VOLUME 18, NO.13
Haiti: Dispatch from
the disaster zone.
the news ...
Gulf Drive landscap-
ing to begin. Page 2
Anna Maria board-
walk plan faces
concerns. Page 4
gets nod. Page 7
C li.. l"\. i to offer
Anna Maria safety
committee plays it
safe. Page 13
ebrated. Page 20
What to do, and
where to go. Page 22
Annie Silver hosts
bingo. Page 23
Sports: Flag football
Pier gone, bids in for beach concessions
By Nick Walter
The remaining debris of the Mana-
tee Public Beach Pier, as well as demoli-
tion equipment, vehicles and a fence were
removed Jan. 28.
For about a month, crews worked to
remove all signs of the pier.
Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Man-
atee County Natural Resources Department,
said the demolition crew had until mid-Jan-
uary to complete its work.
"They were to remove all material above
the water line to approximately a foot and a
half below the water line," Hunsicker said
Some snowbirds and vacationers com-
plained about the work, saying it was bad
timing to remove the pier during tourist
season because high numbers of visitors
frequent the beach.
The former 300-foot pier will be
replaced by a new one, but Hunsicker said
there is no a timetable for its completion.
A majority of Holmes Beach city com-
missioners are in favor of a 312-foot T-end
pier, which could be favorable for fishers,
who would have more area to cast their baits
out of the way of walkers.
There also is an option for a 700-foot-
long pier. Some proponents of the longer
pier said it would be good for tourism and
would improve fishing, enabling anglers to
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for beachgoers. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
fish at a deeper water depth.
But some against the 700-foot pier, such
as Manatee County Commissioner Carol
Whitmore, said a longer pier would make
the Manatee Public Beach just like any other
beach in Florida.
A 700-foot pier remains possible, how-
ever, with possible funding from public beach
concession fees, Whitmore said. The county
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Pier removal last week and reopened the area
could take a long-term loan and pay it off with
The concession operations at Coquina and
Manatee beaches are presently up for bid with
PLEASE SEE PIER. PAGE 3
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners
balked at a recent deal offered by the owners
of waterfront property that the city wants for
So the property owners amended the
Island Inc.-Beach Development Inc.
wants the city to buy the property in the 1400
Gulf Drive for $600,000, with the amount
payable over 20 years. In a previous offer,
the property owners were willing to sell the
land for $600,000 payable over five years.
The deal, in addition to resulting in the
waterfront property going from private to
public ownership, possibly for a park, also
would settle a lawsuit between Island Inc.-
Beach Development and the city.
"Please see if this resolves the 'funds
available' issue you spoke to me about,"
attorney S. William Moore wrote to attor-
ney Greg Hootman. Moore is representing
Island Inc.-Beach Development and Hoot-
man is representing the city in the suit.
Commissioners discussed the initial
offer at a commission meeting in January,
but shared a concern about the price attached
to the property.
How much is the land worth? commis-
sioners asked, before voting to have the
property professionally appraised.
Commissioners, who have not acted
upon the amended offer, also said they
wanted to hold a public meeting on the
1 ne privately owned property in the 140u
block of Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach may
become a city park. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
matter, which, as of Islander press time, had
not been scheduled.
The legal dispute between the city and the
property owners dates back years. The devel-
opers had sought to build residences on prop-
erty that the city deemed preservation land.
The dispute went to court, where the city
won the first round, the developers won a
second round and a judge eventually pushed
both sides into mediation.
In mediation, the focus turned to the city's
acquisition of the property. Bradenton Beach
applied for a state grant to help purchase the
land in 2007, but did not secure the money.
John and Barb Hinners of Cincinnati view
the Gulf of Mexico while dining at Cafe on
the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach Jan.
28. Islander Photo: Nick Walter
By Lisa Neff
Opponents of drilling in the Gulf many
of them dressed in black will gather from 1
p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Manatee
Public Beach for a protest.
The Sierra Conservation Committee of
Manatee County is coordinating the event,
part of the statewide Hands Across the Sands
The rain-or-shine event was coordinated
in part to send a message to Florida lawmak-
ers, who will be gathering in Tallahassee in
March for the 2010 legislative session.
"This is a simple, nonpartisan way for
Floridians to join hands in an effort to protect
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Bradenton Beach land dispute
FEB. 3, 2010
2 E FEB. 3, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
By Lisa Neff
The crews driving the Gulf Drive enhancement
project will shift from "hardscaping" to landscaping
Under the supervision of the Florida Department
of Transportation, native plants will be used to dress
up State Road 789/Gulf Drive from Cortez Road
south to Fifth Street South in Bradenton Beach.
The landscaping will begin this week, said Darren
Alfonso of the DOT.
The work is part of an $800,000 project admin-
istered by the DOT, lobbied for by Bradenton Beach
and the Sarasota-Metropolitan Planning Organization
ANTI-DRILL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
our state's most important asset our waterways and
beaches," said organizer Dave Rauschkolb.
Already a coalition of local officials has called
on the governor, state legislators and U.S. congres-
sional members to respect the coast and keep oil and
gas drilling operations out of state waters.
The coalition includes Manatee County's board
of commissioners, as well as representatives from
every municipality in the county.
A letter to state and federal officials included
the signatures of all seven county commissioners, as
well as signatures of elected officials in Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key and
Palmetto. Bradenton officials joined in the campaign,
but signed a separate resolution.
The letter states, "There is a consensus among
elected local officials to urge the Legislature to prohibit
offshore oil and gas drilling in the territorial waters of
the state. We ask you to join us in opposing initiatives
to allow offshore drilling off the coast of Florida and to
retain the current statutory ban on such drilling."
With state budget forecasters predicting a $2.6
billion reduction in revenues going into the 2010-11
and paid for with federal stimulus dollars under the
U.S. American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
The first stage of the project involved building
sidewalks to create a contiguous walking path on the
west side of Gulf Drive from Cortez Road to Fifth
Additionally, work crews improved some beach
"The hardscaping is done," said Alfonso, who
also said the project is ahead of schedule.
He expected the project to be completed by the
middle of the month.
SR 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach is a
fiscal year, some lawmakers are suggesting that lift-
ing a ban on drilling could fuel revenues.
In the 2009 session, the House passed a bill that
would have opened state waters to natural gas and oil
drilling within 3 miles of shore. The Senate, however,
did not take up the bill.
The mission of Hands Across the Sand includes
several goals, according to the organization's Web
site at www. handsacrossthesand.com:
To raise awareness about pending Florida leg-
islation to drill for oil in our coastal waters.
To organize a statewide coastal movement to
"bring thousands of Florida's citizens to our beaches
and ... draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand;
human lines in the sand against near shore oil drilling
in our waters."
To convince legislators and the governor to drop
any and all legislation that would "allow this folly"
of drilling in state waters.
The campaign is sponsored by the Sierra Club,
Protect Florida's Beaches, Progress Florida, Audubon
of Florida, Defenders of Wildlife, SoWal and Walton
In a separate project, the DOT plans to resurface
Gulf Drive from the Longboat Key Bridge through
Bradenton Beach to State Road 64/Manatee Avenue
in Holmes Beach.
The resurfacing is expected to take place this
Hardscaping, financed with federal stimulus money,
is complete along Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
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project is to landscape. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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By Rick Catlin
Mike and Lizzie Thrasher, residents of Anna
Maria and the United Kingdom, are no longer
partners in Pine Avenue Restoration LLC and
its Pine Avenue projects.
In the parting of ways, the Thrashers pur-
chased 503 Pine Ave. "Cozy Corner"- from
PAR and have their own plans for that property
and others they own on Pine Avenue.
Lizzie Thrasher said she and her husband
want 503 Pine Ave. to be a community-type
facility "in line with the comp plan and as a
complimentary property to Beach Bum's and
the rest of [Pine] Avenue."
The Thrashers believe in the wise use of
natural resources and sustainable materials, and
recently installed solar panels at Beach Bum's,
a property they purchased several years ago.
They also own other Anna Maria properties,
including some on Pine Avenue, some rental
homes and their residence.
The Thrashers became principals in PAR
in April 2009, and still have an interest in two
Mainsail Development LLC projects in Holmes
Beach, the completed Mainsail Beach Inn proj-
ect at 66th Street on the Gulf and Mainsail
Lodge and Marina, the former Tidemark project
adjacent to Wachovia Bank.
PAR's Mike Coleman said some individual
PAR investors also are investors in the Mainsail
Mainsail Development LLC is based in
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PARKING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Jan. 29 the deadline for submissions to the county.
County staff announced the proposals for operations
of the Manatee and Coquina beach concessions were
received from four bidders, one for operating the con-
cession at Manatee, and three of the proposals include
operation of both concessions.
Companies submitting proposals for Coquina
Beach included Blue Wave Division of Sunrise
Sunset Concession in Nokomis, Loggerhead Beach
Cafe of Holmes Beach and United Park Services in
For the Manatee Public Beach concessions, bids
came from Blue Wave, United Park Services, Log-
Anna Maria City
Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhance-
ment education committee meeting.
Feb. 11, 6 p.m., planning and zoning board
Feb. 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Feb. 4, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
Feb. 4, 1:30 p.m., city Web site meeting.
Feb. 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 9, 1 p.m., budget orientation meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 3, 5 p.m., parks and beautification meeting.
Feb. 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Feb. 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 25, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
gerhead Beach Cafe, and the current contract-holder
of both concessions, Cafe on the Beach LLC, which
includes PS. Beach Associates Inc. and the Beach
The county will release information regarding the
bidders' experience and bid amounts Feb. 8, or when
the county declares a bid winner.
Cafe on the Beach owner Dee Schaefer said if
she did not win the bid, she will have until July 20
to vacate the property.
County contract buyer Melissa Assha said that
the county expects to declare a bid winner before
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m., commission work session.
Feb. 18, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Feb. 9, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of
Commissioners meeting, County Administration
Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Feb. 14 is Valentine's Day.
Feb. 15 is President's Day.
Feb. 17, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Of-
ficials meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Feb. 22 is Washington's Birthday.
Feb. 22, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist De-
velopment Council meeting, Powel Crosley Estate,
8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Feb. 23, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of
Commissioners meeting, County Administration
Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
March 22, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Met-
ropolitan Planning Organization board meeting.
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County negotiates Robinson addition
By Nick Walter
A 200-acre parcel of land that was destined to be
a northwest Bradenton golf course could become part
of a preserve.
The parcel on the east side of the 487-acre Rob-
inson Preserve, owned by developer Bill Robinson,
was slated to be a golf course, clubhouse, recreational
fields and luxury homes.
The property was held out by Robinson when
the county negotiated with him for the preserve land.
Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County
Natural Resource Department, said the county is
negotiating to purchase the land.
"The most important thing in the coming months
is to measure the support of the community," Hun-
Hunsicker said those interested in the expansion
should contact their elected officials. He said funding
will be difficult.
"This couldn't have come at a more stressful eco-
nomic time," Hunsicker said. "But it's coming at the
best environmental time."
And Hunsicker said that conservation is some-
thing important to Bill Robinson and his family.
"This opportunity presents itself as a wonderful
one-time, yet permanent, chance to fix forever the
environmental restoration and recreational access to
this property," Hunsicker said. "I get the feeling from
the [Robinson] family that this is not a time when
money talks. This is one time when stewardship and
conservation and environmental value talk the loud-
est. I know that because the family has stated in the
past that their original sale to the county, and what
the county did with the raw land, returned more to
them than any other investment they made."
Robinson founded Robby's Sporting Goods and
sold the acreage to the county in 2003 for $16.4 mil-
lion. The county paid $3.9 million along with a $6.2
million grant from Florida Communities Trust and a
$6.4 million discount from Robinson.
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meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N.
The agenda includes a number of house-
cleaning items, including invoice payments, as
A second reading on an ordinance that
would eliminate the distance requirement for
establishments selling alcohol on Bridge Street
and create a conditional-use permit process for
establishments seeking to sell alcoholic bever-
A public hearing on a proposed marine
Robinson Preserve. File Photos: Lisa Neff
rescue headquarters on Coquina Bayside. Mana-
tee County has proposed the building, which is
a major development under the city's code.
Consideration of a contract to hire the firm
Wilson Miller to assist with work on the city's
A request from citizens and members of the
ScenicWAVES to replace signs directing motor-
ists to public parking lots. The relatively new
signs are white and black, not blue and white,
and larger than the signs recommended by the
ScenicWAVES advisory committee and autho-
rized by the city commission.
Concerns raised with AM Pier-boardwalk project
By Rick Catlin
A push by Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo
Ann Mattick to get a proposed boardwalk built at the
city pier in time for the April 2011 Pier Centennial
Festival might face some difficulty getting approval
from other commissioners.
