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FISH: 2008 Islander of the year
It is with pride that The Ll,,idh news-
paper names an organization across the
waters as 2008 Islander of the year: the
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage in
This "seagrass-roots" group has accom-
plished tremendous progress since its forma-
tion in 1991 on behalf of the laid-back fish-
ing village through its work to halt prospects
that challenged its roots and to protect and
preserve the historic community from out-
As FISH describes itself: "The unique
folkways of traditional Gulf Coast commu-
nities are under a great deal of pressure from
such diverse forces as foreign markets, envi-
ronmental legislation and changes in land
use that follow a disturbing pattern. Resi-
dential developers, the recreational fishing
industry and promoters of tourism all seek
the waterfront for purposes that are often
hostile to the life-ways of Florida's tradi-
tional working waterfronts.
"Few of Florida's traditional fishing vil-
lages have been able to retain their cultural
integrity. Often succumbing to develop-
ers, high fuel bills and high property taxes,
undisturbed natural habitat, fish houses,
boatyards, marinas and other forms of public
access that have coexisted for 100 years
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and more are disappearing. The practice of
re-evaluating waterfront land for the 'highest
and best use' higher tax base have left most
waterborne businesses with little choice but to
sell the property for new high-dollar condos or
other forms of intense development, regard-
less of lost jobs and a negatively impacted
quality of life.
"Cortez has endured and survives as an
historical record of Florida's frontier his-
tory and an important link to the past with its
unique quality of life. Cortez has remained
a fishing community in that fourth and fifth
generations of fisher-folk still work and live in
the historic village. Many homes, fish houses,
docks and the waterfront are still occupied by
those pioneering families who settled Cortez
and stand as a meaningful record of that early
PLEASE SEE FISH, PAGE 5
The year in review: JulyDeember 2008
By Lisa Neff
A look back at the second half of 2008,
as reported by The Lla, h ,r:
Holiday pops for some, sizzles for
others: The crowd oohed and ahhed as the
idh. fireworks lit the sky on Independence Eve in
w com- Bradenton Beach. Occasionally there were
,15 ughs and grrs in the midst of the celebra-
tion, as law enforcement officers asked holi-
1 i! .day revelers to turn over bottle rockets and
S suggested people simply enjoy the public
EEi ^BiRJ extravaganza presented by the BeachHouse
The Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Public fireworks displays in munic-
ipalities across the country were canceled
for various reasons, including one in Anna
ie Island Maria.
ts. Privateers name class of 2008: The
Anna Maria Island Privateers presented
$27,000 in scholarships to local students at
the Cafe on the Beach July 4. The students
0)QO joined the Privateers in a holiday parade,
0Q then dined on barbecue at the beachfront res-
nd taurant before receiving their scholarships.
21 Awards were presented to Austin Eason,
S Kimberly Kuizon, Elise Mundy, Claire
Ingram, Ashley Bishop, Chris Chawi, Nicho-
las Gotts, Angela Jackson, Dion Shorey, Eric
Whitley, Ashley Stinton, Elizabeth Aguilar,
nd Josie Cockerham, Charlie Green, Lupita
25 Perales, Ashley Petersen, Kelsey Taylor,
April White and Sean Price.
Commission approves application for
cafe expansion: With a platter of stipulations,
the Bradenton Beach City Commission July 2
approved an application for a major expansion
of a beachfront restaurant. The city's planning
board had recommended commission approval
of the restaurant's application, which calls for
a $500,000 expansion with a new parking lot,
chickee hut, a tiki bar and lobby, as well as a
new kitchen and rest rooms. The plan calls for
a total of 90 parking spaces and 252 seats for
Bertha reaches hurricane status: Bertha
became the first hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic
season July 7. The storm remained well out in
the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 75 mph,
triggering the upgrade from tropical storm to
Anna Maria, Holmes Beach see drop in
population: The U.S. Census Bureau's 2007
population estimates showed slight drops in
Fireworks explode over
the beach in Bradh nion
Beach near the Beach-
House Ro ltarirl,
which sponsored the
July 3 display. A tradi-
tional July 4 fireworks
display did not take
place on the Island due
to safety c i lt ns from
officials about the use
of illegalfireworks on
the beaches. Llani
Photo: Lisa Neff
Anna Maria and Holmes Beach ever so
slight drops. Bradenton Beach saw a slight
increase in population ever so slight. The
percentage increase in Bradenton Beach from
July 1, 2006, to July 1, 2007, was .2 percent,
representing an increase from 1,543 people in
2006 to 1,546 people in 2007. The percentage
decline in Anna Maria from July 1, 2006, to
July 1, 2007 was .8 percent, representing a
decline from 1,847 people to 1,833. The per-
centage decline in Holmes Beach was .5 per-
cent, from 5,053 in 2006 to 5,028 in 2007.
Robinson Preserve opens to public:
Manatee County officials and citizens cel-
ebrated an environmental renaissance July 19
with the official opening of Robinson Preserve.
The hour of speeches leading up to a ribbon
cutting at the entrance of the northwest Bra-
denton preserve featured many superlatives.
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VOLUME 17, NO. 10
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Island had busy holiday week
By Rick Catlin
Many Island accommodation owners and manag-
ers experienced a merry week between the Christmas
and New Year holidays as rooms were gobbled up
faster than a holiday turkey at a Weight Watchers
That same level of activity appeared to carryover
to the retail sector of the Island.
David Teitelbaum of the Seaside, Tortuga and
Tradewinds resorts in Bradenton Beach said Christ-
mas was a sell-out.
"We only had a few rooms available at the start
of the week, but they were quickly taken. I think the
good weather certainly helped bring people to the
Island," he said.
At the Rod & Reel Motel in Anna Maria, manager
Janet Hoffman said there were a few vacancies at the
start of the week, but "they filled up real fast."
Hoffman said it's normal at the Rod & Reel to
have walk-in traffic during the Christmas season,
although many people still make advance reserva-
Likewise for the Club Bamboo Resort in Braden-
ton Beach, where new manager Brenda Tipton said
she had a few rooms available at the start of the week,
but walk-ins soon took care of those vacancies.
"It was a very good week for us. There was a lot
of traffic," she said.
For Jeff and Ken Gerry at the family-owned
White Sands Resort in Holmes Beach, Christmas
was "a very good week," said Ken.
"We had our regular visitors plus a lot of new
faces. It was a good end to the year," he added.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said the positive publicity
in USA Today earlier in December combined with
good weather was a plus for the Island.
"The weather has cooperated down here, while
it was really cold up north. I haven't heard any com-
plaints about Christmas," she said.
That's a good thing because the Christmas-New
Year weeks are traditionally a sellout for accommo-
dations. If it were not, then there would be something
wrong with the economy, she indicated.
For retail owners, the Christmas rush of visitors
to the Island transformed into a flood of business
"We had our best Christmas ever at the Sandbar,"
said Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar Restaurant in
Anna Maria, BeachHouse in Bradenton Beach and
Mar Vista on Longboat Key.
"The weather has just been fantastic. That's
what drives everybody to the Island to go out and
eat. We've been really busy and I hope this continues
through the tourist season," he said.
At Mister Roberts Resortwear in the S&S Shop-
ping Plaza, co-owner Signa Bouziane was ecstatic
about the store's holiday week.
"It was great to see everybody back, plus the
new people who came in. It's been a great Christmas
present," she said.
Bouziane said that the three weeks between
Thanksgiving and Christmas can get a little slow for
"This week has made up for that," she said. "It's
a great Christmas present."
But Christmas is over. Retailers will now have
that traditional lull following the holidays until the
winter tourist season starts in a few weeks.
Bouziane said that years ago visitors used to
return to the Island around mid-January, but not the
past few years.
"Now, they start coming back at the end of Janu-
ary. We can only hope that with this economy, we'll
have the same activity as Christmas. We'll cross our
fingers. People seem to love this Island," she said.
Jessica Grace of the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau said that, while other Florida des-
tinations such as Orlando and Miami are experienc-
ing a decline in tourism, Anna Maria Island appears
to be holding up well, despite the current economic
"People realize this Island is value and a great
place to visit. We're still offering that old Florida look
and charm that is becoming increasingly difficult to
find these days," Grace said.
"I would say I'm encouraged by the start of the
season," she concluded.
improving after crash
A Bradenton man appears to be improving
following a Dec. 14 single-vehicle crash on Perico
Timothy "Tim" Andricks, 18, an employee at
the Holmes Beach Service Station, was listed in
good condition last week, and continued to show
signs of improvement after being removed from
a life-support system.
The accident occurred at about 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 14. Andricks, according to the Bradenton
Police Department, was driving east on Manatee
Avenue after just leaving Anna Maria Island. His
Jeep went off the road, striking a sign and then a
cluster of trees.
He was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center in
St. Petersburg by medical helicopter.
The accident remains under investigation,
with results of a drug and alcohol test, routinely
conducted in a serious accident, pending.
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Gun incident preceded suicidelattempted murder
By Lisa Neff
Less than a month before Jeremiah Edland shot
a Bradenton man and then killed himself, he was
involved in an alleged shooting incident in Holmes
Edland, 32, of Holmes Beach, took his life Dec.
29 after critically wounding Chris Sharts in an alter-
cation at a home in the 4100 block of 78th Street
West, Bradenton. Edland went to the home to see
his ex-girlfriend, Melissa Swafford, according to the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
On Dec. 4, another gun incident was reported,
this one on Anna Maria Island.
Swafford notified the Holmes Beach Police
Department that she and Edland were arguing and
that as she ran away, she heard a gunshot.
The incident, according to a report from HBPD,
occurred at about 9 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Bank of Amer-
ica on Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach.
In an incident report, HBPD Officer Michael
Walker wrote that he was dispatched to the 900 block
of Manatee Avenue to assist the Bradenton Police
Department in a possible shooting.
He said Swafford then told him that she and
Edland had a verbal argument in a car in the bank
parking lot, and that "Edland broke her cell phone
then pulled out a gun, loaded it and threatened to
Swafford said she got out of the car and started to
run east on Manatee Avenue, according to the report.
She said that's when she heard a gunshot.
Walker wrote that in an interview with police,
Swafford "was very evasive when answering ques-
tions" about Edland. Officers took her to her home on
the mainland while other officers searched for Edland.
Later on Dec. 4, Walker said he went to Edland's
apartment in the 4100 block of Gulf Drive, where
Edland said the argument with Swafford took place.
"Edland stated that he picked up Swafford in the
600 block of Manatee Avenue, then the two went back
to his apartment for a few drinks," Walker wrote.
"Edland stated that shortly after the two were
involved in a verbal argument. Edland then stated
Islanders honored, remembered
By Bonner Joy
The Islander takes pride in recognizing members
of the Anna Maria Island community for their unself-
ish contributions and genuine concern for making this
slice of paradise an even better place to live.
Since the newspaper started up in 1992, a rein-
carnation of a former publication that sadly sold to
a national media group and eventually failed, The
Islander has sought to make its path by partnering
with community organizations and making its goals
one and the same, by reporting the news of record,
and by telling the tales of people who live and work
At the end of the first year of publishing, we
hadn't yet found a way to say thank you to the people
we thought worked tirelessly for a better Island. But
in 1993 we found a worthy champion and launched
an Islander of the year award to publish recognition
for deserving people who bettered our world, much
like the effort of Time magazine, although in our own
Katie Pierola, 1995 Islander of the year
She was the third recipient of The Islander's
annual award, which was presented posthumously
to the late Ernie Cagnina in 1993 and to Ray Simches
in 1994. Both served as mayors in Anna Maria.
Pierola had served six years as mayor of Braden-
ton Beach, her last term just ended, and she proved
to be a bull dog in getting grants and bringing about
positive change while in office. The city underwent
a renaissance under her command.
She embodied the definition of a public servant
in her caring, tireless efforts to improve both her city
and Anna Maria Island.
Pierola played an instrumental role in the beach
renourishment program and the prevention of a pro-
posed Cortez megabridge.
Willis Howard 'Snooks' Adams, 1996
Islander of the year
Adams was born April 24, 1917, in Cortez, but
spent much of his life on Anna Maria Island as a
police chief who used common sense as his guide.
He was a friend to Island children, having started
in 1954 an end-of-school party just for kids with hot
dogs, sodas and games at the beach, celebrated now
as Snooks Adams Kid's Day. The Anna Maria Island
Privateers are now host to the party annually for hun-
dreds of children at Bayfront Park at the beginning
In 1952, Bradenton Beach incorporated and
Adams became first assistant chief, then chief of
He is credited with helping set up the first Veter-
ans of Foreign Wars post just after World War II and
was commander three times during the 1950s.
In 1956, Adams went to work for the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office. \ lyjob was to take care of
the Island," he said.
From 1962-78, Adams was chief of police in
Charles and Jo Ann Lester, 1997
Islanders of the year
Charles Lester and Jo Ann Lester fell in love with
Anna Maria Island and along with it, the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. They put their money
where their hearts are, both here and in the small
towns in Wisconsin where they also reside half the
For this, and for the foresight to establish a per-
manent endowment fund for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, for their altruistic, unselfish
willingness to put themselves at the foreground of
a major fundraising campaign, we honored them as
1997 Islanders of the year.
Jim Kronus, 1998 Islander of the year
Jim Kronus, retiring in January 1999 after 25
years as Anna Maria Island Elementary School prin-
cipal, was the 1998 Islander of the Year.
He was later honored with his name on the school
auditorium. Twenty-five years worth of admiring stu-
dents, their parents, family and former and current
staff honored him at that event.
Suzi Fox, 1999 Islander of the year
As a volunteer, with little compensation and
no funding to support the Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, The Islander recognized Suzi Fox for her
efforts in organizing a group of volunteers to protect
She took over a few years earlier the state permit
for protecting nesting mother sea turtles, mostly log-
gerheads on Anna Maria Island, and protecting the
Beach renourishment brought funding and neces-
sary monitoring of protected sea turtles to AMITW,
and Fox continues as the group's executive director,
overseeing teams of volunteers and coordinators who
track and monitor turtle activities on the beach and
Nancy Ambrose, 2000
Islander of the year
She was a relative newcomer to Anna Maria
Island, having moved here three years earlier from
Atlanta, when she earned the honor.
Ambrose brought with her a passion for butter-
flies and butterfly gardening, but discovered things
were different here.
She then found others who shared her but-
terfly interests and the Manasota Chapter of the
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S...he had a shotgun ... in
his hand when it went off,
firing a round into the wall.
S Edland stated the discharge
S Edland also said "he
never had the intention of
putting Swafford or himself
in danger," but "he made
a threat of doing harm to
himself in the heat of the
Edland moment and that he has
never thought of actually doing harm to himself."
Walker, in his report, concluded, "I did not find
any evidence that Edland would do harm to himself
or anyone else."
The MCSO last week continued to investigate the
Dec. 29 shooting, classified as a suicide-attempted
Sharts, meanwhile, continued his recovery. He
arrived at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg
on Dec. 29 in critical condition. On Dec. 31, a hospi-
tal spokeswoman said Sharts' condition was stable.
The MCSO reported that three juveniles were in
the home at the time of the shooting Dec. 29.
SAM to host meeting
Save Anna Maria Inc. will host a general meeting
at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at the West Manatee Fire Rescue
Station, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The agenda includes the nomination of officers
and discussions on the Anna Maria Island Bridge and
For more information, call Billie Martini at
Anna Maria City
Jan. 8, 7 p.m. city commission work session.
Jan. 12,5 p.m., code enforcement board hearing.
Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
Jan. 22, city commission meeting.
Jan. 26, 10 a.m., North Shore/South Bay Bou-
levard residents meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Jan. 7, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Jan. 8, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Jan. 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 12, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Jan. 14, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Jan. 22, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 7, 5 p.m. parks and beautification com-
Jan. 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement board
Jan. 27, city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Jan. 12, 1 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization. Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107
Gulf Drive N., 941-778-1005.
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.
Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting. Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, 941-708-5800.
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Islanders of years past
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North American Butterfly Association was quickly
Mostly they met to share information, but they
also had goals. One was to start a public butterfly
garden, which Ambrose spearheaded in Holmes
Ambrose's impact on Anna Maria Island can be
seen and visited and enjoyed between Holmes
Beach City Hall and the Island Branch Library.
It's there you can see the results of her hundreds
of volunteer hours blooming and fluttering -
although presently it is undergoing a makeover.
It's a peaceful refuge that adds to the ambience
of Anna Maria Island. And, that's no small feat.
While over the years we've heard numerous cries
for "change," seldom is it so benign and so wel-
So, for Ambrose, who also faced the greater chal-
lenge of breast cancer that year, we say thank you for
making Anna Maria Island a more lovely, gracious
and colorful place to live.
