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Center to hold Island
Tour of Homes.
Season great, almost 'no vacant
By Rick Catlin
hlaii r, Reporter
Anna Maria Island's winter tourist
season got off to a great start in December
and January, as occupancy of Island accom-
modation units were up compared with the
same months last year.
And February has been a solid month for
visitors, said Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman,
but there are a few vacancies.
"A few of our members say they have
rooms," said Brockman. "They're not com-
plaining, although we are usually sold out at
this time. Considering all the interest we've
seen, I expect those rooms to fill up in the next
The "interest" is coming from some
very good, free publicity recently and what
the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau describes as an aggressive marketing
campaign about the benefits of an Anna Maria
Island vacation. The March issue of Soi ,/ ,rn
Living has a four-page spread on vacationing
on the Island.
Ton Buehler at Haley's Motel in Holmes
Beach said fewer people are making advance
reservations, and more are taking a chance on
finding a room on the Island.
"The walk-in traffic has been great.
Advance reservations for March are a little
behind. Last year at this time, we were totally
booked for March. But we're still filling up on
a nightly basis," he said.
While there might be a few motel
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players. Llandt Photo: Rick Ctlini
County approves new
Manatee Public Beach pier
By Rick Catlin
Lhliidh r Reporter
Holmes Beach is going to get a new
Manatee County commissioners at their
March 3 meeting unanimously approved a
proposal by county natural resources direc-
tor Charlie Hunsicker to replace the existing
structure at Manatee Public Beach with a
new pier that will by 7.5 feet higher than the
The old pier will be demolished and the
new pier will stand about 15 feet above the
mean high-water line, according to a study
Hunsicker presented. The pier will have a
gradual incline ramp at its entrance.
The commission rejected an option by
Hunsicker to build a new pier on top of the
existing structure. An option the commis-
sion did not consider was to not replace the
ok The pier has been closed since late Feb-
,s. ruary, when an engineer's report deemed it
was unsafe for public use.
Hunsicker estimated construction costs
Bi for a new pier at $1.5 million, while plan-
ning and permitting fees should add about
$100,000 to the total.
,new The Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council will fund $1.4 million, said
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whit-
more, who also serves as chairperson of the
TDC. The remainder will come from county
County engineers also will look at the cost
of extending the pier another 120 feet into the
Gulf of Mexico, Whitmore said. Commission-
ers, however, did not appear to favor an exten-
sion because of the anticipated added cost,
Hunsicker estimated it will take about two
weeks to get a permit application submitted
and another 90 days or so to get an initial
response. The application must be submitted
to both the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps
Hunsicker said the entire permitting pro-
cess will take about four to five months to
complete, with another four to six months for
construction. "Right about January is when it
should be done," he said.
The natural resources department is rec-
ommending that the additional 120 feet be
added to the pier if financing is available, he
"We won't recommend something we
can't afford, but the mobilization effort will
already be in place," Hunsicker said.
Construction of the additional footage
will not be as expensive as waiting another 10
years, then starting the permitting, mobiliza-
tion and construction process again, Hunsicker
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Ssun worshippers and beach volleyball
St. Patrick's Day
By Lisa Neff
l,,iand r Reporter
One island has the Gulf to the west and
Anna Maria Sound to the east.
One island has the Atlantic Ocean to
the west and the Irish Sea to the east.
Both Islands will see St. Patrick's Day
celebrations next week, just on different
Originally a religious holiday to honor
St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to
Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick's
Day has evolved into a celebration for all
Ireland is the site of the world's larg-
est St. Patrick's Day celebrations, but the
world's first St. Patrick's Day parades took
place in Boston in 1761 and in New York
City in 1762.
Anna Maria Island will celebrate the
holiday with a parade on March 15 and a
breakfast on March 17. Islanders can also
expect to find green beer or Guinness at
some local bars and corned beef and cab-
bage at some local restaurants.
The first Island St. Patrick's Day event
is the annual parade sponsored by the
The parade will take place in Holmes
Beach at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, and will
feature local high school bands, a highland
pipe band, local musicians and numerous
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HiL, i ,,i ,l society
hosts Heritage Day.
local arts, economy.
S. t, ilif The Island
What's ihppt ning.
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Season going strong on Island
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accommodations available on a nightly basis, the
short-term rental market appears to be exceeding
Mike Norman at Mike Norman Realty said the
rental market this year is ahead of last year's pace by
about 20 percent.
At Island Real Estate, Alan Galletto reported that
vacation rentals were up more than 15 percent from
David Teitelbaum of the Seaside, Tortuga and
Tradewinds resorts in Bradenton Beach and a member
of the Manatee County Tourist Development Council
said his resorts are booked solid.
"People have heard about the Island," he said.
"They're taking advantage of the value and what we
have to offer, but it's true that visitors don't book
months in advance like they used to. It's just the
economy. I'm positive the accommodations will have
a great season."
Ken Gerry of the family-operated White Sands
Resort in Holmes Beach agreed that many visitors
don't book as far in advance as in prior years.
"Lately, we've had a lot of walk-in traffic. If
we can't accommodate them, we give them a list of
places to contact. So far, the season has been as good
or a little better than last year," he said.
Most nights this season, the White Sands has
been full. The occasional cancellation is quickly filled
by a walk-in guest, Gerry said.
"We have a lot of our regular guests who come
every season, but we've also gotten a lot of phone
calls from new people who say they've heard about
the Island," Gerry said. "I think the recent articles
in Southern Living and USA Today really helped.
And, hopefully, with Easter coming in mid-April,
the season will last a little longer."
Brockman said the trend is for visitors to stay
through April when Easter comes in the middle of
the month, and this year, Easter is April 12.
She also agreed that the story in Southern Living
about an Island vacation appears to have really
"We were swamped with phone calls and e-mails
after the story appeared. And our Web site got more
than 2,000 hits in one day. It was just great for every-
one," she said.
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau marketing director Jessica Grace said the
season has been going great, but the BACVB isn't
resting on its laurels.
Marketing programs the next two months will
continue to target Midwestern states, Canada and
Europe, she indicated.
"So far, so good. Our fingers are crossed, and we're
continuing our marketing efforts," Grace said.
Visitor occupancy figures for February will be
released this week by the BACVB. Figures for Jan-
uary 2009 were up about 5 percent from the same
month last year.
indicated. The additional footage would "hopefully
provide a pier for another 50 years" for Manatee
County, he predicted.
Since the landmark pier closed in February, tour-
ists and residents have complained that they have no
pier on the Gulf of Mexico for ilking. enjoying
sunsets or fishing.
Whitmore said she understood their frustra-
tion, but the safety issue overrode keeping the pier
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he
thought replacing the pier with a new structure at the
same height as the current pier (7.5 feet) would have
given "the best dime for the buck," but accepted the
"It's their choice. At least we'll have a new pier,
and it's important that we have that recreational facil-
ity for tourists and residents alike," he said.
Correct daily spending
average to $80
The story in the March 4 issue about the Research
Data Survey on tourism done for the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau contained an error
on average visitor spending.
The story should have noted that, according to
RDS figures for the reporting period, the average
visitor budget for spending per day during a vacation
in the area, including lodging, meals, admission to
attractions, retail purchases, and transportation, was
$80.30, not $915.
Of the $80.30, approximately 40 percent was
spent on accommodations.
According to RDS figures, $915 was the average
economic impact in the Bradenton area of spending
per visitor per vacation. RDS reported the average
length of stay at 9.4 days.
The parade will assemble at 2 p.m. at the Tide-
mark Marina parking lot near the intersection of Gulf
and Marina drives in Holmes Beach.
At about 4p.m., the parade will begin, ti,,i cling no ilth
along Marina Drive and Palm Avenue to 81st Street
The parade is open to anyone who wants to par-
ticipate, while motorists are asked to detour around
the event using Gulf Drive.
On Tuesday, March 17, the St. Patrick's Day Irish
Breakfast will take place at the Moose Lodge.
The breakfast, sponsored by The Islander, will
feature Irish tunes, Irish tales, Irish dance and the
naming of the Irishman or Irishwoman of the year.
The celebrating will begin for those with tickets
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 11, 2009 3 3
5 AME students ousted for illegal drug deals
'Did this hit us between
the eyes? You bet.'
AME principal Tom
By Bonner Joy
There were tears and concerns, shocks and gasps,
and rumors put to rest at a Friday night meeting called
by Anna Maria Elementary School principal Tom
Levengood of fifth-grade students' parents.
Levengood said five students were issued a
10-day suspension, and will not be allowed to return
to AME. But no names of students suspended Thurs-
day were revealed and won't be, he added.
The meeting was open to all parents who wanted
to learn about a recent incident involving drugs that
resulted in the suspension of five AME students.
Levengood said he wanted to put aside the many
rumors that have circulated about drug use at the
school since last month's Parent-Teacher Organiza-
tion family dinner night.
"So and so said this. So and so said that. So and
so has marijuana. So and so smokes marijuana. Each
rumor was investigated. And each proved not to be
of any substance," Levengood said.
Until he received a report from an after-school
care employee at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center that "some kids were involved in marijuana.
"We found substance to it. Children started tell-
ing us 'It's happening.'"
After school on March 4, one student told his
mother and another reported to counselor Cindi Har-
rison that there was marijuana at school, according
Levengood said they learned of two transactions:
"One student attempted to sell, two students bought
marijuana. One student got scared and flushed it."
The parent received the evidence in the second
case, which later proved to be tobacco and grass,
according to Levengood.
"Other students were involved in the negotia-
tions, price negotiations, and another student was
asked to get the money," he said.
Levengood said that any involvement with a drug
transaction results in the same consequence.
"Some of these students have never been involved
in anything bad at this school in their life," Leven-
"We found out many things," as he sat in front of
a rapt audience of parents in the auditorium with Har-
rison and Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson
and HBPD Officer Brian Copeman, who serves as
the school resource officer.
"There is more going on with children of this age
than we ever imagined," Levengood said.
Alcohol is being consumed by children, he said,
and he also explained a situation that resulted in refer-
rals for some students over a "kissing incident."
Around the same time rumors of drug use began,
Levengood said he dealt with a stolen computer and
Palm Pilot, and that issue was resolved.
But he also cautioned urged parents to
monitor their student's text messaging on cell phones.
"These kids are texting language that you would not
The parents learned from Levengood that AME
City staff, consultants and volunteers will soon
begin writing a master plan for recreational boating
in Bradenton Beach.
"We are close to having an interim management
plan," city project and program manager Lisa Marie
Phillips informed the city's pier team, a group of city
staff and elected officials that meets monthly to dis-
cuss the Historic Bridge Street Pier's operation and
The team met March 5 at city hall, 107 Gulf
Drafting the plan has involved research and data
collection, conducted largely by Scheda Ecological
Associates under a grant to the city.
students have been smoking marijuana at the skate
park and on the beach, and "sneaking away" from
events such as the music festivals on Pine Avenue
and movie night at the Center to smoke marijuana.
Parents learned about a "hot box" at the skate park
- a Dumpster from which the kids removed trash
bags, climbed inside and with the lid closed, one child
smoked marijuana in a soda can converted to a pipe and
the others breathed in the smoke to get high.
"They need to stop being so darned sneaky,"
Levengood said, and come to school to be educated.
We've learned now that some of the students here
are more interested in autonomy from their par-
ents, authority, school. They want to be on their own,
riding the trolley and doing what they please."
Levengood said he'd been 33 years in grade
schools and tough schools, and "this is the greatest
place I've ever been.
"I love it here," he said while complimenting the
dedication of the teachers and staff. "But this can happen
to anyone's kid, and we all need to understand that.
"Before last Thursday," Levengood said, "I did
not think or even dream that we had a child at this
school who would promote the sale or use of drugs.
"Did this hit us between the eyes?
Levengood explained the suspension and expul-
sion process for the involved students, and instructed
the audience on the school district criteria in the stu-
dent conduct handbook.
"It's out of my hands," he said The decision from here
is up to the district If the students are expelled, he explained,
they may be assigned to the district alternative school not
another elementary school, such as Palma Sola Elementary
- uid ~llk \\ ill be prohibited from attending school functions
on any school district property.
The alternative school is Horizon, and there is pres-
ently only one elementary-aged child enrolled there.
The district will quickly hold a pre-expulsion
hearing for each student at which district personnel
will consider input from Levengood and the student's
parents, attendance, grades and any referral history.
Other choices after expulsion include home
schooling, virtual school, charter school or private
school. At the end of the expulsion period, the student
is re-evaluated before being admitted back into the
public school system.
An outline for the plan also exists.
The next stage will be to work out the details of
the plan through an advisory mooring field committee
and using master plans from other Florida cities.
At 5 p.m. March 12, the city and Scheda will
hold a public meeting at Herb Dolan North Park, 25th
Street North and Avenue A, to discuss a canoe and
kayak launch planned for the site.
The launch is one aspect of the master plan.
"It's a very exciting time," Phillips said, adding
that a conceptual drawing of the launch will be avail-
able at the meeting.
"We could be looking at some beautiful accom-
modations," she said.
selor Cindi Har
Beach Police Lt.
son and Officer
Parents at a
An meeting called
h* by Levengood
to halt rumors
S ~ m about drugs at
Stephenson said that the police department has
been informed of the situation, but would not elabo-
rate on if there would be any criminal charges.
