such property in
a comprehensive plan or other public facilities plan,
then, upon written demand of the grantor, or grantor's
successors in title owning such adjoining land, the
municipality or county may execute and deliver a
quitclaim deed to the party."
Manatee County attorneys have raised concerns
about their utilities in some of the rights of way and
Petruff said she had some concern about the impact
on Holmes Beach citizens.
"The city should make further inquiry into this
matter," Petruff said.
Sandpiper attorney Chuck Webb said he hoped the
concerns would be addressed before the Dec. 4 meet-
ing. He said Sandpiper would grant easements to both
Holmes Beach and Manatee County if necessary.
Commission to consider
Planner suggests denying
By Lisa Neff
Plans for running a contracting operation from
the site of a former funeral home on Marina Drive
are under scrutiny.
The Holmes Beach City Commission will meet
at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, in
part to review a special exception request for 6000
The city's planning consultant has recommended
that commissioners deny the request.
Located in a commercial zoning district, the prop-
erty contains a 50-year-old building formerly used as
a funeral home and currently owned and used by the
Agnelli Group LLC as an office building.
Among the various tenants in the building is that
of John Agnelli Construction, a commercial contract-
ing operation that brings construction-type vehicles
to the site.
It's the general contractor and construction-type
vehicles that prompted the city commission review
of a special exception application for the site.
City planning consultant Bill Brisson, who
reviewed the request and the history of the site, told
commissioners, "It is our recommendation that there
comes a point where the limitations of a site must
be recognized, particularly in light of the impacts of
the use of the property on its neighbors, and that this
special exception should be denied."
Brisson said the property already is nonconform-
ing as to impervious-surface coverage "so there is
no opportunity to add additionally paved parking"
and "the ability to provide the appropriate number
of parking spaces is questionable."
He said outside storage would have to be screened
and a buffer created to protect neighbors but "it does
not appear that this can be accommodated on site."
Brisson's recommendation, provided to the city
in a memo, influenced a city commission decision to
continue a scheduled November review of Agnelli's
Agnelli's attorney, Ricinda Perry, in another
memo, requested a continuance to provide her client
an opportunity to respond to Brisson's recommenda-
City fixing lights on pier
Lights on the east end of the Historic Bridge
Street Pier were under repair recently.
The pavilion lights were out, according to city
public works director Tom Woodard, because a con-
duit fell into the water.
Woodard said power to the lights was turned off
until they could be repaired.
Also, Woodard informed members of the city's
pier management team at a Nov. 6 meeting that old
and rusting lighting fixtures were replaced and addi-
tional "no cast-netting" signs erected on the pier.
The team also briefly discussed another possible
light on the pier - a neon "Open" sign Budweiser
offered Rotten Ralph's Restaurant.
With the city commission two weeks from adopt-
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Planning board seeks planner in Bradenton Beach
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning
Board reached agreement Nov. 13 that the city needs
to contract for a planner.
The board, meeting at city hall for a two-and-a-
half hour work session, asked building official Steve
Gilbert to prepare a recommendation to the city com-
mission. The recommendation would ask for a plan-
ner to work with the planning board on updating the
city's land-development code and also to hire a plan-
ner for day-to-day issues, such as site-plan reviews.
Gilbert said his goal would be to prepare a rec-
ommendation that showed commissioners how fees
could cover the cost of a planner.
The most forceful request for a planner came
from planning board member Bill Shearon.
"We need help," he said.
In the next year, the board will review and update
the land-development code.
Gilbert said he currently is performing some of
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The board reached a consensus on the need for a
planner as it reviewed proposed amendments in two
sections of the land-development code - one dealing
with plan reviews and the other dealing with planning
board duties and powers.
Members, during the meeting, first agreed that
the board should review all municipal projects, large
and small. "I believe the city has to go through
the same approval process" as private developers,
said planning board chair Rick Bisio. "It has to be
fair. We did it with the city pier, and it worked out
On a related matter, there was some question
about when the board would consider city projects
- early in the design phase or, as is the case with
private projects, when a plan is submitted.
"How much planning should we be doing?"
asked Jo Ann Meilner, specifically referring to a city
proposal to partner with Ed Chiles for a dunes res-
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Meilner replied, "This is a project that is being
planned for city property.... Should we be planning
it or should we be reviewing it?"
Gilbert said perhaps the planning board could
have a liaison to other city committees, such as Sce-
nicWAVES, but the board did not agree on that.
Eventually, there was general agreement that if
the LDC stated that the planning board will review
city projects, the details of when and how can be
"Before it gets approved for construction, it has
to go to the planning and zoning board and the com-
mission," Gilbert said.
Board members also indicated their eagerness
to review more private projects - new construction
and some remodeling projects - in the city.
Members agreed it is not necessary to review
standard size one- and two-family dwellings, but they
do want to review such dwellings that would exceed
3,500 square feet in building footprint size.
"Once it goes over 3,500 square feet, it's a mon-
ster house, and we can review it," Meilner said.
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Admission is FREE! It's a wonderful time to greet friends, old and new, with
holiday tidings! We'll have old-fashioned food prices with old-fashioned
FUN! There'll be "Duffy" burgers, snacks, sodas and more! FUN activities
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Port Dolphin planning new natural gas route
By Lisa Neff
Port Dolphin Energy is using data from its recent
Tampa Bay survey to plot a new route for a proposed
natural gas pipeline.
PDE, which has offices in Tampa but it is owned
by a Norwegian company, has proposed building a $1
billion offshore floating port about 28 miles off Anna
Maria Island, feeding a pipeline into Tampa Bay.
A ship was dispatched to the water near Anna Maria
Island in late November for a geo-technical survey.
The company announced in June that it would
change its original route in response to protests at
the local, state and federal level.
Most of the challengers of the earlier route
objected to its proximity to a sand source for local
beach renourishment. If the pipeline came within
3,000 feet, the sand source would be off limits for
renourishment, resulting in increased costs to future
So 15 members of Florida's U.S. congressional
delegation, along with the Manatee County Board
of Commissioners and elected officials from Anna
Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Long-
boat Key fought the initial route.
Port Dolphin now hopes to chart a new route
north of the sand deposit and parallel to an existing
Gulfstream National Pipeline.
The entire project would involve building an
offshore floating port where tankers would haul liq-
uefied natural gas that would be converted into gas
form and piped 42 miles along the sea bottom to Port
Manatee and a land-based connection.
Port Dolphin wants the port and pipeline to be
operating by 2011, but needs approval from more
than a dozen agencies at the state and federal level.
The pipeline would last about 25 years and have
an average daily capacity of 800 million cubic feet
of gas that would be sold to Tampa Electric and its
subsidiary, Peoples Gas.
While the opposition to Port Dolphin's proposed
port and platform was primarily over the impact on
beach renourishment, a number of U.S. communi-
ties have challenged LNG projects elsewhere citing
safety, security and environmental issues.
Stop Calypso, a group formed to fight a deep-
water port project eight miles off Fort Lauderdale,
has focused on security concerns.
A study prepared by the Rocky Mountain Insti-
tute reported, "The energy content of a single stan-
dard LNG tanker is equivalent to seven-tenths of a
megaton of TNT or about 55 Hiroshima bombs."
The parking lot on
the north side ofAnna
Maria City Hall is
being redesigned as
part of Phase I of the
city's master storm-
water drainage plan.
