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beaches, pier top
spots. Page 5
Op/ed: Our opinion,
your opinion. Page 6
I'm not from around
here by Miki Malo-
ney Sr. Page 7
Anna Maria adopts
revised fee schedule.
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Island police reports.
Cumber faces pos-
sible prison time.
FBI agents search Island properties
By Lisa Neff
LIia,,id r Reporter
FBI agents executed search warrants at
two Anna Maria Island properties Feb. 25
linked to financial consultant Doyle Scott
The searches took place while Elliott,
51, was off the Island, appearing in a Phoe-
nix federal courtroom on an allegation he
sold unregistered securities.
The FBI declined to discuss what agents
were looking for on the Island.
But Elliott said on Feb. 28 that the
FBI was investigating 70 publicly traded
companies, including four that Elliott had
Elliott said a federal official told him
that there were "intrusions in the four com-
panies that I financed" several years ago and
that the case involved stock trading.
"I am not a defendant," Elliott said. "I am
a witness.... I am cooperating with the FBI as
The open FBI investigation originated
from leads in New Jersey and is being con-
ducted by the agency's field office in Newark,
"I'm not specific on the locations, but we
did execute some search warrants in Florida,"
said Bryan Travers, a spokesman with the FBI
in Newark. "And that's about all I can tell
One property was a single-family home in
the 500 block of Key Royale Drive in Holmes
Beach and another an office building in the
2200 block of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton
Holmes Beach Police Department officers
assisted at the Key Royale property, which is
owned by Elliott.
Yellow tape was used to keep the curious
away from the Key Royale residence. Motor-
ists who passed by slowed to inquire about the
reason for the law enforcement presence.
"Yellow tape? That's never good," said
Kevin Stockdale as he bicycled past the large
home on the warm Wednesday afternoon.
On Friday morning, residents in the area
said they had no idea why agents searched the
Holmes Beach property.
Elliott also is connected to the Bradenton
Beach property that agents searched Feb. 25
while a Bradenton Beach Police Department
officer stood watch outside.
The office is the site of Elliott & Associ-
ates, a management consulting service.
Curious passersby stopped to watch the
low-key operation in Bradenton Beach, where
a single police vehicle was parked in front of
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DOT bridge study meeting March 26
., By Rick Catlin
Ll llt r Reporter
Artists Guild of Anna The Florida Department of Transpor-
Maria Island turns station will present its long-awaited project
20. Page 18 development and environmental study for
the Anna Maria Island Bridge March 26 at
006 00(00 a public hearing in Holmes Beach.
Q0() ( Q0 Lauren Hatchell of the DOT said the
What's going on and hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Bernard
where. Page 20 Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.
The $588,000 PD&E study began in
l d BiZ November 2007, after the DOT announced
its major rehabilitation project for the bridge
Is (see separate story, page 2).
Movers and shakers. PD&E project manager Chris Piazza
Page 25 will present the study of the various options
considered for a replacement structure,
including the "no build" option.
Piazza has said previously that rehabilitat-
ing the bridge again could "extend the service
life of the bridge by approximately 25 years,"
but a replacement bridge would be needed at
the end of that cycle.
If a replacement bridge is the final choice,
Piazza said the new bridge would be built
alongside the current structure, allowing traf-
fic to flow to and from the Island unimpeded
However, once any new bridge is opera-
tional, the old bridge would be torn down, he
"There are no plans to retain any of the
current structure for recreational purposes" if
a new bridge is the final choice, he said.
At a public meeting in Holmes Beach in
December, Piazza said 99 percent of all boat
traffic would be able to pass under a 65-foot-
clearance fixed-span structure, while 38 per-
cent could pass under a 45-foot-clearance
drawbridge without opening the bascule. A
21.5-foot-high bascule bridge would essen-
tially have the same bridge-raising require-
ments for boats as the current structure, he
A DOT survey last year found 80 percent
of respondents favored a high, fixed-span
No decision on a replacement structure
will be taken at the DOT hearing as the U.S.
Coast Guard is the final authority on any new
bridge, Hatchell said.
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2 0 MARCH 4, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Island could reap
By Paul Roat
Regional transportation planners have offered
state officials $1.691 in road, sidewalk and bridge
projects as a portion of the federal economic stimu-
lus package approved by President Obama and Con-
Just how much money Manatee and Sarasota
County will receive is still unclear. Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation District Secretary Stan Cann
said exact amounts of the state's share should be
announced no later than March 10, but it was esti-
mated that $1.5 billion would be granted to "shovel-
ready" road projects those projects planned,
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$1.7 million in transportation funds
designed and ready to be built once funds are made Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Orga-
available. nization members unanimously approved the list of
For Anna Maria Island, the projects include: road and bridge improvement projects for hoped-for
SR 789/Gulf Drive corridor improvements in federal funding March 2.
Bradenton Beach, including enhancing the round- Manatee County and its cities offered about
about at Bridge Street and improving sidewalks, $14.179 million for projects; Sarasota County and
$700,000. its cities $15.465 million.
Sidewalks/trails, resurfacing, construction of MPO board members realized that their wish
eight trolley shelters and repair of Crescent Avenue lists were bigger than the funding pot. For Manatee
and North Bay Boulevard bridges in Anna Maria County, it was agreed to follow the list of projects
City, $484,000. until the money runs out. In order, Bradenton Beach
Sidewalk and curb replacement, new sidewalks is ranked No. 1; Anna Maria is No. 4-7; and Holmes
and realignment of East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, Beach No. 8-10.
$507,000. Cann said that projects should have to be ready to
On Longboat Key, the list includes $750,000 for out to bid within 120 days of the final funding assess-
resurfacing of Gulf of Mexico Drive in two phases, ment March 10, meaning that would could start this
both within the Sarasota County portion of funds. summer on transportation projects on the Island.
Bridge rehabilitation may end March 3
Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson
Lauren Hatchell said last week that contractor Quinn
Construction Co. of Palmetto planned to finish the $11
million bridge rehabilitation project by March 3.
"Nothing has changed that plan," Hatchell said
on Feb. 27.
The contract calls for completion of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge project by early April, but Quinn
will get a $50,000 bonus from the DOT if the job is
Quinn already has received more than $600,000
in bonuses from the DOT for completing various por-
tions of the project ahead of schedule and for revising
the company's work schedule. The bonus money has
helped push the total cost of the project from its origi-
nal $9. 1 million estimate to the present $11 million.
A master cleanup plan is in place to clear the
area along the bridge approaches of equipment and
debris, but that effort will not begin until all bridge
repairs have been completed, said Hatchell. The con-
tract calls for Quinn to return the area "to its original
state," she said.
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in the 500 block of Key Royale Drive in Holmes Beach Feb. 25. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
FBI raids Island home, business
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the orange building and several unmarked cars were
parked on 23rd Avenue.
"Are we in any danger?" said Pam Iota as she
crossed Gulf Drive to peek into a window of Elliott
& Associates to see papers in disarray and several
figures, but little else beyond the blinds.
Personnel in the office declined to comment about
the nature of the search or whether authorities seized
any property, and referred inquiries to Elliott.
Elliott said he was uncertain what, if an\ thilni.
authorities took from the Island properties. He also
said the search did not result in any apparent damage
At the time the FBI executed the warrants, Elliott
was in Phoenix, where his civil trial began Feb. 24
and ended on Feb. 27 in his favor, according to
"Proceedings held before Judge James A Teil-
borg: Jury Trial Day 4.... Evidence and testimony
presented. Closing arguments. Court instructs jury
as to applicable law in this case. Jury to deliberate.
Verdict returned in favor of defendant," read a final
transmittal from the federal court.
"I won," Elliott said. "I was vindicated. We had a
good feeling about it.... There was no stock fraud."
The Securities and Exchange Commission com-
plaint was filed against principles with iBIZ Technol-
ogy Corp. and associates of the company, which is
registered in Arizona.
The SEC alleged that, in violation of a number of
securities regulations, two officers with iBIZ schemed
to inflate the company stock price and that Elliott
helped sell shares when they reached high levels -
182.4 million shares that generated $886,800 for the
company and $383,467 for Elliott.
'This case involves a penny stock fraud executed
by iBIZ Technology Corp and its chief executive offi-
cer, defendant Kenneth W. Shilling, and executive
vice president H. Mark Perkins," the SEC alleged in
The SEC said Shilling and Perkins made false
and misleading statements in press releases, online
interviews, investor correspondence, proxy solicita-
tions and reports to inflate the stock price and then
took advantage of the inflated price by selling $1 mil-
lion of their shares and ilIkg.lly distributing approx-
imately $3 million of newly issued iBIZ Technology
shares through stock sales" by Jeffrey Firestone, Jer-
rold McRoberts and Elliott.
The other defendants in the case negotiated set-
tlements and were ordered to give back their profits
with interest owed.
Elliott, however, went to trial before Judge James
A. Teilborg, claiming that the SEC's complaint was
"I didn't do anything wrong so I didn't settle,"
On Feb. 27, an eight-member jury returned a
decision favoring Elliott.
'I won the whole case," he said the next morning.
'"There were eight jurors and all eight vindicated me.
It was a unanimous decision."
In another financial matter, Internet records indi-
cated that Elliott was involved in a 2004 review by
the National Association of Securities Dealers.
One record stated that Elliott was barred from
associating with any National Association of Securi-
ties Dealers member in any capacity, but the Island
businessman said the record is misleading.
The NASD complaint said Elliott, while a broker
with a Sarasota firm, received "$35,000 from a public
customer to purchase a low-priced stock in collabora-
tion with Elliott, and was told that the stock would be
sold at a profit within 30 days, and that they would
split the profit."
The NASD record further said, '"The findings
also stated that Elliott failed to use the customer's
funds, and sent him fictitious trade confirmations
purporting to confirm sell transactions from the cus-
tomer's account at Elliott's member firm although he
did not have an account at the firm and none of the
transactions occurred. NASD also found that Elliott
failed to respond to NASD requests to appear for an
The NASD was a self-regulatory organization of
the securities industry responsible for the operation
and regulation of the Nasdaq stock market and over-
the-counter markets. It also administrated exams for
investment professionals before it was replaced by
the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Elliott said the review involved an investment
arrangement with a neighbor who died and whose
finances were questioned by his son.
'"That's 100 percent wrong that I was barred,"
Elliott said. "I was never barred."
Another record, found in the Manatee County
court database, was an April 2008 judgment from the
circuit court in Tunica County, Miss., ordering Elliott
to pay the Grand Casino Tunica/BL Development
Corp. $105.756.17 plus 8 percent interest.
Elliott said that case remains open in Missis-
"We had a dispute over the markers and that is
still in court," he said.
Elliott won another legal dispute in which Titan
Cruise Lines of Florida attempted to collect $200,000
that it said Elliott lost aboard its gaming ship anchored
outside the U.S. territorial limits.
The federal complaint filed by Titan in U.S.
Bankruptcy Court alleged that Elliott tendered post-
dated checks for $200,000 in gaming chips and then
stopped payment on the checks after leaving the
Ocean Jewel gaming ship.
Elliott said he had financed Titan and that "two
or three days after that they filed bankruptcy," still
owing him money.
Elliott added, "A federal judge in Tampa ruled
they could not cash the checks there were two."
Elliott said he lost money in the financing of
Titan. '"There are circumstances to t i il iinm." he
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's two
major benefits will take place in the next two months.
The Center's annual Tour of Homes will take
place on March 21 and the Affaire to Remember will
take place on April 4.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale at a number
of locations on March 7.
As it readies for the tour of Island homes, the
Center is seeking sponsors for its program booklet,
which serves as a ticket on the tour and sells for $15
in advance or $20 the day of the event.
Sponsor advertising costs $500 for a full page,
$250 for a half-page, $125 for a quarter page and $60
for a business card.
The Center also is seeking sponsors and dona-
tions for the Affaire to Remember dinner and auction,
the organization's largest fundraiser, to be held at its
Anna Maria facility, 407 Magnolia Ave.
The Center's calendar also includes a talent show
on April 18, postponed from March 7, that provides
a fundraising opportunity.
Registration for the talent show is open through
March 31. Auditions will be April 6 and dress
rehearsal April 16.
For more information about the events or sponsor-
ships, call the Center's Sandee Pruett at 941-778-1908
or e-mail email@example.com.
Details on tickets for the tour and the Affaire to
Remember will be released in March.
Anna Maria City
March 12,7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 17, planning and zoning board meet-
March 26, city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
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.,
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, I ..I Ii ,,,, ,', ,, hlfl. .rg.
West Manatee Fire Rescue
March 19, 6 p.m., WMFR District commis-
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Daylight saving time begins March 8 -
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, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Of-
ficials meeting, 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key,
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
4 0 MARCH 4, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
TDC approves increasing bed tax 1 cent
By Rick Catlin
The cost of renting an accommodation unit in
Manatee County appears headed up effective May
The Manatee County Tourist Development Coun-
cil at its Feb. 23 meeting unanimously approved a rec-
ommendation to the county commission to increase
the county's resort tax from 4 cents per dollar to 5
cents per dollar.
