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Snooks Adams Kids Day. Llandt r Photos: Lisa Neff
By Lisa Neff
LIlaidt r Reporter
Summer unofficially began Satur-
The Anna Maria Island Privateers
celebrated the end of the 2008-09 school
term and the arrival of summer with the
annual Snooks Adams Kids Day in Bay-
front Park May 16.
With AMIP's boat-float, the Skully-
wag, anchored in the parking lot, Island
kids had an easy time finding the party.
And kids had a pretty easy time gathering
up loot and filling their bellies, with treasure
to be found, prizes to be claimed and free hot
dogs and chips to be feasted upon.
"It's all good," said Nathan Parks, 6,
of Bradenton, brandishing a plastic sword
and sporting a grease-paint moustache.
"Argh," said Emily Czerwinski, 9, of
Bradenton, as she lifted a black eye-patch
to look at a skull and crossbones painted
on her sister's check.
The holiday in the park is named for
Snooks Adams Kids Day at Bayfront Park
in Anna Maria features a costume (on,,l/l
in which Miss Hook, AKA Amanda Karge,
9, takes a first-place prize.
former Holmes Beach Police Chief Snooks
Adams, who, decades ago, decided to honor
students for nine months of hard work with
a party at the beach.
Adams, in addition to providing the
Jeep transport, provided hot dogs and soda
pop. He continued to host the growing Kids
Day into the 1980s, when the Privateers
joined the effort.
"The kids look forward to it every year,"
Sandee Czerwinski said. "They started out
sharing pirate hats. Now they each have
Island trolley still free, for now
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By Rick Catlin
A recommendation to institute a fare for
the currently free Island trolley met with a
"chilly" reception from Manatee County
commissioners, county administrator Ed
Speaking to the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce board May 13,
Hunzeker said he made his recommenda-
tion at the May 12 commission work ses-
sion because of budget constraints facing the
county in the 2009-10 fiscal year.
"The way I see it, we need to consider a
trolley fare," Hunzeker said.
The Manatee County Area Transit costs
$8 million annually to operate, and the Island
trolley is $1 million of that cost. Federal and
state grants pay for a large portion of the trol-
ley, but the amount generated by those grants
is decreasing every year, he said.
Hunzeker said his recommendation to the
commission "went over poorly."
By a 4-3 consensus, the commission
vetoed the suggestion.
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By Rick Catlin
A spate of recent thefts in Anna Maria
Island retail stores could be the work of the
same two women, and Island law enforcement
officials want store clerks and owners to take
The suspects are described by police as
two black, heavy-set women, middle-aged,
who appear to operate as a team.
The thieves struck two stores in the Bay-
View Plaza in Anna Maria recently, including
one theft two weeks ago and one about three
weeks prior at a different shop, said Sgt. John
Kenney of the Manatee County Sheriff's sub-
station in Anna Maria.
The stores were Two Sides of Nature and
Kenney said two women target small
stores where one clerk is on duty. One woman
distracts the clerk with questions about cloth-
ing or requests to see how items fit, while the
PLEASE SEE SHOPS, PAGE 4
By Lisa Neff
Elamit r Reporter
Investigators hope that an enhanced sur-
veillance tape of a burglary at the Waterfront
Restaurant will help them crack the case.
Meanwhile, a Manatee County Sheriff's
Office lab is analyzing fingerprints from a bur-
glary at the Beach Bistro.
Law enforcement officials in Holmes
Beach and Anna Maria have reported a series
of after-hours business burglaries in recent
Businesses that have been burglarized
include Acqua Aveda Spa and Beach Bistro in
Holmes Beach and the Waterfront Restaurant,
Two Scoops Ice Cream, Two Sides of Nature,
City Pier Restaurant and Beach Fitness Club
in Anna Maria.
Authorities are looking into whether the
crimes are related, as well as advising Island
businesses and residents to take precautions
to protect their property.
"It's all premature," Manatee County
Sheriff's Office Sgt. John Kenney said regard-
ing a connection between the crimes.
But, Kenney stressed, the method of oper-
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County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, who also
attended the Island chamber meeting, said charging
a fare would only generate about $100,000 in annual
Hunzeker noted that the county commission was
only in a work session. He'll present the 2009-10
budget to the commission later this month, and he'll
likely make a recommendation to charge a fare to use
Hunzeker said his idea is to charge $1 to ride
the trolley all day, or $5 for a week's worth of rider-
Whitmore said drivers would have to become bank-
ers, bathers would produce crumpled, wet bills and
many people would just say they left their wallet back
in their motel room.
But keeping the free trolley "will be an issue we
will have to deal with eventually," Hunzeker said.
"How do we fund the trolley?" he asked.
The trolley has to stay, replied Whitmore.
Tourism is what drives the local economy, she
said, and the free trolley had more than 400,000 riders
in 2008, an average of more than 1,000 per day. She
said MCAT figures show 60 percent of the riders are
local residents, while 40 percent are visitors.
Hunzeker also had bad news about beach renour-
The state of Florida has withdrawn most of
its money from the beach renourishment funding
program and the county can't maintain its current
schedule to begin putting sand on Island beaches in
That's not to say that the state won't eventually
return the money to the fund, Hunzeker said, but
"without the state money, we don't have enough."
Asked how long the delay would be, he said it
would be until "there is money in the state budget."
He had no idea when that might happen.
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but such restrictions do not apply to West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters who extinguished a smallfire in
a palm tree May 14 in the 500 block of 56th Street in Holmes Beach. After extinguishing the fire, firefighters
sprayed down a nearby roof and plants. Friction caused by a utility wire rubbing against the tree appar-
ently caused a spark that started the fire. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Hunzeker said the federal government is reluctant
to fully fund beach renourishment in a state that will
not raise property taxes.
"This will be another issue you will have to deal
with," he said.
Hunzeker dismissed the suggestion that the penny
increase in the resort tax would make up that shortfall
for beach renourishment funding.
That's only going to amount to about an addi-
tional $1 million annually, while the beach renour-
ishment project is estimated to cost the county about
$8 million to $9 million. State and federal money is
supposed to make up the remainder of the overall $16
million projected cost.
Hunzeker noted that a lot of county departments
have been eyeing that extra penny recently to fund
various programs and plans.
"Funny about that resort tax," Hunzeker said. L\ c.i -
one in the county wants to tap into that one-cent
He said he hoped the beach renourishment proj-
ect could begin in 2013.
The resort tax is used to fund the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau, among other tour-
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Cumber sentenced to 13.5 years
By Lisa Neff
The man police identified as a person of interest
in the disappearance of Islander Sabine Musil-Bue-
hler was sentenced May 14 on an unrelated charge
to 13.5 years in prison.
William Cumber, 39, pleaded guilty last month to
violating the terms of his probation on a 2005 arson
Last week, Cumber was sentenced to prison for
that violation, with Circuit Court Judge Gilbert Smith
saying, "This court is not involved in rehabilitation....
This is a court of punishment."
In late December 2008, Cumber was arrested for
driving on a suspended license in Marion County.
After pleading guilty to the traffic offense and
serving 10 days in the Marion County Jail, he faced
a charge in Manatee County of violating his proba-
tion because he left the county without permission
from his probation officer and by committing a new
Cumber first pleaded not guilty to the proba-
tion violation charge, but later changed the plea and
requested a sentencing hearing, which took place at
the courthouse in Bradenton.
For about an hour, Smith listened to Cumber,
defense attorney Thomas Ostrander and assistant
state attorney Tony Casoria present their sides in the
Casoria's argument was succinct the state was
lenient with Cumber when, after pleading guilty, he
was sentenced to 42 months in prison and three years
probation for setting fire to a Bradenton woman's
home, but Cumber no longer deserved leniency.
In an arrest warrant on the 2005 arson, Braden-
ton Police Department detective James Curulla said
Cumber told him that "after a verbal argument with
the female tenant he returned to the residence by
crawling through an opening in the patio screen. He
then lit a chair on fire with a lighter. He stated he
did not have the intent to burn down the house, but
wanted to leave a message since he felt scorned."
Casoria said four adults and two children were in
the home when the fire began. There were no injuries,
but "when law enforcement arrived the home was
Cumber has told The Islander that he set the fire
because the residence was being used as a meth lab,
and in court he had started to tell the judge about
drugs in the home when the prosecutor interrupted
and asked whether the arson case was going to be
retried during the sentencing hearing. Ostrander then
instructed Cumber not to continue in that direction.
Cumber, however, did talk at length about his
time in prison, his release, his attempt to build a
career in woodworking on the Island, his illness and
injury that interrupted his work, his relationship with
Musil-Buehler and then the media scrutiny he came
under when she disappeared and when fire destroyed
a structure at Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach.
Cumber had met Musil-Buehler prior to his
conviction in the Bradenton fire, and, by the time
he left a St. Petersburg work release program and
began serving probation, he had saved money to rent
a house on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria to share
with Musil-Buehler. At the time, she was living apart
from husband Tom Buehler, with whom she co-owns
"When I got out, I was seeing a woman," Cumber
said. "We moved in together."
On Nov. 6, 2008, Tom Buehler reported Musil-
Buehler missing after learning that a man, Robert
Corona, was arrested fleeing from her car in Braden-
Corona first told authorities he was in a bar on
14th Street West in Bradenton, where he was given
the key to the car to go buy drugs. Later he told
authorities he found the car behind The Gator Lounge
on 14th Street with the key in the ignition.
Authorities found small amounts of Musil-Bue-
hler's blood along with some of her possessions in the
car, and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office began
treating the disappearance as a possible homicide.
Authorities identified Cumber as a person of
interest in Musil-Buehler's disappearance.
Cumber said he last saw Musil-Buehler on Nov.
4, when she left their rented home in Anna Maria after
an argument about Cumber smoking a cigarette.
"After that she's missing.... I can't help that she
left the house," Cumber told the judge.
Cumber said when she was reported missing,
"Who do they want to decapitate over the situation?
While the missing person investigation was ongo-
ing, Cumber said he was struggling with a shoulder
injury and shingles that prevented him from working
and he lost his woodworking shop at Holmes Bros.
Construction in Holmes Beach.
Then the duplex at Haley's burned. No people
were injured, but two exotic birds died, and the motel
garden was charred.
The Holmes Beach Police Department continues
to investigate, but has ruled the fire an arson.
Cumber, with several MCSO detectives in the
courtroom last week, said he told police he was some-
where else when the fire began but "they call my alibi
He said he felt stuck, and, under intense media
scrutiny that he labeled unfair and inaccurate, he felt
The media portrayed him as "an evil monster of
sorts," Cumber said.
And, he added, "I got a lot of cold shoulders."
With problems piling up, Cumber said by Dec.
22, 2008, "I wasn't able to put up with anything.... I
was just running because I had no future.... Braden-
ton was dead to me."
Ostrander told Smith that Cumber had been a
successful prisoner prior to probation and had been
trying to improve his life after his prison release.
Leaving the county was not a mature act, but an
understandable response to the pressure, the defense
attorney said, recommending that Cumber not be
returned to prison.
"He just felt a need to leave the county and to
drive the car," Ostrander said. "That's all he did."
Smith, however, said Cumber's actions were not
to be taken lightly, and that "from everything I've
heard so far, probation doesn't seem to be such a
The judge asked several questions about Cum-
ber's prior record, which includes 10 prior convic-
tions, including four felony convictions, according
to Casoria. Cumber served eight years in prison for
burglary and a year in North Carolina for cultivating
The prosecutor recommended a 15-year sentence.
"He's described himself as the victim," Casoria said.
"There are lots of victims in this defendant's past."
Smith took several minutes to review papers
and his notes, then asked Cumber, wearing his jail
uniform and chains, whether he wanted to stand or
Cumber, left, lis-
tens to his attor-
to 13.5 years
in prison for
a felony arson
stay seated. Cumber stayed in his seat and Smith
explained his sentence.
"In this case, you were convicted of the serious
crime of arson," the judge said.
A violation of probation also is a "very serious
matter," Smith said.
Smith then announced the 13.5-year sentence,
with credit for the 42 months Cumber already served
in prison, as well as for the time he has been detained
in the Manatee County jail.
Cumber had 30 days to appeal.
Anna Maria City
May 28, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
May 20, 6 p.m., city commission meeting on
amendments to the comprehensive plan.
May 21, 1 p.m., city commission regular
May 22, 1 p.m., city commission meeting on
May 28, 6 p.m., public meeting on stormwa-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement regular
May 26, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
May 21, 6 p.m., district commission monthly
meeting and hearing on the assessment rate.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
May 20, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Of-
ficials monthly meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
May 25 is Memorial Day, when government
offices and many businesses will be closed, includ-
ing The Islander. Also, trash collection in Holmes
Beach and Anna Maria is delayed a day.
Please send notices to Lisa Neffat lisaneff@
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Shops target of rash of robberies
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
other looks for the clerk's purse or a means to open
the cash drawer.
In one Anna Maria incident, the women stole the
clerk's credit cards and took cash from the drawer.
In addition to the Anna Maria thefts, two women
matching the suspect descriptions went to the Island
Gallery West on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach May
The theft was similar to the Anna Maria inci-
dents, where one woman distracted the sales person
while the other took the clerk's pocket book and stole
cash from the register.
Shirley Dean of Island Gallery West said the
women "acted like they knew what they were doing,
and already knew where the pocketbook was and
where the cash was kept."
Eric Floodberg of SueRics said the business com-
munity has to be watchful. "We need to keep our eyes
and ears open and help each other," he said.
Kenney said the MCSO got some "good DNA
evidence" in one case and he's waiting on the results
to come back.
