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VOLUME 17, NO.7


s on Anna Maria Island Since 1992


Winterfest fine arts
festival draws crowd.
Pages 18-19



Skimming

the news ...


Normand marks
anniversaries.
Page 3

Bradenton Beach
post office drops
Saturday hours.
Page 4

HB commission
seeks consensus on
commercial plan.
Page 5

Anna Maria City
Pier restaurant
seeks lower rent.
Page 7

Settlement reached
in Fiske dispute.
Page 8

Cost for Anna
Maria boardwalk
runs high. Page 12


Holiday cheer comes to Island


Riley Luckerman, left, really likes Santa and so, why the tears? Riley tripped on his way up the stairs to board the Anna Maria Island
Privateers' ship, where Santa hosted visits and the Privateers provided gifts for all children, free food for kids and a fun time with the
crew. The party took place at Coquina Beach, where the Saturday parade ended after a trip from Anna Maria with loads of followers.
,hi.. i Darby went to see Santa aboard the Privateers' ship dressed as a pirate. Brothers Raymond, left, and Blaze Asmakis take team-
work to Santa, visiting the big elf together to share their Christmas lists. Sisters '/hj.ui,.., left, and Amanda Kamrath share a fashion
look of beads, beads, beads, and a visit with Santa. For more holiday pictures, see page 25. Islander Photos: Lisa and Annie Williams


Sne cortez racnt Clu s annual igntea
boat parade begins at the Historic Bridge
Street Pier Dec. 13. The parade drew a
few boats and a few dozen observers, who
cheered when the lights went on at 6:35
p.m. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


Santa arrives at the rear of the Anna Maria
Island Privateers Christmas Parade. And,
as is tradition, kids follow him to the holiday
party at Coquina Beach. More photos, pages
25-26. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael Pierce
lights the Christmas tree on Bridge Street
Dec. 13. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


CVB director upbeat for winter season


By Rick Catlin
nces Islander Reporter
)09. Don't knock on Larry White's door with
bad news about the economy or tourism
0@ nationwide.
As executive director of the Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, White
ndar: keeps up to date with all the economic news
make, as it relates to tourism. He's well aware that
save. the country is in a recession, but Anna Maria
Island and Longboat Key have weathered
such storms in the past. White is positively
.BIZ upbeat about the coming season.
Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001,
Florida tourism plummeted as a fear of
flying gripped vacationers nationwide.
siness White said hoteliers in the Orlando area
and panicked as their hotel rooms stood vacant,
rtez, but visitors and winter residents still came
Maria. to Anna Maria Island that season.
"We're a different destination than
Orlando. The vast majority of our visitors
lose drive here. We're watching our market
ith the and we've been encouraged so far," White
anidr


Roser hosts Bethle-
hem Walk. Page 26


While he has seen some reports that say
online travel agencies such as Expedia and
Orbitz are down 14 percent in bookings, that's
not a serious problem for the CVB area.
Marketing director Jessica Grace indi-
cated most Island visitors to the area who
book travel here book directly with the
accommodation or rental agent.


And occupancy numbers for Island accom-
modations for October this year were up from
last year, despite the five-week closure of the
Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Thanksgiving was a good week for Island
accommodations, retail shops and restaurants
and advance room reservations appear to be
on par with last year.
"Winter residents are returning and traffic
is building up again," White said.
But visitors don't book as far in advance
as they used to, White observed. That makes it
difficult to predict how February tourism will
be when it's still two months away.
Grace said marketing efforts have gone
well and she fully expects a solid winter
season for the area.
The Island is no longer an unknown desti-
nation. In the past several years, publications
such as The New York Times, Washington Post
and most recently, USA Today featured Anna
Maria Island as one of the best destinations
for vacationers looking for the uniqueness and
charm of old Florida.
Other travel writers also have echoed the
beauty of the Island for a vacation or a wed-
ding. Various bridal publications have touted
the natural setting of the Island as the place for
that special event for brides and grooms and
Island businesses have seen steady growth in
that arena for the past few years. The wedding
industry is now an integral part of the Island
economy.


It's that natural beauty and peace and quiet
that brings people to the Island, said Grace.
"We are not an attraction-oriented desti-
nation like Orlando. We are a family destina-
tion and our attraction is our peace and quiet
and our beautiful beaches," she said.
As long as beautiful beaches remain in
style, the Island should enjoy a successful
winter season.


Investigations

continue in

disappearance, fire
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Investigators seeking to solve the disap-
pearance of a Holmes Beach resident and a fire
at her motel say they are making progress.
"We still feel confident we can get to the
bottom of this," Manatee County Sheriff's
Office spokesman Dave Bristow said Dec. 11.
"We're working some angles.... We're work-
ing on some different things and we will end
up solving this."
The MCSO is the lead investigating
agency looking into the disappearance of
Sabine Musil-Buehler, 49, who, along with
husband Tom, owns Haley's Motel, 8102 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
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2 0 DEC. 17 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Haley's owner, fire cause sought
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Musil-Buehler was reported missing on Nov. 6,
after her car was found in Bradenton, allegedly stolen
from behind a 14th Street bar by Robert Corona.
The last known person to see Musil-Buehler is
her boyfriend, William Cumber III, who said the
couple had an argument while watching election
news on Nov. 4. At about 10 p.m., Musil-Buehler
left the residence in Anna Maria.
Meanwhile, the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment has taken the lead in investigating a fire that
destroyed the elevated garden house at the motel.
The fire took place on Nov. 16, a cold Sunday night
two weeks after Musil-Buehler's disappearance.
Sources have described the cause of the fire as
"suspicious," "undetermined" and "intentionally
set" and the case remains open pending the results
of forensic testing.
Fire officials said the blaze destroyed the build-
ing, while the main motel complex did not suffer
damage.
Two exotic birds were lost in the fire. "They're
just gone," Tom Buehler said last week.
Friends and family have said that they knew as
early as Nov. 6 that something was wrong in Musil-
Buehler's life because she would never leave her
animals uncared for.
One of the Buehlers' birds, Giacomo, a Hahn's
macaw, continues to greet guests to Haley's Motel.
But two others perished in the fire - Sunshine,
an African ringneck, and Ferris, a monk parrot.
"They were right at the main part of the fire,"
Buehler said.
If the fire investigation leads to a prosecution,
legal expert Jennifer Dietz, a Tampa attorney and
professor of animal law at Stetson Law School, said
authorities possibly could pursue two felony cruelty
to animal charges under Florida Statute 828.12.
A conviction on such a charge could result in a
$10,000 fine and up to five years in jail.
Dietz said if someone set the fire, they likely


P Sabine Musil-Buehler
Shas been missing since
Nov. 4. The missing
i person report describes
, d her as about 5'6", 136
, ', , pounds, with silver hair,
1. ' '! green eyes and a
-- German accent.

knew the birds were on the premises. "Birds are
pretty vocal," she said.
Buehler said a lot was lost in the fire, but "Sabine
being missing is the most important thing right
now."
Fire investigations can be quick or they can be
k ngth), depending on the circumstances and the type
of evidence under review, said Sam Venzeio of the
Florida Fire Marshal's Office. Some investigations
get closed within a week and others, he said, can take
a year or more.
Speaking in general terms and not specifically
to the Haley's investigation, Venzeio said forensic
analysis involves "precise technical testing."
Early in the investigation, HBPD Chief Jay
Romine said the fire was "suspicious" given the cir-
cumstances involved.
Days after the fire, Cumber, who recently served
prison time for arson, told the press he felt he was
being framed. He has been identified by authorities
as a "person of interest."


Musil-Buehler reward

funds sought
Friends and family of Sabine Musil-Bue-
hler have established a fund for 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 Benefit Fund.


Earlier this month, several people reported seeing
investigators searching Cumber's residence after he
moved out.
Last week, a source told The Islander that the
MCSO collected mail that Cumber left behind when
he moved to Bradenton, including letters between
Cumber and Musil-Buehler.
Bristow declined to comment on that report.
"We're not going to talk about any of the evidence,"
he said.
The Manatee County Crime Stoppers is asking
for tips in the case and has posted details of Musil-
Buehler's disappearance on its Web site at www.
manateecrimestoppers.com.
Friends and family of the missing woman also
have opened an account at Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, to collect reward money for
information that helps locate Musil-Buehler.
For weeks, few donated to the reward fund,
which a month after Musil-Buehler's disappear-
ance contained less than $500, according to Silvia
Zadarosni, who opened the account. Last week, a
single anonymous donation more than doubled the
reward fund, Zadarosni said.
"I really think the reward is going to make a dif-
ference to people," Zadarosni said.
Six weeks after Musil-Buehler's disappearance,
Bristow said, "You would think [witnesses] would
have come forward if they had seen something or
they had any information."
However, he said, there now may be new wit-
nesses, people who recently may have heard some-
thing relevant to the investigations.
"If somebody knows something, it would cer-
tainly be appreciated if they'd give it up at this point,"
Bristow said. "If you are hearing anything about this
case, let us know."
People with information related to Musil-
Buehler's disappearance can call the MCSO at
941-747-3011, or Crime Stopper's at 866-634-8477.
People with information related to the fire can call
HBPD at 941-778-5807.


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- Sue Nor-
. i mand is in
S..- her seventh
year with
SIsland Mail
.. .. & More,
.._3230 E.
.-----Bay Drive,
Holmes
- f . Beach. 16..
-- "-- ---I marked a
business
anniversary
recently, as
well as the
one-year
anniversary
Iof a shooting
at her store.
Islander
Photo: Lisa
Neff

Normand marks anniversaries


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A year ago Sue Normand found herself a victim
- and a survivor - of a man who walked into her
Holmes Beach store and fired a bullet into her hip.
Normand, after a year of working on her physical,
emotional and financial recovery, recently returned to
the volunteer program she had worked on with a pas-
sion before the Dec. 5, 2007, shooting at her Island
Mail & More, 3230 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
Normand is back on the volunteer roster with the
Manatee County Victim Advocate Program.
"I started back on call," she said. "I wanted to
wait to make sure I was going to be effective in that
role." Victim advocates assist people through the
legal process, as well as provide emotional support
in recovering from a crime.
Earlier this month, Normand quietly observed the
one-year anniversary of the shooting that sent her to
the hospital, via helicopter, with a shattered hip.
In August, a jury found Mark Koenigs of Bradenton
Beach guilty of shooting Normand and threatening to
shoot two law enforcement officers trying to arrest him
on the Gulf shore. Koenigs was convicted of one count
of aggravated battery with a firearm and two counts of
aggravated assault on law enforcement.
In November, Manatee County Circuit Court
Judge Diana Moreland sentenced Koenigs to 40 years
in prison.
Normand, in an interview Dec. 10, said the case
is not closed.
During the trial, Koenig's defense attorney made
a motion for a mistrial, which the court denied. A
statement of "judicial acts to be reviewed" filed Nov.
26 on Koenigs' behalf by assistant public defender
Peter Belmont stated that the court erred in denying
the motion.
Belmont also filed a notice to appeal the convic-
tions to Florida's Second District Court of Appeal
and possibly win a new trial.
"I'm hoping not," Normand said of a new trial.
"The trial was much harder then you think it would
be.... It's just hard, recalling everything and facing
the person."
During Koenigs' sentencing, Normand told the
court how Koenigs' action impacted her life, her
family and her business.
A year later, she continues to suffer physical pain
and the financial burden continues.
"The bills are frightening," she said.
While the judge ordered Koenigs to make restitu-
tion to Normand for her medical costs, Koenigs is not
believed to have any assets.
Property that Koenigs owned went into foreclo-
sure prior to the shooting.
More recently, a judge found Koenigs insolvent
and appointed a public defender to handle his appeal.
His application for criminal indigent status indicates
that he has no income from Social Security, unem-
ployment compensation, pension, veteran's benefits
or wages and that he has no assets such as cash, cer-


tificates of deposits, stocks or bonds or equity in real
estate.
"I don't know if I am going to be able to expect
. n\\ Lhling substantial," Normand said, adding that she
has dropped a civil suit against Koenigs. "I don't
think he has any assets to pay for anything."
Normand has returned to Island Mail & More,
but, unable to work full-time, she continues to rely
on her son for assistance and recently advertised for
an employee for her seventh Christmas season.
She has high hopes for the season, but concern
for the ailing economy. "It's so hard on so many
people right now," Normand said. "But this is the
time of year when we really depend on business."
Shipping remains the most substantial part
of Normand's operation, but Island Mail & More
also offers office services, graphic and Web
design, computer use and wireless Internet and
mail box rentals, as well as sells greeting cards,
decorated boxes and envelopes and a variety of
supplies.
One of the newest offerings is an expedited pass-
port service, Normand said, adding that customers are
guaranteed passport photos they like.
On a recent Wednesday morning - the same day
of the week and time that Koenigs entered the store
- early customers arrived. One woman wanted to
make a copy of a document. Another woman wanted
to use the conference room. The telephone began to
ring.
Normand said for all the change in her life since
Dec. 5, 2007, she still loves the work - the pace, the
business and the people.
"I'm not afraid every time somebody walks in the
door," she said. "There are reminders of the incident
- constant reminders. But I don't often picture the
whole thing. And I am not afraid."


Man injured in

Sunday night crash
An 18-year-old man was taken to the hospital
by medical helicopter after an accident on Manatee
Avenue on Perico Island near the Anna Maria Island
Bridge Dec. 14.
The accident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. near
Seven Shores Boulevard east of the bridge, according
to Manatee County Emergency Medical Services.
Details of the accident, including the driver's
name, were not available as of The Islander press
time Monday morning.
The accident, which involved a single SUV, was being
investigated by the Bradenton Police Department.
The BPD said the SUV was traveling east on
Manatee Avenue, away from Anna Maria Island,
when the vehicle hit an embankment, a stop sign and
then a tree.
The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, was
taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.


THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 17, 2008 E 3


Gulf Drive lane closures

this week
The Florida Department of Transporta-
tion is advising motorists on Gulf Drive to
expect intermittent north and southbound lane
closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through
Friday, Dec. 19.
The DOT said it had no plans for any lane
closures on the Anna Maria Island Bridge
through Sunday, Dec. 21. However, the south
sidewalk is closed to pedestrians and bicy-
clists.


