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VOLUME 17, NO. 20


MARCH 18, 2009 I


The BestJ aria Island Since 1992


www.islander.org


Skimming

the news...
Vacation rentals,
traffic up, occupancy
steady. Page 3

Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3

Public meeting set
for bridge study.
Page 4


Attention
~- artists and
patrons
of the
Starts: The
SIslander
will hold its "For
Arts Sake" reception
and silent auction
March 27. Page 4

SAnna Maria to elimi-
nate future duplexes.
Page 5






I'm not from around
here: Miki Malone
Sr. has the "spring-
time blues.." Page 7

Center seeks founda-
tions, donors. Page 8

Community
announcements.
Pages 10-11

Bradenton Beach
reviews changes to
planning document.
Page 13

Island Biz: Trade
and commerce on the
Island. Page 21

Islander helps vol-
leyball team to title.
Page 22
OQ0 OO0Q

What to do and
when. Page 23

Sandscript: Bad writ-
ing, good writing.
Page 24


The Beach Bistro-sponsored St. Patrick's Day parade drew large crowds to the curb along its '"
route, and included marching bands, bag pipes, green kids and balloons, dancers, a rolling pub, a
hula-hooping woman, an elephant and loads of candy and green beads for young and old. Above
and clockwise: The Braden River High School marching "pirates." Parade grand marshal John
Castelli, a World War II veteran, waves to the camera and the crowd. Gy Yatros and family get in
the spirit. Fred Sullivan poses with Judy the elephant. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy


Historical society board ousts Quinn


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Historical Soci-
ety board of directors decided earlier this
month to remove Sissy Quinn as executive
administrator.
"We had a parting of the ways," said
AMIHIS board president Thea Kelley on
March 13, as the board was working on a
job description for a replacement.
Quinn said, "I wasn't surprised."
But she declined to comment further on
the board's decision.
"I'm looking to do other things. You'll
be hearing from me," she said.
AMIHS members said they were told
that some members of the board were dis-


pleased with Quinn's enthusiasm for some of
the revitalization projects on Pine Avenue in
Anna Maria.
AMIHS is headquartered at 402 Pine Ave.,.
where the non-profit offers tours of a museum
and historic Belle Haven Cottage, and-oper-
ates a gift shop.
A press release from the board, released
March 13, stated, "The Anna Maria Island
Historical Society is seeking a new part-time
director as there were differences in philos-
ophy between the previous director, Sissy
Quinn, and the AMIHS board.
"Quinn served three years as a loyal and
dedicated leader and increased our financial
status and visibility in the community, how-
ever, the society now needs to concentrate on


its internal operations."
Several AMIHS members also praised
Quinn's leadership in promoting preservation
Islandwide and working with the Island cities
to highlight local history.
During Quinn's tenure as executive admin-
istrator, which began in early 2006, the histori-
cal society placed 14 properties in the Florida
Master Site database, boosted revenues, started
a program to award plaques for historical pres-
ervation, became a core member of the Cultural
Connections group and saw the city of Anna
Maria designate five historic properties.
The board's decision to remove Quinn was
made on March 6, the day before the historical
society's annual Heritage Day celebration at
the museum.


County offers revised Kingfish plan


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
New sidewalks, additional landscap-
ing, curbs and a repaired seawall are in the
newest plan for the Kingfish Boat Ramp.
The Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corri-
dor Management Entity committee reviewed
a draft of the plan for the ramp, located west
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge, during a
March 11 meeting at the county administra--
tive center in Bradenton.
The plan shows the placement of curb-
ing along Manatee Avenue and the construc-
tion of a sidewalk from the bridge west as
far as Westbay Cove North, although county
officials said the state may OK a sidewalk
to the Manatee Public Beach. Another side-
walk would wind through some trees at the
northwest corner of the ramp.
The plan also shows the relocation of
some palm trees from the north side of Man-


atee Avenue to the south side, which might
help deter roadside parking on the south.
The ramp site will contain areas for single-
vehicle parking, retain 25 spaces for vehicles
with trailers and add 17 parking spaces for
trailers.
Also detailed on the plan is the seawall
at the ramp, and a notation that it will be
"repaired as required."
To soften the look of the boat ramp park-
ing lot, the county proposed a landscape
"fence."
"Mostly bunch grasses," said Keith Bet-
tcher of the county's natural resources depart-
ment.
Bettcher could not offer a cost estimate for
the project, but said bids could go out later this
year and work begin in the fall.
"Maybe mid-fall," he said. "We don't
want to do it in the middle of summer, in the
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Work to begin on

ramp parking
Site work is to begin this month on a shell park-
ing lot for the new-boat ramp on the southwest end
of the Palma Sola beach.
Opening of the ramp was delayed until the city
of Bradenton could construct a parking lot at the site
on the causeway. The construction of the parking
lot could not begin until the city secured a right-of-
way lease agreement with the Florida Department of
Transportation.
The lease agreement was received last week, said
Seth Kohn, of the city of Bradenton and the chair of
the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Manage-
ment Entity committee.
"You should see some earthwork being done
soon," Kohn said, referring to the parking lot proj-
ect.
Once the southwest ramp is open, work will take
place to remove the concrete slab of a long-used but
unpermitted ramp at the northeast end of the cause-
way.
The old ramp will be used for kayak and canoe
launches.

Kingfish Boat Ramp plans offered
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
middle of boating season."
Kingfish is currently under county management
and in unincorporated county limits, but Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger has requested that
the county commission consider allowing the city to
annex the land. The county would continue to own
and manage the ramp, but the area would fall under
the city's police jurisdiction, the mayor said.
"I've heard there's more support than there was
in the past" for annexation, Bettcher told Palma Sola
committee members. "By doing that, you'll have law
enforcement much closer to you."
Also pending is a push to install walkway under-


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A detail from Manatee County s plansfor the Kingfish Boat Ramp located just east of the Holmes Beach
city limits on Manatee Avenue. Islander Image: Courtesy Manatee County


neath the Anna Maria Island Bridge ramp, which will
be in greater demand when the county eventually
opens Neal Preserve to the southeast of the bridge.
The walkway would be similar to the sidewalk under
the Cortez Bridge.
The Palma Sola group discussed two other
Holmes Beach matters during its March 11 meeting,
but took no action due to a lack of a quorum.
The first issue was a recommendation from the
Holmes Beach City Commission and public works
superintendent Joe Duennes that the section of Mana-
tee Avenue from East Bay Drive to the Manatee Public
Beach be incorporated into the scenic highway and a
citizen's request to deal with a traffic problem at the
intersection of East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue.


The Palma Sola group previously has indicated
its interest in extending the scenic highway, which,
if also approved by the state, would mean the scenic
portion of Manatee Avenue would run from 75th
Street in Bradenton westward to the beach.
Briefly the group discussed a traffic signal at the
intersection at East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue,
and the need to adjust the timing to allow motorists
exiting Westbay Cove North to travel south on East
Bay without interference from motorists burning left
from East Bay onto Manatee Ayvnue.
Both issues will be discussed at the committee's
next meeting, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday,
May 13, at the county building, 1112 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton.


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Vacation rentals, traffic



up, occupancy steady


Anna
seams in
season.


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Maria Island seems to be busting at the
the throngs of a strong winter tourist


Seasonal rentals are up between 15 and 20 per-
cent some real estate agents say, and some Island law
enforcement officers believe vehicle traffic this year
is heavier than in past seasons.
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau reported occupancy for February 2009 was
off just 1 percent when compared with February
2008, going from 71.3 percent to 70.3 percent. In
the same reporting period, Longboat Key occupancy
rose from 65.2 percent to 66.6 percent.
With large-volume vacation rental agencies Mike
Norman Real Estate and Island Real Estate reporting
a 15-to-20-percent increase in seasonal rentals,
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman said the season has been
great.
The BACVB figures are only for accommoda-
tion units, not seasonal rental properties, and it only
surveys about 28 percent of the available rooms on
the Island, she observed.
"Things are going great on Anna Maria Island,"
enthused Brockman. "This place is rocking. It's a
great season, hopefully one of the busiest."
The telephone at the chamber has been ringing off
the hook, walk-in traffic in February at the office set a
one-month record, and the recent article in Southern
Living magazine about the benefits of an Island vaca-
tion has really boosted the season, Brockman said.
"Every other caller tells me they read the article
in Southern Living. It came out in February and we're
still getting calls and e-mails about it."
.-...'I 'Anid people aren't just re'a'dirik magazine arri-
cles.
SBrockman said people from states such as Ten-
nessee and Minnesota have called to say they read a
story about Anna Maria Island in their local paper.
,As proof of a better-than-expected season, Brock-
man said walk-in traffic at the chamber office during
February set a one-month record, with 2,654 visitors,
an average of 94 per-day.
"Normal walk-in traffic in February is about
1,900 to 2,000 people. It's been just amazing," she
said.
"All indications say it's a great winter season and
we should be even better in March," Brockman said.


"That means everyone is busy and should be even
busier."
And it's not just walk-in traffic at the chamber
office that's up.
Some of the Island's top law enforcement officers
say they believe there's more vehicular traffic on the
Island than a normal season brings.
"In my opinion, traffic is busier than normal this
season. It seems a lot of people are staying on the
Island, and many are coming from the mainland for
the day," Lt. Dale Stephenson of the Holmes Beach
Police Department said.
Brockman agreed that more mainland vacationers
are making a day-trip to the Island than usual during
a season.
"We've seen a lot of people at the chamber office
who say they are staying in town, but looking for
information on the Island. There seems to be more
license plates from out-of-state than usual," she
said.
Sgt. John Kenney of the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office, the deputy in charge of the MCSO sub-
station, indicated there appears to be more traffic this
year than in seasons past.
In Bradenton Beach, however, Chief Sam Spe-
ciale said that "as of right now, traffic appears to be
the same" as in other seasons. That means a daily
afternoon traffic jam at the Gulf Drive-Cortez Road
intersection.
But the traffic there is not as bad as in previous
years, he said. The newly-configured traffic light at
that intersection is helping traffic to flow better than
in prior years.
An adjustment to the times the traffic light at
119th Street in Cortez changes also has helped, he
added.
" "Let's' see how'March and April are. Those are
usually our busiest months and Easter is later in the
season this year."
Special is expecting a good crowd during the
spring break-Easter period. He said he's already
begun discussions with the MCSO on law enforce-
ment and traffic control at popular Coquina Beach
during that time frame. Spring break is usually the
last week of March, while Easter this year is April
12.
"We get a lot of the local college crowd. And
we're.starting to see spring breakers from out-of-state
coming to Coquina. We should be busy. We just want
to keep everyone safe," he said.


Ready for the Tour of Homes
Bob and Carol Carter of Homes are offering their home to visitorsfor the annual tour of homes, proceeds
of which benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center. For more on the tour, see the second section of
The Islander. Islander Photo: Courtesy Carol Carter


THE ISLANDER E MARC 18, 2009 E 3


AME 5 opt for alternatives
The pre-expulsion hearings for five Anna
Maria Elementary School fifth-graders suspended
for making illegal drug deals at school are com-
plete, resulting in alternative placement for all in,
lieu of expulsion.
The five fifth-graders faced a hearing com-
mittee including Manatee County School District
personnel after AME principal Tom Levengood
issued a 10-day suspension for each student
involved in negotiating drug deals on campus.
The pre-expulsion committee was tasked
with reviewing each studenT's involvement,
school history, and taking input from Leven-
good and parents before deciding on one of two
consequences expulsion or placement in an
alternative school. In all five cases, students were
,placed in alternative school environments.
The district's alternative school is Horizons,
however, options also included home school, pri-
vate school, charter school and virtual schooling
with district approval.
Levengood confirmed that one student opted
for private school, one for charter school, one for
home school and one will attend Horizons. The
fifth student's choice is unknown.
Students will attend alternative schools for a
specific length of time determined by the expul-
sion committee. Levengood said the time period
varies for each student, and each student will
undergo a re-evaluation prior to being permitted
back into the public school system.





Anna Maria City
March 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
April 7, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
meeting.
April 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
April 21, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
meeting.
April 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
941-708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.
Bradenton Beach
March 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 25, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
April 2, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
April 2, 7 p.m., city commission meting.
April 13, 2 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
April 15, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
April 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.
Holmes Beach
March 18, 7 p.m., parks and beautification com-
mittee "Florida-friendly" planting seminar.
March 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. CAN-
CELED
April 1, 5 p.m., parks and beautification commit-
tee.
April 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
April 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
April 23, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
April 24, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board meet-
ing.
April 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.
West Manatee Fire Rescue
SMarch 19, 6 p.m., WMFR District commission
meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900.
Of Interest
March 18, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Of-
ficials meeting, 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key,
941-316-1999.
March 26, 6 p.m., Florida Department of Trans-
portation meeting on the Anna Maria Island Bridge
replacement study, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
April 10 is Good Friday and many government
offices, including the Island city halls, will be closed.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.org.






4 0 MARCH 18, 2009 T THE ISLANDER


Last chance for public comment on new bridge


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
March 26 will be one of the final opportunities for
Islanders and the general public to have their voice
heard officially by the Florida Department of Trans-
portation about a replacement for the Anna Maria
Island Bridge.
The DOT's final public hearing on a new bridge
at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Although it's the final public hearing the DOT
has scheduled for public input, don't expect the DOT
to give up any secrets in return.
DOT project engineer Chris Piazza the man
who will head up the project to replace the bridge if a
new one is approved said the DOT will not present
any recommendations at the meeting on what type of
new bridge it prefers, if any.
Instead, the DOT will "take comments for the
record from the public for one last time," Piazza
said. .
Those comments will be added to the DOT col-
lection from its December 2008 public hearing and
the DOT will review all the comments before issuing
its recommendation, he added.
The DOT has given the public four choices for a
replacement structure:
A 21.5-foot-high bascule that will be similar
in style to the current bridge and will clear the same
number of boats.
A 45- oot-high bascule that will clear 38 percent
of boat traffic without the bascule-being raised.
A 65-foot-high, fixed-span structure that will
allow 99 percent of all boat traffic on the Intracoastal
Waterway to pass under its height.
A no-build option that will keep the current AMI
Bridge intact for an estimated 10-15 years before it
would have to undergo a major rehabilitation effort.
In a DOT survey conducted last year for the proj-
ect study on a new bridge, 81 percent of respondents
favored a fixed, high-rise structure.
At the public hearing, the DOT will have people
stationed at tables around the room to take comments
and a court reporter will transcribe the meeting.


Public reviews

kayak launch plan
By LisaNeff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach officials last week released
a conceptual design for a kayak launch at Herb
Dolan North Park.
The launch for non-motorized boats at the
bayfront park on 25th Street is part of a larger
plan for recreational boating in the city.
The city is working with Scheda Ecological
Associates Inc., a consulting firm. on develop-
ment of the recreational boating master plan that
likely will lead to the creation of a mooring field.
the hiring of a harbor master and the construction
of at least one kayak/canoe launch.
Scheda surveyed the city and agreed with
city staff that the park was the best spot for the
launch.
The design for the project shows the launch
at the end of 25th Street and the installation of
"geoweb" and grasses at the site.
The plastic web and grasses would be used
to hold the shoreline, replacing an existing bank
of concrete rubble.
"There's a whole lot of rubble to be removed,"
said city project and program manager Lisa Marie
Phillips. "It's going to be a natural launch."
The design also shows angled parking spaces
on the south side of 25th Street and parking
restrictions on Avenue A at the launch to pro-
hibit motorists from blocking water views and
access.
Local resident and city planning board chair
Rick Bisio suggested instead of "No parking"
signs that the city use boulders to deter parking.


DOT to conduct

speed study
The Florida Department of Transportation
will conduct a study of vehicular speeds along
Manatee Avenue West from 75th Street on the
mainland to Gulf Drive on Anna Maria Island.
DOT spokesperson Lauren Hatchell said six
locations would be chosen to measure vehicular
speed, and the study would take between four
and six months. Hatchell indicated the study
would start in the near future.
The Islander newspaper expressed concern
to DOT District 1 secretary Stan Cann about
speed limits along Manatee Avenue between the
Island and 75th Street, and Cann said he would
address that issue following completion of con-
struction and a reduced speed limit on the
Anna Maria Island Bridge.
The study was suggested to address the area
on the causeway, where a system of bollards
to limit parking and water access by motorists
has created a "tunnel effect," pushing parked
vehicles and pedestrians closer to the road.
Another concern for safety is that the speed
limit on the causeway and the Anna Maria
Island Bridge is 50 mph and only drops past
the Kingfish Boat Ramp to 40 mph upon enter-
ing Holmes Beach.

E-mail comments also are accepted, Piazza said.
There will be some new information provided at
the meeting, including an engineer's report on poten-
tial wind conditions that might be found on any of
the three build options.
The DOT will next make presentations on the
PD&E study to the Manatee County Commission, the
Island Transportation and Planning Organization and
the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organi-
zation. After those agencies provide input, the DOT
will be ready to release its recommendation, probably
in early June, Piazza said.


