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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: March 10, 2010
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Skimming
the news ...

Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3


Gulf Drive improve-
ments completed.
Page 4
Op/ed: The Islander
opinion, readers'
opinions. Page 6
IslandSi!
happenings
Page 10-13
BB commission gets
quiet on building
complaint. Page 17
City to beautify
Rushforth property.
Page 18
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Anna Maria

divided over

development,

moratorium
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The kid gloves are off in Anna Maria,
and the former days of a dysfunctional city
commission and a divided city may be
back.
The battle against commercial develop-
ment in the city came to the forefront at the
commission's March 4 special meeting to
discuss parking and a moratorium on site-
plan approvals.
Following a lengthy discussion on a
possible moratorium, three commissioners
- Chairman John Quam, Harry Stoltzfus
and Dale Woodland agreed to proceed
with an ordinance calling for a 90-day mora-
torium on site-plan approvals and building
permits in the retail-office-residential dis-
trict.
A moratorium would be a victory for
Stoltzfus and his constituents, who promoted
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AMITW rescues green turtle
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive
director Suzi Fox, right, holds a green sea
turtle rescued March 5 from the shore in
Anna Maria. The record cold this winter has
kept AMITW busy rescuing stranded turtles.
AMITW has rescued about 30 turtles in the
past two months. The green turtle was ema-
ciated and had tumors on its neck. Islander
Photo: John Young


County gives

feedback

on beach

proposals
By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
A Manatee County recommendation com-
mittee reviewed March 2 the various propos-
als submitted to operate the concessions at the
Manatee and Coquina beaches.
The present contract to run the beach res-
taurant and concessions winds down in July
after an extension was granted for a period
when county work at the beach slowed the
operations.
Committee members told representatives
of the companies vying for the contracts that
they were mostly impressed with the propos-
als. And all four submitters were asked to
return to the county administration center in
Bradenton March 23 to make oral presenta-
tions to the committee.
The committee is comprised of Melissa
Assha from the county's purchasing depart-
ment, Elliott Falicone of the area convention
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Anna Maria pier tops in tourism appeal


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
the The Anna Maria City Pier remains Man-
iding. atee County's No. 1 tourist attraction.
Slightly more than 33 percent of respon-
Bi]Z dents listed the city's pier as the top attrac-
tion in Manatee County, according to the
latest Bradenton Area Convention and Visi-
tor's Bureau study. St. Armands Circle in
s back,' Sarasota topped all area attractions as the
'ws. favorite place for visitors with 53.5 percent
of the vote.
S The No. 2 attraction in Manatee County
was the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria.
Coming in at No. 3 was the Prime Outlet
Mall in Ellenton.
Making its first entry on the visitor-
ociety profile list of attractions was the Historic
ge Day. Bridge Street Pier, which received a 10.8
percent vote, good for fourth place in Mana-
OA tee County and tied for eighth overall.
,O Q Among activities enjoyed in the area by
0 visitors, Island-related activities held the top
?n AMI. two spots.
Just going to the beach drew a 94 per-
cent favorable response from visitors, while
walking on the beach received an 87.2 per-
cent rating. Dining out rated an 85.6 per-
1-k (tl cent response, with swimming getting 70
'ton man
ton man percent.
lines When visitors were asked to give attri-
butes that describe the Manatee area, the top
four responses all dealt with area waters or
weatherr the Island.
action? "Beautiful beaches" was the top attri-
bute with 95.8 percent of the votes, fol-
lowed by sunning on the beach (84.4 per-
cent), clear, blue water (72.9 percent) and


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The appeal for visitors runs from beach to
bay, where the Anna Maria City Pier again
is No. 1. Isander Photo: Jack Elka

clean, unspoiled environment (67.8 percent).
Good food and restaurants was sixth with 62.1
percent, while 58.3 percent said the area had
"good value for the money."
Multiple responses were permitted in the
area of activities visited, activities enjoyed
and attributes categories.
The survey estimated 120,300 visitors
came to the area during the three-month
survey period, with 388,300 estimated for
the nine-month period from January 2009 to


October 2009.
The average party visited 8.4 days and
spent an average $1,736.29 during its stay.
Florida was the leading destination for
visitor origin, with 39.4 percent coming from
within the state to the area. European tourists
accounted for 10 percent of visitor arrivals,
the survey said.
Ninety-two percent of visitors said they
would recommend the Manatee County area
to friends and 87.4 percent planned a return
visit. Sixty-seven percent of visitors said this
was not their first trip to the area.
Since the BACVB began visitor profiles
studies several years ago, the Anna Maria City
Pier has repeated as the No. 1 attraction in
Manatee County, while St. Armands Circle
has been No. 1 for the entire area.
Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce board
member and Tourist Development Council
member David Teitelbaum, who owns three
resorts in Bradenton Beach, said the study
shows how important Anna Maria Island is
to area tourism.
"This shows that our marketing and
advertising programs are working and work-
ing well. The word is out that the Island gives
great value for money and offers an unparal-
leled vacation and lifestyle," he said.
The Island is the engine that drives tour-
ism to the area, but no one can afford to rest,
he indicated.
"The Island is the reason for tourism and a
lot of related industries, and it's important we
continue to give a quality product with value
for money," Teitelbam said. "There is a lot of
competition out there, but few that offer what
we have."


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a residents vs. businesses platform in the November
election. And Stoltzfus has repeatedly asked commis-
sioners to enact a moratorium to stop Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC projects.
Stoltzfus has said that PAR projects already
approved by the city were w ioni., and violate city
codes and the comp plan. Several months ago, he
publicly called upon the city to deny three site plans
for new projects submitted by PAR, claiming those
projects also violate the city's land-development
regulations and comprehensive plan.
Without a moratorium, said Stoltzfus at the meet-
ing, the city will get more site plans from PAR like
the one for 216 Pine Ave., which the planning and
zoning board approved two weeks ago. The 216 Pine
site plan also violates city codes and the comp plan,
Stoltzfus maintained.
Three projects have been submitted by PAR
recently that have not yet reached the city commis-
sion.
Quam scheduled the first reading on the morato-
rium for March 11.
Stoltzfus then argued for an immediate morato-
rium, but city attorney Jim Dye noted the required
public notice and two commission hearings on the
ordinance, as well as a required planning and zoning
board hearing.
"Unless we get this moratorium, more site plans
that do not comply with our land-development reg-
ulations or comp plan are going to be approved,"
Stoltzfus said.

Parking safety
Mike Coleman of PAR told commissioners it's
time for them to stop kidding around about park-
ing safety on Pine Avenue as the main issue. The
real issue is mixed-use development and those who
oppose such projects, he claimed.
"Be honest. Any plan submitted that allows
mixed-use is going to be rejected by certain people,"
Coleman said.


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Coleman said the question is: Does the city want
mixed-use or does it want to go against its own comp-
plan?
The city's comprehensive plan calls for mixed-
use development on Pine Avenue, something PAR
has been doing since the comp plan was adopted in
2007, he said.
Stoltzfus made no comment to Coleman's
claims.

Moratorium
Quam said the moratorium is needed for
a number of reasons, including language in the
LDRs that does not match the revised comp plan
and language in both elements that needs clarifica-
tion. There also is the issue of parking safety on
Pine Avenue and the traffic circulation ordinance
needs clarification, he said.
Woodland agreed that parking is critical to the


Anna Maria
architect Gene
Aubry presents
his plan for Pine
Avenue to com-
missioners at
a special com-
mission meeting
March 4. Aubry's
plan was one of
three discussed.
Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin





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city and there is a "lack of clarity" in the traffic cir-
culation ordinance that allows too many interpreta-
tions.
"And we can't even agree on the intent of the
code," he said.
The city is divided, said Woodland, and he sup-
ports the moratorium to clarify existing codes.

Boiler-plate language
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick blamed Tony
Arrant, the planning specialist who guided the city
from 2003 to 2007 through the comp-plan develop-
ment process for the lack of clarity.
While Stoltzfus said PAR projects do not follow
some comp-plan language, Mattick said much of that
language was "boiler-plate language" presented by
Arrant as standard in any comp plan.
"I don't think any of us understood what this lan-
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and visitors bureau and Cindy Turner of the county
parks and recreation department.
They are expected to recommend to the county
board of commissioners which company should
operate concessions at one or both of the county-run
beaches for the next five years.
The committee was particularly concerned that
the proposals for Coquina Beach were not as ambi-
tious as those for the Manatee Public Beach.
Turner said that since a gang-related shooting on
Easter almost three years ago at Coquina, the county
reconfigured the parking lot so that gangs no longer
cruise the area, nor hang out on the beach.
"Coquina Beach is much larger than Manatee
and has shade from trees," Turner said. "I certainly
think Coquina can do everything that Manatee has
been doing and then some. I'd like to see more of
that here. So I have a lot of questions, and I must say
I didn't see as much on the proposal side for Coquina
as I did Manatee."
Peder Jansson, president of Blue Wave, a division
of Sunrise Sunset Concessions in Nokomis, made
proposals for both beaches.
Assha wanted clarification on various beach rent-
als, while Turner said she had questions regarding
potential capital improvements at Coquina.
Dee and Gene Schaefer, owners of PS. Beach
Associates, which presently holds the contract for both
beaches, limited their proposal to the Manatee Public
Beach concession and the restaurant and business they
operate, Cafe on the Beach and the Beach Shop.
Assha said they had a well thought-out proposal that
addressed e \ i \ thing that was asked for in the RFP
Loggerhead's Beach Cafe, owned by Robert and
Sarah Kline, submitted bids on both beaches. Robert
Kline has been the president of D< ., 'i Inc. in Bra-
denton, a food-concession company since 1999 with
operations from Tampa to Key West.
Assha said Lo ',,i. -1.ad's may have submitted the
most creative proposal, which included a lo '.l l. i.ad
turtle theme and recommended special events. But the


Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach.
Islander Photo: Nick Walters

committee had questions regarding projected revenue.
United Park Services Inc. out of Tampa bid on both
beach concessions. President Alan Kahana established
United as a Florida corporation in 2006 to provide food
and beverage sales and rental services at Fort DeSoto
Park in St. Petersburg and other venues.
Ashha said its experience, coupled with its pro-
posed compensation package for Cafe on the Beach,
is "very intriguing."
For United's Coquina proposal, Assha liked the
idea of a youth marine-science program, and the vari-
ety of rental options, including ecolodges and ferry
rentals. But she wanted to make sure the projected
revenue for those rentals is realistic.
To conclude the meeting, Falicone said the county
wants the beaches to retain their natural appeal.
"We market low-rise, low-key, natural Florida,"
he said. "And how we maintain that and at the same
time add amenities like merchandise and surf bars,
that's going to be a really hot topic for us."


THE ISLANDER U MARCH 10, 2010 E 3


tetings

Anna Maria City
March 10, 6:30 p.m., EEC meeting.
March 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 24, 6 p.m., city commission special meet-
ing on permit fees.
March 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.
Bradenton Beach
March 16, 1 p.m., community redevelopment agency
meeting.
March 16,4 p.m., charter review committee meeting.
March 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 23, 4 p.m., charter review committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeaclh.oi '.
Holmes Beach
March 18, 10 a.m. code enforcement meeting.
CANCELED
March 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
March 18, 6 p.m., district 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 Plan-
ning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
March 16, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners meeting, county administration building,
Bradenton.
March 17, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
March 17 is St. Patrick's Day.
March 16, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners meeting, county administration building,
Bradenton.
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Major Gulf Drive projects completed


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Crews recently put the finishing touches on feder-
ally funded improvements to Gulf Drive in Bradenton
Beach.
Also, the Florida Department of Transportation
has been preparing for a Gulf Drive resurfacing proj-
ect, as well as awaiting federal action on a potential
new round of stimulus dollars that could be used to
alleviate parking and traffic problems in Bradenton
Beach.

Stimulus: Round One
The DOT oversaw the $800,000 project to
improve Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach from Cortez
Road south to about Fifth Street South. The work had
been a city goal for years, but was shelved until 2009
for lack of funding.
The project came off the shelf after President
Barack Obama signed the U.S. American Reinvest-
ment and Recovery Act, commonly known as the
stimulus act, which pumped money into a variety of
programs, including infrastructure improvements.
The first stage of the Gulf Drive/State Road 789
project involved the construction of new sidewalks
and improvements to some street ends used to access
the Gulf of Mexico beaches.
The final stage involved landscaping work,
mostly in the 100 block of Gulf Drive North.

Stimulus: Round Two
Local DOT and city staff continue to await action
from Congress on another round of stimulus money


Web traffic
The Florida Department of Transportation
established a Web site, www.mysr789.com, for
those interested in following improvements to
the state road, which runs the length of Gulf
Drive in Bradenton Beach and north in Holmes
Beach to Manatee Avenue.


MORATORIUM CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2
guage meant," she said, referring to phrases such as
"preserving Anna Maria as a residential community,"
and at the same time "promoting a viable, mixed-use
business district along Pine Avenue."
Stoltzfus said he knew what the language meant.
It meant PAR should not have been given site-plan
approval for its projects, nor should the planning and
zoning board have granted recent approval to the 216
Pine project.