"We're hopeful we can make an arrest," he
At the same time, Holmes Beach police have
gone to a number of retail shops advising clerks and
owners of the recent thefts and to be on the look-
Lt. Dale Stephenson of the Holmes Beach Police
Department said store clerks should watch for people
who come in together and split up while one of them
distracts the clerk.
While police said a scanning system for mer-
chandise is helpful to prevent shoplifting, it might
not work against a team of thieves looking just for
cash and credit cards.
Signa Bouziane of Mister Roberts Resortwear in
Holmes Beach had an incident just before Christmas
in which three people entered the store and asked a
lot of unnecessary questions about merchandise.
"They asked a lot of questions. We had two of us
working and they got us separated, while the third person
was in the back looking at merchandise," she said.
Bouziane kept her purse in the unlocked back
After the trio had looked at a number of clothing
items, saying they were for their grandmother in New
York, they abruptly purchased a $20 T-shirt, then left
quickly. Later, Bouziane discovered that her credit
cards and cash had been stolen from her purse. She
canceled the cards immediately.
Police were called, but the threesome had left the
area, she said.
"We even have an electronic scan system," she
said. "If they had tried to steal clothing, it would have
sounded. They acted like they knew what they were
doing, and they probably had been in the store before.
They were smart enough not to steal any items that
would have triggered the alarm."
Bouziane said the group's actions caused her
concern the longer they stayed.
"They just asked too many questions about
things. My main concern was the cash register," she
In a February incident at Irene's on Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach, a woman described in the police
report as a large, middle-aged, dark-skinned female
entered the store and engaged the clerk in a lengthy
conversation about clothing.
The owner said the woman had her going to the
rear storage area several times for more items. The
woman was going to check out with some large pur-
chases, but then said she had to get her money out of
The woman never returned and the owner later
discovered $320 missing from the cash register, along
with a check for $259.
Holmes Beach police said this incident might be
related to the Anna Maria thefts.
Anyone who becomes the victim of such a crime
should call their local law enforcement agency or
911, Stephenson said.
Holmes Beach police can be reached at
In the wake of the recent thefts from Island
retail stores, the Holmes Beach police and Manatee
County Sheriff's Office have issued the following
crime prevention tips for businesses:
Have at least two employees open and close
Keep purses and personal valuables locked
in desks and drawers.
Place surveillance cameras inside the busi-
ness and place signs on the property advising of
Vary times and routes of travel for bank
deposits. Keep a low balance in the cash register
and put excess money in a safe of drop deposit.
Stay alert and know who is in your store and
where they are. Watch for people who hang around
without buying anything. Make mental notes to give
law enforcement about suspicious vehicles or persons.
Place a mark on the front door at a certain
height so a better description of a suspect can be
given to police.
Make a plan with employees about what they
are to do in case of a crime at the business.
Greet customers as they enter your business.
Look them in the eye and ask them if they need
Restaurants hit by thieves
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ation is similar in most of the cases and, until recent
months, the Island "hadn't had any problems."
The first business burglary of the year occurred
at AcquaAveda on Gulf Drive on Feb. 1.
The Holmes Beach Police Department report
stated that a barbell wrapped in a towel was used to
shatter the glass door to enter the salon and a thief or
thieves stole about $1,185 in cash, as well as a blank
HBPD collected latent fingerprints.
Also an employee told HBPD that on Jan. 31
two men who gave her a bad vibe entered the salon
as cash was being counted in a drawer and made
appointments for haircuts on Feb. 1. The men did not
keep the appointments and the contact number they
provided was invalid.
At the Beach Fitness Club in Anna MariaApril 7,
another burglary took place, with "unknown persons"
breaking in through the door.
On April 12, a thief or thieves burglarized the
Beach Bistro after prying open a door, taking about
A witness staying above the restaurant reported
hearing "banging and crashing," according to the
report, but he thought a cleaning crew was at work.
HBPD collected fingerprints, including from
a window frame, a door, a water pitcher and cash
The most recent break-ins occurred May 8 at Two
Scoops Ice Cream and Two Sides of Nature.
Kenney said two males apparently entered both
stores during regular business hours and opened
windows, which they crawled through after business
Kenney said the burglars made off with merchan-
dise from Two Sides of Nature, but also were seen by
at least one person.
Surveillance video from another break-in, the one
at the nearby Waterfront Restaurant on May 1, may
help authorities determine whether, at a minimum,
the same people committed the burglaries at the
Waterfront, Two Scoops and Two Sides of Nature.
"We're enhancing the video," Kenney said.
The video then will be shown to the witness to
see whether the Waterfront burglars both described
as males look like the Two Scoops/Two Sides bur-
"The video is there, so we are going to see if we
can get these guys identified," Kenney said.
The two Waterfront burglars removed a piece of
glass to enter the restaurant without tripping a secu-
rity alarm, according to the MCSO report.
From a Sentry safe, the burglars took several
Make sure window and door locks work,
as well as make sure they are all in use prior
to leaving for the day. Some burglars will visit
a business during the day and open or unlock
unused doors or windows to make their point of
entry easier/install auxiliary locks on doors and
windows, if necessary, to help slow down or stop
a burglar from gaining entry.
Keep shrubbery and trees trimmed so pass-
ersby can easily see your business after hours.
Limit or eliminate hiding spots, keep shrubs
below 2-3 feet and trees above 7-8 feet.
Install enough lighting around the exterior
to light up the entire outside of your business.
Use motion sensor lighting to limit the chances
of interfering with turtle hatchlings.
Consider an alarm system, if not alarmed,
and ensure all areas of possible intrusion are cov-
ered by system, as well as check or test the system
regularly to make sure it is working properly.
The MCSO offers free security surveys to
businesses in Manatee County, as do local police
To receive a free security survey, contact your
local police department or call the MCSO Crime
Prevention Unit at 941-747-3011, ext. 2500.
thousand dollars, according to the report.
"It happened to be a good night," said Waterfront
owner Jason Suzor.
"I think they are working hard," Suzor said of
the investigators on the case. "We've got some pretty
good shots of these guys."
In addition to making use of the video, Kenney
said MCSO deputies, working with detectives, are
"following up every lead we can get, every bit of
physical evidence we can find."
Last week, Kenney said MCSO deputies talked
with Longboat Key Police Department officers,
who also have reported some burglaries in recent
While the investigations continue, Kenney said
the MCSO is notifying businesses "to make sure
everything is locked" and to take other precautions.
Holmes Beach Police Department officials also
recently contacted business people about crime pre-
And Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she is
working with the MCSO on a plan to promote crime
Life on Anna Maria Island can be casual, the
mayor said, but people should not be casual about
"We're going to come up with aplan for business
and a plan for residents," said Barford. "Maybe have
Part of the plan may involve encouraging prop-
erty owners to contact the MCSO crime prevention
unit to request an inspection.
Other crime tips, some offered by the MCSO, and
some from the Retail Industry Leaders Association,
Make your building look difficult to break in.
Check to make sure all doors and windows are
locked before leaving.
Leave a light on when closing up.
Use deadbolt locks when possible.
Conduct employee background checks.
Replace vulnerable doors.
Have adequate exterior lighting.
Make sure door hinges are on the inside.
Use keys that cannot be duplicated.
Do not make a habit of leaving cash in a register.
Install a security alarm and use it.
Install a surveillance system and make sure it
is continually operating.
Suzor took a lot of precautions to protect his res-
taurant, but has taken some others since the burglary,
such as eliminating any opportunity to bypass the
The burglary, Suzor said, "has made us a little
closer together and more conscious of what can
Crime prevention tips from law enforcement
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 20, 2009 5 5
Gulf Drive plan complete in Bradenton Beach
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach ScenicWAVES advisory
committee is shifting gears after completing its
update to a management plan for Gulf Drive.
Meeting May 11 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
the group acknowledged the completion of the plan
for Gulf Drive/State Road 789, which is a state-rec-
ognized scenic highway through Bradenton Beach,
from the bridge to Longboat Key on the south end to
the border with Holmes Beach on the north end.
Then the group set its meetings agenda for the near
future, with much of the work called for in the manage-
ment plan conducting an audit of older structures in
the city, improving parking for the central business area,
improving signage in the business district and working
on improving the gateway to the city.
The committee developed the corridor plan, a
state requirement for continued scenic highway rec-
ognition, in consultation with James Taylor of the IBI
The update contains an inventory of the fea-
tures and amenities in the corridor, an analysis of
its strengths and weaknesses, a k ng1th chapter of
goals, objectives and strategies and an action plan
Proposed projects to be completed within five
Improve the gateways to the city, all of which
are in the corridor.
Nourish the beaches.
Improve directional signs.
Renovate facilities at Coquina Beach.
Improve the landscaping along Gulf Drive/SR
789 and at street ends off the corridor.
Construct dune walkovers at beach access
Survey older structures in the corridor.
Add more public parking.
Long-term projects on the list include:
Replace exotic species with native vegetation.
Build an open-air arts pavilion and a visitor
Alleviate traffic congestion on Cortez Road.
Create a public square on Bridge Street.
Install public art in the corridor.
In other business last week, the committee agreed
to look into a cell tower proposed for an area near the
Committee members concerns are that the tower
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During the meeting, Commissioners Janie Rob-
ertson and Bob Bartelt said they too have concerns
about the tower, and that they did not want the city
to rush to approve the project.
"I would like to explore it a lot further for the
sake of my constituents," Bartelt said.
Robertson said much more public input was nec-
The committee also voted to ask the city commis-
sion to urge the Florida Department of Transportation
to resurface Gulf Drive/SR 789 during off-hours at
night, and at the end of turtle nesting season.
The resurfacing is one of two major DOT proj-
ects scheduled to take place in Bradenton Beach in
the next year.
The DOT's current schedule is for final plans for
the SR 789 resurfacing work from Cortez Road north
to State Road 64 in Holmes Beach to be submitted by
this July, and the contract to be executed in February
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.
The other major SR 789 project, to be funded
with federal stimulus dollars, is to take place this
year and involve new sidewalks, added crosswalks on
Gulf Drive and across side streets, removing, relocat-
ing and planting new landscaping, improving street
lights and improving several beach access points.
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Yes, have a barbecue. Yes, take a dip in the Gulf and
enjoy time on the beach. Take in all the fun you can on
a long weekend and a day off from work and everyday
routines. Celebrate Memorial Day May 25.
But remember the reason, and honor the veterans
who sacrificed for us all and for our country. That's
what Memorial Day is about. In every war since the
Civil War, we've honored fallen soldiers and mili-
tary service personnel on this day and it only takes a
moment to say your thanks.
Outside the box
Obviously, Anna Maria isn't going to grow its
boundaries by much in the future, with the excep-
tion of possibly annexing the Kingfish Boat Ramp in
Holmes Beach. There's no place to grow an island.
Unless you look at the positive changes that are
happening over the bridges and embrace them.
We once suggested incorporating Cortez into
Bradenton Beach, and why shouldn't Perico Island be
part of our Island community? We have much more
in common there than do other areas of the county
or municipalities. Meanwhile, the Robinson, Neal
and FISH preserves are great assets- we should be
proud of those achievements in preservation.
Maybe we can grow, if only in attitude.
Say it aloud
This week we posted a long opinion letter online
that deserves a read. It makes a point on a number of
fronts: pine trees, birds, the causeway, oyster beds,
cell towers, mega houses and a monstrosity the
proposed replacement bridge linking Holmes Beach
to Perico Island and the mainland.
The letter writer silent too long makes the
point that no one moves to an island for convenience.
And some people move here for the natural beauty
and then set out to change it. Check out the letter, and
The Islander online at www.islander.org.
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Anna Maria Motel 6
Unlike my good neighbor, who "isn't from
around here," I've been around here way too long. I
know too much. I've seen too much. And I've never
acquired a filter for my mouth.
Take for example the issue of motels and vaca-
tion rentals in the city of Anna Maria.
Take for example my home on North Bay Bou-
My home is surrounded by six motels. Impossible,
you say? A motel by any other name is still a motel.
People can rent homes by the night. They can cram 20
people into a two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,000-square-foot
unit. And the renters can scream and beat their children,
but, oops, they can not be evicted pronto, because the
"motel" manager lives elsewhere.
There's no onsite management at my neighboring
motels. Only the police.
And the police are an afterthought. They aren't
present to bear witness, as a manager would. So as
soon as the police leave, the carnage continues.
They call these palaces, not motels, but "vacation
rentals" at city hall. Even though VRs must carry state
transient rental licenses, exactly like those required at
motels. And VRs are regulated by the same division
of folks in Tallahassee who regulate motels.
So to say they can't build a motel on North Bay Bou-
levard is what? Two-faced? Ignorant? Mean-spirited?
My vote is for better regulated rentals. And on-
site management is a nice start, if we can get it.
Doug Dowling, Anna Maria
Cigarette butts in the sand
How long does it take a butt to become part of the
environment? Oh, that's right, never. It is not biode-
gradable. It will never blend in, get lost or go away.
All it does is cause problems such as being unsightly
on the beach, starting fires when they are flicked into
the dry landscaping or into the trash can, getting into
the beach pictures that people take of their children
playing with "butt-friendly" butts left on the beach.
I am not saying that everyone is to blame because I
know some very responsible butt people. The ones that
are environmentally correct, they retain that last part,
the butt, and properly dispose of them. I applaud their
efforts because they do care about the environment. The
beach, the place everyone wants to be unless there are
a pile of butts in the sand and, then there's a change of
heart and they might decide not to return, so take care
of your body and watch your butt.
