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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: December 2, 2009
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Visit The Islander
Dec. 4. Pages 14-15.




Skimming
the news ...
Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3
Island committee
seeks action on retail
bags. Page 4
Op/ed: The Islander
opinion. Your opin-
ions. Page 6
Thanksgiving shared
on AMI. Page 7
Cortez, Bradenton
Beach to host state
meeting. Page 8
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FISH preserves more village property


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
the preservation of Cortez and its integrity as
a maritime community, Nov. 20 purchased
the Church of God property in the heart of
the Cortez fishing village.
The property includes a classroom
building, parsonage and vacant lot used for
parking.
To purchase the property, FISH made
a down payment of $50,000 and received a
loan of $245,000 from First America Bank
in Palmetto $50,000 of which will be
used to renovate the classroom building.
"It's interesting because at that price,
it's the same price as it was for the whole
95-acre tract of land out there," said Karen
Bell, a FISH member, office manager of A.P
Bell Fish Co. and owner of Star Fish Sea-
food Market and Restaurant. "I supported
the move because I don't want anyone tear-
ing the church down. We can still make the


From behind, the property is conveniently close to the community center. The classrooms
and parking lot will be beneficial to the future of FISH. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


parsonage available for weddings or just for
whoever needs to use a church."
The list of FISH accomplishments is long,
but one of the first achievements was to secure
about 95 acres of scrub and mangroves east of
the village as a preserve. The FISH Preserve
serves to maintain marine life in Sarasota Bay


Angels" to open.
Page 10

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Pitchers pitch in for
AID food bank.
Page 12


AME students learn
to rock, roll. Page 20

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What to do and when
to do it. Page 22
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Golf camp, Mail and
More, going green.
Page 23
Sports: Galati, MHS
advance to region-
al's. Page 24


Wintertime fishing
arrives in earnest.
Page 25


Brad Coffnan, a visiting volunteer firefighter from Iowa, battles a garbage can fire in
front of the Anna Maria Island Beach Resort, 39th Street, Holmes Beach, early Nov. 28.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Kim Coffman


Quick-thinking visitors


contain garbage fire


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A Dumpster fire early Nov. 28 at the
Anna Maria Island Beach Resort, Holmes
Beach, was quickly brought under control
by a visiting volunteer fire chief from Iowa
and helpful resort guests.
According to Patrick Raymond, who
was staying at an adjacent resort, he heard
some children screaming "fire" about 8:45
a.m.
Raymond rushed outside to discover a
fire in the garbage cans in the Dumpster area
on the road that fronts two resorts.
Brad Coffman, a 20-year volunteer
firefighter from Iowa who was staying
nearby, also heard the screams and ran to
the scene.
"I saw what was going on and knew the
fire could spread up the electrical pole and


that would be bad," said Coffman.
He grabbed a garden hose from the resort
and began to direct water onto the fire, while
Raymond and another visitor got a garbage
can full of water and dumped it on the fire.
Coffman directed another person to get
another hose and spray water on the fire.
By the time a unit of the West Manatee
Fire Rescue arrived at 8:49 a.m., the blaze was
nearly extinguished, according to a WMFR
firefighter.
"They acted real fast and knew what to
do," the firefighter said. "It' s probably a lucky
thing that a firefighter was nearby and did the
right thing."
Coffman said the fire damaged some gar-
bage cans and charred the electric pole and
three palm trees, but did not spread further.
The WMFR firefighter said the cause of
the blaze is under investigation.


that provided for the village inhabitants for
more than 100 years and buffers the village
from encroaching development.
The negotiation process on the newly
acquired property between 119th Court West
and 120th Street West, across from the former
PLEASE SEE FISH, NEXT PAGE


Anna Maria

committee

clashes at start
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The first meeting of Anna Maria's parking
safety committee started off with a clash Nov.
24.
Tempers immediately flared as members
of the public claimed Anna Maria Commis-
sioner Harry Stoltzfus had hand-picked and
pre-selected committee members.
Stoltzfus was selected by commissioners
at their Nov. 19 meeting to chair the commit-
tee to study parking safety in the city, par-
ticularly in the retail-office-residential district.
Stoltzfus' committee was to present its rec-
ommendations at a Dec. 3 commission work
session.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who
attended the meeting to nominate someone
to be on the committee, said she was under
the impression the meeting was to be organi-
zational in nature.
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restora-
tion LLC challenged the membership of the
committee.
"You have obviously stacked the deck
with like-minded people," Coleman said,
noting that committee members included
Stoltzfus supporters Charlie Daniel, Larry
Albert and Carl Pearman.
Other committee members present, rec-
ommended by Mayor Fran Barford at the
Nov. 19 commission meeting, were Sgt. Dave
Turner, head of the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office substation in Anna Maria, and Anna
Maria building official Bob Welch.
After a verbal sparring match at the start
of the meeting with Coleman, Daniel said he
had heard enough and walked out. Midway
PLEASE SEE PARKING, NEXT PAGE


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Parking CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
through the meeting, Pearman announced he did not
wish to serve on the committee.
Mattick complained to Stoltzfus that she was
never asked to submit a name to be a committee
member. She said the usual method is to have com-
missioners each submit one name to be on the com-
mittee, and she was present to provide her recom-
mendation.
But Stoltzfus rebutted that he had not received a
name from Mattick.
Tempers cooled after city attorney Jim Dye inter-
vened to note there is no formal process in the city
charter to form a committee. The traditional method
is that the mayor appoints a committee subject to
commission approval, he said.
Dye also said that he believed the meeting was
"bona fide" and met the requirements of Florida's


The front entrance of the Church of God is nonde-
script, with no indication it was a house of worship.


Sunshine Law.
Additionally, Dye said, while Anna Maria has
a tradition of a lot of public comment at committee
meetings, Stoltzfus did not have to take any com-
ments at the meeting.
"There will be no public comment at this meet-
ing," Stoltzfus said on hearing Dye's opinion.
That silenced Coleman and Mattick and discus-
sion then turned to the safety issue, particularly park-
ing at the PAR project at 315 and 317 Pine Ave.
Stoltzfus asked Welch if he considered parking
at that complex safe or not safe.
"Yes and no," replied Welch.
"It' s not the best," he said, but under the circum-
stances of Pine Avenue, there is "virtually no better
way.
Some measures could be taken, Welch said, but
it is impossible to make parking there, or anywhere
on Pine Avenue, completely safe.
Stoltzfus said it was an interpretation of the
parking regulations by city planner Alan Garrett that
allowed PAR to proceed with its site plan in the city's
residential-office-retail zone. Any regulation that can
be interpreted two ways is a "bad law," he said.
ly question is 'Are you satisfied with that?'"

FISH CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
volunteer fire hall, now the Cortez Community
Center, took six weeks.
Allen Langford, president of First America Bank,
said he and Dan Hager, the bank's chairman of the
board, were born and raised in Manatee County, and
that played a role in the loan approval for FISH.
"They' re really getting the community on board,
and they' re trying to keep the historical aspect of
Manatee County," Langford said. "They've done a
very good job. They're really growing the organiza-
tion and they totally qualified for the loan."
Roger Allen, historical sites manager at the Flor-
ida Maritime Museum, said FISH will be able to pay
off the loan in a variety of ways. It can rent the fire


he asked Welch.
Stoltzfus said he was not asking that the city
change the parking plan at the PAR project, but ques-
tioned whether the city wanted to continue issuing
site-plan approvals for what he considers are unsafe
parking plans.
He claimed city staff should have denied PAR' s
parking plan so that it would have ended up becom-
ing a commission decision. PAR's project at 315
and 317 Pine Ave. called Cozy Corner by PAR
- was approved by the planning and zoning board
with some stipulations that were met by PAR before
proceeding with construction.
Larry Albert noted that the city has three other
PAR projects with similar parking plans, and there's
another ROR project being developed by Robert and
Nicki Hunt at 303 Pine Ave.
In addition, there is another project on Pine
Avenue that involves motorists backing onto Pine
Avenue from a parking location, he said.
Welch agreed there are problems with the city's
land-development regulations, particularly parking.
And, he said, he and the P&Z board have already
held one meeting to discuss changes to the parking
PLEASE SEE PARKING, NEXT PAGE


house, rent the parsonage, and use money raised from
the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
The next festival is Feb. 20-21.
"That's where a lot of the payments will come
from" for the property loan, Allen said.
Allen said the roughly 10 spaces for vehicles in
the empty, grassy lot will be used for the festival.
"The kids' rides will be right in the lot as well,"
Allen said.
The church, he said, will be used for community
meetings, exhibits and a classroom.
The classroom building needs a roof. Allen said
the building could also become storage, or possibly
an office rental, if zoning allows.


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regulations.
Dye said the city has "done everything right" in
approving the PAR project, but indicated that many
city projects do "not comply with parking regulations
as well as they could."
It's common for the city to have interpretations of
regulations, particularly concerning parking, because
of the composition of the lots, especially in the ROR,
he indicated.
Stoltzfus said he is "very safety conscious" and
contended that the land-development regulations have
not been applied properly in the planning process.
The PAR project on Pine "should have been
rejected on that basis," he said.
In fact, Stoltzfus said all approved ROR projects
should have been denied by staff and sent to the city
commission for review.
Dye said the city can encourage good parking
design in the parking ordinance with a checklist of
"thou shall and thou shall not," but, in his opinion,
the city commission has in the past always allowed
leeway in parking designs.
Welch said that there are a lot of issues to look
at in the city's parking regulations.
Turner added another one, pointing out that under
the city parking regulations, he and his deputies have
no authority in a private parking lot.
Property owners cannot have illegally parked
cars towed, and deputies cannot intervene in such
cases.
As an example, he said someone who works on
Pine Avenue could park at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center all day without fear of being
towed.
Turner also observed that most private parking
lots in the city make no accommodation for a handi-
cap parking space.
He also said he is unaware of any accident report
on Pine Avenue involving a vehicle backing out of a
parking space.
In response to a suggestion that the speed limit


on Pine Avenue be lowered to 15 mph, Turner said it
could be whatever the commission wants.
Pearman apologized for resigning from the com-
mittee at its first meeting and suggested that there
should be compromises on many parking issues.
Agreed, said Albert. "We have to live with what
we got, but maybe we can improve" on what's in the
regulations.
The committee's report is due at the commission
work session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.
Following the safety committee meeting, Cole-
man said he was pleased at the final direction of the
committee.
"There was good dialogue. I believe there is a
broad cross-section of citizens on the committee and
I'm encouraged."
Mattick, however, said Stoltzfus appears more
concerned about politics than solving a problem.
"It's clear that that thing is politically motivated.
It's all directed against PAR," she said.
City resident Mark Alonso, commented after the
meeting that the parking situation on Pine Avenue
has been around for decades.
L\ clyone on Pine Avenue has to back out into
the street. Why is PAR being singled out?"


