Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: December 10, 2008
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VOLUME 17, NO. 6

s on Anna Maria Island Since 1992

AMI Bridge replacement workshop Dec. 16

The Florida Department of Transpor-
tation won't finalize the $10 million rehab
project for the Anna Maria Island Bridge
until April 2009, but the department will
present a workshop to discuss the future of
the bridge from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 16, in the fellowship hall at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
The DOT began its "project development
and environment study" in November 2007
and indicated it would take about a year to
complete the study and perform the engineer-

ing and environmental data analysis.
The DOT workshop plans include an
audio-visual presentation explaining the
various alternatives, including a low-level
and mid-level drawbridge, a high-level fixed
bridge and further rehabilitation options.
The DOT announced that aerial photo-
graphs depicting the alternatives will be on
display, and department representatives will
be present to discuss the study.
Information stations will be staffed to
take comments at the workshop, while com-

Sandpiper cleans up
after storm. Page 4

SAM explores beach
issues. Page 7

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Opinions: Yours,
Ours and Egan's.
Page 6

Cortez Bridge
rehab planned for
2013-14. Page 8

USF announces
winter classes on
Island. Page 10

Super Bowl bound
for Tampa. Page 12

Streetlife: The
police reports.
Page 13

Island Players
murder fun.
Page 15

Getting around
Island map. P

Island Biz:
Page 18

Islander Calendar:
Page 19

AME School: The
calendar, the menu
and the reports.
Page 24

Decking Haley's
Jessica Buehler, Rik Johns, Debbie Akins, Marion Heil, Tom Buehler and Silvia Zadarosni
decorate a Christmas tree at Haley's Motel on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. The motel is
open, but fire destroyed one two-unit structure and consumed the Christmas decorations
stored there. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Few donate to Haley's reward fund

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
That's the amount in the account estab-
lished at Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, for a reward for information
helping solve the disappearance of Islander
Sabine Musil-Buehler and the fire at the
motel she co-owned with her husband, Tom

s make Buehler.
Silvia Zadarosni, the family friend who
established the fund, struggles with emo-
tion as she considers that just a handful of
'd: The people have donated to the account since it
'ages was established last month.
"We set up the reward fund at Whit-
ney Bank because we really felt someone
.BiZ would come forward," Zadarosni said.
"Maybe three people have contributed

in the two and a half weeks since we set
it up."
"It's the thing that's going to help police,"
said Tom Buehler, who was separated from but
friends with his wife when she went missing
Nov. 4. "Somebody would come forward" for
reward money.
The one-month anniversary of Musil-
Buehler's disappearance passed last week.
A lot has occurred in the case since then,
and yet, so much remains the same.
Musil-Buehler, 49, is still missing. Bue-
hler and many of her friends believe, as they
did when her car was found Nov. 6, that she
is dead.
On Dec. 2, Manatee County Sheriff
Brad Steube confirmed that a small amount
of Musil-Buehler's blood was found on the
front seats and a seat belt in her car, which
was recovered on 26th Avenue West in Bra-
"We're not going to talk about the evi-
dence," MCSO spokesperson Dave Bristow
said, when asked to comment further on
DNA testing. The discovery of the blood
had led the MCSO to change the status of
its investigation from a missing person to a
possible homicide case.
Robert Corona, 38, of Bradenton, was
arrested and faces a grand theft auto charge

Santa helps
celebrate at Center's
Fun Day. Page 20


the news ...
Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3

season of light
Ed Gocher of Miller Electric turns on the
Christmas tree lights outside the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce as chamber
leaders Mary Ann Brockman, Ellen Aquilina
and Mark Davis look on. Gocher estimated
at least 25 hours of work went into installing
the tree for the downtown holiday open house
Dec. 5. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Downtown Holiday Open House
prize winners: Kayla Jennis, Holmes
Beach; Sue Johnson, Anna Maria; and
Greg Matthews, Bradenton Beach.
(Pickup prizes at The Islander office.)
More holiday open house photos, page 21.

ment forms and a study survey can either be
completed at the workshop or taken home to
submit to the DOT. The comments and survey
must be submitted by Dec. 31.
For information on the workshop,
contact Chris Piazza, project engineer, at
863-519-2293. St. Bernard is located at 248
S. Harbor Drive.
The Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Plan-
ning Organization is set to discuss budgeting
further rehab to the Cortez Bridge Dec. 15.
See story page 8.

County says 'go' for

Anna Maria beach
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
"It's a new day," said Anna Maria Mayor
Fran Barford after Manatee County commis-
sioners gave consensus approval Dec. 2 to
include Anna Maria beaches in the application
to get the next Islandwide beach renourish-
ment project approved and funded.
Earlier this year, some county commis-
sioners had expressed reluctance to commit
county funds to put new sand on the city's
beaches because of a concern that Anna Maria
was not cooperating with the county in several
areas, including public parking and promot-
ing tourism. Some commissioners also had

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

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DEC. 10, 2008 1 �

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Beach renourishment for city

observed that the city's contribution to the bed tax
fund was much less than that of Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach.
But a lot has happened since that time, said Bar-
ford, not the least of which is a determined effort by
city officials to convince county commissioners that
it's a "new day" in Anna Maria.
Speaking to a joint Anna Maria City Commis-
sion-Manatee County Commission meeting at the
Anna Maria City Hall Dec. 2, Barford noted that the
city now has more than the required number of public
parking spaces to participate in the federally funded
beach renourishment program.
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection agreed and signed off on the city's require-
ment in August.
"Parking is no longer an issue," Barford said.
"Parking signs are in place and parking spaces have
been identified. We now meet the criteria."
And city enthusiasm for tourism is not an issue.
Barford and Commission Chairman John Quam
led county commissioners on a tour of the city, noting
the projects currently undertaken by Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC along Pine Avenue to retain the old
Florida look of the city and attract visitors.
She pointed out to county commissioners that a
BACVB study of more than 225,000 visitors deter-
mined that the No. 2 attraction for those surveyed is the
Historic Anna Maria City Pier, while the No. 3 attraction
is the Rod & Reel Pier a few hundred yards north.
The city might not have the number of accom-
modation units that its sister Island cities have, but
visitors who stay in Holmes Beach or Bradenton
Beach will visit Anna Maria and its pier and other
businesses, she said.
Barford also noted the efforts of the city's trans-
portation enhancement grant committee to beautify
Pine Avenue and the city pier area.
"I believe the commissioners saw there was a dif-

Another beach project
Manatee County Department of Natural
Resources director Charlie Hunsicker said a
beach renourishment project planned by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency for
Coquina Beach and a small portion of Anna
Maria near the Sandbar Restaurant should
begin in 2009.
The FEMA project will be the conclusion of
an ill-fated renourishment undertaken in 2006
by Goodloe Marine of Apollo Beach. The U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers canceled Goodloe's
permit for renourishment before the company
had finalized its work at Coquina Beach and
the .6 mile of beach in Anna Maria.

ference in the city's direction. It's not the old attitude.
We are a residential community, and always will be,
but we are also supportive of tourist dollars and the
marketing efforts of the Manatee County Tourism
Development Council," she said.
City and county commissioners also walked
the beach along Bean Point and the areas Manatee
County Natural Resources Department director Char-
lie Hunsicker will now include in the feasibility study
required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
But it's a long process before any sand nourish-
ment will begin, said Hunsicker. It will take three to
four years to get all the paperwork and funding in
place before any renourishment can begin.
"That's why we're starting now," Hunsicker
He estimated the cost of renourishing the Island
at $25 million, including $3 million in engineering
and study fees.
The federal government will fund 50 percent of
the renourishment project, while the state of Florida
and Manatee County will each provide 25 percent.
The county's portion is funded by the resort tax col-

elected on room rentals.
Hunsicker said one reason that the cost estimate
is higher than presented earlier this year is that the
DEP study of renourishing Bean Point said groins
should be installed to hold the new sand in place.
"Otherwise, the aggressive currents around the
north end of the Island will just wash the sand away,"
he said.
When completed, the feasibility study and scope
of work for renourishment will be forwarded to the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for review and an
environmental impact report. "The Corps will deter-
mine the environmental impacts and determine if it
meets their criteria," Hunsicker said.
The Corps has previously approved two Island
renourishment projects.
"Obviously, we have to work with everybody to
make this project a success," Hunsicker said.
County commissioners were encouraged by the
city's efforts.
"I'm very pleased with the city," said County
Commissioner Carol Whitmore, a resident of Holmes
Beach and former mayor.
"Mayor Barford did a great job. We saw a lot of
effort and a helpful attitude. That certainly helped
convince commissioners. It's important to have the
north end included in beach renourishment," Whit-
more said.
Another county commissioner also pleased with
Barford's efforts is Ron Getman. He originally had
reservations about Anna Maria's ability to meet the
parking criteria, but changed his mind after viewing
the public parking locations the city has provided.
"I'm very pleased with the effort," Getman said.
"I think the government of Anna Maria has done
an excellent job in showing it wants to be involved
and I fully support renourishing the north end of the
While the current estimate is that the project
could begin in 2012-13, Hunsicker cautioned that this
time-line is only a preliminary indication. "There is
still a lot of work to be done," he said.

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Haley's fund low
after he allegedly was seen driving Musil-Buehler's
2000 Pontiac Sunfire. The MCSO, however, has said
Corona never met Musil-Buehler, and he was not, as
he initially claimed, given the keys to her vehicle to
go buy drugs.
Twelve days after Musil-Buehler disappeared,
on Nov. 16, a fire destroyed the two-story building
adjacent to the primary motel.
Officials have confirmed that the fire was inten-
tionally set, but the cause and origin remain under
"Still pending at this point, without much
change," Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
said when asked about the status of the case.
Authorities have not publicly identified anyone
as a suspect in Musil-Buehler's disappearance or
the fire.
Her boyfriend, William J. Cumber III, 39,
has been identified by authorities as a "person
of interest."
On Nov. 4, the couple was watching election
news when they got into a verbal argument over his
smoking a cigarette. Musil-Buehler left in her car at
about 10 p.m. and Cumber has said he doesn't know
what happened after.
Cumber and Musil-Buehler met in 2005, before
he went to prison for arson. They resumed their
acquaintance while he was serving his sentence and
continued a relationship after his release from prison
in September.
According to friends, Musil-Buehler said she
planned to break up with Cumber; he has said the
two planned to eventually relocate to Germany, her
native land.
Last week, Cumber cleaned up and vacated the
bungalow on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria that
Musil-Buehler had rented through Sato Real Estate.
The day after Cumber moved out, several wit-
nesses told The Islander that an investigation team
searched the property with a UV light.
Witnesses, who asked to be anonymous, also
said Cumber wanted to return to the property to col-
lect some belongings, but the MCSO denied him re-
MCSO officials did not respond to questions
about the rental unit.
Cumber has told the press he is being framed
based on his past, specifically a criminal record that
includes the felony conviction for arson and com-
plaints of domestic violence and child abuse.
In 2002, Cumber was arrested on charges of
violating a domestic injunction and of abusing the
15-year-old child of a girlfriend. The charges, accord-
ing to records at the Manatee County Judicial Center,
were dropped.
In 2005, Cumber was arrested for setting fire to
a girlfriend's home.
An arrest warrant affidavit filed in the case quoted
Bradenton Police Detective James Curulla as saying
that the fire consumed a home with four adults and
two sleeping children inside.
Curulla said Cumber stated that "after a verbal argu-
ment with the female tenant, he returned to the residence
by crawling through an opening in the patio screen. He
then lit a chair on fire with a lighter. He stated he did
not have the intent to bum down the house, but wanted
to leave a message since he felt scorned."
Cumber has told The Islander that he set fire to
the lanai because the home was the sight of a meth
After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 42
months in prison and three years probation, and
ordered to make restitution.
On Dec. 2, Judge Janette Dunnigan held a hear-
ing on a motion to modify Cumber's probation,
which was denied. Cumber has been ordered to pay
$3,629 in restitution to the Bradenton Fire Depart-
ment or the Crimes Compensation Fund and he
asked for some leniency from the court because
he lacks money.
Meanwhile, the frustration that family and friends
felt in the early days after Musil-Buehler disappeared
remains, as does anger.
Zadarosni's voice is stern as she talks about

THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 10, 2008 E 3

AMI: Rock video stage
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rock band that originated in
Jacksonville, drew a crowd
to the Holmes Beach Service
Station at Gulf and Marina
drives Dec. 4 to watch the
shooting of a video for the
band's next single release,
"Second Chance." It should
premier on ATV some time in
January, according to Judy
Klauber, who shot and submit-
ted photos to The Islander.
They also shot scenes at a
home on Periwinkle in Anna
Maria and at Star Fish Market
and Restaurant in Cortez.
Islander Karen Zimmerman,
pictured with band members,
got an autograph and brag-
ging rights for her grandson.
You can visit
the band's Web site at

the reward fund that she had hoped would draw
out information and lead authorities to solve the
Buehler too feels some anger over the lack of
donations. He said he recently overheard someone at
the hardware store questioning how the money would
be spent.
The money would be used to supplement a Crime
Stoppers reward "for any information that helps,"
Buehler said.
"If we don't entirely need a reward, it will go
to Wildlife Inc.," he added, referring to the animal
rescue clinic in Bradenton Beach.
"Sabine was a great supporter of it," Zadarosni
added. "Animals are the closest things to Sabine's
Both said they are troubled with Islanders' apathy
and a "blame the victim" mentality they sense among
"It's like this whole Island wants to pretend it
didn't happen," Buehler said.
"Something happened, here, on this Island,"
he added. There's someone out there that murdered
"I feel like people on the Island haven't come
together to try and help," Zadarosni said.
She added that people also have seemed quick to
judge Musil-Buehler.
"I think people are confused. I think people got
the wrong idea. She's a victim," she said.
Each year in the United States, about 800,000
people - more than 60 percent of them juveniles
- are reported missing, according to the National
Crime Information Center. Fewer than 600 are
abductions by strangers, but more than 100,000
people reported missing each year are considered
A higher percentage of missing adults are endan-
gered, according to a spokesperson with the NCIC,
who said, "Adults don't just run away."
Buehler said from the moment he learned Musil-
Buehler's car was found, he felt she was dead.
"I knew something was w in'l." Zadarosni
said. "There's no way that she would be out of
touch. I knew when she didn't call that she was
unable to call anyone... She's regimented. She's
like Lufthansa."
Last week, at the motel, Zadarosni and several
other people close to Buehler and his wife stopped
at Haley's to help decorate for Christmas.
While few have contributed to the reward fund,
Buehler said a number of people donated lights and
other decorations to replace those that burned in
the fire.
Some of the decorations went up last week and
more will go up this week.
"So many people in the past have come here for
the lights," Buehler said of the Haley's holiday tradi-
"Sabine," said Zadarosni, "really loved to deck
out for the holidays."