Carolyne Norwood, 2001
Islander of the year
One of the greatest challenges facing Floridians
is the development of a sense of community, a sense
With hundreds of people moving to our area daily
from everywhere on the planet, the history of our
region is often lost in the avalanche of new faces, new
homes, new businesses, new things to do and see.
Where we have been, what we have done, who
helped shape and form the place we now call home
is often forgotten.
History is important if only so it does not have
to be relived.
The keeper of the Island's history is Carolyne
Norwood. She set out on a quest to preserve our his-
tory and we think she's been a champion at it, so
much so that we selected her the Islander of the Year
Anna Maria Island Historical Society, its museum
and the preserved old jail, Belle Haven Cottage all
are thanks to the vision of Carolyne Norwood.
Billie Martini, 2002 Islander of the year
Billie Martini is just our cup of tea. She exempli-
fies the charm and character of Anna Maria Island,
the place that we've all come to love.
Martini came to the Island in 1944 and resided
in Bradenton Beach for 16 years. After college, she
married and, with her husband, opened the first motor
court on the Island.
She has had various jobs, including clerk in
charge of the city's post office, bookkeeper of the
Island water company, and billing clerk and teacher's
aide at Anna Maria Elementary School. She is retired
and president of Save Anna Maria Inc.
Bunny Garst, who led the crusade with members
of SAM against the 1990's Anna Maria "megabridge"
plan, said Martini was "in it from the beginning. She
went to the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection it's really how we got them on our
She was elected to the Holmes Beach City Com-
mission in 1993 for a two-year term. At that time,
she said she would be a voice for the people on the
She sought numerous recreational opportunities
for city and Island residents, including an offer to
fund a community pool, a fountain at Holmes Beach
City Hall and, at one time, offered a park plan for the
Holmes Beach city property that included trees and
shaded areas with park benches for relaxation along
Flotilla Drive, a playground, and a public swimming
Although those pursuits did not see reality -
don't count them out, she'll tell you her finest
achievement may be the realization of the Grassy
Point Preserve. Located on the bayfront on Anna
Maria Sound in the 3600 block of East Bay Drive
(opposite Walgreens), the undeveloped area was eyed
first by Martini for preservation.
It is a pristine mangrove area with a small canal
that can handle canoes from the bay, said Martini at
the time. The project became her "baby."
Martini enlisted help from the Manatee County
Trails Committee and the city and anyone who
would listen to her pleas to preserve the property.
Another achievement to her credit is the play
pavilion at the Anna Maria Elementary School. Mar-
tini envisioned the sheltered play area and donated
the funding to make that a reality as well.
Martini was recognized in 1997 with a "Pride in
Community" award from the Holmes Beach Civic
Thanks, Billie Martini. Thanks for your love of
Anna Maria Island. It wouldn't be the same without
Ilona and Jeff Kenricks, 2003
Islanders of the year
Ilona and Jeff Kenrick were The Islander news-
paper's Islanders of the year for 2003.
The Holmes Beach couple then were facili-
tators for an anonymous foundation, based in
the city, whose international aide amounted to
about $1 million a year. The foundation's mis-
sion statement called for it to "make contribu-
tions for religious, educational, charitable and
The Kenricks carried out that mission and created
a local event that combined much needed donations
for a local blood bank with a reward for success-
ful blood donors, a cash payout to the blood donor's
choice of four Island charities.
It was a win-win for everyone and we thank them
for their positive impact here and beyond.
Jeff Croley, 2004 Islander of the year
Jeff Croley of Holmes Beach symbolized all the
good qualities we could ask for in a volunteer and
he symbolized for Anna Maria Island all the good
folks who quietly went about doing anything and
everything they could to aid those in need after Hur-
ricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.
Croley then worked a condo maintenance/man-
agement job on Longboat Key and took vacation days
to drive with a cooler, cold drinks and a chain saw
to the hurricane devastated areas in East Manatee,
DeSoto and Charlotte counties looking for folks who
He came upon The Islander office early the first
morning of his good Samaritan journey looking for
a big cooler and some ice ... and we were pleased to
It was rewarding for us to know Jeff, a truly self-
less human being.
Anna Maria Island Privateers, 2005
Islanders of the year
If there is a symbol for Anna Maria Island, it is
the sword-wielding, cannon-firing, ship-riding crew
of the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
For all the good they do year after year, but this
year stood out for their extra efforts on behalf of one
unfortunate little boy.
It only took a phone call to bring the Priva-
teers and their ship to greet a young boy with
a failing heart on a "wish" trip to Anna Maria
Island. And it wasn't just a greeting for little
Tyler and his siblings and parents. They were
treated to an Island tour aboard ship, escorted
to dinner, and made honorary Privateers and
"Captain" Tyler was invited to return and again
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take over the ship.
It was a selfless and remarkable gesture that sym-
bolized hope for Tyler and filled his little heart with
love for our Island paradise. They helped give him
so many reasons to return and hope.
The Privateers also came to the rescue with Hur-
ricane Katrina relief, collecting needed items and
transporting them to Tampa.
Next, the Privateers agreed to manage a memorial
scholarship fund for an Island teen who was tragically
killed in a car crash. The fund for Bridget Miller is
a great addition to the many youth scholarships the
Privateers award every year in July.
Their annual Snooks Adams Kids Day event at
the end of the school year; monthly "thieves markets"
in season; the Islandwide Blood Drive; the Fourth
of July parade and picnic; the Christmas parade and
Santa visits; and the many, many "captures" and
visits to almost every event where their presence is
requested throughout the year.
They did all this and more -despite the sudden
illness and death of their president, Greg "Shiprek"
Dick Cline, who also died in 2005, aided him.
Cline's battle with cancer didn't stop him from work-
ing tirelessly behind the scenes.
In spite of their losses, the Privateers continued
to do great things.
The stated mission of the Anna Maria Island Pri-
vateers is "Pirates for children and community."
They fulfill their mission and more, and we are
all better for it.
They were our 2005 choice for Islanders of the
year this year and every year.
Pete Lannon, 2006 Islander of the year
If there was one person who touched the fabric of
life that brings out the best in the Anna Maria Island
community in 2006, it was Pete Lannon.
He was more than a Holmes Beach community
resource officer, he was a mentor for our children, a
confidant for those in need and a friendly face that
even Island visitors looked for as they passed Anna
Maria Elementary School, where Lannon was a
fixture as the school's crossing guard for more than
He was on leave in the fall, fighting a battle with
cancer that he later lost.
And he is still missed by many, but the anti-drug
program he taught at the school and his ideals live
on. His character traits are heralded at the entry to
Lannon Way at the school.
Christine Olson, 2007
Islander of the year
Christine Olson's 22-year-old daughter Tiffi-
any was riding a motorcycle with her boyfriend,
Dustin Wilder, on Dec. 7, 2005, when the worst
happened. A crash. Tiffiany's injuries were imme-
diately fatal. Dustin was rushed by helicopter to the
hospital and died hours later before his family
could be reached.
She began to seek a way to connect people in
emergency situations with the loved ones and family
members who "need to know."
A crusade to allow emergency contact informa-
tion to be available to law enforcement began with
The quest led her to us in search of Islanders
to sign a petition to enact some sort of "notice" for
families and, subsequently, to state Rep. Bill Galvano
There were many tearful exchanges along the
way. But Galvano led Olson to an almost immediate
solution at the Florida Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles.
Neither a law nor the Legislature's or a gover-
nor's decree was needed to make Olson's goal a real-
The DHSMV already possessed the means to
resolve the problem of finding loved ones in dire
emergencies they just needed the urging of Olson
The contact information would be included in
the existing Driver And Vehicle Information Data-
base, a secure system that Florida law enforce-
ment agencies use to access information from
their patrol-car computers simply by "swiping" a
The opportunity to register was added to the
DHSMV Web site in October 2006 and ... just like
that, Tiffiany's Initiative became reality.
There are now well more than a million registered
Florida emergency contact participants. L\ ci.yone
has embraced it," Galvano said. "It's impacted almost
a million people and it's all thanks to Olson. She
turned tragedy into a positive for the entire United
We thank Olson for making a difference in the
lives of many, and for taking her quest to other states
and the federal government. For information or to
register, visit her Web site: www.toinformfamilies-
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 7, 2009 0 5
FISH 2008 Islander of the year
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
FISH's hardworking board of directors, aug-
mented by hundreds of volunteers, literally has fought
in the mud for the century-old village way of life.
The list of FISH accomplishments is long. It
seems only fitting that one of the first achievements
was to secure about 100 acres of scrub and man-
groves east of the village as a preserve. The FISH
Preserve serves to maintain marine life in Sarasota
Bay that provided for the village inhabitants for more
than 100 years. It buffers the village from encroach-
ing development that threatened its existence.
The preserve was purchased and is owned solely
by FISH. Cleanup efforts have been ongoing to
remove the debris that accumulated on the property
for decades. Work also is ongoing to restore tidal
streams to enhance habitat for fish, crabs, birds and
To accompany the preservation task, FISH is
credited with spearheading and securing the next step
for the village: The gateway to and from the FISH
Preserve and the village, the 1912 schoolhouse on
119th Street. The building was purchased through
state and county grants as well as private donations,
rehabilitated and restored to its current use as the
home of the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez. It
opened in 2006.
Adjacent to the museum is the Burton Store, the
first commercial building erected by pioneer settlers
in the village. In 1890, the building served as a store,
post office, community gathering place and dock con-
necting the isolated fishing families with the outside
world at its previous location on the bayfront.
With much insight to its future, it was moved
and salvaged on blocks until, through grants, it was
relocated, and is slated to be used for classrooms and
Special consideration of the unique nature of
Cortez was addressed through help from FISH as
well. Manatee County approved land-development
code changes to allow Cortez to remain Cortez, with
net and boat storage permitted on property in the his-
toric fishing village.
It has been a long trip, but that phase of keep-
ing Cortez as the original village for fishers should
remain, thanks to the hard work of FISH and its
We say, thank you to FISH and its diligent, hard-
working village task force. Thank you for being part
of our community and our honored Islanders of the
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A good day fishing'
As the old fisher saying goes, who wouldn't choose a
bad day fishing over a good day at work?
Imagine fishing is your work.
Now imagine having it taken away. Your passion.
Your way of life and the only means of support for your
There were some visionaries in Cortez in 1991 who
saw what was coming to the village where fishing had been
a way of life since its founding days more than 100 years
They formed a group dedicated to maintaining a way
of life, a village and a waterfront.
They created FISH, the Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage, from their "seagrass roots," and they set about
with lofty goals to maintain their heritage, even in spite of
a 1995 ban on net fishing that seemed destined to devastate
They found a cause when they learned a large tract
of land on the eastern edge of the village could be had
if they worked hard and raised money to buy it and
to withstand the imminent intrusion of commercial and
With much hard work and dedication, and as a result
of the growing proceeds of the annual fishing festival, they
met the goal, bought the land and created the FISH Pre-
serve, which also supports marine life in its wetlands and
on the shore that made the little village.
Over the period of time it took FISH to do what others
thought impossible, cities on Anna Maria Island and Mana-
tee County looked to preserve other lands with government
money and barely had as much success as FISH. In fact,
the Grassy Point nature preserve in Holmes Beach has
been in the works since 1998 and has yet to open to the
Donations and hard work helped FISH preserve the
village, the Cortez way of life, and the fishing industry.
Reinvented, renewed, but bound to the mullet industry
that brought fishers here more than a century ago.
Mullet kept food on the table without government aid
during the Depression.
And so it's fitting that mullet made the village, and
FISH saved it from drowning.
It spawned the purchase of the old 1912 schoolhouse
and the vision for a maritime museum. And that, too, has
come to fruition on the edge of the Preserve, including,
finally, a site and good use for the old Burton Store.
It all does us proud.
So look up to FISH.
And don't look down on the mullet, the fish that has
fed the less fortunate for many years and has "made the
village." It's a wonderful tasty treat, smoked or fried with
grits on the side. It's the dish of choice at a Cortez fund-
raiser and has it ever been a success.
Finest kind. Cortez, mullet, fishing festival, the Pre-
serve and, of course, FISH.
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What can I say but a big thank you to all who
donated to, helped with and supported the St. Bernard
Catholic Church CCW Christmas Bazaar.
It was all truly appreciated.
You made it the success it was.
Barbara T. Callaghan, chair, Holmes Beach
To all Island residents:
All the way from snowy Colorado I arrived
to celebrate Ho! Ho! Time on the Island. I love it
here. It is warm and the beaches are fun.
My "uncle Dolphin" gave me the neatest pres-
ent on Christmas morning, a crab trap and buoy. I
was so excited. Later, on Christmas Day, we kay-
aked out on the Gulf waters to drop the trap. We
checked it that afternoon, the next morning and
again that afternoon.
On Saturday morning, we paddled out to check
my trap and found it was stolen.
I am so sad. Although I am taught to share, it
does not feel very good to have someone on my
favorite Island steal my Christmas gift.
Shame on the person who found it necessary
to steal from a child at Christmas.
Now you all know that there is a thief who
lives on the Island. And maybe the thief will feel
guilty and return my crab trap to my spot on the
Gulf. I hope so.
Max Gilbertson, 6, grandson of Byron Gilbert-
son, Anna Maria
Parish members speak out
The Rev. Ron Joseph is an honorable and very
spiritual man of the cloth. He devoted his heart and
soul to the church in 1993. I have known Father Ron
for many years and would trust my life in his hands.
The allegation [against him] is obviously someone's
attempt at attention.
Let's just pray for this person and for Father Ron
and let him have peace.
Barbara L. McNally, Bradenton
Relating to the installation of stop signs at the
Bay Boulevard and Crescent Street bridges, I ques-
tion why we the citizens of Anna Maria who pay
taxes to cover the maintenance of these bridges are
being punished by having to stop at the bridges, when
the purpose is to slow down truck traffic.
Why not post signs to restrict trucks from cross-
ing these bridges. This could give the bridge a much
extended lifetime of use.
Let not punish the masses for a problem caused
by a few trucks.
Charlie Daniel, Anna Maria
In the Jan. 6, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
A strong winter storm, coupled with
extremely high tides, flooded parts of Anna
Maria Island. Officials reported no injuries, but
Islanders disposed of lots of soggy carpets.
Qualifying for a springtime election opened
in Holmes Beach, with three incumbent city
commissioners Luke Courtney, Pat Geyer
and Don Maloney announcing plans to run
Holmes Beach city officials prepared for a
new year with plans for the grand opening of a
new city hall with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and
a gathering of city employees, elected officials
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 7, 2009 0 7
:. By Miki Maloney Sr.
I can't drive 25
In honor of the new year and in memory of my
late grandfather, Don Maloney, I intended to pen a
new year's resolution-themed column. As I proceeded
to write, I couldn't get my heart into the topic in the
manner in which he did so well.
Rather than disgracing his l ,,1 \\ ith uninspired
writing due to a lack of interest, I decided to take a
To start with, I have problems with the word itself
-resolution. It sounds so negative. Like something
that you are forced to do for fear of punishment or
even death. Maybe we should consider changing the
expression to "new year's goals" or "new year's com-
mitments." We could even try, "new year's prom-
ises." The possibilities are endless.
I also have a problem with the choices people
make regarding their so-called "resolutions." They
are frequently bordering on sadomasochistic. Why do
people choose to deprive themselves of something or
commence the torture of a sudden disciplined work-
out regiment following a 12-year layoff?
I suggest making a personal commitment to do
more of what you wish you were doing more of. For
example, if you feel as if you don't take sufficient
time to enjoy bike riding, seeing a movie, learning to
cook, joining an organization or making sandcastles,
by all means, make the decision to do so.
For example, I've made a pledge to eat breakfast
each day because I tend to skip this rather important
meal. Now, what's so bad about making a plan to eat
well in the morning. See how easy this can be?
If we make these minor adjustments to this long-
standing tradition, we just might increase the likeli-
hood of someone accomplishing what he or she has
set out to do each new year. This would prove to be a
much better alternative to the current repetitive cycle
of failure that we collectively endure at the first of
And while I'm on the topic of change, I've felt
a burning desire to express myself on a particular
topic driving on Anna Maria Island.
I realize we're living life in the "slow-lane" here,
and that this is a characteristic most of us desire. The
problem is that no one is really driving at the sug-
gested rate of speed. Anna Maria Island is the only
place that I've ever been to that openly accepts driving
at speeds significantly below the legal limit. If you're
traveling in the city of Anna Maria, you're following
someone who is driving 15 mph. In Holmes Beach
and Bradenton Beach, it's 25 mph. These "speeds"
have been calculated according to the 10-mph stan-
dard Island deduction.
