Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: December 31, 2008
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VOLUME 17, NO. 9
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The Greatest Gener-
ation: Bill Bachman
remembers the WWII
years. Page 14

the news ...

Looking for a last-
minute New Year's
Eve plan? Page 3

Be it resolved:
Island officials offer
resolutions, hopes
for 2009. Page 3

Opinions: The
Islander editorial,
your letters, Egan's
toon. Page 6

Boaters sail into
2009 with big hopes.
Page 12

Holmes Beach com-
missioner pursues
expanded recycling.
Page 13

Man pleads no
contest to gill net
charges. Page 18

Islander Calendar:
What to do and when
to do it. Page 21

Sandscript: Learning
of tides. Page 22

Catching gag grou-
per in the Gulf.
Page 23

Looking back at the
year in sports.
Page 24

Beach searchers find no body, Cumber jailed

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County Sheriff's Office depu-
ties searched a half-block area of an Anna
Maria beach Dec. 23, but failed to find evi-
dence in the disappearance of Sabine Musil-
Meanwhile, the
Florida Department of
Corrections revoked
probation for William
Cumber III, Musil-
Buehler's boyfriend
and the last known
_ ... . person to see. Cumber
S . was arrested on a
Cumber charge unrelated to the
Musil-Buehler case, violating his probation
on a 2005 arson conviction.
Nearly two months have passed since the
co-owner of Haley's Motel disappeared.
The MCSO received a tip to look on
the beach between Magnolia and Palm
avenues in Anna Maria. MCSO officials
arrived shortly after 7 a.m. Dec. 23 with
two Polk County Sheriff's Office dogs
trained to find bodies.
"We got information that we needed to
look in this general area," MCSO public
information officer Dave Bristow said,


The scene on the beach Dec. 23, where investigators searched for evidence in the disap-
pearance of Sabine Musil-Buehler. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

standing at the edge of the beach while depu-
ties stretched yellow tape around the perimeter
of the targeted area.
Bristow said the two dogs "hit on an area"
of the beach at the onset of the search, sug-
gesting the tip held some promise.
The last known sighting of Musil-Buehler,
49, was on Nov. 4 at about 10 p.m., when she

left a home on Magnolia Avenue less than two
blocks from the area the MCSO searched.
Musil-Buehler had rented the residence
and her boyfriend, William Cumber III, 39,
was living there until several weeks ago.
Cumber has said that the two were watch-
ing election night results when they argued

2008 hin review- Part 1, Jnuiarym throh June

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Renovating bridges, placing bollards,
holding down taxes, boosting property sales,
welcoming tourists and saying goodbye to
old friends: The Islander takes a look back
at the first half of 2008 from the perspective
of Anna Maria Island.

Island Bridge renovation delayed:
The planned January start of the $10.2 mil-
lion renovation of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge was delayed until Feb. 4. The change
was needed as the Florida Department of
Transportation and Quinn Construction Co.
negotiated a new contract that called for the
bridge on Manatee Avenue/State Road 64
linking Anna Maria Island to the mainland
to be closed to regular vehicle traffic for 45
days beginning Sept. 29.
Island writer Bob Ardren dies: Bob
Ardren died early on New Year's Day.
Robert Lyman "Bob" Ardren, 67, of Sara-
sota, wrote for five years for The Islander
newspaper, covering the "waters" beat:
fishing, boating, sailing, snorkeling, scuba
diving, mangroves, seagrasses, birds, bait
and tackle and Cortez.
Big work going on in northern Cortez:
A new business, new buildings and a new
bridge on 127th Street were part of a $17
million project getting under way with the
new year on the north side of Cortez Road
in the historic fishing village of Cortez. A
three-building complex was under construc-
tion to accommodate 272 boats in dry stor-
age and 10 at slips.

Bob Nappi,
right, shows
Florida Depart-
ment of Trans-
portation Secre-
tary Stephanie
Kopelousos and
Florida state
Rep. Bill Gal-
vano his station
on the Anna
Maria Island
Bridge. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff

Charge amended in Normand shoot-
ing: A charge in the shooting of Sue Normand
at her Island Mail & More store in Holmes
Beach in December was amended to aggra-
vated battery with a firearm. The initial charge
against defendant Mark W. Koenigs had been

attempted first-degree murder.
Bridge opening times modified: The U.S.
Coast Guard instituted its winter schedule for
timed openings for the Cortez and Anna Maria
Island bridges. The bridges were raised on the

Gunman shoots man, takes own life

A Holmes Beach man died of an apparent
self-inflicted gunshot wound after allegedly
shooting another man Dec. 28.
The incident took place at about 10:45 a.m.
Dec. 28 at a residence in the 4100 block of 78th
Street West, Bradenton, according to a Manatee
County Sheriff's Office news release.
The MCSO reported that the 32-year-
old suspect, identified as Jeremiah Edland of
Holmes Beach, shot Chris Sharts, 32, in the
upper body and then shot himself with a 9-mm

Medical Center, where he was then transported
by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in
St. Petersburg. He was in critical condition.
The MCSO said Edland went to the home
to talk with Swafford, identified as an ex-girl-
friend, and, while there, confronted Sharts
about his relationship with the woman.
The confrontation ended with the shooting
in the kitchen, according to the MCSO, which
reported that three juveniles - a 3-year-
old girl, a 6-year-old boy and a 17-year-old

handgun. babysitter - were in the home at the time of
Melissa Swafford, 26, took Sharts to Blake the shooting.

2 0 DEC. 31, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Haley's owner search
about his smoking a cigarette. He said Musil-Buehler
left in her car, a white Pontiac convertible that was
found two days later in Bradenton.
The MCSO arrested a man fleeing from the car,
which contained small amounts of Musil-Buehler's
blood in the front seat and Musil-Buehler's cloth-
ing and personal items in the trunk. Robert Corona,
38, faces a grand theft auto charge and remains in
the county jail. He allegedly told authorities he
found the car with the keys in the ignition behind
a 14th Street bar.
Authorities have deemed the case a possible
homicide and interviewed a number of people,
including Cumber, and Musil-Buehler's friends and
On Nov. 16, a second investigation began when
fire destroyed a two-story building adjacent to the
main motel. The building, except for cement blocks
on the ground level, was torn down earlier in Decem-
Tom Buehler, co-owner of Haley's and Musil-
Buehler's husband, said there are plans to rebuild
and create a "wedding party" house.
The Holmes Beach Police Department, working
with the state fire marshal's office and West Manatee
Fire Rescue, has taken the lead in the fire investigation
while the MCSO works on the Musil-Buehler case.
The MCSO also has searched various locations
in an effort to locate evidence in the Musil-Buehler
case. In mid-December, investigators searched in
areas of Cortez.
"We sat down, did a map of west Manatee County,
looking for isolated areas," said Sgt. Pete Rampone
with the MCSO persons unit.
Officials declined to provide details about the tip
that led investigators to the beach Dec. 23.
When the dogs detected something on the beach
that morning, investigators pulled back and called in
the full MCSO crime scene team.
About a dozen vehicles soon took up both sides

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A dog is released on the beach in Anna Maria as
part of the search for evidence in the disappear-
ance of Sabine Musil-Buehler.
of the short beachfront road known as Gulf Boule-
vard. Dozens of beachgoers gathered to watch the
CSI team go to work. Two people boated in close
to the shore to observe and a television news crew,
along with several newspaper reporters and photog-
raphers, arrived.
"This may be an all day thing," Bristow said early
in the search. "At this point, it looks as promising as
anything we've had to date."
As deputies prepared to dig in an area marked
with a wooden stick, Bristow said Cumber was
arrested shortly after midnight Dec. 23 in Marion
According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office,
Cumber was driving a pickup truck with a suspended
license. A Marion County deputy had stopped the
truck allegedly for an expired tag. A passenger, iden-
tified only as the owner of the vehicle, was released
but was later being sought for questioning.
Authorities did not disclose why Cumber was
in Marion County, but said they are continuing to

interview him.
With the arrest, Cumber violated his proba-
tion, according to the FDC. He served prison time
for arson after setting fire to a girlfriend's house in
In the arson case, Cumber was sentenced to 42
months in prison with credit for time served and then
a three-year probation.
The conditions of probation require Cumber to
report to a probation officer once a month, required
the officer's consent to change residence or employ-
ment or leave the county. Another condition is, "You
will live without violating the law. A conviction in a
court of law shall not be necessary for such violation
to constitute a violation of probation."
"They're going to violate his probation from
down here.... I guess that's a piece of news," Bristow
said Dec. 23.
On Dec. 26, Marion County jail authorities said
Cumber had been placed on "suicide watch" and
that he was not expected to be returned to Manatee
County until after Jan. 1.
Authorities have deemed Cumber a person of
interest in Musil-Buehler's disappearance and the
Haley's fire, but he says he has not done anything
wrong and is possibly being framed.
With about a dozen MCSO officials on the beach,
a crew of four diggers began to shovel sand, creating
two holes in the sand.
They worked slowly, occasionally pausing to
look at something in the sand more closely.
As they worked, passersby stopped to ask ques-
"What's going on?"
"Is it her?"
"Right here on the beach?"
After less than an hour of d i 'in_. one of the Polk
County dogs was brought out to again check the area.
The dog ran across the sand, occasionally stopping to
stiff, and climbing into the fresh-dug holes and over
the mounds of sand.

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Anna Maria Island rings in new year

Looking to make a last-minute arrangement for
a New Year's Eve celebration?
The BeachHouse Restaurant will sponsor a free
fireworks display on the Gulf shore in Bradenton
Beach with the countdown from 2008 to 2009.
The restaurant also will host a celebration,
with first-come, first-serve seating on the deck, as
well as a pre-registration party. For details, call
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, including prime rib, on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
* 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. And new year's day, Jan. 1, there
will be a sparkling wine tasting with accompanying

treats from the chef at 5 p.m. Call 941-778-1515.
* 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, pork and sauerkraut is on
the menu. Call 941-778-0784.

Fireworks at a
prior Beach-
House Restau-
rant celebra-
tion color the
sky. With the
New Year's Eve
the Bradenton
Beach restau-
rant will host
a fireworks
display for the
Islander File
Photo: Lisa Neff

* Pelican Pete's, 12012 Cortez Road W., Cortez,
will host a new year's party with Irish food and music.
Call 941-792-4822.
* Sharky's, 2519 Gulf Drive N., will feature favors
and a champagne toast at midnight, as well as live
entertainment and prime rib. Call 941-779-9151.

Be it resolved... Island cities head into 2009

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Tightening the budget is the top resolution for a
majority of Americans in poll after poll taken as 2009
draws near.
"I' ve lost about $30,000 in the stock market and
that's not easy to make back for a retiree or for any-
body else really," said Tom Spinosa of Bradenton
Beach. "So I'm going to pinch and save wherever I
can. That's my resolution."
An Islander survey found that a personal goal of

Haley's owner search
A second dog also was trotted out to check the
With no evidence in the ground and based on the
dogs' reactions, the MCSO called off the search at
about noon. Deputies filled in the holes and removed
the crime-scene tape.
Rampone said the "dogs hit on protein."
He said whatever was on the ground that initially
attracted the dogs' attention was close to the surface,
possibly left by beachgoers the day before.
Rampone, who has been working on the Musil-
Buehler case since early November, said, "If we get
another lead we'll go to another place."
Sgt. John Kenney of the MCSO's substation in
Anna Maria said, "The sheriff's office is doing every-
thing it can to bring this to a conclusion."
Rampone added, "Some of us wake up in the
middle of the night thinking."
Rampone worked on the case of Susan Fast, who
had been missing weeks before she was found slain.
Data from a GPS device in her Lexus was used to
help solve that case.
Kenney said the MCSO wishes Musil-Buehler' s
car had contained a GPS system.
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-
Buehler's disappearance can call the MCSO at
941-747-3011, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477.
People with information related to the fire can call
HBPD at 941-778-5807.

a majority of citizens is a public resolution for many
local elected officials.
\ ly hopes are that we will be able to maintain
our level of service," said Holmes Beach Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger. "The next budget will be a lot more
constraining than the last one."
With the nation in a recession and the state facing
a $2 billion-plus shortfall this fiscal year, Bohnen-
berger said no doubt lean times are ahead.
"Revenue sharing is not going to be what they
estimated it to be," the mayor said, referring specifi-
cally to sales tax revenue.
"Considering the economy and all ... lets hope we
can get all of our goals in the budget accomplished,"
Holmes Beach City Commission Chair Sandy Haas-
Martens said.
She said her resolution for 2009 is to work to
"hold the line on taxes, to do what we need to do
without raising the millage."
Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael Pierce agreed
his city also will need to deal with budget constraints
as it works on a variety of initiatives.
"I think we' re all well aware of the budget con-
straints, but we can move forward with grants and
partnerships," he said.
The city's focus will be on creating a "walkable
community" and "making our pier the best it can
be.... We' 11 continue in the direction we' ve been
going. I' m actually really excited about the new
year," Pierce said.
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Janie Rob-
ertson also expressed enthusiasm for 2009 despite the
nation's economic woes.
"What I really want to do more than anh\ iing is
hone down our procedures so we save as much money
as possible," she said of her resolve in the new year.
Robertson said she also wanted to focus on sev-
eral projects in 2009 - creating a dune walkover at
the Gulf end of Bridge Street, improving the city's
Web site at, and
"getting our stormwater situation under control, espe-
cially in the north part of the city."
In the Island's northernmost city, Anna Maria
City Commissioner Dale Woodland said elected offi-
cials and staff met a significant budget challenge this
year with a positive attitude.
"It's going to be another challenge next year,"
he said. "The attitude of everyone was so good this
year. I want to see that attitude continue. We've got
a tough job, but we' ve shown we can do it."
Looking ahead to projects in Anna Maria, Wood-

land said securing renourishment sand for the city's
beaches would be a top priority, as well as protecting
properties on the bayside from further erosion.
\ l \ . we can find some kind of solution public,
private or a combination of the two on the bay side,"
Woodland said.
Protecting the shores, he said, "is probably one of
the most important things for the city and the Island."
Anna Maria Commission Chair John Quam added that
his resolution in 2009 is to continue to "follow guidelines as
set forth in the city's vision statement to retain the character
of the city, especially the single-family homes."
Quam also said part of preserving the city's
uniqueness would be to support its defined commer-
cial center, which consists of small businesses.