There was some discussion about getting the
fifth-graders into the school's drug education pro-
gram sooner, possibly earlier in the school year in
And some parents left the meeting convinced that
the DARE program would see positive results among
the remaining 46 fifth-graders this spring.
Read more on A1E "moving forward" online at
Anna Maria City
March 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 17, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning
March 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
March 9, 1 p.m., evaluation appraisal report
March 9, 2 p.m., ScenicWAVES subcommit-
March 9, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
March 10, 1 p.m., city commission work
March 11, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
March 12, 1:30 p.m., city commission work
meeting to review audit.
March 12, 5 p.m., recreational boating master
plan meeting (Herb Dolan Park).
March 25, 6 p.m., boardof adjustment meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
March 18, 7 p.m., parks and beautification
committee "Florida-friendly" planting seminar.
March 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 26, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue
March 19, 6 p.m., WMFR District commis-
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
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 email@example.com.
BB advances on boating plan
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Bridge rehab costs
now at $11.5 million
By Rick Catlin
Rehabilitation of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
started in 2007 as a $9.1 million project.
But construction costs, bonuses, a change of plans
and discovery of some additional work needed on the
bridge have now pushed the price tag up to $11.5
million, $500,000 more than the DOT's estimate two
weeks ago, and the project is not yet finished.
Florida Department of Transportation spokesper-
son Cindy Clemmons-Adente said bridge contractor
Quinn Construction Inc. of Palmetto ended scheduled
construction on the bridge on March 9. That was six
days later than Quinn stated last week, but nearly four
weeks ahead of its DOT deadline.
A few workers were visible on the bridge March
7-March 8 and Clemmons-Adente said they were
performing electrical work and painting to complete
Quinn will receive a $50,000 bonus for finishing
the project before April 3.
But in the next 60 days, the DOT will conduct
inspections and, during this time, if some portions of
the project fail to meet DOT standards, crews would
have to return to the bridge and rework some repairs,
Quinn already has received more than $600,000 in
bonuses from the DOT for completing various portions
of the project ahead of schedule and revising the compa-
Bridge meeting March 26
The Florida Department of Transportation
will present its long-awaited project develop-
ment and environmental study for the Anna
Maria Island Bridge and take public opinion
March 26 at a hearing at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
ny's work schedule. Quinn also took in an undisclosed
bonus from the DOT for changing its plan to close the
bridge for 75 days during the project.
Following an outcry from Island business owners
and residents about the 75-day closure, Quinn agreed
to close the bridge for just 45 days, between Sept. 29
and Nov. 13. The company was compensated for the
schedule change and received a bonus for reopening
the bridge one week earlier than scheduled.
The bonus money has helped push the total cost
of the project from its original $9.1 estimate to the
present $11.5 million figure.
A master cleanup plan is in place to clear the area
along the bridge approaches of equipment and debris,
The contract calls for Quinn to return the area "to
its original state," she said.
By March 6, the company had removed its boat
and most of its equipment from the staging area at
the east approach to the bridge and removed a large
amount of trash and waste.
With the project nearing completion, DOT Dis-
trict One Secretary Stan Cann thanked Quinn Con-
struction and all parties involved for their coopera-
"As construction comes to an end, the DOT
would like to thank Quinn Construction for their hard
work and dedication throughout this project," said
... while Holmes Beach
seeks share of stimulus pot
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city officials have a wish list of
possible projects to fund from the massive federal
stimulus package approved by Congress.
At least five projects have the attention of regional
Replacement of sidewalks in the city, estimated
to cost about $205,000.
Improvements at the intersection of East Bay
and Gulf drives, estimated to cost $270,000, and
involving realignment of the intersection with a
pedestrian crossing and possibly replacing the traf-
fic signals with windproof traffic signals.
Installation of new sidewalks in the city, esti-
mated to cost $27,000.
Replacement of curbing citywide, estimated to
Right-of-way landscaping, estimated to cost
These projects were grouped and ranked No. 5 on
the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organi-
zation's priority list for stimulus projects, which was
adopted last week.
The Federal Highway Administration released the
stimulus money for highway improvements March 3
and confirmed that the Manatee-Sarasota area could
expect $14.1 million, which means Holmes Beach's
top projects likely will be funded.
The wish list, prepared for the MPO by Holmes
Beach public works superintendent Joe Duennes, also
includes $30,000 for repairs to the 63rd Street boat
ramp, $28,000 for new police and fire boat docks
and $400,000 for improvements to the public works
... and Bradenton Beach
readies for Gulf Drive project
Bradenton Beach staff and elected officials are
giving a last review to a proposal for $700,000 in
improvements along Gulf Drive.
The project is the top-ranking proposal in a local
request for funding in the federal economic stimulus
package passed by Congress and signed into law by
President Barack Obama.
Manatee and Sarasota County transportation plan-
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money for shovel-ready projects, including several on
the Island. Each county can expect about $7 million
in stimulus funds for transportation enhancements,
according to the Florida Department of Transporta-
Bradenton Beach's Gulf Drive improvement
plan, which has been on the shelf for several years,
is considered a top priority for Manatee County. The
city had a permit for the project, but no funding.
On March 3, city officials and staff met with
engineer Mitch McKnight of Wilson Miller to dis-
cuss the plan. Another review was scheduled to take
place during a ScenicWAVES committee meeting at
city hall March 9, after The Islander's deadline.
"We'll show it to the rest of the crew, but we've
already got a lot of checkmarks done," Mayor Michael
Pierce said, eager to move the project along.
The project involves improvements along Gulf
Drive in the business corridor that stretches from the
north end of Cortez Beach to Cortez Road.
Improvements include new sidewalks, added
crosswalks on Gulf Drive and across side streets,
i mn, inll' relocating and planting new landscaping,
improving street lights and improving several beach
The new sidewalks are planned along Gulf Drive
from about Fifth Street South north to Cortez Road,
but the sidewalk on the north end is part of a separate
project in the works.
City officials hope to use textured pavement
rather than pavers for new or improved crosswalks at
Third Street North, Second Street North, Third Street
South and Fourth Street South, as well as across Gulf
Drive at two locations.
Beach access improvements are planned for Third
Street South, where the city wants to add landscap-
ing; Fourth Street South, where the city wants to add
landscaping, a dunes walkover and bike racks; and
Bridge Street, where the city wants to add a dunes
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 11, 2009 0 5
Bradenton Beach goes 'green'
The city of Bradenton Beach is promoting a
"green" theme with Eco Week from March 16-21.
Eco Week 2009 will culminate on Saturday, March
21, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., with the fifth annual
Eco Expo, which includes a native plant sale.
The expo will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and fea-
ture a number of organizations providing informa-
tion about the environment and c l ,.\, as well as
giveaways, including free ice cream.
Eco Week events are being finalized, but orga-
nizer Lisa Marie Phillips, the city's project and pro-
gram manager, said at least three additional events
will take place.
The city will partner with Sarasota Green Mar-
ketplace to host a workshop on Thursday, March 19,
on greening a business.
Details of the time and location were being
worked out and speakers were being lined up as The
Islander went to press. One speaker will be Island
native plant expert Mike Miller.
On Wednesday, March 18, a workshop on keep-
ing a nature journal will take place at Leffis Key.
The event will take place at 10 a.m. in the county
preserve, located on the bayside of Coquina Beach.
On Friday, March 20, at a time and location to be
determined, the city will conduct a workshop on using
a rain barrel to collect water for irrigation. Phillips said
there are plans to giveaway 10 rain barrels.
For more information or to sponsor the event,
call Phillips at 941-778-4619.
"The best ever," said FISH president Allen
Garner of the Feb. 21-22 fishing festival.
The 2009 version of the Cortez Commercial
Fishing Festival drew an estimated 16,000 visi-
tors and raised about $65,000 for the sponsoring
entity, Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage.
Garner said exact amounts of both people and
revenue are still being tallied, but it appears 9,000
people attended the festival Feb. 21 and 7,000
"We have to protect those dunes," said city proj-
ect and program director Lisa Marie Phillips.
Since Gulf Drive is a state road, city officials
seemed uncertain whether Bradenton Beach staff
would continue to guide the project or whether the
Florida Department of Transportation would assume
But city officials felt certain they needed to
obtain no easements or property to undertake the
plan. Federal rules prohibit the use of federal fund-
strolled through the gates to visit the historic vil-
lage Feb. 22. Attendance was up about 1,000 from
Proceeds, which came from venders, food
stalls and the $2 entry fee, will help to enhance
the FISH Preserve, a 100-acre nature area east of
the village that was purchased several years ago to
provide a natural buffer between Cortez and any
ing to acquire additional property.
"The rules out of this stimulus package are pretty
tough," McKnight said.
Anna Maria also seeks funds
Anna Maria hopes to receive federal stimulus
funding for a number of projects, including: Side-
walks/trails, resurfacing, construction of eight trol-
ley shelters and repair of Crescent Avenue and Bay
Boulevard bridges in Anna Maria City, $484,000.
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Yet another lesson
Ever have that Ip_.'in, d6dj vu feeling? You've
been somewhere before, something familiar tugs at
Or maybe you remember the taste and smell of
something familiar from your youth? Do you sometimes
remember the aroma of your first school lunchroom but
you can't really smell it?
How about a dream? Or a nightmare? Something
flashes through your brain and little bits of memory
It was just that way last week, while sitting at Anna
Maria Elementary listening to parents express shock and
alarm on learning that fifth-graders were using mari-
juana, drinking alcohol, sneaking behind parents' and
teachers' backs, stealing, kissing and cursing.
Time warp? It felt as though I was watching a docu-
mentary on parents in denial.
I learned late 1970s that kids in fifth-grade were
drinking booze, smoking pot and having sex. Not all of
them, mind you, but they ALL knew about it.
Did I think fifth-graders were too young for such
debauchery? Sure. But it was reality then and now.
When I heard the principal called the fifth-graders
together and asked them to stand to acknowledge if they
knew about drug use at AME, I wasn't surprised that
they all stood. All 46 of them, minus, of course, the five
But some people in the adult audience gasped.
So the fifth-graders all knew and apparently the
parents had no clue. Even the principal said he "never
dreamed" this would happen at AME.
While I don't recall many expulsions in my 30-plus
years here, and 16-plus as publisher, I do know that
things don't change so much year after year, and no one
should have been shocked.
Maybe what we need is compulsory "parent aware-
ness reality education" to prepare adults for these stages
earlier than they could have dreamed.
The good news is that fifth-graders still have the
lines of communication open that may not be flowing
so freely as they approach high school and seek inde-
pendence. And at AME, they now see first-hand the
consequences of bad choices.
Sometimes we need to be reminded to pull our
heads out of the sand.
This is an idyllic, wonderful, place to raise a child.
And we have a great school with excellent leadership.
More than we could dream.
Just know it's part of the bigger village the world
- and reality.
Quilting for a cause
It is with great pleasure that the Eyeland Needlers
announces the winner of its "Name the Quilt" contest
is Dick Castle of Holmes Beach.
The winning name is "Shell-A-Bration" and Dick
wins 50 tickets for the quilt drawing.
For the past nine years, this group of Island quilters
has fashioned tropical-themed quilts. Each year we hold
a drawing at the annual Island Tour of Homes for some
lucky person to win the quilt. All proceeds from the quilts
have gone to the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
The drawing for this year's quilt will be held at
3 p.m. on March 21 at the Island Tour of Homes.
For the last eight years we have displayed these quilts
and sold chance tickets at Publix Super Market during the
months of February and March leading up to the tour.
About 75 percent of the 4,000 tickets sold each
year were during those times at Publix, and we were
able to raise more than $4,000 annually for the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
However, this year we were informed by Publix man-
a.l lin I l L could no longer sell the chance tickets at
Publix. We will be allowed to display the quilt there and
sell posters, note cards and Tour of Homes tickets.
The quilt will be displayed at Publix on Wednesdays
and Fridays lhu 'ugih N Lic.h 20) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When the quilt is not at Publix, it will be on dis-
play at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Tickets for the quilt drawing will be available at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, the Anna
Maria Chamber of Commerce, Beach Bums Island
Attitude and at Sato Real Estate.
The tickets sell for $1 each or 6 tickets for $5.
The Eyeland Needlers urge the community to stop
by these outlets and purchase tickets.
This year's quilt sponsor is Spivey Construc-
Joan Pettigrew, Holmes Beach
An invitation to a funeral
Our state, despite having grant money available
since 2002, has no prescription-monitoring program
that makes it difficult to amass significant quantities
of legally prescribed medications.
Thirty-two states have programs in place, but we
appear to be cemented in a stage of "planning" such
Let me tell you firsthand what happens while we
endlessly plan. People die in increasing numbers. The
numbers of people dying in the 18- to 30-year old
range is 'dli' ini and on the increase. The new vil-
lain is Oxycontin (Oxycodon), an opium derivative.
As a psychotherapist for 20 years and an Island resi-
dent, I have seen the coming of this new and pervasive
killer and have dealt with its deadly after-effects. I have
personally attended five funerals in the past four years
for individuals who died of Oxycontin overdoses, many
times in combination with other drugs.