Moratorium direction
After Dye said the city was within its rights to
enact a moratorium on site plans and building per-
mits, Quam directed Dye to prepare an ordinance to
halt site-plan approval and building permits in the
ROR for a 90-day period.
Questioned by Dye for direction, Quam said it
was his understanding that the moratorium would
apply to all plans that had not yet reached the com-
mission. That would include those plans in the pipe-
line, but not ready for commission review.
That was news to Commissioner Chuck Webb, a
land-use attorney. Webb said that it's his experience
that a moratorium does not apply to plans already
submitted to the city.
"A moratorium is a very serious issue. We have
problems, but those are about interpretations," Webb
said. He said he did not see enough of an emergency
or threat to the health, safety and welfare of the city
to warrant a moratorium.
Webb cautioned that a moratorium might not
prevent a lawsuit if there is a "taking" of rights
involved. A lawsuit against the city on this issue
could easily cost the city about $400,000 if it loses,
he estimated.
But Coleman said he believes that PAR applica-
tions already "in the pipeline" are subject to the laws
at the time the applications were submitted, not an
after-the-fact moratorium.


that could fund a park-and-ride service in Bradenton
Beach.
The city wants to use electric carts to transport
passengers employees of businesses, as well as
shoppers and diners from parking lots at Cortez
and Coquina beaches to Bridge Street.
"I'm still waiting to hear," Lisa Marie Phillips,
Bradenton Beach's program/project manager, said
recently of the project proposal, which the city sub-
mitted to DOT.
DOT officials said the project would need approval
from the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Orga-
nization, but before the MPO considers, it the federal
funding package needs to be finalized.
The U.S. House approved money for such proj-
ects last December in its Jobs for Main Street Act,
but the most recent jobs bill to pass the U.S. Senate


lacked the funding, and many of the other provisions
that were in the hefty $154 billion House measure.
The Senate, instead, is working on several jobs
bills, and focusing legislation more on the private
sector than direct spending for federal and state gov-
ernments.

Resurfacing ahead
Funding, however, is in place for the DOT to
resurface State Road 789 on Anna Maria Island.
The projects from the Longboat Key bridge
to Cortez Road and from Cortez Road to Mana-
tee Avenue/State Road 789 are currently be let,
according to DOT spokesperson Cindy Clemmons.
"The two resurfacing projects ... will begin
mobilization or turning dirt in mid-May or
early June," Clemmons said.


Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach will be resurfaced beginning in May or June. An $800,000 improvement
project along the state road that included landscaping has been completed. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


Commission reclaims

site-plan approval
Anna Maria city commissioners at their
March 4 special meeting approved an amend-
ment to the site-plan review ordinance that
removes the P&Z board from the process and
gives approval or denial of all site plans to the
commission.
Some P&Z board members had argued
for the change, noting they were appointed to
serve, not elected officials.
When the city first introduced the site-
plan review ordinance in 2003, the commis-
sion had authority to approve or deny on most
projects.
Several years later, the commission gave
that site-plan approval authority, including
plans in the retail-office-residential district, to
the P&Z board.
The increase in ROR projects since the
comp plan was adopted in 2007 and the insis-
tence of Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus that
projects were improperly approved, prompted
the commission several months ago to institute
an amendment returning site-plan approval to
commissioners.


Coleman declined to discuss legal action if a
moratorium halts current PAR applications.
"This is the time to just watch the progress. Our
hope is that (the commission) will stop short of caus-
ing hardship to the city," he said.
Mayor Fran Barford also was concerned about
whether or not a moratorium would affect site plans
already submitted and the potential for a lawsuit
if it does.
"This needs clarification," she said. "We cannot


get ourselves involved in a lawsuit of this magnitude.
I need to see what the moratorium covers."
Barford plans to "keep my options open" before
she offers an opinion on any actions available to her
- including a veto if the moratorium is enacted.
A veto by the mayor would then require a 4-1
commission vote to override the reversal.

Traffic circulation
Three plans for parking on Pine Avenue were
presented to the commission prior to discussion of a
moratorium.
Architect Gene Aubry showed designs of angle
parking on both sides of Pine Avenue, while devel-
oper Robert Hunt had drawings that depicted all on-
site parking.
City planner Alan Garrett said his plan took a bit
from both the Aubry and Hunt plans.
The planning and zoning board will discuss all
three plans and send recommendations to the com-
mission at a later date.
Stoltzfus argued that the P&Z board had "no
value" in meeting independently from the commis-
sion on the parking plans, but commissioners voted
3-2 to have the board examine the plans.

Compromise
P&Z board chairman Randall Stover said it's now
time to compromise on parking and development.
"Nobody is going to get everything they want,"
he said.
The issue of Pine Avenue development and park-
ing safety is polarizing and dividing the community
in a way not seen in many years, he said.
Stover said he did not want to see the city ruined
by the issues, nor face a lawsuit it might have dif-
ficulty defending.
Barford agreed.
"These two opposing factions need to work it out.
Don't go to a lawsuit," she advised.





THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 10, 2010 5 5


County backs AM boundary change


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County commissioners endorsed pro-
posed legislation that would allow the city of Anna
Maria to annex Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay and
Bimini Bay waters adjacent to its shoreline.
The commission endorsed a proposed local
bill while approving its lengthy consent agenda
Feb. 23.
The endorsement was contingent on a request
that the bill be amended to exempt Manatee County
from city regulations that might interfere with the
county's obligation to protect manatees in the area.
County commissioners adopted in August 2009
a resolution that indicated the county's willingness to
work with Anna Maria on the city's quest to extend
its boundaries into the water.
Discussions continued last fall as city and county
officials discussed the proposed legislation.

Through a special
legislative bill, the
city of Anna Maria is
seeking to annex the
submerged lands in
the Gulf and Mexico
and Tampa Bay out to
about 10 feet below
the mean lower low
water line, as well as -
the Anna Maria City
Pier, the Rod & Reel
Pier, the Lake LaVista
entrance and 30feet
outboard of the man-
grove line in Bimini
Bay. Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff


Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye said the pro-
posed annexation would take from unincorporated
county the submerged lands in the Gulf and Mexico
and Tampa Bay out to about 10 feet below the mean
lower low water line, as well as the Rod & Reel and
Anna Maria City Pier, the Lake LaVista entrance
and 30 feet outbound of the mangrove line in Bimini
Bay.
In December, the Manatee County legislative
delegation, which consists of state representatives
and state senators representing voters in the county,
agreed to introduce the legislation that would allow
Anna Maria to extend its boundaries, as well as leg-
islation that would allow Holmes Beach to annex the
Kingfish Boat Ramp.
The county's one concern with the request from
Anna Maria was that Bimini Bay is a designated
manatee protection area and, under county ordinance,
signs must be posted designating it as a protection


area as well as establishing speed limits. The county
also has some responsibilities for posting and main-
taining signs in other waters near the shore.
So county commissioner's endorsement of the
quest for annexation was based on the condition the
change would not interfere with the county's effort to
establish and maintain manatee protection and navi-
gation aids.


Caution advisory for

Anna Maria motorists
The Anna Maria Public Works Department
has issued a warning to motorists to drive care-
fully this month near two areas of drainage con-
struction.
The affected streets are Pine Avenue and
North Bay Boulevard and Bay Boulevard to South
Drive.
Workers are installing stormwater piping and
catch basins in both locations, along with per-
forming necessary road repairs accompanying the
drainage construction, a press notice said.
Work in both areas should be completed by
March 31, the notice said.
At the same time the drainage project is under
way, work crews with the Florida Department of
Transportation are repairing the humpback bridge
on Crescent Drive and vehicles are being detoured
around the site.
Once work on the Crescent Drive bridge is
completed and the bridge reopens, crews will shut
down the traffic on the humpback bridge on North
Bay Boulevard for repairs and maintenance.
The DOT, which is overseeing the federally
funded bridge-repair project, said it anticipates
completion of the entire project this summer.


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"Young at Art" Children's Exhibit and Activities Tent


Saturday and Sunday

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 13h and 14th, 2010

Live continuous music with The Hurricanes, Koko Ray,
The Anna Maria String Band and the Gumbo Boogie Band

Holmes Beach City Hall Field on Marina Drive


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6 0 MARCH 10, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER




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Going fare
The beach is free. The view is priceless.
You can go to many places that don't charge too
much money for food, entertainment, a walk on the
beach or a stroll through a preserve. And few places
charge for parking.
Of course, paid parking parking meters -
have been the topic of conversation on Anna Maria
Island often in the past. Not so this year, but the year
is far from over.
Take for instance, the Cortez Commercial Fish-
ing Festival. For a mere $2, a great value, you can
enjoy cloggers and live bands, learn about the village
history and the fishing way of life, and for a little
more cash, gobble up some goodies.
But, boy, oh boy, that parking is going to cost
you.
We saw folks in Cortez charging $10 to allow a
carload of festivalgoers to park in their yard, and that
wasn't even up front by the gate.
But Anna Maria on one end and Bradenton Beach
on the other are having problems with parking. In the
northernmost city, we imagine Will Bean, the earliest
settler, would be aghast. As would be the folks who
drove over the first bridge from Cortez to Bradenton
Beach.
Just a few years ago, people in Anna Maria were
wondering if they'd ever again see another business
that could survive, and now there's talk of the oppo-
site extreme, a building moratorium, while talk goes
on about how to prevent future interaction between
pedestrians and parking motorists.
On the other end of the Island spectrum, business
is on the up and up on Bridge Street in Bradenton
Beach. Parking is scarce and everyone is pitching
in, from business owners to city commissioners to
transportation officials, to find alternatives to ensure
the historic district continues to flourish.
It's not a bad thing. It's a good reason for folks
to ride the fare-free trolley while planners consider
other people-movers, such as the Key West Conch
train, to carry folks to and from parking-rich Coquina
Beach.
As the saying goes, be careful what you wish
for.
Welcome arms or road blocks?
It's an enormous dichotomy for one little island
- Anna Maria vs. Bradenton Beach.
We wish for compromise, solutions and coopera-
tion. And, this time of year, a free parking pass.





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Public safety and Pine Avenue
"Hypocrisy." That was the only word that came
to mind during the combined Anna Maria Planning
and Zoning Board/City Commission meeting.
It seems we have a commissioner who has decided
to hide his own agenda under the guise of pedestrian
safety, when, in fact, all he wants to do is thwart any
type of progress and beautification of our Island.
Unfortunately, he has a group of faithful lem-
mings backing him citizens and commissioners
- who refuse to take their blinders off.
Four years ago, my husband and I approached
the commissioners on the premise of pedestrian
safety when we were planning to build our home.
We wanted to avoid backing out over a sidewalk into
busy Gulf Drive. Our ideas and concerns of public
safety were totally dismissed. Now some of these
very same commissioners are heralding public safety.
Hopefully, you see why I use the word "hypocrisy."
I applaud the efforts of Pine Avenue Restora-
tion to beautify what is now a very unattractive Pine
Avenue. All I hear is that the community wants to
attract more visitors.
Why would tourists want to drive or stroll past a
group of run-down buildings?
Oh, and for the last speaker who expressed con-
cerns that bicyclists might not be able to maneuver
on a sidewalk that involved turns, please do everyone
a favor and just walk.
Nancy Yetter, Anna Maria

Garbage solution
A cost-effective service that can help alleviate
a good portion of the growing garbage problem in
Holmes Beach and Anna Maria is offered by Waste
Management and is known as rear-door service.
Waste Management will pick up all garbage in
cans and bins located at the side/back door/garage,
dump and then return the empty bins and cans to the


pickup location.
Appropriately employed, the problems we now
encounter with garbage being left out days too soon
(or empty bins at curbside for days after pickup)
would be gone.
Per information provided by Waste Manage-
ment's call center, the incremental cost is $3.12 per
month. What an incredible bargain.
Unfortunately, recycling and yard waste are not
included in this service at present perhaps Waste
Management would consider offering this for an
additional fee.
I also concur with Al Ames' suggestion -com-
bine pickup days and part of the problem may also
go away. One way or another, it has to.
Lisa Pierce, Holmes Beach

Lost and found
On a recent Friday, my husband Bill Riordan took
the trolley from our rental cottage on Willow to get
to Manatee Public Beach.
He loves the music at Cafe On the Beach.
He got lost, and we spent about two hours look-
ing for him. We reported him as missing with the
Holmes Beach Police Department.
We want to thank HBPD Officer Rob Valardi and
a deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
for taking prompt action in locating my husband.
We can't tell you how much we appreciated their
friendly professionalism.
Zada Riordan, Anna Maria

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
For Islanders, the arrival of Springfest on the
Holmes Beach City Hall field is as much an indica-
tor of spring as the arrival of Peeps on the shelves of
the local grocery.
The 22nd annual Springfest fine arts and crafts
festival put on by the Anna Maria Island Art League
will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,
March 13, and Sunday, March 14, at the field north
of Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Admission is free.
The festival traditionally features artists who
work in a variety of two- and three-dimensional
media painting, photography, jewelry, pottery,
sculpture, wood, textiles and glass.
The event draws artists from Anna Maria Island,
throughout the Tampa Bay region, but also from vari-
ous other locales in the United States, including a
number from the Northeast, Midwest and Plains
states.
One participating artist, sculptor Eric Abraham,
travels from Lucas, Kan., for Springfest and other
Florida art shows.
"It will be the third year I've done the show,"
Abraham said last week, while finishing work on
a project in his temporary residence in Sun City
Center.
At his last Springfest, which is a juried show,
Abraham took home a prize.
"It was my pleasure," said the sculptor. "Some-
times you win some, sometimes you don't."
This year Abraham, who works primarily in
ceramics, is hoping returning festivalgoers will
remember his work and spend some time in his
tent.
'This being the third year, I'm hoping people will
be more familiar with what I do," he said. "I'm kind
of off to one side, doing a different drummer kind of


thing."
Festivalgoers will find others doing the differ-
ent drummer thing, from Florida folk art to modern
metalwork.
Springfest also features live music. This year's
talent will include the Gumbo Boogie Band, the Anna
Maria String Band and Koko Ray and the Hurri-
canes.
Festivalgoers additionally will find food and bev-
erage vendors, whose offerings range from smoked
mullet to fried green tomatoes to kettle corn.
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-
2099 or visit www.islandartleague.org.