Anna Maria City
* Jan. 8, 7 p.m. city commission work session.
* Jan. 22, city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
* 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.,

Holmes Beach
* Jan. 7, 5 p.m. parks and beautification com-
mittee meeting.
* Jan. 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
* 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.
* Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, munici-
pal offices will be closed.
Send public meeting notices to lisaneff@

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2008 year in review
half-hour on demand during daylight hours from Jan.
15 to May 15, rather than at 20-minute intervals
School begins for resource officer: Brian Cope-
man returned to the classroom to train for many more
days of school to come. Copeman became the new
community policing officer for the Holmes Beach
Police Department, tapped for the job in early
December after the mayor lifted a hiring freeze to fill
the vacancy created by the death last year of HBPD
officer Pete Lannon.
Holmes Beach sued over code fine: A civil suit
was filed against the city of Holmes Beach recently
over the city's demand that William and Dianne Sorg
pay a $28,000 fine associated with code violations
at their property. City commissioners learned of the
suit during a Jan. 8 meeting at city hall. The suit chal-
lenges a lien placed on the Sorgs' duplex at 3707 Gulf
Drive, as well as the city's fine.
Islanders observe Florida Arbor Day: Dozens
of Islanders gave green thumbs up to Florida Arbor
Day, planting trees in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach
and Holmes Beach. At the Anna Maria City Pier park-
ing lot, two sabal palms provided by Keep Manatee
Beautiful and Modern Woodmen of America were
planted. At Flotilla Drive and 59th Street in Holmes
Beach, a gumbo limbo donated by Turner Tree and
Landscape was planted. At the Bradenton Beach gate-
way near Gulf Drive and Cortez Road, a gumbo limbo
donated by Keep Manatee Beautiful and Turner Tree
and Landscape was planted.
West Manatee Fire accepts Twin Towers steel:
Retired Jersey City, N.J., firefighter Dennis Doran
donated a piece of steel, a salvage piece from the
World Trade Center, to the West Manatee Fire Rescue
District. Doran offered the memorial piece to WMFR
Chief Andy Price during a commission meeting Jan.
17 at Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach.
Top DOT official surveys AMI bridge: Florida
Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie
Kopelousos toured the northernmost Anna Maria
Island drawbridge Jan. 25 with Florida state Rep.
Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and a number of trans-
portation officials. During the brief walk, she said the
DOT has not predetermined what type of new bridge
to build to the Island, nor the location.
Holmes Beach man dies after motorcycle crash:
Mike Cagnina of Holmes Beach suffered fatal inju-
ries in a motorcycle crash Jan. 24 in Holmes Beach.
He died two days later. Cagnina, 23, was riding a
motorcycle when he apparently lost control of the
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Year in review: Helen Romeike-Wisniewski's
one-woman show, "Into and Out of the Maze, "
opened at Anna Maria Island Art League on Feb.
8. The show featured this painting.

evening. He was thrown from the bike.
Anna Maria tangles Center in permit process:
It only took two complaints in January by Anna Maria
residents living near the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center to spark a city commission controversy
over whether or not the Center needed to submit
special event permits for most events at the facility.
While the citizen complaints were the usual litany of
parking, noise and too many people, one concerned
a "BYOB" event at the Center in mid-January.
Chappie announces bid for county board:
John R. Chappie, a resident of Bradenton Beach
since 1974, announced his candidacy for the Mana-
tee County Commission District 3 seat held by Jane
von Hahmann.

Driver in bridge crash gets nine years: The
driver of a vehicle that crashed last May on the Anna
Maria Island Bridge, killing one person, was sen-
tenced to nine years and seven months in prison.
Gregorio Lopez-Chavarria, 22, was scheduled to go
to trial this month on charges of DUI manslaughter
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sentenced to 15 years in prison. Instead, on Feb. 1,
Lopez-Chavarria, who has been jailed since the inci-
dent, pleaded no contest to the manslaughter charge,
as well as DUI with property damage and driving
without a license, causing death or serious bodily
Romeike-Wisniewski ventures into the maze:
"I have the brush in my hand - that's the beginning
of it all," says Helen Romeike-Wisniewski. Romeike-
Wisniewski's work was featured at the Anna Maria
Island Art League in February in an exhibit titled
"Into and Out of the Maze."
Fire officials tour facilities: West Manatee Fire
Rescue Chief Andy Price led district fire commis-
sioners on a tour of the district's three stations and
administration building Feb. 6. The chief, along
with Deputy Chief Brett Pollock and Battalion Chief
Dennis Dotson, didn't conduct the tour to point out
the decor, the view or the landscaping, but rather to
show the cramped personnel quarters. "We need more
space at each station, physical space," Price said.
Cortez festival grand from all angles: The
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival in February
made Cortez $62,000 richer - or that much less in
hock for mortgages owed for preservation of its part
of Old Florida. It was the 26th celebration of the way
of life of the 120-year-old fishing village across the
Cortez Bridge from Anna Maria Island. Islanders,
Floridians, visitors from north, east and west, some
24,000 strong, flocked to the historic settlement over
the weekend to help celebrate, with food, entertain-
ment and crafts.
Outdoor dining back on menu in Holmes
Beach: Holmes Beach city commissioners agreed
to return to the issue of outdoor dining for another
taste. The decision to go for another helping, reached
during a meeting Feb. 12 at city hall, was prompted
by a request for additional outdoor seating from the
owners of Skinny's Place, 3901 Gulf Drive.
Palma Sola gets big-ticket trees: The landscap-
ing of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway corridor began
with the planting of sabal palm trees along the high-
way known by various names - Manatee Avenue,
State Road 64 and, from 75th Street westward as the
Palma Sola Causeway. Gumbo limbo trees and oaks
were next on the list of more than 700 native Florida
trees to be planted.
Miller won't seek fourth term in Anna Maria:
Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke Miller
announced Feb. 23 that he would not seek another
term on the city council. Miller said he felt confident

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2008 year in review
he was leaving the commission "at a time when our
city is in terrific shape."
Witness list long in shooting case: The list
of potential witnesses in the case against the man
accused of shooting Island businesswoman Sue Nor-
mand contained dozens of names, including many
members of local public safety agencies, includ-
ing the Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach police
departments, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
and the West Manatee Fire Rescue District.
Commissioners vocal on potential Anna Maria
charter changes: Ten members of the public showed
up at the Anna Maria Charter Review Committee's
town hall forum Feb. 25 to provide the committee
with public input for possible changes to the city's
charter. And of those 10, half were city elected offi-
cials. Mayor Fran Barford, along with City Commis-
sioners Dale Woodland, Jo Ann Mattick, Duke Miller
and John Quam, provided input to the committee,
primarily focusing on potential changes to the city's
election cycle and that all comp-plan amendments
must be approved by a super majority (4/5) vote of
the commission.
Planning commission reviews housing policies:
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission tackled the
subject of affordable housing Feb. 28 as it resumed its
review of proposed amendments to the city's compre-
hensive plan. The state requires that the city deal with
affordable housing in the plan, though on a barrier
island there is little opportunity to provide workforce
housing, said city planning consultant Bill Brisson.
Boat ramp, mural approved for causeway: The
Bradenton City Council cleared the way for the con-
struction of a new boat ramp along the Palma Sola
Causeway. The day before the city vote, the Mana-
tee County Board of Commissioners authorized the
installation of two painted murals on the rest rooms
along the causeway.

Press IDs requested in Bradenton Beach: City
officials in Bradenton Beach issued an edict that
members of the media wear name badges to meet-
ings so they can readily be identified. The March
6 missive from city government stated, "Effective
immediately, the city of Bradenton Beach will require
all press to wear identification to any city meeting
to identify who they are," although the order was
quickly amended to a courtesy request.
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Year in review:
An elephant
marched up the
street in Holmes
Beach in the
annual St. Patrick's
Day Parade March
16. The event took
place late on a
Sunday afternoon,
drawing hundreds
Sof participants
and hundreds of
observers. Islander
--- Photo: Lisa Neff

Maria Island Democratic Club marked its 15th year
with a party March 17 at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The location
of the celebration is also the meeting place for club
members, who gather on the third Monday of the
month for lunch, debate and a speaker.
Hold remains on Holmes Beach building per-
mits: Holmes Beach continued to turn away appli-
cations for building permits in the floodplain while
the city's ordinance governing such construction was
being updated. "It's everything in the floodplain,"
said building official Bill Saunders, assistant superin-
tendent of the city's public works department. "We've
had several contractors who would like to continue
with their projects but until this is resolved - no."
DCA gives initial OK to Anna Maria comp
plan: Anna Maria officials learned from the Florida
Department of Community Affairs that their comp
plan "appears to be complete" and the adopted plan
review is "under way." Anna Maria began the pro-
cess of revising its comp plan in early 2003 and was
originally slated to have the plan completed by 2006,
but received an extension due to mitigating factors.
Legislator seeks honor for Olson: Florida state
Rep. Bill Galvano was asking his colleagues in
the state Capitol to adopt a resolution honoring
Rod & Reel Pier employee Christine Olson. Olson,
a Bradenton resident, has launched a national
campaign to help law enforcement notify family
when a relative has been injured in an accident.
Olson's campaign is known in Florida as the To
Inform Families First. TIFF's Initiative is named
for Olson's daughter, Tiffiany Olson, 22, who died

Dec. 7, 2005, in a traffic accident.
Anna Maria bayside beach renourishment
derailed: Anna Maria residents living on the north-
ern bayfront between the Rod & Reel Pier and
Bean Point learned that the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection reversed its position
on renourishment for the beach in that area. In a
March 13 letter to Manatee County Conservation
Lands Management director Charlie Hunsicker,
Catherine Florko of the DEP said she had failed
to research the issue adequately when she e-mailed
him in February that the DEP could cost-share in
this area. She said that Florida law "limits our
ability to cost share on beach erosion projects by
requiring that they front on the Gulf of Mexico."
City wants paws allowed on path: Bradenton
Beach commissioners voted to draft a letter to the
Manatee County Board of Commissioners asking
the county to ease the restriction against dogs for
the trail that takes pedestrians along the beach from
Cortez Beach through Coquina Beach. Bradenton
Beach Mayor Michael Pierce was the lone dissent,
saying that while he loves dogs, he's concerned about
dog droppings, as well as the potential for skirmishes
between pets and people.
Fire damages duplex: An accidental fire March
30 damaged a Holmes Beach duplex, but the occu-
pants escaped safely. West Manatee Fire Rescue Dis-
trict officials estimated damages at about $40,000 at
the duplex in the 200 block of Haverkos Court, said
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New year, new resolve
An old button, the kind you pin to your lapel
with a funny saying or some iconic phrase, turned
up in one of the cleaning frenzies at The Islander
newspaper office.
"Santa got me a new president."
And so it was appropriate to dust it off and put it to
use. But this is a new era. A new ball game. A new deal.
A radio broadcast heard recently on National
Public Radio focused on the similarities of the new
Barack Obama era of the presidency to that of Theo-
dore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States,
in office from 1901-1909. Roosevelt's "square deal"
promised the average citizen and businessman a "fair
shake." He was a Republican leader who broke ties
to the conservative party to promote universal health
care. He fought labor unions and eventually his party.
He was the first American to be awarded the Nobel
Peace prize.
His image stands alongside Washington, Jeffer-
son and Lincoln on Mount Rushmore.
Whether Obama will attain such lofty status, of
course, remains to be seen, but there is great hope.
And great anticipation.
We hope, of course, for the best for the economy,
our country, and for our little paradise.
The trickle-down effects of the world and U.S.
economy are slow-coming to our little microcosm,
but they are evident at the cash registers of small
shops and restaurants north to south, Anna Maria to
Bradenton Beach, and between. Things are not the
same here, and they won't be, the economists say.
We all need to buckle down and do our best to
do our best.
And so we say again, whatever the visitors may
bring is good, but we must support local business,
local entrepreneurs, and the mainstay of Anna Maria
Island, local real estate.
Shop local never sounded so good and was never
so important.
And, there's hope, that following Obama's inau-
guration, the mortgage and credit industry will see a
turnaround, and the real estate business will pick up
here and the sales will ring up over the coming "high"
tourist season.
After all, who wouldn't want to live in paradise,
no matter what the economy does.
Some folks are saying, "It couldn't get any worse."
We say there's hope for 2009.
We're looking forward to another year of Island
news and the resolve that we can help one another
solve the woes of the past. Press onward.
Farewell, 2008. Welcome, 2009.



Going strong
Skinny's Place celebrated its sixth anniversary on
Dec. 13 with live music under a tent, and Grandma
Skinny, 91 years young and going strong, was there
until the last song.
The Freeman family thanks everyone who came
out and supported us, with special thanks to Road-
block and the Dr. Dave Band. And a huge thank you
goes to the Island and area businesses that donated
to our prize drawing: Paradise Cafe, Native Rent-
als, Tortilla Bay, Sign of the Mermaid, Island Dojo,
Island Bazaar, Manatee Properties, Concept Indus-
tries and Subway. Thank you for your friendship and
And last, but certainly not least, thanks to the
Anna Maria Island Privateers for arriving in your
float/ship and making the party even more fun.
Our appreciation, too, goes to the Holmes Beach
Police Department.
We wish everyone a good holiday and a happy
new year.
The Freemans, ' .,my"'s Place, Holmes Beach

Resident, voter alert
Don't reinvent the wheel, concerning the Anna
Maria Island (Manatee Avenue) Bridge, said our
Manatee County commissioner from district 6. The
commissioner explained there is no need to again
do the engineering, etc., to construct the fixed-span
Don't make us repeat the agony we all went
through because of the effort by so many Island resi-
dents and officials, especially the Save Anna Maria
Inc. organization.
They studied e i \ i ng about the saga concern-
ing the bridges to Anna Maria Island: the technical,
environment, letters from anyone who studies these
bridges. They held straw votes, collected letters and

petitions against this bridge. I cannot forget how the
group paid for this effort: garage and bake sales and
donations. Along the way, there was another group
called the silent majority that was for the fixed span.
Did this group collect any data? The only thing they
said is that people don't like to wait when the bridge
Sadly, now in 2008, I believe the bridge has
become a sickening political issue. The Aug. 26 vote
for a county commission seat was planned since 2006.
Citizens for a Sustainable Economy started collect-
ing funds to defeat the incumbents who were doing a
fine job of preserving and protecting our county. I've
never seen such an exaggerated smear campaign.
I believe the bridge controversy is on their
agenda. I also believe they used the bad economy
as part of their scheme. The group has done the
unthinkable. In order to qualify, you have to first be
a city mayor in order to become a county official.
It's like saying all former county officials didn't
do the job because they were not mayors. It's been
said the group is after Joe McClash and that Ron
Getman won't run again.
Are we headed for a seven-member board that
will all think and vote the same? I fear we are headed
to dictatorship in our county government. It's beyond
all reasoning. Residents and voters need be vigi-
At her final county meeting Nov. 4, Commis-
sioner Jane von Hahmann was able to get a consensus
to appoint a bridge design committee with agreement
from Florida Department of Transportation District
Secretary Stan Cann. Hopefully, this will go before
the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Orga-
nization next year.
It's the fairest way to decide the fate of a new
bridge - or not.
Katie Pierola, former mayor ofBradenton Beach,

THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 31, 2008 U 7

New year brings new bridge

focus to Anna Maria Island

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The new year will bring a new focus on the Anna
Maria Island Bridge as the state explores possible
replacement of the 51-year-old structure.
The $10 million rehab of the bridge on Mana-
tee Avenue from Anna Maria Island to Perico Island
dominated local concern in 2008. The rehab work,
which is ongoing, required the closure of the bridge
for more than a month in the fall.
Now the Florida Department of Transportation is
conducting a project development and environment
study on alternatives to the existing drawbridge.
The study involves data collection, development
and analysis of alternatives to the bridge on Manatee
Avenue. The study takes into account social, cultural,
natural and physical environments, as well as evalu-
ates the impact of various alternatives on air quality,
historic or archeological sites, land use, and com-
munity cohesion.
Earlier this month, the FDOT held a forum at St.
Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach to discuss
alternatives and collect citizens' comments.
The alternatives include:
* No new bridge, which would involve routine
maintenance of the existing bridge.
* Rehabilitation of the bridge when needed,
which would extend the life of the structure about
25 years.
* A low-level drawbridge, similar to the existing
bridge, with a 21.5-foot vertical clearance when the
bridge is closed.
* A mid-level drawbridge with a 45-foot vertical
clearance when the bridge is closed, which would
accommodate about 38 percent of the boats that pass
underneath the AMI Bridge.

Comments sought

'for the record'
For more information about the bridge study,
go to
The Web site includes a survey for people to
fill out. The deadline for comment at this stage of
the project is Dec. 31.
People can also e-mail Chris Piazza of the
Florida Department of Transportation at chris.

* A high-level fixed-span bridge with a 65-foot
vertical clearance, which would allow about 99 per-
cent of the current boating traffic to pass under the
Comments, according to DOT spokesperson
Cindy Clemmons-Adente, were due to the DOT
on Dec. 31, after The Islander's deadline this
She said the DOT would then review the com-
ments, release the results of the public survey, and
then, in March, hold a public hearing on its find-
The DOT will make its determination, which
would be presented to the U.S. Coast Guard for
The DOT plans to have approval for the study
from the Coast Guard by May, Clemmons-Adente
The next stages, according to the DOT, would
be design, right-of-way acquisition and construction
- none of which have been placed in the DOT's
tentative work plans through 2014.