Mayor Fran Barford
said the parking lot
should be available
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four weeks. Islander
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iki and Kitty's Decemberfes
Shopping Daze for the holidays!
It's our favorite time of the year to shop for our
friends and family.
On Anna Maria Island, our first stop is Ginny's
and Jane E's at the Old IGA where there's tons of
fabby vintage items perfect for the home, and while
we're there, we gear up for the day with a cup of
cappuccino and a muffin before heading to Tide and
Moon to check out Laura's selection of beautiful and
unique jewelry ... and the clearance case!
On Longboat Key, Steff's Stuff is hosting its
monthly flea market Dec. 6-7. Be sure to check it out
and say "hi" to Steff.
In Bradenton, Community Thrift Shop has a
delightful selection of holiday home d6cor items, and
Martha and her staff encourage you to come browse
and get into the spirit.
Baby Boutiki announces the arrival of its new
toy room - and a huge selection of quality keepsake
wooden toys for the babies and toddlers in your life.
In Cortez. the Sea Hag, is celebrating its 11th anni-
versary with a two-day party (Dec. 5-6) and a "Pick yi m/
Discount" special. You' re sure to find something forte
mermaids and mer-men on your list - and save enough
to buy something for yourself!
The Historic East Bradenton Antiques Dis-
trict suggests you save Dec. 14 for both the Antique
Show and Sale at Braden River Antiques, and
Retro Rosie's and Cobwebs Antiques Holiday Open
House. It all starts at 8 a.m.
Rusty Crickett's will host a wine and cheese
party and extended shopping hours from 5 p.m. to 8
p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, wh1a everything in the store
will be discounted 10 percent
We totally LOVE liheVintage Vagabond antique
store and eagerly anticipae its flea market under the
oak trees Sunday, Dec. 7.
The Whitfield Exchange offers quality furnish-
ings and accessories. You must check it out and plan
to stop by while on your shopping tour.
North of the river in Ellenton, we found a cozy
spot where you could easily spend the entire day. It's
Charms of Leffingwell, and owner Bobbie works at
making it relaxing and, well, charming.
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Nearby is the Feed Store Antique Mall, a huge
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memories of Granny's house.
Zula's Antiques in Terra Ceia believes that
antiques make the best gifts and we couldn't agree
more. Zula's has a selection of treasures that will last
We hope the holiday spirit moves you - to all
our favorite places to shop. And when you get there,
please, give them our best and tell them Tiki & Kitty
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Bradenton Beach hiring debris contractors
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners Oct. 30
approved five contractors that could be called upon
to clear debris after an emergency.
"Once an event happens, sheets will go out to all
homeowners telling them how they should put their
debris out," said Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John
Cosby, the city's top emergency planner. "When we
start a cleanup, there are going to be a lot of trucks
Many municipalities in the state are working on
new contracts for debris management because the
Federal Emergency Management Agency disap-
proves of the way contracts have been worked out
in the past. Locally, municipalities piggybacked onto
Manatee County's contract for debris management.
"You can do some sort of p]i,. -\likin'. which
Florida allows us to do, but FEMA doesn't like it,"
Because FEMA frowns on pi,_' lb kin.' the pro-
cess could get complicated if the city needed to seek
reimbursements after a disaster.
Cosby added that a benefit of Bradenton Beach
negotiating its own contracts for debris management
is "we have direct control. This way, if we have an
event that is just an Island event, we don't have to go
through everybody else."
Earlier this year, the city issued a request for pro-
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posals for potential contractors and received seven
"We want a reputable contractor who has done
this before, and who has worked with FEMA," said
Additionally, he said the city wanted a contractor
with direct access to supplies and equipment, includ-
ing mobile-office trailers for city use in the event
municipal buildings suffer major damage.
"Chances are pretty good that if we have a major
event, we're not going to have any buildings," Cosby
said. "So we took those things into consideration."
Cosby said proposals from Ceres Environmental
and DRC might prove too expensive, but he liked
proposals from Ashbright, Phillips and Jordan, Omni
Pinnacle, Bamaco Emergency and Crowder Gulf.
And, instead of selecting one, he recommended
the commission approve the five favored contractors
for a wider safety net.
"Let's say a storm came into Miami," Cosby said.
"So the big contractor may be down there. And we
get something the next week."
In the event of an official disaster, debris manage-
ment costs are shared - FEMA covers 75 percent,
the state covers 12.5 percent and local government
covers 12.5 percent.
With the commission's approval of five contrac-
tors, the city will now begin negotiations on two-year
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and strike a pose. Zula's Antiques is full
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Library book club sets schedule
The Island Branch Library's book club meets
the third Thursday of the month at 10:15 a.m. at the
library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The club plans to discuss:
* "The Last Days of Dogtown" on Dec. 18.
* "Mountains Beyond Mountains" on Jan. 15.
* "Water for Elephants" on Feb. 19.
* "The Gathering" on March 19.
* "What is the What" on April 16.
* 'The Street of a Thousand Blossoms" on May 21.
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Anna Maria Elementary School student Katie Krokroskia, 7, submitted her art work for the "Young at Art"
exhibit taking place during Winterfest Dec. 13-14. Artwork may be submitted to AMI Art League facility at
5312 Holmes Blvd., by Friday, Dec. 5. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMIAL
Winterfest takes place
Dec. 13-14 in Holmes Beach
Winterfest will bring a flurry of artists to Holmes
Beach Dec. 13-14.
More than 100 artists of local fame and regional renown
will set up booths at the Anna Maria Island Art League's
annual juried arts festival scheduled to take place in the field
north of Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Wintefest hours will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both
Saturday and Sunday.
Patrons can buy art directly - or take a chance
on winning. Winterfest will include a raffle of more
than 50 works donated by participating artists. Pro-
ceeds from the raffle will benefit art league programs,
including its scholarship fund.
AMIAL also will raise money with a festival
2008-09 T-shirt featuring "Lifesavers" by Cortez
artist Linda Molto.
The festival will again feature the "Young at Art"
children's exhibit, which is open to any elementary,
middle or high school student in Manatee County.
The festival also will feature Cajun and bluegrass
bands, as well as food stands.
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Anna Maria Island Art League's Winterfest will take place Dec. 13-14
in the field north of Holmes Beach City Hall. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Linda Molto's "Lifesavers" has been selected as the official artwork for the Anna Maria
Island Art League's Winterfest and Springfest. T-shirts with Molto's artwork will be
available at both festivals and at the Anna Maria Island Art League. Islander Photo:
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The Holmes Beach City Commis-
sion has plans to review the private
pool construction process in the city.
Specifically, the commission plans
to hold a work session to discuss how
best to deal with water pumped from
the ground and pools during construc-
"We need to revisit our code," said
Commissioner Pat Morton. "People are
pumping water out of their pools into
Morton said other than prohibiting
the pumping of water onto neighboring
properties, the code fails to address the
"There's nothing in black and
white," said Morton, who plans to
research regulations in other cities, and
then present the matter to the commis-
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the
issue is a difficult one: "I don't know
what other communities do. Every time
the tide comes up you' ve got water in
Board of adjustment
Bradenton Beach's board of adjust-
ment, down several members, has
requested that the city commission and
mayor recruit more people.