DOT plans Gulf Drive

resurfacing next year
Island motorists already used to traffic delays for
bridge renovations, installation of water and gas lines
and other work can expect more of the same if the Flor-
ida Department of Transportation starts a $5.6 million
resurfacing of State Road 789 beginning in 2009.
DOT District One Secretary Stan Cann included
the resurfacing project when he presented the DOT's
tentative five-year work plan for Manatee County to
the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitian Planning Orga-
nization at its Dec. 15 meeting.
The DOT plans to spend $3.2 million resurfacing
State Road 789 (Gulf Drive) for 2,117 feet from south
of Cortez Road to State Road 64 (Manatee Avenue). A
separate tentative work program for 2009 will resur-
face 1,650 feet of State Road 789 from the Longboat
Key Bridge to the point of the other project south of
Cortez Road. Funding for both projects is already in
place, according to Cann.
The DOT also plans to spend $45,000 for land-
scaping at various Island locations in 2009 and
$326,000 in 2010.
Perhaps the most anticipated project in the ten-
tative program is a $5.6 million rehabilitation of the
Cortez Bridge, to begin in 2013-14. The environmen-
tal study and design would begin in 2012-13.
MPO executive director Mike Howe said that,
while the project is in the plan, it's a long way down
the road.
"Generally, the earlier year the project is in, the
more likely it is to happen," he said.
The DOT's five-year plan is updated every year
and presented annually to the MPO.


Meetings

Anna Maria City
* Dec. 17, 6 p.m., volunteer and staff apprecia-
tion night.
* Dec. 18, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
941-708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.
Bradenton Beach
* Dec. 19, 7 p.m., city review of holiday lights
in residential/business contest.
* Jan. 12, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.
Holmes Beach
* Nothing scheduled.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.
Of Interest
* Dec. 19, 9 a.m., Manatee County Legislative
Delegation annual meeting at Meals on Wheels
PLUS Enrichment Center, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bra-
denton, 941-727-6349.
* Dec. 25, government offices will be closed
for the Christmas holiday. Holmes Beach City Hall
also will be closed Dec. 26. The Islander office will
close for the holiday.
* Jan. 1, government offices will be closed for
the new year's holiday. The Islander office will
also close.
Send public meeting notices to lisaneff@
islander.org.





4 0 DEC. 17 2008 U THE ISLANDER


Renourishment will not include Anna Maria bayside


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Some Anna Maria residents have questioned why
the beach area in front of several homes on North
Shore Drive will not be included in Manatee County's
next beach renourishment project.
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection's marker that separates Anna Maria's bayside
from the seaside is about 200 yards north of the Rod


& Reel Pier. Properties north and west of the marker
are "seaside," according to the DEP, and eligible for
inclusion in state and federally funded beach renour-
ishment projects.
Properties south of the marker, including homes
on North Shore Drive such as Joan Dickinson's at 865
N. Shore Drive, are considered "bayside" by the DEP
and are not eligible for beach funding. The marker
is near a groin in the water, just a few yards north of


Dickinson's house.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford held a meeting in
November with property owners who are ineligible for
inclusion in the next renourishment cycle and offered
them alternatives, including a petition to the DEP to
consider moving the marker further south.
The bayside of Anna Maria is the only inlet in
Florida that the DEP considers "critically eroded"
that is not seaside of a DEP marker.


Bradenton Beach post office drops Saturday hours


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach's post office plans to cease its
Saturday window service Jan. 24.
The post office's weekday business hours will
remain unchanged - from 8:30 a.m. to noon and
from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Also, the post office will remain open 24 hours
for customer access to P.O. boxes and customers who
want to collect held mail and packages can pick up
items at the dutch door at the office, 116 Bridge St.
Retail service on Saturday mornings will still
be available at post offices in Holmes Beach, Anna
Maria and Longboat Key, as well as the Island Mail
& More store in Holmes Beach.
The announcement comes as the Manasota Local
7136 of the American Postal Workers Union fights
possible job cuts or the closing of the U.S. Postal
Service Manasota Processing and Distribution Center
in Bradenton near the airport.
However, Bradenton Beach Post Master Charlie
Shannon III said the window service hours are in no
way related to the possible plant closing, which is
being analyzed in an efficiency study by the Postal
Service.
Shannon said a review of the records found too
few customers on Saturday morning to keep the
window open
"It just didn't make business sense to stay open
for that period of time," said Shannon, who has been
working the window on Saturdays lately.
While the closing of the window for three hours
on Saturday will save money, Shannon said, "This
really has nothing to do with budget cuts or the plant
cuts. It's just a business decision."
Changes at the processing and distribution center
would impact Island mail, according to a union letter
to local elected officials.


A union statement on its Web site www.
keepthemailhere.com said, "We believe the
changes proposed will have a major impact on mail
delivery in our area. First, all local mail would
have to travel farther. Under the plan, all the mail
sent from Sarasota, Manatee and parts of Desoto
county would be sent to Tampa for processing,
instead of being processed locally. For example,
a letter mailed from Sarasota to Bradenton would
be first trucked to Tampa, postmarked, processed,
then sent back to Bradenton for delivery, instead
of being processed locally. Second, we could see
earlier collection times and later deliveries, even


into the night, to make up for the increased travel
time. Third, the postmark for all the mail sent from
our area would change to Tampa, unless you actu-
ally go to the post office and request your town's
postmark."
Postal officials declined to comment.
The union is seeking support from municipal
governments in protecting the distribution center and
jobs at the site.
On Dec. 10, the Bradenton City Council instructed
Mayor Wayne Poston to send a letter to the Postal
Service detailing the city's concern with possible job
losses in the event the local center closes.


Sweet Adelines Christmas
Women from Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key sing in the Sweet Adelines holiday show "Christmas in
Toyland" Dec 6 at Bradenton Christian High School. They are, left to right, Pam McMillen, Ginny Nunn,
Jeanette Rothberg, ',l..ii. -i Rogers-Barron,Marge Malin, Judy McClarren, Bunny Klein and Ellen Linsley.
For information on the choral group, call Nunn at 941-778-9450, or e-mail enunnjr@tampabay.rr.com.





THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 17, 2008 0 5


Commission seeks consensus on Agnelli office


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach commissioners seek to build a
compromise to allow for a contractor's office to exist
at a former funeral home.
The matter, the subject of a third continuation of
a public hearing Dec. 9, took up more than an hour
of the commission's regular meeting.
The commission is facing a special exception
request for a contractor's office at Agnelli Group Pro-
fessional Park, 6000 Marina Drive, in a commercial
zoning district.
There are multiple offices in the building, but the
commission's concern is with John Agnelli's contrac-
tor office, and whether related equipment and materi-
als can be parked and stored at the site.
A crowd gathered in the city hall chamber for the
hearing, but only attorneys, city planning consultant
Bill Brisson and city public works superintendent Joe
Duennes addressed commissioners.
Brisson, in a memo and during the hearing, rec-
ommended denying the application.
"It is our recommendation that there comes a
point where the limitations of a site must be recog-
nized, particularly in light of the impacts of the use
of the property on its neighbors, and that this special
exception should be denied," he said.
Brisson said the property already is non-conform-
ing as to impervious-surface coverage "so there is no
opportunity to add additional paved parking" and "the
ability to provide the appropriate number of parking
spaces is questionable."
Also, outside storage would have to be screened
and a buffer created to protect neighbors, but "it does
not appear that this can be accommodated on site."
Agnelli's attorney, Ricinda Perry, said, "This is
so simple and it's really not that big of a deal."
Agnelli doesn't want to use the location as a stag-
ing site for construction work, she said. \ ly client
has pulled back the use of that property in comparison
to the funeral home."
Agnelli simply wants a contractor's office and
the ability to park a couple of trucks, Perry said.
She added that Agnelli would accept stipulations
regarding the size and number of construction vehi-
cles and the location of outdoor storage for materi-
als.
Agnelli himself told commissioners, \ ly place
is not a construction site.... That is an office build-
ing, and I have a few vehicles in back. I don't want


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Bill Brisson, planning consultant for the city of
Holmes Beach, discusses his concerns with a
special exception request for Agnelli Group Profes-
sional Park on Marina Drive.
a construction yard."
Attorney Bob Hendrickson, representing neigh-
boring property owners, said that his clients' con-
cern was with what would happen if Agnelli sold the
building.
\ ly clients don't doubt that Mr. Agnelli is a great
guy," he said. "What we have to look at here is this
application is not filed on behalf of Mr. Agnelli. The
special exception follows this property forever....
Whoever buys that property will have the right to
take advantage of what this commission decides."
Duennes kept his comments short, telling the
commission that what he had hoped to gain from
the review was a definition of "construction equip-
ment."
During discussion on the dais, Commissioner
David Zaccagnino said he had hoped to hear the
attorneys had reached a compromise by last week.
"I think a lot of these things can be addressed,"
he said.
"We really have to be careful of what we do with
the business on the Island. It's a luxury to have mom-


Attorney Ricinda Perry, representing John Agnelli,
suggests some stipulations that might help negotia-
tions for a construction office at Agnelli's building
on Marina Drive.
and-pop businesses out here that have an interest in
the community.... And local businesses already are
having a tough time."
"I would like to see us work out a compromise,"
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gesting limiting the number of construction-related
vehicles to four, setting hours of their operation
from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., prohibiting outdoor storage
and requiring Agnelli to erect an additional buffer
between his property and neighboring residential
properties.
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questioned whether common ground could be
reached.
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comments, "the limit of the site needs to be recog-
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6 0 DEC. 17 2008 0 THE ISLANDER



OOpinion


Darn, discovered again
The Anna Maria Island version of the coconut
telegraph was buzzing last week about a USA Today
feature on vacationing here. Right here. Yep. Little
Anna Maria Island, in the "big boy" media again for
being a great vacation spot.
And good food, places to go and things to do.
Writer Kitty Bean Yancey pumped in a mix of
history, mentioning first homesteader George Bean,
the spawning art scene, a manatee ,u' immini. some
nightspots, the natural beauty, free trolley, tempting
foods, and a dearth of gated estates.
She seems to think it's cheap here. She names
names and gives prices. Sunset at the Sandbar can
get you free champagne and a grouper sandwich is
under $9 at the Rod & Reel Pier.
Apparently we've been discovered. We're cheap!
Yancey found "digs near the beach for $1,000 a week
in high season."
"Wallet friendly," she says, while touting mom-
and-pop lodgings and "some oceanfront ones ... below
$100" a night. It seems the rest of the world is in the
age of "$400-a-night beachfront resorts." She notes mil-
lionaires love our "laid-back friendly atmosphere. Some
live at the ritzier north end of the Island...."
It's common practice in travel articles to provide
a list of links and contacts, but the USA Today sidebar
of information on how to get here, where to stay and
eat, and at what prices, well, it reads like an ad, and
so does Yancey.
Just consider the headline, "The 'old Florida' feel
of Anna Maria Island."
The Pine Avenue Restoration developers have
the same sort of slogan, but Yancey forgot to mention
their efforts.
Maybe next time. And there will be a next time.
We' re that good.

Say it ain't so
It seems that artist and man-about-town Mark
Alonso, recently defeated in his bid for a commis-
sion seat in Anna Maria, has run afoul of the city for
"signs" that tout his choice of local businesses on his
three-wheel bike.
Oops. While he's hung banners and signs on his
"rickshaw" for several years, it appears someone now
has complained.
For shame. He does it for friends and for free.
Is there no freedom of speech in Anna Maria?
We think it's his right and we plan to stand up for
him.


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Tax detracts
To our elected county commissioners:
Local papers have quoted tourism officials as
saying, "a tax increase is not likely to detract visi-
tors," and " most people don't base their vacation
destination on a tax rate."
Hey, let's be realistic! Tourists look for the bot-
tom-line cost and presently Anna Maria Island rent-
als must charge a 10.5 percent tax! By raising the
resort tax by 25 percent, a 1-cent increase, the tax on
our rental apartment will grow to $333.50.
Our rental market is soft and travel money is
tight. A 25 percent resort-tax increase will only make
it more expensive for our tourist base. Reading that
our restaurants are "cutting prices, hoping for a busi-
ness boost," this tax increase means my tenants will
have less money to eat out or spend at our local busi-
nesses.
Our commissioners need to shop elsewhere to
raise revenues or reduce their budget; like the owners
and our tourists are now doing. A tourism tax increase
will likely detract visitors.
Bill Hahn, Holmes Beach

Vanished...
On Nov. 4, my friend Sabine Musil-Buehler dis-
appeared, vanished.
She was last seen by her boyfriend, Bill Cumber,
who said she left after an argument.
I've never had a friend or a family member that
this happened to. Emotions and course of action are
unfamiliar.
I sit in disbelief that she could just vanish as I see
her picture on the TV and in the newspapers.
After finding her car stolen, with her blood in it
and parts of the seat cut out, my suspicions of what
or who could have done this run over and over in my
head like a bad rerun or a song you can't get out of


your head.
I think of all the wonderful things she did for
people, of her love for life and for all the animals that
found a home in her heart.
I feel totally helpless in trying to find her.
Whoever is responsible covered their tracks.
I would also like to thank The Islander, the Sun,
and the Bradenton Herald for keeping the story alive
and giving the people hope that we will find out what
happened.
They have also given justice to Sabine's integrity
and showed just how wonderful a person she was or
is, which is hard to say.
I also realize that we can all say that we won't get
ourselves in a risky relationship, or fall prey to some-
one that can con us, but I say never say never because
sometimes our hearts and emotions lead to places we
normally wouldn't let ourselves go.
Somewhere out there I believe someone has mur-
dered my friend Sabine, and if they did it once, it can
be done again.
Debby Hall, Bradenton
Invisible signs
We took a leisurely Saturday afternoon ride
around Bean Point intending to note the 300 touted
and advertised beach access parking spot signage.
But as Phyllis and I drove through, there is no
way we could have located any of those 300 spots.
However, I could not believe the extent of the
"no parking" sign pollution.
I would suggest that Anna Maria schedule a tour
of beach parking spots.
I resent the use of my tax dollars to renourish Anna
Maria beaches in an elitist environment of "stay away"
or "come, but don't stop" attitude. I don't believe much
in beach renourishment, but if it must be done in Anna
Maria, do it with private money.
Emil Peters, Holmes Beach


t




THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 17, 2008 U 7


Chiles endowment raid proposed


to balance state budget


By Paul Roat
Florida lawmakers have set their eyes on raiding
a fund established by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles
dedicated to assisting elderly people and children as
a means to balance dwindling state revenues.
The Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund was cre-
ated in 1999 from a portion of a massive settlement
from tobacco companies, who were sued by the state
for contributing to the death of smokers. At one point,
the fund totaled $2.1 billion; economic woes have
caused the principal to dwindle to about $1.2 billion


