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votes on Cortez land
issue. Page 14
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By Rick Catlin
In what was expected to be one of the
most controversial decisions since Anna
Maria adopted a parking plan several years
ago, city commissioners at the Feb. 12 final
hearing on amendments to the retail-office-
residential ordinance voted 4-1 in favor of
The hearing started with a packed house
and public comment.
When all was said and done, following
several hours of discussion, Commissioner
Dale Woodland voted against the ordinance,
while commissioners Chuck Webb, Chris-
tine Toilette, Jo Ann Mattick and Commission
Chairman John Quam voted to pass it.
The ordinance now complies with the com-
prehensive plan approved in 2007, including
the portion that deletes the former provision
that ROR structures must be "owner-occu-
The regulations now allow a swimming
pool at an ROR structure, but only for use by
the occupants of the residences. The revised
ordinance will prohibit use of a swimming
pool by the business entity.
The commission also agreed to remove
a suggestion from the planning and zoning
board that residential units in the ROR must
Golfers head out to tee off in the For the Cure golf tournament Feb. 10 in Holmes Beach.
The annual For the Cure tournament raised money for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure.
For more on the event, seepage 13. lal,,ih r Photo: Lisa Neff
HB commission retains rental rule
By Lisa Neff
Laiind r Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners
decided last week not to lessen a restriction
on short-term rentals in low-density residen-
tial districts from 30 days to seven days.
The consensus came during a lengthy
work session Feb. 10 at city hall, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Mar-
tens and Commissioners John Monetti, Pat
Morton and Pat Geyer agreed. Commis-
sioner David Zaccagnino, who had urged
the commission to reconsider the rule, was
absent from the meeting.
The city amended the short-term rental
rule in its R-l, low-density residential areas
about two years ago, changing the restriction
for rentals from a minimum of seven days
to a minimum of 30 days. The city offered
a 10-year grace period to phase out legal
weekly rentals, and did not eliminate weekly
rentals allowed in other zoning districts.
Last fall, with U.S. foreclosures on the
rise and stock prices on the decline, several
real estate professionals and Zaccagnino
asked the commission to reconsider.
A discussion was delayed until the new
year, when seasonal residents returned to the
Island, said Haas-Martens.
In late January, commissioners heard from
residents and business people on both sides of
Commissioners heard again from resi-
dents and business people last week, as well
as from city planning consultant Bill Brisson,
who offered a compromise that some found
appealing but that the commission eventually
There are pockets of R-1 zoning around
Holmes Beach, including two neighborhoods
along the Gulf of Mexico and a block on the
city's south end, but the bulk of R-1 is from
66th Street north to the city limits and east of
Brisson said the commission could create
a new land-use category and designate cer-
tain R-1 areas along the Gulf as "low-density
residential-resort." Weekly rentals could be
allowed there, he said.
Another option, Brisson said, would be to
adopt language that said resort housing in the
R-1 district could be permitted if the property
is located west of Gulf Drive and "not more
than 800 feet east of the erosion-control line
or mean-high water line if there is no ECL."
The planner said the coastal properties
"would presumably be areas where people
want to stay."
PLEASE SEE RENTALS, PAGE 4
be rented for a minimum of seven consecutive
The public hearing and second, final
reading of the ordinance before an overflow
audience was not intended to be about any
one particular development or project in the
district. The ordinance was drafted to bring the
land-development regulation for the district
into compliance with the comprehensive plan
approved by the city in 2007.
But this is Anna Maria, and the proposed
changes to the district, while not new sug-
gestions, had recently become a hot topic for
PLEASE SEE ROR, PAGE 3
weekend in Cortez
Cortezians are excited yet "crabby" about
The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
is Feb. 21-22, with a crowd of 30,000 people
expected to visit the historic waterfront com-
munity on the shore of Sarasota Bay just east
of Anna Maria Island.
Excitement comes from all the folks visit-
ing the village and enjoying the old-Florida
atmosphere plus live entertainment, tons
of food and drink, arts and crafts.
Crabbiness comes from the theme of this
year's event, "Claws," as in stone crab claws.
The crab's huge claws are renowned as one
of the most-prized seafood delicacies in the
Stone crabs are primarily harvested along
Florida's west coast from the Florida Keys
northward. Cortez is a major port of call for
And crabs are expected to be present in
force, both stone crab claws and blue crab,
steamed, boiled and caked, plus seafood of all
Plus arts and crafts from scores of arti-
sans. And activities for the kids, plus music
and entertainment and lots of fun for all.
Admission is $2, children under 12 free.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Offsite
parking is available at Sugg Middle School,
3801 59th St. W., Bradenton, or Coquina
Beach Bayside, Bradenton Beach, with shuttle
bus service to Cortez, both with a $2 round-trip
fee, or parking east of the village off Cortez
Road at about a 10-minute walk.
Proceeds from the 27th annual Cortez
Commercial Fishing Festival will support
expansion of the FISH Preserve and restora-
tion of vitally important wetland habitat. The
preserve is 100 bayfront acres just east of the
village, dedicated as a nature preserve.
"It's important that local residents know
that festival proceeds are a major source of
donations for the FISH Preserve," said John
M. Stevely, local Florida Sea Grant extension
agent. "Much has been accomplished, but
there is still a lot to do."
"The accomplishments of the Cortez com-
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Anna Maria OKs ROR ordinance
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Cortez festival this weekend
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munity in preserving these wetlands is indeed aston-
ishing and a testimony to private citizen involvement"
noted Karen Bell, chairman of the festival organizing
committee. "Now efforts will turn to expanding the
preserve, restoring impacted wetlands, restoring the
Cortez 1912 schoolhouse and developing a maritime
Noted environmentalist and ocean explorer Jean-
Michel Cousteau endorsed the FISH Preserve and
efforts to preserve Cortez, one of the last intact fish-
ing villages on Florida's Gulf Coast.
"Your FISH Preserve is very impressive," wrote
Cousteau, founder of the Ocean Futures Society. "Its
economic value cannot be judged in terms of dollars
alone. I have seen from many places around the world
communities like the fishing village of Cortez, suf-
fering from the demise of the natural resources base
on which they depend. Your project is an important
reminder of the vital connections between nature and
"There will be new artists and crafts people,
new musical groups, and more food venders this
year," said Cortez heritage sites manager Roger
Allen. "There will be lots of new things going on
from years past, plus all the events that people have
grown to love."
The blessing of the fleet and an awards cer-
emony is scheduled for noon Saturday. Winners
of The Islander newspaper-sponsored Cortez Crab
Cookoff will receive their awards on stage at noon.
And the winning restaurant in the crab cake cat-
egory, Banana Cabana of Bradenton Beach, will
have a booth at the event with a menu including
owner Michael Rapport's ilmngo Island Crab
Entertainment features the Richard Culbreath
Group, Sunshine Express C1, ci .' Gumbo Boogie
Band, The Alternators, Gulf Drive Band and the
Manatee River Bluegrass Band.
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Road 64. And Whitmore's Blackberry contained pho-
tographs of cars lined up on the right of way and on
the small bridge on Perico Island near the back gate
to the preserve.
The county and the Florida Department of Trans-
portation, which has oversight of the road, must work
on resolving the safety hazard, Whitmore said.
An option might be to post a sign directing driv-
ers to park at the nearby Palma Sola Causeway beach
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Bettcher said many of the people going into the
preserve through the Manatee Avenue gate are walk-
ers, joggers and bicyclists who shouldn't mind travel-
ing from the causeway parking area to the entrance.
Bettcher also said the county plans to create a
shell parking area at the Perico Preserve area located
west of the Robinson entrance on Manatee Avenue.
Islanders headed for Robinson could park at the
Perico Preserve and walk or ride to the back gate,
"We just didn't know where we were supposed
to park," said Yvonne Little of Perico as she and her
children approached the back entrance for a morning
walk into the preserve. "It's not really clear to me that
you can't park here."
"When there's a line of cars, you assume it's
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ROR approved in Anna Maria
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Members of the public on both sides of the ROR
ordinance moved quickly to either criticize ROR
projects being developed by Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC, or praise the company for its "planned growth"
Most of the opposition was concerned that
increased rental activity at PAR's residential units
within mixed-use developments would affect their
quality of life, and that allowing different owners
for each unit in an ROR structure would lead to the
"condo-ization" of Pine Avenue.
Spring Avenue resident Sally Eaton suggested
the commission "balance the business community
concerns with the concerns of the city's residents."
She suggested a one-week minimum rental
period in the ROR, establishment of a 6-foot-high
fence and landscaping buffer for ROR projects and
to limit swimming pools to single-family residences
- excluding residential units in an ROR from having
Eaton said renters in Anna Maria should be given
a list of rules and regulations in the city.
Terry Schaefer of Spring Avenue objected to
removing language in the current ordinance that
required an ROR structure be "owner-occupied."
In a compromise effort, he suggested that only
one entity" be the owner of an ROR building. The
entity would then lease out the various levels and
Schaefer said there are "enormous concerns" by
a majority of residents about the current PAR project
at 315/317 Pine Ave. and the best idea might be to
"refer the issue back to planning and zoning" to draft
Spring Avenue resident Heather Bayless agreed,
saying a "compromise is what we must do."
She opposed short-term rentals in the ROR, fear-
ing that along with swimming pools, this would lead
to additional noise affecting adjacent residents.
Attorney Jeremy Anderson, representing William
and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue, said that allow-
ing pools in the ROR is an "absurd idea" that will
increase the chance of a "nuisance" that will affect
the "health, safety and welfare" of residents.
Traffic in the ROR will increase, he alleged, cre-
ating a safety hazard. He said he could also envision
"some young kid" jumping off the second floor of an
ROR building into a swimming pool.
Robin Wall said removing the owner-occupied
restriction could turn the ROR into "a condo area"
with units "run like motels."
The proposed changes will "not serve the major-
ity of people," she said, suggesting the commission
should not be in a rush to pass anything that night.
Former City Commissioner Carol Ann Magill
agreed: "You do not have to rush tonight. There's a
lot of new information."
Nat Camp claimed that Mike Coleman, a PAR
principal, "wants to make that property a condomin-
ium. Think before you make a decision."
Not all Spring Avenue residents, however, were
opposed to the amendment or Pine Avenue Restora-
Jill Morris of Spring Avenue said the process to
revitalize the Pine Avenue business district and have
the land-development regulations match the compre-
hensive plan "started a long time ago," yet there is
suddenly a "lot of unfounded concern by just 3 per-
cent of Anna Maria."
It's incongruous that some people believe the
changes will turn Pine Avenue "into New York City,"
The fear some people have about short-term
rentals on Pine Avenue is "unfounded," Morris said.
Every rental unit in the city can be rented on a daily
basis, yet there is no widespread problem.
She asked why tenants on Pine Avenue would
behave differently than those on other city streets?
Others at the hearing also supported the proposed
changes as well as PAR and its projects, particularly
since Coleman lives on Pine Avenue and partner Ed
Chiles lives in Anna Maria and owns the Sandbar
Restaurant in the city.
"Better to have one of our own developing than
someone we don't know forcing something down our
throats," said Wayne Seawall.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner David Zac-
cagnino said it was "better to have someone you
know and you know where they live" developing
Pine Avenue than an outsider who could care less
about the concerns of residents.
Coleman, the man-in-the-middle, said the whole
process has been "difficult but enlightening." He said
discussion has served to bring everyone closer, even
if they don't agree on the issues.
Coleman said PAR only began its Pine Avenue
ROR projects after attendees at an August 2008 joint
city commission-planning and zoning board work
session agreed to remove the language in the regula-
tion that required an ROR structure to be "owner-
A majority of commissioners and board members
at that meeting agreed then that mixed-use was not
developing in the district as envisioned, and the city
needed a viable business district of small shops and
offices consistent with the city's character.
With the owner-occupied requirement, no ROR
structures were developed in the district, but 37-foot-
high single-family residences were built, he noted.
Although many residents were concerned that
PAR would add more rental units, Coleman pointed
out that, if every one of PAR's proposed projects is
built, "we would only add six rental units to Pine
Avenue." There are currently about 400 rental units
in the city, he observed.
But Woodland remained unconvinced.
He said that up until the recent planning and
zoning board hearing on the ordinance, he had sup-
ported removal of the owner-occupied restriction as a
member of the ad hoc comprehensive plan committee
and as a city commissioner.
Now, however, he sees "problems" on removing
the owner-occupied restriction and he wants "com-
Woodland argued that allowing an ROR owner
to rent the residential unit and the retail-office unit
amounts to "commercial and commercial."
He said multiple owners could lead to "condo-
minium associations" and the "condo-ization of the
ROR district scares me."
But city attorney Jim Dye pointed out that the city
"can't regulate condominium ownership." Instead,
the city regulates use.
Woodland said he didn't understand why the city
did not have this authority.
In Dye's opinion, for the city to regulate owner-
ship, it has to show that there is "something about
ownership that is harmful enough that the city has to
address it." Instead, the city regulates use.
Quam said he would prefer to have just one entity
as the owner of an ROR structure, but, for the pres-
ent, "our efforts should be land use for the ROR," not
After the meeting, Quam said he "reluctantly"
voted for the ordinance because it contained some
good policies and procedures, but he still wanted
retention of the owner-occupied requirement.
Commissioners Webb, Tollette and Mattick
favored removal of the owner-occupied restriction.
Regarding a minimum rental period in the ROR,
Webb said he has not yet seen a problem in the city
with rowdy renters. However, if the commission does
find a problem in the future, it could handle that with
a licensing program and fee structure.
Tollette agreed. "It's not important to address
now. Let's wait and see if it's an issue and we can
take care of it."
Mattick sided with Webb and Toilette, while
Quam and Woodland favored some rental limits.
After discussion, commissioners agreed to allow
a swimming pool at any ROR structure, but only for
the use of the residents. They added a restriction that
prohibits use of the pool by the commercial entity.
