Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: January 28, 2009
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VOLUME 17, NO. 13

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rejects ROR

By Rick Catlin
L,,iind r Reporter
In a 4-3 vote, Anna Maria's planning and
zoning board at its Jan. 20 public hearing
rejected a number of changes to the city's
retail-office-residential ordinance, pushing
a final decision onto the city commission.
But a vote to make no recommendation
to the commission came after two board
members, who had previously given consen-
sus approval to several proposed changes,
voted no during the roll-call vote.
Board member Jim Conoly initially said
he would vote for the amendment, although
he added he didn't like the measure. He then
voted "no."
Board member Margaret Jenkins also
voted against the proposal, although she
indicated during discussion she could sup-
port a number of the proposed changes.
P&Z board chairman Doug Copeland,
who voted against the amendment because
it did not address minimum lot coverage and
yard bulk, said the commission must now
deal with the issue.
"Let them do what they will," he said, of
the amendment and the proposed changes.
Although the board failed to recommend
the amendment, the commission will hold a
public hearing on the matter on Feb. 12.
Not since Anna Maria's parking ordi-
nance have so many people been on opposite
sides of an issue.
The major changes proposed are to
remove any "owner-occupied" requirement
and to allow swimming pools at all ROR resi-
dences, not just single-family structures. The
comp plan adopted by the city in 2007 does
not contain the "owner-occupied" language.
The board rejected an earlier suggestion
by member Randall Stover that would have
required ROR rentals to be rented for a min-
imum seven-days after learning from Dye
that a single-family residence in the ROR

can currently be rented on a daily basis.
There was considerable debate on the
amendment, both for and against.
Some speakers attempted to lump Pine
Avenue Restoration LLC's current ROR proj-
ects with the amendment, despite efforts by
Dye and Copeland to limit discussion to the
ordinance rather than any specific project.
Sally Eaton of Spring Avenue, the street
adjacent to Pine Avenue on the south side, said
Mike Coleman and PAR hid their plans until
the very end and are now promoting wedding
parties and vacation rentals on Pine Avenue.
Some real estate companies are advertising
these properties for sale as investments, she
Robin Wall said the city should not have
short-term rentals such as for wedding parties.
Heather Bayless, Spring Avenue, said

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ally abused a 16-year-old boy 15 years ago while serving as a priest in Fort Myers.
For more on the forum, see page 12. Llandh r Photo: Lisa Neff

Cold, windy

weather blows in
By Lisa Neff
Llhiindt r Reporter
An early morning storm Jan. 20 knocked
down tree limbs, loosened some utility wires
and damaged at least one roof on Anna Maria
Local officials did not report any prop-
erty damage due to the storm, but one prop-
erty owner said the storm took the roof off her
condominium in the 1100 block of Gulf Drive
South in Bradenton Beach.
The storm ushered in an arctic cold front
that prompted Florida emergency management
officials to issue a flurry of warnings about freez-
ing temperatures in the northern half of the state
and "feels like freezing" temperatures in lower
Florida, including the Tampa Bay area.
With residents bundling up and hunker-
ing down, Sunshine State officials took the
opportunity to urge people to check to make
sure their appliances are safe.
For warmth in a cold spell, state meteorol-
ogist Ben Nelson said many residents turn on
space heaters and use fireplaces that do not get
a lot of operation. West Manatee Fire Rescue
firefighters responded to at least one problem
with a smoking, malfunctioning heater in
Anna Maria last week, but reported no fires.
In the event more cold arrives this winter,
state officials suggested people replace old
batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monox-
ide detectors.
Also, electrical extension cords need to
be in proper condition and correct rating for a
heater. People should not overload wall plugs
and individual circuits with multiple appli-

2 0 JAN. 28, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

Quinn cleans

up AMI Bridge

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Following a story in the Jan. 21 edition of The
Islander, which prompted an appeal from the Florida
Department of Transportation, Anna Maria Island
Bridge contractor Quinn Construction Inc. has been
actively cleaning up the trash and construction rubble
that had collected at the east end of the bridge on
Perico Island.
DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said two
weeks ago that Quinn has a master cleanup plan,
but she promised to speak to company officials
about the blight.
Dumpsters are now full of trash, tires, concrete
rubble and other debris that had been on the ground
on both sides of the approach and Quinn's equipment
is now stored in an orderly fashion.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohhenberger
said that the quick action by Quinn is appreci-
"It's looking a lot better. The bridge is the first
impression visitors have of Holmes Beach and the
Island, and the contractor deserves some praise for
putting it in decent order."
The $10.2 million AMI Bridge rehabilitation
project is expected to continue through April, but
the major repairs to the bridge have been completed,
according to Clarke.
Planned closures of the bridge to vehicular traffic
on Jan. 26 for two 15-minute periods were canceled,
Clarke said, because Quinn was able to complete
installation of the electrical system on Jan. 23.

Jennifer Warren of Holmes Beach caught this
photo of the controlled burn on Egmont Key, north
ofAnna Maria Island in Tampa Bay.

Controlled burn on

Egmont Key

sparks local interest
A contractor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser-
vice conducted a controlled burn on Egmont Key.
According to duty officer Todd Gerholdt of the
Florida Division of Forestry in Lakeland, "They're
burning off grasses. It's an ecological burn to mini-
mize fuels."
A total of 150 acres about half the size of
the island in the mouth of Tampa Bay north of Anna
Maria Island was set ablaze, with the work taking
place Jan. 22-25.
Controlled burns are conducted regularly at
state and federal parks. Keeping undergrowth in
check reduces the intensity of a potential wildfire
and minimizes the potential for damage if a blaze
erupts. It also helps control non-native plants that
pose a hazard to the natural ecosystem.
Gerholdt said the fire was limited to the west
side of Egmont Key, a 3-mile long island in Tampa
Bay north of Anna Maria Island that is accessible
only by boat.
For further information, contact the fish and wild-
life service in Crystal River at 352-563-2088.

Lacking ROR discussion,

AM meeting quiet
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Without amendments to Anna Maria's retail-office-
residential district to discuss on its agenda, the city com-
mission sailed through its Jan. 22 meeting with only
seven members of the public in attendance.
That was a far cry from the full house about 80
people that greeted the city's planning and zoning
board Jan. 20 for its hearing on the ROR-zone changes
(see separate story). The commission will hold a public
hearing on the proposed ROR ordinance on Feb. 12.
There was good news for the commission when
Mayor Fran Barford said that Florida Department of
Environment officials were "pleased with what they
saw" earlier in the week when they inspected the
city's ability to meet the public parking requirement
for beach renourishment funding by the state.
However, the DEP and the mayor found a number
of items have been improperly placed in the rights
of way and some items encroach on needed parking
spaces. Barford asked for commission consensus to
have the code enforcement officer become pro-active
concerning right-of-way violations.
She said a few people don't seem to understand
that the city has a right of way along the streets and
the right of way has to be kept free of unauthorized
items such as signs, large pots, plants and rocks.
Code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon noted
that if she were directed to be pro-active on all issues,
she would not have enough time in a week and more
officers would be needed.
Commissioners gave consensus agreement to the
policy change and planned to discuss it at its Feb. 12
work session. The commission has previously set the
policy for code enforcement to be reactive only.
City attorney Jim Dye pointed out that under the
city charter approved in 2003, code enforcement comes
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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 28, 2009 E 3

Nallys says Mattick has

conflict, Dye says no
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
William and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue,
Anna Maria, through their attorney, Jeremy
Anderson, notified the city claiming planning
and zoning board member Sandy Mattick has a
conflict of interest.
Mattick owns the Pine Avenue Deli and the P&Z
board held a public hearing Jan. 20 on an amend-
ment to the city's land-use regulation dealing with
the residential-office-retail zoning on Pine Avenue.
Anderson said it "appears that any vote by
board member Sandy Mattick" would be a conflict
of interest and that the case is similar to that of
former City Commissioner Linda Cramer.
Cramer was advised by city attorney Jim Dye in
October 2006 to abstain from voting on a land-use
ordinance because she owned property in the area
affected by the ordinance and "a vote affecting your
property and a small group of similar properties is
one in which you should not participate."
Anderson cited a Florida Statute that says "no
county, municipal or other local public officer shall
vote in an official capacity upon any measure which
would inure to his or her special private gain or loss."
Prior to the start of the Jan. 20 P&Z hearing,
Mattick asked Dye if it was appropriate for her to
make a decision.
Because the board is only a recommending
body on land-use ordinances, Dye said he saw no
problem for Mattick.
The P&Z board makes no policy decisions,
but rather makes recommendations to the city
commission on ordinances and amendments.

ROR debate draws crowd

pools only "encourage a party environment" that
will come to the city. Anna Maria is already being
marketed as the "wedding capital" of Florida, she
Spring Avenue is one block south of Pine Avenue
and the ROR zone, and is zoned single-family resi-
dential, although several properties there are rentals
without limits as to length of stay.
Other speakers said they wanted no change to the
ROR ordinance, although city planner Alan Garrett
pointed out that some changes are required by the
Florida Department of Community Affairs to bring
the land-use regulations into compliance with the
comp plan. The comp plan has precedence over any
But former Commissioner Carol Ann Magill, also
a Spring Avenue resident, was not interested in major
"I oppose you taking any action to remove the
owner-occupied sentence" from the ordinance, she
said. \ Ih ic is never enough" for the developers.
Carolyne Norwood of the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society said the city should make Pine Avenue
a historic district before it approves the destruction
of any beach cottages on the street. She also opposed
the construction of high-rise, short-term rentals to
"rowdy, fly-by-night" visitors.
Former Commissioner Bob Barlow, however,
said the commission decided in September 2006 on
the need for ROR changes to retain businesses in
the district. In October 2007, the comp plan that was
adopted included ROR changes.
What PAR is doing is "consistent with the rules"
of the city, he said.
If Mike Coleman and PAR were not around to
build two-story structures similar to the old Anna
Maria cottages, the alternative is "three stories up
to 37 feet. That is currently allowed in the ROR,"
Barlow noted.
He asked that common sense prevail.
Commissioner Christine Tollette pointed out that
"for every great solution, there is a problem."
She said when the three-story houses were built
on the former Island Marine property, "We all agreed
we didn't like them. We were losing the commercial

district" to this type of house, she said.
When the comprehensive plan was under discussion
in the past, a majority on the city commission agreed to
eliminate the owner-occupied language from the plan
in order to attract ROR developments, she said.
Supporting the business district is stated in the
comp plan, as is keeping the city's residential char-
acter. There has to be a mix, she said.
Janet Aubry of Spring Avenue said she would
rather have Mike Coleman "as a local owner" devel-
oping Pine Avenue because an out-of-town developer
"might not be as interested in our history."
She suggested people "be careful what you wish
for. We could end up with someone worse."
Aubry observed that some of the proposed ROR
changes have been discussed for years. "These people
should have been here this was decided," she said.
The man-in-the middle, Mike Coleman, said he
was concerned that "there is a lot of false information
out there."
When the three-story houses were built on Pine
Avenue, everyone objected, he said. PAR was started to
ensure that Pine Avenue did not become a street of three-
story residences, said Coleman, who built a three-story
home on Pine Avenue where he resides with his family.
PAR did not start up until after the owner-occu-
pied language was stricken from the comp plan and
the P&Z board and commission met in a joint work
session in August 2008 and made a number of recom-
mendations to change the ROR, he noted.
\ly concern is where did all this come from.
Let's have some thoughtful debate. It's not a question
of Pine Avenue Restoration," he said.
The city has advocated mixed-use development
on Pine Avenue for years and development started
after the owner-occupied requirement was elimi-
nated, Coleman pointed out.
Conoly said that many of the people who spoke
for PAR "have a monetary reason for being here,"
and have "money to be made on their minds."
Barlow said after the meeting that such remarks
"impugn the integrity of those who spoke in favor of
following the comp plan," and this type of behavior is
against the city's code of conduct and state statutes.
"It should not be tolerated, regardless of which side
of the issue you support," he said.
Barlow said he hoped the city commission would
"not tolerate these kind of personal attacks, regardless
of a person's position on the issues."
After the meeting, Conoly, who is a P&Z board
member, said his comment was "probably inappro-
priate, but it was only my observation. It might have
been better not said and should not reflect on any
member of the P&Z board. I apologize to anyone
who might have been offended."
At one point during the meeting, Conoly indi-
cated he would vote for the ordinance, although he
said he "didn't like it."
He expressed concern over multiple ownership,
although Dye cautioned that ownership is governed
by the state.
"I' m more comfortable dealing with land-use, not
ownership," Dye said. The ownership issue should
be a policy discussion, he said.
Conoly said he did not like the idea of pools for
an ROR structure and "many people don't like mul-

LDR or comp plan?
Some Anna Maria residents want the city to
retain language in the ROR land-use regulation
requiring that an ROR building be occupied
by the owner. A proposed amendment would
remove that language.
The ROR regulation currently states that
an ROR unit must be "occupied by the owner
tenant of the associated retail service or office
The city's comprehensive plan, however,
does not contain that language and a joint plan-
ning and zoning board-city commission work ses-
sion in August 2008 gave consensus approval to
remove the language from the LDR.
The comprehensive plan was adopted in Octo-
ber 2007 and approved by the Florida Department
of Community Affairs in April 2008.