Anna Maria to hold beach
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she
will schedule a series of beach renourishment
workshops with city residents at appropriate
times in the coming years to discuss the project
and how it will affect residents and the city.
The good news for property owners in the
renourishment areas is that required easements
to allow work crews and equipment on the
beach are only for the duration of the project,
and only from the property line to the water,
the mayor said.
"We will have a lot to talk about. I want to
make sure everyone is informed at every step,"
she said.

Me tings

Anna Maria City
* Dec. 11, 6 p.m., code enforcement board hear-
* Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
* Dec. 17, 6 p.m., volunteer and staff appreciation
* Dec. 18, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
* Jan. 12, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
* Nothing scheduled.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
* Dec. 16, 5 p.m., Florida Department of Trans-
portation's workshop on the project development and
environment study for the Anna Maria Island Bridge
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, 863-519-2293.
* Dec. 19, 9 a.m., Manatee County Legislative
Delegation annual meeting at Meals on Wheels PLUS
Enrichment Center, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton,
* Dec. 25, government offices will be closed
for the Christmas holiday. Many offices also will be
closed Dec. 24. The Islander offices will also close.
* Jan. 1, government offices will be closed for the
new year's holiday. Many offices also will be closed
Dec. 31. The Islander offices will also close.
Send public meeting notices to lisaneff@islander.

4 0 DEC. 10 2008 U THE ISLANDER

Sandpiper cleans up after storm

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Sandpiper Resort residents cleaned up Dec. 2 fol-
lowing an early morning storm that ripped roofs from
mobile homes and dropped siding into the bay.
The damage from the storm brought crews of
emergency personnel and teams of reporters and pho-
tographers to the park in the 2600 block of Gulf Drive
North near the boundary with Holmes Beach.
Sandpiper resident Sheila Romas awoke at about
1:45 a.m. to the sound of heavy rain and wind.
She said she thought, "I like a nice storm," and
went back to bed.
When she got up later that morning, she stepped
outside and noticed that two potted plants outside her
mobile home were tipped.
"Raccoons," Romas said she first thought. Then
she realized that critters could not be responsible for
the damage at Sandpiper.
Down the street, a roof had been ripped from a
lanai and dropped on another residence.
Sheets of aluminum jutted from the bay at low
Bits of glass and wood were strewn about the
street and covered driveways.
Twisted screen doors hung at odd angles from
homes and patio chairs were found wedged under
cars, lying in streets and floating in the water.
"I thought there was a tornado," Romas said.
So did Sandpiper resident Dannie Raines - a
small tornado or a water spout, he said.
"It was around 1:45 a.m. that the wind picked
up," Raines said, as he stood outside his residence

A cleanup takes place Dec. 2 in the Sandpiper
Resort Co-op, which was hit with high winds from
an early morning storm that blew in off the bay.

looking at damage to a mobile home he had just sold
the day before.
"Thunder and lightning," he said. "And my house
really shook. It only lasted about 10 seconds.
Raines said he heard a sound like a freight train,
a description that usually characterizes a tornado.
The National Weather Service office in Ruskin
said a tornado did not touch down, but that winds
gusting at 40-50 miles per hour hit the Sandpiper.
By mid-morning, a lot of debris was cleared from
the park and emergency officials were finished with
their initial investigation of the incident.
The Bradenton Beach Police Department
officers were the first responders. A city public
works department crew also went to the park, as
well as Mayor Michael Pierce. Two city commis-
sioners live in the resort - John Shaughnessy
and Bob Conners.
West Manatee Fire Rescue District firefighters
responded to make sure no fires broke out as a result
of the damage. Florida Power & Light dispatched a
crew to the park, as did Verizon.
WMFR's Kurt Lathrop, a deputy fire marshal,

and the
gather on
Street in
Dec. 2
an early


Debris is piled into a trailer at the Sandpiper
Resort Co-op in Bradenton Beach, where about a
dozen properties suffered storm damage early
Dec. 2. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

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Park resident Steven Graham caught this photo
early in the morning of a piece of alumunim blown
and wrapped around a flag pole.
Sandpiper hit by storm
said the district had worked with the Sandpiper on
some electrical improvements that possibly mini-
mized damage.
"We worked with the park," he said. "They went
through and got all their electrical cleaned up last
year. So when we came through this morning, we
knew what we were turning off.... There was no
One resident said she saw a "circle of fire" during
the storm, which Lathrop said might have been debris
hitting a power line.
"There was some aluminum wrapped in the
power line, which probably created a pretty nice light
show," he said.
Lathrop also observed that Australian pines,
which could have crushed homes, had been cleared
from the area,
"There could have been a lot more significant
damage," he said.
As Lathrop walked through the park, 19-year
resident Linda Talbot pointed out the damage to her
home. She pointed to broken window glass, shards
of glass on the ground, dents in a shed and a hole in
her siding.
The wind, Talbot said, drove a piece of metal into
her home.
"It looks like a bullet hole," she said, running her
finger on the jagged puncture.
Talbot said in her years at the Sandpiper she's
experienced a number of incidents - flooding, heavy
rains and wind gusts.
This time her home suffered minimal damage.
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ring to a small statue set outside her door.

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Sandpiper gets deed, assigns easements

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach City Commission voted
Dec. 4 to execute a quitclaim deed for some unused
rights of way to the Sandpiper Resort Co-op.
The vote was 3-0, with Commissioners John
Shaughnessy and Bob Conners, who own property
at Sandpiper, recusing themselves.
The vote followed more than an hour of legally
focused testimony from Sandpiper attorney Chuck
Webb on why the city should execute the quit-
claim deed, and arguments from Holmes Beach
city attorney Warren Pies on problems with the
All together, the commission took three actions
related to the Sandpiper. It approved a utility ease-
ment from the city to Manatee County; accepted
a stormwater drainage easement from the Sand-
piper to the city; and approved a final reading of
an 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.
Sandpiper Co-op members sought the quitclaim
deed because some homes exist on part of the city
rights of way. The deed was needed to clarify own-
ership of land that contains some dwellings, Webb
The commission actions pleased Sandpiper resi-
dents and satisfied the concerns of an attorney repre-
senting Manatee County, but did not meet the request
of the attorney for the city of Holmes Beach, which
had concerns about citizen access on unimproved
27th Street.
Pies had asked the commission to postpone
action. "We request that you give us some more time
to hash this out," he said.
His request drew a chorus of "No" from the audi-
ence, made up mostly of Sandpiper residents, and the
commission showed no interest in further delay after
the lengthy discussion.
Webb first addressed the commission, providing
a history of the Sandpiper's development and sur-
rounding property dating back to 1911.
He identified platted roads in the resort area that
were never used as such. He said Florida law allowed
Bradenton Beach to convey the unimproved roads by
quitclaim deed.
"Stage by stage, there is no development of those

roads," Webb said.
"Sandpiper exercised private control over all
these roads, and, for that reason, quitclaim deed is
the appropriate mechanism to clear up the ownership
issue," he continued.
Manatee County attorney Maureen Sikora next
addressed the commission, saying the county's con-
cern was with access to its utilities in the area, which
the awarding of easements addressed.
"We feel we have reached an arrangement with
the city," she said. "We don't have an issue with any-
thing the city is going to do."
Pies then addressed the commission, explaining
that Holmes Beach "wants to be a good neighbor"
and had no interest in how Bradenton Beach handled
unimproved Avenues B and C and 26th Street.
"Our only disagreement is to the treatment of
27th Street," he said. "We're fine with 80 percent of
the plan."
Pies cited case law that showed that executing a
quitclaim deed for 27th Street was inappropriate.
He claimed that 27th Street had been dedicated
and therefore Bradenton Beach could not issue a
quitclaim deed. "It's not the right vehicle," Pies
The attorney suggested perhaps Bradenton Beach
and Sandpiper enter into a use-agreement for 27th
Street instead.
"We're just worried about our citizens having
access," Pies said, his comments echoed by Holmes
Beach City Commissioner John Monetti, who lives
in Holmes Beach near the Sandpiper property.
Webb said Holmes Beach "doesn't have a dog in
this fight" and that the case law cited did not apply.
Sandpiper, he added, would be willing to provide
"the appropriate easement" for public use of 27th
While the Bradenton Beach commission took
its final vote on the quitclaim deed last week,
the Holmes Beach commission was scheduled
to discuss the Sandpiper issue at a 7 p.m. meet-
ing Dec. 9 at Holmes Beach City Hall, after the
paper's deadline.

Credit due
Harriet Carlson notified us that she is the other
helper with Jean Knopp, pictured on The Islander
cover Dec. 3, preparing for the Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church Thanksgiving dinner. Carlson said
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Ho, ho, humbug?
It's officially that time of year, the holiday time,
when almost everyone starts shopping in a frenzy, deco-
rating with a flurry of color and lights inside and out
the home, planning festive holiday parties, and some
folks - just a few - ring a bell for the Salvation Army
at the Holmes Beach Publix Super Market.
But, sadly, the Grinch, er, a district manager -
please, don't blame the local store management - has
decreed that, according to company policy, charitable
groups that solicit donations on Publix property must
do so "outside" the store.
There's more scrutiny for groups, which apparently
won't be allowed to sell raffle or prize tickets, and must
prove status as a charitable corporation.
We're certain the rules are meant to protect cus-
tomers and prevent unscrupulous groups from taking
advantage of the Publix goodwill to promote less than
charitable affairs. That can be a good thing.
But on Anna Maria Island, the community has come
to embrace the big supermarket where, in year's gone by,
only privately owned grocers succeeded. And they suc-
ceeded partly on their commitment to the community.
So what's the big deal, you ask? Well, at most other
Publix stores, everyone enters through one door and
exits from another. At the Island Publix, folks have two
doors to enter and exit from, at right angles, facing dif-
ferent parking areas and separate rows of shopping carts
- and people who come and go from either side don't
meet up until they're inside the store.
Consequently, bell ringers don't see but about half the
shoppers. And the Salvation Army, in a year that is seeing
donations falling for all non-profits, is likely to see less
than half the contributions of past years from the Island
- and that rings a sad note for the bellringers.
So many groups have benefited from the generos-
ity of the Island Publix in allowing them to greet and
solicit in the store lobby that it's hard to say thank you
Maybe now is the time for "corporate" Publix to
hear how much we appreciate the store and the benefits
we've enjoyed with a phone call.
And perhaps you can bring the Salvation Army
bucket and bell ringers - and others in the future -
inside with a call to customer service in Lakeland:
Tell them we can better appreciate our community
and the store if we're welcome inside.

And, you need to be there
You know the old saying: You had to be there.
And we were there, just an upstart young news-
paper 17 years ago when the Florida Department of


Transportation announced it would dump plans to
replace the Cortez Bridge with a high-rise fixed span
that would have displaced more than a hundred homes
and businesses in Cortez and Bradenton Beach by emi-
nent domain. We were immediately caught up in a hard-
fought battle against the plans by citizens of both Cortez
and Bradenton Beach that brought about the concession
to rehab the bridge from the DOT.
Not many suspected at that time that the DOT
would do an about-face and instead budget and plan a
mega-bridge just a few miles north to replace the Anna
Maria Island Bridge.
But that's what happened.
And there was a groundswell of opposition to that
plan as well. However, the DOT, particularly the district
secretary, appeared hell-bent on getting the bridge built
this go-around. It was, some of the bridge opponents
would agree, a very hard-fought, expensive fight.
But the opponents prevailed, thanks to a DOT notice
error and, as the mediation judge ultimately determined,
the environmental impacts of the proposed bridge con-
struction posed too great a loss to be permitted by the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

By Egan

Fast forward: Times have changed as well as senti-
ments and the now-popular opinion seems to be "for" a
new high, fixed-span bridge. Folks now believe, appar-
ently, that the AMI Bridge will soon be unsafe, out-
dated, and won't get cars off the Island sufficiently in
an evacuation.
Well, we shall see next week when the DOT pres-
ents the first workshop on its findings from an environ-
mental and engineering study for the AMI Bridge.
Low bridge, medium bridge, high bridge, same
All will be revealed for their merits, or non-merits
at a DOT meeting at the St. Bernard Catholic Church
activity center at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Just don't think for a minute that Cortez won't be
next. Both bridges are 51 years old.
Whether you think the DOT will bring Scrooge or
Santa to the meeting, it's best to go see for yourself what
the agency has to say, and to be heard.
We say: It's time for the DOT to address our future
traffic needs as a comprehensive package.
A holiday package?

