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NOV. 24, 2010
tee courts officials.
Anna Maria revives
parking issue. Page 5
Op/Ed: The Islander
editorial, reader let-
ters. Page 6
Anna Maria com-
mission affirms PAR
plan. Page 8
What to do. Where to
go. Page 15
Getting around AMI.
AME notes. Page 19
Island police blotter.
Sports: Soccer, golf,
horseshoes on AAMI.
water brings gag
grouper. Page 23
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businesses. Page 24
Events on Anna Maria Island and in Cortez over the weekend "rocked" and "sculpted" and benefited good causes. More inside.
AM mayor sets BB puts trash HB office-holders
By Rick Catlin
Nov. 17, at Mike Selby's first commis-
sion meeting since taking office, the Anna
Maria mayor updated commissioners on his
first days in office.
The meeting lacked tension among the
commission that had been present during
the past turmoil involving ex-Commissioner
Selby said he met with the staff and
attended the Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting in Holmes Beach Nov. 17.
At the BIEO meeting, he and Holmes
PLEASE SEE AM MAYOR, PAGE 2
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Bob Bartelt, Janet
Vosburgh and Ed
Straight take their oaths
of office from city clerk
Nora Idso Nov. 15 at
city hall. On Nov. 2,
Straight and incumbent
Vosburgh were elected
to the city commission
and incumbent Bartelt
was elected mayor. A
took place in Anna
Maria Nov. 9. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
out to bid
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach will collect bids for
trash collection in December in an effort to
decide whether to outsource the service to a
The city commission, about three weeks
ago, authorized the preparation of a request
for bids to possibly outsource trash collection
in the city.
Meeting Nov. 18, city attorney Ricinda
Perry told commissioners and Mayor Bob
Bartelt that a proposal soliciting bids should
be completed in early December.
PLEASE SEE TRASH, PAGE 2
Holmes Beach Mayor
center, with Commis-
sioners Sandy Haas-
Martens and John
Monetti. The three
officeholders took their
oaths Nov. 15. They
were re-elected to
two-year terms Nov. 2.
By Lisa Neff
Newly elected but incumbent city officers
Rich Bohnenberger, Sandy Haas-Martens and
John Monetti took their oaths of office Nov.
The early morning session at Holmes
Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, was
followed by a brief organizational meeting.
Bohnenberger was re-elected mayor with-
out opposition Nov. 2.
Haas-Martens and Monetti were re-
elected to two-year terms on the city com-
mission. They faced challenger Jean Peelen
on Election Day.
Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge
Janette Dunnigan, who lives on the Island,
officiated during the swearing-in program.
Bohnenberger took his oath first, followed
by Monetti and then Haas-Martens, who
brought a nearly 60-year-old family Bible
to use during her oath-taking at the occa-
About a dozen people gathered in the
chambers for the ceremony, including rela-
tives, friends and other elected officials.
During the organizational meeting, Com-
missioner David Zaccagnino nominated Haas-
Martens as chair, a post she has held numer-
With a second from Monetti, the vote was
"I enjoy doing it and I enjoy working with
the staff," Haas-Martens said.
The commission then unanimously elected
Monetti vice chair, a position he previously
Bohnenberger, at the conclusion of the
meeting, said he looked "forward to another
The commission's next regular meeting
was scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23,
at city hall.
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BB TRASH CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Perry said an initial review of sanitation services
shows that the city is "upside down" on costs and
that in the near future at least one and possibly both
garbage trucks would need replacement. A new truck
costs about $350,000.
Already this year the city commission agreed to
hire Waste Pro to collect recyclables from residential
and commercial properties.
Perry said that the city cannot simply expand its
contract with Waste Pro to include trash collection.
Instead, a new contract must be put out to bid.
The commission met at city hall, its first regular
meeting following the swearing in of the officehold-
ers elected Nov. 2. In the general election, Com-
missioner Jan Vosburgh retained the seat she was
appointed to in June and Bartelt retained the post he
was appointed to several months ago. The commis-
sion's newest member, Ed Straight, representing Ward
2, was elected without opposition. He succeeds Bob
Connors, who decided not to seek another term.
During the Nov. 18 meeting, Bartelt named Com-
missioner Janie Robertson the city's vice mayor and
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Court Judge Janette
Holmes Beach Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger into
office Nov. 15 at city
hall. Islander Photo:
announced he would make his liaison assignments in
In other business, commissioners:
Approved 2011 special event applications,
including the Winterfest Arts and Crafts show Jan.
