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to finalize ROR
By Rick Catlin
Anyone wishing to attend the Anna
Maria city commission's Feb. 12 public
hearing and final reading on the city's retail-
office-residential ordinance should plan to
arrive at city hall early.
If the planning and zoning board's Jan.
20 public hearing is any indication, it will
be a packed house that will greet the com-
The issue has created a division in the
city not seen since a parking ordinance split
those people who favored various parking
regulations and those opposed.
But the commission must pass an ordi-
nance that complies with the provisions of
the comprehensive plan approved in Octo-
ber 2007. And what those provisions will
be has stirred debate on both sides of the
On one side, there are residents who
oppose several changes to the ordinance,
including removal of the requirement that
an ROR structure be owner occupied, and
an allowance for a swimming pool at any
residential structure in the ROR district.
Some people even oppose construction of
the ROR projects already approved by the
P&Z board and city commission.
Conversely, other residents say the ordi-
nance ensures the city will have a business
district that is fitting with the old Florida
PLEASE SEE ROR, NEXT PAGE
PAR meets with
By Rick Catlin
Ed Chiles and Mike Coleman of Pine
Avenue Restoration LLC held a neighbor-
hood meeting Feb. 4 at the Studio at Gulf
and Pine in an effort to clear up misunder-
standings about their Pine Avenue projects.
One misconception about the projects
and the company, said Coleman, is that the
proposed changes to the city's retail-office-
residential ordinance that city commission-
ers will debate in a public hearing Feb. 12
were initiated or sought by PAR.
That's just not the case, he said, partic-
ularly the change that deletes the require-
ment that an ROR structure be "owner occu-
Removal of that language in the city's
comprehensive plan was first discussed in
PLEASE SEE PAR, PAGE 3
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the Cortez Crab Cookoff Saturday, along :'ith other
crabby recipes and the restaurant entry for best crab
cake. The cookoffwas a preliminary ( i-i il sponsored
by The L1,,ind r newspaper to promote the Cortez
Commercial Fishing Festival Feb. 21-22. Jihdo1in
are, from left, Joe McClash, Janette Dniiinigan
and Jo Ann Meilner. For winners, see
page 16. Lh,,,id r Photos: Bonner Joy
is lingering issue
By Lisa Neff
I,,idi, r Reporter
The question of how short the short-
term occupancy period should be in Holmes
Beach's residential neighborhoods is a linger-
The city has revisited the issue repeatedly
over the years.
Now Holmes Beach commissioners -
with a lot of input from residents and real
estate professionals are taking another look
at whether the city should continue to limit
short-term resort rentals to no less than 30
days in low-density, single-family R-1 zoning
The previous allowance in the R-1 was
no less than seven days, and some licensed
rentals continue to be occupied for seven days
under a 10-year grace period.
But there are not enough seven-day
rentals, according to a number of real estate
agents in the area, who, as the economy spi-
raled downward last fall, began calling for a
more tolerant rental rule.
City commissioners agreed to take another
look, and hear more debate and discussion.
Commissioners were expected to continue
discussion of the rental restriction during a
meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10.
At a Jan. 27 commission meeting, several
people suggested looking at how other com-
munities address the matter.
Cities from California to Florida, Michi-
gan to Hawaii have dealt with rental policies
in recent years. The issue gained national
attention when the Obama family rented a
home for a Hawaiian vacation after the Nov.
4 election it was a legal occupancy.
In some locations, debate has flared up
and lawsuits have been filed over efforts to
curb even the long-term renting of residential
property. But in most locations, as is the case
in Holmes Beach, the debate has been over
Short-term rentals was a topic of debate
for years in Cannon Beach, Ore., before the
city council enacted an ordinance that allowed
for 92 transient rentals to operate at any given
PLEASE SEE RENTALS, PAGE 7
Feb. 12 at AME
Manatee County School Superinten-
dent Tim Mcgonegal is sending district
staff to all schools to discuss Florida's
budget crisis and how it relates to the
Lyn Boyer will be the guest speaker for
Anna Maria Elementary School at a meet-
ing for the Island community at 6 p.m.,
Thursday, Feb. 12, in the school auditorium,
4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The district anticipates that there
will be future budget cuts and a possible
reduction in services.
Boyer plans to introduce an informa-
tional Web site and provide contact infor-
mation for legislators.
THE ISLANDER U FEB. 11, 2009 E 3
DOT quashes Island cooperation effort
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Transportation has
pulled the plug on an interlocal agreement between
Anna Maria and Holmes Beach that would have
aided Anna Maria's effort to build a boardwalk at
the city pier.
Anna Maria's transportation enhancement grant
committee at its Feb. 2 meeting gave approval for
the two cities to proceed with an agreement that
would allow Anna Maria to plan and engineer the
boardwalk using the Holmes Beach local area plan-
ning certification issued by the DOT.
But because Anna Maria is getting a federal
grant administered by the DOT, the proposal had to
gain DOT approval.
Mattick said Manon Lavoie of the DOT nixed
the plan because LAP procedures have changed since
Holmes Beach was certified and Holmes Beach now
would have to defray some of the costs. Holmes
Ed Chiles of
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and Pine Feb. .
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held a neigh-
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discuss its Pine
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PAR meets neighbors
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
2005 at an ad hoc comp plan committee meeting, said
That ad hoc committee also suggested language in
the comp plan to support mixed use in the ROR and
the city commission agreed, he said.
The construction of 37-foot-high homes on Pine
Avenue several years ago sparked a protest from a
number of residents that Pine Avenue was turning into
nothing but "mega-mansions," noted Coleman.
With supporting language for mixed use in the
ROR district written into the goals, objectives and
policies of the comp plan, Coleman said he and Ed
Chiles set out to ensure that the business community
would be revived and that mega-mansions would not
take over Pine Avenue.
They formed PAR in 2007 and were joined by
Holmes Beach resident Ted LaRoche. They began
purchasing properties in the ROR for the purpose of
developing them as two-story, mixed-use structures,
not three-story residences.
"Our concept was to keep the historic design of
the district and build two-story structures, not three,
as allowed by the ordinance," said Chiles.
"We are trying to do it the right way and accord-
ing to the comprehensive plan. The idea that mixed-
use was put on the table at the last minute is not true,"
Coleman also explained to the estimated 50
people who attended that removing the owner-occu-
pancy requirement in the ROR was "supposed to be
just house-keeping" after the change was approved at
a joint city commission-planning and zoning board
work session in August 2008.
Removing the owner-occupancy requirement will
allow small businesses on Pine Avenue to remain and
people who have been in business 30 years in Anna
Maria will stay in their businesses, said Coleman.
If an ROR structure has to be owner-occupied,
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger had approved the
interlocal agreement as long as it didn't cost the city
"Unfortunately, it would cost Holmes Beach
some funds," said Mattick, who previously praised
the agreement with Holmes Beach as a sign of Island
After speaking with Lavoie, Mattick said she met
with Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford and they agreed
to ask the Manatee County Board of Commission-
ers for use of the county's planning and engineering
department for the project's LAP certification.
"While we would love to work with Holmes
Beach, it just doesn't seem feasible now," said Mat-
She said Manatee County Commissioner John
Chappie, whose district includes Anna Maria,
will make the presentation to the county com-
The TEG committee is proposing a boardwalk
people such as hairstylist Loretta Hopps and podia-
trist Claire Starrett would be forced to leave the city,
"Small business is the fabric of Anna Maria,"
said Chiles. "We like to know who we are doing
business with and we don't want to go off-Island if
we can help it."
Both Hopps and Starrett said they supported
PAR's efforts to build ROR structures.
"It allows us to stay here in business. All our friends
are on the Island. We don't want to leave," said Starrett.
Coleman also observed that some people have
concerns about vacation rentals on Pine Avenue.
But daily rentals are now allowed, he said, even for
a single-family residence. The city has nearly 400
registered vacation rentals. he said.
PAR is only building nine residential units, Cole-
But some neighbors still had concerns.
Sally Eaton of Spring Avenue said she was upset
because at a May 2008 planning and zoning meet-
ing about PAR's project at 315, 317 Pine Ave., the
documents all said the units would be "owner occu-
pied." She blasted city officials at the meeting for
not informing the public that "owner occupied" had
been deleted in the comp plan and that she had been
looking at the old requirements.
She and other Spring Avenue residents also are
concerned about the noise from the project and the
"constant turnover" of short-term renters.
"What's wrong is that we were not given the
whole picture. The city had a responsibility to inform
us. I am concerned that Pine Avenue will become
more touristy," she said.
Coleman said he appreciated the dialogue and
input from the neighbors of Pine Avenue, even if
those views were opposing points.
"I'm just glad that people with opposing views
came and got a chance to speak. It just gives every-
one a clearer picture," he said.
at the city pier to be funded by a $358,000 federal
grant administered by the DOT. The funds are in the
DOT's 2010-11 budget.
In other business, Mattick said Manatee County
Area Transit will only fund the two trolley shelters in
the city, those that are planned for the city pier under
the master boardwalk plan.
However, Mattick said that MCAT director Ralf
Heseler said that if the city can "prove usage" at other
trolley stop locations, MCAT might fund construc-
tion of those shelters.
The federal funds have to be used for new proj-
ects in the city's business district on Gulf Drive and
Pine Avenue. The grant cannot be used to enhance
existing structures such as the city pier, as some
people have suggested.
Mattick anticipates that a boardwalk can be built
for under $100,000, leaving the committee with funds
for landscaping and other enhancement projects in
the business district.
for CarFit March 1
Organizers of CarFit on March 1 are seeking
volunteers to help with the event at Bradenton Beach
City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
CarFit is a program to help older adults learn
how to adjust components in their vehicles so they
can drive more comfortably and safely.
About 12-15 volunteers are needed for the event.
In addition to working about four hours during
CarFit, volunteers will need to attend a training pro-
gram on Feb. 28.
The event involves the cities of Bradenton Beach
and Anna Maria, both participants in the state's
Communities for a Lifetime initiative, and the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
For more information, call 941-778-4619.
Anna Maria City
Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhance-
ment committee meeting.
Feb. 12, 7 p.m., city commission work ses-
Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning
Feb. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Feb. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive
N., 941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.
Feb. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue
Feb. 19, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue
District Commission meeting.
West Manatee Fire Rescue Station No. 1, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Feb. 14 is Valentine's Day not an official
Feb. 16 is Presidents Day, and many govern-
ment offices, including the Island city halls, will
Feb. 24, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board
of Commissioners meeting, county administra-
tive building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton,
March 18, time to be determined, Barrier
Island Elected Officials meeting, 501 Bay Isles
Road, Longboat Key, 941-316-1999.
4 E FEB. 11, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
AMI Bridge rel
By Rick Catlin
The $10.2 million Anna Maria Island Bridge
rehabilitation project is slated to finish March 3,
according to Florida Department of Transportation
District One director of operations Ed Gonzalez.
"The allowable contract time ends on April 25,"
said Gonzalez, "but the contractor's anticipated com-
pletion date is March 3."
If contractor Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto
completes the project by March 3, the company earns
another $60,000 bonus, Gonzalez added.
And that will push the final price tag for the proj-
ect toward $11 million, including about $600,000 in
bonuses to Quinn, Gonzalez said.
The original bid was for $9.1 million, but Quinn
has already earned more than $500,000 in bonuses
for opening the bridge earlier than expected last
November following a closure to motorists. The
bridge was closed to vehicular traffic for 45 days
on Sept. 29, but Quinn reopened the span to motor-
ists on Nov. 6 after 38 days, earning the bonus from
Quinn also earned a higher paycheck by com-
pleting some additional work on the bridge for the
DOT and restructuring its original time frame for the
The extra work for the DOT involved repair of
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City to repair
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach's dinghy dock is in need of a
fix-up and will get one, but without hoped for state
Bradenton Beach officials leaked recently that the city
will not receive a 2009 state grant for a new dock, so the
public works department will repair the existing dock.
That information was shared during a meeting of
the city's pier management team Feb. 5 at city hall.
The public works department already has an
estimate on the cost to repair the dock to the south
of the Historic Bridge, as well as city commission
permission for the work. The city had investigated
the repairs last year, learning the project would cost
about $2,700, but then put the repairs on hold to seek
a $44,000 grant from the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection for a new dock.
The DEP grant program provides money to be
used for development of land for public, outdoor rec-
But this fiscal year, money was not as available
as in past years, said Bradenton Beach project and
program director Lisa Marie Phillips.
"They cut it off at a much lower rate, and we
iab project could finish March 3
nme oreooq nf k r nAd rnnrrt A nd fter tbh
somll areas oi cracI u concre1 e uscovereI aci l er L
project started. It was not part of the scope of work
for the contract, and Gonzalez said the cracks were
exposing some steel to the elements.
The bridge was originally scheduled to close
April 1, 2008, for 75 days, but Islanders protested
that April was still part of the winter tourist season.
Quinn changed the closure date to Sept. 29 and short-
ened the closure time, and was rewarded by the DOT
with the bonuses and a higher contract amount.
Gonzalez said only about 15-20 workers are on
the job site on a daily basis as Quinn is winding down
"Approximately 85 percent of the project is com-
plete," said Gonzalez. "The majority of the work
remaining is associated with completing the electri-
cal system for the bridge, adjusting the mechanical
frame and minor concrete repairs on the east side of
Overall, the project has gone smoothly since the
start of construction, Gonzalez said. Quinn has "per-
formed satisfactorily and the quality of the work has
been good," he added.
While there have been some complaints about
the trash generated by the project at the east end of
the bridge approach, that area will be cleaned up
by Quinn once the bridge work is completed, DOT
spokesperson Audrey Clarke said.
didn't make the cut," Phillips said.