The BOA met in November with
three members - just enough for a
quorum, according to city attorney
The city's code provides for a BOA
board that "should consist ////////of at
least seven members and two alternates
who should all attend each meeting."
For more information about the
BOA, call city hall at 941-778-1005.
The Cats Meow, producer of collectible items, now has created an Island Play-
ers playhouse miniature, which the Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary and the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society are promoting as a holiday gift. Collectors can
buy the item for $18 at the Island Players Theater at Gulf and Pine in Anna
Maria, at Bridge Street Markets and at the AMIHS museum, 402 Pine Ave.,
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To the rescue
Kitty Van Zile, right, presents Marguerite Carrick with a lighthearted award for
a serious effort - the rescuing of plants from Anna Maria Island demolition
sites. Carrick received her "savior" honor during a meeting of the Anna Maria
Garden Club Nov. 19 at Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria.
Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island
Kiwanis Club will meet at 8:30
a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Cafe on
the Beach at the Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The guest speaker will be Pearl
Harbor survivor Jack Carroll.
For more information, con-
tact member Ralph Bassett at
The Anna Maria Code Enforce-
ment board continued the case of the
city against Jack and Evelyn Fiske to
6 p.m. Dec. 11, not Dec. 15.
Bradenton Beach project and
program management director Lisa
Marie Phillips graduated Oct. 17 from
the University of Florida Natural
Resources Leadership Institute.
Phillips is a longtime Bradenton
Beach resident and former city com-
The institute teaches skills to
build consensus around environmental
Over the course of a year, institute
fellows participated in seven three-day
seminars and activity sessions and
completed a course practicum.
Program sessions included skill
building in natural resources leader-
ship, communication and conflict reso-
lution; understanding natural resources
issues and how decisions concerning
them are made; exploring real-life
examples through field trips to natural
resource areas in Florida; and applying
knowledge to current natural resource
issues or problems.
In addition to graduating, Phillips
received the Burl Long award, named
for the "father of Florida NRLI" and
presented to the student that a class
vote suggests will benefit most from
Phillips attended the program as
a beneficiary of a Florida Sea Grant
mass Dec. 9
There will be a memorial mass
for Mildred Marcheck at St Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
The memorial will take place at 10:30
a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9.
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Bridge Street dune under foot
By Lisa Neff
Many times a day - most frequently at sunset -
feet trample over the dune at the west end of Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach.
"The dune there is getting eroded by traffic," said
Commissioner Janie Robertson, who wants the city
to investigate the feasibility of building a walkover
at the site. "People are just plowing through it and I
think we need to do something about protecting that
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection put the brakes on a walkover design previ-
ously proposed at the site.
But Robertson said the old plan was "way too
much" and she proposed considering a scaled-back,
simple design to accommodate people on foot, in
wheelchairs or with walkers.
"I think we can get a ramp and a walkover in this
area without taking any trees," she said.
Building a walkover at the location will require
designs from an engineer, approval from the DEP and
Robertson said the city set aside about $20,000
in its Community Redevelopment Agency budget for
new trolley shelters on Gulf Drive that cannot be
built due to objections from the Florida Department
Some of the set-aside money could be re-appro-
priated for the walkover.
"This is not going to cost $20,000," she said.
Mayor Michael Pierce said city staff would need
to review CRA rules to make sure the money could
be used for a walkover.
City clerk Nora Idso said basically the CRA
money must be used in the CRA district, which
includes Bridge Street, and must be used for revital-
ization and enhancements in the district.
Robertson said of a walkway, "I just think it's a
win-win all the way around."
Bradenton Beach pursues Florida-friendly projects
By Lisa Neff
An advisory committee in Bradenton Beach is
asking the city commission to adopt a policy for using
Florida-friendly native plants in future municipal
The request, approved by a unanimous voice vote
of the ScenicWAVES Committee Nov. 17, also asks the
commission to approve a policy that would encourage
Florida-Friendly plantings in private projects.
Earlier this year, members of the committee
toured the grounds at Anna Maria City Hall, where
they were impressed with the native plants used.
Several committee members said they were less
impressed with recent Bradenton Beach landscaping
projects that used non-native, non-drought tolerant
The committee acted on the request as the public
works department is preparing to improve landscap-
ing on Bridge Street, one of the city's two main busi-
Resident Pat Gentry noted during the meeting
that using plants native eventually will save the city
money and caretaker time.
In other business last week, the committee dis-
cussed improving the city's Web site with updated
information and new features.
"The Web site needs to be a living item," said
City Commissioner Janie Robertson, a liaison to Sce-
nicWAVES. L\ c ybody, please, take a look at the
Walk over, not on?
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Janie Rob-
ertson says she wants the city to look at the cost
associated with building a walkover for the dune
at the beach end of Bridge Street. Islander Photo:
The Web site changes were listed as a goal for the
next year, along with improving the gateways to the city
and promoting public art projects, especially murals.
The committee also unanimously agreed to
recommend former Mayor Connie Drescher and
businessperson Ed Chiles as additional members of
the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment
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By Rick Catlin
A man registered with the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement as a convicted sex
offender recently moved to the Cortez area.
According to information available from the
FDLE Web site, a 48-year-old male convicted
several years ago of indecent exposure in Cali-
fornia registered with the FDLE in September
and listed an address in the 3900 block of 116th
Information from the FDLE Web site indi-
cates that the man was released from proba-
Florida law requires that all convicted sex
offenders register their address with the FDLE
whenever moving to a new location, or when-
ever moving to Florida from another state.
The FDLE Web site also shows a convicted
sex offender living in the 7800 block of Manatee
The man was convicted in Manatee County
of molestation of a child between 12 and 15 years
of age by a person 18 years of age or older. He
also was convicted of failing to comply with reg-
istration requirement and has since been released
Cortez has two other registered sex offenders:
one living in the 4200 block of 129th Street West,
and one in the 10000 block of 46th Avenue West.
A convicted sex offender lives in the 100
block of Ninth Street North in Bradenton Beach.
In Holmes Beach, a convicted offender lives in
the 4600 block of Flotilla Drive.
According to the FDLE, all of these indi-
viduals have been released from probation.
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Year passes in unsolved homicide
By Lisa Neff
The one-year anniversary in the slaying of Carla
Ann Beard passed quietly last week.
Holmes Beach police continue to investigate the
slaying, reporting this fall that some of Beard's per-
sonal possessions were found on the beach.
But no arrests have been made for the crime.
Beard's body was found in a bed of seagrape
leaves near the beach at a house at 50th Street and
Fifth Avenue on Dec. 1, 2007.
A visiting family had arrived on a Friday night
and dismissed a foul odor as that of dead fish or sea-
weed. But the next day, with the odor more intense,
the vacationers scouted around the property and
discovered Beard's decomposing body under the
branches of an overgrown seagrape tree a short dis-
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.
Nov. 23, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Tortuga Inn, crimi-
nal mischief. The complainant said someone smashed
a window on his pickup truck. Nothing was taken
from the vehicle.
Nov. 25, 100 block Fifth Street North, drugs.
Officers noticed a vehicle swerving and traveling at
a high rate of speed. Officers stopped the vehicle and
observed the driver, Ethan Norman Struber, 19, of
Holmes Beach, attempt to hide a black bag in the
vehicle. The bag contained oxycodone pills. He was
charged with possession of drugs.