Some basic facts relating to Oxycontin: more pre-
scriptions than all other opiates combined; 30,000
drug-related emergency room visits; No. 1 reason for
admission into drug treatment centers; average age
of abuser is 32; overdose death rate in Florida is at
more than six per day or approximately 2,300 a year.
To offer a perspective, U.S. Armed Services deaths in
Iraq from the beginning of the war stand at 4,239.
The abuse is widespread and pervasive.
I applaud the state lawmakers who have spon-
sored legislation to put into place some kind of pre-
scription monitoring system this session.
And I would like to cordially invite every law-
maker on every committee to every drug-related
funeral in the state. I further invite those lawmakers
with special interests to meet individually with the
parents and friends of the deceased to try to explain
why this new legislation was not passed as rapidly
Len Tabicman, Holmes Beach
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Parks committee promotes Tim MS
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee wants to help grow the Florida-friendly
movement with an educational effort.
Annually, the advisory group hosts an annual
seminar on a topical issue pertaining to beautification.
This year's seminar is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 18
at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. The title is "Make
Your Yard Florida Fabulous," and the focus will be
on Florida-friendly plantings.
The committee finalized plans for the free pro-
gram during a meeting March 4.
Committee members and master gardeners
Melissa Snyder, Fred Heger and Maureen Hirthler
will serve as panelists, with Snyder talking about the
evolution of a Florida-friendly yard; Hirthler discuss-
ing three easy steps to creating a Florida-friendly
yard; and Heger discussing gardening terms.
Committee member Kathy King will moderate
the program, with committee member Pam Leckie
and committee chair John Molyneux serving as
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger will make a brief wel-
In other business at its March 4 meeting, the com-
SAM to meet March 14
Save Anna Maria Inc. will meet at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 14, at the West Manatee Fire Rescue
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
SAM will host Jay Leverone from the Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program and a discussion on the work
at Grassy Point, the in-progress preserve on East Bay
Drive in Holmes Beach.
mittee said some site work has taken place to create a
Florida-friendly demonstration garden in a prominent
green space at Key Royale and Marina drives. The
city received a grant from the Sarasota Bay Estuary
Program to develop garden.
Last week, Heger worked with public works
staff to mark the garden into four zones for different
types of plantings. One area will consist of about
30 groundcover plants, such as gaillardia, beach
sunflowers and liriope. Another area will consist of
plants to attract butterflies, such as red milkweed,
yellow necklacepod and horsemint. A third space will
contain ornamental grasses, such as purple fountain
grass and a fourth area will have flowering and fruit-
bearing shrubs, such as beauty-berry, Christmas berry
and wild coffee.
The garden likely won't be completed until next
fall, when a dedication is planned.
The committee briefly discussed the new plant-
ings in the traffic islands at the intersection of Mana-
tee Avenue and East Bay Drive.
"It looked, to me, pretty good," Molyneux said
of the new landscaping, which consists of Florida-
friendly plants that will require less water and less
In other business, the committee discussed pursu-
ing a state forestry grant to plant trees along Marina
Drive north of the West Manatee Fire Rescue station
and continued work with the Florida Department of
Transportation to plant a series of gumbo-limbo trees
along Manatee Avenue west of East Bay Drive.
The committee continued a discussion on
whether members should undertake a master beauti-
fication plan until its next meeting, scheduled for 5
p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at city hall.
In the March 16, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach voters elected Pat Geyer, Don
Maloney and former Mayor Rich Bohnenberger to
the city commission. Incumbent Luke Courtney's re-
election bid failed by 12 votes. Courtney claimed 471
votes, while Maloney garnered 483.
The first Manatee County homicide for the
year was reported at a homeless camp in Cortez. The
Manatee County Sheriff's Office said Lance Ritchi-
son was involved in an argument with Lonnie Poole.
Both had been drinking, the MCSO said, and Ritchi-
son fired a shotgun and killed Poole. Both men were
homeless and lived on a vacant piece of property near
the old Cortez schoolhouse.
The U.S. Postal Service announced plans to
move its Anna Maria facility from 9908 Gulf Drive
to Bayview Plaza at the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard
intersection. Postal spokesperson Gary Sawtelle said
the former facility was not adequate to meet the postal
needs of the city.
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Former chair concerned about limit
By Rick Catlin
Tom Turner is a former chairman of the Anna
Maria planning and zoning board.
While he says that he's "done his duty" as chair-
man and a board member, he still takes a special
interest in board decisions and recommendations to
the city commission.
That's why he's concerned about the proposed
ordinance eliminating the Residential-2 zone. The
P&Z board has recommended the city commission
adopt the ordinance, and the public hearing is sched-
uled for March 12. Turner is hoping residents will
attend and listen to the views on the issue.
Included in the ordinance is a section that would
limit expansion of single-story homes in the newly
created Residential-1 zone.
Any upward construction between 27 feet and 37
feet for a single-story existing home can only be to a
maximum of 50 percent of the building's footprint,
according to the ordinance.
Turner believes this unfairly restricts the older
Anna Maria homes, most of which are just one-story,
"It' s unfair because the owner can always tear it
down and build a three-story house, two stories over
parking," that complies with the Federal Emergency
Management Agency's standards for new construc-
tion in a flood plain.
Turner believes this limitation will gradually cause
the older, single-story village-type homes in the city
to be replaced by three-story homes because property
owners will see more value in such a structure.
Board member Mike Yetter was the lone dissenting
vote when the board recommended approval of the ordi-
nance, calling the 50 percent limitation "draconian." He
said owners of such structures might view the property
as less valuable if unable to build a second floor of living
space to the footprint of the building.
City planner Alan Garrett, however, said it might
be possible to add a second story and not encroach
on the 27-foot height limit.
"If you want two living floors, the second floor
can't be any greater than 50 percent of the footprint.
That's what's proposed," he explained.
Former Anna Maria planning and zoning board
chairman Tom Turner stands in front of a 37-foot-
high residence. Turner is concerned that older,
one-story structures in the city could gradually be
eliminated under a proposed zoning ordinance.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Garrett emphasized that the ordinance does not
pertain to non-conforming structures, but noted that
if the ordinance passes, some non-conformities might
He said non-conforming uses, structures and lots
will be addressed in an ordinance in the "very near
The ordinance to combine the R-2 zone with R-1
is needed to meet the April deadline imposed by the
Florida Department of Community Affairs that the
city comply with its 2007 comprehensive plan poli-
cies and objectives. The comp plan states the city's
plan to eliminate the R-2 zone.
The commission meets at 7 p.m. March 12 at city
landscaping for new
By Rick Catlin
If a proposed Anna Maria landscaping ordi-
nance is approved by the city commission, new
construction projects in the city will soon have
to meet strict landscaping guidelines.
The ordinance got the support of the plan-
ning and zoning board at its March 3 meeting as
members unanimously recommended its approval
to the city commission.
City planner Alan Garrett pointed out that the
ordinance does not pertain to existing structures,
only new construction or expansion of existing
structures. Existing structures are exempt from
the ordinance, he said.
Included in the ordinance is a requirement
that a minimum of 10 percent of the parcel be
landscaped with required plants, shrubs and
trees. The minimum requirements are "at least
six native trees with a minimum of three different
tree species and at least 16 native shrubs with a
minimum of six different shrub species."
The ordinance requires that if additional
plantings are installed above the minimum, then
"a minimum of 25 percent of the total number of
trees and shrubs installed per platted lot must be
The ordinance also establishes a 7-foot-deep
vegetative buffer for the new project and requires
a parking area to have at least 20 square feet of
landscaping per parking space.
A landscaping contractor would have to
submit landscaping plans to the building offi-
cial prior to a building permit being issued, and
the building official would have to inspect and
sign off on the landscaping before a certificate
of occupancy is issued.
But building official Bob Welch admitted he
would not be able to inspect all properties once
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they receive their CO. That would be the job of the
code enforcement officer.
"We hope that people will do the right thing if
you have this in place," he said to the board.
Former environmental education and enhance-
ment committee chairman Tim Eiseler, who steered
the proposed ordinance through the EEEC, said it is
actually less restrictive than measures in other loca-
tions, such as Sarasota County.
Eiseler, a certified arborist and landscape architect,
said the requirements and restrictions are "minimal."
The committee modeled the Anna Maria ordi-
nance after a landscaping ordinance in Sanibel.
Resident Tom Turner, however, suggested the
ordinance was "too detailed" and "infringes on prop-
erty rights." He suggested that the city "take a good
hard look at this and taper it down."
Eiseler said the economic burden is "not great"
on new construction, and the ordinance focuses on
eliminating the planting of invasive exotics, such as
Brazilian pepper trees.
He noted that the 25 percent requirement still
leaves an owner with 75 percent of the property to
plant anything except exotics.
Native shrubs in the ordinance are leather fern,
saltbush, beautyberry, cocoplum, fiddlewood and
wild coffee, among others.
The prohibited list includes Australian pines,
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach City Commission
approved a resolution granting an easement and
authorizing a license agreement for an existing
dock at Coquina Moorings Condominium.
The dock was built in 1982, but the easement
and license agreement are required as the condo-
minium association moves ahead with improve-
ments to the structure.
The commission unanimously approved the
resolution during a meeting March 5 at city hall,
107 Gulf Drive N.
The easement and license agreement allow for
the dock to cross a platted but unimproved portion
of Bay Shore Drive next to Anna Maria Sound.
The commission also approved expanding the
magistrate services for the city's special master, Harold
Youmans, related to building department issues that
chinaberry, Brazilian pepper and paper mulberry,
The source for the lists is West Central Florida
Gulf Coast Barrier Island Native Plant List By Native
Island Locations, written by Michael C. Miller.
Garrett said that passage of the ordinance satisfies
the preservation requirement in the city's comprehen-
were reviewed by its appointed board of adjustment.
The city commission has not eliminated the
board of adjustment, but it has adopted an ordi-
nance allowing for cases to either go before the
BOA or a special master.
Youmans, in correspondence with the city,
said he'd "have no problem with expanding the
scope" of his services at city hall.
He also suggested the city consider desig-
nating a hearing day that might take place once
a month and consist of reviews on a variety of
The commission did not act on the recom-
mendation, but did agree to expand the scope of
its contract with Youmans.
"I think this is a good idea," said Commis-
sioner John Shaughnessy.
"I'm in total agreement," added Mayor
Board members also approved an addition to the
ordinance requiring that any new irrigation system
installed in the city have an automatic rain sensor.
The commission will hold the first reading of
the ordinance at its March 12 meeting, with the final
reading scheduled for March 26.
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An Open Letter to Area Golfers
Greetings from Key Royale Club:
As the president of Key Royale Club, a private golf course on Anna
Maria Island, I am extending a personal invitation to you for a free round of
golf. There is no obligation whatsoever. This limited time offer is merely our
way of providing you a first-hand opportunity to consider membership in our
club. I even encourage you to include your spouse, significant other, or a fellow
golfer in this offer.
There are many reasons we think you might enjoy joining our ranks.
Our nine-hole course is a challenging layout, which many members
play twice to get in a full eighteen holes, using a variety of different tee
locations. You will likely use most all your clubs in a single round.
Key Royale Club is convenient. Tee times are not needed-we play
golf whenever we want without leaving the island. Plus, on-site club storage is
provided. So, within minutes, members are on the first tee, hassle free. Plus, we
are a walking course, a truly healthy alternative to what most are used to.
There are ample organized golf and social events, year-round, too.
You will meet people quickly who all share the love of the game of golf.
While exclusive, we are by no means expensive. Annual dues are
$1286, and there are no per-round charges. You get to play as often as you want
for one annual fee. An equity club, we provide the option of simple, interest-
free financing for initiation fees.
Interested? Just call us at 778-3055 to arrange your complimentary
test drive of our course. We look forward to showing you around.
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pleasures of life on the water From sunrise on theTampa Bay to sunset on
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City OKs easement for dock
10 0 MARCH 11, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Tile & Paint Selections
Lawn & Garden Updates
Retail Merchandise Displays
IRRESISTIBLE IDEAS FOR HOME AND GARDEN
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Republicans gather for gala
Friends, elected officials and dignitaries gathered
to honor Joe Scarborough, member of Congress
1994-01, host of MSNBC's ".11, #ii ,r Joe," co-host
of radio's the "Joe Scarborough .w ,,-11" and author
of the book, "Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day," at the
Manatee County Republican Party Lincoln Day
Dinner gala fundraiser Feb. 13 in Bradenton. Pic-
tured are Amanda and Al Schwarz, Scarborough,
Manatee County Republican Party Chair Kathleen
King of Holmes Beach, and Neil Unruh.
Tom Haskett offers a 25-cent plush moose for sale
during the annual Pines Trailer Park sale on Feb.
28. Proceeds helped raise money for improvements
and furnishings for the clubhouse of the Bradenton
Beach park. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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Anna Maria Island Democrats newly elected 2009
officers and board members include, front from
left, board member Diane Tremblay, treasurer Sue
Maddox, president Dale de Haan, board members
Francine Slack and Nancy Ambrose; back from left,
board member Bill McGrath, vice president Harry
Kamberis and board members David Zaccagnino and
Sue Dickie. Islander Photo: Courtesy Nancy Ambrose
Island Democrats to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet at noon Monday, March 16, at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
The program will feature a talk with Philip C.
