HAPPY EASTER TO ALL
Sunrise service on
beach and other
State Road 789
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Meetings of i,nil ,'1.
Preparations for hur-
ricane season under
way. Page 3
field. Page 8
Pla,,ing set for
Holmes Beach demo
garden. Page 11
Mother r;itlh s near
shore, ii ling season
to begin on Island
beaches. Page 13
Island Players to
receive hilri,, iil
planned in Holmes
Beach. Page 16
The Island police
reports. Page 20
Trade and commerce
reports. Page 21
What to do and
when. Page 22
By Paul Roat l
Kings on the run.
By Rick Catlin
L,,i/h r, Reporter
Manatee County marine rescue director
Jay Moyles is ready for the biggest weekend
of the year at Coquina Beach.
Easter is April 12 and Moyles has plans
for the expected 100,000-plus people who
will be at Coquina Beach and on the Island
during the three-day holiday weekend.
"This is definitely a weekend for all
hands to be on deck. We'll have a full com-
plement of lifeguards, probably 12. We' 11 be
Moyles said the holiday weekend on the
Island is for families to enjoy, but beach-
goers should take some precautions when
entering the water.
Many bathers are unaware of the rip
tides that can occur at Coquina Beach and
elsewhere on the Gulf side of Anna Maria
Island, he said.
"A rip tide, or rip current, is when wind
and waves push water up to the shore,"
Moyles said. "The water rushes back to sea
in a narrow current that moves away from
shore. It's strong enough to pull a swimmer
out to sea."
The best tip for swimmers caught in a
rip tide is to "relax," said Moyles. "Don't try
to swim against it. If you can, swim parallel
to shore until you' re out of it. It's not going
to drag you under the water."
At the same time the swimmer is moving
parallel to shore, Moyles said he or she
should call for assistance.
On Anna Maria Island, the rip tides are
seldom wider than 50 feet. On Florida's east
coast, however, a rip tide can reach up to 50
yards across. A Coquina Beach rip tide is
usually narrow, but they occur with regular-
ity, he indicated.
"I would say 80 percent of our water
rescues are due to swimmers caught in a rip
current," Moyles said.
"Remember to just relax if you' re caught
in a rip current," he concluded.
"And have a safe and happy Easter."
Island law enforcement
advises Easter patience
Island law enforcement officials and
departments are ready for this weekend.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam
Special has been preparing for months for
He's worked with the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office to organize law enforcement
staffing levels and other procedures for the
weekend, and plans are well in hand.
"Hopefully, everyone will have a nice,
safe weekend. If something happens, we' 11
be ready," Speciale said.
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Happy (egg) hunting
Children take off to hunt for eggs April 4 during the unnail Easter egg hunt at the Anna
Maria Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach. The hunt followed a plant sale, with the Anna
Maria Women of the Moose sponsoring both events. Llandt r Photos: Lisa Neff
Marianna Carroll, 3, of Brh tii ,in, right, examines
her goodies at the annual Easter egg hunt held at the
Anna Maria Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach.
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VOLUME 17, NO. 23
APRIL8,.2009 I M~
2 E APRIL 8, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Sunrise Easter service set next Sunday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will host
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
Easter crowds expected on Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The chief advised motorists to be aware that a lot
of pedestrians are expected along Gulf Drive, as well
as a high volume of vehicles.
"Just be patient," he asked motorists.
Special also suggested people park the family
car at a safe location and use the free Island trolley
to travel up and down the Island.
Sgt. John Kenney, the MCSO deputy in charge
of the Anna Maria substation, said the office is fully
staffed for the weekend and patrols will be out on
Anna Maria beaches.
"We are well prepared," Kenney said.
The law enforcement departments of all three
Island cities will be working together this weekend,
he said, and in regular contact with each other.
Echoing the sentiments of Speciale, Kenney said
everyone on the Island this weekend should "relax
and have patience" when driving.
Kenney also reminded beachgoers that alcohol
is not permitted on the beach.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine has said
previously that Easter is the busiest weekend for the
department and a full complement of officers will be
While efforts to reach Manatee County Area
Transit director Ralf Heseler were unsuccessful,
MCAT traditionally boosts its Island trolley service
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 ser-
vice, and encourages worshippers to bring a beach chair
or towel, as well as a flashlight for a pre-dawn arrival. The
club also encourages trolley ridership when possible.
During the service, Kiwanis members collect
donations for the participating churches.
In addition to the Kiwanis service, all the Island
churches will host Easter programs, including:
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will hold Easter service at 8:50 a.m.
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold Easter
services at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
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 ser-
vices, at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, will hold an Easter
service with the Rev. Stephen King at 9:30 a.m.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will hold two services on Easter,
one at 9 a.m. and one at 11 a.m.
At St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, Easter Mass will be celebrated
at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon, with Divine Mercy Ser-
vices following the noon Mass.
An egg hunt will take place at 1 p.m. on Easter
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club annual Easter sunrise service at the Manatee Public Beach has
brought together the Island churches and worshipers for more than four decades. The service will begin at
6:30 a.m. April 12 at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo
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THE ISLANDER U APRIL 8, 2009 E 3
Beach nourishment funds halted, but AMI OK
By Rick Catlin
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget,
which operates directly under the White House, has
apparently halted the use of $83 million in stimulus
funds earmarked for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
beach nourishment projects.
American Shore and Beach Preservation Associa-
Spring on the green
Kanya Wagner of Mims, Fla., readies fresh orchids for shoppers at the Anna Maria Island Art and Craft
Festival April 4 in the field near Holmes Beach City Hall. The event raised money for the Anna Maria
Island In .,. i i., Park, which is south of city hall. The park is undergoing improvements currently with
the installation of memorial bricks and later with the construction of a gazebo and the placement of new
plants. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Gulf Drive resurfacing to
begin with April 14 meeting
By Lisa Neff
The Florida Department of Transportation will
begin its resurfacing of State Road 789 this month
on Longboat Key.
Resurfacing of State Road 789, also known as
Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach,
is scheduled for fiscal year 2010, according to the
The DOT's plans for SR 789 include milling and
resurfacing, as well as adding or extending turn lanes,
sidewalks, curbs, guardrails and signage in certain
areas and making various repairs.
The entire SR 789 resurfacing project has been
in the works since 2007.
The DOT will host an open house to discuss the
project from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April
14, at the Longboat Key Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles
The open house will focus on the first construc-
tion project, which is from the Sarasota County line
to Longboat Pass Bridge. That work is scheduled to
begin this month and take about 90 days to com-
DOT representatives will answer questions about
the project, pending lane closures, and what impact, if
any, improvements might have on adjacent property
on Longboat Key.
DOT spokesman Darren Alfonso said limited
information will be available on next year's projects
in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach.
"We will have more information on that as the
plans get finalized, and basically we will do the same
thing when we get closer to the construction dates.
We'll have an open house up there," Alfonso said.
In Bradenton Beach, the resurfacing project
involves "smoothing the road," according to public
works director Tom Woodard.
The resurfacing is separate from two other state-
related projects planned for Gulf Drive in the city
- one involves major improvements along the road
that may be funded with federal stimulus money and
the other is the planned installation of a new sidewalk
near the intersection with Cortez Road.
The stimulus project would involve $830,169 in
federal funding for new sidewalks, added crosswalks
on Gulf Drive and across side streets, removing, relo-
cating and planting new landscaping, improving street
lights and improving several beach access points.
In Holmes Beach, next year's Gulf Drive resur-
facing may include improvements to the intersection
at Manatee Avenue and East Bay Drive with new
mast arms and a traffic signal system.
Like Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach has a
separate project in the works on SR 789 that may be
covered under federal stimulus dollars. That project,
estimated to cost $78,110, involves improvements at
the intersection of East Bay and SR 789, including
replacing the traffic signals with windproof traffic
Both the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
stimulus projects were submitted to the Florida Leg-
islative Budget Commission last week for review and
approval, according to the DOT. The commission is
expected to act on the recommendations by April
Final plans for the SR 789 resurfacing work from
Cortez Road north to State Road 64 are scheduled
to be submitted by this July, and the contract to be
executed in February 2010.
Final plans for the SR 789 resurfacing from the
Longboat Key Bridge to Cortez Road are due to be
submitted by late June, and the contract to be exe-
cuted by February 2010.
tion president Harry Simmons said the OMB stopped
the projects because it is "contrary to administration
budget policy to use federal funds for periodic beach
Manatee County natural resources director Char-
lie Hunsicker said the OMB decision does not alter
the next Anna Maria Island beach renourishment
"It's a bad mark on the government, but, for-
tunately, those funds were for projects ready for
construction. We won't be ready until 2013 for
construction to start, so it's not going to affect us,"
But Simmons is concerned about the $83 mil-
lion worth of beach renourishment projects that the
Corps says are ready to begin. Simmons said that for
the past 14 years, presidents Bill Clinton and George
Bush have signed legislation that included funding
for beach nourishment projects.
Under the Recovery Act of 2009, however, the
OMB is in charge of disbursing any nourishment
funds, Simmons said.
"They have chosen to ignore the will of Congress
and instead have driven the bus in the wrong direc-
tion," he said.
Simmons urged beachgoers, environmentalists
and anyone who has any interest in the beach to go
online to www.whitehouse.gov/contact and send an
e-mail directly to President Barack Obama. The Web
site www.capwiz.com/mandcmp/issues can be used
to e-mail federal elected officials.
As of April 3, the OMB had declined comment
on its management of beach nourishment funds.
Anna Maria City
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 CG;f Drive,
April 13, 2 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
April 15, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meet-
April 16, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
April 21, 4 p.m., managed anchoring, moor-
ing field committee meeting.
April 28, 4 p.m., managed anchoring, moor-
ing field committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 CO;f Drive N.,
941-778-1005, i ,,. ..r .... ,,,..,I, .. i ..rg.
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,
West Manatee Fire Rescue
April 16, 6 p.m., WMFR District commission
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
April 10 is Good Friday and many govern-
ment offices, including the Island city halls, will be
closed. The Islander also will be closed.
April 12 is Easter Sunday.
April 20, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach
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4 E APRIL 8, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
AMI in federal stimulus funding mix
By Rick Catlin
The city of Anna Maria was ready when the
Florida Department of Transportation announced it
was accepting "shovel-ready" projects for possible
funding from the surface transportation program, part
of the $783 billion federal stimulus fund.
Mayor Fran Barford said she was advised about
the stimulus requirements for projects prior to the
DOT announcement, and she and the city staff worked
feverishly to get a number of projects submitted.
That hard work has paid off for Anna Maria.
A DOT press release last week said that seven
Anna Maria projects totaling nearly $1.2 million are
on the DOT's priority funding list.
Those include a total of $775,000 for repairs to both
the Crescent Avenue and North Bay Boulevard hump-
Gulf coast a
By Rick Catlin
In what some local residents might consider not
really news, hurricane forecasting experts say Anna
Maria Island has a chance of encountering a hurricane
or tropical storm during the 2009 Atlantic season.
The Houston-based Weather Research Center
predicted recently that, for the 2009 hurricane season,
the eastern Gulf coast region has a 70 percent chance
of experiencing landfall of a tropical storm or hur-
ricane, while Florida's west coast has a 60 percent
"We expect at least seven named storms with four
of these tropical storms intensifying into hurricanes
this season," Weather Center president Jill Hasling
said in a press release.
At least one of those four hurricanes will be a
category 3 or higher storm, the center predicted.
"We're forecasting that the season will continu-
ally elevate with tropical storm activity and we're
predicting that August, September and October will
be the most likely months for extremely active situ-
ations," she concluded.
According to Hasling, the Orbital Cyclone Strike
Index forecasts "heavy activity for the Atlantic"
during the upcoming season. The OCSI has an 88
percent accuracy rate, she said.
The Colorado State University hurricane center's
2009 hurricane forecast doubled the OCSI prognos-
tication. CSU's prediction said that there would be
14 named storms this season, with seven reaching
hurricane intensity. Of those seven, three will reach
category 3 or higher in strength.
The CSU prediction said the Florida peninsula
has only a 39 percent chance of experiencing a direct
hit from a named storm.
But Phillip Klotzbach of CSU's hurricane
research department admitted that CSU's predictions
have been somewhat off the mark in recent years.
"Our forecasts have not been entirely accurate,
but we are forecasting an above-average season" of
storm activity in the Atlantic, he said.
Klotzbach said this year's prediction is based
upon a number of factors, including the absence of
the El Nino weather effect this season.
A National Weather Service spokesperson said
the service would not release its 2009 Atlantic hur-
ricane season forecast until mid-May.
A photograph of cownose rays which appeared
in the April 1 edition of The Islander was taken
by Kevin Fitzgerald of Holmes Beach. The photo
credit was incorrectly attributed to Bill Funkhouser,
who also supplied great photos of the cownose rays
in the Gulf.
back bridges, $186,000 to resurface Pine Avenue from
Gulf Drive to Bay Boulevard, and $112,000 to resurface
Willow Avenue from Gulf Drive to Pine Avenue.