I am speaking from first-hand experience since a butt
was tossed into our landscaping one night. We returned
from an evening out with friends and went to bed. Then
the next thing I knew, the fire department was called by our
neighbor who saw flames shooting up from our bushes on
the beachfront. This is such a threat to all of us that I think
we need to keep the butt information up front so people
quit flicking them and affecting others.
Kathy Caserta, Holmes Beach
It is with great sadness that I learned of the pass-
ing of Otto M. Bundy on May 4.
He was respected horticulturist and a great friend
and mentor to Anna Maria Island residents.
He was a pioneer and the first to advise beach-
front property owners of the desperate need for sea
oats and other native vegetation crucial to slow beach
erosion as well as to retain our precious sands during
storms, thereby preserving our beaches all over the
state of Florida and other coastlines.
He also was recognized by the Florida Shore
and Beach Preservation Association in Tallahassee.
He attended FSBPA conferences and educated us on
these plants and their precious place in our lives.
He owned a nursery in Palmetto, which featured these
types of vegetation's to protect Florida's shorelines.
His shared knowledge and passion, and has taught
us much, and we sincerely appreciated all his efforts.
Katie Pierola, Bradenton
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Private, public remembrances EE YEAR
mark Memorial Day N n11
The nation will observe Memorial Day on Monday,
May 25. Several years ago a White House commission
urged people to observe a moment of silence at 3 p.m.,
in addition to other traditions on the day.
Most federal, state and local government offices
will be closed for the holiday, including Holmes
Beach, Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria city halls.
Banks and public schools also will close for the day,
as will The Islander office.
A formal observance of Memorial Day will take
place at 9 a.m. May 25 with the laying of wreaths,
a 21-gun salute and speeches at Veterans Memorial
Park on the riverfront behind Manatee Memorial
Hospital in Bradenton.
Also, the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post
24, 2000 75th Street W, Bradenton, will host a tribute
beginning at noon, followed by a chicken dinner from
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Memorial Day originally was called Decora-
tion Day and is a day of remembrance for those who
have died in the nation's service. President Lyndon
Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the birthplace of
Memorial Day, but many believe the day originated
in the South during the Civil War.
The first known proclamation for Memorial Day
was issued May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national
commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The
first official observance took place May 30, 1868,
with the placing of flowers on the graves of Union
and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cem-
Logan designated a day for "the purpose of strew-
ing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves
of comrades who died in defense of their country
during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie
in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in
Holiday brings trash
Waste Management Inc. will be closed on Memo-
rial Day, Monday, May 25.
As a result, WMI will push back its pickups a
day in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. Pickups that
normally would take place on Monday will occur on
Tuesday, and so on through the week.
In Bradenton Beach, the holiday will not result
in any interruptions of services. Yard waste still will
be collected citywide on Monday.
Did you know?
On Memorial Day, the American flag is
flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon.
When flying the American flag athalf-staff,
other flags on apole should either be lowered to
half-staff or removed.
If the American flag cannot be flown at half-
staff, the American Legion recommends tying a
black ribbon or streamer to the top of the flag.
the land. In this observance, no form of ceremony is
prescribed, but posts and comrades will, in their own
way, arrange such fitting services and testimonials of
respect as circumstances may permit."
The day originally was to honor the fallen fight-
ers in the Civil War, but it has long since honored
the dead of all the nation's wars 1.2 million in
the American Revolution, the Battle of 1812, the
Indian Wars, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the
Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II,
the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and
the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In the May 19, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
In a 3-2 vote, Laura Vogel was named by the
Anna Maria City Commission as city clerk, despite
objections by Vice-Mayor Robert McElheny that the
hiring process was flawed. Vogel was an assistant
clerk in the city building department.
Holmes Beach resident Doug Marler, 56, was
sentenced in federal court to 41 months in prison.
Marler was a former executive assistant to then-Sen-
ator Lawton Chiles and served as a Little League
coach on the Island. When arrested, police found 26
grams of cocaine and a half-pound of marijuana in
Bradenton Beach city commissioners voted
unanimously to hire deputy city clerk Pat Grizzle to
fill the city clerk's position vacated by the departed
Alice Baird, who resigned to move to Oregon.
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Committee votes to extend scenic highway
By Lisa Neff
An advisory group voted to extend the Palma
Sola Scenic Highway from East Bay Drive to the
Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
The Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Man-
agement Entity committee, meeting May 13 at the
Manatee County Administrative Center in Bradenton,
was acting on a request from Holmes Beach public
works superintendent Joe Duennes.
Duennes, who serves on the committee, wrote
a letter stating that the city commission endorsed
extending the scenic highway, which begins at 75th
Street and travels through portions of Bradenton and
unincorporated Manatee County and ended at Holmes
Beach City limits.
The next step in formalizing the extension will
be for Seth Kohn, chair of the Palma Sola committee,
to write a letter to the state requesting approval.
In other business, the Palma Sola committee
reviewed a draft of its updated corridor management
plan, which will be submitted to the state in early
From Kohn, the committee learned that the newly
built boat ramp built on the southwest end of the
causeway may open June 1, and the parking lot to
serve the ramp is nearly complete.
Kohn also discussed plantings along the cause-
way. Some trees have died and will be removed, but
not immediately replaced due to concerns about con-
tinued drought conditions and lack of funds.
Crews work on the parking lot for a new boat
ramp, already installed, on the south end of the
Palma Sola Causeway. The boat ramp may open
by June 1, according to Seth Kohn of the city of
Bradenton. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
"No tree looks better than a dead tree," Kohn
"I'm in the field a lot and I haven't seen a lot of
viability in new plantings lately," he added. "We need
Keith Bettcher of the county natural resources
department reviewed the status of the Neal Preserve
project on the southwest edge of Perico Island and
addressed parking trouble at the rear entrance to Rob-
inson Preserve, which is on Manatee Avenue west of
the causeway beach.
Bettcher said work on Neal Preserve is in the
design phase, but the county may file for permits in
To stop cars from parking on the shoulder of
Manatee Avenue at the back entrance to Robinson,
the county is working with the Florida Department
of Transportation to create a parking lot for vehicles
near the humpback bridge and build a boardwalk
under the humpback bridge on Manatee Avenue.
County Commissioner John Chappie proposed
the idea during a meeting with the DOT and natural
resources director Charlie Hunsicker.
"I thought, there's all this space here," Chappie
said of a roadside area where a number of Australian
pines were removed. "There's space for maybe 30
vehicles, with ADA parking."
Regarding another county project, Bill O'Shea
said the natural resources department continues to
work with the DOT on a lease agreement for rights
of way that would clear the way for improvements
at the Kingfish Boat Ramp.
"It's getting close," he said.
The committee's next meeting will be at 3:30
p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at the county administrative
Long.standing structure issues head to Anna Maria P&Z
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria City Commission had a good
solution to a number of issues presented at its May
14 meeting by city planner Alan Garrett. Send them
to the planning and zoning board for study.
Garrett's first problem was one that has been in
Anna Maria almost as long as the parking issue, but
has become prominent since new Federal Emergency
Management Agency rules that require new construc-
tion to be two-stories over parking.
New homes in the city are looking like "boxes"
according to Garrett and some members of the city
commission, and when built next to older single-story
cottages, can eliminate one's view, in addition to cre-
ating the box effect.
Garrett's solution is for the commission to adopt a
"floor area ratio" in the land-development regulations
for new homes to determine the starting base floor
area for the house. Once the FAR is established, the
commission can provide incentives in the ordinance
for contractors to construct a house that is compatible
with Anna Maria-style housing.
With incentives, the contractor would be able
to add additional floor space. Otherwise, a builder
would be limited to the base FAR.
Garrett's FAR ratio is the gross floor area divided
by the lot area. The starting ratio would be .5, but with
incentives, contractors could get up to a .7 ratio.
"Our code does not regulate the structure. The
commission is concerned that the image of the city is
changing and we are getting more 'boxes' as houses,"
The floor area ratio concept is a way to "scale
back the overall size and encourage architectural
details that break up the map of the home," he said.
Hold on a minute, implied Commissioner Dale
"I don't like box houses, but they are legal," he
Woodland suggested that the city is "trying to
legislate likes and dislikes, and that's a nightmare.
We need a clear definition of what we are trying to
Commissioner Christine Tollette also had a prob-
lem with the proposal.
"This gets very complicated," when the city tries
to tell someone what they can build," she said. Toi-
lette would prefer that the building official just offer
suggestions to make a home fit better in the commu-
But Commissioner Chuck Webb said that every
week someone comes to him about a new house
under construction and says, "Did you see what they
put up? What are you going to do about it?"
The problem is that the city does not want to
regulate architecture, but some people's ideas of a
new house "are not consistent with our community,"
Webb said. "If we stick our heads in the sand, we are
not going to solve the problem."
Commission Chairman John Quam agreed,
noting a recent Gulffront home that was built that
blocked the Gulf view of some residents.
"I would like to take [Garrett's] suggestion and
see what the planning and zoning board has to say,"
Commissioners unanimously agreed to have the
P&Z board examine the issue and make a recommen-
dation on how to advise people to build homes that
are compatible with the Anna Maria community.
But Garrett had another problem for the commis-
The city's land-development regulations on non-
conforming structures currently prohibit the addition of
more habitable living space or re-roofing because of the
"intensity and density" clause.
The city created a number of non-conforming
homes when it changed the density per acre from
7 to 6 in the 2007 comprehensive plan, he said, but
it was not the city's intent to create so many non-
Remove that clause and owners of non-confor-
mities have a lot more room to build, remodel and
maintain their homes, he said.
Not so, said Webb. "We need this in there. With-
out it, we have a lot of structures subject to code
But 80 percent of the homes in the city are now
non-conforming, replied Garrett.
City attorney Jim Dye jumped into the fray,
saying he was not sure how a "use can be too intense"
and he's not sure if the city can say "the use is too
Webb noted that he, the commission and Dye
have "run into another case where an Anna Maria
code doesn't make a lot of sense."
Garrett said he wouldn't disagree with that state-
Dye noted also there are a lot of phrases in the
LDR that are "open to litigation" such as "incidental
Commissioners agreed and decided it would be
better to send the non-conforming use and non-con-
forming structure issue to the planning and zoning
board to tighten up the language and make recom-
The planning and zoning board was scheduled to
meet May 19.
Mayor Fran Barford asked for commission
approval to seek an interlocal agreement with Holmes
Beach and Manatee County regarding the waterways
around the city.
The problem is who has jurisdiction. The city's
limit is the water, while other jurisdictions have
extended their limits into the water. The issue sur-
faced in a recent code enforcement case where the
city found it did not have jurisdiction over docks, just
the part of the dock that was on the land.
At present, a property owner who wants to build
a dock needs both a city and county permit.
Another point of discussion is which city should
have jurisdiction over Bimini Bay, or should it fall to
Barford noted that the recent variance request by
a homeowner on Blue Heron Drive to build a dock out
into the water has been withdrawn. The city learned
that it does not have jurisdiction over those waters
and the applicant has to apply to Manatee County for
An interlocal agreement will establish clearly
areas of jurisdiction.
Commissioners authorized Barford to pursue the
Commissioners also received an update on the
Anna Maria Island Community Center from its board
chairman, Tom Breiter.
Breiter said its no secret that all non-profits are
having a difficult time in the current economy. He
said the board is looking for five more members who
are "talented and dedicated."
One of the goals of the board is to work with city
commissions on the Island to gain input for funding
sources, planning, programs and ideas.
THE ISLANDER U MAY 20. 2009 E 9
HB Commission returns to outdoor dining
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners chewed on
concerns with the city's relatively new outdoor dining
ordinance May 12, but did not vote to take any action
to change the measure.
City Commissioner Pat Morton requested a dis-
cussion on the ordinance, enacted last August to allow
restaurants to further expand outdoor dining provided
applications to the city be accompanied by an autho-
rization from the property owner, contain a site plan
with "the proposed location of the outdoor dining area,
showing dimensions, ingress/egress access, exits and the
proposed number of outdoor seats and tables," as well
as a description of inside seats and tables and parking
The prior city policy allowing restaurants to place
eight seats outdoors was adopted to soften the blow
of a state smoking ban.
Morton said he's concerned because manage-
ment of Havana Cabana on Marina Drive applied to
add three tables to its outdoor dining area, and Bill
Saunders, a city building official who died earlier this
year, had denied the request.
The ordinance created a stumbling block that was
not the commission's intent, Morton said.
But Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, Commission
Chair Sandy Haas-Martens and city attorney Patricia
Petruff said Havana Cabana's issue could be resolved
with another plan review rather than an amendment
to the ordinance.
"If somebody had told me about it, we could have
fixed it a long time ago," Bohnenberger said.
Morton's request to take another bite at the ordi-
nance led to another discussion on how a restaurant
operating as an authorized non-conforming use can
expand its outdoor seating.
Skinny's Place on Gulf Drive is in that situation
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property. Skinny's quest to expand its outdoor dining
spurred the commission to look into revising the ordi-
nance last year.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino had asked the
commission to change the ordinance by expanding
the number of automatically allotted outdoor seats
from eight to 16 or 20.
Instead, the commission adopted the ordinance
allowing restaurants in a commercial district to expand
if they paid a $100 fee and a sketched seating.
The ordinance requires a non-conforming res-
taurant such as Skinny's to go before the board of
adjustment because the business is seeking to expand
a non-conformity, according to Petruff.
Morton, Zaccagnino and Commissioner John Mon-
etti asked whether a request for more outdoor seating
from a restaurant that is a non-conforming use could
bypass the BOA and go before the commission.