Former Com- r
missioner Carol
Ann Magill, a
Spring Avenue
resident, told the P
P&Z board she is
not interested in
major changes for
the ROR zone on
Pine Avenue. -

tiple ownership."
Garrett noted that under current regulations,
owners of single-family residences in the ROR are
allowed a pool and may rent to transients on a daily
basis. And multiple ownership of an ROR property is
possible under the present ordinance, he indicated.
Stover said the city has to give opportunity to
developers. "We decided we wanted a business
street," he said.
He observed that there are more than 400 rent-
als in the city and that the city has to accept some
change. The discussion should not be about Coleman
and PAR, he said.
P&Z member Frank Pytel, however, said he never
envisioned "the transients, the wedding parties, the
different owners of properties" that will come if the
ordinance passes.
The "transient nature" of weddings could affect the
"character of the town" and the residents living adjacent
to Pine Avenue will have their lifestyles affected.
"We need to rethink what our neighbors are tell-
ing us," he said.
Just prior to the vote to recommend the amend-
ment, Copeland asked if everyone understood the
"No," replied Conoly, which was followed by an
explanation of ownership by Dye, who admitted his
earlier explanation might have been confusing.
Board members Sandy Mattick, Mike Yetter and
Stover voted to recommend the commission adopt
the amendment, while Copeland, Pytel, Conoly and
Jenkins voted against the motion to approve.
The amendment and the board's denial now pro-
ceed to the city commission for a public hearing that
begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 12.
: ngs

Anna Maria City
Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., transportation enhancement
grant committee meeting.
Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
941-708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 30, 1 p.m., scenic highway charette.
Feb. 3, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board
Feb. 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Feb. 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification com-
mittee meeting.
Feb. 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 19, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Feb. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Of Interest
Feb. 9, 10 a.m., Island fireworks task force
committee meeting, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Gulf Drive.
Feb. 16 is Presidents Day and many govern-
ment offices, including the Island city halls, will be
Send public meeting notices to lisaneff@

4 0 JAN. 28, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Island merchants took their vows Jan. 25, prom-
ising potential brides and grooms that Anna Maria
Island is a wedding paradise.
Merchants, in partnership with the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, presented the second
annual wedding festival Jan. 25.
"The festival last year was a success beyond our
dreams," said photographer Jack Elka, who three I --
years ago began working to organize wedding mer-
chants into a group. "Lots of work and lots of recog-
nition as 'The Beach Wedding Capital of Florida.'"
This year's event also brought a lot of exposure to .w
the Island, with more than 400 people pre-registering
for an event that drew 350 people total last year.
Also, more than 40 vendors participated in this
year's event, held at various locations.
Many festivalgoers began their tour of the Island
at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, where they paid a $10 registration fee and
picked up brochures for Island businesses.
From the chamber, free limousines took partici-
pants to other locations to learn more about where
they can book caterers, hire florists, select a photogra-
pher and rent rooms for a wedding or honeymoon.
"We want a destination w \Ciddii'." said Mary
Relaxing behind the scenes at the Wedding Festival. staged outside Acqua Aveda Salon in Holmes Beach
Jan. 25. Organizers said more than 400 brides pre-registered for the Islandwide event promoting Anna
Maria Island as the beach wedding capital of Florida. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

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Hunter Kermode and Alexia Stevenson take a stroll
on the runway.


Goodman of Tampa. "We might come here for a week
or we might go to Las Vegas for a weekend."
The festival featured stops at the chamber office,
the Sun House, BeachHouse, Bayside Banquet Hall,
Gulf Drive Cafe, Tortuga Inn Beach Resort, Acqua
Aveda Salon, Harrington House, Haley's Motel,
Body & Sol Day Spa/Silvia's Flower Corner, Matt
& Dom's Pastry Cafe, the Sandbar and the Waterfront
At Acqua Aveda, festival participants saw a fash-
ion show featuring clothing from Something Blue,
hair and makeup from Acqua Aveda and staging from
Perfect Settings, and at the Sun House festivalgoers
sampled a house specialty chocolate fondue.
At the Gulf Drive Cafe, first-dance lessons were
offered, and, at Matt & Dom's, cake samples were
The Harrington House also hosted a fashion show,
and Mr. Bones served lunch at Haley's Motel.
The BeachHouse served mimosas and the Water-
front served wine and cheese.
The festival concluded with a mock wedding at
sunset at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
Participants left with tote bags containing bro-
chures and an assortment of Island souvenirs, and
some lucky participants left with prizes.
Festival venders offered more than $15,000 in
prizes, including a wedding package.
"I'd love to win something," said bride Heather
Naughton. "But I already had a ride in a Rolls Royce.
That was a first."

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Winding up in Anna Maria
The proposed changes to Anna Maria's retail-office-
residential land-use regulation have resulted in a con-
tentious uprising the likes of which haven't been seen
since the city commission passed a parking ordinance.
And that issue was likely debated since before the city
was incorporated in 1923.
Now, the city is faced with making amendments
to its retail-office-residential ordinance to mirror revi-
sions already made to the comprehensive plan that was
adopted in 2007.
I don't have a dog in this fight, and I don't live in
Anna Maria. But I have heard both sides of the this issue
since it first arose and I recognize there is confusion
over what is presently allowed in the ROR district.
Some residents have come forward only recently
with negative comments on the ROR ordinance.
It should be noted that without any change to the
present regulations, here is what is presently allowed
in the ROR district:
Any single-family residence in the ROR may be
rented nightly to anyone, including accommodating
people visiting Anna Maria for a wedding celebration.
Any new single-family home in the ROR can be
built to the 37-foot-height limit with three stories (two
floors of living space over parking).
Any ROR building can be three stories tall.
Any ROR development can have separate deeded
units and multiple owners, as well as corporate owner-
Any single-family residence in the ROR may have
a swimming pool.
Removing the requirement that an ROR structure be
owner-occupied was discussed early on in the process.
Removing this part of the ordinance was reaffirmed at
a joint city commission-planning and zoning work ses-
sion in August 2008.
It's not a new idea, just one that wasn't discussed by
this many people with so much passion when first pre-
sented. The matter was quietly approved by those who
gave it appropriate consideration, and, as often happens
here, when reality sets in, some factions awaken.
Many people said they didn't like the narrow, three-
story "box" houses that popped up on Pine Avenue, but
those are allowed now, as are three-story ROR struc-
tures. It's impossible to determine what will please
I don't advocate any specific change, but some
changes either way -are needed. Either the city
passes regulations to comply with its comp plan, or
the city must undergo the arduous task of comp plan
Hopefully, with this said, there will be no more confu-
sion in Anna Maria and commons sense will prevail.
But, of course, there will always be two sides for
every issue that arises here.
Rick Catlin

SLICK With apologies to Wyatt Blassingame By Egan


What a town!
Notwithstanding passionate attempts to change
the topic, Anna Maria planning and zoning board
members stayed focused on the appropriate lan-
guage to bring our land-use codes into conformity
with our comprehensive plan at their Jan. 20 meeting.
As a result, the individual elements in the ordinance
under review received positive consensus across the
Board members confirmed the clear intention first
established in the comprehensive plan, which is to
remove restrictions to occupancy in order to encour-
age mixed-use development in the residential-office-
retail mixed-use zone on Pine Avenue.
This is encouraging.
As I have said repeatedly during the Pine Avenue
Restoration process, this idea has the potential to
affect us all. As such, it's properly framed as a con-
versation among neighbors, and what a conversation
it has become.
Sometimes it's like heated dinner table politics,
after which all come together for cleanup and dessert.
Our town history is replete with such exchanges,
after which we all get together and boogie down at
the next music festival.
You can't help being impressed with the way P&Z
Chair Doug Copeland, with support from city staff
and consultants, managed to firmly keep the agenda
on track while making sure that all who wished to
speak could be heard.
All should be encouraged by the blend of opin-
ion on the board, reflecting our diverse community's
At the end of the day, what we are witnessing
is the culmination of a process, begun in the calm
of early ad hoc committee meetings and concluded
in raucous, standing-room only, public hearings, the
purpose of which is to keep Anna Maria great.
I feel privileged to be a part of it.
Mike Coleman, PAR, Anna Maria

Against change
As a full-time resident of Anna Maria, I am
opposed to any changes in the ROR.
I agree with former Commissioner Carol Ann
Magill that special interests and big money are
manipulating unneeded changes to the ROR.
I moved to the city of Anna Maria for the resi-
dential, community aspects of Anna Maria and feel
that the focus needs to be kept on the quality of
life for the full-time residents. I don't understand
why our city leaders would want to buy into fur-
ther increases in population density and business
Keep Anna Maria, first and foremost, for the full-
time residents of this community.
Richard V Francis, Anna Maria

Many thanks
I wish to send a very big thank you to everyone
who sent me get well wishes, cards and flowers and for
all the thoughtfulness extended to me and my husband,
Tony, during my recent illness and hospital stay.
Please know that each and every one of you is
deeply appreciated.
Eleanor Reynard Tatakis, Holmes Beach

Vet says 'thanks'
This is to let you know how much I enjoyed and
appreciated Rick Catlin's article in The Islander Dec.
31 on my tour of duty in the North African-European
conflict during World War II.
I found Rick to be easy to work with, and his knowl-
edge of various campaigns in the war a great help in
developing the article. I've had many compliments
locally and from the Detroit-area, where I sent copies,
especially from three army buddies still remaining.
I would appreciate your letting Rick know how
impressed and proud I was with the finished project.
William (Bill) Bachman, Bradenton Beach

THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 28, 2009 0 7

Gloria Dei celebrates 50 years

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will hold a 50th
anniversary celebration in February.
The church held its first service Aug. 3, 1958, at
the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton
Beach, an anniversary that was observed last August
with a special service and brunch.
But next month, the church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, plans a series of celebrations to com-
memorate the day Feb. 1, 1959 Gloria Dei for-
mally became a congregation of the Florida Synod.
At 3 p.m. Feb. 7, the church will host a 50th
anniversary open house.
At 10 a.m. Feb. 8, the church will hold an anni-
versary worship. Later that day, at 6 p.m. at the Key
Royale Club in Holmes Beach, the church will host
an anniversary dinner.
At the time Gloria Dei was established, Anna
Maria Island was home to Baptist, Episcopal, Catho-
lic and two non-denominational churches, but not a
Lutheran church.
Some Islanders began organizing to establish a
Lutheran church with the support of the Rev. Walter
Jennings Moretz at Trinity Lutheran in Bradenton.
A church history states, "The closest Lutheran
church on the mainland was too far away to keep
children interested.... There was no bus service and,
even though two new bridges eliminated a scary ride
on rickety planks, the 30-cent toll was a barrier. The
price of land was going up every day, so it would
have to be purchased soon if a church were to be
A group called the Island Missionary Soci-
ety met in October 1957 and prepared a letter to
Donald Hauser of the American Missions of the
United Lutheran Church in America. The IMS pro-
posed establishing an Island church and "the board
responded positively."
Seventy-five people attended the first worship

Gloria Dei's timeline
1958: The Rev. Frank Lyerly begins
work as mission developer for the church.
Aug. 3. 1958: The cliurch's firs % or-
ship ser% ice lakes place al Annie Silber
Coiiiuni il C'enler in BraIlenloni Beach.
Feb. I. 1959: Thj lcl's coug:ega-
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1964: The church building is coin-
1969: cross is added Io lie roof

Gloria Dei held services at Annie Silver unt
May 13, 1962. The Rev. Frank Lyerly, the mission
ary developer in Gloria Dei's earliest days, became
the church pastor in 1959. He served through the con
struction of the church building that was designed b
Victor Lundy, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Lyerly left in 1963 and then returned in 1974
serving a total of 18 years at Gloria Dei.
Pastors at Gloria Dei have included the Revs
Lester M. Utz from 1964-1967, Franklyn Lambe
from 1967-1974, Danith Kilts from 1993-2003 an
Backer from 2006.
For more information about Gloria Dei or th
celebrations, call the church at 941-778-1813.

In the Jan. 20, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Some Anna Maria Island parents expressed out-
rage at a Manatee County School Board meeting after
hearing a proposal to eliminate "courtesy riders" on
Manatee County Area Transit buses. The proposal came
from an office of the Florida Legislature charged with
the task of cutting costs in the state's school districts.
A coalition of Island elected officials, govern-
ment staff from Island cities, Manatee County and
Bradenton, business owners and representatives of
the Florida Department of Transportation formed a
special task force to deal with congestion on the east
end of the Palma Sola Causeway between Flamingo
Cay and the mainland. Then-Bradenton Mayor Bill
Evers said the area had become popular for undesired
parties, loud music and uncontrolled parking.
Four candidates qualified for the two Anna Maria
City Commission seats up for election in February, includ-
ing incumbents Doug Wolfe and George McKay, along
S with political newcomers EllenTrudelle and Jason Cimino.
- Election winners would serve a two-year term.





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Island Dems host inaugural bash

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Susan Hall's cheeks glistened as she pulled her
glasses away and wiped tears from her face.
"It's emotional," she said, a tender understate-
ment offered as she watched a live broadcast of
Barack Obama taking the oath of office to become
the 44th president of the United States.
"It's a miracle, a miracle," said Hall, who spends
her summers in Alaska and her winters in Anna
At another table in the crowd of Anna Maria
Island Democratic Club members, Obama enthusiasts
and eager witnesses to history, half a dozen women
leaped to their feet to cheer the new president.
"I didn't think I'd live to see this," said Sally
Anne Mahoney. "I thought maybe my great, great
grandchildren might see it, but not me." She then
began to cry so hard she could only smile and nod.
The presidential inauguration took place Jan. 20
in Washington, D.C., with a crowd estimated at more
than 1.8 million people assembled on the National
Mall to see Obama and Vice President Joe Biden take
their oaths.
And with live television broadcasts and stream-
ing Internet video, many more people watched world-
wide, from the Kenyan village of Obama's ancestors
to the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club had
planned to host the party on the restaurant deck, but
cold, windy weather forced the event indoors.
Still, said BeachHouse manager Mike Shannon,
"today is a glorious day."
In advance of the event, about 500 people con-
tacted club officials for reservations for 150 seats.
BeachHouse staff and club members said they did
their best to accommodate the overflow crowd on
Inauguration Day, estimated at about 200 people.
"I wanted to be with people today," Pat Hughes said.