Commissioners also agreed that package sales of
alcohol in the ROR is an allowed use, but said they
would later add a definition for package sales.
The commission also kept light repair businesses
and pet shops as allowed ROR uses, approved adding
art galleries and studios and prohibited outdoor flea
markets except by a special event permit.
Commissioners accepted a proposal from city
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A full house greets Anna Maria city commission-
ers at the Feb. 12 hearing on changes to the city's
retail-office-residential ordinance. Islander Photo:
planner Alan Garrett that, for construction purposes,
residential lots in the ROR platted before Feb. 15,
2009, need 5,000 square feet, a retail-office-residen-
tial lot platted prior to Feb. 15, 2009, needs 5,000
square feet, a residential lot platted after Feb. 15,
2009, requires 7,500 square feet and an office-retail
lot platted after Feb. 15, 2009, needs a minimum of
5,000 square feet.
This portion of the regulation will allow a single-
family home on a lot of record to be built on any ROR
lot that is 5,000 square feet, said Garrett.
Owners of a lot in the Residential-1 district are
required to have 7,500 square feet to build a house.
Commissioners rejected a suggestion by Quam
that lot coverage for an ROR structure should be
reduced to 35 percent rather than the 40 percent lot
That would only bring back construction of the
37-foot-high residences, said Mattick.
The commission agreed unanimously to leave
the current setback requirements unchanged.
By the end of the meeting, only a few people
remained to hear Mattick say she would like to dis-
cuss meeting attendance by commissioners at a future
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 board
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.,
Feb. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
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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 be
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 Is-
land Elected Officials meeting, 501 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key, 941-316-1999.
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Rentals draw debate
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After Brisson spoke and commissioners dis-
cussed the options, Haas-Martens asked the 20
people seated in the commission chamber, "Now that
we' ve discussed this at length, is everybody out there
One loud "no" was shouted from the back of the
Residents and businesspeople next shared their
views, with a majority opposing a relaxed rule.
"You're giving away our business," Ken Gerry
of White Sands Beach Resort, which operates as a
motel, said, asking the commission not to relax the
He emphasized all the expenses that resort owners
must pay and regulations they must comply with to
legally operate in the state.
People who rent out their homes to vacationers
do not have to follow the same hotel/motel rules,
Gerry said. And, he stressed, often do not follow the
regulations that are mandated.
Gerry also said short-term rentals in low-density
residential neighborhoods diminish the quality of life
for full-time residents.
Resident and business-owner Sean Murphy also
opposed a change in the rule. He said if the commis-
sion allowed more weekly rentals, it was essentially
creating more hotel rooms, which jeopardizes hotel/
Murphy also said he valued the city's full-time
residents and "sense of community."
Jeff Gerry of White Sands said that when the city
enacted the 30-day rule for R-1 properties, it offered
a "sunset provision" and created an opportunity for
people to sell investment homes if they could not
"It was just greed that kept them in," he said.
"They had a door and an exit plan."
Don Schroder of Re/Max Gulfstream Realty, who
asked the commission to reconsider the rental policy
last year, repeated his request last week.
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By Diana Bogan
The news wasn't good for Island parents and
community members in attendance at an infor-
mation session hosted by the Manatee County
School District Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Anna
Maria Elementary School auditorium.
Ron Russell, district director of the excep-
tional students education department, delivered
the message that the district already has incurred
a $6.4 million cut in the current budget and, that
"for the 2009-2010 school year, the picture looks
even bleaker as [the district] faces a $20 million
Russell provided highlights of information
on the budget, which are available on the MCSD
Web site. He encouraged citizens to access the
information online in order to stay informed. Rus-
sell said district Superintendent Tim McGonegal
is seeking transparency in this process and wel-
Schroder said that the restriction placed hardship
on property owners, who might have purchased a
second home with plans to make some money, but
eventually to retire on the Island.
"You are taking away that opportunity from those
people," he said. "You are not here to take money
Schroder and several others suggested another
poll or survey of citizens.
Commissioners, with the close of public com-
ment, shared their reluctance to change the rule.
Morton said simply, "Keep it R-1."
Monetti said the city must protect the core neigh-
Geyer, acknowledging the many times the issue
has come up, said, "I say let's leave it like it is."
"I think we really need to," Haas-Martens said.
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Among the items Russell noted were some
misconceptions in how the district can use funds.
For example, the MCSD anticipates receiving
$26 million from the proposed federal govern-
ment stimulus package, however, that money is
earmarked for Title 1 schools and for students
"There is a misconception that the stimulus
package will solve our financial problems," Rus-
sell said. 'We can use the money and it will help,
but it doesn't flow into the general fund budget.
It's nice to get, but it's not going to solve the
Another misconception, he said, is that-
Florida statutes do not allow school districts the
flexibility to transfer revenue in their budgets.
For example, districts are prohibited from trans-
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Patricia Petruff's approval.
"We have been through this issue numerous
times," she said. "At some point, people do need to
take responsibility for what they purchased.... Zoning
is not a new thing."
Brisson also said that while he offered the options,
he was not recommending a change.
"When you have weekly rentals," he said, "you
can't have a neighborhood watch."
Brisson also said a neighborhood can reach a
point where it loses its residential character.
He cited statistics indicating that in 2005, just 25
properties zoned R-1 carried rental licenses. "There
aren't that many," he said, acknowledging that some
properties might be rented without the required
The next commission meeting will be at 7 p.m.
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on the Island past the Manatee Public Beach.
The Florida Department of Transportation said
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bridge closures again this week, but none should
last longer than a normal closure for boat traffic
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Albert resigns as
Larry Albert resigned as chairman of Anna
Maria's capital improvements advisory commit-
tee effective Feb. 13.
Albert indicated in his letter of resignation
to Mayor Fran Barford that his vision of the
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monies allocated for building maintenance, equip-
ment and transportation, to the general fund, which
is money allocated for materials, supplies, salaries,
where the impact of the shortfall will be felt.
Russell said the district is challenged to absorb the
deficit with the least impact to students. He pointed
out that even without the budget cuts, Florida schools
provide one of the lowest base student allocation rates
in the nation, with schools already under funded. He
said the Florida government only provides $4,000
per student to each school, while in other states the
average base rate is $8,000-$10,000.
Russell did not provide insight into what mea-
sures may be taken to meet the deficit. However, a
brainstorm list of possibilities, compiled by district
employees and community members, was provided.
Some suggestions on the list include eliminating
media specialists at elementary schools, eliminat-
ing middle school sports, utilizing long-term substi-
tutes instead of new hires. The full list is available
One hot topic on the brainstorm list for those at
the school meeting was the suggestion of closing an
elementary school, with several people fearing the
closure of AME.
AME Principal Tom Levengood assured parents
that would be unlikely. "We are a successful school,
all our classrooms are full, we're an'A' school and
we have a very active, supportive community, he
Some people offered suggestions, the first being that
the school district be more accountable for its spending.
Ron Mauer of Holmes Beach questioned the superinten-
dent's $170,000 salary. "He isn't running a corporation
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and he isn't turning a profit," he said.
Others questioned the inability of the school dis-
trict to borrow funds from another revenue base, such
as its capital fund, even as a short-term solution.
And some parents sought assurance that Leven-
good would have a voice in how the Island school
weathers the shortfall as it trickles down to the
Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino
called for schools to be funded based on the percent-
age of tax revenue it provides. "Aren't we your best
customer in the county?" he asked. "Why upset your
best customer?" He said spending should be based
on how much the district provides in revenue.
Russell urged those concerned to not just share their
thoughts with McGonegal and district board members,
but with legislative leaders in Tallahassee.
Three key changes that could make a large impact
in boosting funds, according to Russell, are to seek a
change in state statutes to allow flexibility between
budgets, increase the base student allocation and to
seek increased taxes on cigarettes, similar to other
More details regarding the educational budget
crisis are available, and continually updated, online
at www.manateeschools.net. Click on 2009 Budget
"We are not w hinini'." said Russell. "We want
to make our stakeholders aware. State revenues are
down, but the school business is not down. We do
have lobbyists working on this, and the Manatee
County Education Association is planning a trip to
Tallahassee, but your voice is stronger than ours.
They listen to parents."
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Wait and see
Anna Maria Island, as we learn from reports in
this week's news, is in a wait-and-see mode when it
comes to the real estate market.
Some real estate agents say folks want to buy
here, but they also are resisting making decisions.
So, too, are the banks. While agents attempt to
keep the news rosy, it's also true that some deals are
waiting closure because the banks won't or can't
make the necessary loans.
Even some well-qualified folks, with large down
payments, are having difficulty getting financing.
Which puts a damper on the process.
The movers and shakers also agree that while
prices on a limited number of foreclosure properties
are low, prices on listings by individuals "who can
afford to wait" are holding firm. They say, we've hit
bottom and we may be on the way back up.
The rental business is holding together most of
the real estate offices, and, thankfully, we see solid
evidence that accommodations are booming. It is
SEASON. People are here, there, everywhere. And
it's no more visible than on the Island roads.
And, finally, the development of a thiui\ in'.
charming business district on Pine Avenue can pro-
ceed with the confidence that the city ordinance sup-
ports it. What remains to be seen is whether the busi-
ness units there will sell soon.
It seems that for every business that closes,
another comes along. We welcome this week a
new, small restaurant in Anna Maria, Feeling
Swell, and a charming little retail shop in Holmes
Beach, fulfilling the dream of a widely recognized
artist, Emerson Quillin, to live and work here. Next
month, Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach will wel-
come a new retailer, a mix of friends and artists
who will combine their eclectic tastes and ambi-
tions into an "alley" shop.
We're reminded of a sign at an old marina on Boca
Grande, where the beaches aren't nearly as pretty as
Anna Maria Island, and the community is, well, snoot-
ier. It says "Boca Grande es on the upp an upp."
The sign welcomes visitors to corporatete"
"Rest in our hall. Sears Robuck and air condition-
ing for your comfort."
Well, we'll just wait and see. Some day we'll rise
up to the Boca Grande, Longboat Key property prices
and people won't be saying "wait and see."
It will be more like: "We shoulda"
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But wait and see?
You don't need a long memory to recall that in
years past, before the real estate "boom" that saw
homes and condos selling before the sign went into
the sand, that the real estate sale was, well, slow to
People came to visit family and friends and enjoy
the beach, and to appreciate Anna Maria Island before
they assumed the role of buyers. They looked and
looked, hoped and wished, pondered and planned,
and, when everything fell into place, they made an
offer frequently after they'd returned home from
their visit here. That's when they made the leap, and
signed a deal.
The leap came at the end of season. And it will
again. If you don't believe it, just wait and see.
I've attended the recent planning and zoning
meetings and city commission meetings and I've
followed the story of the city of Anna Maria revis-
ing its comprehensive plan and the adoption of the
associated land-development regulations.
Having recently moved to my home on Spring
Avenue to be a full-time resident, this process gave
me an opportunity to see my city in action.
It made me so glad to be a resident of Anna Maria.
It was refreshing to see so much interest in what's going
on in our community. Both sides on the retail-office-
residential issue came together in friendliness, openness
and a spirit of listening to one another.
For me, however, the best part has been the
opportunity to meet my neighbors, many of whom
attended the meetings, getting to know the city offi-
cials, and really feeling connected to this small but
wonderful community called Anna Maria.
I'm pleased that I live just one block from Pine
Avenue and I look forward to many neighborly walks
to the shops and the post office in the future.
Anna Maria is the best.
Jill Morris, Anna Maria
Last week, the tennis players from the Anna
Maria Island Community Center held their annual
pot-luck dinner at the Center. I was fortunate to be
invited and attend, and I would like to say that the
folks I met were amazing. The turn out was great
and the food was even better. Everyone was happy
to see one another and catch up on the events in their
Jeanne and Mark Swift once again did an amaz-
ing job organizing the evening-from flowers on the
tables to kooky name tags.
Along with some fun and laugher, we also dis-
cussed the economy and how it affects us all in the
world. Mary took up a collection for the SHARE
Food Program and the group raised enough money
for seven boxes of food for needy families.
This letter is to say "thank you" to all who
attended for their "old-fashioned" spirit and caring
for their community.
Once again, that is why we are the community
Susanne Arbanas, membership coordinator,
Baseball season begins soon
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
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NS,. By Miki Maloney Sr.
I can't stand it when magazine and newspaper writ-
ers create lists. Top 10 this and top 10 that. We even see
these dreaded lists appearing on news programs and
sports shows. They seem to me to be an excuse for not
writing out your thoughts on a matter. However, with
this said, I have chosen this week to make a a list.
My list is devoted to the 21 questions that I cannot
answer. Perhaps, with all of the reader feedback that
I have been experiencing in "letters to the editor," I
might now receive some enlightenment to the ques-
tions that I keep asking myself.
1. Why is the "junk drawer" called the "junk
drawer"? We seem to need the contents of this drawer
on a consistent basis. The word "junk" does not seem
to justify the importance of this household fixture.
2. Where do all of the lost socks go? I understand
that socks are easy to misplace, but why is one of the
pair always gone for good, never to be found again.
3. Why are Girl Scout cookies only sold during
this time of the year? They are so popular with the
masses, one would think that the Scouts are missing
out on a golden opportunity for revenue.
4. Why do light bulbs only go out when you're
turning the switch to the "on" position? I've never seen
a bulb go out on its own while it was already lit.
5. What happened to the Polar Cup truck? During
my early visits to the Island 25 years ago, the mad
dash to grab one of these treats became a daily ritual
for myself and my Island cousins.
6. How come Cheerios are universally loved by
7. Why does the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment use SUV patrol trucks? Is there a higher rate of
"all-terrain" crime in this city?