A Springfest crowd. This year's event will be held
March 13-14. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMIAL


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In the March 8, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
An injured leatherback turtle that was stranded
on Anna Maria Island near the Manatee Public Beach
was discovered by representatives of Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch and, with help from Mote Marine
Laboratory and Florida Marine Patrol officers, the
852-pound turtle was taken to Mote Marine Labora-
tory and treated for a damaged limb.
Bradenton Beach city pier tenant Georgia
Meier presented the city commission with a list of
$200,000 worth of improvements needed to keep
the pier and accompanying restaurant operational.
The biggest expense was replacement of 60 concrete
posts. Under Meier's contract, the city is obligated to
pay for repairs to the structure.
Anna Maria city attorney Bob Hendrickson said in
a letter to Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh that his firm would
no longer represent the city after 12 years as the city's
legal counsel. Hendrickson said that "continued repre-
sentation" of the city was "no longer consistent with the
current structure" of the law firm. The mayor said city
resident Chuck Webb approached him about becoming
the city attorney, and he was awaiting a fee schedule
from Webb to present to the city commission.

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8 E MARCH 10, 2010 U THE ISLANDER


BB commission adopts alcohol ordinance


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach City Commission March
4 reviewed and adopted a new alcohol ordinance
intended to ease and equalize the process for new
businesses.
The nine-page ordinance removes a provision in
the city code setting a minimum 200-foot distance
requirement that applied to establishments serving
alcohol on Bridge Street and in the historic district,
but nowhere else in the city.
The ordinance also created a new conditional-
use permit for businesses seeking to sell alcohol in
the city. The permit is required in addition to a state
liquor license. Those seeking permission to sell alco-
hol must apply for a review with the planning depart-
ment. Existing liquor establishments must apply, but
will be automatically approved.
After months of discussion, commissioners last
week narrowed their focused to several provisions
in the ordinance they felt posed a burden on appli-
cants for a conditional-use permit or on the city staff
that will review the applications, and provisions that
seemed contrary to the purpose of the ordinance.
For example, commissioners, in lifting the old
distance requirement, wanted to remove a focus on
the Bridge Street area and create a citywide rule. So
they deleted a statement that the intent of the ordi-
nance is to regulate alcohol sale and consumption
"throughout the city's historic Old Town overlay dis-
tricts in order to stimulate growth in those areas."
Commissioners also removed a provision that
allowed for the possible denial or revocation of a
permit if the city deemed the applicant too close to
"other alcoholic beverage establishments."
"I thought that was a moot point at this time,"
said Commissioner Janie Robertson, motioning to
strike the line.
She offered other motions, and commissioners
removed several sentences that would have required
permit holders to renew annually, as well as a provi-
sion that would have required applicants to notify the
building official of management changes.
Commissioners also tweaked a provision so that
when a business is sold, the permit can be transferred
to the new owner for 60 days.
The commission had directed the city attorney to
draft the ordinance to deal with concerns raised by
resident and business-owner Jo Ann Meilner, who
operates the Back Alley gallery and coffee house on
Bridge Street.
Meilner came across the distance requirement
when she sought to secure a license for beer and wine
sales at the store.
After the lengthy review and a series of edits, the
commission adopted the ordinance with a loud and
unanimous "Aye."
"As amended," added Robertson.
"Many amendments, thank you," Mayor Michael
Pierce said.
In a separate action, the commission set the fee
for the conditional-use permit at $60.
Meilner said she hoped to have approval to sell
beer and wine before Back Alley's anniversary party,
which is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 19.
She left last week's meeting thanking commis-
sioners for their work on the ordinance, but express-
ing disappointment that the process took so long and
became too involved.
Meilner asked the city last September to simply
strike the distance requirement for Bridge Street.
"This has taken six months. We seemed to make
a mountain out of it," she said, emphasizing that the
state, as well as the health department and fire mar-
shal, already heavily regulate alcohol sales.
Commissioners shared some of Meilner's con-
cerns. They also reached a consensus that the $1,000
fee she paid that led to the adoption of the new ordi-
nance should be refunded.
"That was our problem," Robertson said. "I don't
see that as a citizen's problem."
In other business...
In other business during the Bradenton Beach
meeting March 4, commissioners:


Approved payment of an invoice from M.T.
Causley Inc. for $5,773.44.
Approved a request from the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce to hang a banner promoting
its March 19 Friday Fest in Anna Maria.
Approved the appointment of Gerald Gibbs to the
city's anchorage and mooring field committee. Gibbs is
a retired attorney who divides his time between Grand
Haven, Mich., and Bradenton Beach. He also has a cap-
tain's license from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Hired Michelle Abercrombie LLC to paint the
public works building under a $5,350 contract.
Approved a motion to remove several people


S- l Back Alley
owner Jo Ann
Meilner outside
her shop on
Bridge Street.
Mieilner's peti-
tion began the
city's process
? x to draft a new
liquor ordi-
nance to elimi-
I nate distance
requirements for
establishments
to sell alcohol
on Bridge Street.
Islander File
Photo: Lisa Neff





appointed to city boards for failure to attend a required
course in open government law.
Denied a special event for the Hydro-X Tour at
Coquina Beach April 23-25.
The event, a personal watercraft race, would vio-
late a city code provision prohibiting the launching
of watercraft from the Gulf side.
Additionally, commissioners agreed that the
application lacked details.
Heard briefly a property owner's complaints about
alleged code violations on a building project, but ter-
minated the discussion after learning that the property
owner intends to take legal action against the city.


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Rotten Ralph's is seeking to sell packaged
beer and wine under its existing state license for
the Historic Bridge Street Pier operation.
Restaurant operator Dave Russell told city
staff during a pier team meeting March 4 at city
hall that he only recently learned the restaurant
was licensed for such sales.
"The liquor inspector was out to our place,"
Russell said. "He said our license is OK for pack-
age and they would have no problem with us doing
packaged beer and wine out of the bait shop."
So, Russell asked, how does the restaurant
proceed?
Police Chief Sam Speciale, who oversaw the
renovation of the pier and continues to oversee
pier operations, said such sales would need the
approval of the city commission.
Special suggested Russell prepare a letter



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outlining the restaurant's interest in selling pack-
age liquor, as well as get details on what the liquor
license allows for and request to make a presenta-
tion at an upcoming commission meeting.
"You need backup showing what you can do
and what your intents are," the chief said.
He asked Russell about the market for pack-
age sales given that liquor is prohibited on the pier
outside the restaurant.
"People who want a six-pack for the boats,"
Russell replied. "Mostly for the boaters."
In other business during the meeting, Spe-
ciale said Wood Dock & Seawall of Cortez was
prepared this week to repair pier damages caused
by a storm earlier this winter.
Wind and waves had delayed the repair work
for nearly two months.
"All the equipment is here," Speciale said.
"We're just waiting for this goofy weather here,
but they are already to go."



Rotten Ralph's on the
Historic Bridge Street
Pier in Bradenton
Beach may begin
selling packaged beer
and wine from the
bait shop. The restau-
S. .rant must first secure
.. approval from the
SBradenton Beach City
II Commission. Islander
File Photo: Lisa Neff


Rotten Ralph's seeks package

liquor sales for BB pier





THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 10, 2010 e 9


'Waves committee selects new officers


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The committee tasked with guiding improve-
ments to Bradenton Beach's scenic highway and
waterfront recently elected new officers and estab-
lished a new panel.
The Bradenton Beach ScenicWAVES advisory
committee, meeting at city hall March 1, elected Pat
Gentry as chair, Sissy Quinn as vice chair and Nancy
Ambrose as secretary/treasurer.
Committee members also shared praise for out-
going chair Carl Parks.
"I would like to keep our city beautiful, keep it
fun and keep it environmentally friendly," Gentry
said of her goal as chair.
Gentry, who attends many city meetings, also is
active with the West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Auxiliary and leads an activity group, Senior Adven-
tures, on the Island.
She lives in the old historic district about a
block and a half from the bayfront and a block and
a half from the scenic highway, Gulf Drive/State


Pat Gentry is the new chair of the Bradenton Beach
ScenicWAVES advisory committee. Islander File
Photo: Lisa Neff


Road 789. "I'd like the committee just to continue
our good works."
Committee members last week also established
a subcommittee to study and make recommenda-
tions on beautification efforts in the scenic highway
corridor. The committee will focus on a gateway
project at Cortez and Gulf Drive, landscaping and
signage.
Additionally, ScenicWAVES began preparing to
celebrate a statewide Scenic Highway Day, which is
set for March 26.
Details of the event are being worked out, said
Gentry, but Bradenton Beach's celebration likely will
take place on the Gulf side across the street from city
hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
"Our city will be having a ribbon-cutting," Gentry
said.
The next ScenicWAVES meeting is scheduled
for 1 p.m. April 5 at city hall.
The beautification subcommittee was scheduled
to meet at 1 p.m. March 8, after The Islander went
to press.


And BB commission removes 3 from boards


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach City Commissioners
removed three citizens from city boards for failure
to attend a course in open government.
The commission voted March 4 to remove
former Mayor Connie Drescher, Robert Schubert
and Jaime Canfield from appointed posts.
Drescher was serving on the ScenicWAVES
advisory committee, community redevelopment
agency and the managed anchorage and mooring
committee. Canfield also was on the mooring com-
mittee, while Schubert was with the ScenicWAVES


group.
The commission vote followed months of waiting
for board members to attend a session on the state
Sunshine Law and Public Records Act.
The Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, enacted
in 1967 and found in Chapter 286 of the Florida
Statutes, establishes a basic right of access to most
meetings of boards, commissions and other govern-
ing bodies of state and local governmental agencies
or authorities.
The Public Records Law, in part, states, "It is the
policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal
records are open for personal inspection and copying


by any person. Providing access to public records
is a duty of each agency."
City attorney Ricinda Perry conducted a semi-
nar on the topics three months ago. City staff then
set up equipment for those who missed the semi-
nar to watch a DVD on open-government laws.
Last October, commissioners adopted a new
records policy to cover the handling of a variety
of communications deemed public records by the
Florida Attorney General's Office. The policy
also provided for the removal of a person from a
board or committee for failing to attend an open-
government session on an annual basis.


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. happenings


St. Patrick's Day


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One island has the Gulf to the west and Anna
Maria Sound to the east.
One island has the Atlantic Ocean to the west and
the Irish Sea to the east.
Both Islands will see St. Patrick's Day celebra-
tions this month, just on different scales.
Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Pat-
rick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the
fifth century, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into a
celebration for all things Irish.
Ireland is the site of the world's largest St. Pat-
rick's Day celebrations, but the world's first St. Pat-
rick's Day parades took place in Boston in 1761 and
in New York City in 1762.
Anna Maria Island will celebrate the holiday with
a parade Sunday, March 14, and a dinner Wednesday,


The
Sarasota
Riverview
High
School
band per-
forms at a
previous
St. Pat-
rick's Day
parade in
Holmes
Beach.
Islander
File
Photo:
Bonner
Joy


Garden club to hold flower show
The annual Anna Maria Garden Club Penny
Flower Show will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17, at Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Prior to the show, club members will gather for
a series of classes using yellows and oranges,
using driftwood, using shells, arranging in a teacup
or teapot, using pinks, purples and reds, horticulture
and working with miniatures.
The theme for the workshops is "By the Sea-
shore."
The show, sponsored by The Islander, is dedi-
cated to Patti Stackhouse.
For more information, call Jean Taylor at 941-
778-4683.

AMICCO presents opera concert
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and
Orchestra will present its annual opera concert an
Invitation to Opera at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21.
The performance will take place at Crosspointe
Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
With maestro Alfred Gershfeld conducing,
AMICCO will perform a concert version of Johann
Strauss II's operate 'The Gypsy Baron."
For tickets, call Donna Misner at 941-778-
8585.

Tingley to hold book sale
The Tingley Memorial Library will hold its
annual book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,
March 13.
The library is at 111 Second St. N.
For more information, call the library at 941-779-
1208.


March 17. Islanders can also expect to find green beer
or Guinness at some local bars and corned beef and
cabbage at some local restaurants.
The first Island St. Patrick's Day event is the
annual parade sponsored by the Beach Bistro.
The parade will take place in Holmes Beach at
4 p.m. Sunday and will feature bands and numer-
ous floats, as well as the now traditional elephant
and possible another "animal surprise," according to
organizers.
The parade will assemble at 3 p.m. at the Tide-
mark Marina parking lot near the intersection of Gulf
and Marina drives in Holmes Beach.
At about 4 p.m., the parade will begin, traveling
north along Marina Drive and Palm Avenue to 81st
Street.
The parade is open to anyone who wants to par-
ticipate, while motorists are asked to detour around
the event using Gulf Drive.
On Wednesday, March 17, St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, will
host its traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner.
The event will begin at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $30 per person and are available at
the church.
Also, the St. Patrick's Day Irish Breakfast will
take place at the Moose Lodge No. 2188, 110 Gulf
Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
The breakfast, sponsored by The Islander, will
feature Irish tunes, Irish tales, Irish dance and the
naming of the Irishman or Irishwoman of the year.
The celebrating will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday,
March 17, at the lodge.
Tickets, at $8 each, can be purchased at The
Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
and at Sato Real Estate, 519 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Tickets also are available at the Moose Lodge.