Special meeting set

for Dec. 3 on

parking safety
Commission Chair John Quam scheduled a
special commission work session at 6 p.m. Thurs-
day, Dec. 3, to discuss parking and safety issues
in the city. The meeting was scheduled after a
committee to study the problem was formed
last week by Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus and
asked to report to the commission.
The next regularly scheduled commission
meeting is at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.


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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 2, 2009 3 3

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Anna Maria City
Dec. 3, 6 p.m., special city commission work
session.
Dec. 17, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
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 com-
mittee 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
Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City
Hall.
Dec. 14, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Dec. 16, Barrier Island Elected Officials meet-
ing, time and location to be announced.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
org.


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Island committee seeks action


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"Paper or plastic?" The answer may become
"neither," and the question eventually may not get
asked.
Florida may institute a tax on single-use bags,
and eventually ban retailers from distributing them.
Such an action would satisfy some members of
Bradenton Beach's ScenicWAVES committee.
Many involved with ScenicWAVES have long
advocated reducing reliance on plastic shopping
bags.
And city project/program manager Lisa Marie
Phillips, who works with the ScenicWAVES volun-
teer committee, personally has advocated limits on
the bags.
In 2008, the Florida Legislature passed and Gov.
Charlie Crist signed into law the Enii.l'y, Climate
Change, and Economic Security Act, which requires
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
to analyze "the need for new or different regulation of
auxiliary containers, wrappings, or disposable plastic
bags used by consumers to carry products from retail
establishments."
The law requires the DEP to submit its report by
Feb. 1, 2010.
A spokeswoman with the agency said the DEP
is collecting data on the amount of retail bags gener-
ated, recycled and disposed of in the state, the role
retail bags play in Florida's litter, the effect the bags
have on wildlife and the environment and the retail-
ers' positions.
The DEP also is analyzing other policies regard-
ing single-use bags bans, fees, limits and retailer
self-regulation.
Earlier this year, the DEP released a draft report,
which quickly was withdrawn, that recommended the
Legislature prohibit retailers from providing single-
use paper and plastic bags as of July 1, 2015.
The withdrawn draft also contained a proposed
schedule of fees for single-use bags 5 cents per
bag in 2011, 25 cents per bag in 2014.


"While the preliminary draft has been withdrawn
and should not be considered the agency's recom-
mendation, we are in the process of seeking addi-
tional input, guidance and recommendations for the
Retail Bags Report from the public and stakeholder
groups," said DEP spokeswoman Amy Graham.
Until the Legislature adopts DEP recommenda-
tions on the issue, the law states that "no local govern-
ment, local governmental agency or state government
agency may enact any rule, regulation, or ordinance
regarding use, disposition, sale, prohibition, restric-
tion, or tax of such auxiliary containers, wrappings,
or disposable plastic bags."
ScenicWAVES members said the state law inter-
feres with local governments' home-rule authority,
and this month the group is preparing to ask the city
commission to recommend lawmakers free munici-
palities to make local policies on single-use retail
bags.
"Look, honor home rule," Lisa Marie Phillips
said, summing up the committee's position on the
state law. "Let us decide."
The local environmental group ManaSota-88,
which has called for Manatee and Sarasota counties
to ban plastic bags from county landfills, has also said
the statute is bad public policy.
Limits on the distribution of single-use plastic
bags exist in other countries and in a number of U.S.
cities.
At the national level, a measure was introduced
in Congress earlier this year to attach a 5-cent tax on
single-use bags from grocery stores and other retail
outlets, although the bill is not expected to pass this
year.
"Certainly the United States, the state of Florida,
we are powerhouses, we can do this," Phillips said.
"We can not only catch up, but lead."
But prohibitions do not have the support of
many retailers in the state, including the largest on
the Island Public Super Markets, which operates
a store in Holmes Beach.
"Publix would be opposed to a ban on plastic


on retail bags
bags," said spokesperson Shannon Patten. "We want
our customers to have choices. We offer alternatives
to plastic bags and many of our customers are cur-
rently using reusable bags."
Patten added that Publix also collects plastic
bags. Last year, she said, the company recycled 6,700
tons of plastic.
"We also have many initiatives taking place to
reduce the use of plastic bags," Patten said. "We have
improved training for our front service clerks, imple-
mented a communications campaign to encourage
the use of reusable bags and we continue to distrib-
ute free reusable bags through various partnerships
within our community. So far, these initiatives have
helped us to reduce our use of plastic bags by over
200 million per year."


AGAMI supports art department
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island recently
donated $200 to the W.D. Sugg Middle School art
department. Pictured are principal \/,..,. ,i- Scar-
brough, from left, art teacher Raymond Rhodes and
AGAMI member Marie Garafano. AGAMI also
donated $200 to the Electa A. Lee Middle School
art department.


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Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn Lester are again offering up to $50,000 in
matching funds for contributions made by Dec. 31, 2009, to the Anna Maria Island
Community Center program scholarship fund. And your contribution is tax deductible.
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County no help in Anna Maria boundary issue


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Manatee County has refused to administer
its laws and regulations in the waters surrounding
Anna Maria although such areas are legally in the
county. Now the city has to pay for a survey and peti-
tion the Florida Legislature to change the boundary
to include those waters in the city.
The county has not shown a willingness to
enforce its regulations in its own territory, city attor-
ney Jim Dye indicated.
The issue began several years ago when Mayor
Fran Barford learned during an application by a prop-
erty owner to build a pier that the city limits end at
the water's edge. Even the city pier and the Rod &
Reel Pier are in county waters.
The problem is that Anna Maria ordinances -
including issuance of a building permit for a dock
- can' t be enforced in those waters because they are
outside the city jurisdiction.
Anna Maria's efforts to have Manatee County
assume responsibility for the waters including
dock permits and marine enforcement have been
for naught.
Dye told commissioners at their Nov. 19 meeting
that at a meeting with the county about the aforemen-
tioned dock permit, county officials said they would
show the applicant their requirements, but not issue
a permit.
As a result, Dye said, if Anna Maria wants control
over areas not on land, it has to extend its boundar-
ies and provide a new survey, pay attorney fees and
submit to the Florida Legislature the change in city
limits. It also will eventually have to submit and pay
for a comp-plan amendment, Dye said.
Commissioner Dale Woodland suggested that
common sense" would indicate the county should
perform its duty.
"I agree," said Dye, "but we haven't found a


similar attitude" at the county.
Commissioners agreed in a 4-1 vote to move for-
ward with a new boundary map that will extend the
city limits to include the city pier, Rod & Reel Pier,
and the piers and docks at Galati Marine. Commis-
sioner Chuck Webb cast the dissenting vote.
In other business: Barford told commissioners that
she is trying to get a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ero-
sion-control study of Anna Maria's bayside done now,
rather than in 2014 when the next Islandwide beach
renourishment project is scheduled to begin.
She wants the study so it will be readily avail-
able when the county begins the engineering of the
renourishment project and has written U.S. Rep. Vern
Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, asking for assistance
with the Corps.
Commissioners agreed to have Barford sign a
cooperative agreement with the other two Island

Thankful
little Indians
Young students
join School for
Constructive Play
teacher Gail Mars-
den in a perfor-
mance of "Ten Little
Indians" Nov. 24.
The kids sang songs
and entertained
family and friends
dressed as pilgrims,
Native Ameri- -
cans and turkeys
in advance of the .
Thanksgiving holi-
day. Islander Photo:
Courtney Call


cities to obtain funding from the Southwest Florida
Water Management District in its 2010-11 budget for
drainage projects.
The agreement is non-binding and the city can
drop out of the arrangement at any time, the mayor
said. Additionally, it won't cost the city any money.
The deadline to submit the co-op agreement to
Swiftmud is Dec. 4.
The agreement is to show Swiftmud "intent" to
apply for funding, the mayor said.
Holmes Beach will prepare all the documents for
the agreement.
Woodland, who spearheaded the city's master
stormwater drainage plan, said one benefit of the
agreement is obtaining a data base of all Island drain-
age issues and potential solutions.
"It's worth exploring and there's no risk to the
city," he said.


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Celebrating Seuss
It's just three weeks before the Christmas holiday
and a few weeks post-election cycle on Anna Maria
Island. And it is decidedly not business as usual in
the city of Anna Maria.
The same raucous, grating rancor that pervaded
the election of three commissioners there prevails,
in spite of the holiday decorations on lamp posts,
storefronts and residences.
It just begs for comparisons to fiction as the pre-
election campaign promises of one commissioner -
yes, the election winner to appease the wishes of
supporters and anonymous bloggers takes on an ugly
green hue.
Of course, we' re reminded of the Grinch who
stole Christmas.
Let's test your knowledge of the 1957 children's
legend about the misanthrope who planned to deprive
some folks of Christmas presents.
Who wrote the book "How The Grinch Stole
Christmas?" Dr. Seuss or the Duke of Miller?
Where does the Grinch live? Parkarama, Traf-
ficville or Crumpetville?
When the Grinch looks down from his Gulf-view
home, what village does he see? Gulfville, Gulffront
or Gulfside village?
The Grinch hates Christmas. Why? Did he lack
Christmas cards, congratulatory letters or parking
spaces?
How many years has the Grinch plotted to take
over Christmas? Three? Thirty? Since the first auto-
mobile arrived to the city of Gulfville?
To help pull his sleigh, he dresses up his dog as
a reindeer. What is the dog's name? Dutchess, Wally,
Katrina?
Who catches him stealing all the Christmas trim-
mings, the mayor or the villagers of Gulfville?
Does the Grinch manage to steal Christmas? Yes
or no, please.
At the end of the story the Grinch is seated with
the Gulfvillers and is carving dinner. What is it? Par-
bird? Seabeast? Gulf of Mexico Crow?
Does the Grinch's heart grow, shrink or stay the
same on Christmas in Gulfville?
Ah, and there lies the question. Will the villag-
ers embrace the commission and look for ways to
spread cheer and cooperation? Will Gulfville rescue
its holiday spirit?
Only the Grinch can say, but he managed to pull
the first parking meeting out of the hat.
We have hope.

