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Florida Department of Trainpl,,i liin,, computer-gt int ,iIt J photos of the various options
for a new bridge depict how a low, mid- and high-rise bridge would look ,gaing, t the
present Anna Maria Island Bridge in the background. This and other plans will be shown
at a public hl aing in Holmes Beach March 26.
County wants in on
federal funds systems
By Rick Catlin
With the federal government offering bailout
and economic stimulus money like a Monopoly
game, Manatee County commissioners want to
make sure the county gets a fair share.
First up on the agenda is $16 million to
design a new Anna Maria Island Bridge, said
Commissioner Carol Whitmore at the March
18 meeting of the Coalition of Barrier Island
Whitmore said she and the other com-
missioners were in Washington, D.C., two
weeks ago and met with 18 senators and
representatives during a whirlwind two-day
visit. The goal was to get federal appropria-
tions for a variety of projects, including
"We met with elected officials on com-
mittees that appropriate federal money for
projects such as beach renourishment and
new bridges. We just wanted to get on their
list of projects, to get into their system and
get Manatee County known," she said.
Whitmore said the commission asked
for $16 million in design funds for a new
bridge and $200,000 for beach renourish-
ment, among other requests.
"We asked for design money now
because it will take at least 10 years before
any new bridge construction begins. Our
requests were well received," she said.
"Some elected officials said we'd prob-
ably get $1 million to $3 million once the
type of bridge is selected. Surprisingly, most
of the senators and representatives we talked
with have heard of Anna Maria Island."
Whitmore said the lawmakers pledged
to work with U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan
(R-Longboat Key) on the funding requests.
"At least we're in their system and on
their list," Whitmore said.
In other business, the BIEO heard a report
from Longboat Key town manager Bruce St.
Denis on the status of a lawsuit the town filed
against Port Dolphin LLC.
Port Dolphin wants to construct a natural
gas pipeline from Port Manatee through the
Tampa Channel to a permanent buoy about 28
miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Tankers
would anchor at the buoy to discharge natu-
ral gas into the pipeline for collection at Port
However, Longboat Key is concerned that
the location of the pipeline might interfere
with some areas of the sea bottom that the
town uses for beach nourishment sand.
Port Dolphin has refused to allow Long-
boat Key officials to view their engineering
data on the quality of sand in the areas where
the pipe would be placed. Longboat Key filed
a legal action several months ago to force Port
Dolphin officials to open its books, but little
action has been taken in court.
Behind the scenes, both sides are working
for a peaceful resolution, St. Denis said, and
that's a good sign.
'The door is still open for a settlement,"
The BIEO also heard from Holmes Beach
City Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens,
who invited everyone to attend the Florida
Department of Transportation's March 26
public hearing on a proposed replacement for
the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Haas-Martens favors a fixed-span, high-
rise bridge as a replacement for the current
Haas-Martens said opponents of a new
bridge "will be out in force" and suggested
those who favor a replacement bridge should
"We need to have our voice heard," she
DOT reaffirms: No
By Rick Catlin
,laiidt r Reporter
Islanders are invited to attend the Florida
Department of Transportation's March 26
public hearing on its proposals for the future
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge, but they
won't be getting any recommendation from
Chris Piazza of the DOT said the public
hearing is only to take input from the public,
not to present any DOT recommendation on
what type of structure if any should
replace the recently repaired bridge.
'This is the last opportunity for the public
to make comments for the record," he said.
Those comments will be reviewed by the
DOT as it prepares to make its recommen-
dation to the U.S. Coast Guard the final
authority on any replacement bridge.
Before the DOT announces its recommen-
dation, however, Piazza said it still has to pres-
ent the results of its project development and
environmental study to the Manatee County
Commission, the Island Transportation and
Planning Organization and the Sarasota-Man-
atee Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Piazza said he anticipates those presenta-
tion efforts will be completed by June. The
DOT also will listen and review comments
provided by the various governmental bodies
for inclusion in its recommendation.
The DOT will announce its preferred
option at the same time it gives its choice to
the Coast Guard, Piazza said. That could come
as early as this summer, according to the DOT
The DOT is providing the public with
four choices for the future of the AMI Bridge,
including a "no-build" option:
A 21.5-foot-high bascule that will be
similar in style to the current bridge and will
PLEASE SEE BRIDGE, NEXT PAGE
Mike Miller shows Bev and Chuck Liddle
some iialiv i plants from Accent Trees &
Nursery during the Eco Expo March 21 in
Bradenton Beach. For more on the event,
see inside. Il,,ind, Photo: Lisa Neff
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Bridge study March 26
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clear the same number of boats.
A 45-foot-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 another major rehabilitation effort.
All the options are for a two-lane roadway with
one or two sidewalks.
A DOT survey conducted in December found 77
percent of respondents favored a replacement bridge,
with 70 percent of those favoring a high-level fixed
bridge. That was down from the DOT's 2007 survey
when 81 percent of respondents favored a fixed-span,
Not so soon
Whether for or against a new bridge, Islanders
should not expect that any groundbreaking ceremony
is just around the corner.
Even if the DOT recommends a replacement
bridge, there is no funding in the DOT's current five-
year work program or any future budget plan for any
design, right-of-way acquisition or construction.
Piazza has said that if a replacement bridge is the
preferred option, it would take the DOT a minimum
of eight to 10 years before any funding is in place for
construction to begin. And that estimate is only if a
replacement bridge is put on the "fast track," Piazza
said. A more reasonable estimate would be 12 to 15
years, DOT officials have indicated.
In the PD&E study, the DOT will present a 189-page
environmental assessment on the impact each bridge
option would have on the local environment.
If a new bridge is built, some loss of fish and
By Rick Catlin
The West Manatee Fire and Rescue District
board at its March 19 meeting approved a motion
to solicit bids for a study of its facilities that could
cost the district more than $100,000.
The scope of the study would be to examine
what the district has and what it needs presently,
and what its needs will be in the future to serve
the public and care for firefighters, said WMFR
Chief Andy Price.
"These facilities are more than 20 years old.
They weren't built to do what they are doing
now," he said.
Price said that 20 years ago there were few personal
computers and no Intemettechnology used by the district
Now, an entire room is needed at each fire stationjust for
computer servers and other equipment Unfortunately,
many of the stations don't have the space and none were
wired for Intemet services at the time of construction
"We also didn't build to accommodate male
and female firefighters. We don't have separate
wildlife habitat will occur along with a loss of sea-
The assessment noted that a north alignment for a
new bridge would result in the least amount of harm
to the seagrass beds in the area.
The DOT also said that land acquisition would
be necessary, regardless of whether the alignment
from the current bridge is north or south. Some of
the required property for a north alignment is at the
Seven Shores condominium project, owned by the St.
Joe Co. The south alignment would require acquisi-
tion of some lands in the Neal Preserve.
Another area studied was stormwater runoff. The
DOT indicated that several retention ponds would
have to be constructed near the approaches of any
new bridge and for a higher bridge, more water
bunk areas and, at some stations, we don't have
separate bathrooms. These are just some of the
issues a facilities study would look at," he said.
Two years ago, the board rejected as too expen-
sive a $60,000 bid for a similar proposed study. And
the scope of work in that study was not as extensive
as what will be requested this time, Price said.
However, Price said he hopes the low bid will
be less than $100,000, and that there will be some
room for negotiation.
He reminded the board that it is not "approv-
ing a contract, just the RFP." The board could
ultimately reject any proposal.
But now is the perfect time to have a facilities
study done, Price said.
The current federal stimulus package has $210
million in grant money earmarked for construction of
new fire stations and remodeling existing structures.
Although the federal government has not yet
released the grant guidelines, Price said the study
would be "crucial" to a grant application for con-
retention is required.
The DOT made no recommendation on any rec-
reational fishing activities for a new bridge and said
the current bridge would be torn down once a new
bridge is operational.
The PD&E study is available for review online
at www.annamariaislandbridge.com, at the Island
Branch Library on Marina Drive, or at the Central
Library at 1301 Baracotta Blvd. W., Bradenton.
The March 26 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with an
informal session, followed by the public hearing at 7 p.m.,
Piazza said. During the first hour, the public can view the
plans and visit scribes to provide input for the record.
Comments can also be made by calling Piazza at
863-519-2293, or visiting online at www.annamari-
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THE ISLANDER U MARCH 25, 2009 E 3
'No parking' signs may
go up by Perico bridge
By Lisa Neff
The Florida Department of Transportation may
agree to prohibit parking on all sides of the Manatee
Avenue bridge at Perico Bayou.
County officials asked the DOT about prohibiting
parking to alleviate safety and congestion issues near
the bridge, which is just east of the rear entrance to
the popular Robinson Preserve.
Earlier this year, the county and members of the
Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Management
Entity discussed the situation and options.
The bridge has long been used by fishers who parked
on nearby rights of way, but this past year, with the open-
ing of Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton, more
motorists have been parking along Manatee Avenue.
One option, posting directional signs encourag-
ing people to park at the causeway, was deemed a
waste of money.
Instead, "No parking" signs may be posted on the
northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest corners
of the bridge.
"The DOT said they would be willing to post
'No parking' with requests from Bradenton and the
county," said Keith Bettcher of the Manatee County
natural resources department.
Bettcher also suggested the advisory Palma Sola
Scenic Highway committee write a letter.
Parked cars along Manatee Avenue at the back entrance to Robinson Preserve are causing safety issues on
the main route to Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Anna Maria plans elimination of duplexes
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners at their March
26 meeting will hold the final reading of an ordinance
that will combine the Residential-2 (duplex) zone
with the Residential-1 (single-family) zone, creating
a single residential zone.
At their March 12 meeting, commissioners
approved the first reading of the ordinance, but agreed
to modify the measure to allow all existing two-
family residences to remain permitted conforming
uses. Otherwise, argued former planning and zoning
board chairman Tom Turner, existing duplexes would
By Lisa Neff
This year's work to improve the stormwater
system is under way in Holmes Beach.
Crews with Gator Grading are several weeks
into a stormwater improvement project in the city's
Stormwater Basin No. 7, also known as the Harbor
Drive/57th Street Basin.
"They'll be done in about four weeks," said Holmes
Beach public works superintendent Joe Duennes.
The city commission authorized the mayor to
execute the contract with Gator earlier this year.
The estimated cost of the project is $125,000,
"Basically they are cleaning swales and rebuild-
ing catch basins," Duennes said. "And there are some
minor additions with pipes."
The city's stormwater system is composed of swales
and ditches and inlets and piping carrying stormwater
away from homes and roads and into drainage areas.
This year's project is one of the smaller storm-
water improvement projects undertaken by Holmes
Beach in recent years.
Budgeted in the capital improvements plan, the
city will use collected stormwater utility fees to pay
for the project.
The work is taking place during the dry season on
the Gulf coast, which means less disruption, accord-
ing to Gator.
Additionally, the work is taking place off main
city roadways, meaning there should be little disrup-
tion to traffic, Duennes said.
"I don't expect there to be any traffic problems,"
have become non-conforming and subject to a host
of building and remodeling restrictions.
But commissioners struggled with a proposed
provision that would limit any new second level of
construction for a single-story home between 27 feet
and 37 feet to a maximum of 50 percent of the home's
Commissioners agreed March 12 to eliminate
exact percentages from the ordinance and directed
city planner Alan Garrett to rewrite restrictions based
upon the design elements of the new construction for
a second level of habitation.
Commissioners also rejected a suggestion to have
an architectural review committee study the style of
a proposed home or project.
Commissioners also are scheduled to hold the
final reading of a landscaping ordinance that will
require new construction projects to meet mini-
mum landscaping standards on the site. Among
the requirements: A minimum of 10 percent of the
parcel must be landscaped according to standards
set in the ordinance.
The ordinance requires a project have a minimum
number of plants from the city's approved list in its
landscaping plan, and prohibits the planting of non-
native, invasive species such as Brazilian pepper trees
and Australian pines.
The final reading, however, could be deferred
to a future work session for more discussion. Com-
missioners have asked city planner Alan Garrett to
provide an estimate of the cost to landscape a project
using the ordinance requirements and to provide a
conceptual drawing of such a project.
Surprisingly, the man who wrote the authorita-
tive book on native plants and vegetation used as the
city's guideline for the ordinance is opposed to the
Mike Miller said the ordinance would simply
satisfy a "dictated aesthetic whether those standards
coincide with the owner's preferences or not."
He said enforcement would be a major issue and
there is already too much ignorance in the proposal.
"Private landscapes should never be subject to a
permit," he said.
The environmental education and enhancement
committee prepared the ordinance in conjunction
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday,
March 26, at the Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Anna Maria City
March 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
April 7, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
April 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
April 21, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning
April 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
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.,
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April 1, 5 p.m., parks and beautification com-
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
April 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
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West Manatee Fire Rescue
April 16, 6 p.m., WMFR District commission
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
March 26, 6 p.m., Florida Department of
Transportation meeting on the Anna Maria Island
Bridge replacement study, St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
April 1 is April Fool's Day.
April 10 is Good Friday and many govern-
ment offices and businesses, including the Island
city halls and The Islander, will be closed.
April 12 is Easter Sunday.
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4 0 MARCH 25, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Open houses: Center home tour a hit
By Lisa Neff
Islanders became tourists Saturday.
And tourists got to see how Islanders live Satur-
The Anna Maria Island Community Center pre-
sented its annual Island Tour of Homes, a major
fundraiser for the non-profit facility at 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, and a major event on the spring
Tourgoers, many of them Island residents but
many others either on vacation or on a day-trip to
the Island, traveled on foot, by bicycle, in auto or by
a Center shuttle bus. With guidebooks and maps in
hand, they progressed to six Island residences:
Charlie and Debbie Kalb's home at 8027 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Glen and Dodie Fausset's home at 112 Man-
grove Ave., Anna Maria.
Bob and Carol Carter's home at 239 Willow
Ave., Anna Maria.