Nov. 23, 500 block 75th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took $215 from her wallet.
She suspected it was a friend of a friend, who had
borrowed her car.
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An autopsy on Dec. 2 indicated the victim died
of blunt trauma to the head.
Authorities believe Beard, 29, of Sarasota, was
killed sometime after she left a First Step substance-
abuse treatment center in Sarasota on Nov. 26,
In late August, someone on the beach near the
Martinique condominiums found the items that sup-
posedly belonged to Beard.
The Gold Star Club of Manatee County continues
to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to an
arrest and the Manatee County Crime Stoppers has
put up an additional $1,000 reward for information
leading to an arrest and conviction.
Authorities have urged anyone with information
about Beard's death to call the Holmes Beach Police
Department at 941-708-5800.
Anonymous tips may also be made to Manatee
County Crime Stoppers hotline at 866-634-8477 or
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Two men were arrested Nov. 24 after trying to
start what was reported to be a racially motivated
Robert A. Hutt Jr., 41, of Sarasota, and John M.
Mueller, 47, of Holmes Beach, entered the Drift In
lounge, 120 Bridge St., and began making racial slurs
against a patron, according to the report. One of the men
pushed a female patron of the bar, and Mueller grabbed
a beer bottle and acted as if starting a fight, according to
witnesses. The men were asked to leave the establish-
ment by the bartender, who then called police.
Officers questioned the two men outside the bar.
Both Hutt and Mueller became belligerent during
questioning, according to the report, and continued
to utter racial epitaphs.
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6:15 p.m. - Soup supper at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
7 p.m. - Holden evening prayer at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Thursday, Dec. 4
9:30 a.m. - The women of the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation Christmas party with a special
Advent Eucharist service at 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Reservations: 941-778-1638.
Friday, Dec. 5
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Holmes Beach businesses
in partnership with the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce host a holiday open house in the
downtown shopping district near Gulf and Marina
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Opening reception for the
Peggy Potter: Pastel Moments exhibit at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Opening reception for
watercolorist Sue Lynn Cotton at the Artists Guild
Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Saturday, Dec. 6
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island hosts a breakfast meeting at Cafe on the
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
9 a.m. to noon - Bay Wise kayak tour from
Ringling Causeway to Hudson Bayou. Space is lim-
ited to 15 participants. Information: Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program offices, 941-955-8085.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Bridge Street Market featur-
ing music, food and shopping at 107 Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Christmas Bazaar at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-383-0433.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Women are invited to a
Christmas brunch with guest speaker Ann Rector
sharing "A Presence of Angels" at CrossPointe Fel-
lowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-7845. Bring two dozed cookies to par-
ticipate in the holiday cookie exchange.
9:30 a.m. to noon - Self-Care yoga practice work-
shop at the Island Yoga Space, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Registration: 941-713-1637. Fee applies.
11 a.m. to noon - Watercolor demonstration
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407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Noon to 2 p.m. - Santa Jaws will be in the court-
yard at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thomp-
son Pkwy., Sarasota, through Dec. 20. Information:
941-388-4441. Admission fee applies.
4 p.m. - Service followed by a chicken dinner
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-383-0433.
Sunday, Dec. 7
Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Christmas Bazaar at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-383-0433.
Tuesday, Dec. 9
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
meets for lunch and a presentation by Larry Byrnes,
Rotaract, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:
4 p.m. - Inquiring Minds presents an interfaith
look at Judaism at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Wednesday, Dec. 10
11:30 a.m. - The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of
the Island Players Christmas luncheon at the Lon-
doner Bed and Breakfast, 304 15th St. W., Bradenton.
Reservations: 941-761-7374. Fee applies.
6:15 p.m. - Soup Supper at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
7 p.m. - Holden evening prayer at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the
American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Braden-
ton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information:
* Dec. 12, Birds of the FISH preserve exhibit at
the Florida Maritime Museum.
* Dec. 13, Artists Guild art sale in the Island
* Dec. 13, Funky beads class for kids at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
* Dec. 13-14, Winterfest art and craft festival at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
* Dec. 14, Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Cath-
Save the date
* Dec. 20, Pier Regulars holiday party.
* Dec. 21, Anna Maria Island Community Choir
and Orchestra "Season of Joy" concert.
* Dec. 22, Manatee public schools close for
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Sawfish critical habit protection sought
A new, protected home for the endangered small-
tooth sawfish has been proposed by federal officials
to our south.
Sawfish, Pristis pectinata, are about as distinc-
tive as the most distinctive thing you can imagine.
Think a mix of a shark, a ray and a cross-cut saw and
you get a good picture of the creatures. The fish are
yellowish in color, and have a saw for a snout that
can total about a quarter of the beast's overall length.
Since sawfish commonly grow to 18 feet in length
and 25-footers have been spotted, we're talking about
a big fish and a formidable weapon.
The saw blade of the fish is used for feeding.
Sawfish charge into a school of fish and thresh the
water with the blade, then calmly back through the
fish detritus and suck down the chum. Sawfish teeth
are mainly used to grind up the chowder, and any
leftover crumbs in the saw itself are rubbed on the
bay bottom, then scarfed down.
Sawfish have been around for about 100 million
years, but those fish are thought to be distant cousins
to the sawfish of today, which first appeared some 56
million years ago.
Sawfish were once found throughout southern
coastal areas of the United States, as well as most
of the warm oceans on the planet. Habitat loss due
to human construction, plus overfishing, created the
"endangered" aspect of the species. The sawfish was
also overharvested for its saw, popular in the curio
trade. Entanglement in fishing gear or nets also added
to the fish's death knell.
Florida is now about the only place sawfish call
home, mostly in Southwest Florida.
The region from Charlotte Harbor south to Flor-
ida Bay is under review by officials with the National
Marine Fisheries Service for designation as a criti-
cal habitat for sawfish. More than 840,000 acres of
coastal waters would receive the critical designation
if approved by a slew of federal, state, regional and
local agencies. The habitat moniker means any devel-
opment impacting sawfish territory would be scruti-
nized by federal agencies, specifically the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and/or the
Federal Highway Administration, before approval.
NMFS officials have identified activities that
would require "consultation" - a sit-down with
federal authorities at a cost of $1,600 to $2,000,
depending on what type or scope of development
is requested - due to potential impacts on saw-
fish. Those impacts include construction of docks,
piers, boat ramps, dredging, shoreline stabiliza-
tion and the like; water-control structure repair and
replacement; and road/bridge expansion, repair and
"We do not predict that the proposed designation
will result in an increase in the number of consulta-
tions that would be required due solely to the pres-
ence of the species," NMFS folks said. They estimate
76 consultations due to the proposed designation
in the Charlotte Harbor Estuary area in the next 10
years, and eight in the Ten Thousand Islands area.
Happy sawfish habitat includes ...
Sawfish, despite their hefty adult size, are very
much shallow-water denizens. Saws are rarely found
in water much deeper than 30 feet, making bays a
beautiful place for them to live, feed and make little
Scientists are quick to point out they don't
know a lot about the weird-looking fish. They
believe they are somewhat territorial, but admit
that some adults appear to range out of any usual
Researchers believe that juvenile fish pretty
much stick to a certain area. They will cruise
through seagrass beds to feed, then hunker down
near red mangrove islands both for protection and
because the swash channels there afford more
water at low tides. Rivers are nice, too, but only
Charlotte Harbor and the Ten Thousand Island
areas of Southwest Florida afford those criteria for
sawfish. "Protecting the species' juvenile nursery
areas is the key conservation objective for the spe-
cies," researchers said.
