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Pier to come down, replacement uncertain
By Lisa Neff
The pier at the Manatee Public Beach
will come down in November, but what -
if anything will replace the deteriorated
structure remains an uncertainty.
The Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners declined to act on a request to
authorize county staff to proceed with work
to replace the pier with a 700-foot pier simi-
lar to structures in other coastal cities.
That's due to the price tag on a longer
pier and concerns about the appropriateness
of a long pier at the county beach in Holmes
Instead of endorsing a long pier, com-
missioners agreed to ask the Manatee
County Tourist Development Council to
consider funding priorities, including a new
pier at the public beach, but also potential
renovations for the city-owned pier in Anna
Maria and a new pier in Bradenton Beach.
The existing pier was closed due to safety
concerns and the decision made to demolish
In March, county commissioners reviewed
a plan for a 312-foot replacement pier. The
cost to demolish the existing pier and rebuild
a new pier was estimated at $1.5 million.
On Sept. 15, county natural resources
director Charlie Hunsicker presented commis-
sioners with artistic renderings of a replace-
The rendering of a 312-foot pier designed
to be accessible under the U.S. Americans with
Disabilities Act and meet minimum heights
above the sea floor shows a "dramatically dif-
ferent" structure than the one to be torn down,
The pier, to meet height requirements
over the gently sloping Gulf shore at Mana-
tee Public Beach, goes up and then abruptly
Island loses voters,
but county makes gains
By Rick Catlin
Slice Will the last person to leave Anna Maria
Island, please, turn off the lights?
a| It might sound like a pun, but according
to online figures from the Manatee County
: Box Supervisor of Elections Office, the Island
n. has lost 17.6 percent of its registered voters
during the past nine years. For the same
10( 0 period, Manatee County increased its voter
0Q rolls by 31,000 voters, a 15.4 percent gain.
n and Most Anna Maria Island elected officials
e 19 said the Island is not losing population, but
the rate of decline in registered voters is at
off odds with population figures.
'e 21 Some of those officials say there are
fewer voters, but the same number of
1i Z people on the Island, because more houses
are investment properties and part-time resi-
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Since 2000, the number of registered
voters in the three Island cities has dropped
from 6,679 to 5,505, a loss of 1,174 voters
But the rate of decline has slowed since
That year, the Island had 5,857 regis-
tered voters. Compared with the August 2009
figure of 5,505 registered voters, the four-year
decline is 6 percent (minus 352 registered
The Anna Maria decline is not cause for
alarm, at least at this point in time, said Anna
Maria Mayor Fran Barford.
"Our population is still about the same, so
I believe the drop reflects the economy and the
real estate market," she said.
More people are coming to the Island and
buying homes for investment, or becoming
part-time residents, she indicated.
She also noted that many people in the
boom years of 2004-2006 sold their Island
home and moved inland, making a nice profit
on the escalating real estate value of Island
'The economy has done a lot of this. It's
not because people don't like Anna Maria or
the Island, and it's not because people have
lost interest in politics. It's just the nature of
the Island economy," Barford said.
Anna Maria City Commissioner Dale
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Another rendering showed a 700-foot
pier, a structure about the same length as a
pier in Venice.
The 700-foot structure provides the aes-
thetic and recreational attributes of a recre-
ational pier designed for fishing and passive
recreational uses, Hunsicker said.
Fishing at the end of the longer pier would
be in water 15-18 feet deep.
"A 700-foot structure, that is our recom-
mendation," Hunsicker said.
He told the board the longer pier would
cost more, but that a financing plan was in the
The total cost to demolish the existing
pier and build a 312-foot pier would be $1.4
million, according to a county memo.
The total cost to demolish the existing
pier and build a 700-foot pier would be $2.7
"It looks very nice," Commissioner Carol
Whitmore said of the longer pier. But, she
added, "Where in the heck are we going to
get the money?"
Commissioner Joe McClash added,
"I think it is out of character for Holmes
Beach.... I couldn't stomach seeing a Venice
pier there. ...I'd rather just remove it."
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Voters drop on Island
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Woodland, however, said the loss of registered voters
shows the Island is changing.
"I grew up out here and so many of my friends
have sold out and moved off the Island because they
could no longer afford to live here. It's distressing.
I'm not overly concerned right now, but I am going
to keep an eye on the issue," he said.
Anna Maria City Commissioner Christine Tol-
lette was more direct.
"Any time you lose that many voters, we should
be concerned. It shows an economic trend," she
Her concern is that too many homes are being
bought for investment or a part-time home, or built
as investment property. The city needs to attract more
residents, particularly families.
"That's why it is important to keep our duplexes.
They retain the village atmosphere and provide
affordable housing," she said.
People still live on the Island, Tollette said, it's
just that more of them are only part-time residents
and don't register to vote here.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-
Martens was not overly disturbed about the decline
in her city and attributed the loss to more than just
"It's not fully due to the economy because a few
years ago, the number of homestead exemptions went
way up," she said.
Haas-Martens said a lot of people who bought 20
or 30 years ago on the Island have passed away or
moved off the Island. Their children get the home and
decide to rent it half the year and use it as a vacation
home, she said.
The economy, taxes and investment potential are
all part of the reason for the decline, she said.
Haas-Martens did note that Holmes Beach has
always had a large number of rental properties. "But
people still come out and vote and we still have about
the same population as five years ago," she said.
Not so in Bradenton Beach, said Mayor Mike
"When you lose that many voters in nine years,
you have cause for concern. We barely have 900
voters. It's just become too expensive to live on the
Island," he said.
Pierce is not ready to turn out the lights, but noted
the tax disparity.
"You have to have a lot of money to afford to live
on the Island. I paid $400 in taxes 20 years ago and
now it's more than $5,000, and I have a homestead
The 2005 prediction of former Bradenton Beach
Mayor John Chappie may be coming to fruition.
"Just look around at all the small properties that
have been converted the past few years to condomini-
ums for rental units or second homes," Chappie said
in a 2005 Islander story. "We are in serious danger
of losing our voting and population base."
According to available historical records, Bra-
denton Beach had nearly 1,400 registered voters in
The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3
election is Oct. 5.
By the numbers
Anna Maria had 1,357 registered voters as of
August 2009, according to the SOE Web site, a drop
of 128 (8.6 percent) from the 1,485 voters registered
for the 2005 election.
Compared with the 2000 number of registered
voters of 1,615, Anna Maria has lost 258 voters (16
percent) the past nine years.
Bradenton Beach, which lost 189 voters (16.6
percent) from 2000 to 2005, when the number fell
from 1,136 to 947, has lost just 38 voters the past
four years. The city has 909 registered voters as of
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However, Commissioner Larry Bustle said he has
walked long piers in other cities and "I wondered why
we don't have that in Manatee County. ... I think it's
great. It's exactly what our tourist dollars are for."
But the commission was reluctant to vote on
the extension without more information on the
financing and agreed to turn to the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council for its recommenda-
"I'd like to kind of move it along but would like
to see the financing," said Commissioner John Chap-
pie. "This is clearly a want, not a need."
"Perhaps they have a more pressing need out
there," Commissioner Ron Getman said of TDC pri-
The board agreed to seek a priority list from the
TDC, which Whitmore said would be discussed at
the council's next meeting.
Correction: The story in the Sept. 16 issue of
The Islander about expansion of Anna Maria
duplexes should have stated that city planner
Alan Garrett will draft amendments to the cur-
rent ordinance, not write a new ordinance.
August 2009, a drop of 4.1 percent from 2005.
Since 2000, however, the city has lost 20 percent,
or 229 voters from its registered voting population.
Holmes Beach fell from 3,425 registered voters
in 2005 to 3,239 voters as of August 2009, down 5.4
Since 2000, when the city had 3,928 voters reg-
istered, Holmes Beach has dropped 689 registered
voters (down 17.5 percent) when compared with the
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Five for three in Anna Maria city race
By Rick Catlin
Two political newcomers face three incumbent
Anna Maria city commissioners in the Nov. 3 munici-
Challengers Harold "Harry Stoltzfus" of Poinset-
tia Drive and David Gryboski of North Shore Drive
qualified to face incumbents Dale Woodland, Chris-
tine Tollette and John Quam.
Mark Alonso, who lost his 2008 bid for a com-
mission seat, picked up an election packet at city hall,
but chose not to mount another challenge.
The office of Anna Maria city commissioner pays
$400 per month. The stipend has not changed in more
than 10 years.
Commissioners are elected for a two-year term.
Harold "Harry" Stoltzfus
This is the first time Harold Stoltzfus has sought
He said he is running for a seat on the commis-
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach voters will cast ballots in
one race Nov. 3 the mayoral contest between
incumbent Michael Pierce and challenger William
The two ran against each other in 2007 seeking
to succeed John Chappie, who could not run again
due to city-mandated term limits.
During the 2007 campaign, both Shearon and
Pierce said if elected they would treat the mayoral
post as a full-time job and that their commitment was
to maintaining the city's "old Florida" charm.
Pierce, of the 2300 block of Avenue B, is a former
city commissioner from Ward 2 he served a year -
and a former chair of the city's scenic highway group.
Pierce moved to Bradenton Beach more than 20
years ago from Lansing, Mich., where he worked for
36 years for General Motors.
"It takes a long time to get big projects done,"
Pierce said, explaining his decision to seek re-elec-
tion. "And when I start something I see it through."
In a second term, he said he would focus on
drainage improvements and clearing up problems
with alleyways "without heavy-handed ways."
"I enjoy doing it," Pierce said of the mayoral
Shearon, of the 300 block of Gulf Drive South,
is a former commissioner from Ward 4 he served
three years and currently serves on the planning
and zoning board.
After a career of building up his business in Chi-
cago, Shearon moved to Bradenton Beach, where he
built up the business of the Linger Longer Resort with
his partner, Tjet Martin.
Registration closes Oct. 5
The deadline to register for the November munic-
ipal elections on Anna Maria Island is Oct. 5.
The elections will take place Nov. 3 in each of
the Island cities.
In Anna Maria, five candidates are vying for three
city commission seats.
In Bradenton Beach, with two commission seats
uncontested, the race is for mayor.
In Holmes Beach, five candidates are campaign-
ing for three commission seats.
To register to vote in Manatee County, an appli-
cant must be a U.S. citizen, a county resident, at least
18 years old, not mentally incapacitated and not pos-
sessing a felony conviction on his or her record.
People can find registration applications at a
number of locations, including local banks, city halls,
public libraries, post offices and businesses, such as
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The registration application also can be com-
pleted online at www.votemanatee.com, the Manatee
County Supervisor of Elections' Web site.
sion because he believes in the "uniqueness of Anna
Maria as a residential community and would like to
protect that uniqueness."
Stoltzfus, 55, owns Harcon Corp., a company
that provides access equipment to people working on
bridges. The company's head office is in Pennsylva-
He and wife Kathy moved permanently to Anna
Maria from Lancaster, Pa., six years ago. Daughter
Molly is a freshman at Manatee High School.
David Gryboski, 29, of North Shore Drive also
Shearon said his No. 1 priority, if elected, would
Referring to the commission decision to dip
into reserves for the 2009-10 budget, Shearon said,
"That's been built up over a decade. Someone has to
bite the bullet."
Shearon also said he wanted to see the city use
a better system for carrying out tasks and initiatives
and update policies, procedures and equipment.
Voters in November will not decide any contests
for a seat at the commission dais.
Incumbent Janie Robertson of Ward 3 faces no
And, in Ward 1, newcomer Gay Breuler is the
only candidate to qualify for the seat being vacated
by John Shaughnessy, who cannot run again due to
a term limit.
Robertson, a resident of the 600 block of Gulf Drive
North, will be serving a third term on the commission.
She also faced no opposition in November 2007.
When she began her second term, Robertson
said her focus would be on Bridge Street, the newly
opened Historic Bridge Street Pier complex, the
establishment of a mooring field south of the pier, the
development of a water taxi system, the expansion of
the "Trolley Up" campaign to increase ridership and
protection of the dunes.
"I'm not done yet," Robertson said of her deci-
sion to run again.
She said she plans to follow her agenda, with a
focus on the dunes and also balancing the budget for
Breuler, who lives in the 2600 block of Gulf
Drive North, works for the U.S. Census Bureau on
surveys and previously worked as a life and retire-
She moved to the Island two years ago, after three
years living in Bradenton and many years of living
"all over the place."
Breuler said she knows Shaughnessy and, when
she learned he could not run again, decided to become
She said she wanted to make sure the Sandpiper
community was represented since it makes up a large
part of Ward 1.
Voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Braden-
ton Beach's polling place, Tingley Memorial Library,
111 Second St. N.
Five for three seats in HB
Holmes Beach voters will elect three city
commissioners from a field of five candidates in
the Nov. 3 election.
Incumbents Pat Geyer, Pat Morton and David
Zaccagnino are seeking re-election.
Challengers are Andy Sheridan and Al Rob-
is seeking his first-ever political office.
A four-and-a-half year resident of the city, Gry-
boski said he is running for city commissioner to "get
more involved in the community and have a better
He said he can bring a fresh approach to gov-
ernment and is dedicated to keeping Anna Maria a
Gryboski attended Emory University in Atlanta
and is involved in commercial property leasing with
an office in Holmes Beach, he said.
Incumbent John Quam, a city commissioner since
2002, is seeking his fifth consecutive term.
He is a retired businessman and moved to Anna
Maria about 10 year ago.