8. I know I have exhausted the subject of slow
driving on the Island, but why does it always seem as
if it is an automobile with Michigan or Ontario tags
that delay my travels during the work day?
9. What is the difference between jelly and
10. Should I be afraid of the giant crane that
stares me down in my driveway on a daily basis?
11. How do you catch the lizard that somehow
makes it into your home?
12. Why do visitors blame the locals for foul
13. Does getting stung by a sting ray hurt as much
as they say? Is it true that you are able to relieve the
pain by having someone relieve themselves on you.
14. Before Ginny's and Jane E's, when there was
the old IGA, what did the letters I-G-A stand for?
15. Are there any homes not "for sale" or "for
rent" on Anna Maria Island?
16. Would locals appreciate or hate a Starbucks
on the Island?
17. Where did all of the Island children go? When I
first came here, there were kids to play with everywhere.
Pick-up basketball games at the Center were the norm.
18. Speaking of the past, why do we no longer
celebrate the classics? Our culture has become
increasingly obsessed with what is brand new, while
there is disdain for that which is old.
19. Did people attend Tampa Bay Rays games
before last season?
20. Why do the people who write critical letters
about my column frequently do so anonymously? Is
there a concern that I might confront the writer about
21. And finally, when is Cameron Diaz coming
to visit the Island again?
Any effort to assist me with finding the answers
to these questions will be appreciated. Just don't send
in your answers anonymously.
Stand up, be counted.
In the Feb. 17, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Four youths were hospitalized after ingesting a
street drug named "Special K," according to a Holmes
Beach police report. The report said an officer found
the four sick youths in a car that had backed into a tele-
phone pole at 3300 Gulf Drive. The youths admitted
to drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and taking the
drug. The four were taken to a Bradenton hospital for
treatment. Two of the youths were from Port Charlotte
and two were from Bradenton.
Solicitors claiming they were collecting dona-
tions for the Holmes Beach Fraternal Order of Police
inadvertently called the wrong person to seek a dona-
tion. Holmes Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-
Martens said that when she told the solicitor that there
was no such organization, an argument ensued. The
solicitor hung up after Haas-Martens identified her-
self as a city commissioner. Haas-Martens turned the
matter over to Police Chief Jay Romine, who said he
would investigate the company.
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Busy times for Island retail economy
By Rick Catlin
The bad news about the nationwide economy
apparently hasn't affected Anna Maria Island retail
stores as a number of owners have reported brisk
sales thus far for the winter season. Some are even
saying their sales are up compared with last year.
"I'm very pleased and surprised," said Signa
Bouziane of Mister Roberts Resort Wear in Holmes
"We've been very busy the past two weeks,"
said Bouziane. "A lot of new faces have come in
and our regular winter visitors are also back. I hope
this keeps up. I'm very satisfied with the season and
we've made a lot of new friends."
The brisk business could be attributed to an
increase in winter visitors as the rental accommo-
dation market is doing well, despite the nationwide
Alan Galletto of Island Real Estate in Holmes
Beach said accommodation rentals there are up 15
percent from last year at this time.
"We're doing great. Of course, people now book
closer to the time they come than they used to, but
they are coming," he added.
Likewise for Barb Sato at Sato Real Estate in
"It's been a great start to the season, and we're
still in February," she said.
Other real estate agents in the accommodation
rental market echoed Galletto and Sato.
"We're up 20 percent from last year," said Mike
Norman of Mike Norman Realty in Holmes Beach.
"The accommodation market is doing very well."
Increased rentals should translate into increased
spending on Anna Maria Island, but not necessarily
on the mainland, Norman indicated.
And winter residents and visitors to Anna Maria
Island appear to be dining out in record numbers.
"January 2008 was our best January ever," said
Ed Chiles of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria,
the BeachHouse in Bradenton Beach and the Mar
Vista on Longboat Key. "And this January, we beat
that by a huge number. Of course, good weather
helps, but the numbers are fantastic," he said.
"In fact, everyone out here on the Island that I've
talked to is feeling fortunate that Anna Maria Island
is bucking the national trend.
"Everything I'm hearing from hoteliers and
accommodation owners is that they are doing
They were doing great in January, according
to the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Occupancy of Island accommodation units in
January 2009 hit 54.3 percent, the highest figure in
the past four years.
Dave Russell of Rotten Ralph's restaurants in
Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach also was pleased
and somewhat surprised to note that business is up
at both locations when compared with last year.
"It's been good. The Anna Maria location is really
doing well. I was a bit surprised to see the numbers. It
does seem as though more people are here and they're
dining out," he said.
At the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria,
owner Jason Suzor said business has been brisk this
"It's been good. A lot of new customers are
coming in, and our regular winter visitors are dining
... and Island
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Island real estate market appears
poised for a winter season of buyers looking for great
And the bargains are out there, Island real estate
Canalfront homes are mostly selling in the
$400,000-plus range, with one such property recently
selling out of foreclosure for $380,000. Three years
ago, a similar property might have sold for upwards
Non-waterfront single-family homes can be
found in the upper $200,000 range, while condomini-
ums are a great value with some in the mid-$100,000
"There is a lot of interest in Island property," said
Jesse Brisson of Gulf-Bay Realty. "But a lot of people
are just waiting to see if prices drop further."
"We've had a lot of walk-in traffic and a lot of
inquiries, but, in my opinion, a lot of people are just
waiting on the sidelines to see if prices will go down
further. They are just not sure if we've hit bottom,
with us. It helps to have good weather and we're
having a steady season, so far," Suzor said.
And it's not just restaurants that are enjoying the
Laura Shely, who operates the Tide and Moon
Jewelry boutique at Club Bamboo in Bradenton
Beach, said the season is off to a good start.
"We're doing well. A lot of walk-in traffic. I'm
happy," she said.
Likewise for Amy Welch atAcquaAveda Salon
Spa in the Shoppes at Tidemark in Holmes Beach.
The season has been a refreshing surprise, she said.
"We've been slammed. We've had a lot of new
faces and our regular clients, too. It's been absolutely a
floodgate for us. I couldn't be happier," Welch said.
"And our January numbers were up from January
2008. I'm predicting that February will also be up.
It looks like a great season. People want to be happy
and be on Anna Maria Island. I hope everyone has a
great season," she concluded.
I real estate
sed for sales
but I believe we have already.
"Prices have been stable the last 12 to 18 months.
I just don't see this market going any lower," he
What might help people "pull the trigger," he
said, is if banks open up and start loaning money.
Brisson said that in two recent sales, buyers had
a 50 percent down payment, but the banks were still
leery of making a loan.
Other Island real estate agents say banks have
gone back to the old-fashioned method of making
Banks are back to loaning money for a house
with "20 percent down and good credit," said Barbara
Sato, broker-owner of Sato Real Estate. "It's the way
banks used to do business."
And judging by the number of inquiries in the past
two weeks, Sato is hopeful that banks will be busy the
next three months with Island loan approvals.
"We have no complaints. We've had a lot of
walk-ins. People are beginning to show up," she
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BB BOA opens
door to case
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment
delved into memos and e-mails, call records and
meeting minutes in an effort to determine whether it
could hold a hearing on a building complaint against
the Sunset Beach Motel and The Beach Club at 2201
The appeal for a hearing had to be deemed timely,
according to city regulations.
Eventually the BOA voted 2-1 on Feb. 11 to rec-
ommend proceeding with a hearing sought by Cyn-
thia Dagher and Mark Mixon, who have been seeking
such a hearing for more than a year.
The board, however, didn't proceed with the
hearing that night, instead continuing the matter until
March 25 to seek clarification on its direction from
the city commission.
Dagher and Mixon, who own property adjacent
to 2201 Gulf Drive, first filed a third-party admin-
istrative appeal in November 2007 that questioned
development at the neighboring Beach Motel and
Beach Club. But their complaints to the city about
the project began before then.
Before the BOA could hold a hearing on the sub-
stance of their appeal, the board had to determine that
Mixon and Dagher filed their paperwork timely and
with enough substance.
Determining the timeliness of the appeal, espe-
Real estate market picking up
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Mike Norman of Mike Norman Real Estate said
he was "hopeful" that sales would start to pick up,
but a lot of potential buyers are waiting to see how
the federal stimulus package impacts the market.
"Inquiries are excellent. We' ve had a lot of traf-
fic, but they say they are waiting to see what happens.
No one can predict the future. Right now, there are
a lot of good buys on the Island. We' 11 just have to
wait and see what happens."
While some real estate buyers are in a holding
pattern, seasonal rentals have been excellent, Norman
"We' re up 20 percent from last year at this time. The
vacationers and winter residents are here," he said.
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cially in light of a court ruling in a similar but unre-
lated city case, has proven time-consuming.
The BOA first looked at the Mixon-Dagher case
in August 2008, and decided the filing of the appeal
was untimely. But the commission asked the board
to reconsider its decision in light of a circuit court
ruling on another appeal it had deemed untimely. Last
week' s session was the continuation of a meeting that
began last November.
The review Feb. 11 involved an examination of
more than a dozen documents.
Dagher and Mixon filed an appeal stamped in the
city planning and development department on Nov.
With the filing of that paperwork, numerous
e-mails and other forms of correspondence were
exchanged between the city and Dagher and Mixon
over many months.
While the correspondence indicated delays and
flaws with the initial appeal filed by Dagher and Mixon,
Gilbert told the board Feb. 11 that under the court ruling
in another case, the city had enough information from
the Nov. 16, 2007, appeal to allow the Dagher and
Mixon complaint to go to the BOA. The court ruling
said an appeal that is deficient in form and substance is
not the same as an untimely appeal.
Before that court ruling, the building department
could only adhere to the LDC and its requirements
regarding timely and complete applications, Gilbert
BOA member Dan DeBaun said he felt that the
early appeal from Dagher and Mixon was lacking, but
that it contained sufficient information to understand
BOA chair John Burns resisted, stating, "We still
don't know what's being appealed.... Does the city
know now?... The city doesn't know what's being
The issue went around the dais again and again.
Two hours passed before the BOA concluded its
questions for city staff, took a brief break and heard
from Dagher and Mixon.
Mixon said city officials have understood his
concerns since the fall of 2007. "We are appealing
the building official's decision on the issuance of the
CO," Mixon said, referring to a certificate of occu-
Mixon began to detail the complaints about
the Sunset Beach Motel, but Burns interrupted and
stressed that before the BOA could examine the
nature of the appeal, it must first determine whether
it can hear the case.
Eventually the board voted 2-1, with Bums voting
no, on a motion that Dagher and Mixon's Nov. 16,2007,
appeal application contained enough direction, in light
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IGW hosts Ridgdill for demonstration
Local artist Debra Ridgdill, a potter skilled in the
art of raku, will demonstrate making garden masks
at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, in the S&S Plaza .5i, I'jpm
Center, Holmes Beach. The demonstration is free
and open to the public.
League opens Reiber exhibit
Breslyn Reiber, 15, left, Joyce Karp, director of the
Anna Maria Island Art League, and Rob Reiber,
artist, enjoy the opening for Rob Reiber's one-man
show of new, abstract dimensions at the league
gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The
show and sale of Reiber's new works will continue
through Feb. 27... Reiber teaches art at Manatee
High School, where daughter Breslyn is a student.
He also enjoys a following for his works in various
media. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Library schedules Earthbox
inventor Feb. 24
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
welcome Blake Whisenant to the library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 24.
Whisenant is the inventor of the Earthbox, a high-
yield container growing system.
Seating is limited and will be available on a first
come, first serve basis. There is no advance registra-
For more information, call the library at
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She sells 'shell phone' slipcovers
Mikaelyn Pavlisin, 11, afiilh rader at Sarasota's
Pine View School, sells fashionable personal elec-
tronic "slipcovers" at the Bridge Street Market.
Pavlisin conceived her product for a school proj-
ect, including a presentation on development and
marketing strategies all of which she decided to
turn into reality. She pledges funds from the sale
of her specialty, a breast cancer awareness cover,
to cancer research, and hopes the balance of her
proceeds will some day amount to a cell phone or
an iPodfor herself. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
She sells sea shells and more
The Rev. Harry Parcell, pastor of the Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, checks out the
"sharp" sales ability of Terry Hussey she sells
knives by the seashore at the church's annual
White Elephant Sale Feb. 14. The event offered
bargains for the home, from used furnishings to
fresh canned goods, including the church women's
famous sweet pickles. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Correct Web site for books
Publisher Kent Davis' books featured in the story
"Fit for a king" in The Islander and online Feb. 11,
"Earth in Flower" about Cambodia's sacred dance
traditions, and "Angkor the Magnificent," on the
1,700-plus statues of women found at the ancient
Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia can found online
at www.DatAsia.us or www.earthinflower.com. The
Web site was incorrect.
'Off Stage Ladies
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atre speaks to the Off
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Feb. 11 at the Sun
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tion about the group,
call Marilyn Moroni
Ministry to hold fundraiser
Ministry of Presence, an organization co-founded
by the Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph, a priest familiar
to parishioners of St. Bernard Catholic Church in
Holmes Beach, will host a Caribbean Night from 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 22.
The event, featuring door prizes, a silent auction,
raffles and food, will take place at the Elks Club, 2711
75th St. W., Bradenton.
Admission will cost $35.
The Ministry of Presence raises money to assists
orphans in Haiti.
Tickets can be purchased at Sato Real Estate, 519
Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
SOS offers rescue techniques
Save Our Seabirds is offering "Bridge and Pier
Rescue Techniques" Feb. 20-21, and Feb. 27-28 at
the south end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
SOS is a bird hospital and sanctuary on Ken
Thompson Parkway in Sarasota. The hospital is
located on the former site of the Pelican Man's Bird
For more details about the free seminar on bird
rescues, call SOS at 941-388-3010.
Center to host Billy Rice Band
The Billy Rice Band will perform at 8 p.m. Feb.