A conceptual design of a canoe and kayak launch
at Herb Dolan North Park in Bradenton Beach.
City officials are focusing onl' on the launch and
parking, not the landscaping. Islander Image:
Courtesy Bradenton Beach
Other local residents raised concerns that if
the launch became too popular, they might get
people parking in nearby alleys.
Phillips said such parking would be prohib-
ited.
The meeting last week focused on the launch
project, but the conceptual design also shows a
line of non-native trees that eventually might be
replaced.
Phillips said that aspect of the project would
be discussed at another meeting.


The DOT will issue a general press release on its
preferred option at the same time it notifies the U.S.
Coast Guard of its preference, he said.
The Coast Guard is the final authority over any
new bridge, Piazza noted.
If a replacement bridge is the chosen option, and,
if the Coast Guard approves, the new bridge would
be built alongside the current structure, allowing traf-
fic to flow to and from the Island unimpeded during
construction.
However, once any new bridge is operational, the
old bridge would be torn down.
"There are no plans to retain any of the cur-
rent structure for recreational purposes," if
a new bridge is the final choice, Piazza said.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-
Martens favors the high-rise option because traffic
will flow across the bridge without interruption from
a bascule raising and lowering.
Billie Martini of the Save Anna Maria Inc. orga-
nization said her group prefers to retain the current
bridge as long as possible.
"We favor the rehabilitation plan that would extend
the life of the bridge another 25 years," Martini said.
"Put as much work as possible into the old bridge."
SAM was instrumental in defeating a DOT pro-
posal in the mid-1990s for a fixed-span, high-rise
replacement bridge. That DOT project lacked suf-
ficient public notice and a hearing judge ruled that
the Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion should deny the permit based on environmental
impacts. The DOT then canceled its plan to build and
new bridge, opting for a rehab plan.
This time, however, the DOT is taking all public
input before announcing its recommendation.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m., with the public
hearing portion scheduled to start at 7 p.m., Piazza
said. During the first hour, the public can view the
plans and visit scribes to provide input.
Comments can also be made by calling Piazza at
863-519-2293, going online at www.annamariaisland-
bridge.com, or mail Piazza at the DOT, P.O. Box 1249,
Bartow FL 33831. All comments must be received by
March 26 to become part of the official record.



Calling all


artists, art


lovers
You're invited to a silent auction and artist recep-
tion at The Islander newspaper office March 27 -
Sthe annual "For Art's Sake" event that in the past has
raised more funds for the Manatee High School art
department than the department's annual budget.
Featured art works in the auction are contributed
by local artists and all proceeds go toward art sup-
plies and equipment for MHS, where Island-artist
Rob Reiber is a teacher.
This year, the students also are working on proj-
ects'that will be offered in the auction a great
learning experience.
We need variety, volume and YOU to donate
something of your work.
Based on the success of previous year's events,
many artists have already offered to participate in the
annual "For Art's Sake." To add your art to the show;
drop it off or call The Islander's event coordinator,
Lisa Williams, at 778-7978.
The event be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 27, on the sidewalk at the news-
paper office, 5404 Marina Drive in the Island
Shopping Center, Holmes Beach. Hors d'oeuvres
and refreshments provided by The Islander.
Donated works range from sculpture to original
oil paintings to watercolors, prints, custom jewelry
and photography.
It's for art's sake it's all for the kids.
And everyone is welcome to attend.





THE ISLANDER U MARCH 18, 2009 5 5


Anna Maria City to eliminate future duplexes


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners at their March
12 meeting approved the first reading of an ordinance
that would combine the Residential-2 zone with the
Residential-1 zone, but agreed to modify the measure
to allow all existing two-family residences to remain
conforming uses.
Without that change to the ordinance, existing
duplexes would become non-conforming uses in the
new zone and subject to a variety of restrictions on
additions or improvements, city planner Alan Garrett
said.
City attorney Jim Dye said that the city could
completely eliminate the R-2 zone, but it's a "drastic
step." Cities generally don't want to create a "new
class of non-conformity," he said.
The city needs to identify the public purpose
before it eliminates an entire zone, he said.
In Dye's opinion, the ordinance didn't allow
items such as a porch to be added to non-conforming
structures.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, however, said she
thought the comprehensive plan had removed the R-2
zone, and the city had to comply with the comp plan
with supporting ordinances.
That's not exactly the case, indicated Garrett.
The comp plan only eliminated the medium-density
residential district, not the R-2 specifically.
Getting rid of the R-2, but allowing existing
duplexes to remain is not against the comp plan, he,
said.
Commission Chairman John Quam suggested
the ordinance allow all existing duplexes and elimi-
nate new ones in the residential district. A majority
of the commission went with Quam, and Garrett will
rewrite that provision for the second hearing March
26.
Commissioners also got an earful on the pro-


posed ordinance provision limiting any new second
level of construction between 27 feet and 37 feet to
a maximum of 50 percent of the footprint.
Former planning and zoning board chairman Tom
Turner said the proposal is too restrictive and unfair
to people who own one-story homes.
"I hate to see restrictions like this," Turner said.
"This city is a village and we like it that way."
The commission consensus was to eliminate the
50 percent rule, but commissioners got bogged down
with what should take its place.
Commissioner Dale Woodland suggested instead
that a 75 percent maximum of the footprint be allowed
for a second level of construction. "It gives more flex-
ibility."
But Commissioner Christine Toilette suggested
that an architectural review committee be established
to review plans.
That idea didn't sit too well with Woodland, who
said he could not imagine Anna Maria having a board
to decide architectural styles of new construction.
"That's like oil and water," he said.
Commissioners eventually agreed to have Garrett
rewrite that section of the ordinance to base a second
level of new construction on its design element.
Quam said later that the commission might take
that section out of the ordinance and have a workshop
on the issue.
The commission also approved the first reading
of a landscaping ordinance that would set minimum
standards of landscaping for new construction. How-
ever, the commission asked Garrett for visual infor-
mation on how the minimum landscaping might look
after it's installed and a cost estimate.
City clerk Alice Baird proposed a new policy on
e-mails from or to city officials, including elected
officials, staff and members of city boards.
Baird's proposal would establish an individual
city e-mail account for all officials and staff and


would store all incoming and outgoing e-mails for
future reference.
The proposal came from a recent conference
Baird attended, where she learned that Venice faces
a monumental lawsuit because some matters of city
business were conducted on personal e-mail accounts
and computers.
"They are facing between $600,000 and $1 mil-
lion in legal fees," Baird said.
Commissioners agreed to the proposal and
directed Mayor Fran Barford to provide information
on the technology and costs at the March 26 commis-
sion meeting.
In other business, the commission asked Bar-
ford to send a letter to Manatee County Sheriff Brad
Steube on behalf of Sgt. John Kenney to let Steube
know how much Kenney's efforts are appreciated and
that the city hopes he can stay at the Anna Maria sub-
station beyond his planned June 30 retirement date.
Kenney agreed five years ago to accept retire-
ment in 2009, but has since had a change of heart.
Only Steube can allow Kenney to keep working for
the MCSO beyond June 30.




Street closing in

Anna Maria
Florida Power & Light will be replacing a
light pole at 207 S. Bay Blvd. between 8:30 a.m.
and noon on Thursday, March 19.
The block between Spring Avenue and Mag-
nolia Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic
and the Anna Maria Public Works Department
is advising motorists who might use this area
to plan accordingly.


The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), will
host a public hearing regarding the Anna Maria Island Bridge Project Development and Environment (PD&E)
Study. The hearing will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009, at the Saint Bernard Catholic Church activity
center, 248 South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. An informal open house will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the
formal public hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The general objective of the study is to provide documented information necessary for FDOT to reach a decision
on the type, design, and location of the proposed improvements to the Anna Maria Island Bridge for acceptance
by USCG. The study includes State Road (S.R.) 64 from west of S.R. 789 (East Bay Drive) to east of Perico
Bay Boulevard, a distance of about two miles. Replacement alternatives for the Anna Maria Island Bridge,
including a low-level drawbridge, a mid-level drawbridge and a high-level fixed bridge, and.a rehabilitation
option have been analyzed during the PD&E Study. The no-build alternative of continued maintenance of the
bridge remains a viable alternative throughout the study.
The public hearing will allow interested persons the opportunity to express their views concerning the location,
conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements. Right of
way acquisition is proposed for the build alternatives. Potential encroachments on wetlands and floodplains
have been identified as a result of this study and may be given special consideration under Executive Orders
11990 and 11988.
FDOT representatives will be available at the hearing to answer questions beginning at 6:00 p.m. The formal
hearing, beginning at 7:00 p.m., will consist of a presentation by FDOT on the project and its associated impacts
followed by a public comment period.
The Draft Environmental Assessment and other project information developed by the Departmentwill be available
for public review through April 9, 2009, during regular operating hours at the following locations:


ISLAND BRANCH LIBRARY
5701 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL


CENTRAL (MAIN) LIBRARY
1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West
Bradenton, FL


Questions and comments about the project should be directed to the project manager Chris Piazza, P.E., at
.(863) 519-2293, by e-mail to chris.piazza@dot.state.fl.us or by writing the Florida Department of Transportation,
P.O. Box 1249, Bartow, FL 33831. You may also visit the project website www.annamariaislandbridge.com for
additional information.
This hearing will be held in accordance with Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations Part 771 and
Section 339.155, Florida Statute. It is being developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of
1964 and Related Statutes. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age,
sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans
with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Chris Piazza
at least seven days prior to the hearing.


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6 N MARCH 18, 2009 N THE ISLANDER






Houston, we have a problem
You know that as soon as you have one problem
licked, another arises. It's a matter of fact.
Traffic is some of the worst we've seen on Anna
Maria Island. Not that it's a bad thing, because, thank-
fully, it signals a good tourist season, but it sure does
gum up the works. You might think allowing extra
time if there was such a thing would help, but
there never seems to be enough time.
Still, we have concerns about the high speeds we
see frequently on the Palma Sola Causeway, Anna
Maria Island Bridge and entering Holmes Beach.
Where the bridge empties into Holmes Beach, the
limit goes from 50 mph on the bridge to 45 mph at
the boat ramp, passing through the traffic light to the
beach, where the only sign brings speeds down to 35
mph into the beach or northward around the curve.
And you can certainly see motorists picking up
speed going off the Island with the bridge construc-
tion and its 35-mph limit ended.
It seems there's trouble on its way when cars
exceed the limit on the bridge and come speeding
through the traffic light at East Bay Drive and beyond,
until hopefully the driver slows down before passing
the school. Sometimes, it's like a racetrack.
Could some East Bay Drive crashes and light
runners be prevented by a reduced speed limit?
Could the high-speed, late-night crashes, some
fatal, on the AMI Bridge be averted by reduced
speeds? And why does it seem crashes take place on
the AMI Bridge more often than the Cortez Bridge?
Additionally, there's a problem with the funnel/
tunnel effect on the causeway created by the bollards
- that prevent vehicle access to the water, but also push
people and vehicles closer to the roadway. A slower
speed limit might alleviate fears of pedestrian-vehicle
interaction there, but Bradenton and county officials
need also to consider curtailing commercial activ-
ity- barbecue stands, ice cream trucks and water-
craft and horseback rides that contribute to the
causeway "circus" and congestion.
And the parking along Manatee Avenue, both at
the entrance to the Robinson Preserve and the Mana-
tee Public Beach, is a distraction for motorists, where
people intermingle dangerously on the shoulder of
the road with passing vehicles.
This week, the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion announced it will begin a promised traffic study,
and perhaps we'll have increased safety on the cause-
way and Manatee Avenue in the future.
For now, you can only go so fast in tourist season,
but later, watch out. Full speed ahead.


Slick Whoa, Nellie! By Egan




o p0.ion.


Thanks to Islanders
We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the
friends and associates of Bill Saunders. Being a member
of this community meant a lot to him. He was able to use
his extensive work experience and innate ability to con-
nect with people in his work here with you. You showed
us how valued and loved he was on the Island.
Thanks to everyone for thinking of us at this time
of extreme loss.
The Saunders family, Holmes Beach
A terrible, sad loss
I've known Bill Saunders for many years and
have been a fan of his since our first meeting. We had
a lot in common in our approach to our work and he
was such a pleasure to work with.
He was very knowledgeable in his field and a fair and
contributive part of every project we worked on together.
He was given to extremely entertaining com-
ments and, over the course of our association, we
became good friends. It is difficult to imagine life on
the Island without him. He is a special Island charac-
ter who will always be remembered.
Wife Janet and I offer our sincere condolences to his
family. We will miss this wonderful man very much.
Gene Aubry, Anna Maria

Rental rule unfair
The Holmes Beach city commissioners have
voted to uphold an unfair restriction. The restriction
is R-1 properties must have a minimum rental of 30
days after a grandfathering in period for some. Those
treasured family homes that families have kept in
order to have summer vacations and reunions will
probably be sold if the family cannot afford to pay
expenses out of winter season rent. Also gone is the
possibility of buying a place to retire in now, while
prices are low but expenses are not, with the hope of
renting enough to pay the expenses.
This same scenario came up in Venice last year.


Those lucky homeowners did not lose their prop-
erty rights in a court of law and they still have their
weekly rentals.
This issue will come up again in the future as I am
personally aware that some absentee owners have yet to
realize that this new restriction has passed and they will
have to deal with it's consequences in about nine years. But
by then we will have different commissioners and hope-
fully it won't cost too much in legal fees in between.
I would like to comment on the argument that
motel owners are losing visitors. Most people like
choices and some prefer the home setting with the
space and privacy it affords for their vacation. They
will probably go to Venice for a couple weeks.
Now our commissioners need to deal with the hom-
eowners who offend our vacationing visitors when they
subject them to their loud parties and outside music.
After all, most of the vacationers come here to our
Island for peace and quiet, the sound of birds and surf.
The noise issue is not exclusive to short-term
rentals and. there are other ways of dealing with
the issue without taking away property rights. My
thoughts on this matter were given to our past and
present commissioners, but obviously the squeaky
wheels get oiled. I thought our commissioners rep-
resented all of us.
Monique Gutierrez, Holmes Beach

Garden club thanks
As president of the Anna Maria Garden Club and
on behalf of the club, I wish to thank Cindi Harri-
son, guidance counselor at Anna Maria Elementary
School, and the AME students who participated in
our recent poster contest.
There were 52 entries and the winning poster was
drawn by James Cuccio, a third-grader. His poster
will be used to publicize our annual Penny Flower
Show to be held on March 18 at Roser Memorial
Community Church in Anna Maria.
Mary S. Manion, Anna Maria





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t. By Miki Maloney Sr.

'Spring-Time Blues'
Just to be fair, I was forewarned. Everyone said
that it was coming, and to brace myself. I believed
them, but nothing could prepare me, or anyone else,
for their first experience as a resident during THE
SEASON on Anna Maria Island.
Where did my peaceful slice of isolated Island life
go? For a while, I began to think my family was the only
one living on the northern end of the island. Now, the
street in front of my home is a never-ending parade of
bicycles, joggers, motorcycles, RVs, and rental cars.
Of course, I must be cautious not to bite the hand
that feeds me along with scores of others on AMI. We
rely on the seasonal explosion of visitors to support
our own full-time existence on this tiny oasis. So I
am not complaining. However, I am observing.
First of all, if only our tourist and snowbird friends
knew the reality of the remainder of the year on this
Island peaceful, tranquil with not a line anywhere,
on the street or in the stores. In fact, AMI is so free of
traffic and congestion, that we Islanders casually wave
to one another as we pass on the roadways.
I understand why people choose to vacation here
during these glorious spring months. The weather could
not be better. And I won't deny that many of the summer
months can be a bit steamy, but that's why we have
pools and frequent the Gulf waters. Life is so pleasant
during the summer months. I want to tell the tourists
that if they think they love Anna Maria Island now, they
should see what life is like the rest of the year. Not to
mention the fact that autumn and early winter are per-
haps the best times of all to enjoy Anna Maria Island.