Other Anna Maria projects on the DOT priority
list are $30,500 for a sidewalk at Gulffront Park from
Palm Avenue to Willow Avenue, $15,400 for a side-
walk on Gulf Boulevard from Palm Street to Mag-
nolia Street, $13,000 for a sidewalk on Gulf Drive
between Pine and Spring avenues, and $85,000 for a
sidewalk on Bay Boulevard from Hibiscus Lane to
North Shore Drive.
"None of the projects were 'shovel ready' when
we started," she said.
The mayor credited the city staff with working
together to determine what projects could qualify and
getting the required documentation and paperwork to
the DOT. The DOT completed the design and engi-
County preps for
By Lisa Neff
Officials ushered the press corps through the
Manatee County Public Safety Center March 31, part
of preparations for the 2009 hurricane season.
Local journalists toured two floors of the center at
47th Terrace East in Bradenton. The center, opened in late
2007 and operational for the 2008 storm season, houses
the county's public safety administration, emergency man-
agement operations, 911 center, Manatee County Sheriff's
Office communications center, emergency medical ser-
vices, information services department, marine rescue and
traffic management operations.
The secure building contains day-to-day emer-
gency operations, but also will serve as a central com-
mand station in a hurricane or other major event.
To accommodate emergency personnel 24/7
over days at a time, the center is equipped with a
full kitchen, bunk rooms, showers, lockers, a media
center, a radio room, an extensive communications
system, conference rooms and a 3,100-square-foot
names new director
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society board
of directors has hired Nelson Roberts of Holmes
Beach to serve as its part-time director.
The position was previously held by Sissy Quinn of
Anna Maria, who was let go earlier this year and is now
involved in a new Island-based preservation trust.
Roberts moved to Anna Maria Island in 1978
from Lakeland. He has been a staff member of Island
Fitness Center, a professor of computer science at
USF in Lakeland and a systems analyst for Interna-
tional Minerals and Chemical Corporation in Bartow.
Roberts has a master's degree in tlKi' l ''y, a bach-
elor's degree in business management and an associ-
ate's degree in business.
He is a worship leader at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church in Holmes Beach and a volunteer with Kairos
Prison Ministry International, as well as an avid
neering on the projects, she indicated.
Other Island projects on the DOT priority list
are $78,000 for a new traffic light at the Manatee
Avenue-East Bay Drive intersection in Holmes Beach
and $830,000 for corridor improvements to State
Road 789 in Bradenton Beach.
Additionally, two sidewalk projects in Holmes
Beach totaling $110,000 are on the DOT list.
The DOT has sent its recommended list to the
Florida Legislative Budget Committee for review and
approval, after which the LBC will forward its rec-
ommended projects to the Federal Highway Admin-
istration for review and approval.
DOT spokesperson Lauren Hatchell said the LBC
would not announce its recommendations for funding
prior to April 15.
"Now, we just sit back and wait," Barford said.
2009 storm names
The names for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane
season are Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika,
Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry,
Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam,
Teresa, Victor and Wanda.
The county, in partnership with the Florida
Department of Transportation, also is working on a
traffic management center that will enable emergency
teams in the public safety building to monitor, via
cameras, the conditions of roads and intersections.
"That will really help us having a bird's eye
view for evacuations," said Don Hermey, contin-
gency planner with the county's emergency manage-
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins
The extended-range forecast is for a somewhat
above-average Atlantic basin tropical cyclone season
this year, with an above-average probability of a major
hurricane making landfall in the United States.
Pierce undecided on
replacement bridge option
Bradenton Beach Mayor Mike Pierce said he has
not made up his mind.
At the March 26 Florida Department ofTransporta-
tion's public hearing on the options for a new bridge,
Pierce and Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
were asked collectively by The Islander what type of
bridge they favored as a replacement, if any.
Both men appeared to respond "high," but Pierce said
later that he did not hear or understand the question.
Pierce said he has not yet formed an opinion on
a replacement bridge, and has only "considered" a
high-rise bridge as one of the available options.
"I would like it noted that I have not made up my
mind," he said.
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 8, 2009 0 5
Commission briefed on mitigation plan
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach is finalizing its long-term plan
to mitigate the impact of disasters specifically hur-
ricanes and severe flooding.
At the urging of the Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency and in cooperation with the state,
county and other municipalities, Bradenton Beach
staff and city commission are working on a local
The LMS is a plan that identifies hazards, hazard
areas and possible actions to mitigate the impacts of
In Bradenton Beach, the hazards presenting
the most concern are tropical storms or hurricanes
and severe flooding from heavy rainfall, accord-
ing to Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby,
who serves as the city's point-person on emergency
During a meeting April 2 at city hall, Cosby, proj-
ect/program manager Lisa Marie Phillips and build-
ing official Steve Gilbert briefed the city commission
and mayor on the LMS.
Cosby said the current work involves revising
and updating planning that began in 1997 at the
urging of FEMA.
"Local mitigation, what it does, is encourages
communities to come up with strategies on how to
curb losses for high-risk areas," Cosby said. "We are
entirely a high-risk area."
Cosby said federal interest in mitigation planning
"died off and funding dried up" for a period.
But now "it's back and we're instructed to repri-
oritize our projects," he continued.
Bradenton Beach's proposed LMS proj-
ects, which will be ranked this month, include
installing storm shutters and hardening city hall,
improving drainage along Gulf Drive/State Road
789 from Sixth Street North to 27th Street North,
purchasing eight new communications devices
Vehicle vs. bridge
It was heave-ho for
and law enforcement
summoned to the Anna
Maria Island Bridge
Sunday afternoon, where
they helped move a
g vehicle that drove over
J -the traffic barrier back
onto the road. Florida
Highway Patrol reported
no injuries, but the crash
tied up traffic for nearly
an hour for miles in
all directions. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
for the police and public works departments,
raising some roads to combat flooding, install-
ing more dunes on the beaches, elevating the
public works building, improving drainage along
Bay Drive South and updating the city's phone
Cosby said it's important to have a mitigation
strategy and to adopt it as a capital improvements
plan in the event a disaster occurs.
With a federal emergency declaration, FEMA
will provide disaster relief money, but also may pro-
vide funds for protection against future disasters.
After the workshop on the LMS, the commission
held a regular meeting and:
Approved payment of a $3,279.80 invoice from
attorney Greg Hootman for his work on a board of
adjustment case Ken Lohn vs. the city of Braden-
ton Beach that will be addressed April 15 by the
board of adjustment.
Approved payment of a $5,843.77 invoice from
M.T. Causley Inc. for building department services,
including the salary of the contracted building offi-
Approved payment of a $1,651 invoice to install
and operate an Internet firewall.
Approved payment of a $3,394.80 invoice from
city attorney Ricinda Perry for services in February.
Approved a request from city project/program
manager Lisa Marie Phillips to travel to Fernandina
Beach for the Florida Waterfronts Florida Partnership
The city is Florida Waterfronts community.
The program, to be held April 16-17, will focus
on federal stimulus funding for environmental proj-
ects, establishing mooring fields, adaptive watershed
planning and promoting trusts for public land.
Phillips estimated the travel costs at $575.79.
The next commission meeting will be at 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, at city hall.
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6 E APRIL 8, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Continuing our front-page photo theme, we offer
more signs that spring is busting out all over Anna Maria
Island. For instance, we encountered not one but two
gorillas on AMI last week. Holy zoo animals! Just a few
short weeks ago, we saw an elephant l, ._'in' along
Marina Drive in the St. Patrick's Day parade, and now,
on an Island where farm animals are prohibited, and,
for most of us, exotic creatures are only seen on a trip
to Busch Gardens, two gorilla sightings?
We can only recall one other such incident. It
occurred when the mascot of an upholstery store, a
stuffed gorilla, was kidnapped. The ransom exchange
led us to a restaurant, where a gorilla walked in with
the captured subject in a baby stroller and absconded
with its ill-gotten gains amid a roar of laughter.
This week, we encountered a gorilla drawing cus-
tomers to Banana Cabana on Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach, urging passersby to try some "bananas in the
cabana" and stop for a libation.
Then, before you could squeal "Cheeta," we were
visited at a Sato Real Estate "First Friday" party by a
singing gorilla in a pink tutu. Really. It wound up with
a bunch of balloons, a birthday cake and a chorus of
"Happy Birthday" for party guest Scott MacGregor
- a good sport, indeed and a barrel of laughs for
If you ever thought tourist season was a zoo, you
might be right.
And this season likely will continue past Easter
until the end of April.
For the uninitiated, a new influx of visitors occurs
the first of April, just as an exodus of folks who come
for three- or six-month stints occurs at the end of
And, added to the visiting friends and family who
hunker down in the homes of Islanders for spring
break and Easter, the Island population can swell and
swell and swell.
It's as if we're the candy crowded into a huge
Easter pifiata. One more vehicle over the bridge, one
more blanket of folks on the beach, and you're sure
it will burst.
Then, the party is over. Well, until the summer
season strikes up.
But first, please, join us and the sponsoring AMI
Kiwanis Club for the 45th annual Easter sunrise ser-
vice for all denominations at the Manatee Public
It's a beautiful, peaceful, awakening.
But, no clowning around, it's not the end.
Slick By Egan
We respond to a letter by Manatee County Com-
missioner Carol Whitmore regarding speakers at the
March 26 Florida Department of Transportation Anna
Maria Island bridge meeting.
SAM board members did indeed speak at the
Not one of us mentioned Carol Whitmore.
The citizen accused of implying a conspiracy
actually said, "It is a known fact that county com-
missioners are working together with DOT to get a
\\NWikmng together" does not imply the harsh
The citizen made an assumption based upon the
transcript of a November 2008 county commission
meeting and upon Whitmore's own reports concerning
her meeting with Vern Buchanan and John Mica.
At the commission meeting, Whitmore said,
"FDOT, I did speak to them regarding that what we
are requesting is $140 million ... for a six-year fund-
ing of design, construction and demolition... to get
ready to build a new bridge."
Thus, the county commission is obviously work-
ing with the DOT on a replacement bridge.
Since there are only two types of bridges under
consideration bascule and fixed and since past,
publicly stated preferences and support for a fixed
span are widely known, the fair assumption was
made that the DOT and county commissioners are
working together for a fixed span bridge.
If this assumption proves false, the citizen and
SAM's board will respectfully apologize.
SAM's mission is to preserve the environment,
the ec ,1 ,_ and the lifestyle of our Island communi-
At this public forum, we represented the collec-
tive concerns of our membership.
Ursula Stemm, Jim Kissick, Nancy Deal, Carol
Soustek, SAM Inc. board
Little theater, bad language
We support little theaters back in our home state.
In fact, we are season ticket holders.
There is only one little theater in a three-county
area that we do not support and it is for the same
reason we do not support the Island Players theater.
We do, however, support Manatee Players, as well
as two other theaters in this area.
We do not fathom why the Island Players feel that
it is necessary to use the Lord's name in vain or why
they feel it is appropriate to use vulgarities and slang
that 99 percent of the population does not use.
Certainly polite society does not use such lan-
guage. Yes, rappers and street people may appreciate
this but most of us do not.
It has been said that people who use language
such as that are simply trying to express them-
selves. If this offends you I would say, "If the shoe
fits, wear it."
G. Edward Saxe, Holmes Beach
Quinn to be missed at society
I was shocked to read on the front page of The Islander
that Sissy Quinn was terminated as executive administrator
of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society.
As a business owner for three years, I have sup-
ported her great efforts by donating items to sell, by
selling the society's books.
Sissy Quinn's leadership, vision and fundraising
skills put the historical society on the map as a tourist
Quinn's outreach to the entire Island has brought
in lots of money, goodwill and pride.
She worked to have 14 properties designated as
historic sites. Fabulous.
I thank her for her great work, love and dedica-
tion to maintain the history and beauty of our Island.
Her work will live on forever.
I say to her, "Great job."
Jane A. Grossman, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER U APRIL 8, 2009 E 7
Anna Maria committee plans pier centennial
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Committee
held its organizational meeting March 30 and chair-
person Sissy Quinn received an earful of suggestions
to make the 100th anniversary celebration as spec-
tacular as possible.
Quinn said the first meeting was to throw ideas
against the wall and "see what sticks."
With Easter falling on April 24 in 2011 the
of the pier -
a three-day cel-
ning in late
The com- .- _
mittee gave B
consensus to -
the late March I "* "
dates, but "
agreed to firm
up the plan at
its April 20 meeting.
City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick the com-
mission liaison had an idea for a "Pier Hop."
She envisions festival goers riding the Island trolley
from one restaurant to another for a sampling at each
Another suggestion was to have a military band
along with a parade of tall sailing ships during the
event. A fireworks display with VIP seating was an
idea for the final night of the festival.
Quinn suggested the city get the pier designated
as a Florida historical site, complete with a marker.
"There are no state markers on the Island. Anna
Maria pier could get the first one," Quinn said.
Mayor Fran Barford said she would look into
possible funding sources for the marker.
Other suggestions included the sale of T-shirts,
a parade of people wearing period clothing, a sand-
sculpting contest, an antique car parade, a party at
Bayfront Park, the sale of charms and jewelry, a kids
fishing tournament at the pier and a program/maga-
zine listing centennial events, location and time.
should talk to
i businesses in
all around the
Island to get
in the plan-
T --.. cm itt ning of the
S- There were
a lot of ideas
presented for an initial meeting.