15-16 at Coquina Beach, the Coquina Tides Arts
and Crafts Show March 5-6 at Coquina Beach, the
third annual Clancy's Shamrock Shiver Jan. 1 at the
12th Street beach access and the American Cancer
Society annual Relay for Life May 21-22 at Coquina
Approved payment of a $5,750 invoice from
M.T. Causley Inc. for planning department ser-
Accepted a U.S. Justice Department grant of
$1,069 for two all-in-one computers for the police
Approved payment of a $4,756 invoice and a
$3,198 invoice for repairs to city garbage trucks.
The next commission will be at 7 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 2, at city hall.
City hall will be closed Nov. 25-26 for Thanks-
AM MAYOR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger discussed a water-
shed grant for all of Anna Maria Island from the
Southwest Florida Water Management District.
:. The Island's contribution
would be $15,000, he said, and
SBohnenberger agreed that Holmes
Beach would pay the lion's share
and Anna Maria's contribution
should be pro-rated.
He told the commission that
Selby the P&Z board has again taken up
the Pine Avenue parking issue in an effort to find a
recommendation to the commission for parking at
existing locations in the retail-office-residential dis-
trict. Selby said he supports the P&Z effort.
The mayor also announced he's looking for a few
Selby appointed and the commissioned approved
Carl Pearman to take a vacant seat on the planning and
zoning board at the meeting. But Pearman recently
resigned from seats on both the code enforcement
board and capital improvements advisory committee,
creating two openings.
The mayor said there are two openings on the
code enforcement board for one regular member and
one alternate member, in addition to the vacancy on
People interested in volunteering should con-
tact the mayor at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, or call 941-708-6130.
The mayor announced to the commission that the
city's annual appreciation party for staff and volun-
teers will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday,
For more ...
For more on the Anna Maria Planning and
Zoning Board plans to resume discussion on park-
ing in the residential-office-retail district of the
city, go to page 5.
Centennial committee courts officials
By Lisa Neff
The committee tasked with planning the anni-
versary for Anna Maria's 100-year-old city pier is
encouraging support and participation from elected
"Get on board with us," coaxed Sissy Quinn, who
chairs the Anna Maria committee planning the cen-
tennial celebration for the city pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd.
"We're all excited."
Quinn, at a Barrier Island Elected Officials Coali-
tion meeting Nov. 17 at Holmes Beach City Hall,
reviewed a schedule for the May 2011 celebration,
which includes a parade, food festival, family picnic,
arts and crafts showcase and a fireworks display.
"We have a lot of things in the works," Quinn told
elected officials from Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach and Longboat Key. "And we want you
to know you're all welcome to participate."
Quinn specifically encouraged Anna Maria Mayor
Mike Selby, Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt and
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger to join in
the opening ceremonies and parade launching the
celebration May 13.
From the archives
The Anna Maria City Pier was built in 1911
by the Anna Maria Beach Development Co.
Charles Roser, the son of John, and Will
Bean, the son of George, were the company's
officers, according to historian Sissy Quinn, the
chair of the pier centennial committee.
Roser and Bean platted the north end of the
city from Bean Point to Magnolia Avenue and
needed the pier to bring prospective buyers to
the Island by steamship, as the first bridge to the
Island was not built until 1922.
The pier extends 776 feet to accommodate
the deep drafts of the steamers in the earlier part
of the 20th century.
She suggested the city leaders ride golf carts
along the parade route, which runs from Crosspointe
Fellowship to the pier for a ribbon-cutting.
Besides inviting the officeholders to join in the
celebration, Quinn also encouraged representatives
from Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach to attend a
Dec. 13 meeting of the centennial committee to help
address logistical issues, including traffic.
"We really think we'll get tens of thousands of
people," added Anna Maria Commissioner Jo Ann
Noting the pier's appeal, Quinn said, "Our city pier
up at our end ... is the biggest draw to the Island."
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger joked,
"I thought it was Duffy's."
With dry humor, Holmes Beach Commissioner
John Monetti observed of his city, "We don't have
a pier." A pier at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes
Beach was demolished last year and has not been
In other business, the BIEO gathering discussed
a long-term collaboration on water basin issues on
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.
The committee did not set its next meeting, which
likely will not take place until early 2011.
Island officials hear plans to celebrate the 100-year
anniversary of the city pier in Anna Maria during
a meeting Nov. 17 at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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Anna Maria City
Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
Dec. 9, 6 p.m., city commission work meet-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Dec. 2, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Dec. 2, 1:30 p.m., website team meeting.