The crowd at
the BeachHouse
Restaurant erupts
into applause as
Barack Obama
takes the oath of
office as the 44th
president of the
United States on
Jan. 20. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff

"This is the kind of event you want to share. This is the
kind of event you'll remember the rest of your life."
Club president Dale de Haan welcomed the
crowd at about 11 a.m. He said the only speeches
made would be the televised speeches from outside
the Capitol Building.
"I just want to welcome you here," de Haan said.
He looked at the audience, with many people wearing
Obama T-shirts and stickers, smiled, and said, "This
is like Obama-land."
Most of the party was spent watching and listen-
ing to the broadcast from Washington while sampling
shrimp and fish and sipping coffee and tea.
Cortez resident Mary Fulford Green sat near
the back of the party talking about a recent trip to
the capital, boasting about her great, great grandson
Justin Ryan Green Jr.'s essay on Washington and a
devotion to equality.
"I've always been for equality," Fulford Green
said. "And I certainly voted for him. I think it's a
great day. Now we have real people in there."

Francine Slack, who worked on the Democratic
Party campaign in 2008, watched the screen with its
alternating shots of the growing crowd on the National
Mall and George W. Bush leaving for Texas.
"It's like a nightmare is over," she said. "The
George Bush era is over, and it's time to start on a
hopeful note."
The BeachHouse's owner, Ed Chiles, son of
the late Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles and an active
Democrat, did not attend the Island party. He went
to Washington for the official celebration.
Several other Island representatives went to
Washington, including Mike Leonard and Stan House
of the Holmes Beach Police Department and Bra-
denton Beach resident Ed Straight, a reserve officer
with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Their tasks
were to assist with security and crowd control.
The Holmes Beach officers were stationed along
the inaugural parade route at about 1400 Pennsylva-
nia Avenue, about two blocks from the White House,
said HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson.

If you have a favorite recipe featuring blue crab or stone crab, you could
be our cooking contest winner. And you could hold a year's worth of brag-
ging rights to best "crabby" cook in the Anna Maria Island area. The Islander
newspaper with the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is sponsoring a
CRAB COOKOFF for individuals and restaurants. Individuals may enter salad,
appetizer or entree, while restaurants will compete for "best crab cake."
Prepared entries will be judged at noon on Feb. 7 at the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez in advance of the Feb. 21-22 festival, where awards will
be announced. Go to www.islander.org for more information and an entry
form, or visit the newspaper office in the Island Shopping Center, 5404
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... and Island son is witness to history

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
An Island member of one of Florida's first family,
marked a first last week.
Ed Chiles, son of the late Florida Gov. Lawton
Chiles and Holmes Beach resident Rhea Chiles,
traveled to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration
of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president on
Jan. 20.
Chiles, who owns the BeachHouse, Sandbar and
Mar Vista restaurants and is a partner in the Pine
Avenue Restoration venture, attended the inaugural
celebration with his brother, Bud, and a friend, Bobby
The Islander caught up with Chiles on his return
to Anna Maria Island for his thoughts on the day and
its significance.
The Islander: Prior to making the trip, did you
feel differently about this inauguration than others?
Ed Chiles: I thought that this would be the most
historic inaugural of my lifetime.
The Islander: What was the highlight oflnaugu-
ration Day?
EC: The highlight was the people, and seeing
this most important component of our republic, the
peaceful transfer of power.
In the three days I was in D.C. I was totally amazed
by the deference and politeness that each and every
person there showed to one another. It was one of the
greatest experiences I have ever had in my lifetime.
The Islander: Did a particular line or theme in
the president's speech resonate?
EC: Many did, particularly when he stated that,
"As for our common defense, we reject the false
choice between our safety and our ideals."
The theme was about calling Americans to action
and sacrifice, qualities that have been the hallmarks
of so many past generations during critical times, and
that define the greatness of our country.

The Islander: What are your expectations of the
new administration, short-term and long-term?
EC: Short-term I believe that President Obama
will inspire new confidence in our government that
is critically needed in order to bring the American
people together to deal with the extremely serious
issues that our country now faces.
Long-term I expect him to provide competent
leadership that faces up to the monumental issues of
our day while restoring America's reputation in the
international community.
The Islander: You are of a political Florida
family and involved in Democratic politics. What do
you think this inauguration means for the party and
for Florida?
EC: It is a high-water mark for the Democratic
Party in many ways. Obama winning Florida shows
that our party can do very well statewide.
The Obama campaign has brought an incredible
amount of new workers and voters into the process on
the Democratic side. His campaign's organizational

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Democratic Party in a position it has not seen for
many years. Not only are we competitive, we are,
thanks to the Obama campaign, head and shoulders
organizational wise over the Republicans.
If the president and his administration are suc-
cessful in dealing with the serious issues that face
our country, they will have done for the Democratic
Party nationally, statewide and locally, what [Ronald]
Reagan did for the Republican Party.
The Islander: You also are, in a sense, a son
of the South, and perhaps remember some days of
struggle over civil rights. Did you think of that on
Inauguration Day?
EC: One could not miss the historic significance
of America electing its first black president and the
great progress that we have made as a country in the
way we look at the character of the individual and the
quality of their ideas and not the color of their skin
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will host its first Fri-Fest of the new year on Feb. 6.
The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
on a vacant lot at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay
Boulevard in Anna Maria, the same location of the
chamber's Bayfest stage.
The event will include "taste of the Island" con-
cessions, arts and crafts vendors and a concert.
The chamber will charge a $1 admission.
The chamber is seeking vendors for the event, as
well as sponsors.
For more information, call organizer Cindy
Thompson at 941-761-4766.

Book sale set for Feb. 6.7
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
hold its annual book sale on Friday, Feb. 6, and Sat-
urday, Feb. 7, at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The sale will raise money for the library's non-
fiction collection.
The Feb. 6 sale will be open only to members of
the Friends of the Island Branch Library, but mem-
berships can be purchased at the door. The members-
only sale will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The general sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. Feb. 7.
For more information, call the library at

Local artist Caroline Whitmore will demonstrate
the techniques of watercolor painting an area sea-
scape at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Dougherty named artist of the
month at Island Gallery West
The Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach name(
local multi-media artist Carole Dougherty as its Feb
ruary artist of the month.
Dougherty studied at Ringling School of Art an
Design and with numerous Florida and Pennsylvani
She now concentrates on water soluble, mixed
media and paper collage that feature bright colors an
Dougherty's work is on display at the gallery
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Hours are 10 a.m
to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Guild's good
Margaret Art of the Roser Women's Guild, left, Wild-
life Inc.'s Ed Straight and Guild president Mary Alice
Ch,, l,,'ni,, A.' at a January program where Straight
gave a talk during the luncheon on his organization's
rehabilitation and education work and the guild pres-
ent him with a donation for Wildlife Inc. The Anna
Maria Island Community Center also received a
donation. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

McCall-Permuy engagement
Rick Permuy, son of Janet and Dean Mixon ofAnna
Maria, and Gretel McCall were honored at a "Black
and White" engagement party at Mixon Fruit Farms
Garden Oasis. Rick is a graduate of the University of
South Florida and is presently the operations man-
ager at Mixon Fruit Farms. Gretel is a graduate of
Keiser University and works at an out-patient radia-
tion facility in Bradenton. The wedding is planned for
April 18, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of
Tampa. The couple will honeymoon a week in Aca-
pulco, Mexico, and a week in Puerto Plata, Domini-
can Republic. The newlyweds will reside in Ellenton.

Islander Photo: Courtesy Carly Carlson
Center announces new classes
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will offer a dance-aer-
obics class at 9 a.m. Tuesday beginning Feb. 3.
The "Zumba" class will involve an hour-long
workout of almost every muscle in the body, accord-
ing to instructor Yasim Sheik.
On Feb. 2, Clarence Jones will lead a course in
"Shortcuts in Windows," a computer class provid-
ing students with at least 100 shortcuts in using the
The class will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and Feb.
Another class at the Center includes "Basic Pho-
d tography" with Jack Elka at 3 p.m. Tuesday starting
- Feb. 3.
For more information, call the Center at
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Clubbing it
Bob Busch, Nancy Luse and Barbara Kushner
work in the clubhouse at the Cortez Park in Cortez
Jan. 19. The mobile home park at the east foot of
the Cortez Bridge, 12507 Cortez Road, will hold
an open house and yard sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb.
6-7 to raise money for clubhouse improvements.
Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

County to collect

e-scrap Jan. 31
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Islanders will flock to Coquina Beach Jan. 31 not
for sun and fun but to dispose of the outdated elec-
tronics and hazardous materials that have collected
in their homes and offices over the past 12 months.
The Manatee County Household Hazardous
Waste/E-Scrap Collection is scheduled from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Coquina
The hazardous waste and e-scrap materials are
collected separately from regular residential refuse to
make sure material is either recycled or gets a proper
With obsolescence rates in consumer products,
the International Association of Electronics Recyclers
projects that about 400 million electronic units will
be scrapped this year and 3 billion units by 2010.
E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the
One computer can contain hundreds of chemicals,
including lead, mercury, cadmium, brominated flame
retardants and polyvinyl chloride or PVC, according
to the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. Many of these
chemicals are known to cause cancer, respiratory ill-
ness and reproductive problems.
Of the 2.6 million tons of e-waste generated
in the United States in 2005, about 12 percent was
recycled, according to the Environmental Protection
Improper disposal of hazardous materials can
impact groundwater the source of 90 percent of
Florida's drinking water. Improper disposal can also
contaminate air and soil with toxins.
The Manatee County Utilities Operation Depart-
ment is conducting the collection in partnership with
the municipalities: Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bra-
denton Beach and Longboat Key.
Residents can drop off their waste for free.
Small businesses must pay a contractor on site for
The collectibles list is a lengthy one sol-
vents, latex and oil paints, pesticides, household
chemicals, ammunition, flares, waste oil, pro-
pane tanks, fluorescent lamps, thermostats and
thermometers, pool chemicals, old gasoline, bat-
teries, televisions, computer components, copi-
ers, video and audio equipment and small electri-
cal appliances.
Not on the list are radioactive materials such as
smoke detectors and bio-hazardous materials, such
as injection needles.
The hazardous waste collected on the Island Jan.
31 will be sent to different vendors, depending on the
For more information, call the county utilities
department at 941-798-6761.

Island real estate transactions
3306 Fourth Ave., Holmes Beach, a 2,371 sfla / 3,977
sfur 3bed/21/bath/2car Gulffront home built in 2007 on
a 50x100 lot was sold 01/06/09, Didler Properties LLC
to LBD Real Estate Sarasota LLC for $2,250,000; list
248 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 1,982 sfla/ 3,268 sfur
3bed/3bath home built in 1990 on a 85x101 lot was sold
01/02/09, Jones to Richmond for $525,000; list $599,000.
105 Third St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 866 sfur
2bed/1bath home built in 1930 on a 50x92 lot was sold
01/05/09, American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc. to Sou-
nvongs for $235,000; list $229,500.
3303 Gulf Drive, Unit 4, Sea Pirate, Holmes Beach, a
700 sfur 2bed/1 bath condo built in 1969 was sold 01/06/09,
Zimmerle to Baldwin for $201,000; list $199,900.
798 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,685 sfla / 3,570
sfur 4bed/3bath/lcar duplex built in 1973 on a 50x100
lot was sold 12/29/08, Hartung to Holland-Cancelmo for
$560,000; list $649,000.
422 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,820 sfla/2,085 sfur
3bed/2bath/1 car home redone in 2007 on a 52x145 lot was
sold 12/29/08, Westbrookto Chilli Fish LLC for $550,000;
list $599,000.
5608 Gulf Drive, Unit 204, Sun Plaza West, Holmes
Beach, a 1,092 sfla / 1,236 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1981 was sold 12/29/08, Nelson to Norris for $293,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of
Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate transactions may also be
viewed online at www.slander.org. Copyright 2009

Bradenton Beach hosts

scenic highway meeting
The Bradenton ScenicWaves Partnership
Committee will host a planning charette at 1 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 30, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The program is expected to last about four
hours and will be devoted to discussing future
plans for Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
The city's stretch of Gulf Drive is desig-
nated a Florida Scenic Highway and a review
and update of the scenic highway plan is required
by the state.

City expands redevelopment
agency board
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelop-
ment Agency grew by two with a city commission
vote Jan. 22.
Commissioners, meeting at city hall, unani-
mously adopted two resolutions to expand the CRA,
the mechanism established some years ago to revital-
ize Bradenton Beach's historic city center.
The district is mapped as the area between Sara-
sota Bay, Cortez Road, the Gulf of Mexico and Fifth
Street South.
The city established the CRA in 1992 to revitalize
the "blighted" district with state Community Rede-
velopment Block Grant money, other grant sources
and incremental tax assistance.
In early years of the CRA, the board included
non-elected representatives, but eventually the
CRA voting board was changed to include five
members the elected city commission and
At the request of the city's advisory Scenic-
WAVES Committee and the urging of some down-
town business owners, commissioners approved a
resolution expanding the board by two people a
resident of the CRA district and a business owner in
the CRA district.
A second resolution adopted by the commis-
sion appointed two new members to the expanded
board former Mayor Connie Drescher as the
resident representative and BeachHouse Restaurant
owner Ed Chiles as the business representative.
ScenicWaves had recommended their appoint-
ments in several meetings in recent months.

Missing Anna Maria man found
Manatee County Sheriff's Office detectives
sought help Sunday locating an elderly man with a
history of medical problems who was missing from
the city of Anna Maria.
Carl W. Van Cleave, 76, had last been seen at
his residence on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria,
at around 2 a.m. Saturday, according to the sheriff's
"After a concerted effort by the sheriff's office
investigative unit," according to Sgt. John Kenney,
Van Cleave returned home of his own accord at
approximately 10 p.m. Sunday. Kenney reported
that Van Cleave said he had been at Coquina Park in
Bradenton Beach.

Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The speaker will be attorney and Anna Maria
City Commissioner Chuck Webb discussing wills,
trusts and other legal matters.
For more information, contact member Ralph
Bassett at 941-795-8697.

