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the news ...
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Jim Gloth, owner
Foods, dies in
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Anna Maria land-
delayed. Page 5
Op/ed: The Island-
er's opinion, your
opinion. Page 6
AME N L,,ind-
ing a Blues
in the school
Bridge hearing draws both sides of issue
I'm not from around
here: Miki Maloney
Sr. 's column. Page 7
Island pri rvaliton
trust formed. Page 8
planned. Page 11
Stn, lift Island
Coast Guard pilots
take break on beach
I, lat r Christian
What to do, where
and when. Page 22
football, :t inii, golf
and horseshoe iti i'.
Sandscript: A creepy
tale. Page 24
Fishing: Kings days
away from area
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Transporta-
tion's third public hearing on a replacement
for the Anna Maria Island Bridge attracted a
somewhat sparse but vocal gathering March
26 at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
An estimated 80 people attended the
hearing, a far cry from the nearly 400 who
went to a DOT meeting in October 2007 to
hear the DOT announce its then $9.5 million
rehabilitation of the bridge. At that meeting,
the DOT said it would immediately begin
plans for a study of a replacement for the
The March 26 public hearing was about
evenly divided between those who favor a
replacement bridge and those who want the
DOT to continue to rehabilitate the current
Many of those opposed to a replacement
bridge said they were members of the Save
Anna Maria Inc. organization.
SAM was formed in the mid-1990s and
was instrumental in successfully opposing
a DOT proposal then to replace the bridge
with a high-rise structure.
Some members of SAM believe the
DOT has already decided to replace the cur-
rent bridge with a 65-foot-high, fixed-span
structure, a charge the DOT has consistently
SAM president Ursula Stemm accused
the Manatee County Board of Commission-
ers of "working together with the DOT to get
a fixed-span bridge for Manatee Avenue."
She questioned the need for a replace-
ment bridge, noting that the current bridge
is working fine.
"Why is this bridge so important?" she
Stemm said the Island cannot accom-
modate more traffic, which a replacement
bridge is sure to bring. It's time to consider
the residents, she said.
Stemm also asked if the DOT had per-
formed a full environmental impact study of
a replacement bridge.
Thomas Mitchell said the current draw-
bridge is a "barrier to crime and urban sprawl,"
and alleged that Longboat Key was bringing
its problems to the DOT for a solution.
A replacement bridge will only make it
easier for people to get on and off the Island
and attract more people to come live on the
Island, he indicated.
Mitchell said a high-rise bridge is a mega-
bridge and would have a negative impact on
"Let's not get bamboozled into something
that is being forced upon us by unseen forces,"
Retired engineer Bob Roses, however,
said he favored a 65-foot-high bridge because
nearly all sailboats will be able to pass safely
under the span. In addition, he said the water
runoff from such a bridge is easier to con-
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a mega-
bridge, not this bridge, he said. "But 65 feet
is the right bridge," Roses concluded.
Others such as Sam Walmister said a low
bridge is more practical as the replacement
option because of the lower wind effect upon
vehicles using the structure.
Additionally, a low bridge blends in with
the "flavor and ambiance of Anna Maria
He suggested the DOT build a toll bridge
to offset the cost of a replacement structure.
Other members of SAM joined Stemm and
Mitchell in opposition to any new bridge.
But other members of the public spoke in
favor of a high-rise replacement.
"A high-rise bridge is the only way to go,"
said Ken Phillips.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger,
City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens and
Bradenton Beach Mayor Mike Pierce all favor
a fixed-span, high-rise structure.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol
Whitmore said Stemm's accusation that the
commission was working with the DOT for
a high-rise bridge was "totally false," while
Commissioner John Chappie said Stemm's
charges were "totally untrue."
Whitmore said the county commission
has gone on record as favoring a replacement
bridge, but it does not favor any one style over
another and has not worked with the DOT to
push for a high-rise bridge.
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"But some people will believe anything," she
DOT District 1 Secretary Stan Cann said there is
no way" Stemm's accusation is true.
"We at the DOT are working with everyone to
determine what height bridge should be built, if any
bridge should be built."
Chris Piazza, the DOT's project manager for
the study of a replacement bridge, emphasized that
among the choices available to the DOT is a "no-
A DOT video presentation highlighted the DOT's
efforts to date, the project development and environ-
mental study and the four bridge options available.
Piazza invited the public to fill out a DOT survey
on preferred options and also offer comments for the
The choices for the future of the AMI Bridge
A 21.5-foot-high bascule that will be similar
in style to the current bridge and will clear the same
number of boats.
A 45-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. At the end of that rehabilitation project, the
bridge would have to be replaced, the DOT said.
All the build options are for a two-lane roadway
with one or two sidewalks.
The options also give the public a choice of a
north or south alignment from the current structure.
The DOT also said recreational fishing would be
permitted on a replacement bridge, but the old AMI
Bridge would be torn down after any replacement
bridge is operational.
Before the DOT makes any recommendation,
Piazza said it still has to present its study of a new
bridge and accompanying public comments to other
governmental organizations, such as the Manatee
County Commission, the Island Transportation and
Planning Organization and the Sarasota-Manatee
Metropolitan Planning Organization.
He said the DOT will announce its recommen-
dation at the same time it is forwarding its report
to the U.S. Coast Guard, the final authority on any
new bridge on the Intracoastal Waterway. Piazza reaf-
firmed the DOT could still recommend the 'no-build'
The DOT recommendation could be announced
in late June, Piazza said.
Even if the DOT recommends a replacement
bridge, it would take a minimum of eight to 10 years
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before any funding is in place for the start of con-
struction. And that's a "fast-track" estimate, Piazza
A more reasonable estimate would be 10 to 15
years before any work begins on a replacement bridge
At present, there is no funding in the DOT's five-
year work plan program for any design, right-of-way
acquisition or construction of a replacement bridge.
The public can still make an official comment
on a replacement bridge by going online to www.
annamariaislandbridge.com, calling 863-519-2293
or by mailing the DOT at PO. Box 1249, Bartow FL
The DOT said last week that all comments must
be received or postmarked no later than April 9 to
become part of the official record.
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THE ISLANDER U APRIL 1, 2009 E 3
Island spring break is family affair
By Rick Catlin
Don't look now, but Anna Maria Island could be
over-run with spring breakers this week and next.
Islanders and beach goers, however, can rest
easy. Spring breakers on Anna Maria Island are not
the same spring break crowd that over-runs Panama
Beach, Clearwater Beach, South Beach and Daytona
Beach at this time of year, Island accommodation
owners and managers say.
On the Island, spring breakers are families with
kids and area residents who head back to the main-
land when the sun goes down.
"We don't even advertise for spring breakers,"
said Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman.
"If they come here, they come with their families.
The spring break crowd is looking for places like
Panama Beach or South Beach for the nightlife and
entertainment. They're just not going to find that here.
And that's the way we like it," she emphasized.
David Teitelbaum, who owns the Tortuga Inn,
Tradewinds and Seaside resorts in addition to being
both a Manatee County Tourist Development Council
member and Island chamber of commerce executive,
said Anna Maria Island's target market for Easter-
spring break is the Midwest and Florida.
"We're a family destination. We don't have a lot
for spring-breakers to do at night and we really don't
advertise for that crowd.
"What we do get on the Island for spring break
is local kids who head to Coquina Beach or Manatee
Public Beach for the day, then go back to Braden-
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale
Easter is one of the biggest holidays of the year
and he's already made plans with the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office for a strong law enforcement pres-
ence on Coquina Beach that weekend.
"Coquina Beach is where the locals go. It'll be
busy that weekend," he predicted.
Judging by advance reservations for the Easter
holiday, the Island doesn't need any Panama City-
type spring-breakers to fill its rooms.
"March was gangbusters for occupancy," said
Teitelbaum, "and for Easter, we're way ahead of last
year. In fact, we're sold out Easter weekend. We've
gotten a number of referrals and repeat visitors for
April, so the spring-break crowd would have a hard
time finding a room."
Likewise at the White Sands Resort in Holmes
Beach, where co-owner Jeff Gerry said he was sold
out for March and resort bookings are strong through
"We have many returning guests, people who stay
with us every year. It's been a good season and we're
hoping this keeps up through April," Gerry said.
At Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach, owner Tom
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube has
apparently quashed any hopes that Sgt. John
Kenney of the MCSO Anna Maria substation
can stay on the job past June 30.
Kenney recently wrote Steube a letter asking
that he be allowed to postpone his retirement and
remain in Anna Maria with the MCSO.
Several years ago, Kenney had elected to
take the deferred retirement option with the
Florida Retirement System that called for his
retirement at the end of five years.
In a letter to Anna Maria Mayor Fran Bar-
ford, Steube said Florida law allows a deputy
who retires to reapply with the MCSO after a
30-day waiting period. However, said Steube,
Based on the volume ofpeople on the beach, spring has sprung on Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Buehler said he has no interest in attracting spring
breakers and doesn't need them to fill up the motel
"Right now, I only have one room left for Easter,
and I expect that will be taken very soon. We don't
really want the spring-breakers. No thanks. They
can go to Panama City. They want that crowd. We
manage quite well without them."
Angela Rodocker of the BridgeWalk Resort in
Bradenton Beach said a few rooms are still available
for Easter, but she expects those to be gone by the
time the holiday arrives.
"We're getting a lot of walk-in traffic. People
aren't booking that far in advance like they used to,
so the traffic is different for us. But we are getting the
bookings. People should book in advance for Easter,
however," she said.
"We weren't sure what the season would bring,
so we've been pleasantly surprised. It's been better
than expected. It's been a good season."
Rodocker also dismissed any notion that the
Island and its accommodations attract spring break-
"We get families and that's what we encourage.
We don't even rent to anyone under 21," she said.
While the Island isn't marketed toward traditional
spring breakers, a market that is rapidly becoming
worthy of advertising dollars is the wedding busi-
Teitelbaum said that the number of weddings on
the Island has increased dramatically the past five
"Five years ago, there were probably 200 to 300
weddings on the Island a year. I estimate this year
there will be about 700. We're going to hold about
400 just at our resorts," he said.
Beach weddings have become big business on
the Island. This year's second annual Island Wedding
Festival attracted 716 guests, more than double the
350 who attended the inaugural event.
Using visitor-spending figures derived from
a recent BACVB tourist survey, the average wed-
ding party on Anna Maria Island contributes
approximately $50,000 to the Island economy.
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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,
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 meet-
April 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 1, 4 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.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
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WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
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April 10 is Good Friday and many govern-
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"Our policy does not allow for him to fill the
supervisory position from which he retired."
Barford had written a letter on behalf of the
city asking Steube to reconsider Kenney's retire-
Kenney said he has no one to blame but
himself. He said that at the time the retirement
plan was made available, he didn't realize how
much he would come to appreciate Anna Maria
and its residents.
"It looks like I'm retiring at the end of June,"
Barford said Kenney will be missed by the
city and residents, but it's an MCSO matter and
there are no options for the city.
"We tried. We did the best thing we could,"
Sheriff says Kenney must go
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4 0 APRIL 1, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Survey shows arts economic impact
By Lisa Neff
Paula Monastrelli studied the watercolors at
Island Gallery West as if preparing an art thesis.
"I know what to look for," she said standing in
the Holmes Beach co-op gallery. "Art is more than a
pretty picture, but that's important, too."
Monastrelli was one of dozens of vacationers
who spent last Thursday morning shopping in Anna
Maria Island galleries and boutiques for something
more than a postcard to send home.
At the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Gal-
lery in Holmes Beach, Candee Slavekia looked for a
take-home memory of her Island vacation.
"I travel a lot," said the New York City resident.
"And I collect from my travels. People bring home
collectibles from their trips to China or India or
Spring brings financial boon
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With an estimated 700 weddings a year, that's
$35 million spent on the Island from weddings
With those spending projections, planning for
next year's wedding festival has already begun.
The tourism boom appears to have affected the
Island's retail economy as well.
Signa Bouziane, co-owner of Mister Roberts
Resortwear in Holmes Beach, said she's never seen
so many people in all the years the store has been
"February was the best February ever and, from
what I've seen, March is also going to set a record.
I' ve never seen so many people in the store. We're
getting our regulars who come every year, but we've
made so many new friends. It's wonderful," she
And people are spending, although they' re a bit
more budget conscious these days.