Dec. 2, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Dec. 6, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Dec. 1, 5 p.m., parks and beautification com-
Dec. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Thanksgiving is Nov. 25. Many government
offices are closed Nov. 25-26.
Dec. 7, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners meeting, 1112 Manatee Ave., Braden-
Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metro-
politan Planning Organization meeting, New College
of Florida, 5845 General Dougher Place, Sarasota.
Dec. 13, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Dec. 14, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of
Commissioners meeting, 1112 Manatee Ave., Bra-
Dec. 25 is Christmas.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
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BB dunes project due before 2011
By Lisa Neff
Beach access improvements are due to begin by
the end of the year in Bradenton Beach.
The city is working on plans to install a dunes
walkover at the Bridge Street entrance to the Gulf
of Mexico beach and to improve the access at Third
Community redevelopment agency money will
fund both projects.
The CRA committee, made up of the commis-
sion and mayor, gave the go-ahead for design and
construction in August, when it accepted a proposal
from LTA Engineering of Bradenton that included
$10,000 for design and permitting work and $5,000
for construction services.
The Bridge Street location will get a walkover,
while improvements to the Third Street South loca-
tion will be more low-key a "little hump," accord-
ing to the project manager, Bradenton Beach Police
Lt. John Cosby.
"We' re keeping this simple and as economical
as possible," Crosby said. "And we're using natural
Last week, meeting at city hall Nov. 17, the CRA
committee approved plans for the improvements and
authorized the preparation of a request for bids on the
On a related matter, the city commission, during
a meeting in late October, hired LTA Engineering to
conduct a hazard-mitigation assessment that involves
examining other beach accesses, as well as street ends
Mayor Bob Bartelt proposed the survey. "It will
include the whole perimeter of the city," he said.
Lynn Burnett of LTA said the firm would work
with the city public works and police departments,
as well as West Manatee Fire Rescue on the survey.
In other CRA business, the committee has
By Rick Catlin
The Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal Nov.
19 has denied a motion by ex-Anna Maria Com-
missioner Harry Stoltzfus requesting more time to
file a brief in his appeal to the DCA.
The brief would be a response to the DCA's
Sept. 16 order lifting certification of the results of
Stoltzfus' recall vote and asking the ex-commis-
sioner to show why his appeal of the recall should
not be moot.
Stoltzfus filed his request for an extension Nov.
2. A posting on the court's website indicated the
The dunes at the
beach access are
due to get added
denton Beach city
officials are plan-
ning a walkover
at the popular
as well as minor
to the access
at Third Street
Photo: Lisa Neff
approved the installation of a new fence at a vacant
lot on Bridge Street.
The lot is privately owned but is used for a
number of public activities, including the Bridge
Street Market on Sundays, and as an accessory site
during street fairs, including the upcoming holiday
Public works director Tom Woodard said the new
fence, including a gate, would cost about $750. The
money would come from the CRA fund.
request was denied. No hearing on the appeal has
Stoltzfus' recall began in March following a
public records request that resulted in the release
of more than 1,200 of Stoltzfus' personal e-mails
pertaining to government business.
The contents of those e-mails, some of them
inflammatory, prompted Anna Maria resident Bob
Carter to form a Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus
Committee and proceed through the various legal
steps to remove Stoltzfus from office.
On Sept. 7, the city electorate voted 363-332
to recall Stoltzfus.
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AM board revives parking issue
By Rick Catlin
Parking is always an issue in Anna Maria.
After much discussion at its Nov. 16 meeting,
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board agreed to
put parking regulations on a future meeting agenda
in hopes of reaching a recommendation to the city
Newly elected P&Z Chair Sandy Mattick said
she placed the item on the agenda to determine if the
board had any interest in parking and sidewalks, but
not to entertain specific proposals.
Mattick suggested, however, that any future board
discussion be limited to existing developments in the
retail-office-residential district on Pine Avenue and a
portion of Gulf Drive.
She's aware the commission plans to amend
Chapter 90, the city's parking ordinance, but those
changes won't address parking safety at current loca-
tions in the ROR.
"For me, the bigger concern is that any parking
compromise only affects new site plans, not exist-
ing structures. Backing out over a sidewalk is still a
safety issue," she said.
Mattick also said that any board recommenda-
tions should not include parking or sidewalks on the
right of way.
Board member Tom Turner, however, opposed
further parking discussion, saying it's a "waste of
time." Elected officials should discuss and make the
parking decisions, he said.