Politics propel rule
The proposed rule comes in response to a
settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Center
for Biological Diversity against the Bush admin-
istration for its delay in protecting habitat for
several marine species at risk of extinction,
the center said. "The Endangered Species Act
requires critical habitat designation for species
as soon as they are listed under the act, but in
practice such protection rarely occurred under
the Bush administration without litigation,"
center officials said.
Fast growers, long livers
Scientists have determined sawfish are about 31
inches in length at birth, and can regularly grow to
18 feet. The "little" guys and girls grow fast: up to
another 33 inches in the first year, up an additional
27 inches at age 2.
It is estimated by some scientists that sawfish can
live up to 60 years.
Listed as endangered in 2003, the smalltooth
sawfish population has declined by 95 percent since
records were first kept.
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Sawfish were occasionally spotted in waters off
Anna Maria Island up to the 1960s, and are still occa-
sionally seen or caught. Tampa Bay and Palma Sola
Bay were prime sawfish haunts in the old days.
In fact, avid fishers would sport a saw or two
hanging in their garage or carport as a prize from
catching one of the big fish.
No word on how they taste but, as with sharks
or rays, they probably would be pretty tasty. Like
.\ /i-t. r and Child" by Rick Greenspun is one
of the photographs to be featured in "Birds of
the FISH Preserve," an exhibit set to open Dec.
12 at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez.
The exhibit is a project of the Sarasota Audubon
Society and the Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage to feature the work of local photog-
raphers who have captured images of birds in
the FISH Preserve. The exhibit will be open
through Jan. 12 at the museum, 4415 119th St W.
in Cortez. The museum is open Tuesday through
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Capt. Mike bids farewell, good fishing to all
By Capt. Mike Heistand
This will be my last column as fishing reporter
for The Islander. It's time to move on and do some
I' d like to thank The Islander and staff, plus my
loyal customers and readers. It seems hard to believe
that it's been almost 25 years since I' ve been writing
this column for one newspaper or another - 16 years
for The Islander.
We're fortunate to have one of the best fishing
spots in the world here in Tampa and Sarasota bays.
Over the years, I' ve seen fishing remain pretty much
constant. Big snook action has slowed over time, but
all other species have remained the same or better
during the year, with redfish really improving.
Thanks to all for a very, very good trip.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said offshore fishing for gag
grouper is excellent right now, with most of the fish
caught within 20 miles of shore. He's finding lots of
snapper on the artificial reefs, too.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said red fish
and snapper are his best bets in the bays.
Bill Lowman of Island Discount Tackle at Catchers
Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore fishing for snapper
and gag grouper has been phenomenal in the past week,
with lots of fish and lots of big fish filling the coolers. There
are also huge amberjack being caught. Backwater fishing
is good for redfish and mackerel. There are lots of sea bass
coming in off the Intracoastal Waterway as well. Snook are
out there, but the catch is down a bit from last week.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing for
sheepshead, bluefish and mackerel has been good, as well
as some black drum and redfish coming to the dock.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there have been catching lots of small redfish,
sheepshead and bluefish.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House
said he's seeing lots of redfish being caught up to
27 inches and mangrove snapper coming from the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include lots
of redfish coming out of Terra Ceia Bay. Mangrove
snapper are thick near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
in Tampa Bay. Shark fishers report good action in
Terra Ceia Bay, with some bonnetheads coming in
at 30 inches in length.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's finding
snapper fishing to be excellent. He's also catching his
limit on redfish, although some days are better than
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he took Charley Biddle
of Rye, N.Y., and his crew out on their annual 20th
anniversary Thanksgiving outing and caught a mixed
bag of mangrove snapper to 15 inches, black drum to
24 inches and sheepshead and redfish to 24 inches.
"Most of the action came in north Sarasota Bay and
Palma Sola Bay on shrimp and cut bait," Capt. Zach
said. "The redfish in particular honed in on fresh-cut
Chris Arendt, left, and 13-year-old Nick Arendt show a nice catch of kingfish, cobia and gag grouper reeled
in while fishing offshore with Capt. Larry McGuire of /'. .i, Me The Fish Charters. The charter was Nick's
birthday present from his family. It was his largest grouper and first kingfish and cobia.
ladyfish chunks. Soaking cut bait has also been effec-
tive with snook since the water temps have plum-
meted to the mid-50s." He said the weekend cold
front should really bring on the typical winter fishing
scheme, and he expects cobia and pompano action
along the beaches and on the deeper seagrass flats
near the inlets. Sheepshead should also start to hit
well through March.
On my trips, we've been bringing in limit catches
of snapper, plus hogfish to 4 pounds, bluenose porgies
to 3 pounds, and lots of whiting off the beaches.
Good luck and good fishing.
cheerleading coming up
By Kevin Cassidy
Boys and girls ages 8-13 are invited to attend the
2008 Elks Hoop Shoot free-throw contest. The event,
which is free to all participants will be held at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, at the G.T. Bray Gym, 5508 33rd
Ave. Drive W., Bradenton.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be
provided free to participants and their families.
For more information, call Dan Tabor at
941-753-4180 or call the Bradenton Elks at
941-792-1511, ext. 21.
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
cheerleading program is now registering girls and
boys, ages 7-13 and interested in being on a squad. To
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register, simply go to www.islandcommunitycenter.
com and print a registration form. Cost for Center
members is $45 for the first child and $40 for each
additional sibling. Cheerleaders will receive a cheer
uniform, which includes a skirt, socks, shirt and pom-
pons. Cost for non-members starts at $60.
As part of the cheer program, the center is offer-
ing a cheerleading camp on Thursday, Dec. 11 from
6:30-7:30 p.m. Practices will start after the camp,
with games beginning in January.
The Center also is in need of squad leaders. To
become a squad leader, volunteers must fill out a vol-
unteer application, complete a background check and
provide a valid Florida driver's license.
For more information, call the Center's Andy
Jonatzke at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.
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Sixty-four years ago this month, Adolf Hitler
began his last, desperate gamble to win World War
With nearly 300,000 soldiers and three armored
armies, he launched what historians called the Battle
of the Bulge, and the Allied defenders of the Bel-
gian town of Bastogne became known for courage
and bravery under fire. They were surrounded by the
Germans, but refused to surrender. My dad was at
Virgil Catlin was one of those ordinary people
of the "Greatest Generation." Like many WWII vet-
erans, my dad talked very little about what he did in
After the war, he stayed in the service, becoming
a career officer in the U.S. Army.
One day when I was about 10 and my dad was
stationed at Hanau, Germany, we visited the Bastogne
Memorial Cemetery in Belgium. From that visit, I
figured he was in the Battle of the Bulge.
Some 30 years later, I found an old cardboard
box in my parents' house that contained a Bronze
Star given to Capt. Virgil G. Catlin, U.S. Army, 285th
Field Artillery, for gallantry in action at Bastogne.
It contained a citation from a general named Eisen-
Even faced with evidence that he must have done
something extraordinary to deserve the award, my
dad just didn't want to talk about it.