Commissioners, at their Jan. 28 meeting, appeared
pleased with the overall concept, but Commission
Chairman John Quam said he had reservations about
The project is funded by an $860,000 federal
grant administered by the Florida Department of
Transportation, which will oversee the project.
Because of the time constraints Mattick and
the transportation enhancement grant committee want
the boardwalk finished for the festival the DOT
has proposed a "design-and-build" project.
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus said that means
the commission and the public won't be able to make
any changes to the design once the project has been
let out for bid.
The company selected for the project will design
the boardwalk and accompanying amenities from
suggestions made by the commission, TEG commit-
tee and DOT representatives, but will not present a
final plan for approval.
"What you're going to change, you're going to
have to change now," Stoltzfus said. \ly Ifear is, until
we see a design, who wants it?"
He suggested Mattick have the DOT build a scale
model of the project and bring it to a commission
meeting, where DOT engineers could explain every-
thing, including the parking arrangements for both
the north and south side.
"I like the overall concept, but the boardwalk is
a major issue," he said.
Mattick was concerned that the TEG has been
meeting for three years and no objections were raised
"We haven't been meeting in secret. We've had
numerous meetings and it's been in the papers and
there's never been any negative comment."
Nothing has changed since TEG committee
member Tim Eiseler drew a conceptual design two
years ago, she said.
Dye interjected that, because the project is on
city property, the city needs an agreement with the
DOT for liability and other issues, including any cost
overruns that the DOT has said it will pay.
Mattick asked commissioners for specific changes
she could give to DOT engineers to put in the design,
but the commission preferred to wait and provide
input when the TEG meets to finalize the plan with
DOT engineers Feb. 16.
That plan will then be presented at the Feb. 25
commission meeting for review and public com-
The proposed plan calls for an 800-foot-long
boardwalk 8 inches above the ground that will allow
pedestrians to walk from the humpback bridge to the
south end of the pier parking area without walking
behind parked vehicles.
Proposed amenities include a covered trolley
shelter, picnic areas and benches, native landscap-
ing, signage and a pier entrance that is compatible
with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act.
Mattick said the proposed boardwalk is similar in
design and materials to the nature walk at the Robin-
son Preserve in northwest Bradenton.
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Stoltzfus, AM attorney differ on density opinion
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus,
known for his interest in issues concerning the retail-
offfice-residential district, expressed concern at the
Jan. 28 commission meeting that an opinion from a
Sarasota attorney about density in the ROR might be
correct and the opinion of city attorney Jim Dye
could be wrong.
Stoltzfus was responding to the opinion Dye gave
commissioners that night regarding a Dec. 23 letter
from Sarasota attorney Dan Lobeck.
Lobeck, who represents Robert and Nicki Hunt
and Robert and Coleen Muzzy, developers of 303
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, alleged that the city was
incorrectly computing density in the ROR district in
violation of the city comprehensive plan.
In his letter, Lobeck demanded the city change
its code or his clients will likely file a challenge with
the Florida Department of Community Affairs.
He said the city should deny a site plan from
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC for an ROR project
because, according to his calculations, it is above the
allowable density in the comp plan. Lobeck gave the
city 30 days to reply to his letter.
Dye told commissioners that he responded by
speaking with Jeremy Anderson of Lobeck & Hanson
and telling Anderson that Lobeck was incorrectly
computing density on a lot-by-lot basis in the ROR,
not on the basis of the entire district, which is allowed
by city code.
The district includes several vacant lots, Dye
said, which results in a different overall density than
computing density on a lot-by-lot basis.
Since the lots were platted around 1919 and
have since been accepted by the city as buildable,
the size of the lots have been grandfathered for use
and Lobeck's calculations "do not apply," Dye said.
"I've never seen density calculations on a lot-by-
lot basis, but it's up to the commission. I told (Ander-
son) I would ask the commissioners if they want to
change the code," he said.
Any change in calculating density, however,
might make some lots too small for construction of
an ROR structure and would also affect construction
in the residential district, Dye indicated.
If Lobeck files a challenge with the DCA, it
would come back to the city, and "we would take a
look at it," Dye said.
Stoltzfus, however, was concerned that the density
formula used by the city allows for mixed-use develop-
ment that might be contrary to the comp plan.
"I think they are right," said Stoltzfus. "If they
proceed, we are going to end up with egg on our
Commissioner Chuck Webb, an attorney, said the
city can respond to any DCA challenge by stating that
the lots are grandfathered for use.
In addition, said Dye, if the density applies on a
lot-by-lot basis, it would also apply to the residential
district and could result in some unbuildable lots.
But those residential lots are for different uses
than in the ROR, said Stoltzfus. He asked if residen-
tial density was different from ROR density.
"It's the same," replied Dye.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said she didn't
want to waste taxpayer dollars on what Lobeck
claimed to be an issue.
The majority of the commission agreed that Dye
had responded adequately to Lobeck's letter and took
no action to change the density calculations.
The Hunts have an ROR project planned for 303
Pine Ave. that will be a mix of residential and retail in
a three-story structure on about 5,600 square feet.
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Let's raise a glass to the Robinson family.
They carved out a sacrifice for themselves on
the deal some years back with Manatee County for
the original tract of land 487 acres that became
known as the Robinson Preserve. Likely you've
enjoyed biking or hiking the trails, the kayaking oppor-
tunities, fishing or bird-watching. With the preserve
we have pristine wetlands, 3 miles of tidal canals and
a promise that the land will never be developed.
The preserve opened in July 2008, but the prog-
ress of restoring and creating something so akin to
nature on vacant land that had been used and abused
for many years continues.
Cheers to the Robinsons.
And cheers to Manatee County officials and
staff, in particular Charlie Hunsicker, director of the
Manatee County Natural Resources Department, for
the stewardship, diligence, persistence, foresight and
commitment to seeing the preserve to fruition.
This is a project that northwest Manatee County
sorely needed, where so much was developed over
the years and only pockets of undeveloped land
remained. It took a leap of faith and great vision.
And cheers to all the volunteers who planted,
dug, watered, trimmed and now care for the preserve,
you too are to be commended for your labor of love.
You quickly vested in the preserve, turning barren
land into a natural, lush Florida landscape.
But to the caretakers of the preserve before
your final bows there is more work to be done.
Join us in shouting to the tree tops and passing
the word along to elected officials and the Robinson
family that 200 additional acres of land for the
Robinson Preserve would be a great environmental
and recreational achievement.
It should be Robinson Preserve Forever, for we
will forever be grateful.
So many generous people have come to The
Islander to provide aid to Haiti through the Ministry
of Presence that we can't begin to thank you all.
And many more have helped collect, box and
fill the truck that will be sent on a ship to Haiti,
loaded with all the assorted needs for 86 homeless
Keep it coming. We very much need tents, tarps
and canopies, and funds to ship the truck.
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The following is a lesson learned the hard way
and a confession.
My neighbor builds a big, beautiful pergola right
down to the water's edge and never posts a building
Now, when I wrote a letter to the building depart-
ment, the last thing I wanted to do was cause more
friction or ill will in our neighborhood.
I was thinking the issue would not be who made
the complaint, but the consequences of the unpermit-
ted construction in a wind storm.
Our entire community could be grievously
impacted. I am self-insured, so probably not pro-
tected from projectile pergola damages.
As a result, my neighbor came over to my house
- quite irate and with a copy of my letter in his
hand. He told me the building department inspected
his pergola and told him it did not need a permit and
that everything was in compliance.
That's great, that we have safe construction, but I
lost a friend over the situation, as well as my integrity
in the neighborhood.
I feel badly, and advise all homeowners to get
a building permit. It only costs $30 per $1,000 of
construction costs. This guarantees neighbors of safe
I thought the role of our building department
was to protect our neighborhood, not alienate neigh-
Stephan Evans, Holmes Beach
The Anna Maria Elementary Dolphin Dash 5k
and 1-mile fun run was a huge success.
Thanks so much to Tom Orehowsky and the
Bradenton Runner's Club for helping everything run
Another huge thank you goes out to the Holmes
Beach Police Department for its help on the course
and continued support.
Thanks also to the many businesses who donated
to the cause, and a big thank you to Publix.
Another thanks to Rae Ann at runnergirl.com for
setting up and maintaining the race Web site.
Thanks to all the volunteers. Thank you to the
runners, who signed up for, and ran the race! We will
see you next January.
Becky Walter, race organizer
The idea for a two-county transit pass and longer
operating hours is an idea whose time should have
come a long time ago. Better late than never!
The transit systems in Manatee and Sarasota
counties are excellent. The only complaint is short
schedules. Most Manatee and Sarasota buses stop
running about 6 p.m. So any visits to shopping areas,
restaurants, and entertainments past this time require
car or taxi travel. (Sarasota Route 18/the Longboat
Key trolley from the Lemon Street downtown termi-
nal to St. Armands Circle and Coquina Beach does
extend to around 10:30 p.m.)
The two-county pass and longer hours
would decrease traffic congestion to and from Anna
Maria Island, reduce the hazard of accidents, yet add
to the coffers of Island businesses. Also, it would
probably decrease the number of DUIs.
Oh, yes! In council deliberations, please don't
forget a transit pass office on Anna Maria Island!
Jack Wilhelm, Holmes Beach
Cozy Corner interest
I'd like to make a correction to "PAR sells Cozy
Corner project." The article states that Mike Thrasher
and I have purchased 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
from Pine Avenue Restoration, which is correct.
PLEASE SEE OPINIONS, NEXT PAGE
BB park-and-ride gets nod
By Lisa Neff
A Bradenton Beach committee gave the go-ahead
Jan. 27 to applying for federal stimulus money for a
park-and-ride operation in the city.
Two city commissioners and the mayor attended
the meeting of the ScenicWAVES at city hall, but the
commission has not yet discussed an application.
And several hurdles remain to be cleared the
first being the U.S. Senate must pass and the president
must sign the Jobs for Main Street Act.
In mid-December, the House approved its bill -
intended to create or save jobs with targeted invest-
ments of $75 billion for highways and transit, school
renovation, education, public safety and affordable
"There may or may not be a second round of
stimulus," said Manon Lavoie of the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation.
Lavoie said the DOT can't wait until the bill's
fate is decided to prepare applications. "The DOT,"
she said, "is gathering projects. Last year, we were
all last-minute. This time, we are putting the horse
in front of the cart."
The park-and-ride project in Bradenton Beach
likely would involve two funding requests:
OPINION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6
But it also states that we are partners in PAR, and
this is no longer the case.
The PAR partnership recently decided that it
made sense to continue to work closely together, but
that Mike Thrasher and I would work separately on
our plans for Pine Avenue.
We are no longer members of PAR.
Mike and I would like to develop 503 Pine Ave.
as a community facility in line with the city compre-
hensive plan, and as a complementary property to
Beach Bums and the rest of the avenue.
Lizzie Vann Thrasher, Anna Maria
Funding for electric vehicles to transport people
from beach parking lots to Bridge Street, as well as
the tools to keep the vehicles charged and a shelter
for them at night.
Funding for signs or other amenities to desig-
nate the park-and-ride station at Cortez Beach.
In previous discussions, ScenicWAVES members
focused on using the low-speed electric carts to trans-
fer workers in the commercial district from remote
But last week, the discussion expanded to include
the general public, with the park-and-ride operation
working in tandem with the Island trolley.
"The route is very defined and limited to
Bridge Street and the circle," said ScenicWAVES
member Ed Chiles.
Visitors, Chiles said, "can come down and have
a slice of Bradenton Beach" and leave their cars in
the beach parking lot.
The low-speed vehicles would travel from Cortez
Beach to Bridge Street along the rights of way paral-
lel to Gulf Drive. The vehicles also would travel to
In addition to a city commission endorsement of
the project, the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Plan-
ning Organization must approve.
"The MPO is going to prioritize," Lavoie said,
noting that additional applications will come from
other governments, including Anna Maria and
Details still to be worked out include whether
Manatee County officials, especially those with
Manatee County Area Transit, want to partner in the
The ScenicWAVES group, as well as Braden-
ton Beach Mayor Michael Pierce, suggested MCAT
operate the low-speed vehicles. Each vehicle,
which would comply with U.S. Americans with
Disabilities Act requirements, would hold about
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TJ' e Islander
In the Feb. 2, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Engineers, hired by Anna Maria to design a
drainage system that was halted by the city commis-
sion in December 1999, asked the commission to pay
$89,000 in fees for preliminary work done before
the project was stopped. A $345,000 grant from the
Southwest Florida Water Management District was to
pay the costs, but the grant was pulled after the city
terminated the project.
