Santa visits Lawton
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Party. Page 14
In the holiday spirit,
The Islander and
writer?) Lisa Neff
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Anna Maria Island
Christmas. The "12
days" in the origi-
nal song refer to the
days from the first
day of Christmas,
Dec. 25, to the eve of
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will, merrily and
the news ...
Options abound for
new AMI bridge.
Fireworks to blast
in new year. Page 2
Meetings: The gov-
readies to rebuild.
Op-ed: Our opinion
and yours. Page 6.
'I'm not from
around here' by
Miki Maloney Sr.
What to do, where
to go, and when to
go there. Page 20
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2 E DEC. 24, 2008 U THE ISLANDER
Options abound for new AMI bridge
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Transportation gave
Islanders a plethora of choices for replacement of
the Anna Maria Island Bridge at its Dec. 16 public
meeting at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes
Beach, including a "no build" option that would
keep the current bridge operating for another 10
Other choices included both north and south
alignments for a 65-foot-clearance fixed span bridge,
a 45-foot-clearance bascule and a 21.5-foot-clearance
Another alternative is to rehabilitate the bridge
again at some point in the future. Chris Piazza of the
DOT said this option could "extend the service life
of the bridge by approximately 25 years."
If a replacement bridge is the final choice, Piazza
said the new bridge would be built alongside the cur-
rent structure, allowing traffic to flow to and from
the Island unimpeded during construction. However,
once any new bridge is operational, the old bridge
would be torn down, he said.
"There are no plans to retain any of the current
structure for recreational purposes" if a new bridge
is the final choice, he said.
The DOT discarded building a tunnel as an option,
citing the estimated $375 million-$575 million cost,
plus the environmental concerns. Likewise, the DOT
said adding a "new corridor" to the Island was not
an option because of a variety of issues, particularly
land acquisition costs and the environment.
Piazza said 99 percent of all boat traffic would be
able to traverse a 65-foot-clearance structure, while 38
percent could pass under a 45-foot-clearance drawbridge
without opening the bascule. A 21.5-foot-high bridge
would essentially have the same bridge-raising require-
ments for boats as the current structure, he said.
The estimated 125 people who attended the
meeting were asked to provide written comments on
their preferences, and opinions were as varied as the
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said
he favors a new bridge, and is unconcerned about its
height. "As long as we get one with two sidewalks,
I'm fine. I'm going to go along with what the people
want," he said.
The last DOT survey showed 80 percent of
respondents favored a fixed-span bridge, he said.
The DOT did not present any cost estimates on
the options, but Piazza said it's likely that the high-
rise option would be the least costly to operate.
Some people expressed concern that strong winds
at the top of a high-rise structure could interfere with
motorists, creating a safety hazard. Manatee County
Commissioner Joe McClash, however, presented
information from wind expert Dr. Robert Sheets that
a high-rise bridge was the preferred structure.
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Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens at the DOT's Dec.
in Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin
The high-rise option is the choice of Holmes
Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens
because traffic will flow across the bridge without
interruption from a bascule going up.
Others, such as Billi Martini of the Save Anna
Maria Inc., said her group would prefer to retain the
current bridge as long as possible.
"We favor the rehabilitation plan that would
extend the life of the bridge another 25 years," Mar-
tini said. "Put as much work into the old bridge as
SAM was instrumental in defeating a DOT pro-
posal in the mid-1990s for a fixed-span, high-rise
bridge as a replacement. That DOT project was pre-
sented to the public as a done deal, a decision made
without any input.
This time around, the DOT is taking all public
input before making any recommendation.
"We want to see what the people favor before con-
cluding our report," said Piazza.
The conclusions of the DOT Project Develop-
ment and Environment Study for a replacement bridge
should be ready by March. The DOT will then hold a
public hearing on the Island to present that study and
its recommendations. The U.S. Coast Guard has the
final approval on any DOT recommendation.
People wishing to state a preference for a bridge
option or make any comment have until Dec. 31.
Comments can be made online at www.annamar-
iaislandbridge.com, or mailed to Piazza at the DOT,
16 public meeting at St. Bernard Catholic Church
P.O. Box 1249, Bartow FL, 33831.
"We will bring back the best option," Piazza
2009 to blast in
By Lisa Neff
A fireworks show will mark the end of 2008 and
the start of the new year on Anna Maria Island.
The public four-minute fireworks display is the
highlight of the New Year's Eve celebration at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach. The restaurant also will host a party
featuring dinner, music and a midnight toast. Reser-
vations can be made by calling 941-779-2222.
Hundreds of people are expected to gather on the
beach for the fireworks and to count down those final
seconds of Dec. 31 and 2008 and toast in 2009.
A number of other establishments also are plan-
ning to host New Year's Eve celebrations.
The Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., will offer
specials on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, including prime rib.
Banana Cabana, 103 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach, will host a party with a five-course dinner,
wine toast and music. Reservations are recommended
and can be made by calling 941-779-1930.
Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes
Drive, Longboat Key, will offer a three-course prix
fixe dinner on New Year's Eve. For reservations, call
Old Hamburg, 3246 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach,
will offer a New Year's Eve Dinner from 5 p.m. to 9
p.m. For reservations, call 941-778-1320.
The Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd.,
Anna Maria, will offer specials and take reservations
on New Year's Eve. Call 941-778-1515.
The Cortez Bait and Seafood Fish Market, 119th
St. W., Cortez, encourages at-home celebrants to con-
sider stone crabs and oysters for the holiday buffet.
Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will ring in 2009 with a Hawaiian-style buffet
on Dec. 31 and an early toast to the new year at 7
p.m. The next day, prime rib is on the menu. Call
Pelican Pete's, 12012 Cortez Road W., Cortez,
will host a new year's party with Irish food and music.
Sharky's, 2519 Gulf Drive N., will feature favors
PLEASE SEE NEW YEAR, NEXT PAGE
What is a leap second?
A leap second is a second added to Coor-
dinated Universal Time to make it agree with
astronomical time to within 0.9 second. Coordi-
nated Universal Time is an atomic time scale,
based on the performance of atomic clocks.
Astronomical time is based on the rate of rota-
tion of the Earth. Since atomic clocks are more
stable than the rate at which the Earth rotates,
leap seconds are needed to keep the two time
scales in agreement.
When a leap second is necessary, an
announcement is made at least several months
in advance, and all leap seconds so far have been
implemented on either June 30 or Dec. 31.
New Year's Eve, Day happenings
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2
and a champagne toast at midnight, as well as live
entertainment and prime rib. Call 941-779-9151.
Though it may go largely unnoticed by New Year's
Eve celebrants, there will be an extra second - a leap
second - added to Dec. 31. The extra second will be
inserted at the U.S. Naval Observatory's Master Clock
Facility in Washington, D.C. The leap second, used 24
times since 1972, is needed to maintain a uniform time-
scale by atomic clocks round the world.
Historically, time was based on the mean rotation of
the Earth relative to celestial bodies and the second was
defined in this reference frame. The invention of atomic
clocks defined a much more precise time scale and a
second that is independent of the Earth's rotation.
So, in 1970, an international agreement estab-
lished two timescales: one based on the rotation of
the planet and one based on atomic time.
Because Earth's rotation is very gradually slow-
ing down, the periodic insertion of a "leap second" into
the atomic timescale is needed to keep the two within
a second of each other, according to the International
Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service. The
most recent leap second was added Dec. 31, 2005.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 24, 2008 E 3
Island, LBK still gold for county, schools
By Rick Catlin
Taxpayers on Anna Maria Island and Longboat
Key should be pleased to learn they no longer bear
the same burden of ad valorem taxes as last year.
Thanks to declining property values, Islanders
and Longboat Key residents paid $27.1 million in
ad valorem taxes in the county's 2008-09 budget,
compared to $33 million last year.
The $27.1 million represents just 13.1 percent of
the $204 million total in ad valorem taxes collected
by the county. Last year, the total was 14.4 percent
of ad valorem revenues. Collectively, Longboat Key
and the Island have about 3 percent (9,500) of the
county's estimated 335,000 residents.
That's an average of $28,526 in taxes for each
Island and Longboat Key resident.
While that's not quite the gold mine that the Man-
atee County budget enjoyed last year from barrier
island residents, it's enough to have former Longboat
Key Town Mayor Jeremy Whatmough ask, where's
the county's Christmas card saying "Thank you."
In addition to the county commission, the Mana-
tee County School District should be sending a thank-
you card to Longboat Key and Island taxpayers.
With 66 students in the county public school
system from Longboat Key - slightly more than
one-tenth of 1 percent of the 43,000 total - the
town paid $12 million in ad valorem taxes for the
school district, or 6.4 percent of the $188 million in
ad valorem taxes collected by the district, according
to budget figures posted on the school district's Web
site. That's an average of $183,333 for each student
from Longboat Key.
But Longboat Key taxpayers can take heart. This
year's figure is down significantly from last year's
average of $333,000 per student. For that school year,
Longboat Key had just 43 students in the Manatee
County public school system.
Whatmough said then that the town should con-
sider building its own school, or sending its students
to Switzerland for their education.
Collectively, Longboat Key and Anna Maria
Island taxpayers paid about $28 million in ad valorem
PLEASE SEE COUNTY TAXES, NEXT PAGE
Anna Maria City
* Jan. 8, 7 p.m. city commission work session.
* Jan. 22, city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
* Jan. 7, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
* Jan. 8, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
* Jan. 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Jan. 12, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* Jan. 7, 5 p.m. parks and beautification com-
* Jan. 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Jan. 1, government offices will be closed for the
new year's holiday. The Islander office also will close.
* Jan. 14, 3:30 p.m., Palma Sola Scenic High-
way meeting, Manatee County Administrative
Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
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Haley's Motel readies to rebuild
By Lisa Neff
The upper level of a fire-ravaged building at
Haley's Motel began to come down, piece by piece,
Dec. 19 to ready the site for reconstruction.
A crew with Lindahl Construction Inc. began
demolition early Dec. 19 and continued Dec. 20.
Fire damaged the structure, 8102 Gulf Drive, on
Nov. 16, two weeks after the reported disappearance
of Sabine Musil-Buehler, who co-owns Haley's with
her husband, Tom Buehler.
The structure had been used most recently for
motel lodging, storage and laundry facilities. In the
past it had been used as an apartment.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
school district taxes for each resident student in the
Manatee County school system, or 14.9 percent of
the ad valorem taxes collected. With 501 students,
the barrier islands have just 1.1 percent of the total
number of students enrolled in the county public
Anna Maria Island has 435 students, while Long-
boat Key has 66 in the system. When Anna Maria's
435 students are combined with the 66 on Longboat
Key, taxpayers on the two islands pay an average
of $55,888 in taxes for each of its 501 resident stu-
Current Longboat Key Mayor Hal Lenoble said
he would not hold his breath waiting for the Christ-
mas card or a "thank you" party.
"I don't think they're going to send us a card,"
said Lenoble. "The unequal taxation has been going
on for so long, after awhile, you begin to accept it.
You don't like it, but there it is."
Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick
said that, as a parent and grandparent, she understood
the need to "support our schools." But she agreed the
barrier islands are certainly paying more than their
fair share for schools.
"I just wish the school system would do a better
job of minding the money," she said.
Whatmough said the taxation is enough to have
the Island cities and Longboat Key consider their own
school district or their own county.
Although that's just a dream, Whatmough said
he is sure that Manatee County wants barrier island
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Tom Buehler said Haley's has plans to rebuild,
creating a beach-style "wedding house" or "party
house" with a large kitchen on a second floor, a five-
bedroom and five-bath unit on an upper floor and a
dance floor on the main floor.
"We hope for June at the latest," Buehler said of
the rebuilding with Lindahl Construction as the gen-
eral contractor. He also said Haley's plans to recreate
the garden, probably adding a wedding gazebo and
perhaps a fountain.
While no people were injured in the blaze, two
exotic birds perished, and the heat and flames deci-
mated the garden behind the structure.
"We have plenty of space," Steve Lindahl said
of the work site. He said the crew had enough room
to take down the charred upper level of the building
without impacting the primary motel.
The crew first cleaned up around the structure,
removing debris and damaged trees. Demolition then
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The tear-down took place after the Holmes Beach
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Stephenson said the cause and origin of the fire are
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"We are still waiting for the lab tests to come
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the burned building adjacent to the main Haley 's
Motel complex on Dec. 19. Demolition work began
at the location on Dec. 19 and continued Dec. 20.
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"They keep telling me that they'll solve it," said
Tom Buehler, who planned to spend the Christmas
holiday on the Atlantic Coast with family.
Musil-Buehler was reported missing early Nov.