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
executive director Larry White presented a variety of
possible projects for the additional funds, including
improvements to pavilions at Coquina and Manatee
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
in her first meeting as the TDC chairperson, suggested
the additional funds also would ensure a full beach
renourishment when the next project begins in 2011
Public support for the increase came from
Bernie Desear, who said he spoke on behalf of
the many people interested in developing down-
town Bradenton for the arts and culture. Desear
said he supports the 1 cent increase, but would
like to have a specific amount for arts and cul-
ture improvements dedicated in the next TDC
Other members of the public also supported a
dedicated amount for the arts.
Nancy Flynn said studies have shown that people
who go to a destination for arts and culture stay a day
longer than their vacationing counterparts and spend,
on average, an additional $120 per person per day.
If approved by the county commission, the ear-
liest the increase could take effect is May 1, said
Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker
said he and White will meet within the next 60 days
and iron out a "draft budget" for the TDC that will
be presented at the TDC's April meeting. The draft
budget will reflect a 1 cent increase in revenues from
the resort tax, often called the bed tax, if the county
It's an increase that can't come too soon, White
Statewide, destinations such as Orlando and
Miami are down "double digits" in bed tax revenues.
Manatee County, however, is faring a little better, he
said, but bed tax revenues last fall (October, Novem-
ber and December) were down 7 percent compared
with the same months in 2007.
"We can't be down in the February to May
season, or there will be a big budget issue," White
predicted. "Money is the issue."
White said he asks the BACVB financial offi-
cer every day if there are "any more beans in the
jar" for TDC revenues. A bed tax increase will go a
long way to increasing the number of beans, White
TDC member David Teitelbaum voted for the
measure, saying the county has to have the money
for the next beach renourishment cycle.
But the TDC-funded convention center is hurting
for major conventions due to the lack hotel rooms
nearby, Teitelbaum said. He suggested one way to
make the convention center more attractive might be
to convert nearby condominium developments sag-
ging in sales into hotels.
Teitelbaum, who owns the Tortuga, Sea-
side and Tradewinds motel-resorts in Bra-
denton Beach, said one such condominium
project the Palms at Riviera Dunes -
has a number of empty units and the project
developer might be receptive to such a con-
version. He said he would talk to the con-
dominium developers to determine if there
exists a level of interest and report back to
But Teitelbaum also said it's time for the county
to take back funding of the Manatee County Con-
vention Center. The county commission shifted the
convention center funding to the TDC two years ago,
a move that has not been popular among TDC mem-
"It's a county asset, not the TDC's," he said.
Hunzeker promised to look into the issue and
acknowledged that, at a minimum, the convention
center is a "shared asset."
He added that a number of tourist assets are "long
in the tooth, and now is the time to spend some money
The convention center annually costs the TDC
about $900,000, money that could be better spent in
marketing and advertising, Teitelbaum said.
In other business, Whitmore brought up the
recent closing of the pier at Manatee Public Beach
and the cost to repair or replace the pier.
She said some county commissioners "wonder
why not tear it down and build it later."
Whitmore, however, disagreed with that view.
The public pier is a draw for tourism and is
extremely popular, she said.
Whitmore said the Manatee Beach pier issue
will be on the county commission's March 3 agenda
for discussion and a vote to either repair, replace, or
demolish and leave an empty space.
Manatee County natural resources director Char-
lie Hunsicker has recommended that funding for
either a new pier or replacing the current structure
come from TDC revenues.
Whitmore said the TDC has about $1.4 million
for a new pier, but the remainder would have to come
from the county.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 4, 2009 0 5
Survey: Beaches, Anna Maria City Pier No. 1
By Rick Catlin the area spending $915 per day and staying 9.4 Brockman said the chamber and all those involved
Islander Reporter days. in tourism can't rest on their laurels.
The Anna Maria City Pier is still the top natu- On a yearly basis, the total economic impact from "I hope we can make their vacation so great that
attraction in Manatee County for visitors enjoying tourism to the Island and the Bradenton area would 100 percent of first-time visitors will return," she
vacation in the area. be annroximatelv $395 million. said.
And going to the beach is still a visitor's favor-
ite description of the Manatee area, according to a
recent study conducted by Research Data Services
Inc. for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
The latest study covered the three-month period
between Sept. 1, 2008, and Nov. 30, 2008, and was
added to previous data gathered by RDS that covered
March 2008 to August 2008.
In the most recent study, 95.5 percent of visi-
tors said going to "beautiful beaches" was the best
description for the area, while sunning on the beach
was the No. 2 choice. Good food and restaurants rated
a 62.3 percent response, earning the No. 5 spot on the
Dining out, however, was the top-rated activity
for visitors during the reporting period with a 92.6
percent rating, edging the beach, which gained a 92.3
The Anna Maria City Pier was the top natural
attraction for visitors, outside of shopping at St.
Armands Circle in Sarasota and the Prime Outlet
Mall in Ellenton.
The Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, which
ranked No. 2 in the previous survey, fell to No. 4 as
a favored attraction during the September-November
period, behind "other Tampa Bay attractions" at No.
2 and the Red Barn Flea Market at No. 3.
Mote Marine and the Ringling Museum were
sixth and seventh respectively on the attractions list,
behind "Orlando theme parks." The Powel Crosley
Mansion did not make the top 10 list.
RDS said 80,800 visitors came to the Bra-
denton area during the three-month survey
period and contributed an economic impact of
$73.9 million. Combined with the data gath-
ered between March and August, the total eco-
nomic impact for the nine-month survey period
was $295.5 million, with the average visitor to
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And visitors to the Island must be pleased with
their vacation, as 86.2 percent said they would plan
a return trip and 93.7 percent said they would recom-
mend the Island to their friends and relatives.
Among all vacationers who responded, the total
satisfaction level with the Island and the Bradenton
area was 96.4 percent.
The survey results came as no surprise to Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary
"We've always known the Island and the beaches
are what draws people here for a vacation. It's no
secret anymore. All the advertising targets the Island
and we've had some great publicity recently in the
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This two-page opening of a story about Anna
Maria Island in the March issue of Southern
Living magazine features the blue-green waters
surrounding the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria.
For more on the Southern Living article and a
link to the magazine, go to www. islander.org.
Image Courtesy Southern Living
Brockman added that the survey should ensure
continued support for Island tourism from the Mana-
tee County board of commissioners.
"The economic impact of our beaches and beach
attractions is tremendous. Not just what people spend
on the Island, but what they spend on the mainland
before and after they visit the Island. We're a destina-
tion that's being discovered."
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford noted that the
top two local attractions in the survey that do not
involve shopping were both in Anna Maria.
"It's no surprise to see that people want to come
to our city. All the brochures on tourism show Bean
Point and the Island beaches. And the city pier is just
a slice of old Florida that you can't find anywhere
else," she said.
"Coming on the heels of the article in South-
ern Living, that really featured Anna Maria, this
really complements our city. I hope this survey
will help convince people that, even though Anna
Maria is the smallest accommodation market of
the three Island cities, we provide an incredible
quality experience for the visitor," Barford con-
Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo Ann Mat-
tick, who heads up a committee studying a pos-
sible boardwalk at the city pier, said the survey
confirms that the pier is an integral part of the
"I think it's wonderful to have two such popular
attractions in our city," she said.
"Anna Maria is the Florida that you don't find
in Orlando, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale or Marco
Island. This is how Florida used to be."
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Beauty and the beast?
Wow. Is it ever tourist season?
Some of the measures of a good season used by
Islanders were at peak levels during the last week on
Anna Maria Island, including cars parked on the berms
at the Manatee Public Beach and nearby along Manatee
Another measure: traffic backed up to the Gulf-
Marina drives intersection waiting to travel south of
the Manatee Avenue bottlenecks at the public beach and
East Bay Drive or over the Anna Maria Island Bridge
The same is true for the Cortez Bridge in Bradenton
Beach. If you're in traffic backed up to Sandpiper Resort
mobile home park to travel south, or you're stuck on
Longboat Key through several bridge openings trying
to head north, it's just routine high-season traffic.
Another barometer is the large volume of trucks
with trailers parked at Kingfish or the Coquina Beach
boat ramps. How do you spell overflow?
Anna Maria Bayfront Park and city pier? Packed.
Lines at the door for favorite restaurants? You
Publix packed? You probably had to jockey for a
parking space, every aisle is crowded, there's no fried
chicken for another 15 minutes, and even with "all
hands on deck," you're stuck at check out when you
should be at the beach or home cooking dinner.
Welcome to season.
The Palma Sola Causeway provides another mea-
sure for season. Packed with cars and beachgoers?
People selling hot dogs, barbecue, ice cream, lemonade,
horseback rides, palm reading? It must be season.
Of course, it used to be worse. With the sometimes
condemned new controls for traffic and parking, there
is less road congestion than we've seen in many years,
although the parking does appear to crowd the road into
a tunnel of speeding cars.
But if the Florida Department of Transportation
does a promised traffic study, we may see reduced
speeds and increased safety on the causeway.
Construction on the bridge, thankfully, is winding
down, just as season has hit high gear.
That's a beautiful thing.
Situation normal? Well, as normal as can be while
we deal with the beast that is the basis for our econ-
Any more national articles about what a truly great
place this is, this paradise we call home, and the natives
will have to stay home all season.
Measuring season? When does it end? When
summer season begins, of course.
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Bring back the pier
I have just been shocked to read in The Islander
of the sudden closure of the pier at Manatee Public
As longtime visitors to the area, and since Octo-
ber 2007 an owner of a condo at Runaway Bay in
Bradenton Beach, can I state how disturbed we are
by this turn of events?
Many people undertake considerable amounts of
hard work to ensure that Anna Maria Island remains
one of the most beautiful locations on the planet, and
people like ourselves are fortunate to benefit. I some-
times wonder, though, if officialdom provides enough
support, or sometimes even fails to recognize what
is required to preserve Anna Maria Island's future
The pier should never have been allowed to fall
into such a state of disrepair that it is now beyond
A shutdown will serve only as an ugly concrete scar
on the beach, so, please, finally take some action and
do not let this eyesore affect the enjoyment of so many
worldwide visitors such as ourselves to your idyll.
Mr. and Mrs. D. Neil Jones, Wales, United King-
dom, and Bradenton Beach
View from UK
I read in your online newspaper that the Manatee
Public Beach pier has been closed and there are no
plans to open it again, and I'm devastated.
My husband and I visit Anna Maria Island twice
each year from England for up to six weeks each
time. One of the high spots of our visits is to watch
the fishermen on the pier and to chat with them. It
also is the only pier on the Island that extends into
the Gulf of Mexico.
I do hope that you will come up with a satisfac-
tory plan to reopen it as soon as possible (maybe
before mid-October when we will be visiting the
As Dirty Harry might say "Reopen the pier and
make my day."
That should be the slogan for all Islanders and
Jean Rawlinson, East Sussex, England
An Island thanks
We are proud of the combined efforts of our
friends, neighbors and the Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key business communities for their gener-
ous support of our "out-of-town" event.
The Cats Meow party was held in Detroit to raise
money for the Lara Rutan Endowed Scholarship at
Wayne State University for the benefit of the Physician
Assistant Studies Program. A drunk driver took Lara's
life on Sept. 16, 2005. She had just graduated.
We are especially grateful to Skip and Kathy
Seeber owners of the Cat's Meow Beach Bungalow
on Anna Maria Island for their kind support.
We also are very thankful to the following res-
taurants for their contributions: The Beach Bistro
and Sean Murphy; The Waterfront and Jason and
Leah Suzor; Euphemia Haye and Ray and D'Arcy
With the help of Connolly Travel, we were able
to package the above donations into an exciting get-
away to Anna Maria Island.
The LARA-Love Always Remember Commit-
tee wants to thank everyone who participated in this
event. We set a record for attendance, and as a result
raised more than $65,000 this year for the scholar-
ship $135,000 over the past three years.
Please, visit the Web site at www.lararutan.com,
and know that you are all loved.
Judy and C i.., i.. < R. Rutan, Perico Island and
Gross Pointe Farms, Mich.
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< > By Miki Maloney Sr.
I am repeatedly asked about the title of this
column: "I'm not from around here." Some people,
I assume, take it for granted that it's a clear-cut proc-
lamation of the fact that I've only been living on the
Island full-time since August. But, of course, in the
true Maloney tradition, there is a bit more to it.
The title, like the column, is part of my ongoing
attempt to honor my grandfather, Don Maloney, and
his legacy of wit and sarcasm. The title is stolen, or
should I say borrowed from the title of a weekly column
that he wrote while living in Plattsburgh, N.Y., along
with wife Sarah, my grandmother. Each offering would
reflect upon his experiences as a newcomer to the "north
country" and all of that area's hidden charms.
He used the title again as a book author and col-
umnist while living in Japan. There, he chronicled
his experiences as a "gaijin" immersed in day-to-day
dealings with the Japanese culture. Not to mention
laying the foundation for a large handful of half-Jap-
anese grandchildren. And, of course, he dealt with
daily matters, no matter how trivial, in a column titled
"Anyway you slice it" for this newspaper.
