Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: February 25, 2009
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VOLUME 17, NO. 17

Cortez hosts fishing
festival. Pages 12-13.


the news ...

Community center
j't it /1t s down.
Page 3

On the government
calendar: Meetings
of inh i,/. Page 3

Bradenton Beach
seeks mooring com-
mittee members.
Page 4

Bradenton Beach
holds off on commu-
nity grants. Page 5

Op/Ed: Our opinion,
your opinion. Page 6

Water taxi makes
rounds in Sound.
Page 9

Pages 10-11
Pages 10-11


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Page 7I9
Page 7

Older drivers it ,t iI
to CarFit Sunday.
Page 14

Hilt iril society
honors members.
Page 17

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Island commerce and
trade. Pages 18-19

Island police reports.
Page 20

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Goings on. Page 21

By Paul Roat" J

Sandscript: Shark
reports and whale
stories. Page 22

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Visitor says:

'This stinks'

Beverly Madden, visiting Holmes Beach for the first time for a month from Hyde Park,
Vt., said just days ago she could walk out the Manatee Beach pier and 'ii ih folks fish,
but now she can't walk under the pier or on it. Madden has spent time (, l'/i/ lii.n shells for
her grandkids, but "this stinks." It's just for the birds now, and "that's a bummer,"
she said. L,,indt r Photo: Bonner Joy

Top cop may face retirement

By Rick Catlin
Lh,,idh r Reporter
The man who has been in charge of city
of Anna Maria law enforcement the past
seven years may be forced into retirement
on June 30, although he'd like to stay on
the job in the city. And the city wants him
to stay.
Sgt. John Kenney of the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office has headed up the
Anna Maria substation since June 2002.
In 2004, he opted for a retirement exit
plan that would have him leave the MCSO
on June 30, with maximum benefits. He's
been with the MCSO 24 years and has an
additional eight years from Sarasota County
and the state of Florida added to his benefits
for a total of 32 years in uniform.
But things were different for Kenney
in 2004. He had only been in Anna Maria

for less than two years when he opted for the
retirement plan and did not realize he would
come to appreciate his job and the people of
Anna Maria. His thoughts then were on retire-
ment and winding down his career.
Now he's had a change of heart and has
asked the MCSO to put his retirement plan on
"It's not likely to happen. They've never
done it before," Kenney said.
"I'm not blaming anyone else but myself. I
didn't think the position would turn out this way
when I took the plan. But I want to stay."
Kenney said that if the MCSO rejects his
request, he has other choices, but he's waiting
to hear from the MCSO first.
"I want to keep my options open, but I do
want to stay. At this point, there are some other
avenues, but I need to wait until I hear from

Study needed on fire consolidation

By Rick Catlin
Ll,,iin r Reporter
West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy
Price told the Feb. 19 meeting of the WMFR
district board that consolidation of the coun-
ty's fire districts was discussed at a recent
meeting of the Manatee Council of Govern-
The issue was brought up by County
Commissioner Joe McClash, who said the
county is struggling with funding Emer-
gency Medical Services and suggested the
fire districts merge to save money.
Price said the fire chiefs at the meet-
ing did not disagree with the concept, but
the primary question is who will pay for a
feasibility study. The chief said a feasibil-
ity study could cost between $200,000 and
"Consolidation is not a new idea," said
Price. "At this point, I don't know where it's
going. My position is, and has always been,

that until we do a study, we can't say consoli-
dation is right or wrong. We need unbiased
Price said McClash told the council he
would meet with the chiefs of each fire district
to discuss consolidation and report back at the
next council meeting in April.
In other business, the board received its
2007-08 audit report from auditor Ed Leonard,
who praised the district's accounting proce-
"It was a good, clean audit. You have
hard numbers, and we had to make no specific
adjustments," he said.
Leonard said a "clean report" is the high-
est opinion he could give on an audit.
WMFR had $5.391 million in revenues
and expenses were $92,343 less during the
reporting period, he said.
In addition, said Leonard, "The district
does not have a lot of debt and it has $2.8
million in its balance fund."

For the birds? Visitors to the Manatee
Beach found the pier closed Sunday. And
there's little hope the fihiing-ptt h Irian pier
will be fixed quickly cn,,iidh ring the chan-
nels the project will go ;rlriinh and the cost.
Llandi r Photo: Bonner Joy

Manatee Public

Beach pier closed

By Rick Catlin
Ll,,Mi ,r Reporter
The pier at Manatee Public Beach in
Holmes Beach was blocked to pedestrians
Sunday by caution tape and warning signs.
The move came after an engineer's report
to Manatee County Natural Resources Depart-
ment director Charlie Hunsicker deemed the
pier "unsafe" for public use.
Hunsicker told county commissioners Feb.
19 that the pier would be closed as soon as pos-
sible because the county could not afford to take
a chance on endangering public safety.
"The pier will close as soon as I can get a
fence company out there," he said.
The report that caused the county to close
the pier came from Bridge Design Associates
Inc. of West Palm Beach, the county's bridge
inspection company, following a January
inspection of the pier.
Hunsicker said that because of storms
and wave activity, the pier has continued to
deteriorate since the previous inspection in
December 2008.
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, a
Holmes Beach resident, said she was stunned
by the news.
"I'm definitely not happy. It's the height of
the tourist season. But I understand the safety
issue. After the report, we can't afford to endan-
ger public safety or the liability issue," she said.
But Hunsicker's real bombshell came
when he recommended the commission build
a new pier rather than repair the current struc-
ture, and he suggested the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council should fund it.
Whitmore, a former mayor of Holmes
Beach, was not enthusiastic about using TDC
money, or even getting approval from a majority
of commissioners. She said the commission will
discuss the pier issue at its Feb. 24 meeting.
"It's going to be hard to get a consensus
to build a new pier. Not everyone on the com-
mission is in favor of a new structure. And
whatever we decide, it will take months to get
the permits," she said.

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Pier unsafe, closed indefinitely
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said
he was surprised to hear the pier will close, but after
reading the engineering report, he agreed based on
the safety issue.
On learning the estimates to repair or replace
the pier, Bohnenberger said building a new structure
seemed the best option. "It would seem to me that
repairing the pier is a waste of money," he said.
Hunsicker presented four options to county com-
missioners Feb. 19 regarding the costs to repair or
replace the pier:
Demolition and removal: $670,000.
Repair existing pier: $1.683 million.
Build over top of existing pier: $1.490 million.
Replace with conventional pier: $1.495 million.
Hunsicker added that "these costs represent an
increase of almost $300,000 from the former esti-
mates because additional structural deterioration
since the last inspection has rendered the existing
structure unsuitable."
Kenny may be forced to retire
the MCSO before considering the next option."
The loss of Kenney would be a loss for the city,
said Mayor Fran Barford.
"He's got the experience and knows the people
and the lay of the land," said the mayor. "And his
knowledge of police activity during storms is invalu-
able. It's a win-win situation for the city if he gets to
stay. We'd definitely like him to stay on."
Barford said she's talked to Kenney about the
situation and said she would give him whatever sup-
port she can for him to remain in Anna Maria.
"We'd love him to work something out," she said.
Anna Maria contracts for law enforcement services
with the MCSO on an annual basis. The 2008-09 con-
tract is for $630,000, which is less than what the other
Island cities budget annually for their police forces.

Bradenton Beach city clerk

concerned with meeting length

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
More than four hours.
Three city staff.
Two city attorneys.
Too much expense for taxpayers.
Bradenton Beach City Clerk Nora Idso recently
lodged a complaint over the length of a Feb. 12 board
of adjustment meeting.
The meeting began at 6 p.m. at city hall and went
past 10 p.m., with the three-member BOA gathered
to address a third-party administrative appeal filed by
Cynthia Dagher and Mark Mixon over a certificate
of occupancy issued for a motel on Gulf Drive that
neighbors their home.
The BOA, chaired by John Burns, did not address
the substance of the Dighci. \ Ii\in complaint, but
continued its review of whether Dagher and Mixon
had met the criteria for their appeal to be heard.
Idso said some meetings need to run long, but in
a memo to building official Steve Gilbert she ques-
tioned the length of the Feb. 12 BOA meeting.
"It is deplorable that the taxpayers of this city
pay $2,805.00 for a meeting that in theory could have
been decided in an hour at most given the informa-
tion had previously been distributed," Idso wrote in
her capacity as the city's financial officer and the
administrative head of the department.
At a previous meeting, city staff had provided an
inch-thick packet of materials on the issue. Idso noted
that that meeting cost $2,000 in salaries and fees.
At the Feb. 12 meeting, the city paid for five
professionals a clerk, a code enforcement offi-
cer, a building official, an attorney to represent the
BOA and an attorney to represent the building depart-

Idso said that such lengthy meetings, in addition
to costing money, disrupt operations at city hall.
"Staff who are forced to sit through a meeting of
this duration after having worked eight hours are in
no way expected to be here at 8 a.m." the next day,
she stated.
Idso informed Gilbert that she planned to ask the
city commission to consider a requirement that the
board meetings be established as "time certain."
She also said she hoped recent adoption of an
ordinance allowing a special master to hear some
administrative appeals would remedy the situation.

TECO first
Lois Huntington, pictured here, with husband Tom
of 30lh Street in Holmes Beach, became the first
residential customer hooked up to the first natural
gas line recently installed by TECO-People's Gas
on the Island. Huntington also has a gas water
heater and two gas fireplaces at her Island home.
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Island Community Center revenues down

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
continuing to operate and provide critical and neces-
sary programs to Islanders of all ages, but donations
and revenues are down because of a bad economy.
Revenues are just not making projections, trea-
surer Bill Ford told the board of directors at its Feb.
13 meeting.
With a slumping economy, Ford said the Center
should not expect more revenue sources.
That's essentially the same message that execu-
tive director Pierrette Kelly delivered to the direc-
"We are working on all avenues of revenues,"
and looking at every possible way to reduce expen-
ditures, she said.

With the economy slumping and revenues down,
more and more people are seeking scholarships and
financial assistance to participate in the Center's
needed programs, she said. Participation is up at the
Center, but revenues are not.
Kelly cited the example of a 58-year-old grand-
father who recently lost his job, but has two young
granddaughters to support, and he needs to keep them
in the after-school care program.
"He needs help for the girls. His need is great.
Everyone's need is great. It's a very challenging
time," she said.
"But no one is ever turned away" because of an
inability to pay, she noted.
The problem is that fundraising is not bringing
in the revenues that it used to provide, Kelly said.
As an example, a recent dance at the Center

The Palma
Sola Scenic
Hi, Ih -, Cor-
ridor presently
runs from 75th
Street West
in Bradenton
along Manatee
Avenue State
Road 64 to
East Bay Drive
in Holmes
Beach. Islander
Photo: Lisa

Palma Sola highway extension supported
By Lisa Neff McCartney offered a solution, "Northbound traf-
Islander Reporter fic on East Bay Drive making a left-hand turn onto
An advisory board mapping the future of the Manatee Avenue should be held back at least 15 or
Palma Sola Scenic Highway is interested in seeing the more seconds to permit traffic exiting Westbay Cove
roadway designation extended on Manatee Avenue to to proceed safely going south on East Bay Drive."
Manatee Public Beach. Kohn suggested the committee discuss a possi-
The Holmes Beach City Commission also is ble resolution at its meeting scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
interested in extending the scenic highway designa- Wednesday, March 11, at the county administration
tion, which can bring grant money for enhancements building in Bradenton.
in the corridor.
The scenic corridor currently begins at 75th Butterfl 'arts for sale-
Street West in Bradenton and runs along Manatee > .
Avenue/State Road 64 to East Bay Drive in Holmes Anna Maria Island
In late January, Holmes Beach public works
superintendent Joe Duennes asked the mayor and city --- _
commission to recommend extending the corridor to
the beach.
The commission, with no debate, approved the -

n te s c h a d g a m J. 14-15 outdoor art show in Holmes Beach that ben-
ex tnd inga the sci h y d g a efited the Anna Maria Is land Butterfly Park. Islander
At its next meetingMarch the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Cor- is
ridor Management Entity committee will consider a .

exp eted to discuss traffic concerns at the d esignation, said committeetion
Paof East Bay Drive and Mana Fortenberry of HolAvenue.es Beach, left, and Becky

Wigton,lives near the intersection at Westbay Cove Nort ii i the Feb.
The committee briefly discussed the idea of

The problem is the existing traffic light system,outdoor art show in Holmes Beach that ben-

which is confusing and which many drivers routinely Jan.
violate, resulting in a game of chicken for southbound

tion provided a fix with new but temporary traffic
signals during the closure ofefited the Anna Maria Island Buttey Park. Islander
14 and indicated its support.Kapisak ofKapinda Designs of Holmes
At its next meeting, the Palma Sola group also is

expected to discuss the traffic concerns at the inte came Beach shows off her handcrafted jewelry to Jo Annction
of East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue. "'"--
Committee vice chair Molly McCartney, who I i ,' ,{

lives nearemoved the intersectionghts at Westbay Cowere back with Meilner of Bradenton Beach at the outdoor art
raised the same old system of chicken," she said. show held in Holmes Beach Feb. 1415.
"The problem is the existing traffic light system,
which is confusing and which many drivers routinely
violate, resulting in a game of chicken for southbound
and northbound cars," McCartney said.
She said the Florida Department of Transporta- "
tion provided a fix with new but temporary traffic
signals during the closure of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge. Linda Kapisak ofKapinda Designs of Holmes
"As soon as the bridge reopened, the state came Beach shows offher handcrafted jewelry to Jo Ann
and removed the new lights and we were back with Mleilner of Bradenton Beach at the outdoor art
the same old system of chicken," she said. show held in Holmes Beach Feb. 14-15.

brought in $1,000 to the treasury. The same dance
last year at the same time raised more than $2,300.
"It's a balancing act and we're trying to figure out
how to get everything done. This is the most critical
month for us in fundraising."
Kelly said she's had little success in obtaining
more grant money because grant funding is down.
A lot of grant sources are looking to fund more
critical needs, such as homeless people and at-risk
children, she said.
Kelly said the staff is giving their "heart and
soul" to keep the Center operating and everyone is
out looking for donors.
The Center held another fundraising dance Feb.
21, but ticket sales have been slow.
A talent show is scheduled for March 7 has been
pushed to April 18 and the Island Tour of Homes is
planned for March 21.
The 25th annual "Affair to Remember" this
year on April 4 is the Center's most important
fundraising event of the year and Kelly is still looking
for sponsors and donors.
"Now is the time to be out looking for donors. We
have to be able to succeed in the market," she said.
Ford praised Kelly and the staff for "doing a
great job of reducing expenses." He said expenses are
down $90,000 compared with last year and everyone
is committed to operating the Center and maintaining
its critical programs.


Anna Maria City
Feb. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 3, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning
board meeting.
March 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 17, planning and zoning board meeting.
March 26, city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
941-708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Feb. 26, 5 p.m., class on the Government-in-
the-Sunshine law.
March 5, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
March 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
March 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification
committee meeting.
March 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 18, 7 p.m., parks and beautification
committee "Florida-friendly" planting seminar.
March 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement meet-
March 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 26, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meet-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
March 19, 6 p.m., WMFR District commis-
sion meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
Daylight saving time begins March 8 -
spring ahead.
March 11, 3:30 p.m., Palma Sola Scenic
Highway Corridor Management Entity meeting,
1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
March 17 is St. Patrick's Day.
March 18, time to be determined, Barrier Is-
land Elected Officials meeting, 501 Bay Isles Road,
Longboat Key, 941-316-1999.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.