Wilcox Jr., president of Foundation for Middle East
Peace, on the issues related to Israel and Palestine.
Wilcox served as an ambassador for Bill Clinton.
Lunch will be $12 for members and $15 for
For information, call Dale de Haan at
Center hosts seminars
Nurse Linda Humphreys will lead a seminar on
creative ideas for managing stress on Monday, March
16, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
In "Living Life with a Pink Tablecloth," Hum-
phreys will talk about how pain is inevitable in life
but misery is optional.
She will conduct the seminar twice at 10:30
a.m. and 6 p.m.
Humphreys also will conduct a seminar, "Humor,
Health and Healing," on the benefits of a light-hearted
approach to life.
The program will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 4
p.m. on Tuesday, March 17.
Pre-registration is required for the seminars. The
cost for members is $5 and the cost for non-members
For more information, call the Center at
Crosspointe to host concert
Crosspointe Fellowship will host a free concert
at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15.
The "Gospel Sing" is open to the public, and will
be followed by refreshments at the church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
For more information, call 941-778-0719.
Island Gallery West hosts art demo
Linda Schmid, a local watercolor artist, will dem-
onstrate watercolor painting of one of herfavor-
ite floral subjects, the iris, at 10 a.m. Saturday,
March 14, at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. The demonstration is free. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Marlane Wurzbach
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Sculpture by the shore
Island sculptor Woody Candish recently installed
a sculpture at the Holmes Beach home of Bill and
Janice Zoller. The piece is semi-public beach-
walkers can see the sculpture from a spot on the
shore. Candish lives in Anna Maria and provides
various works on commission. He can be reached
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Tour of Homes
By Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
showcases six Island homes as it raises money for
the non-profit's programs on Saturday, March 21.
The 16th annual Island Tour of Homes will take
place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature five Anna
Maria homes and one Holmes Beach residence.
The homes reflect various styles of Island
living and offer tour guests ideas on design, style
The homes are at 8027 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach; 112 Mangrove Ave., Anna Maria;
239 Willow Ave., Anna Maria; 106 Los Cedros
Ave., Anna Maria; 803 North Shore Drive, Anna
Maria; and 703 Fern Ave., Anna Maria.
In addition to touring homes, tour guests can
browse at a boutique at one of the homes featur-
ing arts and crafts and culinary delights.
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the tour,
the Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd.
Anna Maria, will host a reception. The requested
donation is $10.
Another tour highlight will be the raffle of
the "Shell-A-Bration" quilt. Each year for the
tour, the Eyeland Needlers group creates a quilt
to be raffled, with the sale of each raffle ticket
generating another $1 for the Center.
The quilt raffle will take place at the bou-
Tickets in the form of program booklets
can be purchased in advance of the tour for
$15 at the following locations:
Anna Maria at The Brass Whale, 9801 Gulf
Drive; the Sun, 202 Palm Ave.; Ginny' s and Jane
E' s at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive; The White
Egret, 10006 Gulf Drive; Suerics, 101 South Bay
Blvd.; The Hive, 9908 Gulf Drive; Egret's Nest,
10010 Gulf Drive
Bradenton Beach at Joe's Eats and Sweets, 219
Gulf Drive and The Sailor's Knot, 110 Bridge St.
Holmes Beach at the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive;
Holmes Beach Hardware, 3352 East Bay Drive;
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive; Irene's Resort
Wear, 5308 Marina Drive; LaPensee Plumbing,
401 Manatee Ave.; The Egret's Landing, 5602
Marina Drive; Restless Natives, 5314 Marina
Drive; Mister Roberts Resortwear, 5330 Gulf
Drive and Whistle Stop, 3234 E. Bay Drive.
Tickets purchased at the homes the day of
the tour will cost $20.
Proceeds from the event will support the Center's
services and programs for children and adults.
For more information, call the Center at
Blitz on for raffle tickets
Anna Maria Island Community Center Tour of
Homes volunteers are working to boost sales of raffle
tickets for the tour quilt created by the Eyeland Nee-
Each year, the group creates a quilt to be raffled
during the tour, which will take place this year on
The 2009 quilt was named by Dick Castle of
Holmes Beach in a contest that earned Castle 50
tickets in the raffle drawing. Castle came up with
The winner of the quilt will be announced during
the tour, the winning ticket drawn at about 3 p.m. at
the tour boutique, at 309 Fern Ave., Anna Maria, a
home on the tour.
The quilt will be displayed at Publix Super
Market on Wednesdays and Fridays through March
20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The quilt also will be displayed at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Raffle tickets sell for $1 each or six for $5, and
can be purchased at the Center, the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, Beach Bum's Island Attitude
and Sato Real Estate.
Rotary to host Casino
Night March 14
By Lisa Neff
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island is making
virtual travel arrangements offering Islanders a
night in Monte Carlo without leaving Anna Maria
The club will present its seventh annual Extrava-
ganza and Casino Night on Saturday, March 14, at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
The theme is "Springtime in Monte Carlo."
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers from
the Sandbar Restaurant inAnna Maria, followed by a gour-
met buffet dinner catered by Ezra Cafe in Bradenton.
The evening also will feature music by RPM,
door prizes and auctions, dancing and an opportunity
for attendees to try their luck at casino tables.
Attendees may also try their luck at the Wheel
of Hope and a chance to win a week's vacation at a
waterfront home near Key West. The proceeds from
selling $50 chances on the wheel will go to Anna Maria
Elementary School needs to help offset budget cuts.
"In these difficult economic times, which impact
schools dramatically, it is especially important that
organizations like the Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island do e \ c.i iiing we can to help fill in the missing
pieces in funding," said club president Barry Gould.
"Our club is proud of its relationship with Anna
Maria Elementary, and is actively working on ways
to expand, rather than retract, our commitment."
Tickets to Extravaganza and Casino Night, priced
at $65 per person, are available at Waterside Lend-
ing, 104 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach; Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach; and the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
In addition to assisting AME, money raised with
the event will help the club support a number of other
charitable and educational endeavors, said event co-
chair Dantia Gould.
For more on the Rotary Casino Night, go to www.
AGAMI exhibit to benefit
breast cancer research
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will fea-
ture the work of Holmes Beach artists Midge Pippel
and Barbara Hines in March at the Guild Gallery.
And, during an artists-of-the-month reception at
5:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, 10 percent of the sales
will go to the Moffitt Cancer Center for breast cancer
Pippel and Hines are calling their exhibit "Art
from the Heart." The show will run through March
31 at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive,
Rotary to meet March 17
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
Tuesday, March 17, for lunch and a program at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
The program will be a club assembly.
For more information, call Dantia Gould at
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at Cafe on the Beach at the
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The speaker will be Jim De Porre talking about
"investing like a shark."
For more information, contact member Al Guy
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-778-8444.
CPR class offered
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron will hold
a CPR class at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton, at 6
p.m. Thursday, March 19.
The cost to attend the two-hour class is $20.
For more information, call Barb Kotlarek at
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Four months pass in
missing woman case
By Lisa Neff
Two cases, two defendants, but still authorities
have two unsolved mysteries.
The disappearance of Islander Sabine Musil-Bue-
hler, 49, and the arson fire at Haley's Motel, which
she co-owns with husband Tom Buehler, remain
unsolved mysteries after four months.
Two men with ties to the Haley's case are in the
Manatee County jail awaiting hearings this month in
courtrooms at the Manatee County Judicial Center in
Robert Corona, 38, is scheduled to go to trial the
week of March 23 on a charge of grand theft auto.
Corona is accused of stealing Musil-Buehler's
car from a 14th Street bar sometime between late
Nov. 4 and Nov. 6.
He was arrested early Nov. 6 after allegedly flee-
ing from a Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
attempting, at first, to make a routine traffic stop.
Corona initially told authorities he was given the
key to the car, but later said he found the vehicle in a
parking lot outside a 14th Street bar with the key in
The car contained small amounts of Musil-Bue-
hler's blood in the front seat and some of her posses-
sions in the trunk, according to the MCSO. Her cell
phone and purse remain missing.
Initially authorities described Corona as a person
of interest in the disappearance of Musil-Buehler, but
later the MCSO indicated that investigators believe
Corona never met her.
The Corona case is scheduled for a hearing on
March 11 to determine whether the trial will take
place this month.
Meanwhile, a defense and a prosecution are
being prepared in advance of a violation of probation
hearing for William Cumber III, 39, the boyfriend
SUltrasounds are Painless,
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Zoe Von Averkamp presents Genevieve Alban with
a bouquet during the Artists Guild ofAnna Maria's
20th anniversary celebration March 2 in Holmes
Beach. The occasion provided an opportunity to
also celebrate Alban's 90th birthday. Islander
Photo: Edna Tiemann
of Musil-Buehler and the last known person to see
Cumber was arrested in December 2008 during a
traffic stop near Ocala. He was driving a pickup truck
on a suspended license, and served 10 days on the
charge in the Marion County jail in late December.
The incident resulted in a charge that Cumber,
by leaving Manatee County and getting arrested on a
new charge, violated the conditions of his probation
for a felony arson conviction.
Cumber has been characterized as a person of
interest in both Musil-Buehler's disappearance, which
is under investigation as a possible homicide, and the
arson fire at Haley's Motel on Nov. 16, 2008.
Cumber's connection to the two unsolved cases
led defense attorney Thomas Ostrander to question
the severity of the sentence the state is seeking for
the alleged violation of probation.
The state offered a deal of 15 years in prison if
Cumber pleaded guilty to the charge, but plans to
seek 30 years in prison if the case goes forward.
The violation of probation hearing is scheduled
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The Manatee County Utilities Department on
March 5 rescinded a precautionary boil water notice to
Anna Maria residents living from Willow Avenue north
to Bean Point to boil any drinking or cooking water.
A MCUD press release said bacteria samples col-
lected from locations in the area on March 4 were free
of contamination, indicating the water is safe to drink.
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The women of the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation will welcome the women of the Mana-
sota Deanery of the Diocese of Southwest Florida
Thursday, March 12.
The day will include a service at 9:30 a.m., fol-
lowed by a business meeting at the church, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The speaker will be Joe Mercado of the Manatee
A luncheon will follow.
The day's program is free, but lunch tickets will
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Pancakes on Roser menu
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Ave., Anna Maria, will serve a pancake breakfast 8
a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14.
Tickets will be $5 at the door.
The menu will include pancakes, sausage, biscuits
and gravy, applesauce, orange juice, coffee and tea.
Also, the Roser Thrift Shop yard sale will take
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 11, 2009 0 13
City staff, officials get 'Sunshine' lesson
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach elected officials and appointed
board members gathered indoors Feb. 26 for a session
in the sunshine.
The city of Bradenton Beach, following its char-
ter, hosted an annual lesson on the Florida Govern-
In Florida, the Sunshine Law provides a right of
access to government proceedings at both state and
local levels. Also, every person also has the consti-
tutional right to inspect or copy any public record,
with some exceptions.
The session took place at Bradenton Beach City
Hall, with city attorney Ricinda Perry leading the
program on open government.
"The sunshine law is really self-policing," Perry
said. "It's pretty much common sense."
But, she added, there are some nuances, tipping
points and slippery slopes to watch out for.
Perry conducted the session using a 32-question
test consisting of mostly true-or-false questions.
Most people at the meeting had previously
attended a Sunshine Law session and the informa-
tion seemed familiar, but there were questions about
whether new forms of communication such as tex-
ting messages on a cell phone are covered under
the Sunshine Law.
They are, said Perry, pointing out a recent case
on the matter.
Also, Gov. Charlie Crist's Commission on Open
Government Reform released a report in January that
recommended "all agencies adopt policies that pro-
hibit the use of text and instant messaging technolo-
gies during public meetings and/or hearings."
The commission said text messages and other
such messages which are transitory in nature, are
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strongest in the nation.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's office
is charged with mediating disputes involving open
government, specifically access to public records.
The program is intended to resolve a dispute but
avoid expensive and time-consuming litigation,
which proved to be the case in an Islander lawsuit
against Bradenton Beach over the Sunshine and
public records laws.
McCollum's office has launched the Government
Accountability Project to encourage governments to
proactively provide more records, especially on Web
The first phase of GAP involved analyzing county
and school district Web sites for records posted. The
second phase, now under way, involves working with
local governments on adding records to Web sites.
McCollum also urged government agencies in the
state to make openness their new year's resolution
and to do so by Sunshine Week, which is March
To promote open government, journalism asso-
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observe Sunshine Week nationwide from March
The Florida Association of Newspaper Editors
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scheduling coincides with National Freedom of Infor-
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major contributor to the ratification of the Constitu-
tion and the framing of the Bill of Rights.
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in the government process and promote open gov-
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taking place during Sunshine Week, go to page 3.
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By Lisa Neff
The past, the present and the possible proved the topics
of primary interest during the Heritage Day Festival March
7 at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society.
The festival took place at the AMIHS museum
grounds, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, drawing longtime
supporters of the non-profit and some first-time visitors
to the museum and newcomers to the Island.