A photo caption in the Jan. 21 issue misidentified
an artist. The photo was of Caroline Whitmore, not
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Accused priest: I need your prayers

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"No, never, not ever," said the Rev. Jean Ronald
Joseph, denying before a crowd of about 150 people
that he molested a 16-year-old boy in 1993.
Joseph, 44, learned in late August, during a meet-
ing at the Diocese of Venice, of the accusation against
him. The accusation became public in late December
when priests throughout the diocese read to congre-
gations a letter from the bishop, the Most Rev. Frank
Dewane. On Dec. 29, the diocese released a statement
to the media.
Joseph, removed from ministry at St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach pending the out-
come of the investigation, said the diocese's public
identification of him violated what he was told by
church officials, that the process would be a confi-
But the unwanted disclosure created an oppor-
tunity for Joseph to talk freely about the accusation,
his family-like relationship with his accuser, now 31
years old and an educator employed by the diocese,
and his treatment by the diocese.
In Holmes Beach City Hall Jan. 21, Joseph
addressed a crowd of about 150 people, many of them
supporters holding small, white roses.
He said he had felt suicidal and isolated in the
months after he learned of the allegation. "I lost hope
many times," Joseph said.
He said he was told not to talk about the investi-
gation. So his absence from ministry at St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach left many people
N ink. l i ng. speculating and asking why.
"I could not say," Joseph said. "I could not tell
even my own mother."
Joseph first spoke publicly about the allegation
in The Islander several weeks ago, denying the alle-
gation and joining his supporters in seeking a public
Bonner Joy, who publishes The Islander and has
openly supported Joseph in recent weeks, scheduled
the event and welcomed a crowd that filled the city
commission chambers to capacity and spilled into the
Islander Lauren Sato and attorney John Fleck
spoke before Joseph.
Sato said sex abuse is a serious offense, but so is
wrongly accusing someone of such an offense. She
asked that people "listen to the facts without making
Fleck, who serves as Joseph's civil attorney, said
he met the priest about five years ago.
"Father Ron is 100 percent innocent of this accu-
sation," Fleck said. The attorney said he is not accept-
ing payment from Joseph for his representation. After
the forum, to help with "out-of-pocket" legal costs,
Island property owner David Sandoro deposited
$300 to open the Father Ron Legal Defense Fund at
Regions Bank, 3900 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach.
Later in the forum, Fleck read an excerpt from
the accuser's letter: "I was asked to sleep in the same
bed by Father Joseph. I woke up from a deep sleep

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and felt Father Joseph touching my private parts. He
was poking and touching my penis. When I realized
what was happening, I was in shock and disbelief. I
immediately closed my eyes, pretended [to] be asleep
and said nothing. Father Joseph stopped, probably
realizing that I woke up."
"Father Ron will tell you about the accusation,"
Fleck said. "Father Ron has nothing to hide."
Joseph, in a strong voice many in the audience
had heard in sermons, said, "I will tell you, 'No, I did
not do it.'"
When Joseph was assigned in 1993 to St. Xavier
Catholic Church in Fort Myers, where the abuse
allegedly occurred, he replaced a priest caught up in
a scandal.
The church was under scrutiny, Joseph said,
adding that there were never sleepovers in the rec-
"I didn't even give a hug to anyone," he said.
Joseph said the accuser is a family friend and
was a troubled boy, that he saw the man as recently
as May 2008, and that their conversation was cheer-
Joseph compared the accusation against him to
the betrayal of Jesus by one of his apostles.
He also said he felt betrayed by others in the
church. "But I never lost faith in the message of the
church," Joseph said.
Occasional outbursts of applause interrupted
Joseph's comments.
Near the end of the forum, a number of people
stood to voice their support, including parishioners
at St. Bernard and two men who have known Joseph
and his accuser for years.
"I'm not shocked to see all of you here," said
David Lambert, who has known Joseph for about 18
years and was involved in the priest's youth group.
"I am shocked at the accuser. He is a friend of mine.
It's not true."

"No, never,
not ever,"
the Rev. Ron
Joseph says
of the allega-
tion that 15
years ago
he fondled a
boy. Islander
Photos: Lisa

Prior to the forum, two organizers with the Sur-
vivors Network of those Abused by Priests handed
out papers advising parishioners on "what to do when
your priest is accused of abuse."
SNAP is a nationwide non-profit organization
offering assistance to victims of priest abuse and
tracking allegations and investigations.
The recommendations included, "Remember
that abuse, sadly, is quite common," "understand that
abuse victims often have 'troubled' backgrounds,"
"remain open-minded," "pray for all parties involved"
and "don't allow the mere passage of time to discredit
the accusers."
"Child abuse is so horrific that a child can't pro-
cess it," SNAP victims outreach director Barbara
Dorris said.
Florida SNAP coordinator Martha Jean Lorenzo
said too often in investigations parishioners rush to
judgment that the accuser is a liar motivated by
money or with malice.
"We' re very concerned about those who are sign-
ing a petition that says, 'We totally deny the false
accusations,"' Lorenzo said.
Amy Spoll accepted the SNAP material on her
way into city hall.
"I'm here to listen," said Spoll, a part-time
Islander who occasionally attends St. Bernard. "It's
easy to sympathize with Father Ron. He's wonderful.
But I know there's someone else out there who needs
compassion, whatever the story is."
Fleck, during the forum, read a Jan. 15 letter
from the diocese to Joseph stating that a review board
found the allegation "credible" and indicating that the
investigation would continue.
"The diocese is saying they believe the accuser
in this matter," Fleck said.
The investigation, Fleck added, will continue
without Joseph undergoing the medical and psy-
chological evaluation the diocese has repeatedly
requested. Such evaluations have no validity, the
attorney said.
A representative of the diocese did not speak at
the forum, but diocese spokesperson Adela Gonza-
les White later said the diocese has emphasized that
Joseph strongly maintains his innocence.
"The diocese made very clear in its announce-
ment to the parishes and the subsequent statement
to the press that Father Joseph denies the allegation
and strenuously maintains his innocence," White
stated in a response to media inquiries following
the forum. "Although he has been removed from
public ministry while the investigation is con-
ducted, Father Joseph should continue his prayer
life. In addition, he continues to receive his salary
and benefits."
White also said the diocese is following its policy
and the rules of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bish-
"The diocesan review process is not finished,

THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 28, 2009 0 13

Priest draws supporters
it takes time," White stated. "This is a very serious
matter and the diocese is not rushing to a conclusion.
We are concerned about the well being of both parties
involved the person making the accusation and
Father Joseph. It is our responsibility to get to the
bottom of this."
However, Joseph's canon advocate his repre-
sentative before the church said that at the point
the accusation was deemed credible, the diocese
should have sent the case to the church's Congrega-
tion for the Doctrine of the Faith with a request for a
recommendation on how to proceed.
The advocate, the Rev. Michael L. Maginot, said
the request should include a defense statement from
him and that has yet to happen.
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on how to proceed, which includes notifying the other
parishes and the press," Maginot said. "This is usu-
ally corrected by the CDF giving the bishop a slap
on the wrist, warning him not to do this again in the
SNAP also has questioned the diocese's proce-
dures, suggesting that the investigation should be
turned over to law enforcement authorities and that
Joseph should turn in his passport. The priest grew up
in Haiti, where he continues to aid orphan children,
but now is a U.S. citizen.
"We fear that Father Joseph may be tempted to
jump on a plane and return home instead of facing
justice here," said David Clohessy, national director
of SNAP.
Further, in a letter to Dewane, Clohessy said,
"You could set an example by voluntarily turning
over all information about Joseph to police and pros-
ecutors. Clergy sex crimes should be investigated by
trained and impartial law enforcement."

Several people at the forum also suggested law
enforcement rather than the church should investigate
the allegation.
Asked about turning the case over to law enforce-
ment, White stated, "It has not been determined that
a crime has been committed."
While the diocese investigation continues, Island-
ers said they would continue to circulate petitions on
Joseph's behalf.
SNAP organizers said they would continue to
work on the accuser's behalf.
Joseph, who said he has been forbidden to attend
Mass in the diocese, said he will continue to fight the
He said last week that he simply wants to return
to ministering as a priest.
"It's all I've ever known," he said. "It's who I
He concluded the forum by joining his supporters
in The Lord's Prayer.

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Obituaries .

Louise Qua Foss
Louise Qua Foss, 96, of Bradenton, died Jan. 18.
Mrs. Foss was born in Bedford, Mass. She was
educated in Bedford and Lexington, Mass., and
attended Massachusetts College of Art. She was a
life member of the Southbridge Women's Club and
enjoyed her weekly bridge club, which she attended
for more than 50 years.
A memorial celebration will be held inthe spring in Mas-
sachusetts. Interment will be in Concord, Mass. Memorial
contributions may be made Tidewell Hospice & Palliative
Care, 5055 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Griffith-Cline
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughters Faith L. of Northamp-
ton, Jana Samuels and husband Stephen of Anna Maria,
and Ardelle of Sweden, Maine; sister Jean Bates of Car-
lisle, Mass.; brother Jerry of Bedford; grandchildren
Faith Maher, Melissa Richardson, Nathaniel, Keith
Griffin, Sage Samuels, Shona Otto; step-grandson Dylan
Beekman; eight great-grandchildren; and her caretaker,
Mirian Vazquez of Palmetto.

Clifford Raymond Hayes
Clifford Raymond Hayes, 79, of Hollidaysburg,
Pa., and Holmes Beach, died Jan. 19.
Mr. Hayes moved to Holmes Beach from Hol-
lidaysburg in 1996. He was an architect. He was a
graduate of Centennial High School in Ridgeway, Pa.,
and received a bachelor of architecture degree from
Carnegie Institute of Tech-
ni 1a 'v, Pittsburgh, Pa. He
was a member of the Sigma
Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He
..1 served in the U.S. Navy as
an electronic technician from
1946-49 in the South Pacific.
He worked for the Pittsburgh
architectural firm of Hoff-
Hayes man and Crumpton, and
Hunter Caldwell & Campbell Architects in Altoona,
Pa., and retired from Hayes Large Architects as gen-
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Club of Franklinville where he served as President
for nearly a decade. He also was a member of Key
Royale Club of Holmes Beach and the Scotch Valley
Country Club.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. John' s Cath-
olic Church in Lakemont, Pa., Feb. 14.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary (Hack-
ett) Hayes; daughters Rebecca Hayes Rose and husband
Adam of Pasadena, Calif., Cynthia Hayes Karcher and
husband Richard of Hollidaysburg; sons James Harold
and wife Susan of Great Falls, Va., David Scott of Wake-
field, Mass., Richard Raymond and wife Louisa of Fred-
erick, Md., eight grandchildren; and his sister Beverly
Henry of Greenwood, Ind.
Carol Kerr
Carol Kerr, 59, of Holmes Beach, died Jan. 18.
Visitation and services were Jan. 21. Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrange-
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Ed;
stepdaughter, Pamela James Diwik and husband James;
step-granddaughter, Alexandra Diwik; sister Jan Elder
and husband Scott; and six nephews and nieces.

Richard Jay Podany
Richard Jay Podany, 48, died Jan. 19.
Born in Lima, Ohio, Mr. Podany moved to Manatee
County from Wheaton, Ill., in 1998. He was a Catholic.
Memorial services were Jan. 24 at Brown and
Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, 43rd Street
Chapel, Bradenton.
He is survived by parents James L. and Patricia
of Holmes Beach; brothers James Patrick of New
York, N.Y., and Stephen Thomas and wife Victoria
of St. Charles, Ill.; and niece Alexandra and nephew
Stephen, both of St. Charles.
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Senior High School, Galion, Ohio. He was a U.S.
Army Vietnam Veteran. He attended Santa Fe Col-
lege in Gainesville. He worked with Mel Fisher in
Key West during the salvage of the sunken ship
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday,
Feb. 1, at the home of Tim's brother, "Capt. Pat,"
4323 82nd St. W., Bradenton.
He is survived by companion and long-time
friend Virginia McLaughlin of Bradenton; sister
Linda of Bradenton; brother Patrick "Capt. Pat" of
Bradenton; two nieces; three nephews; and five great
nieces and nephews.

Marie Capitano White
Marie C. White, 68, of Tampa and Anna Maria,
died Jan. 18.
A Tampa native, Mrs. White began visiting Anna
Maria with her grandparents when she was a child. In
the mid- 1960s she and her husband, Joe, purchased
property on Spring Avenue, and built a home there in
\ly mother said that Anna Maria was her favor-
ite place on Earth," recalled Mrs. White's daughter,
Nancy Jergins." She said she wanted her grandchil-
dren and future generations to get to enjoy the Anna
Maria that she grew up with, that's why she was so
active in her efforts to protect it."
Mrs. White is survived by her husband of 49
years, Joe; daughters Nancy Jergins and Patti Farmer;
sons Joe Jr. and Steven; and grandchildren Declan
Farmer, Siena, Ronan Farmer, Clara Jergins and
Andrew Jergins.
"Our mother also wanted her Anna Maria rela-
tives, Carmen and Tony Manali, and Anthony and
JoAnn Manali, and her neighbors Fred and Barbara
Nally, to know how much sharing Anna Maria with
them meant to her," said Mrs. White's son, Joe.
Mrs. White's family will receive friends from 2
to 4 p.m., with a service at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2,
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Game day is Feb. 1.
Pre-game coverage begins at 4 p.m. on NBC, Fox
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Hot spots for computer users
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive,
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The Islander is compiling a list of locations offer-
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16 0 JAN. 28, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

'Affections' affectionately staged at Island Players
By Lisa Neff "The
Islander critic "The
Audience members seated for the opening night Affections
of "The Affections of May" at the Island Players ofMay,"
theater had no trouble imagining what it feels like featur-
to shiver with the arrival of winter in small town ing John
Grogan's Cove. Durkin,
The outside Island temperature was cool and Dianne
getting colder, and theater-goers were bundled up in Brin and
scarves and sweaters. When the lights went up on two Roger
intermissions, no one hustled outside for fresh Island Byron, is
air. on stage at
the Island
The audience also probably had no trouble, as
they watched the Norm Foster romantic comedy Players
unfold, imagining that the love was completely lost theater at
in May Henning's marriage, but that two new men GulfDrive
in May's life adored her. and Pine
"The Affections of May," on stage through Feb. Anna
8, features accomplished actors who know how to i
grab and hold an audience and an experienced direc- Maria.
tor who knows how to run a stage.
Dianne Brin, who studied acting and has per- Jack Elka
formed in numerous productions, portrays May Hen-
ning with nervous spirit and sentimental bravado.
John Durkin, who has appeared on the Players'
stage multiple times, plays husband Brian Henning,

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Maria is featuring some great coastal cottage furnish-
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back to the bakery. Ginny reminds us that Feb. 1 is
their Gigantic Super Bowl Sunday Flea Market. It
starts at 8 a.m.
The Community Thrift Shop offers a great vari-
ety of home furnishings and accessories. Stop in and
see why it was voted the best consignment shop in
We stopped recently at the fabulous Baby Bou-
tiki to peruse the new toy room. It has lots of unique
and great educational toys for the little ones in your
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Players 'Affections' a hit
who coolly dumps his wife in Act 1. He gobbles up
bacon and eggs, grabs his suitcases and hits the road,
wonderfully bemused that May is surprised he could
eat breakfast before dropping his bombshell.
Roger Byron, known to Islanders who caught the
theater's presentation of "Rumors," portrays Hank
Beavis, an affable banker who pays May a house-call
after learning her hubby left. A collector of coffee
mugs who lives with his mother, the older Hank
wouldn't generate much interest on eHarmony.com,
but Byron creates a charming, cute nerdy character
who wins the affection of the audience, if not, ulti-
mately, May.
With flawless characterization and perfect
delivery, Heiko Knipfelberg, a recent transplant
to Florida with off-Broadway, TV and film expe-
rience, portrays Daniel Quinn, the town handy-
man with a hard-luck story and a fondness for the
On opening night, director Phyllis Elfenbein wel-
comed the audience, encouraging a round of applause
for the Island Players behind the scenes, including
light designer Brad Pattison, sound designer Bob
Grant, costume designer Don Bailey, stage manager
Dorothy Eder and the props team tasked with dialing
back time to 1990, when the must-have accessory
was a car phone.
"I have a wonderful group of people who really put

the show on," Elfenbein said. She said she might wave
the baton, but the crew is "absolutely irreplaceable."
"The Affections of May" is staged Tuesdays
through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, is dark
on Monday.

THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 28, 2009 0 17
The box office is open one hour before shows and
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The next Island Players production will be A.R.
Gurney's "Sylvia," running from March 19 to April 5.
For more information, call the box office at
941-778-5755 or go to www.theislandplayers.org.

The drama of butterflies
Nancy Ambrose of the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park and the Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players talks
with OSL during a luncheon Jan. 14 at the Bradenton Country Club. Ambrose spoke about the park and the
transformation of the caterpillar into a butterfly. The next Off Stage Ladies meeting will celebrate Valentine's
Day at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Sun House Restaurant, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. The program will be a
history of the Asolo Repertory Theatre. For more information, call Marilyn Moroni at 941-792-0028.

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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Jan. 17, 6500 Marina Drive, possession of
cocaine. Deputies noticed an expired tag on a vehi-
cle and also noticed the driver weaving down the
road, according to the report. The driver, Franklin
Parkinson, 40, of Bradenton, was observed throwing
a plastic bag out his vehicle window. The contents
of the bag tested positive for powder cocaine, and he
was arrested.
Jan. 21, 10000 Gulf Drive, drugs. Deputies
stopped William Parker, 31, of Waterville, Ohio, after
observing him run a four-way stop sign. Deputies
noticed a strong smell of marijuana from the vehicle
and, after a search, discovered marijuana in the vehi-
cle. He was arrested.

Bradenton Beach
No new reports.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 19, 6200 block Holmes Boulevard, burglary.
The complainant said someone took two television
sets from the house. It was the second time, according
to the past few weeks' records, someone took televi-
sion sets from the residence.
Jan. 19, 6200 block Marina Drive, theft. The
complainant said tenants had taken miscellaneous
items from his rental apartment after he had evicted
them. Officers located the tenants in Anna Maria, and
on questioning, they stated they had inadvertently
taken a grill from the previous apartment and relin-
quished it to officers. No other items were found in
the new apartment that matched the description given
of the missing items. Although the tenants said they
were owed one month's rent from their previous
landlord, they agreed he could keep the money if he
would leave them alone. The grill was returned to its
Jan. 20, 100 block 67th Street, burglary. The
complainant said someone entered her motel room
and took her purse, containing her wallet, $275, pre-
scription pills, checks and identification. Entry was
apparently through an unlocked sliding-glass door.
Jan. 21, 4200 block Gulf Drive, burglary. The
complainant said someone broke into her parked car
and took a case of 30 CDs.

The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives weddings, anni-
versaries, travels and other events. Please send notices
and photographs with detailed captions along with
complete contact information to news@islander.org
or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

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Romine named law enfo
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Crime Stoppers of Manatee County named
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine as its law
enforcement officer of the year in a recent cere-
Crime Stoppers president Steve Rowland
announced the award, crediting Romine for making

New deputy in Anna Maria
Manatee County .ie irf's Office Deputy Alan Judy
was recently assigned to the MCSO's Anna Maria
substation. He has been with the MCSO for seven
years. Judy said he is pleased to be in Anna Maria
and looks forward to meeting business owners and
as many residents as possible. Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

Chief Jay
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cement officer of year
sure Crime Stoppers stayed alive during financial
hard times in the mid-1990s and with other achieve-
ments in the organization he helped found and on the
job in Holmes Beach.
"After our program became a little more
revived, he was instrumental in promoting and
sharing the benefits of Crime Stoppers with other
county law enforcement agencies, pursuing them
to get back involved," Rowland said. "Best of all,
he is the reason I am a member since he was the
person responsible for inviting me to attend a meet-
ing and eventually join."
Romine began his career with HBPD as a part-
time patrol officer in 1979, advancing over the years
to work as a patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, lieu-
tenant, assistant chief and chief, the post he has held
since July 1993.
A native of Manatee County, Romine graduated
from Southeast High School, Manatee Community
College, Auburn University and the University of
South Florida.
He also has graduated from the FBI National
Academy in Quantico, Va., and serves on the execu-
tive board of the Florida Police Chief Association,
as well as chair of the Florida Criminal Justice Stan-
dards and Training Commission.
"In his spare time, he found the time to become
a founding member of Crime Stoppers of Mana-
tee County," Rowland said of Romine. "I think
he would be the first to agree we've come a long
way in the last 20-something years, since the days
of meeting in the conference room at the West-
side Barnett Bank at 43rd Street and Manatee
During Crime Stoppers' annual banquet, mem-
bers also elected officers: Rowland as president,
Renee' Stockwell as vice president, Glenna Cam-
pana as treasurer, Sue Ciccione as secretary and
Jim Brand, Robert Burns and Linda McAbee as
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Cumber scheduled for court appearance

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
William Cumber III, boyfriend of a missing
Holmes Beach woman, is scheduled for a court
appearance Jan. 30 on a charge that he violated pro-
bation on a 2005 arson conviction.
Cumber, 39, has been described as a person of inter-
est in the Nov. 4 disappearance of Sabine Musil-Buehler,
his girlfriend and the co-owner of Haley's Motel.
Cumber also has been described as a person of
interest in the Nov. 16 fire at the motel.
Both the disappearance and the fire remain under
investigation, with the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office the lead agency in the search for Musil-Bue-
hler and the Holmes Beach Police Department the
lead agency on the fire review.
Cumber has said he last saw Musil-Buehler on
Nov. 4, when they had an argument and she left the
house she had rented in Anna Maria in her car. The
car later was found in Bradenton with her blood in the
front seat and some of her belongings in the trunk.
Authorities have interviewed friends, relatives
and associates of Musil-Buehler, as well as searched
various locations in Manatee County. On Dec. 24, a
search was conducted on the beach in Anna Maria
just blocks from the home Musil-Buehler had rented
and where Cumber lived.
Hours before the search, which did not turn up
evidence in the case, Cumber was arrested near Ocala
in Marion County.
Stopped driving a pickup truck with an expired
tag, Cumber was arrested for driving without a valid
license, which according to the Florida Department

of Corrections violated the rules of his probation on
a 2005 arson conviction. Cumber was sentenced on
Jan. 4, 2006, to arson with willful damage to a dwell-
ing for setting fire to a girlfriend's house.
On Dec. 23, the FDC filed a report of the proba-
tion violation 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, who has been detained in the Manatee
County jail since late December, has filed a statement
that he did not violate probation and demanded a
hearing on the matter.

Meanwhile, officials continue to seek potential
witnesses or other sources with information that
might help solve the mystery of Musil-Buehler's
Manatee County's Gold Star Club is offering up
to $5,000 for information leading to the whereabouts
of Musil-Buehler.
Also, the Sabine Buehler Benefit Fund is accept-
ing donations at Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, for a reward.
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.

West Manatee to look at temporary 'housing'

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price told
the district board at its Jan. 15 meeting that the prob-
lem of new facilities for the administrative staff and
firefighters still persists within the district.
However, there could be a temporary solution.
Price said one idea from the strategic plan review
of facilities is to purchase a portable building to use
at one of the district's fire stations.
"It's an idea we're going to pursue," Price said.
There are a lot of issues associated with a portable
building, including zoning, he said, but the plan is to
house all administrative staff at one station. A portable
structure could be the answer, at least temporarily.
"We need to have all the staff together," Price said.
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At present, the district staff is housed at Station
No. 1 in Holmes Beach and at the district's 67th
Street station on the mainland.
The chief added that, while concerned with new
facilities for the district, he is also concerned with
taking care of the current staff and ensuring that their
future needs are addressed.
"There is also a need to take care of people five
years from now," he said.
Price also discussed annexation efforts by Bradenton.
The city has already annexed several areas in unincorpo-
rated Manatee County that the district formerly covered.
"There is no new news, but we have to watch what's
going on. We can't stop annexation," he said.
Price has said previously that the district has no
adjacent land areas that it could annex to increase the
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by Rick Ndtlin

Holmes Beach man knew

why he flew during WWII
Holmes Beach winter resident Joe Biersteker
knew what he was fighting for in World War II. His
parents had been born in the Netherlands before
moving to Wisconsin, where Joe was born.
"We were patriotic and definitely anti-Hitler and
the Axis. The Nazis had already overrun the Neth-
erlands and I had two brothers in service when the
Japanese attacked," Joe said.
He was at his family home in Little Chute that
Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, when the radio blared the news
about Pearl Harbor.
"I had graduated from high school and was work-
ing in a paper mill. A lot of guys went down and
joined up the next day. I knew I was eventually going
to be in the service, so I waited."
When his draft notice came in August 1942, Joe
headed for the U.S. Army Air Corps and enlisted as
an aviation cadet. He was called to active duty in
February 1943.
"When I got to pre-flight school, they said they had
more need for navigators. I told them I joined up to be
a pilot, but I was eventually sent to navigator school."
Joe ended up in San Marcos, Texas, home of
future President Lyndon Baines Johnson, then just a
U.S. congressman.
"It was really hot in Texas and we had to do a
lot of flying to learn how to navigate by the manual
and to read our instruments. About 10 percent of the
class washed out and a few cadets crashed and didn't
make it, but none from my squadron."
Joe trained on twin-engine planes and expected to
be assigned to a B-17 Flying Fortress, or a B-24 Lib-
erator flying over Europe and his parents' homeland.
Instead, after his commissioning as a second lieuten-
ant in October 1943, he was assigned to bombardier
school for the B-29 bomber, the Army Air Corps' newest
bomber that was just coming into production.
Dubbed the Superfortress, the Air Corps believed
the B-29 needed two men qualified as both navigator
and bombardier, in the event one was killed or injured
during a mission.
"I had started to hear about the B-29 in navi-
gation school. It was the first pressurized bomber,
meaning it could fly at high altitude and you didn't
need oxygen masks. It had more range and could
carry a lot of bombs. And it was heated."
After more training, Joe met his crew in New
Mexico in February 1944.
"We were among the first B-29s to go operational.
We were with the 58th Bomb Wing. We trained for six
months and were sent to India for the China-Burma-
India war. We were with the 40th Group, 58th Bomb
Wing, 25th Squadron, somewhere near Chaculia in
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Joe Biersteker of Holmes Beach flew 36 combat
missions during World War II as the bombardier-
navigator on a B-29 Superfortress over Japan,
Burma and China. He is shown here with Betty, his
wife of 65 years. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The B-29 Superfortress "The Enola Gay" dropped the first atom bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. Islander