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Anna Maria P&Z recommends zones combine

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board at a Feb.
17 public hearing agreed in a 3-1 vote to recommend
to the city commission that it adopt an ordinance that
will merge the city's Residential 2 (duplex) zone with
the Residential 1 (single-family residence) zone.
Included in the ordinance is a provision that
owners of non-conforming structures and lots in the
new zone can build up, but between the height of
27 feet and 37 feet, can construct only an addition
or living space that has a maximum of 50 percent
coverage of the original footprint of the structure.
City planner Alan Garrett told the board and the few
members of the public in attendance that elimination of
the R-2 zone is needed to match the 2007 comprehensive
plan and meet the Florida Department of Community
Affairs April deadline for the city's zoning ordinances
to come into compliance with the comp plan.
He noted that the 50 percent limitation in the
ordinance on upper-level construction between 27
feet and 37 feet should not be confused with Fed-
eral Emergency Management Agency regulations
that allow rebuilding of a non-conforming structure
to only 50 percent of the market value of the struc-
Within the next few months, an ordinance
addressing non-conforming structures and uses will
be presented to the board, he said. "Tonight, we are
just trying to make the deadline," Garrett said.
Garrett added that "for the time being," the

Bradenton Beach

seeks mooring

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The city of Bradenton Beach is seeking a couple
of sailors to help steer its mooring field committee.
The city also is seeking environmentalists and
dedicated citizens to serve on the advisory commit-
tee, which was authorized in a recently adopted tem-
porary mooring field ordinance.
The steering committee is needed to help write
a master recreational boating plan that will focus on
the establishment and operation of a mooring field
south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The city hosted an informational meeting on the
drafting of the plan Feb. 18 at city hall.
"We're very close to sitting down and writing
this," Lisa Marie Phillips said of the plan. Phillips is
the city's project and program director and has led
recent meetings on the mooring field project along
with consultant Dianne Rosensweig of Scheda Eco-
logical Associates.
Phillips encouraged boaters, waterfront residents
and others with an interest in the mooring field to
get involved and to apply to serve on the steering
committee, which the city commission is expected
to appoint in early March.
The committee will work with Phillips, Rosens-
weig and others on a variety of issues related to the
mooring field from the qualifications sought in
a harbor master to the type of mooring balls in the
Other issues to be determined with the help
of the committee include the cost of anchoring in
the field, the number of mooring spots, the scope
of amenities to be offered and rules for dispos-
ing of trash and waste and removal of derelict
Phillips said the ballpark estimate for anchor-
age in the Bradenton Beach mooring field would be
$300-$325 a month.
Rosensweig said at the most, the city could place
40 boats in the field, but that estimate probably was
overly optimistic.
Mayor Michael Pierce said he wants to make
sure the committee addresses the needs of vacation-
ing boaters.

R-1 and R-2 designations "need to stay in the ordi-
nance until such time as we rezone all the residential
He told board member Jim Conoly that owners of
non-conforming duplexes in the R-1 can still install a
new roof and make normal repairs to their structure,
as long as repairs remain within the footprint of the
"We just don't want to see a lot of additions to
the non-conforming use. It has to be within the foot-
print," he said.
However, board member Mike Yetter said he was
against the ordinance because of the 50 percent limi-
tation between 27 feet and 37 feet.
He said that while he found much he could agree
with, "people have invested a lot of money in a 50
by 100 foot lot and now we are telling them that they
can't do something." People will presume the lot has
less value, he suggested.
Additionally, said Yetter, the clause was "draco-
nian" and a "show-stopper."
Former P&Z chairman Tom Turner agreed with
Yetter. He said the ordinance is "ineffective," because
it says nothing about existing two-family structures
and is "vague" about the footprint.
While an owner of a single-story, ground-level resi-
dence wishing to build another story in the district can
only add 50 percent of the existing footprint between
27 feet high and 37 feet, another owner can tear down
an older home and build a 37-foot-high residence
without the 50 percent restriction, Turner noted.

City staff, officials


City staff and elected officials took a moment
during the Feb. 19 Bradenton Beach commission
meeting to remember a public works employee
who died Feb. 7.
The emotional moment came at the conclusion
of the commission's afternoon meeting, with public
works director Tom Woodard offering a remembrance
and memorial for Marion \\ Stump, 58.
Stump worked for the city public works
department for more than two decades.
Woodard called Stump a good man, a good
friend and a valuable employee who "set the stan-
dard for job performance and commitment."
Woodard also said Stump was a loyal member
of his community and that he truly "loved the
Island, its lifestyle and its people."
\\ .s was a wonderful friend to anyone who
had the pleasure of knowing him. Since his pass-
ing I have been able to meet various people who
expressed their condolences for all of our loss and
shared happy memories and stories about Wes....
I know that he will be missed," Woodard said.

As proposed, this is "too restrictive on older
homes. Keep the village atmosphere," he said.
However, the owner that builds a new 37-foot-
high residence will not be allowed to use the ground-
level of a three-story home for habitable space.
Garrett said that non-conforming uses, such as
two-family structures in the R-1, will be addressed in
the very near future by the board and commission.
Board member Frank Pytel responded that the
board and city commission have been "wrestling
with these lots for a long time without getting agree-
"We've tried to address it equitably, but every
time there was always a reason why we couldn't do
it. This addresses over-building," he said.
Board chairman Doug Copeland noted that the
city changed its zoning in 1971 to eliminate multi-
family in the Bean Point area. The change halted
plans for a 200-room hotel on Bean Point, leaving
"us with the city we love," he said.
"This is something that is very important to do,"
Copeland said.
The board did recommend that yard sales be an
allowed use in the R-1, but the sale of "commodities"
is still prohibited.
Yetter voted against the motion to recommend
approval, while Copeland, Conoly and Pytel favored
the measure.
Commission Chairman John Quam said the
public hearings on the ordinance are scheduled for
March 12 and March 26.

Tingley to host
book sale
Tingley Memorial
Library volunteers
Ceila Fellers, left,
and Claire Sker-

the annual book
sale at the library,
111 Second St. N.,
Bradenton Beach.
The event will take
place from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 28, and raise
money for the inde-
pendent library's
operation. Islander
Sf Photo: Lisa Neff

No bridge delays

Motorists using the Anna Maria Island Bridge
and Manatee Avenue should get a break this week
as contractor Quinn Construction Co. has no repairs
scheduled that would require the company to close
the bridge or open the bascule.
Florida Department of Transportation spokesper-
son Cindy Clemmons-Adente said the contractor is
still aiming to finish the $11 million rehabilitation
project by March 3, although the DOT contract allows
the company up until April to complete the work.
Clemmons-Adente said Quinn will get a $50,000
bonus from the DOT if the job is finished before the April
deadline. Quinn has already received more than $600,000
in bonuses from the DOT for completing various portions
of the project ahead of schedule. The bonus money has
helped push the total cost of the project from its original
$9.1 estimate to the present $11 million figure.
Last week, motorists using the bridge experi-
enced various delays as Quinn raised the drawbridge
on numerous occasions to perform required repairs
and inspections on the bascule electrical system.
Clemmons-Adente said a cleanup plan is in place
to clear the approach areas of equipment and debris,
but that effort will not begin until all bridge repairs
have been completed.

THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 25, 2009 0 5

Commission holds off on community grants

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
City commissioners delayed a decision on
financial awards to community groups until its clear
whether Bradenton Beach must help fund the Island
trolley this year.
City Clerk Nora Idso presented commissioners
with a package containing letters from representa-
tives from various organizations that apply for finan-
cial support from the city each year.
"People want to know where the money is going
to go," Idso said, adding that she has received inqui-
ries from applicants about their funding requests for
fiscal year 2009, which began in October.
During a Feb. 19 meeting at city hall, commission-
ers and Mayor Michael Pierce agreed that they should
wait to issue grants until they know whether Bradenton
Beach will be asked to help fund the Island trolley.
Money for the trolley must come from the $10,000
budgeted for the community programs, Pierce said.
Last fiscal year, each of the Island cities contrib-
uted $8,000 to the Island trolley operation in an effort
to continue to offer a fare-free service.
Bradenton Beach officials said they anticipate a
similar request from Manatee County this year.
"I'm not ready to make a decision on this," said
Commissioner Janie Robertson.
"I would just as soon wait," Pierce added.
Commissioner John Shaughnessy said all the
applicants were worthy of the city's support, but "I'd
rather hold off and wait to hear from the county.... I
think that Bradenton Beach gets more benefit out of
this trolley than anything."
Applicants for funding include:
Solutions to Avoid Red Tide Inc., which promotes
research and education on the impacts of red tide on
coastal communities. START requested $500.
Anna Maria Island Historical Society, which

promotes preservation and education about Island his-
tory and operates a museum in Anna Maria. AMIHS
requested $1,000.
Manatee County Chapter of the American Red
Cross, which provides relief to families in crisis,
especially disasters. The chapter requested $2,500.
Anna Maria Island Art League, which sponsors
a series of artist events and conducts workshops and
classes in its Holmes Beach studio. AMIAL requested
League of Women Voters of Manatee County,
which is a non-partisan political group that educates
voters on issues and candidates. The group requested
a gift of "your choice."
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
which represents Island businesses to consumers and
which assists consumers in finding Island businesses.
The chamber requested $1,500.
Annie Silver Community Center, which is a
one-room center that hosts community activities in
Bradenton Beach. The center requested, "Whatever
you deem appropriate."
Anna Maria Island Community Center, which
operates a variety of adult and youth programs at
a multi-purpose facility in Anna Maria. The Center
requested $2,500.
Idso said the issue would be placed on a commis-
sion agenda in March, providing city officials time to
contact county officials about the status of the trol-
In other business last week, commissioners:
Approved a request from Lisa Marie Phillips,
city project and program director, to attend the Gov-
ernor's Hurricane Conference May 10-15 in Fort
Lauderdale. The cost was estimated at $1,205.
Approved payment of a $1,369.68 invoice for
repairs to a 1998 recycling truck.
Approved payment of an $8,531.26 invoice from

M.T. Causley for building department services.
Approved a special event application for a cus-
tomer appreciation party outdoors at the Drift In, 120
Bridge St., from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 28.
Approved a special event application for the
DeSoto Heritage Festival Beach Picnic at the Beach-
House Restaurant from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April
Approved a special exception to the LDC allow-
ing for improvements on a dock that already exists at
Coquina Moorings Condominiums, 1407 Gulf Drive
The dock was built in 1982 with city and state
permission. At the time, the 65-foot limitation on the
projection of docks and piers from the mean-high
water line was not in place.
The condominium association, therefore, filed
for a special exception application with the city that
the planning and zoning board unanimously recom-
mended to the commission.
The commission will take up final action on a
licensing agreement associated with the dock at its
next meeting.
Approved a request from the public works
department to replace a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck
totaled in an accident with a 2009 Polaris Ranger XP
Utility Vehicle.
Public works director Tom Woodard said the
truck was damaged in a no-fault, no-injury accident
that occurred while a work crew was en route to
Lowe's in Bradenton.
He proposed the purchase of the Ranger as a
greener, more economical vehicle for the department.
The commission approved the $15,300 purchase, with
$7,600 to be paid from an insurance settlement and
$7,700 to be paid from the streets and roads depart-
ment budget.
The next commission meeting will be at 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 5.

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Ain't that a shame?
Band-Aids. Seems like all we get is Band-Aids and
the reason is always that an3 thing else costs too much.
But what is the cost, really, when you factor all
the domino effects on what was once the jewel of
Manatee County the crowning jewel known as
Manatee Public Beach.
The beach is THE REASON people come here. It
is Anna Maria Island's attraction. It's THE BEACH.
And it's been getting cheap bandages for much
too long to still be called our jewel.
Now the Manatee Beach pier is closed again.
No fishing, no strolling, no way to peer down into the
Gulf of Mexico waters.
We hate to point and shout, but, hey! Look at Lido
Beach in Sarasota County. It's a well-maintained public
beach with an organized, ample parking lot, beach con-
cessions, a swimming pool (they have swim teams and
Olympic swimmers). It's a beautiful facility.
At Manatee Beach, we have rip-rap lining the
beach to keep cars off the sand. And the paved park-
ing lot is covered by sand, so there needs to be some
It's like comparing a crude piece of wood to a beau-
tifully crafted surfboard. It just doesn't cut the wave.
Manatee Beach has been neglected and short-
changed for too long.
The building once had a roof-top patio and hosted
dances under the stars, with a wide, sweeping stair-
case leading a promenade to the pier, welcoming
moonlit strolls.
The county does little more than apply cheap lip-
stick to the beach facilities, but nothing to restore its
It seems every year the budget is inadequate. As
soon as something breaks, it's torn down or removed.
We've said it so many times, to a parade of 17
years of elected officials: It's not enough.
It's not enough to patch a crown and hope the
crowds won't notice the tarnish.
Why is it that no one has the zeal or vision that
nature demands to steward the beach.
It's not enough to put sand on the shore and beckon to
visitors if we don't put out a welcome mat.
Whether it's from tourist tax dollars that help
pay for adding sand to the shore, a convention center
and a ball park or the county budget that provides
high salaries for elected officials, our public beaches
deserve a better commitment.
We need to stop hacking at the beanstalk and
nourish it.
Check our Web site for information on how you
can appeal to Manatee County Commissioners to
restore and improve the Island's public beaches at

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Thank you city of Anna Maria commissioners and
Mayor Fran Barford for your ongoing and thoughtful
willingness to listen to all of the residents of the city
on the issues that everyone feels so strongly about.
I am confident that the resulting legislation is
sound, appropriate and will serve the best interests
of both residents and our business community.
As Anna Maria changes, as all places inevitably
do, we are fortunate to have each of you to help guide
us through these important decisions.
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria

Miki asks, you answer?
Here are my answers to some of the questions
posed by Miki Maloney Sr. in his Islander column,
"I'm not from around here" that published Feb. 18:
2. Don't worry about it. They go to sock heaven.
7. A very good question.
9. Jam contains chopped or crushed fruit, while
in jelly this is strained out.
10. I strongly doubt it is a crane, assuming you are
not anthropomorphizing a large mechanical vehicle used
for lifting, and is more likely a heron. If it is a great blue
heron you have nothing to fear (you are, I assume taller
than it is), unless you are carrying a fish, in which case
it may well take a whack at it as you pass him.
11. Leave it alone, most likely it will get out the
way it entered. In the meantime it will eat any insects
it finds in the house. However, do not assume it will
be able to take on cockroaches if you have them.
12. I have not found that to be so.
13. Yes. I have used urine (the approved antidote
in Southern Asia) on the stings of jelly fish eggs and
apparently it is the acidity in the urine counteracting
the alkaline of the sting.
15. You think there are a lot of places for sale
here? In the Panhandle, every second building is for
sale, abandoned or half finished. Vehicles, boats,

everything is for sale.
21. I do not know, nor do I care (Ok, I confess, I
am not a fan).
Ben Mabetti, Holmes Beach
In reference to Miki Maloney Sr.'s"I'm not from around
here" column of questions in The Islander Feb. 18:
The answer to question No. 11, "How do you
catch the lizard that somehow makes it into your
home?" .... Is to ask a 5- and 3-year-old child to do
it for you. My grandchildren, Alex and Evan, can
catch them on the first try.
Piroska Planck, Holmes Beach
Jazz fest thanks
It is with sincere appreciation that I say thanks
to Bil Bowdish, Ted Young and Judy Lynn of Gulf
Drive Band, along with Patty McKee of the Sandbar
Restaurant for the best Jazz Fest ever.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society
received more than $1,000 for its efforts in putting
on the two-hour event, which was heavily attended
in spite of the cool day.
We all were happy for the Gulf of Mexico view,
the golden sunset and the reason to celebrate with
visitors, friends, and neighbors alike.
Ed Chiles deserves lots of credit for his consistent
generosity toward the non-profits of Anna Maria Island.
Sissy Quinn, executive administrator, Anna Maria
Island Historical Society
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 25, 2009 0 7

For Art's Sake seeks artists

Artists are needed to donate their work for the
annual For Art's Sake sale on March 27.
The donation of art work benefits the Manatee
High School art program. Past events provided fund-
ing for an art-quality press and pottery equipment.
The benefit with a silent auction and recep-
tion will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday,
March 27, outside The Islander newspaper office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The list of artists who participated in the past
includes Woody Candish, Rhea Chiles, Sue Curry, Joe
Hutchinson, Linda Molto, Ines Norman, Carrie Price,
Reiber, Richard Thomas, and Joan and Carl Voyles.
Manatee High School students in art teacher Rob
Reiber's classes also will contribute work for the sale,
as well as assist in conducting the silent auction.
Art patrons will find a range of work sculptures,
oils, watercolors, prints, jewelry and photographs.
To offer artwork for the auction, or for informa-

tion on the event, call The Islander at 941-778-7978
or visit the office.