"They're buying but looking to stretch their
pocketbooks. They are looking for sales and dis-
counts, but they are coming. And, from the traffic
on the Island, I think this is the busiest season ever,"
There is a lot of traffic at the Sterling Anvil
jewelry store, but co-owner Mary Norman said not
all of it translates into sales. Norman and co-owner
Roxanne Davis moved the store to its Marina Drive
location last summer after 37 years at their former
"The season is going well. We're actually just
a bit below last year, but we're very happy with
the move. I'm sure it will turn out to be positive,"
One problem is that many Web sites still list Ster-
ling Anvil at its old address.
"But our regular customers are finding us. With
the economy down, I think people are just being a
bit more cautious in their spending," said Norman.
"Still, it seems the hotels and restaurants are packed,
and Publix is always crowded."
The Manatee County Area Transit would agree
that traffic on the Island is up when compared with
MCAT director Ralf Heseler said the passenger
count on the Island trolley for January of 2009 was
ahead of January 2008's total.
Surprisingly, February ridership on the trolley
was down a bit from the same month in 2008, he
noted, but the March passenger count is up when
compared with March 2008.
"We' ve been busy," he said.
And the Island trolley should be even busier next
week and Easter weekend.
Special said Easter generates the most traf-
fic at Coquina Beach of any holiday. That's why
he's already begun planning traffic and crowd
"We expect to be busy Easter. We just want
everyone to enjoy themselves and be safe."
Egypt. Why not Anna Maria?"
The significance of the arts in Manatee County
was documented in a study released March 25 by the
Manatee Chamber Foundation and discussed March
26 by Cultural Connections, a coalition of arts orga-
nizations that formed to promote Anna Maria Island's
The Arts and Economic Prosperity III report
found that art and culture groups in the county spent
about $11,987,757 in fiscal 2007, much of the expense
going to pay local wages and salaries.
The study also documented the "ripple" impact
of the arts and culture, with events such as the Anna
James "Jim" Bernard Gloth, 67, of Seattle,
and formerly of Holmes Beach, died March 26
at home surrounded by his family, following a
courageous battle with
Mr. Gloth was born
in Spokane, Wash., and
raised in Seattle, where he
attended Christ the King
Grade School, Blanchett
High School, Seattle Uni-
versity and the University
Gloth of Washington.
He worked for Albertsons grocery stores
where he met Kathy Fisher, and they married on
July 30, 1971. Jim retired after 35 years from
Albertsons. Jim and Kathy then opened and oper-
ated Island Foods grocery store in Holmes Beach,
before selling the property to Publix in 1998. He
was very active in his community, including
chairing the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautifi-
Maria Island Art League's annual WinterFest and
SpringFest shows generating additional revenues for
restaurants, resorts and other businesses.
Patrons of the arts, the study found, spent about
$17,491,459 in Manatee County in fiscal 2007 for
meals, lodging and transportation.
The Cultural Connections group, meeting at The
Studio at Gulf and Pine, also discussed a variety of
issues, from a Bradenton field trip to see the con-
struction site for the new Manatee Players theater to
planning the next artsHop weekend on the Island.
The group will meet again April 23 to focus on
DOT reviews East Bay Drive-
Manatee Avenue signal
By Lisa Neff
The Florida Department of Transportation is sig-
naling a change ahead for the busy intersection at
East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue.
The DOT plans to install mast arms at the inter-
section that can support heavier signal equipment and
"split phase" the traffic signal. Split-phase signals
display the left-turn arrow and circular greens in one
direction, then cuts both of those off, and displays the
left-turn arrow and circular greens for the opposite
The decision follows a series of concerns raised
by Holmes Beach residents and the Holmes Beach
Police Department about the intersection.
Motorists traveling north on East Bay Drive who
turn left onto Manatee Avenue are supposed to yield
to motorists exiting Westbay Cove North to travel
south on East Bay.
However, WN\.tlliy Cove residents have said that
too often the northbound motorists fail to yield.
Westbay resident Molly McCartney has been
most vocal with her concerns.
McCartney serves as vice chair of the Palma Sola
Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity com-
mittee, and has asked the committee for a resolution
calling on the DOT to take corrective action. The
Palma Sola group is an advisory body on improve-
ments to Manatee Avenue from 75th Street West to
McCartney also has lobbied for support from the
Holmes Beach Police Department. HBPD patrols the
intersection, but the Florida Department of Trans-
portation has jurisdiction over the traffic light at the
McCartney said drivers traveling south on East
Bay Drive have to play "chicken."
She has suggested that motorists turning left
onto Manatee Avenue be held back about 15 sec-
McCartney has not been the only complainant.
Recently, Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
asked the county public works traffic signal section
and the DOT what could be done.
The DOT has indicated a reluctance to simply
delay northbound traffic, which consists of 115 to 260
vehicles per hour compared to the far less nine to 17
southbound vehicles per hour exiting from Westbay
However, the DOT is looking at signal improve-
ments that may take place this year, depending on
funding availability or coincide with other improve-
ments on East Bay Drive, including street resurfac-
ing, in fiscal 2010.
The split-phase signal operation would be similar
to the operation installed during the rehabilitation of
the Anna Maria Island Bridge. That system was taken
down when the bridge reopened because it was only a
temporary fix, according to DOT spokesperson Cindy
For the long-term, new equipment, specifically
the new mast arms, are needed.
The DOT could provide the equipment this
year, but does not have the funding for installation.
So state officials are discussing with county officials
whether Manatee County can assist with costs this
If not, Clemmons-Adente said the state would
move forward with a signal change in fiscal
cation Committee. Jim also was known for men-
toring many young people at his store and for his
generosity and sense of humor.
A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday,
April 2, at Beck's Funeral Home, 405 Fifth Ave.
S., Edmonds, Wash. A Mass will be celebrated at
11 a.m. Friday, April 3, at Our Lady of Fatima
Catholic Church, 3218 W. Barrett St., Seattle, fol-
lowed by burial at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery.
The family suggested donations may be given to
the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Kathy;
sisters Joanne and husband Dan Boyle, Mary and
husband Bob Belknap, Peggy Gloth-Klein and
husband Jeff Klein, Patty Gloth-Inman and hus-
band Rand Inman; brothers Stephen and wife Julie
Fisher, Tim and wife Virginia Fisher, Kevin and
wife Sarah Fisher, Frank Fisher, Keith and wife
Suzanne Greer; father-in-law Stephen P. Fisher;
and many devoted nieces, nephews and longtime
Jim Gloth, owner of former Island Foods
and HB board member dies
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 1, 2009 0 5
Anna Maria landscape ordinance needs more study
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners at their March
26 meeting decided a controversial landscaping
ordinance needed further scrutiny, especially after
the ordinance was amended moments before the
The amended ordinance removes a requirement
that a landscaping offender would receive a city cita-
tion and eliminates some plant buffers and parking lot
landscaping. Commissioners said they needed more
time to understand the changes.
The ordinance would set minimum standards
for numbers of native plants and shrubs for any new
development or major renovation in the city.
Proponents of the ordinance, including Robin
Wall of the city's environmental education and
enhancement committee, said many Florida cities
have landscaping ordinances.
"This will benefit our city," she said. She noted
that the city needs a landscaping ordinance to comply
with the 2007 comprehensive plan. The EEEC origi-
nally proposed the ordinance, and has worked with
city planner Alan Garrett to prepare the document.
But former planning and zoning board chairman
Tom Turner said the ordinance is "out of proportion
to the size of our lots."
Many Florida cities with landscaping ordinances
have plenty of vacant land. "We have only a few
empty residential lots left," he said.
"The way I read this, if my two avocado trees
die, I have to replace them from an approved list.
This ordinance is far too restrictive," Turner said.
Commissioner Christine Tollette said that with so
many small lots in the city, it might be an issue just
to walk around a house.
"And what if you don't want trees?" she asked.
The ordinance requires a specific number of
select native trees on a site.
"I have a lot of problems with the things that are
in here and I' m not prepared to vote on this now,"
Commissioner Chuck Webb agreed. "I have to
digest these changes, and I can't do it sitting here."
After Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said she was
shocked to see so many changes from what she had
read the previous day, Commission Chairman John
Quam accepted a motion to continue the hearing to
the commission's April 23 meeting.
The commission did pass an ordinance that com-
bines the city's Residential-2 (duplex) zone with the
Residential-1 zone, but removed a controversial pro-
vision that would have limited a second floor addition
to a single-story, single-family residence in the new
zone to just 50 percent of the footprint.
Existing duplexes are permitted uses in the
new residential zone, but no new duplexes will be
The commission agreed to address the issue of
second floor additions and non-conformities in the
new zone at its April 9 work session and unanimously
passed the revised ordinance.
The ordinance combining the R-2 with the R-1
was necessary to have the city's residential zoning
ordinance comply with the 2007 comprehensive
In other business, the commission agreed to an
e-mail policy proposed by city treasurer Diane Per-
Percycoe presented the policy and accompanying
plan to store city e-mails after learning that Venice
had run up a legal bill of more than $1 million in
defending city officials for improperly storing public
The commission approved a proposal that will
give all city officials, including committee members,
their own e-mail address and account.
Percycoe said the service and software is run by
Integrated Tech Support and will cost the city $368
Mayor Fran Barford noted that the city is getting
by on a bare bones budget, but the money would be
well spent because of the potential for litigation and
"Anything pertaining to city business is public
record. It will be everyone's responsibility to look at
their own e-mail account, but we don' t have to worry
about e-mails being saved," Percycoe said.
ITS will store all e-mails to and from all 24 of
the city's staff, elected officials and committee mem-
Webb, a lawyer, agreed that the potential for
liability offsets the cost of the service.
"I like the idea," he said.
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6 E APRIL 1, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Spring brings a wind down to the tourist season and
the flock of snowbirds that our great beaches and sunny
(well, mostly) weather attract to Anna Maria Island.
And it's been an "attracting" season.
We managed to attract the attention of two national
publications and at least two metropolitan newspapers,
all of which delighted in the essence of Anna Maria
Island. Our combination of Southern charm, quaint
beach cottages and a low-key lifestyle, all surrounded
by azure waters and a welcome mat, brought us recogni-
tion as an example of "old Florida."
While few who reside here qualify to determine
what old Florida looked like or what it was like to live
here 100 or even 50 years ago, the title "old Florida"
conjures up good thoughts of family beach outings
and good fishing.
Others see old Florida in a seaside painting, a
sandcastle, a pier on which to walk or fish. It's all
picturesque here in paradise.
While the reality of tourist season is traffic con-
gestion and ,\, c. w ,\\ di nl. snowbirds also add dollars
to our economy, and as we confirm this week (Survey
shows arts economic input, page 4), they spend plenty
on the arts.
We learned first-hand on Friday evening how
generous people can be when we hosted a silent auc-
tion at the newspaper of works generously donated by
local artists, at which donating to the arts and taking
home works of art went hand in hand.
The funds we raise go toward buying supplies
and equipment for the Manatee High School art pro-
gram, and, eventually, that comes back to us three-
fold. Students now produce art for our event, we see
them inspired by their sales and success, and we feel
assured they will contribute to the arts community in
Yes, the arts bring many benefits to our commu-
nity, and our community is just beginning to learn
how to benefit.
Some years back, a gentleman from Anna Maria
suggested the the defunct Fast Eddie's restaurant
across from the Anna Maria City Pier be turned into
a center for the arts.
It was a dream.
And we seen our share of dreamers on Anna
It's those people with vision, the artists who
inspire us, and those who help make dreams come
true, for which we all can be grateful.
It's not just season.
Art and tourist season are what you make of
And Anna Maria Island is our work of art.
Old Florida? Maybe. Artsy phartsy? Hopefully.
But, please, no tuxedos!
Slick 'I like its color...it reminds me of money.' By Egan
After attending the Florida Department of Trans-
portation Anna Maria Bridge public hearing March
26, I feel that a few things need to be corrected before
another day goes by.
A citizen stood up, who I later found out is a
member of Save Anna Maria, and stated that FDOT
and Manatee County have conspired to build a
65-foot fixed-span bridge. This is NOT true. I also
was informed that my name was mentioned as one of
the commissioners conspiring, and this is not true.
Manatee County Commission has taken offi-
cial action to place the replacement bridge on our
legislative agenda and all cities had input and were
informed. Commissioners visited Washington, D.C.,
recently to plead the case for a request of $16 million
for design of a new bridge. There is nowhere in this
document that it says a 65-foot bridge. Commissioner
Joe McClash was assigned to speak about the bridge
with staff and commissioner's present and at no time
did he designate what type of bridge we wanted it to
be. The information we took to Washington is read-
ily available if SAM wishes to review it. My role in
Washington was to request grants of some type for
restoration of Crosley Carriage House.