"That's a lot on our plate," said Quinn. "It's a lot
"Let's just list the ideas now," said committee
member Richard Thomas. "We'll decide later what
Committee members include Quinn, Thomas,
former Mayor SueLynn, Joan Voyles and Mady
The committee's next meeting is at 4 p.m.,
Monday, April 20, at the Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive.
In the April 7,1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria city commissioners proposed a rent
increase of 40 percent to operators of Anna Maria
Oyster Bar Inc., the restaurant on the city pier. The
company said it would pay $48,000 a year, while the
commission responded with $70,000 annually.
The U.S. Coast Guard in Cortez reported that
an electrical short started a fire on the 65-foot yacht
"Bella Veloce" while it was cruising about two miles
north of the Anna Maria Island Bridge. All six pas-
sengers were evacuated to a nearby boat. The fire
was extinguished by West Side firefighters brought by
the Coast Guard to the vessel. There was no damage
reported to the exterior of the yacht.
In a letter to the Manatee County Commission,
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore requested that an
elected official from an Island city or Longboat Key be
appointed to the Manatee County Tourist Development
Council to fill the expired Palmetto seat. Whitmore said
Island cities had patiently waited for a seat on the TDC.
Palmetto reapplied to retain its seat.
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State reviews grant for mooring field
By Lisa Neff
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion is reviewing Bradenton Beach's request for a $220,000
grant to implement a recreational boating plan.
The plan, which is being developed, involves
establishing an anchorage and mooring field south of
the Historic Bridge Street Pier, creating a kayak and
canoe launch at Herb Dolan North Park and opening
a harbor master office on the pier.
The city's pier management team, which consists
of staff and elected officials with various responsibili-
ties regarding the pier complex, briefly discussed the
boating plan April 2 at city hall.
Lisa Marie Phillips, the city's project/program
manager, informed the team that she had submitted
the grant application to the FWC's boating improve-
She said the city is seeking funding for a pump-
out station for boaters, to build out the harbor master
office on the pier and to design, engineer and install
the mooring field.
"It's pretty inclusive and I just hope it comes
through," Phillips said.
The city's financial contribution would be about
$32,000, as well as about $20,000 in-kind support,
such as labor costs.
The master plan is due to be completed by late
The Florida Department of Transportation last
week installed new crosswalks in Bradenton Beach
across Gulf Drive.
Gulf Drive, also State Road 789, falls under the
jurisdiction of the DOT.
The DOT installed the crosswalks at Second
Street North, Fifth Street South and 27th Street North,
more than two weeks in advance of its deadline.
June, with much of the work being done by a contrac-
tor, Scheda Ecological Associates, in partnership with
city staff and a newly appointed managed anchorage
and mooring field committee.
The committee is scheduled to meet three times
this month to work on the plan.
"It's all about getting the plan done," Phillips said.
In other business at the pier team meeting, the
group agreed that the public works department would
paint "Please do not feed the wildlife" on the pier rail-
ings to respond to complaints about people feeding
birds, dolphins and manatees at the site.
The next pier team meeting will be at 1 p.m.
Thursday, May 7, at city hall.
Bradenton Beach gets 'good' audit
By Lisa Neff adjustments are made.
Islander Reporter He also praised the "pitch-in" attitude of the city's
Bradenton Beach got a "good audit" for fiscal administrative department during Idso's absence.
year 2007-08. Idso added, \ ly staff did a great job.... They
Ed Leonard of Christopher, Smith, Leonard, Bristow make me proud."
and Stanell delivered the annual audit report March 12 to She said a new reconciliation software package
Mayor Michael Pierce, Commissioners John Shaughnessy has been installed and checklists are being devel-
and Bob Bartelt and city clerk Nora Idso. oped.
Leonard offered some general positive comments
about the audit, which showed that for the past fiscal
year the city's assets exceeded its liabilities, the city
spent less than it budgeted and the city saw a net increase
in assets despite a decrease in total collected taxes.
"The balance sheet is in good financial position,"
The audit report also contained several recom-
mendations, which Idso said were being addressed.
Leonard said at the start of the audit, the operat-
ing bank statement balance did not agree with the
L\ cly item was there, we did find every piece,"
Leonard said, noting that a change in the bank rec-
onciliation software package was a factor, as well as
the absence of key personnel. Idso was on leave for
a period last year recovering from a serious illness.
Leonard suggested additional cross training of
employees and developing monthly, quarterly and
annual checklists to ensure required entries and
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The audit report also contained a recommendation
that the city eliminate unnecessary lines in its financial
statements that can be confusing for readers.
Idso said the city would work with the software
vendor on that recommendation.
The auditor also recommended city personnel
always provide detailed information on credit card
charges. "In testing disbursements, we noted that
credit card purchases were not always supported with
detailed invoices as required by city policy," the audit
Idso said a new directive went out to city card-
holders stating "that failure to turn in proper docu-
mentation could result in revocation of cards."
Another audit report recommendation was that
the city consider instituting additional collection pro-
cedures for money owed on sanitation and stormwa-
Idso said the city is working on that matter, which
was raised recently at several meetings.
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Bradenton Beach seeks larger planner pool
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners voted
March 19 to re-advertise for a planning consultant
to help with updating the city's land-development
The commission made the decision after receiv-
ing just two bids in response to a request for propos-
als advertised by the city for three weeks.
Alan Garrett, a consultant in Anna Maria, and
ZNS Engineering in Bradenton submitted bids.
Commissioners agreed that they soon want to
begin work with a planner to fold proposed comp-
plan amendments into the land-development code.
The city, under Florida law, is required to update its
land-development regulations within a year of sub-
mitting its revised comp plan to the state.
But the commission also wants to look at more
bids because the planner might work on a long-term
basis with the city, which needs someone to help with
a rewrite of the LDC and assist with planning depart-
The planning board has previously indicated its
desire to hire a planning consultant to assist not only
with the LDC and comprehensive plan work, but on
an ongoing basis.
The RFPthat city attorney Ricinda Perry drafted
sought planning and consulting professionals to bid
on a contract with the city "to assist with the tasks
associated with the preparation of a comprehensive
update to the city of Bradenton Beach Land Devel-
opment Code following the evaluation and appraisal
update to the city's comprehensive plan."
The RFP said a contract will be awarded for the
proposal deemed "most advantageous to the city"
based on price, as well as other factors.
Mayor Michael Pierce was the first to say he was
reluctant to move forward with just two bids.
Commissioners Janie Robertson and John
Shaughnessy said they were eager for the planning
work to get under way, but they and Commissioners
Bob Bartelt and Bob Connors agreed to seek more
City project and program manager Lisa Marie
Phillips said in addition to publishing the RFP in a
daily local newspaper, the city should use an online
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The award recognized the Manatee County
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ronmental stewardship and restoration activi-
Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County director
of natural resources, said the award represented
a lot of hard work on the part of the department
staff and shows how unique the Robinson Pre-
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"We are certainly very appreciative of the
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Robinson Preserve is a 487-acre coastal
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created largely through a successful partnership
that included stakeholders ranging from local vol-
unteers to national government agencies. The $6
million restoration received funding from eight
partners that netted more than $4.5 million in
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Forty-three jurisdictions from Pasco, Pinel-
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Planting set for demo garden
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee is on schedule for planting to take place
in the city's new demonstration garden in May.
The committee secured a grant from the Sarasota
Bay Estuary Program, and with matching funds from
the city will establish the garden near the intersection
of Key Royale and Marina drives.
Earlier this year committee members worked
with city public works staff to mark the garden into
four zones for different types of plants all of them
native to Florida.
One area will consist of about 30 groundcover plants,
such as gaillardia, beach sunflowers and liriope.
Another area will consist of plants to attract but-
terflies, such as red milkweed, yellow necklacepod
A third space will contain ornamental grasses,
such as purple fountain grass.
A fourth area will have flowering and fruit-bear-
ing shrubs, such as beauty-berry, Christmas berry and
The garden likely won't be finalized until next
fall, when a dedication is planned, but the planting
will be completed by late May, the committee agreed
during a meeting April 1 at city hall.
In other business at the meeting, committee
members discussed goals for the next year, including
beautifying Marina Drive from the 6200 block north
to Key Royale Drive and planting a line of Gumbo
Limbo trees along Manatee Avenue from East Bay
Drive west toward Gulf Drive.
In a related issue, the committee briefly discussed
pursuing a Tree City USA designation, which could
help in securing grants for beautification projects.
Art league receives MCCA grant
Joyce Karp, executive director of the Anna Maria
Island Art League, accepts a $500 check from
Manatee County Cultural Alliance board member
Dorothy Blum ofBradenton Beach. MCCA pro-
vided a grant to support AMIAL's SpringFest
and WinterFest juried arts and crafts festivals in
Art league hosts
Artists Gone Wild
Anna Maria Island Art League's "Artists Gone
Wild" will open with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday,
April 10, at the studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Cortez artist Linda Molto will be the juror for the
show, and awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m.
The reception will be catered by the Sandbar and
artist/pastry chef Debra Ridgdill.
Classical guitarist Joe Yana will perform.
During the reception AMIAL will sell raffle tick-
ets for a tropical-themed wall hanging by AMIAL
member Heidi Hager and a canvas bag containing a
collection of art supplies from Keeton's Office and
Art Supplies in Bradenton.
The exhibit will run through May 1.
For more information, call AMIAL at
For example, points for a Tree City USA des-
ignation would be gained on a state forestry grant
application that the committee will seek in 2010.
Tree City USA is an Arbor Day Foundation pro-
gram that provides direction, assistance, attention
and national recognition for urban and community
forestry. To become a member of Tree City USA,
Holmes Beach would need to show it meets four
requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care
ordinance, a community forestry program with at
least $2 per capital and an Arbor Day observance.
Focusing on trees, the committee also discussed
tree dedications and National Arbor Day, which will
be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, in Holmes
Beach with a tree-planting in a linear park at Fifth
Avenue and 39th Street.
Also, on other dates, two memorial trees will be
planted in the city.
One tree will be planted for Holmes Beach
Founders Day, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday,
April 17, at city hall, 5701 Marina Drive. The tree
will be planted in memory of Helen Hagen, a bene-
factor who, with husband Rex, contributed greatly to
the city's recreational facilities.
A second tree will be planted in memory of Jim
Gloth. The location and date of the ceremony still are
to be determined.
Gloth died March 26 in Seattle. He operated
Island Foods grocery in Holmes Beach before sell-
ing the property to Publix and served as a chair of the
parks and beautification committee.
"He was one of the pioneers of this committee,"
said committee member Kathy King. "He was com-
The committee's next meeting will be at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6, at city hall.
Privateers to hold
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host
the spring season's last Thieves Market at
Coquina Beach from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,
The organization, which holds the markets
to raise money for its community programs and
youth scholarships, is seeking vendors to sell
collectibles, antiques and crafts, and to operate
With the last Thieves Market, the Privateers
will begin a new round of events, which will
include the group's annual golf tournament on
May 9, Snooks Adams Kids Day May 16, the
Islandwide blood drive in June and the Indepen-
dence Day parade and scholarship party July 4.
For more information about the Privateers,
go to www.amiprivateers.org, or call Jackie Wal-
dron at 941-323-4075.
Village association to honor couple
The Longboat Village Association will honor
John "Dutch" Arends and his wife Patrizia for years
of community service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8,
near the town dock on Linley Street.
John Arends is the former president of the vil-
lage association, having served two terms in the posi-
tion and as the association's membership chairman.
He also has served as treasurer and president of the
Longboat Key Garden Club and has volunteered for
the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.
Patrizia Arends is a former town clerk for Longboat
Key, working for the city from 1986 to 2001. On retir-
ing, she served as a consultant to the town clerk's depart-
ment and served on the code enforcement, planning and
zoning and charter review boards. She also served as
director of volunteers for the Longboat Key Center for
the Arts, as a member of the District 2 Advisory Com-
mittee for the Manatee County Commission, as chair of
the Manatee Advisory Board on the Status of Women
and vice president of the League of Women Voters of
Manatee County. She has received numerous awards
during her professional career, including Eckerd's 2002
Woman of Distinction Award.
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12 0 APRIL 8, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
State seeks help for horseshoe crab research
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation biolo-
gists are calling on the public to help identify where
horseshoe crabs are spawning.
The best time to find horseshoe crabs spawning
is around high tide, right before or just after a full
or new moon, according to a news release from the
The full moon on Friday, April 10, will create
good conditions for viewing the crabs, the FWC
Biologists want to know the number of horseshoe
crabs seen by observers and whether the horseshoe
crabs are mating.
The researchers also want to know the date, time,
location and habitat conditions.
The survey is part of an ongoing FWC study of
the horseshoe crab population, which has declined
throughout much of the specie's range due to degra-
dation of reproductive habitat and overfishing.
The crab's reproductive activities can be dis-
rupted when seawalls or other types of development
alter shoreline configuration, according to the state.