And BB seeks Expo sponsors
Bradenton Beach city officials are lining up spon-
sors for the annual Eco Expo, which will take place
March 21 outside city hall.
The expo concludes EcoWeek, the green-themed
series of events coordinated by the city's Scenic-
WAVES advisory committee.
The expo, now in its fifth year, will feature a
native plant sale, as well as giveaways and instruc-
tional programs.
A $300 sponsorship guarantees logo placement
on program materials, including banners, signs,
flyers, ads and possibly T-shirts.
For more information or to sponsor the event, call
city project and program director Lisa Marie Phillips
at 941-778-4619.

A sailboat rests on the
shore at 75th Street in
Holmes Beach, having
floated up sometime
Saturday. U.S. Coast
Guard Petty Officer
Parson Gillum would not
release the name of the
boat owner, but said he
is a transient from the
Cortez area who has been
in the vicinity for several
years. The boat "is con-
sidered derelict," Gillum
said. The Holmes Beach
Police posted a notice on
the vessel Monday giving
notice of 72 hours for its
removal. Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

In the Feb. 24, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The Florida Department of Transportation
announced that a $1.2 million repair project on the
Anna Maria Island Bridge would only keep the bridge
operating safely for another five years. The DOT also
said it had no plan to spend $200,000 for streetlights
on the bridge.
Galati Marine agreed to pay $23,000 as its share
of a project to dredge Bimini Bay that would include
dredging the "dog leg" channel from the main pass to
the marina. The project was ajoint effort between Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach because the pass splits the
city limits. The West Coast Inland Navigation District
provided a $150,000 grant for the project.
Controversial Bradenton Beach building offi-
cial Bill Sanders submitted his resignation to the city,
claiming there were too many "divergent philoso-
phies" among the various departments and elected
officials. Sanders said he was going to a job with the
Charlotte County building department.

Date Low High Rainfall
Feb. 15 64 72 0
Feb. 16 53 74 0
Feb. 17 47 '75 0
Feb. 184 52 73 0
Feb. 19 60 73 .30
Feb. 20 44 62 0
Feb. 21 36 71 0
Average Gulf water temperature 610
24-hour rainfall accumulation with reading at approximately 5 p.m. daily

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Former youth group members defend priest

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Rudy Bigord earns a living helping people get on
track and improve their lives while on probation for
a crime.
When Bigord looks back to his youth, he's glad
for the direction that led him down a road to becom-
ing a probation officer and not a road headed for
Bigord said he got a lot of direction from a youth
group he joined as a teenager in the mid-1990s that
the Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph led.
S BJoseph is on leave
from his ministerial duties at
St. Bernard Catholic Church
in Holmes Beach while
under church investigation
for sexual misconduct. The
accusation goes back to an
alleged incident 15 years
ago, and the accuser, like
Joseph Bigord, was a member of
Joseph's church-based youth group.
Joseph denies the accusation, which is under
review by the Diocese of Venice.
At the time of the alleged misconduct, Joseph
was a priest at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Fort
Myers. Before that, he worked at a parish in Port
Bigord, who works in Tampa, is one of a number
of former members of the youth group to step forward
and defend the priest.
"I feel like if it wasn't for Father Ronald, I
wouldn't be where I am today," Bigord said. "He's a
great priest."
Bigord described Joseph as a "big brother" who

offered him guidance in preparing for college and
choosing a school.
"I just feel like, if it wasn't for him, I don't
know," Bigord said of the direction his life might
have taken.
He said a lot of his high school friends who were
not involved in the church-based youth group grew
up to have lives very different from his.
"They have a completely different lifestyle than
everybody who attended youth group," Bigord said. "I
feel like if I hadn't joined the group, I could have been a
statistic. Some friends got involved in the wrong things.
I feel like that youth group saved my life."
Bigord remembered the group members engaged
in a lot of discussion, as well as took field trips and
hosted events.
Former youth group member Patrick Larivaud
said the group existed to provide "camaraderie and
togetherness and promote the whole Christian for a

Benefit planned for priest
The Islander and Sato Real Estate will host
a social get-together for appreciation for the
Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18, at the Sandbar Restau-
rant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
Proceeds from the event will help Joseph
with ongoing medical and legal expenses, and
for travel to Haiti to work at the Ministry of
Presence Orphanage.
Tickets $50 to the event are available
at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, and Sato Real Estate, 519 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria.

better way of life thing."
He said he was involved in the group in the mid-
1990s, and that Joseph was "kind of like a mediator
and overseer."
"It was a well-rounded group," Bigord said,
adding that the group also offered comfort and sup-
port for the area's population of Haitian descent.
In recent years, Bigord said he saw Joseph occa-
sionally, at birthday celebrations and other events.
Bigord and Larivaud most recently saw Joseph
when the priest spoke Jan. 21 at Holmes Beach City
Hall to more than 100 people to assert his innocence
in the abuse case.
"I wanted to let him know he had my support,"
said Larivaud, who works as a bartender in Sarasota.
"I wanted him to really know I was there for him and
I didn't believe the accusation."
Bigord said he too wanted to show Joseph his
He said as a law enforcement officer, he deals
with innocence and guilt and judgment. "I see this
stuff all the time," Bigord said.
He added that he feels certain that the accusa-
tion against Joseph is "not true." He said the circum-
stances of a "sleepover" claimed by the accuser never
"The way to know that," Bigord said, "is to know
him and to be around him and to see the type of person
he is.... He would do an\ ihi ng at all to assist somebody,
to help somebody, to sacrifice for somebody."
At the forum, Bigord and another former youth
group member, David Lambert, spoke in denial of
the accusation.
"I' m not shocked to see all of you here," Lambert
said at the forum. "I am shocked at the accuser. He is
a friend of mine. It's not true."

Corona's defense attorney to change

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The man accused of stealing the car of missing
motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler is getting a new
defense attorney.
Robert Corona, 38, jailed since last November on
a charge of grand theft auto, has been represented by
assistant public defender Patrick Kane.
Last week, a circuit court judge approved a public
defender's motion to be dismissed from the case
because of a conflict.
Corona was represented by
the public defender's office,
which has previously repre-
sented William J. Number III,
39, who is a potential witness
in the Corona case, as well as a
person of interest in Musil-Bue-
hler's disappearance on Nov.
4 and an arson fire at Haley's
Motel on Nov. 16.
A motion to be dismissed from the case signed by
Kane stated, "State's witness in this case is a former
client of the public defender and an aspect of the wit-
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said they had an argument Nov. 4 at the Anna Maria
home she rented. Cumber said Musil-Buehler left in
her car and he has not seen her since.
The car was found early Nov. 6 by the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office.
An MCSO deputy had tried to stop the driver of
the vehicle for a routine traffic violation. The driver
sped away and the MCSO gave chase.
Eventually, according to an MCSO report, the
driver, identified as Corona, was found hiding under
a truck and arrested.
Authorities have said they do not believe that
Corona knows Musil-Buehler.
He initially said he was given the key to the
vehicle to go buy drugs, but later said he found
the car, with the key in the ignition, parked at the
Gator Lounge on 14th Street West in downtown
Corona is in the Manatee County jail awaiting his
trial, which is tentatively scheduled for next month.
Cumber also is in the Manatee County jail on
a charge unrelated to the Musil-Buehler case. He is
awaiting a hearing for allegedly violating probation
on a 2005 arson conviction.
Cumber also recently was assigned a new attor-
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Mom sentenced

to probation
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Manatee County Circuit Court judge last week
sentenced a Holmes Beach woman to probation after
she pleaded no contest on a drug charge.
Pamela McDaniel, 39, was arrested in January
2008 on one count of child neglect, a third-degree
felony, and one count of possession of drug parapher-
nalia, a first-degree misdemeanor.
According to a Holmes Beach Police Depart-
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old child was found face down in a bathtub in their
Holmes Beach apartment.
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Water taxi makes rounds in Sound

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Mark Bebernitz's taxi operates mostly in the eve-
nings, shuttling passengers from Cortez to Bradenton
Beach to Longboat Key.
Like most taxis in the area, Bebernitz's taxi
cannot be hailed with a whistle or a shout. A tele-
phone call is generally required to arrange transporta-
But that's the only similarity between Bebernitz's
taxi and Checker Cab of Bradenton.
Bebernitz steers his floating taxi on blue water,
not blacktop roads.
Bebernitz started the water taxi under Capt.
Mark's Charters about a year ago, but he's been on
the water longer. Associated with the National Cre-
mation Society in Bradenton, Bebernitz bought the
26-foot, one-piece catamaran to take families out to
sea to scatter ashes.
He now takes families on sunset cruises, shelling
cruises and operates the water taxi out of a slip in the

Probation for Holmes Beach mom
help of neighbors, who revived him, and he was
treated at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.
The HBPD incident report filed in the case said
McDaniel was "not totally coherent; her eyes were
glassy and bloodshot ... indicating that the defendant
was high on an illegal substance."
Police reported finding drug paraphernalia near
the front door of the apartment and within reach of
the child.
The police also reported finding numerous child
hazards in the home, including a plastic bag and a
pair of wire cutters on the floor, and that "the home
was so filled with clothing, empty crates, assorted
items and numerous alcohol tumblers on the floor
that you could not take a step without stepping on or
tripping over an object. The playpen that the victim
slept in was filled with hangers, blankets, pillows, a
box and other items."
HBPD alleged a pattern of neglect, citing a
November 2007 incident in which officers went to a
bank branch where McDaniel "appeared to be drunk
and had left the child unattended."
After McDaniel pleaded no contest to the drug
charge last week, the neglect charge was with-
Judge Diana Moreland said that in addition to
serving one year on probation, McDaniel must receive
a drug evaluation and recommended treatment, as
well as complete a program with the Department of
Children and Families.
McDaniel's defender, David Ehlers, had charac-
terized the case against his client as weak and said
that the child suffered seizures, which might have
been a factor in the incident.

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Cortez. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
shadow of the Cortez Kitchen in the Cortez fishing
The taxi shuttles passengers from the Cortez
waterfront to the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bra-
denton Beach or the Mar Vista Restaurant on Long-
boat Key.
Bebernitz said the service is available every day
by reservation.
"It's been well received," the captain said of
the service, which appeals mostly to those seeking
a unique way to visit a waterfront restaurant. "I get

Water rides
Water taxis in major cities such as New
York, Baltimore and Chicago transport com-
muters to work, as well as vacationers to land-
marks to see and places to shop and dine.

Water taxis are gaining popularity in Flor-
ida, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Boca
Grande, Captiva Island, New Smyrna Beach,
Palm Beach and on the St. Johns River.

a lot of calls, and I'm hoping that March is really
Bebernitz doesn't encounter the typical traffic
that other taxi drivers deal with, and the trek from
Cortez to Bradenton Beach takes about 15 minutes.
"You have the no-wake zone and the manatee
zone and all that stuff," he said.
Rates for the taxi service and charter can vary
depending on the number of passengers and the dura-
tion of the trip, the captain said.
"For the taxi, I play it by ear," he said.
For more information about Capt. Mark's Char-
ters and Taxi Service, call 941-228-3504.

Committee to conduct historic structure

audit in Bradenton Beach

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Bradenton Beach advisory committee plans
to take stock of the city's historic structures.
The ScenicWAVES committee, meeting Feb.
9 at Bradenton Beach City Hall, agreed to an
audit of historic structures after discussing a sug-
gestion by Sissy Quinn.
Quinn is a member of the committee, as well
as the executive administrator of the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society.
AMIHS, which operates a museum in
Anna Maria and has an archive of Island his-
tory, recently began offering historic plaques for
Island structures more than 50 years old.
AMIHS awarded some plaques as part of an
effort to introduce the community to the program,
including plaques for the Monroe Cottage in Bra-
denton Beach and the city pier in Anna Maria.
But AMIHS also is selling plaques for $125
to the owners of older Island structures, and
Quinn suggested that creating a history of Bra-
denton Beach's older structures would fit with

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the preservation push.
A subcommittee of the ScenicWAVES group
probably will coordinate the audit, said chairman
Carl Parks.
Parks added that the group will seek out "the
wealth of people with a history of Bradenton
Beach buildings."
City project and program director Lisa Marie
Phillips said the campaign might be expanded,
possibly to include oral histories, and may be
funded with a grant.
In other business, the ScenicWAVES
group continued its work to update the cor-
ridor management plan for the city's scenic
highway the stretch of Gulf Drive that
runs from the city's south boundary to the
north boundary.
One of the goals in the plan will be to improve
the gateways to Bradenton Beach, including the
intersection of Gulf Drive and Cortez Road.
Briefly, the committee discussed how best to
approach property owners in the area to work on
an entrance.

