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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: December 9, 2009
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VOLUME 18. NO. 5


DEC. 9. 2009


Holmes Beach
ushers in holiday
season. Page 14




Skimming

the news ...
a a ,-


Beach combed for
clues in Musil-Bue-
hler case. Page 2


Storm waves dc
Bridge Street p
Page 5

2009 storm sea
uneventful. Pa,

Anna Maria co
ers parking cou
mise. Page 8


Seminole crew
Gulf Drive chic
hut. Page 12


UecKing on tne 1vanatee ruonic eacn pier in Holmes neacn is remove from tne unij oJ vexico. Islander moro: cLourtesy Braa Ayers


Pier demolished at Manatee public beach


By Nick Walter
SIslander Reporter
Through a window from her Cafe on the
Beach office, Dee Schaefer has a view of
beachgoers, the Manatee Public Beach pier
and the seemingly endless Gulf waters.
But in the past month, demolition
damage vehicles have obstructed that view as they
ier. crumbled and removed the pier.
"It was fun to watch them work," said
Schaefer, who along with husband Gene,
ison holds the lease for the Manatee beach con-
ge 7 cessions, a beach shop and restaurant. "They
nsid don't waste time it seems."
The shop and cafe are open from 8 a.m.
mpro-
to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
Charlie Hunsicker, director of the coun-
S' ty's natural resources department, said the
demolition crew has until mid-January to
complete the work.
'They were to remove all material above
the water line to approximately a foot and a
erects half below the water line," Hunsicker said.
ckee Some decking at the end of the pier
remained Monday when the makeshift


Forristall Demolition's excavator driver
exits the vehicle after the makeshift roadbed
of rubble collapsed, sending him and the
excavator into the water. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Rolph Huband

roadbed of rubble that leads to the pier end
in the Gulf collapsed and sent the driver and
the excavator into about 5 feet of water. At
presstime Monday, the operator was awaiting
a crane to remove the excavator.


Hunsicker has said the pier will be
replaced by a new one, but whether that pier
is 300 feet long, 700 feet long, or has a T-style
end, is still to be determined. A funding source
also has not been determined.
The Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council, which has discussed funding
the pier, will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec.
14 at Holmes Beach City Hall. TDC director
and County Commissioner Carol Whitmore
said reconstruction of the pier could be part of
the list of capital improvements funded by the
TDC that will be discussed at the meeting.
Holmes Beach city commissioners have
discussed what they would like to see done
with the footprint of the pier. All on the dais
but commissioner John Monetti said they
would like to see a 300-foot pier with a T-end
that would give added space to fishers.
Monetti is in favor of a 700-foot pier.
Bobby Remp, a musical entertainer who
plays twice a week at the cafe, said he wasn't
distracted by the demolition.
"I can drown it out," he said. "Just turn
the volume up."


HBPD hones in on vacation home burglars


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
A string of burglaries in Holmes Beach
the past month has Holmes Beach Police
's travel Department officers on alert, and neighbors
19 looking out for each other.
1 In the past month, according to HBPD,
there have been five residential burglaries
potter between 70th and 77th streets.
HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson said the
Houses were unoccupied. Some homeown-
)(0 0 ers were on vacation.
0 "We feel these are all related," Ste-
nings. phenson said. "Since the burglaries have
come out of canal [homes], they're possi-
Big bly coming by water, which is why we've
stepped up marine enforcement to identify
who's in the water and canals."
In a Nov. 17 home burglary in the 500
ures block of 74th Street, an officer reported
ker. seeing a boat with its lights off in the general
area. The occupants turned off their flash-
lights upon sight of HBPD patrol vehicles,
d the officer stated.
lers Becky Kinkaid is a homeowner in the
plan. targeted neighborhood. She said a burglar
stole from her home a door mat, bath rug,
mirror, three wooden bowls, a box of plastic


bags and two pillow cases.
Kinkaid said she was speaking to a neigh-
bor about the burglary, and he said some men
approached in his canal after dark and asked,
"You guys seen any snook?"
She said her neighbor told her that when
police arrived, the boater sped away.
"It's kind of creepy," Kinkaid said. \ ly
next-door neighbor said (burglars) took frozen
fish from their freezer."
In the burglaries, Stephenson said, bur-
glars are taking some unusual items, such as
plastic blinds, batteries, screwdrivers, shower
heads and curtains, lighters and towels.
He said he spoke to residents in the area
between 70th and 77th streets, suggesting they
exchange phone numbers and watch out for
one another.
"On the 500 block of 77th Street, they
didn't even know half of each other," Ste-
phenson said. "Some had alarms that weren't
even turned on."
Stephenson is reminding residents that
they can get officers to check their houses
once a week. Those interested can visit the
HBPD, 5801 Marina Drive, and fill out a
request form.
In addition, Stephenson said residents can


put motion detector lights in their backyards
and on their docks, and items of value should
not be left in plain view.
"I also told people about setting up a radio
where it comes on for two hours every night,"
Stephenson said.
To contact HBPD, call 941-708-5804.


Holiday parade

on tap Dec. 12
The Anna Maria Island Privateers
present the annual Christmas Parade at
10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.
The parade will follow its traditional
route, from Bayfront Park in Anna Maria
to Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Also in keeping with tradition, the
Privateers will host Santa Claus in the
parade, as well as at a post-parade party
at Coquina, where Santa will hand out
gifts to children.
Refreshments are free for kids.
For more information, including
parade applications, call Sue or Greg
"Wig" Luzier at 941-725-0184.


mm


Winterfest coming to
Holmes Beach.
Page 13


AME student
to zoo. Page


The police bl
Page 20

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Local happen
Page 22


Sandbar sect
historic mark
Page 23

Fishing: Col
weather angh
change game
Page 25




2 0 DEC. 9, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER


Beach combed for clues in Musil-Buehler case


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
While beachgoers on Dec. 1 scoured the shore
in Anna Maria for shells, Manatee County Sheriff's
Office investigators searched for signs of a possible
year-old crime.
Sabine Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley's
Motel in Holmes Beach, disappeared in November
2008. Her last known whereabouts were late Nov.
4, 2008, when she left the apartment on Magnolia
Avenue in Anna Maria that she was sharing with boy-
friend William J. Cumber.
On Dec. 1, about 300 paces from the apartment
where she was last seen, the MCSO and the Sara-
sota County Sheriff's Office searched the beach using
SCSO radar equipment.
The area also was searched
( last December, when MCSO
Investigators arrived with
cadaver dogs to search the
sand.
Last December, a dog hit on
something but eventually that
Musildetection proved false.
Last week, investigators
also came up short on evidence,
although they remained steadfast
in their conviction that the mys-
tery of Musil-Buehler's disap-
pearance will be solved.
S Cumber, now serving a
Cumber 13-year prison sentence for
violating parole in an unrelated
case, maintains that he and Musil-Buehler argued that
night in November about his smoking a cigarette and
she left in her car.
Musil-Buehler's estranged husband and business
partner, Tom Buehler, reported her missing Nov. 6,
2008, after learning that her vehicle was involved in


On Dec. 1, investigators searched an area of this
beach in Anna Maria for clues in the year-old
disappearance of Sabine Musil-Buehler, who lived
nearby. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

a high-speed pursuit in Bradenton.
The man driving the car, Robert Corona, has
since been sentenced to prison for grand theft auto.
He said he found the vehicle, with the key in the
ignition, in a bar parking lot on 14th Street West in
Bradenton.
In the 13 months since Musil-Buehler's dis-
appearance, MCSO investigators have searched a
number of locations and interviewed friends, family
and acquaintances in a case they describe as a likely
homicide. They have identified one individual,
Cumber, as a person of interest in Musil-Buehler's


disappearance, as well as an arson fire at Haley's
Motel on Nov. 16, 2008.
While the criminal investigation continues, a
civil case has been opened in Manatee County court,
where Buehler has asked a judge to declare his wife
dead.
"On Nov. 6, 2008, Sabine Musil-Buehler was
exposed to a specific peril of death in that the evi-
dence would show that on that date she was abducted
and killed," reads Buehler's motion.
"Sabine Musil-Buehler has not been seen or heard
from since Nov. 6, 2008, and has had no contact with
the petitioner, family or friends and all reasonable
inferences would be that she is deceased."
The defendant in the civil suit, a company that
sold Musil-Buehler a life insurance policy, has filed
a motion to dismiss Buehler's request.
A hearing on the motion is scheduled for Dec. 22.

AM P&Z chair resigns
Doug Copeland recently resigned as the chairman
of the Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board.
Copeland had been the chairman for a number
of years until his resignation in 2004 to become a
member of the city's ad hoc committee to review the
city's comprehensive plan. He subsequently returned
to the board and was voted back as the chair.
He was a P&Z board member in the 1990s prior
to his first election as board chairman.
In his resignation letter to Mayor Fran Barford,
Copeland thanked the city for allowing him to serve
and said he was taking a break from board activities.
With Copeland's resignation, the city has a
vacancy on the P&Z board.
Anyone wishing to serve on the board, or any
of the city's volunteer committees, can submit an
application at the Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive.


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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 9, 2009 3 3


Local officials unite against drilling Mta ngs
By Lisa Neff $2.6 billion reduction in state revenues going into the Anna Maria City
Islander Reporter 2010-11 fiscal year, some lawmakers are suggesting Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement
A coalition of local officials called on the gov- that lifting a ban on drilling in state waters could fuel education committee meeting.
;rnor, state legislators and U.S. congressional mem- revenues. Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., city holiday party.
bers to respect the coast and keep oil and gas drilling In the 2009 session, the House passed a bill that Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
operationss out of state waters. would have opened state waters to natural gas and meeting.
Dec. 17, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
The coalition includes Manatee County's board oil drilling within three miles of shore. The Senate, 1, .., y cn m g.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
)f commissioners, as well as representatives from however, did not take up the bill. 6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.
. I- -6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.


every municipality in the county.
A letter to state and federal officials included
the signatures of all seven county commissioners, as
well as signatures of elected officials in Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key and
Palmetto. Bradenton officials joined in the campaign,
but signed a separate resolution.
The letter states, "There is a consensus among
elected local officials to urge the Legislature to prohibit
offshore oil and gas drilling in the territorial waters of
the state. We ask you to join us in opposing initiatives
to allow offshore drilling off the coast of Florida and to
retain the current statutory ban on such drilling."
With state budget forecasters predicting another


A number of concerns with allowing olfshore
drilling in state waters are identified in the letter,
and, at the top of the list is: "The beaches of Anna
Maria Island and Longboat Key are among our com-
munity's most valuable resources. The area's natural
beauty is the driving force behind a tourism industry
that hosted more than 446,000 visitors in 2008 result-
ing in a total economic impact of over $479 million
to Manatee County's economy."
The letter warns that beachfront property values
could plummet with drilling off the coast, and states
that an oil spill "has the potential to ruin the boat-
ing, fishing, charters, scuba diving and parasailing
pastimes ... that are a local way of life."