We will never be able to convince some that we
are doing the best that we can for Anna Maria Island,
but for those of you that want to learn the facts with
an open mind, they are presented above.
Carol Whitmore, Manatee County District 6 com-
Changing of the guard
As I have mulled over several things that have
happened here on Anna Maria Island, especially the
recent flap over the Pine Avenue restoration project, it
dawned on me that the old philosophy that caused the
early modern 1950s development is being replaced
by the generation we produced.
As the early Baby Boomers retire or change
careers to allow them to move, they bring with them
a different outlook on life and world view.
The idea of a place to live that is off the beaten path
and where there is peace and quiet and where you can hear
the birds sing and watch the fleecy white clouds tumble in
the blue sky and hear the rhythmic rolling of the waves is
being replaced by a desire for a little more action.
The walk on the beach still exists, but now it
must be fit into the other things on one's schedule.
The simple one- or two-bedroom cottage no longer
provides the comfort and ease of maintenance our
elder residents enjoyed.
Who wants to cut grass or grow flowers?
Who cares who lives next door or down the
Aren't there better things to do with this limited
amount of time our Creator grants to each of us?
As the generations change, so does the philoso-
Whereas once we worked hard to keep our little
Island a secret, we now pay taxes to advertise its
benefits to the world. Perhaps it is more proper, more
Christian to share these benefits than to hoard them.
But could we not destroy it for all of us?
Most of us stumbled onto a gold mine while look-
ing for peace and quiet. Let's not make so much noise
mining the gold that we lose track of what really is
Roy A. Davis Sr., Anna Maria
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By Miki Maloney Sr.
I am a huge sports fan.
Love to watch.
Love to play.
Baseball is my favorite. I'm also proud that I
continue to support my favorite teams despite the fact
that, throughout my life, they've rarely won. I am the
epitome of the hard-luck fan.
I can deal with my fate as a fan of teams that
never win. It's my view that when and if they ever do,
it will be all the more satisfying. The most difficult
part of being a fan of teams that perennially stink is
the never-ending excess of fans of teams that win all
of the time.
During the tourist season on Anna Maria Island,
the amount of shirts, hats, bumper stickers, flags and
placards devoted to successful sports teams is a bit
suspect. As a rental manager by trade, I know that
not everyone is visiting from New York, Los Ange-
les, Boston or Pittsburgh. Despite this fact, we see
sportswear devoted to teams representing these cities
on a daily basis, and they just happen to be teams that
I believe there exists only one explanation for
this phenomenon. These are the actions of "front-
runners." The same people who, while growing up,
always insisted on being the "banker" during a game
of Monopoly, are the same ones who disregard their
own local teams in order to ride on the coattails of a
My question is this: How does one become a
Yankee fan while growing up in Michigan or Texas?
Where were all of the Patriot fans before Tom
I also wonder where all of the Pittsburgh Pirate
fans are in correlation to the plethora of Steeler fans
visiting and residing down here?
While the source of my frustration is clearly
sports envy due to the fact that my favorite teams
never win, to be a front-runner is disgraceful. Even
worse, front-runners tend to be extremely adept at
justifying their bad habits.
Many Florida natives are guilty of these acts. We
all know that prior to last season, few bothered to
attend Tampa Bay Rays games. Now, all the Florida
residents who somehow became Yankee fans for no
logical reason are Rays fans. If the Rays do not begin
the season on a winning note, will these new fans
return to cheering for the Yankees?
As a kid in New York, I recall the Mets were suc-
cessful and the Yankees were terrible. All my friends
and much of the city were painted in orange and blue
in support of the Mets. There was not a Yankee fan
to be found anywhere.
Then the Yankees started winning a lot. Suddenly,
there were fewer fans for the Mets and more for the
Yankees. Another example of "front-running."
Despite the teasing and ridicule, I proudly support
my favorite teams. I know that when and if a favorite
team of mine ever wins a big game, my emotions will
be pure. Unlike those who are pretending to be happy
when their pretend favorite team is successful.
"Front-running" is similar to cheating. The irony
is that the only person cheated is the person who is
running the game on the rest of us. They're being
cheated of what makes sports so great the joy and
appreciation of success.
Success is fleeting in sports as it is in life. We
must learn to appreciate it, not cheat to achieve it. To
expect success from others or ourselves all the time
is unrealistic and unhealthy. Do we want to teach
the next generation that winning is the only gauge
for success or that we abandon a cause when things
take a turn for the worse? Will we apply this attitude
to the way that we regard other people?
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Cownose ray passage along the Gulf of Mexico
nearshore waters off Anna Maria Island has drawn
a stir among residents and visitors, and the flurry of
phone calls and e-mails to The Islander has matched
the flutter of the rays' wings.
Nancy Stead of Holmes Beach suggested "beach-
goers to Anna Maria may want to know what the
beautiful ray is that we've been seeing in the water
for the past two weeks. Someone told me they were
'golden skates,' and I passed that misinformation
along to others, but a call to Mote Marine Labora-
tory gave correct information. The rays, usually in
schools and in varying colors from gold to brown,
are cownose rays.
The rays "feed on oysters, mollusks and other
marine invertebrates which they crush between their
tooth plates, and often their food source is right on
shore, bringing them in for our close inspection.
"I saw one cluster of 22 and thought that was spe-
cial, but migrations of 10,000 rays have been seen,"
Stead continued. "They migrate along the clockwise
current from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico to the
western Florida Coast. The shy, non-aggressive rays
do have barbs, but are only a threat if you try and
pick them up. Unlike stingrays, cownose rays do
not burrow in the sand, so there is little chance of
inadvertently stepping on them. Just enjoy watching
them. I stood waist deep in the Gulf with rays swim-
ming all around me. It was lovely."
Bill Funkhouser of Holmes Beach also spotted
the schools and snapped a few pictures.
He, too, called Mote and spoke to Carl Luer,
who said cownose rays, Rhinoptera bonasus, "are
a type of stingray that are sometimes called Cow-
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fish or Golden Rays. They are found from southern
New England to Florida and throughout the Gulf of
Mexico and the Caribbean. They are even found as
far south as Brazil. They migrate north in the spring
and south in the fall, (I don't blame them!) in schools
of as many as 10,000. In the fall they go to the Carib-
bean, Yucatan, Trinidad, Venezuela and Brazil.
"They differ from other species in that they
seldom rest on the bottom as other species do,"
Funkhouser continued. "Fortunately, they are seldom
aggressive to humans. I stood quietly in the water
with them and let them swim around me. While
shooting my pictures, I stood in the water with them
and they swam around my legs. One of them even
brushed against my leg.
"Luer said they were along the shore because
whatever they are eating is there right now," he said.
"Their main predator is a shark. Two ladies I talked to
on the beach said that hammerhead sharks often feed
on them here. One lady told a story she remembers
from a number of years ago. For some reason there
was an exceptionally large school of rays and a ham-
merhead attacked them near the beach. A woman had
been in the water, but quickly got out."
By the way, the name comes from the cownose
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Two Bradenton Beach residents, after more than a
year of wrestling with technicalities, made their case
March 25 against a city building official's decision
to issue a certificate of occupancy for a neighboring
property on Gulf Drive.
But Cynthia Dagher and Mark Mixon did not
get satisfaction. They said they still must live with
excessive noise from air-conditioning units just feet
from their property.
"Two years and $1,000 on our behalf a lot
more on the city's and this is where we are,"
Mixon said last week. "All along we've been willing
to compromise, but there's been no compromise."
"We can't carry on a conversation in our living
room when those air conditioners go off, "he contin-
ued. "It sounds like an airport.... They are less than
two feet from our property line."
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regarding the city's issuance of a CO to the Resort-
Quest property at 2201 Gulf Drive, the Bradenton
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ommend the city commission support the city build-
ing department's decision or found that the complaint
was flawed in some manner.
Mixon later said that if the commission votes
as the BOA recommended, litigation likely would
"And that's what we've been trying to avoid all
along is litigation, "he said.
Dagher and Mixon appeared before the BOA last
week in a hearing on their third-party administra-
tive appeal of a CO for the Sunset Beach Motel/The
Beach Club at 2201 Gulf Drive.
Their appearance before the board was not their
first, but previous BOA meetings on their complaint
focused on whether it was filed timely and com-
In a 2-1 vote on Feb. 11, more than 15 months
after Dagher and Mixon first filed a complaint, the
BOA deemed it timely and cleared the way for the
March 25 meeting.
The couple's appeal initially was broad, but then nar-
rowed down to three basic complaints alleged inad-
equate buffering between the properties, alleged improper
placement of the air-conditioning units and alleged exces-
sive noise from the air-conditioning units.
"The location of these units has created an ongo-
ing hardship with the quality of life we had enjoyed
before ... this project," stated Mixon and Dagher in
their appeal. "We ask the board to hear our plea and
restore peace back in our lives."
Mixon said the noise has negatively impacted
the quality of life at his home, as well as negatively
impacted property value.
During the construction work at 2201 Gulf Drive,
Dagher and Mixon had raised concerns about the air-
conditioner noise, among other issues, with the city
and the developer.
Prior to the issuance of a CO, the noise from the
units was measured as exceeding permissible limits
in the city and, according to Mixon, there were efforts
made to minimize the noise.
However, Mixon said those efforts didn't suf-
ficiently diminish the noise and, once the CO was
issued, there were no further steps taken to correct
"In the earliest conversations with the owner,
they said, 'We want to make you happy' and prom-
ised us the stars and the moon, "he said. "But once the
CO was issued, we never heard from them again."
The BOA review
During the meeting March 25, BOA chair John
Burns and members Karen Cunningham and Dan
DeBaun worked with city attorney Ricinda Perry on
making findings of fact and then formalizing a series
of recommendations to the commission.
In regards to the placement of the air condition-
ers, the most significant fact for the board was that
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Further, the BOA found that the air-conditioning
units were identified on the building plans, approved
by the building official and required to be elevated for
flood-proofing and in order to comply with the state
The board agreed to recommend to the commis-
sion that the building official's decision regarding
the elevation and placement of the air conditioners
In regards to the noise generated by the air con-
ditioners, the board agreed that such matters are
addressed by the city through code enforcement.
On that complaint, the BOA also recommended
affirming the building official's decision.
In regards to buffering, the BOA determined that
the land-development code does not require land-
scape buffering between two R-3 properties.
At one point during the meeting, Dagher asked,
"Can I speak?"
Bums said the public hearing had been closed at
the prior meeting, but the board did hear briefly from
both Dagher and Mixon.
Dagher said that the BOA process to review the
appeal had been costly for the couple and the city, in
the thousands of dollars, and that her concern could
have been addressed by simply relocating some of
the air conditioners.
"We tried to find the quickest resolution," she
said. "We have estimates that those four air condition-
ers could be moved to the roof ... for $3,285 and the
whole thing would be resolved."
"This," Dagher said, "is just so sad."
Mixon questioned the accuracy of the information
provided to the BOA. "One of the air-conditioning units
is on the ground, "he said. "And required a variance. Do
you actually know what we're talking about?"
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The board next voted on several motions, sending
its recommendations to the commission.
The next step
The appeal now will go before the city commis-
sion for consideration.
Also, Mixon and Dagher received direction from
the city that they could file a nuisance complaint
regarding the noise from the air conditioners.
But the couple expressed frustration in the days
after the BOA hearing.
"An average person can't spend every minute
fighting city hall," Mixon said.
What's more, Dagher said, is that neither she nor
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Thursday-Friday April 2-3, at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The course, sponsored by AARP and conducted
by James "Stretch" Fretwell, will begin at noon and
continue to 4 p.m.
The course is designed to help older drivers
anticipate and avoid accidents. Graduates receive
certificates qualifying them for discounts on their
auto insurance. Two-day attendance is required for
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14
for non-members and the fee must be paid by
For more information or to register, call
Off Stage Ladies to meet
The Off Stage Ladies will meet at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 8, at Pelican Pete's, 12012 Cortez
Road W., Cortez.
Gabe Simches, Hugh Scanlon and Sylvia Marnie
Guests are welcome.
For more information and reservations, call Carol
Heckman at 941-761-7374 or Marilyn Moroni at
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The speaker will be Dr. David Leslie discussing
For more information, contact member Al Guy
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-778-8444.
