VOLUME 17. NO. 49
Stone crab season
opens this week.
the news ...
Anna Maria commis
sion race heats up.
Mainsail will keep
Pink power: Breast-
tributes, Page 4;
A survivor's story,
Trust seeks donations
for Angler's Lodge.
Island Players opens
season. Page 12
Island police reports.
School news: Fire-
fighters to teach
Get out. Make a date.
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winners. Page 18
Fishing: Casting in
the heat. Page 21
Wine tasting, limo
patches. Page 22
Islanders Mallory Kosfeld, Sarah Howard, Jenna Duvall and Mackenzie Kosfeld take
part in the second-annual "Volley for the Cure" volleyball matches held last week at
Southeast High School. Islander Photo: Courtesy Scott Kosfeld
McClash may stall LBK renourishment
By Rick Catlin
Manatee County Commissioner Joe
McClash has made a formal request to the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a public
hearing on Longboat Key's permit applica-
tion that is seeking use of man-made materi-
als to control beach erosion on the southwest
side of Longboat Pass.
McClash said in his Oct. 1 letter to the
Corps that he was making his request as "an
individual commissioner," and noted that the
Corps permit process allows anyone to ask
for a public hearing. He asked that the Corps
hold the hearing in Manatee County and,
ultimately, deny the permit application.
McClash listed 11 specific concerns
for the project and indicated that the town
of Longboat Key may have "caused the
increase in beach erosion" by dredging sand
near the eroded areas.
McClash said putting revetments in
the near-shore waters at Longboat's north
end will create public safety and boating haz-
He said the use of man-made materials
would "set a precedent" among Florida west
coast erosion-control efforts. McClash also
cited concern for tourism and the environment
of Beer Can Island at the southwest end of the
Longboat Pass Bridge opposite Coquina
Beach if Longboat Key proceeds with its
Following publication of the McClash
letter, Manatee County Commission Chair
Gwen Brown issued a statement that
McClash's request did not reflect the opinion
of the board and he was making his request
as an individual, rather than as a commission
The town of Longboat Key has spent
nearly $400,000 in the process of preparing
and submitting its application to the Corps.
Efforts to reach Charles Schnepel of the
Corps' Jacksonville office for comment on the
McClash request were unsuccessful.
By Rick Catlin
The Jacksonville-based St. Joe Co. has
sold its SevenShores condominium project on
Perico Island to Minto Communities LLC, a
subsidiary of the Minto Group of Canada,
according to documents available online at the
Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court
The $10 million sale included $2 million
for the accompanying marina and $8 million
for the land, according to the court Web site.
Minto Communities has been involved in
single-family and condominium construction
on Florida's east coast for a number of years,
according to the company's Web site.
The company headquarters is near Fort
Lauderdale in Coconut Creek.
SevenShores was planned as a 686-unit
condominium complex on north Perico Island,
but St. Joe halted infrastructure work in 2007
due to a declining demand for condomini-
ums. The company only managed seven res-
ervations during the 13 months it had a sales
office at the site. Units were offered for sale
in the low $700,000 range, but there were few
Minto vice-president Michael Belmont
said the company researched the purchase of a
number of Florida properties before deciding
to buy SevenShores as the first step of expand-
ing its operations on Florida's west coast.
"We're truly excited about the Perico
project and its potential and we look forward
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Pine Avenue to host Bayfest Oct. 16-17
By Lisa Neff
Pine Avenue becomes party central Oct.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Bayfest takes place Friday and Satur-
day, with a kickoff party planned for Friday
night beginning at 5 p.m., and a lineup of local
entertainment and vendors planned for Satur-
day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Friday lineup features DJ Mike
Sales from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and, from 7 p.m.
to 10 p.m., the local band Bootleg, as well as
a number of food and beverage vendors.
The Saturday lineup includes Jimi Gee's
Fogt's Jr. All Stars Band at 9:45 a.m., Marc
Anthony at 10 a.m., Rory Miller at 11:15
a.m., Firedoor at 12:30 p.m., the Human
Condition at 1:45 p.m., The Island Rock-
ers at 2:30 p.m., HWY 41 at 2:45 p.m., The
Missing Links at 4:30 p.m., Koko Ray and
the Soul Providers at 6 p.m. and the Billy
Rice Band at 8 p.m.
"BOC Productions is doing our sound,
and Anna Maria's DJ of choice, Chris Grum-
ley, will be our emcee and DJ for the day,"
said Bayfest co-organizer Cindy Thompson.
Bayfest also will feature food, arts, crafts
and retail vendors, children's activities, a
classic car show and an exhibit of The Doors
public art campaign.
The festival, a fundraiser for chamber
programs, will again be free to the public.
An Islander interview with Thompson.
The Islander: You've been organizing
Bayfest for how many years now?
Cindy Thompson: I have been organiz-
ing Bayfest with my co-chair John Secor for
nine years. We started it in front of Paradise
Cafe on East Bay Drive "Bay"-fest and
then the following year we were approved for
half of Pine Avenue. Since then we have had
approval for the whole street.
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off some of the moves that helped him cap-
ture first place in the minis division of the
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Bayfest this weekend
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The Islander: How many people are involved in
putting this event on?
CT: I would estimate a total of about 50 people
are involved. The Bayfest committee of 10, more than
30 community and business volunteers that actually
work the event itself, also the chamber staff, board
of directors and volunteers.
Perico sold, plans uncertain
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
to continuing to seek additional acquisition opportu-
nities throughout the region," he said.
Minto will conduct a marketing study of the area
and resume the site development sometime in 2010,
"The housing market has certainly changed since
the Perico plan was created. Our goal is to make sure
the housing product we develop meets the needs of
today's consumer in terms of price and livability,"
Minto also is reviewing plans for the 119-slip
marina that is considered a separate asset from Sev-
enShores. The company will consider making the
marina a public facility, he indicated.
Belmont said it was too soon to indicate a price
range for the condominium units, but did say a name
change is likely.
Glenn Compton of ManaSota-88, a non-profit
environmental activist group that opposed the Sev-
enShores project when it was announced in the late
1990s, said he hoped Minto would delay the start of
construction as long as possible.
"Unfortunately, the damage to Perico has
already been done," Compton said. "We at Mana-
Sota-88 can only hope that the new owners will
be concerned with protecting the environment and
institute more measures to conserve the land and
marine habitat there."
The Islander: The hours are extended again this
year? Is that to provide more people with an opportu-
nity to attend? Or to keep people attending longer?
CT: We chose to include Friday night to take
advantage of the fact that we are already all set up
Also, our Friday night events are very well
attended and eagerly anticipated. It will also pro-
vide an opportunity for people who can't make it
on Saturday to come out and enjoy a mini-Bayfest
Friday night. The feedback I get from the majority of
community members, vendors and businesses in our
community is "more is better when it comes to this
The Islander: With 12 hours ofBayfest on Satur-
day and the pre-party, how many times do you think
you'll travel up and down Pine Avenue?
CT: I will be dedicated to "the lot" on Friday
night, but on Saturday I estimate I will travel up and
down Pine Avenue over 100 times. I use a golf cart,
and this year Beach Bum Billy's on Pine Avenue has
offered me use of its "Go-Ped," which should be
The Islander: Tell us three favorite attractions
that will be back this year?
CT: The music, the car show and the food are all
such a nice complement to our unique vendors.
The Islander: And any new attractions to look
CT: The kids area will be an actual KidFest
organized by Island Dojo's Kevin Bergquist. He
does a children's festival annually in October with
the money he raises dedicated to at-risk children. This
year I invited him to do his event in our event as a
win-win for both of us.
Every year I am happy with how Bayfest went,
but I always feel the kids' area could be improved.
This year I know it will be. Kevin has been planning
some wonderful events and demonstrations, includ-
ing martial arts demos, face painting, games and
activities such as an obstacle course, a water slide, a
dunk tank and a bounce house.
Mmm: Mullet on
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will sell
its speciality smoked mullet at Bayfest
Saturday, Oct. 17.
The fall mullet smokes are an AMIP
tradition that raise money for the nonprofit
group's efforts, including the presentation of
the Christmas parade Dec. 12 and the distri-
bution of gifts to children after the procession,
as well as the scholarship awards handed out
each July 4.
The Privateers will anchor the Skully
Wag at Bayfest and sell locally caught, freshly
smoked mullet from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. or
until supplies last.
The group also will sell raffle tickets for
a $600 gift certificate to Tradewinds Resort
on Anna Maria Island.
The Islander: The food court always seems
packed with people. What are some menu items this
CT: We will have a fantastic variety of local fare,
including fish tacos, carnitas, fish and chips, gyros,
barbecue ribs, chicken, hot dogs, meatball subs, chili,
hamburgers, sausage and pepper hoagies, bratwurst,
lobster rolls, Polynesian food, shrimp dishes, South-
ern food, crab cakes, pizza, ice cream, snow cones,
kettle corn and beef jerky.
We still have food vendors signing up to partici-
pate, so the menu will be including a lot more.
The Islander: If you could give Bayfest a theme
song, what would it be?
CT: Definitely Jimmy Buffett's "Changes in atti-
tudes, changes in latitudes." I know it's predictable,
but it's fitting.
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Anna Maria monitoring wedding activities
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city planner Alan Garrett informed city
commissioners at their Oct. 8 meeting that some resi-
dences in the city have been advertised on the Internet
as wedding sites and that's a violation of city code.
A residence may be used for a private w cddiini'.
Garrett said, but city codes prohibit the commercial
use of a single-family home for a wedding.
Garrett became concerned on learning an Internet
site advertised an Anna Maria home as a wedding
site that could accommodate 60-70 people for the
ceremony and reception. The city handled this par-
ticular situation without resorting to a code violation,
But Garrett wanted the commission to be aware
of how the city dealt with the problem and asked
if the commission wanted stronger language in the
"This was a special case. We contacted the prop-
erty owner, and they had the advertisement removed,"
The property owner had no idea that the rental
agent was advertising the property as a wedding loca-
tion. It is not illegal to rent the house as an accom-
modation, Garrett pointed out.
"They wanted to be good neighbors and did the
Garrett said he wanted to get a "feel" from the
commissioners if they think the ordinance was strong
enough to halt the marketing and use of residences
for weddings or if stronger language is needed.
"If you see a concern, there is an easy way to
remedy the situation," Garrett said.
He noted that the wedding industry on Anna
Maria Island has been growing rapidly and the city
gets a number of inquiries each week about a wed-
ding license and laws governing such an event.
Commissioner Dale Woodland, however, said he
had no opinion on strengthening the ordinance until
he sees if the problem develops.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick did not want the
city to go "overboard" with more regulation.
"That's not what we want to do," responded
Garrett. "It's advertising a home for a wedding on a
By Rick Catlin
The gloves are off in the Anna Maria election
campaign for the three city commission seats up for
election Nov. 3.
Commission candidate Harry Stoltzfus claims
challenger David Gryboski is backed by the city's
business interests, and Stoltzfus says incumbent
Christine Toilette, who is seeking re-election, also is
in that category.
"I don't think there's any question that Gryboski
has sided with the developers and I believe Tollette
has also," said Stoltzfus in a recent interview.
Stoltzfus, declined to identify the business inter-
ests, noting that there are many developers involved
in projects in Anna Maria.
regular basis that we want to watch."
Garrett said that keeping track of a particular
house that has 50 to 60 cars parked at the location
each week would be a successful way to monitor the
use of residences for a commercial wedding.
