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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: February 24, 2010
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Skimming
the news ...

Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3


Proposals for beach
concessions vary.
Page 4
Commissioner calls
for building morato-
rium. Page 5
Op/ed: The Islander
opinion, your opin-
ions. Page 6
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Business tax pitched to chamber officials


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce board members learned last week
that Manatee County hopes to enact a new
annual business tax with the revenue going
to the Manatee County Chamber of Com-
merce Economic Development Council.
Eric Bassinger of the EDC told Island
chamber board members at their Feb. 17
meeting that the county lacks funds to start a
major marketing and recruitment campaign
to bring new business to the area.
The answer, according to county admin-
istrator Ed Hunzeker, is a $35-per-year tax
on all businesses in the county. And the tax
is the same for everyone, large and small,
he said.
But it's not just a new tax to feed a


growing government, Bassinger said.
Manatee County needs to diversify its
business base and, to do that, it needs funds
to reach out to businesses around the world.
At present the EDC budget is $170,000,
not enough to make a dent considering the
competition for new business in every eco-
nomic area is fierce, Bassinger indicated.
Hunzeker said he anticipates the new tax
would bring in about $400,000 for the EDC,
enough to properly market the area.
"We can't just sit around and wait for
businesses to show up," he said.
Most major areas of the United States
already have such a tax to bring in new busi-
ness, Hunzeker said.
The goal is to tie economic development
and new business with tourism, he said.
Larry White of the Bradenton Area Con-


vention and Visitors Bureau said the county
needs to get proactive to bring in new busi-
ness. He said he regularly has people come to
him and say they love the area so much they
are thinking of moving their business here.
But incentives and a plan are needed.
"I can't tell you how many visitors come
to me and say, 'Wouldn't it be great if we
could move our business here?'" he said.
PLEASE SEE TAX, PAGE 3


Pier boardwalk
design unveiled.
Page 8


CRA board lists pri-
orities. Page 9

Islan* .b
happenings
Community events,
announcements.
Pages 10-13


The Island police
blotter. Page 18

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Help for Haiti.
Page 20



Make a date.
Page 22
Flag football rushes
to playoffs. Page 24


Fishing: Water temps
rise. Page 25


C 1,.. y; places,
faces. Page 26


Chinese New Year celebration
Tina Goffred's first-grade class at Anna Maria Elementary School celebrates and learns
about Chinese New Year with stories, games, crafts and a slide show. The photo-slides
were from Goffred's childhood, when her father was in the military and she lived in
Taiwan. The day's fun ended with red envelopes filled with chocolate coins. For more
school news, turn to page 20. Islander Photos: Courtesy Karen Riley-Love


Work begins on


AM humpback bridges


Florida Department of Transportation
officials sent notice Feb. 19 that planned
work would begin to rehabilitate the
Crescent and Bay Boulevard humpback
bridges in the city of Anna Maria Monday,
Feb. 22.
Yes, work is under way this week,
according to the project notice from public
information officer Darren Alfonso of the
Valerin Group, a Tampa-based communica-
tions business.
"Construction activity will take place
from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Night-time work is not
anticipated on this project. There will be no
change in the speed limit during construc-
tion activities," the release said.
There will be temporary closures during
the construction on the two bridges. How-


ever, one of the two bridges will remain open
at all times, according to the statement.
"Future notification fliers will be distrib-
uted prior to all detours and bridge closures,"
according to the release.
In July 2009, Anna Maria's capital
improvements advisory committee began
planning future projects.
Those plans included $1.22 million in
projects to be funded from federal stimulus
money, including sidewalks, road resurfac-
ing and improvements to the two humpback
bridges.
The bridge work cost is $410,000. The
design phase began in October 2009, and the
project has a projected completion of "summer
2010." The contractor is Wright Construction
Group of Fort Myers.


Good fishing, good eating
Eric Gajcowski offers up some crawfish at
the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
Feb. 20. For more on the fish festival, see
page 14. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


State investigates

heron death
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Florida Fish and Wildlife law enforce-
ment officers are investigating the death of
one juvenile great blue heron and the injury of
two other herons at the Kingfish Boat Ramp
Feb. 14.
The death and injuries apparently are tied
to the cutting of two Australian pine trees near
the seawall at the boat ramp, which lies just
west of the Anna Maria Island Bridge at the
Manatee County-Holmes Beach border.
The county operates the boat ramp, which is
PLEASE SEE HERON, NEXT PAGE


One heron died and two were injured at the
Kingfish Boat Ramp earlier in February. A
sign went up after the birds' nest was found
on the ground Feb. 14.




2 0 FEB. 24, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
HERON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
on Florida Department of Transportation right of way.
Witnesses said the herons were in a nest in one
of two Australian pine trees trimmed over the Feb.
13-14 weekend as part of a county project to repair
the seawall at the ramp, where extensive improve-
ments have been made in recent months.
The county contracted for the seawall repair with
Wood Dock & Seawall, according to county spokes-
man Nick Azzara.
Wood Dock, in turn, subcontracted with Mike
Burton's Dependable Tree Service in Palmetto to
remove two Australian pines, a species targeted for
removal in recent years because it is considered non-
native and invasive.
Azzara said the work began Feb. 11.
On Feb. 14, nearby residents alerted Wildlife
Inc. rescuers, along with Holmes Beach and Manatee
County officials, who rushed to the boat ramp after
receiving calls about the herons.
Local resident Margaret Kelley said the nest was
found at the bottom of one of the trees, with the birds
nestled inside.
"They must not have been there too long or pred-
ators would have found them," she said.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner David Zac-
cagnino, who responded to the boat ramp, said county
officials ordered a cease-and-desist on further tree-
cutting.
Wildlife Inc. took the birds to its rehabilitation
clinic in Bradenton Beach. One bird, which suf-
fered a broken wing, died that day, but two others
were recovering last week, said Wildlife Inc.'s Gail
Straight.
The recovering birds were being hand-fed and
were eating well. "They will be here for quite a while
until they can hunt on their own, and, of course, fly,"
she said.
Wildlife Inc. may encounter a problem when it's
time to release the birds, which are territorial.
"If you mistakenly release them in another bird' s
territory, they will sometimes fight to the death," Gail


Above: Ed Straight of Wildlife Inc., third from left, shows Florid.., I ,'li..,..
Wildlife law enforcement officers and a Manatee County hli.. i ,jj i ll, .
deputy a digital image of a downed heron nest at Kingfish Boat RA..,,, I, .. I
Another heron nest remains in an Australian pine at the boat ra,,,.. .r ii.
Holmes Beach-Manatee County border. Islander Photos: Lisa N.. I


Straight said.
"It's a long haul," Wildlife Inc.'s Ed Straight said
of the birds' recovery.
On Feb. 15, Ed Straight toured the boat ramp
with FWC Officers Tom Graef and Richard Dearborn
to look for additional heron nests and to investigate
the remnants of the cut Australian pines.
The officers declined to discuss their ongoing
investigation.
But the Straights said that any animal is pro-
tected under anti-cruelty laws. Also, great blues are


protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act
of 1918, which makes it illegal to capture, possess,
or cause harm to a Great Blue Heron or its nest or
eggs.
While FWC officers investigated, county staff
also was looking into the incident.
Azzara said the county attorney determined that
the local government was not responsible for the con-
tracted work.
"The county attorney is comfortable that we were
covered," he said.


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TAX CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Hunzeker agreed. The EDC needs funds to turn
those leads into reality.
New businesses create jobs that create a demand
for housing that creates a demand for retail shop-
ping that creates a demand for dining that creates a
demand to go to the beach, he said.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner David Zac-
cagnino, however, pointed out that there are about
20,000 businesses in Manatee County. If each busi-
ness paid $35, that would bring in $700,000.
Hunzeker said he didn't expect every business to
pay, hence the $400,000 estimate.
Chamber board member Kim Ibasfalean said many
of her clients are big in the corporate world, and tell her
they'd love to move their business to the area if there
wasn't so much red tape.
Hunzeker said the process can be streamlined for
companies to relocate.
But exactly what constitutes a company could be
a problem.
Zaccagnino noted that in Holmes Beach, people
who rent their residential properties short term need
a license and are considered a business.


Stumped
A great blue heron
stands beside the
sawed-off trunk of an
Australian pine tree at
Kingfish Boat Ramp off
Manatee Avenue Feb.
20. A week earlier, a
nest containing three
juvenile herons was
found next to the cut
tree. Two of the birds
S are recovering at the
Wildlife Inc. clinic in
Bradenton Beach. The
S third bird died. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff

They also would have to pay the new tax, Hun-
zeker responded.
And there's another issue.
Revenue generated by the tax within an incorpo-
rated city goes to that city. If the city doesn't want to
give that money to the county, there's not much Hun-
zeker and the county commission can do about it.
"That would be their decision. I have to convince
them of the benefits," he said.
Tourist Development Council/Island chamber
board member David Teitelbaum asked how the tax
can be presented to businesses that are struggling and
already pay a license fee to the city or county.
"How do I sell it to them? Why should we pay
twice?" he asked.
Because bringing in new business benefits every-
one in the long run, Hunzeker said.
"We know there will be some who won't pay. Do
we want to create jobs for the future?" he said.
After five years, the tax would be revisited by the
county commission.
Hunzeker said he needs the support of the cham-
ber to convince its members the tax will ultimately
benefit their business.


THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 24, 2010 3 3


MatLings

Anna Maria City
Feb. 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
March 1, 1 p.m., ScenicWAVES committee
meeting.
March 4, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
March 4, 1:30 p.m., Web site team meeting.
March 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
March 3, 5 p.m., parks and beautification com-
mittee meeting.
March 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 18, 10 a.m. code enforcement meeting.
CANCELED
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

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

Of Interest
March 14 daylight saving time begins.
March 15, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City
Hall.
March 16, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of
Commissioners meeting, county administration
building, Bradenton.
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Proposals to run county beach concessions vary


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Manatee County released information last week
on the companies that made proposals to operate the
concessions at the Manatee and Coquina beaches.
The Manatee Public Beach, at the Gulf end of
Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, has lifeguards,
rest rooms, showers, picnic tables, free parking, the
Cafe on the Beach restaurant and the Beach Shop.
Coquina Beach, on the south end of Anna Maria
Island, is one of the area's largest public beaches with
much of the same amenities as Manatee, plus a boat
launch and nature preserve. Coquina has a concession
stand with a limited menu and lacks a gift shop.
The five-year county contract to operate the con-
cessions was up in November, but was extended due
to some disruption of business caused by the county,
and the contract holder and several other organiza-
tions have made proposals for the operation of the
concessions.
There were four proposals for Cafe on the Beach
restaurant at Manatee Public Beach, and three at
Coquina Beach. Dee Schaefer, president and CEO
of PS Beach Associates, which presently operates
both concessions, sent a proposal to the county only
for Manatee Public Beach.
All the submitted proposals included resumes,
cost and revenue estimates, operation plans and pro-
posed payment plans.
The proposals consist of variables in payment
plans and terms offered and can't easily be com-
pared.

Four companies, four proposals
Blue Wave, a division of Sunrise Sunset Con-
cessions in Nokomis, with president Peder Jansson,
made proposals for both beach operations.
Blue Wave has contracts providing concession
food services at Siesta Key Beach, Snook Haven Res-
taurant, Manatee Golf Course and Buffalo Creek Golf
Course.
United Park Services Inc. out of Tampa also bid
on both beach concessions. President Alan Kahana
said in his proposal that he established his business
in 2006 to provide food and beverage sales and rental
services at Fort DeSoto Park and other venues.
Kahana owns the Boneyard Restaurant, Czar, The
Castle, Fuma Bella and Dirty Shame Pub in Tampa.
He also operates four large parking lots in Tampa.
Loggerhead's Beach Cafe submitted bids on
both beaches under owners Robert and Sarah Kline.
Robert Kline has been the president of D, '. v ',1 ,, Inc.
in Bradenton, a food concession company operating
from Tampa to Key West since 1999.
Cafe on the Beach submitted a proposal for the
Manatee beach concession. Ioannis Menihtas, opera-
tor of Cafe on the Beach restaurant concession since
2004, and Tommy Vayias, operator since 2003, as
subcontractors of PS Beach Association Inc., pre-
pared the proposal.


Schaefer has been president and CEO of PS
Beach Associates Inc. since 1992. She is the con-
cessionaire of record at both beaches, and has been
president and operator of the Beach Shop at Manatee
Public Beach since 1989.
Schaefer has more than 40 years experience
in ownership and operation of various rental busi-
nesses, including food service. Her family has owned
property in Manatee County for 58 years. Husband
Gene Schaefer became secretary and vice president
of administration for PS Beach in 1992.

Coquina Beach proposals
Blue Wave said in the proposal, "Specifically, we
hope to create an appealing Key West look and feel
to the entire area.... In addition, we would add new
services such as hair-wrapping, temporary face and
body painting, and in sports equipment rentals."
Blue Wave proposed $500 a month rent for the
projected four months of construction from Septem-
ber to December. The proposed monthly rent to the
county would then increase marginally from $1,875
in 2010 to $2,279 in 2014. Blue Wave included a
second option to negotiate a flat fee of 8 percent of
gross sales after tax.
United Park Services Inc. said additions would
include rentals of kiosks, bicycles, electric scooters
and kayaks and a gift shop, as well as youth environ-
mental programs.
It proposed a five-year contract commencing in
2010 with three, five-year renewal options. Monthly
payments would be $3,000 plus 15 percent of total
monthly gross sales of alcoholic beverages, and a
percentage of other sales.
Loggerhead's Beach Cafe said in its proposal it
would make improvements, including new tables,


John and
Barb Hinners
of Cincin-
nati take in
the view of
the Gulf of
Mexico and
Activities at
the Manatee
Public Beach
from their
table at Cafe
on the Beach.
S-. "Islander
.. .. Photo:
Nick Walter








chairs, umbrellas, a gift shop, landscaping, decor, audio
and lighting improvements, and a beach kiosk for rent-
als of chairs, umbrellas, cabanas and other amenities.
It proposed a base rent of $1,067, and would
negotiate alcoholic beverages and a percentage of
gross sales above base at 6 percent.

Manatee Public Beach proposals
Blue Wave proposed to continue current services
offered, including pancake house traditions, yearly
celebrations and sporting events.
It proposed a monthly base rent that would
increase from $21,000 to $24,413 over five years, as
well as $2,000 in monthly alcohol sales and 5 percent
of yearly revenue over $2.5 million.
L a'o ic lnlic's proposed a monthly base rent of
$1,794.26, 4 percent of alcohol sales, and a negoti-
ated percentage of gross sales above base.
United Park Services Inc., proposed a monthly
base of $15,000, 15 percent of alcohol sales, and a
percentage of other sales.
Cafe on the Beach LLC proposed an annual gross
fee of $326,400 with monthly installments of $27,200
and a five-year contract.
The proposal stated that Cafe on the Beach LLC
"offers a fixed monthly fee to Manatee County in lieu
of nominal minimum fees with increases based on
sales. Cafe on the Beach believes that such compen-
sation is beneficial to the county because it provides
the county with certain and consistent revenues from
the operation, regardless of seasonal fluctuations in
tourist and beach activity."
The county does not have a timeline to announce
the bid winners. However, Cafe on the Beach, if it
does not win its renewal bid, would have to discon-
tinue operation by late July.


Island-to-island relief
Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club treasurer Peter Robertson and president Sandy Haas
Martens recently present an $855 check to Tracy Vanderneck, center, of the American
Red Cross for relief in Haiti at a Kiwanis meeting at Cafe on the Beach.


