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Grants seed preserve
Felled tree sparks anger, false rumors
By Rick Catlin
Rumors flew in Anna Maria last week
as voters prepared to head to the polls Nov.
3 to elect three city commissioners.
One rumor concerned a royal poinciana
tree at 303 Pine Ave. that was cut down sev-
eral days prior to the election.
An Anna Maria resident said she was
told by a "reliable voter" that the tree at that
was felled in preparation for a project by
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC.
Another rumor circulated that Christine
Toilette, incumbent candidate for re-election,
and political newcomer David Gryboski,
who has had no input to city government or
tree preservation or landscaping ordinances,
were responsible for cutting down the tree.
Mike Coleman, a PAR principal, said
his company does not own the property and
has never had any plans for a project at that
And Coleman supports incumbent can-
didate Christine Tollette for re-election.
There were three political signs on the
property at the time the tree was cut down
- one each for candidates Dale Woodland,
Harry Stoltzfus and John Quam.
According to the Manatee County Prop-
erty Appraiser's Office, the property, located
at the southeast corner of Pine Avenue and
North Shore Drive, is owned by Waterside
Homes, a company owned by Robert and
Nicki Hunt of Anna Maria.
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Voters in each Island city will cast bal-
lots Tuesday, Nov. 3, in municipal elec-
In Anna Maria, voters will elect three
people to two-year terms on the city com-
mission. The field of five includes incum-
bents John Quam, Christine Tollette and
Dale Woodland, as well as first-time candi-
dates David Gryboski and Harry Stoltzfus.
In Bradenton Beach, William Shearon
is challenging incumbent Michael Pierce
for mayor, a repeat lineup from the city's last
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner
Janie Robertson faces no opposition in Ward
3, and newcomer Gay Breuler faces no oppo-
sition to succeed Commissioner John Shaugh-
nessy in Ward 1.
In Holmes Beach, five people are vying
for three two-year commission terms: incum-
bents Pat Geyer, Pat Morton and David Zac-
cagnino and challengers Andy Sheridan and
The polls were scheduled to open at 7
a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
For election results, visit www.islander.
org and pick up the Nov. 11 issue of the news-
A poinciana tree
at 303 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, was
recently cut in
preparation for a
dential project at
the site planned
by owners Robert
and Nicki Hunt
The Hunts submitted a site-plan in 2004
for a retail-office-residential project on the
property and are proceeding with develop-
ment following a suit against the city.
The Hunts did not return a phone mes-
sage left by The Islander and the contractor
declined to comment, but it appears the prop-
erty was cleared for construction.
Coleman said, "It's obvious who sup-
ports that project, look at the signs in the yard.
Frankly, we find it curious that the so-called
anti-developers support the largest building
currently planned on Pine Avenue and did
nothing to stop the wanton destruction of
everybody's favorite tree."
Halloween weekend, the tree was sprayed-
painted with grafitti, saying "The Island loved
And Mayor Fran Barford sent a letter to
voters decrying false rumors and endorsing
Tollette and Gryboski.
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No decision made vet on LBK public hearing
By Rick Catlin
The answer is neither "yes" nor "no" to the querie
on whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will
hold a public hearing on a proposal by Longboat
Key to construct breakwaters near the Longboat Pass
entrance to combat beach erosion.
It's a definite "maybe."
Corps spokesperson Mark Petersen said it's "still
too early to make any decision on a public hear-
The Corps still has to provide Longboat Key with
a list of issues raised by people who commented on
the project during the public comment period, along
with questions the Corps has, Petersen indicated.
Longboat Key will have 30 days to provide a
response, he said.
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"Only after that will the Corps consider having
a public hearing, and then only if one is necessary to
gain additional information to assist us in our deci-
sion process," Petersen said.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash and
the environmental group ManaSota-88 filed objec-
tions to the project and asked for a public hearing.
McClash, who requested the hearing without
backing from the county commission, said he had
concerns with the safety of the breakwaters for boat-
ers and swimmers and wanted to know more about
the environmental impact the project will have on
If the Corps does not hold a public hearing,
McClash said he will consider filing a request for
an administrative hearing, a process that could delay
Longboat Key in obtaining its permits.
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breakwaters along the shoreline of Beer Can Island
to halt beach erosion. Each breakwater would be 110
feet long, weigh 4 tons, extend about 5 feet above sea
level and be built about 200 feet off Beer Can Island
into the Gulf of Mexico.
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's code enforcement board is doing
its part to protect sea turtles from harmful lights.
At its Oct. 26 meeting, the board heard a case
brought by code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon
against the owners of an apartment building at 201
S. Bay Blvd. that lacked turtle-friendly lighting.
But property owners Reginald and Sherie Flag
failed to appear and the board agreed to give the
couple until Dec. 31 to bring the property into com-
pliance with city code.
If the owners fail to meet the standards for turtle-
friendly lighting, Rathvon said she would bring the
case back to the board at its Jan. 11 meeting.
In a separate case, board members agreed with
Rathvon that the Waterfront Restaurant had satisfied
the code for turtle-friendly lighting.
In other business, Rathvon told the board that
the Almeda property on Pine Avenue and the Fiske
property at the end of South Bay Boulevard are in
compliance with city code.
The Fiske case was ongoing for several years and
was settled through an agreement with the city and
the property owners to limit its use as a marina.
During the city's investigation of the use of the
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By Nick Walter
Jim Collins had three days to close the sale of
his property at 525 67th St. on Oct. 27, and he was
He needed Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnen-
berger to enact a nonconforming clause that would
allow him to sell his remodeled home and make it
available as a rental weekly. On Sept. 23, Charles
Buky, the real estate sales agent for the property,
paid the city rental license for 2010 and was told
that weekly rentals were no longer allowed in that
Collins said his prospective buyer was not
"Things started unraveling," Collins said at a city
commission meeting Oct. 27, "and I was accused of
fraud by the buyer."
The city had approved an application for the
weekly rental on April 3, 2007, just over a week after
an ordinance restricted the "R-1" residential area to
monthly minimum rental periods.
Somehow, five rental tax receipts slipped through
as weekly rentals. Collins' rental was one of them.
"I tend to feel that Mr. Collins is stuck in the
middle here," said Commissioner David Zaccagnino.
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property as a marina, the city found it had no jurisdic-
tion over the waters surrounding Anna Maria, includ-
ing Bimini Bay.
The city has since agreed to extend its borders
to include the nearby waters of the City Pier, Rod &
Reel Pier and Galati Marine.
Board members held their organizational meeting
Oct. 26 and re-elected Bill Iseman to serve as chair-
man, while Shirley O'Day was re-elected as vice-
chairperson. Other board members are Carl Pearman,
Carol Lewis and Jeff Murray.
"Apparently someone didn't understand or wasn't
aware when they made changes and Mr. Collins is
stuck in the middle.... I'd be in favor of the mayor
helping Mr. Collins right now."
Bohnenberger granted Collins the nonconform-
ing rule that expires 10 years from the day the prop-
erty was made available for rent through Gulf-Bay
In other business, the commission:
Discussed what it would like done with the footprint
of the Manatee Public Beach pier that will be demol-
ished in December. All but Commissioner John Monetti
said they would like to see a 300-foot pier with a T-end.
Monetti favors a longer, 700-foot pier.
Zaccagnino said he dives in the area in front of
the pier and has seen artificial reefs that he would
be concerned about if the 700-foot pier were con-
"Avid fishermen are there every week," said
Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens, "and the
'T' would be there if they just want to walk and come
Bohnenberger reported that passenger use of the
trolley system is slightly down from last year, from
475,821 passengers to 455,451. Wheelchair use is
up, however, from 308 to 362. The mayor added
he would like to start putting bike racks at trolley
Pier committee meeting
The next meeting of the Anna Maria City Pier
Centennial Celebration committee will be at 4 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 11, at the Anna Maria City Hall, 10003
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The Oct. 28 issue of The Islander had given an
incorrect date for the meeting.
HB rental rule enacted
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Anna Maria City
Nov. 9, 5 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., city commission organizational
Nov. 12,7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
Nov. 19,7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Nov. 5, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
Nov. 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Nov. 16, 1 p.m., swearing-in ceremony.
Nov. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeacih.o 'i.
Nov. 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Nov. 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Nov. 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Nov. 24,7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Nov. 19, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Nov. 10, 9 a.m., The Islander Veterans Day celebra-
tion, Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park, 5801 Marina Drive,
Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, government offices are
Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Nov. 26 is Thanksgiving, government offices are
closed, and many also are closed on Nov. 27.
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The five candidates seeking one of the three Anna
Maria city commission seats up for election Nov. 3 all
said they expect a heavier than normal voter turnout
for an off-year election.
The last off-year election in Anna Maria in which
city commissioners faced challengers was in Novem-
ber 2005. In that election, 43 percent of the city's
1,483 registered voters cast ballots.
Candidate Christine Toilette, an incumbent city
commissioner, said there is usually a drop in the
number of voters during an off-year election, but
because of the serious issues involved in Anna Maria
she expected a "better-than-usual" turnout.
Likewise, candidates John Quam and Dale Wood-
land, both incumbent city commissioners, said they
would not be surprised to see large numbers of voters
at the polling station Nov. 3.
"It's always difficult to get voters during an odd-
year," said Quam, "but I believe this year will be
Woodland said he, too, expects a good turnout.
Political newcomer Harry Stoltzfus said that
during his talks with voters, he's "gotten a sense that
many people would vote."
David Gryboski, also a newcomer to politics, said
he believed the voter turnout would be larger than
"People have told me they're coming to vote,"
But it might be difficult to top the percentage of
voters in the 2008 national election.
Of the city's 1349 registered voters in November
2008, 1,177 (82.2 percent) voted in the election that
included state and national offices on the ticket.
Mayor Fran Barford and Commissioner Jo Ann
Mattick were returned to office in that election, while
Chuck Webb narrowly defeated Bob Barlow for a
seat on the commission that had been vacated by
Duke Miller, who chose not to seek another term.
Anna Maria continues to lose population and
According to the Manatee County Supervisor of
Elections Office, the city has lost 9.1 percent of its
registered voters the past four years.
In the November 2005 election, the city had 1,483
voters registered, while for the November 2009 elec-
tion, only 1,349 registered voters are on the rolls.
The Oct. 30 campaign spending reports for Anna
Maria candidates were not available at presstime
Monday, but will be posted online at www.islander.
BB voters head to polls
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, voters will get a rematch
between Michael Pierce and William Shearon.
The two men ran for mayor two years ago, with
Pierce winning the post with 60 percent of the vote.
Pierce is running on his administrative record,
touting a series of improvements in the Island's south-
ernmost city, from new sidewalks near the Cortez
Road and Gulf Drive intersection to the planned
installation of solar lighting in the commercial dis-
Shearon is running on a promise of a new direc-
tion, and has waged a different campaign this time
out, more visible and more aggressive.
Both candidates have said voter turnout to the
polling place at Tingley Memorial Library is crucial
There are 905 registered voters in the city.
In years when a presidential election is on the
ballot, turnout in Bradenton Beach runs high. But in
off-election years, turnout drops below 50 percent.
Last November, with the monumental battle
between Barack Obama and John McCain on the
ballot, about 80 percent of the city's registered voters
cast ballots at Tingley, in early voting and via the
In 2008, Robert Bartelt defeated Shearon in the
Ward 4 city commission race with 56 percent of the
In 2007, for the mayoral election, 37 percent of
voters turned out, with 60 percent voting for Pierce.
But, with the low turnout in a small community,
Shearon was within 56 votes of tying Pierce.
In 2006, with the U.S. Senate race topping the
local ballot but no Bradenton Beach races to decide,
turnout was 48.19 percent.
There were no local races for voters to decide
in Bradenton Beach in 2005, but voters did face a
series of amendments and questions on election day.
Turnout was 22 percent.
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BB spending detailed
Mayor Michael Pierce raised $3,249.68 in cash
and in-kind contributions in the Nov. 3 race to hold
onto his post in Bradenton Beach.
Challenger William "Bill" Shearon, who also
faced Pierce in 2007, raised $3,520 in cash and in-
kind contributions, according to campaign reports
filed with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elec-
tions Oct. 30.
Pierce's reports indicate he loaned his campaign
$200 in cash, as well as provided his campaign
$1,299.65 in in-kind contributions.