De Soto hosts Dog Days
The De Soto National Memorial in northwest
Bradenton will host Dog Days at De Soto from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13.
The park will host vendors providing information
about dog adoptions, including representatives from
Bishop's Animal Shelter, Manatee County Animal
Services, Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption, the
Manatee County Humane Society and the SPCA of
Manatee.
Also, the park will host West Manatee Fire and
Rescue personnel working with Lucky, their canine
arson investigator.
Dr. Luke Berglund of Beach Veterinary Clinic in
Cortez will attend to discuss promoting wellness for
pets.
Additionally, Pooches for the Planet representa-
tives will talk about the environment and the reason
for scoop the poop laws.
As for food offerings, hot dogs will be on the
menu.
The park is at 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy.,
Bradenton, located at the end of 75th street.
For more information, go to www.nps.gov/deso
or call 941-792-0458.


Robinson hosts wagon tours
The Manatee County Natural Resources Depart-
ment will conduct two wagon tours this month through
Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton.
Tours will take place at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sat-
urday, March 13, and 9 a.m. and 10:30 am. Saturday,
March 27.
The cost is $3 per adult and $2 per child.
For more information or to make a reservation,
call the county at 941-742-5757.








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For Art's Sake sale

set for March 12


The annual For Art's Sake sale will take place
March 12 and raise money for the Manatee High
School art program.
Past events provided funding for an art-quality
press and pottery equipment.
The benefit with a silent auction and recep-
tion 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 Curry,
Joe Hutchinson, Linda Molto, Ines Norman, Carrie
Price, Richard Thomas, and Joan and Carl Voyles.
Manatee High School students studying with
teachers Mark Bilter, Rob Reiber, Jon Scott and Steve
Parisian 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-

Rotary hosts Casino Night
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will hold
its eighth annual Casino Night at 6 p.m. Friday, March
12, at the St. Bernard Church and Activity Center in
Holmes Beach.
Tickets cost $50.
The evening includes appetizers from the Sand-
bar Restaurant, a buffet dinner from Mazzaro's of St.
Petersburg, an open bar, casino-style games, a DJ,
dancing and live and silent auctions.
Organizers include Steve and Pamela Schlueter
as Casino Night co-chairs, club president Judy Rup
as decorations chair, Tom and Rosann Creed handling
ticket sales, Michael Northfield as auction coordina-
tor, Melissa Williams is the PR chair and Ed Rup as
food and beverage coordinator.
For tickets, call the Creeds at 941-778-2636.

Island Dems to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet at noon Monday, March 15, at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The club's speaker will be Manatee County Com-
missioner Joe McClash and the discussion will focus
on a proposed amendment to the state constitution,
Amendment 4, also known as the Hometown Democ-
racy amendment.
The amendment, which McClash supports, would
give Floridians the right to vote on growth in their
communities, according to a release from the Demo-
cratic club.
Lunch will cost $12 for members, $15 for non-
members.
For more information, call Harry Kamberis at
941-779-0564.

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tures, pottery oils, watercolors, prints, jewelry and
photographs.
To offer artwork for the auction, or for informa-
tion on the event, call The Islander at 941-778-7978
or visit the office.

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Gloria Dei hosts sale
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will hold its Craft and Clutter Sale
Saturday, March 13.
Donations may be dropped off at the church
through Thursday, March 11.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
1813.

Time change set for March 14
Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday,
March 14, with most of the country springing forward
an hour.
The date might feel early to some a mandate
in the Enci'l __Y Policy Act of 2005 moved up daylight
saving time to extend the period by a month.
Though some U.S. territories, as well as Hawaii
and most of Arizona do not observe daylight saving
time, about 70 countries do observe a time change.
DST is known in the European Union as "the sum-
mertime period," and DST is observed in the southern
hemisphere from about October to March.
The primary reason for following a daylight
saving time is to conserve c iil.-v demand for
power is directly tied to when residents go to bed
and when they get up. By moving the clock ahead
by an hour in the spring, timekeepers made the sun
set an hour later.

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Thieves Market pre-
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Beach in Bradenton
Beach, where cold
temps resulted in a
low turnout of shop-
pers and vendors. Sales
will take place from 8
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,
March 13, and Satur-
day, April 10. For more
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tery/comedy "Catch Me If You Can" March
18-April 4 at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria.
Phyllis Elfenbein is directing the play
adapted by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert
for the U.S. stage from a French production.
Elfenbein, during a cast photo shoot last
week, stressed that Islanders should attend, but
know that though it shares a name, the play has
nothing to do with the 2002 Leonardo DiCaprio
film.
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From village to village
A gallery in Bradenton's Village of the Arts will
celebrate the work of a well-known artist in the his-
toric fishing village of Cortez.
The Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery
selected Cortez artist Cecy Richardson as its featured
artist in March.
Richardson's one-woman show is at the council's
gallery, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton, through March
27.
Richardson, known as a printmaker, often experi-
ments with new techniques and embellishments,
making her work "mixed-media."
Favorite subjects, she says, include the lush veg-
etation of the Florida landscape and Sunshine State
wildlife.
Richardson also shows her work at Island Gallery
West in Holmes Beach, as well as at many local art
centers.
The county gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat-
urday.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-


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bumbles through the case.
A promotion for the play proclaims, "Over-
flowing with laughs, this whodunit is exciting
from beginning to end."
The cast includes John Durkin, Robin Rhodes,
Russ Carthy, Tom Aposporos and Vinnie Conte.
Performances will take place Tuesdays through
Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The the-
ater is dark Mondays.
A preview performance March 16 will benefit
the American Cancer Society.
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DeSoto Heritage Festival begins March 26


The month-long annual DeSoto Heritage Festival
begins March 26.
The festival event closest to Anna Maria Island
remains the Bottleboat Regatta, which will take place
on the Palma Sola Causeway at 10 a.m. Saturday,
April 10.
An estimated 3,000 people attend the regatta, in
which community groups, schools and businesses
compete on homemade or hand-made boats of vari-
ous sizes but all incorporating bottles for buoyancy.
Other events include the seafood festival March
26-28 in downtown Bradenton, the children's parade
and party April 2 in Palmetto, the Easter egg hunt
in G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton April 3, the Easter
sunrise service in Bradenton April 4, the grand ball
April 23 and the grand parade and after-party April
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year and is considered the top communitywide cel-
ebration in Manatee County.
An estimated 280,000 people attend the parade
each year.
"Over 225 of our members, applicants and vol-
unteers work committee hours to make the events
of the De Soto Heritage Festival occur. This is all
voluntary time spent," said historical society presi-
dent Gary Scott.
For more information about the festival or the
society, go to www.desotohq.com.

Friends of library
nominate officers
The Friends of the Island Library will elect offi-
cers for 2010-11 at 10 a.m. Friday, March 19, at the
library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Nominations include Beverly Neville for presi-
dent, Thea Kelley for vice president, Ginny Nunn
for secretary, David Weber for treasurer, Wendy
Holcomb for newsletter editor and Donna Misner,
Kass Martin and Barbara Burda for board members
at-large.
Nominations also can be made at the meeting.

Center seeks 'talent'
Don't be bashful.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
seeking Islanders interested in performing in its
second annual Got Talent Show.
The show will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday,
March 27, at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
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Registrations will take place through Saturday,
March 13, with auditions Monday, March 15.
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14 0 MARCH 10, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


HB commissioner attacks county spending


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Give Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson
this: He speaks from his heart.
After all, Robinson, elected in November, said
he did not run for commission to make friends.
In January, Robinson sent e-mails to Manatee
County Commissioners Carol Whitmore and John
Chappie, saying the cleanup of the Manatee Public
Beach and its parking lots, bathrooms and trash cans
should be the responsibility of the concessioner at
Cafe on the Beach.
County employees handle those duties, and Rob-
inson said he's observed those employees while at
work, and that they all "hang out." Robinson said that
if the concessioner handles those duties, the county
would not waste money paying workers he claims
"hide out and act like they are busy."
Robinson said in a Jan. 8 e-mail, "The cost of
the Mexican (that is being hired by the vendors ...
enough said on this) is cheaper than the' lowest' paid
county worker."
Robinson would not comment further on why he
indicated referred to the worker as a Mexican.
"I'm not going there," Robinson said.
Robinson, who, since he ran in November on the
platform of lower taxes, said in the e-mail that waste
is his "personal soap box."
Regarding what he called wasteful spending on
county workers at the beach, Robinson said, "I am
passionate about it and I lose sleep over it. I planted
the seed last summer, and I planted the seed again in
December," hoping to see some action on wasteful
spending.
The Manatee County contract operations of beach
concessions at Coquina and Manatee beaches are up
for bid. Four companies submitted proposals for the
operations and will expound on their proposals to a
county recommendation committee March 23.
And cleanup is part of the scope of work in three
of the proposals. PS. Beach Associates, which now
holds the contract on both concessions and submit-


Cafe on the Beach staff maintain restaurant cleanli-
ness, while county workers maintain the facilities at
Manate Public Beach. Islander Photo: Nick Walter

ted its bid only for the Manatee Beach operation,
claimed in its proposal that it would negotiate clean-
ing duties.
Whitmore, who said she has lived on the Island
for more than 40 years, did not agree with all of Rob-
inson's e-mail comments. In her e-mail response to
Robinson, she said, "Until you go up and ask employ-
ees of this county what they are doing and why they
are sitting there, I respectfully ask that you not make
those assumptions."
So Robinson took Whitmore's suggestion and,
during the next couple days, went and spoke to the
workers.
In a Jan. 11 follow-up e-mail to Whitmore, Rob-
inson said he spoke with county workers who were
picking up trash, cleaning toilets and taking lunch
breaks in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach.
But, he concluded in his message to Whitmore
about the workers, "It was worse than I could ever
imagine."
Dee Schaefer, president and CEO of PS. Beach
Associates and owner of the gift shop at Manatee
Beach, disagreed with Robinson's assessment of the
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"I have not seen workers hanging out there
doing nothing," Schaefer said. "They have to have a
20-minute break. Having been here 19 years, really
21, I find it's the best crew of all that we've had, from
the maintenance crew to the plumbers and electri-
cians."
In a recent interview with The Islander, Robinson
compared the county workers to military personnel.
"If you' ve ever been in the Army, they make a pro-
fession of standing around and doing nothing," Rob-
inson said. "They take a tape measure and measure
everything and people think they're doing something.
I' ve seen this behavior for years. I have taken whole
days of my life to observe it."
Regarding the e-mails and following county
workers, Robinson said he's functioning as a private
citizen, and that he was concerned about such issues
before he was elected. Furthermore, he said he does
not believe that being elected to the Holmes Beach
commission changes the nature of his responsibili-
ties.
"The election doesn't change what I'm doing,"
Robinson said. "No. I'm wearing a hat as a private
citizen."
As for any problems with the city, Robinson said,
"I see that as the tip of the iceberg."
Whitmore said in an e-mail that Robinson's job
is to "legislate, not administrate."
Moreover, Whitmore thinks that Robinson may
be alienating other commissioners.
"He doesn't realize that if you don't make friends
with your colleagues, you don't get anything accom-
plished because they don't support you," Whitmore
said. "So if you just turn around and don't work with
the commission, very little, if am thinL.ii gets done.
And it will be an ineffective commission."
Robinson said he is not on the city commission
to make friends.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 10, 2010 0 15


Bradenton Beach gains sex offender


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach now has two convicted sex
offenders living in the city after a 70-year-old man
convicted of a sex offense in Ohio moved there in
late February.
The man was convicted in New Bremen, Ohio,
in May 2006, of attempted pandering involving a
minor.
He apparently moved to Bradenton Beach in Febru-
ary and lists his residence in the 100 block of Seventh
Street South, Bradenton Beach, according to the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement Web site.
Under Florida law, any convicted sex offender
moving to the state from another jurisdiction is
required to register his or her address with the
FDLE.
A convicted sex offender already lives in the 100
block of Ninth Street North in Bradenton Beach.
Two convicted sex offenders have moved from
the Cortez area in the past year, leaving two known
convicted offenders living in the village area.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Web site lists a sex offender residing in the 10100
block of 46th Avenue West, while another lives in
the 4200 block of 129th Street West.
The FDLE also lists a convicted sex offender


living in the 9100 block of Kingston Road in Coral
Park, adjacent to the Mount Vernon subdivision off
Cortez Road West, and another in the Palma Sola area
in the 900 block of 82nd Street West.
Additionally, the FDLE Web site reports a con-
victed sex offender living in the 7800 block of Mana-
tee Avenue West.
There are no convicted sex offenders living in
Anna Maria, according to the FDLE Web site, while
two reside in Holmes Beach: one on Flotilla Drive
and the second on Key Royale.


Last November, boaters pulling in and putting
out their boats after dark at Kingfish Boat Ramp
were complaining about a lack of lighting.
And there still are no lights.
Other improvements to the ramp are complete,
including a sidewalk along Manatee Avenue and
an additional 23 spaces for trucks with trailers and
an additional 17 spaces for other vehicles.
But construction of lighting will not begin until
the Florida Department of Transportation approves
the Manatee County permit application.
Ed Giddens, a reviewer for permitting with the


All of the individuals reported above have been
released from probation, the FDLE Web site states.

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from that date to make its first review.
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said, "is they may have problems with drop volt-
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Giddens said DOT engineers would have
another 30 days after March 11 to make their final
review, before approving or denying the permit.
"The DOT rarely doesn't approve a county
project like this," Giddens said.