In the Dec. 30, 1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Jim Kronus was named "Islander of the
Year" by the newspaper. At the time, Kronus
was retiring as the principal of Anna Marie
Elementary School and looking forward to a
"laid back" retirement.
* The Trojan Horse sculpture stolen from
the old schoolhouse in the village of Cortez
was recovered. The sculpture was found in the
living room of a Bradenton Beach apartment.
The resident told authorities her boyfriend said
he bought the horse for $100.
* Anna Maria officials reported that the Anna
Maria City Pier was vandalized and the pier res-
taurant burglarized. Someone stole seafood, beer
and about $10 in quarters, as well as damaged the
door to the baitshop.

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2008 year in review
Bennett seeks united front against drilling:
Anna Maria Island's state senator called for a "uni-
fied resistance" to proposals weakening protections
against drilling off Florida's coast. State Sen. Mike
Bennett, R-Bradenton, introduced Senate Bill 426,
which would send a message that Florida's law-
makers want federal lawmakers to stand against
any attempt to allow oil or gas drilling along the
state's coast.

DOT: Four-lane bridge not an option: The
Florida Department of Transportation said any new
bridge connecting Anna Maria Island to Perico Island
would not be four-lanes because Manatee Avenue/
State Road 64 cannot be widened.
Open for business: pier signs going up: Bra-
denton Beach's city pier team celebrated the arrival of
one new sign at the renovated Historic Bridge Street
Pier. City public works employee Pat O'Neill cre-
ated the sign, which depicts two pelicans and will
eventually contain cedar lettering that reads, "His-
toric Bridge Street Pier." The team announced that
two additional signs would soon go up on the pier.
Buchanan gets renourishment money: U.S. Rep.
Vern Buchanan announced that the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers will reimburse Manatee County $1.736
million for costs associated with the 2002 Anna Maria
Island beach renourishment project. Buchanan said he
and other members of the house worked in a biparti-
san effort to get the money from the Corps, which had
entered into a cooperative agreement with the county,
but failed to meet its end of the bargain.
Palma Sola hosts bottle boat regatta: Everyone
have fun. Everyone be safe. No one drink the water.
Such were the rules for the annual DeSoto Bottle
Boat Regatta held April 12 on the south side of the
Palma Sola Causeway. The races, a tradition of the
springtime DeSoto Festival celebrations in Manatee
County, drew hundreds of spectators and dozens of
sailors to the causeway. The weather seemed perfect
- breezy, sunny and not too warm.
Fire destroys Holmes Beach home: A fire
that began shortly after 2 a.m. April 17 consumed
the Holmes Beach residence of Pa and Kent Davis,
former owners of the Siam Garden Resort in Anna
Maria. Four fire trucks responded to the 911-emer-
gency call from Pa Davis for the residence in the 500
block of 58th Street, including apparatus from West
Manatee Fire Rescue District stations and one truck
from the Longboat Key Fire Department. The fire
apparently was accidental, started by a rag soaked
with linseed oil in a garbage can in the garage.
Case closed on Pier Cafe suit: A settlement
between the city of Bradenton Beach and the opera-
tors of the defunct Bradenton Beach Pier Cafe closed
the book on the case. Bradenton Beach city com-
missioners voted on March 20 to approve the settle-
ment and pay $38,500, arrived at during a daylong
negotiation in Tampa between the former restaurant's
owners, Mayor Michael Pierce, attorneys and media-

tor Rob Daisley.
Newspaper seeks sanctions against city: A
judge began reviewing The Islander newspaper's
quest for sanctions and fees in a case involving the
city of Bradenton Beach. Attorneys for the newspaper
and the city appeared before Manatee County Circuit
Court Judge Edward Nicholas on April 7 to discuss
the paper's request. The motion was filed over a city
effort to collect legal fees from The Islander in the
paper's lawsuit alleging the city violated the public
records and Sunshine Law statutes.
Ex-city commissioner beaten, robbed: Former
Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer was
beaten and robbed shortly after 4 p.m. April 17 by
two unidentified men at the home where she resides
in on Crescent Drive, across from the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. According to the Mana-
tee County's Sheriff's Office report, Cramer got a
call around 4 p.m. from someone asking for her boy-
friend, Joe Pandolph, the home's owner. Cramer told
the caller Pandolph wasn't home. About 15 minutes
later, two men posing as deliverymen rang the door-
bell. The men forcibly entered the home and attacked
Coquina Beach shooter to serve nine more
years: For more than a year, Rene Vasquez-Mendoza
remained in the Manatee County jail awaiting trial
on felony charges for a shooting on Coquina Beach
last Easter. On April 18, with a trial date set for the
end of the month, Vasquez-Mendoza, 23, pleaded no
contest in the shooting of three men. His plea was
made at the Manatee County Courthouse in Braden-
ton before Circuit Court Judge Debra Johnes Riva,
who accepted the negotiated plea agreement that will
result in Vasquez-Mendoza serving another nine years
in prison.
City clerk recovering after surgery: Braden-
ton Beach city clerk Nora Idso remained on medical
leave at city hall recovering from surgery she under-
went earlier in the month. Earlier in the year, Idso
had suffered what appeared to be a seizure at city

Year in review:
'Debra Lannon
S ' ' helps Holmes Beach
J . Police Chief Jay
Romine unveil the
sign honoring her
Slate husband, Offi-
S i cer Pete Lannon, at
the city's skate park
tee_ .1' rededication. The
-d a. t park was named for
- Lannon to recog-
Of.nize his contribu-
Stion to the Island
Youngsters he
Helped mentor for
seven years before
his death in 2007.
Islander Photo:
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hall. She learned as a result of that emergency that
she needed to undergo surgery.
Committee taking new look at parking meters:
"Parking meters," Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam
Special said, repeating his two-word partial solution
for parking problems in the city. On April 14, mem-
bers of the city's ScenicWAVES parking subcommit-
tee gathered at city hall to discuss meters. Special
said that without meters, enforcement could be costly
and a two-hour limit on parking would probably not
achieve the city's goals.
Officials prepare for nesting season: Holmes
Beach code enforcement officer Nancy Hall saw bright
lights in the summer of 2007. So did Anna Maria code
enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon and Bradenton
Beach code enforcement officer Gail Garneau. For
2008, they said they wanted darker skies over their
beaches. On April 16, the code enforcement officers
joined in a meeting at Bradenton Beach City Hall with
representatives from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission, Florida Power & Light, Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch, and a number of Bradenton
Beach city officials. The goal was to review state and
local rules for nesting season, which began May 1.
Fiskes seek land-use judgment: Evelyn and
Jack Fiske of South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria
filed a legal action against Anna Maria, asking for
a "declaratory judgment" that their property can
be used for commercial marine purposes. Attorney
Chuck Webb, representing the Fiskes, filed the action
in the Manatee County Circuit Court, noting that
since 1911 the property has been used for commer-
cial marine purposes. The property is south of Galati
Marine next to Rotten Ralph's Restaurant at 850 S.
Bay Blvd., and presently has a residential home and
a number of rented docks and boat slips.
Bradenton Beach insurance discount begins:
Bradenton Beach property owners began receiving a
deeper discount on their flood insurance premiums to
help offset expected rate hikes. The city's ranking in



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Renourishment on legislative agenda

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The 2009 legislative platform adopted by the
Manatee County Board of Commissioners called on
the state to institute a policy to include sand sources
as "critical state resources."
The county's platform, which has had endorse-
ment from Island officials, states, "Florida statutes
should be amended to include offshore beach compat-
ible sand as critical state resources. In particular this
would eliminate concerns - present and future - of
permitting of activities that would impact our beach
renourishment resources."
Some renourishment is expected to take place on
Anna Maria Island as early as 2009 and a large-scale
renourishment project is scheduled for 2012-2013.
Earlier this year, county commissioners, work-
ing with congressional representatives and Bradenton
Beach, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Longboat
Key officials, successfully challenged a proposed
natural gas pipeline route that would have made a
likely sand source off limits for renourishment.
Port Dolphin Enc.i,'v is now preparing plans for
an alternative route for the pipeline, part of a $1 bil-
lion project that involves a floating port about 28
miles off Anna Maria Island and a pipeline that would
cross the bottom of Tampa Bay and reach the main-
land at Port Manatee.
The county's legislative platform also endorsed
"continuation of a dedicated state funding source for
beach renourishment at or above statutory levels."
Additionally, the platform calls for:
* Full funding for the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office Child Protective Services program.
* Development of a statewide funding system for
school district workforce education programs.
* Passage of legislation that would allow cities
and counties to use automated traffic enforcement at
intersections on state roads.
* Flexibility for local jurisdictions in the use of

2008 year in review

the federal flood insurance program improved, mean-
ing property owners should see some reduction in
their rates. The national program has a rating system
in which points are awarded on steps communities
take to reduce flood risks.
Cortez trailer park sale done deal: After tense
day-and-night negotiations, the residents of the
Cortez Trailer Park had all but closed their purchase
of the 50-year-old village landmark. Park owner
Harry "Butch" Howey and Doug Morgan, chairman
of the residents' purchasing committee, said they had
"a firm handshake" deal. "The check is not there yet,
granted, but we've all agreed on it," said Howey.
Landmark restaurant to close: Ham Jones,
owner of the landmark Seafood Shack in Cortez made
an apologetic announcement: "I'm closing for good
after Mother's Day." "We're fighting a stacked deck
that included a poor season." His regrets centered on
two bridges closing, gas prices, employment woes
and all that goes with operating a large restaurant in
today's economy. "With the terrible economy, along
with the planned closing of the humpback bridge after
Mother's Day, financial disaster is inevitable if we
attempt to continue," he wrote to his employees on
April 30.

Center stadium rededicated in ceremony:
Marie Franklin stretched her hand to touch the bronze-
colored plaque in honor of her brother who died so
young. "A rainbow has come out of the rain," she
said, looking to the young players gathered May 3 to
rededicate the Anna Maria Island Community Center
baseball field named for her brother, Benji Scanio,
and her family's friend, the late Major Leaguer Fred
"Hutch" Hutchinson. Island youth, baseball legends
and community spirit were celebrated May 3, when
the baseball field was rededicated as Scanio-Hutchin-
son Memorial Field.

Roundtable talk
A Manatee Chamber of Commerce round-
table luncheon to discuss the 2009 legislative
session will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at the
Courtyard by Marriott in Bradenton. For more
information or reservations, call the chamber
at 941-748-4842.

gas-tax revenues.
* Establishing a TRIM notice that is streamlined
and easier for the taxpayer to understand and includes
disclosure of maximum millage calculation instead
of "roll-back" millage.
The county commission also went on record
opposing legislation that limits local regulation or
enforcement of illegal fireworks and legislation that
preempts local authority on the use of fertilizers.
A special session of the Legislature will take
place Jan. 5-Jan. 16 to deal with an estimated $2

Visitor's view
This "postcard"
photo of an Anna PE'
Maria Island "....
sunset was taken
Christmas eve
from the balcony
of the Sun House
Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach
by Ron Forster
of San Diego
while visiting his
parents, Pete and
Lee Forster, of

billion-plus shortfall in the current fiscal budget.
The regular 2009 legislative session begins March
3 in Tallahassee. Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom,
in a letter to representatives, said the state's economic
recovery must be top priority in the spring.
"During these challenging times, our focus for the
2009 Session must be on Florida's economic recovery,
the adoption of a responsible balanced budget, and the
streamlining of the overly demanding regulatory system.
The challenges we face are complex, and we should
strive to capitalize on the opportunities for improvement
to our economy presented by the financial challenges
we are experiencing," Sansom wrote.
A Manatee Chamber of Commerce roundtable
luncheon to discuss the 2009 legislative session will
take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at the Courtyard by Mar-
riott in Bradenton.
Local elected officials, including state Reps.
Keith Fitzgerald, Bill Galvano, Darryl Rouson and
Ron Reagan, and state Sens. Mike Bennett, Nancy
Detert and Arthenia Joyner, were invited to speak.

Year in review:
Children aboard the Lucky Duck entry in the DeSoto Bottle Boat Regatta ready for the start of their race
on the Palma Sola Causeway in April. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Two suspects arrested in home invasion:
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrested two
men May 3 suspected of beating a former Anna Maria
commissioner and robbing the home she shares with
its owner. Linda Cramer was attacked at about 4 p.m.
April 17 at the door of her Anna Maria residence by
two men who pretended to have a delivery, then ran-
sacked kitchen cabinets and bedrooms in search of
gold, jewelry and guns. Michael Gambuzza, 38, and
Christopher Drescher, 29, were arrested at the Days
Inn, 3506 First St., Bradenton.
Real estate booms at end of winter season:
Island real estate agents were all smiles following
what many consider an extremely successful winter
season for sales after two years of a down market.
"The corner has been turned," said Jessie Brisson of
Gulf-Bay Realty. Sales figures from February, March
and April compared with sales from the same three
months last year justified Brisson's enthusiasm.

Man acquitted in shooting of off-duty offi-
cer: A man who spent 13 months in jail awaiting
trial in connection with the off-duty shooting of a
Holmes Beach police officer walked tall - and free
- from the Manatee County Courthouse May 1. A
jury acquitted James Perkins, 20, of Bradenton. He
had been arrested and charged last April with felony
attempted-murder with a firearm for allegedly shoot-
ing at off-duty Holmes Beach Police Officer James
Pine Avenue preservation gets first-step
approval: The first step in the future of what Anna
Maria resident Mike Coleman and businessman Ed
Chiles believe will preserve the historic "Old Florida"
ambiance of Pine Avenue took place May 6 when the
Anna Maria planning and zoning board unanimously
approved a site plan for their project at 315 and 317
Pine Ave.

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Year in review: The Walters family - Jack, 10, piggybacking Anni, 7, and Seth, 8, piggybacking Tori,
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money for the American Cancer Society. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

2008 year in review
Anna Maria moves on drainage permit: Anna
Maria city officials along with city engineer Tom
Wilcox met May 6 with Southwest Florida Water
Management District staff and, following the meet-
ing, the city agreed to submit a new design for Phase
I of its stormwater drainage project.
Planning board OKs sign ordinance: The Braden-
ton Beach Planning and Zoning Board sandwiched in a
last-minute change in a revised sign ordinance before
sending the proposed measure to city commissioners.
The change made by the board, which met May 8 at
city hall, was to allow the previously prohibited - but
sometimes seen - sandwich-board signs.
Commissioners post objections to causeway
posts: Manatee County commissioners voted unani-
mously to work with Bradenton, the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation and a scenic highway group to
remove some newly planted bollards along the Palma
Sola Causeway. The commission, meeting May 6 at the
county administration building in Bradenton, did not
have unity regarding the bollards, planted this spring
as part of an extensive improvement plan for the Palma
Sola Scenic Highway, the stretch of Manatee Avenue
linking the mainland and Anna Maria Island. But the
commission did reach a consensus on the need to dis-
cuss with other parties some concerns about the volume
of bollards on the south side of the causeway.
Island reports first turtle nest: Under a full
moon May 18 on the beach near Park Avenue, a
loggerhead sea turtle made the first documented
nest of the 2008 season. First nests also were
found in the same beach zone last year and the
year before, according to Debbie Basilius of Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch. From a distance, in the
moonlight, she watched the turtle make the nest.
"After all this time, that was the very first time I
saw a mother nest," she said.
Record home sale eclipsed: A beachfront
house in Anna Maria sold May 12 for $3.725 mil-
lion, topping by $225,000 a record set just weeks
earlier. The Anna Maria Island record sale for a sin-
gle-family Gulffront home set in April in Holmes
Beach when Barbara Sato and Mike Norman com-
bined for a $3.5 million sale, lasted only about a
month before it was eclipsed. The Sato agency was
involved in both sales. The buyer of both homes
was a couple from England.
City, DOT put rush on intersection work: The
Bradenton Beach City Commission and the Florida
Department of Transportation rushed to file for a
permit needed to improve the Cortez Road-Gulf
Drive intersection. The city previously endorsed the
DOT project, which involves lengthening the south-
bound turn lane by about 750 feet to accommodate
additional traffic expected when the Anna Maria