"It was a long time ago in another life," he
But my dad was a member of the "Greatest Gen-
He came from a poor Michigan farming family
outside of Lansing and grew up during the Great
Depression. He worked his way through Michigan
State University (then known as Michigan A&M),
as a grocery-store clerk for the princely sum of 35
cents an hour, and getting $20 a month from the U.S.
Army as a member of the Reserve Officers Training
When he graduated in 1941, he was commis-
sioned a second lieutenant and went on active duty
because, he said, L\~.iybody knew a war was
coming." Besides, he needed a better paying job than
the grocery store after he married my mom in the
summer of 1941.
By December 1944, he was an artillery battery
commander with the 285th Field Artillery Regiment
at Bastogne when the city was surrounded by the
Germans and ordered to surrender.
Gen. George McAuliffe, the assistant division
commander of the 101st Airborne at Bastogne,
Lt. Col. V.G. Catlin
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Virgil Catlin and his wife (my mother), Docia, in 1944 prior to his deployment to Eng-
issued his now famous "Nuts" reply to the German
My dad was not a member of the 101st, and I
never knew what division he was with, but I believe
it was either the 10th Armored or 4th Infantry Divi-
He would never talk about the war, and books
on the subject of Bastogne that I've read can never
convey to the uninitiated like me the realism, fear or
horror that he must have felt in combat.
All I know from what I've read is that those
who fought at Bastogne lived a miserable existence
for a month, sleeping in frozen foxholes in sub-zero
weather with little food or ammunition, and outnum-
bered five to one by the Germans.
I can only guess my Dad came close to death on
numerous occasions. Certainly he must have seen a
lot of his comrades and men under his command lose
their lives in action.
The only mention of the 285th Field Artillery
Regiment I found was in the book "A Blood-Dimmed
Tide" about the Battle of the Bulge, which said batter-
ies of the 285th, when surrounded by German tanks,
lowered their guns to zero elevation to fire directly at
the oncoming tanks and infantry. The tactic must have
worked, because those batteries were not captured
and the Germans retreated.
After the war, my dad stayed in the service, and
he and mom had four children. We lived on Army
posts in Germany, Japan, the Panama Canal, Ohio,
Michigan and Arkansas. Dad retired from the Army
in 1962 and took a job with the state of Florida. Taps
was played for him in 1995, and he and mom are now
interred together at Arlington National Cemetery.
To this day, I do not know exactly what my dad
did during the war. He never even told my mom.
Local artists featured in
Island and Cortez artists Ines Norman,
Adam Ellis and Rob Reiber will be featured
in winterShow at the Palmetto Art Center. Also
included in the show, Jeff Tarr, whose work
hangs at Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach.
A reception will take place at the PAC gal-
lery 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
The opening of the show coincides with
the second evening of historic downtown Pal-
metto's Celebration of Lights.
The artists' work will include paintings,
photography, handmade ceramics, clay and
iron sculptures and handmade jewelry.
The gallery is at 907 Fifth St. W. For more
information, go to www.palmettoartcenter.
Just an ordinary man who maybe did extraor-
dinary things as a member of the "Greatest Genera-
My dad would never have called himself a hero,
despite the Bronze Star, and none of the veterans I've
talked to since starting the columns would ever call
But to borrow a phrase from the Stephen Ambrose
book "Band of Brothers," they would probably all
say, "I'm not a hero, but I served with a bunch of
My dad may not have considered himself a hero,
but he was my hero.
Looking for Korean
and WWII Vets
We at the newspaper have been having difficulty
locating Korean War and WWII veterans who have
not yet been featured in the "Greatest Generation" or
"Forgotten Generation" columns.
With the return of many winter residents, it's
likely that some of them are veterans of those con-
Any veteran of WWII or Korea who has not been
featured in the columns is encouraged to contact the
These columns are not meant to glorify anyone
as a "hero" or to glorify war. They simply tell a story
of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
If you are a veteran of Korea or WWII, or know
someone who is, please, contact The Islander at
941-778-7978. I look forward to talking with you
about your experiences.
Local artists, including Jeff Tarr, who created
this work, will be featured in the winterSHOW
opening Dec. 6 at the Palmetto Art Center.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 3, 2008 0 25
By Rick Catlin
'Pick your discount'
at Sea Hagg anniversary
Jan Holman of the Sea Hagg, 12304 Cortez Road,
Cortez, has been known to be innovative during her 11
years at her store.
Now, she's come up with "Pick Your Discount"
as a special way to celebrate her 11th anniversary
party Dec. 5-6.
Customers finding an item they wish to purchase
will put their hand in a basket of shells and pull out a
shell. On the inside of the shell will be a designated dis-
count percentage that the customer gets for the item.
In addition to "Pick Your Discount," Jan will
serve refreshments and have a party atmosphere for
her two-day anniversary.
"We're just going to have some fun," said Jan.
"I never dreamed I would be here 10 years. I just
want to thank all my loyal customers for their support
and I look forward to meeting them and some new
friends during the anniversary party."
The Sea Hagg features nauticals, antiques and
curiosities, along with a special collection of mer-
maids and related items.
For more information, call 941-795-5756.
Harry's donation earns
free wine tasting
Harry's Continental Kitchens at 525 St. Judes
Drive, Longboat Key, is offering a free wine tasting
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 for anyone
Jan Holman of The Sea Hagg at 12304 Cortez
Road W., will celebrate her 11th anniversary in
business Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 with a special "Pick
Your Discount" party. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
who brings in an unwrapped toy or can of food for a
Patrons will enjoy tasting wines from around
the world, nibble some of Harry's tasty treats and
help local charities during the holiday season at the
Harry's offers a 20 percent reduction on all wines
purchased on Thursday in the Deli.
For more information, go on the Internet to www.
harryskitchen.com or call 941-383-0777.
Pirate Island Exchange
now open in Anna Maria
The Pirate Island Exchange at 9701 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, held its grand opening Nov. 29.
Owner Jeff Lynch said the store is dedi-
cated to buying, selling or trading "unique items"
such as fine art, books, collectibles, antiques and
things "out of the ordinary" and from "around the
Lynch has not yet decided upon the store hours, but
said he will be closed on Mondays.
Wagner Realty at 7411 Manatee Ave. W., Braden-
ton, will host a seminar for prospective homebuyers
from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4.
The seminar is free to the public and representa-
tives from the banking, insurance and legal sectors
will be attending to give advice and answer ques-
"With so many homes available in every price range,
there is no reason a family cannot find what they are look-
ing for," said Wagner president David Eckel.
For more information or to make a reservation,
Got a new business going up in Anna Maria
Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, Village Green, west
Bradenton or Longboat Key? How about a new
product or service, an anniversary, a new hire, or
an award-winning staff member? Call Island Biz at
941-778-7978, fax your news to 941-778-9392, or
e-mail us at email@example.com.
Island real estate
Island real estate transactions
1900 Gulf Drive N., Unit 12, Marbella, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,250 sfla 2bed/2bath/2car condo built
in 2007 was sold 11/10/08, Gulf Front Beach LLC
to AM Secker Real Estate LLC for $475,000; list
507 65th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,273 sfla / 1,785
sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar canalfront home built in 1967
on a 90x100 lot was sold 10/31/08, Mattick to 507
65th Street Associates LLC for $467,500.