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.,
Each home offered a different take on Gulf coast
At the Kalb home, visitors pointed out the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge in the distance, gushed over the two-
tiered veranda and pool and shared "to die for" com-
ments over the spacious kitchen and living room.
The bright mosaics at the Fausset home caught
the attention of tourgoers, as did the well-appointed
"Now here, I could cook," tourgoer Charlotte
Patterson told her husband.
At the Carter residence, tourgoers adored the
low-maintenance but lush garden.
"Isn't it beautiful here?" said Karyn Snow.
The Houlas' home contained amenities that tour-
goer John Hadley said he's dreamed about a put-
ting green, a great bar, a shuffleboard table and two
"Someone knows how to have fun," Hadley
Tourgoers marveled at the clock collection in the
Millers' home and the stained-glass elements at the
The Sparks' home also featured a boutique with
on the Anna
Tour of Homes
wait in line at
a North \/,. r,.
Drive stop for
the tickets to
Patrons on the Anna Maria Island Community Penny Reinholz sells a raffle ticket for the Eyeland
Center's Island Tour of Homes put blue booties Needlers 1/.. /-.4-Bration" quilt, created to raise
over their shoes before going inside a residence on money for the Center. The quilt was raffled during
North \1,. /,. Drive in Anna Maria. the tour at the Fern Avenue tour home.
handcrafts and baked goods for sale to benefit the
The raffle for the Eyeland Needlers traditional
Tour of Homes Quilt, "Shell-A-Bration," also took
place at the Sparks' home with the winner chosen in
Sally York of Anna Maria is the recipient of the
The tour concluded with a wine and cheese recep-
tion at the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria.
The Center raised money from the tour with
ticket, raffle and boutique sales, the wine reception,
as well as advertising support and sponsor dona-
Pierrette Kelly, the Center's executive director,
called the tour day "perfect."
The Center's next major fundraiser is its 25th
annual Affaire to Remember gala, scheduled to take
place at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Community Center prepares for silver affair
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
focused on the Center's annual Affaire to Remember
What makes this year's event special is that it's the
25th anniversary of Affaire and it comes at a time when
all non-profit organizations are feeling the economic
pinch, said executive director Pierrette Kelly.
The theme this year is "An Affaire Under the
Starfish Sky," and Kelly promises that the silver anni-
versary event will have "lots and lots of new things
to make it more exciting than ever."
Kelly said this year will certainly be an "affair to
remember," but didn't reveal any secrets.
Affaire is the Center's major fundraising event of
the year. In 2008, $187,000 was raised through ticket
sales and auctions.
Given the current economic conditions, Kelly is
just praying for the same as last year. "That would
be wonderful," she said.
In other Center news, Kelly, some staff and mem-
bers of the board of directors plan to meet with the
city commissions of each Island city within the next
few months to discuss how the Center can be a better
partner for the cities.
The first partnership effort will be at the Anna
Maria City Commission meeting April 9.
The Center also is conducting a survey of mem-
Kelly talks with
left, and Sara-
during a March
of the Center's
programs to foun-
bers to identify what type of programs people would
like to see offered and what programs would generate
Kelly also thanked all the people who have
recently volunteered to work at the Center.
"We've had a lot of new volunteers, including
people who are involved in grant writing. The support
has been tremendous," she said.
For more information on Affaire to Remember
or to volunteer at the Center, call 941-778-1908.
THE ISLANDER U MARCH 25, 2009 5 5
Gardeners offer Florida-friendly advice
By Lisa Neff
About 50 people assembled at Holmes Beach
City Hall March 18 to find out from three master
gardeners how their gardens grow.
The audience for the "Make Your Yard Florida
Fabulous" seminar learned that Island gardens can be
grown without too much water or fertilizer but with
lots of care and passion.
The city's parks and beautification committee
presented the seminar.
"We offer this seminar to serve you," said com-
mittee member Kathy King, who served as the night's
moderator. "We're really pleased to announce this is
our fifth anniversary."
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger praised the commit-
tee: "Its really a labor of love for these people."
The mayor also welcomed the audience interest
in Florida-friendly planting. "It's more important than
ever to plant Florida-friendly," he said.
Three master gardeners and members of the
beautification committee made up the seminar's
panel, while committee members Pam Leckie, John
Molyneux and Jerry West served as greeters.
Heger addressed the audience first, talking about
terms for Florida gardening and pointing out the dif-
ferences between native planting, Florida-friendly
planting and xeriscaping.
Native Florida plants, said Heger, "existed here
on or about the time the Spanish arrived.... That's
how we define native."
Florida-friendly plants generally require less
water and less fertilizer and provide wildlife habi-
Plants that are invasive, "are bad," Heger said.
"They are crowding out native plants and native wild-
Hirthler next addressed the audience, talking
about "three easy steps to a Florida-friendly yard."
Step one, said Hirthler, is to take a walk through
the yard, moving slowly and taking in all that exists
in the yard.
Step two is to draw a plan for what should be
removed or added to the yard, designating areas with
lots of sun or shade and problem spots.
The third step is to "do the work," Hirthler
"And," she said, "if you like gardening and have
a plan, it's surprising how much fun that can be."
In the process of creating a Florida-friendly yard,
gardeners might learn about Island history, about
what populated the area prior to people.
She emphasized that in addition to thinking about
plants that please the eye, gardeners think about plants
that provide food for wildlife and people, plants con-
sidered salt-tolerant and plants considered drought-
If irrigation is a must, Hirthler recommended
looking into a micro-irrigation system that will water
ers Fred Heger,
and Melissa Snyder
field questions from
the audience during
the Holmes Beach
Parks and Beautifi-
March 18 at city
Photo: Lisa Neff
plants root systems and "not the leaves, the sidewalks
and the driveway."
Snyder concluded the presentation with a journey
through her yard.
In 2002, Snyder said the yard consisted of some
hibiscus, citrus trees, oleander and "grass and more
A transplant from the north, Snyder tried impa-
tiens in 2005 and realized they required "water every
By 2008, she had completed the master garden-
ing program in Florida and her yard was certified as
a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federa-
"Wildlife is one of the things that draws us to
this beautiful Island," King said before opening a
question-and-answer session with the panelists.
At the conclusion of the seminar, the committee
gave audience members native plants to take home
and put their new knowledge to practice.
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6 E MARCH 25, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Up on a tightwire
Another week, another bridge meeting.
But this bridge meeting won't exactly be "as billed."
That's because at last December's public hearing on
the Anna Maria Island Bridge, the Florida Department
of Transportation offered a plethora of choices for the
future of the bridge and said public input would end
The DOT said it would make its recommendation
for the bridge from numerous options at a subsequent
meeting in March.
Although there was no "announcement" to the con-
trary, the March 26 meeting at St. Bernard Catholic
Church will be yet another public hearing.
What is new is the presentation of the DOT Project
Development and Environment Study. The conclusions
are expected to influence the DOT and the U.S. Coast
Guard, the agency with final approval for any recom-
mendation on the future of the AMI Bridge.
It's hard to believe that public opinion, the prefer-
ences of lay people compared to the recommendations
of experts, will influence the decision-making.
And while the opportunity for more input is appreci-
ated, it's again pitted those who want unimpaired access
via a high, non-bascule bridge against those who seek
to maintain the ambiance of the present low, bascule
bridge as a symbol of the low-key lifestyle they appreci-
ate on Anna Maria Island.
And it seems the recent publicity in national pub-
lications such as Southern Living magazine reinforces
that argument. The stories portray AMI as one of the last
remaining resort areas with the charm of "old Florida."
But that dog didn't hunt in the 1990s when Island-
ers fought proposed high-rise bridge replacements, and
it likely won't see success now. What did prevent the
DOT plan from going forward was a judge's decision
that the environmental impacts were too great.
So it's important to attend this meeting to review the
environmental impacts of the proposals for both north
and south alignments for a 65-foot-clearance fixed-span
bridge and 45-foot and 21.5-foot drawbridges.
And consider the alternative to again rehabilitate
the bridge, because, in December, the DOT said this
option could "extend the service life of the bridge by
approximately 25 years."
Take a good look. You might also note another
"impact," that of stormwater runoff, because the DOT
plans plenty of ponds and fences at the Perico and AMI
Hence, the need for acquisitions on Perico, where
there will surely be opposition to losing what was just
gained at Neal Preserve.
The presentation could be an eye-opener. And it
surely puts the DOT on the tightwire.
Slick Don't look down from 80 feet up! By Egan
Not Florida native
To all of you nativists who have done such a mag-
nificent job of getting rid of so many Australian pines.
After all, it is a pesky non-native tree that only gives
shade and beauty and who needs those in Florida?
Well, here's a new tree to set your sights on. Accord-
ing to an article in the February issue of Positive C I,..,,.,
the orange, known as the Chinese apple by the Dutch,
originated in Asia. Asia, mind you. And it was brought
here by Ponce de Leon, another foreigner.
Let's all make a concerted effort to get rid of
this intruder. When planted in groves, it takes up lots
of valuable land that could be put to better use -
like housing developments and golf courses. When
planted on one's property, its fruit falls and rots,
attracting all kinds of unattractive bugs and rodents.
Down with the orange, up with the palmetto.
Anita Brulato, Anna Maria
For a cause
At this time last year, I was a junior at Manatee
High School with the task of planning my 12th-grade
Like the majority of students at my school, I was
looking to make my senior year a breeze no hard
classes. Scanning through the available topics of
study I managed to find ceramics. My initial mindset
upon entering this class was that I would essentially
have a free period to talk with my girlfriends, make
pinch-pots for my mom, and that I would be graduat-
ing before I knew it.
But soon I found ceramics was anything but
social hour. My experiences in this class have given
me a wealth of knowledge and enrichment. I can con-
fidently discern the differences between high- and
low-fire glazes, along with the volatile phases of clay.
I' ve learned that it takes a good deal of muscle to
genuinely work the wheel and that horrible things
happen when the kiln is opened prematurely. I' ve also
come to learn that missing out on this class would
have been a shame.
On Friday, March 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m., an auction will be held at The Islander newspa-
per. It will feature work from my fellow art students
and donations from area artists. Residents and guests
are welcome, your support is needed. All proceeds
fund the Manatee High School art program.
Kat Bouziane, Anna Maria Island
Rotary round of applause
The partygoers who attended the Rotary Club
of Anna Maria Island's Extravaganza Casino Night
appeared to have left their concerns about the weak
economy at the door. The atmosphere was electrified.
I want to give a special thank you to the two individ-
uals in charge of organizing this complicated fundraiser.
Rosann Creed and Dantia Gould started planning more
than six months ago. The team they put together clicked.
The decorations captured the Springtime in Monte Carlo
theme, with the creative magic from Judy Rup and her
group of volunteers.
I want to thank Michael Northfield for coordinat-
ing the donations for the auction items.
Many AMI Rotary club members/spouses con-
tributed including Caroline Northfield, Pam Schlueter
and Andy Price.
Thanks go to Lynn Zemmer, who had the task of
coordinating tickets sales.
Other key contributors to the event include Tom
Creed, Don Fernald, Ed Misner, Dennis Schuer-
mann, Melissa Willams, Laura McAdams, Mike
LaPensee, Robert Sesterhenn, Birgit Sesterhenn, Jack
and Monica Fleisch, Roger and Joan Hayward, Dee
O' Brien, and Art and Del Clough.
I sincerely appreciate all the local artists, businesses
and individuals who donated outstanding products, ser-
vices and gift certificates for the auctions.
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A significant part of the enjoyment was the
great food and beverages. Our gratitude goes out to
the Sandbar Restaurant, and Ezra Cafe and Catering
for their delectable donations.
Bartender Larry Foley kept up with the needs
of all those thirsty and businesses made the open
bar possible Hurricane Liquors, Bali Hai Beach
Resort, Bark Realty, Oswald Tripp & Co. and Mor-
Barry Gould, president, Rotary Club ofAnna
Gardening at gunpoint
My name has been associated with the proposed
landscape ordinance in Anna Maria because I provided
a comprehensive list of our native plants to the city.
For the record, however, while no one has done more
to promote the planting of natives, and no one stands to
benefit more from a mandate to plant native, no one could
be more opposed to this ordinance than I.
The power implicit in the arms at the city com-
mission's service is now to be directed at the selec-
tions of plants and trees, in number, kind, location
and distribution on private property. Enforcement
will require a constant watch over front and back
yards to assure that maintenance of plantings will
satisfy a commission-dictated aesthetic.
The ignorance of the subject being legislated that
is embedded in this proposal would be unprecedented
if a prototype were not already extant.
For many years, the forbidden plant list in Anna
Maria's present ordinance has prohibited Serenoa
repens (saw palmetto). This is a native so ubiquitous
and important to the vegetation of Florida that it is the
official symbol of the Florida Native Plant Society.
Like the proposed ordinance, it was a "gotcha"
law, enforceable only with the aid of a neighborhood
tattler. My late friend and formerAnna Maria City
Commissioner Mary Ross told me the palmetto
was put on the "bad plant list" by a woman who
feared palmetto bugs.
This new proposal will replace that embar-
rassing error with new ignorance and intrusive-
ness all its own. One example: a prototypical
ancient Florida landscape on barrier islands is
simply an abundance of sand and cabbage palms
interspersed with wildflowers, ground cover and
vines. The three-of-these-and-six-of-those, Flor-
ida No. 1 or better, in dictated arrangements per
this law would effectively outlaw a restoration
of that quintessential wild Florida look as well
as other original, natural landscapes of which
our legislators know nothing. It would require
unpermittable proportions of trees, shrubs and
species in order to create them.
Private landscapes should never be subject to
permit. They are personal expressions of the aes-
thetic preferences and character of their owners. If
you want natives in this city, as I do, then use your
powers of persuasion as I do. Gardening at gunpoint
And certainly no harm will befall this city if this
heinous act is dropped.
Our community is already a leader in the move-
ment to go native thanks to 20 years of effort by
volunteers, donors, and Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Therefore, the commission should mandate that the
city shall plant only natives on public grounds and
easements and protect them. That will inspire, enroll,
persuade and ultimately convert the rest.
