Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: February 10, 2010
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Valentine's Day
celebrations planned.
Page 10




Skimming
the news ...
Meetings, govern-
ment calendar.
Page 3


Beach searched for Musil-Buehler's body


Kingfish area still
dark. Page 4



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Bradenton Beach ., .
OKs marine rescue A front-end loader moves sand on the beach where authorities searched for evidence in the Investigators put crime-scene tape on
HQ. Page 5 Sabine Musil-Buehler case. The was to resume this week. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff the beach in Anna Maria.


Bradenton Beach
seeks new planner.
Page 8

IslaI openings
Pages 10-12
Anna Maria safety
committee seeks
agreement. Page 15


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The Greatest Gener-
ation: Veteran recalls
sacrifice. Page 16

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What to do. Where to
go. Page 20


The police blotter.
Page 22


Sports: Kids seek foot
ball glory. Page 23





Fishing: Cold front
dampens outlook.
Page 25
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Business news and
real estate sales.
Page 26


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Detectives, forensics experts and a
farmer plowed the sand on the beach in Anna
Maria last week as the search for clues in
the disappearance of Sabine Musil-Buehler
continued.
On the scene the beach between
Magnolia Avenue and Spring Manatee
County Sheriff's Office detectives said they
were searching for evidence in the case,
which dates back to November 2008.
MCSO spokesman Dave Bristow was
more direct. He said the excavation team,
which also included members of a special


forensics team from the Sarasota County
Sheriff's Office, was searching for a body.
Musil-Buehler has been missing since late
Nov. 4, 2008, the night of the presidential elec-
tion. Musil-Buehler, the co-owner of Haley's
Motel in Holmes Beach, had been watching
the election returns with boyfriend William
Cumber in their apartment on Magnolia in
Anna Maria. Cumber said the two fought over
his smoking a cigarette and Musil-Buehler left
in her white Pontiac convertible.
The vehicle was recovered early Nov. 6,
2008. The car had been stolen from a parking
lot on 14th Street West in Bradenton and was
involved in a high-speed chase.


Search draws tourists, curious

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i ne curious gatner Fre. 4 in Anna Maria to watch a Manatee County
Sheriff's Office team search for evidence in the disappearance of Sabine
Musil-Buehler. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"Is this where they're di,,iin, for the
body?" asked Marlene Holcomb, who
took a day-trip from Lakeland to Anna
Maria Island Feb. 4.
Holcomb went to the beach in Anna
Maria, not to sunbathe, fish or swim, but
because she wanted to watch a team from
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office dig
into the sand in the search for the remains


of Sabine Musil-Buehler.
The curious arrived one by one, and
in pairs and in larger groups to watch the
di.'.'in.i', which began Feb. 2 and continued
through the week.
MCSO detectives on the scene said the
excavation work will continue until they
find what they are looking for, a body, or
conclude that the beach can yield no clues
to the whereabouts of Musil-Buehler.
PLEASE SEE CURIOUS, NEXT PAGE


Inside the car, MCSO investigators found
some of Musil-Buehler's possessions and her
blood.
MCSO detectives interviewed a number
of people in the case, which now rests with the
homicide division, as well as searched several
locations.
Investigators and forensics specialists
have returned several times to search the
beach just three blocks from the apartment
Musil-Buehler and Cumber shared.
In the first search, authorities used dogs
trained to locate cadavers.
In a subsequent search, authorities used
PLEASE SEE BUEHLER, NEXT PAGE

Judge removes

Byrnes' attorney

privilege
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge K. Rodney
May recently gave former Island real estate
developer Robert Byrne some bad news.
May withdrew the
attorney-client privilege
that the asset-protection
law firm of Presser-Gold-
stein LLC in Deerfield
Beach had with Robert
and Arlene Byrne.
After hearing tes-
Robert Byrne timony Jan. 21, May
ordered that documents created by the Goldstein
law firm relating to the transfer of $3.3 million
by the Byrnes to offshore accounts be given to
bankruptcy trustee Angela Welch-Esposito.
Robert Byrne declared personal bank-
ruptcy in October 2007, while his former
company, GSR Development LLC, went into
bankruptcy in July 2006. Byrne has since
relinquished all right to any assets of GSR.
Lawyers for Goldstein argued that the
documents were protected by the attorney-cli-
ent privilege, but May rejected that argument,
finding that the Byrne bankruptcy case was
PLEASE SEE BYRNE, PAGE 3





2 0 FEB. 10, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
BUEHLER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
sonar-detection equipment.
The most recent search, which began early Feb.
2 and continued for two more days, involved the use
of front-end loaders, shovels and trained eyes.
MCSO employee Dale Hancock usually works
on the farm at the county jail compound. He arrived
to work Feb. 2 expecting to move hay, but learned he
was to assist with the excavation work on the Island
beach.
For much of the first day, Hancock, a fifth-gen-
eration Floridian who began driving a tractor at 17,
used the Kubota front-end loader to move sand, creat-
ing a 7-foot wide, 5-foot deep trench behind several
beachfront homes.
He dumped the sand in ever-growing piles as
homicide detectives and crime-scene investigators
studied newly uncovered layers of sand.
"It's going to be tedious," Bristow said of the
operation.
At one point on the first day of operation, Han-
cock uncovered a pair of flip-flop sandals, which
were examined and then placed in a paper bag for
further study.
Whispers ran through the crowd of onlookers and
a detective asked two acquaintances of Musil-Bue-
hler's whether they recognized the sandals. Both said
they did not, and that the shoes seemed too big.
Nearby the operation, the MCSO set up a canopy
against a persistent drizzle of rain, as well as set out
a Thermos of coffee and a cooler containing bottles
of water.
Among the detectives on the scene was an officer
familiar to the Island. John Kenney, who retired last
summer as the head of the MCSO Anna Maria sub-
station, returned to the MCSO in the fall as a homi-
cide detective and is working on the Musil-Buehler
case.
Bristow said authorities repeatedly return to
the beach because of its proximity to the Magnolia
Avenue apartment.
"It's right down the street from where she lived,"


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A pair of sandals were found in the sand and col-
lected for examination. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

he said. "And there's other information that leads us
to there, where the body might be."
On Feb. 3, the di .'. in i. continued, with a second
tractor and driver brought in to expedite the process,
which due to gray skies and a biting wind was not
impeded by a sunbathing crowd.
Beach-walkers occasionally stopped to ask for
details about the MCSO operation, clearly marked
with yellow crime-scene tape. A number of onlookers
took photographs and called friends from cell phones
to report their vacation at a potential crime scene.
Detectives said they also are working other
aspects of the case, but declined to elaborate for the
record.
The MCSO has named one "person of interest"
in Musil-Buehler's disappearance Cumber, who
currently is in prison in north Florida on an unrelated
charge. In December 2008, Cumber was arrested for
violating parole on an arson conviction. Last spring
he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.


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CURIOUS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The woman, co-owner of Haley's Motel
in Holmes Beach, was last seen in November
2008. Her boyfriend, William Cumber, provided
authorities with her last known whereabouts.
He said they argued in their rented apartment
on Magnolia Avenue on Nov. 4, 2008, and that
Musil-Buehler left in her car.
MCSO officials suspect foul play and have
long been investigating the case as a homicide.
On Feb. 4, three blocks from where Musil-
Buehler and Cumber lived and after two days
of media reports on the search, small crowds
gathered.
Onlookers called friends and family on cell
phones, sent text messages and photographs and
shared suspicions.
"It's unpleasant, but it's so c\, ilini." said
Dana Taylor of Indianapolis. "Wait till I tell my
husband. He'll be here in a flash."
She pulled a phone from her purse and
punched a button to call her husband, who was
sunning at a pool at a Bradenton Beach resort.
Nearby Taylor, several women halted a bicy-
cle ride to watch.
"Oh my, how gruesome," said Yvette Ente-
ment of Davenport, Iowa. "Can you tell me what
happened? Do you know who did it? Are they
looking for bones?"
Entement and her friends speculated about
the condition of a body buried deep in sand, as
well as about suspects.
"Lordy, lordy, lordy," said Patti Merri-
weather. "This is a tourist attraction."
She and husband Danny discussed whether
to stay and watch or go to lunch.
"Let's go to lunch when they go to lunch,"
Patti suggested, referring to the half-dozen
detectives and forensics experts and two tractor
drivers working on the beach.











The Anna Maria Island Community Center
met its goal to raise $50,000 for the Lester Chal-
lenge.
Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn
Lester had offered $50,000 in matching funds
for contributions as was advertised in The
Islander.
As of Feb. 5, there had been $39,794.09
donated to the challenge. But Center execu-
tive director Pierrette Kelly said Feb. 6 that she
received a call from an anonymous donor who


BYRNE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the "exception" to the "crime-fraud" privilege that
Goldstein enjoyed when he set up offshore accounts
for the Byrnes.
Attorneys for Welch-Esposito argued that Robert
Byrne sought Goldstein's advice to move an esti-
mated $3.3 million into offshore accounts, including
up to $1.5 million to an insurance policy.
According to the hearing transcript, the primary
allegation against Robert Byrne is that "these are
fraudulent transfers" in the "creation of structures
by Goldstein, his associate and paralegal."
May said in his ruling that the case was made that
"to move money from real estate in this country to the
titled name of Mr. and Mrs. Byrne, through several
different entities ending up in an offshore insurance
company has an indicia of fraud to it."
In addition, noted May, these transfers were made
prior to Byrne declaring personal bankruptcy and
could constitute "criminality," but he made it clear
he was not implicating Goldstein.
May also observed that within one year of having
assets that produced $3.3 million, Byrne declared to
the bankruptcy court he had only $14,000.
Goldstein attorneys argued that the trust and


contributed $10,205.91 to make up the differ-
ence.
Although the deadline to donate had been Jan.
31, Kelly said Charles Lester said he would match
the $50,000.
The $100,000 will go toward the center's pro-
gram scholarship fund.
"Anna Maria Island Community Center's
programs and the people we serve will be able
to breathe a sigh of relief because we've met our
challenge," Kelly said.


insurance policy were Arlene Byrne's funds, not
Robert's.
"If it's her stuff," said May, "then the estate has the
right to inquire and to take its discovery as to whether
that allegation is correct or not. I can't see any harm to
having the estate make inquiries of the Goldstein firm
as to what she did, Mrs. Byrne did, with her money. And
certainly the benefit to the estate outweighs any harm to
Mr. Byrne as to the pursuit of her money."
Attorney Ed Comey, representing Welch-Espos-
ito, told May there was a timing issue to get the
documents because, "with the trial coming and Mr.
Byrne's deposition coming upfront," he needed the
documents as quickly as possible.
According to court testimony, the documents in
question were given to Comey before May adjourned
the court.
Susan Stirling of Comey's law firm said the
upcoming trial is an adversarial hearing brought by
Welch-Esposito against Byrne. The hearing is sched-
uled for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at the federal courthouse
in Tampa.
The hearing was originally set for October 2009,
but May postponed it when attorneys for Byrne
requested more time to prepare their case.


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M tings

Anna Maria City
Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement
education committee meeting.
Feb. 11, 10 a.m., safety committee meeting.
Feb. 11, 6 p.m., joint commission-planning and
zoning board meeting.
Feb. 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Feb. 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
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,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Feb. 18, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
Feb. 14 is Valentine's Day.
Feb. 15 is President's Day.
Feb. 17, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Feb. 22 is Washington's Birthday.
Feb. 22,9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council meeting, Powel Crosley Estate, 8374
N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Feb. 23, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners meeting, County Administration Building,
1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.


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Kingfish Boat Ramp lighting still pending
By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
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tional 23 spaces for trucks and trailers and 17 spaces
for vehicles without trailers were added, as well as a
sidewalk that runs parallel to Manatee Avenue.


Before construction began, there was little room
between vehicles on Manatee Avenue and the King-
fish parking lot.
Sow said he submitted a lighting plan to the DOT
almost four weeks ago, and hopes the lighting will be
installed within a month.