Bradenton Beach
Dec. 15, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meet-
ing.
Dec. 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. CAN-
CELED
Dec. 18, noon, city holiday party.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.o i,,.

Holmes Beach
Dec. 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meet-
ing. CANCELED
Dec. 22,7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification meeting.
Jan. 12, 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. 14, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Dec. 15, 9 a.m., Manatee County Legislative Del-
egation meeting, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
Dec. 16, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting, Longboat Key Town Hall, Longboat Key.
Dec. 25 is Christmas. Most government offices are
closed Dec. 24-25, as well as Jan. 1 for New Year's day.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.org.


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4 0 DEC. 9, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

High court holds key to Island renourishment


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A U.S. Supreme Court decision expected in June
could decide whether the next Anna Maria Island
beach renourishment project will proceed as planned
in 2014, or if Manatee County has to find millions of
dollars in compensation to pay private beach owners
to renourish some Island beaches.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court took up
the case of six Florida condominium owners in
Destin, who had sued the state for compensation for
a planned 7-mile beach renourishment project that
would encompass the condo association's private
beach.
After the Florida Supreme Court upheld the
state's right to renourish eroded beaches because
they are public property, the six owners formed Stop
the Beach Renourishment Inc. and challenged the
constitutionality of the decision on the grounds that
the state was taking property without just compensa-
tion.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed in October to
hear the case.
The Florida Supreme Court determined that any
new beach created by renourishment is on public
property and the condominium owners are not enti-
tled to payment.
Stop the Beach Renourishment countered that
allowing the public to use its private beach without
compensation to them amounts to a "taking of prop-
erty." Stop the Beach wants to be paid for what it
claims is its property, not state property.
According to an Associated Press story, attor-
ney D. Kent Safriet, representing Stop the Beach
Renourishment, said the U.S. Constitution requires
"just compensation" when government takes pri-
vate property for public use. He said that his clients
also were entitled to be paid for the loss of value of
their property because, after the renourishment, they
would no longer have an exclusive, private beach,
just "beach-view" condominiums.
At issue is where private property ends and a


A 2002 beach renourishment project under way on
Anna Maria Island. Islander File Photo

public beach begins.
The state has claimed that all it's doing is adding
more beach to land that is already public, not taking
any from the condominium association.
Safriet said Florida courts have long held that a
property line extends to the mean-high-water mark,
while state beach renourishment projects use the
erosion control line, a permanent marker, possibly
farther inland from the water's edge, to determine
where private property ends.
Safriet claimed that local officials are just trying
to add more public beach for the tourists, not save an
eroding beach.
"They are trying to take a beach without paying
for it," he said.
Not so, said Destin city manager Greg Kisela in
the same AP account. The beach is public because the
state owns the bottom land. If the beach erodes and


is not replaced, that damages the local economy and
lowers property values, he said.
"Beaches are the economic engine that drive this
market," and renourishment is needed to maintain
the beaches and the economy, Kisela said. The vast
majority of beachfront property owners along the
seven-mile stretch have agreed to the renourishment
plan.
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to rule
for the first time that a lower court ruling can amount
to a taking of property.
A decision is not expected until June.
The Obama administration has given an opinion
in favor of the state's position.
U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan wrote in
a brief that if the U.S. Supreme Court were to rule
against the Florida supreme court, "It should only be
when a sate court radically and unexpectedly devi-
ated from settled state property law. The decision of
the Florida Supreme Court is not in that category."
Manatee County officials planning the next beach
renourishment project are waiting the Supreme Court
decision with trepidation.
Manatee County natural resources director
Charlie Hunsicker said the case is "extremely com-
plicated," but a ruling in favor of the condominium
association could have a disastrous effect on the cost
of the upcoming Anna Maria Island beach renourish-
ment project.
"We would have to pay for beach property, and
we only have so much money in the pot for beach
renourishment," Hunsicker said.
He declined to speculate how much money would
be needed to purchase beachfront land on Anna Maria
Island for renourishment, but considering the price of
beachfront property, the amount could be consider-
able.
"All we can do is wait for the decision," Hun-
sicker said.
The 2014 Island renourishment project is esti-
mated to cost $16 million and has no provision or
funds for property acquisition.


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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 9, 2009 0 5


Waves damage Bridge Street pier structure


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Strong waves associated with a storm system
Dec. 2 damaged Bradenton Beach's Historic Bridge
Street Pier, forcing a temporary closure.
Rotten Ralph's restaurant at the pier remained
open during the pier closure, which lasted until mid-
day Dec. 4.
The National Weather Service reported sustained
winds of 30 mph in the area Dec. 2, the day the pier
was damaged. One gust measured 38 mph, just short
of tropical-storm force winds.
"The pier is closed because of storm damage
that occurred," Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam
Special announced Dec. 3 during a regular meet-
ing of the city pier team, which consists of city staff
involved with operating and maintaining the pier.


Special explained that a cantilever connects
a floating day dock and the pier boardwalk. Wave
action caused the cantilever to twist and a ramp to
pivot, resulting in two weakened concrete pilings.
"The day dock was going back and forth," Spe-
ciale said. "Two concrete pilings cracked. Lost their
integrity.... The minute we found damage, we imme-
diately closed it."
The city also called for assistance from dock
builders and the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection.
Special said the temporary fix cost about $1,000
and involved installing two 16-inch wood pilings and
removing the cantilever.
"We don't foresee a very long process," he said.
The next day, Dec. 4, Speciale announced the pier
was opened, though the day dock remains closed.


The chief could not provide an estimate on the
cost for a permanent repair to the pier, which was
reopened in September 2007 after a $2.2 million
renovation. The pier had suffered structural damage
during the 2004 hurricane season.
Special said the situation could have been worse.
"The ramp didn't fall," he said. "If it had, it could
have taken part of the pier with it."
Elsewhere on the Island, the mid-week storm,
associated with a cold front and generating a lot of
lightning, had minor impact.
In Bradenton, however, high winds downed
power lines downtown, knocking out electricity
throughout the city.


/1'. 7.- ' seeking savingsfor the holiday season found thrifty deals at the Dec. 5 rummage sale at St. Ber
nard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff


The Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton
Beach was closed Dec. 2 after wave action caused
structural damage. Islander Photo:


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6 0 DEC. 9, 2009 U THE ISLANDER



o-,pinion


Clear skies
Thankfully, calmer minds and opinions prevailed
last week at the Anna Maria commission work ses-
sion.
It seemed for a time that the old Chicken Little
theory would dominate. But the sky is not falling. Noth-
ing predicated the cry to restrict parking and protect
pedestrians and bicyclists in the city from vehicular traf-
fic. Nothing short of heresy and political pandering.
We like to call it Political Activist Retribution.
Over-inflated political promises made against political
opponents are leading one election winner to use the
commission seat to mount a series of attacks.
And if you think that sounds harsh, you haven't
heard ani\ ill ill yet.
It's not the good old days in Anna Maria. No mayor
or elected official ever called a citizen a jackass at a
meeting that we can recall in 18 years of reporting. But
Harry Stoltzfus did at the meeting he chaired Nov. 24.
There was a time when we observed former Mayor
Chuck Shumard shushing his detractors at a public
meeting, but name calling? Never.
Fortunately, at the commission meeting last week,
calmer attitudes prevailed. However, we were disturbed
that the chair would gavel quiet a fellow commissioner
who sought to address the Stoltzfus' misconduct.
Had Jo Ann Mattick been allowed to speak, the
chair and the commission might have considered cen-
suring Stoltzfus, or at least removing him as committee
chair.
The meeting took a turn for the better when Dale
Woodland called on his fellow commissioners to first
define the problem, if one exists.
Former Commissioner TomAposporos spoke from
the gallery and lent some common sense to the com-
mission, and further offered to serve on a committee to
define what, if any, problems persist. Others who spoke
also offered themselves and their knowledge to serve
on a committee.
And city attorney Jim Dye brought his level of calm
and expertise to the table, offering that it's the regula-
tions, not the developers that are the problem.
So if Pine Avenue is to be a mix of business and
residential, and if the city is to require a certain number
of parking spaces on each lot/development and if
people want to address future safety issues they need
to come to the table to address those issues, not PAR,
er, the Political Activist Retribution campaign.
And as much as everyone loathes change in the city
that time forgot, that's exactly what will result from
Stoltzfus' demands.
It's just par for the course in Anna Maria, where
clear skies can be misleading.

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Thank you to all
Thank you to all my friends at All Island Denom-
inations for honoring me with the Bunnell Humani-
tarian Award. It is an honor just to be a part of AID
and its community outreach and I am very touched
by this award.
Thank you also to the Rev. Harry Parcell for his
sermon on Thanksgiving Eve. I want to join Father
Harry in challenging everyone to become a part of
AID and the good works it performs to help people in
need on Anna Maria Island and to bring our churches
together.
Please, join us at the AID services in January
and November, donate funds to help those in need,
donate non-perishable food to the AID food pantry
at Roser Memorial Community Church or pet food
at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
By working together, the churches are a blessing
to many people and families on Anna Maria.
Please, join us.
Nancy Ambrose, Holmes Beach

Pine Avenue folly
Right on schedule, the city of Anna Maria is
having it's traditional "we hate our city's parking
provisions so let's think of something new to do with
it" meetings.
Where is King Solomon when you need him?
And on the topic of "old Florida" ambience, is
anyone besides me appalled by what appears to be
an airport landing strip where Pine Avenue used to
be? What's up with that?
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria

Missed opportunity?
Recently seeing the pile of concrete that once was
the Manatee Public Beach pier, made me sad.
A lot of fond memories for my family originated
from the pier photos, fishing, meeting folks from


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around the world, awesome sunsets, etc.
I was originally opposed to a longer pier, but
now I strongly support and encourage a pier at least
1,520-plus feet in length.
The Alabama Gulf State Park and its new pier is a
welcome tourist attraction to a slice of the Gulf coast,
boasting great fishing, sandy beaches and a healthy
catch of fresh seafood.
Their new pier is a welcome attraction for tour-
ists and locals. Dedicated just last summer, the $14
million pier stretches 1,520 feet into the Gulf, is the
longest pier on the Gulf coast and offers access to
water up to 26 feet deep. No matter the wind or sea
conditions excluding hurricanes the pier is open
and fishable, and provides an opportunity for folks to
have a good time.
Let's take that pile of concrete and place it under
the newest and longest (1,520-plus) on the Gulf coast
- the new Manatee Pier, perfect for attracting fish and
tourists from around the world. There could even be a
designated area for snorkeling, making it a unique gem
for Anna Maria Island and the community.
It's just a thought, but what an opportunity!
Ron and Priscilla Simpson, Holmes Beach

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season that ended
Nov. 30 proved largely uneventful for Anna Maria
Island.
The worst local weather of the season a week-
end of heavy rain in September that flooded streets
and yards was associated with a trough of low
pressure, not a tropical storm.
The season produced nine named storms, includ-
ing three hurricanes two of them major hurri-
canes.
When the season began in June, Colorado State
University Hurricane forecasters predicted 11 named
storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes -
that is, hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.
In August, forecasters lowered the prediction to
10 named storms and two major hurricanes.
"Activity in 2009 was reduced considerably due
largely to the moderate el nino event that developed,"
said William Gray, who has been issuing hurricane
forecasts for 26 years. "This event generated signifi-
cantly stronger-than-average vertical wind-shear,
especially in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico."
Five named storms Ana, Danny, Erika, Fred
and Henri dissipated over the ocean this year, an
occurrence the forecasters said happens only in years
characterized by high levels of tropospheric vertical
wind shear.
Two weak storms Claudette in August and Ida
in November made landfall in the United States
this year.
Storm activity, based on data from the National
Hurricane Center, got off to a late start Ana did
not form until Aug. 15 and was the latest "A" storm
of the season since Andrew formed Aug. 17, 1992.