But back to "I'm not from around here." My grand-
father told me that during his early road trips to explore
his newfound home in upstate New York, he would
occasionally find himself in need of directions.
Once, he rolled down his car window to ask a man
how to get to where he was trying to go, and the man
responded with a shrug of his shoulders and a simple
response. "I'm not from around here, I'm from Chazy
(a very closely located neighboring town). I don't really
know how to get around these parts." This conversa-
tion was my grandfather's realization of the very locally
based characteristics of this region of the country.
Upon moving to Anna Maria Island, my early
impressions reminded me of my grandfather's story.
This island is obviously tiny. To an outsider, the fact
that it is divided into three separate cities seems peculiar.
Even more peculiar is the fact that, along with many
others, I clearly state during conversations which of the
three cities I live in. When the idea came to mind to
write and title my column, his old title seemed to fit.
While on the topic of localities, I was thinking
about how I observe everything closely. Perhaps
riding the New York subways as a kid predestined
me for effective people watching. But lately I've
noticed a bit of patriotism exhibited by residents of
the tri-cities of Anna Maria Island. Most people who
live here are devoted Islanders, which is healthy and
harmless. However, I've observed the contrary on
occasion. I've even noticed that occasionally Holmes
Beach and Anna Maria folks will side with each other
to poke fun at Bradenton Beach.
How can this be in such a small place? I wonder
if the contention would diminish if someone removed
the "you are leaving" and "now entering" signs for each
respective city. Would the regional rivalries fade?
Also, there are four obvious classifications or types
of Island residents, and there exist specific unwritten
rules for each particular status. Each Islander can be
categorized, in order of authority, as:
Part-time resident or snowbird.
Each classification possesses its own character-
istics and a bundle of rights and privileges.
There are two reasons for pointing this out. The first is
that it is fun. Secondly, because I truly believe in working
toward a more unified Island. I believe in creating a more
unified anything these days. Won't you help?
Miki Maloney Sr. can be contacted via e-mail at
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department is overloaded after hearing from public
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Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard told city
commissioners it was time to consider resurrecting
the code enforcement board because violators who
want to appeal a citation have to drive to the Manatee
County Courthouse to file the necessary papers.
Anna Maria Vice Mayor Robert McElheny
called an emergency meeting of the city commis-
sion to deal with a volume of administrative matters
because, in his opinion, Mayor Chuck Shumard was
not willing to deal with the issues facing the city. The
emergency meeting came after City Commissioner
Doug Wolfe and Shumard exchanged some heated
words about the duties of the mayor.
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Lawn watering violators face fines
By Lisa Neff
Proof of the violation can pool on the sidewalk
and sometimes gushes into the street.
Walkers, even motorists, might notice the viola-
tion as they pass by a property and the over-pow-
ered sprinkler waters their legs, sprays their faces or
washes their cars.
The Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict last week toughened its watering restrictions
as the region continues to cope with drought condi-
Swiftmud's action led Manatee County to
announce that it will begin to impose fines on prop-
erty owners who violate the restrictions even first-
Property owners are allowed to run irrigation sys-
tems one day a week, under the water restrictions.
The new rule means that those in the county who
irrigate on unauthorized days and are caught will face
a $110 fine and administrative fees for the first viola-
tion, a $210 fine for the second and a $550 fine for the
third violation. A third violation could also result in
a property owner being ordered to appear in court.
"We're asking everyone to be conscious of your
water usage," said Terri Behling of Swiftmud.
County officials said Lake Manatee has the
capacity to meet the needs of Manatee residents, but
other water levels in Swiftmud's 16-county region
are at historic lows.
'The drought has a domino effect in terms of how
it relates to us, necessitating our need to enhance con-
servation measures even more until the rainy season
To report a violation of water restrictions
in Holmes Beach, call the police department at
Bradenton Beach violations should
be reported to the police department at
And violations in Anna Maria, which is
policed by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office,
should be reported to 941-708-8899.
To contact the Manatee County utilities
department, call 941-792-8811.
begins," said Amy Merrill of Manatee County Utili-
Generally, the restrictions mean that lawn
watering is allowed once a week though Swift-
mud encourages people to skip a week to conserve
Irrigation is allowed on Mondays at addresses
ending in "0" or "1" and on Tuesdays at addresses
ending in "2" or '3." At addresses ending in "4" or
"5," irrigation is allowed on Wednesdays and irriga-
tion is allowed on Thursdays at addresses ending in
"6" or 7." Irrigation at addresses ending in "8" or
"9"is allowed on Fridays.
Further, at properties of less than 2 acres, irriga-
tion is allowed only between 12:01 a.m. and 8 a.m.
or 6 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
Merrill said enforcement responsibilities were
assigned to the water conservation division of the
county utilities division, but that local police depart-
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In Holmes Beach, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
and city commissioners agreed last week that the
city police department would continue to first send
property owners a notice of a violation, rather than
immediately assess a fine.
Bohnenberger raised the issue at a commission
meeting Feb. 24.
The mayor said when the city receives a report of
a violation, the information is turned over to HBPD
for investigation. If a problem is found, HBPD sends
a notice to the property owner.
The mayor said the notices sometimes go to absen-
tee owners who might not be aware that their irrigation
timer was knocked off schedule by a power outage.
Commissioner John Monetti agreed: "I would
like to continue our policy.... Every time the power
goes out, it screws up" irrigation timers.
To report a water violation in Holmes Beach, call
the police department at 941-708-5804.
Bradenton Beach violations should be reported
to the police department at 941-778-6311.
And violations in Anna Maria, which is policed
by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, should be
reported to 941-708-8899.
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The variance was needed because there is
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fencing required around the pool and still meet
a 20-foot setback requirement.
Board members agreed that the variance
request was straight-forward.
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New fee schedule in Anna Maria City
By Rick Catlin
The cost of doing business with Anna Maria is
City commissioners at their Feb. 26 meeting
unanimously approved a new fee schedule that either
raises a host of fees charged by the city for a variety
of services, or charges for a service that was previ-
The commission had been considering the mea-
sure for more than two years, since former building
official Kevin Donohue presented the idea.
Building official Bob Welch finalized a fee sched-
ule and the commission did not disagree with the final
Among charges, a site plan review now costs
the applicant $3,000, while a comprehensive plan
amendment is $6,000. A small-scale amendment to
the comp-plan is $2,000, while a rezone amendment
Other fees include $500 for a special event permit
with alcohol served and $500 for a variance request.
A special event permit without alcohol is $100.
Welch noted that an applicant does not get a
refund if something such as a variance request or a
comp-plan amendment is denied.
Commissioner Chuck Webb agreed with the fee
schedule, but said the commission should keep track
of how well the schedule works for both the public
and the city, and plan to review the fees after several
Mayor Fran Barford told the commission that
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, (R-Longboat Key) has
obtained between $9 million and $11 million in fed-
eral stimulus money for Manatee County transporta-
tion projects and Anna Maria could get a slice of the
federal pie if it acts quickly to get projects "shovel
The projects needed to be forwarded as quickly
as possible to the Manatee-Sarasota Metropolitan
Planning Organization and the Florida Department
of Transportation for review and approval, Barford
The mayor said the staff "devoted itself to work-
ing long hours" the past week getting projects ready
and forwarded to the DOT and MPO. Projects for
consideration by the two agencies include sidewalks,
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue paving, trolley shelters,
and improvements to the city's two bridges.
The city could get up to $120,000 to repave Gulf
Drive and Pine Avenue, and $650,000 is available for
bridge improvements, Barford said.
"We' re now working with the DOT and waiting
on direction," she said.
City auditor Ed Leonard gave the city a "clean,
unqualified audit" for its financial records for 2007-08,
the highest possible rating allowed by Florida law.
He noted that ad valorem tax revenues dropped
by 7 percent from the previous year, and the city
spent $2.6 million, while generating only $2.3 million
However, he said that $203,000 of that difference
is due from the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District as Swiftmud's share of the matching
grant that funded stormwater improvements in the
Commissioners gave Welch consensus approval
to proceed with changing the city's zoning map to
match that of the future land-use element of the com-
prehensive plan as required by the Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs.
City planner Alan Garrett noted that there
are six lots in the commercial district that will be
rezoned to retail-office-residential to conform to
the FLUM, and about six other lots elsewhere that
will be affected.
Mattick asked if the owner of a property
slated to be rezoned from commercial to ROR
could keep the commercial designation, but Gar-
rett said that was not permissible under the cur-
rent city code.
"But a property owner has the right to file a small
area development amendment to the comprehensive
plan," to retain a zoning designation, he said.
The application is at the property owner's expense
and there is no refund if the application is denied,
The map will be presented at a public hearing
when it's finished, but Welch and Garrett will wait
to complete the map until the city commission com-
pletes its public hearings on combining the Resi-
dential 2 zoning district with Residential 1. The first
public hearing on that ordinance is scheduled for
Commissioner Dale Woodland suggested it would
be wise to ensure that individual property owners
receive notice of the proposed new zoning map as it
will likely create a lot of non-conformities.
Garrett said notice of the hearing will be sent to
as many people as possible.
Barford said Swiftmud has notified the city that it
should start Phase II of the city's master stormwater
drainage plan on or before June 9.
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The free performance will take place on the stage
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Painting with class
Glen Milne ofFlamingo Cay takes part in an art class
at the Art League ofAnna Maria Island, but he took
to the street to put his brush on canvas. Milne is a
former professor of architecture in Ottawa, Canada,
and winters here. Next year, he says, he's looking to
stay longer. Anna Maria "really took a hold of me,"
he said, adding that he's traveled the world, but Anna
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Society celebrates Island
heritage with a festival
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will
hold its 18th annual Heritage Day Festival from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Anna Maria
Island Historic Museum and Park.
There is no charge for admission to the festival,
which will feature the display and sale of antiques
and handmade items, art and collectibles, as well as
the museum's speciality, Early Settler's Bread.
The festival also will feature tours of the museum
and historic Belle Haven Cottage and demonstrations
in palm-frond weaving.
Barbecue, prepared by Three Brothers BBQ, will
be on the menu. AMIHS volunteers will grill hot dogs
and the festival also will feature the sale of Italian ice,
custards and shakes by Icy Creations.
The Gulf Drive Band and Friends will entertain
the crowd throughout the day and festivalgoers can
take a chance at winning a basket of prizes valued at
more than $350.
For more information about the festival, call the
museum at 941-778-0492.
Island Gallery West hosts art demo
Local artist Nancy McClure Law, a watercolorist,
will demonstrate decorative painting on wood at
10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The demonstra-
tion is free and open to the public. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Marlane Wurzbach
Celebrating Fat Tuesday
William and Gloria Sebold opened their doors
and invited in neighbors and passersby on Anna
Maria's Sycamore Avenue who noticed the "wel-
come" sign outside their home on Feb. 24, which
was Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras. The Sebolds
gave their guests beads and served plates ofponcki
- a Polish doughnut-type roll. William Sebold
fried about 300 poncki, keeping up a tradition
he remembers from his childhood in Michigan.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
USF offers course
in Island cuisine
The Lifelong Learning Academy of the Univer-
sity of South Florida will offer an epicurean expedi-
tion this spring on Anna Maria Island.
The academy, which is presenting lectures, dis-
cussion series and courses on the Island, will offer
two courses during the spring session, which begins
Cuisine at Anna Maria Island: Meet the Chefs
will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday for
eight weeks this spring.
The first class will take place at the Studio at Gulf
and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Additional
class sessions will take place at Island restaurants,
including the Beach Bistro, Da Giorgio, the Sun
House and the Waterfront.
Classes, according to the academy's spring guide,
will involve discussions with the chef, the sharing of
recipes and tasting.
The academy also will offer the course Religion,
War and Peace on the Island. Classes will take place
at 9:30 a.m. Monday for eight weeks.
Members will examine the religious teachings
on war and peace during the first half of the course.
During the subsequent second four weeks, members
will explore issues arising from World War II, includ-
ing the creation and defense of Israel, U.S. involve-
ment in the Middle East and terrorism.
J. William Frost, a professor of Quaker history at
Swarthmore College, will teach the course using three
books the Bible, John Kelsay's "Islam and War: A
Study in Comparative Ethics" and Roland Bainton's
"Christian Attitudes Toward War and Peace."
For more information about either course or the
fees, call 941-359-4296 or visit www.thelifelon-
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Friends to host
Journalist James A. McCartney will return as a
lecturer in the Friends of the Island Branch Library's
popular lecture program.
McCartney, a local columnist and former Wash-
ington, D.C., correspondent, will lecture on "The
New Administration: How's It Going" at 10 a.m. and
2 p.m. March 10 at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. His lecture is part of
the Alice Taylor Reed Lecture and Travel Series.
McCartney, who also recently served on a panel
presented by Common Cause in Sarasota, has lec-
tured previously for the Friends of the Island Library,
and always draws an overflow crowd.
Seating will be first-come, first-seated.
Organizers of the Alice Taylor Reed Lecture
and Travel Series said attendance since the program
began in January has been strong.