6 after authorities recovered her car in Bradenton.
Robert Corona, according to court documents, alleg-
edly stole the vehicle from behind a 14th Street bar.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has said
that Corona apparently did not know Musil-Buehler
and probably never met the 49-year-old woman.
The last known person to see her is her boy-
friend, William Cumber III, who has said the two
were watching election news on Nov. 4 when they got
into an argument about his smoking a cigarette. She
left the Anna Maria residence in her white Pontiac at
about 10 p.m. Nov. 4.
A reward account exists at Whitney Bank, 5324
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, in the name of the Sabine
Buehler Benefit Fund.
Donations to the fund will be put toward a reward
for information that leads investigators to solve Musil-
Buehler's disappearance. The missing person report
describes her as about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 136 pounds,
with silver hair, green eyes and a German accent.
People with information related to Musil-
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 24, 2008 U 5
Bridge, road project approval granted by planners
By Paul Roat
Regional transportation planners unanimously
approved a road and bridge repair plan for fiscal years 2009
through 2014 for Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Within the program approved by the Sarasota-
Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization Dec.
15 is a projected $5,641,271 expense for repair and
rehabilitation of the Cortez Bridge in fiscal year
That project follows a $10 million rehab for the
Anna Maria Island Bridge that caused the closure of
the span from Perico Island to Holmes Beach for five
weeks earlier this year in October and November. The
Anna Maria Island Bridge project is scheduled to be
finished by April 2009.
For the 51-year-old Cortez Bridge, work will
probably entail repair of pilings, steel deck, electrical
service and other elements of the drawbridge linking
Cortez and Bradenton Beach. The full scope of work
for the project will be determined as approval and
funding is secured.
The MPO recommendation will go to the Florida
AMI bridge work on
hold during holidays
The Florida Department of Transportation and
Anna Maria Island Bridge contractor Quinn Con-
struction have agreed to not perform any work on
the AMI Bridge from Dec. 20 through Jan. 4,2009.
The DOT said the south sidewalk of the
bridge is still closed, but the north sidewalk
remains accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and
Department of Transportation, then to the Florida
Legislature and governor for final approval next
Other facets of the 2009-10/2013-14 tentative
work plan impacting the Island include:
* $1.399 million for bridge repair-rehab of the
Longboat Pass Bridge in 2011-12.
* $3.429 million for resurfacing of Gulf Drive
from Cortez Road to Manatee Avenue in 2009-10.
* $2.207 million for resurfacing of Gulf Drive
from Longboat Pass Bridge to Cortez Road in
* $326,000 for landscaping on the Island in
Manatee Avenue from east of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge to Bristol Bay Drive along the Palma
Sola Causeway will be resurfaced at a cost of $1.169
million in 2011-12, according to plans.
In other business, MPO members learned that no
road projects in Manatee or Sarasota counties were
eligible for a possible economic stimulus program
proposed by President-elect Barack Obama. Work
must be designed, engineering complete and any
necessary right of way acquired to qualify for the
program, DOT District 1 Secretary Stan Cann said,
and no projects in the area met that requirement.
MPO members also elected Sarasota County
Commissioner Nora Patterson to chair the board for
2009, with Bradenton City Councilwoman Marianne
Barnebey serving as vice chair.
Wastewater work ongoing at public beach
By Lisa Neff
Construction crews continued to work last week
at Manatee Public Beach on the wastewater equipment
housed in the Manatee Public Beach parking lot.
The Manatee County Utilities Department is in
the process of rehabilitating lift stations in the area,
including the master lift station at the beach at Gulf
Drive and Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach.
The county's wastewater program involves main-
tenance of 1,165 miles of collection lines served by
more than 547 lift stations that move wastewater to
one of three plants. These plants treat about 21.4 mil-
lion gallons of wastewater each day.
The lift station at the beach controls the wastewa-
ter flow from Island customers, said Amy Merrill, a
spokesperson with the county utilities department.
"The station handles the wastewater from toilets
and showers and such," she said. "It pulls water into
a certain direction."
The work at the beach lift station involves
"replacing all of the components inside the structure
- valves, pumps, electronics, and emergency power
generator. This equipment is over 30 years old and
repair parts are no longer available," said Jim Marble,
lift station section superintendent.
In addition to increasing the reliability of the
equipment, the new pumps and controls should result
in significant e nc .,;y savings for the facility, accord-
ing to Marble.
The beach project should be completed by next
Next year, and through 2010, the county also will
rehabilitate 10 local satellite lift stations with new
fiberglass, piping and valves.
In addition to the beach station, rehab work will
take place for the next two years will take place at a sta-
tion in the 100 block of Sixth Street South in Bradenton
Beach and in the 500 block of Magnolia Avenue, 800
block of South Bay Boulevard, 600 block of Jacaranda
Boulevard and 400 block of North Bay Boulevard in
Anna Maria. In Holmes Beach, work will take place at
stations in the 4000 block of Gulf Drive, in the 5000 and
7000 blocks of Marina Drive, 6000 block of Holmes
Boulevard and 600 block of Key Royale Drive.
The county evaluates the lift stations every year
to identify where work is needed.
"The wastewater is corrosive and damages the
concrete surfaces inside the wet well, where it accu-
mulates until it is pumped," Marble said.
"The pumps inside the wet well, which do the
actual pumping of the wastewater, are replaced an
average of every seven years in the satellite lift sta-
tions and every 20-30 years in the master lift sta-
tions," he added.
County officials do not expect the work at the
stations to disrupt service on the Island.
Hot spots for computer users
The Islander is compiling a list of "hot spots"
on Anna Maria Island - locations offering free
wireless Internet service to computer users.
The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, offers free wi-fi, for
example, within a range of about 100 feet of
the office. No password is required.
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We have only the best wishes for you, our read-
ers, supporters, contributors and advertisers for a very
Our best wishes for a happy holiday also extend
to the new year - we wish for a greener environ-
ment, a safe place for wildlife and that mother nature
flourishes in harmony with people, especially, of
course, on Anna Maria Island.
A happy holiday this year would include the
return of Sabine Musil-Buehler to our community,
following her disappearance Nov. 4.
And the last days of the year would be a little mer-
rier if we didn't have serious concern for a resident
of Anna Maria who has had his rights trampled.
For our merchants, the holidays and the outlook
for the new year could be improved by Islanders
shopping local, at independent shops and stores,
where the money stays in the local economy. The
same goes for dining out, where local owners give
back and put back into the Island market.
We imagine the holiday will be merrier if we
each give just a small amount - time or cash - to
our local nonprofit organizations, where big donors
are scarce and the need is so much greater.
And maybe, just maybe, the holiday lights will
glow a little brighter after presenting your opinions
to the Florida Department of Transportation in regard
to the future of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
That deadline is Dec. 31, and, apparently, the
DOT puts a great deal of measure in what we lay
people think about what sort of bridge we should
have in the future. They should. We know best the
Island character we wish to maintain down the road,
and that should weigh heavily in the process.
And we should have a bridge of the future - state-
of-the-art concepts, design and construction - and so,
you should provide your input, before it's too late.
Just a cursory view of the DOT's proposals at the
Dec. 16 meeting brought lively discussion on such
topics as handling traffic from future Perico Island
development, height of any new structure, and the
handling of stormwater runoff.
Surprisingly, all three build options, and each of
the north-south alignments, include ponds. Lots of
ponds. And that translates to lots of chain-link fence
enclosures and a spoiled gateway. And serious limits
for parking at Kingfish Boat Ramp.
So, please, also take a good look at the DOT plans.
We'll discuss the impacts more in the future and
online, but for now, look, consider and comment:
www. annamariaislandbridge. com.
The future is brighter on Anna Maria Island,
thanks to you. So here's our wish, from all of us ...
Twas the night before a very Merry Christmas.
SLICK Merry Christmas By Egan
I have just returned to Ireland from my annual
vacation on Anna Maria. It continues to amaze me
that very few homes seem to have solar panels incor-
porated in the structure. Surely with a climate like the
Gulf Coast, having at least 350 days of sunshine a
year, it seems an awful waste of God's good sunlight.
Here in Ireland, we have a high percentage of homes
with solar storage heating and yet we have very little
Also, why no rainwater collection? It doesn't rain
often in Anna Maria, but when it rains it pours down.
What a waste of a free source of water for garden-
On a different subject, the price of fresh fruit
seems remarkably high. A fresh pineapple costs well
over $3 yet the same size fruit from the same country
of origin can be purchased in Ireland for one-third of
this, yet it has to be transported thousands of miles.
Nevertheless, I can't wait to come back to para-
If I get no nearer to heaven than Anna Maria, that
will do nicely.
Jim Hart, Derry, Ireland
I came home from two weeks away and felt
happy to see the holiday lights up at Haley's Motel.
My family and friends are saddened by the trag-
edy her family and friends are enduring.
I stopped by Haley's to offer Tom Buehler
encouragement but he wasn't in at the time.
I asked two young men cleaning up after the fire
to convey our support.
While I don't know the Buehlers, I have met
them while renting rooms for a family occasion and
found them to be very nice people.
I think many Islanders are concerned about this
terrible situation, and are hoping the police will have
news for us soon.
My prayer is that Sabine Musil-Buehler is in a
better place, wherever she may be.
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria
I agree with The Islander regarding Mark Alonso
and his "magic bike" signage. Certainly the code
enforcement officer can't be criticized for doing her
job, but Mark should hold his ground on this. This
is (hopefully) the last straw and a perfect vehicle for
drawing folk's attention to the ridiculous power that
the eternally grumpy have in directing the time and
resources of our city staff, officials and consultants.
Enough is enough.
Micheal Coleman, Anna Maria
Thank you so much to The Islander newspaper
for co-sponsoring this year's holiday party, the sev-
enth annual Lester-Islander Family Fun Day. The
Islander's weekly full-page promotion of the event
was eye-catching, colorful and informative.
We were pleased with the great turnout during
this busy time of year. There were smiles and laughter
and holiday tidings for friends old and new. But most
of all, there was a feeling of good, old-fashioned fun
- which is just what the Lesters and the community
wanted. And when all was said and done, we received
more than $1,200 in donations to our essential youth
The Center staff thanks you for your continued
support. The Islander and the Anna Maria Island
Community Center are partners in making a differ-
ence now and for future generations. On behalf of
our staff and all the children we serve, thank you.
Sandee Pruett, AMICC staff
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 24, 2008 U 7
Z . I By Miki Maloney Sr.
I would like to thank the kind individual who
offered the suggestion to The Islander that I visit
Ginny's and Jane's at the Old IGA for a latte fix. I've
since made several trips to the store for a pumpkin-
spiced latte - delicious! I'll admit that I was guilty
of seeking my coffee-related needs off-Island. How-
ever, in my defense, I've been a regular patron of
many fine Island establishments. There are a few that
I would like to mention specifically.
Let us begin with food. Unless Aunt Barbara
or Grandma Maloney is cooking, Bridget and I are
ordering take-out food. Once or twice a week, we
order from Oma's Pizza. They have a great calzone,
and they deliver. The chicken Parmesan sandwiches
are pretty tasty, too. I fill up the car at Jessie's Island
Store, where I found Cuban authentic sandwiches.
And I cannot forget to mention the katsu curry at
Ocean Star and the cheesesteaks at Havana Cabana.
I have enjoyed terrific meals at the Rod & Reel, and
some wonderful offerings at Sign of the Mermaid.
During warmer months, I have constant cravings
for coffee milkshakes from Dips Ice Cream, while my
wife prefers soft-serve with sprinkles. Nearly every
Sunday, family brunch is spent at Paradise Cafe,
where owner Jackie serves up her specialties mixed
with heartfelt company. Speaking of brunch, Cortez
Cafe is another great place for breakfast or lunch. Can
you believe it? Four-egg omelets.
Barely a day passes when I do not stop at the
Pine Avenue Store to pick up something we need at
the house. I get haircuts from Don the barber and my
wife is still complimenting my most recent cut.
I rent bikes from an Island establishment -
Beach Bums. All my visiting friends and family
have enjoyed the Island experience by riding on two
wheels, discovering what the natives routinely enjoy.
The four-wheeled surrey bike is the personal favorite
of son Miki Jr.
Meals at the Sun House, Hurricane Hank's, Tor-
tilla Bay, and Two-Scoops round out my list; along
with visits to shops such as The Hive and Sand Dollar.
Plus, I make at least three trips a week to Home True
Value Hardware for necessities.
Speaking of work, I am of course employed at an
Island business. My work as a property manager and
real estate agent require me to call upon other Island
businesses on a regular basis. Local air conditioning,
cleaning and pest control services are tops on my
Anna Maria Island provides us with very few
reasons to ever leave. When my family and I do leave
the Island, it feels as if we've left Mayberry for a visit
to the big city.