Mike Miller, Anna Maria
In the March 24, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
In the wake of a fire that destroyed one wing
of the Playa Encantada condominiums, West Mana-
tee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price said many of the
Island's condominiums lack adequate fire protection
because the majority of condos were built before new
fire codes were adopted in 1986.
The board of directors of the Playa Encantada con-
dominiums said it would rebuild all 14 units destroyed
or damaged during a March 14 fire that was caused by a
lightning strike. Damage to the complex was estimated
at $3.5 million, fire district officials said.
The Florida Department of Transportation rejected
a request by Island elected officials to install lights on
the Anna Maria Island Bridge along with a planned $1.2
million project to rehabilitate the structure. DOT District
1 director of production Gerald Carrigan said the DOT
could not install the lights because they were not part
of the DOT's five-year work plan.
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Commission appoints mooring committee, OKs grant quest
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners appointed
five people to the mooring committee that will help
write the final draft of the city's recreational boating
The appointees include Rick Curd, Joseph Lor-
enczi, Michael Harington, Wes Waldrope and Connie
The commission previously appointed Bill
Shearon to the committee and likely will appoint
Earlier this year, the commission adopted an ordi-
nance authorizing the creation of the committee, with
members serving two-year terms and tasked with
making advisory recommendations on rules, regu-
lations and policies pertaining to the mooring field
south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Curd lives near the mooring field and said, "I
know quite well some of the issues surrounding the
present use of the area. As a longtime boater, I also
understand how important such a facility can be to
Lorenczi is a retired alternative energy consultant
and a "full-time cruising sailor."
Harrington lives on ChurchAvenue and is retired
from law enforcement.
Waldrope is a sailor and physician.
Drescher is a former mayor, lives near the pier
and serves on the city's Community Redevelopment
Agency and ScenicWAVES advisory committee.
Shearon is a former city commissioner and
present member of the city's planning and zoning
The commission also approved a resolution
directing city project and program manager Lisa
Marie Phillips to proceed with a grant application to
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion for the recreational boating project.
The grant, which would require matching funds
from the city, would provide for a kayak launch at
Herb Dolan North Park, estimated to cost about
The grant also would provide money for the
design, engineering and installation of the mooring
field, including mooring tackle, and a pump-out sta-
tion for disposing of boaters' waste. The mooring
field work is estimated at $126,000 and the pump-out
station estimated at $100,000.
Phillips estimated the city's "hard cash" contribu-
tion at about $56,500, adding that the city also would
provide "in-kind" contributions.
"If we get all of these amenities for $56,000, I
think we should consider ourselves lucky," Phillips
The city's contribution would be built into the
capital improvements plan and would need to be
approved through the budget process.
She also said the project probably would be
funded in phases.
"We've been talking about doing it," said Police
Chief Sam Speciale, who has been involved in the
project, as well as the reconstruction of the Historic
Bridge Street Pier. "It's going to cost, obviously, the
city some money.... It's just time for us to do it."
Prior to the unanimous vote, Commissioner John
Shaughnessy, enthusiastically backing a funding
commitment for the project, said, "It's either do or
After the vote, Commissioner Janie Robertson
said, "Oh good, here we go. This is exciting."
In other business, commissioners:
Approved declaring a Chevy Blazer with a
"blown engine" as surplus property.
"Basically its been through so many storms," said
Special, adding that he inherited the gold-colored
Approved the hiring of an assistant in the
administrative office, with the money to come from
reserves, to cover for the absence of Christina Irelan,
who is pregnant.
"In reviewing job responsibilities, it would be an
undue burden on existing staff to assume extra tasks
for six weeks," said city clerk Nora Idso. "Consider-
ing some of these tasks include bank reconciliation,
bank deposits, payroll and accounts payable it could
potentially interrupt financial accuracy."
Mayor Michael Pierce said, "It's going to be hard
to find someone who's as well trained as the staff you
have right now."
Idso said she planned to buy a newspaper help-
Robertson asked about the rate. Idso said the pay
would be "$11.25 to $12.50 an hour, depending on
Discussed a proposal from the Lions Club/Jay-
cee's to set up and maintain benches at certain loca-
tions in the city.
The club has previously provided benches in the
city, as well as other locations in the county.
"They told us they'd put them wherever we
want," public works director Tom Woodard said
referring to a conversation with Lions Club/Jaycee's
However, the commission questioned whether the
sign ordinance allowed for advertising on the benches
because signs in the rights of way are prohibited.
"I don't want to open up a can of worms here,"
said Shaughnessy. "Is it part of the agreement with
the club that benches have to have advertising on
Woodard said the benches would have some form
of advertising, which led building official Steve Gil-
bert to say, "The commission can amend the sign
But commissioners seemed reluctant to go that
route. Also, Robertson said the ScenicWAVES
advisory board should review the idea.
Pierce concluded, "It doesn't look like we're
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As the president of Key Royale Club, a private golf course on Anna
Maria Island, I am extending a personal invitation to you for a free round of
golf. There is no obligation whatsoever. This limited time offer is merely our
way of providing you a first-hand opportunity to consider membership in our
club. I even encourage you to include your spouse, significant other, or a fellow
golfer in this offer.
There are many reasons we think you might enjoy joining our ranks.
Our nine-hole course is a challenging layout, which many members
play twice to get in a full eighteen holes, using a variety of different tee
locations. You will likely use most all your clubs in a single round.
Key Royale Club is convenient. Tee times are not needed-we play
golf whenever we want without leaving the island. Plus, on-site club storage is
provided. So, within minutes, members are on the first tee, hassle free. Plus, we
are a walking course, a truly healthy alternative to what most are used to.
There are ample organized golf and social events, year-round, too.
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Local officials promote Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee welcomed
three local mayors March 18 to its annual Mayors for
Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston, Holmes Beach
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and Anna Maria Vice
Mayor John Quam helped with hot meals delivered
Mooring field board approved
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going to make a decision today on this.... I think we
should do some more investigating."
Approved letters of "no objection" for state per-
mits for minor developments at 109 13th St. S. and
2200 Gulf Drive N.
The 13th Street South project involves an addi-
tion to a single-family residence. 'The proposal is to
add an additional partial story on the top," Gilbert
said. "It does not change the footprint."
The Gulf Drive project is at the Seaside Resort
and involves the construction of a swimming pool on
the south side of the building.
The letters will go to the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, which must sign off on
the projects as part of the review process.
Accepted a low-bid repair estimate from Antho-
ny's Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration for $2,937
for replacing parts in the city hall air-conditioning
Approved a proclamation for Autism Awareness
Month in April.
Approved payment of invoices for $1,935.20
and $1,137.84 for repairs to sanitation trucks.
Approved payment of an invoice for $5,656.26
from M.T. Causley Inc. for building department ser-
Approved placing the consent agenda near the
top of the commission agenda at future meetings.
The commission's next meeting will be at 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 2, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
to more than 800 local seniors last Wednesday.
The Mayors for Meals Day is observed across the
country as part of the national March for Meals campaign
initiated and sponsored by Meals On Wheels Association
of America to raise awareness of senior hunger and to
encourage action on the part of the local community.
Senior nutrition programs across the United
States promote March For Meals through public
events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer
recruitment and fundraising initiatives.
"Currently one in nine seniors in this country are in
danger of going hungry," said Ellen Campbell, president
of Meals on Wheels PLUS in Manatee County. 'The
participation of our local mayors helps bring attention to
the fact that these people need our help and support.
"We are so thankful to Mayors Poston, Bohnenberger,
and Deputy Mayor Quam for taking the time to assist in
our efforts to make sure they have a hot meal."
The mayors have participated in past Mayors for
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The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island holds its
Artrageous Sale March 21 on the sidewalk outside
the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The speaker will be Bradenton Beach Police
Department Lt. John Cosby talking about emergency
For more information, contact member Al Guy
at email@example.com or 941-778-8444.
Friends host low-vision seminar
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
host a seminar on low-vision at 10:30 a.m. Friday,
March 27, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Speakers will include:
Sue Byerly, case manager from the Lighthouse
of Manasota, who will demonstrate the Victor Reader
Marilyn Stevenson, access services librarian
from the Talking Books Library, who will talk about
Christopher Gabbard, a spokesman for Magni-
fying Aids, who will demonstrate a number of low-
Seating for this free program will be available on
a first come, first serve basis. No prior registration is
For more information, call the library at
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T-shirt artwork for the Cortez Commercial Fishing
Cortez festival shirts for sale
The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is over
for another year, but the fundraising continues.
The festival raised money for the Florida Insti-
tute for Saltwater Heritage, which oversees the FISH
Preserve in the historic village at the east end of the
The Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez cur-
rently has a supply of fishing festival T-shirts for sale
in a variety of sizes at $15 each.
The museum, 4415 119th St. W, is open Tuesdays
through Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
tribute contest open
The Islander invites readers children and adults
- to participate in its Mother's Day tribute contest.
Tell, in 500 words or less, your favorite story about
your mom something sweet, something comical, some-
thing heroic, something special that she did for you.
The Islander staff will chose three stories to
publish May 10, and those writers also will receive
Islander gift baskets.
Stories will be judged on appeal, uniqueness and
the age-appropriate quality of writing.
Entries must be received by May 1.
Send entries to the newspaper via mail at 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217; via fax at
866-362-9821 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AME night with the Rays
Tickets are on sale for Anna Maria Elementary
School night with the Tampa Bay Rays. Gates open
at 5:08 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at Tropicana Field in
St. Petersburg, where the Rays will play the Chicago
White Sox. Game time is 7:08 p.m.
Lower outfield tickets cost $20 with $5 per ticket ben-
efiting AME. The offer is available through AME, not the
box office or Ticketmaster outlets. Order forms are avail-
able in the school administration office, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Deadline for orders is April 1.
In addition to the game, there will be an American
League trophy giveaway to all fans, kids interactive
areas, admission to the Ted Williams Museum and free
parking for cars transporting four or more passengers.
For more information, call the school at
941-708-5525 or Stephanie Fischer at 941-778-4100.
Firefighters climb for cause
West Manatee Fire Rescue District firefighters
joined Climb Tampa on March 21 to raise money for
the American Lung Association.
The WMFR team raised more than $3,700 for
the ALA as part of Climb Tampa, which involved
the team hustling up 42 floors 914 stairs of the
Bank of America Plaza in downtown Tampa.
The campaign involved more than 670 climbers
who together raised more than $127,000 in pledges
to raise awareness and fund research on lung cancer,
the No. 1 cancer killer among men and women.
For more information about Climb Tampa, go to
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County offers gardening
The Manatee County Extension Service has
scheduled a variety of gardening workshops for
March and April.
Workshops will take place at the extension office,
1303 17th St. W., Palmetto ,and require a fee.
To register, call 941-742-5986.
Bucket Brigade classes: Learn about container
gardening and assemble a bucket for gardening needs,
9 a.m. April 22.
Master gardener gardening college: Workshops will
have an emphasis on being "green" or sustainable. Topics
include reusing plants by different propagation methods,
smart pest control for lawns and landscape, grafting and
general care of citrus trees, using colorful ground-cover
plants to cool the ground and reduce water use, recycling
of household products into the garden and making a rain
barrel. The first session is at 9 a.m. March, 28.
Landscape makeover the plan: The service
will offer an overview of Florida-friendly landscape
planning, identification of landscape conditions, land-
scape pitfalls, hardscape tips and water conservation
design ideas, at 6 p.m., April 7.
Also, the extension service will host a plant iden-
tification walk through Robinson Preserve in north-
west Bradenton at 9 a.m. April 12.
Home composting workshop: Participants will
learn about the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods'
principles and details about how to set up a home
compost bin at 2 p.m. April 14.
Landscape makeover ground covers, grasses
and vines: Landscaping with low-growing ground
cover plants, grasses and vines have become a popu-
lar trend of landscape practices. The program will
take place at 6 p.m. April 21.
Center hosts sale, breakfast
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
welcome consumers diners and shoppers from
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28.
The Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will
host a pancake breakfast and a rummage sale to raise
money for its youth programs and scholarships.
Through March 26, donations of items for the
rummage sale can be dropped off at the Center front
desk from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Fridays
and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call the Center at
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Myrt Moreton, a founding member of the group,
will lead members in writing exercises.
Members also will share their work.
For more information, call Nancy Colcord at
to meet March 26
Cultural Connections members will meetat l:30pm Thurs-
day, March 26, at the Studio atGulf and Pine in Anna Maria
The collaborative consists of a number of Island
arts groups working to promote arts and culture on
Anna Maria Island.
For more information, call Dantia Gould at
Center to host blood drive
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will host a blood drive
from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 31.
Donors will receive merchant discount coupons,
a T-shirt and a wellness checkup that includes a cho-
Donors also will receive a chance to win a biplane
ride for two at Fantasy Flight.
Some restrictions on donations apply. Donors, for
example, must weigh at least 110 pounds. Also, minors
must be at least 16 years old and have parental consent.
For more information, call the Center at
'Craft and Clutter' sale
at Gloria Dei
The annual "Craft and Clutter" sale of house-
hold items, clothing, and miscellany will be from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28.
It will be outdoors at the Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tables are still available for display of articles to
For more information, call the church at
Chamber holds breakfast, lunch
The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce will host a lunch at 11:30
a.m. Thursday, March 26, at Fleming's Prime Steak-
house and Wine Bar, 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota.
Also, the chamber will host a breakfast at 8 a.m.
Tuesday, March 31, at the chamber office, 5570 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Additionally, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1,
the chamber will host an "East Meets West" event
with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. The
gathering will take place at the Van Wezel, 777 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
For more information or reservations, call the
chamber at 941-383-2466.
Bridge Street Market
Island Wellness will be the featured vendor at the
Bridge Street Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,
With a coupon from The Islander, marketgoers
can get a free chair massage at the wellness booth.
Larry Foley will provide an opportunity for chil-
dren to search for sharks' teeth in shells, and there
will be sales of produce, apparel and accessories, art,
collectibles and crafts.