A Holmes Beach resident was sentenced to six
months in the Manatee County jail for witness tam-
pering, grand theft and forgery in connection with
a fake letter he sent to a Holmes Beach business
claiming the business needed to pay him $5,000 for
a Florida Department of Business and Professional
More than 1,000 registered Anna Maria voters
turned out at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center for The Islander newspaper's candidate forum
that preceded the February municipal elections. Com-
mission candidate Jay Hill drew the loudest round of
applause when he called for the firing of public works
director/building official Phil Charnock.
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Chamber to offer trolley advertising
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County and the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce officials have signed a con-
tract for the chamber to run an advertising sales pro-
gram on the Island trolley.
Chamber board member and Island accommoda-
tions owner David Teitelbaum said he is in charge of
advertising sales on the trolley as part of the Save the
Teitelbaum first proposed the chamber's Save
the Trolley campaign last year after Manatee County
officials indicated a fare would be instituted in their
2009-10 budget to help operate the trolley, which
costs more than $200,000 annually.
County officials then agreed to defer the fare to
give Teitelbaum and the chamber an opportunity to
raise a good portion of the operating costs through
ad sales and other fundraising measures.
Teitelbaum and Island restaurant owner Ed Chiles
have already pledged ads on the trolley, and Teitel-
baum is hoping the Island business community will
"Our target market is tourism-related businesses
on the Island," he said.
short of goal
As of Jan. 29, $39,044.09 was donated for the
Anna Maria Island Community Center's Lester Chal-
The goal was $50,000 and, if reached, Homes
Beach residents Charles and JoAnn Lester would
provide $50,000 in matching funds for the Center's
The deadline was extended from Dec. 31.
Donations to the center are tax deductible.
Island non-profit organizations can advertise their
organization or events at a discounted rate.
Teitelbaum said he has started selling ads and
expects the first advertisements to be on the trolley
"in a few months."
Ads inside the trolley will be on an LED message
board, while those outside will be standard art-work,
By Nick Walter
The flood of foreclosures is especially affect-
ing condominium owners, and now Emery Morse,
president of the Martinique North Condominium
Association, is asking Holmes Beach for help.
Morse wrote recently to City Commissioner Pat
Morton, requesting that trash service be included
in the taxes the association pays to Holmes Beach.
He made the request again at the Jan. 26 city com-
mission meeting at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
"If we honestly look at the situation," Morse
said in the letter, "condo associations are paying
twice for a service the rest of the residents receive
as a service for paying their taxes."
Morse estimated that the association's unit
owners pay $5 a month for trash service to Waste
Commissioner John Monetti, chairing the
meeting for absent Chair Sandy Haas-Martens,
said he pays $43 a month.
"You might want to keep the deal you've got,"
Morse stated in his letter that "condominiums
are taxed at the highest of all assessed properties.
State and local governments have shifted the tax
In addition to trolley advertising, Save the Trol-
ley has plans for an annual festival on the Island each
spring to raise money to keep the trolley fare free.
The Real Florida Festival will hold its inaugu-
ral event April 16-18 this year, Teitelbaum said, and
includes festivities in each Island city.
burden to condo associations via homestead and
Amendment 10 because, like our building, 75-80
percent is non-residents."
Morse estimated in the letter that non-res-
idents are paying 400 percent more for prop-
erty taxes compared to owners protected by
homestead and Amendment 10. He also stated
that insurance costs in the past few years have
increased more than 250 percent, and will be
increasing this year from the projection of the
Monetti said that Morton is spear-heading
waste-related issues, but Morton was unable to
attend the Jan. 26 meeting due to health issues, so
commissioners took no action.
A Waste Management consultant suggested
Morse contact the company to explore cost-saving
options. She also said that customers in unincor-
porated Manatee County have garbage included in
their tax bill, however, the Island municipalities do
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HB resident complains about surfers
By Nick Walter
Don and Marilyn Hartsfield love their quant
house in the 100 block of Aqua Lane in Holmes
"But we found out it is Surfer City, USA," Don
Hartsfield told city commission during a Jan. 26
meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall.
He complained about surfers who park in two
spaces by his front yard as early as 7:30 a.m. He
said they shout, change clothes outside their cars,
and drink beer.
"This makes our lives miserable," he told com-
missioners. "I hate to say it, but it's horrible."
Hartsfield said that if the city removes the two
parking spaces, he would "beautify" that spot.
"You've asked us to give you the end of the street
basically," said Commissioner John Monetti, filling
in as chairperson at the meeting in the absence of
Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger added that the city
must provide a certain amount of beach-side parking
to qualify for beach renourishment.
Hartsfield also requested lighting be added the
Aqua Lane to help curtail what he called "drug-deal-
ing around 1 and 3 a.m.".
"I am interested in getting lighting," Monetti
said. "Perhaps that's something we can certainly
Commissioners and the mayor agreed that Harts-
field's situation is a law enforcement issue.
"I called the police a number of times," Harts-
field said. 'The police were very slow to react to the
parking problem. We did call a week ago because we
thought somebody was breaking in next door at the
neighbor's house and they responded in five minutes.
I was very impressed. But we called so many times
about this parking thing and it's like they're saying,
'It's Mr. Hartsfield again.' And then hang up."
Holmes Beach Police Department Lieutenant
Dale Stephenson responded during the meeting.
"I've been dealing with Mr. Hartsfield for quite
some time," he said. "I don't see eye to eye with him
on a few things. When he calls we respond and that's
what we're all about." Stephenson said officers
often patrol the beach access area, particularly on
ideal surfing days.
"To catch somebody changing clothes is a matter
of a minute and a half," Stephenson said. "By the
time we get there they're already done."
Joe Webb, an Anna Maria Island fishing guide
who lives three blocks from Hartsfield, said he is
probably to blame for the problem. But he was quick
to defend Island surfers.
"I first started surfing at that beach in 1963,"
Webb said. "I understand what you're saying about
what's going on. You've got people coming from the
East Coast, St. Pete and Tampa to surf here, and a few
are crazy. I first started going up there as a little kid. I
think it needs a little policing, and I know the police
are doing their best because it's hard to catch these
guys. I probably did the same thing as a young kid,
and I'm not ashamed to say it, because I was born
and raised here."
Webb offered to help tame the surfers, but did
not think the city should remove public parking.
"Surfing is a great sport," Webb said. "I'd say
90 percent of surfers are healthy people, they don't
abuse drugs, they don't drink heavy, although they
might pop open a beer once in a while."
Jim Brady, owner of the West Coast Surf Shop
in Holmes Beach for 46 years, also spoke.
"Like every sport, there's a bad apple out there,"
Brady said. "I'd say 99 percent of them are good
people.... Very few surfers surf and drink beer."
The commission agreed to look into street light-
ing on Aqua Lane.
Volunteer Jim Dunne
of the Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island
hands out notices
of the Rotary Food-
raiser at Publix Super
Market in Holmes
Beach. Rotary vol
unteers, along with
Girl Scouts, collected
food Jan. 30for the
All Island Denomi-
nations food bank
at Roser Memorial
Community Church in
Anna Maria. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Feb. 14 on the beach
at Cafe on the Beach
Manatee Public Beach
nuptials, vow renewals,
commitments and promises with
the Rev. Charlie Shook
officiating. Champagne toast,
and entertainment at
Cafe on the Beach.
Register 4 p.m.
Promises 5 p.m.
Buffet Dinner 5:30 p.m.
Entertainment & Dancing
Nuptials require a Manatee County license, $25
fee; certificates for renewals, promises, $10. Buffet
dinner, $10. All proceeds to local charities.
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Art exhibition set
The Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez will
host its Maritime Heritage in Art exhibition from
Feb. 12 through March 12.
The exhibit, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday
through Friday, will showcase works by Manatee
County maritime artists Robert Semler and Val
The exhibition will take place at the museum
at 4415 119th St. W.
While the exhibit is in session, the Cortez
Commercial Fishing Festival will be Feb. 20-21.
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage is
still looking for a remote parking location.
Last year, there was a remote lot at Sugg
Middle School in Bradenton. But after the festival,
Sugg used the lot to hold a flea market. FISH board
member Roger Allen said the flea market became
so successful that Sugg decided not to allow the
lot to be a parking location for the fishing festival
at the same time.
2010 casino night
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island hopes
to hit the jackpot March 12, when it will present its
biggest fundraiser of the year.
The club's annual Rotary Extravaganza and
Casino Night will take place at 6 p.m. at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive.
The event will raise money for a number of
The event also will offer Island high rollers an
opportunity to play casino-style games, as well as
dine and dance and bid on auction items.
Tickets, which often sell out in advance, are $50
per person and are available by the table.
For ticket details, call Rosann or Tom Creed at
For more information, go to www.annamariaro-
Also, the Rotary club meets at noon Tuesdays at
the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
Library to hold book sale
The Friends of the Library will hold its annual
book sale Feb. 5-6 at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Feb. 5 sale, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., is for
Friends of the Library members. People can pur-
chase memberships the day of the preview sale at
The Feb. 6 sale, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is open to
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
Church hosts sale
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will host a white elephant
sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.
The sale will feature housewares, apparel, books,
baked goods and the church group's homemade pick-
For more information, call Terry Hussey at 941-
Garden club to hold
The Anna Maria Garden club will host the
Antique Appraisal Affair at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.
10, at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The event will feature appraiser Julie McClure
providing on-the-spot appraisals for $5 per item.
For more information, call Jeanie Pickwick at
for late February
Allen said he was speaking with representa-
tives from the former Publix on Cortez Road.
There will be parking at Coquina Beach, with
shuttle availability, and another parking area by
the FISH preserve.
On a historical note, museum volunteer Bob
Coulter is researching operations of the old Cortez
Volunteer Fire Department. The department closed
when the West Manatee Fire District was formed
Coulter said he would attempt to preserve
records of members, major fires fought, equip-
ment, operations, building and expansion of the
fire house and social activities.
Coulter said Mary Green, president of the
Cortez Historical Society, also wanted to estab-
lish a museum called The Fire Science Museum
Coulter said it would be for the collective pride
of citizens of the village of Cortez.
Friends host low-vision seminar
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
host a seminar on low-vision at 1:30 p.m. Friday,
March 5, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Speakers will include:
Sue Byerly, case manager from the Lighthouse
Marilyn Stevenson, access services librarian
from the Talking Books Library.
Christopher Gabbard, a spokesman for Magni-
Linda Brown of the Florida Division of Blind
Additionally, representatives with Southeastern
Guide Dogs will attend.
Seating for this free program will be available on
a first come, first serve basis. No prior registration is
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
Art league seeks 'Florida'
photos for exhibit
The Anna Maria Island Art League will accept
artwork for "The Florida I Remember: A Photo-
graphic Journey" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 9, and Wednesday, Feb. 10.
The juried exhibit "capturing the Florida of 'yes-
terday' being preserved for tomorrow" will open
with a reception Friday, Feb. 12, at the league, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
The fee is $10 per entry for AMIAL members
and $15 per entry for non-members.
For more information, call 941-778-2099.
Off Stage Ladies to meet
The Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players The-
ater will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at
the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bra-
The group will hold its Valentine's program,
featuring a performance by vocalist Marianne
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at
Wisconsin Day set
Local transplants from Wisconsin will celebrate
the 53rd annual Wisconsin Day at 10 a.m. Wednes-
day, Feb. 10, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The event will feature a potluck buffet, with par-
ticipants asked to bring a hot or cold dish to feed eight
Admission is $5.
For more information, call 941-746-2312.
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Promise event celebrates
The Islander and Cafe on the Beach will host
a Valentine's Day celebration Islander Promise
Day for couples to share vows.
Couples are invited to marry, commit or recom-
mit in the mass ceremony set to take place at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
A notarized certificate costs $10. A licensed
marriage certificate, which requires a pre-approved
county marriage license, costs $25.
A reception and buffet will follow, from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m. The cost will be $10 per person, and include
a champagne toast.
Any proceeds will be donated to local nonprof-
For more information, call The Islander at 941-
Back Alley to host author,
Holmes Beach resident and author Jean Peelen
will sign copies of the books "Invisible No More:
The Secret Lives of Women Over 50" and "Saving
the Best for Last: Creating Our Lives After 50" from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Back Alley,
121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
For more information, call Back Alley at 941-
IGW recognizes Law
Acrylics artist Nancy Law is the featured artist in
February at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. A reception will take place at 5:30
p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. For more information about
IGW, go to www.islandgallerywest.com. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Marlane Wurzbach
/',. 'I '. at a January
Bridge Street Market
t .: %'1 find a variety of vendors.
Offerings include pro-
duce, artwork, crafts,
clothing and accessories
and household items.