While festivalgoers toured the museum and
explored the grounds, they also discussed the devel-
oping projects on Pine Avenue.
Two structures are nearing completion on Pine
Avenue catty-corner from the museum. The buildings
are new, but they represent the developers' apprecia-
tion of a charming old Florida.
"It's a real improvement to the street I think,"
said Samantha Strong. "It enhances my walk to the
"It's new but I think it preserves what I love about
this place," Hank Aronson said of the development
project. "And it really will bring a lot of people to
Pine, which has to be good for the museum."
Inside the museum, Aronson studied some old
photographs of Anna Maria.
"It's changed," he said, "but not as much as a lot
of places have changed."
In addition to the tours, the festival offered Aronson
and other attendees demonstrations in palm-fi lnd \\ %i\ inl'.
displays of antiques and collectibles and the opportunity to
take home fresh-baked Early Settler's Bread.
The day's menu featured ribs and collard greens
from Three Brothers BBQ and hot dogs grilled by
AMIHIS volunteers. On the sweeter side, Icy Cre-
ations sold Italian ice, custards and shakes.
AMIHS supporters recognized the entertainers
- the Gulf Drive Band and Friends who perform
at many historical society events.
Orchestra plans benefit, concert
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra will hold its second annual Taste of Music
Champagne Gala April 4.
The event will take place at a private estate in
northwest Bradenton from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will
feature musical performances, champagne and wine,
a buffet and dancing under the stars.
Tickets to the gala will cost $50.
Also, AMICCO will perform its opera concert
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Tickets will be $20.
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Libraries book volunteer support
By Lisa Neff
A record numbers of volunteers turned out across
the nation on the Day of Service.
The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, didn't benefit from that volunteer
drive it is closed Mondays.
Instead, the library benefits from many days of
service from a team of volunteers who help with a
variety of tasks from raising money through the
Friends of the Island Library to shelving books in the
With the arrival of the winter-spring season, the
pace of business has quickened at the library and the
need has grown for volunteers, said branch manager
"Our volunteers do so much," Ehde said.
This month, volunteers helped with the Friends
of the Island Library's largest single event the
two-day book sale that raises money for the library's
Volunteers also help with the ongoing lecture
"All the Friends board members help with fund-
raising, the lecture-travel series, membership, the
book sale," said FIL member Denise Johnson. "And
many of us help in other ways."
Johnson, for example, volunteers during business
hours at the library, assisting the staff with tasks, from
shelving books to updating the sign along Marina
"Shelving books is a big priority," she said. "But
calling to inform people that their requested books
are in, cleaning DVDs, putting away the movies and
magazines, checking to make sure the books are in
order on the shelf, putting out chairs for programs,
dusting the shelves or updating the sign marquee are
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Johnson also observed that the economic crisis
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use of libraries at a time when funding is down.
"Much of the professional work cannot be
replaced by volunteers, but volunteers can perform a
number of important and necessary tasks," she said.
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Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N.,
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Tingley is not part of the Manatee County public
library system, but rather a non-profit institution
funded by donations, including that of its benefac-
tor, Beulah Hooks Hannah Tingley. Patrons pay a $3
annual fee to check out materials.
Tingley library clerk Eveann Adams said volun-
teers assist with checking out books, shelving books
and keeping books in order.
Volunteers also assisted with Tingley's annual
book sale Feb. 28.
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16 0 MARCH 11, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Springfest seeds local
arts, local economy
By Lisa Neff
Robin Zimmerman paces off the feet to the spot
where, for this weekend's fine arts show, her tent will
be erected on the field near Holmes Beach City Hall.
"I always request the same spot," said Zimmer-
man, who for the past 30 years has earned a living as
a batik artist.
On March 4, the field in the 5800 block of Marina
Drive was empty, with just some faded lines for a
By 10 a.m. March 14, the field will be crowded,
with dozens of white tents housing about 100 artists,
including Zimmerman, for the Anna Maria Island Art
League's 21st annual Springfest: Fine Arts and Fine
"It just becomes almost like a little village for the
weekend," Zimmerman said. "It's a wonderful show,
and they treat artists like royalty."
The event, which raises money for AMIAL's edu-
cational programs, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The festival will feature booths with artists exhib-
iting paintings, glass, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, fiber
arts, photography and woodwork.
The festival also will feature the Gumbo Boogie
Band and Anna Maria String Band, a youth art
exhibit, a raffle for more than 60 pieces of donated
art, and local vendors offering local tastes, including
smoked mullet, fried green tomatoes and fish tacos.
"I like that Springfest is so local in these 'support
your local' times," said Zimmerman, who lives in
Holmes Beach and has participated in eight Spring-
fests and eight Winterfests.
Like Zimmerman, many Springfest artists are
local residents and an estimated two-thirds of the art-
ists are from Florida, according to AMIAL executive
director Joyce Karp.
In recent years, many Springfest artists were
known to travel from show to show, state to state.
Karp said this year many artists seem to be staying
close to home, perhaps due to economic conditions.
The good news, said Karp, is "we have incredible
artists in Florida" and the money spent at Springfest
will go into local and state economies.
"I can make a living right here, in this area,"
said Zimmerman. "I used to travel. I don't anymore.
It's the expense and the time away from the studio. I
found I could do well at home."
Zimmerman participates in about 45 shows a
year. Eight months of the year she sells at shows in
Florida, and for four months in the summer, when she
lives in a rustic cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula,
she takes part in shows in Wisconsin.
But while she works in two states, Zimmerman
said her travel range in Florida is much shorter this
year than in past years. She said she doesn't attend
shows farther south than Siesta Key.
Zimmerman moved to Holmes Beach from
Yellow Springs, Ohio, about four years ago after fall-
ing for the Island while vacationing with her sisters
- one sister has a vacation home on the Island.
"I had a Midwest crisis," she said. "And I've
always wanted to live someplace tropical."
Zimmerman has worked in batik and earned
a living as an artist since graduating with an art
degree 30 years ago.
"This is the only job I've ever had," she said.
Browsers at Springfest likely will see some artists
and crafters at work, but browsers will not see Zim-
merman working on batiks. A tent on a soccer field
is not a proper studio for the complicated process of
batik, which involves the application of permanent
dyes and hot wax, she said.
Zimmerman begins creating an artwork by
making a sketch, which she places under a piece of
PLEASE SEE SPRINGFEST, NEXT PAGE
7ki & Kitty odventunee in hopping
arch madness, time to march into
our favorite shops!
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA continues
to be THE gathering spot. Plus, there is a great mix
of vintage coastal furnishings. Mark your calendar
for their GIGANTIC (outdoor) FLEA MARKET on
The Vintage Vagabond antique shop in Braden-
ton is one of those places where you could stay all
day. Mark your calendar for March 15 for another
one of their fabulous Sunday flea markets. Not only
is it full of great stuff from antiques to retro finds,
but owners Don, Joy, and Bev are ultra-sweet and
Steff's Stuff on Longboat Key has a large selec-
tion of fabulous vintage chandeliers, gorgeous jew-
elry and tons of revolving goodies.
The Sea Hagg on Cortez Road is having a "Ware-
house Clearance Sale" Thursday, Friday, and Satur-
day, March 12-14. You need to be there to "SEA" this
In Ellenton, The Feed Store Antique Mall is
one of the largest, places around for antiques and
collectibles. Take the drive to Ellenton, peruse and
say, "Hi," to Mariana.
Thrift and Consignment Shop
Large selection of
Home Decor, Furniture,
Fine Jewelry, Clothes
for the whole family! Books
5704 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Reader's Choice 2008 Best Consignment Store
The Historic Antiques District east of downtown
Bradenton is home to Braden River Antiques, fea-
turing cool furniture and art from all eras, Retro
Rosie's with quality vintage clothing, and Cobwebs
Antiques, with its variety of antiques and collectibles.
The district hosts a flea market the second Sunday of
every month, so, again, mark your calendar.
If you have a nest to furnish, we recomme nd
Bradenton Bargain Center. From antiques to estate
furniture, bedroom and dining sets to living too s,
you're sure to find something unique to fit perfe cly
with your decor.
The Whitfield Exchange has really neat fui i-
ture, too. "High quality at low prices" is how owner
Lindsay describes the store. Go often as new items
arrive to the store almost daily.
Stop at Community Thrift Shop on Manatee
Avenue West and see why it's voted the BEST CON-
SIGNMENT SHOP in Bradenton. It's the nice people
such as manager Martha aid er staff, and the great
We also love to shop y r NEW things, and what's
not to love at The Beach Shop at the Manatee Public
Beach. Swimwear to cruisewear, flip-flops to fashion
jewels, they have a huge selection, plus everything
you need for a day at the beach.
Rusty Crickett's in downtown Bradenton is very
pleased to announce that you may now shop its col-
lection online at www.rustycricketts.com. Yes, you
can shop Bradenton's favorite boutique without leav-
cosey eity Cottge
Manatee County '
Prom and Cocktail dress headquarters
shop online: www.rustycricketts.com
S615 15th et. W. Downtown Bradenton
745-3131 Mon.&at 10am-5ish
The Bag Lady in Palmetto is where you want to
go when you need or want a new purse, tote or clutch.
Make sure you mention Tiki & Kitty and The Islander
for a 10 percent discount.
No shopping trip is complete without something
for our precious the little ones from Baby Boutiki,
where quality clothing, toys and essentials for babies
and toddlers abound.
Thanks for reading about our favorite places to
shop and, on behalf of our sponsors, thank you for
shopping local. See you in the shops!
These friendly faces belong to the nice women at
Community Thrift Shop. Store Manager Martha
Monosiet, center, with sale associates Susan Car-
rington, left, and Mindy Hill, right.
Sunday, March 15
Starts at 8am!
At the old IGA
and in the lot
across the street
9807 Gulf Drive
Jane E's cafe and
bakery will be open!
Springfest this weekend
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16
white cotton to draw the image onto the cloth.
Using dyes and brushes, and with an old radio
tuned to WMNF-88.5, a local National Public Radio
station, Zimmerman paints colors into the design.
After the painted dye dries, she paints hot wax
over them and then bathes the cloth in dye. During
the bath, the hardened wax breaks.
"The dye gets into the cracks and you get that
crackling effect of batik," Zimmerman said, adding
that a final step is to iron-out the wax.
Some large-scale batiks she frames.
Others about as wide as the chest of a T-shirt -
she uses in a heat-transfer process to design clothing.
"Batik, it's a very unique look, very different
from silkscreen and very different from tie-dye,"
For her Florida shows, Zimmerman paints native
plants, birds and fish. The Wisconsin images also are
"It keeps it so much more interesting," she said of
the north-south variety in her work. "It keeps things
As she prepared for Springfest last week, Zim-
merman went through old festival records to see what
where her tent
will be on the
Field during the
S Island Art
Photo: Lisa Neff
items sold well and checked weather forecasts to see
what temperatures for whether short-sleeve T-shirts
or long-sleeve sweatshirts will be in demand.
"I go back to the last year," she said. "I always have
inventory because I do shows almost every week."
Batiks by Robin Zimmerman is a one-person
operation by choice.
"I like to keep it small and keep it all," Zimmer-
man said, referring to maintaining control not only
of her business, but also of her art and creativity.
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'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 Upp-Hartmann, Herb Stump, MaryJo Johnson
and Laura Morales. Phyllis Elfenbein is the director.
The play is a "rival for affection" story about
a husband, a wife and a dog named Sylvia that the
husband finds in a park.
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 began 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 941-778-5755.
Mixon to host concert
Mixon Fruit Farms in east Bradenton will host
a free Concert in the Grove featuring the Dr. Dave
Band from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 12.
The event also will include a 50-50 drawing to benefit
the Relay for Life ofAMI/American Cancer Society
Mixon Fruit Farms, owned by Islanders, is
located at 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton.
Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Wares,
Jewelry, Retro, Trains, Delft, Hummels
Flea Market 7am-2pm
1st & 3rd Sundays monthly!
Open Tuesday Sunday 10-4
1622 63rd Avenue E, Bradenton
for every age,
shape and size!
from casual to cruisewear
and cute white dresses for
a casual island wedding.
Plus a Beautiful selec-
tion of Native American
BEACH I SHOP
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
At the Manatee Public Beach
941-778-5442 Open Daily
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.
Feb. 26, 101 Bridge St., Maestro restaurant,
trespass. Officers were called by management of
the establishment after a former employee alleg-
edly harassed the owner regarding a final paycheck,
which management said had been mailed to the
employee. A trespass warning was issued to the
March 3, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, auto burglary.
A vender said he went into the store to drop off supplies
and on returning to his unlocked car, he discovered his
laptop computer and cell phone were missing.
March 3, 100 block Bridge Street, domestic. Offi-
cers responded to a call of an altercation. A woman
and her boyfriend were allegedly accosted by the
woman's former boyfriend, and a pushing match
ensued between the two men. Both agreed to sign
waivers not to prosecute and left the scene.
March 2, 2300 Gulf Drive, DUI. A Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputy observed an oncom-
ing car swerve into his lane, forcing him to drive off
FULL LIQUOR STORE LIQUOR-BEER-WINE
5344 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
Arthur Russell Daane
Arthur Russell Daane, 58, of Holmes Beach,
died March 3.