"I don't think you can do that," Bohnenberger
"You probably could," Petruff said, but added,
"By policy and tradition your codes have had the
set-up for a long time that the BOA does vari-
"If the board wants to take that duty and respon-
sibility away from the BOA ... that's probably some-
thing that can be done," she continued. "We just draft
But Monetti said the commission didn't want to
review all requests for variances considered by the
BOA, just the outdoor dining applications.
"The board of adjustment is the proper way to go
at this point," Haas-Martens said, because the com-
mission doesn't want to cherry-pick which variances
it gives special treatment.
Bohnenberger added that the simplest solution
for a restaurant such as Skinny's is to seek a zoning
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But Skinny's owner Estelle Freeman, seated in
the audience for the discussion, said a zoning change
would be costly.
And, she complained, so is the BOA process.
"We're the only ones that have to do this,"
Freeman said. "We have all this money we have to
The commission discussed the matter at length,
but took no action.
Acute Care case settled
The four remaining defendants in the Acute Care
Medicaid fraud in Anna Maria accepted plea agree-
ments offered by state prosecutors.
Nancy Wood and Jeanne Ferguson, owners of the
business at 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, accepted
plea bargains that do not require any imprisonment.
Ferguson pleaded no contest to the charges and
was given five years probation and ordered to pay a
$50,000 fine. She is required to reimburse an undis-
closed amount to Medicaid.
Wood also was fined $50,000 and ordered to
reimburse Medicaid, but was not given any jail sen-
The terms of the plea bargain arrangement for
defendants Heidi Rickert and Cynthia May were not
immediately available, but it is believed that neither
will be required to serve any prison sentence.
Wood, Ferguson, Rickert and May, along with
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Island students Nathan Hickerson, Severin Wal- The new director of the Anna Maria Island Histori-
stad and Jessica Pate receive scholarships from cal Society, Nelson Roberts, welcomes a crowd to
the Anna Maria Island Historical Society May 14. the AMIHS scholarships awards and annual board
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff meeting May 14.
Historical society honors students
Three Island students received $1,000 scholar-
ships from the Anna Maria Island Historical Society
The AMIHS held its annual membership meeting
at the Anna Maria Historical Park on Pine Avenue and
presented Nathan Hickerson, Jessica Pate and Severin
Walstad with scholarships.
Nathan is the son of Joyce Karp and Gary Hick-
erson of Holmes Beach. He is a graduating senior at
Manatee High School, was a member of the Junior
Leadership Manatee and served in JROTC. AMIHS
judges, in reviewing his application, noted Nathan's
talent for writing and his perfect score on the FCAT
Florida Writes test. He plans to attend MCC and then
New College of Florida.
Jessica is the daughter of David and Deborah
to meet May 21
Cultural Connections will meet at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 21, at The Studio at Gulf and Pine in
The group will hear from Mike Kennedy, director
of the Bradenton Downtown Development Agency, to
discuss a study on the importance of arts and cultural
amenities in the area.
Kennedy also is expected to discuss how Braden-
ton's growing arts community can work with Island
Additionally, Cultural Connections members will
discuss plans for a second annual artsHop Weekend
on the Island Nov. 13-15.
For more information about Cultural Connec-
tions, call Joan Voyles at 941-778-1788.
Rotary to meet May 26
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at noon Tuesday, May 26, for lunch and a program
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
The program will feature master gardener Janice
Hamlin talking about butterfly gardens.
For more information, call Dantia Gould at
Library hosts paper-crafting
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
present a "Paper Craft" program for teens at 5:30
p.m. Wednesday, May 27, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The program will take place at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Teens are invited to "come to the Island Branch
Library and learn how to bend, fold, cut, color, and
create some really cool characters! And while you' re
working on a cool craft, enjoy the snacks provided by
the Friends of the Island Branch Library," according
to a library news release.
For more information, please call the library at
Pate of Holmes Beach. She too is graduating from
Manatee High School, where she has been involved
in cross-country track, the French and Anchor clubs,
worked on the yearbook staff, was a Junior Leader-
ship Manatee and is a member of the National Honor
Society. Jessica plans to attend Furman University in
South Carolina and study liberal arts, possibly major-
ing in journalism.
Severin is the son of Dana and Jamie Walstad of
Anna Maria, and is graduating from the International
Baccalaureate Program at Southeast High School. He
has received numerous sports and academic honors,
been active in a variety of clubs, and is a member of
the National Honor Society, JROTC and the Aca-
demic Team. Severin plans to attend the University
of Florida and major in political science.
Dragon boat festival
set for Coquina May 30
A Chinese Dragon Boat Festival sponsored
by the Gulf Coast Chinese American Associa-
tion will take place May 30 at Coquina Beach.
The festival will feature canoe and kayak
races, a dragon boat display, a kite-flying com-
petition, drumming, arts and crafts booths and
"It will be very festive," said organizer Irene
Leung. "There will be storytelling.... It will be
really interesting. We're going to have a great
Festival hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5
For more information, call Leung at
Art league to hold camp
The Anna Maria Island Art League's "Young at
Art" Camp will take place Mondays through Fridays
in four sessions over the summer.
Camp hours will be 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. from
June 15-19, June 22-26, Aug. 3-7 and Aug. 10-14
at the AMIAL studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
The camp will be open to children ages 6-10 at
a cost of $75 per session for a member or $90 per
session for a non-member.
Children will learn how to make a Mayan mask,
an Italian mosaic, a Native American bark painting
and an Eskimo totem pole.
"Experiment with painting, dlun in., sculpture
and other art forms while using a variety of mediums
to create your own exciting masterpieces," AMIAL
stated in a news release.
Gloria Bocchetti will be the camp instructor.
For more information and to register, call AMIAL
Bricks placed in butterfly garden
By Lisa Neff
A winding path of personalized bricks is newly
placed in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park at
Holmes Beach City Hall.
And soon sponsors of the garden, the North
American Butterfly Association Manasota Chapter,
hope to award a contract for construction of a gazebo
in the garden.
"Waiting on bids now," said garden organizer
Improvements in the garden were put on hold
for months pending the negotiation of an agreement
between the butterfly association and the city.
Association representatives and city officials
sought the agreement following a dispute over damage
to bricks in the garden that apparently occurred when
a city-hired contractor trimmed ficus trees that the
butterfly group had long wanted removed.
Eventually Mayor Rich Bohnenberger ordered
the removal of the ficus trees in the garden, but
months passed before the city and butterfly group
reached an agreement for future improvements and
During that period, Ambrose removed the person-
alized bricks as a precaution and readied to replace
the damaged bricks.
In January, Ambrose ordered more bricks, most
of which were installed several weeks ago.
"And we started a new order," Ambrose said,
adding that forms to purchase personalized bricks are
at The Islander officer, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Prior to placing the bricks, Ambrose and Judy
Hildman worked to organize them.
"Anyone who ordered more than one brick should
have their bricks near each other," Ambrose said. "It
took us a long time to organize them.... We were
even out there in the dark with flashlights getting the
Members of a west Bradenton family recently
visited the garden to see where bricks memorializ-
ing Frankie Berndt, who died in 1999, and Joseph
Kukura, who died in 2006, were placed in the recon-
struction of the garden path.
The bricks were purchased years apart and
inscribed with different last names. But Frank and
Lynn Berndt found bricks for their son Frankie and
Frank's stepfather, Kukura, side by side.
Frank and Lynn Berndt both cried, according to
their daughter, Danielle Latkovich.
Latkovich and her parents said the bricks came
together by divine intervention.
"Both my parents were in a state of near shock
and disbelief for quite a while," Latkovich said.
She continued, "Can you imagine the chances
of this being possible. I mean there are hundreds of
bricks and some are laid down, some are not. There
are piles of bricks still there and these two get put
in side by side, when their last names are not even
the same. How can it be? My mom says it is Frankie
and Joe's way of letting us know they are together in
The placement is Ambrose's way of letting those
who support the park know she cares. As she was
readying the bricks for installation, she recognized
that Linda Lee Berndt ordered the bricks for Frankie
Berndt and Joseph Kukura.
In fact, Ambrose paired 261 bricks in the
"It is my hope," she said, "that people will like
their bricks together."
West Manatee Fire auxiliary
collecting for sale
The West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary, a non-
profit organization that supports the WMFR district,
is collecting donations for a Memorial Day yard
Donations can be dropped off anytime before the
sale at the old firehouse at the corner of Second Street
North and Highland Avenue in Bradenton Beach.
For more information, or to schedule a pick up for
donations, call Rhoda D'Ambra at 941-778-8678.
Personalized bricks in the Anna Maria Island But-
terfly Park at Holmes Beach City Hall. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
By Lisa Neff
A circuit court judge has dismissed a complaint
against the city of Holmes Beach filed by property
owners cited for code violations.
Still open in circuit court is a foreclosure action
the city took against the duplex in the 3700 block of
Gulf Drive that Dianne and William Sorg own.
The city moved to foreclose on the property
because the Sorgs owed about $28,000 in fines asso-
ciated with a code enforcement ruling dating back to
August 2003, when city officials expressed concern
about a missing railing on a second-floor balcony
on the building. Further review of the property had
found that there was no rental license on file with the
city, and later, the city raised concerns about repairs
made to the property without a permit.
By the summer of 2004, the matter was before the
city code enforcement board, which eventually made
four findings of fact: Repairs at the duplex were made
without a properly issued building permit; without
a permit there was no inspection to ensure proper
repair; the Sorgs had repeatedly been told they needed
a permit; and "the city must maintain respect for its
permitting system among all property owners."
The code enforcement board levied a fine $30
a day "for every day the violation continues on the
After learning that the $30-a-day fine associated
with the property had accumulated through May 2007
to a $28,000 debt, city commissioners instructed their
attorney to begin foreclosure proceedings, which
occurred Nov. 21, 2007.
The Sorgs then filed a complaint against the city
challenging the fine and the lien against their prop-
But Circuit Court Judge Edward Nicholas has
granted a motion made by the city to dismiss the
Nicholas made several findings in his order:
That the Sorgs did not contest the code enforce-
ment order within 30 days of the action.
That the Sorgs failed to identify a policy or
practice by the city that is unconstitutional.
The Sorgs can appeal Nicholas' ruling.
Island Players plan workshops
The Island Players will celebrate the 2008-09
season with an annual banquet May 30 at the Bra-
denton Country Club in Bradenton.
The theater group next will begin a series of
summer acting workshops at the theater, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
The schedule includes:
Monologue and scene study taught by Kelly
Wynn Woodland from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 15 to
Play analysis/directing taught by Woodland
from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 17 to July 22.
Improvisation taught by Patrick Johnson from
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 27 to Aug. 7.
For more information, call 941-778-5755.
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Helen Brown, 87, of Holmes Beach, died May
Born in Morristown, N.J., Mrs. Brown and her
husband raised their family in Whitehouse Station,
N.J., where she was an active member of the White-
house Station Fire Auxiliary. She moved to Manatee
County in 1968. She was a member and deacon of
Roser Memorial Community Church. She enjoyed
golf and was a member of Key Royale Club.
Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tues-
day, May 19, at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,
General Research, P.O. Box 96305, Washington DC
20090-6305. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 49
years, Edward G. Brown. She is survived by sons
Ronald Buck and his wife Peggy of Easton, Pa., and
Jim and his wife Kristine of High Bridge, N.J.; daugh-
ter, Pat Janusz and her husband Walt of Nazareth, Pa.;
companion of 10 years Ed Miller; six grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren.
Lottie Kathleen Mahan Finney
Lottie Kathleen Mahan Finney, 95, formerly of
Anna Maria, died May 7.
Mrs. Finney moved to Anna Maria 30 years
ago. She was a retired nursing assistant. She was a
member of Roser Memorial Community Church in
There will be no local services. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Pal-
liative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
She is survived by daughters Brenda Fitzgerald
and her husband Norm of North Port, and Dee Stew-
art of Utah; son Tom; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
May 12, 100 Spring Ave., Sandbar Restaurant,
trespass. The restaurant manager told a customer he
could no longer be served alcoholic beverages. After
an altercation, Manatee County Sheriff's Office depu-
ties issued a trespass warning on the customer, who
May 8, 200 Gulf Drive N., BeachHouse Restau-
rant, disturbance. Police responded to an altercation
involving a woman. No further information was pro-
May 9, 1325 Gulf Drive, Tortuga Inn, theft. No
further information was provided.
May 9, 1407 Gulf Drive, Coquina Moorings,
theft. No further information was provided.
May 9, 2200 block Avenue A, theft. No further
information was provided.
May 10, 1325 Gulf Drive, Tortuga Inn, burglary
of vehicle. No further information was provided.
May 13, 2513 Gulf Drive, Circle K, trespass. A
woman was issued a trespass warning. No further
information was provided.
May 14, 2400 block Avenue B, domestic. A man
was charged with domestic violence. No further
information was provided.
May 6, 500 block 58th Street, loose dog. The
complainant said she was walking her dog when
another larger dog jumped on her dog. She did not see
any injuries to her dog. Police contacted the owner,
who said his dog slipped out an open door. Police
determined the stray pooch was not aggressive and
had current rabies vaccinations.
May 9,3100 block Avenue F, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone took his nylon briefcase from
his vehicle, which contained his checkbook and other
May 9, 500 block Bayview Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took a propeller, valued
at $200, from his boat.
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May 9, 2900 Gulf Drive on the beach, theft.
The complainant said someone took his waist pack
containing a digital camera, identification, credit
cards and $60 left on the beach while he was having
May 10, 3600 Gulf Drive, hit and run. Offi-
cers responded to an accident. According to wit-
nesses, a car swerved into their motorcycle's path,
nearly striking their bike, but running head-on into
a car following them. The car that caused the crash
sped off, with the witnesses in pursuit. Officers
tracked down the vehicle and relieved the driver
from the witnesses, who had captured the man. He
was arrested for reckless driving and leaving the
scene of an accident.