City pier restaurant

wants lower rent
Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant owner
Mario Schoenfelder, who leases the operation
from the city for $8,115.12 per month, told
Mayor Fran Barford he wants the commission
to discuss lower payments.
"In light of the current economic conditions
that were impossible to foresee at the time of
the existing lease agreement, I would respect-
fully request exploring the possibility of some
adjustment to the current monthly rent," now at
$8,115.12," said Schoenfelder.
He suggested an adjustment to $5,000 per month
for a 12-month period "would be reasonable."
Schoenfelder asked the city to "Please, bear
in mind our substantial investment to preserve
and update the Anna Maria City Pier at the time
we took possession."
The issue will be presented at a future city
commission work session.


today.
In 2007, Gov. Charlie Crist received permission
from the widow of Chiles, Holmes Beach resident
Rhea Chiles, to borrow from the fund to help meet
the state budget. That loan was approved.
State lawmakers approved a bill in September
that would allow Crist to divert $364 million from the
fund for other state uses. The Chiles family - sons
Ed and Bud, and Rhea - sent a strong letter to Chiles
and other leading members of the Florida Legislature
strongly opposing the proposed raiding of the fund.
Bud Chiles told the St. Petersburg Times that talk
in Tallahassee "has now shifted from repaying the
endowment to raiding it more, and that the family
could no longer stay quiet. 'Fool me once, shame on
you. Fool me twice, shame on me,'" Chiles said.
The Chiles family has vowed to fight in court any
depletion of the fund by state officials.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and
the state's chief investment analyst, Ash Williams,
have both said cashing out investments that power
the interest of the fund would be shortsighted while
financial markets are down.
"This looks like a case of a quick fix," Rhea
Chiles said. "It seems they want to reach over and
grab it without any real effort. It's not the right thing
to do."
She said that funding to aid elders and children
"doesn't come easily. I don't think anyone knows
how much those people in the trenches rely on that
money.
"Here we are in dire straits, almost going over
the waterfall, and we don't want to take care of those
who are most vulnerable in our society?"
She said that meetings with lawmakers have been
ongoing and "they may be reconsidering" tapping
into the endowment principal.


In the Dec. 16, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, father of Sandbar
Restaurant owner Ed Chiles in Anna Maria, passed
away suddenly Dec. 12 in Tallahassee, just three
weeks before he was to step down as Florida's
governor following eight years in that office.
* Holmes Beach city commissioners agreed
to study all options to solve traffic problems at
Manatee Public Beach, including placement of a
traffic signal at the Manatee Avenue-Gulf Drive
intersection.
* The fate of the former Holmes Beach City
Hall building was to be decided by the city com-
mission after the city's beautification committee
presented a study on potential uses for the struc-
ture. The commission had originally intended to
demolish the building after moving into a new
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8 0 DEC. 17 2008 0 THE ISLANDER


Anna Maria artist, cyclist faces code violation


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Artist and former Anna Maria city commis-
sion candidate Mark Alonso has been issued a
code violation notice by code enforcement officer
Gerry Rathvon.
The notice said the city has received a com-
plaint that Alonso is displaying advertising on his
three-wheel bicycle. Rathvon said in the letter
that such a display violates Sec. 98-5 of the city
code and asked Alonso to remove the signage.


Rathvon said the complaint was made anony-
mously and she is required by the city commission
to follow up on all complaints, including those made
without a signature.
Alonso, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the
city commission in the November election, said he
doesn't understand why the city is picking on him.
"I was surprised. I thought it was a joke. I put
the sign on the bike on my own. It's a matter of free
speech. I'm not getting paid for this. I'm just trying
to help out a new business."


Alonso said he had no plans to remove the
sign.
"I'm going to keep it on until the owner asks
me to take it off. I told Gerry to do what she
had to do, but this is my freedom of expression,
which is the American way."
Alonso, 82, is known in Anna Maria as a
eclectic artist who creates collectibles and gifts
from discarded items, coconuts and driftwood.
In her letter to Alonso, Rathvon said correcting
the problem would be "gi.call appreciated."


Anna Maria City, owners settle marina dispute


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The city of Anna Maria and Jack and Evelyn
Fiske reached a settlement moments before the long-
standing case was to be heard by the code enforce-
ment board Dec. 11.
The two sides requested that board chairman Bill
Iseman recess the code board hearing shortly after it
began at 6 p.m. to allow them to settle their differ-
ences in conference. Board members agreed to the
recess.
Shortly before 7 p.m., city attorney Jim Dye said
the parties had reached a settlement. The agreement
still has to be approved by the code board, which will
receive full details and the facts of the case at a Jan.
12 continuation of the hearing.
The city had contended that the Fiskes had
expanded the marina use of the property beyond
what was grandfathered by prior administrations. The
Fiskes contended they had not expanded the use.
Dye presented a short summary of the settlement
to the board, noting that both parties started negotia-


tions "far apart," but were eventually able to com-
promise on issues.
The agreement will limit the number of onshore
storage boats and trailers to five, Dye said. A boat on
a trailer counts as one storage unit. No more than five
vehicles, other than those belonging to the Fiskes,
will be allowed on the property at any time.
Dye said also that increased use of the property
by commercial enterprises, such as boat charters and
kayak rentals, would be limited by the agreement.
Two enterprises, a charter boat and a kayak rental,
that launch from the property, will not be permitted to
return if either leaves for a year. No new commercial
enterprises are allowed under the agreement.
The Fiskes are to retain their 12 wet slips to rent
dock space to watercraft owners, but major mainte-
nance of a boat, such as fiberglass repairs or repaint-
ing, will not be permitted under the agreement.
Dye agreed that the property has had "historic use
as a marina" and that will be permitted to continue,
but with no expansion.
"As long as the property stays within the bound-


ary of the agreement, it will be deemed to be in com-
pliance by the city," he said.
Adjacent neighbors had complained that the
marina use at the Fiske residence had increased
during the closure of Galati Marine for a two-year
renovation program.
Toby Kinerk, a neighbor who had brought the
original complaint to the city, said he accepts the
agreement.
He said the problems began after Galati closed its
marina operation for remodeling. A number of opera-
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resulting in an increase in activity there that was a
detriment to the neighbors, according to the com-
plaint.
Kinerk said he and Jack Fiske had been friends
before the code complaint began in April and he hopes
that can continue with the issues now resolved.
Board members agreed to continue the hearing to
6 p.m. Jan. 12, at which time a written agreement will
be presented, including details of all current marina
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 17, 2008 E 9


Park site of


launch party
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach residents endorsed, with some
caveats, the concept of creating a kayak launch at
Herb Dolan Park.
The endorsement took place during a Dec. 9 city-
sponsored meeting in the park at 25th Street by the
bay.
The city is working with Scheda Ecological
Associates Inc., a consulting firm, on development
of a recreational boating master plan that likely will
lead to the creation of a mooring field, the hiring of
a harbor master and the construction of at least one
kayak/canoe launch.
"Public access is what we're about," said city
project and program department manager Lisa Marie
Phillips, who led the meeting, along with Scheda sci-
entist Dianne Rosensweig. Mayor Michael Pierce
also attended.
Phillips, gesturing toward the shoreline, said,
"People already use this spot for launching. But it
needs some improvement to make it safe.... Maybe
we can improve it, enhance it for non-motorized boat-
ing options in this city."
Rosensweig told the dozen people assembled
for the meeting that Scheda associates boated the
waters around Bradenton Beach scouting locations
for a kayak launch.
"This is the best spot by far," she said, adding that
Scheda also invited representatives from the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to
look at the site.
"You already have existing parking," Rosensweig
said. "This is already a good location."
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at the park as part of a master boating plan. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


rocks along the shore and using a metal mesh and
spartina grass to provide stability.
"It holds the sediment back and you don't see
the mesh after a while," Rosensweig said. Kayak-
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"It's a very simple ramp," she added.
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nearby Sandpiper Co-op.
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the neighborhood surrounding the park, and no
one spoke against the project. A few, however,
expressed concerns about the location becoming
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"I think it's important to improve the park," said
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board.
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involve regulating public parking.
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Local author Mike Zee will sign copies of his
vo new paperbacks 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 20 at Fat
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author.
"The Homeless Man's HOBOLY Joke Book"
also contains jokes, words of wisdom and "The Story
of Hobo Jonah and the Gourd."
For more information, call Zee at
941-567-4456.

Christmas concert
set for Dec. 21
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra will present its "Season of Joy" concert at
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at CrossPointe Fellowship,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The concert, with artistic director and principal
conductor Alfred Gershfeld, will feature the music
of Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Rimsky-Korsakov and
Handel.
The Tchaikovsky portion of the program will
feature selections from "The Nutcracker Ballet."
From Vivaldi, the program includes "Winter"
from "The Four Seasons."
The concert also will feature Christmas Carols
from around the world and selections from Handel's
"Messiah."
Tickets can be purchased at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce office, 5313 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, or by phone by calling Donna
Misner at 941-778-8585.
For more information, call Dantia Gould at
941-778-1880.


Maestro appreciation
The Studio at Gulf and Pine on Nov. 15 hosted con-
ductor Alfred Gershfeld of the Anna Maria Island
Community Chorus and Orchestra, pictured with
his wife, Yelena, for '\ .... t the Maestro, " part of
artsHOP weekend. The next day, AMICCO per-
formed its first concert of 2008-09, which will be
followed by the "Season of Joy" concert at 2 p.m.
Dec. 21 at Crosspointe Fellowship. Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff

Birding course offered
Registration has begun for the Manatee County
Audubon Society's Jan. 19-31 bird-watching course
organized in part by Nancy Dean.
The program consists of four class sessions at
6:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Jan. 22, Jan. 26 and Jan. 29 at
Synovus Bank, 2520 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The fee is $50 for non-members and $35 for
members.
For more information, call Dean at
941-792-9235.

Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Cafe on the Beach at the
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The guest speaker will be Sissy Quinn, executive admin-
istrator of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society.
For more information, contact member Ralph
Bassett at 941-795-8697.


Kiwanis gets 'Taste'
Neal Finelli, owner and publisher of Taste Dining
and Travel magazine and a resident of Perico
Island, speaks to Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club
members about his experience in publishing his
magazine. Islander Photo: Ralph Bassett

Butterfly park gets bench
from SAM
Save Anna Maria Inc. will donate a bench to the
Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park Dec. 17.
The bench will honor Melody Kramer, SAM's
first president and a founding member.
Kramer is expected to attend the public ceremony
at 3:30 p.m. at the park, located south of Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5701 Marina Drive.
The bench will be dedicated as the volunteer
caretakers of the park sponsored by North American
Butterfly Association's Manasota Chapter work on
improvements.
For part of 2008, the park's future was in question
as Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and the
butterfly association tried to work out an agreement
for responsibility in the garden, which had been dam-
aged by a contractor hired to trim ficus trees.
An agreement was signed this fall, clearing the
way for volunteers to begin to replace personalized
bricks, as well as work on plantings in the garden,
which was designated in 1999.
In November, butterfly association representative
Nancy Ambrose ordered a new supply of personal-
ized bricks.
Ambrose said there has been additional activity
at the park, including the relocation of the veterans'
memorial sign so that it is visible to city hall arriv-
als, the removal of weeds in anticipation of a major
planting in the spring. Also, new sidewalks may be
completed by the new year.
Next the butterfly group and SAM announced the
dedication of the bench, with current SAM president
Billie Martini promising a taste of her rum cake for
those who attend the program honoring the past SAM
president.
Kramer, before moving away from the Island,
served on Anna Maria's planning and zoning board,
on the Island Citizens Action Committee and was
instrumental in forming SAM.
The Islandwide group, with Kramer at the helm,
successfully challenged the replacement plans in
1992-93 for the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Mana-
tee Avenue.

Crosspointe hosts
holiday concert
Crosspointe Fellowship will host a Christmas
Eve concert featuring harpist Greg Buchanan.
The concert will begin at
6:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach.
Buchanan, according to a
church announcement "has been
one of the most sought after
Buchanan Christian performers in Amer-
ica. His superb musicianship and enthusiastic atti-
tude toward the Christian life are evidenced as he
shares his unbelievable musical gift and personal
walk of faith."
The concert is free and open to the public on
a "first come, first served" basis.
For more information, call the church at
941-778-0719.


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Oops, artist 'yard sale' Dec. 20


Inadvertently, The Islander published last year's
information for this year's art sale at the newspaper,
"Where's Woody?"
The sale will be held this year on Dec. 20.
The sale originated as a yard sale at the home of
artist Woody Candish, but ran afoul of city "event"
permits, and it moved some years ago to the news-
paper with Candish as the host.
Candish will again host the 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. 20. Participating artists,
whether independent or artists associated with Rest-


less Natives, the Anna Maria Island Artists Guild, Art
League, Island Gallery West or any other art organi-
zation are invited to have a booth at the sale - they
need only to register with The Islander.
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.
18.
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 at 941-778-7978, or e-mail
lisaw@islander.org.