Also, in the past 30 years, the eastern United
States' annual harvest of horseshoe crabs for its
bait fishery has climbed from about 6,000 to nearly
The decline in the population of horseshoe
crabs has an impact on other species, especially
shorebirds that rely on horseshoe crab eggs as a
primary food source during long migrations. For
example, Red Knots, which can be found on Anna
Maria Island and are highly dependent on horse-
shoe crabs, have declined in number by 82 per-
Beachgoers can report the time, date and
location of horseshoe-crab sightings by going to
research.myfwc.com/horseshoe_crab or by e-mail-
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also can call the FWC at 866-252-9326.
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 8, 2009 0 13
By Lisa Neff
April 1 put Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive
director Suzi Fox on an ATV to begin beach patrols.
AMITW volunteers will begin to walk the Island's
beaches looking first for signs of sea turtle nests, and,
later in the season, for signs that hatchlings emerged
from the nests.
The data is collected and used by local, state and
federal governments in setting coastline policies and
in monitoring the health of sea turtle populations on
the U.S. endangered species lists.
begins on Island beaches
Nesting season on Island beaches generally runs least terns or black skimmers.
from May 1 through October, but Fox begins a month AMITW will work with the Florida Fish and
early in the event nesting begins before the state's Wildlife Conservation Commission and Eckerd Col-
official start date. lege in St. Petersburg this year to collect data on nest-
Fox also looks for signs of bird nesting and ing birds.
watches for any nesting problem spots on the To prepare for the nesting season, Fox met last
beaches. week at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez with
Last week, after two days of patrol, Fox reported AMITW coordinators who each take responsibility
finding a number of large holes in the sand, which can for a volunteers in a section of the beach.
disrupt a nesting attempt, but "not much garbage." AMITW will hold an orientation meeting for vol-
Fox also observed a number of willets on the unteers at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at Holmes Beach City
shoreline, but, as of last week, no signs yet of nesting Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
2009 sea turtle workshops planned
By Lisa Neff
For millions of years female sea turtles have been
going ashore to lay their eggs on sandy beaches.
For much fewer years, inhabitants near the
beaches have been learning about how to coexist with
nesting turtles and their hatchlings.
From 9 a.m. to noon April 30, Mote Marine Lab-
oratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, will
host a workshop on keeping the skies dark during
nesting season. The schedule still is under prepara-
tion. The program will take place in the Jean Purcell
Hendry Conference Hall in the Ann and Alfred Gold-
stein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation
In the past, nesting turtles instinctively knew
their course by natural lighting dark silhouettes
on the dunes and the bright reflection of the moon
and stars on the water.
Artificial light can disorient nesting and hatchling
turtles, leading adult females to possibly abort nest-
ing attempts, and leading hatchlings on a perilous
path away from water. Lost hatchlings can die from
dehydration or under car wheels or become prey for
fire ants, ghost crabs or shorebirds.
A survey by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission found that exterior lighting
at condominium buildings caused the most lighting
disorientations in the state, followed by sky glow,
condominium interior lighting and street lights.
In recent years, the number of disorientations
reported in the state have spiked, from below 1,000
in 2005 to 1,410 in 2007, the most recent year figures
takes a swim
near a reef
off of Bean
Point in late
The annual lighting workshop at Mote, held in
partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and local government agen-
cies and volunteer groups, provides information on
how to keep lights off the shoreline May through
Another turtle-related workshop will take place at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, at 6:30
p.m. April 23, when Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
welcomes recruits to its monitoring program.
During nesting season, AMITW members walk
the beaches on Anna Maria Island collecting informa-
tion about turtle nests and hatchlings.
The data is used for a variety of programs both at
the state and county levels, including monitoring the
population health of endangered turtles and planning
for beach nourishment projects.
The orientation this month will provide an oppor-
tunity for volunteers to sign up to walk the beach and
gather information about the nesting season.
For more information, call AMITW executive
director Suzi Fox at 941-778-5638.
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Elizabeth 'Betty' Ash
Elizabeth "Betty" Ash, 72, of Bradenton, died
Born in Canton, Ohio, Ms. Ash was an artist. Her
work included clay and stoneware sculpture, enameling,
silversmithing, drawings in charcoal/ink, modern acrylic
paintings, custom tile and fused glass. She received a
bachelor of fine arts degree from the Cleveland Institute
of Art. She was head of design at Chris-Craft Boats,
worked in graduate admissions at Ohio State University
and was design coordinator at the Cleveland Institute
of Art. She was named head of the pottery department
at the Art League of Manatee, newly named ArtCenter
Manatee, artist of the month by Island Gallery West,
Holmes Beach, and maintained her own studio named
"Genesis" in Bradenton. She also worked for the Florida
Kid-Care 20/20 VISTA Volunteer Program. She won the
Canton Women's Single Title at age 17.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday,
May 3, at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bra-
denton. Covell Funeral Home is in charge of arrange-
She is survived by friend Priscilla; siblings Nancy,
Sonny, Jane, and Margie; and her 16-pound cat, Count
Basie; and friends Elaine, Jackie, M.R., Diane, Suzanne,
Nancy, Irene, Kathy, Sharon, Cynthia, Olivia, Rosie,
Margaret, Eleanor, Catherine, Keith, Juanita, Alan,
Chris and Brook.
George E. Bohnenberger
George E. Bohnenberger, 83, of Sarasota and for-
merly of Holmes Beach, died March 28.
A celebration of life service will be at a later date.
Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrange-
He is survived by wife Janice; sons David of
Swarthmore, Pa., and Robert of Folsom, Pa.; brother
and mayor of Holmes Beach, Richard; and three grand-
Walter S. Johnsen
Walter S. Johnsen, 86, of Holmes Beach, died
Mr. Johnsen was born in Drammen, Norway,
and immigrated to Brooklyn, N.Y. He co-founded
Armel Electronics to produce high performance relay
sockets, standoff pins and connectors for radar and
guidance systems in the fledgling aerospace industry.
His products were used in the Titan and Apollo space
launches, many Boeing and Lockheed aircraft and
the lunar missions. He was most proud of their inclu-
sion in the Galileo spacecraft, which orbited Venus
before exiting the solar system. He was active in local
politics and activities in Saddle River, N.J., where he
served four terms as councilman, was commissioner
of police and headed the recreation association. He
was coach to many Little League players during the
1960s and 1970s. He was past-president of the Joe
Jefferson Club in Saddle River and a member of the
Sunset Masonic Lodge in Brooklyn. He was a front-
line scout during World War II in in North Africa
and the Italian Campaign under Generals George S.
Patton and Lucien Truscott. He saw action in Pal-
ermo, Messina and Salerno, and received two Purple
Hearts. He was nearly killed in Anzio when a panzer
fired at his foxhole, and returned to Brooklyn in 1944
in a full body cast.
He will be buried with military honors at the Sara-
sota National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be
made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 3355
26th St. W, Bradenton FL 34205, or Joe Jefferson
Club Inc., PO. Box 414, HoHoKus NJ 07423. Online
condolences may be made to www.shannonfuneral-
Cdr. Archie Raymond Fowler, Jr.
U.S. Navy, Retired
Feb 15, 1922 Apr 7, 2007
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He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Therese
"Terry" L.; sons Walter C. and wife Wendy of New
York, and Edward D. and wife Jane of Kinnelon, N.J.;
daughters Karen L. Smith and husband Michael of
Holmes Beach, and Lynn T. Modisett and husband Marc
of Bradenton; and grandchildren Walter D., Michael
and Kristopher Smith, Edward, Daniel and Lauren, and
Michelle and Kristina Modisett.
Lawrence R. Lacina
Lawrence R. Lacina, 83, of Anna Maria Island and
formerly of Chicago, died March 31.
Mr. Lacina moved to Anna Maria Island from Chi-
cago in 1987. He was a graduate of Indiana Unversity
and then a commercial artist and
art director for Sleepeck Print-
ing in Chicago for 35 years. He
f continued to work as an artist,
A f creating art pieces and masks
S' out of materials native to Flor-
ida. He was active in the Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch,
ManaSota-88 and Save Anna
Lacina Maria. He was a proud liberal,
lifelong Democrat and die-hard
Chicago Clubs fan. He served in the U.S. Army Air
Corps during World War II, flying missions on a B-24
bomber. He graduated from Indiana University.
He is survived by sons Larry and Steven, and grand-
Mary Virginia Crevasse Messina
Mary Virginia Crevasse Messina, 96, of Holmes
Beach, died March 31.
Born in Inglis, Fla., Mrs. Messina worked for
Mangel Stores for 37 years
before her retirement in 1978 as
S r manager of the Tampa store and
vice president of corporate sales
training for new store openings.
She was known as the "mayor of
l 79th Street" in Holmes Beach.
Memorial services will be
at 11 a.m. Thursday, April
Messina 9, at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 501 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Memorial contributions may be made to
American Kidney Fund, American Kidney Fund, 6110
Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville MD 20852, or
Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will
present a plaque to the Island Players Theater in
Anna Maria at 7 p.m. on April 13.
AMIHS is presenting a dozen preservation plaques
to structures that date back more than 50 years, as well
as offering the plaques for sale to owners of structures
more than 50 years old who apply.
The Island Players playhouse was originally
the home of the William H. Gillett family of Par-
rish and was floated down the Manatee River by
barge in the early 1900s to Anna Maria Island.
The structure was first known as the Anna
Maria Tourist Center and was where day-trippers
who came from Tampa and St. Petersburg on
excursion boats were greeted.
In 1923, when the city of Anna Maria incor-
porated, the building became a center of activity
John D. 'Jack' Parcels
John D. "Jack" Parcels, 73, of Bradenton and for-
merly Anna Maria Island, died March 31.
Born in Rexton, Mich., Mr. Parcels worked in the
construction industry for more than 50 years. He began
Parco Systems when he moved to Bradenton in 1973,
now RJM Contractors Inc. He served in the Korean
Conflict as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was an avid
sportsman, whether it was golfing, fishing, boating or
coaching baseball and softball.
Visitation was April 5 and services April 6. Burial
with full military honors were at Sarasota National Cem-
etery. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals On
Wheels PLUS of Manatee, 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton
FL 34208, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501
St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. Online condolences
may be made at www.mem.com.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Evelyn B.;
mother Evelyn C. of White Lake, Mich.; brother David of
White Lake; sons J. Michael and wife Amy of Bradenton,
Richard A. and wife Teresa of Bradenton, and Kevin J.
and wife Angela of Palmetto; daughter Michele E. Payne
and husband Wyatt of Seminole; grandchildren Jeremy
M., David C., Timothy D., Garrett M., Amanda M. Shel-
ley, Thomas J. Shelley, Kyle J. and Ashley J.; and great-
grandchildren Trace D., Austin M. and Dylan M.
Col. Gary Lee Uliano
Col. Gary Lee Uliano, U.S. Army, Armor Branch
(Ret.), 64, of Orlando, died March 28.
Col. Uliano served in the U.S. Army for 26 years,
where he earned his master's degree. He received the
Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge while
serving in 1969 as a company commander with the First
Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He also received the Legion
of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired
after 17 years in the defense industry, managing simula-
tion, training and support programs for Loral and Lock-
heed Martin. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed
hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He was a
University of Florida Gator fan. He was a member of River
Run Christian Church in Chuluota, Fla.
A celebration of life was held April 4. Memorial
contributions may be made to the River Run Christian
Church, 141 River Run Point, Chuluota, FL 32766. Col-
lison Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Winter
Park, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pat, of
Orlando; daughter Marcia Bayard and husband Paul,
Bradenton; son Peter and wife Gina of Bradenton;
mother Annie Lou of Bradley; and sister Dena Dahl-
quist of Holmes Beach.
it served as a
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for city business. It also functioned as a commu-
In the early 1970s, the playhouse underwent
major renovations. The stage was raised, 137 seats
were installed in seven tiered rows and carpeting
The ticket sales operation for the Island Play-
ers moved to the theater from volunteer's homes
when a small booth was constructed on the west
side of the auditorium with a swing-up window
opening to the porch where customers could pur-
This season marks the Island Players' 60th
For more details about the plaques, call
AMIHS board member Melissa Williams at
AMIHS to award plaque
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School. The menu
salad and bread.
Read Across America gathering at AME
Former Anna Maria Elementary School principal Jim Kronus and some AME grads, teachers and parents pausefor a
photo before i iiv,. and leadi'n, Dr. Seuss books in classrooms to celebrate the author's birthday. On the AME morn-
ing show, the high-schoolers talked about why leadi'n, is an important part of their activities. Front row, from left, are
Paige Carper, Ali Walstad, Molly McDonough, Molly i/,. A, and Trina Rizzo. Second row, from left, are J.D. Jackson,
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AME school calendar
Wednesday, April 1, deadline to order tickets
for AME night at Tropicana Field for the Tampa Bay
Rays vs. Chicago White Sox game.
April 6-11, Spring break.
Saturday, April 18, 5 p.m. AME night with the
Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
Monday, April 20-Friday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 3
p.m., Scholastic Book Fair in the media center.
Wednesday, April 22, Science Night.
Tuesday, April 28, 5 p.m., Family Dinner night
in the cafeteria followed at 7 p.m. by the fourth-grade
performance in the auditorium.
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Founders Day planned in Holmes Beach
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger plans
again to celebrate the founding of the Island city with
a ceremony this month.