May 11, 2700 block Avenue C, theft. The com-
plainant said two propellers were taken from his boat
in back of his house. He later went to a marine sur-
plus store in Bradenton and discovered that a man
claiming to have owned a marina in Holmes Beach
sold a number of boat props to the store owner. The
investigation is continuing.
May 11, 5368 Gulf Drive, Island Gallery, theft.
The store employee said two women came to the
store, indicated they wanted to purchase several items
located at the back of the store, left the items on the
back of the shop, then suddenly left. The employee
later realized that $82 and her credit card were miss-
ing from her purse.
May 11,5800 Marina Drive, DUI. Officers noted
a man driving above the speed limit and followed.
He was driving erratically, according to the report,
until he stopped. Officers noted the driver, Lawrence
E. Zielinski, 60, of Bradenton, had an open container
of alcohol. He did not do well on field sobriety tests,
refused to take a breath test at the police station, and
was charged with driving under the influence.
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Manatee County evacuation routes for the 2009
hurricane season remain unchanged from last year.
Cortez Road east off Anna Maria Island is an
evacuation route, as is Manatee Avenue east off the
Gulf Drive south into Longboat Key is not an
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Turtle nest No. 2 arrives on Island beach
By Lisa Neff
Nesting sea turtle No. 2 arrived on the shore of
Anna Maria Island May 12.
The female turtle dropped its eggs just feet from a
chair left on the beach in the 800 block of Gulf Drive
North in Bradenton Beach, according to Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch executive director Suzi Fox.
Fox said it was fortunate the turtle did not become
caught in the chair, and that the chair did not interfere
with the nesting attempt.
Fox also observed that, for the most part, the
Island's beaches are "clean."
During nesting season, which generally runs from
May 1 through Oct. 31, beachgoers are advised not
to leave items overnight on the sand because turtles
can either become trapped or confused.
Lights on the beach also can interfere with nest-
ing, and Fox said that she's still seeing locations
where lights are illuminating the beach, especially
in Bradenton Beach.
Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
play a municipal role in a worldwide effort to protect
the endangered animals. Each of the cities has a sea
turtle ordinance restricting lighting during nesting
Anna Maria's ordinance states that its purpose
is "safeguarding the nesting female and hatchling
marine turtles from the adverse effects of artificial
light; and adult and hatchling marine turtles from
injury or harassment."
The measure requires that property owners "must
ensure that the beach is not directly or indirectly illu-
minated by lighting originating from existing devel-
opment during nesting season. Artificial lighting from
existing development must not directly or indirectly
illuminate the beach during nesting season."
Violators may be fined $100 on the first offense
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Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported two
loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as of May
15. AMITW reported one false crawl Nesting season
continues through Oct. 31, with the first hatchlings
due about July 1.
and $200 per day for subsequent offenses, in addition
to possible federal and state penalties that could result
from threatening an endangered species.
In Bradenton Beach, property owners also must
ensure that nesting habitat "is not directly or indi-
rectly illuminated by lighting originating from exist-
ing development during nesting season. Artificial
lighting from existing development must not directly
or indirectly illuminate sea turtle habitat during nest-
In Holmes Beach, the city's ordinance states, "It
is the policy of the city that no artificial light illu-
minate any area of the incorporated beaches of the
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Nancy
Hall inspected property from the beach on April 30
and identified several lighting hotspots.
"I have spoken to someone with each one and I
have made my recommendations," Hall said, regard-
ing problem lights. "And they are now in the process
of changing over to our recommendations and, hope-
fully, they will within the next two weeks be done."
Hall planned to conduct another lighting survey
this week and to conduct random surveys throughout
nesting season because vacationers renting along the
beach often are unaware of the regulations.
"The renters change every day," she said.
In Anna Maria, Fox said morning walkers
reported in the first weeks of nesting season that just
a few lights appear to be problems, possibly because
they are on timers or motion detection systems.
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"There are even Christmas lights up," Fox said
last week. "Everybody still has lights on."
Bradenton Beach chief code enforcement officer
Steve Gilbert said his department share's Fox's con-
cern about lighting.
The city sent letters to property owners along the
Gulf in April to notify them of nesting season.
He also said "delivery of a number of violation
notices is in progress."
The city is seeking voluntary compliance, but
violators could end up getting a ticket or appearing
before the city's special master.
Man arrested for growing dope
An argument led to an arrest for a Holmes Beach
man not for the dispute, but allegedly for the mari-
juana he was growing.
Holmes Beach Police responded to a domes-
tic dispute May 12 in the 400 block of 63rd Street
and found a strong odor of marijuana in the house,
according to the report. Officers noticed a number of
bongs and pipes on a table in the living room through
the open front door.
Officers calmed the couple, questioned them, and
the woman said that the drug paraphernalia either
belonged to her male friend or his friend's.
Police asked where the man slept in the house.
Allen L. Smeltzer, 18, took officers to his bedroom,
where officers discovered "grow lights" in a closet
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Parents flock to nest in 'Alone Together Again'
By Lisa Neff
Helena and George Butler's three sons leave the
But the nest isn't empty for long.
Enter into the nest Helen's father, followed soon
after by George's mother, and randomly dropping in
from time to time, Helena's mother.
Exit peace and quiet, or at least exit the pretense
of peace and quiet.
Sound like the premise for a Cialis commer-
It also is the premise for "Alone Together Again"
by Lawrence Roman.
The Island Players' final production of the
2008-09 season opened May 14 and will continue
through May 24, with Kelly Wynn Woodland direct-
The comedy's cast includes Mary Jo Johnson as
wife Helena, James Thaggard as husband George,
Gabe Simches as Pop, Jo Kendall as mother Ruth,
and Miriam Ring as mother Grace.
Mike Lusk handles stage managing duties for
the two-act play, while set designer Rick Kopp, light
designer Brad Pattison, sound designer Bob Grant
and costume designer Don Bailey establish the atmo-
sphere of a middle-income, middle-aged couple's
comfortable split-level home in west side Los Ange-
Critics of past productions of "Alone Together
Again" at other theaters have not offered kind reviews,
mostly finding fault with Roman's script. It is with this
background that I went to the Island Players theater on
opening night to review the production.
And surprise: "Alone Together Again" is a joy.
Roman's script didn't change it can't by con-
left, Jo Kendall,
Mary Jo John-
son and James
tract but still, the actors deliver laughs and heart-
ache and a fine lesson about aging: Live for today
and tomorrow, not the distant future.
Johnson and Thaggard are convincing as a wife and
husband discovering that, in their devotion to raising
their sons, they neglected aspects of their marriage.
Simches is endearing as Pops, almost 80 years
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information. Open 12 p.m. to 4 pm daily, closed
We really love The Feed Store and it is defi-
nitely worth the drive to Ellenton. This huge antique
mall features goods from more than 50 dealers, and
Historic East Manatee
Park Walk Shop!
Mid-Century Art Antques Collectibles We Buy
10am-4pm Tues-Sat 1002 Manatee Ave E.
Vinlage Clothes for All Occasions
817 MNanatee Ave E. 941-708-0913
Andques and CDoR
Vintage Collage Slyle
817 Mlanatee Ave E.
Todd and Rosemary Fleck, owners of Essence of
Time, welcome people to their new location at
10015 Cortez Road W. "We think our customers
will really appreciate this new store," says Todd.
"It's light and bright and spacious, and filled
with lots of great, unique items." We love our new
space," adds Rosemary. "We're just a minute from
the Island on Cortez Road, across the street from
the San Remo I,. -i.. subdivision. Come see us!"
you'll be amazed at the variety. If you're a collector,
this is a must-stop place becauseit has something for
We were amazed upon entering Community Thrift
Shop and finding the store absolutely bursting with cool
stuff, from patio furniture to art. Hurry in because mid-
June it closes for an annual summer vacation.
When it comes to chic boutiques, it's no wonder
that Rusty Crickett's has been voted Best Women's
Boutique. During a recent visit to this quaint shop, we
saw lots of pretty dresses and really couldn't choose
just two or three and now we're in trouble with our
husbands but we look good!
For baby and toddlers, we like Baby Boutiki for
cute clothes, baby gear and educational toys. Start-
ing next month, MUSIC TOGETHER begins. It's a
Antiques. Collectibles. Vintage Wares. Jewelry.
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Open Tuesday Sunday 10-4
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old, newly obsessed with "the future" and obsoles-
cence, while Kendall is delightful as Pop's outspoken f ..
70ish wife, Ruth.
And Ring, as George's gentle, good-natured
mother Grace, creates a real stage moment, the kind
where theater-goers sit still, hold their breath, and
wipe tears from the corners of their eyes. Does the
theater bestow a best supporting actress award?
"Alone Together Again" performances take place
Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2
p.m. The theater is dark on Mondays.
The theater and box office are located at 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon-
days through Saturdays, as well as an hour before
curtain times. For more information, call the box
office at 941-778-5755.
No. 1 video highlights Island
The Manatee Film Commission said last week
that "The Shinedown Video," filmed partially on Anna i
Maria Island, will reach No. 1 this week on the Top 100
video list on VH1.
A statement from the commission said the video's
producers, the Collaboration Factory, informed them Off Stage announces new officers
that the video would reach the top spot. The newly elected officers for the OffStage Ladies Auxiliary are Marilyn Moroni, second
For people who want to view the video, VH1 can Bobbie Berger, secretary; Nancy Ambrose, president; and Carol Heckman, vice preside
be found on BrightHouse, Comcast and Verizon cable surer, not pictured, is Karen Cooper. The officers were elected for the 2009-10 season. 7
television networks. for the summer and begin meeting again in October. For more information, call Ambro
Qntfques, Grt-O'7queo and Chic Boutiqueo!
piece Go there often because owner Lindsay is always
getting different items.
Bradenton Bargain Center specializes in qual-
ity estate furniture. During a visit there this week, we
found a beautiful dining room set that included a huge
shiny wood table with six comfy upholstered chairs.
It' 11 look "purr-fect" in someone's home...if someone
else doesn't snatch it up first.
Tiki & Kitty are The Islander's Shopping Correspondents.
To reach them, call 941-778-7978
Lindsay Owens and Lois Miller from The Whitfield
Exchange show off some tropical decor and
accessories to Vida the dog. Vida is a happy shopper!
nationally acclaimed family music and dancing activ-
ity. Check it out on line, www.babyboutiki.com
If you're like us and you can't have enough purses,
The Bag Lady is who you need to go see. From fancy
little cocktail clutches, to designer totes, you' 11 find the
perfect bag and at a great affordable price!
Furnitur-ique... It's our new word for a store that
specializes in unique furniture and home accessories.
The Whitfield Exchange is one such store and should
be on your list of places to shop for that one-of-a-kind
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745-311 Mon.-at 10am-5ish
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# 1 Consignment Store
Over 8,000 sq ft of "gently used, gently priced"
furniture, rugs, artwork, kitchenware,
greenery, linens, collectibles & more!
SStop in to find the usual,
the unusual, & the truly unique!
We're open Monday Saturday 10am 5pm
Located on US 41, about 2 miles north of the airport
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By Rick Catlin
The Sunrise Garden Resort, for-
merly the Siam Garden Resort, at 512
Spring Ave., Anna Maria, was to hold
a preview showing of the newly refur-
bished complex on Tuesday, May 19.
The 16-unit resort offers studio,
one-and-two bedroom units that fea-
ture specious living areas with full-size
kitchens or kitchenettes and free high-
speed Internet access.
Sunrise Garden Resort is being
marketed by ResortQuest.
For more information on Sunrise,
call 941-778-2000 or go to the Resort-
Quest Web site at www.ResortQuest-
Essence of Time
now in Cortez
Essence of Time, a collectibles,
antique and jewelry store, moved May
1 from Holmes Beach to 10015 Cortez
Road W. in a free-standing building near
a West Manatee Fire Rescue station.
Owners Todd and Rosemary
Fleck said the store has something
for everyone and invited all their old
Island friends and new ones to
come visit the new location.
For more information, call
Capt. Don cruises
Capt. Don Meilner of Gnarly
Mangrove Coastal Cruises on Anna
Maria Island is offering pleasure
cruises along the waterways around
The cruises are usually two hours,
Students sell sea shells by the sea ...
Four students of art at Manatee High School sold most of their featured work
at a one-night event May 9 at Back Alley gallery and boutique in Bradenton
Beach. Left to right, Cherylann Dykstra, Tania Nino, Deanna Poelsma and
Eliza Faillace took a lesson from teacher Rob Reiber in how to organize,
show and market their art skills. For more information, call Back Alley at
941-778-1800 or e-mail email@example.com.
but half-day and all-day cruises are
available, Capt. Don said.
Among the destinations that are
popular for the cruise are Egmont Key,
Passage Key and, on occasion when
the waters are calm, a trip along the
beach to spot some playful dolphins.
Capt. Don picks up his passengers
at the boat ramp of their choice.
To reach Capt. Don, call
M&L Cabinets at 7459 Manatee
Ave. W. in the Albertson's Plaza, is
offering a summer special to "tune up"
kitchens and baths for just $79.99.
Owners Mike and Linda Nobles
have done considerable work on Anna
Maria Island and are always happy to
accommodate Islanders with kitchen
and bath needs.
For more information, call
Island Real Estate at 6101 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, has named
Kathleen White as its top sales agent
for April, while John van Zandt gar-
nered the top listing honor.