Colorado State University hurricane forecasters
Phil Klotzbach and William Gray accurately pre-
dicted a below-average Atlantic hurricane season.

The season produced no Category 5 hurricanes,
the second consecutive year with no Category 5
storms. The last time that two or more years occurred
in a row with no Category 5 hurricanes was 1999-
2002.
And the season left some Islanders with wel-
come worries, such as: Will the cans of Spam and
the bottles of water in the hurricane kit keep through
the 2010 season?
The first forecast for the 2010 season will be
issued later this month.

2009 Atlantic
storm season stats:
Named storms: 9
Named storm days: 27.25
Hurricanes: 3
Hurricane Days: 11.25
Major hurricanes: 2


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The Florida Department of Transportation
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determine if the bridge needs major repair or replace-
ment. The proposal was submitted to the Sarasota-
Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization for
discussion.
Anna Maria restaurant owners Ed Spring and
Ato Kelly decided that, rather than seek a referen-
dum to change Anna Maria's liquor ordinance to
allow beer and wine to be sold within 2,500 feet of
another restaurant, they would campaign to replace
Mayor Chuck Shumard and the two city commis-
sioners who voted in November against changing
the ordinance.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners canceled
a planned New Year's Eve fireworks display after
police warned that any computer glitch caused by
Y2K might leave them short-handed to deal with
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Anna Maria parking concerns draw compromise


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria City Commission special meet-
ing Dec. 3 on parking safety in the retail-office-resi-
dential district must have brought back memories to
old-time city commission meeting attendees, at least
at the start.
Tempers flared at the beginning, but cooler heads
eventually prevailed.
Commission Chairman John Quam opened the
meeting by expressing his concern that the ROR
cannot be over-developed. The city would end up
with "hundreds of cars butting-out across sidewalks,"
intensifying the safety problem.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus then presented six
recommended changes to the land-development regu-
lations on parking. The major change would require
all future ROR site plans to have driveways, eliminat-
ing back-out parking on a city street or sidewalk.
Stoltzfus chaired a parking safety committee
meeting Dec. 1 that was asked by the commission to
present recommendations and options on ROR park-
ing at the Dec. 3 meeting.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who attended the
Dec. 1 meeting, opened her comments by claiming
that Stoltzfus was disrespectful to city resident Mark
Alonso at that meeting. In particular, Mattick said he
called Alonso a "jackass."
That prompted Quam to gavel her out of order,
but Mattick was persistent.
Mattick said Stoltzfus had "denigrated the mayor
and city staff" in a letter he sent to the city Nov. 30
that indicated the administration had not done its duty
in approving a Pine Avenue Restoration LLC site plan
on Pine Avenue.
Quam again gaveled Mattick out of order, and
Stoltzfus attempted to respond, but Mattick retained
the floor. She then asked city attorney Jim Dye if
Stoltzfus should be allowed to vote on any future
PAR site plans because of his stated position on the
company.

Commissioner on PAR
In his Nov. 30 letter, Stoltzfus said the city should
say no to three recently submitted PAR site plans. He
claimed back-out parking is not allowed and the plans
each create a hazard.
Dye responded that commissioners are entitled
to an opinion, but are supposed to judge any case
presented to them solely on the law.


The PAR site plans will be reviewed by city staff
and the planning and zoning board for approval,
although the P&Z board could send them to the com-
mission for a vote.

Identifying the problem
That brought some calm to the proceedings and
allowed Commissioner Dale Woodland to say the city
should first define the problem.
"I'm looking to find the problem for all of us
to address," Woodland said. "I'm not here to blame
anyone or point fingers."
Woodland suggested that, in addition to a parking
safety problem in the ROR, there might be a site-plan
review procedure problem, and a problem with the
city's LDRs.
"We need to make the LDRs compatible with the
comprehensive plan," he said.
Dye opined that the LDR language approving
parking pre-dates 1996, before he became associated
with the city. Every project approved has allowed
back-out parking. If the city wants to change the
policy, it needs to "explicitly" describe what type of
parking is allowed and what isn't.
Quam said he didn't have a problem with back-
out parking, but is concerned about the safety of
pedestrians and cylists when a car backs out of a
parking location.
"How can we minimize the safety hazard? Cars
are backing out over the sidewalk," he said.
Dye said that there could be a design problem
with parking and he was unable to give an opinion
on design.
Then, there is a problem, Woodland indicated,
and everyone needs to understand what it is and the
ramifications if it's allowed to continue.
Dye suggested the city might have to look at
regulations, analyze safety issues and remember that
property owners have to put parking on a site.
"It's a multi-headed beast," he said.
Dye recalled the furor over creating a beach-
street parking ordinance, a process that took nearly
four years to complete.
"So, identify the problem," he said.

Solution suggestions
Commissioner Chuck Webb, reminded commis-
sioners that property owners have a right to use their
property as they see fit, as long as no harm is done to
others and it conforms to "health, safety and welfare"


regulations of the city.
He noted that the current parking code does not
distinguish between residential and commercial park-
ing.
That's the first problem, he said, and to sepa-
rate the two will likely require a comprehensive plan
amendment.
Another issue is that the city, including the ROR,
has numerous small-size lots.
He cautioned the city to be "very careful" what
it's trying to regulate. "Backing out on Pine Avenue
has been going on for years. I'm willing to listen, but
tread carefully." The city needs to be careful it does
not take too much from property owners, he said.
Stoltzfus rejected the argument that there's never
been an accident on Pine Avenue involving a back-
ing-out vehicle as "irrelevant."
As more ROR projects are approved with back-
out parking, Pine Avenue will eventually have hun-
dreds of such parking spaces, he said.
Mattick said she was concerned that if the city
requires driveway entry on all future projects, it
might limit the ability of the developer to provide
sufficient parking as required by the code. She sug-
gested a lower speed limit on Pine Avenue and stop
signs at several intersections.
Building official Bob Welch said he believed the
commission was "doing a great job" in dealing with
the issue. He suggested the ideas and suggestions
presented should be given to the P&Z board to "hash
out" and then bring its recommendations to the city
commission.
Former planning and zoning board chairman
Tom Turner said the city should adopt the site-plan
procedures it had years ago, when the commission
approved all plans.
"You can't do much with what's been done," he
said, but an ad-hoc committee conducting an in-depth
investigation might be the answer, Turner said.
Other members of the public supported the sug-
gestion to form an ad-hoc committee.
Larry Albert, former chairman of the city's capi-
tal improvements advisory committee, volunteered
to serve on such a committee, as did former City
Commissioner Tom Aposporos and architect Gene
Aubry.
Webb said the first issue for a committee is to
define and quantify the existence of the problem. He
also volunteered to serve on such a committee.
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Parking woes
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AM commissioner slams mayor, staff


But before a committee could be named,
fus admitted that his comments were directed
and principal Mike Coleman.
"We have one developer in town, so mos
comments are directed at him," Stoltzfus said
PAR recently submitted site plans for
ROR projects and, in Stoltzfus' opinion, they
be rejected.
As commissioners moved toward forn
ad-hoc committee, Stoltzfus said it "appears
that PAR is trying to "beat the system" by
site plans submitted to the city before devel
changes or ordinances are made.
He called upon Quam to immediately
meeting to call for a vote on a moratorium.
"It is within your powers" for an eme
meeting and moratorium, Stoltzfus suggested
Quam, however, said he would not "go tha
and Dye interjected that the commission "c
that tonight."

Ad-hoc committee
Commissioners agreed to each submit or
to Barford to be on the ad-hoc parking safety c
tee and the commission will vote on the cor
makeup at its Dec. 17 meeting.
Dye said all approved applications wou
to abide by the current site-plan and parking
tions. Any project that is submitted, but not at
by the time the commission adopts new ordi
will have to follow the new regulations.
"Treat all applicants normally," he advi
commission.
Barford suggested that the commission ai
board have a work shop on the issue. Past co
meetings have proved successful at solving
she said.
"We know what's wrong. You have to fix
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PortDolphin


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The old-timers in Anna Maria like to talk about
how the city commission used to function back in
the day. Meetings lasted well past midnight, accu-
sations were hurled against the commissioners and
mayor like rotten tomatoes, tempers flared and staff
frequently walked on eggshells.
Those times may be back in Anna Maria, where
a newly seated commissioner is following up his
campaign promises.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus wrote a letter last
week claiming Mayor Fran Bar-
ford and the city staff had failed
in their duties.
In the Nov. 30 letter, which
he directed staff to distribute
prior to the Dec. 3 special com-
mission work session, Stoltzfus
said the administration "needs to
Barford provide leadership. Mayor Bar-
ford needs to assure us she and her experts are going
to get it right this time."
Stoltzfus was referring to three site-plan appli-
cations by Pine Avenue Resto-
ration LLC for projects in the
retail-office-residential district
on Pine Avenue.
He also said that "it's a
problem" when he talks to the
mayor and she does not know
the off-street parking require-
Stoltzfus ments in the city.
"She needs to understand [the regulations]
intent," said Stoltzfus. "She needs to know what they
say. And she needs to apply them."
Stoltzfus called upon the mayor to "sit down with
our building official and planner," review the comp-
plan language and land development regulations and
"reject these present site plans."