He is the chairman of the city commission, and
has been elected to that position by other commis-
sioners every year since joining the commission.
Quam also is the vice mayor of Anna Maria.
Incumbent Christine Toilette, first elected in 2005,
is seeking her third consecutive term in office.
She and husband Tom moved to Anna Maria
from Tampa 10 years ago.
Prior to her first election, she was active with
the Anna Maria Island Community Center and was
a volunteer with several Tampa-area nonprofit orga-
Dale Woodland, also an incumbent commis-
sioner, was first elected in 2003.
Prior to becoming a city commissioner, Wood-
land was a member of the city's planning and zoning
board, capital improvements advisory committee and
ad hoc comp-plan committee.
He owns a pool servicing business on Anna
Maria Island and has lived in Anna Maria since he
was about 8 years old.
Woodland is seeking his fourth consecutive term
as a city commissioner.
Anna Maria City
Sept. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Sept. 23, 7 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 29, 1 p.m., city commission work meet-
Oct. 1, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
Oct. 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 24, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Sept. 30, 3 p.m., floodplain management plan
Oct. 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Oct. 15, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Oct. 5, 1 p.m., Communities for a Lifetime
Task Force meeting, Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Oct. 12, Columbus Day.
Nov. 3, municipal elections.
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BB voters to decide mayor
4 E SEPT. 23, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
New fire district facilities costly
By Rick Catlin Price said if the district gets its entire stimulus
Islander Reporter request, it could probably begin construction very
Unless the West Manatee Fire District hits the soon, and do all the estimated work. Without the
winning combination in the Florida Lottery soon, stimulus package, it will take the district two to three
it will have to hope that its application for federal years to begin even one part of its new facilities pro-
stimulus funds for new facilities and upgrades is gram.
WMFR Chief Andy Price told the district
board at its Sept. 17 meeting that the company
hired to inspect the district facilities estimates it
will take about $7 million to $8 million to do all
the work under consideration at the three district
That work includes bringing the structures up to
present building codes, refitting the existing struc-
tures and adding a new administration building.
'That amount covers all three stations and facili-
ties for the next 20 years," Price said.
But that's if the board wanted to do everything,
"Remember, we do not have to come up to code,"
he said. New building codes were adopted after the
construction of the buildings, which are grandfa-
thered for code compliance.
The district could just repair and improve its
existing structures, but Price said that's an esti-
mate the company is still working to determine. He
expected that figure to be available around Jan. 1.
Price said the estimates are for informational
WMFR collects for MDA
Firefighters from West Manatee Fire Rescue raised
$5,262 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
at a recent Fill the Boot drive. The donation will
enable the MDA to purchase two sets of leg braces
or wheelchairs, send one child to camp and cover
two clinic visits, a WMFR press release said.
purposes only at this point.
"There's nothing to be done now. There are a
lot of things that have to happen before you make a
decision," he said.
True, said board member Jesse Davis, "But
the longer we wait, the more expensive it will
It might have to consider borrowing the money
for repairs and improvements to WMFR facilities, he
The least expensive option is to refit and repair
what the district has now, without adding an adminis-
tration building or bringing the buildings up to code,
But the district's facilities are aging. One station
is 40 years old, while two are 20 years old, Price
"There comes a time when they start breaking
down and you have to replace them," he said. "It's
time to start doing major work" on the facilities.
Of the estimated $8 million price tag, Price said
the district is "not the small, little fire district that we
used to be" when he and every other fireman on the
Island were volunteers.
Times have changed and WMFR now has an
annual budget in excess of $5 million.
Price said he did not know when the government
would announce if WMFR was getting any of the
$210 million earmarked by the administration for fire
stations facilities across the nation.
Annexation talks to begin on Kingfish ramp
By Lisa Neff
Negotiations for annexing the Kingfish Boat Ramp
and the vicinity into Holmes Beach will soon begin.
Manatee County commissioners on Sept. 15
approved a resolution to enter talks with Holmes
Beach officials, who want to incorporate the area west
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge to the city line.
The county operates the boat ramp and a survey
shows it lies in unincorporated Manatee County on
Florida Department of Transportation right of way.
County commissioners not only agreed to enter a
discussion on the issue, some suggested that Holmes
Beach consider extending the possible annexation
area to include the bridge on Manatee Avenue.
That idea was raised by Manatee County Sheriff
Brad Steube, who addressed county commissioners
prior to their discussion on a resolution to negotiate
Steube attended the meeting in Bradenton to
clarify the record on claims that public safety is a
significant concern in the boat ramp area.
During a county board meeting several weeks ago,
commissioners discussed annexation with Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and Holmes Beach
Police Chief Jay Romine.
Bohnenberger and Romine said their push to
annex the area is based on concerns about public
safety the HBPD is closer to the boat ramp area
and for years policed it based on assumptions that the
land was within city limits.
The boat ramp and unincorporated area just east
of Holmes Beach are under jurisdiction of the MCSO,
but the Florida Highway Patrol has jurisdiction on
State Road 64/Manatee Avenue on the bridge. Bra-
denton has jurisdiction for most of Perico Island and
on the east end of the bridge.
Some commissioners, during that earlier meet-
ing, relayed complaints from people who said they
were involved in accidents on Manatee Avenue near
the boat ramp or on the bridge and waited as long as
two hours for law enforcement.
Steube did not focus on annexation, but instead
provided commissioners with statistics showing
public safety is not an issue in the area and that
response times for accidents in recent years were not
In 2006, there were 35 calls for service to the
boat ramp about one service call every 10 days
- according to the sheriff.
In 2007, Steube said there were 38 calls for ser-
vice or one service call every nine days.
There were 63 service calls in 2008 one every
So far this year, the statistics show one service
call every four days, but, the sheriff said, a majority
of the service calls were initiated by MCSO deputies
and only 12 resulted in written reports.
"There were 21 calls for service that actually
went to 911," Steube said, adding that the average
response time to a call in 2009 is six minutes.
"Here's my problem," Steube said. "If we are
talking about one call for every four days, I'm not
sure we have a crime problem here."
Steube also provided some statistics for FHP
responses to accidents in the area. The average response
time is 17 minutes, he said, adding, "I don't think that
this is a long time to be waiting for the FHP."
Steube challenged complaints that during an
accident on Manatee Avenue or the bridge, disabled
vehicles cannot be moved until law enforcement
FHP, he said, will get wreckers on the way when
the road is blocked, the sheriff said.
"People keep saying this is a public safety issue,"
Steube said. "I don't see that. ... It is ultimately your
decision, but as far as being a public safety problem,
I don't see that."
Steube added that by annexing just the area west
of the bridge to the city line, Holmes Beach would still
be leaving the small area under multi-jurisdictions.
Why not go all the way across the bridge? Steube
When the sheriff concluded, Commission Chair
Gwen Brown said, "I believe we hit a nerve."
The commission next took up a resolution on an
interlocal service boundary agreement provided by
deputy county attorney Maureen Sikora.
The resolution, approved by the commissioners,
authorizes county staff to negotiate with Holmes
Beach officials on annexation.
Commissioner Joe McClash suggested that those
negotiations include a discussion on Holmes Beach
annexing the bridge.
"Is it possible?" Commissioner Ron Getman asked,
posing a question no one was prepared to answer. "If we
are going to do this, I would support this if they would
include all the way to Bradenton."
Commissioner Carol Whitmore, former mayor
of Holmes Beach, said perhaps the city doesn't want
to annex as far as the east end of the bridge.
"All Holmes Beach wants is what they thought
they had jurisdiction of," she said. 'They didn't ask
for any more."
Whitmore said pushing to annex more might
open "a whole bigger can of worms," especially with
the Florida Department of Transportation working on
long-term plans for a replacement bridge.
Boaters arrive with the dawn to the Kingfish Boat Ramp, operated by Manatee County government and in
unincorporated Manatee County. The city of Holmes Beach wants to annex the land, but not manage the
ramp. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
THE ISLANDER U SEPT. 23, 2009 0 5
BIEO waiting for state fertilizer guidelines
By Rick Catlin
Members of the Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials would like to see the same, or a
similar fertilizer ordinance in all three Island cities
to ensure chemical runoff from lawn fertilization
doesn't pollute local waters.
Each Island city the past year has discussed
implementation of an ordinance.
But any ordinance adopted by an Island city
likely won't be modeled after the Longboat Key fer-
tilizer ordinance, some BIEO officials at a Sept. 16
Bradenton Beach Mayor Mike Pierce, who
chaired the meeting, said the Longboat Key ordinance
has many good points, but the cost of enforcing it is
high for smaller cities.
Enforcement of that ordinance would require sev-
eral officers working daily on just that issue, suggested
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore.
"We looked at it and decided the county just
couldn't afford it," she said.
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Janie Rob-
ertson, however, said it "would be nice if all three
Island cities had the same ordinance."
That's probably not going to happen, but Rob-
ertson suggested that when the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection issues its guidelines for
the use of fertilizers and pesticides, the BIEO should
meet again to discuss how city ordinances can be
If the ordinances are similar, it will help land-
scaping companies that do business on the Island,
Good idea, responded Holmes Beach City Com-
missioner Sandy Haas-Martens.
Before Holmes Beach adopts a fertilizer ordi-
nance, the city is waiting for federal and state guide-
lines on the use of those chemicals.
"We want to see if the landscaping companies
will do what they are supposed to do under federal
and state guidelines," Haas-Martens said.
Presently, Holmes Beach has adopted manage-
ment practices limiting the use of harmful fertilizers
by the public works department and other city depart-
"You're right," said Pierce. 'There's a need for
guidelines. I don't think everyone will have the same
ordinance, but we can all look at the same guidelines
and work from those."
Robertson agreed, but she was concerned that
some "snow birds" who come down just for three
months during the dry season will want green
grass. That means using harmful chemicals, she
"There's no problem during the rainy season,"
Once regulations are adopted in each Island city,
landscaping companies will face a fine if they ignore
the criteria for fertilizing lawns, said Haas-Martens.
'The licensed landscapers will have to abide by
the rules," she said.
It might be some time, however, before each
Island city has rules regarding the use of fertilizers
Pierce said he's "expecting something from the
state within the next year," but hopes it will arrive
"We want to save the environment as much as
we can," he said.
Whitmore said that when the DEP issues its
guidelines, the county commission will look at those
and make suggestions to the cities.
"Remember, you can always make your ordi-
nance more strict than the state, but the county is not
By Lisa Neff
County staff is set to begin negotiations
with a firm for design and construction services
on a marine rescue headquarters in Bradenton
The building will house the county's marine
rescue operations, including lifeguards, and the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office marine division,
will be located south of Leffis Key on Coquina
On Sept. 15, the Manatee County Board of
Commissioners authorized county staff to negoti-
ate a contract with Zirchelbach Construction Inc.
The county's plans for the structure call for a
4,250- square-foot headquarters elevated on pil-
going to tell you guys what to do," Whitmore said.
"Let's all get on the same page when we get the
state and county guidelines," Robertson concluded.
Cortez Bridge closure
Pierce noted that the Cortez Bridge will close
"intermittently" during night-time hours the next
month for maintenance and painting.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale is
aware of the closures and will have officers on the
bridge for traffic control, Pierce said.
Joint planning committee
The BIEO nominated Pierce to replace Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger on the Joint Plan-
ning Committee established by the 2002 Accord
agreement on development in Manatee County and
its incorporated cities.
Bohnenberger has been the Island representative
since the JPC's inception and it's time for a replace-
ment, said Haas-Martens, speaking for Bohnenberger,
who was unable to attend the BIEO meeting.
"As mayor, he's just got a lot on his plate and
would like to be replaced," she said.
The nomination must be approved by the Bra-
denton Beach City Commission.
ings with parking underneath.
The board had initially authorized staff to
negotiate a contract with Power Contracting LLC
of Palmetto, which submitted the lowest bid on
However, according to a county memo to
commissioners, "As the negotiations progressed,
significant changes in the original stated offer
occurred. ... Costs rose to ... an increase of 30.4
percent. As a result, staff cannot recommend
continuing negotiations with Power Contracting
LLC based on the committee's lack of confidence
and the difficulties this firm has had in develop-
ing and pricing the minimal scope of work for
Zirkelbach's proposed design and construc-
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Winning the race
While we understand folks on Anna Maria Island
get tired of hearing about how folks up north do it
better by offering worn-out advice on how to drive,
we were prone years back to admire the use of golf
carts on the roadways in not-so-far-north Sun City
Center and slow, slow speeds, including, yes, on
a state road.
Now, finally, comes Bradenton Beach, ready to
gear up for the race to allow low-speed vehicles on
Island roads, changing our course in the right direc-
tion toward greener, safer, calmer transportation.
Long ago, we wished for lower speeds, aka
25-mph as in Anna Maria, for Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach. Lower speeds are proven to reduce
accidents and would allow the use of what's desired
now for alternative modes of transportation.
Do we really need speeds of 40-plus mph on
Manatee Avenue and the volume of accidents at the
intersection with East Bay Drive?
Quaint "old Florida" destination slows the pace.
We can see the headlines now ...
It's worth a green flag.
Manatee County commissioners are presently
considering replacement for the soon-to-be-removed,
badly deteriorated pier at the Manatee Public
We hope they'll take a long look a the proposals
and go for the long pier.
In fact, even though money is hard to find, they
should dig deep for the best possible pier.