City attorney Jim Dye agreed that was a good
solution. The city should not try to legislate the adver-
tising of the property as a wedding location as that
could become an issue of free speech.
"Focus on the use," he said.
If the city tried to strengthen the current ban
against commercial weddings in a residential zone
by prohibiting advertising of the residence, it might
be like "kicking an ant pile," Dye said.
Commissioner Christine Tollette said there
should be "absolutely" no commercial weddings in
the residential district.
Commission Chairman John Quam favored the
city's current approach to the problem and agreed
that no commission action is needed at this time.
However, he asked Garrett and Mayor Fran Bar-
ford to monitor the situation and keep the commis-
sion informed if they or city staff observe a particu-
lar home attracting a large number of vehicles on a
Expanding the city's boundary to include por-
tions of Bimini Bay appears to be opening a can of
worms, according to Barford and Sgt. Dave Turner,
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy in charge
of the Anna Maria substation.
Turner told commissioners that if the boundary
goes into the water, it would create an "unfunded
The commission had directed Barford to expand
the city limits after it learned several months ago that
it had no jurisdiction over surrounding waters, only
the land areas of Anna Maria. The issue arose when
a homeowner asked for a variance to build a dock
into Bimini Bay and the city discovered that the city
limits ended at the water's edge.
Turner explained that the substation has no water-
craft for enforcement in the proposed expansion area
and only one deputy at the substation is qualified to
In addition to putting Gryboski and Tollette on
the side of business, Stoltzfus also took exception
to what he claimed were "major concessions" made
by the city commission for parking and ingress and
egress in the city's retail-office-residential district.
Those concessions are a safety hazard for motorists
and pedestrians, he said, and benefited the develop-
ers, not the residents.
Stoltzfus said those same developers should "do
better in the future or take steps on their own to miti-
gate the obvious hazards existing now."
The parking issue is not the only concern Stoltz-
fus has with developers in the ROR.
"A lot of concessions have been made in the ROR
that should not have been made," said Stoltzfus, par-
PLEASE SEE ANNA MARIA, NEXT PAGE
enforce Florida's marine laws.
Barford said she needed direction.
"I don't think the city needs to expand to include
more than Galati Marine and the finger piers. Leave
Bimini Bay out of it," Dye said.
Quam said the simple solution is to move the
boundary closer to land and Barford agreed to work
on that principle.
She, Garrett and Dye will establish a new bound-
ary line that will meet the needs and current abilities
of the MCSO and building department.
A stained-glass window at Roser Church.
Roser is top citizen
Roser Memorial Community Church has been
named the city of Anna Maria's "Citizen of the Year"
for 2009 by the city recognition committee.
Presentation of the award will take place at 6:30
p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Anna Maria City Hall,
prior to the scheduled city commission meeting at 7
p.m. The Rev. Gary Batey of Roser will accept the
award on behalf of the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Anna Maria City
Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
Oct. 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 26, 5 p.m., code enforcement organiza-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Oct. 14, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 22, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Oct. 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Oct. 22, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
Oct. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Oct. 15, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach
Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m., The Islander Popcorn and
Politics event, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Oct. 21, 1 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Of-
ficials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Nov. 3, municipal elections in Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach.
Send notices to Lisa Neffat email@example.com.
Equipment used for
painting and other
maintenance work on
the Cortez Bridge sits
under the bridge. The
began on the State
Road 684/Cortez Road
Bridge into Bradenton
Beach in September.
The Florida Depart-
ment of Transporta-
tion said work on the
bridge will continue
into December. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Anna Maria commission race heats up
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Popcorn and politics on menu
Jazmin Cruz, left, and Makenzie Rouslin, both 11
and students at Johnson Middle School, collect
cigarette butts and wrappers near the concession
stand at Coquina Beach as part of the Coastal
Cleanup on Oct. 3. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Pounds pile up in cleanup
Dozens of volunteers helped remove hundreds
of pounds of trash in each of the Island cities Oct. 3
during the annual Coastal Cleanup.
Keep Manatee Beautiful, the sponsoring organi-
In Anna Maria, 27 volunteers helped clean 6.5
miles and removed 521 pounds of trash.
In Bradenton Beach, 81 volunteers helped clean
4.5 miles and removed 482 pounds of trash.
In Holmes Beach, 112 volunteers helped clean
6.75 miles and removed 416 pounds of trash.
Also, along the Palma Sola Causeway, 90 volun-
teers cleared 2.5 miles of 244 pounds of trash.
In the Manatee County portion of Longboat Key, 25
volunteers cleaned 4.75 miles of 212 pounds of trash.
Numbers for a cleanup in Cortez were not yet
Anna Maria: gloves are off in race
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
ticularly the commission decision following the 2007
adoption of the revised comprehensive plan to allow
split ownership of ROR units.
"Anna Maria has lost a lot of ground" because of
these decisions," he said.
"It was a mistake to give these concessions and
they should be taken back," he said.
Stoltzfus also indicated that there are not enough
pro-residential" commissioners on the commission
and "three or four commissioners" who are "pro-
resident" are needed to prevent a takeover.
Stoltzfus said, "Some of us have no ax to grind,
but there are others supported by the business com-
munity with an ax to grind."
What's needed is a "better balance between devel-
opment and residential peace of mind," he said.
If elected, Stoltzfus said he would have the com-
mission discuss whether or not a minimum rental
period was needed in the Residential 1 district for
a single-family home rental, and he is opposed to
The Islander will host Popcorn and Politics at
the newspaper office Monday, Oct., 19, providing
an opportunity for voters to enjoy some popcorn,
listen to some bluegrass music provided by Howie
Banfield and meet candidates for office in Anna
Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach.
The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at The
Islander storefront in the Island Shopping Center,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Voters are encouraged to attend, discuss issues and
participate in straw polls in the three races that officially
will be decided on election day on Nov. 3.
In Anna Maria, five people are running for
three two-year terms on the city commission. The
race includes incumbents John Quam, Christine
Tollette and Dale Woodland, as well as first-time
candidates David Gryboski and Harry Stoltzfus.
allowing residential units in the ROR to be rented.
Stoltzfus also claimed that a few years ago, sev-
eral Pine Avenue businesses "shot down" an effort to
construct a bike path in the city.
While Stoltzfus said he "personally" would
prefer that all houses in Anna Maria be occupied by
residents, he added "that's not going to happen."
"Many property owners need rentals to help
defray the cost of ownership on the Island and I
wouldn't want to discourage that in any way. I'm
not going to impose my personal preferences on the
people of Anna Maria."
Stoltzfus made no mention of incumbent com-
missioners John Quam and Dale Woodland, who are
both seeking re-election.
Tollette later responded that Stoltzfus is appar-
ently not aware of the all the debate, discussion and
public input that went into the comprehensive plan
and, ultimately, passage this year of the ordinance
allowing multiple ownership of an ROR structure.
Decisions about how the city's ROR district should
be operated and controlled were not made overnight, but
after nearly four years of debate, she said.
That debate included the two years she was on
the commission before the revised comp plan passed
in November 2007.
At that time, commissioners and residents had "a
real concern that we would lose the Pine Avenue busi-
ness district to the larger homes like those that were
built where Island Marine used to be," she said.
The decision on ROR ownership was made to
stimulate economic investment in ROR structures on
Pine Avenue. The alternative, Tollette said, would
have been the tear-down of the older Anna Maria
cottages on Pine Avenue and the construction of two-
story over parking "mega-mansions."
Tollette noted that the commission voted 4-1 to
In Bradenton Beach, William Shearon
is challenging incumbent Michael Pierce for
mayor, a repeat lineup from the city's last may-
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Janie
Robertson faces no opposition in Ward 3, and new-
comer Gay Breuler faces no opposition to succeed
Commissioner John Shaughnessy in Ward 1.
In Holmes Beach, five people are vying for
three two-year commission terms: incumbents
Pat Geyer, Pat Morton and David Zaccagnino and
challengers Andy Sheridan and Al Robinson.
Straw poll results will be posted at The
Islander newspaper Web site, www.islander.org.
For more information about the Popcorn and
Politics forum, call the newspaper at 941-778-
allow multiple ownership of ROR structures.
Any suggestion that she favors business interests
over the residents is ludicrous, she said, noting that
she voted against a variance request by a developer
that had an issue with parking on Pine Avenue.
Tollette also opposed the suggestion of a motel
district in the city and is against any new motels,
condominiums or housing sub-divisions, and opposes
any minimum rental period for rental properties.
"When people can't find legitimate complaints
against one candidate or another, they start calling
them names to see what will stick," she said.
Gryboski laughed when he heard he was backed
by business interests, but did admit that John Cag-
nina, son of the late Anna Maria Mayor Ernie Cag-
nina, encouraged him to enter the election. The Cag-
nina family owns the "old IGA" and some residential
properties in the city.
"That means I've been campaigning on both
sides, the business owners and the residents," Gry-
He declined to enter a discussion about residents-
versus-business interests, saying such talk was "counter-
productive" and only served to divide the community.
"It's not helpful to get into that kind of division,"
Gryboski said the lack of any minimum rental
period for single-family structures was "working
well" for the city and tourism, and there's no reason
to examine that issue.
"If it's not broke, don't fix it," he said.
Stoltzfus, Gryboski and Toilette, along with Wood-
land and Quam will have the opportunity to discuss their
positions with city voters and each other at The Islander
Politics and Popcorn event at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct.
19, at the newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach in the Island Shopping Center.
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Mainsail will keep Tidemark footprint
By Rick Catlin
Mainsail Development will use the Tidemark
site plan approved in 2001 for its guest lodge/marina
adjacent to Wachovia Bank in Holmes Beach, Main-
sail president Joe Collier said.
Collier said he wanted to clear up any confu-
sion that the company might consider a new site plan
while it lowers the density from 50 units in the origi-
nal plan to 40 units.
"The Mainsail Lodge and Marina will utilize the
same site plan and footprint as the approved Tide-
mark project," said Collier. "It will operate under the
same program as the Mainsail Beach Inn units."
"We have no intention of moving away from the
fully approved plans, but we have to design and draw
the project and complete the construction using all of
today's standards," he added.
Collier said Mainsail will "maximize the very
expensive piling and foundation work on the site that
has already been completed, which really requires us
to follow the footprint."
The most significant feature of Mainsail that is
different from Tidemark aside from new owner-
ship is that the plan for fractional ownership has
been scrapped, Collier said.
Additionally, the Mainsail Lodge will have 10
less units, 40 rather than the 50 units in the original
Tidemark site plan.
"Our buyers will own a fee-simple asset that is
for them to use at their discretion and in the lodging
rental program the remainder of the time," said Col-
He indicated Mainsail is in the process of select-
ing an architect within the next few weeks.
Interest in both the Mainsail Beach Inn and Main-
sail Lodge has been high, he added.
Collier said he expects to have architectural
drawings and brochures for the lodge ready before plan and footprint, which was approved by the Holmes
Jan. 1. Beach City Commission in August 2001.
"We want to roll with this project," he said.
Mainsail purchased the Tidemark property,
including the Tidemark Beach Resort on 66th Street
in Holmes Beach in July. The 12-unit beach resort is
now marketed as Mainsail Beach Inn and five of the
12 units have been sold, Collier
Although Collier has pledged to use the original
Tidemark site plan, Holmes Beach building official Joe
Duennes said he would have to inspect any plans sub-
mitted by Mainsail to ensure they follow the original site
Efforts to construct a hotel/condominium/marina
at the Mainsail Lodge and Marina property have been
ongoing since that approval, but without success.