A privilege
I will be retiring from the Anna Maria post office
as off Dec. 31.
After being there for the past 17 years, I have
been blessed to come to know many people.
In that time I also got to know families.
I was privileged to share in the good times and
the bad.
I just want to thank all of you who have made
my time at the post office more than a job.
Gail Husbands, Anna Maria

This is in response to reporter Lisa Neff's
excellent article "State may transfer responsibil-
ity of Egmont to Feds" in the Dec. 3 edition of The

How about another proposal to transfer owner-
ship of Egmont Key to the city of Anna Maria. We
could have an exciting new opportunity to develop
eco-tourism in the area, vastly expanding the area's
appeal to the tourist market. At the same time, we
could be developing approaches to use funds gener-
ated to protect the fragile Egmont environment.
Obviously, it would take some planning and
thought to actualize, but it may be worth looking into.
It would also give us, Egmont's neighbor, greater
control over the use and destiny of this wonderful
resource - an island we see almost every day of our
Just a thought.
David Youngs, Anna Maria

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SAM explores beach issues

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Save Anna Maria members explored with a
coastal engineer one of the most significant problems
for life on a barrier island - beach erosion.
The consensus among the small group was that
erosion is natural process that can have severe finan-
cial and emotional consequences for people.
About 10 people attended the general meeting of
SAM Dec. 6 at the Island Branch Library in Holmes
SAM president Billie Martini said she had
expected several elected officials to attend, but they
did not appear.
"I'm very disappointed," said Martini in ref-
erence to the turnout. "But as long as the press is
here, and the guest speakers are here, we'll get
SAM's first order of business was a presentation
from photographer Jack Elka and Cliff Truitt who has
worked on beach renourishment projects in the state,
including on Longboat Key.
Truitt is with Coastal Technologies Corporation
and a former senior scientist with Mote Marine Labo-
ratory. Elka is widely known on Anna Maria Island
for his aerial photography, which was used during the
SAM meeting to illustrate coastal changes over the
"Something is happening out there," Martini
said, referring to this year's significant shoreline
damage in Anna Maria from relatively distant
She then opened the floor to Truitt, who
used a slideshow to illustrate his talk about
"waves we like," "waves we don't like," coastal
control lines, natural dunes, beach erosion and
renourishment to protect people's interest on
the coast.
Erosion, Truitt said, is a very natural process.

"When we introduce homes into the situation, we
introduce a man-made component. Erosion, now it's
a problem when before it wasn't," he said.
What are the responses to erosion? Truitt
One option is a public-sponsored or pri-
vate-sponsored retreat, with setting back a
property, relocating a property or abandoning
a property.
"It's extremely expensive," Truitt said of the
option. "When you retreat from this type of property
you are retreating from your tax base."
Another option is coastal armoring - "anything
you put between you and the waves," he said, show-
ing a slide of a steel wall around a home and then a
concrete wall on the shore.
"When waves hit armoring structures ... you get
a sense of the power of waves, how far that e ni. i .\ is
kicked up in the air," Truitt said, displaying a photo-
graph of waves washing over a wall.
Truitt also discussed using groins for erosion
control, breakwaters, sand renourishment and cre-
atively-designed sandbars.
Elka, who has been flying for about 30
years to take photos, said, "Beach erosion is a
man-made problem.... We built too close to the
water.... No matter what we try to do, we're
never going to be able to control movement of
sand, movement of water.... People want to build
their house where they can go out the back yard
into the water."
Elka added, "The only solution is beach restora-
tion. "
In other business, SAM announced it will
donate a bench to the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park Dec. 17.
The ceremony will take place at about 3:30 p.m.
in the garden south of Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
Marina Drive.

In the Dec. 9, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Holmes Beach City Commissioner Pat
Geyer rejected a proposal by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation for a traffic signal at the
Gulf Drive-Manatee Avenue intersection, saying
it would be "a disaster." Other commissioners
agreed to request a study by a Manatee County
traffic engineer to determine if the signal was
* Bradenton Beach public works director Buddy
Watts kept his job with the city, but was demoted by
then-Mayor Connie Drescher following a number of
citizen complaints about his performance. An effort
by Drescher to fire Watts was rejected by the city
* The Anna Maria Island Privateers were forced
to move their monthly flea market from the field in
Holmes Beach to Coquina Beach because of the
planned construction of a baseball field and other
events already scheduled on the soccer field.

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Anna Maria code board to hold Fiske hearing

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria code enforcement board on
Thursday, Dec. 11, is expected to hear a complaint
first brought by the city earlier this year against Jack
and Evelyn Fiske of South Bay Boulevard for alleg-
edly expanding a commercial marina use on their
residential property.
The case first came before the board in May,
when Chuck Webb was the Fiskes' attorney and not
a city commissioner.

Following several continuances of the hearing,
Webb was elected to the city commission Nov. 4 and,
on the suggestion of the Florida Ethics Commission,
handed over his legal duties to attorney Michelle Hall
at the board's Nov. 18 hearing on the case.
Hall promptly requested another continuance to
allow her to become familiar with the complaint and
A crowd of about 30 people, including boat
owners and representatives from the Fiskes' neigh-
bor, Galati Marine, attended the Nov. 18 hearing in

anticipation of hearing the allegations.
But the board unanimously agreed with Hall to
continue the case to Dec. 11.
The city has alleged that the Fiskes violated city
ordinances by expanding the use of their property as
a marina. The Fiskes maintain that the marina use is
The marina use of the property dates back sev-
eral decades, Webb has previously indicated, and he
claims a number of prior city administrations have
acquiesced to the use.

Cortez Bridge rehab planned for 2013-14

By Paul Roat
Just as one bridge's repair nears the point of sail-
ing into the sunset, reconstruction of another bridge
to Anna Maria Island looms on the horizon.
Regional transportation planners are scheduled
to address a tentative program of road and bridge
replacement and repairs Monday. Within the program
is a projected $5,641,271 for repair and rehabilitation
of the Cortez Bridge in fiscal year 2013-14.
That project follows a $10 million rehab for the
Anna Maria Island Bridge, which caused the closure
of the Perico Island-to-Holmes Beach span for about
five weeks, ending in early November. The Anna
Maria Island Bridge project is scheduled to be fin-
ished by April 2009.
For the 51-year-old Cortez Bridge, work will
probably entail repair of pilings, steel deck, electrical
service and other elements of the drawbridge linking
Cortez and Bradenton Beach. The full scope of work
for the project will be determined as approval and
funding is secured.
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organi-
zation members will discuss the tentative work plan

beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15. The group's
recommendation will then go to the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, then to the Florida Legisla-
ture and governor for final approval.
Other facets of the 2009-10/2013-14 tentative
work plan impacting the Island include:
* $1.399 million for bridge repair-rehab of the
Longboat Pass Bridge in 2011-12.
* $3.429 million for resurfacing Gulf Drive from
Cortez Road to Manatee Avenue in 2009-10.
* $2.207 million for resurfacing of Gulf Drive
from Longboat Pass Bridge to Cortez Road in

The annual meeting of the Manatee County Leg-
islative Delegation will take place at 9 a.m. Dec. 19
at the Meals on Wheels PLUS Enrichment Center,
1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
The delegation will hear presentations on pro-
posed local bills, budget requests and constituent

* $326,000 for landscaping on the Island in
Manatee Avenue from east of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge to Bristol Bay Drive along the cause-
way will be resurfaced at a cost of $1.169 million in
2011-12, according to plans.
DOT officials have also scheduled a public
informational session beginning at 5 p.m. Tues-
day, Dec. 16, to offer proposals and solicit
comments on a replacement for the Anna Maria
Island Bridge. That meeting will be held at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach.

For additional information or to be placed
on the delegation agenda, call Margaret Clark at
941-727-6349 in state Sen. Mike Bennett's office.
The delegation consists of Bennett, state Sens.
Nancy Detert and Arthenia L. Joyner, and state Reps.
Ron Reagan, Bill Galvano, Keith Fitzgerald and
Daryyl Ervin Rouson.

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Cortez museum

boats honored
Several boats restored by the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez received awards at the St. Peters-
burg Classic Car and Boat show held in November.
Doug Calhoun of the museum said members and
volunteers took four boats to the show and brought
back four awards.
The 1956 dinghy "Babe" won Best in Show for
restoration, while the restored Cuban refugee boat
"Esperanza" won first place for most accurate res-
toration and a second prize in the special restoration
category given by the Salty Sisters of the St. Peters-
burg Yacht Club.
The "Sallie Adams," a replica of a Cortez skiff
that worked the area waters around 1880, won Best
in Show for a replica.
Bob Pitt, Roger Allen, Paul Thomas, Judy and
Jerry Biene and Bob Allison attended the show from
the museum, and volunteer Turner N LK ,at. s brought
his own boat, a classic Grand Banks dory named
The Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez is a
cooperative historical project between the Florida
Institute for Saltwater Heritage and the Mana-
tee County Clerk of the Circuit Court Historical
Resources Department, Calhoun said.
The museum is located at 4415 119th St. W. in
Cortez and is open to the public. Call 941-708-6120
for hours of operation or more information.

Library hosts 'Craft and a Movie'
Friends of the Island Branch Library will host
a "Craft and a Movie" evening at the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The program will take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec.
For more information, call the library at

THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 10, 2008 E9
Maritime winners
Volunteers from the Florida
" .' Maritime Museum in Cortez
at a St. Petersburg Yacht
Club boat show in November
where boats from the museum
won four awards. Pictured
.� in front of the "Esperanza,"
, - one of the winning boats, are,
from left, Paul Thomas, Jerry
Biene, Bob Pitt (with trophy),
Turner Matthews and Cal
Allen. Roger Allen is in front.
t Islander Photo: Courtesy
Steve Lattman

Governor honors local officers

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on Dec. 3 presented
awards to one firefighter and 14 Florida law enforce-
ment officers, including two local officers.
Holmes Beach Police Department Officer Mike
Pilato and former Bradenton Beach Police Sgt.
Charles Sloan received the governor's Medal of
The governor, along with Florida Department
of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey,
presented the honors in the Senate chamber of the
"Florida's law enforcement officers are among
the finest in the nation, and each day they will-
ingly serve their communities and fellow Floridians
through selfless and courageous acts," Crist said in a
news release. "On behalf of all Floridians, we thank
them for their service and their sacrifices."
The Medal of Heroism was established by the
Legislature in 2003 and is awarded based on a com-

mittee review of nominations made to the Fraternal
Order of Police Florida State Lodge Web site.
Sloan and Pilato received honors for their efforts
to rescue to young men after their SUV plunged from
the Anna Maria Island Bridge into Sarasota Bay in
April 2006.
The two officers were the first to arrive to the
scene, quickly removed their equipment and dove
into dark waters to remove Zane Zavidil and Ryan
Costello from the vehicle.
Zavidil did not survive. Costello's recovery con-
tinues. Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine has
said Costello likely survived because of the heroism
of Pilato and Sloan.
Last week, recognizing Sloan, Pilato and others,
Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp said, "The officers honored
today have answered the call of duty with honor
and distinction. They are shining examples of what
every law enforcement officer and every firefighter
throughout our state does every single day, and we
thank each of their for their service."

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has scheduled a public
information workshop regarding the Project Development and Environment Study
being conducted to determine the future of the Anna Maria Island Bridge on State
Road 64 in Manatee County. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 16,
2008, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Saint Bernard Catholic Church activity
center, 248 South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida.

This engineering and environment study will analyze replacement options including
low-level and mid-level drawbridge alternatives, a high-level fixed bridge alternative
and further rehabilitation options. The "no-build" option of continued maintenance
of the existing bridge remains a viable alternative throughout the study.

An audiovisual presentation will explain the various alternatives. Aerial
photographs of the alternatives will also be on display, and department
representatives will be present to discuss the study. Information stations will be
located in the church activity center with scribes who will document comments and
questions from attendees. Comment forms and study surveys will also be available
and can be completed at the workshop or taken home, completed and mailed to
FDOT by Wednesday, December 31, 2008.

Persons with disabilities who may need special accommodations at the workshop
under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Chris Piazza,
P.E., at (863) 519-2293.

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TIME: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Saint Bernard Catholic Church
Activity Center
248 South Harbor Drive
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
With age, comes knowledge - the knowledge
that learning can be fun.
And, on Anna Maria Island, learning also can be
The University of South Florida's Academy for
Lifelong Learning's winter programs on Anna Maria
Island will begin in January and include free lectures
as well as paid courses.
The winter lecture series, free and open to the
public, will include:
* Mike Mahon discussing identity theft from
10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 21 at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
* Dr. Samuel Gross discussing "The Rise and Fall
of American Medicine" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb.
4 at the Center.
* Former U.S. Rep. Dan Miller lecturing on the
topic of "New President, New Congress: What Can
We Expect?" at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 25.
Reservations for the lectures are required, and can
be made by calling the academy at 941-359-4296.
In addition to the lectures, the academy's Island
program will offer four courses. The enrollment in
each will be $65 and advance registration is required
by going to
The courses are:
* "In Pursuit of the Great American Stage Play,"
with the first class taking place at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12
at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria.
Additional class times and locations may vary in
this eight-week course, which will be taught primar-
ily by Tom Aposporos, an Island resident and co-
founder of Theatre Odyssey.
* "Florida Friendly Gardening," with the first
class taking place at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Center.
The Tuesday afternoon class will be taught
by Christine Callahan, a master gardener who has
worked extensively with the Anna Maria Elementary
School staff and students on gardens at the Island
* "The Craft of Wi\itinii." with the first class
taking place at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Studio at Gulf
and Pine.
Teacher, volunteer and writer David Rice will
lead the course, covering diction, imagery, tone and
* "This Is Not Your Father's Economics 101,"
with the first class taking place at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15
at the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
Don G. Fell will teach the timely course, explor-
ing the connection between public policy and the
economy and the role of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
The academy also will continue the popular Ein-
stein's Circle of discussions in the winter, with still
details to be announced.
For more information and to make required res-
ervations, call 941-359-4296.