For more information on Island
Real Estate, call 941-778-6066.
Island real estate
6006 Gulf Drive, Unit 105, Playa
Encantada, Holmes Beach, a 1,154 sfla
/ 1,322 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1980 was sold
04/27/09, Wallander to Casadevalls
407 80th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,742
sfla / 2,102 sfur 3bed/2bath Icar home
built in 1952 on a 92x95 lot was sold
04/30/09, Mischke to Mossakowski for
$335,000; list $349,000.
801 Fern St., Anna Maria, a 1,536
Mia, left, and Olivia Natale of Boston
show off their new AMI bracelets, a
gift from their parents, Michael and
Mary Kaye, while vacationing on
AMI. The family spent 10 days visit-
ing the Gryboskis of Holmes Beach
in April, when the girls were charmed
by the ad they saw in The Islander for
the Bridge Street Jeweler's "Destina-
tion Bracelet." The pair decided they
would wear their treasures every day,
and, Mia said, "with every touch,
remember Anna Maria Island."
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
sfla / 1,773 sfur 4bed/2bath duplex
built in 1968 on a 50x100 lot was sold
04/28/09, Amtrust Bank to Cloutier for
1325 Gulf Drive, Unit 265, Tor-
tuga, Bradenton Beach, a 1,392 sfla
/ 1,560 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 2006 was sold
04/30/09, Meisenhelder to Frank for
$325,000; list $349,000.
6300 Flotilla Drive, Unit 93,
Shell Point, Holmes Beach, a 1,023
sfla / 1,151 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1973 was
sold 04/28/09, Gewirtz to G Dono-
van Associates Inc. for $218,000; list
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty ofAnna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate trans-
actions may also be viewed online at
www.islander.org. Copyright 2009
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Thursday, May 21
1015 am Friends of the Island Library book club discussion of
"The Street of a Thousand Blossoms" at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Manna Drive, Holmes Beach Information 941-778-6341
1 30 p m Cultural Connections meeting with guest Mike Kennedy
of Bradenton's downtown development office at The Studio at Gulf and
Pine Streets, Anna Maria Information 941-778-1788
Friday, May 22
11 a m Longboat Key-Lido Key-St Armands Key Chamber
of Commerce Golf Tournament at the Longboat Key Club Islandside
Golf Course, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key Information
941-383-2466 Fee applies
Monday, May 25
Today is Memonal Day,
7 30 p m Parenting education and support group at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 MagnoliaAve ,Anna Mana Informa-
Tuesday, May 26
Noon--Anna Maria Island Rotary Club lunch with guest speaker
master gardener Janice Hamlin at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach Fee applies
Wednesday, May 27
5 to 7 p m -Anna Mana Island Chamber of Commerce business
card exchange at Island Real Estate, 401 PineAve, Anna Maria Informa-
tion 941-778-1541 Fee applies
5 30p m -Teen "paper craft" program at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Information 941-778-6341
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St W, Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public Fee
Wednesday, 6 to 8 pm teens by gender for ages 11-17 meet
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave Anna
Mana Information 941-778-1908
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a m, players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Mana City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Mana Informa-
Every Friday from 11 a m to 1 30 p m through the end of May,
Bradenton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts at 1115 Manatee Ave
W, Bradenton Information 941-704-4366 or 941-932-9439
May 30, Chinese Dragon Boat Festival at Coquina Beach
June 2, Island Rotary Club lunch at the BeachHouse
Off-Island Arts & Events:
Friday, May 22
5 to 7p m Women Veterans Network presents a documentary
film The Lioness" at the American Legion Post 24, 2000 75th St W,
Bradenton Information 941-794-3489 Fee applies
Send calendar announcements to diana@islanderorg Please
include the time date and location of the event, a bref description and a
contact via e-mail and phone
than 200 g
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given to H
service to t
Mardi Gras Mambo draws
lorful crowd, raises $25,000
owstopper at this year's Anna Maria Ele- Drinda Proctor and Ritchie Bell won first place in
school Spring Fling was the creative flair the costume contest, earning gift certificates to Rotten
wed with their attire. Ralph's restaurant.
erade ball attire was in full regale as more The primary goal of the event was to raise funds
uests made their way into the hall at St. for the school. Kyra Valadie, co-chair of the event,
atholic Church in Holmes Beach May 9. said she had not been optimistic that the committee
ening attire consisted of bright colors, would reach its $26,000 goal.
hair and an assortment of face masks, "This community proved me wrong," she said.
wo won the distinction of best dressed. Approximately $25,000 was raised for the purchase
of new desktop computers to replace classroom com-
erin Walstad wins 2009 puters more than five years old.
"The night was great," said Valadie. "We've
olden Herald Award had nothing but positive feedback. We're grateful to
n Walstad was awarded the 2009 Golden the community, the restaurants and everyone who
ard in the athletics division. The award is donated generously to our cause."
igh School seniors in recognition of their Members of the planning committee will meet
heir school and community, to evaluate how the evening went and whether any
ics is one of 15 categories from which changes should be made for next year's event.
e selected. The winner of each category A theme for the 2009-2010 Spring Fling has not
2,000 and a plaque. been chosen yet.
Walstad attends Southeast High School Interna-
tional Baccalaureate School. He is the son of Jamie
and Dana Walstad of Anna Maria.
Walstad also was a recipient of one of 20 laptop
computers given to students by BrightHouse for com-
munity service efforts.
AME school calendar
*Thursday, May 21, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., Florida
Aquarium presentation in the auditorium.
Monday, May 25, No school.
Tuesday, May 26, Family dinner night in the
cafeteria followed at 7 p.m. by the fifth-grade "100
Years on Broadway" performance.
*Thursday, May 28, fifth-grade field trip to Busch
Friday, May 29, 1:15 p.m., Early release.
Thursday, June 4, 1:15 p.m., Early release.
Friday, June 5, First day of summer vacation.
*Aug. 3, Administration office reopens.
Thursday, Aug. 20, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Back-to-
Monday, Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m., First day of the
2009-10 school year.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
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Playoffs loom in football; sports camp offered
By Kevin Cassidy
Another week of flag football produced a big
swing in the 13-16 division as the Beach Bistro Car-
dinals dropped consecutive decisions while the Island
Real Estate Colts won two straight to pull to within
a game of first place.
The 8-9 division and the 10-12 division remained
pretty much the same with Galati Yacht Sales Texans
and the Panoramic Cardinals on pace for undefeated
Strategic Ministries Cowboys made its first vic-
tory of the season a big one, handing the previously
undefeated Beach Bistro Cardinals a second straight
loss, 32-28 in 13-16 division play May 16. Nick Papa-
zian led the way with a pair of touchdowns and an
extra point while Luke Shakelford added two touch-
downs. Aaron King chipped in with one touchdown
and Justin Kile completed the Cowboy scoring with
an extra point.
Michael Galati and Max Miller led the Cardinal
offense with one touchdown apiece while Danny
Doyle added two touchdowns from the defensive side
of the ball. Chandler Hardy completed the Cardinal
scoring with a two-point conversion and a pair of
extra points in the loss.
Sparks Steel Art Falcons rolled past RLS Indus-
tries Patriots 20-0 in 8-9 division action May 15.
Dylan Joseph scored two touchdowns and Joey Stew-
art added one to lead the Falcons to victory.
The second game of the evening was a 10-12
division affair. Galati Yacht Sales Texans remain
undefeated with a 27-18 victory over the Mr. Bones
The Texans received huge games from Chris
Galati and Logan Reiber as each player scored two
touchdowns and added an extra point. Joey Salinas
completed the Texans scoring with an extra point.
Richard Almodovar scored a pair of touchdowns and
Ben Connors added one to lead the Vikings.
Sand Dollar Colts won their second game on
the week, defeating Mike Norman Realty Packers
32-14 to pull to within a game of first place. Michael
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Galati Yacht Sales Texans recorded a 27-14 vic-
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sion action on May 13. Joey Salinas, Zach McGuire
and Chris Galati led the way with one offensive
touchdown apiece, with Galati also adding a two-
point conversion. Logan Reiber added a defensive
touchdown while Katie Christenson completed the
Texans scoring with an extra point. The Packers were
led by Jack Shinn who scored a touchdown and a
two-point conversion while Jacob Talucci added a
touchdown for the Packers.
Island Real Estate Colts maintained second-
place standing in the 13-16 division with a 30-22
victory over Island Ministries Cowboys May 13.
The Colts were led by Zach Facheris who scored
two touchdowns while Aaron Vanhook and Kyle
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Luke Shakelford each scored a touchdown. Justin
Kile completed the Cowboy scoring with a two-
Panoramic Cardinals remained undefeated with
a 22-6 victory over Island Dojo Martial Arts Jaguars
in May 11 8-9 division action. Jack Mello led the
way with two touchdowns and a two-point conver-
sion while Michael Latimer added one touchdown.
Tyler Pearson completed the Cardinals scoring with
a two-point conversion. Tyler Yavalar scored the lone
touchdown for the Jaguars in the loss.
Ross Built Chargers received offensive touch-
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Zawistoski each scored one touchdown to lead the
Competitive soccer tryouts announced
FC Sarasota open tryouts will be held May
27-June 7. All former Manatee Magic players, as
well as any interested players along the Gulf Coast of
Florida who meet the age requirements, are eligible
to participate. Powered with the combined resources
of soccer leaders and professional trainers in Mana-
tee and Sarasota counties, there is a home for any
player regardless of skill level or desire. To view
more information on the tryout phase, visit the FC
Sarasota web site at www.fcsarasota.com.
FC Sarasota is structured into three program
offerings: Youth Developmental Academy for boys
and girls U9-U12, a Classic Completive Program for
boys and girls U12-U18 and an Elite Level Academy
for boys and girls U12-U18.
Over the last several months, several area soccer
clubs, most notably the local Manatee Magic soccer
club, have pursued a unification merger that is the
first of its kind for competitive youth soccer in Sara-
sota and Manatee counties. One of the main objec-
tives of FC Sarasota is to focus the most competent
resources toward the local player, team, coach/trainer
and parent needs. For more information about FC
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Session I runs from June 14-26 with Session II
taking place July 14-24.
The registration deadline is May 22 for Session
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that brought the popular beach soccer tournament to
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ages 4-16 at the AMICC soccer fields starting June
29 and continuing until July 10. The camp will focus
on age appropriate skill development through drills,
games and competitions that are guaranteed to bring
out the best in each individual player.
The 4-6 age group will go from 9-11 a.m. daily
while the 7-16 age group will be from 9 a.m. to 12
p.m. Registration is taking place until June 19.
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two best balls of foursome match on May 13. The
team of Jim Thorton, John Sagert, John Landgren and
Bob Elliott combined to card a 17-under par 111 to
edge the team of Dick Grimme, Bob Kelly, Chris Col-
lins and Peter Proxy by one shot. Third place went to
the team of Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante, Ed Havlik
and Hal Sears with a 116.
The men's May 11, nine-hole game was also a
two best balls of foursome match. The team of Dick
Grimme, Chris Collins, Earl Ritchie and Matt Fufen-
schilling carded a 9-under par 55 to edge second-
place finishers Don Ledford, Bob Jorgensen, John
Driscoll and Paul Keyes by two shots. Another shot
back in third place with a 58 was the team of Bob
Kral, Vince Mercadante, Earl Huntzinger and Jim
Norm Good and Jay Disbrow were the undis-
puted champions during horseshoe action on May 16
with the walking team of one, Debbie Rhodes taking
Karl Thomas and Bruce Munroe were the only
team to advance from pool play with the required
three wins and were the outright champs. The battle
for second place came down to the team of Norm
Good and Ron Pepka who outlasted Sam Samuels
and Bob Trense 21-17.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm
ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
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Sun warnings for our summer season; a mystery, too
Sun, sand and surf season has begun.
With Memorial Day just around the corner, what
sometimes appears to be the world's population del-
uges Anna Maria Island to enjoy the beach, the water,
the shops and the restaurants.
It always hurts to see lobster-red visitors, and
sometimes even residents, after forgetting that sun-
screen while out in the open air for a day.
We all know the rules. We also sometimes break
them, breaking our skin in the process.
Also breaking the Sun Protection Factor rules is
a new push by sunscreen manufactures. As The New
York Times reported last week, bigger SPF numbers
are the rage by sunscreen makers, with a mythical
SPF 100 attained by one manufacturer and more
expected any day.
For the SPF-sunburned uninitiated, the numbers
on the sun goo indicate the amount of sunshine that
is blocked by the sunscreen. As the Times put it, SPF
"measures how much the product shields the sun's
shorter-wave ultraviolet B rays, known as UVB radi-
ation, which can cause sunburn. It used to be that SPF
topped out at 30."
There are several manufacturers that are market-
ing SPF 80 or 85, with Neutrogena offering a 100.
More is better, right? Well, not quite.
"If adequately applied, sunscreens with sky-high
SPFs offer slightly better protection against lobster-
red burns than an SPF 30," according to the Times.
"But they don't necessarily offer stellar protection
against the more deeply penetrating ultraviolet A
radiation, or so-called aging rays."
The higher numbers are being called "crazy" by
some skin doctors. The Times cites some weird for-
mula whereby going from SPF 50 to 100 works in
some diminishing square. As the Times puts it, "The
difference in UVB protection between an SPF 100
and SPF 50 is marginal. Far from offering double the
blockage, SPF 100 blocks 99 percent of UVB rays,
while SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. (SPF 30, that old-
timer, holds its own, deflecting 96.7 percent)."
A fear voiced by some dermatologists is that
people will be lulled into a false sense of security
with the higher SPF sunscreens. Put it on in the morn-
ing, good all day. Wrong.