I spend much of each day on the road due to the
nature of my work. The same holds true for count-
less others. I suggest that those who are not willing,
able or interested in driving at least the legal speed
limit, stay off of the roads during certain times of the
day during the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3
p.m. to 5 p.m., for example. It would save the roads
for those attempting to actually reach a destination
during a specific timeframe.
Maybe instead the slowpokes could go for a walk
on the beach or get a bite to eat. Take that dip in the
pool that you were saving for later.
These measures might help alleviate the delays
many of us face when we are caught behind a sup-
posedly "road-ready" golf cart or a rental hot rod
traveling much more slowly than allowed.
I must admit that on some occasions, I find
myself driving so slow due to the vehicle in front of
me that I actually become complacent. How could
you not? Text messaging while driving was once an
unfathomable prospect, now it's the norm.
I apologize, however, that I must single-out certain
frequent offenders encountered during my travels.
To the province of Ontario: Maybe you are having
a bad week, but I have been stuck behind you more
than I can even begin to count.
Michigan: You could speed things up a bit. No
"black ice" on our roadways.
New York: Stop home-shopping just long
enough to apply some additional pressure on your
New Jersey: Wife Bridget is from Jersey. I know
how you drive in your home state. Why is it that you
drive in a manner here that would incite road rage
During the course of my rant, I've come to realize
that I have inadvertently come up with a great option
for an Islandwide new year's resolution, or should I
say goal, commitment or promise?
We could quicken the pace a bit, and this would
lead to swifter, safer travel for all. And I'll quit text
messaging in traffic.
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Alonso: Citation violates free speech
By Rick Catlin
Mark Alonso of Anna Maria may have lost his
November bid for a city commission seat, but he's
become something of a Tampa Bay celebrity the past
few weeks over his refusal to remove some signs
from his bicycles.
Alonso's story has been featured on the Bay
News 9 television network and other bay-area media
outlets have requested interviews, he said.
Alonso's celebrity status began in mid-December
when he received a notice from Anna Maria code
enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon advising him that
the advertising signs on his bicycle violate Sec. 98-5
of the city code. Rathvon asked Alonso to remove the
offending signs, but Alonso declined.
The signs advertise Rudy's Sub Shop and An
Island Place real estate office, but Alonso, 82, said
he receives no payment for the signs and he's only
displaying them to help his friends.
"It's a free-speech issue for me. I'm not going to
remove the signs unless the owners ask me to take
"She [Rathvon] came by [Dec. 30] and asked me
to take off the signs. I said 'no.' I told her I'd already
thought about it and the answer is still 'no.'"
Alonso said he told Rathvon, "Do what you have
to do, but, in my opinion, I'm not doing anything
wrong. If I am N io 'n'i. I'11 pay the price."
Alonso said that in addition to the free speech
issue, he has a right under the U.S. Constitution to
face his accusers.
The city's policy of allowing anonymous com-
plaints to go forward to the code enforcement officer
for investigation by the city is not due process, which
also is in the Constitution, he said.
"I would like to have my day in court and face
my accusers. We have this silly rule that you can
complain anonymously all day long. I want to see
that changed," he said.
Rathvon said the complaint was made anony-
mously and she is required by the city commission to
review all complaints, including those made without
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Alonso said he has no plans to hire a lawyer if
his case reaches the code enforcement board.
"It's too expensive anyway. I will defend myself," I
According to city commission policy, the code
enforcement officer only investigates when a com- '
plaint is received, a policy the commission terms
"reactive," not "proactive."
Alonso is known in Anna Maria as an eclectic
artist who creates collectibles and gifts from dis-
carded and found items, including coconuts and
Efforts to reach Mayor Fran Barford for comment
were unsuccessful. Mark Alonso and his bike. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Nallys keeping eye on Sandbar activities
By Rick Catlin
William and Barbara Nally of 110 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria, have been keeping a watchful eye on
their neighbor, the Sandbar Restaurant, and its com-
Their most recent complaint about the Sandbar
is the apparent use of tents for parties and functions
at the restaurant.
Attorney Jeremy Anderson, who represents the
Nallys, informed code enforcement officer Gerry
Rathvon that on Dec. 13, his clients "witnessed
Sandbar Restaurant staff working from at least one
temporarily erected tent placed immediately adjacent
to, or near, the pavilion area."
Anderson further said his clients informed him
that other local residents "have indicated to them that
such activity also has occurred on several other week-
ends prior to this incident witnessed by my clients.
Thus, it appears that the Sandbar Restaurant's use of
additional tents on the weekends is a regular occur-
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This increase, Anderson alleged, "adds to the
negative impacts to the adjoining parcels, including
the parcel owned by my clients." The expanded com-
mercial activity was neither considered nor approved
by the planning and zoning board when it passed the
site plan in August 2008, Anderson said.
Anderson said he reviewed the site plan approval
and "cannot find any basis for the city to permit the
Sandbar Restaurant to expand the size of its approved
commercial use on the weekends, or at any time, for
He alleged the activity violates city ordinances
and requested the city enforce code requirements
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Anderson also asked for information on the city's
Mayor Fran Barford indicated that Rathvon and
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Sandbar owner Ed Chiles said he felt it would be
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Beach study to examine bayside sand
By Rick Catlin
Residents of Anna Maria's bayside living south of
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's
marker that separates the Gulf of Mexico from inland
waters will not be included in the planned Manatee
County beach renourishment project in 2011-12.
That's because state and federal funds for the
project are only available if the waterfront property
is Gulf-side of the marker.
But there may be an alternative for badly eroded
north-end bayfront homeowners to participate in
some form of beach renourishment.
Manatee County director of natural resources
Charlie Hunsicker explained that there is a separate
process by which bayside properties might be renour-
"The feasibility study for beach renourishment
is one process," Hunsicker said. The second process
comes in two to three years when the U.S. Army
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The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, will host a Fifties Night
dance party at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. Tick-
ets are $15 and include a movie, the dance and
food. Attendees, according to the news release, are
encouraged to dress retro. For more information,
Corps of Engineers performs maintenance dredging
of the Tampa Bay channel.
While Coastal Planning and Engineering of Boca
Raton is performing the feasibility study for the coun-
ty's beach renourishment program, it also will look at
Anna Maria's bayfront to determine if that area might
be compatible to accommodate the sand dredged by
the Corps from Tampa Bay.
"We have asked [Coastal] to evaluate the bayside
beach to determine if it would be compatible for sand
from the Tampa channel," Hunsicker said.
If it is, and, conversely, the sand dredged by the
Corps from the Tampa channel is deemed "beach
compatible," then Hunsicker and Manatee County
will make a request to the Corps that some of the
sand be placed on Anna Maria's north-end bayfront
Hunsicker emphasized that the maintenance
dredging of the Tampa channel is still two or three
years away, Anna Maria's bayside has to meet certain
criteria for renourishment, and the sand dredged from
the channel has to be "eligible" as beach renourish-
Step one in the process for the eroded bayfront
property owners is the feasibility study.
North Shore Drive resident Joan Dickinson, whose
bayfront property has been battered the past decade by
numerous storms, said that at least the county is making
an effort to get the area renourished.
"It's going to be a long struggle," she said.
Mayor Fran Barford has given the affected bay-
front property owners several options for renourish-
ment, including a petition to the DEP to move the
marker south or form a special taxing district to raise
funds for renourishment.
The DEP marker is designated to differentiate
"seaside" and "bayside." Beach areas on the seaside
are eligible for renourishment, while beach areas on
the bayside of the marker are ineligible for state or
federal beach renourishment funds, the DEP has said
The Anna Maria bayfront, from about 200 yards
north of the Rod & Reel Pier southward almost to
Bayfront Park, is the only "bayside" inland water-
front in Florida that the DEP has termed "critically
Dickinson said the best hope for renourishment is
that the feasibility study shows the area in front of the
affected homes is compatible for beach renourishment
sand, and that the dredged sand from Tampa channel
meets DEP criteria for beach renourishment sand.
By Lisa Neff
Members of the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Chorus and Orchestra are hearing a tune
familiar to many U.S. non-profits.
"The turmoil in financial markets and
the weak economy in general have raised
some serious questions in AMICCO," James
Stoltie, AMICCO board president, and Alfred
Gershfeld, AMICCO artistic director, wrote in
a recent letter to the group's membership and
"Specifically, we are concerned whether
we will be able to continue offering the number
and types of musical programs our audiences
have come to expect," the letter continued.
The AMICCO officials described a "star-
tling decrease" in the number of donations
while expenses continue to go up.
"As an organization that depends to a great
extent on income from donations, this is a near
disastrous turn of events," Gershfeld and Stoltie
Concert tickets are an important source of
revenue for the organization, but leaders said
they risk losing audience members if prices go
AMICCO has performed two concerts of
its 2008-09 season and has two more concerts
planned at Crosspointe Fellowship Church in
Holmes Beach. A Feb. 15 concert will honor
Haydn and a March 22 event will be a concert
version of "Carmen."
To raise additional money, AMICCO has
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USF program announces
By Lisa Neff
Brainiacs need apply.
The University of South Florida's Academy for
Lifelong Learning will hold a series of small-group
discussions on a variety of topics through March.
The Einstein Circle groups will meet at 11 a.m. at
the Studio at Gulf and Pine on five dates to tackle five
subjects, according to Tom Tollette of Anna Maria,
who has been involved in bringing USF Academy for
Lifelong Learning programs to the Island since the
inaugural program last year.
The Einstein Circle programs include:
Jan. 14, a discussion on government bailouts.
Jan. 28, a discussion on government consolida-
tion on Anna Maria Island.
Feb. 11, a discussion on news reporting and
separating truth from bias.
March 4, a discussion on altruism, "humane or
In addition to the Einstein Circle programs, which
require pre-registration because space is limited, the
academy is holding free lectures and offering paid
courses on the Island.
The winter lecture series will include:
Mike Mahon discussing identity theft from
10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 21 at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Dr. Samuel Gross discussing "The Rise and Fall
of American Medicine" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb.
4 at the Center.
Former U.S. Rep. Dan Miller lecturing on the
topic of "New President, New Congress: What Can
We Expect?" at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 25.
Reservations for the lectures and the Einstein
Circle are required, and can be made by calling the
academy at 941-359-4296.
The academy courses are:
"In Pursuit of the Great American Stage Play,"
with the first class taking place at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12
at the Studio.
Additional class times and locations may vary in
this eight-week course, which will be taught primar-
ily by Tom Aposporos, an Island resident and co-
founder of Theatre Odyssey.
"Florida Friendly Gardening," with the first
class taking place at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Center.
The Tuesday afternoon class will be taught by
Christine Callahan, a master gardener who has worked
extensively with the Anna Maria Elementary School
staff and students on gardens at the Island school.
"The Craft of Wi ilintI." with the first class
taking place at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Studio at Gulf
Teacher, volunteer and writer David Rice will
lead the course, covering diction, imagery, tone and
"This Is Not Your Father's Economics 101,"
with the first class taking place at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15
at the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
Don G. Fell will teach the timely course, explor-
ing the connection between public policy and the
economy and the role of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Enrollment in the courses will cost $65 and
advance registration online is required by going to
Studio to host
The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society will
hold its second of three juried exhibits in the 2008-09
season through Feb. 14 at the Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, opening with a recep-
tion at the Studio at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11.
The FSWS's first show took place in October at the
Suntan Arts Center, 330 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach.
The third show will take place April 6-May 23
at the Art Center of Manatee, 209 Ninth St., Braden-
For more information, go to www.floridasun-
coastwatercolor.com, or call 941-778-1906.
Booming into 2009
Fireworks color the sky with the arrival of midnight
and the first seconds of 2009. The BeachHouse
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach kept its New Year's
Eve tradition with its party and public fireworks
show. Hundreds of people gathered for the display.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Dara Caudill
Church Women United to meet
The Church Women United will meet at 9:30 a.m.
Jan. 9 at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Gretchen Edgren is the scheduled speaker.
For more information, call 941-779-1405.
Privateers to hold Thieves
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a
Thieves Market at Coquina Beach Jan. 10 from 8
a.m. to 3 p.m.
The organization, which holds the markets to
raise money for its community programs and youth
scholarships, is seeking vendors to sell collectibles,
antiques and crafts, and to operate concessions.
Additional markets will take place Feb. 14,
March 7 and April 11.
For more information about the Privateers, go
to www.amiprivateers.org, or call Jackie Waldron at
Off Stage Ladies plan lunch
The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island
Players will hold a January luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Bradenton Country Club,
4646 Ninth Ave., Bradenton.
Nancy Ambrose will talk about the Anna Maria
Island Butterfly Park.
Cost is $16 per person, and reservations are due
by Jan. 9.
For more information or reservations, call presi-
dent Carol Heckman at 941-761-7374.
Friends present photo class
The Friends of the Island Library will present
James Corwin Johnson leading a photography course
at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Johnson is the director of education for Safari
His first program on landscape and nature pho-
tography will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 14.
Johnson will teach outdoor lighting techniques
at 3 p.m. Jan. 21 and bird photography at 3 p.m. Jan.
Seating will be available on a first come, first
For more information, call the library at
4709 US Highway 301 N. Ellenton
Just West of 1-75, Exit 224 941.722.1957
Library hosts health program
The Friends of the Island Library will present
Carolyn Spencer discussing "A Proactive Approach
to Your Hospital Visit" at the Island Branch Library
Jan. 9 and March 13.
The lecture will take place both days at 3 p.m. at
the library, 5701 Maria Drive, Holmes Beach.
Spencer will take about reducing problems during
hospital visits, as well as making a personal health
For more information, call the library at
Egypt travelogue on itinerary
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
welcome anthropologist Patricia McCroy at 2 p.m.
Jan. 17 at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
McCroy's talk will be part of the Alice Taylor
Reed Lecture and Travel Series that begins in Janu-
For more information, call the library at
Library hosts talk on Ringling
The Island Branch Library, in a program orga-
nized by the Friends of the Island Library, will host
Ron McCarty, curator of the Ca d' Zan at the John and
Mable Ringling Museum of Art Jan. 13.
McCarty will give a lecture about the Ca d'Zan,
the Ringling mansion on the museum campus in Sara-
sota, as part of the Alice Taylor Reed Lecture and
The program will begin at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, call the library at
Play opens Jan. 22
The Island Players will stage "The Affections of
May" from Jan. 22-Feb. 8 at the theater, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
The play, written by Norm Foster, was first pro-
duced in 1990 at the Theatre New Brunswick.
Foster's story involves a woman rebuilding
her life after a separation from her husband and the
small-town buzz she generates as she deals with the
advances of two men vying for her affections.
The box office, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
will open Jan. 12 and sell tickets Monday through
Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as an hour before
For more information, call the box office at
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
For more information, contact member Ralph
Bassett at 941-795-8697.
Rachel Bassett ofBradenton rings the bell and
accepts a donation for the Salvation Army from
an unidentified man Christmas Eve at the Island
Publix. i/,.. is the granddaughter ofAnna Maria
Island Kiwanis Club member Ralph Bassett, who
organizes the annual Red Kettle drive at the Island
Publix. Bassett reported the club had collected
$8,785.39 with the help of Kiwanis, Island Rotary
Club and Key Royal Club members and other vol-
unteers. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ralph Bassett
Art league to host all-media
exhibit Jan. 9
The 15th annual James Pay Exhibit, an all-media
exhibit open to members of the Anna Maria Island
Art League, will open with a reception at 5:30 p.m.
The exhibit is named for a founder of the orga-
Submissions will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Jan. 7 at the league studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
There is a three-piece limit and the entry fee is
$10 per piece. Awards will be presented at the recep-
Kiwanis, Center present
Valentine's Day dance
The annual Sweetheart Dance presented by the
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island and the Anna
Maria Island Community Center will take place
Thursday, Feb. 12.
The event, featuring the Bob Zimmerman Orches-
tra, will take place in the Center gym, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
The dance is sponsored by the Kiwanis to benefit
the Center's adult and youth programs.
Tickets are $15.
For more information, including ticket details,
call the Center at 941-778-1908.
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"Incredible," said then-Manatee County Commis-
sion Chairperson Jane von Hahmann, referring to the
preserve. "Wonderful," said Manatee County Com-
missioner Joe McClash. "It's a dream come true."
"Spectacular," said Manatee County Commissioner
Carol Whitmore. "It's absolutely spectacular."
Island business owners fear bridge closure:
More than 30 Island business owners gathered in
Holmes Beach July 17 to plead with the Florida
Department of Transportation to move its planned
45-day closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge for-
ward to include most of September. However, DOT
officials were noticeably absent from the meeting.