Photo: Courtesy U.S. Air Force

what is now Bangladesh. We were in the middle of
nowhere. Our first mission was to bring supplies over
the mountains to Chiang-Kai Shek in China."
Joe's B-29 was among the first Superforts to fly
over Himalayas, called "The Hump" by pilots who
braved its treacherous winds and 33,000 foot-high
peaks. More than 1,000 planes and 10,000 men were
lost on the route.
After the supply mission, Joe's plane, called
"Ramblin' Wreck" flew with other B-29s to bomb
the Japanese city of Omura.
As with any crew's first mission into combat, Joe
and his pals were a bit nervous.
I. \ c i \ i ,i. is nervous the first time you go hit the
enemy. You just do your job. Luckily, we had a great
pilot. Thankfully, we met no opposition on the bombing
run. The Japanese fighter pilots had not yet seen a B-29.
I don't think they knew how to attack us."
They would soon learn that the B-29 bristled with
.50-caliber machine guns and could fly at 35,000 feet,
well above the limit of the Japanese Zero fighters.
"We were told we had to fly 35 combat missions
before we could go home. We flew supply missions to
China, bombed Taiwan, Kyushu and Manchuria. We
also bombed Singapore and Burma and the Malaysian
peninsula. Not all counted as combat missions."
One mission that did count was over the Japanese
island of Honshu when an engine caught on fire.
"We had a full bomb load, but couldn't finish the
mission with only three engines. And we didn't have
enough fuel to get home. So we landed in a place
called Dacca, but not before we dropped our bombs
over the mountains. After that, we stopped having
missions and we wondered what was up."
What was up was the arrival of Gen. Curtis LeMay
in late 1944 to take over the 58th Bomb Wing.
Operating out of the newly captured island of
Tinian in the western Pacific, LeMay put together
the world's largest collection of B-29s. His mission
was to bomb Japan until it either surrendered or was
obliterated. He would succeed with the first order.
After assignment to Tinian, the Ramblin' Wreck
got more combat missions to China and Singapore.
Then came missions to Japan.
"LeMay told us to fly in at low altitude because
flying high didn't produce good results. Nobody
wanted to fly over Japan at 8,000 feet, but we did it.
Of course, some of the guys didn't come back from
those missions," said Joe.
Flying at night with phosphorous bombs, more
planes were hit by Japanese anti-aircraft and fighter
planes than previously.
"One day, you'd get back to base and you'd see
that so-and-so didn't come back. And some guys
crashed into the sea on take-off or landing. You just
didn't think about it. You did your job. We bombed
Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka. We set them on fire. We
tried not to think about what we were doing."
The missions seemed to run together, but Joe and
the Ramblin' Wreck crew knew they were getting
close to the magic number.
But one mission over Tokyo almost proved to be
the last of the Ramblin' Wreck. Anti-aircraft fire blew
out one engine, then another caught on fire.
Losing altitude, the pilot cut back power, but a
third engine started to run slow.
"We were losing altitude and fuel and the pilot
said we had to either ditch in the Pacific or jump. We
didn't think jumping over the ocean was a good idea,
so I suggested we could make Iwo Jima."
[The U.S. Marines had just secured Iwo Jima and

its vital airstrips from the Japanese at a cost of 7,000
dead Marines. By the end of the war, more than 300
planes and 30,000 American airmen would make an
emergency landing on Iwo Jima.]
"I gave him the heading and estimated we could
make it in a few minutes," Joe said. "He did a great
job keeping the plane in the air on just two engines.
When we landed, we had no hydraulics and couldn't
slow the plane. We just went off the end of the
runway. The captain said the plane might explode,
so we got out and ran. It didn't blow up, but the Ram-
blin' Wreck was really a wreck," Joe said.
"We were one lucky crew. One engine and the
plane full of holes."
By July 1945, Joe and the crew were approaching the
magic number. Thankfully, they drew some "milk run"
assignments, including one as a navigation ship for P-51
fighter aircraft. The crew, flying a new Ramblin' Wreck,
completed its 35 missions, but stayed on Tinian.
Joe actually flew 36 missions, flying an extra one
at the request of the plane's captain.
"Luckily, it was also a milk run," remembered Joe.
One day in mid-July 1945, a new bunch of fliers named
the 509th Composite Group showed up on Tinian.
"They had their own compound," recalled Joe.
"It was surrounded by wire and you couldn't get in.
And they didn't come out. We wondered who these
guys were who thought they were so special.
"One day in the first week of August, just after mid-
night, we saw a lot of lights over the compound. It
was around 2:30 in the morning."
That afternoon, Joe and his crew and the world
- learned that Col. Paul Tibbets Jr. of the 509th had
flown the world's first atomic mission and dropped
an atom bomb on Japan.
"All we knew was that it was a bomb that could
destroy a city. After the second bomb was dropped,
Japan surrendered and we had one big party. Every-
thing went wild."
When the war ended officially on September 2,
1945, Joe and the Ramblin' Wreck crew returned to
the United States.
Joe accepted his discharge, but stayed in the air
force reserves.
He returned to Wisconsin, got married and went
back to his old job. He used the G.I. Bill to attend
college and earn a teaching certificate in math. Even-
tually, he would obtain a master's degree and become
a university professor.
Joe taught around the world, including stops in
Turkey, Nigeria and Kenya. In Nigeria, he met Jay
and Terry Erickson of Holmes Beach, who told him
of this magical place on the Gulf of Mexico.
Retuming toAmerica, Joe and his wife Betty paid a visit
to Holmes Beach and the Ericksons and "fell in love."
"We couldn't believe there was a place like this,"
Joe said.
Joe retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a
lieutenant colonel, and he and Betty now spend winters in
Holmes Beach and return to Wisconsin in the spring.
He does not consider his wartime service any-
thing special.
"We didn't think joining up was uan hiding extraor-
dinary. It was just the thing to do. I never once thought
about not going in. I wasn't going to be the only guy
in Wisconsin who didn't get in the war.
"But I am proud of my service. I had a great crew.
We became like brothers and kept in touch after the
war. I'd do it again if I had to."
Joe Biersteker. A proud member of the Greatest




Wednesday, Jan. 28
3 p.m. "Better Birding Photography" with James Corwin Johnson
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

Thursday, Jan. 29
3:45 to 5:45 p.m. "Theatre for the Soul" six-week class at the
Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Infor-
mation: 941-383-6491.
7 to 8:30 p.m. "Circle of Light Meditation" with Frannie Hoff-
man at the Island Yoga Space, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:

Saturday, Jan. 31
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a
breakfast meeting with guest speaker, attorney and Anna Maria
City Commissioner Chuck Webb, on the topic of wills and trusts at
Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
9:30 to 11 a.m. "Living Well" seminar with Steve Schewe at
CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Registration:
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor painting demonstration by Caroline
Whitmore at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-6648.

Monday, Feb. 2
7 p.m. -Artists' Guild Gallery presents "What's new in Art Supplies"
with representatives from Keeton's Office and Art Supply Store in the
Community Hall at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

Tuesday, Feb. 3
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
a presentation by John Freeman with ShelterBox USA at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:

Off-Island Arts & Events:
Thursday, Jan. 29
7 p.m. Gulfcoast Sandpiper Chorus open house at the Town
Center at Water's Edge, 3132 21st Lane W., Bradenton. Information:

"The Affections of May" runs through Feb. 8 at the Island Players



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Theatre, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Box Office: 941-778-5755. Fee
"Society of Artists" exhibit through Feb. 19 at the Manatee Com-
munity College Fine Art Gallery, 2840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
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.
Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Bay Chorale holds rehearsal at H2U Blake
Hospital Building, 6049 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-761-1221
or 941-907-1224.
Tuesday at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.
Thursday (excluding the first Thursday of the month) at 7 p.m.,
The Village Bookshop Poets and Writers Group meets at the shop, 1006
11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-750-9141.

Coming up:
Feb. 5, Antique appraisals at the South Florida Museum.
Feb. 6, "Lucky Seven: A photographic invitational" at The Dancing
Crane Gallery.
Feb. 6-7, yard sale at Cortez Park clubhouse.
Feb. 7, "Love is in the Air" Family Night at the South Florida


THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 28, 2009 E 21
February featured
artist named
Elayne Leopold will be the
featured artist in February at
the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
S The Artists Guild ofAnna
SMaria Island will hold a recep-
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Oranges and Yellow Roses."
.-; ; Also, at 11 a.m. Feb. 11, the
A Artists Guild Gallery will host a
demonstration in mixed media
with Mary Hamilton. For more
information, call 941-778-6694.
Islander Photo: Courtesy
Karen deLeon

7, Sister Keys environmental cleanup.
7, Friends book sale at Island Branch Library.
7, Children's creative clay class at the Anna Maria Island Art

7, Manatee Sweet Adelines concert at Neel Performing Arts

Feb. 8, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 50th Anniversary dinner at the
Key Royale Club.
Feb. 10, "Your Place in Space: Earth as a Habitable Planet" at the
South Florida Museum.
Feb. 11, "Fireproof" film viewing at CrossPointe Fellowship.

Save the date
Feb. 14, Anna Maria Island art and craft festival to benefit the
Butterfly Park.
Feb. 14, Couples Yoga on the beach near the BeachHouse Res-
Feb. 15, Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra con-
Feb. 19, Syesha Mercado "Follow Your Dreams" benefit con-
cert for Manatee School District students at the Manatee Convention
Feb. 21, "Heart and Soul" dance at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center.

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include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
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22 E JAN. 28, 2009 U THE ISLANDER

Farming debate to take to water this week

The debate between providing affordable food
for the masses and the environmental needs to protect
Mother Earth has been longstanding. It appears the
newest battleground will be the Gulf of Mexico.
Say you're a farmer with a grove of orange trees.
The annual citrus yield appears to be a pretty low-
impact way to make a few bucks. Sure, the trees need
to be fertilized. Watering is important during our low-
rainfall winters. Pesticides have to be sprayed to keep
the bugs at bay, but hey, it's not all that bad to the
environment, right?
As The New York Times pointed out last week,
N\ king orange juice is relatively straightforward:
the oranges are picked by hand, trucked to the plant,
squeezed, pasteurized and packed into cartons and
shipped by train to distribution points around the
PepsiCo is the company that owns Florida citrus
magnate Tropicana, formerly headquartered in Bra-
denton. It hired a company to measure the carbon
footprint created to produce the juice. Carbon foot-
print is the new green buzzword to indicate just how
much pollution, notably carbon dioxide, is created to
provide a food or service. More carbon means more
greenhouse gases and a greater impact to global
The company figured the trucking from field to
plant, processing at the plant and then shipping the juice
to packagers, plus the packaging, would cause the bulk
of the carbon footprint in creating orange juice.
Not really.
"The biggest single source of emissions was
simply growing oranges," the Times reported. "Citrus
groves use a lot of nitrogen fertilizer, which requires
natural gas to make and can turn into a potent green-
house gas when it is spread on fields."
To cut to the chase, PepsiCo found that a half-gal-
lon carton of OJ causes about 3.75 pounds of carbon
dioxide to be emitted into the atmosphere.
To bring that number into some meaning, an
unscientific study by Sandscript indicates that one
plastic grocery bag full of oranges can produce about
a gallon of juice and results in 7.5 pounds of carbon
dioxide released into the air.

Fish farming
The Gulf of Mexico may be the next battleground
on the feed versus green front.
Fish farming isn't a new concept. Mote Marine
Laboratory has a facility in eastern Sarasota County
used to grow sturgeon. Mote also produces redfish
and snook fingerlings for stocking the bays.
The key to Mote's environmental success in
farming fish is a closed system. Water in the farm
ponds is cleaned and recirculated. Excess food and
food byproducts are filtered from the water so it
doesn't enter the waters of Sarasota Bay or the Gulf
of Mexico.
That filtration does not occur in open-ocean fish
farming. In the ocean farm, the basic concept of the
aquatic fish farm is to rig a set of huge nets in the
water to contain the fish. They're fed without the
expensive filtration systems of the ponds, and poop
and excess food just flows out of the mesh.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Coun-
cil has been studying a policy that would open fed-
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farming. A decision on the measure is expected when
the group meets Jan. 26-28 in Mississippi.
The Ocean Conservancy, an environmental orga-
nization, opposes open-ocean fish farms.
"While aquaculture may seem a simple and obvi-
ous solution to increased global demand for seafood,"
the group said, "countries that have allowed the prac-
tice have incurred serious environmental problems.
The proposed aquaculture plan is unscientific and
does not adequately deal with the environmental,
socioeconomic and liability problems that have been
associated with aquaculture operations overseas.
"The use of open-net pens, for example, allows
concentrated fish waste to flow untreated into the
ocean, farmed fish to escape their nets, and disease to
be transmitted to wild fish," the group continued. "In
addition, commercial fishermen could face a deluge
of farmed fish in the market, which could affect the
price of wild fish."
The plan, if approved, would be the first of its
kind in the United States.
Ocean Conservancy officials are not totally
opposed to open-water aquaculture, but state they
prefer the establishment of national standards
approved by Congress for any such plan.

Baby, it's cold outside
What weather experts described as an arctic
blast of cold air swept across Florida last week. Air
temperatures were in the 20s as far south as Lake

Cold air means crop freezes for farmers. Assess-
ments are still coming in on how cold and how long
the cold lasted to determine crop damage, according to
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson.
More than citrus was at stake in the bitter frost.
Crops at risk included strawberries, blueberries,
snap beans, celery, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant,
endive/escarole, peppers, radishes and squash, tropi-
cal fish and horticulture.
Strawberry crops are particularly delicate right
now, with the berries on the bushes only weeks away
from the prime harvest. Too much cold air turns the
berries into mush.
Tropical fish farming is another delicate crop. East-
ern Hillsborough County is home to a huge fish farming
industry that encompasses hundreds of acres of ponds
that are difficult to warm as the weather cools.
Bronson said that while the entire citrus belt
experienced very cold temperatures and growers are
reporting damage, citrus industry officials say that
the Indian River region, which produces the bulk of
Florida's fresh fruit market, fared relatively well.
Let's hope that last week's bitter cold is the end
of Florida's winter for this season.
Unfortunately, it was too cold for some of us
native Floridians to get full enjoyment of the Manatee
County Fair, which ended Sunday.
Sandscript factoid
According to Bronson, there are more than 40,000
farmers in Florida who grow more than 280 different
commercial crops. Florida farmers annually produce
more than 35 billion pounds of food and more than
1.5 million tons of livestock feed.
Florida is the nation's ninth agricultural state
overall, ranking first in citrus production, and second
in the production of vegetables and horticulture prod-
And you thought all the Sunshine State produced
were Disney denizens and sun, sand and surf.