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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Former Anna Maria City Commissioner
Linda Cramer has informed Mayor Fran Bar-
ford she intends to challenge the adoption of the
city's comprehensive plan and future land-use
map. Cramer also asked
for an extension of time
to file the challenge.
In a Dec. 11 letter to the
mayor, Cramer said she is
representing herself because
her attorney is dealing with a
family illness. She said she
needs the 180-extension to
Cramer formally file her petition as
an affected party.
Cramer at one time owned property at the north-


HB commission steps
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach City Commission agreed not to
pursue concerns with the Bradenton Beach City Com-
mission's decision to issue a quitclaim deed for unim-
proved 27th Street to the Sandpiper Resort Co-op.
The Holmes Beach commissioners reached the
consensus during a Dec. 9 meeting attended by nearly
as many Bradenton Beach citizens as Holmes Beach
citizens.
On Dec. 4, the Bradenton Beach City Commis-
sion approved a final reading of an ordinance execut-
ing 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 had sought the quit-
claim deed because some homes exist on part of the
city rights of way and the deed was needed to clar-
ify ownership of land that contains some dwellings,
according to Sandpiper attorney Chuck Webb said.
Before the Bradenton Beach vote, Holmes Beach
city attorneys Patricia Petruff and Warren Pies had
raised concerns about deeding 27th Street to the
mobile home park.
Pies and Petruff said a more appropriate action
would be to vacate the right of way.
Their primary concern was the access Holmes
Beach residents have had to the unimproved street,
which is a path to the beach for some.
Sandpiper residents attended the Dec. 9 Holmes
Beach City Commission meeting to see whether the
city would take any action relative to the issue.
They heard commissioners agree to take no
action.
"I don't know where the city of Holmes Beach
really needs to get involved with this," said Holmes
Beach Commissioner Pat Morton. "I feel we are not
really involved with this as a city.... If the property
owners there in that area are concerned, then they
should step up.... But Holmes Beach does not need
to be telling Bradenton Beach what they should be
doing with their city."
Commissioner David Zaccagnino added, "It's a
Bradenton Beach issue."


west corner of Gulf Drive and Palm Avenue that
became a controversy as to its zoning.
During city commission hearings on the comp-
plan, Cramer, then a city commissioner, had remained
largely silent on the issue of her property's land-use
designation.
Eventually, she indicated that her property
should be designated as retail-office-residential in
the comp plan as, she claimed, was indicated by
the city commission when the comp plan was origi-
nated in the late 1980s. But a number of Palmetto
Avenue residents successfully argued to the city
commission against including that portion of the
intersection in ROR. The commission agreed and
continued the property's residential zoning in the
future land-use map adopted with the comp plan.
Cramer was defeated in her bid for re-elec-
tion in November 2006.


back from Sandpiper

Holmes Beach
commissioner hospitalized
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Pat
Geyer has been hospitalized for an infection.
Earlier this year, Geyer underwent replace-
ment knee surgery.
There were complications that led to an
infection, according to City Commission Chair
Sandy Haas-Martens, who at a Dec. 9 meeting
said the city's thoughts are with Geyer.

Commissioner John Monetti, who owns property
near 27th Street, said there are concerns for Holmes
Beach.
"The street lies in Bradenton Beach, but there are
a lot of citizens that use that street and it's a dedicated
public street," he said.
Monetti said he had wanted to see Bradenton
Beach commissioners take a different course of
action, but that he also understood Sandpiper prop-
erty owners "truly have had hardship."
Commission chair Sandy Haas-Martens brought
the discussion to a close: "So basically what we're
saying is we're not going to do anything.... We're not
going to spend city dollars at this point. Is everybody
in agreement?"
The other commissioners, with Pat Geyer absent
for health reasons, said, "Yes."
And Webb, who was on his way to the podium
to defend Sandpiper's case, took a seat.
In other business, the city commission:
* Adopted an ordinance amending the city code
in regards to candidate qualification to bring Holmes
Beach qualifying dates in line with a revised state
schedule.
* Authorized the mayor to accept a federal grant
for the demolition of a home deemed a "severe repeti-
tive loss" due to flooding. (See story, page 23.)
* Agreed to cancel the scheduled Dec. 23 meeting
due to its proximity to the Christmas holiday.
City hall will be closed Dec. 25-26.
* Heard from the mayor that a plan to install a
sidewalk along Manatee Avenue at the Kingfish Boat
Ramp "is still on the radar."


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Committee learns AM pier boardwalk too costly


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Members of Anna Maria's transportation enhance-
ment grant committee experienced a bit of "sticker
shock" at their Dec. 8 meeting when they learned the
estimated cost to build a boardwalk and associated
amenities at the city pier would be $879,355, about
$700,000 more than anticipated.
They also learned why the estimate was higher
than expected.
Florida Department of Transportation official
Chris Piazza prepared and presented the estimate
and cautioned that it includes about 45 percent in
extra charges. Because the $358,000 grant the city
will receive through the DOT in 2011 is federally
funded, Piazza said he had to follow federal guide-
lines for cost estimates and use "premium pricing."
"These are federal guidelines. It's not how we
would do it if it were a state project," Piazza told the
committee. Piazza had DOT engineers run a separate
estimate and their projection was $553,000, including
everything.
Piazza's estimate is also not the estimate that
contractor Steve Kring or developer Mike Coleman,
both committee members, would have come up with
if they were estimating the project.
"I can do this for about $11 a linear foot. You've
got $71 a linear foot," Kring said. "I now know why
every government project costs so much. I think we
can do this 'green' for a lot less green," he said.
Piazza agreed, but said he was bound to follow
the federal rules because the money is federal. In
addition, he put in "everything the committee had
suggested."
His estimate included drainage, landscaping,
picnic pavilions, handicap-accessible parking spaces,
parking lot improvements, a central pavilion at the
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reduce the scope of work," he said.
Coleman noted that a similar boardwalk at the
Robinson Preserve cost about $17 a linear foot.
Piazza said he had to estimate the costs based
upon a "no bid" procedure and using the best possible
materials. He had to add an additional 25 percent
for project cost, 10 percent for mobilization and 10
percent for "traffic maintenance."
Coleman said those costs are never considered in
a private project. If Island contractors are used, there
is no mobilization cost.
Piazza told the committee that it does not have
to engage the DOT as the engineer and planner on
the project. The DOT by law has to use the federal
standards, and that includes $45,000 for design fees.
If the city has some agency or person that is certi-
fied to perform local projects by the DOT, it can then
ignore federal estimate requirements.
City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who chairs
the committee, suggested the city partner with the
Manatee County engineering department, which is
DOT certified.
"That would save a lot of money, and we don't
have to put in everything we considered," she said.
Committee members thanked Piazza for his
efforts.
"We're not knocking you," Coleman said. "You
did what we asked and we thank you."
Kring suggested asking Manatee County engi-
neers and planners to design the project.
Mattick agreed, saying "It's time for the county
to support us, considering all the tax money we send
them."
Kring said that, if the county balks at providing
assistance, he could get a certified engineer to design
the plans for about $10,000.
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Mattick said that before that's considered she
would ask Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford to
approach Manatee County officials for assistance
and seek support from county commissioners.
Committee members agreed to have Mattick
present the boardwalk proposal to the city commis-
sion at its Jan. 8 work session.
"We need direction," said Mattick. "We need to
get a feel of support, then we can go about getting
the cost down."
Mattick had originally estimated a boardwalk
could be built for less than $200,000, based upon her
conversations with Bridge Builders of North Caro-
lina, the company that installed the boardwalk at the
Robinson Preserve.
She said she hopes to have a better preliminary
estimate to give to the commission other than the
$879,000 presented by Piazza.
Committee members agreed the project was not
worth pursuing at that price.
"I could not in good conscience spend $870,000
of the public's money knowing it could be done for a
lot less," said Coleman. "The whole idea that because
it's a grant, we might as well spend it, is ridiculous,"
he said.
While she could not speak for other commis-
sioners, Mattick said she "would not consider an
$880,000 boardwalk. It's just a ridiculous amount of
money for a simple project."
The $358,000 federal grant that the city will
receive from the DOT in fiscal year 2010-11 has to
be used for new projects in the city's business district
on Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. It cannot be used to
enhance existing structures such as the city pier, as
some people have suggested.
Mattick invited the public to attend the Jan. 8 city
commission worksession and provide input.


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'Severe loss' to lead to Holmes Beach park


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach officials continue to negotiate an
agreement with a homeowner that could lead to a
small lakefront park.
City commissioners on Dec. 9 authorized the
mayor to accept a grant from the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency to cover the demoli-
tion of a home and acquisition of the property in the
6800 block of Holmes Boulevard. A FEMA project
description states, "The structure suffers repeated
damage from floods. The land will be converted to
open space and the deed restricted."
FEMA has deemed the home a "severe repetitive
loss" due to flooding and ordered the property owners to
make a choice - demolish and sell the land, demolish
and rebuild, or pay top-price for insurance.
The property owners, Kenneth and Cynthia Rush-
forth, decided the best option, with FEMA financial
support, was to have the home demolished and turn
the property over to the city for a park.
"We didn't plan on selling this house" until
receiving notice from FEMA earlier this year, Ken-
neth Rushforth said.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino said that
he considered the property a "gift to the city" and
thought the city should "do everything possible so
we can accept this grant."
Addressing the Rushforths, he said, "You are
profiting from this, but you are giving this to the city
as a park."
However, the details of the transfer of property
still need to be finalized, according to city attorney
Patricia Petruff during a sometimes tense discussion
of the issue Dec. 9.
The FEMA grant was noticed to the city Nov. 5,
with a long list of requirements, the first being that it
be accepted within 60 days.


With the deadline for accepting the grant expected
to arrive before the commission's next meeting on
Jan. 13, the elected officials had to act without a con-
tract or even a signed list of the terms.
The grant is for $826,000 - about $800,000 of
which most of which would go to the Rushforths
for the sale of their property to the city. The rest of
the grant money will be used to pay for the costs of
demolishing the property, transferring the deed and
other associated expenses. It's the cost details that the
city attorney is working out with the Rushforths.
Petruff stressed that the commissioners instructed
her office to negotiate terms so that "the city have no
outlay with respect to this acquisition of property."
Some of the terms proposed by the city include
holding up to 5 percent of the grant in a reserve in
the event the city encounters unseen costs with the


property, or expenses run higher than anticipated.
Petruff said the city has had some trouble work-
ing with the Rushforths.
"I understand how bad the situation is," Petruff
said, referring to the Rushforths' predicament. But
she stressed that the city's best interests must be
served.
"It is not a piece of property that the city needs ...
for any purpose," Petruff said, adding that she would
like "Mr. Rushforth to sign the term sheet ... and not
to renegotiate it here at this meeting."
Commissioners eventually decided to authorize
the mayor to accept the FEMA grant, but asked that
a list of terms or a contract be presented at their next
meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 13.
Petruff said that if a contract is not negotiated,
the city would return the grant to FEMA.

For the birds
More than 150 people attended
the opening reception of
"Birds of the FISH Preserve"
Friday at the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez. The art
exhibit features photographs
of birds either taken at or
visiting the 95-acre Florida
Institute for Saltwater Heritage
Preserve. Pictured, from left,
is the museum's Roger Allen,
photographer Rick Greenspun
and Manatee County Com-
missioner John Chappie. The
exhibit is open at the museum
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Dec. 8, 100 S. Bay Blvd., city pier, criminal mis-
chief. The pier manager said someone broke into a
storage area and took paper products. Damage was
$10. The manager said he suspected fishers in the
area as the culprits.
Dec. 9, 100 Spring Ave., Sandbar Restaurant,
theft. Someone driving a maroon-colored pickup
truck took a moped from the restaurant parking lot.

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 30, 2513 Gulf Drive, Circle K, theft. The
manager and district manager noted a clerk had taken
approximately $28 from the cash register. The clerk
admitted to the theft. She was issued a trespass warn-
ing and charged with theft.
Dec. 3, 2300 block Gulf Drive, license. Officers
responded to a vehicle crash where one vehicle left
the scene. While running a record check on the errant
vehicle, the vehicle was spotted passing them. Offi-
cers stopped the truck and determined the man driv-
ing did not have a driver's license. He denied striking
any vehicle. He was arrested.

Holmes Beach
Dec. 5, 100 block 64th Street, drugs. Bradenton
police notified Holmes Beach officers that the driver
of a vehicle heading toward the Island appeared
to be smoking marijuana. Officers stopped the car
and noticed a strong smell of marijuana. Edward B.
Wiley-Jones, 26, of Bradenton, produced a glass jar
and plastic bag, both filled with marijuana, and he
was charged and issued a notice to appear in court.
Dec. 5, 100 block 67th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone entered her home while she
was out of town and took a television set and DVD
player. Entry was apparently through a sliding-glass
door.
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was a relative of the deceased and was falsely using his
identification, as his license was suspended at the time
of the traffic stop. He was charged with false display of
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J. Roger Blake
J. Roger Blake, 81, a resident of Holmes Beach
for 35 years, died Dec. 8.
No services were held. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by sons Kenneth of Moundsville,
W. Va., and Randall of Atlanta, Ga.; daughters Bar-
bara Eyler of Crystal River, and Lori Shakespeare of
Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and eight grandchildren.

Richard Allen 'Rick' Boyd Jr.
Richard Allen "Rick" Boyd Jr., 53, of Anna Maria
and formerly of Prince George's, Md., died Dec. 8.
Born in St. Georges, Mr. Boyd moved to Manatee
County at an early age. He was
an entertainer, singing at many
venues locally, including Caf6
on the Beach in Holmes Beach
for seven years. He played John
the Baptist in the Promise pro-
duction in Branson, Mo., for
three years. He was a gradu-
Boyd ate of the Rhema Bible School
in Oklahoma, and served with the U.S. Army as an
entertainer during the Vietnam era.
A celebration of life was held Dec. 13. Private ser-
vices will be held at a later date at Sarasota National
Cemetery, Sarasota, with military honors. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Bay Pines VAMC
Hospice Unit, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Bay Pines FL
33504. Condolences may be made online at www.
shannonfuneralhomes.com. Shannon Funeral Home,
Town Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrange-
ments.
He is survived by parents Richard A. Sr. and Bar-
bara of Palmetto; sisters Wanda Rettedal and husband
Mike, and Kelley Woods and husband Joshua, all of
Sapulpa, Okla.; and nieces Ashley and Briana Boyd
and Haley Woods.

Allen N. Clow
Allen N. Clow, 85, of Bradenton, died Dec. 7.
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denton in 1979. He was former owner and operator
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and superintendent of Tidy Island, Bridgeport and
Summer Sands condominiums. He was a city coun-
cilman in Michigan and implemented a nationwide
practice to reduce phosphate in waterways, as well as
being in the forefront of recycling. He was a member
of Faith United Methodist Church, Bradenton.
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Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Alexine; sons Scott of
Wyoming and Dan of Spring Hill, Fla.; two grand-
children; and many nieces and nephews.