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The Anna Maria Island Art League is seeking
artwork for its Young at Art exhibit at Springfest Fine
Arts and Fine Crafts Festival March 14 and 15.
The festival will take place at the field north of
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
The Young at Art exhibit is open to elementary,
middle or high school student in Manatee County.
Children are invited to enter original two-dimen-
sional art, along with their name, age, school, medium
and title of the piece. Elementary school artists must
attach entries to a standard 18" x 12" piece of black
construction paper. Middle and high school students
are asked to submit matted work.
Artwork may be submitted at the AMIAL studio,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, from 9:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
The deadline for entries is March 6.
Ribbons and prizes will be awarded and all sub-
mitted work will be on display at Springfest.
For more information on the youth exhibit or
Springfest, call AMIAL at 941-778-2099 or go to

Young artist Nicole DiVita, third-grader at Anna
Maria Elementary School, receives the best-
in-show honor from the Anna Maria Island Art
League and a basket of art supplies from Kee-
ton's Office and Art Supply in Bradenton. Islander

Market takes
place Saturday
Christine Wimer, pictured at a
recent market with vacationers
Pat Slaven and Kathy Ray-
buck, is the featured vendor at
the upcoming Feb. 28 Bridge
Street Market. Wimer of Chris-
sy's Jewel Box will sell hand-
crafted jewelry at the open-air
market that takes place from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bradenton
Beach. Also, Pete Barreda
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making sauces and marinades
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a $46,300 presentation on a boat dock in Cortez.

ManaTEENs win

State Farm grant
The ManaTEEN Club volunteer group recently
received a $46,300 grant from the State Farm Youth
Advisory Board to engage youth volunteers in local
environmental efforts.
The State Farm board consists of 30 students
from across the United States and Canada. They help
State Farm design and implement a $5 million-a-year
signature service-learning initiative to address issues
important to State Farm and communities across the
United States and Canada.
ManaTEEN signature projects such as the Cau-
tion Zone environmental awareness program, coastal
cleanup, grass flats restoration and environmental
snorkeling will be expanded using the grant.

Gallery hosts art demo
Local artist Susan Oberender will demonstrate
how to work with glass at 10 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 28 at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. The demonstration is free and
open to the public. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Marlane Wurzbach

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Hot spots for computer users
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other free hot spots on the Island where you can
"hookup" with your computer:
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Matt & Dom's, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N.,
Bradenton Beach.
The Islander is compiling a list of locations offer-
ing free wireless Internet service to computer users
on the Island. If you offer this convenience, please,
e-mail reporter Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.org,
and include a name and telephone number with the
location of the hot spot and a password if needed.

USF sponsors discussions
The University of South Florida's Academy for
Lifelong Learning's Einstein Circle will meet at 11
a.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Studio at Gulf and
Pine for a discussion on altruism.
The Studio is at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
In addition, the academy will host former U.S.
Rep. Dan Miller lecturing on the topic of \. \\ Presi-
dent, New Congress: What Can We Expect?" at 10:30
a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center.
The Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
will also be the site of a lecture by Stan Abshier on
"Changing the En.Fi.'y Systems for our Society" at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 4.
Advance registration is required for all programs,
but there is no fee.
For more information about USF programs on
the Island, go to www.thelifelonglearningacademy.
com or call 941-359-4296.

Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
During the meeting, members will share their
The group also will hear from Julie Ann Howell,
president of Peppertree Press, who will discuss going
"from a manuscript to a masterpiece."
For more information, call Nancy Colcord at

Pines Trailer Park yard sale
The annual Pines Trailer Park yard sale is
set for Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at 103 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach.
In addition to the yard sale, there will be
sloppy joes, chili dogs, hot dogs, soda and home-
made pie for sale in the clubhouse.
For more information, call Dee Prest at

St. Patrick's Day Parade planned
The Beach Bistro restaurant's annual St. Patrick's
Day Parade will begin in Holmes Beach at 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 15.
The parade will feature local high school bands,
a highland pipe band, local musicians and numerous
Parade participants will assemble at 2 p.m. at the
Tidemark Marina property near the intersection of
Gulf and Marina drives in Holmes Beach.
At about 4 p.m., the parade will begin, traveling
north along Marina Drive and Palm Avenue to 81st
The parade is open to anyone who wants to par-
For more information, call the Beach Bistro at

And St. Pat Breakfast
tickets on sale
Tickets for the St. Patrick's Day Breakfast at the
Moose Lodge are now on sale.
Tickets, at $8 each, can be purchased at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and at Sato
Real Estate, 519 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The breakfast, sponsored by The Islander, will
feature Irish tunes, Irish tales, Irish dance and the
naming of the Irishman of the year.
The celebrating will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March
17, at the lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.

Chapel offers 'Aging in Paradise'
lecture March 6
The Longboat Island Chapel will host a presen-
tation of its "Aging in Paradise" lecture program at
9:30 a.m. Friday, March 6.
The chapel is at 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key.
Presenters include Kathleen Houseweart, coor-
dinator for the Memory Disorders Clinic at Sarasota
Memorial Hospital, Janet B. Schaberg of Memory
Concepts LLC, and Paul Greene, public affairs spe-
cialist for the Social Security Administration.
Registration is required by March 3.
For more information, call 941 383-6491 or
e-mail to islandchapel@islandchapel.com.
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Cafe on the Beach at the
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The speaker will be Larry Rubenstein talking
about funeral planning.
For more information, contact member Al Guy
at allan.guy3@verizon.net or 941-778-8444.

Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
Tuesday, March 3, for lunch and a program at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach.
The program will be a talk by Mike Castro on
identity theft.
For more information, call Dantia Gould at

Wedding photo correction
The photograph in the Feb. 18 issue of The
Islander that showed the winners of the annual Island
Wedding Festival should have been credited to Dara
Caudill of Island Photography.
For more information on Island Photography,
go online to www.islandphotography.org, or call

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Cortezians and thousands of their guests last
weekend celebrated the fishing and crabbing industry
that nourishes the historic village.
The 27th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival took place Feb. 21-22 on the village's com-
mercial waterfront and along its residential streets.
Cooler weather threatened activity on Anna
Maria Island beaches, but the festival drew sizable
crowds. At times people were shoulder-to-shoulder
as they crowded at booths to partake seafood dishes
or shop for art with a Florida folk flair.
The festival theme, Claws, celebrated the stone
crab and blue crab and the crabbing industry that
operates from Cortez. Cortezians have been harvest-
ing blue crabs from area waters since founding the
village in the late 1800s and, for a market that begin
in the 1960s, stone crabs.
Food vendors promoted the theme with the sale
of crab claws, crab cakes, crab bisque and crab frit-
"I couldn't try c c l ihing I wanted if I had 100
tickets," said Manny Hernandez of Sarasota. "They
could charge for the smells."
On Feb. 21, FISH and The Islander honored the
winners of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
Cookoff. The most original recipe winner was Susan
Lee for her "Susie's Anna Maria Island Blue Crab
Stirfry" made with fresh blue crabs caught by Kevin
Parillo of Palmetto.
First place went to Eileen Maloney for "Shrimp
Crab Delight" and runners-up included Annette
Maddox for her crab dip and Capt. Michael Haley

Cortezian Jane von Hahmann sells festival T-shirts
Feb. 21. Each festival has had a commemorative
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Winners of The Islander newspaper's Cortez Crab Cookoff to promote the Cortez Commercial
Fishing Festival accept their awards from publisher Bonner Joy, left, on stage at the festival.
They are, from left, next to Joy, Michael Rappaport of Banana Cabana, winner of the restau-
rant category "Best Crab Cake;" Eileen Mahoney, winner first prize and $100; Jack Smulow-
itz accepting a Star Fish Company gift certificate for wife Susan Lee for most original recipe,
"Susie's Anna Maria Island Bluecrab Stirfry;" and Annette Maddox and son Trey, in front, runner

up for her crab dip. Islander Photo: Jo Ann Meiln,
for his "Captain's Stone Crab Salad."
The winning restaurant chef, with the best crab
cake, was Michael Rappaport of Banana Cabana in
Bradenton Beach for his "Island Mango Crab Cakes."
Rappaport's booth at the festival was busy serving up
his prize-winning specialty.
The arts and crafts vendors also picked up on
the Claws theme. Festivalgoers could find sculptures,
metalworks, paintings, photographs and prints of
crabs, as well as fish, other marine creatures, and
their habitats.
"I think the Florida art at the festival is among
the best on the coast," said Alison Andrews of Tampa.
"There are some real quality artists here."
"And it's affordable," said Paul Andrews, her
While sampling seafood and other dishes and
treats, festivalgoers gathered around a stage to listen
to the Gumbo Boogie Band, the Richard Culbreath
Group, The Alternators and the Manatee River Blue-
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Others dined on the waterfront, watching white
and brown pelicans, anhingas and cormorants sun-
ning on the docks.
"This is one of my favorite events of the year,"
said Island winter resident Jamie Petersen. "I think if
you want to know what Florida used to be before the
condos, you come here to Cortez. And if you want
great food, you come to the fishing festival."

Organizers said final attendance counts and a
record of the proceeds would be available at a later
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage orga-
nizes the festival, a fundraiser for the preservation
and rehabilitation of the 95-acre FISH Preserve on
the east side of Cortez.
"An event like this makes you realize what needs
to be safe, and to some degree what's already been
lost," said Paul Stone of Bradenton. "Cortez has
always been unique, but it wasn't, until now, the only
working waterfront in the region."

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Abigail Akers assesses her face-painting work a brightly colored butterfly on 9-year-old
Michaela Roger's cheek. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Ticket sellers Barbara Kushner, left, clockwise, Nancy Luse,
Rhoda D'Ambra and Laurie Leiser await the rush at the fishing
festival Feb. 21. Proceeds from the event benefit the Florida Insti-
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Older drivers steered to CarFit Sunday

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach is hosting an event intended to
help older drivers get into the driver's seat and stay
on the road.
AARP also is hosting an event on the Island to
assist older motorists.
Bradenton Beach's event, conducted by the city
in partnership with the city of Anna Maria, the Anna
Maria Island Community Center and the Florida
Department of Elder Affairs, is CarFit. The event
will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March
1, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
"This event is intended to help older drivers
improve the 'fit' of their vehicles for safety and com-
fort," said Lisa Marie Phillips, the city's project and
program director.
A trained team of volunteers, along with an occu-
pational therapist, will be available to help older driv-
ers properly adjust head restraints, make proper use
of seat belts and position of mirrors correctly, create

The CarFit event in Bradenton Beach on Sunday,
March 1, will help older drivers settle in more com-
fortably and safely behind a steering wheel.
a clear line of sight over the steering wheel and make
sure adequate space exists between the steering wheel
and the driver's breastbone.
CarFit, developed in collaboration with AARP
and the American Society on Aging, is fueled by sev-

eral facts:
People over 65 are the fastest growing popula-
tion in the United States. By 2030, one in five drivers
will be 65 or older, which means there will be more
than 30 million older drivers on the roads.
Drivers age 65 and older have the second high-
est crash death rate per mile; the highest is among
CarFit is the first city event since the commission
pledged Bradenton Beach's commitment to the state's
Communities for a Lifetime program.
Another program intended to assist older driv-
ers is AARP's safe-driver class, which Islander
Stretch Fretwell will teach at noon Feb. 28 at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
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.

Studio hosts reception for Thomas
Island artist Richard Thomas welcomes Rudy and Rose Spinoza of Holmes Beach to a reception for his
exhibit at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria Feb. 20. The exhibit of new works will continue
through March 12. This season, the Studio, 10101 Gulf Drive, also features Cheryl Kinderknecht through
March 12, C h,., 1.. Townsend from March 14 to April 14, Cheryl Jorgensen from March 14 to April 14 and
Mary Ducharme from April 17-May 14. For more information, call the Studio at 941-778-1906.

Planck goes coconuts, offers free 'nuts from palms

Piroska Planck can't bear wasting the coconuts that
are produced by the trees at her Key Royale home, so
she brings them to work at SunCoast Real Estate at 5402
Marina Drive in the Island Shopping Center. And she
encourages folks to drop by for free coconuts.
"You can address and mail them to friends just
as they are, no box, just postage and an address on

the nut. It's really fun," she said. She suggests that
family, teachers and others "back north, will get a
kick out of it." Planck also provides directions for
consuming the fresh coconuts or planting and sprout-
ing a tree.
Call Planck for more information at

Schmid named artist-of-the-month
The Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach named
Linda Schmid, local multi-media artist, as its
March artist-of-the-month at Island Gallery West
in Holmes Beach. In March, IGW, 5368 Gulf Drive,
willfeature Schmid's watercolor paintings and
fused-glass jewelry. Islander Photo: Courtesy Mar-
lane Wurzbach
Center hosts bipolar group
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host a support group for people dealing with bipolar
or depression conditions.
The group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday,
beginning March 4.
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... and now I'm 1!
For those who remember entertainer (rocker)
Connie Ferguson, or her daughter Dixie, who
worked for Dr. Gy Yatros in Holmes Beach, meet
Dixie's daughter, Olivia Marina Jernigan, now 1
year old. Grandparents Connie and partner Scott
Pritchard are quite proud, as are parents Dixie
and husband/dad John Jernigan. The Jernigans
reside in Venice. Connie and Scott reside in Holmes

Art league hosts student exhibit
The annual student exhibit at the Anna Maria
Island Art League will feature work done by students
of AMIAL instructors.
The program, which opens with a reception at
5:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, will include work by
students under Alexandra Lillis, Cheryl Jorgensen,
Nancy Law, James Corwin Johnson and Gloria Boc-
The exhibit will continue through April 3 at
AMIAL, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.

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Eleanor Ann Harger Burgess
Eleanor Ann Harger Burgess, 78, of Bradenton,
died Feb. 10.
Born in Chicago, Mrs. Burgess moved to Manatee
County in 1990. She was a teacher in Rochester, N.Y.,
where she retired as supervising director of special instruc-
tional services. She graduated as class valedictorian from
Washington Gardner High School, Albion, Mich., was a
Phi Beta Kappa graduate fromAlbion College and received
a master's degree fi, 'in lNk higaiin Sti University. She was
a member of Alpha XI Delta college fraternity and active in
its local alumni association. She was a fellow of the Ameri-
can Speech-Language-Hearing Association; the Clinical
Certification Board; and the Council on Professional Stan-
dards in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She
was an active member of AAUW Manatee County Branch,
the Manatee Symphony Association and Roser Memorial
Community Church, Anna Maria.
A memorial service was to be held at 10 a.m. Tues-
day, Feb. 24, at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Eleanor Harger Burgess Educa-
tional Scholarship of the Manatee County Branch
AAUW, Scholarship Foundation, or the Eleanor Harger
Burgess Research Fund of the American Speech-Lan-
guage-Hearing Foundation, 2200 Research Blvd. No.
105, Rockville MD 20850. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home

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II and Korean War veterans to be featured in reporter
Rick Catlin's bi-weekly column.
At this time of year, many veterans of both WWII
and the Korean War are in the area, either as visitors
or winter residents.
If you are a WWII or Korean War veteran or
have a friend who is and has not had his or her story
printed in The Islander, please contact the paper.
These men and women are members of a frater-
nity that, sadly, is not accepting any new members.
Every veteran of WWII or Korea has a story to
tell, whether the veteran was a cook stateside, or in
combat on the frontlines in Europe, the Pacific, or the
38th parallel in Korea.
Some veterans have expressed a reluctance to tell
their stories, saying that they' ve tried to forget. That' s
understandable, but just think of what you want to
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Bradenton; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Koester of Bra-
denton and Rochester, and Phyllis Parcells of Web-
ster, N.Y.; six nieces and nephews; seven great-nieces
and nephews; and two great-great nieces.