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16 0 MARCH 10, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


Stilts improve flood prevention, hinder privacy


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Islander Reporter
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look of Holmes Beach and the Island.
Since 1977, when Holmes Beach adopted a
requirement passed down from the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency to abide by flood-plain
regulations, contractors have set buildings on stilts.
And as older base-level structures were torn down,
three-story structures sprouted up in their place.
While the plan seeks to minimize damages if a
hurricane hits the Island, some people are saying their
privacy has been undermined.
Holmes Beach resident Jaynie Christensen feels
eyes looking down on her. Her one-story, ground-level
house is nearly surrounded by three-story duplexes.
"There are a lot of privacy issues when a build-
ing is so high," she said. "And they can only go three
stories. But still, when they're looking down on a
one-story building, now you don't have the privacy
anymore. It's an issue."
Christensen' s only option may be to elevate her
living area.
The Flood Plain Management Plan in Holmes
Beach states that the height of a building cannot be
more than 36 feet from the crown of the road in front
of the structure to the peak of the structure's roof.
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Bob Shaffer said the supporting floor of any new
building must be 1 foot above base elevation. He said
that rule also applies to homes with any substantial
remodeling.
"The floor used to just be at the base," Shaffer
said. "It's a term called 'free-boarding.'"
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 10, 2010 0 17


Commission quiet on building complaint


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach city commissioners abruptly
terminated talk on a citizen's complaint about a con-
struction project after warning of a "lawsuit" came
up March 4.
The commission meeting was running long,
requiring a motion to continue for 15 minutes after
the pre-announced 9 p.m. end-time.
At 8:59 p.m., two agenda items remained to be
discussed.
One item was a Bradenton man's request to hold
a personal watercraft race at Coquina Beach next
month. The commission quickly denied the request
after determining that the watercraft cannot be
launched from the beach into the Gulf of Mexico.
Another item was a Bradenton Beach man's
request that the commission enforce land-develop-
ment and fire-safety codes at a property in the 2800
block of Gulf Drive at the Sandpiper mobile home
park.
In making his request, property owner George
Langford submitted a 30-page booklet outlining alle-
gations of code violations at property neighboring his
in the park.
Would 15 minutes be long enough to review the
package?
Langford asked for the time, but commissioners
didn't give it to him after hearing from acting city
attorney Greg Hootman that a commission meeting
was the wrong forum to air the complaint and that
the property owner was pursuing a lawsuit.
"I have spoken with Dr. Langford prior to the
commission meeting," Hootman said, introducing
the agenda item. "I explained that the commission is
sitting as a legislative body that does not have juris-
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Hootman said that a review of Langford's complaint
by the special master would be more appropriate.
"He just needs to contact the special master,"
Hootman said.
Langford asked why city staff did not direct him
to the special master in mid-January, when he lodged
his first complaint with city building official Steve
Gilbert.
"Only two hours ago ... I was told for the first
time that all these tens of hours I spent trying to bring
this to your attention ... is for naught," Langford
said.
He called the time spent preparing his case for
the commission, as well as the alleged code viola-
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Langford is alleging that the city should not have
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his in the Sandpiper mobile home park.


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
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to the city charter within 180 days.
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and Janet Vosburgh. The charter has required a
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"Why was I not told?" Langford said of the spe-
cial master process.
Hootman replied that Gilbert said Langford did
not inquire about the administrative appeals process
with the special master.
And, Hootman told commissioners, he had
advised city staff to proceed with caution in the case
after Langford said he had retained an attorney and
threatened to sue for damages.
Langford, responded, "I'm not threatening, sir.
I'm saying it's on the way."
At that point, before any discussion on the details
of Langford's allegations could take place, Hootman
suggested that the discussion should be terminated.
Mayor Michael Pierce next ruled Langford, who
tried to continue the discussion, "out of order."
Langford answered, as he turned away from the
speaker's podium, "I'm not out of order. There is no
order here."


days after the appointment."
To meet the deadline, the committee will
meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday March 16, March 23 and
March 30 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The city's charter sets forth how the govern-
ment operates, including provisions for municipal
powers, election of officeholders and their duties,
the enacting of ordinance, the holding of a refer-
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18 0 MARCH 10, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


Rushforth property to receive beautification


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
A Federal Emergency Management Agency con-
demnation removed a house at 6807 Holmes Blvd.
and the site now is likely to receive beautification.
At the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee's March 3 meeting, Fred Heger said
Holmes Beach superintendent of public works Joe
Duennes received 15 palm trees, 10 foxtails and five
Christmas palms from Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Heger said a retired Manatee County resident with
nursery interests donated the trees to Keep Manatee
Beautiful, and executive director Ingrid McClellen
called and asked if the committee wanted them.
"I said, 'We'll find a spot for them.'" Heger
said.
In September 2009, the city acquired the property
from Mike and Cynthia Rushforth. The Rushforth
house and property on Holmes Boulevard had flooded
over a period of about 15 years, said Commissioner
David Zaccagnino, resulting in severe repetitive loss.
FEMA offers options for properties in this situation
and one of the options was to acquire from the Rush-
forths at a fair market price, which was the option
accepted by Rushforth.
Heger made a design drawing of a park setting to
replace the now empty lot. His design showed clus-
ters of trees with benches.
Heger said funding could come from a Florida
Department of Urban Forestry grant with the appli-
cation due April 2, and there is $300,000 available,
of which 20 percent can be used for demonstration
planting.
He said the city would have to make a matching
grant, and Duennes said there is $9,000 available in
matching funds.
Zaccagnino said a private citizen is willing to
donate money for the park. "As we get the money, we
can put in shrubs and benches," Zaccagnino said.
Zaccagnino added that Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
wants to ensure that the city will not be burdened with
the maintenance and monitoring of the property.
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health improvement grant of $22,885 that would
help beautify the area between W\ .tlxity Cove North
condominiums and the Kingfish Boat Ramp.
Committee member Jerry West also looked at pos-
sible areas for landscaping on Gulf and Marina drives.
On Gulf Drive, from Anna Maria Elementary
School to Marina Drive, West found there is only 40
feet of city right of way to be landscaped.
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Pier, information. A man called the sheriff's office to
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intersection of Gulf and Marina drives to the West
Manatee Fire Rescue District Station No. 1, there is
80 feet of right of way.
West said the committee will have to attempt to
work with private sectors for possible landscaping.
"I'm disappointed with this project," West said,
"because we don't have enough rights of way to do
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The next committee meeting is 5 p.m. April 7 at
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Jane Soltys
Jane Soltys, 86, of Anna Maria, died March 2.
She was born in Irvington, N.J., and moved to
Anna Maria in 1996 from Colonia, N.J.
Mrs. Soltys was a member of St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church.
Visitation was March 5 at Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton,
and a memorial Mass was March 5 at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Online condolences
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wick, N.J., and Debra Soltys of Bradenton; and sister
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THE ISLANDER U MARCH 10, 2010 19


AME learns the power of reading


There is an important tool in learning that can
transport people, young and old, to different places
to experience new and exciting things: Reading.
Students at Anna Maria Elementary School
helped celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday the way he
would have liked it by reading.
The birthday of the famed author of children's
books such as "Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and
Ham" allowed a day Read Across America day to
demonstrate to students the importance of reading.
Read Across America provides a way to motivate
children to read and explain its importance.
At AME, media specialist Lynn McDonough
worked hard to find a way to get the message across
to students. This year she invited people who have
had an impact on students' lives.
Readers included firefighters, former students,
volunteers and past AME principals Jim Kronus and
Tim Kolby.
Readers visited classrooms, read books to classes
and explained how reading helped them in their
lives.
Firefighters from the West Manatee Fire Rescue
District stopped by kindergarten rooms and read a
book that also helped to promote fire safety.
"When we aren't helping someone out, we read.
We read to learn new things to keep helping people,
and reading is really fun." said firefighter Rodney
Kwiatkoswski.
As each reader told his or her story, students lis-
tened. "I listened to Manatee High School football
player Nick Galati and coach Joe Kinnan read to a
classroom, and I could of heard a pin drop. Everyone


AME calendar
March 9-12, FCAT testing.
March 14, Daylight savings time begins.
8 a.m. March 19, Parent Teacher Organiza-
tion meeting.
8 p.m. March 23, PTO dinner and kinder-
garten performance.
March 23, Kiwanis grandparents pro-
gram.
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 Beach.





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A firefighter with the West Manatee Fire Rescue District reads to kindergarten students during Read Across
America. "It is very important to read. You can't learn new things if you don't read," said firefighter
Rodney Kwiatkowski. Islander Photo: Kimberly Kuizon


paid such close attention," said AME principal Tom
Levengood.
"Really, this is to set an example for the kids.
It is better to take the people who are heroes in the
eyes of our students. It really sets a great example
of a model of reading," Levengood remarked.
With each story read, a new connection was made.


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Author Rob Dellenger with wife Erin and son Luke,
18 months. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Holmes Beach man pens book
Holmes Beach resident Rob Dellenger announced
that he has published a book, "The Father's Three
Gifts."
"The content in the book is very powerful and
has been transforming lives," Dellenger wrote in an
announcement.
For more information or purchasing details, visit
www.thefathersthreegifts.com.


Students weren't the only ones who walked away with
an important message from the day's reading.
"It was important to have these readers here
because they have had such an impact and touched
so many lives," said McDonough.
"It's because of principals Jim Kronus and Tim
Kolby that I'm here at AME. The connection these
people have made with our school and our students is
something we can never forget," said McDonough.
As AME students celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday,
they received the gift of reading, back. The readers
hope is that they will continue to spread the gift
throughout their lives.

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20 0 MARCH 10, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


sl d Biz
By Rick Catlin





Shack is back
Not Shaq the basketball player, but
the upstairs restaurant at the Seafood
Shack just north of the Cortez Bridge
in Cortez.
Owner Ham Jones said he's been
working feverishly to get his computers
running and the grand re-opening will
be "in the very near future," possibly in
just a few days.
But the 500-seat restaurant, legend-
ary for its size, vast menu of seafood,
steak and complimentary dishes, and
its limitless views of the Seafood Shack
marina, the Island and evening sunsets
"is back." It enjoyed a "soft opening"
last week with little notice but to friends
and area residents "in the know," to give
the new staff a trial run.
Ham and wife Lorraine are joined in
management upstairs by Mike O'Malley,
formerly of Massachusetts. "He's top
notch," Ham said. "He really is positive,
upbeat and knows his stuff."
Ham said he'll have signs out, send
e-mails and advertise in The Islander
when the actual grand-opening date
is set. "I'll let everyone know about a
grand opening," he said, "especially our
friends on Anna Maria Island and Long-
boat Key."
The downstairs restaurant and
bar, known as the Shack Marina Grill,
remains open for lunch and dinner, he


said. And guests both upstairs and at
the grill enjoy panoramic views from
the expanse of windows of the marina,
Cortez Bridge and the variety of boats
plying the Intracoastal Waterway.
The upstairs restaurant and lounge,
a comfortable room with big views and
big captain's chairs at the bar, opens
daily at 4 p.m., while the downstairs
operation opens at 11:30 a.m.
For more information on the opening
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Beach, will hold an open house from 6
a.m. to 8 a.m., Wednesday, March 10.
Attendees will receive a free conti-
nental breakfast along with juices and
coffee.
The open house will be repeated
from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the same day,
with hors d'oeuvres and wine served.
Raffles, giveaways and prizes will
be offered throughout the day.
For more information, call 941-778-
5446.


Painted Gate


Holly Fenstemaker recently
opened the Painted Gate garden and
gift boutique store at the Red Barn Flea
Market in Bradenton. A recent photo in
The Islander indicated the store was the
Painted Fence.
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to be 17-year sponsors. And we have a special benefit for participating
advertisers a 10 percent gift from our ad sales goes directly to the
Home Tour fundraiser.
And we've added some attractive incentives this year.
Included with your Islander ad will be an equivilant amount of
space for information about your business. The entire Islander section
will be available to view and/or download from The Islander Web
site. Also, your online ad and story can include direct links to your
Web site.
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in a special "open house" page with home photo and description, in-
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Maria Island.

Pine store sports
new look
Anna Maria General Store new
owner Lizzie Thrasher has already
begun remodeling the store and deli at
307 Pine Ave., formerly Pine Avenue
Store, and plans more changes in the
near future to benefit customers.
One new feature in place is the cus-
tomer request board.
Manager Brian Seymour said cus-
tomers can list on the board what they
would like the store to sell, or request
a special item for themselves or their
family.
The store is open from 7 a.m. to 9
p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 7
a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and
from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 941-779-
9200.

Chamber breakfast,
music festival
The Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce will hold its Sunrise
Breakfast on Wednesday, March 10,
from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Freedom
Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.
The cost is $8 per person and reser-
vations are required.
From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday,
March 19, the chamber will hold its
monthly Friday fest, a music festival
with food, beverages and craft booths
at the corner of Pine Avenue and North
Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria. Admis-
sion is free and the public is invited to
attend.
Other events on the chamber March
calendar include:
5 p.m., Wednesday, March 24,
business-card exchange at White Egret,
5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 7,
luncheon at the Gathering Place, 101
Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach.
7:45 a.m., Wednesday, April 14,
sunrise breakfast at Cafe on the Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
5 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, busi-
ness-card exchange at the Anna Maria
Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria.
For more information or reserva-
tions, call 941-778-1541.