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Rave reviews
On Nov. 15, a concert entitled "An Afternoon of
Classics" opened the 18th season of the Anna Maria
Island Community Chorus and Orchestra.
We have been proud and pleased over the years
that the Island community has so highly rated our
performances and embraced our music.
Some of the rave reviews we received after our
November concert: "Fabulous," "excellent," "best
I' ve heard," "soaring choral presence," "powerful,"
and "brilliant orchestra throughout, especially in the
Beethoven Symphony No. 1."
Don Bryn, the pianist featured in the Beethoven
Choral Fantasy, stole the show with his virtuoso per-
formance of the exquisite piano solo that gloriously
dominates Fantasy. Kudos to Bryn.
And to all our musicians, including the two young
competition winners who wowed the audience with
their solos, Erika Hendrickson-Boyd, cellist, and
Patrick Broder, bassoonist. You had to be there to
appreciate the marvelous sounds.
And we hope you will be there at our next con-
cert, "An Island Christmas," at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at
CrossPointe Fellowship in Holmes Beach. Please,
go to our Web site at www.amicco.org for more
information.
Alice Jeghelian, AAICCO board member

Rhyme and reason
I pick up the trash
to keep the beach clean.
He plans the trees
everywhere they are seen.
Happy are the birds and the bees.
Cigarette ends, bottles, cans and food wrappers
are the worst.
Take home your garbage
Make it a first.
Help keep our Island very pristine.


Do as we do
Pick up and plant,
Do your part, too.
Caroline Molyneux, Holmes Beach

Thanks for Thanksgiving
A big thanks to Lisa Marie Phillips, her family
and friends for their generous sumptuous feast that
they provided at Annie Silver Community Center on
Thanksgiving day.
Containers of leftovers to take home were
offered, with the rest going to the Our Daily Bread
soup kitchen. They really put the "giving" in Thanks-
giving. Their tremendous effort is truly a gift to the
community. We give thanks.
Janie Robertson and Carl Parks, Bradenton
Beach

'Quaint' question
Can the \\ Id's Best Quaint Island" do without
its quaint drawbridge?
What a dilemma!
Diane Canniff, Anna Maria

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Thanksgiving shared on AMI


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate
a bountiful harvest 388 years ago.
Anna Maria Islanders tend to make their Thanks-
giving celebration last four days.
And vacationers to the Island can make the cel-
ebration last a winter.
"I arrive the week of Thanksgiving and stay
through February," said Michigan resident Carol
Naumes. "I miss the worst of the weather up north,
mostly, and I get one long holiday down here."
Churchoeers celebrated Thanksgiving with ser-
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Community Center in Bradenton Beach for turkey,
ham and potluck side dishes.
\ ly favorite on Thanksgiving is mashed pota-
toes and gravy," said Joe-Joe Grayson, 10, of Tinley
Park, Ill, who enjoyed the holiday at Manatee Public
Beach. "But I also like pie."
Janice Grayson, 14, said she preferred another
ingredient: sunshine.
"The best thing about this Thanksgiving is the
weather," Janice said. "Because you know it snowed
before Halloween at home."

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In the Dec. 1, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard closed
the city pier to the public after he said he received
a number of reports of vandalism and unsafe con-
ditions. The pier restaurant had been vacant since
October after negotiations with the tenant for a new
lease were unsuccessful. Shumard said the city was
looking for a new tenant for the restaurant.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners voted
3-2 to drop the concept of constructing a "Welcome
to Bradenton Beach" sign at the foot of the Cortez
Bridge at the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection
after Commissioner Bill Arnold said he had never
seen any plans for the sign.
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard tempo-
rarily halted a $500,000 Southwest Florida Water
Management District drainage improvement project
after residents complained about the size and depth of
newly constructed swales in front of their houses. A
representative of E.T. McKenzie of Florida Inc., the
project contractor, wrote Shumard that if the project
were halted permanently, the company would seek
payment in full.

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Nov. 23 66 / 3 0
Nov. 24 676 83 .03
Nov. 25,)). 65 74 1.02
Nov 26 56 :: 72 0
Nov.2 C47 0
Nov. 28 46 '"68 0
Average Gulf water temperature 680
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Cortez, Bradenton Beach to host state meeting


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The area's two waterfronts communities -
Cortez and Bradenton Beach are preparing to
welcome others in the state waterfronts program for
a two-day meeting Dec. 7-8.
On a quarterly schedule, participants in the Water-
fronts Florida Program gather for a two-day meeting
for training sessions, discussions and to explore a
waterfronts community, a state designation awarded
to cities though a competitive application process
every two years.
"The meetings are intended to accomplish the
following: to showcase the accomplishments of the
host community in its efforts to protect and enhance
the local waterfront; to facilitate knowledge shar-
ing among our partnership communities across the
state; to provide information and research on differ-
ent aspects of waterfront revitalization to folks at
the local level seeking to protect their commercial
or recreational waterfront," said Waterfronts Florida
Program spokesperson James Miller.
About 40 people are expected to attend the meet-
ing, which is open to the public, but registration is
required. Out-of-town participants are being offered
discounted room rates at the Pelican Post Motel in
Bradenton Beach.
The meeting, most of which will take place at
the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, will
include presentations on low-impact development
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ronmentally friendly hazard-mitigation practices and
the Florida Scenic Highway Program.
The meeting also will include tours of Cortez and
Bradenton Beach, as well as a roundtable discussion
on successes and challenges for waterfronts commu-
nities.
Cortez became a Waterfronts Florida community
in 1999 and Bradenton Beach earned its designation
in 2005.
The description of Cortez on the state Web site
reads, "Nestled along the shores of Sarasota Bay in
Manatee County, Cortez is the last remaining fishing
village on Florida's Suncoast. Still active commer-
cially, Cortez faces a number of pressures as a result
of increasing regulation of the commercial fishing
industry, encroaching residential development, and
incompatible redevelopment interests by outside
investors. Unlike many coastal communities that
desire tourism-based economies, the village of Cortez
remains a family-oriented fishing village where boats
can be found on dry docks, where signs still stand
in yards opposing the 1994 net ban, and where crab
traps can be seen stored under pole barns and carports
ready for their next voyage."
The description of Bradenton Beach states,
"Located on Anna Maria Island in Manatee County,
Bradenton Beach boasts many accomplishments.
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of Bradenton Beach. As a city advisory group, the
committee makes the preservation and enhancement
of natural resources a priority in decision-making,
while advocating public and private partnerships, and
always remembering history and its role in the city's
future."
Members of the ScenicWAVES voted earlier this
year to host the state meeting. The city commission
also approved Bradenton Beach's involvement.
"The information is going to be invaluable," said
city project/program manager Lisa Marie Phillips.


Planning to attend?
Registration for the Waterfronts Florida
Program meeting taking place Dec. 7-8 in Bra-
denton Beach and Cortez is open.
The agenda includes a tour Dec. 7 of the
Florida Maritime Museum and Cortez water-
front, lunch at the Star Fish Dockside Restau-
rant in Cortez, a series of presentations at the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach,
then a tour of the city and return to the Beach-
House for dinner.
The agenda Dec. 8 includes a series of
morning meetings at the BeachHouse.
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 2, 2009 E 9


Disaster planning results in wish list


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach officials, in the course of pre-
paring for a disaster, have created a long-term wish
list that includes the possible raising or relocating of
city hall.
Florida communities are involved in adopting
long-range strategies to reduce hazards and risks in
a disaster.
In Bradenton Beach, officials said the hazards
presenting the most concern are tropical storms or
hurricanes and severe flooding from heavy rainfall.
The city's strategy, as approved by commission-
ers, calls for:
Installing storm shutters on city buildings.
Installation at city hall would cost about $20,000,
at the public works building about $10,000 and, at
the police headquarters, about $25,000.
Improving drainage along Gulf Drive/State
Road 789 from Sixth Street North to 27th Street
North to combat flooding of the city's major evacu-
ation route.
Engineering would cost about $40,000 and con-
struction about $400,000.
Upgrading the city's emergency communica-
tions equipment.
The cost is estimated at $50,000.
Raising Highland Avenue, First Street North
and the roundabout at the east end of Bridge
Street to improve drainage and reduce the risk
of flooding to homes, businesses and evacuation
routes.
The engineering would cost about $50,000 and
the construction about $400,000.
Installing sand dunes on the beach, which
would cost about $12,000 to engineer and $40,000
to carry out.
Raising or relocating city hall, 107 Gulf Drive
N. The engineering would cost about $20,000 and


construction about $500,000.
Elevating the public works building, with engi-
neering estimated at $20,000 and construction esti-
mated at $500,000.
Raising Avenue A to improve drainage at a cost
of about $300,000.
Improving drainage on Bay Drive South from
the Bridge Street roundabout to Fifth Street South.
Engineering is estimated at $20,000.
Securing an easement in the 2100 block of Gulf
Drive to the bay for stormwater improvements.
The cost is estimated at $60,000.


Moose to vote oi
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Moose members will decide next month on
whether to institute a smoking ban in the Bradenton
Beach lodge.
The Anna Maria Island Lodge No. 2188, 110
Gulf Drive, will hold a vote at 10 a.m. Jan. 16.
The lodge will not allow proxy votes on the
issue.
A notice of the special meeting vote stated that
if the vote is for no smoking, the ban will take effect
Jan. 17.
If the vote fails, smoking will continue in the bar
area.
Florida public health law chapter 386 -gen-
erally bans indoor smoking "to protect people from
the health hazards of secondhand tobacco smoke."
But there are exceptions to the law.
Businesses defined as stand-alone bars the
licensed premise derives no more than 10 percent of
its gross revenue from the sale of food consumed -
are exempt from the smoking ban.
Membership associations such as the Moose also
can be exempt, although the law contains what critics


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Redesigning stormwater retention at Cortez
Beach.
The cost is estimated at $15,000 for engineering
and $100,000 for construction.
The city developed the mitigation strategy for
planning purposes, as well as to take advantage of
future grant opportunities, according to city project/
program manager Lisa Marie Phillips.
"The project list and our participation in the LMS
program are mandated by our commitment to public
safety and make possible our participation in certain
funding opportunities," she said.


smoking policy
have termed a gray area.
A provision of the law states that membership
association facilities are exempt "if no person or per-
sons are engaged in work." And work is defined as
"any person's providing any employment or employ-
ment-type service for or at the request of another indi-
vidual or individuals or any public or private entity,
whether for compensation or not, whether full or part
time, whether legally or not."
However, the law also states that membership
associations can allow for smoking in facilities if
activities are performed by members and it has been
interpreted to allow members to assist other members
and their guests.
"A membership association, such as a Moose
Lodge, can allow a member/bartender to serve food
and allow smoking," said Alexis Antonacci Lambert,
press secretary for the Florida Department of Busi-
ness and Professional Regulation. "This only applies
if the bartender is a member of the association."
A spokesman for Moose International said there
is not an organization-wide policy on smoking, but
that lodges are encouraged to provide a non-smoking
area.