Spyros T. Chipain
Spyros T. Chipain, 84, of Holmes Beach, died
Feb. 20.
Born in Athens, Greece, Mr. Chipain came to the
United States at age 23. He was a retired entrepreneur
and business owner.
Visitation was Feb. 23. Services were to be at 11
a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at St. Barbara's Greek Ortho-
dox Church, 7671 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.
Memorial donations made to the church on behalf of
needy charities. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd
Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online
condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfu-
He is survived by wife Dolores Pirillo; son
Thomas and his wife Billie; daughter Aea Marc;
brother-in-law Anthony Pirillo and his wife Con-
stance; sister Jo Anna Boulourgiannis; and grand-
children Spyro, William and Christina Morrison.

about duty, America and pride.
The point is simply to have your story told so that you
can give something personal of yourself to your children,
grandchildren and great-grandkids. It's your story.
The columns are not written to glorify war or the
heroics of any man or woman who wore a uniform
in the conflicts.
We strive to tell the story of ordinary people in
extraordinary times, people that soon will no longer be
able to tell their story. It's about a different America, a
different age, before TV, the Internet, computers, cell
phones or jet travel, an age when duty was not just a
word, but a badge of honor, when duty was done not for
cash rewards, a spot on the nightly news, a reality TV
show or a best-selling book. The duty was performed
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Tidemark beach resort a hit with vacationers

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
When Lance McNeill of Tidemark Resorts opened
the new Tidemark Beach Resort on 66th Street in
Holmes Beach last September, he saw considerable
interest in the fractional ownership property.
But the current economic crisis prompted sev-
eral interested buyers to hold off on making any final
commitments, he said.
McNeill decided recently to make the resort
available to weekly vacationers and he's been amazed
at the success.
"We didn't do any advertising or marketing. Ijust went
to two brokers and asked if they could use the rooms for
vacationers. Boy, was I surprised," said McNeill.
Indeed. Visitors have been gobbling up rental
availability at the Gulffront property faster than an
outgoing Island tide.
"The weekly rentals have been phenomenal and
I think a lot of that is because we are very reason-
ably priced for a Gulffront vacation. The brokers have
been delighted," said McNeill.
McNeill wishes he could transfer the same inter-

est to the Tidemark Marina Resort adjacent to the
Wachovia Bank in Holmes Beach.
He's still hopeful that vertical construction can
start this year at the marina, but the real estate market
and financial institutions are in a "wait-and-see"
mode, he said.
"We just had a meeting with our bank. We've
done some restructuring and have some good interest
[in the marina project], but some people are just wait-
ing to see what's going to happen with the economy
and what Washington will do," he said. "There's just
not a lot of money being loaned right now."
That's caused McNeill and other Tidemark inves-
tors to take a second look at how Tidemark Marina
should be marketed.
"We' re looking at the number of condominiums
and the amount of commercial space," said McNeill.
"We're considering the possibility of reconfiguring
our design."
Still, McNeill is hopeful construction will start
this year.
"I believe the market will rebound in 2010.
Because it takes 12-16 months to complete construc-

tion, I'd like to be in the market by 2010 when it hap-
pens. We should know something about construction
in two to three months," he said.
While vertical construction of the Tidemark
Marina Resort is on standby, the 62-slip marina is
operational. A number of charter boat captains are
headquartered at the marina, said McNeill.
The original Tidemark project was begun in
August 2001 by developer Nick Easterling follow-
ing a controversial approval by the Holmes Beach
City Commission.
Since that time, Tidemark has been through
bankruptcy, Easterling is no longer involved with
the project, and the concept of the resort changed
from condominiums to fractional ownership. Owners
McNeill and Ken Dardis have found other partners
and developed what was the Beach Inn on 66th Street
in Holmes Beach into the Tidemark Beach Resort.
According to the Holmes Beach building depart-
ment, the Tidemark Marina Resort has no time limit on
the start of vertical construction, but the project has to
follow the 2001 site plan approved by the city commis-
sion or again go through the approval process.

C3ki & Kitty o (dventuneo in Shopping

Come along with us as we exit

february and enter MARC" a new

month of shopping fun!
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA in the city
of Anna Maria is hosting its monthly flea market at 8
a.m. Sunday, March 1. With lots of vendors and tons
of cool stuff, you won't want to miss it!
And speaking of flea markets, The Vintage Vag-
abond antique shop in Bradenton hosts its twice-a-
month Old Fashioned Flea Market this Sunday as
well. You' 11 find everything from"A to V" antiques
to vamp.
Steff's Stuff on Longboat Key hosts its monthly
parking-lot market March 7-8 and the store is full of
great items at great prices.
The Sea Hagg on Cortez Road presents a "Mys-
tery Sale" Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28
and March 1, with discounts of 10-50 percent. You
need to see this awesome store for yourself!
The Feed Store Antique Mall is one of the larg-
est, places around for antiques and collectibles. Take
the drive to Ellenton and stop, peruse and say "Hi"
to Mariana.

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Rosie's with quality vintage clothing, and Cobwebs
Antiques, with its variety of antiques and collectibles.
The district hosts a flea market the second Sunday of
every month, so mark your calendar for March
If you have a nest to furnish, we recomme nd
Bradenton Bargain Center. From antiques to estate
furniture, bedroom and dining sets to living too s,
youDll find unique pieces thatOll fit perfectly] wth
your d6cor.
The Whitfield Exchange has really neat fui i-
ture, too. "High quality at low prices" is how owner
Lindsay describes the store. Go often as new items
arrive to the store almost daily.
Stop at Community Thrift Shop on Manatee
Avenue West and see why they're voted the BEST
CONSIGNMENT SHOP iiBradenton. It's the nice
people like manager Martpa nd her staff, and the
great merchandise.
We also love to shop y r NEW things, and what's
not to love at The Beach Shop at the Manatee Public
Beach. Swimwear to cruisewear, flip-flops to fashion
jewels, they have a HUGE selection, plus everything
you need for a day at the beach.
Tide and Moon Jewelry at Club Bamboo in
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Historical society honors members

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"We couldn't do it without our membership. We
couldn't do it without our volunteers," the executive
administrator of the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society observed, honoring the non-profit's members
during a luncheon Feb. 18.
Sissy Quinn then said she's been grateful for
the volunteer support during the three years she has
served as executive administrator of the organiza-
tion, which operates a museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Dozens of AMIHS supporters, from docents to
board members to elected officials, attended the lun-
cheon at the BeachHouse Restaurant.
Prior to the speechmaking, the diners shared
news and neighborhood reports while sipping iced
tea, soda and lemonade.
AMIHS board president Thea Kelley welcomed
the members to the gathering.
Kelley asked several people to stand for recogni-
tion, including AMIHS board member and volunteer
coordinator Betty Yanger, the members of the Gulf
Drive Band who performed at the annual Jazz Fest

benefiting AMIHS, the docents who volunteered
three hours a week at the museum and the bakers
who provided the pioneer bread sold on Wednesdays
at the museum.
Kelley also singled
out longtime supporter
Ruth Burkhead of Holmes
Beach, a volunteer from the
earliest days of AMIHS.
Burkhead moved
from the Midwest to the
r Island in 1989 after visit-
Sing a friend she bought a
home in Holmes Beach on
Historical society sup- that visit.
porter Ruth Burkhead Burkhead was
standsfor applause at active in organizations up
a luncheon Feb. 18. north, including helping
promote a friends of the
library program in Evanston, Ill.
She said preserving and sharing the Island's his-
tory is a vital mission.
"It' s very important," Burkhead said.
As Kelley heralded Burkhead's commitment to

AMIHS, Quinn pinned an orchid corsage on Burk-
head's blouse.
"A little tiny orchid for a little tiny person," Quinn
said of the diminutive Burkhead, who attended the
luncheon with her daughter, Nancy.
Quinn then offered her thanks to the group,
as well as reviewed AMIHS' accomplishments in
recent years, including the launching of a cam-
paign to provide plaques to Island buildings more
than 50 years old.
Quinn said she hoped to see lots of plaques -
which sell for $125 on buildings in the three Island
Quinn and Kelley encouraged attendance at
AMIHS' signature event, the annual Heritage Day
festival, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March 7 on the museum grounds.
The event marks the 19th anniversary of the
organization's founding and will feature live
music, the sale of pioneer bread, a variety of
foods, arts, crafts and antiques and tours of the
Board members are currently lining up vendors
and volunteers for the event.

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By Rick Catlin


celebrates 30

years on Key
Harry's Continental Kitchens at
525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key,
is celebrating its 30th year this month
and owners Harry and Lynn Chris-
tensen are amazed at how far they've
come since starting their business in a
small facility on Gulf of Mexico Drive
in 1979.
Harry's began as a gourmet take-
out restaurant and sandwich shop.
Harry had left a position as head chef
at a St. Armands Circle restaurant and
found his own location on Longboat
Key to go into business.
"I wanted to make dinners the
same as you would get in a fine restau-
rant," Harry recalled. "Our customers
could savor a gourmet dinner without
leaving the comfort of their homes."
And Harry's always had great
By 1982, the Christensens knew
that their gourmet take-out was an idea
whose time had come. By now, the
Christensens were realizing they had
a talent for catering as well as take-
out. Growing pains pushed them to
the current location a few blocks north
on St. Judes Drive, where they have
expanded several times.
The St. Judes building housed a
home-style deli with a European decor,
and was now augmented by delivery
trucks and a professional catering
Still, in 1985, the Christensens
realized something was missing.
"Harry always longed for his own
restaurant," said Lynn. "He wanted a

dining room where he could see people
enjoy his food. We decided to make his
dream come true."
That dream was realized that year
when they opened the restaurant that is
still at the same location on St. Judes
Drive. The full bar arrived in 1998.
Son Hal graduated from the Flor-
ida State University school of hospital-
ity and joined the restaurant in 2000 as
general manager.
After 30 years, Harry and Lynn -
with Hal still specialize in creating
great food and catering great parties for
their customers and guests.
Harry and Lynn credit their suc-
cess to the help of a dedicated staff and
the loyalty and support of friends and
For more information on Harry's,
call 941-383-0777.

Pamaro is 59

years in the

Pamaro Shop Furniture is celebrat-
ing its 59th anniversary this month and
clients will be able to take advantage
of Pamaro's wide variety of furniture
styles, including some very nice sav-
ings at the store's four locations.
Owner Ray Osborn said his aunt
and uncle started the furniture store
on North Tamiami Trail in Bradenton
in 1950 and he came into the business
some 38 years ago.
With a loyal following of clients,
the best brands of furniture available,
a wide variety of styles to fit all tastes
and interiors and four locations, Pama-
ro's has certainly been doing something
right the past 58 years.
A number of Island residents and
businesses have furnished their homes
and offices from Pamaros shop, includ-
ing the offices of Pine Avenue Resto-
ration LLC on Pine Avenue in Anna
Perhaps it's the personal service
that Ray Osborn and the staff offer to

customers old and new, just like the
Pamaros did in 1950 when the store
first opened.
Pamaro Shop Furniture locations
are at 7782 N. Tamiami Trail in Bra-
denton, 4586 S. Tamiami Trail in Sara-
sota and 5465 University Parkway in
For more information, call

Aposporos to

head LBK

Former Anna Maria City Commis-
sioner Tom Aposporos has been named
the acting president of the Longboat
Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Circle
Chamber of Commerce.
A chamber press release said Apos-
poros will be responsible for "lead-
ing the organization on a daily basis,
interacting with the membership and
working with local government on key
issues that concern the business com-
Chamber board chairman Marnie
Matarese said the chamber appreciates
"someone of Tom's caliber directing
the chamber during this crucial period.
Tom will lead our efforts to find a per-
manent president and then facilitate a
seamless transition period."
"I appreciate the confidence placed
in me by the board of directors," Apos-
poros said. "I look forward to making
a meaningful contribution to the orga-
nization. I know these are challenging
times and I consider them exciting
times as well."
A licensed real estate broker and
owner of Aposporos and Sons Realty
LLC, Aposporos also served as the
president of Progressive Bank Inc. in
Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and served four
terms as mayor of that city before
moving to Anna Maria.
Prior to his appointment as an
Anna Maria city commissioner, he was
chairman of the city's charter review

In other news, the Longboat cham-
ber is taking nominations for Small
Business of the Year in three catego-
ries: Rookie-of-the-Year (1-3 years in
business), Small Business with 10 or
less employees and Small Business
with 11 or more employees. Self-nom-
inations are encouraged.
The deadline for nominations is
Feb. 27.
The awards will be presented at
the Small Business Award breakfast
on June 11 at the Lido Beach Resort.
For more information or to obtain
a nomination form, call Dawn at

Cooking at

the Haye
Chef Raymond Arpke and wife
D'arcy, owners and operators of the
Euphemia Haye restaurant, 5540 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, have
started a series of specialty cooking
classes and the next class is scheduled
for 10:30 a.m. March 1.
The Sunday, March 1, class is titled
"Let's do Brunch." Students will learn
how to prepare a fruit platter, tomato-
feta salad and marinated fish with
onion and capers.
Other classes will be held March
11, March 25, April 8, April 22 and
May 6. Each class will offer a theme
and menu in Chef Raymond's style.
For class fees and more informa-
tion, call 941-383-2523, or e-mail the
restaurant at gatorisland@comcast.net.
The restaurant also has a Web site at


club meets
The Anna Maria Island Invest-
ment Club will hold a meeting at 7
p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,

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Tampa-native Charles Carnevale,
who has spent nearly 40 years in the
investment industry, will be the guest
speaker on the topic of "Within Every
Crisis, Comes a Great Opportunity."
The public is invited to attend
the meeting, which is expected to last
about one hour.
For more information on the
club, call Larrie Jean Mercadante at

It's a breeze

for insurance
Laurie Higgins has opened Sea-
breeze Insurance at 313 58th St. N. in
Holmes Beach.
The company specializes in health
and life insurance and Medicare along
with Medicare supplements. A profes-
sional annuity agent also is available
to advise clients.
"We are delighted to be on the
Island. People don't have to drive
to the mainland for their insurance
needs," Laurie said.
Laurie and the Seabreeze agents
have more than 21 years experience
in the insurance industry.
To make an appointment or for

Little company,

big insurance

In these economic times, who
doesn't want to save money, particu-
larly homeowners requiring wind
insurance on Anna Maria Island?
As the Island is a state-designated
high-hazard wind zone, Islanders pay
a heavy premium for wind insurance,
but at least one Islander decided to do
something about it and managed to
save $1,300 a year in the process.
Holmes Beach resident Mary Ann