It would be short-sighted to give short-shrift to
the No. 1 county asset the beach.
Why not look at the best possible pier, one that
would serve more than fishers and strollers, but serve
as the jewel on our beach for miles and miles? Make
it wider, longer and more beautiful than ever imag-
ined and provide amenities.
Dig deep. Show us you do better than a short pier.
Give us a showpiece. Put the crown on the beach.
We have an attraction that is unparalleled. It
deserves to be an investment, and just as we did with
our elementary school, and as we should with any
project, including bridges, we should look for the
very best we can do, and never compromise.
Ferris wheel? No. T-end, bait shack, gazebo,
benches, rest rooms, services? Yes!
If you agree, please, encourage our officials to
see the light. You can find their contact information
online at www.islander.org on the opinion page.
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It happened on the beach this morning, Sept.
Wife Laurie and I sat down to rest on a bench at
the bend end of Magnolia. It had two empty coffee
cups on it.
A couple came walking up the beach and the man
stopped to retrieve the cups.
I joked: Next time you leave these cups here, be
sure they're full.
He asked: Cream and sugar?
I replied, Yes.
Fifteen minutes later he was back with two hot
cups of coffee, with cream and sugar, of course.
I said: You're a gentleman and a scholar.
That's the nicest thing that ever happened to us
on the beach in more than 50 years.
John Adams, Holmes Beach
What is the purpose of having "road flooded"
signs if people cannot get any signs placed when the
We were told that they were out of them yet last
week there were several locations with signs posted
in areas that were not impacting property owners.
I saw a BrightHouse truck throw a wake of 4
feet in a flooded area, causing more flooding to
areas in distress.
My videotape can back up that event if anyone cares
to see how people act during a non-hurricane event.
If a driver spots a flooded street, why would he
or she attempt to go through it and cause more prob-
The answer, in my opinion, is that the motorist
can. He or she has an SUV, and no place to go so
the driver cruises the Island to cause more wakes
Next time, consider the viewpoints of your
neighbors and their situation and give the Island
a break. Stay home and pretend it is a "Snow
Kathy Caserta, Holmes Beach
Thank you so much to the people who helped me
and my dog Barry out of a canal Sunday morning!
We are grateful to the nice woman who was driv-
ing past us on Marina Drive and who offered and
went to go get help from my home, and to Ed Sterba
and the two other men who helped lift us out.
Barry was looking at some fish and lost his foot-
ing. He tumbled into the water and slipped right out
of his collar. And he couldn't jump up to me because
his paws were stuck in the muck.
When help arrived, I was able to jump in and lift
him up and then they lifted me up and out. We were
pretty dirty and a little cut up, but fine, and grateful.
Thank you all for the rescue.
Lisa Williams, Holmes Beach
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There goes the neighborhood
As a Holmes Beach property owner neighboring
a proposed development on Sunrise Lane, I would
like to voice my opinion and concerns.
Several of the residents of Sunrise Lane have
lived there for some 40 plus years. This lane is unique
on Anna Maria Island as it includes only six water-
front homes, all of which have deep lots allowing for
long driveways and estate-type features.
The new owners of one platted lot on Sunrise
Lane apparently plan to build two homes, but will
require a variance to do so. With regards to the devel-
opment request, it is only natural, I believe, that as a
resident, it would be more acceptable to me to have
two single-family homes built next door rather than
two or more condo/homes as property values are
always a concern.
No where have I ever witnessed the legal manip-
ulations of density and frontage codes by condo-type
of development than Holmes Beach. It is quite obvi-
ous that this type of condo development has changed
the face of the Island. We have literally been swal-
lowed up by this need to feed the greed. We are on
the fast track to losing this quaint Island that has been
featured in so many travel magazines and national
I propose that instead of the city continuing to
allow or offer variances with reduced roadside front-
age in an effort to avoid overdevelopment, that the
city change the ordinances regarding "condo" devel-
opment and make it a priority. After all, wasn't it just
recently that the city had to get involved with many
two-owner "condos" because they were at risk of
losing their ownership status due to the lack of abid-
ance to the laws governing condominiums?
Our land-development code provides criteria in
order to grant a variance. I've always thought that
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 23, 2009 0 7
variances could be granted to property owners who
meet those requirements, including a hardship based
on the current codes.
Does expanding the density of an existing single-
family $1 million piece of waterfront property con-
stitute a hardship?
People need to start realizing what is going to
become of this "quaint" Island by this blatant lack of
accountability. The Island as it "was" brought these
developers here. Increasing density and reducing set-
backs and frontages all for increased profits will be
the demise of our slice of "old Florida."
My suggestion to the developing neighbors is
that they replace the one beautiful house that they
tore down with only one beautiful house and sell it
to a family that will truly enjoy living on this tremen-
dous street and, in so doing, become good neighbors
Judy Titsworth, Holmes Beach
Workers put the top on what appears to be a
tower for the AMI Plaza in Holmes Beach, bridg-
ing the gap between two commercial buildings at
the corner of Gulf Drive and Holmes Boulevard.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
In the Sept. 22, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Tropical Storm Harvey, forecast to make land-
fall on Anna Maria Island on Sept. 21, veered south
just hours before landfall and struck the Fort Myers
area. The expected 60-mph winds and accompanying
storm surge failed to materialize. The Island received
only minimal rain and winds.
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard said devel-
oper Jim Toomey planned to purchase the six vacant
lots on the northwest corner of the Pine Avenue-Bay
Boulevard intersection and offered to sell the three
lots closest to the humpback bridge to the city for
an undisclosed price. The price for six lots was $1.1
An Anna Maria resident living in the 200 block
of South Bay Boulevard was robbed at knife-point by
his ex-roommate, who took $1,500 from the man's
wallet and fled with his car. Police later found the
vehicle abandoned at a mainland department store
and issued an alert to arrest the former roommate.
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Community Center eyes wedding revenue
By Rick Catlin
Beset by a i,._in economy that has seen dona-
tions and income decline by almost 10 percent the
past year, the Anna Maria Island Community Center
is looking at the hottest business on the Island as a
source of revenue.
'The wedding trade has become extremely popu-
lar on the Island and it's time the center went looking
for that business," said AMICC executive director
"We've got the largest indoor facility on the
Island and the banquet hall can handle a wedding
reception of 240 people comfortably and could go up
to 400 people," Kelly said. "I think we are perfect for
the larger wedding receptions."
The Center has been holding wedding receptions
for the past 20 years, she said. It just hasn't advertised
"We did it long before Island weddings became
so popular, but we did it primarily for our members
and Island residents," Kelly said.
Times have changed.
The Center now has a color brochure advertising
its location and amenities for large wedding recep-
tions. Additionally, the Center will have a represen-
tative at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Wedding Festival in February to showcase the
The Center doesn't have a budget to advertise
online or in wedding trade magazines.
"It would be great if we did, but we've never
had an advertising budget. We rely mostly on
word-of-mouth for our wedding receptions," Kelly
said. "If we can get the word out to more people
about our facility, it would be a great thing for the
With good reason.
Times are tough for all nonprofit organizations,
Kelly observed. Donations and endowment fund-
ing are off by 10 percent and the Center still makes
monthly mortgage payments for its new facility.
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"A lot of our donors just don't have the funds
they used to have, so we have to take every opportu-
nity to find funding sources," she said.
The Island's escalating wedding industry might
From about 100 weddings annually five years
ago, the wedding business has grown remarkably
fast. Several Island hoteliers recently estimated that
there would be about 700 Island weddings this year
and more than 1,000 in 2010.
Manatee County joined Island businesses in
a civil union Sept. 23.
The county board of commissioners commit-
ted its support to the Anna Maria Island Wedding
Festival scheduled for Feb. 28, 2010. The board
approved awarding the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce up to $9,980 to market the event.
In August, the Manatee County Tourist
Development Council recommended the alloca-
tion, which will be used to reimburse the cham-
ber's advertising expenses in newspapers, maga-
zines and on the Internet and television.
Planners hope to finalize a draft of Holmes
Beach's floodplain management plan during a meet-
ing at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30.
The meeting will take place in the commission
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City staff, elected officials and planning consul-
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As a condition of receiving of the money,
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Businesses Islandwide, as well as many
off-Island operations, plan to participate in the
festival, now in its third year.
The marketing budget for the event is about
city commission for consideration.
"All property and business owners, civic groups,
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a city news release announcing the meeting. "This
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City easing up on carts, low-speed vehicles
By Lisa Neff
Low-speed drivers, start your engines.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners agreed last
week that they do not want to pursue an ordinance
banning low-speed vehicles within city limits.
Additionally, commissioners said they wanted
to explore lifting a prohibition against golf carts -
which go slower than low-speed vehicles in cer-
tain areas of Bradenton Beach.
The decisions were reached during a Sept. 17
City attorney Ricinda Perry introduced the topic,
explaining that she and Police Chief Sam Speciale
were looking into what ordinances needed to be
revised or enacted to allow a low-speed vehicle to
transport people from the Coquina Beach parking lot
to their workplaces in the Bridge Street area.
While researching ordinances and state statutes,
Perry said she learned that low-speed vehicles that
meet certain requirements are legal on Florida roads
where the speed limit is 35 mph or less. That means
state law allows low-speed vehicles in Bradenton
Beach except for Gulf Drive from the north end of
Coquina Beach to the bridge to Longboat Key.
If the commission wanted to prohibit LSVs, an
ordinance would be required, Perry said. Then she
asked what avenue the commission wants to take.
Commissioners looked to Speciale, who in the
past has raised concerns about slower, smaller vehi-
cles traveling in Bradenton Beach's sometimes bus-
"The only concern that I had regarding these
is the safety issue," Speciale said, adding that his
apprehension was more with golf carts than LSVs.
"These LSVs are nice little trucks. I know they are
eco-friendly. I have no issue ... if the commission
Golf carts, however, still should be restricted,
"Golf carts don't go 35 mph," he said. "The LSV
is a totally different animal" from the golf cart.
He suggested that if the commission wants to ease
restrictions, then perhaps the carts could be allowed
in the city's historic district the downtown area
around Bridge Street and the "avenues" just south
of the Sandpiper Resort community.
Early in the meeting, commissioners also heard
an appeal from Lauren Sato of Beach Bums in Anna
Maria, which rents LSVs and carts.
"Bradenton Beach is a vibrant, eclectic area,"
she said, and it presently is off-limits to vacationers
Music Lessons for All Ages!
On the books
Florida law defines "low-speed vehicle" as
any four-wheeled vehicle whose top speed is
greater than 20 mph but not greater than 25 mph,
including neighborhood electric vehicles."
Florida law allows a "low-speed vehicle" to
be "operated only on streets where the posted
speed limit is 35 mph or less." It does not pro-
hibit a low-speed vehicle from crossing a road
or street with a posted speed limit of more than
Florida law defines a "golf cart" as a vehicle
for operation on a golf course or for recreational
purposes, not capable of exceeding speeds of 20
State law prohibits the operation of "golf
carts" on roads unless "a county or a municipal
street ... has been designated by a municipality
for use by golf carts. Upon a determination that
golf carts may be safely operated on a desig-
nated road or street, the responsible governmen-
tal entity shall post appropriate signs to indicate
that such operation is allowed."
cruising the Island on LSVs.
Sato asked commissioners to ease restrictions.
After some discussion, commissioners agreed not
to pursue an ordinance prohibiting LSVs and to have
Perry and Speciale work on a plan to allow golf carts
in the historic district and side streets on the north end
of the city.
In other business Sept. 17, commissioners:
Approved special event applications from the
Anna Maria Island Privateers for Thieves Markets on
a number of Saturdays and a Christmas parade and
party on Dec. 12.
Discussed a growing concern with delinquent
sanitation and stormwater accounts, which will be
continued at a workshop meeting at 1 p.m. Oct. 6.
Authorized the city attorney to review a county
ordinance on panhandling for consideration in the
Agreed to hold a workshop meeting to discuss
updating the city's Web site at 1 p.m. Oct. 20.
And commission gets strict
on Sunshine class
Seeking to avoid dark days under Florida's Sun-
shine Law, Bradenton Beach commissioners last
week stressed that those who fail to attend a class on
the subject will be booted from boards or commit-
Government in the Sunshine was a topic raised
by city attorney Ricinda Perry at the Sept. 17 com-
Perry also prepared a memo on the issue in
response to questions from members of the Scenic-
WAVES advisory committee about the application
of the state Sunshine Law and Public Records Act to
them and to e-mail correspondence.
"E-mails are being sent before and after meet-
ings," Perry said. "I have been told that comments
are not being expressly solicited; however, certain
topics may have the effect of generating responsive
e-mails," Perry wrote. "Arguably, each member
may submit an independent e-mail on the same
topic without violating the Sunshine Law; how-
ever, this can quickly and easily lead into a gray
area of responsive e-mails that would violate the
Sunshine Law. It is a slippery slope and a danger-
ous precedent to set."
Perry stressed the importance of educating com-
mittee and board members about the statutes, as well
as including the city clerk on any e-mail correspon-
dence related to city business.
Commissioners and city clerk Nora Idso
Perry recommended three policies:
Create limitations on communications, such as
restricting electronic correspondence to facsimiles
and e-mail messages, but not allowing city business
to be conducted in social networking venues, such as
Mandate that e-mail communications of any
business of a board or committee be copied to the
Mandate that board and committee members
attend the city-sponsored class on the Sunshine Law
and Public Records Act and institute a policy that fail-
ure to comply would result in the person's removal
from the board.