By Lisa Neff
Churches on Anna Maria Island will host solemn,
joyful and inspirational programs during what is
known as Holy Week on the Christian calendar.
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will hold its Easter Sunday service
at 8:50 a.m. April 12.
Also, Crosspointe will host a screening of "The
Passion of Christ" at 6:30 p.m. April 5, which is Palm
Sunday. Admission to the film is free, but reservations
are required by April 3.
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will host Holy Eucharist
in the church gardens at 7 p.m. April 6-8.
On Maundy Thursday, April 9, the church will host
a 7 p.m. service and the symbolic washing of the feet.
On April 10, Good Friday, the church will host a
noon service and the garden will be open for prayer.
At 7 p.m. April 10, the church will host the Sta-
tions of the Cross.
Three services will take place on April 12, Easter
Sunday, with the Rev. Harry Parsell. The church ser-
vices will take place at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.,
with music at all and the church choir at the 9 a.m.
and 11 a.m. services.
Also, on Easter Sunday, the church will hold an
egg hunt at 10:15 a.m.
At Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, there will be two Easter
Sunday services, at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m.
On Palm Sunday, April 5, the church will hold a
worship service at 9:30 a.m.
A worship service will take place at 7 p.m. April
9, Maundy Thursday.
Two services will take place on Good Friday, at
noon and at 7 p.m.
Ed Chili I, center, of the Sandbar Restaurant with
members of the Lakewood Ranch High School
bowling team crew that cleaned up Anna Maria
Island beaches March 21. Islander Photo: Cour-
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Bowlers clean beach
About 24 students with the Lakewood Ranch
High School bowling team turned out March 21 to
clean up Anna Maria Island beaches.
The turnout was the largest ever in what's become
a traditional event for the team.
The team's head coach, Paul Bourbeau, led the
cleanup effort, assisted by Manatee County Sheriff's
Office Deputy John D'Amato, who served as a liai-
son between the team and the Sandbar restaurant and
whose sons attend Lakewood Ranch High School.
After the cleanup, the Sandbar, owned by Islander
Ed Chiles, provided space for Damato and Bourbeau
to serve a lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers to the
"They cleaned the area from White Avenue to
Bean Point and the area in front of the Sandbar and
around the sea oats and sea grape bushes," said Caryn
Hodge of the Chiles Restaurant Group. "They even
found a plastic dinosaur. The Sandbar is proud of
these students and appreciate the effort they put for-
ward to keep our beaches clean and beautiful."
On Saturday, April 18, the Great American
Cleanup will take place across the country, with
teams of volunteers heading out to clean up Anna
Maria Island beaches, the Palma Sola Causeway
and along the Manatee River, including at DeSoto
Keep Manatee Beautiful will coordinate the local
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church
Ave., Bradenton Beach, will hold an Easter Sunday ser-
vice with the Rev. Stephen King at 9:30 a.m.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will hold worship services on
Palm Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
On Maundy Thursday, April 9, there will be a
worship service in the sanctuary at 7 p.m.
A noon service will take place in the chapel on
The church will host two services on Easter
Sunday, one at 9 a.m. and one at 11 a.m.
At St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, Easter Sunday Mass will be
celebrated at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon, with Divine
Mercy Services following the noon Mass.
An egg hunt will take place at 1 p.m. on Easter
Other events at St. Bernard include:
A Palm Sunday vigil April 4, with confession
at 3 p.m. and Mass at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Palm Sunday Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon
Holy Week Mass at 8:30 a.m. April 6-8 and
morning prayer at 9:15 a.m. April 6-9.
Confession at 9:15 a.m. April 6 and 7 p.m. April 7.
Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m. April 9,
Holy Thursday, followed by Altar Reposition until
10 p.m. and prayer at 9:45 p.m.
Divine Mercy Services at 8:30 a.m. April 10,
Good Friday, followed by Stations of the Cross at
noon and Passion of the Lord at 3 p.m.
Divine Mercy Services at 8:30 a.m. April 11, Holy
Saturday, followed by the Blessing of the Easter Baskets
at 11 a.m. and an Easter Vigil Mass at 8:15 p.m.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
941-778-1638, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 941-778-1813,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Harvey Memorial Community Church,
941-753-1543,300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach.
Crosspointe Fellowship, 941-778-0719,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Roser Memorial Church, 941-778-0414,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 941-778-4769,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Kiwanis to hold Easter service
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club is making
plans for its 45th annual nondenominational sunrise
service on Easter Sunday, April 12.
The service will take place at Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, beginning
at 6:30 a.m.
The Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach will deliver the
sermon, "Sunday's Coming."
Other Island churches, as members of All Island
Denominations, also will participate in the service
with readings from Scripture and songs.
The Kiwanis club invites the public to attend the
service, and encourages worshippers to bring a beach
chair or towel, as well as a flashlight for a pre-dawn
During the service, Kiwanis members collect
donations for the participating churches.
For more information, call Larry Fowler at
AGAMI to meet April 6
Robin Taylor of Framing by Robin will make a
presentation during the Artists Guild of Anna Maria
Island meeting at 7 p.m. April 6.
The group holds its monthly meetings at the
Episcopal Church of Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Taylor will talk about creative matting and fram-
For more information, call 941-779-2039.
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By Lisa Neff
Island casual is usually the rule at Island-related
events, but two April 4 events require Islanders to
play dress up.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will hold its 25th annual
Affaire to Remember from 6-11 p.m. Saturday.
Also, the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus
and Orchestra will hold its Taste of Music Cham-
pagne Gala, from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at a riverfront
home in northwest Bradenton.
The 2009 theme for the Center's big fundraising
gala is "An Affaire Under the Starfish Sky."
The event cocktail attire/black-tie optional -
will feature an auction, dancing, musical entertain-
ment and cuisine.
Caterers for the evening include Anna Maria
Island Oyster Bar, Ezra, Harry's Continental Kitch-
ens, the Sun House, Euphemia Haye and the Sandbar,
the BeachHouse and Mar Vista restaurants.
Canes step up for camp
The Manatee High School Sugar 'Canes Dance
Team will host a 'Cane Camper Dance Clinic from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the MHS north
gym for girls third- to eighth-grade girls.
Campers will learn a routine to perform at the
May 2 Sugar 'Canes Spring Show at the MHS Davis
The Sugar 'Canes are ranked seventh in national high-
kick high school dance teams in the United States.
The cost is $45, including lunch. Advance regis-
tration forms are available at school offices, or camp-
ers may register with Linda Kibby at 941-932-3740
or at the clinic.
Art league seeks artists
The Anna Maria Island Art League will receive
artwork for "Artists Gone Wild," an all-media juried
exhibition at the studio on Holmes Boulevard from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 and April 8.
The fee is $10 per entry for AMIAL members
and $15 per entry for non-members.
There is a limit of three entries per artist.
Awards will be presented at the opening reception
for artists at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 10.
The exhibit runs through May 1.
For more information, call AMIAL at
941-778-2099, or visit the studio at 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Children's Academy plans run
The Children's Academy of Southwest Florida
Inc. will hold its annual Island Run 5K on Sunday,
The event, which raises money for the organi-
zation formerly known as Manatee County Nursery
Schools, also will feature a family fun run.
The run will begin at Bayfront Park in Anna
Maria, with an estimated 300 participants expected.
The Bradenton Runners Club sanctions the run
and The Islander is a sponsor.
The CASF is a not-for-profit nursery school that pro-
vides care for at-risk children in low-income families.
For more information, contact the chair of the
Island run, Paula Heap, at 941-812-2322 or pheap@
Tour generates $23,000
The Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes
raised more than $23,000 for the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
The 16th annual tour took place on March
21 and featured six Island homes, five in Anna
Maria and one in Holmes Beach.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the
The menu will range from bananas foster to tuna
sashimi, from lobster bisque to baby pork chops. The gala
also will feature bars for the wine and martini crowds.
The entertainment lineup includes a light show, a
fine art gallery, dancing, a review of Broadway tunes
by Islanders Trina and Holly Rizzo and music by the
"For only $100, you can attend this event and
enjoy some of the finest foods that Anna Maria Island
has to offer," said organizer Billy Malfese. "In addi-
tion, your support of the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center is helping out people of all ages and
Brittney Clyburn and Troy Schroeder.
Artists Guild honors student
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island fea-
tured the collage "Sunstruck" by Brittney Clyburn
Brittney is at Palmetto High School who plans
to go to college to pursue a double major drama
and visual art.
Her art teacher at Palmetto High is Troy
In March, AGAMI named Brittney the group's
student of the month and featured her work in the
Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information about AGAMI, call
Relay For Life
luminaria on sale
When the sun goes down, hundreds of luminaria
will light the way under the stars at Coquina Beach
during the Relay For Life on Anna Maria Island May
Each candle represents a person with a name and
a story to tell.
The crew organizing the Relay for Life benefit-
ing the American Cancer Society will sell luminaria
April 4 at the Bridge Street Market. The market will
take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Bridge Street in
making a positive impact in their lives."
"These are very challenging times for the Center
financially and the need is great for those we serve,"
Malfese continued. "This is a great and fun way to
raise money for the scholarship program we offer that
assures no child or family will ever be turned away
from programs for an inability to pay."
For information, including tickets, priced at $100,
call the Center at 941-778-1908.
Tickets to AMICCO's gala at William and Rosita
Greer's residence on 90th Street Northwest are $50,
with the contribution supporting AMICCO.
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 art.
The home on the shore of the Manatee River
was built in 1993 for Major League Baseball player
Bobby Bonilla and was sold to the Greers in 2005.
For more information about the gala, including
tickets, call Donna Misner at 941-778-8585.
Fest to benefit garden
The Anna Maria Island Art and Craft Festival
April 4-5 will benefit the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park in Holmes Beach.
The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Saturday, April 4, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 5, in the field near Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
The festival will feature arts, crafts, food, music
and the butterfly association will be selling memorial
The butterfly park is currently undergoing
improvements after entering a new agreement with
the city last year.
Memorial bricks were being installed in the
garden last week by Rick Brockman and David Elliott
of Holmes Beach, who owns an independent brick-
For more information about the festival, call
organizers at 352-344-0657.
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Disappearance of businessman a mystery
By Rick Catlin
Island real estate agent Ted Schlegel and his wife,
Deborah, haven't been heard from since November
2008, and that's got his friends worried.
"It's not like Ted," said Ed Van Winkle, who
bought property through Schlegel several years
Van Winkle said Schlegel learned in April 2008
that he had a serious medical condition. He and Deb-
orah returned to his native Germany for treatment,
Cramer home invasion
The trial of two men arrested in the April 17,
2008, Anna Maria home invasion involving former
Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer has
been moved again, this time to Aug. 10.
Michael Gambuzza and Christopher Drescher
were scheduled for trial the week of March 23, but the
case was continued to August. The new date marks
the fourth time the trial has been rescheduled.
The men are charged with one count each of
home invasion and robbery, a first-degree felony,
and one count each of false imprisonment, a third-
degree felony. Drescher and Gambuzza have entered
not guilty pleas to the charges.
The home invasion charge carries a maximum
By Lisa Neff
The man accused of stealing the car of missing
motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler will not go to trial
Robert Corona, 38, jailed since last November
on a charge of grand theft auto, was scheduled for a
trial in March, but it was delayed due to changes in
Corona had been appointed a public defender and
a regional counsel, both of whom had to withdraw
from the case because of a conflict.
Both his attorneys have represented another
person connected with the case, William J. Cumber
III, 39, a potential witness for the state against Corona,
as well as a person of interest in Musil-Buehler's
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Van Winkle said.
"We e-mailed back and forth until October. Then,
I e-mailed Ted after a few weeks and it came back as
an invalid e-mail address. His last few e-mails had
sounded pessimistic," he said.
While it's not uncommon for people to just disap-
pear or start life over, Schlegel's mother-in-law also
has not heard from Deborah in months, Van Winkle
"She called me asking if I had heard from them,"
he said. "She said it's not like Debbie to not call. They
trial rescheduled again
sentence of 30 years upon conviction, while a guilty
verdict for false imprisonment could bring up to 10
years jail time.
The suspects have been in the Manatee County
jail on a $175,000 bond each since they were arrested
about a week after the incident.