The group also continues to encourage contri-
butions to the series fund named for Reed, a strong
supporter of the Island Branch Library and a founding
member of the Friends of the Island Library. She died
Contributions will be matched this year by an
anonymous supporter of the Friends of the Island
For more information, call the library at
'Sylvia' readied for stage
The Island Players' next production will be A.R.
Gurney's "Sylvia," which will open Thursday, March
19, and continue through April 5.
The cast includes Diana Shoemaker, Joe Kerata,
Mona Hartman, Herb Stump, MaryJo Johnson and
Phyllis Elfenbein is the director.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, is dark on Mondays.
Ticket sales at the box office will begin March
9. Box office hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and one hour before each show.
For more information, call the box office at
Longboat Island Chapel
hosts fashion show
The Longboat Island Chapel will host a "We're
Going Green" fashion show at 2 p.m. Wednesday,
The Lord's Warehouse will present the show,
which will feature discussion on recycling and other
The event also will feature tea and other refresh-
ments, a raffle and door prizes.
Tickets are $15.
The show is at the chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key.
For information and tickets, call Sue Reese at
Senior singles program offered
The Manatee Widowed Persons Program offers a
support group for widows and widowers at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
The group hosts an hour of "coffee and conver-
sation" on the second and fourth Mondays in March
and April, and then beginning again in October.
The program begins at 9 a.m. and there is no fee
American Legion hosts show
The Kirby Stewart Post 24 of the American legion
will host a Veterans Tribute Car and Motorcycle Show
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7.
The event will take place at the post, 2000 75th
St. W., Bradenton.
The show will serve as a local kickoff the 90th anni-
versary of the American Legion and feature more than 100
vehicles, from a 1932 Ford coupe to a 1969 Camaro.
For more information about the show, which is
free to the public, call Charlie Fitt at 941-792-7395.
Privateers to hold market
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold
a Thieves Market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,
The event will feature a number of vendors sell-
ing a range of items from antiques to fresh pro-
The market will take place at Coquina Beach in
For more information, call Jackie "Bandit" Wal-
dron at 941-723-3043 or visit www.amiprivateers.
Center offers cooking course
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
present the popular "Food for Life" cooking classes
with instructor Ellen Jones beginning March 12.
The eight classes will take place on Thursdays
from 10:30 a.m. to noon through April 30 at the
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Space is limited to 30 students and pre-enroll-
ment is required. Center members will pay $5 per
class or $40 for the eight weeks. Non-members will
pay $10 per class or $80 for the course.
Classes include an introduction on how foods
fight cancer, low-fat foods, fiber, dairy alternatives,
replacing meat in a diet, cancer-fighting compounds
and immune-boosting foods, maintaining a healthy
weight and how foods relate to breast cancer sur-
For more information, call the Center at
Pie challenge planned
A pie challenge will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday,
March 7, in the courtyard of businesses at 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
The event is the first in the "Nights on Anna
Maria," which will take place at the old post office
site on March 7, March 21, April 11, April 25, May
9 and May 23.
On March 7, people are encouraged to bring up
to two pies to enter in a pie-tasting contest.
The tasting will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the judg-
ing will be by "community."
For more information, call Olivia Willis at
Islander to perform composition
Anna Maria composer Alice Moerk will pre-
miere her composition, "RuneStone," at the Stenberg
Memorial Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Sarasota.
Tickets are $10 at the door.
For more information, call 941-955-3661.
Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
Tuesday, March 10, for lunch and a program at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
The program will be a talk by Milt Flinn, presi-
dent of Lakewood Ranch Communities, on develop-
ment plans in Lakewood Ranch.
For more information, call Dantia Gould at
AGAMI to host artist's demo
Artist Sandy Nowicki will lead a demonstration
in drawing and watercolor roughing at 11 a.m. Sat-
urday, March 7, at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
There is no charge, and the public is welcome to
attend. For more information, call 941-778-6694.
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The speaker will be Ron Hall, former ambassa-
dor to Bulgaria with the American Foreign Service
Association, discussing communism.
For more information, contact member Al Guy
at email@example.com or 941-778-8444.
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Holmes Beach official
Saunders died Feb. 22
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he
was shocked to learn that building official William
"Bill" Saunders had died.
Saunders, 76, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 22.
"I knew he was Lt ni, l.1in I. but I didn't expect to
lose him so quickly," Bohnenberger said, recalling
that he had hired Saunders in March 1996 as a part-
time building official and a job that quickly went to
full-time in July.
Bohnenberger recalled, "I was home ironing a
shirt to wear to a meeting that night and Bill called,
responding to a request for an interview, so I asked
him to come by the house.
"It was a sort of 'shirt-sleeve' interview," the
mayor continued, "a typical Island interview, the sort
of thing that just happens in a small town."
Saunders has left a void at Holmes Beach city
hall, where the folks who answer the phones didn't
quite know what to say to people asking for him.
The mayor said he told the staff to tell people
"Bill won't be back," but, he added, it wasn't easy.
"He' d been on sick leave on and off for several
months, and, just within the past few weeks, wife
Millie had inquired on Bill's behalf about disability,"
"He was a great asset for the city, and a great
friend," the mayor said. "He'll be missed."
Born in Ashland, Va., Saunders moved to Sara-
sota 25 years ago from Washington, D.C., then to
He was the building official for Holmes Beach,
as well as serving on occasions as interim building
official for Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. He
was a general contractor and concrete contractor. He
was past president of the Anna Maria Island Rotary
A memorial service was held on the beach for
friends and family last week. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative
Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34239, or Little
Angels Dog Rescue, 3288 S.E. Hansel Ave., Arcadia
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John Monetti and David Zaccagnino stand in
silence in memory of Bill Saunders. The assistant
public works superintendent and building official
died Feb. 22 at Tidewell Hospice and Palliative
Care in Sarasota. A private memorial service took
place last week. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Bondi, Mae MacKenzie of Paris, France, Jennifer
Lignon of New York, and Shawn Schneider of Par-
rish, Fla.; son Joe of California; brothers in Virginia
and Georgia; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grand-
Cheryl Marie DeGarmo
Cheryl Marie DeGarmo, 49, of Bradenton Beach,
died Feb. 21.
Born in Maryland, Ms. DeGarmo moved to the
Island in 2006. She worked with her sister, Tina
Grooms, in a housekeeping business and volunteered
at the Moose Lodge.
Memorial services were Feb. 28.
She is survived by fiance Ted Golden; daughters
Johanna of Pennsylvania and Karen Freeman of Ari-
zona; sisters Liz Barrus, Pauline Chesner and Tina
Grooms; brother Art Cockrell of Bradenton; four
grandchildren; and three nephews and three nieces.
Lawrence Lloyd Flint
Lawrence Lloyd Flint, 60, of Holmes Beach, died
Memorial services will be held in Fairfax, Va.,
He is survived by wife Sue; sons Evan and Alden;
sisters Marsha Barnhart, Maralyn, and Theresa;
brother Bob Phillipson; and mother Jo Ellen.
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Patricia B. Howard, 83, of Bradenton, died Feb. 26.
Born in Erie, Pa., Mrs. Howard moved to Bra-
denton in 1991 from Cincinnati. She was a graduate
of Wheaton College, Norton, Mass., and a graduate
of Buffalo Seminary, Buffalo, N.Y. She was dean of
students at Seven Hills Middle School of Cincinnati
for 24 years. She was a member of Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach.
Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 4, at the church, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be made
to Patricia Howard Award of Distinction, the Seven
Hills School, 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati OH
45227. Brown and Sons Funeral Homes & Crema-
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She is survived by her husband of 60 years,
David F. of Bradenton; son Dr. David G. of Cincin-
nati; daughter Wendy Howard Murphy of Cincin-
nati; grandchildren Lauren P. Murphy, Stephen H.
Murphy, Catherine F., David R. and Christopher R.
Fred C. Martindale Sr.
Fred C. Martindale Sr., 83, of Roscommon and
Cedarville, Mich., and a winter visitor of Anna Maria
Island, died Feb. 21 in Bradenton.
Born in Detroit, Mr. Martindale was a restau-
rant and bar owner in Michigan. He was a graduate
of Farmington High School, Farmington, Mich. He
served as a flight engineer on B-17s and B-24s in the
U.S. Army Air Corps before his discharge in 1946.
He was an avid flyfisher in Northern Michigan. He
was a member of the Key Royale Golf Club.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Toale Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrange-
He is survived by wife of 35 years JoAnn; daugh-
ters Jane Cerand and husband Jim of Waterfuro and
Torch Lake, Mich., and Mary Johnston and husband
Joel of Mead, Wash.; sons Fred C. and wife Vicky
of Cheboygan, Mich., and William and wife Mary of
St. Joseph, Mich.; stepsons Tom Pearlman of Charles
Town, W. Va., and Patrick Pearlman and wife Lisa of
Charleston, W. Va.; sister Ann Orris of Roscommon;
12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
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Mary Kathryn McAllister
Mary Kathryn "Mary Kay" McAllister, 74, of
Bradenton Beach and Chicago, died Dec. 9, 2008.
Mrs. McAllister and her late husband, James,
were contributors to a
number of institutions in Chi-
cago, including Benedictine
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Memorial services were in
She is survived by Kevin
and wife Lisa, Maura Binecki
and husband Mirek; Timothy
and his wife Lisa Jones, Paul
and wife Sherry, and Mary
Rose Smith and husband Charlie; 13 grandchildren;
and sister of William Rochford, Carol Emerson, Mar-
garet McKitterick, James Rochford, and Michael
Glenn Meyer, 44, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 13.
Born in Islip, N.Y., Mr. Meyer moved to Anna
Maria Island from Longboat Key seven years ago.
He was the owner and opera-
tor of Bio-Reef, a saltwater
aquarium and fish supply
business that grew into a full
line of pet supply businesses
in Jacksonville. He gradu-
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versity in 1988 with a degree
Mveyer A memorial service was
held in Atlantic Beach, Fla.,
with friends and family on the beach.
He is survived by the love of his life, Tami Mof-
fett; and brother Richard Jr. of Holmes Beach.
Urgent Care hosts event
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Bradenton, will host a program to promote health and
well-being from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7.
The West Manatee Fire Rescue Firefighters Associa-
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raise money for their projects, along with the Southeast-
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County, collecting clothing and blankets.
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Feb. 26, 500 block South Drive, domestic. Deputies
responded to a call of loud arguing from a residence. A
man and woman had gotten into an argument, and he broke
a coffee table. Both were issued domestic dispute pack-
Feb. 20, 1000 block Gulf Drive South, burglary to
vehicle. The complainant said someone broke into his car
and took a GPS system.
Feb. 20, 1400 block Gulf Drive South, burglary to
vehicle. The complainant said someone broke into his car
and took a camera and binoculars.
Feb. 21, 1400 block Gulf Drive South, burglary to
vehicle. The complainant said someone broke into his car
and took his wallet, containing credit cards and cash.
Feb. 21, 1400 block Gulf Drive South, burglary to
vehicle. The complainant said someone broke into his car
and took a first-aid kit.
Feb. 21, 1000 block Gulf Drive North, burglary to
vehicle. The complainant said someone broke into his car
and took his driver's license and cell phone.
Feb. 21, 1800 block Gulf Drive, burglary to vehicle.
The complainant said someone took his bicycle, which
was left outside, unlocked.
Feb. 21, 2200 block Avenue A, warrant. Officers
responded to a complaint of a prowler in the area. The
complainant said someone tried to open the two front doors
of his residence. A patrol of the area located a man who,
it was discovered after a record check, had an outstanding
warrant. He was arrested.
Feb. 21, 118 Bridge St., Sports Lounge, obstruction.
Officers responded to a disturbance call at the bar and
found a man lying across a pool table. He appeared very
intoxicated, according to the report, and refused to pro-
vide any identification. He was arrested on obstruction
Feb. 22, 1600 block Gulf Drive South, traffic. Officers
stopped a vehicle, which was playing loud music. Record
checks revealed the driver did not have a license. He was
Feb. 21, 5308 Marina Drive, Irene's, shoplifting. The
store employee said a woman entered the store and tried on
several sets of clothes with the help of the clerk, who went
to the back of the store several times to bring out more
clothing. The woman went to the cash register to pay for
three items, then said she had to get something from her
car and left. The clerk discovered she was missing $320
and a check for $259 from the cash drawer when she closed
out for the day.
Feb. 23, 500 block 72nd Street, domestic. Officers
were called to the home, where the wife said her husband
had struck her several weeks ago and she wanted to press
charges. He said she took his cell phone and threw it in the
canal. He took her phone to call police and, while talking
to dispatch, she began to strike him. Dispatchers substan-
tiated the altercation during the call. She was arrested on
Feb. 25, 5353 Gulf Drive, Timesaver, theft. The store
owner said an employee had taken about $800 worth of lot-
tery tickets several weeks ago. She admitted to taking the
tickets and worked out a payment plan with him. He later con-
fronted her regarding $220 worth of tickets missing, which
she denied taking. She was issued a trespass warning from
the store and further charges are awaiting review of the store
Islander to perform organ
concert March 5
Bradenton Beach resident Carl parks will
open a series of 30-minute Lenten recitals on
Thursday, March 5, at Christ Church Bradenton,
4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The free concert will feature Parks playing
one of the newest and largest pipe organs in the
"This instrument is a joy to play," Parks
said in a news release. "The material and work-
manship are entirely first rate, and the voicing
is superb. The builders didn't cut any corners.