I am not saying "don't come," but maybe spread
your visits out throughout the year. You can't believe what
you're missing. I mean,just the other day, it took me longer
to cross the bridge on Manatee Avenue than it ever took
me to cross any of the bridges in New York City and San
Francisco. Who could enjoy that? Local or visitor?
My second complaint, er, observation, is that there are
some visitor tendencies which I find to be a bit agitating.
I have given up on my plea for better driving, so I'll skip
that one. Let's start with the tendency on the part of visitors
who, lacking a sidewalk on many streets, to walk and bike
in the middle of the road. As I have said before, not all of us
here are on vacation. Some of us must drive motor vehicles
to our destinations. There should be an attempt made to
move to the side of the road, not to mention the fact that
crossing the Crescent Street Bridge, and narrowly averting
a mom with a stroller in the middle of the road, is not my
idea of fun.
Another observation is that the visitors tend to
just park wherever they feel like parking. Typically,
in other parts of the country, you do not park in the
middle of a front lawn for lack of a legitimate park-
ing space. What would happen if you did this type of
thing back home? Same rules apply here. We are on
an island, but it is still a part of the United States.
My final observation is that many of our visi-
tors are a bit on the crabby side. During the quieter
months, most of our interactions are polite and kind.
Now, with the crowds and lines, there appears to be
some shortness at restaurants, grocery stores and
shops. Why is anyone in a hurry? It could be the
excess number of people, but I suspect some of it is
brought on board the plane with the luggage.
I'm sure I'll receive the normal smattering of
groans for expressing these views, but I prefer to call
it as I see it. Who in their right mind could possibly
prefer life on this Island the way that it is now, packed
in like sardines? Then again, I should not bite the
hand that feeds me, especially if the hand crowds my
space for such a short time.
It won't be so long before we'll be saying, "Wel-
come back winter friends!"


In the March 17, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
A lightning strike at the Playa Encantada condo-
miniums, 6006 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, sparked
a fire that destroyed five third-floor units before fire-
fighters from West Manatee Fire Rescue brought the
blaze under control. Water damaged six additional
units, said WMFR Chief Andy Price. Initial damage
was estimated at between $1 million and $2 mil-
lion.
A propane gas leak at the 16-unit motel, Cast-
aways Resort, in Anna Maria forced residents of
the complex to evacuate their units for a week
while state and local fire marshals investigated the
cause.
Beachgoers complained that a $190,000 repair
project at the Manatee Public Beach pier that was
only 65 percent complete and behind schedule forced
them to negotiate their way around a fenced pathway
that connected the pier to the parking lot.


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8 N MARCH 18, 2009 E THE ISLANDER


Center seeks foundations, donors


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island Community Center executive
director Pierrette Kelly could have a doctorate degree
in grant writing from the school of hard knocks.
It's not a degree she planned, but she has surely
earned it.
The stumbling economy has seen donations to
all non-profit organizations falling faster than the
New York Stock Exchange, which has Kelly writing
grant applications to any organization that has funds
to offer a non-profit endeavor.
While Kelly's main duty is overseeing the $4.8
million new facility that opened two years ago, she's
also charged with funding the myriad programs and
activities that the Center operates. And in these dif-
ficult economic times, that means Kelly has had to
look everywhere and anywhere for funds.
"Know anybody who owns a foundation?" is usu-
ally her first question to a new acquaintance.
The second question usually is "Do you know a
foundation that supports kid, teenager, adult, senior
and family activities?"
Kelly wouldn't mind getting a few more founda-
tions on her ever-growing list.
"You never know when you're going to find one
that has funds available for what we do," she said.
"Right now, the financial situation is fine. But
remember, we are in the middle of the season," Kelly
said.
That means there are plenty of people on the
Island using one or more of the Center's activities.
And that means revenue for the Center.
What happens when the winter visitors and resi-
dents leave is that all the elementary school children
and all the teenagers are still in Center programs, but
there's no revenue coming in, said Kelly.
"Many of our youngsters are on scholarship.
We'll have them all summer, but we won't have the
residents who enroll in other programs. That's why
I'm writing grants."
Kelly has just finished applying for a grant to
Manatee County government for $127,000, the same
amount the Center received last year from the county.


are hoping it will raise at least as much as last year's
event, which brought in $187,500.
"We're all hoping and praying for the best," Kelly


But this year may be a different story.
County officials have indicated the grant will be
down by at least 10 percent, if not more.
If the grant is approved, it will be in the county's
2009-10 budget and the Center won't get the funds
until October.
"We'll know sometime during the summer. Last
year, we got funding for our elementary school program,
our teen program and our family therapy. I'm hopeful
we'll get a good portion of the request," she said.
"But all non-profits are in the same position.
Everyone is out looking for donations, and funding
has been cut everywhere. That's why our next two
fund raisers are very important for us."
Those events are next week's Tour of Homes and
the 25th annual Affaire to Remember on April 4.
Affaire is considered the Island's premier social
event of the year and Kelly and the board of directors


Fire district eyes stimulus funds


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The West Manatee Fire Rescue District may
have picked the perfect time to begin the process
of upgrading its facilities to meet its needs for the
future.
WMFR Chief Andy Price said there is $210 mil-
lion in the federal stimulus fund that will be available
just for fire service facilities.
Problem is, said Price, the federal government
has not yet announced its grant submission criteria.
At the same time news of the grant money is sur-
facing, the districts facilities committee at its March
11 meeting approved a motion to recommend that the
WMFR district board request proposals for a study that
would assess district needs and evaluate its facilities.
Price said the RFP has to clear the district's legal
department before it heads to the board, but he'd like
to have everything ready when the grant-writing cri-
teria is announced.
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done. We don't have the funds to do what we would
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to be done and what's going to be needed," he said.
Some of the goals of updating the WMFR facili-
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and have the district able to meet the long-term needs
of the people it serves, Price has said.
"The request is just the first step. We have to find
out what we have, the space we need and the cost."
Price hopes the bid process could begin within
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If the Center doesn't raise enough revenue from
those two events, some programs may have to be cut,
but the kids day care program is not in jeopardy, she
said.
Before any programs are eliminated, Kelly, the
staff and board members are trying to think of new
and creative summer programs that will be attractive
to residents and reasonably priced.
That's in addition to any foundations that Kelly
might have success with in obtaining a grant. -
"Do you know anyone who has a foundation, or
knows of a foundation that supports kids, teenagers,
families and adults?" she asked.
If so, call Kelly at 941-778-1908.






THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 18, 2009 E 9


Commission, attorney review varied issues


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Days after the Bradenton Beach City Commis-
sion set a 12-minute shortest meeting record, the
commission may have set another.
On March 5, the commission opened and closed
its meeting in 12 minutes. On March 10, the com-
mission forged through 18 agenda items in under two
hours during a workshop with city attorney Ricinda
Perry.
The meeting March 10 was held to provide an
update on some projects and to assign direction to
other projects. The range of issues discussed was
broad, from how staff communicates with the city
attorney to how the city wants to proceed with "hard-
ening" city hall for a weather-related disaster.
The issue discussed at most length was the first
item on the agenda assignment and scope of work
to the city attorney.
The question was how might the city staff most
efficiently and economically communicate with the
city attorney?
Commissioners, the mayor, Perry and several
department heads agreed to a test period in which
each department head will file a request for legal ser-
vices at the start of the month to deal with general
legal issues up to four hours per department per
month, but will continue to file project-specific RLS
to cover ongoing matters.
Previously, requests for legal services had to be
filed for each contact with the attorney.
"We don't want to slow down department heads'
access to you when they need you," Commissioner
Janie Robertson told Perry.
However, she and other commissioners added that
they don't want to increase the city's legal costs.
"We'll find the pitfalls when we get there if
there are any," Robertson said.
Other issues included:


Holding a class on the community redevelop-
ment agency. The CRA, which plans for improve-
ments to the city's historic commercial district,
recently was expanded to include a resident of the
district, Connie Drescher, and a business owner in
the district, Ed Chiles. The city commission also has
a relatively new member, Bob Bartelt.
Perry suggested a session on CRA responsibili-
ties and procedures and the commission agreed.
Expanding the role of a special master. Perry
said the city had accomplished this with a recent vote.
She informed the board that special master Harold
Youmans would proceed with holding a variety of
hearings at city hall and city clerk Nora Idso would
establish a master calendar.
Hiring a planner. The city is currently accepting
proposals from firms interested in helping clean up
city codes, as well as possibly working on additional
planning projects.
Perry said a firm could be hired by the city as
early as April.
Determining what to do with street-end docks.
There are about four street-end docks on city rights of
way for which Perry said the status is in question.
She and building official Steve Gilbert recom-
mended they draft a report to the commission on
when the docks were built, what licenses or agree-
ments exist in connection with the docks, the condi-
tion of the docks and what should be done with the
structures.
"We need to clean up the dock issue, and that's
a major undertaking," Perry said.
Codifying city ordinances. Perry suggested the
city review whether it wants to continue using the
Municode.com system to publish its ordinances or
use a system to place ordinances on the city Web site,
as does Longboat Key.
"We wanted to know if it was OK to explore how
much it would cost to put it on our Web site," Perry


said of the codes.
The commission gave the go-ahead to investigate
costs.
Revising fee schedules. Commissioners, staff
and Perry agreed that fees, especially in the building
and planning department, do not adequately cover
costs, especially for board hearings.
"We need to look at our fee schedule and revise
it to appropriately reflect the cost," Perry said.
Gilbert suggested the city review Anna Maria's
new fee schedule.
"Go ahead and do that," said Mayor Michael
Pierce.
Establishing a policy for collecting delinquent
accounts. The city has seen a spike in the number of
overdue accounts for trash removal, water and other
services.
Perry recommended, and the commission agreed,
exploring whether a collection agency might be
hired.
Perry also said she would review Florida statutes
as to what responsibilities property owners can be
assigned to make sure services are paid.
"We're trying to look at creative ways to solve
this problem," Perry said. "We have more than dou-
bled our outstanding unpaid accounts."
Maintaining canals. The city needs to find out
from Manatee County "who owns the canals," Perry
said.
Operating electric cars in the CRA. The city has
a policy against golf carts and other such vehicles,
but is looking into relaxing the regulation to allow
carts in the commercial district.
The purpose would be to allow an employee
shuttle from Coquina Beach parking to businesses in
the Bridge Street area, said Bradenton Beach Police
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
annual extravaganza will take place from 6 p.m. to
11 p.m. Saturday, April 4.
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Attorney discusses issues
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Street area open for customers.
Perry said she is working on an ordinance allow-
ing the limited use of the carts.
Establishing parking for the mooring field. Last
year, the police department received some complaints
that it was encouraging boaters to stop in its mooring
field, but provided no parking for accessory automo-
biles.
Special said the number of complaints was lim-
ited and the issue would be addressed when the city
adopts its master boating plan later this year.
Planning for improvements to the land south of
the BeachHouse Restaurant. The city owns property
west of Gulf Drive and the BeachHouse also owns
property south of the restaurant. Gilbert said the city
and BeachHouse owner Ed Chiles continue to discuss
a possible private-public development agreement that
might lead to parking, landscaping and improved
beach access in the area.
Implementing recommendations in a parking
plan for the CRA. Robertson said with the exception
of adding signs to direct drivers to public parking,
the city has acted on the recommendations.
Special said would work at getting the signs
erected.
Foreclosing on code enforcement liens. "We
have a number of outstanding code-enforcement
liens," Perry said.
She added that the commission could expect a
report on how much money is outstanding to help
decide how to proceed.
Managing code enforcement. As part .of a
review of the code enforcement department's opera-
tion, Perry said she is analyzing the city's sea-turtle
protection ordinance.
Using eminent domain. The group briefly dis-
cussed eminent domain related to a property at 201
Gulf Drive S.
The 201 Gulf Drive S. property, owned by Steven
Noriega, has been cited by the city as a threat to
public health and safety.
Perry said the city could proceed with the code-
enforcement case and, in the end, possibly file a lien,
or the city could seek to take the property through
eminent domain.
The eminent domain process, she said, would
cost at least $15,000 in addition to a fair price for the
property.
Pierce joked, "I don't think we'll give them any
money. Just go ahead and take it."
The commission agreed that the case should be
put through the code enforcement process.
Tracking contractual obligations. Perry asked
whether commissioners were aware of any contracts
she needed to review to make sure obligations and
terms had been fulfilled.
Robertson said there was one contract associated
with the renovation of the Historic Bridge Street Pier
she wanted reviewed.
Planning for a "hardened" city hall. Gilbert said
the city is required to take steps to "harden" city hall
against a hurricane or other weather-related event in
the next several years.
Perry suggested that as the city looks at improve-
ments, it consider all its options including whether
city hall should remain at 107 Gulf Drive.
Robertson suggested that perhaps the planning
and zoning board could consider the options, and the
rest of the commission agreed.


On stage
"Sylvia" opens March 19 and runs through April
5 at the Island Players theater, and featuring a six-
member cast that includes Diana Shoemaker, Joe
Kerata, and Mona Upip-Hartmann. Ticket sales at
the box office began March 9. Box office hours are
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one
hour before each show. For more information, call
the box office at 941-778-5755. Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff


IGW hosts photo demonstration
Photographer Tom Robinson will present a "Dia-
logue on Photography and Print Making" at 10
a.m. Saturday, March 21, at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Marlane Wurzbach


Hot off the griddle
Diners line up for the home-style breakfast made by
volunteers March 14 at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The church
hosted its second pancake breakfast of the season. St.
Bernard Catholic Church also holds pancake break-
fasts, the next scheduled for 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday,
March 22, at the church hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Harvey to host talent show
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach, will host a Spring Fling
Talent Show at 7 p.m. March 20.
Admission to the show said to feature dance,
songs, jokes, music and refreshments is free.
For more information, call Diane Beer at
941-725-1175.

Crosspointe to host 'Passion'
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host a screening of "The Pas-
sion of Christ" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5.
Admission to the film is free, but reservations are
.required by April 3.
Also, childcare will be provided.
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TheArtists Guild ofAnna Maria Island will hold its Ara-
geous Sale from 10 am. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21.
The sale will take place in the Island Shopping
Center on the sidewalk outside the Guild Gallery,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Applications to set up a table at the sale are still
available.
Call the Guild Gallery at 941-778-6694.

Library hosts archaeology
for teens
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
present a program on underwater archaeology at 5:30
p.m. Wednesday, March 25.
The teen-focused program will take place at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The presentation involves a team of profes-
sors and graduate assistants from the Florida Public
Archaeology Network teaching the methods used in
exploring old shipwrecks.
Seating for the free program will be available on
a first come, first serve basis.
For more information, call the library at
941-778-6341.


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Tournament tickets awarded
Sandee Pruett of the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center presents Jason Sato of Sato Real Estate
Inc. with the passes he won to the Arnold Palmer
Invitational Golf Tournament. Sato can attend a
week of practice rounds for the tournament, which
benefits the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital.
Center board member Bill Ford drew the winning
ticket. Islander Photo: Courtesy the Center


Benefit for priest

changes location
A benefit planned for the Rev. Jean Ronald
Joseph at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, will
now take place at a private residence in Holmes
Beach. ::-
The event will feature cock-
tails and hors d'oeuvres, and
news from Joseph about plans"
Sto complete construction of the
SMinistry of Presence orphan-
age in Haiti.
Joseph Proceeds from the event
will help Joseph with personal medical and
legal expenses, as well as with travel to Haiti
to continue volunteering at the orphanage.
Tickets $50 and directions to the
event are available at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, and from Barbara Sato at
Sato Real Estate, 519 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.


Debra Hussong, rear center, of Holmes Beach, with
members of her Youth Screenwriters Circle, which
will participate in the Sarasota Film Festival.

Students create screenplays
A unique group of actors will take the stage at
the Florida Studio Theatre Goldstein Cabaret at 7:30
p.m. on Monday, March 30, to perform nine short
screenplays created by students in grades eight-10
at Phoenix Academy in Sarasota.
The free presentation is a partnership between the
Youth Screenwriters Circle, Sarasota Film Festival,
AnythingArts.com and FST.
The director of the Youth Screenwriters Circle is
Islander Debra Hussong.
For more information, e-mail Hussong at dhm7@
infionline.net.


Island Garden Club to meet
The Island Garden Club of Anna Maria will hold
a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
A social hour will be followed by a potluck
dinner.
The evening's speaker will be master gardener
Christine Callahan discussing the gardening projects
at Anna Maria Elementary School.
For more information, call Veronica Callahan at
941-778-5063.

Islanders to sing anthem
at McKechnie March 22
Islanders Holly and Trina Rizzo will sing the
national anthem at McKechnie Field Sunday, March
22, before the Cincinnati Reds take on the Pitts-
burgh Pirates in a Grapefruit League spring-training
game.
Game time is 1:05 p.m.
Tickets are available at www.pittsburgh.pirates.
mlb.com.