Dining measure doesn't completely satisfy:
Estella Freeman left a July 22 Holmes Beach City
Commission meeting like a diner not quite satisfied
with her meal. At the request of Freeman via City
Commissioner David Zaccagnino, the commission
embarked on an update of the city's outdoor dining
ordinance in February. On July 22, the commission
held the first reading of a revised outdoor dining
ordinance. Zaccagnino voted no and Freeman, co-
owner of Skinny's Place on Gulf Drive, left city hall
unsatisfied because the new ordinance may not help
Skinny's expand its outdoor seating because the res-
taurant must either seek a zoning change to com-
mercial or take its expanded outdoor dining plans to
the Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment.
Suit alleges negligence in shooting: Holmes
Beach businessperson Sue Normand filed a negli-
gence suit against the man scheduled to soon stand
trial for shooting her. Mark W. Koenigs, 55, of Bra-
denton Beach faced multiple charges in the Dec. 5,
2007, shooting at the Island Mail & More store that
Normand owns. The suit had not been heard by year's
First hatchlings head for Gulf: Sometime on
July 22, 80 sea turtle hatchlings emerged from a nest
on the north end of Anna Maria Island. Three days
later, one more hatchling left the nest for the Gulf of
Mexico. The hatchling was found, caught in a par-
tially open shell, during an excavation of the nest
early July 25.
Fireworks task force to lobby for state reform:
Members of a local fireworks task force turned their
focus from the beaches to the state capitol in an effort
to reduce illegal fireworks use. "The problem is a
huge loophole," Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said
July 29 in reference to a state law that allows for the
public sale of an array of fireworks but some only for
DOT says no lights for bridge: The Florida
Department of Transportation said it would stick
with its plan to exclude lighting from the rehab plans
for the Anna Maria Island Bridge, a state official
informed Save Anna Maria Inc. recently. SAM had
inquired about the installation of lights on the bridge
as part of the major $9.2 rehab project under way on
the Manatee Avenue structure. The DOT eliminated
the lights in an effort to reduce costs.
State presents county millions for Neal Pre-
serve: The state of Florida presented Manatee
County's board of commissioners with $2.2 million
to put toward the past purchase of Neal Preserve. The
county acquired the preserve located on Perico
Island on the south side of Manatee Avenue near the
east end of the Anna Maria Island Bridge in 2005,
anticipating receipt of a grant from the state to help
fund the discounted $9 million purchase from devel-
oper Pat Neal. The $2.2 million check came from the
Florida Communities Trust.
Koenigs convicted of Normand shooting: A
six-member jury on Aug. 8 convicted Mark Koenigs,
55, of the Dec. 5, 2007, shooting of Island resident
Sue Normand, owner of the Island Mail and More on
East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach and the chair of the
city's planning commission. Normand said after the
verdict from her store where she worked Saturday,
she was "much relieved." The jury deliberated less
than four hours.
Sandbar gets site-plan approval: It may have
taken a bit more time and money than Sandbar Res-
Mark Koenigs listens to testimony at his trial for the shooting of Holmes Beach businesswoman Sue Nor-
mand at her Island store. Islander Photo: Courtesy Bradenton Herald/Brian Blanco
taurant owner Ed Chiles expected, but a renovation
project begun by the restaurant four years ago received
final site-plan approval Aug. 5 from the Anna Maria
Planning and Zoning Board. The approval, however,
came with stipulations. The restaurant was told to
enclose its trash compactor and relocate it within 60
days, remove existing concrete pads for the Dump-
ster, install a new concrete pad under the relocated
Dumpster to ensure no liquid drains from the con-
tainer into the right of way and erect beach-access
signs along Spring Avenue.
AME principal looks forward to new year:
Anna Maria School principal Tom Levengood said
he was looking forward to a great school year as
his staff returned to work refreshed from summer
break. Teachers returned to campus Aug. 12. Students
returned to school Aug. 18.
County acts to protect swimmers: Bean Point
swimmers expected to find waters safer after an
ordinance approved Aug. 12 by the Manatee County
commission passes a state review. The commission
approved a boating safety measure, which included
changes on waters throughout the county. At the north
end of Anna Maria Island, the ordinance eliminates
the swash channel for boaters between Bean Point
and a nearby sandbar.
Commission to revisit rental rule: Multiple
proposed amendments to the city's comprehensive
plan prompted no debate, but a previous land-use
issue sent the Holmes Beach commission's Aug. 12
meeting into overtime. An unscheduled discussion
on a minimum 30-day rental restriction in the city's
low-density, single-family residential zone known
as R-1 concluded with a commission consensus to
revisit the issue.
Homicide victim's personal possessions found:
Holmes Beach police recovered personal property
belonging to Carla Beard, found slain in the city Dec.
1, 2007. Beard's body was found in a bed of sea-
grape leaves at a beach house at 50th Street and Fifth
Avenue. Authorities believe Beard, 29, was killed
sometime after she left a First Step substance-abuse
treatment center in Sarasota on Nov. 26, 2007. Some-
one on the beach near the Martinique Condominiums
found the items that supposedly belonged to Beard.
Last-ditch pitch to halt stormwater fee fails:
After more than three years of discussions and 10
public hearings dating back to May 2007, Anna Maria
city commissioners were more than ready at Aug.
28 to adopt a stormwater utility fee. A group of city
residents led by Alice Newlon and former City Com-
missioner Tom Skoloda protested, but the commis-
sion went ahead with the yes vote.
Gustav makes waves for Island: The outer bands
of Hurricane Gustav brought heavy rain, strong winds,
big waves, dense clouds and some damage to Anna
Maria Island Aug. 31. Strong waves knocked down at
least one seawall on the bayside of Anna Maria City.
Bay water spilled over other seawalls, smacked against
waterfront homes and flooded sections of North Shore
Drive and other streets. On the Gulf shore, the waves
provided thrills for surfers, skimboarders and swimmers
off the beaches. But the waves also threatened a number
of sea turtle nests as high tide and big waves washed
over dozens of nests.
Shells closure signals perilous economy: Shells
seafood restaurant in the Anna Maria Island Centre,
Holmes Beach, abruptly closed its doors Sept. 3.
At the same time, the restaurant chain's corporate
office in Tampa announced it had filed for bankruptcy
and was closing eight locations, all in Florida. Staff
members reported for work that evening without
knowledge that the restaurant was closing or facing
difficulty, but Shells chief executive officer Marc
Bernstein said the entire restaurant industry "has been
negatively affected by the economic downturn."
Bataan survivor passes away: Bataan Death
March survivor Steve Raymond, who grew up in
Anna Maria, died at his home in Lecanto, Fla., on
Sept. 7. He was 92 years-old.
Ike inundates Island with water: On Sept. 10,
the outer bands of Hurricane Ike, passing about 300
miles to the west in the Gulf of Mexico, drenched
Anna Maria Island with 2.5-4 inches of rain, and
over-filled the Tampa Bay-area basin. The National
Weather Service reported that winds in the area were
as high as 30-40 mph during the day on Sept. 10
and then diminished considerably Sept. 11, with Ike
farther west in the Gulf. Both days, Ike-related tides
on the Island were 2-3 feet above normal, causing
beach erosion in areas that already suffered losses
with Hurricane Gustav a week earlier. With the high
tide and heavy rain, numerous streets were flooded
in all three Island cities.
Pine Avenue vision becomes reality: The dream
of Islanders Ed Chiles and Mike Coleman to keep
Anna Maria's Pine Avenue looking like old Florida
continued to mature on Sept. 12 with the start of con-
struction at 315 Pine Ave. The two men joined forces
during the summer of 2007 after watching construc-
tion of what they found to be undesirable "mega-
mansions" on the site of the former Island Marine
on Pine Avenue.
Charges dismissed in blown-kiss case: Ajudge
on Sept. 16 dismissed a felony charge against a teen-
ager arrested in connection with an alleged scuffle
with a police officer on Coquina Beach. Days later
a juvenile judge dismissed the case against the teen-
ager's brother, also arrested in the incident.
Commission agrees to expand CRA: Bradenton
Beach commissioners approved a request to expand
the board that governs the community redevelopment
agency, the catalyst for erasing blight in the city's
historic district. The commission unanimously sup-
ported the request to expand the CRA board by two
citizens during a meeting Sept. 18 at city hall. The
request came from the city's ScenicWAVES Commit-
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With the sunrise Sept. 10 signs went up near North Sh Drive in Anna Maria, where high tide, heavy rain
and waves associated with Hurricane Ike left streets under water. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
2008 year in review
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tee, which the commission made an advisory com-
mittee on CRA matters.
Holmes Beach approves new budget: Holmes
Beach city commissioners unanimously approved a
2008-09 budget of $4.325 million at their Sept. 23
public hearing on the budget, a decline of 12.7 percent
from the prior budget, city treasurer Rick Ashley said.
The city's ad valorem millage rate for the coming
tax year will be 1.5989, down from 1.8315. Includ-
ing reserves and carryovers, the total city budget is
$8.127 million. Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he
had "many compliments to the staff' for their hard
work and preparation of the budget.
Credit crisis could affect Anna Maria budget:
Anna Maria city commissioners learned the hard facts
of being at the low end of the municipal credit market
at their Sept. 23 public hearing, when they unani-
mously approved a $2.2 million operating budget for
2008-09 budget and a property tax drop from 2.0415
to 1.7882 mills. The city has a line of credit in its
new budget to fund stormwater-improvement proj-
ects and some money has already been drawn from
the account. But the Florida League of Cities and
the Florida Association of Counties, where the city
obtained its credit line, reported problems "causing
a delay in the city receiving the funds."
New fiscal year arrives in Bradenton Beach:
Bradenton Beach city commissioners adopted a new
budget Sept. 24, as well as set the city's tax rate at
Holmes Beach and Anna Maria city commissions
also adopted new budgets last week. The Bradenton
Beach votes took place in less than 15 minutes at
city hall. The new budget is $3.56 million, down
from $3.68 million in 2007-08. To balance the budget
and meet citizens' mandates for tax reform, the city
shifted money from two capital projects and dipped
into reserves to meet an anticipated $171,224 drop
in revenue over the next year.
Humpback bridge closed: Anna Maria city
commissioners at the Sept. 23 budget hearing learned
from public works director George McKay that
during repairs to the humpback bridge on North Bay
Boulevard, a safety issue came to light. Slabs on the
north approach need repairs
AMI bridge closed: Crews for contractor Quinn
Construction Co. of Palmetto closed the Anna Maria
Island Bridge to normal vehicle traffic at 11:59 p.m.
Sept. 28 to allow Quinn and its sub-contractors unre-
stricted access to repair the bridge.
Volunteers clean up shores, preserves: Hun-
dreds of people spent Oct. 4 on Anna Maria Island
beaches not sunning themselves but scouring
the sandy shore for trash. "It's a labor of love," said
Joe Vona of Bradenton and formerly Anna Maria.
Vona was paired with Caroline Pepka, also a former
Islander, and helped collect trash on the Gulf of
Mexico beach in Anna Maria.
Attorney seeks $200,000 in blown-kiss case:
An attorney representing two teenagers arrested at
Coquina Beach earlier this year asked for $200,000 in
damages from the city of Bradenton Beach. Charges
against siblings Veronica and Lance Lewis of Tampa
were dismissed in September and their attorney, Alex
Hajaistron, began seeking damages and alleging a
violation of his clients' civil.
Chamber surveys on rental rule: The Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce surveyed
Holmes Beach homeowners on a rental restriction
in the city that passed more than a year ago. At the
request of some local businesspeople and residents,
the city commission agreed to revisit the issue.
Through a mailing, the chamber asked homeowners
whether they do or do not support the one-month
rental restriction for R-1 areas. According to the
mailer, "The elected officials normally take opinions
from the public and, in the past, absentee owner opin-
ions have not been heard.
Fishers bring stone crabs to market: A $9.5
million market opened in October. Stone crab season
began Oct. 15, and will continue until May 15. For
Cortez, crabbers went to work hauling, baiting and
collecting traps, and retailers are at work marketing
the stone crab claws.
Sissy Quinn, executive administrator of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, offers T-shirts for sale at
Bayfest in Anna Maria.
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BB explores dune restoration plan: Braden-
ton Beach city commissioners gave city staff the
go-ahead to prepare a grant application for a dune
restoration project across from city hall. The project's
future, however, depends on the amount of in-kind
support city staff can drum up. A condition of the
grant is a $1 to $1 match in funds.
Bayfest celebrates Island spirit: Thousands of
festivalgoers turned out Oct. 18 to Bayfest for serv-
ings of Island food and politics, art and crafts, music
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria was like a parade route
during the annual Bayfest, presented by the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and organized
by a crew of volunteers. Organizers estimated about
8,000 people attended the 12-hour event.
Survey says Island beaches No. 1: Visitors to
the Bradenton area overwhelmingly say the best thing
to do while vacationing in the area is head for the
beaches of Anna Maria Island. In a study by Research
Data Services Inc. conducted for the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau between March and
August, 96.4 percent of visitors interviewed said
their chief activity during their stay was enjoying
the Island beach, while their second favorite activity
was dining out.
City to fix 'functionally obsolete' bridge: Anna
Maria motorists who drive north on Bay Boulevard
got some good news at a special city commission
meeting Oct. 31. Commissioners agreed to spend up
to $38,100 with Uretek ICR of Lakeland to repair the
north approach to the humpback bridge on Bay Bou-
levard. The bridge had been closed since late Septem-
ber after public works director George McKay and
engineers determined there was an issue with safety
at the approach.
City holds first mooring field meeting: Sailors,
Bradenton Beach officials and planning consultants
began a journey Oct. 27 an 18-month course to
creating a city mooring field. The city, with a grant
from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, hired Scheda Ecological Associates
Inc. of Sarasota as the consultant on developing a
recreational boating master plan. The foundation of
the plan will be establishing a mooring field in Sara-
sota Bay near the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Haley's Motel owner missing: Sabine Musil-
Buehler, the co-owner of Haley's Motel in Holmes
Beach, was officially reported missing early Nov. 6.
Friends and family on Anna Maria Island say they
last saw the 49-year-old woman on Nov. 4, election
day. Musil-Buehler's car was found early Nov. 6.
MCSO spokesperson Dave Bristow confirmed that
forensics tests revealed blood was found in several
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locations. The investigation was being treated as a
AMI Bridge opens early: With the reopening of
the Anna Maria Island Bridge, Islanders and Island
business owners are celebrating, while contractor
Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto had 725,000 rea-
sons to celebrate. The company reopened the Anna
Maria Island Bridge at 5 p.m., Nov. 6, one week ear-
lier than planned. According to the $10.2 million con-
tract between Quinn and the Florida Department of
Transportation to renovate the bridge, Quinn earned
a $725,000 bonus.
Voters head to the polls: They waited at sun up.
And they waited as the moon rose. In between, from
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Anna Maria Island voters
headed to the polls in high numbers, but most did not
encounter long lines or hold-ups. Voters turned out
to elect Robert Bartelt in Bradenton Beach's Ward 4
city commission race. Bartelt faced William Shearon
in the low-key contest to take the seat held by John
Chappie, who was elected to the Manatee County
Board of Commissioners from District 3. Braden-
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returned to office without opposition in Ward 2. In
Anna Maria, which has 1,434 registered voters, citi-
zens elected incumbent Jo Ann Mattick and attorney
Chuck Webb, who ran in a four-person race for two
city commission seats.
Watershed collaborative proposed for Island:
Lisa Marie Phillips, the project and program manager
for the city of Bradenton Beach, brought together
representatives from Island governments and local
agencies to discuss the creation of a watershed collab-
orative to pursue best practices for cleaner waters. An
informational meeting took place Nov. 7 at Bradenton
Beach City Hall. The Island area collaborative would
bring Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach
to the table on watershed issues, as well as Manatee
County, the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, the Southwest Florida Water Management
District, the Lynn Townsend & Associates engineer-
ing firm, the Sarasota and Tampa Bay Estuary Pro-
grams, and possibly the Manasota Basin Board, the
town of Longboat Key, the Florida Department of
Transportation and other interested parties.
Commission approves revised beach rules:
Bradenton Beach city commissioners on Nov. 6
unanimously approved an ordinance revising beach
regulations to firmly set open hours from 6 a.m. to
midnight. The new measure was drafted by the city in
an attempt to match city and county hours for Cortez
and Coquina beaches, according to Bradenton Beach
Police Chief Sam Speciale.
Fire at Haley's Motel suspicious: Orange flames
punched the sky from the ripped-open roof of the
duplex that is part of Haley's Motel Nov. 16. No one
was reported seriously injured in the nighttime blaze,
which brought personnel from West Manatee Fire
Rescue and Longboat Key Fire, Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach police, the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office and the Manatee County Emergency Medical
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Koenigs sentenced to 40 years in Island shoot-
ing: A judge sentenced Mark Koenigs to 40 years in
prison for shooting Islander Sue Normand and threat-
ening to shoot two law enforcement officers on the
beach. Judge Diana Moreland sentenced Koenigs, 55,
Nov. 13, nearly a year after the shooting. Koenigs,
convicted in August, entered Normand's Island Mail
& More store on East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach
with a package on Dec. 5, 2007.