Kiwanis hosts...
Angela Walsh of Manatee Children's Services addresses
members of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club, which has
donated stuffed animals to the children's Christmas program
for the past 18 years. The Kiwanis club meets Saturdays at
8:30 a.m. at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach.
Islander Photos: Courtesy Ralph Bassett





THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 24, 2010 5 5


Stoltzfus pushes for AM building moratorium


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus
has again asked the commission to declare a morato-
rium on site-plan approvals, fearing that plans already
submitted to the city will be approved before the site-
plan ordinance currently under review is amended.
Stoltzfus made his plea at the commission's Feb.
18 special meeting that was called to review changes
to the site-plan procedures and discuss the city's traf-
fic circulation ordinance.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, however, said the
commission should "think long and hard" about a
moratorium.
She said Stoltzfus has singled out Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC and because the company has appli-
cations under review for retail-office-residential proj-
ects, it could spell trouble for the city.
Placing a moratorium that targets one company
could subject the city to a major lawsuit, she said.
A previous effort by Stoltzfus at an earlier com-
mission meeting to have the commission declare a
building moratorium failed when there was no second
to his motion.
However, Commissioner Dale Woodland said he
was concerned that, in his opinion, the city has been
ignoring its traffic circulation ordinance, particularly
by allowing vehicles to back out across a sidewalk.
But city planner Alan Garrett and city attorney
Jim Dye disagreed.
"I don't like the word 'ignore,'" said Garrett. "We
don't ignore."
City attorney Jim Dye added, "Nobody is ignor-
ing any city ordinance."
But Woodland said the city has been "cherry-
picking" what should be applied or not.
"You can't go both ways," he insisted.
Dye said those are policy issues. The ordinance
has not been ignored, but the commission might not


like the results. If that's the case, the commission can
change its policy.
"But be careful stating that the city has been
ignoring ordinances. That's not accurate," he said.
If the traffic circulation ordinance were applied
everywhere, even single-family homeowners who
back out of their driveway across a sidewalk would
be violating the code, Dye indicated.
Commissioners took no vote on a moratorium,
but agreed to further discussion at a special meeting
March 4.

Site-plan review
The commission did agree to major changes in
the site-plan review ordinance, particularly to require
that projects in the ROR go to the commission for
approval, rather than to the planning and zoning
board.
Eliminating the P&Z board from site-plan review
makes this a two-tier process, said Garrett.
Stoltzfus asked to have developers show in the
site plan if buildings are joined by one roof and if
a setback has been transferred from one location to
another because of the attached roof.
While Garrett agreed, Dye cautioned that the
commission should avoid looking at the architectural
style for elevation.
"It's very tricky to change architecture," he
said.
Webb suggested that each site plan should have a
time frame for completion of the project, but that the
commission could grant an extension if the applicant
justified the delay.
"I just don't want to get into another Villa Rosa,"
said Webb, noting that Villa Rosa is still empty nearly
eight years after the site-plan was approved.
Commissioners agreed to a six-month time frame
for completion of a project, with a six-month exten-
sion if necessary. If a project is not completed during


the time limit, the applicant has to start anew.
The commission also agreed that any applicant
requiring a variance would first have to receive that
variance before applying for site-plan approval.
"Get the variance first," said Webb.
Dye, Garrett and Welch said they would have
those changes incorporated and return the amended
ordinance to a special commission meeting at 6 p.m.
March 4, just prior to a joint commission-P&Z work
session at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.


Week's end celebration
Koko Ray and the Soul Providers perform at the
Anna Maria Island C li.. ,, .. of Commerce's Friday
Festfundraiser in Anna Maria Feb. 19. The event
took place at the corner of Bay Boulevard and Pine
Avenue. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


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opinion


One good thing
One good thing leads to another during "high
season" on Anna Maria Island, in Cortez and our sur-
rounding communities.
It's a busy make that very busy time of year
for residents and visitors.
Longstanding events and new ones large ones
and small ones, attractions for the family and some
for special interests take center stage to entertain,
feed and delight many. It takes rapid-fire planning
and dedication to make all the rounds of places to
go and things to do in the short amount of time that
amounts to the season.
There are gallery openings and receptions, out-
door arts and craft shows aplenty, flea markets, street
markets and this Saturday's sale at the Pines Trailer
Park (get there early or lose out on the pie!).
Having just finished off another weekend Cortez
Commercial Fishing Festival those who attended
will attest the biggest traffic jam all year is at the
intersection in Cortez where the row of food pur-
veyors meets up with the streets packed with folks
surveying crafts, the seating area and entertainment
stage and the beer truck.
Folks come from all around to enjoy the festival,
and it sure gives people a good feeling about Cortez.
The gate money a mere $2 per person and other
proceeds go to the best of Cortez causes, preserving
the village, protecting it from intruding development
and maintaining the fisher's way of life.
We can't say enough good things about the spon-
soring Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage and all
the great volunteers who work so hard to make the
festival and the FISH Preserve happen.
Thanks again for keeping us busy.
Next weekend will be busy on AMI with pro-
spective brides, each with their entourage arriving to
check out the possibilities for their future betrothals
with Island vendors and Island locations.
It will be drive-time from end to end with the
venues spread among many locations.
The Girl Scouts will be selling their cookies Sat-
urday at The Islander office as well as miscellaneous
yard sale items, the latter to benefit the Ministry of
Presence and the orphanage it supports in Haiti, so
do drop in....
Yes, it will be busy.
Busy is good. All through season.
Everyone gets in on the "show," the biggest
Island event of all: Tourist season.



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Go green
As a year-round resident, I'd like to commend
Feeling Swell cafe and bar for switching to environ-
mentally friendly take-out boxes. An employee there
even said that the price was comparable to traditional
take-out boxes that don't break down in landfills.
I' ve always been confounded by hypocrisy and
the Island's attitude toward the environment. On one
hand, we go out of our way to protect sea turtle nests
with many regulations. On the other hand, we think
nothing about using Styrofoam everyday.
AMI is reputed for its natural beauty. I say: We
need to make sure this beauty is not only skin deep.
What's wrong with bringing your own travel mug
instead of getting a disposable cup every time you
buy coffee on the go?
While individuals can make a difference, it is
our Island eateries that can truly set the example. I
hope it is not too late for Manatee County to consider
green business practices when evaluating the bids for
Cafe on the Beach concession. I agree that the current
owners have done a great job. I appreciate their large
portions, fair prices and live music, as well as the
manner in which they keep the restaurant clean. I' m
a regular customer there and I' d pay a little more and/
or take a slightly smaller portion, to offset increased
expenses due to better environmental practices. I also
like that they don't offer straws with their drinks, as
straws often end up as beach litter and are a danger
to our birds.
Please, don't stop with the straws in thinking
about our planet get rid of all those Styrofoam
cups and take-out boxes, too.
Amanda Escobio, Holmes Beach

Back-door pickup
I sympathize with letter-writer Nancy Richard
about trash left behind by renters.
Here's a suggestion for a solution: Why not add


to the rental ordinance a requirement that owners of
short-term rental properties must pay Waste Manage-
ment for back-door trash pickup?
I believe that this would solve the problem for
the whole city and would be fair to everyone.
It is true that this is a citywide situation, and it
seems right that those who are responsible for it by
collecting rental money should be willing to pay a
reasonable fee to correct it.
Rose H. Spinoza, Holmes Beach


Rally for the sponsors
The Key Royale Club hosted a Rally for the Cure
golf outing Feb. 9.
It was a huge success thanks to the response we
had from our community, volunteers and the women
who came to support this very needed cause. The
event raised $8,261.
We want to thank the businesses and individuals
who, even though they are constantly asked to donate,
found it in their hearts to give yet one more time to
our Rally for the Cure."
Key Royale Rally for the Cure organizing com-
mittee


Walk, don't drive?
I assume that each of those highly motivated
enviro-champions walked or rode their bicycles to
the beach in protest of the horrible consequences of
oil consumption and drilling.
Surely, none of them drove or rode in a proven
earth-killer masquerading as a car, van or shud-
der- a SUV to Anna Maria Island in the effort to
make their naive voices heard.
Hypocrites all.
As Scrooge so eloquently declared, "I'11 retire to
bedlam."
JeffPorzelius, El Paso, Ill.


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Commission cancellations
At least once in each of the past four months, a
Holmes Beach City Commission meeting has been
canceled.
These meetings are scheduled for the second and
fourth Tuesdays of each month.
Many part-time residents are now in the area and
may have concerns they would like the commission
to address. I always encourage other residents to
become active participants in city government by
attending these meetings.
I am concerned that the abundance of cancella-
tions discourages citizen participation.
Since 50 percent of the meetings have been
canceled during this period, I think the commission
chairperson owes us an explanation.
Who is calling for these cancellations, and why?
Also, how is it determined if a cancellation is war-
ranted?
Perhaps cost-cutting, the commission is trying to
save paying the city attorney and clerk? At what point
can taxpayers expect that commissioners refund part
of their stipend?
Andy "i,.. i ,/..,,, Holmes Beach

Regarding rubbish and rentals
It is obvious to me where the responsibility lies
when rubbish containers and trash bags are left on
the street after renters leave.
The rental agents bear the sole responsibility for
this increasing problem.
Many renters leave three or four days before a
scheduled garbage pickup and by the time the crows
and raccoons have gone through the trash bags, the
area looks like a garbage dump.
People who are doing business on this Island
need to be held accountable and code enforcement


needs to address this problem.
Solution: Each week, the day after garbage
pickup, the rental agent patrols the property and
places trash containers where they belong.
Thomas Sabow, Holmes Beach
Inaccessible Anna Maria?
As I prepared to visit Anna Maria Island again
this year, a friend asked me whether the Island could
accommodate her grandson in a wheelchair.
"Of course," I enthused. "AMI prides itself on
its tourism."
Now, that I am actually paying attention to acces-
sibility, and I find myself embarrassed that I will have
to tell her that I see no signs that the Island has made
any effort to accommodate her grandson or any other
physically challenged individual.
What a shame that the trolley bus that I enjoy
and take for granted in my travels around the Island
is not wheelchair accessible, and that boardwalks are
not an amenity to be utilized by all.
Everywhere I look I see issues with access. In this
time of stretched tourism dollars, surely it makes sense
to focus on making the Island user friendly for all.
Christina Atkinson, Ontario Canada

Historical society honors
The annual members of the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society luncheon was held Feb. 17 at the
Beach Bistro.
It was very well attended and created a lot of
excitement within the membership.
At the luncheon Margaret Chapman was honored
as "volunteer of the year" for her many years of ser-
vice. I would like to thank her, the members of the
Gulf Drive Band, who were honored for all the music
they provide free of charge to society fundraisers, and
Melissa Williams, who organized the luncheon.
Thanks go to Sean Murphy and his wonderful
staff; and Mister Roberts Resortwear, Duffy's Tavern
and Ed Chiles for door prizes.
Thea Kelley, president, AMIHS


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The Islander, headlines announced:
Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole and other
elected officials at the monthly Coalition of Barrier
Island Officials meeting expressed displeasure with
an Arvida Corporation plan to build 868-unit condo-
miniums on Perico Island on land owned by the Bra-
denton Fruit Company. Chief among their concerns
was the evacuation of the Island and Longboat Key
in the event of an emergency.
Anna Maria city commissioners unanimously
agreed to accept an out-of-court settlement with
The Islander newspaper regarding a violation of the
Sunshine Law by former Mayor Chuck Shumard.
Shumard signed the settlement agreement five days
before leaving office. He was involved in three public
records lawsuits during his term in office, including
two by the Islander and one by a local business.
Owners of the Sigma fish house in Cortez said
they found a potential buyer for the property. Rich-
ard Storm, spokesperson for potential buyer Piero
Rivolta and the Rivolata Group, said Rivolta has not
yet developed plans for the property, but pledged it
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AM boardwalk design drawing unveiled


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Longtime Anna Maria resident Nancy Colcord
could never get her late husband John out to enjoy the
Anna Maria City Pier. He was bound to a wheelchair
that could not travel across the shell lot that leads to
the pier.
But when a boardwalk design drawing was
released in a Feb. 16 meeting with city commis-
sioners the Florida Department of Transportation,
Florida Enhancement grant committee members,
and local residents, Colcord realized other Island
residents may not experience his problem if the
proposal becomes reality.
"I could pull into the parking lot and get out of
the car," Colcord said, "but I couldn't get the wheel-
chair to the pier because of all the gravel. Now, where
the gravel was, there will be a boardwalk."
On Feb. 9, members of the Anna Maria Trans-
portation Enhancement Grant Committee agreed to
changes in the design to the boardwalk proposed for
the city pier.
At the Feb. 16 meeting at city hall, commissioners
voiced their opinions about the project. The majority
of those in attendance were pleased with the design,
including City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick.
The changes included reduction of the width of
the southerly portion of the boardwalk from 12 feet
to 8 feet to eliminate the need to move parking closer
to Bay Boulevard.
The committee also agreed to eliminate picnic
areas on the south portion of the boardwalk, and have
one built by the trolley stops near the pier's main
entrance.


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
No deal, Bradenton Beach commissioners are
telling a developer seeking to sell the city water-
front property in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive.
Commissioners took about 90 minutes to
arrive at that conclusion at a Feb. 18 meeting at
city hall.
But from the start of the meeting it was
clear that they were not interested in paying the
$600,000 sale price for the preservation property,
even with the developer's offer to collect the
money over 20 years.
The property in question has a long history
involving a legal dispute so complicated that the
related documents fill 11 file boxes, according to
one member of the city planning and zoning board.
"It has been a pitched battle from the get-go,"
said Greg Hootman, who represents the city in a
case largely underwritten by the Florida League
of Cities.
Hootman summed up the dispute with Island
Inc.-Beach Development Inc. for the commission
last week.
The developers had sought to build residences
on property that the city deemed preservation land.
The dispute cycled through city and state reviews,
and also went to court, where the city won the first
round but the developers won a second round. A
judge eventually pushed both sides into mediation,
which resulted in the developer's offer to sell the
property to the city for $600,000.
"We're here, in public, with this offer," Hoot-
man said.
In the discussion last week, commissioners
reached consensus on a number of issues.
First, the price is too high.
The total property value for the two parcels for
sale, according to the tax rolls, is about $36,000,
said building official Steve Gilbert.
\ ,i\ a'-. it would be worthwhile to stop the
(legal) cost, but I'm not mad about the idea unless


we offer them a buck," said Commissioner Gay
Breuler.
Second, commissioners said they feel the
developer is holding the city hostage.
k\ KNi\ we should cut our losses?" Breuler
said. "But it seems like we are being black-
mailed.... Though that's not a good word."
"It's a good word," said Commissioner Bob
Bartelt.
Third, commissioners agreed that even if the
city purchased the property to settle the suit with
Island Inc.-Beach Development Inc., there is no
guarantee the legal fighting will end.
The developer sold contracts for residences on
the property.
"The threat of litigation, I don't think can be
minimized," Hootman said.
Lastly, commissioners agreed that regardless
of whether the land is publicly or privately owned
it will be preserved as unbuildable beachfront
property.
During the public comment portion of the
meeting, planning and zoning board member Bill
Shearon said, "The city took a position back 10
years ago that it was preservation, always was
preservation and they fought to the hilt to maintain
it being preservation.... My question is, why, when
it's going to be preservation, is the city going to
pay even $1 of taxpayer money?"
As the discussion continued, Mayor Michael
Pierce asked Hootman what would happen if the city
rejected the offer but did not make a counter-offer.
Hootman chuckled and told a joke about skip-
ping the class on fortune-telling at law school.
Then he outlined several scenarios: The devel-
oper might apply for a building permit, which
would trigger a new go-round. The developer
might push to take the legal dispute to trial. The
developer might find a buyer for the property. The
developer might drop the issue.
At the conclusion, the commission decided to
wait and see which scenario might play out.