Mr. Daane moved to Manatee County six
years ago from Fort Myers.
Services will be held at a later date. Memorial
contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice
and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
FL 34238. Covell Funeral Home is in charge of
He is survived by his wife Tara, two sons, one
sister and one brother.
Matthew Donohue, 90, of Holmes Beach,
died March 2.
Mr. Donohue was a member of the G.T. Bray
Tennis Center. He was a retired attorney from
Chase Manhattan Bank.
There were no services. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements.
the road. He pursued the car, which again swerved
and nearly struck a parked Bradenton Beach police
vehicle. The car's driver, Chad Hermann, 46, of
Holmes Beach, was stopped and failed field sobriety
tests. He later failed two breathalyzer tests. He was
charged with DUI and received citations for driving
without wearing a seat belt, failing to drive in a single
lane, driving without insurance and driving without
vehicle registration. He was taken to jail.
St. Bernard Holy Name Society
at St. Bernard's
Dinner by Chef David Gallagher
and Chef Elaina Pompa
Music by Roni
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
Beer, Soda & Set-ups
$15 per person
For tickets, see any Holy Name member,
or call the church office 778-4769
(Si (Tickets are available after all Masses)
He is survived by his wife of 44 years,
Marilyn Lee Lightner
Marillyn Lee Lightner, 82, of Anna Maria, and
Dixon, Ill., died March 4.
Mrs. Lightner was a nurses aide at Kather-
inill.chl Bethea Hospital, Dixon, during in the
1940s, and a homemaker. She was a member of
Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria,
and Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church,
Memorial services were March 7 at Bethel
Evangelical Congregational Church. Burial will
be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. A memorial
service at Roser Church will be held at a later
date. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon,
was in charge of arrangements. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to the Roser Memorial
Community Church Thrift Shop, P.O. Box 247,
PLEASE SEE OBITUARIES, NEXT PAGE
March 3, 2900 block Avenue E, verbal domes-
tic. Officers responded to a call of an argument and
found a woman lying on the ground. Paramedics
were called and took her to the hospital. Apparently
a verbal altercation developed between her and a man
and she fell down the stairs, hurting her back. Due
to lack of evidence as to what exactly happened, and
all parties agreeing to sign waivers not to prosecute,
the matter was dropped.
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Anna Maria FL 34216-0247.
She is survived by sons, John and wife Linda
of Bradenton, and Tom and wife Elise of Sarasota;
daughters Linda Brantley, and Peggy Covert and hus-
band George, both of Dixon; daughter-in-law Eris of
Dixon; sister Joyce Klausmeir of Sheboygan, Wis.;
grandchildren Eric, Kristopher, Mark, Jennifer, John
II, Tonya, Cory, Stephanie, Jamie, Stacey, Matthew
and Kaylee; and great-grandchildren Lydia, Phoebe,
Ben, Tanner, Taylor, Lindsey, John III, Joey, Jordan,
Tiffany, Aspen, Hope, Adam, Jesse and Sophia.
Lt. Col. Alice Audrey Seller
Lt. Col. Alice Audrey Seiler, 81, of Anna Maria
Sand Lancaster, Pa., died March
Born in Salisbury, Rhode-
sia, Mrs. Seller was retired from
the Salvation Army. She was a
graduate of Columbia Presby-
terian Medical Center, where
she received her bachelor of
science degree from the univer-
Seiler sity's then president, Dwight D.
Eisenhower. She and her hus-
band, Donald, entered and were
ordained at the Salvation Army School for Officers
Training, and were commissioned. They served in
Ohio, Zambia, Kenya, Ghana, New York City, Buf-
falo, N.Y., Connecticut and Massachusetts. After
their retirement to Anna Maria, she served as health
center director at Salvation Army camps and also
volunteered in Zambia, Kenya, Zaire, Hong Kong,
Costa Rica and the Virgin Islands.
Her great-great-grandfather, George Emerson
Bean, received the first homestead deed to Anna
Maria Island in 1893 from President William McKin-
Memorial services were March 7 in Lancaster.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation
Army through Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home, 320
Blue Rock Road, Millersville PA 17551. Online con-
dolences may be made at www.scheidfuneralhome.
She is survived by husband Donald D.; son
Glenn; grandson Glenn Erik; and many relatives and
Community notices, events
Attention community organization representa-
tives: The Islander welcomes notices of your events
and projects on Anna Maria Island and encourages
you to submit photographs on a regular basis. Please
send press releases and photos with detailed captions
to email@example.com or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217. Remember to include complete
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Garden club to hold
Penny Flower Show
The members of the Anna Maria Garden Club
invite shoppers to the "Love Is" Penny Flower Show,
at which a penny counts for a vote for competing
Prizes will be awarded in a number of catego-
"The more you like an arrangement, the more
you can vote," said the club's Jean Taylor.
The event, including prize raffles and a plant and
bake sale, will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday,
March 18. A workshop will take place from 10 a.m.
The Islander is a sponsor of the popular event,
which will again be held in the fellowship hall at
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Hostesses for the event will include Ester Cal-
lahan, Mary Coughlin, Elizabeth Cullen, Carolyn
Dimmig, Clare Faner, Honey "Dawn" Haskins, Kathy
Kirkpatrick, Suzanne Lowry and Gloria Mayfield.
The winner of the club's contest to design the
poster for the show is James Cuccio, a third-grade
student at Anna Maria Elementary School, according
to club publicity chair Ginger Wyss.
For more information, call Jean Taylor at
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Tuesday, March 17, Noon-8pm
* Corned Beef & Cabbage $10.95
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Wednesday, March 11
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players lunch
at the Sun House Restaurant, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Introduction to solar energy at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Thursday, March 12
9 a.m. Joe Mercado of the Manatee Food Bank will speak
to the women of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation luncheon
at 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-792-7183. Fee
Friday, March 13
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reception for watercolor/mixed media artists
Barbara Hines and Midge Pippel at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6634.
Saturday, March 14
8 to 11 a.m. Pancake breakfast and yard sale at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
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12pm Polka featuring Dennis O'Connor
3pm Sarasota Highland Pipers
4pm Drake School of Irish Dance
Traditional Irish Food
Wearing of the Green Contest
Auction, Vintage Car display
Indoors and Air Conditioned
$1.00 cover charge
941-778-7072. Fee applies for breakfast.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest arts
and crafts show outdoors at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
10:30 a.m. Jay Leverone of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
will speak at the Save Anna Maria Inc. meeting at the West Manatee
Fire Rescue Station, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
5:30 p.m. The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island hosts "Extrava-
ganza: Springtime in Monte Carlo" at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-730-1294. Fee applies.
Sunday, March 15
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest arts
and crafts show outdoors at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
4 p.m. Beach Bistro St. Patrick's Day Parade departs from Gulf
Drive at Marina Avenue, proceeding north along Marina and Palm ave-
nues to 81st Street, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6444.
6:30 p.m. "Island Praise" singers perform at CrossPointe Fellow-
ship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.
Monday, March 16
10:30 a.m. to noon and 6 to 7:30 p.m. "Living Life with a Pink
Tablecloth' health seminar at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Noon -Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents "Israel-Pal-
estine; What's Next" with guest Philip Wilcox, former ambassador and
president of Foundation for Middle East Peace, at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-9287.
Tuesday, March 17
9:30 a.m. The Islander St. Patrick's Day Irish Breakfast at the
Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. (Sold out.)
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. "Humor, Health and Healing" seminar at the
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Anna Maria Island Community Center, 307 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
4 to 5:30 p.m. "Humor, Health and Healing" seminar at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 307 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
8p.m. Island Players special performance of "Sylvia" at the Island
Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-518-4431. Fee
applies. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
Wednesday, March 18
10 a.m. Nature journaling workshop at Leffis Key on
the bayside of Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information:
1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Garden Club presents its annual Penny
Flower Show "Love Is" at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
5 to 7 p.m. "Thank you" fundraiser for the Rev. Ron Joseph at
the Sandbar Restaurant. Advance tickets at The Islander and Sato Real
Estate. Fee applies.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Floral arrangement class at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Thursday at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., Teen 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.
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Saturday at 8:30 a.m., Free yoga on the beach near the Pine
Avenue public beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bridge Street Market
at 107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, through April. 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 21, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
March 21, Collector car auction at the Sarasota-Bradenton Inter-
national Convention Center.
March 21, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Artrageous sidewalk
March 21, Eco Expo at Bradenton Beach City Hall.
March 22, Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Chorus con-
*March 22, Auditions for "Alone TogetherAgain" at the Island Play-
Save the date
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 12
6 to 9 p.m. Concert in the Grove featuring the Dr. Dave
Band at Mixon Fruit Farm, 2712 27th St. E., Bradenton. Information:
941-748-5829. Fee applies. Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island
Relay for Life.
7 p.m. Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival pres-
ents "Peace with Seals" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Tuesday, March 17
Noon to 8 p.m. St. Patrick's Day party at the Elk's Club Lodge,
2511 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-1511. Fee applies.
Ongoing Off-Island Theatre:
"Damn Yankees" at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bra-
denton, through March 15. Box office: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
"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.
AME school calendar
Wednesday, March 11, full school day for FCAT testing, 3:15 p.m.
March 11-20, Florida Comprehensive Assessment Testing.
Thursday, March 12, 9 a.m. Spring Fling meeting.
Friday, March 20, 9 a.m. PTO meeting in the cafeteria.
Tuesday, March 24, 5 p.m. PTO family dinner night followed by
the K-2 talent show.
Friday, March 27, record day, no school for students.
Tuesday, March 31,9 a.m. Spring Fling meeting.
*April 6-11, Spring break.
For more information, call the school office at 941-708-5525. AME
is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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For the love of a game
By Lisa Neff
"Sports rule the world in Neff household."
My name first appeared in a newspaper under this
headline, but not in a byline. My name appeared in
the feature story in my hometown newspaper when I
was 12 years old the first byline came a few years
My mother's anecdote about my encounter at 4
years old with an encyclopedia salesman provided the
opening graph. The salesman tried to sell my mom
a set of encyclopedias, suggesting that her 4-year-
old daughter didn't know the seasons. "Yes, I do," I
allegedly said. "Basketball, baseball, track and foot-
Sports did rule the world in the Neff household.
My dad devoted his career to coaching. My siblings
played a variety of sports. My mom also coached and
served as president of the city's girl's baseball league.
I played flag football for fun and basketball for school
teams. I never much cared for track, but I cannot
clearly remember when I did not love baseball.
My first vivid baseball memories are from 1969,
when I was 5 years old. I was earning enough allow-
ance to begin collecting baseball cards, and I received
my first leather glove and Louisville Slugger for my
My dad taught me how to oil the glove, to make
a pocket by putting the mitt ball wrapped inside
- under my pillow while I slept.
He also taught me how to bat, to field, to throw,
to follow through with a swing and to get in front of
the ball. I played ball with neighborhood kids after
school and on weekends, and when there were no
kids to play with, I practiced with a ball, a glove and
a brick wall.
I was a girl with Major League Baseball dreams,
and in the 1970s, with the push for the Equal Rights
Amendment, the passage of Title IX and the front-
and-center Women's Lib movement, realizing those
dreams seemed possible.
The Waukegan, Ill., park district even established
a girl's baseball program, the Ponytail League, which
Play ball: Share your baseball
memories with The Islander
Do you remember the first pro baseball game
you attended? The first home run you belted out
of the park? The first ball glove you oiled up or
the first bat you buffed? The first complete set of
baseball cards you collected?
The Islander invites readers young and
old, male and female to reflect on their past
and our national pastime with the arrival of the
spring-training season, followed by opening day
of Major League Baseball.
Share your baseball memories and baseball
moments in words and photographs. E-mail Lisa
Neff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The writer in 1976 with the rest of the Green
Machine team in the Waukegan, Ill., Ponytail
I played in until I reached high-school age and had
no where to turn but to softball a poor, second-
class substitute for a girl who loves the crack of the
hardball against the bat and the smack of the hardball
in the glove.
My best baseball memories are during those
Ponytail years memories of my teammates on the
Green Machine, of my mom coaching at first base,
of the big hits, close games and the warmups to the
music from "Rocky."
We sold chocolate in the off-season to buy uni-
forms to look as serious as the boys. We took the
commuter train to Chicago to study the Cubs and
the Sox, and we caravanned in cars to Milwaukee to
watch the Brewers. We practiced from the last school
bell of the day until it was too dark to see the ball.
We had fun. We played hard. We knew the glory of
playing an all-star game under the lights on July 4
and the pain of losing a championship title in the dust
of a short slide at home plate.
Occasionally when I go back home, I see old
teammates and we remember the Ponytail years and
wonder why the girl's baseball program died away.
But we also discuss our excitement at seeing more
girls playing T-ball and hardball with boys, though
too few options exist for girls once they become teen-
Now another baseball season has arrived.
Kids boys and girls are playing games at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Parents will crowd the bleachers this
spring, but so will other Islanders who know how much
fun a youth baseball game can be to watch.
And major leaguers are in spring training. The
Pirates are suiting up in Bradenton. The Reds are in
Sarasota at least for this year. The Yankees are
drawing crowds in Tampa. The Rays are preparing
in Port Charlotte to prove their might. And out in
Arizona, the Cubs know this is their year.