"The city has been very good about making
sure we offer Sunshine classes," Perry said. "But we
haven't been extremely forceful in making sure they
attend or make up the class or be removed from the
Commissioners, with John Shaughnessy absent,
endorsed Perry's recommendations.
"I'm a real stickler about this," said Commis-
sioner Janie Robertson. "If you haven't been to a
Sunshine class, you should not be on the board."
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from state and federal agencies, as well as talked with
representatives from nonprofit organizations such as
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and the Audubon
Society about changing beach-raking practices for
environmental benefits, said Charlie Hunsicker, the
county natural resources director.
The focus, Hunsicker said, is on protecting the
natural wrack, the buildup of vegetation that provides
habitat for a variety of wildlife. The county already
adheres to beach-raking restrictions to protect sea
turtles that nest on Florida's beaches.
Regular beachgoers know that sometimes the
buildup on the shore stinks, but the county's intent
in raking the shore at Manatee Public and Coquina
beaches is not to remove the natural wrack that con-
tains bones, seaweed, coral, seeds, seagrasses, shells,
sea beans and sponges, said Hunsicker.
The intent is to remove soiled diapers, plastic
bags, straws, aluminum cans and other litter that
either washes ashore or that people leave behind after
a beach day.
"We're also animals of the beach," said Hun-
sicker. "And we leave behind bottles and cans and
waste paper and used diapers and all manner of
Raking serves safety and sanitary purposes, he
said, but "our challenge is to find a balance."
What's the cost of raking the beaches?
That's a rhetorical question Audubon of Florida
put to the Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection a year ago.
"Audubon is very concerned about the impacts
of beach 'cleaning' permitted by your bureau on
imperiled shorebird and seabird species protected
under state and federal law. Many of these species
depend on Florida's beaches for nesting, wintering or
migratory stopover habitat and are rapidly declining
as a result of human disturbance and habitat altera-
tion, including beach 'cleaning' (raking)," Audubon
wildlife policy coordinator Julie Wraithmell wrote
the DEP Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems.
Audubon detailed the effects of raking on nesting
imperiled birds: "Because beach-nesting birds do not
build nests but lay their eggs in shallow scrapes right
on the open beach, their only protection is camou-
flage. ... Because these birds, their nests, eggs and
chicks are so well camouflaged, it is very easy for
pedestrians to overlook them and to even tread on
eggs and nests. As you might imagine, these eggs
and chicks are impossible to detect from the driver's
seat of heavy machinery used on our beaches for
Raking also impacts imperiled and migrant
birds, according to Audubon. The state's beaches are
essential habitat for a hemisphere's worth of migra-
tory shorebirds, such as piping plovers, which spend
winters on the coast, and red knots, which use the
coast for rest stops.
"Many of these species depend on wrack as an
important food source," Wraithmell said. "Removing
this resource diminishes the habitat value to these
species and in some cases may render the habitat
unusable to them. It is for this reason that the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service frequently conditions its
approval of beach renourishment projects on the pro-
hibition of wrack removal and restricts turtle tilling
to the zone above the wrackline."
The Florida Master Naturalist Program of Coastal
Systems of Florida also advocates leaving the wrack
on the beaches.
"The more we study beach wrack, the more we
learn how important this source is to coastal ecol-
ogy," reads a public awareness notice from F INXP.
The wrack, according to the F \INP, an extension
service under the University of Florida, can help sta-
bilize the shore in unpopulated areas. Seagrass pro-
vides habitat for small animals and, when it washes
back to sea can give hatchling sea turtles a ride.
Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission also have endorsed more
"While a natural beach may not look as mani-
cured as a raked beach, the diversity and richness of a
natural, functioning beach is infinitely more interest-
ing than the sterile landscape of one that is groomed,"
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for turtle safety
By Lisa Neff
To protect sea turtles nesting and hatching on
Anna Maria Island's beaches, Manatee County's
beach-raking operations do not begin without an all-
clear signal from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.
That's one of the reasons AMITW volunteers
walk the beach at sunrise. They collect data, mark
nests and signal the start to routine operations on the
The county's raking program, which officials
are now reviewing in an effort to also protect nest-
ing and migratory birds on the shore, is permitted by
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems based in Tal-
The permit is specific regarding raking called
"mechanical beach-cleaning activities" during
marine turtle nesting season, which is from May 1
through Oct. 31.
Raking, under the permit, must be confined to
daylight hours, from sunrise to sunset, and it cannot
take place until the survey of nesting activity is com-
AMITW volunteers mark turtle nests for a
number of reasons to monitor activity is one
reason. Another is to keep equipment off the nest.
The beach-cleaning permit requires that nests
have a circle of tape or string having a radius of 3
feet, with the center being the location of the egg
"No mechanical cleaning equipment is allowed
inside of this circle," the DEP restriction states.
Beach raking under review
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10
said FWC biologist Nancy Douglass.
Audubon, in its statement to the DEP, concluded
that beach cleaning is "an elective, cosmetic activ-
ity that is resulting in irreparable damage to public
trust resources" and DEP is "complicit in the take of
protected species by sanctioning raking in the most
sensitive of these areas."
Hunsicker said the county also is concerned with
the plight of imperiled species and the success of
nesting on its beaches.
And, in the year since Audubon questioned gov-
ernment-permitted raking on Florida's beaches, state,
federal and local officials have begun work to study
the impact of beach cleaning and initiated test pro-
grams to reduce already limited raking programs.
Raking takes place on less than 30 percent of
the Island's shore, primarily at Coquina and Manatee
Public beaches, and the raker's goal is to try to leave
behind some vegetation and shells.
"It's not a sweep of the beach," Hunsicker said.
Still, he added, "We're looking at reducing the
frequency of beach raking and avoiding raking in
some strategic areas."
One area, said Hunsicker, is the "no swim" zone
on south Coquina Beach near Longboat Pass. With
no swimmers allowed, that's an area where fewer
"It's where we can realize the benefits of reduced
raking without necessarily reducing sunbathing,"
And the county is working with Audubon and
AMITW to monitor bird populations on the beach.
"We need to do a better documentation of where
the protected birds are," Hunsicker said.
Another component of a reduced raking initiative
will be a public education campaign to raise aware-
ness "of the role that shoreline vegetation plays," he
Yet another element might involve added
efforts to non-mechanically remove litter from the
"We'll embrace every volunteer," Hunsicker
In the event that nest markers are lost, which
can occur in stormy weather or high water, the DEP
states that "no mechanical beach cleaning shall be
conducted until the marine turtle permit holder
identifies the nest and restores the markers.
"In the event that the nest cannot be found
and may have been lost during high water con-
ditions, the permitted shall contact FFWCC staff
... to determine if mechanical beach cleaning can
Restrictions also regulate the depth of raking on
the beach no more than 2 inches from the beach
surface. And the maximum tire pressure of the tractor
is 10 psi pounds per square inch.
Also, "mechanical beach-cleaning equipment
shall avoid all native, salt-tolerant dune vegetation
by a minimum of 10 feet."
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported
167 loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as
of Sept. 18.
AMITW also reported 137 false crawls, 139
hatched nests and 10,410 hatchlings to the sea.
Nesting season continues through Oct. 31.
AMITW will celebrate the 2009 season with
a breakfast gathering at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct.
26, at Smugglers Landing in Cortez.
Volunteers are needed for the annual Coastal
Cleanup that will take place in Manatee County from
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3.
Keep Manatee Beautiful organizes the event in
Manatee County, part of a worldwide effort to remove
litter from shores, parks and roads.
KMB's adopt-a-highway and road and shore
groups will clean up at their regular sites, but vol-
unteers are needed for other locations in the county,
including several on Anna Maria Island.
Volunteers can register for cleanup duty at 9 a.m.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
Kingfish Boat Ramp, north of East Bay Drive
on Manatee Avenue.
Coquina Beach gulfside by the concession
Sixth Street South beach access on Gulf Drive
in Bradenton Beach.
Cortez Maritime Museum, 11601 Cortez Road
Palma Sola Causeway at pavilions on the north
side of Manatee Avenue.
Historic Wares Creek at Bradenton Woman's
Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Church of Christ, 201 Ninth Ave. E., Braden-
Emerson Point Conservation Park at the west
end of 17th Street West in Palmetto.
Terra Ceia on U.S. 19 at the northwest corner
of the bridge by Crab Trap I.
Ray's Canoe Hideaway at 1289 Hagle Park
Jiggs' Landing at Braden River Road and Linger
Riverside Park pavilion at 801 Riverside Drive
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ScenicWAVES pursues gateway project
By Lisa Neff
A Bradenton Beach advisory committee wants
city commission authorization to explore a gateway
project at Cortez Road and Gulf Drive.
Members of the ScenicWAVES advisory commit-
tee, meeting Sept. 14 at city hall, agreed to ask com-
missioners to appoint staff or a committee to explore
a gateway project.
That exploration will involve discussions with
the owners of the property on the west side of Gulf
Drive at Cortez Road.
'There is a private parcel where we thought we
had a street end," city building official Steve Gil-
bert said of the area, which also consists of Florida
Department of Transportation right of way for Cortez
Road and Gulf Drive.
Gilbert said property owners could be asked if
they might agree to a lease that could lead to the
placement of a gateway art installation and possibly
a pocket park.
'The problem now is there isn't room in DOT's
right of way to do the project right now," Gilbert
Another option, which has been discussed briefly
at previous ScenicWAVES meetings, is for a gateway
installation over Cortez Road on the west end of the
"It can be done," Manon Lavoie, the DOT repre-
sentative to the committee, said, stressing that there
would be a host of requirements to meet.
"I would not take anything off the table," said
city project/program manager Lisa Marie Phillips.
In other business, the committee voted to rec-
ommend that the city place the majority of newly
purchased solar-powered decorative lights on historic
The lights, according to public works director
Going for gateway
The Bradenton Beach ScenicWAVES advisory committee is promoting an effort to improve the entrance to
the city at Cortez Road and Gulf Drive with a gateway art project. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Tom Woodard, could be installed before the holiday
'The sooner I can get some placement with these
... the better off we'll be. We can get these in before
Thanksgiving," Woodard told ScenicWAVES.
Woodard presented the committee with a map
showing eight lights on Bridge Street, eight more
at the roundabout in the intersection of Bridge
Street and Gulf Drive and five lights along Gulf
Drive between Bridge Street and Second Street
After some discussion, the committee approved a
motion to decrease the number of lights at the round-
about by four and to increase the number of lights on
Woodard then took the recommendation to the
city commission, which had asked for advice from
ScenicWAVES as well as Bridge Street merchants.
Woodard also stressed that the lights are decora-
tive, not for safety, and that if more lighting is needed
in the central business district he would request more
street lights from Florida Power & Light.
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month and The Islander will be fundraising
and promoting awareness by publishing
special pink pages of advertising.
SI ~1 t acknowledgements, up to
1 5 words (similar to classified
.id, will each publish with a pink
.awareness" ribbon and cost will
be $15. Display advertisers
are welcome to join us in
encouraging survivors of
cancer and memorializing loved ones lost.
Ten percent of all ad sales will go to Nancy
Ambrose's American Cancer Society Relay for
Yee Haw! Round up the pooches for The
Islander newspaper Canine Costume Contest.
Prizes and fun await the canines and owners
and participants in the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of ""
Commerce Trail of Treats in
the Holmes Beach shopping
district. Kids contest at the
chamber, canines coral at
The Islander, and treats all
along the way. Register pets,
advertise your pet friends,
contribute prizes. Call The Islander for more
Veterans Day is Nov. 11
and The Islander will
y again honor all service
veterans, spouses and family members at the
Holmes Beach Veterans Memorial and Butterfly
Park with a continental breakfast, honor guard
and presentation of colors by the American
Legion Kirby Stewart Post and the final salute
to fallen comrades, Taps.
The Islander will again
publish its Island Vacation
Guide with a special focus
for holiday visitors. Don't
miss the second edition
of this highly acclaimed
special edition. Preview the
e-eduion of the fall Island Vacation
Guide online at www.islander.org.
Thanksgiving is the time for giving thanks and
for remembering the organizations that serve the
community and needy individuals on Anna Maria
Island. Special sponsor ads help produce the
annual "Islander Wish Book," which highlights
the needs of nonprofits serving the Island and
allows readers to compile shopping lists to help
meet those needs. It's the "joy of giving" with
some special sprinkles of Island style.
Mark your calendar for the Holmes Beach
Downtown Holiday Open House Dec. 4
sponsored by The Islander newspaper, and
be sure to join us at the newspaper for visits
with Santa aboard his sleigh, surprises for kids
and holiday merriment with the Privateers
aboard their ship. Raffle prize registration and
refreshments will abound at the area merchants
and there's always a little holiday magic in the
air for this event.
Dec. 5 will find young and old alike celebrating
the holiday season at the Chuck and Joey
Lester-Islander Fun Day at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Prizes, Santa,
games, food and refreshments are offered at
"old-fashioned prices for an old-fashioned good
Next up: Dec. 12 brings
the Anna Maria Island
Parade and Kids'
C Christmas Party. The parade runs
the length of the Island from Anna
Maria Bayfront Park to Coquina
Beach, where Santa greets kids with a hearty
"ho ho ho" and a gift aboard the Privateer ship.