Bohnenberger said Founders Day will involve a
ceremony Friday, April 17.
Last year the city held its first Founders Day with
a ceremony at the skate park and the opening of a new
The mayor, who this past year has held a monthly
event to recognize city staff, said it is vital for people
to know the city's history and to honor its citizens.
This year's Founders Day will be similar to last
year's, and will feature a reception at city hall at 9:30
a.m., followed by an opening ceremony at 10 a.m.,
The program will include a tree dedication in
memory of city benefactor Helen Hagen and an
exhibit of local art organized by the Anna Maria
Island Art League.
The mayor has said he hopes Founders Day will
grow year after year, in popularity and size.
The area that is now Holmes Beach was home-
steaded in 1896 by Sam and Annie Cobb, whose
daughter, Anna Maria, apparently was the first non-
native child born on the Island. Other early "settlers"
included Capt. John R. Jones, George Emerson Bean
and Jose Casanas.
Holmes Beach was not incorporated for another
five decades, with Halsey T. Tichenor serving as the
city's first mayor. Incorporation took place on April
Two years before the city's incorporation, devel-
oper Jack Holmes began to create a 600-acre com-
munity in the center of Anna Maria Island. He also
built an airstrip for small planes, which was one of
the draws for Hollywood producers of "On An Island
With You," starring Esther Williams and Peter Law-
ford and filmed in part on the Island.
By 1950, Holmes had 180 homes on the market
in the area that became Holmes Beach and locals
The Gulf side
site of 5400
Gulf Drive, the
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were predicting rapid development. Thus, that same
year, Anna Maria Elementary School was built on
Gulf Drive, with Lena Phelps serving as the first prin-
Holmes built the Island's first shopping center in
Holmes Beach in 1952, providing the public with a
grocery, drug store, bakery, clothing store and post
By 1953, the Island Medical Center was built by
Dr. Edgar Huth and a dentist, Dr. Rex Lee, also set
up his practice in the building.
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One of our favorite Island place's is Ginny's and
Jane E's at the Old IGA. These hip sisters really know
their stuff Ginny with her vintage coastal furnishings,
and Jane E with her yummy lunches, baked goods and
cool smoothies. Plus, wireless Internet means you never
really have to leave!
The Vintage Vagabond antique shop in Bradenton
is one of those places we could stay all day. Full of stuff
from "A-V," check out the new antique furniture build-
ing, located at the rear of the property.
Steff's Stuff on Longboat Key has oodles of vintage
clip-on earrings! Dress up your ears for Easter! Open
noon-4 daily, closed Tuesdays.
The Sea Hagg on Cortez Road is a nautical empo-
rium that will surf you over with all the cool things.
Check out the big warehouse sale that starts this Friday,
In Ellenton The Feed Store Antique Mall is one of
the largest places around for antiques and collectibles.
Take the drive to Ellenton and stop, peruse and say "Hi"
to Mariana and the gang.
Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Wares,
Jewelry, Retro, Trains, Delft, Hummels
Flea Market 7am-2pm
1st & 3rd Sundays monthly
Open Tuesday Sunday 10-4
1622 63rd Avenue E, Bradenton
The Historic Antiques District east of downtown Bra-
denton is home to Braden Rihr Antiques, featuring cool
furniture and art from all eras Retro Rosie's with quality
vintage clothing, and Colwe s Antiques, with its variety
of antiques and collectible c he district hosts a flea market
the second Sunday of every month, so don't miss it.
If you have a nest to furnish, we recommend Bra-
denton Bargain Center. From quality estate furniture to
model home furnishings you'll find great items at great
prices, and lots of variety.
The Whitfield Exchange has really neat furniture,
too. "High quality at low prices" is how owner Lindsay
describes the store. Go often new items arrive to the
store almost daily and the really cool stuff sells quickly.
The Community Thrift Shop on Manatee Avenue
West just received an entire estate of home d6cor and fan-
tastic collectibles. Check it out soon, and keep in mind
they'll be closed Good Friday through Easter.
The Beach Shop at the Manatee Public Beach is
packed full the things we love: NEW clothing, swimwear
and accessories, plus everything you need for the beach.
The Bag Lady in Palmetto is where you want to go
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Holmes Beach founder John E. "Jack" Holmes.
Founder's Day April 17
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The next year, Holmes built the Yacht Club Res-
taurant, which later became Pete Reynard's, to cater
to Islanders and tourists.
In 1957, the Anna Maria Island Bridge was built
on Manatee Avenue, providing a direct link between
Holmes Beach and the mainland.
The Island Bank came along in 1960, followed
adorable Easter dresses from Sarah Louise. You're sure to
find one perfect for your princess.
Tide and Moon has moved to a new location in the
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by the development of Seaside Gardens on 63rd
Street, touted as one of the fastest growing com-
munities in the state, with residences starting at
The Key Royale Bridge also was built in the
early 1960s, resulting in the removal of the mangrove
swamps of School Key for the development over the
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next decade of the Key Royale housing community
and golf course.
Holmes Beach began the 1970s with an airplane
accident that signaled the end for Holmes' airfield.
The decade also saw the construction of the Island's
first and only "high rise" with the development
of the six-story Martinique condominiums.
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Harvard institute honors TIFF's Initiative
By Lisa Neff
A state program that originated with the campaign
of a local mother recently earned national honors as
one of the 50 most innovative programs in govern-
The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and
Innovation at Harvard University's John F Kennedy
School of Government has recognized the Florida
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
for its Emergency Contact Information system.
The institute recognized the system as one of the
top 50 government innovations competing for the
Innovations in American Government Awards to be
announced in September.
The state implemented the system two years
ago, allowing Florida motorists to voluntarily regis-
ter their emergency contact information using their
Florida driver licenses or identification cards.
In an emergency, law enforcement officers can
access and quickly contact relatives.
The notification system would not have been
implemented without the campaigning of Christine
Olson, whose daughter, Tiffiany, 22, died on Dec. 7,
2005, of injuries sustained in a highway accident.
Hours passed before Olson learned of the acci-
dent because emergency officials did not know how
to contact her. By the time Olson reached the hospital
after a telephone call from her son, her daughter had
Olson, in the months after losing Tiffiany, vowed
to campaign for a "next of kin" notification system
in Florida so others would not lose time when lives
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were at stake.
The campaign became TIFF's Initiative.
Olson enlisted the support of a local lawmaker,
Florida state Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and
together they worked with the DHSMV on a pro-
"ECI is a great example of turning tragedy
into triumph and we are proud to have been a part
of implementing this important service," DHSMV
executive director Electra Theodorides-Bustle stated
in a news release. "I commend both state Rep. Gal-
vano and Ms. Christine Olson for their vision and
tenacity in helping the department implement this
Floridians can go to a Web site and enter two
emergency contact numbers to correspond with their
driver's license or state identification number. In an
emergency, law enforcement officers can retrieve the
numbers from DAVID and more quickly reach rela-
In April 2008, the Emergency Contact Informa-
tion System reached a milestone with the millionth
person registering contact information.
This year, the number exceeded 2 million, accord-
ing to Theodorides-Bustle.
Also in the spring of 2008, Olson, who works
at the Rod & Reel Pier on Anna Maria Island, was
honored when lawmakers passed a resolution prais-
ing her dedication "to making a positive difference
in the lives of the citizens of Florida."
Construction of a park-
ing lot for the boat ramp
on the Palma Sola beach
gets under way last
week. The opening of the
ramp has been delayed
by parking lot construc-
tion, which was held up
by an agreement with the
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New exhibit at Maritime
Museum in Cortez
"The Richard Estabrook Nature Photography
Exhibit" has opened at the Florida Maritime Museum
The exhibit features birds, water fowl and land-
scapes by Estabrook, a retired businessman from
Illinois, a full-time Cortez resident and a volunteer
at the museum.
Most of his photographs were taken at the FISH .
Preserve and for sale, with a portion of the proceeds
to benefit the museum. 2
He will be at the museum from 2-4 p.m. Tues-
day and Thursday afternoons, as well as all day
April 17 to discuss his work and meet museum
The museum, at the former schoolhouse on 119th
Street in Cortez, is open Tuesday through Saturday m
from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Further information is
available at 941-708-6120.
Kiwanis to meet .
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Cafe on the Beach at a
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
There will be a board meeting and final discus-
sions about the club's annual Easter Sunrise Service
scheduled to take place at the public beach on Sunday, For the kids
April 12. The Anna Maria Women .f Moose sponsored an Easter celebration for children April 4 at the lodge in
For more information, contact member Al Guy Bradenton Beach. Organizers include Sandra Zenzel, Linda Heagle, Valerie Stier Gorendyke and Joanna
at email@example.com or 941-778-8444. Cavosi. The women gave the children Easter baskets packed with toys and candy, including chocolate
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
March 25, 100 block Elm Avenue, theft. The
complainant said someone took his bicycle, valued
at $100, from his carport.
March 28, 300 Pine Ave., driving with license
suspended. Deputies noticed a car with a headlight
out go through a three-way stop without stopping.
A record check revealed the driver had a suspended
driver's license, and he was arrested.
March 21,200 block First Street North, domestic
March 21, 2601 Gulf Drive, Sandpiper Resort,
March 21, 2400 block Avenue B, animal com-
March 22, 2315 Gulf Drive, Circle K, assault. A
Daytona Beach man was arrested.
March 27, 100 block 68th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said she took a golf cart to the beach and,
when she returned to the vehicle, found that someone
had taken a $2,200 digital camera.
March 27, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, trespass.
An employee requested a trespass warning be issued
to a patron.
March 28, 3800 block Fourth Avenue, theft. The
complainant said someone took two bicycles, valued
at $200, from his carport.
April 2, 3901 E. Bay Drive, Publix, theft. The
complainant said she left her purse and upon her
return it was missing. Surveillance video showed
three men took it and left the store. The purse was
later recovered, but $60 was missing.
Holmes Beach names
officer of the year
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
recently named Joel D. Pierce as the department's
officer of the year.
In naming Pierce the city's officer of the year,
Romine recommended him for an award from the
Manatee County Hundred Club, a group that exists
to support and honor law enforcement personnel.
Pierce has worked in law enforcement for
three years and, according to Romine, is driven
to excel in the field.
"He is a man of high integrity and ethics, and
we are obviously proud to call him a member of the
Holmes Beach Police Department," Romine stated.
In other HBPD news, dispatcher Lee Llewe-
lyn will be leaving the department in mid-May to
attend Duke University in pursuit of a law degree
and a master's in English.
Cortez man arrested
A Cortez man has been arrested on two counts of
child pornography as a result of an investigation by
the U.S. Postal Service and Manatee County Sheriff's
Edward Tobey, 69, a resident of the Cortez
Trailer Park, was the focus of an investigation by
postal inspectors which began last December in New
York. Inspectors posted notices on several Internet
Web sites stating videos consisting of "taboo movies,
home movies, ped movies or PT movies" were avail-
able, according to the arrest report.
Tobey responded via e-mail that he was interested
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Party goes 'ape' for fun
Scott MacGregor ofAnna Maria is over-
whelmed by a visitor to Sato Real Estate's
First Friday event, a singing gorilla, who
serenaded MacGregor and entertained the
crowd before Diane Havelka presented the
cake for a round of "Happy Birthday." The
"Gorilla-gram, sent to MacGregor by the
fun-loving folks at Beach Bum's rental store,
was delivered by Yo-Yo's Yantics. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy
on child porn charges
in "amateur movies of underage women," according
to the report.
Inspectors e-mailed him an order form and, upon
receipt of a check from Tobey, mailed him two DVDs.
The package was returned in February, another e-mail
to Tobey sent, and he said he was in his motor home
Inspectors working undercover with the assis-
tance of deputies delivered the videos to Tobey, who
was arrested. He later confessed to the child pornog-
raphy possession charges.
Federal charges are pending.
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"sla d Biz
By Rick Catlin
Bob Ferrara recently started Bob Ferr-
ara Carpentry Inc. with the motto "Improve,
Restore, Preserve, Build, Green."
By all accounts, the motto fits Bob
and the company.
A general contractor specializing
in residential remodeling and commer-
cial build-outs, he's also available as a
construction consultant and is licensed
To reach Bob, call 941-920-0618
or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Hanson knows how to get
from Anna Maria Island to Orlando and
its host of theme parks and activities.
Steve has started up Tourtastic, a
tour bus service that will depart, based
on bookings, as frequently as needed
from Manatee Public Beach to Orlando
for a day visit to an area attraction.
"We've just started," said Steve.
"We're hoping that with spring break
here, people will hear about our service.
We take all the hassle out of getting
to Orlando and this allows people to
really enjoy their experience there."
Tourtastic uses a 55-seat fully
equipped air-conditioned tour bus, and
also will work with clients for charter
trips and special tours.
For custom tours or more infor-
mation, call Steve at 941-704-7289,
or visit the company Web site at tour-
Fabulous Granite Counter Tops at
2303 17th St., Sarasota, has been busy
on the Island lately, particularly with
its offer of a free stainless-steel sink
when a client purchases a minimum of
35 square feet of countertop.
The company offers 10 standard
granite colors with a variety of edges
to choose from at no additional cost.