21 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
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, call the Center at
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The speaker will be Joe McLeod with the Florida
Sheriff's Youth Ranch program.
For more information, contact member Al Guy
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-778-8444.
Center seeks talent
Think you have talent?
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
inviting Islanders to showcase their talent in a contest
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 7.
The competition will take place at the Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Contestants will compete in three age groups -
12 years old and under, 13-18 years old, and 19 years
old and older.
Auditions will take place Feb. 21.
For more information, call the Center at
Islander has role in Sarasota
Islander Tom Aposporos will appear along with 13
other actors in "Three by Three," a combination of three
plays staged by the Theatre Odyssey in Sarasota.
"Three by Three" will take place on weekends
from Feb. 27 through March 8 at Crocker Memorial
Church on 12th Street between Tamiami Trail and
Cocoanut Avenue in Sarasota.
The program will feature plays by Sylvia Reed,
Larry Hamm and Mike Phelan.
For more information, call the theater at
Judy and Barney Arntz of Tennessee are
served by Frank McGrath, along with
Kentucky visitors Bill and Francie Ham-
brick at a St. Bernard Catholic Church
pancake breakfast. Breakfasts will take
place Feb. 22, March 8 and March 22
at the church hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Edna
Island Rotary hosts
springtime in Monte Carlo
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will bring
Springtime in Monte Carlo to Holmes Beach when
it hosts its seventh annual Extravaganza and Casino
Night March 14 at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
The price to play is $65 and the evening begins
at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers from the Sandbar Res-
taurant, followed by a gourmet buffet catered by Ezra
There will be casino-style gaming tables, live
music by the band RPM, door prizes, auction items
and an open bar.
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island supports
many Island organizations, including Anna Maria
Tickets are available at locations in all three
Island cities: Bradenton Beach, Waterside Lend-
ing, 104 Bridge St.; Holmes Beach, AMI Chamber
of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive; and Anna Maria,
AMI Community Center, 401 Magnolia Ave.
Advance tickets are required. For additional infor-
mation, contact Lynn Zemmer at 941-730-1294,
Monica Fleisch at 941-778-4868, or Dantia Gould
Island Garden Club
to meet Thursday
The Island Garden Club of Anna Maria will meet
at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The event will begin with a social hour, followed
by a potluck dinner and a guest talk by master gar-
dener Carol Davis on the topic of landscapes.
For more information, call Veronica Callahan at
All Island Denominations
to hold service Feb. 22
All Island Denominations will hold its annual
ecumenical service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
AID is a group that includes Crosspointe Fellow-
ship, Harvey Memorial Community Church, Roser
Memorial Community Church, Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation and St. Bernard.
For more information, call St. Bernard at
American Legion variety show
to feature McCullough
The American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24
"Annual Variety Show" will be held at 8 p.m. Satur-
day, Feb. 28.
Headlining the show is Charlene McCullough,
a comedian who plays Minnie Pearl's cousin from
Spivey Mountain, Tenn.
Bradenton Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey
will emcee the show, which also will feature Gloria
Wilkenson singing "Patsy Cline," Ron Austin's Elvis
Presley impersonation, the 20-member Sandpiper
Barber Shop Chorus, Jani Best as Tammy Wynette,
Shania Twain and auxiliary's "Hot Flash Dancers."
The American Legion Post is located at 2000 75th
St. W., Bradenton.
A $10 donation is requested and proceeds will
benefit the American Legion Boy's State and Girl's
State programs. Advance purchase is required as seat-
ing is limited.
Contact Loretta Fitt at 941-792-7395, or the
American Legion office at 941-794-3489 for addi-
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By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach commissioners are nearing the
final stage of approving amendments to the city's
comprehensive plan, with a vote coming as early as
The city submitted EAR-based amendments to
the plan to the Florida Department of Community
Affairs last October, and received a series of recom-
mendations for revision.
The commission discussed proposed changes
with city planning consultant Bill Brisson on Feb.
Brisson said a number of changes clarified state-
ments or corrected inconsistencies in the plan, but a
few recommendations from the DCA involved adding
newly mandated provisions.
The DCA, for example, asked the city to update
its plan to address c n~.l .' efficiency to come into
compliance with a state law enacted in July.
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To address this, Brisson proposed adding lan- be built in Sportsman's Harbour is probably no
guage to the comp plan that encourages the contin- than three, Brisson added.
ued support of the Island trolley and states that the "Therefore, limiting the number of addit
city will create guidelines for the development of units to 10 in this area will have no practical e
"green" buildings and adopt exterior lighting stan- upon property owners," Brisson said. "It will,
dards to minimize light pollution and reduce e nI i .-.Y ever, satisfy the DCA that under maximum allow
consumption. density, there will be no increase in density w
The DCA also raised a question about the city's the coastal high-hazard area."
future land-use map, which allowed for an overall The commission agreed.
increase of 56 units in conflict with the state law The state also asked the city to modify its
against increasing density in a coastal high-hazard year schedule of capital improvements, which coi
area. of work planned on roads and stormwater basii
Brisson said part of the reason for the change in
the map was the creation of the mixed-use overlay
area in the city's downtown district and changes in
the Sportsman's Harbour area.
He suggested that to comply with the state law,
the city limit the net new units in the Sportsman's
Harbour area to not more than 10.
The actual number of additional units that could
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Other recommendations from the state that Bris-
son said were easily addressed included the addition
of a coastal high-hazard area map, which covers the
entire city, and the addition of Key Royale Drive as
an evacuation route.
The commission is scheduled to take up the
amendments during its Feb. 24 meeting, which begins
at 7 p.m. at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Alonso cycling, signing,
Anna Maria artist and cyclist Mark Alonso said
he's heard nothing more from the city about the sig-
nage he frequently places on his bicycle-for-two.
In December, code enforcement officer Gerry
Rathvon asked Alonso to remove his signs because,
she said, they violate a city ordinance.
Alonso, 82, declined, citing freedom of speech
and the fact that he receives no payment for display-
ing the signs. The signs were touting businesses
where Alonso has forged friendships, and he receives
no compensation, he says, and further, he posts the
signs on his own initiative and pays for the signs.
Alonso said that since Rathvon's Dec. 30 visit,
he's heard nothing from the city.
"Of course, I have three bicycles, so the signs are
different every time I go riding," he said.
"I sometimes have the sign that says 'Help is
on the Way.' My next sign is going to be 'Unofficial
Anna Maria Welcome Wagon.'"
Rathvon said she was following standard proce-
dure when she spoke to Alonso. She indicated there
are no plans to pursue the matter further.
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Key Royale 'Fore' cause benefits breast cancer survivors
By Lisa Neff
Golfers were in the pink Feb. 10 at the Key
A seasonal cold spell lifted. The sun was bright,
with temperatures rising. The Tuesday morning was
perfect for a golf outing at the nine-hole private club.
Plus, dozens of women turned out to raise money
for breast cancer research through the Susan G.
Komen For the Cure, to rally for a cure with a round
The 80-plus players, who after a morning on the
course gathered for a luncheon inside the clubhouse,
were attired in golfwear of pink and white, pink and
black, pink and green, pink and tan, pink and red,
pink and orange and pink and pink.
Pink flags on the course flapped above the Ber-
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Pink golf balls dotted the fairways and greens -
and sometimes the roughs.
Pots of pink flowers created an obstacle course
on the putting green.
Pink ribbons hung from golf carts and adorned
cars parked outside the clubhouse and one ribbon
dangled from a pink scooter that proved the envy of
a number of golfers.
Pink ribbons also decorated each slice of choco-
late cake served at the For the Cure luncheon, which
also featured honey rolls and a grilled chicken breast
on a "strawberry fields" salad with candied walnuts,
crumbled blue cheese and poppy seed dressing.
The morning began at about 8:30 a.m., with club
members and guests arriving to check-in for the tour-
nament and make their bids in a silent auction and
raffle featuring prizes donated by Ace Hardware,
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With the golfers organized into foursomes, Bob
Elliott fired a pistol for a "shotgun" start shortly after
Nancy King, who helped organize the event and
golfed, said the tournament creates a special day at
"It's the camaraderie of the ladies and the chance
to do something," King said.
"It's a good event and a nice cause," said Cathy
Rice, as she practiced putting before the tourna-
Nearby, Mandy Brewer of Longboat Key also
warmed up. "The whole day is wonderful," said
Brewer, a breast cancer survivor and an avid sup-
porter of Susan G. Komen-related events. "It's fabu-
lous, all this for a small club."
The Susan G. Komen For the Cure, based in
Dallas, raises money with a variety of For the Cure
events throughout the nation, the highest-profile
being the Race for the Cure.
The money goes to fighting breast cancer, the
most frequently diagnosed cancer among women.
An estimated 182,460 new cases of invasive breast
cancer were diagnosed in women in the United States
Over the years, the nonprofit has invested more
than $1.3 billion in the fight, a lot of the money raised
with grassroots events such as the golf tournament in
Holmes Beach last week.
The Key Royale event raised more than $4,500,
according to Cindy Mansour, who co-chaired the
event with Cindi Miller.
The chairs said they worked with a large and
S Ilng plnk.
Susan G. Komen For the Cure, formerly
the Susan G. Komen Foundation, has used the
color pink since its inception in 1982.
The first Komen Race for the Cure logo
design was an abstract female runner outlined
with a pink ribbon and was used during the
mid-1980s through early-1990s.
In 1990, the first breast cancer survivor
program was launched at the Komen National
Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C. The
survivors wore buttons that were printed in
black and white.
Later that year, the survivor program
developed, and pink was used as the desig-
nated color for Komen to promote awareness
and its programs. Pink visors were launched
for survivor recognition.
In 1991, pink ribbons were distributed to all
breast cancer survivors and participants of the
Komen New York City Race for the Cure.
In 1992, Alexandra Penney, editor-in-chief
of Selfmagazine, wanted to put the magazine's
second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month
issue over the top. She did this by creating a
ribbon and enlisting the cosmetics giants to
distribute them in New York City stores. And
thus, the birth of the pink ribbon.
active committee, and, in addition to receiving prize
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County board narrowly denies Cortez land vacation
By Paul Roat
Cortezians appear as perplexed as Manatee
County Commissioners regarding the request to
vacate an undeveloped but platted roadway through
a nature preserve just east of the fishing village.
Iris LeMasters petitioned the county to vacate a
60-foot-wide platted but undeveloped roadway adja-
cent to her undeveloped property which is situ-
ated in the middle of the 100-acre Florida Institute
for Saltwater Heritage Preserve. The FISH Preserve
was purchased several years ago with the intent of
creating a natural wetland area to buffer the village.
County commissioners split 3-3 on the vacation
vote Feb. 10 when Joe McClash cited a conflict of
interest and did not vote on the matter. He owns prop-
erty near the FISH Preserve.
Commissioners John Chappie, Ron Getman and
Carol Whitmore voted against the vacation. Commis-
sioners Larry Bustle, Gwen Brown and Donna Hayes
voted in favor of the matter.
With a tie vote, the vacation was denied.
Cortez heritage sites manager Roger Allen said
that discussions between county attorneys and the
FISH Preserve attorney had already begun in an
attempt to settle the matter, which he said would
probably come back before the board.
The FISH board of directors had opposed vacat-
ing the right of way, platted as 45th Avenue West.
"The loss of full use of this right of way would force
FISH to reroute an existent major east-west access
trail into a protected wetlands," FISH president Allen
Garner wrote to the county commission.
"As the property owner that shares the right of
way and that has come to depend upon it for unim-
peded access for public programming to the rest of
the 100 acres that make up the FISH Preserve, we
request that [the vacation] be rejected," he said.
A path to the FISH property was bulldozed late
last year without permits. "No-trespassing" signs
were posted and a gate was installed, but recreational
off-roaders were roaring through the pristine pre-
serve, damaging fragile habitat.
The potential of development on the LeMasters
property is alarming to FISH members, who pur-
chased the surrounding FISH Preserve land several
At issue is more than just a road and house in the
middle of a habitat restoration, said Allen.
Federal and state grants have been applied for
and received, with more in the works, to restore the
FISH Preserve to its once-pristine condition. The
grants are in question if that property is developed,
"LeMasters is destroying the habitat we are trying
to preserve," Allen has said.
The property owner has rejected offers to sell the
land to FISH for many years. The last offer for the parcel
represented nine times what she paid for the land.
At one point, LeMasters listed the property for
$1.2 million. The bulk of the preserve's 100 acres
were bought for slightly more than $400,000.
As Allen put the it: "It's a catastrophe."
"It is beyond comprehension that you voted in
favor of property owners that are completely sur-
rounded by a grassroots community effort to preserve
and restore native natural habitat by an organization
that has succeeded in purchasing the property wholly
on their own without government assistance," wrote
FISH board member Capt. Zach Zacharias to the
Several other platted but undeveloped streets
within the FISH Preserve boundaries had been
vacated by the county commission in the past few
years at the request of FISH, Garner said, but "Our
request to vacate rights of way was undertaken upon
the advice of the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion as a necessary step in our continuing discussions
about including two DOT retention ponds within the
boundaries of the preserve in an overall habitat res-
toration program. The step was also encouraged by
our grant officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser-
vice, a federal agency that has provided us with grant
monies for recently completed habitat restoration on
the southeast quarter of the preserve.
"Throughout the eight years of public fundraising
required for the purchase, we have publicized that the
property was being managed as a public nature preserve
open to the general public even during the early habi-
tat restoration phase of the management plan. We have
organized public programs as part of the effort to clear
the area of trash and debris and have partnered with
other environmental and educational organizations to
complete restoration of the entire site.
"The section of 45th Avenue West that Mrs.
LeMasters has requested a vacation of has been in
constant use by our volunteers, staff and the gen-
eral public for every phase of the work that has been
undertaken to make the preserve a very special part
of Manatee County."