New to the chamber
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce recently welcomed the
following new members:
In True Colors Photography,
7136 N. Lewynn Drive, Sarasota, Marina
Yukho, 941-266-1346.
Elegant Designs, 2136 Worrington
St., Sarasota, Yelena Riches, 941-726-
9938.
Old Hamburg Restaurant, 3246
E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, Wolfgang
Jahn, 941-778-1320.
The Painted Gate, 1633 First St.,
Bradenton, Holly Fenstemaker, 941-
747-2925.
True Promotions, 7408 14th Ave.
W., Bradenton, Preston True, 941-761-
8459.
Floating Chapel by the Bay, 402
Richardson Way, Sarasota, Jill Chandler-
Fisher, 941-379-7327.
Higher Standards, 2801 E. Cliff


Road, Burnsville, Minn., Ed DeLosh Sr.,
941-730-9122.
Cathy Schmidt-LPGA, 4008
Bamboo Terrace, Bradenton, Cathy
Schmidt, 941-720-9080.
Anthony's Heating and Cooling,
1614 20th St. E., Palmetto, Mike Zeppi,
941-749-5307.
REMCO Builders Inc., 2518 26th
St. W., Bradenton, Jennifer Radebach,
941-748-5200.
Firkins Nissan, 1511 Cortez Road
W., Bradenton, William Saba, Craig
Randlett, 941-755-1571.
Simply Gourmet, 4783 Swift Road,
Sarasota, Jamie Barrett, 941-924-0066.
Simple Weddings, 3801 Hunting-
ton St. N.E., St. Petersburg, Jeff Cope-
land, 727-235-7988.
Wagner Realty/Jean Furneaux,
2217 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach,
Jean Furneaux, 941-209-8789.
StarFruit Productions, 2910 N.
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Sage Hall,
941-527-9522.
Anna Maria Island Luxury
Condos, 5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, Judy Karkhoff, 941-201-2182.
Cablish & Gentile, CPAs, LLC,
4855 27th St. W., Bradenton, Val Cab-
lish, 941-756-9527.
Got a new business going up in Anna
Maria Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, west
Bradenton or Longboat Key? Call Island
Biz at 941-778-7978, fax your news to
866-362-9821, or e-mail us at news@
islander.org.

Island real estate
transactions
5622 Gulf Drive, Unit 1, Vista
Grande, Holmes Beach, a 2,048 sfla /
2,392 sfur 3bed/3/2bath Gulffront condo
built in 2006 was sold 02/18/10, Vista
Grande LLC to Cheek for $1,650,000;
list $1,799,000.
5424 Marina Drive, a 1,400 sfur
commercial property built in 1959
on a 130x130 lot was sold 02/19/10,
McCarley Oil Co Inc., to Atco Inc. for
$1,225,000.
306 56th St., Unit 1, Seamist,
Holmes Beach, a 1,980 sfla / 3,097 sfur
3bed/2bath/3car land condo with pool
built in 2004 was sold 02/17/10, Harkins
to Brandon for $560,000; list $575,000.
704 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, a
1,460 sfla / 1,520 sfur 3bed/3bath duplex
with pool built in 1952 on a 50x100 lot
was sold 02/17/10, Hyland to Scherrer
for $550,000; list $599,000.
409 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a
2,340 sfla / 4,032 sfur 3bed/3bath home
built in 1999 on a 50x110 lot was sold
02/19/10, Dirk to Cook for $505,000.
412 Bay Palms Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 1,882 sfla / 2,537 sfur 4bed/3bath Icar
pool home built in 1966 on a 100x127
lot was sold 02/17/10, Caudill to Coover
for $335,000; list $359,000.
2905 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a
1,448 sfla / 2,723 sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar
home built in 1999 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 02/16/10, Edge to Tirheimer for
$310,000; list $299,000.
1603 Gulf Drive, Unit 33,
Tradewinds, Bradenton Beach, a 380
sfla ibed/Ibath condo with shared pool
built in 1971 was sold 02/16/10, Wells
Fargo Bank to Alexander for $85,000;
list $89,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.




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in Annac Maria


Members of the Eyeland Needlers sell raffle tickets for the quilt the group made
to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The quilt will be raffled
during the Center's Tour of Homes, scheduled to take place March 20.


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complex, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. With sunny skies and
warmer temps, the Saturday event drew a continuous crowd from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff


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Crosspointe to host Haitian minister


Crosspointe Fellowship will host talks with the
Rev. Julio Jn. Gilles of Bethesda Ministry at 6:30
p.m. Wednesday, March 17, and 10 a.m. Sunday,
March 21.
The church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
will host a lunch following the Sunday talk.
Bethesda began in 1997 as a 10-person church
and ministry in a structure made of canvas and coco-
nut tree leaves in Haiti.
With the support of local resident Earl Mowry
and Crosspointe's mission team, a new church to
serve about 600 members and a school to serve 215
students were built in Cap Haitien, the second largest
city in Haiti with a population of 200,000.
Since the earthquake in January, the ministry
has assisted with providing food, water, clothing and
shelter to survivors.
Gilles "grew up in a voo-doo environment, but
became a Christian in his late teens," read a press
announcement for the minister's visit to the area,
which also includes stops off the Island. \ I 'ic than


50 percent of Haitians still practice voo doo. Pastor
Gilles believes that God might have cursed his nation
because of this practice, and he is dedicated to con-
verting as many people as he can to Christianity."
For more information, call Mowry at 941-778-
2694.


The Rev. Julio
Jn. Gilles of
Bethesda Min-
istry in Haiti.
Islander Photo:
Courtesy Earl
Mowry


George Fara,
center, and Jake
Moccio, left, of
George Fara
Construction,
help Dennis
Ulanch load
Fara's truck and
trailer with goods
donated for dis-
tribution in Haiti
by the Ministry
of Presence. The
Islander col-
lected donations
for Haiti.


Alice Ulanch packs and sorts donated clothing des-
tined for Haiti on a truck donated to the Ministry
of Presence. The donations were collected, packed
and loaded at The Islander office. The truck will
soon go to a port on the East Coast, where it will
be loaded on a freighter bound for Haiti.
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Eileen Micho, chair of the Roser Memorial Com-
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relief effort. Agape serves 130 missionaries and
missions in Port-au-Prince, as well as 200families
throughout Haiti, the Dominican Republic and
Bahamas. Fuel and permits to make one round-trip
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Wednesday, March 10
7:45 to 9 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
"Sunrise Breakfast" at Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W, Bra-
denton. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
11 a.m. Lecture on "How Nature Influences and Inspires
Human Inventions" at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players Theater
meeting at Harry's Continental Kitchen, 525 St. Judes Drive, Long-
boat Key. Information: 941-518-4431.
Friday, March 12
5 to 8 p.m. For Art's Sake silent auction and reception
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-7978. Proceeds benefit the Mana-
tee High School art program.
6p.m. "An Evening at Casino Royale" hosted by the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2636. Fee
applies.
Saturday, March 13
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market
and Mullet Smoke at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-323-4075.
10 a.m. to noon -Acrylic painting demonstration by Shirley
Dean at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-6648.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second
St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Art League hosts
Springfest at Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
Sunday, March 14
Daylight saving time begins.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Art League hosts
Springfest at Holmes Beach City Hall Field, 5801 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
4 p.m. The Beach Bistro presents its annual St. Patrick's
Day parade, which runs along Marina Drive in Holmes Beach to
the Anna Maria border. Information: 941-778-6444.
Monday, March 15
Noon Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash dis-



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Fri: Gulf Drive Band 6-8
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Sat: Hammers & Adams Band 6.30pm
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cusses the Hometown Democracy amendment at the Anna Maria
Island Democratic Club luncheon at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-0564.
Tuesday, March 16
Noon Roger Hayward shares Rotary Club experiences
in Tanzania at the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
8 p.m. Preview performance of "Catch Me If You Can" to
benefit the American Cancer Society at the Island Players, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.
Wednesday, March 17
9 a.m. The annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast sponsored
by The Islander takes place at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-7978. Fee applies.
11 a.m. Einstein Circle discusses whether the nation is
polarized at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
5 p.m. St. Patrick's Day dinner and dance at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-4769. Fee applies.
Ongoing:
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of
Anna Maria at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American

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Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W, Bradenton, hosts dinners for
the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at
the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-0504.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m., Irish Dancers host dances with
instruction at the Tequila Beach Sports Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-2416.
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss sup-
port 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 horse-
shoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
Thursday, 6 p.m., Co-Dependents Anonymous group
meets on the Island. Call for location: 508-815-7378.
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1813.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of AMI meets at Cafe
on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.


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Gallery
Glory
Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes
Beach, cele-
brates the work
ofAnne Abgott
with a reception
March 5.







Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open-air market at 107 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach, through mid-April. Information: 941-518-4431.
Through March 27, Cecy Richardson's one-woman show
at the Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery, 926 12th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2223.
Through March 30, "Post POP" show at Palmetto Art Center,
907 Fifth Street W., Palmetto. Information: 941-518-2109.
OFF-ISLAND EVENTS:
Thursday, March 11
6 p.m. Concert in the Grove featuring the Yesterdayze at
Mixon Fruit Farm, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: www.
mixon.com.
Friday, March 12
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Health and business fair at Mixon Fruit
Farm, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: www.mixon.
com.
8 p.m. Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival at Christ Church,
4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3709.
Fee applies.
Saturday, March 13
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dog Days at De Soto National Memorial,






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comed guest Ann Vassilaros to her reception March
5 at the Guild Gallery, Holmes Beach.


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Coming Up:
March 18, "Catch Me If You Can" opens at Island Players.
March 19, Friday Fest, Pine Avenue.
March 19, Anniversary party, Back Alley.
March 20, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
March 20, Watercolor art demonstration, Island Gallery
West.
March 21, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
Operetta "The Gypsy Baron."
March 23, First Annual Coastal Orthopedics Spelling Bee
for Manatee County students.
Save the Date:
March 26, DeSoto Heritage Festival begins.
March 27, Island's Got Talent Show.
April 24, An Affaire to Remember.
*April 24, Cortez natives picnic, Florida Maritime Museum.
Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org.
Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief
description and a contact via e-mail and phone.


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The Anna Maria Island Art League opens its
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26 0 MARCH 10, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER


West Bradenton man flew for
Marine Corps in WWII
Tom Lennox of west Bradenton was at home on
Staten Island on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese
bombed Pearl Harbor and America entered World
War II.
The next day, many of his high school pals rushed
down to the recruitment center to join the military.
Tom decided to wait until he was 18 to join the U.S.
Navy's cadet flight training program. There was never
any thought that he wouldn't join the service, but he
did want a choice of duty.
"I had some concern about the draft and, ironi-
cally, I had given a speech in high school about naval
aviation. So, I took all the tests for naval aviation.
"I had several interviews, and they never told
me if I failed, but I guess I passed because I got my
orders to report for the physical."
He was sworn into the Navy on July 29, 1942,
but wasn't called to active duty immediately.
"There were too many cadets and not enough
classes, so they told me to go home and get some
civilian air patrol training as a pilot. I went to ground
school at Cornell University and flew a Piper Cub,
but I wasn't getting paid. All that came out of my
pocket," recalled Tom.
All that training would pay off for Tom after he
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class.
He went to pre-flight training at Chapel Hill, N.C.,
just a few miles from where a guy named George H.
W. Bush also was taking navy pre-flight training.
Pre-flight was designed to get rid of the men who
really weren't suited to be pilots. Tom, with his civil-
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months, the class headed to Indiana for primary train-
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Tom still hasn't figured out why the Navy had
pilot training in Indiana, but the training was good.
"We flew a Stearman biplane that was a two-
seater, for you and the instructor. A few guys washed
out and we lost some because of accidents, but I got
through OK."
He was also lucky in Indiana. Flying solo one day,
he attempted to land on a short field following a lot of
rain. The plane skidded into a tree and the engine fell
out. Tom's left eye was injured in the crash.
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"He asked me if I still wanted to fly and I said
yes, sir.' I was surprised I didn't get washed out
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From Indiana, Tom was assigned to Pensacola
Naval Air Station for Navy flight training, the first
step in getting in the cockpit of a real Navy fighter
aircraft.
At Pensacola, Tom and his class of aviation
cadets trained on an SNJ, what the U.S. Army Air
Corps called an AT-6. It was a single-wing aircraft
that had no hydraulic power to raise or lower the
flaps.
"We had to do that with one hand, while you' re
steering the plane with the other. It was tough for
some of the smaller guys, but I was a little bigger."
The class lost a few more potential pilots and
Tom always figured he lost more friends in training
then in actual combat.
Finally, on Nov. 19, 1943, Tom was commis-
sioned and got his wings, and was given a choice
of the Navy or Marine Corps for his active duty. He
quickly took the jarheadd" route.
"I wanted to stay off those carriers," recalled Tom
with a laugh.
He was assigned to Cecil Field near Jacksonville,
where he trained on the SBD dive bomber. About
halfway through training, the Marine Corps told him
they didn't need any more dive bombers, they needed
fighter pilots.
"I got shipped out to California to a Marine Air
Station near Santa Barbara. It was an active duty
station, so I got overseas and combat pay while I
finished my training on a Corsair."
The Corsair was the newest and fastest fighter
aircraft the military had in the Pacific and nearly all