Additional markets at 107
Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach, will take place
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
every Saturday, February
through April, and May
I and May 15. For more
i-d information, call Nancy
Sd Ambrose at 941-518-
4431. Islander Photo:
Kiwanis, Center present
Valentine's Day dance
The annual Sweetheart Dance presented by the
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island and the Anna
Maria Island Community Center will take place
Thursday, Feb. 11.
The event, featuring the Bob Zimmerman Orches-
tra, will take place in the Center gym, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
The dance, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., is sponsored
by the Kiwanis to benefit the Center's adult and youth
Tickets are $15 per person, with guests asked to
bring their own beverages.
For more information, including ticket details,
call the Center at 941-778-1908 or Kiwanis president
Sandy Haas-Martens at 941-778-1383.
Moose women host
The Women of the Moose at the Anna Maria
Island Moose Lodge will host a Valentine's Day
dinner and dance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the
lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Tickets are $15 in advance and are available at
Music will be provided by the Hammers and
For more information, call 941-779-2314.
SOS to hold Valentine's party
The Save Our Seabirds organization will hold
a Valentine Love Birds Food and Wine Tasting at 6
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, to benefit the SOS sanctu-
The event will take place at the sanctuary, for-
merly the Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken
Thompson Parkway, Sarasota.
Tickets are $35 person.
For more information, call SOS at 941-383-
Spirit of Manatee awards
The Manatee Community Foundation will
announce the winners of its Spirit of Manatee
awards during a luncheon Wednesday, Feb.
17, at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium,
1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton.
Tickets to the lunch cost $25.
Awards will be presented in a variety of
categories for individuals and organizations.
Local honorees of interest include John Home,
who will receive the Volunteer Spirit Award,
and Ed Chiles, who will receive the Leader-
ship Spirit Award.
For more information about the program
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Historical society to host event
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society volun-
teer recognition and member luncheon will take place
at noon Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Beach Bistro,
6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Each year, AMIHS recognizes members, donors
Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy offered to open
the restaurant's doors for a lunchtime treat, according
to an AMIHS news release. The menu will include
house focaccia bread served with a roasted Roma
tomato, black olive tapenade and basil pesto, the
Beach Bistro Chilled and Grilled Salad, Florida key
lime pie and a beverage. Tickets are $20.
Seating is limited to 50 attendees.
To attend, contact AMIHS membership chair
Melissa Williams at 941-779-9108 or melissa@
Jewels on the Bay tour starts
The 15th annual Jewels on the Bay is taking place
on Longboat Key.
The designer showcase, which began Jan. 23,
raises money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee
and Sarasota counties.
The schedule includes tours of participating prop-
erties the Longboat Key Club and the 756 Dream
Island Road home Mondays through Saturdays
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4
The tours continue through Feb. 21.
For more information, call 941-926-7794.
Bidge Street Market Dates
Outdoor Market on Historic Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach
i February 6, 13, 20 & 27
l)Y March 6, 13, 20 & 27
April 3,10,18* & 24
May 1 & 15
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Sailing association to meet
The Manatee Sailing Association will hold its first
meeting of 2010 at 7p.m. Feb. 9 at Firkin & Fox
Bar & Grill, 2505 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton.
Bruce Matlack, pictured, a club member and Anna
Maria resident, will speak about windsurfing.
Matlack was the first American World Champion
Windsurfer. For more information, go to www.
Church Women United to meet
Church Women United of Manatee will meet at
9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, for a Human Rights Day
Celebration at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
The program theme will be "Living The Chal-
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The fifth annual Florida Gulf Coast Small Craft
1 c4,ival will take place on the waterfront in Cortez
Also, according to the Cortez Village Historical
iety newsletter, the annual Cortez natives Picnic
"\ll take place April 24 at the Florida Maritime
MN museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
The museum also will host the Maritime Heritage
\it exhibit from Feb. 12 to March 29. A reception
\ill take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.
For more information about the events, go to
L i lezvillage.org on the Web or call the museum at
Robinson events planned
The Manatee County Natural Resources Depart-
inm. t offers programs at Robinson Preserve in west
I i adenton, where the February calendar includes:
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m., an adventure paddle
Sunday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m., a nature tour.
Saturday, Feb. 20,3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Thurs-
day, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., wagon tours.
Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m., "Sunset and Stars
Shutter Stroll" for photographers.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 8 a.m., United Way Volks-
march fitness event.
For more information or to register for an event at
the preserve, call the county at 941-742-5757, ext. 4.
Robinson is at 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton.
AMICCO changes name
The Island's chorus and orchestra recently
changed its name, though its acronym remains the
The new name is Anna Maria Island Concert
Chorus and Orchestra.
The old name was Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Chorus and Orchestra.
plays it safe
By Rick Catlin
Members of Anna Maria's parking safety com-
mittee agreed at their Jan. 29 meeting that all future
developments in the city's retail-office-residential
district should have a sidewalk adjacent to the struc-
The committee agreed that drawings presented
by Gene Aubry, a committee member and architect,
showing sidewalks next to a building were the appro-
priate placement for pedestrian paths.
Aubry also presented drawings for angular park-
ing, but the committee did not agree on a recom-
mendation. The issue will be discussed again at the
committee's Feb. 4 meeting.
Committee chairman Larry Albert said the meet-
ing was "very constructive" and he anticipated com-
mittee recommendations to improve parking safety in
the ROR would be presented to the city commission
in the near future.
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC,
a committee member, said his company could move
the sidewalks at its completed ROR project at 315
and 317 Pine Ave. away from Pine Avenue and closer
to the structures.
He said also that sidewalks at the company's
planned ROR project at 216 Pine Ave. could be
moved away from Pine Avenue and constructed adja-
cent to the building.
Moving the sidewalks closer to the structures
would allow pedestrians and cyclists to maneuver
without risking encounters with parked cars backing
out across sidewalks and onto Pine Avenue.
The committee is charged with presenting the
city commission with recommendations to improve
parking safety in the city, including the ROR.
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AM site-plan review on track
At its Jan. 28 meeting, the Anna Maria com-
mission passed the first reading of an amendment
to an ordinance that would make the commission
the approval authority for most site plans, includ-
ing those in the retail-office-residential district.
Several years ago, the commission had amended
the procedures to give the planning and zoning board
Commissioners discussed what type of use will
trigger a site plan, what is a development order and
how long should a site plan be valid.
Commissioner Chuck Webb suggested 12
months for a site plan, but Dye said that's a "pretty
Civic association disbands
The Holmes Beach Civic Association announced
last week that it was dissolving effective Feb. 15.
The HBCA board of directors made the decision,
according to a news release from the group.
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The commission agreed to again discuss the
amendment at its Feb. 11 work session.
Also at the Jan. 28 meeting, Mayor Fran Barford
reported the city pier restaurant operators have agreed
to pay for pier repairs identified in a structural engi-
neer's report last year. The repairs should be com-
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The mayor said she is still negotiating to renew
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Haiti: Dispatch from the disaster zone
By the Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph
Special to The Islander
On Jan. 12, at around 4:45 in the afternoon, as I
was getting ready to cook, with matches in my hands to
start the range, a huge black cloud came toward me.
I heard some of the dishes and glasses rattle. All
of our cabinets started shaking, the hot grease from
the pan splashed all over my T-shirt.
I felt like the house the House of Presence -
was in the middle of the ocean with the huge waves
lifting the house from one room to the next. I ran
through the chapel, where the tabernacle was already
on the ground, the chairs and all were tossed. It was
chaotic. I heard more glasses breaking. I ran outside
and saw the house was wavering.
We lost half of our surrounding wall. The house
next door was flattened to the ground. The main road
was filled with people praising God.
I realized something huge had just happened. I
was told it was an earthquake. It would be defined as
a magnitude 7.0 quake.
We all left the compound for fear of the house
falling. I met a woman outside the wall, who told me
her son was under the concrete and, sure enough, he
It was a nightmare. Everyone was on the streets.
We eventually were told to stay away from concrete
buildings. We stayed up all night wondering.
The next morning, news came to us that the down-
town area of Port-au-Prince, about 15 minutes drive
from the House of Presence, had been destroyed. The
cathedral, the white house, were no more.
The entire team from the House of Presence
and Sabon Enterprise Junior, Stephanie, Ricardo,
Charlemagne, my brother Pierre (who only flew to
Haiti the day before the earthquake) and myself -
began to mobilize some aid.
We went to the Peace Hospital in Delmas with
a 50-quart pot of soup ready to serve. We gathered
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I could feel was tears, and sadness covered me.
Since that day I have not had a minute of rest,
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concrete house for more than 26 hours. She lost her
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While she was talking to me about being grateful to
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Thank God she had a strong faith, but I am not
too sure for how long, because soon the doctor told
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me to let her know she would lose both legs.
The next day, Jan. 14, I was supposed to fly back
to the United States.
But I had finally heard news of the children at
the orphanage in Leogane, Our Lady Queen of the
Apostles about two hours south and east of Port-
au-Prince. I did not lose a minute to join them. A
short trip of about an hour on an ordinary day was
the longest on this day four hours.
When I arrived to the orphanage, I could not
believe my eyes. The four-story building, which
housed the girls, was flattened.
Thank God, it was prayer time at 4:30 p.m. and
most of the children were outside praying when the
earthquake hit. Unfortunately, we lost two girls at the
orphanage and two others at school. Only two bodies
The 90 children remaining are now sleeping
under plastic tablecloths, praying that it does not
I am so grateful for packing so many things -
including the garish pink tablecloths from the
House of Presence for the trip.
Still, I felt hopeless and desperate. Do I need
help? I am sure I need lots of help to help the children
The house needs work. The structure is safe, but
cracks in the walls will need repairs.
The children's need should be the top priority
right now, and I am so afraid a good rain will wash
away what little was salvaged.
As I write this I am in the Dominican Republic
trying to make it to the United States to collect medi-
cine and supplies and gather my strength.
The children at the Leogane orphanage were just
hanging by a thread. They hope I will return to feed
Help if you can, with money to ship supplies, or
supplies for the orphanage.
We will fill a truck with your help and ship the
truck and its contents as soon as it is filled.
And know that I thank you from the bottom of
Haiti needs everything, but The Islander is help-
ing the Rev. Ron Joseph and the Ministry of Presence
to meet the immediate and long-term needs of 86
orphans, living in a field outside their demolished
Our Lady Queen of the Apostles orphanage in Leo-
gane since the Jan. 12 earthquake.
They lost everything, and as of Jan. 25, Joseph
and his family and friends in Haiti were the only ones
to arrive with aid for them.
Here are some items we are collecting to send in
a large donated truck truck and all on a ship to
Haiti as soon as it is filled:
Tents, canopies and tarps.
Children's clothes and shoes.
Bags of potting soil and vegetable seeds.
Battery chargers and rechargeable batteries, all
Flashlights, camp lights, battery-operated fans
Seal-tight containers for sugar, flour, etc.
Any cleaning products, washtubs and Tide,
brooms, mop buckets, brushes, etc.
Rice, rice and rice, spaghetti and other pasta,
flour, canned meats, dried beans, powdered milk and
drinks, jugs of ketchup, hot sauce, spices and sugar.
Large packages, please.
Toiletries and toilet paper (big packages), femi-
Outdoor games and soccer balls.
Deliver donations to The Islander, 5404 Marina
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and other volunteers with Ministry of Presence
made and carried Jan. 15 to the hospital along
with bottled water, ice and other aid. Joseph said
many of those served said it was their first hot food
in several days.
Drive, Holmes Beach. Checks for donations should
be payable to Ministry of Presence.
To view more of Joseph's photos of the orphan-
age, Port-au-Prince and other areas after the disaster,
go to www.ministryofpresence.org.
Editor's note: Joseph flew from the Dominican
Republic through San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Tampa
last week. He returned to Anna Maria Island, where
he worked with fellow volunteers of the Ministry of
Presence, friends and supporters to pack a truck with
supplies. He returned to Haiti through the D.R., Feb.
1. He hopes to make another trip back to the States
later this month to help ship the truck and its contents
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Island worker to depart for Haiti
By Lisa Neff
Holly Connelly will temporarily leave her paid
job at Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach for an
unpaid assignment in Haiti.
The work conditions, she acknowledged as she
prepared for the trip last week, will be dramatically
Connelly, 29, of Bradenton, is the club's office
administrator, and, as such, she works in a shared
large office from which she can see the expanse of
the nine-hole golf course.
But on Feb. 8, Connelly will fly from Miami to
the Dominican Republican with about 100 volunteers
with God's Chosen Ones Ministry, which is based
in Miami. From the D.R., the group will travel into
Haiti, where, on Jan. 12, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake
caused devastation and death.
Connelly, like many people who have donated
and collected supplies and money, said she felt the
need to respond to the tragedy.