She said she plans to pursue other funding for
improvements to the pier complex, but any grants
would likely be for fiscal 2010.
"We're going to go back to our original plan to
have the guys fix as much of that dock as we can,"
said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale,
who has led the renovation of the pier.
On a related matter, Phillips said she plans to pursue
partnership support for establishing a pump station near
the mooring field for the disposal of boaters' waste.
The next pier team meeting will take place at 1
p.m. March 5 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Fri-Fest date changed
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will host its first Fri-Fest of the new year from 3 p.m.
to 10 p.m. Feb. 13.
The event was postponed from Feb. 6.
The event will take place at the corner of Pine
Avenue and Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria, with
musicians on stage and arts and crafts and food ven-
dors also in attendance..
For more information, call organizer Cindy
Thompson at 941-761-4766.
presentation March 26
The Florida Department of Transportation has
scheduled March 26 as the date when its Project
Development and Environment study for a new Anna
Maria Island Bridge will be presented to the public.
Ed Gonzalez, DOT director of operations
for District One in Bartow, said the date is only
tentative because the U.S. Coast Guard still has
to approve and sign the PD&E and advertise for
comments in the Federal Registry.
Gonzalez said the Coast Guard is scheduled
to sign off on the PD&E on Feb. 23.
The PD&E will only present the various
options for a new bridge, including a "no-build"
option. The other options include a high-rise,
fixed-span bridge, a 45-foot-clearance bascule
bridge and a 21.5-foot-clearance bascule bridge.
The DOT has said the public will be involved in
the final selection of any new bridge.
During preparation of the PD&E, 81 percent
of respondents to a DOT survey voted in favor of
a high-rise, fixed-span structure.
Presentation of the PD&E will be at St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, said Gonzalez,
but he did not yet have a time for the meeting.
By Lisa Neff
New regulations for the waters that Bradenton Beach
controls are in place by vote of the city commission.
The ordinance unanimously approved in a final
reading Feb. 5 provides temporary regulations until
the city can enact an anchorage and mooring field
plan and hire a harbor master.
The city is at work on drafting a master recreational
boating plan that will involve adopting permanent reg-
ulations for the mooring field, but Bradenton Beach
Police Chief Sam Speciale, the city pier management
team and members of the advisory ScenicWaves Com-
mittee have said interim rules are needed.
A state law extends Bradenton Beach's boundaries 500
feet into Sarasota bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and the new
ordinance states, 'The city would like to exercise its police
powers for law enforcement in the city waters."
The measure outlines rules for boats in the area:
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 dispose
of 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
The regulations, as well as the status of the city's
effort to draft a master boating plan, will be discussed
at a meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 18, at city hall.
Conference date set for Feb. 20
By Lisa Neff
Attorneys in the code enforcement dispute between
the city of Holmes Beach and a Gulf Drive property
owner will head to court Feb. 20 for a conference.
Circuit Court Judge Edward Nicholas set the confer-
ence date for a review of the status of the case brought
by Dianne and William Sorg against the city.
Atthe hearing in the Manatee County Judicial Center,
Nicholas saidhe hopes to get an indication of how long a
trial might take and whether jury or non-jury trial willbe
sought He might also schedule the trial.
The case involves a lien filed by the city against
a duplex at 3707 Gulf Drive and property owners the
Sorgs, who then sued the city over the code enforce-
The city moved to foreclose on the property
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because the Sorgs owed about $28,000 in fines asso-
ciated with a code enforcement ruling dating back to
August 2003, when city officials expressed concern
about a missing railing on a second-floor balcony
on the building. Further review of the property had
found that there was no rental license on file with the
city, and later, the city raised concerns about repairs
made to the property without a permit.
By the summer of 2004, the matter was before the
city code enforcement board, which eventually made
four findings of fact: Repairs at the duplex were made
without a properly issued building permit; without a
permit there was no inspection to ensure proper repair;
the Sorgs had repeatedly been told they needed a permit;
and "the city must maintain respect for its permitting
system among all property owners."
The code enforcement board levied a fine $30
THE ISLANDER U FEB. 11, 2009 E 5
in code dispute
a day "for every day the violation continues on the
After learning that the $30-a-day fine associated
with the property had accumulated through May 2007
to a $28,000 debt, city commissioners instructed their
attorney to begin foreclosure proceedings.
A complaint for foreclosure of lien was stamped
Nov. 21, 2007, at the Manatee County Courthouse in
The Sorgs then filed a complaint against the city
challenging the fine and the lien against their property.
The city's answer stated, "Plaintiffs are stopped to
bring this action on the grounds that any appeal of an
order imposing fine or other such administrative action
by defendant must be brought within 30 days."
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Islanders share passion
One legend has it that Valentine's Day originated
to commemorate the anniversary of the death of St.
Valentine, a Roman clergyman who was executed
on Feb. 14, about 270 A.D., for secretly marrying
couples in defiance of the emperor.
Another legend has it that the holiday began as
a Roman fertility festival.
Valentine's Day American-style probably dates
back to the early 1700s, when people exchanged
handmade valentine cards.
Esther Howland is credited with selling the first
mass-produced valentine card sometime in the 1840s,
and a greeting card continues to be the most common
way Americans observe the holiday.
The Islander, in celebration of Valentine's Day,
invited readers to share their passions by completing
the sentence: "I love...
Anna Maria resident Nancy Colcord: "I love to
cross the bridge to Longboat Key at high noon under
a cloudless sky and breath in the beauty of the pass;
to share the community table at Minnie's with visitors
thrilled with the charm of Anna Maria Island; to gather
with friends at Ginnie's and Jane E's as the city awak-
ens from its nightly sleep; and to listen in as dedicated
commissioners take on the task of governing a small
island town. I love living on Anna Maria Island."
Holmes Beach resident Len Tabicman: "I love
walking on the beach with my wife almost every day,
and never tiring of the natural beauty of the sand, the
sky, the water, and, most of all, my wife."
Holmes Beach resident Dantia Gould: "I love
living on Anna Maria Island. I love being within a
(long) stone's throw of the beach. I love being able
to have flowers blooming all year. I love doing things
that help this wonderful community. I love the people
I work and play with here. Most of all, I love my
Holmes Beach resident Ilona Kenrick: "I love
sunrise, sunset, red wine and quiet time.... And Jeff."
Anna Maria resident Betty Yanger: "I love to
watch my young grandchildren run freely on the
beach at sunset during the summer."
Bradenton Beach resident Suzi Fox: "I love when
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sea turtle nesting starts. At the beginning of each season,
I receive 10 to 15 phone calls at the first light of day each
morning from the volunteers reporting on the nesting
activity from the beach. They are so excited, especially
when they spot a nesting mother. They whisper into the
phone so not to disturb her... There is such a sweetness
to these conversations."
Bradenton Beach resident Sam Fowler: "I love
the way my wife curls up with a book in the sunshine,
the first sip of a cold beer and fishing on the Bridge
Street Pier with the sunrise."
Holmes Beach resident Amelia Talucci: "I love
when I see my kids smile and hear their laughter."
Islander Becky Walters was hosting a group of
children at her home one afternoon last week, and
the gang decided to share their "I love..." thoughts:
Becky Walter: "I love a hot, hot day at the beach
in the middle of July with friends and family."
Jacob Talucci, 10: "I love candy."
Annie Walter, 7: "I love bunnies."
Joe Peery, 8: "I love The Islander."
Tori Walter, 7: "I love bunnies."
Jack Walter, 10: "I love my mom."
Seth Walter, 9: "I love football."
Austin Morrow, 10: "I love football."
Hannah McCracken, 7: "I love bunnies."
The Valadie children of Holmes Beach also
worked as a group:
Maddy Valadie, 10: "I love Boots and Roscoe
Lance Valadie, 4: "I love you."
Luke Valadie, 9: "I love my family."
Obviously, for Islanders, who appreciate life in
paradise all the more, Valentine's Day is a love fest.
starred with Ingrid
Bergman in "Casa-
blanca," the film
that tops the Ameri-
can Film Institute's
list of 100 greatest
Tune into romance
The American Film Institute's list of "100 years
... 100 Passions" is a guide to some of the greatest
love stories told in film."
Many of the titles can be found at the Manatee
County public libraries and at video stores. "How
many can you fit into Valentine's weekend?"
Go online to www.islander.org for a full list, but
ringing in the V-day holiday at No. 1, "Casablanca,"
No easy answer
In response to The Islander column by Miki Malo-
ney Sr. on Feb. 4, "Is the end coming," the answer is
However, you must believe in God and in his
word, the Bible. If you don't believe in the Bible,
and that its words are true, then there is no sense in
discussing the matter.
There are many Scriptures that address this sub-
ject, but there are two that are the most explanatory,
and the easiest to understand. They include Matthew
24:29-31, which addresses the son of man appearing,
and the second Scripture explains when the end is
coming, Matthew 24:35-46.
The answer: No one knows. All those people who
profess to know when the end is coming probably do
not believe in the Bible. End of discussion.
Please, read these Scriptures and draw your own
Tony Webb, Holmes Beach
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Holmes Beach rentals
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
time with a license.
In Santa Fe, N.M., the city council voted in 2007
to allow short-term rentals in residential districts
provided that property owners pay a $1,000 annual
permit fee and restrict rentals to 17 times a year.
The National Association of Rentals, in a guide
on the subject, identifies the motivation for restricting
short-term rentals, as well as the benefits of encourag-
ing short-term rentals.
The motivation behind a restriction is that short-
term rentals are said to increase noise and traffic,
reduce housing stock available to those who live and
work in a community and creates unfair competition
for licensed resorts, according to the NAR.
Short-term rentals, however, can promote tourism,
generate revenue for a community and government and
defray costs of a second home, according to NAR.
A survey of Florida municipalities found a range
of regulations regarding rentals, some with policies
stricter than Holmes Beach's and some with more
Cape Coral's restriction allows for rentals of no
less than seven days.
In Daytona Beach, rentals in R-1 zones are
restricted to no less than six months.
The city's policy, according to Daytona Beach
spokesperson Susan Cerbone, follows "state statutes
that requires six month and one day to be considered
long-term and anything less than that is considered
short-term and is considered tourist accommodations
and is commercial."
Madeira Beach in Pinellas County amended its
regulations about two years ago. Short-term rent-
als are restricted in both R-1 and R-2 areas of the
city. Rentals in the low-density, single-family R-1
district cannot be less than six months and rentals in
the multi-family residential R-2 district cannot be less
than three months.
The city of Punta Gorda in Charlotte County does
not regulate the length of time a residential dwelling
can be rented, according to city zoning coordinator
Bonita Springs in Lee County also does not regu-
late the length of time a residential dwelling can be
rented, although the city requires annual inspections
of rentals and collects a $100 fee that is "aggres-
sively pursued by code enforcement," according to
city manager Gary A. Price.
Another city that does not impose a time restric-
tion on rentals is Bradenton Beach.
"We really don't regulate it here," said building
official Steve Gilbert. "If you are renting, you have
to have a business tax license from the city.... If you
are renting out a single-family home and you haven't
registered with the state and you haven't gotten your
business tax license, you are in violation."
Gilbert added that he didn't know if a time-
restriction was something Bradenton Beach wanted
Planning and zoning board chair Rick Bisio said
he didn't know what citizen interest there might be
in the issue, but he indicated a personal interest on
some limit for some residential neighborhoods.
"I think there has to be some part of our com-
munity, some part of Bradenton Beach, where people
live," Bisio said. "It doesn't have to be the whole city,
but someplace ... where people are not subjected to
the constant in and out."
When the city updated its land-development
code, the update included a revision for the low-
density, single-family residential zones known
as R-1. A rental restriction was amended to
eliminate seven-day rentals and require mini-
mum rentals of 30 days, with a 10-year phase-
out period for licensed rentals.
For more information on the other city rental
zones and a detailed zoning map, go online to
In the Feb. 10, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Incumbents George McKay and Doug Wolfe
were re-elected to the Anna Maria City Commis-
sion in the Feb. 9 election that saw challenger Ellen
Trudelle lose by nine votes.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Pat Geyer
reluctantly agreed to the Florida Department of
Transportation work order to install a traffic light
at the Gulf Drive-Manatee Avenue intersection by
the fall of 2000. Geyer said she only agreed to the
light on the recommendation of Police Chief Jay
A two-car crash on the Anna Maria Island
Bridge caused a virtual gridlock on the entire Island
for about an hour, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The FHP said Derek Overbay, 27, from Tennessee,
was drunk when he slammed his vehicle head-on into
a truck heading west on the bridge.
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In the Studio: Artist Webb works at Gulf and Pine
By Lisa Neff
At the wheel of a two-tone pickup truck with the
license plate "Lib Artz," Kevin Webb treks from Bra-
denton' s Village of the Arts to Anna Maria regularly
for cultural endeavors and creative pursuits.
And he sees every reason others should journey
from the mainland to the Island and vice versa -
to celebrate the area's rich cultural offerings.
Webb works at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, a facility that has experienced
an increase in the number of art exhibits, discussion
programs, lectures and classes in recent months.
The Studio is owned and operated by Rhea
Chiles, a Holmes Beach resident and former first lady
Webb says he was a starving artist looking for a
stable income last year, when he was introduced to
He was looking for work. She was looking for
someone to assist her with day-to-day operations at
the Studio. In October 2008, he went to work at the
Studio performing a variety of duties.
"I am the day-to-day guy," he says.
Webb moved to the area about eight years ago,
relocating from Cleveland.
The climate, he says, obviously was a draw.
But Webb, already familiar with Florida, also
chose the area for its cultural amenities and the abun-
dance of artists.