Port Dolphin is Hoegh LNG's Deep Water Port Project in Florida.
When the deep water port is completed, LNG tankers will arrive at
the undersea port, located 28 miles off the coast of Manatee County,
and link up with the natural gas pipeline running to Port Manatee,
and then inland to connect with Florida's natural gas pipeline grid.
Clean burning natural gas from Port Dolphin will provide energy
for millions of homes in the Tampa Bay region.


He said "no approval" should be given any
PAR plans, not even approval with conditions, just
"denial."
Stoltzfus said if Barford's administration "gets it
wrong" and approves the new plans without requir-
ing proper parking, "they have greatly weakened the
city hand if the developer litigates," and have "left
the city with a serious liability issue in the event of
a lawsuit."
He conceded that the planning and zoning board
had approved two previous PAR site plans, but con-
tended that if the administration had "done its job"
and educated the board and public, there would have
been a different outcome.
"If the administration passes the buck" to the
P&Z board or commission to "do the heavy lifting"
on the new PAR site plans, Barford and the staff will
"once again have given a non-compliant, inherently
unsafe site plan its stamp of approval."
The city is in a sorry state, claimed Stoltzfus.
"We've reached a new level of pathetic when a
developer can stand in front of a meeting convened to
address safety issues" and claim that parking safety
"is a made-up problem."
The city needs to acknowledge that "they've mis-
takenly accepted site plans that are non-compliant"
with code language and other safety criteria in the
LDRs, Stoltzfus claimed.
Barford declined to comment on the letter.
Stoltzfus asked that his letter be included with the
packet for the commission's Dec. 3 work session.

Correction
The Nov. 25 Islander story on parking safety in
Anna Maria should have noted that City Commis-
sioner Dale Woodland suggested that Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus head the committee to study parking
safety, not Commission Chairman John Quam.
The commission consensus was to have Stoltzfus
head the committee.


The role of the Terminal Engineering Manager is to manage and
supervise design and construction of Port Dolphin's deepwater
port, as well as to participate in organizing its operational frame-
work. Duties also include organizing bidding process and development
ofcontractual documents, entry and clearance paperwork, scheduling
and complying with industrial and government regulations.


Job description
* Prepare the project's construction execution plan
* Design scopes of work for design engineering contractors
* Prepare engineering budget forecasts and control corresponding costs
* Manage and coordinate development of detailed engineering design of fixed
project components
* Manage and coordinate the preparation of engineering information necessary
for permitting purposes, interaction with permitting agencies and US authorities
* QA/QC of engineering products
* Develop creative solutions to resolve engineering challenges and permitting/
compliance issues
* Prepare bidding packages for prospective contractors and coordinate bidding processes
* Participate in the preparation of Port Dolphin's Operational Manual
Personal qualities
* Strong knowledge of floating LNG applications and operation, including power
generation, propulsion, vaporization, and emission control technologies
* Background in design and construction of deepwater port terminals (including buoys
and pipelines), HAZID/HAZOP, gas quality/interchangeability issues and bidding/
contracting processes
* Proven experience in the management of external consultants and company employees


* Proven understanding of contracting/bidding processes
Job location
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Qualifications
* Degree in Civil, Ocean/Marine, Marine Transportation or Mechanical Engineering
* At least 10 years of marine industry experience, specifically in commercial vessel and
subsea pipeline/buoy operations
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Demanding and rewarding tasks in an international working environment with competitive
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* Number of positions: 1
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Martineau.
Presenting the award to Ambrose, a volunteer
for numerous groups, the
Rev. John Bonser said, "One


Holmes Beach resident Nancy Ambrose recently
received an award from All Island Denominations
"for selfless service to others in
the name of their faith and as a
result of their faith."
The honor, the Bunnell
Humanitarian Award, was estab-
lished in the name of the Rev.
Myron Bunnell, pastor emeritus
of Harvey Memorial Community
Church and a founder of AID.
Previous recipients include
Bunnell, Ann Snell, Hal Pierce,
Gladys Athorne, Brendan
Greene, Joseph Kane, Coletta --
Sundstrom, Edgar Huth, Jean-
nette Cashman, Pierrette Kelly, .
Burrell Maschek, Ray Simches, '
the Rev. Frank Hutchison, Vir-
ginia Heatley, Bobbie Keith Nancy Ambrose a
and Jeanne Maschek, the Rev. Humanitarian Aw
Clement Walker, Robert Mey- Rev. John Bonser,
land, Paul Swanberg and Gladys Denominations.


can scarcely pick up a copy
of a local newspaper without
finding a story about some
worthy cause ending with the
message, 'For more informa-
tion, call 518-4431.' That's
Nancy Ambrose's cell-phone
number."
Bonser, president of AID,
cited Ambrose's work as an
advocate for advances in
cancer treatment and research,
as a founder of the Anna Maria
Island Butterfly Park, as an
organizer of the Bridge Street
Market and as a volunteer
with many local organizations,
including AID, the coalition of
Island churches.


Sandpiper chorus to perform Church hosts 'soup suppers'


The Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,
322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will host the Sandpiper
Barbershop Chorus at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.
Admission is $10.
The Island choristers include Kerry Ammons,
Charlie Canniff and Jack Gardner.
For more information, call Kim Gardner at 941-
778-3593.

Breakfast at St. Bernard
St. Bernard Catholic Church volunteers will
welcome diners to the first pancake breakfast of the
winter season Sunday, Dec. 13.
Other pancake breakfasts will take place Jan. 10
and Jan. 24, as well as in February and March.
Serving begins about 8 a.m. in the church activity
hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-4769.

Center to host sing-a-long
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will host a holiday show
and sing-a-long Saturday, Dec. 11.
The event will take place in the Center gym at
6:30 p.m.
For more information, call 941-778-1908.


Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will host two "soup
suppers" during Advent.
The suppers will take place at 6:15 p.m. Dec.
9 and Dec. 16 in the church fellowship hall, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


Bee buzz
Beekeeper Jim Conklin talks with members of the
Anna Maria Garden Club Nov. 18 at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church in Anna Maria. The next
meeting will be at noon Wednesday, Dec. 16, when
the club hosts its holiday party, featuring entertain-
ment by Anna Maria Elementary School students.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose


Cap and trade talk
Dr. Frank Alcock discusses energy policy during of
the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club Nov. 16 at
the BeachHouse Restaurant. The next club meet-
ing will take place at noon Monday, Dec. 14, at
the restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N. Islander Photo:
Nancy Ambrose


Celebrating 50th
Karen and Fred Zimmerman celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary Dec. 3. The couple has lived
in Holmes Beach for 26 of those years.


10 0 DEC. 9, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER


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president ofAll Island


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theater in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reviewer
This time of year a familiar story gets told
about an angel dispatched to Earth to help a man
learn about his wonderful life.
The Island Players are staging a variation of the
angel-to-the rescue theme at their theater, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
"The Education of Angels," which opened Dec.
3 at Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
involves two angels-in-training dispatched to Earth
for a final exam.
Matthew Carlin wrote the play, first staged in
Texas in 2005, to explore relationships that of an
earthly being to a heavenly being, and the sibling-
like relationship between his two angels.
The top-flight cast, directed by James Thag-
gard, includes Carl MacMichael, Chelsey Panisch,
Herb Stump, Rick Kopp, Diana Shoemaker, Mary
Jo Johnson, Vinnie Conte and young Rachel John-
son.
Thaggard, standing before a closed curtain,
welcomes the audience to the performance, prom-
ising a "wonderful story" and praising his actors.
To the players' credit, the acting is superb, far
superior to the so-so story.
Shoemaker, Conte and Mary Jo and Rachel
Johnson provide strong support to the leads.
MacMichael, who debuted on the Island Play-
ers' stage in last season's "Cliffhanger," has true
stage-presence as the sulking angel-in-training
Nick.


Clerkin, Rediker engaged
Lorenzo Rediker and Karen Clerkin, pictured with
son Patrick Clerkin, announced their engage-
ment. Clerkin works for the Holmes Beach Police
Department and Rediker works for the city public
works department. Their wedding date is Dec. 26,
2010. They will reside on Anna Maria Island.


Panisch, who most recently appeared on stage
in Anna Maria in the well received "London Suite,"
charms as Jenna, an angel-in-training who's eager
to succeed and yearning to please.
Kopp, who plays Dave, the mixed-up divorcee
to whom the angels-in-training pay a visit on his
second wedding day, makes the audience feel his
confusion and fear.
Herb Stump plays two roles the heavenly
cab driver with New York attitude and the aging
earthbound Clifton with sage advice. He creates
the evening's finest moments, including the touch-
ing first scene in Act 2 that he shares with Mac-
Michael. Their performances, accented by expert
lighting touches, are memorable.
The staging for "The Education of Angels"
is simple yet striking. Credit for the production is
shared by set designer Kirk Hughes, light designer
Brad Pattison, sound designer Bob Grant, costume
designer Don Bailey and stage manager Mike
Lusk, along with a number of volunteers.
"The Education of Angels" continues through
Dec. 13. Performances are Tuesdays through Sat-
urdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with the
theater dark on Mondays.
Island Players theater tickets cost $15 and can
be purchased at the box office, which is open from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. N 1 iidi\ lth1i 'ugh 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.


Cortez museum takes
visitor photos
The Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez will
offer holiday photo opportunities for visitors on Tues-
days and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through
Dec. 22.
The museum, 4415 119th St. W., will host pho-
tographer Richard Estabrook, who will take photo-
graphs of visitors in the seasonally decorated garden
adjacent to the old Cortez school house.
Visitors will receive a free print of their photo-
graph.
For more information, call Ted Adams at 941-
708-6120.

Garden club to meet
The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet at noon
Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
A group of Anna Maria Elementary School stu-
dents are scheduled to entertain club members, who
will be holding a holiday party.
For more information, call Barbara Callaghan at
941-778-2809.


