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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: November 25, 2009
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Holmes Beach, Bra-
denton Beach can-
didates take oaths.
Pages 3-4

Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3

Pine Avenue Resto-
ration sounds off.
Page 8






Thanksgiving
services, dinners
planned. Page 10







Holiday season
opens with open
house. Page 11
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Folks flock to Cortez
fest. Page 12

Sunshine study held
in Anna Maria.
Page 15


Island police reports.
Page 20

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Cortezians hope mullet'makes Santa Claus'


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
For lifelong fisherman and Cortez resi-
dent Alex Conyers, the fall mullet run means
income to help feed his 3-month-old daugh-
ter, Caylynn.
"I'm trying to keep some food in her
belly and keep it out on the table," Conyers
said. "With the way the economy is, I'm
definitely in a dying trade."
As has been a saying among some
Cortez commercial fishers, "The fall mullet
run makes Santa Claus."
A strong coldfront triggers the running
of the mullet from the backwater areas, typi-
cally around Thanksgiving. The mullet head
from the protection of canals and mangrove-
lined shores to spawn in the Gulf.
In anticipation of the run, Cortez com-
mercial fishermen prepare their seine and
cast nets, polish up their boat motors and
hope for a productive catch.
"I know everybody is hurting pretty
bad," Conyers said of the economy. "I'm
not alone in this."


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includes
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"Rudolph,
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Reindeer."
Islander
Photos:
Lisa Neff


Passing
motor-
ists slow
to cap-
ture the
moment.


Workers at A.P. Bell Fish Co. fillet, clean
and prepare fresh mullet roe for shipping.

Fortunately, this area's mullet roe could
be some of the most sought-after in the world
for its distinct flavor and golden hue.


"Taiwanese, Italians and Spanish in the
past have been the market for Florida roe, pri-
marily because of what the mullet feed on,"
said Karen Bell of the A.P Bell Fish Co.
The mullet is considered a vegetarian and
is the only fish that has a gizzard, much like
a chicken, that is used to grind up and digest
plant material.
Bell added that because mullet roe is a
luxury item, demand is comparatively low.
"There's not the typical interest," she
said. "We've gotten inquiries from around the
world, but they're not buying all the prod-
uct."
Last week at A.P. Bell Fish Co., roe
was selling between $6 and $14 per pound,
depending on its quality.
Mullet tend to be better tablefare before
they spawn.
"It's best to eat them now, when they're
fat," said A.P. Bell Fish Co. worker Danny
Barrett, who has been netting mullet for more
than 30 years. "They have a good taste to
them. After their spawn, they lose all that fat
PLEASE SEE MULLET, NEXT PAGE


Parking again an Anna Maria problem


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Old-timers in Anna Maria will say that


What to do, when the city has had a parking problem ever
and where. Page 22 since the first bridge to the Island opened in
1924 and motorists who drove to the north-
,S d iz ernmost city couldn't find a parking space.
Not much has changed in the past 85
years, despite numerous ordinances, regula-
Going green, cutting tions and committees that have attempted to
ribbons. Page 23 solve the problem.
Anna Maria city commissioners at
Sports: Islander their Nov. 19 meeting asked newly elected
takes third in Iron- Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus to organize a
man. Page 24 "safety committee" to study driveways and


off-street parking, particularly along Pine
Avenue in the city's retail-office-residential
district.
On Nov. 12, moments after he was
inducted into office, Stoltzfus sent a memo
to other commissioners, city attorney Jim
Dye, Mayor Fran Barford and others saying
he could not reconcile the parking arrange-
ments at 315 and 317 Pine Ave. with the city's
comprehensive plan and parking ordinance.
The properties were developed and com-
pleted this year by Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC.
Stoltzfus asked for an opinion from Dye
on the parking arrangements at the develop-


ment and requested that the commission study
the issue at a future work session.
But Commission Chairman John Quam
said he placed the item on the Nov. 19 regular
meeting agenda because he "wanted to get it
out in the open."
Stoltzfus said his intention was not to
"single out" the PAR project, but he had
a "conflict with the general design stan-
dards" at that location. He also claimed the
city's parking regulations were not followed
there.
Dye responded that PAR's site plan "went
through the process" of review by city staff,
PLEASE SEE PARKING, NEXT PAGE


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sculpts a
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sculpt
detail their
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\1i /I..y Coger packages mullet roe Nov. 19 at A.P.
Bell Fish Co. Islander Photo: Nick Walter
Mullet CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
and they look like a bullet. They have a big head, and
a small body."
Workers at A.P Bell last week were already get-
ting some mullet, but nothing like what they expect
this week.
Conyers, for one, will use a seine net. "With a
seine net, the fish come out alive," he said. "I'm all
for a sustainable fishery."
The fall mullet run isn't what it used to be, Cony-
ers said. The ninth-generation Manatee County resi-
dent said he feels as though he's watching his heritage
rot. A ban on the use of gill nets in state waters in
1994 forced fishermen to net mullet by less-produc-
tive means through the use of seine and cast nets.
"I mean, it's just one thing after another," he said.
"And you've got a lot of guys out there doing it ille-
gally."
But that won't stop Conyers.
"I'm counting on making some money this fall,"
he said. "I have a wife and kids to feed."


Parking CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
planning and zoning and the city commission "and
was found to comply with the standard."
"This could be a difference of opinion, but from
the site plan, [PAR] complies," Dye said.
Dye said it sounded like Stoltzfus wanted single
access to an ROR property, rather than having vehi-
cles cross a sidewalk to enter Pine Avenue. If the com-
mission wants to change its policy on ROR parking,
it can review the regulations and make changes.
Stoltzfus agreed. The PAR project should have
been required to have two driveways at the time the
site plan was submitted, he said.
"It makes no sense. In my opinion, Pine Avenue
is extremely unsafe, all up and down. Developers are
making the situation worse and that's unacceptable,"
he said.
But Dye cautioned against the commission
taking any action that might affect an already-
approved project.
"Any time you have site-plan approval, you can't
un-ring that bell. If you have an approved permit from
the city, that's it. The only way is to pay that person
for what they lost," he said.
But Quam agreed with Stoltzfus that parking and
safety is of major concern on Pine Avenue and sug-
gested Stoltzfus form a committee to study safety
in the ROR district to come back to the commission
with options and suggestions.
"We are talking about the future. We don't want
to create more unsafe parking," Quam said.
Quam also suggested a moratorium on new site-
plan approvals until new regulations are in place.
Except for Stoltzfus, other commissioners were not
in favor of such an action.
Commissioner Chuck Webb, an attorney with
experience in land use and development, said many
of the land-development regulations in the city,
including the parking regulations, are ambigu-
ous.
Stoltzfus, however, said he didn't see any ambi-
guity.


PAR got its site plan approved, but there is a
conflict, he indicated.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick interjected that
the only conflict is that PAR has been "singled out."
She suggested that the commission not make any
"arbitrary decision based on personal bias," and not
over-react.
Not so, indicated Quam. "Safety is more impor-
tant. We have to do something. I still favor a mora-
torium."
But Dye opined that the city has to show that
there is a "public crisis" to establish a moratorium.
Otherwise, a moratorium could prevent due process
and open the city to litigation.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said the commis-
sion should get the ball rolling now.
"A moratorium is not a good idea. The ROR is
small lots and big lots and there is a safety issue."
Commissioners eventually agreed to have Stoltz-
fus head a safety committee and provide the commis-
sion with recommendations. Quam scheduled a work
session at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 with parking as the agenda
item.
PAR principal and Anna Maria resident Mike
Coleman said he had his attorney send the city a letter
about the Stoltzfus memo. He said PAR also is look-
ing for a solution, not a fight.
However, said Coleman, the company's name has
been brought to the public with an indication it had
done something wrong.
"Stoltzfus has raised this issue. He told me before
the election he is opposed to e \ ci \ i hi ng we are doing,
and he asked the city attorney for an opinion" about
the PAR project, Coleman said.
"We did what was required, based upon the comp
plan and what the planning and zoning board and city
commission wanted."
Coleman said he wants to work with the city and
Stoltzfus, but hopes there isn't a hidden agenda.
"We welcome a committee about safety, but I'm
concerned that safety has suddenly become a major
issue, when it hasn't been for decades."


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Candidates inducted in


Holmes Beach


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob
Sweat swore-in the three recently elected Holmes
Beach commissioners Nov. 16 at city hall.
Returning Commissioners David Zaccagnino and
Pat Morton and newcomer Al Robinson will serve
two-year terms.
"I'm shooting from the hip," Robinson said. "It
was basically business as usual during this downturn
and that's the reason I decided to run."
Robinson said he hopes to levy lower taxes, par-
tially by eliminating unnecessary road paving.
"I'm saying [the commission] voted to raise taxes
and they didn't have to," Robinson said. "Four of five
voted to raise taxes. They call it 'millage,' but it's
taxes."
Zaccagnino won the most votes in the election.
He serves as the liaison to Anna Maria Elementary
School, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-

Holmes Beach com-
mission chair Sandy
Haas-Martens, right,
speaks with newly
elected commissioner
Al Robinson, center,
with Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger at the
dais before the work
session that followed
the Nov. 16 swearing- HS..
in ceremony. Islander j1 A
Photo: Nick Walter


merce, the police pension board and the parks and
the city beautification committee.
Morton first was elected to the commission in
2003. He also is a member of the Florida Emergency
Preparedness Association.
Chair Sandy Haas-Martens was re-appointed
to her position in a 4-1 vote. Zaccagnino moved to
appoint John Monetti, but Monetti declined. Mon-
etti first was elected to the commission in November
2006 and was re-elected in 2008.
The terms of Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, Monetti
and Haas-Martens are up for re-election in November
2010.
Haas-Martens said she doesn't know if she has
aspirations to become mayor, saying she enjoys her
position as deputy mayor. "I enjoy being the chair,"
Haas-Martens said. "I like working with the staff, and
I think they like working with me."
The next city commission meeting will be at 7
p.m. Dec. 8 at city hall.


THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 25, 2009 3 3


Mtetgs

Anna Maria City
Dec. 17, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Dec. 1, 3 p.m., sunshine/public records class.
Dec. 3, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Dec. 3, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Dec. 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Dec. 2, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
meeting.
Dec. 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Dec. 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meet-
ing.
Dec. 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Dec. 17, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
Nov. 26 is Thanksgiving, government offices are
closed, and many also are closed on Nov. 27.
Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Dec. 14,9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Dec. 16, Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting,
time and location to be announced.
Dec. 25 is Christmas. Most government offices
are closed Dec. 24-25.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
org.


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BB: Candidates take oaths, share hugs


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The rookie led off.
First-time candidate and newly elected Bradenton
Beach City Commissioner Gay Breuler took her oath
of office Nov. 16.
The brief ceremony took place in the commission
chambers at city hall with Manatee County Supervi-
sor of Elections Bob Sweat officiating.
Sweat arrived in a suit for the occasion, and car-
rying his Bible.
Though most city meetings in Bradenton Beach
are Island casual, many dressed up to business casual
for the ceremony at which Breuler, Commissioner
Janie Robertson and Mayor Michael Pierce took their
oaths of office.
All three were elected Nov. 3.
Breuler faced no competition in her campaign to
succeed John Shaughnessy as commissioner in Ward
1. Shaughnessy could not run again do to a term-limit
rule. Robertson also faced no opposition in her bid
for a third and final term on the commission. She
represents Ward 3.
Pierce defeated William "Bill" Shearon in the
mayoral race, winning 65 percent of the vote.
Sweat began the ceremony last week with a salute
to the flag.
The supervisor, who on election night presided
over the vote count at the county office in Bradenton,
then swore Breuler into office.
The audience of relatives, friends, neighbors and
city staff applauded as Breuler completed her oath
without bungling a word.
After swearing in Pierce, Sweat said, "You're in
charge now."
Pierce then thanked those attending.
"It was great to have everyone come," he said.
The new commission held its first meeting Nov.
19.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
3, at city hall.


Former
Commis-
sioner John
shi.;,t hih. \\y
and Commis-
sioner Janie
Robertson
embrace
after a
swearing-in
ceremony
Nov. 16 in
Bradenton
Beach.


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Janie Robert-
son, Michael
Pierce and
Gay Breuler
share con-
gratulations
after taking
their oaths of
office Nov. 16
at Bradenton
Beach City
Hall. Pierce
defeated Wil-
liam \l...ii. -,it
to retain the
mayoral post
for two more
years. Islander
Photos:
Lisa Neff


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Stoltzfus says stimulus spending needed input


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Harry Stoltzfus has wasted little time in putting
his stamp on his position as an Anna Maria city com-
missioner.
After already e-mailing fellow commissioners,
Mayor Fran Barford and other city officials the day he
was sworn in that he wanted to reopen discussion of a
parking plan on Pine Avenue, Stoltzfus says the city
commission should have voted on the sidewalk on
North Bay Boulevard. The project is being financed
with federal stimulus dollars.
Stoltzfus attended the Florida Department of
Transportation public meeting Nov. 17 at St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, where current and
upcoming local DOT projects, including those funded
by federal stimulus dollars, were discussed.
Among the stimulus projects that the DOT is
supervising is a new sidewalk on North Bay Boule-
vard.
After listening to several Bay Boulevard resi-
dents at the meeting complain that they did not want
a new sidewalk, Stoltzfus said the issue should have
had an "up and down" vote by the city commission.
"It should have been voted upon by the commis-
sion. I don't think it's needed. It's a waste of money,"
he said.
Stoltzfus said he was unaware that the North Bay
sidewalk project was included in a number of projects
that the city commission approved and Mayor Fran
Barford forwarded to the DOT to receive stimulus
money to pay for the construction.
When Barford presented the projects to the com-
mission in April, she noted that the deadline for sub-
mission was only a few weeks away and that projects
had to be "shovel ready" for consideration.
No commissioner objected to any of the projects
and no member of the public spoke in opposition. The
projects were approved by a unanimous vote.