Stimulus money lacks


local stimulus


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
If the intent of the recent influx of stimulus
money into Anna Maria Island transportation proj-
ects was to create jobs on the Island and in the
Manatee area, the effort failed.
One job was created with the more than $1.2
million the federal government spent for projects
on the Island from October 2009 to February 2010
under the U.S. American Reinvestment and Recov-
ery Act, and that worker came from Georgia.
Carlos Valdez of the Frankie Valdez Company
of Georgia said the company hired one additional
worker for its Island jobs, but the added staff
member was not an Island resident.
The company did $140,000 worth of side-
walk and landscaping in Anna Maria and Holmes
Beach under the ARRA.
Superior Asphalt of Sarasota also did several
ARRA-funded jobs on the Island in late 2009, but
a company spokesperson said the work from those
projects did not warrant additional staff.
"All the projects did was keep our current help
working so they could get a paycheck. We didn't
hire any new help," the spokesperson said.
When the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion announced that stimulus money was available
for "shovel-ready" projects on Anna Maria Island,
a government spokesperson said that for every $1
billion spent on projects nationwide, 28,000 new
jobs would be created.
Using that formula, the $1.2 million spent on
Anna Maria Island under the ARRA should have
created 29 new jobs on the Island or elsewhere,
not just the one.
And the $1.2 million spent by the federal
government on Island projects did not include the
$1.3 million in repairs to the Cortez Bridge done
by the Worth Construction Co. of Jacksonville.
That company was happy to get the project
and the federal money.
Barbara Fernandez of Worth Construction
said the ARRA "puts a lot of people to work for
us that otherwise would be out of a job and on the
streets. I don't mind saying we're glad the money


is there and so are our employees. We're a minor-
ity company and we get our share of jobs. This
one came at a good time."
Fernandez said her company workers all were
from the Jacksonville area.
Some Island mayors were happy to get repairs
and improvements done with federal money, but
were personally not in favor of the ARRA.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford was pleased
that funding was found for resurfacing several
roads and for some sidewalks, but didn't like the
idea of the stimulus fund.
But if Anna Maria didn't take the money, she
said, some other city would have and Anna Maria
would be left to pay for its road projects.
In these economically challenged times, the
mayor said the city had little choice but to accept
the ARRA offer.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
said the stimulus fund was misnamed.
"There was no economic stimulus on Anna
Maria Island. It didn't create any local jobs. All
the contractors were from out of the county and
brought their own people. The stimulus didn't
stimulate," he said.
The only benefit was that Holmes Beach "got
some sidewalks replaced that the city would have
had to pay for eventually," the mayor said.
Bohnenberger was unimpressed with the
"free" work, noting that the companies did not
have to bid on the projects and were going to get
paid regardless of whether they did a good job.
"It was fairly shoddy work. I had to keep on
them all the time about doing things right," he
said.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Mike Pierce, how-
ever, was pleased with the $830,000 in stimulus
money spent in his city to improve State Road
789/Gulf Drive.
"We got some Gulf Drive enhancements that
we would not have been able to afford ourselves
as a small city," Pierce said.
"We also got a new handicap-parking area,
new bicycle paths and other improvements. I
think it looks nice."


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Manatee County worker Dennis Schmidt removes
seaweed from the base of the Kingfish Boat Ramp
Feb. 3. "I have to do this every day," Schmidt said.
"Especially when the wind's out of the north. It
piles up in here."

HB committee to seek

stimulus grant
By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee is taking steps toward a Florida Forest
Health Improvement Initiative Grant, the committee
announced at its Feb. 3 meeting at Holmes Beach
City Hall.
The federal stimulus grant could provide the
committee from $2,000-$24,000 to add trees east of
Westbay Cove condominiums along the north side of
Manatee Avenue.
About two years ago, county workers removed
invasive species from what is now a grassy area. Since
that time, numerous Westbay Cove residents, such as
Ruth de Haan, have asked the city to beautify the area.
"It would be good," de Haan said at the meeting.
"We've been asking for this for a couple years."
The deadline to apply for the grant is Feb. 12.
The committee has to come up with a scope for
the project to match the requirements of the grant.
For example, no trees can be more than 4 inches in
diameter, and none can cost more than $400.
Criteria that committee members said will help
them qualify for the grant includes Manatee County's
12 1/2 percent unemployment rate, one of the highest
in the state, and the committee's progress in becom-
ing a Tree City USA.





THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 10, 2010 5 5


City OKs county's marine rescue HQ


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach commissioners last week gave
Manatee County an all-clear to build a headquarters
for its marine rescue division on Coquina Beach.
The commission reviewed plans for the building
on the bayside of Coquina during a meeting Feb. 4.
The city's planning and zoning board recom-
mended approval of the project last month.
The commission, after a presentation by county
officials, unanimously approved the project.
The county has awarded a $1.1 million contract
for Zirkelbach Construction Inc. of Palmetto to build
the headquarters, which would provide work space
for marine rescue personnel, storage space for gear
and vehicles, a conference room, a computer center,
training facilities and lockers.
The headquarters also would contain work and
storage space for the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office's marine deputy branch.
The headquarters site is strategically located,
Manatee County project manager Darin Cushing told
city commissioners last week, noting the quick access
to the beaches, Sarasota Bay, Intracoastal Waterway
and Gulf of Mexico.
The marine rescue division currently has offices
at the county public-safety complex in east Braden-
ton, but the lifeguards operate primarily out of stor-
age space adjacent to a public rest room at Coquina
Bayside or from their towers.
"These poor guys have to deal with dripping
pipes, fiddler crabs and rodents," said Cushing.
Meanwhile, the MCSO marine branch is sta-
tioned at Regatta Point in Palmetto.
"At Regatta Point, they are miles away from
where they need to be," Cushing said.
Cushing described an elevated building designed
to withstand significant storms and to fit the character
of the beach.


He added that additional improvements will
come with the headquarters, including renovation of
the Coquina Beach concession stand, rest rooms and
pavilions.
"This fits in with the Coquina Beach master
plan," Cushing said.
Mayor Michael Pierce raised a few questions.
He asked whether the plan calls for a landing for a
helicopter.


A plan for
the proposed
$1.1 mil-
lion marine
rescue
building on
the bayside
of Coquina
Beach in
Braden-
ton Beach.
Islander
Image:
Courtesy
Manatee
County


Jay Moyles, the marine rescue chief, said the area
was not well suited for a landing pad "with the blow-
out of sand."
"That's the strength of a gale-force wind," Moyles
said.
Pierce also asked about hours of operation at the
building.
Moyles said operations would be from about 7
a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.


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Traffic comes in all flavors
Once someone told us he was thinking about
moving from Anna Maria because it was becoming
too much of a tourist attraction.
He went to the north end of Anna Maria Island
for peace and serenity and he was looking at a fore-
cast for loud and raucous short-term renters.
But the city and its parade of elected officials
over the years have shunned rental regulations, saying
there's no problem with rentals in the city, and so now
that there are remarkably more rentals, it seems some
people see the problems ahead.
No matter who we elect, they always want to keep
the community as the charming place they found, and
they quickly head down the path of "change this,
change that."
The traffic is ever changing.
Now we see folks wanting to return to the days
when ferries brought visitors from Tampa to the city
pier, and a promenade of folks headed down Pine
Avenue to the Gulf for a day of sun on our white sand
beaches.
How far back do we go?
Preservationists in Hollywood, Calif., argued
against a proposed modern Hollywood sign in the
hills and for removing the sign and returning the
wooded area to its natural state.
Another decade ago Pine Avenue had a gas station,
boat storage racks and a convenience store where now
there are three-story homes. There was a time in the
1970s when the city pier was little more than a game
room for kids and a fishing spot for the adults.
Would we want to travel back in time? We think
not.
But there must be something to the success of
Anna Maria and its sister cities.
There's a super increase in traffic since before
Super Bowl on Island roads, ci ''inii' the Palma Sola
Causeway and overwhelming the aisles of our little
Publix.
We must be doing something right, eh?
If we struggle to maintain anything, it should be
the charm that brought us here.
And with that said, the search on the beach for
evidence and the body of Sabine Musil-Buehler,
missing since November 2008, brought a shameful
crowd of gawkers to our shore.
But the attraction of "What happened to Sabine?"
can be likened to the popularity of television's "CSI."
It's just human nature. Although some closure on
this episode would be nice. And maybe less traffic.


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High note
For the past five years, the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society has presented Jazz Fest as a means
to raise funds for the society.
All proceeds from this event contribute to pro-
moting and increasing the awareness of the society.
We would like to thank all those who contrib-
uted to the overwhelming success of Jazz Fest this
year, including Ed Chiles, who donated the use of
the Sandbar Restaurant pavilion, the wonderful staff
at the Sandbar, who were so helpful to us, all of the
AMIHS volunteers who contributed time and effort,
and the Gulf Drive Band, who provided the music
without cost.
We thank all those who supported us not only
this year, but in years past.
This year's Jazz Fest was the most successful
ever, with more than 200 people attending, providing
a wonderful audience.
Thea Kelley, AAMIHS president

Pull in, back out
Well said to The Islander's opinion "Frenzy."
To paraphrase: Much to do about nothing much.
Regarding vehicles backing out: A great many
houses and businesses on this Island, including on
busy Gulf Drive, have to back out of their driveways
and or parking areas.
Most of us are responsible drivers, with respect
for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Where are the stats on accidents that have hap-
pened, instead of what might happen?
It seems that Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus' con-
cern is for self-aggrandizement and special interest
rather than for the good of the people who live in
Anna Maria.
Denise Johnson, Holmes Beach


For Fazioli
The friends and family of Capt. Bob Fazioli wish
to extend their warmest thanks to one and all who
participated in the fundraising event Jan. 9.
Special thanks to owner Jose Cuervo and wife
Angie and the entire staff of the Drift-In of Bra-
denton Beach Dorraine, Jill, Jillie, David, Mary
and Cyndi for all of their time, hard work and
effort.
Despite the inclement weather, the day was a
great success, and due to the generosity of local busi-
nesses, fellow Islanders, visitors, family and friends,
more than $4,000 was raised to help Bob and his
family.
Thank you so much to everyone.
Bill Fazioli

Many thanks, blessings
From the bottom of my heart, I thank everyone
who donated their time and the many items for Haiti
that were collected at The Islander newspaper.
We are so looking forward to the shipment
arriving in Haiti and all that we will be able to do
with the donations for the children and staff at Our
Lady Queen of the Apostles Orphanage in Leogane,
Haiti.
I am in Haiti now with three nurses from the
Sisters of Charity of Convent Station in New Jersey
who are providing TLC, feeding, counseling and
caring for the 86 orphans as well as helping to
document their lost information and replace birth
certificates.
I appreciate everyone putting their efforts together
to help the orphans, who lost everything, what little
they had, and to help the people of Haiti.
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New boutique promotes giving


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Islander Sue Thomas is promoting returns at her
new Holmes Beach arts and antiques boutique.
The returns are in the form of charitable con-
tributions, not merchandise. Thomas' Giving Back
store in the Anna Maria Island Art League building,
5312 Holmes Blvd., exists to give back to charitable
causes.
"It's an idea I've had for a long time," said Thomas,
who moved to the Island with husband Richard in 1981

























Sue Thomas opens the door to another chapter in
her life her store "Giving Back."


shortly after they graduated from college and married.
"It's a way for me to give back. People can buy here
and they know the money is going for charity."
Thomas, who with Richard operated a book store
in Anna Maria in the mid-1980s, said she thought
fall 2010 would be the perfect time to open the shop
because her son Stephen would be heading off to col-
lege. Her daughter Sarah already has graduated from
college and teaches Spanish in North Carolina.
But Giving Back, located adjacent to her hus-
band's art studio in a building the family owns,
opened ahead of schedule. The sign went up Feb. 6
and Thomas opened for business. Hours are generally
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturdays.
To start, Thomas plans to raise money for a local
support-the-troops initiative, relief in Haiti, the art
league, the Anna Maria Island Community Center
and local food banks.
Her merchandise includes collectibles and
antiques. "It's fun to find good things," Thomas
said.
Additionally, she will sell her husband's art and
her own pottery pieces.