Anna Maria
Commissioner
Jo Ann Mat-
tick examines
the design
drawing for
the proposed
enhancement to
the Anna Maria
boardwalk Feb.
16 at city hall.
Islander Photo:
Nick Walter


Hollie Schmidt, an urban designer and plan-
ner for Jacobs Engineering was contracted by the
FDOT to help design the boardwalk project. She
said the plan was to simply upgrade the area, and
not make it appear as though dramatic changes
would occur.
"We don't want something where we're inter-
rupting the aesthetics of the boardwalk," she said.
Schmidt said that by reducing the current park-
ing space dimensions, there would be room for an


additional seven or eight parking spaces. That would
create a total of 37 spaces, plus four handicap-acces-
sible spaces.
She also highlighted the fact that the drawing
maintains the ability for pedestrians to circulate Bay
Boulevard even if they don't want to venture onto the
boardwalk.
The drawing depicted an 8-foot-wide, roughly
450-foot-long boardwalk that will allow pedestri-
ans to walk from the humpback bridge on North
Bay Boulevard to the south end of the pier parking
area without confronting vehicles backing in or
out. Schmidt said planners made it a low-profile
boardwalk, similar to the Robinson Preserve board-
walk.
David Pamlilio, a program manager for the DOT,
requested a final draft by March 16. Planners would
then take the final request for proposals to the state
legislature for approval.
The city has $954,624 available for boardwalk
enhancements. Of that, $371,026 is from a fed-
eral transportation enhancement grant that Mattick
secured five years ago. The remaining $588,598 was
money the Manatee-Sarasota Metropolitan Planning
Organization had left over from past projects that
were finished under bid. In the MPO's five-year pro-
gram plan that was released earlier this year, that
money was offered to the city of Anna Maria for the
boardwalk.
Anna Maria resident Carl Pearman at the Feb. 16
meeting questioned money spent on the proposal.
"As a resident who pays taxes," he said, "I want to
know we're getting value for what we're paying."
"This is going to save us tens of thousands of
dollars when the pavilion needs replaced," Mattick
said. "We spend tons of money maintaining the park-
ing lot, and by improving the boardwalk, there are
all kinds of side benefits. There's no place for elderly
handicapped citizens to enjoy something like this. I
liken it to an oasis on bayside."
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus said his only con-
cern with the plan is with parking spaces that are in
the right of way. He suggested the design will require
a variance to comply with city code.


Harvey Memorial listed

in historic file
Harvey Memorial Community Church is now
listed in the Florida Master Site File.
The church, built circa 1950 and known as the
"Little Church by the Bay," is at 300 Church Ave.,
Bradenton Beach.
In mid-January, Anna Maria Island Preservation
Trust president Sissy Quinn presented a preservation
plaque to church member Bona Wartman and the Rev.
Stephen King.
Quinn also did the research for the listing in the
master site file.


BB commission


rejects land-sale offer


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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 24, 2010 0 9


BB revitalization board lists priorities


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment
Agency recently identified parking, public access and
beautification projects as its top priorities.
The CRA on Feb. 16 held its first meeting since
the city commission voted to expand the board to
include a local resident and a local businessperson.
The CRA had, until last year, consisted of the city
commission and the mayor. But at the request of the
ScenicWAVES advisory committee and merchants in
the commercial district, the commission added two
positions to the board and appointed restaurant-owner
Ed Chiles and former Mayor Connie Drescher.
Chiles attended the Feb. 16 meeting along with
Mayor Michael Pierce and Commissioners Janie Rob-
ertson and Bob Bartelt. Drescher and Commissioners
Gay Breuler and Bob Connors did not attend.
The CRA district, established about 18 years ago
to revitalize what was deemed a blighted district, is
bounded by Sarasota Bay, Cortez Road, the Gulf of
Mexico and Fifth Street South.
The CRA was seen as a mechanism to generate
grants and dedicated property tax dollars to bring
people to Bridge Street, attract new investment in
commerce, promote historical and recreational pro-
grams, improve and increase public parking and
secure historic district status for the community,
according to the 1992 plan.
The CRA, during the 90-minute session, broadly
reviewed funding for district improvements, as well
as a one-page list of potential projects discussed in


The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment
Agency, meeting Feb. 16, identified improvements
to the First Street beach access as a priority.
Work to replace three Australian pines with cab-
bage palms took place Feb. 19. Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff

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From the project list, the group said priorities
include:
Improving the beach access at the west end of
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Improving the beach path at the west end of
First Street, which includes replacing three Australian
pines at the location with cabbage palm trees leftover
from recent Gulf Drive improvements.
Proceeding with the establishment of a mooring
field just south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier that
would offer space for about 27 boats.
Completing the decorative lighting project,
which would involve adding 21 solar-powered lights
to the district.
Improving the city's gateway at Cortez Road
and Gulf Drive, part of which lies within the CRA
district.
Alleviating traffic congestion and improving
parking options, which includes promoting a park-
and-ride service and could involve the acquisition of
undeveloped property on Bridge Street known as the
"Toomey Lot," a reference to its owner.
At its height during the real estate boom, the city
collected about $600,000 a year in property taxes for
the CRA, but the income has dropped to $300,000 a
year, said city clerk Nora Idso.
Some CRA funding is committed to paying off
the renovation of the pier, but that debt will be elimi-
nated by the end of 2011, Idso said.
Also, she added, the city has about $330,000 in
CRA cash reserved for projects deemed priorities by
prior commissions.
"We're in good shape," said Chiles, adding,
"2012 is the big year. Planning for that is certainly
appropriate."
Chiles said he wanted a more in-depth review of
the CRA budget before committing funding to newly
prioritized projects.
And Robertson requested estimates on costs
for various projects, including improvements to the
beach accesses.
The next CRA meeting will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday,
March 16, at city hall.





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SFebruary 27
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April 3,10,18* & 24
May 1 & 15
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Friends host low-vision seminar
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
host a seminar on low-vision at 1:30 p.m. Friday,
March 5, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
Speakers will include:
Sue Byerly, case manager from the Lighthouse
of Manasota.
Marilyn Stevenson, access services librarian
from the Talking Books Library.
Christopher Gabbard, a spokesman for Magni-
fying Aids.
Linda Brown of the Florida Division of Blind
Services.
Additionally, representatives with Southeastern
Guide Dogs will attend.
Seating for this free program will be available on
a first come, first serve basis. No prior registration is
necessary.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
6341.

Maintenance man
collects for Haiti
Mick Zee opened his Makes it Quick and Easy
business with a promise to commit some profits to
relief efforts in Haiti.
Zee's chosen charity is Love A Child Ministries,
which he said is located outside Port-au-Prince.
Zee's business involves house-cleaning, general
maintenance and home-monitoring for out-of-town
owners.
He said in 2010 he would commit "up to $100
of the cost to clean" a home to Love A Child, which
has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.
For more information, call Zee at 941-567-
4456.

Kiwanis dance raises
funds for Center
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club raised
$1,597.47 for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center with its annual Sweetheart Dance Feb. 11.
The event, for which 187 tickets were sold,
took place at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria.
The Kiwanis club's next major event will be its
Easter Sunday sunrise service at Manatee Public
Beach in Holmes Beach.


Abgott celebrated at IGW
Watercolorist Anne Abgott is the March featured
artist at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. A reception will be held at the gal-
lery at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 5. For more infor
mation, call 941-778-6648 or visit www.islandgal
lerywest.com.


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Privateers tourney
set for March 6
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold its
annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament
earlier in the season this year.
The event is scheduled for a cannon start at 8 a.m.
Saturday, March 6, at River Run Golf Links, 1801
27th St. E., Bradenton.
The entry fee is $70 per person and includes a
round of golf, drink tickets and a barbecue dinner.
As the Privateers prepare for the tournament, the
non-profit group is encouraging golfers to sign up and
sponsors and donors to contribute to a raffle to help
the Whitey Horton Memorial Student Scholarship.
The fund was established as a memorial to a longtime
member of the Privateers.
The Islander is sponsoring the event.
For more information, call Deby Kuederle at
941-447-0993.

And Privateers plan motor show
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold a
motor show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 7,
at Mexicali Border Cafe, 5502 Cortez Road, Braden-
ton.
The show will feature cars, trucks and bikes, as
well as a performance by the band Shineola.
Registration for vehicle entries will cost $10.
Proceeds from the benefit will go to AMIP's
charitable work.
For more information, call 214-714-3953 or visit
www. amiprivateers. org.

Rotary announces programs
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets at
noon Tuesdays at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The schedule of programs in March includes:
March 2, Alexandra Gornik of Girl Scouts of
the Gulfcoast Florida.
March 9, elder law attorney Donna Sobel.
March 16, past district governor Roger Hay-
ward.
March 23, 95th birthday party for Rotarian Ned
Perkins.
March 30, Sobel discussing living wills.

Studio hosts Blackburn exhibit
The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, is hosting "Live Water," featuring the
work of Jean Blackburn, through March 10.
A reception for Blackburn was to take place from
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23.
For more information, call the Studio at Gulf and
Pine at 941-778-1906.

HB man to chair
state commission
The State Commission for the Florida Retirement
System held a reorganization meeting Feb. 15 and
elected Len Tabicman as chair.
Tabicman is a 22-year-resident of Holmes
Beach.
He also serves on the board of Hope Family Ser-
vices.

AGAMI hosts demo
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will host
Cheryl Jorgensen demonstrating watercolor tech-
niques at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Artists
Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-6694.

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Chamber, businesses to


host wedding fest


The Anna Maria
Island Chamber of
Commerce and local
businesses will host
the third annual Island
Wedding Festival
from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28.
More than 70 ven-
dors plan to participate
in the event, which is
to be held at more than
14 locations on the
Island.
Festivalgoers will
begin their visit with
vendors at the Anna
Maria Island Chamber The bridal fashion show wa,
of Commerce, 5313 wedding festival. Islander F
Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. The chamber will serve as the check-in and
registration site.
"Our wedding business professionals will provide
you with the best products and services available,"
read a release from organizers. "Photographers, cake
specialists, florists, musicians, wedding planners,
accommodation providers, restaurants, caterers, spas,
hair and makeup specialists, DJs and transportation
providers are just a few of the wedding-related busi-
nesses that will be available to answer all of your
questions."
At check-in, festivalgoers will receive a map of
the Island, with festival participants highlighted.
Festivalgoers can travel to locations either on
the Island trolley service or in limousines both
services will be free of charge.
Registration will cost $10 the day of the festival.
The cost to register in advance by Feb. 27 -

Pines park to host sale
The Pines Trailer park will host its annual Street
Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.
The park is located at the east end of Bridge
Street near the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bra-
denton Beach.
The sale will feature crafts and yard sale items,
as well as lunch offerings and homemade pies.


Pink prizes
The Rally for the Cure golf outing at the Key
Royale Club Feb. 9 raised $8,261 for the Susan
G. Komen For the Cure, a nonprofit committed to
breast cancer research and education. Numerous
businesses sponsored the event, which featured
golfing, dining and raffling of prizes, including the
pink Schwinn donated by the Rev. Jim Meena.


is $7.
In addition to sam-
pling and seeing Island
offerings, festivalgoers
will be eligible to win
prizes. Organizers have
collected prizes valued
Sat more than $10,000
S total, including a wed-
Sding package.
Organizers also
will raise money for
relief efforts in Haiti -
specifically the Ministry
of Presence organiza-
tion assisting a Haitian
orphanage with the
highlight of last year's sale of raffle tickets to
Photo: Lisa Neff win a Special Help for
Haiti basket containing
gift certificates and donated products.
The festival will conclude with a sunset celebra-
tion and mock wedding at the Sandbar Restaurant,
100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call the chamber at 941-
778-1541. To pre-register, visit www.amiwedding-
festival.com.

Wedding merchants
vow to help Haiti
Participants in the third annual Wedding
Fest are donating goods, services and certifi-
cates for a Special Help for Haiti basket to be
raffled during the Feb. 28 event.
A raffle ticket will sell for $5.
For details, call Lauren Sato at 941-778-
3316 or e-mail laurenmlorusso@aol.com.


Back Alley to host events
The Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach, will host a workshop in photo-transfer at 10
a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.
Participants should bring toner-based photocop-
ies of photographs and will learn how to transfer
images to wood or fabric.
The workshop cost is $25.
Also, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28,
authors Lyn and Sharon Clarke will sign copies of
their books. Lyn Clarke is the author of "Memoirs
of a Welshman," "Ramblings of a Welshman" and
"Reflections of a Welshman."
Sharon Clarke is the author of mourningg
Redemption."
For more information, call the Back Alley at 941-
778-1800.

Longboat Key Historical
Society to meet
The Longboat Key Historical Society will hold
a general meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at
Isabelle's Restaurant, 6810 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key.
LBKHS president Tom Mayers will talk about
the key's history and its residents.


Writers group to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 3, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Speaker Cathy Roller of Holmes Beach will dis-
cuss "what a writer needs to know about reading."
For more information, call Nancy Colcord at
941-778-7631.


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Tortuga Inn Beach &
Tradewinds Resorts
90 well-appointed rooms, apts., suites
with kitchens, wi-fi, pools, beach, more!
www.tortugainn.com 941-778-6611
www.tradewinds-resort.com
Haley's Motel
An Island jewel with 1950s charm and
21st century amenities. Perfect for all
weddings and reunions.
941-778-5405 or 800-367-7824
www.haleysmotel.com
Bungalow Beach Resort
DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH!
Classic 1930s Island-style resort.
800-779-3601
bungalow@bungalowbeach.com
www.bungalowbeach.com

BEAUTY & WELLNESS
Acqua Aveda Salon Spa Store
Hair, nails, makeup, skin and massage
for the bride and the entire bridal party.
5311 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach
941-778-5400
www.acquaaveda.com

EVENT PLANNERS
Classic Event Management
Wedding and event specialists
Coordinating all of your event
and bridal needs.
Linda Khouri 941-756-2923 and
Marianne Inserra 928-713-0514
classiceventmanagement.com


CATERING
Banana Cabana
Caribbean Grill & Restaurant
We'll cater your affair with
Caribbean flair! 941-779-1930
www.bananacabanaseafood.com
FLOWERS
Silvia's Flower Corner
Unique flowers that will WOW you!
9801 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
flowercorner@tampabay.rr.com
annamariaflorist.com 941-720-0424
INVITATIONS
Paper Panache
Custom invitations for weddings
And every other social occasion
3202 Cortez Rd. 941-755-9100
nancy@paperpanacheonline.com
Silky Dreams by Snoopy Gates
Stationery for weddings & other
occasions. Customize your special
occasion with art work from an Anna
Maria Island artist.
941-778 4709 www.silkydreams.com
JEWELRY
Bridge Street Jewelers
The Island's full-service jewelry store.
129 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach
941-896-7800
BRIDAL ATTIRE
The Beach Shop at
the Manatee Public Beach
Pretty white dresses for a
casual Island wedding. Dresses
for moms, too! Open daily.
941-778-5442


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Jack Elka PhotoGraphics
The finest wedding photography, since
1980. Studio located at 315 58th St.
Holmes Beach. Visit my Web site at
www.jackelka.com 941-778-2711

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT
Chuck Caudill Entertainment
Beach weddings and events. DJ
service, live guitar and more from an
experienced Island professional.
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WEDDING/RECEPTIONS
Rotten Ralph's Restaurants
Now offering catering
and banquet facilities
for weddings and private parties.
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antique show
The Service Club of Manatee County will host
the 45th annual Charity Antiques and Collectibles
Show Feb. 26-28 at the Manatee County Convention
Center.
The program begins at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 with a
preview of the show. Advance tickets for the pre-
view are $10 and the tickets are good for admission
throughout the weekend. Preview admission at the
door that evening costs $20.
On Saturday, Feb. 27, the show will take place from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $6. For Sunday, Feb.
28, the show will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More than 45 local and out-of-state art and antique
dealers will be on hand, selling quality antiques and
vintage collectibles in a variety of price ranges.
Door prizes will be awarded and a gold buyer
will be on site to purchase gold and jewelry items.
For more information, call 941-746-5352.