He says he "dabbles" in art, but his resume sug-
gests much greater involvement.
Webb has a gallery and studio in the Village of
the Arts, serves as president of the Artists Guild of
Manatee and is involved in the arts-inspired revital-
ization of Bradenton' s downtown.
"Cities have started to realize the value of cul-
tural tourism," he said. "Cultural tourists spend more,
and they leave a positive footprint."
Webb says one of his top priorities is working to
eliminate barriers between the arts communities of Bra-
denton and Sarasota, and Bradenton and the Island.
"We have everything we need to turn this whole
area into a great cultural center," Webb says. "And I
see the Studio as a connector.... I see this end of the
Island as a great cultural asset to the whole area."
The Studio, he says, is involved in building part-
nerships through its work with the Island-based Cul-
tural Connections network of arts groups, as well as
its support of arts groups and artists off-Island.
At the Studio. Webb is involved in a variety
of tasks and responsibilities, including marketing,
updating the Web site at www.studioatgulfdrive.
com, working with artists, hanging art and making
other preparations for exhibits, and welcoming
"People just smile when they walk in," Webb says
of visitors' response to the Studio's atmosphere.
And, he says, the number of visitors has picked
up, in part because of the arrival of the winter season,
but also because "word is spreading."
The Studio currently serves as a satellite site for
the University of South Florida's Lifelong Learning
Academy, hosting seminars, classes and discussion
groups. In addition, the Studio has expanded the
number of art exhibits on its calendar this year.
"The vision for the studio is as a cultural cata-
lyst," Webb says.
Upcoming shows include Cheryl Kinderknecht,
a Village of the Arts artist, whose current projects
consist of mixed-media paintings, collages and
assemblages. Her exhibit opens with a reception at
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15.
Island artist Richard Thomas will show his new figu-
rative line drawings with color in an exhibit that opens Feb.
17. A reception will take place at 5 p.m. Feb. 20.
Also, the Studio will continue to exhibit a Florida
Suncoast Watercolor Society show.
For more information about the Studio, visit
The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, will host a reception at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb.
20, for Richard Thomas: Paintings and Drawings.
The exhibit runs from Feb. 16 to March 12. For more
information, go to www.studioatgulfdrive.com.
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Islander Davis' books fit for a king
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach resident and southeast Asia expert
Kent Davis has been honored by Carol Rodley, U.S.
ambassador to Cambodia, with the presentation of
two books he published on Cambodia to that coun-
try's king as part of her official diplomatic arrival in
The books were Rodley's official gifts to King
Sihamoni at the ceremony where she presented her
formal diplomatic papers upon her arrival in Phnom
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1,700-plus statues of women found at the ancient
Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.
Davis is the editor and publisher of "Earth
in Flower," and republished "Angkor the Mag-
nificent," which was originally written in 1924
by Titanic survivor Helen Churchill Candee.
Davis said that when he saw on his Web site,
datasia.com, where Rodley had ordered "Earth in
Flower," he e-mailed her and asked if she was the
same Carol Rodley who was the new ambassador to
"When she replied that she was, and that she
planned to give the book to the king of Cambodia, I
e-mailed her again and suggested she add 'Angkor
the Magnificent' to the gifts and I sent her a copy,"
He also sent Rodley a CD he had made of a rare
1962 U.S. National Archives film of Cambodian
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said the king was delighted with the books, and the
presentation was wonderful.
"Rodley said she was happy and I'm very happy.
I think it's very significant that we are exporting
knowledge to another country. Two books created
on Anna Maria Island have become America's gifts
to a king," he said.
GARBAGE AND RECYCLING
Waste Management of Manatee County will not be picking up
garbage or recycling on President's Day, Monday, February 16, 2009.
Monday's garbage and recycling will be picked up on the
Saturday prior to February 16th which is February 14th
Thank you and enjoy a safe weekend
of Manatee County
For more information, call 753-7591
City of Anna Maria
10005 Gulf Drive, PO Box 779
Anna Maria Residents are urged to reduce the amount
of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer used in yards and
gardens. Incorporating native vegetation and use of
xeriscape concepts are alternatives.
Information that illustrates how to use these methods is available at the
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive:
* Water-wise landscapes- retrofitting with Xeriscape
* Non-toxic home pest control
* Botanical insecticides and insecticidal soaps
* Xeriscape Landscaping: Common Questions & Misconceptions
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Feb. 12 at Center
The annual Sweetheart Dance presented by the
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island and the Anna
Maria Island Community Center will take place at 8
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.
The event, featuring the Bob Zimmerman
Orchestra, will take place in the Center gym, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The dance is sponsored by the Kiwanis to benefit
the Center's adult and youth programs.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the
Also, the Billy Rice Band will perform at 8 p.m.
Feb. 21 at the Center.
The band will perform at the Center's first "Heart
and Soul Dance."
General admission tickets are $25 and VIP
reserved seating is $250 for a table of eight.
For more information, including ticket details,
call the Center at 941-778-1908.
Crafts fair to benefit park
Supporters of the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park in Holmes Beach will hold an arts and crafts
festival Feb. 14-15 to benefit the garden.
The festival will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday in the
field north of Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
Drive, not far from the garden on the south side of
The event will feature food, music, arts and
For more information, call TNT Events at
Island Gallery West hosts
Shirley Rush Dean will give a demonstration at
Island Gallery West at noon Saturday, Feb. 14, on
"Painting with Acrylics: The differences between
watercolor, oil and acrylic." Dean will demon-
strate how she uses acrylics and will answer ques-
tions. Island Gallery West is at 5368 Gulf Drive,
in the S&S Plaza "I'. I'"', Center, Holmes Beach.
The demonstration is free and open to the public.
Historical society to hold
luncheon Feb. 18
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society
will hold its members lunch at noon Feb. 18 at the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
The annual event celebrating the historical
society's volunteers and members will feature a
$14 lunch with a menu choice of four offerings.
Also, AMIHS continues to prepare for its
annual Heritage Day festival at the museum, 402
Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. March 7.
In the next several weeks, AMIHS will be
lining up vendors to participate, including those
who want to sell art, antiques, crafts, food or
The cost for table space is $25, tent space is
$35 and food vendor space is $100.
For more information, call AMIHS at
Annie Silver hosts supper
The Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd
St., Bradenton Beach, will be the site of "covered
dish supper" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.
The supper is open to the public, with diners
asked to bring a dish to share, as well as their own
table service. The "Silver" friends will provide the
Len Blackwood will provide live music.
For more information, call Kit Redeker at
AMICCO adds encore concert
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra will perform a second concert in Febru-
Both concerts will take place Feb. 15 and pay
tribute to Haydn.
One concert will take place at 2 p.m. at Cros-
spointe Fellowship on Gulf Drive in Holmes
The second performance will take place at 7 p.m.
at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave.
For more information, including ticket details,
go to www.amicco.org, or call 941-778-1541.
Library hosts teen valentine
program Feb. 17
The Friends of the Island Library will sponsor
a valentine's program for teens at the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The valentine-themed craft and movie program
will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Seating for this free program will be available on
a first come, first serve basis. No prior registration is
For more information, call the library at
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Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
During the meeting, members will share
their writings. For more information, call Nancy
Colcord at 941-778-7631.
Privateers to hold Thieves
Market Feb. 14
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a
Thieves Market at Coquina Beach from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.
The organization, which holds the markets to
raise money for its community programs and youth
scholarships, is seeking vendors to sell collectibles,
antiques and crafts, and to operate concessions.
Additional markets will take place March 7 and
For more information about the Privateers, go
to www.amiprivateers.org, or call Jackie Waldron at
Episcopal church to host sale
The women of the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 GulfDrive, Holmes Beach, will
host a white elephant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat-
urday, Feb. 14.
The sale will feature books, housewares, linens,
jewelry, collectibles and more, as well as baked goods
and canned pickles and jellies.
For more information, call the church office at
Center swings into season
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
seeing an increase in class attendees with the arrival
of the winter season.
But spaces are still available in classes, according
to Sandee Pruett, who coordinates adult programs at
the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Zumba, a fitness-dance at 9 a.m. Tuesday and
Intermediate Italian language lessons at 10:30
a.m. Wednesday, from Feb. 25 to April 1.
Creative floral arranging at 6:30 p.m. Wednes-
day, Feb. 18.
One-stroke painting instruction at 9 a.m. on
Wednesday from Feb. 18 to March 11.
For more information, call Pruett at
Chamber holds February events
The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce will hold a lunch at 11:30
a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Sun House Restaurant,
111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Reservations are required by Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Also, the chamber will hold a lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 26, at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
and Wine Bar, 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota.
The chamber's monthly breakfast will take place
at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the chamber office,
5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
For more information, call the chamber at
Baseball season begins soon
Do you remember the first pro baseball game you
attended? The first home run you belted out of the
park? The first ball glove you oiled up or the first bat
you buffed? The first complete set of baseball cards
The Islander invites readers young and old,
male and female to reflect on their past and our
national pastime as we prepare for the spring-training
season, followed by opening day of Major League
Share your baseball memories and baseball
moments in words and photographs. E-mail reporter
Lisa Neff at email@example.com. Please include a
telephone number and home town.
Garden club meets Feb. 18
The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet at noon
Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
A demonstration in the Japanese art of flower
arrangements will take place.
Hostesses for the event include Susan Little,
Patricia Carr, Dolores DeBald, Sue Fernald, Bunny
Lambert, Jeanie Pickwick, Anne Ricci, Ann Rully,
Linda Stringer, Carol Surko, Ginger Wyss and Zita
In other club news, members are encouraged to
pay dues at the February meeting, as well as bring
donations for the food pantry at Roser.
Also, the club's annual Penny Flower Show,
"Love Is," will take place at 1 p.m. March 18 at
Church plans pizza party
Crosspointe Fellowship will host a pizza party
and movie night at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.
Valentine desserts also are on the menu.
The church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
will screen "Fireproof," described as "a movie to
strengthen and change all marriages."
For partygoers with children, the church will
For more information or to register, call
941-778-0719 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Cafe on the Beach at the
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The program will include a club foundation meet-
ing, which is open to all.
For more information, contact member Al Guy
at email@example.com or 941-778-8444.
Democrats plan meeting
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet at noon Monday, Feb. 16., for lunch at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
Speakers include Edward Cordova of Jennison
Dryden Mutual Funds, and Holmes Beach City
Commissioner David Zaccagnino, a financial advi-
sor with Morgan Stanley. The topic will be eco-
Reservations for the program are not required,
but for more information call Dale de Haan at
Theater dedicates show to ACS
The Island Players will hold a benefit performance
of"Sylvia" to benefit the American Cancer Society at
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the theater, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
Tickets to the general admission performance are
on sale now for $15.
Tickets can be purchased at the Bridge Street
Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays this month
at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Tickets also can be purchased at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, or by contacting Nancy Ambrose by
phone at 941-518-4431, or by e-mail nancya@tam-
Library lecture series continues
The Friends of the Island Library annual pro-
gram series continues through March with an eclectic
mix of speakers.
The programs take place at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and include:
Marcy and Jerry East will talk about travel to
England, Scotland and Wales at 2 p.m. Feb. 21.
Journalist James McCartney will talk about the
new president at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 10.
*At 2 p.m. on March 21, the Easts will talk about
Diana Milesko will talk about "What's Eating
America: Food and Politics in the 21st Century" at
10:30 a.m. March 24.
For more information about the series, call the
library at 941-778-6341.
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Local Florida watercolor painter Rob Reiber
steps out of his conventional studies to explore the
realm of abstract expressionism in a new show.
Reiber is known locally in several venues: as an
exuberant art teacher at Manatee High School. He
also is as a successful artist with his work depicting
Florida and Island scenes displayed in area businesses
and banks and offered for sale at Beall's department
In an upcoming show at the Anna Maria Island
Art League, Reiber will explore his vision of color
and shape to produce large-scale oil paintings far
removed from his familiar images of Florida culture
AMIAL will host an opening reception at 5:30
p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at its studio/gallery, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach.
The exhibit will continue through Feb. 27.
For more information, call AMIAL at
941-778-2099 or go to www.islandartleague.org.
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paper is offering a prize to the reader who picks the
most winners of this year's Academy Awards. Go to
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out the ballot containing the Academy Awards nomi-
nees by noon Saturday, Feb. 21, to be eligible for
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Resident seeks to start club
Holmes Beach resident Lissa Gallagher is seek-
ing to meet some new people who also want to meet
new people and share interests.
So Gallagher, who spends winters on Anna
Maria Island, is starting a social club, which will
hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at
Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Gallagher at
Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will
meet Tuesday, Feb. 17, for lunch and a program at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
The program will be a "getting-to-know-you"
talk with a club member.
For more information, call Dantia Gould at
Island real estate transactions
106 36th St., Unit 3, Palm Gables, Holmes Beach, a 2,140
sfla/ 2,359 sfur 3bed/2bath Gulffront condo with shared pool built
in 2006 was sold 01/22/09, Kerps to Clifford for $1,137,500; list
105 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 2,752 sfla / 3,049 sfur
5bed/3bath/1car duplex built in 1946 on a 64x80 lot was sold
01/14/09, Castro to Merritt for $615,000; list $650,000.
2307 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach, a 2,345 sfla / 3,415 sfur
5bed/4bath duplex built in 2000 on a 50x100 lot was sold 01/23/09,
Weeks to McKillop for $505,000.
317 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,352 sfla / 2,017 sfur
3bed/2bath /2car home built in 1988 on a 62x122 lot was sold
01/21/09, Century Bank (foreclosure) to Miles for $420,000; list
104 11th St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,048 sfla / 2,052 sfur
2bed/2bath home built in 1912 on a 50x116 lot was sold 01/16/09,
Aldrink to Smith for $415,000; list $415,000.