Kenneth William Holmes
Kenneth William Holmes, 91, of Bradenton and
formerly of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 6.
Mr. Holmes was born in Dracut, Mass., and
moved to Holmes Beach in 1977. He grew up in Bil-
lerica, Mass., where he worked in the family busi-
ness, the Billerica Diner. He graduated from Howe
High School in 1935 and worked for the Boston &
Maine railroad. He was a member of the U.S. Naval
Air Force as a nose gunner on a PB4Y Privateer and
received a Purple Heart among other citations and
medals. After the war he returned to the railroad and
later retired from John Hancock Life Insurance Co.
as an agent. He attended St. Bernard Catholic Church,
Holmes Beach, where he was a pancake cook. He was
a volunteer at Meals on Wheels. He was a member of
the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Soci-
ety.
Memorial Mass was Dec. 13 at the church. Grif-
fith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrange-
ments.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothea
"Dolly"; son Kevin and his wife Fane; brother Paul of
Billerica, Mass.; sister Catherine Houlne of Nashua,
N.H.; grandchildren Kenneth and his wife Kristen,
Neil, Timothy and Kristina; and great-grandchildren
Corbin, Jenna, Connor and Makayla.

Drusilla 'Sue' Norton Parks
Drusilla "Sue" Norton Parks, 77, of Bradenton,
died Dec. 6.
Mrs. Parks was born on Martha's Vineyard
Island, Mass., and moved to Manatee County


THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 17, 2008 0 15
from Edgartown, Mass., in the 1990s. She was
an artist and owned an antique shop as well as
holding a real estate license. She was a gradu-
ate of the Massachusetts School of Art with a
degree in fashion design and illustration. She
was Methodist.
A gathering of family and friends will take place
at a later date. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by brothers S. Bailey Norton Jr.
and wife Joan, and Floyd C. Norton and wife Janet,
all of Edgartown; nieces Nancy N. Monahan and hus-
band Kenneth R. of Hingham, Mass., and Deborah
B. Norton and husband Bill Snyder of Essex Junc-
tion, Vt.; nephew Stuart L. Norton and wife Cathi
of Bloomington, Ind.; five grandnieces; one grand-
nephew; one great-grandniece; and three great-grand-
nephews.

Ina J. Raburn
Ina J. Raburn, 92, of Bradenton, died Dec. 7.
A memorial service and celebration of Mrs.
Raburn's life will be held for family and friends at
1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria.
The family suggested memorial donations may
be to a favorite charity or the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL
34216.
Mrs. Raburn is survived by two sons, Doyal
and wife Becky and James and wife Janet; daughter
Deborah and husband Joe DeVary; grandchildren
Kim and husband Mark Ibasfalean of Cortez, Doyal
and wife Sandy Raburn, Jason and wife Connie Ison,
Autumn and husband Al Rudolph, Justin and wife
Melissa Raburn and Amanda Brown; and seven
great-grandchildren.

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Fiki and Kitty's Decebmbrfesi


Shopping Daze for the Holidays!

Tiki and Kitty celebrate December's holiday
shopping daze!
It's our favorite time of the year to shop for some-
one other than ourselves!
Our first stop for the holiday shopping spree is
Steff's Stuff on Longboat Key, where we find lots of
vintage dinnerware for serving up dee-lish holiday
meals. We're focused on a pretty bowl for our holiday
dinner hostess.
In Bradenton, Community Thrift Shop is hold-
ing its annual pre-Christmas sale Thursday, Dec. 18,
then they close for the remainder of the year, reopening
Jan. 5, 2009. Rusty Crickett's hopes you'll join them
Thursday, Dec 18, for a wine and cheese party from 5
p.m. to 8 p.m. when c t i \ hi ng in the store will be dis-
counted. And for last-minute shoppers, Crickett's will
be open Sunday, Dec. 21, for holiday shopping.
The Historic East Bradenton Antiques District
features Braden River Antiques, a huge store packed
with awesome vintage furniture and accessories,
Cobwebs, a quaint antique shop featuring quality
collectables, and Retro Rosie, the place for top-notch
vintage clothing, including a beautiful selection of
bridal gowns. We love Vintage Vagabond Antiques
and look forward to the twice-a-month Flea Market
under the Oaks - and the next event is Sunday, Dec.
21. Say "hi" to Don and Bev when you arrive.


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New Year's Eve outfit!
The Sea Hagg is featuring the "Before-Christ-
mas, After Christmas Sale" Dec 17 thru Dec. 24. Yes,
it sounds wacky, but that's what we like!
In Ellenton, browsing thru the Feed Store Antique
Mall reminds us of holidays spent with Granny and
PawPaw - and you, too, should feel the warmth. And
at Charms of Leffingwell, Ve d owner Bobbie just
as charming and helpf.as e in helping us find the
perfect gift items for our ied ones.
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next year with a brand new scheme for shopping fun.


Tiki and Kitty arrive at The Sea Hagg for its Before
Christmas After Christmas Sale.


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Kitty can't help but purr when she finds this
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Winterfest art fair draws from near, far
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
There is an art to traveling.
And travelers seek art. -_'
Many people walked the grassy aisles of the 21 st .
annual Winterfest Dec. 13-14 on the field near Holmes
Beach City Hall looking, studying and buying the
work of artists and craftspeople.
Some were residents of Anna Maria Island who
said they counted on finding unique holiday gifts at
the Winterfest Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts.
Also, a noticeable number of Winterfest patrons
said they were on vacation in the area or had trav-
eled to Anna Maria Island for the event, which fea-
tured about 100 artists, a young artists celebration,
local non-profit organizations, concession sales and . '
music.-
"I think next to going to the beach, looking for - - p
local art is about my favorite thing to do down here,"
said Carol Cunningham of Ames, Iowa. "Artists often
have something very special and unique to say about .
their homes." - - .-.- -
While Cunningham looked for art that captured - .. .
Anna Maria Island's character, vacationer Howard -. --. ,- .. --
Joyner looked for value. '-" - - ."-
"I collect," said the traveler from South Bend, Peggy Furlin of Lake Mills, Wis., works on a watercolor painting at her tent during the 21st annual Winter-
fest Dec. 13 in Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff


\/,. i7-% ' give some consideration to a clothing
booth at Winterfest.


Ind. "I don't collect big names, but sometimes I col-
lect people who get big names. So I'm here looking
for value. These events are great for finding fine art
for affordable prices."
Industry experts call Cunningham and Joyner
cultural tourists, and statistics show that they have
a larger economic impact on a tourist economy on
average than vacationers in general.
Local artist Amelia Gasden called these tourists
her lifeblood.
Gasden paints shells, coconuts and other local
finds.
"Vacationers are definitely my big customers,"
said Gasden, who came as a Winterfest shopper, not
exhibitor.
She and many patrons left the festival with col-




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lectibles for their homes or gifts for others.
And raffle-players left with tickets that could
potentially be redeemed for prizes donated by Win-
terfest artists.
Like the patrons, the 113 Winterfest vendors
came from near and far to showcase their watercolor
and oil paintings, photographs and textiles, metal-
works and jewelry, pottery and sculptures, glasses
and woodcarvings, papers and pastels.
The Anna Maria Island Art League hosted the
festival to celebrate artists' work and raise money for
the not-for-profit organization, which offers a broad
range of courses at its studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
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Mackenzie Webber, 5, of Long Island, N.Y., prepares to paint at the children's art booth at Winterfest in
Holmes Beach. Young attendees created art on Dec. 13, as well as viewed submissions by Manatee County
students in the Young at Art exhibit.


Winterfest awards
In the 21st annual Winterfest Festival of Fine
Arts and Crafts, judges on Dec. 13 presented the
following awards:
Best of show for two dimensional: Alan
Sundal, oils/acrylics.
Best of show for three dimensional: Marilyn
Vaillancourt, jewelry.
First place for two dimensional: Cantave
Casseus, mixed media.
First place for three dimensional: Warner
Whitfield, glass.



Winterfest art show draws crowd
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
AMIAL also will host Springfest March 14-15,
2009.
For art-as-gifts shoppers, the Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island also hosted a sale Dec. 13 at its
gallery in the Island Shopping Center.
And the selling will continue Dec. 20 with The
Islander newspaper's annual Where's Woody Art
Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the newspa-
per office at the Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Last-minute holiday shopping is the theme for
the artists, who in past years gathered in artist Woody
Candish's yard for the sale. Local artists will bring
out their prints, pottery, paintings, photographs and
jewelry at sometimes deeply discounted prices.


Winterfest shoppers browse in the field by Holmes
Beach City Hall Dec. 13 looking for fine arts and
crafts by professional artists. The event included a
display of student work, music and food.


AMICC


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new year



classes

The Anna Maria Island Community Center
recently announced its lineup of classes for the
new year and is encouraging early registration.
Classes include:
* The Cancer Project Food for Life Ellen Jones
at 10:30 a.m. Thursday starting Jan. 15.
* Bridge Lessons with Larry Auerbach at 10:30
a.m. Friday starting Jan. 2.
* Creative Floral Arranging with Silvia
Zadarosni at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday starting Jan.
21.
* One Stroke Painting with Carol Plymire at 9
a.m. Monday starting Jan. 19.
* Digital Photography with Clarence Jones at
7 p.m. Tuesday starting Jan. 13.
* Basic Photography with Jack Elka at 3 p.m.
Tuesday starting Jan. 6.
* Irish Dance at 12:30 p.m. Monday starting
Jan. 5.
* Line Dancing with Bunny Burton at 10:30
a.m. Friday starting Jan. 2.
* Tai Chi for Beginners with Sherry Fideler at
10:15 a.m. Tuesday starting Jan. 13.
* Yoga with Linda Morassi at 6:30 p.m. Tues-
days starting Jan. 6.
* Italian for Beginners with Patrizia Storelli at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday starting Jan. 7.
* French for Beginners with Patrizia Storelli at
1 p.m. Wednesday starting Jan. 7.
* Spanish for Beginners with Alex Mardones
at 6 p.m. Tuesday starting Jan. 6.
* Spanish for Intermediate with Alex Mardones
at 6 p.m. Thursday starting Jan. 8.
The Center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria.
For more information about classes, includ-
ing fees, or to register, call the Center at
941-778-1908.





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Wednesday, Dec. 17
3:30 p.m. - Save Anna Maria Island Inc. dedica-
tion ceremony honoring Melody Kramer, SAM founder,
at the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431 or
941-778-2549.
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 informa-
tion: 941-778-1813.
7p.m. - Holden evening prayer at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-1813.

Thursday, Dec. 18
10:15a.m. -Friends of the Island Branch Library book
club discussion on "The Last Days of Dogtown" at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-4669.

Saturday, Dec. 20
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
hosts a breakfast meeting with guest speaker Sissy Quinn,
executive administrator of the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, hosts the Where's Woody Art Yard Sale.
9 a.m. to noon - Pier Regulars Christmas party at the
Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
9a.m. to 2 p.m. - Bridge Street Market featuring music,
food and shopping at 107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-518-4431.

Sunday, Dec. 21
Winter begins today.
Hanukkah begins at sundown.
2 p.m. - Anna Maria Island Community Choir and
Orchestra "Season of Joy" concert at Crosspointe Fellowship,
8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8585.
Fee applies.

Monday, Dec. 22
Manatee public schools close for the winter break.
Classes resume Jan. 6.


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Ringing in the season
Bellringer Major Leckie of the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island beckons Publix Super Market associ-
ate Stephen Stern to contribute to the Salvation Army kettle outside the store on Dec. 4. The Kiwanis Club
began stationing bellringers outside the store in early December. To volunteer, call Kiwanis member Ralph
Bassett at 941-795-8697. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann


Tuesday, Dec. 23
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for
lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.

Wednesday, Dec. 24
6 p.m. - Gospel concert featuring Greg Buchanan at
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-7845.

Ongoing:
*"Birds of the FISH Preserve" photograph exhibit at the
Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W, Cortez, 8:30
a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, through Jan. 12. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6120.
* 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 Ameri-
can Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W, Bradenton, hosts
dinners for the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.


Coming up:
* Dec. 27, Kiwanis meeting with guest Scott Pardue.
* Dec. 30, Rotary Club meeting at the BeachHouse
Restaurant.
* Jan. 3, Bay Wise kayak tour of Otter Key.
* Jan. 3, New Year ritual yoga workshop at Island Yoga
Space.
Save the date
* Jan. 6, Juried Open Aqueous and Signature show at
The Studio at Gulf and Pine.
* Jan. 17, AME 5k Dolphin Dash.
* Feb. 1, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 50th Anniversary
celebration.
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A special pizza
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and visitors
Capalbo's House of Pizza at 10519
Cortez Road. W. has reopened after
owners Craig and Radka Watson
closed the famous pizzeria in Septem-
ber for some major renovations. The
Watsons purchased Capalbo's early this
year from Mike Capalbo, who operated
the restaurant for nearly 20 years.
But pizza lovers need not worry.
Mike is still the head pizza chef, serv-
ing up his handmade pizzas as fast as
customers can order and eat.
"We are the pizza specialty place,"
said Radka. "We' re keeping all the old
favorites and have added some new ones.
Of course, with Mike around, e \ . thin
will be fresh and the best."
The popular pizza buffet is open
for lunch daily and guests will enjoy
happy hour all day at Capalbo's.
Craig and Radka have a complete
selection of Italian and American wines
for every menu choice.
Capalbo's has a VegGie Specialli
pizza for vegetarians, but most say
the best pizza is still the Capalbo's
(Michael) Specialli pizza.
The popular pizza is served with
traditional pepperoni, shredded meat-
balls, crumbly sausage, homemade
sauce, fresh mushrooms, green pep-
pers, onion rings and lots of love.
Capalbo's also serves soups,


Capalbo still at Capalbo's
Radka Watson, right, of Capalbo's House of Pizza and husband Craig, not pictured,
recently reopened after remodeling the landmark pizza restaurant at 10519 Cortez
Road W. Pictured with Radka is former owner Mike Capalbo, who is still behind
the scenes making his specialty pizzas. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


salads and sandwiches in addition to
its famous pizza.
"We really want to be the pizza
place for locals and our winter visi-
tors," said Radka. L\ .iything is the
same, including the friendly atmo-
sphere."
Capalbo's House of Pizza is open
from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and from noon to 9
p.m. on Sunday.
For more information or to order a
pizza, call 941-792-5300.

