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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: December 23, 2009
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Skimming

the news ...

Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3


Santa, Big Bird, more
mrik .. .


pear on AMI


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Bradenton Beach:
Decorative street
lights brighten mood,
holiday light winners
announced.
Page 4

Op/ed: The Islander
opinion, your opin-
ions. Page 6-7





Islander pursues
noble work. Page 11




Legislators mark
local measures.
Page 13


AME goes on
holiday. Page 18

QOA3OOQ

What to do and
when. Page 20


Above: Santa arrives to the 15th annual Sandbar Restaurant-spon-
sored Lawton C I,, .. Christmas Party for Kids Dec. 15 under a
canopy ofseagrapes and through a gateway ofAnna Maria Island
Privateers and life-size cartoon and TV characters. Inset right: Elf
hat and Ray-Bans don't do enough to disguise the twinkle in the
eyes of Ed C i,,/.. at the party he hosts every year for children and their families at his
Sandbar Restaurant. Far right: Big Bird gives a baby hug to Beckett Culhane at the
Lawton C h, /.. Christmas Party for Kids. A host of "Sesame Street" characters, elves
and others entertained and served the crowd of kids, parents and agency representa-
tives from Head Start and Healthy Families Manatee. Islander Photos: Jack Elka


Burglars hit four Holmes Beach stores


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Early in the morning Dec. 18, burglars
targeted retail stores near the corner of Gulf
and Marina drives, taking cash and various
merchandise.
Tide and Moon in the AMI Plaza, and
Mister Roberts Resortwear, the Color of
Coconut and AMI Fitness, across Gulf Drive
from Tide and Moon in the S&S Plaza, were
burglarized before 7 a.m.
"It's a huge sign of the times," Holmes
Beach Police Chief Jay Romine said. "This
is happening everywhere. It's magnified
here because we' ve basically gone a long
time without any incident."
Tide and Moon was perhaps hit the
hardest. Store owner Laura Shelly said she
has no theft insurance and was devastated at


The Holmes Beach Police Department
responds to a burglary Dec. 18 at the Tide
and Moon store on Gulf Drive. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

the loss of merchandise and destruction. Much
of the glass in her display cases was broken


and the cash register was smashed.
\ly jewelry tools, all but some in my car,
were taken. I don't know how I'11 recover from
this," Shelly said as HBPD Detective Mike
Leonard and Officer Chip Frapier awaited a
technician from the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office to take evidence.
To gain entry, burglars smashed Shelly's
glass door. HBPD found some evidence in the
store. The AMI Plaza owner was collecting
surveillance and video taken from cameras
mounted over the walkways in the recently
remodeled shops.
Sara Gafvert, co-owner of the Color of
Coconut, said burglars broke through the back
door of her store. "No one has ever broken in
here," Gafvert said. "I don't know what to do.
Get poisonous snakes in here? We' re all work-
PLEASE SEE BURGLARIES, NEXT PAGE


Local residents
rescue dogs for
adoption. Page 21


Sarasota teen sen-
tenced for burglaries.
Pnoa 22


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opens. Page

Sports: MHS
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Page 24

Fishing: Lov
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'No rooms' at Island holiday inns


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Visitors to Anna Maria Island arriving
this week without a reservation may have to
scramble to find lodging.
Only a few Island accommodation


owners and managers surveyed last week
Biz reported any vacancies for the Christmas-
New Year's week, and most expected those
to be gone by Dec. 24.
"We' re basically sold out," said David
amery
23 Teitelbaum, owner of the Tradewinds, Sea-
23
Side and Tortuga resorts in Bradenton Beach
SHur- and a member of the Manatee County Tour-
ist Development Council.
e season.
"We have a few rooms left," he said last
week, but he anticipated that those would be
Stide = taken by Dec. 23.
,ge 2"If someone arrives this week without
a reservation, we might have one or two
a reservation, we might have one or two


rooms. If not, we'll call around for them and
try to help them," Teitelbaum said.
"The best advice is to book early."
Advance reservations at his three resorts
for the holidays are ahead of last year, he said,
but even more encouraging is that reserva-
tions for the February-March period are doing
well.
"This has been a good booking period for
us and everybody. I think it speaks well for
the Island," Jason Sato of Sato Real Estate in
Anna Maria agreed.
"Our vacation rentals are all taken. Christ-
mas week is full. It's great. It's going to be a
busy week on the Island," Sato said.
"This year is way ahead of last year's res-
ervation pace for Christmas," he added.
Sato also suggested that visitors should
book reservations early, but there are always
some walk-ins who show up on the Island the


day before Christmas hoping for a room.
"People are always e-mailing us at the last
minute looking for a room. We' 11 try to help
them," he said.
"I think this speaks well for the Island.
In spite of the economic woes, the Island is
doing very well. It's definitely a place to be for
Christmas and the season," Sato concluded.
There were a few vacation rentals left at
Gulf-Bay Realty in Holmes Beach last week,
but vacancies were being gobbled up faster
than a Christmas turkey.
Property manager Zita Kollar said she
had several two-bedroom units, but advance
reservations had been brisk.
"All I can say is give us a call and we
might still have something, but advance reser-
vations have been good. The holiday is look-
ing good," Kollar said.
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NO ROOMS FROM PAGE 1
At Fran Maxon Real Estate in Anna Maria,
Stephanie Bell said she had a few large vacation
rental properties and a few small properties, but not
much in-between.
"When we get a last-minute caller or walk-in next
week, we' 11 do our best," she said.
Christmas reservations this year are better than
Bell expected, and she has also seen had an upswing
in reservations for the February-March period.
At Mike Norman Real Estate, Holmes Beach,
property manager Marianne Norman-Ellis said all
the units near the water have already been booked
for the Christmas season.
"We have a few rentals left that are still on the
Island, just not near the Gulf," Norman-Ellis said last
week.
But reservations have been coming fast and we
could be sold out in a few days. We' ve been real busy.
We're ahead of last Christmas already."
A full Island could bode well for the Island's
restaurant industry, said Ed Chiles, owner of the
Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria, the Beach-
House in Bradenton Beach and the Mar Vista on
Longboat Key.
"If we have good weather, we'll be packed and
I' m sure everyone with outdoor dining will also be
full. We're praying for good weather and I think it's
going to be a great Christmas for everyone," Chiles
said.
While the various accommodations and motels
on AMI are helpful to those seeking a night's stay,
anyone arriving without a reservation might have
better luck going directly to the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce office, located in the Shoppes
at Tidemark, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The chamber keeps a list of all members with
vacancies, said president Mary Ann Brockman.
"We' ve got a few members with vacancies and
we' 11 be here until noon Dec. 24. People can also
e-mail us at info@amichamber.org," she said.
"We' 11 take care of them," Brockman said.


BURGLARIES FROM PAGE 1
ing our butts off and we' re just barely making it right
now. There's nothing worse than thieves, especially
around Christmastime."
Linda Clayton, owner of Mister Roberts, said the
store alarm went off just before 4 a.m. "So the bur-
glars didn't spend a lot of time in here, I don't think,"
she said.
Clayton said the business has been around 43
years. In the third year of the business, she said, when
the store did not have alarms, burglars broke in and
cleaned the store out.
"They took everything," Clayton said. "That's
why we have an alarm system now."
Romine said that with an alarming increase in
burglaries throughout Holmes Beach the past two
months, citizens need to become aware of suspicious
activity.
"In the city of Holmes Beach, there are 10,000
eyes out there," Romine said. "I've got 14 officers,
but there's 10,000 eyes in the city. When people see
things that don't seem right at first glance, it's prob-
ably because it ain't. It's probably not right."
Romine called for citizens to report even the most
minor suspicions.
"I'd rather respond 50 times to nothing, but at


Occupancy of Anna Maria Island accommoda-
tion units rose 4.6 percent in November compared
with the same month last year, according to figures
just released by the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau.
It was the third straight month occupancy of
Island accommodations rose from its 2008 level.
At the same time, however, occupancy of
Longboat Key accommodation units fell 5.5 per-
cent, the second straight month occupancy in that
market declined.


Burglars smashed the entry door and a window Dec.
18 at the Tide and Moon, then ransacked the store.

least we have a chance to find out that it's nothing,"
Romine said. "We need people to be nosy."
Anyone with information about the burglaries is
asked to call HBPD at 941-708-5804, or CrimeStop-
pers at 866-634-8477.


Overall, occupancy levels rose 2.6 percent for
the BACVB market.
November occupancy of Island accommoda-
tions was reported as 43.2 percent against 41.3 per-
cent for November 2008. Longboat Key occupancy
for November of this year was 45.9 compared with
48.6 percent for the same month last year.
The BACVB has changed its Web site name
from www.myfloridagulfislands.com to www.
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Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputy
Alan Judy's alert action in Anna Maria Dec.
18 resulted in the arrest of Frank Huxley, 20,
of Bradenton, for loitering
and prowling.
Judy, a deputy with the
MCSO' s Anna Maria substa-
tion, was patrolling White
Avenue around 11:30 p.m.
when he saw Huxley near
an abandoned house.
Huxley When Judy attempted
to confront Huxley, he fled behind some nearby
houses. The deputy was able to locate the suspect
and commanded Huxley to stop, but the suspect


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again fled the scene.
Another deputy brought a K-9 to track the
suspect and located him hiding underneath some
shrubs at 508 White Ave. According to the MCSO
report, Huxley was bitten on the right arm and
buttocks by the K-9.
Huxley resisted efforts to be taken into cus-
tody and Judy used his stun gun to bring Huxley
under control.
The suspect was taken to the Lakewood
Ranch Hospital emergency room where he was
treated for minor injuries, released into MCSO
custody, and then transported to jail.
Huxley faces charges of resisting arrest, loi-
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 23, 2009 3 3


Meetings
Anna Maria City
Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m., code enforcement board
meeting.
Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m., environmental, enhancement
education committee meeting.
Jan. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.
Bradenton Beach
Jan. 7, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
Jan. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.
Holmes Beach
Jan. 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification meeting.
Jan. 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Jan. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 28, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Jan. 21, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
Dec. 25 is Christmas. Most government offices
are closed Dec. 24-25.
Jan. 1 New Year's Day and government offices,
as well as The Islander office, are closed.
Jan. 18, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization meeting. Site to be determined.
Jan. 20, Barrier Island Elected Officials meet-
ing. Details to be determined.
Send notices to Lisa Neffat lisaneff@islander.org.