Watercolorist Joye Moon
to lead workshop
Watercolorist Joye Moon will conduct a two-day
workshop exploring projects presented in her book,
"Exploring Textures in Watercolor."
The workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to
4 p.m. March 19-20 at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Moon, a fine arts graduate of the University of
Wisconsin and a member of the National Watercolor
Society, has won numerous awards and taught more
than 100 workshops.
Workshop participants will experience new meth-
ods and techniques with floral and landscape proj-
ects..
The cost of the workshop is $160 for non-mem-
bers and $138 for members.
For more information or to register, call Anna
Maria Island Art League at 941-778-2099.
Class and workshop can be found at www.islan-
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Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
Tuesday, March 24, for lunch and a program at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach.
The program will be a talk with Rick Kerby, artis-
tic director of the Manatee Players in Bradenton.
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Code enforcement

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resigns

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A member of the Holmes Beach Code Enforce-
ment Board has resigned citing the lack of board
meetings.
Chuck Stealey, in his resignation letter, said
the code enforcement board has not met since April
2008.
"Since it appears the board is now inac-
tive and no longer utilized by the city, I see
no reason to continue as a member," wrote
Stealey.
Stealey has served on the board since .1996,
including as the board's chairman.
He said, "There have been no cases referred to
the board in a year, which I find quite unusual. It is
also interesting that this has occurred following the
unsuccessful attempt in 2008 to replace the board
with a special master."
Holmes Beach City Commission Chair Sandy
Haas-Martens said the lack of code enforcement
hearings suggests that code enforcement is operat-
ing smoothly.
"Absolutely," said Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.
The mayor said the city's code enforcement offi-
cer "has been very active over the past year" and that
a goal is to remedy problems before they reach the
level requiring a hearing.
"The code enforcement board is the last resort,"
Bohnenberger said.
The mayor added that Stealey "has been a great
member for a long time."
Stealey's resignation creates a vacancy on the
board.
Applications for a board position are available at
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FBI keeps quiet on case
The FBI reported no new developments
associated with an investigation that led to the
search of two Anna Maria Island properties.
The FBI recently searched the Holmes
Beach home and Bradenton Beach office of
financial consultant Doyle Scott Elliott.
The search took place while Elliott was in
Phoenix, where he was a defendant in a civil
trial on a Securities and Exchange Commission
complaint that he sold unregistered securities.
Elliott was acquitted in that case.
Elliott said the FBI searched his proper-
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traded companies, including four that Elliott had
financed.
Elliott said he was a cooperating witness
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nature of its investigation.


SAM meets, plans
At the Save Anna Maria Inc. meeting March 14,
a handful of members learned that due to miscommu-
nication there would be no speaker from the Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program, and no report on its progress
at the Holmes Beach Grassy Point Preserve.
Officers and members chose to instead use the
time to plan what input they would offer to the Flor-
ida Department of Transportation at the March 26
meeting of the DOT in Holmes Beach where the DOT
will present its environmental and project study of the
future options for the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Katie Pierola reported she'd had a recent con-
versation with Mary Ann Brockman, president of the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, in which
she asked Brockman if she prefers a high bridge on
Manatee Avenue. Pierola said Brockman answered,
"No." She said the chamber manager told here she's
against a high bridge because it will destroy the ambi-
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Holmes Beach City Commissioners held two
meetings in under six minutes March 10.
The commission, with Sandy Haas-Martens,
David Zaccagnino and Pat Morton attending and
John Monetti and Pat Geyer absent, held a regular
meeting shortly after 9 a.m. March 10, followed by
a work meeting that concluded at 9:06 a.m.
Neither the regular meeting nor the work meeting
agendas contained any business for the commission
to take care of but the city's charter requires at least
one commission meeting a month.
Haas-Martens explained that the commission already
had canceled a March 24 meeting because some commis-
sioners and Mayor Rich Bohnenberger plan to go to Tal-
lahassee to lobby lawmakers on behalf of the city.
Other issues before the commission are pending,
Haas-Martens said.
Those issues include:
Working with Waste Management Inc. on han-
dling delinquent trash-removal accounts.
Working with planning consultant Bill Brisson to
address parking issues, including the overnight parking
of commercial vehicles in residential districts and the
parking of boats and trailers in residential districts.
The commission's next meeting will be at 7 p.m.
April 14 at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
Drive.

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Friday, March 20, 9 a.m., PTO meeting in the
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Tuesday, March 24, 5 p.m., PTO family dinner
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Friday, March 27, Record day, no school for
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Tuesday, March 31, 9 a.m., Spring Fling meet-
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City reviews changes to planning document
By Lisa Neff Arrant said. "This one right here is a real deal killer. in its mooring field.
Islander Reporter They'll go to court on this one." "The simplest fix is for us to say this is part of
Bradenton Beach city commissioners asked plan- He recommended the city not adopt the pro- the city, it is all submerged land, and we'll call it a
ig consultant Tony Arrant to put the speed on in posed amendment and instead provide details about mooring field. Instead of a land-use, call it a mooring
ubmitting a set of comp plan amendments to the privately-owned and undeveloped land that pre-dates field," Arrant said.
te for approval, the comp plan and exists within the preservation The commission indicated it might meet again to
The commission and the mayor met with Arrant area. work on the provision.
the Florida Institute of Government on March 9 to City attorney Ricinda Perry asked whether the Commissioners indicated a desire to complete
cuss the proposed amendments based on the city's state's objection meant it would be opposed to the the amendment process by April.
valuation and appraisal report. installation of a volleyball court in the preservation Arrant said the DCA is short-staffed and the pro-
The discussion focused on the Florida Depart- district, cess may take longer, but "we're going to put this
nt of Community Affairs' objections, recommen- Arrant said, "Passive recreation may be some- thing to bed in June come hell or high water."


dations and comments on the city's proposed amend-
ments submitted in December.
DCA comprehensive planning chief Mike McDan-
iel, in a letter erroneously addressed to both Bradenton
Beach Mayor Michael Pierce and Bradenton Mayor
Wayne Poston, wrote, "The department has identified
several issues in the proposed amendments."
Arrant told commissioners that most of the state's
19 comments could be addressed by inserting data, a
formula or map, but a couple of state concerns require
more work.
One of those state concerns involves the proposed
amendment dealing with the preservation land-use
category and the coastal high-hazard area.
The state wrote, "The city proposes to modify
the preservation land-use category from prohibiting
any type of development to allowing water-depen-
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and a transfer of development rights. The proposed
modification to allow these uses will not ensure the
protection of the environmentally sensitive coastal
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uses is inconsistent with the state requirement to pro-
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The state's other primary concern was with the
proposed "water-dependent commercial" future land-
use category on the future land-use map,
Arrant said the state indicated that the provision
would allow the city to build a commercial operation

BOA continues hearing
The Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment last
week continued a hearing on an administrative appeal
of a certificate of occupancy due to inadequate notice
of the meeting.
Last September, a judge ordered Bradenton
Beach officials to take another look at property owner
Ken Lohn's complaints about a development at Fifth
Street South and Bay Drive South.
However, Lohn's notice of the hearing was
placed in the Gulf Coast Business Review, a weekly
publication rather than a daily publication, and thus
the BOA agreed that the notice was deficient.
The city's land-development code states that a
BOA hearing notice must appear in a daily newspaper
of general circulation in the county at least 10 days
prior to the hearing.
The BOA continued the meeting to 6 p.m. Wednes-
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walk outside the open doors.
"We do caged-bird rescue," said Sun and Surf's
Marty Duytschaver. "We've been doing bird rescue
for about eight years."
But several are members of the family, including
Wizard, who Duytschaver said is "such a sweet bird."
Duytschaver said that he followed his usual rou-
tine on Sunday morning, wheeling the cages from the
store to the sidewalk at about 9:30 a.m.
"Everything was fine," he said.
But sometime between about 10 a.m. and noon,
a customer alerted Duytschaver of an empty cage.
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ScenicWAVES sets goals for Gulf Drive


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach may paint its bike lanes green
to reserve the lanes for non-motorized cyclists and
promote green transportation.
Or perhaps paint turtles in the lanes.
Or palm trees.
The ideas to better designate the bike lane were
raised during two recent brainstorming sessions to
update a Bradenton Beach plan for the scenic high-
way portion of Gulf Drive.
The city's advisory ScenicWAVES committee,
which is steering improvement, preservation and
conservation on Bradenton Beach's waterfronts and
along Gulf Drive, is updating its corridor manage-
ment plan.
The plan charts improvements along Gulf Drive, a
state-designated scenic highway from the city's north
boundary with Holmes Beach to its south boundary
at the Longboat Key Bridge.
The state mandates a periodic update of the plan,
and Bradenton Beach secured a grant to hire a consul-
tant to help with the project, which is nearing comple-
tion.
On Feb. 23 and again on March 9, members of
the ScenicWAVES group met with consultant James
Taylor of the-IBI Group to discuss goals in the plan -
and objectives and strategies to achieve the goals.
One issue up for discussion was transportation
and whether improvements are needed to the bike
lanes in Bradenton Beach.
The committee agreed that designation of the
lanes needs to be improved, especially the section of
the bike path that runs under the Cortez Bridge.
The committee also agreed efforts must be taken
to keep bicyclists off sidewalks, which should be
reserved for pedestrian traffic. And efforts must be
taken to keep automobiles out of the bike lanes.
Several committee members complained that
they often see cars passing other autos on the right,
using the bike lane as an extension of the road.
Florida law only allows for passing on the right
in certain conditions when there are two or more


lanes of traffic in one direction or a one-way street
with two or more lanes of traffic. In both circum-
stances, passing on the right is not allowed if the
motorist must leave the main-traveled portion of the
roadway, which means in most locations passing on
the right is illegal on Anna Maria Island.
Such maneuvering does, however, occur on Island
roads and law enforcement officers who witness the
offense issue tickets, resulting in $150 fines.
Bicyclists say the situation remains dangerous.
"Because people drive in the bike lane, avid
cyclists call it the suicide lane," said Anna Maria
biker Jessie Walters.
"We need to do something," said Pat Gentry
during a ScenicWAVES meeting at city hall.
Lisa Marie Phillips, who coordinates Scenic-
WAVES and is the city's project and program man-
ager, suggested better defining the bike lane with
green paint. '
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"That's awesome," Gentry replied.
And others in attendance seemed enthusiastic
about doing more to promote bicycling in Bradenton
Beach.
"Bikes are money in our business," said commit-
tee member and restaurant-owner Ed Chiles. "When
you see people on bikes, that's a great customer. Get-
ting more people on bicycles is fabulous."
Painting bike lanes is being tested in other loca-
tions, including some areas of New York City, and in
Portland, Ore., and Seattle, which have international
reputations for being bicyclist-friendly.
The ScenicWAVES committee also has made
improving the city's gateways, expanding parking
in the commercial area, reducing traffic congestion,
establishing a plan for native landscaping, creating
design guidelines for new development along the cor-
ridor and improving signage as priorities.
The committee expects to review a final difaffof
a corridor management plan at 2 p.m. Monday, April
13, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive.


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gazebo.
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Anna Maria Elementary School menu
Monday, March 23
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet, Hashbrown, Cereal,
Toast, Yogurt, Oatmeal.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets or Hot Ham and
Cheese Sandwich, Potato Smiles, Green
Beans, Peach Cup.
Tuesday, March 24
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit.
Lunch: Cheeseburger or Pork Riblets, Hash-
brown, Broccoli with Cheese Sauce, Fruit.
Wednesday, March 25
Breakfast: Choice of "Jump Start" selections.
Super Donut, Toast, Cereal.
Lunch: Chicken Tenders, Assorted Salads
and Sandwiches, Broccoli, Strawberry Cup,
Chortles.
Thursday, March 26
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks with Syrup,
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Lunch: Student Planned Menu. -
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Record Day: No School.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 11, 9000 Gulf Drive, driver's license. Depu-
ties observed a vehicle towing a trailer, which did not
have a license plate. After stopping the rig, deputies
found the driver had numerous suspensions on his driv-
er's license. He was arrested and the rig towed.

Bradenton Beach
March 3, 121 Bridge St., SueRics, battery. Offi-
cers were called to an altercation between two men.
One of the men warned the other to stay away from
his ex-girlfriend; a pushing match ensued and one
struck the other. Both men signed waivers of no-
prosecution after the altercation.
March 8, 135 Bridge St., Bridgetender Inn, aggra-
vated battery. Officers responded to a call of a man and
woman having an argument over money. According to
the report, she took his wallet, got in a car and started to
drive away. He attempted to stop her and broke the driv-
er's side window of the vehicle in the process. During
the altercation, she ran over his foot, then left the scene
on foot. Paramedics were called to treat the man, and a
warrant was issued for the woman's arrest.
March 10, 118 Bridge St., Sports Lounge, drugs.
Officers were called regarding a disturbance at the
bar. Darren Kersey, 24, of Bradenton Beach, was
escorted from the bar, and after searching him, offi-
cers discovered a bag of marijuana in a pocket. He
was arrested.
March 10, 2800 Gulf Drive, violation of parole.
Officers were called to a disturbance and, after a record's
check, discovered the man had an outstanding warrant
for violation of parole. He was arrested.

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March 7, 6600 block Marina Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took his unlocked bicy-
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March 7, 500 block 74th Street, theft. The com-
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The man accused of stealing the car of missing
Haley's Motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler likely
will get another defense attorney.
The court-appointed regional counsel represent-
ing Robert Corona, 38, asked to withdraw from the
grand-theft auto case earlier this month because his
office has a conflict of interest he's representing
another defendant in a related case.
If granted by Circuit Court Judge Gilbert A. Smith
Jr., who held a status hearing on the case March 11,
the new attorney would be Corona's third since his
arrest last November. A public defender first with-
drew from the case also citing a conflict of interest
because he had represented a potential witness.
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 the bar with the key in the
ignition.
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.
Corona has been in jail since Nov. 6, but has yet
to appear in a Manatee County courtroom.
Meanwhile, on March 17, after The Islander's
deadline, a hearing was to take place to determine
whether Musil-Buehler's boyfriend, William Cumber
III, 39, violated the conditions of his probation on a
felony arson conviction.
Cumber was released from prison last fall and
was placed on probation. The state prosecution
alleges that Cumber violated his probation in late
December when he left Manatee County without
the permission of his probation officer and then was
arrested and served 10 days in the Marion County jail
for driving on a suspended license.
Cumber, the last known person to see Musil-Bue-
hler, has been characterized as a person of interest in
her disappearance and the Nov. 16, 2008, arson fire
at Haley's Motel. He has not been charged with any
crime in connection to either case and has told the
press he feels he is being framed.
If he is guilty of violating his probation, Cumber
could return to prison for 15-30 years.


The trial of two men charged in the April
17, 2008, Anna Maria home invasion involving
former Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda
Cramer is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. March 23
at the Manatee County Judicial Center.
Michael Gambuzza and Christopher Drescher are
charged with one count each of home invasion and rb-
bery, a first-degree felony, and one count each of false
imprisonment, a third-degree felony. Drescher and Gam-
buzza have entered not guilty pleas to the charges.
The home invasion charge carries a maximum
sentence of 30 years upon conviction, while a


plainant said someone took his bicycle.
March 10,500 block Key Royale Drive, burglary.
A rental agent for the property noticed an unlocked
door to the house. A friend of the owner came to the
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County jail on a $175.000 bond each since they
were arrested about a week after the incident.
Crmmer was beaten and robbed at the home of her
boyfriend, Joe Pandolph of Crescent Drive, after two men
posing as delivery men forced their way into the house
reportedly looking for cash, jewelry or other valuables.
Pandolph was not at home at the time of the attack.
Cramer received multiple facial bruises in the
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March 11,400 block 72nd Street, battery. Police
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had invited two women to stay at her home. The
guests allegedly made a sexual proposal, and when
the resident declined, one of the women struck her
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Qbituanes

Bernard Charles 'Bernie' Shea
.Bernard Charles "Bernie" Shea, 79, of Kalama-
zoo, Mich., and winter resident of Anna Maria Island,
died Feb. 19.
Born in Bradford, Pa., Mr. Shea was retired in
1990 as president of the Pennwalt Co. pharmaceutical
operation, Rochester, N.Y., and vice president and
CEO of the health division in Philadelphia, Pa. He
was a graduate of Bradford High School and received
a full U.S. Navy scholarship and entered the ROTC
program at Holy Cross College, where he received a
bachelor's degree in biology. He served in the Navy
throughout the Korean conflict as a lieutenant junior
grade on the destroyer USS Storms as the communi-
cations officer. In 1954, he was honorably discharged
from the Navy. He worked in sales and marketing
with the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Co. in Kalamazoo,
where he won the Upjohn award.
Memorial contributions may be made to Parish
Church of Christ the King, P.O. Box 2613, Portage
MI 49081,
He is survived by wife Marilyn; son David of
Zephyrhills; daughter Melissa Sartain of Pittsford,
N.Y; brother John of West Chester, Pa.; and grand-
children Katie, Christopher, Tyler, Matthew and
Amanda.