Artist 'yard sale'


Artist Woody Candish and The Islander will
again host an annual pre-holiday "yard sale" on
the sidewalks of the Island Shopping Center in
Holmes Beach.
The annual sale will take place from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Participating artists,
whether independent or artists associated with
Restless Natives, the Anna Maria Island Artists
Guild, Art League, Island Gallery West or any
other art organization are invited to have a booth
at the sale - they need only to register with The
There is no fee to enter and all area artists are
welcome to register and participate in the sale.
The deadline to register and take part in the sale
is Dec. 12.
For holiday shoppers, it's a last-minute
chance to purchase quality original art, much of
it at bargain prices, directly from local artists.
To participate in the sidewalk sale, contact
Lisa Williams at The Islander, 941-778-7978, or

Longboat choir included
in special service
The Longboat Island Chapel Choir will present
a "pageant of Winter Solstice Celebrations" at the
Longboat Island Chapel worship service at 10 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14.
The interfaith community chapel also announced
its Angel Tree is up, and that the chapel is working
with Stillpoint House of Prayer to collect gifts for
migrant children, asking anyone who cares to join
them, to stop by and select an angel from the tree,
purchase and wrap a gift and attach the angel tag and
return the gift to the church by Dec. 14.
The church also is seeking contributions for the
Jim Russo Prison Ministry to assist in buying gifts for
children of prisoners. They ask that checks be made
payable to Longboat Island Chapel and noted, prison
ministry. The church address is 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key FL 34228.
For more information, contact Longboat Island
Chapel at 941-383-6491.

Pier Regulars plan
holiday party
The Pier Regulars group will host a Christmas
Party from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 20, at the
Anna Maria City Pier.
Members, family and friends are invited to join
the party and participate in a raffle for prizes, as well
as a 50-50 drawing.
For more information about attending or to
donate prizes for the raffle, call Pier Regulars presi-
dent Frank Almeda at 941-778-4788.

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach city commissioners Dec. 4
showed frustration with delays in negotiating a fran-
chise agreement with Tampa Electric Company/
Peoples Gas.
Commissioners at their regular meeting last week
asked city attorney Ricinda Perry to draft a letter to
the company, which already has installed a natural
gas line to Bradenton Beach, and state that the city
has made its final offer on an agreement.
One of the hitches in the negotiations is over
which entity the city is entering an agreement with
-TECO or its subsidiary, Peoples Gas. Holmes
Beach faced a similar situation when it negotiated
a franchise agreement for the natural gas line earlier
this year.
The pipeline project, which has involved the
construction of a 4-inch gas line from 75th Street in
Bradenton along Manatee Avenue to the Island and
then on rights of way in Holmes Beach and Braden-
ton Beach, had problems from its start in mid-June.
With permits from the Florida Department of
Transportation, TECO/Peoples Gas was ready to
begin installation of the pipeline along Gulf Drive,
a state road, but officials in Holmes Beach and Bra-
denton Beach had not yet heard of the project.
'They never came to us until they started dig-
ging," said Commissioner John Shaughnessy.
"In my opinion, they tried to railroad this
through," said Commissioner Janie Robertson.
Bradenton Beach commissioners did not move to
stop the installation of the gas line in the city, but they
did require the negotiation of a franchise agreement
that is not yet complete.
Last week, Robertson said she was frustrated and
expressed concern about the city's legal fees associ-
ated with the negotiations.
Perry said her letter to TECO/Peoples Gas would
include a request that the company reimburse the city
for its legal expenses.
Mayor Michael Pierce said the city should
emphasize that the next play will be the company's.
"We can just let that ride," he said.
TECO/Peoples Gas officials did not return The
Islander's calls as of deadline.
In other business Dec. 4, the commission:
* Approved a request for $500 from the Bridge
Street Merchants Association for its holiday celebra-
tion, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec.
The Bridge Street open house will take place at
the same time as the Cortez Yacht Club's fifth annual
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. The parade will take
place in the Intracoastal Waterway between the
Bridge Street Pier and the Cortez Bridge, with prizes
from the club of up to $500 to be awarded.
* Took a series of votes regarding property in the
Sandpiper Resort Co-op on the northern boundary of
the city. (See separate story.)
* Approved a request to close city hall at noon on
Dec. 19 for a holiday party.
* Reappointed Daniel T. DeBaun to the board of
adjustment for a three-year term.
* Authorized the city building official to send a
letter of "no objection" to the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection, which is reviewing an
application to build a swimming pool at the Beach
House Resort, 1000 Gulf Drive N.
The pool and construction work would not
intrude on the beach area, according to the applica-
* Approved a banner request from the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce for an Islandwide wed-
ding festival scheduled to take place on Jan. 25.
* Approved invoices of $3,030 in October and
$3,494 in November from the city attorney.
* Heard from Perry that a district court of appeals

Gulf Drive repairs
The Florida Department of Transportation
construction crews are working on State Road
789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach through
Friday, Dec. 19, from Ninth Street to 10th
The DOT advises motorists to expect inter-
mittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
in both the north and southbound lanes of S.R.
789 while the DOT installs a sidewalk.
From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10,
the contractor plans to conduct nighttime work
in the area, and motorists should expect delays
and exercise caution.

Pancake breakfast Dec. 14
St. Bernard Catholic Church will welcome the
public to its first pancake breakfast of the winter
season Sunday, Dec. 14.
The breakfast - and bake sale - will take
place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church hall, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-4769.

Longboat chamber to host
luncheon Dec. 11
The Longboat Key/ Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce will hold its "nooner" lun-
cheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Sun
House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
For information or reservations, call the chamber
at 941-383-2466.

Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The guest speaker will be publisher and Taste
magazine owner Neal Finelli.
For more information, contact member Ralph
Bassett at 941-795-8697.

Guild hosts holiday sale
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will host
an art sale outside the Guild Gallery in the Island
Shopping Center Saturday, Dec. 13.
The pre-holiday sale will take place from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
For more information, call the Guild Gallery at

Shelter hosts Feline Fridays
The Bishop Animal Shelter will host Feline
Friday at which more than 140 cats can be
adopted at half the adoption fee.
The events will take place this month at the
shelter, 5718 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.
The shelter is operated by the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Manatee
For more information, call the shelter at

denied The Islander's motion for attorney's fees in
a long-running lawsuit involving the newspaper and
the city and a dispute over the city' violation of the
public records law.
The court did not issue an opinion.
Perry said the city would pay the newspaper the
$5,855 judgment for legal fees previously ordered by
the circuit court.
* Voted to authorize Bradenton Beach Police Lt.
John Cosby to attend an emergency planning confer-
ence in Orlando in February.
* Voted to cancel its second meeting in December,
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Local officers provide labor Inauguration Day

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Law enforcement officers are being recruited
from around the country - including a number of
local officers - to provide Inauguration Day security
in Washington, D.C.
Mike Leonard and Stan House of the Holmes
Beach Police Department and Manatee County Sher-
iff's Reserve Officer Ed Straight of Bradenton Beach
will travel to the U.S. capital to help with crowd con-
trol on Inauguration Day, which is Jan. 20.
The crowd for the swearing in of Barack Obama
as the 44th president is expected to be the largest in
inaugural history.
Estimates of the anticipated crowd size go as high
as 4 million people, in part because of the historic
nature of the event and also because Inauguration
Day follows a three-day weekend. Martin Luther
King Day is on Jan. 19.
To date, the largest crowd to gather on the
National Mall was 1.2 million people in 1965, when
Lyndon Baines Johnson took the oath of office.
The U.S. Secret Service is coordinating security,

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Department and about 55 other local and federal
The MPD and Park Police will have the largest
number of people to deal with since the agencies will
provide crowd control and security on the Mall and
along the parade route from the Capitol to the White
Hundreds of officers, recruited by the MPD, will
help with security.
In addition to Leonard, House and Straight,
officers called to D.C. will represent the Bradenton,
Palmetto, and Sarasota police departments, and the

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New Sandpiper chorus director named
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Chorus president C I/., 1.. , Canniff of Anna Maria,
announces Jerry Ammons, pictured, has assumed
directorship of the group. Ammons is a former high
school music teacher, church choir director and
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died Nov. 25 at Blake Medical Center of Braden-
She was born in Sayre, Pa. Mrs. Baker spent
20-plus years on staff at Camp Falcon in Carrollton,
Ohio. She was an active member of many churches,
teaching Sunday school, and as a nursery and cleri-
cal worker. Mrs. Baker was a resident of Gulf Shore
Mobile Home Park on Longboat Key. She served the
park in many ways, including park manager, author
and editor of Sound Wave, the park's newsletter, and
also was an active organizer for park craft shows.
Mrs. Baker was a member of the Colonial Baptist
Church of Bradenton, where a memorial service was
held Nov. 26 with the Rev. R.C. Landsberger officiat-
Mrs. Baker is survived by six children, daughters
Linda and husband Earl Reff of Watertown, N.Y.,
and Vicki and husband Robert Rhodes of Carrollton,
Ohio; sons Charles E. Nelson of Stow, Ohio, Earnest
Paul Nelson and Thomas D. Nelson, both of Car-
rollton, Ohio, and John L. Nelson of Cortez, Fla.,
and step-daughter, Joan and husband Joe Callan of
Longboat Key; sister Mary E. Craig of Rockaway,
Mo.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren;
and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great

Hazel Ilene Powers
Hazel Ilene Powers, 87, of Bradenton and for-
merly of Holmes Beach, died in the care of Tidewell
Hospice on Nov. 26.
Mrs. Powers was a school administrator in Cham-
paign, Ill., who was respected by her peers and a had
a special education wing of Carrie Busey Elemen-
tary School constructed to honor her long-standing
achievements to the school district.
Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral
Home. A family memorial was held at Parrish United
Methodist Church, and memorial donations may be
made to the church, 12140 69th St. E., Parrish FL
34219, or Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bra-
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach's team tasked with supervising
the renovation and operation of the Historic Bridge
Street Pier also will focus on related plans to establish
a nearby mooring field.
The city pier management team met Dec. 4 at
city hall to discuss minor repairs and upkeep to the
city-owned pier, as well as briefly discuss the push to
create a mooring field, part of a master recreational
boating plan.
Earlier this year, the city used a grant from the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to hire
Scheda Ecological Associates Inc. of Sarasota as the
consultant on the plan. Its development is ongoing.
The city planned to meet with recreational boat-
ers at Herb Dolan Park on Tuesday, Dec. 9, after The
Islander's deadline this week, to discuss including a
canoe and kayak launch in the plan.
Next April, the city probably will file a grant
application to implement the plan, including buying
such items as mooring balls, said city project and
program manager Lisa Marie Phillips.
In other pier team business, newly elected City
Commissioner Bob Bartelt was introduced as the
commission liaison to the group, which consists of
employees from city departments.
Commissioner Janie Robertson had served as
liaison in the past, but asked that Bartelt take the
duty since the pier is in his ward.
The team also indicated its support for Rotten
Ralph's on the Pier to hang a neon "Open" sign in a
front window.
The contract between the restaurant and the city
requires city approval of new signs on the pier.
During a report to the team, Rotten Ralph's owner
Dave Russell said more than 124,000 customers dined
at the pier restaurant in its first year of operation.
"We're going to add a sunset menu to try to draw
more people during the off-hours," Russell said.

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Anna Maria City
Nov. 29, 100 S. Bay Blvd., city pier, theft. Depu-
ties responded to an alarm at the pier and discovered
someone had pried open the door to the bait shop and
took an unknown amount of beer.
Bradenton Beach
Nov. 27, 2400 block Avenue B, criminal mischief.
The complainant said someone threw a beer bottle
at his father's van overnight, breaking a window. A
neighbor said he believed the culprits came from a
party down the street, but were not located.
Nov. 28, 1400 Gulf Drive South, no driver's
license. Officers noticed a vehicle pulled off to the
side of the road. The driver was asleep behind the
wheel of the car, which was running. Empty beer cans
were on the front seat. Record's checks revealed the
man did not have a driver's license. He was arrested,
and the vehicle towed.
Nov. 28, 2513 Gulf Drive, Circle K, shoplifting.
A store clerk said two men entered the store, each
grabbed an 18-pack of beer, and left without paying.
The two men were not found.
Nov. 29, 120 Bridge St., Drift In, disorderly
intoxication. Officers were called to the Bridge
Tender Inn in reference to a patron who was appar-
ently intoxicated and unruly. Upon officer's arrival,
they were told the man had left the restaurant and
gone to the Drift In. The man was located, began to
curse officers and, once outside, threatened them. He
was arrested and jailed.
Nov. 29, 2513 Gulf Drive, Circle K, shoplifting. A
store clerk said a man entered the store, grabbed an 18-pack
of beer, and left without paying. The man was suspected to
have been one of the two who took beer from the store the
night before, but review of the surveillance tape revealed
it was a different man. He was not located.
Holmes Beach
Nov. 29,7300 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his bicycle, valued at
$200, from his yard overnight.
Dec. 1, 200 block 66th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said a TV set, valued at $597, was missing
from the master bedroom of his rental apartment.
Dec. 2, 100 block 45th Street, burglary. The com-
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Anna Maria maintains flood insurance discount

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria building official Bob Welch has
completed the annual floodplain management plan
progress report to maintain the city's rating for flood
insurance. The Federal Emergency Management
Agency requires the report.
Welch said current level 5 is the lowest of the
three Island cities and city property owners can obtain
a 25 percent discount on their flood insurance premi-
ums at that level.