Other donors include retailer Jacob Spooner,
$250; businessman David Teitelbaum, $250; restau-
rant owner Ed Chiles, $250, hotelier Barbara Rod-
ocker, $250; businessman Alan Galletto, $100, busi-
nessman Lawrence Chatt, $100; and attorney Greg
As of last week, Pierce's campaign cost $1,096.43,
mostly for advertising in local newspapers, signs and
Shearon's filings indicate he loaned his campaign
$3,500 in cash and he received $20 in in-kind contri-
butions from partner Tjet Martin.
His expenses, as of last week, totaled $3,401.08.
Most of his campaign costs involved advertising,
including signs, newspaper ads, postcards and bro-
The five candidates in Holmes Beach seeking one
of the three commission seats up for election Nov.
3 have raised a combined total of $7,478 for their
The city has 3,234 registered voters.
According to figures available at the Manatee
County Supervisor Elections Office, the following
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were amounts of contributions received and expen-
ditures made for the candidates.
Zaccagnino had one $1,000 loan to his campaign
and a total of $60 in expenditures.
Sheridan had four individual contributors, one
donation of $100 to his campaign, and a total of
$701.78 in expenditures. His contributions totaled
Robinson had $1,790 in contributions, includ-
ing $1,100 in loans to his campaign. Of his $1,506
in expenditures, $424.18 was on political signs and
$78.87 was on political T-shirts.
Geyer had $3,100 in contributions, including
$2,500 in loans to her own campaign. Her expendi-
tures totaled $2,461.67 and $1,037.50 of that went
toward political signs and postcards.
Morton reported a total of $625 in contribu-
tions and $603 in expenditures. He received $150 of
in-kind contributions that went toward 25 political
T-shirts. Morton also had one $200 business contribu-
tion and four individual contributions.
Individual campaign contributions and expen-
ditures may be viewed online at www.votemanatee.
Holmes Beach by the numbers
By the numbers, there are 3,236 registered voters
in Holmes Beach.
In the 2007 and 2008 elections, city candidates
In 2006, candidates ran in conjunction with the
general election. The last stand-alone election was
in 2005, and there were 3,406 eligible voters, with a
29.36 percent turnout.
In 2003, another stand-alone election year, there
was a 29.36 percent turnout.
But in 2000 when George W. Bush ran against
Al Gore at the top of the ticket, the city had a 67.7
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Next time around
Next election cycle, we're going to try and do things
differently at The Islander. We're going to forego any
resemblance to objective, unbiased reporting and just
report who and what we like about candidates.
We' 11 throw in the towel on candidate forums and
entertain only our friends with music, hors d'oeuvre and
fine wine for the elite.
We'll display large, loud signs in the windows at
the office alerting passersby of our favorites before they
head to the polls.
We'll start up our own blog, where folks can write
anonymously and strike out with abandon with name-
calling and libelous comments.
And, oh, the rumors we can start. The "Coconut
Telegraph" will be a twitter and we'll Twitter every-
one our opinionated "news."
We'll stealthily observe and photograph any opposi-
tion at parties and bars, wearing funny hats and drinking
libations, and publish them with great joy. Maybe we'll
go so far as to post some wild videos on YouTube.
Well, heck. We can't do that. We can't do any of it.
We've been working really hard for the past 17
years at building a reputation as a respected news
We've been fair, and we've been honest.
Sometimes it seems brutal, but it's always honest.
Unfortunately, this election has brought out some
of the worst commentary we've ever heard from our
And some cheaters and bloggers soon to be
voted off, out and underground. We hope.
Last week's voter recommendations in this space
offered a concise capsulization of the accomplishments
of all the candidates for office, although we're not so
sure we can stand by what we said now.
But it seems "Our Opinion" brought out the worst
in some folks who only manage to read into it what they
And we got a laugh out of the comments that some
folks voted twice in the straw poll at our Popcorn and
Politics event. We left people on their honor and they
It was, after all, a straw poll, but we'll gladly dis-
qualify a few votes to make folks happy.
Well, now it's an election, and two out of three
cities appear to have candidates who will accept the
outcome and go on to govern peacefully.
Will Anna Maria put the dog fight behind them after
Will the bloggers change the future? Maybe so,
because if we ignore them, they surely will go away.
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You may call me picky, but in response to the
recent article "As donations slow, Center shakes up,"
I found a comment made by Center assistant execu-
tive director Scott Dell to be uncalled for.
He speaks of the growing concern for teens with
"at-risk behavior" on the Island and what the Center
is doing to point them in the right direction. I com-
mend them for what they are doing. However, I find
something he said to be alarming and unnecessary:
The image of teenagers on the Island is that of "surf-
ers and druggies."
Sure, drug use among teens is an ongoing problem
that needs to be dealt with. We have an increasing
number of teens who experiment with drugs, get
caught in the wake and destroy their lives in the long
run. But do surfers need to be packaged into the same
Being a lifelong surfer of more than 30 years
- I take offense to the remark placing surfers in the
category of druggies. Whether he meant it or not,
the judgment and stereotype is apparent. And, if it
was not meant to say that all surfers are druggies,
why is it bad to have the image of a surfer?
What if I said teens these days just have an image
of "baseball players and dropouts?" My friends and
family surf, many of them are doctors, lawyers, busi-
I grew up in a family that supported my surfing
habit, my mother driving all of us to the beach for a
day of fun in the waves.
Surfing instills morals, respect for others and
nature, builds character, and eventually leads to a
pursuit of happiness and joy, not to mention health
So, to place me and other surfers in the category
of "druggies" is bothersome and downright stereo-
typical. Just look at groups like the Surfrider Foun-
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dation and see what their programs do for their local
communities. Maybe we need to all go catch a wave.
Actually, maybe it's a good way for "at-risk" teens
to be pointed in a better direction.
Will Corr, Holmes Beach
Common sense at work
More than 30 years ago, I sat next to a cowboy
from the prairie in a law school class. I complained
how boring it was, to which he said from under a big
white hat, "It could be worse ... it could be Tuesday
Holmes Beach city elections are like that. We are
lucky to have a commission and a mayor who make
sometimes boring but sound, common-sense deci-
sions almost all the time. Let's keep them in place.
Be thankful that it is not "Tuesday in Anna Maria
Holmes Beach is a common-sense community.
Let's re-elect everybody. Heck, let's give them a
Sean Murphy, Holmes Beach
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Attention all veterans. Don't forget The Island-
er 's fourth annual veterans recognition Tuesday, Nov.
10, at the Holmes Beach City Hall Butterfly Park and
The morning event begins at 8 a.m. with coffee
and conversation, followed by a program at 9 a.m.
The ceremony will honor all veterans and, in par-
ticular, recognizes those whose stories have appeared
in The Islander's "Greatest Generation" and "For-
gotten Generation" columns about World War II and
Korean War veterans.
U.S. Military veterans and families and friends
are invited to attend the ceremony. The invitation
also extends to veterans of the U.S. Merchant Marine
during World War II and veterans of any Allied mili-
tary service, including veterans from Canada, the
United Kingdom, Norway, France and the Philip-
pines, among others.
An honor guard from the Kirby Stewart Ameri-
can Legion Post No. 24 in Palma Sola will present
the colors followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and
the playing of the national anthem.
Guest speakers will be U.S. Marine Corps WWII
veteran Ralph Bas-
sett of Perico Island
and Islander reporter
Rick Catlin, who
writes the "Great-
est Generation" and
Other Island veterans
also will make brief
Pat Morton, a veteran
of the Vietnam War,
will read the city's Veterans Day proclamation.
Dress will be Island-style casual, although veterans
are encouraged to wear their service caps or hats. Vet-
erans are reminded that, under new Veterans Admin-
istration regulations, they may salute the colors when
presented or during the national anthem, even if not
The honor guard will fire a rifle salute and con-
clude with taps. The ceremony is expected to finish
by 10 a.m.
Veterans whose stories have appeared in The
Islander are asked to arrive a few minutes early to
obtain a name tag and to mingle with other veterans
A complimentary continental breakfast will be
offered starting at 8 a.m. to the attendees and hungry
veterans should get to the ceremony early to share
coffee and stories.
Veterans Day officially is celebrated nationwide
For more information on the ceremony, call
Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978, or e-mail him at rick@
A bugler plays taps
at a prior Islander
nition event at
City Hall. This
year's event will
begin with refresh-
ments at 8 a.m.,
followed by a
program at 9 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 10.
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 4, 2009 0 7
In the Nov. 3, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard pleaded no
contest in Manatee County Circuit Court to a charge of
violating the state's public records law. Shumard was
fined $250 and adjudication was withheld by Judge
Doug Henderson. The charge was filed against Shumard
after he failed to allow The Islander newspaper to view
applications and resumes submitted to the city by people
applying for a vacant city clerk position.
Holmes Beach city commissioners approved the
issuance of free color-coded re-entry tags to residents,
joining Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Longboat
Key in using the tag system that recognizes residents
on return to their homes after an evacuation.
Manatee County commissioners gave Dee Perci-
field and Gene Schaefer a new five-year lease to operate
Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee County Public Beach
in Holmes Beach. Payments were $123,600 per year for
the first year, with rent increasing $1,000 each year for
the four remaining years. Percifield and Schaefer have
operated Cafe on the Beach since 1992. Five companies
submitted bids and the vote was 4-3 to continue the
contract with the couple.
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Port Dolphin port, pipeline advance
By Lisa Neff
A proposed deepwater port and gas pipeline in
the area remains in the pipeline, with government
approval for the project to move forward.
The federal government recently issued a "record
of decision" in the permitting process, which puts
Port Dolphin Energy LLC closer to securing a license
to construct and operate a 42-mile natural gas pipe-
line and a deepwater port about 28 miles off the coast
of Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico.
"We are pleased at the progress we have made
in meeting the regulatory requirements for our new
deepwater port," said Sveinung Stohle, president and
CEO of Hoegh LNG, Port Dolphin's parent company.
"The port will be an important new source of much-
needed natural gas for the state of Florida."
Under Port Dolphin's plan, ships carrying liq-
uefied natural gas from other areas would anchor
next to buoys at the deepwater port, where the LNG
would be converted into gas and fed into a pipeline
running from the deepwater port into Tampa Bay to
Port Manatee. The pipeline would continue several
miles inland, where it would connect with other gas
Construction of the port and pipeline is scheduled
to begin in 2011, with completion planned in 2013.
The Port Dolphin application has been under
review by federal agencies, in cooperation with
Florida departments, for more than two years.
Most recently the review involved an environ-
mental assessment of the project's impact on the
Tampa Bay area.
That impact statement drew several objections
from Anna Maria Island property owners concerned
with activity within 30 miles of their beaches, as well
as a call for "no action" from the local environmental
But most respondents to the EIS endorsed the
project as a benefit to the local economy and a boost
to c Ii.' needs.
The project, according to Port Dolphin, is
expected to generate more than $150 million in
Manatee County during the next 20 years.
The company maintains that once fully opera-
tional, the pipeline project will supply enough natural
gas to meet 15 percent of Florida's e iin- .' needs.
"We believe LNG and our sophisticated tech-
n, '1 ,_. to deliver it will provide increased c li-.-y
security, especially in places like Florida, where addi-
tional supplies will be needed," said Port Dolphin
CEO Jim Butcher.
Last week, Port Dolphin received the "record of
decision" in the federal permitting process, but the
company still awaits a license from the U.S. Maritime
Administration. The "record of decision" codified the
environmental impact statement.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist notified the USMA in
September that he approves of the license, provided
a series of conditions are incorporated into an agree-
ment with Port Dolphin.
Among the conditions was that, to avoid the
preemptive use of beach-quality sand in the pipeline
corridor, Port Dolphin compensate for the assessment
of potential borrow areas and the permitting for and
recovery of beach-quality sand from the identified
borrow areas prior to construction of the pipeline
through the borrow areas.
The governor capped the compensation cost at
"This approval," said Stohle, "marks more than
three years of development work."
Port Dolphin planned to celebrate its achieve-
ment with an invitation-only reception at the Bra-
denton Yacht Club Nov. 5.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist endorsed a license for
Port Dolphin's deepwater port and natural gas pipe-
line provided a series of conditions are met or agreed
The conditions include:
To avoid the preemptive use of beach-quality
sand in the pipeline corridor, Port Dolphin shall
compensate for the assessment of potential borrow
areas and the permitting for and recovery of beach-
quality sand from the identified borrow areas prior
to construction of the pipeline through the borrow
Compensation to be provided by Port Dolphin
shall be no more than $11 million. Any construction
that will interfere with the recovery of beach-quality
sand from the potential borrow areas cannot begin
prior to June 30, 2012.