Privateers to hold market,
mullet smoke
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a
Thieves Market and Mullet Smoke from 8 a.m. to
3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Coquina Beach in Bra-
denton Beach.
The organization is lining up vendors for the
event, as well as markets March 13 and April 10.
To reserve a booth, call Jackie "Bandit" Wal-
dron at 941-323-4075.
Proceeds from the market and the mullet sale
benefit the group's scholarship fund.


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In the Feb. 9, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Political newcomer Gary Deffenbaugh was
elected mayor of Anna Maria, defeating former City
Commissioner George McKay 346 to 302. Jay Hill
and Tom Skoloda won commission seats, while Bob
Barlow finished third. Voter turnout was high, as
910 of the city's 1,609 registered voters (56 percent)
turned out to cast a ballot. The results were delayed
by two hours because of a computer glitch.
The Anna Maria City Commission voted 3-1 to
deny Mayor Chuck Shumard compensation for per-
sonal legal expenses he incurred in a Sunshine Law
violation case brought against him by The Islander.
Shumard hired an attorney and had $2,277 in legal
bills, which he ordered paid by the city clerk.
The Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board
denied a request by Aquarius Beach Resort owner
John Pace to continue renting an 11th unit at the
resort until April 30 because he had advance reser-
vations for the unit. In November 1999, the board
ruled the resort had only 10 units authorized for rent-
als and Pace had 90 days to end his obligations for
reservations in the 1 th unit. The cut-off date set by
the board was Feb. 18, 2000.

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8 0 FEB. 10, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


Bradenton Beach seeks new planner


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach City Commission voted
Feb. 4 to drop contract negotiations with one firm
and revisit its options for updating the city's land-
development code.
The vote came during the commission's regular
meeting at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The commission had agreed last May to hire
Wilson Miller as a planning consultant to update
the LDC in partnership with the city planning and
zoning board. The project involves bringing the
LDC into compliance with the city's comprehen-
sive plan.
Four firms submitted bids for the job B.A.
Garrett Associates Inc., LaRue Planning and Man-
agement Services Inc., ZNS Engineering and Wilson
Miller.
Wilson Miller, in its proposal, promised a "team
of professionals who bring the expertise necessary to
successfully and creatively complete the project."
The firm estimated the LDC update would cost
$16,000 $1,000 for an initial meeting on the proj-
ect, $2,000 for a review of the comp plan and LDC,
$3,000 for a joint workshop with the city commis-
sion and planning and zoning board and $10,000 for
analysis and draft updates.
But last week, frustrated with delays in negotiat-
ing a contract, commissioners decided to consider
other firms.
"It would be my recommendation that we look
for someone else," said Mayor Michael Pierce.
"We've lost enough time," said Commissioner

In other BB

business...
In other business at the Feb. 4 Bradenton Beach
City Commission meeting, commissioners:
Approved payment of an invoice from M.T.
Causley for $5,468.75 for building department ser-
vices.
Approved placement of banners promoting the
Feb. 28 Wedding Festival sponsored by the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and the March
20 Tour of Homes presented by the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
Decided not to move forward in contract nego-
tiations with Wilson Miller for the update of the city's
land-development code.
Requested from the city clerk's office the names
of elected officials and board members who still must
attend a primer on the Sunshine Law.
Approved a request to replace current signs
directing motorists to public parking with signs rec-
ommended by the city's ScenicWAVES advisory
committee and authorized by the city commission
last summer.
The signs, according to some ScenicWAVES
members, do the job but are not what the com-


Gay Breuler.
Building official Steve Gilbert suggested the city
revisit its request for proposals, which Commissioner
Janie Robertson recommended in her motion.
Robertson motioned to direct the city attorney to
terminate contract negotiations with Wilson Miller
and for the commission to review the other proposals
submitted in the RFP process.
With a second, the motion passed unanimously.
Last spring, pitching for the job, ZNS Engi-
neering vice president Thomas C. McCollum, in his
proposal, said the firm is the oldest, locally owned
engineering consulting firm in the county.
"We are confident we can address the needs of
the city," he said.
ZNS's estimated charge a total of $19,700
- included $800 for an initial meeting on the LDC,
$2,000 for a plan review, $1,200 for a workshop


with the commission and planning board, $4,300
for drafts of the LDC, $5,700 for three public meet-
ings/hearings of the planning board and $5,700 for
three public meetings/hearings of the city commis-
sion.
LaRue proposed to complete the LDC update for
an estimated $26,500 and indicated the fee would
include drafting the document, as well as holding 12
meetings.
"We believe our approach, combined with our
professional expertise, will provide the city with the
broad perspective and technical competence you seek
for this important undertaking," said LaRue president
James G. LaRue.
Garrett's estimate was that an LDC update would
take a total of 86 hours for $8,707.50, without bill-
ing for travel or mileage and including a 25 percent
discount for government work.


Site planning
Bradenton Beach officials and staff gather at city hall Feb. 4 to discuss updates and improvements to the
city's Web site at www.cityofbradentonbeach.org. The discussion last week focused on how best to budget
for the Web site. The group plans to meet once a month to work on the site. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


mittee desired they are white with black print
rather than blue with white print, and larger than
requested.
Introducing the topic, Commissioner Bob Bar-
telt said the blue signs are internationally recog-
nized as parking signs, as well as popular on the
Gulf coast.
He added that the posted signs were paid for from
ScenicWAVES money, but not what ScenicWAVES
wanted.
"It's kind of like saying, 'That's close enough for
government work,'" Bartelt said.


Authorized Mayor Michael Pierce and Braden-
ton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby to attend the Gov-
ernor's Hurricane Conference, which will take place
in May in Fort Lauderdale.
Approved the re-appointment of Jo Ann Meilner
to the planning and zoning board.
Reviewed a number of issues on the commis-
sion's "old business" list, including signs for the
business district, beautifying lift stations, training
for emergency management and removing roadside
delineators along Gulf Drive.
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Anna Maria faces comp plan challenges


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria is facing another potential legal chal-
lenge to its comprehensive plan.
Attorney Stephen Thompson, representing Rich-
ard Friday of 104 Park Ave., Anna Maria, sent Mayor
Fran Barford a letter Feb. 1 claiming the city vio-
lated its comp plan by approving development in the
Banyan Tree Estates subdivision adjacent to Friday's
property.
Thompson alleged that the lots used for the sub-
division and an adjacent lot where a single-family
residence was built are designated in the comp plan as
conservation land, and such areas are "considered to
have significant environmental resources which shall
be preserved" with "no development allowed."
Thompson said he was quoting directly from the
2007 comp plan.
He said he found "no other plan policy that would
permit development within this comprehensive plan
designation."
Thompson said his letter was to "put the city on
official notice" that the three lots cannot be devel-
oped and the city should "strongly urge the owners
of these properties that no development can occur on
city property designated as conservation."
If the city declines to "take this action," wrote
Thompson, "it will force Dr. Friday to move forward


with litigation to stop and prevent this violation of
the city's comprehensive plan."
Thompson also claimed that there were some
mistakes made on the platting of the two lots into
a subdivision, and the Manatee County Property
Appraiser's Office has "not put this subdivision on
their section maps."
The three lots are owned by the Stephen Walker
Trust. The trust has received a Florida Department
of Environmental Protection permit for construc-
tion seaward of the coastal construction control line,
despite protests from Friday.
The city last year issued a building permit for
construction of a single-family house on one of the
three lots and construction began last summer.
Developers of Banyan Tree were not required to
go through the city's site-plan review process because
the lots are platted, building official Bob Welch has
said.
City code requires that if more than two lots are
sub-divided, the owners must submit to a site-plan
review. And Walker sub-divided only one lot, he
said.
The remaining six lots that comprise Banyan Tree
are landward of the coastal construction control line
and did not require a DEP review or permit for con-
struction.
Banyan Tree officials said plans call for nine


single-family homes.
Welch said no additional plans for the project
have been submitted, other than the lone single-fam-
ily residence.
Other comp plan woes
In addition to Thompson's indication of legal
action, the city is facing a threat by Sarasota attorney
Dan Lobeck, representing Robert and Nicki Hunt of
Anna Maria, to ask the Florida Department of Com-
munity Affairs for an administrative hearing about
the city's comp plan density.
Lobeck alleges that the city violated the comp
plan by incorrectly computing density in the retail-
office-residential district for a Pine Avenue Restora-
tion LLC project and should take immediate action
to change its code or face a DCA hearing.
Dye has opined that Lobeck's calculations are
incorrect and do not apply because the ROR lots were
grandfathered for size and density should be com-
puted on the entire district, not on a lot-by-lot basis,
as Lobeck has asserted.
That issue already has sparked a city commission
split, with Stoltzfus siding with Lobeck, and other
commissioners yielding to Dye's opinion.
Barford said she gave the latest Thompson letter
to Dye for study and an opinion for commission
review.


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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Valentine, Neb., and Romeoville, Ill., have
the romantic names, but Anna Maria Island has
a number of events for those seeking to celebrate
Valentine's Day in a big way.
Coming up on the local calendar:
Sweetheart 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
Orchestra, will take place in the Center gym, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The dance, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., is spon-
sored by the Kiwanis to benefit Center program-
ming.
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 presi-
dent Sandy Haas-Martens at 941-778-1383.
Valentine's Eve
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 the bar.
Music will be provided by the Hammers and

Center looks to spring
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
planning a series of events to usher in the spring
season, including its 17th annual Tour of Homes on
Saturday, March 20.
The tour will feature visits to "select Island prop-
erties," according to a news release, as well as a bou-
tique where visitors will find arts, crafts and culinary
offerings.
The tour also will feature a drawing for the newly
named "Wish You Were Here" quilt. The creation of
the quilt by the Eyeland Needlers and its raffle during
the tour have become an event tradition as well as
a significant fundraiser.
Raffle tickets are available at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The price is $1 per ticket
or $5 for six tickets.
The Center also is selling tour tickets, which cost
$15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event.
The Center calendar also includes:
The second annual Got Talent Show, sched-
uled for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, with registration
required by March 13.
For more information about Center programs,
call 941-778-1908.


Adams Band.
For more information, call 941-779-2314.
Valentine's concert
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus
and Orchestra will perform "From AMICCO with
Love" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Crosspointe
Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in
advance at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
AMICCO also will present "An Invitation to
the Opera" at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21.
For more information, call 941-727-9886.
Promise Day
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
recommit in the mass ceremony, with registration
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 non-
profits.
For more information, call The Islander at
941-778-7978.

Guild hosts February events
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will host
a reception for Marie Garafino at 5:30 p.m. Friday,
Feb. 12, at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Garafino is AGAMI's featured artist in Febru-
ary.
Also, AGAMI will host Karen Cunningham
demonstrating techniques in polymer clay at 1 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 18, at the gallery.
The gallery also is showcasing the work of
18-year-old Peter Bohn, AGAMI's student artist
of the month. Peter attends Lakewood Ranch High
School and plans to attend State College of Florida
in the fall.


Garden club to meet
The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet at 12:30
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Ginger Wyss will lead a workshop in arranging
flowers.
For more information, call Barbara Callaghan at
941-778-2809.


Trekking to
Tallahassee
Dolly Young and Nancy
Ambrose count signa-
tures on petitions they
circulated to "Save
Cancer Research." The
two are preparing to join
about 135 other activists
at the American Cancer
Society Advocacy Days
in Tallahassee Feb.
16-17. Ambrose planned
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signatures at the Bridge
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Senior Adventures plans outings
The Senior Adventures group, which meets Fri-
days at 9 a.m. at the Annie Silver Community Center
in Bradenton Beach, plans several outings and activi-
ties through March.
The calendar includes:
Feb. 12 and Feb. 19: Meet at Annie Silver to
hear from art therapist Carol Miller.
Feb. 26: Depart from the center to tour of an
aquarium and labs.
March 5: Depart from the center to tour the
Sarasota Senior Friendship Center.
March 12: Meet at the center to hear about the
Florida Bat Conservancy.
March 19: Depart from the center for a tour of
a U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary facility.
For more information about Senior Adventures,
call organizer Pat Gentry at 941-962-8835.