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open at Island theater


"The Education of Angels" by Matthew
Carlin opens Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Island Play-
ers theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The play, directed by James Thaggard, is
about two angels, Nick and Jenna, who get sent
back to Earth for a final exam.
The play was first presented Feb. 17, 2005, by
the United Players of Friendswood United Meth-
odist Church in Friendswood, Texas.
Carlin, in the author's notes, wrote, "I think
one of the most important things to focus on when
producing 'Angels' is the relationship between
Nick and Jenna. We have to know from the start
that Nick is a nice guy, and we also see from
the start that the two of them really do like each
other.... Their relationship is almost like a brother
and sister who pick on each other relentlessly,


FISH to host
Holiday Pot Luck
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage is
holding its sixth annual Holiday Pot Luck at 5 p.m.
Dec. 6 at the Bayside Banquet Hall on the Cortez
waterfront.
FISH will provide a fresh-cooked ham and turkey
and is asking that those who attend bring a covered
dish or dessert.
The pot luck has been a joint event with the
Cortez Trailer Park for four years.
"The food is going to be pretty good," said Roger
Allen, historic sites manager at the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez. "So come along."
For more information, call the museum at 941-
708-6120.

Ellenton AMVETS
host pig roast
AMVETS Post 301 in Ellenton will host its
fourth annual Hog Roast at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec.
6, to support the Bay Pines Veterans Hospital.
The event is being held in remembrance of the
attack on Pearl Harbor.
Dinner is $6.50.
Organizers also are planning raffles, a silent
auction and a visit from the Anna Maria Island
Privateers.
The post is on Highway 301 in Ellenton.

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but deep down you know they still love each
other."
The cast includes Carl MacMichael, Chelsey
Panisch, Herb Stump, Rick Kopp, Diana Shoe-
maker, Mary Jo Johnson, Vinnie Conte and
Rachel Johnson.
Performances will continue through Dec.
13 Tuesday through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and
Sunday at 2 p.m., with the theater dark on
Monday.
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.
For tickets or more information, call the box
office at 941-778-5755 or go to www.theisland-
players.org.


Winterfest celebrates
young artists
The Anna Maria Island Art League is accepting
two-dimensional artwork for its annual "Young at
Art" exhibit.
The exhibit is open to any elementary, middle or
high school student in Manatee County. Artwork will
be on display at the Winterfest Fine Arts and Fine
Crafts Festival held at Holmes Beach City Hall Field,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Dec. 12-13.
Artwork must be the original work of the young
artist. Artwork by elementary and middle school-aged
students must be attached to a 12 by 18 inch sheet of
black construction paper. High school students are
asked to mat their work.
Artwork must be submitted before Dec. 7 to
the league office, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday.
For more information, call the league at 941-778-
2099.
Market set for Dec. 5
The Bridge Street Market will take place Satur-
day, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Bridge Street
in Bradenton Beach.
The market will feature produce and food ven-
dors, artists and craftspeople and other retailers.
Local entertainer Larry Wilhelm is scheduled to
perform.
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at
941-518-4431.

Tingley book club to meet
The Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St.
N., Bradenton Beach, will host its After Hours Book
Club at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.
For more information, call 941-779-1208.












The traditional Bethlehem Walk a re-enact-
ment of Joseph and Mary's search for a shelter and
the birth of Jesus will take place Saturday, Dec.
12.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, presents the event, which begins
at 6:30 p.m. that the church and proceeds through the
neighborhood.
Shawn and Julia Duytschaver and their son, Finn,
will portray the holy family.
Other holiday events this month include:
Dec. 4, the Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday
Open House, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the downtown area of
Marina and Gulf drives, featuring a visit from Santa
Claus at the Islander and a tree-lighting ceremony at
5 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce.
Dec. 5, the Lester-Islander Family Fun Day, 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
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.
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.
Following the parade, the Privateers will host
Santa Claus and children at a party at Coquina
Beach.
"This much anticipated annual event brings
great joy to Islanders," said organizer Greg "Wig"
Luzier.
Dec. 19, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., holiday open house
in Bradenton Beach, centered 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.


Island plans Christmas


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i ne Anna Vlaria Islana 'rivateers leaa tlelir annual Clnristmas raraae. Islander rile rholto: Lisa Iveff

Island Gallery West
will host a reception for
December's featured art-
ists potter Debra Ridge-
dill and watercolorist Dee
Pastorius at 5:30 p.m.
-J r Friday, Dec. 4, during the
downtown Holmes Beach
holiday open house. The
reception will take place
at the gallery, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. For
more information, call
941-778-6648.


Artist Sue Lynn Cotton will lead a demon-
stration 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 informa-
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12 0 DEC. 2, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER


Pitchers pitch in for AID food bank


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The players in Anna Maria's horseshoe league
pitch shoes most Wednesday and Saturday morn-
ings.
They also recently pitched in to help All Island
Denominations keep its food bank at Roser Memorial
Community Church stocked.
The players donated money on game days to pur-
chase groceries for the food bank.
"We give a little bit each day on Wednesday and
Saturday," said Jeff Moore, president of the league,
which meets for games at 9 a.m. at the pits at Anna
Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
Moore delivered the groceries Nov. 23 to Roser,


512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
"You name it, we got it,"


he said as he hauled the


last of five boxes into the church following a shop-
ping spree at the Island Publix.
He pointed to the boxes and said an emphasis
was put on buying packaged macaroni and cheese.
"I know that's popular," Moore said.
"Oh yes it is," said Nancy Carson, who volun-
teers in the pantry, a small storage room near the
church activity hall.
Islanders help stock the pantry through All Island
Denominations, the network established by Anna
Maria Island congregations to help other islanders
in times of need, as well as promote interfaith and
ecumenical activities.
Islanders can receive food bank assistance by
calling the AID hotline, 941-725-2433, and making
a request. AID notifies volunteers and Roser when
someone will be picking up groceries, often handed


out by church custodian Charles Wade.
Carson said a bag of groceries usually contains
cereal, dinner and lunch items, soup cans, vegetables,
rice, tea or cocoa, crackers, fruit and toilet paper.
"We run short of peanut butter and jelly and
crackers," she said. "And cans of fruit."
Moore said the horseshoe players wanted to help
stock the pantry before the holiday season arrived.
"It's that time of year," he said.


Thanks, praise
The Rev. John Bonser of
All Island Denominations;
Marion Duncan of Cros-
sPointe Fellowship, the .
Rev. Gary Batey of Roser "
Memorial Community ."
Church, the Rev. Stephen
King of Harvey Memo- '
rial Church, the Rev.
Jean Woady Louis of St. '.
Bernard Catholic Church, .
the Rev. Dr. Frank "
McGrath ofAID, the Very
Rev. Harry Parsell of the
Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation and the
Rev. Rosemary Backer of
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church with food bank items collected at AID's Thanksgiving Eve worship service.
The program took place Nov. 25 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

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90 well-appointed rooms, apts., suites
with kitchens, wi-fi, pools, beach, more!
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Haley's Motel
An Island jewel with 1950s charm and
21st century amenities. Perfect for all
weddings and reunions.
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Bungalow Beach Resort
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Beauty & Wellness
Acqua Aveda Salon Spa Store
Hair, nails, makeup, skin and massage
for the bride and the entire bridal party.
5311 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
941-778-5400 www.acquaaveda.com

Bridal Attire
The Beach Shop
at the Manatee Public Beach
Pretty white dresses for a casual island
wedding, dresses for the moms, too!
Open daily. 941-778-5442


Jewelry
Bridge Street Jewelers
The Island's full-service jewelry store.
129 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach
941-896-7800
Photography
Jack Elka PhotoGraphics
The finest wedding photography, since
1980. Studio located at 315 58th St.
Holmes Beach. Visit my Web site at
www.jackelka.com
941-778-2711
Music/Entertainment
Chuck Caudill Entertainment
Specializing in beach weddings and
events. DJ service, live guitar and
more from an experienced
Island professional.
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Flowers
Silvia's Flower Corner
Unique flowers that will WOW you!
9801 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Call 941-720-0424, or e-mail
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Fresh Cuisine with our personal touch.
Weddings, brunches, parties, barbeques.
All events customized. 941-778-0411
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Invitations
Paper Panache
Custom invitations for weddings
And every other social occasion
3202 Cortez Rd.
941.755.9100
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Wedding/Receptions
Rotten Ralph's Restaurants
Now offering catering
and banquet facilities
for weddings and private parties.
For catering menu and more
information call 941-778-3953.
Queens Gate Resort
Private beach weddings, reception area, &
guest accommodations all in one location.
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Jeff Moore, left, of the Anna Maria horseshoe
league donates groceries to the food bank spon-
sored by All Island Denominations with the sup-
port of Roser Memorial Community Church staff
and volunteers, including Ginger Braune, C Ih., I.-
Wade and Nancy Carson. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


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Kingfish-Manatee Avenue

sidewalk extension sought


The Holly Berry Bazaar draws an early crowd to the Episcopal Church Women
at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach Nov. 14.
Sale items included arts and crafts, baked goods and the ECW's pickle crisps.

Mel Abel and
Frances Smith-
Williams sell
jams and pickles
at the Holly I
Berry Bazaar.
Islander Photos:
Lisa Neff


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Once improvements to the
Kingfish Boat Ramp are completed
this month, the new sidewalk along
Manatee Avenue will end at W\T.bl\uy
Cove North.
But Holmes Beach Commis-
sioner David Zaccagnino said he's
had a different plan for four years.
Zaccagnino is trying to get the Sara-
sota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
Organization to consider a project
that would extend the sidewalk to
Gulf Drive and the Manatee Public
Beach.
"In the summer, there's a lot of
high traffic, a lot of people walking
up and down on that side of Manatee
Avenue," Zaccagnino said. "That's
what I' m working on, and something
I hope to get going."
The main obstacles will be fund-
ing and Florida Department of Trans-


portation permitting, Zaccagnino
said.
"There might be an opportunity
with some money," Zaccagnino said.
"Apparently, the DOT at their meet-
ing, they said there might be a pos-
sibility where we might get a second
round of stimulus funding for proj-
ects."
Zaccagnino hopes to get the side-
walk project on the MPO agenda. The
DOT would then pick the project from
a list recommended by the MPO.
But DOT permitting, Zaccagnino
said, is a huge obstacle.
At a recent Palma Sola Scenic
Highway Committee meeting, Keith
Bettcher of the county's natural
resource department said all the
work except the lighting at the
Kingfish ramp should be completed
by Dec. 9.
Bettcher expected the lighting to
be completed by Dec. 16.