The Historic Bridge Street Merchants Associa-
tion sponsors the Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge
St., Bradenton Beach, every Saturday in April.
Contact Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431 for
AMICCO to hold gala
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra concluded its 2008-09 concert season
March 22 with a presentation of "Carmen" at Cros-
spointe Fellowship in Holmes Beach.
But AMICCO still has a major event on the spring
calendar the second annual Taste of Music Champagne
Gala, which will take place from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. Saturday,
April 4, at a residence in northwest Bradenton.
Tickets to the event at William and Rosita Greer's
residence on 90th Street Northwest are $50 and are
tax-deductible, with the contribution supporting
The gala will include performances by musicians
with AMICCO, hors d'ouerves and champagne.
Also, the evening will feature a silent auction that
includes gift baskets, gift certificates and artwork.
The home on the shore of the Manatee River was
built in 1993 for Major League Baseball player Bobby
Bonilla and was purchased by the Greers in 2005.
For more information about the gala, including
tickets, call Donna Misner at 941-778-8585.
Center preparing talent show
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host a talent show on April 18.
The vocal winner in the talent show will receive
a certificate good for a three-song demo at Howl-
ing Dog Studios in Palmetto to be recorded by Del
Couch, who has a master's degree in studio.
Talent show prizes will be awarded in three age
groups 12 years and under, 13-18 and 19 and older.
Registration for the talent show, postponed from
March 7, is open through March 31. Auditions are on
April 6 and dress rehearsal is on April 16.
For more information, call the Center's Sandee
Pruett at 941-778-1908, or e-mail spruett@tampabay.
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Arthur Russell Daane
Arthur Russell Daane, 58, of Holmes Beach and
Eagle River, Wis., died March 3.
Mr. Daane was a regional retailer in Michigan
and Florida, a real estate trader and investor. He was
a graduate of Indiana University, where he was a
member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March
28, at the Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorials may be sent to
Tidewell Hospice, 2504 34th Ave. W., Bradenton FL
34205. Covell Funeral Home is serving the Daane
Mr. Daane is survived by wife Tara; two sons,
Andrew and Alex, both of Naples, Fla.; brother Rod-
erick K. Daane of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and sister Ellen
Daane Chrouch of Fort Myers.
Ruth A. Henderson
Ruth A. Henderson, 88, of Longboat Key, died
Mrs. Henderson moved to the key from Ann
Arbor, Mich., more than 20 years ago. She was owner
of Henderson Ford in Ann Arbor for more than 20
years. She attended high school in Chelan, Wash. She
graduated from Bowling Green University near her
family home in Finley, Ohio. She was an elementary
and high school business teacher. She volunteered at
Longboat Island Chapel and the Lord's Warehouse.
There were no services. Shannon Funeral West-
view Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by sons Lew and Jim; daughter
Lynne McDonough; grandchildren Matthew and Molly
McDonough, Caitlyn, Lindsay, Kerry, Amy and Sarah
Henderson; and her much-loved poodle Ginger.
William L. 'Bill' McKillip
William L. "Bill" McKillip, 85, of Erlanger, Ky.,
and Holmes Beach, died March 18.
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Mr. McKillip moved to Anna Maria Island in
1988. He retired as bank president of Old Kent Bank
in Petoskey, Mich. He served in the U.S. Army during
World War II, and his unit was among those that liber-
ated the original and longest-
running Nazi concentration
camp in Dachau. He was a
member of St. Bernard Catho-
^lic Church, Holmes Beach.
Memorial Mass of Chris-
tian burial was March 21 at
Blessed Sacrament Church in
Fort Mitchell, Ky. Memorial
Killip contributions may be made
to Hospice of the Bluegrass (NKY), 7388 Turfway
Road, Florence KY 41042, or Brother Dans Food
Pantry in care of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church,
513 Howard St., Petoskey MI 49770.
He is survived by wife Dorothy; daughters Kath-
leen Wonderling of Erlanger and Karen McMullen of
Stillwater, Minn.; son William "Larry" of Petoskey,
Mich.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and
several nieces and nephews.
Peter Richardson, 62, of Anna Maria Island and
Bradenton, died March 18.
Mr. Richardson was born in
A memorial service will be
held at 2 p.m. Friday, March
27, at Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory, 43rd
Street Chapel, 604 43rd St.
W., Bradenton. Online condo-
lences may be made to www.
He is survived of wife of
34 years, Barbara; sister Susan Hatch; and friends
and relatives in England, Australia and the United
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Cumber hearing delayed
By Lisa Neff
Another delay occurred last week in the state's
case against the boyfriend of missing Haley's Motel
owner Sabine Musil-Buehler.
William Cumber III, 39, is awaiting a hear-
ing on an alleged violation of probation on a 2005
felony arson conviction. The hearing was delayed last
week because Cumber's attorney was participating
in another trial.
The case is not directly related to the disappear-
ance of Musil-Buehler, whose last known where-
abouts were with Cumber on Nov. 4, 2008, at an
Anna Maria apartment.
But Cumber is considered a person of interest in
the Island woman's disappearance, as well as the fire
on the grounds of Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach on
Nov. 16, 2008. That fire that destroyed an elevated
home has been deemed an arson and remains under
investigation by the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
In the month after Musil-Buehler's disappear-
ance, Cumber left the Island, gave up the apartment
they had shared in Anna Maria and reported at least
one incident of vandalism at his workplace in Holmes
Repeatedly questioned by law enforcement about
the fire and the whereabouts of his girlfriend, Cumber
said he was being framed.
His current courtroom trouble is over the state's
allegation that he violated the conditions of his proba-
tion on an arson conviction when, in late December,
he left Manatee County and was arrested in Marion
County for driving with a suspended license.
Cumber served 10 days in the Marion County jail
after pleading guilty to the driving charge. He then
was transferred to the Manatee County jail to await
a violation of probation hearing.
Twice the hearing was postponed most
recently from March 17 to April 14 because Cum-
ber's attorney was at a trial on another matter.
Prior to the violation of probation hearing, Man-
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Penny Flower Show March 18 at Roser Memorial
Community Church in Anna Maria.
The club, which meets monthly at the church,
announced show winners in six categories.
In the "Love is a Sunny Day" category, the win-
ners were: first place Ginger Huhn, second place
Clare Faner and third place Carolyn Dimmig.
In the "Love is a Sandy Beach" category, the
winners were: first place Peggy Sawe, second place
Ginny Garland and third place Jean Taylor.
In the "Love is a Peaceful Stream" category, the
winners were: first place Dimmig, second place Anna
Rully and third place Marilyn Shirley.
"In the "Love is a Favorite Tune" category, the
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Casoria's motion to compel Cumber to be finger-
printed for evidence.
The motion states, "The defendant pled guilty
to the new law violation on December 23, 2008, in
Marion County and his fingerprints were taken. A
set of known inked fingerprints from the defendant
is necessary for comparison and prosecution in this
The prosecution has offered a deal on the proba-
tion case if Cumber agrees to plead guilty, the state
would seek 15 years in prison.
If Cumber rejects the deal and is eventually found
guilty, he could be sentenced to 30 years in prison,
"That's up to the judge," he said.
Casoria added that the state's deal does not
include any offer of probation.
"That state is not asking for probation on that
sentence," Casoria said. "He's not the best candidate
Cumber's court-appointed attorney, Thomas
Ostrander, did not return The Islander's calls.
ley and third place Susan Little.
In the "Miniature" category, the winners were:
first place Susan Fernald, second place Elaine Gewirte
and third place Kathy Kirkpatrick.
In the \ ly Valentine" category, the winners were:
first place Lynda Stringer, second place Ginger Huhn,
third place Patti Stackhouse.
i and Susan
of ', .d- for the club's
Man sentenced in
By Lisa Neff
A second man arrested last summer and accused
of illegal fishing has pleaded no contest in the Florida
Fish and Wildlife case.
Christopher Ron Baker, 28, of Ruskin, pleaded
no contest to one count of carriage of a gill net across
Florida waters, possession of an unmarked entangle-
ment net, harvesting saltwater products without a
license and use of a gill net in state waters. Florida
voters approved a constitutional ban on gill nets in
state waters in November 1994.
The state agreed not to pursue a second charge
of illegal use of a gill net in state waters.
Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Gilbert
A. Smith Jr. sentenced Baker to 30 days in jail with
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Rene Pollock made her "Hawaiian Wedding Song"
arrangementfor entry in the "Love is a Favorite Tune"
category of the Anna Maria Garden Club's annual
Penny Flower .5I, i. Islander Photos: Nancy Ambrose
gill netting case
credit for time already served, as well as 18 months
probation and 50 hours of community service.
Florida Fish and Wildlife law enforcement offi-
cers arrested Baker and Daniel P Gilliland on a night
last June near Coquina Beach after the two men were
seen leaving the Cortez area in a boat.
The FWC said Baker and Gilliland were in
possession of a net that contained four sharks, 10
pompano, two sheepshead, two mangrove snap-
per, one spotted sea trout, two whiting and 58 lady
Gilliland previously pleaded no contest to the
charge and was sentenced to probation for one year,
with credit for the time he spent in the Manatee
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Eco echo: City promotes greener ways
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach's call for greener ways echoed
from Leffis Key to city hall last week.
The city, through its advisory ScenicWAVES
committee, presented its annual Eco Week, a series
of events designed to encourage environmental prac-
tices at home, at work and in government.
The week culminated with the Eco Expo on March
21, when people by the dozens visited the parking lot at
city hall to learn about conserving water, protecting turtles,
curbing climate change and growing native plants.
Mindy Torres went to the expo to pick up a dozen
or so plants.
"I like to plant something every spring," she said.
"And the selection here, you can trust it is going to
be right for the Island."
Andy Torres, 6, went to the expo because he had
no choice but to tag-along with his mom.
But he didn't mind the free ice cream.
"Oh yeah, it's good," he said. "And we're also
going to the beach."
Participants in the expo included the Florida Native
Plant Society, Accent Trees & Nursery, Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program, Florida Bat Conservancy, Manatee
County Recycling, Around the Bend Nature Tours,
Mote Marine Aquarium, Manatee Audubon Society,
Bagnesia, Sarasota Green Marketplace, Bradenton
Beach ScenicWAVES and Big Olaf Ice Cream.
From the expo, orange foot prints chalked on
the sidewalk led people to the Bridge Street Market,
which offered fresh produce and nature-inspired
Prior to the Eco Expo, the city hosted a seminar
on using a rain barrel, participated in a journaling
workshop at Leffis Key and presented, in partnership
with Green Connection U.S., a day-long program on
"greening your business, greening your life."
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A crowd of nearly 120 folks crowded into the
Moose Lodge St. Patrick's Day, March 17, to cel-
ebrate the day, and at least one birthday in the crowd,
that of Irishman Dick Maher.
The Moose volunteers served breakfast, including
corned beef hash, the Anna Maria Island Ceili danc-
ers performed, and, new to the event, singer Gene
Doolan of St. Joseph, Mo., affectionately known as
Missouri's Irish Leprechaun, performed. '
No Irish party would be complete without a sto-
ryteller, and special guest Bob Slater, former jour- :
nalist and editor and retired utility executive, also
visiting from St. Joseph, filled that bill.
And two young girls from Ohio two of four
granddaughters of Arlene and Bob Purdum, who,
along with their parents and sisters are visiting *'
on the Island, Allison, age 7 1/2, and Mimi, age
6 performed two Irish dances to the delight of
everyone. g 4;
For a finale, hostess Bonner Joy, of the sponsor-
ing Islander newspaper, crowned Irishman Jack Egan, m L
Islander cartoonist, as this year's honored Irishman
of the year. He received a makeshift crown symbol- .
izing his many years as the "king of cartoons" for the
newspaper and its predecessor, penning his trademark
character, "Slick, the oily bird," in the 1970s. Slick
was created by Egan to help stop proposed offshore
oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Egan was honored for his many years on Anna
Maria Island and his contribution to many good
causes over the years through his editorial cartoons. i
Jack Egan is
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Chew on this.
The Island Players' current production, "Sylvia,"
the story of a man, a woman and a dog, is doggone
The play is a comedy written by A.R. Gurney and
Island Players audiences have seen it on the Anna
Maria stage before.
Gurney's play opened at the Manhattan Theatre
Club in New York in 1995 with Sarah Jessica Parker,
Blythe Danner and Charles Kimbrough starring and
Gumey's story is about a middle-aged, middle-class
guy named Greg who brings a dog named Sylvia home
to his Manhattan apartment one afternoon. Sylvia finds
Greg in the park, or he finds Sylvia part lab, part
poodle and crazy for her master. "Nearer, my God, to
Thee," Sylvia tells Greg at one point.
About 10 minutes into the performance you'll
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You might think wife Kate would prefer that her
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to another species, but even in this canine comedy,
three is a crowd. Kate's more than comfortable with
the empty nest. Sylvia, Kate says, has chewed a hole
in her 22-year-old marriage. And that's something to
In the Island Players production, Joe Kerata
plays Greg, the salesman whose search for some-
thing "real" leads him to take hold of a dog leash;
Mona Upp-Hartmann plays Kate, the woman, who
after years of serving others, needs to pursue dreams
of her own; and Diana Shoemaker plays Sylvia, the
eager dog with lots of energy, but a deep desire to
flop on the forbidden couch.
The comical supporting players include Laura
Morales as Leslie, the purposely ambiguous therapist
in need of her own shrink after a session with dog-
obsessed Greg; Mary Jo Johnson as Phyllis, Kate's
friend and a recovering alcoholic who needs a drink
after an encounter with Sylvia; and Herb Stump as
Tom, the tough-talking dog owner who philosophizes
about man and dog and woman.
Each of the actors shines on stage, but Shoemaker
really has a part to run with as well as scratch, sniff
and growl and run she does.
There is some silliness written into this play, and
some ugh language, like the reference to teaching
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Bradenton is the sort of cool place where we owner Lindsay describes the store. Go often, as
could stay and shop all day. Full of stuff from new items arrive to the store almost daily.