But she wanted to respond in Haiti.
"I felt a need to go to help," she said.
Many organizations were sending people, but
were seeking those with medical expertise.
Then Connelly came across the GCOM invita-
tion for assistance. "Consider joining us on a disaster
relief mission trip, we especially need those individu-
als with backgrounds in the following fields: medi-
cal, construction and search and rescue/emergency
response," read a notice on the Web at www.gcom-
intl.org. "We welcome any physically fit able bodied
individual who is willing to work to join us as well.
Please be advised this trip is not for the faint of heart,
you will likely come face to face with death."
Connelly signed up for the trip, which will cost
her about $2,000, as well as some vacation time at
the golf course.
Co-workers and club members last week praised
Connelly's decision to go to Haiti.
Connelly's family members had mixed emo-
Her husband, she said, was nervous.
Holly Connelly, office
administrator at the Key
Royale Club in Holmes
Beach, prepared last
week to travel to Haiti
to help with the relief
effort. 1,... was told she
could bring as many
medical supplies as she
could pack into her suit-
case. Islander Photo:
Her youngest child didn't understand, her older
child was apprehensive and her middle child wanted
her to bring Haitian survivors to the United States.
As for her parents, Connelly's father shared an
emotion with her elder daughter apprehension -
and her mother wanted to go along.
Connelly said her baggage for the trip would con-
tain flashlights, mosquito netting, lightweight cloth-
ing and as many medical supplies as she can carry.
"They just need so much," she said.
Grant for Annie Silver
By Lisa Neff
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is
providing Bradenton Beach with the seed money
to grow a community garden.
The city received notice from the DOEA's
Communities for a Lifetime division in late Janu-
ary that the state approved a $2,780 grant for a
The state awarded nine mini-grants for 2010,
with allocations ranging from $12,500 to $2,780
for health-care programs, transportation programs
and community programs.
City project/program manager Lisa Marie Phil-
lips said the garden would be located at the Annie
Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton
Beach. The late entrepreneur Annie Silver founded
the nonprofit center in the 1950s to promote friend-
ship and community.
"It's still in the planning stages," Phillips said
of the garden, which she described as a vegetable
garden built on "salad tables" raised boxes -
for easier access.
Community gardening has experienced a resur-
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garden at the
is in the plan-
gence in popularity in the past year, promoted from
the White House to greenhouses, from city halls to
In Bradenton Beach, volunteers would be vital
to planting and maintaining the garden, where
people of all ages would gather to learn about
growing their own food, said Phillips.
The project would incorporate water conserva-
tion techniques, including a catch-system for rain-
water, composting and organic soil nourishment.
The garden, Phillips said, might be dressed up
with indigenous landscaping and signage.
"It's an important location two blocks from
the bay and one block from the Gulf," Phillips said.
"The idea is to better use the facility, to bring
the community together to create a safer, healthier
community where neighbors know each other."
Phillips said she submitted several grant appli-
cations to pay for the garden, but that local busi-
nesses might be asked to assist with the project.
"We could begin site development as early as
March," Phillips said.
And, she added, "Think of the beautiful harvest
fest we can have."
For the cause
Emily Fuchs, Anna Pears, Thomas Pears and Michael
Pears helped hold a yard sale Jan. 23 to raise $270
for relief efforts in Haiti. The group planned to be
involved in another yard sale for Haiti Jan. 30.
Island police blotter
Jan. 29, 606 N. Shore Drive, information. An
officer interviewed a man who said his live-in girl-
friend borrowed his truck and did not bring it home.
He said he telephoned his girlfriend several times and
she said she'd bring the truck back. While searching
for the vehicle, the officer found it at the man's apart-
ment. The officer made contact with the man, who
said everything was fine.
No new reports.
Jan. 26, 5351 Gulf Drive, theft/shop lifting. An
officer was dispatched to Niki's Island Treasures
in reference to a prior theft. The victim stated that
between noon and 5 p.m. someone took two rings
valued at $117, a pink cameo valued at $55, and a
sand-dollar pendant valued at $60. The victim said
she realized the items were missing when she found
the empty boxes.
THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 3, 2010 19
Jack Carlton Carroll
The Rev. Jack Carlton Carroll, 88, of Bradenton,
died Jan. 26. Born in Florence, Ala., he moved to
Bradenton in 1998 from Littleton, Colo. He was a
member of West Bradenton Baptist Church, a veteran
of the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and a
Pearl Harbor survivor, and past president of South-
ern Baptist Convention of Oklahoma and Colorado.
He was formerly pastor of Island Baptist Church on
Anna Maria Island.
Service and visitation were Jan. 29 at West Bra-
denton Baptist Church, Bradenton. Memorial dona-
tions to the American Bible Society. Online condo-
lences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. Carroll is survived by his wife of 64 years,
Erma L.; son Steve and wife Joella of Rockmart, Ga.;
daughters Ann and husband Rick Johnson and Jane
York, both of Bradenton; sister Pat McKenney of
Forsyth, Ga.; grandchildren Eric and David Johnson,
Stephanie Carter, Jared and Caleb Carroll, and Jay
and Rachel York; great grandchildren Nathan, Seth,
and Grace Johnson, and Ali and Eli Carter.
Emma Dina Caserta
Emma Dina Caserta, 87, of Holmes Beach, died
Mrs. Caserta is survived by her nephew, Vic
Caserta of Holmes Beach, and several nieces and
nephews in Naples, Italy.
Covell Funeral Home, Bradenton, is serving the
Paul Scott Lark
Paul Scott Lark, 32, of Holmes Beach, died Jan.
Mr. Lark was born in Baltimore and moved to
Anna Maria Island at age 9 with his family. He was
a lifelong Islander.
He worked in restaurants as a cook since an early
age and was employed 12 years
by both the Rod & Reel Pier and
the Anna Maria City Pier restau
Memorial donations, pay-
able to James Green, are being
accepted by David Sork, man-
ager of the Anna Maria City Pier,
Larkat 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria,
or mailed to PO. Box 2149, Anna Maria FL 34216.
A remembrance of Mr. Lark's life will be held at
The state reported last week that the
extended cold period that began Jan. 2 and lasted
two weeks caused a record number of manatee
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission reported more than 100 dead
manatees found in January, including one off the
shore in Bradenton Beach Jan. 25.
FWC biologists said cold stress was a factor
in the deaths of at least 77 of the Florida man-
atees, including the animal recovered in Bra-
denton Beach. The second highest number of
cold-stress deaths occurred last year, when 56
Since receiving the initial reports of cold
stress-related manatee deaths on Jan. 7, FWC
biologists have worked with FWC law enforce-
ment and partner agencies, including the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, to respond to the
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Mr. Lark is survived by his daughter, Jada Rose
Lark; mother Claudette Green; brothers James Green
and Joseph Gaston; Jada's mother, Louise Connelly;
sister-in-law Jeanie Chamberlain, niece Sara Green;
nephew Kyle Parsons; and companion Tammy
R. M. 'Buck' Marler Jr.
R. M. "Buck" Marler Jr., 97, of Anna Maria, died
Mr. Marler resided in Anna Maria for many years
and was the owner of Buck Creek Groves in Manatee
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3, with a service at 10 a.m. at Brown
& Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street
Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton.
A committal service will be held at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lakeland,
Danny Mack Pearson
Danny Mack Pearson, 55, of Bradenton, died
Animal carcasses were taken to FWC's
Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory in St.
Petersburg, where biologists performed necrop-
"We are deeply concerned about these
impacts on manatees and other fish and wild-
life," FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto said in
a news release. "We appreciate all the time and
effort being put into the process of documenting
the effects of this unprecedented event."
The manatee is an endangered species under
state and federal laws.
For wildlife help
To report a dead or distressed manatee to the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion Wildlife Alert Hotline, call toll-free 1-888-
Mr. Pearson was born in Winter Haven, Fla., and
moved to Bradenton in 1984. He was a veteran of the
U.S. Army in peace time. He was a member of the
Bridge Church of Bradenton. He was junior governor
of the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188 and
a member of the Saturday Golf Guys. He retired after
32 years of work for Verizon.
A memorial service was held Jan. 30 at the Bridge
Church, Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes
& Crematory 43rd Street Chapel of Bradenton was
in charge of arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bridge
Church, 4000 75th St. W., Bradenton FL 34209, or
the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge, 100 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach FL 34216. Online condolences may
be made to www.brownandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Pearson is survived by wife Marta; son
Daniel Mark of Bradenton; daughters Connie and
husband Barry Sanders of Buford, Ga., and Jill Pear-
son of Seattle; brother Greg and wife Missy of Winter
Haven; sisters Vera and husband Ricky Daniels of
Winter Haven and Alice and husband Kenny Smith
of Auburndale, Fla.; two grandchildren, Emma and
William Sanders of Buford; uncle A. J. Pearson of
Winter Haven; mother-in-law Georgia Bush of Lex-
ington, Ky.; and his beloved dog Gracie.
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works to keep
Anna Maria Elementary School custodian Shir-
ley Beard is the first person to open up the doors of
learning for students and staff at AME.
"I like taking care of these little rascals," said
Beard. She has been working at AME for almost 15
years. While working in the lunchroom, many stu-
dents wave and ask for her help.
"The little ones think I'm a police lady. They
want to see my walkie-talkie and I play along with
it," said Beard, who was hired part-time but after
a few years of hard work was promoted to full-
Last year, Beard was recognized by the county
school district for keeping the AME playground safe
"If un thing looks unsafe I change it. I don't want
the students getting hurt," she said.
A few years ago Beard was transferred to Bay-
shore High School, but AME parents launched a peti-
tion to bring her back to AME.
Now Beard is finishing up her last two years of
students .. ..-
service. She will leave AME in June 2011.
"I'm going to be going out with Tom Levengood
and a few other great staff members. I will miss it,"
Current AME students aren't the only ones Beard
has an impact on. Wherever she goes, she bumps into
AME graduates. While she may not recognize most
everyone seems to remember "Miss. Shirley."
Shoes for Haiti collection begins with kids
Anna Maria Elementary, King Middle and the
School for Constructive Play will be taking shoes to
school for donations to orphans in Haiti.
The event was conceived by Joselin Presswood,
seventh-grader at King, when she learned the plight
of orphans in Haiti that have been supported by the
local nonprofit Ministry of Presence, founded bya
former St. Bernard priest, the Rev. Ron Joseph.
The ministry supports an orphanage in Leogane,
where 90 percent of all buildings were demolished
in the earthquake. The quake flattened the orphanage
and its school, and four children died. The remain-
ing 86 children are now living in an adjacent field
protected only by sheets and tablecloths.
Their teachers and staff at the facility are home-
less as well.
Feb. 12 will be Shoes for Haiti Day on the three
AME school calendar
Feb. 18, Domino's pizza day
Feb. 19, Parent Teacher Organization meet-
ing. 8 a.m
Feb. 23, 8 a.m. PTO dinner and kindergarten
For more information, call the school office at 941-
708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
campuses. Students are asked to bring a pair of shoes
to school, where containers will be filled and col-
lected for delivery to Haiti.
The only direct aid the Leogane orphans have
received since the earthquake has been delivered by
Joseph and his co-workers, volunteers from the Ministry
of Presence. Joseph was in Haiti with his brother Pierre
during the earthquake, and the other volunteers are Hai-
tian citizens, some who were raised at the orphanage.
Joselin is the granddaughter of Islander publisher
Bonner Joy, who is helping spearhead collections for
the Leogane orphanage. She learned few shoes had
been donated, and thought maybe kids could help
For information on Shoes for Haiti Day, call The
Islander at 941-778-7978 or inquire at the school
Community notices, events
Attention community organization representa-
tives: The Islander welcomes notices of your events
and projects on Anna Maria Island and encourages
you to submit photographs on a regular basis. Send
press releases and photos with detailed captions to
firstname.lastname@example.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217. Remember to include complete
VPK enrollment to
start Feb. 16
The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County
will begin issuing certificates of eligibility for the
2010 voluntary pre-kindergarten program Feb. 16 at
its office, 3526 ninth St. W., Bradenton.
The certificates are valid for both school district
based and private VPK locations. A child must have
a certificate prior to enrolling with a provider.
Eligible program participants must be 4 years
old by Sept. 1, and legal Florida residents. Proof of
residency and a valid birth certificate are required.
Voluntary pre-kindergarten is structured educa-
tion program intended to prepare children for kinder-
Parents may choose between the fall program,
which begins in August and is 540 instructional
hours, or the summer program, which begins in May
and is 300 instructional hours.
VPK is a parental-choice program, meaning that
parents may choose the VPK provider-public or pri-
vate locations-that best suits a child's needs.