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Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, right,
attends the Florida Department of Transportation
meeting Nov. 17 in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin
Stoltzfus said he could understand repair of
existing sidewalks, resurfacing of roads and repair
and maintenance of the city's two bridges, but a new
sidewalk should have been an agenda item.
Barford, however, defended the city's six stimu-
lus projects.
They had all been planned by the city's capital
improvements advisory committee and public works
department for some time and the commission was
aware of the nature of all the proposals, she said.
"I don't like the stimulus plan either, but we don't
have the money to pay for these projects. If we didn't
take the money, it would just have gone to another
city, and we would have to find the money from our
own revenues," Barford said when the commission
agreed to submit the projects.
DOT officials at the Nov. 17 meeting discussed


a number of Island projects that are not part of the
stimulus plan, including improvements to Gulf Drive
in Bradenton Beach, and a new traffic light and golf-
cart crossing lane at the Gulf Drive-East Bay Drive
intersection in Holmes Beach.
DOT spokesperson Cindy Clemmons-Adente
said the DOT had no time frame for when all the
Island projects would be completed, but the majority
will take less than 30 days.
All of the projects except for the improvements
to State Road 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach
are either under way now or will begin shortly, she
said.
The State Road 789 project is not expected to
begin until February and will take more than 30 days,
Clemmons-Adente said.
Other projects that have begun or will start this
month include sidewalk improvements in Anna Maria
on Maple Avenue, Gulf Boulevard and Gulf Drive.
The resurfacing of Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive
in Anna Maria began Nov. 16, while bridge repairs
and maintenance in the city will begin in early Febru-
ary.
All Holmes Beach sidewalk projects have been
completed, Clemmons-Adente said.
The DOT did not consider the impact the projects
might have on traffic during the upcoming winter
tourist season, she said, although that is an issue that
could be considered in any future project.
"We believe these projects will have only a mini-
mal impact on traffic," she said. "The goal of the
stimulus was to get jobs out there. The impact will be
nothing like the Anna Maria Island Bridge rehabilita-
tion project."
Clemmons-Adente said that for every $1 billion
in federal stimulus money spent, 28,000 people will
get jobs.
The contractors selected for the various projects
are from the Bradenton-Sarasota area.


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These are a few of

our favorite things
Family and friends are, of course, No. 1 on our list
of things to be thankful for every year. Those who share
great recipes are No. 2.
And the holidays are a time for sharing.
Here is the eggnog recipe given to Janet Aubry of
Anna Maria by a friend who told her it was originally
published decades ago in Harper's Bazaar.
She adds, "May your days be merry and bright after
you drink this and, for heaven's sake, don't drink it and
drive."
18th Century Eggnog
12 eggs separated
2 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
4 quarts heavy cream
1 cup powdered sugar
1 pint rum (dark)
1 quart brandy (2 pints)
Reserve six egg whites in one bowl and six egg whites
in a second bowl.
In a large bowl, beat all yolks well. Add granulated
sugar gradually to yolks and beat well.
Add rum and brandy alternately and slowly to yolk
mixture. Then, to this mixture, add three quarts of heavy
cream.
Beat six egg whites until very stiff and fold into mix-
ture.
Then beat remaining six egg whites very stiff and beat
powdered sugar into them.
Add, stirring lightly, remaining cream and fold this
mixture into the other.
Let stand in refrigerator 4 to 12 hours. Top with grated
nutmeg (we prefer freshly grated) before serving. The
recipe serves 20, but Aubry generously "packages" jugs
of joy for her holiday guests to carry home.

Mmmmm, rum cake
Also on our favorite list of friends is Billie Martini of
Holmes Beach. She seems to know just the right time and
day to appear at The Islander office with deviled eggs or
Rum Cake, both of which are popular among staff.
"Billie's" Best Rum Cake
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 18 1/2 ounce yellow cake mix
1 3 1/4 instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup Wesson oil
1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum (80 proof)
Glaze:
1/4 pound butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum (80 proof)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees (Fahrenheit). Grease and
flour 10-inch tube or 12-cup bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts over
bottom of pan. Mix all cake ingredients. Pour batter over
nuts. Bake one hour. Cool cake. Invert on serving plate
and prick the top.
For glaze, melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and
sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from
heat. Stir in rum.
Drizzle and smooth glaze evenly over top and sides,
allowing cake to absorb glaze. Repeat until the glaze is
used up.

Yummy without rum
Susan Nudd warmly agreed some years ago to share
her Christmas cookie recipe, passed down by her mother,
she said, from a recipe that originated from the Amish-
Dutch community of Sullivan, Ill.
"I've been making them since high school, then with
my mom," Nudd said.
Nudd's cookies were served following the Roser
Memorial Community Church Bethlehem Walk, and they
had been decorated with special care by her granddaughter,
Aaron Grace Tribble, then age 5.

Original Amish Sugar Cookies
First mix one cup sugar, one cup powdered sugar, one
cup margarine or butter.
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one half teaspoon salt, two teaspoons vanilla.
Cool dough about one hour, roll in balls, press with a
fork and decorate with colored sugar, candy sprinkles and
the likes. (Not icing.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
"It makes a really big recipe," Nudd said. "About six
dozen cookies."
And it too is worth packaging and sharing with friends
and as holiday hostess gifts.

Happy turkey!
"Season that sucker and cook it hot and fast." That's
the advice of restaurant-owner Chef Augie Mrozowski
some 30 years ago on cooking a Thanksgiving turkey.
It's sage advice, pun intended. Salt and pepper all
over, including inside, cook breast side down, 450 degrees
for about an hour and a half (18 pounds or so), then flip it
and lower the temp to about 350 degrees for 20 minutes
to a half hour to brown the top.
It will be moist and delicious guaranteed. We put
trimmings from the veggies, carrot and potato peels, onion
skins and celery tops in the bottom of the pan with the
turkey. When the turkey is roasted and removed, we then
add the wing tips and other non-edible portions of the
turkey to the veggies with some water to create aujus. Just
put the pan over a burner and bring to a simmer, skim out
all the solid parts and add a roux (equal parts soft butter
and flour mixed smooth) and giblets, if you like. You will
soon have awesome gravy.
Why we don't cook a small turkey and trimmings
once a month is the only remaining question. It's that deli-
cious.

Finally, one of the
Island's best
More than 16 years ago we first featured Bernard
Haulsee of Anna Maria and his 20-year tradition of baking
a fruitcake recipe handed down by his mother.
When it comes to holiday baking traditions, this is
one of the tastiest. Really. It is not to be categorized with
the store-bought brick variety.
Each eight-pound cake is full of cherries, pineapple,
coconut, raisins and pecans and an abundant "baptism"
of Jim Beam.
"I love to bake them," said Haulsee in 1993. "It's a
hobby. Some people tease me by telling me it's a pretty
expensive hobby, but I tell them that it's a lot cheaper than


playing golf!"
The week before Christmas was Haulsee's favorite
time during the holidays. With his cakes wrapped carefully
in foil, he made his rounds to deliver his delicious gifts to
friends and local businesses those who had helped him
during the year.
"They are always glad to see me," he said. "This
makes it a nice Christmas for all of us."
As a holiday gift to Anna Maria Island, Haulsee agreed
to share his recipe.
"Be sure to tell them not to stir the butter and sugar
and eggs too much. If they do, the cake will crumble after
its baked. Don't want it to crumble," he warned.
Many thanks to Haulsee, although we haven't seen
him since 1994, we continue to enjoy his kindness.

Bernard Haulsee's Heavenly Fruitcake
"Barely" cream together:
1 pound butter or margarine
3 cups white sugar
Add 1 egg at a time until 11 are added.
Mix together in order in another bowl:
1 1/2 pounds candied cherries
1 1/2 pounds candied or dehydrated pineapple
3 cups pecan nuts
2 pounds raisins
2 cups grated coconut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 ounces grated ginger root
5 cups all-purpose flour sifted on top of dry ingredients
2 teaspoons vanilla
Mix dry fruit batter in with butter, sugar, egg batter.
Mix well. Recipe makes two cakes. Grease or spray each
loaf cake pan with Pam. Bake 2 1/2 hours at 275 degrees.
If using Pyrex loaf pans, cut baking time to 2 hours.
Optional: After cakes have cooled for 24 hours,
set cake in a small amount of Jim Beam. After liquor is
absorbed. Fip cake over and repeat.

Many thanks and best wishes to Janet, Billie, Susan,
Augie and Bernard and all those who share with The
Islander throughout the year.
Readers: Warm your hearth and your heart and share
some of our friendly, good cooking for the holidays.
You may share your favorites at our Web site: www.
islander.org. Just click "post a comment" and enter your
recipess.
We'd love to share your cheer with our readers.
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By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Perhaps the two most compelling parts of the tree
dedication on Nov. 19 were the black olive tree and
the brilliant smile of Kathy Gloth.
Jim Gloth, a longtime Holmes Beach community
member, was memorialized with the dedication of
a mature black olive tree outside the Island Branch
Library. The Holmes Beach parks and beautification
committee dedicated the
tree.
"This would be very
special to my husband,"
Kathy Gloth said. "I'm
so proud of all his work,
and I'm so honored that
these folks would remem-
ber him. And the tree is
gorgeous. I thought they
were planting a little tree.
I didn't realize...."
Jim Gloth was a past
chairman of the beautifi-
cation committee and the
Gloths owned the former
Island Foods grocery
store in Holmes Beach.
They arranged the plant-
ing of the many palms
along Gulf Drive and Jim
was instrumental in estab-
lishing Adopt-A-Spots,
a program to promote
improving medians and Kathy Gloth, center, chec
road sides. ing her late husband, Jin
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husband loved gardening and working in the yard.
He loved nurseries."
Chris Ambut and Clark Freeman, who worked for
the Gloths at Islands Food as far back as December
1991, attended the dedication.
\ly first impression was, I was scared of him, he
was my boss," Ambut said. "But he had a nice, dry
sense of humor. He taught me business and ethics,
the way to live a good life."
"He was like a father
figure to a lot of us," Free-
man said.
Gloth worked for Alb-
ertsons grocery stores
where he met Kathy. He
retired after 35 years with
Albertsons before taking
over the Island Foods on
East Bay Drive.
He was integral in the
aesthetics of the commu-
nity, and the memorial
only served to add to the
city's beauty, according
to parks and beautifica-
tion committee chair John
Molyneux.
"I'm hoping the com-
munity will enjoy [the
tree]," Molyneux said.
"As well as the commu-
nities for the future."
The parks and beau-
the plaque recogniz- tification committee
it the tree dedication to will next meet at 5 p.m.
lines Beach. Islander Tuesday, Dec. 2, at city
hall.


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In the Nov. 24, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Longboat Key town manager Bruce St. Denis
told members of the Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials that a U.S. Coast Guard plan to raise
drawbridges to Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island
every 20 minutes as a hurricane approaches would
endanger the lives of about 2,000 people on Longboat
Key.
Three complaints were filed with the Florida
Ethics Commission against Anna Maria City Com-
missioner Doug Wolfe for violating Florida's Sun-
shine Law after he changed his mind on a contro-
versial amendment to the city's alcohol ordinance.
Wolfe said he switched his vote after talking with city
residents about the ordinance, but declined to name
any individual.
Shawn Waters, 39, of Holmes Beach, was
arrested by the Florida Division of Alcoholic Bev-
erages and Tobacco and charged with operating a
slot machine at Marco Polo's Pizza restaurant in the
3200 block of East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Police
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PAR fires off letter aimed at Stoltzfus


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A request from Anna Maria City Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus to review parking arrangements for a
retail-office-residential complex at 315 and 317 Pine
Avenue has not gone unnoticed by Pine Avenue Res-
toration, owners of the complex.
Attorney Richard Rumrell
of Jacksonville, representing
PAR, wrote to city attorney Jim
Dye indicating that any attempt
to take away something already
approved for PAR might be
taking away of vested rights.
In his Nov. 19 letter to Dye,
Stoltzffus Rumrell said Stoltzfus' request
was "a not so subtle attack on the already approved
site plan of 315/317 Pine Avenue and future develop-
ment. "
Stoltzus had said that vehicles backing out of
the complex called Cozy Corner by PAR was
a safety hazard because motorists must back across
a sidewalk to enter the street.
Rumrell noted that there are currently more than
2,000 parking spaces in Anna Maria that "back out


onto the street, across a right of way. Singling out
315/317 can only be interpreted as targeting on an
unequal basis."
Further, Rumrell claimed that once a property
owner obtains "vested rights," any change that results
"in a taking" is protected by the Florida and U.S.
constitutions.
Stoltzfus may have questions that were already
answered during the approval process, but bringing
them up again is "tantamount to reconsidering already
granted vested rights," said the PAR attorney.
Rumrell cited a case involving the City of Venice,
in which the city used its "governmental power to
target a specific property owner." Any use of govern-
mental power subjects Anna Maria to "damages for
violation of the equal protection laws and the 14th
Amendment rights of property owners."
Rumrell added that he was confident the city
did not want to "cause substantial damage to its citi-
zens and taxpayers," even though the Stoltzfus letter
"seems contrary to that."
He also cited the principle of equitable estoppel,
noting that Tony Arrant had warned the commission
about this in January, 2003 when it began the process
of re-writing the comp plan.