Call it 30, or 50, or 100, the sun blockage factor
is only as good as its application.
Early, a lot and often is the key.
Slather sun goo on at least a half-hour before you
go outside. Put it on everywhere.
You need to use about an ounce per application.
That amount is about what you' 11 find in a shot glass,
which is a lot of sun goo. You need it.
And repeat the application every couple of hours,
more frequently if you're in and out of the water a
lot or sweating a lot, i.e., on the beach in summer on
Anna Maria Island.
Failure to apply enough sunblock and absence of
frequent applications pretty much totally absolves the
use of the creams in the first place. In other words,
you' re burned.
Please be safe in the sun.
Mystery Florida coming up
If you' ve decided to spend Memorial Day in the
air-conditioning reading a good book, you may want
to pour through your Florida mystery collection and
bring them down to Sarasota in early June to meet
your favorite authors.
Going into its fifth year, the 2009 Mystery Florida
Conference will feature a line-up of Florida's most
wickedly successful authors of mystery, suspense
and thrillers, sharing secrets and tricks-of-the-trade
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on craft, technique, plot, character development and
Also, this year's conference will explore the con-
nection between books and movies by hosting Lara
Khajetoorians, a Warner Bros. literary scout who has
worked with legendary Hollywood producer and Tin-
seltown titan, Joel Silver ("48 Hours, "Die Hard,"
"Lethal Weapon, ""The Matrix").
The conference runs June 5-6 at the Lido Beach
Resort, 700 Benjamin Franklin Drive, on Lido Key
Mystery Florida is a favorite among mystery
readers and future writers, who share quality time
with authors in a casual and intimate environment.
The writers themselves also consider this conference
This year's lineup of authors includes Wayne
Barcomb, James O. Born, Don Bruns, Blaize Clem-
ent, Tom Corcoran, Tim Dorsey, Mary Anna Evans,
H. Terrell Griffin, Pat Gussin, David Hagberg, Jona-
thon King, Ward Larsen, James Macomber, Kristy
Montee (PJ. Parrish), Bob Morris, James Sheehan,
James Swain and Elaine Viets.
Khajetoorians will participate in a panel with
Sarasota Film Commissioner Jeanne Corcoran and
author James Swain discussing how books become
Another highlight is a session exploring the con-
nection of present day authors with the late John D.
MacDonald, considered by many as the father of
Florida mystery fiction.
The Mystery Florida Conference has expanded
from a Saturday event to two days. A Friday work-
shop focuses on "getting it written and getting it pub-
Eloy Reyna turned from painting and pressure-
cleaning to bait sales when the economy slowed.
He sells daily from a bait tank at the Kingfish Boat
Ramp in Holmes Beach, where he has a nearly cap-
tive audience of fishers heading out for a day on
the water. Sales are "pretty good," he says, while
his wife works the same setup at the 59th Street
Boat Ramp in Bradenton. To reach Reyna, call
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He has written more than 70 thrillers, garnering mul-
tiple nominations for the Edgar Allan Poe, American
Book and Best American Mystery Awards.
A Friday night Mlystery Mingle" is open to
the public and will feature signing by conference
authors. More than 50 authors are planned to attend
Saturday features a full day of panel discussions
and lunch. A poolside cocktail party sponsored by
Mystery Writers of Florida will be offered to confer-
For those who become conference "Patrons"
there is additional access to participating authors. "A
Dinner to Die For" will be held on Saturday night
at Caf6 L' Europe on St. Armands Circle and is only
open to authors, sponsors and patrons.
Full conference registration is $175 per person
for both Friday and Saturday, or $125 for Saturday
only. Saturday lunch is included in either case. Patron
tickets are $250 per person, and include the full con-
ference, plus the patron's dinner on Saturday.
Mystery Florida is a local not-for-profit institu-
tion established to promote literacy and Florida's
iconic relationship with the art of mystery. Proceeds
from the conference are donated to Tingley Memorial
Library in Bradenton Beach and the Longboat Key
The full conference schedule and list of authors,
as well as registration information, are available at
www.mysteryflorida.com, or through Circle Books,
478 John Ringling Blvd., 941-388-2850.
An average T-shirt has an SPF ranking of about
15. A shirt doesn't block out all the rays, simply
mutes them. A little.
When you use sunscreen, be sure to use it on all
of you. Remember that different parts of skin react
differently to sun some folks have noses that burn
easily, others foreheads or knees.
And don't forget those weird places, like the
top of ears or toes or, heaven forbid, a sparsely hair-
AME garden earns
The Anna Maria Elementary School estuary
garden recently received recognition by the Tampa
Bay Estuary Program's Community Advisory com-
The school was awarded the 2008 Golden Man-
grove Award thanks to the Bay Mini-Grant project
master gardener Christine Callahan wrote in conjunc-
tion with the Manatee County Extension Service and
The estuary garden is a shell pathway beginning
at the character garden, which exhibits the school's
pillars of character. The path continues along the bay-
front to the north side of the campus.
The garden is planted with native plants, many
of which are labeled for student identification. In
addition to the plants and pathway, rain barrels
gather rainwater that students use to tend the gar-
The garden was planted last year during Earth
Day. Grant projects were reviewed in the fall and the
Golden Mangrove Award was just presented.
Make one stop to shop for the Dock!
Sales Ser"ice Supplies & More
Jet Ski Lifts Et Boat Lifts Dock Accessones
Remote Controls Piling Cones
Stainless Motois Aluminum Ladders
Cables and S 'itches
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 20, 2009 0 21
Tarpon hitting off Anna Maria Island
By Paul Roat
Boats, slowly poling or drifting along the shal-
lows just off Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico,
are a good indicator that tarpon are starting to move
around. They' re hungry, and will get more hungry in
the next few weeks.
Silver king hookups are picking up from the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge south to northern Longboat
Key. Shiners and pass crabs work best for bait so far,
according to reports.
Backwater action for trout is terrific, and the trout
seem to be moving a bit toward the passes. Redfish-
ing also is good in the bays, as is catch-and-release
Spanish mackerel are finally in the passes and
nearshore waters. Cobia also are coming to anglers
at some of the Island's piers and off any structure
offshore. Ditto amberjack and grouper action.
It's a great time to go fishing.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said it best: "The tarpon
are here." He said he's been fishing off the beach and
getting plenty of hook-ups, "and evening outgoing
tides in the passes have been producing a lot of hook-
ups also. We have been using shiners off the beaches
and dipping for crabs for bait in the passes."
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Fishing
said he's finding some very big speckled trout to 24
inches, plus Spanish Mackerel to 4 pounds coming
out of the backwater deep-water seagrass flats.
"Sharks have invaded the bay," he said, "with plenty
of 4-foot lemons and blacktips around. Tarpon are
coming on strong but are very spooky right now."
He's also caught redfish to 10 pounds.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said trout are
starting to move the passes around Anna Maria
Island. Good catches are coming from the mouths
of Longboat Pass and Bean Point, he said. Catch-
and-release snook "are on fire," and the linesiders
are starting to creep toward the beaches. Danny said
it's a 50-50 bet for beach snook so far, with awe-
some hits and horrible misses being offered for the
fish. Tarpon are indeed off the beaches, as any look
to the west for the poling fishers waiting for the big
pods to roll past can indicate. Offshore action for
cobia is starting to turn on, mostly in the 1-15-mile
range. "Look for an underwater structure and throw
out a pinfish," Danny suggested. Amberjack are still
strong around those artificial or natural structures, as
are grouper and mangrove snapper. Kingfish also are
lurking around the area.
Ted Pasky at the Rod & Reel Pier said pier
anglers are reeling in mackerel, mangrove snap-
per, black drum, plus catch-and release snook in the
mornings. Some fishers have caught cobia of late,
and they've caught barracuda off the dock.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, reports include
lots of mangrove snapper running small but mostly
still in the 14-inch legal range, plus mackerel and
sharks. There also is a 4-foot-long barracuda that is
CAPT. RICK GROSS
1/2 DAY & FULL DAY CHARTERS
Catcher's Marina 5501 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, FL
taunting fishers by hiding under the deck.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said things are definitely
changing, just like the weather. "Water temperatures
are a solid 80 degrees or higher," he said. "The crys-
tal-clear conditions in the bays are giving way to a
summertime soup brought about by all the little crit-
ters and plants growing like topsy in the tepid waters.
Gulf waters are still gin clear. The bottom structure is
clearly visible up to 40 feet on the reefs off Manatee
and Sarasota Counties." He said he's been missing
kingfish along the beaches for the first time in weeks,
so went a little farther offshore to find big Spanish
mackerel and a slew of mangrove snapper, grouper,
grunts and banded rudderfish, and later kings to 36
inches, mostly in about 30 feet of water over hard
bottom spots. Whitebait and small pinfish were best
INSHORE SPORTFISHING CHARTER BOAT
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Lifetime experience in local waters
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SWhat a catch
; o On May 8, longtime Island
resident Bob Gutierrez,
fishing on the Linda with
SCapt. Bob Kelly and first-
mate Dick Snyders landed
and released an 84-inch
sailfish after a 75-minute
battle. It was landed on a
medium-spinning rod with
a No. 30 line about 20
miles west ofAnna Maria
baits. Backwater fishing "continues to be great with
spotted seatrout up to 25 inches fishing grassy areas
in about 4 feet of water," Capt. Zach said. "In the
same areas there have been ladyfish, jack crevalle
and some chunky bluefish as well. An occasional
gator trout is being found in close to the mangroves
and shell beds." He's also found the redfish catch to
have improved of late: not huge in numbers, but big
in size up to 34 inches. He's also finding a few
tarpon, but most of the really hot action will come in
the next few weeks.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos may be submitted to
Paul Roat by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE. Deliver in person to
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
e-mail email@example.com, fax toll-free
1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
COMPUTER: COMPAQ EVO D300V Pentium 4,
1.6 GHz processor. $100. 941-756-6728.
COMPUTER MONITOR: COMPAQ #1701.17-inch
LCD flat panel. $80. Desk with black metal frame.
30x60, glass top. $40. 941-756-6728.
TORO GAS TRIMMER. As new. $50. Black &
Decker electric edger, $25. 941-778-4048.
WOMAN'S 14K GOLD diamond ring. Size seven,
no scratches. $90. 941-773-6109.
SHOES: NEW BALANCE. New, ladies, size 7.5.
KENMORE STOVE, WHITE, $99. 1920s vanity,
triple mirror, $99.1950s electric lift chair, modern
Danish, $99. 941-580-4358.
CEILING FANS WITH lights (three). Like
new, white or blonde wood blades. $25 each.
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
Anna Maria Island
RENOVATIONS AND NEW CONSTRUCTION
36 YEARS EXPERIENCE
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
EARLY HOLIDAY DEADLINE: The deadline for
classified advertising to appear in the May 27
edition of The Islander is 2 p.m. Friday, May 22.
classified@ islander.org, 941-778-7978.
BRADENTON BEACH GETAWAY! Beautiful Gulf-
front studio condo. Ground-floor end unit right on
the beach. Summer weekend getaway two-night
special, $249. Reserve now, 941-779-0101.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
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5412 Marina Drive Island Shopping Center
Holmes Beach 941.778.2253
. "".I Customer Service (941) 753-7591
KOKO RAY AND Scott Achor, Island Rock School
at Edison Academy will be hosting summer ses-
sions. For more information, call 941-758-0395.
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.
BIG SPRING CLEANING sale until May 31. Art-
ists Guild Gallery, 2414 Marina Drive, Holmes
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 23.
Snapper lawn mower, queen-size bed frame,
dishes, auto pool cleaner, pet crate. 164 scale,
Ertl toy trucks and much more. 6804 Marina Drive,
REMODELING SALE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-
Saturday, through June 1. Couches, coffee
table, kitchen table and chair, refrigerator, range
and hood, dishwasher, entertainment center,
TVs, butcher block cart. 204 57th St. Holmes
Beach. Call Dick at 941-744-6608.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, t-shirts, treasures.
FOUND: BLACK-AND-gold Pulsar watch. Easter
Sunday at cabana on 77th Street, Holmes Beach.
Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FOUND: young male black cat by Jamrocks.
13 years massage experience natural primary healthcare
amanda escobio, Imt dr. w.w waldrope, dom, ap
OPEN Mon.-Fri. 7soam-7pm
Sat., Sun., Holidays 730am-Spm
S We're available to tend to
your urgent care needs
Fever/Infections Minor Lacerations
Simple Fractures Sprains
PINNACLE MEDICAL CENTER
315 75th Street West Bradenton
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A Non-Denominational Christian Church
Rev. Gary A. Batey Serving the Community Since 1913
S Come Celebrate Christ
Worship Service: 10am
Adult Church School: 9am
Children's Church School: 10am
Youth Church School: 10am
Transportation & Nursery Available
512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria 778-0414
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
Saturday 5pm Celebrate!
Sunday 9:30am Traditional Worship
Sv Fellowship follows
Celebrate with us!
778-1813 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach www.gloriadeilutheran.org
Useful tools and
links, fun stuff,
and important info...
HOLIDAY PICK-UP SCHEDULE
(City of Anna Maria and City of Holmes Beach
RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS ONLY)
Waste Management of Manatee County will not be picking up residential
garbage or recycling on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2009.
PLEASE NOTE THAT GARBAGE AND/OR RECYCLING FOR
THE ENTIRE WEEK WILL BE DELAYED ONE DAY.
Example: Monday's pickup will be on Tuesday; Tuesday's will be on Wednesday;
Wednesday's (yard waste) will be on Thursday; Thursday's will be on Friday; and
Friday's will be on Saturday
Thank you and enjoy a safe holiday!