Island Bridge closes this fall.
Palma Sola group seeks to complete proj-
ect: The Palma Sola Scenic Highway group unani-
mously agreed to see its causeway improvements
project to completion before considering additional
modifications. Members of the Palma Sola Scenic
Highway Corridor Management Entity met May
14 at the county administration building to discuss
the causeway project, where hundreds of trees and
dozens of bollards have been planted. A new boat
ramp also has been built on the southwest end of
the shore along the causeway to replace an unper-
mitted ramp under power lines at the northeast end
of the waterfront.
Advisory board pitched for commercial dis-
trict: Bradenton Beach was reviewing the structure
of the community redevelopment agency created to
guide improvements in the city's central district. The
city, at the advice of several businesspeople attending
a May 19 panel discussion on the CRA, will consider
appointing a citizens advisory committee. The city
may also consider restructuring the CRA, currently
governed by the city commission.
County concerned over planned gas pipeline:
Manatee County officials shared concerns May 20
that a proposed natural gas pipeline in the Gulf of
Mexico leading into Tampa Bay threatens efforts to
pipe sand used for renourishing local beaches. Other
parties continued to raise concerns that the pipeline,
proposed by Port Dolphin Enc i .'y, would have nega-
tive impacts on the environment - in the water and
on nearby shores. Port Dolphin Enl .'y, seeking to
start its commercial operation in Tampa Bay by 2011,
has proposed building a 36-inch gas line that would
run from about 28 miles west of Anna Maria Island
in 100 feet of water into Tampa Bay, past Egmont
Key and submerged Passage Key.
Bradenton Beach board recommends cafe
plan: Bradenton Beach planning board members
predicted as they approved a major expansion of the
Gulf Drive Cafe that the chickee hut might become
the must-have accessory on the beach. The restau-
rant's proposed chickee hut sounded so attractive to
at least one member of the Bradenton Beach Planning
and Zoning Board, Art Dehardt, he half-joked that he
wanted one.
Six issued trespass warnings for underage
drinking: Six women under the age of 21 were issued
trespass warnings from D.Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina
Drive, May 21 for drinking at the establishment.
Officers responded to the establishment after a com-
plaint of underage drinking. The women were issued
trespass warnings to stay out of the establishment,
and the matter was forwarded to the U.S. Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearm Bureau.
Two drown off Longboat Key: Two men from
New York drowned in the Gulf of Mexico off Long-

2008 year in review
boat Key May 19, apparently caught in a riptide. John
Larry, 48, of Grand Island, N.Y., and Christopher
Gugliuzza, 51, of Tonawanda, N.Y., were visiting
the key with their wives when they ventured from
their resort off the beach into the waters of the Gulf of
Mexico near the 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive,
just south of the Manatee-Sarasota county line.
Anna Maria approves controversial zero lot-line
ordinance: Anna Maria city commissioners at their May
29 meeting narrowly approved an ordinance that would
allow for a zero lot line for construction of a single struc-
ture on adjacent lots in the city's retail-office-residential
land-use areas. In effect, the ordinance allows for two
ROR units under a single roof, as long as the units are
on separate parcels.
NOAA predicts near normal/above normal
hurricane season: Climate conditions point to a
near-normal or above-normal hurricane season in
the Atlantic Basin this year, according to a forecast
from the Climate Prediction Center operated by the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NOAA announced the forecast in late May in advance
of the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June
1. The Climate Prediction Center outlook called for
considerable activity this season, with a 65 percent
probability of an above-normal season and a 25 per-
cent probability of a near-normal season.

Budget cuts head to Island cities: Faced with
a previously announced 10 to 12 percent decline in
property values, treasurers and administrators of the
three municipal budgets on Anna Maria Island -
Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
- were preparing for a corresponding drop in their
respective city spending plans.
Reduced hours planned for libraries: Patron
after patron walked up the steps to find a locked door
at the Island Branch Library on Wednesday mornings.
Hours were shortened throughout Manatee County's
library system earlier this year in a cost-cutting cam-
paign. More patrons would find the Holmes Beach
library's door locked for longer periods under budget
cuts at the county level. "We're going to lose a lot
here on the Island," said Jolie Bell, president of the
Friends of the Island Branch Library.
State arrests two for illegal fishing: Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers
arrested two men for illegally fishing in the waters
near Coquina Beach at about 11:30 p.m. June 9.
Christopher Ron Baker, 27, of Apollo Beach, and
Daniel P Gilliland, 28, of Bradenton, face multiple
charges in connection with the incident: use of a gill
net in state water, failure to transit gill net, possession
of an unmarked gill net and no saltwater products
license. Use of a gill net in state waters is classified
as a third-degree felony.
New trolley route starts: Sarasota County Area

Year in review: Anna Maria Island Privateer
Tim "Hammer" Thompson shows off his blood donor
badges at the annual Island Blood Drive. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff

Transit began a trolley service connecting with the
Anna Maria Island trolley at Coquina Beach. Mana-
tee County Area Transit riders on the free Island trol-
ley can hop off at the turnaround and then ride the
SCAT's new fare-based (75 cents one way) trolley
to Longboat and St. Armands keys and downtown
ScenicWAVES to advise on redevelopment
district: Commissioners explored the creation of
a citizens group to help direct the revitalization
of Bradenton Beach's commercial district - and
then decided the appropriate group already exists.
The existing ScenicWAVES group will serve as an
advisory committee to the community development
agency, which presently is the city commission, on
changes in the CRA district, mapped as the area
between Sarasota Bay, Cortez Road, the Gulf of
Mexico and Fifth Street South.
Port Dolphin to reroute pipeline: Port Dol-
phin Enci-'y officials pledged to alter their plan
for a natural gas pipeline to avoid a rich deposit
of sand used for local beach renourishment proj-
ects. Company officials made the announcement
June 19 during a special meeting of the Manatee
County Board of Commissioners at Port Mana-
tee. "We've heard the community loud and clear
and Port Dolphin will relocate the pipeline route
away from the sand source," company spokes-
man Harold Costello said.

Also in The Islander this week, a look at 2008 in
sports. And, next week, look for the continuation of
2008 in review - Part 2, July through December.

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Boaters sail into '09 with big hopes

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Paul and Jessica Findley tied their dinghy to a
dock near the Historic Bridge Street Pier and gathered
up beach chairs, towels and sunscreen for a holiday
on the beach.
The Findleys sailed to Bradenton Beach Dec. 24,
the fifth day of a 12-day boating adventure - their
version of the 12 days of Christmas.
And they hope to return year after year.
"We' d like to be out here all the time, on the
water," said Paul Findley, a retiree from Ford Motor
Co. and part-time resident of Naples. "Florida is a
great place to boat."
But, he added, Florida governments are not
always friendly to boaters, and public access to the
water has declined in recent years due to waterfront
development and the privatization of marinas.
'The liveaboard life could be put on the endan-
gered species list," said Marietta Hartley of St. Peters-
burg. Hartley sailed into Bradenton Beach on Dec.
23 for a short visit. 'The condo dwellers like to read
mysteries about liveaboards, but they don't like the
reality of them."
Findley and Hartley said they are aware of Bra-
denton Beach's effort to improve its boating ameni-
ties and create an official mooring field. The city,
in partnership with Scheda Ecological Associates of
Tampa, currently is at work on a master recreational
boating plan.
"I hope it will be a big welcome," Hartley said.
The planning will be paid for mostly with a
$39,200 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission.
The project is not new. The city already has con-
ducted research, surveys and studies that Scheda will
use to develop the master boating plan.
Earlier this year, city officials met with boaters to
discuss the planning process and survey their interest
in participating. City officials also met with citizens
at Herb Dolan Park to discuss creating a kayak launch
at the site.
The planning process involves analyzing the
existing city data and research, such as mapping,
depths and bathymetry studies; conducting any
new engineering research to create a base map for
a managed anchorage and mooring field; preparing
plans and permit applications for markers and buoys;
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Like Bradenton Beach, Gulfport and St. Augus-
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to Dianne Rosensweig, Scheda's branch manager in
A number of other Florida localities already have
master plans and established mooring fields, includ-
ing Key West in 2005, Fort Myers Beach in 2004,
Marathon Boot Key in 2002, Stuart in 2001 and Vero
Beach in 1988.
Boater Hank Wilmer, who estimated he spends
six months of the year on the water, said some cities
were more successful than others.
"Some are too expensive, beyond affordable for
a lot of boaters," said Wilmer, who vacationed around
Anna Maria Island in December. "People think if you
are a liveaboard you are one of two things - really
rich or pretty poor, but a lot of us are just middle-class
One of Wilmer's favorite mooring sites is Vero
Boaters seeking transient docking and mooring
registration in Vero Beach can make reservations on
the Internet or by phone.
The rates vary depending on the size of the boat,
the length of a stay and the amenities sought - per-
manent mooring is $309 per month, the monthly
liveaboard fee is $47, a facilities key deposit is $15,
monthly electric service is $57-$188 for transient
dockers and cable TV is included.
Vero Beach's operation is city-run, while Fort
Myers Beach contracts with a concessionaire. Another
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harbor management plans for the Conservation Clinic
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Ankersen's review of existing facilities provides
an overview of issues Bradenton Beach will address
as it writes its plan in 2009 - establishing fees,
establishing the number of moorings, the hiring of
personnel and assigning oversight responsibilities.
Fort Myers Beach has 70 moorings with fees
based on the size of the boat and the length of stay.
The operation is a privately managed concession
under a contract with the city. Facilities include
dinghy docks, rest rooms and garbage disposal.
Vero Beach has 57 moorings, also with varying
fees that are used to pay for a fueling service, waste
pump-out facility and rest rooms.
The city has hired a harbormaster, who lives on
sight, and an assistant harbormaster, as well as part-
time employees.
An advisory board helps with oversight of the
mooring field and an established enterprise fund
raises money for the operation.
"A well planned and executed managed anchor-
age and mooring field can be beneficial to residents,
boaters and the local government by encouraging
tourism and providing for the efficient use of water-
front resources to enhance public access to the marine
environment," Ankersen said.
The state has the highest number of registered
boaters in the nation, about 980,000, who contribute
about $16 billion to the state economy, according to
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Commissioner pursues expanded recycling

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Pat Morton
will ring in the new year with a new resolve to pro-
mote the three Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle.
Morton, whom The Islander polled along with
other local officials for new year's resolutions, said
he is lobbying lawmakers on a proposed statewide
mandatory recycling program.
Morton also said he wants to increase recycling
at the residential level, especially at condominiums.
Each of the Island communities has a recycling
program. Anna Maria and Holmes Beach contract with
Waste Management Inc. for both recycling and waste
removal. Bradenton Beach operates its own recycling
program in concert with its garbage collection.
"We collect approximately 250,000 pounds of
recyclable material per year," said Char Patterson,
deputy director of Bradenton Beach public works
In Anna Maria, about 800 tons of recyclable
material is collected a year.
In Holmes Beach, Waste Management collects
about 1,550 tons a year.
The recycled amounts are tracked because recy-
clables are a commodity.
Recycling, though a buzzword in recent years, is far
from a new concept. In the 1920s, 70 percent of U.S. cities
ran recycling programs. During World War II, industry
recycled and reused about 25 percent of the waste stream,
according to the National Recycling Coalition.
Recycling fell off after WWII - down to 7.7
percent of the waste stream in 1960. With a renewed
interest in the environment and a dwindling capacity
in landfills, recycling nationwide began to pick up,
going from 17 percent in 1990 to 33 percent today.
Officials in all three Island cities said they expect to
see the amount of recyclables go up in coming years.
"Mostly due to the growing awareness of the

In the blue bin...
* Plastic bottles and containers that are
rinsed, with caps removed. No shopping bags
or newspaper bags, which can be recycled at
many grocery stores.
* Glass containers in all sizes and colors that
are rinsed, with caps removed.
* Metals such as aluminum, steel and tin
that are rinsed, with caps removed.
Separate but still recyclable
* Newspaper should not be mixed with plas-
tics, glass or metals but instead packaged in a paper
bag, bundled or placed in a separate bin. Other
recyclable paper includes shopping inserts, mail,
office paper and plastic window envelopes.
Not recyclable:
* Fiberboard, brown bags, paper towels,
paper plates and napkins, paper cups, gift wrap,
tissues or tissue paper, food wrap, pizza boxes,
egg cartons and wax paper.
* Windows, mirrors, eye glasses, ceramics,
light bulbs, aerosol cans, paint cans, kitchen
utensils, tools, auto parts, lawn furniture, dia-
pers, cellophane, clothes hangers, Styrofoam,
PVC, plastic ware.
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environment," Patterson said.
Morton would like the state to take action to
ensure recycling numbers go ever higher.
"You see a lot more of the blue containers out and
in use than last year," Morton said. "But there could
be more."
Morton plans to lobby legislators on a mandatory
recycling program in the state, the details of which
still must be worked out. He said other states are