WMFR to expand with purchase


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
In a move that could save the West Manatee Fire
Rescue District an estimated $2 million or more, the
district board at its Nov. 19 meeting voted 4-1 to
approve a measure to purchase an existing building
to meet its current and future space requirements,
rather than build a new structure.
Chief Andy Price told the board that the building
is located at 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, two lots
away from Station No. 4.
The building formerly housed a medical facility,
but the doctors in the office moved out about a year
ago, he said.
The sale price two years ago was $2.8 million,
but Price said that by negotiating with the owner and
the bank, WMFR was able to get the price down to
$1.1 million.


A facilities study completed earlier this year rec-
ommended the district build an administration build-
ing to accommodate staff in a central location.
The estimated cost to build that facility was about
$4 million.
Price said that even with an estimate of $400,000
to upfit the building to meet the needs of the district, the
$1.5 million cost amounts to considerable savings.
In addition, the 10,000 square-foot building will
provide for all administrative staff, additional offices,
a board room and sufficient storage space for a lot of
WMFR equipment.
"It's a positive step," said Price. "It opens up
enough space at Station No. 1 and No. 4. There's
enough space there for today and in the future."
Board member Jesse Davis, however, voted
against the proposal. "It's too much money," he
said.


In conclusion, Rumrell advised that any action by
the city to adopt "any of the arguments by Mr. Stoltz-
fus would be arbitrary and capricious and subject the
city to further damages for such action."
He called Dye's attention to the 2004 approval of
an ROR development on Pine Avenue that was based
on confirmation by both the city building official and
the city attorney that the site plan and its associated
parking design "was found to be in conformance
with the comprehensive plan and applicable ordi-
nances.
The approved site plan and parking in 2004 was
for a project at 303 Pine Ave. owned by Robert and
Nicki Hunt.
Commissioners at their Nov. 19 meeting dis-
cussed parking on Pine Avenue and Dye advised
them of the Rumrell letter. The commission directed
Stoltzfus to form a safety committee to examine the
parking problem.

Zoning hearing set

for Anna Maria
The Anna Maria planning and zoning board will
hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15,
to consider rezoning 24 lots from commercial to
retail-office-residential to bring the properties into
compliance with the 2007 comprehensive plan.
The properties to be rezoned include the odd-
numbered addresses from 105 Pine Ave. through 111
Pine Ave., along with 101 Pine Ave. Additionally, the
odd-numbered addresses on North Bay Boulevard
from 101 North Bay Blvd. through 109 North Bay
Blvd. are included in the proposal.
Other addresses in the proposed rezoning plan are
9901 and 9903 Gulf Drive, 9902 Gulf Drive, 9907
Gulf Drive, 9806 Gulf Drive and 9802 Gulf Drive.
The final three lots in the proposed rezoning are
at 203 Spring Ave., 115 Palm Ave. and 117 Palm
Ave.
The rezoning to ROR is needed to bring the lots
into compliance with the city's future land-use map
approved in the comp plan.
Copies of the city's request made are on file
at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
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Palma Sola fighting to maintain trees


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Palma Sola Scenic Highway is still fighting for
the survival of trees on the causeway that leads to
Anna Maria Island from Bradenton.
"We're at a point where just a few trees can be
replaced under warranty," committee chair Seth Kohn
said at a Nov. 19 meeting. "Over the course of the
next couple weeks, we could have something free
called an 'I-tree.' The model we are going to try will
implement the tracking of tree maintenance, location,
and such, that we'll do to the causeway. The project
will be done in-house, in-kind, no cost."
The past two years, grants have led to the removal
of some exotic trees and the planting of numerous
native trees on the causeway.
Also, the committee announced the shell park-
ing lot for the new boat ramp at the southeast end of
Palma Sola Bay is complete.
On a side note, Kohn said he visited the ramp and
came away with his own unique experience.
"There were horseshoe crabs mating on the boat
ramp," he said. "I'd never seen so many in one place.
People were using the ramp and I wondered if these
(crabs) were protected or what. It turned out they
were OK, so life went on."
Also, the committee is considering a possible
addition of parking spaces to facilitate seasonal traf-
fic.
In other business:
The Keep Manatee Beautiful SandBlast
competition was Nov. 21. The sand sculpture compe-
tition paired youth groups with business sponsors to
raise funds for Keep Manatee Beautiful's programs.
Ingrid McClellan of KMB said 90 tons of sand
brought in for the sculptures will be used to nourish
areas along the Palma Sola Scenic Highway. Funds
from SandBlast also will help replace rope stolen


from the causeway earlier this year, as well as pay
for transferring the sand.
The committee supported an extension of the
Palma Sola Scenic Highway from East Bay Drive
north to Gulf Drive, as well as from East Bay Drive
south to the Holmes Beach boundary.
Manatee County project manager Walter Sow
said improvements to the Kingfish Boat Ramp are
80 percent done. He said the eastern portion of the
boat ramp to the Anna Maria Bridge is unfinished. He
anticipates the entire project to be completed about
Dec. 18.
Keith Bettcher of the Manatee County Natural
Resources Department said there will be simple
grasses planted at Kingfish to help screen vehicles
from Manatee Avenue. "But it will be minimal main-
tenance," Bettcher said. "The funding is not there" to
do more.
Bettcher added the biggest problem with county
boat ramps is that boat ramps also are used as parks.


Anna Maria City Commissioner Harry Stoltz-
fus and a cross-section of city staff, private citi-
zens and elected officials were scheduled to meet
at 10 a.m., Nov. 24, at city hall to form a com-
mittee that will study the safety of driveways and
off-street parking throughout the city.
The recommendation to form a safety com-
mittee emerged from the Nov. 19 city commis-
sion meeting, when Stoltzfus said he had a major
concern for parking and the safety of pedestrians
and cyclists, particularly in the city's retail-office-


"Which also makes them not functional as boat
ramps," Bettcher said. "That's the direction we're
heading right now."
The committee also agreed that if the Florida
Department of Transportation managed the property
at Kingfish, there would be minimal maintenance
efforts.
"The biggest confusion is that it's a Manatee
County ramp on DOT property but Holmes Beach
thought it was in its jurisdiction," Bettcher said.
"That's what took so long to get to this point."
To handle a lack of parking on the causeway at
the back entrance to Robinson Preserve, the county
natural resource department has created a parking
plan that would add 18 parking spaces.
"All the parking stayed out of the wetlands," Bet-
tcher said.
The committee elected Joe Duennes, Holmes
Beach public works supervisor, to replace Kohn as
chairman.


residential district.
Commission Chairman John Quam asked
Stoltzfus to organize a committee to study
the parking safety issue in both the ROR and
residential districts and bring recommenda-
tions and options to the commission's Dec. 3
special commission work session on parking
safety.
Sgt. Dave Turner, head of the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office substation in Anna
Maria, is expected to be on the committee.


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a parking study


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Anna Maria Island churches will observe
Thanksgiving with an All Island Denominations
service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25.
The AID service will take place at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, and feature a joint church choir
and worship leaders from each congregation.
The Rev. Harry Parsell of the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation will deliver the
sermon.
Gloria Dei also will hold a service at 10 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 26.
Roser Memorial Community Church will
host a service of thanksgiving in the chapel, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria at 10 a.m. Nov. 26.
Then, at 2 p.m., Roser will host its seventh
annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner in the
church hall. Seating is limited for the dinner, and


reservations are requested by Nov. 22 at 941-778-
0414.
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold a
morning prayer at 8 a.m. Nov. 26 and a worship
service at 10 a.m.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, also will hold a Thanksgiv-
ing mass.
Additionally, members of the Annie Silver
Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton
Beach, will host the fourth annual Thanksgiving
Potluck at 2 p.m.
Diners are asked to bring a dish to share. The
center will provide turkey, ham and the traditional
sides.
For more information about the dinner, call
Lisa Marie Phillips at 941-778-1323.


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The cast of the Island Players performance of
"The Education of Angels," written by Matthew
Carlin, includes a number of stage veterans.
The cast consists of Carl MacMichael, Chelsey
Panisch, Herb Stump, Rick Kopp, Diana Shoemaker,
Mary Jo Johnson, Vinnie Conte and Rachel John-
son.
The play, directed by James Thaggard, runs Dec.
3-13 at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Performances will be Tuesdays through Satur-
days at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with the theater
dark on Mondays.
Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the box
office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and one hour before show times.
Other productions in the 61st season include
"Self Help" by Norm Foster, Jan. 21-Feb. 7; "Catch
Me If You Can" by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gil-
bert, March 18-April 4; and "The Prisoner Of Second
Avenue" by Neil Simon, May 13-23.
For tickets or more information, call the box
office at 941-778-5755 or go to www.theislandplay-
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Offstage hears about online fraud
Ellen Aquilina of SunTrust Bank discusses online
fraud and identity theft during the Nov. 11 meeting
of the Off Stage Ladies at the Sun House Restau-
rant in Bradenton Beach. The next meeting of the
group, which exists to support the Island Players
theater and promote Island culture, will be Dec. 9
at the Bradenton Country Club. For more informa-
tion, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.

League presents Winterfest
The Anna Maria Island Art League 22nd annual
Winterfest Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Festival will be
held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13 on the field
near Holmes Beach City Hall.
Also, the Young at Art exhibit will showcase
work submitted by Manatee County school-aged
children.
Admission to the festival is free, as is parking.
For more information, visit the league Web site
at www.islandartleague.org or call 941-778-2099.


Center offers sitters
Shoppers may have trouble locating a Zhu Zhu
Pet Hamster on Black Friday, but not a sitter.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will open at 5 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 27, for Black Friday Babysitting. And
the Center also will offer babysitting Dec. 23.
Staff at the Center will watch children Black
Friday from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The cost, including a morning snack and pizza
for lunch, is $25 per child. And, for a family, $15 for
each additional child.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
1908.

De Soto celebrates
documentary
De Soto National Memorial will host a three-part
special event celebrating Ken Burns' documentary,
"The National Parks: America's Best Idea."
The park, located at the north end of 75th Street
West in Bradenton, will host two outdoor concerts
featured on the documentary soundtrack, as well as
an outdoor screening of highlights from the film.
The first program will take place at 5 p.m. Sat-
urday, Nov. 28, at the memorial park, with Grammy-
winning musicians Al Petteway and Amy White per-
forming a combination of contemporary Celtic- and
Appalachian-influenced acoustic tunes.
At 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, Bobby Horton, con-
sidered one of the country's leading authorities on
music from the Civil War period, will perform.
Then, at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec., 11, the park will
host clips from "America's Best Idea."
Admission to the events is free.
For more information, call the park at 941-792-
0458.

Center 'shares' holiday
dinner packages
The Anna Maria Island Community Center,
through its partnership with SHARE, is offering
discounted holiday dinners for Islanders.
Each month, the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
serves as a Self Help And Resource Exchange site
and through SHARE distributes food at up to 50 per-
cent savings.
A basic SHARE package costs $18 and consists
of frozen meats, fresh produce and other grocery
items.
During the holidays, SHARE also offers dinner
packages, including:
Ham package, $26, including a ham, dessert,
frozen vegetables and fruit.
Turkey package, $27.50, including a turkey,
vegetables, fruit and dessert.
Spiral-sliced ham, $21.25.
The deadline to order the packages is Dec. 4.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Expect the season's first jingle of sleigh bells
Dec. 4, when Holmes Beach businesses usher in the
holiday season with an open house.
The Friday night celebration will take place from
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the downtown area Marina and
Gulf drives.
Main attractions will kick off with a visit from
Santa Claus and the Anna Maria Island Privateers
outside The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, and
the 5 p.m. lighting of the Christmas tree outside the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313
Gulf Drive.
In addition, many businesses in the area will open
their doors, extend their hours and serve goodies to a
parade of visitors.
For more information, call The Islander at 941-
778-7978.
The day after the Holmes Beach open house, the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, hosts The Lester-Islander Family
Fun Day.
The Dec. 5 event, held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
in the Center gym, offers old-fashioned fun at old-
fashioned prices, according to organizers.
Fun Day will include visits with Santa, who
arrives on a West Manatee Fire Rescue truck; Duffy
burgers, hot dogs and sodas each for a quarter;
chances at winning holiday turkeys; children's games
and crafts; and entertainment.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
1908.
The holiday calendar also includes:


The Entre Nous Service Club will host its 32nd
annual Holiday Tour of Homes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6.
The tour will feature visits to four homes. At one
home, Bill and Paige Eller's residence at 412 79th St.
N.W., Bradenton, tourgoers can break for lunch at the
Sweet Shoppe.
"Each year our life members prepare a delicious
menu of sandwiches, soups and deserts. E\ ._ i \ hing
is home made by some of the best domestic chefs in
Manatee County," said shop chair Sandy Mackie.
The other homes on the tour include:
The Hargreaves residence, 604 51st Ave. N.W.,
Bradenton.
*The Giroux residence, 3700 First Ave. W., Bra-
denton.
The Tuomy residence, 215 37th St. W. Braden-

Writers group to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Artist and illustrator Justin Kingsley Noyes, who
co-owns The Hive in Anna Maria, is the speaker.
For more information, call Nancy Colcord at
941-778-7631.

League celebrates color
The Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, will exhibit "Island Color"
from Dec. 4-20.
The exhibit features the work of watercolorist
Cheryl Jorgensen and acrylics painter Marlane Wurz-
bach.
An artists' reception will take place at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4.

Cotton to lead color demo
Artist Sue Lynn Cotton will lead a demonstration
in watercolors from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 3, at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
The demonstration is free.
For more information, call 941-778-6694.


Santa Claus is a regular in the annual Privateer
Christmas Parade. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
Dec. 6, 5 p.m., the annual FISH Holiday Pot-
luck at Cortez's Bayside Banquet Hall.
Dec. 12, 10 a.m., the Anna Maria Island Pri-
vateers Christmas Parade with Santa, from Bayfront
Park to Coquina Beach.
Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., the Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, Anna Maria, Bethlehem Walk.
Dec. 19, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., holiday open house
and lighted boat parade in Bradenton Beach, cen-
tered on Bridge Street and the Historic Bridge Street
Pier.
Dec. 20, 2 p.m., Anna Maria Island Community
Chorus and Orchestra concert, "An Island Christ-
mas," Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Dec. 31, midnight, New Year's Eve fireworks
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach.