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Sarasota theater announces festival
Theatre Odyssey has announced the plays for
its 10-Minute Play Festival that will take place this
spring at Crocker Memorial Church in Sarasota.
The theater and its festival is a passion of Island
'Sylvia' is good show
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But mostly "Sylvia" is a joy, with some intelli-
gent and touching scenes, smart direction by Phyllis
Elfenbein, honest and fun performances by the cast,
and thoughtful staging from the backstage crew.
Elfenbein, before the curtain opens, rightly
praises her artistic and production staff, including
light designer Brad Pattison, sound designer Bob
Grant, costume designer Don Bailey and stage man-
agers Mike Lusk and Linda Thomas.
Bailey's costuming helps the audience follow the
timeline from season to season.
Elfenbein's set design easily and with pleasing
simplicity takes the audience from an apartment
to a park to city streets to an airport.
"Sylvia" runs through April 5 with performances
at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sun-
days. The theater is dark on Mondays.
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
The next play on the schedule is "Alone Together
Again" from May 14-24.
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Bruno" by Lisa Evans, "And Gods Cry, Too" by
Janis R. Frawley, "Inside the Department of the
Exterior:" by Phil Hall, "Transition" by Larry
The writers compete for "best play" and a $250
Festival dates are March 27-29 and April 3-5.
For more information, call the theater at
Church to host
Former Sarasota Pops conductor Dale Jensen
will participate in Flute Acoustics, a concert at 2
p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Jensen will demonstrate various reed instru-
ments, from flutes to recorders and oboes, and their
Dale Jensen also will perform with Barbara
Jensen and Alyssa McKeithen.
Tickets are available in the church office from 9
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Bradenton High grads,
Call it a call for all "old timers."
The Bradenton High School class of 1942 "is
inviting other members of classes before and after
1942 to attend its 67th anniversary celebration,"
according to Mary Fulford Green of Cortez.
The event is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March
28, at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth
Ave. W., Bradenton. The only surviving BHS
teacher of the class, Jean Parrish, is scheduled to
For more details and to make reservations, call
Green at 941-795-7121.
In other reunion matters, the Cortez Village
Native's Picnic scheduled for Saturday, March 28,
has been postponed to Saturday, April 25. It will
be start at 1 p.m. at the Florida Maritime Museum,
4511 119th St., in the village.
"This celebration by natives and friends was
begun in 1991," Green said, "and this is the first
time it will be held in the newly constructed Chic-
kee Picnic Pavilion on the museum grounds."
She said that the potluck meal would be aug-
mented by the Cortez Village Historical Society's
contribution of strawberry shortcake, fried mullet,
setups and drinks. There will be scheduled tours
of new exhibits in the museum, and the event will
mark the 25th anniversary of the CVHS.
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Holmes Beach WWII Navy
vets married 60 years
Holmes Beach World War II veterans Jacob
"Jake" Diehm and wife Harriet both served in the
U.S. Navy during the war, but didn't meet until sev-
eral years after Japan had surrendered.
They were both stationed at Pearl Harbor during
the war, but at different times.
But they would meet when both were assigned to
an isolated Navy base on Kodiak Island in Alaska in
1949, when a good-looking naval nurse told a handsome
medic to put some icicles on the Christmas tree.
They laugh about it now, and both believe that
serving their country brought them together.
Jake never dreamed that when he joined the Navy
in 1939, he would be part of one of the first battles of
the war, only hours after the Japanese bombed Pearl
Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
He was already a high school graduate in 1939
and working as a hotel night clerk in a Boyne City,
Mich. One e caningg. a traveling salesman he knew
asked him what he wanted to do with his life.
"I told him I didn't really know. There was no
draft then, and the war in Europe had just started and
seemed far away to us. He said 'Why don't you join
the Navy and see the world?' I thought about it and
finally figured that was a good idea. I wanted to get
out of Boyne City and see the world."
During the first week of basic training, Jake took
a number of tests and received high marks for medi-
cal skill and knowledge. After he completed basic,
he was sent to the Navy medical corps for advanced
training as a corpsman/medic.
"I was actually trained as a dental technician, but
I knew all the corpsman procedures. We had to learn
all the duties of a corpsman during training," said
At first, life in the Navy was fairly ordinary for
Jake. The peacetime Navy was small, and duty at
San Diego, San Francisco or Hawaii made a Navy
enlistment easier to bear than being an infantryman
.1, I',in,; through the Louisiana swamps.
But the war clouds that had been in Europe when
Jake joined up began to gather in the western Pacific
Realizing then that if war came, the Japanese
would certainly strike American bases in the Pacific,
the Navy brass decided to reinforce Midway Island,
about 1,000 miles northwest of Hawaii.
Jake and Harriet Diehm will celebrate their 60th
wedding anniversary this May. Islander Photo:
Harriet Diehm, nee Jorgenson, at a U.S. Navy Jacob "Jake" Diehm in his U.S. Navy dress white
hospital in Seattle in 1949, shortly before she was uniform. The picture was taken on a ship in the
assigned to Kodiak, Alaska. 1950s.
The name "Midway" would become synonymous
for America's greatest naval victory and its first of
WWII. In mid-1942, it would provide a huge morale
boost to a nation desperate for any sign of good news
against the Axis forces of Hitler, Tojo and Musso-
But in October 1941, Jake just wondered how
the luck of the draw got him sent from a comfortable
assignment in San Diego to a bleak spit of sand in the
middle of the world's largest ocean, and no women
for 1,000 miles.
"We were on battle stations the whole voyage
to Midway. We were warned that a war could start
anytime. We figured a war was coming soon, but I
never dreamed it would come to Midway as quickly
as it did," said Jake.
At Midway, which is actually two islands: Sand
Island and Eastern Island, Jake was assigned as the
dental technician on Sand Island. In typical Navy
fashion, however, the dentist was on Eastern Island.
"So I was sent to the operating room on Sand
Island. We were preparing for war, but the morning
of Dec. 7, 1941, I was meeting a friend of mine from
Boyne City to play tennis. At 0800 hours, when we
got to the tennis court, someone from the dispen-
sary was waving at us. I walked over and he said
Pearl Harbor had been bombed by the Japanese and
it was no drill. We immediately went to battle stations
because we knew we would be next."
The Japanese sent a calling card that evening.
"I was stationed at the power house as the first-
aid man. All of the sudden, we heard shells exploding
around us. One went through the roof at the Marine
communications unit and there were a lot of injured
guys. I had to help get them to the aid station while
the bombs were still falling."
Jake would later learn that a Japanese destroyer,
detached from the fleet that bombed Pearl Harbor,
had been sent to Midway to deliver the message that
America and Japan were at war.
"I can tell you I was pretty scared. I was just a
young kid, but I got the men inside and some of the
older corpsmen helped out. It was my welcome to
the war. Dealing with the wounded got me over my
nerves real quick. I grew up a lot that day."
A few days after the shelling, Jake and his
Midway pals learned that the Japanese had invaded
Wake Island, about 1,500 miles to the west and across
the International Date Line.
"Once we learned that, we knew we would be
next. We only had four airplanes until late May 1942
and they were no match for a Japanese Zero. Then,
we started getting more men and by the first week of
June, a lot more planes came from Hawaii. Some-
thing was up."
On the evening of June 3, 1942, Jake's command-
ing officer called the sailors together and told them
that the Japanese would invade the island the next
"He just wished us all luck. I didn't know then
how he knew, but after the war, I learned that we had
been intercepting the Japanese naval messages and
had broken their code. It was a good thing for us."
[The code-breaking operation named \ ,ii "
in the Pacific and "Ultra" in Europe was so secret
that it wasn't until the 1970s that the government
revealed the Allies were able to read Japanese mili-
tary messages during the war. The Navy had learned
of the Japanese plans just a few weeks before they
attacked at Midway.]
By June 3, the Navy had positioned its only
three remaining operational aircraft carriers in the
Pacific the Yorktown, Enterprise and Hornet-
about 200 miles northeast of Midway to await the
Japanese strike force of six aircraft carriers, along
with troop ships, cruisers and destroyers coming from
the west. If the American carriers were sunk, nothing
stood between the Japanese Navy and America's west
coast. The Japanese task force was twice the size of
the defending American fleet.
"We didn't know it at the time, but the Japanese
plan was to seize Midway, sink our carriers and then
take Hawaii. All we knew was that their planes were
bombing the heck out of us," recalled Jake.
On the day of the Japanese attack, Jake was
assigned to an emergency operating room to await
developments. They were not long in coming.
Japanese aircraft from the carriers Akagi and
Horyu bombed Midway as dawn arose on June 4.
Three bombs hit the operating room and the air raid
shelter where Jake and his colleagues went to wait
out the bombing. The shelter caught on fire, but Jake
and the other sailors managed to escape after firemen
extinguished the blaze.
The Akagi and Horyu would lie at the bottom of
the Pacific by day's end.
"The operating room was also on fire," Jake
remembered. "But they got that out and we were in
business. And we had a lot of business."
Jake also recalled a number of casualties that day,
many of them his friends.
"You just had to do your job and not think about
the guys. You had to become a little impersonal, oth-
erwise the wounds and the destruction would get to
Jake worked so long in the operating room, he
forgot to ask who won the battle.
It was only when he was relieved of duty that he
learned the Japanese had lost four aircraft carriers to
one Navy flattop, the Yorktown. It was a stunning
The U.S. Navy had defeated the Japanese in the
naval battle that ended Japanese offensive actions
in the Pacific theater. It was a victory celebrated in
the mainland newspapers, but on Midway, Jake and
his Navy pals were just glad to be alive. And they
mourned their dead comrades.
"After the Battle of Midway, things quieted
down. We didn't get the big picture about what hap-
pened until later, when we read the papers that said
we had stopped the Japanese from taking Hawaii and
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invading the west coast," Jake recalled.
Following the battle, Jake was reassigned back
to Pearl where he worked in a Navy hospital amid
the ruins of the Japanese attack on Dec. 7.
He was promoted to warrant officer during the
war. Following the Japanese surrender, Jake stayed
in the Navy medical corps, reverting to the rank of
chief petty officer.
In 1948, he was ordered to Kodiak, Alaska.
Just before Christmas that year, as luck would have
it, a young Navy nurse named Harriet Jorgenson was in
the base hospital putting decorations on a tree.
"I was from Minnesota," said Harriet. "When the
war started, I was in training to become a nurse. The
Red Cross came around and asked for volunteers to
join the Army or Navy after we graduated. A friend
of mine in training and I talked it over and the Navy
sounded like a good deal at the time," she said.
"Besides, we thought duty on a tropical island
sounded a lot better than North Africa, where some
of our friends who had already graduated were sta-
It wasn't actually that good of a deal. Nurses
- they were all female during the war were not
considered full officers by the Army or Navy and
received only half the pay of a male ensign.
Still, a war was on and the country needed thou-
sands of qualified nurses to tend to the wounded that
the Axis forces were more than happy to provide.
"There was never any question that we wouldn't
join. We were at war and we were nurses and we were
needed. It was as simple as that."
Assigned to a hospital in New Hampshire, Har-
riet would treat her fair share of casualties from the
Battle of the Atlantic the battle between German
submarines and Allied convoys plying the North
Atlantic to reach Russia or Britain.
By 1943, the U.S. military realized it was time
to end its discrimination of women. The Defense
Department changed regulations and Harriet became
a full ensign in the Navy, a rank equivalent to a U.S.
Army second lieutenant.
"And we received full pay and allowances, just
like the men did. And a monthly liquor ration," she
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In 1945, Harriet found that tropical island when
she was assigned to a Naval hospital near Pearl
Harbor. But she missed a young dental service war-
rant officer named Jake Diehm.
She did meet and care for a lot of casualties
- burn victims from Japanese kamikaze attacks at
Okinawa, Marines barely alive from attacking such
islands as Tinian, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Peleliu and
soldiers of the U.S. Army who liberated the Phil-
ippines, among a host of other Pacific battles that
produced wounded. Harriet would see her fair share
of war's horror. It was something she never forgot.
After the war, Harriet stayed in the Navy for a
few years, then returned to civilian life. In 1948, how-
ever, she decided she liked the Navy way of nursing
and went back to active duty. She was promoted to
full lieutenant and assigned to Kodiak.
"It was a dreary place. Very cold and it either rained
or snowed every day," she recalled. "I never dreamed
when I went back in that I'd end up in Alaska."
But it was Christmas 1948 and the hospital staff
were putting up decorations on a Christmas tree. One
guy named Jake seemed pretty nice, but he hid the
icicles behind the Christmas tree because he got tired
of putting them up.
"I saw him do it, and I told him he needed to
get those on the tree," said Harriet laughingly. "Of
course, I outranked him so he had to follow orders.
But we started talking and got to know each other.
"One thing led to another and we started dating
and we fell in love. At that time, nurses had to resign
from the service if they got married. So I had to resign
my commission, but we got married."
After the wedding, Jake and Harriet went to
Grand Rapids, Mich., where he had shore duty at
the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve training station.
Grand Rapids was good duty and a good place to start
a family and a home.
Unfortunately for the couple, the Korean War
broke out in June that year and Jake's medical unit
was activated for duty.
The young couple would be split up by a war.
In 1952, Jake and his unit went to Korea. He
was assigned to the U.S.S. Eldorado, an amphibi-
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the shells ever came close.
For Jake, the highlight of the Korean War was
seeing the ex-prisoners of war returning from captiv-
ity in China or North Korea after the cease-fire was
signed in July 1953.
"They were smiling because they knew they were
going home. It was tough to think about what they
had gone through," he recalled.
It was only later that Jake and his Navy colleagues
in the medical corps would learn about brainwashing
as the Chinese method of mind control.
Jake retired from the Navy in 1959 and settled in
Grand Rapids. While Harriet returned to her nursing
career, Jake got his degree in accounting.