Former World War II Marine Corps fighter pilot
Tom Lennox now lives year-round in west Braden-
ton. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

pilots, Marine and Navy, wanted to get in the cockpit
and push the envelope.
"It was definitely the hottest aircraft around.
It was faster than the Wildcat or Hellcat and faster
than a Japanese Zero. I loved it," Tom recalled with
a smile.
His luck held at Santa Barbara. On one landing,
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his Corsair somehow ended up on its nose, destroying
a $50,000 engine. He could have been court-mar-
tialed, but his commanding officer let him keep his
wings and continue flying.
After several more months at Santa Barbara, half
the squadron was reassigned to the aircraft carrier
Bennington for combat in the Pacific. Tom and the
remainder of the squad headed to Hawaii on a troop-
ship.
In Hawaii, Tom and the other pilots were sta-
tioned at Ewa Marine Air Station, near the Navy's
Barber's Point airfield. At Ewa, they underwent more
training and flew patrols, but the routine gradually got
boring. The war was 2,000 miles east.
After many more months of training and patrol
duty, Tom and some other pilots began to get con-
cerned they were being "left behind," while other
pilots who had entered the service after them were
in combat.
"When you're 20 years-old, you think you're
invincible, that nothing will happen to you. We were
worried that we were missing out on the war. We
wanted to get out and see some action. The worst
thing for a combat pilot would have been to be left
behind."
Tom and several other pilots applied for combat
duty with a forward air group and they eventually got
their wish.
"We flew on a troop plane, I think it was a C-46,
to Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Guam and a bunch of other
islands. Some of us were headed to Okinawa, while
some were sent to the Franklin, an aircraft carrier."
Tom landed on Okinawa in mid-April 1945 after
the Army had stormed ashore on Easter Sunday. It
was the bloodiest battle of the war when all the Allied
casualties were counted.
"I was sent to VMF 441, the Black Jack squadron,
part of Marine Air Group 31. I started flying patrols out
of Okinawa, which was not secure at that time."
In fact, U.S. forces held only part of the Island,
but that part included several airfields for fighters and
bombers.
Patrol duty included guarding the ships anchored
off Okinawa from kamikazes Japanese pilots who
flew on a one-way mission to blow up a ship and take
their own life in the process.
Tom also flew his Corsair in close-air support
for Army and Marine units on the ground. The plane
would be loaded with rockets, bombs and a new sub-
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20-mm guns plus the rockets and napalm, and a 20
mm cannon can do some real damage."
Flying ground support over the southern part of
Okinawa, Tom encountered fierce ground fire on a
number of occasions. He also flew as fighter protec-
tion for B-24 bombers on bombing missions to Japan,
a five-hour flight.
On one such mission, he lost engine power and
briefly debated whether to ditch the plane or bail out.
The Navy had submarines along the flight path
to rescue downed airmen, and Tom tried to pinpoint
the location of the nearest sub.
Luckily, the engine restarted and he never needed
a rescue, unlike George W. Bush, who was shot down
on one such bombing mission and was rescued by a
sub that just happened to be in the area.
Even though the Japanese no longer had an effec-
tive air force to counter the Corsairs, they still offered
plenty of anti-aircraft fire. Tom was once again lucky,
he said.
"I don't think I ever got hit by flak. Maybe a few
nicks, but nothing that I remembered."
One exciting mission came when his squadron
was assigned to attack an area on Kyushu, part of
the Japanese mainland, after Navy battleships had
bombed the entrenched Japanese positions.
"We were circling offshore and suddenly realized
the Navy was firing over our heads. I didn't want to
think what would happen if one of those bombs fell
short. We could actually see them going over our
heads.
"But like I said, when you are 20, you think you
are bullet-proof."
During his time on Okinawa, the squadron only
lost two pilots, fewer than were lost in training, said
Tom.
But he did hear that the Franklin had been struck
by a kamikaze, as was the Bennington. Half of his
squadron in California were stationed on the Ben-
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back from a mission."
But by July 1945, Tom and his fellow pilots knew
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Then came the atom bomb and Japan surrendered
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"We flew into Japan for occupation duty. We
were stationed at a former Japanese fighter base and
we had to fly out to where the POW camps were
supposed to be and check to see if our guys had been
released," he said.
The squadron also had to fly over Japanese air-
fields to confirm that their planes had been stripped
of propellers, making them inoperable for flight.
By the end of the war, he had flown 172 hours
of combat missions in the Pacific and more than 250
hours in a Corsair.
Eventually, Tom returned to the United States
and took his discharge. He was anxious to get back
to his wife, Elvi, whom he had married in 1944 while
stationed in California.
He returned to Staten Island and enrolled at
Wagner College, earning a degree in chemistry.
Tom worked as a corrosion engineer for private
firms for a number of years, then took a job with the
Navy Research Laboratory and stayed 20 years, retir-
ing in 1984.
He and Elvi first came to Bradenton that year and
have become year-round residents of Pinebrook.
"I can't say I did anything spectacular in the Navy,
I just did my duty and got to fly with a great bunch of
guys. I was no hero, I was just lucky a bunch of times
and I'm glad I got to do my part. It would have been
tough to have stayed in Hawaii the whole war."
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Flag football season, bowl game finales


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
A great season of NFL Flag Football came to
an end March 6 at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, where four Super Bowl champions were
crowned March 6.
The 8-9 division saw Sparks Steel Art Eagles
make a sweep of the awards. Sisters Anni and Tori
Walter shared the sportsmanship award, while Leo
Rose captured the defensive most valuable player
award. Offensive MVP went to Eagles speedster Jack
Mello.
The 10-12 awards were divided among three
teams with Raiders quarterback Jack Shinn taking the
sportsmanship award. Raven player Josh Zawistoski
captured the defensive MVP award, while Bengals
player Logan Reiber took home the offensive MVP
award.
Anna Maria Galati won the sportsmanship award
in the 13-16 division and Raven Tommy Price took
the defensive MVP Aaron Van Hook of the Raiders
was named offensive MVP for the season.

Division flag football championships
All three youth championship games turned into
one-sided affairs, starting with Tapes Tennis Titans
49-6 blowout of Galati Yacht Sales Raiders. The
Tapes did it with a quick-strike offense that saw them
score five touchdowns of 40-plus yards.
The 10-12 division Super Bowl pitted the No.
1 seed Ross Built Raiders against second-seed Mr.
Bones Bengals. The final youth championship game
saw the second-seeded Sparks Steel Art Eagles fly
past the Sandbar Saints 32-6 in the 8-9 division.
The Super Bowl in the adult division pitted the
Bengals against the Titans and, unlike the other divi-
sions, the game was a barn burner that ended in a
33-33 tie.

Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played an
18-hole, best-ball-of-foursome tournament March
3. The team of Earl Ritchie, Ed Havlik, Tom Lewis
and Carl Voyles combined to card a 14-under-par 50
to take first place. Second place went to the team of
Jim Thorton, Dick Eichhorn, Garry Harris and Bob
Elliott with an 11-under 53.
The women of the Key Royale Club played a
nine-hole, individual-low-net game March 2 with Sue
Hookem taking first place in Flight AA with an even-
par 32. Two shots back in a tie for second place were


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Judy Crowe and Jean Holmes.
Flight A saw Patty Townsend card an even-par
score to take first place by two shots over Joyce
Brown and five shots over third-place finisher Tootie
Wagner.
Meredith Slavin and Sue Christenson both carded
2-over par 34s to tie for first place in Flight B. Flight
C produced the only score cards with under-par scores
led by Billie White's 3-under-par 29, one shot better
than Mary Pat Swamy. Barb Harrold finished in third
with an even-par 32.
Erma McMullen fired a 37 to take first place in
Flight D, nine shots ahead of second-place finisher
Mary M. Dikenson.
Judy Crowe won the game of the day on indi-
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The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-four-
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Anglers hope warming trend brings action


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Some trees are starting to bud, and the sweet
smell of orange blossoms means only one thing to
anglers: A fish feed.
The last couple months of harsh weather has led
to some of the toughest fishing anglers have had to
deal with in recent years. A massive snook kill has
left that target sparse statewide. Schools of healthy
redfish are in the bays, but are slow to bite. Trout
are skinny. Even sheepshead are slow to congregate
around docks and rocks.
Anglers are hoping the warmer weather of the
last couple days is here to stay, and that an increase
in water temperatures will summon shiners. That
would signal a start for the king and Spanish mack-
erel migration into the area, as long as the weather
warms steadily.
But fishers are not crossing their fingers as much
as their lines in the abnormally windy weather.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Fishing
Charters said that in spite of the cold, the fishing
around Anna Maria has been good. He said the red-
fish bite has been exceptionally strong this year and
that the redfish are continuing to feed around the
deep-water docks of the Intracostal Waterway. He
said live, select shrimp is his bait of choice.
In 4-8 feet of depth over grass flats, Howard has
noticed speckled trout congregating. He said sheep-
shead are moving into the bay, but shiners have not
yet shown up on the flats.
Capt. Warren Girle said he's been catching
redfish over the 18-27-inch slot, flounder and sheep-
shead, by casting shrimp under docks in protected
canals. Girle said that last week he spent some time
on the flats and caught a few trout, which he's noticed
have gotten fatter the past week. "They were the best
trout I've seen in probably six weeks," he said. Girle
thinks that may be because he has been seeing more
glass minnows around.
"I'm not sure whether it was fish that had just been
out in deeper water, or whether it was fish coming
in from the Gulf," Girle said. "A lot of people don't
realize it, but we've had good trout on the nearshore
reefs within a couple hundred yards of the beaches.
But those waters have been so filthy the trout might
have got sick of that filthy water and could have come
in, out of the Gulf."
Girle is looking forward to predicted 70-degree
temperatures this week. "Boy am I looking forward
to it," Girle said. "If we get a couple days of over-70
degree weather, it should be on fire out there."
Girle said he's looking forward to schools of redfish
that he saw cruising from south Sarasota Bay to Anna
Maria Sound. "The wind had been so bad last week that
I haven't gone to take a look at them," he said.
Girle said that in the winter, anglers may have to
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Capt. Mike Greig said he fished in 45 feet of
water over live bottom on Monday, but the bite was
slow. He did manage some grouper, flounder, man-
grove snapper and a decent sheepshead bite. For
grouper, he used cut bait. He said the sheepshead
and snapper were hitting pieces of shrimp. He also
heard that the inshore sheepshead bite was hot.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out
of Parrot Cove Marina reported that the hard cold-
front last week made things challenging. He said
a reasonably nice day produced a banner catch of
spotted sea trout ranging from 12-22 inches. He said
three anglers boated at least 50 trout, all taken with
a variety of artificial offerings, but the top producer
was the Tsunami Lure with the Trout Mauler.
"The hard front mid-week kept me in port for
a couple of days, but Thursday gave up a decent
catch of sheepshead," he said. "On Friday the wind
lied down a little and the temperature hit a balmy 60
degrees. The bite was still slow, but produced a good
catch of sheepshead to 3 pounds, redfish to 21 inches,
trout to 20 inches and a smattering of flounder. Live
shrimp and artificial accounted for most of the action
on either side of a high tide at about 2 p.m."
Zacharias thinks the last arctic blast dropped the
water temperatures, so the action could remain the
same for the next couple of weeks.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of the Cortez Fishing Center said the
best action has been with amberjack and snapper. He
said when they can fish offshore, they're catching all
the amberjacks and banded rudderfish an angler can
handle, plus some mangrove snapper, porgies, trig-
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release gag and red grouper. McGuire said they're
fishing in areas where there are usually not many
grouper.
McGuire said the best action is still out past 100
feet offshore with large live baits working the best.
He said there's a lot of large sheepshead over artificial
reefs, offshore of Anna Maria Island.
"These bad boys should be out there for another
two weeks, spawning, and that makes them very
hungry," McGuire said. "This winter has been a tough
one with only one or two days calm enough to head
offshore. Be ready for that window of opportunity
and be rewarded with a great catch. Offshore fish are
still biting even in this cold winter. Now is the time
to head out deep and the is action guaranteed to heat
you up.
Dave Sork from the Anna Maria City Pier said
he hasn't seen a fish come up all week. The only fish
he's seen are ballyhoo under the lights near the pier
pilings.
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway south
fishing pier said the only fish he's seen anglers catch
are trout in the shallows and sheepshead around rock
piles and bridge pilings. He added that greenbacks
are barely starting to show back up.
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needed for local representatives to aid 86 home-
less children whose orphanage/school were
demolished. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
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.


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Office: (941) 778-2246 (941) 792- 8628
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WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Free
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
PERFECT 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.
NO MORE FERTILIZER: Go native! Indigenous
plants use fewer resources, create habitat and
are naturally beautiful. Buy native plants March
20. Bradenton Beach City Hall, 941-778-4619 for
information.
PALMA SOLA PRESBYTARIAN church garage
sale. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 13. Furniture,
housewares, books, clothing, appliances, toys,
more! Benefits church mission projects. 6510
Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
EXCITING GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Satur-
day, March 13. Outdoor table, four chairs, house-
hold goods, clothes, great buys. 219 Periwinkle
Plaza, Anna Maria.


ONLY GOOD STUFF sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Satur-
day, March 13. Furniture, coastal decor, wicker,
miscellaneous. Don't miss all the good stuff. 521
56th St., Holmes Beach.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed
art.


FOUND: KEYS ON blue lanyard, in HAITI dona-
tions at The Islander newspaper. 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
LOST: NURSE FOB watch, chrome. Holmes
Beach. Sentimental. Finder gets cash value of
watch. 416-841-7122.
FOUND: PEDOMETER. Near baseball field,
Holmes Beach. Claim at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


GOOFY SEEKS FAMILY: 1-year-old pomeranian,
mixed gray, white, gold. Needs a good family.
$200. 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 SCOOTER G.T.S. 250 ie, limited
edition.Yellow, showroom condition, $4,800. Many
extras. 941-751-3203.
SNOWBIRD NEEDS COMPACT reliable car.
$1,500.416-841-7122.
SUZUKI BURGMAN 2007:400cc.Yellow helmets,
jackets. 4,800 miles. $4,475, offers extended war-
ranty. 941-792 9459.


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.
2005 21-FOOT Sea Fox. 150 Mercury with trailer.
Moving, must sell. 941-526-3445.
TWO-SEATER OCEAN kayak. Excellent con-
dition, stored under cover. $638.84. 941-778-
6254.


SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT WITH experi-
ence with QuickBooks, property management
and Web site maintenance. E-mail resume to
amijobopp @ yahoo.com.
BEACH RESORT DESIRES high school-age
person to assist with small duties on property.
E-mail: beckyjhardyl @msn.com.