Spirit of Manatee awards
event planned
The Manatee Community Foundation will
announce the winners of its Spirit of Manatee awards
during a luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Bra-
denton 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 Vol-
unteer Spirit Award, and Ed Chiles, who will receive
the Leadership Spirit Award.
For more information about the program or the
nonprofit MCF, go to www.manateecf.org.

Guild to host clay,
book-making demos
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will host
Karen Cunningham demonstrating working with
polymer clay and book-making techniques at 1p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18.
The demonstration will take place at the Guild
Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-
778-6694.


Whitesel, Nammacher
to exchange vows
Patricia L. Wli,; .. .I and Thomas J. Nammacher
will exchange vows at the Little Chapel in the
Palmetto Historical Park in Palmetto Feb. 14.
Wlhiii I is the former mayor of Palmetto and
Nammacher is the former owner of Lakewood
Publications in Minneapolis. The couple will live in
Bradenton Beach.


Lppenings


Arts show to benefit butterfly park
An arts and crafts show will take place from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the field north of
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Maria Drive. The
show will raise money for the Anna Maria Island
Butterfly Park just south of city hall. For more
information, call 352-344-0657 or 941-518-4431.

Island Dem Club to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet for lunch and a program at noon Monday, Feb.
15, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach.
The group will discuss the 2010 campaign season
and hear from former Democratic gubernatorial can-
didate William "Bill" McBride, who is married to
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, currently
a candidate for governor.
For more information, call Harry Kamberis at
941-779-0564.

Gloria Dei hosts Over 39ers
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host meetings of the Over 39ers
group.
The adult ministry program will take place Fri-
days at 11 a.m.
For more information, call 941-778-1813.

Chamber to host music fest
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is
seeking vendors for its Friday Fest in Anna Maria.
The winter's first Friday Fest will take place
on the corner lot at North Bay Boulevard and Pine
Avenue from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.
The chamber is seeking the participation of arts
and crafts vendors, who must pay a $50 entry fee,
and food vendors, who must pay a $100 entry fee.
For more information, call the Chamber at 941-
778-1541.


Kiwanis club meeting
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club
continues to meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday
at Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public
Beach.
The February speakers' calendar
includes:
Feb. 20, Manatee County administrator
Ed Hunzeker.
Feb. 27, American Legion Kirby Stew-
art Post Cmdr. Bill Fields.


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Jazz Fest draws crowd to the Island Fans of fine print
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosts Jazz Fest Feb 4. Judy Lynn, Ted Young Reading enthusiasts gather outside the Island Branch Library,
and Bil Bowdish members of the Gulf Drive Band entertained more than 200 listen- Holmes Beach, Feb. 6, for the Friends of the Island Library Book
ers. Below left: Nancy Hauschile and her mother, Ruth Burkhead, enjoy Jazz Fest at the Sale. A preview sale members only took place Feb. 5, followed
Sandbar Restaurant. Islander Photos: Kimberly Kuizon by a sale open to the general public Feb. 6. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

B Collection campaign
Volunteers Sonny and Jeff
C i, ii. ,I. Ir, left, Brigitte
Ulanch and Denny and Alice
Ulanch pack items to load
Sonto a truck bound for an
orphanage in Haiti Feb. 5 at
The Islander. Over the week-
end, volunteers helped collect
goods at the BeachHouse and
Sandbar restaurants. This
week, the newspaper contin-
ues to collect donations in
cash and goods at the
office, 5404 Marina Drive,
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 10, 2010 0 13


Confusion over pergolas stirs up neighborhood


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
The Seaside Gardens neighborhood in Holmes
Beach is unlike any other Island neighborhood.
There are no land-development regulations for
the Seaside Gardens area, according to Holmes
Beach superintendent of public works Joe Duennes.
The area is governed by a homeowner's association,
and Deunnes believes the lack of regulations have
resulted in a lack of policies to indicate what is or is
not allowed.
Seaside Gardens resident Stephen Evans didn't
know about the zero-setback policy. So when he saw
a neighbor constructing a pergola within 20 feet of
the water, he wrote a complaint about unpermitted
construction to the city's building department.
Duennes said there's a city policy concerning a
pergola, which, like a trellis, is a garden feature that
forms a shaded walkway or area. The pergola must
be built to be water permeable, or without a water-
shedding roof. Pergolas can be constructed with lat-
tice, or crisscross strips of wood that provide shade
inside, yet allow rain to permeate.
The purpose, said Holmes Beach building inspec-
tor Bob Shaffer, is to prevent stormwater runoff.
"There have been a lot of problems with feces and
pollution running into tributaries," Shaffer said. "To
control runoff the city has a water-control plan."
He said the city also has codes that dictate the
footprint of a d% cll in', including pergolas, cannot be
more than 30 percent of the lot size.
On Jan. 21, the city building department received
a letter with the signature "Bud Taylor" claiming that
unpermitted construction had been taking place on
Seaside Court in Seaside Gardens.
But Taylor told The Islander that Steve Evans
had forged his name to the complaint letter.
Evans admitted that he forged the name, saying
it was because of misunderstandings with a Seaside
Gardens resident who is a city commissioner. "I
thought if I signed my name, I'd get in big trouble,"
Evans said.
Evans said Taylor told him that he would not

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as a Seaside Gardens board member.
So Evans did.
"It was the right thing to do," Evans said.
And as for the construction that initiated the
complaint, Duennes said the pergola at the home of
Butch Sergeant is "OK." It's grandfathered as a non-
conforming structure.
Evans said he plans now to submit an application
to construct a pergola at his Seaside Gardens home.
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Duennes said part of the reason for the Seaside
Gardens neighborhood having no land development
regulations and no setback policies, is because it has
been around for so long.
"I don't know if the city didn't have regulations
at the time," Duennes said, "or if they just turned
their heads. There's no rhyme or reason to that place
whatsoever. There are zero setbacks. Every time I go
there I shake my head. If you move into that area, you
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Action on alcohol ordinance delayed


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A proposed ordinance creating a new process
for businesses seeking to sell alcohol needs more
scrutiny, Bradenton Beach commissioners agreed
Feb. 4.
The commission, meeting at city hall, 107 Gulf
Drive N., was scheduled to take up a second reading
of an ordinance establishing a conditional-use permit
process for alcohol sales and removing distance limi-
tations for alcohol sales on Bridge Street.
But instead of moving forward with a second,
final reading, commissioners unanimously voted to
continue the reading to a meeting at 1 p.m. Feb. 18.
Before that date, commissioners said they wanted
to further review the proposed ordinance.
A first reading of the measure took place Jan. 21,
but commissioners did not fully review the ordinance
before the meeting. Advance copies of the document
were not included in their preparation materials and
were instead distributed at the meeting.
Additionally, commissioners cited concerns
about certain provisions in the ordinance, including
concerns from business-owner and planning board
member Jo Ann Meilner, who wants to sell beer and
wine at the Back Alley on Bridge Street.
Meilner's request that the city review the issue
prompted the creation of the ordinance, but a recent


Back Alley hosts
cookbook-signing party
The Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach, will host a book-signing and cooking
demonstration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. .13.
Linda Lamp will sign and cook treats from
her book, "The Cookbook and Galley Journal of
The Privateer Ship Sea Serpent."
Call 941-778-1800 for more information.


The Back Alley boutique and coffee shop on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach wants permission to sell
alcoholic beverages. According to co-owner Jo Anne Meilner, beer and wine sales will allow them to gen-
erate revenue to sponsor events such as the shrimp boil held two month's ago. Islander Photo Lisa Neff


letter to commissioners made it clear she objected to
the draft.
Meilner said the ordinance is too complicated.
"This proposed ordinance is full of expensive,
unnecessary, ridiculous requirements," she wrote.
To resolve her problem, she suggested eliminat-
ing the old provision in the land-development code
that requires a separation of 200 feet for Bridge Street
businesses selling alcohol.
The provision, said Meilner, has been skirted
in the past. And, she said, currently puts the Rotten
Ralph's operation at the Historic Bridge Street Pier
in violation of the code.


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"The best solution would be to eliminate Sec.
34-385 Alcohol now," Meilner wrote commission-
ers. "This will bring the City Pier into compli-
ance... There will not be a stampede of applica-
tions for alcohol permits on Bridge Street just as
there has been no stampede anywhere else in town
where it is currently allowed."
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for the commission to discuss the issue with plan-
ning board members, the police chief, local business
people and others.
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as early as Feb. 9.




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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 10, 2010 0 15

Safety committee seeks agreement


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's parking safety committee will meet
again this week in hopes of agreeing on its recom-
mendations to the city commission.
The committee is scheduled to present its rec-
ommendations to a joint commission-planning and
zoning board meeting the same evening.
Committee Chair Larry Albert and member Terry
Schaefer presented their proposed solutions that call for
on-site parking at the committee's Feb. 4 meeting.
The committee compared those to designs previ-
ously submitted by member Gene Aubry, an architect,
that would move the sidewalk closer to a new struc-


ture and allow angle parking between the road and
the sidewalk.
The committee previously agreed new sidewalks
on Pine Avenue should be placed adjacent to the
buildings, rather than on the rights of way.
Schaefer said he was not offering anything new,
just an alternative to the Aubry design for the com-
mittee to consider.
Committee members agreed to send the Albert-
Schaefer suggestions to city staff for review. The staff
already has the Aubry drawing under study.
The issues for committee members are whether
new developments in the retail-office-residential
district should have all parking on site, and whether


parked vehicles should back out onto Pine Avenue.
Developer Mike Coleman, who also is a commit-
tee member, noted there might not be enough space
to build on a lot if on-site parking is required of new
developments.
At the end of the meeting, there was no agree-
ment on any particular concept, but members agreed
to study staff recommendations on each proposal.
"We will take what staff tell us and see if we can
come up with recommendations," said Albert.
The committee will meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 and
will presented its recommendations to the joint city
commission-planning and zoning board meeting that
follows at 6 p.m.


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your special Valentine! Yes, there's another holiday right
around the corner. You can follow our lead to all the best
places to find unique gifts.
Sea Hagg has just received a collection of antique
nautical navigational instruments perfect for gift-giving
to a mermaid or pirate on your valentine list!
Rusty Crickett is chock full of all kinds of clothing
and gifts for your Valentine! Stop by and get that special
someone something truly special.
Tide and Moon took a little jaunt and moved just
two doors over in the same AMI Plaza. Better to see her
storefront, and even more treasures showcased.
Steff's Stuff in the Whitney Beach Plaza is cel-
ebrating her two-year anniversary with a sale. Perfect
timing for Valentine's D.a She's offering 15 percent
off any one item Feb. 11-13.
On the downtown Bi.idiiinhnii path, we appreciate
Braden River Aniiiquies li' 11 .iI I/ning selection of
antique and mid-century art, furniture and home acces-
sories. We guia.llllr.v Ilkc not another store like it!
And if \,iu li1 n i \~ I checked out Retro Rosie
Vintage Clothing, you must. We especially love the hats
and vintage bridal gowns. And Cobwebs Antiques is all
warmed up and awaiting you to peruse her collection of
home decor and furnishings.
In Palmetto, the Bag Lady tells us new bags and
purses have been arriving just in time for season. And


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what lady doesn't need a new bag every now and then?
There's big ones, little ones, fancy ones and casual ones....
There's surely one for you.
The Feed Store Antique Mall features more than
50 antique dealers, and offers a wide variety of shops and
specialties of vintage toys, furniture, collectible glass and
everything antique. This Ellenton hot spot is one of the
area's largest collections of shops.
Whitfield Exchange should be on your go-to list if
you're in need of extra furnishings to accommodate winter
guests, or need kitchenwares and serving dishes. Owner
Lindsay runs a top-notch consignment shop and the variety
of changing merchandise is amazing.
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and art. You name it, they've got it. It's all quality and
variety here. Give them a visit.
Community Thrift Shop is stuffed to the brim this
week with clothing, knick-knacks and lots of furniture.
They always have new stuff arriving, so they always have
new items to choose from.
See you in the shops!