2203 Ave. C, Unit A, Bradenton Beach, a 2,148 sfla / 3,251
sfur 3bed/3bath land condo built in 2004 was sold 01/15/09.
American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc. (foreclosure) to Yen for
2412 Ave. A, Bradenton Beach, a 1,416 sfla / 1,885 sfur
2bed/2bath bayview home built in 1976 on a 50x100 lot was sold
01/21/09, McDonald to Zayas for $350,000; list $350,000.
504 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,552 sfla / 1,958 sfur
3bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1965 on a 90x127 lot
was sold 01/12/09, American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc. (fore-
closure) to Hohenadel for $340,000.
9702 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,790 sfla 3bed/2bath home
built in 1925 on a 62x50 lot was sold 01/09/09, American Home
Mortgage Servicing Inc. (foreclosure) to Cutler for $329,000.
113 Seventh St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 748 sfla /1,208 sfur
2bed/1 bath home built in 1920 on a50x100 lot was sold 01/22/09,
Wolford to Greer for $316,800.
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Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244. Current trans-
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Board questions mobile home language
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city planner Alan Garrett told the
planning and zoning board at its Feb. 3 meeting that
he could not remove language in the city's R-1 zoning
district ordinance that permits mobile homes.
Garrett explained that the city's comprehen-
sive plan contains language allowing mobile homes
and the zoning ordinances have to match the comp
"The mobile home language needs to be left in to
comply with the comprehensive plan," Garrett said.
The board was meeting to make final changes to
an ordinance that will combine the R-2 multi-family
residence zone into the R-1 single-family residential
zone. The 2007 comprehensive plan eliminated the
But some board members said they had never
seen language in the comp plan that permitted mobile
"I don't remember that," said board member
Board member Randall Stover agreed. He said he
attended all the P&Z discussions on the comp plan
and he believed that language had been removed.
Garrett said it was possible the language was left
in the comp plan to meet the housing requirement set
by the Florida Department of Community Affairs that
the comp plan must address low-income housing.
When Stover suggested it might be a misprint,
Garrett said he would have to go back and check all
the minutes and recordings of past public meetings
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on the comp plan. Before doing that, however, he
said he would talk with Tony Arrant, the facilitator
who guided the city through the process to revise the
comp plan that was approved by the city commission
in October 2007.
Garrett noted that while the R-1 district would
allow a mobile home, the requirements for its location
and construction would make it very difficult for one
to be placed in the R-1 district.
Any mobile home would have to be at least 900
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and yard-coverage requirements.
"It's virtually impossible," said board chairman
Garrett however, said he would check with Arrant
before the P&Z public hearing on the ordinance on
Tuesday, Feb. 17.
The new ordinance will combine R-2 into the
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R-2 becoming R-1. Two-family residential dwellings
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BB board revises BOA process
By Lisa Neff
Applications for variances and appeals of Bra-
denton Beach building department decisions may
soon move through a different channel.
The Bradenton Beach City Commission, with a
unanimous vote, approved on Feb. 5 the final reading
of an ordinance allowing variances and administra-
tive appeals to go before a special master or the board
The ordinance, which amends the land-develop-
ment code section, does not eliminate the BOA, but
rather allows for the city to send cases to a special
master in some situations.
The city has used the special master process for
code enforcement hearings, including reviews of
citations for violating the city's ordinance govern-
ing lighting during turtle nesting season.
The special master's decision would "result in a
final action of the city" under the new ordinance, but
the BOA's decision would continue to be a recom-
mendation to the city commission.
The building official or other city designee is the
person responsible for sending the matter before a
special master or the BOA.
In other business, the city commission:
Approved an ordinance on temporary regula-
tions for the city's mooring field in Sarasota Bay. (See
Approved a request for proposals for planning
services to update the city's land-development code.
(See separate story.)
Approved payment of invoices from attorney
Greg Hootman for $2,477 in services in a suit filed
Planning board works on
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach's planning and zoning board is
at work repairing glitches in the city's land-develop-
The board continued the somewhat tedious pro-
cess Feb. 3 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Also during that meeting, the board learned that
by late March a planning consultant may be engaged
to assist with updating the LDC, specifically amend-
ing the document to jibe with the city's updated com-
prehensive plan, which is still under review by the
"The city has done a cost-benefit analysis," city
attorney Ricinda Perry told the board, leading into
her announcement that the city commission is autho-
rizing a call for planning professionals to bid on a
contract to work with Bradenton Beach in updating
The commission tentatively approved the
approach last month, and then, on Feb. 5, approved
a draft of a request for proposals.
The RFP seeks planning and consulting profes-
sionals to bid on a contract with the city "to assist
with the tasks associated with the preparation of a
comprehensive update to the city of Bradenton Beach
Land Development Code following the evaluation
and appraisal update to the city's comprehensive
The city, under Florida law, is required to update
its land-development regulations within a year of sub-
mitting its revised comp plan to the state.
The updated LDC, again under state law, must
be consistent with and implement the adopted comp
Specifically, the city wants help with reviewing
the LDC and the comp plan, hosting meetings and
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The RFP that Perry wrote said a contract will be
awarded for the proposal deemed "most advantageous
to the city" based on price, as well as other factors.
The planning board has previously indicated its
desire to hire a planning consultant to assist not only
with the LDC and comprehensive plan work, but on
an ongoing basis.
Perry said the city commission first wants to see
how smooth the LDC update goes.
Perry also said the planner would assist with what
the planning board refers to as "glitch" amendments
to the LDC, tweaks and improvements the board has
been working on at length.
Still, planning board members worked last week
to finalize the language on some of the "glitch amend-
ments," including a proposal that the planning and
zoning board get more involved in municipal proj-
The board reaffirmed that it wants to review and
make recommendations regarding permanent struc-
tures and infrastructure plans under the city's jurisdic-
Under a section on major development plans, the
board agreed it wants to add that applications for such
developments contain "evidence that the project is
consistent with the community vision statement."
The city's vision statement says, "Bradenton
Beach is a small, friendly island community that
values the civic pride of both permanent and sea-
sonal residents, maintains its Old Florida charm,
and respects its bountiful natural resources. History,
hospitality and spirit are the hallmarks of our thriv-
ing waterfront, offering ease of mobility by land and
In a section on "determination of minor and major
development," the board said it wants to add triggers
for determining a major development.
One such trigger would be a "new or redeveloped
single-family or duplex with a habitable living space
against the city by resident Ken Lohn and $971.25
in a case filed by Gregory Watkins against the city.
Approved payment of a $5,562.50 invoice from
M.T. Causley for building department services.
Approved payment of a $7,000 invoice from the
Florida Institute of Government for three months of
work on the city's comprehensive plan.
Approved payment of invoices for $1,369.68
and $4,055.37 from J&H Diesel Truck Service for
repairs to the city's recycling truck.
Approved applications to hang banners at the intersec-
tion of Gulf Drive and Cortez Road for theAnna Maria Island
Community Center Tour of Homes on Saturday, March 21,
and the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage Day
Festival from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7.
The commission's next meeting will be at 1 p.m.
greater than 3,500 square feet."
The board also emphasized its interest in review-
ing projects seaward of the state coastal construction
In other business, the board approved a request for
a special exception to the LDC allowing for improve-
ments on a dock that already exists at Coquina Moor-
ings Condominiums, 1407 Gulf Drive S.
The dock was built in 1982 with city and state
permission. At the time, the 65-foot limitation on the
projection of docks and piers from the mean-high
water line was not in place.
The condominium association, therefore, filed for
a special exception application with the city that the
planning and zoning board unanimously approved
Feb. 12 meeting to discuss
The Manatee County Commission and the Eco-
nomic Development Council of Manatee County will
hold a joint meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the
city of Bradenton Auditorium to discuss working with
local businesses on how to deal with the economy.
Local business owners and other interested par-
ties are invited to attend and share their insight and
Anyone interested in attending is asked to call
Sherry Weydert at 941-749-3029, or e-mail her at
sherry. weydert@ mymanatee.org.
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of the milestones in readers' lives weddings, anni-
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and photographs with detailed captions along with
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Paul M. Finnerty
Paul M. Finnerty, 84, of Bradenton, died
Born in Montclair, N.J., Mr. Finnerty came
to Bradenton from Springfield, Va., in 1985.
He was a graduate of Seton Hall University in
South Orange, N.J., with a bachelor's degree in
administration. He served with the U.S. Army
Air Corps 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron during
World War II as a B-17 and B-29 pilot. Fol-
lowing his military tour of duty, he was as a
pilot with U.S. Airways for 29 years. He was a
member of the Ss. Peter & Paul The Apostles
Catholic Church, Bradenton, where he served
as an usher. He was a Fourth Degree Knight
and Past Faithful Navigator with the Knights
of Columbus, a member of the Ancient Order
of Hibernians, Air Force Association and the
Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No. 24 in
Visitation was Feb. 6, Mass Feb. 7, and
committal services with full military honors
Feb. 9. Memorial contributions may be made
to St. Vincent DePaul Society, 58 Progress
Pkwy., St. Louis MO 63043-3706. Shannon
Funeral Home, Westview Chapel, Bradenton,
was in charge of arrangements. Condolences
for the family may be made online at www.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary;
sons Brian Sr. and wife Madeleine of Kern-
ersville, N.C., and Michael and wife Linda of
Springfield; daughters Maureen Shuman and hus-
band William of Holmes Beach, Diane Drinkard
and husband Gerard of Springfield; brother John
and wife Anna of Bradenton; and grandchildren
Brian Jr., Matthew, Megan, Andrew and Dan-
Ralph D. Thobe
Ralph D. Thobe, 84, of Bradenton Beach, died
Born in Oxford, Ohio, Mr. Thobe moved to
Bradenton Beach in 1963. He was a 20-year U.S.
Air Force retiree. He was a postal carrier for 15
Memorial services were at 10 a.m. Feb. 9 at
Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria.
Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hos-
pice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
FL 34238, or Roser Community Church, P.O. Box
247, Anna Maria FL 34216.
He is survived by his wife Jean; son Jim; and
daughters Pat and Shirley.
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Judges agree: 'Good cooking' in Cortez cookoff
By Bonner Joy
Three judges in the Cortez Crab Cookoff Feb.
7 agreed on one thing after just one round of tasting
a wide variety of crab dishes: "It's all good. Very
The contest judges gathered Saturday morning
at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez for the
preliminary event in the Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival. The festival theme this year is crab, and
the cookoff, new this year and sponsored by The
Islander newspaper, was a call for crab blue crab
or stone crab recipes.
Judging the crab dishes, which were delivered
before noon to the museum, were 12th Judicial Circuit
Court Judge Janette Dunnigan, Manatee County Com-
missioner Joe McClash and Jo Ann Meilner, partner in
Meilner & Sons Construction of Bradenton Beach. The
trio tasted and retasted, mulled, pondered and devoured
crab dips, cakes, rolls, balls, a soup/appetizer, several
salads, quiche and some "inventive" crab dishes and
there was one consistent theme: Very good.
Here's the good news:
Best crab cake from a restaurant was awarded
to Mike Rappaport of Banana Cabana in Bradenton
Beach. Banana Cabana earns bragging rights for a year
from The Islander newspaper. The really good news?
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Cortez cooks crabs
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16
Banana Cabana will have a booth and its top-ranked
crab cakes for sale at the festival, Feb. 21-22.
Next up were recipes from individuals, and the
judges agreed early on there should be a prize for the
delicious soup/appetizer with crusty dipping crou-
tons submitted by Eileen Maloney, a snowbird who
winters in Bradenton Beach and spends the rest of
the year in Buffalo, N.Y.
Her "Shrimp Crab Delight" was the judge's favor-
ite from the start. The rich, creamy mixture of crab,
shrimp and seasonings was the top pick of all three
judges, and "best of show" was quickly named.
Next came the tough choices from among the
categories of salad, appetizer and entree.
Judges narrowed the salad winner to the "Cap-
tain's Stone Crab Salad" submitted by Capt. Michael
Haley of northwest Bradenton. It consisted of a circle
of stone crab pinchers centered by a salad of stone crab
"knuckle" meat combined with seasoned and finely
chopped celery, red bell pepper and a dash of Dash, and
topped with thinly sliced fresh kumquat for the "just
i igh'" combination of citrus and crab salad.
The appetizer category proved to be challenging,
with a delicious array of crab dips, spreads and other
treats, both chilled and warm. After many "retastes"
and some discoveries related to the tasteful ingre-
dients, the crab dip recipe submitted by Annette
Maddox of Cortez was selected as a standout for
freshness and flavor.
Finally, the judges struggled with selecting an
entree from some "unique and delicious" crab recipes.
"Crabmeat in Puff Pastry Shells," also from Maddox,
although the judges didn't know at the time, got some
attention early on, prompting the judges to inquire about
the ingredients. "Something gets my attention here,"
noted Dunnigan, "but I'm not sure what it is."
"Me, too," said both McClash and Meilner.
Moving on, the trio sampled and resampled,
muddled over "original" qualities, textures, flavors
and crab, crab, crab.
In the end, it was "Jack and Susie's Anna Maria
Island Blue Crab Stir Fry, the creation of Susan Lee,
that won out. \Niy original" was the echo from the
judges for the fiery red crabs, as they cracked the
claws and shells and tasted the infused flavors of
ginger, garlic and scallion in the crustacean meat.
Several of the winners waited outside the museum
for the results and there were thrills and hugs among
their friends and the judges as well, with much enthu-
siasm from Lee and the "best" recipe by Maloney.