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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.


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


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Let me help you navigate the island
Capt.Greg Burke to find that perfect home or condo
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Rare Pelican Cove Bay View Condo, million dollar views of Sarasota Bay and the ICW. 1/2 Block to the Beach,
walking distanceto Historic Bridge St. Trolleysstops right in frontof thecomplex. 2 Bedroom, 2Bath, Balconieson
both sides, Pool, Spa, Tennis Courts, Boat Doc, Pets allowed and No rental restrictions. Offered at $379,000








Bayview of Bradenton Beach Condo, 2 Bedroom, 2 Baths, Fireplace with outstanding views of Sarasota Bay,
Sarasota and the ICW 1/2 Block to the Beach, covered parking, ELEVATOR, Pool, and boat dock. Secured
and Coded entrances. Great Rental Potential. Walking distance to Historic Bridge St and steps to the Trolley
Stops. Offered at $359,000




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Palma Sola Harbour Great Condo in a wonderful complex, 1 bedroom, 2 baths, extra room 13x9 can be used
as bonus room, etc has a closet as well. The unit has a dock with unimpeded access to the ICW and the Gulf.
Complex has a community pool, tennis court, clubhouse, exercise room and more! Palma Sola Harbour is off
of Cortez less than 10 minutes to the Beach.

WELCOME TO PARADISE 778.4800 paradiserealty.com 800.237.2252
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy' Established in 1983
awn Celebrating 25 Years of
wr ni Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
778*1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
-- Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Lic#CBC056755



Windows & Doors

941-730-5045

RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
SResidential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
V ,, Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
S' References available 941-720-7519


PLANET STONE
Marble & Granite Inc.
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
ez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236

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


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PHOTOGRAPHY 941-778-2711


BEACH RESORT NEEDS part-time front office
assistance. Weekends. Computer skills required.
E-mail resume to beckyjhardyl @msn.com.
PART-TIME CLEANING help needed. Mostly
weekends. Call 941-301-1079.

NOW HIRING: ALL positions. Isabelles, located
in the Whitney Beach Deli. Call Linda after 2 p.m.
941-383-7180.
I NEED AN assistant who can help me
with my schedules and filing of documents.
Need someone reliable, honest, diligent and
patient. phrankiel 102@aim.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-
258-3568.
HOUSE-SITTING SOUGHT: Homeowner and
animal lover moving to Anna Maria Island to be
near parents. Contact: gillian60@optusnet.com.
au.


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.
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.
CAREGIVING BY ALEDDA: Companion care,
transportation, meal preparation, light housekeep-
ing. Experience, references. 941-462-5569.
HOUSE CLEANING AND handyman services by
Laura and Danny. Cleaning and pressure wash-
ing, anything you may need. Good references.
941-539-6891.
DAVE'S CURB APPEAL: Paint. landscape, light
repair, remodel, cleanup. Affordable Island work,
$75 per four hours. Island owner, resident, with
tools. Dave, 715-418-3531.
ANNE'S TROPICAL BREEZE cleaning, errands
and gardening. Reasonable rates, Local references,
bonded. Please call Anne, 941-465-7967.
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 or 941-580-4487.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.


KERN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
Additions Remodels New Construction
941-778-1115 kernconstruction.com
SINCE 1966


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


Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
(941) 794-6504 cfideler@paverbrickstore.com









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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.

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

UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home 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. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing 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.

PROFESSIONAL MANGROVE trimmer: ISA
certified arborist. Fast, friendly service. Free con-
sults. Call Jim at 941-799-0840.


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.

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.


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MORE THAN 2,500 LARGE AND SMALL
PROJECTS ON AMI SINCE 1988!
We provide design plans-You preview 3-D drawings

WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION

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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
& Commercial
Serving the Island, LBK, Manatee & Sarasota Co0iiLii. : :In 1' co
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holrrl-:. li.I :Il I:.1,pi- Sat.

BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
Shu S r.iW.l0 Inmf. Permitted/Licensed/Insured

.O- O Door-to-Door Airport
941-580-5777 Transportation
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> MANATEE MOVING
Pickup & Delivery Services
Apartments Condos Homes -
1 item or Household
S Free Estimates Affordable Rates
Call Mike 739-8234
"Yvour H-ome Towvn sMover'"
Licensed. Insured FL MFover Reg. # IM501

IN'S RESCREEN INC
C::L :-.GES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, C I::R
rI : 1:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima.:
Call Dan, 941-713-3108


ISLAND TAXI
Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
Bruce Collins (941) 778-6201


Pawsitively Pets
& Property Services Inc.

761-75 1 t
Quality Pet Sitting Since 2001

AMI TAXI
professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
www.amitaxi.com amitaxi4u@gmail.com
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
800.301.4816
airports shops dining

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

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.org,
where you can read Wednesday's classified at
noon on Tuesday.



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


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

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

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

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.

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




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Mediterranean Dream 4BD/4BA.
Complete remodel and
addition in 2005. Sunrise
to Sunshine Skyway views.
$1,149,000.


Vintage 2BD/1BA beach
cottage. Secluded and
tranquil North Shore. Gulfffront
with sunset views.
$1,499,000.


Call Liz Codola, Realtor,GRI
941-812-3455 ecodola@tampabay.rr.com
i w RAM 5316 Marina Drive
SAllianceGroup Holmes Beach FL 34217



EXPERIENCE
REPUTATION
REa tO. 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/2BA1
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


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.

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

PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views. Available April,
May. $3,500/month. 941-792-4991.

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.

HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA ground floor unit
available due to cancellation. $2,500/month or
$1,000/week plus tax, plus security deposit and
cleaning fee. 941-778-9576.

TERRA CEIA ISLAND: Furnished 2BR/2BA,
newly remodeled, laundry, dock, ground floor,
large yard, quiet, private. Available 2010-2011
season. To see it now, call 931-729-4431.

BEACHFRONT, WATERFRONT VACATION
Rental: 5BR/4BA. Bean Point area. $2,200/week.
tampabaybeachhouse.com.

EL CONQUISTADOR Country Club. 2BR2BA
condo, end unit with garage for rent with option
to buy. Nicely furnished. Overlooking tennis courts
and country club. $130,000. Call 941-545-3097 or
941-778-3926.

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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
S sunrise to sunset.
$899,900

LYNN PARKER
BROKER ASSOCIATE
941-321-2736

REAL ESTATEi



SGulf ay afty of.nna 9Mar Inc.
aesse Bnsson Broker-issociate, G4
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

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

Call Jesse Brisson
941-713-4755.


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 all utilities,
FIOS. Long-term rental, available April 2010. Call
Claire, 813-363-7250.

ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach, 1BR/1BA
close to stores, trolley and beach. $500/month,
utilities included. Call 941-224-1484 for more
information.

LARGE 1 BR/1.5BA: Enclosed patio, heated pool.
$650/month. 941-795-3930.

CONDOS: AVAILABLE MARCH-April. Beach
access, pool, fully equipped. $650-$750/week.
941-778-1915.

HOLMES BEACH: NEWLY remodeled, 2BR/2BA,
garage. Beautiful new wood floors, tile, ceiling
fans. $1,095/month. 941-713-6743.

LAST-MINUTE VACATION special: Townhouse,
2BR/2BA, heated pool, dock. Now until March 14,
$450.941-356-1456.

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. 1BR/1BA. You own the land. Not a co-op.
No monthly fees. Great condition. Free boat ramp
access. Reduced! Priced to sell! $69,900. 513-
470-3851.

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

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.


Live the dream. Luxury Gult tront custom
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 Drive, Holmes 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.


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Key Concierge
Caring for homes while homeowners are away.
Whether you are a part-time resident, seasonal visitor, or absentee
owner, you want the peace of mind that comes with a professional,
award-winning company caring for your property until you can get
back to paradise.
Weekly inspections-Renovations-Concierge services

Key Concierge, LLC
(941) 388-2611 www.keyconcierge.com





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BRADENTON BEACH DIRECT Gulffront studio
condo. Newly updated. Turnkey furnished. Estab-
lished rental Income. Great investment. $279,000
By owner. 942-962-8220.

GREAT BUY: BEACH HOUSE, GULFFRONT,
furnished. 2BR/2BA, $299,000. Longboat Key.
Sharon Hightower, Horizon Realty, 941-330-
5054.

DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car
garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate
2005 Italian villa-style construction with breathtak-
ing Gulf views. 5,146 sf under roof on north Anna
Maria Island, $3,300,000. Contact owner, broker,
941-920-1699.

WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING, Sunshine
Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. $550,000. Waterfront home, 3BR/3BA,
same spectacular view. 228 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. $1,100,000. 941-778-0019.

NORTHWEST BRADENTON: RIVERVIEW Bou-
levard home. 2,000 sf, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
huge family room and secluded pool, lanai, tropi-
cal garden areas. Updated and well maintained.
$250,000. Don, 941-730-0100.

PERICO ISLAND TOWNHOME: Furnished two
or three bedroom. Walk-in closets, formal dining,
water views, immaculate condition. $239,900.
Sharon Hightower, Horizon Realty, 941-330-
5054.

FLORIDA KEYS PROPERTY: For sale or trade
for local property of equivalent value. Approved
duplex on deep-water canal with raised lot. Paid
$720,000 in 2005. Fully rented, annuals. Call 941 -
779-0105.


BUILDING LOT: 40-FOOT dock included. Gated
community, bay views. $349,900. Horizon Realty,
Sharon Hightower, 941-330-5054.

2BR/2BA: GLASSED LANAI, covered parking,
good rental history, quiet area that overlooks
preserve, heated pool, turnkey furnished, walk to
Publix. Well-maintained complex. $249,900 firm.
Owner would consider financing with 20 percent
down with good credit or discount for cash. The
Cove at Sandy Pointe. Call local owner, 941-756-
8966.

DIRECT GULFFRONT BRADENTON Beach:
Two condos, 1 BR/2BA and 1 BR/1BA. Furnished,
established rental income. Estate sale, great
investment. Asking $299,000 each. Will negotiate
a package price for both. Owner, 516-458-0076.

BOATERS TAKE NOTE! Coral Shores canalfront,
3BR/2.5BA, gorgeous water views, new boat
dock, 10,000 Ib davits, new wood floors, pool,
fireplace, cathedral ceilings, separate living room
and family room. 2,240 sf. Price reduced again!
$379,900 or make offer. Chard Winheim Horizon
Realty, 941-301-4345.

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

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$24,900. Borders state land. Stream, woods,
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7i Kittqy' GOdventunea in shopping ...


Ontique, Gnt-7cqueo and Chic Ooutiqueo!


Spring with its warmer weather is just
around the corner. So now is a perfect time to
get out and shop in these fun stores. So get busy.
Get shopping. Follow us to the best places to find
unique gifts:
Giving Back in Holmes Beach has all kinds
of goodies, nicely priced. Best of all, the proceeds
from sales go to charity.
Vintage Vagabond is a bright, colorful antique
shop that features, among other items, vintage
clothing, furnishings and art. You name it, Vin-
tage's got it. It's all about quality and variety here.
Give the store a visit.
Community Thrift Shop is stuffed to the gills
with clothing, nick-nack and lots of furniture. Com-
munity Thrift always has new stuff alli\ inl'. so it
always has new items on the floor.
Rusty Crickett is chock full of all kinds of cloth-
ing, unique gifts, and coastal d6cor. Check out the
open house on March 18.
Sea Hagg is having a huge, 50 percent off,
warehouse clearance sale! She is cleaning out
everything all the nooks and crannies, even the
light fixtures! It starts March 12 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


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

Open Tuesday -Sunday- 10-4*' "
J622 63rd Avenue E., Bradenton
** ^ 941-751-5495 -


to see her storefront, and even more treasures from
which to choose.
Steff's Stuff in the Whitney Beach Plaza has Irish
Belleek for sale, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.
On the downtown Bradenton path, we appreciate
Braden River Antiques for it's amazing selection
of antique and mid-century art, furniture and home
accessories. We guarantee there's not another store
like it!
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. Also, Cobwebs Antiques is all warmed up
and awaiting your perusal of the collection of home
decor and furnishings.
In Palmetto, the Bag Lady tells us new bags
and purses have arrived for the season. And what
lady doesn't need a new bag every now and then?
There are big ones, little ones, fancy ones and casual
ones.... There's surely one for you.
The Feed Store Antique Mall features more


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Antiques & Treasures


FEED STORE Lrge Collection of Irish Belleek lor ale!
ANTIQUE MALL INC. Lted n Witnev Beach Plaza"
ANTIQUE MALL. INC. 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drie nBd B:S e
Longboat Key 12-4 N lin-.l. Inll 2 IunO
ANTIQUES COLLECTIBLES (941) 383-1901
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Nooks, crannies-even the
fixtures and previous sale items! e .
Warehouse only! J ,o cho.ic
Sale Starts Fri. March 12 ,
THE SEA H AG Otsy Clre1 t'S
... A Nautical Emporium 615 15th Street
Nauticals 8Antiques 615 15th Street
Curiosities 0 Mermaids Downtown Bradenton
9:30-5:30 Mon.-Fri. and 10-5 Sat.
12304 Cortez Rd. W. 941-795-5756 941-745-3131
Two blocks east of the CortezBridge www.rustycricketts.com


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than 50 antique dealers and offers a wide variety of
shops and specialties of vintage toys, furniture, col-
lectible 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.
See you in the shops!


\--a 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!
L 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
751-4045


(ommnilty
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


Historic East Manatee

Antiques District
shops open Tues-Sat 10-4



Antiques
lMid-Cenlury Arl Antiques Collectibles We Buy
1002 Manalee Ave E. 941-750-0707


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