In 2004, the original company went into bankruptcy
and a subsequent owner was unable to complete the
lodge, although it did construct the beach resort.
Both properties were purchased by Mainsail in
Principals in Mainsail LLC, a subsidiary of Main-
sail Development, include Pine Avenue Restoration
Anna Maria building official clears PAR
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria building official Bob Welch found no
basis for an allegation that Pine Avenue Restoration
projects in the 300-400 block of Pine Avenue violated
city codes or Florida statutes.
Developer and Anna Maria resident Robert Hunt
alleged in a letter to Mayor Fran Barford and city
commissioners that PAR was "in breach" of Florida
building codes because its drawings were not pre-
pared by a licensed architect. Hunt also alleged that
PAR's contractor was not licensed for commercial
"These are really quite serious oversights on the
part of the city," and the city might potentially face
a costly liability issue, he stated.
Welch responded to Hunt that he looked into the
allegation and the building applications by PAR and
was unable to find any factual basis for the claim.
The PAR contractor, Jackson Construction, has a
CBC license, Welch wrote, providing Hunt with the
license number and the Florida Statute definition and
explanation of a contractor.
Additionally, wrote Welch, architectural draw-
ings only have to be sealed by a licensed architect or
engineer. There is "no state law that defines 'drawn
under the supervision of a design professional,'"
Welch said in his letter that in the PAR case "each
page of the drawings was signed by an engineer, as is
appropriate for compliance with State Statute 161,"
which deals with the coastal construction zone.
Welch noted that it is not the job of the building
official to investigate an architect or engineer who
signs drawings for a project unless it is "obvious that
some sort of law has been broken."
Welch offered to meet with Hunt to discuss
his comments further, saying "It seems that empty
rumors are flying that could cause liability to the
person spreading them. The door to my office is
Hunt responded that the issue "has now been
placed in the hands of the American Institute of
Architects, who confirmed this information origi-
nally, and they will be dealing directly with the city
regarding this matter."
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News flash: Our winter friends are flocking back
to Anna Maria Island. Whether to escape dreary
weather or a tedious economy, here they come. It's
Just like migratory birds that frequent AMI in
the winter, we appreciate what the snowbirds bring
to our Island community.
For our frequent snowbirds, the adventure of
returning to AMI must include a ride around the
Island to take in new sights, scenes, businesses and,
particularly, restaurants. And, of course, some seek
a permanent home here.
On that drive around the Island, hopefully on the
free trolley, newly acquainting visitors will find the
beaches and bays, the stores and restaurants, the piers
and Publix all looking good.
What might not stand out are the subtle changes,
such as the recent turnover of ownership at the former
Tidemark properties, purchased out of foreclosure
for $8.25 million by a new developer, Mainsail. It
includes some Island investors, most notably, Ed
Chiles and the Pine Avenue Restoration group. The
Marina Drive property is still on the drawing board,
while the beachfront condos on 66th Street were fin-
ished, and are seeing some sales and rental activity.
Less noticeable but notable, for a whopping or
meager, depending on your view $10 million, a
new developer has taken on the large Perico Island
property and the site plan for 686 condo units from
St. Joe Co.
Even if you're a snowbird, the price tag sounds
remarkable, right? And if only the county land pres-
ervation program, state funds, or some public source
could have stepped into the same sort of deal.
It won't likely become public lands, but will a
new developer look at Perico Island with a differ-
ent perspective? A new enclave of pricey waterfront
homes or maxed-out condos? Which would you
choose in a perfect world?
In a perfect world, Perico Island would have been
preserved for birds, the real two-legged kind and
other wildlife, and the Indian middens that existed
long before Anna Maria Island was settled.
Future homeowners may be the best we can hope
for where not so long ago a vegetable farm and a pet
pig coexisted with pine rtrees, mangroves, raccoons
and roseate spoonbills.
Welcome back to the winter robins, too, some-
times seen waddling around dizzy after gobbling up
some of our fermented red peppertree berries.
To snowbirds and all, "Welcome back!"
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editor. We hear enough bad news and negativity in
our day-to-day lives.
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we can help to bring out the best in our neighbors.
Random acts of kindness, good deeds, and coming
to the aid of strangers should be promoted and good
news needs a bump.
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boat capsizes (Mike Grieg), pulling a woman and her
dog out of a canal (Lisa Williams) or simply bringing
a cup of coffee to a complete stranger (John Adams)
by heralding selflessness, we encourage others to do
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ricane Hank's, for helping me to be nice to a friend
who is recovering from an accident by donating
(without my asking) some yummy baby back
I am proud to be a member of this community.
We have a lot of giving, caring people who make it
a great place to live and work.
Keith Barnett, Barnett Blinds of Holmes Beach
I have been a resident of Bradenton Beach for 10
years. I know I'm a newcomer, but still, it matters to
me. I have seen the comments of some readers about
the county cleaning the beaches with a mechanical
rake. They for reasons stated do not believe that it is
good for the environment.
Since this raking started, I have noticed that there
are many more ghost crabs on the beaches. I also
noticed that there are many species of birds that I
have not seen here before, such as the frigate and the
There is now an area of nesting for skimmers at
the north end of Bradenton Beach that did not exist
The annual Christmas bird count has not indi-
cated any significant decline in bird population. The
turtle watch reports are that there are more turtle
hatchlings reaching the sea than ever before.
Is it possible that cleaning contributes to this?
I have also seen less of the residents carrying
trash bags and have not seen the Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School students doing their trash surveys that
they conducted in the past.
Our community in the past had conducted beach
cleanup work parties to clear out an area where we
could enjoy the sand rather than see washed-in
There also are not the piles of seagrass, the new
growth of mangroves nor the carcasses of dead and
The fragrances emanating from the beach areas
are now refreshing rather than pungent.
Monday morning I spoke with a county employee,
and he thinks that this cleaning will be stopped.
I, for one, am hoping that does not happen.
Ted Baird, Bradenton Beach
Editor's note: The Audubon Society Christmas
Bird Count noted declines in some bird populations.
While skimmers were seen on the beach this year,
they did not successfully nest, and, while sea turtle
hatchling rates are higher this year than last, they
are not at a record high. A major volunteer cleanup
of the beach occurred Oct. 3.
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Survivor's message: Don't wait
By Lisa Neff
April Fool's Day did not bring a
joke for Sherry Sasser.
The Islander was diagnosed with
breast cancer April 1.
"I had a lump come up," she
recalls. "I went to the health depart-
ment, and they do not waste any
After an exam at the county health
department, she was referred to Mana-
tee Memorial Hospital for more test-
ing. She learned that she had a form
of breast cancer.
"I'd never been sick," she says.
Sherry Sasser of Anna Maria
has reached the end of many
months of chemotherapy for
breast cancer. Islander Photo:
"This just came on me, just popped up Lisa Neff
one day, this thing the size of a quar-
ter.... It was stage 2. It was going very rapidly."
She was referred, at her request, for treatment at
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in
Tampa, one of the nation's Top 20 cancer hospitals.
Sasser sought an exam immediately after noticing
a lump because she already knew how serious that
mass could be.
Of her four sisters, one is a breast-cancer survi-
vor; another died of breast cancer at the age of 31.
Her sisters had a different form of breast cancer,
but Sasser said she recognized the seriousness of the
"Women need to know not to waste any time,
to go right away," says Sasser as she is seated on a
chair in the sitting room of Roser Cottage, the home
of Sato Real Estate, where she has worked for about
Physicians emphasize that cancer patients avoid
stress, but Sasser says stress was unavoidable. Her
diagnosis and first months of treatment coincided with
a national economic downturn.
"I'm more concerned about
bills than I am cancer," she says.
"For the cancer, I know I'm being
taken care of there. Keeping the
electricity on, well."
Today, Sasser says she is at
the "half-way hurdle" in her treat-
She has completed a regi-
men of chemotherapy that employed
a fairly new drug, Ixabepilone,
which acts by blocking cell division
and causing cancer cell death, with
"I'm through with chemotherapy, I
hope," she says. "The drug has been
very good so far. It really hasn't
slowed me down. The tumor has gone away. I'm real
optimistic. The type of cancer I have, it can come
back. But I'm not going to let it."
Next for Sasser, who with her late husband built
a home on Anna Maria Island in 1985 and moved to
Anna Maria full-time in 1994, is radiation treatment,
which may be completed by December.
Sasser is soft-spoken, but she's not shy about
discussing her cancer diagnosis..
Talking about the disease helped Sasser iden-
tify support resources, learn about new options and
understand her treatment and prognosis.
"I get a lot of support from women," she says.
And, she says, when she talks about the disease,
she might help others.
"I don't think it's anything you should not dis-
cuss with other women because they may have to go
through it," she says.
"I guess we are not a silent organization that talks
among ourselves, and we shouldn't be."
In the Oct. 13, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach city commissioners upheld
a $5,000 fine against Pauline Pasco of 73rd Street
for remodeling after Hurricane Floyd more than the
allowed Federal Emergency Management Agency 50
percent rule for a non-conforming structure. Pasco,
who was confined to a wheelchair, said she could not
afford to pay $5,000.
Anna Maria city commissioners decided to
proceed with an engineering study to determine the
condition of the Anna Maria City Pier before seek-
ing another operator for the restaurant. The former
operator, John Home, vacated the restaurant on Sept.
30 after negotiations to renew the lease failed.
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard was sched-
uled to appear in Manatee County Circuit Court Oct.
27 to answer a complaint that he violated Florida's
Sunshine Law when he failed to provide The Islander
newspaper with public documents.
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Trust seeks donations for Anglers Lodge
The Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust con-
tinues to seek donations to preserve the Anglers
Lodge, a 1914 boarding house on the bayfront in
"Much has to be done before we can enter into a
mutually desirable contract to save this historic build-
ing," said AMIPT president Sissy Quinn.
She said the lodge "is one of only a few original
structures still standing on Anna Maria Island with
little change to its exterior.
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County pushes local dredging projects
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County is proceeding with a push for
dredging in Bimini Bay.
The county board of commissioners Oct. 6
approved approaching the West Coast Inland Navi-
gation District to request a study and, if needed,
proceed with permits and dredging of the public
Boaters, as well as the operators of Galati Marine,
have urged a dredging of the Bimini channel.
A memo presented to the county board from
community services director Fred Loveland stated,
"Local municipalities and the public have identified
a need for immediate maintenance of the Bimini Bay
entrance channel. In discussion with Manatee County
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order a survey of the area and take the project out for
Loveland said the dredging would ensure suf-
ficient depth for vessels to safely navigate the water-
way, as well as promote water quality and basin
Already, a preliminary review of the project indi-
cated that the removal of sediment in the area would
Funding for the work, estimated at an ini-
tial $250,000, would come from county WCIND
County commissioners also want to proceed with
a survey for seven non-Island public water projects
using $150,000 in WCIND funds.
Plus, the board voted to authorize Commis-
sion Chair Gwen Brown to send a letter to the
WCIND requesting that it excavate a "severely
restricted" shoal in area east and southeast of
The Army Corps of Engineers notified the county
that it planned a dredging project in the area next
year, but commissioners agreed that a public-safety
issue exists now and 10,000 cubic yards of sediment
must be removed.