They just did it right."
The program will include work by Johann
Sebastian Bach, Louis-Nicholas Cl6rambault
and Alexandre Guilmant.
The instrument was built by Orgues
L6tourneau Limit6e of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec,
and was dedicated in February 2007. It has 75
ranks totaling approximately 4,200 pipes in the
four manual divisions and pedal.
Parks served as organist-choirmaster of
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach
from 1995 through 2008 and specified additions
and improvements to the church's pipe organ to
make it reliable and more tonally diverse.
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Cumber faces 15-30 years in prison
By Lisa Neff
William Cumber III, a "person of interest" in the
disappearance of his girlfriend, faces 15-30 years in
jail for alleged violation of probation.
Cumber, 39, has been jailed since late December
on a charge that he violated his probation for a 2005
He has been described as a "person of interest"
in the disappearance of Sabine Musil-Buehler, 49, the
co-owner of Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach. Musil-
Buehler has not been seen since late Nov. 4, 2008.
Cumber has said that the two had a verbal argu-
ment and that she left the home she was renting in
Anna Maria and he has not seen her since.
Authorities found Musil-Buehler's car on Nov. 6,
2008, in Bradenton. Small amounts of her blood were
found in the front seat and some of her possessions
were found in the trunk.
Ten days later, on Nov. 16, an arson fire destroyed
a building at the Haley's Motel complex that Musil-
Buehler co-owns with her husband, Tom Buehler,
which whom she is separated.
The Holmes Beach Police Department is inves-
tigating the fire and HBPD Chief Jay Romine has
said Cumber is a "person of interest" in that case as
On Tuesday, Cumber appeared in a Bradenton
courtroom for what was scheduled as a violation of
Thomas Ostrander, Cumber's court-appointed
attorney, however, asked Judge Gilbert Smith for a
continuance to March 17 to become more familiar
with the case and to talk with his client.
The prosecution agreed to the continuance, and
pointed out that the best deal it will offer Cumber is
15 years in prison for his admission that he violated
Ostrander, said 15 years seemed high for his cli-
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"The state is looking for the maximum allow-
able," Ostrander told the judge. "And I am looking
for time to prepare."
Later, Ostrander told reporters that possibly there
is something more to the tough sentence sought for
the alleged probation, such as law enforcement's
interest in Cumber in Musil-Buehler's disappearance,
which is being investigated as a possible homicide.
The probation violation allegedly occurred Dec.
22, 2008, when Cumber was arrested near Ocala
in Marion County. He was driving a pickup truck
with an expired tag and Cumber was without a valid
license, according to the Marion County Sheriff's
He served 10 days in the Marion County jail
before being transferred to the Manatee County jail
to await a hearing on the alleged violation of proba-
Cumber was convicted of setting fire to a girl-
friend's home in Bradenton and sentenced to 42
months in prison, followed by three years of proba-
tion. He was released from prison last fall.
Cumber was led into the sixth-floor courtroom at
the Manatee County Judicial Center in chains. Prior
to Cumber's appearance, Ostrander had informed the
judge that his client did not want to be brought into
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Ostrander said he did not know, but added that
Cumber was not constitutionally required to appear
Smith, however, said, "I would like him to come
out," which Cumber did for the brief discussion.
The probation hearing is rescheduled for March
Meanwhile, officials continue to seek potential
witnesses or other sources with information that
might help solve the mystery of Musil-Buehler's
Manatee County's Gold Star Club is offering up
to $5,000 for information leading to the whereabouts
Also, the Sabine Buehler Benefit Fund is accept-
ing donations at Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, for a reward.
Anyone with information is asked to call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011,
ext. 2519, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
By Lisa Neff
The Diocese of Venice investigation of a priest
who has served at a Holmes Beach church remains
The Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph ministered at St.
Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach until last
August, when the diocese informed him of a com-
plaint accusing the priest of committing sexual mis-
conduct 15 years ago with a teen member of a youth
group in Naples.
Joseph appeared at a public forum in Holmes
Beach in late January to deny the allegation and
maintain his innocence.
But the complaint, deemed "credible" in a dio-
cese review, remains under investigation and Joseph
remains on leave of his ministerial duties.
"The investigation is on-going, and these things
take time," said diocese spokesperson Adela Gon-
zales White. "Father Joseph continues to receive his
salary and benefits."
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slander Reporter A national daylight saving time was re-established
d. during World War II and later, the Uniform
to spring ahead. Time Act of 1966 standardized DST,
ng time begins at 2 but allowed for local exemptions.
h 8, when clocks During the cnii>.-. crisis in
cited States will the 1970s, Congress created
hour. An hour of earlier starting dates for
on Sunday, but A j DST.
more sunlight will be gained in
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Joseph, however, said Saturday that while he
receives his salary, there are no benefits. "I have no
stipend, no food allowance, no residence provided,
and I am paying myself for the health care that was
formerly provided to me by the diocese."
Diocese officials could not provide a timeline for
bringing the investigation to a close.
Meanwhile, a benefit will take place for Joseph
at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Sandbar Res-
taurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
Proceeds from the event will help Joseph with
medical and legal costs, as well as with travel to
Haiti to work on completing the orphanage there
established by the Ministry of Presence, a group he
founded in the States to aid the poor in Haiti.
Live music by Jack Elka and the generosity of
Sandbar owner Ed Chiles will allow the majority of
the event proceeds "to benefit Father Ron." An auction
of prizes also is being organized by The Islander.
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light saving time makes the sun set an hour later,
reducing the period between sunset and bedtime
by an hour, thus reducing the amount of electricity
used at the end of a day.
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is false, according to the history of DST provided by
the U.S. Department of Enll-.' In fact, the major
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part because the farm lobby objected to the time
In observance of DST, The Islander offers five
things to do with an extra hour of sunlight before the
sun sets at 7:36 p.m. Sunday, March 8:
Hike through Leffis Key in search of a painted
bunting, an increasingly elusive bird.
Bicycle along the trail at Coquina Beach.
Play catch it is spring-training season.
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Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island turns 20
By Lisa Neff
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island began as
a conceptual sketch, an idea to bring together artists
and promote the visual arts on the Island.
AGAMI, celebrating its 20th anniversary this
week, is now a vibrant non-profit arts group that
members liken to a painting by a mature and accom-
On March 2, after The Islander deadline, AGAMI
was scheduled to hold its 20th anniversary at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes
The party, catered by Cafe on the Beach, was
to include a dinner, a cake for AGAMI's 20 years
of achievement, a cake for founding member Gen-
evieve Alban's 90th birthday, a number of tributes
from founders and members and the reading of three
poems penned for AGAMI's 10th, 15th and 20th
AGAMI is headquartered at 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, where the non-profit operates the
Guild Gallery, a place for member artists to show-
case their paintings, sketches, photographs, jewelry,
pottery and sculptures, and a site for artists to conduct
demonstrations and teach classes.
The gallery, founded by Bud Coate, opened in Febru-
ary 1990, a year after the organization's birth at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center in February 1989.
Alban, Howard Adams, Jessie Barrett, Shirley
Butterfield, Ruth Burkhead, Woody Candish, Gloria
Hall, Inez Hansen, Mercedes Thornburg and Carl
Voyles founded AGAMI.
Bob Brown, Kay and Ed Ghidoni, Ruth Elliot,
Marilyn Grenzebach, Louise Harris, Marion Hoy,
Jewel Lyon, Jeanne and Burrell Maschek, Fran
Miller, Julie Claudel Stewart, Jon Thornburg, Joan
Voyles, Helen Webb and Doug Wolfe served as char-
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, now
20 years old, is seeking members artists and
supporters of the arts.
Dues range from $35 per person annually to
a lifetime membership of $1,000.
For more information, call the Guild Gal-
lery at 941-778-6694 or visit the gallery at 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island holds a sale outside its gallery in Holmes Beach. The sales help
raise money for the organization, as well as help artist members find customers and get to know them.
Some founders and charter members have died
and some have moved away, but a number planned
to attend the 20th anniversary celebration, including
Joan Voyles, AGAMI's president.
"It is time to just celebrate and acknowledge the
role of the arts on the Island," Voyles said in an inter-
view last week.
She remembers the group's beginning: "It was
felt that there were a lot of artists and no way to find
AGAMI's mission in those early days was to
introduce artists to one another for the social and
educational benefits, recognize talent, foster interest
in local artists, hold exhibits and encourage friends
and patrons of the arts.
"Supporting arts in the schools has been a key
part from the very first," Voyles said of AGAMI's
educational outreach, which involves taking Anna
Maria Elementary School students to the Ringling
Museum in Sarasota each year, awarding scholar-
ships and honoring students each month.
Soon after its formation, AGAMI held the first
juried art show on the Island at the now-defunct Pete
Reynard's Restaurant, and also held an early fine arts
and crafts festival in the field near Holmes Beach City
The gallery opened in 1990. Coates had rented a
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asked to share the space. Coate, according to Voyles,
said OK, as long as the cost is shared too.
When the space at 5414 Marina Drive became
open, AGAMI moved in. "The guild picked up that
vision Bud had," Voyles said.
At the time, the Island did not have the volume
of galleries and art boutiques that exist now.
The Island also did not have the abundance of
art groups that now exist, nor the unity that can be
witnessed in the Cultural Connections, a coalition of
AGAMI, Studio at Gulf and Pine, Island Gallery West,
Anna Maria Island Art League, Gulf Coast Writers,
Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra,
Anna Maria Island Historical Society, Manatee County
Arts Council, Off-Stage Ladies Auxiliary and the Island
Players, the oldest arts group on the Island.
Cultural Connections representatives met Feb.
26 at the Studio in Anna Maria to discuss the role art
groups play in creating a sense of community and the
economic importance of the arts.
"Together we have an economic impact on the
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Commission adopts comp plan amendments
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach City Commission Feb. 24 unan-
imously approved an ordinance adopting the evaluation
and appraisal report of the city's comprehensive plan.
The commission made no changes last week
before holding a second and final reading of the ordi-
nance and moving to adopt the measure.
The adoption of the EAR amendments impacts
most sections of the comp plan, including the future
land-use map, transportation, housing, infrastructure,
coastal management, conservation, recreation, intergov-
ernmental coordination and capital improvements.
In the final weeks of the process, the commission
made some slight modifications to the EAR amendments,
including adding language that encourages the continued
support of the Island trolley and states that the city will
create guidelines for the development of "green" buildings
and adopt exterior lighting standards to minimize light pol-
lution and reduce ce ni i. \ consumption.
The commission, following the recommendation
of city planning consultant Bill Brisson, also modi-
fied its five-year schedule of capital improvements,
which consists of work planned on roads and storm-
Another change in the final weeks of the adoption
process was the addition of a coastal high-hazard area
map, which covers the entire city, and the addition of
Key Royale Drive as an evacuation route.
The commission let stand a provision that
restricts rentals in single-family residential areas -
R-1 zones. The provision limits rentals to no less than
30 days in the R-1 areas, which some business people
sought to cut to a week.
The commission held two meetings to discuss
the issue before deciding to leave the 30-day restric-
Before voting on the EAR amendments Feb. 24,
the commission held a public hearing, but only Bris-
In other business last week, the commission:
Reappointed Dan Hardy and Sean Murphy to
the police retirement board.
Appointed Jerry West as an alternate to the
parks and beautification committee.
Appointed Blair Schlossberg to the board of
Authorized the mayor to write a letter to county
commissioners restating Holmes Beach's interest in
annexing the Kingfish Boat Ramp area at the foot of
the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
The city wants to annex the property and police
the area but wants the county to continue to operate
and maintain the boat ramp.
Agreed to look into becoming a state-designated
Community for a Lifetime, a distinction that Anna
Maria and Bradenton Beach have received in the past
The state initiative promotes efforts to make
communities more livable for aging residents.
The commission's next meeting will take place
at 7 p.m. March 10 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
The commission will not meet on March 24 because
some commissioners and Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
will be in Tallahassee to lobby.
Longboat church launches building program
The congregation of Christ Church of Longboat Christ Church began in 2005 on Longboat Key,
Key voted Feb. 15 to begin a with about 50 people gathering
fund drive for a $5.6 million IP ..i on Sundays at the Bayfront Park
building program. / A Recreational Center.
The fund drive, Just Imag- In 2006, the church relo-
ine, was to begin March 1, but L i ill F11 cated to the Mediterranean Plaza
already more than $3 million on Bay Isles Road, where it is
has been donated or pledged to ( now.
the project, according to a news t _.e .I.t The church, now affiliated
release. .with the Presbyterian Church
The congregation vote fol- CHRIT CURC OFLONBOA KEH USA, has grown over the years
lowed a hearing on reports and in membership, clubs and com-
recommendations from the church governing body, mittees and space needs, according to the release.
building committee and architect John S. Dickson of Attendance at Sunday service is now more
Leesburg. than 200 people, said the Rev. Bruce W. Porter, the
The congregation plans to build the new church church's pastor.