"It was a tough job," said Meilner, "and I'm glad I
was chosen to do it, but I'm quite full ... and satisfied
that there was so much good food to choose from."
And, hey, it pays to work Saturdays, as the
museum staff and volunteers enjoyed the benefit of
"leftovers" at the conclusion of the contest.
The contest winners will receive their awards on
the main stage at the fishing festival at a time to be
Susan Lee shows off her remaining Blue Crab Stir
Fry chosen best entree by the Cortez Crab Cookoff
For winning recipes and more on the crab con-
test, such as where to get fresh, locally caught crabs,
go to www.islander.org and click on "Crab Cookoff'
on the left side of the main news page.
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18 0 FEB. 11, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Emotions flare over abuse accusation
By Lisa Neff
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office responded
to an early February incident involving two people
close to the sexual abuse investigation of a local
The incident involved a friend of the Rev. Jean
Ronald Joseph and the father of the 31-year-old man
who says the priest fondled him 15 years ago during
a sleepover at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Fort
Mary Claire Joseph, no relation to the priest but
a longtime friend, informed the CCSO that she was
at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Port
Charlotte Feb. 1, when the accuser's father alleg-
edly threatened her life.
"I was at the church speaking to a friend when he
came and accused me of talking about his business,"
Mary Claire Joseph said. "He cursed me out and he
told me that if he had a gun he would kill me."
She said the accuser's father was angry that her
family has supported the priest through the abuse
investigation. Her son was one of three men, all
former member's of the priest's youth group in Fort
Myers, who appeared at a forum in Holmes Beach
in late January to defend the priest.
The CCSO did not make an arrest, but a deputy
questioned the father, who said he did not threaten
the woman's life.
Mary Claire Joseph said she took the threat seri-
ously. "You wouldn't?" she said. "He was so mad.
He knows where I am."
The father did not return The Islander's calls.
Joseph's accuser, whose name is being withheld,
The Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph
informed the Diocese of Venice of the alleged sexual
misconduct in August 2008, prompting the investiga-
The diocese informed the priest of the accusa-
tion in late August, when he was told he could no
longer minister to parishioners at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church in Holmes Beach.
Joseph steadfastly denies any wrongdoing.
Many at the Island church have publicly stated
their support for Joseph, and some have donated to
funds to help defray the priest's legal expenses and
other costs during the investigation.
In mid-January, the diocese informed Joseph
that the accusation was deemed "credible" in an
initial review, but that additional investigation was
The accuser in the case has not returned calls
from The Islander.
The Rev. John Ludden, whom the accuser sent a
copy of an Aug. 9, 2008, letter detailing his allega-
tion, referred inquiries to the diocese office.
Ludden is the pastor at St. John the Evangelist
Parish in Naples, a relatively new assignment after
serving five years as pastor at St. Charles Borromeo.
He also is the diocese vicar for priests and serves as
a representative of the bishop for all the diocese's
priests, as well as an advocate for the priests regard-
ing their spiritual, personal and professional needs.
Diocese spokeswoman Adela Gonzales White
confirmed that the investigation is "ongoing. She
said any additional comment would be inappro-
priate, including answering whether the Vatican in
Rome had received any communication regarding
Joseph, meanwhile continues to live in the Bra-
denton area, but is currently in California undergoing
treatment for a medical condition.
The priest is represented by civil attorney John
P. Fleck of Bradenton.
He also has a canon advocate, a representative
before the church to prepare a defense statement.
But the advocate, the Rev. Michael L. Maginot,
said he has not yet received a mandate from the dio-
cese to write the defense statement.
Maginot also said Joseph needs to make an agreed
payment to Justice for Priests and Deacons, of which
Maginot is a part, before he "could move forward with
his case w ilh 'tl at mandate from the diocese."
Cumber probation hearing set Feb. 24
By Lisa Neff
The investigations into the disappearance of
Sabine Musil-Buehler, 49, and the fire at Haley's
Motel continue, now in their fourth month.
The discovery of a woman's body on Feb. 5 near
the Rye Wilderness Trail in east Manatee led some
to wonder whether the mystery of Musil-Buehler's
whereabouts had been solved, but any speculation
was rapidly quieted with the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office announcement that the body was that of
a woman in her 20s or 30s who had died that day.
Meanwhile, a person-of-interest in both cases
will appear in court Feb. 24 for a hearing on whether
he violated the conditions of his probation on an
unrelated arson conviction.
William Cumber III, 39, has been in jail since
late December, when he was arrested outside Mana-
tee County for driving w ilh 'uIL a valid license, which
resulted in a violation of his probation according to
the Florida Department of Corrections.
Cumber is Musil-Buehler's boyfriend and the
last person known to have seen her. Late Nov. 4,
2008, Musil-Buehler and Cumber argued at the Anna
Maria house she had rented. Cumber said she left
in her car, which was found in Bradenton follow-
ing a police chase. A man was arrested fleeing from
the vehicle and is charged with grand theft auto, but
authorities have said he is not a person of interest in
Less than two weeks after Musil-Buehler dis-
appeared, on Nov. 16, fire destroyed a building at
the Haley's Motel complex, which Musil-Buehler
co-owns with her husband, Tom, with whom she is
Investigators have called Musil-Buehler's dis-
appearance a possible homicide and the fire "suspi-
cious." The fire officially has not been ruled arson by
the Holmes Beach Police Department, but sources
have said it was intentionally set.
Cumber, in the days after the fire, told reporters
he felt someone was trying to frame him.
He was convicted of arson after setting fire to a
girlfriend's residence and was released from prison
The state alleges that Cumber violated the rules
Acute Care trial delayed seven months
By Rick Catlin
The trial of the four remaining defendants in the
Acute Care Inc. Medicaid fraud case has been moved
again, this time from April 13 to Nov. 2.
This is the fourth time the trial has been resched-
uled. A trial had been scheduled for Dec. 11, 2008,
in the Manatee County Circuit Court, but that was
changed to the April date shortly before depositions
were to begin, according to online court records. At
one time, the trial was on the docket to start in June
Elizabeth Ferguson, Nancy Wood, Heidi
Rickert and Cynthia May, along with three
other Acute Care staff members, were origi-
nally arrested in February 2007 and charged
with Medicaid fraud.
Three employees, Carla Camacho, Andrea Suarez
and Stephanie Nichols, subsequently entered guilty
pleas and received suspended sentences in exchange
for agreeing to testify against the remaining defen-
The defendants are charged by the state attorney's
office with one count each of Medicaid fraud and
organized fraud. Each defendant faces up to 30 years
imprisonment and a $15,000 fine.
Ferguson and Wood are the owners of Acute Care,
9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, the medical care facil-
ity at the old post office plaza on Gulf Drive. They
reside in Holmes Beach.
The February 2007 arrests came after an investi-
gation by the state attorney general's office. Prior to
the arrests in December 2006, agents for the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement had seized records
at Acute Care's office.
Prosecutors have alleged the company billed the
state for more than $2.7 million in bogus services,
particularly in providing care to juveniles.
Manatee County's Gold Star Club is offer-
ing up to $5,000 for information leading to
the whereabouts of Sabine Musil-Buehler or
information leading to the person or persons
responsible for her disappearance.
Also, the Sabine Buehler Benefit Fund is
accepting donations at Whitney Bank, 5324
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Money raised also
will go toward a reward for information.
Anyone with information is asked to
call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at
941-747-3011, ext. 2519, or Crime Stoppers
of his probation on the arson conviction when he was
arrested Dec. 23 for driving on a suspended license
in Marion County.
Cumber's hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 24
before Judge Gilbert Smith Jr. at the Manatee County
Judicial Center in Bradenton.
Fire fatality in Bradenton
West Manatee Fire and Rescue District firefight-
ers discovered the body of a female while fighting a
house fire on 36th Street West in Bradenton on Feb.
5, shortly after they arrived at 12:23 a.m.
A WAA IFR press release said arriving firefighters
to the blaze at 605 36th St W. found one young female
had escaped through a bedroom window, while a man
had also escaped the fire, but with unspecified injuries.
Firefighters found the body of the woman inside
the one-story wooden single-family structure. She
was later identified by the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office as 54-year-old Virginia Butera.
The fire was brought under control by 1:16
a.m., the release said. Firefighters were ham-
pered by downed power lines that blocked the
roadway in front of the structure.
The MCSO indicated that two electrical
heaters were to blame for the fire.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Feb. 5, Kingfish Boat Ramp, possible controlled
substance, no valid driver's license. A sheriff's deputy
en route to work in Anna Maria saw a car with its
high-beam lights on. When the driver would not dim
the vehicle's lights, the deputy pulled him over. The
license tag was expired, the driver did not have a
valid driver's license and white powder found in the
vehicle tested positive for cocaine. Elmer Ubonilla
Arias, 19, of Bradenton, was arrested.
Jan. 18, 2601 Gulf Drive, Sandpiper Mobile
Resort, burglary. The complainant said she returned
to her home for the winter and found four bottles of
liquor missing from her house. It was determined that
access was made through a window.
Jan. 19, city pier, stolen boat. The complainant
said he moored his 28-foot sailboat at the pier and
when he returned it was gone. A search of the area,
and review of the video tapes of the area by the pier,
provided no information.
Jan. 27, 12100 Cortez Road, drugs. Officers
noticed a car make an abrupt turn onto Cortez Road
from Gulf Drive. Officers followed the car across the
bridge and noticed several plastic bags being thrown
from the vehicle. Once the vehicle was stopped, three
bags were recovered and the contents tested positive
for cocaine and marijuana. The vehicle driver, Nathan
Dawes, 30, of Bradenton, and passenger Roderick W.
McCown Jr., 22, of Palmetto, were arrested.
Cortez man arrested for
Holmes Beach robbery
Holmes Beach Police arrested Roger Dale
Ross Jr., 29, of Cortez, for a robbery in Holmes
According to the arrest report, Ross pushed
a woman in the 7500 block of Palm Drive,
Holmes Beach, and stole $65 from the woman,
who was not named in the report, at about 5:20
p.m. Feb. 3.
Ross then fled the scene.
Officer Michael Leonard caught up to
Ross about 40 minutes later and arrested him
on a charge of robbery. Ross was being held
in the Manatee County jail on a bail bond of
Mike Quinn, publisher of NewsManatee.
Corn, contributed to this report.
Feb. 1, 5311 Gulf Drive, Acqua Aveda Spa, bur-
glary. The complainant said someone broke the glass
door of the business and took $1,185 and a blank
Feb. 2, 200 block 71st Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his Waste Management
Feb. 3, 100 block 72nd Street, Baker Act. Offi-
cers responded to a report of a woman who threatened
to kill herself. Officers reported that after they spoke
to her, she agreed to go to Manatee Glens for obser-
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Fourth sex offender
moves to Cortez area
Another convicted sex offender has moved to
Cortez, joining three other men convicted of sex
crimes who have listed a Cortez address with the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Florida law requires that all convicted sex offend-
ers register their address with the FDLE whenever
moving to a new location, or whenever moving to
Florida from another state or jurisdiction.
According to information available from the FDLE
Web site, a 52-year-old male convicted several years
ago of three counts of aggravated rape in Tennessee reg-
istered with the FDLE on Jan. 22, and listed an address
in the 12300 block of Cortez Road West.
The FDLE Web site indicates that the individual
moved to Cortez from a location in the 7200 block
of North Tamiami Trail in Manatee County.
Cortez has three other registered sex offenders:
one living in the 4200 block of 129th Street West,
one in the 10000 block of 46th Avenue West, and the
third in the 3900 block of 116th Street West.
A convicted sex offender lives in the 100 block
of Ninth Street North in Bradenton Beach. In Holmes
Beach, a convicted offender lives in the 4600 block
of Flotilla Drive.
The FDLE Web site also shows a convicted sex
offender living in the 7800 block of Manatee Avenue
West, who was convicted in Manatee County of moles-
tation of a child between 12 and 15 years of age by a
person 18 years of age or older. He also was convicted
of failing to comply with registration requirements.
According to the FDLE, all of these individuals
have been released from probation.
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Wednesday, Feb. 11
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players lun-
cheon at the Sun House Restaurant, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
12:30 to 3 p.m. Garden stepping-stone craft class at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Thursday, Feb. 12
6 p.m. Town meeting with Lyn Boyer from the Manatee County
School District to discuss future budget restraints at Anna Maria Elementary
School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525.
8 to 11 p.m. Big Band Dance featuring the Bob Zimmerman
Orchestra at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Friday, Feb. 13
3 to 10p.m. Friday Fest and "Taste of the Island" on Pine Avenue
and Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria. Information: 941-761-4766.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reception for oil and pastel artist Elayn Leopold
at the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
6 p.m. Movie night featuring "Fireproof," a film about strength-
ening marriages, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-0719. Child care provided.
Saturday, Feb 14
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Privateers Thieves' Market at Coquina Beach in
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-323-4075.
10 a.m. to 5p.m. -Anna Maria Island art and craft festival to benefit
the Butterfly Park at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 352-344-0657.
11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. "Unlocking the Heart Chi" with Preston
Whaley at the Island Yoga Space, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Registra-
tion: 941-778-3149. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. Pete Barreda demonstrates how to make Bruschetta
during the Bridge Street Market on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
3 p.m. Valentine's Day Partner Yoga on the beach just South of
the BeachHouse Restaurant. Information: 941-746-0961. Fee applies.
Sunday, Feb. 15
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra
"Remembering Papa Haydn" concert at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 4p.m. -Anna Maria Island art and craft festival to benefit
the Butterfly Park at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 352-344-0657.