County officials expect the dredge material to
be beach-quality sand, but a deposit location for the
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Planning board toasts text change
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning
Board determined Oct. 6 that the city should review
a code provision limiting alcoholic beverage sales on
The consensus was arrived at with board member
Jo Ann Meilner participating not at the board dais
but at the public-comment podium. That's because
Meilner, as a citizen and the operator of the Back
Alley shop on Bridge Street, is requesting the code
The Back Alley opened in March as a gallery and
gift shop and expanded to include a coffee bar.
Meilner wants to sell beer and wine at the store.
However, when she pursued a license for such, she
learned of an old provision in the land-development
code that requires a minimum of 200 feet between
establishments on Bridge Street that sell alcoholic
"I can give it away now," Meilner told the board.
"Right now, I want to be able to sell it."
The LDC text provides a "minimum separation
requirement for establishments serving alcoholic
beverages for on-site consumption and located
within the Bridge Street, First Street North, Third
Street South or Gulf Drive historic old town over-
The provision states that no establishment in
which alcoholic beverages are served can be closer
than 200 feet to another establishment serving alco-
Building official Steve Gilbert said the text was
adopted to bring Bridge Street's "wild and wooly"
days and nights to an end.
"The city fathers were greatly concerned about
the number of bars in operation, along with the corre-
sponding law enforcement problems which inevitably
arise with a proliferation of these types of establish-
ments," Gilbert informed the planning board. "The
historical records indicate that at some point, the
areas along Bridge Street were considered too 'wild
and wooly' on most evenings."
City officials, Gilbert said, reviewed ordinances
dealing with alcohol and, in 1990, when the original
land-development code for the city was enacted, "a
very specific set of criteria was put into place which
sought to regulate how many bars could be located
in close proximity to one another."
Meilner said the provision is no longer applicable
to Bridge Street.
"Years ago, Bridge Street was in need of revital-
ization and this ordinance was put into place to help
improve the street. And it was necessary," she said.
"Within the last 10 years, 20 years, the street has
Meilner said exceptions were made in the past 20
years providing other Bridge Street businesses with
permission to serve alcohol despite their proximity to
other establishments serving liquor, including Rotten
Ralph's Restaurant on the city-owned Historic Bridge
The planning board's responsibility at its meeting
last week was to determine whether the city should
review the code in light of Meilner's request.
The board agreed that the code should be
reviewed and authorized a letter to the city commis-
sion suggesting city staff and the city attorney work
on possible changes for consideration at a public
One option, which Meilner requested in a letter
to the city, is simply to delete the text in the LDC
that references alcohol being served on Bridge Street.
Alcoholic beverage sales and distribution are dealt
with in other city regulations and are regulated by
A planning board hearing on Meilner's request
is scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at city hall, 107 Gulf
Also scheduled for a hearing is a special excep-
tion application for massage therapy services at the
Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort, 1301 Gulf Drive N.
The Florida Department of Transportation
announced that sidewalk and sod work will
take place this week along Holmes Boulevard
from 54th Street to 66th Street.
Motorists, according to a release from the
DOT, can expect some daytime delays, as well
as slower speed limits for the safety of work-
The contractor on the project is McLeod
Land Services Inc.
The Manatee County Board of Commissioners
Oct. 6 approved a $10,000 grant to Solutions to Avoid
Red Tide Inc.
START, which was founded in 1996, plans to use
the money for education and outreach.
The nonprofit's role is to secure funding for sci-
entific research into red tide, as well as the devel-
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of clothing swaps Oct. 24.
In the AMI Clothes Swaps, people essentially
trade their clothes for other people's clothes.
The cost to participate in each swap is $10.
Some swap rules and guidelines from the
Don't bring clothes you wouldn't want to
receive no dirty, stained or torn items and no
Be patient. Swapping is like mining for buried
Have fun. Swapping is a great way expand a
wardrobe and promote recycling.
During the week before the swap, clothing can
be dropped off at the center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For every item accepted, the donor receives a token
that can be used on another item.
The swapping takes place from 11 a.m. to 3
The swaps schedule is:
Saturday, Oct. 24.
Saturday, Nov. 14.
Saturday, Dec. 12.
Swaps also are planned in 2010, including Jan.
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Contest to raise breast.
Island businesses are partnering in the ongoing
Hunt for Pink October, a contest intended to promote
breast-cancer awareness, especially early-detection
The contest, organized by Blake Medical Center
in Bradenton in partnership with the American Cancer
Society and a number of area businesses, began Oct.
5 and ends at 2 p.m. Oct. 23.
Each week of the hunt, Blake is releasing a clue
along with a list of five possible locations where par-
ticipants can find a pink medallion. The clues can be
found at www.blakemedicalcenter.com.
The first person to find a medallion will be entered
into a grand-prize drawing for a "staycation" on Anna
Maria Island that includes a room at the Harrington
House Bed and Breakfast and dinner at the Beach
Bistro, both in Holmes Beach.
Other participants will receive second-chance
tickets for dinner at Mattison's Riverside Grill
and a show at Manatee Players Riverfront The-
Participating businesses on Anna Maria Island
include Harrington House, Beach Bistro, Sand Dollar,
5302 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
On the faculty
Joyce Karp, right, executive director of the Anna
Maria Island League, with members of the league's
faculty Jean Murray, left, Marie Garafano,
Nancy McClure Law, Alexandra Lillis and James
Corwin Johnson. The league, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, opened its annual faculty exhibit
Oct. 9 with a reception. The exhibit also features
Gloria Bocchetti, Sandra French, Cheryl Jor-
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The Beat Goes On class takes place Tuesdays at the
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Fall classes beginning at Center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
drumming up new course offerings for adults this
The schedule of classes at the Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria, includes:
The Beat Goes On, an Island version of Drums
Alive, with fitness trainer Sherry Fideler leading the
workout on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Adult ballet, with instructor Mo Dye leading
the sessions on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Mo's Mixed Movement Class, with Dye lead-
ing a workout that fuses exercise and dance to a rock
soundtrack on Fridays at 9 a.m.
Bare Bones Ballet, with Dye helping class
members build core strength and improve flexibility
on Friday at 10:15 a.m.
Watercolor painting, with artist Sue Lynn Cotton
on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
For more information about courses, call the
Center adult programs manager Sandee Pruett at
941-778-1908, ext. 9204.
Groups host monofilament
cleanup Oct. 17
The Monofilament Cleanup Day sponsored by
Sarasota Bay Watch, Audubon of Florida and Save
Our Seabirds will take place Saturday, Oct. 17.
"Cleanups mobilize people who love and use the
bay the most to help us clear important nesting habitat of
dangerous fishing line." said Ann Hodgson, Audubon's
Gulf coast ecosystem science coordinator. "This event
is a great way for folks to do right by Sarasota Bay, and
save a lot of birds in the process."
Monofilament fishing line is a significant mor-
tality factor in bird colonies, according to a news
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion biologists have identified monofilament fishing
line as the number one killer of adult brown peli-
Estimates of the total annual impact are very impre-
cise, but many birds die annually in Florida from this
unnecessary cause, according to Audubon.
"The birds face increasing pressures from habitat
loss, storm damage, and predation; removing mono-
filament is an easy way to help their chance of sur-
vival," said Audubon of Florida field biologist Mark
A wide variety of birds are affected by fishing
line, including those that nest in trees pelicans,
cormorants, anhingas, herons and egrets, ibis, spoon-
bills, etc. and others that nest on the ground -
gulls, terns, skimmers, and oystercatchers.
Sarasota Bay and the Gulf coast are home to
some of the most important bird nesting colonies in
the state of Florida.
The cleanup is from 8 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers will meet at Save our Seabirds Sanc-
tuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, near
Mote Marine on City Island.
To register for the event, call Colleen Adler at
Garden club to meet
The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet for a
program on growing orchids at noon Wednesday, Oct.
21, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call Barbara Callaghan at
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have died, promote awareness of the disease and raise
money to find cures.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in
women in the United States, aside from skin cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, an esti-
mated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer
are expected to be diagnosed among women in the
United States next year.
An estimated 40,170 women are expected to
die from the disease this year. Breast cancer is the
second-leading cause of cancer death in women after
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survivors living in the United States.
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in one or both of the breasts. Breast cancer usually
develops in the ducts or lobules, also known as the
milk-producing areas of the breast.
Botanical park to hold sale
The Palma Sola Botanical Park will hold its
annual plant and antiques sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 17.
The event will feature vendors selling plants, gar-
dening items, antiques, crafts, as well as food and
The park is adjacent to the Robinson Preserve at
9800 17th Ave. NW, Bradenton.
For more information, call 941-761-2866, or
Garden club to meet
The Island Garden Club of Anna Maria will hold
a monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
The event will include a social hour, as well as a
For more information, call Marguerite Carrick at
Democrats to discuss
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
for lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach, at noon Monday, Oct. 19.
The scheduled speaker is Glenn Compton of
ManaSota-88 and his topic is offshore oil drilling.
For more information, call Harry Kamberis at
Island real estate transactions
629 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,474 sfla
/ 3,477 sfur 4bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home
built in 1969 on a 100x115 lot was sold 09/24/09,
Barto to Scott for $600,000.
120 Oak Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,173 sfla / 1,579
sfur 2bed/ Ibath home with pool built in 1971 on a
50x110 lot was sold 09/25/09, Mattick to Marques
for $515,000; list $565,000.
2319 Ave. C, Unit 200, Laguna Veneto, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,620 sfla / 1,968 sfur 3bed/2bath condo
built in 2007 was sold 09/21/09, Superior Bank to
Lopez for $415,000; list $424,000.
218 82nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,802 sfla / 1,954
sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1955 on a 90x90 lot
was sold 09/25/09, Hicks to Lightfoot for $330,000;
308 58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,984 sfla / 2,374
sfur 4bed/3bath duplex with pool built in 1960 on
a 90x100 lot was sold 09/24/09, Ellis to Kaleta for
2502 Gulf Drive N., Unit 211, Club Bamboo, a
609 sfla ibed/ Ibath condo with shared pool built in
1975 was sold 09/24/09, DNG Investments LLC to
Aqua Props LLC for $135,000; list $169,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.islander.
org. Copyright 2009
Holmes Beach jail inmate
rearrested for disturbance
By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has added
charges to James H. Royals, 55, of Holmes Beach,
who was already being held in the Manatee County
jail on charges of violation of
probation and driving without a
Royals' previous charges
included three counts of posses-
sion of a controlled substance,
aggravated assault with a fire-
arm and using a firearm while
Royals under the influence of alcohol,
stemming from a January arrest at the Anchor Inn,
According to the newest arrest, which occurred
at the jail, at about 3 a.m. Oct. 7, a deputy was con-
ducting an inmate count in the jail when she heard a
On investigation, the deputy saw inmate Royals
bent over, holding his stomach.
As she went up the stairs to the second floor,
the deputy asked Royals if he was yelling. Royals
replied, "Come over here and I will show you." The
deputy opened the cell door and Royals came out of
the door and pushed the deputy with both of his hands
on her upper body.
The deputy was knocked backwards into the
railing and then attempted to gain control of Royals
by grabbing his left arm, but Royals broke free and
pushed past the deputy.
He then ran downstairs while the deputy called
for assistance. The deputy followed Royals down-
stairs and Royals ran toward the deputy as if he was
going to hit her, so she pushed Royals and he fell
back on the wall. The deputy told Royals to stop,
saying he did not want to do this.
According to the report, Royals replied, "Yes, I
The deputy continued to attempt to restrain
Royals until assistance arrived.