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Seminole crew
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Seminole construction crew began erecting
a chickee hut alongside Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach, part of a $500,000 expansion under way at
the Gulf Drive Cafe.
The restaurant, 900 Gulf Drive N., is owned by
George and Wendy Kokolis, whose improvement
plans call for a new parking lot, chickee hut, tiki bar
and gift shop.
Diners can see an artist's rendering of the
improvements in the restaurant and try to visualize
the additions as they sit at tables in the dining room
looking out large windows.
The visualization efforts became easier last
week, as a construction crew with Seminole Tiki
Huts Inc. of Fort Lauderdale began raising the
frame for the chickee hut. The company, with the
motto "Nobody thatches better," advertises as the
"undisputed leader in the creation of tropical-
themed environments."
"Chickee" or "chiki" is the Seminole word for
A cypress
pole is
hoisted to
become
part of
the frame
for a
chickee
hut at
the Gulf
Drive
Cafe in
Bra-
denton
Beach.
Islander
Photo:
Lisa Neff


PortDolphin


erects Gulf Drive chickee hut


house and the structures are considered by many
Florida engineers to be among the simplest but most
durable in hurricane-force winds.
A part of Native American tradition and culture,
chickee huts built by members of the Seminole or
Miccosukee tribes of Florida are exempt from the
permitting process, though rules such as setbacks
do apply. State and federal policies define a chickee
hut as an open-sided wooden hut with a thatched
roof of palm or palmetto fronds or other traditional
materials, devoid of electric, plumbing or other non-
wood features and constructed by the Miccosukee


or Seminole tribe.
"We've done a lot of commercial huts," said
Gabriel Antunez, project manager for Seminole Tiki,
which employees many craftsmen who have learned
their skills from their fathers and grandfathers. "This
is our first one here."
The restaurant's chickee hut will be used for
special events, such as wedding receptions or group
lunches.
Atunez predicted that the crew would finish the
structure as early as this week, using primarily just
cypress poles and sabal palm leaves.


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Beach renourishment, offshore drilling, growth
management and regulating waterways top a list of
proposed legislative priorities for state lawmakers
representing Manatee County.
Each December, as state representatives and
senators ready for another legislative session in Tal-
lahassee, local officials deliver lists detailing their
priorities for the upcoming session.
The list of legislative priorities for Manatee
County includes issues of concern on Anna Maria
Island, including beach renourishment, waterway
regulations and offshore drilling.
The county legislative agenda, endorsed by the
county board of commissioners Dec. 1, includes the
following positions:
Oppose offshore oil and gas drilling in state
waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
Support the continuation of dedicated state
funding four beach renourishment and legislation
that protects the immunity of counties with regard
to beach mitigation liability.
Support a requirement for remote vendors -
including Web retailers to collect and remit state


Port Dolphin is Hoegh LNG's Deep Water Port Project in Florida.
When the deep water port is completed, LNG tankers will arrive at
the undersea port, located 28 miles off the coast of Manatee County,
and link up with the natural gas pipeline running to Port Manatee,
and then inland to connect with Florida's natural gas pipeline grid.
Clean burning natural gas from Port Dolphin will provide energy for
millions of homes in the Tampa Bay region.


and local option sales taxes.
Support the continuation of the Florida For-
ever land-buying program to acquire land for natural
resources and green spaces.
Support the restoration of state aid to public
libraries. Funding for fiscal year 2009 was nearly $10
million less than in 2000.
Support expanding the charter county transpor-
tation system surtax that would give Manatee County
the authority to hold a referendum on a 1 cent sales
tax to finance mass transit, new roads and bridges and
to issue bonds for transit.

Delegation to meet
The Manatee County Legislative Delegation will
hold its annual meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15,
at the Renaissance on Ninth Center, 1816 Ninth St.
W., Bradenton.
The delegation will hear discussion on proposed
local bills, general presentations and constituent con-
cerns, but will not take any budgetary requests, which
have been made at past annual meetings.
For more information about the meeting, contact
Margaret Clark at 941-727-6349 or at clark.marga-
ret@flsenate.gov.


The role of the HSE Manager is to manage the project's permitting
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 9, 2009 0 13


Winterfest blows into Holmes Beach


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Artists will arrive to Winterfest Dec. 12 with
expectations and hopes, from the practical to the
professional.
They want Winterfest, the annual, juried fine arts
and crafts festival presented by the Anna Maria Island
Art League, to deliver crowds, sales, honors, appre-
ciation and fun.
Werner Holzbaur, an artist for 20 years, has par-
ticipated in 17 Winterfests.
The event, he said, "is a consistent income pro-
ducer."
Additionally, he said, set-up and tear-down is
easy and organizers serve "really good locally made
doughnuts."
Holmes Beach watercolorist Barbara Hines has
shown her work at both Winterfest and Springfest
events. "Last year a toddler ran up and kissed my
painting of a basket of puppies," Hines said. "That
is the best compliment that I have ever gotten or can
imagine getting."
Hines will return this weekend to Winterfest with
praise for the presenter, AMIAL, and the event.
"The Anna Maria Island Art League, a non-profit
501C3 organization, is the sole organizer," Hines
said. "All the money raised goes toward children's
programs and other good things in our community.
None goes into a promoter's pocket. The quality of
the art and fine crafts at Winter/Springfest is consis-
tently high because of rigorous jurying."
The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13 on the field
near Holmes Beach City Hall.
Admission to the festival is free, as is parking.
AMIAL director Joyce Karp said the festival
will feature more than 100 artists and their paintings,
glass, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, fiber arts, photog-
raphy, wood and more.


"I really love the Anna Maria Island community,"
said St. Petersburg artist Johyn Bayalis, who works
in oils and watercolors. "It has a warm, intimate feel-
ing of Florida communities of the days gone by, and
Winterfest seems to bring out everyone in a kind of
retro Florida Christmas spirit."
Bayalis will be attending the event with wife
Margaret, also an artist and the designer of this year's
official Winterfest image, which festivalgoers will
find on posters and T-shirts.
"This is my second Winterfest show," she said.
"Winterfest is unique because of its wonderful loca-
tion. AMI is such an inviting place, and I think people
enjoy coming to the Island to attend the show."
"Scheduling the show just before the holidays
makes it even more appealing to the customers," she
added.
The festival will feature the Gumbo Boogie Band
and bluegrass music by Howie Banfield and the Anna
Maria String Band, as well as food from local
restaurants.
Also, the Young at Art exhibit will showcase


A piece
Tripp
Gregson
plans to
show at
Winter-
fest.








work submitted by children.
"I can tell you, it will be a high-quality event,"
Karp said.
Some artists who generally participate in a
number of Florida shows are, due to the lapjinj
economy, cutting back on their trips, but participation
in Winterfest remains strong, according to Karp.
"Because it's such a good show," she said.
Festivalgoers will find artwork originals -
ranging in price from $10 to $1,000.
"Anyone who's watching their pennies and
spending less on gifts or buying fewer gifts, but who
still wants to be discerning in what they give, should
check out this opportunity," Karp said.
Another opportunity to shop for local artwork will
arrive Dec. 19, when The Islander hosts its annual
Where's Woody art sale outside the newspaper, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., provides an
opportunity for artists to increase their holiday busi-
ness and an opportunity for shoppers to find original
art at some bargain prices.


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Holmes Beach ushers in holiday season


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Snow fell in Texas Dec. 4, as well as throughout
the Midwest and the Northeast.
And snow fell Dec. 4 in Holmes Beach just as
holiday revelers began their door-to-door visits in
Ye Olde Holiday Open House in the downtown dis-
trict.
Call it Island-effect snow blown from a suds-
pumping machine at The Islander newspaper office
into the parking lot of the Island Shopping Center,
where kids danced and let the soapy snowflakes fall
on their tongues and coat their hair.
The snow accumulated on nearby cars, leaving
the impression that motorists might need to invest
in snow scrapers. An observant Anna Maria Island
Privateer joked that they ought to be collecting car
wash donations.
The open house Dec. 4 was the first of two on the
Island the next will take place on Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach Dec. 19.
The Islander event also officially kicked off the
holiday season on the Island.


Alannah Friedman, 9, bathes in the snow.



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The open house featured visits with Santa, with
the Privateers standing in for elves outside the spon-
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"I set aside whatever is going on to come to this,"
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it was going to be canceled."
Rainfall sustained but not heavy dampened
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Today's Islanders celebrate olden-days

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter ~ Santa
"Ho, ho, ho, ho," said Pierrette Kelly putting a gets an
giggle into Santa's trademark cheer. escort to
Dressed in a festive red, the executive director the stage
of the Anna Maria Island Community Center was in during the
the holiday spirit Dec. 5 for the eighth annual Lester- Lester-
Islander Family Fun Day. Islander
The event, held in the Center gym, 407 Magnolia .. L Family
Ave., Anna Maria, provided an opportunity for visits. Fun Day
with Santa, who arrived to the Center aboard a West at the
Manatee Fire Rescue truck, and to see the Diane Par- Anna
tington Studio of Classical Ballet perform selections Maria
from "The Nutcracker." Island
Duffy Burgers, hot dogs and cans of soda sold Commu
for a quarter each, as did tickets to fish for prizes, get nity Center
faces painted and decorate ornaments and cookies. Dec. 5.
"I'm having so much fun," said Barry Winchester, Islander
6, before he handed over four tickets for admission Photos:
to a bounce-house. Lisa Neff
The fun day fell in the midst of the Lester $50,000
Challenge, in which Holmes Beach couple Charles
and JoAnn Lester challenge Islanders to match their
$50,000 to the Center's program scholarship fund
with tax-deductible contributions.
"Thank God for the challenge," Kelly said, noting
that donations to the Center have been down the past
two years, as they have been for many nonprofits. I
The Lesters also underwrote the fun day, in coop-
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AME students paint their world


For some of the school day, fourth-grade students
at Anna Maria Elementary will be trading in their
pens and pencils for paintbrushes.
"This is one more way to focus on writing and
helping students to read and write," said fourth-grade
teacher Pidge Taylor.
During the next six weeks, AME fourth-grade
students will learn by example from author and artist
Lucinda Hathaway.
Hathaway's book titles include "Round the World
"and "Takashi's Voyage." Both books follow Takashi,
a Japanese boy, in his travels, sailing around the
world.
Hathaway bases her stories on her own travel
experiences. Wherever she travels, she brings along
her paintbrush to capture local scenery with water-
colors.
"I'm the artist ... you're the artist. They can be
whatever I want them to be," Hathaway told students
as she painted a palm tree.
Hathaway is helping AME students create a
watercolor journal that will include paintings and
writings about their personal experiences around
campus.
As students gathered around Hathaway for a
recent session, she explained what was in her bag.
L\ cly time I paint, I bring paints, brushes, my jour-
nal and a snack just in case I lose track of time and
get hungry," Hathaway said.
The Parent Teacher Organization is providing for
Hathaway's one-on-one time with the fourth-graders
in an effort to help students succeed in reading and
writing.
"You kids are through painting in the lines with
flat color, you're in the fourth-grade now," Hathaway
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Sheriff's dog injured

during chase
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office canine was
injured early Nov. 27 during the chase of a fleeing
motorist.
An officer in a Bradenton Beach patrol truck
struck the K-9.
A Bradenton Beach police report indicated that
BBPD Officer Tom Ferrara pulled over a motorist
identified as Gerald Cole, 33, of Sarasota, near the
Palma Sola Causeway/State Road 64 early Nov. 27.
Ferrara had been on patrol when he observed a
Holmes Beach Police Department officer looking into
suspicious activity involving
two people near East Bay Drive
and Manatee Avenue in Holmes
Beach.
Ferrara noticed a vehicle,
without lights, leaving the area
and traveling east on Manatee
Avenue off the Island. He fol-
Cole lowed, and at about 12000 Man-
atee Avenue West, Ferrara signaled for the driver to
pull over, but as Ferrara approached the motorist, he
sped away.
The officer gave chase, following the motorist
south on 75th Street West, then west on 53rd Avenue
West, then north on 34th Street West, where MCSO
deputies became involved.
At one point during the chase, Ferrara said he saw
the motorist tossing items from his vehicle, including
a small plastic bag that was later recovered and deter-
mined to be crack cocaine, according to the report.
Near a church on Cortez road, an MCSO deputy


K-9 Deputy Pino was injured in a crash related to
a chase to capture a suspect, and is reported to be
doing wellfollowing surgery. It was not yet known
if he will return to duty. Islander Photo: Courtesy
MSCO

released a K-9 to track the fleeing motorist, who had
abandoned his car and was on foot, according to the
report.
The Bradenton Beach officer struck the dog,
which was treated at a veterinary hospital.
"It ran directly into the path of my patrol truck,"
Ferrara wrote in the report. "I was unable to avoid
the dog."
Cole was arrested and later released from the Mana-
tee County jail on $3,120 bond. He faces a felony charge
of possession of cocaine and a second-degree misde-
meanor charge for loitering and prowling.