Welch said he responded in October to a FEMA
inspection team's report of the city's community
rating system and is waiting for FEMA to recom-
mend any further action that could lead to a lower
level for the city, further reducing the flood insurance
premiums for residents, he said.
The plan ensures that a comprehensive review
of possible activities and mitigation measures for
floodplain management were conducted by the city
the past year.
Welch said that, as part of the review, at the sug-

gestion of FEMA, the city has amended its stormwa-
ter management ordinance.
The city also addressed enforcement of the
"impervious surface coverage" and minimum-ele-
vation requirements in its ordinances.
Welch said in his report that a public
meeting/open house will be held from 3 p.m.
to 7 p.m. Jan. 15 to discuss floodplain issues
and collect data from city residents that will
aid the city in its floodplain management

Holms Beach parks committee plans seminar

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee got to work last week planning its annual
spring seminar.
The members hope to hold the event at Holmes
Beach City Hall in March 2009 and structure the edu-
cational program around the topic of local landscape
At a meeting Dec. 3 at city hall, the commit-
tee agreed to incorporate into the seminar the plan-
ning for a proposed public demonstration garden on
Marina Drive.
The advisory committee applied earlier this year
for a Sarasota Bay Estuary Project grant to create the
garden. Notice of the grant awards is not expected
until January.
During the seminar, the committee members,
along with guest speakers, would discuss how to
select a site and design areas for landscaping, how
to select plants and how to add accessories, such as
rain barrels.
In other business last week, the committee dis-
cussed beautifying the traffic islands at the Manatee
Avenue entrance to Holmes Beach.
There are two islands at the intersection of Mana-
tee Avenue and East Bay Drive that the committee
wants to see improved.
Members have talked with the Anna Maria Island
Rotary Club about sponsoring plantings in the islands.
The estimated initial cost would be $1,000 for about
300-400 perennial plants.
"There would be some additional costs if there
are seasonal plantings," said committee member
Melissa Snyder. "But there shouldn't have to be
plants replaced every year."
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Island Players present murder, old-school style

By Lisa Neff
Islander critic
"Cliffhanger" is a whodunit.
You don't think so in scene one. You think then
that the play, written by James Yaffe and staged in
New York City in 1985, will follow the "Columbo"
But listen to director James Thaggard as he wel-
comes the audience to the second production of the
Island Players 60th season. "Cliffhanger," he says, is
a thriller. And thrillers require some surprises along
the way.
The production opened Dec. 4 at the theater,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, and continues through
Dec. 14, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. and Tues-
day through Saturday performances at 8 p.m. The box
office opens an hour before the curtains open.
The play features an ensemble cast that includes
Rick Kopp as not-ready-for-pasture professor Henry
Lowenthal, Laura Morales as protective wife Polly,
Mary Jo Johnson as calculating professor Edith
Wilshire, Carl MacMichael as philosophy student
Melvin McMullen and Vinnie Conte as friendly
detective Dave DeVito.
In the production department, Thaggard takes
the lead as director, Jan Van Wart as set designer,
Chris McVicker as set designer, Bob Grant as sound
designer, Don Bailey as costume designer and Joanne
Romans as stage manager.
When the curtains part, the stage is set to bring
the audience to the Lowenthal home in a small New
Mexico college town.
First on stage are the Lowenthals discussing the
professor's chance at a distinguished chair and the
pending arrival of his bitch of a boss and former stu-
dent, Edith Wilshire.
Edith bursts into the room, her evil nature evi-
denced by her suggestion that Adolf Hitler was just
human, and informs Henry that she won't recommend
him for the chair. In fact, she's forcing the old-school
thinker into retirement.
What happens next is an old-school mystery-
thriller that involves a blackmailing philosophy stu-

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MacMichael and Contie stand out. Conte brings
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Time of the essence ,
The Essence of Time antique, col-
lectibles and gift store has been a Holmes i.
Beach institution for 13 years.
Owners Todd and Rosemary ': .
Fleck kept the shop open during reno- , i
vations to the newly named AMI Plaza
at 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
and held a grand opening last week to
celebrate the completion of the work. .E
Essence of Time has collectibles,
antiques, gifts and "all things that are Get ready for
unique items," said Todd. wedding event
Store hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. daily. The Anna Maria Island Cham-
And Essence of Time is well pre- ber of Commerce and its wedding
pared for the upcoming season. merchant members are making plans
Dennis and Frances Bello recently for the second annual Strolling Wed-
joined Essence of Time as designers ding Festival on Sunday, Jan. 25.
and collectible dealers. The chamber is working in con-
Dennis is a professional floral junction with the Bradenton Area
designer specializing in custom silk Convention and Visitors Bureau to
designs, and he has a number of designs get the news out to prospective brides
prepared for the holiday season. and grooms that there are more than
Dennis and Francisalso have a number $15,000 in prizes available for those
of new and unique items available for gifts, who take the tour, including a dream
decorations or personal use. Island wedding package.
For more information from the Couples who sign up for the fes-
Bellos, call 941-778-4923, or e-mail tival will visit more than 40 wedding vendors at 12 convenient Island loca-
For more information on the store, tions to discuss their wedding plans.
call 941-778-9396. Participants can take the tour via a

nj ,. Todd Fleck
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complimentary limousine service, the
free Island Trolley, or visit the vendors
at their own pace.
Activities include a fashion show
at Acqua Aveda Salon Spa in the
Shoppes at Tidemark at 5311 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, a free conti-
nental breakfast at the BeachHouse
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, and a
sunset celebration and mock wedding
followed by a real reception at the
Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
Bradenton Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau marketing director
Jessica Grace said Anna Maria Island
is marketed as the "Beach Wedding
Capital of Florida," and, based on last
year's successful event, couples should
take advantage of early registration.
For more information on the
wedding festival, call the chamber at

941-778-1541, or go online to www.

Realty raves
Wagner Realty at 3639 Cortez Road
W., with offices on Anna Maria Island,
has named Jennifer Summerals as its top
listing agent on the Island for November.
Susan Smith garnered the same award at
the company's Longboat Key office.
The top-selling Wagner agent on
Anna Maria Island for November was
Carol Codella, while Dee Dee Burke
took selling honors on Longboat Key.
For more information, call
941-727-2800, or visit the company's
Web site at

Real estate sales
207 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a
2,100 sfla / 3000 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car
home built in 2008 on a 52x110 lot was
sold 11/04/08, Coastal Cottages 4 LLC
to Alexander for $675,000.
207 Coconut Ave., Anna Maria, a
680 sfla / 934 sfur Ibed/lbath home built
in 1945 ona52xl00lotwas sold 11/18/08,
Cina to lafolla for $570,000; list $570,000.
It sold in December 2000 for $212,000.
6902 Palm Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 2,080 sfla / 2,962 sfur 4bed/4bath
duplex built in 1973 on a 9,714sq ft lot
was sold 11/19/08, Benson to Hutchi-
son for $300,000
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can
be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate transactions
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Wednesday, Dec. 10
11:30 a.m. - The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island
Players Christmas luncheon at the Londoner Bed and Break-
fast, 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. Information:
7 p.m. - Holden evening prayer at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Thursday, Dec. 11
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Longboat Key/Lido Key/St.
Armands Key Chamber of Commerce "Nooner" lunch at the
Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-383-2466.
Friday, Dec. 12
7p.m. to 9 p.m. - Opening reception for "Birds of the FISH
Preserve" photograph exhibit at the Florida Maritime Museum,
4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 8:30 a.m.-4p.m., Tuesday-Saturday,
through Jan. 12. Information: 941-708-6120.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Reception for watercolor artist Sue
Lynn Cotton at the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6634.
Saturday, Dec. 13
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts
a breakfast meeting with guest Neal Finelli, publisher and owner
of Taste Dining and Travel magazine, at Cafe on the Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Artist Guild of Anna Maria Island art
sale in the parking lot of The Island Shopping Center on Marina
Drive in Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
10 a.m. to ? - The Anna Maria Island Privateers Christ-
mas Parade from Bayfront Park to Coquina Beach, followed
by the holiday party with free hot dogs and sodas for children,
as well as Santa visits and presents. Information or to sign up,
10 to 11 a.m. - Couples massage class at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
10 to 11:30 a.m. - Funky beads for kids class at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Winterfest arts and crafts festival
at Holmes Beach City Hall Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Christmas on Bridge Street, merchants
open house followed by a lighted boat parade viewing on the
Historic Bridge Street Pier.
6:30 p.m. - Bethlehem Walk departing from Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-0414.
Sunday, Dec. 14
8 to 11 a.m. - Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catho-


lic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
10 a.m. - The Longboat Island Chapel Choir presents
a "Pageant of Winter Solstice Celebrations" at 6200 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-8574.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Winterfest arts and crafts festival
at Holmes Beach City Hall Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
4 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Nick Sabella Benefit on the Beach with
live bands, food and prizes at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222.
Fee (donation) applies.

Tuesday, Dec. 16
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for
lunch and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.
4 p.m. - Inquiring Minds presents an inter-faith look at
Judaism at Gloria Dei Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
7:30 p.m. - Christmas with the Bay Chorale at Kirkwood
Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W, Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 941-753-5634. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Dec. 17
5:30 p.m. - Holiday movie and craft project for teens at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-6341.
6:15 p.m.- Soup Supper at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Ticket information:
7 p.m. - Holden evening prayer at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch
horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W, Bradenton, hosts dinners for
the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.

Coming up:
* Dec. 17, Teen night at the Island Branch Library.
* Dec. 19, Winter Solstice yoga workshop at the Island
Yoga Space.
* 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 holiday.
* Dec. 24, gospel concert at CrossPointe Fellowship.
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Islanders David and Rookie Wicklund recently
announced that their granddaughter will dance the role of
Clara in a Bradenton production of "The Nutcracker."
Mattison Bedinghaus, 10, will perform in the
Dance Theatre of Bradenton's production of the
holiday ballet Dec. 13-14 at Manatee Community
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Santa arrived Saturday at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, where the Center was home to
the annual Chuck and Joey Lester-Islander Holiday
Fun Day.
The Center gym was a winter wonderland for
the day, including a charming stage setting for Santa,
where children of all ages were invited to provide
Santa their holiday wishes.
Activities included a bounce house, a Kiwanis
Club-sponsored fishing pond, face-painting, cookie-
decorating, card-making, prize drawings for tur-
keys and lots of food, all prepared by the folks from
Duffy's Tavern. The event was aided by volunteers
who served up everything at old-fashioned, family-
friendly prices.

... and again


,Dec. 13
A big elf and a crew of privateers will parade the
length of the Island with a number of other Christmas
celebrants Dec. 13.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas
Parade will begin at about 10 a.m. Saturday.
Staging for the parade will take place at Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria City. The parade will travel the
length of the Island to Coquina Beach.
The Privateers are collecting applications for
floats and other units. Participation is free, but appli-
cations - which can be downloaded at amiprivateers.
org or picked up at The Islander - must be filed.
Some rules apply: All floats must be staged in
Anna Maria by 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13; entries
must be decorated in colors and style befitting the
spirit of the holiday season, units must have an ID
banner or sign, entries must be peddle- or motor-
powered - no walking.
After the parade, the Privateers will host a holi-
day party at Coquina Beach with free hot dogs and
sodas for children, as well as holiday presents -
handed out to kids by Santa Claus.
For more information and to sign up, call Privateer
parade chair Greg "Wig" Luzier at 941-752-5973.

Event sponsors Chuck and Joey Lester, left, are joined in what's become a traditional holiday photo with
Santa by Pierrette and Paul Kelly. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

Payton Murphy, front, 3, of Bradenton, is greeted
by Santa, while Celiea Petereit, 5, applauds her
approval, as Center executive director Pierrette
Kelly admires the charm of Santa at Fun Day.

Center executive director Pierrette Kelly welcomes
Santa with a hug to the seventh annual Lester-
Islander Holiday Fun Day event Dec. 6 at the


Maya Sapienza, 8, of Bradenton Beach, completes
a holiday gift card at Fun Day.

Center staff member April Jonatzke paints a snow-
man with applied "google eyes" on Amanda Karge,
9, of Anna Maria, as mom Betty Karge looks on.
Betty said it was their first year on Anna Maria
Island and first time at the Fun Day event., /,..- and
Amanda personally thanked the Lesters for spon-
soring such a "wonderful event."

Ralph Bassett of the Island Kiwanis observes the
skill of Tommy Finley, 3, on the shoulders of dad
Jim Finley, at the Fun Day fishing pond, where
prizes magically appear on the hook. The Finleys
ofC (/ ... - are visiting Tommy's grandmother,
Islander Carol Finley.

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Jayden Audige, 19 months, is charmed and concerned by his visit with
Santa at the downtown Holmes Beach open house sponsored by The
Islander. Jayden is visiting with mom and dad from Toronto, who said they
planned their trip to AMI on the Internet. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Mason Schwartz has his first visit with Santa at the downtown Holmes Beach open
house. Mason is the grandson ofAnna Maria Island Privateer Randy "Lt. Bubba Butt"
and Serena Schwartz. The Privateers assisted Santa at the event. Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

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Santa Claus was busy visiting Anna Maria Island,
landing his sleigh first at the Island Shopping Center,
accompanied by the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
The downtown holiday open house at the center
and surrounding shops appeared from crowds to be
a rousing success.
Santa saw a line of youngsters and families
from the moment he arrived at 5 p.m. in front of The
Islander office until well after 8 p.m.