Port Dolphin shall use best-available technolo-
gies in the development and operation of the port to
prevent or limit environmental impacts.
Port Dolphin shall develop and implement a
study to assess the impacts of the port's water intake
on marine fisheries. The study shall include field-data
collection. The study budget is $8.5 million.
Port Dolphin shall develop and implement a
plan to mitigate for unavoidable impacts to and moni-
tor the recovery of hard- and live-bottom habitats
affected by the construction of the port.
Port Dolphin shall assist in supporting the
state's renewable e n l _.' goals by providing $3 mil-
lion to the Florida En i. y Systems Consortium or
alternate entity to fund renewable cl nii.i research
Port Dolphin shall provide job opportunities for
U.S. cadets on board of its fleet, as well as by funding
training initiatives aimed to prepare qualified U.S.
Port Dolphin shall contribute $500,000 to sup-
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THE ISLANDER U NOV. 4, 2009 0 9
Gay Breuler soon will be the new commissioner in
Bradenton Beach's Ward 1. She qualified as a can-
didate to replace John \',..i,,,i,,i.. y,; but faces no
opposition on election day. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Ward 1 rookie
By Lisa Neff
Gay Breuler will be a rookie on the 2009-10 Bra-
denton Beach City Commission, but she's no new-
comer to boards or government.
"I've always helped where I've lived and where
I've worked," said Breuler, who in Ward 1 will suc-
ceed John Shaughnessy, who could not run again due
to a term limit. "I've always tried to do some good,
to help. I have lots of e IK. i .'."
Breuler grew up in Connecticut and has lived in
a number of locations over the years every state
but Alaska. In these locales, she said, she served on
a variety of boards and joined a number of service
She now works for the U.S. Department of Com-
merce, conducting surveys for planning, labor and
housing. The job involves about 20 hours a week.
"I'll work more on this commission job," Breuler
Breuler, who faces no opposition on election day
Nov. 3, said she's eager to serve on the commission.
But, she stressed, she is not going to city hall with
"I have to do some research and get involved and
listen up," she said.
Breuler settled on Anna Maria Island almost by
chance "magic" is the word she used.
She had been living in San Francisco and was
traveling to Orlando for a conference when she was
offered a stay in a Bradenton condominium. She so
enjoyed the visit that she bought the condo.
Breuler visited Anna Maria Island's beaches,
though, in her opinion, she did not make the trip from
the mainland often enough.
When an acquaintance asked her to help him
look for a mobile home, she stopped at the Sandpiper
By Lisa Neff
Janie Robertson took a telephone call four years
ago that set her on a course for three terms as a Bra-
denton Beach city commissioner.
That call came from Bradenton Beach resident
and Island real estate agent Mike Norman. Robertson
remembers him saying, "We need you."
At the time, the lines of the city's Ward 3 had
been changed and Norman wanted Robertson in the
running for city commission.
Robertson said she told Norman, "I'm going to
have to think about this. Give me two days."
Robertson, who moved to the area from Michi-
gan, already was involved in city government, having
volunteered to work on improvements to the Gulf
Drive scenic highway corridor and on the waterfront,
to update the comprehensive plan and to set a vision
for the city.
"Both Carl and I were in the visioning process
for the city," Robertson said of her partner, Carl
Parks, chair of the city's ScenicWAVES committee.
"We said, 'We care. We want to stay here. Let's get
Resort on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, where
everyone she asked said life is better than good.
Interested, Breuler made return visits to the Sand-
piper. Then, one day, as she was driving in the area,
she had a sense of familiarity, a reminder of home on
the water in Connecticut.
"I had this flip in my heart," Breuler remem-
She stopped at the Sandpiper and asked a man in
the neighborhood his opinion of life in the resort. He
told her about a trailer he was selling.
"I looked in. We shook hands and I bought it right
there," Breuler said. \ ly feeling about Anna Maria
Island is ... there is a bit of magic here."
Breuler said Shaughnessy, also a resident of
Sandpiper, has briefed her on city operations. She
also has met with city clerk Nora Idso and been intro-
duced around city hall as she prepares to take her seat
"All I can say is I'm in a great place in my life to
give back and to serve," Breuler said of her promise
to citizens. "I'm a fast learner. I hope I'm a good
listener. And I'm efficient."
Janie Robertson will
begin a third and
final term on the
this month. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
res for third term
Robertson thought about the commitment
involved in serving on the city commission and,
soon after that call from Norman, decided to seek
This month, Robertson begins her third and final
term on the commission. She is unopposed, and has
been in prior elections as well.
For the next two years, Robertson will be the
commission's most-tenured member Bob Conners
representing Ward 2, was first appointed in 2007 to
complete the remainder of a term; Bob Bartelt, rep-
resenting Ward 4, was elected in 2008 and the newest
member, Gay Breuler, representing Ward 1, will be
elected Nov. 3 without opposition.
Robertson said she is hoping for an aggressive,
involved commission that will push for greater input
on city policy, procedure and spending.
Regarding procedure and policy, Robertson
said she wants "the commission ... to be more fully
informed of what's going on in this city. There needs
to be better communication of staff needs. When staff
asks for direction from the commission, the commis-
sion ought to give it."
She said Mayor Michael Pierce, who is campaign-
ing for re-election against William "Bill" Shearon,
holds staff meetings, but the commission "does not
get any reports on what goes on at those meetings
and what staff concerns are."
Regarding spending, Robertson said next year's
budget process will be arduous. She wants to see pre-
liminary numbers as early as February and she wants a
line-by-line review of the proposed spending plan.
"Next year," she said, "I hope commission, along
with the public, will have more input on the budget
one line item at a time."
Robertson, in her next term, also plans to continue
work on the city's telecommunications ordinance,
update codes and regulations in the commercial dis-
trict, improve traffic flow at the roundabout at Gulf
Drive and Bridge Street and improve beach accesses,
especially in the downtown historic district.
As Robertson looks ahead to two more years
of work on the commission, she also is looking to
November 2011, when a charter-imposed term limit
prohibits her from seeking re-election.
"What's going to happen when I leave in two
years?" she said. "Who will step up?"
Noise complaints arise against Anna Maria eatery
By Rick Catlin
Owners of the Feeling Swell bar and restau-
rant at 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, might be
experiencing a headache these days.
City residents Carl and Roberta Augostini
filed a complaint against the establishment Oct.
26 citing excess noise Oct. 24.
In a letter to code enforcement officer Gerry
Rathvon, the Augostinis alleged that there was
"extremely loud noise" that night.
The Augostinis alleged that the loud noise had
been happening on Friday and Saturday evenings
for the past few weeks.
The Augostinis said when the previous owners
were in charge, the couple "respected our requests to
keep the noise down and did a fair job of policing the
Resident Robin Wall also complained about noise
from Feeling Swell.
Feeling Swell owner Jeff Levey said what hap-
pened that night was a bit unusual, and that it was
over before midnight.
He said a large gathering was on hand for a wed-
ding party arrival around 11 p.m. When the bride
showed up, there was a lot applause.
Shortly thereafter, Levey said, a Manatee County
Sheriff's Office deputy arrived to say he had received
a complaint of excessive noise.
inside, as we wanted to be respectful of our
neighbors," Levey said.
That all happened before midnight, and the
party broke up shortly thereafter, he said.
"I've always tried to respect the neighbor-
hood and the neighbors. This was an unusual
e nini' ." said Levey, who said this was the first
MCSO noise complaint he has received.
Mayor Fran Barford said MCSO Sgt. Dave
Turner investigated and counseled Levey about
In December 2008, the city commission
approved a special-exception permit for Feeling
Swell to sell beer and wine under the same condi-
"I went outside and asked everyone to come tions as the prior business, Tropical Treats.
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Bridge Street to host
Historic Bridge Street will be the site of four
holiday markets in November and December.
The open-air Bridge Street Market will take place
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and
Dec. 19 at 107 Bridge St.
Shoppers will find fresh produce, artwork, crafts,
shells, clothing and accessories, collectibles, furni-
ture, antiques, as well as food and beverages.
The Bridge Street Merchants Association is the
For more information, call 941-518-4431.
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at noon Tuesdays this month at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
At the Nov. 10 meeting, David Balley will talk
about building a house in a rugged locale in Guate-
On Nov. 17, club present Judy Rup will host an
On Nov. 24, Jim Henry, a past district governor
with Rotary, will talk about a playground and sun
Sun House hosts
holiday arts boutique
The Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bra-
denton Beach, will host members of the Artists Guild
of Anna Maria Island in a holiday boutique.
The boutique will open Friday, Nov. 6, and con-
tinue through Thursday, Dec. 24.
Featured items will include locally made paint-
ings, jewelry, sketches, crafts, books and cards.
Also, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday during the holiday season, AGAMI art-
ists will gather at the restaurant to talk about their
For more information, call Barbara Hines at 941-
Four generations gath-
ered for a week at the
home of longtime Holmes
Beach resident Irene
Bystrom, mother of Island
veterinarian Bill Bystrom.
Pictured are Irene
Bystrom, 91, daughter
Patricia Trowbridge, 64,
of Coronado, Calif., right,
Lecomte, 33, of Paris,
and great granddaughter
Prudence Lecomte, 1,
Reserve now for
Roser Memorial Community Church will host a
service of thanksgiving in the chapel, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26.
Then, at 2 p.m., Roser will host its seventh annual
Community Thanksgiving Dinner in the church
Seating is limited for the dinner, and reservations
are requested by Nov. 22.
For more information, call the church office at
Center to host wine-tasting
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host its first wine-tasting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov.
12, a the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Additional tasting will take place Dec. 7, Jan.
14 and Feb. 4.
The cost to attend is $5.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
collects rummage goods
Members of the West Manatee Fire Rescue Aux-
iliary are collecting goods to sell at future yard sales
at the historic fire station, 201 Second St. N., Braden-
Items can be dropped off at the fire station or
donors can arrange for pickups by calling 941-728-
Off Stages Ladies to meet
The Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players theater
of Anna Maria will hold its monthly luncheon meet-
ing at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Sun House Restau-
rant, 111 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Guest speaker Ellen Aquilina from Sun Trust
Bank will discuss how to avoid identity theft.
Lunch is $15 per person and reservations must
be made by Nov. 5 with president Nancy Ambrose
Anna Maria Island
Jim Anderson and
Russ Olson at the
dinner Oct. 26 at
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Musil-Buehler's life celebrated
By Lisa Neff
A year ago, on Halloween, thrill-seekers
stepped into a ghoulish garden and checked into a
macabre motel room at Haley's Motel, 8102 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Things went "bump" and "bang." Spooks
shouted, "Boo." People jumped, ran, shouted and
laughed as they journeyed through the haunted
And Sabine Musil-Buehler, co-owner of
Haley's Motel, costumed for the celebration,
enjoyed the good fun.
"Halloween was her favorite day," her hus-
band and Haley's co-owner Tom Buehler said last
This year, on Halloween, loved ones of the
one who loved the holiday, gathered to remember
Musil-Buehler, presumed dead. She disappeared
Nov. 4, 2008, and the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office continues to investigate.
The private memorial service for Musil-Bue-
hler, who now would be 50, took place early Oct.
31 in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
"Please, remember that a memorial service
is a celebration of one's life," Tom Buehler told
those invited to the service.
"Sabine was an avid gardener, a master gar-
dener," said Nancy Ambrose of Holmes Beach, a
family friend and also a founder of the butterfly
garden. "She was president of the Island Garden
Musil-Buehler kept a garden at her home, as
well as a garden at Haley's.
Ambrose remembered, "She had all the plants
that were right, just right. The garden was kind of
Now elements of Musil-Buehler's garden are
now in the park just south of Holmes Beach City
Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
"A special area of the garden is dedicated to
Sabine," Buehler said.
He shared a tribute to Musil-Buehler in the
memorial service program: "She was a trusting,
caring person who touched so many lives with her
good heart and generosity. Her spirit will live on
through the fond memories of her that remain in
our hearts eternally."