Patronizing local businesses is key to the pres-
ervation of our way of life. And I am truly thankful
that I now have my coffee urges covered, thanks to
the previously mentioned "letter to the editor."
And, of course, on behalf of myself and all the
Island business operators and crews, thanks for shop-
ping local - and a very Merry Christmas and happy
new year to all.
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Adams, by naming the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
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By Rick Catlin
A travel story in the Dec. 11 issue of USA Today
about vacationing on Anna Maria Island spawned a
frenzy of telephone calls and e-mails to the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce from people
looking for accommodation information.
Writer Kitty Bean Yancey's story described the
"Old Florida feel of Anna Maria Island," particularly
the Cedar Cove resort where the writer stayed a few
Yancey wrote about quiet scenery, no crowds, no
chain motels or hotels, no high-rise condos and the
unassuming Old Florida" style of the Island.
Since the article appeared, readers saying they
want a vacation far from the bright lights of South
Beach, Panama City or Fort Lauderdale have been
burning up the telephone lines to the chamber.
"We were swamped after the article appeared,"
said chamber president Mary Ann Brockman.
"We had hundreds of telephone calls in one day
and close to a thousand e-mails."
It was so busy at the chamber office that Brock-
man had to call in extra volunteers to handle the tele-
phone calls and mail requests.
"From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on [Dec. 15], we had
three people doing nothing but answering telephones.
Everybody wanted us to send them information about
the Island and said they' d read about us in USA Today."
Brockman said the chamber usually fills up one
box with information letters every week. After the
USA Today story, however, Brockman and volunteers
filled up two boxes in one day.
"It' s been amazing. It's the type of publicity that
would cost a fortune, normally," said Brockman.
"The great thing was this was totally unsolicited. The
writer stayed at Cedar Cove and didn't tell anybody
until she was leaving."
Yancey managed to visit a number of popu-
lar Island locations during her stay, including the
Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria, Beach Bistro in
Holmes Beach, the Bridgetender Inn in Bradenton
Beach and Ginny' s and Jane E's in Anna Maria.
"In an age of $400-a-night beachfront resorts
and mondo-condo high rises," wrote Yancey,
"it's hard to find an unassuming, wallet-friendly
'Old Florida' vacation spot. Anna Maria, an easy
drive from Tampa and Sarasota and just north of
more developed Longboat Key, is one of those."
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kept secrets around and said it's "hard to avoid the
temptation to keep Anna Maria's low-key attractions
But she didn't and the story is reaping benefits
for Island accommodation owners.
David Teitelbaum at the Tortuga, Tradewinds and
Seaside resorts in Bradenton Beach said the reserva-
tions and e-mails at the resorts jumped considerably
after publication of the story.
"We had an immediate response. It was a great
article for the entire Island. Christmas and New
Year's reservations are looking very well.
"We' re going to be sold out Christmas week and
a lot of people have booked for later in the season.
It's been great. We' re about 25 percent ahead of last
year," he said.
"I think the story showed there is value for money
on Anna Maria Island and that's what people want in
these times," Teitelbaum added.
Jeff Gerry of the White Sands Resort in Holmes
Beach agreed. His resort was "super-busy" on Sat-
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"People have discovered the Island," he said.
Brockman said the Island's appeal is that there
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At the Bradenton Area Convention and Visi-
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Yancey' s story would have cost about $11,000 if the
BACVB had purchased an advertorial about Anna
"It was such a positive," said Grace. "The writer
came on her own and that's typical of travel writers to
arrive incognito. Her story captured the essence of Anna
Maria Island. It was perfect. It shows there are people
who want a slice of how Florida used to be."
While Grace was unaware of Yancey's stay until
it was over, the BACVB routinely sends information
about the Island to the travel editors of major media
outlets in hopes of generating a story, but never knows
if an article is planned until after it's published.
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Yancey's story included the Anna Maria Island
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Developer resolves parking, variance withdrawn
By Rick Catlin
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
withdrew his request for a variance for additional
parking spaces at the company's proposed retail-
office-residential project at 503 Pine Ave., telling the
city commission Dec. 18 that he had rearranged the
site plan and resolved the parking issue.
Coleman's initial variance request had gone to
the planning and zoning board, where several board
members had indicated that he could find the neces-
sary parking within the project. Coleman agreed and
reconfigured the site plan.
In other business, commissioners learned that
Phase I of the city's master stormwater drainage plan
is nearing completion.
Mayor Fran Barford said city engineer Tom
Wilcox, public works director George McKay and
Southwest Florida Water Management Agency offi-
cials did a walk-through of the project site Dec. 15
and received Swiftmud approval for the work.
However, the north parking lot at city hall is still
not completed. Barford said she expects the lot to
reopen soon, but the contractor has to allow the sealer
on the lot to dry before final paving can begin.
Once the north lot is completed and open to the
public, the south parking lot will be reconfigured to
accommodate the project. That should begin in about
seven to 10 days, the mayor said.
Commissioners also approved a special-use permit for
beer and wine sales for William Staley at Feeling Swell,
a new restaurant establishment set to open at 9903 Gulf
Drive, site of the former Tropical Treats eatery.
Staley and his wife are the former owners of
Beach Bum Billy's on Pine Avenue and Tropical
Treats was operated by the family of Commissioner
Jo Ann Mattick.
Mattick recused herself from the voting as the Sta-
ley's are purchasing the property from her family.
The special-use permit motion was approved 4-0.
Mark Tessner, an official with the postal work-
ers union, made a plea for a commission resolution
to oppose a plan by the U.S. Postal Service that, if
adopted, would send all mail from Anna Maria to
Tampa for processing rather than to the ManaSota
postal facility where it is now processed.
The USPS ManaSota facility near the Sarasota-
Bradenton Airport would be closed and staff trans-
ferred to other USPS operations, not necessarily in
the ManaSota area, he said.
If all mail is forwarded to Tampa for processing,
it would bear a Tampa postmark, Tessner said, but no
Anna Maria jobs would be lost. He indicated the level of
service could decline and it could take several days for
a letter mailed in Anna Maria to reach Holmes Beach.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said a resolu-
tion to the USPS would have little effect. "They've
already made a decision," even though a public hear-
ing will be held in the near future on the issue, Wood-
Our plea to keep the ManaSota facility needs to be
sent to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, Woodland said.
By Lisa Neff
The new year will begin with old business for
Holmes Beach city commissioners, who on Jan. 13
are expected to take up a request on a special excep-
tion at an office complex on Marina Drive.
Commissioners have said they want to see a com-
promise to allow for a contractor's office to exist at
Agnelli Group Professional Park, 6000 Marina Drive.
The property, in a commercial zoning district, for-
merly served as a funeral home.
Multiple offices exist in the building, but the
commission's concern is with John Agnelli's con-
tractor business, and whether related equipment and
materials can be parked and stored at the site.
The commission discussed the issue at a meeting
in December and instructed the parties involved to
draft a compromise that could satisfy Agnelli, resi-
dential neighbors and the city.
Such a compromise is expected to involve limiting
the type and number of contractor/construction vehicles
that can be parked at the site, as well as the hours those
vehicles can be operated, and enhancing the buffer
"The only choice is to get Buchanan to use his
influence," he said.
Commissioners agreed to have Barford send a
letter to Buchanan and USPS officials indicating
the commission supports retention of the ManaSota
postal facility, and commissioners will follow with a
formal resolution at a January meeting.
The commission also passed a motion directing
the planning and zoning board to hear city planner
Alan Garrett's recommendation to change the ordi-
nance requirements on how to notify land owners of
developments proposed in their area.
Coleman noted that, under the current require-
ment, it cost his development company $700 for each
mailing and took several hours for postal workers to
complete the registered mail process.
Garrett's proposal for first-class mail that is certified by
postal workers would only cost about $40, he indicated.
between the commercial and residential properties.
In the meantime, city planning consultant Bill Bris-
son is reviewing a site plan for the Agnelli project.
Brisson, in a memo to the commission, recom-
mended denying Agnelli's application noting the
limitations on the site.
The property already is non-conforming as to
impervious-surface coverage, he said, "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 and his attorney, Ricinda Perry, have said
Brisson's review was based on an early site plan sub-
mitted to the city in March and that a newer site plan
was provided to address some city concerns.
Last week, Brisson said he was reviewing a
revised site plan submitted to the city in September.
He said, at a glance, that overall the plan did not
appear to differ substantively from the earlier plan, but
"I need some time to look at the newer site plan."
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SAM dedicates bench
By Lisa Neff
"Oh, did I die?" Melody Kramer said sweetly
as she approached the yellow bench and saw the
attached small plaque bearing her name.
The founder of Save Anna Maria Inc. then
laughed - a small joke to lighten the mood of an
emotional reunion Dec. 17 at the Anna Maria Island
Butterfly Park at Holmes Beach City Hall.
SAM's current membership dedicated the bench
to Kramer for her work in establishing the group and
serving as its first president in 1993.
About nine years ago, Kramer moved away from
Anna Maria. She now lives in Asheville, N.C.
Kramer arrived in the parking lot of Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, at about 3:30
p.m. for the brief presentation.
She embraced a number of old friends, many of
them involved in the earliest days of SAM and its
civic action work, most prominently its successful
fight years ago against a high, fixed-span replacement
bridge on Manatee Avenue.
"Good memories, huh?" said former Bradenton
Beach Mayor Katie Pierola as she hugged Kramer.
"And some bad," quipped activist Bunny Garst.
She too embraced Kramer, who said, "All of you are
Before the group gathered around a table for
punch and cake, SAM president Billie Martini invited
people into the garden for remarks.
The bench, she said, is a "physical object" that
honors "a group of people who love this Island."
Martini recalled that SAM got its start out of a
spirit of "we must organize."
"And organize we did," she said, vowing that SAM,
going forward, will not be idle and "will take on any-
thing that will threaten our lives and our wellbeing."
"Living here was the highlight of my life,"
Kramer said. "I hated leaving here."
She continued, "There is no other place like Anna
Maria Island. It's a step back in time."
The bench sits in a shady part of the garden - in
the northwest corner under a gumbo limbo tree.
"What a perfect place," Kramer said as she took
a seat on the bench.
Nancy Ambrose, a Holmes Beach resident and
member of the North American Butterfly Association
Manasota Chapter, said the bench was damaged by tree
trimmers but with SAM's support was refurbished.
Additional damage in the garden prompted the
butterfly group to take up a brick pathway and the
city to temporarily close the park to the public.
An agreement reached between the city and the
butterfly group in the fall has cleared the way for
repair work to begin. Volunteers are readying the
garden for replanting in the spring growing season.
Bunny Garst embraces Melody Kramer; both
founders of Save Anna Maria Inc., at Holmes
Beach City Hall. Nearby, in the Anna Maria Island
Butterfly Park, SAM dedicated a bench to honor
Kramer's work. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Library hosts money talk
The Friends of the Island Library will host Vinnie
Conte discussing financial planning at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A financial planner, Conte will talk about money
issues during programs at 2 p.m. Jan. 6, Feb. 17 and
For more information, call the library at
Looking forward to festival
Organizers of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festi-
val are planning now for the February festival that draws
crowds to the tiny fishing village on the bay.
It will be held next year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22, with events and
entertainment, including live music, fresh Florida
seafood, nautical arts and crafts, historical displays
and loads of family fun.
Proceeds will again benefit the Florida Institute
for Saltwater Heritage Preserve.
Parking has expanded parking east of the festival
area and is a short 15-minute walk to the event. And
again remote parking with a $2 shuttle to the event
will be offered at Sugg Middle School, 3801 59th St.
W., and at Coquina Beach Bayside.
A feature of the festival this year will be a cook-
ing contest with sponsorship and judging by The
Islander newspaper. More details on the contest will
be released closer to the event, but planners can start
thinking "claws," as in crab.
Admission is $2 and kids under age 12 are free.
For information, go to www.cortezfishingfestival.
org or write to the CCFF committee at 4600 124th
St. W., Cortez FL 34215.
AGAMI's December student
Midge Pippel, vice president of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, welcomes art student Andrea McDade
and art teacher Nadya Golubov to the Guild Gallery in Holmes Beach. AGAAMI named Andrea, a student at
Lakewood Ranch High School, the group's December "student of the month." Andrea is president of the school
art club and recently placed second in the Peoples Choice Diversity poster competition sponsored by University
of South Florida. She plans to major in illustration at the Ringling School of Art and Design before seeking her
dream job with Marvel Comics. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Karen Ellsworth
Downward trend in
loggerhead nesting continues
By Lisa Neff
Loggerhead nesting numbers in Florida went up
in 2008 compared to 2007, but state officials continue
to identify a long-term declining trend in nesting.