'I want a big bird... and pirate stuff'
Caine Jones, 7, of Bradenton, informs Santa Claus that he wants "a big bird that squeaks" and "pirate
stuff" for Christmas. The holiday open house in Holmes Beach's downtown business district Dec. 5fea-
tured big birds at the Sun & Surf Resortwear and Anna Maria Island Privateers at The Islander, making an
impression on Caine. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

An adults-only punch is served outside the Island
Florist during the holiday open house in downtown
Holmes Beach Dec. 5. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

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Anchorage conflicts sail off to Florida lawmakers

Boats at anchor offer a picture-perfect vista of
Island life - an idyllic time filled with soft breezes,
good company and the warm glow of a sunrise or
sunset dipping beneath the horizon.
But also looming on the horizon for vessels
parked near the shore is a raft of regulations that
could topple the moored ships in local, state or fed-
eral waters.
The battle between on-the-water boatowners and
on-the-land waterfront homeowners has festered for
decades. All too often the fight is a case of the haves
versus the have nots.
You've got some guy who spent a zillion dollars
on his prime waterfront home. He's got a mortgage,
insurance bills, landscaping expenses and all the
other financial accoutrements associated with living
his watery dream.
And what does he see one morning upon awak-
ening? Some guy with a boat anchored just off his
seawall, enjoying his view without all that financial
baggage. Yikes!
Unfortunately for Joe the Homeowner, the waters
where his new neighbor resides are sometimes murky
when it comes to who owns what. The water is pretty
much public domain. The bottom under the water
- where the anchor of Joe the Boater has his vessel
moored - can belong to city, state, federal or some
other entity. Sometimes enforcement is possible,
sometimes it's troublesome. Invariably, it seems, it's
time consuming.
The problem of errant boaters taking up residence
in nearshore waters is exacerbated by their numbers.
A single zillion-dollar sailboat moored off the shore
isn't usually a cause for a cry for enforcement help.
Multiply that single boat by a score or more, though,
and have them be less than fine sailing craft captained
by outstanding sailors, and the problem is ... well, a
Some boaters are less than stellar when it comes
to the condition of their vessels, the shape of their
anchor lines or rodes, the mandatory rules of sea-
manship regarding lights at night, the placement of
the anchorage away from fragile bottom features like
seagrass beds or coral, and the disposal of garbage
and waste.
If the adage of everything running downstream
is true, then a corollary of all marine debris ending
up on shore also seems to be true.
Government has addressed the matter of boat-
ers and homeowners in a surprisingly gentile manner
as far as the government types are concerned. Most
jurisdictions limit the time a boat can spend at anchor
to no more than a few days.
Some waterfront jurisdictions have established
anchorages or mooring fields that are regulated to
a variety of levels. Regulation can be as benign as
simply setting aside a swath of water and saying "go
there, and play nice."
Sometimes the anchorages have more stringent
requirements, with charges based on length of vessel
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patrol the offshore fields, citing those not meeting
the requirements with warnings or fines.
Some areas even welcome the boaters to spe-
cific areas and offset the offshore "rent" with docking
space for small boats, showers, laundry facilities, rest
rooms and sundries.
The rent derived from the boaters is used to main-
tain and upgrade the facilities and, if the revenue is
sufficient, can be used to reduce taxes for Joe the

Case studies
One of the first established mooring fields in
Florida, and one of the nicest, is in Vero Beach on
the east coast. The city is a port of call for yachting
snowbirds traversing the Eastern Seaboard, and the
mooring field of 100 or so spaces features established
anchorages and buoys for boats of all sizes.
By the way, an anchorage is simply an official
restricted area where boaters would use their own
ground tackle - anchors and rodes - to secure the
boat in position. A mooring field is a controlled area
where boaters tie up to a floating buoy that is attached
to the bottom by a heavy weight or some type of
auger system, which would have to be provided and
maintained, and boaters would be assigned their posi-
tion by a harbormaster.
Vero Beach has a nice deepwater mooring field
adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway, tucked away
between two big mangrove islands.
On shore, boaters can use rest rooms, showers
and laundry. Bikes are available at a nominal price
for shopping at nearby stores. There is a small market
for essentials, plus a little snack bar and clubhouse for
chatting with fellow waterfolks. It's a quiet, peaceful
Closer to home, Sarasota should have similar
facilities finished and operational next year. It's been
a long process - 19 years at least - but the area just
south of Marina Jack Restaurant on the bayfront will
be a mooring field of 100-plus vessels of all sizes.
And even closer to home is a planned managed
anchorage and mooring field south of the Historic
Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. That field's
configuration is under discussion as to mooring or
anchorage permutations, but shoreside facilities have
been completed as part of the renovations to the pier
in the past few years.
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Problems in water world
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission has recognized that "conflicts" exist between
the boating and homeowning communities.
Boaters fear that their relatively unfettered life-
style will be overly regulated by government. Gov-
ernment officials argue that homeowners should have
protection from outlaw boaters who throw trash in
the water, dump raw sewerage overboard and have
poor-quality mooring lines that snap during storms,
leaving boats adrift to damage seawalls and other
FWC officials last week addressed the matter of
vessels and moorings. Draft legislation to create a
pilot program to test boat anchoring and mooring
regulations in various parts of the state, among other
provisions, will be submitted to the Florida Legisla-
ture in 2009.
"Public access sites for boaters have diminished
because of development of waterfront properties
and privatization of boating facilities," said FWC
Major Paul Ouellette. "As a result, some boaters
have anchored or moored their vessels on the water
permanently, or for long periods, and often behind
waterfront properties. The vessels can become dere-
lict, create navigational hazards and property damage,
harm seagrass and corals, and create pollution.
"Under pressure from homeowners and others,
local governments implemented local codes and ordi-
nances that are in conflict with state laws. However,
for boaters it was confusing because they often expe-
rienced local jurisdictions with different rules and
Ouellette admits that the conflict between Joe
the Homeowner and Joe the Boater is a real prob-
lem. 'There are definitely two sides to this," he said.
"Boaters believe boating is the last bastion of free-
dom, but waterfront property owners do not want to
deal with a boat's pollution, noise and other problems
- especially when boats are practically anchored in
their back yards."
Adding to the murky situation is jurisdictional
discrepancies that often plague the cruising boater.
It's hard to play by the rules when the rules keep
changing, and all too often where and how you spend
one night on the water can vary the next evening.
'The situation became especially confusing for
boaters as they traveled from county to county and
encountered local jurisdictions with inconsistent
regulations," Ouellette said.
"However, based on public input, the FWC is
proposing slightly more authority to regulate anchor-
ing and clarify local government authority. Boaters
generally felt laws should be overseen by the FWC
to ensure uniformity and consistency. But local gov-
ernments wanted more authority to address problems
that were unique to their own communities and fell

CA f T M 1 K E



Fronts keep fishers at home;

gags moving to Tampa Bay
By Paul Roat
Last week's back-to-back-to-back fronts appar-
ently drove both fishers and fish into hiding. Most
reports indicate little was caught.
For the few hardy anglers willing to rough the
water, redfish, flounder and sheepshead were the best
catches in the backwaters.
Offshore action for amberjack has been good off
artificial reefs 15- to 20-miles from shore in the Gulf
of Mexico.
Gag grouper are also starting to move into Tampa
Bay. Try the shipping channels for the best results.
And remember that snook season closed Dec. 1,
and trout season remains closed until Jan. 1.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle on Cortez Road,
reports include lots of grouper coming into port from
offshore anglers. Backwater action is pretty much
centered around redfish.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said there are
lots of catches of gag grouper in Tampa Bay. Best
action is coming from the shipping channels by fish-
ers who troll their bait. Amberjack are also hitting
well offshore, with the artificial reefs about 20 miles
out in the Gulf producing lots of AJs. Redfish are
coming off the seagrass flats in the bays, he said,
and there are some catch-and-release trout and snook
being caught. Danny noted that fishing is in a transi-

outside the scope of what the state can enforce."
A total overhaul of state regulations addressing
mooring or anchoring of boaters is expected next
year, with more changes anticipated over time.
"As the population of Florida boaters increases,
we will continue to have to revise our statutes and
provide and improve boating access," Ouellette
concluded. "Freedom to navigate must be weighed
against growth management so boating isn't just for
the elite."

Sandscript factoid
The formal start of the City of Sarasota moor-
ing field debate began in 1990. However, its genesis
came from a gentleman named Eli and his scruffy
little houseboat several years earlier.
Eli, with his long hair and , - il..,'.y beard, tucked
his little homemade houseboat into a perfect little
cove just a bit east of St. Armands in Sarasota. It was
an ideal spot: protected from high winds and rough
surf, screened from the road by pines, a short bike
ride from downtown or the beach or the shops of St.
Armands Circle.
Unfortunately for Eli, his new home was not
screened from bayfront homeowners, one of whom
was a state representative. Also unfortunate for the
free-spirited Eli was his habit of rising with the sun
and strolling naked to the bow of his little boat to
greet the new day.

tion period right now, with the critters moving toward
their winter haunts as the air and water temperatures
Reports from the Rod & Reel Pier include a few
mackerel and sheepshead coming to the hooks of pier
Rocky at the Anna Maria City Pier said there
are lots of flounder coming to the bait of late, with
most of the catches of legal size or a bit larger. Sheep-
shead are also a good bet from the gin-clear waters
off the pier.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House
said things were strangely slow. Back-to-back fronts
apparently kept most fishers close to port last week, he

Bike trip planned at
Robinson Preserve
The Manatee County Natural Resources
Department will host a bike trip at Robinson
Preserve at 10 a.m. Dec. 13.
NRD invites cyclists to participate in "Roll
through Robinson on Two Wheels," an event
led by Lynn Deuitch, a member of the Manatee
County Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Board.
Reservations are required.
For more information, call the county at
941-748-4501, ext. 4605.

The Republican state representative didn't appre-
ciate Eli's morning ablutions. He also didn't appreci-
ate his wife's keen attention to Eli's morning ritual.
What at first appeared to be a simple problem of
rousting a guy and his boat soon turned into a legal
morass when it was discovered that the city had no
regulations to deal with Eli and his Constitutional
rights. Ordinances were adopted, challenged, thrown
out by the courts, appealed to higher courts, modified
... it probably would still be going on if Eli's boat
hadn't sunk and he moved away to a teepee on North
Lido Beach, there to start another problem which is
better suited for another column.

THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 10, 2008 0 23

Tuna sandwich,
Jamie Gauge, left,
and Evan Gauge,
of Bradenton, are
Pictured with a
22-pound blackfin
S __ tuna Jamie caught 35
si-- miles offshore of Anna
Maria Island using

bait. They also caught
Sa limit of big red
grouper and lots of
big gag grouper. Evan
hooked a big wahoo
and had a goodfight
with it until the hook
came loose. The pair
were fishing with
t Capt. Larry McGuire.
said. "Nobody's fishing," he said. "It's very slow."
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Fishing
Charters has been fishing in deep-water canals in
the past week, as well as near docks and drop-offs
along the Intracoastal Waterway, catching redfish,
sheepshead, flounder, snapper and ladyfish. He's also
found that grouper are moving closer to shore from
their usual deep-water spots.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II
out of Parrot Bay Marina in Cortez said fishing
action has been decent, with his charters catching
a mixed bag of fish. "While targeting docks, sea
walls and other types of structure, there have been
fair catches of mangrove snapper, sheepies, mixed
grouper, redfish, flounder, snook and black drum,"
he said. "Shrimp has been the bait most productive
for this type of fishing. Fresh-cut mullet, ladyfish
and pinfish has also been productive for redfish and
snook." Action in the open bay areas over deep sea-
grass beds has been giving up out-of-season trout,
bluefish, ladyfish and an occasional mackerel and
pompano, with artificial jigs and spoons working
well for open-water species. Capt. Zach suggests
that when winter fishing inshore structure, seek out
south facing seawalls with a dark bottom and lots
of structure. "The water in such places will usually
be several degrees warmer, which can make a huge
difference in the bite. If there's a good tidal flow
and a lot of glass minnows in the area, so much the
Good luck and good fishing.

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AME runners club gaining popularity

Anna Maria Elementary School's running club is
gaining popularity with membership jumping from
30 students in November to more than 60 students
In addition to providing fun physical activity,
the runner's club aims to help students prepare for
the upcoming 2009 Dolphin Dash scheduled for
Jan. 17.
Students planning to participate in the race
receive training sheets in order to monitor their train-
ing progress at home. Students who log 12-miles of
running or walking on his/her training sheet prior to
the race will receive a pair of Dolphin Dash shoe-
laces. Three students have already earned laces: third-
grader Emma Moneuse, fourth-grader Seth Walter
and fifth-grader Sarah Wolfe.
Club members meet Wednesdays at 8 a.m. on
the bayside of campus to run laps. Twelve laps are
equivalent to a mile run.
Parents are welcome to run with students, as are
Island residents.
New members are welcome to join the club and
permission slips for are available in the school admin-
istrative office.
The Dolphin Dash is a 5k fun run and 1-mile race
through Holmes Beach with proceeds benefiting the
AME Parent-Teacher Organization.
For more information, call the school at

... And PTO seeks

race sponsors
The AME PTO is seeking T-shirt sponsors for its
Dolphin Dash race to be held in January.
For $100, sponsors will have their name or busi-
ness logo on the back of the race shirts. Sponsors may
also participate in the race for the sponsor fee.
The Dolphin Dash is scheduled for Saturday,
Jan. 17. The event consists of a 5k-run beginning at
8 a.m. followed by a 1-mile fun run an hour later.
For more event or sponsorship information, call
Becky Walter at 941-383-9675.


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Running fun
The Anna Maria Elementary School running club membership has more than 60 active members. Pic-
tured are those brave enough to brace a chilling Wednesday morning run around the school playing field.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Becky Walter

AME school calendar
* 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
by Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant at 5 p.m. in the
cafeteria, followed by the first-grade play at 7 p.m.
in the auditorium.
* Dec. 17, Wildlife Inc. presentation from 10:30
to 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.

Dolphin winner
Fifth-grader Madeline Valadie's contest entry was
chosen as the winning T-shirt design for Anna
Maria Elementary School's upcoming 5K run. The
Dolphin Dash will take place Jan. 17 in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Becky Walter

... and Race shirt

design winner named
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grader Mad-
eline Valadie will have her design of three dolphins
racing to a finish line printed on the official 2008-09
Dolphin Dash race day T-shirt.
The design contest was open to all AME students and,
as the winner, Valadie will receive the first of the 300 shirts
that are provided to all registered participants.
The third annual Dolphin Dash is scheduled for
Saturday, Jan. 17. The event consists of a 5K run
beginning at 8 a.m. followed by a 1-mile fun run an
hour later. Entry forms are available in the school
administrative office. Pre-registration fees are $20
for adults and $10 for children under 16-years-old.
Registration is under way with entry forms available in
the school administration office. Registration can also be com-
pleted online at, click on "races."
For more event information, call Becky Walter
at 941-383-9675.