He was arrested and charged with battery on a
law enforcement officer. He remains in the Manatee
County jail without bail bond.
Royals was on probation for the January
charges and his driver's license had been revoked
for two years. He was stopped by officers while
driving Oct. 2 and was re-arrested.
Mike Quinn is publisher of NewsManatee.com,
a news partner of The Islander.
Two arrested in Bradenton
Beach vehicle burglary
By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
Bradenton Beach Police arrested Derek D. Lau-
terbach, 27, and Clarissa L. Sportelli, 18, both of
Holmes Beach, on vehicle burglary charges.
According to Bradenton Beach Police, Lauter-
bach and Sportelli were seen looking into vacant
vehicles in the Moose Lodge parking lot at Bridge
Street and Gulf Drive, at about 7 p.m. Oct. 6.
The suspects allegedly located a silver Chevro-
let Avalanche pickup truck with a North Carolina
license plate that had its driver-side front window
down slightly. Lauterbach was observed picking
up Sportelli and holding her, allowing her to reach
through the open window and unlock the driver-
side door, according to a police report.
Once inside the vehicle, she removed a radar
detector and a cell phone from the front cab of the
truck. The pair then walked away and got back in a
red Jeep Cherokee.
A witness who observed the action, copied the
license number of the Jeep and called police. BBPD
Officer Roy Joslin investigated the incident and, on
questioning, the pair admitted the theft.
Lauterbach and Sportelli were arrested on charges
of burglary to a conveyance.
Mike Quinn is publisher ofNewsManatee.com, a
news partner of The Islander.
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Island Players open season with Simon comedy
By Lisa Neff
Theater-goers can consider a ticket to "London
Suite" a sweet deal: Four plays for the price of one.
Opening night for "London Suite" and the Island
Players 61st season was Oct. 8.
Director Gareth Gibbs, presenting his fourth play
at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, wel-
comed the first-night audience.
"Switch off your phones, enjoy and laugh," he
Then, in a series of one-act plays, actors Peter
Ruscoe, Mark Woodland, Barbara Fleming, Chelsey
Panisch, Michelle Kienzle, Robin Rhodes, Judy
Glynn, Miriam Elkin Ring and Vinnie Conte enter-
tained with convincing accents, physical pranks,
emotional tugs, zippy one-liners and big jokes.
Like Simon's "Plaza Suite" and "California
Suite," "London Suite" consists of four plays. The
playlets take place in rooms 402 and 404 of a London
hotel "an old but very fashionable hotel in London,
much like the Connaught Hotel," reads the script.
To create the space for the Island Players to act
out their roles, the production team fashioned a suite
of old charm and ambiance, but obviously rooms
remodeled many times over.
The production staff includes light designer Brad
Pattison, sound designer Bob Grant, costume designer
Pat Russell and stage manager Bobbie Berger. Gibbs,
in addition to directing, served as set designer.
Each should share the audience accolades that
came at the end of the evening for the creative split-
room staging, the audio intros to each act, the collec-
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With the first opening of the curtain, theater-goers
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Woodland is great fun as he attempts one more
con on Brian by playing at lovable, earnest and
remorseful, but never really sincere.
"Going Home" is the second playlet, performed
by Panisch as daughter Lauren and Fleming as
mother Sheryl. It is the story of a widow and her
daughter on their last night in London, and the daugh-
ter's deep desire that her mother not spend her days
alone. That wish leads to Mom making a date with a
"very tweedy and very suede-y" rich Scot to a David
Panisch and Fleming are generous players, and
"Going Home" delights with touching moments and
one-liners such as shoe-buying Mom's quip, \ k, \ h
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Rhodes as Oscar-nominated English actress Diana,
Ruscoe as her bisexual ex-husband and Kienzle as
her devoted assistant Grace Chapman. Sidney, in this
spot, is visiting his ex for the first time in years to
"make a deal."
Simon fans familiar with "California Suite" will
recognize Diana and Sidney, portrayed in the film by
Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Michael Caine.
These characters seem dear to Simon, receiving
the play's best lines, greatest tenderness and most
sincerity. These characters also seem dear to Rhodes,
Ruscoe and Kienzle, whose performances are as
skilled as Simon's writing.
The last playlet, "The Man on the Floor," is a
farce featuring Glynn as wife Annie, Woodland as
husband Mark, Ring as a hotel house manager, Conte
as magical Dr. McMerlin and Ruscoe, in his third role
of the e \ ~. ini. the aging bellboy.
The piece involves a search for lost Wimbledon
tickets, a hotel mix-up with the rooms that has an
off-stage Kevin Costner waiting in the lobby for his
suite, and some back problems that bring the play to
an end on a slapstick note.
If you leave the theater chuckling and shaking
your head, thank Glynn, Woodland, Ruscoe, Conte
"London Suite" continues through Oct. 18, with
performances Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and
Sunday at 2 p.m. The theater is dark on Monday.
Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the box
office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and one hour before show times.
For tickets or more information, call the box
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Oct. 2, 300 block Second Street North, warrant.
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Mary Emilie Madeira
Memorial services for Mary Emilie Madeira will
take place at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 22 in the chapel at West-
minster Towers, 1533 Fourth Ave. W., Bradenton.
Mrs. Madeira was a volunteer with the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society.
She is survived by sister Carolyne Norwood of
Anna Maria; and brothers J. F. Probst of St. Peters-
burg, Luther Middleton of Hendersonville, N.C., and
Edward Middleton of New Freedom, Pa.
Ankie Watt, 91, of Ashland, Va., and formerly of
Bradenton, died Sept. 15.
She is survived by son John W. II and his wife
Florence Watt; two grandchildren; and two great-
Private inurnment will be held at Roser Memorial
Community Church, Anna Maria. Memorial services
will be held at a later date. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home was in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn A. Weber
Evelyn A. Weber, 89, of Holmes Beach, formerly
of Owensboro, Ky., died Oct. 6.
Services were Oct. 9 at
Crosspointe Fellowship, Anna
Maria Island. Bradenton Funeral
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husband John "Jack"; son Glenn
Gore of Clyde, N.C.; stepdaugh-
Eveln A. Weber ters Beth Woodwell of Jensen
Beach and Lynn of Stuart; five grandchildren; and
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Firefighters to teach Island students safety
By Kimberly Kuizon
Students at Anna Maria Elementary School will
learn fire safety from those who know it best.
West Manatee Fire Rescue District firefighters
will visit AME this week to teach students the impor-
tance of fire safety.
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"Our goal is to have kids think and to bring the
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AME school calendar
Oct. 15, picture retake.
Oct. 15, Domino's pizza day.
8:30 a.m. Oct. 16, Parent Teacher Organiza-
5 p.m. Oct. 20, PTO dinner sponsored by Mr.
Bones BBQ Restaurant, followed by third-grade per-
AME cleans up
Gifted students from Anna Maria Elementary
School join teacher Gary Wooten to clean up
the school campus as part of the annual Coastal
Cleanup. First-grader Thomas Mott and fifth-
grader Ben Connors take a look at trash they col-
lected Oct. 7. Islander Photo: Kimberly Kuizon
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to do when a fire truck is passing them or comes to
their house," Levengood said.
The week will include many activities for stu-
dents. Some will learn new information, while others
will refresh fire safety skills.
"After Fire Safety Week, it's the simple things
the kids don't realize that help remind their parents.
For example, kids help remind their parents to pull
over for a passing fire truck," Levengood said.
While students are having fun, the best thought
that comes to Lathrop's mind is "knowing that in the
time I have done this for 24 years, we have never had
a child killed or burned by a fire."
For more information on Fire Safety Week, call
the AME administrative office at 941-708-5525.
AME welcomes new teacher
Kindergarten students at Anna Maria Elementary
School welcome their new kindergarten teacher,
Laura Redeker. She joins AME after nine years
of teaching at Ballard Elementary. An additional
teacher was needed this year for kindergarteners
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Wednesday, Oct. 14
7:45 to 9a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast at The Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players lun-
cheon at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton.
Thursday, Oct. 15
10:15a.m. -Friends of the Island Branch Library book discussion at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brown bag networking lunch at the Long-
boat Key-Lido Key-St. Armand Key Chamber of Commerce, 5570 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key Information: 941-383-2466.
6p.m. Island Garden Club of Anna Maria potluck dinner at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Friday, Oct. 16
9 a.m. Senior Adventures group meets at DeSoto National
Memorial, 8300 DeSoto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. Information: 941-
5 to 10 p.m. Bayfest on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information:
6:30 to 9 p.m. Skate night at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee
Saturday, Oct. 17
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plant and antique sale at Palma Sola Botanical
Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941- 761-2866.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bayfest on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Informa-
Monday, Oct. 19
5:30 p.m. Popcorn and Politics with The Islander, meet and greet
the candidates and straw poll voting at the newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
Tuesday, Oct. 20
4 to 5:30 p.m. Inquiring Minds non-denominational study of the
Old Testament at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Noon Anna Maria Garden Club meeting featuring a video on
growing orchids at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2809.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
Island at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Tuesday, noon, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island
Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, through April. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Off Island Events
Thursday, Oct. 15
6 p.m. Eat, Drink and Be Merry Film Series presents "Babette's
Feast" atthe South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Saturday, Oct. 17
6 to 10 p.m. Viva Las Vegas masquerade party featuring Elvis
and a costume contest at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Oct. 20
6 to 9:30 p.m. The Cinema Experience: Films of the 1950s fea-
turing "A Star is Born" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Oct. 21
3:30 p.m. Spooktacular children's Halloween program at the
Palmetto Branch Library, 923 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-
7 to 9 p.m. "Have Humans 'Beaten' Evolution" discussion at
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
Oct. 22, "Eat, Drink + Be Merry Film Series" presents "All in This
Tea" at the South Florida Museum.
Oct. 23, "Hannah Montana" movie atAnna Maria Island Community
Oct. 23, Goblin Gathering at G.T Bray Park.
Oct. 24, Oktoberfest at Church of the Annunciation.
Oct. 27, "Rebel Without a Cause" 1950s Film series presentation
at South Florida Museum.
Oct. 28, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business card
Oct. 28, "Neurobiology and Spirituality" discussion at the Studio
at Gulf and Pine.
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the 2009-10 rummage sale season on Anna Maria
Island at St. Bernard Catholic Church activity
center in Holmes Beach Oct. 10. The sale began
at 9 a.m. '1i. '-'.. i' lined up early to find the best
bargains. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Oct. 30, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats
and kids' costume contest.
Oct. 30, The Islander Canine Costume Contest roundup.
Oct. 30, Halloween outing at De Soto National Memorial.
Oct. 31, Zombiefest at the South Florida Museum.
Nov. 7, Bridge Street Market.
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Skimboard bash attracts big crowd to BeachHouse
By Kevin Cassidy
Once again, the Skimboard Bash, a beachfront con-
test for skimmers of all ages at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant in Bradenton Beach drew a throng of onlookers
and 80-plus participants to show their stuff Oct. 4.
The eighth annual event, again sponsored by
West Coast Surf Shop, donated some proceeds -
more than $800 to Mote Marine red tide research
in addition to paying out prizes to winners.
Local participants fared well in this year's event
with Brandon Mills of Holmes Beach taking home
first place in the menehune division. Another Holmes
Beach resident, Christian Daniels, grabbed the top
spot in the minis division, beating out Bradenton's
Trent Shakelford, who took home second place.