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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 Learning
Einstein Circle meets at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
1:15p.m.- Julie Howell, president of Peppertree Press, presents "From
Manuscriptto Masterpiece" atthe Gulf Coast Witers meeting atthe Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
2 p.m. The Lord's Warehouse "We're Going Green" Fashion
Show at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 941-387-0202. Fee applies.
Friday, March 6
9:30 a.m. "Aging in Paradise" lecture at the Longboat Island
Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information;
7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Community Center theater production
of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Saturday, March 7
8 a.m. to 3p.m. Privateers Thieves' Market at Coquina Beach in
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-323-4075.
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a break-
fast meeting with guest speaker Ron Hall, American Foreign Service
Assn., former ambassador to Bulgaria, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.
10 a.m. to noon Nancy McClure Law demonstrates painting on
wood techniques at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Historical Society Heritage
Day celebration at its museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Longboat Key Garden Club Annual Home
Tour begins at 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information:
941-383-1406. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. "Quick and Easy" cooking demonstration by Pete
Barreda at the Bridge Street Market on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
6 to 10 p.m. Bring your best pie recipe or come judge and taste
at Art Night at the old post office courtyard, 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Sunday, March 8
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
Tuesday, March 10
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Journalist James McCartney will speak at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Wednesday, March 11
11:30 a.m. -Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players lunch
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The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W, Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Thursday at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo atAnnie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., Teen Group by gender for ages 11-17
meets 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-
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 with Jasmine
Bowman near the Pine Avenue public beach access. Information:
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., downtown Bradenton Farm-
er's Market along Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9552 or
March 15, St. Patrick's Day Island parade.
March 17, St. Patrick's Day Breakfast sponsored by The Islander
at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach.
March 18, Friends appreciation event for Father Ronald Joseph
at the Sandbar Restaurant.
Save the date
March 21, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
March 27, For Art's Sake sponsored by The Islander.
March 28, Desoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta on the
Palma Sola Causeway.
*April, month-long Manatee Jazz Festival.
*April 3-5, Seafood Festival downtown Bradenton.
April 4, Anna Maria Island Community Center Affair to Remem-
April 12, Kiwanis sponsored Easter sunrise service Manatee
County Public Beach.
April 18, Anna Maria Island Community Center Talent Show.
Off-Island Arts & Events:
Thursday, March 5
Noon Island organist Carl Parks performs at Christ Church, 4030
Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-448-4820.
7p.m. Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival presents
"Stone Pastures" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Braden-
ton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
8 p.m. Manatee Community College jazz ensemble performance
in the Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W, Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.
Friday, March 6
Noon to 9 p.m. Yoko Ono presents "In My Life" the artwork of
John Lennon in the park at St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota. Information:
888-ART-1969. Proceeds benefit Take Stock in Children.
6 p.m. Mary Coolidge will sign her book "Sideways in Sara-
sota: Collected Columns from M.C. Coolidge, aka Reality Chick" at
The Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
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A retrospective on Riia Cade's work will be on
display March 6-28 at the Arts Council of Manatee
County Gallery, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton. Cade
was a founder of the city's Village of the Arts. Pic-
tured is Cade's "Toucan and Friends." For more
information, call the gallery at 941-746-2223.
6 to 9 p.m. Opening night reception for "A Retrospective of Ruth
Cade's Art and Life" at the Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery, 926
12th St. W., Bradenton, through March 28. Information: 941-746-2223.
8 p.m. Open mic night at the Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave.
W, Bradenton. Information: 941-750-9141.
Saturday, March 7
9 a.m. to noon Bay Wise kayak tour from Turtle Beach Park to Jim
Neville Marine Preserve. Space is limited to 15 participants. Information:
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program offices, 941-955-8085.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ruth Fishell will sign her book "Peace in Our
Hearts; Peace in the World" at the Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave. W,
Bradenton. Information: 941-750-9141.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Veterans' Tribute Car and Motorcycle Show at
the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000 75th St. W, Bradenton.
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Yoko Ono presents "In My Life" the artwork of
John Lennon in the park at St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota. Information:
888-ART-1969. Proceeds benefit Take Stock in Children.
8 p.m. Studio 84 Productions presents Steve Carroll in "The
Lone Eagle" at the David V and Anne S. Studio Theatre, located off 60th
Avenue West and 26th Street, Manatee Community College, Bradenton.
Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.
Sunday, March 8
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yoko Ono presents "In My Life" the artwork of
John Lennon in the park at St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota. Information:
888-ART-1969. Proceeds benefit Take Stock in Children.
7p.m. Bright House Networks Bright Stars Senior Talent Show
"The Reunion Show" at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Braden-
ton. Box Office: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
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St. Patrick's Day tickets on sale now
Tickets for the St. Patrick's Day Irish Breakfast at
the Moose Lodge are on sale, priced at $8 each, and
can be purchased at The Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, and at Sato Real Estate, 519
Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The annual breakfast, sponsored by The Islander,
will feature the naming of the Irishman or Irishwoman
of the year, Irish tunes, Irish tales and Irish dance.
The Anna Maria Island Ceili Dancers will per-
form, along with some special guests, including
vocalist Gene Doolan of St. Joseph, Mo., affection-
ately known as Missouri's Irish Leprechaun. Doolan
is a retired insurance agent who has served on the St.
Joseph park board and is a member of the St. Francis
Xavier parish there. He says he's 100 percent Irish,
including graduating from St. Patrick grade school,
and loves to talk about his Irish heritage.
Another special guest will be Bob Slater, former
newspaper reporter and editor and a retired utility
executive. He, too, is a member of St. Francis Xavier
Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information:
941-795-0482. Fee applies.
8p.m. Manatee Community College Chamber, Concert, Gospel
and High School Honor Choirs perform in the Neel Performing Arts Center,
5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.
Ongoing Off-Island Theatre:
"Damn Yankees" at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main
St., Bradenton, through March 15. Box office: 941-748-5875. Fee
"Hula-Hoop Sha-Boop" at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm
Ave., Sarasota, through March 21. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee
"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., Sarasota,
through March 29. Box office: 941-366-8450. Fee applies.
"Boleros for the Disenchanted" at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241
N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, through April 3. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee
"Inventing Van Gogh" at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
through April 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"The Winter's Tale" at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
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to share a few Irish stories.
Proceeds will go to Our Daily Bread, a volunteer
organization that helps the homeless.
The celebrating will begin at on St. Patrick's Day
at 9:30 a.m. (need we say, Tuesday, March 17), at the
lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Because parking is sure to be a problem, those
attending should "ride the free green trolley" that will be
running up and down Gulf Drive on that special day.
In keeping with the tradition established by the
late Don Maloney, who initiated the Irish Breakfast,
a new Irishman or Irishwoman will be crowned and
maintain their title for a year.
Past winners, to honor the day and, according to
Maloney, the "Irish in all of us," include John Cor-
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Bob LoPiccolo, Sam McDowell, Sean Murphy, the
Anna Maria Island Privateers, and, finally, last year,
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Ah, a toxic web we could or not weave for dinner
A local wag used to wax eloquent on what to eat
or not, depending on which advisory was du jour.
Drink wine! It's good for your heart!
Don't drink wine! It's bad for your liver!
Eat meat! Meat protein is good to reduce your
Don't eat meat! Meat protein is bad for your
Don't pay any attention to advisories! They just
make you gasp!
Balance seems to be the key to good health.
Here's the first and likely the last Sandscript advisory
on good, healthy living: Don't eat or drink too much
of any one thing, exercise at will, avoid doing bad
things to your body, and your body will thank you
by keeping doing what's it's supposed to be doing by
With that last bit of non-literary advice in mind,
here are some missives to absorb from the experts on
food and drugs.
Mercury is more than just that pretty liquid metal
found in thermometers. Through atmospheric deposi-
tion, mercury ends up in the oceans of the world. The
heavy metal is found in miniscule parts of little fish.
Bigger fish eat the little fish, accruing more mercury
in their systems. Bigger big fish eat moderately big
fish, and so on. At the top of the food chain, we eat the
biggest of the big fish and reap the bounty of mercury,
which is a poison that can cause serious human health
The flip side of all the mercury and fish matter
is that our finny friends also contain omega-3 fatty
acids, which is the good-stuff according to the latest
Eat fish = good. Eat fish = mercury, which =
So how much is too much mercury?
Hold on for some fed-speak.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, "women and young children in particular
should include fish or shellfish in their diets due to
the many nutritional benefits. However, nearly all
fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. For most
people, the risk from mercury resulting from eating
fish and shellfish is not a health concern. Yet, some
fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury
that may harm an unborn baby or young child's
developing nervous system."
So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
advises us to not eat "shark, swordfish, king mackerel
or tilefish" because of high mercury levels found in
the flesh of those fish.
"Do eat up to 12 ounces of fish and shellfish per
By Paul Roat
week that is lower in mercury, such as shrimp, canned
light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish. Another com-
monly eaten fish, albacore ('white') tuna, has more
mercury than canned light tuna," according to the
FDA/EPA. "So, when choosing your two meals of
fish and shellfish, you may eat up to 6 ounces of
albacore tuna per week."
Oh, and the feds say to "check local advisories
about the safety of fish caught by family and friends
in your local lakes, rivers and coastal areas. If no
advice is available, eat up to 6 ounces per week of
fish you catch from local waters, but don't consume
any other fish during that week."
Let's hope that you, too, have reached the "huh?"
zone by all that advise.
To reiterate Sandscript food advice: Don't eat or
drink too much of any one thing to maintain a healthy
New fish scare
Ciguatera is one of those nasty fish diseases that
is apparently striking more and more seafood con-
Not here, of course. Restaurant owners, fish
house operators and charter captains in our region
have reported no cases of any disease from their prod-
ucts, nor have any local consumers.
And ciguatera is rarely fatal, although those who
come down with it often wish for death, what with the
Smitin.ilI diarrhea, dizziness and extremity tingling.
Think massive food poisoning here for the unfortu-
nate few who succumb to the mysterious ailment.
Ciguatera can be found in a bunch of local fish
- barracuda, grouper, kingfish, jacks, snapper, hog-
fish and some Spanish mackerel but has not been
reported anywhere close to Anna Maria Island.
And the poisoning is quickly cured if quickly
The problem with the toxin is that most sufferers
figure they've come down with food poisoning and
expect it to go away given a few miserable days.
Sometimes that's true. Unfortunately for some
folks living in northern Gulf of Mexico states, it may
take months before ciguatera says sayonara.
According to MSNBC reports, a Texas woman
had some broiled grouper at a fish restaurant last
summer. It was great. Then something happened.
She's just now feeling better, and only after what
was pretty much a Google-based self-diagnosis of
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Ciguatera "afflicts at least 50,000 people a
year worldwide and the real number may be
100 times that many," according to news reports.
"While ciguatera fish poisoning is largely
unknown in most of the United States, several
recent cases have attracted growing concern.
They hope a greater awareness will help alert
consumers and doctors and improve treatment of
the incurable illness caused by coral algae toxins
that accumulate in large tropical reef fish."
Remember that "large tropical reef fish" trans-
lates into grouper and snapper and amberjack in our
"Ciguatera fish poisoning often is missed, even
though it is the most common seafood-toxin illness
reported in the world, said Richard Weisman, a toxi-
cologist and director of the Florida Poison Informa-
tion Center. 'If you go to the Caribbean Islands, you
can't find anybody who hasn't had it,'" MSNBC
The news service added that "several unspecified
outbreaks of ciguatera linked to grouper and amber-
jack compelled the U.S. Food and Drug Adminis-
tration to expand guidelines warning about the risk
of ciguatera in fish caught in the northern Gulf of
Mexico last year."
Ciguatera poisoning is something of a stealth
illness, according to a Miami neuropsychologist -
whatever that is who said, "You can't tell from
the way it looks. You can't tell from the way it tastes.
There's nothing you can do in terms of storage.
There's nothing you can do in terms of cooking."
Data collection for the disease is all over the
spectrum. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention have honed their estimates of ciguatera
poisoning, based on actual number of 16 outbreaks
affecting 73 people in 2006, to an estimate of 2 per-
cent to 10 percent of those affected actually 1< ',in,'
As with all things scientific and unexplained,
more studies are under way.
Not unexplained is the cause of the disease,
which is a red tide-like toxin. Why the disease is
becoming more prevalent is, of course, postulated to
have something to do with climate change and global
"Some scientists believe that ciguatera is moving
north as ocean waters warm," MSNBC reports, "and
that increased numbers of hurricanes and tropical
storms may cause disturbances in coral reefs that
make them more hospitable to the toxic algae."
Mercury in tuna fish. Disease in grouper sand-
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Pompano thick in Longboat Pass, big trout in bays
By Paul Roat
Pompano are one of the tastiest fish found in our
waters, and both fish and fishers are lined up in Long-
boat Pass to put dinner in the pan.