Winter break for AME
Winter break for students at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School and other district schools in Manatee
County will begin Monday, Dec. 22.
Classes will resume Monday, Jan. 6.
For more information, call your school adminis-
tration office.

Balloon animals
Fourth-graders Marley Mapp and Allison Fenton
twist balloons into animal shapes and hats to sell at
their class mini-mall. The mini-mall is held in the
fall and spring and gives students an opportunity
to buy and sell items they made. Islander Photo:
Diana Bogan

Bug cakes
Gavin Sentman
said his mom
helped him make
poundcakes in bug
shapes. He was
among several
mini-mall retail-
ers specializing
in food items.
Islander Photo:
Diana Bogan

THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 10, 2008 0 25

MHS girls soccer team buoyed by Islanders

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Manatee High School girl's JV and varsity
soccer teams have a strong contingent of Islanders,
including JV coach Jeff Nelson, an Anna Maria Island
resident for six years. Nelson, who played soccer at
MHS in the early stages of high school soccer has
been at the helm of the JV program for eight years
and last year led his team to an undefeated season.
This year's team has gotten off to a bit of a slow
start, tying the first game against Sarasota 0-0 and
losing its second game at Venice by a 4-1 score. Since
then, the Lady Canes JV squad has gone 3-0-1 in their
last four games, including a 5-0 win over Sarasota
Riverview on Dec. 4.
Sophomores Mackenzie Kosfeld and Alexis
Owens are two of the Islanders who are contributing
to the success of the JV team. Owens, who has lived
on the Island for two years starts at midfield and is in
her second season on the team. She has an impressive
3.5 grade-point average and wants to attend the Uni-
versity of South Florida and study marine bi olo ,..
Kosfeld, a life-long Islander is also in her second
year with the JV team. She is a starter at left defense
and also plays on the JV volleyball team for MHS.
Kosfeld, the granddaughter of Islander cartoonist
Jack Egan has a 2.7 GPA and wants to study photog-
raphy at Florida State University after high school.
The varsity squad is loaded with Island girls. Junior
Sean Edwards, an Island resident for 12 years, is in her
first varsity season after playing two years on the JV
team, including last year when she served as one of two
team captains. Edwards, who plays midfield, has com-
piled an impressive 3.7 GPA, and is currently undecided
on what college she will attend.
When asked what she likes best about her current
team, she said, "I really like the camaraderie of the
team and how all of the girls have become such good
friends. We all have a love of soccer and we work
together so well that it's always fun!"
Sophomore Erin Mulrine is in her second season
as a starter at central midfield for the Her-icanes. She
has lived on the Island for four years and has com-
piled a lofty 3.5 GPA. Mulrine hopes to attend and
play soccer at the University of Florida. She said
she's impressed with how close her teammates are.
"It's amazing how much of a team we are and how
well we play together."
Junior Christina Papazian, a five-year resident
of Longboat Key is in her third season as a member
of the Her-icanes. Papazian, starting goalie, earned
all-area honors as a freshman and she's back in good
form after enduring a knee injury that sidelined her
for her entire sophomore season. She has accumu-
lated six shutouts and has allowed only three goals
in eight games for an incredible 0.37 goals-against

AMICC basketball schedule
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Dec. 10 8 p.m. Ralph's vs. IRE
Dec. 13 10 a.m. IRE vs. A Paradise
Dec. 13 11 a.m. Ralph's vs. Academy
Dec. 15 8 p.m. Ralph's vs. A Paradise

Division I (ages 12-13)
Dec. 11 8 p.m. Dips vs. Fronius
Dec. 12 8 p.m. Dips vs. IFP
Dec. 13 noon Fronius vs. IFP
Dec. 16 8 p.m. IFP vs. Dips

Division II (ages 10-11)
Dec. 11 7 p.m. Panoramic vs. Observer
Dec. 12 7 p.m. E-Training vs. Sand Dollar
Dec. 13 1 p.m. Panoramic vs. Sand Dollar
Dec. 13 2 p.m. E-Training vs. Observer
Dec. 16 7 p.m. Panoramic vs. E-Training
Division III (ages 8-9)
Dec. 10 7 p.m. Jessie's vs. Ross Built
Dec. 11 6 p.m. Coastal vs. A&E
Dec. 13 3 p.m. Jessie's vs. A&E
Dec. 13 4 p.m. Coastal vs. Ross Built
Dec. 15 7 p.m. Ross Built vs. A&E
Dec. 16 6 p.m. Jessie's vs. Coastal

Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Dec. 10 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Sandbar
Dec. 12 6 p.m. Walter vs. Bistro
Dec. 13 5 p.m. Walter vs. Sandbar
Dec. 15 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Bistro

average. Papazian also is excelling in the classroom
with an almost perfect 3.9 GPA that she hopes will
propel her to medical school. She also wants to play
soccer at the University of Florida. When asked what
she likes about playing on the varsity soccer team,
Papazian said, "I enjoy decorating the MOM (Man-
of-the-Match Gatorade bottle), and look forward to
beating Lakewood Ranch this year."
Ally Titsworth, a sophomore and life-long
Islander is in her first full season on the varsity squad,
though she did get some great experience playing
with the varsity team during last year's district and
regional playoffs. She currently leads the 8-2-1 Her-
icanes team in scoring with seven goals and two
assists. Titsworth also is excelling in the classroom
with an impressive 3.8 gpa. She wants to play soccer
in college, preferably at a Florida school. Unfortu-
nately for Titsworth, and her Her-icane teammates,
she sprained her ankle after scoring the winning
goal against Charlotte High School on Dec. 2. She
is undergoing therapy and hopes to resume playing
in a few weeks. Titsworth is enjoying her time on the
varsity team. "I really like the group of girls. Every-
one and everything is so much fun."
The Island girls are hoping for bigger and better
things as the season heads to the District 12 tourna-
ment in January. Congratulations girls and good luck,
from your varsity coach and sports reporter.

"}] Islanders all
Christina Papazian,
Sean Edwards,
Erine Mulrine,
c. Ally Titsworth,
Sp Mackenzie Kosfeld,
t Alexis Owens and
Coach Jeff Nelson
S are Anna Maria
Island contributors
to the Manatee
High School girl's
soccer team.
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tma Kevin Cassidy

Coach Dave
Poole, Kayla
Armer,; Becca
Butler; Gena
Mallory Kos-
feld, Desiree
Melody Rosa-
rio, Savan-
nah Schield,
Kellie Sper-
duto, Mia
Emily White
and Taylor

Hale Middle
Coach Betty Tracy,
Chris Babroski,
-Amanda Barr,
ntr,,I f i t Emily Bulfin,
, ECaitlin Hermonson,
1 2SRebekah Johns,
Caroline Krupa,
Victoria Krupa,
Charity Landrum,
Cheyenne Ogline,
Ashley Platt, Annie
Skokos, Alexis
Stout and Jordan

Haile edges King in basketball final
Haile Middle School earned an exciting come-
from-behind victory over King Middle School on
Oct. 30. The two teams battled it out in a back-and-
forth contest that saw several lead changes in front
of a packed house at Haile Middle.
With a little over a minute left to play, Haile
Middle tied the game at 20-20 on a basket by Alexis
Stout. Stout then assisted on the winning basket when
she passed to Ann Skokos, who converted the game-
winning shot with 40 seconds left to play.
Skokos led Haile Middle with 10 points, while
Stout added eight points in the victory. King Middle
School player Becca Butler, also an Island basketball
player, led all scorers with 11 points. King Middle
was also represented by Islanders Mallory Kosfeld,
Kayla Armer and Savannah Schield.

Center roundball starts up
Anna Maria Island Community Center Basket-
ball League is ready for a season of games that run
through the Christmas holiday season at the Center
gym, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The public is welcome to attend games and the
Center offers a concession stand for refreshments
to accompany the action. For information, call the
Center at 941-778-1908.

26 0 DEC. 10 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

BeachHouse bash to benefit employee's brother

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Nick Sabella has taught his sister to "never give
in and never give up."
Danielle Sabella, along with her co-workers at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, is now showing her
brother that she learned the lesson well.
"After e \c i thing I have watched him go through,
to see him not give up, keep moving forward to just look
at this as a test in life, has changed my life and the way
I look at e . \ thin n.'." Danielle Sabella said.
Nick Sabella, 21, was a star on the Manatee High
School baseball team when a tumor the size of an
orange was found in his brain.
He was a senior at Manatee High School when
he received the fifth annual Tony Saunders Courage
Award from the Tampa Bay Rays.
The award, presented at Tropicana Field in St.
Petersburg, is given to a local athlete who best exem-
plifies the courage, character, competitive desire and
fighting spirit of the former Rays pitcher who twice
broke the humurus bone in his pitching arm but came
back to play.
Nick Sabella continued to play baseball and cap-
tain his team even after doctors discovered the first
Since then, the former Hurricanes infielder
has undergone multiple surgeries for benign brain
Now he is facing another procedure in the next
year, as well as mounting healthcare expenses and

Roser's Bethlehem Walk

on Dec. 13
Roser Memorial Community Church again will
organize a "Bethlehem Walk" in Anna Maria this
holiday season.
The walk will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 13, beginning at the church, 512 Pine Ave.
The walk is a neighborhood reenactment, with
prearranged visits at homes by Joseph and Mary, who
are searching for shelter. The couple, accompanied
by a crowd costumed for the nativity and a parade
of animals, will go from "inn to inn" along Pine and
Spring avenues seeking a place to give birth to baby
Along the walk, carols will be sung.
And, at the end of the walk, back at Roser, hot
chocolate and cookies will be served.
For more information, call 941-778-0414.

piling bills.
From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 14, the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, will
host a benefit for Nick Sabella and his family.
Danielle Sabella has worked for the BeachHouse
for more than a year.
Now the restaurant team has become her extended
family - and her brother's.
With the support of restaurant owner Ed Chiles,
general manager Rebecca Shannon and others began
organizing the December benefit.
"I know the Sabella family is a giving family
within the community," said Shannon. "And I
strongly feel that this is our opportunity to give back
to this wonderful family."
The Benefit on the Beach will feature live music,
raffles of getaway vacations, sports equipment, res-
taurant certificates, music recordings, furnishings, art
and photography works, concert tickets and electron-
"We ... have enough very nice gifts for all to do
some Christmas shopping," Shannon said of the raffle
items. "They won't find a better deal."
The entertainment lineup will include Reggie
Williams, The Prospect, AMI Dub Squad and Boot
The menu will include barbecue chicken and
fish sandwiches, hamburgers, baked beans, coleslaw,
chips and beverages for a 21-and-over crowd and the
underage set.
Admission will be $7 per person.

Nick Sabella, right, has undergone multiple sur-
geries for benign brain tumors. A benefit will take
place at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach, at 4 p.m. Dec. 14. For
more information, call 941-779-2222.


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Island has to offer. Turnkey Furnished. Come see for
yourself. $324,900
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.

THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 10, 2008 0 27


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

TWO TWIN STANLEY headboards, cottage
white, $225 for both. Two twin bed frames, $65
for both. One twin box spring, $75. Like new.

60-inch Sony TV with stand, La-Z-Boy recliner,
chaise, six-piece sectional sofa, wicker table, four
chairs, microwave stand, three end tables, futon,
chair, miscellaneous shelving units. Priced to sell.
Call 989-370-5464.

WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Classic A-style gown with short
sleeves. Perfect for spring or fall wedding. Size
14, altered slightly at waist and shoulders. Pro-
fessionally cleaned and preserved. $125 or best
offer. 941-794-2312.

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:

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m.- noon Saturday.
Lots of Christmas decorations. 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.
Dressers, tables, patio set, bar, clothes, house-
wares. 598 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

SALE: 8 a.m.-? Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13.
Collectibles, older Case knives, Winchester model
12-gauge shotgun, Ruger 9mm, fishing equip-
ment, Penn International with custom rods. 111
59th St. N.W., Bradenton.

BIG GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-? Saturday and
Sunday, Dec. 13-14. Chairs, bar stools, baby
clothes, etc. 2504 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach.

harp, can read music. 941-896-6622, evenings.

CAT ADOPTION: Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20.
All spayed and neutered, shots, tested, micro-
chipped. Beach Veterinary Clinic, 124th Street Ct.
W., Cortez Blvd. 941-792-1080.

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.

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.

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

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

Over 35 years experience. Prompt, professional,
certified. 941-518-3868.

FOR RENT: BOAT slip in Holmes Beach. Fits up
to 23 feet. $140/month. 941-778-2581.

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.

PART-TIME: 4-6 hours per day, pack and ship
store. Must be dependable, able to bend, lift, multi-
task, work independently, interact with customers.
Clerical experience helpful. Call 941-778-1911 for

HIRING SALES REP: Vast territory, excellent
income potential. Ad experience helpful. Com-
puter knowledge a must. E-mail info to bonner@

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

GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant,
etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty,

ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.

CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ting. 941-778-5352

UH-OH By Richard Silvestri

1 Like tests and
dirt roads
7 Web
11 Deadens
16 Adolphe ___,
19 "Honestly,
20 It may be gray
21 Economist
22 Open someone
else's e-mails,
23 Not accented
24 Will's opposite
25 Poker player's
26 Brynner of stage
and screen
27 Sale sweeteners
29 Helpful comment
to a judge?
32 "Stripes" actor,
34 Imago, e.g.
35 Brunch time
36 Maine, e.g.:
39 "Also Sprach
hitmaker, 1973
41 A cadet might be
asked to pick it
43 Insurance
46 Snowy ___

Answers appear
on page 28 of
this edition.