Dec. 19 is the annual "Where's
Woody Candish" Sidewalk Art
Sale outdoors along the walkways
at The Islander newspaper office in
the Island Shopping Center. There
are last-minute shopping bargains
from local artists something for everyone on
your list at this once-a-year sale event.
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 23, 2009 0 13
National Estuaries Day
celebrated Sept. 26
For the ninth consecutive year, the Sarasota Bay
Estuary Program is celebrating National Estuaries
Day with the offer of a discounted ticket package
that includes a cruise with Sarasota Bay Explorers
and admission to Mote Aquarium.
Cost for the package is $7 per person and is good
only for Saturday, Sept. 26.
On the Bay Explorers cruise, participants will
join a marine biologist for a 105-minute cruise around
Sarasota Bay. Cruisers will observe bottlenose dol-
phins and manatees, while learning about the area's
ecology, history and folklore.
Cruise times are 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Tickets for the National Estuaries Day celebration
must be purchased and picked up in advance at the
Sarasota Bay Explorers desk at the Mote Aquarium
entrance, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota.
Patrons will not be able to purchase discounted
tickets on the day of the event.
Health warning for
Palma Sola waters
The Manatee County Environmental Health Ser-
vices department on Sept. 17 issued an advisory for
the waters on both the south and north sides of the
Palma Sola Causeway near the mainland.
The advisory said marine water bacterial indica-
tors show that contact with the water in either area
may pose "an increased risk of infectious disease,
particularly for susceptible individuals."
Director Tom Larkin said it is "not uncommon"
for bacteria levels to increase after heavy rainfall due
to stormwater runoff.
Water quality criteria is based upon standards set
by the Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
The water in the affected areas was to be tested
again on Sept. 21.
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Star Fish Company and the Bell family of
Cortez welcome the public at 5:30 p.m. Monday,
Sept. 28 to a meet-and-greet reception for Jim
Boyd, Republican candidate for Florida House
The event will feature light appetizers,
including "mullet spread, of course," accord-
ing to host Karen Bell, refreshments, conversa-
tions and a "Q&A about current issues facing
Manatee County and Florida."
The gathering will be held from 5:30 p.m. to
approximately 7 p.m. on the docks behind Star
Fish Company Market and Restaurant, 12306
46th Ave. W., Cortez.
For more information, call Bell at 941-704-
Yacht club plans hunt
The Cortez Yacht Club will host its first "Can You Find
It By Water" scavenger hunt Saturday, Sept. 26, beginning
at Rotten Ralph's at Galati Marine in Anna Maria.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the
distribution of the hunt list to scavengers at 10:15
a.m. and a start at 10:30 a.m.
Scavengers will have about three hours to collect
items from the list, and prizes will be awarded to those
who place first, second and third in several categories.
For more information, call Tim "Hammer"
Thompson at 941-780-1668.
Manatee County's Natural Resources Depart-
ment will host a volunteer information meeting at
Robinson Preserve at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.
For more information, call the county at 941-742-
5757 ext. 2.
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County commissioners have appointed
one new member and shuffled some seats on the
county Tourist Development Council.
During a county commission meeting Sept. 15,
the board appointed Vernon DeSear to the TDC as
an "interested citizen, as well as Beach Bistro owner
Sean Murphy, who has been serving on the council as
a hotelier since 2005, but requested to be appointed
as an "interested citizen."
DeSear, the executive director of the Manatee
Memorial Hospital Foundation, has been involved
in a number of community efforts, including the
Downtown Development Authority in Bradenton,
the Manatee Education Foundation, the Wellness
Community of Southwest Florida and the Hernando
DeSoto Historical Society.
County rules require that of the nine positions on
the TDC, at least three but no more than four mem-
bers must be owners/operators of motels, hotels, rec-
reational vehicle parks or other tourist accommoda-
tions in the county and subject to the county resort
The board appointed four people, all of them
already members of the TDC, to serve as representa-
tives of the accommodations industry. The appointees
include Tom Jung of the Courtyard Marriott in Bra-
denton, David Teitelbaum of Tortuga Inn, Tradewinds
and Seaside Motels on the Island, Barbara Rodocker
of the Bridgewalk and Silver Surf Resorts on the
Island and Ed Chiles of the Beach Inn in Holmes
Beach. Chiles was first appointed to the TDC in 1996
and has, in the past, served as an "interested citi-
The county received 13 applications for the posts,
including a number from Islanders.
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, who
chairs the TDC, said, "All the other applicants were
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14 0 SEPT. 23, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
County ready to dredge Coquina Beach sand
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County director of natural resources
Charlie Hunsicker is ready for federal approval of the
agreement between Port Dolphin LLC and Manatee
County to build a natural gas pipeline.
Hunsicker is in a race with time to get sand from
the path of Port Dolphin's 30-mile-long pipeline from
the Gulf of Mexico to Port Manatee by June 2012 -
or possibly lose the sand and the money Port Dolphin
is escrowing to Manatee County.
He needs Port Dolphin to get environmental per-
mits and for the U.S. Coast Guard and the National
Maritime Administration to approve the agreement.
The agencies will not announce a decision until Oct.
26 at the earliest.
"We want to start investigating the sand in
November," Hunsicker said.
Hunsicker and officials of Coastal Planning and
Engineering, the county's marine engineering com-
pany, have to test the sand that will be dredged for
beach quality, then have it moved to Coquina Beach
by June 2012.
It's not as easy as it sounds.
"We have to be finished by the start of pipeline
construction in June 2012," Hunsicker said. Before
it can begin dredging, however, the county needs a
"The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection has agreed to put our application to dredge at
the top of the stack, but that's no guarantee it will be
approved quickly," Hunsicker said.
Also at stake is the $400,000-$500,000 that Port
Dolphin LLC will escrow to Manatee County to fund
a variety of projects.
If the sand is not removed by June 2012, all bets
could be off, Hunsicker indicated, although he said
it's likely that Port Dolphin LLC would grant an
Much depends upon the speed of the DEP permit
and the weather, Hunsicker said.
The dredged sand will be headed for Coquina
Beach renourishment, he said, not beaches in Holmes
Beach or Anna Maria.
Hunsicker said preliminary indications are that
the sand from the pipeline area is of beach quality,
but only about 200,000 cubic yards are available to
Manatee County from the borrow area.
Better to use it for the Coquina Beach renourish-
ment that's just about ready to start, rather than the
Islandwide effort planned for 2014.
With quick approvals, Hunsicker said the county
could put sand on Coquina Beach in 2011.
But there have been objections, including a
number by the town of Longboat Key. Longboat Key
has a borrow area for beach renourishment sand in
the area affected by the pipeline.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she had no
objection to the sand going to Coquina Beach.
"Coquina Beach was always ahead of the cities
for renourishment. I think that's the right use of the
sand. We never thought Island renourishment would
begin before 2014," she said.
Bradenton Beach commission adopts flu policy
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners adopted a reso-
lution Sept. 17 that authorizes a city supervisor or the
mayor to send home someone who appears sick.
The resolution, a late addition to the commission
agenda, states that a supervisor or mayor, after con-
sultation, may order a city employee, contractor of
volunteer home "if that person reports or shows signs
or symptoms of a communicable disease, including
the H1NI virus."
The policy, which will be added to the city's
employee handbook, requires that to return to city
facilities the person must be able to provide certi-
fication from a doctor that "there is no threat of a
at Rays game
Organizers of the To Inform Families First Initia-
tive will raise money for the group through the sale
of tickets to the Tampa Bay Rays game Oct. 4.
The Rays will be playing the New York Yankees
at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
TIFF is selling tickets in the lower level of the
outfield tickets for $24, with a portion of each sale
benefiting the campaign to register emergency con-
tacts with driver's licenses.
For more information, call Christine Olson at
941-795-1869 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The commission approved the resolution because
communicable diseases such as the H1N1 flu virus
- more commonly called the swine flu virus pose
a "threat to the safety and welfare of the public, as
well as city employees."
City attorney Ricinda Perry read the resolution
prior to the commission vote and noted that the city
had lacked a communicable disease policy.
\ ly understanding is that the city doesn't have
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"We're looking for a way to make sure that we pro-
tect ourselves and our citizens.... And also to make
sure we don't have a singling out of anybody."
Commissioner Bob Bartelt questioned requiring
people to obtain a doctor's notice before returning to
city facilities, but the resolution passed with a unani-
Commissioner John Shaughnessy was absent
from the meeting.
Noah Fischer decorates his puzzle piece with peace
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his fellow Marines were part of the large international
settlement of more than 100,000 people established
in Shanghai in the 1920s.
Western countries such as the United States,
France, Britain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands
- along with Japan all had military forces sta-
tioned in Shanghai to protect the various business
interests of its citizens in China and to protect those
citizens from the Chinese civil war between Mao
Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek.
Each country maintained a military presence
in Shanghai, and the main public services, such as
police, fire, water and sewage, were all run by west-
erners or western companies.
The various military were also to keep Japan
from gaining full control of the remainder of China
after it captured Manchuria, China's northern prov-
ince, in 1931.
Originally from Flint, Mich., Ed entered the
Marine Corps in 1929 and volunteered for China
Other Marines had told Ed that the duty was easy
and, for a few dollars a month, he could keep an off-
base apartment, complete with someone to clean up,
wash and iron his uniforms and cook.
A Marine Corps private first class only made
about $25 a month in those days, Ed recalled, but
he was eventually promoted and was able to afford
an off-base apartment. The Marines also paid a few
dollars extra each month to those who qualified as
an expert with the standard Marine rifle, a 1903 bolt-
Ed was a qualified expert with that weapon,
along with the .30-caliber, water-cooled machine gun.
Those expert badges were worth an extra $6 a month,
which was big money in those days, Ed said.
At 99, Ed's memory often fails him, but he
remembers that the U.S. Navy operated a Yangtze
River patrol of gunboats stationed at Shanghai, and
Marines from the 4th Regiment accompanied those
patrols up and down the 3,000-mile-long river. Ed
was assigned to several such patrols, which lasted
more than a month.
The gunboats were to protect American compa-
nies such as Standard Oil and Texaco from the civil
war and from Chinese warlords and bandits. They
were also to prevent the Japanese from considering
military ventures against China.
The gunboats additionally provided medical and
dental services to Chinese and American citizens
working along the river.
Ed and his fellow Marines were not too worried
about the Japanese at that time, although Japan also
maintained a military force in Shanghai. Japan, how-
ever, had a much larger military presence in northeast
China than other countries and controlled the roads
near China's border with Manchuria. The Japanese
also sought open conflict with Chinese forces, but not
a full-scale war.
Still, all the countries that occupied Shanghai
appeared to get along well, said Ed. The main enemies
were the bandits and warlords along the Yangtze.
Ed Bruendl as a U.S. Marine in China in 1935.
The Marines also had units at the U.S. Embassy
in Peking, now Beijing, and in Tistien along the China
Sea coast. Marines were told to avoid any conflict
with Japanese soldiers, he recalled.
By 1935, Ed said, it had become apparent that
the Japanese were building up their forces to attack
Prior to its 1937 invasion of China, Japanese air-
craft in 1936 bombed the U.S. Navy gunboat Panay
during a Yangtze River patrol, killing several Marines
and sailors and sinking the Panay. The Japanese
claimed it was a case of mistaken identity and they
thought the boat, although flying the American flag,
was being used by bandits.
After apologizing profusely for its mistake, Japan
paid nearly $4 million to the United States as part
of its p 1< ,.'. The Japanese pilots apparently could
not see the large U.S. flag that flew from the Panay's
stern, according to a /i..,i,/i..,i Times newspaper
account of the incident.
Although Ed had returned to Michigan by the
time of the Panay bombing, he knew than that Japan
and the United States would eventually come to war
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After Japan invaded China in 1937, the U.S. gov-
ernment invoked economic sanctions against Japan
and warned it to leave China.
Japan would lose too much face in Asia if it left
China. It chose to ignore American warnings, a deci-
sion that would lead to the Day of Infamy, Dec. 7,
1941, and the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Ed was discharged from the Marines in 1937,
returned to Flint and got married. He took a job with
General Motors and moved up to the engineering and
By the time the United States entered WWII, he
had a family and was considered too old for combat.
He tried to go back into the Marines, but was rejected
because he was married and his job was considered
critical to the war effort.
Indeed it was.
Ed's contribution to the war is still remembered
and in use today.
Automobile spark plugs lasted only a few thou-
sand miles prior to the war. As America prepared to
enter WWII, the U.S. military needed a spark plug
that would last for thousands of miles, as in 20,000-
With its dependency on jeeps, tanks and motor-
ized transport, the military planned to drive vehicles
many miles in a short time when it invaded Europe
and the Pacific. A normal spark plug that would last
just a few thousand miles and perhaps just a few
weeks in combat was unacceptable.
Given the task of building a better spark plug,
Ed and his engineering team developed the ACDelco
spark plug designed to last 40,000 miles and more.
The U.S. military bought hundreds of thousands
of the new spark plugs before and during the war
and military vehicles around the world were main-
tained considerably longer than originally anticipated
because of Ed and his team's invention. Ed and his
team received an award from the U.S. government
for their war efforts.
Ed would eventually retire from G \ I and move
to Bradenton Beach.
He and his wife first visited the Island in 1958,
when there were only a few houses and businesses,
and a few trailer parks, such as the Sandpiper Resort,
where Ed lives today.
Ed doesn't get around much these days and has
a caretaker to look after his needs.