Kiwanis club announces
March events
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
on Saturday in March at 8:30 a.m. at Cafe on the
Beach in Holmes Beach.
The schedule includes:
March 6, former Washington, D.C., correspon-
dent and Holmes Beach resident James McCartney.
March 13, business meeting.
March 20, Manatee County public information
officer Nick Azzara.
March 27, Easter Seals of Southwest Florida
CEO Bill Lloyd.
For more information, call club member Ralph
Bassett at 941-795-8697.

Center to hold sale
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., will hold a rummage sale from 8:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6.
Donations can be left at the Center.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Center
youth program, specifically a teen trip to Galveston,
Texas.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
1908, ext. 9206.


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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 24, 2010 0 13


Center business

includes home tour
By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Somehow, the worlds of postcards and quilts
have crossed.
Joan Pettigrew, through a video conference at the
Feb. 17 Anna Maria Island Community Center board
meeting, said the winning title for the quilt to be raffled
off by the center is "Wish You Were Here."
Center executive director Pierrette Kelly said the
quilting group Eyeland Needlers has made a quilt
for the Center each of the past 10 years. Eyeland
Needlers had a competition to name the quilt, which
features vignettes of postcards. Now the quilter and
the Center are selling chances to win the quilt.
The drawing for the quilt is March 20, the day of
the Center's Tour of Homes.
Pettigrew said chances for the quilt are $1 or six
for $5. They are available at the Center and at Sato
Real Estate.
In other business, board members reviewed
finances and thanked Charles Lester for the Lester
Challenge. The challenge that was sponsored by The
Islander to raise $50,000 was met, so Lester made a
matching donation of $50,000. The donations went
toward the center's scholarship fund.
Also, the Center's Burn the Mortgage Campaign
is under way. The center is looking for ways to pay
its $10,000-per-month mortgage.
"We don't expect the whole community to come

HB artist wins
LBK honor
Carol Campeau,
who lives at
Westbay Point
and Moorings in
Holmes Beach, won
a first-place prize in
the Longboat Key
Center for the Arts
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"Green Rules!"
The exhibit is
staged at the center,
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The members of Eyeland Needlers gather around the quilt they craftedfor the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center Home Tour, "Wish You Were Here."


together to come up with this," Kelly said. "It's a
challenging time."
Kelly said she hopes a large donation comes in,
as well as a grant. "We don't have the answer," Kelly
said. "If somebody has an answer, we'd love to have
their help and wisdom."
There also were new board members in atten-
dance: Cindi Harrison, guidance counselor at Anna


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owner and a member of the Tourist Development
Council; and Blair Scholssberg.
Finally, the Center reiterated that its Affaire to
Remember fundraiser is set for April 24.
"It's the biggest single event of the year," Kelly
said. "This is the one event that, every year, we have
it go over the target of actual financial goals."
Church to
host concert
Soprano Carole
Cornman will
perform with tenor
Robert Lischetti in
"Vienna to Broad-
way," a concert
S- rset for 3 p.m.
Saturday, March
6, at the Episco-
pal Church of the
Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Tickets, which cost
$12, are available at the church office. For more
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young and old celebrate commercial fishing lifestyle


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
The boy in the plaid shirt and Hous-
ton Texans cap squatted, 10 tickets in
hand, as he waited in line for the bungee
jump.
Ty Johnston was patient.
"Are you ready?" asked his father
Mark Johnston.
Ty shook his head.
Minutes later, he was flying about 20
feet high, his face crinkly with delight.
Afterward, son and father did their old
routine high five, fist bump, elbow
bump and finally Ty saying, "That's


what I'm talking about."
The bungee jump was just a side
show at the Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival, an annual celebration of the fish-
ing way of life in the historic village.
The festival began 28 years ago and
raises money to help the Florida Insti-
tute for Saltwater Heritage preserve 100
acres on the east edge of the village.
The two-day festival, held in the
heart of the village, featured an array of
seafood, non-profit booths, art, music
and more. It drew an estimated 12,000-
15,000 people Saturday and 10,000-
12,000 Sunday.


"It went pretty well, there were no
major glitches," FISH board member
Roger Allen said. "And I think all the
vendors had pretty successful days. I
was hearing of record sales for Saturday,
which is pretty astonishing, actually. Of
course, the weather was just about per-
fect."
A trio from Pennsylvania, Joan
Lewis, Chris Wolfe and Nellie Longo,
had been in Cortez less than 24 hours
when they found themselves in awe of
the rows of thick signs that lined the
streets, advertising crabs, clams, shrimp,
fish, scallops, calamari, frog legs, oys-
ters, gumbo, fritters, cheeseburgers,
chicken sticks, ribs, lamb gyros, gator
bites, crawfish, hush puppies, collard
greens, cinnamon roasted almonds and
funnel cakes.
"I've never seen so many delicious-


looking meals," Wolfe said.
There were also old boats, cottages
and homes that represent Old Florida, as
well as photographs in the museum that
allow a peek into the village past when it
was settled by families in the late 1800s.
Many descendents of those first families
still reside in Cortez.
The music of the Richard Culbreath
Group symbolized some of that history.
The Culbreath Group has been play-
ing its laid-back, folk music since the
first year of the festival. Also perform-
ing were the Crackerbillys, Sunshine
Express Cl1I, which delivered oldies, as well as recent
pop hits.
Finally, the festival allowed the
community to come together in all ages
and celebrate the commercial fishing
lifestyle.


Left, the crowd takes to the street lined with food vendors at noon Saturday.


Diners settle on the waterfront at the Star Fish Co. Restaurant.


Ian MacTav-
ish, 9, of
Bradenton
displays some
acrobatic
skills in the
children's
action zone.










John
Stevely
talks with
festivalgo-
ers about
sustainable
fishing
practices.


T-shirts with the fishing festival's 2010 logo "White Boots Ready"
sold for $15 each. And they sold fast.


Anna Maria
Island Privateers
Suzanne "Boom-
Boom" Olsen and
Brian \'1.,. .-"
Olsen sample
some smoked
salmon at the
festival Feb. 20.

Islander Photos:
Lisa Neff


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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 24, 2010 0 15

Mahoney again takes Cortez cook's prize


She came to defend her title from
2009, when she won best overall recipe
in the Cortez Crab Cookoff sponsored
by The Islander in conjunction with the
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
This year's festival theme of "White
Boots Ready" inspired a call for mullet
recipes, and Eileen Mahoney came pre-
pared with a netload of two dishes.
And she did it again.
Her "Hot Pepper Mullet" was a hit
with the judges, including 12th Judicial
Circuit Court Judge Janette Dunnigan,


Manatee County Commissioner Joe
McClash, Bradenton Beach builder Don
Meilner and newcomer Socko Pearson.
Dunnigan liked that it was "inde-
pendent" of typical recipes. "Original,"
echoed McClash. And it looks good, said
Meilner, although the judges had concerns
it might be "too hot" for their tastes.
Not to worry though, the fresh
mullet, broiled and combined with onion,
celery, garlic, cream cheese, sour cream
and bread crumbs, stuffed into halved
jalapeno shells sans the hot seeds -


was topped with shredded cheese, and online at www.islander.org.
the flavor was cool, the look colorful and
the taste delicious.
It was deemed "Best of Show."
Mahoney's "Mullet Cakes," styled
after Maryland crab cakes, also achieved
success with the judges, earning first,
place..
Mahoney received her certificates at ....
center stage at the festival, along with a
check for $100 from The Islander.
"I'll be back," she said.
Mahoney's recipes can be found Best mullet cook: Eileen Mahoney.


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Ontiqueo, Gttm-(7que aand Chic Ooutiqueo!


(arch is blowing in, and we have a better
way to play in March Madness. So get busy, get
SHOPPING. Follow us to all the best places to find
unique gifts.
Community Thrift Shop is stuffed to the gills
this month with clothing, nick-nacks and lots of
furniture. They always have new stuff ai li i in'. so
they always have new items on the floor.
Sea Hagg is having a HUGE 30 percent off
warehouse clearance sale! It starts Feb. 26 and
ends when the Hagg says so!
Tide and Moon took a little jaunt and moved
just two doors over in the same AMI Plaza. Better
to see her ,t,,i fin il ni \\ .i .\ c. l more treasures
from which l< ,, h<.s. ..
Steff" I Ilull in Lil i \\llllci.\ Iltcach Plaza is
having an iuin tli i.ll d a.ll l.a Siiill di\ and Sunday,
March 6-7 < 'Ic li'. lp b ,I ani Itiqk lIeasures, local
arts, organs Il,'Iductk c \% lk I h ludk and more. Call
941-383-1901 tor vendor information.
On the downtown Bradenton path, we appreci-
ate Braden River Antiques for it's amazing selec-
tion of antique and mid-century art, furniture and
home accessories. We guarantee there's not another
store like it!



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Saturday and Sunday, March 6
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Thrift Shop
Bradenton's Original
Thrift and Consignment Shop
Large selection of
Home Decor, Furniture,
Collectibles,
Fine Jewelry, Clothes
for the whole family! Books
and more!
Accepting quality
consignments.
Call 792-2253
5704 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Reader's Choice 2008 Best Consignment Store


And if you haven't yet checked out Retro Rosie
Vintage Clothing, you must. We especially love the
hat department and the selection of vintage bridal
gowns. And Cobwebs Antiques is all warmed up and
awaiting you to peruse her collection of home decor
and furnishings.
In Palmetto, the Bag Lady tells us new bags and
purses have been arriving just in time for the season.
And what lady doesn't need a new bag every now
and then? There's big ones, little ones, fancy ones
and casual ones....there's surely one for you.
The Feed Store Antique Mall features more than
50 antique dealers, and offers a wide variety of shops


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Antiques. Collectibres. Vintage Wares. Jewelry.
Retro. Trains. Delft. Hummels. Furniture and More!

pen Tuesday Sunday 10-4*
1622 63rd Avenue E., Bradentoh
S. 941-751-5495


The hitfield
Exchange
-- Consignment Store
Come see why we're voted Bradenton's
#1 Consignment Store
Over 8,000 sq ft of "gently used, gently priced"
furniture, rugs, artwork, kitchenware,
greenery, linens, collectibles & more!
Stop in to find the usual,
the unusual, & the truly unique!
We're open Monday Saturday 10am 5pm
Located on US 41, about 2 miles north of the airport
751-40456


and specialties of vintage toys, furniture, collect-
ible glass and everything antique. This Ellenton
hot spot is one of the area's largest antique places
and we always enjoy shopping and shopping and
shopping this vast collection of shops.
Whitfield Exchange should be on your go-to
list if you're in need of extra furnishings to accom-
modate winter guests, or need kitchenwares and
serving dishes. Owner Lindsay runs a top-notch
consignment shop and the variety of changing mer-
chandise is amazing.
Vintage Vagabond is a bright colorful antique
shop that features, among other things, vintage cloth-
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16 0 FEB. 24, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


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By Nick Walter


Islander Reporter
In the past four months, there have been four
canceled Holmes Beach commission meetings.
But this is not uncommon in the winter, accord-
ing to Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens.
"People have family plans and stuff, and it just
so happens that we worked harder to get things done
earlier in the year," Haas-Martens said.
The city schedules commission meetings on the
second and fourth Tuesday of the month. The cancella-
tion of meetings prompted Holmes Beach resident Andy
Sheridan to write a letter to editors at local newspapers.
Sheridan ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Holmes
Beach City Commission last November.
In his letter, Sheridan wrote, "Many part-time
residents are now in the area and may have concerns
they would like the commission to address. I always
encourage other residents to become active participants
in city government by attending these meetings. I am
concerned that the abundance of cancellations discour-
ages citizen participation. Since 50 percent of the meet-
ings have been canceled during this period, I think the
commission chairperson owes us an explanation."
Haas-Martens said there was nothing to discuss
at the time of the cancellations.
"There was nothing on the agenda and no requests
to be on the agenda, so why have a meeting?" she
said. "To me that's running sufficient government."
But neither Sheridan nor Commissioner David
Zaccagnino agree with Haas-Martens.
"One of the things that is at every public meeting
and work session that follows is time for the public to
have comments, and bring issues before the city com-
mission," Sheridan said. "Not hearing those kinds of
comments could discourage people from participat-
ing in local government."
Zaccagnino said he knows other people who are
concerned about canceled meetings.
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term recovery training at the National Emergency
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What made the course unique was that it helped
the group prepare for challenges the county could
face following a Category 4 hurricane.
According to a computer simulation at the train-
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Bay and passing over Egmont Key, would produce
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mph. Welch said the tidal surge would be 10-20 feet.
"The Island would be gone," he said.
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mental health, service restoration, community rede-
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now we know."
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business following a disaster would be to restore
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locked," Zaccagnino said. "That's "Understand that there are times in the past where
for us and our community." we've had three meetings in a month," Haas-Martens
hinks the meeting should be held said. "Sometimes we have a' shade' meeting. A shade
mission has nothing on its agenda. meeting is where if we have a lawsuit going on, and
ed to have the city attorney there," call a shade meeting, we meet in private with attor-
"It's always good to have the meet- neys, and maybe work out settlements."
iblic comment for people who have She added that the holidays were a factor, and
times, if someone has an issue, they that it's unrealistic to hold a meeting and pay the
oner about it, and we generally tell expenses that come with having a city attorney and
he meeting and talk to all the com- clerk present under the assumption that there are citi-
e. If we keep cancelling meetings, zen complaints.
ave the opportunity to do that." "Our charters only say we need to have one
s said before a meeting is canceled, meeting a month," Haas-Martens said. "So anything
city clerk, building department, beyond that is good."