Cramer was beaten and robbed at the home of her
boyfriend, Joe Pandolph of Crescent Drive, after two
men posing as delivery men forced their way into the
house, reportedly looking for cash, jewelry or other
valuables. Pandolph was not at home at the time of
Cramer suffered multiple facial bruises in the
Cumber has said that he has not seen Musil-Bue-
hler since late Nov. 4, when she left a rented apart-
ment they shared in Anna Maria in her car.
The car was found early Nov. 6 by the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office.
An MCSO deputy had tried to stop the driver of the
vehicle for a routine traffic violation. The driver sped
away and the MCSO gave chase. The driver, identified as
Corona, was found hiding under a truck and arrested.
Corona initially said he was given the key to the
vehicle to go buy drugs, but later said he found the
car, with the key in the ignition, parked at the Gator
Lounge on 14th Street West in Bradenton.
Corona is in the Manatee County jail awaiting his
trial, which now is tentatively scheduled Aug. 10.
Instead of a trial last week, Corona got assigned a
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were very close. I think something dire has happened
to Ted. I'd just like to know what has happened."
Schlegel's friend and real estate associate, Barry
Gould, also is troubled by Schlegel's lack of com-
"We e-mailed up until last November. He was
going to Spain. Then I lost touch with him. The
e-mails were returned as undeliverable," Gould
"It's a delicate subject. A lot of people on the
Island are concerned and would like to know, but it's
not a crime to disappear," he said.
Another friend, Monica Klotz, who is German by
birth, said she called Schlegel's sister in Germany.
"We spoke in German, so there was no language
barrier. She was very vague. She said she couldn't
give me any information. Then, at the end of the con-
versation, she said she would give him my name and
number if she saw him. I got the impression she knew
something," Klotz said.
In Schlegel's last e-mail to her, Klotz said he
"sounded like he was saying goodbye. He said he
would miss me. Two weeks later, I e-mailed him
back, but the address was no longer valid."
Klotz said it's strange that, if something hap-
pened to Schlegel, Deborah would not be in touch
with her mother or let his friends know something.
In addition, Schlegel owns several properties on
the Island and a residence, Van Winkle said.
"I can only think he was trying to start anew. I'd
just like to know something concrete," he said.
If Schlegel has disappeared, it hasn't been
reported to local authorities.
Sgt. John Kenney of the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office in Anna Maria, where the Schlegels lived,
said no one has filed a missing person report for
anyone named Schlegel.
A search of German Internet records failed to
reveal any information about Ted Schlegel, whose
first name is Werner.
When contacted, Schlegel's sister, Hanna,
declined to be interviewed about Schlegel or his
whereabouts and hung up the phone.
Van Winkle, Gould and Klotz don't want their
friendship with Schlegel to end this way.
"I'd just like to know what happened to him. He
hasn't done anything wrong. I just want him to know
he has friends who are concerned about him and care
about him," Van Winkle said.
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No new reports.
March 21, 2513 Gulf Drive, Circle K, assault on a
law enforcement officer. Officers responded to a call
of a van in the store parking lot with broken windows.
Upon arrival and during a warrant check, the driver
of the vehicle exited the van and refused to return to
the vehicle after several requests by officers. When he
finally did return to the vehicle, he told officers, "I' ve
got crack running through my veins and I want to hit
you in the face right now," according to the report.
Officers took his comment as a threat and warned
him to calm down, whereupon he said, "Take me to
jail," and held out his arms. Officers complied.
March 20, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, shoplift-
ing. Officers responded to a possible shoplifting com-
plaint and learned that two women had walked from
the store with deli sandwiches, canned goods and
other items without paying for them. A witness and
store employee followed the couple and noted the
vehicle tag. Officers viewed the surveillance video,
ran the tag and went to the home of the registered
owner of the vehicle. Her description matched one
of the women on the tape, she admitted to taking the
items from the store, said she would return to the
store to pay for them, and store officials said later
that she did pay for the items.
March 21, 3304 E. Bay Drive, Island Bazaar,
theft. A store clerk said someone took her purse,
containing credit cards, a driver's license and $78.
She said surveillance cameras monitor the store and
a tape was available for police.
March 25, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, battery.
Officers responded to a report of a fight between a
man and woman. The woman said she and her hus-
band had gotten into an argument regarding which
stop on the trolley they should use, and when they
got home he grabbed her. She pushed away from him,
according to the report, and ran to Publix. Witnesses
to the altercation called police, and the woman said
she wanted him arrested. He was taken to jail.
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A single-vehicle accident on Manatee Avenue
late March 25 forced officials to temporarily close a
lane on the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
The accident was reported to the Florida High-
way Patrol at about 11:20 p.m.
FHP said a 1993 Ford pickup traveling west on
Manatee Avenue crashed, with no injuries to the
driver, Jorge Bianchi.
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The Florida Department of Transportation will
proceed with designing a tunnel from Perico Island
to Anna Maria Island.
The DOT announced the decision last week after
learning that federal stimulus dollars are available for
"It's ambitious," said DOT spokesperson April
Folly. "But the feds are willing to put up the funding,
so we're willing to try it."
The tunnel would consist of two 12-foot lanes,
10-foot shoulders, two-way traffic, a multi-use path
and a likely speed limit of 35 mph. The vertical clear-
ance would be about 17 feet, with a buffer for signs
and message boards.
Also, the tunnel ends would need to be raised
"high enough so that hurricane surge and waves will
not inundate the tunnel."
The DOT could not say whether the tunnel would
be a bored tunnel or an immersed tube tunnel or
whether the shell would be concrete or steel.
A tunnel construction project would take five-10
years from groundbreaking to finish and cost about
The DOT's new direction on a tunnel to Anna Maria
Island is a reversal of its findings in a memo published
in January. The memo stated, "The tunnel alternative
was not found to be a viable alternative based on the
following factors considered in this analysis: Geologic
conditions, geography and availability of skilled labor
and equipment, risk allocation, environmental impacts,
navigational impacts, water quality during construction,
constructability, security of infrastructure and cost.
The DOT said that when the tunnel from Perico
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under the Anna Maria Island Bridge at Manatee
Avenue, the drawbridge will be dismantled.
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bridge in the desert," Folly said.
In addition to the local project, the state also
announced an ambitious plan to tunnel under the Gulf
of Mexico, connecting west Florida and south Texas.
"Location bidding will be intense," Folly said. "We
can't say where or when or really if it will happen."
"By the way, happy April Fool's Day," she
And, she said, please don't call The Islander to
ask when construction will begin.
Editor's note: Joe K. Onyou is Islander reporter
Lisa Neff's alter ego on April Fool's Day. Also, the
DOT did evaluate the possibility of building a tunnel
to Anna Maria Island and, in a memo published in
January, stated, "The tunnel alternative was not
found to be a viable alternative."
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By Lisa Neff
April dredging will bring smoother cruising in
Dredging work is expected to begin early this
month in Holmes Beach canals, bringing the city
close to completing a major capital improvements
"The ability to navigate the canals is what it's
all about," said public works superintendent Joe
The dredging will "allow for navigation of 99
percent of vessels, even at low tide," he said.
The city contract went to Piedroba Marine Construc-
tion based in the Miami area, which bid $277,272.80
to dredge eight canals, including three on Key Royale
and the others in north or central Holmes Beach. The
dredging cost per canal ranges from $39,435 to $4,426,
depending on the volume to be cleared.
The canals in Holmes Beach were constructed in the
1950s, and city officials said they have not been dredged
until work began in recent years to clean them out.
When the 2009 work is completed, Duennes said
there will be just one canal HB-21 on Harbor Lane
- to be dredged, possibly in the 2010-2011 budget
year, depending on available funds.
"In order to fit the budget, we had to eliminate
one" this year, Duennes said.
This time around and also with last season's
dredging the city will not allow the dredge com-
pany to store materials on property near the recre-
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and Flotilla Drive.
Contractors were required to haul away the dredge
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Court joins a group that ven-
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morning to paint. On March 25,
eight participants in the Plein
Aire Painters gathered on the
bayfront near the pier. Islander
Photos: Lisa Neff
Joan Stephens, left, and Helen
Robinson paint the Anna Maria
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en plein aire painting ses-
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women gathered for the event
are members of the Artists Guild
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Paddlers brave wind, water in regatta
By Lisa Neff
The wind blew in big bursts.
The waves crashed against the boats.
And the contestants paddled hard to the finish
line in race after race in the De Soto Heritage Festi-
val's annual Bottle Boat Regatta on the Palma Sola
The regatta took place March 28 before a crowd
that at times stretched from the west end of the cause-
way east to the Palma Sola bridge.
"Today everybody gets to be Huck Finn in the
rapids," said Andy Tate, a retired history teacher from
Anna Maria who watched his grandson compete in a
The crowd and the racing activities also
caused traffic tie-ups on Manatee Avenue from 75th
Street in Bradenton to East Bay Drive in Holmes
But even motorists enjoyed passing the fun.
"Looks like some of those sailors are going to
need some toweling off," Carol Moretz said, watch-
ing from the passenger window of a slow-moving
Jeep Cherokee on Manatee Avenue.
The regatta began with a captain's meeting at
which race captain Al Levy reminded the competitors
to have fun and be safe.
With the wind knocking beach chairs and spray-
ing sand, Levy also reminded the racers that naviga-
tion might be difficult.
Next, Hernando De Soto, with the De Soto
queen's court at his side, blessed the water, tipping
his sword into the bay and then raising it high.
"Let the racing begin," said Doug Egger, race
announcer, and the crowd roared and whistled.
The regatta featured an entry from Anna Maria
Elementary School, where students in art teacher
Gary Wooten's class joined together to make the
Dolphin ~.\cu\' nhi).
The AME entry was made of 100 percent reused
materials mostly bottles, plastic netting and Styro-
foam and 10 fifth-grade students rode the waves
like they'd ride a rollercoaster.
The AME sailors won the first race of the day,
edging out a team from Daughtrey Prep by less than
a foot at the finish line.
With 15 teams competing in five divisions, many
races followed, each enthusiastically watched by
cheering fans splashing in the water.
"Next year I'm going to build a boat and race
because I have some ideas," said 9-year-old race fan
Dylan Arnold of Bradenton. "And because my dad's
like an engineer of something."
The regatta is one of the first events in the De
Soto Heritage Festival, which continues in April with
a seafood festival in downtown Bradenton April 3-5, a
To the finish...
The results in the 2009 De Soto Heritage
Festival Bottle Boat Regatta:
Elementary Division (Class A): first,
Daughtrey Prep School of Arts & Sciences;
second, Rowlett Magnet Elementary K-Kids;
third, Anna Maria Elementary School.
Middle School Division (Class B): Three-
way tie for first Girl Scouts of Southwest Flor-
ida, St. Stephen's Healey entry and Daughtrey
Prep School of Arts & Sciences.
Adult Division (Class D): first, USA Fence;
second, True Hollywood Screen Test; third,
Dignitaries Race (Classy Division): first,
2009 Queen's Court; second, Anna Maria Priva-
Festival Cup Finals (Class F): first, USA
Fence (champion); second, Jeff Nance & Crewe
Best Looking Craft: True Hollywood
Screen Test on "Black Medallion II."
Best Dressed Crewe: Girl Scouts of South-
west Florida on "The Lucky Duck."
children's parade and party in Sutton Park in Palmetto
on April 10, an Easter egg hunt in G.T. Bray Park in
Bradenton on April 11, an Easter sunrise service on
the Bradenton waterfront on April 11, a music and
fashion show at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium
on April 18, the De Soto Heritage Festival Ball at the
municipal auditorium on April 24 and the De Soto
Heritage Festival Grand Parade in Bradenton on April
The De Soto Historical Society organizes the
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Reward offered for
By Lisa Neff
The search continues this week for an African
grey parrot named Wizard, the victim of an apparent
birdnapping from a Holmes Beach clothing store.
Wizard was taken from a cage at Sun & Surf
Resortwear in Holmes Beach mid-morning March 15.
The plaza sidewalk that contained Wizard's cage,
as well as other bird cages, was crowded that morn-
ing, hours before the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
took place on Marina Drive.
Last week, Wizard's caretakers, Marty and
Heather Duytschaver of Sun & Surf, offered a reward
for information leading them to Wizard or leading
"It has been a very tough week," they wrote in a
They added that they "fight back tears each time
they have to discuss Wizard coming up missing."
Wizard is described as a gentle female African
grey, with soft gray feathers and bright red tail feath-
ers. The bird can give high fives, meow like a cat,
cluck like a chicken, beep like a car alarm, speaks
many words in a girl's voice and also has what resem-
bles a smoker's cough.