Additional penny bed tax endorsed: Meeting in
an afternoon charette Nov. 13, representatives from
the resort, restaurant and other tourism industries
agreed that the current 4 percent tax on lodgings of
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cent. The charette was hosted by the Bradenton Area
Convention & Visitor's Bureau. CVB director Larry
White painted a dark picture of future finances for
the tourist-seeking agency without cutting programs
such as marketing and advertising without the added
tax, estimated to provide $1.2 annually.
Island books Santa Claus visits: Santa Claus
became a frequent flier to Anna Maria Island in
December, with a number of visits to the Island
during the month, including attendance at business
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Donations make free library lectures possible
By Lisa Neff
The annual Friends of the Island Library lecture
and travel series begins this month with the support
of a donation made in the memory of the late Alice
The donor, in addition to honoring one of the
library's best friends, sought to challenge its patrons,
issuing a challenge grant to match future contribu-
tions to support the series.
Members of the Friends of the Island Library,
regular library visitors, and
employees at the public
Facility remember Reed as a
^R reading enthusiast, a constant
visitor to the Island Branch
Library at 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The lecture series was
especially dear to Reed, who
Alice Taylor Reed died in 2006, according to
the Friends of the Island Library board and branch
supervisor Ave Ehde.
"She was in charge of our lecture series for many,
many years," Ehde said. "She had the sweetest smile.
So bright it brought you in. She was lovely."
Ehde said the anonymous pledge of an undis-
closed amount to the Friends will help guarantee a
program that the county-funded library could not
"It means we can do a lot of things that we
couldn't otherwise do," Ehde said. "What a rich thing
for the community to have the Friends."
The Friends of the Island Library raises money
with a variety of efforts, but mostly member fees and
the annual book sale at the library, which will take
place Feb. 6-7.
Over the years, the group has donated furniture
and carpeting, computers, art, books, DVDs, CDs
and other items to the library, as well as funded pro-
The group also has lobbied on behalf of the
library among county commissioners and state leg-
2008 year in review
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14
open houses in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach,
a ride in the Anna Maria Island Privateers Christ-
mas Parade and serving as the featured guest at the
Lawton Chiles Christmas Party at the Sandbar Res-
taurant and the Lester-Islander Family Fun Day at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Mullet make their run: For recreational fishers,
the fall mullet run can be a smoking good time. For
commercial fishers, the mullet run can be do or die.
Mullet began swimming in late November and con-
tinued in December, leading Cortez fishers to report
an abundance of the fish at their docks.
Port Dolphin conducts survey: Port Dolphin
engineers returned to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa
Bay to conduct a survey of the area as the company
makes plans for a revised natural gas pipeline that
would begin northwest of Anna Maria Island and run
along the bottom of Tampa Bay, making landfall at
County, Anna Maria reach some agreement
on renourishment: "It's a new day," Anna Mari
Mayor Fran Barford said after Manatee County com-
missioners gave their consensus approval to include
some Anna Maria beaches in an application for beach
renourishment. For much of 2008 there had been dis-
agreement between the city and the county over Anna
Maria's beaches and whether the public had enough
access to them to qualify for renourishment.
Sandpiper gets deed, assigns easements: The
Bradenton Beach City Commission voted in early
December to execute a quitclaim deed for some
unused rights of way to the Sandpiper Resort Co-op.
Securing the deeds provided some security to Sand-
piper property owners, especially those whose homes
were located in the rights of way.
SAM takes up renourishment: Save Anna
Maria Inc. held its first meeting of the winter season
Patrons enter the Island Branch Library in Holmes
Beach on a Tuesday morning, a busy day in part
because the library is closed Sundays and Mon-
days. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
"They support us at every level," Ehde said.
The library's busiest time of year is approach-
ing with the arrival of many seasonal visitors later
this month, but for the 2009 season, the library has a
smaller staff and shorter hours.
Ehde said that makes the Friends' support all the
"They fill a lot of gaps," she said, adding that
the Alice Taylor Reed Lecture and Travel Series
will bring many patrons to the library. "The lectures
stimulate interests and people come into the library
to learn more.... That's pretty neat."
Ron McCarty will give the first lecture at 10:30
a.m. Jan. 13 on the subject of the Ca d'Zan Mansion,
John and Mable Ringling's mansion. McCarty is the
curator of the Ca d'Zan at the museum in Sarasota.
Eco-traveler Patricia McCroy will present a lec-
ture at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 on "Egypt: The Mother of the
Dr. Barry Ladd will talk about "Reflections of a
Country Doctor" at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 27.
Playwright Jolene Goldenthal will deliver dra-
High winds damaged the homes in the Sandpiper
mobile home park in Bradenton Beach early Dec.
2. Residents reported hearing what sounded like
a freight train and seeing traces offire in the sky.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
in early December, focusing on the subject of beach
erosion and efforts to prevent such erosion or
renourish after erosion has taken place.
Governor honors local officers: Florida Gov.
Charlie Crist presented awards to Holmes Beach
Police Department Officer Mike Pilato and former
Bradenton Beach Police Department Sgt. Charles
Sloan. The two officers dove into Sarasota Bay in
April 2006 to rescue two young men whose SUV had
plunged from the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
matic readings at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10.
Marcy and Jerry East will talk about travel to
England, Scotland and Wales at 2 p.m. Feb. 21.
Political columnist James McCartney will talk
about the new president at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
At 2 p.m. on March 21, the Easts will talk about
Humorist Diana Milesko will talk about "What's
Eating America: Food and Politics in the 21st Cen-
tury" at 10:30 a.m. March 24.
For more information about the library or the
Friends of the Island library, call 941-778-6341.
Bob Barrett and his camera caught up with a couple of
young mullet fishers near the Nautilus condos in Holmes
Beach last week. The youngfisher in the foreground
caught his mullet bare-handed, while his buddy offered a
smile of his own at his pal's prowess. But in the excite-
ment, Barrett was unable to get names, so congratula-
tions to .\ ll. iJ,,i,. i andfriend.
MPO to consider
By Rick Catlin
The Sarasota-Bradenton Metropolitan Planning
Organization has been asked to study a recommenda-
tion from the Florida Department of Transportation
to appoint a bridge review committee to examine any
proposed architectural designs for a replacement to
the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
At her final county commission meeting in
November, then-Manatee County Commissioner
Jane von Hahmann requested that such a committee
be formed to review any proposed design for a new
The request was passed to the DOT, which has
forwarded it to the MPO for consideration, DOT
spokesperson Cindy Clemmons-Adente said.
MPO executive director Mike Howe said the
MPO would likely consider the request at its Janu-
According to von Hahmann, the review com-
mittee members would be selected primarily from
the private sector, but would include some public
She added that any review committee would first
need to review DOT planning and the development
and environment study of the proposed new bridge
before it could begin any review of a proposed archi-
tectural style for the bridge.
The DOT said in December that it expects the
PD&E to be finished this month. When completed,
the study will be presented at a public forum on
Anna Maria Island, which is expected to occur in
More than 60 percent of respondents to a DOT
survey last year on a new AMI bridge said they prefer
a high-rise structure as a replacement for the current
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Dec. 26, 100 block Willow Avenue, criminal
mischief. The complainant said someone threw five
eggs at his house, striking second-story windows and
splashing on porch furniture. Added patrols of the
area were requested.
Dec. 14, 2500 Gulf Drive N., trespass. Officers were
called after report of aman who kept visiting the property
without invitation. He had history of attending weddings
and parties and taking food and drink, according to the
report. He was issued a trespass waning.
Dec. 19, 100 block First Street North, burglary.
The complainant said someone entered his unlocked
vehicle and took his wallet containing $100 and credit
cards, plus a pager.
Dec. 20, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, trespass.
Store officials called police after spotting a man in
the store who had a trespass warning issued against
him. He was arrested.
Dec. 20, 100 block Bridge Street, driving with
license suspended with knowledge. Officers stopped
a man driving a vehicle who they knew did not have
a valid license. He was arrested.
Dec. 22, 100 block 10th Street S., burglary. The
complainant said someone broke into a friend's
car parked at his house and took a CD player, car
emblems, fishing equipment and tools.
Dec. 23, 500 block Gulf Drive North, criminal
mischief. The complainant said someone "keyed"
both sides of her parked vehicle.
Dec. 24, 2000 block Gulf Drive North, burglary.
The complainant said someone entered her unlocked
resort room and took her backpack, which contained
$700 and prescription drugs.
Dec. 28, Leffis Key, burglary. The complain-
ants said someone broke the window of their parked
vehicle and took a purse from the back seat, leaving
two other purses in the front seat. The purse contained
a phone, credit cards and $700.
Dec. 30, 12700 block Cortez Road, possession
of controlled substance. Officers stopped a vehicle
for having a loud stereo after following it across the
Cortez Bridge. Officers noticed a strong odor of can-
nabis from the vehicle. A search of the car revealed a
plastic bag of white powder, which tested positive as
cocaine. Anthony J. DeMarco Jr., 26, of Bradenton,
said the drug was not his. He was arrested.
Dec. 25, 3800 block East Bay Drive, battery.
The complainant said her sister and her boyfriend
had gotten into a fight the night before. The sister
was moving out of her boyfriend's apartment and
requested financial help for the move. Officers
warned the couple to avoid any further conflicts.
Dec. 25, 5801 Marina Drive, HBPD, information.
The complainant said she went to pick up her daugh-
ter from her ex-husband at a court-appointed time,
but received a message that he and the girl were in
Tampa. She requested a police report for evidence.
Dec. 25, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, battery.
The complainant said he was leaving the bar when
unknown persons struck him in the face. He could
not identify his assailants.
Dec. 26, 400 block 63rd Street, battery. The com-
plainant said he got into a verbal argument with another
man who was a passenger in a truck parked at the Circle
K, 2500 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. The man and the
truck driver followed the complainant to Holmes Beach
and, when he stopped his car, he was struck in the mouth
by the assailant and sustained a cut lip that required
seven stitches. The victim and witnesses identified the
driver of the truck, but attempts to locate either driver
or passenger were unsuccessful.
Dec. 26, 6000 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his daughter's scooter, a
Christmas gift valued at $90, from the garage of the
unit where the family was staying on vacation. Left
in its stead was a woman's bicycle.
Dec. 26, 100 block 30th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took construction material
valued at $33.97 from his home.
Dec. 28, 400 block 28th Street, failure to appear.
Officers responded to a report of a houseguest who
said he wanted to kill himself. It was revealed that
he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, and he
was taken to jail.
Dec. 29, 100 block 39th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone had rummaged through his
parked car overnight. Missing was $5 in change, sun-
glasses, CDs and mail. He later found some of the
mail in a unit of the resort he was cleaning. Attempts
to reach the renters were unsuccessful.
Dec. 30, 200 block Manatee Avenue, theft. The
complainant said someone took two bicycles from
his front yard.
Dec. 30, 100 block 49th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his granddaughter's
bicycle from his garage.
New reward offered in Haley's mystery
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County's Gold Star Club upped the ante
for information helping to solve the disappearance
of Haley's Motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler.
The club is offering up to $5,000 for informa-
tion leading to the whereabouts of Musil-Buehler
or information leading to the person or persons
responsible for her disappearance. The club,
formed at the request of former Sheriff Charlie
Wells, is a group of citizens who raise money for
rewards leading to arrests in serious crimes, usu-
ally crimes against children and homicides.
Islanders in the club include Holmes Beach
Police Chief Jay Romine, Pa and Kent Davis and
Jim and Suzanne Van Gundy.
Another reward fund, established by friends
and family, is accepting donations at Whitney
Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, in the
name of the Sabine Buehler Benefit Fund.
Musil-Buehler, 49, has been missing since
Nov. 4, when she had an argument with her boy-
friend, William Cumber III, and left the Anna
Maria home that she rented and he occupied.
The missing person report describes Musil-
Buehler as about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 136 pounds,
with silver hair, green eyes and a German accent
Meanwhile, Cumber, 39, the last known person
to see Musil-Buehler before her disappearance, was
transferred to the Manatee County jail last week from
Marion County for a violation of his probation.
Law enforcement officials have described
Cumber as a "person of interest" in Musil-Buehler's
disappearance and the Nov. 16 fire at Haley's Motel,
which she co-owns with husband Tom Buehler.
Cumber was arrested near Ocala Dec. 23 for
driving with a suspended license, a charge unrelated
to the fire or the missing person cases. Stopped driv-
ing a pickup truck with an expired tag, Cumber was
arrested for driving without license, which according
to the Florida Department of Corrections violated the
rules of his probation on a conviction unrelated to the
ongoing investigations. Cumber was sentenced on Jan.
4,2006, to arson with willful damage to a dwelling for
setting fire to a girlfriend's house.
On Dec. 23, aFDC report of the probation viola-
tion was filed at the Manatee County Judicial Center,
but the document was classified as "confidential."
A court statement read, "Public access to the record
... is prohibited by Florida or Federal law."
Cumber, in interviews with the press, has said
he last saw Musil-Buehler at about 10 p.m. Nov.
4. The two were watching election night news in
a home she rented on Magnolia Avenue in Anna
Maria when they got into an argument about
Cumber smoking a cigarette.
Cumber said Musil-Buehler left in her car and
he has not seen her since.
Musil-Buehler's white Pontiac convertible
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St. Bernard priest
By Lisa Neff
A St. Bernard Catholic Church priest has come
under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct in
Fort Myers 15 years ago.
Islanders learned of the allegation against the Rev.
Jean Ronald Joseph last week, some while attending
Sunday Mass at St. Bernard, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
and some from breaking news reports.
At the time of the alleged misconduct, Joseph
was working at St. Frances Xavier Catholic Church
in Fort Myers.
While the diocese's investigation continues,
Joseph has consulted an attorney and, in a brief inter-
view with The Islander, denied any wrongdoing. He
also continues to struggle with serious illness.
Meanwhile, Island friends and supporters of the
priest are circulating petition calling for public forum
on the matter "so that he may answer any questions."
The petition also states, "We the undersigned fully
support Father Jean Ronald Joseph. We totally deny the
false accusations against him from 15 years ago."
That petition is available at Sato Real Estate, 708
S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, and for more information,
supporters can call Barbara Sato, 941-778-7200.
The church's official statement was put in the
form of a letter from the Most Rev. Frank Dewane,
bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, that area
priests read before celebrating Mass Dec. 28. The
statement also was issued to the media Dec. 29.
"The allegation alleges that sexual misconduct
occurred in 1993 between Father Joseph and some-
one who at that time was a minor," the bishop said.
"Father Joseph denies the allegation and strenu-
ously maintains his innocence. At my request, father
has agreed to remove himself from active ministry
while the inquiry proceeds."
The statement went on to say that "these are very
painful times for Father Joseph, the lay faithful as
well as the clergy."
The diocese has not made public the gender or
age of the accuser, nor details of the allegation.
The investigation falls under the diocese's Pro-
tection of Children and Vulnerable Adults policy.
The diocese policy was adopted in June 2003 and
has since been revised twice. It manages the process
of responding to an allegation of sexual misconduct
and the action to be taken depending on whether an
allegation is deemed substantiated or false.
With an accusation found to substantiated, a
priest may be removed from ministry, encouraged to
seek counsel and possibly prosecuted in the criminal
With an accusation found to be false, the diocese
"shall use whatever means are at his disposal to repair
the damage done to the reputation of the diocesan
personnel and to the church in general ... and shall
continue to offer pastoral assistance, as appropriate"
to the accuser.
The diocese stressed in its statement a "zero-
tolerance policy for sexual abuse with a minor" and
encouraged potential victims to contact law enforce-
ment officials or the Victim Assistance Office of the
Diocese of Venice.
The News-Press in Fort Myers, the first news-
paper to report on the allegation, said Joseph is the
second priest to have served in that area to come
under investigation since August.
The newspaper reported that Joseph was ordained
in Florida in October 1993 and performs work for
Haitian ministries. Joseph, in a 1994 interview with
the News-Press, said he escaped Haiti after his brother
was slain under the rule of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Last week, after a morning service at St. Bernard,
churchgoers declined to talk about the investigation,
saying it would be inappropriate to comment.
Joseph also previously worked at St. Joseph
Parish in Bradenton.
In 2002, the Rev. Donald Baier, a then St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church priest, had his ministerial privi-
leges removed because of sexual abuse that occurred
20 years earlier in St. Petersburg.
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Love crabs? Love cooking? Cortez cookoff Feb. 7
Maybe you love the taste of fresh stone crabs or
blue crabs from local waters and you have a favorite
Crabs will take center stage in February at the
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, where the
theme for 2008 is "Claws."