For more information, including details about
tickets, visit www.entrenousmanatee.org or call the
Entre Nous office at 941-748-8579.


FISH hosts potluck
The Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage will
host its annual holiday potluck at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec.
6, at the Bayside Banquet Hall in Cortez.
The public is invited to participate in the holiday
celebration and share dishes.
FISH will provide the ham and turkey.
For more information, call FISH advocate Ted
Adams at 941-708-6120.


AGAMI honors student
Anna Maria Island Artists Guild member Kathleen
Masur and Bayshore High School senior Sydney
Clark, who is AGAMI's November student of the
month. Her photograph, "United Plates," is on
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Folks flock to Cortez folk fest


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Cortezians displayed their heritage on stage, at
the fish smoker and in artwork Nov. 21.
The one-day Cortez Village Folk Arts Festival
took place Nov. 21 at the Florida Maritime Museum,
4415 119th St. W., Cortez, with musicians, food and
beverage vendors, artists, crafters and retailers cater-
ing to the crowd.
Entertainers sang sea chanties and played folk,
bluegrass and country music and vendors fed festival-
goers a sampling of Cortez's specialty seafood.
"I've been hearing about this place for a while,"
said Heidi Turnball, of Miami. "We came over to visit
friends and decided to stop. Good times."
Nearby Cortezian Todd Young smoked mullet,
promising the best smoked fish at the fest.
i>. \ i trust a skinny chef," he said as he wrapped
a fillet in foil. "If I lost weight, I'd lose customers."
Organizers did not charge for admission, but they
collected donations to assist with improvements on
the museum grounds, specifically the renovation of
the old Burton store that provided the front-porch
atmosphere for the festival.
In Cortez, commercial fishing is generational,
and so is playing folk music.
"I learned to play music in Cortez," said per-


former and festival organizer Richard Culbreath.
Organizers also raised funds with the sale of
raffle tickets for a 1986 Com-Pac 19-foot sailboat,
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Market dates set for season


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Rebecca Johhanssen arrived prepared to shop -
cash, credit and three cotton shopping bags.
"If they had it every week, I could get just about
c \ thing I need right here," said Johhanssen, a veg-
etarian, as she browsed the produce at Bridge Street
Market in Bradenton Beach earlier this month.
In early 2010, Johhanssen will get her wish. Bra-
denton Beach city commissioners recently approved
a request from to extend the market, 107 Bridge St.,
into 2010, as well as to expand the schedule.
The market will take place the first and third Sat-
urdays in January and May and every Saturday in
February and March.
In April, the market will take place every Satur-
day except April 17. That weekend, the market will
be on Sunday, April 18, as part of the Real Island
Festival.
Market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., except April
18, when the hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Photo: Lisa Neff


The market is sponsored by the nonprofit Historic
Bridge Street Merchants Association.
As the 2009-10 season approached, organizers
thought they would need to find an alternative site
because of development plans for the Bridge Street
lot where the market takes place.
But the lot, which is owned by James Toomey, is
available at least through the 2009-10 season, accord-
ing to organizers.
As part of their agreement to use the property,
the HBSMA maintains the lot, as well as pays for the
liability insurance to hold the markets.
"I think it adds tremendously to the city," Johhan-
ssen said of the market. "Those of us who come from
up north have always taken a lot of pride in our home-
town markets."
Stephen Griffin, a winter resident on the Island,
said the market creates a homey atmosphere.
"It really just makes Bridge Street a nice place to
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Blast o. the beach


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Sand-shapers assembled on the beach to create
and compete Nov. 21.
They molded, carved, shoveled and scraped to
raise money for an organization dedicated to protect-
ing the beach environment, Keep Manatee Beauti-
ful.
The annual SandBlast competition took place
Nov. 21 following three days of lessons in sand
sculpting on the shore near the BeachHouse Restau-
rant in Bradenton Beach.
"We love it," said Kathy Cocciolone, a teacher
at Bayshore High School. "The kids have so much
fun." The school's national art honor society created
a sculpture called "The Frog Wedding."
Teams started at 9 a.m. and finished their sculp-
tures free form, holiday and nautical by 1 p.m.
for judging by BeachHouse manager Rebecca Shan-
non, professional sand sculptor Mark Mason and
Bradenton Lions Club representative Roy Jurs.
Keep Manatee Beautiful organized the competi-
tion, a benefit for the anti-litter organization.
"The kids look forward every year to coming out
for this," said Bayshore High School parent Patty
Pierce. "The name says it all a blast."
In the days prior to the contest, pros with Team
Sandtastic created a super-size sand sculpture, a trib-
ute to classic holiday TV shows, to the south of the
BeachHouse, the main sponsor of SandBlast.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, who train in Bradenton in
March, along with Manatee County Parks and Rec-
reation Department, city of Bradenton Beach, state
Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, the Trophy Case,
Albertsons-Sav-On Grocery, SYSCO West Coast
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Eighteen teams participated.
Winners included:
Holiday, first-place, Bradenton Christian High
School Arts Department for Manatee Sand-ta Line;
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Sunshine study held in Anna Maria


An estimated 25-30 people attended a Nov. 18
seminar in Anna Maria on Florida's Government-in-
the-Sunshine Law and how it applies to city staff,
volunteer boards and elected officials.
The seminar was lead by city attorney Jim Dye.
In addition to newly elected Anna Maria Com-
missioner Harry Stoltzfus, others who attended
included Commissioners John Quam, Chuck Webb
and Jo Ann Mattick, city staff, members of the city's
boards and committees and new Holmes Beach Com-
missioner Al Robinson, along with some members of
the public.
The city holds the seminar every year following
the induction of new city commissioners.
Dye said the seminars are designed to inform and
educate people involved in city government about the
law. Florida has a model open-government law for
the nation, he said.
Essentially, the law is divided into two parts, Dye
said. The first deals with public meetings, while the
second part involves public records.
A public meeting is any meeting between "two or
more people who can take action" on an issue, Dye
observed. "Take action" means there could be a vote
by the same two people at the same time on an issue.
These meetings have to be noticed to the public.
It is a misconception some people have that a city
commissioner can't discuss an issue with a planning


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Those two people do not sit at the same voting table
and are "not on the same body," said Dye. They
are permitted to discuss most issues without public
notice.
Because the mayor does not have a vote on the
commission, commissioners individually are free to
discuss issues with the mayor without a public notice.
However, two commissioners cannot meet with the
mayor at the same time.
A new area covered by the public records portion
of the Sunshine Law is electronic communications.
The courts have determined that e-mails to and from


public officials about public business are official doc-
uments and need to be available to the public. The
exception is the "one-way" e-mail, where no reply is
requested.
Anna Maria holds a Sunshine Law seminar
every year shortly after the general election. It is
the result of a judge's mandate following a success-
ful claim brought by The Islander against the city
more than a decade ago when the mayor denied
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Families getting together and enjoying roasted
turkey and the trimmings, football games and the
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on television are
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people envision the Thanksgiving holiday.
At Anna Maria Elementary School, students,
teachers and staff didn't have to think twice when
asked why they are thankful.
Family and friends were at the top of the lists. This
year's Thanksgiving is bound to be one that is filled with
people working together to enjoy the holiday.
While families may be cutting back on the
amount of money they spend on this year's holiday
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the people in their lives. Here's a look at what folks
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The Macy's parade, football and family games
are the plan for Kurtis Green's family on Thanks-
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Green Debbie Gomes and Amy
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Nov. 25-27, no school.
Dec. 10, Domino's pizza day.
Dec. 11, 8:30 a.m, Parent Teacher Organization meeting.
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Island real estate

transactions
310 Clark Drive, Unit A, Clark & Palm, Holmes
Beach, a 2,700 sfla / 4,200 sfur 4bed/3/2bath/2car
land condo built in 2009 was sold 11/05/09, Clark &
Palm LLC to Bardwell for $612,500; list $647,500.
535 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,721 sfla / 3,385
sfur 3bed/4bath/2car canalfront pool home built in
1970 on a 95x110 lot was sold 11/06/09, Bracken to
Robinson for $580,000; list $649,000.
526 Loquat Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,272 sfla
3,075 sfur 2bed/ Ibath canalfront home built in 1985
on a 75x115 lot was sold 11/02/09, Miller to Yanez
for $535,000.
108 49th St., Unit S, Holmes Beach, a 1,000 sfur
S2,446 sfla 2bed/ 1/2bath half-duplex built in 1983 on
a 51x100 lot was sold 11/05/09, Bartlett to Big Wing
Enterprises LLC for $365,000.
406 Bay Palms Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,332 sfla
S1,956 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar home built in 1966 on
a 80x100 lot was sold 11/05/09, Caudill to Weber for
$310,000; list $355,000.
403 80th St., Holmes Beach, a 92x95 vacant lot
zoned R2 was sold 11/06/09, S\ 1 80th Street LLC to
9 Solutions LLC for $270,000.
205 79th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 77x80 lot
zoned R2 was sold 11/02/09, Powers to Marina Vista
AMI LLC for $250,000.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 136, Tortuga, Braden-
ton Beach, a 675 sfla lbed/2bath condo with shared
pool was sold 11/03/09, Eagle Nest Botel Inc. to
Neeley for $235,600.
13 Seaside Ct., Holmes Beach, a 978 sfla / 1,490
sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront half-duplex built in 1963
on a 25x105 lot sold 11/05/09, Fischer to Haiss for
$230,000.
601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 113, Gulf Watch, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,282 sfla / 1,380 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1984 was sold 11/03/09,
Norwood to Verrier for $225,000.
3801 East Bay Drive, Unit 104, Sunbow Bay,
Holmes Beach, a 1,121 sfla / 1,222 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold 11 02/09,
Storm to Roach for $220,000; list $299,000.
601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 107, Gulf Watch, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,122 sfla / 1,222 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1984 was sold 11/05/09,
Vandevrede to Turner for $215,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
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The Islander welcomes photographs and
notices of the milestones in readers' lives -
weddings, anniversaries, travels and other
events. Please send notices and photographs
with detailed captions along with complete
contact information to news@islander.org or
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.


pkituamies.


James 'Jimmy' Campbell
James "Jimmy" Campbell, 52, of Cortez, died
Oct. 26. He was born in Butler, Pa. He operated a
lawncare business, and did some crabbing. Years past
he was a commercial fisher.
A private offshore service
is planned for Sunday, Dec. 6,
to be followed by a celebration
of life for friends and family at
3 p.m. at the home of K. Jones,
7616 22nd Ave. W., Bradenton.
mJimmy is survived by his
Campbell brother Dave and wife Sandy
Campbell; sister Pam Bruggisser; nieces Brandi and
Wendy; nephew Michael; and great-nephew Bran-
don.

Charles E. Center Sr.
Charles E. Center Sr., 84, died Nov. 15. He was
born in Chicago and moved to Anna Maria Island in
1979 from Los Angeles.
Mr. Center was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Sea-
bees and served in Guam during World War II. He
retired in 1994 from Manatee County utilities as chief
of operations.
He was passionate about creating religious wood
carvings, sailing and camping. A memorial service
was held Nov. 19 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes &
Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bra-
denton. Memorial donations may be made to Tide-
Well Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238. Online condolences may be made
to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rose-
mary of Bradenton; children Diane Boudro of Seattle,
"Chad" Charles Jr., of Dover, Fla., Daniel of Bra-
denton, Tera Howard of Bradenton, and Rosemary
Balandra of Bradenton; sisters Maryann \ idgc"
Temmel of 29 Palms, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and
16 great grandchildren.

Dorothy 'Dot' Hinely
Dorothy "Dot" Hinely, 74, died Nov. 18.
Mrs. Hinely was born in Berea, Ohio. She gradu-
ated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville,
Md., and then went to work for the Millers' National
Federation in Washington, D.C.
She and husband Robert E. "Bob" Hinely retired to
Anna Maria Island and later moved to North Carolina.
She began painting in the mid-Seventies and con-
tinued to paint until she became ill. She also volun-
teered for many years at the Marie Selby Botanical
Gardens.
A memorial service was held Nov. 21 at Cavin-
Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, N.C.
The family suggests donations to the Alzheimer's
Association, PO. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-
6011; or the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S.
Palm Ave., Sarasota FL 34236.
She is survived by her children: Celia Hinely of
Atlanta, Jennifer Hinely-Porter and husband Thomas
of Mooresville, N.C., Andrew Hinely and wife Sophia
of Atlanta and Melissa Hinely of Boston; brother Wil-


liam E. "Bud" Wiedman and wife Gloria Wiedman;
sisters-in-law George Anna Smith and Enid Win-
ters; grandchildren Vaughn Porter, Quinn Porter and
Cooper Hinely; many nieces and nephews; extended
family members Robert and Carol Lilly and their
grandson Robby Lilly; and her beloved cat Cali.