During the service, Anthony Lombard sang
"Vienna," a song by Billy Joel. Anthony and John
Lombard sang "River in the Rain," from "Big
River." Remembrances of Musil-Buehler as
family-oriented, an entertainer, an animal lover, a
nature enthusiast, a hotelier and a friend were
shared. Granddaughters released butterflies. And a
poem was recited: "A butterfly lights beside us like
a sunbeam/And for a brief moment its glory/And
beauty belong to our world/But then it flies again/
And though we wish it could have stayed... We
feel lucky to have seen it."
County announces Robinson activities
Manatee County will host a series of events in
November at Robinson Preserve in west Bradenton,
8:30 a.m., Nov. 7, birding with the Manatee
County Audubon Society.
2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Nov. 7, wagon tours through
2 p.m., Nov. 14, a children's program exploring
the fall colors.
9 a.m. Nov. 15, a tour of the preserve with a
For more information, including registration, call
the county natural resources department at 941-748-
March to May
The American Cancer Society
kicked off its campaign for
the 2010 Anna Maria Island
Relay for Life Oct. 13 at the
Moose Lodge in Braden-
ton Beach, where Brandon
Bunker and Eileen Erwin of
Walgreens chatted with new
ACS Manatee County execu-
tive director Cindy McCue.
Walgreens already has a team
registered for the relay, which
will take place May 1-2 at
Coquina Beach in Bradenton
Beach. For more information
about the fundraising cam-
paign, call McCue at 941-
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Year passes in motel owner's disappearance
By Lisa Neff
A year after Sabine Musil-Buehler's disappear-
ance, many those close to her and those acquainted
with her speak of her in the past tense.
When Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies
discuss the case, they speak of an unsolved homicide
and a case is pending in the Manatee County Circuit
Court to declare her dead.
"On Nov. 6, 2008, Sabine Musil-Buehler was
exposed to a specific peril of death in that the evi-
dence would show that on that date she was abducted
Sand killed," reads Tom Buehler's
motion seeking a court order
declaring his wife deceased.
"Sabine Musil-Buehler has
S not been seen or heard from
.' since Nov. 6, 2008, and has had
no contact with the petitioner,
-family or friends and all reason-
able inferences would be that she
But what happened?
Thomas Buehler reported his wife, with whom he
was estranged, missing on Nov. 6, 2008, after learn-
ing that the MCSO had arrested a man for stealing
her car following a chase in Bradenton.
The last confirmed sighting of Musil-Buehler was
late Nov. 4, 2008, the night of the presidential elec-
tion, at the Anna Maria residence she was sharing
with her boyfriend, William J. Cumber.
Cumber, now in a Florida prison serving a 13.5-
year sentence for violating his probation in an unre-
lated case, said he and Musil-Buehler were watching
news of the election on television that night.
The two argued because Cumber had smoked a
cigarette after vowing to quit the habit and Musil-
Buehler left the Magnolia Avenue rental in her white
"She got mad," Cumber told The Islander about
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a week after Musil-Buehler was reported missing.
"We're all worried," he added. "It's not like her
to take off, not to call anybody, not to respond to calls
that are going out to her."
At about 3 a.m. Nov. 6, 2008, MCSO deputies
arrested Robert Corona fleeing
from Musil-Buehler's car, which
investigators later learned con-
tained small amounts of Musil-
Buehler's blood, as well as some
of her possessions.
The first report from the
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Cumber as a missing person, possibly
endangered, and last seen Nov.
5 in the area of 14th Street West and 26th Avenue in
Friends quickly questioned that initial report,
which MCSO officials said later was based on false
information. Corona initially said he was given the
keys to Musil-Buehler's car to go buy drugs, but later
told authorities that he found the vehicle, with the key
in the ignition, behind the Gator Lounge.
Corona, after waiting months in jail for a trial,
eventually pleaded no contest to grand theft auto and
was sentenced to four years in prison.
He was, at first, characterized as a person of
interest in Musil-Buehler's disappearance, but no
Investigators have interviewed many people
associated with Musil-Buehler, but repeatedly have
referred only to Cumber as a person of interest.
He also has been named as a person of interest
in the Nov. 16 arson fire that destroyed a building at
the Haley's Motel complex and scorched Musil-
Cumber has said he is a focus in the investigation
because of his criminal record.
In January 2006, Cumber was sentenced to prison
for arson after admitting in court that he intentionally
set fire to a Bradenton house in 2005.
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Cumber had met Musil-Buehler prior to his prison
conviction for the Bradenton arson, and, according to
him, they began seeing one another as he prepared
for his release on probation.
He was released last fall after serving 42 months
for the arson, settled into a residence in Anna Maria
that Musil-Buehler leased and went to work on the
Island as a woodworker.
In December 2008, as the investigation into
Musil-Buehler's disappearance approached the two-
month mark, Cumber was arrested in Marion County
for driving on a suspended license.
The arrest triggered a
charge in Manatee County that
he violated his probation, which
Cumber admitted to in April.
In May, appearing in court
for a sentencing hearing, Cumber
told the judge he was being
treated harshly and unjustly
Corona because of Musil-Buehler's dis-
"We get in an argument, she takes off," Cumber
said. "After that she's missing.... I can't help that
she left the house. I lost my business, I lost the apart-
ment, then the Haley's Motel catches on fire.... I was
somewhere else when this fire started."
In the weeks after Musil-Buehler's disappear-
ance, detectives investigated a series of reported
sightings, none of which were confirmed.
Investigators also searched a number of loca-
tions, including a wooded area in Cortez and the Gulf
beach at the end of Magnolia Avenue, but found no
evidence of Musil-Buehler's whereabouts.
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"We want everyone to come who knew
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Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley's Motel
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 4, 2009 0 13
Tingley seeks fresh coat, color
By Lisa Neff
A new exterior coat of paint in perhaps a
new color may be in the next chapter for Tingley
The library board at a mid-October meeting
agreed to recommend a $4,755 contract to paint the
exterior of the library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton
The board also agreed that it wanted to select
the paint color and that it would offer some financial
assistance to the city, which oversees maintenance of
the library, for the painting.
However, Bradenton Beach city clerk Nora Idso,
in a memo last week, questioned whether the city has
the money to paint Tingley.
Citing the need to take $75,000 from city reserves
to balance the city's 2009-10 budget, Idso said, "To
justify even $2,000 to paint a city building is a
She also said the city commission would need
to decide whether the library board could chose a
paint color, as well as whether to spend funds on the
The board members had suggested that Braden-
ton Beach Mayor Michael Pierce could present its
wishes to the commission, but Idso, in her memo,
said that would be inappropriate since Pierce likely
would vote on the matter.
The clerk recommended that a Tingley board
member request to be on a commission agenda to
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City adopts'text, tweets' policy
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners recently adopted
a new records policy to cover the handling of a vari-
ety of types of communications.
L\ ~. i \li ng goes through her text and tweets,"
city attorney Ricinda Perry said referring during a
commission meeting to city clerk Nora Idso. "It all
goes to Nora."
That rule is not new to Bradenton Beach, but with
a unanimous vote commissioners did adopt a resolu-
tion last week that updates the city's records policy to
include newer forms of communication including
text messages and tweets on Twitter.
Perry said the records policy covers elected offi-
cials, city staff and appointees on city committees.
"It is specific to the Public Records Act," she said,
referring to Chapter 119 of the Florida statutes. The
opening paragraph of that chapter states, "General
state policy on public records. (1) It is the policy of
this state that all state, county, and municipal records
are open for personal inspection and copying by any
person. Providing access to public records is a duty
of each agency."
With changes in tc1ihnii 'l '., governments have
had to adapt their public records policies.
"The evolution of tck hn 1111 .' \ should be an asset,
not an obstacle, to transparency and accountability,"
Florida Attorney General McCollum said in Sep-
tember, announcing his office's new policy treating
Blackberry PIN messages and Blackberry text mes-
sages as public records by automatically retaining
those messages that travel through the server.
In an open government case against Venice, a
judge recently ruled that the use of private e-mails
to conduct city business will cost the city about
$750,000 in legal fees.
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alleged that the mayor and several other city officials
violated state law by using private e-mails to conduct
public business, last year and reached a settlement
agreement in March. The total cost of the lawsuit is
estimated at $1.4 million.
"It's no joke," Idso said last week, referring to
the Venice case and open government statutes.
The resolution city commissioners adopted
states that "all correspondence, including elec-
tronic correspondence, made or received pursu-
ant to law, ordinance, resolution, or in connec-
tion with the transaction of official city business
is a public record and must be made available
to the public upon request for viewing and/or
The city's new "Written and Electronic Commu-
nication Policy" lists numerous examples of public
documents, including electronic communications by
way of e-mail and mobile e-mail, instant messaging,
social networking sites and services such as Twitter
"Electronic communications related to city busi-
ness should be handled with the same level of care
properly used in the creation, distribution, manage-
ment and retention of paper records and correspon-
dence," the policy states.
The policy also deals with "inappropriate" com-
munications on city property, including the city
City e-mail cannot be used for private or for-profit
activities, unauthorized nonprofit business activities,
participation in a listserv not related to city business
and political activities, such as advancing a party or
candidate for office.
Violation of the policy "shall be grounds for for-
feiture of office."
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The planning board, with member Jo Ann
Meilner abstaining, unanimously voted to rec-
ommend the city commission consider:
Striking a provision in the land-develop-
ment code that requires a minimum of 200 feet
between establishments on Bridge Street that
sell alcoholic beverages.
Draft, within 30 days, a procedure for
Bridge Street businesses to secure conditional-
use permits to sell alcohol.
Draft, over time, an ordinance that deals
citywide with alcohol sales and allowable
distances from one licensed establishment to
Meilner abstained from the voting because,
as owner and operator of the Back Alley bou-
tique on Bridge Street, she filed the applica-
tion requesting the review of the city provi-
sion restricting beer and wine sales on Bridge
City building official Steve Gilbert has said
the provision was adopted years ago to elimi-
nate Bridge Street's "wild and wooly" atmo-
Meilner said such has been accomplished,
now it is time to change the city code.
But changing the code likely will not be a
speedy process, said planning board chair Rick
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BB invited to anchor pilot mooring program
By Lisa Neff
Florida officials looking to pilot an anchoring
and mooring project may steer to Bradenton Beach,
where efforts already are under way to establish an
official mooring field.
Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature directed
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion to work with the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection to explore options for regulating
the anchoring or mooring of non-liveaboard vessels
outside legally permitted mooring fields.
Following that directive, the FWC contacted
Manatee County officials to solicit a partner.
"The goals of the program are to explore regu-
latory options that promote public access, enhance
navigation safety, protect maritime infrastructure,
protect the marine environment and deter improperly
stored abandoned or derelict vessels," an FWC notice
When he received the state memo, Charlie
Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County natural
resources department, thought of Bradenton Beach.
"Manatee County has not initiated an analysis or
narrowed its options to include creation of a mooring
Bradenton Beach city commissioners this week will
consider applying to the state to participate in a
pilot mooring program that involves regulating the
anchoring or mooring of non-liveaboard vessels
outside legally permitted mooring fields. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
field at a specific locale," Hunsicker said. "Alterna-
tively, the city of Bradenton Beach has been pursuing
the establishment of a legally permitted mooring field
for the last two years and may meet the conditions
required for the study."
Hunsicker said if Bradenton Beach becomes a
pilot city, it will "be allowed to enact an ordinance
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By Lisa Neff
A grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foun-
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and Florida slash pines in Robinson Preserve.
The west Bradenton preserve, popular with Anna
Maria Island walkers, birders, bicyclists and accom-
panying canines, is operated by Manatee County's
natural resources department.
The foundation grant for $37,000 will be added
to matching funds to plant the trees along the eastern
edge of an asphalt trail that meanders through Rob-
"It benefits bird life and it will augment the public's
access to viewing wildlife," Max Dersch, superinten-
dent of the county's western properties, stated in a news
release. "Considering that little strip was denuded of
native vegetation, we're providing a fourfold increase
of natives there. Possibly the most important benefit
will be improved bay water quality through stormwater
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bilitated farmland bordered by Tampa Bay, Manatee
River and Perico Bayou.
In 1999, plans to develop the land were presented
to the county, including a proposal for a golf course
and housing development with 460 units.
While development in the area continues, the
county, in negotiations with the Robinson family,
established a partnership to create Robinson Pre-
The county purchased the property for a dis-
counted $10 million, with $6.4 million of the expense
paid for with Florida Communities Trust money and
the remaining cost covered by county taxpayer funds
dedicated to preservation.