Annually, from about May through October,
female loggerhead sea turtles nest on Florida's
beaches, including on Anna Maria Island's shores.
An analysis of nesting data from the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows that nest
counts on the state's core index beaches - certain des-
ignated beaches that provide counts every year - have
decreased 41 percent from 1998 to 2008.
The number of nests reported from monitored
beaches in the state was 28,074 in 2007 and 38,643
in 2008, that's down from nearly 60,000 in 2006.
The decline in l, '' . i hi.ad nest numbers followed
a modest increase that occurred between 1989 and
1998, according to the FWC.
From 1989 through 2008, the overall trend in log-
gerhead nesting is down approximately 26 percent.
The state's index nesting data used in the analysis
is based on nest counts made by hundreds of partici-
pants who survey turtle tracks and nests at specific
Florida beaches, including walkers with Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch.
Each nesting area has people who hold a Florida
Marine Turtle Permit and are trained in sea turtle
nest identification. Participants also are required to
follow a protocol to ensure nest counts reveal unbi-
Scientists at the FWC's Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute use the nest counts from AMITW
and other groups to track the stability of the logger-
head population. Florida accounts for more than 90
percent of the loggerhead nesting in the United States
with a nesting aggregation considered to be one of
the two largest remaining in the world.
For 2008, AMITW reported 147 ,,1 il , id nests
and a review of state data for Manatee County, which
includes the Island and Longboat Key, shows nest-
ing increased the past two years, but nesting is down
from a high of 354 nests in 1995.
Additionally, 1< ' ilih ad sea turtle deaths in Florida,
as indicated by standings, have more than doubled during
the past decade based on information from the state's Sea
Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network database.
"Loggerheads have many threats to their survival.
Artificial lighting on nesting beaches causes hatchlings
from nests to crawl inland rather than toward the water,"
The FWC said in a statement. "On developed beaches,
coastal armoring meant to protect buildings from ero-
sion has resulted in the loss of nesting habitat near natu-
ral dunes. Throughout the state's waters, collisions with
boats are the most common identifiable cause of trauma
in sea turtles that wash up dead on Florida beaches."
Hurricanes may also impact nesting, according
to the FWC.
The short-term impact of storms may involve
waves washing out some nests. That was the case
this year on Anna Maria Island and elsewhere.
The long-term impact of storms may not be
known for decades. Loggerheads hatched on Florida
beaches require some 20-30 years to reach maturity,
recent storm impacts on turtle populations will not
appear for many years.
By Lisa Neff
A science-based report persuaded federal fish-
ing regulators to vote to develop new regulations to
protect loggerhead sea turtles.
The turtles, listed as a "threatened" species under
the U.S. Endangered Species Act, are dying on longlines
used in the commercial fishing of grouper.
Recently, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management
Council met in Mobile, Ala., where the council's reef fish
committee and later the full council voted to study further
restrictions on longline grouper fishing. Council members
said they wanted to better protect sea turtles but to balance
that with commercial fishing interests.
Staff with the National Marine Fisheries Service
is expected to take up the issue and investigate the
impact of possible restrictions.
The NMFS was responsible for the report that
triggered the council vote.
The document is titled "Estimated Takes of Sea
Turtles in the Bottom Longline Portion of the Gulf
of Mexico Fishery" and based on scientists' observa-
AMICCO holds young artists
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra will host its third annual Young Artists
Solo Competition for Manatee and Sarasota county
The competition will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sat-
urday, Jan. 17, 2009, at the Palma Sola Presbyterian
Church, 67th Street West and Second Avenue in Bra-
Manatee and Sarasota county musicians partici-
pating in a school music program and 12-18 years
old are eligible.
The top four concerto, instrumental or vocal solo
finalists will perform their winning work with Anna
Maria Island Community Orchestra. Top finishers
also will receive cash prizes of $500-$200.
To apply, musicians must register and pay a
$10 fee by Jan. 7.
For more information, call AMICCO board
president James Stoltie at 941-727-9886.
tions from July 2006 through December 2007.
The scientists, based on actual observances of the
taking of 16 loggerhead turtles and two other hard
shell sea turtles during 34 fishing trips, estimated that
during the 18-month period there were 974 incidents
involving longlines and turtles.
The scientists estimated that in that time period,
433 turtles were caught on longlines and released
alive, 325 were released dead or unresponsive and
the status of 216 was not known.
The turtles, according to the report, drown when
they get hooked on a longline, which is a long fishing
line baited with thousands of hooks and stretched
across the sea bottom. Commercial boats run many
longlines over a wide path of the Gulf of Mexico.
And most grouper landed in Florida is caught on
Also about 90 percent of the United State's log-
gerhead population nests on Florida beaches. The
number of nests, according to state data, has been
on the decline in recent years.
The conservation group Oceana called for tougher
restrictions, as well as changing the status of logger-
heads from "threatened" to "endangered."
An "endangered" species is one that is in danger
of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of
its range. A "threatened" species is one that is likely
to become endangered in the foreseeable future,
according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"Sea turtles face grave threats when they leave the
beaches," said Dave Allison, senior campaign direc-
tor at Oceana. "Until the U.S. government increases
restrictions on the capture and killing of sea turtles
by commercial fishing, populations will continue to
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The guest speaker will be Scott Pardue of the
DeSoto National Memorial in Bradenton.
For more information, contact member Ralph
Bassett at 941-795-8697.
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These are a few of our favorite things
By Bonner Joy
Friends are, of course, No. 1 on our list of things
to be thankful for every year. Friends who share great
recipes are No. 2.
For these friends and recipes, the holidays are a
time for sharing.
Here is the e _'11 recipe given to Janet Aubry
of Anna Maria by her friend Ralph Ellis of Houston.
He told Janet that it was originally published decades
ago in Harper's Bazaar as 'the' traditional holiday
She adds, "May your days be merry and bright
after you drink this and, for heaven's sake, don't drive
12 eggs separated
2 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
4 quarts heavy cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 pint rum (dark)
1 quart brandy (2 pints)
Reserve six egg whites in one bowl and six egg
whites in a second bowl.
In a large bowl beat all yolks well. Add granu-
lated sugar gradually to yolks and beat well.
Add rum and brandy alternately and slowly to
yolk mixture. Then, to this mixture, add three quarts
of heavy cream.
Beat six egg whites until very stiff and fold into
Then beat remaining six egg whites VERY stiff
and beat powdered sugar into them.
Add, stirring lightly, remaining cream and fold
this mixture into the other.
Let stand in refrigerator 4 to 12 hours. Top
with grated nutmeg (we prefer fresh grated) before
serving. The recipe serves 20, but Janet generously
"packages" jugs of joy for her holiday guests to
Mmmmm, rum cake
Also on our favorite list of friends is Billie Mar-
tini of Holmes Beach. She seems to know just the
right time and day to appear at The Islander office
with deviled eggs and Bacardi Rum Cake, both of
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1 3 1/4 instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup Wesson oil
1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum (80 proo
1/4 pound butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup granulated sug
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and flour 10-inch tube or 12-cup Bundt pan. Sprinkle
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Invert on serving plate and prick the top.
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and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove
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Drizzle and smooth glaze evenly over top and
sides, allowing cake to absorb glaze. Repeat until the
glaze is used up.
Yummy without rum
Susan Nudd warmly agreed five years ago to
share her Christmas cookie recipe, passed down by
her mother, she said, from a recipe that originated
from the Amish-Dutch community of Sullivan, Ill.
"I've been making them since high school, then
with my mom," Nudd said.
Nudd's cookies were discovered by us some years
ago as she served them following the Roser Memorial
Community Church Bethlehem Walk, and they had
been decorated with special care by her granddaugh-
ter, Aaron Grace Tribble, then age 5.
First mix one cup sugar, one cup
powered sugar, one cup Oleo. (Is
that called margarine now, or is
there still Oleo?)
Add two eggs, then one cup oil. Add 4 3/4
cup flour, one teaspoon baking soda, one teaspoon
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with a fork and decorate with colored sugar, candy
sprinkles and the likes. (Not icing.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
"It makes a really big recipe," Nudd said. "About
six dozen cookies."
And it too is worth packaging and sharing with
friends and as holiday hostess gifts.
"Season that sucker and cook it hot and fast."
That's the advice of my longtime friend and chef,
ugie Mrozowski, some 30 years ago on cooking a
It's sage advice, not to make a pun. Salt and
pepper all over, including inside, cook breast side
down, 450 degrees for about an hour and a half (18
pounds or so), then flip it and lower the temp to about
350 degrees for 20 minutes to a half hour to brown
It will be moist and delicious, it's guaran-
teed. We put trimmings from the veggies, carrot
and potato peel, onion skins and celery tops in
the bottom of the pan. When the turkey is done
and removed, we then add the wing tips and other
non-edible portions of the turkey to the veggies
with some water to create au jus. Next strain out
the veggies and add a roux mixture (equal parts
butter and flour mixed smooth) to the simmering
pot - and you have awesome gravy.
Why we don't cook a small turkey and trimmings
once a month is the only remaining question. It's that
Finally, one of the Island's best
More than 16 years ago we first featured Bernard
Haulsee of Anna Maria and his then 20-year tradition
of baking - and sharing - a fruitcake recipe handed
down by his mother.
When it comes to holiday baking traditions, this
is one of the tastiest. Really. It is not to be categorized
with the store-bought brick variety.
Each eight-pound cake is full of cherries, pine-
apple, coconut, raisins and pecans - and an abundant
"baptism" of Jim Beam.
"I love to bake them," said Haulsee in 1993. "It's
a hobby. Some people tease me by telling me it's a
pretty expensive hobby, but I tell them that it's a lot
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cheaper than playing golf!"
The week before Christmas was Haulsee's favor-
ite time during the holidays. With his cakes wrapped
carefully in foil, he made his rounds to deliver his
delicious gift to his friends and local businesses -
those who had helped him during the year.
'They are always glad to see me," he said. "This
makes it a nice Christmas for all of us."
As a holiday gift to Anna Maria Island, Haulsee
agreed to share his recipe.
"Be sure to tell them not to stir the butter and
sugar and eggs too much. If they do, the cake will
crumble after its baked. Don't want it to crumble,"
Many thanks to Mr. Haulsee, although consid-
ering his age then and that we haven't enjoyed his
fruitcake or seen him since 1994, we only hope the
best for him and his family.
Bernard Haulsee's Heavenly Fruitcake
"Barely" cream together:
1 pound butter or margarine
3 cups white sugar
Add 1 egg at a time until 11 are added.
Mix together in order in another bowl:
1 1/2 pounds candied cherries
1 1/2 pounds candied or dehydrated pineapple
3 cups pecan nuts
2 pounds raisins
2 cups grated coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 ounces grated ginger root
5 cups all-purpose flour sifted on top of dry ingre-
2 teaspoons vanilla
Mix dry fruit batter in with butter, sugar, egg
batter. Mix well. Recipe makes two cakes. Grease or
spray each loaf cake pan with Pam. Bake 2 1/2 hours
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at 275 degrees. If using Pyrex loaf pans, cut baking
time to 2 hours.
Optional: After cakes have cooled for 24 hours,
set cake in a small amount of Jim Beam. After liquor
is absorbed. Flip cake over and repeat.
Many thanks and best wishes to Janet, Billie,
Susan, Augie and Bernard.
Readers: Warm your hearth and your heart and
share some of our friendly, good cooking for the holi-
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Sandbar celebrates Christmas with kids
By Lisa Neff
Mathew Dunbar was satisfied with the attention
of Spiderman until a more important guy arrived Dec.
16 to the Sandbar Restaurant.
"Pick me up. Swing me around," Mathew shouted
when he saw Spidey.
"Put me down. Santa. Santa," he shouted when
he saw the man in red approaching.
Santa Claus didn't drive his sleigh and eight rein-
deer to the beach. He arrived as a passenger on the
front end of a red Honda Rancher ATV driven by
Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy John Damato.
Mathew, along with dozens of other children
attending the annual Lawton Chiles Christmas Party,
rushed toward the tall, rosy-cheeked Santa standing
on the sand to share a hug.
Santa Claus embraced the children as they
wrapped their arms around his waist and legs.
And then Santa got to work distributing presents -
gift bags for each of the 124 children at the party contained
a toy, a pair of shoes, a holiday outfit and an Albertson's
gift certificate for a Christmas family dinner.
Katrina Rodriguez was the first child at the party
to receive her present from Santa Claus.
She approached cautiously.