Island police blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach
No new reports.
Holmes Beach
Nov. 25, 3700 block of Fourth Avenue, burglary
of a residence. Officer was dispatched to a possible
burglary. Missing was a flat-screen television, DVD
player and hammock.
Nov. 26, 6600 Gulf Drive, theft. Officer was
dispatched to a resort where the victim stated that
during the past two weeks burglars took $260 from
her wallet.
Nov. 29, 100 block 36th Street, burglary of a
vehicle. A man and his girlfriend went for a walk
and on returning to their vehicle, which was parked
at the beach end of 36th Street, they found the driv-
er's window broken out and the woman's purse was
missing. The purse has $21, a driver's license, social
security card, three credit cards and two checkbooks.
The woman canceled the cards and accounts, but hun-
dreds of dollars of items were charged on the cards
at various stores in Palmetto, including the Racetrac
and Discount Beverage.
Nov. 29, 500 block of 74th Street, burglary of
a residence. Complainant returned to check on his
parents' home and found the sliding-glass door had
been pried open. He reported a small table missing
from the lanai.
Nov. 29, 500 block of 77th Street, burglary of a
residence. Officer responded to a burglary and spoke
to the homeowner, who said burglars broke into the
home between Nov. 15 and Nov. 29, taking a 32-inch
flat-screen TV valued at $850, electric stove burners
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Obituaries

Wentworth Darcy Vedder Jr.
Wentworth Darcy Vedder Jr., 80, of Anna Maria
Island and formerly of York, Pa., died Nov. 19.
Mr. Vedder was born in York and graduated from
Staunton Military Academy in 1947, Dickinson Col-
lege in 1951 and Dickinson School of Law in 1953.
He founded the law firm of Morris & Vedder in York
in 1954 with his partner, Elmer M. Morris, and prac-
ticed law for more than 50 years. He was married for
22 years to Barbara S. (Leiby)
Vedder. He was married previ-
ously to Kathryn Williamson.
Mr. Vedder was past presi-
dent of the York County Bar
Association, the Country Club
of York and the Lafayette Club.
He was a founding partner of
Vedder
Susquehanna Memorial Gardens
and other memorial parks. He was president of the
York Gazette Co., publisher of the York Daily Record.
He was a member of both the Episcopal Church of
St. John the Baptist and St. Paul's Episcopal Church,
Columbia, Pa., serving on both vestries, and a member
of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Holmes
Beach.
He spent many happy times on his sailboat sail-
ing on the Chesapeake with family and friends and
enjoyed a long-time hobby of bird watching.
A funeral celebration was held Nov. 23 at the
Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, York,
Pa. The family requests memorials to the Episco-
pal Church of St. John the Baptist, 140 N. Beaver
St., York PA 17403, or the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL
34217. Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory of York
was in charge of arrangements.
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Ann Marie Whitney
Ann Marie Whitney, 84, born in Queens, N.Y.,
died Oct. 6. She moved to Bradenton in 1958 with
husband Frank.
Ann cherished her 30-year career as an operating
room nurse at Manatee Memorial Hospital and loved
sailing her sailboat on Sarasota Bay.
She is survived by her companion of 30 years,
Walter Coldewey; son Frank Whitney of Anna Maria
Island; daughters Christine and husband Walter Catts
of Palmetto and Patricia and husband Richard Bruder
of Chicago; and grandchildren Frank Whitney Jr. and
Shane, Cory and Cary Catts.


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Attention community organization representa-
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and projects on Anna Maria Island and encourages
you to submit photographs on a regular basis. Send
press releases and photos with detailed captions to
news@islander.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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Damato departs

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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 Auxiliary of the Island Players lun-
cheon at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W. Bradenton.
Information: 941-518-4431. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 11
6:30 p.m. Holiday sing-a-long at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Fee applies.

Saturday, Dec. 12
10 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas parade from
Bayfront Park, Anna Maria to Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach followed
by a post-parade party with Santa and refreshments. Information: 941-
725-0184.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Winterfest Art and Craft Festival at Holmes
Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-2099.
6:30 p.m. Bethlehem Walk departing from Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.

Sunday, Dec. 13
8 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Winterfest Art and Craft Festival at Holmes
Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-2099.

Wednesday, Dec. 16
Noon Anna Maria Elementary School students entertain at the
Anna Maria Island Garden Club meeting held at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2809.

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-


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Bradenton. The band also features Don Dean on bass and David Lee Maxwell on drums.


rant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, through Dec. 24. Information:
941-795-7805.

OFF ISLAND EVENTS
Wednesday, Dec. 9
3p.m. Living Christmas Tree performance at the First Church of
the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton, through Dec. 13. Information:
941-794-1685. Fee applies.

Friday, Dec. 11
6 to 8 p.m. Outdoor film featuring highlights from Ken Burns' docu-
mentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" at DeSoto National
Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-
792-0458.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Christmas tour of Palmetto Historical Park
and Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto.
Information: 941-721-2034.
7p.m. Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus performs at the Manatee
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-778-3593. Fee applies.

Saturday, Dec. 12
9 to 11 a.m. Master gardener plant walk at DeSoto National
Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-
742-5986.
4 to 7:30 p.m. "A Night Before Christmas" celebration with Santa
at G.T Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
742-5974.
6:30 p.m. Bradenton Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade along the
Manatee River, Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5936.

Sunday, Dec. 13
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Coming Up:
Dec. 17, Wine tasting at Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Dec. 17, Longboat-Lido-St. Armand Keys Chamber lunch at Save
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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. 19, Bridge Street Market.
Dec. 19, Pier Regulars holiday gathering, Anna Maria City Pier.
Dec. 19, Brunch with Santa at the Island Moose Lodge.
Dec. 19, Bootleg CD release party, State Theatre.
Dec. 20, Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra
holiday concert.

Save the date:
Dec. 29, Manatee Audubon Society Christmas bird count.
Dec. 29, Wagon tour through Robinson Preserve.
Dec. 31, New Year's Eve fireworks at BeachHouse.
Jan. 1, Shamrock Shiver Coquina Beach Swim sponsored by
Clancy's Irish Pub.
Jan. 14-24, Manatee County Fair.

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Sandbar secures
historic marker
The Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust has
presented a plaque to the Chiles Restaurant Group's
Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
The trust is a grassroots non-profit dedicated to
preserving and documenting historic structures on
the Island.
Founded by Islander Sissy Quinn, the trust
recently determined that the Sandbar Restaurant, 100
Spring Ave., met the requirements to be included in
the Florida Master Site File of historic properties and
to purchase from the trust a black marble preservation
plaque.
The plaques cost $100 and can be purchased for
properties at least 50 years old.
"The AMIPT could benefit the whole Island
where, not only history is celebrated, but that pres-
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"The excitement of seeing the first PAR proj-
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nal Anna Maria Inn encouraged me to applaud their
choice of architecture on this very historic street,"
Quinn said.


An early photo of the Sandbar in Anna Maria.
Islander Photo: Courtesy C li1.. Restaurant Group

the bungalows and cottages that remain on the ground
level in our three Island cities," Quinn said.
Sandbar owner Ed Chiles said he supported
Quinn's effort to preserve the history and the char-
acter of the Island.
"The history of people gathering to enjoy rec-
reation and fellowship at the Sandbar dates back to
1911, when the Anna Maria Beach Pier Develop-
ment Company built the City Pier and platted the
town of Anna Maria," Chiles said. "They built the
bathhouse on the site where the Sandbar now sits.
People promenaded down the city's main street, Pine
Avenue, from the bay to the Gulf to enjoy a day at the
beach before returning to Tampa by ferry or staying
at one of the two historic hotels on the Island located
on the bayfront across from the city pier."
Chiles, along with partners in the Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC project, is seeking to maintain the

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evenings and Sunday afternoons. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin
Berni returns to
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Pianist Berni Roy and her husband moved from
Anna Maria Island to Old Town, Fla., in 2001.
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24 0 DEC. 9, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER


Hall of Fame next stop for Islander


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Long-time Anna Maria Island resident Beth
McIntosh was recently notified that she will be
inducted into the Florida Southern College Sports
Hall of Fame in 2010.
Beth said she and her husband of 16 years, Scott
McIntosh, plan to attend the induction ceremony
March 20 at the Lakeland campus.
Known by her maiden name
of Greig, Beth played fast-pitch
softball for the FSC Moccasins in
I 1986 and 1987 and put up some
impressive numbers.
In 1986 as a junior, her
first year at FSC, Beth helped
her team to a 34-13 record. She
McIntosh
compiled a .403 batting aver-
age in addition to stacking up five doubles, three
home runs, 30 RBIs and 21 stolen bases to lead the
team in each of those offensive categories.
Her senior season was even better, especially
from a team standpoint. The Moccasins went 49-6
and were runners-up in Division II. Beth was again


outstanding, leading the team with a gaudy .430 bat-
ting average that included four home runs, 21 RBI,
five doubles and 12 stolen bases. McIntosh earned
second team All-American honors for her outstand-
ing senior year and her career batting average of .417
ranks third in FSC history.
When asked what her feelings were when she
first received the letter, Beth laughed. "I thought it
was a joke or some kind of request for money." But
after an e-mail from her coach, who assured her it
was legit, Beth realized what an honor it is, especially
coming so many years after her playing days.
Beth is a 20-year teacher in Manatee County
public schools and has lived on the Island for 34
years. She got her start playing sports at what was
then known as the Anna Maria Youth Center. In fact,
Beth and older sister Debbie were the first girls to
play Little League baseball in the area. Beth also
played soccer, volleyball and softball at the Center
and is still involved in sports and exercise. She said
she especially looks forward to the end-of-year kick-
ball game when the Prine Elementary staff plays the
fifth-graders.
Congratulations to Beth and her family from The


Berni CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23


Berni is performing at Havana Cabana, 5904
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
"It's a dream come true to be back on the Island,"
said Berni.
"We've been coming back every so often to visit
friends since we moved and we always wanted to
move back," she said.
That opportunity came when Havana Cabana
owner John Droukas invited her to play during the
tourist season. Berni didn't need to think twice, and
she's enjoyed every minute of her return.
"It's been like old home week every night. I've
seen all my friends, and met so many new ones. I'm
in heaven, and I hope to be back next season."
Berni has a repertoire of more than 10,000 songs
and can play tunes from the early 1900s through the
1980s.
"I'd like to think that if I don't know it, they've
never made it," she laughed.
For information on Berni's performances, call
941-778-7772.