Seafood Shack
reopens
The Marina Grill at the Seafood
Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez,


reopened for business Dec. 15 follow-
ing eight months of closure.
Owner Ham Jones had closed the
landmark seafood restaurant for several
reasons, including the four-month clo-
sure during the summer of the hump-
back bridge on 127th Street leading from
Cortez Road to the restaurant.
Only the downstairs Marina Grill
is open, serving from 11:30 a.m. to
9:30 p.m. daily.
For more information, call
941-794-1235.

Really Rudy
Rudy's Subs at 9906 Gulf Drive in
Anna Maria is now open for business.
Owners Julie Quinlivan and Sally
Woodward came from Denver follow-


THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 17, 2008 0 21
ing a visit and falling in love with Anna
Maria Island.
The interior of the store was painted
by award-winning muralist Kathy
Dawson of Denver, who designed the
walls with an Island theme.
Rudy's will feature a Philly cheese
steak sandwich for $5.95 on its menu, in
addition to a variety of sub sandwiches,
party subs and homemade treats.
For more information, call
941-896-7844.

Realty raves
Island Real Estate at 6101 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, has named Tom
Nelson as the company's top sales
agent for November. The top sales
award went to John van Zandt.
For more information on Island
Real Estate, call 941-778-6066.
Got a new business going up in
Anna Maria Island, Cortez, Palma
Sola, west Bradenton or Longboat
Key? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, a new hire,
or an award-winning staff member?
Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
your news toll free to 866-362-9821,
or e-mail us at news@islander.org.

Island real estate
transactions
6300 Flotilla Drive, Unit 79,
Shell Point condominium, Holmes
Beach, a 1,151 sfla 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1973 was
sold 11/25/08, Murphy to Bauer for
$195,000; list $209,000.
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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Stalking and finning to a close encounter


The Tampa Bay area appears on its way to
becoming a mecca for odd critters of late - odd for
our region, at least, both in water and on land.
American crocodiles have made an appearance in
northeastern Manatee County. Coyotes are roaming
the wilds and not-so-wilds of our eastern neighbors,
too. And a whale shark, the largest of fish, has been
nuzzling divers in the Gulf of Mexico off Pinellas
County beaches.
Weird and wild wildlife for our part of the
world.

Crocs
Manatee County had an American crocodile take
to its shores earlier this year when a 9-footer was
spotted in a pond near the upper reaches of the Mana-
tee River. Crocs were once a common sight in much
of peninsular Florida, but hunters pretty much wiped
them out around the beginning of the 20th century.
This local croc sighting was the first outside of South
Florida in decades.
Crocs are slightly larger than alligators, lighter
in color, have a more rounded snout and have some
teeth that overlap the reptile's upper lip. Habitat is
salt or brackish water, rather than the gator's pre-
ferred freshwater haunts.
The old salts have the distinction of being the
largest of reptiles found in the United States.
Crocodile populations diminished to about 200
due to hunting and habitat depreciation. Thanks to
federal protection from hunting and some massive
habitat restoration projects in South Florida, the croc
population has swelled to more than 2,000.
As the population grows, expansion of the croc' s
territory has followed.
Let's see: big reptile, carnivorous, lots of teeth,
likes saltwater - could we be talking a new breed
of dangerous beachgoer looking for a summertime
buffet?
Perhaps, but probably not.
Crocodiles are a bit more timid around humans
than their alligator cousins. Despite the killer croco-
dile legends of Australia or the South Pacific, the
American croc pretty much leaves people alone.
There have been no reported croc-human interactions
in Florida; in comparison, alligators have killed 20
Floridians since 1973.
Remember that the population difference between
the two critters is huge, with 1.25 million gators in
the state versus 2,000 or so crocs.
Crocs do seem to have a fondness for dogs and


Mullet run is o
Florida fishers and fish retailers say the annual
mullet run is on.
And the fish is in abundance.
"It' s been pretty good so far," said Kim McVey in the
fish house at Cortez Bait and Seafood in Cortez village.
Mullet are found worldwide in tropical and sub-
tropical waters, including Florida' s bays and estuaries
and along the state's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The
primary fishery for Florida mullet is the Gulf and one
of the best areas for the tastiest mullet is Cortez.
Mullet - dark bluish on the top and silver on the
sides - feed on aquatic plant and algae, swim in large
schools and run in the waters in the late fall, when the
fish migrate from the back bays to the deeper waters to
spawn. This migration is known as a mullet run.
The run traditionally lasts until late December or
early January and is influenced by cold fronts over


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cats, though, as a change in their normal diet of
snakes, raccoons, other reptiles and birds.
The Manatee County crocodile escaped capture
attempts and was last seen heading toward the Mana-
tee River.

Coyotes
Coyotes are also moving into our area. Actu-
ally, they' re found in all 67 counties in Florida but
Monroe, and predictions are that the Florida Keys
could eventually support the critters.
It seems coyotes were first introduced to Florida
in the 1920s as something for hunting dogs to chase.
Some eluded the dogs, found a home in the scrub and
started making little coyotes, as many as a half-dozen
per litter per year, mostly in the center of the state.
Coyotes also migrated to Florida from the usual
western U.S. states and took up residence in the vast
forests of the Panhandle.
The canines aren't as large as you would imag-
ine, with big males weighing in at about 40 pounds.
They' re grayish brown, have coarse fur and can run
up to 40 mph.
They're also wily critters. Coyotes are problem
solvers, not unlike the cartoon character, and the big-
gest problem they face is finding dinner. Their solu-
tion for what to eat lies is the garbage cans so handily
found in subdivisions near their wilderness homes.
As with crocs, coyotes don't much care for
humans, although there have been many reports of
the dogs staring at humans at dawn and dusk, their
prime time to roam and hunt, plus a few attacks over
the years.
And they have a fondness for pets. One woman
in Collier County lost 26 cats to coyotes. Small dogs
are also something of a delicacy.
But coyote experts are quick to point out that the
canines are the poster child for an opportunistic eater,
and almost anything poses as an opportunity for a
coyote. Sea turtle eggs, rabbits, squirrels, berries and


i in local bays
the Gulf of Mexico.
Coinciding with the mullet run, the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture issued a statement encouraging
diners to consider mullet's "great value in the current
economic climate."
Last year, Florida commercial fishers harvested more
than 7 million pounds of mullet, according to the state.
That number may go up this year due to a change
in fishing rules.
In June, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission approved a rule allowing weekend com-
mercial harvest of striped or black mullet. Weekend
harvests had been prohibited during certain months of
the year to help protect mullet when they spawn. But an
FWC stock assessment indicated that mullet populations
are now healthy enough statewide to safely sustain com-
mercial mullet harvesting on weekends.


even watermelon on the vine are all coyote food.
If coyotes have migrated to the Sunshine State
from places as far west as Wyoming and California,
there seems little doubt that they could decide to go
to the beach. After all, Anna Maria Island is home to
some foxes. Could coyotes be far behind?

Whale shark
Whale sharks are the largest fish found on Earth
at upwards of 46 feet. The big fish are in almost all
the world's warm-water oceans. They take their name
from the first people who spotted one and described it
as being as big as a whale and shaped like a shark.
Unlike sharks, though, these critters are filter-
feeders. Lunch is plankton, small fish and an occa-
sional mackerel that gets scooped up in their big
maw. The only harm they can cause humans is to
roll on one, or gum a person to death - both unlikely
occurrences. They do seem to be curious about swim-
mers, though, and don't mind being approached or
approaching a diver to see what that other-world
thing is doing in its environment.
Whale sharks are also sort of a psychedelic-col-
ored fish. Their skin is marked with a yellow check-
erboard pattern in spots and stripes over a gray back-
ground. The marks are distinct on each shark, making
identification easier.
They're mostly deepwater critters, and can dive
to 2,300 feet or so. Most of the time, though, they' re
found near the surface, slurping up plankton. They' re
also solitary, although whale sharks have been seen
clumped up where there is a good food supply.
And whale sharks have no problem coming close
to shore. One has been spotted several times in the
past few weeks in the near shore Gulf off Pinellas
County, and there have been several reports of the
big fish off the Island over the years, basking at the
surface.
Females bear live young, up to 200 at a time,
all about 2 feet long at birth. The fish reach sexual
maturity at age 30 or so, and can live from 60 up to
100 years.

Sandscript factoid
The Florida Museum of Natural History has a
grim forecast for the fate of whale sharks.
Whale sharks have fins. Fins are prized in east
Asia for soup, at upwards of $100 a bowl. The muse-
um's assessment of whale sharks, both for its meat
and its fins:
"At present, commercial fisheries for whale
sharks are limited, but may expand from an increased
demand for food products. In Taiwan, approximately
100 whale sharks are taken annually. The whale shark
meat fetches a high price in this country, and this
fact has stimulated larger harvests over the last years.
Fishing for this shark also occurs in the Philippines
... providing food for the local fishing communi-
ties.
"Whale shark fins are sold in the Orient, espe-
cially in Hong Kong. Occasionally, whale sharks
are captured accidentally along the coast of India.
Sometimes the flesh is eaten and the liver oil is
utilized for waterproofing wooden fishing boats
and other appliances, for the manufacture of shoe
polish and as a treatment for some skin diseases.
The processing of whale shark fins has also been
reported in India."
Here's a fish that grows to more than 40 feet in
length and can live for upwards of 100 years, and
we' re killing it to make soup?


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Gag grouper bite

great offshore, in


Tampa Bay
By Paul Roat
Fishers have always been keen weather watchers,
and last week proved a good example of when to fish
and when to wait it out at the dock.
Early in the week saw warm temperatures, mod-
erate winds and great fishing. Later in the week, the
cold fronts brought rain, high winds, slowing the
action.
On good days in an early winter chill, though,
offshore fishing is generally regarded as phenomenal
for grouper. The big, tasty fish are moving closer to
shore as water temps dip, and they seem hungry.
Limit catches are reported by most of the offshore
captains.
Redfish and flounder are a good bet in the bays,
plus a few skittish catch-and-release snook and
equally shy catch-and-release trout. Snook season
closed on Dec. 15 until Jan. 31, and trout remain
closed through December. But sheesphead are also
getting big.
Capt. Mark Johnston out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said he went offshore with
Capt. Sam Kimball and found grouper fishing to
be fantastic. "It's just ridiculous," he said. "We're
getting limit catches on every trip." The pair are
fishing in 50 to 80 feet of water in the Gulf, with
the action coming wherever there is a hard bottom
or ledge. Clear water is also important for a good
catch, Capt. Mark added. Other catches include
lots of mangrove snapper and gag grouper to 20
pounds, caught with live pinfish. In the backwa-
ter, they've been fishing in Palma Sola Bay, Anna
Maria Sound and near Longboat Key for redfish
and black drum. Best action is coming from near
deepwater docks. They're also catching reeling up
some nice-sized flounder.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said water
and weather has been rough for fishers, but there
are still redfish and sheepshead to be caught,
plus ladyfish on the seagrass flats in the bays.
Snook are in a transitional period en route to
their winter homes and don't seem to be biting,
he added.


Good offshore catch
Rob Long, left, Joe Long and Amelia Stone are pictured with a portion of their catch of gag grouper, snap-
per and a big kingfish, all caught in 50 feet of water offshore of Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico.
The group was here "on holiday" from Liverpool, England, and went fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire.

At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include sheep-
shead and mackerel, but the cold weather has kept Power squadron
most people away from the dock.
Rocky at the Anna Maria City Pier said plans classes
the cold has kept most fishers off the long dock,
but the few who did dip a line last week caught The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron
flounder, sheepshead and some small bonnethead will hold a number of courses in January at
sharks. 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish The boating course is a two-part safety
Charters said that "this is probably the best time course scheduled to take place at 8:30 a.m. Jan.
to catch gag grouper. As our water temperature 3 and Jan. 10. The fee is $35, and the course
drops, grouper move closer in for the winter and covers boating rules, weather, boat handling
they bunch up on the rock piles, ledges and hard and distress signals.
bottom areas and they have a ferocious appetite." Graduates qualify for aboatingeducationcertif-
He is also putting his charters onto limit catches of icate in the state and possible insurance discounts.
red grouper, mangrove snapper, amberjack, sharks, Other classes include the "Chart Smart
triggerfish, porgys and even a few kingfish and Seminar" at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13; the "GPS Semi-
Spanish mackerel. He's finding the best action in nar at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and the "Knots Semi-
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Island's youth basketball season well under way


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Ross Built edged Coastal Orthopedic 12-10 in a
back-and-forth Anna Maria Island Community Center
Basketball League Division III basketball game on
Dec. 13 at the Center. Coastal Orthopedic grabbed
a 6-4 lead late in the second quarter when Emma
Moneuse grabbed one of her six offensive rebounds
and converted a baseline shot, but Ross Built fought
back.
Andrew Ross drove the lane and was fouled at
the 4:50 mark of the second quarter. He made one of
two foul shots to pull to within one point. And Ross
Built grabbed the lead when Andrew Ross passed to
brother Jake, who stopped and popped a 10-footer
from the wing to give Ross Built a 7-6 lead with 3:08
to play in the half.
Coastal Orthopedic retook the lead when Leo
Rose found Luke Valadie along the baseline to give
Coastal an 8-7 lead as the half buzzer rang.
Ross Built tied the score early in the third quarter
when Jake Ross was fouled driving to the hoop and
made one of two free throws. Jake then gave Ross the
lead when he rebounded his own miss and converted
to give Ross Built a 10-8 lead. With 55 seconds to
play in the third, Josh Class drove the lane and was
fouled, but was unable to convert either of his two
free throws, leaving Ross Built with a two-point
lead.
Early in the fourth quarter, Class drove the lane,
before passing to an open Valadie, who banked his
shot in to tie the score at 10-10. With just over one
minute to play, Jake Ross found some space on the
right wing and pulled up for a 10-footer. His shot
missed, but brother Andrew was there with the offen-
sive rebound putback that turned out to be the game
winner.
Jake Ross finished the game with seven points
while brother Andrew added five points. Moneuse
lead Coastal Orthopedic with four points while Class,
Rose and Valadie each added two points in the loss.
In other AMICC basketball league action last
week:
Seth Walter scored six points to lead Jessie's
Island Store past Air & En.i..'y 12-6 in a Dec. 13
Division III basketball game. Mickey Koczetsut,
Gavin Lutus and Brandon Mills completed the scor-
ing for Jessie's in the victory. Air & En.i ,'v was led
by Michael Latimer's four points and two points from
Tyler Yavalar in the loss.
E-Training Solutions received four points apiece
from Amanda Bosch-Nyberg, Blaine Jenefsky and
Logan Reiber during its Dec. 13 Division II victory
over Longboat Observer. Bryce Smith added three
points to E-Training's 15-12 victory. Josh Zawistoski
scored eight points and Madison Gsell scored four
points to lead Longboat Observer in the loss.
Sand Dollar rode a balanced scoring attack that
saw five different players score in their 24-13 Divi-
sion II victory over Panoramic on Dec. 13. Burke
McCampbell-Hill paced Sand Dollar with nine
points, while Lauren Sapienza, Mikayla Kane and
Cameron Brauner each scored four points. Joe Class
completed the Sand Dollar scoring with two points.
Jake Parsons led Panoramic with seven points, while
Jacque Armer, Adam Clark and Emma Terry each
scored two points in the loss.