Joy B. Ziegler
Joy B. Ziegler, 62, of Bradenton and formerly of
Anna Maria, died March 11.
Mrs. Ziegler was born in Cranford, N.J. She came
to Anna Maria Island in 1997 from Garwood, N.J.
and moved to Bradenton in 2006.
Memorial services were March 15. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Pal-
liative Care, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.
She is survived by son Jon Jr. and wife Maria
of Coldspring, Ky.; brothers Herbert Ditzel of Anna


Celebrating 60, 4 generations
Linda Schultheis and daughter Marina Schultheis
of Riverview, Fla., Linda's mom Diane Fernandez
of Holmes Beach and Diane's mom Mary Oquinn
of Guyton, Ga., gathered March 7 on the beach at
Anna Maria Bayfront Park for Fernandez' 60th
birthday celebration with about 100 other family
members and friends. Diane and husband John
Fernandez are 23-year Islanders. She recently
retired after 23 years with Sun Bank and will now
pursue an alteration and sewing business. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

Maria Island and Warren Ditzel of New Milford,
Pa.; sisters Edna Klimek of Pedricktown, N.J., Mary
Heerwagen and husband Richard of Hernando, Fla.,
and Grace Mauri of Marco Island, Fla.; and grand-
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ISLAND HAPPENINGS, EVENTS

Springfest winners

announced
The Anna Maria Island Art League's Springfest:
Fine Arts and Crafts Festival took place March 14-15 B
in Holmes Beach, with more than 100 artists partici-
pating.
The winners in the juried art show are:
Best of Show
Two-Dimensional: Margaret Bayalis, oils and
acrylics.
Three-Dimensional: Eric Abraham, pottery.
First Place
Two-Dimensional: John Bayalis, watercolor.
Three-Dimensional: Matt and Heather King, -
wood.
Second place
Oils/acrylics: Lilian Delgado. -
Watercolor: John Davis. .
Graphics/pastels... Linda Molto.
Jewelry: Claudia Walsh.
SPhotography: Darrell Lane.
Mixed Media: Tracy Kehr.
Glass: Josephina Espinosa.
Pottery: Jean Murray.
Wood: Werner Holzbaur. Art alfresco
Fiber/paper: Deb Halstead. Painter David P. Wong puts up some shade for customers during the open-air Springfest: Fine Arts and
Sculpture: Judy Wolfe. Crafts Festival March 21 in Holmes Beach. The Anna Maria Island Art League presented the juried art
Metal: Leonard Marucci. show and sale to raise money for its educational programs. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff


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Island Art League's two-day Springfest in Holmes Beach.

Excitement fills the airfor the
Rotary Club ofAnna Maria
seventh annual Extravaganza
and Casino Night March
14 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, where guests enjoyed
the slots, a roulette table
and other Vegas-style gam-
bling, dinner and an auction.
Pictured below, Michelle and
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Biz
By Rick Catlin


Tide at the Plaza
Laura Shely of the Tide and the
Moon jewelry store afid gift shop has
moved her shop to AMI Plaza on Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tide and Moon has a unique line
of custom jewelry that includes tiaras,
hair clips and other items, including
custom designs for weddings.
In addition, Laura specializes in
making her own sterling silver jewelry
and hand-beading.
An Island resident, Laura has more
than 20 years experience
"People want to look their best,"
said Laura, and she prides herself on
fitting jewelry to match her client's
wishes. She's also done a number of
pieces for brides and bridal parties.
"I really enjoy taking the time to
work with the client to get that special
design," Laura said.
In addition to her jewelry collec-
tion, Laura also has gifts and beach
supplies at Tide and the Moon.
To reach Laura, call 941-778-4050
or e-mail her at funkychick@tampabay.
rr.com.


Kid Care at AMI

Fitness
AMI Fitness at 5317 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, has introduced its Kid
Care program for gym members.
Kid Care is an adult-supervised
child-care service provided for AMI
Fitness members, allowing adults
with children to workout worry-free.
The service includes stimulating play
activities for children in a safe and
pleasant environment.
For more information on the pro-
gram, call 941-778-5446, or send an
e-mail to klalosh@amifitness.com.


New location for Tide and the Moon
Laura Shely recently moved her Tide and the Moon jewelry store and gift shop
to No. 400 at the AMI Plaza, 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and is inviting
all her current clients and new visitors to drop by the store. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin.


And now

chiropractor at

AMI Fitness
John Baldwin, doctor of chiro-
practic medicine, of Oceanside Health
and Chiropractic, 6607 Third Ave. W.,
Bradenton, recently opened a second
office for the convenience of Anna
Maria Island patients at AMI Fitness,
5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The office is accepting new patients
for treatment.
For more information, call
941-792-3777.


Acupuncture

anniversary
Island Acupuncture at Body and
Sol Wellness Spa, 9807 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria in Ginny's and Jane E's at
the Old IGA, is celebrating its first anni-
versary from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday,
March 27, with an open house. Owner
Tricia Graziano is inviting everyone to
join her for the festivities.


In addition to food and drinks, raf-
fles will be held for facials, pedicures,
massages and acupuncture treatments.
Attendees will receive discount cou-
pons for the various spa services.
For more information, call
941-773-6134 or 941-650-5441.


Chamber card

exchange
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold its March busi-
ness card exchange from 5 p.m. to 7
p.m., Wednesday, March 25, at Re/
Max Alliance in the Island Shopping
Center, 5316 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
The event is open to current and pro-


spective members and the cost is $5.
For more information or to make a
reservation, call 941-778-1541.

Realty raves
Wagner Realty at 3639 Cortez
Rd. W., Bradenton, has Sharon High-
tower as its top listing agent on Anna
Maria Island for February, while Cathy
Meldahl took home the honor for Wag-
ner's Longboat Key office.
The top sales award on Anna Maria
Island was taken by Joe Corbo, while
Meldahl garnered the award on Long-
boat Key.
Wagner Realty has offices at 1801
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach and at
5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Long-
boat Key.
For more information, call
941-727-2800, or visit the company
Web site at www.wagnerrealty.com.

Island real estate

transactions
102 55th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,264
sfla / 2,392 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex with
pool built in 1957 on a 77x93 lot was sold
02/24/09, Shurina to Sunfish Develop-
ment Partners for $480,000. This is not
an arm's length transaction, as Shurina
is a partner in the corporation.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty ofAnna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.

Got a new business going up in
Anna Maria Island, Cortez, Palma
Sola, west Bradenton or Longboat
Key? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, a new hire, or
an award-winning staff member? Call
Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax your
news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at
news@islander.org.


Big opening for 'Back Alley'
Back Alley artists' boutique owners, front, from left, Jo Ann Meilner and Ines
Norman, rear, Amelia Talucci and Kelly Burdette, welcome a "few hundred of
our closest friends," according to Meilner, during the March 13 grand open-
ing of their partner-venture Back Alley on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
The courtyard shop features original works of a variety of artists, including the
talented owners. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Whitney Beach Deli and Wines liquor store manager Tom Alpaugh, Dawn
diLorenzo, owner Andrew Hlywa and chef Benito D'Azzo stop just long enough
for a photo in the deli/restaurant where they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner
and offer a full bar, including specialty drinks. The multiplex of deli, restau-
rant, bar and liquor store is the anchor tenant of the Whitney Beach Plaza,
6810 Gulf of Mexico Drive, north Longboat Key. Service hours are 7 a.m.-11
p.m. daily, except the liquor store, which operates daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m.


The party is on at Tiny's Lounge in the Whitney Beach Plaza at.6852 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. The popular lounge, now owned by Susan
Vaught, offers live entertainment Wednesday thru Sunday, and dancing to the
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Wednesday, March 18
10 a.m. Nature journaling workshop at Leffis Key on the bayside
of Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4619.
1p.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.
7p.m. Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee annual
seminar at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Thursday, March 19
10:15 a.m. Friend's of the Island Branch Library book club at the
library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4669.
6 p.m. Island Garden Club potluck dinner and presentation by
Christine Callahan about the Anna Maria Elementary School garden proj-
ect at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-5063.
8 p.m. "Sylvia" opens at the Island Players Theater 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Play runs through April 5. Box Office: 941-778-5755.
Fee applies.

Friday, March 20
10 a.m. Friends of the Island Branch Library board meeting at the
library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
7p.m. Spring Fling Talent Show at Harvey Memorial Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-725-1175.

Saturday, March 21
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a break-
fast meeting with guest speaker Jim DePorre presenting "How to Invest
Like a Shark," at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-795-8697.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eco Expo and native plant sale at Braden-
ton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-778-4619.
10 a.m. to 2p.m. -Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island "Artrageous"
sidewalk sale in the Island Shopping Center, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes, various
locations. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
2p.m. "Molokai: The Friendly Isle" travel presentation by Marcy
and Jared East at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Sunday, March 22
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 Harbor Drive Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769. Fee applies.
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra
"Carmen" concert at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.
7p.m. -Auditions for "Alone TogetherAgain" at the Island Players

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Theatre 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Play runs May 14-24. Box Office:
941-778-5755.

Tuesday, March 24
10:30 a.m. Diana Milesko presents "What's Eating America: Food
and Politics in the 21st Century" at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Ongoing:
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Information: 941-794-3489.
The second and fourth Mondays of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Par-
enting with love and logic group meeting at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Fee applies.
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, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Bipolar and depression support group
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.
Thursday at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo atAnnie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through the end of May,
Bradenton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts at 1115 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366 or 941-932-9439.
Saturday at 8:30 a.m., Free yoga on the beach near the Pine
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:
941-518-4431.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., downtown Bradenton Farm-
er's Market along Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9552 or
941-932-9439.

Coming up:
March 26, Cultural Connections group at the Studio at Gulf and
Pine.
March 27, For Art's Sake sponsored by The Islander.
March 28, Desoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta on the
Palma Sola Causeway.
March 28, Craft and clutter sale at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
March 28, Bradenton High School 67th Anniversary celebration at
the Bradenton Country Club.
March 31, Blood drive at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center.

Save the date
April, month-long Manatee Jazz Festival.
*April 3-5, Seafood Festival downtown Bradenton.
April 4, Anna Maria Island Community Center Affair to Remem-
ber.
April 12, Kiwanis-sponsored Easter sunrise service Manatee
County Public Beach.
April 18, Anna Maria Island Community Center Talent Show.

Off-Island Arts & Events:
Wednesday, March 18
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Underwater Archeology" with Jeff Motes from the Florida Public Archeol-
ogy Network at the Cellar Lounge, 4307 26th St., Bradenton. Information;
941-746-4131.

Thursday, March 19
6 to 8 p.m. CPR class at the Anna Maria Island Power Squad-
ron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Registration: 941-778-4497. Fee
applies.
7p.m. Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival presents
"Today the Hawk Takes One Chick" at the South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

Saturday, March 21
8 a.m. -Collector car auction at the Sarasota-Bradenton Conven-
tion Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Information: 941-355-9161. Fee
applies.
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Junior.eague of Manatee County presents
"The American Girl Fashion Show" at the Lakewood Ranch Polo Grill
Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Information/tickets:
941-748-0101. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. Party on the Pass in the Mote Aquarium courtyard,
1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441 ext.
509. Fee applies.

Sunday, March 22
8 a.m. -Collector car auction at the Sarasota-Bradenton Conven-
tion Center, 8005 15th St. E., Sarasota. Information: 941-355-9161. Fee
applies.

Tuesday, March 24
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. GPS boating safety seminar at the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information:
941-795-0482. Fee applies.
7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Center featuring Al Hixon at the Longboat
Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Informa-
tion: 941-383-2345. Fee applies.

Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m. Chef Paul Mattison hosts Cincinnati Reds pitcher
Bronson Arroyo for a wine-pairing dinner at Mattison's Riverside,
1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-8087. Fee
applies. Proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Homes For
Our Troops.
7:30p.m. Hemingway at the Crosley at Powel Crosley Estate, 8374
N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through April 3. Information: 941-722-3244.
Fee applies.

Ongoing Off-Island Theatre:
"Hula-Hoop Sha-Boop" at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm
Ave., Sarasota, through March 21. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee
applies.
"Lamico Fritz" at Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota,
through March 21. Box office: 941-366-8450. Fee applies.
"The Elixir of Love" at Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.,
Sarasota, through March 27. Box office: 941-366-8450. Fee applies.
"Tosca" at the Sarasota Opera, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota,
through March 29. Box office: 941-366-8450. Fee applies.
"Boleros for the Disenchanted" at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241
N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, through April 3. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee
applies.
"Inventing Van Gogh" at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
through April 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"The Winter's Tale" at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
through May 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"The Devil's Disciple" at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N, Tamiami Trail,
through May 24. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.

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include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 18, 2009 U 23


Island girl helps volleyball team to title


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Island resident Kia Kern and
the rest of her Janasaries vol-
,leyball team captured their first
tournament title when they swept
all of their games at the Suncoast
Volleyball Club March 7 volley-
ball bash.
Janasaries, which also boasts
former Islander Gillian Cassidy as
a teammate, defeated the Suncoast
Volleyball Club team 25-11 and
25-18 in their first matchup. They
followed with a 25-10 and a 25-14
win over LPL in their second
match of the day. They earned first
place with their 25-15, 25-22 vic-
tory over the Pinellas Heat.
Most of the girls have been
practicing together for a few years
under the guidance of Ted Rigo,
who headed up some volleyball
clinics at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center last year. They
got their first taste of tournament
volleyball with Rigo, but didn't
experience much success, so get-
ting a tournament win in their first
try this year should be a confidence
builder.
Leading the way for Jana-
saires was Jaque Lynn Armer with
eight kills and Haley Coulter with
four kills, six aces and six assists.
Cassidy added five aces, two kills
and five assists, while Brooke
Watchorn had five aces and six
assists. Other standouts include
Grayson Hall, who had a perfect
service percentage throughout the
tourney, and Jo Jo Coulter, who
finished with eight aces. Kern
added two kills and two aces,
while Heather Ball and Gabby
Coulter each added three aces in
the victory.
The girls now have their sights
on the March 21 tournament at
the Orlando Volleyball Academy.
Good luck from The Islander!

Surf Shop victories
The West Coast Surf Shop
squeaked out a pair of extra-inning
Little League wins last week
against the Yankees to finally earn
the sweet taste of victory. They did
it with improved pitching and cap-
italizing on mistakes and opportu-
nities. They defeated the Yankees
at home on March 9 behind the
strong relief pitching efforts of
Johnny Mattay and Philip Dudu-
voire. The Yankees starting pitcher
gave the Surf Shop four innings
before giving way to Mattay, who
pitched a pair of innings. Dudu-
voire came on to pitch in the top
of the seventh and retired the side
in order with only four pitches. He
induced a pair of bunt groundouts
and a popup.


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Mattay finished with a pair
of doubles and four RBIs, while
Carper added a single and a
double. Dudevoire rounded out
the West Coast Surf Shop offense
with a pair of singles.
Their second game of the week
on March 13 at G.T. Bray Park was
another barn burner. The Surf Shop
won 7-5, as Devin Cole and Mattay
drew bases-loaded walks to force
in Brennan Gallagher and Henrik
Brusso with the go-ahead runs.
Mattay pitched three solid
innings for the Islanders, allow-
ing one hit and striking out four
batters. Dudevoire followed with
two innings pitched and four
strikeouts, while Neal Carper
came on to close the game out
with six strikeouts in two innings
of work.

Hardware drops close one
Anna Maria Island Little
League minor league team Holmes
Beach Ace Hardware, playing in
the Manatee West Little League,
dropped a 15-12 decision to Flag-
ship Fire on March 15. The Island-
ers are a largely inexperienced
team, but they were very competi-
tive on this day.
Ace took a 12-10 lead into the
bottom of the third inning, but a
pair of walks by Heather Payne and
Anthony Mannino were followed
by singles from Grant Setsma,
Jared Dole, Mickey Koczetsut and
Cody Yoho to give Flagship Fire
the come from behind victory.
Koczetsut finished the day
with a single, two runs scored
and two RBIs, while teammates
Yoho, Setsma and Dole each fin-
ished with a single and two runs
scored.
Ace Hardware was led by
Miles Fischer, who singled and
scored twice, while Amanda
Nyburgh, Evan Soudjwinj and
Anthony Cucci each singled and
scored.

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men
played an 18-hole better-ball-of-
partners game on March 11. The
team of Dick Eichorn and Earl
Ritchie matched the 11-under-
par 53 carded by Pete Weir and
Don Ruggles to tie for first place.
Second place went to Tom Lewis
and Chuck Boes with a 56, while
Hal Sears and Gary Harris, Don
Ledford and Bob Jorgensen and
Bill Gallagher and Don Latorre
each carded 57s to tie for third
place.
The women of the Key Royale
Club played a nine-hole low-net
game on March 10. Leading the
way was Penny Williams with


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Jo Jo Coulter, Heather Ball, Jacque Lynn Armer, Brooke
Watchorn, Grayson Hall, Gillian Cassidy, Kia Kern, and Gabby
Coulter pose for a picture with Coach Ted Rigo. Not pictured:
Haley Coulter. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy


3-under-par 29 to lead Flight
AA. In second place and three
shots back were Joy Phelan and
Jean Holmes. Flight A winner
was Judy Ward, whose 2-under
30 was one shot better than Joyce
Brown and Beverly Neville, who
tied for second. Marian Mulroy,
Sue Christensen and Meredith
Slavin all carded even-par 32s
to tie for first place in Flight B,
while Markie Ksiazek's 29 earned
her first place honors in Flight C.
Margie Jacob, Dolores Jorgensen
and Sue Wheeler tied for second
at even-par 32. Erma McMul-
len carded a 1-over 33 to capture
Flight D with Dee O'Brien, Pat
Rice and Sally York finishing in
second place with 35s.
The Key Royale Club men
played a two-best-balls-of-
foursome game on March 9 and
the team of Omer Trolard, Tom
Nelson, Bob Dickinson and
Peter Proxy combined to card an
impressive, 10-under-par 54 to
match the 54 carded by.Bill Gal-
laglier, Jerry Micho, Bob Schuets
and Jim Helgeson. Second place
went to the team of John Driscoll,


Paul Kedyes, Bob Jorgensen
and Don Ledford, who were
one shot back.