868 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 924 sfla 2bed/1 bath
home built in 1948 on a 50x110 lot was sold 11/13/08,
Bahn to Brooks for $415,000; list $440,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
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We pamper brides head to toe.
Upstairs of the Old IGA in Anna Maria.
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Unique wedding flowers that will WOW you!
9807 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, inside Ginny's.
Call 941-720-0424, or e-mail
An Island jewel with 1950s charm and
21st century amenities. Perfect for all
weddings and reunions.
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Torlhega I hin IReateh &
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with kitchens, wi-fi, pools, beach and more!
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it Dlecor & More
Visit our store or shop online for all
your invitation and stationery needs.
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All your jewelry
129 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach
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The finest wedding photography since
1980. Studio located at 315 58th St. Holmes
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Over the top service at a great value.
A range of packages to suit your needs.
You'll love your pictures forever!
Wedding Photography, Rehearsal Dinners,
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Beautiful and creative photography
that you will treasure for a lifetime.
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Caribbean Grill & Restaurant
We'll cater your affair
with Caribbean flair!
Now offering catering and banquet facilities
for weddings and private parties.
For catering menu and more information,
Cafe onm tie IBeaich
The perfect setting for weddings, rehearsal
dinners, wedding breakfasts and more!.
4000 Gulf Drive at the Manatee Public
Beach. Call Darlene at 941- 778-0784
Rehearsal Dinner Packages $1600
Wedding & Reception packages $1700
4628 119th St. W, Historic Cortez Village
Hixonm's in th e Grove
A Tropical Garden Oasis Setting
Weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners.
2712 26th Ave. E. Bradenton
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Time lBeaich Elmop
at the Manatee Public Beach
Pretty white dresses for a casual island
wedding, dresses for the moms too!
Open daily I 941-778-5442
Time Memmory Maiker
Special Occasion Gowns and Tux rentals
Complete wedding, prom & pageant attire
3213 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton
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Silver Video LLC
Chrisann Esformes, MAMC, Producer/Owner
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on your wedding story.
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The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives - weddings,
anniversaries, travels and other events. Please send
notices and photographs with detailed captions
- along with complete contact information - to
email@example.com or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
267 GLADIOLUS ST.
down the canal, 1300 sf.
Small boat OK. Walk to
Bean Point and the
Rod & Reel, $385,000.
Marianne Correll REALTOR
941-725-7799 * 941-778-6066 * firstname.lastname@example.org
- _ EUF ANNA MARIA ISLANDIINL
LARGE OFFICE AND APARTMENT in the center of
the Holmes Beach shopping area. Lots of storage and
over 3000SF under roof. Zoned for duplex and has
12,844 SF of land. $475,000.
GORGEOUS POOL HOME close to the beach. 2/2
nicely furnished with great outside dining area. Take a look!
Mike Norman Realty
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3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
First-grader Lila Naeher, left, and kindergartner
Gianna Sparks show one of the fun ways students
can collect box tops on packaging labels. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
Box top collecting tips
Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Organization president Caroline Pardue said the holi-
day season provides an easy way for people to earn
extra cash for the Island school.
The box top program at www.boxtops4educationlcom
has several features that are easy to use, said Pardue.
Under the "Clip" link on the homepage, browsers
will find a menu that includes "collection projects."
These projects include coloring pages that students
can print and glue box top labels to as they collect
them. For example, in November AME students
pasted labels on turkey designs.
Labels can be found on a variety of grocery items, includ-
ing food, infant, paper and household products. Each label is
worth 10 cents to the school. Anyone can collect and drop off
box tops in a collection box in the school lobby.
In addition to clipping the labels, Pardue said
shoppers can also earn cash for AME by shopping
online using the Box Top Marketplace.
The online marketplace includes links to more
than 70 retailers. Shoppers log into the online store
through the marketplace link, and the vendor will
donate a percentage of the purchase to the school.
Pardue suggested users register an e-mail and
designate a school. Registered users can also down-
* Every Wednesday, 8 a.m. runners club meets
on the school playing field.
* 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 audito-
* Dec. 16, Parent-Teacher Organization dinner
(restaurant to be announced) at 5 p.m. in the cafete-
ria, followed by the first-grade play at 7 p.m. in the
* 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 at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Anna Maria Elementary School first-grade
teacher Heather Nyberg, joined here by some of
her students, has achieved National Board Certi-
fication from the National Board for Professional
Teaching Standards. Nyberg joins fellow teach-
ers Rebecca Demo and Joan Sackett along with
guidance counselor Cindi Harrision to achieve
this honor. National Board Certification is teach-
ing's highest professional credential. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
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RIVER OAKS Riverfront2/2,pool,tennis, clubhouse $169,000.
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RENTALS: Seasonal/Annual/Vacation Beachfront villas, cottages & large homes
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HOLMES BEACH* 778-0807
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ulf Bay &arty ofAnna ManaInc.
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Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900
Make an offer! Gulfview 2bed/2bath condo in 55+
community with pool. Totally redone exterior! Views
of the Gulf in a great location close to everything the
Island has to offer. Turnkey Furnished. Come see for
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
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ISA N'R CA S IDS
22-FOOT CHAMPION shuffleboard table for sale.
Brand new. 941-224-6726.
ROUND DINING TABLE with leaf and four arm-
chairs. Oak with fabric backs, seats. $150. Call
WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Classic A-style gown with short
sleeves. Perfect for spring or fall wedding. Size
14, altered slightly at waist and shoulders. Pro-
fessionally cleaned and preserved. $125 or best
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
BLOCK YARD SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
Variety, see signs. 11th Avenue West-59th Street,
SALE: MULTI-FAMILY. 8 a.m. Friday and Satur-
day, Dec. 5-6. Patio set, decorations, housewares,
plants, collectibles, clothes. 505 69th St., Holmes
Beach. Rain dates, Dec. 12-13.
MULTI-FAMILY SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and
Friday, Dec. 4-5. Great stuff, no junk. Baby clothes
and furniture, something for everyone! Studio tour
of unique molded leaves for home and garden.
12308 42nd Ave. Drive W., Cortez.
ANTIQUE AND ART Fair: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday, Dec. 6-7. Treasures, antiques,
art, jewelry, organic produce, exotic orchids,
fun and funky stuff for all. For information, call
941-383-1901. 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
6. 1303 63rd St. N.W. (Located off Riverview
Boulevard West.) Sofa, occasional tables, lamp
and chairs, two chaise lounges, books, matching
sofa and loveseat, twin and queen beds, Water-
ford silver plate, prints, bookcase, set of china,
decorative accessories, China, bric-a-brac. Sale
conducted by Palma Sola Sales. Numbers given
out at 8 a.m.
WANTED: BEGINNING CELTIC harp lessons.
Have harp, can read music. 941-896-6622, eve-
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
NEW SAILS, REPAIRS, custom rigging and outfit-
ting service. 25 years experience. Knighton Sail
2004 SAILFISH 188 center console, 90-hp, four-
stroke Yamaha. Low hours. Call 941-448-1583.
BOAT REPAIRS, INSTALLATIONS, maintenance.
Over 35 years experience. Prompt, professional,
FOR RENT: BOAT slip in Holmes Beach. Fits up
to 23 feet. $140/month. 941-778-2581.
NOW HIRING STAFF for new rental office open-
ing on Anna Maria Island for boats, bikes and
kayaks. Please, call 941-447-1506 for details and
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Six-hour morning
shifts available. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Travel opportunity.