Schmidt of SunCoast Real Estate in
Holmes Beach was a little annoyed
at her $3,300 a year renewal rate for
property insurance.
When she spoke with Jim Ingram
of Oswald Trippe Insurance Co. in
Holmes Beach, he suggested a roof
inspection. Although Schmidt was
a bit skeptical, she decided to take a
"It was only $100 for the inspec-
tion, and the company said if they
couldn't save me that $100 in lower
premiums, they'd refund the money. I
had nothing to lose," said Schmidt.
That company turned out to be
Wind Mitigation of Palmetto, a two-
year-old company operated by partners
Mike Johnson, Jeff Zoller and Brady
Cohenour. The three men have con-
siderable experience in homeowner
insurance and as a general contractor.
Mike Johnson did Schmidt's
inspection, then sent the report to her
insurance carrier.
Schmidt was extremely pleased
to receive a letter from her carrier a
few weeks later informing her that her
annual premium had been lowered
from $3,300 to $2,000, a $1,300-per-
year savings.
"I just thought this was phenom-
enal, especially the way our insurance
rates have gone up. I was almost afraid
it was a misprint. The insurance com-
panies are not going out of their way
to give big discounts or tell you how
to save money," she said.
"It's definitely worth the time,"
Schmidt added.
And the inspection is not that com-
plicated and doesn't take that long, said
"We check the truss-to-wall con-
nections, the size and type of the nails,
the metal clips on the trusses, the shape
of the roof, and hurricane shutters and
doors, among other items," said John-
"People are very surprised to learn
that simple things such as roof repairs,
can mean big savings on insurance," he

Just having hurricane shutters or
hurricane doors could mean a sav-
ings for a property owner. A new roof
installed since 2002 could also gener-
ate a premium reduction.
The report is good for five years,
said Johnson, and Wind Mitigation
notifies the insurance carrier of the
inspection results and files all the nec-
essary paper work.
"I was surprised at how much of
my homeowner insurance was for
wind coverage," said Schmidt. "I'm
very satisfied with their service. Get-
ting a roof inspection is something a
lot of people don't know about, but it
could save you big money."
And it's not just Islanders who can
save money.
Schmidt said she has a friend who
lives in Mango Park in Bradenton who
did not need wind insurance. He got a
roof inspection from Wind Mitigation
and had a $600 reduction on his annual
property insurance premium.
"A lot of people just don't know
about this process," said Johnson.
"We've been able to save people a lot
of money."
For more information, call

Alecassandra is 11
The family-owned Alecassandra
Vacation Villas, 2408, 2410 Ave. C,
Bradenton Beach, is now 11 years old,
and owners Nick and Vicki Zec are
delighted to be celebrating.
"It's been wonderful to be here 11
years," said Vicki.
"We're delighted that our family-
oriented vacation units have been used
by families, both locally and from out
of the area. We've made so many won-
derful friends these past 11 years," she
"We've been here since 1982 and
we always wanted something for fami-
lies on the Island. The resort has turned
out very well," Vicki concluded.
For more information on Ale-
cassandra Vacation Villas, call

THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 25, 2009 0 19
941-725-4302 or visit the Web site at

Island real estate

101 47th St., Holmes Beach, a
1,674 sfla / 2,026 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car
Gulffront home built in 1962 on a
100x162 lot was sold 02/06/09, Maul
to Kreps for $1,500,000.
425 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a
3,500 sfur commercial office build-
ing zoned ROR on a 52x145 lot was
sold 02/02/09, Sea Sand LLC to
Gingerfish LLC for $615,000; list
154 Crescent Dr., Anna Maria, a
1,166 sfla / 1,571 sfur 2bed/2bath/ car
home built in 1959 on a 75x114 lot
was sold 02/02/09, Lang to Ragan for
$380,000; list $43',000.
115 Los Cedros Drive, Anna
Maria, a 1,497 sfla / 2,203 sfur
3bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1957
on a 100x95 lot was sold 02/06/09,
Robinson to Johnson for $375,000;
list $449,000.
5608 Gulf Drive, Unit 102, Sun
Plaza West, Holmes Beach, a 1,092
sfla / 1,236 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1981 was
sold 02/03/09, Slocum to Cronin for
$289,000; list $299,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 137,
Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a
1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978
was sold 02/02/09, Cerney to Zahner
for $225,000.
6300 Flotilla Drive, Unit 73,
Shell Point, Holmes Beach, a 1,151
sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1973 was sold 02/03/09,
Spillane to Morris for $159,000; list
Jesse Brisson, broker/associ-
ate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna
Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real
estate transactions may also be
viewed online at www.islander.org.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.

Bradenton Beach
Feb. 17, 100 block Ninth Street North, domes-
tic. Officers responded to a report of an argument
between a man and his girlfriend. According to the
report, the dispute began the night before, and she
left the residence. She returned the next day, and the
argument continued. Domestic dispute packages were
given to both parties.
Feb. 18, 110 Gulf Drive, Moose Lodge, criminal
mischief. A man entering the lodge said he had seen a
woman scratching the car of the bartender. She called
police, but the woman had left the scene. The woman
apparently became upset because service was slow
in the establishment.

Holmes Beach
Feb. 15, 5600 block Holmes Boulevard, theft.
The complainant said someone took her son's bicy-
Feb. 17, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks,
assault. Officers were called in response to a bar fight.
A man said another man asked him to step outside,
then struck him and left. Officers attempted to locate
the man, who later arrived at the police department
and said the first man struck him first regarding a
missing DVD player. He agreed not to press charges;
the other man was reached by phone and said he too
would not pursue prosecution but that he would not
sign papers until later. He was later found sleeping
outdoors, signed the waiver of prosecution paper-
work, and the matter was dropped.

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The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron will hold
a series of boating education classes in March.
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A Cortez woman has been arrested on charges of
robbing three banks and is a suspect in a fourth bank
robbery. Her husband also
has been arrested in connec-
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Michele L. Blalock, 38,
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Avenue W., was arrested
Feb. 18 in connection with
three bank robberies in Man-
atee County and is suspected
Michele Blalock to have been involved in a
Sarasota County bank rob-
bery, according to Manatee County Sheriff's Office
public information officer Dave Bristow.
Her husband, Alex Blalock, 40, has been charged
with principal to robbery with a firearm in a robbery

at a bank in Sarasota. He was also charged on an
unrelated warrant for DUI and leaving the scene of
a crash.
Michelle Blalock has admitted to committing the
three robberies in Manatee County.
A witness in one of the robberies recognized her
and called law enforcement officers, Bristow said.
The Blalocks were arrested after responding to
detectives' request to collect some money from over-
paying a vehicle towing bill.
Michele Blalock told investigators she had
already spent the money from the robberies to support
a prescription drug addiction she developed after a
car crash, and to meet the needs of her family, accord-
ing to police reports.
No injuries were reported in any of the robber-

Depositions were taken last week in preparation
for a trial of a man charged with using a gill net in
state waters.
Two men were arrested last June and charged
with using a gill net in state waters failing to properly
transit a gill net, possession of an unmarked gill net
and no saltwater products license. Use of a gill net
in state waters, illegal since 1995, is a third-degree
felony. The other charges are classified as second-
degree misdemeanors.
One man, Daniel P Gilliland, pleaded no contest
to the charge and was sentenced to probation for one
year, with credit for the time he spent in the Manatee
County jail. He also was ordered to do 25 hours of
public service.
A second man, Christopher Ron Baker, is sched-

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The FWC arrested Gilliland and Baker in a boat
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two sheepshead, two mangrove snapper, one spotted
sea trout, two whiting and 58 lady fish.

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10:30 a.m. U.S. Rep. Dan Miller presents "New President, New
Congress: What can we expect?" at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

Friday, Feb. 27
6:30 to 9 p.m. Movie night featuring "Kung Fu Panda" at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908.

Saturday, Feb. 28
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a break-
fast meeting and presentation about elderly funeral planning by Larry
Rubensteinm, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-795-8697.
8a.m. to 3p.m. -Yard sale featuring homemade pies, sandwiches
and hot dogs at the Pines Trailer Park, 103 Church Ave., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-6043.
10 a.m. to noon "Working with Glass" art demonstration by Susan
Oberender at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-2346.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -Book sale at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111
Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
11:30 a.m. Pete Barreda demonstrates how to make sauces and
marinades during the Bridge Street Market on Bridge Street in Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.

Monday, March 2
4 to 5:30 p.m. Introduction to black-and-white photography for
ages 8 and older at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Four-week session. Information: 941-778-2099.
Fee applies.
7p.m. -Artists' Guild Gallery 20th birthday celebration in the com-
munity hall at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

Tuesday, March 3
4 to 5:30 p.m. Inquiring Minds non-denominational study group
discussion on "The Story of the Bible" at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.

Wednesday, March 4
10:30 a.m. Stan Abshier presents "Changing the Energy Systems
for our Society" at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
11 a.m. University of South Florida Academy for Lifelong Learn-
ing's Einstein Circle meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.

1:15 p.m. Julie Howell, president of Peppertree Press, will talk
on "Manuscript to Masterpiece" at the Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Information: 941-794-3489.
Thursday at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., Teen boys and girls, ages 11-17 meet
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.
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., free yoga on the beach near the Pine
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March 6, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" performance at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
March 7, Run for Runaways along Manatee River waterfront.

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March 15, St. Patrick's Day Island parade.
March 17, St. Patrick's Day Irish Breakfast sponsored by The
Islanderat the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach.
March 18, Social, benefit and appreciation for the Rev. Ronald
Joseph at the Sandbar Restaurant, $50 tickets from The Islanderor Sato
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March 21, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
March 27, For Art's Sake sponsored by The Islander.
March 28, Bottle Boat Regatta.
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Friday, Feb. 27
11:30 a.m. Junior League of Manatee County "Women
in Strength" awards luncheon at the Bradenton Country Club,
4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-0101. Fee
applies. Proceeds benefit PACE Center for Girls of Manatee
6 to 8 p.m. Artists reception for the Women Contemporary
Artists "Project 4x6" exhibition at Manatee Community College Fine
Art Gallery, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, through April 2. Information:

Saturday, Feb. 28
8 a.m. to noon "TogetherGreen" nationwide volunteer initiative:
participants will plant trees at Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave.
E., Palmetto. Information: 941-737-3169.
8 p.m. -Variety show featuring Charlene McCullough from the
Grand Ole Opry, at The American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000
75th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-794-3489. Fee applies.

Ongoing Off-Island Theater:
"The One That Got Away" 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
"Visiting Mr. Green" at the Asolo Theater, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
through March 1. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"Damn Yankees" at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main
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"Hula-Hoop Sha-Boop" at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm
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"L'amico Fritz" at Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota,
through March 21. Box office: 941-366-8450. Fee applies.
"Tosca" at the Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.,
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"Boleros for the Disenchanted" at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241
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"Inventing Van Gogh" at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
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Shark attacks down, right whale number up so far

Shark-human interactions, at least the type that
net humans into sharks rather than sharks into human
nets, reached the lowest numbers in five years in
Total shark attacks worldwide were 59 last year.
A high time by sharks was 2007, when there were 71
You can blame the lower number on the econ-
omy, according to the leading expert in shark-attack
statistical compilation.
George Burgess, ichthyologist and director of
the International Shark Attack File at the University
of Florida in Gainesville, thinks that the downward
spiral of attacks is directly linked to the downward
spiral of disposable income dedicated to vacations.
Less people going to the beach means less people
in the water for a shark munch, in other words.
"I can't help but think that contributing to that
reduction may have been the reticence of some people
to take holidays and go to the beach for economic
reasons," Burgess said in a UF statement.
"We noticed similar declines during the recession
that followed the events of 2001, despite the fact that
human populations continued to rise."
Of the 59 attacks in 2008, four were fatal. That
figure is about average. Ironically, 2007's high attack
statistic resulted in only one fatality, a 20-year death
toll low.
Two of the deaths were in Mexico, one was in
Australia and one was in the United States. All were
in Pacific Ocean waters.
Burgess postulates that the weather condition
called La Nifia, a climate alteration that brings
water masses and deep ocean creatures closer to
shore, "probably was a factor in the deaths of two
male surfers and injury of a third that occurred in
less than a month along a resort-studded stretch of
Mexico's southern Pacific coast. The U.S. fatality
was a 66-year-old man swimming at Solana Beach,
Calif., while the Australian death of a 16-year-old
boy occurred along the country's eastern coast."
The United States attack stats usually total two-
thirds of worldwide attacks. In 2008, the U.S. had 41
shark hits on humans. Florida had the dubious honor
of counting 32 of them.
"Florida, with its warm waters, has more sharks,
including black tip sharks and spinner sharks, species
not found in lower temperatures," Burgess said.
"Volusia County continued its dubious distinction
as the world's shark-bite capital with 22 incidents, its
highest yearly total since 2001," he said. Attractive
waves off New Smyrna Beach on the central Atlan-
tic coast are popular with surfers, he said. "As in
past years, surfers accounted for most of the world's
attacks 57 percent followed by swimmers and
waders, 36 percent; and divers, 8 percent.
"Surfers are the heavy favorites largely because
the splashing of arms and particularly the kicking of
feet at the water's surface where visibility is poor is
provocative to sharks," Burgess said. "They result in
what we think are cases of mistaken identity, where
the shark interprets the irregular splashing to be activ-
ities of its normal prey."
And economic woes apparently don't bother surf-
ers, dude.
Wave riders "are not a group that is economically
blessed, but all they have to do is drive to the beach


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with the board and get into the water, and the rest is
free," Burgess said.
Despite long-term declines in shark populations
- some species number only about 10 percent of
historic levels, due mostly to overfishing Burgess
expects shark attacks to rise "because of a gradual
upswing from one decade to the next. We've already
surpassed the numbers of attacks in the previous
10-year period, so we know this decade will be higher
than the last."

... and hope of some higher numbers
Right whale watchers on Florida's east coast are
counting more calving pods than in years past, offer-
ing the glimmer of hope that a seriously declined
population may be swimming its way, slowly, away
from the downward spiral of extinction.
"At least 32 new right whale calves, more than
ever recorded, have been observed this season off
the coasts of Georgia and Florida, where the whales
migrate to give birth between late November and
March," according to CNN. There are only about
400 right whales in existence. It is the most endan-
gered of all the large whales.
Right whales grow to 70 tons. They have jet-
black backs and no dorsal fin, which gives them a
torpedo-like appearance. They summer in the cold
Arctic waters off Canada and Greenland, moving
south for the winter and near the Atlantic Seaboard
in the fall to calve off Georgia and Florida
Unfortunately for the whales, their sleek look
makes them hard to spot by ships, and several are
struck and killed annually.
Steps to slow the ship-whale strikes have been
enacted that slows ships to 10 knots as they move
through calving waters. Shoreside whale watchers,
as well as aircraft, patrol the waters and alert ships in
the presence of right whales. It seems to be working:
no whale strikes have occurred so far this calving
Another threat lies to the north in the form of
lobster pots and fishing line. The whales can become
entangled in the line, which can restrict their swim-
ming skills and cut deep into their thick blubber. Fish-
ers have made gear changes, but results are slow in
This year, five entangled right whales have been
spotted, more than ever before in a season.
Humans are intervening to correct the human
damage caused to right whales by lines. Teams,
including members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife

Conservation Commission, try to disentangle whales
before their wounds become fatal. Scientists zip out in
small inflatable boats to the entangled whale and try
to hook the line with grappling hooks. Once hooked,
the teams throw knives at the rope in an attempt to
cut the whales free.
The right whale blubber is thick, so the harm
caused by an imbedded knife is akin to the discom-
fort humans receive from a bug bite. But despite
the stone-age technique in our high-tech world, one
whale has been freed this season.

Sandscript factoid
Right whales gained their name due to their
unfortunate proclivity to float on the surface after
being harpooned by whalers. They were the "right
whale" to kill because they were easy to find after
death and more profitable for harvesting of blubber
and oil.