Still, he has a sense of humor and a deep pride
in being a Marine Corps veteran and contributing to
the war effort.
"I can't remember much, but I still wave the
flag when I can," said Ed. "Once a Marine, always a
Semper Fi, Ed.
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
Generation" columns are for Island, Longboat Key,
Perico Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bra-
denton and Cortez veterans, man or woman, who
served in the armed forces of any allied country
during World War II or the Korean War. We'd like to
hear from you. Please, call Rick Catlin at 941-778-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Sept. 15, 200 block Gladiolus Street, domestic.
The complainant and her daughter got into an argu-
ment. The complainant said her daughter came home
drunk. Both were given domestic violence pack-
Sept. 12, 2513 Gulf Drive N., warrant. No further
information was provided.
Sept. 13, 1900 Gulf Drive S., Coquina Beach,
trespass. No further information was provided.
Sept. 14, 200 block Gulf Drive South, credit card
theft. No further information was provided.
Sept. 16, 2200 block Gulf Drive North, theft. No
further information was provided.
Sept. 12, 5600 block Gulf Drive, burglary. Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office deputies contacted police
after finding a "large box on the beach" that contained
Pauline J. Pasco
Pauline J. Pasco, 66, of Anna Maria Island and
formerly Alliance, Ohio, died Sept. 12.
Mrs. Pasco was a member of Charter Manatee
Sail & Power Squadron, a volunteer at Blake Medi-
cal Center and the Regional Food Bank. She was a
business owner of her own company called Sugar
Fashions, where she designed and created fashions,
clothing people and sewing wears. She loved living
on Anna Maria Island with her companion Jack
DeUnger and their three Maltese dogs, Rudolph Val-
entino, Roxie Rose Hart, and Ralph Lauren.
Memorial services on the Island were private.
She is survived by daughters Bobbi Lynn Rowe,
Paula Hameline, and Amy; their father Robert G. Pasco;
six grandchildren, and sister Lillian Stephans.
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After contacting the apparent owner, he determined
that two vehicles had been burglarized and items
stolen, including bullets, a handgun, briefcase, check-
book, sunglasses, a GPS unit and the box.
Sept. 12, 500 block 69th Street, burglary. The
complainant said someone took a silver tea set,
valued at $700, from her home.
Sept. 12, 600 block Concord Lane, burglary. The
complainant said she was watching the home for a
friend and noted the rear door was ajar and that a
plastic container valued at $10 was missing.
Sept. 13, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks,
obstruction. Officers responded to a fight outside the
lounge. The two men were asked to leave by the door-
man "because they were too intoxicated," according to
the report. Both men left, then returned, began to fight,
and others joined in. One man appeared to have a broken
hand. He eventually gave a taped report of the incident;
the other man was arrested on battery charges.
Sept. 13, 200 block 79th Street, theft. Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputies contacted police
regarding a possible theft. A man had been stopped
for not wearing a seat belt and a roll of black wire was
found on the passenger seat of his vehicle. The man
said he found the wire on the side of the road near the
Verizon building off 52nd Street. Value of the wire
was estimated at more than $300. The investigation
Sept. 15, 611 Manatee Ave., CVS Pharmacy,
counterfeit. A store clerk said a man purchased ciga-
rettes with a $10 bill and, after he left the store, it was
determined the bill was not legal tender.
Sept. 16, 600 block Key Royale Drive, theft. The
complainant said he believed someone took the decal
off his license plate, valued at $40.
An estimated 4,000 people attended the Sept. 19 Gulf Coast Talent & Film Expo at the Manatee Conven-
tion and Civic Center in Palmetto. The event was sponsored by Cortezians Mark and Kim Ibasfalean to
showcase local talent, as well as film and publishing avenues. Pictured is Chip Ragsdale, a popular Anna
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Suspect arrested in Holmes Beach resort burglary
By Lisa Neff
Police early Sept. 18 arrested a Sarasota man in
connection with an alleged burglary and battery at
the Bali Hai Beach Resort, 6900 Gulf Drive.
The arrest of Sarasota resident Francis Romano
Gerry, 56, took place shortly after 4 a.m., when
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach police offi-
cers responded to a call of a "burglary in progress,"
according to Holmes Beach Police.
A man entered an occupied room at the resort by
forcing open the door, HBPD reported.
Room occupants woke up and saw the man,
whom they chased out.
The man allegedly said he was looking for other
resort guests, but HBPD alleged that he had removed
money from a woman's purse.
Gerry, held at the Manatee County jail on Sept. 18,
faces a charge of burglary involving battery, a felony
charge, and a charge of burglary, a misdemeanor charge.
Bond was set at $750.
And not guilty plea made
in Bradenton Beach sex case
A Bradenton Beach man recently pleaded not
guilty to illegal sexual activities with a minor.
Joseph Edmund Chiquet, 34, of the 500 block
of Gulf Drive South in Bradenton Beach, was
arrested July 14 and for allegedly committing
lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12-15 years
old and exposing a minor to harmful motion pic-
Chiquet, according to a police report, allegedly
met the teenager in January at The Yard, a skateboard
shop he was operating in Bradenton.
The report indicated that the teenager said
she and Chiquet had a sexual relationship, and
that he took sexual photographs of her in his
apartment that were downloaded on his com-
Police executed a search warrant earlier this
month and seized the computer.
In addition to charges of lewd and lascivious
battery on a child, investigating officers have asked
the state attorney's office to file numerous charges
against Chiquet for alleged possession or promo-
tion of child pornography.
Chiquet has been released from the Manatee
County jail pending trial, but remains on a home-
detention, electronic monitoring system.
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Black time points: A.M. (before noon).
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Stops: Two to four blocks apart along the route.
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Box tops collected for education at AME
By Kimberly Kuizon
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent
Teacher Organization is asking for help to collect
box tops this year.
Box tops can be found on different items, such
as cereal, yogurt or cake products. Anyone is asked
to cut out the box tops and turn them into the school.
The collected tops raise money for the school.
"We are trying to make people aware of this pro-
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cation program is, you don't understand why you
should collect them," said PTO president Monica
Last year, AME received close to $2,000 from
Box Tops. The PTO helped fund field trips, books and
supplies for classrooms with its donation to AME.
People can also participate by shopping online
Online, shoppers will find more than 70 stores,
including Barnes & Noble, Oriental Trading Com-
pany, Office Depot and The Gap. Online retailers
make a donation to the specified school.
This year, the PTO will provide prizes or a party
to the classes that collect the most box tops.
"It doesn't have to be just parents who are col-
lecting the box tops. We want the whole community
to participate," Simpson said.
For more information e-mail Simpson at green-
Anna Maria Elementary School upcoming events
Sept. 24, progress reports.
Sept 25, no school.
2 p.m. Oct. 2, book club.
Oct. 8, health screening.
Oct. 9, fire drill.
Oct. 15, picture retake.
Oct. 15, Domino's pizza day.
8:30 a.m. Oct. 16, Parent Teacher Organization
5 p.m. Oct. 20, Parent Teacher Organization
dinner followed by third-grade performance.
Oct. 23, blood drive.
Oct. 29, report cards and teacher confer-
Oct. 31, annual AME-PTO Fall Festival; start
10 a.m. costume contest; 10:30 a.m. parade; 11
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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Wednesday, Sept. 23
11:30 a.m. "Outlook and Opportunities: 10 Reasons to be a
Long-term Bull" seminar with financial advisor Mike Valley at the Sun
House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
5 to 7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking
at the Blue Water Beach Club, 6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
Friday, Sept. 25
6:30 to 9 p.m. Skate night at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee
Saturday, Sept. 26
9 a.m. Cortez Yacht Club scavenger hunt begins at Rotten
Ralph's north end location, 900 Bay Blvd. S., Anna Maria. Information:
941-780-1668. Fee applies.
Sunday, Sept. 27
10:30 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers "Shipreck Poker Run and
Bike Show" registration at Peggy's Corral, 4511 US Hwy 41, N. Palmetto.
Information: 941-720-0436. Fee applies.
Monday, Sept. 28
11:30 a.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf outing
at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
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
Tuesday, noon, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
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
Off Island Events:
Thursday, Sept. 24
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Volunteer orientation at Robinson Preserve,
1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757.
7:30 p.m. "Hello, Dolly!" opens at the Manatee Players, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton, through Oct. 11. Box Office: 941-748-5875. Fee
8 p.m. Classical voice recital featuring Martha Lopez at Neel
Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
752-5351. Fee applies.
Friday, Sept. 25
6 to 8 p.m. DeSoto National Memorial Junior Rangers activity
guide release party at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bra-
denton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Saturday, Sept. 26
1 p.m. Golf tournament to benefit Manatee High School Her-
icanes girls soccer club at Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-807-1105.
7 p.m. Celestial viewing with the Deep Sky Observers in the
North Parking Lot of the Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.
Wednesday, Sept. 30
8:30 & 10 a.m. Wagon tours through Robinson Preserve, 1704
99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757. Fee applies.
Oct. 1, "Amphitryon" opens at the Howard Studio Theatre on the
Manatee Community College Campus.
Oct. 1, "Eat, Drink + Be Merry Film Series" presents "Big Night" at
the South Florida Museum.
Oct. 2, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club "A Touch of Tuscany" clas-
sical music concert.
Oct. 2, Anna Maria Island Community Center film presentation
"Kicking and Screaming."
Oct. 3, Coastal cleanup.
Oct. 3, Night at the South Florida Museum presents Latin drum-
ming and dance for kids.
Oct. 6, Inquiring Minds non-denominational bible study group
Oct. 6, Fall Festival of Music concert at Neel Performing Arts
Oct. 7,Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce lunch at Freedom
Oct. 7, Ringling International Arts Festival begins.
Oct. 7, Book club at Tingley Memorial Library.
Save the date:
Oct. 8, 61st season begins at Island Players.
Oct. 9, Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing at IMG
Academies Golf and Country Club.
Oct. 13, Pianist Joyce Valentine at Neel Performing Arts Center.
Oct. 16-17, Anna Maria Island Bayfest.
Oct. 23, Goblin Gathering at G.T. Bray Park.
Oct. 30, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats
and kids' costume contest and The Islander Newspaper Canine Costume
Send calendar announcements to email@example.com. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
contact via e-mail and phone.
Restaurant to feature Strom
Judy Strom of Bradenton will be the featured artist at the Sun House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach from Sept.
28-Oct. 1. She will show her watercolor art, note cards and jewelry from 6p.m. to 8p.m. at the restaurant as
part of an ongoing series organized by the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: AGAMI
20 0 SEPT. 23, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Weather changes subtle, plus fishy stories
Fall plopped down on us Sept. 22.
No falling leaves, no dramatic change in tem-
peratures, no significant change in air except for
Some of us natives noticed the weather
change a few weeks ago. Sure, we finally got some
rain and subsequent cooler air and water tempera-
tures, but the air felt, well, different.
More dry. More fall-like. And there was that early
Seasonal changes don't hit us over the head in
Florida, unlike the changes that whack our northern
No green-to-orange change in tree leaves.
No 80- to 50-degree days yet.
No wake-up-to-a-foot-of-snow times.
It's subtle down here on Anna Maria Island.
There was a scant dry scent in the air a couple
weeks ago. The clouds looked different. Despite all
the rain, things felt different.
And now we are into fall, arguably the best time
of the year on AMI.
Although we love our winter friends, October
is probably the best month of the year as long as the
whirly winds from the Atlantic and Caribbean, and
even the Gulf of Mexico, stay away.
We love this time because we have our Island to
And there's almost nobody here to create lines at
our favorite places.
October has always been one of those elusive
months. The weather is about as perfect as it can
be. Gulf water temps are superb. Fishing is beyond
Go scuffle in the sand on the beach, cast a line in
the surf or just soak up some rays in your back yard.
You deserve it after a long, hot summer.
...and coming soon is winter
It's time to delve into the future as predicted
within the "Old Farmer's 2010 Almanac" for what's
The little book is wonderful, by the way. Espe-
cially love the hole on the top corner of the cover
so you can hang it by the door, on a cabinet knob or
wherever it will be convenient.
Anyway, the missive for Florida is:
"Winter will be warmer than normal, on aver-
age, with the coldest temperatures occurring in mid-
January. Rainfall will be above normal, with the best
chance for any snow in the north around Christmas.
"April and May will be warmer and much drier
"Summer will be cooler and rainier than normal,
with the hottest periods in early to mid- and mid-
to-late August. Watch for a major hurricane in late
August or early September.
"September and October will be slightly cooler
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and much rainier than normal."
Wet fish, good eats
The rainy weather didn't do a lot to help the
Second Annual Ben Gullett Mullet Invitational fish-
ing tournament, but it sure didn't seem to dampen the
spirits of the 100-plus folks who turned out to eat the
catch at Star Fish Company Market and Restaurant.
Although the guy with the snake-in-a-box can
stay home next year, please. Or leave the darn snake
Mullet always reminds me of my old buddy Bob
Ardren, who died Jan. 1, 2008. He was a writer for
a slew of newspapers and magazines, including The
Islander, and knew a good mullet eye-to-eye.
Bob stories are myriad.
There was the time we were out in my little boat,
coming to the dock. He looked at me, grinned, said,
"Man overboard drill" and toppled over the side. I
retrieved him after my heart started again. The feat
became a regular ritual.