When I was 5, the Cubs were managed by Leo
Durocher and the roster was packed with quality
players, including Ferguson Jenkins, Randy Hund-
ley, Billy Williams and my favorites, Ron Santo and
Santo would jump and click his heels with so
much enthusiasm for the game. And Banks had a
catch phrase: "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame....
Let's play two."
Any Islanders up for a double-header?
Egmont transfer not in Crist budget
By Lisa Neff
A Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion proposal to transfer management on Egmont Key
to the federal government may be on hold.
The DEP had recommended the transfer in an
effort to cut costs in the fiscal 2009-10 budget, but
the governor's proposed budget does not provide for
Currently Egmont Key, visible across Tampa Bay
from the north end of Anna Maria Island, is a state
park operated under the jurisdiction of the DEP's
Division of Recreation and Parks and a National
Wildlife Refuge under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
The site is owned by U.S. Fish and Wildlife and
managed under a joint federal-state agreement.
Last year, the DEP proposed the transfer of its
responsibility on Egmont to deal with a request from
Gov. Charlie Crist, who wanted all state agencies to
submit plans to reduce their operating budgets by 10
percent in fiscal 2009-10.
Each division of the DEP proposed budget
The Division of Recreation and Parks proposed
the transfer of Egmont Key and Three Rivers State
Park to the federal government and Forest Capital
Museum State Park to Taylor County. Three Rivers
in Jackson County is owned by the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers and Forest Capital in Taylor County is
owned by the county.
Additionally, the division proposed temporar-
ily closing public access to 19 state parks, selecting
the sites based on low visits and revenue compared
to relatively high operating budgets, according to a
statement from the state.
The 19 parks were Terra Ceia Preserve State Park
in Manatee County, Yellow River Marsh Preserve State
Park in Santa Rosa County, St. Marks River State Park
in Leon County, Lake June-In-Winter Scrub State Park
in Highlands County, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve
State Park in Nassau County, Constitution Conven-
tion Museum State Park in Gulf County, John Gorrie
Museum State Park in Franklin County, Deer Lake
State Park in Walton County, Allen David Broussard
Catfish Creek State Park in Polk County, Tarkiln Bayou
Preserve State Park in Escambia County, Letchworth-
Love Mounds Archaeological State Park in Jefferson
County, Dunns Creek in Putnum County San Marcos de
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Snook season finally here, but fish prove elusive
By Paul Roat
Snook (Centropomus undecimalis) are powerful
fish that are usually found in bays or just off beaches.
They have a large mouth with a protruding lower jaw
and a distinctive black lateral line. The Florida snook
record is 44 pounds.
March 1 marked the first day of snook season
for 2009, but snook rules seem to change often. For
linesider anglers off Anna Maria Island, the current
slot limit is 28 to 32 inches. There is a one-fish daily
bag limit on snook and a special $2 snook stamp is
required on your fishing license to keep the species.
Early reports are scattered on snook hookups.
Although there are some big ones being caught, most
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Apalache Historic State Park in Wakulla County, Wind-
ley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park in Monroe
County, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botani-
cal State Park in Monroe County, Dudley Farm His-
toric State Park in Gilchrist County, Kissimmee Prairie
Preserve State Park in Okeechobee County, Nature and
Heritage Tourism Center in Hamilton County, Cedar
Key Museum State Park in Levy County.
The Florida Audubon Society released a statement
of concern about the DEP proposal: "Some of these clo-
sures could have grave implications for Florida's rarest
natural communities and wildlife. Florida's parks and
other conservation lands are held in trust for the people
of Florida. Holding land in trust means a commitment
to good management and responsibility for stewardship
of vulnerable natural resources.
"Audubon is calling on Gov. Crist to give sub-
stantial consideration to the impacts of these reduc-
tions on the state's ability to adequately manage these
Egmont Key, for example, is an important
resource for imperiled beach-dependent birds in
Audubon said reversion of the property to the
National Wildlife Refuge system might provide some
cost-savings, but the short timeframe proposed would
not give the federal cooperating agency sufficient
time to find the resources to replace the functions
the state provides.
The result, according to Audubon, would be "the
park's sensitive resources would be left without onsite,
round-the-clock management, and the island would be
vulnerable to trespass and resource abuse."
Representatives with the Egmont Key Alliance
and Audubon said they planned to lobby for Egmont
in Tallahassee during the legislative session.
"While the governor's recommendations are encour-
aging, of course, the Legislature writes the lbdgt. \\ ilh
input from these recommendations. All eyes will now
be on the legislative branch to see how they interpret
and incorporate these recommendations into the coming
budget," read a statement from Audubon of Florida.
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Other inshore action includes big sheepshead,
some to 8 pounds, plus redfish to more than 30 inches,
as well as some flounder and lots of trout.
Pompano remain thick in Longboat Pass, and
there are a few bluefish being caught.
Offshore action remains strong for amberjack and
snapper, with most structure providing some good-
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
said he's been having an excellent fishing season so
far this winter. "We had a fantastic day of sheepshead
fishing last week with the 'little' 2-pounders getting
released," he said. "Redfishing has been exceptional,
with a dozen reds caught on average every trip. Some
of the redfish have been over 30 inches long." Trout
are starting to move around and are getting thick in
some areas, he said, adding that he expects the fishing
to only get better as the weather warms.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said most snook
fishers are assessing the action right now. There are
some hookups with smaller fish, and signs of white-
bait off the beaches and near the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge indicate that the season, as the water warms,
could be good. Best bet for backwater anglers now,
though, is trout and pompano. Sheepshead are thick
around any structure in the bay and off the nearshore
reefs, where the convict fish appear to be spawning.
Big males of 8 pounds are pretty common, he said,
and flounder are also coming in from the same spots.
Farther offshore, at 20 miles or so out in the Gulf of
Mexico, amberjack and mangrove snapper are still
thick and hungry.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include lots of
big sheepshead. Snook season at the dock has started
slowly, with a few 32- and 34-inch linesiders being
caught, but most are smaller. Morning fishing is reap-
ing the best results.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, reports also
include lots of sheepshead, plus some flounder and
some small snook being caught in the mornings.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said with two weeks until
spring, "I happily bid goodbye to winter. It has been
one of the longest, coldest and windiest winters in
these parts for as long as I can remember." Capt. Zach
said snook usually break out of their winter holes
around St. Patrick's Day, "and if the weather report
of a solid week or better of 80-degree temperatures
comes to pass, that should hold true. Reds and trout
will be headed to shallower water and the pompano
action should get even better. The past several years
have produced exceptionally good kingfish runs in
the area, and I have real high hopes for this spring.
Sam Malone, age 10 ofAtlanta, shows off his catch-
and-release snook, hooked March 7 from the Gry-
boski family dock in Holmes Beach. Snook season
opened March 1, but Sam's catch was under the slot
limit of 28 inches. Islander Photo: David Gryboski
Last falls king run was cut short by a very early cold
spell, but in the spring that should not be a problem.
In fact, cold water temperatures to our north will
keep the big macks in our neighborhood for a longer
period of time. We've not had a really good cobia
run for several years now, so we're due for a biggie
this year." He said winter fishing was generally good
and pompano fishing was excellent and remains great
for the first time in several years. On a trip last week,
he took his charter offshore and caught sheepies to
8 pounds, plus Key West grunts, mangrove snapper,
triggerfish and numerous juvenile groupers. "Closer
to the beaches, areas with good structure also gave
up even more sheepshead and snapper, along with
trout, pompano, bluefish and mackerel," he said.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said the offshore action is starting to pick up
as the weather improves. "The action is wild and crazy
out there with all the big amberjacks you want to fight or
can handle," he said, adding that "mangrove madness"
is also taking place in the Gulf w ilth mingrove snapper,
plus yellowtail, lane and vermillion snapper, pri .'\
sea bass, flounder, triggerfish and scamp. He put Glenn
and Pat Currier on a pair of nice-sized hogfish as well.
Don't forget that red grouper season opens up March
15 and gag grouper April 1, he added.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and
may be submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@
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Mike Fischer of the Morgan Stanley T-ball team leads players in a cheer before they receive their
uniforms at Little League Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center March 7. Islander
Photos: Lisa Neff
'Fun Day' arrives
In the majors, opening day ushers
in regular season baseball action.
On Anna Maria Island, Fun
Day ushers in regular season
The Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., was the site of Fun Day
March 7, as Anna Maria Island
Little League celebrated the start
of the 2009 season and a 25th
anniversary as a Little League
Fun Day participants got their
cheeks painted, jumped about in a
fun house, feasted on hot dogs and
hamburgers, suited up in new uni-
forms, posed for team photographs
and played a little baseball.
About 100 youths ages 5
to 15 are competing this year
on nine Island teams, including
several that still need sponsors.
The t-ball division and the coach-
pitch division each have three teams.
The minors, majors and juniors divi-
sions each have one Island team.
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Emma Laade, 5, receives her new ball cap at the start of baseball
season on Anna Maria Island.
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Rebecca Hinds, 11, goes into her windup during Fun Day at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center.
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Jacob Barker takes a ride on the Space Walk.
West Coast Surf Shop catcher Philip Dudevoir stops the ball
during Little League action at G.T. Bray. For more sports news, go
to www.islander.org. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 11, 2009 0 25
By Rick Catlin '.
Internationally acclaimed artist and
humorist Emerson Quillin has finally
reached his goal, although a bit later than
he and wife Claire originally planned.
He and Claire recently moved per-
manently to Holmes Beach and opened
Emerson's Humor in the AMI Plaza on
"I've always been a beach person, an
island person, even though there wasn't a
lot of beach growing up in Indiana," said
Emerson with a chuckle.
His wife's parents had a beach
house on Anna Maria Island, and
Emerson and Claire made frequent
visits, even when their home was on
Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
In 1997, Emerson wrote a letter to
The Islander newspaper entitled "Why I
love Anna Maria Island," and indicated
his desire to move here. Now, he's accom-
plished that goal, even though it took him
12 years longer than he hoped.
"We' ve been coming to the Island
for 25 years," said Emerson. "The
more we came down here, the more
Please, let us introduce you to
Emerson's Humor, produced by
award-winning editorial and humor
cartoonist Emerson Quillin, who
happens to have taken up residence
locally, and coincidentally will
promote his new Holmes Beach shop
with a weekly cartoon appearing
exclusively in The Islander.
Emerson Quillin of Emerson's Humor in the AMI Plaza, Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Rebecca Barnett
we thought about it, and we finally
decided it was time to find some place
At Emerson's Humor, he's also
found the place to display his artistry
and humor. The shop is chock-full of
his T-shirts, greeting cards, pajamas,
cocktail napkins, handbags and paint-
ings featuring his famed drawings and
He's managed to fit a small studio
in the shop, just behind a screened
door, where he can work and keep an
eye on the shop.
People from southern Ohio, north-
ern Kentucky and beyond will recog-
nize Emerson's work. For more than 20
years beginning in 1984, his "Listen,
Honey" cartoon strip ran in the Cincin-
nati Post until the paper merged with a
His creations and humor are inter-
nationally known as he now has dis-
tributors in Canada and the United
Kingdom that market his works.
Emerson also has put his works on
display at a number of shows around
the country, including the New York
Gift Show and shows in Las Vegas,
Atlanta, Dallas and Orlando.
"I' ve been very fortunate with my
work and I was able to get everything
together for Emerson's Humor and
make the move to the Island.
"This is a place that's easy to fall
in love with, and beach walking has
always been an inspiration for me,"
he said. "I like to paint and create
things and this is certainly the place
Emerson's Humor is open from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and from 1 p.m. to
5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call
941-779-1234, or visit his Web sites
at www.emersonshumor.com or www.
Island real estate
7205 Gulf Drive, Unit A, Beach
Villas of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach,
a 1,050 sfur 1,440 sfur 3bed/2bath
pool home built in 2008 on a 70x100
lot sold 02/20/09, Beach Villas of Anna
Maria LLC to Rossi for $480,000; list
204 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a
vacant 70x100 lot zoned R2 was sold
02/09/08, K-RO Partners LLC to
Buchan for $275,000.
501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 302,
Bridgeport, Bradenton Beach, a 1,000
sfla / 1,075 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
Gulf view and shared pool built in 1982
sold 02/19/09, Lattimore to Riley for
$265,000; list $299,700.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can
be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate transactions
may also be viewed online at www.
islander.org. Copyright 2009
New market open
Tony and Danielle DeStefano are
owners of the just-opened Fish
Market at 5604 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, where they offer fresh,
local seafood, organic produce, cook-
ing spices, seasonings and marinades,
take-out salads and chowder and
beverages, and soon, beer and wine.
The Fish Market hours are 10:30
a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday.
Phone ahead, 941-567-6130, or visit
the Web site at thefishmarketami.com
for more information.