Investigators continue work on Musil-Buehler case
By Lisa Neff
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office received all the
results in lab tests conducted in connection with the disap-
pearance of Haley's Motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler.
The MCSO did not release details of those tests.
Earlier tests on evidence from Musil-Buehler's car
found small amounts of her blood in the front seat,
according to the sheriff's office.
Musil-Buehler, 49, was reported missing Nov. 6,
about two days after she was last seen in Anna Maria
by her boyfriend, William Cumber III.
Cumber, 39, is currently in the Manatee County jail
awaiting a Feb. 24 hearing for allegedly violating his proba-
tion in an unrelated case a 2005 arson in Bradenton.
Cumber has repeatedly been questioned by authori-
ties about Musil-Buehler's disappearance and a fire at
Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach on Nov. 16, 2008.
He has said that he and Musil-Buehler were
watching election night news on Nov. 4 when they
had a verbal argument and she left the home she had
rented on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria.
Cumber said Musil-Buehler left in her car, which
was recovered by the MCSO after a chase that began
with a routine traffic stop in Bradenton.
Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presents its 7th annual
Extravaganza & Casino Night
Saturday, March 14, 2009, 5:30 p.m.
St. Bernard Catholic Church
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The MCSO arrested Robert Corona, 38, allegedly
fleeing from the car. Corona is charged with grand
theft auto, but the sheriff's office does not consider
him a person of interest in the Musil-Buehler case.
"We're still working away on it putting the
case together," MCSO spokesman Dave Bristow said.
"We're still hopeful we will have a resolution."
The fire at Haley's that destroyed a two-story
building adjacent to the main motel also remains
under investigation, with the Holmes Beach Police
Department taking the lead.
HBPD Chief Jay Romine confirmed last week that the
fire was intentionally set and "considered to be an arson"
Meanwhile, offers of rewards still stand for infor-
mation on the whereabouts of Musil-Buehler.
Manatee County's Gold Star Club is offering up
to $5,000 for information.
Also, the Sabine Buehler Benefit Fund is accept-
ing donations at Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive,
Islander Silvia Zadarosni, a friend of Sabine
and her husband Tom Buehler, co-owner of Haley's,
established the fund.
Months after Musil-Buehler's disappearance,
Zadarosni said she thinks of her friend every day.
"Where are you?" she asks when she looks at the picture
of Musil-Buehler in her flower shop in Anna Maria.
Anyone with information is asked to call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011,
ext. 2519, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
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A host of projects on Anna Maria Island could
receive funding through the federal stimulus wind-
President Barack Obama has approved the con-
gressional stimulus package of $787 billion. Exactly
how much money will be diverted to Florida trans-
portation needs is yet to be determined, as well as
how much will come to the Manatee and Sarasota
A Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Orga-
nization committee has agreed on a list of transpor-
tation projects that meet the requirement of being
"shovel ready," or planned and awaiting only con-
struction funding for implementation.
That list has gone to the Florida Department of
Transportation. Formal ratification of the list will
come after a special MPO meeting March 2.
Manatee County's portion of the wish list is
heavy on Island projects. Awaiting funding are:
Bradenton Beach, S.R. 789/Gulf Drive corridor
Palmetto, Haben Boulevard roundabout,
Palmetto, resurfacing, $650,000.
Anna Maria, sidewalks/bike path, $100,000.
Anna Maria, resurfacing, $100,000.
Anna Maria, trolley shelters, $64,000.
Anna Maria, bridges, $650,000.
Holmes Beach, sidewalks, $205,000.
Holmes Beach, curb replacement, $27,000.
Holmes Beach, East Bay Drive/Gulf Drive align-
Holmes Beach, new sidewalks, $270,000.
Holmes Beach, streetscape, $52,000.
Bradenton, sidewalks, $1 million.
Manatee County, U.S. 301/Erie Road to C.R.
675, $5.4 million.
Within Sarasota County's funding request is
resurfacing of Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat
Key for $750,000.
"The Sarasota/Manatee MPO area looks forward
to a much-needed infusion of transportation funds,"
said MPO executive director Michael Howe.
Anna Maria Island
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PO Box 243, Bradenton Beach, 34217
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Michael Thomas 'Spike' Benison
Michael Thomas "Spike" Benison, 60, of Cortez,
died Feb. 12.
Born in Niles, Mich., Mr. Benison moved to
Manatee County and Anna Maria Island in 1971 and
worked in construction. He served in the U.S. Marine
Corps in Vietnam from 1965-68.
A celebration of his life, including a breakfast
buffet and benefit, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
21, at Skippers Pub & Grill, 10104 Cortez Road W.,
He is survived by his "bride" and best friend
Kathleen Marie Jennis Benison; daughter Heather
Quinn and husband Paul; two brothers, Patrick and
wife Cheryl and Russell; grandchildren Michael,
Logan, and Lily; brothers-in-law Michael Jennis and
wife Cindy and Larry Jennis; sister-in-law Stephanie
McGroarty; several nieces and nephews; and many
Nadine Bowes, 65, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 9.
Mrs. Bowes was chef, owner and operator of Nadine's
10th Street Bistro at the former Riverpark retirement home,
Bradenton. She was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul the
Apostles Catholic Church, Bradenton.
Visitation was Feb. 13, and Funeral Mass Feb.
14 at the church. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Thomas; sons Brad-
ford and wife Catherine, Nathan and wife Amy, and
Computer hot spots
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive,
Matt & Dom's, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N.,
The Islander is compiling a list of Island locations
offering free wireless Internet to computer users.
If you offer this convenience, please, e-mail
reporter Lisa Neff at firstname.lastname@example.org, and
include a name and telephone number with the loca-
tion of the hot spot and a password if needed.
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Matthew and wife Karen; brothers Arthur Giovannoni
and Marc Giovannoni; mother Lena Giovannoni; and
grandchildren Luke, Matthew and Michael.
Julia DiRocco, 86, of Bradenton, died Jan. 25.
Mrs. DiRocco moved to Manatee County from
Portland, Ore., in 1984. She was retired as associate
executive director of the United Way.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
She is survived by son John Kreidler of Anna
Marion 'Wes' Stump
Marion \\ c." Stump, 58, of Bradenton Beach,
died Feb. 7.
Mr. Stump worked for the
Bradenton Beach Public
H Works Department for more
than 24 years as a sanitation
There were no services. A
1' w fund has been established for
his grandchildren at Century
Stump Bank, 6351 Manatee Ave.,
Bradenton FL 34209. Grif-
fith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrange-
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna. He
is survived by son John and wife Pam; brothers Larry
and David; and eight grandchildren.
Friends to elect board
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
hold an annual board meeting at 10 a.m. March 20
to elect a new board and discuss business.
The meeting will take place at the library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The nominees for the board include Bev-
erly Neville for president, Thea Kelley for vice
president, Rosemary Backer for secretary, David
Weber for treasurer. Board members at large
include Kass Martin for a three-year term, Bar-
bara Burda for two years and Jeanette Wilkes for
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Silvia is three
Silvia's Flower Corner located in
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA
at 9807 Gulf Drive in Anna Maria
recently celebrated its third anniver-
sary with a number of floral displays
at the Wedding Festival on the Island.
A long time Island resident, Silvia
Zadarosni has been in the flower indus-
try since the 1970s, and her expertise
is evident in her original displays and
Although she specializes in wed-
dings and other big events, she can
handle all types of arrangements,
from birthday parties to a "just for"
"We can arrange anything the cus-
tomer wants. I like to think I special-
ize in 'unusual' requests, where I can
arrange something original. If you can
dream it, I can make it," she said.
Silvia uses only the freshest of the
fresh flowers and her arrangements
have drawn praise from Islanders and
Her arrangements can be found
Sunday at the Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church on Pine Avenue in
For more information, call Silvia
at 941-720-0424 or e-mail her at flow-
Harry's Continental Kitchens
at 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key,
donated half of the $10 admission fee
to its Jan. 22 wine tasting event to the
Longboat Key Garden Club and fin-
ished the night by giving the club a
check for $530.
More than 100 guests attended the
event, which featured wines from Pre-
mier Beverage and Southern Wine and
Harry's staff prepared and served
hors d'oeuvres and Dan Mobley pro-
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hair to Locks of Love.
"We'll cut it for free and we're
happy to do it," said Debbie.
For more information, call Salon
43 at 941-751-2000.
Silvia Zadarosni of Silvia's Flower Corner in Anna Maria. Islander Photo:
vided Island music for the guests.
Harry and Lynn Christensen,
owners of Harry's, said they wanted
to give something to the organiza-
tion that sponsored their children with
scholarships to summer camps in the
days when Harry's had just started up
on Longboat Key.
To reachHarry's, call 941-383-0777
or go to www.harryskitchen.com.
27 join forces
Latitude 27 Real Estate, formerly
of Longboat Key, has merged its oper-
ations and staff with Wagner Realty,
said Latitude 27 owner Chuck West.
"In these economic times, it was
becoming increasingly difficult for
small companies to operate. I looked at
the market and decided to join the best
company, best for me and my agents,"
"We are very optimistic about our
future and happy with the reception
we've received at Wagner," he said.
West will be based at Wagner's
office at 7411 Manatee Ave. W.
Wagner Realty also has Braden-
ton offices in Bradenton Beach and on
For more information, call
Nationally known artist Emerson
Quillin has opened Emerson's Humor
in the AMI Plaza at 5341 Gulf Drive in
Quillin is recognized for his artistry
on T-shirts, cocktail napkins, greeting
cards, glasses and coffee cups, and
Emerson's Humor carries a complete
collection of his work.
He drew a daily cartoon for the
Cincinnati Post for a number of years
and has designed for Bloomingdale's
For more information, call
941-779-1234, or go to the Web site
for donation to
Holmes Beach resident Debbie
Hicks, owner of Salon 43 at 4232
Cortez Road W., Bradenton, recently
had her hair cut at her salon to donate
to Locks of Love, a non-profit char-
ity supplying hairpieces to needy chil-
She had not had her hair cut since
1994, but decided the charity was
worthy of having her hair restyled.
"To be able to restore a child's
sense of self and a small measure of
confidence while they battle a life-
threatening illness is truly a good feel-
ing," she said.
Debbie said the salon will cut any-
is former pilot
Wagner Realty sales associate
Penny Bray at the company's Braden-
ton Beach office at 2217 Gulf Drive
has been in real estate for more than
30 years, but she's also had a few other
A former pilot and flight instruc-
tor, she has made several aviation train-
ing films, including the award-winning
"Stall-Spin Classic Facts & Myths."
She was president of Bray Studios
of New York City, a motion picture-
video production company, where
she and her husband, Paul, produced
animated films and aviation training
Bray recently gave the Library of Con-
gress the complete collection of films,
video and supporting material of Bray
Studios dating back to 1936.
To reach Penny, call 941-778-2246.
Condo show date
The 2009 Community Associa-
tion Day educational exposition and
tradeshow will be held from 8 a.m. to
3 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the
Manatee Convention Center in Pal-
The date was incorrectly identified
as March 9 in a previous issue of The
To register, call 941-927-1910 or
visit the association's Website at www.
Harry and Lynn C /tl ,'ii ,r.. i, center, of Harry's Continental Kitchens on
Longboat Key, recently presented a donation for $530 to Susan Landau of the
Longboat Key Garden Club. Islander Photo: Courtesy Harry C( l, ,I .. ir.
Debbie Hicks, owner of Salon 43 on Cortez Road West and a Holmes Beach
resident, recently had her hair cut to donate to Locks of Love, a non-profit
organization that provides hairpieces to financially disabled children suffering
from medical hair loss. In the photo, Debbie, at left, poses with her donated
hair with stylist Pam Courtney, who cut the hair. Debbie had not had her hair
cut since 1994.
Penny Bray of Wagner Realty at 2217
Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
now in AMI Plaza Wagner associate
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Feb. 7, 800 block North Shore Drive, burglary.
The complainant said someone entered his house and
took a number of items. Entry was gained through an
unlocked front door.
Feb. 8, 100 S. Bay Blvd., city pier, damage. The
complainant said a boater moored his vessel at the
pier at a light fixture, breaking it. The pier manager
confronted the boat operator, who said "you don't
own the pier" and left.
Feb. 6, 2001 Gulf Drive, Bungalow Beach
Resort, aggravated assault. An argument regard-
ing who would pay for a room ensued between two
people staying at the resort. Leonard Perkins, 39, of
Indiana, stabbed Andre Lewis, 27, of Sarasota, then
left the scene, according to police reports. Lewis was
interviewed at the hospital and provided information
to police. Perkins was not located.
Feb. 9, 500 Gulf Drive S., domestic. Officers
were notified of a domestic dispute in a vehicle
southbound on Gulf Drive. The vehicle was located
on Longboat Key. The victim said his fiance threw a
frozen drink at him while they were arguing. Domes-
tic violence packets were issued and the two were
advised to spend the night apart.
Feb. 10, 200 block Gulf Drive, traffic. Officers
responded to a report of a traffic crash. The vehicle that
rear-ended another had left the scene. Damage was esti-
mated at more than $5,000. Another officer was flagged
down shortly afterward and given the location of the
errant driver in Cortez. When confronted, she said she
attempted to report the incident at the police station, but
could not find anyone. She was arrested.
Feb. 11, 1301 Gulf Drive N., Silver Surf Resort,
arson. Officers responded to a fire at a tiki hut on the
beach. The fire was extinguished. No suspects were
Feb. 6, 5300 block Gulf Drive, altercation. A
store owner called police after a customer became
irate that the shopkeeper could not quickly alter a pair
of his jeans. He left the store before police arrived.
Feb. 7, 3800 block East Bay Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took $5 in change from
an unlocked car.