No fantasy here
Fantasy Travel at 6630 Cortez Road W., Braden-
ton, held its annual travel show Dec. 1 with presenta-
tions by a number of cruise lines, vacation destina-
tions and travel package marketers.
Fantasy Travel co-owner Pieter Hahn hosted the
event and the Anna Maria Island Privateers served up
food and fun for the day.
Some of the companies making presentations
were Holland America, Princess, Norwegian, Car-
nival, Seabourn, Crystal, Regent, Costa, Royal
Caribbean, Viking River Cruise, Celebrity, Aza-
mara, Jamaica Tourist Board, Rocky Mt. Vacations,
Tauck Tours, Starlite Dinner Cruise, Palm Dinner
Theatre and Barbara Mann Performing Arts.
For more information contact Fantasy Travel at
941-795-3900.

Harry's tasting a benefit
The Thursday, Dec. 17, wine-tasting event at
Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Jude Drive,


Fantasy Travel co-owner Pieter Hahn gets into the
holiday spirit with Tonie Waters of the Westshore
Hotel and Regency Carriage Limousine at Fan-
tasy's annual travel show Dec. 1. Islander Photo:
Nancy Ambrose

Longboat Key, will benefit the Paradise Aging
Resource Center at the Longboat Island Chapel.
The wine tasting will take place from 4:30 p.m.
to 6:30 p.m. and owner/chef Harry Christensen will
present his own specially made appetizers and culi-
nary delights. Entertainment will be provided by the
Longboat Island Chapel choir directed by Russell
Kennedy.
When completed, the resource center will pro-
vide a "safe, caring environment which will serve as
a center for ongoing education, support, service and
enrichment," said the Rev. Ken Gill of the Longboat
Island Chapel.
Admission to the wine tasting is $10 per person
and includes sampling a large selection of wines from
Harry's Deli and wine cellar. All wines purchased at
the deli that day will be discounted 20 percent.
For more information, call 941-383-0777, send
an e-mail to info@harryskitchen.com, or go online
to www.harryskitchen.com.

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Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a
nine-hole, individual-low-net game Dec. 1. Leading
the way in Flight AA were Cindi Mansour and Penny
Williams, each with a 1-over-par 33. Second place
went to Cindy Miller at 34.
Flight A saw a tie for first between Tootie Wagner
and Meredith Slavin, as both carded even-par 32. One
shot back in second place was Patty Townsend.
Maryanne Kaemmerlen fired a 2-under-par 30
to capture Flight B by five shots over second-place
finisher Barb Mason Estok.
Sally Keyes managed a 1-under-par 31 to take
first place in Flight C. Jane Winegarden took second
place with a 2-over-par 34.
Flight D went to Heather Pritchard with a 1-under
31, two shots ahead of second-place finisher Rose
Slomba.
The game of the day was team low putts and the
foursome of Barb Mason Estok, Bobbie Lindstrom,
Maryanne Kaemmerlen and Marlyn Thorton took the
prize with 61 putts on the day.



Beach, will hold a free bone health seminar from
9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Friday, Dec. 11.
Owner Brenda Canning said the seminar is free
to the public and will provide professional advice and
information on healthy bones.
For more information, call 941-778-5200.

Richey's sweet on
holiday season
Since 1949, Richey's Fine Chocolates has been a
prime spot for holiday shoppers in Bradenton, where
Mardee Westerman is a third-generation owner.
"Our best business is during the Christmas
season, followed by Easter and Valentine's Day,"
she said.
Special to the Christmas season are themed suck-
ers, ribbon candy, peppermint bark, pecan logs, Santa
chocolates and solid chocolate Christmas trees.
But it's the assorted boxes of chocolates that
seem to make popular presents.
The chocolates are homemade, which means that
unlike mass-produced chocolates, they do not contain
preservatives, additives, and have not been sitting on
shelves for prolonged periods.
Bradenton resident Shirley Hardy visited the
store Dec. 2. "This is my regular place for Christmas
and Easter," she said.
Richey's Fine Chocolates is located near Albert-
son's at 7471 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Richey's
can be reached at 941-761-1500.

Dances set at fire house
A series of dances and dance lessons are taking
place at the old fire house in Bradenton Beach on
Tuesday and Thursdays.
Niteclub-style couples dance lessons swing,
rumba, waltz, salsa and cha-cha are taking place
at 7 p.m. at the retired West Manatee Fire Rescue
Station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
"We are the only dance studio in the area that
emphasizes couples dancing," said Roxanne Win-
stead. "Couples will learn together, practice together
and then go out and dance together."
For a free trial session or more information, call
organizer Winstead at 941-465-3123.





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Cold weather anglers change game plan


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
The cold weather is changing the fishing game.
White bait is all but on its way out, and shrimp,
cut bait, and artificial will be en vogue throughout
the winter.
Dropping Berkley Gulp baits in pot holes on the
dead low tides and fishing deeper may be one of the
tickets to a productive catch. Flounder are abundant,
as are grouper throughout nearshore areas.
Look for snook in protected areas, and, as the
weather gets colder, they'll creep farther into back-
country areas.
The bottom line is, it's cold.
"We just have to deal with it," Capt. Zach Zacha-
rias said. "It's like fishing in Canada."
Capt. Warren Girle reported cobia, lots of
undersize grouper, and mangrove snapper, about 6
to 7 miles offshore in 40 feet of water depth over rock
piles. Girle had been using bait off the beaches, but
the bait catch has been hit and miss and anglers now
will have to use cut bait and shrimp. Inshore, Girle is
still catching redfish, and a bunch of bluefish between
3 and 5 pounds. He said he's still getting scattered
pompano and plenty of trout over deep grass flats.
Girle said he noticed a bunch of bonito, Span-
ish mackerel and bluefish attacking bait under the
Longboat Pass Bridge on one trip last week.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
was fishing potholes on the lowest tides for redfish,
trout and snook before the rains came. He did some
wade-fishing and casting 3-inch Berkley Gulp baits in
pearl and new penny colors, reeling the fake shrimp
slowly across the holes. He said some trout have been
more than 20 inches, and a couple snook have been
in the 30-inch club.
Capt. Steven Salgado of Compleat Angler out
of Parrot Cove Marina has been fishing in Sarasota
Bay for redfish between 16 and 28 inches, and snook
just before last week's cold front. Trout were hitting
finger mullet over oyster beds. "I couldn't believe
it," Salgado said. "The trout were hitting whole-size
finger mullet."
He said the redfish have been hanging around
dock pilings, and deep-water drops of channel
edges.
Off the beaches, he reported catching bonito and
kingfish.
James Followell from the Sunshine Skyway
Fishing Pier reported anglers have been catching
Spanish mackerel, bluefish and grouper. The mack-
erel have been running to 16 inches, and have been
hitting in the morning or around noon. "I haven't


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seen anything else," Followell said. "I'm waiting on
the kingfish. I'm kind of surprised no one's dragged
a king up here yet."
Capt. Mike Greig said his clients have been
catching grouper in the bays and nearshore Gulf
waters, flounder in the Gulf and bay and scattered
snook.
Greig reported reeling up a 26-inch flounder
about 7 miles offshore over natural bottom. "I'm
looking for the grouper fishing to get better because
they start coming in this time of the year," he said.
"So they'll start showing more and more, I hope."
Capt. Ray Markham of Backwater Promo-
tions out of Terra Ceia guided brothers Lee and
Mitch Brown from Roanoke, Va., to a catch of trout,
bluefish, redfish, flounder, pompano, gag grouper,
Spanish mackerel and numerous ladyfish. The fish
were caught in Terra Ceia Bay, lower Tampa Bay
and north Sarasota Bay, on DOA shrimp and CAL
jigs with shad tails.
Rocky Corby from Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers have been catching Spanish mackerel and
sharks, but he hadn't seen anglers pulling up flounder
like they had been the past month.
Corby said the mackerel have been deep, along
with the bait. "They're catching mackerel on spoons,"
Corby said. "So I guess the mackerel are coming
up."
Derek Olson from Rod & Reel Pier said he saw
anglers catching 20- to 22-inch gag grouper recently,
and other anglers had brought a couple drum to the
pier. "Other than that," Olson said, "nobody's been


Peter Paris, fishing
with Capt. Terry
Frankford of Reelin
and Chillin Char-
ters, caught this
23-inch grouper
near the south end
of Longboat Key
using a greenback
for bait.


fishing here."
Bill Lohman from Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina said there have been a lot of floun-
der around the Island, and most can be found in spots
that have a sandy bottom and a good flow of water.
The mouths of most canals in Holmes Beach, where
the bottom drops about a foot or deeper, are good
spots. Others have been caught off the north end of
the Island, off the beaches between the Sandbar Res-
taurant and Bean Point.
Lohman said that offshore, amberjack have been
seen over most wreck-type structures. He added that
the grouper fishing in nearshore waters has been solid,
and a lot of snook are in Intracoastal areas, around
marinas, piers and inside mangroves and canals as
they look for protection from the colder weather.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out
of Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez fished a week ago
and didn't bother with white bait or pinfish. Instead,
he bought shrimp and fished docks in north Sarasota
Bay and Palma Sola Bay, where he found a bunch of
black drum, some small redfish, flounder and a few
sheepshead.
Zacharias said once the water temperatures dip
into the 60s on a consistent basis the sheepshead
should come in high numbers.
"The kingfish are pretty much done," Zacharias
said. "You might still pick up a few here and there,
especially close to the beach, and there's guys going
out farther offshore picking up some, but that whole
thing is pretty much history until spring time."
Zacharias said we yet may see a run of cobia.
"There's been many years recently where we've done
really well with cobia around Christmas time," he
said, "but it all depends on the weather."
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SPOONS: PRESIDENTIAL SET of 34. $300.
International Silver Company. 941-794-2392.