ahead in part because of mandatory requirements to
reduce waste and promote recycling.
The commissioner is promoting reduction and
recycle principles locally by encouraging his church,
Crosspointe Fellowship, to follow greener practices.
"So much of the work is about awareness," said
Morton, who also wants to increase participation
among condominium associations.
"It's a good thing to do," he said.
According to Waste Management, recycling also
makes economic sense - a condominium that pays
for three garbage collections per week could reduce
its collections to one or two, with the addition of a
recycling pickup.
Recycling from all three Island cities is trucked
to the same location - Recycle America, a materi-
als recovery facility near U.S. 301 and the Manatee/
Sarasota county border owned and operated by Waste
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The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will
hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
The meeting will include a discussion on interior
"redesign" and trends with Kathy and Wayne Moser.
Also, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9, AGAMI will host a
reception for its featured January artist, watercolorist
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four invasions during WWII
Bill Bachman of Bradenton Beach considers him-
self a very lucky man.
His unit was in five invasions during World War
II and Bill was involved in four of them without a
scratch. He missed the most dangerous invasion,
That's not to say he didn't have a lot of close
calls during his nearly three years in the U.S. Army
in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.
Bill's journey to WWII began on Dec. 7, 1941.
After graduating from high school in Detroit, he took
a job with Michigan Bell Telephone Co. testing and
installing telephones. He was working a Sunday shift
that day when someone called him with the news that
Pearl Harbor had been bombed and America was in
the war.
"We found it hard to believe, even though every-
one knew a war was coming. We all thought it would
be in Europe first," Bill said.
Bell Telephone obtained a deferment for Bill to
stay out of the draft, but his mind was made up after
America entered the war.
"There was no way I was going to be the only
guy left behind. I knew I was going in, one way or
the other," Bill remarked.
Before Bill gave up his deferment, however, the
U.S. Army came calling.
One day early in 1942, a U.S. Army colonel went
to Bell to talk to all the telephone technicians.
"He said the Army was forming a special com-
munications unit, and we could go in with a sergeant's
rank. Well, I didn't want to be in the infantry, so I
Six of Bill's pals also joined the "elite" unit and
all seven would serve together throughout the war
and return to Michigan.
In typical Army fashion, however, Bill was never
told exactly what his unit would be doing.
He and his friends entered the Army in June 1942
and immediately skipped basic training. Instead, they
were sent to Drew Field, a U.S. Army Air Force base
in Tampa, where Busch Gardens is now located.
"The first thing we had to do was an endurance
hike from Tampa to Clearwater. It was a hot day and
when we got to Clearwater, we just marched right
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Still in the dark about their mission, Bill and his
group went to Orlando, where they formed the 582nd
Signal Air Wing battalion. They were given warm
and cold weather uniforms, trained on .45-caliber
submachine guns and then sent to Camp Kilmer in
New Jersey.
"We still had no idea what we were doing, so I
called my mom and girlfriend back in Detroit and
asked them to visit me," said Bill.
The next day, the 582nd was alerted for ship-
ment to Europe and the camp was locked down for
security. Bill would not see his mom and girlfriend
for another three years.
The unit boarded the Queen Mary and sailed for
England in September 1942. On board the ship was
Company A of the 116th Infantry Regiment. Of the
42 men in the company from Bedford, Va., 28 would
be killed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. With 15,000
troops on board, however, Bill did not encounter any
of those soldiers.
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The Queen Mary sliced off the bow of the Curacao
and 330 British sailors drowned in the accident.
"I ran topside because I heard the ship was sink-
ing and I thought it was us. The Curacao had already
sunk. It was weird to hear what happened. I can only
guess someone made a mistake."
Unprotected from a submarine attack, the Queen
Mary could not stop to pick up survivors. The ship
docked in Scotland the next day and battalion officers
ordered the men not to discuss what happened with
anyone under penalty of a court-martial.
"We knew then that the war was serious, even
if we didn't know what we would be doing," said
In England, instead of training in communica-
tions, the men spent most of their time in physical
training and getting in shape.
When the 582nd landed at Oran in North Africa
on Nov. 10, two days after the first units had landed,
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elements and the spartan conditions.
"We were dumped on the dock in Oran. We didn't
know if the French would fire or not, but it was real
quiet. It was mass confusion, so we just dug in on the
beach. The next day, we learned the French Army had
cleared out."
Two days later, the French government elected
to join the Allies in their fight against Germany.
The 582nd learned that its mission was to support
the 64th Fighter Wing of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
The 582nd was to install telephone, radar and other
equipment for the fighter wing as it advanced through
North Africa.
"We went to an airbase and had no equipment.
The first day, the Luftwaffe bombed and strafed us
into our foxholes. We didn't have air cover, but we
started to get our equipment and set out to do our
The airbase had been deserted by the Germans,
who had left their usual calling card - thousands of
mines hidden in the ground - for the Americans.
"They were everywhere. We lost our major and
two lieutenants because of mines. Luckily for me,
every time I drove over the minefield, none of them
went off. I guess somebody was watching over me
then and throughout the war."
After the Germans surrendered in Tunis in May
1943, Bill and his battalion were ordered to take part
in Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily.
Landing in the second wave, the 582nd was
pinned down by Italian snipers and mines. Quite a
few men were lost, although none of the "Commo
Crew Seven" as Bill and his Detroit pals called them-
selves, were struck.
Eventually, they set up a telephone grid, and
switchboard and radar at an airbase. A few nights
later, Bill was at the switchboard when someone
yelled "attention," the Army signal meaning a high
ranking officer had entered and a soldier was to stand
at attention.
Before he could rise, someone placed a hand on
his shoulder and said "at ease." Bill looked up and it
was Gen. George S. Patton, commanding general of
the U.S. 7th Army.
"He kept all the officers at attention while he
asked me where I was from and how I was doing.
He was real nice."
Bill's encounter with Patton the next day was not
as friendly. He was grabbing some sleep against a
wall when Patton walked up, kicked him and berated
him for sleeping and not saluting.
"He didn't even recognize me from last night. I
wanted to tell him I was sleeping because I had been
on duty for 48 hours and this was the first chance I' d
had to sleep since the invasion, but I kept my mouth
shut," Bill said, laughing at the memory.
The battalion followed Patton in his dash to cap-
ture Messina before British General Bernard Mont-
gomery and his 8th Army could take the key city.
Patton got there first, much to the everlasting disgust
of Montgomery, Bill remembered.
"Patton and Montgomery did not like each other.
They were always trying to outdo the other one."
The 582nd had little time to enjoy the victory in
They were transferred to a British commando
team a few weeks later, and were part of the invasion
of Italy at Salerno in September 1943.
"We almost got pushed off the beach. The German
artillery had it zeroed in. They started walking rounds
toward us and everyone scattered to a foxhole. Offi-
cers said we might have to pack up and leave," Bill
The Allies eventually drove the Germans north-
ward, but at Monte Cassino, the Allied advance
halted. The Germans held the high ground at the
ancient monastery and were able to fire down at the
advancing Allies.
Bill remembers that the Allies did not want to
bomb Monte Cassino because of its historical sig-
nificance, but after losing thousands of men trying
to take the mountain, the Air Force came over with
a fleet of B-17 bombers and destroyed the site. The
abbey has since been rebuilt to its original design.

Bill Bachman today divides his time between Bradenton Beach and a house in Village Green. Islander

Photo: Rick Catlin

"After we bombed it, we began to advance. Our
battalion was split up and half were in the invasion
of Anzio. Thankfully, I didn't make Anzio. It was a
bloodbath, I heard."
Instead, Bill was part of the unit that captured
Rome on June 5, 1944.
The Germans retreated and Bill and his pals were
able to get themselves an abandoned house as their
quarters until the next advance. It was luxury for
"In North Africa and southern Italy, we were
always in foxholes. Getting inside was total
One night during a crap game, a group of British
soldiers showed up looking for a place to stay. The
Brits all had bottles of scotch, which they shared with
the Americans. And they wanted to play craps.
All Bill remembers about that night is waking
up with five empty bottles of scotch around him and
$800 in his pocket.
"I sent the money home and told my mom to buy
an engagement ring for my girlfriend. I was lucky
with gambling during the war," he said with a grin.
After Rome, the unit was sent back to Naples,
where it boarded troop ships and took part in Opera-
tion Anvil, the invasion of southern France.
"We landed on the beach and dug in. There was
nobody around. It was real quiet. All of the sudden,
two French girls came out of the woods and said
hello. We learned the Germans had already retreated.
Those girls became real popular with the guys, even
though they didn't speak English."
The 582nd was then transferred to 3rd Army, with
Patton in command. Patton was racing across France
in a bid to enter Germany before winter set in.
"We were really moving. We were in Nancy in
September and almost to the German border when the
Army took all our gas and gave it to Montgomery,"
Bill recalled. "Patton went nuts when they took the
gas to Monty. A lot of guys thought the war would
be over in a few weeks if Patton had got the gas, but
it didn't happen."
Instead, the war became stagnant in eastern
France until the Germans attacked in December in
the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. Part of the bat-
talion went with Patton to relieve Bastogne, while
Bill's part went to 7th Army headquarters.
A few days after iaii in,'. Bill said the officers
informed the men that they were surrounded by the
German Army. That only lasted until the famed 446th
Combat Team, the famous Nisei Division of Japa-
nese-Americans, blasted through the German lines.
"We really had to thank them. They were a tough
outfit," said Bill.
The 582nd spent the winter at an airfield in east-
ern France, then moved to Cologne in Germany in

early spring 1945. By this time, Bill and his friends
began to believe that "We just might make it through
the war.
"We were no longer on the front lines and we had
air superiority. We just drove up through Germany.
We were headed to Munich and when we stopped for
the night, we just took over a house. It was great."
After Germany surrendered, Bill thought the
outfit would be sent home, but the word came down
it would be transferred to the Pacific to fight Japan.
There were not a lot of happy faces when that news
arrived, Bill remembers.
"We did not want to go to Japan. We had been
in the war for two-and-a-half years. We were an
independent outfit and we couldn't get points to get
rotated home like guys in a division."
In early August 1945, the men learned that an
atomic bomb had been dropped on Japan and the war
was officially over.
"We started celebrating and, soon after that, guys
started to get sent back to the United States. I got
orders for America and when I arrived back in New
York on the troop ship, Kate Smith was on the dock
singing "God Bless America" for us. There wasn't a
dry eye among us. And all seven of us from Detroit
got back."
Bill was discharged and returned to Detroit,
where Michigan Bell gave him his old job, along with
back pay raises and promotions. He married Betty
and they raised a family together. Bill would spend
42 years with the company before retiring.
He and Betty always knew they would retire
to Anna Maria Island. Their honeymoon was at a
friend's house in Palmetto and they drove over to
the Island for a day visit.
"We took one look and fell in love," said Bill.
"We vacationed in Bradenton Beach every chance
we had and we moved here when I retired."
WWII was a long journey for Bill, but one he
never regrets.
"I' m proud of my service. I would' t do it again
for a million dollars, but I wouldn't take a million
dollars for my service. It was the thing to do. I was
not going to be the only guy left in Detroit who didn't
go to war."
A proud member of The Greatest Generation.

"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
Generation" columns are for Island, Longboat Key,
Perico Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bra-
denton and Cortez veterans, man or woman, who
served in the armed forces of any allied country (U.S.,
Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway, France, Poland,
Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, etc.) during
World War II or the Korean War. We'd like to hear
from you. Please, call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.

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Sharing holiday cheer
Mrs. Claus, Patti Marifjeren, left, and husband David "Santa" Marifjeren, share their holiday spirit on
Christmas Day with patients at Clare Bridge of Bradenton, a memory-loss facility. The Marifjerens do
their Santa visit annually to spread cheer and goodwill to the "young at heart" in area assisted-living
homes that specialize in Alzheimer's and dementia care.

Writers group to meet Jan. 7 at library

The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Linda Swift, author of two novels and numerous
short stories, poems and articles, will discuss electronic
publishing. For more information, call 941-778-7631.

Dee Pastorius

Pastorius honored at Island
Gallery West
Watercolorist Dee Pastorius is the January artist
of the month at Island Gallery West in Holmes
Pastorius has been enjoying her dream of paint-
ing and living in Florida since 1993. She specializes
in beach, ocean, tropical flora and fauna paintings
and takes commissions on paintings of children.
The public is invited to view the display of Pas-
torius' paintings in January.
The gallery is at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes

iki and Kitty's Decemberfes

Tiki & Kitt End-ofthe-Year Retail Therapy Marathon!
It's the end of one fabulous shopping year
and the beginning of another. Join us as we embark
on our after-holiday shopping spree.
Our first must-stop is in Anna Maria: Ginny's
and Jane E's at the old IGA, where it's the annual
Gigantic New Year's Day Flea Market. The fun starts
at 9 a.m. Don't miss it!
As much as we love antiques and vintage items,
we also love a new outfit once in a while - that's
why we LOVE The Beach Shop at the Manatee
Public Beach, with its racks and racks of quality -
and cute - clothes for all occasions.
For funky, chunky jewelry, we recommend Tide
and Moon. It's tucked away in the Club Bamboo
resort on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. Stop in
and say "Hi" to Laura.
Then we head to Longboat Key, where Steff's Stuff
is holding it's monthly flea market Saturday and Sunday,
Jan. 3-4, in the parking lot of the Whitney Beach Plaza.
Just across the Cortez Bridge from Anna Maria
Island on the mainland, The Sea Hagg is cele-

rating its 11-year anniversary and has undergo e
major renovations. Stop in and say "AhoN" to Jn
and all the mermaids and pirates that hang around
In Bradenton, The Whitfield Exchange of ers
an impressive variety of home furnishings - and
here's some advice: If you see something, buy it. It
might not be there when you go back - it'll be in
some other person's house!
We'll be at the Vintage Vagabond on Sunday,
Jan. 4, for its "under the oaks" flea market. It's a fun
event and shop owners Don a Bev welcome shop-
pers into their fabulous i~que store as well.
Baby Boutiki is TIE go-to place if there are any
babies or toddlers in your "love circle." It's packed
with the best in baby clothes, gear and toys, and stuff
for moms-to-be, too!
Downtown Bradenton is where you'll find Rusty
Crickett's Coastal City Cottage full of great home
decor, accessories, gifts and a fabulous selection of
fashions for stylish young ladies.
And in the Historic East Antiques District, you

must check out the awesome retro furnishings avail-
Ale at Braden River Antiques. Retro Rosie and
Cobwebs Antiques invites you to its January White
Sale with savings up to 50 percent on vintage linen.
And don't forget the district's flea market the second
Sunday of each month.
In Ellenton, Bobbie, the charming owner of
Charms of Leffingwell, has stocked her store with
an amazing array of fine antiques and collectibles. It's
a definite must-see, must-shop place to go.
The Feed Store antique mall has got to be the
largest of all the places we shop. If you don't believe
us, go there and check it out for yourself, along with
the huge array of merchandise.
And over in Terra Ceia, we are totally IN LOVE
with Zula's Antiques for its exquisite collection of
antiques and garden d6cor. Well worth the drive!
Thanks for shopping with us throughout 2008. We
look forward to a new year of supporting our local
merchants and, of course, thanks for reading about us
in The Islander.

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Holmes Beach parks committee awaits grant notice

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Members of the Holmes Beach Parks and Beauti-
fication Committee expect to learn in January whether
they secured a grant for a public garden.
The city advisory group applied to the Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program for a $2,000 grant to create a
Florida Friendly demonstration garden in the green
space at Marina and Key Royale drive. The project
cost would be shared by the city, with possible sup-
port from the community.
With its Bay Partners grants, SBEP awards cash
for projects that promote Sarasota Bay education, bay
restoration or bay-friendly landscaping.
SBEP invited businesses, non-profit groups,
schools and civic associations to apply for grants of
as much as $2,000 for projects within the bay water-
Watershed boundaries are from Anna Maria
Sound south to the Venice Inlet and the barrier islands
in between, according to SBEP public outreach coor-
dinator Julia Burch.
An SBEP statement said a panel of the organiza-
tion's citizen advisory committee would review grant
applications, weighing the proposed projects for eco-
logical sensitivity, location, community benefit and
budgetary requirements.
Holmes Beach's project would be completed in

three phases - phase one would involve removing
turf and creating plant beds and shell paths; phase two
would involve planting and mulching; phase three
would involve installing a rain barrel and plant labels.
The garden would feature four areas - one con-
sisting of about 30 groundcover plants, such as gail-
lardia, beach sunflowers and liriope; an area consist-
ing of plants to attract butterflies, such as red milk-
weed, yellow necklacepod and horsemint; another

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area consisting of ornamental grasses, such as purple
fountain grass; and a fourth area with flowering and
fruit-bearing shrubs, such as beauty-berry, Christmas
berry and wild coffee.
The parks and beautification committee hopes to
begin work in the garden this winter if the grant is
The committee's next meeting will be 5 p.m. Jan.
7 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

Under the
Artists set up
sales tables on the
sidewalk outside
The Islander for
the annual Where's
Woody Art Yard
Sale Dec. 20.
Artists made some
quick holiday
,L ,cash and shop-
' persfound some
discounted arts
and crafts for gifts.
Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff

Tide and Moonewelr

Tippee! I'm on vacation!
see you in the New year!

Find us at
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Kitty and Tiki find an impressive
chair. Zula's Antiques is full of
interesting pieces such as this one.



New Year's Day
Starts at 9am!
At the old IGA
and in the lot
across the street
9807 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria

SJane E's cafe and
1L bakery open on Jan 1!