4 0 DEC. 23, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

Decorative lights brighten mood
By Lisa Neff


Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael Pierce radiated
cheer.
Bradenton Beach public works director Tom
Woodard generated enthusiasm.
Long-awaited decorative lights are going up in
the city's downtown district, primarily along Historic
Bridge Street, from Gulf Drive to the Historic Bridge
Street Pier.
White poles were planted on Bridge Street last
week, reaching about 20 feet in height, and standing
parallel to the palm trees along the roadway.
This week, said Woodard, a Hines Electric crew
will place the heads on the 21 poles. "By Christmas
they'll be done," he said. "It's happening."
Local merchants have come to refer to the lights
as hybrids. The fixtures are decorative in old-school
fashion similar to existing lights on the city pier
with u-shaped curves at the top and circular lamp-
shades but the new lights will be solar powered,
requiring sun-collecting panels and battery packs.
The city commission approved the purchase and
installation of the lights at a cost of about $127,000
in September.
Old decorative lights in the commercial district
were turned out in 2007 after someone leaned against
a lighting pole and got shocked. An inspector deter-
mined that the lights were not grounded and needed
to be removed.
The k cngith process to replace the fixtures began,
which included a review of conventional lighting
options.
"The old lights were out of commission for three
years," said Woodard.
Woodard said to wire new lights to connect to the
electrical company grid would have required under-
ground work.
"We felt the wiring was going to be a problem,"
he said. "So I'm very pleased that the commission
voted to go solar. I'm happy with the green aspect


Bradenton
Beach Mayor
Michael Pierce
and public
works director
Tom Woodard
on Bridge
Street, where
new decora-
tive lighting is
being installed.
Islander
Photo: Lisa
Neff


and I know it's good for the city. This is going to be
a showpiece."
The city has worked with Florida-based Beacon
Products on the project, which plans to bring repre-
sentatives from other cities to see Bridge Street after
the lights go on.
"Already six mayors are coming here to look at
what we' ve done," Woodard said.
Beacon built the lights to withstand hurricane-
force winds. Additionally, the solar panels are esti-
mated to last 50 years and the battery packs 25 years


- more than double the life of the solar element in
a Toyota Prius.
"The heads will be attached so that the direction
can be changed," Woodard said. "For the start, they' 11
shine on the sidewalks."
"And," said Pierce, "they'11 be turtle-friendly."
The mayor said as he talked to merchants and
shoppers last week, he found "most everyone is very
excited."
"I think it's going to increase tourism here,"
Pierce said. "This city is really cool."


A community service sponsored exclusively by The Islander


City honors properties for holiday lights
The winners of the Bradenton Beach holiday beautiful and blue.
lighting contest include: Displays were judged Dec. 18 and announced
Residential: 1. 105 10th St. S., for consistent Dec. 19.
effort. 2. 2404 Ave. A for variety. First-place winners receive $150 for commer-
Commercial: 1. Drift In, for bright bikes. 2. cial and residential lighting displays, and second-
Linger Longer, for the dolphin delight, place winners receive $100 for commercial and
Honorable mention: Bungalow Beach lighting displays.


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TO Bl A BIIBTEBER FUTE!
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matching funds for contributions made by Dec. 31, 2009, to the Anna Maria Island
Community Center program scholarship fund. And your contribution is tax deductible.

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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 23, 2009 0 5

Tie is win for Anna Maria nominee


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
In the National Hockey League, a 2-2 tie at the
end of regulation play earns both teams one point.
Some say a tie is like kissing your sister.
But at the Anna Maria City Commission Dec. 17
meeting, a 2-2 tie earned former Commissioner Bob
Barlow a seat on the planning and zoning board.
Barlow was nominated by Mayor Fran Barford
to fill the vacancy after Doug Copeland resigned.
For the first time in her
tenure, however, a board nomina-
tion by Barford ran into difficulty
with some commissioners.
Barford said she nominated
Barlow because he was the best
',- applicant. Barlow has also had
previous service on the P&Z
Barlow board, the charter review com-
mittee and as the city's vice-
mayor and a commissioner.
Commission Chairman John Quam, however,
asked what other residents applied and Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus suggested that, in the past, the mayor
has nominated people to the P&Z board based upon
the date of application.
Not so, Barford indicated.
"Michael Coleman was the first to apply and I
don't think he is the right person" for the position,
she said.
The mayor said the order in which the applicants
applied for the position was Coleman, Carl Pearman,
Tom Turner, Charlie Daniel and Barlow.
Quam wondered why the person who applied last
was moved to first on the list, but Barford said she
followed the process required of the mayor. She has
never nominated candidates to boards or committees
based upon who applied first, but upon their qualifica-
tions and desire.


Resident Robin Wall said the mayor has "made
a mistake," and Tom Turner should be nominated
because he is next in line, not Barlow.
Barford responded that she thinks Turner is
already the vice chairman of the capital improve-
ments advisory committee and will likely become
the chairman in the near future. He also advises her
on a number of issues, she said.
Commissioners Dale Woodland and Chuck Webb
voted for the nomination, while Stoltzfus and Quam
were opposed. Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick was
absent.
Quam initially believed that the nomination
would have to be brought before a full commission.
Building official Bob Welch, however, pointed
out that in the event of a tie, the nominee "shall be
deemed approved," according to city code.
Quam said that settled the issue and Barlow's
nomination was approved.

Safety committee
Each commissioner and the mayor nominated
one person to serve on an ad hoc parking safety com-
mittee that will study parking in the ROR district and
make recommendations to the commission.
Stoltzfus argued that the commission was "back-
ing up," because it was his understanding that com-
missioners had already agreed there was a parking
safety problem in the ROR.
"This committee is a waste of time," he said.
He asked that the commission look at his sug-
gestions for changes to the land-development regula-
tions that don't match the comprehensive plan. That
will show there is a parking safety problem, he indi-
cated.
Woodland, however, countered that the purpose of
the committee is to find the problem the city is trying
to solve. Otherwise, it's just everyone's opinion.
Quam at first opposed the nominations of Tom


Aposporos and Mike Coleman and Stoltzfus backed
him up.
Stoltzfus said he did not want people on the com-
mittee who have said there isn't a safety problem.
Webb, however, said that in his 20 years experi-
ence in county government and forming committees,
it's best to give all sides a "seat at the table and flush
out all the issues."
Good ordinances and suggestions come from a
good mix of opinion, Webb indicated.
"Besides, if we don't like their advice, we don't
take it," he said.
The commission then voted 3-1 to approve Apos-
poros, Coleman, Terry Schaefer, Larry Albert, Gene
Aubry and Mike Pescitelli to the committee, with
Stoltzfus dissenting.
Quam then appointed Stoltzfus as the commis-
sion liaison to the committee.
Joint commission-P&Z workshop
Commissioners agreed to hold a joint work session
with the P&Z board at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 to review site-plan
procedures and study changes to the LDRs.
Stoltzfus said each of his recommended LDR
changes should be part of the work session.
Woodland, however, said he first wants to make
sure the site-plan process is right.
There are two separate issues, but they do come
together at the end, he said.
Quam said if enough time remained, the LDRs
would be studied and, otherwise, it would be an agenda
item at the commission's February work session.

New business
Stoltzfus wanted commissioners to examine land
development regulations and Chapter 74 as part of
new business, but Quam said Stoltzfus should e-mail
the items he wants to include under new business for
the next regular meeting.


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Whew, two shopping
days left...
With only two days left to shop as you read this
Dec. 23 edition of The Islander, it seems all over
but some wrapping and tucking under the tree, some
ce', .,n'i and cookies, and awaiting Friday morning,
when kids everywhere will experience the wonder
and surprise of Christmas morning.
And it's beginning to look a little like a north-
ern Christmas on Anna Maria Island. For nearly a
week the sky has been alternately gray and sunny, an
all-too-familiar scene before a snowfall if you' re a
transplant to Florida. The air has been crisp and cool
in the mornings, and balmy by mid-afternoon, but
bringing a chill as the sun sets.
It is a change of season, of sorts, for Floridians.
A little welcome rain. No snow, thank you.
Lots of holiday lights around the Island are what
help create the excitement and joy of the holiday for
young and old. It's a fun time to bike or trolley about
to catch the "spirit" from neighbors and businesses.
And "wow!" Santa Claus was everywhere on the
Island in recent weeks, and he was generous to chil-
dren who attended the many parties. It was great to
see the joy on their faces and we can't help but thank
all who made it possible.
The Sandbar hosted its 15th annual Lawton
Chiles Christmas for Kids, and kids were feted with
gifts, food and fun with lots of clowns, elves and fun
characters. It was a holiday treat just to see the joy
on the children's faces. It's heartwarming to say the
least. The same was true at the Moose Lodge.
Thanks to Chuck and Joey Lester, who hosted a
holiday party for children and families at the com-
munity center, and to so many businesses where open
house celebrations allow us time to give a hug and a
holiday greeting to friends.
It all helps to make the season bright, especially
for some who are not as fortunate as others. It's the
season of fellowship, kindness and sharing, and no
one does it better than Islanders!
We thank you all for making this a great holiday
season and for making our Island community "the
best."
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas. Happy
Hanukkah. Merry Kwanza. Greetings of the season
to all.
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Dear Anna Maria
I fell in love with you 20 years ago, like all great
loves, for better or worse. My first morning on Anna
Maria I was greeted by City Pier regulars, at least
40 strong. Right away I felt at home. Then came the
Welcome Wagon with all kinds of information.
At that time, we had Fast Eddie's, a gas station/
convenience store and 5 0' clock Marina on Pine. It
all brought a lot of happy people to the Island. It was
a happy, busy, busy Pine Avenue.
Change is to be expected. Fast Eddies left and
others followed, including the Welcome Wagon. I
want it back.
Pine Avenue became dormant for a few years. It
was sad. Little by little it became a ghetto, but help
is on the way, thanks to Rhea Chiles, with the beauti-
ful Studio at Gulf and Pine, Brenda Boyd, An Island
Place, Susan Carlson's Pineapple Cottages and Betsy
Hill's Mango Grove.
Pine began to live again. As we say in America,
when things get tough, the tough get going. So, here
comes Pine Avenue Restoration. What a beautiful
job you are doing on Pine Avenue. Thank you for
employing so many people.
I have no vested interests on the Island or any-
where else, except for the body I live in, and that's
on loan. I am a street boy who spends 4-6 hours daily
on Pine. I use three- and four-wheel bikes daily. I
have never had a problem with safety. The only prob-
lems are the ones that Johnny came-lately is trying to
cause. If you want do something, consider this:
Move the city dump off the main street.
The location of the city maintenance department
is a no-no. Children play around the city jail.
At the foot of the bridge on Crescent, trucks
and equipment pull in and out. They' re not visible to
traffic. That's a no-no. We have plenty of room at city
hall. Shuffle boards and horse shoe pits take up half
of city hall. These activities belong at the community