Rainia Lardas of Holmes Beach grabbed second place
in her division, while Joey Mattay, also of Holmes
Beach, won second place. Bradenton residents Chris
Cover and Brad Hamilton took third and fourth place
in the men's division.
Other locals who placed on the board include David
Lanzillo and Tom Sanger of Holmes Beach in senior
men, Ethan Bertrand of Bradenton, fourth in the mene-
hune, and the Izzy Gomez, former Islander who now
lives in Jupiter, took third place in the girls division.
Thanks go to Nick St. John for contributing great
action photos from the event. To view more photos
from the event and surfing action, visit his Web site
MHS-lsland girls participate
in Volley for the Cure
Island residents Sarah Howard, Jenna Duvall,
Mackenzie Kosfeld and Mallory Kosfeld are mem-
bers of the Manatee High Hurricanes volleyball pro-
gram that along with Southeast High team members
participated in the second annual "Volley for the
Cure" volleyball match Sept. 30.
The girls, along with other players, parents,
friends and family members all went to work selling
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pink T-shirts to raise money during Breast Cancer
Awareness month. With more than 1,000 shirts sold,
the Southeast High gym was a sea of pink and orga-
nizers raised almost $4,000 for the cause.
Howard, Duvall and Mackenzie Kosfeld are first-
year members of Manatee High's varsity team, while
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Mallory is a member of the freshman team.
Coach Jessica Hinkle said that Howard, Duvall and
Kosfeld are all pretty versatile players and have played
several positions for the Canes, which is in a rebuilding
year after losing seniors Taylor Mealy and Courtney
McDonald both now playing in college.
Howard has played mostly middle hitter for the
Canes who are now 5-10 after an Oct. 8 match at
Bayshore that the Canes won 3-2. Howard man-
aged two kills and three digs in that match. Kosfeld
is listed as a libero or defensive specialist, but she
must be getting some time as an outside hitter as
she had eight kills, two assists and two digs against
Bayshore. Duvall, who also has spent time at the
libero position was 3-for-4 serving while also man-
aging an assist and a couple of digs for the Lady
Canes in victory.
Congratulations and good work girls!
Two soccer teams chase
At the halfway mark of the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's recreational soccer season, two
teams have yet to taste defeat. Sandbar in Division II
and Ross Built in Division I are sporting 5-0 records
and hold comfortable leads in their respective divi-
Ross Built is led by Jake and Andrew Ross, who
along with Sydney Corell and Keiran Grumley have
several players who can put the ball into the back of
the net. Sandbar is similar with Christian Daniels,
Hannah McCracken, Jason Partridge and Joe Joe
Rodgers all capable of scoring goals.
Their competition needs to step things up quickly
or there will be no chance of catching up with them
in the standings.
Ross Built stayed undefeated in Division I thanks
to a 5-2 victory over Autoway Ford on Oct. 9. Andrew
Ross led the way with three goals while Emma Peery
and Jake Ross each scored one goal. Michael Latimer
and Miles Fischer scored a goal apiece to lead the
Autoway Ford effort.
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the team edged Wash Family Construction 4-3 behind a
pair of goals by Ben Connors. Neil Carper and Angel-
ique Ayoade both added goals in the victory. Jacob
Talucci led Wash with three goals in the loss.
Autoway Ford smoked Mr. Bones 4-1 on Oct. 6
behind two goals apiece from Michael Latimer and
Miles Fischer. Ben Connors led Mr. Bones with one
goal in the loss.
Ross Built opened the week with a 9-1 demoli-
tion of Wash Family Construction on Oct. 6 behind
five goals from Andrew Ross. Keiran Grumley added
a pair of goals for Ross Built, which also received
goals from Jake Ross and Lauren Sapienza. Talucci
scored the lone goal for Wash.
Sandbar remained undefeated in Division II,
but lost its perfect record when West Coast Surf
Shop battled to a 2-2 tie on Oct. 9. Christian Dan-
iels scored two goals to lead Sandbar, while Jade-
lynn Pasco and Aiden Grumley each scored a goal
to lead the Surfers.
The second Division II game of the night saw
Sparks Steel Art garner its first victory by defeating
Panoramic 2-0. Emma Moneuse and Nicole Sewall
led the way with one goal each in the victory.
West Coast Surf Shop moved into second place in
Division II thanks in part to a 4-1 victory over Sparks
Steel Art on Oct. 7. Ethan Bertrand's two goals led
the Surf Shop, which also received goals from Aiden
Grumley and Sean Quattromani in the victory. Nicole
Sewall notched the lone Sparks goal in defeat.
The second Division II game of the night saw
Hannah McCracken and Joe Joe Rodgers score
goals to lead Sandbar past Panoramic by a 2-1 score.
Morgan Burns scored the lone Panoramic goal.
In the Premier Division battle for first place,
Harcon Corps. Defeated Mike Norman Realty 7-5
on Oct. 7 behind a hat trick by Trevor Bystrom. Julian
Botero and Michael Duffman each added two goals
in the victory. Chandler Hardy led with four goals
while Morgan Greig added one in the loss.
Harcon stayed atop the Premier Division stand-
ings, thanks in part to a hard-fought 3-3 tie against
Wash on Oct. 8. Bystrom led Harcon with two goals
while Botero added one goal. Danny Krokroskia
scored all three Wash goals in the loss.
Wash defeated Mike Norman 5-3 on Oct. 5
behind three goals from Krokroskia and two goals
from Garrison Clark. Hunter Parrish, Chandler Hardy
and Harrison Franke each notched one goal for Mike
Mallory Kosfeld, Sarah Howard, Jenna Duvall and Mackenzie Kosfeld show off the pink uniforms they
wore in the second annual "Volley for the Cure" volleyball match at Southeast High School. Islander
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Norman in the loss.
Check sports on The Islander Web site, www.
islander.org, for AMICC Soccer League standings
and weekly game schedules.
Computer user hot spots
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive.
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Back Alley, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N.,
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
5313 Gulf Drive.
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive.
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive.
Soup label collection
for a cause
The Anna Maria Elementary School-
Parent Teacher Organization is asking anyone
who uses Campbell's products to collect the
labels and turn them in at the school.
The labels are sent to the Campbell Soup
Company Labels for Education program and
from there, the labels accumulate into points
towards purchases for the school.
"The school doesn't get cash, but we use the
points for items that aren't allotted in our budget,"
AME-PTO president Monica Simpson said.
Some of the items that can be purchased
from the Campbell's soup store for the school
include dry erase boards, art supplies and
For more information, visit www.labels-
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Like tourist season, stone crab season opens this week
Many years ago I wrote that the start of stone
crab season Oct. 15 should be a holiday.
Check that: Give it a few more days after the
opening, maybe until Friday. There should, we hope,
be more claws.
Stone crab claws are a luxury/necessity in South-
west Florida for seafood fiends. The season runs from
Oct. 15 through May 15. Fall and winter are best
times for the colossal.
"Colossal," by the way, is the biggest of the big of
the claws from the biggest of the big of crabs. It's also
the costliest: sometimes running up to $32 a pound,
which reaps the customer about two. Sometimes
less than two. Smaller grades have smaller prices, of
Stone crabs are big yellowish-brownish-black-
spotted critters that haunt the bottom and, naturally,
like to hide around rocks in the Gulf of Mexico
during the summer as they grow. As winter comes
and the cold fronts move down from the northwest,
crabs start to prowl closer to shore and into the
Only the claws are taken from the critters. Crab
fishers love the claws because of the financial harvest
they reap. Fish mongers love the claws because of the
profit they reap. Seafood aficionados love the claws
because of the taste.
But unusual in the green world is the fact that
environmentalists love stone crabs too because they
are a truly sustainable industry. Only claws are taken,
and the crab is let loose to grow another pair for
Crabs are mostly caught in traps baited with a
variety of unsavory-to-human but delectable-to-stone
crab stuff. Some fisher use cans of cat food with holes
spiked in them. Some like stinky fish. Some like ...
well, maybe a secret recipe. Crabbers use whatever
it takes to attract crabs into the traps.
Traps are pulled every few days, moved as
needed, usually in long lines marked by buoys. There
is an intricate numbering system on the buoys and
an equally myriad set of regulations governing just
who can dump what number of traps, and lo the sorry
recreational fishing who "just wants to have a claw
or two" from a commercial trap.
In a word: Stupid. Don't do that.
The jury is out just what kind of season we'll
have for crab claws in 2009-10. Traps are out already,
but it's tough to know how good the season will be,
what the cost will be, how available the claws will
be or where they'll be available.
Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant on north Long-
boat Key, of course, will be a featured venue for
claws. They've got their own boats, their own traps
and a huge clientele for claws.
Most other restaurants that feature seafood will
feature crab claws. Enjoy.
Most Cortezians agree that it takes a hard cold
front to move crabs offshore toward the beaches or
into the bays. We had something of a cold front a
couple weeks ago. Puny. Probably not enough to
cause any real movement of crabs. Maybe. Welcome
to the world of fishing.
There is also the matter of timing.
Some Cortezians argue that every third year is a
good year for stone crabs. We've had so-so years for
a while. Predictions are we'll have a warmer, wetter
winter this year, with January being the coldest month
You know how those forecasters are the only
job where you can be half wrong and still go to work
the next day.
In the day ...
To paraphrase Ben Green's great book, "Fin-
estkind," "'Paul ... gut up, get out of bed, time to
go crabbing ... you gonna sleep all day?' That is
how it has to start. That is how is always started -
Dad and this Little Roat weren't commercial fish-
ers. Heck, back in the day few commercial guys and
gals were bothering with stone crabs, too busy with
mullet and pompano and the big-ticket fishery items
the Gulf and bays would yield.
But when the nor'westerners started to howl for a
day or two, and the furnace had to be lit in our house
in Bradenton Beach and the fireplace got fired up, we
all knew for sure that stone crabs would be moving.
We knew there would be brutally low tides where
all the seagrass flats would be exposed. Stone crabs
lurked in them thar flats, we knew.
Jeez, it was cold at the barely post-dark back
then, as Dad and I would hunker down in the little
boat and putter toward Longboat Pass.
Did I mention that Dad and the Little Roat always
used to challenge each other on just who would pull
on the waders first?
We'd loaded up our tools. Long sticks we'd
screwed hooks into back when that was legal, then
longer metal rods with a 90-degree bend in them
when regulations changed. And we had a couple
buckets in the hope of having good luck.
We were hunting for stone crabs with sticks. And
prepared to bring home game.
First stop was always along the Bradenton Beach
side of the pass, along the rock jetties. Sometimes
we were lucky and could snag a few crabs that were
blown into the pass by the strong winds and tides in
the days before.
We'd make another pass along the south side of
the pass on Longboat Key. Australian pines always
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seemed to fall into the water there, and sometimes
we'd get lucky and get a few more claws.
Then off to our honey hole: north Jewfish Key.
Just inside Longboat Pass at the north end of the
little island was a wide expanse of turtle grass. Them
The trick was to walk along the seagrass beds and
look for a mound of muck. Take stick. Poke stick into
area around the mound. Find hole. Stick stick into
hole and wiggle until there was a "click," and you
knew you had a crab that was after you.
Gently, gently pull. Crab comes out, pissed. Grab
crab Dad and the Little Roat also eschewed nets -
and snap off a claw, put it in bucket, drop crab, run away
as it chased you, then go find another muck mound.
Rules were different back in the day for the taking
of stone crab claws. I think.
We never took claws from female crabs.
We only took one claw, the "fighter," or right
claw, leaving the "feeder" claw in place.