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14 E DEC. 2, 2009 U THE ISLANDER


Sarasota Bay seagrasses plentiful again


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Sarasota Bay seagrasses are as plentiful as they' ve
been in more than 50 years, Dr. Jay Leverone said
Nov. 21 at the Save Anna Maria Inc. meeting at the
Island Branch Library.
Leverone is at Sarasota Bay Estuary and used to
be the senior environmental scientist and assistant
program manager with the benthic t ,'1<.' staff at
Mote Marine Laboratory.
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program was created
in 1989, then the National Estuary Program, to restore
and protect Sarasota Bay. The program's management
plan addresses wastewater treatment and reclama-


tion, stormwater treatment and prevention, freshwa-
ter and saltwater wetlands, fisheries and other living
resources, and recreational use and governance.
Leverone's presentation focused on seagrasses,
which, like bay scallops, is an indicator of water qual-
ity.
Based on maps of seagrasses in Sarasota Bay
that have determined the change in seagrasses over
time, there are 8,000 acres of continuous seagrasses
in Sarasota Bay, the most since the first sets of aerial
photographs of the bay were shot in 1948.
One of the highest areas of recent loss was on
the northeast side of the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota,
where there's high boat traffic.


Leverone said the best way to create healthy
seagrasses is through restoration efforts that allow
grasses to expand naturally. He said mitigation
efforts, where grasses are transplanted from one area
to another, seldom succeeded.
"As far as for turtle grass," Leverone said, "I
have not seen any truly successful practices through
mitigation."
Although the seagrasses are as healthy as ever,
Leverone said that doesn't mean there will be any
reduced efforts in maintaining water quality.
"This doesn't mean we're finished with what
we' re doing," Leverone said. "Realize that there
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Seagrass CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2
will be additional pressure and development that will
inevitably return, and watersheds will become more
populated."
Boats scarring seagrass beds also have hindered
a healthy ecosystem. Leverone once saw a roughly
30-by-50-foot hole in a turtle grass bed caused when
a boat was stuck on a low tide and was pulled over
the grass into deeper water. Leverone said such an
area could take 10 years to recover, if at all.
"To prevent it, we need boater education," Leve-
rone said. "It's about appreciating and recognizing
our resources. The tide will rise again. There are less
damaging ways to boat into deeper water than to say,
'Screw the seagrasses, I'm gonna get out of here at
all costs."


The scallop population in the bay also is at an
all-time high, Leverone said.
"I was working with a friend at the Florida
Research Institute to find any way to bring scallops
back and didn't have a lot of success," Leverone said.
"Then we hooked up with the hatchery in Terra Ceia
and we were able to bring scallops into the hatchery,
and they' d spawn, and we' d have millions of baby
scallops to put into the water."
Leverone said the scallop success wasn't necessar-
ily a result of their work, but because water conditions
were appropriate for recruitment of scallops in the bay.
If the success continues, Leverone said, it could open
up Sarasota Bay to recreational scalloping.
After Leverone's presentation, SAM expressed
concerns about its membership. There were nine
members present at the meeting.


THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 2, 2009 0 15
A new member, Maureen McCormick, said SAM
simply doesn't have its message out there. "We need
a Web site," she said.

Chamber plans lunch,

biz card exchange Dec. 2
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
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 res-
ervations are requested.


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16 0 DEC. 2, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER


O'ii Kitty' Gdventunes in Shopping ntique.,


ant-Otqueo and Chic Ooutiqueo!


It's the most wonderful time of the year... SHOPPING
SEASON ... and we know all the merry places to find
unique holiday gifts.
Tide and Moon was just named winner of the Small
Business of the Year Award from the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, and it's no wonder. With tons
and tons of great jewelry, accessories, and handbags,
owner Laura Shely has the knack for knowing just what
customers want. Congratulations, Laura and Tide and
Moon, we're so proud of you!
Steff"s Stuff in the Whitney Beach Plaza is having
its monthly Antiques and Art Fair, Saturday and Sunday,
Dec 5-6. There will be lots of treasures, artists and craft-
ers, organic produce and orchids and inm l Call Steff at
941-383-1901 for vendor inl ,i in 1i,,n
Rusty Crickett's in di n ,\\ n IllMniidcln has
just announced expanded hd11da hi lwiiu \\\ Illough
Christmas you can shop tilln, I \ .Ni\.1 ',inc. .'it and
fashion boutique 10am-6pim M nIiida\, thliiiU.' II atur-
days and 1 am-4pm Sundays. Ladies, if you're in need
of a cocktail dress for the holidays or a beautiful gift for
someone special, please, visit Crickett's.
Further up the downtown Bradenton path, we love
Braden River Antiques for it's amazing selection of
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'Rinage. Coiiiare ian'd Tour of Homes
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and Christimas Departmelnt
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series. We guarantee there's not another store like it.
And if you haven't yet checked out Retro Rosie
Vintage Clothing, you simply must. We especially love
the vintage hats and bridal attire. Cobwebs Antiques
is pleased to be a part of this year's Entre Nou, 1 ,11 ,
Homes. Make sure you get tickets and see the 1].\ ,cl\
holiday d6cor owner Nancy Cobb has lavished on ~Ic
of the featured homes.
In Palmetto, the Bag Lady tells us that new bags
and purses have been arriving just in time for holiday
gift giving. What lady doesn't need a new bag every
now and then? Bag Lady has big ones, little ones, fancy
ones and casual ones. There's at least one you will love,
or love to gift.
The Feed Store .Xnlique Mall features more than
50 anlIqLk dcalk.i and ,I kllc a wide variety of goods
from \ IniL._'i. l\ I ItIItKlllm i to collectible glass. This
Ellenln hit ipt' i' ,ni ,CI thie largest antique places
you'll liind ani \\I hl in 1 I ldiid We always enjoy a good
stroll here.
Whitfield Exchange should be on your go-to list
if you're in need of furnishings to accommodate holi-
day guests or kitchen wares and holiday serving dishes.
Owner Lindsay runs a top-notch consignment shop.
Vintage Vagabond is a bright, colorful antique


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Over 8,000 sq ft of "gently used, gently priced"
furniture, rugs, artwork, kitchenware,
greenery, linens, collectibles & more!
SStop in to find the usual,
the unusual, & the truly unique!
We're open Monday Saturday 1Oam 5pm
Located on US 41, about 2 miles north of the airport
751-4045


shop, fcaiil'In, among other things, vintage clothing,
furnishings and art. You name it, they've got it. It's all
quality stuff. Give them a visit and be amazed!
Community Thrift Shop is packed to the gills this
week with Christmas items and loads of furniture. Shop
i, 1n because, in just a couple of weeks, the shop will
k) losing for the Christmas holidays.
Niki's Island Treasures is a little treasure chest full
of jewelry, vintage collectibles and furnishings to fit in
with any tropical d6cor. Stop in and say "hi" to owner
Debra Barker and check out the lime-colored turquoise
jewelry she has in the store. It is fabulous!
The Sea Hagg is celebrating its 12-year anniver-
sary, go enjoy refreshments and special discounts all
day on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5.

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Residents, officials, kids, parents, grandparents,
visitors, tourists and friends of friends Everyone!
Absolutely everyone's invited to Holiday Fun Day.


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Meet Santa!
Join us for all the fun!
11-2 Saturday


Dec.


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Join us
Dec. 5,


MUSIC!


FOOD!


PRIZES!


for the Eighth Annual Lester-Islander Holiday Fun Day Saturday,
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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18 0 DEC. 2, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER


Streetlife


Island police blotter
Anna Maria
Nov. 29, 103 Tuna St., domestic disturbance.
Complainant said he and his brother-in-law got into
an argument. The complainant said his brother-in-law
was intoxicated and wasn't respecting his mother.
The brother-in-law lives in California and left Nov.
30. The officer said there were no signs of physical
violence.

Bradenton Beach
Nov. 26, 3900 E. Bay Drive, loitering, pil %\ linll.
felony possession of a controlled substance. Gerald
S. Cole of Bradenton was charged with loitering and
prowling on East Bay Drive and felony possession
of a controlled substance.
Nov. 27, 1600 Gulf Drive S., North Coquina Boat
Ramp, stolen vehicle. The victim had his vehicle
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Nov. 22, 500 block of 69th Street, burglary of a
residence. Complainant said he was gone from his
residence almost two hours and returned to find his
46-inch plasma television was missing. He also said
his Apple I-pod and Casio camera had been taken
from a filing cabinet. The complainant said a man
had been staying with him in the house and had been
working for him for about three months, but he had
fired the man and had him move out about three
months ago.
Nov. 22, 500 block of 70th Street, burglary of a
residence. Officer was dispatched in reference to a
burglary. The victim stated that he and his wife live in
St. Petersburg and are only at the home on weekends.
He said they left the residence Nov. 11 and when they
returned Nov. 20, they noticed some things were out
of place. He found two tables and a window screen
damaged and some change missing from a dish on a
dresser.
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Holmes Beach man, 48,
arrested for burglary
Andrew Gassman, 48, was arrested Nov. 21 for
allegedly burglarizing a structure.
Police were dispatched to the 2900 block of Gulf
Drive that afternoon, according to a Holmes Beach
Police Department arrest report. Officer Cliff Bolt-
wood found that the rear entrance
of the residence as forced open.
Inside was Gassman's medical
bracelet, medication and some
Publix grocery bags.
Another officer arrived at
the Publix on East Bay Drive
and found Gassman at work as
Gas sman a deli clerk. Gassman told the
officer he had been provided a key and was allowed
to stay in the house.
But on telling Gassman about law enforcement's
observance of the forced rear entry, Gassman said he
broke that key and that he took another key from the
house, where he had been staying for a week.
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Albert Campbell Brown
Albert Campbell Brown, 77, of Anna Maria and
formerly of Belle Vernon, Pa., died Nov. 7 at his
Pennsylvania home.
Mr. Brown was the retired owner of Albert
Brown Electric and a member of Bethesda United
Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth, Pa. He also was a
32nd Degree member of the Pittsburgh Shrine and
a member of the Pleasant Hills Guthrie Lodge No.
509.
A service was held Nov. 11 at the Paul E. Beka-
vac Funeral Home in Elizabeth.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Helen
Carney; sons Albert C. II and wife Laurie of Belle
Vernon and Jason E. and wife Michelle of Denver,
N.C.; sister Deane Taricco of Los Angeles; brothers
William P of Elizabeth Township and Thomas V. of
Los Angeles; grandchildren Mackenzie, Maddison
and Marlee; and nieces and nephews.