Open at last
Owners of M.Kesten Apparel for Men and South Porch Casual Ladies Sports-
wear Murray and Carol Kesten are joined by son Thad, staff and customers for
a ribbon-cutting at the store's grand reopening celebration March 5. Murray
Kesten thanked his staff for their commitment and hard work in getting the
store back in operation after a November fire. Guests enjoyed refreshments,
hors d'oeuvres and live music. Entries for two $1,000 shopping sprees can be
made through March at the store, 6773 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton, in the
Northwest Promenade. Islander Photo: Rebecca Barnett
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AFFORDABLE SEASIDE DECOR at the Mer-
maid's Attic in Ellenton, Fla., across from Gamble
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.
YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 14.
Roser Thrift Shop. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
PALMA SOLA PRESBYTARIAN church garage
sale: 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 13, and 8 a.m.-2
p.m. Saturday, March 14. Furniture, housewares,
books, clothing, appliances, toys, more! Benefits
church mission projects. 6510 Third Ave. W., Bra-
HUGE STREETWIDE SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat-
urday, March 14. Piano, furniture, antiques, fabu-
lous collectibles, 14-foot Boston Whaler, 48-inch
TV, scuba gear and more. On Ambassador Lane,
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. $129,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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ON THE BEACH!
SPECTACULAR GULF-FRONT HOME
3BR/3.5BA, beautifully furnished, heated pool and spa,
fabulous 146 ft. on beach, Thermador appliances, outdoor
kitchen, elevator, fireplace, crown molding, office, security
system and more. $3,950,000
REAL ESTATE LLC
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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HUGE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.Thursday and Friday,
March 12-13. Many years accumulation, antiques,
furniture, lots of good junk! 123rd Street W.,
SALE: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 14.Antiques,
collectibles, silver jewelry and lots more! 424 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March
13. Lots of furniture and good stuff. 610 North Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria.
ISLAND AUCTION! Open 1-5 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, March 14-15. Sold Sunday for
best acceptable bid. Sandpiper 55-plus co-op,
2BR/1BA with share. Unit 729. Bidding details,
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, coffee mugs, treasures.
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
FOUND: DODGE CAR keys. Near 76th and
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Please claim at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield avail-
able for private parties and golf tournaments.
k gsay *Jartry Of/na *ariWo In-T
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.
Custom-designed home with excellent craftsmanship.
3BR//2BA, beautifully maintained and 450 ft. to beach.
Spacious 2BR/2.5BA/2CG in lovely Bay Palms, an
attractive Holmes Beach neighborhood. Reduced!
$30-9,8 New Price $389,500
Deluxe-size duplex-zoned lot with older home.
Refurbish, add on a second unit or reconstruct.
YOUR CHOICE. Reduced! $379,000
"\Ye AREE the Iilnd!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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.
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-
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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
Bank owned foreclosures
Direct from the bank
Only one left!
Gated single-family community. 3BR/4BA,
large bonus room and two-car garage.
Recent list price $1,100,000
Liquidation price $649,900
Everhart Realty & Development
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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.
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.
BOAT LIFT FOR rent. Bimini Bay, 10,000 Ib.,
deep-water, no bridges, water, electric. $300/
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.
PRIME RETAIL SPACE: close to Island. Serious
inquiries only. Call 941-778-5741.
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A Non-Denominational Christian Church
Rev. Gary A. Batey Serving the Community Since 1913
\ Come Celebrate Christ
Worship Service: 9am & 11am
Children's Church School: 9am
Adult Sunday School: 10am
Transportation & Nursery Available
512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria 778-0414
5412 Marina Drive Island Shopping Center
Holmes Beach 941.778.2253
DISVELOPM E T
Anna Maria Island
RENOVATIONS AND NEW CONSTRUCTION
36 YEARS EXPERIENCE
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
Dei Lutheran Church
Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
Saturday 5pm Celebrate!
Sunday 9:30am Traditional Worship
Celebrate with us!
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach www.gloriadeilutheran.org
RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL
Serving the Island, LBK, i OPEN SAl
Manatee & Sarasota Counties since 1975
REPAIRS & REMODELING NEW CONSTRUCTION
EMERGENCY SERVICE FREE ESTIMATES
WATER HEATERS SEWER & DRAIN CLEANING
CERTIFY AND INSTALL BACK FLOWS
NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR OVERTIME
778-3924 OR 778-4461
5508 MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH
LOCATED IN THE BACK OF THE BUILDING
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.
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,
CHET'S MOBILE MASSAGE: Relax in the com-
fort of your own home and bask in the afterglow.
Best prices. Professional. Discount packages. FL
license #MA-43081. 941-623-2298.
Are you tired of living with pain?
Mention The Islander and receive
your Initial Treatment
Call today for a
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Tricia Graziano A.P.D.O.M. 773-6134
OPEN Mon.-Fri. 70oam-7pm
Sat., Sun., Holidays 7soam-5pm
S 1 We're available to tend to
your urgent care needs
Fever/Infections Minor Lacerations
Simple Fractures Sprains
CD) PINNACLE MEDICAL CENTER
315 75th Street West Bradenton
"Tropical Bugs Need A Tropical Service"
CALL US FOR A FREE ESTIMATE
Beaches Bradenton Sarasota Parrish
778-1337 794-1005 365-2893 776-0779
Full Service Exterior and Interior
Now Accepting Visa E
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Island Pest Control Inc.
SERVING THE ISLANDS MORE THAN 20 YEARS
State Certified/Licensed and Insured Locally owned and operated
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy Established in 1983
awn Celebrating 25 Years of
erai Quality & 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
Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
(941) 794-6504 firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Conservation Specialist
Call Dave or Jay
Landscape Visions 941-524-4183 *941-465-3942
"'Marngyourvisionsourpassion" Licensed and Insured
NJ'S RESCREEN INCH
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Call Dan, 941-713-3108
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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
24-hour Emergency Service
Sewer & Drain Cleaning
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TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.
941-778-7770. Leave message.
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.
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alter-
ations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
FREE HOUSESITTER/PETSITTER, etc. Retired
Christian couple available anytime. Excellent local,
repeat references. 770-832-7319, ewingwt@
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.
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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.
email@example.com for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience. Gift boutique, nail prod-
ucts, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appoint-
ment. Now offering in-home pedicure services.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
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
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RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
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S\ Kitchens Bath Design Service
Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
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Nature's Design Landscaping '.
Tropical Landscape Specialist
41-729-9381 Design & Irr:.I.3
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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
Available from Commercial News Providers"
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.
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.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
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?
Vinyl, acrylic or hurricane. I will beat anyone's
price. Limited lifetime warranty window. Cash
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.
HOME REPAIR: 30-years construction experience.
No job too small. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
HARBOR PINES: 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer
connections, tile/carpet, 12-month lease, close to
MCC, Bayshore High School and shopping. $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.
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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,
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.
CORTEZ ANNUAL: 1BR unfurnished, $675/
month. Washer and dryer, lanai, near marina,
central air conditioning. 941-545-9025.
RENT: WESTBAY 2BR/2BA condo, Also buy
Manasota Beach 2BR/2BA condo. Prices nego-
2010 MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA on beach,
ocean view, lanai, pool, tennis, garage, furnished.
PERICO BAY CLUB annual rental: Unfurnished
2BR/2BA, two-car garage, den. Tennis, spa, pool,
clubhouse, gated. $1,300/month. 941-962-6117.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
Upscale Creekwood Home
Large,remodeled 4BR/4BA home on half-acre
lot, competitively priced at $319,000. Close
to schools, shopping, and community tennis
courts and pools. New paint and ceramic tile
floors. Master Bath with dual sinks and garden
tub. Updated kitchen and laundry with nearly
new appliances, butler's pantry with wet bar.
Screened 26 x 30 lanai, large two-car garage. (301) 760-0872
Call Jim Anderson Licensed Real Estate Broker
Immaculate and Affordable
located in Casa del Sol in West Bradenton.
:ilKi -. with two-car garage.
\ i.. cal landscaping. $188,900.
I ~ I L.lay...Buy Today!
'all Gayle Schulz Broker/Associate
19411 12-6489 Gayle511@tampabay.rr.com
Jim Anderson Realty Company
6000 Mina Drive Suite 105 Holmes Beach
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
RENTAL: 1BR/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,
CUTE OFFICE FOR RENT. 315 58th St., Holmes
BEACH CONDO RENTAL: Resort Sixty-Six. June
13-20 and 20-27. $650/week. 1BR sleeps four.
Full kitchen, pool, hot tub, bikes, beach chairs.
ANNUAL: 1BR/1BA NEWLY renovated in quiet
Bradenton Beach neighborhood. Close to beach
and trolley stop, furnished or unfurnished.
Available April 1. Call Liz at 941-778-2173 or
LIVE ON BEAN Point. 4BR/3BA. Gazebo on the
beach. Annual rental. 404-433-2542.
ANNUAL RENTALS: BEAUTIFUL 1 BR/1BA, close
to beach, $700/month. Rustic, old, in Anna Maria,
2BR/2BA, $850/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA canalfront home with garage,
new paint, carpeting, tile, washer and dryer,
dishwasher! $1,400/month plus utilities. Also
2BR/2BA Gulffront condo with two pools, new
FOR RENT: 2BR/1BA, $850/month. 1BR/1BA,
$800/month. 2919 Ave. E, Holmes Beach. Call
941-778-3455 or 941-720-4152.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
LACASA COSTIERA Luxury condo
7320 Gulf Dr., #10, Holmes Beach:
Exquisite 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views,
molding, heated pool and spa.
Bnging Pc pr Home Sinr 1939
Our 70th Year!
REDUCED! Anna Maria Gulf Front lot.
Build your dream home here. Walk the
sugar white sand beach, watch the
stunning sunsets, see the dolphins
swim by. Write your novel here! Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246.
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CAYMAN CAY Fabulous central island
location a short walk to pristine beach.
Fully furnished 2BR/2BA with heated
pool, covered parking, screened porch,
BBQ area and extra storage. David
NW BRADENTON Exceptional Pine TURTLE CRAWL Longboat Key, Prime
Meadow pool residence, 3-4BR/2BA. topfloorcornerunitofferingpanoramic
Seperate living-dining areas, eat-in views of the Gulf. Resort offers on site
kitchen, family room, den/office, rental staffwith daily rentalspermitted.
vaulted ceilingsand outstanding caged Heated pool, beach cabanas, Turnkey
pool area with summer kitchen. Dave furnished. Dave Moynihan (941)
Moynihan (941)720-0089.#M576374. 720-0089. #M5799511. $365,000
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
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
and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
MOBILE HOME: 1 BR/1 BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $79,000. 513-470-3851.
ANNA MARIA CORNER lot, no streets to
cross to the beach! 117 Willow Ave. $350,000.
EXCEPTIONAL ISLAND VALUE: Bradenton
Beach updated 1BR/1BA condo, turnkey fur-
nished. Owner financing. Price reduced, $149,000.
North Shore Drive
Steps to the Gulf. Beachy 2BR/1 BA Cottage.
Room for Pool. $429,000
Over 1/3 Acre. Renovated 3BR/3BA Home.
Endless Possibilities. $299,000
5316 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
SHORT SALE 1BR/1BA ground level Canal Front villa
with dock & nice view. Make offer! Asking $299,000
CANAL FRONT Very nice 3 bedroom / 2 bath house with
heated pool, boat lift, and 2 car garage. $599,000
Mike Norman RealtyI
800-367-1617 941-778-6696 4C
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1 BR/1 BA CONDO: BRADENTON Beach. Recently
remodeled, pool, one block from beach. Excellent
rental income. $169,000. 1-309-267-8635.
2BR/2BA WESTBAY CONDO: First floor, end
unit, waterfront, carport, dock, 941-778-7724 or
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.
PARK MODEL MOBILE home. 39 feet, 1 BR/1 BA,
half mile from Anna Maria Island. Washer and
dryer, 8x28 lanai, boat dock and deck, 8x10 shed
on rented lot. $25,000. Pet OK. 941-730-4779.
MOBILE HOME: 1 BR/1 BA. Good condition. Pines
Trailer Court. See manager or call 941-779-0801.
BRIGHT AND INVITING 2BR/2BA waterfront
home. Updated with new electrical, plumbing,
HVAC, roof, cabinetry, granite, doors, windows,
flooring. 90-foot canalfront with dock and 527
77th St., Holmes Beach. Reduced, $659,900.
Call owner/agent, 941-779-9093. RCB Proper-
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RIVER PLACE: BEAUTIFUL updated, gated
condo on Manatee River. 2BR/2BA with boat
slip and 10,000-lb. lift, pool, tennis. Close to 1-75,
outlet mall. 515 Leffingwell Ave., Ellenton. Patty
Chaffin, Wagner Realty, 941-720-3022.
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.
MICHIGAN: SQUARE LOG house. 3-4BR/2BA,
sleeps over 13. 100- foot frontage of sandy beach
on 9,000 acre, all-sport Hubbard Lake, 2,000 sf
of livable area. $549,000. Call 989-450-4842 or
VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN CABIN: Ready to move
in! Great views! Near large stocked trout stream,
private, two acres, only $159,500. Owner,
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.
FLORIDA LAND INVESTMENT opportu-
nity! Two-acre waterfront homesite, only
$89,900, was $169,900. Private, gated
community with two recreational lakes.
Municipal water and sewer. Low taxes.
Just 90 minutes south of Orlando! Excel-
lent financing. Call now, 866-352-2249.
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