For more information or assistance with choosing
a provider, please call the Early Learning Coalition
of Manatee County at 941-757-2900 or visit the Web
site at www.elc-manatee.org.
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Three years ago Freddy Della Torre started .... _
his work as a custodian at Anna Maria Elemen- t
tary School. Since then, Della Torre has gone from
being a new staff member to a friend to co-workers h
"He's great, willing to help anybody, easy
to get along with, and he gets us to laugh," said
Debbie Gomes, AME office staff member.
Each year the AME staff nominates those who
believe deserve the distinction of "employee of
the year." From there, teachers and AME support
staff vote on their choice. This year, Della Torre
was their pick.
"I like working with the kids and the teachers,
staff and principal are great," said Della Torre.
Della Torre is well known at AME. As students
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teachers and students are always so grateful when student-friendly place to learn. Islander Photo:
I fix things for them." Kimberly Kuizon
THE ISLANDER U FEB. 3, 2010 E 21
Island Rotary inspires AME to read
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island's motto
is "service above self." And the Island Rotary Club
works with many aspects of the community to pro-
mote service, including students at Anna Maria Ele-
On Jan. 27, AME students received the encour-
agement of Rotary members as well as a few Rotary
tools to help them improve their reading skills.
Club members visited every kindergarten class-
room and handed out Rotary Reader sashes.
Students get started with the Rotary Reader patch
program in their first year at AME. The program is
designed to get kids excited about reading.
Students in kindergarten and first-grade may earn
three patches by having books read to them. Second-
grade students read 10 books from a category set in
their reading level to earn a patch, and students in
third- to fifth-grade read five books from a category
on their reading level to earn a genre patch.
There are more than 20 genre patches for students
to earn throughout their years at AME.
"We wanted students to develop an interest in
reading and this gives them an incentive to read and
explore the greater venue of reading," said Rotary
member Jim Dunne.
Dunne and AME media specialist Lynn
McDonough started the Rotary reader patch program
more than five years ago.
By starting the program with kindergarteners
organizers hope to involve parents in the learning
"The program is designed to get parents reading
to their children," Dunne said. "When parents are
involved kids get excited about reading outside of
school. They are now transformed to adventure and
excitement, all at the turn of a page."
Anna Maria Island isn't the only place the Rotary
Reader program is taking off. Visiting Island Rotary
member Ann Lattuca started the program in her
hometown of Wallingford, Vt.
"I was a school nurse for 25 years and I know
students can't learn without reading." said Lattuca.
When I first saw the program here I was so impressed
that I decided to start it at home."
The excitement at AME showed on the faces of
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Wednesday, Feb. 3
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two-day watercolor class begins with Mark
Polomchak at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
3p.m. Book club meets at Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second
St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-208.
Friday, Feb. 5
9:30 a.m. Human Rights Day Celebration at Longboat Island
Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
10 a.m. Portrait Drawing Basic workshop with Doug Land at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Informa-
4 to 6 p.m. Book sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Saturday, Feb. 6
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Book sale at the Anna Maria Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. White Elephant Sale at the Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-792-
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open-air market at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book signing with Holmes Beach author Jean
Peelen at the Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Sunday, Feb. 7
4 p.m. David Cubillos Jazz Ensemble at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Tuesday, Feb. 9
9:30 a.m. Rally for the Cure golf tournament and lunch at the
Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Key Royale. Information: 941-
778-5998. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club lunch with guest speaker Ed
Straight, Wildlife, Inc., at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Potluck supper at Annie Silver Community Center, 103
23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
Wednesday, Feb. 10
9:30 a.m. Exploring Textures in Watercolor two-day workshop
with Joye Moon at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7099.
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wisconsin Day potluck at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-0149.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players Theater valentine
lunch with guest musician Marianne Barnebey at the Sun House Restau-
rant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
5 to 8 p.m. Antique Appraisal Affair hosted by the Anna Maria
Garden Club at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Three item limit.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee
applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m., Irish Dancers host dances with instruc-
tion at the Tequila Beach Sports Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-778-2416. Partners not required.
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island
Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 PineAve.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Thursday, 6 p.m., Co-Dependents Anonymous group meets on
the Island. Call for location: 508-815-7378.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Through Feb. 5, "Old Florida" themed exhibit at the Florida Maritime
Museum of Cortez, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-794-
Through Feb. 7, "Self Help" at the Island Players, 10001 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.
Through Feb. 28, American Watercolor Society 142nd Annual
Traveling Exhibition at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-746-2862. Fee applies.
Thursday, Feb. 4
7p.m. Extraordinarily Human Film Series: "Persepolis" at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-9161. Fee
Friday, Feb. 5
8 p.m. Valentine Pops Concert at Neel Performing Arts Center,
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Saturday, Feb. 6
8:30 a.m. America's Boating Course at the Anna Maria Island
Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-
2 to 4p.m. Paddle trip through Robinson Preserve departs from
the Canoe/Kayak launch, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information:
941-742-5757 ext. 7.
4 p.m. Night at the Museum featuring African drum and dance
at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
746-9161. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. Snowflake Ball at Lakewood Ranch Country Club,
7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-751-4566. Fee
applies. Proceeds benefit PACE Center for Girls.
Tuesday, Feb. 9
6:30 p.m. Chart Smart seminar at the Anna Maria Island Power
Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-0482.
7p.m. Manatee Sailing Association meeting with guest speakerAnna
Maria Island resident and American World Champion Windsurfer Bruce
Matlack at Firkin & Fox Bar & Grill, 2505 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton.
Wednesday, Feb 10
6 to 10 p.m. Valentine Love Birds Food and Wine Tasting at
Save Our Seabirds, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information:
941-388-3010. Fee applies.
7 to 9p.m. "Stranger Than You Can Imagine: Relativity, Quantum
& String Theories" discussion at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-9161. Fee applies.
Feb. 11, Anna Maria Island Kiwanis "Sweetheart Dance."
Feb. 11, Extraordinarily Human Film Series: "Shadow of the Moon,"
South Florida Museum.
Feb. 12, Maritime Heritage Art exhibit opens, Florida Maritime
Feb. 12-14, "Super Bowl of Shell Shows," Sarasota Municipal
Feb. 13, Rummage sale, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Feb. 13, Bridge Street Market.
Feb. 13, Valentine's Day dinner/dance, Moose Lodge.
Feb. 13-14, Art and Craft Festival to benefit the Anna Maria Island
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"G50," Dale Redeker called out.
"G. Five. O," he added for clarity.
The players scanned their cards. There were
whispers and murmurs, but no shouts.
Redeker called another number.
And bingo game No. 7 at the Anna Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St. at Avenue C in Bradenton
Beach, progressed until the whispers gave way to a
Bingo is back at the center, taking place Thurs-
days beginning at 7 p.m.
Players sat in folding chairs placed at long supper
tables in the center.
Some arrived with the tools of bingo veterans -
Center to host potluck
The Annie Silver Community Center, 103
23rd St., Bradenton Beach, will host a potluck
supper at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Diners are asked to bring a dish to share.
For more information, call 941-778-1915.
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Feb. 14, Islander Promise Day, Cafe on the Beach.
Feb. 17, Anna Maria Island Historical Society lunch, Beach
Feb. 17, Spirit of Manatee Awards lunch, Bradenton Municipal
Save the Date:
Feb. 18, "Curtains" opens at Manatee Players, Bradenton.
Feb. 19, Chinese New Year celebration, South Florida Museum.
Feb. 20, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Cook-Off.
Feb. 20-21, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
Feb. 28, Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival.
March 12, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club "An Evening at Casino
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specifically daubers, in a variety of colors, to mark
the bingo cards.
Some arrived with the questions of bingo begin-
ners "What's a cover-all?" The answer, from vet-
erans, is a game in which the entire card must be
covered for a win.
For most, an evening of bingo cost about $2.
For those players who needed an e Ii.i I, boost
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of coffee and cans soda pop.
"It's a good fundraiser," said Linda Yarger, who
baked one of the three cakes sliced and sold last
Proceeds from bingo nights help the nonprofit
center "pay the bills," said Redeker.
"But," he added, "it's also a social gathering."
"A lot of people come back every year," Center
president Lynn Blackwood said of the bingo series,
which begins in mid-January and continues through
the winter season.
"We're diehards," added Judy Pruitt, who sold
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bingo sheets and helped officiate.
Redeker began calling bingo for the center about
12 years ago and has learned to keep games moving
at a steady not too fast, not too slow pace.
"He knows what he's doing," said bingo enthusi-
ast Helen Del Torro, a seasonal resident of Bradenton
Beach. "I'm from St. Louis, where there are some big
bingo parlors. And Dale is probably just as good as
the callers there."
Del Torro said she appreciated Redeker's
Minutes later, he offered an example of that
humor, suggesting the center host a racier event -
"That's not against the zoning is it? Midnight
bingo?" Redeker said. "I know the mayor. We'll work
A number of players, however, said midnight was
past their bedtime.
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Pearle, an Island winter resident.
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Busy week for youths in flag football
By Kevin Cassidy
Due to makeup games delayed Jan. 9 for cold
weather, last week's schedule of Anna Maria Island
Community Center's NFL Flag Football games was
The volume of games played allowed some
teams to make a huge move in the standings of their
respective divisions. Tapes Tennis Titans was one
such team. Last week it was in a three-way tie for
first place, but after winning three games in a week,
the Titans have a 5-1 record and a nine-point lead in
the 13-16 division.
Sparks Steel Art Eagles had a meatloaf week (two
out of three ain't bad) to stay within striking distance
of Tortilla Bay Dolphins, which is still undefeated.
The Jessie's Island Store players of the week are
the Eagles' Jack Mello in the 8-9 division, Logan
Reiber from 10-12 Bengals, Titan Austin Ferrer from
the 13-16 division and Tyler Bekkerus in the adult
Mello ran for 91 yards, had 80 receiving yards,
including three touchdowns, while also adding four
flag pulls on defense. Logan Reiber had a huge day
with 95 rushing yards, 116 receiving, five TDs, two
extra points and a two-point conversion on offense,
while also chipping in with two flag pulls and an
interception on defense. Tapes Tennis Titans QB
Austin Ferrer completed 81 percent of his passes
for 97 yards, while adding 67 rushing yards and two
touchdowns. Defensively he contributed two flag
pulls and an interception. Tyler Bekkerus passed for
45 yards and caught passes for 66 yards, a pair of
touchdowns and an extra point. Defensively he had
two flag pulls and a pair of interceptions.
The 13-16 game of the week came Jan. 25 when
Tapes Tennis Titans outscored Galati Yacht Sales
Raiders 38-26 behind another big day from Ferrer.
He threw for 116 yards and ran for 44 yards and a
pair of touchdowns. Chandler Hardy also scored a
pair of TDs and a two-point conversion to go along
with 72 total yards. Patrick Edwards and Max Miller
each added touchdowns in the victory for the Titans.
Hardy and Edwards led the Titans with two flag pulls
apiece, while Ferrer added a single flag pull and an
interception. Nick Papazian chipped in with a QB
sack in the victory.
The Raiders were led by Daniel Doyle's 143
yards of total offense and one touchdown, while
teammate Aaron Van Hook added 82 passing yards,
31 rushing yards and 14 receiving yards that included
one touchdown. Garrison Clark and Luke Shakelford
each added touchdowns for the Raiders. Van Hook
and Doyle paced the defense with four and three flag
pulls apiece, while both added interceptions.
Holy Cow Cowboys earned its first victory of the
season in the 10-12 game of the week Jan. 30. They
defeated Mike Norman Realty Falcons 18-14, thanks
in part to a 132-yard rushing performance from Burke
McCampbell-Hill that also included 20 receiving
yards and a touchdown. Mikey Ellsworth added 60
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yards of total offense and a touchdown, while Henrik
Brusso added a 10-yard touchdown run.
Seth Walter led the Falcons with 42 yards of total
offense and a touchdown, while Morgan Greig was
outstanding on defense with three flag pulls and an
interception that he returned for a touchdown. Walter
added five flag pulls and a pick, while Jake Parsons
finished with one flag pull and a sack.
Sparks Steel Art Eagles defeated Sandbar Saints
26-20 Jan. 27 behind a potent running attack led
by Jack Mello, who rushed for 109 yards and three
touchdowns. Dylan Joseph added 107 rushing yards
and 40 receiving yards, including a touchdown and a
two-point conversion. Joseph contributed defensively
with a pair of flag pulls and an interception. Tori
Walter added two flag pulls, while William Bernet,
Rally for Cure tourney Feb. 9
The women golfers of the Key Royale Club
will tee off with a shot-gun start at 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the annual Rally for the Cure
Registration will be at 8:30 a.m.
The event at the Holmes Beach course will
raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the
Cure Foundation, which invests in breast cancer
A lunch will follow the golfing.