Virginia (Ditty) Henke
Virginia (Ditty) Henke, 86, died Nov. 26.
Mrs. Henke was born in Sidney, Ohio, and moved
to Holmes Beach from there in 2000. She graduated
from Sidney High School in 1941. She married J.
Richard Henke in 1946 and they raised their three
children in Sidney. She was an active member of
Eastern Stars, Charity League and Inter-County
Chorus in Sidney. She was also an active member
of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sidney, where she
served as the choir director for many years and Trin-
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Bradenton FL 34205, or TideWell Hospice & Pallia-
tive Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Mrs. Henke is survived by her husband of 63
years, Dick; sons Bruce R. of Columbus, Ohio and
Brad R. and wife Suzanne of Cary, N.C.; daughter
Barbara M. and husband Bob Eilert of Palmetto; two
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Patricia A. Hunt
Patricia A. Hunt, 57, of Anna Maria, died Nov.
26.
Private family services will be held.
Memorials may be made to TideWell Hospice &
Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home, Bra-
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She is survived by her companion, Leslie Van-
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Wifi hot spots
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Anna Maria
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive.
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Drive.
Bradenton Beach
Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bra-
denton Beach.
Holmes Beach
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313
Gulf Drive.
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive.
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive.
The Islander is compiling a list of locations offer-
ing free wireless Internet service to computer users on
the Island. If you offer this convenience, please, e-mail
reporter Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.org, and include a
name and telephone number with the location of the hot
spot and a password if needed.


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AME students learn to rock, roll


First came the Beatles, then came Elvis. Watch
out Anna Maria Island, here come the Island Rock-
ers.
A new band is taking the Island by storm. Its
popularity is now expanding over the bridges and
into Manatee County.
The Island Rockers is not your average rock
band. This blues and rock band is made up of some
of Anna Maria Elementary School's finest third-and
fourth-graders.
"I feel confident on stage, this is what I want
to do. At first I was nervous, but now I just do it,"
said 8-year-old lead guitar player and vocalist Jacob
Castro.
The Island Rockers formed with a bond between
two friends with a passion for music. Jacob and drum-
mer Ethan Bertrand started playing together under the
supervision of Edison Academy music teacher Scott
Achor.
Now two years later, the band has grown to
include Abbey Achor, brass guitarist and Brandon
Mills, guitarist.
Abbey's teacher is her own dad, Mr. Achor.
But playing in a band that her dad teaches doesn't
phase her. "We would be no where without Mr. A.
He's the best music teacher and an awesome dad,"
said Abbey.
As the band has grown, so have its achieve-
ments.
The Island Rockers recently won the Manatee
County Talent Show, were named Distinguished Dol-
phins at AME, and Jacob and Ethan won the spring
Anna Maria Island Community Center talent show.
Also, the band played at Bayfest, the Mar Vista
Restaurant, and soon will be appearing at the Mana-
tee County Fair in January.
Three times a week, after school, this band prac-
tices. Once practice is over, the learning continues at
home.
"It's awesome! The kids have to learn to be team
players, and it keeps them busy and out of trouble,"
said band groupie and mom Pam Bertrand.
So what's next for these young rockers?
"I want to be playing in Japan," Abbey said.

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While the Island Rockers' goal is to make it big,
they are available to play for any type of party.
For more information onthe Island Rockers, look
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School calendar
Dec. 3, Progress reports.
Dec. 4, Book club meeting.
Dec. 8, Kiwanis Club grandparents program.
Dec. 10, Domino's pizza day.
Dec. 11, 8:30 a.m, Parent Teacher Organization
meeting.
Dec. 11, fourth- and fifth-grade Mini Mall.
Dec. 12-13, PTO Winterfest fundraiser.
Dec. 15, PTO dinner and first-grade perfor-
mance.
Dec. 19-Jan. 4, winter break.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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Calling all students
Anna Maria Elementary School nurse Vicki Dunning shows off some of the items the school closet has to
offer students. Students are being asked to help Dunning name the closet project.

Contest: Name the AME clothes closet


In the far corner of Anna Maria Elementary
School's health clinic stands a closet familiar to many
students. In this closet there are shirts, shoes and even
jackets, waiting for the day when a student will need
them.
"This closet holds clothes for kids to change into
if they rip their clothes at recess, get wet during the
bay study program or just need something to change
into," said AME nurse Vicki Dunning.
Dunning is asking students to help her name the
clothes closet. "I want to name the closet so the whole
school has something to call it. It's a closet for the
school, not just the clinic."
The clothes closet has been transformed from
what it once was. The Parent Teacher Organization
first donated the shelving. Janitor staff installed the
shelves so everything would be neat and tidy.
But don't expect to just find some old clothes
in this closet. From a glance, this closet seems to
hold the most up-to-date fashions for students. Some
students even have their own favorites in the closet.
AME student Day Green-Zelina into the clinic just
so she can change into her favorite black dress.
While most of the items in the closet were
donated, some items have been purchased, and Dun-
ning picks some of the clothes out herself.


"In a week, at least 20 students need things. I' ve
had students borrow socks, shirts, shorts and even
shoes," Dunning said.
Students are asked to submit their name sugges-
tions on a piece of paper by Friday, Dec. 4, to Dun-
ning at the school clinic. From there, Dunning and
another judge will pick a winner. Once a winner is
chosen, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the
closet.
For more information about the closet, call Dun-
ning at 941-708-5525.

Fall Festival results
The hard work of volunteers and mem-
bers of the Parent Teacher Organization on
the 2009 Anna Maria Elementary Schools Fall
Festival has payed off.
PTO president Monica Simpson said the
PTO budgeted to raise $10,500. However,
after the numbers were calculated, they were
surprised.
This year's Fall Festival raised more than
$12,000. "Thank you to everyone in the com-
munity for coming out and supporting AME,"
said Simpson.


The winner is...
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Elementary School Dolphin Dash T-shirt design
contest. Registration forms for the 5K race and
one-mile fun run, scheduled for Jan. 16, are avail-
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Wednesday, Dec. 2
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
Business lunch at Stonewood Grill, 7110 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 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.
3p.m. -After Hours Book Club meets at Tingley Memorial Library,
111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
5 to 7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business
card exchange at Holiday Cove, 11900 Cortez Road W., Cortez. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.

Thursday, Dec. 3
7 p.m. "The Education of Angels" opening night at the Island
Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, through Dec. 13. Information:
941-778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 4
5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House for
merchants featuring the Privateers, Chamber tree lighting and Santa.
Information: 941-778-7978.
5:30 p.m. "Island Colors" opening reception at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Dec. 20.
Information: 941-778-2099.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -Artist reception for raku potter Debra Ridgedill
and watercolor artist Dee Pastorious at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

Saturday, Dec. 5
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary yard sale
at 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-720-0426.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bazaar at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open-air market, 107 Bridge St., Bradenton.
Information: 941-518-4431.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. REAL Women's Ministry holiday brunch with
guest author Karen Davis and holiday performance by Manatee High
School Girls Choral Group at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7845.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lester-lslander Family Fun Day at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908.

Sunday, Dec. 6
5p.m. FISH holiday potluckat Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th
St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.
7:30 p.m. Auditions for "Self Help" at the Island Players, 10009
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778-1813.

Wednesday, Dec. 9
7:45 to 9 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast at The Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players luncheon at
the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W. Bradenton. Information:
941-518-4431. 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. Information: 941-
778-1908.
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island
Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 PineAve.,
Anna Maria, through April. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 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 Restau-
rant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, through Dec. 24. Information:
941-795-7805.

OFF ISLAND EVENTS:
Wednesday, Dec. 2
7p.m. Festival of Trees and "Crosley Christmas Live" open at the
Powel Crosley estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Bradenton, through Dec. 9.
Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Thursday, Dec. 3
7:30 p.m. Opening night of "Annie" at the Manatee Players, 102


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5 at Bradenton
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3304 43rd Street
W., Bradenton. For
advanced tickets or
more information,
call 941-751-1748
or 941-746-7065.


Old Main St., Bradenton, through Dec. 23. Information: 941-748-5875.
Fee applies.
8 p.m. Jazz concert at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th
St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 5
9a.m. to noon Holiday open house at Southeastern Guide Dogs,
4210 77th St. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-5665.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holidays and Horticulture with the Manatee
River Garden Club, 3120 FirstAve. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-745-
3665.
11 a.m. to 5 pm. Holiday tour of homes hosted by Entre Nous
Service Club at various northwest Bradenton locations. Information: 941-
748-8579. www.entrenousmanatee.org. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Sweet Adeline's Christmas Show at Bradenton Christian
High School Auditorium, 3304 43rd St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-
751-1748. Fee applies.

Sunday, Dec. 6
1 to 6 p.m. Hog roast in remembrance of Pearl Harbor at Ameri-
can Veterans Post #301, Highway 301 N., Ellenton. Information: 727-804-
1398.
4p.m. Holiday Choral Concert at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church,
6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4740.
4 p.m. Harpsichord concert at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3709.
5p.m. Bobby Horton picnic concert at DeSoto National Memorial
park, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-
0458.

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Dec. 11, Holiday show and sing-a-long at the Anna Maria Island
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Dec. 11, Evening tour of Palmetto Historical Park.
Dec. 11, picnic film feature of "The National Parks: America's Best
Idea" at DeSoto National Memorial Park.
Dec. 11, Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus performs at Manatee Uni-
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Golfer offers golf camp
Bradenton Beach resident Cathy Schmidt, a
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Known as the Golf Boot Camp, the instructional
camp is held at the SunCoast Golf Center, 7741 15th
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Cathy co-founded the golf boot camp program in
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Mail and More store in the Anna Maria Island Shop-
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In her seven years in operation, Sue has lived up to

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Dec. 12, Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade.
Dec. 12, "A Night Before Christmas" at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton.
Dec. 12, Holiday Boat Parade on Manatee River.
Dec. 12-13, Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest.
Dec. 12-13, Atomic Holiday Indie-craft Bazaar, SRQ Municipal
Auditorium.
Dec. 13, Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church.

Save the date:
Dec. 19, Holiday open house and lighted boat parade, Bradenton
Beach.
Dec. 19, "Where's Woody Candish" sidewalk art sale in the Island
Shopping Center.
Dec. 20, Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra
holiday concert.
Jan. 14-24, Manatee County Fair.
Feb. 10, Anna Maria Garden Club Antique Appraisal Affair.

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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Bradenton Beach resident and Ladies Professional
Golfers Association member Cathy Schmidt.

her name she offers a lot more than just mail service.
In addition to handling and shipping for FedEx,
UPS, the U.S. Postal Service and DHL, Sue also has
a number of computers available for customer use.
The computers are ideal for people visiting the
Island who don' t have access to a computer but need
to check e-mails, send an e-mail or handle business
affairs, she said.
But there's much more.
Fax and copy machine service is available along
with private post office boxes to rent for mail delivery.
And there's still much more.
A private conference room is available for meet-
ings, complete with telephone and other services.
Those services include typing documents, copy-
ing, fax machine, passport photos, graphics, specialty
greeting cards, business cards, Web page design,
office supplies, reconstruction of old photographs and
supplying travelers with luggage locks approved by
the Department of Homeland Security.
"I really want to thank everyone for their support
the past seven years," said Sue.
Island Mail and More is open daily from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For
further information, call 941-778-1911.