For more information on Fabulous,
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Tue: The Wheedles 7.30pm <
Wed: Jennifer Leigh
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Thur: Brit nite Shepherds Pie plus
music w/ The Celtic Misfits 6.30pm
Fri: Gulf Drive Music 6-Spm
Fri: Karaoke w/ Jim & Dee 8.30pm
Sun: Suzie singsjazz classics 5-7.30pm
The model home at the defunct
Villa Rosa project on South
Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria
sold in March to Steve Blanton
of Lakelandfor $850,000. The
- property was offered in 2006
for $2.8 million. A contrac-
tor who worked on building
the house estimated then that
about $800,000 worth of addi-
tional construction was needed
to get the structure ready for a
certificate of occupancy. At one
time, NBA player Theo Ratliff
made a $150,000 deposit to
purchase the house. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Island real estate
523 Villa Rosa Way, Anna Maria, a
4,081 sfla / 6,399 sfur 4bed/4bath/3car
canalfront pool home built in 2007 on
a 75x105 lot was sold 03/18/09, Capx
Realty LLC of Boston to Blanton for
$850,000; list $1,299,000.
103 81st St., Holmes Beach, a
1,319 sfla / 1,781 sfur 3bed/2bath
home built in 1946 on a 64x80 lot was
sold 03/18/09, Kivett to Kaleta for
$565,000; list $649,000.
9907 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, a vacant
52x145 lot zoned R2 was sold 03/19/09,
Salinas to WELD Inc. for $315,000.
405 Spring Ave., Anna Maria,
a 1,696 sfla / 2,328 sfur 3bed/3bath
home built in 1946 on a 52x145 lot was
sold 03/18/09, Deutsche Bank National
Chris Shaw is flanked by husband John van Zandt,
left, and Frank Davis at an April 1 party at the Key
Royale Club. Chris said she is honored to have
earned a living selling real estate on Anna Maria
Island where she grew up. Island Real Estate owner
Davis Frank told the 100 or so people attending that
it was an honor to have Chris as part of the
IRE team. Islander Photo: Rebecca Barnett
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Party goes 'ape' with
entertain m ent
Scott MacGregor of Anna Maria is
overwhelmed by a visitor to Sato
Real Estate's First Friday event,
a singing gorilla, who serenaded
MacGregor and entertained the
crowd before Diane Havelka pre-
sented the cake for a round of
"Happy Birthday." The "Gorilla-
gram," sent to MacGregor by the
fun-loving folks at Beach Bum's
rental store, was delivered by Yo-Yo's
Yantics. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Trust Co. to Swift Enterprises Inc. for
$244,300; list $244,300.
6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 214,
Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes
Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur
2bed/2bath condo with shared pool
was sold 03/19/09, Dalton to Worner
for $215,000; list $249,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Weekly Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.
islander.org. Copyright 2009
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Wednesday, April 8
10 a m The Tricky Dog Show children's program at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Manna Drve, Holmes Beach Information
Friday, April 10
5 30 to 7 30pm Reception for pastel artist Karen Stuart atthe
Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Dnve, Holmes Beach Information
5 30 to 7 30 p m Opening reception for "Artists Gone Wild" at
the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd Holmes Beach,
through May 1 Information 941-778-2099
Saturday, April 11
8 30 a m to 130 p m Two-part boating safety course at the
Anna Maria Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St N W, Bradenton
Registration 941-795-0482 Day two is April 18 Fee applies
8 a m to 3 pm Privateers Thieves Market at Coquina Beach
in Bradenton Beach Information 941-323-4075
Sunday, April 12
6 30 a m -Anna Mana Island Kiwanis Club hosts sunnse service
in celebration of Easter with the sermon "Sunday's Coming" presented
by the Rev Rosemary Backer at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach Information 941-761-8834
10 15am Easter egg hunt at the Episcopal Church oftheAnnun-
clation, 4408 Gulf Dnve, Holmes Beach Information 941-778-1638
1p m Easter egg hunt at St Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S
Harbor Drve, Holmes Beach Information 941-778-4769
Celebrate National Library Week wth puzzles, riddles and brain-
teasers dunng library hours April 14-18 at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Manna Drve, Holmes Beach Information 941-778-6341
SThe first and third Mondays of each month, theAmencan Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St W, Bradenton, hosts dinnersforthe public Fee
The second and fourth Mondays of each month, 6 to 7 30 pm ,
Parenting with love and logic group meeting at the Anna Mana Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria Information
941-778-1908 Fee applies
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p m, Teen Group by genderfor ages 11-17
meets attheAnna Mana Island Community Center, 407 MagnollaAve ,
Anna Maria Information 941-778-1908
Wednesday, 6 to 7 30 p m Bipolar and depression support
group at theAnna Mana Island Community Center, 407 Magnolla Ave ,
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Anna Mana Information 941-778-1908
Wednesday, 8 30 a m, Free yoga on the beach, southside
of the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach Information
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a m players pitch horseshoes
in the pits atAnna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drve,Anna Maria Infor-
*Thursdays at 7 p m smoke-free bingo atAnnie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St, Bradenton Beach Information 941-778-1915
Every Friday from 11 a m to 1 30 p m through the end of May,
Bradenton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts at 1115 ManateeAve
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 am to 2 p m the Bridge Street Market
at 107 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, through April Information
Saturday from 9 am to 1 p m, downtown Bradenton Farm-
ers Market along Old Main Street Information 941-932-9552 or
April 17, Outdoor movie at Rossl 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 at Tequila Beach Sports Grille
April 23, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch training workshop
Save the date"
*April 25, Cortez Village Natives Potluck Picnic
*April 25, Earth Day celebration at Felts Audubon Preserve, Pal-
May 9, AME Spnng Fling fundraiser, dinner, dance, auction
Off-Island Arts & Events:
Wednesday, April 8
6 30 pm Jazz film, "A Great Day in Harlem" at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St W, Bradenton Information 941-746-4131 Fee
Thursday, April 9
7 30 pm Opening night of "Smokey Joe's Cae" at the Mana-
tee Players, 102 Old Main St, Bradenton, through April 26 Box Office
941-748-5875 Fee applies
Saturday, April 11
9 a m to noon Easter egg hunt at G T Bray Park, 5503 33rd
Ave Dr W, Bradenton Information 941-742-5974
9 to 11 a m DeSoto National Memorial nature walk at 8300 De
Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton Information 941-742-5986
6 to 11 p m Celebrate 2009 Year of Astronomy at Bishop Plan-
etarium, 201 10th St W, Bradenton Information 941-746-4131 Fee
e Celebrate Christ
aster Week Serviesl
j I Maundy Thursday April 9
7pm Service in Sancuary
Good Friday April 10
Noon Service in Chapel
Easter Sunday Services April 12
9 and 11am Worship in Sanctuary
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Sunday, April 12
9 to 11 am Robinson Preserve nature walk at 1704 99th St
N W, Bradenton Information 941-742-5986
Tuesday, April 14
6 30 to 9 30 pm Chart smart seminar at the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St N W, Bradenton Registration
941-795-0482 Fee applies
7 30 pm The Bay Chorale presents "A Night at the Movies"
at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W, Bradenton
Information 941-761-1221 Fee applies
Wednesday, April 15
7to9 pm Dark Matter and Dark Energy How Clueless are we
About Our Universe presented by astronomer Jeff Rodgers at the Bishop
Planetarium, 201 10th St W, Bradenton Information 941-746-4131
Ongoing Off-sland Theatre:
*"Inventing Van Gogh" atAsolo RepertoryTheatre, 5555 N Tamiami
Trail, through ApnI 16 Box office 941-351-8000 Fee applies
"La Musica Intemational Chamber Music Festival" at Sarasota
Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, through April 19 Box
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19 and 20 in section 144, row T for each Rays'
home game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
The first home game is 7:08 p.m. Monday, April
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Local runners place high in
By Kevin Cassidy
employee Michael Lamb, 19, a
former Islander now residing in
Bradenton, and Galati Yacht Sales
staffmember Mickey Hooke, 48,
Bradenton, took home second
and third place in the Max Bayne
10-mile road race held March 29
at Fort Desoto Park, over the Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge in Pinellas
Lamb powered through the
rain-soaked course in 59 min-
utes, 16 seconds to take second
place overall in his first 10-mile
race. Hooke set a new personal
best, finishing third overall with
a time of 61 minutes, 11 seconds,
and setting a new masters division
record for the course. Lamb trains
on Hooke's Grassroots Running
Flag football season
The Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center's NFL Flag Football
season is under way with games
played Monday through Thursday
evenings at the Holmes Beach city
field. So far it looks as though the
G.T. Bray Eagles are the team to
beat in the age 13-16 division.
They're putting mad points on the
board with contributions from sev-
eral players. The class of the 10-12
division appears to be the Galati
Yacht Sales Texans, which also is
scoring points at a high rate. They
will be challenged by the Ross
Built Chargers before the season
is over. The 8-9 division has a pair
of undefeated teams in the Island
Dojo Jaguars and the Panoramic
Stay tuned to see how these
division races shake out.
Mike Norman Realty Packers
defeated the Sand Dollar Colts
24-8 in 10-12 division action on
April 2. Seth Walter led the Pack
with two touchdowns, while Jacob
Talucci and Jack Shinn each added
one touchdown in the victory. The
Colts were led by Austin Marrow,
who scored the lone touchdown in
Strategic Ministries Cow-
boys cooked Beach Bistro Car-
dinals 28-18 in 13-16 division
action on April 2. Luke Shack-
leford led the way with three
offensive touchdowns, while
Aaron King added a TD and a
two-point conversion in the vic-
tory. Max Miller scored single
touchdowns on both sides of the
ball to lead the Cardinals, which
also received a touchdown from
Chandler Hardy in the loss.
Galati Yacht Sales Texans
exploded for 51 points to roll to
a 10-12 division victory over the
Sand Dollar Colts on April 1.
Chris Galati and Zach McGuire
each scored a pair of offensive
TDs with McGuire also adding a
TD on the defensive side of the
ball. Katie Christenson scored a
touchdown and an extra point for
the Texans, which also received
touchdowns from Seth Mathew
and Joey Salinas. Logan Reiber
scored a pair of extra points. The
Colts were led by Austin Marrow
and Bradley Duffman, who each
scored a touchdown, while Mikey
Ellsworth added a two-point con-
version in the loss.
The second game on ih. .\ c niing
saw the G.T. Bray Eagles soar over
the Island Real Estate Colts by a 63-6
score in 13-16 division action. Aaron
Vanhook scored four touchdowns
and an extra point and Jordan Grab-
ski added three touchdowns to lead
the Eagles. Julian Botero and Prince
Singletary each added touchdowns-
for the Eagles, while Issac Pinckney,
Singletary and Austin Ferrer each
added two-point conversions. Wyatt
Hoffman scored the lone touchdown
for the Colts in the loss.
Island Dojo Martial Arts Acad-
emy Jaguars earned their second
win of the week with a 24-0 vic-
tory over Sparks Steel Art Falcons
in 8-9 division flag football on
March 31. Tyler Yavalar scored
a pair of TDs to lead the Jaguars,
which also received touchdowns
from Jean-Paul Russo and Tori
The second game of the
evening saw Galati Yacht
Sales Texans smoke Mr. Bones
Vikings 26-14 in 10-12 action.
Chris Galati scored three offen-
sive TDs, while Zach McGuire
added one touchdown for the
Texans in the victory. Richard
Almodovar led the Vikings with
a touchdown and an extra point,
while Jake Parsons scored one
touchdown and Josh Zawistoski
tacked on an extra point.
The Dojo Jaguars defeated
RLS Industries Patriots 19-8 in
8-9 division flag football action
on March 30. Nicole Sewall led
the Jaguar offensive attack with a
pair of touchdowns, while Jean-
Paul Russo added a touchdown
and an extra point. The Patriots
were led by Leo Rose, who scored
their lone touchdown and Aiden
Grumley, who tacked on a two-
The second 8-9 division game
of the evening saw the Panoramic
Cardinals claw the Sparks Falcons
25-6. Michael Latimer scored a
pair of offensive touchdowns and
added an extra point, while Tyler
Pearson scored 12 points on two
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men
played an 18-hole, best-ball-of-four-
some game onApril 1 and the team of
Dick Grimme, Bob Kelly, Chris Col-
lins and Hal Sears got a hole in one on
every hole! April Fools. They actually
carded a 14-under-par 48 to capture
first place by two shots over the sec-
ond-place team of Gary Harris, Pete
Weir, Bob Elliott and Peter Proxy.
The men also played a nine-
hole, low-net-of-partners tourney
on March 30. Ernie Hauser and
Bob Landgren combined to shoot
a 7-under-par 57 to earn bul,.in
rights for the day.
Michael Lamb, left, and Mickey Hooke pose with their trophies
at Fort Desoto Park after placing second and third overall in
the Max Bayne 10-mile road race. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Grassroots Running Systems
fun stuff, and
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* News archive.