Restoration in large part was paid for with grants
from the Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection, the Southwest Florida Water Management
District and the U.S. Environmental Protection
In 2006, the county led an extensive effort to clear
in the vicinity of
the land of invasive, non-native plants and worked to
restore tidal flow to the coastal habitats.
County natural resources director Charlie Hun-
sicker said the planting of the longleaf and slash pines
"is another step in the restoration of this special place
to the native habitat and pine flatwood forests that once
predominated over all of northwest Bradenton."
Also in northwest Bradenton, and even closer
to the Island, the county board of commissioners
recently authorized an agreement between the county
and the Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict for $452,372 for habitat restoration in Perico
The preserve, located north of Manatee Avenue
on Perico Island, consists of 176 acres. The restora-
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reclaiming the land for native habitats and to improve
water quality in Sarasota and Tampa bays.
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liveaboard vessels within their jurisdiction. Experi-
ence gained from the enactment and enforcement of
such an ordinance could prove valuable if the county
decides to establish its own permitted field in the
The Bradenton Beach City Commission is
expected to consider the idea at its meeting at 7 p.m.,
Thursday, Nov. 5, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
"We're asking that the commission approve the
application," said city project/program manager Lisa
The pilot program would target an environmen-
tally sensitive area near Leffis Key and south toward
"You have to be very, very careful when you talk
about restricting boater rights," Phillips said. "We
believe there is an area to the south of our mooring
field ... that should be protected.... It's a small area.
We're not talking about north of the mooring field or
on the Gulf side."
FWC, as part of the pilot effort, is seeking to
establish pilot programs in two east coast locations,
two Gulf coast locations and one Monroe County
location. Sites would be selected by July 1, 2011.
16 0 NOV. 4, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
American veterans will never be forgotten
By Rick Catlin
What does it mean to be a veteran of the U.S.
If you are a veteran, you may find it hard to
answer that question after you get past how proud
you were to wear the uniform and perform your duty.
You probably seldom think about what you did for
your country, or other countries.
Like many veterans, I mostly think of my military
service on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
But how does a foreigner, especially a young girl
who grew up in a war-tom country that was America's
enemy in World War II, view an American veteran?
How does someone who owes her freedom, her
life, to American soldiers react when she meets or
sees a veteran?
German-born Vera Mitschrich, now a Braden-
ton Beach winter resident, cries when she sees an
American soldier in uniform. She celebrates Veterans
Day every year, and is determined that the story of
how American servicemen saved her life will not be
"To me, the American veterans are special, and
always will be," said Vera.
"I lived because of the American soldiers in
Berlin. I can never forget, and I can never do enough
to honor them, or their memory. When I see them now
and see the veterans in uniform, I think of how they
saved two little girls and tears come to my eyes.
"It really bothers me when I see or hear about
people talking bad about the American soldier. If
only they knew what it was like to grow up in Berlin
right after the war, when the only thing protecting
you from the Russians and keeping you alive was
America and its soldiers."
"I can never honor the American veterans
enough," she said.
These are seemingly strange words coming from
a German girl, whose country fought America in a
war that ended in 1945.
Vera's story is one that should inspire every
American serviceman or servicewoman. It is one
Bradenton Beach resident Vera Mitschrich in occu-
pied Berlin in 1949.
that will give veterans today the answer to the ques-
tion they often asked themselves while they were on
active duty and in uniform.
"What am I doing here?"
Vera Mitschrich knows that answer.
The Berlin Blockade
Vera was 6 years old when the Soviet Union
blockaded the land routes to Berlin in May 1948,
three years after World War II ended.
She and older sister Gertraud, then 13, feared for
"We thought the Russians would take over. We
were just little girls, but we feared for ourselves and
our mother. We heard all the stories from people
living in East Berlin about life under the Russians,
about the raping and killing, about the starvation.
"We actually started crying and thought our world
was going to end. But mother said not to worry. We
were in the American zone and there was no way the
Americans were going to leave us to the Russians.
The Americans would protect us, she said."
Mother, as it turned out, was right-on with her
prediction, although Vera and Gertraud were doubtful
After the Russians started the blockade to drive
the Allies (America, Britain and France) out of Berlin,
President Harry Truman announced that Berlin would
be supplied by air.
Further, Truman said if the Russians interfered
with the airlift operation or any of the planes involved,
it would be considered an act of war.
"We heard this news on the radio, but could not
believe it was true," said Vera. "We still cried our-
selves to sleep."
The next day, Gertraud and Vera were walking
down the street from school when they passed some
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stocked full of jewelry, and we mean everything
imaginable: sterling, vintage, turquoise, gemstones
and more. Visit this cute antique shop and say "hi" to
owner Debra Barker.
Community Thrift Shop in Bradenton contin-
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always find good stuff, from large pieces of furniture
to art work to fine collectibles. And manager Martha
is always so friendly and helpful.
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American soldiers in uniform.
"They gave us some gum, a Hershey bar and a
big smile. They taught us a few words of English. We
started to feel better about our life."
The girls began to live again as the fear receded.
Perhaps these Americans were here to stay and had
no intention of leaving Berlin for the Russians, Vera
"We started to feel safe. We began to lose our
fear that our lives were over."
The sisters also learned that one of the pilots in
the airlift, U.S. Air Force Capt. Gil Halvorsen, was
parachuting bags of candy down to the West Berlin
kids on his approach to Tempelhof Airport.
He became known as "Captain Candy" to the
children of Berlin, and youngsters would flock to
get under the airplane's path whenever Halvorsen
was approaching in a C-47 loaded with Berlin
"Capt. Candy" Gil
Halvorsen read The
Islander at the 60th
and final reunion
of U.S. Air Force
pilots who flew
the Berlin Airlift
from 1948 to 1949.
The Berlin Airlift ended in May 1949, but Vera
never forgot what the presence of the American sol-
diers had meant to two young, scared German girls
in West Berlin.
Gertraud married an American airman in 1963
and moved to Bradenton. In the late 1990s, Vera and
her husband bought a condominium in Bradenton
In 1999, former pilots and crew members of the
airlift along with Berlin citizens who grew up during
the blockade held a 50th Berlin Airlift celebration.
Vera attended and got to meet Halvorsen and the
other pilots who flew almost around-the-clock for 12
"I cried when I met Gil," said Vera. "I told
him how much his candy had meant to us when he
dropped it. We just knew that when he was flying and
dropping his candy, everything was right.
"I promised myself then that I would always cel-
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 4, 2009 0 17
ebrate Veterans Day. I had always been thankful to
the Americans, but right then, I decided I had to tell
people how wonderful they were to me."
Vera kept in touch with Gil and the other pilots
she met in 1999, always thanking them for their ser-
Vera's story was published in the Nov. 2, 2004,
issue of The Islander.
But that was not the end of her story.
The 60th annual celebration of the Berlin Airlift
took place in May. Only about 60 pilots and crew
members were at the banquet, and event organiz-
ers decided it would be the last memorial to the first
battle of the Cold War.
Vera helped organize the event, and was totally
surprised when she was asked to give the opening
address. She thought long and hard about how she
felt. She did not know if she could convey to the
pilots and airmen what a difference they had made
in her life.
"Dear Veterans," Vera began in English to open
"I always remember what you did for us children
in Berlin. Sixty years ago, you saved our lives and
gave us hope. We love you all, and always will. God
bless you," Vera concluded in tears.
There wasn't a dry eye in the audience.
And "Capt. Candy" Gil Halvorsen was there, 88
years old and still ready to climb in the cockpit.
"I had Capt. Gil read the story in The Islander
about him and he started crying again. He was so
happy that someone knew about what the pilots
"I just wish there was more I could do, but I want
to say to all the American veterans 'Thank you' from
the bottom of my heart."
Veterans: Wear your uniform proudly this Veter-
ans Day and salute the colors with meaning.
A 6-year old German girl has never forgotten
Ort-O7queo and Chic Ooutiqueo
every category at this antique mall. An afternoon here
is like a stroll down memory lane and a visit with
The Vintage Vagabond is another antique shop
we just love. They have a cool selection of vintage
kitchenwares, lots of collectibles, some Elvis memo-
rabilia and much more.
Whitfield Exchange is full of furniture and home
accessories. This consignment shop accepts only clean,
top-quality goods, and owner Lindsay is always there
to help with your selections.
Steff's Stuff at Whitney Beach Plaza on the north
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Large selection of
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5704 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Reader's Choice 2008 Best Consignment Store
end of Longboat Key wants your vintage Florida col-
lectibles! Steff is looking to stock up. Also she spon-
sors the Arts and Antiques Fair at the plaza Dec. 5-6.
Call 941-383-1901 for vendor information.
Tide and Moon of Holmes Beach is offering 20
percent off any one item. Come check out her fabulous
chunky, custom-made sterling jewelry and start your
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We're open Monday Saturday 1Oam 5pm
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18 0 NOV. 4, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Parade leads way to spirited, spooky Fall Festival
Waiting for the fun to begin
AME students in Joan Sackett's fourth-grade class get ready to walk in t.. I'.,i..,r-1 ...i i..
Organization Fall Festival parade. Islander Photos: Kimberly Kuizon.
Kindergarten teacher Laura Redeker and Natalie Austin
take a look at what the parents cooked up for the bake sale
at the AME-PTO Fall Festival.
Winners of the costume contest, a boy and girl from each class.
The Burgess family: Katie, Samantha, Andrew, /,.. ,. .,
C It.. I/.... and Gordon are characters from "GhostBusters."
The family dresses each year in a theme and they make their
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AME school calendar
Nov. 11, no school.
Nov. 12, Domino's pizza day.
Nov. 13, PTO meeting.
Nov. 17, PTO dinner and second-grade perfor-
Nov. 25-27, no school.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
AME students go batty
Anna Maria Elementary students get into the Hal-
loween spirit Oct. 28 as Lisa Marie Phillips, staff
member with the city ofBradenton Beach, talks to
students about bats. "A lot of people are afraid of
bats, but bats really do help the environment," she
said. Islander Photo: Kimberly Kuizon
Fall arrives to AME
For a few days spread over recent weeks, Island-
ers felt the first cool weather of the fall season, but as
the chill disappeared, Anna Maria Elementary School
students helped keep the fall spirit alive.
Third-graders performed a Fall Hoe Down Oct. 20
on stage in the auditorium for classmates by day, and
for families and community friends in the evening.
For more than six weeks, third-grade students
were busy practicing their fall performance, which
followed the AME Parent-Teacher Organization
Students filled the fall-themed auditorium and
began tapping their toes and nodding their heads to
Anna Maria Elementary School third-graders
perform in a fall play. Islander Photo: Kimberly
the sounds of festive music.
The play began with the third-graders filling the
stage in handmade shirts adorned with fall leaves
and proceeded to a visit from Johnny Appleseed. The
students honored veterans for Veterans Day and sang,
while the audience joined the spirit of the presenta-
The third-grade hoe down left attendees with a
feeling that fall is indeed in the air.
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Monday, Nov. 9
Breakfast: Waffles. Super Donutl Cereal. Toast.
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets. BBQ Pork on Bun.
Baked Beans. Veggie Cup with Dip.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit.
Bagel. Cereal. Toast.
Lunch: Breaded Chicken on Bun, Grilled
Cheese. Potato Smiles. Tomato Soup Juice
Wednesday, Nov. 11
No School Veterans Day observed
Thursday, Nov. 12
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza,
Yogurtl Cereal. Toast.
Lunch: Tostilos Scoops with Mean and
Cheese. Corn Dog. Lettuce and Tomato Cup.
Spanish Rice. Cinnamon Applesauce.
Friday, Nov. 13
Breakfast: Pancakes with Sausage Patty,
Grits, Cereal. Toast.
Lunch: Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza, Turkey
Burger, Corn. Pears. Homemade Apple Crisp.
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
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The Islander's Dog-o-ween
Angle Bingham and Fitch in The Islander dog
The winners of The Islander's annual dog costume contest outside the newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. The event coincided with the Trail of Treats sponsored by the Anna Maria Island
C i1,.1 ,,,.. of Commerce Oct. 30. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Wednesday, Nov. 4
11 a.m. Einstein Circle group discussion about the legalization
of drugs at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
3 p.m. After Hours Book Club at the Tingley Memorial Library,
111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
6 p.m. Bingo for Turkeys to benefit the Lawton Chiles Christmas
Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-0444. Fee applies.