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BOA to take up

continued appeal

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment on
Jan. 7 was expected to continue its review of the
timeline in a complaint regarding a building official
The timeline in the filing of the appeal is a consid-
eration in whether the BOA will actually address the
merits of the complaint filed by Cynthia Dagher and
Mark Mixon against building official decisions that
led to a certificate of occupancy for the Sunset Beach
Motel and The Beach Club at 2201 Gulf Drive.
Dagher and Mixon have appeared before the
BOA multiple times in the past year but not have yet
had a hearing on their complaint.
That's because the BOA has raised concerns that
too much time passed before Dagher and Mixon filed
a sufficient challenge.
During a meeting in November, the BOA asked
for the city and the complainants to gather correspon-
dence on the matter from Nov. 16, when Dagher and
Mixon made a first attempt to appeal the certificate of
occupancy, to June 26, when they submitted a second
more complete appeal.
In their complaint, Dagher and Mixon have made
a number of allegations, including:
* Construction work at 2201 Gulf Drive was a
major development that exceeded the 50-percent rule
watched by the Federal Emergency Management
* Air-conditioning units generate too much noise
and were improperly placed.
* Stormwater runoff from 2201 Gulf Drive now
flows to their neighboring property.
* Trees planted on 2201 Gulf Drive impair vis-
ibility from the neighboring driveway.
* The project was a minor development, accord-
ing to the determination of former building official

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Bradenton man arrested in June for using
a gill net in state waters pleaded no contest to the
charges in December.
Daniel P. Gilliland, 28, was scheduled to go
to trial in March on charges of using a gill net in
state waters, failing to properly transit a gill net,
possession of an unmarked gill net and no salt-
water products license. Use of a gill net in state
waters, illegal since 1995, is a third-degree felony.
The other charges are classified as second-degree
Gilliland's plea of no contest in the case was
filed at the Manatee County Judicial Center in
Bradenton, where he was sentenced to probation
for one year, with credit for the time he spent in
the Manatee County jail.
Gilliland also was ordered to do 25 hours of
public service and lost his fishing license for 90
days, according to court documents.
Gilliland had initially pleaded not guilty to the
In November, he wrote the court stat-
ing an interest in firing his attorney, Thomas

Ed McAdam, and, thus, there was no planning board
review required.
The city has said that appraisals indicate the proj-
ect was done within the 50-percent rule. And also
* "Landscaping and buffering ... have now been
installed and inspected and appear to have mitigated
much of the noise."
* Regarding stormwater runoff, the city has said
additional review during a storm event might be
* Regarding the driveway exit on Gulf Drive,
city staff has said there is no problem for "a vehicle

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"I have been trying to get hold of my lawyer
to see if I could get my court date sooner, but he
will not respond," Gilliland wrote. "I have wrote
him many and many letters. I have had my family
call and call."
Gilliland said that he was scheduled to appear
in court on Oct. 1 "on some simple fishing charges"
and expected to "get time served" but Olstrander
did not appear.
On Nov. 21, Gilliland's request for a reduction
in his bond was denied.
On Dec. 3, Gilliland filed a demand for a
speedy trial, which was denied on Dec. 8.
About a week later, Gilliland pleaded no con-
test to the charges.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
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liland in the water near Coquina Beach. Officers,
according to court documents, pulled four sharks,
10 pompano, two sheepshead, two mangrove
snapper, one spotted sea trout, two whiting and
58 lady fish from the net.
FWC arrested a second man, Ron Baker, along
with Gilliland.

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The BOA meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at city
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Josephine Vera Dattoli
Josephine Vera Dattoli, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,
died Dec. 22.
Mrs. Dattoli was a homemaker. She loved cooking
and gardening and was an avid Frank Sinatra fan.
Services were private. Memorial donations may
be made to the Dattoli Cancer and Brachytherapy
Research Institute, 2803 Fruitville Road, Sarasota
FL 34237. Online condolences may be sent to www.
Survivors include daughters Dawn Jacobs and
husband Alan of Poughkeepsie and Lynn Blair
and husband Earl of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; son
Michael, M.D., and wife Beatriz of Anna Maria
Island; grandchildren Zoe Bacon of Wales, United
Kingdom, Aaron Jacobs of Tarrytown, N.Y., Shannon
Steinbach of Clearwater, and Michelangelo Gianni of
Anna Maria Island; great-grandchildren Abigail and
Benjamin Bacon of Wales; sister Irene Parisi; brother
Daniel Olympia; and many nieces and nephews.
Angela 'Angel' DeMo
Angela "Angel" DeMo, 55, of Bradenton, died
Dec. 24.
Bom in Oxford, N.C., Ms. DeMo moved to Braden-
ton from St. Louis in 1967. She taught children's Sunday
school in Washington for six years and was involved in
prison ministries. She had a degree in social work and
was a registered nurse. She was a member of Alcoholics
Anonymous for 10 years. She was a member of Harvest
Chapel Christian Fellowship Church.
Visitation and services were Dec. 27. Griffith-Cline
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughter Michelle Joyner and
husband Mike of Tennessee; son Robert Lee Hamilton
and wife Sherri of Richmond, Ind.; mother Bobbie
Lane DeMo Parker of Bradenton; father Paul Jr. of
Sugar Creek, Mo.; brothers Paul of Lake Tapawingo,
Mo., and Allen ofAlta Loma, Calif.; seven grandchil-
dren; cousin Cindy Lane of Bradenton Beach; and
many family members in Bradenton.
Mary T. Maner
Mary T. Maner, 102, of Bradenton and formerly
Anna Maria Island, died Dec. 22.

A native of South Carolina, Mrs. Maner first visited
the Island in the 1920s with an uncle who was a land
developer. She spoke fondly of crossing the old plank
bridge at Cortez and staying at the sparsely populated
north end of the Island in one of the still-standing cot-
tages. She became a full-time resident in 1959, when
she and her husband John purchased a home in Holmes
Beach. They later built one of the first homes in Bay
Palms subdivision. She was a member of Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach.
A private memorial service will be held at a later
date and her ashes will be placed in the memorial
garden of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Ann G. McGovern
Ann G. McGovern, 81, died Dec. 12. Mrs.
McGovern came to Anna Maria Island 20 years ago
from Springfield, Ohio, and resided first in Holmes
Beach, then Anna Maria, before moving to Bradenton
10 years ago.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Sat-
urday, Jan. 10, at First Assembly of God, 1820 53rd
Ave., Bradenton.
Mrs. McGovern is survived by five daughters,
Mary Ann Sparks of Sunbury, Ohio; Jane Ann Hart-
zell of Delaware, Ohio; Sandi Mendoza of Maize,
Kan.; and Christine Houck and Kathleen McGovern,
both of Bradenton; brother Chris Powell of Grand-
ville, Ohio; brother-in-law Larry McGovern; 10
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Thomas Channing 'Chan' Salick
Thomas Channing "Chan" Salick, a former Bra-
denton resident, died at his home in Cape Canaveral
at the age of 60.
Mr. Salick was a 1966 grad
uate of Manatee High School
where he played flute in the
marching band. His love of
music continued throughout
his life, and over the years he
played flute in several bands,
performing in nightclubs in the
Salick Tampa Bay area, as well as in
and around Cocoa Beach. He served two years in
the U.S. Army as a laboratory technician stationed
in Germany.
In 1986 he donated, without hesitation, a kidney to

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his brother Rich Salick, giving Rich "the gift of life."
His interest in organ donation programs led him to write
"Donor," a work that presented not only the details of
his experience in donating a kidney to his brother, but
also of the benefits to humanity of organ donation.
As a volunteer for the National Kidney Founda-
tion of Florida, he often would speak at events hoping
to inspire others toward the life-saving procedure of
organ donation.
He loved football and was a staunch supporter
of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with his mother,
longtime Holmes Beach resident Katherine Shyman-
ski, who passed in May 2007.
Mary Catherine Shuttleworth
Mary Catherine Shuttleworth, 78, of Ellenton,
died Dec. 23. She was a retired banker.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Humane Society. Toale Brothers Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by son John R. of Bradenton
Beach; daughter Margaret Ann; and grandchildren
William Blum and Barbara Swearengin.

Dr. Joseph E. Stepka
Dr. Joseph E. Stepka, 84, of Bradenton, died
Dec. 24.
Dr. Stepka moved to Manatee County from
Detroit in 1978.
There will be no visitation or services. Brown
and Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel, was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife Betty J. of Bradenton;
sons Darian of St. Joseph, Mich., and Jan of Lex-
ington, Ky.; daughter Terry Sampson of Bradenton;
brother Ronald of Holmes Beach; and three grand-

Timothy Edward Timmons
Timothy Edward Timmons, 60, of Bradenton,
and formerly of Bradenton Beach, died Dec. 25.
Born in Ohio, Mr. Timmons moved to Manatee
County in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army during
the Vietnam War. He was an avid fisherman and
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
He is survived by brother Capt. Pat; sister Linda;
and mother Linda Porter.

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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
playing field.
* Jan. 17, 5k Dolphin Dash, 8 a.m. registration at
AME. Fee applies.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.


scholarship available
The Manatee County Historical Society has
established a college scholarship for a high school
The applicant should be a resident of Manatee
County. The amount of the scholarship is $750 per
semester, or a total of $1,500 per year. This scholar-
ship is renewable annually.
A strong interest in local history should be docu- . i
mented by the applicant. This interest should be con-
tinued in college, either by the major or minor field of
study. Award recipients will be expected to maintain
an overall "B" average.
The application is due April 14 and the award
will be announced by April 24. For an application
or information call the Manatee County Historical
Society at 941-749-7165.

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Wednesday, Dec. 31
Today is New Year's Eve.
8 p.m. to 1 a.m. - New Year's Eve Celebration Black Tie
(optional) Party at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bra-
denton. Information: 941-748-8087. Fee applies.
9 p.m. - New Year's Eve Extravaganza with music by DJ
Chuck C at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Braden-
ton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222. Fee applies.
Midnight- Fireworks at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222.

Thursday, Jan. 1
Today is New Year's Day.
5 p.m. - Deadline for children ages 5-12 to submit a four-
color decal design to the Feed the Manatees Snooty Club Decal
Contest. Entry forms and templates at www.southfloridamuseum.
org. Information: 941-746-4131, ext. 11.

Saturday, Jan. 3
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a
breakfast meeting at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.
9 a.m. to noon - BayWise kayak tour from South Lido Park to
Otter Key. Space is limited to 15 participants. Information: Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program offices, 941-955-8085.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-618-4431.
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - New year ritual yoga workshop at
the Island Yoga Space, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Registration:
941-778-3149. Fee applies.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Vanessa Hoffman will sign copies of
"Rear View Mirror" at the Village Bookshop, in the Village of the
Arts, 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-750-9141.
4 to 9 p.m. - Night at the Museum: Your Body is a Universe
in the planetarium at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Monday, Jan. 5
4 to 5:30 p.m. - Introduction to black and white photography
for ages 8 and older at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Four-week session. Information:
941-778-2099. Fee applies.
7 p.m. - Artists' Guild Gallery presents "Interior Redesign
and Trends" with Kathy and Wayne Moser in the Community Hall
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

Tuesday, Jan. 6
Manatee public school classes resume.
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch
and a program about Florida Virtual School with Ya'Frica Edwards
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.

Mystery Florida money to Tingley
Directors of Mystery Florida, a conference featuring Florida mystery writers, present a check for $1,000 to
Tingley Memorial Library clerk Eveann Adams recently. The funds are proceeds from the 2008 conference.
Pictured, from left, are Adams and board members Dudley Brown, Patrick Gray and Terry Griffin. The next
Mystery Florida conference will be June 5-6, 2009, on Lido Key. Islander Photo: Paul Roat

2 p.m. - Financial and Estate Planning for Today: Common
Financial Concerns presented by Vinnie Conte at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
4 to 5:30 p.m. - "Budding Young Artists" class for ages 7 and
older at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. Four-week session. Information: 941-778-2099.
Fee applies.

* "Birds of the FISH Preserve" photograph exhibit at the Flor-
ida 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., players pitch horse-
shoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for
the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.

Coming up:
* Jan. 8, Science Cafe at the Cellar Lounge.
* Jan. 8, "The Music Man" opens at the Manatee Players
* Jan. 9, Artists reception at the Artists Guild Gallery.
* Jan. 10, Creative clay class for kids at the Island Art
* Jan. 10, Privateer's Thieves Market at Coquina Beach.
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On tides and tidal inlets in Southwest Florida

Dr. Ernest Estevez is the keeper of all lore nau-
tical in our part of the world. For more than three
decades he has practiced his craft at Mote Marine
Laboratory, publishing scores of technical papers on
riverine, estuarine and all other ecosystems. He is
truly a font of marine knowledge.
So Ernie was the perfect source for gaining a bit of
insight about tides in Southwest Florida. Why are we
supposed to have four a day only to sometimes have
one tide in a 24-hour period? Why are some high tides
higher than others? What about lower low tides?
The following is an essay he wrote to answer the
tidal questions posed by visitors and residents:
Our relationship with the sea is affected mostly
by our contact with its edges and surfaces. Even the
most ephemeral sea-level event, the breaking wave,
holds our fascination.
"I moved here from New England where you could
set your clock by the tides, but down here the tides are
different every day. And the bay is a whole lot shal-
lower than it was this summer! What's going on?" ...
is a question I've come to expect this time of year. The
answer is not complicated, but it has several parts.
For starters, the Florida west coast experiences
"mixed" tides, or a combination of diurnal (one
high and low tide per lunar day) and semi-diur-
nal (two high and two low tides) patterns. Each
by itself is regular, but when both patterns occur
together we can have days with only one or, rarely,
even five tides. Two to four are the most common,
but even these will have unequal heights, causing
us to speak of higher and lower high tides or higher
and lower low tides.
Mean tide is the average of all high and low tides.
To make boating as safe as possible, all navigation
charts show depths relative to mean lower low tide.
Now it just so happens that, in summer, more of the
higher high tides tend to occur during daylight hours,
whereas in winter the lower low tide tends to be more
common during the day. The outcome of this shift is
that daytime water levels in our bays appear higher
in summer than in winter. All else being equal, there
are just fewer people on the water, or looking at it,
at night than during the day.
But there is more at work than that. The average
level of the near-shore Gulf changes from month to
month, being lowest around February and highest in
late September to mid-October. The main reasons for
this pattern are thermal expansion of water on the west-
Florida Shelf (warm water occupies a larger volume)
and runoff of river flow in summer months. The bar-
nacle or oyster that settles on a seawall near high tide
in summer will die from exposure to air when winter
comes, just because of these differences.
Seasonal winds accentuate matters, too. Winds
from the north and especially east tend to drive water
out of rivers and bays along our coast, whereas west
or south winds push water inland. Our prevailing
winter winds are of the first kind, especially after
cold fronts, causing the already-lowered tides to
reach even lower levels. Folks are hard-put to float

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By Paul Flatl ,

their boats in the middle of a winter day following a
cold front, but it's a great time to walk out on mud-
flats and sand bars looking for clams!
The savvy Floridian or visitor knows some other
main points about coastal water levels. For example,
the tide range is not the same everywhere along the
Gulf coast. The difference between highest and lowest
tides varies from 1 or 2 feet to 4 or almost 5 feet, and
there is no regular north-south trend from the Pan-
handle to the Florida Keys. A main reason is the dis-
tance across the continental shelf each oceanic tidal
wave must travel every day - where the shelf is very
wide, for examples off the Ten Thousand Islands or
Big Bend coastlines, the tide range is greater. Where
it is relatively narrow, off the Panhandle for example,
the tide range is small.
Also, the overall level of the sea is gradually rising
as a remnant of global warming since the last ice age.
For west-central Florida, the rate of sea-level rise has
been about 9 inches per century, a seemingly slow rate
but one with enormous ecological importance in so flat
a state as ours. The rate of sea-level rise is expected to
increase as a result of climate change.
The rare and most extreme sea level is probably
the one we most anticipate - the hurricane storm
surge. In a stairwell at Mote Marine Laboratory,
I once marked the wall to show where computer
models predict the water will reach with hurricanes
of increasing intensity. A Category 5 surge would put
3 feet of water into the second floor of our barrier-
island facility, and inundate all low-lying mainland
areas from Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor.
Thanks, Ernie, for explaining how tides work.

Midnight Pass impasse yet again
Midnight Pass is an inlet that once separated
Siesta and Casey keys in Sarasota County. About 25
years ago, the migrating pass threatened two homes
and, with water lapping against the pool decks and
crashing against the exterior of the expensive homes,
the pass was allowed to close under the provision that
it would be relocated at homeowner expense.
The pass relocation proved too expensive for the
homeowners, and after eight or so attempts Midnight
Pass was no more.
Sarasota County commissioners last year agreed
to revisit the issue and authorized about $800,000 in
engineering studies to come up with a way to re-open
the inlet. The new pass would be wide, deep and pro-
vide tidal flushing between the Gulf of Mexico and
Little Sarasota Bay. Oh, and there would be a speedy
point of ingress and egress for boaters.
Engineering studies in hand, federal, state and
regional environmental permits were sought. Earlier
this month, the lead state agency told the county it
could not grant permits for the pass opening. County
leaders are expected to appeal the notice to deny the
work at a cost of upwards of $500,000.
If the pass is ever re-opened, millions more will
be needed for regular maintenance dredging to keep
the waters flowing.