"Have you been good?" he asked.
Katrina considered and then nodded yes.
And in a moment she was walking through the
crowd with her gift bag. "Look what I got," she
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by car or bus to the restaurant, 100 Spring Ave.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers, with swords
gleaming and pirate hats adorned with feathers, stood
at the entrance of the outdoor deck to greet the guests
with beads and goodie bags containing stickers, a
yo-yo, an action figure, bubbles and a wand.
Nearby, Sparky and Snowbird, two widely known
Island clowns, goofed with the kids, many of them
from Head Start and Healthy Families Manatee.
Children joked with the clowns, danced with cos-
tumed characters, including Dora the Explorer, Spi-
derman, Scooby-Doo, Blue, SpongeBob SquarePants
and a number of elves.
They also played games - tossing beanbags, fish-
ing for prizes, d''ii_' in the sand for treasure - and
dined on chicken fingers, french fries and Hi-C juice.
The party, named for the late Gov. Lawton Chiles,
took place at the restaurant owned by the governor's
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This year, McKee said she had more calls from
people offering to volunteer than ever before.
While li<' u ing the party involves some financial
investment, it also involves a lot of time - decorat-
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The preparation began in July. In November,
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Island churches will celebrate Christmas with
special services this week.
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will hold a public Christmas Eve concert featur-
ing harpist Greg Buchanan at 6 p.m. Dec. 24.
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold a family service
at 5 p.m. Dec. 24, sing Christmas carols at 10:30
p.m. and hold a midnight service, and then a Holy
Eucharist at 10 a.m. Dec. 25.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
will hold Christmas Eve services at 7 p.m. and 10:30
p.m., with music 30 minutes prior to each service. The
church will hold Christmas Day service at 9:30 a.m.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach, will hold a 7 p.m.
Christmas Eve service.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will host services in the sanctuary at
5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Christmas Eve and host a chapel
communion service at 10 a.m. Christmas Day.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold mass at 4 p.m. and
10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and mass at 8 a.m. and 10
a.m. on Christmas Day.
set for Jan. 31
By Lisa Neff
Christmas wishes for the newest must-have gad-
gets and gizmos can lead to desires in the new year
to discard old electronics.
But local officials are encouraging residents to
wait to pitch the old stuff until E-Scrap, a Manatee
County collection program scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Jan. 31 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
The event, sponsored by the county in conjunc-
tion with Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton
Beach and Longboat Key, provides an opportunity
for people to safely dispose of retired computer com-
ponents, copiers, video and audio equipment and
The value in disposing of the old items comes
in keeping them out of the landfill - e-waste is the
fastest growing waste stream in the nation, accord-
ing to the International Association of Electronics
Recyclers. The organization estimates that about 400
million electronic items - many of them loaded with
chemicals that can cause illness - will be scrapped
this year in the United States.
The collection program also provides people
with an opportunity to dispose of hazardous materi-
als, such as solvents, paints, pesticides, ammunition,
Deck the halls
It is the season to be jolly - at Island city halls.
On Dec. 19, Bradenton Beach elected officials and
city employees closed city hall and celebrated the
holiday season with a small party. Mayor Michael
Pierce welcomed the staff to the party. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
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n president Frank
Gwen McKay at
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City Pier Dec. 20.
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for a raffle at the
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Happy holidays in
Anna Maria City
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- attended a holiday party Dec. 17
at Anna Maria City Hall. Islander
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Honoring Linger Longer lights
Linger Longer won this year's commercial prize
in the Bradenton Beach Holiday Lighting Contest
sponsored by the city.
The resort at 304 Gulf Drive S. won for its "spec-
tacular sleigh-pulling dolphins" and three stories of
lights, according to a news release from Bradenton
Beach City Commissioner Janie Robertson.
The Drift In, 120 Bridge St., took second place in
the commercial category for going all-out. Bridge Street
Bazaar and Pines Trailer Park lights also earned notice.
The first place in the residential category went to
201 Bay Drive N., a multi-family property with "lots
Second place went to 2214 Ave. A., which,
according to the release, "consistently puts forth quite
an effort every year."
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Acute care trial now scheduled in April
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 12, Crescent Drive and Pine Avenue, infor-
mation. The complainant said a vehicle struck and
damaged a bus bench. A partial license plate number
was provided, but a search for the vehicle was unsuc-
cessful. City public works employees repaired the
bench, and moved the other bus benches in the city
farther from the street.
Dec. 12,700 block Jacaranda Road, information.
The complainant said someone used bank informa-
tion to make a purchase. Bank officials were inves-
tigating the theft.
Dec. 18, 200 block 77th Street, recovery of stolen
vehicle. The complainant said someone returned his
moped to his house. It was stolen from the Sandbar
Restaurant parking lot earlier in the month.
No new reports.
Dec. 18, 200 block 30th Street, suspicious vehi-
cle. Officers responded to a complaint of a suspicious
vehicle and found a sport utility vehicle stuck in a
ditch. The driver said he got stuck in the mud, and
with the assistance of several other people the car
was pushed out of the muck.
Dec. 18, civil, 200 block 28th Street. The com-
plainant said he wanted his girlfriend to leave his
house after they had gotten into a verbal argument.
Officers stayed on scene while she collected her
belongings and left the residence with her ex-boy-
friend, who picked her up.
Greg Oberhofer, the owner of Quality
Builders of Holmes Beach Inc., 5500-A Marina
Drive, has been arrested on a charge of mis-
appropriation of construction funds, a second-
Oberhofer was arrested by Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputies Dec. 1 in connection
with the remodeling of an Anna Maria home
owned by Jill and Mark Morris. Oberhofer
has entered a not guilty plea and faces a Jan. 9
arraignment on the charge.
Jill Morris said she and her husband gave
a substantial amount of money to Oberhofer to
remodel their home, but the project was never
If convicted, Oberhofer faces a maxi-
mum 10-year sentence. He is currently free on
Morris said they saw no point in filing a
civil suit because the company is no longer in
business and it has no assets.
By Rick Catlin
The trial of the four remaining defendants in the
Acute Care Inc. Medicaid fraud once again has been
moved, this time to April 13.
The trial was scheduled for Dec. 11 in the Man-
atee County Circuit Court, but that was changed
shortly before depositions were to begin, according
to online court records. At one time, the trial was
scheduled to start in June 2008.
Elizabeth Ferguson, Nancy Wood, Heidi Rickert
and Cynthia May are all charged with one count each
of Medicaid fraud and organized fraud by the state
attorney's office. Each defendant faces up to 30 years
imprisonment and a $15,000 fine.
Ferguson and Wood are the owners of the Anna
Maria medical care facility at the old post office plaza
on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria and live in Holmes Beach.
Seven Acute Care staff members were originally
arrested in February 2007 after an investigation by the
state attorney general's office. Agents for the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement seized records at
Acute Care's Anna Maria office in December 2006.
However, Carla Camacho, Andrea Suarez and
Stephanie Nichols all entered guilty pleas and
received suspended sentences in exchange for agree-
ing to testify against the remaining defendants.
Prosecutors have alleged the company billed the
state for more than $2.7 million in bogus services,
particularly in providing care to juveniles.
Cramer home invasion trial set for January
The trial of the two men charged in the April
17, 2008, home invasion in Anna Maria involving
former City Commissioner Linda Cramer has been
scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 20, 2009.
Suspects Michael Gambuzza and Christopher
Drescher are charged with one count each of home
invasion and robbery, a first-degree felony, and one
count each of false imprisonment, a third-degree
felony. Both entered not guilty pleas.
The home invasion charge carries a maximum
sentence of 30 years upon conviction, while a guilty
verdict for false imprisonment could bring up to 10
years jail time.
Judge Janette Dunnigan previously declined to
lower the bail of $175,000 each and both suspects
remain in the Manatee County jail.
Drescher is represented by attorney Michael
Reiter, while counsel for Gambuzza is John Fleck.
Cramer was beaten and robbed at the home of
her boyfriend, Joe Pandolph of Crescent Drive,
after two men posing as delivery men forced their
way into the house looking for cash, jewelry or
other valuables. Pandolph was not at home at the
time of the attack.
Cramer received multiple facial bruises in the
incident when she struggled with her attackers.
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Bradenton man critical after crash
By Lisa Neff
A Bradenton man with Island ties remained in
critical condition last week after his Jeep Cherokee
crashed into a tree along Manatee Avenue on Perico
The accident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Dec. 14
and resulted in Timothy "Tim" Andricks, 18, being
rushed to Bayfront Medical Center by medical heli-
Andricks, of 13th Avenue Drive West in Braden-
ton, grew up on Anna Maria Island and has worked
for the past four years at the Holmes Beach Service
Station with owner Bret Vande Vrede.
Andricks, a student at Manatee Technical Insti-
tute, works at the station after school and helped close
the shop nightly.
Vande Vrede said last week he was eager for
"He's doing better," Vande Vrede said on Dec.
19, adding that he had plans to visit his employee at
Bayfront in St. Petersburg later that day. "I'm hoping
to see him come back as soon as possible."
A Web page established at www.carepages.com
tracks Andricks' recovery, with posts on his condition
several times a day.
"As everyone knows by now, Tim was in a car
accident on Sunday night," a post on Dec. 17 stated.
"The latest update is that Tim is still being sedated,
and has had his cervical collar removed. He is still not
responding to commands, but is making purposeful
movements that are very good signs."
A post on Dec. 18 read, "The trauma nurse woke
Following his care
Friends and acquaintances who want to
follow Tim Andricks' recovery may visit a
Web page created by his family at www.care-
pages.com. Visitors to the Web site will be
required to open a free user account.
Tim again at 4 p.m., and he was able to respond to
commands. He was unable to open his eyes, but he
tried very hard. The nurse practitioner said that they
are weaning him off the ventilator, and by tomorrow
they might be able to put him on a CPAP - a device
that allows Tim to breath on his own and assists him
when he needs help. He is resting and we appreciate
The accident involved only Andricks' SUV,
according to a report from the Bradenton Police
Department, which has handled the investigation.
The report indicated that Andricks was traveling
eastbound on Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 and,
near the 12000 block, lost control of the 1996 Jeep.
Investigators determined that the vehicle crossed
the westbound lane of Manatee Avenue, hit a stop
sign at the northwest corner of Seven Shores Boule-
vard and then hit a stand of trees.
A bystander reported the accident, notifying
authorities that the crash looked bad but that the
driver had a pulse.
Bradenton police and fire officers, as well as
Manatee County Emergency Medical Service para-
medics, rushed to the scene and quickly decided to
fly Andricks to Bayfront.
BPD investigators have not determined the speed
the Jeep was traveling at the time of the accident.
The results of a drug and alcohol test, routinely
conducted in a serious accident, are pending.
WMFR, Cedar Hammock,
Longboat Key team gets
rescue tool grant
A technical rescue team with members from
West Manatee Fire Rescue, Cedar Hammock Fire
Rescue and Longboat Key Fire Department fire-
fighters was recently awarded a grant from the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The grant consists of a complement of hydrau-
lic rescue tools that will enhance the team's rescue
capabilities, said team program manager and
Cedar Hammock Fire Chief Randall Stulce.
The team recently received a 92 out of 100
possible points in a peer evaluation from the Flor-
ida Search and Rescue system.
The team consists of 18 state-certified fire-
fighters, of which 13 are emergency medical
technicians and five are paramedics. Each team
member must be certified in five disciplines of
"The team is a vital part of the state emer-
gency response plan and may be requested to
respond outside our local area," Stulce said.
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20 0 DEC. 24, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Wednesday, Dec. 24
6 p.m. - Gospel concert featuring Greg Buch-
anan at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7845.
Thursday, Dec. 25
Today is Christmas.
Friday, Dec. 26
Kwanzaa begins today.
Saturday, Dec. 27
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island hosts a breakfast meeting with guest Scott
Pardue, superintendent of the De Soto National
Memorial Park, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.
8:30 a.m. - Yoga on the beach at the Pine
Avenue public beach access in Anna Maria. Infor-
Tuesday, Dec. 30
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
meets for lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:
7 to 8:30 p.m. - "Shortcuts in Windows" com-
puter class at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
Today is New Year's Eve.
8 p.m. to 1 a.m. - New Year's Eve Celebra-
tion Black Tie (optional) Party at Mattison's Riv-
erside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-748-8087. Fee applies.
9 p.m. - New Year's Eve Extravaganza with
music by DJ Chuck C at the BeachHouse Restau-
rant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-779-2222. Fee applies.
Midnight - Fireworks at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Informa-
* "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. Information: 941-708-6120.