Friday, Nov. 6
10 a.m. Island Senior Socials group tours the Manatee Agricul-
tural Museum, 1015 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-962-8835.
5 to 8 p.m. Artists Guild Gallery Holiday Boutique at the Sun
House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, through Dec.
24. Information: 941-795-7805.
6:30 p.m. "Monsters versus Aliens" film screening at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
Saturday, Nov. 7
8:30 a.m. Anna Maria Island Power Squadron boating education
course at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-0482. Fee
9 a.m. to 2p.m. Open-air Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
Monday, Nov. 9
6 to 10 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Installa-
tion Dinner at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Key Royale.
Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Noon -Anna Maria Island Rotary Club presents "Building a house
in a rugged area of Guatemala" with David Bailey at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-794-3489.
4 to 5:30 p.m. Inquiring Minds at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players luncheon at the
Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information:
11 a.m. Einstein Circle group discussion about terrorism at the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive,Anna Maria. Information: 941-
6 p.m. Bingo for Turkeys to benefit the Lawton Chiles Christmas
Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-0444. Fee applies.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island
Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, through April. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
OFF ISLAND EVENTS:
Thursday, Nov. 5
6 p.m. Eat, Drink and Be Merry Film Series presents "Chocolat"
at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Friday, Nov. 6
9 a.m. to Noon Fall Community Expo at Avenue of the Flowers
Plaza, 525 Bay Isles Pkwy., Longboat Key. Information: 941- 383-6847.
6 to 9:30 p.m. -Artist reception for Layla Copeland's "Glitter" exhibit
at Innervisions Gallery, 1122 12th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
6 to 9:30 p.m. Dia de los Muertos "Festival of Skeletons" in the
Village of the Arts, 12th Street West, Bradenton. Information: 941-932-
6:45 p.m. -Tuscany wine dinner at Freedom Village, 6406 21st
Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-366-7950. Fee applies. Proceeds
benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.
Saturday, Nov. 7
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Manatee Audubon Society birding tour of
Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
378-9920. Reserve your spot.
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Taste of Manatee along the riverfront on Bar-
carrota Boulevard in downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-323-3936.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dia de los Muertos "Festival of Skeletons" in
the Village of the Arts, 12th Street West, Bradenton. Information: 941-
1 to 4p.m. Suncoast Food and Wine Festival at the Sarasota Polo
Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-870-0002.
Fee applies. Proceeds benefit local charities.
2 and 3:30 p.m. Naturalist-led wagon tours through Robinson
Karen Roetker, Mary Lou Turner and the
cast of "Grease."
Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-378-9920.
6 to 11 p.m. Snooty's Gala at the South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Sunday, Nov. 8
11 a.m. to 7p.m. Taste of Manatee along the riverfront on Barcar-
rota Boulevard in downtown Bradenton. Information: 941-323-3936.
4 p.m. Organ and Choral Festival at Christ Episcopal Church,
4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3709.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
6 to 8 p.m. Manatee School of the Arts presents "An Evening of
Stars and Class" at Manatee Players Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Braden-
ton. Information: 941-773-7737. Bring canned food donation for Manatee
Food Bank or Honor Animal Sanctuary.
6 to 9:30 p.m. The Cinema Experience: Films of the 1950s featur-
ing "Rio Bravo" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Nov. 12, Silk painting demonstration, Artists Guild Gallery.
Nov. 12, Anna Maria Island Community Center wine tasting.
Nov. 12, Sarasota Shell Club Meeting.
Nov. 13, "The Story of Juanito Citruseed" children's theatre, State
College of Florida.
Nov. 13-14, Island artsHOP weekend.
Nov. 14, Pancake breakfast, Roser Memorial Community
Nov. 14, Privateers Thieves Market and Mullet Smoke, Coquina
Nov. 14, Holly Berry Bazaar, Church of the Annunciation.
Nov. 14, Holiday Bazaar, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Nov. 14, Longboat Key/St. Jude fundraising lunch.
Nov. 14, Master gardener tour of DeSoto National Memorial
Nov. 14, Wild kids weekend, Robinson Preserve.
Nov. 14-15, Art festival, Holmes Beach City Hall field.
Nov. 14-15, Discover Egmont Key.
Nov. 15, Anna Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra con-
* Nov. 15, Master gardener tour of Robinson Preserve.
The Anna Maria Garden Club celebrates the start of its 2009-10 season with an October luau at Roser
Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. Diane Broda, Nancy Ambrose, Joan Peery, Ginny Garland,
Marion Hall, Margaret Jenkins, Marilyn \/,, I, y and Peggy Sawe were hostesses. The next luncheon meet-
ing will be at noon Nov. 18 at Roser and feature a program on bees. For more information, call Barbara
Callaghan at 941-778-2809. Islander Photo: Courtesy Nancy Ambrose
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Anna Maria Island is candyland Oct. 30. Hundreds of children turned out for the annual Trail of
Treats organized by the Anna Maria Island C i..,,ni..
nesses. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Nov. 15, Divas perform at Manatee Players.
Nov. 17, Orchestra and wind ensemble concert, State College
Nov. 17, "Pillow Talk" 1950s Film series presentation at South
Nov. 18, Sand-sculpting clinic, BeachHouse Restaurant.
Nov. 18, "Art of Cello" lecture at the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
Nov. 18, Anna Maria Island Garden Club meeting.
Nov. 18, "Love of Rumi" reading, Longboat Key Education Center.
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Medora S. Fasser
Medora S. Fasser, 96, died Oct. 25. Born in
Springfield, Mass., she came to Bradenton in 1978
from Easthampton, Mass. She was a graduate of
Wheaton College, class of 1934, where she earned a
bachelor's degree in bi olo, .
She loved to sing with her sisters and in church
choirs. She loved her family, enjoyed traveling to
Europe, Hong Kong and Alaska and participated in
Mrs. Fasser volunteered at Mote Marine and
participated in turtle walks. She also volunteered at
Ringling Museum, Museum of South Florida and was
a Friend of Snooty.
She was a member of Harvey Memorial Commu-
nity Church in Bradenton Beach and the Easthampton
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
Survivors include her sons, David and wife Judith
Fasser, Stuart and wife May Jean Fasser, James and
wife Donna Fasser; daughter Louise and husband
John Sobing; eight grandchildren; and six great-
Michael Riki Sato
Michael Riki Sato, 29, of Holmes Beach, and a
lifelong Islander died Oct. 23.
Michael attended Anna Maria Elementary School
and Manatee High School and obtained a degree from
Florida State University. He played nearly all sports
and was an avid fan, especially of the New York Mets
and Pittsburgh Steelers. He loved and cared for all
He traveled to Haiti on sev-
eral occasions with the Rev. Ron
Joseph of Bradenton on behalf
of the Ministry of Presence and
helped teach and care for chil-
dren at two schools of orphans,
as well as worked on other vol-
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The ministry in Haiti became a second home
and second family to Michael. He developed many
friends there, where he traded lessons in English for
lessons in Creole. He will be missed by the commu-
nity in Duval Roche outside of Port au Prince, where
a moment of silence was observed in his honor at a
community gathering Oct. 24.
Mr. Sato was the second of five sons of Barbara
and the late Ryuichi "Sam" Sato. He had a strong
faith and was a lifelong member of St. Bernard Cath-
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, with the Rev.
Robb Mongiello officiating, followed by a luncheon
hosted by the Council of Catholic Women of St. Ber-
nard in the church activity center.
The family has requested memorial donations
in remembrance of Michael go to the Ministry of
Presence, PO. Box 784, Oneco FL 34264-0784, to
support ongoing efforts in Haiti. Arrangements were
by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
He is survived by his mother, Barbara Sato of
Anna Maria; brothers Jason Sato and wife Lauren of
Holmes Beach, Benjamin of Key West, Joshua and
Nicholas, both of Anna Maria, grandmother Sarah
Maloney of Holmes Beach; aunt Frances Mangino
and husband Doug of Orlando, uncles Shawn and
wife Norine of San Francisco and Donald Jr. and
Ann of Brainerd, Minn.; and cousins Miki and wife
Bridget, Keenan, Mackenzie, Makiley, Hannah, Pat-
rick and Teagan.
M. Ruth Davis Smith
M. Ruth Davis Smith, 77, of Holmes Beach, died
Oct. 26 at home surrounded by her family. She was
born in Warren, Pa. She and her husband, Harold
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C. Smith, were graduates of Clarion State Teachers
Mrs. Smith was a member of New Goshen Pres-
byterian Church and an associate member at Roser
Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. She
was a past president and member of Pewee Valley
Women's Club and a life member of the Kentucky
There will be a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Sat-
urday, Nov. 7, at New Goshen Presbyterian Church,
Prospect, Ky. Memorial gifts may be made to New
Goshen Presbyterian Church, 12900 Highway 42, Pros-
pect KY 40059, or a charity of one's choice.
She is survived by her six children, Gary and wife
Teresa, Chris and wife Andrea, Sharon and husband
David Klosterman, Joel and wife Cindy, Todd and
wife Lisa, and Jodi and husband Harold Black; 14
grandchildren, Ariah and husband Steve Faulkner,
Conarie Smith, Brent and wife Rebecca Williams,
Alex Smith, Nicole Klosterman, Andrew and wife
Candace Smith, Jared Smith, Derek and wife Faith
Klosterman, Ashley, Christin, McKenzie, Judson
and Zach Smith, and Hannah Black; and seven great
Nancy 'Cricket' Ellen
Nancy "Cricket" Ellen Johnson Westervelt, a
longtime resident of Bradenton Beach, died Oct. 26
at First Community Village in Columbus, Ohio, after
a long illness.
Ms. Westervelt graduated from Upper Arlington
(Ohio) High School and attended the University of
Miami and began her love for Florida, where she
lived for most of the past 35 years with her beloved
friend Tony Paolucci.
She loved the arts, drama, music and especially
dance. Her loving spirit guided her toward rescuing
and taking care of animals of all kinds and she oper-
ated "Critter Sitter" on the Island for many years.
If you care to make a gesture in her memory, her
family asks that you do something to help a needy or
No service is planned. There will be a private
memorial service in Florida at a later time. Schoed-
inger Funeral Choices served the family in Colum-
She is survived by her son, Philip Judy; daughter
Melissa Judy Smith; and three grandchildren, Olivia
and Jackson Judy and Luke Smith.
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cruiser with a pink basket and a man's black beach
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Oct. 24,4000 block of Gulf Drive, officers responded
to a vehicle burglary. Complainant said someone entered
her 1996 Cadillac and took a Garmin Magellan GPS unit
valued at $200 and $20 from the console. The vehicle was
dusted for fingerprints and two print cards were obtained.
Oct. 24, 4200 block of Gulf Drive, complainants
reported theft of two bicycles, stating that during the night
burglars entered the common garage area at their residence
and took three bicycles. One bicycle was recovered in the
ditch in front of the residence. One bike was valued at $100
and another at $20.
Oct. 24, 5800 block of Gulf Drive, complainants stated
that someone took a Graco five-gallon paint sprayer valued at
$600 from the rear of his pickup truck. An officer obtained four
latent fingerprint cards from inside of a partly open window.
Oct. 26, 500 block of 68th Street, complainant came
to the Holmes Beach Police Department reporting a bur-
glary to her vehicle. The incident occurred overnight
from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11 while her vehicle was parked
and unlocked. Burglars took cash from the center con-
sole. A red purse was placed into evidence for potential
Oct. 28, Manatee Public Beach, the complainant said
he went for a swim and when he returned to his belong-
ings on the beach he discovered his keys were missing.
He returned to his vehicle, found it still locked, called a
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State defends Koenigs conviction
By Lisa Neff
The Florida Attorney General's office filed court
papers last week defending the conviction of a man
who two years ago shot Island businesswoman Sue
The filing countered a defense move to have the
Second District Florida Appeals Court declare a mis-
trial and overturn the conviction of Mark Koenigs.
In August 2008, a jury convicted Koenigs for
shooting Normand in her Island Mail and More store
and threatening to shoot two law enforcement officers
trying to arrest him on the Gulf shore Dec. 5, 2007.
Koenigs was convicted of one count of aggra-
vated battery with a firearm and two counts of aggra-
vated assault on law enforcement.
Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Diana
Moreland sentenced Koenigs to 40 years in prison,
putting his current prison release date at Dec. 21,
Soon after sentencing, public defender James
Marion Moorman and special assistant to the
public defender Chandra Waite appealed, assert-
ing in their brief that the trial court "abused its
discretion in denying appellant's motion for mis-
trial after the prosecutor flagrantly and seemingly
intentionally violated an order in limine by asking
a question deliberately posed to extract prejudicial
testimony." "In limine" refers to a motion made
before the start of a trial.
Before the trial, Koenigs' defense attorney made
an oral motion to prohibit Normand from giving an
opinion as to whether Koenigs intended to shoot her
locksmith, and eventually found his wallet was missing.
The vehicle was processed for fingerprints.
Oct. 28, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, officers were
called to Mike Norman Realty where the complainant
said she arrived to work to find the wood fish that hung
beneath the outdoor sign was missing. The fish was
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because her answer could only be speculative.
Normand did not testify about her opinion, but
Koenigs' defense maintains that the prosecution tried
to introduce the victim's opinion through another wit-
ness, Terri Davis, a detective with the Holmes Beach
Police Department when the shooting occurred.
The prosecutor asked Davis about an interview
with Normand: "At that point when Ms. Normand
finished speaking to you, when she told you the story,
had she told you anm\ hingi. or did she gesture in any
way, or indicate anything to you, that indicated to
you that what she had described to, the incident she
described to you was accidental?"
Koenigs' defense attorney at the trial objected
to the question, which led to a lengthy discussion
between the judge, the prosecutor and the defense
attorney over whether the prosecution was trying to
introduce to the jury Normand's opinion as to whether
the shooting was accidental or intentional.
Koenigs' defense sought a mistrial, but the judge
declined, instead offering a "correction" on the
In the appeal brief, the defense attorneys wrote,
"Appellant's motion for mistrial should have been
granted because the prejudicial question violated the
in limine order and was posed during the state's case-
in-chief. At which time, reversible error occurred."
Last week, Tonja Rene Vickers, an assistant attor-
ney general, responded, requesting that the court reaf-
firm Koenigs' conviction.
Vickers said the judge issued a curative instruc-
tion corrected the record to the jury and "a new
trial is unwarranted."
"A mistrial," she said, "should be granted only
in circumstances where the error committed was so
prejudicial as to vitiate the entire trial."
Vickers said the state presented evidence to rebut
the defense claim that the shooting was accidental,
including a lab analyst's testimony that 8 pounds of
pressure was required to pull the trigger of Koenigs'
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24 0 NOV. 4, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Galati helps pave way for MHS 'Canes football
By Kevin Cassidy
Island resident, Nick Galati, a two-year starter
on Manatee High School Hurricane's state-ranked
varsity football team has helped his team to the state
He and his teammates were hoping to clinch a dis-
trict title Oct. 23, but they ran into superstar quarterback
Trey Burton and the Venice Indians and came out on the
wrong end of a 43-29 score. Burton, who has already
committed to Florida, ran for 155 yards and threw for
another 253 while contributing on five touchdowns. The
win clinched the district crown for Venice.
Manatee came into the game with a 7-0 record
and hopes of advancing deep into the state playoffs,
but those bright hopes dimmed a little after the tough
loss to Venice. As the second-place finisher in the
district, Manatee now must go on the road for its Nov.
20 playoff game. If the 'Canes win that game, they
could be in for a rematch in Venice Nov. 27.
According to Coach Joe Kinnan, Galati has had
a lot to do with the Hurricane's offensive success
this season: "Nick has been playing very well for us.
Though he's undersized for an offensive lineman,
he's very smart and extremely physical."
When pressed about Galati's chances of playing
football at the next level, Kinnan said he could defi-
nitely play at a smaller college and that they may try
Galati at defensive end in the spring, which would
give him an even better chance.
For now, Galati and his mates are concentrating on
winning their remaining two games, one against North
Port Nov. 6 and one at Booker Nov. 13, before turning
their attention to the first playoff game Nov. 20.
Soccer seeds set
With only a handful of regular-season games
remaining, the playoff matchups are set and ready for
action in the Anna Maria Island Community Center
There were no real surprises in the end as Divi-
sion II Sandbar, Division I Ross Built and Harcon in
the Premier Division each held onto the top spots.
Sandbar finished as the only undefeated team in the
three divisions, though they did tie two games. One
team to watch is Wash Family Construction in Divi-
sion I. The Wash kids have been playing strong as of
late, including victories in two consecutive games.
Playoff action gets started Nov. 12 and finishes
up Nov. 14 as part of a day full of all-star games,
championship games, the 6-7 age division tourna-
ment and the always popular coaches game.
In Premier Division action last week, Harcon
showed they're the team to beat with a dominating
4-0 victory over second-place Mike Norman Realty
Oct. 29. Max Miller, Christian Diaz, Trevor Bystrom
and Julian Botero each notched goals to lead Harcon
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Golf Tournament Oct. 23 at the River Club raised
almost $50,000 to benefit the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, PACE Center for Girls and
The tournament drew 136 golfers from Manatee,
Hillsborough, Pinellas, Orange, Broward and Polk
Southern Wine and Spirits had the winning com-
bination of Jerry Smith, Jay Engstrom, Jimmy Vollen-
weider and Mike Faraone. Second-place was awarded
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and Chandler Hardy each added single goals in the
Wash Family Construction upset Ross Built by
a 2-1 score in Division I action Oct. 29 behind a pair
of goals from Tyler Yavalar. Jake Ross notched the
lone goal for Ross Built in the loss.
The Wash team upset another team ahead of them
in the standings when they defeated Autoway Ford 3-2
Oct. 27. Jacob Talucci led the way with a pair of goals,
while Tyler Yavalar added one goal. Michael Latimer
scored two goals to lead Autoway Ford in the loss.
The second Division I game of the evening saw
Ross Built smoke Mr. Bones 4-1 behind single goals
from Jake Ross, Andrew Ross, Sydney Cornell and
Lauren Sapienza. Neil Carper scored the lone goal
for Mr. Bones in the loss.
The Division II playoffs got a little more inter-
esting thanks to a 2-2 tie between Sandbar and Pan-
oramic on Oct. 28. Christian Daniels led Sandbar
with a pair of goals, while Dylan Joseph and Tyler
Pearson scored one goal each to lead Panoramic.
The second Division II game of the night saw West
Coast Surf Shop roll past Sparks Steel Art by a 4-2
score behind a hat trick from Ethan Bertrand and one
goal from Abby Achor. Alley Parnell led Sparks with
one goal in the loss.
Tom O'Brien, Dave O'Brien, Pat Christy and Jimmy
The "most honest" team of Callen Fless and
Wes Veazy were awarded pink golf balls for them
to play their next round of golf. Dale Maxwell of
Brown Heating and Cooling won Crazy Ben's Put-
ting Contest. Kevin Shook, Kim Simpson and Barry
Micochineur were the winners of the Longest Drive
Pat Christy, Dean Serafini and Mindy Reeves
were the Closest to the Pin Winners. Rick Welch won
for Straightest Drive.
Jerry Koontz, president
of the United Way,
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 4, 2009 0 25
Trout season cools, while snook catch heats up
By Nick Walter
Trout season closed Nov. 1 for two months,
which makes this is an excellent time to target trout
for catch and release.
Fish are on the move, with Spanish mackerel
coming through the bays from the north as they head
to the Florida Keys for warmer winter waters.
Capt. Zach Zacharias out of Cortez says he heard
reports from the panhandle around Destin that indi-
cate hot action on cobia and kingfish, which could
mean great action for us with those species in Novem-
ber and December.
Snook are slowly trickling to backcountry waters,
and many can be found on the leading edges of Terra
Ceia, the mouth of the Manatee River, Perico Bayou,
or on flats just inside passes. That said, there still are
good numbers of linesiders off the beaches that may
remain there through December.
Capt. Rick Gross of the charter boat Fishy Busi-
ness out of Catchers Marina in Homes Beach reported
that he had success with redfish in Palma Sola Bay,
and even reported a 42-inch red landed Oct. 26, a
breeder from the Gulf that made its way to the back-
water areas of north Sarasota Bay. He also reported
skipping pompano around the mouth of the Manatee
River that were hitting 1/4-ounce Docs Jiggs. "I'm
hoping we'll have a good run of pompano," Gross
said. He said that off the beaches, he wasn't catching
kingfish or bluefish like he should have been, but was
getting more bonito than n i hiing
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams also
out of Catchers Marina said he fished another surge
of kingfish and Spanish mackerel in 40 feet of water,
and cobia had been around wrecks 18 to 24 miles off
the beaches. Spanish mackerel of 4-5 pounds have
invaded the bays. Snook have been running 22-26
Eric Bergan caught this nice-size snook while fishing last week with Capt. Mark Howard.
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while fishing with Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime
inches in the bays, and anglers should get on them
at night or in the morning before other fishers put
pressure on them.
Richard Leitz from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
south pier said Spanish mackerel have been real plen-
tiful and of good sizes. He attributed the high num-
bers to the migratory fish that are moving from the
Panhandle to the Keys. The pier bait shop sells 2- and
3-ounce mackerel rigs that come with 7- to 10-foot
monofilament leaders and silver spoons at the end.
Leitz said he'll go with a gold spoon when the water
is murky and a silver spoon in clear waters. He's also
seen and heard reports of pompano and king mackerel
showing up near the bridge.
Ted Pasky at the Rod & Reel Pier said action
around the pier has included a few small snook, a
hammerhead shark, some mangrove snapper, early
sheepshead and a few Spanish mackerel. He said the
snook have hit better at night. He added that the red-
fish action has slowed.
Rocky Corby at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there have been decking some flounder. He
said one man last week pulled in a 19-incher. He
added that mangrove snapper are around, as well as
sheepshead, although few anglers seem to be tar-
geting the sheepies. An occasional snook has been
hooked as well.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said normal fishing
patterns have been disrupted by unseasonably hot air
and water temperatures, punctuated by early, strong
cold snaps. He said that "in the past couple of weeks,
whitebait has been an easy mark. Plentiful bait in a
wide variety of sizes is available on the grass flats
and has been productive for trout, mackerel, kings,
bonito, bluefish and snapper. While live pilchards are
widely regarded as the premium bait for snook, and
to a lesser extent, redfish, they have not been as pro-
ductive yet this season. Fresh-cut ladyfish, snakefish,
mullet and pinfish have out-produced live offerings
both in numbers and size of reds and snook for me
in the past few weeks." Although cut bait has always
been successful for Zacharias in deeper cuts and holes
at the bottom of big tides, he's also been baiting with
chunks of cut bait tight to the bushes at high tide.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters says his offshore parties are catching gag
and red grouper, smoker kingfish, large cobia, amber-
jack, mangrove snapper, p, ,i _.' \. triggerfish, big bar-
racudas and they've seen some shark frenzies.
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By Rick Catlin
Jack Elka recently completed his
2010 calendar using some of the best
and most spectacular aerial views of
Anna Maria Island he has shot during
the years he has worked as a commercial
The cost of the calendar is $12. Elka
said the calendars make ideal vacation
and holiday gifts.
Elka, who owns Jack Elka Photog-
raphy at 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, is
an award-winning photographer with a
catalog of thousands of pictures of Anna
Maria Island, Longboat Key, Perico Island,
Cortez, and the majority of the coastline of
Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Elka is a staff photographer with
The Islander, and also has been
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The Manatee County Women's Council of Realtors 2010
Leadership Team held its first meeting Oct. 29 at the
SunHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. Pictured are,
from left, Geri Kenyon, Julie Gillen, Dia Wilson, Judi
McGavic, Faye Butler, i,..i. it Villars, Leslie Strick-
land, 1i,.. i y Richardson, Paula Keegan-Block, Erlene
Fitzpatrick and Brian Brown. Islander Photo: Rebecca
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To order a copy of the calendar, call
941-778-2711, or go on the Internet to
dars are available in some local stores,
including The Islander newspaper office,
Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Island real estate transactions
6408 Gulf Drive, Unit 8, L'Plage, Holmes Beach, a 1,872 sfla /
2,152 sfur 3bed/2%bath/2car Gulffront condo with shared pool built
in 2003 was sold 10/14/09, Cato Property Development LLC to Jones
for $1,465,000; $1,595,000.
7308 Gulf Drive, Unit 4, La Casa Costiera, Holmes Beach, a
2,012 sfla / 2,240 sfur 3bed/2%/2car condo with shared pool built
in 2005 was sold 10/13/09, Taratola to Barlow for $775,000; list
775 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,549 sfla / 2,310 sfur
3bed/2bath home built in 1953 on a 66x157 lot was sold 10/15/09,
Skoloda to Doyle for $775,000.