Monday, Feb. 16
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Silk scarf painting class at the Anna Maria
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941-778-1908. Fee applies.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn shortcuts in Windows for your computer at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies. Bring your laptop.
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.
5:30 p.m. Valentine-themed craft and movie for teens at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
6 p.m. Covered dish supper featuring music by Len Blackwood
at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, Feb. 18
9a.m. to noon- One-stroke painting class at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through March 11.
Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Island Garden Club meeting with Japanese
flower arrangement demonstration at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meet to share their writing at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Silk scarf painting class at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Floral arranging class at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.
"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.
Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Bay Chorale holds rehearsal at H2U Blake
Hospital Building, 6049 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-761-1221
Thursday at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Every Thursday (except 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.
Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through the end of May, Bra-
denton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts featuring a new act each
week at 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366
Saturday at 8:30 a.m., Yoga on the beach with Jasmine Bowman
near the Pine Avenue public beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., downtown Bradenton Farm-
er's Market along Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9552 or
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Feb. 19, Syesha Mercado "Follow Your Dreams" benefit concert for
Manatee School District students at the Manatee Convention Center.
Feb. 20, Antique show at the Manatee Convention Center.
Feb. 21, "Heart and Soul" dance at AMICC.
Feb. 21, "Awaken the Mystic" workshop at Island Yoga Space.
Feb. 21, Model Train Expo at the Manatee Convention Center.
Feb. 21-22, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
Save the date
March 28, Bottle Boat Regatta.
*April, month-long Manatee Jazz Festival.
Off-Island Arts & Events
Thursday, Feb. 12
11:30 a.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Cham-
ber of Commerce lunch at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-383-2466. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. Mixon Fruit Farms Concert in the Grove featuring
the Gumbo Boogie Band, 2716 27th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information:
941-748-5829. Proceeds from 50/50 drawing to benefit Relay for Life on
Anna Maria Island. Parking fee applies.
Friday, Feb. 13
12:30 to 5 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club Annual Show at the Sara-
sota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information:
941-954-4165. Fee applies.
4 to 8 p.m. Health and Fitness Show at the Sarasota-Bradenton
International Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Information:
7 to 11 p.m. "Vinology: Epicure Tour" featuring food, wine, beer
and educational seminars at the South Florida Museum, Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 746-4131. Fee applies.
Saturday, Feb. 14
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Health and Fitness Show at the Sarasota-
Bradenton International Convention Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota.
10a.m. to 5 p.m. Sarasota Shell ClubAnnual Show at the Sara-
sota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information:
941-954-4165. Fee applies.
Sunday, Feb. 15
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sarasota Shell ClubAnnual Show at the Sara-
sota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information:
941-954-4165. Fee applies.
4p.m. Recital by pianist Robert Henry at Christ Episcopal Church,
4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3709.
Monday, Feb. 16
7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra encore
concert at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Braden-
ton. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Feb. 17
10 a.m. Island social club meeting at the Manatee Public Beach
in Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4585.
Wednesday, Feb. 18
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Science Cafe featuring "The Medicinal Uses of
Maggots and Leeches" at the Cellar Lounge, 4307 26th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-746-4131 ext. 11.
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AME student Devon Cole is one of the participants
paired with members of the Kiwanis Club in the adopt-
a-grandparent program. Devon, and several other AME
students, meets monthly with Ted and Marydine Lamb
for lunch and activities, such as a scavenger hunt on the
beach. The Kiwanis grandparents group will meet with
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Gulf of Mexico oil production, by the numbers
There's a slippery slope of facts and fantasy
swirling around offshore oil drilling and exploration
in the Gulf of Mexico.
The discussion of oil drilling from waters off
Anna Maria Island is about as crude as the gunk that's
imbedded deep under the floor of the Gulf.
Consumers want cheap gas for their vehicles. More
oil means more gasoline and less money spent at the
pump, some say. Gas prices are again edging up from
election-time lows. At nearly $2 a gallon, fuel is cheaper
than the recent high of near $4 per gallon locally, but
it's still getting more and more expensive to fill up a
vehicle tank. Some stations in the Florida Panhandle
reported more than $5 a gallon for fuel at one point, and
gas shortages were rampant throughout the Southeastern
United States due to refinery and oil rig damage caused
by Hurricane Ike last summer.
More oil fields mean more available gas for our
vehicles, power plants and furnaces for our neighbors
to the north during those cold winters or for us,
considering the cold temperatures in the past week
But the expansion of oil fields can threaten both
the environment and the Sunshine State's tourist
Environmentalists are concerned with harm that
could come from oil platforms and any pipeline oil
seepage into the Gulf and, eventually, onto the shore
of our fragile ecosystems of mangroves, marshes and
According to the Palm Beach Post, the oil indus-
try quotes from a 2003 study that indicates 1 percent
of oil that polluted U.S. waters came from petroleum
Florida has something like a $50 million per year
"industry" of tourism. Besides the theme parks, the
state has its beaches, fishing and marine life to draw
the crowds. Oil spills threaten the white sandy shores
and could drive our winter friends away, yet we need
What to do?
We are becoming jaded with large numbers of
late. A billion here, a billion there, and apparently
we still aren't talking about any real money. A mere
$700,000,000,000 to prop up Wall Street? "Only"
$1,000,000,000,000 to kickstart our economy? So
Oil production and oil reserve quantities fall into
that sort of numbers-too-big-to-grasp category.
This article is breaking from newspaper style and
stating full numbers with all those zeroes to make
the point that we' re talking about really, really big
A set of statistics that are bandied about is that the
United States produces about 3 percent of worldwide fuel,
yet gobbles up about 25 percent of global product.
The numbers crunch out like this: The United
States consumes 873,600,000 gallons of oil per day;
552,300,000 gallons are imported; 313,320,000 pro-
duced in our country or off our shores. We have an
estimated 913,520,000,000 in oil reserves sort of
a rainy day fund for emergencies.
George W. Bush signed a bill in the final days
of his presidential term that expanded oil drilling
sites along the Outer Continental Shelf of the coun-
try, ending a ban that has been in place for decades.
His action was thought by many to be destined to
be overturned by the new administration and a new
Congress this year.
Expanded oil fields, according to the National
Py Paul Spat
Taxpayers Union, could have the potential of provid-
ing 3,612,000,000,000 gallons of oil from offshore
and 33,600,000,000,000 gallons of oil from shale.
General consensus is that any of that oil, if it were
to withstand any governmental intervention, would
take at least a decade to make it to a gas pump.
And here's the disclaimer for the above numbers.
A barrel of oil is 42 gallons. Refinement into gasoline
yields 19.5 gallons per barrel.
Safe waters offshore, for now
Our near-shore waters are safe from drilling,
for now. The eastern Gulf of Mexico has a special
congressional drilling ban, enacted in 2006, which
creates a buffer zone 125 miles off the coast of the
Panhandle and more than 200 miles off West-Central
Florida through the year 2022.
Congress and the president, of course, could
reverse that ban.
Close call for Island
Islanders have had a couple of offshore oil issues
in the past few decades.
In August 1973, Belcher Oil Co. of Miami
announced plans to develop part of Port Manatee
into an oil refinery. The proposal included using 10
acres of port land for refining crude oil into naphtha,
fuel oil and asphalt, building an offshore oil platform
24 miles west of the Island that would accommodate
super tankers that could carry up to 9,660,000 gallons
each of crude oil and building two 48-inch-diameter
underwater pipes from the refinery to Port Mana-
Cost of the whole proposal was estimated at
about $300 million at the time. About 8,400,000 gal-
lons of oil a day would be processed at the proposed
The Belcher proposal needed county commission
approval to proceed. Some commissioners said the
operation would be a tremendous asset to the com-
munity. Others were fearful an oil spill would con-
taminate our fragile marine environment.
Islanders were for the most part united in oppos-
ing the Belcher proposal. All three Island cities, and
Longboat Key officials, passed resolutions opposing the
refinery, offshore oil platform and underwater pipeline.
Petitions were signed opposing the oil plan.
A binding referendum was held Sept. 10, 1974.
Manatee County voters opposed the oil plan, 11,235
Manatee County commissioners overruled the
vote and approved Belcher's proposal by a 3-2 vote.
Belcher officials did not believe the 3-2 vote was
adequate support for their plans and dropped the pro-
posal until 1976.
In the summer of that year, Manatee Energy Co.,
a wholly owned subsidiary of Belcher Oil, received
a lease from the Manatee County Commission in its
role as port authority to construct a "crude splitter"
at the port, one of the first stages in oil refining. The
amendment to the lease was made without much dis-
cussion and was unanimously approved by the com-
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mission. The "crude splitter," as proposed, would
process up to 630,000 gallons of oil daily.
Environmental groups fought the plan and lost.
In November 1979 the "crude splitter" was built and
placed in operation. However, after a few weeks, the
plant was dismantled and sold deregulation of the
oil business had eliminated small refinery entitlements
and it made the plant economically unfeasible.
Belcher came back into the news in August 1986
with a request to transfer refined oil between barges
at a location just off the northeast tip of Egmont
Key. Called "lightening," the proposal would have
allowed larger ships to lighten their load of oil to
smaller barges, thereby permitting the bigger ships to
enter port as their draft would be less. The U.S. Coast
Guard rejected the Belcher oil transfer proposal in
September, stating the fragile environment of Egmont
and nearby Mullet Key would be adversely impacted
if any oil were to spill from the ships.
... and really close call a few years later
Then there was the worst oil spill in the area's his-
tory. On Aug. 10, 1993, three vessels collided about
1 mile northeast of Egmont Key in the Tampa ship
channel a phosphate freighter, the Balsa 37 piloted
by Capt. Thomas Baggett; the tug Seafarer, piloted by
Capt. Charles Chapman and pushing a barge carrying
10,000,000 gallons of aviation fuel; and the tug Capt.
Fred Bouchard, piloted by Capt. Robert West, push-
ing a barge carrying 8,000,000 gallons of #6 fuel.
Upon collision, the freighter Balsa 37 began
taking on water and nearly sank; the Seafarer and its
cargo of jet fuel burst into flames, and the Bouchard
began leaking its cargo of heavy oil through a gash
in the hull.
The fire burned for about 17 hours before
being extinguished with chemical foam. An esti-
mated 225,000 gallons of heavy oil leaked from the
Arbitrators determined that Baggett, the pilot of
the freighter Balsa 37, was 65 percent responsible for
the collision. Baggett was suspended for nine months
following the collision. The tugboat-barge Seafarer/
Ocean 255, piloted by Chapman, was 35 percent
responsible for the accident. A third tug-barge combi-
nation, the Capt. Fred Bouchard/Barge B155, piloted
by West, was judged not to have been at fault.
The oil spill had little impact on Anna Maria
Island, thanks to winds and currents that carried
the oil spill offshore. Egmont and Mullet keys were
not as fortunate, with cleanup costs pegged at about
Volunteers from area bird sanctuaries spent a
great deal of time recovering, treating and aiding
birds that were affected by the oil spill.
Again, what to do?
Spending $50 or more to fill up a vehicle is a
cringe-making experience, making us yearn for
the "good old days" of a mere $2.50 per gallon for
Expanded oil fields could ease that wallet-busting
pricing eventually. More oil fields are not a short-
Alternative fuels are out there and are in the pipe-
line, but again solar power or wind-driven turbines
aren't going to help us next week or even next year.
Oil executives say drilling is relatively pollution-
free these days. Remember that 1 percent of pollution
caused by oil rigs? In the Gulf, that figure works out
to 546,000 gallons that could spew into the water.
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Cold's demise should promise good fishing
By Paul Roat
Last week's cold weather and blustery winds kept
a few fishers close to home, but there always seems
to be the hardy souls who just can't resist cold or
not dipping a line in the water to see what will hit
And hitting the hooks offshore are amberjack
and mangrove snapper, according to reports. AJs are
to be found near artificial reefs or rock ledges any-
where from 10 to 30 miles from shore in the Gulf
of Mexico. Snapper fishing is featuring fish up to
6 pounds. Sheepshead are also to be found on the
Sheepies are thick around any structure in the
bays as well. Sand fleas are a good bait for the back-
water convict fish. Other inshore fishing features
include trout, redfish, black drum plus bluefish and
pompano near the passes.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said trout are starting to
hit for inshore anglers. Best sites are the deepwater sea-
grass flats of the Intracoastal Waterway. Danny said best
action comes from working the water column depend-
ing on time of day: for morning fishing, use Berkley
Gulps; for afternoon action as the water warms a bit, try
some sub-surface plugs or jigs. Sheepies are showing
up on the offshore reefs and near the piers, and again
different tactics are working in different locales. Off-
shore convict fish seem to like shrimp, he said, while
pier sheepies favor sand fleas. There are also redfish
near the docks, especially around Key Royale and in
Bimini Bay. Offshore action is great for amberjack near
the artificial reefs or natural rock ledges from 10 to 30
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
Some oil would likely come ashore somewhere after
There are probably figures out there somewhere
that place a price tag on an acre of seagrass or salt
marsh or mangroves damaged by human action. Oil
company executives probably created the figures.
The whole issue of expanded oil exploration
and drilling seems to bubble around what it costs at
the gas pump versus what it costs to enjoy a pristine
beach or a mangrove forest.
There are 694 manned oil platforms in the Gulf of
Mexico and 3,800 total oil or natural gas platforms.
Minerals Management Service estimates that as of
Oct. 7, 90 of those oil production platforms ceased
pumping in the wake of Hurricane Ike, and 54 were
According to MMS, the rig shut-down it's
called "shut-in" by oil folks represents 45 percent
of oil production in the Gulf.
The Gulf produces 54,600,000 gallons of oil per
day, 25 percent of the U.S. total.