Dunno if those were real regs or just what Dad
Today, both claws from both sexes may be taken
except for "egg-bearing crabs."
Limits of quantity then were limitless. Today,
don't expect to take your sticks out and get more than
2 gallons of claws per vessel or 1 gallon per person.
Size of claws is still the same though: no less than 2
3 inches per claw.
We'd usually end up with a half-bucket-plus of
claws. Shivering, off we'd go home.
The best way to eat stone crab claws is with
We'd get back. Mom would have a big pot of
water boiling, claws would go in, come out, go into
the refrigerator, and phone calls would start.
Later that day we'd spread out newspaper on the
dining room table The Islander, of course, because
it really is more than just a mullet wrapper and
folks would come over for dinner.
Most people used nutcrackers to get into the
claws. As a Little Roat Hey! I was a kid! I
liked a hammer. My crab meat was a bit mushier than
some, but boy was it ever fun.
And cleanup was easy. We just wrapped up the
bits and pieces in the newspaper and thunked it all in
Perico Island resi-
dent Ralph Bassett,
who served in the
U.S. Marine Corps,
visits the World
War II memorial in
The memorial was
completed in 2004
honoring the 16
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featured speaker at
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eran's Day ceremony
on Nov. 10 at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
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Why is it so hot? Will fall arrive here soon?
By Paul Roat
It it's supposed to be fall, so why is it so hot
Mid-October is supposed to bring cooler tem-
peratures in the air and water. That hasn't been the
case of late, and fish seem as confused as humans
about what's happening.
Kingfish are being caught offshore in the Gulf
of Mexico. Not in any sort of "run" as yet, but some
stragglers or scouts are being boated. Snapper are a
good bet offshore as well, plus gag and red grouper.
Snook have apparently moved off the beaches
and into the bays and canals, although there still are
some hookups off the piers in the passes.
Redfish, trout and snapper are still a good bet in
the bays as well.
And don't forget the sluggish flounder, a tasty
treat that is a wonderful catch right now offshore and
in the backwaters. It's not a pretty fish, doesn't fight a
lot, but sure is wonderful on the table. We're looking
at a crab stuffing for ours tonight.
Speaking of crabs, don't forget that stone crab
season begins Oct. 15. Check your local market for
fresh crabs for the table at home, or check for local
restaurants where they do the work for you.
Capt. Mark Johnston out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle in Cortez said he's catching kingfish offshore,
mackerel and snapper, all off the artificial reefs in the
Capt. Sam Kimball, also out of Annie's, said
he's catching snapper, gag and red grouper plus king-
fish in his Gulf charters. He's also bringing back some
blackfin tuna from his offshore ventures.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Charters
said the fall fishing pattern is hot right now. He's
found the redfish bite in the bays to be great, adding
he got into a two-hour feeding frenzy of reds last
week. He's found snook moving into the mangroves.
Mangrove snapper is good in the bays as well, with
best action on the seagrass flats. Capt. Mark also is
putting his charters onto speckled trout on the flats,
with fish running up to 20 inches.
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, Tom
Cassetty reports pier fishers are finding that shrimp
and shiners are the best bait for a slew of fish: redfish,
mostly oversized but with a few keepers mixed in;
snapper; flounder; black drum; and some small snook,
a few of them keepers, added to the mix. Mackerel,
permit and pompano are elusive of late, Tom said,
but things should pick up as the weather cools.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez waxed eloquent last
week in his comments, saying "the spate of cool fall
weather was a cruel tease. The weather is back to mid-
summer levels but with no cooling rain. Water tempera-
tures started to moderate but now have jumped right
back up to the mid-80s again." He predicts the kingfish
run will indeed happen, but be later than usual "and
hopefully longer." It's all about the weather, Capt. Zach
said, with hot water and hot air stalling the usual fall
Captain Mark Howard
Snook Trout Redfish
Tarpon Grouper Shark
Real big red
Mark Plemmons. of Naples, caught this bie redfish while fishing with Capt. Mark Howard ofSumotime
a day away
to go fish-
catch. "One big upside is there is tons of bait around,"
he said. He's put his charters onto a lot of trout, Spanish
mackerel, ladyfish, mangrove snapper, flounder and a
stray pompano, all caught on artificial.
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Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
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By Rick Catlin
Harry's Continental Kitchens'
wine tasting events will return to the
popular Longboat Key restaurant at 5
p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15.
Proceeds from the event will
benefit the Longboat Key, Lido Key,
St. Armands Key Chamber of Com-
The event includes appetizers by
chef-owner Harry Christensen and
a large wine selection for guests to
sample. The price to attend the event
In addition to the wine tasting, all
wines purchased at Harry's Deli on
Thursday are reduced by 20 percent.
Harry's is at 525 St. Judes Drive,
For more information, call 941-
383-0777, send an e-mail to info@har-
ryskitchen.com, or go online to www.
Hunsader Farms at 5100 County
Road 675, Myakka City, is hosting
its annual fall festival from Oct. 16
through Oct. 18, and again on Oct. 24
and Oct. 25.
A variety of games, entertainment
and activities for young and old will
be featured in the festival, including
magician Paul Esterline performing
Also included in the festivities is a
dog show, performance by stunt BMX
bicycle riders, the Walker Bros. Circus,
a costume contest for youngsters, a
frog-jumping contest, remote-control
airplanes and the pumpkin cannon.
On Oct. 25, Hunsader will host a
trick-or-treat event for all children in
For more information on Husader
Farms and the activities, call 941-322-
Driver to the stars
Jim Sebastiano of Holmes Beach
has operated Island Limousine service
quietly on Anna Maria Island for nearly
20 years, and his family has been in
the limousine business more than 45
During that time, Jim has driven a
number of famous and not-so-famous
people around Anna Maria Island,
Palm Beach and Sarasota.
In fact, his family, which has oper-
ated a limousine service in Palm Beach
for nearly 45 years, operates the offi-
cial limo service for Donald Trump's
company, Mira Largo.
Has he ever driven "The Donald"
Maybe. Jim's not about to give
up any secrets, but he used his limo at
Trump's Palm Beach mansion during
Jim Sebastiano of Island Limousine
with his limousine and other vehicles
used to chauffeur the famous and not-
so-famous around the Island, Bra-
denton and Sarasota. Islander Photo:
"The Donald's" most recent wedding
and might have met Katie Couric and
John Travolta, maybe.
Jim does, however, admit to knowing
where Cameron Diaz spends her time
in Anna Maria when a relative. Diaz's
father is originally from Tampa.
Jim might even know other celeb-
rities, such as Lee Greenwood, who has
several properties in Holmes Beach,
and Reba McIntire, who visited here
several years ago on a July 4 week-
Then, there's "a" famous baseball
player, the highest-paid player in the
game today, who Jim drove around
Bradenton a few years ago. Take "a"
guess, said Jim, and make it "a" good
And Jim might have even driven
actor Jon Voight father of actress
Angelina Jolie when he attended the
Sarasota Film Festival.
"It's a possibility," said Jim with a
"Actually, we do a lot of work
in Sarasota during the film festival.
I've had quite a number of actors and
actresses use Island Limousine," Jim
No names, please, but Island Limo is
directly affiliated with a Hollywood
limousine service and receives calls
from that company to drive many
movie-related people, including actors
and actresses, when they are in the
While you might not meet a star
when you use an Island limousine, you
can at least sit in the same seat where
a celebrity once enjoyed the ride.
But Island Limo is not limited to
just the famous or nearly famous, or
just the stretch limousine. The com-
pany has a number of other vehicles
somewhat smaller than a limo that
will still carry people in comfort and
Island Limousine is available for
private parties, prom nights, weddings,
business conferences, and anyone who
needs a nice limousine to get around
the area in style.
"We're here for everybody," Jim
said. "We love the Island. We live here
and spend our money on the Island,
go to Island restaurants and shop on
the Island. It's only natural we'd call
ourselves the 'Island' Limousine Ser-
To reach Jim and Island Limo, call
(HECK OUT OUR FALL HAPPENINGS
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month and The Islander will be fundraising
and promoting awareness by publishing
r special pink pages of advertising.
Sl t acknowledgements, up to
1 5 words (similar to classified
.i i will each publish with a pink
.awareness" ribbon and cost will
be $15. Display advertisers
are welcome to join us in
encouraging survivors of
cancer and memorializing loved ones lost.
Ten percent of all ad sales will go to Nancy
Ambrose's American Cancer Society Relay for
Yee Haw! Round up the pooches for The
Islander newspaper Canine Costume Contest.
Prizes and fun await the canines and owners
and participants in the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce Trail of Treats in
the Holmes Beach shopping
district. Kids contest at the
chamber, canines coral at
The Islander, and treats all
along the way. Register pets,
advertise your pet friends,
contribute prizes. Call The Islander for more
SVeterans Day is Nov. 11
and The Islander will
~j ,iiauml again honor all service
veterans, spouses and family members at the
Holmes Beach Veterans Memorial and Butterfly
Park with a continental breakfast, honor guard
and presentation of colors by the American
Legion Kirby Stewart Post and the final salute
to fallen comrades, Taps.
With its Nov. 18 edition,
\4jiituluU^ TFhe Islander will again
publish its Island Vacation
Guide with a special focus
.s for holiday visitors. Don't
miss the second edition
--: - of this highly acclaimed
~-- I-- special edition. Preview the
e-eduion of the fall Island Vacation
Guide online at www.islander.org.
Thanksgiving is the time for giving thanks and
for remembering the organizations that serve the
community and needy individuals on Anna Maria
Island. Special sponsor ads help produce the
annual "Islander Wish Book," which highlights
the needs of nonprofits serving the Island and
allows readers to compile shopping lists to help
meet those needs. It's the "joy of giving" with
some special sprinkles of Island style.
Mark your calendar for the Holmes Beach
Downtown Holiday Open House Dec. 4
sponsored by The Islander newspaper, and
be sure to join us at the newspaper for visits
with Santa aboard his sleigh, surprises for kids
and holiday merriment with the Privateers
aboard their ship. Raffle prize registration and
refreshments will abound at the area merchants
and there's always a little holiday magic in the
air for this event.
Dec. 5 will find young and old alike celebrating
the holiday season at the Chuck and Joey
Lester-Islander Fun Day at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Prizes, Santa,
games, food and refreshments are offered at
"old-fashioned prices for an old-fashioned good
Next up: Dec. 12 brings
) the Anna Maria Island
Parade and Kids'
Christmas Party. The parade runs
the length of the Island from Anna
Maria Bayfront Park to Coquina
Beach, where Santa greets kids with a hearty
"ho ho ho" and a gift aboard the Privateer ship.
Dec. 19 is the annual "Where's
Woody Candish" Sidewalk Art
Sale outdoors along the walkways
at The Islander newspaper office in
the Island Shopping Center. There
are last-minute shopping bargains
from local artists something for everyone on
your list at this once-a-year sale event.
GET ON THE SPORT! ...
Stop by anytime or call 941-778-7978 for more information. The Islander, Island Shopping Center, 5404 Maria Drive, Holmes Beach
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ROLL-TOP DESK: 42-inch, ivory, matching chair,
BIKE FOR SALE: Malibu 18-inch, girls, aquama-
rine color. Fair condition, $25 firm. Call 973-303-
CHILDCRAFT DRESSER: GREAT shape: $85.