Haley's mystery continues
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
was found early Nov. 6 with a small amount of her
blood in the front seat and her clothes and personal
belongings in the trunk.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrested
Robert Corona, 38, for alleged grand theft auto after
capturing him fleeing from the vehicle.
Corona first told detectives someone gave him
the key to the car to go buy drugs, but he later said
he found the car with the key in the ignition in a
parking lot at the Gator Lounge on 14th Street in
Corona is scheduled for a court appearance Jan.
Last week, he wrote the court asking for a reduc-
tion of bond. Bond in the case was set at $50,000. He
indicated he could come up with $2,000.
Authorities have said that Corona is not a "person
of interest" in Musil-Buehler's disappearance, but
the day after fire damaged a two-story building at
Haley's, authorities did identify Cumber as a "person
Cumber has said he believes he is being
In both the fire and the disappearance, investiga-
tors continue to await the results of tests on collected
The MCSO has deemed Musil-Buehler's disap-
pearance a possible homicide.
Sources close to the fire investigation have said
it was intentionally set, although the Holmes Beach
Police Department, the lead investigating agency on
the fire, maintains it is "suspicious."
Anyone with information is asked to call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011,
ext. 2519, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
Prior to the festival, The Islander newspaper
will host a cooking contest at the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez that will feature crab recipes, and
all are welcome to enter.
Winners will be announced immediately following
the contest judging on Feb. 7 and prizes will be awarded
at the festival, which will be held Feb. 21-22.
There will be only one category: Crab. Dishes
can be an appetizer, salad or entree, but must contain
either blue crab or stone crab. The recipe quantity
should be sufficient for three judges to sample the
entry. There is no fee for individuals to enter and no
limit on the number of entries.
New this year will be a restaurant-commercial
contest for best crab cake. Restaurants must pay a
$25 entry fee and the winner will receive "best crab
cake" buia,'.ing' rights for a year and a framed certifi-
cate and also will be honored in the newspaper and
"centerstage" at the festival.
An entry form and instructions are available at
The Islander Web site, www.islander.org, and at the
newspaper office in the Island Shopping Center, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Judging for the contest will be Islander publisher
Bonner Joy, 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Janette
Dunnigan, and ... one yet unnamed person.
Entries will be required to be delivered to the Flor-
ida Maritime Museum by noon on Feb. 7, and winners
will be announced at the end of the judging.
All entrants must include a recipe with their
crab dish. Entries must be provided "ready to eat"
on plain covered white "disposable" tableware or in
plain plastic containers.
For individual entries, the judges will award a
first prize of $100, and a runner-up will earn $25.
There also will be a prize for "Most Original Recipe,"
and that winner will receive a dinner for two at the
Star Fish Company Restaurant.
Frank McGrath, Jack Egan, Mallory Kosfeld, Russ Stanley, Scott Kosfeld and the Rev. Robert Mongiello
attend the first pancake breakfast of the season at St. Bernard Catholic Church on Dec. 28. The next break-
fast will take place Jan. 11 in the fellowship hall. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
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Dr. Corbet S. Johnson
Dr. Corbet S. Johnson, 105, of Holmes Beach,
died Dec. 27.
Born in Putnam, N.Y., Dr. Johnson moved to
Manatee County in 1972 from Waverly, N.Y. He was
a graduate of the American College of Physicians and
a cardiologist and anesthesiologist. He was a member
of the Key Royale Golf Club.
There were no services. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughter Barbara J. Cheek;
son Thomas S.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-
Thomas Channing Salick
Thomas Channing "Chan" Salick, a former Bra-
denton resident, died at his home in Cape Canaveral
at the age of 60.
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Mr. Salick was a 1966 graduate 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, per-
forming in nightclubs in the Tampa Bay area, as well
as in and around Cocoa Beach.
He served two years in the U.S.
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Stationed in Germany.
In 1986 he donated, with-
out hesitation, a kidney to his
brother Rich Salick, giving Rich
"the gift of life." His interest in
Salick 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
As a volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation 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.
He is survived by brothers Richard Salick, Philip Salick,
Rosser Shymanski, Wilson Shymanski; sister Joanie Mills and
husband Tony Mills of Holmes Beach; and nephews Philip
Salick, David Morgan, and Brandon Mills.
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of Florida/Direct Patient Aid Fund, 1040 Woodcock
Road, Suite 119, Orlando FL 32803. A memorial ser-
vice will be announced at a later date.
AME school calendar
Jan. 8, talent show auditions for third- through
fifth-grades, 2 p.m. in the auditorium.
Jan. 7, 8 a.m. runners club meets on the school
Jan. 16, Manatee School District "records day,"
Jan. 17, 5k Dolphin Dash, 8 a.m. registration at
AME. Fee applies. www.runnergirl.com.
Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
For more information, call the school office at
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By Lisa Neff
The man convicted of shooting an Island busi-
nesswoman is being held at the Florida Department
of Corrections Central Florida Reception Center.
The center houses about 1,659 male inmates,
some of them awaiting transfer to another prison
under the FDC. The center is
Located in Orange County near
S the Orlando International Air-
A jury in August 2008 con-
victed Mark Koenigs of Braden-
ton Beach for shooting Island
businesswoman Sue Normand
and threatening to shoot two law
Koenigs enforcement officers trying to
arrest him on the Gulf shore. Koenigs was convicted
of one count of aggravated battery with a firearm
and two counts of aggravated assault on law enforce-
In November 2008, Manatee County Circuit
Court Judge Diana Moreland sentenced Koenigs to
40 years in prison.
Koenigs' defense attorney, public defender Peter
Belmont, has filed a notice to appeal the conviction
to Florida's Second District Court of Appeal.
The preparation of the appeal may take months.
In the meantime, Koenigs is serving his sentence
at the reception center.
His current release date is Dec. 21, 2046.
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Thursday, Jan. 8
Noon Longboat Key/ Lido Key/ St. Armand Key Chamber
of Commerce "Nooner" lunch atthe Sun House restaurant, 111
Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-383-2466.
7:30 p.m.- "The Music Man" opens at the Manatee Play-
ers, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Feb. 1. Box office:
941-748-5875. Fee applies.
Friday, Jan. 9
3 to 5 p.m. "A Proactive Approach to your Hospital
Visit" presentation by Carolyn Spencer at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reception for watercolor artist Sally
LaViolette at the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6634.
5:30 p.m. A reception for the 15th annual James Pay
Exhibit, an all-media exhibit open to members of the Anna
Maria Island Art League, takes place at the league studio, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Saturday, Jan. 10
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Privateers Thieves' Market at Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-323-4075.
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.
8:30 a.m. Yoga on the beach with Jasmine Bowman
at the Pine Avenue public beach access. Information:
10 a.m. to noon Creative Clay 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.
11 a.m. to noon -Acrylic painting demonstration by Kathy
Sparks at the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6634.
Noon to 2 p.m. Abdominal sculpting fitness workshop
with Eleni Romeo at the Island Yoga Space, 9805 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-3149. Fee applies.
Sunday, Jan. 11
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. St. Bernard Pancake Breakfast
and Bake Sale takes place at the church fellowship hall, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
3 p.m.- The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society exhibit
reception takes at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.
Tuesday, Jan. 13
7:30 to 9 a.m. Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce awards breakfast at the Sand Dollar
Rooftop Restaurant, Holiday Inn Lido Beach. Information:
941-383-2466. Fee applies.
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10:30 a.m. Ron McCarty, keeper and curator of Ca
d'Zan at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will speak
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for
lunch and presentation about the Friendship Exchange with
Rotarian Melba Talbot at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.
6:30 to 8 p.m. Your Place in Space: Solar Systems at
the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Res-
ervations: 941-746-4131 ext. 11. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Jan. 14
11:30 a.m. The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island
Players luncheon with guest speaker Nancy Ambrose from the
Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park at the Bradenton Country Club,
4646 Ninth Ave. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-761-7374.
3 p.m. "Landscape and Nature Photography" with
James Corwin Johnson at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. ScoopDaddy's grand re-opening, 19C
N. Boulevard of the Presidents, St. Armands Circle. Information:
"Birds of the FISH Preserve" photograph exhibit at the
Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, 8:30
a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, through Jan. 12. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch
horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W, Bradenton, hosts dinners for
the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.
Yoga on the beach with Jasmine Bowman every Saturday
at 8:30 near the Pine Avenue public beach access. Information:
Jan. 15, Island Library Book Club discussion of "Moun-
tains Beyond Mountains."
*Jan. 15, Ballroom dance classes at the Anna Maria Island
Center makes talent
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
has put out a call for the Island's most talented
The Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
will host a talent show 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March
For information about helping organize the
show or showcasing a talent, call the Center at
Cooking for good living
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will host the Cancer
Project's Food For Life course from Jan. 15
through May 7. The course, taught by Ellen Jones,
will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Designed
by physicians, nutrition experts and dietitians, the
course includes information about how certain
foods and nutrients work to promote or discourage
cancer growth, along with simple cooking demon-
strations that can be recreated easily at home. For
more information, including costs, call the Center
Jan. 17, "Brewtopia" beer tasting event at the Gold Coast
Eagle Budweiser, Lakewood Ranch.
Jan. 17, AME 5k Dolphin Dash.
*Jan. 17, Couples massage class at the Anna Maria Island
Jan. 17, Immunity boost yoga workshop at the Island
*Jan. 17, Egyptian travel presentation at the Island Branch
Jan. 17, Fifties night at the Longboat Island Chapel.
Jan. 18, "Divos" at the Manatee Players.
Save the date
Jan. 19, American Cancer Society Relay for Life Kick-off
at the Star Fish Company Restaurant, Cortez.
Jan. 19, "Comedie Tonight!" at the Manatee Players.
Jan. 20, Manatee Democratic Club Presidential Inaugura-
tion celebration at the Polo Grill Ballroom.
Feb. 1, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 50th Anniversary
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Mullet run strong, still going on off Island
The annual mullet run appears far from finished
for local fishers.
Mullet, Mugil cephalus, is one of the most
common fish found in the waters off Anna Maria
Island. They grow to 20 inches or more in length.
You know a kid's sketch of a fish, that skinny, lopsided
"8" on its side, with one eye, a fin or two and a big tail on
the end? That's what a mullet looks like, complete with a
grayish-brown top and white underside.
The species has a soft mouth used to gum its algal
diet and is loathe to take a hook. There have been reports
of catching a mullet with a doughball-encrusted hook,
but most mullet now are caught in a castnet.
Mullet also frequently jump out of the water,
although just why they become airborne is a mystery.
Some argue the fish are escaping predators. Others
opine the returning splash knocks off parasites. Some
say it's the male's way of fertilizing the female. Some
folks say a mullet jumps just for the fun of it.
Mullet gather in the late fall in enormous schools
in the bays, predominately near inlets, before heading
to the Gulf of Mexico to spawn. Old timers recall
schools of mullet so thick "you could hardly row
across to one of the keys without ending up with a
dozen or so fish in your boat."
It's mullet run time again, and Cortez fishers have
been joined by their East Coast counterparts to har-
vest the fish and their financially lucrative roe, both
red and white.
Karen Bell of Bell Fish Co. in Cortez said the run
has been going on for a while and is excellent this
year. "There have been three or four runs already,"
she said. "We processed 75,000 pounds on New
Year's Day, and the fish still haven't moved out to
the Gulf. We need a good front to stir them to go out,
and that's not forecast for a while yet."
She said the fish have been coming in just right
for processing, too, and the quality has been good.
So far, Bell Fish Co. has handled about 500,000
pounds of mullet this year, up significantly from last
And mullet harvesting isn't an easy chore. Due
to a Florida constitutional amendment banning the
use of most near-shore gill nets, the 100 or so fishers
working out of Bell Fish are using smaller castnets to
pull in the tasty fish. It's backbreaking work throwing
a 20-pound net, then pulling it and its catch back to
the boat. Then hurling it out again. And again.
Of course, gill netting wasn't a placid day on the
water either, with rough water and bitter cold and fish
scales everywhere. And following a catch, clearing
the fish and the net, unloading it all and reloading the
net on the boat for another day's work.
Roe sales this year are predominately to Taiwan
because prices there are better than other markets in
Europe, Spain and Egypt.
The mullet is a most peculiar fish with mysterious
It indeed has a gizzard just like a chicken, the
only fish in the world so equipped. And its millions
vanish from these parts semi-periodically and no one
knows why, then reappear and no one knows why.
All anyone can do is wonder.
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pearing act, but it could happen again any day now.
Or not. Who knows?
Snooks Adams and Walter Bell, who have kept a
sharp eye on mullet longer than most, don't know. A
theory or two, maybe, but nothing serious, and they
told them to the late Islander reporter Jim Hanson in
Adams was born in the fishing village of Cortez
when it was the mullet capital of the world, and fished
commercially from childhood until he became head
of law enforcement on Anna Maria Island, later retir-
ing in 1975.
Bell helped make Cortez the mullet capital of the
world, fishing when he was younger and then taking
over with his brother their father's A.P Bell Fish Co.
Both recall the time when mullet abandoned
Cortez and Sarasota Bay and all these parts in the
"We all tried the bays and all over, and couldn't
see enough mullet to make a living," Adams said.
Bell said, "I was a kid then, and my dad left here
to find the mullet, camped out on the Alafia River
south of Tampa to fish, even for blue crab, and fishing
was so bad he just came on home."
Then came World War II in late 1941, and the
fish came back with it. It was too much coincidence
for some people, said Bell "They figured God was
with our country. He sent the fish back to feed Ameri-
cans. You could look anywhere and see 50 jump, mil-
lions of them."
But they didn't stay. Adams said that a couple
of years after he came back from World War II he
traveled all of Tampa Bay and around St. Petersburg
hunting mullet, and couldn't catch enough to pay for
his boat's fuel.
"Along in the late '40s," Bell said, "most of the
men in the community had to quit trying to fish and
went to scalloping for a living. I went with Charlie
Guthrie down to the Sister Keys where some mullet
were jumping, and we caught 10 head in four nets."
A memorable bumper crop came when the dredg-
ing began for construction of the original Sunshine
Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay in 1954, said Bell.
"They showed thick then, during construction. I took
a job for $25 a day watching out for falling painters,
laid off the bridge in my boat and picked them out of
the bay, and the mullet were all over the place."
Same thing happened during the dredging of Port
Manatee in the early 1970s, he said. Mullet were
scarce until work started, then they showed up in
Againinthe 1980s, for "about '81, '82, '83, around
in there, there were the most fish I ever saw around
here," said Adams. "Then they fell off again."
Neither of these thoughtful veterans knows for
sure what brings this great ebb and flow of mullet.
Nor does Dr. Randy Edwards, staff scientist at Mote
Marine Laboratory and an acknowledged expert on
Edwards suggested that a series of red tide blooms
may decimate mullet along with everything else in
the sea, so there are no mullet until the survivors
replenish themselves. And the fish move around, he
said, responding to conditions.
That theory has some credence based on recent
events. The bad red tide bloom a few years ago
slowed the mullet harvest and could have taken until
now to come back to top fruition.
Adams suspects mullet run in cycles, "like most
life, animals and even vegetables. They come out of
Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, come across the south part
of the Gulf and up into Florida waters. Seems every
seven or eight years they fall off and then pick up
Bell feels they may come and go according to the
weather and respond to such conditions as air pres-
sure. "One year may be a big one in Louisiana, the
next one Florida. Get a spell of weather in Carolina in
the fall, a hard nor'easter, and the mullet come down
around Florida and up into the Gulf."
The mystery may never be solved, or even seri-
ously investigated, for mullet don't figure in much
here anymore as a cash crop. Inshore netting has been
prohibited since 1995.
It doesn't bother the mullet. They go on as
always, coming and going for whatever fishy reasons,
not caring at all whether or not man understands.
Bell explained that after spawning the mullet
come back in from the Gulf and lose their fat, becom-
ing so long and skinny that fishermen refer to them
as "snakes." And they disperse, not bunching up in
schools as they do in winter.
Gradually now they will "thicken," as fishers
describe fattening, and gather in schools around June,
when they can be profitably fished again.
Bell said the run comes when mullet gather in
schools before heading into the Gulf to spawn. "They
go the opposite direction from salmon," which go
inshore and upstream for spawning.
The normal mullet run begins just after Thanks-
giving. It lasts only two or three weeks, then they go
out to sea.
"Weather controls the fish," he said. "A good hard
norther for four or five days and they go offshore to
"They come back in around the end of Janu-
ary and lay around on the bottom. You don't know
they're here unless you look down and see them loaf-
ing around down there. That's the ones that survive
the sharks in the Gulf."
Jim Hanson offered a little ditty about mullet
with his 1998 article:
A funny fish is the mullet
He has a chicken-like gullet
He just disappears
For several years
Then he's back, and you can just mull it.