Fish Tale: Innovative

sheepshead landing
By Ben Mabetti
Special to The Islander
Quite often when it's cold and I don't want to
go to the trouble of putting the kayak on the van or
bicycling to stand in the frigid surf at Bean Point, I
fish near the Key Royale Bridge.
One is not actually allowed to fish from the
bridge, although I don't know the reason, but there
are cement buttresses from which one can cast. This
is a particularly difficult location to fish as there is a
combination of elements which conspire against the
angler. There's the extremely powerful tidal current
flowing under the bridge, the bottom covered with
rocks and oysters, both of which will devour fishing
tackle on a most consistent basis, and finally there
is the narrow ledge on which one is perched while
endeavoring to cast without tangling line in the sur-
rounding vegetation or the overhead power lines.
I usually fish from the same side of the bridge
each time as the opposite side has become too over-
grown with vegetation for casting, but I noticed that
someone, perhaps the adjacent landowner or a "city
beautification committee," has planted along the edge
of it. These plants were not, I suspect, planted merely
to beautify, as the choice of plant was Spanish Bayo-
net, aptly named and one of the sharpest, most vicious
plants to be found here.
At any rate, I decided to decamp to the overgrown
side of the bridge to try my luck, and installed myself
as best I could on the parapet with the encroaching
foliage pressing upon me. Casting was out of the
question, and about all I could do was flop my bait
over the edge into rather shallow water and hope for
the best. To my great surprise, a fairly large sheep-
shead came out from under the tangle of branches
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Pompano in passes, trout in bays, amberjack offshore

By Paul Roat
Pompano are starting to make their winter appear-
ance, with good catches coming out of Longboat Pass.
The fish fight like fiends, making for a great catch,
and they also make for some of the tastiest table fare
around. Jigs are working well to bring in the big ones,
which are stretching to 20 inches in size.
Trout and redfish also are being caught in the
backwaters of Anna Maria Sound, Tampa Bay and
Terra Ceia Bay. Shrimp are a good bait choice.
Offshore action features amberjack and big snap-
And if the size of the snook hunkering down in
the canals near the Island is any indicator, snook sea-
son's start March 1 should be lots of fun.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Fishing
Charters said he's been putting his charters onto
nice-size redfish under the docks in the bay, with
shrimp serving as the best bait. He's also catching
big sheepshead by structures. "Trout have been in
the deeper seagrasses," he said, "with some nice
keepers being landed. Try using Berkley Gulps for
some nice trout action." He added that the weather
for this week looks good, "so it's time to get out
on the water."
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said the best
action he's hearing is pompano being caught in and
near Longboat Pass. The fish are big up to 20
inches in length and are hitting on yellow and

Fish Tale
it and set off, only to realize suddenly that all was not
well in his world. Of course, his lunch was attached to
me, which led to a rather intense but confined battle
between us.
It was confined because I didn't want it to take
off into the branches or the oyster bed. Having worn
the fish down somewhat, I was faced with perform-
ing the second part of my task that of retrieving
the catch. I had already had the disappointment in
the past of hooking and reeling up a fish, only to
lose it when the line snapped as I tried to lift it some
10 feet from the water to the ledge. As mentioned,
this fish was substantial and could not be reeled up,
but I had a plan primitive but effective, I hoped.
I quickly made a lasso with a length of clothesline
I had brought for this eventuality, lowered it under-
neath the fish without causing it undue alarm and
coaxed it up. The fish was suspended vertically under
the fins, like someone treading water, and I managed
to lift it out successfully.
So intent was I on my fish retrieval, that I hadn't
noticed a nearby pontoon boat full of people, visitors
from the north I sensed, silently watching the whole
procedure. It seemed by their reactions that they had
not seen this particular fishing technique before.
Ben Mabetti can be reached by e-mail at tibbea-

Captain Mark Howard

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Tarpon Grouper Shark

Real big red
Rus Essner, of Johnston, Iowa, and nephew Tom from Essex, England, had a great day on the water with
Capt. Mark Howard and caught some nice-sized redfish.

pink jigs. Trout fishing in the bays is getting better
by the day, with deeper seagrass flats producing
the best results with DOA-baited shrimp. Redfish
are still hanging around the docks, he said, hitting
better in the afternoons than mornings as the water
warms up and they get more frisky. There also are
some good reports of mangrove snapper action in
the backwaters. Offshore, Danny said amberjack
are an excellent fish to target right now, as well as
mangrove snapper and triggerfish.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports are pretty much
limited to sheepshead, and the same for the Anna
Maria City Pier, where sheepies are about the only
fish being caught.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said that another spell
of winter struck last week, "but it's getting to the
time of the year where the cold has less and less
effect on the fish. The days are getting longer with
plentiful sunshine so most species are pretty much
accustomed to the colder water and will go on a
good bite with just a day or two of sunny weather."
He said prior to the front there were Spanish mack-
erel coming on strong all across the area. "Their
arrival is a harbinger of things to come," he said,
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reefs and wrecks off of Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key have been giving up good catches
of "chunky sheepshead, spotted trout, mangrove
snapper, bluefish and pompano," as well as some
permit, Capt. Zach added. Backwater action in
Sarasota Bay and southwest Tampa Bay has been
decent with redfish, snapper, sheepies and black
drum coming off docks and deepwater seawalls
on live shrimp. On the open bay waters, there has
been better than average action with trout, bluefish,
ladyfish and pompano. Most of these species are
taking live shrimp and jigs over deep grass and
sharp dropoffs abutting sand and shell bars. "Snook
have been breaking out of their winter holes kind
of early this year," he also noted.
Remember that snook season opens locally
March 1.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
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By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The 2008-09 youth basketball league conducted by the Anna
Maria Island Community Center on Anna Maria Island concluded
with individual awards on Feb. 11 and, later in the week follow-
ing playoff games, four crowned division champions: Premier:
A Paradise Realty; Division I Dips Ice Cream; Division II Sand
Dollar; Division III Jessie's Island Store.
In playoff action, A Paradise Realty edged Rotten Ralph's
35-34 on Feb. 16 to claim the Premier League championship trophy
behind the stellar all-court game of Kyle Aritt, who finished with
21 points. Kyle Sewall added nine points for Paradise, which also
received two points apiece from Patrick Edwards and Sheldon
Phillips in the victory.
Matt Bauer's 23 points led all scorers, but it wasn't enough as
Rotten Ralph's fell short by one point. Chandler Hardy scored five
points, Christian Hightower had four points and Wyatt Hoffman
finished with two points in the loss.
The Division I championship game on Feb. 17 saw Island Family
Physicians' playoff run end with a 48-41 loss to top-seeded Dips Ice
Cream. Justin Gargett scored 16 of his team-high 17 points during the
last three quarters to help Dips overcome a one-point, first-quarter defi-
cit. Max Miler added 11 points for Dips, which also received six points
apiece from Johnny Mattay and Helio Gomez. Jerry Meyer chipped
in with four points, while Brennan Gallagher and Daniel Schroder
finished with two points apiece in the victory.
Island Family Physicians was led by Daniel Pimental's game-
high 18 points, while teammate Zach Guerin finished with eight
points. Kayla Armer added six points for IFP, which also received
five points from Lee Bergeron and four points from Mallory Kos-
feld in the loss.
Another unexpected playoff run came to an end on Feb. 17
when E-Training Solutions dropped a 31-16 decision to top-seeded
Sand Dollar in the Division II championship match. Cameron
Brauner and Burke McCampbell-Hill led the way with 12 and 11
points respectively. Lauren Sapienza finished with six points, while
Mikayla Kane added two points for the champs.
Blaine Jenefsky and Logan Reiber each scored seven points
to lead E-Training Solutions, which also received one point apiece
from Mikey Ellsworth and Bryce Smith in the loss.
Sand Dollar advanced to the Division II championship game
by defeating fourth-seeded Panoramic 20-8 in the semifinals.
Second seeded Jessie's Island Store upset top-seeded Ross
Built 7-6 in the Division III championship game as Seth Walter's
free throw in the third quarter proved to make the difference for the
Feb. 17 contest. Walter finished with three points to lead Jessie's,
which also received two points apiece from Lucky Schmidt and
Mickey Koczetsut in the victory.
Ross Built received two points apiece from Gavin Sentman,
Jake Ross and Andrew Ross in the loss.
Ross Built advanced to the Division III championship game by
defeating Coastal Orthopedic 22-4 in the semifinal game on Feb.
In Division III, Nicole Sewall won the sportsmanship award
over finalists Mickey Koczersut and Emma Moneuse, while defen-
sive player of the year went to Seth Walter. Andrew Ross and
Michael Latimer were finalists for that award. Female MVP went
to Emma Moneuse, who was picked over finalists Brooke Cap-
parelli and Nicole Sewall. League MVP was shared by Jake Ross
and Seth Walter, while Andrew Ross was the other finalist.
Division II saw Jake Parsons take home the sportsmanship award
over finalists Josh Zawistoski and Adam Clark, while Joey Salinas
captured the defensive player award over Jack Walter and Zawistoski.
Madison Gsell won the female MVP award over finalists Lauren Sapi-
enza and Alexia Yavalar. League MVP went to Burke McCampbell-
Hill, who won out over Zawistoski and Salinas.
Taylor Wilson won the sportsmanship award for Division I
over finalists Nicole Knies and Kayla Armer, while Max Miller and
Zach Guerin shared defensive player of the year honors. Female
MVP went to Savannah Schield, who won out over finalists Mal-
lory Kosfeld and Taylor Wilson. Division I MVP went to Justin
Gargett, who won over finalists Lee Begeron and Max Miller.
Premier League sportsmanship winner was Chris Pate, beating
out nominees Wyatt Hoffman and Erin Dolan. Troy Koszewski
stole the defensive MVP award from finalists Kyle Aritt and Rainia
Lardas, while Dolan captured the female MVP award over finalists
Rainia Lardas and Celia Ware. Premier League MVP went to Aritt,
who won over finalists Matt Bauer and Joe Karasiewicz.

Horseshoe news
Three teams managed to emerge from pool play with 3-0 records
during Feb. 21 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits, with
Tom Skoloda and Norm Good drawing the bye for a spot in the finals.
The team of Don Bacholtz and Jerry Disbrow dispatched the team of

Emma Moneuse, left, was named female MVP for the Anna Maria
Island Community Center Basketball League Division III (ages
8-9), and Seth Walter was named best defensive player and tied with
Andrew Ross for male MVP for the division. Islander Photo: Cour-
tesy Becky Walter

Mike Lovey and Bill Burroughs 22-8 in the semifinals. They followed that
up with a 23-10 victory over Skoloda and Good in the finals.
Four teams earned the prerequisite three victories in pool play during
Feb. 18 horseshoe action. Bob Lee and Sam Samuels rolled past Steve
Grossman 21-6, while John Johnson and Rod Bussey overcame the team
of Art Kingstad and Bob Brown 25-12 to advance to the finals.
Lee and Samuels emerged as champs for the day by defeating
Bussey and Johnson 23-17.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at
the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed
by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men golfers hosted an 18-hole, two-best-balls-
of-foursome match on Feb. 18 and the team of John Sagert, Hal Sears,
Vince Fanton and Bob Landgren lapped the field with a 19-under-par 109.
Eight shots back in second place was the team of Earl Ritchie, Jim Dancer,
Ed Havlik and Neil Hammer with a 117. Third place went to the team of
Joe Dickinson, Dick Eichorn, John Atkinson and Paul Proxy.
The Key Royale women played a combination, individual-low-
net and a team-low-net game on Feb. 17. Flight AA winner was Jean
Holmes with a 2-over-par 24, one shot better than Penny Williams and
Judy Squire, who tied for second place. Flight A winner was Joyce
Brown and Donna Soos, who both carded an even par 32, one shot
better than second-place finisher Diane Miller. Jan Turner carded a
2-under-par 30 to win Flight B by two shots over second-place finisher
Mary Pat Swamy. Flight C winner was Markie Ksiazek, whose 1-under-
par 31 was one shot better than the even-par 32s turned in by Mardene
Eichorn and Maryanne Kaemmerlin. Theresa Schutt captured Flight D
with a 1-over par 33, two shots ahead of Jean Besant.
Lois Biel, Dolores Jorgensen, Sally Keyes and Markie Ksiazek cap-
tured the team-low-net challenge with a combined score of 136, while Jan
Turner will remember her round thanks to a chipin birdie on hole five.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net match on Feb. 16
and Matt Behan's 4-under-par 28 earned him a first-place finish. One
shot back in second place was Neil Hammer, while Jim Helgeson's
2-under-par 30 was good enough for third place.

Flag Football returns
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football
program is accepting registration through Feb. 26. Registration must
be completed online at www.islandcommunitycenter.com.
The cost to play is $45, which includes an NFL team jersey and flag
set. Games will be played at the Holmes Beach field and the schedule
will begin March 23.

Children's Academy plans Island Run
The Children's Academy of Southwest Florida Inc. will hold its
annual Island Run 5K on Sunday, May 3.
The event, which raises money for the organization formerly known
as Manatee County Nursery Schools, also will feature a family fun run.
The run will begin at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, with an esti-
mated 300 participants expected.
The Bradenton Runners Club sanctions the run.
The CASF is a not-for-profit nursery school that provides care for
at-risk children in low-income families.
For more information, contact the chair of the Island run, Paula
Heap, at 941-812-2322 or pheap@saintstephens.org.

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Employee of the year
Vicki Dunning is Anna Maria Elementary School's
"Employee of the Year." For nearly three years she
has served as the school nurse and says she "loves
every minute of it." Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

AME employee of the

year: Vicki Dunning
By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Vicki Dunning thinks she is "very blessed" to
be working at Anna Maria Elementary School. She
says her job at the school is a wonderful change
from her prior work as a dialysis nurse. The most
coming through her office door at AME are "just boo-
The younger kids want ice, she said, and the older
ones want a Band-Aid.
Dunning has been at AME for nearly three years
and has come to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of
both the Island and its kids.
"She has a kindness for all children that is unbe-
lievable," said AME principal Tom Levengood. "I
think the students love coming to the clinic."
Levengood attended the district luncheon for all
school-related employees of the year with Dunning,
where he noted that Dunning's kindness and caring
go above and beyond. "She volunteers outside the
work day at the school doing anything she can to
help. She is very much a team player."
Dunning spends Friday nights and summers at
the IMG Academy healthcare clinic and still finds
time for her daughters, Audra Nichols and Kristin
Lamphron and her grandkids.