Feb. 8, 7000 block Gulf Drive, suspicious. The
complainant said she arrived at her in-laws condo-
minium and found mildewed pillows in the dryer,
rat traps in the unit and a bare pantry. Attempts to
reach the property manager to assess the incident
Feb. 9, 500 block 67th Street, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took a bicycle from his house.
Feb. 9, 100 block White Avenue, suspicious. The
complainant said someone was attempting to break
into a house. Officers confronted a man who appeared
to be intoxicated who said he was just looking for
a place to sleep. A friend of the man arrived on the
scene and took him home for the night.
Feb. 10, 699 Manatee Ave., Bank of America,
fraud. The complainant said she was opening an
account at the bank and was informed that she already
had an account that included her Social Security
number at a branch bank in Cleveland, Tenn.
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Boat collision causes
fuel spill in Tampa Bay
About 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel oozed into
Tampa Bay waters on Feb. 12 after two ships collided
near Port Manatee.
The Maranatha, an 80-foot fishing trawler from
Irvington, Ala., collided with a 95-foot-long barge.
Dense fog was thought to have been a factor in the
crash, which caused a 4-foot gash in the trawler and
the resulting fuel leak.
No injuries were reported in the mishap, which
closed shipping lanes for about 15 hours between Port
Manatee and the Port of Tampa.
Most of the fuel was recovered and the rest
quickly dissipated, according to the U.S. Coast
Guard, which responded to the crash.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
officials are assessing the damage, but preliminary
reports indicate no significant environmental damage
Safe driver class offered
Stretch Fretwell will teach a safe driver class at
noon Friday, Feb. 27, and noon Saturday, Feb. 28,
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
The class is sponsored by AARP. The program
costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-mem-
Participants will receive a course certificate that
can result in reductions in auto insurance rates.
For more information or to register, call Ty
McDonald at 941-776-1158.
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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 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.
Friday, Feb. 20
5 p.m. The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, hosts a reception for the opening of Island artist Richard Thomas'
Saturday, Feb. 21
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a break-
fast meeting with guest speaker Joe McLeod the Florida Sheriff's Youth
Ranch, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
9 a.m. to 2p.m. Open-air market along Bridge Street, Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Awaken the Mystic Within" workshop with
Frannie Hoffman at the Island Yoga Space, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Registration: 941-782-0770. Fee applies.
10a.m. to noon -Artist Debra Ridgdill demonstrates how to create
garden masks at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
takes place in the waterfront village at the east end of the Cortez Road
2 p.m. Marcy and Jerry East speak about traveling to England,
Scotland and Wales at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8 to 11p.m. "Heart and Soul" dance featuring the Billy Rice Band
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Sunday, Feb. 22
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
takes place in the waterfront village at the east end of the Cortez Road
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7 p.m. All Island Denominations annual ecumenical service at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, Feb. 24
10:30 a.m. Earthbox inventor Blake Whisenant will speak at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a
presentation on "Helping Police Find Missing Persons" by Peggy Rometo
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee.
Wednesday, Feb 25
10:30 a.m. to noon Intermediate Italian language lessons begin
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, through April 1. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
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., smoke-free bingo atAnnie 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,
Bradenton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts at 1115 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366 or 941-932-9439.
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
Feb. 27, Junior League of Manatee County 'Women in Strength"
Feb. 28, "TogetherGreen" nationwide service project at Felts Audu-
Feb. 28, Pines Trailer Park yard sale.
Feb. 28, Variety show at the American Legion Post 24.
March 2, Harlem Globetrotters at the Manatee Convention
March 2, Artists' Guild Gallery 20th Anniversary.
March 3, "Budding Young Artists" class at the Anna Maria Island
Save the date
March 6, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" performance at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
March 7, Anna Maria Island Community Center Talent Show.
March 7, Run for Runaways along Manatee River waterfront.
March 15, St. Patrick's Day Island parade.
March 17, St. Patrick's Day breakfast at the Moose Lodge in Bra-
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Tuesday: KARAOKE 69
Wednesday: MUSIC W/ RONNIE ON THE KEYS 69
Thursday: TEXAS HOLD-EM 7-?
Friday: RICKY & FRANKS OLDIES SHOW 6-9
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March 21, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
March 28, Bottle Boat Regatta.
*April, month-long Manatee Jazz Festival.
*April 3-5, Seafood Festival downtown Bradenton.
April 4, Anna Maria Island Community Center Affair.
*April 12, Easter sunrise service Manatee County Public Beach.
Off-Island Arts & Events:
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.
7:30 p.m. Opening night of "Damn Yankees" at the Manatee
Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through March 15. Box office:
941-748-5875. Fee applies.
Thursday, Feb. 19
7 p.m. Syesha Mercado "Follow Your Dreams" benefit concert
for gang prevention and character development programs in the Manatee
School District at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd.,
Palmetto. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.
Friday, Feb. 20
5 to 9 p.m. Antique and Collectables show at the Manatee Con-
vention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-3244.
8 p.m. Opening night of "The One That GotAway" presented by
Studio 84 Productions at Manatee Community College, the music and
theatre building, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, through Feb. 28. Box office:
941-752-5252. Fee applies.
Saturday, Feb. 21
9 a.m. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 83 will conduct "Amer-
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Bradenton. Information: 941-758-5954. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -Budget Box Flea Market, 401 42nd St. W.,
Bradenton. Spaces are first come, first serve. Rain date Feb. 28.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Model Train Expo at the Manatee Conven-
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10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Antique and Collectables show at the Man-
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10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Model Train Expo at the Manatee Conven-
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at the Elks Club, 2711 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-822-2131.
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Wedding festival a hit with brides-to-be
bSy Kick Catlin
If the recently concluded second annual Anna
Maria Island Wedding Festival is any indication, the
Island is rapidly gaining a reputation as the best place
in Florida to hold an island wedding.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said the response to the
second festival was incredible.
"We had 350 people attend our first year and this
year we had 761. We more than doubled the number
of guests," she said.
Of the 761 guests, there were 212 who showed
up the day of the event, and 249 brides-to-be looking
for a place to hold a wedding. And that was with no
advertising outside the Tampa Bay area, she said.
A number of brides-to-be booked weddings on the
Island, but Brockman did not have an exact number
since a number of resorts and merchants took part in
the event and sold their own services or booked their
own wedding party.
"I don't know the exact number, but a lot of brides
signed up with merchants or resorts that day, and that
translates into some good business for the partici-
pants and chamber members," Brockman said.
From last year's festival, an estimated 100 wed-
dings were booked on Anna Maria Island and there were
an estimated 200 to 300 weddings on the Island in 2008,
according to David Teitelbaum, a member of the Mana-
tee County Tourist Development Council and owner of
several Island resorts and vacation properties.
At least one Island wedding is assured because
of the festival.
Carmen Adair of Lakeland said the festival's
approach makes wedding planning much simpler
than calling around to find a particular merchant and
"This is great. The festival allowed us to speak
directly to several local vendors at the same time. That
makes planning so much easier," said Adair, whose son
plans a November 2009 wedding on the Island.
Brockman did not have a dollar value for the
amount each wedding party would spend on Anna
Maria Island, but figures supplied by the Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau would indi-
cate the average wedding party accounts for about
$50,000 in spending on the Island. In 2008, an esti-
mated $10 million was spent in the Island economy
by bridal parties.
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gifts and merchandise in the second annual Anna
Maria Island Wedding Festival were Mary Brouwer
and John Derussy ofSt. Petersburg. The couple
attended the festival to plan for a fall 2009 wedding
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"I think the growth of the festival is just won-
derful for our members and those merchants who
set up a booth at this year's event," said Brockman.
"And I can't thank BrightHouse Network enough,"
The network provided about $15,000 in free
advertising on BayNews9 for this year's event, and
Brockman is hopeful of the same response next year.
And next year's event should be even bigger.
"We've already started planning next year's event
and we're planning on a larger event. The word is
getting out. This year, we had people from Canada,
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"People either read about it in a newspaper, heard
about it by word of mouth or searched the Internet.
We had one couple from Ohio that heard about the
festival and just flew down that day. It was an unbe-
lievable festival. It exceeded our expectations,"
"When we first started this, we were just hoping
for a few people to show up. Now, we had 54 mer-
chants and 761 people, so we're pretty sure this is
going to be a success."
Brockman noted that several publications, including
Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Tampa Bay
Weddings and Brides.cor have expressed interest in
the 2010 event.
Brockman said the weddings contribute
immensely to the Island economy and that contribu-
tion will only get bigger.
"These people are the upper-income people who
want to stay on the Island, eat on the Island and shop
on the Island," she said.
Brockman also advised merchants and sponsors
interested in participating in the 2010 festival to start
their planning now for the Feb. 28, 2010 event.
"We're going to spread our wings. We might even
do some advertising out of the area."
Among the services booked during the festival by
brides and bridal parties were caterers, florists, lim-
ousine services, resorts and accommodations, venues,
hair salons, photographers, entertainers and spas.
St. Patrick's Day plans in works
Save the date: The St. Patrick's Day Parade on
Anna Maria Island will take place in advance of the
holiday on Sunday, March 15.
The parade, organized by Sean Murphy and the
Beach Bistro, follows a St. Patrick's Day tradition of
Another Island tradition will take place on Tues-
day, March 17: The St. Patrick's Day Breakfast at the
Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
The breakfast, sponsored by The Islander, will fea-
ture Irish tunes, Irish tales, the performance of an Irish
dance and the naming of the Irishman of the year.
The celebrating will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Tickets, at $7.50 each, will go on sale Feb. 18
at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, and at Sato Real Estate, 519 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Mana-
22 0 FEB. 18, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Boating tips for a generally non-boating month
February is arguably the nastiest of months for
Florida. Despite the past few days of balmy tempera-
tures highlighted with spectacular sunsets, this has
been and can be a bitterly cold time for Sunshine
So if the weather is lousy, why not take some
time away from the water and spend some time work-
ing on your boat? A little boat primping now can save
you some valuable on-the-water time come spring
Mechanical elements of boating are almost
always best left to mechanics, so let them deal with
all the guts of your engine and fuel system. Make
sure to check the oil. Steering cables. All those nasty
things that you don't think about but can pose disaster
if not properly attended.
Ditto those checks on water and sanitary systems
on bigger vessels.
Of course, you've already winterized your boat
for the current low-use winter months. Right?
But spend a while going over the minutia of your
boat. Look at things as if your were selling or buying
the vessel. Think from the "curb appeal" angle and
also take the nuts-and-bolts approach.
Prop dinged? Get it fixed now.
Those scrapes or bumped gunnels? Now's the
time for a little repair.
Soggy cleat fixtures? ,l.'in seat cushions?
Tired Bimini top? You know the drill. Remember
backing plates are vital for any successful towing
operation on all cleats or brackets.
Batteries take special attention. Too old? Too
dirty? Check it all and replace if questionable.
Probably the most important elements to address
are all the safety devices on your boat. Flares. Lights,
both running and auxiliary. Why not check the expira-
tion dates or just toss it all and start anew? And get
one of those flashing beacons that will let the Coast
Guard find you in the dark.
Without question the most important items on
your boat are your personal floatation devices. Just
how greasy, mildewed and moldy is that thing you' re
counting on to save your life if the worst situation
occurs and you find yourself, your family, your
friends, in heavy seas miles from shore?
Spend a few bucks and get the best PFD you can.
Make sure it will keep your head out of the water,
unless you plan to grow gills.
Ground tackle is pretty much impervious to wear
and tear, right? Just how old is your anchor? When
was the last time you looked at it with "new" eyes?
Perhaps it's time to turn your primary anchor into a
backup and get a new hook.
There's a good argument that you never can have
too much line aboard. The old 7:1 rule of scope to
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waters is maybe 20 feet, you need 140 feet of line on
your boat just for anchoring safely and securely.
Is that what's on your vessel?
If you' re strapped for cash and can't afford new
line, reverse it. Let the wear-prone section near the
anchor or where you cleat it take a rest and have the
less-worn line bear the brunt of the brute force of line
And these cold winter nights are a good time
to practice some marlinspike maneuvers. There are
some pretty nifty quick-release knots out there that
you can use to wow your friends and get you going
fast. They' re easy to master with a little practice.
Don't forget to clean out those nasty boat bins
and cubbies, either. Chances are good that buried
under your life jackets is an old towel or a moldy
sponge that's more than a lot ripe.
Forget spring cleaning. Think winter upkeep and
And hope for an early spring.
By the numbers ...
According to the Ultimate Source of Boating
Excursions, in 2006:
Nearly 25 million anglers in the United States spent
just more than 127 million days saltwater fishing.
Total expenditures for all those water folks was
pegged at $82 billion. That figure includes e \i thL i IIg
from buying ice to paying the salary of a waterfront
restaurant server a wide-ranging conglomerate,
true, but still an interesting number.
Jobs created under those parameters number
more than 534,000.
By-the-state totals for highest rankings within the
statistics were Florida, Texas, California, Louisiana
and North Carolina. Remember, too, that these figures
are only for saltwater boating.
... and WAY out there
Boat collisions are, thankfully, rare. When boats
collide, the results are almost always bad. Just this
week, we noted a collision in Tampa Bay, resulting
in a minor fuel spill.
It may be a reach to contrast boat interactions
with deep-space satellite collisions, but what once
happened above Earth may serve as a reminder to us
that some things that take place can take a long time
A derelict Russian military satellite collided with
a satellite-phone commercial device about 500 miles
above Siberia last week. The crash was described as
being in "the busiest part of near-Earth space a
very popular orbit which is used by Earth-tracking
and communications satellites," according to the
Russian scientists said it could take up to 10,000
years for the debris cloud to clear. In the interim, all
orbiting spacecraft are at risk of collision with the
It's been called a catastrophic event by experts,
and the first-ever high-speed impact between two
The U.S. communication satellite weighed 1,235
pounds; the Russian's was about 2,000 pounds. The
hit created a supersonic shock wave, shredded every-
thing onboard both satellites and threw debris up to
800 miles from the point of impact.