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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 24, 2010 0 17


charter review committee appointed

By Lisa Neff projects, emergency operations, employee relations, telt left the Island "there will be no administrative
'ander Reporter ScenicWAVES and the Island Transportation and head of the city present for an entire week should
h commissioners tapped five resi- Planning Organization and the Sarasota-Manatee there be an emergency."
ew of the city's charter. MPO. Also, Police Lt. John Cosby said there Bartelt's
18 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive In other business at the meeting Feb. 18, com- attendance had not been budgeted.
voted to appoint John Shaugh- missioners: Previously the commission approved the atten-
?at Gentry, Joe Garbus and Janet Reviewed proposals from several agencies that dance of Pierce and Cosby.
members of the Bradenton Beach could collect past-due amounts for city services, Requested that the ScenicWAVES advisory
mmittee. including trash collection and stormwater fees. committee provide recommendations on improving
a former commissioner; Garbus The commission approved a proposal from S.C. landscaping on public property.
of the planning and zoning com- Services, which city clerk Nora Idso deemed most Approved a motion giving several committee
member of ScenicWAVES; and geared for a municipality, and board members two weeks to complete a Sun-
er of a previous charter review Continued the final reading of a new liquor ordi- shine Law education class or be removed from their
nance to the commission meeting at 7 p.m. March 4. posts.
1 Pierce will serve as the CRC The commission briefly discussed striking an Approved payment of a $5,890 invoice from
be a voting member of the com- existing ordinance that provides distance require- M.T. Causley for building department services.
ments for establishments selling liquor on Bridge Approved the use of a law-enforcement grant
asked with reviewing the charter Street. for the purchase of a new $26,000 SUV for the police
any changes within 180 days. But Greg Hootman, acting as city attorney, said department, as well as the use of $31,000 in grant
ty charter has required a review the commission needed to hold a public hearing money for new computers in patrol cars.
ginning in 2000. before such a vote. Approved a request from Rotten Ralph's at the
I sets forth the timetable for work, Heard from a property owner in the Sandpiper Pier to install carpeting at the restaurant's expense.
shall "make its report concerning Resort mobile home park, who has filed several com- Approved a $500 contribution to the Historic
no later than 180 days after the plaints about construction on a lot adjacent to his. Bridge Street Merchants Association to help under-
He alleged that the lot is too small to accommo- write its work.
mission appointed the CRC, Com- date the project and that city, fire and FEMA codes Bartelt, who is the city liaison to the nonprofit
bertson asked whether the mem- are being violated, group, recommended the contribution.
uired to attend a class on open Approved several requests to hang banners for "They work awful hard for our city.... It would
records. special events, as well as applications from the Drift be a very good gesture to work hand in hand with
Idso said the CRC likely would In to hold a customer appreciation party from noon them," he said.
ie Sunshine Law and the Public to 7 p.m. April 10 and from the organizers of the Commissioner Janie Robertson voted against
orientation meeting. Real Florida Festival to stage part of its events in the contribution, noting that the association did not
ioners appointed the CRC, the Bradenton Beach April 18. request funding for the 2009-10 budget.
mmissioners to their 2010 liaison Heard a presentation from the Sarasota Bay "Do we have the money?" she said, questioning
Estuary Program on an award from the Gulf of whether the city will have to dip into Island trolley
aison to the Anna Maria Island Mexico Program that SBEP is sharing with local funds.
ric Bridge Street Pier, the Bridge communities. State supports tree city
chants Association, the mooring The inaugural meeting that led to the award- pp iy
Sthe planning and zoning board. winning work took place in Bradenton Beach, said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Charles
liaison to the Annie Silver Com- SBEP's Mark Alderson. Bronson has sent a letter to the National Arbor Day
:s and recreation projects, Mana- Approved a request for Idso to attend the Flor- Foundation expressing support for Anna Maria's
stationn and festival and events. ida Government Finance Officers Association train- application to be certified as a Tree City USA.
Gay Breuler is liaison to Keep ing from May 23-May 26. Bronson said his staff has "determined that this
and the Anna Maria Island His- Approved a request for public works director Tom community has met all requirements for the award
Woodard to attend the Governor's Hurricane Confer- and I recommend that the city of Anna Maria, FL, be
Bob Connors is liaison on trash ence in Fort Lauderdale from May 23-May 28. designated as a Tree City USA 2009."
s, Tingley Memorial Library and The commission denied a request that Vice Mayor If approved, Anna Maria would be listed in
Turtle Watch. Bob Bartelt attend the conference. the Arbor Day Foundation's list of tree cities and
e liaison on capital-improvement Because Mayor Michael Pierce already is attend- receive other recognition for its trees and conserva-
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18 0 FEB. 24, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


Steetflife


Island police blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach
No new reports.
Holmes Beach
Feb. 10, 200 block of 69th Street, burglary of
a residence. An officer was dispatched to a duplex
in reference to a stolen television. Renters at the
adjacent residence told the officer they heard a bang
around 10 p.m. and looked, but did not see anyone.
Feb. 11, 200 block of 69th Street, burglary of a
residence. An officer was dispatched to an apartment
in reference to a past burglary. The complainant said
that a flat-screen television had been stolen from the
patio. The officer also noticed that a neighbor was
missing a television as well.
Feb. 14, 500 block of 58th Street, burglary of a
vehicle. A woman came to the Holmes Beach Police
Department and said that someone between Feb. 13
and Feb. 14 entered her vehicle and stole a pistol
valued at $120 and GPS unit.
Feb. 15, 400 block of 80th Street, theft. An officer
responded to a caller who said that on Feb. 14 some-
one entered her vehicle and stole a Sirius satellite
radio valued at $100.
Feb. 15, 200 block of 81st Street, burglary of a
vehicle. A complainant came to HBPD to report that
on Feb. 14 while she was working someone entered
her vehicle and stole her stereo. The complainant said
her vehicle must have been unlocked.
Feb. 15, burglary of a vehicle, 100 block of
73rd Street, Unit 205. An officer was dispatched
to a complainant who said she saw two teenagers
walk under the carport of the duplex to the west of
her residence. She said she saw one of the men get
into the driver's side of the vehicle and go through
the glove box. The complainant said she thought
they might be staying at the duplex, and they were

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sentenced to nine months in the county jail and four
years probation after pleading no contest to 12 local
burglaries.
Patrick S. Banker, 19, was arrested May 19, 2009,
while allegedly fleeing from the Waterfront Restau-
rant in Anna Maria. Banker, according to authorities,
then confessed to a series of area burglaries commit-
ted last spring and winter.
Late in 2009, Banker pleaded no contest to
12 counts of burglary to an unoccupied structure,
including two break-ins at the Waterfront Restau-
rant and one break-in at the City Pier Restaurant
in Anna Maria, a break-in at the Beach Bistro in
Holmes Beach, five break-ins at Longboat Key
shops, three break-ins in Bradenton and one in
Cortez.
He received credit for time served in the jail.
Banker was scheduled to go to trial on two
charges that he allegedly broke into shops at 101
Bay Blvd., in Anna Maria and the American Car Care
Center in Bradenton.
But a decision was reached not to pursue those
charges.
Previously two other burglary charges were dis-
missed.

also checking doors of vehicles parked across the
street at the Coconuts Resort. She went outside and
saw the suspects ride off on bicycles, heading north
on Gulf Drive. She waited 20 minutes to call and
report the incident, according to the HBPD report.
The occupant at the duplex told an officer that a
flashlight was stolen from his glove box.
Feb. 16, 6800 block of Gulf Drive, burglary of
a vehicle. An officer responded to a caller about the
Feb. 10 theft of a GPS unit valued at $240.
Feb. 17, 500 block of 77th Street, burglary
of a vehicle. An officer was dispatched to a resi-
dence to take a report of a vehicle burglary, which
occurred between Feb 14 and Feb. 15. Someone
allegedly entered an unlocked vehicle and took a
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of evidence taken from Dell and Apple computers
because, he said, the equipment was not covered in
a search warrant.
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of possessing and promoting
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Chiquet 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 to his computer.
Chiquet has been released from the Manatee
County jail pending trial, but remains on a home-
detention, electronic-monitoring system.

Obituaries

'Kip' Clifford Ackerman
"Kip" Clifford Ackerman, 49, of Holmes Beach
and formerly of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., died Feb.
19.
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with a degree in fine arts. After
developing his craft in Utah, he
moved in 1992 to Anna Maria
Island, where he infused the
Island and surrounding areas
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Streetlife


Island police blotter
Anna Maria
No new reports.
Bradenton Beach
No new reports.
Holmes Beach
Feb. 10, 200 block of 69th Street, burglary of
a residence. An officer was dispatched to a duplex
in reference to a stolen television. Renters at the
adjacent residence told the officer they heard a bang
around 10 p.m. and looked, but did not see anyone.
Feb. 11, 200 block of 69th Street, burglary of a
residence. An officer was dispatched to an apartment
in reference to a past burglary. The complainant said
that a flat-screen television had been stolen from the
patio. The officer also noticed that a neighbor was
missing a television as well.
Feb. 14, 500 block of 58th Street, burglary of a
vehicle. A woman came to the Holmes Beach Police
Department and said that someone between Feb. 13
and Feb. 14 entered her vehicle and stole a pistol
valued at $120 and GPS unit.
Feb. 15, 400 block of 80th Street, theft. An officer
responded to a caller who said that on Feb. 14 some-
one entered her vehicle and stole a Sirius satellite
radio valued at $100.
Feb. 15, 200 block of 81st Street, burglary of a
vehicle. A complainant came to HBPD to report that
on Feb. 14 while she was working someone entered
her vehicle and stole her stereo. The complainant said
her vehicle must have been unlocked.
Feb. 15, burglary of a vehicle, 100 block of
73rd Street, Unit 205. An officer was dispatched
to a complainant who said she saw two teenagers
walk under the carport of the duplex to the west of
her residence. She said she saw one of the men get
into the driver's side of the vehicle and go through
the glove box. The complainant said she thought
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burglary charges against a Sarasota teenager already
sentenced to nine months in the county jail and four
years probation after pleading no contest to 12 local
burglaries.
Patrick S. Banker, 19, was arrested May 19, 2009,
while allegedly fleeing from the Waterfront Restau-
rant in Anna Maria. Banker, according to authorities,
then confessed to a series of area burglaries commit-
ted last spring and winter.
Late in 2009, Banker pleaded no contest to
12 counts of burglary to an unoccupied structure,
including two break-ins at the Waterfront Restau-
rant and one break-in at the City Pier Restaurant
in Anna Maria, a break-in at the Beach Bistro in
Holmes Beach, five break-ins at Longboat Key
shops, three break-ins in Bradenton and one in
Cortez.
He received credit for time served in the jail.
Banker was scheduled to go to trial on two
charges that he allegedly broke into shops at 101
Bay Blvd., in Anna Maria and the American Car Care
Center in Bradenton.
But a decision was reached not to pursue those
charges.
Previously two other burglary charges were dis-
missed.

also checking doors of vehicles parked across the
street at the Coconuts Resort. She went outside and
saw the suspects ride off on bicycles, heading north
on Gulf Drive. She waited 20 minutes to call and
report the incident, according to the HBPD report.
The occupant at the duplex told an officer that a
flashlight was stolen from his glove box.
Feb. 16, 6800 block of Gulf Drive, burglary of
a vehicle. An officer responded to a caller about the
Feb. 10 theft of a GPS unit valued at $240.
Feb. 17, 500 block of 77th Street, burglary
of a vehicle. An officer was dispatched to a resi-
dence to take a report of a vehicle burglary, which
occurred between Feb 14 and Feb. 15. Someone
allegedly entered an unlocked vehicle and took a
GPS unit valued at $150 and Costa del Mar sun-
glasses valued at $170.



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in sexual activity with a minor.
Chiquet was arrested last July.
His public defender Adam Tebrugge has argued
in court papers earlier this month for the suppression
of evidence taken from Dell and Apple computers
because, he said, the equipment was not covered in
a search warrant.
Chiquet is facing 27 counts of possessing and
promoting child pornography.
Chiquet, according to a
police report, allegedly met the
teenager in January at a skate-
board shop he was operating in
Bradenton.
The report indicated that the
Steenager said she and Chiquet
Chiquet had a sexual relationship, and
that he took sexual photographs of her in his apart-
ment that were downloaded to his computer.
Chiquet has been released from the Manatee
County jail pending trial, but remains on a home-
detention, electronic-monitoring system.


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"Kip" Clifford Ackerman, 49, of Holmes Beach and
formerly of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., died Feb. 19.
He graduated from Utah State University in 1988
with a degree in fine arts. After developing his craft in
Utah, he moved in 1992 to Anna Maria Island, where
he infused the Island and surrounding areas with his
fine art.
Kip was active in the Anna
Maria Island and Bradenton art
community. His mural work
can be seen at New Pass Grill
on City Island, Sarasota, and at
many restaurants and businesses
throughout the Islands, Braden-
Ackerman ton and Sarasota.
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the Islands, Bradenton and Sarasota.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Ackerman
may be made to the American Cancer Society or
the Humane Society of Manatee County, 941-747-
8808.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of
arrangements.
Mr. Ackerman is survived by his wife, Shari; his
furry kids Augie, Arlo and Asia; sister-in-law Tara
Rietberg of Grand Rapids, Mich.; brothers Jim and
wife Susan of Riverton, Utah, and Bruce and wife
Mary of Raleigh, N.C.; many nieces, nephews, cous-
ins and loving friends.

Kathleen Myra Frances
Blatherwick
Kathleen Myra Frances Blatherwick, 99, known
as "Fran," died Jan. 10 in Ithaca, N.Y.
She was born in Alton in Hampshire, England.
She attended St. Margaret's Bushey and received a
degree in teacher education from Bishop Otter College
in Chichester. She taught at Bishop Strachan School
in Toronto, Ontario, where she married Ralph Rich-
ard Sturgeon. After his death, she returned to England
and lived in Cheltenham. She came to the United
States in 1948 and married Norman "Jim" Blath-
erwick, former superintendent of Buttermilk Falls
and Taughannock Falls State Parks. Following his
retirement, they wintered on Anna Maria Island. Fran
served as a volunteer to the Service League, Meals
on Wheels and the Finger Lakes Library System into
her 90s and also read to the blind. She was a life-long
lover of nature and expert on wildflowers.
A memorial service was held in Ithaca. Donations
may be made to the Nature Conservancy or Arbor
Day Foundation.
Mrs. Blatherwick is survived by two daughters,
M. Myra S. White of Boston and Elizabeth B. and
husband Joseph M. Hughes of Philadelphia.
I.


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Public complains to WMFR


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
One of the first orders of business at the West
Manatee Fire and Rescue District commission
meeting Feb. 18 was to allow for public comments,
yet, complaints of a lack of time to make such
comments dominated the meeting.
Each person addressing the board was limited
to three minutes.
First to speak was Holmes Beach resident Ron
Robinson, who attended his third meeting overall.
"At the first meeting, I was allowed to ask
questions," Robinson told commissioners. "At
the second meeting, I was not allowed to ask
questions. I think the people in this district have
the right to ask questions. They have the right to
know what questions I ask and whatever answers
I receive. Some of those questions and some of the
information from those answers might be impor-
tant enough for the newspaper to want to report on
them."
Robinson later wondered why he had not heard
about a new policy changing the public's right to
ask questions.
"It appears to me, more or less, some of you
got together between meetings and made a deci-
sion changing that policy," Robinson said, "and
did it on your own and that concerns me."
Holmes Beach resident Dion Niemo spoke
next, and said he was an 11-year firefighter for
the district. He requested 10 minutes to speak. In
the three minutes he was granted, Niemo asked
why he was recently fired.
"I got fired for no reason," Niemo said.
He did not receive a response.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson
criticized the commission as well. Robinson, who


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ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the WMFR board
in 2008, said the commission does not read his
letters, and he scrutinized district salaries.
"I get cut off the other day reading a letter," Rob-
inson said, "and you read thank-you letters from little
kids that you have a financial hK. kiin \\ ilth them and
all. And you don't read my letters."
Moreover, Robinson said, salaries are out of
control.
WMFR Commissioner John Rigney responded
to the complaints regarding public comments.
"When we have a public meeting, by the way,
there's no statute saying we have to have anyone
speaking at the meeting," Rigney said. "We do it
because we like to do it and listen to what people
have to say. Every other board gets paid. We don't.
We do it for free."
Commissioner Mike Mulyck also addressed
the issue.
"We do listen to public comments," Mulyck
said. "As commissioner Rigney said, we're all up
here because we believe we're serving our com-
munity in any way we can."
In old business, Chief Andy Price said the
commission met with 14 potential bidders two
weeks ago to produce a request for proposals of
remodeling. He said bids are due Feb. 24.
In new business, Price said Holmes Beach res-
ident Walter Stewart donated a John Deere Gator
utility vehicle.
"We' ve gone over to his house many times to
help him check his smoke detector and do different
things," Price said. "He suffered a stroke awhile
back and he called me up and said he had bought
a John Deere Gator and wasn't able to use it."
The next meeting is at 6 p.m. March 18 at the
WMFR Station 1, Holmes Beach.