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., play-
ers pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City
Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
REAL BRITISbh Fisb & Chbips
Tue: The A lheedle 7-:30pm
Wed: Smooth Jazz w/ Project SRQ Spm
Thur: Brit Nite - Shepherd's Pie
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Fri: Karaoke w/ Jim & Dee 8:30pm
Sat: Hammers Adams 7:30pm
Sun: Suzie sings jazz classics 5-7:30pm
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Tour of Homes quilt nearly done
The Eyeland Needlers group is nearing comple- Eyeland Needlers chair Joan Pettigrew says the
tion of the quilt it makes to raise money for the Anna squares for the quilt are finished and ready to be
Maria Island Community Center Tour of Homes ben- quilted together.
efit. The group will debut the quilt in January 2009 at
Sales of raffle tickets support the Tour, which in the Island Public Library, 5701 Maria Drive, Holmes
turn benefits the Center. Beach.
The homes tour, when the winner of the quilt will
be announced, will take place March 21, 2009.
The other major date on the Center calendar is in
Early 2009: the 25th annual An Affaire to Remember
dinner and gala from 5 p.m. to midnight Feb. 21 at
. I the Center.
For more information, call the Center at
The Eyeland Needlers are front row, from left,
S" . Penny Reinholz and Marcia Powers, and, back row,
from left, Joan Pettigrew, Mary Jo Gaspari and
Dolores Harrell. Not pictured are Eyeland Nee-
dlers Ann Horne, Betsy Smith and Colleen Walters.
Library lecture series begins in January
The Friends of the Island Library annual pro-
gram series will begin in January, a couple of
months later than usual.
The series was delayed, according to organiz-
ers, due to this fall's closure of the Anna Maria
Lectures will take place at the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The first lecture at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 13 will be
given by Ron McCarty on the subject of the Ca
d'Zan. McCarty is the curator of the Ca d'Zan at
the John and Mable Ringling Museum in Sara-
Eco-traveler Patricia McCroy will present a
lecture at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 on "Egypt: The Mother
of the World."
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the
American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Braden-
ton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information:
* Jan. 3, BayWise kayak tour of Otter Key.
* Jan. 3, New Year ritual yoga workshop at Island
* Jan. 3, Night at the Museum: Your Body is a
Universe at South Florida Museum.
* Jan. 5, black-and-white photography course at
the Anna Maria Island Art League.
Dr. Barry Ladd will talk about "Reflections of
a Country Doctor" at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 27.
Playwright Jolene Goldenthal will deliver dra-
matic readings at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10.
Marcy and Jerry East will talk about travel to
England, Scotland and Wales at 2 p.m. Feb. 21.
Journalist James McCartney will talk about
the new president at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. March
At 2 p.m. on March 21, the Easts will talk
Humorist Diana Milesko will talk about
"What's Eating America: Food and Politics in the
21st Century" at 10:30 a.m. March 24.
For more information about the series, call the
library at 941-778-6341.
* Jan. 5, "Interior Redesign and Trends" at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
* Jan. 6, Juried Open Aqueous and Signature
show at The Studio at Gulf and Pine.
* Jan. 6, Manatee Public School resumes.
Save the date
* Jan. 17, AME 5k Dolphin Dash.
* Feb. 1, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 50th Anni-
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tion of the event, a brief description and a contact
via e-mail and phone.
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By Rick Catlin
Karin Garay, left,
and Emily Mul-
rine, right, enjoy
free pizza at AMI
Video during a
grand reopening of
its new location at
5912 Marina Drive,
where Mulrine won
a free movie rental
and other prizes.
Melinda Lampariella ofMelinda's
Cafe and Catering, 5311 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, displays some of
her famous homemade sauces and
spices at the recent Winterfest. To
order sauces, call Melinda's Cafe
at 941-778-0411. Islander Photo:
The AMI Video Store at 5912
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, held a
grand reopening party last week after
relocating from the Anna Maria Centre
Shops to the former Smith Real Estate
building. The building, opposite the
Holmes Beach Skate Park, also houses
Owner Andrew Jones said the
store is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9
p.m. Monday through Thursday, from
11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, and from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on
For more information, call
Sharon Villars of the ReMax
Alliance Group real estate office in
the Island Shopping Center, Holmes
Beach, was recently elected as presi-
dent-elect of the Manatee Chapter of
the Women' s Council of Realtors.
Got a new business going up
in Anna Maria Island, Palma Sola,
Cortez or Longboat Key? How about
a new product or service, an anniver-
sary, a new hire, or an award-win-
ning staff member? Call Island Biz
at 941-778-7978, fax your news toll
free to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at
Island real estate
420 Spring Ave., Anna Maria,
a 1,020 sfla 2bed/2bath home built
in 1906 on a 52x145 lot was sold
12/01/08, Stanchfield to Roach for
$400,000; list $455,000.
6804 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 1,114 sfla / 1,758 sfur 2bed/2bath
home built in 1966 on a 100x94 lot
was sold 12/01/08, GRP Loan LLC to
Bayer for $310,000.
204 Oak Ave., Anna Maria, a
vacant 73x1 10 lot zoned R1 was sold
12/01/08, Phelps Properties LLC to
Laroche for $290,000.
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 315, West-
bay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach,
a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool was sold 12/01/08,
McDannold to Wybo for $210,000; list
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With 2009 approaching, Island Gallery West said out with the old, in with the new and
posted a new sign above its gallery entrance at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. IGW
artist Shirley Rush Dean designed the new look and Joe Fletcher installed the sign.
For more information about IGW, call the gallery at 941-778-2346. Islander Photo:
Jesse Brisson, broker/asso-
ciate at Gulf-Bay Realty of
Anna Maria, can be reached at
Featured sale: This home
at 420 Spring Ave., Anna
Maria, sold in March
2002 for $210,000 and
in December 2008 for
$400,000, an increase
. of 90 percent. The cost
per square foot is $392.
Islander Photo: Jesse
941-778-7244. Current Island
real estate transactions may also
be viewed online at www.islander.
org. Copyright 2008
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22 0 DEC. 24, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Changes everywhere, from climate to glaciers to sharks
If the adage of the only constant being change is
true, then we' re in for a long time of constant changes
in our future.
Take the medium in which you are viewing
these words as an example of how media and
information have changed in the past decade.
Looking for a factoid in 1998? Off to the books
you go. Looking for a factoid at the cusp of
2008-09? Oh, Google, where are you? At the
The Islander was thought to be cutting-edge
when we first published in November 1992. We
produced the paper on small computers, printed the
pages out in increments on small pieces of paper,
taped the pieces together onto larger sheets and
drove the whole raft of paper pages to a printer for
There were no hot-lead type or massive printing
presses tucked in the back of our little office, and no
cast of people toiling away inhaling lead fumes and
Today, the computer hard drives are bigger and
faster, the pages converted to e-files and our printing
is handled about 70 miles away.
That's for our loyal Island readers who want to
hold paper in their hands. We also have news and
advertising available via the Web, with thousands of
"hits" a month from people interested in the doings
and antics on Anna Maria Island.
Print newspaper readers are generally dwindling
in numbers as part of the wave of "E-News." The
Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News only will
offer home delivery of the newspaper on Thursday,
Friday and Sunday beginning in early 2009, follow-
ing a nationwide trend of cutting back on newsroom
staff to raise bottom-line revenue.
The amount of data, be it blog or believable, fact
or factoid, raw or doctored, is extraordinary, gener-
ally free, and only a few keystrokes away through
your trusty 'puter.
When was the last time you sat down and sent
somebody an actual letter, complete with an enve-
lope and stamp and written in Palmeresque penman-
ship? How many of your holiday greeting cards were
posted electronically? How many and how much of
your correspondence is done via e-mail?
Probably a lot. A whole lot.
Telephones? Sure, everybody has one of some
sort or another, but telephone company folks say 18-
to 35-year-old subscribers are generally communicat-
ing through cell phones rather than hard-wire service
to a house or apartment.
Seniors are in that cell loop, too, and why not?
Vacations, summer or winter homes, keeping in con-
stant touch with kids or grandkids while on the road
- off to the cell and text messages and forget that
old dinosaur in the corner, the telephone.
Consider the feeling of hopelessness you had
when you realized you'd left the house without
your cell phone or laptop? How will you keep
abreast of what's HAPPENING? Welcome to the
President-elect Barack Obama ran for office in
part on a platform of change, and change is what we
have to address and adapt to in the very near future
or risk being trampled. Didn't you get the e-mail on
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General consensus among scientists and Joe the
Weather Guy is that the Earth's climate is changing.
We're seeing hotter summers, colder winters, less
ozone and more spikes in temperature. More climate
change lies ahead, little of it good.
One of the last dinosaurs in the "no climate
change" choir has been hurricane prediction-expert
Dr. William Gray of Colorado State University.
He's been a virtual lone voice saying there hasn't
been any real change in climate, only an altered
perspective by the masses that greenhouse gasses
by power plants and vehicles have reached a cre-
Gray told a Denver Post columnist two years
ago that there has been some global warming in the
past 30 years. "I don't question that, and humans
might have caused a very slight amount of this
warming. Very slight. But this warming trend is
not going to keep on going. My belief is that three,
four years from now, the globe will start to cool
again, as it did from the middle 1940s to the middle
Gray is a staunch advocate of what is called a
multi-decadal oscillation, wherein ocean tempera-
tures fluctuate - oscillate - every 20 years or so,
producing either more or fewer hurricanes.
We're in a high-hurricane oscillation, by the
But climate change is generally perceived as a
climate trend by most scientists. Aside from making
a decision of investing in either flip-flops or mukluks,
Floridians have to contend with sea -level rise.
Ice caps melt as air and water temperatures
increase. Ice held in suspension in the Arctic or Ant-
arctic is released into the world's oceans, increas-
ing volume. Increased water volume pushes water
It's the question of just how much water will
come ashore, and where, that is causing some scien-
A study released by the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change and Florida State University's
Beaches and Shores Resource Center in August 2008
offers the latest estimates on just how wet we're look-
ing to get in the coming years.
The study comes up with wildly diverse estimates
for sea level rise by the year 2100. Values range from
just more than 6 inches to just under 24 inches from
1990 levels to 2100 estimates.
Other estimates have indicated upwards of 7 feet
of extra water in the world's oceans in 2100.
Anna Maria Island has an average elevation of 5
Few of the data factors in the effect of hurricanes
and storm surge. And, as the FSU study reveals, the
figures aren't necessarily site-specific for coastal
locations. If your community is behind a levee or
seawall, sea-level increases aren't as important to you
as your friend in his beachfront house against a wide,
The rising tides also don't factor in any dramatic
climatalogical alterations. As the FSU research-
ers said, "The new range does not incorporate the
potential acceleration of melting of Greenland
or the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Although recent
studies show that net melting from Greenland and
the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may be occurring ...
the IPCC admitted its challenge in incorporating
contributions from melting ice sheets into the [sea
level rise] models and that the published range may
be too low."
Change: ice sheets
Here's a news nugget from CNN:
"Between 1.5 trillion and 2 trillion tons of ice
in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska has melted at
an accelerating rate since 2003, according to NASA
scientists, in the latest signs of what they say is global
In an age of really, really big numbers, that figure
translates in non-journalistic speak at upwards of
2,000,000,000,000 tons, or 4,000,000,000,000,000,000
One of the biggest hits in the big meltdown
comes from glaciers in Greenland and in the Gulf of
Change: coral reefs
And one final element in the climate change
front, this time an apparent watery disaster in the
The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network
released a global report of coral reefs recently, stating
that one-fifth of all reefs worldwide have died and all
could be gone within 40 years if trends of warming
seas are left unchecked.
Network officials told a 190-nation United
Nations conference in Poland that "climate
change must be limited to the absolute minimum.
If nothing is done to substantially cut emissions,
we could effectively lose coral reefs as we know
them, with major coral extinctions," accord-
ing to the group's coordinator and reported by
It's not just warming oceans that are chilling
coral reef expansion and threatening extinction, the
study claimed. There are also threats by non-native
species, pollution and destructive fishing practices.
Speaking of destructive fishing practices, the
world's oceans are facing another threat, this time
We' re killing sharks at an alarming rate - about
100 million per year - and by wiping out the ocean's
top predator, an imbalance in the system is occurring.
Call it a disturbance in the force, if you will.
But with shark fins going for upwards of $500
per pound, and shark fin soup hitting the restaurant
tables in Hong Kong and Taiwan at $100 per bowl,
the market demand is proving to be greater than the
ocean's greatest predator.
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Gags still great catch offshore, snapper, reds in bays
By Paul Roat
Gag grouper action offshore in the Gulf of
Mexico continues to be exemplary. The best fishing
is moving close to Anna Maria Island - within 15
miles from shore - and big fish are being boated by
most charter fishers on almost all trips.