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center.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, if you work on
these you will find that Pine Avenue never looked
better. My personal dream for Pine Avenue is to
make it a one-way street from North Shore to the
city pier.
Mark M. Alonso, Anna Maria

Pier position
It appears that the commissioners of Holmes
Beach are of mixed opinion over the 312-foot versus
the 700-foot pier to replace the one being demol-
ished.
I request that they seriously consider the 700-foot
alternative, not "just because we have the money" but
for a number of other reasons.
As a fisherman, I can assure you that the longer
pier would provide substantially better fishing, as it
would expose access to about three times the amount
of water as a 312-foot pier.
At low tide, most of the old pier was over dry
land, as would be a 312-foot replacement pier -
T-end or not. The water is not particularly deep at
the end at low tide, and the larger fish are unlikely to
cross the sandbar to get to the water accessible from
a 312-foot pier.
A 700-foot pier would provide access to more
water, and deeper water, both critical for good fish-
ing. The longer pier would also attract more visitors,
a major plus for this city whose very existence and
whose businesses, are so dependent on their pres-
ence.
Pete Gross, Holmes Beach
Sidewalk stimulus?
Late on a recent Monday afternoon I heard a lot
of noise outside my home on Willow Avenue in Anna
Maria.
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SIDEWALK CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6
Investigating, I discovered large machinery and
a crew of workers breaking up my sidewalk.
Now, I call it my sidewalk because my husband
and I paid Johnny Fara to install it after we built our
home. The concrete was 4-5 inches deep and never
had so much as a crack in it. It would last until the
Island washed away.
When confronted about the activity, the man who
was in charge said he was just following orders "from
Obama."
Apparently this is some Florida Department
of Transportation work to be paid for with federal
stimulus money. The supervisor suggested I attend
a meeting that night if I had any questions about the
project.
Obviously, after the sidewalk was broken up in
pieces, attending a meeting seems rather pointless. I had
called the DOT and our city building department, but it
was after business hours and no one was available.
There are a hundred better ways to use that stimu-
lus money than destroying a quality sidewalk.
Moreover, I am positive that whatever they replace
it with will be inferior to the one that existed.
Someone deserves a Big Boob award.
Let's see if we can find out who.
Barbara Bacich, Anna Maria

PTO thanks
Many heartfelt thanks go out to the Island com-
munity for supporting and coming to this year's Anna
Maria Elementary School Fall Festival.
The fall festival raised funds above its anticipated
goal to collect money for the classrooms, field trips
and other school needs.
Thank you to the parents who volunteered time
organizing and helping at the event.


Thank you to all the businesses that donated food,
drinks and prizes.
Let's remember these Island businesses when
doing our holiday shopping this season.
These are the same businesses that donate all year
round every year to the many Island charities.
Lori Schlossberg, Caroline Pardue, AME Fall
Festival Chairs

WMFR Auxiliary thanks
The West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary would
like to thank all who have contributed to the efforts
to support the local fire district and to maintain the
original fire house and antique fire truck.
The Bradenton Beach fire hall was recently rec-
ognized by the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust
and will be in the Florida Master Site File of historic
properties. A plaque purchased from AMIPT reads,
"Historic Bradenton Beach Fire House."
This is where it all started, and that is one of the
reasons we are preserving the hall.
Our efforts have always been and will continue
to be "Preserving the past, supporting the future."
Rhoda D'Ambra, auxiliary president

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T we Islander


In the Dec. 23, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The Anna Maria City Commission voted 3-2
to cancel an already begun Southwest Florida Water
Management District drainage improvement project
and accompanying Florida Department of Transpor-
tation bike path and return the nearly $750,000 total
funding for the two projects. The move cost the city
about $200,000 in already approved contracts that
had to be honored.
Fifteen Anna Maria residents qualified to run
for four seats on the city commission up for elec-
tion in February, including four who would seek the
mayor's position after incumbent Chuck Shumard
said he would not seek another term. Commissioner
George McKay resigned his commission seat to run
for mayor and was to face Jason Cimino, Gary Def-
fenbaugh and Mike Appleton in that race.
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach officials
planned a joint meeting Dec. 28 with Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation officials to discuss how the
cities could apply for all or part of the $246,000 in
bike path funds that Anna Maria had rejected earlier
in the week.

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In the holiday spirit, The Islander offer, I' 1'2
days of an Anna Maria Island Christmas. TI ii "1'-2
days" in the original song, with heavy religious, \ i1i-
bolism, actually refers to the days from the fi i i d1.1\
of Christmas, Dec. 25, to the eve of the epipli.ial
But sing when you will, merrily and loudly:
On the first day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me
a parrot in a palm tree.
On the second day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the third day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the fifth day of Christmas,
Smy true love showed to me
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,


three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the ei-lilli day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me
eight boats a-sailing,
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me
nine birds a-skimming,
eight boats a-sailing,
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the 10th day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me


10 dudes a-surfing,
nine birds a-skimming,
eight boats a-sailing,
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the 11th day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me
11 dolphins diving,
10 dudes a-surfing,
nine birds a-skimming,
eight boats a-sailing,
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.
On the 12th day of Christmas,
my true love showed to me
12 Islanders lounging,
11 dolphins diving,
10 dudes a-surfing,
nine birds a-skimming,
eight boats a-sailing,
seven rays a-schooling,
six fish a-jumping,
five sandy shells,
four beach cabanas,
three wooden piers,
two swimming turtles,
and a parrot in a palm tree.


St. Bernard group supports SOLVE
The Council of Catholic Women at St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach celebrates the
Christmas holiday with a luncheon Dec. 10 and
honors the spirit of the season by donating $415
for SOLVE Maternity Homes, as well as gifts for
SOLVE. Pictured are Virginia Wahl and Cele Van
Winkle of CCW and Donna Vellenga of SOLVE
Maternity Homes. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose


Island's smallest ninja bellringer Canvassing for deals
Matthew Call rings the bell for the Kiwanis Club of '/,. yT.- p' browse the annual Where's Woody art
Anna Maria Island for Salvation Army donations. sale outside The Islander newspaper office, 5404
The bell-ringers work shifts outside the Publix Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Dec. 19. The event
Super Market in Holmes Beach. Kiwanis member provided artists an opportunity to increase their
Ralph Bassett is seeking more bell-ringing volun- holiday business, and an opportunity for shoppers
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Pier party
Frank Almeda and Mark Alonso celebrate Christ-
mas Dec. 19 at the Anna Maria City Pier Restau-
rant, where Almeda and the Pier Regulars hosted
a party with family and friends. Almeda, with the
support of local businesses and especially restau-
rant manager David Sork, organizes the event,
providing breakfast and raffle prizes.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


Members of the Voices of Anna Maria chorus from the Anna Maria Elementary School sing for members
of the Anna Maria Garden Club Dec. 16 at Roser Memorial Community Church. The school group, led
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Community Center's holiday sing-a-long Dec. 11.
Fifteen children performed in the event.
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Moose hOStS rolaiay party
Joanna Cavosi, a member of the Women of the
Moose, plays an elf during the group's holiday
brunch Dec. 19 at the Bradenton Beach lodge. The
group also held an outdoor plant and bake sale.
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Churches celebrate Christmas


Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will host two Christmas Eve pro-
grams in the sanctuary a celebrational candlelight
service with music and prayer at 5:30 p.m. and a
traditional candlelight service at 9 p.m.
Christmas Eve is Dec. 24.
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will hold a candlelight service on
Christmas Eve at 7:30 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will celebrate on Christmas Eve with
music programs at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and candle-
light services at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate on Christ-
mas Eve with services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and the
singing of carols at 10:30 p.m.


Wight, Barlow marry
Suzanne Wight and John Wesley Barlow married
Nov. 26 at the Anna Maria home of Janet and Gene
Aubry.
The bride is a case manager supervisor at Wesley
House Family Services in Key West. She is a gradu-
ate of the University of Florida with a major in psy-
Sho, 1 ,.'\ and a minor in sociology.
The groom is a police officer with the Key West
Police Department. He is a graduate of North Caro-
lina State University with a major in political science
and a concentration in criminal justice.
The couple reside in Key West.
Suzanne is the daughter of Janet Aubry and Doug
Wight of St. Petersburg.
Wes is the son of the late David H. Barlow Jr.
and Dora Barlow Boney of Hamlet, N.C.

Beach swim planned Jan. 1
Up north, swimmers who take an outdoor dip on
New Year's Day might be called polar bears.
Taking a dip off Anna Maria Island on New
Year's Day isn't so icy. Swimmers might be called
... manatees?
On Jan. 1, a bus from Clancy's Irish Pub on
Cortez Road will motor to Coquina Beach for the
second annual Shamrock Shiver.
The swim will begin at noon and donations for
the event benefit the Caring for Children Charity in
Sarasota.
For more information, call Clancy's at 941-794-
2489.


Bridge club at Annunciation
The Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club is meet-
ing at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-3390.


St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold family Mass at 4
p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve Mass at
10 p.m. The choir will sing carols at 9:30 p.m.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, will hold a service
at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve.
On Christmas, which is Dec. 25, Roser will hold
a service at 10 a.m. in the chapel.
Gloria Dei will hold a worship service at 9:30
a.m.
Annunciation will hold a service at 10 a.m.
St. Bernard will hold Christmas Day mass at 8
a.m. and 10 a.m.