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16 0 FEB. 10, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


WWII veteran remembers

sacrifice, emotion of war
When Holmes Beach resident Mel Brenner came
home from World War II, he tried to forget what he
had seen, what he had endured, and the pals and
buddies who never came back from the fighting in
Europe.
He tried hard, but he couldn't forget.
Today, 65 years after he was discharged from the
U.S. Army, tears come to his eyes when Mel remem-
bers a fallen comrade, a bullet that just missed, or the
day his ship returned from Europe to N.Y. Harbor and
he saw the Statue of Liberty.
Modern medicine calls his condition post-trau-
matic stress syndrome.
Mel just calls it remembering the good and trying
to forget the bad.
His journey to the war began in his parents' candy
store in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The store was the local gathering place for the
neighborhood and Mel was working the soda counter
on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941.
"Someone came in and said the Japs just bombed
Pearl Harbor. I didn't even know where Pearl Harbor
was."
Coming from a Jewish family, Mel and his par-
ents had kept an eye on the war in Europe, but were
not surprised that the war for America started in the
Pacific.
"We were all real concerned. Some of the guys
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Mel kept his word, joining the U.S. Army on
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He was assigned to the Army Specialized Train-
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Mel was sent to Fort Benning, Ga., to train as a
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At Benning, the Army had no boots small enough
for his size 5-EEE feet. Mel had to wear his own
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After basic training, Mel was assigned to K Com-
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"I was the smallest guy in the company and


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weighed about 130 pounds. So, they gave me the
Browning Automatic Rifle to carry. The thing weighed
about 25 pounds and I had to carry it upside down, it
weighed so much," Mel recalled with a laugh.
Luckily, Mel got promoted to sergeant and was
made a squad leader. He was able to pass the BAR
along to a new recruit.
In October 1944, his division sailed for Great
Britain on the Queen Elizabeth. Twenty-thousand
troops were packed on a ship designed to hold 5,000
people, Mel remembered.
Once on British soil, the division completed its
training and was shipped to France. The division
landed in November 1944 and Mel and his outfit
were sent to the Saar Valley as part of Gen. George
S. Patton's 3rd U.S. Army.
They went on a combat mission their first day at
the front.
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"Anybody who says they weren't scared the first
time they went into combat is a liar. We were all
scared, but we were going to do our job and not let
our pals down. We were trained to do what we had
been told," Mel said.
The first mission introduced Mel and the com-
pany to combat in a rude fashion.
"I remember there was a sergeant named Hunt,
who didn't like me because I was Jewish. Some other
guys didn't care for him either. He tried to be friends
once we got to the front."
That first day in combat, Mel got blown off his
feet by a German 88 artillery round that had targeted
the area.
"I was just shaken up, not hurt. I don't know why.
We looked next to us and saw Hunt hiding behind a
wooden cross in the field. We yelled at him to get out of
there, but he said, 'They can't kill me.' A second later,
an 88 landed right on top of him and that was it.
"I didn't like him, but I sure didn't want that to
happen to him. We realized then that this was war."
The division was then sent to Metz to help Patton
capture the ancient fortress. It was a miserable assign-
ment in miserable weather.
In mid-December 1944, Mel and the division
were ordered to pack up and board some trucks head-
ing north.
"We didn't know what was going on. All we were
told was there was heavy fighting. We drove 350 miles
and it was cold, wet and miserable all the way."
When the convoy stopped, the men were told to
"get out, dig in and stop the Germans," Mel said.
Historians call this the "Battle of the Bulge."
The miserable weather and the constant shelling
by the Germans turned one day into another. Mel's
unit had no winter clothing, no hot food and lacked
decent equipment and heavy weapons. Breakfast was
a K-ration can of beans heated over a sterno can, if
anyone could find one to light.
By now a staff sergeant, Mel would get replacement
troops daily from the rear to be put into the lines. The
replacements would be clerks, cooks, air corps ground
crew, or whomever the Army could find.
"I would see them in the morning when they
reported in, and they would be dead by night. It was
just terrible. They weren't trained as infantry, but
there was nobody else."
Of the 42 men in his platoon when the Bulge
started, Mel would be one of only seven men not
killed or wounded by the end of the war.
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the Germans, it was a matter of survival, of not letting
down your buddies.
"I never thought about what I would do if I were
captured. I had an 'H' on my dog tags for Hebrew,
and we had all heard what the Germans, especially
the SS, did to captured Jewish soldiers. I just didn't
think about it."
But Mel and his men did think that sooner or later
they would get hit.
L\ _cly GI knows if you fight long enough, you'll
either be killed or wounded. You take a fatalistic
approach and just do your duty," he said.
The Battle of the Bulge lasted until mid-January
1945, when the Allies began pushing toward the
Rhine River.
One day in combat, some hidden Germans shot
and killed Mel's platoon officer.
"He was a nice guy. Everyone liked him. We sur-
rounded the Germans and they put down their rifles.
A lot of guys wanted to shoot them right there, but I
put a stop to it. It would have been a big mistake."
On another patrol, Mel encountered a German
sniper who wanted to surrender. Mel happened to
have a German pistol with him and thought about
pulling the trigger.
"But I just told myself, 'don't do it.' And I didn't.
And I'm glad I didn't. It would have been wrong."
Some German soldier somewhere may have sur-
vived the war because Mel didn't pull the trigger.
If Mel ever wondered why he was fighting, that
ended when his outfit helped liberate the Ohrdorf
Concentration Camp, near Gotha.
At Ohrdorf, Mel saw dead bodies piled like cord-
wood.
"It was horrible to look at, and the stench, to this
day, I can still smell it.


"I get too upset and angry. It didn't have to be
that way. The Allies could have bombed the railroads
leading to these camps, but did nothing."
Finally, in early May 1945, Mel began to believe
he would survive the war.
"I remember during the Bulge I started to cry
one night, thinking I wasn't going to make it. Two
buddies came over, put their arms around me, and we
just talked. There was my friend, Gillman. He was
from New Jersey and Jewish. We became great pals
and we both made it through the war. I was absolutely
surprised I made it."
In the first week of May, 1945, Mel and K Co.
heard the Germans were about to surrender, then they
got orders to attack a Czechoslovakian town.
"Nobody wanted to be the last guy killed on
the last day of the war," recalled Mel. The company
shuffled its feet for a few hours, then it got orders to
hold fast. The Germans had surrendered.
The celebration, however, was bittersweet.
"We knew we would be headed to the Pacific
after Europe. We were happy about the German sur-
render, but not that happy," Mel said.
Mel was on leave in the United States preparing
to depart for the Pacific when he learned that the
atomic bomb was dropped. A few days later, Japan
surrendered.
"Nobody wanted that invasion. If we had invaded,
it would have been a disaster and I would be dead.
So, I credit the atom bomb with saving my life, and
that of a lot of other servicemen," he said.
Mel was discharged from the Army in January
1946. He returned home and met his mother in the
driveway of the house. Both were crying. Mel was
20 years old.
He entered New York University that fall and
met his future wife on a blind date. After graduation,
he became an educator and retired in 1987.
He and wife Sandy began spending winters on
Anna Maria Island in 1998. They have a summer
home on Long Island, N.Y., and they have three
daughters and three grandchildren.
"It's hard to talk about the bad things of the war.
After I was discharged, I was like a kid and I tried to
act like the war never happened. The war didn't enter
my mind for many years. Now, I can't get it out of
my thoughts."
But Mel is proud of his service. He wouldn't take
$1 million for his experiences, but he wouldn't trade
them for the world.
"I was one of the lucky ones," Mel said.
Mel Brenner. A proud member of the Greatest
Generation.


Feb. 14 on the beach
at Cafe on the Beach
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Everyone welcome,
register at the event.

Nuptials, vow renewals,
commitments and promises.
The Rev. Charlie Shook officiating.
Champagne toast, reception, dinner
and entertainment at Cafe on the
Beach. Join the fun!
Register 4 p.m., Promises 5 p.m.
Buffet Dinner 5:30 p.m.
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AME students

jump for hearts
Double dutch, high jump and hopscotch are a
few of the jump rope games Anna Maria Elementary
School students can be seen playing at recess and
during physical education classes.
On Feb. 12, AME will participate in Jump Rope
For Heart. The second annual event, sponsored by the
American Heart Association, teaches students about
their hearts, as well as raises money for children
experiencing heart problems.
AME PE coach Kirssy Kerber has been preparing
students for the giant jump off.
"Students like it even more, since a recent movie
showcased jump rope. It really brought the competi-
tive edge out," said Kerber.
Music, balloons and a variety of of jump rope
styles will be featured.
Students raise money for the AHA by collection
donations or pledges from people.
For more information on Jump Rope For Heart,
call AME at 941-708-5525.

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-
garten.
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
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Wrapping up a good program
AME school resource officer Brian Copeman
speaks to students, teachers and parents about this
year's DARE program. "All of the kids worked
hard. I got to know students better than I ever
have," said Copeman. Each year AME fifth-grad-
ers participate in the DARE program. This year
was the first Copeman taught them during the fall
semester.


Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School
teacher Lauren
Waite's first-grade
class celebrates
100 days of
school Feb. 5.
Throughout the
day, students par-
ticipated in games
and activities
dealing with the
numeral 100.


Hard work pays off with DARE
AME resource officer Brian Copeman congratu
lates students as they receive certificates, shirts and
a Drug Abuse Resistance Education stuffed animal.
Students thanked Copeman for teaching them to
say "No" to drugs and alcohol.


AME celebrates 100 days
On Feb. 5, students at Anna Maria Elementary
celebrated a landmark in their school year the 100
days of school.
"I've been celebrating this day with my students
since I first became a teacher," said Tina Gofferd.
"It's a great learning opportunity and an exciting day
at school."
Teachers around Manatee County use the 100
days of school as a way to give their students a break,
while also teaching them new lessons.
To prepare for the day, teachers at AME gave
students assignments in advance. Some classrooms
brought in collections of 100 items. One activity for
some students was to make a snack of 10 items. Once
students chose 10 items, they then took 10 of each to
make 100 snacks for the day.
"The students think its almost like a holiday.
They don't think they're learning, but they really
are," said Gofferd.
First-grader Mary Grace Cucci looks for 100
words during the 100-days-of-school celebration.
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Saying 'No' with DARE
AME resource officer Brian Copeman of the Holmes Beach Police Department stands with winners of
the Drug Abuse Resistance Education essay contest, Henrik Hellem Brusso, from left, Copeman, Natasha
Nieckoski and Kia Kern. Students wrote essays to show what they learned from DARE. "It dawned on me,
I just turned 11 and I need to apply myself to reach my goals.... I will not do drugs or alcohol," Nieckoski's


essay stated. Islander Photos: Kimberly Kuizon.


Islanders with honors
Holmes Beach resident Amber Wright was
named to the dean's list at Florida Institute of
Te uicol h1,< '\ in Melbourne for the fall semester.
Wright's major is aerospace engineering.
To be included on the FIT dean's list, a
student must complete 12 or more graded cred-
its in a semester with a semester grade-point
average of at least 3.4.
Ben Murphy of Holmes Beach was named
to the Connecticut College dean's list for the
2009 fall semester.
Connecticut's dean's honors is a recogni-
tion for students who have earned a grade-point
average of at least 3.3.
Jessica Pate of Holmes Beach was named
to the Furman University dean's list for the
2009 fall semester.
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time undergraduate students who earn a grade-
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Feb. 12, Shoes for Haiti.
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Feb. 15, President's Day. No school.
Feb. 16, Splash grant outdoor education
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Feb. 18, Domino's pizza day.
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Wednesday, Feb. 10
7:45 to 9 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
Sunrise Breakfast at Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
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. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players Theater
valentine lunch with guest musician Marianne Barnebey at the Sun
House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-518-4431.
5 to 8p.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.