Pompano catches are spotty in the passes and off
the seagrass beds near the inlets, particularly Long-
Redfish are probably the best bet in the back-
waters, followed by some big flounder on the sandy
potholes in the grass meadows.
Sheepshead are also scattered near any structure
in the bays and Gulf, with fiddler crabs working well
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said his offshore trips are
producing unbelievable catches of gag grouper. Any-
where from 10 to 20 miles out in the Gulf is the catch
range, with fish coming in up to 15 pounds.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said his
inshore catches are producing limit catches of man-
grove snapper to 17 inches in length, with best results
coming from the Longboat Pass area. He's also put-
ting his charters onto black drum, "but it's snapper,
snapper and snapper right now."
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said redfish have
been a good catch in the bays in the past week, with
Sarasota Bay seeing lots of schooling spotties. A few
pompano are being caught on the seagrass flats, he
said, plus some catch-and-release trout. Flounder are
coming off the sandy potholes in the flats as well.
Offshore, gag grouper action is very good right now,
with the big fish moving to within 15 miles of Anna
Maria Island. There are also a few fishers targeting
gags by trolling plugs near the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge in Tampa Bay. Weather has been good, Danny
said, and fishing is pretty good.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports are pretty much
isolated to some sheepshead coming to the dock.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
catch-and-release snook are a popular target for pier
anglers, especially in the mornings. A few redfish
also are being caught, plus sheepshead to 16 inches
as well as lots of little striped fish. Mullet also are
running thick past the pier, Jesus said.
Norm Moore at Corky's Live Bait & Tackle on
Cortez Road said pompano are being caught off the
seagrass beds near Longboat Pass, and whiting are
coming to the hook off the beaches. Sheepshead are
also responding well to fiddler crabs as bait near any
structures or docks in the bays, he added.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said that after two months of
near-winter-like weather, it's become more Florida-
like, with sunny days, light winds and air temps in
the mid 80s. His trips put his clients onto redfish,
sheepshead, black drum, grouper, mangrove snapper
and a handful of flounder, fishing near docks, sea-
walls and similar high structure areas using shrimp
and fresh cut bait. "The deep grassy areas of Sarasota
Bay, Palma Sola Bay and Anna Maria Sound gave up
bluefish, spotted sea trout, pompano and ladyfish,"
Capt. Mark Howard on Sumo Time Fishing
Charters said he's been catching redfish, flounder,
ladyfish and large catch-and-release trout on Cottee
jigs while working the lower tides on seagrass flats in
the bays. He's also seeing and catching more sheep-
shead, and has found grouper have moved to near-
shore rocks and reefs. Capt. Mark's tip for grouper
is to chum the fish with dead bait, then switch to live
bait to "get the big ones to chew." He's also catching
nice-sized mangrove snapper.
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We are catching limit catches of gag and red grouper
up to 20 pounds, lots of varieties of snapper, monster
amberjack, cobia, sharks and a few kingfish." He's
finding that live pinfish work the best as bait. He
also plans to begin targeting more cobia, kingfish
and blackfin tuna in the weeks ahead as long as the
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing classes offered at
Longboat Key Education Center
Capt. Ric Ehlis will be offering a class that he
promises will allow participants to "learn everything
you need to know to catch popular fish such as snook,
trout, redfish, cobia, tarpon, grouper and snapper in
our local waters."
Ehlis has been a local fishing guide for more than 37
years. Classes will be offered at the Longboat Key Edu-
cation Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, in the Centre
Shops of Longboat Key, every Thursday from 3 to5 p.m.
beginning Jan. 8 and continuing until Feb. 26. Cost is $105
for center members, $115 for non-members.
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Basketball goes on holiday, indoor soccer on tap
By Kevin Cassidy
After battling for two weeks, players in the Anna
Maria Island Community Center basketball league
will take a break from hoops until Jan. 12. The break,
mostly for Christmas vacation, generally takes many
of the young players out of town for family visits.
Also, the Center's revived indoor soccer tournament,
taking place Jan. 6-11, will take over the gym.
There was some good action last week as Island
Real Estate and Bradenton Prep went at it Dec. 17
in a Premier Division tilt. Island Real Estate jumped
out to a big early 20-2 lead behind the play of Forrest
Schield, who scored 12 first-half points. Bradenton
Prep got back into the game thanks to a 15-4 run in the
third quarter behind the play of Jason Shkodnic and
Ed Brown, who scored seven and six points respec-
tively in the quarter. With 4:52 to play in the fourth
quarter, Bradenton Prep pulled to within 26-22 on a
short jumper by Brown, but IRE's Chris Pate came
right back to drain a 15-footer from the wing, giving
IRE a 28-22 lead. Bradenton Prep answered with a
driving layup by Shkodnic to again pull to within four
points. And IRE extended its lead with 3:10 to play
when Joe Karasiewicz fouled on a drive to the basket
and converted his free throw. Karasiewicz gave IRE
more breathing room when he snatched a rebound
and drove the length of the court to give IRE a 31-24
lead with 2:46 to play.
Bradenton Prep rushed the ball back up court, but
Pate picked Shkodnic's pocket and passed to Julian
Botero, who passed to Schield for a layup and a 33-24
lead with just more than a minute to play. Bradenton
Prep got one basket when Brown passed down low to
Shkodnic to pull to within 33-26, which was as close
as they would come. Karasiewicz made one of two free
throws and Schield converted an offensive rebound into
a basket as IRE held on for a 36-26 victory.
AMICC Basketball League
standings as of Dec. 19
Team Wins Losses
Ralph's 3 1
Paradise 2 1
IRE 2 2
Prep 0 3
IFP 2 1
Dips 1 2
Fronius 1 1
Sand Dollar 3 0
Panoramic 1 2
Observer 1 2
E-Training 1 2
Jessie's 3 1
Ross Built 3 1
A&E 1 2
Coastal 0 3
AMICC Basketball League
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Jan. 12 8 p.m. Academy vs. Ralph's
Jan. 14 8 p.m. Paradise vs. IRE
Jan. 15 8 p.m. Paradise vs. Ralph's
Jan. 20 8 p.m. Academy vs. IRE
Division I (ages 12-13)
Jan. 13 8 p.m. IFP vs. Fronius
Jan. 16 8 p.m. Dips vs. Fronius
Jan. 20 7 p.m. Dips vs. IFP
Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 13 6 p.m. Observer vs. Panoramic
Jan. 13 7p.m. Sand Dollar vs. E-Training
Jan. 16 6p.m. Sand Dollar vs. Panoramic
Jan. 16 7 p.m. Observer vs. E-Training
Division III (ages 8-9)
Jan. 12 7 p.m. A&E vs. Orthopedics
Jan. 14 7 p.m. Ross vs. Orthopedics
Jan. 15 7 p.m. A&E vs. Jessie's
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Jan. 12 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Sandbar
Jan. 14 6p.m. Walter vs. Bistro
Jan. 15 6p.m. Walter vs. Sandbar
Bradenton Prep player Jason lil/. *..1m. drives to the hoop as Chris Pate and Julian Botero give chase.
Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Island Real Estate's Forrest Schield drives past
Bradenton Prep's Devin Coulter during basket-
ball action at the Anna Maria Island Community
Schield led all scorers with 19 points, while Kara-
siewicz added eight points and Pate finished with
five. Botero and Trevor Bystrom both added two
points to the victory total for IRE. Bradenton Prep
was led by Shkodnic with 12 points, while Brown
added 10 points in the loss.
In other basketball action last week, Ross Built
edged Jessie's Island Store 18-14 in a Division III
contest on Dec. 17. Jake Ross led the charge with
10 points, while Andrew Ross added six points and
Connor Gsell finished with two. Seth Walter led Jes-
sie's with eight points, while Brandon Mills added
four points in the loss.
Island Family Physicians eeked out a one-point
Division I victory over Dips Ice Cream on Dec. 16.
Daniel Pimental led the IFP effort with 15 points.
IFP also received eight points from Kayla Armer,
while Lee Bergeron and Mallory Kosfeld finished
with three and two points respectively. Justin Gargett
scored 17 points to lead all scorers, while Jerry Meyer
added six points and Daniel Schroder finished with
four points in the loss.
Panoramic earned a one-point Division II victory
over E-Training Solutions on Dec. 16. Jake Parsons
led the way with six points, while Jacque Armer and
Adam Clark each finished with two points in the
victory. Logan Reiber led E-Training with seven
points, while Mikey Ellsworth added two points in
Jessie's Island Store rolled to a 14-6 victory
over Coastal Orthopedic in Division III action
on Dec. 16 behind eight points from Seth Walter.
Mickey Koczetsut added four points and Ellie
Leibe finished with two points in the victory. Josh
Class led Coastal with four points, while Leo Rose
added two points in the loss.
Rotten Ralph's earned a six-point victory over
A Paradise Realty in Premier Division action on
Island Real Estate's Chris Pate looks to pass as
Devin Coulter defends for her Bradenton Prep
team during Premier Division basketball action at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Dec. 15. Matt Bauer led all scorers with 19 points,
while Wyatt Hoffman added six points. Daniel Jan-
isch chipped in with four points for Ralph's, which
also received two points apiece from Chandler
Hardy and Christian Hightower. Kyle Aritt scored
15 points to lead Paradise, which also received six
points from Kyle Seawall. Patrick Edwards and
Troy Koszewski each scored two points in the
Ross Built cooled off Air & EnI. i 'v in a Division
III contest on Dec. 15. Jake Ross scored nine points
to lead all scorers, while brother Andrew added four
points. Gavin Sentman and Connor Gsell each scored
two points to complete the Ross scoring. Michael
Latimer scored four points and George Lardas and
Cameron Pasco each scored two points to lead A&E
in the loss.
Sign up now for indoor soccer
The Anna Maria Island Community Center wel-
comes players and teams to sign up for its AMICC
Indoor Soccer Tournament, Jan. 6-11, with games
from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and
on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the
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 needing a roster of 6-12
players. The deadline for entry is Dec. 29.
For more information, contact Center athletic
director Andy Jonatzke at 941-778-1908, ext.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 24, 2008 0 25
Each year Anna Maria Elementary School second-
graders get a little help from their teacher, Toni Lash-
way, in sending holiday letters to Santa Claus. Before
mailing them to the North Pole, Lashway shared a few
of the student's holiday wishes with The Islander.
What I want for Christmas is a Play Station Two,
a Nerf game for Wii and other Wii games.
I've been good this year.
Thank you for the presents you give. It's like you
are a family member. You give lots of presents, but
no presents for you.
If I was good, my top thing is a Nintendo DS. If
I was good, I would like a guitar. I think I have been
good for only those two things.
Your friend, Blaine Gapp
How have you been? Anyway, here's what I want
1. Kitty Webkinz.
2. Password journal.
3. Nintendo DS.
I think I deserve this because I have been good
Griffin Joy Heckler
PS. I would also like a diamond ring, necklace
and bracelet for Mrs. Lashway.
Thanks for the stuff that you gave me last Christ-
mas. What I would like for Christmas is a soft puppy
and a game for my Game Boy. I have been a good
girl all this time.
Your friend, Victoria Bowles
I wish I had a dirt bike and I wish my family
could have the best Christmas.
Winter break for AME
Winter break for students at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School and other district schools in Manatee
County began Dec. 22. Classes will resume Tuesday,
AME school calendar
* Jan. 6, Classes resume.
* Jan. 6 and 8, talent show auditions for third-
through fifth-grades, 2 p.m. in the auditorium.
* Jan. 7, 8 a.m. runners club meets on the school
* Jan. 17, 5k Dolphin Dash, 8 a.m. registration at
AME. Fee applies. www.runnergirl.com.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Volunteers sought for
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization is seeking volunteers to assist
with its Dolphin Dash.
The third annual 5k run is scheduled for Satur-
day, Jan. 17. Volunteer opportunities include man-
ning the registration table, providing hospitality and
monitoring along the race course.
Volunteers must arrive at the school by 7 a.m. with
runners arriving at 8 a.m. to register for the race.
For more event information, call Becky Walter
Students from second- through fourth-grades gather around Sarasota author Kevin Kremer for a book
signing held in the Anna Maria Elementary School auditorium. Kremer visited the school to speak about
the writing process, life as an author and his books. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Sarasota author visits AME
By Diana Bogan
Students at Anna Maria Elementary School are
smarter than a flying gator and you might be too if
you can correctly answer these four questions posed
by Sarasota author Kevin Kremer:
* A man who lived in this area, building the first
church, also invented what cookie? a. Fig Newton b.