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The Annie Silver Community Center doors opened Jan. 22 for the first of many bingo nights this year. More
than 40 peopled attended the first night of play. Additional games will take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
through the season at the center, 103 23rd St. at Avenue C in Bradenton Beach. For more information, call
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Cold chills fishing

action around Anna

Maria Island
By Paul Roat
Bitter cold and strong winds definitely chilled
fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and bays in the past
few days. Few fishers braved the weather to get out
on the water. Those hardy souls who did dip a line
caught sheepshead, a few flounder and some trout
in the bays. Offshore fishing for grouper, amberjack
and snapper was also good for the few willing to chip
the ice off the little shrimp legs to get the bait on a
Snook are hunkered down in canals throughout
the Island, but seem to be stunned by the cold and
aren't biting.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said it's been
too cold for much fishing action. About the best of
the bets has been snapper caught within 10 miles of
the Island for Gulf anglers. Backwater fishers have
been catching a few sheepshead and redfish, and
trout are to be found near any dock lights at night.
Those "snook lights" aren't working unless they're
in canals, since linesiders seem to be hunkered down
in the seawalled canals to get what warmth they can
from the concrete. "It's a little warmer in the canals,"
he said, "but the snook are lethargic. One guy said he
was throwing shrimp at them, and they were bounc-
ing off the fish's heads."
At the Rod & Reel Pier, anglers are catching
some sheepshead and a few flounder.
Rocky at the Anna Maria City Pier said things
have been slow, with only a few sheepies and floun-
der coming on. "There's no bait," he said, "in fact,
there's no birds."
Capt. Chris Seger on Titelines out of New Pass
Bait and Tackle on City Island said he took a charter
offshore over the weekend to about 65 feet of water
in the Gulf and caught gag grouper to 34 pounds, real
black grouper and mangrove snapper.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said fishing "really turned on after the cold-
est days of the year. In spite of the cold, we're catch-
ing gag and red grouper, lots of mangrove, yellowtail
and lane snapper, porgys and all the big amberjack
you want to fight, with some guys on our trips tapping
out. Unable to continue the fight, they pass the rod
off to one of their buddies." Capt. Larry said fishing
should be great this week.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said cold and wind kept him
in port for the week, but the past weekend's warming
trend should produce some great fishing this week.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.

Privateers collecting

fishing gear
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are collecting
fishing poles new, used and even broken to
repair if needed and give to children. Any fishing
gear is welcome, including bait nets, bait buckets and
Donors can leave fishing gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes

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Wayne Kimmel, left, is pictured with a big hogfish, Roy Leasure with two gag grouper, Tom King and Carl
Pfirrman with their big amberjack, caught offshore with Capt. Larry McGuire of .1h. ', Me The Fish Char-
ters. The party started the day catching gag grouper and mangrove snapper, finishing with big amberjack.
Wayne's hogfish was the catch of the day. The action took place in 125 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico
off Anna Maria Island. The happy group is down for the winter from Russells Point, Ohio.

Early arrivals to the kick-off partyfor the Relay for Life on Anna Maria Island include Jon Kent, Kim Stubbe,
David Teitelbaum, Kim Borsheim and Eileen Erwin. Organizers of the Relay for Life on Anna Maria Island
hosted the party Jan. 19 at the Star Fish Company Restaurant in Cortez. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

Relay For Life steps off

The Relay for Life on Anna Maria Island hosted
a party Jan. 19 at the Star Fish Company Restaurant
in Cortez to kick off its 2009 fundraiser.
The fundraising will culminate May 16-17
with the Relay for Life at Coquina Bayside Park in
Coquina Beach.
The event is part of a nationwide campaign
that began 25 years ago with one man walking
around a track for 24 hours to raise $27,000 to fight
In 2008, the Island Relay for Life raised $30,000.
This year's goal is $40,000.
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Private owner pushes plan to build in FISH Preserve

By Paul Roat
First Cortez had to battle the whims of weather to
bring in its fish. Then came development that threat-
ened habitat vital to a vibrant fishery.
Cortezians thought they had the development
battle won with the acquisition of the Florida Insti-
tute for Saltwater Heritage Preserve on the eastern
flank of the village, 100 acres or so of wetlands
and sparse uplands that it bought for a nature pre-
Or mostly bought. There is still a tiny parcel, a
swath 100 feet by 400 feet, smack in the middle of
the preserve that its owner wants to develop for a
single-family home.
A path to the property was bulldozed late last
year without permits. Manatee County officials have
posted no-trespassing signs on the site, but off-road-
ers are roaring through the pristine preserve nonethe-
less, damaging fragile habitat.
And the property owner, Iris Lemasters of Grand
Rapids, Mich., is expected to go before the Manatee
County Commission Feb. 10 to request vacation of a
platted but unimproved right of way adjacent to her
Bill Smith of the Manatee County Property Man-
agement Department said several other platted but
undeveloped easements had been vacated in past
years, but all were on behalf of FISH to create the
The potential of development is alarming to FISH
members, who worked to purchase the preserve prop-
erty. The FISH board of directors will address the
pending vacation request at its meeting Feb. 3.
At issue is more than just a road and a house in
the middle of a habitat restoration, said Cortez Heri-
tage Site Manager Roger Allen.
Federal and state grants have been applied for
and received, with more in the works, to restore the
FISH Preserve to its once-pristine condition. The
grants are in question if any property is developed,
he indicated.
"Lemasters is destroying the habitat we are trying

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Property owned by Iris Lemasters is located in the middle of the FISH Preserve east of Cortez. Lemasters
is requesting part of an undeveloped right of way be vacated by Manatee County, apparently to facilitate
access to and construction of a single-family home. Islander Photo: Paul Roat

to preserve," Allen said.
The property owner has rejected many offers to
purchase the land from FSH.
The most recent offer for the parcel represented
nine times what was paid for the land. At one point,
Lemasters listed the property for $1.2 million.
However, the bulk of the preserve's 100 acres
was bought for slightly more than $400,000.
Curb cuts leading to the questionable road from
Cortez Road have been requested and road construc-
tion is proceeding at an estimated cost of $20,000,
Allen said.

He's had to go onto the property 16 times so far to
chase off-roaders from the preserve who now access
the property illegally via the roadway and rip up the
wetlands with their vehicles.
As Allen described the situation: "It's a catastro-
The FISH board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Feb. 3, at the Cortez Community Center on 121st
Street West, Cortez.
The county commission meeting to discuss the
matter will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 10 at the county admin-
istration building in Bradenton.

Temp mooring regs OK'd in Bradenton Beach

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach city commissioners approved
a first reading of stop-gap regulations for the waters
that the city controls.
The ordinance, which is scheduled for a second
and final reading on Feb. 5, is intended to provide
tools for the city to police the waters until an anchor-
age and mooring field plan is in place and a harbor
master is hired.
The commission's vote for the first reading took
place during a meeting Jan. 22 at city hall, 107 Gulf
Drive N.
"This comes out of the fact that the city changed
its boundaries to pick up the mooring field area," said
city attorney Ricinda Perry. "That area is being uti-
lized and we have found that there are some sanitary
issues and behavior that needs to be curbed."
The city is at work on drafting a master recre-
ational boating plan that will involve adopting regu-
lations for the mooring field, but Bradenton Beach
Police Chief Sam Speciale, the city pier management
team and members of the advisory ScenicWaves
Committee have said interim rules are needed.
"Right now, we are without the teeth," Perry
The ordinance, referring to state passage of a bill
extending Bradenton Beach's boundaries 500 feet
into Sarasota bay and the Gulf of Mexico, states,
"The city would like to exercise its police powers
for law enforcement in the city waters."
The measure then outlines rules for boats in the
No watercraft shall be operated at a rate of
speed causing waves that damage docks, seawalls
and other property.
Major repairs of vessels are prohibited in the
mooring field area.

A vessel with people aboard and anchored,
moored or docked in the same location for 72 hours,
is presumed to be a liveaboard vessel.
The city will establish a Marine Anchorage and
Mooring Field Committee that includes two water-
front land or business representatives, two boaters
and two environmental community representatives.
No person shall discharge raw or treated sewage
from any vessel.
No person on any vessel or on land may throw
garbage or waste into city waters.
No abandoned, derelict or wrecked vessel shall
be allowed in city waters.
Mooring of vessels overnight is permitted on
a mooring buoy within the city's mooring field area,
located south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
No one may operate a business from a vessel
occupying a mooring without permission of the city
Commissioners unanimously approved the first
In other business, the commission:
Approved a request from city project and pro-
gram director Lisa Marie Phillips to hold a "Car Fit"
event to promote driver safety at city hall from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1.
Approved a proposal to hire Lynn Townsend
andAssociates for engineering on a stormwater swale
excavation and installation at 27th Street North and
Avenue B. The cost of the work is not to exceed
$5,000 and will be shared with the city of Holmes
Approved the first reading of an ordinance that
would allow some matters that now go before the
city's board of adjustment to either go before the
BOA or a special master for review.
The ordinance was drafted in an effort to help
control city expenses, Perry said.

"The BOA hearings can sometimes become quite
costly," she said. "And exceed the amount of applica-
tion costs."
Commissioners said the ordinance would not
eliminate the BOA, but instead provide an alterna-
tive means for hearing a request for a variance or an
administrative appeal of a city decision.
Approved payment of invoices for $1,492.78
and $1,687.96 to J&H Diesel for vehicle repairs.
Approved a resolution expanding the city's
community redevelopment agency by two members,
and approved a resolution appointing CRA District
resident Connie Drescher and CRA businessperson
Ed Chiles as those members. (See separate story.)
Authorized the mayor and Bradenton Beach
Police Lt. John Cosby to attend the Governor's Hur-
ricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale May 10-15.
Approved a special event application for the
American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at
Coquina Beach May 16-17.
Approved a special event application for the
fourth annual Redfish Tournament at Coquina Beach
from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 6.
Approved payment of a $11,406.25 invoice
from M.T. Causley Inc. for building department ser-
Approved a yearly mutual-aid agreement
between the city and other local law enforcement
agencies, including the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office and Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Bradenton
and Palmetto police departments.
Approved a yearly child-abduction response
team agreement for mutual aid between the city and
other law enforcement agencies.
Approved a final reading of an ordinance for
the city's franchise agreement with TECO/Peoples
Gas, which has run a new natural gas pipeline into
the city.

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By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The first-ever Island Beach Soccer Blast was just
that a blast for each and every one of the 140 kids
who participated in the two-day event Jan. 24-25 at
Coquina Beach. Kids of all different levels of play-
ing experience and age got out on the sand and got
in their kicks.
This wasn't a tournament where wins and losses
and brackets were tracked, except maybe by the kids
themselves. This tourney was all about playing the
game for the pure fun of it. Every team in the four age
groups, ranging from 4-5 up to the 10-12 level, took
part in three games and all players received T-shirts
and trophies to commemorate the experience.
Five-year old Lila Bowers, playing in the first
soccer game of her life, shook off some early inse-
curity about whether she even wanted to play and
exploded for five goals. She's now hooked on the
game. She couldn't wait to play her next game.
Tournament organizer Rich Bell, a former Island
resident and owner of a new startup company,Youth
Sports Training Inc., wanted to give back to the com-
munity in memory of his late mother, Nancy Stork.
He said she taught him that it's far better to give than
to receive, and this was an attempt to live up to her
Thanks to Rich and his family, the many volun-
teer coaches and referees, sponsors like Fran Maxon
Real Estate, Bay Area Foot and Ankle, Sparks Steel
Art, AMS Agricultural, Duffy's Tavern, Dick's Sport-
ing Goods and others, a whole bunch of kids and their
parents had a fantastic weekend playing soccer with
their friends.
Great job, Rich! Do it again.

Center basketball schedule
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Jan. 28 8 p.m. A Paradise vs. IRE
Jan. 31 10 a.m. Ralph's vs. A Paradise
Jan. 31 11 a.m. IRE vs. Academy
Feb. 3 8 p.m. A Paradise vs. Ralph's
Division I (ages 12-13)
Jan. 29 8 p.m. IFP vs. Fronius
Feb. 2 8 p.m. Dips vs. IFP
Feb. 3 7 p.m. Fronius vs. IFP

Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 29 7 p.m. Panoramic vs. E-Training
Jan. 30 8 p.m. Observer vs. E-Training
Feb. 2 1 p.m. Observer vs. Panoramic
Feb. 3 2 p.m. Sand Dollar vs. E-Training

Division III (ages 8-9)
Jan. 28 7 p.m. Orthopedics vs. Ross Built
Jan. 30 7 p.m. Ross Built vs. A&E
Jan. 31 12 p.m. Jessie's vs. Orthopedics
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Jan. 28 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Sandbar
Jan. 29 6 p.m. Walter vs. Bistro
Jan. 30 6 p.m. Walter vs. Sandbar

Center basketball winds down
The 2008-09 basketball season at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center is winding down to its last
few games of the season, which will decide champi-
ons in a few of the divisions.
Premier Division is a two-horse race between
A Paradise Realty and Rotten Ralph's Restaurant,
which are separated by one game in the standings.
Fronius and Dips Ice Cream now find themselves tied
atop the Division I standings thanks to a recent three-
game winning streak by Dips. Sand Dollar has pretty
much wrapped up the top seed in Division II with a
perfect 7-0 record, which gives them a three-game
lead. Division III has Ross Built and Jessie's Island
Store tied for first with 5-2 records. With some close
races like this, it's anyone's championship to grab in
the playoffs.
For a rundown of Center basketball action for

the week of Jan. 19-24, and more soccer photos go
online at www.islander.org.

Horseshoe news
Four teams emerged from pool play with the
prerequisite 3-0 records to do battle in the playoffs
for Jan. 24 biu,''in' rights during horseshoe action
at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
The first semifinal saw Gene Bobeldyk and Norm
Good roll past Al Norman and Bob Mason 21-8. John
Crawford and Jim Rush eased past Debbie Rhodes
and Greg Fetterman 21-15. The final match was tied
at 18-18 when Norm Good threw a "six pack," or
double ringer, to lift Bobeldyk and Good into the
winner's circle.
Only two teams played due to cold weather
on Jan. 21. Debbie Rhodes and Al Norman easily
defeated John Johnson and Jim Roush 21-14.

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Holmes Beach-resident Amber Wright was
included on the Florida Institute of Te iii1, '' \ dean' s
list for the term ending December 2008.
Wright maintained at 3.4 grade point average
while pursuing her degree in aerospace engineering.
Florida Institute of Technology is located in Mel-
bourne, Fla.