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Wonderful weather equals 'finest kind' fishing action
By Paul Roat
Won't this pesky fair weather ever end? How
many more days of balmy temperatures in the mid-
70s, mild winds and warming water temps do we
have to put up with?
Hopefully a lot.
Fishing action is following the warm winter days
with some heat of its own. Gag grouper catches are as
good as anybody can remember, both in the Gulf of
Mexico and in the bays. Find a rock ledge or artificial
reef and you' 11 find some hefty gags, as well as snap-
per. There is also good offshore action for amberjack,
bluefish and bonito.
Bay fishing is good for trout, with most hookups
falling within the slot limit or a tad bigger. There are
also redfish and flounder to be caught in the backwa-
ter, plus catch-and-release snook.
Even the Cortez mullet fishers are happy with a
catch they call the "finest kind."
Whitebait is everywhere, with big fish not far
The shark bite is also great both just off the
beaches and farther offshore. A prime shark haunt is
between Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key across
the shipping channels.
Don't have a boat? Book a charter with any of the
local captains and have a great day on the water.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said offshore fishing for gag
grouper remains phenomenal. There are big fish to be
caught anywhere from 5 to 15 miles from Anna Maria
Island in the Gulf beside gags, there are amber-
jack, kingfish and banded rudderfish, plus mangrove
snapper and red grouper.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said his back-
water charters are producing terrific gag grouper by
the inlets. He suggests fishing off any ledge or rock
outcrop to bring in keeper-size grouper. He's also
following the thick whitebait, which in turn is being
followed by big bluefish, bonito and kings. Mangrove
snapper are also thick in the bays, he said, with lots
of 12- to 16-inch fish being caught.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said waters have warmed
and bait is plentiful a good combination for good
catches of redfish and catch-and-release snook in the
mornings. Reds and linesiders are also responding
well to artificial, he said.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said the shark bite
off Anna Maria Island is "crazy right now between
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caught this 7-foot-long
dusky shark off the Mana-
tee Public Beach on Dec.
2. It took about 45 minutes
to land the fish, a struggle
that drew a crowd of
onlookers as well as life-
guards to keep the public
at bay. Smith-Kerr used a
ladyfish as bait, and caught
the dusky on 40-pound-
test line with a 120-pound
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I know got shark steaks
for Christmas," he said.
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Bean Point and Egmont Key." His best catch was a
7 1/2-foot-long bull shark, but he's also getting bon-
netheads in the "crazy stretch," and is hearing reports
of sharks coming from the piers and beaches. Gag
grouper is also a good bet offshore, and he's hear-
ing lots of reports of hogfish being landed. Gags and
mangrove snapper are thick in Tampa Bay, especially
near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and along any of
the ship channels. Backwater action for trout is great
in the first days of the open season, with north Sara-
sota Bay yielding fish better than 15 inches in length,
plus a few 20-inchers. Flounder are also coming off
the piers, he said, and he's heard good reports of some
catch-and-release snook being caught at night.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include nice
catches of black drum, flounder and sheepshead.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Bay Marina in Cortez said December's Spring-
like weather has brought the water temperatures up
to unseasonable levels. "Just a few weeks ago, it was
in the mid 50s and now has reached the 70-degree
mark in a lot of backwater areas it makes it kind
of tough to nail down any patterns." He said he's
found that speckled trout have taken over as the top
species since the reopening of the season, and he's
catching trout from 14 inches up to a 26 1/2 inches.
Most of the trout have been found on grassy dropoffs
near shoals and bars. "Once you find the trout," he
said, "the trick for the bigger ones is to move short
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distances in the same area until you hone in on the
bigger units. A good number of pompano, bluefish,
flounder and ladyfish have been taken in the same
areas." Capt. Zach said that above-average snapper
fishing inshore continues, and "It is easier to catch
a mess of mangos then it is sheepshead right now,
although the sheepies have been coming on a little
better this past week. Black drum to 27 inches and
precious few redfish to 25 inches have been nailed
fishing docks and structure." He's also catching Span-
ish mackerel and bonito.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's been catching lots of big gag and
red grouper, "and on some trips hooking into some so
big they are too much for some guys to handle. Our
parties are also catching monster amberjack, man-
grove and yellowtail snapper, p .i ,' \. flounder and
sharks. There is great action from 40 feet out to 165
feet, but going out deeper is better. Best bait has been
live pinfish and Spanish sardines. On one of our four-
hour trips with Jim and Nanci Farese and family we
caught eight big gag grouper and some big mangrove
snapper. Their sons 8-year-old Ryan and 12-year-old
Michael and daughter, 17-year-old Kate, all caught
keeper grouper and snapper."
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
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24 0 JAN. 7, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Islanders help Magic to Orange Classic tourney title
By Kevin Cassidy
Island residents Erin Mulrine, Ally Titsworth and
Martine Miller helped the U15 Manatee Magic girls
soccer team capture the Orange Classic tournament
in Fort Lauderdale Dec. 29-30.
The Magic opened the tournament by tying Flor-
ida Premier 1-1 behind one goal from Ally Titsworth.
The Magic then defeated Plantation 4-0 behind a pair
of goals from Martine Miller and one goal apiece
from Madison Bradley and Nicole Dixon.
Game three saw the Magic edge NASA Premier
of Georgia 1-0 with Kaitlyn Wolfe notching the
game-winner to take the Magic to the tournament
The Magic then defeated Miami 2-1 behind a pair
of goals from Erin Mulrine. The girls then defeated
NASA Premier for the second time by a 2-0 score.
Both goals were scored by Tori Bolyard.
Bob Lee overcame the cold and walked to victory
lane on Jan. 2 in the opening horseshoe competition
of the year. Lee defeated the team of Ron Pepka and
Tom Rhodes by a 24-15 score.
Gene Bobeldyk and Jerry Disbrow emerged from
the crowded pits with a 23-10 victory over Art King-
stad and Dave Lansaw in Dec. 29 horseshoe action.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
Key Royale golf news
The men of Key Royale Club opened up the new
year with a better-ball-of-partners game on Jan. 2.
First place went to the team of Earl Ritchie and Bill
Melvin with a 25. One shot back were Jim Thorton
and Dale Hudson, who matched the 26 carded by Bob
Kral and Peter Proxy.
AMICC Basketball League
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Jan. 15 8 p.m. IRE vs. Connect Cycles
Division I (ages 12-13)
Jan. 14 8 p.m. Lumber vs. A&E
Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 15 7 p.m. Kumon vs. Dips
Division III (ages 8-9)
Jan. 14 7 p.m. Bistro vs. Orthopedics
Jan. 15 6 p.m. Ross vs. LPAC
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Jan. 14 6 p.m. BeachHouse vs. Observer
Jan. 16 6 p.m. BeachHouse. vs. Oyster Bar
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Dec. 31 that was won by Tom Nelson and John Heisel-
man with a 6-under-par 26. Larry Fowler and Gary
Harris matched the 5-under-par 27 carded by Tom
Steele and Earl Ritchie to tie for second place. There
was also a tie for third place with Jim McCartney and
Paul Kaemmerlen combining for a 4-under-par 28 that
was matched by Omar Trolard and Bob King.
The last coed tournament of 2008 was played
in a best-ball-of-foursome format. Nell Bergstrom,
Terry Westby, Hal Sears and Larry Fowler combined
to card an 8-under-par 24 to take first place.
Basketball season set to start
The 2008 Anna Maria Island Community Center
youth basketball season will kick off in the Center
gym on Jan. 14 and the annual season-opener banquet
- also to be held in the gym will be Jan. 10 at
6:30 p.m. with dinner donated by the Beach Bistro.
Regular season games start up Jan. 14, and
once again, there will be four age divisions with the
instructional division for players in the 5-7 year old
group. Division III is for players ages 8-9 and Divi-
sion II is for players ages 10-11 year. The Premier
Division is for players 14-17-years-old.
Individual and team photos will be taken and
scrimmage games will be played on the hour from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 10 with photos as follows:
A Paradise, 9:15 a.m.; Island Real Estate, 9:30 a.m.;
Beach Bistro, 10 a.m.; Rotten Ralph's, 10:15 a.m.;
Dips Ice Cream, 10:30 a.m.; Fronius, 11:15 a.m.;
Island Family Physicians, 11:30 a.m.; Sand Dollar,
12:15 p.m.; Panaramic, 12:30 p.m.; Longboat
Observer, 1:15 p.m.; E-Training Solutions, 1:30 p.m.;
Jessie's Island Store, 2:15 p.m.; Air & Enci.l,', 2:30
p.m.; Coastal Orthopedics, 3:15 p.m.; Ross Built,
3:30 p.m.; Walter & Associates, 4:15 p.m.; Sandbar
Restaurant, 4:30 p.m.
Rich Bell is hosting a fun soccer event, Beach
Soccer Blast, Jan. 17-18 and Jan. 24-25 at Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach for players ages 4-13.
And the best part about it? It's barefoot and it's free,
according to Bell.
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 islandfootballclub.com
and click on the registration link. You may also con-
tact Bell at 941-792-9376, or by e-mail at Rich@
Also, the Center's revived indoor soccer tourna-
ment started Jan. 6 and will host games through Jan.
11 in the Center gym with games being played from
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and on
Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, contact Center athletic
director Andy Jonatzke at 941-778-1908, ext. 9205.
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Ed Cappello of Morgan Stanley
Ed Cappello of Morgan Stanley
investments has always wished his
company would open an office on
Anna Maria Island.
He spent eight years on the Island
while growing up and his parents still
live in what he calls "paradise."
Alas, Ed's office is at 1401 Mana-
tee Ave. W. in Bradenton, but he still
manages to get out to the Island to see
his parents as often as possible and to
soak up some sea, sand and surf.
"The Island is just great. I love it
here," he said.
When he's not on the Island, Ed is
in his mainland office, helping people
prepare for retirement with his spe-
cialty estate planning and tax-free
For more information, call Ed at
Cafe on the Key
Cafe on the Bay at 5350 Gulf of
Mexico Drive in the Centre Shops
Mall, Longboat Key, is now open
for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with
an all-new menu available Monday
Entrees start at $7.95 for lunch and
Cafe on the Bay has a buffet brunch
on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for
From Jan. 2 to Jan. 30, Cafe on the
Bay is offering a complimentary cup of
lobster bisque or soup dujour with any
Guests for the Sunday brunch will
receive a complimentary Bloody Mary
For more information or to make
a reservation, call 941-383-0440.
New location for
Just 4 Fun
Just 4 Fun kayak, bicycle and boat
rentals is now open in its new loca-
tion at 5343 Gulf Drive No. 600 at the
Holmes Beach Business Center.
Just 4 Fun offers free delivery
and pick-up service for vacationers on
Anna Maria Island.
For more information, call
941-447-1506, e-mail ] .iijiit41ItiIn"
aol.com, or visit the company Web site
The Junior League of Manatee
County will host Brewtopia, one of
its major fund-raising parties of 2009,
from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan.
17, at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing in
This signature dinner/party/event
for the Junior League matches beers
from around the world with foods from
restaurants such as the BeachHouse,
Demetrio's Pizza House, Ezra, Geckos,
Mangrove Grill, MarVista, Mattison's,
Saijo Sushi & Japanese and the Sand-
Junior League communications
director Jodi Egger said Brewtopia will
include live music by Matt Brown, a
silent auction, a 50-50 raffle and NFL
playoff games on television.
Tickets are $50 per person in
advance and can be purchased online
For more information, call Jodi at
Curves in Holmes
The Curves fitness center for
women at 5366 Gulf Drive in Holmes
Beach closed its doors Dec. 23, appar-
ently without notice to members.
The fitness center was open for
business on Dec. 22, according to
member Mary Cella, who worked out
that day. She returned on Dec. 24 to
find the facility closed.
Efforts to reach Curves owner
JoAnn Swan were unsuccessful. Swan
also operates Curves at 4228 60th St.
W. in Bradenton.
According to Cella, Swan did not
offer a refund.
"When I called the other facility, I
was given a telephone number to call.
When I called that number, it was the
Florida Division of Consumer Affairs,"
Because the business is licensed
and bonded by the state of Florida,
members may be able to obtain a
refund by filing a consumer complaint
with the Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services within
60 days of the closing.
"I called back and asked [Curves]
if they really wanted me to file a com-
plaint. They said that's what they had
been told to say," said Cella.
While Curves can offer an alter-
nate location for Island members at
its Bradenton facility, according to the
company's bond agreement with the
state of Florida, to qualify, an alternate
site must be within five miles of the
Cella said she estimates the alter-
nate facility is about 10 miles from the
Holmes Beach location.
"I had a three-month membership,
so it's not the money, but it would
have been nice if Swan had told us in
advance they were closing," she said.
Cella indicated she and another
member had seen some packed boxes
at the Holmes Beach store two weeks
earlier and then asked a staff member
if Curves was closing.
"They said 'no,' that they were just
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 7, 2009 0 25
doing some cleaning," Cella said.
Cella said members who have
monthly withdrawals to Curves from
their bank account or credit card
charge should cancel those payments.
The annual dues, she said, was approx-
Information on a complaint form to
obtain a refund is available by calling
800-435-7352 or on the Internet at the
Florida Department of Consumer Ser-
vices Web site at www.800helpfla.com.
Island real estate
109 Sycamore Ave., Anna Maria,
a 968 sfla/1,088 sfur 2bed Ibath Gulf-
front home built in 1950 on a 100x110
lot was sold 12/18/08, Gillard Groves
Inc to Dar Real Estate Enterprises LLC
for $1,200,000; list $1,200,000.
635 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
Beach, a 2,376 sfla/3,239 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car bayfront pool home
built in 1968 on a 100x150 lot was
sold 12/18/08, Brown to Sullman for
518 South Drive, Anna Maria, a
1,445 sfla/2,122 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car
canalfront home built in 1982 on a
60x110 lot was sold 12/08/08, Agnelli
Group LLC to Hills for $465,000.
301 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a
1,120 sfla/1,320 sfur 2bed/2bath half
duplex built in 1957 on a 54x78 lot was
sold 12/08/08, Jeronimo to Shapell for
$325,000; list $399,900.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 253, Run-
away Bay, Bradenton Beach, a 1,080
sfla 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool and tennis, built in 1978
was sold 12/11/08, Vallie to Hayward
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can
be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate transactions
may also be viewed online at www.
islander.org. Copyright 2009
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26 E JAN. 7, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Birders tally species in annual count
By Lisa Neff 'e -
"A loon, right there," Steve Black said excit-
He pointed toward the water just south of the
Anna Maria City Pier and said, "There, bobbing up
Mike Corso scanned his scoresheet and made a
note next to "common loon."
The four volunteers assigned to count birds on
the northern half of Anna Maria Island in the National
Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count had
seen their first loon of the day.
The foursome Corso, Black, Judie Bien and
Sue Dickie were part of the team counting birds
in the Gulf Circle on Dec. 30.
The count was Bien's first; the others had taken
part in counts in years past and earlier in December.
This year's first Christmas count took place Dec. 14
and the last was scheduled to take place Jan. 5.
Once the tallies are filed from across North Amer-
ica, scientists with the National Audubon Society will
compile and analyze the data to assess the health of
bird populations and to guide conservation action.
"When Frank Chapman started the Christmas Bird
Census in December of 1900 as an alternative to the
traditional Christmas side hunt, it was a visionary act,"
said National Audubon CEO John Ficker. "But even the
greatest foresight could not have predicted how impor-
tant the CBC would become as a resource and tool for
conservation. The combined efforts of tens of thousands
of birders over the past 109 years have built a database
of information on bird population trends unmatched by
any other wildlife census."
In the 1980s, the data documented the decline of
wintering populations of the American black duck,
after which conservation measures were put into
effect to reduce hunting pressure on the species.
More recently, in 2007, the data revealed that the
populations of some of America's most familiar birds
have taken a nosedive in the past 40 years. Using
bird count data, the Audubon Society developed
a watchlist that identifies 178 species that appear
The Gulf Circle birders began at about 7 a.m.
Dec. 30 and had until dusk to complete their count.
"We stop for everything," said Black, who is the
president of the Manatee County Audubon Society.
The group started its count on Key Royale in
Holmes Beach, where the golf course provided ample
opportunity to see various species.
By 9 a.m., they had observed 24 species of
"We haven't seen anything unusual so far," Black
"But we did see a couple of kestrels," Dickie
said. "They were beautiful."
Black took an interest in birds as a child, but
didn't seriously start birding until he enrolled in an
identification class in more recent years.
"And I took a plant ID class," he said. "After that,
I was hooked."
Dickie and Corso also are experienced birders.
Dickie began about eight years ago.
"I kind of eased into it by accident," she said.