Sandscript factoid
Here's a couple literary quotes that come to mind
when discussing time and tides and our human whims
to contain either.
"To progress from nature's despoiler to its cus-
todian, we must first redefine our place in - not
over - nature, accept the role of resident rather
than architect and resist the temptation t.-h1nii, '1, ,.'y
affords us to mold a world responsive to our whims
alone." From "The World is Not a Theme Park" by
Ted Gup.
"We all like to congregate at boundary condi-
tions. Where land meets water. Where earth meets air.
Where body meets mind. Where space meets time.
We like to be on one side and look at the other." From
"Mostly Harmless" by Douglas Adams.

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anniversary in December with a a dinner for 115 members and guests at recently renovated Squadron
building, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Pictured are some past squadron commanders and current
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Gag grouper catch still great in Gulf

By Paul Roat _
The "catch-and-release" prefix to seatrout can .-- --- -
be lifted later this week, as trout season reopens Jan. _,

Spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) have dark
gray or green backs and numerous black spots on the
back and tail. They grow to about 4 pounds locally,
and are found inshore near seagrass beds. There is a
15- to 20-inch slot limit on spotted seatrout, with a
four-fish daily limit, but you may possess one more
than 20 inches.
Offshore fishing action continues to be terrific
for grouper. Gags, especially, are thick in the Gulf
of Mexico and near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in
Tampa Bay. Good gag action is within 15 miles of
shore. There are also some good reports of snapper
and a few amberjack being caught in the Gulf.
Backwater fishing for sheepshead, redfish and a
few catch-and-release snook is also good.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said he's putting his charters
onto grouper, snapper and kingfish, but "we're slay-
ing the gags" in the Gulf, he said.
At Island Discount Tackle at Catchers Marina
in Holmes Beach, reports include some snapper and
gag grouper catches coming from the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge area of Tampa Bay. There are also
some good-sized redfish and catch-and-release trout
being caught from the seagrass flats in the bays, with
a general assessment that fishing is pretty good, even
with some blustery days.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include fair
catches of sheepshead and small grouper, but fish-
ing is a tad slow at the pier of late.
Rocky at the Anna Maria City Pier said fishing
isn't too bad there, with nice catches of bonita and
flounder coming to the dock, as well as some big
sheepshead and bonnethead sharks.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said he's putting his
charters onto mangrove snapper, bluefish, pompano,
ladyfish, redfish to 25 inches in length and sheep-
shead to 3 pounds. He's been fishing out of Anna
Maria Sound, Palma Sola Bay and northern Sarasota
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said his customers have been bringing
in limit catches of gag grouper to 22 pounds, with
excellent results in 60 feet of water or deeper in
the Gulf. Live pinfish are the bait of choice. He's
also catching limit catches of large red grouper and
amberjack to 60 pounds, plus yellowtail snapper,
mangrove snapper, porgies, tile fish and barracuda
to 5 feet in length. Capt. Larry also got the "weird
catch of the week" honor for several African pom-
pano, a rare species this part of the Gulf. He added
that he took Larry Bethke of Bradenton and Kelly
Quin of Anna Maria Island out on a Christmas
party Dec. 20, and while he was fighting an African
pompano, a 9-foot mako shark hit the fish under

Kingfish first
Molly Fava, 12, from Dearborn, Mich., is pictured with her first kingfish, caught in 55 feet of water off-
shore of Anna Maria Island using a Spanish sardine on aflatline. Molly and family were fishing with Capt.
Larry McGuire.

the boat. "It was approximately 200 pounds of seri-
ous shark, and it got hooked in the corner of the
mouth with 30-pound-test monofilament leader and
25-pound-test line," he said. "An hour and a half
later, I was still fighting this beast, and everyone
else stopped their fishing to help maneuver the boat
around. The mako gave us two spectacular jumps,
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else could get back to their holiday fishing. Finally,
he broke off, unfortunately before we got a photo.
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Island tops in sports for 2008

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
It's hard to believe that another year already has
passed us by. When you're busy and having fun, time
really does fly. Though I've always been in love with
sports, it really dominates my life now. My daughter
Gillian, now 11 and officially a "tweenager," is involved
in Manatee Magic soccer and club volleyball while my
6-year-old son, Conal, plays soccer and Little League
baseball. Add to that my girls soccer coaching duties at
Manatee High School and my sportswriting gig here
with The Islander and you would have to agree that
mine is a "sporting life." Did I forget to mention golf?
With that being said, I try to get out to cover
as many of the Island's sporting events as possible,
but with the above-mentioned schedule, that is not
always in the cards.
Picking the top sports stories also isn't easy, since
I wasn't at each and every event. I try to pick out
events that stand out, like when kids take it to the next
level, be it from recreational soccer to club soccer,
young player to high school sports, or all the way to
the top as a professional.
There were several basketball games that stood
out for me in 2008, including a pair of Anna Maria
Island Community Center Basketball League Divi-
sion III games involving Ross Built. One was a regu-
lar season game between Ross and LPAC on Feb.
16 while another was the Division III championship
game. Another stand-out was a soccer game between
AMICC Soccer League Division II Panoramic and
Coastal Orthopedic on Oct. 24 that saw Luke Valadie
score the game winner with 30 seconds to play.
In addition, there are many people in the com-
munity who send me news and notes to fill out my
column that need to be recognized. A big thanks to
the folks at the Key Royale Club who send their golf
news, and to young players' parents like Lee Ross,
Gareth Miller, Susan Thomas and others that I'm not
remembering at the moment. Also, a big thanks to
Andy Jonatzke and the rest of the crew at the Center.
Their sports leagues provide the meat and potatoes
of my weekly report.
Last, but not least, thanks to all of the parents
and coaches for their dedication to the kids and for
reading The Islander.
Below are my top pics for 2008. Happy new year!

Islanders advance in baseball cup play
The Islanders defeated Munivez Lawn Service
8-1 on May 30 at G.T. Bray Park to finish pool play
in the Manatee County Cup with a 2-1 record and the
ninth seed.
At first glance, this might not seem to be that big
of an accomplishment, but the Islanders foray into the
Manatee West Little League produced only two vic-
tories during the regular season and the team lost one
game to league champ Bonefish Grill by a 30-1 score
early in the season.
It would have been real easy to blow off the rest
of the season after a loss like that, but manager Chris

Moneuse, along with coaches Mike Brusso and Jim
Dudevoire, kept working on not only the player's
fundamentals, but also their attitudes and, slowly but
surely, they started to improve.
It also didn't hurt that Justin Gargett was cleared
to play, giving the Islanders a stud on the mound. He
pitched exceptionally well and the Islanders played
good defense behind him and produced enough
timely hitting to spark the turnaround.
Other members of the newspaper-sponsored team
were Hunter Parrish, Lee Bergeron, Max Monueuse,
Max Miller, Garrison Clark, Phil Dudevoire, Trevor
Albers, Jonny Mattay, William Brusso and Nick

Islander makes
Major League Baseball debut
Holmes Beach resident Tim Perez spends a lot of
time online reading up on the goings on and happen-
ings of the St. Louis Cardinals and its AAA affiliate, the
Memphis Red Dogs. Perez' son Chris was a member of
the Red Dogs, so when Tim Perez read about Cardinals'
pitcher Jason Isringhausen being placed on the disabled
list, he thought his son might get called up to the big-
league club. He proved right and Perez was called up on
May 15 in time to be in the bullpen as the Tampa Bay
Rays came to town for interleague play.
On May 16, Perez made his MLB debut in the
seventh inning with his family in the stands and did
not disappoint. He faced four Tampa Bay Rays' bat-
ters and struck out one in a scoreless appearance that
had St. Louis fans clamoring for him to assume the
closer's role. The stadium radar gun clocked one of
his pitches at 100 mph.

Gulf Coast Flames win nationals
Defenseman Zachary Facheris and coach Fred
Eaton, both Island residents, helped their Gulf Coast
Flames age-12-and-under Tier Two ice hockey team

Participants in the Native Surf Camp pose for a picture before diving into a pile of pizza culminating an
end to an exciting week of surfing and fun on the beach.

talks to bat-
and Gar-
rison Clark
.an. 1 1 West Little

to the national title in April in Hackensack, N.J.
The Flames played and defeated six teams from
around the country, scoring 30 goals while surren-
dering only seven. The national title completes an
undefeated season (36-0) for the team, which plays
out of the Ellenton.

Islanders help soccer team
to undefeated season
The Manatee High School girls JV soccer team
defeated Palmetto High 4-0 on Jan. 11 to finish its
season undefeated with an impressive 12-0-3 record.
The Her-icanes are well represented by Islanders
with sophomore team captain Sean Edwards joining
freshmen Ally Titsworth, Lexi Owens and MacKen-
zie Kosfeld. The team is coached by another Island
resident, Jeff Nelson.
Kosfeld was a defender while Edwards, Owens
and Titsworth played midfield on a team that out-
scored its collective opponents by a 68-4 margin.
Edwards and Owens each finished with three goals
on the season, while Titsworth was among the team
leaders with nine goals.
"With only five returning players, I didn't know
what kind of team to expect, but the girls bonded
quickly and that led to their success this season,"
Nelson said.
The only blemishes on the Lady Canes' fantastic
season came in two 0-0 ties against crosstown rival
Lakewood Ranch and a 1-1 tie against St. Pete Catho-
lic. Otherwise, the girls were perfect.

Fun for all at surf camp
Fun was the order of the week at the annual surf
camp put on by Native Surf Camp and the West Coast
Surf Shop. Leading the young surfers was Ryan Helm,
a professional surfer and a former X-Games participant.
Helm has an c, i,\- ii ,. let's-have-fun attitude that fits
well with kids trying something new like surfing.
Roughly 25 kids came out to the White Avenue
beach June 30-July 4 to give surfing a try. The young
surfers were taught the basics of paddling, standing
up and catching waves, and were even trying some
switch stances before week's end.
After riding two consecutive waves to the beach,
six-year old Bolly "Bali" Turner of Bradenton was
asked how he liked surfing. Turner replied, "The first
time it kind of hurted because the board shot up in the
air and I fell." When asked if it was worth the pain,
Turner shouted back, "Yeah!"
Thanks to a nice little ground swell, the waves
were perfect all week for kids learning to surf. In
addition to surfing, the kids also spent time skim-
boarding and enjoying other beach games.

Islanders take part in Super Bowl wins
Islanders Chris Galati, Anthony Cucci and
Joseph Cucci all played in the Police Athletic League
youth football league this year. Chris played for the
PAL Raiders in the JV or 11-12 age division, while

THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 31, 2008 0 25

Sports in review 2008
Anthony and Joseph played in the mitey-mite divi-
sion or 8-9 age group, also for the Raiders.
Not only did they play, they won. Chris Galati's
team fashioned a perfect 10-0 season that was culmi-
nated with an exciting 12-6 victory over the Panthers
in the PAL Super Bowl. The Raiders were trailing 7-6
with only two minutes left to play and proceeded to
drive the length of the field to score the winning TD
with only a few seconds left on the clock.
Anthony and Joey anchored the defensive
line for the mitey-mite Raiders, which compiled
a 7-1 regular-season record, good for first place.
They defeated the Jaguars by a 19-0 score in
the first round of the playoffs before heading to
the PAL Super Bowl where they avenged their
only regular-season loss when they defeated the
Broncos 20-13. Anthony and Joey chipped in
with three solo tackles and two assists each in
the victory.

Thomas helps MHS soccer
mates to title
Manatee High School sophomore soccer player
Stephen Thomas and his teammates were the 2008
Class 5A, District 12 champions after a Jan. 25 2-0
victory over top-seeded, crosstown rival Southeast
Thomas was the starting central midfielder for the
third-seeded Hurricanes in crafting a 14-7-1 record.
Thomas went on to be named the team's "rookie
of the year" for his stellar play during the 2007-08

O'Connors bowl another strike
Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Fay failed to
dampen the enthusiasm of the many bowlers that
participated in the O'Connor Bowling Challenge on
Aug. 23.
The fundraiser, which benefits the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, is a social event for
Islanders who pack the AMF Lanes in Bradenton
to show off newly acquired bowling skills (Dale
Conlon took lessons) and to hobnob with friends
and family members.
Kelly Jordan took home a couple of trophies for
winning high game and high series in the ladies divi-
sion. She threw a high of 190 and finished with a 507
score for all three games.
Jim Weaver's 221 in his last game earned him
a trophy for high game, while Jim Stufflebeam put
together a 542 series to win first place in the men's
The big winner of the evening was Cindy Jennis,
who won the raffle for the 37-inch flat-screen televi-

Islanders contribute to
MHS volleyball success
The Manatee Hurricanes varsity volleyball team
is in the middle of one of its best seasons in recent
memory behind senior and Auburn-bound middle-
hitter Courtney McDonald and fellow senior middle-
hitter Taylor Mealy.
Waiting in the wings to continue the Hurricanes
success next year are sophomores Jenna Duvall,
Mackenzie Kosfeld and Sarah Howard. This trio of
Islanders have helped the Manatee High junior var-
sity team to a 12-5 record.
Duvall, an outside hitter, has put together a nice
season with 61 kills, 18 blocks and 29 digs, while
serving at a 75 percent success rate and 15 aces.
Kosfeld pulls double duty for the Lady Canes as
an outside-hitter and setter. She has 24 kills, 22 digs
and six blocks and has dished out 52 assists. Kosfeld,
who Coach Kimlyn Wilson says has an incredible
jump serve, has served 25 aces and has an 87 percent
success rate.
Wilson raved about Howard, who plays middle
hitter and also serves as the team co-captain. "Sarah
has been a force for us with her hitting and blocking.
She is the player that will always hit the floor going
for the ball, always giving 110 percent."
Wilson, in her second season as JV coach, was

Islanders Jenna Duvall, Mackenzie Kosfeld and Sarah Howard pose for a picture in their pink "Volley for
the Cause" uniforms with MHS junior varsity coach Kimlyn Wilson. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy

sure to point out that it's not all about volleyball with
these girls. "They are a great bunch of girls that work
hard, both in the classroom and on the court."

Holmes Beach youth wins
skimboard contest
Lifelong young Island resident Brandon Mills, a
third-grader at Anna Maria Elementary, recently par-
ticipated in the first annual Aqua East Surf Shop-St.
Augustine National Kidney Foundation Surf Festival
held June 26-29 at the St. Augustine Pier and Ocean-
front Resort in St. Augustine.
Brandon grabbed first place with some strong
rides, including one where he pulled off an "indy,"
which is when you get some big air and grab the
board between your legs before getting it back under-
neath your feet for a good landing. He also pulled
off a "180 pop shove it," where a rider gets air and
spins the board 180 degrees under their feet before

Ross Built holds on for roundball title
Second-seeded Ross Built jumped out to an 8-2
halftime lead during the AMICC Basketball League
Division III championship game on March 11 against
number-one seed Duncan Real Estate, then held on

Islander baseball player William Brusso hit his
own "shot heard round the world" on this swing.
Jeannie Bystrom said she heard mom Elsa Brusso's
screams from G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton, while
negotiating traffic on Manatee Avenue.

for the victory as Duncan staged a frantic fourth-
quarter rally.
The scoreless third quarter came to an end with
Ross Built seemingly in control with a six-point lead,
but that view quickly changed. Duncan Real Estate
staged a furious rally and had several chances to tie
the score, but the ball just wouldn't drop into the
Madison Gsell led Ross Built with six points and
five steals, while Luke and Maddy Valadie finished
with two points apiece.