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Tackle on Cortez Road has been catching lots of
amberjack and mangrove snapper up to 6 pounds on
his offshore charters. The weather made fishing tough
last week, but he urges folks not to avoid the cold,
just go out there and catch some fish.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said his back-
water trips are producing black drum and redfish.
Sheepshead are finally starting to hit and get big, he
said. He's catching bluefish in Longboat Pass and
pompano both from the inlet and near the beaches
off Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. "It was 32
degrees one morning," Capt. Mark said, "and we had
to chip some ice off the boat, but we caught fish."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said that "after three suc-
cessive nights of near-freezing temperatures in this
area, the surface water temperature at my dock
read 46 degrees. The reading in deeper water, say
around 8 feet, could be as much as 10 degrees
warmer. Knowing this, if I were a fish, I would
certainly head for that deeper water as a matter
of comfort, and for some species, survival. The
cold water also lowers the metabolism of the fish,
causing them to be sluggish and not expend a great
deal of energy to feed. During really hot summer
weather, just the opposite situation will cause fish
to seek deeper and cooler water." He put his char-
ters onto sheepshead to 4 pounds, bluefish, spot-
ted sea trout, flounder, Key West grunts and small
grouper. By the way, at the end of the day on the
water, the water temperature at the dock was 7
degrees warmer than when he left.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, fishing reports have
been sparse due to the cold, but there have been some
nice sheepshead caught.
Rocky at the Anna Maria City Pier said action
has been focused on sheepshead, flounder and some
bonito, plus a few small sharks.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's finding offshore fishing to be
great on calmer days between the cold fronts. "We
are catching all the monster amberjack we want, lots
of mangrove, lane and yellowtail snapper, porgys, red
and scamp grouper. Gag grouper are out of season
until April 1, but there are lots of other fish to keep
us catching all day long." He's finding the best action
past 120 feet of water with a variety of live bait.
Good luck and good fishing.
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A 'lucky' war for
Mount Vernon vet
Mount Vernon resident Sistilio "Sammy" Castelli
has no trouble remembering when America entered
World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl
His parents had been born in Italy, but immi-
grated to America before Italian dictator Benito Mus-
solini came to power and joined with German dictator
Adolf Hitler and the Japanese to form the Axis alli-
\ly family was definitely anti-Mussolini and
Hitler and we followed the war in Europe every day,"
"All my friends knew a war was coming and a
lot of my gang had already joined up by Pearl Harbor
Sam had graduated from high school and was
working for the Hershey Chocolate Co. in Hershey,
Pa. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941.
"I had just gotten out of Mass and was going
downtown to meet the boys. We heard something
had happened, so we drove to Harrisburg, where the
newspaper had a ticker tape outside that gave out the
news. We couldn't believe it. We all expected the war
would start in Europe."
Eager to join the fight, Sam almost didn't get in
the war because of poor eyesight that kept out of the
"I was not going to be the only guy in Hershey
who didn't get in the war. I was going to get in one
way or the other." The "other" way turned out to be
the local draft board, which wasn't that strict about
Sam and some friends were drafted and entered
the Army on Oct. 22, 1942. They were sent to a train-
ing camp in Indiana, where the 83rd Infantry Divi-
sion, the Thunderbolt Division, was forming.
Sam figured he would be a ground-pounder, an
infantryman ,l, ,,'in his way through the mud of his
parents' homeland. He didn't mind at all.
But fate, or luck, would intervene.
In high school, he had taken a typing class, more
to be with all the girls than to learn business skills. In
the rapidly growing Army of WWII, however, clerk-
typists were in heavy demand.
Prior to basic training, his typing ability was
noted by an officer during an interview.
Sam thought nothing of it when he was assigned
to the 329th Infantry Regiment, where he trained as a
communications specialist with the Intelligence and
Recon platoon. He was a guy who could set up a field
telephone and splice communications wire.
Sam also trained with an M-1 rifle and became
familiar with all the machine guns and mortars that
an infantry company carries. In the infantry, everyone
is an infantryman, the drill sergeants liked to say.
After basic training, the regiment went on maneu-
vers in Kentucky, and Sam had a falling out with the
NCO in charge of the platoon. He got transferred
to the mail department as company mail clerk, then
was assigned to the regimental adjutant and sergeant
major as their records clerk. Somebody needed a
It was a stroke of luck that Sam credits with per-
haps saving his life, as events in Europe would later
But in 1943, Europe was in the future. The divi-
sion was training for desert warfare in Africa when
Rommell surrendered in Tunisia in May 1943.
Instead of North Africa, the division was alerted
for overseas shipment to Europe. The men were
delighted to finally be getting into the war, but Sam
almost didn't make the trip.
The regimental medical officer called him in just
prior to shipping out for England and told Sam that,
Sam Castelli as a U.S. Army sergeant in Europe
following the surrender of Nazi Germany in World
because of his eyesight, he had to be classified as a
Sam was looking at spending the rest of the war
changing bed pans and sheets in a stateside hospital,
the doctor said.
Some guys might have leaped at the chance to
stay out of the war while all the other guys were
overseas getting shot and killed, but not Sam.
"I pleaded with the guy. I said it wasn't right that
I had gone through all this training and now I wasn't
going. I said the company was my home and these
were my brothers. I said it's not my style to sit back
while everyone else is going off to war."
A desperate Sam asked the doctor if he could
change the orders.
"Well, I suppose I can," was the reply. "Do you
really want me to?" the doctor said.
Sam didn't hesitate a second and the next day,
he was off to New York with his buddies, his band
of brothers. "We were family," remembered Sam.
"Closer than family. You would do anything for
your buddy. You would kill or be killed to save his
life. And he would do the same for you."
In April 1944, the 83rd got its wish and was
shipped off to the war. The division left with 25,000
men. It would return from the war with 7,000 men
buried in the fields of France, Belgium, Holland and
Arriving in England, Sam and his outfit began
training with live ammunition. "We then got the idea
that this was the real thing," Sam deadpanned.
Everyone figured the 83rd was getting ready for
"the big one," the invasion of Europe.
When the division was moved to a quarantine area
near the English port of Portsmouth, Sam and the
men knew what was coming.
Arriving in Portsmouth late on the evening of June 5,
Sam and Ruby Castelli of Mount Vernon Estates off
Cortez Road in Palma Sola have lived here since
1985. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
1944, the 83rd took over tents formerly occupied by
the 101st Airborne, which was now busy in a place
in France called Normandy.
The 83rd would come ashore at Utah Beach on
D+20 and replace the 101st at Carentan, France. That
first night, all were nervous, but the Germans soon
put them at ease.
L\ cliyone's a bit scared at first," admitted Sam.
"Then the Germans started shelling our positions and
we fired back and everything was OK. Welcome to
The welcome, however, would last longer than
the American Army wanted.
Stuck in Normandy's famous hedgerow country,
advances by the division were measured in meters,
not miles. After a month of heavy fighting, the 83rd
had moved only a few miles from its Carentan posi-
"We then got transferred to 3rd Army with Gen.
Patton in command and we became part of Opera-
tion Cobra. That was the break-out in late July. We
watched the Air Corps bomb the Germans for an
entire day, then we hit the roads with our trucks and
Patton's advance through France would become
legendary. Sam recalls that the division would set
up headquarters in a barn or house, then the next
day have to move another 40 or 50 miles to a new
"We didn't stay too long in one place. It was a
mad dash and the Germans were crumbling. One day,
we took 20,000 Germans as prisoners and we had to
process all of them to a POW camp."
After Patton's advance was slowed by a lack of
gasoline and supplies, the 83rd was assigned to the
9th Army in Belgium. They were in the Battle of the
Huertgen Forest, considered one of the bloodiest of
By mid-December 1944, the war had become
stagnant as the Allies resupplied themselves and
winter settled along the front. Most people thought
the Germans were finished, but Hitler had a surprise
waiting on Dec. 16, 1944.
In the final German offensive of the war, the
German Army broke through the Allied lines in Bel-
gium, creating the Battle of the Bulge around Bas-
togne. The 101st Airborne held Bastogne, while the
83rd was assigned to stem the Allied withdrawal near
the Meuse River.
"It was hectic. We were told we were going to
stop the Germans. We lost a lot of men and we had
to process the replacements."
Sam remembers that the new men, actually boys
only 18 or 19 and fresh out of basic training, would
come to the adjutant's office in brand new uniforms,
obviously scared as they could hear the artillery
pounding away. The front lines were out the front
"These guys would tell me they were truck driv-
ers or machinists or supply specialists. The sergeant
major took one look at them and said they were infan-
trymen and sent them to the front. They didn't have
far to go. I felt sorry for them. They really had no
idea what was happening.
"I consider myself very lucky with the job I had.
Because I could type, I worked at headquarters and
wasn't out at the front every day. But I knew a lot of
guys at the front and I lost a lot of good friends. And
not just during that battle."
One day before the Battle of the Bulge, Sam and
a warrant officer took a trip to Paris. Before leaving
the front, Sam stopped and saw three friends from
the I&R platoon.
"The guys all told me to have a good time, that
they'd see me when I got back. When we came back
from Paris, I didn't see the fellows, so I asked where
they were. Someone said that their Jeep ran over a
mine and they had all been killed. That hit me hard,"
"I expected to be a front-line soldier. My typing
skills probably saved my life. My job kept me off the
front lines, where guys got killed every day."
After Bastogne, the Germans began to retreat. By
spring 1945, Sam and his pals began to believe that
they just might make it through the war.
"We were moving real fast. Our mission was to
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meet the Russians at the Elbe. At that time, we con-
sidered the Russians our friends, but I found out that
a couple of guys in I&R who could speak Russian had
been monitoring their communications. I wondered
what that was all about, but it seems we had started
to not trust the Russians very much."
The 83rd crossed the Elbe and moved toward
Berlin, stopping at Zrbest, some 30 miles from the
German capital. There, they met their Russian coun-
"We had the furthest advance of any American
outfit. After the war ended, we were sent south to
Munich and into Czechoslovakia. We figured we
were going home, but the word came down to start
training for deployment to the Pacific. Boy, there
were a lot of guys not too happy about that."
By early August 1945, the 83rd was preparing to
leave Europe for the Pacific. Then, the atomic bomb
was dropped on Japan.
"We then were some pretty happy soldiers when
we heard that," said Sam. "We didn't know what an
A-bomb was, but we learned fast. When the Japanese
surrendered, we knew we were headed home."
Because a soldier had to have 85 points to be
sent back to the United States, Sam had to wait a few
months for his time.
"I only had 75 points, so I was on occupation
duty. It wasn't too bad. I got back home in November
Sam got his discharge and returned to Hershey,
but rather than go back to the chocolate company, he
got a job at the Cumberland Army Depot as a civilian
clerk. He would stay in the civil service for 36 years,
retiring as a budget director.
He moved to Mount Vernon near Cortez in 1985.
One son still lives in Hershey and works for the choc-
Sam has seen the award-winning television mini-
series "Band of Brothers" about E Company, 506th
Airborne Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Ironi-
cally, the E Company commander, Dick Winters, the
focal point of the mini-series, is also from Hershey.
Although he never met Winters, Sam knows what
the 101st went through. "We took over for them at
Carentan. We knew they had been in some heavy
fighting by the way they looked. They were happy
to see us."
Sam has no regrets about his service and would
do it again if he had to.
"I'm proud of what we accomplished and I'm
glad I did it. I wouldn't take a million dollars for the
experience and, if I had to, I'd do it again. I was not
going to be the only guy in Hershey who didn't go
to war. I am glad I argued with that doctor to let me
go. I just felt I had to do my part."
Sam Castelli is a proud member of the Greatest
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
Generation" columns are for Island, Longboat Key,
Perico Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bra-
denton and Cortez veterans, man or woman, who
served in the armed forces of any allied country (U.S.,
Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway, France, Poland,
Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, etc.) during
World War II or the Korean War. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
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By Kevin Cassidy
The regular season of the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center youth basketball league has come to an
end and the seedings are set for the playoffs, which get
started at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, with the Premier
Division semi-finals. In addition to playoff games Sat-
urday, there will be all-star games throughout the day
and the ever-popular coaches games at 7 p.m.
Each divisional playoff, save for Division II
where Sand Dollar has run away with the regular-
season title, appears to be at least a two-horse race.
Premier Division has Rotten Ralphs and A Paradise
Realty separated by only one game in the standings
and Bradenton Prep has come on late in the season
to finish with a 5-5 record. The Division I favorite
appears to be Dips Ice Cream, but Fronius has bested
them. Division III is another wide-open playoff race
with Ross Built and Jessie's Island Store separated
by one game in the regular-season standings.
The playoffs get started Feb. 14 with champion-
ship games set for Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 so stay tuned
to the Islander for complete results.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole,
low-net game on Feb. 3. Flight AA winner was Penny
Williams with a 2-over-par 34, while Flight A winner was
Ginny Nunn with a four-over par 36, one shot ahead of
second-place finisher Lois Biel. Flight B br,,',in_' rights
were shared by Sally Keyes and Phyliss Lamp with identi-
cal 37s. Margie Jacob won Fight C with a 31, which was
the low net score of the day. Jane Winegarden and Markie
Ksiazek tied for second with 36. Fight D winner was The-
resa Schutt with a 2-over-par 34.
The team of Cindi Mansour, Cindy Miller, Mary
Selby and Penny Williams won the team low-putt com-
petition with 69, while Miller also birdied hole six.
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
best-ball-of-foursome match on Feb. 4. The team of
John Sagert, Dick Eichorn, Neil Hammer and Peter
Proxy ran away with the days bir,,inii rights with
an impressive, 8-under-par 56.