Thursday, Feb. 11
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.
8 to 11 pm. "Sweetheart Dance" hosted by the Kiwanis Club
of Anna Maria Island at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Friday, Feb. 12
9 a.m. Senior Adventures group presentation by art therapist
Carol Miller at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bra-
denton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.
12:30 p.m. Flower arranging presentation hosted by the Anna
Maria Garden Club at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2809.
5 to 7p.m. Opening reception for the "Maritime Heritage" art
exhibit at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
Information: 941-708-6120.
5:30 p.m. Artist reception for Marie Garafino at the Artists
Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
778-6694.

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9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rummage sale at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book signing with Linda Lamp, author of
"The Cookbook and Galley Journal of the Privateer Ship Sea Serpent"
at the BackAlley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
778-1800.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -Art and Craft Show to benefit the Anna Maria
Island Butterfly Garden at Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
6 p.m. Valentine's Day dinner with music by Hammers and
Adams at the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bra-
denton Beach. Information: 941-779-2314. Fee applies.

Sunday, Feb. 14
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -Art and Craft Show to benefit the Anna Maria
Island Butterfly Garden at Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
2p.m. "From AMICCO with Love" concert by the Anna Maria
Island Community Chorus and Orchestra at Crosspointe Fellow-
ship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-727-9886. Fee
applies.
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Monday, Feb. 15
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club lunch with guest
speaker Bill McBride, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-779-0564.

Wednesday, Feb. 17
Noon to 2 pm. -Anna Maria Island Historical Society volunteer
recognition lunch at the Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-779-9108. Fee applies.

Ongoing:
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna
Maria at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the
public. Fee 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. Information: 941-778-3390.
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nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m., Irish Dancers host dances with
instruction 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 Pine Ave., 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.
Information: 941-708-6130.
Thursday, 6 p.m., Co-Dependents Anonymous group meets
on the Island. Call for location: 508-815-7378.
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-1813.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets
at Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open-air market at 107 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach, through mid-April. Information: 941-518-4431.
Through Feb. 28, American Watercolor Society 142nd Annual
Traveling Exhibition at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Braden-
ton. Information: 941-746-2862. Fee applies.
OFF-ISLAND EVENTS:
Wednesday, Feb 10
6 to 10 p.m. Valentine Love Birds Food and Wine Tasting at
Save Our Seabirds, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Informa-
tion: 941-388-3010. Fee applies.
7 to 9 pm. "Stranger Than You Can Imagine: Relativity, Quan-
tum & String Theories" discussion at the South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-9161. Fee applies.

Thursday, Feb. 11
7p.m. Extraordinarily Human Film Series: In The Shadow
of the Moon, with musical guest Koko Ray at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-9161.
Fee applies.

Friday, Feb. 12
12:30 to 5 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club "Super Bowl of Shell
Shows" at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Information: 941-492-5296. Fee applies.

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7 a.m. to noon The Great Backyard Bird Count at De Soto
National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-792-0458, ext. 104.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club "Super Bowl of Shell
Shows" at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Information: 941-492-5296. Fee applies.

Sunday, Feb. 14
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club "Super Bowl of Shell
Shows" at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Information: 941-492-5296. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Feb. 16
6:30 p.m. GPS boating seminar at the Anna Maria Island Sail
and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information:
941-795-0482.

Coming Up:
Feb. 17, Polymer clay art demonstration, Artists Guild Gal-
lery.
Feb. 18, "Curtains" opens at Manatee Players, Bradenton.
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Feb. 19, Chinese New Year celebration, South Florida
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Feb. 19, Watercolor and values class at Anna Maria Island Art
League.
Feb. 20, Ed Hunzeker speaks at Kiwanis Club meeting.
* Feb. 20, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Cook-Off.
Feb. 20-21, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
Feb. 22, Senior Singles lunch, Star Fish Co. Restaurant.
* Feb. 23, "The Peaceable Kingdom" choral concert, Neel Performing
Arts Center.

Save the Date:
Feb. 24-25, Safe Drive course, Island Branch Library.
Feb. 27, Pines Trailer Park Street Sale.
Feb. 28, Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival.
March 4, "En Plein Air Affair," Longboat Key Center for the Arts.
March 12, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club "An Evening at
Casino Royale."
March 20, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
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to a Holmes Beach Police Department report.
On Jan. 30, Alicea received a $100 bill from a
customer purchasing diapers. According to her affi-
davit, Alicea said the color of the bill "looked kind
of funny."
Alicea said she used a counterfeit-detection
marker that showed the bill was legitimate. But, she
said in the affidavit, she still had a bad feeling about
it, so she held the bill to a light and realized it was
a $5 bill with $100 printed on it, and that she could
see the Abraham Lincoln hologram next to the Ben
Franklin face.
Alicea called the police and reported the cus-
tomer's description, her vehicle tag number and
described the car.
Alicea gave an HBPD officer the counterfeit bill,
and he reported that while en route to the Bradenton
Beach Police Department he observed the vehicle
parked in front of a resort in the 2300 block of Gulf
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boater after locating him Feb. 6 at Moore's Stone
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A caller contacted search-and-rescue coordina-
tors at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at about 9
a.m., after watching the news and reported he saw the
missing boat moored at the marina and boater Peter
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Bradenton Beach
Jan. 31, 200 Gulf Drive N., defrauding an inn-
keeper. An officer was dispatched to the BeachHouse
Restaurant. When the officer arrived, three suspects
were at the scene. The waitress said she served them
food and drinks and they left without paying. Their
bill was $110.55. The three suspects were arrested
and taken to the Bradenton Beach Police Department,
where they were determined to be homeless. They
were transported to Manatee County jail.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 29, 3308 Gulf Drive, petit theft. An officer
was dispatched in reference to a suspicious person.
The caller stated that a man had been drinking alcohol
and sleeping behind his neighbor's vacant house. The
caller said he warned the man to stop coming on his
property and to stay away from the neighbor's house.
The same day, the caller saw the man on one of his
lawn chairs, drinking beer.
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Gaunt Law Publishing at 3011 Gulf Drive. The sus-
pect was arrested for theft of the lawn chair and trans-
ported to Manatee County jail.
Jan. 30, 3701 E. Bay Drive, drugs. An officer
responded to a call from the parents that their 20-year-
old son was unresponsive. The officer witnessed the
man try to conceal a bottle of pills, for which it was
determined he did not have a prescription. He was
taken to the hospital for treatment, and subsequently
to jail.
Jan. 30, theft, 5410 Marina Drive. A woman came
to HBPD to report that her purse had been stolen the
night before from D.Coy Ducks bar. Witnesses stated
that there was a suspicious-looking female who left
suddenly. The victim canceled her credit card and cell
phone. The suspect was not immediately located.


Obituaries

Clyde T. Fretwell Jr.
Clyde T. Fretwell Jr., 56, of Holmes Beach, and
formerly of Hampton, Va., died Jan. 28.
A memorial service was held Feb. 5.
He is survived by son Bunji; daughter Kimberly;
five grandchildren, Chelsea, Tommy, Chloe, Chris-
tian and Ashton; brother Wayne; and sisters Kitty
and Doris of Williamsburg, Va.

Susan K. Vaught
Susan K. Vaught, 61, of Bradenton, died Jan. 25.
She moved to Manatee County in 1990 from Canton,
Ohio, and became owner of Tiny's on Longboat Key
in 2008. She was previously manager of the Hunt
Club and the Buccaneer Inn, both on Longboat
Key.
Covell Funeral Home, Bradenton, served the
family.
Susan is survived by her husband of 20 years,
Captain Dave; son Todd Cook of New Philadelphia,
Ohio; mother, Joyce Newport of Tuscon, Ariz., four
brothers, Bob and Tom McGough, both of Maryland,
Mark Keifer of Virginia and Mark Texeria of Mary-
land; sister Debbie Rinehart of Maryland and four
grandchildren.


THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 10, 2010 0 23

Youthful players pursue


football super stardom


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
It was another week of NFL flag football action
for the kids at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, where three games were decided by two
points or less.
The season is more than half over, so jockeying
for a favorable seed is under way. One of the really
close games was Tortilla Bay Dolphins, undefeated in
the 8-9 division thanks to a 20-19 win over last-place
BeachHouse Cardinals Feb. 3. The Cardinals were
driving toward a score when they simply ran out of
time and just missed out on a huge upset victory.
Ethan Bertrand had a big game for the Fins, rush-
ing for 90 yards, while also catching passes good for
21 yards, including a touchdown and what turned out
to be an important two-point conversion. Bertrand
also came through on defense with an interception
to go with his two flag pulls. Dylan Doyle also had a
great game, scoring two touchdowns with 27 receiv-
ing yards and 44 yards on the ground. Quarterback
Joey Stewart threw for 60 yards, while Ryan Doyle
finished with 29 rushing and receiving yards. Corbin
Gregg and Ryan and Dylan Doyle each contributed
two flag pulls for the Dolphin defense.
The Cardinals ran for more than 200 yards led
by Masen Blandord's 92 rushing yards. Tyler Pearson
ran for 65 yards, including a touchdown and an extra
point, while Alexander Buttram ran for 46 yards and
a pair of touchdowns. Buttram also led the Cardinal's
defense with four flag pulls, while Pearson had three
and Cameron Pasco and Brooke Capparelli each fin-
ished with two pulls in the loss.
The 10-12 division game of the week saw Mr.
Bones Bengals edge Ross Built Raiders 14-12 Feb.
2 thanks to a strong all-around game from Logan
Reiber.
Reiber accounted for all of the Bengals scoring
and they came from both sides of the ball. He scored
an offensive touchdown while totaling 65 yards
of offense, but he really came through on defense.


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had a sack that produced a safety, and a game-high
nine flag pulls. Jean-Paul Russo added an interception
on defense and added 45 receiving yards. Noah Con-
nors completed 9 of 16 passes for 100 yards, while
Chris Gunn added 22 receiving yards to round out
the Bengals offense.
The Raiders were led by Jack Shinn, who ran for
86 yards and a touchdown on offense, while contrib-
uting seven flag pulls on defense. Jake and Andrew
Ross added three flag pulls apiece, while Joey Cucci
returned an interception for a touchdown to complete
the Raider scoring in its first loss of the season.
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers held off
Lapensee Plumbing Ravens 19-18 in 13-16 division
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a good game, completing 14 of 25 passes for 162
yards and three touchdowns. Liam Cassidy was
on the receiving end of two of those throws, while
Jordan Grabski had one touchdown reception to go
along with 106 receiving yards. Grabski also con-
tributed a pair of interceptions and two flag pulls to
the Panther defensive effort that saw Hightower and
James Hardy get two flag pulls and Lauren Hightower
get a quarterback sack.
Chris Pate led the Ravens offensive attack with
102 combined passing, rushing and receiving yards to
go along with one touchdown. Tommy Price added 92
yards of total offense and a touchdown, while Hunter
Parrish finished with 22 receiving yards and a touch-
down.
Alex Berhard led the Raven defense with an
interception, QB sack and three flag pulls. Price and
Olivia Roemer added two flag pulls, while Pate and
Parrish finished with one pull apiece in the loss.
The Bengals squeaked past the Cowboys 25-20
Feb. 4 in adult division action. Quarterback Scott Dell
completed 16 of 25 passes for 256 yards and four
touchdowns in the victory. He connected with Billy
Malfese for two touchdowns, an extra point and 67
yards, while also hooking up with Andy Jonatzke for
two TDs and 49 receiving yards.
The Bengals' defensive effort was led by Malfese
with two flag pulls and an interception. Tyler Bek-
kerus added one flag pull and an interception in the
victory.
David Zaccagnino completed 11 of 13 passes for
168 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cowboys,
which also received a pair of touchdown receptions
from Jesse Brisson and one from David Johnston.
Heidi Johnston completed one pass for 12 yards,
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The men of the Key Royale Club played an
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Eichhorn fired a 2-under-par 62 to take first place
by one stroke over second-place finisher Vince Mer-
cadante. Three shots back and tied for third with
matching 65s were Dick Ware and Dick Grimme.
The women of the Key Royale Club played a
nine-hole, low-net game Feb. 2. Flight A winner
was Diane Miller, who carded a 48 to finish three
shots ahead of second-place finisher Beverly Neville.
Flight C winner was Sue Wheeler, who fired a 46 to
finish in front of second-place finisher Sally Martin
at 62. Nell Bergstrom carded a 57 to win Flight D.
The ladies also kept track of low putts for the day.
Miller, Wheeler and Martin tied with 18 putts on the
round.
The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome
match Feb. 1. The team of Ed Havlik, Pete Weir, Bill
Shuman and Paul Proxy matched the 27 carded by the
team of Dana Cessna, Chuck Reed, Carl Wencker and
Jim Dunne to finish in a tie for first place.