Academy to host winter classes
The Lifelong Learning Academy will present a
series of programs on Anna Maria Island in January
and February.
The academy, located at the University of South
Florida Sarasota-Manatee, has sponsored several
semesters of classes on the Island.
The winter semester will include three lectures:
11 a.m. Jan. 20, Jan Skalny discussing "The
Nobel Prize" Concept, History and Politics," the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria.
11 a.m. Feb. 5, Joe Kerata discussing "The
Human Animal," the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
11 a.m. Feb. 17, Alan Grindal discussing "In
Search of Memory," the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
The semester also will include courses at the
Studio at Gulf and Pine:
11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4-Feb. 8, Institute for
the Scientifically Timid II, the second installment of
a course exploring life on Earth.
1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4-Feb. 22, Spiritual
P, chi,11',_'>', an exploration of paths to conscious-
ness.
9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6-Feb. 24, the Craft
of Writing, instruction in how to craft sentences and
build narratives.
11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7-Feb. 25, As The
World Turns: The Economic Version, not the Soap
Opera, Version, an eight-part series on global eco-
nomics.
Admission to the lectures is free. A fee is charged
for the courses.
For more information about the academy pro-
grams or to register, call 941-359-4296.

Bell ringers sought for duty
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island is seek-
ing volunteers to ring the bell for Salvation Army
donations.
The bell-ringers work shifts outside the Publix
Super Market in Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Ralph Bassett of the
Kiwanis at 941-795-8697.


Jack David Zaccagnino, dressedfor the Christmas
holiday, was born Oct. 30 to David Zaccagnino, a
Holmes Beach city commissioner, and his partner,
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria artist Marty Noble depicts her sub-
jects whether angels in the heavens or women
working the land with nobility.
"I love different cul-
tures," says Noble, who
moved to Anna Maria
with her partner, sailor I..
Bruce Matlack, about
three years ago. "And I
love depicting women."
Earlier this month,
Noble began hanging
some of her original
works at the Studio at
Gulf and Pine, Rhea
Chiles' gallery and
exhibit space in Anna
Maria.
The first Noble
originals to go up in the
Studio were a collection
of watercolors depict-
ing angels "Angel of
Friendship," "Angel of
Hope," "Angel of New
Beginnings," "Guard-
ian Angel," "Christmas
Angel" and more. Marty Noble's watercolor
Noble's angels are the Studio at Gulf and Pin


not golden chubby cher-
ubs, but rather earthy
females taking flight. "I enjoyed working on that
project," says the self-taught artist, who has worked
as an illustrator for a number of companies. The
angels some of them modeled after friends in her
home state of California began as commissioned
work for a calendar.
In the coming weeks, Noble plans to add other
originals to the Studio collection, including Asian-
influenced work she did for The Franklin Mint.
The Franklin Mint, which has used Noble's water-


Anna Maria artist Marty Noble at the Studio at
Gulf and Pine, where she is showing and selling
original work. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


colors for its heirloom plates, says Noble imbues a
unique sense of "femininity, emotion and grace to her
subject matter, as well as power and dignity."
Noble comes from a family of artists. Her grand-
parents all four attended art school together


of the "Christmas Angel" is at
re in Anna Maria.


in the Midwest in the
1920s. Her maternal
grandfather, George C.
Harper, became a well-
known commercial
artist. Noble's mother,
Helen, also worked as
an artist, principally in
watercolors and mono-
prints.
Noble grew up
in the Santa Barbara,
Calif., area, where she
became a regular at
street fairs after learn-
ing the art of batik.
She sold her work on
the Pacific Coast, with
the artist community
of Ojai, Calif., as her
home base.
As her batik work
became more involved,
more intricate, Noble
began to show in gal-
leries. She also began
to paint.
"I had a lot of com-


mission work," she said. "I never could keep up with
the demand, which is a good thing for an artist."
As her work matured and demand grew, Noble
began to work for a number of companies, providing
artwork for greeting cards, calendars, coloring books,
gift wrap, gift bags and posters.
She has artist's credit on a deck of tarot cards
published by Random House, credit for paper dolls
published by Grosset and Dunlap and numerous cred-
its for design and activity books from Dover Publica-
tions.
Noble estimates that she's worked on about
250 books for Dover, many of the books featuring
designs and patterns of various cultures in the East
and West.
"It's a great way to make a living," says Noble,
whose familiarity with Mexico, Guatemala, Europe,
Israel, Egypt, Thailand and Vietnam can be seen in
her work.
Sailing opportunities brought the couple to Anna
Maria. Matlack is a champion windsurfer.
Here, Noble, whose studio is a converted bed-
room in her Anna Maria home, says she has discov-
ered another vibrant arts community.
"This is the first arts community that I have found
since I left Ojai," she says. "I'm happy to put down
roots here."


Christmas tree disposal


Live Christmas trees will be collected on Anna
Maria Island on the days that yard waste is col-
lected.
Waste haulers ask that trees over 6 feet be cut
in half and placed curbside in the first two weeks
of January.

E-Scrap collection set for Jan. 30:
Christmas wishes for the newest must-have
gadgets and gizmos can lead to desires in the new
year to discard old electronics.
But local officials are encouraging residents to
wait to pitch the old stuff until E-Scrap, a Manatee
County collection program scheduled for 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton
Beach.
The event, sponsored by the county in conjunc-
tion with Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton
Beach and Longboat Key, provides an opportunity


for people to safely dispose of retired computer
components, copiers, video and audio equipment
and household appliances.
The value in disposing of the old items
comes in keeping them out of the landfill -
e-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in
the nation, according to the International Asso-
ciation of Electronics Recyclers. The organiza-
tion estimates that about 400 million electronic
items many of them loaded with chemicals
that can cause illness will be scrapped this
year in the United States.
The collection program also provides people
with an opportunity to dispose of hazardous mate-
rials, such as solvents, paints, pesticides, ammuni-
tion, flares, waste oil, propane tanks, fluorescent
lights and batteries.
For more information about E-Scrap, call the
county at 941-792-8811.


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P&Z recommends Anna Maria zoning change
By Rick Catlin For a lot of good reasons, responded city planner on Pine Avenue, and the board should wait to see if
Islander Reporter Alan Garrett. anything affects the ROR areas.
Anna Maria resident William Nally of Spring "Your home right now is non-conforming. This "We don't know what will come out of that," he


Avenue was pleasantly surprised last week to learn
that the city's proposal to rezone his property a
residence in the commercial zone to retail-office-
residential will result in his property conforming to
the city zoning regulations after many years of non-
conformity.
Nally was one of several members of the public
who attended the Dec. 15 P&Z hearing on a request by
the city to rezone 24 lots from commercial to ROR to
conform to the city's future land-use map as approved
in the 2007 comprehensive plan revisions.
Nally asked "What can I do tomorrow that I can't
do today? Why are you doing this?"


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
In the past two years, the Palma Sola
Causeway has received two sand nourish-
ments, the first such improvements since the
causeway was created in the 1950s.
On Dec. 14, 8 tons of beach-compatible
sand was brought from the SandBlast 2009
competition at Bradenton Beach to the north-
east shore of the causeway on State Road 64/
Manatee Avenue.
In January, the West Coast Inland Navi-
gation District will truck to the causeway
6,250 tons of sand dredged from a channel
near Jewfish Key in the Gulf Intracoastal
Waterway.
The sand will be graded along the cause-
way beaches by the Florida Department of
Transportation across both sides of Manatee
Avenue.
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on and renovate. And, it's always better to be con-
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"Well, that answers my question," said Nally.
But not everyone was enthused about the pro-
posal.
Larry Albert said the board should wait because
parking on Pine Avenue in the ROR is already an
issue.
"We have enough problems. I don't see the rush.
We already have ROR problems," Albert said.
Board member Jim Conoly agreed. The city com-
mission is looking into parking safety, particularly


inquire about the sand, and that helped start
the nourishment process.
"Because the DOT is doing the grading,
no one has to be paid from a private contrac-
tor," McClellan said.
An additional 6,250 tons of dredged sand
will be trucked to the DOT storage yard on
S.R. 64, east of 1-75.
"Since the sand was added in 2007, there
has been some erosion," McClellan said.
"This new sand will add more sandy shore-
line, versus shell or grass."
In addition, the causeway will receive
1,800 feet of 1-inch-diameter white rope that
will replace rope stolen from the causeway.
To prevent theft, McClellan said the plan is to
install 15-foot segments connected by bollards
around landscaped islands.
Keep Manatee Beautiful purchased the
rope for $2,550. And Gary Kinder, of the Bra-
denton Public Works Department, arranged to
have the rope picked up from Marine Surplus
in Sarasota.


said.
But board chairman Frank Pytel said parking is
a separate issue from zoning.
Board member Sandy Mattick said making the
lots conforming was better for the residents than
allowing them to continue as non-conforming.
Conoly eventually agreed and voted with the
other five board members to recommend that the
commission approve the rezoning.
After the vote, Pytel wanted to discuss issues
regarding land-development regulations, but Garrett
said that was not on the agenda.
Pytel asked that for all future P&Z meetings,
new business" be an agenda item, including public
hearings.
Beach concession could
support improvements
Manatee County Tourist Development Council
Chair Carol Whitmore reiterated at the TDC's Dec.
14 that some Holmes Beach city commissioners want
a 312-foot public beach pier with a T-end.
A 700-foot pier remains possible, said Whitmore,
a Manatee County commissioner and former Holmes
Beach mayor. Funding for a longer pier could come
from public beach concession fees, she said. The
county could take a long-term loan and pay it off
with concession fees.
While Whitmore is in favor of a 312-foot pier,
she said she supports the interests of Holmes Beach,
and doesn't want the public beach looking like every
other beach in the state.
Instead, Whitmore said concession fees could be
used for fixing the beach rest rooms, or to rebuild
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 23, 2009 0 13