Debris from the satellite collision reached Texas
Sunday in a meteor-like shower.
It could be argued that the crash was an accident
waiting to happen.
There's something like 17,000 pieces of space
junk larger than 4 inches in size spinning around
over our heads. There's also 900-plus active satel-
lites doing what they do: weather observation, com-
munications, military whatever. Oh, and the manned
The station is in orbit at about 270 miles above
Earth, a bit lower than the debris field. Experts say
there should be little danger posed to the station as a
result of the higher-orbiting crash.
Let's all be careful out there in the air and on
Our friend Randy Wayne White wrote a wonder-
ful book a few years ago titled "Ten Mile Limit." It
was a scary tale of folks who ended up adrift at night
after their boat sank in the Gulf of Mexico.
The argument was made that the swimmers could
have been rescued if they had at least one of those
waterproof beacons that flash out an intense light to
guide rescuers to the victims.
After the book published, Randy came to a local
writer's conference by boat. And the keys to his boat
were affixed to a floating light almost as large as his
arm, and Randy has big arms.
"So how big is the flashing beacon on your
boat?," we joked.
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Warmer weather spurs better fish bites
By Paul Roat
Warmer weather has caused fishing to heat
up, both in the bays and offshore in the Gulf of
Backwater anglers report good catches of trout,
snapper and redfish. Sheepshead also are getting big
and hungry around any structure both inshore and
Bluefish and pompano also are being caught in
the passes and just off the beaches.
Offshore action is excellent for snapper and
amberjack, with the best fishing coming in about 100
feet or more of water.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Fishing
Charters said the nice weather has had fishing heat
up. "The sheepshead have been spawning on the arti-
ficial reefs and rocks around Tampa Bay and off the
beach," he said. "On a recent charter we caught some
very big sheepshead. Redfish are starting to feed with
the warmup around docks and potholes on the flats,
and trout have been in the deep holes. If the weather
holds up, fishing should stay great."
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road is catching snapper, amber-
jack, banded rudderfish, Key West grunts and porgies
on his offshore trips.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said his inshore
charters were catching lots of redfish both within the
slot limit and oversized, plus black drum and bluefish.
He's also bringing in limit-catches of mangrove snap-
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said fishers are
finding lots of reds on the deeper seagrass beds in
the bays. There are also more and more trout being
caught in the bays, also in deeper grass flats. Spanish
mackerel also are being caught in the backwaters.
Offshore fishing continues to be great for mangrove
Coast Guard group offers
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 83 will
conduct a safe boating course at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
21, at American Legion, Post 24, 2000 75th St. W.,
The course is free, but attendees must pay a $40
For more information, call Robert Scott at
Scott Schornack, Mike Seger and John Seger caught a batch of sheepshead while fishing with Capt. Mark
Howard aboard the SumoTime Charters. The pair are
snapper and amberjack near the artificial reefs in the
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said it was "a beautiful, warm
week except for the fog got a lot of action
going in the area. Big sheepshead are schooling up
in the Gulf off the beaches. Several trips this week
produced numerous convict fish up to 7 pounds. The
big sheepies usually spawn in March, but there is
evidence that they have begun their biological duties
early this year. We found them thick and hungry in
water 20-35 feet deep over heavy structure. One big
sheepshead walloped a root beer Cotee jig while ver-
tically ji'_ ii ii_ over a nearshore reef." He's also put-
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been giving up good catches of spotted sea trout and
pompano over the open seagrass beds," he said, "and
redfish, black drum and mangrove snapper are around
docks and seawalls."
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
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Hot teams open basketball playoffs with upsets
By Kevin Cassidy
The regular season of the
Anna Maria Island Community
Center youth basketball league
has come to an end and division
playoffs are under way. And a
couple of hot teams scored
upset victories in the opening
round of the playoffs in Divi-
sions I and II.
Division I Island Family
Physicians closed the regular
season with a 38-24 win over
Fronius on Feb. 9 and an excit-
ing 47-46 victory over No. 1
seed Dips on Feb. 10. Island
Family Physicians, which fin-
ished the season in last place
with a 4-8 record, came into its
playoff game to face Fronius, a
team full of confidence. But the
Physicians parlayed the game
into a 46-18 thumping of the
No. 2 seeded team.
The Family Physicians
opened the game with a 15-2
scoring run fueled by six points
from Zach Guerin and four points
from Mallory Kosfeld, and they
never looked back. The second
half was more of the same. Lee
Bergeron poured in 13 of his
game-high 15 points as IFP won
going away. Daniel Pimental
added 11 points for IFP, which
also received 10 points from
Kosfeld, six from Guerin and
four points from Kayla Armer
in the playoff victory.
Chris Galati paced Fronius
with eight points, while Savan-
nah Schield added six points.
Nicole Knies and Jefferson
Bachler completed the Fronius
scoring with two points each in
the season-ending loss.
Island Family Physicians
now turns its attention to Dips
Ice Cream for the Division I
championship game Feb. 17.
Division I held its all-star
game with colors for team
names on Feb. 14 and Lime took
on Carolina Blue, recording a
38-24 victory. Daniel Pimental
paced the Lime team with 18
points, while Max Miller added
nine points. Savannah Schield
and Denver Hardy each scored
four points, while Mallory Kos-
feld finished with three points.
Blue received six points
apiece from Jerry Meyer and
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Helio Gomez, while Justin Gar-
gett finished with four points.
Isaiah Beaton, Zach Guerin and
Johnny Mattay each scored two
points to complete the scoring in
Division II E-Training Solu-
tions was 1-6 and languishing in
last place in the standings on Jan.
28, but finished the regular season
by winning five straight games to
earn the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.
E-Training continued its improved
play in the opening round of the
playoffs on Feb. 14 with a 15-5
victory over Longboat Observer.
Blaine Jenefsky scored seven
points and Logan Reiber added
six points to lead E-T, which also
received two points from Bryce
Smith in the victory.
Joey Salinas led the Observ-
ers with three points, while Chase
Lewis added two in the season-
The Division II all-star game
on Feb. 14 saw Blue edge Green
17-16 behind seven points from
Blaine Jenefsky and six points
from Joey Salinas. Josh Zawis-
toski added four points for Blue
in the victory.
Cameron Brauner and Jake
Parsons each scored four points
to lead Green, which also received
three points from Burke McCa-
mpbell-Hill. Alexia Yavalar and
Jacque-Lynn Armer finished with
two points, while Mikayla Kane
added one point in the loss.
The Division III regular
season ended in predictable
fashion as No. 1 seed Ross Built
easily defeated third-seed Air &
Eniic-. 16-6 on Feb. 11, while
second-seed Jessie's Island Store
raced past fourth-seed Coastal
Orthopedic 21-7 on Feb. 9. The
first-round playoff game on Feb.
14 offered no surprises either,
as Jessie's edged A&E 18-14 to
advance to the finals. Seth Walter
scored seven points and Mickey
Koczetsut scored five points to
lead Jessie's. Jean Paul-Russo
added four points and Brandon
Mills finished with two points in
Michael Latimer scored six
points to lead A&E, which also
received four points apiece from
Benjamin Calhoun and Tyler Yav-
alar in the loss.
The Premier Division open-
Josh Zawistoski drives past Burke McCampbell-Hill during Divi-
sion II all-star game action at the Center.
Cameron Braunder fires up a three-pointer as Josh Zawistoski
defends during Division II all-star basketball action at the Center.
Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
ing playoff round also offered
no surprises. The top two seeds
easily held serve and will meet in
the finals on Feb. 16.
Top-seeded Rotten Ralph's
opened the Feb. 14 playoff game
with a 13-4 scoring run before
holding on for a 40-34 victory
over fourth-seeded Island Real
Estate. Matt Bauer led the way
with 21 points, while Daniel Jan-
isch added 11 points. Chandler
Hardy chipped in four points,
while Christian Hightower and
Blake Rivers finished with two
points apiece in the victory.
Joe Karasiewicz scored 11
points and Celia Ware added eight
points to lead IRE, which also
received five points from Chris
Pate. Forest Schield and Trevor
Bystrom each scored four points
and Julian Botero added two to
round out the IRE scoring.
The second semifinal game of
the day saw second-seed A Para-
dise Realty race past third-seed
Bradenton Prep 51-32 behind a
game-high 24 points from Kyle
Aritt. Aritt had plenty of support,
receiving 13 points from Kyle
Seawall and 10 points from Troy
Koszewski. Patrick Edwards com-
pleted the Paradise scoring with
four points in the victory.
Ed Brown scored 24 points to
match Aritt's total, but received
little offensive help as the next
highest scorer, Robert Gaugenti,
who finished with five points.
Devin Coulter and Lucky McDon-
ald each finished with two points
in the loss.
Premier Division's all-star
game on Feb. 14 saw Lime defeat
Blue 46-37 behind a balanced scor-
ing attack led byl3 points from
Forest Schield and eight points
from Troy Koszewski. Matt Bauer,
Chris Pate and Kyle Seawall each
added six points, while Chandler
Hardy finished with three points in
Kyle Aritt led Blue with 10
points, while Joe Karasiewicz
added six points. Julian Botero,
Daniel Janisch and Erin Dolan
each scored four points for Blue
in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royal Club men
played a nine-hole, two-best-
balls-of-partners game Feb. 9.
The team of Gordon McKinna,
Jim Finn, Jerry Brown and Peter
Proxy matched the 55 carded by
Tom O'Brien, Joe Dickinson, Al
Kaiser and Paul Proxy to finish in
a tie for first place. Second place
also produced a tie between the
teams of Ed Havlik, Jim Auch,
Earl Richie and Al Morgan and
Dick Rowse, Hugh Holmes, Art
Doudera and Dick Eichorn. Both
teams carded 56s.
The men played an 18-hole,
better-ball-of-partners game on
Feb. 11 and the team of Earl
Huntzinger and Ed Havlik came
out on top with a 6-under-par 56.
They edged second-place finish-
ers Bob Kral and Hal Sears by one
stroke, while Ernie Hauser and
Bob Landgren finished in third
place with a 58. Bill Gallagher
and Don LaTorre, Bob Elliott and
Jim Thorton, and Tom Lewis and
Chuck Boes each carded 60s to tie
for fourth place.
The women and the men
teamed up for a "throw-out-the-
worst-hole" match Feb. 13. The
team of Jane Winegarden, Tom
Warda, Jim Finn and Paulette
Proxy carded an 87 to edge second-
place finishers Rose Slomba, Pam
Alvord, Jerry Brown and Peter
Proxy by one stroke. Earl Huntz-
inger had a chipin on number two
to salvage his round.
Four teams emerged from pool
play during the Feb. 14 horseshoe
competition at the Anna Maria
City Hall pits. The first semifinal
game saw Sam Samuels and John
Crawford defeat the team of Ron
Pepka and Leo Hutton 21-18. The
second semifinal game had Norm
Good and Al Norman slip past
Tom Skoloda and Mike Lovey
23-18. The finals saw Good-
Norman roll past Samuels-Craw-
Three teams managed unde-
feated pool play records on Feb.
11. Gene Bobeldyke and Jim Dur-
rough spanked Sam Samuels and
Jim Rush 21-8 to advance to the
finals where they defeated Bob
Regan and Rod Bussey 23-17.
National Honors Group
Island students, from left, C( /... I .. Perez, Olivia Roemer, Kelly Stewart, Max Moneuse, Hunter Parrish and
Kayla Aritt were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society for maintaining a 3.5 grade point aver-
age at King Middle School. The selection is also based on character, leadership and community service.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Donna Perez
AME seeks sponsors
Anna Maria Elementary School is seeking
yearbook sponsors so that it may continue to
provide each student with a free copy of the
book at the end of the school year.
In order to guarantee each student receives
a yearbook, the Parent-Teacher Organization
must raise $2,000 to cover the cost of print-
Any dollar amount is welcome, and the fol-
lowing sponsorship packages are offered:
The silver package includes a listing on
the sponsor acknowledgment page for $25.
The gold package includes a shared men-
tion on a page with one other sponsor for $50.
And the platinum package includes men-
tion as a full-page sponsor of one or more
Sponsorship forms are available at the
school and are due by Feb. 23. For more infor-
mation, call AME yearbook chairperson Chris-
tine Fritz at 941-713-3185.
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Cute beach house! On 50'x100' lot with 2BR, 1.5BA.
Great alternative to a condo, no fees, walk to the beach.
Lowest price on Key Royale! 2BR/2BA canalfront.
Pool boat lift, workshop, office and a 2 car garage. Only
Mike Norman Realty
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AME-PTO dinner, play
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization will host a family dinner night
sponsored by Leroy Selmon's Restaurant Tuesday,
Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the
school cafeteria. The menu includes barbeque ribs or
chicken with baked beans and cole slaw.
Meal tickets can be purchased prior to the dinner
in the school administrative office or at the event at
a cost of $7 for adults and $5 for children. Take out
orders are available.
Following dinner, AME kindergarteners will
present "Bugs," a musical featuring bugs on a picnic
in the auditorium.
For more information, call the school administra-
tive office at 941-708-5525.
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Thursday, Feb. 19, Progress reports go home.
Friday, Feb. 20, 12:30 p.m., Lowry Park Zoo
presentation in the auditorium.
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m., Parent-Teacher Orga-
nization family dinner night featuring Lee Roy Selm-
on's and kindergarten presentation of "Bugs."
Thursday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m., Fourth-grade field
trip to the Manatee Historical Park.
Thursday, March 5, "Read Across America"
volunteers read to students.
Monday, March 9, 1:30 p.m., Anna Maria Island
Community Center presentation of "Snow White."