Horseshoe news
March 11 saw three
teams and a walker waiting
for the five available pits. In
the first game, John Craw-
ford and Ron Slagh easily
defeated Debbie Rhodes and
Bruce Munroe 21 to 6. In the
second contest, walker Art
Kingstad easily defeated Leo
Hutton and British visitor Ron
Chance 24 to 9. The playoff
was a see-saw battle culmi-
nating in a win 21-20 win for
Crawford and Slagh.
On March 14, four teams
competed and the team of
Norm Good and Steve Gross-
man won.
Play gets under way at 9
a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria
City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed
by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and
everyone is welcome.


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Bad writing and good, plus tips for both


Remember "Call me Ishmael" as arguably the
best opening line to a novel? ("Moby Dick," by
Herman Melville.")
You also probably remember, "It was a dark and
stormy night." ("Paul Clifford," by Edward George
Bulwer-Lytton.)
Ah, what a wretched opening line.
It's a good assumption that since you're reading
this column you've got some interest in writing and
reading. Melville "Sandscript" ain't, but here's some
funny writing examples and a few tips for author
wannabes.

The contest
Bulwer-Lytton has gained some notoriety due
to his awful writing skills in the form of an annual
contest in his name. The 2008 winner was Garrison
Spik, who penned:
"Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi
ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was
open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick
streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath through
manhole covers stamped 'Forged by DeLaney Bros.,
Piscataway, N.J.'"

Nose-clothespins suggested
to read below
Here's Bulwer-Litton's first paragraph of "Paul
Clifford:"
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in
torrents except at occasional intervals, when it was
checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the
streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling
along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty
flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
Through one of the obscurest quarters of London, and
among haunts little loved by the gentlemen of the
police, a man, evidently of the lowest orders, was
wending his solitary way. He stopped twice or thrice
at different shops and houses of a description corre-
spondent with the appearance of the quarter in which
they were situated, and tended inquiry for some arti-
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with. All the answers he received were couched in
the negative; and as he turned from each door he
muttered to himself, in no very elegant phraseology,
his disappointment and discontent."
And if you want to find out what happens next
in the story ... I'm sorry for you.

Tips
Some advice to improve your writing skills is
offered in Coastal Services, a bi-monthly publication
from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin-
istration. The magazine deals with water issues in the
United States and beyond, and is edited by friend and
Sanibel Island native Hanna Goss.
Although the publication is targeted to coastal man-
agers, one of the articles contains suggestions pertinent
to anyone who writes pretty much anything, from an
e-mail to a friend to a notice for a newspaper to a sci-
entific study. The advise includes the following:
Start with a plan. Before you begin to write the
actual document, write a theme statement. It will
relay, in a conversational tone, what your document
is trying to say and to whom. The statement will help
you focus your work.
Cut out unnecessary words. You may think the
detail is important, but strive to be succinct. The key
is to say something clearly with the fewest words
possible. It's about having respect for the time the
reader must put into reading and understanding your
points.
Know your audience. Does your theme statement
interest your audience? Do they really care about the
history of the project or the people who worked so


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hard to bring it to them? Make sure your focus and
the bulk of your text addresses what the audience is
interested in, not what you wish they were interested
in.
Watch how you use words and phrases. A sure
sign that someone is trying to overexplain something
is a document littered with an excessive amount of
words or phrases in a series. Instead of saying, "This
legislation will help preserve coastal resources," the
text will say, "These laws, policies, memorandums
of agreement and regulations will help protect and
conserve the beaches, freshwater wetlands, saltwater
wetlands, sand dunes and isolated wetlands of the
region, the state and the community."
Lose the acronyms. Define an acronym in the
first occurrence and then use the acronym for the rest
of the document. Remember, though, that acronyms
slow the reader down and can impede communica-
tion. All too often writing appears as some morass of
alphabet soup instead of a course of a fine meal.

A test
The novella "The Old Man and the Sea" won
Ernest Hemingway a Nobel Prize for literature in
1954. He once said of the book that it was as tight as
he could make it, and challenged anyone to open it
at random and read a passage and try to make it more
succinct.
Here's the test, Papa, and apologies for the dust
on my old, battered copy of your book..
"He could not see by the slant of the line that the
fish was circling. It was too early for that. He just felt
a faint slackening of the pressure of the line and he
commenced to pull on it gently with his right hand.
It tightened, as always, but just when he reached the
point where it would break, line began to come in.
He slipped his shoulders and head from under the
line and began to pull in line steadily and gently. He
used both of his hands in a swinging motion and tried
to do the pulling as much as he could with body and
his legs. His old legs and shoulders pivoted with the
swinging of the pulling. 'It is a very big circle,' he
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Captain Mark Howard
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THE ISLANDER E MARCH 18, 2009 E 25

'Mack-attack' hits near Gulf shore, backwater anglers


By Paul Roat
Spanish mackerel are starting to show both off
the beaches and the bays near Anna Maria Island, and
the bite is already starting to shape up to be fast, big
and furious.
Reports are at a catch-per-cast basis for the
macks, already running up to 26 inches. Kingfish are
soon to follow as long as the weather holds.
Other offshore action includes amberjack off
the artificial reefs, and loads of sheepshead from the
nearshore structures in the Gulf of Mexico. Mangrove
snapper are hitting hard, in large sizes and large num-
bers.
Backwater action for snook is still a bit chilled
like the water temps with hookups on smaller,
more spry linesiders but the wary big fish avoiding
the bait to date. Snook action should improve as
waters warm.
Redfish are a good bet, though.
Don't forget that gag grouper season is closed
until March 31.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said his offshore trips are put-
ting his charters onto snapper and sheepshead from
the nearshore artificial reefs. He's also catching Key
West grunts.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said inshore
fishing "is fantastic." He's putting his clients on huge
sow sheepshead and redfish to 26 inches in length.
"The sheepshead have finally showed up where
they're supposed to be, and fishing is as good as I

Sandscript
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
said. 'But he is circling.'"
It could probably be tightened up to read some-
thing like, "The old man continued to fight the fish.
He thought it might be coming to his boat," but it's
not quite the same, is it?
It seems the succinct version by "Sandscript"
versus Hemingway's prose ain't Nobel Prize mate-
rial.

Sandscript factoid
Ready to offer your entry to the Bulwer-Lytton
bad writing contest? You've got until April 15, an
easy date to remember and perhaps a good deadline
for some creative venting. Go to www.bulwer-lytton.
com/ for details.


Islander sales representative Toni Lyons shows off
her "birthday snook," which measured slightly over
38 inches. It was caught, along with afew smaller
released linesiders, from a dock on 56th Street in
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

can remember," he said. He's also catching mackerel
off the beaches.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said the best bet
is "big, gnarly mackerel" off the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge and in the bays. The Spanish mackerel catch is
coming best from silver spoons or "crippled herring"
lures, with the result being some 26-inch fish. Danny
said he was bringing in a fish on just about every cast.
Snook are out there, he added, but the big linesiders
don't seem to be all that hungry. "Gator" trout are
hitting on lures on outgoing tides by the bulkhead
around the seagrass flats, though, and sheepshead
are huge by the nearshore artificial reefs in the Gulf.
Amberjack are about the best bet for offshore fishers
right now, with some huge mangrove snapper coming
back as well.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include lots of
big sheepshead and a few mackerel.
Fishers at the Anna Maria City Pier are reeling
in big sheepshead as well, plus an occasional floun-
der.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina predicted that "things are right
on the cusp of busting wide open in Manatee-area
waters." Water temperatures are rising in both the


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Gulf and bays, and bait is starting to show. "Spanish
mackerel are evident all over the nearshore reefs," he
said, "and kings and cobia should be right behind."
He's putting his clients on sheepshead, snapper and
flounder in less than 45 feet of water in the Gulf, with
shrimp the bait of choice. Sheepshead are topping
out at 8 pounds, snapper at 19 inches and flounder
about average in size. He's also catching some Span-
ish mackerel, and one young angler nailed a hogfish.
Backwater fishing includes redfish, snook and trout,
all migrating out of the winter holes and moving up
on shallow and warm mudflats. "We have been nail-
ing an occasional snook and red using live shrimp on
the flats," he said, "but as soon as whitebait becomes
readily available, the action will improve a great deal.
The redfish are really scattered and spooky, so chum-
ming with live shiners will work well to bunch them
up and get them munching."
Capt. Mark Howard on SumoTime Char-
ters said "the spring pattern is finally taking hold
as the water begins to warm up. Mackerel are off
the beaches, with many nice-sized fish being landed.
Kingfish should show up in the next two weeks, and
snook and redfish are moving onto the seagrass flats
with some nice fish being landed there, too. Speckled
trout are still hitting in about 4 feet of water."
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail atpaul@islander.org.


Where's my fish
Rod Deschak, of Warren County, N.J., was fishing
for sheepshead at the Rod & Reel Pier while on
vacation when he had an unexpected visitor come
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Gamble Plantation. 941-981-3810.

RATTAN DINETTE SET: Glass-top table, six
swivel chairs with cushions. Good condition.
$200.941-778-0845.
DRESSER, CHEST, NIGHTSTAND, $40,
cupboard pantry, $40, living room picture,
$15, wicker light, $15. 941-778-0500.
GE WASHER AND dryer combo. Less than a
year old. Moving, don't need. Available April
1. $550/both. 941-779-1646.
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-
back chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous
goods. Call 941-487-7487.
WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with
beaded bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in
back to three pleated layers. Size 14. Profes-
sionally cleaned and preserved. $125 or best
offer. 941-794-2312.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Sev-
eral 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.
941-778-1102.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View
and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.


YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 21.
Good stuff! 426 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
SIDEWALK ART SALE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat-
urday, March 21. Artworks, art supplies new
and used. Bake sale. 5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Artist Guild Gallery, Island
Shopping Center. 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
beach. 941-778-6694.


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GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-? Saturday,. March
21. The fun one! 7002 Marina Drive, Homes
Beach.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2
p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday. Clothing sales. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. 941-779-2733.
TAG AND BAKE sale: 9a.m.-noon Saturday,
March 21. Terrific assortment of furniture,
handmade items, electric reciprocating saw,
sander, lots of tools, tables, clothing, and lots
of miscellaneous. In Shell Point Clubhouse,
6300 Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March
21. Furniture, housewares and clothing. 209
67th St., Holmes Beach.
WEST MANATEE FIRE and Rescue Auxil-
iary yard sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March
21. Any donated items will be accepted with
appreciation letter during this week. Please,
call 941-720-0426 for pickup or delivery
times. See you Saturday! Sale at the old fire
hall, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous
office supplies, t-shirts, treasures.


FOUND: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES. Brown
with polka dots. Found near Waterfront res-
taurant. Can be claimed at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: 8x11 BLACK daily planner for
2009. Please call 941-779-9320.
FOUND: DODGE CAR keys. Near 76th and
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Please claim at
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
LOST WOMAN'S WATCH on Beer Can
Island, Monday, March 9. 941-920-1092.


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FOUND: ABANDONED BICYCLE. Call and
describe. 941-778-5868.


BINGO EVERY THURSDAY! Doors open at
6:30 p.m. Annie Silver Community Center,
103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Kit Redeker, 941-778-1915.
STRAWBERRIES: U-PICK opens Saturday,
March 21. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Prevatt Farms,
Wimauma. I-75N to State Road 674, go east
to Grange Hall Loop. turn south 3/4 mile on
right. Bring containers. 813-634-1162.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.
hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoveranna-
maria.com.
THE ISLANDER WANTS your comments. Do
you remember the first pro baseball game you
attended? The first home run you belted out
of the park? Share your baseball memories in
words and photographs. E-mail reporter Lisa
Neff at lisaneff@islander.org, and include a
phone number and home town.
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Pri-
vateers are collecting new or used, repairable
fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at
The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
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!
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a
personalized 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 information.


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


PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old
enough for adoption. All food and medical
provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All appli-
cants 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
941-685-1400.
FOR RENT: BOAT slip in Holmes Beach. Fits
up to 23 feet. $125/month. 941-778-2581.


WANTED PART-TIME director, interested
in Island history. Supplement your income,
year-round Island resident. Send resume to
AMIHS, RO. Box 4315, Anna Maria FL 34216.
For more information call, 941-778-0173.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley
Library in Bradenton Beach. Information,
941-779-1208.


GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on
strategic Longboat corner. Many business
uses possible: gas/convenience store, bank,
restaurant, etc. Priced reduced to $999,000.
Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any
good cuisine would work. Confidentiality
agreement required. $180,000 plus inventory.
Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
COMMERCIAL OFFICES: FROM $250/
month, includes utilities. Different sizes to fit
your budget, from small office to 1,600 sf.
Ideal for accounting, attorney or office away
from home. 941-746-8666. 5382 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.


ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School
sophomore Chris Perez tutors elementary or
middle school children. Call 941-778-2979.


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Sandpiper Beauty
Totally redone head to toe IBR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900

Imperial House
Make an offer! Gulfview 2bed/2bath condo in 55+
community with pool. Totally redone exterior! Views
of the Gulf in a great location close to everything the
Island has to offer. Turnkey Furnished. Come see for
yourself. $324,900
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.


CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or
odd-jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and
babysitting. 941-778-5352
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certi-
fied child care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red
Cross training, seven days a week, Maggie,
941-447-4632 or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysit-
ting. I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call
Kendall! First-aid certified, great with kids and
animals! Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house
sitter or dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross
certified in CPR for all ages. Call the twins,
Kayla and Ariel Jennis, 941-778-1746.
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience
and Red Cross certified in babysitting.
Loves children. Call Katie, 941-778-1491 or
941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experi-
enced. Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays,
after 11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island
youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must
be placed in person at The Islander news-
paper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is
your computer misbehaving? Certified com-
puter service and private lessons. Special
$40/hour. Free advice. 941-545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash
away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
941-778-0944.

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete
computer solutions for business and home.
Installation, repair, upgrade, networking,
Web services, wireless services. Richard
Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708,
or cell 216-509-1945.

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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.
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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 ser-
vice, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup,
upgrades, diagnosis 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, 941-812-6213.
CHET'S MOBILE MASSAGE: Relax in the
comfort of your own home and bask in the
afterglow. Best prices. Professional. Dis-
count packages. FL license #MA-43081.
941-623-2298.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to
the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates.
Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Pro-
fessional, friendly cleaning service since
1999.941-778-7770. Leave message.
GET A BID, then call Nick. Voted No.1 painter.
941-962-5131.

INCOME TAX SERVICE for individual and
.small businesses. Also prepare all states and
file electronically. Member of National Society
of Tax Professionals. Call Pat at Kenney Tax
Service, 941-761-8156.

TOM'S TOTAL DOOR and Window Service:
Repairs, replacements, inserts, frame change-
out, handsets replaced, insulated glass
replacement, screens, etc. 941-730-1399 or
941-722-7507.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handy-
man 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 any-
time. Excellent local, repeat references.
770-832-7319, ewingwt @ earthlink.net.
DOG GROOMING: "Alicia's Grooming"
Loving, personal care for your dog. Men-
tion this ad and receive a special first-time
discount! 4134 Gulf of Mexico Drive, #210,
Longboat Key. 941-383-1717.


DON'T MISS THIS ISLAND GETAWAY
Wonderful 2BR/2BA, 1 block to beach
in Holmes Beach. Property is turnkey
furnished and is a successful vacation rental.
Asking $359,000.
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. $328,000
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COMPUTER GOT YOU 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 customers. Mom-Watch, Pet-
Watch, Storm-Check, windows, etc. Rent-
als our specialty, pinesolpatty@juno.com.
941-792-1000.
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do
housekeeping, laundry, and errands or pet
sitting for you. Cell: 941-592-8684.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat,
refrigeration. 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, 941-795-7411.
CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wed-
ding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing
massage in the comfort of your home. Call
today for an appointment, 941-795-0887.
MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we
stay close to home. We provide full house
checking services when and what you need
- to ensure your house is secure and cared
for while you are away. Call 941-928-8735,
or e-mail check.my.house@verizon.net for
details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience. Gift boutique, nail prod-
ucts, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses.
9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure
services. 941-713-5244.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation,
20 years experience. References available.
For a reasonable price, call Sebastian,
941-704-6719.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and
repair. Your complete irrigation repair com-
pany. Call 941-778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom land-
scapes, tree trimming, property maintenance.
Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.