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Humane Society of Manatee County.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of
arrangements.
Mr. Ackerman is survived by his wife, Shari; his
furry kids Augie, Arlo and Asia; sister-in-law Tara
Rietberg of Grand Rapids, Mich.; brothers Jim and
wife Susan of Riverton, Utah, and Bruce and wife
Mary of Raleigh, N.C.; many nieces, nephews, cous-
ins and loving friends.

Kathleen Myra Frances Blatherwick
Kathleen Myra Frances Blatherwick, 99, known
as "Fran," died Jan. 10 in Ithaca, N.Y. She wintered
on Anna Maria Island.
She was born in Alton in Hampshire, England.
She attended St. Margaret's Bushey and received a
degree in teacher education from Bishop Otter Col-
lege in Chichester. She taught at Bishop Strachan
School in Toronto, Ontario, where she married Ralph
Richard Sturgeon. She served as a volunteer to the
Service League, Meals on Wheels and the Finger
Lakes Library System into her 90s. She also read
to the blind. She was a life-long lover of nature and
expert on wildflowers.
A memorial service was held in Ithaca. Donations
may be made to the Nature Conservancy or Arbor
Day Foundation.
Mrs. Blatherwick is survived by two daughters,
M. Myra S. White of Boston and Elizabeth B. and
husband Joseph M. Hughes of Philadelphia.

Elaine Boozer Pilger
Elaine Boozer Pilger, 90, 50-year resident of
Holmes Beach, died Feb. 19.
Memorial contributions may made to TideWell
Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Arrangements by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
Mrs. Pilger is survived by loving friends and
caregivers.
I.


THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 24, 2010 19


Public complains to WMFR


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
One of the first orders of business at the West
Manatee Fire and Rescue District commission
meeting Feb. 18 was to allow for public comments,
yet, complaints of a lack of time to make such
comments dominated the meeting.
Each person addressing the board was limited
to three minutes.
First to speak was Holmes Beach resident Ron
Robinson, who attended his third meeting overall.
"At the first meeting, I was allowed to ask
questions," Robinson told commissioners. "At
the second meeting, I was not allowed to ask
questions. I think the people in this district have
the right to ask questions. They have the right to
know what questions I ask and whatever answers
I receive. Some of those questions and some of the
information from those answers might be impor-
tant enough for the newspaper to want to report on
them."
Robinson later wondered why he had not heard
about a new policy changing the public's right to
ask questions.
"It appears to me, more or less, some of you
got together between meetings and made a deci-
sion changing that policy," Robinson said, "and
did it on your own and that concerns me."
Holmes Beach resident Dion Niemo spoke
next, and said he was an 11-year firefighter for
the district. He requested 10 minutes to speak. In
the three minutes he was granted, Niemo asked
why he was recently fired.
"I got fired for no reason," Niemo said.
He did not receive a response.
Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson
criticized the commission as well. Robinson, who


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ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the WMFR board
in 2008, said the commission does not read his
letters, and he scrutinized district salaries.
"I get cut off the other day reading a letter," Rob-
inson said, "and you read thank-you letters from little
kids that you have a financial lK. kiin \\ ilth them and
all. And you don't read my letters."
Moreover, Robinson said, salaries are out of
control.
WMFR Commissioner John Rigney responded
to the complaints regarding public comments.
"When we have a public meeting, by the way,
there's no statute saying we have to have anyone
speaking at the meeting," Rigney said. "We do it
because we like to do it and listen to what people
have to say. Every other board gets paid. We don't.
We do it for free."
Commissioner Mike Mulyck also addressed
the issue.
"We do listen to public comments," Mulyck
said. "As commissioner Rigney said, we're all up
here because we believe we're serving our com-
munity in any way we can."
In old business, Chief Andy Price said the
commission met with 14 potential bidders two
weeks ago to produce a request for proposals of
remodeling. He said bids are due Feb. 24.
In new business, Price said Holmes Beach res-
ident Walter Stewart donated a John Deere Gator
utility vehicle.
"We' ve gone over to his house many times to
help him check his smoke detector and do different
things," Price said. "He suffered a stroke awhile
back and he called me up and said he had bought
a John Deere Gator and wasn't able to use it."
The next meeting is at 6 p.m. March 18 at the
WMFR Station 1, Holmes Beach.



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Learning about Chinese culture
Tyler Brewer shows off the Chinese hat he made.
Students learned about the Chinese culture during
Chinese New Year. Islander Photo: Courtsey
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By Kimberly Kuizon


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Student plans help for Haiti
The photographs, videos and sounds from Haiti's
aftermath of the 7.0 earthquake Jan. 12 have made an
impact on many lives across the world.
Most middle school students are busy studying,
playing sports or doing homework, but one has made
the time to help others in need.
Twelve-year-old Joselin
Presswood, a seventh-grader at
King Middle, is one example of
the many who have reached out
to help Haiti.
SAfter learning of the hard-
ship of orphans in Haiti that are
supported by a former priest at
Presswood St. Bernard Catholic Church, the
Rev. Ron Joseph, Joselin devised a plan to collect
shoes just for kids.
Joselin started a shoes for Haiti drive at three
schools: Anna Maria Elementary, King Middle and
the School for Constructive Play.
The drive resulted in more than 100 pairs of

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youth shoes ready to ship to Haiti.
"I think they're going to be really happy and
wonder who did that for them, but most of all I think
they will just really be happy," said Joselin.
At King Middle, the shoes were stacked high in
the school office.
"I was really shocked at how many people
helped," said Joselin.
She said says she hopes to one day visit the
orphans she has helped out in Haiti. And this young
student also has plans in the works to do much more
for the orphans in Leogane.





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For Art's Sake seeks artists


Artists are needed to donate their work for
the annual For Art's Sake sale on March 12.
The donation of art work benefits the Mana-
tee High School art program. Past events pro-
vided funding for an art-quality press and pottery
equipment.
The benefit with a silent auction and
reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 8
p.m. Friday, March 12, outside The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
The list of artists who participated in the
past includes Woody Candish, Rhea Chiles, Sue



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Feb. 25, Progress reports.
March 2, Read across America.
March 9-12, FCAT testing.
March 14, Daylight saving time begins.
8 a.m. March 19, Parent Teacher Organization
meeting.
8 p.m. March 23, PTO dinner and kindergarten
performance.
March 23, Kiwanis grandparents program.
March 26, No school, record day.
March 29- April 2, Spring break.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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Curry, Joe Hutchinson, Linda Molto, Ines Norman,
Carrie Price, Reiber, Richard Thomas, and Joan
and Carl Voyles.
Manatee High School students in art teacher
Rob Reiber's classes also will contribute work for
the sale, as well as assist in conducting the silent
auction.
Art patrons will find a range of work sculp-
tures, oils, watercolors, prints, jewelry and photo-
graphs.
To offer artwork for the auction, or for infor-
mation on the event, call The Islander at 941-778-
7978 or visit the office.


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1 to 4p.m. -AARP Safe Drive Course at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-776-1158. Fee
applies.
Thursday, Feb. 25
1 to 4p.m. -AARP Safe Drive Course at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-776-1158. Fee
applies.
Friday, Feb. 26
9 a.m. SeniorAdventures group departs from Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach for a tour of an aquarium
and lab. Information: 941-926-8835.
Saturday, Feb. 27
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Haitian benefit sale outside The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-448-5624.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Street Sale at the Pines Trailer Park located at
the East end of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club hosts guest speaker American Legion
Kirby Stewart Post Commander Bill Fields at Cafe on the Beach at the
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. to noon Photo transfer workshop at the Back Alley,
121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1800. Fee
applies.
Sunday, Feb. 28
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book signing with Island authors Lyn and
Sharon Clarke at the Back Alley, 121 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-778-1800.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival at various
locations with check-in and free transportation departing from the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
Monday, March 1
1 p.m. Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting with guest
artist Rolf Bertram presenting a motion slideshow of colorful abstracts at
the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-6694.


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Wednesday, March 3
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting with guest speaker Cathy
Roller presenting "what writers need to know about reading" at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
7631.
3p.m. -After Hours book club meets at Tingley Memorial Library,
111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
Ongoing:
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee
applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesday, Noon, the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meets at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3390.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-


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Girl Scouts dressed
in vintage uniforms
of the 1940s/1950s
-- sell Girl Scouts of
America cookies at
the Island Publix. On
Feb. 27, from 8 a.m.
W to 1 p.m., members
of the local troop
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the The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. The
event will coincide
with a sidewalk sale at
The Islander to raise
money for the Minis-
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support of an orphan-
age in Haiti. Islander
Photo: Courtesy
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778-1908.
Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m., Irish Dancers host dances with instruc-
tion atthe Tequila Beach Sports Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-778-2416. Partners not required.
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island
Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.
Thursday, 6 p.m., Co-Dependents Anonymous group meets on
the Island. Call for location: 508-815-7378.
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
* Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open-air market at 107 Bridge St., Braden-
ton Beach, through mid-April. Information: 941-518-4431.
Through Feb. 28, American Watercolor Society 142nd Annual
Traveling Exhibition at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.
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Information: 941-746-2862. Fee applies.
Through March 7, "Curtains" at Manatee Players, 102 12th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

OFF-ISLAND EVENTS:
Thursday, Feb. 25
9 and 10:30 a.m. Wagon tours of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th
St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757 ext. 4. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. Sunset and Stars Shutter Stroll for photographers at
Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
742-5757 ext. 4.
7p.m. Extraordinarily Human Film Series: "US vs. John Lennon"
at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-9161. Fee applies.
7p.m. Longboat Key Historical Society meets at Isabelle's Res-
taurant, 6810 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

Friday, Feb. 26
5 to 9 p.m. -Antiques and Collectibles Show at Manatee Conven-
tion Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-746-5352. Fee
applies. Proceeds benefit local children's organizations.

Saturday, Feb 27
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Antiques and Collectibles Show at Manatee
Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-746-
5352. Fee applies. Proceeds benefit local children's organizations.

Sunday, Feb. 28
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antiques and Collectibles Show at Manatee
Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-746-
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March 4, "En Plein Air Affair," Longboat Key Center for the Arts.
March 5, Artist reception fro Paula Schoenwether, Artists Guild
Gallery.
March 5, Artist reception for Anne Abgott, Island Gallery West.
March 5, Low-vision seminar, Island Branch Library.
March 6, Longboat Key Garden Club Home Tour.
March 6, Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament, River Run
Golf Links.
March 6, "Vienna to Broadway" concert, Church of the Annuncia-
tion.
March 6, Glass painting demonstration, Island Gallery West.
March 6, Post Pop show, Palmetto Art Center.
March 6, Baseball Night at the Museum, South Florida Museum.
March 6, Quantum Mechanics discussion, South Florida
Museum.
March 7, Privateers' Car, Truck and Bike Show, Mexicali Border
Cafe.

Save the Date:
March 12, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club "An Evening at Casino
Royale."
March 12, ForArts Sake, outside The Islander newspaper office.
March 13, Religious Art and Artifact Exhibit, Episcopal Church of
the Annunciation.
March 13, Privateers' Thieves Market, Coquina Beach.
March 17, St. Patrick's Day dinner, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
March 20, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
March 27, Island's Got Talent Show.

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Island real estate

transactions
230 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a 1,558 sfla / 2,034
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1968 on a 75x100 lot
was sold 02/02/10, Ramsey to Glad Street LLC for
$542,500.
6201 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 2,166 sfla
5bed/3bath pool home built in 1968 on a 78x101 lot
was sold 02/04/10, SFC Wholesale Ltd. to Stringer for
$460,000; list $497,000.
523 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,766 sfla / 2,938
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1970
on a 87x108 lot was transferred Roehl to Deutsche Bank
National Trust Company for $280,100.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 116, Runaway Bay,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 02/02/10,
Donohue to Tibbits for $220,000.
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 223, Club Bamboo South,
Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur Ibed/lbath condo
with shared pool built in 1945 was sold 02/05/10, Kent
to Miethke for $180,000; list $199,900.
117 Seventh St. N., Unit 16, Bay View Terrace,
Bradenton Beach, a 594 sfla / 638 sfur Ibed/lbath condo
with shared pool built in 1973 was sold 02/02/10, Irving
to Kachel for $100,000; list $125,000.
407 74th St., Unit A, Bay Breeze, Holmes Beach,
a 2,098 sfla / 3,459 sfur 3bed/3bath land condo built in
2007 was transferred 02/02/10, Byrne to Liberty Sav-
ings Bank for $80,100.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-
7244. Current Island real estate transactions may also
be viewed online at www.islander.org.