But he loved mullet. Really loved mullet. Espe-
cially Cortez Hot Dogs, crispy fried mullet on a hot
dog bun with tartar sauce. He used to gobble them
down like, well, hot dogs. But better.
Bob had a cat that was literally on his last legs
when I brought Bob some smoked Cortez mullet one
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Cat hadn't eaten in days.
Cat gained weight on his new mullet diet, which
continued for another year.
When Bob got sick, we pumped him with mullet
and I' m convinced gave him another six months of a
very good life.
This column doesn't often feature cooking or
Wanda Fulford's Original Smoked Mullet Spread
is a whole different animal.
I watched Bob eat oh, about a ton? of the
spread one afternoon.
From the book "What's Cooking in Cortez"
2 pounds smoked mullet.
1/2 cup small onion, grated.
1/4 teaspoon Accent.
1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
1 1 5 cup Miracle Whip dressing or mayon-
(Go with the Miracle Whip. You'll know why.)
"Flake mullet into medium mixing bowl, being
very careful to remove all bones. (That's for some-
one other than a Cortezian who caught, filleted and
smoked the fish.) Add onion, Accent and black
pepper and mix will before adding salad dressing,
then mix again. Wanda's spread is a mouth-watering
treat served on crackers or in an avocado half."
Gotta go with Miracle Whip.
Gotta mix twice. And not too much.
Bill Hard, man-
ager of the Water-
fron Restaurant in
Anna Maria, and
of Holmes Beach
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Go fish! Snook, reds in bays, snapper just off beaches
By Paul Roat
Reports continue to be good for snook and red-
fish in the backwaters. Snook still are lurking off the
beaches as well.
Snapper are thick on the nearshore reefs, as well
as offshore, where reports of grouper as well are ter-
And get this: Tarpon are still being caught around
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Silver kings are gener-
ally a spring fishing treat for anglers, but apparently
the resident population is large enough to continue
taking the bait, even this late in the year.
As an old fishing saying goes, "take a kid fishing,
and maybe one day he'll take you fishing, too."
A free Kid's Fishing Contest will be held Satur-
day, Oct. 3, at the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge
Street Pier at the east end of the street. The event is
open to youths age 5 to 12, and will run from 10 a.m.
Prizes will be awarded for catches that are "big-
gest, smallest and weirdest" fish, as well as most
Kids need to bring a pole only. Bait and tackle
will be provided.
The fun is sponsored by Historic Bridge Street
Merchants, Bridge Street Bazaar, ScenicWaves,
Rotten Ralph's Restaurant and Fish Hole.
Shark on, shark off
Jon Scudieri of Gardner, Ill., enjoys the thrill of
bringing a shark to the dock at the Rod & Reel Pier
in Anna Maria Sept. 17 while another dangles a
line. The small shark broke off just as Scudieri pre-
pared to bring it on deck, but he seemed pleased, as
he pondered aloud on how to remove a hook from a
shark's mouth. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
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Captain Mark Howard
Snook Trout Redfish
Tarpon Grouper Shark
Further information is available from Jake
Spooner at Bridge Street Bazaar, 941-778-3400.
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, Ted
Pasky took top honors for weird catch of the week:
a snook caught with a kid's round plastic dive toy -
a ringer around its neck. The linesider was of legal
size, and he said it was "of kobe-beef grade" in taste
since it was so tender. Outside of the fish jumping
through hoops at the pier "circus fish," as Ted put
it are lots of snapper and redfish, most keeper-size.
There are also some black drum and mackerel being
caught, as well as an occasional shark and ballyhoo
Capt. Mark Howard on SumoTimes Charters
said fishing around Anna Maria Island has been good
for his charters, with redfish, trout and snook hitting
well. The fish are in the potholes on the seagrass flats,
he said. Beach-area fishing is heating up, he said,
since he's catching nice-sized mangrove snapper,
mackerel and grouper off artificial reefs. He also said
that with fall comes shorter days and cooler nights as
well as tarpon being flushed out of Tampa Bay, king-
fish should start to run along the coast and grouper
will move into the bays.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said redfish
were a great feature in the backwaters. He advised
that the big outgoing high tides were a good time
to go fishing, especially around the oyster bars near
Long Bar Point in upper Sarasota Bay and in the
mouth of Terra Ceia Bay. The fish are big, with
most in the upper-slot limit of 27 inches. Snook
fishing is also good near mangroves in the bays,
but there are still linesiders being caught off the
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fall starts. For offshore fishers, grouper and snap-
per action is terrific. And tarpon fishing by the Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge is still a good game.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's putting his charters onto red grou-
per and lots of sharks on his offshore trips.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay 11 out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said it's pretty much
same-same for his charters. "Out on the nearshore
reefs, there has been some pretty steady action with
mangrove snapper, grouper, flounder, Spanish mack-
erel and an occasional cobia. There's a conspicuous
lack of big bait schools out in 30- to 40-feet of water.
He said he's catching trout, snapper, reds and snook in
that order in the backwaters, and said that the tides are
critical for the best catches. "It appears that the best
tidal stages to fish are early in a low incoming tide
and during the ebb of the huge tides," he said. And
about all the rain? "The copious amount of rain and
its runoff usually pushes a lot of the intolerant fresh-
and brackish-water species, such as trout, flounder,
mackerel, pompano, etc., out to the open bay waters
and passes. Reds, snook, jacks and snapper do not
mind the lower salinities, so the freshwater runoff
does not really affect those species."
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
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ii By Rick Catlin
to Anna Maria
Get ready to go through the garage,
attic and closet looking for unwanted
clothes, toys, games, furniture and
household appliances no longer used,
but still in serviceable condition.
Goodwill Industries is opening a
donation center Oct. 1 at 3614 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach, just south of
LuAnne Kirschner of Goodwill
said the donation center will open with
a staff of three people to accept items
from Islanders and nearby residents.
"We studied the location and found
that anyone on the Island should be
more than seven minutes away from
the store," Kirschner said. "We're
delighted to be coming to Anna Maria
Island. We really believe that Islanders
will support our efforts."
At the present time, Kirschner said
infant and kids clothing and household
furniture are in great demand.
Other items the Island center will
accept include household appliances,
books, toys, games and adult clothing.
"We will take just about in \ thing
that can be used or worn, especially for
families," she said.
With the current economic con-
ditions, Kirschner said business at
Goodwill has increased and the orga-
nization has difficulty keeping up with
If someone is unsure if it can be
used by Goodwill, they can call the
Island center first to check, she said.
Although the Island location will
only be a donation center, Kirschner
said the long-range plan is to add a
"I want to thank Islanders in
advance for supporting us. We've had
so many from the Island drive into
town and give us items. Now, we'll be
just around the corner."
Kirschner said Goodwill employs
about 300 people in Manatee County,
including a number of staff who would
not likely be employed because of spe-
cial needs and conditions, she said.
"Your donations will help put these
people to work and give meaning to
their lives," Kirschner said.
Goodwill also has a pick-up ser-
vice for heavier items, such as refrig-
erators and large household furniture,
Center hours will be from 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m. seven days a week, Kirschner
To reach Goodwill's pick-up ser-
vice, call 941-351-8946, or call Good-
will's office at 941-355-2721.
The Island Goodwill telephone
number is 941-778-1082.
Richard and Laurie Shahinian plan
to open Slim's Place at the former site
of Matt and Dom's Pastry Cafe at
Powers Plaza, 204 Palmetto Ave., in
The couple, who have lived in
Anna Maria for more than 20 years,
plan a menu of good food and great
desserts, with accompanying beer and
"We're still working on the menu,
but we plan on having a lot of good
things to eat and drink," Richard prom-
He said he was unsure if there
would be a grand opening, but he
would let his friends on the Island, old
and new, know in advance of the open-
"We will have a great time on
opening day," he said.
Slim's Place will serve customers
daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.
For more information on Slims
Place, call 941-567-4056.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce is holding elections to
its board of directors.
Candidates for the five available
seats include incumbent board mem-
bers Judy Giovanelli, Ellen Aquilina,
Joe Landolfi, Michael Vejins and
Chuck Webb, along with Linda Dick-
son and Lynn Zemmer.
Chamber members are asked to
have their ballots marked and returned
to the chamber office at 5313 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, by Sept. 30. Bal-
lots may be faxed to 941-778-9679.
Candidates elected will serve
Fran Maxon Real Estate at 9701
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, will relocate
its office on Oct. 1 to 9801 Gulf Drive,
Broker-owner Stephanie Bell said
she will begin moving this week to be
open for business at the new location
on Oct. 1. The telephone number will
remain the same, Bell said.
Maxon Real Estate will celebrate
its 40th anniversary on Anna Maria
Island next year. The business opened
To reach Maxon Real Estate, call
Sean Murphy, owner of the Beach
Bistro restaurant on 66th Street in
Holmes Beach, has developed a unique
promotion to help Islanders to beat the
heat, while waiting for the first cold
wave to strike the Island.
Murphy has promised a free drink
from now until Oct. 15 for every local
patron who comes to the Bistro and
says, "Sure is hot."
Drinks associated with the "Sure
is Hot" program are a watermelon
cosmo and a pineapple-infused mar-
tini, Murphy said.
In addition to the free drink, the
Bistro also has its air-conditioned
Bistro bus available for free on-Island
transportation to and from the restau-
rant for parties of six or more with
The Bistro staff also will play
weatherman and post advisories on
approaching cold fronts on the res-
taurant's Web site. When the first cold
front of the season reaches the Island,
the restaurant will host a "Cold Front
Beach Party" with wine, entertainment
and dancing on the beach.
For more information, contact the
Beach Bistro at 941-778-6444.
Zee Catanese has joined the staff
of Wagner Realty at its main office at
7411 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
She is a former owner of Smith
Realtors on Anna Maria Island.
For more information, call Wagner
and Deb Pate
S outside Cape-
Africa, with a
at the Moyo
said Dave Pate
of the recent
tions at Back
Helen Papazoros, left,
along with granddaugh-
ter Briana Lass and
daughter Anna Lass,
right, recently celebrated
the display of their indi-
vidual artistry at Back
Alley, 121 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach. Back
Alley features local art-
ists and their work. For
more information, call
Back Alley at 941-778-
1800. Islander Photo:
Island real estate
517 Blue Heron Drive, Anna Maria,
a vacant 85x105 canalfront lot zoned
R1 was sold 09/04/09, Martin to Hasler
4805 Second Ave., Holmes
Beach a 2,600 sfla / 3,200 sfur
4bed/31 bath/2car home built in 2009
on a 100xl 00 lot was sold 09/04/09,
Hutchison to Carl for $657,500; list
519 77th St., Holmes Beach a 1,573
sfla / 1,906 sfur 3bed/1 bath/l car
canalfront home built in 1960 on a
90x104 lot was sold 09/01/09, Peck to
FV Bradenton Residential Properties
LLC for $472,500; list $499,900.
6806 Gulf Drive, Unit 6806, West
Winds, Holmes Beach, a 1,281 sfla
/ 1,457 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1977 was sold
08/28/09, R. Nunez LLC to Frye for
104 Gulf Drive S., Unit 201, Gulf
View, Bradenton Beach, a 1,029 sfla /
1,065 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo
with sahred pool built in 1980 was
sold 09/03/09, Zorn to Lipscomb for
$425,000; list $475,000.
201 35th St., Unit 4, Anna Maria
Beach Place, Holmes Beach, a 810
sfla 2bed/1%bath condo with shared
pool built in 1969 was sold 08/31/09,
Pariso to Berra for $390,000.
214 67th St., Holmes Beach, a
1,240 sfla / 2,093 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car
home built in 1970 on a 75x105 lot was
sold 08/31/09, Rufner to Hohenadel for
$385,000; list $429,000.
6250 Holmes Blvd., Unit 45, North
Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,536
sfla / 2,105 sfur 2bed/2%bath/2car
condo with shared pool built in 1992
was sold 09/02/09, Lee to Marslender
for $359,500; list $399,000.
4102 Fifth Ave., Holmes Beach,
a vacant 100xl00 lot zoned R4 was
sold 08/28/09, Menendez Enterprises
LLC to Hanson Ventures LLP for
401 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a
1,368 sfla / 2,268 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car
home built in 1972 on a 100x85 lot was
sold 09/01/09, Korican to Crawford for
$331,000; list $397,000.
430 63rd St., Holmes Beach, a
1,170 sfla / 1,404 sfur 2bed/1lbath
canalfront villa built in 1971 ona 38x98
lot was sold 09/01/09, Johnson to Her-
rman for $316,000; list $349,000.
3100 Gulf Drive, Unit 5, The Ter-
race, Holmes Beach, a 884 sfla /
1,080 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar condo
with shared pool built in 1982 was sold
09/01/09, Leggat to Leep for $225,000;
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate
at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can
be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Transactions may also be viewed
online at www.islander.org.
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 23, 2009 0 23
Let the games fall soccer season begin
By Kevin Cassidy
Sept. 18-19 proved to be a nice warmup for play-
ers, coaches and team supporters in the Anna Maria
Island Community Center fall recreational soccer
After practicing against each other for a few
weeks, soccer teams got a chance to see where
they stand in their preparations for the season.
Coaches surely had questions answered about
trying players in one position and another and
perhaps received performances from players they
Fans and supporters at the two games I attended
during what was promoted at Spirit Week, a call for
outrageous fan support, failed to bring on an "A"
game like last year when team colors were every-
But fans from Jessie's Island Store surely cap-
tured the Spirit Week prize of end-of-season ice
cream treats as the only fans dressed to the nines in
And some teams managed to distinguish them-
selves as favorites heading into the regular season.