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FOUND SET OF keys around 64th Street and
Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach U-Store-Itkey
chain Claim atThe Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach
LOST LADIES GOLF club 8-iron, Big Bertha,
Callaway Lost at Manatee County Golf Course If
found, please call 0044-787-058-8878 (U K)
LOST CALICO CAT Yellow, white and black
Name is Ping-Ping Last seen Bridge Street, Bra-
denton Beach 941-782-1123
LOST 12-FOOT flat-bottom Johnboat Flat
front, faded green ID number FL7169JS
LOST TUNGSTEN MEN'S wedding band Lost
after 1 pm on Tuesday, May 5, at the beach
near 64th Street Engraved NEF JLM 10-18-08
If found, please, call 207-671-5166
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption All food and medical provided Julie,
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ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes All are current on vaccines All applicants
screened Please, call 941-922-0774
BIMINI BAY SAILING Small sailboat rentals
and instruction Day Week Month Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15 Call Brian at
SAILBOAT 1974 25-FOOT Irwin 2005
Yamaha 8-hp, four-cycle $3,000 or best offer
17-FOOT "OFFSHORE" center console, 90-hp
Mercury ELPTO Bimini top Great bay flats
boat Fish finder, live bait well, anti-foul bottom
paint, USCG VSC certified, with trailer $4,250
NURSES LONG-TERM home care assisting
lady with spinal injury Sleep-over shifts available
Friday/Sunday night, 9 30 p m -7 a m Also, Sat-
urday, 7 am -1 pm Travel opportunity for some
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JOB WANTED ISLAND owner resident with
paint, remodel, maintenance experience Have
tools Call Dave, 715-205-0426 E-mail annaman-
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach Information, 941-779-1208
RESTAURANT PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area Beer/wine Any good
cuisine would work Confidentiality agreement
required $160,000 plus inventory Longview
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secured Local company offering these returns for
investments of $250,000-$2,500,000 Get your
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ISLAND TUTORING Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children Call 941-778-2979
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Honoring U S Armed Forces from the Civil War
to today's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
EARLY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE:
2 p.m. FRIDAY, May 22,
for classified ads that will appear
in the May 27 edition of THIe Islander
Our office will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.
We wish y'all a happy and safe holiday!
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Call Jon Kent at 941-920-0832
New Kitchens Shutters Room Additions
New Home Construction
Weatherside, LLC *Ted H. Geeraerts
Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
(941) 794-6504 firstname.lastname@example.org
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
- Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
References available 941-720-7519
FRESH MULLET SALE
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FRESH MULLET T-SHIRTS! S,M,L,XL $10
ISLAND SHOPPING CENTER 5404 MARINA DRIVE
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CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays.
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties
at your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher,
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.
LICENSED CNA: AVAILABLE. Non-smoker.
Appointments, activities, travel, light housekeep-
ing, cooking. Island references. Call 941-753-1212,
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
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PROFESSIONAL I.T SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
TOM'S TOTAL DOOR and Window Service:
Repairs, replacements, inserts, frame changeout,
handsets replaced, insulated glass replacement,
screens, etc. 941-730-1399 or 941-722-7507.
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE:
Island resident, excellent references. Call Becky
at 941-778-7828. Cell, 941-726-5252.
PEST CONTROL: LOCALLY owned. Call for a free
home pest inspection. The company that keeps
your lawn healthy can also keep the bugs out of
your home. Southern Greens, 941-747-6677.
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alter-
ations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
CAREGIVER FOR THE elderly: One-on-one care.
Home cooking, light housekeeping, appointments,
shopping, etc. Five hours or more. Top references,
25 years experience. Call 941-545-7114.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura: Good references,
happy customers! 941-539-6891.
AN HONEST AND dependable woman would
like the opportunity to clean your home. Call
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER ADAPTS to chang-
ing daily challenges. Nutritional meals. Quality of
life matters. Nancie, 941-704-2402.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
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an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
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UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience. Gift boutique, nail prod-
ucts, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appoint-
ment. Now offering in-home pedicure services.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
TOTAL LAWN CARE, tree service. 25 years
proactive service. Call Ron, "Shake & Bake".
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
mulching, plantings, shell and more. Great mainte-
nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various
sizes, $5-$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
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
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sumer. No deposit! Clean, fast and courte-
ous. Voted #1 by the "Pier regulars" 2007-08.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes
Beach, 2BR/2BA, second floor $1,000/month
includes cable. Old Florida Realty, Sharon,
CUTE OFFICE FOR RENT. 315 58th St., Holmes
2009-10 SEASON: BEAUTIFUL GROUND-level
single-family home. Available now. 2BR/1BA or
3BR/2BA with living room, family room, washer/
dryer and carport. Block to the beach in Anna
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, private
pool home near Palma Sola Causeway. $1,000/
weekly. Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gor-
geous pool home, near Intracoastal Waterway,
west Bradenton. $1,050 weekly. www.coastal-
propertiesrealty.com, or 941-794-1515.
ANNUAL 1BR UNFURNISHED apart-
ment. Kitchen, bath. No pets. Holmes Beach.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA, clean, bright end
condo. $1,350/month, lease option available. Call
FOR RENT: ANNUAL. Wonderful bay view.
2BR/2BA house in quiet neighborhood. All appli-
ances upgraded. $1,400/month plus utilities.
Phone 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
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cable, washer and dryer, cats allowed. Six months
plus. $950/month unfurnished, $1,050/month fur-
nished. Call 941-798-3842 or 941-720-7519.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA Anna Maria City.
Ground-level. $875/month, water, trash included.
Available May 15. 941-778-7003.
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.
FABULOUS BAYFRONT 1BR/1BA with dock,
available immediately. $695/month, annual. Con-
tact at 330-805-7399.
WANTED: ANNUAL APARTMENT. Male with per-
fect credit looking for annual rental. Non-smoker,
non-drinker. No pets. 941-761-1980.
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1BA, 750 sf. First, last,
security deposit. $775/month. Available June 1.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
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Perico Bay Club 3BR/2BA bright end unit. Corian counter
tops, tile floors. Priced lower than smaller 2BR condos.
Updated kitchen and baths. $328,000. Lease option.
Spacious building lot with Gulf views, 204 66th St.
$425,000. Owner financing.
Shorewalk Condo end unit 2BR/2BA, off Cortez
Road. Overlooks lake, short-term rentals okay.
Call Robert at 941-730-1291
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CORAL SHORES 5 minutes to beach, 3BR/2BA $165,900
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 1700 SF floorplan, 2BR/2BA enclosed
lanai, carport, great condition. Fantastic price o $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.
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thestunningsunsets,seethedolphins pool,covered parking,screened porch,
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THE SANCTUARY: 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer,
carpeting, screened porch, close to MCC, shop-
ping, Bayshore High School, IMG Academies.
$725/month, (half off first month's rent). Call
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA IMMACULATELY maintained
ground-level duplex. Washer-dryer hookups, large
patio, fenced yard, pet OK. Half-block to beach,
north end. $975/month. Available June 1. Cell
941-704-8674, home 941-778-4837.
PALM COVE CONDO: 3BR/1 BA. Lakefront, pool,
tennis, fitness room, all appliances. Rent to own.
ANNUAL: BEAUTIFUL FURNISHED duplex.
2BR/1BA $1,200/month.1BR/1 BA $850/month
includes water, trash, lawn. 941-748-7631.
QUAINT CORTEZ 1BR. Partially furnished,
central air conditioning, washer and dryer, near
Marina. $645/month. 941-545-9025.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA ground-level duplex
on quiet street, $850/month, water included. Back-
ground checks. 941-795-7089.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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on Anna Maria Island. Fantastic location opposite
Publix and five minute walk to beach. Beautifully
decorated with superb rental history. Tennis courts
and two pools. Offers in excess of $310,000! Will
be sold to highest bidder. Telephone 01144 20
8508 0332, or e-mail: Sandypflorida@aol.com.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
REMODELED TWO-STORY ground-level canal-
front home with 4BR/5BA and two studies. Large
lot, pool, dock, boat lift and near Gulf beach. Sale/
leaseback with positive cash flow to the buyer. A
deal at $1,250,000. 212 Oak Ave., Anna Maria.
FOR SALE: #507.1 BR/1BA mobile home, Sand-
piper Resort Coop, Anna Maria Island. 55-plus
community. Steps to the Gulf and bay. Turnkey,
including large workshop. $120,000, includes
OUR LOSS, YOUR gain. Charming canal houses,
paid $600,000-plus in 2004, selling for $490,000
and $520,000. Gorgeous on the beach condo,
view from every room, paid $700,000-plus in 2004,
appraised for $950,000, selling for $598,000.
Designer turnkey. 717-392-4048.
"FRANK THE SHRIMPER'S beach duplex." Open
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Free shrimp!
Live like a rich beach bum! 2107 Ave. B, Holmes
Beach. Call Gus Mollasis, Re/Max Excellence,
I Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
L oOt "63 TIDY ISLAND BLVD, BRADENTON
3BR/2.5BA townhouse, 3,218 sf,
I __ den fireplace, wet bar, Italian Lube
kitchen and 24-hr guard gate.
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PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
BACK ON MARKET! Lake-access estate. 6.4
acres, $38,400, includes boat parking! Sold for
$59,900. Investor walked from down payment!
Beautiful building site close to private fishing
lake. Quiet country road frontage, utilities, war-
ranty deed. Low financing. Call before it's gone.
888-792-5253, ext. 3021.
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN! 135 acres. Was
$269,900, now only $179,900. Nicely wooded
with dockable deep waterfront on Warrior Lake.
Perfect for outdoor recreation, hunting, fishing.
Convenient access 1-20. Excellent financing. Call
now, 800-564-5092, ext. 492.
NEW BEACHFRONT BOUTIQUE hotel on Laguna
Beach, Panama City Beach, Fla. Fully-furnished
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full baths and two half-baths, two fireplaces, elevator, heated
pool, new dock and loads of privacy. Truly a gorgeous home!
BAYFRONT older 2BR/1BA cottage with fabulous setting
and beautiful view. Asking $700,000.
GULFFRONT 3BR/3BA, pool, dumbwaiter, large enclosed
garage. Two verandas, wonderful views. $1,495,000.
BAYFRONT, 2 COTTAGES. One directly on the bay with a
beautiful view, the other on adjoining property and stones
throw from the beach. $690,000
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28 E MAY 20, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Relay walkers rally against cancer
By Lisa Neff
Walkers in the Anna Maria Island Relay for Life
rallied against cancer and united to celebrate sur-
The Island Relay for Life took place on Coquina
Beach May 16-17 and, with 20 relay teams participat-
ing, was expected to generate about $38,000 for the
American Cancer Society.
Relay for Life is the organization's signature
activity hundreds of relays take place across the
country with teams gathering for overnight relays on
beaches and in parks, stadiums and fields.
The Relay for Life dates back to 1985, when
Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma, Wash., surgeon, decided to
boost the income of his local American Cancer Soci-
ety office with a marathon. In May 1985, Klatt spent
24 hours circling a track at the University of Puget
Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles and
raised about $27,000 from donors who gathered to
The next year, Klatt and Pat Flynn formally
created Relay for Life with 19 teams who raised
Now an estimated 3.5 million people participate
in RFL events each year. There are similarities to
each of the events ceremonial walks involving
cancer survivors and caregivers, the lighting of lumi-
narias in memory of those who have died and rallying
speeches for research money for cures and improved
The Island event began and ended with a cer-
and Relayfor Life
a "star sup-
porter" shirt from
Ryan Rafferdy and
during the Island
Relay for Life.
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emony, and, over the course of the afternoon and
night, involved a variety of fun and games on and
off the makeshift relay track.
"We want to make a difference in the fight against
cancer," said organizer Ryan Rafferdy. "Together we
will continue to fight back."
Rafferdy told a crowd of walkers, most of them
gathered in white and purple T-shirts, that their efforts
raised money for "research that is saving lives."
Organizer Kim Borsheim said, "Activities like
Relay for Life do make a difference."
After the opening ceremony, which featured the
singing of the National Anthem and praise for fund-
raising efforts, cancer survivors took a victory lap and
were then joined by their caretakers and loved ones
in a second lap.
Some survivors had defeated cancer for a few
months and some for more than 20 years. Some, such
as Nellie Halston of Bradenton, had defeated cancer
six times over the past 40 years.
"I couldn't do it without the support of a commu-
nity like this," Halston said as she walked the track
with several friends and family members.
The evening progressed with teams selling a vari-
ety of food and beverages and arts and crafts to raise
money for the ACS, as well as listening to music by
Larry Wilhelm, Later Days, Blues Pig and Highway
Throughout the event, team members walked
laps, often to fit a theme dressed in purple, walking
backward, wearing togas, dancing the conga, hopping
in trash bags.
"We really have a good time
walker Krista Evans of Bradenton.
out here," said
walk in the
for Life: Lil-
The Studio at Gulf and Pine hosts Highwaymen
Artist R.L. Lewis of the Florida Highwaymen fame
and Robert Lewis III greet people at the Studio at
Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria May 16. The gallery
featured a one-day show and demonstration by
Highwaymen, known for their vivid Florida land-
scapes. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Al Black of the Florida Highwaymen signs a copy
of his book, "The Highwaymen Murals: Al Black's
Concrete Dreams" at the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
Jimmy Stovall of the Florida Highwaymen is inter-
viewed by Daphne Boyd and George Cavanaugh,
who are at work on a documentary about Rhea
C(iil t of the Studio at Gulf and Pine.