The board voted 4-2 to put parking on a future
agenda, with Turner and Margaret Jenkins opposed.
In other business, city planner Alan Garrett pre-
sented an overview of the two land-use categories
the commission plans to adopt in the comprehensive
Chris Galati of Galati Marine, Anna Maria,
attends the Nov. 16 planning and zoning board
meeting to learn about a marina land-use plan.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
"Tonight's meeting is just to learn about the cat-
egories," Garrett said. In-depth discussion will come
at the board's next meeting.
The commission decided on new land-use catego-
ries over the existing commercial options following
the annexation of certain lands, including submerged
lands, from Manatee County, Garrett said.
A new land-use category gives the city "greater
flexibility" on what it wants to permit or deny as a
use, he said.
One category is marine use, which will include
Galati Marine and a nearby spoil island located in the
southeast corner of Bimini Bay near Galati.
This category would protect "water areas within
the boundary of Anna Maria," Garrett said. It could
also make a number of current non-conforming uses
at Galati Marine conforming.
Such uses include watercraft maintenance and
storage, watercraft and equipment sales, boat repairs,
overnight boaters and a restaurant.
Chris Galati of Galati Marine said he agrees with
the new land-use category, but he did not bring a
complete list of the uses presently at the marina that
the board might want to discuss.
But Galati did indicate he and his family would
like to continue to allow overnight boaters.
A stay at the marina is generally only a few days,
but contributes to the local economy, he said.
Galati said he would prepare a list of uses at the
marina for discussion at the Dec. 7 board meeting.
Board members also discussed a historic pier
land-use category that would include the city pier
and Rod & Reel Pier, as well as the underlying and
Garrett suggested the board limit uses to a boat
dock, restaurant, fishing and minor retail sales, and
possibly a definition of a historic pier.
Discussion of the historic pier category was con-
tinued to the Dec. 7 meeting.
New officers, meeting time
The six-member board elected Mattick chair,
while member Bob Barlow was elected as vice
Board members also agreed that the Dec. 7 meet-
ing would start at 6:30 p.m., but they voted to have
future meetings start at 6 p.m.
Turner objected to the 6 p.m. start time, saying
that was his dinner hour.
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It's time to be thankful
As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish
for," but we can all be thankful for the good things
in life, good deeds and good thoughts, without fear
We have much to be thankful for over the course
of the past year, not the least of which is a clear and
beautiful body of water and beaches, untouched by
the northern Gulf oil spill.
We can be grateful for the bounty of delectable
and untainted seafood the Gulf and bays produce for
We can be grateful for a much-desired visitor des-
tination that has fared better than other locations in
the past two year's (and counting) down economy.
We can all appreciate the "cottage" atmosphere
and old Florida attributes that have brought generations
of families and folks here to celebrate the sun, beach,
waters, fishing and lifestyle that Anna Maria Island pro-
vides. It hasn't always been easy to maintain the "old
Anna Mari-ah" while looking ahead to the future.
Changing times and progress also bring chal-
lenges, such as in the 1970s when the governing
bodies in all three cities learned and fast that
building height-limits were needed to prevent high-
rises from proliferating on our spit of sand.
We often hear Island old-timers lamenting over
the way things were when they first arrived on Anna
Maria Island. They wish for the time when there were
no bridges, or the first wooden bridge from Cortez
to be the only bridge, or the revival of the tolls on
the bridges built in the 1950s those that serve the
Island-mainland routes now.
Everyone wants something to be "the way it
However, so many folks have come here and
loved the Island just the way it was when they discov-
ered it, and we don't doubt that those who come today
and all the tomorrows will love it just the same.
It's reason to be thankful.
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Lost and care
Losing our cat has been a very traumatic event
in our life.
Your complimentary ad gave us hope in knowing
there were other eyes looking out for him.
We thank you so much for the kind service you
This sad journey has emphasized what a wonder-
ful hometown community we have with so many nice
We have heartfelt gratitude for the kindness of
neighbors, the numerous people previously unknown
to us who contacted us, pet rescue groups, those in
local departments and agencies, the local postal carri-
ers, and those so kind to allow our posters throughout
Although we will not stop looking and we may
never know in this lifetime what happened to our
Bubba, we have solace in knowing that with the help
and kindness of others, all was done to try to find
Roy and Rosemary Griscom, Holmes Beach
Driving a point
It is amazing how many excellent services are
available to us right here on Anna Maria Island.