Horseshoe news
Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits
Feb. 6 saw four teams emerge from pool play to battle
for the trophy. Norm Good and Bob Lee squeaked
past Gene Bobeldyke and Bob Brown 21-19 in the
first semifinal, while Steve Doyle and John Craw-
ford broke a 20-20 tie to defeat Hank Huyghe and
Leo Hutton 23-20. Good and Lee took top honors for
the day with a close, 21-17 victory over Doyle and
Crawford.
The Feb. 3 games also saw four undefeated pool
play records. John Crawford, the walking team of one
rolled past Leo Hutton and Paul Sheatler 23-7. The
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Pittsburgh Pirates plan to honor former
player and Baseball Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski
with a statue at their PNC Park this season.
Mazeroski has long been an occasional Anna
Maria Island visitor, especially in March, when the
Pirates are in Bradenton for spring training.
The "Tribute to Maz" statue will feature the like-
ness of Mazeroski rounding the bases after his famed
home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat the New
York Yankees in the 1960 World Series.
The proposed location for the statue will be at
the end of the cul-de-sac along Mazeroski Way, near
the right-field entrance to PNC Park.
Susan Wagner, the same artist who created the
Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell statues at the
Pittsburgh park, was commissioned for the Mazeroski
statue.
Mazeroski remains the only player in Major
League Baseball history to hit a game-winning home
run in Game 7 of a World Series.
His blast off New York's Ralph Terry Oct. 13,
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Another cold front dampens fishing outlook

By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter


Another cold front blew through on the first
weekend of February, topping off a slow week of
inshore fishing for most anglers.
And the front could once again set inshore fishing
action back.
The best bite reported by anglers was with redfish
around docks. Baits must be cast tight to structure and
worked very slowly, as fish have not been feeding
heavily. Best baits have been live shrimp and Berkley
Gulp baits.
The best overall action may be on the nearshore
artificial reefs. Look for sheepshead, mangrove snap-
per, smaller grouper and porgies to be abundant.
Remember that grouper fishing in all waters is closed
until April 1.
Capt. Warren Girle reported a Jan. 4 trip with
the flats giving up a bunch of trout. "We probably
caught 30-plus trout," he said. "They were all skinny
as can be."
But he was encouraged by a few schools of bait,
as well as some smaller trout. "That showed me the
little ones weren't affected by the cold," he said.
He also reported redfish, sheepshead and black
drum under docks.
"This is probably the toughest winter I've seen
in a long time," Girle said. "It's going to be tough
to fish nearshore because it's so riled up out there.
Unless you can find cleaner water, it's just going to
be a real slow bite with this weather. It doesn't warm
up enough to get the fish on a feeding frenzy."
Girle added that the fish are still lazy. "You've
also got to hand feed them," Girle said. "You have to
get the bait right in front of them or nothing's going
to happen."
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said the winter fishing pattern is still in full effect.
"It's great," he said. Howard said redfish are still
biting under docks. "I whacked a few nice ones yes-
terday," Howard said. "Two were over the slot and
the rest were small. So there's still a mix under the
docks."
Howard said he fished some artificial reefs in the
bay and caught some sheepshead. "That should only
get better in the next few weeks," he said.
Howard said on a recent trip he caught about a
dozen trout five of them keepers on a 1/8-ounce
jig head with a pearl white Berkley Gulp bait.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said this week he'll be
fishing the flats for trout and hitting docks for redfish.
He's heard there have been some smaller grouper
caught on the inshore artificial reefs.
James Followell from the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge south fishing pier said that anglers had been
catching grouper to 30 inches on pinfish. Grouper, of
course, are out of season in state and federal waters
as of Feb. 1. Followell said that sheepshead also had
been hitting shrimp around the pier.
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"Last weekend's cold front knocked things back
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awhile. It hasn't been normal ever since the freeze. I
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Bob Kilb from the Rod & Reel Pier said a few
sheepshead have been caught, along with an occa-
sional bonnethead shark or stingray. "That's about
the extent of it," Kilb said.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said fishing action has been
decent. "For once we had a string of mild, calm-
weather days that were very fishable," he said.
Zacharias said the bulk of the action for his cli-
ents was with speckled trout, redfish, sheepshead
and black drum. He said the trout caught were 10-20
inches. "Live shrimp and a variety of soft-bodied
plastic jigs did the trick with the trout," he said. "An
incoming tide seemed to produce best and the specks
were found in a variety of locations from the open
flats of Sarasota and Palma Sola bays to backwater
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Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters said amberjack and snapper have been
the best bets offshore, starting in 125 feet of water
depth.
His catches have included mangrove snapper,
yellowtail snapper, porgies and sharks. He said on
one recent trip a 9-foot hammerhead shark followed
an amberjack to the boat.
He said closer to shore, including the 1- and
3-mile artificial reefs, anglers can look for monster
sheepshead, along with mangrove snapper, porgies
and loads of Key West grunts.
Capt. T.J. Stewart of Cast Away Charters
said he's been fishing some nearshore artificial reefs
because last week's easterly winds made for rela-
tively calm conditions. He said the reefs held a good
bite of sheepshead, grouper and snapper.
But he said the inshore bite has been tough. "If
you catch 10 fish, that's a pretty decent day," Stewart
said.
On a brighter note, Stewart said one of his clients
last week caught a 24-inch redfish with 81 spots. "It
was wild," he said.
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Olive Oil Outpost to open
The Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost is expected
to open in mid-February at 401 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, according to owner Kelly Kary.
Kelly said the store will feature pre-bottled olive
oils and private-label olive oil in bulk. Customers can
bring their own bottle to fill, or purchase a reusable
bottle from the store.
The Olive Oil Outpost will also offer pastas, vin-
egars, pestos, tapenades, crackers, spices and spice
blends, peppers, sea salts and olives. Most prod-
ucts will be available pre-packaged and bulk, Kelly
said.
She's no stranger to the olive oil business, having
spent the past six years operating an olive oil store in
Sarasota.
"I decided that Anna Maria would be a great fit
and I'm bringing my core business," Kelly said.
But Kelly also will look to the needs of her cus-
tomers and supply them with additional products and
services as warranted.
"I really want to be an asset to the community,"
she said.
For more information, call 941-544-8004.


Regions Bank offers
condo seminar
The Anna Maria Island branch of Regions Bank,
3900 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, will host a seminar


on condominiums sales starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 17.
A bank press release said the seminar will focus
on changes in legal, insurance and mortgage guide-
lines, in addition to closing a condo sale or pur-
chase.
Representatives from the bank, Oswald Trippe &
Co. insurance and Barnes, Walker and Goethe attor-
neys will speak at the seminar.
For more information, call 941-778-8060.


Chamber events
in February
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will host several events in February.
Chamber breakfast: The Sunrise Breakfast
will be from 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10,
at the Gulf Drive Cafe, Bradenton Beach.
The cost is $8 and reservations are requested.
Chamber business card exchange: The Febru-
ary business card exchange will be from 5 p.m. to 7
p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at A.J.'s Island Network at
The Loft, 9801 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The cost is $5 per person and reservations are
requested.
Chamber music festival: The chamber's
monthly Friday Fest/Island Music Festival will be
from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, on Pine
Avenue, Anna Maria.
For more information on the chamber events
or to make a reservation for the breakfast or card
exchange, call 941-778-1541.


Free arthritis alternatives
seminar offered
Tricia Graziano will host a free seminar on
alternative treatment for arthritis from noon to 1
p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Body and Sol Well-
ness Center, 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.


For more information or to make a reservation,
call 941-773-6134.



Island real

estate transactions
203 Spruce Ave., Anna Maria, a 696 sfla / 832
sfur 2bed/lbath Gulffront home built in 1952 on a
123x157 lot was sold 01/22/10, Spahn to Brown for
$1,475,000; list $1,700,000.
115 48th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 100x100
lot zoned R1 was sold 01/20/10, Smith to Stein for
$-43,900.
2312 Gulf Drive, Unit 209, Sunset Terrace, Bra-
denton Beach, a 1,180 sfla / 1,340 sfur 2bed/2bath
Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1982 was
sold 01/20/10, Venditti to Wright for $420,000; list
$449,000.
3207 Gulf Drive, Unit 4, Palm Isle Village,
Holmes Beach, a 636 sfla / 670 sfur Ibed/lbath
condo with shared pool built in 2007 was sold
01/22/10, Beach Daisy LLC to Ross for $310,000;
list $379,000.
413 Bay Palms Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,412
sfla / 1,938 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1967 on
a 80x100 lot was sold 01/21/10, GMAC Mortgage
LLC to Dea for $268,750.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 228, Tortuga, Braden-
ton Beach, a 675 sfla Ibed/lbath condo with shared
pool built in 1976 was sold 01/19/10, Eagle Nest
Botel Inc. to Lee for $215,300.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 267, Runaway Bay,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shard pool built in 1978 was sold 01/19/10,
Caroll to Hill for $215,000; list $249,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
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PHOTO PRINTER, COMPAC HP, never used,
extra ink and paper, $40. 941-778-0029.

NINE CHERISHED TEDDIES by Enesco. 1994-
1996 with boxes. $30. 941-778-4451.

BOOKS: 22 FINE novels for $20.941-794-2392.

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

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail classifieds@islander.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


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.

ANTIQUE APPRAISALS BY Julie McClure,
5 p.m.-8 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 10, Episcopal
Church. 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

MIKE SALES WEEKLY "Plog" I am singing 4
p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Cafe on the Beach; 6
p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Slim's Place. 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, Cafe on the Beach; 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Drift
In; and 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Feeling Swell.
E-mail me with your song requests: mikesalespre-
sents@live.com See you at a show!

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @ sothe-
bysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.


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.

"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, 941-778-
8300, www.SweetPeasAMI.com.

WANTED: BUCKETS. DONATE clean five-gallon
buckets with lid to ship to Haiti. Please drop at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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

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

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

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

DON'T FORGET! The Islander has "mullet"
T-shirts. Stop in our office at 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach or order online www.islander.
org.


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

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


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

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 13.
6250 Holmes Blvd. # 51, Holmes Beach.

GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Great
stuff! Pottery Barn items, kids, dishes, bedding.
307 64th St., Holmes Beach.

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


FOUND: SILVER EARRING. Sunday morning, S&S
Plaza parking lot. Call 941-778-5099 to claim.

FOUND: CHRYSLER KEYS. Skull key chain.
Near Beachhouse Restaurant, Bradenton Beach.
941-778-3004.

LOST: SMALL BLACK toolbox with yellow handle
At Marina Drive and 63rd Street. Holmes Beach.
941-704-5171.

LOST, HP BLACK and silver camera, black case,
approximately Jan. 13. Bradenton Beach, Cortez
Beach, Island Publix or Holmes Beach. Reward.
909-725-1045.





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LOST CAT: WHITE and gray tiger, no tail. Area
of 23rd Street and Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
$25 reward. 941-778-2374.

FOUND: KEYS ON blue lanyard, in HAITI dona-
tions at The Islander newspaper. 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.


GOOFY SEEKS FAMILY: 1-year-old pomeranian,
mixed gray, white, gold. Needs a good family. Chi-
huahua pups, too. All shots. $100. 941-400-2815.

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

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


GOLF CART: 2005 Club Car 48v. Looks brand
new. High speed, rear flip seat, windshield.
$2,500. 863-398-1638.