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AME.PTO calls
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Organization began planning its Spring Fling event this
month and is seeking volunteers to help with the annual
dinner/dance fundraiser. The event will be held May 9
with a theme of "Mardi Gras Mambo."
The silent auction will repeat this year, but this yea
PTO focus on quality items, while class art projects
and gift baskets will continue to highlight the sale.
Volunteers are needed to set up and run the auction.
As the event draws near, the hall at St. Bernard
Catholic Church will need to be decorated. Kyra Vala-
die noted that many of the decorations have already
been donated by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, so
volunteers are primarily needed for set up.
Sponsorships and donations will be sought, how-
ever, this year one volunteer will handle solicitations
to avoid overlapping efforts. The PTO is seeking vol-
unteer "runners" to collect donated items.
A volunteer also is needed to help with the event
Ticket sales will begin April 1.
"If everyone takes one small task," said Valadie,

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In celebration of Literacy
Week, law enforcement officers
across Florida volunteered to
read to first-graders and speak
to them about the importance
of reading. Holmes Beach
Police Department Officer
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resource officer, pictured with
Lauren Waite 's class at Anna
Maria Elementary, reads
"Police Officers." His effort
added to those of 50 officers
statewide who read to more
than 5,000first-graders in
January. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Sheila Veatch

for volunteers
"then planning the event isn't such a huge job."
The next planning meeting will be held at 9 a.m.
Feb. 11 in the school cafeteria.
For more information, call Valadie at

AME school calendar
1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, December/January birth-
day book club party in the media center.
9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, anti-smoking program
for fifth-graders in Anne Kinnan's classroom.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, FCAT Writes testing for
9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, Parent-Teacher
Organization Spring Fling planning meeting in the
Tuesday Feb. 24, Parent-Teacher Organization
family dinner night and student play.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.


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square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
Call 941-487-7487.
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.
styles to choose from, sizes 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.
ANNUAL THRIFT AND bake sale: 8:30 a.m.-2
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31. Furniture,
clothing, housewares, linens, jewelry, books and
pictures plus a boutique. Lunch served 10:30
a.m.-2 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church.
3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, Jan. 30-31. Lots of stuff! 512 Bayview Drive,
Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 31.
Water skis, children's furniture, clothes, knick-
knacks, side tables, dishware, antiques, doors,
fixtures, toys, etc. 524 71st St., (on the bay),
Holmes Beach, on the bay.
A SALE EVERYDAY atThe Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, coffee mugs, treasures and junk.

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
items. 419-260-0652.


FOUND: KEYS. HOUSE and Ford car keys on
Verizon lanyard. Call George, 941-713-4048.

FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield avail-
able for private parties and golf tournaments.

Mermaids Attic, just a short drive away. Ellenton,
Fla. 941-981-3810.

ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster pup-
pies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption.
All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
GELCOAT RENEWAL: DON'T wax or paint your
boat, Seakote it! The best finish there is! Payment
terms available. Save $200 by contacting us at
seakote.com, or call 941-301-5378.
FOR RENT: BOAT slip in Holmes Beach. Fits up
to 23 feet. $140/month. 941-778-2581.
FOR RENT: DEEP-WATER boat slip. North end,
Anna Maria. Gulf access. 941-794-8877.

SEEKING PART-TIME/full-time property manager
for small resort on Anna Maria Island. Computer
skills required. E-mail resume to mail@annamar-
abeachcottages.com, or fax to 941-778-1645.
perfectionist, non-smoker with car needed for
busy family. Cleaning, cooking, etc. Monday
through Thursday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Great pay! Call

GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant,
etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement

required. $180,000 plus inventory. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112.

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

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

puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, networkengi-
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.

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SandYS Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
Se ic Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
F Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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*Antennas *Mirrors
Power Locks
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Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
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Marvelous Maids
All Types of Residential Cleaning
1st Time Cleans Move-ln/-Move Out
Weekly/Bi Weekly/Monthly

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Call Dan, 941-713-3108

S, Affordable Handyman
Tim Hyland Island Resident
cell 231.218.6600
Insured Guaranteed work Free Estimates

Tree remove trimming demossing palms trimmed bucket
truck bobcat service debris remove hauling landclearing
landscaping sod brush hogging
free estimates licensed & insured
locally owned & operated
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Sewer & Drain Cleaning
Water Heaters
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tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
juno.com. 941-792-1000.

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

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
GET A BID, then call Nick. Voted No.1 painter.
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.

INCOME TAX SERVICE for individual and small
businesses. Also prepare all states and file elec-
tronically. Member of National Society of Tax
Professionals. Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service,

dependable. Help with daily activities, errands.
Island resident, references. 941-705-0706.
TOM'S TOTAL DOOR and Window Service:
Repairs, replacements, inserts, frame changeout,
handsets replaced, insulated glass replacement,
screens, etc. 941-730-1399 or 941-722-7507.
Mobile Detailing. Cleaning, spot removal, seats,
carpet and waxing. 941-465-6963.
LOCAL CRAFTSMAN: 25 years experience. All
phases of home improvement. Reliable, refer-
ences. 941-725-0389.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell, 941-592-8684.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
941-795-7411. CAC184228.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
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ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
mulching, plantings, shell and more. Great mainte-
nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call

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

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

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

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

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GET MOORE FOR your money: Tree trimming,
removal, lot clearing, brush chipping. Estate,
garage and shed clean ups. Certified arborist
since 1978. Free estimates, insured. Call Lew
Moore, 941-755-5559.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

year with a home renovation. Free estimates.

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

cabinetry, wood, Thermo-foil doors, countertops,
all remodeling. Call Tudor, 941-376-0015.

RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
800-749-6665. www.wedebrockrentals.com.

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

furnished. Also has studio for $900/month with
utilities. Call 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
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.

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

FOR RENT: 7504 Palm Drive. 3BR with washer
and dryer and fireplace. Near beach. $1,100/
month. 941-224-0285.

IT'S YOUR TURN to 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
even for snowbirds! Call 941-748-5334 for details.

Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer,
dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/month.
813-634-3790. Available March, April, May 2009.
LAST MINUTE! Anna Maria, just steps to beach,
large 1BR/2BA, courtyard. Reduced. Now only
$1,795/month plus tax. www.gulfdriveapartments.
com. 727-369-6992, leave message.
garage. Clean, quiet area, No smoking or pets.
$950/month. 941-776-1789.

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Warehouse/Workshops also available

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Maria, pet friendly, near beach, trolley, weekly,
monthly rates. 941-567-4789.
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.

3BR/2BA condo. Seasonal rental, large heated
pool. Spectacular sunsets. Call 352-514-7046.

BRAND NEW: 2BR/1 BA canalfront home across
from bay beach. Washer and dryer. $925/month.
to beach, spacious, 1,100 sf. Available Jan.15.
$950/month plus electric. 585-473-9361 or
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@

lation. 3BR/3BA townhouse. Two pools, tennis and
two-car garage. Across street from Gulf with Gulf
views. $3,500/month. 941-779-2008.

ROOM TO RENT: Private bath, kitchen and
house privileges. North end Longboat Key.
includes utilities. Different sizes to fit your budget,
from small office to 1,600 sf. 941-746-8666.5382
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

to Gulf with view. Just remodeled, tile through-
out, extra-large storage room, washer and dryer
hookup, undercover parking. $1,075/month.
ANNUAL: BAY VIEW unfurnished 2BR/1BA,
newly renovated, pool, huge screened porch, new
high-efficiency central air conditioning. $1,125/
month plus deposit. 201 S. Bay Blvd. Rondi,
941-778-1470, or Reggie, 786-375-9633.
great fishing. Tile, central heat/air conditioning.
$850/month. 941-720-5664.
UPDATED 3BR/2BA: Walking distance to down-
town Holmes Beach and beach. New paint, diago-
nal 18-inch tile, carpet. Very neat, clean. Located
on dead-end street with private yard, large
brick paver rear patio. $1,150/month. Annual.
Heated pool. February or April only $2,400/month.
407-846-8741. Holmes Beach.
close to shops and transportation, half block to
the Gulf. Washer/dryer on premises, $750/month,
utilities included! Call 941-224-1484 for more
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.

VACATION RENTALS: 1BR/1BA, upstairs with
deck, clean, comfortable, close to beach. $500/
week, $1,600/month. 941-779-1112.

to Gulf, quiet street. Extra-large garage, washer/
dryer hookups, balcony, lots of storage space.
$725/month. 941-795-3800 or 941-518-9482.

34 Years ofProfessional Service

Wonderful 2bed/2bath, 1 block to beach
in Holmes Beach. Property is turnkey
furnished and is a successful vacation
rental. Asking $359,000.


Custom-designedhomewith excellent craftsmanship
has 3BR/2BA. Beautifully maintained and 450 feet
to the beach! Reduced!

r Spacious 2BR/2.5BA with two-car garage in lovely
Bay Palms. Located in attractive Holmes Beach
neighborhood. Reduced!

Deluxe-sized duplex-zoned lot with older home.
Refurbish, add on second unit or reconstruct...


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SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
/ 941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealt @verizon.net
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HERON'S WATCH 10 minutes to beaches,
3BR/2BA, Lush landscaping, Upgrades. Cherry Cabinetry. $299,000

RIVER OAKS Waterfront, 2BR/2BA, clubhouse,
pool tennis. $139,000
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
$2,900/mo. Seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH 941-778-0807
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CORTEZ ANNUAL: $675/month, seasonal
$1,075/month. 1 BR, washer and dryer, lanai. Cats
OK. 941-545-9025.

2BR/2BA apartment. Jan. 27-Feb. 12, 2009.
Reduced, $600/week plus tax. Steps to beach.

ANNUAL: 1BR IN Holmes Beach. $675/month
plus security deposit. 941-778-6541, weekdays
and 941-504-3844, evenings and weekends.

Maria. 2BR/2BA. Available now through April 1.
Block to beach. 813-251-9201.
family room, porch, west of Gulf Drive, $900/
month. 3BR/2BA, tile floors, washer/dryer hookup.
$875/month. 1BR/1BA, close to beach, $700/
month. 2BR/2BA, tile, $725/month. No pets. Dolo-
res M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
dryer, cable, fireplace. Near beach. $1,000/month.
2010 MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA on beach,
ocean view, lanai, pool, tennis, garage, furnished.
January-April. 423-884-2598.
HOLMES BEACH: 1 BR/1 BA furnished apartment.
100 steps to bay. Washer and dryer. February,
March, April, $1,800/month. Jill, 949-813-4900.
family home. Available now. 2BR/1BA or 3BR/2BA
with living room, family room, washer/dryer
and carport. Block to the beach in Anna Maria.
2BR/2BA house, 941-779-9074, or bay-rest@
hotmail.com. annamariaislandnow.com.

SGulf Bay &alty ofAnna Maria Inc.
Jesse rBisson BrokerAssociate, G4U
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

Sandpiper Beauty
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

Imperial House
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
yourself. $324,900
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.

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LAST-MINUTE FEBRUARY special! Large water-
front home. 4BR/2BA. Lots of amenities. bayfront
balcony, gas grill, Gulf, two blocks. Pets consid-
ered. $2,500/month, $1,000/week. 941-794-2945
778-7788. beautyatthebay@verizon.net.

views. Pools, tennis, garage, storage. New
appliances. $1,600/month. First, last, security.

front condo. Designer furnished. 55-plus. No pets.
$1,500/month plus utilities. 717-392-4048.

VACATION RENTALS: $750/week. Furnished
homes and condos with boat docks. Realtor,

30-foot lanai overlooking the Gulf. Private beach
and heated pool. Available March 2009. $3,000.
30-day minimum. Visit aposporos.com for photos.
Aposporos and Son, 941-387-3474.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA 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.
Owner, 941-447-2061.

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.

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

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

MOBILE HOME: 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.

PINE BAY FOREST condo: 3BR/2BA near
Palma Sola Bay. Close to everything. $238,500.

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NEW LISTING: ISLAND lot for sale. Ready-to-
build corner lot. (52x110) in the city of Anna
Maria. Located within walking distance to restau-
rants, shopping, the community center and the
Island's free shuttle. $285,000. 218 Palm Ave.

house. Large living room, pool, storm shutters,
garage, storage. $399,000. 941-722-0640.

"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.

ANNA MARIA CORNER lot, no streets to
cross to the beach! 117 Willow Ave. $350,000.

HOLMES BEACH: ISLAND investment property.
2BR/2BA pool home with separate studio apart-
ment on three waterfront lots. Call Will Bouziane
at Boyd Realty, 941-773-3757 or 941-750-8844,or
e-mail: wbouziane@hotmail.com.

2,300-sf townhouse with Gulf views. New
kitchen, garage, storage galore. Pools, tennis.

RIGHT ON THE beach condo. Front and side
million-dollar Gulf views. 55-plus. $560,000.

CANAL HOUSE: 717-392-4048.

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.

FLORIDA LAND BARGAIN of the century! Two-
acre waterfront homesite only $69,900. Appraised
at $169,900. Private, gated community with two
recreational lakes. Municipal water and sewer.
Low taxes. Just 90 minutes to Orlando! Excel-
lent financing. Call now, 866-352-2249, ext.2184.

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residence with southern exposure and magnificently decorated 4BR/4 5BA
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Now $39,900, was $139,900. Rare opportunity to
own beautiful view homesite in areas finest golf
community now for fraction of its value. Paved
roads, water, sewer, all infrastructure complete!
Golf-front lots available at comparable savings!
Low-rate financing. Call now, 866-334-3253, ext.

NOW IS THE time to buy your Tennessee lake
property. Four seasons and no state income tax.
Call Lakeside Realty, 888-291-5253, or visit www.

in! Great views! Near large stocked trout stream,
private, two acres, only $159,500. Owner.

wide auction starts Feb. 7. 1,000 homes must be
sold! Free brochure, 800-678-0517. USHomeAuc-
tion.com. REDC.

6BR/3BA FORECLOSURE! $29,900! Only $238/
month! Five percent down, 20 years at 8 per-
cent APR. Buy 4BR, $326/month! For listings,
800-366-9783, ext. 5760.

BIG LOT, SMALLEST price. 12 acres just $99,900.
Best neighborhood in Tallahassee area! Rare spa-
cious country living close to everything! Great for
kids with horse privileges. Best price ever, a must
see. Great financing. 866-938-1521.

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Laigeremodeled 4BR/4BAhome on half-acre
lot, competitively priced at $319,000. Close
to schools, shopping, and community tennis
courts and pools. New pant and ceramic tile
floors. Master Bath with dual sinks and garden
tub. Updated kitchen and laundry with nearly
new appliances, butler's pantry with wet bar
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