Ross Built easily won both of its games in Division
I, while Panoramic looked good in Division II with
a pair of shutout victories. Harcon won both of their
Premier Division games, but one was a nail-biter,
so they appear to have some competition for league
The season got started for real this week. Take in
a game or three and some refreshments at the Center,
and look for the schedule and weekly results in The
Islander or online at www.islander.org.
Coastal Orthopedic, a U9 (under age 9) indoor
soccer team featured this summer in The Islander,
has just captured the league title in its division in Big
Kick Indoor Soccer. The Ortho kids, including some
Islanders and siblings of some former Island soccer
standouts, defeated Big Kick 9 by a 5-1 score in the
championship game Sept. 19.
Manioly Issac led the way with two goals, while
Shelby Morrow, Carter Remelin and Melissa Katzen-
berger each notched single goals. Brennan Bowers,
Sam Bieker, Lane Bowers, James Richards, Conal
Cassidy and Robbie Fellowes all played strong games
in front of Coastal goalie Joe Joe Rodgers.
Coastal Orthopedic finished its season with an
impressive 18-1-3 record.
Way to go, Coastal.
Sam Samuels and Steve Grossman outlasted
Norm Good and John Johnson to earn the day's brag-
ging rights during horseshoe action on Sept. 19 at the
Anna Maria City Hall pits.
The Sept. 16 games saw Samuels and Good take
first place over the team of John Johnson and Jay
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm
ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
MA I.,,,/*.' Cucci,
and Jen Rodgers
cheer their team
on during Spirit
ties for the Anna
AMICC soccer schedule
Instructional Division: (ages 4-5)
Date Time Teams
Sept. 23 6 p.m. IRE vs. Coastal Ortho.
Sept. 23 6:30 p.m. A&E vs. Oyster Bar
Sept. 28 6 p.m. Dental Spa vs. Oyster Bar
Sept. 28 6:30 p.m. IRE vs. Panoramic
Division III (ages 6-7)
Sept. 23 7 p.m. Island Pest vs. Jessie's
Sept. 24 6 p.m. WCAC vs. LaPensee
Sept. 24 7 p.m. Island Pest vs. Bistro
Sept. 28 7 p.m. Jessie's vs. Bistro
Division II (ages 8-9)
Sept. 23 5:30 p.m. Panoramic vs. Sandbar
Sept. 23 6:30 p.m. Sparks vs. Surf Shop
Division I (ages 10-11)
Sept. 24 6 p.m. Bones vs. Autoway
Sept. 25 6 p.m. Bones vs. Wash
Sept. 29 6 p.m. Ross vs. Autoway
Sept. 29 7 p.m. Bones vs. Wash
Premier Division (ages 12-15)
Sept. 23 7:45 p.m. Harcon vs. Norman
Sept. 24 7:15 p.m. Harcon vs. Wash
Sept. 28 6 p.m. Norman vs. Wash
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FRESH MULLET SALE
Aiore than a mullet wrapper!
FRESH MULLET T-SHIRTS! S,M,L,XL $10
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SEMI-ANTIQUE WALNUT secretary, glass doors,
drop-front desk, $400. Antique drop-leaf table,
seats six, $300. Four antique dining chairs, Tell
Furniture Company, $100 each. 813-230-4577.
BLUE AND YELLOW flowered, striped, over-
stuffed cottage-style sofa, matching draperies.
Great condition. $150. 941-778-1503.
ELECTRIC BARBECUE GRILL. Four legs on roll-
ers. $100. Like new, rarely used. 941-383-5372.
DINING/DINETTE SET: Rattan 42-inch square,
beveled glass. Two arm, two side chairs, as new.
PRINTER: HP #2610 all-in-one, Photosmart #68/69,
combo pack cartridges. $50. 941-795-8359.
FOR SALE: MATCHING newer washer and dryer
used very little. $250 for both. Call 941-812-6324.
CORIAN COUNTERTOPS: 26 linear feet.
Attached sink and faucet, $200. Round acrylic
sinks, $25. 941-580-3809.
SHIMANO ROD and reel, ultra-light, 5.5 feet $8.
Fish Stix rod and reel, 6.5 feet, $8. Call Frank,
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Several styles of large
mirrors from 4 by 6, to 5 by 8 feet. $250-$400.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet, $350.
Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200. 941-778-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
BALLROOM DANCE TEACHER needs students.
Your home or yoga studio. Island only, Robin, 816-
NEW! "ANNA MARIA Island" Tervis Tumbler,
SweetPeas/Samplings, Holmes Beach. Great tast-
ing Florida wines! Plus, design your own unique
label. 941-778-8300. www.SweetPeasAMI.com.
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,
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for boat-
ers available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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!
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: 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
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept 26.
Small appliances and miscellaneous. Island Vil-
lage. 4255 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
SALE: 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Kayaks,
surfboard, clothes, jewelry, tricycle, bicycle, more.
201 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office supplies,
T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed art.
LOST: SILVER AND gold watch. Great sentimen-
tal value. 34th St., Holmes Beach. Reward. Please
LOST: PUPPY, MARLEY White with black spots, one
blue, one brown eye. Last seen area of 82nd Street
and Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-6799.
FOUND AT LAUNDROMAT, Holmes Beach,
Monday, Sept. 14: Harley-Davidson T-shirt. Call
941-567-4301 to claim.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
LOOKING FOR PART-time front desk assistant for
a small Anna Maria Island beach resort. Fax
resume to: 863-324-7241, or e-mail tammyden-
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at AMI Art League,
Holmes Beach. Office and computer skills espe-
cially helpful. Call 941-778-2099.
RELOCATING TO THE Island and looking for
change. 40s couple pursuing dream. Many
ISLAND MOM NEEDING work. Honest, hard
working, personable. Gift shop, cleaning, restau-
rant work? Dawn, 941-896-5484.
LPN: EXCELLENT REFERENCES. Flexible, rea-
sonable. Medication management. Companion-
ship, errands, personal grooming, light house-
keeping. 941-447-2934, 941-567-4668.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School junior
Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle school
children. Call 941-778-2979.
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jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified
child care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross
training, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-
4632 or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941-
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
11 -YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or
younger child. CPR-certified, references, experi-
enced. Brianna, 941-448-9036.
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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
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
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COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-
3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
SUMMER HANDYMAN SPECIAL: College stu-
dent looking for any odd jobs. Zach's back on
Anna Maria Island. 941-224-5854.
BE PREPARED THIS hurricane season! Document
your home and valuables on video. Helps with insur-
ance! 941-538-8002. www.silvervideollc.com.
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.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
FREE TESTING: Children ages 5-17. Reading,
math, writing, FCAT, Spanish, speech, ADD,
ADHD, dyslexia. 941-795-0303.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura: Good references,
happy customers! 941-539-6891.
CHILDCARE IN YOUR home part or full-time.
29-year-old with 12 years experience. 941-920-
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving in-home care for
your pets. Longtime Island resident, background
check, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-
2830 or 941-730-5693.
GRACE'S CLEANING SERVICE: Licensed and
bonded. Reasonable rates. Call for estimate. 941 -
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
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ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34
years of happy customers. Mom-Watch, Pet-
Watch, Storm-Check, windows, etc. Rentals our
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-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
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.
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.
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Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
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.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various
sizes, $5-$95. Delivery and placement available.
Summer special, 25 percent off select boulders,
limited quantity. Also, we are a complete tree ser-
vice offering trimming, removals and stump grind-
ing. Brad Frederick's LLC, northwest Bradenton.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
S Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
920 Waterside Lane
Perico Bay Club
water views, 1132 sf, 24-hr guard
gate, heated pool. $199,000
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BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
condo with den. Built
in 2005, this like-new
condo has peeks of the
Gulf and a great rental
.. 34W, parking, deeded beach
Turnkey furnished. A supreme value in today's market.
This property will not last long. $389,000.
Call Jesse Brisson
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!
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer sup-
plies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing.
Free estimates. New phone number! 941-721-
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-
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.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Available Sept. 1.
2BR/1BA, furnished, bay water-view, walk to
beaches, carport, No smoking/pets. $675/month.
TROPICAL WATERFRONT: KEY Royale.
2BR/2BA pool, spa, two boat lifts, designer inte-
rior, six month to annual rental, $2,500/month.
Available Oct. 1. 941-730-1086.
3BR/2BA SEASONAL: Heart of Anna Maria.
Weekly, monthly, steps to beach, coffee shop,
theater, shops, restaurants. 941-737-9662.
ANNUAL: CUTE, FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA duplex.
Lakefront with dock. Walk to beach. Double garage
with washer/dryer. No smoking, pets. Holmes
Beach. $875/month. 941-232-3704.
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PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot, short block to bay.
Wel maintained. $199,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
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ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA GROUND-level duplex, porch.
Anna Maria City, Spring Avenue. $875/month
includes water and trash. 941-778-7003.
STUDIO OR 1 BR/1 BA apartments for rent. Unfur-
nished. Close to beaches. First month plus secu-
rity to move in. No pets. Year lease. 941-792-
0411, after 4 p.m.
GREAT LOCATION: HARBOR Pines. Large
2BR/2BA. Very nice, ground floor, screened porch,
freshly painted, tile floors, washer/dryer con-
nections, water, cable, close to MCC, Bayshore
High School, shopping. Annual $725/month. Last
month free! 941-650-3476.
THE SANCTUARY: 1 BR/1 BA, washer and dryer,
water included, on lake, screened porch, carpet-
ing, close to MCC, shopping. Annual rental $700/
month. Last month free! Call 941-650-3476.
ANNUAL DUPLEXES: 1 BR/1 BA, tile floors, close
to beach, $700/month. 2BR/2BA, tile floors, $725/
month no pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-
ROOMMATE: $575/MONTH includes utilities.
Pool, washer and dryer. Background check
required. Holmes Beach. 941-778-5080.
CORTEZ: SUNNY SHORES 1 BR annual. Washer
and dryer, lanai. Near marina. $600/month. Call
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space. 625
sf, $500/month. Also 1,800 sf. 8799 Cortez Road.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. 941-794-5980. www.
BEST WATER VIEW on the Island. 2BR/1 BA unfur-
nished ground-floor apartment. Beachfront patio,
pool, laundry. $1,100/month plus deposit. Corner
of South Bay Boulevard and Spring Avenue, Anna
Maria. 786-375-9633 or 941-778-1470.
ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key Village. Ador-
able 3BR/3BA cottage with guest house on Sara-
sota Bay. Deep-water boat dock with seawall and
swimming pool. $2,000/month. 941- 387-8059.
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ISLAND BUSINESS OWNER with two well-trained
dogs below 25 pounds needs annual rental on
Anna Maria. Looking for 2BR/2BA or bigger. No
WATERFRONT: PALMA SOLA Trace. 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage. $50,000 upgrades, clubhouse, pool,
gym. Annual, $1,595/month. 941-798-3330.
VACATION RENTALS: WEEKENDS, weekly,
monthly, some with boat docks. Call Realtor, 941 -
756-1090. Real Estate Mart.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
MOBILE HOME: 1 BR/1 BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $74,900. 513-470-3851.
BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free bro-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
NEW CANALFRONT HOME: 4BR/4.5BA. Study,
den, lanai, pool. $1,450,000. Brokers protected.
215 Chilson, Anna Maria. 941-567-6600.
WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING Sunshine
Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. $550,000. 941-778-0019.
WOW! CANAL HOME, $599,000. Remodeled
3BR/2BA, two-car garage, move-in ready. Pool with
hot tub, great seawall and 16,000-lb. boat lift. For
sale by owner. Won't last. Call 863-581-6661.
215 CHILSON: NEW canalfront luxury home.
Upper bracket. Drive by, then phone owners at
SACRIFICE: DUPLEX 2BR/1.5BA and 1BR/1BA,
mid-Island. $270,000. 3501 Sixth Ave., Holmes
Beach. Call 813-645-8738.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
OWNER MUST SELL. Four-plus acres, $57,300.
Nice oak trees, private access to lake. All utilities
in. Ready to build when you are. Financing avail-
able. Call now, 866-352-2249. www.fllandoffer.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS closeout sale!
Cabin shell, two-plus acres with great view, very
private, big trees, waterfalls and large public lake
nearby, $99,500. Bank financing. 866-275-0442.
HUNTING BARGAIN: 48-acre pond, $79,794.
Timber company liquidating rugged, unspoiled
and untamed West Virginia wilderness loaded
with wildlife and four-season recreation! Wooded
pasture, wildlife pond site, stream, trails, views
and privacy galore. Perfect for hunting lodge!
Excellent financing. Call now, 877-526-3764,
ext. 680. wvtimberland.com. Participating with
Cabela's Trophy Properties.
LOG CABIN ON five acres with dockable lake-
front, only $69,900. 1,791-sf log-cabin kit on five
acres with dockable lake frontage on 12,000-acre
recreational lake. Boat to Gulf of Mexico. All ame-
nities completed! Excellent financing. Call now,
866-952-5339, ext. 1586.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN LAND auction: 15 acreage
tracts, absolute/reserve lots. Cove Creek Com-
munity, Tazewell County, Va., Oct.17. Iron Horse
Auction, VAAL580. 800-997-2248. www.ironhor-
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