2008 ILBELLO SCOOTER: 50cc with speed kit,
wind screen, top case. Excellent condition. 3,300
miles. $1,200.941-795-7255.

1998 CHEVY CAVALIER. Runs good. Automatic,
air conditioning. $1,500. Rick, 941-224-4977.

1992 MERCURY GRAND Marquis. $1,200. Runs
well. 96,000 miles. 941-761-7470.

2008 POLARIS RAZOR: 800 RZR. Long travel,
custom cage and exhaust. Price $3,800. I have
180 pictures. bo47goa@msn.com. 407-641-
9648.

2005 LANDROVER/FREELANDER: silver with
black leather. One owner, 46,000 miles, priced
$3,000 under retail at $8,000. 941-730-2606.


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I WOULD APPRECIATE advice on submitting Harle-
quin Press, Mills and Boon novel. Any author willing
(for remuneration of course) to read over my manu-
script pre-submission? Susan, 941-704-0831.

PART-TIME SERVER: Part-time bus person, dish-
washer. Light maintenance involved. Both experi-
enced. Drug-free workplace. 941-504-0030.

GENERAL STORE: SEEKING associates that
are honest, friendly, hardworking and customer-
service focused. Please send resumes to anna-
mariageneralstore@gmail.com, or call Brian at
571-268-1198.

PART-TIME FOR assistance with QuickBooks
entry and payables. Well paid. Beach Bistro, 941 -
778-6444 or e-mail: mail@beachbistro.com.


SECRETARIAL: (law, real estate, professional)
work wanted. Complete home office. Extensive
experience. Call 941-778-0042.


KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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


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


wireless
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-ntenet
1400. in the vicinity of

LOOKING TO BUY a boat slip in Holmes Beachi T1 nln
or Anna Maria for a 16-foot boat. Email rickclout-I
ier@ live.com. 713-503-6382.

BOAT SLIP FOR sale: Deeded boat slip with dock
on Marina Drive. Direct access to Bimini Bay and
Gulf. Reduced. Call Matt. 941-730-2995.

CATALINA 25 SAILBOAT: 9 hp, fin keel. Slip avail-
able in Bimini Bay. $5,700.262-745-0339 or 608-
359-9116.


SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244. ass /

HELP WANTED: EVENT co-coordinator for a very I,
busy not-for-profit organization. Send resume to: 6 G
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Weekend five-hour morning shifts and weekend
sleepover shifts are available, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m.
Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
778-5476.

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

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

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurricane
covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL
inserts. TDWSINC @msn.com. 941-730-1399.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
or 941-730-5693.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
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Law Celebrating 25 Years of
Sw Qrtuality & Dependable Service.
SerVice Call us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
SReplacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
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Windows & Doors

941-730-5045

RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
SCarpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
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Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
rtez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236

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


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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.
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.
941-650-5058.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
YOUR SENIOR ASSISTANT: Cheerful, depend-
able, flexible hours by appointment. Leave contact
information at 941-792-4601.
DREDGING: RESIDENTIAL DOCKS, boatlifts,
slips, marinas. Per city of Holmes Beach autho-
rization. Contact Paul DeMariano. C&M Dredge-
Monster, 941-751-6999.
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Including small busi-
nesses and all states. Member of NSTP Call Pat
at 941-761-8156, Kenney Tax Service.
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
specialty. 941-778-3046.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Stu-
dios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house@verizon.netfor details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products, hand-
bags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now offering
in-home pedicure services. 941-713-5244.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
Beach.


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


ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

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



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"Service You Can Trust... Performance You Can Count On."
Call a 3rd generation county native for results!
Debra Parker Ibasfalean/Realtor, e-pro
'NER. REALTY 941-962-8788 cell VillageLady27@Verizon.net


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Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
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& Property Services Inc.

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



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.boat

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Neil, 941-726-3077.

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

GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.

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

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

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

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Michi-
gan carpenter, cabinet maker. All phases of con-
struction. 30 years experience. No job too big or
too small. Quality work guaranteed at affordable
prices. Call Mike, 877-822-4326. kroon@triton.
net.

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.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.


HERB'S LOW PRESSURE Washing and Painting:
Environmentally friendly. Free estimates. Licensed,
insured. Senior discounts. 941-750-9743.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.

OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space. 625
sf, $500/month. Also 1,800 sf. 8799 Cortez Road.
1-800-952-1206.

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
941-794-5980.

ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer,
seasonal $1,800/month, monthly or weekly rates
available. Close to beach, trolley and restaurants.
941-778-7167.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, nicely furnished,
washer and dryer, large back deck, steps to
beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-4944.
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-
650-3476.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
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,
941-730-1077.
AFFORDABLE ANNUAL RENTAL: Sandpiper
Mobile Resort, across from Gulf. 55-plus. 1 BR/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 2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED duplex in
Holmes Beach for rent. Park under building. Three
blocks to beach. $1,000/month. 941-730-2606.


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PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views. Available March,
April, May. 941-792-4991.

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.

ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, stackable washer
and dryer, $750/month. 1 BR/1BA, close to beach,
$700/month. 3BR/2BA, washer and dryer hook-
ups, tile floors. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
941-778-7500.

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.

PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views. Available March,
April, May. 941-792-4991.



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SPANISH PARK near Blake Hospital. 3BR/2BA,
2-car garage and huge family room. Fenced back yard.
$179,800.


ADORABLE 3 BR/2BA ground-level home located just one
house from the bay. New tile floors, great neighborhood and
short walk down the street to the beach! $329,000.


JUST 3 HOUSES TO BEACH. Great duplex located west
of Gulf Drive. 2 BR/1 BA and a 1 BR/1 BA. Selling "turn-
key" furnished. $599,000.

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


ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA elevated furnished
duplex in Holmes Beach. West side of Gulf Drive,
one block to beach. Washer, dryer, large storage
room. No pets. $1,000/month. 860-798-8982.

RENTAL WANTED: ISLAND business owner
seeks 3BR/2BA home for two year or longer
lease. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.

PLANNING A SUMMER Maine vacation? Check
us out! www.shoreacresmaine.com. Say you saw
in Islander.

WANTED: RENTAL ON Anna Maria Island for
Oct. 14, 2010, through April 15, 2011. 2BR/2BA
furnished. Call 937-657-6573.

HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1BA vacation rental. Feb
20-March 20, $2,500/month. April 20-March 20,
$2,000/month. 949-813-4900.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA Key Royale
home. Caged pool, garage, nice kitchen, tile
throughout. $1,950/month. 863-660-8366.

VACATION NOW: ISLAND home. 3BR/2BA, pool,
dock, $999/week. Available March 14. Longboat
Key, 2BR/1BA home, February, $600/week. Town-
house, 2BR/2BA, pool, dock, $850/week. Others
available. Call Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate
Mart.






SALES & RENTALS

(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maia
www.betsyhill. corn


EXPERIENCE
REPUTATION
/ REeALTOR. RESULTS
35 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview 3BR/2BA,
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. $329,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
PERICO ISLAND PATIO HOME, 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, Large Greatroom, $275,000.
RENTALS:
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
MARTINIQUE Luxury 2/2/Garage. Direct Gulf view.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


FEATURED PROPERTY
2BR, 2BA home on Clark Spring Lake with 85-ftfrontage. Recreation
includes kayaking, fishing, paddle boating. Old Florida solid-
masonry construction and charm with upgraded kitchen, new AC/
heat, roof, appliances, fans and window treatments. Large duplex lot,
quiet street, two short
blocks to beach.
Vaulted ceilings in
great room with water
view, terrazzo floors,
birchwood paneling
on walls and ceilings.
Two terraces, sunny
Florida room. Enjoy
Florida Living.
$499,000




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SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Li Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com


SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
2spinnakers.com.



MOBILE HOME: 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-
470-3851.

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
finance 813-245-0428.

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.

BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.


k^ quf May falty ofjnna Mar*ia I=c
SJesse (Brisson rorasociate,- J
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

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

Call Jesse Brisson
941-713-4755.


REDUCED $379,000. Remove small structure on this more
than 11,000 sq.ft. duplex zoned 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.

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"TWe ARE-the Island!"
SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Lic Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com


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HAQOLD SMALL REALTOR.
Office: (941) 778-2246 9411 .792- 8628
E-mail: iaroldsmall, Iwagnerrealtv com


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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-
6085.

BANK OWNED! 3BR/2BA Key West-style home
built in 2006. Gorgeous. $419,000. Cindy Migone,
Signature Sotheby's International Realty, 941-
812-7438.

BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED 3BR/2BA Island home.
Short walk to the beach. New roof, kitchen, win-
dows, deck, brick patio, indoor staircase and
foyer, air conditioning ducts, Hardiplank siding.
$499,000. 941-778-0147.
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.

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.

BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free bro-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
idaGroup.com. 941-713-0635.
SANDPIPER RESORT: MOBILE home for sale.
#507, includes share. $105,000. Best buy, turnkey.
585-359-8187.
REDUCED: OWNER'S LOSS is your gain! Bay,
canal, preserve-front home with wide-open
views. $1,149,000. Private showing, call Carmen
Pedota, 941-284-2598, Lori Guerin, 941-773-
3415. Duncan Real Estate.


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VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Condo D model,
2BR/2BA with family room, two-car garage, 2,000
sf. Remodeled new kitchen, bath, laundry, wood,
tile, carpet, air conditioning. Must see! $164,500.
Owner, realtor, 941-720-7519.
BRADENTON BEACH DIRECT Gulffront studio
condo. Newly updated. Turnkey furnished. Estab-
lished rental Income. Great investment. $279,000
By owner. 942-962-8220.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Sandpiper Resort co-op.
Completely renovated. Vacation unit or invest-
ment. Call for details. $129,900 with share. 304-
768-3333.

VILLAGE GREEN: 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, custom
villa. Quiet end, convenient, affordable, $159,000.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.


INVERNESS HOME: 125,000. Six exceptional
different lots, two with trailers. $39-59,000. New
tractor and assorted trucks, trailers, chainsaws.
Moneymaker, more. Information, 352-637-1242.
FORECLOSED HOME AUCTION: 450-plus
homes. Feb 27. Open house, Feb. 13, 20, 21 .View
full listings: www.Auction.com.

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DELRAY BEACH, FL: New luxury townhomes,
only six remain! Three or four bedrooms, two-
car garage! Was $475,000, now $284,900, plus
incentives! 561-922-7424. DeFalco Real Estate.
www.defalco.com.
LAKE LOT SALE! Saturday, Feb 20. Five acres only
$24,900 with free boat slips! Was $59,900. Save
$35,000 during off-season! Beautiful mix of woods
and meadows. Walk to private fishing lake. Quiet
country road frontage, utilities, warranty deed. Low
financing. Call 888-792-5253, ext. 3412.


All real estate advertising herein is subject to the
Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise
any preference, limitation or discrimination based on
race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or
national origin, or intention to make any such pref-
erence, limitation or discrimination Familial status
includes children under age of 18 living with parents
or legal custodians, pregnant women and people
securing custody of children under 18. This newspa-
per will not knowingly accept any advertising for real
estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers
are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in
this newspaper are available on an equal opportu-
nity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD
toll-free at (800) 669-9777, for the hearing impaired
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Vintage 2BD/1BA beach Bayfront Dream 4BD/4BA.
cottage. Secluded and Complete remodel and
tranquil North Shore. Gulfffront addition in 2005. Sunrise
with sunset views, to Sunshine Skyway views.
$1,499,000. $1,199,000.
Call Liz Codola, Realtor,GRI
941-812-3455 ecodola@tampabay.rr.com
SWAR(lK 5316 Marina Drive
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GREAT FAMILY HOME 3BR/2BA
PLENTY OF ROOM FOR A POOL.
$349,900
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Renew your promise to "love and cherish" your Valentine
Feb. 14 on the beach at Cafe on the Beach
Manatee Public Beach
EVERYONE WELCOME!
Nuptials, vow renewals, commitments and promises.
The Rev. Charlie Shook officiating.
Champagne toast, reception, dinner
and entertainment at Cafe on the Beach.
Registration begins at 4 p.m., Promises 5 p.m.
Buffet Dinner 5:30 p.m. (Large groups welcome)
Entertainment & Dancing 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Nuptials require a Manatee County license, $25 fee; certificates for renewals, promises, $10.
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