Costs are $20 for golf and $10 for lunch.
For more information, call Roxanne Koche
Captain Mark Howard
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Truman Carlsen and Mello each added one flag pull
to round out the Eagles' defensive effort.
Michael Latimer paced the Saints with 82 rushing
yards, 12 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Andrew Proctor also had a productive game with 42
passing yards, 26 rushing yards, 43 receiving yards
and a touchdown. Joe Joe Rogers added 30 receiv-
ing yards and a two-point conversion in the loss.
Latimer and Proctor paced the Saints with two flag
pulls apiece, while Catherine Calhoun, Leo Tilelli
and Benjamin Calhoun each added a flag pull. Cal-
houn added an interception.
The adult coed game of the week Jan. 28 saw the
Raiders edge the Chiefs 24-18 thanks in part to an
interception return by Larry Pearson for a touchdown.
Also contributing defensively for the Raiders was
Mark Richardson with a game-high five flag pulls,
while Shawn Kaleta added four pulls. Gary Zink and
Lance Plowman finished with two pulls each in the
victory. Offensively the Raiders were led by Richard-
son's 130 passing yards and three touchdown passes.
Kaleta, Pearson and Plowman each pulled down TD
passes in the victory.
Paul Kurtz completed 14 of 32 passes for 175
yards and three touchdowns. Mark Anderson, Matt
Bowers and Mike Brusso each caught TD passes for
the Chiefs in the loss. Bowers also added a pair of
flag pulls and an interception, while Brusso added
two pulls and Jason Sato finished with one pull in
For more on youth sports, including schedules
and standings in flag football, golf and horseshoe
news, go to www.islander.org.
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Redfish, sheepshead best bets at structures, docks
By Nick Walter
As fish rebound from the severe cold waters that
killed a record number of fish, it seems that redfish
and sheepshead survived best and make for good
Both species are tight around docks and struc-
tures and hitting live shrimp. When fishing docks,
anglers should make sure their leaders are heavier
than they would be on the flats. The fish have been
hanging in warmer water on the bottom and a 25- to
30-pound fluorocarbon leader should be sufficient.
Also, white bait has come back in around the Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge, while some anglers expressed
concern about an adequate food source for bigger fish,
saying some trout to 25 inches had sunken bellies.
Danny Stasny from Island Discount Tackle
at Catchers Marina said he's seeing a lot of red-
fish in Palma Sola Bay, with an occasional trout to
25 inches. "We were i11iiuo iln into pot holes on the
shoreline, and one hole we caught about six to eight
trout and the bite was done," Stasny said. "We never
did see the trout again."
He said he also saw some big snook in Palma
Sola. "That was encouraging to see some big
snook," he said.
Stasny heard reports from anglers who came into
Catchers saying there had been some good action on
red and gag grouper 20 to 30 miles offshore. Because
he heard reports of fish hitting different baits, he sug-
gests taking a variety, such as live pinfish, squid and
threadfins on trips this week.
Capt. T.J. Stewart of Cast Away Charters
fished Jan. 29 with live shrimp in the Intracoastal
Waterway and Manatee River for at least 15 redfish to
about 25 inches. Stewart said there were some fish on
the edges of flats on an extremely low tide where the
sand edge falls off into deeper water. Stewart had also
been looking for schools of mullet to locate redfish.
His catches also included a mix of trout, flounder and
a sheepshead. ,L i\\ill said the best sheepshead fishing is
on the nearshore 1-, 3- and 7-mile artificial reefs.
Stewart noticed the fish still are recuperating
from the freeze. 'The fish in the bay haven't been
acting right," he said. "It should pick up. For the
most part we're catching redfish using shrimp and
throwing some Berkley Gulp shrimp."
Capt. Warren Girle reported a slow bite, although
he reported clients on a Jan. 27 charter caught redfish
to 27 inches, and trout between 15 and 18 inches. "But
we really had to work at it," Girle said.
He saw redfish around docks, but not on the flats.
"I went to two of my better redfish spots on the flats
and didn't see a single fish," he said. "The fish are
still deeper or snuggled up to structure. They're still
Girle said he thinks there may be little food for
fish, as was evidenced by concave bellies on the trout
his anglers caught. He guessed that perhaps the trout
were getting ready to feed all night on last week's
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said last week he fished areas under docks for redfish,
and had success. One of his anglers, Ian Gilchrist of
England, caught one that was 28 inches, as well as
two over slot and 10 under slot. Howard also reported
a couple black drum caught while fishing the docks,
Intracoastal and Manatee River. He used live shrimp
with a split shot, casting tight to the pilings.
"The key is to have good, fresh, live bait and
fish the start of the tides, when the tide is moving,"
Howard said. "The other day when I went, the tide
started moving at 8 a.m. and we started catching fish
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Howard added that speckled trout over 20 inches
are coming in over deep grass flats.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said water temperatures are
slowly rebounding and the fishing action is picking up.
He reported that the Gulf water several miles off Mana-
tee County continues to be muddy and the action on the
nearshore reefs has been minimal as a result.
Zacharias predicts when the water clears there
should be some good action with big sheepshead,
snapper and flounder on hard bottom in the 20- to
40-foot depths over structured bottom.
Inshore, he reported decent action most days by
concentrating on deep-water docks. He said his cli-
ents caught redfish to 23 inches, average-sized sheep-
shead and black drum in a wide range of sizes with
live shrimp on a low, incoming tide.
"It's still wise to sleep late and fish after the sun
has worked on the water a few hours," he said. "One
trip last week produced a nice catch of speckled trout
in Palma Sola Bay. A good tide and slight breeze
made drifting for the specks productive. Interest-
ingly, the bulk of the larger specimens were taken
on Cotee Jigs, while live shrimp bombed out except
for a couple dink trout and ladyfish. Most of the jig-
caught trout were in the 15- to 20-inch slot."
"The weather has been so crazy with the El Nino
this year that all bets are off for trying to look ahead
with any certainty," he said. "All we can do is hope
for an early spring, but another freeze is possible
before it's all over."
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters said the best action last week was with
big amberjack. He said his clients also caught grou-
per, huge mangrove snapper, porgies, and sharks.
McGuire said due to the cold weather, it is best to
ginia, with a
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ton with his largest
amberjack of the day,
caught on a live pin-
fish 55 miles offshore
of Anna Maria Island
while on a charter
trip with Capt. Larry
head out to 150 feet of water or more for big amber-
jack, or closer for smaller jack crevalle.
Capt. Mike Greig reported some nice trout in
the bays. He also went fishing in the Gulf and caught
gag grouper to 12 pounds and mangrove snapper to 3
pounds in 50 feet of water. He said the 12-pound gag
hit an 8-inch octopus hooked in the top of the head.
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
south pier said the bait is back around the bridge and
so are sheepshead. He said the white bait is a mix of
medium and big shiners. He also reported that some
anglers are catching trout and an occasional grou-
Dave Sork of the Anna Maria City Pier said he
is still seeing some floating fish. The only fish being
caught are sheepshead around pilings. "No monsters,
though," he said.
Bob Kilb from the Rod & Reel Pier said a
few sheepshead are being caught there. He expects
mackerel and pompano to possibly come through in
a month if the waters warm. "We'll play it by ear,"
he said. "See if we can get some bait in here."
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Florida Patio Furniture Inc. owner James
Stewart has more than 25 years in the business of
selling new outdoor patio furnishings. Many Island
residents have discovered the high quality of the com-
pany products and Stewart's skills in refurbishing
quality patio furniture.
The store, located at 506 Eighth St. W., Palmetto,
is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through
For more information, call 941-722-5643 or visit
the company's Web site at floridapatio.net.
Pelican Pete's at 12012 Cortez Road, W., is
having a "Valentines Oyster Weekend" party and the
public is invited.
From Feb. 12-14, Pelican Pete's will feature live
music each night and owner Sylvia Marnie said she
is making Sylvia's Sexy Soup" on the menu "to liven
up the weekend and bring out the amor6 in every-
For more information, call 941-792-4822.
Free meditation classes
Joan Dickinson of Anna Maria, a licensed psy-
chologist, health-care professional and life coach, is
offering free meditation classes twice weekly at The
Studio at Gulf and Pine.
The free classes are every Tuesday and Thursday
from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants are asked to
bring pillows for comfort.
Dickinson also offers gentle yoga and primordial
sound meditation classes.
"Primordial sound meditation is recommended
for anyone who wishes to enjoy deeper peace, greater
David Teitelbaum, right, of the Tortuga Inn in Bra-
denton Beach, accepts the annual Image Manatee
award from the Manatee C l..,,,i.. i of Commerce.
The Hunt award, named for former Palmetto
Mayor Robert Hunt, was given to the Tortuga Inn
for its beautification efforts and for preserving the
image of Manatee County. Presenting the award
are Kathy Demick and Mac Carson. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Manatee Chamber
freedom and mastery of life," said Dickinson.
For more information on any of the classes, call
941-778-8356 or visit Dickinson's Web site at www.
Got a new business going up in Anna Maria
Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, west Bradenton or Long-
boat Key? How about a new product or service, an
anniversary, a new hire, or an award-winning staff
member? Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
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Island real estate
101 66th St., Unit 1, Mainsail Beach Inn, Holmes
Beach, a 1,760 sfla 3bed/3bath Gulffront condo with
shared pool built in 2009 was sold 01/15 10, Mainsail
AMI Beach Inn LLP to Luders for $995,000.
101 66th St., Unit 4, Mainsail Beach Inn, Holmes
Beach, a 1,760 sfla 3bed/3bath Gulffront condo
with shared pool built in 2009 was sold 01/15 10,
Mainsail AMI Beach Inn LLP to Pippin Limited for
111 Maple Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,389 sfla / 1,801
sfur 2bed/1/2bath home built in 1955 on a 100x100
lot was sold 01/11/10, Scalera to Hug for $600,000;
100 Seventh St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 1,452
sfla / 2,352 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1930 on
a 100x45 lot was sold 01/11/10, Snyder to HB AMI
Properties LLC for $480,000; list $499,000.
119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, a 1,168 sfla
1,510 sfur commercial building built in 1935 on a
50x100 lot was sold 01/15 10, McHale to Murphy
Property Group LLC for $386,500.
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 119, Club Bamboo
South, Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur
Ibed/ bath condo with shared pool built in 1945 was
sold 01/14/10, Florida Home Deals LLC to Jaffer for
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 119, Club Bamboo
South, Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur
ibed/ bath condo with shared pool built in 1945 was
sold 01/14/10, Mercandetti to Florida Home Deals
LLC for $126,250.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
New chamber members introduced
The Anna Maria Island C (/..,,,,.. i of Commerce,
during its January business-card exchange, intro-
duced new members Craig Randlett of Firkins
Nissan, left, ,/i, I/..y Weaver ofArbonne, Sandy
Greiner of the Parrot Inn, Nikita Fosmore of Salon
Salon, Preston True of True Promotions, Holly
Fenstemaker of the Painted Gate, Bonnie Bradley
ofPierro's Jewelers. They are pictured with cham-
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FOR SALE: COMPUTER desk. $30. 941-778-
BOOKS: 22 FINE novels for $20. 941-794-
LLOYD FLANDERS WICKER sofa, excellent
condition. $295. Large, old safe from Island
Foods. $100 or best offer. 941-778-7885.
COMFORTER: DOWN-FILLED queen-size,
white, $20. 941-761-1415.
FISHING COMBOS: ZEBCO rod, Mitchell reel,
$10. Zebco rod, Zebco reel, $10. Gamemaster
rod, Daiwa reel, $15. 941-761-1415.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View
and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail classifieds@islander.
org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time
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.
THEY'RE BACK! EVERY Monday night all-you-
can-eat fish fry. $10. Live entertainment. Tiki bar
open. Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W.,
Cortez, end of road.
THE ROTARY CLUB of Bradenton: Annual
Comedy Night features "MICHAEL JR." at Mat-
tison's Riverside, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. The
tickets are $35 and proceeds benefit local col-
lege scholarships. Call 941-748-8087 for infor-
mation and tickets.
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid 86 home-
less children whose orphanage/school were
demolished. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
HELLO ANNA MARIA Island! My name is Mike
Sales and I'd like to invite everyone to upcoming
shows: 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Cafe on the Beach,
8 p.m.- midnight Friday at Feeling Swell, and 7
p.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday at Drift Inn! You deserve to
come out, socialize, let loose, dance and really
have a good time!
ODOR PROBLEMS? CONDO, home, motel room,
car smell? Get that smell out! Safe and effective,
natural, biodegradable, affordable. Great for rental
units! Call Bunner, 941-792-0000 or 941-565-2534.