This week in sports:
Former Island resident Rich Bell has started up
a new company, Youth Sports Training Inc., "Island
Style," and he's hosting a fun soccer event: Beach
Soccer Blast.
The Blast will be held Jan. 17-18 and Jan. 24-25
at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach for soccer
players ages 4-13. And the best part about it? It's
barefoot and it's free, according to Bell, who is host-
ing the event in honor of his mother, the late Nancy
Stork, former owner of Fran Maxon Real Estate in
Anna Maria.
The first weekend, Jan. 17-18, is for players who
will participate in ages 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9. Jan. 24-25
is for players in the 10-11 and 12-13 age groups.
Teams will consist of 6-12 players and registra-
tion can be for a team or for a player. Participants will
receive a T-shirt and there will be division awards.
To register, simply go to
and click on the registration link. You may also con-
tact Bell at 941-792-9376, or by e-mail at Rich@

Kickoff set for Relay For Life
The Relay For Life on Anna Maria Island
invites people interested in joining an American
Cancer Society fundraiser to attend kickoff party
at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Star Fish Com-
pany, 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez.
The fundraising will culminate May 16-17
with the Relay for Life at Coquina Bayside Park
in Coquina Beach.
The event is part of a nationwide campaign
that began 25 years ago with one man walking
around a track for 24 hours to raise $27,000 to
fight cancer.
In 2008, the Island Relay for Life raised
At the kickoff party, people will learn how to
form a Relay for Life team and have the opportu-
nity to join an event committee.
For more information, call the ACS at
800-ACS-2345 or go to

26 0 DEC. 31, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

'Individuals' shine in Manatee County history fair

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Manatee County Convention Center was the
setting for the Manatee County History Fair competi-
tion Nov. 18-20, in which a few Island students made
a showing.
Students in grades four through 12 are eligible
to participate in the annual fair, researching topics
based on this year's national theme, "Individuals in
There are several project categories for students
to enter, including exhibit boards, documentary films
and essay.
Volunteers, including Sissy Quinn of the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society and former Anna
Maria Mayor SueLynn, judged student projects.
Among the hundreds of project boards were two
submitted by Island residents.
Anna Maria resident Sophia Bernet entered a
project about the Southeastern Guide Dogs, saying
she chose her project for several reasons.
"It is supported solely on contributions, and does
not receive any government funding," explained
Bernet. "I also love dogs and I believe they have a
special understanding and are able to play a great role
in a human's life."
In gathering her research, Bernet interviewed
several people, including Island resident Suki Jan-
isch, a guide dog puppy raisers.
She also visited the facility in Palmetto with her
family. "I learned a lot about the breeding and raising
processes and took a lot of pictures," she said. And
the day was not complete without playtime with the
Bernet thinks Southeastern Guide Dogs is "a phe-
nomenal place." She even forwarded the organization
Web link and articles she found to her grandparents
in Ohio so that they could keep track of her project.
Bradenton Beach resident Breanna Howell
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tion to Denver. During the trip, she visited the Molly
Brown Museum and discovered that Molly Brown
wasn't who she was said to be. Frustrated by the
media's portrayal of Brown, Howell set out to burst
some of those myths.
For example, in the movie "The Unsinkable
Molly Brown," Molly worked in a bar, however, Mar-
garet (her real name) never worked in that kind of
setting and was said to be against drinking alcohol.
According to Howell, Brown was well known
and respected in her community, rescued many people
aboard the Titanic and founded the first juvenile court
A project board on the Founding Families of the
Cortez Fishing Village also came to our attention. It
was submitted by Logan Jordan.
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families," Jordan said.
Jordan's project board was a recreation of the
fishing village, including a dock, A.P. Bell Fish
Company, Cortez firehouse, Fulford Grocery Store,
the Cortez Schoolhouse and Star Fish Company.
The roof of each building was designed to pull out,
revealing information about the Mora family.
For example, Jordan learned that "Joe's Island,
located in Manatee County north side of the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge, was named after my great, great,
great-grandfather Joe Mora."
This year may be the last contest the Manatee
County Historical Commission will host at the con-
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According to Supervisor Dean Dixon, due to a
lack of government funding, agencies such as the his-
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convention center at a reduced rate. Dixon said the
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year. Without sponsorship, other alternatives would
have to be explored, such as running the program on
school sites.
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LAUGHING ALL THE WAY By Elizabeth C. Gorski Edited by Will Shortz

1 Hog lovers
7 Cheesy snack
11 Bad sport
20 Kind of valve in
the heart
21 Potato source
22 Begin
23 Like some
24 Prefix with -logy
25 Witnesses giving
26 Barbecue sound
27 Wrap up by
29 Round dances
31 Bother no end
32 Symbol of
34 Repeat calls?
36 N.F.L. coach
with a perfect
17-0 record in
38 Like preowned
40 Spin-producing
tennis shot
41 Like Silly Putty
44 Neat as
46 Oslo's land:
47 Wave off
49 Fulminate
50 Gets ready to go
out in the cold
53 Book in which
the destruction
of Samaria is
54 Gang brawl

Answers appear
on page 28 of
this edition.

56 Violent
behavior, in
British slang
57 It means a lot to
59 Oktoberfest
61 Candied holiday
62 Former Toyota
64 Pacific salmon
66 Invited to one's
penthouse, say
68 "Hooked on
Classics" record
69 Cry when a
surprise guest
73 Stuck, after "in"
77 Having bristles
79 View from a
beach house
80 Elizabeth Ann
and others
82 With 83-Down,
early learning
85 Greases
87 Egypt's Mubarak
89 Like some
90 Warm blanket
92 Virile
94 Answered the
97 G.M. or G.E.
98 Top-Sider, e.g.
101 1501, on a
102 TV's Science
Guy and others
103 Abscond
105 Sound: Prefix
106 Memorable
108 Cracks up

109 Regis Philbin,
111 Stretchy
114 Admit
116 Bug-B-Gon
117 Beginning
119 Code-cracking
120 Without delay
123 Venerable
125 Georges Braque,
for one
127 Fruitcake
128 Wanderers
129 Throat soother
130 Boot camp pals
131 Landing spot for
132 Plumbers' drain

1 Banquo in
"Macbeth," e.g.
2 2008
about the
national debt
3 December 25
answer to 69-
4 U.F.O. fliers
5 Choir supports
6 Act opener
7 Basketry palm
8 "We've got

9 Rum Tumrn
Tugger, for one
10 Greeting from
11 Tabs in the
12 Buried treasures
13 Open

14 Maniacal leader?
15 Schedule of TV
16 Mild chili
17 Song whose
subject is
encouraged to
"hurry down the
chimney tonight"
18 Singer James
19 What remains
28 Apollo's
30 Towers'
33 Grape graspers
35 Includes in an e-
36 Na Na
37 Rustic
39 Bongo, e.g.
41 Wrap fully
42 Country singer
43 K-6 sch.
44 By surprise
45 Sound of the
48 D.D.E. opponent
51 cit.
(footnote abbr.)
52 One reaching a
55 "Burma Looks
Ahead" author
58 Bossy types?
60 Listener
63 Mass production
65 C.I.S. members,
67 Whom
psychiatrists see
70 Stick in the
71 Pops

72 Three French

74 December 25
answer to 69-
75 Anoint with
sacred oil, old-
76 Early PC
78 QB Manning
81 Archaic verb
82 Javelins and

83 See 82-Across
84 Father ___
86 Succeeded at
musical chairs
88 Poet's foot
91 Paintbrushes and
93 It's worth 100
95 Lays off
96 Manners of
99 Cries of pain

Hornets, e.g. 100 U.S.N. rank

104A couple of
people may work
in it
107 Subject for
109 Leaves for a
110 Ring figures
112 Joe Jackson's
"___ Really
Going Out With
113 Phoebe of

114 Neeson of "Rob
115 Single-named
116 Siouan speaker
118 It's closed on
Dec. 25
121 "Let's call
122 Lawyer: Abbr.
124 "Aladdin"
126 Neck wrap

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* Sprinkler Systems * Brick Patios
Over 30 Years Experience
Kevin Murphy

TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

TOM'S DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, inserts, frame changeout, handsets
replaced, insulated glass replacement, screens,
etc. 941-730-1399 or 941-722-7507.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
YOUR ISLAND LEAK-detection service. Fast,
accurate, professional and affordable. Pinpoint-
ing hidden leaks. Cell, 941-951-1833.

Here is
male shepard
mix, healthy
and friendly,
rescued from
a dirt road.
$200 adoption
fee includes neuter/microchip/shots. Call Julie @
SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or Manatee
Humane Society, 941-747-8808.

free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
GET A BID, then call Nick. Voted No.1 painter.
Snowbird homes and vacation rentals, Decem-
ber-May. Island references. Visa/MasterCard
accepted. 941-779-1646 or 207-745-5116.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell, 941-592-8684.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
941-795-7411. CAC184228.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services - when and what you need - to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check. for details.

New Doors?
Call Jim 941.504.8158
Complete Installation of any Doors.
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UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience all phases of nail care. Gift
boutique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and
sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for
an appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure
services. 941-713-5244.
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializ-
ing in sport-specific training, improving balance,
strength, and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call

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

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

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.

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


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118.
941-778-3924 or 778-4461.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
talks. 941-201-9360.

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

year with a home renovation. Free estimates.

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

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* Home Repair
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*Painting - I ' r,,io
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* Ceiling Fans

* House Watching/
Property Management
* Cleaning (Maid)
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Paver Brick
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
(941) 794-6504 *

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

PRenovation Specialist * All Carpentry Repairs
CraCompleting moC. Fidethan 2,000 jobson AnnaMaria Island
(941) Darrin J. Wash 941.725.0073
Tree remove trimming * demossing * palms trimmed * buck et ras
truck * bobcat service * debris remove * hauling * Iandclearing
941-232-92landscaping sod * brush hogging at $40
Centrallylocally owned & operates Road * 4523 30 St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

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

furnished. Beautiful location, close to beach, call
for pricing. 941-794-5980.
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
HOLMES BEACH OFFICE center: Save money,
locate your office for as low as $250. Great for
professional, realtor, insurance or accountant
office. 5382 Gulf Drive. 941-746-8666.

HARBOR PINES: 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer
connections, tile/carpet, 12-month lease, close to
MCC, Bayshore High School and shopping. $750/
month, $500 security. Call 941-650-3476.
POOL HOME: VACATION rental. Eight minutes
from the beaches in northwest Bradenton. Gor-
geous 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, sleeps six,
inclusive. Contact 941-794-1515. View at www.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR/1 BA. 200 steps to Gulf of
Mexico beach. Back yard canal dock with Tampa
Bay access. New appliances. Quiet SEER 16 air
conditioner, energy saving low-watt lights and
ceiling fans. Granite counter tops throughout.
Laundry room with washer and dryer. Must see
to appreciate. $995/month plus security deposit.
Call 941-778-9158.
duplex, north Anna Maria near Gulf, 2BR/1 BA,
$950/month plus utilities. 941-778-7003.

625 sf, $500/month. 8799 Cortez Road.0 Call

dryer, cable, fireplace. Near beach. $1,200/month.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The

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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.

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

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.
Openings now. 2BR/1 BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach apartments. 941-778-2374.

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.
garage. Clean, quiet area, No smoking or pets.
$950/month. 941-776-1789.
NEW IN 2006: Furnished 1BR/1BA, one mile
from Anna Maria Island. Available Jan. 1. Sea-
sonal, $1,250/month, annual $700/month.

Maria, pet friendly, near beach, trolley, weekly,
monthly rates. 941-567-4789.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.

3BR/2BA, pool, dock, $299. Longboat Key
2BR/1 BA home, $599/week. Island 3BR/2BA, pool
and dock, $999/week. Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA,
$2,200/month. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

covered carport, shed, outside shower, washer
and dryer hookup, enclosed lanai. $850/month.
First, last and security deposit plus utilities.
SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA city. Ground-level.
Quiet neighborhood. 2BR/1 BA. $2,000/month.
Available immediately. 941-778-5439.

BEACHFRONT CONDO for rent: 55-plus, turn-
key. Annual or seasonal, two months minimum.
nice efficiency available for seasonal rental Janu-
ary/April. Walk to beaches. Great center Island loca-
tion. Rent as low as $800/month. May do annual on
efficiency. Call Richard, 513-378-9100.

CANALFRONT HOME: 2BR/2BA, two-car garage,
dock. Coral Shores subdivision. $1,200/month
and deposit. Large duplex, 1 BR/1 BA, washer and
dryer, West Bradenton. $625/month and deposit.

2BR/1 BA: LARGE SCREENED porch, great location,
views of bay and city pier, pool. Annual unfurnished,
$1,325/month plus deposit of $1,325. Contact Rondi
at 941-778-1470, or Reggie at 813-598-1802.
55-plus, 2BR/2BA, ground floor by pool, steps
to beach. Three-month minimum, $2,300/month.
Four months, $2,100/month. 412-889-7115.

2BR/1.5BA: ONE BLOCK to Gulf. February,
March, April, $2,500/month. 941-224-4417.
duplex, quiet area of Holmes Beach. Washer/dryer
included. $1,000/month, plus utilities. First, last,
security. Quick move incentive! 941-730-2606.

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

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THle Islander
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oramic views from this charming 2BR direct beach front condo. Walk on the
residence with southern exposure and beach, watch the sunsets and dolphins
private setting. Dock & vertical lift, fromyourownbalconyorswiminthe
htd. pool and short walk to the beach. heated pool. Jim Zoff (941) 778-2246.
Dave Moynihan (941) 778-2246. #M5801033. $565,000
#M5801044. $995,000

homewith cagedpool.AllIImajorrenova- homeonfenced 1/3acre lotwithtropical
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appliances, updated baths, newtileand well irrigation. Rae Ellen Hayo (941)
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BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $398,000.
Owner, 941-447-2061.

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

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-

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

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:

and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
Company. 941-383-6112.

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,

$49,000 OR BEST offer. Small 1BR mobile
home, addition and driveway. Price includes land.
Located at 63 Third Street in Paradise Bay. Low
monthly maintenance fee. Call 941-447-9852 for

MOBILE HOME: 1 BR/1 BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $79,000. 513-470-3851.

BEACH CONDO: MILLION-dollar view. 55-plus.
$560,000. 941-779-1013.

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

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

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

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

publication. CLASSIFIED RATES for business
or individual: Minimum $12 for up 15 words.
Each additional word over 16-30 words is $20.
31-45 words is $40. Box: $4. Ads must be paid
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Spal Store
Hair, nails, make-up, skin and massage
for the bride and the entire bridal party.
5311 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach * 941-778-5400

Silvia' Fhower Comer
Unique wedding flowers that will WOW you!
9807 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, inside Ginny's.
Call 941-720-0424, or e-mail

Toruimllm liumn Ilea li &
TramdewiimhsI IReomrts
90 well-appointed rooms, apts. & suites
with kitchens, wi-fi, pools, beach and more!
Naley's Motel
An Island jewel with 1950s charm and
21st century amenities. Perfect for all
weddings and reunions.
941-778-5405 or 800-367-7824

INhviItaioi n Statioml
at Ibecor & More
Visit our store or shop online for all
your invitation and stationery needs.
6713 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton
Ilridhle Street
All your jewelry and bridesmaid gifts
129 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach

Jack Elkan Iioto
The finest wedding photography since
1980. Studio located at 315 58th St,
Holmes Beach. Visit my Web site at

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Over the top service at a great value.
A range of packages to suit your needs.
You'll love your pictures forever!

Islaminl Ioloeegralahy
Beautiful and creative photography
that you will treasure for a lifetime.
Dara Caudill 941-778-5676
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Wedding Photography, Rehearsal Dinners,
Engagement Sessions, Special Events.
941-345-5135 I Island resident
iam1mamman Cahlam4ma4
Caribbean Grill & Restaurant
We'll cater your affair with Caribbean flair!
941-779-1930 *
Iloeten Ihlallih'
Now offering catering and banquet facilities
for weddings and private parties.
For catering menu and more information,
Call 941-778-3953.

Ihmyshle hliimqiumet Hall
Rehearsal Dinner Packages $1600
Wedding & Reception packages $1700
4628 119th St. W, Historic Cortez Village

Nixoen's in time Grove
A Tropical Garden Oasis Setting
Weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners.
2712 26th Ave. E. Bradenton
941-748-5829 x280

Time lBeachi Smolm
at the Manatee Public Beach
Pretty white dresses for a casual island
wedding, dresses for the moms too!
Open daily

Silver Video LLC
Chrisann Esformes, MAMC, Producer/Owner
A personal, unique perspective
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