The Key Royale Club men and women teamed
up for a monthly mixed-scramble handicap tourna-
ment on Feb. 6 and the team of Lorraine Towne,
Joyce Brown, Bob Elliott and Bob Kral won the 8
a.m. flight with an averaged score of 21. Less than a
stroke back was the team of Jane Winegarden, Jerry
Brown, Dick Grimme and Nancy Grimme with a
21.9. Kral and Joyce Brown captured the closest-to-
the-pin competition on holes three and eight, while
Dick Grimme managed a chipin.
The 10:15 a.m. flight saw the team of Markie Ksi-
azek, Bob Dickinson, Matt Behan and Paulette Proxy
card an impressive score average of 20. One stroke
back in second place was the team of Marge Jacob,
Millie Mullen, Tom Lewis and Peter Proxy. Dean
Christiansen, Maryanne Kammerlen, Dave Kruger
and John Lindwall came in third with a 21.7.
Charlie Knopp on number three and Sara Falk
on number eight captured the closest-to-the-pin con-
tests while Peter Thomassen chipped in on number
one and Tom Lewis and Maryanne Kaemmerlen both
chipped in on hole four.
Four teams advanced from pool play during Feb.
7 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall
pit. Fellow New Hampshire visitors Bob Lee and Mike
Lovy skunked Debbie Rhodes and Tom Skoloda 23-0
to advance to the finals where they met Norm Good
and Robet Sheating, who bested Bob Brown and Al
Norman 21-15. The finals saw Lee and Lovy run away
with b,''inii' rights for the day on the strength of a
24-11 victory over Good and Sheating.
AMICC basketball playoff schedule
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Division I (ages
Feb. 13 8 p.m.
Feb. 14 1 p.m.
Feb. 14 2 p.m.
Feb. 14 7 p.m.
Feb. 17 8 p.m.
Paradise vs. B-Prep
IRE vs. Ralph's
Championship game TBD
IFP vs. Fronius
Dips vs. TBD
Division II (ages 10-11)
Feb. 13 6:45 p.m. Awards
Feb. 14 3 p.m. E-Training vs. Observer
Feb. 14 4 p.m. Allstars game
Feb. 14 7 p.m. Coaches game
Feb. 16 7 p.m. Panoramic vs. Sand Dollar
Feb. 17 7 p.m. Championship game TBD
Division III (ages 8-9)
Feb. 13 6:45 p.m. Awards
Feb. 14 7 p.m. A&E vs. Jessie's
Feb. 14 6 p.m. Allstars game
Feb. 14 7 p.m. Coaches game
Feb. 16 6 p.m. Orthopedics vs. Ross Built
Feb. 17 6 p.m. Championship game
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Feb. 13 6 p.m. Awards
Feb. 14 7 p.m. Coaches game
AMICC Basketball League standings
Team Wins Losses
Paradise 6 5
Ralph's 7 4
Brd Prep 5 5
IRE 4 8
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MANASOTA MEMORIAL PARK: Double niches,
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RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
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ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
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ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
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SALE! 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 14. Fine art,
antiques, jewelry, clothes, linens, appliances, mis-
cellaneous. 912 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
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GINORMOUS YARD SALE! 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat-
urday, Feb.14. 3008 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Across from Mr. Bones.
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.
Quality furniture, antiques and more. 521 56th
St., Holmes Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, coffee mugs, treasures and junk.
FOUND: WHITE CAT on Palm Drive, Holmes
Beach. Long-haired, neutered male with old injury
on foot. He is at the Island Animal Clinic, 5343
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield avail-
able for private parties and golf tournaments.
BINGO EVERY THURSDAY! Doors open at 6:30
p.m. Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd
St., Bradenton Beach. Information: Kit Redeker,
COVERED DISH SUPPER hosted by Annie
Silver Community Center. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.
17. Everyone welcome! Coffee and entree pro-
vided. Bring your own table service and a dish to
pass. Music by Len Blackwood. Call Kit Redeker
for information, 941-778-1915.
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remember the first pro baseball game you attended?
The first home run you belted out of the park? Share
your baseball memories in words and photographs.
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BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
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Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
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ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
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GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
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5382 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
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school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
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CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
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NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
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TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
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Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
PRIVATE DUTY CNA has opening available. Per-
sonal care, respite care, long-term/short-term.
Daily. Errands, doctor appointments, etc. Help your
loved one stay independent. 941-518-4417.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
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PROFESSIONAL I.T SERVICES: Complete com-
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wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
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WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
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Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
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ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
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and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
GET A BID, then call Nick. Voted No.1 painter.
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handsets replaced, insulated glass replacement,
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ESP CLEANING: COMMERCIAL and residential
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941-345-2162 or 941-737-6164.
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
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and personalized service, call William Eller,
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your house is secure and cared for while you
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UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience. Gift boutique, nail prod-
ucts, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appoint-
ment. Now offering in-home pedicure services.
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private studio,
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializ-
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strength, and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
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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.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
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-
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call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
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experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118.
941-778-3924 or 778-4461.
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supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
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GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.
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.
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MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Complete
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KITCHEN, BATHROOM, REMODELING, custom
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all remodeling. Call Tudor, 941-376-0015.
LOCAL CRAFTSMAN: 25 years experience. All
phases of home improvement. Reliable, refer-
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Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT 2BR/2BA, dock,
furnished. Walking distance to restaurants and
beaches. Call 941-794-5980.
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
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.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space:
625 sf, $500/month. 8799 Cortez Road. Call
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH duplex. 2BR/2BA with
garage. Clean, quiet area, No smoking or pets.
2010 MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA on beach,
ocean view, lanai, pool, tennis, garage, furnished.
2BR LUXURY CONDO: Steps to beach, heated
pool, sauna, tennis. $750/week. 863-688-3524
or cell, 863-608-1833. E-mail: chickenplucker@
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA, steps
to Gulf with view. Just remodeled, tile through-
out, extra-large storage room, washer and dryer
hookup, undercover parking. $1,050/month.
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.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
ANNUAL: 1BR IN Holmes Beach. $675/month
plus security deposit. 941-778-6541, weekdays
and 941-504-3844, evenings and weekends.
SEASONAL: BEAUTIFUL GROUND-level single-
family home. Available now. 2BR/1 BA or 3BR/2BA
with living room, family room, washer/dryer
and carport. Block to the beach in Anna Maria.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 941-778-7978.
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VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, private
pool home near Palma Sola Causeway. $900/
weekly. Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gor-
geous pool home, Intracoastal Waterway, west
Bradenton. $1,050 weekly. www.coastalproper-
tiesrealty.com, or 941-794-1515.
ANNUAL: BRADENTON BEACH. 3BR/2BA single
home. Huge yard, most pets welcome! Washer/
dryer. $999/month. 2204 Ave. C. Available Feb.
19. 2BR/1BA, washer/dryer. Pets OK! Yard! $899/
month. 1BR/1BA, washer/dryer. Pets OK! Yard!
CORTEZ ANNUAL FURNISHED 1BR, $675/
month, seasonal, $1,075. Washer and dryer, cats
BEACH CONDO! NEWLY remodeled. Furnished,
unfurnished, two pools, carport, shuffleboard,
clubhouse. Annual or seasonal. 941-761-1923.
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo.
Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer,
dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/month.
813-634-3790. Available March, April, May,
MATURE COUPLE DESIRE 2BR/2BA ground
floor on Island. March only. $1,500-$2,000. Call
POINTE AT MARINER'S Cove, Cortez. Annual
3BR/2BA unfurnished condo. Garage, boat slip,
water views. 941-761-4153.
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DON'T MISS THIS ISLAND GETAWAY
Wonderful 2bed/2bath, 1 block to beach
in Holmes Beach. Property is turnkey
furnished and is a successful vacation
rental. Asking $359,000.
We've been here 30
Years and we'll be
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Sales & Rentals
COMMERCIAL LEASE: $975/month. 121 Bridge
St., Bradenton Beach. Beach townhouses,
2BR/2BA, $900/month. Bradenton home by the
river, 2BR/1BA, $875/month. Mike Norman Realty,
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1BA, 750-sf, furnished,
washer and dryer, cable. 100 feet from bay. March
and April, $4,200. 949-813-4900.
RENT ANNA MARIA Island beachfront 1 BR/1 BA
condo, Feb. 28-March 7. Pool, sauna, WIFI,
furnished, $700 or best offer. 941-779-1490.
DIRECTLY ON THE beach. 55-plus. Two months
or more. 941-779-1013.
ANNUAL SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA elevated duplex.
Large covered porch with bay view. Tile and
carpet. Indoor storage room with washer and
dryer. Bradenton Beach. Steps from beach,
Intracoastal Waterway, park. Non-smoking. $950/
month. 603-568-5618 or 239-822-6680.
VACATION RENTALS NOW: $750/week, 2BR/2BA
Palma Sola townhouse. Key Royale 3BR/2BA,
pool and boat dock home, March, $3,800. Plus
more rentals. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
ANNUAL GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA condo. Beauti-
ful new tile throughout! $1,300-plus FPL. Annual
furnished 2BR/2BA elevated house, Anna Maria,
$1,300-plus utilities. An Island Place Realty,
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/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.
Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
LACASA COSTIERA Luxury condo
7320 Gulf Dr., #10, Holmes Beach:
Exquisite 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views,
tastefully furnished, wet bar, crown
molding, heated pool and spa.
Squi f ay ~aty ofAnna Ma1aInca
Jesse Brisson OrokerAssociate, Gqr
Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900
Make an offer! Gulfview 2bed/2bath condo in 55+
community with pool. Totally redone exterior! Views
of the Gulf in a great location close to everything the
Island has to offer. Turnkey Furnished. Come see for
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
HOLMES BEACH: KEY Royale. An absolutely
spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA, two-car
garage, split-plan, custom remodeled through-
out. Deep sailboat water with new dock and lift,
direct access to Tampa Bay and Gulf. Must see!
Owner can hold second. Owner, 941-809-1522.
See online at: www.617Foxworth.com.
REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for fax
and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
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.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA town-
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
EXCEPTIONAL ISLAND VALUE: Updated
1BR/1BA condo, turnkey furnished. Owner
financing. Price reduced, now $159,000.
TRADE: 2006 42-foot, motor yacht, aft cabin, new
condition. Value $375,000. Will trade for real estate
of equal, greater or lesser value. 941-725-0000.
BEACH CONDO: PANORAMIC views, like new.
$560,000. 55-plus. 941-779-1013.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
34 Years ofProfessional Service
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 1700 SF floorplan, 2BR/2BA, enclosed
lanai, carport, great condition. Fantastic price of $130,000.
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,
HOLMES BEACH 941-778-0807
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CANAL HOUSE $490,000 941-779-1013
COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES HOSPITAL area,
1,900-sf building, $165,000 Car boat, RV store
age lot with office and garage, $250000 Owner
financing available Realtor, 941 756 1090
PRICE REDUCED DUPLEX on two deeded
lots both units 2BR/ 5BA, elevated, park under
building $520,000 Call Sherry Sasser at Sato
Real Estate, 941-778-7200, or Ilona Kenrick,
941-713-3214 Owner 941-730-2606
NOW IS THE time to buy your Tennessee lake
property Four seasons and no state income tax
Call Lakeside Realty, 888-291-5253, orvisitwww
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VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN CABIN Ready to move
Ini Great views Near large stocked trout stream,
private, two acres Only $159,500 Owner,
CUSTOM DESIGNED HOME 450 ft
to hoice Anna Maa Beach 3BR/2BA,
DUPLEX-ZONED LOTWITH OLDER
STRUCTURE. Lovely building site,
11,456 fq, ft, and no, pm-d b low
county's value Was $429,000, NOW
SPACIOUS BAY PALMS
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6BR/3BA FORECLOSURE' $29,9001 Only $238/
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800-366 9783, ext 5760
BIG LOT SMALLEST price 12 acresjust $99,900
Best neighborhood in Tallahassee area Rare spa
clouS 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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Acqua Aveda Salon
Hair, nails, make-up, skin and massage
for the bride and the entire bridal party.
5311 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach 941-778-5400
Unique wedding flowers that will WOW you!
9807 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, inside Ginny's.
Call 941-720-0424, or e-mail
Tortuga Inn Beach &
90 well-appointed rooms, apts. & suites
with kitchens, wi-fi, pools, beach and more!
An Island jewel with 1950s charm and
21st century amenities. Perfect for all
weddings and reunions.
941-778-5405 or 800-367-7824
at Decor & More
Visit our store or shop online for all
your invitation and stationery needs.
6713 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton
Jack Elka Photo
The finest wedding photography since
1980. Studio located at 315 58th St,
Holmes Beach. Visit my Web site at
Memories by Billi
Over the top service at a great value.
A range of packages to suit your needs.
You'll love your pictures forever!
Wedding Photography, Rehearsal Dinners,
Engagement Sessions, Special Events.
941-345-5135 | Island resident
Specializing in beach weddings and events.
DJ service, live guitar and more from an
experienced Island professional.
Caribbean Grill & Restaurant
We'll cater your affair with Caribbean flair!
Now offering catering and banquet facilities
for weddings and private parties.
For catering menu and more information,
Bayside Banquet Hall
Rehearsal Dinner Packages $1600
Wedding & Reception packages $1700
4628 119th St. W, Historic Cortez Village
Bridge Street Jewelers
All your jewelry and bridesmaid gifts
129 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach
The Beach Shop
at the Manatee Public Beach
Pretty white dresses for a casual island
wedding, dresses for the moms too!
Mixon's in the Grove
A Tropical Garden Oasis Setting
Weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners.
2712 26th Ave. E. Bradenton
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