Anna Maria Island Community
Center basketball schedule
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Dec. 17 8 p.m. IRE vs. Academy
Dec. 19 6 p.m. Paradise vs. Academy
Dec. 19 7 p.m. Paradise vs. Ralph's

Division I (ages 12-13)
Dec. 18 8 p.m. Fronius vs. Dips

Division II (ages 10-11)
Dec. 18 7 p.m. Sand Dollar vs. Observer

Division III (ages 8-9)
Dec. 17 7 p.m. Ross Built vs. Jessie's

Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Dec. 17 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Walter
Dec. 18 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Walter


...: ....... :

Andrew Ross steals the ball from Leo Rose and is off to the races during Anna Maria Island Community
Center Division III basketball action at the Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy


Daniel Pimental poured in 20 points to lead Island
Family Physicians to a 36-27 Division I victory over
Fronius on Dec. 13. Kayla Armer chipped in with
six points for IFP, which also received four points
apiece from Mallory Kosfeld and Lee Bergeron and
two points from Zach Guerin in the win. Savannah
Schield led Fronius with 14 points, while Taylor
Wilson added 11 points in the loss.
Matt Bauer poured in 28 points to lead Rotten
Ralph's past Bradenton Prep 50-10 in Premier Divi-
sion action on Dec. 13. Chandler Hardy scored seven
points and Christian Hightower added five points
for Rotten Ralph's, which also received four points
apiece from Wyatt Hoffman and Daniel Janisch in
the victory. Bradenton Prep was led in the loss by
Edward Brown's four points and three points apiece
from Devin Coulter and Robert Gaugenti.
A Paradise Realty earned a Premier Division vic-
tory over Island Real Estate on Dec. 13 behind 14
points from Kyle Sewall and 12 points from Kyle
Aritt. Troy Kosewski added four points for Paradise,
which also received one point from Patrick Edwards
in the victory. Island Real Estate was led by Joe
Karasiewicz' 14 points and nine points from Forest
Schield. Julian Botero completed the scoring for IRE
with four points.
Dips Ice Cream received 13 points from Justin
Gargett and 10 points from Max Miller during its
28-27 Division I victory over Island Family Physi-
cians on Dec. 12. Johnny Mattay added three points
for Dips, which also received two points from Bren-
nan Gallagher in the victory. Daniel Pimental led all
scorers with 17 points. IFP teammates Kayla Armer
had four points, while two points apiece from Zach
Guerin, Lee Bergeron and Isaiah Beaton completed
the scoring for IFP.
Mikayla Kane scored 11 points and Burke McCa-
mpbell-Hill chipped in with eight points to lead Sand
Dollar to a 25-13 Division II victory over E-Training
Solutions on Dec. 12. Cameron Brauner added four
points and Lauren Sapienza scored two points to com-
plete the Sand Dollar scoring in the victory. Bryce
Smith scored five points and Logan Reiber added
four points to lead E-Training Solutions, which also
received two points apiece from Mikey Ellsworth and
Blaine Jenefsky in the loss.
Josh Zawistoski poured in 16 points to lead
Longboat Observer past Panoramic by a 24-16 score
during Division II basketball action on Dec. 11. Joey
Salinas added four points, while Alexandria Salinas
and Chase Lewis each finished with two points. Jake
Parsons scored 11 points to lead Panoramic, which
also received six points from Adam Clark and one
point from Alexia Yavalar in the loss.
Air & EnI i .'v cooled off Coastal Orthopedics by a
13-11 score in Division III action on Dec. 11. Michael
Latimer showed he's not just a soccer star, leading
all scorers with 10 points. Tyler Yavalar added three
points for A&E in the victory. Coastal Orthopedics


was led by Luke Valadie's six points, while Emma
Moneuse added three points and Josh Class put up
two in the loss.
Jessie's Island Store defeated Ross Built 12-8
in Division III action on Dec. 10 behind a balanced
scoring attack that saw three players score four points
apiece. Mickey Koczetsut, Jean Paul Russo and Seth
Walter each had a pair of baskets to lead Jessie's to
victory. Ross Built was led by Jake Ross with six
points while brother Andrew added two points in the
loss.
Island Real Estate edged Rotton Ralph's 33-30 in
Premier Division action on Dec. 10 behind 15 points
from Forest Schield and 10 points from Joe Kara-
siewicz. Julian Botero and Zach Evans each added
four points for IRE in the victory. Daniel Janisch and
Wyatt Hoffman led Rotten Ralph's with 12 and 10
points respectively. Chris Callahan added four points
in the loss, while Blake Rivers and Christian Hight-
ower completed the scoring with two points apiece.

Sign up now for indoor soccer
It's back! After a one-year hiatus, the Anna Maria
Island Community Center announces the return of its
AMICC Indoor Soccer Tournament. This year's tour-
ney will take place Jan. 6-11 with games being played
from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and
on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
As in the past, it will be a double-elimination
tourney with male and female divisions from U8 up
to U16. Cost is $100 per team with each team need-
ing a roster of 6-12 players. The deadline for entry
is Dec. 29.
Each registered player will receive a tournament
T-shirt, and there will be an MVP award for each age
division in addition to a first-place prize package and
trophy for each division champion.
For more information, contact Center athletic
director Andy Jonatzke at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
better-ball-of-partners game Dec. 10. The team of
Danny Hayes and Bob Dickinson rolled to a three-
stroke victory after combining to fire a 10-under-par
54. Second place went to the team of Bob Kelly and
Chris Collins who finished at 7-under-par 57. Don
Latorre and Jim Helgerson matched the 58 carded by
John Sagert and Bob Landgren to finish in a tie for
third place.
The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole,
two-best-balls-of-foursome match on Dec. 8. The
team of Don Ledford, Bob Jorgensen, Earl Huntz-
inger and John Driscoll matched the 57 carded by
Dick Mills, Vince Fanton, John Sagert and Paul Kam-
merlen to finish in a tie for first place. The team of
Gordon McKinna, Fred Meyer, Jim Finn and Pete
Weir were two shots back in second place.





THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 17, 2008 0 25


Holiday celebrations run Islandwide


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Islanders celebrated the season of joy from momrn-
ing to night Dec. 13.
The day began with the annual Anna Maria Island
Privateers Christmas Parade, which started in Bay-
front Park and traveled the length of the Island -
through Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach to Coquina Beach.
\ ly kids look forward to it every year," said
Lydia Tomlinson of Bradenton, who watched the
parade pass by on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. 'This
is always a big weekend for us - the parade and the
lunch and shopping."
Dozens of Island businesses and organizations
participated in the motorized caravan of merriment
that ended with Santa Claus in his sleigh.
'Tell him to remember to come down our chim-
ney," Melanie Kramer of Indianapolis told her son,
Jeremy, 8.
Santa and the Privateers remained at Coquina
Beach after the parade for a party. Children feasted
on free hot dogs and hamburgers, visited with Santa
and left with a present from the jolly old elf.
Dec. 13 concluded with the annual Bethlehem
Walk organized by Roser Memorial Community
Church in Anna Maria and a holiday open house on
Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
Each year, Roser welcomes a crowd for the Beth-
lehem Walk, a reenactment of the story of Mary and
Joseph searching for shelter for the birth of Jesus.
Many members of the church arrived costumed as
shepherds and, walking alongside a donkey and goats,
going house to house in the Roser neighborhood with
church members posing as Mary and Joseph.
The walk concluded at the church, where the Rev.
Gary Batey retold the Christmas story and celebrants
gathered for refreshments.
Meanwhile, the Bridge Street Merchants Asso-
ciation presented the open house in Bradenton Beach,
an event that coincided with the Cortez Yacht Club's
fifth annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in the Intra-
coastal Waterway between the Bridge Street Pier and
the Cortez Bridge.
Proceeds from Christmas on Bridge Street, raised
with an auction of holiday decorations, jewelry, vaca-
tion packages and restaurant certificates, benefited the
Tingley Memorial Library.
As people strolled the street and browsed the
shops, DJ Chuck Weirich played Christmas carols.
Organist Carl Parks also performed during the cel-
ebration, which included a meet-and-greet with Santa
and Mrs. Claus.
"Well, I've been real good," said Bridge Street
shopper Ricky Jones, 7. "You can even ask my mom.
So I should be getting lots of presents."
During the open house, Bradenton Beach Mayor
Michael Pierce lighted the Christmas tree. Many
other businesses, residences and boats in the area,
including a number of homes in the nearby Pines
Trailer Park, already were festively decorated.
On Dec. 19, the city will hold a contest, present-
ing four prizes for best decorating in the holiday spirit,
according to City Commissioner Janie Robertson.
The city will award first and second prizes in
both residential and commercial categories. The top
prizes will be $150 and the second-place prizes will
be $100.


Hernanao De Soto H storical Socitey conquistaaors oj
Bradenton ride on their ship in the Anna Maria Island
Privateers Christmas Parade, ;/,. '- i, , i beads and
playing holiday music to please the crowds.


Billy Graham takes a photograph of Mrs. Claus, Loraine Lawrence, Lynda Kubeck and Mr. Claus during
the Historic Bridge Street Merchants Association's holiday celebration Dec. 13. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


The Anna Maria Island Privateers lead the parade
they sponsor, followed by lots of riding supporters
and holiday spirit, loads of bead and candy throw-
ing, and, finally, Santa Claus in his sleigh. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy


Holiday giving

Many merchants in the "downtown" area of
Holmes Beach participated in a holiday open house
Dec. 5, and some merchants contributed to prize bun-
dles. Folks attending the event were able to submit
entry forms for the prizes at the participating loca-
tions.
The event was sponsored by The Islander and
the prize bundles were displayed during the event at
the newspaper office.
Three bundles of prizes included some or all of
the following gifts from listed merchants:
Anna Maria Island Accommodations: "I Love
Anna Maria Island" T-shirt.
Mixon Insurance: Box of candy.
Sun & Surf: "Life is Good" Christmas tree orna-
ments.
Mister Roberts Resortwear: Canvas cosmetic bag
with inspirational message.
Minnie's Beach Cafe: Minnie's coffee mug and
$10 restaurant certificate.
Melinda's Cafe & Catering: Melinda's own hot
sauce.
Color of Coconut: tropical animal magnet.
ReMax Alliance Group: Bottle of wine.
Everything Under the Sun Garden Center: Poin-
settia.
Artists Guild: Joan Voyles watercolor print.
Island Gourmet Pizza: Certificate for a free
pizza.
AMI Fitness: Free daily passes.
Sweet Peas Samplings: Box of Florida taffy, wine
carrier bag, pink flamingo T-shirt.
The Beach Hut: birdhouse, lighthouse, bird-in-
a-tree novelty.


4gBEACH �


Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger in the
HB Police Department boat/float, throws beads to
paradegoers.


And the winner is Kayla Jennis of Holmes Beach,
at the Downtown Holmes Beach open house held
Dec. 5, where merchants donated gifts, some to
three gift baskets, for a drawing with entry forms
at their stores during the area holiday event. Kayla
receives help from dad to get the "loot" home.

J & J Graphics: Anna Maria Island canvas bag.
AMI Video: $25 gift certificate.
Acqua Aveda: Aveda products.
Island Traders: Pirate coconut head.
Island Gallery West/Debra Ridgdill: Raku star-
fish pottery.
Native Rentals: Kayak rentals.
Artists Guild: Watercolor by Cheryl Jorgensen.
Creations by L: Swarovski Crystal bracelet.
Thanks go to Rebecca Barnett of The Islander
and her crew of elves for helping gather and arrange
the holiday gift giveaway program.





26 0 DEC. 17 2008 U THE ISLANDER


Roser's holiday

tradition
More than 200 people celebrated the "reason for the
season" at Roser Memorial Community Church Dec.
13 when churchgoers staged their annual "Bethlehem
Walk" followed by cookies and refreshments at the
church.
This year's event began under the portico, where
churchgoers were joined by some animals, a donkey,
llama and other small farm "pets," as well as Mary
and Joseph, portrayed by Charlie Gianiotes and Cait-
lin Tribble. They were joined by churchgoers, some
in period attire, in a walk around the block that is a
neighborhood re-enactment, including prearranged
visits by Joseph and Mary to homes that serve as inns,
in search of shelter and a place to give birth to baby
Jesus.
Along the walk, carols will be sung.
Back at the church, Baby Isabella Clements
arrives, posing as the newborn baby Jesus with Gian-
iotes and Tribble as the Rev. Gary Batey reads the
Christmas story.
And, at the end of the story, refreshments and
cookies were served.