Legislators back local measures


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Manatee County legislative delegation
agreed Dec. 15 to introduce legislation that would
allow Anna Maria to extend its boundaries into local
waters and allow Holmes Beach to annex the King-
fish Boat Ramp.
The delegation, preparing for the 2010 session
in Tallahassee, also heard and discussed a number of
other requests, including a call from Manatee County
elected officials to stand firm against expanding drill-
ing opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico.
Manatee County Commissioner Donna Hayes
was the first speaker to address the delegation at its
annual meeting in Bradenton because Hayes also
needed to get to a county commission meeting down-
town.
Hayes outlined the county commission's legisla-
tive priorities for 2010, which include continued state
funding for beach renourishment, flexibility to use
golf carts on sidewalks in certain state and county
rights of way, support for the Port Connector Road
to improve transportation in the Port Manatee area,
continued support for the Central Florida Commuter
Rail project and opposition to offshore drilling.
Hayes said the county commission adopted a
resolution opposing the opening of state waters for
oil and gas drilling, as did the governing boards in
the six municipalities in the county.
Later in the meeting, Longboat Key Vice Mayor
Robert Siekmann, who presented priorities for the town
as well as goals for the Manasota League of Cities, also
asked the delegation to stand against drilling.
Earlier this year, there were reports that lawmak-
ers might gather for a special session to consider
opening state waters to oil and natural gas drilling.
State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, said the wor-
ries were exaggerated, that there is no bill and that
lawmakers are not being inundated with requests
from e nc u .. lobbyists.
"We don't have any bill. We never had a bill in
the Senate," she said.
Detert also said that while local elected officials
oppose expanding drilling, she isn't certain of con-
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Siekmann replied, "We are very convinced that
the opposition to drilling on Longboat Key is signifi-
cant."
State Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, then
raised a stack of blue note cards signed by people
who opposed drilling, but Detert replied that the uni-
formity of the cards suggested a coordinated opposi-
tion campaign.
State Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, said he
has opposed expanding drilling in the past, because
he wants to focus on alternative, renewable e nic. Iuy.
But he questioned whether Manatee County officials
based their early opposition on insufficient informa-
tion.
"Let's find out what the facts are," Bennett
said.
On the request for legislation to change boundar-
ies for Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, Anna Maria
city attorney Jim Dye addressed the delegation.
Part of the request involves correcting a boundary
discrepancy in the southernmost part of Anna Maria
and north Holmes Beach.
Dye explained that some residential area cur-
rently is shown on maps for both cities due to an
oversight.
"There is an overlap," said Dye. "It's a relic from
when Holmes Beach was founded.... We see this as


State Reps.
Bill Galvano,
R-Bradenton, and
Arthenia Joyner,
D-Tampa, and
state Sen. Nancy
Detert, R-Venice,
listen during the
Manatee County
Legislative Del-
egation meeting
Dec. 15 in Bra-
denton. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff


mostly housekeeping."
A second component of the legislation, said Dye,
involves extending Anna Maria's control into near-
shore waters, which currently are under the jurisdic-
tion of the county.
Dye said both city and county officials support
the change, which allows Anna Maria oversight on
docks.
In regards to the Kingfish Boat Ramp on Mana-
tee Avenue west of the Anna Maria Island Bridge,
Dye said there also is city and county agreement for
Holmes Beach to annex the land. The property is a
Florida Department of Transportation right of way
that contains a boat ramp operated by the county.
Until recent years, Holmes Beach officials believed
the land was within city limits and policed the area.
"Ownership doesn't change" with annexation,
said Dye. Nor will the county's operation of King-
fish.
State Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, who
chairs the delegation, asked for a vote on the request,
and received a unanimous endorsement.
"The bill will be introduced," he said.
However, Bennett added, "We' ve not really had
a chance to read these.... The bill could change if the
deal is not all worked out. We're kind of flying on
faith here."
Dye said the two cities and the county have only
minor details to work out.


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holiday open house on Bridge Street.


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Sharing for SHARE
All Island Denominations and the Anna Maria
Island Community Center volunteered Dec. 19 to
help prepare holiday dinner packages for SHARE/
Self Help And Resource Exchange at the Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff


AMICCO's gift
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra performed its
annual gift to the Island Dec. 20 An Island Christmas concert, featuring
the work of Vivaldi, Mozart, Boccherini and Handel at Crosspointe Fellow-
ship in Holmes Beach. AMICCO will present "From AMICCO With Love"
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The city hall closed early for the party, which came a day before the holiday
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AME celebrates, prepares for winter holiday


Twas the week before Winter break and all
throughout Anna Maria Elementary School the Island
students were stirring.
The tests, projects and reports were done in hopes
that break would soon be there.
The students were busy with plays, presents and
much more fun time.
The AME first-graders play, "Twas the night
before Christmas," filled student minds with visions
of sugar plums, Santa and his eight tiny reindeer.
There were also many presents to get students in


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the mood for a holiday and a break. The Anna Maria
Island Kiwanis' grandparent program held a party
with a bag full of goodies for their adopted AME
grandkids.
And kindergarteners and first-graders rose with
such a clatter that students knew they must be learn-


ing to work together in their holiday centers.
Santa watched with a smile as students began to
learn from one another and their teachers.
And as the students worked they began to realize
that schoolwork involved a lot of holiday fun. Stu-
dents in their holiday centers made everything from
snowflakes to ginger bread people, played bingo and
made their wish lists for Santa.
While students began to settle in for a long winter
week the next thing they knew out came principal
Tom Levengood.
And with a smile, a twinkle of his eye and a nod
at the clock. The school bell rang with such a clatter
that students sprang from their desks and gave shouts
while they flew from their seats and out the door.
You could hear them exclaim, as they went out
of sight, Happy holidays to all, and to all a great new
year!
AME will be back in session on Jan. 4.
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Twas the night before christmas
Anna Maria Elementary first-graders perform their Christmas play, I' .., the Night Before Christmas," to
help get the student body in the mood for the holiday. Islander Photos: Kimberly Kuizon.


Holiday cheer
Kiwanis member Bob La Mastro smiles with his
adopted AME granddaughter Maddie Gunn. The
Kiwanis grandparents meet with students six times
a year.
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teacher Lauren Waite,
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and first-grade centers For two days, students
went to six centers to experience new ways of
learning with different teachers while having
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 23, 2009 0 19


Making the grade at MHS
Several Islanders and Anna Maria Elementary
School alumni were inducted into the National
Honor Society at Manatee High School recently.
Islander Daniel Landesberg, president of NHS,
welcomed students selected for their outstanding
achievements in scholarship, leadership, service
and character, including juniors, front row, from
left, Sarah Howard, Greyson Wallis and Katie
Hunt. Back row, from left, Rainia Lardas, Chris
Perez, Jenna Duvall and Patrick Facheris. Not
pictured, seniors Kyle Aritt and Sean Edwards
and juniors Alexis Coulter, Sage Geeraerts, Sarah
Oldham, Molly Slicker and Blake Wilson. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Donna Perez

AME school calendar
Jan. 4, students return from winter break.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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Junior Girl Scout Troop 683 and Brownie Troop 316 decorate more than 300 cookies they will donate at
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and scouts either took home dough she provided or baked their own recipe. Thirty-eight scouts came back
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Thursday, Dec. 24
Christmas Eve.
4p.m. Family mass at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
5 and 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service at The Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
5:30 p.m. Candlelight service with music and prayer at Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
6:30 and 10 p.m. Christmas music program, candlelight services
at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
7p.m. Christmas Eve service at Harvey Memorial Community
Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach.
7:30 p.m. Candlelight service at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
9 p.m. Traditional candlelight service at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
9:30 p.m. Christmas carols followed by mass at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
10:30 p.m. Christmas Carols at The Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Friday, Dec. 25
Christmas Day
8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Mass at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
9:30 a.m. Worship service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. Service in the chapel at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
10 a.m. Holiday service at The Episcopal Church of the Annuncia-
tion, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Tuesday, Dec. 29
9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wagon tours through Robinson Preserve,
1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501, ext.4605. Fee
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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.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
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
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Jan. 14-24, Manatee County Fair.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 23, 2009 0 21


Royal friends rescue dogs for adoption


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
During the holiday season, many people seek to
help those who are hungry and in need of shelter.
Julie Gilstrap-Royal is among the charitable, and
her rescue mission to feed and shelter involves
dogs.
Gilstrap-Royal, an owner/partner at SunCoast
Real Estate and founder of Royal Pet Rescue, recently
traveled to Tennessee and back to rescue 11 dogs that
had been abandoned.
An Islander Q & A with the dog rescuer:
The Islander: What danger were the animals
facing in Tennessee? And how did you hear about
them?
Julie Gilstrap-Royal: The animals were facing
starvation and reproduction. The lady who had them
dumped on her property, Pamela Evans, in Michie,
Tenn., contacted Underdog Rescue's Shona Samuels
asking for her help. She sent e-mails, pictures, her
story.
Underdog does small dogs, so Shona forwarded
the e-mails to me, as I rescue large dogs.
The Islander: How many dogs did you find? And
their condition?
JGR: We were in contact for over a month as I
was trying to get Pilots N Paws, an organization that
flies animals, but there were too many dogs and it
was too far a distance 800 miles so that fizzled
out.
Then I contacted the long-haul truckers, who also
have an organization that transports animals. They
require a $25 fee per animal there were 11 plus
health certificates from the vet and rabies vaccina-
tions.
Pamela could not afford to feed all the dogs, let
alone take them to a vet, so that was a dead end.
A very kind Anna Maria Island resident, Bar-
bara Kitchell, stepped up and called a feed store and
had 200 pounds of food delivered to keep them from


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starving while I was working on transport.
We picked up the dogs. The dogs were thin, but
OK, one pup was very sick and placed in a separate
carrier. He later died on the 15-hour trip.
The Islander: You rescued the dogs with a
friend?
JGR: Yes, my best friend of 30 years, Sunny
Moss, went with me. and I couldn't have made the
trip without her sharing the 15-hour non-stop drive
and keeping me laughing.
The Islander: Did you return with the dogs in a
car?
JGR: We rented a 10-foot truck, and had them in
five wire cages and blankets. It was 40 degrees.
The Islander: Did they mind the radio?
JGR: I don't think so. They were pretty quiet
except when we stopped for gas and food.
The Islander: Did you name them on the return
home?
JGR: They were already named by Pamela -
Shiloh, mommy dog, black lab, 70 pounds; Bo,


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male lab, 11 months, 70 pounds; Bear, male lab, 60
pounds; Tootsie, female lab, 45 pounds; Sadie and
Cici, 6-month-old shepard mixes; Savannah, who
died; Bella, Ginger and Tiki, 3-months-old, lab pups.
Tiki had a broken foot.
The Islander: Where are the animals now?
JGR: Bear is being fostered by Barbara on Anna
Maria, Shiloh has been spade and adopted. Bella has
been adopted and is in training to be a FEMA search
and rescue dog. She will fly around the world after
being dumped on the side of the road.
All the others are at my house.
The Islander: When will they become available
for adoption, and who would be eligible to adopt
them?
JGR: As soon as the rest are spayed/neutered they
will be available. All were taken to the Animal Medi-
cal Clinic on Cortez Road to be evaluated. Underdog
Rescue paid for the vet bill.
The Islander: How do people reach you?
JGR: Call me at 941-720-1411 to adopt. Adults
are $75, pups $200. I spent over $2,000 flying up,
renting a car and for the truck, hotel and gas.