Certainly one of the finest of these is Island Auto
Repair, 5608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Owned and operated for years by Rick, Aaron
and Judi Rickerson, the repair technicians are among
the best I have encountered anywhere.
They take care of my two cars, a Chrysler Paci-
fica and a classic 1946 Lincoln V 12 convertible, with
knowledge and skill.
And they do so at reasonable prices.
Regrettably the Rickersons' lease is up.
Apparently they must move, either to another
location on the Island or to the mainland. It is impor-
tant that a suitable Island location be found. Other-
wise it would be a great loss to the many who depend
on this service treasure.
Bill Swope, Holmes Beach
AMICCO's holiday wish
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and
Orchestra is struggling to continue providing beau-
tiful music to our community.
It costs AMICCO $55 per each performance
ticket, yet a patron pays only $20 for a ticket. While
generous area businesses support AMICCO with pro-
gram advertising, it leaves AMICCO to struggle to
make up its costs on each and every performance.
AMICCO is holding a fundraiser Dec. 4 -
Taste of Music Holiday Gala at a private home
in Holmes Beach, to raise money to help fund the
Won't you join us for a wonderful evening of
dancing, music by AMICCO musicians and soloist
Chalyce Sullivan, hors d'oeuvre, Champagne, wine
and beer and a tour of Debbie and Michael Hynds'
waterfront home decorated for the holiday season by
the White Egret.
Attendance is limited to the first 100 reservations
to maintain an intimate setting. Tickets are $50 and
available at 941-778-8585.
Nancy Ambrose, Holmes Beach
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Discovery viewers to discover AMI
Discovery Channel viewers will discover Anna
Maria Island in February.
A crew filmed at a number of Anna Maria Island
locations earlier this month, including retailers on
Bradenton Beach's Bridge Street.
The crew turned its cameras on the Bridge Street
Market, the Back Alley, The Hive, The Fish Hole and
the BridgeWalk, which also hosted the film team.
The crew also filmed skimboarders off Longboat
Key and some Island real estate properties, including
those in the Pineapple Fish accommodations roster.
The crew was working on a 30-minute episode
of "Florida Travel Life Affordable Luxury" that will
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first air at 9 a.m. Feb. 12 and then repeat 14 times.
"Florida Travel Life Affordable Luxury" is
paid programming sponsored by American Express
and Visit Florida, the statewide tourism bureau.
The promotional series, an extension of Flor-
ida Travel Life magazine, debuted in June to take
viewers "to Florida's hottest destinations, starting
with Daytona Beach, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale,
with insider tips on where to stay, dine, shop and
play like a VIP."
Next on the itinerary for the "Florida Travel Life"
team was a stop at Palm Beach and a visit to the
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T e Islander
In the Nov. 22, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Attorney Jane Gordon, representing the Con-
cerned Citizens of Manatee, a group of eight citi-
zens challenging the city of Bradenton, asked to be
excused as counsel, citing an "ethical obligation."
The CC\ I challenged passage of the city's comp-plan
amendment to the Florida Department of Community
Affairs, claiming it allowed Arvida Corp. to plan a
large development on north Perico Island.
Vandals destroyed a sand sculpture at the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, the
signature piece for a Keep Manatee Beautiful fund-
raiser. The sculpture was created by Team Sandtastic.
Restaurant-owner Ed Chiles offered a $500 reward
for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore asked
commissioners to grant an exception to the city's
sign ordinance so the Manatee High School surf club
could place a memorial on the White Avenue beach
walkway to four teenagers killed in a traffic accident
earlier in the year. The four were returning from a
surfing trip to the East Coast. One of the dead was
17-year-old Island-resident Patrick Mills.
A crew filmed at the Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach for a program to air on the Discovery Chan
nel. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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Anna Maria commission affirms PAR plan
By Rick Catlin
A site-plan for a retail-office-residential complex
at 308 Pine Ave. submitted by Pine Avenue Restora-
tion LLC received commission approval Nov. 17.
The discussion prior to the 3-2 vote, however,
raised several issues.
Commissioner John Quam was concerned
about the location of a sidewalk, which was not
in the site plan but was mentioned in the planning
and zoning board's recommendation to approve the
Mike Coleman of PAR said he told the P&Z the
sidewalk would be installed in compliance with what-
ever new parking regulations were adopted by the
city. In its recommendation for approval to the com-
mission, the P&Z noted that it's unsafe for vehicles
to back out of a parking space and across a sidewalk.
PAR, too, has agreed such is unsafe.