Wizard's disappearance is under investigation by
the Holmes Beach Police Department.
The bird was in its cage at about 9:30 a.m.
March 15. A customer reported the empty cage to
the Duytschavers sometime before noon.
The Duythschavers said pet stores in the area
were notified of the theft.
There is a waiting list in Manatee County to buy
African greys in Manatee County, which sell for
about $1,200, according to Marty Duythschaver.
Authorities declined to speculate as to whether
Wizard was stolen to place on the market, for a pet
or as a prank. Two years ago, over the St. Patrick's
Day weekend, a life-size statue Bentley Bunsmore
- was stolen from a real estate office/coffee shop
on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. The statue was later
recovered at a garage sale in Bradenton.
Wizard is a family pet, according to the Duyth-
schavers, who also assist with adopting out rescued
For more information about Wizard or the
reward, call the Sun & Surf at 941-778-2169 or
Crosspointe to host seminar
The REAL Women's Ministry of Crosspointe
Fellowship will host a seminar with David Caton of
the Florida Family Association at 9:30 a.m. Saturday,
The program will take place at the church, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Caton, according to a release, "will share the mis-
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 1, 2009 0 19
Coast Guard pilots take break on beach
By Lisa Neff ..:..........
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew turned up
sand and stirred interest when it made an emer-
gency landing on an Anna Maria beach March
The crew aboard an HH-60 Jayhawk helicop-
ter was training over the Gulf of Mexico when it /
received an alert to a problem with the rotor.
The pilot landed the big helicopter bold in nS
black, white and orange on the beach near the 700 A
block of North Shore Drive in Anna Maria.
The crew called for a second helicopter and crew -
to bring in repair parts, and, while crew members
waited, they entertained curious beachgoers wanting
to peek inside the machine.
The crew members joked that they wished they -
had packed shorts.
At about 5 p.m., a second HH-60 touched down "
on the beach, swirling sand and drawing an even
larger crowd, including some out-of-breath diners
from the nearby Sandbar Restaurant.
"I was disappointed in seeing no dolphins until
this," said vacationer Amanda Hollingsworth of Pitts-
burgh. "My kids are going crazy."
"Like a mini-air show," said Henry Stuart of Spring training
Detroit. A Coast Guard training exercise turned into a repair job March 25,
The Coast Guard team had repaired the helicopter when a crew landed its helicopter on the beach in Anna Maria after
by sunset. getting a warning of a rotor problem. The helicopter later took off
The crews were with the U.S. Coast Guard Air from the beach in Anna Maria. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
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By Rick Catlin
Bill Staley, formerly of Beach
Bum Billy's on Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria, recently opened the Feeling
Swell restaurant at 9903 Gulf Drive,
The eatery features breakfast,
lunch and dinner with an emphasis on
fresh salads and seafood. Feeling Swell
also has a full line of wines and beers,
along with free wi-fi and local enter-
As a bonus for customers, Billy
sells surfboards and rents paddle
Bartender Rico Musto has the best
catch of the day as his customized
1927 Ford Roadster, complete with
surfboards in the rear seat, sits in front
of the restaurant daily.
"It's quite an attraction," said Rico.
"People are always coming in and
asking me about it."
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to 11 p.m. daily.
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Musto. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
at 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key,
will host a wine tasting from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m. April 2, to benefit the Sarasota
Admission to the wine tasting is
$10 and each attendee receives a $5
discount off the purchase of any bottle
Sarasota Bay Watch will receive
50 percent of the proceeds for the eve-
Harry's will provide between 10
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with complimentary hors d'oeuvres.
The event features live music and
a photographic art raffle.
For more information about the
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bayfront home built in 1962 on a 60x85
lot was sold 03/10/09, Markel to Royal
for $660,000; list $749,000.
160 Crescent Dr., Anna Maria, a
2,296 sfla / 2,304 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car
home with pool built in 1977 on a
80x100 lot was sold 03/13/09, Dahms
to Kagin for $600,000; list $675,000.
503 83rd St., Holmes Beach, a
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built in 1973 on a 90x109 lot was sold
03/13/09, Beer to Lewis for $410,000;
206 72nd St., Holmes Beach, two
vacant 59x 105 lots zoned R2 were sold
03/11/09, M&M Waterfront Retreats
LLC to Hansen Ventures LLP for
$580,000. This is not believed to be
an arm's length transaction.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can
be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate transactions
may also be viewed online at www.
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After staging a
scene from "Annie"
with friends, Char-
lotte Pardue fills the
role of a stagehand
at the Anna Maria
March 24 talent
show. She opens the
curtain as the next
act takes the stage.
Courtesy of Lisa
AME first-grader Kameron Reo rocks
the talent show as Elvis Presley singing
"Hound Dog" for a packed house.
The school talent show showcased the
homegrown talents of kindergarten
through second-grade students in the
school auditorium March 24.
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Wednesday, April 1
1:15p.m. -The Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
Thursday, April 2
5 to 7 p.m. Sarasota Bay Watch wine tasting at Harry's Continental
Kitchen/Deli, 525 St. Jude's Drive, Longboat Key Information: 941-383-4217.
Saturday, April 4
9:30 to 11 a.m. Women's ministry of CrossPointe Fellowship pres-
ents "A Pro-Family Seminar" at 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
10 a.m. to noon Creative Clay class for ages 7 and older at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Four
week session. Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.
6 to 11 p.m. Affaire to Remember "Under the Starfish Sky" at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra hosts its Taste of Music Champagne gala at riverfront home in
Bradenton. Information: 941-778-8585.
Sunday, April 5
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CarFit event at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4619.
6:30 p.m. Film screening of "The Passion of Christ" at Crosspointe
Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Reserve byApril 3. Information:
Monday, April 6
4 to 5:30 p.m. Introduction to black and white photography for ages
8 and older at theAnna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Four-week session. Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W, Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
The second and fourth Mondays of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m.,
Parenting with love and logic group meeting at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 MagnoliaAve.,Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., Teen Group by gender for ages 11-17
meets at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
*Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Bipolar and depression support group at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Free yoga on the beach, southside of the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-6836.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
Thursday at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through the end of May,
Bradenton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts at 1115 Manatee Ave.
W, Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366 or 941-932-9439.
Saturday at 8:30 a.m., Free yoga on the beach near the Pine Avenue
public beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge
Street, Bradenton Beach, through April. Information: 941-518-4431.
*Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., downtown Bradenton Farmer's Market
along Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9552 or 941-932-9439.
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*April 9, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" opens at Manatee Players.
*April 11, Easter egg hunts at G.T. Bray Park.
*April 11, Boating safety class at theAnna Maria Island Power Squad-
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*April 12, Easter egg hunt at St. Bernard Catholic Church and the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
April 14, The Bay Chorale concert at Kirkwood Presbyterian
Save the date
*April 17, Outdoor movie at Rossi Park, Bradenton.
*April 18, Anna Maria Island Community Center Talent Show.
*April 18, Taste of New Orleans at the South Florida Museum.
*April 19, Pieter Hahn benefit party at Tequila Beach Sports Grille.
*April 23, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch training workshop.
*April 25, Cortez Village Native's Potluck Picnic.
*April 25, Earth Day celebration at Felts Preserve, Palmetto.
Off-Island Arts & Events
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.
Thursday, April 2
6:30p.m. Big band concert featuring DeLeon's band at the John and
Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Informa-
tion: 941-358-3180. Fee applies.
7p.m. Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival presents "Bomb Har-
vest" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Friday, April 3
6 to 9 p.m. -Artist reception for watercolorist Pat Boling at the Mana-
tee Arts Council Gallery, 926 12th St. W, Village of the Arts, Bradenton.
8 p.m. Poetry Slam at the Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave. W,
Bradenton. Information: 941-750-9141.
5412 Marina Drive Island Shopping Center
Holmes Beach 941.778.2253
Saturday, April 4
8 a.m. DeSoto National Memorial park in west Bradenton hosts a
volunteer work day and recognition day that concludes with a picnic. Infor-
4 to 9 p.m. "Jazzy Bats" featuring Musical Mark and other family
activities at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Sunday, April 5
11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Rockin' the River family-friendly festival along
memorial pier at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 FirstAve. W, Bradenton. Infor-
Tuesday, April 7
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Your Place in Space: The Search for Life at
the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Wednesday, April 8
6:30 p.m. Jazz film, "A Great Day in Harlem," at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Ongoing Off-Island Theatre:
*"Boleros for the Disenchanted" at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm
Ave., Sarasota, through April 3. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.
"Hemingway at the Crosley" at Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through April 3. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee
"Inventing Van Gogh" Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami
Trail, through April 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"La Musica International Chamber Music Festival" at Sarasota
Opera House, 61 N. PineappleAve., Sarasota, through April 19. Box Office:
941-366-8450. Fee applies.
S"The Winter's Tale" Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
through May 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"The Devil's Disciple" Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami
Trail, through May 24. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
*"Black Peal Sings!" Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sara-
sota, through May 30. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.
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Surf Shop runs into strong Troxler & Smith team
By Kevin Cassidy
West Coast Surf Shop ran into
a strong Troxler & Smith team on
March 23 at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center baseball sta-
dium. It may be hard to believe
a team is showing improvement
when it drops a 17-0 decision, but
that's the case here.
Islander pitchers threw strikes
and the fielders were short on
errors, which was the case in
some of their earlier losses. They
simply ran into a quality team.
Troxler & Smith sits near the
top of the American League with
a 7-3 record and a lineup of play-
ers that consistently make good
contact. Throw in a dominating
pitcher like Nick Rodhouse, and
T&S has a perfect formula for
playing winning baseball.
Rodhouse overpowered the
Islanders, striking out nine of the
15 batters he faced in his four-
inning, no-hit victory. Johnny
Mattay, Parker Keegan and Devin
Cole made contact, but grounded
out, while Neil Carper reached
base when his hard-hit grounder
skipped off the glove of the T&S
second baseman for an error in
the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Islanders then loaded the
bases on walks from Mattay and
Keegan, but Rodhouse got out of
the jam with a pair of strikeouts
and a groundout by Cole that
ended the game.
Troxler & Smith was led by
Wesley Davis, who went 4-for-4,
including a triple and four runs
scored and Jake Romine, who was
3-for-3 with a double and four
runs scored. Rodhouse contrib-
uted a double and two runs scored,
while Chris Lehman singled and
scored twice in the victory.
The Surf Shop plays USA
Fence at home on March 30 before
taking them on again April 3 at
G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. The
team is then off for spring break
until April 13 when they take on
the Hammerheads at 6:30 p.m. at
Flag football starts up
Another season of Anna Maria
Community Center NFL Flag Foot-
ball is under way at the Holmes
Beach field. There are three age
divisions and 13 teams for a season
that runs now until May 16, fol-
lowed by playoffs and a Superbowl,
which is scheduled for May 30.
The Beach Bistro Cardinals
edged the Island Real Estate
Colts 24-19 on March 28 in the
age 13-16 division. The Cardinals
were led by three offensive TDs
from Chandler Hardy, while Chris
Callahan added one touchdown
for the victorious Cardinals. The
Colts received touchdowns from
Zach Facheris, Wyatt Hoffman
and Chris Perez, while Henery
Bernet added a one-point conver-
sion in the loss.
The second 13-16 division
game of the day saw the G.T.
Bray Eagles blow out the Stra-
tegic Ministries Cowboys 56-0.
Issac Pinckney led the way with
four offensive touchdowns, one
defensive score and a two-point
conversion for 32 total points.
Aaron Vanhook, Austin Ferrer
and Jordan Grabski each added
single touchdowns, while Gragski
also chipped in a pair of two-point
Sparks Steel Art Falcons got
its season off to a good start in the
8-9 division with a 14-6 victory
over RLS Industries Patriots on
March 27. The Falcons received
a touchdown and a two-point con-
version from Joey Stewart and an
offensive TD from Marlin Ellis in
The Patriots were led by
Andrew Proctor's offensive
touchdown in the loss.
The second game of the day
was a 10-12 division contest
between Mr. Bones Vikings and
the Sand Dollar Colts. Mr. Bones
smoked the Colts 24-6 behind the
stellar play of Josh Zawistoski and
Richard Almodovar, who each
scored two offensive touchdowns.
The Colts were led by the lone
touchdown from Nicholas Mello.