HIRING SALES REP: Vast territory, excellent
income potential. Ad experience helpful. Com-
puter knowledge a must. E-mail info to bonner@
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant,
etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty,
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GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
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shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE AND MARBLE Installation: Many Island ref-
erences. Free estimates, prompt service. Steve
Allen Floor Coverings. 941-726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.
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loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Is your home
in need of sprucing up? Free estimates,
SDB HOME REPAIR LLC: Handyman, paint-
ing, tile work, sheetrock, hauling, electrical, light
READY TO REPLACE those old lanai windows?
Vinyl, acrylic or hurricane. I will beat anyone's
price. Limited lifetime warranty window. Cash
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT 2BR/2BA, dock, fur-
nished. $1,750/month, $800/week. $125/night includes
utilities. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
ANNA MARIA SEASONAL 3BR/2BA. Weekly,
monthly availability Christmas 2008 and after
April 2009. Prime location, close to everything.
Call now, 941-737-9662.
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
ANNUAL 1BR unfurnished apartment. Kitchen,
bath. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach duplex. Spa-
cious 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer, just painted,
tiled, carport. Steps to beach, quiet neighborhood.
$900/month. Available Dec.1. 813-244-4944.
1BR/1BA GROUND-FLOOR CONDO. 55-plus,
pool, fishing pier. $1,600/month, seasonal.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA 1,500 sf living,
1,500-sf garage. $1,600/month. 122 51st St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-545-6781.
LUXURY UPGRADED CONDO: Fitness center,
game rooms, pool, spa, dock. Near beaches, rea-
sonable 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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA. 200 steps to Gulf of
Mexico beach. Back yard canal dock with Tampa
Bay access. New appliances. Quiet SEER 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.
CONDO: 2BR/2BA, garage. Perico Bay over-55
gated community. Bayside nature view. $1,100.
ANNUAL RENTAL: UNFURNISHED ground-level
duplex, north Anna Maria near Gulf, 2BR/1BA,
$975/month plus utilities. 941-778-7003.
SEASONAL FURNISHED NEW home in Anna
Maria. 3BR/2BA. Available now through April 1.
Block to beach. 813-251-9201.
SEASONAL: GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA luxury villa,
$4,400/month. Canalfront, pool, large home,
$2,900/month. Also weekly rates. T. Dolly Young
Real Estate, 941-778-0807.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space:
625 sf, $500/month. 8799 Cortez Road. Call
SENIOR COUPLE WANTS to rent 2/BR, prefer
ground level, for January and February. $2,200.
WINTER RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. Furnished
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
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
SHARP ANNUAL RENTAL: 3/BR, washer and
dryer, cable, fireplace. Near beach. $1,200/month.
1BR UNFURNISHED EFFICIENCY in Holmes
Beach, across from Gulf. All utilities included.
ONE BEDROOMS AND efficiency, unfurnished,
$550-$650/monthly. Furnished, $1,000-$1,200.
Just off Island, just off Cortez. Pat McClary, Flor-
ida Real Estate Team, 941-920-6637.
CORTEZ ANNUAL: 1 BR, washer and dryer, lanai.
Near boat ramp. $685/month. 941-545-9025.
PERICO: 3BR/2BA FURNISHED condo, inlet
view, pools, spa, tennis. Seasonal or annual.
ENJOY TRUE FLORIDA living: Wake up to your
spectacular water view from huge living and dining
area. Plateglass windows, doors and 30x12-foot
screened deck fronting bay beach and park with
Gulf beach an easy walk. 3BR annual in north
Anna Maria. A must see! Call 941-748-5334 for
ON THE BEACH condo for rent. 717-392-4048.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA FURNISHED house in Anna
Maria, with washer and dryer, carport, $1,400/
month. 2BR/2BA Key Royale furnished with
garage, $1,300/month. Large 1 BR/1 BA with sun-
room, Gulffront complex, $950/month. More rent-
als at www.anislandplace.com, 941-779-9320.
ANNUAL RENTALS: NEAR Manatee Community
College, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, $999/month.
Ringling museum area, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage,
$999/month. Realtor, 941-356-1456.
Mariner's Cove 3/2 bayfront, slip $643,401
Covered Bridge 3/2/den $269,500
West Bradenton Pool Home! 3/2 $225,000
Fairways Imperial Lakewoods 4/2 $259,900
Braden River Lakes 3/2 $171,900
Whiffield Estates 2/2 $94,900
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VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, Key Royale.
Pool, boat dock. January 2009, $2,800, Febru-
ary, $3,900, March $4,000. Northwest Bradenton
3BR/2BA home. December, $799/week. Call for
January-March. Owner, 941-356-1456.
2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED DUPLEX, quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Washer/dryer included. $1,000/
month, plus utilities. First, last, secu-
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! $398,000.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Free list
of foreclosed Island and mainland properties.
Free list of homes with pictures. www.manatee-
A RARE REAL estate and business opportunity
to own a tropical resort 50 yards from the beach.
Return rental income of $50,000 with this charm-
ing resort triplex, completely redone, every unit is
perfect, ready to rent. Close to shops and restau-
rants. Offered at $899,000. Andrews and Associ-
MOBILE HOME WITH land. Cozy 1 BR with addi-
tion and driveway in Paradise Bay. Asking $49,000
including land share. Call 941-447-9852 for infor-
CUSTOM KEY WEST HOME. Gated commu-
nity off Intracoastal Waterway, boat slip with
lift, pool. 2,700-plus sf, 3BR/2.5BA, oak floors,
cherry cabinets, elevator. $999,500. Owner/agent,
INVESTOR SPECIAL: CANAL home for sale.
Owner wants to rent back. $400,000. 10-year
lease. $1,750/month, two years advance rent. Call
charter Captain Larry at 941-448-1583.
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.
See online at: www.617Foxworth.com.
BRADENTON BEACH: Three 1BR cottages,
on one large lot. $223,000 each. A must
see! firstname.lastname@example.org. 941-773-9005 or
LOT FOR SALE: Holmes Beach, close to
Gulf. 75x104 feet. 6814 Palm Drive. $450,000.
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-
GORGEOUS BEACHFRONT CONDO.
ARE YOU OPEN to buy and save? Beat the
bank. Longboat Key 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
$499,000. Anna Maria Island, Key Royale
3BR/2BA, pool, boat dock, $549,000. Exclusive.
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.
I AM WILLING to exchange a beautiful 2BR/2BA
Tidy Island condo and cash for your house need-
ing repairs and located on Anna Maria Island. For
further information, call 941-447-1506.
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NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Handyman-
special bordering U.S.F.S. Paved drive, well,
septic, singlewide with shop near Lake Nantahala,
borders paved road. Only $49,000. http://valley-
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VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: Two acres on moun-
taintop near New River State Park, great fish-
ing, view, private. $29,500. Must sell, call owner
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
MID-TENNESSEE MOUNTAINS by owner, five
acres, perfect mountaintop cabin site with woods.
Small stream in back of property. A must see!
$26,900. Owner financing. 931-445-3611.
SOUTH CAROLINA low country hunting/recre-
ation 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
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views of Palma Sola Bay 3BR/3.5BA
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front condo, completely renovated in
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Zoff (941) 778-2246. #M5800617.
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