47 Fruit flies?
52 Dirty radio
55 Given to showy
56 Put to use
57 Monastery office
58 Polonius's
hiding place
60 Bank holding
61 Do some
65 Makes a muffler,
66 Weapon in the
Charge of the
Light Brigade
67 Jokey question
to a Verizon
71 Summer swarm
72 With regard to
73 Beauty spots
74 Line at a track
75 Cowgirl Dale
76 Chinese brew
80 Output of une
81 Bull: Prefix
82 Darius the
88 Pot-smoking
91 Raccoon relative
92 Endor
93 The story of the
aftermath of
Oceanic Flight
94 Read the riot act
96 The Tigers, on
97 Donnybrook
100 Engine problem

Edited by Will Shortz

101 One who may
give you a shot
in the arm
105 Result of
109 Makes clear
113 Hairy TV cousin
114 Shade of pink
115 ___ Torrence,
sprinter who won
three gold
medals at the
1992 and 1996
117 Make merry
118 Casbah wear
119 Set of keys?
120 Suffix for a
121 Henry Fielding
novel and
122 Fix, as fritters
123 Form beginning
124 Cell suffix
125 Beth, for one

1 Sound like an
angry dog
2 Saying again and
3 "Get ___" (doo-
wop classic)
4 Libyan money
5 1979 Broadway
hit with the song
"On This Night
of a Thousand
6 X
7 Turn to the left
8 Home-run run
9 Herringlike fish

10 Point near the
11 Evolve
12 Celebs as a
13 Drops in the air
14 "Fiddlesticks!"
15 Like spandex
16 Watch furtively
17 One of the ABC
18 Plant circulatory
28 Joined forces
30 Line at a track
31 Scuba venue
33 Genesis creator
36 "True blue" and
gold team
37 No neatnik
38 Volvo rival
40 Scepter topper
41 Tropical drink
42 Variety show
44 Turkish inns
45 Cousins of
48 Singer Kitt
49 Voice a view
50 Send to the Hill,
51 Lang follower
53 Big Board: Abbr.
54 Tolled
59 Criticizes in no
uncertain terms
60 Knocks down
62 Spring Jewish
63 Historical
Scottish county
64 On a plane?

Chess piece:
Poe poem that
ends "From grief
and groan to a
golden throne
beside the King
of Heaven"
r's, in math
P.D. rank
When shadows
are shortest
Green activity

75 Grub
77 Hymn start
78 Microwave
79 Adventurous
81 Kind of storm
83 Environment-
84 Bed on wheels
85 In the dumps
86 Inventory unit
87 Backed up

89 Mathematician
90 Miss Havisham's
ward in "Great
95 Fleet member
97 Spruce (up)
98 Provide the
99 Posh
100 Fossil-yielding
102 Windshield

103 Part of Caesar's
104 Desire
106 "Don't look at
107 1982 Disney
108 Setting for
many a reception
110 Dummkopf
111 War of 1812
battle site
112 Celeb
116 Paisley denial

28 0 DEC. 10 2008 U THE ISLANDER

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Sandy S Established in 1983
LCelebrating 25 Years of
nQuality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
778.1345 and hardscape needs.
18_ Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
k Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Ful Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza - Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References

Call Now for Free Estimate

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

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

LNojob TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estimates.
Call Dan, 941-713-3108


24-hour Emergency Service
* Sewer & Drain Cleaning
* Remodeling
* Water Heaters
Licensed * Insured
Fl. Lic. #CFC1427803

& Service
Pool Service
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Airport Shuttle Reservations
Gene O'Reilly

ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced with both children and
pets. Red Cross certified in CPR for all ages. Call
the twins, Kayla and Ariel Jennis, 941-778-1746.
The best team around!
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

help a little or a lot, day or night. CPR, first aid,
CNA certified. Reliable, trustworthy, Island refer-
ences. Flexible scheduling. Personal/household
care, driving, companionship. 941-778-5958.

MEMORY CARE HOUSING for your loved one.
We have an opening in our small group home.
Call MaryJane at 941-751-1141.

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

mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.

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

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-792-1000.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.


microchipped, shots, $60 adoption fee. Call
Julie at Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or Manatee Humane Society, 941-747-8808.
SPONSORED BY Teie' Islander

and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
ations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: $995 installed, many
colors to choose from, up to 25 sf. Local refer-
ences. 407-467-0629.
TOM'S DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, inserts, frame changeout, handsets
replaced, insulated glass replacement, screens,
etc. 941-730-1399 or 941-722-7507.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
YOUR ISLAND LEAK-detection service. Fast,
accurate, professional and affordable. Pinpoint-
ing hidden leaks. Cell, 941-951-1833.
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
GET A BID, then call Nick. Voted No.1 painter.
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell, 941-592-8684.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
941-795-7411. CAC184228.

We Come To You Full Warranty
* Antennas �MirrorsI
ePower * Locks
Trunks * Door Handles 941-780-1735

Marianne Correll REALTOR
The Big Picture...It's all about Real Estate.
It's a GREAT TIME to buy!

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TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.

CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services - when and what you need - to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check. for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience all phases of nail care. Gift
boutique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and
sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for
an appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure
services. 941-713-5244.

certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializ-
ing in sport-specific training, improving balance,
strength, and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Save on lawn ser-
vice in 2009. Providing top quality at great rates
since 2003. Also, planting, mulching and more.
References, licensed, insured. We can save you
money! 941-778-2335.
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call

DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet" T-shirts.
Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach or order online

landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.

and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.

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

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

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill 941-795-5100.

CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118.
941-778-3924 or 778-4461.

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

carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,

man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

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.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.

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S_ _Print and online classified ad submission:

CLASSIFIED RATES for business or individual: Minimum $12 for up to 15 WORDS. 16-30 words: $20. 31-45 words: $40. Box:
$4. (Phone number is a "word." Spell out all words except 2BR/2BA.)
I The classified print and online deadline is NOON Monday I
Monday holidays result in deadline at NOON Friday (prior to desired publication date). I

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Web site: . E-mail:
5404 Marina Drive TIhe Island er Fax: 941-778-9392
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 10, 2008 0 29

New Doors?
Call Jim 941.504.8158
Complete Installation of any Doors.
Entry, French, Sliding, Screen, Storm, Etc....
Lic/Ins #CBC 1253461

I l l Residential & Condo Renovations
ri la d Kitchens * Bath * Design Service
SCarpentry * Flooring * Painting
Coml eteI nCommercial & Residential
Enmt,, References available * 941-720-7519

-Renovation Specialist * All Carpentry Repairs
Completing more than 2,000 jobs on Anna Maria Island
9 Darrin J. Wash 941.725.0073

Tree remove * trimming * demossing * palms trimmed * bucket
truck * bobcat service * debris remove * hauling * landclearing
landscaping * sod * brush hogging
free estimates * licensed & insured
locally owned & operated
941- 807- 5743
0Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
.sr mtte se_ _ ice f .f-_ Inc Permitted/Licensed/Insured
c g Airport Shuttle
SDoor-to-Door Shuttle
941-580-5777 Special Events Most major credit cards are accepted

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

Wash Down * Easy Access * Clean * Security Cameras
941-232-9208 * Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road * 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

Pickup & Delivery Services
* Apartments * Condos - Homes -
1 item or Household
* Free Estimates * Affordable Rates
Call M -ike 739-8234
"Youf�jr 1 7"ome Town" JL M4o>^ver"
Licensed. Insured FL Mover Reg. # Ir10M601

Your place,
your con wetieIce<
Massage by Nadia
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Gift Certificates Available


* Home Repair
(Handyman Service)
* Soffit & Fscia3 'i
*Painting - In l rio
& Exterior
* Ceiling Fans

* House Watching/
Property Management
* Cleaning (Maid)
I Services
...and everything
in between

Licensed and Insured T/ We speak Dutch and
NoJobisTooSmall 941 .524.4568 Germantoo!

30 0 DEC. 10 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


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.

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

READY TO REPLACE those old lanai windows?
Vinyl, acrylic or hurricane. I will beat anyone's
price. Limited lifetime warranty window. Cash
talks. 941-201-9360.

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

RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or

variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-

furnished. $1,750/month, $800/week. $125/night
includes utilities. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.

monthly availability Christmas 2008 and after
April 2009. Prime location, close to everything.
Call now, 941-737-9662.
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.


(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria
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3101 GULF DR

Since 1978

ANNUAL 1BR unfurnished apartment. Kitchen,
bath. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.

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

game rooms, pool, spa, 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.
Call 941-778-9158.

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

duplex, north Anna Maria near Gulf, 2BR/1 BA,
$975/month plus utilities. 941-778-7003.

625 sf, $500/month. 8799 Cortez Road. Call

Mariner's Cove 3/2 bayfront, slip $643,401
Covered Bridge 3/2/den $264,110
West Bradenton Pool Home! 3/2 $225,000
Fairways Imperial Lakewoods 4/2 $259,900
Braden River Lakes 3/2 $171,900
Whitfield Estates 2/2 $94,900
West Bradenton 3/2 $135,900
Palmetto Point 2/2 Updates $135,000
Laura E. McGeary PA � * Call 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

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

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


779-0202 * (800) 732-6434
Island Shopping Center * 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
suno 1 MLS
Iucl tma

SENIOR COUPLE WANTS to rent 2/BR, prefer
ground level, for January and February. $2,200.

2BR/1.5BA canalfront home, dock, boat lift, out-
side kitchen, patio, minutes walk to beach. Avail-
able January through April or May, 2009. Call
Claire, 813-363-7250.

dryer, cable, fireplace. Near beach. $1,200/month.

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

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.

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

HELLO! ANNUAL 2BR/1BA with carport for
only $850/month. Water and trash included.
941-795-7089 or 941-730-9204.

Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA,
washer, dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/
month. 813-634-3790. Available March, April, May

town and the best results from classified ads and
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Interested in buying? Now is the
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Direct John E. Young
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J3224 East Bay Drive * Holmes Beach FL 24217
9ASince 1959

I Haven't Given Up!
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 875 sf unfurnished duplex.
1BR/1BA, den, washer and dryer, tiled,
three blocks to beach, ideal for retiree. $975/
month, without utilities. No smokers or pets.
813-842-6583. 7502-B Marina Drive, Holmes

villa in Seaside Gardens. Tranquil view, great
fishing. $800-$1,000/month. Call Captain Steve,

28. 2BR/1BA, washer and dryer. 410 71st St.

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

PERICO BAY CLUB: Beautiful 2BR/2BA one-
story villa condo. Available Jan. 19, 2009,
through Feb. 26, 2009. 30-day minimum. Com-
pletely equipped and tastefully furnished. One-
car garage. No pets and no smoking. Owner,

1 BR/1 BA remodeled mobile home, 55-plus com-
munity, no pets. $1,600/month. 941-779-4634.

ANNA MARIA: 2BR/1BA duplex unit. Large lot,
garage, lanai. January-April, $2,000/month,
includes utilities. 941-778-8456.

community. 55-plus, 1BR/1BA. $1,500/
month. Longboat key home, 2B/1BA, $2,500/
month. Northwest Bradenton 3BR/2BA
home, $800/week. Island 3BR/2BA pool
home, waterfront, $3,900/month. Realtor,

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

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

BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $398,000.
Owner, 941-447-2061.

"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Free list
of foreclosed Island and mainland properties.
Free list of homes with pictures. www.manatee-

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-

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,

sale. Owner wants to rent back. $400,000.
10-year lease. $1,750/month, two years
advance rent. Call charter Captain Larry at

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 $224,950. South on 67th St. W. off Manatee
Avenue. 941-761-0444. HlddenLakeCondomini-

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.
Realtor, 941-756-1090.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.10323
Waterbird Way, off Palma Sola Causeway. Fla-
mingo Cay condos, John Young, Realtor, Wede-
brock Real Estate. 941-721-4358.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.

for a fresh start? Our rent-to-own program helps
rebuild your credit while you lease your new home.
Great selection of homes in Manatee County. See
us online at Call 941-447-6278
for more information. The smart way to buy!

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

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

with great view, very private, big trees, waterfalls
and large public lake nearby, $49,500. Call now,

acres, perfect mountaintop cabin-site with woods.
Small stream in back of property. A must see!
$26,900. Owner financing. 931-445-3611.

special bordering U.S.FS. Paved drive, well, septic,
singlewide with shop near Lake Nantahala, borders
paved road. Only $49,000.

DEADLINE: MONDAY NOON for Wednesday publica-
tion. CLASSIFIED RATES for business or individual:
Minimum $12 for up 15 words. Each additional word
over 16-30 words is $20.31-45 words is $40. Box: $4.
Ads must be paid in advance. Classified ads may be
submitted through our secure Web site: www.islander.
org or faxed to (941) 778-9392 or delivered/mailed
to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. We
are located next to Ooh La La! in the Island Shopping
Center. More information:(941) 778-7978.


Bnmftg Pe flHe Sinc 1939

We Are Home Town!

able several 1 or 2BR units, Bay front,
pool side & otherviews.Some updated
Phone for details. Park like setting,
beach access, tennis, pool. On site
rentals. Priced $275,000 - $324,900
(Q411 778-9924

NW BRADENTON Exceptional Pine
Meadow pool residence, 3-4BR/2BA.
Separate living-dining areas, eat-in
kitchen, family room, den/office,
vaulted ceilingsand outstanding caged
pool area with summer kitchen. Dave

VALUE IS IN 2 LOTS only a few
100 yds.from Gulf. Beautiful street
& beach access. Build 2 homes or
remodel cottage & live in paradise.
#M5798609. $849,000

producing townhouse with gulf and
ay views. Many upgrades: gourmet
kitchen,wroughtiron railings, 8'french
doors to the balconys. Jennifer Sum-
meralls (941) 778-2246. #M5800512.

(941) 778-2246 * (800) 211-2323 * WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM

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