On March 26, Ross Built
Chargers took on Mike Norman
Realty Packers in 10-12 divi-
sion action and came away with
a 20-14 victory. The Chargers
received a touchdown and a one-
point conversion from Alex Vir-
gilio, while Jake Ross and Morgan
Hackworth each added an offen-
sive touchdown. Chris Pennewill
added a one-point conversion in
The Packers were led by Jack
Shinn, who scored a touchdown
on both sides of the ball and the
defense that forced a safety for an
extra two points in the loss.
The G.T. Bray Eagles are
quickly looking like the team to
West Coast ,i ai \,1 -p catcher watches as his throw to teammate Parker
Keegan is too late. Troxler & i,,;iil, Nick Rodhouse slides in for a run
during baseball action at the Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Dave Boswell, left, accepts first
place honors in the men's divi-
sion from Jimmie McSwain in
the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Tennis Group's
second annual Jimmie McSwain
beat after a 71-0 thumping of
13-16 division foe Beach Bistro
Cardinals on March 26. The
Eagles were led by Aaron Van-
hook's four offensive touchdowns
and two offensive TDs apiece
from Julian Botero and Jordan
Galati Yacht Sales Texans
received two offensive touch-
downs and a one-point conversion
from Chris Galati during its 34-13
thumping of Ross Built Chargers
in 10-12 division action on March
25. The Texans also received
touchdowns from Anna Maria
Galati, Zach McGuire and Logan
Reiber, while Joey Salinas added
an extra point in the victory.
Jake Ross led the Chargers
with a touchdown and an extra
point while Morgan Hackworth
added a touchdown in the loss.
Island Real Estate Colts
received three touchdowns and a
two-point conversion from Wyatt
Hoffman during its 38-12 victory
over Strategic Ministries Cowboys
in 13-16 division action on March
25. Chris Perez added a pair of
touchdowns for the Colts, which
also received a touchdown from
Olivia Roemer in the victory.
Aaron King led the Cowboys
with two touchdowns in the loss.
AMI tennis winds
The Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Tennis Group held
its second annual Jimmie McSwain
mixed-doubles tournament on the
Hagen tennis courts at the Center
March 23-24, and Bill Poole
reported that more than 80 people
attended the awards dinner at the
Sandbar Restaurant March 26.
The round robin event was com-
petitive, Poole said, and the winners
in the women's division were Sue
Herman, first place, followed by Mary
Hunter and a three-way tie for third
between Kathy Rose, Emily Bean and
For the men, Dave Boswell
took first place honors and over-
all high score. Al Cirulli finished
second and Lou Spiliopoulos was
Key Royale golf news
It was a windy week of
golf for the members of the
Key Royale Club. The men and
women joined forces in a team-
low-net golf tournament on
March 27 and the team of Terry
Westby, Joyce Brown, Jim Finn
and Tom Warda combined to
card a 1-over-par 129 to earn
bl ,, in' rights for the day.
The team of Pam Alvord, Don
Ledford, Gordon McKinna and
Paulette Proxy was two shots
back in second place.
Warda's day got better
thanks to a chipin on hole eight,
while Al Morgan chipped in on
The men played an 18-hole,
low-net-of-partners game on
March 25. The team of Bill
Gallagher and Don Latorre
fired a 3-over-par 131 to edge
two teams for first place by one
stroke. Bob Sayles and Bob
Lamp combined to tie the 132
carded by Tom Lewis and Jim
Bill Gallagher's 4-under
par 28 was good for first place
during a nine-hole, individual-
low-net game on March 23.
John Lindwall was one shot
back in second place with a 29,
while Vince Fanton and Neil
Hammer tied for third with a
pair of 2-under 30s.
Craig Humphreys and Bob
Elliott celebrate after the Key
Royale Club 18-hole handicap
tournament last week. Craig
won two up with one hole to
go, according to Jim Meena,
who snapped this photo.
Five teams emerged from
pool play during the March 28
horseshoe action at the Anna
Maria City Hall pits. The first
playoff game saw Adin Shank
and Bob Lee defeat Ron Brous-
seau 21-17, while Dean Rowe
and Mike Lovey beat Doug Yox
and Bob Mason in the other
match. Jerry Disbrow and John
Johnson were the lucky recipi-
ents of the first-round bye, but
that didn't help them against
Shank and Lee, who rolled
past them 21-9. The finals saw
Rowe and Lovey defeat Shank
and Lee 23-16.
Three teams qualified for
playoff action on March 25 with
Justin Zirwes and Dave Long
winning the bye. The team of
Sam Samuels and Adin Shank
defeated Art Kingstad and John
Johnson 22-15. Samuels-Shank
destroyed Zirwes-Long 21-4 in
the final to earn bli iin rights
for the day.
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Creepy crawlies coming to a home like yours
Beware! Giant flesh-eating spiders are living
under your chair RIGHT NOW! They will bite you
on the butt!
Despite the fact that we are in the April Fool's Day
period of the year, the above statement unfortunately
isn't probably all that far from the truth.
In what could well be considered a continuing
effort to scare the bejeezus out of everyone, be you
in, under, or on the water or even strolling through
your yard or reclining on a lounge chair, Sandscript
always seems to be talking about a creepy something
out there with a bite to it ready to get you.
There are a batch (hatch?) of venomous spiders
found in Florida. Black widow. Brown widow. Brown
recluse, which are usually shy but tend to be anything
but reclusive for those entering dark places or sitting
atop them in bright daylight.
I was reading Florida mystery author Randy
Wayne White's latest book, "Dead Silence," one
sunny afternoon last week. What with all the tree
pollen that's falling these days, a brush on my arm
didn't seem all that uncommon until the telltale
crawl started. I brushed off the spider, squished it,
then looked closer and realized it weren't no ordinary
After I jumped out of the chair and flipped it
over, low and behold were several big brown spiders
with funny marks on them hovering around some big
white egg sacks. After trying to drown them in insec-
ticide and taking some pictures, they were drowned
for sure with a hose.
Other patio chair, same fate for the arachnids
hiding there. Grand total of deaths were at least a
I figured they were brown recluse spiders based
on several reports we' ve had of unfortunate bug-
human interactions. The ce .',-1, ini' season is about
right spring and there were funny marks on the
bodies until they got squished to goo. But there are
a lot of brown-colored spiders in the Sunshine State
that match those characteristics.
They match the habitat, too. Unfortunately, all
Loxosceles reclusa bites several hundred people
a year in Florida, according to University of Florida
Adults of both sexes are similar in appearance and
size, from one-half to 1 inch in body length. "The car-
apace is pale yellow to reddish brown, with a dusky
brown patch just in front of the median groove," it
is described, with markings that "appear in the form
of a violin."
OK on my critters so far.
There are distinctive patters of the recluse that
differ it from a more common brown spider, or a
brown widow, but forensic study of the slime on the
patio was inconclusive.
Suffice to say that whatever was lurking inches
If you see anything that looks like a bunch of little
ping-pong balls and a spider lurking nearby, break
out the bug spray. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
from my butt was no friend of mine.
And, if bitten, the tale I would have told would
have been far from White's "Dead Silence."
Oh, if indeed it was a brown recluse spider, UF
biologists said "females were frequently found with
more than one eggsac. In the laboratory, females
made up to five eggsacs. Total eggs per female ranged
from 31 to 300, total hatched young maximized at
158 for a single female; the largest number of young
from one eggsac was 91; and percent emergence of
young was 0 to 100."
Here's the good part of the recluse bite tale. Most
bites to humans come when the critter is disturbed,
generally by rolling over on it in bed.
Yeah, it likes to snuggle under the covers.
Reactions to a bite vary from "no noteworthy
symptoms to severe necrosis or systemic effects,"
according to the experts. Worst-case results are
apparent in 12 to 24 hours because by "it is usually
apparent if a Loxosceles wound is going to become
necrotic because it turns purple in color; if the skin
turns purple, it will then turn black as cells die. Even-
tually the necrotic core falls away, leaving a deep pit
that gradually fills with scar tissue."
Great. And antivenim "not commercially avail-
able," they say, "was very successful when adminis-
tered within 24 hours, but many times a victim does
not seek treatment until after necrosis is well under
way, after which the antivenin is less effective."
Healing "can take weeks to months and may
leave an unsightly scar, although scarring is mini-
mal in most cases. Skin grafts may be required to
complete healing in the worst cases, but should be
considered a last resort."
There have been three local folks who have had
brown recluse spider bites that I've heard of over the
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years. They were wrecks for periods of time ranging
from weeks to months.
What to do?
Obviously, look before you reach into a dark
space to avoid a spider bite. Or a bite from any other
nasty that may be lurking.
Gingerly peer under all your patio furniture. If
you see a nest of any sort, scream and run away ... no,
seriously, grab some sort of bug spray that states its
effectiveness to spiders and douse liberally. Don't forget
tables, barbecue grills, lawn ornaments, mailboxes, dog
houses, bird houses, tree forts, sheds, lawn equipment
covered by a tarp oh, heck, just spray the world.
Not all spiders are bad, and none are going to
jump out to get you in the dark. Or the light.
Cortez to host concert
The Cortez community invites the public to
share in a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. April 6
at Miller's Dock, the community dock between
the Fulford Fish House and the Star Fish Co.
Market and Restaurant.
A concert will follow dinner. The featured per-
former will be Rad Lorkovic, whose profile can
be found at www.radoslavlorkovic.com. Lorkovic
is on tour with a tribute to Woody Guthrie, which
will be at the Tampa Theater April 5 in a concert
sponsored by W\ 1NVF 8.5 radio.
Organizers suggest bringing a blanket or
chair. They also will welcome donations.
For more information about the event or
to make reservations, call Judi Breuggeman at
Boating classes offered
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron will hold
a series of boating classes this month at the squadron
building, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
The boating course is a two-part boating safety
course that will take place at 8:30 a.m. April 11 and
The fee is $35. The course will provide an over-
view of various aspects of boating safety, including
Florida boating rules, weather, rules of the road, boat
handling and distress signals. This course qualifies
boaters for a Florida boating education certificate.
A charts seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m.
April 14. The fee is $10.
A GPS seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. April
21. The fee is $10.
A knots seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. April
20. The fee is $5.
Pre-registration is required. For more information
or to register, call Gloria Potter at 941-795-0482.
Captain Mark Howard
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Kings only days away from migratory run off the coast
By Paul Roat
There's a king-size countdown for the spring king
run offshore Anna Maria Island.
A few king mackerel have been caught in recent
weeks, but the migration through our part of the Gulf
of Mexico hasn't really hit as yet. Most estimates
have the countdown winding down to days, when
and if the wind lies down offshore.
Also offshore are lots of gag grouper and, with
the season reopening April 1 no fooling! the
tasty fish can again be caught. Remember to use circle
hooks, have a de-hooking device and carry a venting
tool for off-size fish to ease their return to the deep,
and remember new regs, available at www.islander.
org, call for a minimum catch to be 22 inches and
only two fish per person per day within the five-fish-
per-day aggregate grouper take.
Backwater action continued to be good for trout,
redfish and lots of snook, although the snook are running
small keeper-small, but not monsters. Just wait.
Whitebait is in the bays and nearshore Gulf as
well, with thicker pods expected as the water contin-
ues its warming trend.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said good tides and the promise of even more in the
next few days, "fish have been on the chew. Snook
action has been exceptional, with keepers landed on
most charters. Mackerel have made a showing on the
beach and on the deep seagrass beds." He's finding
whitebait on the flats as well. The spring fishing pat-
tern is now upon us," he added.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook
season is in full swing in the bays. Linesiders are
abundant right now, but running small so far in the
season. Expect the big ones to start to hit soon, he
predicted. Pompano and permit are off the beaches
of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, pompano
and banana jigs providing the best action. Whitebait
is thick on the seagrass flats and near the Sunshine
Jeanne Rueger, husband Jim,
plus Bob and Loni Sander from
Cincinnati, caught a slew of
sheepshead, grunts and snap-
per while fishing with Capt.
Sam Kimball. The Ruegers live
in Holmes Beach. Jeanne also
caught and released a nice-
sized gag grouper. Kudos, they
said, to the folks at Annie's
Bait and Tackle in Cortez, who
cooked and served their
catch for lunch.