* The oldest manatee in the world is 60 years old.
Is his name: a. Garbanzo b. Snooty?
* Before Mickey Mouse was named "Mickey"
he was almost called by another name. Was it: a.
Mortimer Mouse b. Mikey Mouse?
* Niceville, Fla., had another, not-so-very-nice
name at one time. Was it: a. Creepy Crawly Town b.
AME kindergarten and first-grade students aced
the test during a visit from Kremer before the winter
break. The quiz is an example of what one might
learn reading Kremer's book "Are You Smarter Than
a Flying Gator?" a group of eighth-graders create a
flying gator that sings like Elvis Presley and asks
multiple-choice history and geography questions
about Florida. The book's characters create the gator
in response to the governor's challenge to students to
find ways to promote learning, but, before you know
it, the gator is off on a flying adventure.
"Are You Smarter Than a Flying Gator" is one
of several books Kremer has written. Although the
chapter books are geared toward kids, he said they
can be enjoyed by all ages. "A good story is a good
story," he said.
Prior to moving to Sarasota, Kremer taught fifth-
and sixth grades for more than 20 years in North
Dakota. At AME, he told students that reading and
writing weren't his best subjects, so to better teach
his students, he began writing stories with them.
"It was one of the best ways to teach them, and
over the years I got better at it too," he said.
It was through the encouragement of his students
that he wrote his first book "A Kremer Christmas
Miracle" about a dog that a student had given him.
Since moving to Sarasota, Kremer has written at
least two books that reference Florida. In his book
"When it Snows in Sarasota" Islanders will recog-
nize Anna Maria's former ice cream shop Mama Lo's
among the locales not only mentioned, but illustrated
by Richard Capes.
Kremer donated a class set of "When it Snows in
Sarasota" to the Island school, which were read by
fifth-grade students before he arrived at AME.
After listening to Kremer's presentation about
becoming an author and steps in the writing process,
students took part in a questions and answer session
Kremer travels to schools throughout Florida and
North Dakota sharing his stories and teaching kids
Books can be ordered through any bookstore or
online. For more information about his author visits
and books, go to www.snowinsarasota.com.
So, are you smarter than a flying gator? The
answers to the quiz are: a., b., a. and b.
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26 0 DEC. 24, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Audubon Christmas bird count Dec. 30
By Lisa Neff
Birding enthusiasts are invited to join in the
annual Christmas Bird Count organized on Anna
Maria Island by the Audubon Society.
The event will take place on Dec. 30 at about
The Manatee County chapter of the Audubon
Society annually sponsors the Christmas-time
counts. Now in its 109th year, it is the longest-run-
ning wildlife census in the world, and has become
an annual tradition for citizen volunteers and sci-
entists in communities throughout the Americas.
The first Christmas Bird Count involved 27
conservationists in 25 localities, led by scientist
and writer Frank Chapman. On Christmas Day
1900, the small group considered an alternative to
the "side hunt," a Christmas day activity in which
teams competed to see who could shoot the most
birds and small mammals. Chapman proposed that
rather than hunt animals, they identify, count and
record all the birds they saw, founding what is
now considered to be the world's most significant
citizen-based conservation effort - and a more
than century-old institution.
This year's count began in some locations Dec.
14, and will continue through Jan. 5, according to the
National Audubon Society.
Anna Maria Island is part of the Gulf Circle
Count that will take place Dec. 30, with birders
registering in the days before the event.
Last year in the Gulf Circle, a group of 10 birders
counted 86 species - pelicans, cormorants, loons,
herons, egrets, wood storks, vultures, eagles, hawks,
plovers, willets, yellowlegs, sanderlings, skimmers,
terns, gulls, parakeets, woodpeckers, catbirds, gnat-
catchers, mockingbirds, starlings, sparrows, black-
birds, warblers and red knots.
The sighting of five red knots in Holmes Beach
generated the greatest enthusiasm last year.
The bird makes one of the longest distance migra-
tions in the animal kingdom - from breeding areas
in the central Canadian Arctic to wintering areas in
Getting in on the count
For details about joining the Christmas
Bird Count, email the Audubon Society's David
Williamson at email@example.com. Or call
the Audubon hotline at 941-792-2222.
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The red knot population has suffered a substantial
decline in recent years primarily due to destruction
and modification of its habitat.
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southeast Region announced that in its yearly review
of plants and species under the Endangered Species Act,
By Bonner Joy
Beth Weir of Wildlife Inc. couldn't have been
happier or prouder that the great blue heron entangled
in fish line and dangling from a high branch in an
Australian pine was finally down and in her arms.
Wildlife Inc. got the call Friday afternoon from
canalfront neighbors of 83rd Street in Holmes Beach
who were stressing over the heron, which was hang-
ing by a leg and entangled both in fish line and a tall
tree branch just a few feet from its nest.
Wildlife Inc. put a call out to Steve Farah, owner
of Coastal Crane of Bradenton, who was working
near Interstate 75, but Farah and son Jordan both
rushed in a company "bucket truck" to help with the
Farah volunteers his tree-trimming company and
crane equipment for both Wildlife Inc. and Save Our
Seabirds, and his experience came in handy this day.
They pulled out all the stops, and when the truck
couldn't access the scene, they linked pole after pole
to a pole saw, and then borrowing a neighbor's ladder
to reach the bird in the tree, clipped the branch and
the bird sailed down, then across the lawn, and, trail-
ing the branch, almost went into the canal.
But Weir was there, fluttering quickly behind the
heron, and she managed to get her arms around it just
as it was about to go over the seawall.
Next she and Farah cut the line and the branch
free, and, for just a moment, Weir held the bird and
smiled, grateful to have what she could only hope
would be a happy ending.
She feared the bird may have pulled its leg from
the socket, which won't "go back."
But, as she said, it's still a better outcome than
being trapped in the tree.
Hopefully, she said, it will be OK.
Gail Straight of Wildlife Inc. reported Dec. 20
that "x-rays showed the damage to the leg from the
combination of the monofilament and the result of
him hanging was not repairable and the bird was
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The FWS said, "The threats are currently occur-
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In a posting in the Federal Register, FWS
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didate status, one species was added and 11 species
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Still, Straight said, "I can only say wonderful
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3/2,Pond, lush landscape, Upgrades. Cherry Cabinetry $299,000
4/2 Birch/Corian Kitchen, covered porch. Extras. $269,000.
SHELL POINT 2/2, corner, Istfl. pool view $209,000.
RIVER OAKS Riverfront 2/2,pool,tennis, clubhouse $169,000.
RENTALS: Seasonal/Annual/Vacation Beachfront villas, cottages & large homes
River Oaks 2/2 tennis,pool,clubhouse, turnkey- $1,700/mo
Master Suite, Kitchen/garage use, beautiful home $850/mo
2/2 Canalfront, garage, family room, furnished. $1,600/mo
Luxury Anna Maria Gulf front villas. Weekly or monthly.
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DAVID COPPERFIELD: 9 p.m. Jan. 22, 2009. Van
Wezel, four tickets. $55 each. Call Wayne Ormsby,
WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Classic A-style gown with short
sleeves. Perfect for spring or fall wedding. Size
14, altered slightly at waist and shoulders. Pro-
fessionally cleaned and preserved. $125 or best
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
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.
BRADENTON ESTATE SALE: 7:30 a.m.-2
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28. 4421 30th St. W.
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-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
BOAT REPAIRS, MAINTENANCE, installations.
Over 35 years experience. Prompt, professional,
FOR RENT: BOAT slip in Holmes Beach. Fits up
to 23 feet. $140/month. 941-778-2581.
NEW SAILS, REPAIRS, custom rigging and outfit-
ting service. 25 years experience. Knighton Sail
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Six-hour morning
shifts available. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Travel opportunity.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant,
etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty,
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $180,000 plus inventory. Longview
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced with both children and
pets. Red Cross certified in CPR for all ages. Call
the twins, Kayla and Ariel Jennis, 941-778-1746.
The best team around!
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
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COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
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able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
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WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
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Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
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and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
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TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alter-
ations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
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,
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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.
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,
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-
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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
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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
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private studio,
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializ-
ing in sport-specific training, improving balance,
strength, and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
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.
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references. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118.
941-778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
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.
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.
READY TO REPLACE those old lanai windows?
Vinyl, acrylic or hurricane. I will beat anyone's
price. Limited lifetime warranty window. Cash
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.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
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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-
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT. 2BR/2BA, dock,
furnished. Beautiful location, close to beach, call
for pricing. 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.
HOLMES BEACH OFFICE center: Save money,
locate your office for as low as $250. Great for
professional, realtor, insurance or accountant
office. 5382 Gulf Drive. 941-746-8666.
HARBOR PINES: 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer
connections, tile/carpet, 12-month lease, close to
MCC, Bayshore High School and shopping. $750/
month, $500 security. Call 941-650-3476.
POOL HOME: VACATION rental. Eight minutes
from the beaches in northwest Bradenton. Gor-
geous 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, sleeps six,
inclusive. Contact 941-794-1515. View at www.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR/1BA. 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. Gran-
ite counter tops throughout. Laundry room
with washer and dryer. Must see to appreci-
ate. $995/month plus security deposit. Call
CONDO: 2BR/2BA, garage. Perico Bay over-55
gated community. Bayside nature view. $1,100/
ANNUAL RENTAL: UNFURNISHED ground-level
duplex, north Anna Maria near Gulf, 2BR/1BA,
$975/month plus utilities. 941-778-7003.
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OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space:
625 sf, $500/month. 8799 Cortez Road. Call
SHARP ANNUAL RENTAL: 3/BR, washer and
dryer, cable, fireplace. Near beach. $1,200/month.
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.
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
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-
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
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 875 sf unfurnished duplex.
1BR/1BA, den, washer and dryer, tiled, three
blocks to beach, ideal for retiree. $975/month, with-
out utilities. No smokers or pets. 813-842-6583.
7502-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The
2311 Canasta br, 529 72nd St
Bradenton Beach $285,000 Holmes Beach $1,195,000
Sue Sells Anna Maria Island!
413 Pine Ave - Anna Maria
ANNUAL DUPLEX RENTALS: 1BR/1BA nice
apartment, $700/month. 2BR/2BA, tile floors,
$725/month. 3BR/2BA, washer and dryer hook-
ups, close to beach, $850/month. Rustic 2BR/2BA
house in Anna Maria (shared with an apartment),
$900/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
WATERFRONT: BEAUTIFUL ONE-room cottage
on bay. Small, perfect for one person without much
stuff. Annual, $650/month. 941-779-0289.
POINTE AT MARINER'S Cove: Annual unfur-
nished 3BR/2BA condo, two-car garage, 65-foot
boat slip. 941-761-4153.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH duplex. 2BR/2BA with
garage. Clean, quiet area, No smoking or pets.
NEW IN 2006: Furnished 1BR/1BA, one mile
from Anna Maria Island. Available Jan. 1. Sea-
sonal, $1,750/month, annual $700/month.
CORTEZ: 1BR annual, furnished, $685/month
(consider seasonal). Washer and dryer, near
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach duplex.
2BR/2BA, washer and dryer, unfurnished, $825/
BEACHFRONT CONDO FOR rent: Turnkey
annual or seasonal. 55-plus. 941-779-1013.
SEASONAL: GROUND-LEVEL 2BR/1 BA, Anna
Maria, pet friendly, near beach, trolley, weekly,
monthly rates. 941-567-4789.
ANNUAL: NORTH END Anna Maria 2BR/2BA
furnished house. Annual 2BR/2BA beauti-
ful Gulffront condo! www.anislandplace.com
2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED DUPLEX, quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Washer/dryer included. $1,000/
month, plus utilities. First, last, secu-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $398,000.
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"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Free list
of foreclosed Island and mainland properties.
Free list of homes with pictures. www.manatee-
MOBILE HOME WITH land. Cozy 1 BR with addi-
tion and driveway in Paradise Bay. Asking $49,000
including land share. Call 941-447-9852 for infor-
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,
BRAND NEW LUXURY lakefront condominiums.
Four traffic lights to Manatee Public Beach. Start-
ing at $224,950. South on 67th St.W. off Manatee
Avenue. 941-761-0444. HIddenLakeCondomini-
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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
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,
PERFECT WRAP-AROUND view beach
condo. Designer turnkey, 55-plus. $560,000.
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.
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.
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.
DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet"
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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
4BR/2BA HOME WITH 3,000 sf. Great location in
Moultrie, Ga. Has lots of upgrades. Superb neigh-
borhood! $269,900. Call Norris Bishop Realty at
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Expert Advice On Island Property
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CHRISTINE T. SHAW AND
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