'Gruff' on crime
Students at the School for Constructive Play in Anna Maria
lined up for a photo with McGruff the Crime Dog following a
safety lesson. Islander Photo: Courtesy Pam Bertrand
C(,lu,,/li Victoria McClung, 16,
ofHolmes Beach, attended the
Drum Majorettes ofAmerica
national competition in Chi,, ,I \-
ton, Tenn., in January and
earned the title of Mini-National
Princess 2009. Chitill/ r attends
Manatee High School and has
been twirling with the Bradenton
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King run in Gulf off Anna Maria Island shores
Season changes are subtle in the Sunshine
Our northern neighbors have a slam-it-in-your
face change from spring to summer to fall oh,
those leaves! to winter. In Florida, we sneak into
each season with sly indications.
For spring, for instance, we've got an offshore
king mackerel run in the Gulf of Mexico to herald
the true beginning of our long summer season.
King mackerel are big, fast and tasty fish that
are found throughout the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean,
ranging from Massachusetts to Brazil. According
to University of Florida researchers, "The Gulf of
Mexico and Atlantic populations migrate separately,
with the division lines being in Volusia-Flagler coun-
ties of southeast Florida in November ihi 'iIugh N Larch
and in Monroe-Collier counties of southwest Florida
during April through October."
They're moving now on their spring run to the
northern Gulf, where they join with the Panhandle
college breakers to spawn before moving south in the
fall. There are some "resident" king mackerel off our
coasts, though, with catches reported pretty much all
year. It's spring and fall that the big reports surface.
And they're big fish. Record sizes are more than
74 inches in length at about 100 pounds. Kings are
also pretty long-lived for fish, with females living
up to 14 years, males to 11, although some studies
indicate that ages for both sexes could double.
And king mackerel are carnivores, with primary
food being other fish. "They prefer to feed on school-
ing fish, but also eat crustaceans and occasionally
mollusks," UF biologists report.
Chum, cast where the birds feed, and reel in king-
fish. Short version.
Seriously, look for bait schools or any stirred
up water offshore. Trolling allows fishers to cover
more water more quickly for any errant kings moving
Artificial bait, like silver or gold spoons, is a
good technique to catch the big ones.
And don't forget to take a picture of your fish
before you filet to get to The Islander newspaper.
There is a .,I ni n ., as with seemingly everything
in Sandscript these days, regarding king mackerel and
By Paul Roat l
King-sized catch of yore
Pictured in 1934 are, from left, Victor Hullinger of
Hullinger Music ofBradenton, Capt. Merle Tin-
kham, Bob Dowling and Bob Haley, manager of
Firestone in Bradenton, with their catch of kingfish.
According to Manatee County historical archive
records, total weight of the catch was 750 pounds
from a 2 1/2-hour trip in the Gulf of Mexico 5 miles
west of the southwest channel. Their boat was
a 28-foot cabin boat, "The Uncle Bill," built by
Capt. Bat Fogarty.
bad stuff from the flesh of the fish.
"There have been some reports of ciguatera
poisoning" in kings, UF experts report. As you may
remember from other columns, "Ciguatera poison-
ing occurs when humans eat a fish that has eaten a
toxin produced by the dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus
toxicus. Coral grazers ingest this toxin, passing it
up through the food web and finally to humans. The
symptoms of ciguatera poisoning may last as long
as weeks or months, beginning with gastrointestinal
symptoms within hours of consumption, followed by
neurological and cardiovascular symptoms."
In short, it's a rare occurrence, but if you feel
funky after eating a kingfish steak, get it checked
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Whiting, those fish that frequent the offshore slosh
zone of our beaches, are formally known as kingfish.
According to "McClane's Field Guide to Saltwater
Fishes of North America" under the category "king-
fish," "The kingfish, regionally known as whiting, are
of minor importance to the sport fisherman mainly
because the adults are small, seldom reaching over 1
foot in length. However, they are good eating and are
fished commercially in the Chesapeake Bay area."
Boats launch in Cortez
By Doug Calhoun
Special to The Islander
Boat builder Bob Pitt and the volunteers at the
Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez re-launched two
refurbished sailboats recently at the Florida Maritime
Museum at Cortez boatshop.
Along with Pitt and museum director Roger
Allen, volunteers Jerry Bien of Pennsylvania, Barry
Stephens of the United Kingdom, Jerry Gibbs of
Michigan, Hal Wood and Bobby Harte launched the
two sailboats that the museum had either repaired or
built parts for and repaired.
The "Nancy," a cat boat, length 12 foot 6 inches
with a beam of 6 feet 3 inches, had been built at
the Sarasota Cat Boat Co. and was donated to the
museum by Nancy and Dan Crabbe. The fiberglass
boat, built based on a classic wooden cat boat design,
needed repair, as the centerboard trunk case leaked
and the rudder and centerboard cores had rot. Further
work included repainting, a cleanup and new parts,
including scupper ports, with most of the work done
or supervised by Bien.
The other boat, "Sugar Baby," 13 feet 8 inches
long with a 4 foot 5 inch beam, is a Crawford Melon
seed built in Humarock, Maine. It too was built to
a classic wooden design. It is owned by Bo Davis.
Volunteers built a new wooden mast, boom and gaff
for "Sugar Baby."
To see these vessels and more like them, plan to
attend the Florida Gulf Coast Small Craft Festival on
the Cortez waterfront April 17-19.
The Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez is a
cooperative historical project between the Florida
Institute for Saltwater Heritage and the Mana-
tee County Historical Resources Department. The
museum is located at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, and
is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. Call 941-708-6120 for more information.
Doug Calhoun is a research associate at the
Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez.
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Kingfish run should explode any minute now
By Paul Roat
King mackerel should be moving through the off-
shore waters even as you read this. A few scouts have
been hooked up in the Gulf of Mexico, harbingers of
the full spring run to come. The trick is to get through
the rough waters to catch the kings, or the amberjack
and gag grouper near the artificial reefs.
Remember there are new rule and size limits on
gag grouper this year. Check The Islander Web site
for a detailed list, or ask the experts at any tackle
Backwater fishing is good for snook, trout and
redfish. There also are some scattered reports of pom-
pano and flounder being caught, as well as sharks
from the piers.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said despite the winds, "The fishing has been fantas-
tic, with some premium catches coming on for my
charters. The trout bite has got hot on the moving
tide, with many fish up to 22 inches landed. Redfish
Anne Durr, of Illinois, caught this whopper snook
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are in the mangroves and potholes. Snook have been
on fire with many keeper-size fish being brought to
the cleaning table." He added that April is an excel-
lent time to fish the Tampa Bay waters.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said a few king
mackerel have been caught recently, with the big run
"just around the corner, but there's nothing crazy just
yet." He advised trolling with plugs or live bait for
the big king run. Winds have been blowing up seas
to 5 feet offshore, but those willing to rough the seas
are bringing back lots of gag grouper and amberjack
from the artificial reefs in the Gulf. Backwater fishing
is good for snook, with linesider catches coming near
the mangroves on higher tides. Trout are also in the
bays, with best action coming from artificial lures.
There are also redfish and some sheepshead near the
docks or pilings, and flounder are also being caught
from the bays.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include good
catches of sheepshead and oversized snook, mostly at
night. There was also a 4-foot-long bull shark caught
at the pier last week.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, catches include
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Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said hopes were high for a
break this spring weather wise, "But reasonable fish-
ing days have been few and far between and it looks
as if it's going to get worse going into Easter week.
The real kick in the rear is that conditions in the Gulf
have been marginal for the small boater just when a
long-awaited kingfish run is materializing." He said
if the weather turns cold as predicted, "it may stall
the northward progress of the big macks and hold
them in our area a while longer." He's finding inshore
action to be steadily improving, "with pretty solid
bites from snook, reds, trout, jacks, Spanish macks
and scattered pompano. Redfishing has definitely
improved with good numbers in the 17 to 29-inch
size range. Some really big gator trout have been
boated up to 26 inches." Capt. Zach also is catching
lots of smaller trout in the deeper seagrass beds along
with the mackerel and pompano. "There seems to be
better numbers of inshore gamefish holding in the
areas north of the Anna Maria Island Bridge than
there is south into Sarasota Bay," he noted. On days
when he can get out in the Gulf, he's bringing back
end-of-season sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, man-
grove snapper, grouper and a few hogfish.
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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"Lucky catch on Friday
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Rogers of Dallas put it
after catching a 9-pound,
28-inch-long trout March
13 in north Sarasota Bay.
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with friend Bert Rawald
ofBradenton, were fish-
ing with Capt. Gary
Huffnan of Tuna Breath
Charters. "The group had
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thought is was a snook until
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lifetime. They were dancing
in the water." Antonia and
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Feldd of nmno Fans recall joys of game
Florida's relationship with baseball
dates back 100 years.
Anna Maria Island's relationship
with the game isn't quite as old, but the
Island has a strong and storied baseball
past and many residents, permanent and
seasonal, have an appreciation for the
The Islander invited readers to share
some memories of America's national
Tony Webb of Holmes Beach remem-
bers: My fondest baseball memory hap-
pened almost 48 years ago. It was the
middle of September 1961. The New
York Yankees and Cleveland Indians
were locked in a tight pennant race and
the Yankees were in Cleveland Munici-
pal Stadium for a Sunday doubleheader.
My buddy and I were big Indians fans,
so we were in the upper-deck along with
a sold-out crowd more than 83,000.
About half-way through the game
"the moment" happened. Yankees Roger
Babe Ruth and Dan Williams Sr.
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fifth inning, Mantle launched his 54th
homerun of the year to right field. Then
Maris came up and belted his 57th
homerun to left.
The crowd started giving out a cheer
so loud you could not hear yourself
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ovation so long that, after a minute, they
both came out of the dugout and stood
together and bowed and tipped their caps
to the crowd and it got even louder.
I was there in person to witness
that and, to this day, 48 years later, I
remember it like it was yesterday. What
Dan Williams III remembers: My
Dad, Danny Williams Jr., head golf pro-
fessional at the Key Royale Club, is an
Islander for many years now.
His father, Dan Williams Sr., also
was a pro who used to play exhibition
golf matches with Babe Ruth in the
I have a photo of the Babe with my
grandfather and an unidentified young
I still have the autographed baseball
Babe Ruth personalized for my Dad.
Unfortunately, there are no photos of
Danny Williams Jr. with the Bambino.
But junior was good friends with
Major Leaguers Birdie Tebbetts and
When I was a child, my grandfa-
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play golf. So, after Little League ended
in 1963, I took up golf in earnest and
have been playing ever since.
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bride of two and a half years, whose
husband's family moved us from Coral
Gables in Miami up to Cincinnati, we
found ourselves living next door to the
soon-to-be world champion Reds' play-
ers Cesar Geronimo and Dave Concep-
cion, plus their families.
I'd never been to a Major League
Baseball game before, having grown up
in the British Caribbean, where it was
cricket and football.
Concepcion's wife was pregnant,
like me, and we became friends.
She gave us tickets to many games,
including box seats for the World Series
in 1975. It was wonderful. Johnny
Bench, Pete Rose, Geronimo and Con-
cepcion the whole team and there
This year, we have our tickets to
watch our favorite team, the Boston
Red Sox, play the Pirates in Bradenton
From the Reds to Red Sox nation
has been the thrill of a lifetime.
Since the late 1980s, my husband of
15 years and I are diehard Red Sox fans.
He's from Massachusetts, and I love
New England any time of the year.
Compiled by Islander reporter Lisa
Fire auxiliary hosts sale
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supports the WMFR district, puts on a
yard sale March 21, and another will
be held starting at 8 a.m. Saturday,
April 11, at the auxiliary fire house,
201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
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WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Privateers
are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles
and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to chil-
dren. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums, flute, saxo-
phone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call Scott Achor,
941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen, 941-758-0395.
ISLANDER MOTHER'S DAY tribute contest: The
Islander invites readers, children and adults, to
participate in its Mother's Day tribute. In 500 words
or less, tell your favorite story about your mom,
something sweet, comical, heroic or special that
she did for you. Entries must be received by May
1. Send entries to the newspaper via mail at 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217; via fax at
866-362-9821 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
( Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
5400 Gulf Drive #17, Holmes Beach
partial Gulf views, new tile, carpet and
updated kitchen and baths. 55+ com-
munity. $329,000. ML#A383220.
The BIG Picture...
It's all about Real Estate.
941-725-7799 *941-778-6066 email@example.com
PROPERTIES FOR SALE
2BR/2BA Bayfront Condo $299,000
3BR/2.5BA Pool-Condo $485,000
3BR/2.5 BA Canal $605,000
3BR/2BA pool home $175,000
SQtulffBay Reafty ofAinna Maria Inc.
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Thinking about Selling?
Call me to learn about a no commitment
listing that you can cancel anytime if
you are unhappy with my
performance. I strive to be
the most knowledgeable,
Broker on the Island & am
willing to put my skills to
the test. Guaranteed!
all Jesse Brisso
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the Proj-
ect Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
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.
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.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, April 11. Old, new,
beachy and blue things for everyone. 627 Concord
Lane, Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11. Multi-fam-
ily, cleaning out storage units. Lots of $1 items. 3607
Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach, in back of Publix.
FIRE HALLYARD sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April
11. Donations accepted at hall or call for pick-up at
941-720-0426. Free coffee. See you Saturday! 201
Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office supplies,
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES. Brown with
polka dots. Found near Waterfront restaurant. Can
be claimed at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
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.