Wonderful 2BR/2BA, 1 block to beach
in Holmes Beach. Property is turnkey
furnished and is a successful vacation rental.
Asking $359,000.
3BR/2BA bright end unit. Enclosed lanai,
Corian counter tops, tile floors. Priced lower
than smaller 2BR condos. Call Robert at
941-730-1291. $334,900
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Smoke-free goals

presented to

By Diana Bogan
Islander Newspaper
A group of students studying occupational ther-
apy at Manatee Community College visited Anna
Maria Elementary School to share an anti-smoking
educational program with fifth-graders.
The presentation included video clips and activi-
ties began with a survey to access how much students
already knew about the health risks associated with
smoking cigarettes.
The goal of the program is to guide students to
make better choices said MCC student Jessica Burke.
The program covered five components, including
smoking speeds aging; deaths caused by smoking;
advertising/media literacy; peer pressure; and sec-
ond-hand smoke.
Students learned:
1,200 people die of tobacco use every day.
Smokeless tobacco is not safer than ciga-
Smokeless tobacco is more addictive than ciga-
Ninety-four percent of Florida students don't
use tobacco.
Smoke from the end of a lit cigarette is more
carcinogenic and more lethal than exhaled smoke.
Students were encouraged to learn more and help
raise awareness among peers by joining Students
Working Against Tobacco, an organization present
in many middle schools. The student organization
also has a Web site with more information at www.

Amy Barron, Missy Anderson, Jessica Burke, Mona
Brannon and Kristi Bonney from Manatee Com-
munity College present anti-smoking information
to Anna Maria Elementary School fifih-, raiders.
Islander Photos: Diana Bogan

Immaculate 2BR/2BA condo with
fabulous water views. Only minutes
from sparkling white beaches of Anna
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move-in condition. $165,900.
pool, tennis. $139,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
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RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
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CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
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AME school calendar
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-
ment Testing.
Thursday, March 12, 9 a.m. Spring Fling meet-
Wednesday, March 18, dismissal time (full
school day) 3:15 p.m.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.

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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

Imperial House
Make an offer! Gulfview 2bed/2bath condo in 55+
community with pool. Totally redone exterior! Views
of the Gulf in a great location close to everything the
Island has to offer. Turnkey Furnished. Come see for
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inside Grecian Temple. Two openings and clos-
ings. Today's value: $5,300. Sell for $3,900. Call
217-493-8374. E-mail: illinipam27@aol.com.
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
Call 941-487-7487.

WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Size 14. Professionally cleaned and
preserved. $125 or best offer. 941-794-2312.
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.

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.

HUGE ANNUAL FLEA market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28. Appliances, large and small,
furniture, clothing, sporting goods. Organs, jew-
elry, bikes, linens, shells. Lunch. Palma Sola
Harbour Condos. 9400 Cortez Road West.

SAN REMO SHORES: Annual neighborhood sale.
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. 242 homes
on the water, one mile inland from Cortez Road.
Everything under the sun!

sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Handmade
jewelry, white elephant, homemade lunch. 2601
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
R Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
846 Waterside Lane
Perico Bay Club
Best Buy! Furnished 2BR/2BA villa,
water views, 1292 sf, pool, tennis and
24-guard gate. 1-car garage. Only
$219,000! ML#A380062
email: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com

IMMACULATE Bay Palms home. 2BR/2.5BA,
two-car garage. Great winter or retirement
home. A perfect annual rental if unable
to occupy at closing. REDUCED! $395,000.

OLDER HOME on duplex-zoned lot. Refurbish
to create duplex or re-invent with new structure.
Room for a pool. REDUCED! $379,000. NOW

CUSTOM 3BR/2BA with more than 3400
SF living area. Meticulous in detail, attractive
Florida-design furnishings included.
Spacious decks. 450 ft. to choice Anna
Maria beach. REDUCED! $1,100,000.

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"We ARE the Island!"
SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com

STREET SALE: BRIDGE Street. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28. Miscellaneous sale tables, lots
of items, famous sloppy joes, homemade pies.
Come have lunch with us! 103 Church St., Pines
Trailer Park, by Bradenton Beach pier.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Lots
of new t-shirts and clothes. Furniture, tools.
Close-out. On the Gulf at 104 75th St., Holmes

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.

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

BINGO EVERY THURSDAY! Doors open at 6:30
p.m. Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd
St., Bradenton Beach. Information: Kit Redeker,

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

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-
eff@islander.org, and include a phone number
and home town.

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

BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.


(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria

North Shore Drive
Steps to the Gulf. Beachy 2BR/1 BA Cottage.
Room for Pool. $429,000
Country Club Heights
Short Sale. Immaculant 3BR/2BA Home.
Convenient to All. $139,900
Riverview Blvd
Over 1/3 Acre. Renovated 3BR/3BA Home.
Endless Possibilities. $299,000


5316 Marina Dr, HoAllianceGrous Beach, FL, 34217
5316 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, 34217

ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!

FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.

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.

GOLF CART FOR sale. Excellent condition. Ador-
able. Gas-powered. Come see at 165 Crescent
Drive, Anna Maria. Call 941-580-3809.

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.

FOR RENT: DEEP-WATER boat slip. North end,
Anna Maria. Gulf access. 941-794-8877.

FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,

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AV TECHNICIAN: Operate sound system for
Sunday morning worship services and other
special services. Rate of pay is $25 per service.
Apply with resume to Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, PO. Box 247, Anna Maria Island, FL
34216 by March 6.
PART-TIME SALES position for gift shop in Anna
Maria. Must be able to work evenings and week-
ends. Call for an appointment, Wednesday and
Thursday, March 25-26 only. 727-244-5906.
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
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GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant,
etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $180,000 plus inventory. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112.
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.
town and the best results from classified ads and
service advertising!

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non-prescription product for diabetes with very
good clinical results. Seeking salesperson, part
or full-time. No capital needed. High potential
with commission. Contact Judy Lavallee, RN.
207-653-5330. E-mail: Jelavallee@aol.com.

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-
ting. 941-778-5352
ISLANDTEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child care
with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross training, seven days
a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632 or 941-778-8405.
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
Jennis, 941-778-1746.
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.

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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 misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

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

puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, networkengi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

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

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locally owned & operated

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

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

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.
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.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. 941-539-6891.
ations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
juno.com. 941-792-1000.
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,
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ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house@verizon.net for details.
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.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
mulching, plantings, shell and more. Great mainte-
nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
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landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.

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

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.

clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Island since 1992.

PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.

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

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

home beautification or any home repair. Free
estimates. 941-580-3312.

CARL V. JOHNSON Jr. Inc. Building contractor.
Porches, rooms, decks, additions, renovations and
new homes. Free estimates. Quality work and fair
prices! Call 941-795-1947, or cell 941-462-2792.

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

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

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

Renovation Specialist All Carpentry Repairs
Completing more than 2000jobs on Anna Maria Island
9 Darrin J. Wash 941.725.0073

0'Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
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Lawn care PLUS native plants, "
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup:
Call Junior, 807-1015

Pickup & Delivery Services
Apartments Condos Homes -
1 item or Household
Free Estimates Affordable Rates
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Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
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Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.

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

single-family home. Available now. 2BR/1BA or
3BR/2BA with living room, family room, washer/
dryer and carport. Block to the beach in Anna
Maria. 813-690-9762.

VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, private
pool home near Palma Sola Causeway. $900/
weekly. Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gor-
geous pool home, Intracoastal Waterway, west
Bradenton. $1,050 weekly. www.coastalproper-
tiesrealty.com, or 941-794-1515.

BEACH CONDO! NEWLY remodeled. Furnished,
unfurnished, two pools, carport, shuffleboard,
clubhouse. Annual or seasonal. 941-761-1923.

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

2010 MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA on beach,
ocean view, lanai, pool, tennis, garage, furnished.
January-April. 423-884-2598.

to beach in Bradenton Beach, north. Quiet street,
just renovated. No annuals. 941-504-7821.

RENTAL: 3BR/2BA on canal, furnished. Monthly,
$1,800. Call for weekly rate. All utilities paid. Cable,
washer and dryer. Available all of 2009.70th Street,
Holmes Beach. Call Dave, 407-927-1304.

canal with dock and davit. No pets. $1,550/month.
Call Jesse, 941-778 7244.

March 21-28. Sleeps four. All amenities, pool, hot
tub, facing Gulffront. Call 248-842-3335.

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Great Value!
Upscale Creekwood Home
Large,remodeled 4BR/4BA home on half-acre
lot, competitively priced at $319,000. Close
to schools, shopping, and community tennis
courts and pools. New paint and ceramic tile
floors. Master Bath with dual sinks and garden
tub. Updated kitchen and laundry with nearly
new appliances, butler's pantry with wet bar
Screened 26 x 30 lana, large two-car garage (301) 760-0872
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HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1BA, 750-sf.Water, cable,
trash, washer and dryer. First, last and security
deposit. $850/month. 949-813-4900.

ANNUAL 3BR/2BA CONDO: Bay view, unfur-
nished, updated. Cortez and 96th Street West.

CORTEZ ANNUAL: 1BR unfurnished. $675/
month. Washer and dryer, lanai, near marina,
central air conditioning. 941-545-9025.

1-October 2009. 1BR/1BA, upstairs with deck.
Clean, comfortable, close to beach, $500/week.

ANNUAL: ANNA MARIA city. Unfurnished 2BR.
$850/month plus utilities. Security deposit. Avail-
able March 1. 941-778-5439.

2BR/1BA: 8102 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
$850/month. Spacious, private backyard, water
and garbage included. Mike Norman Realty,

1BR/1BA CONDO FOR rent March, 2009.
Recently updated. Pool, one block from beach.
$2,400/month. Dennie, 941-778-3538 or cell,

SEASONAL RENTAL: 1 BR/1BA furnished apart-
ment. Responsible pet owners OK. March, April,
$1,600/month. Holmes Beach, west of Gulf Drive.
Please call, 941-201-4571.

MARCH THISYEAR: One and two bedroom units
at Westbay Cove condos. Late cancellations make
better rates. Call Sharon, Old Florida Realty Co.,

waterfront paradise. Private pool and dock.
$3,800/month. Call for weekly rate. Also 3BR/2BA
economy, $750/week. Five minutes to Island.
Realtor, 941-756-1090.

ANNUAL HOUSE: 3BR/2BA, west Bradenton.
Screened lanai, freshly painted, updated kitchen,
$1,000/month. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

MARCH RENTAL: 1BR/1BA duplex apartment.
No pets, two people. $1,600/month. 203 Peacock
Lane, Holmes Beach. 810-614-6962.

Brgm e Tow n Realor since 1939

Home Town Realtor since 1939!

access, tennis, nealea pool, worKouI
room, bay front fishing pier On site
rentals Priced $222,000 $369,000
(941) 778-2246

HOLMES BEACH Great location in PALMA SOLA SHORES Wonderful 55+
this 55+ park this one is On The Bayl community with heated pool, active
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, double clubhouse and bay front fishing dock
oven, newerfloorcoveringsandupdated that's popular for watching sunsets and
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SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site

BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $398,000.
Owner, 941-447-2061.

house. Large living room, pool, storm shutters,
garage, storage. $399,000.941-722-0640.

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

BEST PRICE IN all of Key Royale: An absolutely
spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA, two-car
garage, split-plan, custom remodeled through-
out. Deep sailboat water with new dock and lift,
direct access to Tampa Bay and Gulf. Must see!
Owner can hold second. Owner, 941-809-1522.
See online at: www.617Foxworth.com.

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

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.

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

Beach updated 1BR/1BA condo, turnkey fur-
nished. Owner financing. Price reduced, $149,000.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
Feb. 27-28. 1BR/1BA newly remodeled mobile
home. $169,900, includes share. Sandpiper
Resort, 55-plus community. 2601 Gulf Drive north,
#731, Bradenton Beach. 941-779-4634. View at

1 BR/1 BA CONDO: BRADENTON Beach. Recently
remodeled, pool, one block from beach. Excellent
rental income. $169,000. 1-309-267-8635.

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HALF-DUPLEX ONE block to beach. 2BR/2BA,
front porch, screened lanai, new air condition-
ing and washer and dryer. 16-inch diagonal tile,
landscaped backyard. Move-in ready. $335,000.

HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA ground-level end
unit. Fully turnkey furnished with many upgrades.
Walk to beach. Heated pool, carport with storage.
$278,900. Owner, 941-792-6796.

2BR/2BA WESTBAY CONDO: First floor, end
unit, waterfront, carport, dock, 941-778-7724 or

BEACHFRONT CONDO: $275,000. Great
location! Turnkey furnished. Heated pool. Daily
rentals permitted maximizing income potential.
Call Kym Paxton at Michael Saunders & Co.,

lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under
building. $520,000. Call Sherry Sasser at Sato
Real Estate, 941-778-7200, or Ilona Kenrick,
941-713-3214. Owner: 941-730-2606.




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

LAND BARGAIN! 105 acres, $199,900. Subdi-
vide, hunt, raise/ride horses, build your dream
home! Only 60 minutes to beach. Bonus: invest-
ment grade timber. Endless possibilities! Excellent
financing. Call owner, 800-898-4409, ext. 2176.

110-ACRE LAKEFRONT: $179,900. Enjoy long,
direct frontage on Warrior Lake! Pristine country
setting with miles of interior roads, trails. Coun-
try road access, power, phone. Convenient to
1-20. Unrestricted, perfect for outdoor recreation,
hunting, fishing. Excellent financing. Call now,
800-564-5092, ext. 1425.

Two-acre waterfront homesite only $89,900, was
$169,900. Private, gated community with two recre-
ational lakes. Municipal water and sewer. Low taxes.
Just 90 minutes south of Orlando! Excellent financ-
ing. Call now, 866-352-2249. FLlandbargains.com.

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The ultimate in rental income property. Mike Norman Realty
Exquisitely furnished with flat screen TVs
in every room. One of a kind pool and tiki 800-367-1617 941-778-6696
bar. Elevator and a two-car garage. Lush
landscaping just one block from prime 3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEA4H
beach. Peek of the Gulf. $895,000. www. mikenormanrealty.com "

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Acqua Aveda Salon
Spa Store
Hair, nails, make-up, skin and massage
for the bride and the entire bridal party.
5311 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach 941-778-5400
Silvia's Flower
Unique wedding flowers that will WOW you!
9807 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, inside Ginny's.
Call 941-720-0424, or e-mail

Tortuga Inn Beach &
Tradewinds Resorts
90 well-appointed rooms, apts. & suites
with kitchens, wi-fi, pools, beach and more!
www.tortugainn.com 941-778-6611
Haley's Motel
An Island jewel with 1950s charm and
21st century amenities. Perfect for all
weddings and reunions.
941-778-5405 or 800-367-7824

Jack Elka Photo
The finest wedding photography since
1980. Studio located at 315 58th St,
Holmes Beach. Visit my Web site at
www.jackelka.com 941-778-2711

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

Sherri's Island
Wedding Photography. Rehearsal Dinners,
Engagement Sessions, Special Events.
941-345-5135 | Island resident

Island Photography
Beautiful and creative photography
that you will treasure for a lifetime.
Dara Caudill 941-778-5676

Banana Cabana
Caribbean Grill & Restaurant
We'll cater your affair with Caribbean flair!
Rotten Ralph's
Now offering catering and banquet facilities
for weddings and private parties.
For catering menu and more information,
Call 941-778-3953.
Bayside Banquet Hall
Rehearsal Dinner Packages $1600
Wedding & Reception packages $1700
4628 119th St. W, Historic Cortez Village
941-798-2035 www.baysidebanquethall.com
Bridge Street Jewelers
All your jewelry and bridesmaid gifts
129 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach

The Beach Shop
at the Manatee Public Beach
Pretty white dresses for a casual island
wedding, dresses for the moms too!
Open daily

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


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