The Rev. Gary Batey introduces the newborn baby Jesus, Islabella Clements, with Charlie Gianiotes and
Caitlin Tribble as Joseph and Mary, to the faithful awaiting at Roser Church. Islander Photos: Edna
Tiemann


A crowd gathers as Mary and Joseph seek shelter at
Roser Cottage/Sato Real Estate during the Bethlehem
Walk re-enactment.


Aaliya Mappe carried goat Cocoa on
the Bethlehem Walk.


Along for the walk, carols and traditions of the season are left to right, rear, Beryl Love and A.J.
Vulgan, and, front, Harriet Keyser and young Emery Vulgan.


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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-
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offer. 941-794-2312.

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

ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
941-778-1102.

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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. Friday and Sat-
urday, Dec. 19-20. Dresser, queen bed, fishing
prints, tools, much more. Coral Shores subdivi-
sion. 4703 Bimini Drive, Bradenton.

BIG SALE! 8 a.m.-1p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Tons
of children's toys, clothes, furniture, dishes and
more. 208 81st St., Holmes Beach.

YARD SALE: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec.
18-20. Multi-family. Dishes, clothes, books, toys, many
bargains! 432 44th St. Ct.W., Palmetto Point.




ANIMAL NETWORK HAS cats and kittens for
adoption at PetSmart on Cortez Road, Bradenton
every Saturday and Sunday.

ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!


FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.

BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
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PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
941-720-1411.

ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.




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

BOAT REPAIRS, MAINTENANCE, installations.
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
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HIRING SALES REP: Vast territory, excellent
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ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
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CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
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under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
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"HEY!" By Jim Page / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
1 Nailed
5 ___ diagram
9 Is in the Vatican
12 Stubborn
response
19 Contact sport
with a
purification
ritual
20 Jobs offering of
1998
21 Start of the
seventh century
22 Paws
23 *Distinguishes
26 Languished
27 Little fingers
28 Brightest star in
Auriga, from the
Latin for "little
she-goat"
30 Plant with two
seed leaves
31 Literary wrap-up
33 *Does a
hostler's work
36 onto
37 Bar product
38 Make a choice
39 Sharp rebuke
40 "Taking Heat"
memoirist
Fleischer
43 Played out
45 San ___, locale
just north of
Tijuana, Mexico
47 "The Story-
Teller"
storyteller

Answers appear
on page 28 of
this edition.


48 *Participates in
a bear market
51 Word of dissent
52 English actor Sir
___ Jacobi
53 Suffix with disk
54 Burn cause
55 Card's insignia
56 Formal
57 Like many root
vegetables for
the winter
61 Home of the
Wright Brothers
Natl. Memorial
63 It may be illegal
to hang one
64 Start of an
announcement ...
or a hint to
what's hidden in
the answers to
the six starred
clues
70 Empty (of)
71 Landscaper's
locale
72 Free of mistakes
74 Dutch artist
Theo
78 TV pooch with a
temper
79 Alley-___ pass
81 Ancestor of a
banjo
82 President-___
83 Cross shape
84 *Plays at a pond,
in a way
88 Speak carelessly
89 Ellen of "Grey's
Anatomy"
91 "Dune" director
David
92 Emerson's
"jealous
mistress"


93 When said three
times, a 1970
film
94 "___ Mutual
Friend"
95 Seasonal time, in
store signs
97 Provokes
99 *Engages in
some mutual
gossip
102 Loser of a
footrace with
Hippomenes
106 "Christopher
Robin went down
with ": Milne
107 Queens
neighborhood
near La Guardia
109 Subjects of
many bets
110 Clique
112 *Commits
knitting boo-
boos
114 Actress
Annabella of
"The Sopranos"
115 Brit's oath
116 Conceited
117 Sticker?
118 Most grinchlike
119 Merino mother
120Worrisome
engine sound
121 "___, how love
can trifle with
itself!": Shak.

Down
1 The Beatles'
___ Why"
2 Give a hint
3 Correct
4 Olympics no-no
5 Scoreboard side


6 911 respondent
7 Busters?
8 Sweet 16 org.
9 How to put a
coin in a coin
slot
10 Lugs
11 "A Visit From
St. Nicholas,"
e.g.
12 "___ a living"
13 Entertains, as a
child at bedtime
14 Accept a bad
defeat, in slang
15 Chicken dish
16 Medium of
OPEC
transactions
17 Some landlocked
bodies of water
18 Vacation time in
Valois
24 Silvery salmon
25 facto
29 Lacking limbs
32 Give off
34 Moving easily
35 Like Bart
Simpson's hair
37 Cabinet head:
Abbr.
40 Summer drinks
41 Like some dirt
paths
42 "___ old for
this!"
44 Residential sign
46 "He-e-ere's
Johnny!," e.g.
49 Equatorial land
50 Pulitzer winner
for "Russia
Leaves the War"
52 Load bearer?
55 Caved in


56 Proofreader's
mark
58 Quebec traffic
sign
59 Barbara of
"Mission:
Impossible"
60 Co. name ender
62 Midpoint: Abbr.
63 Bygone TV inits.
65 Examine
covetously
66 Brisk


67 Guthrie with a
guitar
68 Sweater's place
69 Make a record of
73 Try
74 Isn't serious
75 Stipend
76 Pain along the
course of a nerve
77 Junkyard junk
78 Strict
disciplinarian
80 Bribes


83 Ballyhoo
84 Seconds, say
85 Temper tantrum
86 Removing, as
paint
87 Everything
89 Frauds
90 Plane seating
specification
96 Right away
98 Retreats
100 Make it home
safely


101 Fingerprint
feature
102 Very, in music
103 Nothing
104 "Lady T" singer
Marie
105 Lunkheads
108 Answer, shortly
110 Doctrine
111 Overly
rehearsed
113 soldier





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* Remodeling
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EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE to
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.



LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
941-778-0944.

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

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty, pinesolpatty@
juno.com. 941-792-1000.

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.

SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alter-
ations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
941-778-3125.
GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: $995 installed, many
colors to choose from, up to 25 sf. Local refer-
ences. 407-467-0629.
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.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
941-812-6213.


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Great family
pet, spayed/
microchip, $100. Call Julie at SunCoast Real
Estate, 941-779-0202, or Manatee Humane
Society, 941-747-8808.
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SUPER CLEAN YOUR home: 100 percent reliable
Island resident. I love to clean and will make your
home sparkle! Free estimates. VIP references.
Call "Pa" at 941-778-3086.
GET A BID, then call Nick. Voted No.1 painter.
941-962-5131.
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell, 941-592-8684.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
941-795-7411. CAC184228.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services - when and what you need - to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house@verizon.net for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience all phases of nail care. Gift
boutique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and
sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for
an appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure
services. 941-713-5244.
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private studio,
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializ-
ing in sport-specific training, improving balance,
strength, and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.



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It's a GREAT TIME to buy!

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


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

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

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.

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.

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

CHRIS BUSH MASONRY: 30 years experience.
Small repairs, brick and concrete, driveways and
decks. Licensed and insured. 941-779-6642.



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

Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
(941) 794-6504 * cfideler@paverbrickstore.com


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

AMERICAN ALLSTAR TREE SERVICES INC
Tree remove * trimming * demossing * palms trimmed * bucket
truck * bobcat service * debris remove * hauling * Iandclearing
landscaping * sod * brush hogging
free estimates * licensed & insured
locally owned & operated
941- 807- 5743
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www.shuttleserviceami.com Most major credit cards are accepted

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Lawn care PLUS native plants, .c ,
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup
Call Junior, 807-1015 $

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





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

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

ANNA MARIA SEASONAL 3BR/2BA. Weekly,
monthly availability Christmas 2008 and after
April 2009. Prime location, close to everything.
Call now, 941-737-9662.

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

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

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

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

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

HARBOR PINES: 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer
connections, tile/carpet, 12-month lease, close to
MCC, Bayshore High School and shopping. $750/
month, $500 security. Call 941-650-3476.

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

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.


WAGNER REALTY
Se Are Home TownSic 1939

We Are Home Town!


REDUCED! Anna Maria Gulf Front lot.
Build your dream home here. Walk
the sugar white sand beach, watch
the stunning sunsets, see the dolphins
swim by. Write your novel here! Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246.
M5wnA $ 110 nnn


PRIutU MIUHI TANALI-UNI Well
maintained 3BR/2BA canal front
residence w/open floor plan, private
setting with new dock, paver brick
atio & drive and excellent Island loca-
tion. Dave Moynihan (941)720-0089.
#M5800155. $499,000


EXQUISITE Gulf views & luxury ame-
nities. 3BR/2.5BA. Crown Moldings
accent high ceilings & open plan.
Granite countertops & stainless appl.
Designer perfect furnishings. Karen
Day (941) 778-2246. #M578289.
$1,599,00


LUCAIIUN LUCAIIUN LUCAIIUN!
3BR/2BA private community 1 1/2
miles to white sand beaches. Close to
shopping, bayfront park and Marina
and boat ramp. Shady screened porch
with hottub.JenniferSummeralls (941)
778-2246. #M5799865. $339,900


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


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

ANNUAL RENTAL: UNFURNISHED ground-level
duplex, north Anna Maria near Gulf, 2BR/1BA,
$975/month plus utilities. 941-778-7003.

OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space:
625 sf, $500/month. 8799 Cortez Road. Call
1-800-952-1206.

SHARP ANNUAL RENTAL: 3/BR, washer and
dryer, cable, fireplace. Near beach. $1,200/month.
941-778-7788.

1BR UNFURNISHED EFFICIENCY in Holmes
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, washer and dryer,
annual in north Anna Maria. A must see! Call
941-748-5334 for details.

CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo.
Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA,
washer, dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/
month. 813-634-3790. Available March, April, May
2009.

SEASONAL RENTAL: WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA
villa in Seaside Gardens. Tranquil view, great
fishing. $1750/month. Call Captain Steve,
970-846-7394.

PERICO BAY CLUB: Beautiful 2BR/2BA one-story
villa condo. Available Jan. 19, 2009, through Feb.
26, 2009.30-day minimum. Completely equipped
and tastefully furnished. One-car garage. No pets
and no smoking. Owner, 269-353-7750.


rtI-t INIA-1311L JrrtUIlU I [0 owII CIdCKer1 iouse
on the bay. Older 3BR/2BA, new dock on deep water
with boat lift. Lush landscaping and natural shoreline.
Ready to restore or build new. $895,000.


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front. Pool, boat lift, workshop, office and a 2 car garage.
Only $499,000.
Mike Norman Realty
800-367-1617 * 941-778-6696 -c
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
www. mikenormanrealty.com



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JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND March 2009.
1 BR/1 BA remodeled mobile home, 55-plus com-
munity, no pets. $1,600/month. 941-779-4634.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: Available Feb. 14
through Feb. 28, 2009.2BR/2BA on beach. DHar-
veyEL@aol.com.

ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach duplex.
2BR/1BA, washer and dryer, two short blocks
to beach. Available immediately. $900/month
and security deposit. Small pet considered. Call
941-807-3568.

WINTER SPECIAL! Anna Maria, just steps to
beach, large 1BR/2BA, courtyard. Reduced.
$1,995/month plus tax. www.gulfdriveapartments.
com. 727-369-6992, leave message.

VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach apartments. 941-778-2374.

PARADISE BAY SENIOR park. 1BR, deck, on
bay. Olympic heated pool, all amenities, available
immediately through May 2009 or year-round.
641-517-7147.

CORTEZ: 1BR ANNUAL, $675/month (consider
seasonal). Furnished, central air conditioning and
heat, washer and dryer, screened porch, near
marina. Call 941-545-9025.

SENIOR PARK: 55-plus. 65x12, 2BR/2BA, vinyl
siding, roof over central air conditioning, lanai,
shed, washer and dryer, extra clean. Can finance,
reduced to $7,900. Call Ron, 941-961-0871. Bay-
shore Windmill, near U.S. 41 and 63rd Street,
Bradenton.

EXQUISITE DIRECTLY ON the beach
condo with wrap-around views for
rent. 55-plus. 941-779-1013.

REALLY NICE: ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, Spring
Avenue, Anna Maria. Furnished, $1,400/month.
Gulffront 2BR/2BA condo, annual, furnished.
www.anislandplace.com or 941-779-9320.

HOLIDAY SPECIALS: CHRISTMAS through
New Year's week, 2BR/2BA townhouse, pool and
boat slip, $499/week. Longboat Key Village 2BR
cottage, $499/week. Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA
villa, January 2009, $2,200/month. Realtor,
941-756-1090.
* Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor

www.michellemusto.com
846 Waterside Lane,
Bradenton
Best Buy! Furnished 2BR/2BA villa,
water views, 1292 sf, pool, tennis
and 24-guard gate. Only $219,000!
ML/#A380062
email: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com


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"We ARE the Island!"
SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com





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

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


BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $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-
areaforeclosures.com.

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-
mation.

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

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. Starting
at $224,950. South on 67th St.W. off Manatee Avenue.
941-761-0444. HIddenLakeCondominiums.com.

FORECLOSURE? RELOCATING? LOOKING
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 www.44smart.com. Call
941-447-6278 for more information. The smart
way to buy!

HOLMES BEACH: KEY Royale. An absolutely
spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA, two-car
garage, split-plan, custom remodeled through-
out. Deep sailboat water with new dock and lift,
direct access to Tampa Bay and Gulf. Must see!
Owner can hold second. Owner, 941-809-1522.
See online at: www.617Foxworth.com.
REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for fax
and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
Company. 941-383-6112.

WATERFRONT: RIVER OAKS senior park.
Ruskin. Doublewide, panoramic view on water.
Large bedroom, washer and dryer, heat and air
conditioning. 614-517-7147.
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!

NORTH CAROLINA LAND liquidation! Mountain
and coastal estates up to $80,000 off! Prices from
$29,900! Asheville and Boone area properties.
800-455-1981, ext. 103. www.landsteals.com.
MID-TENNESSEE MOUNTAINS: By owner, five
acres, perfect mountaintop cabin site with woods.
Small stream in back of property. A must see!
$26,900. Owner financing, 931-445-3611.


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pregnant women and people securing custody of
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informed that all dwellings advertised in this news-
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To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free
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