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to their baits. Offshore anglers are gearing up for
gag grouper season to re-open April 1 as well as the
spring kingfish run, and Danny reminds everyone of
the new regulations regarding circle hooks, venting
tools and size limits for grouper. Give him a call for
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include good
mackerel catches, sheepshead and snook, with the
big linesiders coming on mostly at night.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, it's all sheepshead
all the time right now.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing of some big trout coming out of Miguel
and Terra Ceia bays.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach has been putting
his charters onto redfish and snook. Reds are running
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f fishing with
up to 31 inches, snook up to 32 not real big, he
said, but still a good catch. He's mostly working Tidy
Island and Sister Keys in northern Sarasota Bay, but
said he's getting excellent catches out of Terra Ceia
Bay. He came across a big school of big reds on a trip
last week, but the fish were spooky and didn't seem
to want to take a hook. The weekend's high winds
and rough seas kept him close to port, which he said
was a pity because the fish always seem to turn on
just before a big blow.
"Earlier in the week, before the wind started to
howl," according to Capt. Zach Zacharis on the Dee
Jay II, his clients enjoyed good action with spawning
sheepshead, mangrove snapper, grouper, mackerel
and hogfish on the reefs offshore of Anna Maria and
Bait was much harder to procure and the bloom
was off the bite for a few days. But, he said, the
southern fetch of weekend winds coupled with warm,
sunny days should serve to get things back up to
speed. When the fish did cooperate, he boated redfish
up to 25 inches, trout to 23 inches, some pompano
and a few slot-sized snook in north Sarasota Bay.
Surprisingly, shrimp accounted for more fish than
either white bait or pinfish, he said.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
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preserved. $125 or best offer. 941-794-2312.
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BEACH FRONT at north end of the island. Spectacular
views of the Gulf from every room. Large 2 BR/3 BAhome
with 2400 SF. $2,600,000
2 bayfront cottages. Homes must be sold together.
Beautiful views $690,000.00
TWO BEACH FRONT HOMES for the price of one. 2 BR/
2BA each. Large garage 6 huge patio for entertaining.
Outstanding rental history. $2,200,000.
Mike Norman Realty,,,
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
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 and Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
ANTIQUE AND ART Fair: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday, April 4-5. Treasures, antiques,
art, jewelry, organic produce, exotic orchids,
fun and funky stuff for all. For information, call
941-383-1901. 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
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PERICO BAY CLUB
OPEN HOUSE 1-4PM SUNDAY
3BR/2BA bright end unit. Enclosed lanai, Corian
counter tops, tile floors. Priced lower than smaller 2BR
condos. Updated kitchen and baths. $328,000.
Call Robert at 941-730-1291.
Northwest Pool Home
Minutes to Beach. Remodeled 2BR/2BA plus
Family Room. Short Sale $190,000
North Shore Drive
Steps to the Gulf. Beachy 2BR/1 BA Cottage.
Room for Pool. $429,000
Over 1/3 Acre. Updated 3BR/3BA Home.
Endless Possibilities. $299,000
5316 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
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MINISTRY OF PRESENCE Inc. garage sale:
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Suncoast
Schools Federal Credit Union on S.R. 70, first
light east of 1-75. We need your donations to help
the orphaned children of Haiti. Spring-cleaning?
Think of us. Call 941-822-2131, for pick up of your
items. See you at the sale. HUGE YARD SALES!
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday April 4-5.200
block Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria. 213 and 219,
plus other homes, families participating. Every-
thing from A-Z!
THREE-FAMILY GARAGE sale, 8 a.m. Saturday,
April 4. Furniture, TVs, miscellaneous marine,
books, clothes. Corner of Sixth Avenue and 34th
Street, Holmes Beach.
ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 4.
7807 54th Ct. E., Palmetto. Take 301 N. to Erie
Road and turn north. Thousand Lakes subdivi-
sion. Fabulous estate sale. King bed set, J.E.
Ekornes Norwegian swivel chairs, sofa, coffee
table and chrome bistro set, Toshiba 62-inch
theater wide HDTV, two leather sofas, Mitsubi-
shi 72-inch HDTV, Samsung surround system,
HP computer, 28 nicely framed limited edition
prints, oak table and four chairs, lamps, small
fridge, pine table and bench, computer desk,
two patio sets, planters, power and yard tools,
hand tools, dishes and kitchenware. Sales by
Julie McClure. Pictures: www.appraisals4u.
A SALE EVERYDAY atThe 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.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100.Terryhayes@
THE ISLANDER WANTS your comments. Do
you remember the first pro baseball game you
attended? The first home run you belted out of the
park? Share your baseball memories in words and
photographs. E-mail reporter Lisa Neff at lisan-
email@example.com, and include a phone number
and home town.
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Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
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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.
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
TWO FREE ADORABLE rabbits with free cedar
box and outdoor cage. Black dwarf and black
and white Rex (velveteen). Good home only.
BEAUTIFUL CHOCOLATE-POINT Siamese
female cat needs loving home. Seven years old,
spayed. Call 941-776-3984.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
FOR RENT: DEEP-WATER boat slip. North end,
Anna Maria. Gulf access. 941-794-8877.
WANTED: ISLAND RESORT in need of weekend
office person. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 941-778-2277, ask for Kelly.
PART-TIME SALES position. Must be available
evenings and weekends. Six-hour shifts. Retirees
welcome. Interviews April 3. 727-244-5906.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED: Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to
assist visitors four hours a day in a fast-paced
environment. Must have good people skills,
computer knowledge and know the Island. Call
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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. S1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: THEAnna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce is seeking a full-
time employee for a position as an assistant to
the president. Candidates must have good com-
munication skills as well as excellent people skills
and be able to work in a fast-paced environment.
Computer skills must include but not be limited to
Microsoft Office programs, Excel, Word and Pub-
lisher. Send resumes to 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant,
etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty,
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $180,000 plus inventory. Longview
COMMERCIAL OFFICES: FROM $250/month,
includes utilities. Different sizes to fit your budget,
from small office to 1,600 sf. Ideal for accounting,
attorney or office away from home. 941-746-8666.
5382 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
ISLANDTUTORING. 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
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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 add 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 fora pool! NOW $379,000
and in an area of single-family homes.
Custom 3BR/2BA and more than 3400
SF. Meticulous in detail. Attractive Florida-
design furnishings included. Spacious
decks and 450 ft to choice Anna Maria
Beach! Reduced $1,100,000.
"\\e ARE the Island!"
Mane Frank~ln, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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Sandy' Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
Sa ni Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
778*1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
F Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
, Affordable Handyman
Tim Hyland Island Resident
Insured Guaranteed work Free Estimates
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Log on: ProtectionPropertyWatch.com
Call Jon Kent at 941-920-0832
New Kitchens Shutters Room Additions
New Home Construction
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OSBORNE ENT TREE TRIMMING &REMOVAL
STUMP GRINDING starting at $39
insured for your protection
free estimates & seniors discount
25 yrs exp. Call Bill today 941-296-5971
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
References available 941-720-7519
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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.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays.
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.
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,
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.
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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.
FREE HOUSESITTER/PETSITTER, etc. Retired
Christian couple available anytime. Excellent local,
repeat references. 770-832-7319, ewingwt@
EXPERIENCED HOME COMPANION: Baths,
exercise, meals, chauffer, clean, etc. 941-748-3247
DANNY'S IRRIGATION: NEW installs, valve track-
ing, pool pump repair, all your irrigation needs.
IMMUNE-BOOSTING MASSAGE: Relaxing,
gentle, German method, 13 years experience.
941-720-8135. (MA 15752)
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.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.
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Available from Commercial News Providers"
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.
TOTAL LAWN CARE, tree service. 25 years
proactive service. Call Ron, "Shake & Bake".
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.
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.
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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.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
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Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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Completing more than 2000jobs on Anna Maria Island
Darrin J. Wash 941.725.0073
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Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
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2009-10 SEASON: BEAUTIFUL GROUND-level
single-family home. Available now. 2BR/1BA or
3BR/2BA with living room, family room, washer/
dryer and carport. Block to the beach in Anna
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, private
pool home near Palma Sola Causeway. $900/
weekly. Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gor-
geous pool home, Intracoastal Waterway, west
Bradenton. $1,050 weekly. www.coastalproper-
tiesrealty.com, or 941-794-1515.
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo.
Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer,
dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/month.
813-634-3790. Available March, April, May,
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. 2919
Ave. E, Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-3455 or
RENTAL: 2BR/2BA WESTBAY Point and Moor-
ings condo. Direct bayfront, spectacular views.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON BEACH.
Furnished 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.
FOR RENT: REMODELED 3BR/3BA canal-
front home, fenced, pool, with heated spa, out-
door kitchen, boat lift and dock, two-car garage.
RENT FOR 2010 season: Hidden Lakes new
luxury condo. 2BR/2BA, pool, sauna. garage.
Seven minutes to beach. $3,200/month, less for
REAL Es'FA'FE INC.
519 Pine Ave. Anna Miaria Fl. 34216
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.
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.
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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.
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.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA near beach. Cov-
ered parking, utility room. $800/month plus utili-
ties. No pets. 941-538-8200.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA. Clean, bright end
unit. $1,400/month. Call Jesse, 941-778-7244.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA LUXURY ranch. Tropical par-
adise five miles from beach. Like new. Two-car
garage, walk to schools. Long-term lease avail-
able. No pets. $1,600/month. 941-400-8547.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1BA house, $1,095/
month. 1BR/1BA apartment, $795/month. First,
last and security deposit. Jill, 941-587-1456.
FOR RENT: ANNUAL. Recently renovated
2BR/2BA house in quiet neighborhood. All appli-
ances upgraded. $1,400/month plus utilities.
Phone 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
ANNUAL: 1BR/1BA NORTH-end, ground-level,
quiet. Available May 1. $850/month, all inclusive.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 1 BR/1 BA, tile floors, close to
beach, $700/month. 1BR/1BA, Florida room, fire-
place, washer and dryer hookup, $725/month. No
pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
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.
Delightful 1266 SF
In-ground heated pool.
Location! Amazing value,
Buyer's one-year home
warranty. Call for details!
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"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, Blondln 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.
BEACH CONDO. FIRST floor, beautifully updated,
turnkey furnished, carport, pools, 2BR/1.5BA.
Reduced! 55-plus, no pets. 941-761-1923.
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 Bouzlane 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.
WAGNER & REALTY
Our 70th Year!
FOR SALE BY owner: Perico Island home.
3BR/2BA. Fouryears 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.
WANTED: WATER VIEW PROPERTY. Prefer
Anna Maria Island. Up to $100,000. contactreg@
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Priced for quick sale. "D"
model. $129,900. Denise Langlois, Coldwell
2BR/2BA ISLAND HOME for sale. Owner inter-
ested in renting back, and/or consider financing.
Negotiable or best offer. 2917 Ave. C, Holmes
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under
building. $520,000. Call Sherry Sasser at Sato
Real Estate, 941-778-7200, or Ilona Kenrick,
941-713-3214. Owner: 941-730-2606.
MICHIGAN: SQUARE LOG house. 3-4BR/2BA,
sleeps over 13. 100-foot frontage of sandy beach
on 9,000-acre, all-sport Hubbard Lake, 2,000 sf
of livable area. $549,000. Call 989-450-4842 or
VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN CABIN: Ready to move
in! Great views! Near large stocked trout stream,
private, two acres, only $159,500. Owner.
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
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.
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The Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict recently toughened its watering restrictions as
the region continuesto cope with drought conditions.
Swiftmud's action led Manatee County
to announce that it will begin to impose
fines on property owners who violate the
restrictions even first-time violators.
Property owners are allowed to run irrigation sys-
tems one day a week, under the water restrictions.
People in the county who irrigate on unauthor-
ized days and are caught will face a $110 fine and
administrative fees for the first violation, a $210
fine for the second and a $550 fine for the third
violation. A third violation could also result in a
property owner being ordered to appear in court.
Generally, the restrictions mean that lawn water-
ing is allowed once a week though Swiftmud
encourages people to skip a weekto conserve water.
Irrigation is allowed as follows:
Monday at addresses ending in "0" or "1.
*Tuesdays at addresses ending in "2" or "3.
Wednesday at addresses ending in "4" or "5."
*Thursdays at addresses ending in "6" or "7."
Friday at addresses ending in "8" or "9."
At properties of less than 2 acres, irri-
gation is allowed only between 12:01
a.m. and 8 a.m. or 6 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
To report a water violation in Holmes Beach,
call the police department at 941-708-5804.
Bradenton Beach violations should be reported
to the police department at 941-778-6311.
And violations in Anna Maria, which is policed
by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, should
be reported to 941-708-8899.
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