March 10-20, Florida Comprehensive Assess-
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Nlonlday. Feb. 23
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MANASOTA MEMORIAL PARK: Double niches,
inside Grecian Temple. Two openings and clos-
ings. Today's value: $5,300. Sell for $3,900. Call
217-493-8374. E-mail: email@example.com.
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Size 14. Professionally cleaned and
preserved. $125 or best offer. 941-794-2312.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Satur-
day. Clothing sales. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
21. Lots of great stuff, new and used. Antiques,
costume jewelry, baseball cards, coconuts. 608
Concord Lane, Holmes Beach.
MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 21. Ethnic jewelry, housewares,
bedding, clothing, miscellaneous. 403 72nd St.,
DON'T MISS THIS ISLAND GETAWAY
Wonderful 2BR/2BA, 1 block to beach
in Holmes Beach. Property is turnkey
furnished and is a successful vacation
rental. Asking $359,000.
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4
PERICO BAY CLUB
3BR/2BA Large end unit. Enclosed
Lanai. Price reduced. $339,900.
Call Robert 941-730-1291
DUPLEX-ZONED LOT WITH OLDER
STRUCTURE. Lovely building site, 11,456
sq, ft, and now priced below county's value.
Was $429,000, NOW $379,000.
SPACIOUS BAY PALMS 2BR/2.5BA home
with two-car garage. Potential to add
1,612 sq. ft. living area. Was $489,500,
"We ARE The Island!"9
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
GARAGE SALE: 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb.21. Furni-
ture, housewares, miscellaneous. 6485 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. 941-387-7136.
YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Lots
of neat stuff. 426 63rd 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.
FOUND DOG: ALL black, well-groomed, sweet
dog, about 30 pounds. Wearing red collar and a flea
collar. Found on Cortez Road. 941-538-4290.
BINGO EVERY THURSDAY! Doors open at 6:30
p.m. Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd
St., Bradenton Beach. Information: Kit Redeker,
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
THE ISLANDER WANTS your comments. Do
you 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. E-mail reporter Lisa Neff at lisan-
firstname.lastname@example.org, and include a phone number
and home town.
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
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CALL THE ISLANDERS
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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.
FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield avail-
able for private parties and golf tournaments.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
2001 YAMAHA VINO scooters: 49ccs. One red,
one black. Low miles, like new. $1,200 each.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
FOR RENT: BOAT slip in Holmes Beach. Fits up
to 23 feet. $140/month. 941-778-2581.
FOR SALE: BOAT slip with dock. Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-730-2995.
PRIVATE DUTY NURSES: Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Six-hour morning
shifts available. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Travel opportunity.
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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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NEED QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL to con-
duct annual audit of church financial records.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant,
etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty,
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $180,000 plus inventory. Longview
COMMERCIAL OFFICES: FROM $250/month,
includes utilities. Different sizes to fit your budget,
from small office to 1,600 sf. Ideal for accounting,
attorney or office away from home. 941-746-8666.
5382 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
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.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
PROFESSIONAL I.T SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
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ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
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.
INCOME TAX SERVICE for individual and small
businesses. Also prepare all states and file elec-
tronically. Member of National Society of Tax
Professionals. Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service,
TOM'S TOTAL DOOR and Window Service:
Repairs, replacements, inserts, frame changeout,
handsets replaced, insulated glass replacement,
screens, etc. 941-730-1399 or 941-722-7507.
ESP CLEANING: COMMERCIAL and residential
cleaning. Floor care, buffing, stripping and waxing.
941-345-2162 or 941-737-6164.
SUPER CLEAN YOUR home: 100 percent reliable
Island resident. I love to clean and will make your
home sparkle! Free estimates. VIP references.
Call "Pa" at 941-778-3086.
dependable. Help with daily activities, errands.
Island resident, references. 941-705-0706.
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Tree remove trimming demossing palms trimmed bucket
truck bobcat service debris remove hauling landclearing
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HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
MAID TO CLEAN: Cleaning on the Island for eight
years, charge by the hour, residential and rentals.
Call Wendy, 941-778-0321.
HABLA ESPANOL? LEARN to speak, read and
write Spanish. Hourly lessons at your home.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell: 941-592-8684.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we
stay close to home. We provide full house
checking services when and what you need
- to ensure your house is secure and cared
for while you are away. Call 941-928-8735,
or e-mail email@example.com for
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-
ing in sport-specific training, improving balance,
strength, and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
mulching, plantings, shell and more. Great mainte-
nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.
Avalos Flooring and Painting
Hardwood Laminate Tile
Installation and repair Sanding and refinishing Painting-interior/exterior
Free estimates Serving Manatee Co. since 1979
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VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118.
941-778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
READY TO REPLACE those old lanai windows?
Vinyl, acrylic or hurricane. I will beat anyone's
price. Limited lifetime warranty window. Cash
MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Complete
home beautification or any home repair. Free
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in
town and the best results from classified ads and
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
2BR LUXURY CONDO: Steps to beach, heated
pool, sauna, tennis. $750/week. 863-688-3524
or cell, 863-608-1833. E-mail: chickenplucker@
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
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19. 2BR/1BA, washer/dryer. Pets OK! Yard! $899/
month. 1BR/1BA, washer/dryer. Pets OK! Yard!
CORTEZ ANNUAL $665/month, furnished. Sea-
sonal, $1,050/month. 1BR, washer and dryer,
porch, marina. Cats OK. 941-545-9025.
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CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo.
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813-634-3790. Available March, April, May,
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river, 2BR/1BA, $875/month. Mike Norman Realty,
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ANNUAL SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA elevated duplex.
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3BR/2BA or 2BR/2BA. Two weeks or month.
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OFFICE FOR RENT: 200 sf. 315 58th St., Holmes
CANALFRONT: 2BR/1.5BA ANNUAL rental on
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VERY SMALL STUDIO: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $550/month.
DAZZLING VIEWS OF beach, Gulf and dolphins
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Available April 1. 941-779-1013.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA. $1,000/month. 303 55th St.,
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SEASONAL RENTAL: APRIL. 1BR/1BA apart-
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BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
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HOLMES BEACH: KEY Royale. An absolutely
spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA, two-car
garage, split-plan, custom remodeled through-
out. Deep sailboat water with new dock and lift,
direct access to Tampa Bay and Gulf. Must see!
Owner can hold second. Owner, 941-809-1522.
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MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $79,000. 513-470-3851.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA town-
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TRADE: 2006 42-foot, motor yacht, aft cabin, new
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of equal, greater or lesser value. 941-725-0000.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
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parking, $35,000, includes six months lot rent.
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Enter The Islander Oscar contest online
Fill out the ballot containing the
Academy Awards nominees by noon
Saturday, Feb. 21, to be eligible for the
The prize will go to the reader who
guesses the most Oscar winners.
Please, one entry per reader.
Deliver entries to the newspaper
at the newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The awards show will be telecast
on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday,
The nominees are...
(Pick one in each category)
( ) "The Curious Case of Benja-
( )"The Reader"
( )"Slumdog Millionaire"
( ) Danny Boyle for "Slumdog Mil-
( ) Stephen Daldry for "The
( ) David Fincher for"The Curious
Case of Benjamin Button"
( ) Ron Howard for "Frost/Nixon"
( ) Gus Van Sant for "Milk"
( ) Richard Jenkins for "The Visi-
( ) Frank Langella for "Frost/
( ) Sean Penn for "Milk"
() Brad Pitt for "The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button"
( ) Mickey Rourke for "The Wres-
( ) Anne Hathaway for "Rachel
( ) Angelina Jolie for "Change-
( ) Melissa Leo for "Frozen
( ) Meryl Streep for "Doubt"
( ) Kate Winslet for "The Reader"
Best Supporting Actor
( ) Josh Brolin for "Milk"
( ) Robert Downey Jr. for "Tropic
( ) Philip Seymour Hoffman for
( ) Heath Ledger for "The Dark
( ) Michael Shannon for "Revolu-
Best Supporting Actress
( ) Amy Adams for "Doubt"
( ) Penelope Cruz for "Vicky Cris-
( ) Viola Davis for "Doubt"
( ) Taraji P. Henson for "The Curi-
ous Case of Benjamin Button"
( ) Marisa Tomei for "The Wres-
Best Animated Feature Film
( )"Kung Fu Panda"
( ) "Wall-E"
Best Foreign Film
( ) "The Baader Meinhof Complex"
( ) "The Class" France
( ) "Departures" Japan
( ) "Revanche" Austria
( ) "Waltz With Bashir" Israel
Best Original Screenplay
( ) "Milk" by Dustin Lance Black
( ) "Frozen River" by Courtney
( ) "Happy Go Lucky" by Mike
( ) "In Bruges" by Martin McDon-
is nominated for best animated feature film. Think it will win?
Fill out The Islander's contest ballot.
( ) "Wall-E" by Andrew Stanton,
Jim Reardon, Pete Docter
Best Adapted Screenplay
() "The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button" by Eric Roth, Robin Swicord
( ) "Doubt" by John Patrick Shan-
( ) "Frost/ Nixon" by Peter
( ) "The Reader" by David Hare
() "Slumdog Millionaire" by Simon
Best Documentary Feature
( )"The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)"
( ) "Encounters at the End of the
( )"The Garden"
( )"Man on Wire"
( ) "Trouble the Water"
Best Original Score
( ) "The Curious Case of Benjamin
( )"Slumdog Millionaire"
( ) "WALL-E"
Best Original Song
( ) "Down to Earth" "WALL-E"
( )"Jai Ho" "Slumdog Million-
( ) "O Saya" "Slumdog Million-
Best Film Editing
() "The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button" by Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
( ) "The Dark Knight" by Lee
( ) "Frost/Nixon" by Mike Hill, Dan
( ) "Milk" by Elliot Graham
( ) "Slumdog Millionaire" by Chris
Best Documentary Short Sub-
( ) "The Conscience of Nhem
Islander Photo: Courtesy Walt
( )"The Final Inch"
( )"Smile Pinki"
( ) "The Witness From the Bal-
cony of Room 306"
( ) "Changeling" by Tom Stern
() "The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button" by Claudio Miranda
( ) "The Dark Knight" by Wally Pfis-
( ) "The Reader" by Chris Menges,
( ) "Slumdog Millionaire" by
Anthony Dod Mantle
Best Costume Design
( ) "Australia" by Catherine
( ) "The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button" by Jacqueline West
( ) "The Duchess" by Michael
( ) "Milk" by Danny Glicker
( ) "Revolutionary Road" by Albert
Best Sound Mixing
( ) "The Curious Case of Benja-
min Button" by David Parker, Michael
Semanick, Ren Klyce, Mark Weingar-
( ) "The Dark Knight" by Lora
Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo, Ed Novick
( ) "Slumdog Millionaire" by lan
Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty
( ) "WALL-E" by Tom Myers,
Michael Semanick, Ben Burtt
( ) "Wanted" by Chris Jenkins,
Frank A. Montano, Petr Forejt
Best Sound Editing
( ) "The Dark Knight" by Richard
( ) "Iron Man" by Frank Eulner,
( ) "Slumdog Millionaire" by Tom
( ) "WALL-E" by Ben Burtt, Mat-
( ) "Wanted" by Wylie Stateman
Best Live Action Short Film
( ) "Auf der Strecke (On the
( ) "Manon on the Asphalt"
( )"New Boy"
( )"The Pig"
( )"Spielzeugland (Toyland)"
Best Animated Short Film
( ) "La Maison de Petits Cubes"
( )"Lavatory Lovestory"
( ) "This Way Up"
( ) "The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button" by Greg Cannom
( ) "The Dark Knight" by John
Caglione, Jr., Conor O'Sullivan
( ) "Hellboy II: The Golden Army"
by Mike Elizalde, Thom Flout
Best Art Direction
( ) "Changeling" by James J.
Murakami, Gary Fettis
( ) "The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button" by Donald Graham Burt, Victor
( ) "The Dark Knight" by Nathan
Crowley, Peter Lando
( ) "The Duchess" by Michael
Carlin, Rebecca Alleway
( ) "Revolutionary Road" by Kristi
Zea, Debra Schutt
Best Visual Effects
( ) "The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button" by Eric Barba, Steve Preeg,
Burt Dalton, Craig Barron
( ) "The Dark Knight" by Nick
Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber,
( ) "Iron Man" by John Nelson, Ben
Snow, Dan Sudick, Shane Mahan
In the event of a tie, The Islander
will chose one of the top entries at
shared on AMI
Charles and Theresa Schutt
will be watching the 81st Acad-
emy Awards this year on pins and
needles, with all the anticipation of
the families of the big stars, such as
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Wins-
The Schutts' daughter, you
see, is an Oscar nominee, and the
family is looking for some gold on
Debra lives in Manhattan now,
and visits her parents' home in Penn
Yan, N.Y., as well as their winter
home in Holmes Beach regularly.
She is nominated for her work as set
decorator on the film "Revolutionary
Road," starring DiCaprio and Wins-
Schutt told The Chronicle-
Express, the hometown newspaper
of Penn Yan, that she's worked on
dozens of major motion pictures
since the 1980s, but this is her first
nomination for an Oscar.
According to the Chronicle-
Express, Schutt has designed sets
for movies from the 1920s rural
south of "Fried Green Tomatoes,"
the 1960s streets of New York in
"A Bronx Tale," "The Stepford
Wives," "Anger Management" and
Mom and Dad are rightfully
proud of Debra, who landed her
first job after graduation from the
State University of New York,
although unpaid, working in a
Hartford, Conn., theater.
Theresa Schutt said Debra vis-
ited last in Holmes Beach at Christ-
mas- And she visits them a couple of
times a year in both locations, north
What will you do on Oscar
night?, The Islander asked Theresa.
Will you attend the Academy Awards
with your daughter? "Well, we're
both in our 80s, so we'll just watch
on TV here in Holmes Beach," she
And we'll be rooting with
them on Anna Maria Island.