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ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges,
mulching. Lowest prices starting at $15.
12-year Island resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming,
hauling, cleanup. Island resident 25 years.
Call 941-807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service land-
scaping and property management. 15 years
Island experience. Licensed and insured. Call
Allen anytime. 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.

GARY WOOD LAWN service. You call, we
come. Free estimates, tree trimming, land-
scaping. Insured. 941-812-7273.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various
sizes, $10-$100. Delivery and placement
available. Also free removal of your unwanted
boulders. Plus we are a complete tree stump
service. Insured, experienced. Call Brad
Fredericks LLC today. 941-730-0001.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/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
Neil, 941-726-3077.


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I l l Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
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Commercial & Residential
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Tropical Landscape Specialist
941-729-938i1 Design & Install
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All
phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.
Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt.
Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.

GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops,
cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed,
941-748-4711.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light
hauling, pressure 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.

CARL V. JOHNSON Jr. Inc. Building contrac-
tor. Porches, rooms, decks, additions, renova-
tions and new homes. Free estimates. Quality
work and fair prices! Call 941-795-1947, or
cell 941-462-2792. Lic.#RR0066450.

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and
more. Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett
for a free in-home consultation. Island refer-
ences, 15 years experience. 941-778-3526
or 730-0516.


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

WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
coastinc.com.

ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in
The Islander.


HARBOR PINES: 2BR/2BA, washer and
dryer connections, tile/carpet, 12-month
lease, close to MCC, Bayshore High School
and shopping. $700/month, $500 secu-
rity. Call 941-650-3476.
POOL HOME: VACATION rental. Eight min-
utes from the beaches in northwest Braden-
ton. Gorgeous 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
sleeps six, inclusive. Contact 941-794-1515.
View at www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.

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

2009-10 SEASON: BEAUTIFUL GROUND-
level single-family home. Available now.
2BR/1BA or 3BR/2BA with living room, family
room, washer/dryer and carport. Block to the
beach in Anna Maria. 813-690-9762.
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely,
private pool home near Palma Sola Cause-
way. $900/weekly. Discounts for longer
stays. 3BR/3BA gorgeous pool home, Intra-
coastal Waterway, west Bradenton. $1,050
weekly. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.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, 2009.
RENT: WESTBAY 2BR/2BA condo, Also buy
Manasota Beach 2BR/2BA condo. Prices
negotiable. 941-778-9710.
PERICO BAY CLUB annual rental: Unfur-
nished 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, den.
Tennis, spa, pool, clubhouse, gated. $1,300/
month. 941-962-6117.
CUTE OFFICE FOR RENT. 315 58th St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-794-8202.
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 941-962-8844.
LIVE ON BEAN Point. 4BR/3BA. Gazebo on
the beach. Annual rental. 404-433-2542.


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Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 301h St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available


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ERenovation Specialist All Carpentry Repairs
i Completing more than 2,000jobs on Anna Maria Island
Darrin J.,Wash 941.725.0073
LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988
Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
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Lawn care PLUS native plants.
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup...
Call Junior, 807-1015







Pickup & Delivery Services
Apartments Condos Homes -
1 item or Household
Free Estimates Affordable Rates
Canl Mike 739-823l4
"v'Your Home Trown Mo sver"
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Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
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FOR RENT: 2BR/1BA, $850/month. 1 BR/1BA,
$800/month. 2919 Ave. E, Holmes Beach.
Call 941-778-3455 or 941-720-4152.
RENTAL: 2BR/2BA WESTBAY Point and
Moorings condo. Direct bayfront, spectacular
views. 203-259-4769.
3008 GULF DRIVE: 2BR/1BA, large garage.
$850/month plus utilities. 941-778-7293.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON BEACH.
Furnished 2BR/2BA condo, steps from
beach. Unit is two levels above covered park-
ing, washer and dryer in unit. Very nice unit,
live at the beach. $1,000/month plus utilities.
813-245-0428.
FOR RENT: REMODELED 3BR/3BA canal-
front home, fenced, pool, with heated spa,
outdoor kitchen, boat lift and dock, two-car
garage. 941-713-3214.
PERICO BAY ANNUAL: Unfurnished
3BR/2BA, carport, lanai, gated community.
$1,400/month. 941-730-1291.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 2BR/2BA, washer and
dryer, pool, security, tennis courts, bike and
walking paths, water view from lanai, close
to beaches, restaurants, etc. Monthly. More
information at pericoisland @ live.com.
SPACIOUS 1BR: LAMINATE floors, laun-
dry, lanai. Steps to beach. $725/month plus.
941-779-9470.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1BA, furnished, one
block to beach, washer and dryer, ground
floor. 941-778-3506.


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Delightful,
cheery home!
In-ground heated pool
Tropical landscape.
Location! Amazing value'
Buyer's one-year home
warranty Call for details~
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Loura E McGeory F A punky2@aol.com Call 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate



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41-7799320
Sue Carlson
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One bedroom near beepwater conolfront,
beach $195,000 Tropical Oasis! $699,000

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Anna Maria Island!
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413 Pine Ave Anna Maria


GULFFRONT: ANNA MARIA 2BR/2BA.
Available January and February 2010. For
information, contact Fran Maxon Real Estate,
941-778-2307.

VACATION RENTAL: AVAILABLE March
16-April 3. 1BR/1BA duplex, block to beach.
Clean. Cable, WiFi, kitchen, $500/week,
941-779-1112.

RENT FOR 2010 season: Hidden Lakes new
luxury condo. 2BR/2BA, pool, sauna. garage.
Seven minutes to beach. $3,200/month, less
for longer. 941-778-9486.
NEW 2BR/2BA: 1,920 sf, two-car garage
plus 1,000 sf of storage. Gated community
with pool and tennis. One mile from beaches.
$1,950/month. Call 941-792-0950.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX: Bradenton
Beach. Close to Gulf, clean, bright, quiet.
First month rent and security. $700/month.
No pets. Call evenings, 219-730-3156.
ANNUAL DUPLEX APARTMENT: 1BR/1BA
unfurnished. Holmes Beach. $650/month.
810-614-6962.
COUPLE WANTS THREE-month rental,
winter 2010. Have cat, smoker. References.
941-778-1035 or 330-749-3511. geriand-
butch @yahoo.com.
SEASONAL BAYVIEW WESTBAY Point and
Moorings 2BR/2BA condo. Also, annual,
northwest Bradenton 3BR/2.5BA townhouse.
941-778-9710.


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CALL THE ISLANDERS
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7 property one block
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in every room. One
a of a kind pool and.
Tiki bar. Elevator
and 2 car garage.
Lush landscaping.
$895,000.










LOWEST PRICE ON KEY ROYALE! 2BR/2BA canal-
front. Pool, boat lift, workshop, office and a 2 car garage.
Only $499,000
Mike Norman Realty,.
800-367-1617 941-778-696
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
www. mikenormanrealty.com


THINKING OF EXTENDING your stay? Very
nice Anna Maria 2BR/1BA duplex unit avail-
able April 2009. Lanai, patio, garage, washer
and dryer. Photos by e-mail. $2,000/month or
$600/week, includes utilities. 941-778-8456.
FOR RENT: UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA plus
bonus or extra bedroom, two-car garage,
caged pool, large boat dock on grand canal.
$1,700/month. 937-902-9388.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rent-
als. 1BR/1 BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to
beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.


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. www.manateeareaforeclosures.
com.
BEST PRICE IN all of Key Royale: An abso-
lutely spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA,
two-car garage, split-plan, custom remod-
eled throughout. 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.

PERICO BAY CLUB
Immaculate 2BR/2BA condo with
fabulous water views. Only minutes
from sparkling white beaches of Anna
Maria Island. $215,000.
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SALES & RENTALS
(941) 778-2291
19 Pine Ave.or e-mail
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MOTIVATED SELLERS
Custom-designed home with excellent craftsmanship.
3BR//2BA, beautifully maintained and 450 ft. to beach.
Reduced! $1,100,000.

Spacious 2BR/2.5BA/2CG in lovely Bay Palms, an
attra5402 Mctna ive Holmes Beach neighborhood. Reduced!











$395,000 New Price $389,500

Deluxe-size duplex-zoned lot with older home.
Refurbish, add on a second unit or reconstruct.
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Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. Arizon.net
Web site www.anbeynamariareal.com


MOTIVATED SELLERS

Custom-designed home with excellent craftsmanship.
3BR//2BA, beautifully maintained and 450 ft. to beach.
Reduced! $1,100,000.

Spacious 2BR/2.5BA/2CG in lovely Bay Palms, an
attractive Holmes Beach neighborhood. Reduced!
$3,,,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





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






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REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for
fax and free brochures. Richard and Alison
Estrin, licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin
Mortgage Company. 941-383-6112.
MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from
Anna Maria Island. You own the land. Not a
co-op. No monthly fees. Steps to water. Great
condition. Free boat ramp access. $79,000.
513-470-3851.
EXCEPTIONAL ISLAND VALUE: Bradenton
Beach updated 1BR/1BA condo, turnkey
furnished. Owner financing. Price reduced,
$149,000. 941-779-0101.
HOLMES BEACH TOWNHOME: Island Vil-
lage, beautiful 3BR/3BA 2.5-car garage with
1,865 sf, partial views. $399,000. Call Roger
Clyne at Horizon Realty, 941-468-0644.

BEACH CONDO. FIRST floor, beautifully
updated, turnkey furnished, carport, pools,
2BR/1.5BA. Reduced! 55-plus, no pets.
941-761-1923.

MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. Good condition.
Pines Trailer Court. See manager or call
941-779-0801. Leave message.
BRIGHT AND INVITING 2BR/2BA waterfront
home. Updated with new electrical, plumbing,
HVAC, roof, cabinetry, granite, doors, win-
dows, flooring. 90-foot canalfront with dock
and .527 77th St., Holmes Beach. Reduced,
$659,900. Call owner/agent, 941-779-9093.
RCB Properties, 941-753-9011.



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CAYMAN CAY Fabulous central island
location a short walk to pristine beach.
Fully furnished 2BR/2BA with heated
ool, covered parking, screened porch,
BB area and extra storage. David
Moynihan (941) 778-2246.#M571827.
$239,000
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PERICO BAY CLUB NEW PRICE!!!
2BR/2BA waterfront condo 2.5 miles
to Beach. Gated security 24/7. Canoe/
kayak direct access. Pools, spa, tennis,
first floor. Penny Bray (941) 778-2246.
#M578818. $249,000


DRASTICALLY REDUCED!! Beautiful RUNAWAY BAY This ground floor,
direct beach front condo, balcony, direct bay front 2BR/2BA condo is
completely renovated in 2005. SS app., beautiful and the view adds that WOW
granitecountertops,turnkeyfurnished. factor. Enjoy heated pool, deeded
JimZoff(941)778-2246.#M5800617. beach access, bay front fishing pier,
$229,000 tennis, workout room, more. Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246.
#M5802585. $369,000
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
(941 778-2246 (800 211-2323 WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM


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.
HOLMES BEACH INVESTMENT property.
2BR/2BA pool home plus separate studio
apartment on three buildable waterfront lots.
Asking $995,000. Call Will Bouziane at Boyd
Realty, 941-773-3757 or 941-750-8844.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA, 2,243 sf,
completely updated, nicely furnished, two-
car garage, beautiful condition. $225,000.
941-792-1809.
FOR SALE BY owner: Perico Island home.
3BR/2BA. Four years new. Heated pool.
$325,000. 941-795-7951.

GORGEOUS SUNBOW BAY townhouse
for sale. Offers in the region of $310,000!
5BR/2.5BA. Beautifully decorated with
superb rental history. Tennis courts, two
pools. This is a one time offer by the owners
and will be sold to the highest bidder. View-
ings by appointment anytime March 31-April
7. E-mail: Sandypflorida@aol.com, or call
01144 208-508-0332. 941-778-7169.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Full bay
view. First floor. Perico Bay Club. $349,900.
1391 Perico Point. Denise Langlois, Coldwell
Banker, 941-725-4425.


VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA, two-
car garage, 1,913 sf, move-in condition.
$135,000. Estate sale. Denise Langlois,
Coldwell Banker 941-725-4425.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park
under building. $520,000. Call Sherry
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chief Whitman
4 Steal from, as in
Grand Theft Auto
11 Too big for one's
britches, say
15 Shutter piece
19 Auto financing
abbr.
20 Home of Easter
Island
21 Bilge need
22 "__ Dawn I Die"
(James Cagney
flick)
23 Rachael Ray
activity eliciting
oohs and aahs?
26 _'acte
27 Freshwater source
28 Habituate
29 Vedder of Pearl
Jam
30 Pantywaist
31 Harebrained
34 "Three men in

36 Viaduct features
37 Appears
39 Prepared for
heavy on/off
traffic?
43 Heart chart: Abbr.
45 Spacesuit worry
46 Schubert piece
47 Advice to actor
Perry when
delivering a
baby?


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on page 28 of
this edition.


54 Extremely softly,
in music
57 French possessive
58 Wee .
59 Imitative
60 Croft, title
role for Angelina
Jolie
61 It's dangerous to
be on this
63 Org. involved
with ESPN
64 Puffball contents
66 Pioneering 1940s
computer
67 Cleopatra's last
request?
72 Fashion
photographer
Herb
73 Void
75 Brother's attire
76 Adulate
78 Bullpen stats
79 Sir, in Swahili
81 Rope fibers
84 ___ Lingus
85 High-speed inits.
86 Travel is voted
most popular?
89 Concert site
90 Athlete who won
the 1978
SInternational
Peace Award
91 Brother or aunt:
Abbr.
92 Result of a good
basement
waterproofing
years ago?
99 "Yeah. "
103 Transfixed
104 Canned
105 Bygone "birds"
107 Swerve


108 Like a pig in a
pen
109 False front
112 Literally, "little
turnips"
114 Cinderella's
destination
115 Unassailable
beefs?
119 Volkswagen
competitor
120 Prefix with
inflammatory
121 Upset
122 Fathom
123 Composer Rorem
and others
124 Word before or
after tea
125 Ones concealing
their aims
126 Poetic
preposition

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2 La Belle
3 Bellyache
4 Bangs, e.g.
5 Pimply
6 Get a better grip
on
7 Big part of a
crocodile
8 Singer DiFranco
9 Refer to
10 Gus who wrote
the words to
"Makin'
Whoopee"
11 What the 300
defended
12 Field trip
destination
13 Person at home
14 Modern navig.
tool


15 Bean container
16 Coachman's
carriage
17 Provisional
18 Separate wheat
from chaff
24 It's written in the
stars
25 Gum-producing
plant
29 First name in
cosmetics
32 Informal bed
33 Seating sections
35 Nearly excellent
38 "I don't get no
respect," to
Rodney
Dangerfield
40 Full of frills
41 Number of flavors
in Neapolitan ice
cream?
42 Some turban
wearers
44 Thousands, in
slang
47 Brought (in)
48 Fishermen with
nets
49 Summery
50 Greek salad
ingredient
51 Designer Rabanne
52 Tangle (with)
53 Irish folk
musician O'Flynn
54 Missing
something
55 Ballpark snack
56 QBs, at times
60 Choice cut
62 China neighbor
63 CBS's "The ___
Today"
65 Fare well


68 Eyeball
69 Beer_
70 Hit hard
71 "In the Valley of
___" (2007 film)
74 Where Christ
stopped in a Carlo
Levi novel
77 Robert of "The
Sopranos"
80 Mother in
Bedrock
81 Ill-fated German
admiral


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handed
83 Flight divisions handed
95 Sings hallelujah
86 Like some
to
communities
96 Nervous one?
87 Missions, in brief 97 Comics pooch
97 Comics pooch
88 "Twelfth Night" 98 Endeavored
woman
100 Any of boxer
89 The Father of Foreman's five
Science Fiction sons
92 Capital on the 101 Volunteer,
Atlantic perhaps
93 Canned 102 Melancholy


106 Less wobbly, say
110 Brief makers:
Abbr.
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game
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116 Card game from
Mattel
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Center holds Island Tour of Homes


T he Anna Maria Island Community Center show-
cases 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 and con-
struction.
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 featuring
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 boutique.
Tickets in the form of program booklets -


Home sweet

home
The residences on the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's 2009 Tour of Homes
are:
Charlie and Debbie Kalb's home at 8027
Marina Drive, Homes Beach.
Glen and Dodie Fausset's home at 112
Mangrove Ave., Anna Maria.
Bob and Carol Carter's home at 239
Willow Ave., Anna Maria.
S Randy and Linda Houlas' home at 106 Los
Cedros Ave., Anna Maria.
Robert and Janet Miller's home at 803
North Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
Ron and Karen Sparks' home at 703 Fern
Ave., Anna Maria.