They have two daughters, both of whom still live
in Michigan. One is a nurse, while the other is an
The family vacationed on Anna Maria Island
a number of times while living in Michigan and in
1986, Jake and Harriet decided it was time to become
"This was the place for us," said Harriet. "We
fell in love with the Island, especially after being in
Alaska," she said with a laugh.
Neither has ever regretted their wartime expe-
riences, but don't consider that what they did was
"Joining up. Going into the service was just
something that one did during the war," offered Har-
riet. "For a girl, if you were a nurse, you went into
the Army or Navy. I kind of liked the Navy."
"Our country called and we were not going to
be the only people left out of the service," said Jake.
"We're proud of our service, but, please, don't con-
sider us heroes.
"The heroes are buried on Midway and throughout
the Pacific and Europe. The heroes are the guys who
attacked the Japanese aircraft carriers at Midway know-
ing they wouldn't make it back, but knowing the guys
behind them would have a clear bombing run.
"The heroes are still over there. We're just two
ordinary sailors who did our duty."
Jake and Harriet Diehm of Holmes Beach will
celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in May.
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Chris ./iii,, waves goodbye to 25
years of real estate work.
Christine Torgeson Shaw has
spent her entire life on Anna Maria
Island, and the past 25 years as a real
estate agent, most recently with Island
Real Estate in Holmes Beach. But all
good things must come to an end.
Island Real Estate owner Frank
Davis said Shaw is retiring from
"active duty" and a public celebration
will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
Wednesday, April 1, at the Key Royale
Club in Holmes Beach.
"It's about time I take a breather,"
says Christine. \ ly partner, John van
Zandt, has been doing most of the work
Davis said Shaw has "been a
star on Anna Maria Island for many
h, Monday I
years, and a valuable associate in
our firm. Of course, we know that
John will continue to do a great job
by himself. Knowing Chris, though,
she'll still keep her hand in things,
stirring the pot."
For more information on the retire-
ment celebration, call 941-778-6066.
The Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce has been active
recently in welcoming new members
to the chamber. Chamber president
Mary Ann Brockman said 28 new
members joined the chamber in Janu-
ary and February.
The new members are:
Engel & Voelkers AMI Realty,
6000 Marina Drive, No. 113,
Holmes Beach, Ray Alexander,
Debbie Dial of A Paradise Realty,
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Maria, Olga Martinez, 941-224-4674.
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1,374 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in
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Holmes Beach man arrested for battery
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.
March 15, 2400 Ave. B, violation of parole. A
bicycle rider was stopped for riding at night without
lights. A record check revealed he was wanted for an
outstanding parole violation, and he was arrested.
March 18, 1800 Gulf Drive N., unregistered vehi-
cle. Officers stopped a vehicle towing a trailer which did
not have operating brake lights. It was determined the
trailer was not registered, and the driver was arrested.
March 13, 5701 Marina Drive, Island Branch
Library, theft. The complainant said someone took
garbage bins from the library.
March 13, 5418 Marina Drive, Sun & Surf, theft.
The complainant said someone took Wizard, an Afri-
can grey parrot, from a cage in front of the store.
Wizard was very friendly, according to the report,
and valued at $1,200.
March 15, 200 block 29th Street, trespass. The
complainant requested and had a trespass warning
issued against a man.
March 18, 6800 block Palm Drive, burglary. The
complainant said his laptop computer, valued at $630,
was missing, and he suspected his brother-in-law.
March 19, 6200 block Holmes Boulevard,
domestic battery. Officers responded to a call of a
fight between a couple. The witness said the man
chased his girlfriend out of their house, pushed her
to the ground and "got on top of her, pinned her arms
down and placed his right hand around the victim's
throat," according to the report. She fled to the wit-
ness's house. Officers noted bruises on her throat, and
the suspect was arrested.
A Holmes Beach man has been arrested on
charges of domestic felony battery against his girl-
According to Holmes Beach
Police Officer Stanley House,
Daniel Mercak, 33, of the
6200 block Holmes Boule-
vard, attempted to strangle his
girlfriend March 19.
Officers were called to the
scene after a neighbor heard
"loud yelling and vulgar lan-
guage coming from inside the
residence," according to the report.
"The witness saw the victim run from the door
of the residence and get pushed to the ground by the
defendant," House wrote. "While the victim was on
the ground, the defendant got on top of her, pinned
her arms down and placed his right hand around the
The woman was able to get away and ran to the
neighbor's house. The neighbor had already called
police, who reported evidence of bruises on the wom-
Mercak was charged with felony domestic bat-
tery with stangulation and taken to jail.
Search continues for stolen bird
The investigation continues into the appar-
ent theft of African grey parrot from Sun &
Surf Resortwear, 5418 Marina Drive, Holmes
The 18-year-old bird, Wizard, was reported miss-
ing to the Holmes Beach Police Department at about .
noon March 15. ..
Sun & Surf has a number of caged birds that are .7-:
placed on the sidewalk outside the door. Some of the
birds are pets of the Duytschaver family, which owns
Sun & Surf. Others are rescued birds available for
Wizard is a family pet, according to Sun & Surf's
Marty Duytschaver, who said some time between
about 10 a.m. and noon on March 15 the bird went
Duytschaver said pet stores were alerted in the -
event someone tried to sell Wizard.
African greys are popular and there is a waiting. .
list for the birds in Manatee County, Duytschaver
said. Wizard, an African grey parrot, was stolen from
For more information about the bird, call Sun & Sun & SurfResortwear at 5418 Marina Drive,
Surf at 941-778-2169, or HBPD at 941-708-5812. Holmes Beach.
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Thursday, March 26
1:30 p.m. Cultural Connections meets at the Studio at Gulf and
Pine, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1880.
7 p.m. Last-of-season smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Commu-
nity Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
Friday, March 27
5 to 7 p.m. For Art's Sake featuring a silent auction of works
donated by local artists and reception at The Islander newspaper office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978. Proceeds
benefit the Manatee High School art program.
Saturday, March 28
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Craft and Clutter Sale at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a break-
fast meeting with "Evacuation Procedures" presented by Lt. John Cosby
of the Bradenton Beach Police Department, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pancake breakfast and rummage sale at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
10 a.m.- The DeSoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta takes
place on the Palma Sola Causeway.
Tuesday, March 31
8 a.m. Longboat/LidolSt. Armand Keys Chamber of Commerce
Business at Breakfast at 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Infor-
9 a.m. to noon Blood drive at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday, April 1
1:15 p.m. The Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., free yoga on the beach, southside
of the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through the end of May,
Bradenton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts at 1115 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366 or 941-932-9439.
The Annie Silver Community Center will
hold its last call of bingo for the 2009 season
on Thursday, March 26.
The center, 103 23rd St. at Avenue C in
Bradenton Beach, will host its last evening
of games, including prizes and refreshments,
beginning at 7 p.m.
For more information, call Kit Redeker at
Going 'Down South'
The Neel Performing Arts Center at Manatee Community College in Bradenton will host "Down South,"
a concert performance featuring the Happiness Emporium international quartet champions, The Good
News gospel quartet, the Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus of Bradenton, Par for the Chorus of Sun
City Center and Venice Gondoliers of Venice. The concert will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29. For
tickets and other information, call Charles Blair at 941-752-9475.
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 1 p.m., downtown Bradenton Farm-
er's Market along Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9552 or
April, month-long Manatee Jazz Festival.
April 3, Annual Poetry Slam at the Village Bookshop.
April 3-5, Seafood Festival downtown Bradenton.
April 4, Anna Maria Island Community CenterAffair to Remember
April 4, "A Pro-family Seminar" at CrossPointe Fellowship.
April 5, CarFit at Bradenton Beach City Hall.
April 5, Rockin' the River family festival in downtown Bradenton.
Save the date:
April 11, Easter egg hunt at G.T. Bray Park.
April 12, Kiwanis-sponsored Easter sunrise service Manatee
County Public Beach.
April 14, The Bay Chorale concert at Kirkwood Presbyterian
April 18, Anna Maria Island Community Center Talent Show.
April 23, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch training workshop.
April 25, Cortez Village Native's Potluck Picnic.
Off-Island Arts & Events:
Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m. -Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo 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.
7:30 p.m. Hemingway at the Crosley opens at Powel Crosley
Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through April 3. Information:
941-722-3244. Fee applies.
Thursday, March 26
7 p.m. Margaret Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival pres-
ents "River of No Return" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Saturday, March 28
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Florida history celebration at De Soto National
Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. Information:
1 to 4 p.m. Bradenton High School 67th anniversary reunion cel-
ebration at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
2 p.m. Friends in Music concert featuring Dale Jensen at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-792-7183. Fee applies.
Sunday, March 29
2 p.m. Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus presents
"Down South" at Neel Performing Arts Center at Manatee Community
College on 26th Street West, Bradenton. Information: 941-752-9475.
Tuesday, March 31
8 p.m. Manatee Community College Chamber Choir, Guitar
Ensemble and Jazz Combo perform at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840
26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.
Wednesday, April 1
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "East Meets West" business after hours expo
hosted by the Longboat/Lido/St. Armand Keys Chamber of Commerce
and the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance at the Van Wezel, 777 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information: 941-383-2466. Fee applies.
Ongoing Off-Island Theatre:
"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
"Hemingway at the Crosley" at Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through April 3. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee
"Inventing Van Gogh" at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
through April 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"The Winter's Tale" at Mertz Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
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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Island team falters late in 11-0 loss
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Little League West Coast Surf Shop team
felt good coming into its March 20 game against the Reebok Coyotes
at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.
The Surf Shop had won two of its last three games and that con-
fidence showed early in the game. Starting pitcher Johnny Mattay
was sharp through three innings, allowing only two runs and walking
nobody as the Surf Shop trailed 2-0 through three innings.
But the wheels came off the bus in the fourth inning as Parker
Keegan and then Neil Carper struggled to find the plate. They weren't
wild, but were just missing their spots, resulting in some free passes
for the Coyote batters. The big blow came when Jeremy Fournier
came up with two men on and launched a towering home run over the
centerfield fence to ice the game for the Coyotes. Fournier finished
the game 2-for-3, while teammate Jacob Wise added a pair of singles
and two runs scored.
The Surf Shop was led by Henrik Brusso and Alex Zinc, who both
had singles for the only hits of the game. Next up for the Surf Shop
is a pair of games with Troxler & Smith.
Key Royale golf news
The annual President's Cup was played on March 16 at the Key
Royale Club. John Pirris earned bl, iini rights for the year with
his 3-under-par 29, which was one shot better than a trio of players
who carded 2-under-par 30s. Using a tiebreaker system, Vince Mer-
cadante ended up with second place, followed by John Driscoll and
Dave Kruger's natural 36 was good enough to earn first place in
the low-gross category.
The team of Jon Kent, Tom O'Brien, Ed Holba and Bill Gallagher
combined to card 133 to win the team low-net category by a tiebreaker
over the team of Dick Mills, Gary Duncan, Gerry Elson and Gary
The women of Key Royale Club played an individual-low-net
and a team-low-net game on St. Patrick's Day. Judy Squier earned top
honors in Flight AA with a 4-under-par 28 to finish one shot ahead of
Grace Sayles' 2-under-par 30 was good enough for first place
in Flight A, which had Joyce Brown, Sara Falk and Patty Townsend
lumped together in second place with even-par 32s. Flight B produced
a two-way tie between Phyllis Lamp and Meredith Slavin after both
carded 3-under-par 29s, while Sally Keyes, Terry Westby and Joyce
Reith tied for third with even-par 32s.
Markie Ksiazek and Sue Wheeler tied for first place in Flight C.
They both carded 2-under-par 30, which put them two shots ahead
of Dolores Jorgensen and Jean Besant. Flight D winner was Marilyn
Hayes with a 3-under 29. Two shots back in second place was Mary
The foursome of Kay Anderson, Slavin, Tootie Wagner and Terry
Westby combined to card an even-par 128 to win the team-low-net
competition, while Kay Anderson, Jean Holmes, Grace Sayles,
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Little League team.
West Coast Surf Shop catcher Henrik Brusso lunges for a pitch
during Little League action against Reebok Coyote at G.T. Bray
Park in Bradenton. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Parker Keegan waits on a throw as a Reebok Coyote player
slides home with a run in the AMILL 11-0 loss.
Roswitha Fowler, Wagner and Phyllis Lamp all had chipins.
The men played their usual 18-hole weekly tournament on
March 18. The team of Jim Krumme, Pieter Thomassen, Neil
Hammer and Jim MacVicar combined to card a 16-under-par 112
in the two-best-balls-of-foursome match. Four shots back in second
place was a trio of foursomes, including Tom Lewis, Chuck Boes,
Bob Lamp and Bob Sayles; Ernie Hauser, John Sagert, Vince Fanton
and Bob Landgren; and Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante, Jim Mixon
and Gino DiClemente. The team of Earl Ritchie, Bill Melvin, Ed
Havlik and Dick Eichhorn carded a 117 to match the score of Lew
Winegarden, Gary Harris, Dave Kruger and Bob Elliott.
On March 20, women and men teamed up for a throw-out-
the-worst-team-hole tournament. First place went to Pam Alford,
John Driscoll, Tom Warda and Paulette Proxy with a score of 106.
Second place was shared by the team of Rose Slomba, Rosemarie
Knick, Jerry Brown and Jim Finn, who matched the 117 carded by
Nell Bergstrom, Joyce Brown, Gary Alvord and Don Ledford.
Tom Warda and Dorothy McKinna both had chipins on the
The March 21 horseshoe games at the Anna Maria City Hall
pits produced three teams from pool play action. Justin Zirwes and
Bob Lee squared off against Debbie Rhodes and Bob Masin in the
semifinal game and came away with a 21-15 victory to advance
to the finals against the waiting team of Herb Puryear and Gene
Bobeldyke. Puryear and Bobeldyke edged Zirwes and Lee 22-20
to earn blugging rights for the day.