Koyal ret Kescue retrieved dogs, including I Ici,
above, that had been dumped on a property in Ten-
nessee. The dogs are now in the Anna Maria Island
area and available for adoption.


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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Sarasota teenager was sentenced to nine months
in the county jail and four years probation after plead-
ing no contest to 12 local burglaries.
Patrick S. Banker, 19, was arrested May 19 while
fleeing from the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria,
which he broke into moments
earlier. Banker, according to
authorities, then confessed to a
series of area burglaries commit-
ted last spring and winter.
A second man, John
O'Keefe, 18 of Sarasota, also
faces related charges of burglary
Banker and is scheduled to go to trial
next February.
In Manatee County court last week, Banker
pleaded no contest to 12 counts of burglary to an
unoccupied structure, including two break-ins at
the Waterfront Restaurant and one break in at the
City Pier Restaurant in Anna Maria, a break-in at
the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach, five break-ins at
Longboat Key shops, three break-ins in Bradenton
and one in Cortez.
He received credit for time served in the jail.
Banker still faces a trial in February on two
charges that he allegedly broke into shops at 101
Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria and the American Car
Care Center in Bradenton.
Two other burglary charges were dismissed.
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argued to Circuit Court Judge Gilbert Smith that the
charges should be dismissed because of failure to
preserve evidence, specifically video surveillance of
two alleged break-ins, one at a car wash in Bradenton
and the other at Rotten Ralph's on Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach.
Van Ness said copies of the surveillance tapes
should have been made and, she claimed, the tape
of the burglary at Rotten Ralph's would have shown
two white males entering the restaurant. Banker is
African-American.




Island police blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports
Bradenton Beach
No new reports.
Holmes Beach
Dec. 9, 600 block of Concord Lane, intelligence.
The officer was contacted by a citizen on Key Royale
who said that a man at a nearby residence had been
going out in his boat late at night and returning early
in the morning. The citizen noticed this happening
a few times a week since the man moved there. The
citizen said the man leaves his canal without using
boats lights.
Dec. 12, 3300 Gulf Drive, theft. The officer was
dispatched to the Manatee Public Beach to meet with
a lifeguard and some victims of theft. The victim said
that he and a friend had been taking scuba lessons


Sarasota teen sentenced

for burglaries


at the 33rd Street beach access and the victim left
his beach bag at the beach. When they returned 45
minutes later, the bag was gone. The victim said the
bag contained two sets of keys.
Dec. 13, 4103 Gulf Drive, burglary of a resi-
dence, criminal mischief. Officer responded to victim
in reference to criminal mischief. The victim said that
someone entered his garage and damaged his 2007
Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a new custom paint
job will cost more than $1,500.
Dec. 16, 607 Dundee Lane, burglary of a resi-
dence. Officer was dispatched to the residence and
met with the complainant, who told the officer that
someone had broken into his house and stolen a
prescription bottle of oxycodone, a digital camera
and a laptop computer. The complainant had gone
to the beach at 66th Street with a woman who he
said was continuously texting someone on her
phone, and then said she needed to leave to help a
friend whose car had broken down. She took the
complainant home and left. Two hours later, the
complainant noticed items missing from his home.
The complainant said he met the woman Nov. 30
while they were both in jail, and that she may have
been in jail for burglary.


Obituary

Craig Steven Luloff
Craig Steven Luloff, 47, of Bradenton Beach,
died Dec. 10.
A memorial service was held at sunset Dec. 19
on the beach.
Mr. Luloff's survivors include daughter Lindsay;
son Dylan; sisters Becky and Tresa; brother Darrell;
father Steve and wife Debbie and mother Sandra
Luloff.

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Holy Cow! opens
Ben Stewart's goal is to make you think, "Holy
Cow."
Holy Cow! Ice Cream opened in the Anna Maria
Island Centre shopping plaza Nov. 1.
Stewart and wife Andrea don't have just an ice
cream shop.
"We want people to think, 'Holy Cow' when they
come in," Stewart said.
It worked on Jakii Schwan, a Bradenton Beach
resident, who did not expect such a unique shop sand-
wiched in the center wth Subway and Walgreens.
"I was pretty shocked," she said. "I thought it
was just an ice cream shop."
The Stewarts, who also own the Sand Dollar Gift
Shop, decorated Holy Cow with an array of signs,
dinnerware, lights and scented products. Reggae
music adds to the island-style atmosphere.
"People are visiting an island," Stewart said. "We
want it to feel like an island."
The shop offers 20 flavors of ice cream, frozen
yogurt, coffee, cappuccinos and hot tea.
Jacob Talucci, 11, of Holmes Beach, approved
of his ice cream sundae and the shop.
"It looks like the Sand Dollar," he said.
Holy Cow is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday
through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on
Sunday.

Chamber news
The January Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce business luncheon will be held from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Beach-
House Restaurant, Bradenton Beach.
Reservations are required and the cost is $15.
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the chamber will hold its
Sunrise Breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Gath-
ering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Reservations are required and the cost is $8 per
person.
The January business card exchange is scheduled
for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
The cost is $5 per person and reservations are
requested. The event is open to non-members who
first contact the chamber.
For more information on all the chamber' s Janu-
ary activities, call 941-778-1541.

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Lina Taylor of Holy Cow Ice Cream, left, serves
treats to George Lucas, 10, and Jacob Talucci, 11.

welcomed the following new members between Sep-
tember and November:
Marianne Correll, Island Real Estate, 6101
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-725-7799.
The Back Alley gallery and coffee shop, 121
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, 941-778-1800.
Shoreline Builders of Southwest FL, 5345 Gulf
Drive, No. 300, Holmes Beach, Judy and Steve Tits-
worth, 941-778-1015.
Tyler's Homemade Ice Cream, 11904 Cortez
Road, W., Cortez, Rob and Dan Alderson, 941-794-
5333.
The Parrott Inn, 8621 Cortez Road W., Braden-
ton, Sandy Greiner, 941-792-8995.
The Cake Zone, 5105 Fort Hammer Road, Par-
rish, Alla Levin, 941-772-9867.
AMI Health & Fitness Center, 5364 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, John Monteforte, 941-778-5446.
Anna Maria Sailing and Boat Rides, 3018 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, Octavio Utrera, 941-580-
1502.
Silky Dreams by Snoopy Gate, 5702 Carissa,
Holmes Beach, Snoopy Gates, 941-778-4709.
Island Gourmet, 5910 Marina Drive, Joe deNe-
gris, 941-778-0333.
Seg's By the Sea Inc., 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, Ron Perpall.
Goodwill Industries Manasota, 7502 15th St.
E., Sarasota, LuAnne Kirschner, 941-355-2721.

BeachHouse
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Fireworks again will usher in the new year in
Bradenton Beach.
The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach, will host the 16th annual New


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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 23, 2009 0 23
Year's Eve Extravaganza, featuring a fireworks dis-
play for the public on the beach and dinner and danc-
ing for partygoers at the restaurant.
The restaurant's party begins at 9 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 31, and the $99 admission includes a four-course
dinner, music, dancing, a balloon drop, a champagne
toast at midnight and party favors.
At midnight, weather permitting, fireworks will
go off, visible along the shore in the downtown area
of Bradenton Beach.
For more information, call 941-779-2222 or
e-mail srhoton@chilesgroup.com.

Jeweler correction
Bridge Street Jewelers at 129 Bridge St., Braden-
ton Beach telephone number is 941-896-7800.
The Islander inadvertently used an old number
for the store in a Dec. 16 Islander photo caption about
Bridge Street Jewelers.

Island real estate
transactions
610 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,129 sfla /
2,494 sfur 3bed/3bath canalfront pool home built in
1967 on a 90x115 lot was sold 12/02/09, Whitaker to
Shapiro for $699,000; list $739,900.
517 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,919 sfla / 2,128
sfur 3bed/2/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1969
on a 90x110 lot was sold 12/04/09, Bayt to Rake for
$455,000; list $495,600.
308 64th St., Unit 308, Pineapple Palms, Holmes
beach, a 975 sfla 2bed/2bath/ Icar condo with pool built
in 1980 was sold 12/02/09 Wien to Taylor for $355,000;
list $379,000.
6602 Holmes Blvd., Unit, Blue Lagoon, Holmes
Beach, a 858 sfla ibed/Ibath condo with shared pool
built in 1971 was sold 12/01/09, Haka Ventures LLPto
Pips Properties LLC for $310,000; list $349,000.
501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 204, Bridgeport, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,000 sfla / 1,075 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulf-view
condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 11/30/09,
Bridgeport Condominium Association Inc. to Blatz for
$240,000; list $299,900.
3801 E. Bay Drive, Unit 102, Sunbow Bay, Holmes
Beach, a 1,121 sfla / 1,222 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1981 was sold 12/01/09, Schmidt
to Livesay for $177,000; list $185,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-
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Fox shifts from turtles to birds in winter


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Though the 2009 sea turtle nesting season ended
more than a month ago, Suzi Fox is still patrolling
the beaches.
Fox, the executive director of Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch, is taking steps to integrate the monitor-
ing of shorebird activity on the Island beaches.
"We just want to make sure everything is in
balance," said Fox, who has begun adding "and
shorebirds" to the name "Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch."
She currently is not working with a legion of vol-
unteers, as is the case when monitoring turtle nesting
from May through October. Rather, Fox, for now, is
monitoring the beaches with photographer and part-
ner John Young.
"This is part of what we do," said Fox. "And it's
so much fun."
On Dec. 2, Fox and Young observed six snowy
plovers and 21 oystercatchers feeding in the waterline
on the north end of Anna Maria Island.