Joan J. Landon
Joan (Johnson) Landon, 80, of Middlebury, Vt.,
and formerly a winter resident in Holmes Beach,
died Nov. 17. She was surrounded by family and
friends.
She graduated from Deephaven High School
Sand attended University of Min-
-' nesota for two years. She con-
tinued her education at the Uni
versity of Washington, studying
journalism.
She married S. Whitney
Landon III of New Jersey in
1952 and they established a
Campbell home in Chester, Vt., and raised
their children there.
Mrs. Landon worked for the Springfield Reporter,
co-managed with her husband the Old Tavern at
Grafton, and worked at the Country Journal maga-
zine and Addison County Home Health, among other
jobs, over the years.
She was actively involved with the Red Cross,
Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Chester Garden Club,
Whiting Library and Vermont Public Television.
A memorial gathering will take place at The
Lodge at Otter Creek, Middlebury, Dec. 19. The
family suggested donations to the Vermont Symphony
or a good cause. Arrangements were by Sanderson
Funeral Home of Middlebury.
Mrs. Landon is survived by her husband of 57
years, S. Whitney Landon III of Middlebury; son S.
Whitney Landon IV of Brooksville, Maine; daughter
Mary S. Landon of Burlington, Vt.; brother Thomas
A. Johnson of Lewisville, Texas; four grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vernon P. Mora
Vernon P. Mora, 86, lifelong resident of Cortez,
died Nov. 13.
Mr. Mora was a U.S. Navy veteran who served
in World War II and spent his naval career aboard the
U.S.S. Alabama. He was a commercial fisherman.
Services will be announced.
Survivors include two children, Jeri Culbreath
and Robert Purden; 10 grandchildren; and 22 great
grandchildren.

Community notices, events
Attention community organization representa-
tives: The Islander welcomes notices of your events
and projects on Anna Maria Island and encourages
you to submit photographs on a regular basis. Send
press releases and photos with detailed captions to
news@islander.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217. Remember to include complete
contact information.


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Make time for friends and family. Celebrate the beauty of
Anna Maria Island. Have a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving holiday.

The Islander newspaper will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday,
Nov. 27, in order for staff to enjoy the holiday with their families.
Call and leave a message at 941-778-7978 we check in frequently.
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Anna Maria
Nov. 16, 800 block of North Shore Drive, theft.
Unknown suspects entered a construction site and
broke into a construction trailer, taking $1,000 worth
of equipment.

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 19, 2500 block of Gulf Drive North, theft.
A woman entered a Circle K store and began stuffing
merchandise into a large, cloth bag, according to a
store clerk. The woman approached the counter and
when the clerk asked her what she had in the bag, she
revealed she had concealed two ball caps, a bottle of
Smucker's jelly, a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream,
some Ed Hardy car fresheners and a ChapStick con-
tainer. The items were valued at $36.23. The woman
was transported to the Manatee County jail with bond
of $150.

Holmes Beach
Nov. 13, 500 block of 77th Street, an officer was
dispatched to a burglary of a residence. The victim
had been gone since Oct. 31 and reported that he
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wooden stool, hats, a spotlight and charger, two Penn
International reels valued at $1,100, a wi-fi internet
card, Maui Jim sunglasses valued at $200, toiletries,
fishing towels, a screwdriver, a shower head, a lighter
and a green glass starfish. The case is pending further
investigation.
Nov. 14, 500 block 77th Street, officer was dis-
patched to a burglary of a residence. The victim reported
missing a shower curtain, liner and rings, multiple pairs
of stainless-steel fishing pliers, a small LED flashlight,
carved wood figures, four pillows, a fishing gaff, books,
a bicycle pump, a Penn Senator reel and an Ocean
Master baitcaster, plus damages to the house. The case
is pending further investigation.
Nov. 14, 5400 block of Marina Drive, an officer
was dispatched to a victim who said that her wallet
was stolen from her purse at D.Coy Ducks bar. The
woman had left her purse at the bar and returned to
find her wallet and credit cards missing.
Nov. 15,500 block of 70th Street, an officer responded
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Burglar nabs purses, cashes in at Target


City seeks collections
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
City commissioners approved a request to
collect bids on hiring a collection agency to help
recover $100,000 in unpaid stormwater fees and
sanitation services.
The commission, meeting Nov. 19 at city hall,
unanimously agreed to issue a request for proposals
for debt collection services. Bids are due Dec. 7.
A balance sheet for the sanitation accounts
shows more than $55,000 is owed the city for
general trash collection, rear-door pickup and
cardboard pickup.
Some of the delinquent sanitation accounts
involve single payers for single addresses, with
amounts owed ranging from $11.70 to $3,666.28.
Some of the delinquent accounts involve busi-
nesses, with amounts owed as high as $8,502.
The amounts for past-due stormwater
accounts range from $50 to $6,000 and total
nearly $40,000.
"The clerk's office has dedicated a lot of time
to making calls, sent letters, filed liens," said city
attorney Ricinda Perry. "None of this is working.
No one on this delinquent list is responding to
us very well."
Bradenton Beach's situation is not unique.
Holmes Beach officials also have raised con-
cerns about unpaid accounts, especially over-
due payments to Waste Management for trash
collection.
"It's a problem everybody is dealing with,"
Perry said.
In October, Bradenton Beach commissioners
met with Perry, city clerk Nora Idso, building
official Steve Gilbert, project/program manager
Lisa Marie Phillips and public works director
Tom Woodard to discuss options for collecting
money due.


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Police Officer Stanley House was
dispatched Nov. 8 to the parking lot of the beach
access of 77th Street in reference to a vehicle bur-
glary.
House met with victims who said their purses
were stolen out of a 2004 Nissan X-Terra.
Officers need help identifying the burglar.
The victims stated they arrived at the beach at
about 1 p.m. and returned about two hours later to get
their cell phones and the vehicle was not broken into.
Two hours after that, they found a window broken
and their purses missing.
One victim had a black UNK brand purse con-

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Wednesday, Nov. 25
7p.m.--All Island Denominations Thanksgiving Eve commu-
nity worship service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6083. Canned food
donations accepted.

Thursday, Nov. 26
2 p.m. Thanksgiving potluck meal at Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-778-1323. Please bring side dishes and desserts.
2 p.m. Thanksgiving community dinner at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-0414.

Friday, Nov. 27
5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Black Friday babysitting at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Dec. 2
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce business lunch at Stonewood Grill, 7110 Cortez Road,
Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting with guest Justin
Noyes, children's book illustrator, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
5 to 7 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
business card exchange at Holiday Cove, 11900 Cortez Road W,
Cortez. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

Ongoing:
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 Beach.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for
the public. Fee. Information: 941-794-3489.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1908.
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 horse-
shoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
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 Beach.
Artists Guild Gallery Holiday Boutique at the Sun House
Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, through Dec.
24. Information: 941-795-7805.

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Saturday, Nov. 28
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Orban Nursery poinsettia drive-thru sale
and garden walk to benefit Ty Garner, an ironman triathalete
injured in a vehicle accident, at the nursery, 9601 Ninth Ave. N.W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-792-8717.
5 p.m. Al Petteway and Amy White picnic concert at
DeSoto National Memorial park, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458.

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7p.m. Festival of Trees and "Crosley Christmas Live" open
at the Powel Crosley estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Bradenton.
Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

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Dec. 5, Bridge Street open air market.
Dec. 5, Bazaar at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Dec. 5, REAL Women's Ministry Christmas brunch.
Dec. 5, West Manatee Fire and Rescue Auxiliary yard
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Dec. 5, Sweet Adelines Christmas Show.
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Memorial.
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Breakfast, The Gathering Place.

Save the date:
Dec. 12, Bethlehem Walk.
Dec. 12, Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade.
Dec. 12-13, Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest.
Dec. 19, Holiday open house and lighted boat parade, Bra-
denton Beach.
Dec. 19, Where's Woody Art Sale at The Islander office,
Holmes Beach.

Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

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with a delegation from the Bradenton Area Con-
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Olga Martinez cuts the
official Anna Maria
Island ( hi..,,,i.. I of Com-
merce ribbon Nov. 20 at
the new location of J&J
Graphics. %/;..- is joined
by, from left, Karen LaP-
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of the chamber, John
Lach and Joan Carter
of J&J Graphics and
Cindy Thompson, Judy
Giovanelli and Mary Ann
Brockman of the cham-
ber. J&J Graphics moved
.from Holmes Beach to
9701 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Islander Photo:
Nancy Ambrose


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The DEP Green Lodging program is a voluntary
effort by accommodations throughout the state to
preserve and protect the environment.

Chamber plans lunch,
biz card exchange
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will hold a business luncheon from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Stonewood Grill,
7110 Cortez Road. The cost is $15 per person and
reservations are required.
The Chamber's December business card exchange
will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2,
at Holiday Cove recreational vehicle park, 11900
Cortez Rd. W. Cost is $5 per person and reservations
are requested.
Got a new business, a new product or service,
an anniversary, a new hire, or an award-winning
staff member? Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
your news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at news@
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24 NOV. 25, 2009 U THE ISLANDER


Islander takes third in Ironman championship


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach resident Sandy Meneley, 62, fin-
ished in third place in her group (ages 60-64) in the
Ironman 70.3 World Championships held in Clear-
water Nov. 14.
An ironman competition is a triathlon event
which includes ," imininiii. biking and running. A
70.3 ironman competition is half the usual ironman
of 140.6 miles. Sandy swam 1.2 miles, biked 56 miles
and then finished with a run of 13.1 miles.
Sandy, who qualified for the world champion-
ships by finishing the September Augusta, Ga., iron-
man with a time of 6 hours 11 minutes. She shattered
that in Clearwater with times of 42 minutes in swim-
ming, 2 hours, 52 minutes on the bike and 2 hours one
minute in the running portion to complete the event
in 5 hours 44 minutes.
Her goal going into the event was to put together
a time somewhere around the 6-hour 10-minute
mark.
Sandy had plenty of support at the race, as her
son and his wife came down from Indianapolis to
help her husband and some Holmes Beach friends
cheer her on along.
Participants don't usually know where they stand
because the athletes all start at different times, so
Sandy's daughter stayed home to chart her progress
on the computer, relay the information to her dad,
and he in turn updated Sandy.
Sandy's main concern was having to run the
Clearwater Bridge four times, but she came through
with fantastic results.
A marathon runner for 30 years, Sandy worked
out 4-5 hours per day in the six weeks she prepared for
the championships. She rode her bike from Holmes
Beach to the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota, then ran
across repeatedly to prepare for the running portion
of the championship on the Clearwater Bridge. She


Alexia Yavalar, Cortni Wash and Kayla Thiel show
off their AMICC Pride. The Center started a new
program to provide AMICC "Pride Pins" to all the
kids that support sports programs. Center athletic
director Andy Jonatzke is hoping to see pins start
showing up on kids and on backpacks to promote
youth sports at AMICC. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Lee Ross


Sandy Meneley runs the last leg of the Ironman
(C /"i 1"" '/"" in Clearwater on the way to a
third-place finish.


Jake takes
a cut
Jake Parsons put
out a collection jar
at the beginning of
the soccer season
and challenged
people to donate money to the Center, saying that if
he raised $500, he would cut his curly locks.
Above, Jake gets his cut from April Jonatzke, and
left, the new Jake has a short cut and plenty of
pride for his fundraising effort. Islander Photos:
Courtesy Lee Ross



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practiced her swimming in the Gulf.
With her third-place finish in Clearwater, Sandy
now has the itch to compete in the full ironman world
championships in Kona, Hawaii, but she would first
have to qualify by competing in another full ironman
and winning her age group. To train, she said it will
take nine months of training 4-5 hours a day.
Congratulations to Sandy and her family from
The Islander.

Soccer finale
The results of the awards distributed Nov. 10 for
the Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer
league were provided late last week.
The results are, for Division 2, ages 8-9: Kenny
Randall Sportsmanship Award Morgan Burns, MVP
Dylan Joseph, Most Outstanding Female Maya Sapi-
enza and Officer Pete Lannon Goalie of the Year
Emma Moneuse.
Division 1, ages 10-11, award winners: Most
Outstanding Female Sydney Cornell, MVP Jake
Ross, sportsmanship winner Emma Peery, top goal-
ies Keegan Murphy and Mikayla Kane.
Premier Division, ages 12-15: sportsmanship
Michael Duffman, MVPs Trevor Bystrom and Molly
Stoltzfus and goalie Max Miller.

Horseshoe news
Two teams emerged from pool play to battle for
the day's bir,,,in, rights during the Nov. 21 horse-
shoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Norm Good and Bruce Wagner took on Debbie "Flop"
Rhodes and Jeff Moore, but the Rhodes-Moore team
was too strong, winning by a 21-11 score.
The Nov. 18 games also saw two teams come out
of pool play with Norm Good and Carl Thomas bat-
tling John Crawford and Jeff Moore. With the score
tied at 15-15, Moore came through with a six-pack,
double ringer to win the match.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
welcome.

Pirates announce spring schedule
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced its 2010 spring
training schedule for games at McKechnie Field, Bra-
denton. The 33-game schedule consists of 16 home
games, including the annual charity game against
State College of Florida.
The Pirates will open the 2010 Grapefruit League
season against the World Champion New York Yankees
in Tampa Wednesday, March 3. Then on March 6 the
Pirates will host the National League Champion Phila-
delphia Phillies in the home opener.
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THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 25, 2009 0 25


Fishers find keeper grouper abundant in bays


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Sheepshead have invaded the bays, the first sign
of the coming of winter fishing.
But the hot fish to target are grouper gags and
reds that have been collecting over ledges and rock
piles in the bays. Grouper love a big, live bait, such
as a pinfish, grunt or shiner, on a circle hook.
Also, pompano are skipping and biting in good
numbers on deep-water cuts adjacent to passes.
Kingfish is a good nearshore option if weather
permits. Capt. Ray Markham thinks we may have
good kingfish action until the first of the year.
Snook season closes on Dec. 1, and good num-
bers have been reported to be scattered on the flats
and congregating around the mouths of canals.
But until anglers have to turn on the heaters at
home, the wintertime fishing pattern is still one sus-
tained coldfront away.
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
south fishing pier said there has been tons of Spanish
mackerel, a lot of sheepshead, pompano in the shal-
lows and a few kingfish early in the morning. The
grouper bite has been hot as well. Dodrill said they
saw occasional schools of 20-30-pound jack crevalle.
Once in awhile, he said some bull redfish, over 40
inches, have milled through.
Derek Olson from the Rod & Reel Pier reported
a lot of Spanish mackerel, some redfish, undersized
snook, a couple mangrove snapper, and some nice-
size flounder. Olson said he's seen flounder to almost
17 inches.
Rocky Corby from Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there are catching Spanish mackerel, flounder,
sheepshead and a couple of snook. He said there's
quite a bit of medium-size bait around the pier.
Danny Stasny from Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina said he had been landing some
big snook on the flats in Palma Sola Bay. He said
one snook measured 35 inches and was caught with
a finger mullet. He said top-water action has been
good in the bay as well. Also, he reported there
have been a bunch of small redfish running through
Perico Bayou.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said he's still been able to get shiners to target snook
and redfish. He's been getting his bait off the Anna
Maria City Pier. "I'll get out there early and look
for diving birds in the morning," he said. When
the weather was too rough, he got bait near Key
Royale.
"The fall patterns is still in effect," Howard said,
"but I did notice this week the first big schools of
sheepshead showed up inside, a precursor to win-
tertime." Howard said he saw a deep trough on the
flats with 20 sheepies. Howard also is seeing a lot of
skipping pompano.
Capt. Rick Gross of the charter boat Fishy Busi-
ness at Catchers said he has been fishing in Terra
Ceia Bay for pompano, ladyfish and speckled trout.