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"ANNA MARIA ISLAND" Tervis Tumblers, Jack
Elka's 2010 "Anna Maria Island" calendar, Great
tasting Florida-made wines! Sweet Peas/Sam-
plings. 5350 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Pri-
vateers are collecting new or used, repairable
fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
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.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-
HUGE WHITE ELEPHANT sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6. Housewares, jewelry, hooks,
videos, collectibles. Our famous pickles and
baked goods. Church of the Annunciation. 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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day and Sunday, Feb. 6-7. Treasures, local artist,
organic produce, exotic orchids and more. 6828
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information,
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous
office supplies, T-shirts, home treasures, mir-
rors and framed art.
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short hair, has thyroid and skin condition. 941-
LOST WEDDING RING, near Publix, East Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach. Reward. 941-778-7414.
FOUND: SILVER EARRING. Sunday morning,
S&S Plaza parking lot. Call 941-778-5099 to
FOUND: CHRYSLER KEYS. Skull key chain.
Near Beachhouse Restaurant, Bradenton
LOST: Small black tool box with yellow handle @
Marina Drive and 63rd Street. 941-704-5171
GAIL TUTEWILER, P.A.
rO ANNA MARIA IS NO. INC.
SABAL PALMS 2BR/2BA, ground floor, updated kitchen & baths,
granite counters. $85,900
6313 GULF (NORTH BEACH HOA) 3BR/2BA, close to beach,
new windows. $379,000
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE #70 3BR/ 212BA, Overlooks pool,
Nice upgrades. $399,500
MARTINIQUE SOUTH 4TH FLOOR 2BR/2BA, carport, updated
cupboards, direct Gulf. $610,000
MARTINIQUE SOUTH 5TH FLOOR CORNER Direct Gulf,
peak of bay, garage. $610,000
MARTINIQUE NORTH 1ST FLOOR Gorgeous, larger lanai,
6101 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach
GOOFY SEEKS FAMILY: 1-year-old pomera-
nian, mixed gray, white, gold. Needs a good
family. Chihuahua pups, too. All shots. $100.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
GOLF CART: 2005 Club Car 48v. Looks brand
new. High speed, rear flip seat, windshield.
2005 LANDROVER/FREELANDER: silver with
black leather. One owner, 46,000 miles, priced
$3,000 under retail at $8,000. 941-730-2606.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day.Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
LOOKING TO BUY a boat slip in Holmes Beach
or Anna Maria for a 16-foot boat. E-
REAl OR. 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.
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, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
MARTINIQUE Luxury 2/2/Garage. Direct Gulf view.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
HELP WANTED: EVENT co-coordinator for
a very busy not-for-profit organization. Send
resume to: 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
I WOULD APPRECIATE advice on submitting
Harlequin Press, Mills and Boon novel. Any
author willing (for remuneration of course) to
read over my manuscript pre-submission?
PART-TIME SERVER: Part-time bus person, dish-
washer. Light maintenance involved. Both experi-
enced. Drug-free workplace. 941-504-0030.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND executive chef imported
from Italy! Private parties, cooking lessons, wed-
ding, event planning, consultant. Call 973-900-
REDUCED $379,000. Remove small structure on this more
than 11,000 sq.ft. duplexzoned lot and create two attached units
plus room for pool. View at 7002 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach
REDUCED $699,000. Great beginnings with 3/2 home
in ROR district. Front portion of home may be utilized as
business with spacious kitchen, living room, & dining plus
screened porch full width of this home for your residence.
Ideal parking & great setback from Pine.
REDUCED $995,000. Quality custom 3/2 Key West Design
with separate heat/cool units each level. All living areas open
design kitchen, master Br, den and laundry room 3rd level
PLUS covered deck. Amenities include intercom & security,
central vacuum, elevator, outside shower and more. Room
for pool & 450 feet to beautiful beach.
-"Te ARE the Island!"
M ie Fraklin, Li RealEstate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Windows & Doors
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S j Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
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Commercial & Residential
A References available 941-720-7519
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Counter tops, vanity tops,
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work wanted. Complete home office. Extensive
experience. Call 941-778-0042.
MASSAGE THERAPY: In-home visits by appoint-
ment. Patricia Emslie, LMT. 941-504-2030. Gift
certificates, too! Lic. # MA0023639.
NURSES NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic.
Weekend five-hour morning shifts and weekend
sleepover shifts are available, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m.
Travel opportunity 941-383-6953.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
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.
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 PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
LISA'S SUNSHINE CLEANING: Dependable,
deep, quality cleaning. References. 20 years
experience. Call 941-758-8680.
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.
PAINTING, WATERPROOFING: NEW construction
or re-paints. Dozens of Island completions since
1992. Call Venture Services, 941-809-8159.
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL cleaning
service. Excellent references, meticulous service.
Christian and Luciana. 941-799-0903. Lu.bubu@
AMI CARWASH-2-U, boats, too. We come to your
driveway, same prices as mainland machine wash.
Full detail services, $9.99 exterior-only special.
Call for an appointment. 941-567-5116.
RESIDENTIAL SERVICES UNLIMITED: Paint,
flooring, pressure wash, trim work, paver seal-
ing, appliance repair, ceiling fans, windows and
doors, home watch. Can do it all so give us a call.
WILL FIRE CERAMICS by the load. 30 years
experience. Please, call 941-778-7934.
CLEANING CONDO COMMON areas, elevators,
windows, stairs, etc. Please, call 941-896-6645.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
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. Senior check, pet-
watch, storm-check, tour guide, etc. Rentals our
UPSCALE NAILS on the Island. 30 years experi-
ence. Call for an appointment. Now offering in-
home pedicure services. 941-713-5244.
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.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
& Property Services Inc.
761-751 1 W'40t
Quality Pet Sitting Since 2001
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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-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured plus unbeatable
prices. Call Allen anytime. Cell 941-224-8569.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
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.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Michigan
carpenter, cabinet maker. All phases of construction.
30 years experience. No job too big or too small.
Quality work guaranteed at affordable prices. Call
Mike, 877-822-4326. firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
HERB'S LOW PRESSURE Washing and Painting:
Environmentally friendly. Free estimates. Licensed,
insured. Senior discounts. 941-750-9743.
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.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer,
seasonal $1,800/month, monthly or weekly rates
available. Close to beach, trolley and restaurants.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, nicely furnished,
washer and dryer, large back deck, steps to
beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-4944.
ANNUAL RENTAL: PERICO Bay Club: 2BR/2BA,
den, eat-in kitchen, washer and dryer, two-car
garage, great water view, security with gate, tennis
courts, clubhouse, pools, spas. Perfect condition.
$1,300/month. Owner, 941-962-6117.
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HARBOR PINES. Large 2BR/2BA. Very nice,
ground floor, screened porch, tile floors, washer/
dryer connections, water, cable, close to MCC,
Bayshore High School IMG Academies, shopping.
Annual $650/month. Last month free! Call 941-
THE SANCTUARY: 1 BR/1 BA, washer and dryer,
water included, on lake, screened porch, carpet-
ing, close to MCC, Bayshore High School, IMG
Academies, shopping. Annual rental $600/month.
Last month free! Call 941-650-3476.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views, seasonal/monthly
rental. $3,500/month. 941-778-8356.
PLAYA ENCANTADA: Sun-drenched balcony,
warm pool and hot spa. 2BR/2BA units available
for February, March and April 2010. Two-week
minimum. Call Clark at Superior Island Services,
VACATION SHORT-TERM rentals. Let us know your
dates. Condos, houses. Realtor, 941-356-1456.
EL CONQUISTADOR Country Club. 2BR2BA
condo, end unit with garage for rent with option
to buy. Turnkey furnished. $130,000. Call 941-545-
3097 or 941-778-3926.
AFFORDABLE ANNUAL RENTAL: Sandpiper
Mobile Resort, across from Gulf. 55-plus. 1BR/1 BA,
open floor plan. $800/month. 941-778-0137.
SEASONAL RENTAL: FEBRUARY-March,
$1,700/month. 1 BR/1 BA furnished duplex apart-
ment. Holmes Beach. 810-614-6962.
ANNUAL RENTAL: KEY Royale canal home.
3BR/3BA available after April 10. Completely
renovated. Owner, 678-777-7105.
CORTEZ FISHING VILLAGE. Historic "cracker" house to
rehab or use now as an artist studio or workshop on a large
SUNBOW BAY Beautiful 2BR/2BA unit with views of the
Bay. Wood floors, new A/C, tennis, heated pool, elevator &
covered parking. $275,000
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DIRECT BAYFRONT. Exceptional views from this 2400 SF
home with mother-in law apt. & dock. $995,000
Norman' 1 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
BEACH CONDO: 2BR/2BA, heated pool, Jacuzzi,
tennis. Available February or April. 941-794-
ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED duplex in
Holmes Beach for rent. Park under building. Three
blocks to beach. $1,000/month. 941-730-2606.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL duplex. 2BR/1BA newly
updated. $750/month. 941-780-4395.
2BR/2BA APARTMENT: Mirror Lake, next to
IMG Academy. Feb. 15-April 15, $3,600 for two
months. Holmes Beach, 1 BR/1 BA apartment, 100
feet from bay. Six-month minimum. $795/month.
PRIVATE ROOM AND facilities. North Longboat
Key. Yearly rate, $500/monthly. 941-383-4856.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views. Available March,
April, May. 941-792-4991.
SEASONAL RENTAL: MARCH, April. 1BR/1BA,
west of Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $1,250/month
plus tax. 941-778-4499.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR in Holmes Beach. $675/
month plus utilities and deposit. Weekdays, 941-
778-6541. Evenings, 941-504-3844.
LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT penthouse:
3BR/3.5BA, seven rooms, furnished, roof top
courtyard, four Har-Tru tennis courts, parking
garage. Available April, three-month minimum.
Summer, $3,000/month, 2011 season, $7,500/
month. Call 941-400-8547.
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ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, stackable washer
and dryer, $750/month. 1BR/1 BA, close to beach,
$700/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, Holmes Beach. Tile through-
out. Washer and dryer hookups, double carport,
large storage room. Steps to Gulf with view. First,
last and security, 941-778-3427.
ANNUAL CANALFRONT HOME: 3BR/2BA, one-
car garage. Dock and boat lift, no pets. $1,350/
month, $800 deposit. 941-524-6773.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
MOBILE HOME: SUNNY Shores Waterfront
Park. 1BR/1BA. You own the land. Not a co-op.
No monthly fees. Great condition. Free boat ramp
access. Reduced! Priced to sell! $69,900. 513-
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
Large living room, pool, storm shutters, garage,
storage. $399,000, 941-722-0640.
ANNA MARIA CANAL home: 2BR/2BA for sale.
Walk to beach, boat lift and dock, washer, dryer,
recently renovated. $550,000. Possible owner
COMPLETELY REMODELED: BRING your tooth
brush. South and west windows, view from every
room, step out front door to beach. 5400 GULF
DRIVE #36: $560,000. 941-779-1013.
For professional real
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SAVE MONEY: READY-to move into, newly
updated deep-water canal house. 514 71st St.,
Holmes Beach. $549,000. 941-779-1013.
LARGE WATERFRONT LOT for sale by owner.
Boat lift and dock. Easy access to Tampa Bay
and Gulf. Ready to build. $479,000. 527 74th St.,
Holmes Beach. Call 941-779-0201 or 863-860-
BANK OWNED! 3BR/2BA Key West-style home
built in 2006. Gorgeous. $419,000. Cindy Migone,
Signature Sotheby's International Realty, 941-
VILLAGE GREEN: FROM $115,000 and up.
2BR/2BA with garage. Denise Langlois, your Vil-
lage Green specialist. 941-725-4425
WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING, Sunshine
Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. $550,000. Waterfront 3BR/2BA home,
same spectacular view. 228 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. $1,100,000. 941-778-0019.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: RIVERVIEW Bou-
levard home. 2,000 sf, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
huge family room and secluded pool, lanai, tropi-
cal garden areas. Updated and well maintained.
$250,000. Don, 941-730-0100.
CANAL CONDO: 2BR/2BA Asking $189,000. With
boat slip and 18-foot boat. Heated pool, low HOA fees.
Call John Wize, Betsy Hills Realty, 941-704-4591.
WATERFRONT ON NORTH Shore Drive.
2BR/1 BA updated cottage; large lot, sandy beach,
full water views from sunrise to sunset. Reduced
to $899,900. RoseBay Real Estate, Lynn Parker,
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
DELRAY BEACH, FL: New luxury townhomes,
only six remain! Three or four bedrooms, two-car
garage! Was $475,000, now $289,900, plus incen-
tives! 561-922-7424. DeFalco Real Estate. www.
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