7800 Gulf Drive Unit B, Holmes Beach, a 1,844 sfla / 2,766 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car half duplex built in 1982 on a 35x75 lot was sold
10/15/09, Kalb to Crosby for $495,000; list $599,000.
6801 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,056 sfla / 2,260 sfur
5bed/2bath duplex built in 1967 on a 70x100 lot was sold 10/13/09,
Lane to Midkiff for $430,000; list $480,000.
4255 Gulf Drive, Unit 103, Island Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,865
sfla / 2,382 sfur 3bed/3bath condo with shared pool built in 1981 was
sold 10/14/09, Zeppi to Cribbs for $365,000; list $375,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna
Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244. Current Island real
estate transactions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
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FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
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less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
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WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
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ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
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PERFECT HOLIDAY REMEMBRANCE: Purchase
a personalized brick in the Anna Maria Island But-
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at The Islander, or call 941-518-4431 for more
LOOKING FOR A JOB? Islanders seeking
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classified ad for up to three weeks in The Islander.
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or deliver in person to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. The Islander will encourage employers
to review the "employment wanted" ads in The
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finding the right job!
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MENS WALLET: FOUND Sept. 20 at public
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LOST: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES, at beach
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PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
AMI TAXI ON call: Airport services, Tampa, $80,
Sarasota, $30, Clearwater, $70.1-800-301-4816.
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HAVE PONTOON: 24-foot, will trade for smaller
12-16-foot boat, motor and trailer or sell, 40-hp
excellent motor, 24-foot Continental trailer. Pon-
toon, rough. Ed, 616-430-0963.
30YEARS BUSINESS experience, seek to remain
on Island. E-mail: email@example.com.
HOME HEALTH AIDE: Housekeeping. Refer-
ences. Call Karen, 941-807-5142. E-mail Kjack-
EXECUTIVE CHEF, RESTAURANT consultant,
cookbook author, 40 years experience, private
parties, etc. Call Chef Vincenzo Esposito, 973-
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
training, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-
4632 or 941-778-8405.
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. 941-
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
11-YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or
younger child. CPR-certified, references, experi-
enced. Brianna, 941-448-9036.
HELP WITH SCHOOL WORK? Manatee High
School junior will tutor math, science, basic com-
puting skills. Patrick, 941-524-5686.
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.
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RESTAURANT: ISLAND BREAKFAST/lunch
eatery. Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confi-
dentiality agreement required. $95,000. Longview
CATERING SERVICES AVAILABLE for weddings,
birthdays, cocktail parties, barbeques or plat-
ters. Fresh homemade cuisine with our personal
touch. All events customized. Melinda's Cafe &
Catering, 941-778-0411. www.melindascafe.com.
NURSES NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic.
Weekend five-hour morning shifts and weekend
sleepover shifts are available, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m.
Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
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, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
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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.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurricane
covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL
inserts. TDWSINC @msn.com. 941-730-1399.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving in-home care for
your pets. Longtime Island resident, background
check, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-
2830 or 941-730-5693.
GRACE'S CLEANING SERVICE: Licensed and
bonded. Reasonable rates. Call for estimate. 941 -
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
ANGELS CLEANING: FREE quotes, low rates,
weekly and bi-weekly cleaning. Call Marsha at
HEADLIGHTS CLOUDY, MILKY, dirty? Cleaned
and clear again. We come to your home or work.
Call 941-257-4789 for appointment. See clearly at
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TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike: 941-567-6634.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34
years of happy customers. Mom-Watch, Pet-
Watch, Storm-Check, windows, etc. Rentals our
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, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products,
handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home pedicure services. 941-713-
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. Monday-Friday. 941-539-6891.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
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 941-
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.
ISLAND LAWN CARE: Monthly or only as needed.
Island resident, fast and dependable. Pool clean-
ing, maintenance also available. Why not combine
services to just one company? Bobby Reynolds,
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured plus unbeatable
prices. Call Allen anytime. Cell 941-224-8569.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various
sizes, $5-$95. Delivery and placement available.
Autumn special, fall, four for the price of three or
20 percent off. Also, we are a complete tree ser-
vice offering trimming, removals and stump grind-
ing. Brad Frederick's LLC, northwest Bradenton.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
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.
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Large duplex-zoned lot more than 11,000 sq. ft. in
Holmes Beach's Bay Palms area. Remove structure
and build two attached townhouses PLUS room for
a pool. Was $429,000 NOW $395,000.
Large canal lot nestled in Coconut Bayou ready for
construction. Close to the beach and surrounded
by lovely homes and neighbors in a quiet setting.
Asking $499,000 and possible terms.
-"Te ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer sup-
plies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing.
Free estimates. New phone number! 941-721-
GABBARD MASONRY INC.: Custom stone and brick.
Fireplaces, pools, Jacuzzis, fire pits, grills, landscape,
patios. Paver brick, stone, glass block. Licensed and
insured, free estimates. 941-792-5206.
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.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Available Nov.1.2BR/1BA,
furnished, bay water-view, walk to beaches, carport,
No smoking/pets. $675/month. 941-545-8923.
TROPICAL WATERFRONT: KEY Royale. 2BR/2BA
pool, spa, two boat lifts, designer interior, six month
to annual rental, $2,100/month. Available Nov. 1.
941-730-1086. House also for sale.
3BR/2BA SEASONAL: Heart of Anna Maria.
Weekly, monthly, steps to beach, coffee shop,
theater, shops, restaurants. 941-737-9662.
GREAT LOCATION: HARBOR Pines. Large
2BR/2BA. Very nice, ground floor, screened porch,
freshly painted, tile floors, washer/dryer con-
nections, water, cable, close to MCC, Bayshore
High School, shopping. Annual $725/month. Last
month free! 941-650-3476.
THE SANCTUARY: 1 BR/1 BA, washer and dryer,
water included, on lake, screened porch, carpet-
ing, close to MCC, shopping. Annual rental $700/
month. Last month free! Call 941-650-3476.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space. 625
sf, $500/month. Also 1,800 sf. 8799 Cortez Road.
ROOMMATE: $125/week, includes utilities. Pool,
washer and dryer. Background check required.
Holmes Beach. 941-778-5080.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. Off-season rates, $125/
night, $775/week. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.
WANTED: ANNUAL RENTAL. 2BR/2BA close to
beach, room to store kayak and bike. On Anna
Maria Island. Call Dan, 941-705-5561.
MARTINIQUE BEACHFRONT CONDO: Fully fur-
nished 2BR/2BA. Lanai, garage, tennis, heated
pool, laundry, ocean view. Jan. 1 through April
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, air condition-
ing, washer/dryer, steps to beach. Seasonal,
monthly or weekly. 941-778-7167.
STEPS TO BEACH: 1BR/2BA, Anna Maria
Island. Winter season available at $1,995 plus
tax/monthly. 941-778-1098. www.gulfdriveapart-
ments.com, annamariaisland @gmail.com.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA custom canalfront
home. $2,500/month. Call Lori, 941-773-3415.
Duncan Real Estate.
ISLAND COUPLE WOULD like 2BR/2BA ground
floor Dec. 1-March 30. Non-smokers and no pets.
APARTMENTS FOR RENT just off Cortez Road,
two minutes from beach! One, two and three bed-
rooms, sitting just off bay. Call Jack Frost for cool
ANNUAL RENTAL: DUPLEX. 2BR/2BA Holmes
Beach. Washer and dryer, no pets, smoking, pri-
vate patio. Parking, five minute walk to beach.
$900/month. First, last, security deposit. 941-755-
HOLMES BEACH: BEACHFRONT 2BR/1 BA fur-
nished, washer and dryer, walking distance to trol-
ley and stores. Available April-December, $550/
week or $2,000/month January-March, $2,200/
month, yearly lease, $1,500/month. 813-728-2590
Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
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SALES & RENTALS LACASA COSTERA Luxury condo
SAL7320 Gulf Dr., #10, Holmes Beach:
(941 ) 778- 229 9 1 1"Exquisite 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views,
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like-new condo has
peeks of the Gulf and
a great rental history
deeded beach access,
furnished. A supreme
value in today'smarket.This property will not lastlong.
Owner will pay 1 year of condo duesl $379,000.
Call Jesse Brisson
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to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview, 3BR/2BA, Stone Fireplace,
Corian & other upgrades. $329,000.
PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot, short block to bay.
Well maintained. $199,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview pool, boatdock,
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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WATERFRONT: MONTHLY, SEASONAL ground-
level private beach home. 2BR/1BA on Tampa
Bay. Immediate availability. 941-778-8356.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA, two-car garage on
canal with pool, boat lift. New appliances. Land-
scaping, pool maintenance included. $1,500/
PALMA SOLA: WALK to beach on bay. Pool,
3BR/2BA, two-car garage, 10x40-foot lanai, new
kitchen. Annual, seasonal. Furnished or unfur-
nished. $1,675/month. 941-778-3051.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR apartment. Walk to beach.
Quiet neighborhood. Available Nov.1. $650/month
plus utilities. 941-778-5143.
WALK TO BEACH: 55-plus 2BR/1BA, Jacuzzi,
view of bay, furnished or unfurnished. Annual
$850, seasonal $1,700.941-778-3051.
WINTER SPECIAL: 2BR/2BA luxury condo, steps
to the beach. Tennis, sauna, pool. $750/week
plus tax and clean up. 2BR/2BA double-wide
mobile home in gated 55-plus park. 15 minutes
from beach, hot tub, big pool. $1,000/month. Sell
for $49,500, terms. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-
ENJOY SPECTACULAR WATER view from huge
living, dining area. Plate glass windows, doors,
30x12-foot screened deck fronting bay, beach and
park with Gulf beach an easy walk. 3BR, washer
and dryer, unfurnished in north Anna Maria. A
must see! 941-748-5334.
ANNUAL RENTAL: PERICO Bay Club: 2BR/2BA,
den, eat-in kitchen, washer and dryer, two-car
garage, great water view, security with gate, tennis
courts, clubhouse, pools, spas. Perfect condition.
$1,300/month. Owner, 941-962-6117.
ANNUAL: UNFURNISHED LARGE 2BR/1BA
upstairs with 48 feet of unobstructed view of the
bay and Gulf. The best view on Anna Maria. Pool
and laundry. $1,200/month. Reggie, 786-375-
9633. Susanne, 941-330-5388.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA furnished condo,
water view, pools, spa, tennis, two miles to beach.
Seasonal, annual. 772-713-4147. http://home.
For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
r at Mike Norman Realty,
WEST BRADENTON: ANNUAL 3BR/2.5BA town-
house. Pool, large garage, no pets or smoking.
2BR/1BA DUPLEX: STEPS to beach. Deck, car-
port, laundry, new carpet, pet considered. $850/
VACATION BEACH CONDO: 2BR/2BA, pool.
$600/week. 2BR/2BA townhouse, pool, dock.
$500/week. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $74,900. 513-470-3851.
BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free bro-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
WOW! CANAL HOME, $599,000. Remodeled
3BR/2BA, two-car garage, move-in ready. Pool
with hot tub, great seawall and 16,000-lb. boat
lift. For sale by owner. Won't last. Call 863-581-
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
Call Vince Meaney, 941-315-1501. www.mana-
ISLAND "FIXER-UPPERS" from $289,900. These
homes need work. From $289,900. Call Vince
Meaney, Horizon Realty, 941-315-1501.
SACRIFICE: DUPLEX 2BR/1.5BA and 1 BR/1 BA,
mid-Island. $250,000. 3501 Sixth Ave., Holmes
Beach. Call 813-645-6738.
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WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING, Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. $550,000 or trade for house of
equal value! 941-778-0019.
ANNA MARIA LOT for sale. 50x110 feet. Zoned
R2, no streets to cross to the ocean! $325,000.
117 Willow Ave. 813-335-3680.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
Large living room, pool, storm shutters, garage,
storage. $399,000, 941-722-0640.
JUST SOLD A home in 39 days, I can sell yours, too.
Call Vince Meaney, Horizon Realty, 941-315-1501.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
CENTRAL FLORIDA LAKEFRONT: Citrus groves,
ranches. Large parcels, some turnkey, bring tooth-
brush. Mary L. Adsit, Realtor, 863-285-7118. All
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