I S EXPERIENCE
34 Years of Professional Service
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 1700 SF floorplan, 2BR/2BA, enclosed
lanai, carport, great condition. Fantastic price of $130,000.
CAMBRIDGE VILLAGE WEST 2BR/2BA, garage. Excellent
move-in condition. $165,900.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA, clubhouse,
pool, tennis. $129,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview,pool, boatdock,
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
FOUND: DODGE CAR keys. Near 76th and Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Please claim at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: MEN'S RING, white gold, grooved. 20
feet offshore near buoy, Club Bamboo.
FOUND: USB FLASH drive at Manatee Public
Beach. Black, iLogic 1GB. Please claim at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: SET OF keys on purple leather key ring.
FOUND: CANON CAMERA, seems new. Found
March 26 between Gulf Drive and Holmes Boule-
vard, near 67th Street, Holmes Beach. To claim call,
BEAUTIFUL CHOCOLATE-POINT Siamese female
cat needs loving home. Seven years old, spayed.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
FOR SALE: 1997 Toyota RAV 4. 92,000 miles, one
owner. Good condition. $4,500, books for $4,975.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
PERICO BAY CLUB
Immaculate 2BR/2BA condo with
fabulous water views. Only minutes
from sparkling white beaches of Anna
Maria Island. $215,000.
___ Planck at
5402 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
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/1BA Cottage.
Room for Pool. $429,000
Over 1/3 Acre. Updated 3BR/3BA Home.
Endless Possibilities. $299,000
Call Liz Codola, Realtor,GRI
5316 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
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.
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.
"We ARE he Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
Se ic Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
778. 345 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
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
Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
(941) 794-6504 firstname.lastname@example.org
fN'S RESCREEN INE
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rI : I:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima
Call Dan, 941-713-3108
S,, Affordable Handyman
S Tim Hyland Island Resident
Insured Guaranteed work* Free Estimates
Protect your home When you're not here
Log on: ProtectionPropertyWatch.com
Call Jon Kent at 941-920-0832
New Kitchens Shutters Room Additions
New Home Construction
Weatherside, LLC *Ted H. Geeraerts
Nature's Design Landscaping '
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9 41-72 -9381 Design & I11:.1.J1
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Commercial & Residential
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1993 TOYOTA 4 RUNNER. SR5V6, four-wheel
drive. Only 130,000 miles. Loaded, well-maintained.
$4,000 or best offer. 941-538-8881.
FOR SALE: 1999 Ford Explorer'Sport.' Good condi-
tion, runs great. Two-door, new tires $3,500 or best
offer. Call 941-737-9173.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
FOR RENT: DEEP-WATER boat slip. North end,
Anna Maria. Gulf access. 941-794-8877.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED: Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to assist
visitors four hours a day in fast-paced environment.
Must have good people skills, computer knowledge,
know the Island. Call 941-779-9412.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: THE Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce is seeking a full-time
employee for a position as an assistant to the presi-
dent. Candidates must have good communication
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 Publisher. Send resumes
to 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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 Realty,
COMMERCIAL OFFICES: FROM $250/month,
includes utilities. Different sizes to fit your budget,
from small office to 1,600 sf. Ideal for accounting,
attorney or office away from home. 941-746-8666.
5382 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School sopho-
more 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 babysitting.
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632 or
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.
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NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house clean-
ing 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.
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 DRIVEYOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates.
Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES.Your home and
business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware,
cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and
repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system
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.
FREE HOUSESITTER/PETSITTER, etc. Retired Chris-
tian couple available anytime. Excellent local, repeat ref-
erences. 770-832-7319, email@example.com.
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EXPERIENCED HOME COMPANION: Baths, exer-
cise, meals, chauffer, clean, etc. 941-748-3247 or
DANNY'S IRRIGATION: NEW installs, valve track-
ing, pool pump repair, all your irrigation needs. Call
IMMUNE-BOOSTING MASSAGE: Relaxing,
gentle, German method, 13 years experience.
941-720-8135. (MA 15752)
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alterations,
cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry, 941-778-3125.
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE: Island
resident, excellent references. Call Becky at
941-778-7828. Cell, 941-726-5252.
HOUSE AND CONDO Watch: Enjoy peace of mind
while you're away. Free home inventory for all new
clients. Call 888-884-8615. www.houseandcondo-
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help? Call
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check, win-
dows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@juno.
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for you.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in
the comfort of your home. Call today for an appoint-
ment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products, hand-
bags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Call for an appointment. Now offering in-home
pedicure services. 941-713-5244.
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
, : D .
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since
1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulching.
Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island resi-
dent. 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". 941-773-1357.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your land-
scape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island experi-
ence. Licensed and insured. Call Allen anytime. Cell
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
GARY WOOD LAWN service. You call, we come.
Free estimates, tree trimming, landscaping. Insured.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various sizes,
$10-$95. Delivery and placement available. Also
free removal of your unwanted boulders. Plus we
are a complete tree and stump service. Insured,
experienced. Call Brad Frederick's LLC today.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
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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 2000 jobs on Anna Maria Island
9 Darrin J. Wash 941.725.0073
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0'Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, ac
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup:
Call Junior, 807-1015
> MANATEE MOVING
Pickup & Delivery Services
Apartments Condos Homes -
1 item or Household
Free Estimates Affordable Rates
Call IMike 739-8234
"Your Hozme Towrn Mofver"
Licensed Insured FL Mover Reg. # IM601
Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
Bruce Collins (941) 778-6201
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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.suncoastinc.com.
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. Gorgeous
3BR/2BA, two-car garage, sleeps six, inclusive.
Contact 941-794-1515. View at www.coastalprop-
Delightful 1266 SF
In-ground heated poco
Location Amazing value I
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TURTLE CRAWL Longboat Key Prime ISLAND DUPLEX Gulf views from
topfloorcornerunitofferin panoramic upstairs deck Upper unit is turnkey
views of the Gulf Resort offers on site in beach decor Tile floors, updated
rental staff withdailyrentalspermitted kitchens, new roof Downstairs
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rental history & reservations Owner and Intracoastal Loads of potential
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2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
2009-10 SEASON: BEAUTIFUL GROUND-level
single-family home. Available now. 2BR/1BA or
3BR/2BA with living room, family room, washer/
dryer and carport. Block to the beach in Anna Maria.
VACATION RENTALS:3BR/2BA, lovely, private pool
home near Palma Sola Causeway. $900/weekly.
Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gorgeous
pool home, Intracoastal Waterway, west Bradenton.
$1,050 weekly www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com, or
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo. Cross
street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer, dryer.Two
decks, heated pool. $2,400/month. 813-634-3790.
Available March, April, May, 2009.
CUTE OFFICE FOR RENT. 315 58th St., Holmes
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. Fur-
nished 2BR/2BA condo, steps from beach. Unit
is two levels above covered parking, washer and
dryer in unit. Very nice unit, live at the beach. $1,000/
month plus utilities. 813-245-0428.
FOR RENT: REMODELED 3BR/3BA canalfront
home, fenced, pool, with heated spa, outdoor kitchen,
boat lift and dock, two-car garage. 941-713-3214.
RENT FOR 2010 season: Hidden Lakes new luxury
condo. 2BR/2BA, pool, sauna. garage. Seven min-
utes to beach.$3,200/month, less for longer. See at:
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, wonderful
neighbors. 55 and older community. Available April.
813-927-1632 or 813-247-3178.
Available weekly or monthly
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RENT TO OWN: Charming 2BR/1BA furnished
condo, garage, in small complex, minutes from
beach. Seller will entertain a lease-option with com-
petitive terms with good credit. Call Rochelle Bowers,
Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696, 800-367-1617
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. Ele-
vator, tennis courts, pool, gym, gated community.
HOLMES BEACH SUNSET: 2BR/1BA 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 813 294-3014.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-STYLE with dock. Fur-
nished, walk to beach. $1,700/month, $750/week.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY BEAN Point. Ground-floor
3BR/2.5BA, new appliances, tile, paint, washer and
dryer. Available now. 201-327-8291.
ANNUAL 1BR UNFURNISHED apartment. Kitchen,
bath. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.
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. Open-
ings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost Beach
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA. Clean, bright end
unit. $1,400/month. Call Jesse, 941-778-7244.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA LUXURY ranch. Tropical para-
dise five miles from beach. Like new.Two-car garage,
walkto schools. Long-term lease available. No pets.
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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.
FULLY-FURNISHED 2BR/2BA corner-unit condo
on the water. Sweeping views of Tampa Bay on
Anna Maria Island. Includes tennis courts, pools,
and Jacuzzis. Available for season or yearly. Call
HARBOR PINES: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer connec-
tions, water, cable, 12-month lease, close to MCC,
Bayshore High School, shopping. $725/month. Call
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA remodeled canalfront
pool home with spa and boat lift. Almost 2,000 sf of
living space. Available April 18. $1,950/month. Call
ANNUAL: CHARMING BAYVIEW cottage. 1 BR/1 BA,
partially furnished, washer and dryer, dock. Nice
quiet neighborhood. $850/month plus utilities.
941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
GULFFRONT: 1BR/1 BA. $775/month. 503 Gulf Drive
S., Bradenton Beach. Michael, 1-813-244-6032.
ANNUAL EFFICIENCY: OWNER occupied. First,
last and deposit. Take a look! 24th Street, Bradenton
DIRECT ON THE beach: Nicely furnished 2BR/2BA.
Heated pool, tennis. Available December-April.
HOLMES BEACH: NICE elevated 2BR/2BA, garage,
lanai, etc. Quiet. No smoking/pets. $950/month.
ANNUAL: AVAILABLE MAY 15. 2BR/2BA elevated
duplex, two blocks to Gulf. $850/month includes
trash, washer/dryer, storage. Quiet neighborhood.
First, last, $250 security. Call 941-779-1112.
ANNUAL RENTALS: visit www.anislandplace.
com for available rentals, pictures, and pricing!
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island and
mainland properties. Free list with pictures. www.
BEST PRICE IN all of Key Royale: An absolutely
spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA, two-car garage,
split-plan, custom remodeled throughout. Deep sail-
boat 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:
REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for fax and
free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin, licensed
mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage Company.
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 1 BR/1 BA condo, turnkey furnished. Owner
financing. Price reduced, $149,000. 941-779-0101.
BEACH CONDO. FIRST floor, beautifully updated,
turnkey furnished, carport, pools, 2BR/1.5BA.
Reduced! 55-plus, no pets. 941-761-1923.
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
HOLMES BEACH INVESTMENT property. 2BR/2BA
pool home plus separate studio apartment on three
buildable waterfront lots. Asking $995,000. Call
Will Bouziane at Boyd Realty, 941-773-3757 or
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA, office, 2,254 sf,
completely updated, nicely furnished, two-car garage,
beautiful condition. $225,000. 941-792-1809.
GORGEOUS 5BR/3BA TOWNHOUSE for sale on
Anna Maria Island. Fantastic location opposite
Publix and five minutes walk to beach. Beau-
tifully decorated with superb rental history.
Tennis courts and two pools. Offers in excess
of $310,000! Will be sold to highest bidder. Tele-
phone 01144 20 8508 0332, or e-mail: Sandyp-
susanne.kasten 102 6th Street S, Bradenton Beach
@sothebysrealty.com Brand New Duplex, 3BR/2BA. Don't wait pick your colors! Starting at $750,000
519 Pine Ale. Anna Maria
FOR SALE BY owner: Perico Island home.
3BR/2BA. Four years new. Heated pool. $325,000.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Move-in condition, priced
for quick sale. "D" model. $129,900. Denise Langlois,
Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
2BR/2BA ISLAND HOME for sale. Owner interested
in renting back, and/or consider financing. Nego-
tiable or best offer. 2917 Ave. C, Holmes Beach.
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.
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FORECLOSED HOME AUCTION: Florida state-
wide auction starts April 18. 1,000 homes must be
sold! REDC I. Free brochure. 800-756-2155. USH-
5BR BANK FORECLOSURE! $29,000! Only
$238/month! Five percent down, 30 years at 8
percent APR. Buy 6BR, $326/month! For listings,
800-366-9783, ext. 5760.
SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE: 150 acres, $499,900.
Nicely wooded with nature pond and tons of wildlife.
State road frontage, utilities. Ideal for hunting, getaway,
farming and livestock. Call Jack, 800-242-1802.
BEAUFORT, S.C.: Steal my marshfront. Owner sac-
rifice! Drop-dead gorgeous marshfront. Abutting lot
67 sold and closed for $259,900. Lot 68 just $89,500.
Incredible homesite, beautiful trees, captivating views.
Great area with municipal sewer and water. Nearby
hospital, hotels, dining and more. Call 877-671-8837.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN land: Five-plus
acres with 10-foot waterfall, in established com-
munity, great views, lots of options, only $99,500.
FINAL CLOSEOUT! GOLF lot bargains from
$19,900, was $69,900. Golf and amenity package
included! Developer closeout on remaining lots at
championship 18-hole course in Blue Ridge Moun-
tains, under one hour to Asheville, N.C. All infrastruc-
ture completed, build when ready. One lot per cus-
tomer! Excellent financing. Call now, 866-334-3253,
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