Sleeper sofa $50. Dining cabinet $50. 941-778-
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
NEW! "ANNA MARIA Island" Tervis Tumbler,
SweetPeas/Samplings, Holmes Beach. Great tast-
ing Florida wines! Plus, design your own unique
label. 941-778-8300. www.SweetPeasAMI.com.
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
FREE SEMINAR: 5:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
22. How to buy foreclosures and short sale prop-
erty. Your experts, Dian Wilson, Waterside Lending,
home check home inspection, Mills & Fitzpatrick
Team, Re/MaxAlliance. Sun House Restaurant,
111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. RSVP Oct.
21. 941-321-9601. Kim@ KimberlyMills.com.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for boat-
ers available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
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
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.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butter-
fly Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms
at The Islander, or call 941-518-4431 for more
LOOKING FOR A JOB? Islanders seeking
employment can market their skills with a FREE
classified ad for up to three weeks in The Islander.
Submit 15 words or less including a resume link,
if desired, by e-mail to email@example.com
or deliver in person to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. The Islander will encourage employers
to review the "employment wanted" ads in The
Islander when seeking employees. And good luck
finding the right job!
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
SALE: NIKI'S. ALL sterling, 50-70 percent off.
Select antiques, gifts, vintage linens, jewelry,
clothing, orientals, furniture, patio sets, 30-80
percent off. Open seven days. 5351 Gulf Drive,
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed
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The Islander invites you to celebrate Halloween
and a howling good time Oct. 30!
The Islandernewspaper will host a critter corral in front of the newspaper
office from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Oct. 30. Prizes will be offered for pets in the
scariest, most original and silliest costumes, as well as pet-owner look-alikes.
Contestants will gather in a corral outside the office. 5404 Marina Drive. Holmes
Beach, with registration beginning at 5 p.m. and judging scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Trail of Treats begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
office with a kid's costume contest and then a trick-or-treating adventure in downtown
Holmes Beach. All trick or treaters are welcome to visit the corral and view the
promenade of costumed animals.
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77841345 and hardscape needs.
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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Trunks Door Handles 941-780-1735
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RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
,' Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc,.
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
ez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236
S/r ~Service, Remodel, New Construction
Commercial and Industrial
United Electric LBK 941.756.5465
Powered by Service www.unitedelectric.biz
24 Hour Emergency Service/ Saturday Service
The Big Picture...It's all about Real Estate.
It's a GREAT TIME to buy!
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OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND, INC.
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FOUND AT LAUNDROMAT, Holmes Beach,
Monday, Sept. 14: Harley-Davidson T-shirt. Call
941-567-4301 to claim.
FOUND: SILVER CIRCLE pendant with colored
stone. Found near historical museum on Pine
Avenue, Anna Maria. Can claim at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
INDOOR CAT NEEDS home. Black and white,
long hair. Olivia, 941-713-2221.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
ELECTRIC SCOOTERS, ELECTRIC bicycles:
Clean, green, quiet, 20-plus mile range, no main-
tenance ever. 850-665-2383. www.falconev.com.
WANT TO RENT: Boat slip for 20-foot deck boat
on Anna Maria Island. 941-795-5754.
30YEARS BUSINESS experience, seek to remain
on Island. E-mail: email@example.com.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified
child care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross
training, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-
4632 or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941 -
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
11-YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or
younger child. CPR-certified, references, experi-
enced. Brianna, 941-448-9036.
HELP WITH SCHOOL WORK? Manatee High
School junior will tutor math, science, basic com-
puting skills. Patrick, 941-524-5686.
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.
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at www.
islander.org. And it's FREE!
RESTAURANT: ISLAND BREAKFAST/lunch
eatery. Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confi-
dentiality agreement required. $95,000. Longview
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving in-home care for
your pets. Longtime Island resident, background
check, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-
2830 or 941-730-5693.
GRACE'S CLEANING SERVICE: Licensed and
bonded. Reasonable rates. Call for estimate. 941-
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.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike: 941-567-6634.
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. Mom-Watch, Pet-
Watch, Storm-Check, windows, etc. Rentals our
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
Available from Commercial News Providers
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house @verizon.netfor details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products,
handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home pedicure services. 941-713-
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.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
ISLAND LAWN CARE: Monthly or only as needed.
Island resident, fast and dependable. Pool clean-
ing, maintenance also available. Why not combine
services to just one company? Bobby Reynolds,
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured plus unbeatable
prices. Call Allen anytime. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer supplies
paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing. Free
estimates. New phone number! 941-721-7521.
CT HANDYMAN SERVICE: Island resident. Any
home improvement needs from remodel, tile,
paint to even changing a light bulb. Licensed. Call
Ted at 813-785-1987.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
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SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Available Sept. 1.
2BR/1BA, furnished, bay water-view, walk to
beaches, carport, No smoking/pets. $675/month.
TROPICAL WATERFRONT: KEY Royale.
2BR/2BA pool, spa, two boat lifts, designer inte-
rior, six month to annual rental, $2,300/month.
Available Oct. 1. 941-730-1086.
3BR/2BA SEASONAL: Heart of Anna Maria.
Weekly, monthly, steps to beach, coffee shop,
theater, shops, restaurants. 941-737-9662.
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA GROUND-level duplex. Anna
Maria City, Spring Avenue. $850/month includes
water and trash. 941-778-7003.
GREAT LOCATION: HARBOR Pines. Large
2BR/2BA. Very nice, ground floor, screened porch,
freshly painted, tile floors, washer/dryer con-
nections, water, cable, close to MCC, Bayshore
High School, shopping. Annual $725/month. Last
month free! 941-650-3476.
THE SANCTUARY: 1 BR/1 BA, washer and dryer,
water included, on lake, screened porch, carpet-
ing, close to MCC, shopping. Annual rental $700/
month. Last month free! Call 941-650-3476.
Live AND work in this choice Pine Avenue home.
Custom built, 1900 sf and plenty of parking. Close
to beach, trolley stop, shopping and restaurants.
Call for an appointment for viewing.
"Te ARE the Island!"
Marie Fraklin, Lic Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
ROOMMATE: $125/week, includes utilities. Pool,
washer and dryer. Background check required.
Holmes Beach. 941-778-5080.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space. 625
sf, $500/month. Also 1,800 sf. 8799 Cortez Road.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Fur-
nished, walk to beach. Off-season rates, $125/night,
$775/week. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
WANTED: ANNUAL RENTAL. 2BR/2BA close to
beach, room to store kayak and bike. On Anna
Maria Island. Call Dan, 941-705-5561.
4BR/4BA IN NORTHWEST Bradenton for rent.
Two blocks from boat ramp. $1,400/month. Call
LARGE DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage. Sunny
Shores. Quiet, close to beaches. Available now.
2BR/2BA SEASONAL RENTAL: Direct spectac-
ular water views at Westbay Point & Moorings.
Tennis, heated pools, Jacuzzi. Available Decem-
ber 2009 through April 2010. Seasonal only. Call
Ann, 203- 259-4769.
Beautifully landscaped, 30-home subdivision. No pets.
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BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
condo with den. This
like-new condo has
peeks of the Gulf and
a great rental history.
deeded beach access,
furnished. A supreme
value in today's market. This property will not last long.
Owner will pay 1 year of condo dues! $379,000.
Call Jesse Brisson
WOW! ACROSS FROM beach, remodeled
2BR/1BA annual rental, 707 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria. $975/month. 941-567-6409.
PALMA SOLA: WALK to beach on bay. Pool,
3BR/2BA, two-car garage, 10x40-foot lanai, new
kitchen. Annual, seasonal. Furnished or unfur-
nished. $1,675/month. 941-778-3051.
SANDPIPER RESORT: 2BR/1 BA, Jacuzzi, view
of bay, furnished or unfurnished. Annual $850,
seasonal $1,700. 941-778-3051.
SANDPIPER RESORT: 2BR/1 BA, screened lanai,
furnished, seasonal. Available November-Decem-
ber, April-May. $850/month. 941-778-3051.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR apartment. Walk to beach.
Quiet neighborhood. Available Nov.1. $650/month
plus utilities. 941-778-5143.
HERON'S WATCH: FIVE minutes to beach.
3BR/2BA, five years old.
$1,300/month. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 941-
ANNUALS: 3BR/1 BA HOME, out building for stor-
age, $875/month. 2BR/1BA, $675/month. Realtor,
Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
35 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot short block to bay.
Well maintained. $199,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview ool, boatdock,
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
RUNAWAY BAY. Across from beach. 2BR/2BA condo.
CORTEZ FISHING VILLAGE. Historic cracker house to
rehab or use now as an artist studio or workshop on a large
BAYFRONT. 2 COTTAGES. One directly on the bay with
a beautiful view, the other on adjoining property and stones
throw from the beach.
-Norman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
I www. mikenormanrealty.com
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1BR/1BA VILLA: QUIET neighborhood. Morn-
ingside. New appliances and tile, washer, dryer,
screened lanai. Non-smoker. No trucks or vans.
$660/month includes sewer water, trash, cable.
STEPS TO BEACH: 1BR/2BA, Anna Maria
Island. Winter season available at $1,995 plus
tax/monthly. 941-778-1098. www.gulfdriveapart-
ments.com, annamariaisland @gmail.com.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED DUPLEX: 1BR/1 BA, beau-
tiful tile floors, 640 sf, close to beach, $700/month. No
pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
VACATION RENTALS NOW: 2BR/2BA townhouse,
pool, boat dock, $350/weekend, $499/week, $1,000/
month. Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA, $1,400/month.
Key Royale 3BR/2BA, pool, boat dock, $900/week.
Realtor, Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
ISLAND "FIXER-UPPERS" from $289,900. These
homes need work. From $289,900. Call Vince
Meaney, Horizon Realty, 941-315-1501.
For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
at Mike Norman Realty,
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $74,900. 513-470-3851.
BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free bro-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
NEW CANALFRONT HOME: 4BR/4.5BA. Study,
den, lanai, pool. $1,450,000. Brokers protected.
215 Chilson, Anna Maria. 941-567-6600.
WOW! CANAL HOME, $599,000. Remodeled
3BR/2BA, two-car garage, move-in ready. Pool with
hot tub, great seawall and 16,000-lb. boat lift. For
sale by owner. Won't last. Call 863-581-6661.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
Call Vince Meaney, 941-315-1501. www.mana-
WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING, Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. $550,000 or trade for house of
equal value! 941-778-0019.
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$100,000 DISCOUNT FOR a quick sale. Key
Royale waterfront. 3BR/2BA, updated. $499,000.
Realtor, Real Estate Mart, 941-3556-1456.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
7998+/-ACRES: TENNESSEE land auctions, 10
a.m. Oct 24. Large tracts. Small tracts. Five acre,
2699+/-acre. Waterfront, pasture, hunting, lake,
800-711-9175. David Hudgins. TNAULIC 5232.
NEW LOG CABIN kit: Three-plus acres, 500-foot
lakefront, $89,900. Save $40,000 on 12,000-acre
recreational lake. Boat to Gulf of Mexico. Call 866-
952-5339, ext. 1617.
PRIVATE LAKE ACCESS: Two-plus acres,
reduced to $56,500, was $169,900. High and dry
country acreage with big lake views, bounded by
conservation area. Private road access, gated
community. Ready to build. Financing. Must sell.
Call now, 866-352-2249. www.fllandoffer.com.
WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY!
Two units for sale in the only professional
building on the island. Includes all furnishings
and equipment. Asking price $500,000.
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for
many more listings and rental info.
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