Sue Normand
of Island Mail
and More in
Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo:
Rebecca
Barnett


Palm Tree Villas

is green
The Island Getaway at Palm Tree Villas, 207
66th St., Holmes Beach, has been awarded a "Green
Lodging" designation by the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection.
Palm Tree Villas received the award for volun-
tarily conserving e n.-I .'v, reducing water consumption
and waste production and protecting the air quality.
The DEP Green Lodging program is a voluntary
effort by accommodations throughout the state to
preserve and protect the environment.

Beach bouquets
Bonnie Kosko of Bonnie's Beach Bouquets
at Island Flea, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
offers a variety of bouquets made from seashells.
Bonnie uses a special coating that allows the shells to
maintain their natural state. She also makes custom-
ordered bouquets.
For more information, call 941-778-3004.
Call Island Biz with your news, 941-778-7978,
fax your news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail news@
islander.org.

Island real estate
transactions
105 Mangrove Ave., Anna Maria, a 936 sfla
1,404 sfur 2bed/2bathpool home built in 1963 on a
50x110 lot was sold 11/13/09, Blue Rentals LLC to
Schroeder for $540,000; list $579,900.
213 Periwinkle Place, Anna Maria, a 1,656 sfla
S2.340 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1959 on a
90x125 lot was sold 1/12/09, Mattern to Mezik for
$445,000; list $495,000.
2218 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 2,484 sfla / 2700
sfur 5bed/3bath home built in 1930 on a 100x100 lot
was sold 11/12/09, Morgan to Leister for $360,000;
list $375,000.
2312 Gulf Drive, Unit 201, Sunset Terrace, Bra-
denton Beach, a 966 sfla / 1,080 sfur 2bed/l/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold
11/12/09, Waterhouse to Schmitt for $282,000; list
$374,000.
224 84th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,362 sfla
1,780 sfur 2bed/lbath/lcar home built in 1960 on a
83x100 lot was sold 11/13/09, US Bank to Nazzaro
for $263,450; list $309,900.
1325 Gulf Drive, Unit 122, Tortuga, Bradenton
Beach, a 675 sfla 2bed Ibath condo with shared pool
built in 1976 was sold 11/12/09, Eagle Nest Botel Inc.
to Pinto for $210,000; list $227,500.
3303 Gulf Drive, Unit 3, Sea Pirate, Holmes
Beach, a 700 sfla 2bed Ibath condo built in 1969 was
sold 12/10/09, JP Morgan Chase Bank to Gummin
for $165,000.


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Galati and MHS advance to football regionals


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Nick Galati, an Island resident and two-year
starter on the Manatee High School varsity football
team is still in the news, thanks to a 21-7 victory by
the MHS Hurricanes over the St. Petersburg Green
Devils Nov. 27 at MHS.
Galati and his fellow offensive linemen helped
pave the way for an offensive attack that ran the ball
on every play in the second half and helped running
back Mike Blakely take home for more than 200
yards and three touchdowns.
Galati and his teammates now must travel to
play Palm Bay Bayside. Bayside defeated Mel-
bourne 28-3 in a regional semifinal test Dec. 4. If
Manatee prevails, it will put them into the Class
5A state semifinals against the winner of Ft. Lau-
derdale St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Pompano Beach
Blanche Ely Dec. 11. The state finals are scheduled
for Dec. 18.
Good luck to Nick and his MS teammates.

Indoor soccer tourney approaches
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
host its 14th annual indoor soccer tournament in its
gym Dec. 8-18. As in past tourneys, it will be a dou-
ble-elimination format with a minimum of six players
needed for a team. There will be a first-place prize
package and trophy in each division as well an MVP
award.
Unlike past years, this tournament is open only to
the teams and players from Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center's 2009 outdoor recreational soccer
league.


Islander Nick Galati and MIHS advance to regionals
in football. Islander Photo: Pagemoorephoto.com

For more information and or schedules, contact
Andy Jonatzke or Billy Malfese at 941-778-1908.

Horseshoe news
Three teams emerged from pool play during
Nov. 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City
Hall pits. After a random draw, the duo of Hank
Huyghe and Gene Bobeldyk edged the team of
Norm Good and Bruce Wagner 21-20 to advance to
the finals against John Crawford and Jay Disbrow.
Bobeldyk and Huyghe overwhelmed Crawford and
Disbrow, easily defeating them 23-11 to earn brag-
ging rights for the day.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random
team selection. There is no charge to play and



Capitol visit
Islander reporter Lisa Neff, center, traveled to
Washington, D.C., in late September for a weekend
visit with brother Mark and his girlfriend Giovanna
Guerrero that included sightseeing on the National
Mall.


everyone is welcome.

Key Royale Club news
The women of the Key Royale Club in Holmes
Beach played a nine-hole, individual-low-net game
and a two-best-balls-of-team-low-gross game Nov.
24.
Flight AA winner was Joy Phelan with a 4-under-
par 28, three shots better than second-place finisher
Jean Holmes. Mary Selby also carded a 4-under 28
to capture first place in Flight A. Marcia Helgesn and
Judy Ward tied for second with even par 32s.
Flight B produced a tie for first between Lois Biel
and Phyllis Lamp with a pair of 35s, while Markie
Ksiazek and Denise Burckhardt carded 39 to tie for
second. Terry W .I l,\ fired a 2-under 30 to win Flight
C with Sally Martin alone in second place with even-
par 32. Flight D winner was Nell Bergstrom with a
1-under 31, four shots ahead of second-place finisher
Jane Winegarden.
The team of Cindi Mansour, Joy Phelan, Cindy
Miller and Mary Selby combined to card an 8-over-
par 70 to win the team gross game. And Patty
Townsend chipped in on hole number three.
The Key Royale Club women hosted their semi-
annual "Doe Day" event on Nov. 17. With a theme
"It's all about golf," the program included discussion
about USGA golf rules, etiquette and local rules.
There were several different games within the
game, including low team net score, which was won
by the team of Mardene Eichhorn, Barb Mason, Joyce
Reith and Jan Turner. Second place went to Markie
Ksiazek, Meredith Slavin, Phyllis Lamp and Mary
Selby.
Low-net champion for the day was Joyce Brown
followed by Mary Selby in second place. Low-gross
winner was Joy Kaiser with Cindy Miller taking
second place.
Individual prizes went to Marcia Helgeson for the
longest drive on the ninth hole, while Joyce Brown
and Jean Holmes won closest to the pins on holes
eight and one.



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Wintertime fishing arrives in earnest


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
The recreational harvest of snook on the west
coast closed Dec. 1 and will not re-open until
March 1.
But wintertime fishing is ongoing.
Snook are swarming to the canals as anglers are
witnessing the transition as the linesiders congregate.
White bait will become scarce and anglers will begin
to rely on live shrimp and artificial. Cool weather
also means sheepshead are coming to feed around the
docks and bridge pilings, and some smaller schools
already have been spotted in the bays. Look for
sheepies and mangrove snapper around backcountry
structures.
Fishing protected areas in the Manatee River
is a good idea with windy fronts, and the bulkhead
outside the mouth of the Manatee River is a great
wintertime spot, as is Palma Sola Bay for boaters,
shore or wade fishers.
James Followell from the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge south fishing pier said he's seeing anglers
reel up Spanish mackerel, grouper and a couple
keeper flounder. He said there have been a few grou-
per, but most have been undersized. Mackerel have
been running 18-20 inches, but he said that action has
been "on and off."
Rocky Corby from the Anna Maria City Pier
reported that anglers on the pier have been catching
Spanish mackerel, flounder, a few small snapper and
an occasional snook.
Bob Kilb from Rod & Reel Pier said all the
fish have been running small. "It's been a few small
mackerel, a few small drum, a few small snook, and
a bunch of small mackerel that ain't but 8-9 inches
long," he said.
Danny Stasny from Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina said he's been seeing sheepshead
on the flats, a sign of winter fishing.
"Bait is readily available," he said, "from sand
fleas, fiddler crabs, to tube worms. At the 1-mile reefs
and the Skyway, you can get away with just using
shrimp."
Stasny said he likes to fish on negative tides in
the morning for trout, when they' re congregated in
potholes or swashes. "Get a Berkley Gulp shrimp and
it's non-stop action," he said.
Stasny said most of the pompano have moved
farther south, and are loaded in New Pass in Sarasota

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Bay. Stasny added that snook and trout are plentiful
in Bimini Bay.
Capt. Warren Girle said that off the beaches,
he's hooked Spanish mackerel, flounder in the
4-pound range, and lots of undersized gag and red
grouper. In the bay, his clients have been slaying big
redfish.
He said a big school of 28-34-inch reds had been
sitting in about four feet of water. \Ih "l people
wouldn't find them because they're staying out in
real deep water," Girle said. "It' s the same schools in
the same area that were there three or four weeks ago,
but they haven't been moving real shallow. Mullet
guys are out there burning the flats every morning and
I think the big boys are just sitting in deep water."
Girle reported a couple scattered snook, but most
had moved into canals with the last front.
He also reported a good top-water bite on trout
between 16-24 inches on 4-inch Rapala Skitterwalks.
"The color doesn't matter," he said. "But I'm using
a lot of silver and black, and gold with a black back
also works real good. I think it's the noise that gets
them."
He also has hooked bay flounder to 15 inches
that were hitting pumpkin-chartreuse colored Mister
Twister Exude slugs.
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Parrot Cove Marina said that before last week's
El Nifo-style low pressure, action had been good
with diverse catches in the Gulf of numerous grouper,
Spanish mackerel, a few straggler kingfish, flounder,
snapper, shark and bonito.
Inshore, Zacharias reported scattered snook
and redfish along with flounder and pompano. He
reported, "The hard coldfront dragged in by the pass-
ing low pressure system will change the complexion
of angling dramatically. The pelagic run in the Gulf
will more than likely come to an abrupt end and the
precipitous drop in inshore water temperatures will
probably bunch up the inshore species, drop them
into their deeper, warmer, winter hidey holes."
He said most of the flats species have been scat-
tered, but dropping temperatures will cause them to
concentrate and become easier targets.
Capt. Tom Chaya of Anna Maria Fishing
Charters said he had been fishing over hard bottom
areas off the beaches in 36-45 feet of water for good
runs of kingfish, bonito and blacktip sharks to 120
pounds.
"Some tackle-busting stuff," Chaya said.
Chaya said he's also been fishing the same areas,
chumming cut sardines to hook up some gag grouper
midway in the water column.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said flounder had come on strong last week, espe-
cially around the bulkhead flats off the mouth of
the Manatee River. He has mainly been looking for
moving water, targeting the edges of sand holes in
4-5 feet of water.
He said the redfish have come on strong and
snook are making their transition to the canals.
"The main thing I want to point out is the tran-
sition is in full swing from fall to winter," Howard
said. "\ciy soon here, it's going to get harder to get
shiners. And it's time to start fishing artificial and
shrimp."
Howard said he was at the Anna Maria City Pier
Nov. 27 and could not net a single shiner in three
casts, but did get some bait at the bulkhead. "But
they' re a lot smaller than they have been," he said.
When the weather calms, Howard said he will con-
centrate on nearshore reefs for grouper and snapper.
Send fishing news and photos to fish @islander.
org.