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and projects on Anna Maria Island and encourages
you to submit photographs on a regular basis. Please
send press releases and photos with detailed captions
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24 0 FEB. 24, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


Flag football playoff seeds set almost


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Seedings for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center NFL Fag Football playoffs are just about set in
every division except the 13- to 16-year-olds, where
the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers are making a
late run for the top seed.
A three-game winning streak coupled with a pair
of losses by Tapes Tennis Titans has helped the Pan-
thers make up a nine-point deficit in the standings.
A victory Wednesday, Feb. 24, by the Panthers over
the Titans will put them into a tie for first place.
The other divisions have either finished their
schedules or the seedings are pretty much set in stone.
Tortilla Bay has wrapped up the 8-9 division, as has
Ross Built in the 10-12 division. The adult coed teams
still have some games and possible seeding changes,
but the Raiders and the Bengals are definitely in the
playoffs, while the Lions are out.
The Beach House Cardinals outlasted the Sand-
bar Saints 29-22 in the 8-9 division game Feb. 16.
Tyler Pearson led the way with 131 rushing yards
and one touchdown, while Alexander Buttram had 38
total yards, including two touchdowns, an extra point
and a two-point conversion. Buttram also was strong
on defense with four flag pulls and an interception.
Brooke Capparelli added 12 receiving yards and a
touchdown to complete the Cardinal scoring in the
victory.
The Saints were led by Andrew Proctor, who
threw for 50 yards while also rushing for 93 yards
and three touchdowns. Proctor had a big game on
defense as well an interception to go along with five
flag pulls. Leo Tilelli added 42 yards of offense and
a pair of two-point conversions in the loss. Other
defensive standouts for the Saints were Joe Rogers
with four pulls and Benjamin Calhoun and Kurtis
Green-Zelina with two pulls apiece.
Henrik Hellem-Brusso was on the receiving end
of two touchdown passes to finish with 55 receiving
yards to lead Holy Cow Cowboys to a 26-21 victory
over Walter & Associates Titans Feb. 17 in the 10-12
division game of the week. Burke McCampbell-Hill
added 96 rushing yards and a touchdown, while
Mikey Ellsworth finished with one touchdown and
42 yards of offense in the victory.
McCampbell-Hill had a huge game on defense,
finishing with four flag pulls, an interception, safety
and a sack to lead the Cowboys, which also received
three pulls from Austin Morrow and two from Zach
Stewart. Cooper Hardy added one pull and a quar-
terback sack in the victory.
Michael Duffman ran for 85 yards and a pair of
touchdowns to lead the Titans, which also received 55
yards of offense and a touchdown from Joey Salinas.
Miles Fischer added an extra point and Jacob Talucci
contributed 36 yards of offense and a two-point con-
version in addition to a pair of defensive interceptions
in the loss. Other defensive standouts for the Titans
were Keegan Murphy with four flag pulls and a sack


Dylan Doyle sweeps around the right end during
NFL flag football action at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy


and a pair of pulls and an interception from Brendan
Murphy.
The 13-16 game of the week saw Galati Yacht
Sales Raiders outscore Lapensee Plumbing Ravens
47-20 Feb. 16. Aaron Van Hook passed for 66 yards,
ran for 131 and added 12 receiving yards to go along
with three touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
Daniel Doyle also had a nice game, throwing for 139
yards while adding 66 receiving yards and a pair of
touchdowns in the victory. Luke Shackleford com-
piled 55 receiving yards and Michael Galati 48, while
both scored touchdowns for the Raiders, which also
received a two-point conversion from Garrison Clark
and an extra point from Galati in the victory.
Van Hook and Doyle both had a pair of flag pulls
and an interception to lead the Raiders, which also
received four flag pulls from Shakelford and a sack
and a pull from Denver Hardy.
The Ravens were led by Tommy Price, who ran
for 57 yards and added 65 receiving yards to go along
with a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conver-
sion. Rainia Lardas caught a three-yard touchdown
from quarterback Chris Pate, who finished with 101
passing yards.
Alex Bernhard led the Ravens with six flag pulls
and a QB sack, while Olivia Roemer added two QB
sacks and a flag pull.
The adult coed division saw the Bengals out-
last the Chiefs 32-26 Feb. 18. Billy Malfese had a
nice all-around game with 59 receiving yards that
included a touchdown and an extra point on offense,
while he also contributed four flag pulls and two
interceptions including one that he took to the house
for a touchdown. Scott Dell threw for 168 yards and
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rounded out the Bengal scoring with 33 receiving
yards and one touchdown, while also helping out on
defense with four flag pulls.
Nate Talucci led the Cowboys with 115 yards of
total offense, including a pair of touchdowns, while
Charles Colson added 63 receiving yards and a pair
of touchdowns. David Johnston finished with 108
yards of offense, while wife Heidi Johnston added a
pair of extra points on offense, leading the team with
five flag pulls and a pair of sacks on defense. David
Zaccagnino threw for 94 yards, and added four pulls
on defense for the Cowboys in the loss.

Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a
nine-hole, low-net game Feb. 16. Flight AA winner
was Marilyn Thorton with a 3-over-par 35 that put
her four shots in front of second-place finisher Jean
Holmes. Third place went to Cindi Miller with a
40. Patty Townsend carded a 7-over 39 to take first
place in Flight A by three shots over second-place
finisher Mary Selby. Jan Turner's 4-over 36 was good
enough to take first place in Flight B with Mary-
anne Kaemmerlen two shots back in second place.
Mardene Eichhorn carded a 1-over par 33 to take first
place in Flight C. Joy Nelles was two shots back in
second place. Margaret Schuller's 1-under-par 31 was
the low round of the day and gave her first place in
Flight D by two shots over Erma McMullen, Joann
Brougher and Rose Slomba, who carded matching
33s.

Horseshoe news
Horseshoe action on Feb. 20 saw four teams
emerge from pool play with 3-0 records to advance
to the elimination round. Rod Bussey and Al Norman
easily defeated Hank Huyghe and Norm Good 21-8.
Bussey pulled a muscle and was unable to continue,
so Huyghe and Good allowed Norman to go it alone.
The second semifinal game saw Gene Bobeldyk and
Sam Samuels roll past Leo Hutton and Terry Hall
24-12. Norman continued his stellar play in the finals,
defeating Bobeldyk and Samuels 24-7.
In other horseshoe news, five regulars from the
Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits participated in
the Gulf Coast Senior Games and came away with
medals. Norm Good brought a gold medal to the
Island, while Bob Lee and Sam Samuels came home
with silver medals. Art Kingstad and Herb Puryear
earned bronze medals for a total of five medalists
from the horseshoe regulars.
Congratulations guys!
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
welcome.

For AMICC NFL football schedules and stand-
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Water temps rise, fishers see glimpse of hope


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Inshore anglers are thanking the cold-tolerant
sheepshead, redfish and trout.
Those species have been keeping anglers going
throughout a harsh winter, but an increase in tempera-
tures during the past week may be just what anglers
need.
At least it will get them putting baits in the
water.
Most reports from local piers indicate that the
piers are void of fishers. Even the bays have not been
hammered by boats.
Although sheepshead are tough to clean, their
pure white meat is valued table fare. The good news
is that the sheepies are plentiful, ranging from thick
around the Skyway fishing pier, to congregations
around local docks and pilings. The sheepshead, with
small, hard mouths, prefer crustaceans such as crabs
and shrimp.
Trout also are plentiful over deep seagrass beds,
although there are reports that the January freeze
that killed millions of fish statewide has left the trout
skinny.
Spanish mackerel could migrate north into our
area within the next month if temperatures remain
warm and steady.
Capt. Logan Bystrom reported catching sheep-
shead, trout and redfish. "The fishing should start get-
ting a little better," he said. L\ c ything starts moving
around and biting more" as the temperature warms
up.
Capt. Ray Markham of Backwater Promo-
tions said he has been catching flounder, trout, and
redfish in Miguel Bay, Joe Bay and Terra Ceia Bay.
He said most of the trout, which had been as big as
18 inches, have been in Terra Ceia waters and have
been caught on D.O.A. Deadly Combinations. The
flounder, to 15 inches, were hitting CAL jigs with
shad tails. He said he hooked up some ladyfish and
a couple bluefish as well.
Markham predicts that clearer, warmer water
should produce better action with sheepshead. "I
think the stirred up conditions are bad for fish that eat
any bait," he said. "About the ,inl\ thing I'm seeing in
the fish's stomach is shrimp. The redfish still have a
few crabs in them, but they have some shrimp. There
really aren't many bait fish around."
Markham reported that fishing in this cold weather
has required more than the normal patience levels,
and high winds have clouded up inshore waters in
unprotected areas, typically where the majority of
trout are in grass flats with 3 to 6 feet of water. "In
some cases, the sea conditions don't allow us to target
trout, but when conditions do allow, we are catching
trout to 22 inches on DOA Deadly Combinations."
Markham said in rough conditions that won't
allow fishing open areas, he heads for backcountry
spots where waters are flat and sheltered from the
wind. He said fishing the lee sides of the mangrove
islands that are exposed to the sun have been most
productive when the sun is out late in the day.
"Water temperatures where we've been fishing in
open waters have been in the 55- to 57-degree range,
but these sheltered areas have been holding fish in
areas where 60 to 61.4 degree water temperature is
present, and that's been the difference between catch-
ing redfish fish or not," he said. "Water depth in this
temperature range has been 6-12 inches, and anglers
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Charters reported that in spite of the cold, the fish
have been on a heavy feed. He said his parties have
been landing a lot of keeper-sized speckled trout up
to 22 inches. "The redfish are swarming around docks
with keeper-sized fish mixed in with many small
sized ones," he said. "Sheephead are still slow. With
a warm up, they should come on strong. I have been
using select live shrimp for my charters."
Capt. Warren Girle said a recent trip of fishing
docks produced redfish, black drum, sheepshead and
a 3-pound flounder. Girle used a 20-pound fluorocar-
bon leader, a split shot and a live shrimp. He reported
that the water temp on the flats was still 55 degrees.
He said there had been some trout to 20 inches on
the flats, but most had been skinny. "I was surprised
to see the flounder though," Girle said. "That was the
highlight of the day."
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said consistent temperatures
in the 40s at night, and barely breaking the 60s in
the day, does not help to increase the water tempera-
tures. "Thankfully the sheepshead, redfish and sea
trout do not mind the cold and continue to be the
mainstay of the catch," he said. "Actually there have
been many days when the bite has been off the charts
with at least one of the aforementioned species. All
of my efforts have centered on bay fishing as of late.
The relentless winds have kept the Gulf of Mexico
roughed up and muddy in close to the beaches of
Manatee and Sarasota counties. Anglers need to run
around 5 miles offshore to find any relatively clear
water."
He said some of the trout have been running in
the mid-20-inch range and have been found in a vari-
ety of locations from the open bay waters to canals
and bayous. The presence of glass minnows is a tip
for where to fish, as the trout are primarily feeding on
them. He said the sheepshead, redfish and drum have
still been holding tight to heavy structure, but some


big redfish have been cruising pretty shallow water.
The big reds have been a tough target, he said.
"We are a month away from the spring equinox,"
Zacharias said. "The length of daylight is increasing
and will trigger many pelagics to start moving. Usu-
ally Spanish mackerel are the first to start migrating
north. They begin to show hereabouts around the
first of March, but the water temperatures need to
rebound by at least 10 degrees and clear up substan-
tially before anglers can expect any really big action
with the Spanish."
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway south
fishing pier said anglers there have been getting a lot
of trout, sheepshead and grouper. "The sheepshead
have been here for a couple weeks," he said. Dodrill
said the sheepshead have been hitting best on peeled
shrimp.
Send fishing news and photos to fish@islander.
org.

Winter bird census taken
A team with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
assisted in the Winter Shorebird Survey conducted
on Florida's coasts Feb. 5.
AMITW, working with the Audubon Society,
assigned pairs of bird-watchers to sections of the
shore on the Island.
Their counts were to be folded into a survey
intended to identify long-term trends or changes in
winter population sizes or distributions.
AMITW first participated in the survey last
year.
Counters identified species and their numbers, as
well as whether birds were banded, especially snowy
plovers, piping plovers, red knots and American oys-
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By Rick Catlin






General store re-styles,

re-opens this week
The Pine Avenue General Store was to reopen
Feb. 22 with a new name, a new coat of paint and
new management and ownership.
But, stressed Lizzie Vann Thrasher, who co-owns
the Anna Maria General store with husband Mike, they
will continue the tradition of meeting the needs and
cravings of north-end residents and visitors.
The store, 307 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will sell
beer and wine, lottery tickets, soft drinks and other
beverages and the general stock of a general store,
said manager Brian Seymour.
Additionally, the store will sell fresh produce,
savory meals, deli items, snacks including those
of a healthy variety and frozen foods.
"It will be more of the same. It will be as it's
always been, plus some additions," Thrasher said,
adding praise for prior owner Sandy Mattick.
She and Brian invited customers to make requests
and offer advice on stock.
"Come in," Lizzie said. 'Tell us what you want.


Brian Seymour, Anna Maria General Store man-
ager, and Lizzie Vann Thrasher, who now owns
the store with husband Mike, prepare to re-open
for business following some remodeling. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff


We'll see what we can do."
Store hours will remain 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday
through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
"We're open 100 hours a week," said Lizzie,
noting that while the store has a complete opening
staff, management is accepting applications.

Melinda's capitalizes on
wheat-free dining
Melinda's Cafe, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, is offering what may be the first-ever gluten-
free menu on Anna Maria Island.
The response has been surprising.
"People have been coming here from Sarasota
and Longboat Key telling me they are finally able
to go out to eat after years of staying at home," said
owner Melinda Lampariello.
"I had one person come in last week with tears
in her eyes because she hadn't eaten out in more than
10 years. She was so happy to see our menu and sit
down to eat," said Melinda.
"It's been wonderful. I think we served 45 gluten-
free meals the first week, and the number is growing,"
she said.
Melinda's offers a complete menu of gluten-free
items, including bread, pancakes, crab cakes, meatloaf,
cheeseburgers, tamales and a host of other items that
would normally contain wheat.
The idea for a gluten-free menu came to Melinda,
who is allergic to wheat, after she tried for years to
find a restaurant that served gluten-free meals.
"I finally decided to bring a gluten-free menu
here, since I knew how to make all the items without
wheat and wheat products.
"I make everything here from scratch, and I
trained the staff how to prepare these items. We use
a separate toaster, utensils and cookware for gluten-
free, so there's no chance even a speck of wheat can
get on the food."
She also tests her products with an ELISA Gluten
Assay test to ensure the food is gluten-free.
The gluten-free menu is in addition to Melinda's
regular menu for breakfast and lunch, which offers


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breakfast and lunch fare in traditional fashion.
And Melinda's offers a number of vegetarian
items to appeal to customers.
Melinda's is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
through Sunday.
For more information on the gluten-free menu
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Shuttle Service AMI is five
Martin Malar has owned and operated Shuttle
Service AMI Inc. for nearly five years. He's particu-
larly proud of the quality of service given to Island-
ers and west Bradenton residents since the company
started in 2005.
"We've been licensed, insured and permitted
since we started and we wouldn't have stayed in busi-
ness if people didn't find our service was excellent,"
he said.
Unlike some other services, Shuttle Service AMI
is licensed to both deliver and pick up passengers to
all the major airports in the Tampa Bay area, includ-
ing Sarasota-Bradenton International, Tampa Interna-
tional and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International.
In addition, Martin can provide drop-off service
to Orlando and Miami airports.
Normally, Martin likes to have a 48-hour advance
notice of a pickup, but can usually handle an emer-
gency request.
"We know sometimes people need to get to the
airport immediately. If we can do it right away, we
will," he said. "Service is what we are all about."
The shuttle also picks up passengers from the
major area airports with an advance reservation.
Pickup service is available for residents of Anna
Maria Island, Longboat Key, Cortez, Palma Sola,
northwest Bradenton, Village Green, Perico Island
and west Bradenton.
Shuttle Service AMI is not affiliated with any
other passenger delivery service on the Island, and
is a member of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce, Martin said.
For more information, go to the company Web
site at www.shuttleserviceami.com, or call 941-580-
5777 or 800-264-7750.


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able, fair condition. You move. $600 or best offer.
941-795 4752.

AQUARIUM: 2.5 GALLON. Complete with whisper
filter, light and accessories. $10. 941-761-1415.

TWO TWIN BEDS: Triple dresser, mirror, night-
stand, $100. 941-778-0845.

SELF-CLEANING GE oven, small "Char Broil"
grill, good working order. $100 takes the pair.
941-792-8286.


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


GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome
to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-
1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for
worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

THEY'RE BACK! EVERY Monday night all-you-
can-eat fish fry. $10. Live entertainment. Tiki bar
open. Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W.,
Cortez, end of road.


"ANNA MARIA ISLAND" Tervis Tumblers, Jack
Elka's 2010 "Anna Maria Island" calendar, Great
tasting Florida-made wines! Sweet Peas/Sam-
plings. 5350 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-
8300, www.SweetPeasAMI.com.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid 86 home-
less children whose orphanage/school were
demolished. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

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WANTED: BUCKETS. DONATE clean five-gallon
buckets with lid to ship to Haiti. Please drop at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry. hayes @ sothe-
bysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
LOOKING FOR A JOB? Islanders seeking
employment can market their skills with a FREE
classified ad for up to three weeks in The Islander.
Submit 15 words or less including a resume link,
if desired, by e-mail to classifieds@islander.org
or deliver in person to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. The Islander will encourage employers
to review the "employment wanted" ads in The
Islander when seeking employees. And good luck
finding the right job!
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for boat-
ers available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
WANTED: FISHING GEAR:Anna Maria Privateers
are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles
and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to chil-
dren. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Free
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
PERFECT REMEMBRANCE: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butter-
fly Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms
at The Islander, or call 941-518-4431 for more
information.