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"But the big thing was going for pompano," Gross
said. He's still using Doc's jigs for some nice pom-
pano catches, mostly in deep-water passes and cuts
by Longboat Pass. "It's almost like you're fishing for
trout except instead of fishing the grass, you're fish-
ing sand," he said. He recommended fish the edges of
the sandy bottom. Gross said grouper action also has
been excellent over artificial reefs in the bay and off
the beaches. "There was a big goliath grouper going
back and forth along the pier," Gross said.
Mark Johnston of Legend Fishing Charters out
of Annie's Bait & Tackle said it is unbelievable, but
there are some big grouper in the bays. "Who knows
the reason," he said. "There's even been keeper red
grouper in the bay, which is unheard of." Johnston
said find any ledge in the bay, use big tackle and drop
a big grunt or pinfish and wait for the catch.
Capt. Warren Girle reports seeing two schools
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Nov. 21. One group had reds between 25-26 inches
and the other were 28-32 inches. He was targeting
the reds along with trout on deep grass flats, and also
saw flounder to 18 inches.
Girle said that on Nov. 19 he was within 500
yards of the beach, fishing a natural artificial reef,
when he jumped two tarpon. He was fishing with
shiners for Spanish mackerel. One silver king of 80
pounds was fought for one hour and 10 minutes, and
the other hookup was around 100 pounds.
"Those tarpon should have been gone three
months ago," Girle said.
He also landed four cobia, two keeper grouper
and some mangrove snapper in the same area.
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WEB TV: GOOD shape, extra new keyboard. Call,
make an offer. 941-761-1961.

SPOONS: PRESIDENTIAL SET of 34. $300.
International Silver Company. 941-794-2392.

FURNITURE: ROUND GLASS-top dining table,
$100, two barstools, $50, green leather loveseat,
$100 or best offer. 941-778-5828.

SUBWOOFER: INFINITY BU-1. Must sell. $50.
Fishing reel toilet-paper holder, wood, $10. 941-
778-6288.

EIGHT ALUMINUM COLUMNS: White, 3x3-inch,
10-13 feet long, like new, $100. 941-778-0029.

COFFEE TABLE, MEDIUM brown rattan with
glass top, $50. 941-383-3193.

TWIN SIZE BOX springs and mattresses with Hol-
lywood frames. Like-new condition. $100 each.
941-383-1030.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail classifieds@islander.
org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time
offer) ARE YOU 55-PLUS years old? Do you ride
a scooter? Do you want to join our group? Call
941-761-8226.

NEW! "ANNA MARIA Island" Tervis Tumbler,
SweetPeas/Samplings, Holmes Beach. Great tast-
ing Florida wines! Plus, design your own unique
label. 941-778-8300. www.SweetPeasAMI.com.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.


GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

ARE YOU 55-PLUS years old? Do you ride a
scooter? Do you want to join our group? Call
941-761-8226.

OLD COSTUME CLUTTER? No problem, donate
clean, old costumes to ship to Haiti for Mardis
Gras. Please, bag and drop at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for boat-
ers available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.

WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Privateers
are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles
and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to chil-
dren. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Free
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.

PERFECT HOLIDAY REMEMBRANCE: Purchase a
personalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at The
Islander, or call 941-518-4431 for more information.


LOOKING FOR A JOB? Islanders seeking
employment can market their skills with a FREE
classified ad for up to three weeks in The Islander.
Submit 15 words or less including a resume link,
if desired, by e-mail to classifieds@islander.org
or deliver in person to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. The Islander will encourage employers
to review the "employment wanted" ads in The
Islander when seeking employees. And good luck
finding the right job!


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. Collect-
ibles, household, miscellaneous tools, handyman
workshop stuff. $1-$10. Seaside Court, Holmes
Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Nov. 28-29. Move-in sale. Couches,
chairs, recliners, bureau tables, lamps, paintings.
309-A 66th St., Holmes Beach.

A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office supplies,
T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed art.


FOUND: GARAGE DOOR opener. Found on
South Bay Boulevard, between pier and Galati
Marine. Anna Maria.

LOST: STARKEY HEARING aid, in Holmes
Beach. 941-778-0186.


PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
941-720-1411.

ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.


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Sarasota, $30, Clearwater, $70.1-800-301-4816.
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Apply now for Privateer parade
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are accept- Also in keeping with tradition, the Privateers
ing applications for participation in the group's will host Santa Claus in the parade, as well as at
annual Christmas Parade, which will take place a post-parade party at Coquina, where Santa will
at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. hand out gifts to children.
The parade will follow its traditional route, Refreshments are free for kids.
from Bayfront Park in Anna Maria to Coquina For more information and an application, call
Beach in Bradenton Beach. Sue or Greg "Wig" Luzier at 941-725-0184.




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I NEED A car! Low mileage, clean, cheap. Stu-
dent. Please. 941-778-9588.

PART-TIME COOK, servers: Experienced, profes-
sional, proficient with digital dining. References
required. Drug-free workplace. 941-504-0030,
leave message.
MAINSAIL BEACH INN/MAINSAIL LODGING
AND DEVELOPMENT: Housekeeper, clean-
ing rooms daily, able to use a 6-foot ladder for
high cleaning, grounds keeping, power washing.
Excellent communication skills. Must be reliable
and able to work weekends and holidays. Also,
residents associate, guest arrivals/departures,
knowledge of Anna Maria Island and surround-
ing areas, excellent communications skills, show-
ing property for rentals and sales department,
answering phones, attending chamber of com-
merce meetings and office duties. Call Human
Resources Department, Phone, 813-243-2609.
Fax, 813-243-2611. EOE/DFWP
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.


HIRING: FULL-TIME store clerk. Rentals, sales,
scheduling. Just4fun, 941-896-7884.

I CAN BE of assistance: Art gallery assistant,
wedding production, elder advocate, transition
facilitator. References upon request. 941-567-
4399. afairygarden @ gmail.com.
RETIRED ISLAND RESIDENT experienced in
accounts payable and accounts receivable, bank,
reception, office duties, customer service, wants
part-time. 941-778-0275.

CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ting. 941-778-5352
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
Jennis, 941-778-1746.
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-
773-3185.
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
795-4722.


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Anna Maria Island. Have a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving holiday.
The Islander newspaper will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday,
Nov. 27, in order for staff to enjoy the holiday with their families.
Call and leave a message at 941-778-7978 we check in frequently.
E-mail news@islander.org for all departments and staff.
News emergency? Call 941-730-2606.

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CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
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.


RESTAURANT: ISLAND BREAKFAST/lunch
eatery. Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confi-
dentiality agreement required. $95,000. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112.


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-
778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
0944.

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. 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-
448-4495.
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.

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I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.

PETSITTING/HOUSESITTING: Quality in-home
care for your beloved pets, plants and home.
Bonded. 941-779-8969.

CHRIS' COMPUTER SERVICE: Will come to your
home to diagnose problems. $30/hour. Just visit-
ing? Lease a computer for your stay. Call 941-
504-7986 for all your computer needs.
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
specialty. 941-792-1000.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at 941-545-
0192.
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-
795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
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.
my.house @verizon.netfor details.
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-
5244.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
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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
Beach.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
778-2581.

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.

JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.

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.
941-730-0001.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
phone" 941-720-0770.

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
mulching, plantings, shell and more. Great mainte-
nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.


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
Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
941-779-2294.

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.

EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
941-795-1947.

PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer sup-
plies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing.
Free estimates. New phone number! 941-721-
7521. Lic.#RR0066450.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.

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.

RIDDLE CONTRACTING: 40 years experience.
Free estimates, insurance restoration, room addi-
tions, remodeling and outdoor kitchens. Cecil
Riddle, 941-301-6197. CGC 1512384.
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.
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941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space. 625
sf, $500/month. Also 1,800 sf. 8799 Cortez Road.
1-800-952-1206.

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. Off-season rates, $125/
night, $775/week. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.
com.
WANTED: ANNUAL RENTAL. 2BR/2BA close to
beach, room to store kayak and bike. On Anna
Maria Island. Call Dan, 941-705-5561.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer,
seasonal $2,000/month, monthly or weekly. Close
to beach, trolley and restaurants. 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: DUPLEX. 2BR/2BA Holmes
Beach. Washer and dryer, no pets, smoking. Park-
ing, five minute walk to beach. $800/month. First,
last, security deposit. 941-778-7214.

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ADOIKABLt 3 ISK/ZISA ground-level home located just one
house from the bay. New tile floors, great neighborhood and
short walk down the street to the beach $329,000.


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HERON HARBOR CONDO just 5 minutes to beach. 2
BR/2BT 4th floor corner unit, elevator, heated pool, club
house, tennis & lushly lanscaped grounds. $120,000
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VIN IAuL CU I IAut located at north end of Island. IUU x
105' lot. Hardwood floors & fireplace. 213 Spruce Avenue,
Anna Maria. $700,000.

Mike 800-367-1617
Norm-an 941-778-6696
Norman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
www. mikenormanrealty.com


MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA fully furnished,
lanai, sea/beach view, garage, laundry, tennis,
heated pool. January-April. 423-884-2598.

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 RENTAL: 1BR apartment. Walk to
beach. Quiet neighborhood. $650/month plus
utilities. 941-778-5143.

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 RENTALS: HOUSE, 2BR/2BA, Florida
room, washer, dryer, beachside, $1,000/month.
2BR/2BA duplex, stackable washer and dryer,
$750/month. 1BR/1BA duplex, close to beach,
$700/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
941-778-7500.



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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.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
RENTALS:
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
$2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


Mlartinique North
5300 Gull Drive, #206
Direct Gulffront
$599,000
Playa Encantada
6006 Gulf Drive #215
$658,000
Waters Edge
5805 Gulf Drive #109N $699,900


516 Key Royale.
Pool, Canalfront
$654,900


Gulf Place, 6700 Gulf Drive #13
$849,000

SUN PLAZA
WEST
5608 Gulf Drive
Unit #205
2BR/2BA, Gulf views,
turnkey furnished
Now $299,900
ANNA MARIA

SiliCoast
REAL ESTATE LLC
SALES AND RENTALS
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
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LARGE DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage. Sunny
Shores. Quiet, close to beaches. Available now.
$900/month. 941-962-7574.
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH duplex. Luxury
2BR/2BA apartment, November, December 2009.
Weekly, $650-$750. Steps to beach. 941-778-
7741.
2/BR CONDO: 10 minutes to Island. Fitness
center, pools, spa, lake, tennis courts. $745/
month. 941-962-2488.

VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental 2BR/1BA,
steps to beach, tile, patio, washer and dryer hook-
ups, carport. $925/month. 813-244-4944.

SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, nicely furnished,
washer and dryer, large back deck, steps to
beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-4944.
CLOSE TO PIERS and shops. 2BR/1BA annual
rental. $950/month. No smoking, no pets. 941-
567-6409.

SEASONAL RENTAL: PRIVATE home on Anna
Maria Island. Furnished 2BR/2BA, garage, large
yard, three blocks from Gulf. Available Septem-
ber-May $1,900/month plus tax. Call Jo Ann, 828-
713-9038.
SEASONAL: NEAR CORTEZ. Sunny Shores
mobile home. Turnkey 1BR/1BA, near beach,
clubhouse, newly renovated. $1,200/month. Avail-
able now. 941-730-4078

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Laura McGeary, P.A.
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Helping you find
your home in paradise!
941-704-3708
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Residential Real Estate
6016 Manatee Ave, W,
Bradenton FL 34209






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so we may enjoy our many blessings this
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"Te ARE the Island!"
SINCE 1957
Marie Franlin, Lic Real Estate Broker
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HOLMES BEACHFRONT 2BR/1BA furnished,
washer, dryer. Walking distance to trolley and
stores. Available April-December $550/week or
$2,000/month, January-March $2,200/month.
Yearly lease, $1,500/month. 813 728-2590 or
813 294-3014.
ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA DUPLEX in Bradenton Beach.
Steps to Gulf, clean, quiet. $700/month. Security
deposit required. No smoking. No pets. Call eve-
nings, 219-730-3156.
GULF VIEW! FURNISHED 1BR apartment,
December through March. Deposit, background
check. $1,200/month. 941-778-0135, 941-725-
2551.
GULFFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA, heated pool,
tennis, Jacuzzi. Available January-April, two-week
minimum. 941-794-8877.
1BR/1BA VILLA: QUIET neighborhood. Morn-
ingside. New appliances and tile, washer, dryer,
screened lanai. Non-smoker. No trucks or vans.
$660/month includes sewer water, trash, cable.
941-773-6448.
PERICO ISLAND RENTAL: Jan. 11-April 25.
2BR/3BA townhouse. Clubhouse, pool, tennis,
workout room. $2,500 month. 941-224-0555.
THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS, SEASONAL
accommodations. Pool, boat dock. Three-day
package, $300. Call for longer. Realtor, 941-356-
1456. Real Estate Mart.
SEASONAL RENTAL: EL CONQUISTADOR
Country Club. 2BR condo with garage in excel-
lent condition and neighborhood. No smoking..
For picture and information, call 941-545-3097.
ROOMMATE: $125/week, includes utilities. Pool,
washer and dryer. Background check required.
Holmes Beach. 941-778-5080.


SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
2spinnakers.com.
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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-
idaGroup.com. 941-713-0635.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
Large living room, pool, storm shutters, garage,
storage. $399,000, 941-722-0640.
LARGE WATERFRONT LOT for sale by owner.
Boat lift and dock. Easy access to Tampa Bay
and Gulf. Ready to build. $529,000.527 74th St.,
Holmes Beach. Call 941-779-0201 or 863-860-
6085.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
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FORECLOSED HOME AUCTION: Dec. 5.
300-plus Florida homes auction. REDC I
View full listings: www.Auction.com. RE No.
CQ1031187.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at www.
islander.org. And it's FREE!
AUCTION: 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The
Moors Golf & Racquet Club Milton, Fla., Santa
Rosa County. 66 beautiful lots, 20 lots will sell
absolute. Gated community, clubhouse, pool,
tennis courts, workout center. Walking distance
to championship golf course. For more informa-
tion, 205-822-4229. Redmont Auction, Eddie
Propst. AU2051 Bob Vagi Auctioneers & Realty
Inc. AB177 AU331.
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By Lisa Neff
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Even before the first flurries in the north,
the migratory snowbirds begin to flock to
Anna Maria Island.
American robins, retired Illinois teachers
and Michigan mechanics.
Canadian warblers, former New York
firefighters and Ohio executives.
The early arrivals begin in November,
some for the long winter season, some for
the brief Thanksgiving holiday.
December brings an influx of new visi-
tors, including one who finds time in his
busy work schedule to fly in every weekend
in the month.
An Islander Q&A with a 12th-month
regular.
The Islander: Do you come to escape the
cold?
Santa Claus: I come for the people and
good times, but I don't mind the warm,
sunny weather. The reindeer, however,
think it's too hot. So sometimes I ride in


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with my friends, the Anna Maria Island
Privateer, on their Skully Wag ship.
The Islander: What's the big differences
between the North Pole and Anna Maria Island?
Santa Claus: Palm trees, dolphins,
manatees, birds of paradise, 80-degree
temperatures in December. When you see
people with red faces down here, they are
sunburned. When you see people with red
faces at the North Pole if you see people
- they are freezing.
The Islander: This is the only place I've ever
seen you out of your red suit. How many tropi-
cal shirts do you have?
Santa Claus: Three. One pair of cargo
shorts. And a pair of sunglasses. I like
Island casual. I don't own a tie, so I think I
fit right in.
The Islander: Well, you don't hide like other
celebrities who visit.
Santa Claus: I want to be with people
and meet people. Besides, the paparazzi
usually don't bother me like they do the
other big names. Ho, ho, ho.
The Islander: You work while you
are here, but what else do you enjoy
while on AMI?
Santa Claus: The dining is great,
and the sunbathing on the white
sandy beaches is incredible. I'm an
outdoorsman, so I really like to take


a kayak into the canals and go fishing from
the piers or on a charter. And, of course, I do
love a parade.
The Islander: OK, now would you like
to weigh in on the great Island debate? Some
people believe that centers around whether the
Island cities should consolidate, but most of us
believe it's a debate over the best hamburgers.
Skinny's or Duffy's?
Santa Claus: I love both, especially when
they are left out for me on Christmas Eve.
Wink. Wink. Mrs. Claus always is saying,
"Eat, eat, nobody likes a skinny Santa."
The Islander: You bring a lot of gifts to the
Island. Do you ever take away any souvenirs?
Santa Claus: Ho, ho, you betcha. I come
to the Island to pick up joy and good cheer.
And I scatter it like sand in the wind around
the rest of the world.


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he holiday season brings
us a time to pause, to give
someone a smile or send
a greeting, a quiet hug or
words of praise.
The holidays are special for friends,
family and Islanders. In our ITfh
Ajnnu4 J-j^ W; &2 k We
take a break from the weekly news
to present stories and pictures about
organizations in our community that
deserve special consideration.
These community service
organizations are dedicated to
providing assistance to families and


individuals, teaching and mentoring
our children, helping the elderly and
less fortunate, all with the goal of
making Anna Maria Island a better
place to live for each and every one
of us.
With the Yt' [ "A 6 k
organizations offer a special way for you
to share the holiday spirit. Each has a
list of needs wishes. Your donation,
however small or grand, will be deeply
appreciated by the organizations and the
people it serves.
Please take a moment to select a gift
from these lists to add to your holiday
shopping list.
This special section is our way of
saying thanks for the support we've
received from you, our readers, for the
past 17 years at The Islander newspaper,


and a chance for all of us to give
something back to our community.
A small contribution can make a big
difference.
We offer a special thanks to the
generous sponsor advertisers for
making this publication possible. And
we hope you receive the same return


as we have each year for 17
years from the Islander
Wish Book ... the joy
of giving.
Happy holidays
and best wishes for
2010! A


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Anna Maria Elementary School operates
with a professional staff of teachers and sup-
port personnel and a large coalition of parents
and community organizers.
Several AME teachers sent
wish lists on behalf of their / '
classes:
Fourth-grade .
teacher Joan Sack-
ett's class is wishing
for:
SQuality
pencils.
Clip 00 i
boards.
Kickballs.
Soccer balls.
Footballs.
Basketballs.
Marcia Brock-
way's fourth-grade
class is wishing for:
Composition
books. .
Journals and diaries.
Spiral notebooks.
Pencils.
Pens.
Erasers.
Sketchbooks.
Christmas music.
Small items for prize giveaways.
Laura Redeker's kindergarten class is
wishing for:
Floor puzzles.
Table puzzles.
Legos.
Lincoln Logs.
Toy cars and road signs.
Scissors.
Bric-a-brac for crafts.


The Loyal Order of
Moose Lodge #218
wishes everyone a Hap
Holiday and asks that
you please remember t,
donate a TOY for a
TOT at the Lodge.
110 Gulf Drive, S.
Bradenton Beach


Watercolor paints, brushes.
Coloring books.
Educational workbooks.
To fulfill a wish, call the school at 941-
70-555'? or drop off items at the
school office, 4700 Gulf Drive,
k Holmes Beach.


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l oan Sackett's fourth-grade
p .~/ iss is wishing for soccer
balls, kickballs, footballs and
bl l. tbl-dls.


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Butterfly Park
Just as the caterpillar transforms into a
beautiful butterfly, the Anna Maria Island But-
terfly Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
starts its metamorphosis.
The North American Butterfly Associa-
tion/ Manasota Chapter is in the process of
making the garden
beautiful again.
The park will feature plants to attract more
than two dozen species of butterflies and iden-
tification signs for the plants.
The public park, with its paths of personal-
ized bricks, memorializes and celebrates many,
as well as contains the Island's military veter-
ans memorial.
In the coming year, organizers are collect-
ing donations for beautification work, and
encouraging people to purchase personalized
bricks for holiday gifts.
The park wish list includes:
Donations to construct a gazebo.
Plant donations, including bushy aster,
butterfly pea, corky stem, pas-
Ssionvine, Dutchman's pipe, dwarf
white plumbago, false indigo,
false nettles or pellitorie, fennel,
garden tickseed, herbs in the
mustard family, hoptree, legumes,
mallows, maypop passionvine,
partridge pea, pawpaws, pel-
litories, pipevines, purple-top
sneezeweed, salt marsh mallow,
scarlet milkweed, snapdragon,
spicebush, wild lime and wild
petunia.
For more information, contact
Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431
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The Anna Maria Island Art League is wishing for
art supplies this year.
Anna Maria Island

Art League
The Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, is dedicated
to the visual arts. Its mission is to encour-
age emerging and evolving artists of all ages
through education and to enrich the commu-
nity through the promotion and celebration of
the arts.
AMIAL does this through classes for
adults and children, workshops, exhibits,
scholarships for classes and special events -
including Winterfest and Springfest, the juried
fine arts and crafts festivals held at Holmes
Beach City Hall Park.
In 2010, the league is looking forward to
building its new pottery program, offering
more workshops and special events, growing
its festivals and making facility improvements.
The league's wish list includes:
Art supplies, including canvas pads,
Prismacolor watercolors and scissors.
Display pedestals.
Spot lighting for the galleries.
New classroom stools and chairs.
Monetary donations.
Volunteers.

Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce, representing 500-plus members and
operating a visitors center at 5317 Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach, helps tourists to navigate
the Island, newcomers to settle onto the Island
and businesses to thrive on the Island.
The organization's mission is to "serve the
membership and the community through pro-
active leadership by building a positive busi-
ness climate while enhancing and perfecting
the quality of life for all."
The chamber's wish list this holiday
season includes:
Cookies, cakes and other desserts for the
annual holiday open house Dec. 4.
Donations for the Toys for Tots
holiday program.
For more information
contact Debbie Wing at
941-778-1541 or debbie@
amichamber.org.i
For more informa-
tion about the chamber,
visit www.annamari-
aislandchamber.org.

Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce organizers are hoping for
donations of holiday cookies for the
annual open house in December.

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Anna Maria Island Community Center


The Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, has
provided social, recreational and educational
programs on the Island since 1960.
The Center's goal in 2010 is to "increase
the number of program participants and
provide services for all ages."
The Center's wish list includes:
Parenting
and divorce
recovery books
and other
resources for
a family lend-
ing library.
Psycho-


logical games for children in the family ser-
vices program.
Television for the fitness room.
Copier for the reception area.
Calculator with tape.
Donations to meet the Lester chal-
lenge.
For more information, call 941-778-1908.
Also, visit www.
islandcommuni-
tycenter.com.


The Anna Maria
Island Com-
munity Center
is hoping for a
television set to
entertain in the
fitness center.


Volunteers are
needed for a
Kiwanis tradition
at Publix ring-
ing the bellfor the
Salvation Army
collection.


Anna Maria Island
Kiwanis Club
On Saturday mornings, members and
guests of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis
Club can be found gathered at the Cafe on the
Beach at the Manatee Public Beach.
There the group will eat breakfast, share
news, trade jokes, sing songs, make friends,
listen to speakers and plan civic projects.
Outside the 8:30 a.m. meetings, club
members organize an annual Valentine's Day
dance, coordinate the Easter sunrise service
on the beach and help the Salvation Army
with bell-ringing for donations at the Publix in
Holmes Beach.
The club's wishes for the holidays:
New members anyone interested in
fellowship and helping children on the Island.
Volunteers for the Salvation Army
Christmas bell ringing at Publix Super
Market.
Locations for All Island Denomina-
tions drop offs. The Kiwanis club project this
coming year is to assist AID with its food col-
lection. The Kiwanis is seeking businesses that

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For more information, visit www.anna-
mariakiwanis.org or call Sandy Haas-Martens
at 941-778-1383.


Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, supports
local artists and promotes arts education.
The guild provides scholarships, sponsors
tours to local art museums, contributes fund-
ing to school arts programs, hosts art demon-
strations and operates a gallery for local artists
to display their work.
AGAMI's wish list includes:
Vacuum cleaner.
Desk chair for the front desk.
Jewelry case.
Outdoors doormat.
Clip on lights for shows.
For more information, contact Fay Nier-
man at fayenier@yahoo.com or the Guild Gal-
lery at 941-778-6694.


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a*Is The Wish Book is made possible thanks to our generous
advertising sponsors, artist Barbara Hines, and the extra effort o
Islander staff members, particularly Lisa Neff, Jon Sachtjen,
Ginger Stewart, Nancy Ambrose, Rebecca Barnett and Toni Lyon.

Please, join me in thanking them all ... Publisher Bonner Joy


Relay For Life on
Anna Maria Island
Relay for Life on Anna Maria Island's
mission is to sponsor a fun event that edu-
cates people about early cancer detection and
prevention, honors and remembers loved ones
who have battled cancer and raises money for
the American Cancer Society's fight.
Organizers' goals in 2010 are to book 25
relay teams for the May 1-2 event, as well as
raise at least $40,000 and welcome more than
40 survivors in an honor walk.
The group's wish list includes:
Relay teams.
Gift certificates and other items to be
used as door prizes and raffle items.
Corporate sponsors to help defray the
cost of putting on the relay.
Entertainers to perform at the event.
For more information, contact ACS Mana-
tee director Cindy McCue at cindy.mccue@
cancer.org.
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Anna Maria Island

Historical Society
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society
operates a museum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, where visitors can see old Florida
antiques and collections from the early days of
Anna Maria.
The historical society's wish list includes:
Tiling for the bathroom floor.
Donations.
Membership renewals.
Island memorabilia
Historical u
photographs.
Computer.
Scanner.
For more infor-
mation, call 941-778-
0492 or visit www.
islandhistory.us.