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A pair of red knots on Anna Maria Island Dec. 2.
Islander Photo: John Young

They counted another 17 oystercatchers, includ-
ing one banded bird, and 10 red knots in north Holmes
Beach/south Anna Maria.
The most exciting find, said Fox, was the sight-
ing of 73 red knots, some wearing bands, on the Gulf
shore in Bradenton Beach.


The red knot, a member of the sandpiper family,
is species whose numbers have steadily declined in
the past decade. The red knot breeds in the Arctic
tundra in the summer and then migrates south for the
winter.
Florida hosts a population of wintering red knots.
However, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, the lack of data on these
birds stymies scientists as to their classification. It is
not known where in the Arctic Florida's birds go to
breed or whether the group wintering in Florida is
genetically different from other subspecies.
Experts say the red knot population has dropped
from 100,000 in the 1980s to fewer than 17,000
today. Some researchers believe the species' decline
is tied to a decline in the horseshoe crab population.
Red knots feed on horseshoe crab eggs deposited on
beaches.
Fox is working with the county on shorebird
monitoring, as well as reporting her finds to the Sun-
coast Shorebird Partnership coordinated at Eckerd
College in St. Petersburg.


Galati, MHS Hurricanes run ends in defeat


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
A fantastic Manatee High School Hurricanes var-
sity football team season that captivated the entire
county came to an end Dec. 18 at the Florida Citrus
Bowl in Orlando when MHS dropped a heartbreaking
21-14 decision to Tampa Plant High School.
The Canes fell behind 21-0 in the first half thanks
in part to their inability to contain Plant running-back
James Wilder Jr., who rushed for 137 yards on 20
carries.
The tapes Wilder will send to recruiting colleges
will no doubt include his 42-yard touchdown run in
the second quarter. He came through the right side
of the line and met three Hurricane defenders head
on. They all ended up on the seat of their pants while
Wilder bounced off and ran around the left end and
into the end zone for the TD.
It was a different game in the second half as the
Hurricanes found a way to slow him down and the
Manatee offense came to life, but in the end, they fell
just short.
Though the Canes lose talented players like
quarterback Brione Carnes and wide-receiver Ace
Sanders, they will see a bevy of talent returning in
running-back Mike Blakely, the entire defensive
line and Islander Nick Galati. There's a good chance
Manatee will be vying for another shot at the its divi-
sion championship next year and a deep run into the
state playoffs.
Congratulation to Nick and his teammates.

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1-under-par 127 to take first place by three strokes
over a pair of teams. Tom Lewis and Tom O' Brien
matched the 130 carded by Art Hibbs and Paul
Proxy to tie for second place. Earl Ritchie teamed
up with Peter Proxy to take third place with a 131,
while Lew Winegarden and Jim Thorton came in
fourth with 135.
The women of the club played a nine-hole,
low-net game Dec. 15 with Jean Holmes taking top
honors in Flight AA. She carded a 1-under 31 to
defeat second-place finishers Sue Hookem, Cindi
Mansour, Sandy Tocco and Penny Williams by
three strokes.
Marcia Helgeson's 3-under-par 29 was low-net
round of the day and put her on top of Flight A by
one stroke over Mary Selby. Diane Miller was alone
in third place with a 1-over 33.
Dorothy McKinna's even-par 32 put her on top
of Flight B by one shot over second-place finisher
Ginny Nunn, while Lois Biel came in third with a
34.
Flight C saw Sally Keyes take first place with
a 4-over-par 36 that was one shot better than sec-
ond-place finishers Joy Nelles, Markie Ksiazek and
Mardene Eichhorn.
Nell Bergstrom carded a 1-over-par 33 to take top
honors in Flight D by four shots over second-place
finisher Margaret Schuller at 37. Sally York and Rose
Slomba tied for third place with 39s.
Low-net-of-foursome winners Cindi Mansour,
Cindy Miller, Mary Selby and Penny Williams com-
bined to card a 137.


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The men's Dec. 14 nine-hole round was a two-
best-balls-of-foursome challenge won by the four-
some of Dick Eichhorn, Pete Weir, Bob Landgren
and Paul Proxy with a 9-under-par 55. Three teams
- Dick Grimme, Chris Collins, Bob Kelly and Earl
Ritchie; Joe Dickinson, Al Kaiser, Wade Ladue and
Art Hibbs; and Web Cutting, Barry Martin, Paul
Kaemmerlen and Jim McCartney finished one
shot back in a tie for second place.

Horseshoe news
Two teams emerged from pool play during Dec.
19 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
pits and were left to battle for the day's bi,,Iin,
rights. The team of Art Kingstad and Bruce Wagner
outlasted the walking team of one, Gene Bobeldyke
21-16.
The Dec. 16 games saw three teams come make
it out of pool play with the prerequisite three wins.
The team of Norm Good and John Crawford drew
the bye and advanced to the finals where they took
on Herb Puryear and Bruce Wagner. They advanced
to the finals by defeating Art Kingstad and Bruce
Munro 21-11. Puryear and Wagner stayed hot and
bested Good and Crawford 21-14 to earn the day's
bir ,inii rights.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
welcome.

Your sports news is welcome at The Islander.
E-mail Kevin@islander. org or call 941-778-7978.


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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 23, 2009 0 25


Extreme low tides will congregate fish


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
There have been some below-average-level
tides that have congregated redfish, snook and trout.
These low tides will remain throughout the weekend.
Anglers can target low tides, especially just before a
cold front.
There reportedly remains a good amount of white
bait on the Key Royale flats and anglers might as well
keep fishing with the shiners as long as they stay in
the area.
Trout season re-opens Jan. 1. Anglers can keep
five trout per day between 15 and 20 inches, with the
exception of one over 20 inches. And there reportedly
have been some big trout around.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Legend Fishing Char-
ters out of Annie's Bait and Tackle said in Palma
Sola Bay and Anna Maria Sound there have been a
lot of catch-and-release trout. On the south side of
Palma Sola Bay, there had been redfish on low tide
on the flats and around docks. Johnston added the
nearshore natural reef systems are producing a lot of
grouper, including a lot of break-offs. "It seems like
the fish are right on that structure," Johnston said.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said he was able to net shiners easily again last week
at the Key Royale flats, which he used to catch trout,
Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and bluefish on a fast
tide. This week, Howard expects more redfish under
docks, and a better bite from sheepshead.
Capt. Warren Girle said the mangrove snapper
bite is hot 3 miles offshore over artificial reefs. Girle
had his clients free-lining shiners. "We went to a spot
I've never been before," Girle said. "And if you're
momentarily hooked into a snapper, and you don't
get to cranking real fast, the Goliath grouper will
take them. One half the size of a Volkswagen came
up within 3 feet of the boat and took him. When kids
see that, it's real, real exciting."
Inshore, Girle said he's still catching redfish
and trout. The trout are still on deep holes. "And the
other thing that went off in the bay was the mackerel
and ladyfish," Girle said. "The little glass minnows
showed up again and it was an unbelievable feeding
frenzy."
Capt. Tom Chaya of Anna Maria Fishing
Charters at Catchers Marina said one week ago
conditions lined up for an excellent bite. On an
extremely low tide, Chaya and his clients fished a cut
off the Ringling Bridge just before a cold front. "All
I saw up and down the flat was fish that were big,"
Chaya said. In 20-mph winds from the north, Chaya
said his clients caught five snook over 30 inches,
limits of redfish and trout to 26 inches. "Even with
all the mullet fishermen," Chaya said.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters reported good action on kingfish, man-
grove snapper and grouper offshore of Anna Maria
Island and Longboat Key. On Dec. 15, he reported
a school of big kingfish swimming around the boat
while the anglers were catching grouper and snapper.
The action has been at almost any depth where there
is some sort of structure. Live pinfish has been the
best bait, he said.
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway Fish-
ing Pier said anglers have been catching some big
grouper and Spanish mackerel, as well as bonito early
in the morning. Here's the good news: Sheepshead are
back. "There's a lot of them," Dodrill said. "They' re
around and are hitting shrimp and fiddler crabs."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there have been landing a lot of Spanish mackerel and
a few sheepshead, black drum and bonito. "This is





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Bill Zwyghuizen shows off a smoker kingfish he caught with a sardine on aflat line with Capt. Larry
McGuire of ,/,.- i Me the Fish Charters.


the slow time of the year though," Kilb said. "There
are still snook around. And ain't nobody fishing for
them."
Danny Stasny from Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina said there had been a lot of big
trout around the bulkhead the flats off the mouth
of the Manatee River and a decent snook bite in
north Sarasota Bay. Anglers can target the snook on
top-water plugs with some of the cloudy mornings
that are inevitable throughout this winter. He said
anglers have also done well on grouper, trolling the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge shipping channel or fish-
ing some of the rock piles in the bay. He's also heard
of good Spanish mackerel and bonito bites off Bean
Point.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out
of Parrot Cove Marina reported that "the El Niio
pattern seems to be getting entrenched with lousy
weather, punctuated by a real nice day or two. The
weather gurus claim there is some pretty cold weather
dropping in behind this storm. It will be a mixed


blessing, as the really good action with mackerel,
pompano, blues, and bonito out on the open bay and
gulf waters should diminish with a drop in water tem-
peratures."
Zacharias said it has not been cold enough to
run live bait out of the area, and as long as the bait
stays around, so will the fish. "The lack of cold has
also kept the sheepshead fishing from taking off,"
Zacharias said. "A good, hard, cold snap will bunch
up and drop many inshore species into deeper, highly-
structured, dark-bottomed areas in the interior bays,
canals and creeks where they become easy prey."
Zacharias said once the snook, reds, trout, drum,
sheepshead, flounder and snapper become accus-
tomed to the cold water, they can provide some really
top-notch action when they decide to eat.
Dave Sork from Anna Maria City Pier said
bonito has been hitting the live bait around the pier
and there have been some small Spanish mackerel
brought to the pier as well.
Send fishing news and photos to fish@islander.org.