Trout action also is excellent now in the back-
water, especially Sarasota Bay. Snook season opened
March 1 and there are good reports of redfish coming
from the waters under docks in Anna Maria Sound.
Offshore amberjack fishing is great, with fish
in the 30-inch size range common. There's also a
few scattered reports of Spanish mackerel and lots
of mangrove snapper.
Sheepshead also are pretty much everywhere
there is structure both in the bays and off the near-
shore reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, with shrimp being
the best bait for a good catch.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Fishing
Charters said he's putting his charters on "some
fantastic catches of some very big sheepshead to 8
pounds, with 'throwback' sheepies to 3 pounds. He
said this winter has been his best for big sheepshead in
recent memory." He took Islander Doug Terry, "Pier
Regular" Capt. Tony, Gingerbread Fred and son Ian
out one day last week and brought home 16 sheep-
shead, with some weighing up to 8 pounds. "Redfish
also have been chewing in their winter spots," he
added, "with some nice keepers being caught." He's
also catching speckled trout and pompano from the
deeper seagrass beds, with yellow jigs tipped with
small pieces of shrimp working best as bait.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said the big fish-
ing news is pompano at Longboat Pass. "The pompano
bite is still kicking," he said, "and they're lined up in
the pass. Best action is coming from pompano jigs in
either yellow or pink." He took a trip through Sarasota
Bay last week and caught a mess of trout, some up to
24 inches in length. Jigs again were the best way to get
the big trout to the boat. Redfish are around some of the
docks in the bay, and he's finding them to be bunched
up. Sheepshead are thick off the nearshore reefs, with
shrimp being the best bait. Farther offshore in the Gulf,
Chris Bivens, from Grand Rapids, Mich., pictured,
with Dan Kamphuis and Tod Petty caught big
sheepshead and mangrove snapper while fishing
with Capt. Zach Zacharias.
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hitting on crippled herring lures. He said he's also hear-
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in the season, but the fish are out there and perhaps a
harbinger of some good kingfish action to come.
Rocky at the Rod & Reel Pier said there are
some small bonnethead sharks coming onto the deck,
as well as lots of sheepshead.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier
said sheepies are the best catch right now, with some
striped fish stretching to 12 inches or more.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said his week started out "cold,
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Sarah Howard shows off a snook she caught last
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very big sow sheepshead that went up to 8 pounds, plus
mangrove snapper to 18 inches, numerous catch-and-
release red and gag grouper, and some of the largest Key
West grunts I have ever seen so close to the beaches."
The weekend's moderate cold front should provide
some "two steps forward, one step back" action, Capt.
Zach warned, "but things should start to bust wide open
right on schedule with the spring equinox just a few
weeks away. There is no better time of the year when
your biggest problem is deciding what type of fishing
you want to target any given day."
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
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By Kevin Cassidy
Maddy Valadie and Jacqueline Bur-
gess play on the Manatee Magic U12 girls
soccer team, which competed in prelimi-
nary rounds of the Florida Youth Soccer
Association Region C Cup Feb. 20-21.
The girls played Island Coast Alliance,
New Tampa and Gulf Coast and won all
three games by a combined score of 4-0.
They managed to win their group, which
advances the Magic girls team to the round
of 16. The games were to continue in Land
O'Lakes Feb. 28 and March 1.
Results of the weekend matches were
not available at press time for The Islander,
but check here next week on their progress
to the top.
Another Manatee Magic team with
Island ties is the U11 girls, which also won
their group. Former Islander and daugh-
ter of this sportswriter, Gillian Cassidy
is a member of the U 11 Magic team that
defeated Naples 2-0, Largo United 3-0
and Hudson 4-0 to win their group and
advance to Land O' Lakes.
The Magic girls look to be in good
shape to advance to the final 8 after defeat-
ing Palm Harbor 1-0 and Braden River 2-0
on Feb. 28.
Little League Family Fun Day
The 2009 Anna Maria Island Little
League baseball season gets under way at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center
on Saturday, March 7. The family fun gets
started at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m.
All ages are invited to Family Fun Day,
which officially kicks off the baseball
season on AMI. All proceeds benefiting
the Anna Maria Island Little League.
AMILL is promising some exciting
activities, including a huge slide, bounce
house, basketball jam and face painting,
as well as hot dogs, hamburgers and more.
There will be mini-games played all day
long on the baseball field at the Center.
This year, AMILL has approximately
100 children ages 5-15 competing in sev-
eral age divisions on nine Island teams.
Several of the teams will compete
solely on the Island against their Island
friends, while teams such as Holmes Beach
Maddy Valadie, center, and Jacqueline Burgess, right, play on the Manatee Magic U12 girls
soccer team. Pictured with them is Lexi Moore, left, who plays for Citrus United. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Kyra Valadie.
Ace Hardware in the minors, West Coast Surf
Shop in the majors and The Islanders in the
junior league division will compete against
teams from across the bridge.
For more information and AMILL game
schedules contact Bob Vita at 941-224-0557,
or by e-mail at Rvita@tampabay.rr.com.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played a low-
net-of-partners game on Feb. 25 and the team
of Gino DiClemente and Greg Shorten came
out with biu l in rights for the day after card-
ing a 1-over-par 129. That was two shots better
than the 131 earned by Bob Sayles and Boy
Lamp, who finished in second place. Third
place saw a trio of teams card a 234, includ-
ing John Sagert and Bob Landgren, Dan Hayes
and Bill Gallagher and Lou Winegarden and
The women of the Key Royale Club played
a combination low-net and low-gross game on
Feb. 24. Flight AA saw Judy Squire card a 32
to edge second-place finisher Joy Phelan by
one stroke, while Flight A had Lois Biel and
Joyce Brown tying for first place with even-par
32s. Flight B winner was Sue Wheeler, who
carded a 35 to edge second-place finishers Sue
Christensen and Terry Westby, who both had
36. Margie Jacob and Mary P Miller tied for
There will be plenty of action at Anna Maria Island Little League Family Fun Day at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center Saturday, March 7. The blue monster is a can't
first in Flight C with a pair of 34s, while Erma
McMullen won Flight D with a 37.
Low gross winners for the day were Jean
Holmes, Sandi Tocco and Judy Crowe, who
all carded 41s to easily finish in a tie for first.
Second place went to Margrit Layh and Mer-
edith Slavin with 46, while Roxanne Koche
came in third with a 48.
Joy Phelan birdied number one, while
Roswitha Fowler and Margrit Layh each had
chipins on the day.
The Key Royale Club men played a nine-
hole, low-net-of-partners game on Feb. 23 with
Tom Warda and Jim Helgeson, earning first
place with a 2-under-par 62. That was one shot
better than the 63 carded by Dick Grimme and
John Driscoll. Jim Auch and John Lindwall
matched the 65 carded by Blake Graham and
Charlie Knopp to share third place.
The ladies teamed up with the men on
Feb. 20 for a best-ball-of-foursome match.
First place went to the team of Frankie Smith-
Williams, Joyce Brown, John Driscoll and
Peter Proxy with an impressive 10-under-par
22. Second place went to Marian Mulroy, Oam
Alvord, Gordon McKinna and Jerry Brown.
Mulroy and Joyce Brown both managed
chipins on the day.
Five teams managed the prerequisite
three victories during Feb. 28 horseshoe
action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Sam Samuels and Leo Hutton grabbed the
first-round bye, while Steve Grossman and
Adin Shank defeated John Johnson and Dean
Rowe 22-17. Jerry Disbrow and Jim Dur-
rough rolled past Debbie Rhodes and Hank
Huyghe 21-12. They drew straws again to
see who earned a bye into the finals, which
turned out to be Shank and Grossman. Sam-
uels-Hutton earned a spot in the finals by
defeating Disbrow- Durrough 22-7.
The Feb. 25 games again had five teams
emerge from pool play. Samuels, a walking
team of one drew the bye and watched as
Shank and Rowe edged John Crawford and
Bob Brown 21-16. Art Kingstead and Bob Lee
doubled up on Durrough and Bruce Munroe
21-10. Shank and Rowe drew the bye into the
finals and got to watch as Samuels walked past
Kingstad and Lee by a 21-17 score. The finals
saw Samuels open play with a six-pack on
the way to an easy 21-8 victory over Shank-
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. fol-
lowed by random team selection. There is no
charge to play and everyone is welcome.
By Rick Catlin
Back Alley on
Back Alley at 121 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach, will open its doors
Friday, March 6, and feature artwork
and handmade gifts, all by local art-
Co-owners Jo Ann Meilner, Ines
Norman, Kelly Burdette and Amy
Talucci have been hard at work this
week getting the shop and the goods
"We' re going to highlight art by
local artists and handmade gifts made
from recycled materials. We won't
have anything made in China," said
Jo Ann with a laugh.
"We' 11 also feature funky collect-
ibles and lots of interesting, original
items," she added.
Following the soft opening on
March 6, there will be a grand open-
ing on Friday, March 13, Jo Ann said.
"We' re inviting everyone to come
out and help us celebrate. It's going to
be a fun time," Jo Ann promised.
Back Alley will be open every day
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m.
on Friday and Saturday nights.
For more Back Alley information,
M. Kesten Apparel for Men and
the South Porch, both located at 6773
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, will hold
a grand reopening from 4 p.m. to 8
p.m., Thursday, March 5.
As part of the celebration and
throughout March, participants will
be able to register for a $1,000 shop-
ping spree for menswear at M. Kesten
and for women' s fashions at the South
Owner Murray Kesten, in busi-
ness for 30 years, was forced to close
the business for the past few months
following a Nov. 10 fire that wiped out
Tim Pfister is the new general man-
ager at Midas Auto Service at 6712
Manatee Ave. W. Tim recently moved
from Brandon to the Bradenton area
for his new assignment. To reach Tim,
call 941-794-9080. Islander Photo:
his entire fall and winter inventory, he
'The fire was devastating, but we
are ready to rise from the ashes and
look forward to a new chapter in our
company's history," Murray said.
He took time to credit his wife,
Carol, along with staff members Bill
Irwin, Cheryl Johnston, Diane Madden,
Sallie Eversole, Pam DeGrucy and Joe
Myers for their dedication during the
remodeling and refurbishing process.
Murray said he never considered
not reopening the store.
"We' ve been told time and time
again that stores like ours are an endan-
gered species, soon to be driven away
by outlets and big box stores. But we
firmly believe that we can thrive as
a local, small business if we provide
excellent service, quality name brand
merchandise and exceptional value for
money, while focusing on our commu-
nity," Murray said.
The public is invited to attend the
celebration, which begins with a kick-
off party at 4 p.m.
During March, clients will be able
to register for the $1,000 shopping
sprees at the store.
For more information, call
941-792-5334, or go to the company
Web site at www.kestenapparel.com.
is a 80-year catch
Island Discount Tackle at 5503
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach is cel-
ebrating its 20th anniversary on Anna
Owners Bill and Jennifer
Lowman are Island residents and
they' ve thoroughly enjoyed their 20
years of selling bait, rods, reels, tackle
and marine supplies to residents and
In fact, they and their family have
enjoyed the Island and the fishing busi-
ness so much that sons Aaron and Greg
are now involved in the operation of
Island Discount Tackle moved sev-
eral years ago from Gulf Drive in Bra-
denton Beach to its present waterfront
location at Catchers Marina.
Store hours are from 7 a.m. to 6
Jo Ann Meilner,
bottom, and Ines
Norman, top, are
preparing for the
opening of their
new store, Back
Alley, on Bridge
Street in Braden-
ton Beach. Kelly
Burdette and Amy
daughter, are also
partners. A soft
opening is planned
on March 6, with a
grand opening set
for March 13. Back
the works of local
gifts from recycled
p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on
Saturday, and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4
For further information on Island
Discount Tackle, call 779-2838.
The telephone number for Sea-
breeze Insurance at 313 58th St. N.
in Holmes Beach is 941-518-8928.
The number was inadvertently omit-
ted from last week's story about the
opening of the agency.
Laurie Higgins recently opened
Seabreeze Insurance, which special-
izes in health and life insurance and
Medicare along with Medicare supple-
Seabreeze agents have more than
32 years combined experience in the
health insurance field, Laurie said.
Solar Direct Inc. will hold a public
meeting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday,
March 11, at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center to introduce the
benefits of investing in solar c n .ly. I
Rex James, the company's vice-
president of market development, will
make the presentation.
A company press release said they
have solar projects on 65th Street, 69th
Street, Key Royale Drive and, in the
near future, at Beach Bums on Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria.
For more information, call
Wagner Realty president David
Eckel said the company has had a
booming business in property sales
the past two months and said the trend
shows that "it is evident that buyers
are finally making offers and sellers are
accepting them. With prices so low and
interest rates more affordable than in
years, it is definitely time to buy."
While other companies have elimi-
nated or cut back on advertising, "We
have continued to advertise," Eckel
"People like to do business with
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a local companies and that has helped
us remain number one in the public's
mind year after year," he said.
Wagner Realty has offices at 1801
Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, at
5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Long-
boat Key and on Manatee Avenue West
in Bradenton, among other locations.