Anna Maria Island Privateers
The Anna Maria Island Privateers the
most recognizable nonprofit on the Island
though it lacks an office exists to "develop,
promote and support activities for the better-
ment of youth and community in Manatee
County."
The group raises money for scholarships,
cleans up roads and hosts a series of events for
children and adults, including the Christmas
parade and party to take place Dec. 12.
The group's wish list includes:
Walmart gift cards.
Gas station gift cards.
Artificial Christmas trees of all sizes.
Golf cart.
Mixer board.
Prosperous and healthy new year for all.
To contact the Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers, call Randy Schwartz at 941-803-8383 or
rschwar7@comcast.net. For more information,
go to www.amiprivateers.org.

Tingley Memorial Library
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St.
N., Bradenton Beach, exists to provide books
and other library services to the Island popula-
tion.
The library's goal in the next year is to
"serve all of our patrons, annual and seasonal,
through friendly and helpful assistance with
any reading materials and informational
resources they seek."
Tingley's wish list includes:
Monetary donations.
Audio books on CD.
Educational/ entertainment DVDs.
Florida-themed books.
Current fiction and non-fiction books.
For more information, call the library at
941-779-1208 or visit www.cityofbradenton-
beach.com.


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Museum and FISH
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage is dedicated to the "preservation of Gulf
Coast maritime heritage."
The Florida Maritime Museum housed
in the renovated 1912 schoolhouse at 4415
119th St. W., Cortez is dedicated to preserv-
ing the history of the old fishing village, as
well as promoting the fishers' way of life.
The goal in the next year is to restore the
FISH Preserve on Cortez Road.
The wish list includes:
Real tractor or Bobcat-type earth-mover.
Big riding lawn mower.
Large metal storage shed.
Serious weed whacker.
For more information about the wish list,
call the museum at 941-708-6121.


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Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary
The Sunday before an opening night at
the Island Players playhouse in Anna Maria is
known as "Long Sunday."
The actors and technical crew gather for a
lengthy day of rehearsal to perfect the produc-
tion.
"Long Sunday" is one of the days the Off
Stage Ladies Auxiliary take center stage at the
playhouse.
The group exists to support the theater.
Members help with painting the sets. Mem-
bers are costumers and makeup artists. Mem-
bers assist with lighting and serve as stage
managers. Members raise money with events.
Sometimes members appear on stage.
And on "Long Sunday," when a hearty
meal might help the lead recall his or her lines
or the lighting expert hit a mark, the Off Stage
Ladies prepares and serves dinner to the starv-
ing artists.
Off Stage Ladies is social group with
a monthly luncheon meeting the second
Wednesday of the month from October
through May.
This year, the Off Stage Ladies wish is for
more people to join the group or to donate
"Long Sunday" necessities, including.
Paper or plastic plates.
Paper napkins.
Paper or plastic cups.
Paper or plastic tablecloths.
Plastic utensils.
Restaurants to share in the dinner service
on "Long Sundays" set for Nov. 29, Jan. 17,
March 14 and May 9, 2010.
For more information about the Off Stage
Ladies Auxiliary, contact president Nancy
Ambrose at 941-518-4431or e-mail nancya@
tampabay.rr.com.


On the Island Players wish list: Disposable dinner
supplies for "Long Sunday."

May You Be Blessed With
Joy, Peace and Love This ,
Holiday Season.
Maria


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Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra


The Anna Maria Island Community
Chorus and Orchestra mission is to offer
quality chorus and instrumental music,
to provide performance opportunities
for professional and volunteer musi-
cians, to broaden knowledge, enjoyment
and understanding of music and to foster
the musical development of musically tal-
ented youth through participation, com-
petitions and grants.
In the new year, AMICCO
hopes to pursue its mission, pro-
viding high quality performances
and performance opportunities.
The group's wish list includes:
Vocalists for our chorus.
Talented instrumentalists for
the orchestra.


Volunteers to serve as ushers and poten-
Stial board members.
A permanent acoustically appropri-
ate double rehearsal sight for the chorus
and orchestra.
Financial support for youth outreach
and programs.
For more information, contact Martha
DiPalma at 941-778-8585 or mdipalma@
tampabay.rr.com.
For more information about
AMICCO, go to www.amicco.org.


Talented instrumental-
ists are needed for the
orchestra.


Anna Maria Island


Old photographs and postcards of historic Cortez
are desired.

Cortez Village

Historical Society

The Cortez Village Historical Society
drives preservation and restoration in the old
fishing community to the east of Anna Maria
Island.
The historical society continues to collect
artifacts and documentation of old, colorful
Cortez for its Family Living Museum.
The historical society's wish list includes:
Artifacts.
Pictures of old Cortez.
News clippings about the fishing vil-
lage's history.
A fort for a children's playground.
New members.
Financial supporters.
To contact the historical society, call Mary
Fulford Green at 941-795-7121 or maryful-
fordgreen@hotmail.com. Or write CVHS, P.O.
Box 663, Cortez FL 34215.


Preservation Trust
Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust,
formed earlier this year, exists to "preserve the
Island's past for the future."
The trust's goal in 2010 is to raise money to
save the Angler's Lodge, a 1914 boarding house
in Anna Maria.
The trust's wish list contains:
Donations, grants, endowments to support
the preservation of the lodge.
For more information, contact president
Sissy Quinn at 941-778-5120 or sqonami@tam-
pabay.rr.com.


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The Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust is raising
money to preserve the Angler's Lodge in Anna Maria.


Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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Volunteers are needed to assist the Friends of the
Island Branch Library in Holmes Beach. The group
holds an annual book sale in February.

Friends of the Island

Branch Library
The Manatee County Public Library
System seeks to offer a responsible, proactive,
innovative program of library service, capable
of upgrading the educational, cultural, and
recreational quality of life in the community.
The Friends of the Island Branch Library
exists to help the local library achieve its mis-
sion. Its goal in 2010 is "to continue providing
quality resources and services to our commu-
nity."
The wish list includes:
Volunteers.
Donations to purchase books and DVDs
for the library.
For more information, call the Island
Branch Library at 941-778-6341 or visit www.
co.manatee.fl.us/library.html.

Keep Manatee Beautiful
Keep Manatee Beautiful, the local chapter
of Keep America Beautiful, plays numerous
roles in Island life. KMB is fulfilling its mission
when Islanders find little or no litter on the
beaches, and are able to take notice of more
trees in public places.
KMB conducts two annual coastal cleanup
efforts in the county, including on Island
beaches and at the Cortez FISH Preserve. KMB
also is involved in beautification projects along
the Palma Sola Causeway and provides trees
for Arbor Day celebrations in the area.
This year the group's wish list contains just
one item, but in multiples:
Reams of recycled paper for printing and
photocopying.


For more information about
Keep Manatee Beautiful, visit
www.manateebeautiful.com,
e-mail keep@manateebeautiful.
com or call 941-795-8272.


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Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring exists to "collect data
for shorebird and sea turtle nesting on Anna
Maria Island.
The mission statement reads, "In part-
nership with the Island community through
public education and cooperation, it is the
mission of the AMITW and SBM to assure
a suitable habitat for people, sea turtles and
shorebirds, the ecosystem of the Island and it's
surrounding waters."
The group's wish list includes:
Boxes of large rubber gloves.
Bucket of yellow road-stripe paint.
Small handheld GPS (new or used)
devices.
Gas cards.
AA batteries.
Canon ink cartridges PGI No. 5 or Black.
Gift cards to Office Max.
Two rolls of large, square-holed hard-


The St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women Guild
wishes for a backdrop for the activity hall stage.

St. Bernard Council of
Catholic Women Guild
A lot of activity takes place in St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach in the sanc-
tuary.
And a lot of activity takes place in the
church's fellowship hall, where volunteers,
many of them with the St. Bernard Council of
Catholic Women Guild, organize rummage
sales and bake sales, bazaars and garden par-
ties, breakfasts and dinners, dances and other
social activities.
The wish list for the church activity center
this holiday season includes:
50-cup coffee pot.
Two-burner hotplate.
Backdrop curtain for the activity hall
stage.
For more information, call CCU president
Cele Van Winkle at 941-792-7342.



Holiday Greetings

to All!

PLANET STONE
Marble & Granite Inc,
8700 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
941-580-9236


ware cloth to make cages.
For more information, contact director Suzi
Fox at 941-778-5638 or director@islandturtles.
com. Also, visit www.islandturtles.com.


Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
is collecting handheld GPS
devices to help docu- 4
ment the location
of nests.


All Island Denominations
All Island Denominations exists to bring
together the Island's houses of worship -
and the members of those churches to help
those in need of food and shelter.
AID also sponsors and organizes an all-
Island Thanksgiving service and an annual
ecumenical service.
Organized and funded by all the Island
churches, All Island Denominations has been
serving Anna Maria Island since 1982.
To carry out its mission, AID has some
wishes for the holidays:
Donations of non-perishable food to be
dispersed from the pantry at Roser Memorial
Community Church in Anna Maria.
Cash donations to assist Islanders with
rent, utilities, gas and food.
For more information, contact John C.
Bonser at 941-792-1039 or johncbonser@cheer-
ful.com.



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AID's wish is for food donations.



REGIONS HAPPY
Susan H. Kruse HOLIDAYS
Assistant Vice President
Branch Manager
Anna Maria Island
3900 6th Ave
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 (
(941) 778.8060
susan.kruse@regions.com


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The Rotary
Club of Anna Maria
Island, which
meets Tuesdays at
the BeachHouse
Restaurant, is a network
of business, professional and community lead-
ers, both active and retired.
Members network, build friendships,
develop leadership skills and satisfy commu-
nity and global service needs.
Money raised through fundraising efforts
support about three dozen projects, many of
them at Anna Maria Elementary School in
Holmes Beach.
Club wishes include:
Flat-screen TV.
Laptop computer.
Floor-standing podium.
For more information about the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island, go to www.anna-
mariarotary.org or call Dantia Gould at 941-
778-1880.


Meals on Wheels PLUS
Since 1972, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Man-
atee Inc. has provided nutritional assistance
and support services to people in their homes
or in centers throughout Manatee County to
help them to continue to live independently.
Each weekday, Meals on Wheels PLUS
drivers deliver dinners to Island residents.
And many weekdays, some Island residents
travel to the organization's Ninth Street Center
for social hours and activities.
Meals on Wheels PLUS also operates the
Food Bank of Manatee and its goal for 2010 is
"to continue our 'no wait-list' policy for those
in need of food."
The organization's holiday wish list
includes:
GPS software for route planning.
$5,000 for updated accounting software.
New digital camera.
Shelving units plastic or wood.
Flat screen TVs.
Restaurant gift cards for volunteer
appreciation.
Portable DVD player for presentations.
For more information about the program,
visit www.mealsonwheelsplus.org. To contact
Meals on Wheels regarding the wish list, call
Kristen Theisen at 941-749-0100.


Bradenton Beach-based Wildlife Inc.'s
mission is to rescue and rehabilitate native
species to return to their habitat, as well as
promote education on wildlife and envi-
ronmental issues.
The nonprofit's goal in 2010 is "to con-
tinue our mission of education and reha-
bilitation and obtain funding for a 100-foot
flight cage to be constructed at Robinson
Preserve" in northwest Bradenton.
The wish list includes:
Cleaning products such as bleach,


All Island Youth
Most Wednesday nights, teenagers gather
at Roser Memorial Community Church in
Anna Maria for a meeting of the All Island
Youth.
They share conversation over the news -
on the Island, at school, in the headlines.
They share dinner.
They share thoughts about faith and reli-
gion.
And they have fun.
The group formed more than a decade ago
to bring the younger generation together in a
positive environment. The program involves
youths in seventh- through 12th-grades.
AIY programs usually take place at 6 p.m.
Wednesday at Roser, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, with dinner, followed by a talk and
sometimes a guest speaker.
AIY's wish list includes:
Donated dinners for the programs.
Monetary donations for meals and ser-
vice trips.
Guest speakers to conduct programs.
For more information about All Island
Youth, contact coordinator Jeanette Rothberg
at 941-778-5499.


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Donated dinners is on the wish list for All Island
Youth.


Dawn dish detergent and paper towels.
Lightweight kayaks for water rescues.
Construction worker to build nest
boxes.
Rope hammocks for the mammal
cage.
Monetary donations for food and
medical supplies.
For more information, contact Wildlife
Inc. at 941-778-6324 or caracara@juno.com.
Also, visit www.wildlifeinc.org.
A lightweight kayak is needed for water rescues.


Annie Silver

Community Center
In the winter, the pace of activity acceler-
ates at the Annie Silver Community Center at
23rd Street and Avenue C in Bradenton Beach.
The non-profit center was founded by
Island entrepreneur Annie Silver in the 1950s
to promote friendship and entertainment for
neighbors and friends in Bradenton Beach and
on the Island.
That means, during the winter season, a
celebration of song and music, shuffleboard
and bingo and potluck dinners.
The center's wish list includes:
Handrails.
Building to be painted.
New front door.
Shell for parking area.
To contact the center, call Dale Redeker at
941-778-1915.


Annie Silver Community Cen-
ter's wish is for the building
to be painted and some shell
S added to the parking area.


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Residents, officials, kids, parents, grandparents,
visitors, tourists and friends of friends Everyone!
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Join us for the Eighth Annual Lester-Islander Holiday Fun Day Saturday,
Dec. 5, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Admission is FREE!
It's a wonderful time to greet friends with holiday tidings! We'll have old-
fashioned food prices with old-fashioned FUN! There'll be Duffy burgers,
snacks, sodas and more! FUN activities for all ages: Bouncer/slide, games,
face-painting, card-making, arts and crafts. Catch the arrival of Santa by
fire truck at noon (BYO camera). There'll be drawings for holiday turkeys
donated by our sponsors, Chuck and Joey Lester. This FUN DAY will start
your holiday right!
Hope to see you there!
Lester-Islander Holiday Fun Day
AMICC, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
Information: 941-778-1908
Presented annually by the Lesters, the Anna Maria Island
Community Center and The Islander newspaper.


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