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


SANDPIPER RESORT FLEA market. 7 a.m.-2
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Something for everyone,
lunch items for sale. 2601 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Feb. 28.
Furniture, clothes, electronics, great stuff. 524
71st Street (end of street), Holmes Beach. 941-
730-1086.
MOVING, GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, Feb. 26-27. Furniture, kitchen,
crafts, lumber, tools, paintings, 1990 Mercury,
69,000 miles, Huffy bike, treadmill, golf clubs. 308
67th St., Holmes Beach.
SAN REMO GARAGE sale: 8:30 a.m.-? Saturday,
Feb. 27.240 homes on water, just off Cortez Road
West and 101st Street, Bradenton.
SIDEWALK SALE SATURDAY to benefit Ministry
of Presence, 86 orphans in Leogane, Haiti. 8 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE: 8 a.m. to 1
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office supplies,
T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed art.

FOUND: CHRYSLER KEYS. Skull key chain.
Near Beachhouse Restaurant, Bradenton Beach.
941-778-3004.
LOST: SMALL BLACK toolbox with yellow handle
At Marina Drive and 63rd Street. Holmes Beach.
941-704-5171.
LOST, HP BLACK and silver camera, black case,
approximately Jan. 13. Bradenton Beach, Cortez
Beach, Island Publix or Holmes Beach. Reward.
909-725-1045.
LOST CAT: WHITE and gray tiger, no tail. Area
of 23rd Street and Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
$25 reward. 941-778-2374.


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tions at The Islander newspaper. 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
LOST CALICO: GYPSY, semi-feral. Near 2800
block of Avenue B, Holmes Beach. Please, call
941-778-0504 if seen. Please feed her!
LOST: NURSE FOB watch, chrome. Holmes
Beach. Sentimental. 416-841-7122.

GOOFY SEEKS FAMILY: 1-year-old pomeranian,
mixed gray, white, gold. Needs a good family.
Chihuahua pups, too. All shots. $100. 941-400-
2815.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
941-720-1411.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.

2007 VESPA: G.TS. 250 ie, limited edition. Yellow,
showroom condition, $4,800. Many extras. 941-
751-3203.
2005 LANDROVER/FREELANDER: silver with
black leather. One owner, 46,000 miles, priced
$3,000 under retail at $8,000. 941-730-2606.

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-
1400.
LOOKING TO BUY a boat slip in Holmes Beach
or Anna Maria for a 16-foot boat. E-mail rickclout-
ier@ live.com. 713-503-6382.
BOAT SLIP FOR sale: Deeded boat slip with dock
on Marina Drive. Direct access to Bimini Bay and
Gulf. Reduced. Call Matt. 941-730-2995.


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Licensed & Insured

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RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
SResidential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
S,, Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
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PLANET STONE
Marble & Granite Inc.
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
tez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236

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Drywall & Texture Repairs Painting
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Fast, immaculate. 2010 Continental tandem-axle
trailer. Accessories. $17,750. 941-778-2071.


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

PART-TIME SERVER: Part-time bus person, dish-
washer. Light maintenance involved. Both experi-
enced. Drug-free workplace. 941-504-0030.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT WITH experi-
ence with QuickBooks, property management
and Web site maintenance. E-mail resume to
amijobopp@yahoo.com.


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

ANNA MARIA ISLAND executive chef imported
from Italy! Private parties, cooking lessons, wed-
ding, event planning, consultant. Call 973-900-
2549.
EXPERIENCED BARTENDER: GREAT refer-
ences, personality. Prefer days. Pati Sue, 863-
298-3568.


LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? Call
Kendall, first aid-certified. Great with kids and ani-
mals. Four years experience, high school student.
941-779-9783.

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


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


NURSES NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic.
Weekend five-hour morning shifts and weekend
sleepover shifts are available, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m.
Travel opportunity 941-383-6953.


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

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

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

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

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.


LISA'S SUNSHINE CLEANING: Dependable,
deep, quality cleaning. References. 20 years
experience. Call 941-758-8680.

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
RESIDENTIAL SERVICES UNLIMITED: Paint,
flooring, pressure wash, trim work, paver seal-
ing, appliance repair, ceiling fans, windows and
doors, home watch. Can do it all so give us a call.
941-650-5058.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
Jenifer, 941-224-1760.

DREDGING: RESIDENTIAL DOCKS, boatlifts,
slips, marinas. Per city of Holmes Beach autho-
rization. Contact Paul DeMariano. C&M Dredge-
Monster, 941-751-6999.

INCOME TAX SERVICE: Including small busi-
nesses and all states. Member of NSTP Call Pat
at 941-761-8156, Kenney Tax Service.
CAREGIVING BY ALEDDA: Companion care,
transportation, meal preparation, light housekeep-
ing. Experience, references. 941-462-5569.

PROFESSIONAL CLEANING AND personal
housekeeping. I will make your home sparkle! 100
percent reliable Island resident. Free estimates.
VIP references. Residential cleaning only please.
Call "Pa" at 941-778-3086.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
941-920-3840.

COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34
years of happy customers. Senior check, pet-
watch, storm-check, tour guide, etc. Rentals our
specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
795-7411. CAC184228.


I AFFORDABLE HANDYMAN
25 YEARS EXPERIENCE
ISLAND RESIDENT FULLY INSURED REFERENCES
IL Call Tim 231.218.6600


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ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house @verizon.netfor details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products,
handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home pedicure services. 941-713-
5244.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings, 941-
758-0395.315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes Beach.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
778-2581.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.

GARY WOOD LAWN Service: Tree trimming and
landscaping. Fully insured, monthly specials. 941 -
812-7273.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.


KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

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

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

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $30-$40 per
yard. Gravel, other rock and bobcat services.
Please, call Cory with MaCline Construction at
941-812-4178 for a free estimate.
SASSERS LANDSCAPE AND Pressure Wash-
ing. Tree installs, mulching, shelling, hauling, tree
trimming. Free estimates. 941-812-8212.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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& Commercial
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941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Michigan
carpenter, cabinet maker. All phases of construction.
30 years experience. No job too big or too small.
Quality work guaranteed at affordable prices. Call
Mike, 877-822-4326. kroon@triton.net.

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.



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


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

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
Islander.



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Vintage 2BD/1BA beach Mediterranean Dream 4BD/4BA.
cottage. Secluded and Complete remodel and
tranquil North Shore. Gulfffront additionin 2005. Sunrise
with sunset views. to Sunshine Skyway views.
$1,499,000. $1,199,000.
I Call Liz Codola, Realtor,GRI
941-812-3455 ecodola@tampabay.rr.com
9 RV-MAIK 5316 Marina Drive
SAllianceGroup Holmes Beach FL 34217
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WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
941-794-5980.

ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer,
seasonal $1,800/month, monthly or weekly rates
available. Close to beach, trolley and restaurants.
941-778-7167.

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

PLAYA ENCANTADA: Sun-drenched balcony, warm
pool and hot spa. 2BR/2BA units available for March
and April 2010. Two-week minimum. Call Clark at
Superior Island Services, 941-730-1077.

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

LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT penthouse:
3BR/3.5BA, seven rooms, furnished, roof top
courtyard, four Har-Tru tennis courts, parking
garage. Available April, three-month minimum.
Summer, $3,000/month, 2011 season, $7,500/
month. Call 941-400-8547.


LIV. LIlte uldea ll. Luxuly ull IIUIIL UUtSLUIII
built home. Great attention to details.
146 ft beach frontage. Heated pool and
spa, sunsets and pure enjoyment awaits
your family.
Offered at $ 3,950,000
Call Piroska Planck at
941-730-9667 or
Mary Ann Schmidt at
941-720-0288
email to piroska@verizon.net
SunCoast
5402 Marina DriEST Homes Beach
5402 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach


Beautiful 4 BR 3 BA home
on deep water canal, with no
bridges to gulf. Heated pool and
spa. Large open floor plan for
great family entertainment.
Offered at $1,195,000.


STUNNING BEACH
VIEWS Spacious
XRY 3 bedroom, 3 bath
home with heated
pool, granite coun-
ters, stainless appli-
ances, dumbwaiter, 2
car garage, and spa-
inspired master bath.
Strong rental history.
$1,395,000


















tor. $1,550,000
Mike O 800-367-1617

Norman I 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
www, mikenormanrealty.com


ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, Holmes Beach. Tile through-
out. Washer and dryer hookups, double carport,
large storage room. Steps to Gulf with view. First,
last and security, 941-778-3427.

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

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

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

CANALFRONT: FURNISHED 2BR/1.5BA home.
Carport, utility room, boat dock, summer kitchen
on large patio. Walking distance to beach, public
boat ramp, tennis courts, end of street. $1,500/
month plus deposit. Rent includes utilities, FIOS.
Long-term rental, available April 2010. Call Claire,
813-363-7250.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: January, February,
March 2011. 2BR/2BA, HDTVs. Call 813-781-
7562. Dharveyel@aol.com.



Waterfront Living
Welcome to this Anna
Maria, North Shore
Drive, bay front
cottage. Updated,
2BR/1BA on large lot
with sandy beach and
full waterviews from
sunrise to sunset.
S$899,900

LYNN PARKER
BROKER ASSOCIATE
941-321-2736
STreBa
IIREAL ESTATEi



E, 1 EXPERIENCE
REPUTATION
REALTOR. RESULTS
36 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview 3BR/2BA.
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. $329,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $119,000.
3 MIN. TO BEACH. Perico Island 2BR/2BA
large greatroom; enclosed lanai, Jacuzzi tub & more. $275,000.
RENTALS:
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


S| uf Bay fafty of-Anna Maria nc.
Jesse Bisson Brokerjssociate, G
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

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

0all Jesse Brisson
941-713-4755.


Charming 2/2 old Florida solid masonary construction
home on Clark Spring Lake in Holmes Beach. Upgraded
kitchen, spacious living room with vaulted ceilings, birch
wood paneling, new AC/heat, all on duplex lot. 85-feet on
lake where you may enjoy kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
ONLY two VERY short blocks to beach. Asking $499,000.

REDUCED $995,000.
Quality custom 3/2 Key
West design with separate
heat/cool units each level.
All living area is open-
design with kitchen, master
BR and den on third level.
PLUS spacious covered
deck. Guest BR on second
level, bath with privacy.
Elevator, intercom, security
system and cental vacuum.
Room for pool and only 450
feet to gorgeous beach.

Choice waterfront building lot: Coconut Bayou subdivision,
Anna Maria. Short distance to beach. Only $499,000 with
possible terms.






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





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ANNUAL: 3BR/2.5BAWest Bradenton townhouse.
Large two-car garage, cable, washer and dryer,
pool. No pets, no smoking. $950/month. 941-778-
9710 or 847-530-8833.

VACATION HOME WITH large balcony and beauti-
ful bay view! 4BR/2BA, two blocks to beach. Dates
still open in April and summer. Book 2011 season
now! 941-794-2945 or vzeppi@verizon.net.
ANNUAL RENTAL: CHARMING elevated
1 BR/1 BA. Located in quiet Holmes Beach neigh-
borhood. $650/month. First, last, security. No
pets. Anna Maria Realty Inc., 941-778-2259.

RENTAL: 3BR/2BA ON canal. Furnished. Monthly,
$1,800. Call for weekly rate. All utilities, cable paid.
Washer and dryer. 70th Street, Holmes Beach.
Available May through December. Call Dave, 407-
927-1304.

SEASONAL: MARCH. 1BR/1BA, $2,000/month.
203 Peacock Lane, Holmes Beach. 810-614-
6962.

SEASONAL 2BR/2BA, ground floor with all com-
forts of home. $2,500/month. 941-778-9576 or
734-834-4825.

VACATION RENTALS: ISLAND3BR/2BA, pool,
boat dock, March 21 on, $990/week. 2BR/2BA
townhouse, pool, dock, March 1-7, $750. Condo,
2BR/2BA, pool, view. Available now, $2,600 month.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

CORTEZ AREA WATERFRONT: 3BR/2BA
deep canal and lift. Lanai. Washer and dryer. No
pets. Coral Shores. $1,400 month, annual. $600
deposit. First only. 941-524-6773 leave message
with business.

ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED duplex in Holmes
Beach for rent. Park under building. Three blocks
to beach. $1,000/month. 941-730-2606.

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


MOBILE HOME: SUNNY Shores Waterfront
Park. 1 BR/1BA. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Great condition. Free boat ramp access.
Reduced! Priced to sell! $69,900.513-470-3851.

NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
Large living room, pool, storm shutters, garage,
storage. $399,000, 941-722-0640.

ANNA MARIA CANAL home: 2BR/2BA for sale.
Walk to beach, boat lift and dock, washer, dryer,
recently renovated. $550,000. Possible owner
finance 813-245-0428.

LARGE WATERFRONT LOT for sale by owner. Boat
lift and dock. Easy access to Tampa Bay and Gulf.
Ready to build. $459,000. 527 74th St., Holmes
Beach. Call 941-779-0201 or 863-860-6085.

BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free bro-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
idaGroup.com. 941-713-0635.
BRADENTON BEACH DIRECT Gulffront studio
condo. Newly updated. Turnkey furnished. Estab-
lished rental Income. Great investment. $279,000
By owner. 942-962-8220.

DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME: 2BR/1.5BA.
Furnished, remodeled, central heat, air condi-
tioning, gated park. Pool, hot tub, activity center.
15 minutes to beach. Sale, $49,995, includes
share. $8,000 credit for first time home buyers.
Financing. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833. chick-
enplucker@webtv.com.

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

GREAT BUY: BEACH house, Gulffront, furnished.
2BR/2BA, $299,000. Longboat Key. Sharon High-
tower, Horizon Realty, 941-330-5054.

PRICED TO SELL: Holmes Beach duplex, one
block to beach. $315,000. Sharon Hightower,
Horizon Realty, 941-330-5054.


PERICO ISLAND TOWNHOME: 3BR/3BA fur-
nished, mint condition. Water views, every room.
Sharon Hightower, Horizon Realty, 941-330-
5054.

WATERFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA directly over-
looking the Manatee River. Fourth floor unit, low
association fees. Asking $237,500. Call John
Wize at Betsy Hills Realty, 941-704-4591.

$6,500 RECOVERY ACT money. Moving to Flor-
ida? Call for details, low home and condo prices.
Low interest rates, wide range of prices. Realtor,
941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.


CRAWFORD COUNTY, GEORGIA: 49 acres,
$1,325/acre. Near Flint River. Mature hardwood
and pine, great hunting. 478-987-9700, St. Regis
Paper Co.

UPSTATE NEWYORK: Bank says sell. 11 acres,
$29,900. Borders state land. Stream, woods,
fields, great valley views. Must sell to avoid repos-
session. Hurry! 888-464-9551. www.NewYorkLan-
dandLakes.com.

LAKE LOT SALE! March 6. Five acres, only
$24,900, includes free boat slips (was $59,900).
Beautiful mix of woods, meadows. Walk to private
fishing lake. Quiet country road, utilities, warranty
deed. Low financing. Call now, 888-792-5253, ext.
3427.

LAND OR DEVELOPMENTS wanted. We buy or
market development lots. Mountain or waterfront
communities in North Carolina, South Carolina,
Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida.
Call 800-455-1981, ext.1034.

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