Wagner Realty, with offices on
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key,
has named Jennifer Summeralls as its
top sales agent on Anna Maria Island
Summeralls also garnered the
top listing agent award for the Island,
while Dorothy Cook took the honor at
Wagner's Longboat Key office.
For more information on Wagner
Realty, call 941-727-2800 or visit the
company Web site at www.wagnerre-
Got a new business going up in Anna
Maria Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, west
Bradenton or Longboat Key? How
about a new product or service, an
anniversary, a new hire, or an award-
winning staff member? Call Island
Biz at 941-778-7978, fax your news to
866-362-9821, or e-mail us at news@
Featured sale: This Bradenton Beach
Club condo in Bradenton Beach sold
in March 2008for $399,000 and in
February 2009for $375,000 for a
decrease of 6 percent in 11 months.
The cost per square foot is $224.
Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
Island real estate
6826 Gulf Drive, Unit 6826,
West Winds of Holmes Beach,
Holmes Beach, a 1,281 sfla / 1,457
sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1977 was sold 02/02/09,
Wenckus to Andrews for $480,000.
400 74th St., Unit 400, Casa Del
Mare, Holmes Beach, a 1,967 sfla
S2,923 sfur 3bed /2/2bath/2car land
condo with pool built in 2005 was
sold turnkey furnished 02/09/09,
Mills to Robinson for $450,000; list
231 17th St. N., Unit 6, Bradenton
Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,676
sfla / 2,110 sfur 3bed /22bath/2car
condo with shared pool built in 2005
was sold 02/13/09, Gordon to Medeiros
for $375,000; list $434,900.
267 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a
1,342 sfla / 1,878 sfur 2bed/2bath canal-
front home built in 1965 on a 74x103
lot was sold 02/12/09, Gasper to Hot-
tell for $350,000; list $385,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can
be reached at 941-778-7244. Current
Island real estate transactions may
also be viewed online at www.islander.
org. Copyright 2009
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RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Size 14. Professionally cleaned and
preserved. $125 or best offer. 941-794-2312.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Satur-
day. Clothing sales. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
ANNUAL FLEA MARKET: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,
March 7. Baked goods, clothing, jewelry, linens,
tools, books, white elephants, furniture. Mt. Vernon
Clubhouse, 4701 Independence Drive, south off
SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8.
Antiques, collectibles, books, jewelry and much,
much more. 213 83rd St., Holmes Beach.
HUGE SALE: 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7. Furniture,
big men's clothing, women's medical uniforms,
golf, household. 6700 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
ANTIQUE AND ART Fair: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday, March 7-8. Treasures, antiques,
art, jewelry, organic produce, exotic orchids,
fun and funky stuff for all. For information, call
941-383-1901. 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, coffee mugs, treasures and junk.
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.
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES. Brown with
polka dots. Found near Waterfront restaurant. Can
be claimed at The Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: 8x1 1 BLACK daily planner for 2009. Please
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@
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-
email@example.com, and include a phone number
and home town.
VL REALTOR. RESULTS
34 Years ofProfessional Service
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 1700 SF floorplan, 2BR/2BA, enclosed
lanai, carport, great condition. Fantastic price of $130,000.
CAMBRIDGE VILLAGE WEST 2BR/2BA, garage. Excellent
move-in condition. $165,900.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA, clubhouse,
pool, tennis. $115,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. S1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA byview, pool, boatdock,
$2,900/mo. Season .
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
UNIQUE 3BR/2BA home in quaint ROR district.
Potential for any small business. Beautiful location
for a quiet lifestyle. $799,900.
CUSTOM 3BR/2BA with more than 3400 SF
living area. Meticulous in detail, attractive Florida-
design furnishings included. Spacious decks. 450
feet to choice Anna Maria beach. REDUCED!
"We ARE the Isllnd!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
BEAUTIFUL CHOCOLATE-POINT Siamese
female cat needs loving home. Seven years old,
spayed. Call 941-776-3984.
FREE CHIHUAHUA! FIVE-pound, year old male.
AKC, tan. Not for small children. Handsome, play-
ful, loving lapdog. 941-778-1810.
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.
G uCffBy aty ofAnna aria Inc.
Jesse Brisson SBromrAssociate, GJ
Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900
Make an offer! Gulfview 2bed/2bath condo in 55+
community with pool. Totally redone exterior! Views
of the Gulf in a great location close to everything the
Island has to offer. Turnkey Furnished. Come see for
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
DON'T MISS THIS ISLAND GETAWAY
Wonderful 2BR/2BA, 1 block to beach
in Holmes Beach. Property is turnkey
furnished and is a successful vacation rental.
PERICO BAY CLUB
OPEN HOUSE 1-4PM SUNDAY
3BR/2BA bright end unit. Enclosed lanai,
Corian counter tops, tile floors. Priced lower
than smaller 2BR condos. Call Robert at
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1987 MERCEDES 560 SL convertible. Two tops.
103,000 miles, clean car. $8,900. 410-808-3282.
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 RENT: DEEP-WATER boat slip. North end,
Anna Maria. Gulf access. 941-794-8877.
BOAT LIFT FOR rent. Bimini Bay, 10,000 lb.,
deep-water, no bridges, water, electric. $300/
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.
PRIVATE DUTY NURSES: Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Six-hour morning
shifts available. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Travel opportunity.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant,
etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty,
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $180,000 plus inventory. Longview
COMMERCIAL OFFICES: FROM $250/month,
includes utilities. Different sizes to fit your budget,
from small office to 1,600 sf. Ideal for accounting,
attorney or office away from home. 941-746-8666.
5382 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLANDTEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals ourspecialty. pinesolpatty@
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The Islander
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy Established in 1983
awn Celebrating 25 Years of
e'r fi IQuality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
77841345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
F Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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We Come To You Full Warranty
Power LocksD Win s
Trunks Door Handles 941 -780- 1&735
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":'L :-.GES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, CN':i
r: .:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima: -.
Call Dan, 941-713-3108
S, Affordable Handyman
Tim Hyland Island Resident
Insured Guaranteed wok Free Estimates
AMERICAN ALLSTAR TREE SERVICES INC
Tree remove trimming demossing palms trimmed bucket
truck bobcat service debris remove hauling landclearing
landscaping sod brush hogging
free estimates licensed & insured
locally owned & operated
941- 807- 5743
New Kitchens Shutters Room Additions
New Home Construction
Weatherside, LLC *Ted H. Geeraerts
Avalos Flooring and Painting
Hardwood Laminate Tile
Installation and repair Sanding and refinishing Painting-interior/exterior
Free estimates Serving Manatee Co. since 1979
PLUMBING ... 1
24-hour Emergency Service
Sewer & Drain Cleaning
Fl. Lic. #CFC1427803
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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.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
MOBILE MASSAGE THERAPIST: Swedish deep-
tissue, reflexology. Best rates in the business. FL
license #MA-43081. 941-623-2298.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell: 941-592-8684.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Logos, brochures, brand identity. Web
design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call Jon at Smash-
cat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
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Water Conservation Specialist
Call Dave or Jay
Landscape Visions 941-524-4183 *941-465-3942
wMaingyourvisionsourpassion" Licensed and Insured
Protect your home When you're not here
Log on: ProtectionPropertyWatch.com
Call Jon Kent at 941-920-0832
Read and write reviews
of local businesses!
SJlRDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
S\ Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
Ir Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
m References available 941-720-7519
Natures Design Landscaping '
Tropical Landscape Specialist
941-729-9381 Design & tial :.l.ijll
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OSBORNE ENT TREE TRIMMING &REMOVAL
STUMP GRINDING starting at $39
insured for your protection
free estimates & seniors discount
25 yrs exp. Call Bill today 941-296-5971
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UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience. Gift boutique, nail prod-
ucts, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appoint-
ment. Now offering in-home pedicure services.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
mulching, plantings, shell and more. Great mainte-
nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118.
941-778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
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?
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MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Complete
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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.
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connections, tile/carpet, 12-month lease, close to
MCC, Bayshore High School and shopping. $700/
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.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
ANNUAL: 1BR IN Holmes Beach. $675/month
plus security deposit. 941-778-6541, weekdays
and 941-504-3844, evenings and weekends.
2009-10 SEASON: BEAUTIFUL GROUND-level
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
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.
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo.
Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer,
dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/month.
813-634-3790. Available March, April, May,
SINGLE HOME: VACATION. 3BR/3BA, two blocks
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.
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CANALFRONT: 2BR/1.5BA ANNUAL rental on
canal with dock and davit. No pets. $1,550/month.
Call Jesse, 941-778 7244.
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1 BA, 750-sf. Water, cable,
trash, washer and dryer. First, last and security
deposit. $850/month. 949-813-4900.
CORTEZ ANNUAL: 1BR unfurnished. $675/
month. Washer and dryer, lanai, near marina,
central air conditioning. 941-545-9025.
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,
MARCH THIS YEAR: One and two bedroom units
at Westbay Cove condos. Late cancellations make
better rates. Call Sharon, Old Florida Realty Co.,
VERY SMALL STUDIO: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $550/month.
WANTED: RENT IN exchange for work/services.
Need a place by April. 941-623-2298.
ANNUAL ANNA MARIA city. Unfurnished 2BR.
Freshly painted. $850/month plus utilities. Secu-
rity deposit. 941-778-5439.
RENT: WESTBAY 2BR/2BA condo by Manasota
Beach. Spectacular views. Negotiable prices.
SEASONAL RENTAL: SUNNY Shores mobile
home. 1 BR/1 BA near beach, clubhouse, no smok-
ing, no pets. $1,200/month. 941-730-4078.
PERICO BAY CLUB annual rental: Unfurnished
2BR/2BA, two-car garage, den.Tennis, spa, pool,
clubhouse, gated. $1,300/month. 941-962-6117.
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RENTAL: 1 BR/1.5BA CONDO. Furnished/unfur-
nished. Heated pool, close to beaches. Sea-
sonal $1,400/month, or $750/month annually.
VACATION ISLAND HOME: Pool and boat
dock for March, right now. $1,500/week. Owner,
ANNUAL DUPLEX RENTALS: 1 BR/1 BA close to
beach, $700/month. RUSTIC 2BR/2BA IN Anna
Maria, $850/month. Small cottage, 2BR/1BA,
$700/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA Gulffront condo in small
complex. Brand new tile throughout! $1,200/
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA town-
house. Large living room, pool, storm shutters,
garage, storage. $399,000. 941-722-0640.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
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.
REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for fax
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licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $79,000. 513-470-3851.
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Brand new ultimate rental property.
Exquisitely furnished with flat screen TVs
in every room. One of a kind pool and tiki
bar. Elevator and a two-car garage. Lush
landscaping just one block from prime
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ANNA MARIA CORNER lot, no streets to
cross to the beach! 117 Willow Ave. $350,000.
EXCEPTIONAL ISLAND VALUE: Bradenton
Beach updated 1BR/1BA condo, turnkey fur-
nished. Owner financing. Price reduced, $149,000.
1 BR/1 BA CONDO: BRADENTON Beach. Recently
remodeled, pool, one block from beach. Excellent
rental income. $169,000. 1-309-267-8635.
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.,
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HOLMES BEACH BAYFRONT Pan- PERICO BAY CLUB NEW PRICE!!!
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residence with southern exposure and to Beach. Gated security 24/7. Canoe/
private setting. Dock & vertical lift, kayak directaccess. Pools, spa, tennis,
td. pool and short walk to the beach. firstfloor. Penny Bray (941) 795-6685.
Dave Moynihan (941) 720-0089. #M578818.$249,000
LOT FOR SALE: 50x100 feet, ready to build, two
blocks to beach. $389,000. 71st Street, Holmes
HOLMES BEACH TOWNHOME: Island Village,
beautiful 3BR/3BA 2.5-car garage with 1,865 sf,
partial views. $429,900. Call Roger Clyne at Hori-
zon Realty, 941-468-0644.
FOR SALE: HOLMES Beach Gold Crown time-
BEACH CONDO. FIRST floor, beautifully updated,
turnkey furnished, carport, pools, 2BR/1.5BA.
Reduced! 55-plus, no pets. 941-761-1923.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
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.
FLORIDA LAND: INVESTMENT opportunity!
Two-acre waterfront homesite only $89,900, was
$169,900. Private, gated community with two rec-
reational lakes. Municipal water and sewer. Low
taxes. Just 90 minutes south of Orlando! Excel-
lent financing. Call now, 866-352-2249. FLland-
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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
Over 1/3 Acre. Renovated 3BR/3BA Home.
Endless Possibilities. $299,000
5316 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
LAND BARGAIN! 105 acres, $199,900. Subdivide,
hunt, raise/ride horses, build your dream home!
Only 60 minutes to beach. Bonus: investment-
grade timber. Endless possibilities! Excellent
financing. Call owner, 800-898-4409, ext. 2176.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN land: Five-plus
acres with 10-foot waterfall, in established com-
munity. Great views, lots of options, only $99,500.
6BR/5BA FORECLOSURE! $29,900! Only $238/
month! Five percent down, 20 years at 8 per-
cent APR. Buy 4BR, $326/month! For listings,
800-366-9783, ext. 5760.
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