March Madness took over at the horseshoe pits on March 16
as nine teams were waiting in the wings for an available pit. Four
teams advanced from pool play with Gene Bobelkyke and Doug
Yox rolling past Bob Lee and Jerry Disbrow 22-12 in the first semi-
final. John Crawford and Rod Bussey cruised to the finals, defeating
Adin Shank and Mike Lovey 21-7. Crawford and Bussey came out
on top in the finals, defeating Bobeldyke-Yox 25-13.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday
at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. fol-
lowed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and
everyone is welcome.
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Big, big stuff out there today and in years past
Big things are brewing and have been breeding
Goliath grouper are getting more plentiful in local
waters. In fact, the big fish are becoming something of
a pest for artificial reef fishers, who are finding time and
time again that their catch is only half its original size
thanks to a big munch by the bigger fish.
And then there's the new findings of fossils of a
huge marine carnivore off an island from Norway that
was about 50 feet long and likened to a great white
Goliath grouper, not too long ago called jewfish
until deemed politically incorrect, are the largest of
the grouper family at upwards of 800 pounds. The
fish were a popular target for spearfishers for years,
since they're big and slow and tasty.
Anna Maria Island tales of a huge jewfish oops,
Goliath that haunted the wreck of the molasses
barge "Regina" were legend about 30 years ago.
In 1990, a ban on any taking by any means of
Goliath grouper was enacted in U.S. waters due to a
dramatic reduction in the big fish's numbers that was
directly attributed to overharvesting by humans.
The ban seems to have worked, and the fish are
coming back in large numbers. Fishers regularly
complain of hooking the big fish off near-shore reefs,
or reeling up parts of other grouper species after their
big brothers have snatched off a hunk as it passes
their watery lairs.
"Goliath grouper have become accustomed to
eating hooked fish, making it essentially impossible
for an angler to successfully bring a hooked fish to
the boat," wrote Dr. Chris Koenig of Florida State
University in "The Marine Scene" by Florida Sea
Grant's John Stevely.
"Spear fishers increasingly report alarming
encounters with Goliath grouper aggressively attack-
ing speared fish," Koenig said. "Many folks have
suggested that perhaps the time has come to allow
keeping a limited number of Goliath grouper."
He adds that more data are needed on the big fish
for any change in taking.
'Jaws' on a big scale
The New York Times reports there was another
really, really big fish found in the northern Atlantic
Ocean waters about 150 million years ago.
'They swam with mighty flippers, two fore and
two hind, all four accelerating on attack," wrote John
Noble Wilford. "In their elongated heads were bone-
crushing jaws more powerful than a Tyrannosaurus
rex. They were the pliosaurs, heavyweight predators
at the top of the food chain in ancient seas."
Scientists have now literally uncovered fossils
of a new pliosaur on Spitsbergen Island off Norway
that is thought to be the largest marine reptile of its
kind: "at least 50 feet long, 45 tons, with its massive
skull 10 feet long, and the flippers, more like outsize
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a scientific name but simply called the Monster or
Predator X hunted the seas 150 million years ago
in the Jurassic Period."
A two-hour documentary on the expedition to
locate the fossils will be shown on the cable televi-
sion History Channel at 8 p.m. March 29.
Scientists have assessed the skull remains and
determined that the structure is "similar in many
respects to the great white shark, the top predator in
By Ben Mabetti
Special to The Islander
The setting is Bean Point, where various fisher-
men are spread out in the shallow water along the
beach casting into a calm sea, hoping to catch the
pugnacious pompano but catching instead the more
It seemed that there had not been so many dol-
phins around this year, but I noticed more of them
than usual that morning. They were leaping about at
some distance from the shore, fishing back and forth,
and after a while their movement just became part of
Suddenly, this rather tranquil scene erupted into
a thrashing mass of frenzied fish. About a half-dozen
dolphins were herding thousands of jacks, which
were in a desperate attempt to escape, leaping across
the surface of the water toward the beach. So large
Bottle boat regatta
The annual DeSoto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat
Regatta will take place Saturday, March 28, at the
Palma Sola beach on Manatee Avenue.
Various teams consisting of school children,
co-workers and families will compete in the regatta
presented by the DeSoto Historical Society.
The race will begin at 10 a.m.
Rules for the regatta prohibit the use of oars, but
paddles are acceptable.
Bottle boats were inspected March 16 by the race
For more information, call the historical society
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oceans today." The critter "might have been compa-
rable to the white shark in hunting strategy, but much
A Florida State University biologist ran some
studies on the "bite force" of the pliosaur and came
up with a 33,000-pound number, "more than 10 times
that of any animal alive today and two to four times
the bite force of T. rex. 'There is nothing really com-
parable in the sea today," the scientists concluded.
Let's see we've got something 50 feet long
that has huge teeth, which can chomp on its prey with
the force of more than 15 cars being dropped to the
ground. Makes you glad you didn't live 150 million
years ago, eh?
Although fisher's reports of Goliath grouper
snatching their fish are rampant, studies indicate that
a typical diet for the fish formerly know as jewfish is
85 percent crustacean, mostly crab.
was the school I'd guess about the size of a tennis
court that the sound of their thrashing easily could
be heard from where we stood, and so packed that
the water darkened.
What followed happened extremely fast. Those
anglers more timid, perhaps wiser, beat a hasty retreat
for dry land. Yours truly, being neither timid nor par-
ticularly wise, stood firm, caught between retrieving
my line to save it from almost certain shredding as
all these rampaging fish neared, and the intriguing
prospect of hooking one.
At any rate there was no time to do much of
anything. The jacks came right at me until they were
close enough to be seen in detail, giving me a very
high-speed eyeball-to-eyeball look. It was quite
strange. There were so many of them moving so fast
at such close range that all I could do was stand riv-
eted to the spot.
At the last moment, they swerved at my feet and
headed along the beach. Immediately my reel started
to whine as the spool let go of the line, and it was
obvious that I would either run out of line or it would
snap. My light rod was not going to slow the snagged
fish, to say nothing of the dumbfounded anglers and
their equipment along the shore whom I would bang
into if I tried to run in pursuit.
Almost immediately there was a sharp twang
and the line went dead as the dolphins and their prey
continued at breakneck speed down the shore.
For a moment, we were all a little stunned, having
witnessed both the suddenness and the breadth of the
unusual scene. There was an angler at the far end of
our group who had a heavier rod and reel, and who
was able by running along the shore unobstructed
- to land one of the jacks. And it was released to run
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caught a lot offish. Pictured, from left, is Tristyn, 10, and Dexter, 12; Dylan, 12; and Hailey, 14. The Lick family has vacationed on Anna Maria Island for
the past 15 years. Islander Photo: Courtesy Larry McGuire
Macks starting to show, plus kings offshore
By Paul Roat
Fishing perfection would be complete if grou-
per season would only re-open. With just a few days
before the gag catch comes again, though, it's pretty
sublime both near and off the shore of Anna Maria
Backwater fishing is great for trout, smallish
snook and redfish.
Pompano also are moving around the passes and
near the beaches.
But the real action is offshore, with kingfish start-
Cash Carter, 3, caught his first fish, a sheepshead,
while fishing with dad Cope. They caught more
than 10 sheepies and some grouper while out on
the water. Islander Photo: Courtesy Cristin Carter
ing to run along the coast in the Gulf of Mexico.
Spanish mackerel also are out there, as well as amber-
jack and an occasional cobia.
With gag grouper season re-opening April 1 -
no fooling! there also are some changes for grou-
per fishers this year.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion rules now call for "all commercial fishers and
recreational anglers fishing from vessels for any Gulf
reef fish species to use non-stainless steel, non-offset
circle hooks, de-hooking devices and venting tools
to minimize the deaths of released fish."
"Reef fish" are defined as grouperss, snappers,
amberjacks, triggerfish, porgies, sea bass, hogfish and
"Circle hooks" have a point that is turned back
to the shank to form a "generally circular or oval
shape." The point is to have the fish hooked in the
mouth rather than throat.
"De-hooking devices" allow the hook to be
removed from the fish without a lot of harm.
\ ini g tools" are basically a pick to deflate an
expanded swim bladder of a fish reeled to the sur-
face too quickly. It's not an ice pick or knife, but
something more like a hypodermic syringe with a
Capt. Logan Bystrom said that inshore fishing
"is really picking up. We've been catching lots of
snook, redfish and trout. Look for snook and redfish
in the bays in potholes and around deeper mangroves.
Trout have been plentiful in the seagrass flats, and
kingfish should be appearing offshore soon."
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore
action for kingfish is starting. "The water tempera-
tures are getting right," he said, "and bait is in the
bays, nearshore and offshore." He said that Spanish
mackerel are starting to hit well, and advises a chum
block off the boat stern. "Give it 15 minutes or so,"
he said, "and when you start to get a cloud of bait,
start casting a silver spoon. Watch for cobia, too."
Backwater fishing reports include lots of snook, trout
and pompano in the passes and off the beach, he said,
adding that "this is the best time of year to go fish-
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said the spring pattern is coming on hard with snook,
trout and redfish being landed. "Mackerel are on the
deep flats and off the beach," he said, adding that
"with this week's high tides, look for the fish to be
up in the bushes."
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include lots
of sheepshead and some mackerel. There are lots of
snook hanging out by the pier, but the only hookups
seem to be a few small linesiders.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, reports are mostly
mackerel, sheepshead and sharks, with snook shying
away from fishers there so far this season.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said fishing couldn't
be better. "It is that wonderful time of year when
choosing what species to target is the toughest part
of your day, except for cleaning fish," he said. White-
bait has arrived on most inshore seagrass flats and
has been fairly easy to net, plus there are a lot of
small pinfish mixed in and shrimp are growing to the
best size of the year. He's putting his charters onto
sheepshead, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel,
flounder, Key West grunt, hogfish, speckled trout,
redfish and snook. He also boated a 25-pound cobia
and a number of barracuda were spotted along with a
few kingfish. Capt. Zach predicts that kingfish action
will start to pick up in the next few days.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and
may be submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@
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RATTAN DINETTE SET: Glass-top table, six
swivel chairs with cushions. Good condition. $200.
ANTIQUE FIVE-STRING banjo. Beautiful hand-
carved resonator, inlays on fingerboard. Has
gold-tone ring with engraving. $850 or best offer.
Holmes Beach. 701-739-2950.
LIVING ROOM, DINING room and bedroom furni-
ture. Linens, dishes and more. Call 941-778-6329
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Size 14. Professionally cleaned and
preserved. $125 or best offer. 941-794-2312.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Satur-
day. Clothing sales. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March
28. Jewelry, clothing, white elephant, food avail-
able. St. Bernard activity center. 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and 9
a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 27-28. Tools, clothes,
stuff. 508 65th St., Holmes Beach.
OPEN Mon.-Fri. 7soam-7pm
Sat., Sun., Holidays 7soam-5pm
SWe're available to tend to
your urgent care needs
Fever/Infections Minor Lacerations
Simple Fractures Sprains
C PINNACLE MEDICAL CENTER
315 75th Street West Bradenton
8710 Cortez Rd W.
2 miles East of Cortez Bridge
Bay View Transport
'Your Snowbird Specialist"
We ship cars everywhere!
Specializing in north-south,
Call Andrew Barney Mobile: 810.459.4979
Fax: 586.725.1921, 586.725.4582
7942 Dixie Hwy., Fair Haven MI
SALE: SEASIDE COURT. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,
March 28. Tools, household, lots of good stuff. Off
63rd Street, Holmes Beach.
HUGE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 26.
Furniture, antiques, art, fishing, lots of stuff. 123rd
YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 28.
2410 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach.
YARD SALE: 9 a.m. Saturday March 28. Six fami-
lies. Golf stuff, clothes, furniture, crystal, Christ-
mas decor and more. 5607 Guava St., Holmes
GLORIA DEI YARD sale: 8 a.m.-noon Satur-
day, March 28. Spaces, $10. 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-1813.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, t-shirts, treasures.
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES. Brown with
polka dots. Found near Waterfront restaurant. Can
be claimed at The Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
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.
LOST: MEN'S RING, white gold, grooved. 20
feet offshore near buoy, Club Bamboo.
FOUND: ABANDONED BICYCLE. Call and
BINGO EVERY THURSDAY! Doors open at 6:30
p.m. Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd
St., Bradenton Beach. Information: Kit Redeker,
5412 Marina Drive Island Shopping Center
Holmes Beach 941.778.2253
RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL
Serving the Island, LBK, OPEN SAT
Manatee & Sarasota Counties since 1975N
REPAIRS & REMODELING NEW CONSTRUCTION
EMERGENCY SERVICE FREE ESTIMATES
WATER HEATERS SEWER & DRAIN CLEANING
CERTIFY AND INSTALL BACK FLOWS
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778-3924 OR 778-4461
5508 MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH
LOCATED IN THE BACK OF THE BUILDING
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 contain-
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
THE ISLANDER WANTS your comments. Do
you remember the first pro baseball game you
attended? The first home run you belted out of the
park? Share your baseball memories in words and
photographs. E-mail reporter Lisa Neff at lisan-
firstname.lastname@example.org, and include a phone number
and home town.
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a personal-
ized 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.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
Are you tired of living with pain?
Mention The Islander and receive
your Initial Treatment
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A Non-Denominational Christian Church
Rev. Gary A. Batey Serving the Community Since 1913
Come Celebrate Christ
Worship Service: 9am & 11am
Children's Church School: 9am
Adult Sunday School: 10am
Transportation & Nursery Available
512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria 778-0414
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
Saturday 5pm Celebrate!
Sunday 9:30am Traditional Worship
Celebrate with us!
778-1813 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach www.gloriadeilutheran.org
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BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
FOR RENT: BOAT slip in Holmes Beach. Fits up
to 23 feet. $125/month. 941-778-2581.
BASS BOAT: FRESHWATER. 1995 Stratos model
278 with trailer. $10,500. Excellent condition.
MALE CAREGIVER: COMPASSIONATE, patient,
honest for male stroke victim. In-home care.