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

ANTIQUE ESTATE JEWELRY: Marcasite, sterling
silver and more $10 and up. Anna Maria Island.
Call 973-900-2549.

PLAY TENT: LIKE-new condition, $10. Play center
for 1-2 year olds, wooden square with many activi-
ties, $10. Call Pat, 941-761-1928.

CLEAN LAZYBOY ROCKER. Dusty rose, very
nice condition. $50. 941-778-4451.

NICE BOUDOIR CHAIR. Rose color. $25. 941-
962-1954.

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.


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.

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.

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.



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Convenient to W. Bradenton & the Beaches Convenient to East County


ENTERTAINMENT: THE BEST in comedy. Corpo-
rate golf and private parties. 781-367-0339.

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: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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 But-
terfly 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!


OPEN Mon.-Fri. 7soam-7pm
Sat., Sun., Holidays 7soam-5pm
WALK-INS WELCOME
SWe're available to tend to
your urgent care needs
Fever/Infections Minor Lacerations
Simple Fractures Sprains
([ PINNACLE MEDICAL CENTER
315 75th Street West Bradenton
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Worship Service: 10am
Adult Church School: 9am
Children's Church School: lOam
Youth Church School: lOam
Transportation & Nursery Available
512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria 778-0414
www.roserchurch.com


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


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.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 5.
Pictures, tables, chairs, rugs, guitars, telescope.
894 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

WHITNEY PLAZA ANTIQUE and art fair. Satur-
day and Sunday, Dec. 5-6. Treasures, local artist,
organic produce, exotic orchids and more. 6828
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information,
941-383-1901.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 5. 409 63rd St., Holmes Beach.

BIG SALE: 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.4204
128th St. W., Cortez, by Seafood Shack.

FIRE HALL HOLIDAY yard sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5. Dryer, electric recliner, truck
grill, jewelry, dish sets. Great buys and free coffee!
Indoors. See you there. Bradenton Beach fire hall,
201 Second St., Bradenton Beach.

BIG YARD SALE: 9 a.m-3 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, Dec. 5-6. Lots of good stuff. 2514 Ave.
C., Bradenton Beach.

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


Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
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Sunday 9:30am Traditional Worship
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Sunday Service
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GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-? Saturday, Dec. 5.
Multi-family. Lots of stuff. 2818 Ave., C, Holmes
Beach.
FOUND: GARAGE DOOR opener. Found on
South Bay Boulevard, between pier and Galati
Marine. Anna Maria.
LOST: OSU SILVER bracelet, extremely senti-
mental. Reward. 614-353-0218 or 941-778-7213.
Casey5292002@yahoo.com.


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.


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.
HIGHLY QUALIFIED TUTOR available. K-8, all
subjects. Reasonable. References. Makes learn-
ing fun. 941-778-0434.


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778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
-- Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Lic#CBC056755


Windows & Doors

941-730-5045

RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
SResidential & Condo Renovations
SKitchens Bath Design Service
S, Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
S' References available 941-720-7519

PLANET STONE
Marble & Granite Inc,
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
tez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236

HONEY DO HOME REPAIR -Y
941.807.5256-cell 941.896.5256-office & fax
Drywall & Texture Repairs Painting
Soffit & Siding Tile & Laminate Flooring
"We Can Repair or Install Anything With Your Home"
www.honeydohomerepairinc.com


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The Big Picture...It's all about Real Estate.
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LATE JANUARY: SEMI-retired Maine residential
maintenance manager needs part-time job on
Anna Maria Island or Longboat key. Real estate
brokerage, lumber/hardware store experience.
Peter, 207-671-9724. Portpete@yahoo.com.


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.
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.
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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 hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-
1399.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, 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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Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
(941) 794-6504 cfideler@paverbrickstore.com


Pawsitively Pets
& Property Services Inc.
761-751 l Pt ps
INTERNATIONAL
Quality Pet Sitting Bonded Insured

Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants. '
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
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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.

KAY'S CLEANING. RESIDENTIAL. Great atten-
tion to detail. 15 years experience. References
available. 941-773-0503.
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.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.org,
where you can read Wednesday's classified at
noon on Tuesday.

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.

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TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
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.


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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
& Commercial
Serving the Island, LBK, Manatee & Sarasota CoLlnii.-: :in 1: '- co
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holv.rr,, 'I,.l:Ii I:.1,pi Sat.

BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
0Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
Shutt S-uiC i, Inc. Permitted/LicensedInsured
.O O' Door-to-Door Airport
941-580-5777 Transportation
www.shuttleserviceami.com Most major credit cards are accepted







MANATEE MOVING
Pickup & Delivery Services
Apartments Condos Homes -
1 item or Household
Free Estimates Affordable Rates
Call Ilike 739-8254
"SYour Home Towrn Mlover"
Licensed, Insured FL Mrover Reg. # IM101

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rj: I:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima J.
Call Dan, 941-713-3108


ISLAND TAXI
Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
Bruce Collins (941) 778-6201



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professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
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holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
800.301.4816
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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.



31YE^ARS


ADORABLE 3 BR/2BA 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.


VIN IAUt Cu IAUt located at north end ot Island. 0UU x
105' lot. Hardwood floors & fireplace. 213 Spruce Avenue,
Anna Maria. $700,000.


M ike 800-367-1617
Norman 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
www. mikenormanrealty.com


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.
com.

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, $115/
night, $725/week. $1,800 for December. 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: 1 BR/2BA, Anna Maria Island.
March/April available at $1,995 plus tax/monthly.
941-778-1098. www.gulfdriveapartments.com,
annamariaisland @ gmail.com.

MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA fully furnished,
lanai, sea/beach view, garage, laundry, tennis,
heated pool. January-April. 941-778-8243.

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.

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.

SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH duplex. Luxury
2BR/2BA apartment, November, December 2009.
Weekly, $650-$750. Steps to beach. 941-778-
7741.

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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, ool, boatdock,
$2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH* 941-778-0807
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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.

LARGE DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage. Sunny
Shores. Quiet, close to beaches. Available now.
$900/month. 941-962-7574.

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.

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town and the best results from classified ads and
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SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, nicely furnished,
washer and dryer, large back deck, steps to
beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-4944.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.org,
where you can read Wednesday's classified at
noon on Tuesday.

SEASONAL: NEAR CORTEZ. Sunny Shores
mobile home. Turnkey 1BR/1BA, near beach,
clubhouse, newly renovated. $1,200/month. Avail-
able now. 941-730-4078.

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.

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.








SALES & RENTALS

(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
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Y kT gu ffy Bftay ofma Maria Inc.
T Jese rBisson BrofrAsociate, gI
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
Immaculate 2BR/2BA
condo with den. This
like-new condo has
peeks of the Gulf and
a great rental history.
Covered parking,
deeded beach access,
storage. Turnkey
furnished. A supreme
value in today's market.This propertywill not last long.
Owner will pay 1 year of condo duesl $379,000.

0all Jesse Brisson
941-713-4755.





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LATE JANUARY: SEMI-retired Maine residential
maintenance manager needs $600-$700 annual
apartment, or $800/month with boat dock on
Anna Maria Island or Longboat Key. Peter, 207-
671-9724. Portpete@yahoo.com.

HOLMES BEACH: 1 BR/1 BA apartment. Includes
water and trash. $895/month. Mirror Lake
2BR/2BA condo, washer and dryer, pool, spa,
tennis. $895/month. 941-726-2485.

MOBILE HOME: 2BR/1.5BA. Furnished, remod-
eled, central heat, air conditioning, gated park.
Pool, hot tub, activity center, $1,000/month, four-
month special. $695/month annual. Sale, $49,995,
includes share. Financing. 863-688-3524 or 863-
608-1833. chickenplucker@webtv.com.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.org,
where you can read Wednesday's classified at
noon on Tuesday.
ANNUAL RENTAL: LARGE unfurnished bayfront
2BR/2BA. Wonderful view, washer and dryer
hookups, new laminate, tile floors, covered park-
ing. $1,200/month. 941-795-1132 or 941-545-
7109.
WEST BRADENTON TOWNHOUSE: 3BR/2.5BA,
large garage, pool. For rent, $975/month, or for
sale with owner financing. 941-778-9710 or 847-
530-8833.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in
town and the best results from classified ads and
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ROOMMATE: $125/week, 3BR/2BA includes
utilities. Private bath. Washer and dryer. Holmes
Beach. 941-778-5080.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views, seasonal/monthly
rental. 941-778-8356.
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.


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-
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idaGroup.com. 941-713-0635.
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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.
CHARMING DEEP-WATER canal house, just
completed pristine upgrades, tile floor and coun-
ter tops, GE profile appliances, 2BR/2BA with
den, room for a pool. 514 71st St., Holmes Beach.
$550,000. 941-779-1013.
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WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING, Sunshine
Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. $550,000 or trade for house of equal value
or income-producing property. 941-778-0019.
DIRECTLY ON BEACH: Exquisite 2BR/2BA totally
renovated condo. Best unit in 5400 Gulf Drive,
#36. View of Gulf, beach every room. $580,000.
941-779-1013.
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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AUCTION: SANTA ROSA County, Fla. 11 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12, The Moors Golf & Racquet
Club Milton, Fla. 66 beautiful lots, 20 lots will sell
absolute. Gated community, clubhouse, pool,
tennis courts, workout center. Walking distance
to championship golf course. For more infor-
mation, 205-822-4229. Redmont Auction Eddie
Propst AU2051. Bob Vagi Auctioneers & Realty
Inc. AB177 AU331.
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4BR/2BA FORECLOSURE! $11,500! Only $217/
month. Five percent down, 15 years at eight per-
cent APR. Buy 3BR, $199/month. For listings,
800-366-9783, ext. 5798.
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Cute 2BR/2BA villa
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