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 Cham-
ber 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; Rest-
less 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
941-778-1908.


Blitz on for quilt prize, raffle tickets


A nna 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-
dlers.
Each year, the group creates a quilt to be raffled
during the tour, which will take place this year on
March 21.
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 a
fitting title for the colorful array of shells, "Shell-
A-Bration."
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 quiltalso 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.


A detail from the quilt.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


Tips-for the tour
Tour organizers and veteran tour guests offer, the following advice and
tips for the Anna Maria Island Community Center's 16th annual Island Tour
of Homes:
The tour booklet also is a ticket so keep it handy.
Leave the camera at home -, no photographs are allowed inside the
homes.
If it looks like rain, bring an umbrella. The event takes place rain or
shine.
The tour can begin at any of the six homes, but follow a logical order
to avoid too much time in traffic.
Wear comfortable shoes high heels are not allowed in the homes,
and provided booties are required.
Consider alternative transportation bicycle, walk or trolley to the
homes.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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Dear tour of homes patrons,
According to the data from the last Census, the statistics for
the Island and Cortez communities show lower incomes than
the city of Bradenton. Ninety cents of every dollar donated to
the Anna Maria Island Community Center significantly helps
the Center to meet the needs of the its low-income families,
single parents and grandparents who live on limited fixed
incomes.
The Center provides social, recreational and educational pro-
grams for all ages in a safe, dean, enriching and inspiring atmo-
sphere. Families in need of quality programs for before-school
and after-school care, holiday/summer camps, health and fitness,
mental health programs, including alcohol and drug prevention,
and sports programs for their children, teens and grandchildren
can find them at the Center. Our special focus is children ages
birth to 17 years, especially those at risk for being abused or
neglected and those who are economically disadvantaged. We
anticipate serving more than 700 youth and 2,700 adults and
senior citizens this year with Center programs.
Many working families are stressed by the current eco-
nomic conditions and some will face foreclosure this year. The
Community Center is the only agency in Manatee County that
serves the mental health needs of the uninsured and underin-
sured with a sliding fee scale that is adjusted to income.
Our requests for financial support and program scholar-
ships have increased dramatically this year. Your donation and
financial support can make a positive life-changing difference
right here in the community you love.
Your support is greatly appreciated. Please, join us and
enjoy the tour!
Pierrette Kelly, AMICC executive director
A portion of The Islander advertising sales in this section benefits AMICC.


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~ and\. and Linda Houlas divide their time
bet\ieen their home in Avon Lake. Ohio. and in
Anna Maria. where they purchased a house in
2006.
Their home on Los Cedros has become a
sho%% place. a featured stop on the Island Tour of
homes scheduled for March 21.
The couple learned about the tour from .p
sub-contractors and suppliers they worked \ith
to transform their Island residence into a more
modern take on old Florida. The homeowners
decided to participate to help raie money for the
Center. especially its youth programs.
The Houlas agree that most tour guests, upon 11IMr a
entering their home will comment on the open-
ness their great room has the feel of an outdoor :
courtyard and leads to a lanai.
As they arranged their home. the couple fol-
lo%%ed a rule that a space should be practical and
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Randy said his favorite spot is the boat-bar area
in the lanai overlooking the waterfall and pool.
Linda said. "I love my kitchen/pantry that keeps
me right in middle of all the action."


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Life on Willow Avenue


-. arol and Bob Carter live in their Willow Avenue
home in Anna Maria with two Labrador retrievers
named Daisy and Lily and two cats named Jeb and
Jazzie.
The Carters purchased their Island home in
March 2001 and in July 2006 moved from Pittsburgh,
where they lived in a 100-year-old Victorian, to reside
fulltime in Anna Maria.
They moved out in November of that year to reno-
vate the residence and returned in September 2007.
Carol said the couple offered to place their home
on the tour after they renovated.
"And we were accepted," she said.
She answered some other Islander questions as
well:
The Islander: The tour is a celebration of Island
living, but it also can be a lot of work for a hom-
eowner, why did you agree to participate?
Carol Carter: We love our neighbors, our neigh-
borhood and our lot with its canal. We also are proud
of the work of our local architect, Robert Rokop of
Longboat Key, and our local contractor Rob Doug-
las of Holmes Beach, as well as our local landscape
designer Michael Miller of Anna Maria, with his all-
native Island trees and plants. We wanted others to
see and appreciate their work.
The Islander: How would you describe your
home's style or character?
CC: It's a combination of Mediterranean and
Anna Maria Island styles.
The Islander: When tour guests step into your
home, what do you think will catch their attention?
CC: Maybe the front door and its side lights and
transom, or the chandelier made for us in Venice,
Italy, or the view from the front door through the


house to the pool, back yard and canal.
The Islander: Do you have a favorite place in the
home?
CC: Bob wouki say his leather chair in the great
room. I like sitting in the lanai or in the grove of sabal
palms out back.
The Islander: Stylists say that each room should have
a touch ofblack. What else should each room have?
CC: Mementos and paintings that its people have
collected and cherish.
The Islander: A lot of tour guests attend to sup-
port the Center, but many also take the tour in search
of ideas, concepts they might try in their homes. What
is one rule of decorating you try to follow?
CC: We picked a favorite painting we bought in St.
Tropez. It's hanging just inside the front door to the left.
And used its color palette for the great room/kitchen.
The Islander: Do you have a favorite home and
design magazine?
CC: Coastal Living and Southern Living.


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. bout six years ago, native Floridians Dodie and
Glen Fausset built their home on Mangrove Avenue
in Anna Maria.
Dodie had grown up in Bradenton and Glen
in Sarasota they knew the allure of Anna Maria
Island.
In the years after they built their home, people
involved with presenting the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's annual Island Tour of Homes
visited for social occasions. And sometimes they
asked whether the Faussets would place their house
on the tour.
"They have asked before," Dodie said of tour
committee members. "This year, we said, 'Yes.'"
She said preparing for the event, which will take
S place March 21, is not a lot of work.
"They really just want to show the way people
live on the Island," Dodie said. "We have worked on
the yard and touched up the paint, which needs to be
done anyway."
The Islander asked Dodie, in advance of the tour,
a few other questions about home sweet home.
The Islander: How would you describe your
home's style or character?
Dodie Fausset: Outside, I would call Key West.
Inside, I just think it is comfortable, beachy. I deco-
rate with the things I love. And it has to be very liv-
able. We live in all of our house. Nothing is off limits
to the grandkids.
The Islander: When tour guests step into your
home, what do you think will catch their attention?
DF: First, I think the mosaic on the front porch
S and foyer. It was done by our son Taylor, and I just
Love it. Then, as they come up the stairs, maybe the
open floor plan and how light it is. We have lots of


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windows, dining room for me. It's.big we can fit 12 around
The Islander: Do you have favorite place in the it, and sometimes more if you put the children on the
home? pew bench.
DF: It depends on what I'm doing. When I want The Islander: Stylists say that each room should
to read, I love my front porch hammock chairs. have a touch of black. What else should each room


Glen and I love to cook and have friends over, so the
kitchen and dining room. Glen built the table in the


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have?
DF: Something you love. Something that makes
you happy when you see it. A painting, a photo, things
you have collected, something that says, "This is my
home."
The Islander: A lot of tour guests attend to sup-
port the Center, but many also take the tour in search
of ideas, concepts they might try in their homes. What
is one rule of decorating you try to follow?
DF: I don't have a rule. I just do what I want. I
like color, so I do use lots of color.
The Islander: Do you have a favorite home and
design magazine?
DF: I like them all, but I think I have every
Coastal Living they have printed.
The Islander: There are a lot of well known
quotes about home. My favorite is from Thornton
Wilder: "When you're safe at home you wish you
were having an adventure; when you're having an
adventure you wish you were safe at home." Do you
have a favorite quote or saying about home?
DF: I can't remember it exactly, or whom it is by,
but it goes something like this: "God has ordained for





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to be here on Anna Maria and it is beloved over all.
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Home away:

from home

'-,harles and Debbie Kalb moved into their Holmes
Beach residence about two years ago, buying the
Marina Drive property as a home away from home
in Lake City.
The Island residence is a second home where the
Kalbs said they make first-rate memories with their
children, grandchildren, friends and business associ-
ates.
The Kalbs became involved in this year's Island
Tour of Homes through Barb Jaeger at The Egret's
Landing furniture store in Holmes Beach.
The couple agreed to participate in the March
21 event to help out the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center. "We have grandchildren, and know
how much children need a safe place to play," said
Charles, who answered some other questions for The
Islander about his home and the tour.
The Islander: How would you describe your
home's style or character?
Charles Kalb: Key West coastal.
The Islander: When tour guests step into your
home, what do you think will catch their attention?
CK: The view through the house to Bimini
Bay.
The Islander: Do you have favorite place in the
home?
CK: The lounge chair by the pool overlooking
Bimini Bay [while] catching some rays.
The Islander: Stylists say that each room should
have a touch of black. What else should each room
have?
CK: A touch of.color and comfort.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6
The Islander: A lot of tour guests attend to sup-
port the Center, but many also take the tour in search
of ideas, concepts they might try in their homes. What
is one rule of decorating you try to follow?
CK: Hire the best. Barb and her staff at Egret's
Landing are awesome to work with.
The Islander: There are a lot of well known
quotes about home. My favorite is from Thornton
Wilder: "When you're safe at home you wish you
were having an adventure; when you're having an
adventure you wish you were safe at home." Do you
have a favorite quote or saying about home?
CK: Home is where your family and heart is.
The Islander: Will you go on the tour?
CK: Yes.


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A "very nice" letter arrived one day, said
homeowner Janet Miller.
The letter asked Janet and husband Robert
whether the couple would open their Anna Maria
home to guests hundreds of them to help
raise money for the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center.
The Millers, formerly of North East, Pa., had
purchased the North Shore Drive home in 2006,
remodeled in 2007 and moved in in 2008.
They said yes to a major house-warming
party and agreed to put the home on the Island
Tour of Homes, which will take place March
21.
Janet recently took the time for a Q&A with
The Islander.
The Islander: The tour is a celebration of I
Island living but it also can be a lot ofwork for a
homeowner why did you agree to participate?
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TOUR MILLER NORTH SHORE
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 home, what do you think will catch their attention?
JM: The doors not only the ones on the bal-
Janet Miller: To help the community and meet conies, but the art glass ones through the house.
some of the other homeowners and the people that The Islander: Do you have a favorite place in the
vorluntPer for the (enter home?


The Islander. How would you describe your
home's style or character?
i JJM: A touch of Mediterranean warm and invit-
> ing with a wonderful view.
/ The Islander: When tour guests step into your


JM: The open living area and kitchen.
The Islander: Stylists say that each room should
have a touch of black. What else should each room
have?
JM: In this house a clock or two and family


pictures.
The Islander: A lot of tour guests attend to sup-
port the Center, but many also take the tour in search
ofideas, concepts they might try in their homes. What
is one rule of decorating you try to follow?
JM; Try to keep to the same color family through-
out and pick out items that you enjoy.
The Islander: Will you go on the tour?
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Life on Fern Avenue mw--


V action residents Karen and Ron Sparks pur-
chased their property on Fern Avenue in Anna Maria
in 2000.
The Wenham, Mass., couple planned a vacation
home for their family, including daughters Allison
and Caroline.
In May 2008, they embarked on an adventure to
tear down the old house and build anew at the site.
Eventually, after their youngest daughter gradu-
ates from high school, the Sparks plan to become
permanent Island residents.
Karen said she offered to participate in the Tour
of Homes because "the tour benefits the Community


Center, which adds tremendously to the quality of
life in Anna Maria."
She also said she wanted to participate because
she's proud of her new home and grateful to her
builder, Mark Kimball.
"He's an Island resident who made the process
very easy for us," Karen said. I wanted to provide
him with an opportunity to showcase his work."
Karen answered some other Islander questions
as she prepared for the tour March 21.
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TOUR SPARKS FERN
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10


home's style or character?
Karen Sparks: We wanted to build a comfortable
home. We wanted a home where we can all enjoy
being together, but that also allows us to have quiet
time if we want it.
Each daughter has her own bedroom and bath-
room. We have a sunny kitchen, where we can cook
together. We love the outdoor kitchen, where we eat
most of our meals and spend most of our time.
The Islander: When tour guests step into your
home, what do you think will catch their attention?
KS: I hope guests will appreciate the architec-


tural details, such as the arches and beautiful molding
around the windows.
I enjoyed finding the furniture. Once the newness
wears off some of the pieces, I hope the house will
look as comfortable as it already feels to us.
The Islander: Stylists say that each room should have
a touch ofblack. What else should each room have?
KS: I like to see family photos displayed in
any room. I was once in a home where there were
no family pictures anywhere, and I wasn't sure the
people really lived there. How can you not have pic-
tures of the people you love around you?
The Islander: Do you have a favorite home and
design magazine?


KS: I have three favorite home and design mag-
azines I have subscribed to for years: Traditional
Home, Coastal Living and Southern Living.
The Islander: There are a lot of well known
quotes about home. My favorite is from Thornton
Wilder: "When you're safe at home you wish you
were having an adventure; when you're having an
adventure you wish you were safe at home." Do
you have a favorite quote or saying about home.
KS: In Robert Frost's poem "The Death of the
Hired Man" he says, "Home is the place where, when
you have to go there, they have to take you in."
The Islander: Will you go on the tour?
KS: Yes, for the first time.


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UNGVARSKY TAKES THE PRIZE


The Houlas House


106 Los Cedros Drive, Anna Maria


It is "Tour of Homes" time
again on Anna Maria Island. It's
the beginning of spring and all
things new! It's a great day for
walking or biking around the-
Island, seeing old friends and
making new ones. It reminds
us why we love this place
so much.
Every year I am amazed
by many of the homes that are
works of ART! This year I was
particularly impressed with the
"artwork" of one of Anna Maria
Island's most notable builders,
Joe Ungvarsky Construction.
On the Tour of Homes this year
is the "Houlas Home" at 106
Los Cedros in the city of Anna
Maria. It represents an exquisite
example of why Ungvarsky's
work is "Home Art."
Even more impressive: Joe,
with the help of staff designer
Becci MalaCarne, drew all
the work. When asked where
his inspiration comes from to
create such great designs, Joe
said, "I believe houses are more
than buildings. Houses grow
and change like living things.

The origi-.
'nal Houlas
.House on
Los Cedros,
a 1960s-era
block-con-
siruction,
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Every home must be built for
its environment. Cookie-cutter
designs can't capture individ-
ual character. To have a great
home, one must recognize that
each property is different. We
consider everything from the
streets, sun angles, neighbors,
views to the history and more.
And we never build the same
house twice."
Another aspect to the
home's success is what Joe
calls, "Story-Booking" When


the story is complete, every-
thing falls into place, he says.
The Houlas home is a stunning
example of this concept.
Joe said the concept for the
Houlas home was to create a
plan that focused on the his-
torical evolution of earlier
homes on AMI. The project
began with a 1960s circa block-
construction ranch home with
no distinguishing features. He
transformed it into the look and
feel of a home that was a part
The Houlas home on Los
Cedros today with mature
landscaping. See the
entire home, inside
and out, on the
2009
Tour of Homes,
Saturday.
March 21:


of Anna Maria Island since its
beginnings.
"A home built in the 1920s
would be very different. For
this project, I selected materi-
als to replicate the authentic
design of Anna Maria's past,"
said Joe. "Every material was
selected to form a collage of
early island architecture. From
seahorse corbels over the new
garage to interior door handles
and light fixtures everything
was taken into account in order
to follow this concept and flow
from room to room both
inside and out."
If you want to see "Art"
that emulates "Life in a
Home" ... If you appreciate
a builder that pays attention
to the details ... don't miss
the Houlas Home by Joe
Ungvarsky Construction.
We know that once you
see this project, you will
agree, this is a "first place
winner!"
We love it and we're bet-
ting you will, too.


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Don't forget the tour is
10am to 4pm March 21.
Tickets can be purchased at
many business locations throughout the Island,
including The Islander office
at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


To reach JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION
941-778-2993 I e-mail: juremodell@aol.com.


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Here are some hidden details to look for
while touring the Houlas property:
* 7 seahorses Glass bottle with note "
* Faux window Row boat oar
* Doll house Pool shower exterior
* Island maps Purple door knob
* Nautical flags in tile work Closet light switches
* A/C vents Old gas light fixtures
* TV in master bath Pink chandelier
* Fish bottle Main kitchen refrigerator


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