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Vulture
culture
More than
two dozen
turkey vul-
tures, drawn
to the annual
mullet harvest,
await the rise
of discarded
fish in the
waters ofAnna
Maria Sound.
The vultures
gathered Dec.
15 on the
dock behind
the Imperial
House condos
in Braden-
ton Beach.
Islander
Photo: Carl
Parks


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Islander staff, families send holiday greetings


From top left, clockwise: Art-
work painted by Jackie (Yencho)
Elka Islander photographer -
while in sixth-grade at
Eddystone (Pa.) Elementary
School. "I bring it out
every year," Elka said.
Kevin Cassidy, sports writer for
The Islander, snapped this photo
of his two kids about four years
ago at G.T. Bray Park.
Kim Kuizon as an elf at this
year's Sandbar Christmas party
for kids, and as youngster.
Annie Williams, visiting Santa, is
now a student at Manatee High
School. 1 ..- labels, sorts and
bags bulk mailfor The Islander's
off-Island subscribers.
A tiny, young Lisa Williams
(Annie's mom) looks over her
Christmas presents. She's in
charge of customer service at The
Islander office, manages classi-
fieds and subscriptions, and provides delivery to more than 2,000 homes.
Joselin, in her Minnie Mouse outfit, and Jesse, granddaughters of publisher
Bonner Joy, now 12 and 11, visit Santa a few years back.

Edna Tiemann visits Santa at Publix, where she provides customer service
with a smile. 'I,..- also shoots photos "out and about" for The Islander.

Newbie reporter Nick Walter gives Santa his best pirate yell
at The Islander holiday open house.
Nancy Ambrose on Santa's knee at this year's Bridge Street holiday festivities.

Lisa Neff, far right, looks forward to Santa's arrival with brother Mark and baby
Melissa. "/,.. is a reporter and copy editor for The Islander, covering Bradenton
Beach, features and anything else that comes her way.


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SA RA SSIDS


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.
BOOKS: HARDBACKS. 50, very good condition.
$25. Call 941-761-1928.
LAMP: WOODEN MODEL A Ford pickup with red
cloth top. Unique. $10. 941-941-1415.
USED/ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS: A roomful.
Essence of Time. 10015 Cortez Road W., Bra-
denton. 941-792-3545.
TACKLE BOX: PLANO # 757. Large, loaded with
lures and tackle, $40. 941-761-1415.
PORTABLE CD SYSTEM, JVC, $15. Aquarium,
2.5 gallon, complete with whisper filter, light, etc.
$10.941-761-1415.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT: THE BEST in comedy. Corpo-
rate golf and private parties. 781-367-0339.
WANTED: BUCKETS. DONATE clean five-gallon
buckets with lid to ship to Haiti. Please 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.


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


ESTATE SALE 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
26. 203 73rd St.,
Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island. King-size
bed, chests, dressers, tables, chairs dinette set,
wall unit, older sofas, bookcase, lamps, pictures,
patio furniture, dishes, electric twin bed, organ,
TVs, Necchi sewing machine, band saw, yard and
hand tools, yard art, stained glass supplies, linens
and kitchenware. Sale By Julie McClure. Pictures:
www.appraisals4u.biz.


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.
FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.
Furniture, household items, clothing, more. 8700
Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office supplies,
T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed art.


LOST: OSU SILVER bracelet, extremely senti-
mental. Reward. 614-353-0218 or 941-778-7213.
Casey5292002 @yahoo.com.
FOUND: COUPON BOOK near Holmes Beach
shopping center, Dec. 12. Apples on cover. Claim
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.


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.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-
1400.
260 SEARAY BOWRIDER: 116 hours, year
2000, lift-kept, local. No trailer. $15,000. 941-
761-0477.


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.
ISLAND RESIDENT: WILL do housecleaning,
yard work, errands, etc. Good references. Call
Cathy at 941-580-2050.


CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ting. 941-778-5352
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.


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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.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
Jennis, 941-778-1746.
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941-
773-3185.
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
795-4722.
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
11-YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or
younger child. CPR-certified, references, experi-
enced. Brianna, 941-448-9036.
HELP WITH SCHOOL WORK? Manatee High
School junior will tutor math, science, basic com-
puting skills. Patrick, 941-524-5686.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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


MASSAGE THERAPY: In-home visits by appoint-
ment. Patricia Emslie, LMT 941-504-2030. Gift
certificates, too! Lic. # MA0023639.


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

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

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurricane
covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL
inserts. TDWSINC @ msn.com. 941-730-1399.


ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
or 941-730-5693.
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.
ISLANDER SENIOR ASSIST: Cheerful com-
pany for our seniors by appointment, or regularly
scheduled home assistance. Leave message for
contact. Dependable. 941-792-4601.
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.
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-
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sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
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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.
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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.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured plus unbeatable
prices. Call Allen anytime. Cell 941-224-8569.

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.

GABBARD MASONRY INC.: Custom stone and
brick. Fireplaces, pools, Jacuzzis, fire pits, grills,
landscape, patios. Paver brick, stone, glass block.
Licensed and insured, free estimates. 941-792-
5206.

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

PAINTING, WATERPROOFING: NEW construc-
tion or re-paints. Dozens of Island completions
since 1992. Call Venture Services, 941-809-
8159.
ALLEN STEINIGGER INC: Painting and handy-
man services. Insured. Hardwood, ceilings, real
wood, kitchen cabinets. 941-822-6636.


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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.
Christmas, March, April, $495/week. 941-778-
1098. annamariaisland@gmail.com.


Qu kfay Sly ofqnma A Maria Inc.
\ Jesse Brisson roBsrfassociate, gij
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
Immaculate 2BR/2BA
condo with den. This
like-new condo has
peeks of the Gulf and
a great rental history.
Covered parking,
Seeded beach access,
storage. Turnkey
furnished. A supreme
value in today's market.This propertywill not last long.
Owner will pay 1 year of condo dues! $369,000.

Call Jesse Brisson
941-713-4755.


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.

VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.

SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, nicely furnished,
washer and dryer, large back deck, steps to
beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-4944.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA DUPLEX. Holmes Beach.
$825/month plus utilities, $500 deposit. 941-778-
4498.

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.

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.


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-is REAL-TOR. RESULTS
35 Years of Professional Service
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.
PERICO ISLAND PATIO HOME, 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, Large Greatroom, $275,000.
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
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views, seasonal/monthly
rental. $3,500/month. 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.

ANNUAL RENTAL: LARGE unfurnished bayfront
2BR/2BA. Wonderful view, washer and dryer
hookups, new laminate, tile floors, covered park-
ing. $1,200/month. 941-795-1132 or 941-545-
7109.
JANUARY RENTAL: Furnished 2BR/BA Braden-
ton Beach condo. Washer/dryer in unit, steps to
beach. $1,500/month. 813-245-0428.

VACATION RENTAL: AVAILABLE Jan. 5 -March 5,
2010. 1BR/1BA, upstairs with deck, clean, block
to beach, kitchen, cable, WiFi, $1,600/month.
941-779-1112.

PERICO ISLAND: Jan. 11-April 25. 2BR/3BA
townhouse. Amenities, clubhouse, pool, tennis,
workout room. $2,500/month. 941-224-0555.






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SALES & RENTALS

(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
wwwbetsyhills.comn


PRIVATE ISLAND at the north end ofLongboat Key.
One acre building lot with water, electric and septic
to the site. Boat dock andprivate parking on main-
land. Only 11 homesites on the 38-acre island.





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SEASONAL RENTAL: JANUARY-February 2010.
2BR/2BA. Nicely furnished, heated pool, tennis court,
Jacuzzi, fishing, spectacular view of the bay at West-
bay Point & Mooring. Call Ann, 203-259-4769.
VERY SMALL STUDIO: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $550/month.
941-383-4856.
DISCOVER THE OTHER island! Tidy Island in
Sarasota Bay. Waterfront renovated 2BR/2BA,
two-car garage condo. 24/7 guards, nature and so
much more. Pet friendly! Realtor, owner, Katharine
Pepper, RoseBay Real Estate, 941-792-9459.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA Key Royale
home. Caged pool, garage, nice kitchen, tile
throughout. $1,950/month. 863-660-8366.
SEASONAL: RUNAWAY BAY. 1BR/1BA ground
floor. Pool, tennis, fitness, beach access. January-
March, $2,500/month, regularly $3,500/month.
Call 941-685-1942.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA apartment in Holmes
Beach. $850/month plus utilities. Days, 941-778-
6541. Evenings, weekends, 941-504-3844.

JANUARY: 15 PERCENT discount! Westbay
Cove, Holmes Beach. Second-floor 2BR/2BA on
bay. Lovely views, pools, tennis. January, $2,465.
February-March, $2,900/month. 30-day minimum.
Visit aposporos.com. Aposporos & Son, 941-387-
3474.
VACATION: LAST MINUTE for Christmas, New
Year's. 2BR/2BA pool, boat dock, townhouse.
Realtor, 941-356-1456.


SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA 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-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
idaGroup.com. 941-713-0635.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
Large living room, pool, storm shutters, garage,
storage. $399,000, 941-722-0640.
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.

KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT 3BR/2BA home.
Caged pool, boat dock, updated. $450,000. By
owner, 941-356-1456.


Vacation Rentals
Mike Norman Realty has offered the largest & best selection of vacation
rentals on Anna Maria Island for OVER 31 YEARS.


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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-
well Banker, 941-725-4425.

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.
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.
WANTED: CANALFRONT HOME on Anna Maria
Island. Cash buyer, quick closing. For own use.
Send details to: canalfrontwanted@aol.com.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.


LAND OR DEVELOPMENTS wanted. We buy or
market development lots. Mountain or waterfront
communities in North Carolina, South Carolina,
Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Call 800-455-
1981, ext.1034.
LOTS FROM $13,900! Waterfront community on
Georgia coast. Access to ocean. Hurricane-free
zone. Limited release on lots from $13,900. Best
value. Call 888-506-6707! www.peninsula-gold-
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