"You begin to notice birds. You buy a book here or
there. And the next thing you know, you are birding.
And it's addictive."
New to the hobby, Bien plans to take a birding
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Steve Black, president of the Manatee County Audubon Society, points to where he sees a Eurasian col-
lared-dove. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Mike Corso and Sue
Dickie search the bay-
shore in Anna Maria
for birds during the
annual Christmas Bird
Count sponsored by
the National Audubon
class this month.
"The variety of birds is so interesting," she said.
"I think that's what drew me to Sarasota Bay."
The birders left the Key Royale area at about 9:30
a.m. to search for species near the canals in north
They searched from Black's blue four-door
Toyota, as they strolled along streets, looking to trees,
wires and rooftops. They also searched as they stood
by the bay and on the Gulf.
On 75th Street in Holmes Beach, Black listened
to a bird and identified it as a blue-faced parakeet.
Dickie heard and then spotted a mourning
As they headed for the car, they all noticed an
anhinga sitting in a treetop.
"You know why he dries his wings?" Black said,
pointing toward the bird with wings spread to catch
On Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria, the birders
count doves, crows, starlings, sparrows and wood-
peckers, as well as an egret, a heron and a wood stork,
with its bald face and thick, dusky yellow bill.
"There's something about the character of a wood
stork," Dickie said. "They always look so apolo-
The birders traveled with binoculars and their
They showed excitement when they saw their
first loon, but also when they counted their 100th
"I get as excited seeing a cardinal for the 400th
time as seeing another bird for the first time," Dickie
For the record, the cardinal was among the spe-
cies seen during the Gulf Circle count. Birders 19
volunteers working from Palma Sola Bay to the Gulf
and from Bean Point on Anna Maria Island to Bishop
Bayou on Longboat Key counted 8,904 birds last
week compared to about 6,000 in 2007.
The birders identified 84 species, according to
David Williamson, who coordinates the local count
The most common birds identified included peli-
cans, gulls and turkey vultures.
Williamson said counters were happy to see some
birds not counted in recent years, including the hooded
merganser, the magnificent frigatebird, the white-winged
dove and the yellow-bellied sapsucker.
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MAJOLICA COLLECTOR READY to part with
some pieces. Call for details. Reasonable prices.
941-794-2314 or 941-718-5500.
FOR SALE: LOVELY early American sofa, good
condition, $200.Two small wicker chairs, fair con-
dition, $30 each. Call 941-778-3925.
QUEEN-SIZE SOFA bed, $550 or best offer, two
rattan end tables and one glass-top coffee table,
$150. Call 941-778-1264.
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to
three pleated layers. Classic A-style gown with
short sleeves. Size 14, altered slightly at waist
and shoulders. Professionally cleaned and pre-
served. $125 or best offer. 941-794-2312.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors from 4
by 6 feet, to 5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Satur-
day. Clothing sales. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10.
Plus-size clothes, Nutrl-system food, linens, mis-
cellaneous. 106 77th St., Holmes Beach.
CASCO DORADO ANNUAL rummage sale: 8
a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9-10. 9606
1/2, Cortez Road, Bradenton.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.
Like new refrigerators, entertainment centers,
sofa, chairs, TV, pictures, dishes, cookware, tod-
dler clothes and toys and much more. 132 49th
St., Holmes Beach. 941-962-9884.
REWARD FORTHE return of precious memories
taken from our vehicle. Camcorder, camera, iPod,
memory cards, etc. No questions asked! Reward
depends on amount and condition of returned
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
FREE GUN LOCKS at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
BEAUTIFUL 7YEAR-old spayed female Siamese-
mix cat needs loving home immediately. Please
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
GOLF CART: CLUB Car, good condition. Charger,
curtains, lights, etc. $1,200. 941-778-9486.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
FOR RENT: BOAT slip in Holmes Beach. Fits up
to 23 feet. $140/month. 941-778-2581.
NEW SAILS, REPAIRS, custom rigging and outfit-
ting service. 25 years experience. Knighton Sail
HI-AND-DRY boat slips: Own yours from $49,900.
Rent to own from $300. Bradenton Boat Club,
13-FOOT KAYAK: Single-seater. $250.
MOBILE MARINE/DOCKSIDE. Repairs, mainte-
nance, installations. Over 35 years experience,
certified and professional. Phone 941-518-3868.
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Six-hour morning
shifts available. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Travel opportunity.
CERTIFIED PHYSICAL THERAPIST for physical
therapy with elderly gentleman. One hour, three
times a week. Near 75th Street West, Bradenton.
References required. 941-761-3046.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
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etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty
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cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
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ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced with both children and
pets. Red Cross certified in CPR for all ages. Call
the twins, Kayla and Ariel Jennis, 941-778-1746.
The best team around!
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
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.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
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TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
TOM'S DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, inserts, frame changeout, handsets
replaced, insulated glass replacement, screens,
etc. 941-730-1399 or 941-722-7507.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
YOUR ISLAND LEAK-detection service. Fast,
accurate, professional and affordable. Pinpoint-
ing hidden leaks. Cell, 941-951-1833.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
GET A BID, then call Nick. Voted No.1 painter.
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alter-
ations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
LACKASNOWBIRDS CLEANING SERVICE:
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.
KAY'S CLEANING: RESIDENTIAL. Great atten-
tion to detail. 15 years experience. References
available. Kay, 941-773-0503.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.
941-778-7770. Leave message.
Call Jim 941.504.8158
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SEAWALL MAINTENANCE: JOINT sealing, weep
holes, erosion control. Call Cliff, 941-465-5718.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry and errands or pet-sitting for
you. Cell: 941-592-8684.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Print work: logos brochures, brand
identity. Web design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call
Jon at Smashcat Studios, 941-778-2824, or
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,
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
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.
email@example.com for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience all phases of nail care. Gift
boutique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and
sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private studio,
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializing
in sport-specific training, balance, strength and
stamina. Call Toni at 941-928-8735.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.
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
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
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Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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Completing more than 2000jobs on Anna Maria Island
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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.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
READY TO REPLACE those old lanai windows?
Vinyl, acrylic or hurricane. I will beat anyone's
price. Limited lifetime warranty window. Cash
CHRIS BUSH MASONRY: 30 years experience.
Small repairs, brick and concrete, driveways and
decks. Licensed and insured. 941-779-6642.
MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS! Start the new
year with a home renovation. Free estimates.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
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classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
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34 Years ofProfessional Service
HERON'S WATCH 10 MIN. TO BEACHES
3/2,Pond, lush landscape, Upgrades. Cherry Cabinetry $299,000
4/2 Birch/Corian Kitchen, covered porch. Extras. $269,000.
SHELL POINT 2/2, corner, 1stfl. pool view $209,000.
RIVER OAKS Riverfront 2/2,pool,tennis, clubhouse $169,000.
RENTALS: Seasonal/Annual/Vacation Beachfront villas, cottages & large homes
River Oaks 2/2 tennis,pool,clubhouse, turnkey- $1,700/mo
Master Suite, Kitchen/garage use, beautiful home $850/mo
2/2 Canalfront, garage, family room, furnished. S1,600/mo
Luxury Anna Maria Gulf front villas. Weekly or monthly.
HOLMES BEACH 778-0807
one block to
ADORABLE 3BR/2BA home just 1 house from the bay.
New tile floors, great neighborhood. Many possibilities.
Mike Norman Realty
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT 2BR/2BA, dock,
furnished. Also has studio for $900/month with
utilities. Call 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
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: UNFURNISHED ground-level
duplex, north Anna Maria near Gulf, 2BR/1BA,
$950/month plus utilities. 941-778-7003.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space:
625 sf, $500/month. 8799 Cortez Road. Call
FOR RENT: 7504 Palm Drive. 3/BR with washer
and dryer and fireplace. Near beach. $1,100/
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.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: Available Feb. 14
through Feb. 28, 2009.2BR/2BA on beach. DHar-
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
UNIQUE 3BR/2BA HOME in quaint ROR district.
Currently set up for small business and residence, or
simply live near the beach. $799,000.
PRICED AT LOT VALUE. More than 11,400 sq. ft
lot with older home. Add another unit or remove and
construct new duplex. ONLY $379,000.
"We AREt he Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo.
Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA,
washer, dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/
month. 813-634-3790. Available March, April, May
WINTER SPECIAL! Anna Maria, just steps to
beach, large 1BR/2BA, courtyard. Reduced.
$1,995/month plus tax. www.gulfdriveapartments.
com. 727-369-6992, leave message.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach apartments. 941-778-2374.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH duplex. 2BR/2BA with
garage. Clean, quiet area, No smoking or pets.
NEW IN 2006: Furnished 1BR/1BA, one mile
from Anna Maria Island. Available Jan. 1. Sea-
sonal, $1,250/month, annual $700/month.
SEASONAL: GROUND-LEVEL 2BR/1BA, Anna
Maria, pet friendly, near beach, trolley, weekly,
monthly rates. 941-567-4789.
CORTEZ: 1BR ANNUAL. Furnished, $685/month
(consider seasonal). Washer and dryer, near
HOLMES BEACH: CLEAN 3BR/2BA ranch
and nice efficiency available for seasonal rental
January/April. Walk to beaches. Great center
Island location. Rent as low as $800/month.
May do annual on efficiency. Call Richard,
CANALFRONT HOME: 2BR/2BA, two-car garage,
dock. Coral Shores subdivision. $1,200/month
and deposit. Large duplex, 1BR/1 BA, washer and
dryer, West Bradenton. $625/month and deposit.
ONE BEDROOMS AND efficiency, unfurnished,
$550-$650/monthly. Furnished, $1,000-$1,200.
Just off Island, just off Cortez. Pat McClary, Flor-
ida Real Estate Team, 941-920-6637.
MARTINIQUE NORTH: BEAUTIFUL Gulffront
3BR/2BA condo. Seasonal rental, large heated
pool. Spectacular sunsets. Call 352-514-7046.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992. www.islander.org
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LACASA COSTIERA Luxury condo
7320 Gulf Dr., #10, Holmes Beach:
Exquisite 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views,
tastefully furnished, wet bar, crown
molding, heated pool and spa.
, G fBay aReaty ofinna Maria Inc.
Jesse OBisson BroesrAssociate, gqJ
Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900
Make an offer! Gulfview 2bed/2bath condo in 55+
community with pool. Totally redone exterior! Views
of the Gulf in a great location close to everything the
Island has to offer. Turnkey Furnished. Come see for
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
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RUNAWAY BAY OWNERS attention: Couple with
quiet and 100 percent-trained toy poodle seek
Runaway Bay condo for the month of March.
BRAND NEW: 2BR/1BA canalfront home across
from bay beach. Washer and dryer. $975/month.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA, close
to beach, spacious, 1,100 sf. Available Jan.15.
$950/month plus electric. 585-473-9361 or
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL, 2BR/1BA, steps
to beach, lanai, turnkey furnished. $495/per week.
585-473-9361 or 941-778-5412.
2BR LUXURY CONDO: Steps to beach, heated
pool, sauna, tennis. $750/week. 863-688-3524
or cell, 863-608-1833. E-mail: chickenplucker@
LAST-MINUTE SPECIAL: Seasonal, Anna Maria
City. Ground-level 2BR/1BA. $1,800/month.
ROOMMATES WANTED: HALF-mile off Anna
Maria. 3BR house. Pool, washer and dryer, park-
ing, garage, storage, water view, $650/month,
utilities included. 941-780-1668.
ANNUAL RENTALS: BEAUTIFUL 2BR/1BA,
close to beach, $700/month. Tiled 3BR/2BA
with washer-dryer hookups, $875/month. Tiled
2BR/2BA, $725/month. Rustic 3BR/2BA, Gulfside
in Anna Maria, $900/month, no pets. Dolores M.
Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
ANNA MARIA: 2BR/1BA duplex unit. Large lot,
garage, lanai, laundry. April $2,000, or $600/
weekly. Includes utilities. 941-778-8456.
CUTE 1 BR/1 BA LONGBOAT Key annual.Washer
and dryer included. $800/month. First, last, secu-
rity. 651 Linley. 941-448-6079, to see.
FEBRUARY/MARCH AVAILABLE due to cancel-
lation. 3BR/3BA townhouse. Two pools, tennis and
two-car garage. Across street from Gulf with Gulf
views. $3,500/month. 941-779-2008.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at www.
islander.org. And it's FREE!
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA CANALFRONT with washer-
dryer and garage, $1,200/month. 2BR/2BA Gulf-
front condo, brand new tile, two pools, $1,300/
month. 2BR/2BA furnished north end, $1,400/
month. 941-779-9320. www.anislandplace.com.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $398,000.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Free list
of foreclosed Island and mainland properties.
Free list of homes with pictures. www.manatee-
FORECLOSURE? RELOCATING? LOOKING
for a fresh start? Our rent-to-own program helps
rebuild your credit while you lease your new
home. Great selection of homes in Manatee
County. See us online at www.44smart.com. Call
941-447-6278 for more information. The smart
way to buy!
HOLMES BEACH: KEY Royale. An absolutely
spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA, two-car
garage, split-plan, custom remodeled through-
out. Deep sailboat water with new dock and lift,
direct access to Tampa Bay and Gulf. Must see!
Owner can hold second. Owner, 941-809-1522.
See online at: www.617Foxworth.com.
REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for fax
and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
$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
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MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. 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.
BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED CANAL home in West
Bradenton. Oak floors, granite kitchen, new baths,
textured ceilings and large lot with dock. $362,000
with motivated seller. Call Jim Warrender at
941-718-5501. Keller Williams Realty.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA town-
house. Large living room, pool, storm shutters,
garage, storage. $439,000. 941-722-0640.
DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000. Call Ilona
Kenrick, 941-713-3214, or Sherry Sasser at Sato
Real Estate, 941-778-7200.
MID-TENNESSEE MOUNTAINS: By owner, five
acres, perfect mountaintop cabin site with woods.
Small stream in back of property. A must see!
$26,900. Owner financing. 931-445-3611.
TENNESSEE LAND RUSH! One-plus-acre to two-
acre homesites, wood, views. Starting at $59,900.
Tennessee River and Nick-a-Jack view tracts now
available! Retirement guide rates this area No.
2 in U.S. places to retire. Low cost of living, no
impact fee. 330-699-2741 or 866-550-5263, Ask
FREE FORECLOSURE LISTINGS: Over 200,000
properties nationwide. Low down payment. Call
GOLF LOT BARGAIN! Now $39,900, was
$139,900. Includes membership! Rare opportu-
nity to own a beautiful view homesite in upstate
South Carolina's finest golf community. Now for
a fraction of its value. Paved roads, water, sewer,
all infrastructure completed. Get much more for
much less. Low-rate financing available. Call now,
866-334-3253, ext. 2126.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN Land: Five-plus
acres with 10-foot waterfall in established com-
munity, great views, lots of options, only $99,500.
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Heated pool, beach cabanas, Turnkey 778-2246. #M5801181. $225,000
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Manatee County Area Transit
Manatee Trolley on Anna Maria Island
CATON THE GO
Rod & Reel Pier
Historical City Pier
Society I Post Office
Is Anna Maria City Hall
Island m 0 Community Center
Manatee County I
MCAT Route 3, Manatee Avenue,
MCAT Beach Express
Take a ride
on AMI ...
schedule info is a
public service of
Holmes Beach City Hall/Police
* Public Library
6:00 6:05 6:10
6:30 6:35 6:40
7:00 7:05 7:10
7:20 7:25 7:30
7:40 7:45 7:50
8:00 8:05 8:10
8:20 8:25 8:30
8:40 8:45 8:50
See Note Below
9:00 9:00 9:10
9:30 9:30 9:40
10:00 10:00 10:10
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I Bradenton Beach
Coquina I Coquina
MCAT Route 6, Cortez Road
SCAT Route 18, Longboat Key/St Annands
6:00 6:05 6:10
6:30 6:35 6:40
7:10 7:15 7:20
7:30 7:35 7:40
7:50 7:55 8:00
8:10 8:15 8:20
8:30 8:35 8:40
8:50 8:55 9:00
See Note Below
9:00 9:05 9:10
9:30 9:35 9:40
10:00 10:05 10:10
9:15 9:20 9:25 9:30
9:45 9:50 9:55 10:00
10:15 10:20 10:25 10:30
9:15 9:20 9:25 9:30
9:45 9:50 9:55 10:00
10:15 10:20 10:25 10:30
Note: Trolleys run at 20 minute intervals until
9 p.m. then run every 30 minutes until 10:30 p.m.
Black time points: A.M. (before noon).
Red time points: P.M. (after noon).
Stops: Two to four blocks apart along the route.
Information: 941 749 7116 or
www.co.manatee.fl.us, click on "MCAT."