WANTED: MAINTENANCE/HANDYMAN. Part-
time, flexible hours. Apply at the Sea Hagg. 12304
Cortez Road W., Cortez.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant,
etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty,
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $180,000 plus inventory. Longview
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
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GULFFRONT COMPLEX...Least expensive unit in this 55+
condo with private beach access, heated pool and shuffleboard.
2 BR/ 1.5 BT. $279,900.
Adorable 3 BR/ZBA ground-level home located just one
house from the bay. New tile floors great neighborhood and
just down the street to the beach $350,000.
Mike Norman Realty
800-367-1617 941-778-6696 4
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH r
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COMMERCIAL OFFICES: FROM $250/month,
includes utilities. Different sizes to fit your budget,
from small office to 1,600 sf. Ideal for accounting,
attorney or office away from home. 941-746-8666.
5382 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLANDTEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
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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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 newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
In-ground heated pool.
Location! Amazing value!
Buyer's one-year home
warranty. Call for details!
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Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
Seri IQuality & Dependable Service.
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77841345 and hardscape needs.
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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
OSBORNE ENT TREE TRIMMING &REMOVAL
STUMP GRINDING starting at $39
insured for your protection
free estimates & seniors discount
25 yrs exp. Call Bill today 941-296-5971
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Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
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Nature's Design Landscaping
Tropical Landscape Specialist
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TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alter-
ations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
GET A BID, then call Nick. Voted No.1 painter.
TOM'S TOTAL DOOR and Window Service:
Repairs, replacements, inserts, frame changeout,
handsets replaced, insulated glass replacement,
screens, etc. 941-730-1399 or 941-722-7507.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
FREE HOUSESITTER/PETSITTER, etc. Retired
Christian couple available anytime. Excellent local,
repeat references. 770-832-7319, ewingwt@
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell: 941-592-8684.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
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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.
email@example.com for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience. Gift boutique, nail prod-
ucts, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appoint-
ment. Now offering in-home pedicure services.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
mulching, plantings, shell and more. Great mainte-
nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.
GARY WOOD LAWN service. You call, we come.
Free estimates, tree trimming, landscaping.
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LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various sizes,
$10-$95. Delivery and placement available. Also
free removal of your unwanted boulders. Plus we
are a complete tree and stump service. Insured,
experienced. Call Brad Frederick's LLC today.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
POOL HOME: VACATION rental. Eight minutes
from the beaches in northwest Bradenton. Gor-
geous 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, sleeps six,
inclusive. Contact 941-794-1515. View at www.
2009-10 SEASON: BEAUTIFUL GROUND-level
single-family home. Available now. 2BR/1 BA or
3BR/2BA with living room, family room, washer/
dryer and carport. Block to the beach in Anna
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, private
pool home near Palma Sola Causeway. $900/
weekly. Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gor-
geous pool home, Intracoastal Waterway, west
Bradenton. $1,050 weekly. www.coastalproper-
tiesrealty.com, or 941-794-1515.
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo.
Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer,
dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/month.
813-634-3790. Available March, April, May,
2010 MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA on beach,
ocean view, lanai, pool, tennis, garage, furnished.
PERICO BAY CLUB annual rental: Unfurnished
2BR/2BA, two-car garage, den.Tennis, spa, pool,
clubhouse, gated. $1,300/month. 941-962-6117.
CUTE OFFICE FOR RENT. 315 58th St., Holmes
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
FOR RENT: 2BR/1BA, $850/month. 1BR/1BA,
$800/month. 2919 Ave. E, Holmes Beach. Call
941-778-3455 or 941-720-4152.
RENTAL: 2BR/2BA WESTBAY Point and Moor-
ings condo. Direct bayfront, spectacular views.
3008 GULF DRIVE: 2BR/1BA, large garage.
$850/month plus utilities. 941-778-7293.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON BEACH. Fur-
nished 2BR/2BA condo, steps from beach. Unit
is two levels above covered parking, 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, out-
door kitchen, boat lift and dock, two-car garage.
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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
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1BA, furnished, one
block to beach, washer and dryer, ground floor.
GULFFRONT: ANNA MARIA 2BR/2BA. Available
January and February 2010. For information, con-
tact Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307.
RENT FOR 2010 season: Hidden Lakes new
luxury condo. 2BR/2BA, pool, sauna. garage.
Seven minutes to beach. $3,200/month, less for
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.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX: Bradenton Beach.
Close to Gulf, clean, bright, quiet. First month rent
and security. $700/month. No pets. Call evenings,
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA canal home on Key
Royale. Large caged pool, garage. New kitchen
and tile installed one year ago. $1,950/month.
FURNISHED TWO BEDROOM condo for rent.
Minimum three months. Beautiful location, Beach
across street in front, Intracoastal Waterway in
back. Fishing pier, clubhouse, heated pool, won-
derful neighbors. 55 and older community. Avail-
able April. 813-927-1632 or 813-247-3178.
RENT TO OWN: Charming 2BR/1BA furnished
condo, garage, in small complex, minutes from
beach. Seller will entertain a lease-option with
competitive terms with good credit. Call Rochelle
Bowers, Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696,
800-367-1617 or 941-920-4533.
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HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/2BA, ground floor, pool,
quiet, tennis, DSL. Monthly: April-October, $1,500,
November-December, $2,000. 931-636-2620.
2BR/2BA VILLA: Harbor Landing. Brand new.
Elevator, tennis courts, pool, gym, gated com-
HOLMES BEACH SUNSET: 2BR/1 BA furnished,
washer and dryer. Available April-December,
2009, $550/week, $2,000/month or $1,500/
month with year lease. Call 813 728-2590 or 813
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $1,700/month, $750/
week. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY BEAN Point. Ground-floor
3BR/2.5BA, new appliances, tile, paint, washer
and dryer. Available now. 201-327-8291.
VACATION RENTAL: AVAILABLE APRIL 2009.
1BR/1BA duplex, block to beach. $500/week,
ANNUAL 1BR UNFURNISHED apart-
ment. Kitchen, bath. No pets. Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL BEACHFRONT RENTAL on Bean Point.
Private beach access. 4BR/3BA. 404-433-2542.
ANNUALS! BOTH FURNISHED and unfurnished.
Check them out at: www.anislandplace.com.
RENTALS: VACATION WEEKS available for April.
$700-$1,000. Call 941-356-1456, Realtor.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA with carport. North
end Anna Maria. $800/monthly. Background
checks done. 941-795-7089.
ANNA MARIA VILLAGE 3BR/2BA fully furnished
optional. Washer and dryer, steps to beach. Avail-
able May 1. $1,200/month. Call 941-737-9662.
Upscale Creekwood Home
Large,remodeled 4BR/4BA home on half-acre
lot, competitively priced at $299,000. Close
to schools, shoppig, and community tennis
courts and pools. New paint and ceramic tile
floors. Master Bat with dual smks and garen
tub. Updated kitchen and laundry with nearly
new appliances, butler's pantry with wet bar
Screened 26 x 30 ana, largetwo-car garage. 301-760-0872
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SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA town-
house. Large living room, pool, storm shutters,
garage, storage. $399,000.941-722-0640.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
BEST PRICE IN all of Key Royale: An absolutely
spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA, two-car
garage, split-plan, custom remodeled through-
out. Deep sailboat water with new dock and lift,
direct access to Tampa Bay and Gulf. Must see!
Owner can hold second. Owner, 941-809-1522.
See online at: www.617Foxworth.com.
REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for fax
and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
MOBILE HOME: 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 fur-
nished. Owner financing. Price reduced, $149,000.
HOLMES BEACH TOWNHOME: Island Village,
beautiful 3BR/3BA 2.5-car garage with 1,865 sf,
partial views. $399,000. Call Roger Clyne at Hori-
zon 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.
st Buy! Furnished 2BR/2BA villa,
iter views, 1292 sf, pool, tennis and
-guard gate. 1-car garage. Only
North Shore Drive
Steps to the Gulf Beachy 2BR/1 BA Cottage
Room for Pool $429,000
Over 1/3 Acre Renovated 3BR/3BA Home
Endless Possibilities $299,000
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counter tops, tile floors. Priced lower than smaller
LB LLI OW W 3 2BR condos. $328,000.
Call Robert at 941-730-1291.
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BRIGHT AND INVITING 2BR/2BA waterfront
home. Updated with new electrical, plumbing,
HVAC, roof, cabinetry, granite, doors, windows,
flooring. 90-foot canalfront with dock and boat lift.
527 77th St., Holmes Beach. Reduced, $659,900.
Call owner/agent, 941-779-9093. RCB Properties,
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 apart-
ment 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, office,
2,254 sf, completely updated, nicely furnished,
two-car garage, beautiful condition. $225,000.
FOR SALE BY owner: Perico Island home.
3BR/2BA. Four years new. Heated pool. $325,000.
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. Viewings by appointment anytime March
31-April 7. E-mail: Sandypflorida@aol.com, or call
01144 208-508-0332. 941-778-7169.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Outstanding
2BR/2BA, two-car garage, 1,913 sf, move-in
condition. $135,000. Denise Langlois, Coldwell
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Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900
Make an offer! Gulfview 2bed/2bath condo in 55+
community with pool. Totally redone exterior! Views
of the Gulf in a great location close to everything the
Island has to offer. Turnkey Furnished. Come see for
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
PARK MODEL MOBILE home. 39 feet, 1 BR/1 BA,
half mile from Anna Maria Island. Washer and
dryer, 8x28 lanai, boat dock and deck, 8x10 shed
on rented lot. $25,000. Pet OK. 941-730-4779.
COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES, BRADENTON
with owner financing. Wide variety of use. Real-
WANTED: WATER VIEW PROPERTY. Prefer
Anna Maria Island. Up to $100,000. contact reg@
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under
building. $520,000. Call Sherry Sasser at Sato
Real Estate, 941-778-7200, or Ilona Kenrick,
941-713-3214. Owner: 941-730-2606.
MICHIGAN: SQUARE LOG house. 3-4BR/2BA,
sleeps over 13. 100-foot frontage of sandy beach
on 9,000-acre, all-sport Hubbard Lake, 2,000 sf
of livable area. $549,000. Call 989-450-4842 or
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Cabin shell,
two-plus acres with great view, very private, big
trees, waterfalls and large public lake nearby,
$99,500. Bank financing. 866-789-8535.
FORECLOSED HOME AUCTION Florida state-
wide auction starts April 18. 1,000 homes must
be sold! REDC. Free brochure. 800-756-2155.
6/BR BANK FORECLOSURE! $29,900! Only
$238/month! Five percent down, 20 years at 8
percent APR. Buy 4BR, $326/month! For listings,
800-366-9783, ext. 5760.
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WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 1700 SF floorplan, 2BR/2BA, enclosed
lanai, carport, great condition. Fantastic price of $130,000.
CAMBRIDGE VILLAGE WEST 2BR/2BA, garage. Excellent
move-in condition. $165,900.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA, clubhouse,
pool, tennis. $129,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, ool, boatdock,
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
FLORIDA LAND BARGAIN of the century! Two-
acre waterfront homesite, only $69,900. Appraised
at $169,900. Private, gated community with two
recreational lakes. Municipal water and sewer.
Low taxes. Just 90 minutes to Orlando! Excellent
financing. Call now, 866-352-2249. FLlandbar-
FINAL CLOSEOUT! GOLF lot bargains from
$19,900, was $69,900. Golf and amenity pack-
age included! Developer closeout on remain-
ing lots at championship 18-hole course in Blue
Ridge Mountains, near Asheville, N.C. All infra-
structure completed, build when ready. One lot
per customer! Excellent financing. Call now,
866-334-3253, ext. 2192.
FLORIDA LAND BARGAINS! Two to 150 acres.
From Sebring to Gainesville. $49,900 to $499,900.
Tremendous land value below market prices.
Financing. Call Jack at 800-242-1802.
All real estate advertising herein is subject to
the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to
advertise any preference, limitation or discrimina-
tion based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap,
familial status or national origin, or intention to
make any such preference, limitation or discrimi-
nation Familial status includes children under
age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians,
pregnant women and people securing custody of
children under 18. This newspaper will not know-
ingly accept any advertising for real estate which
is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this news-
paper are available on an equal opportunity basis.
To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free
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Immaculate Bay Palms home.
2BR/2.5BA/2CG. Ideal for winter or
second home, or first-time homebuyer.
Lots of potential to ad third bedroom and/
or pool. Reduced! $389,500.
Priced below assessment! More than
11,000 sq. ft. duplex-zoned lot with small
structure. Refurbish or remove for a
duplex. Room for a pool! NOW $379,000
and in an area of single-family homes.
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Hair, nails, make-up, skin and massage
for the bride and the entire bridal party.
5311 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach 941-778-5400
Unique wedding flowers that will WOW you!
9807 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, inside Ginny's.
Call 941-720-0424, or e-mail
Tortuga Inn Beach &
90 well-appointed rooms, apts. & suites
with kitchens, wi-fi, pools, beach and more!
An Island jewel with 1950s charm and
21st century amenities. Perfect for all
weddings and reunions.
941-778-5405 or 800-367-7824
Jack Elka Photo
The finest wedding photography since
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Memories by Billi
Over the top service at a great value.
A range of packages to suit your needs.
You'll love your pictures forever!
Caribbean Grill & Restaurant
We'll cater your affair with Caribbean flair!
Now offering catering and banquet facilities
for weddings and private parties.
For catering menu and more information,
Bayside Banquet Hall
Rehearsal Dinner Packages $1600
Wedding & Reception packages $1700
4628 119th St. W
Historic Cortez Village
The Beach Shop
at the Manatee Public Beach
Pretty white dresses for a casual island
wedding, dresses for the moms too!
Mixon's in the Grove
A Tropical Garden Oasis Setting
Weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners.
2712 26th Ave. E. Bradenton
Beautiful and creative photography
that you will treasure for a lifetime.
Dara Caudill 941-778-5676
Bridge Street Jewelers
The Island's full service jewelry store.
129 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach
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