USED/ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS: A roomful.
Essence of Time. 10015 Cortez Road W., Bra-
denton. 941-792-3545.

BLACK & DECKER electric edger. Excellent con-
dition, vertical and horizontal cut. $20. 941-713-
4048.

AIR MATTRESS: DOUBLE with pump. Coleman,
new, $20. Homedics Sole Therapy, heat-massag-
ing foot therapy, $15. 941-713-4048.

FOR SALE: COUCH, $40. Microwave, $20. 941-
778-9354.

FOR SALE: FENDER electric guitar and amp.
Perfect Christmas gift for beginners. Call Rick,
941-224-4977.

LIFE-SIZE one-of-a-kind sculptured mermaids.
941-778-7788.

BEAUTIFUL MOSAICS FOR sale: $10-$40. Fish,
birdhouses, frames, etc. Beach Mosaics. 941-
779-2093.

FLOOR BUFFER: MINUTEMAN. 17-inch with
pads. $100. TV stand, 32x23x22, two shelves,
glass doors, swivel top. $45. 941-795-8359.

GLACIER PINE CHRISTMAS tree. Six-foot, 400
pre-strung color lights. New! $35. 941-795-8359.

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)






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e deep water port is completed, LNG tankers will arrive at
rsea port, located 28 miles off the coast of Manatee County,
up with the natural gas pipeline running to Port Manatee,
Inland to connect with Florida's natural gas pipeline grid.
lining natural gas from Port Dolphin will provide energy
ons of homes in the Tampa Bay region.


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



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.

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

ST. BERNARD PANCAKE breakfast: 8 a.m.-
11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.408 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach.

WANTED: SPORTS CARDS, COMIC books, toys,
political items, coins, stamps, autographs, banks,
trains, door stoppers. 941-587-1456.

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

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

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

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


The role of the Administrative Assistant is to provide on-going
clerical and information support to the staff. Duties include scheduling
calendars, overseeing the office filing system, coordinating meet-
ings and maintaining office equipment inventory. The position will
initially be filled on a part time basis (50%), but could potentially
lead to a full time position in the future.


Job description
* Assist with general administrative tasks such as preparation of letters and
expense reports, coordination of general office services, etc
* Assist with clerical related duties such as photocopying, faxing, filing and collating
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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!



ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.
(numbers at 8 a.m.). Airport Mall (Old US 301)
8251 W. University Pkwy. (south of Sarasota/Bra-
denton Convention Center). Curtain Call enter-
tainment center, desks, sofas, beds, chairs, old
serving cabinet, wicker, oriental rugs, drop-leaf
table, chaise lounge, small tables, lamps, Wallace
Nutting American art, fine prints and paintings
galore, chests, small collectibles, silver, crystal.
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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: 8 a.m.-? Saturday, Dec. 5.
Multi-family. Lots of stuff. 2818 Ave., C, Holmes
Beach.
YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 12.
Christmas items, quality stuff. 426 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office supplies,
T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed art.


LOST: STARKEY HEARING aid, in Holmes
Beach. 941-778-0186.
LOST: OSU SILVER bracelet, extremely senti-
mental. Reward. 614-353-0218 or 941-778-7213.
Casey5292002@yahoo.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.


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.


1996 STARCRAFT DECK boat. Excellent condi-
tion, easy start, trailer, extras. $6,999 or best offer.
941-778-1470.
BOAT FOR SALE: 1999 Proline 17-foot, 125 hp
Mercury. Garage-kept, Holmes Beach. $8,500.
715-699-4000.


HOUSEKEEPER: PART/FULL-time. Provide work
experience to P.O. Box 57, Bradenton Beach, FL,
34217 or e-mail: LBBLBL@yahoo.com.


I CAN BE of assistance: Art gallery assistant,
wedding production, elder advocate, transition
facilitator. References upon request. 941-567-
4399. afairygarden @ gmail.com.
HIGHLY QUALIFIED TUTOR available. K-8, all
subjects. Reasonable. References. Makes learn-
ing fun. 941-778-0434.
20YEARS EXPERIENCE in home health aide/CNA.
Excellent references. Call Debra, 941-565-1849.
MOBILE DJ: 1960s through today. Any occasion.
Four hours, $100. Eric, 941-201-9808.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at www.
islander.org. And it's FREE!


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.


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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.


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.
EXPERIENCED MALE HOME companion: Baths,
exercise, meals, chauffer, clean, etc. 941-713-
1185.
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andy's Established in 1983
awn Celebrating 25 Years of
wr ni Quality & Dependable Service.
'1Servie Call us for your landscape
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.
8t ez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236

HONEY DO HOME REPAIR it
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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PROFESSIONAL CHAUFFEUR AT TAXI PRICES
AIRPORTS THEME PARKS CRUISE TERMINALS
ALL APPOINTMENTS WE GO ANYWHERE
CALL PHIL 941.778.5407
ADMIRALTCrVERIZON NET
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Marianne Correll REALTOR
The Big Picture...It's all about Real Estate.
It's a GREAT TIME to buy!

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old female,
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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.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various
sizes, $5-$95. Delivery and placement available.
Autumn special, 15 percent off delivered or 25
percent off cash and carry. Also, we are a com-
plete tree service offering trimming, removals and
stump grinding. Brad Frederick's LLC, northwest
Bradenton. 941-730-0001.
CHRIS'COMPUTER SERVICE:Will come to your
home to diagnose problems. $30/hour. Just visit-
ing? Lease a computer for your stay. Call 941-
504-7986 for all your computer needs.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34
years of happy customers. Mom-Watch, Pet-
Watch, Storm-Check, windows, etc. Rentals our
specialty. 941-792-1000.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Stu-
dios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.


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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house @verizon.netfor details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products,
handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home pedicure services. 941-713-
5244.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
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.


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POWERUPAUTO.COM SINCE 1995 FREE ESTIMATES FL MV-46219

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& Property Services Inc.
761-75 1 1 SEW s
INTERNATIONAL
Quality Pet Sitting Bonded Insured

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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.

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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.

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

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

NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
941-729-9381.



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.

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: 1BR/2BA, Anna Maria
Island. December, March and April available at
$1,995 plus tax/monthly. 941-778-1098. www.gulf-
driveapartments.com, annamariaisland@gmail.
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SFormal Wear
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
& Commercial
Serving the Island, LBK, Manatee & Sarasota Coini-: :in.. 1: '- co
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service (
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Hol0v.rr,, li-.:Il 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
SYour Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
Shutt S-uiC Inc. Permitted/Licensed/Insured
.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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ISLAND TAXI
Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
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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.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental 2BR/1BA,
steps to beach, tile, patio, washer and dryer hook-
ups, carport. $925/month. 813-244-4944.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, nicely furnished,
washer and dryer, large back deck, steps to
beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-4944.
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to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview 3BR/2BA,
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. $329,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
RENTALS:
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
$2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Suitable for wedding and reunions,
seasonal and vacations..
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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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 1BR/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.

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.

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. 941-726-0485.

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.

qB gu ffy galty of $=Ma Maria Inc.
\ ')esse (Brisson (Broer associate, m !R
S941-713-4755 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,
S storage. Turnkey
furnished. A supreme
value in today's market.This property will not last long.
Owner will pay 1 year of condo duesl $379,000.

Call Jesse Brisson
941-713-4755.


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.
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 RENTAL: EL CONQUISTADOR
Country Club. 2BR condo with garage in excel-
lent condition and neighborhood. For picture and
information, call 941-545-3097.
RETIRED SWISS COUPLE looking for an
annual rental. 2BR/2BA Anna Maria Island for
March. E-Mail: sarasotass@yahoo.fr.
WANTED: ROOM TO rent. Furnished. January,
February and March. $400-$500/month. 941-685-
1942.
VERY SMALL STUDIO: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $550/month.
941-383-4856.
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SALES & RENTALS

(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
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of Gulf Drive. 2 BR/1 BA and a 1 BR/1 BA. Selling "turn-
key" furnished. $599,000.


VINTAGE COTTAGE located at north end of Island. 100' 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
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SEASONAL FURNISHED NEW home in Anna
Maria. 2BR/2BA. Available January and April.
Block to beach. 813-251-9201.
SEASONAL RENTAL: PRIVATE home on Anna
Maria Island. Furnished 2BR/2BA, garage, large
yard, three blocks from Gulf. Available Dec. 7-May,
$1,800/month plus tax. Call Jo Ann, 828-713-
9038.
JANUARY RENTAL: Furnished 2BR/BA Braden-
ton Beach condo. Washer/dryer in unit, steps to
beach. $1,500/month. 813-245-0428.
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ANNUAL 2BR/1BA SPACIOUS elevated duplex.
Block to beach. Small pet considered. $850/month
plus utilities. 941-779-9470.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA custom canalfront
home. $2,500/month. Call Lori, 941-773-3415.
Duncan Real Estate.
ANNUAL FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA. Nice corner lot,
Key Royale. No pets. Totally updated, reasonable
rent. 941-778-7413 or 1-708-738-2933.
WESTBAY COVE: SECOND-floor 2BR/2BA
on bay. Lovely views, two pools, tennis courts.
December-March 2010, $2,900/month. 30-day
minimum. Visit aposporos.com for photos. Apos-
poros and Sons, 941-387-3474.

3BR/2BA HOUSE ON canal. Coral Shores subdi-
vision. $1,300/month annually. $500 deposit, last.
941-524-6773.

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Own a unit in one of the
best buildings on the island.
Direct Gulf front condo
on the top floor with Gulf
views from every window!
Kitchen completely
redone new cabinets,
granite countertops, new
appliances. New bathroom
vanities and more! This
1111 isically brand new. Extremely
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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: 1 BR/1 BA. 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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through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
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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.
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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.

SANDPIPER RESORT CO-OP. Awesome unit on
the bay. Completely renovated. New air condition-
ing, appliances, siding, tile, private parking beside
of unit. Completely furnished, linens, dishes, TVs.
Screened lanai. Includes share. $129,900. 304-
768-3333.

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VILLAGE GREEN VILLA : 2BR/2BA with a two-car
garage, 2,154 sf. 10 minutes to beach, $129,000.
Make offer. Estate sale. Denise Langlois, Cold-
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ANNA MARIA CANAL home: 2BR/2BA for sale.
Walk to beach, boat lift and dock, washer, dryer,
recently renovated. $550,000. Possible owner
finance 813-245-0428.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
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