But the sidewalk location would depend upon a
future action by the commission, Quam said.
"It's missing an important cog without the side-
walk. The site plan is incomplete," he said.
Quam said PAR should wait until the city passes
new parking regulations, although Coleman has
offered a bond to ensure he'll install a sidewalk.
The city would be "setting a precedent" with that
stipulation, Quam said.
Commissioner Dale Woodland said the comp
plan states that "this type of strip development is
strongly discouraged." He would not support the site
plan because it "maximizes" access points to a major
road, rather than "minimizes" access, as the comp
Commission Chair Chuck Webb said what's pro-
posed is not a strip development, where pavement
covers an entire parking area.
"There's nothing in our code to prohibit what
they are doing. I don't like what they are doing, but
if they have punched the buttons, we are generally
required to approve," Webb said.
Both city attorney Jim Dye and city planner Alan
Garrett said the plan is consistent with city codes and
the comprehensive plan.
Attorney Jeremy Anderson and planner Jan
Norsoph, representing William and Barbara Nally
of Spring Avenue, objected to the method used to
calculate density in the retail-office-residential dis-
trict, although the Florida Department of Community
Affairs has ruled the city's method is valid.
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Webb said the applicant was "entitled to a deci-
sion" that night. The only way to halt approval is a
moratorium, he said, and the commission has already
rejected such action.
Commissioners Webb, Jo Ann Mattick and Gene
Aubry voted for the PAR plan, while Quam and
Woodland voted against.
Prior to casting his vote, Aubry said he had
checked with the city attorney about his ability to
vote, because, as an architect and prior to his election,
he did schematics on the project.
"I was paid for my schematic work, and I have
been out of the project since then, so I can vote,"
Public works superintendent George McKay
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dredge the Lake LaVista inlet has asked if it could
sub-contract the job to another dredge company,
McKay said Millimac Co., which has done the
dredging previously, asked him if it could sub-con-
tract the $70,000 project. DredgeMonster has done
previous dredging work for Holmes Beach, McKay
said, and no problems have been reported.
Webb was concerned that other companies who
bid and lost the project might be upset, but Aubry
said this type of situation "happens all the time. The
name of the game is to get the job done. Write the
check out jointly."
Woodland said the contract is void if a sub-con-
tractor does the work.
Dye said allowing a sub-contractor is a policy
Commissioners unanimously agreed to allow
Millimac to sub-contract the job to DredgeMonster,
and the city will name both companies on the check
payment. At the next phase of the project, the contract
would be terminated and a new contractor sought.
City treasurer Diane Percycoe said HDR Inc., has
informed her of $117,000 in cost overruns on Phase
Two of the master stormwater drainage project and
is asking for payment.
HDR claims the $117,000 is for "services done
outside the scope" of the original contract. The city
disagreed and said much of the work was within the
scope of the original contract, Percycoe said.
A compromise was reached in which the city
would pay half of the requested overage. A portion
of what the city would pay will be reimbursed by the
Southwest Florida Water Management District, she
Commissioners agreed to let staff work out the
details of the compromise and report at a special com-
mission meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Mayor Mike Selby reported that he went to the
Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting Nov. 17 to
meet other elected officials.
He praised city staff for "taking me under their
wing" and providing him with the details of general
operations at city hall.
"They are great," he said.
HOLIDAY PICKUP SCHEDULE
(City of Anna Maria RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS ONLY)
Waste Management of Manatee County will not be
picking up residential garbage in the City of Anna Maria
on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010.
Thursday's pickup will be on Friday, Nov. 26.
Thank you and enjoy a safe and happy holiday.
of Manatee County
For more information, call 941-753-7591
Friday attorney ordered to
By Rick Catlin
A state administrative law judge has ruled that an
attorney representing Richard Friday of Anna Maria
must pay Steven Walker $2,000.
Friday and Walker are adjacent property owners
near Anna Maria's Park Avenue beach access and
both have legal actions against the city regarding
a Florida Department of Environmental Protection
construction permit issued to Walker.
After Walker received a DEP permit to build a
home on the beachfront, Friday filed an appeal of the
permit with the Florida Division of Administrative
Under rules required of an administrative hear-
ing, attorney Ricinda Perry, on behalf of Walker,
said the two parties first met to attempt a settlement.
Perry said Friday did not agree to Walker's settlement
When Friday also did not agree to the terms of a
joint stipulation about what evidence would be pre-
sented at the hearing, an administrative law judge
heard the case in March and ruled against Friday.
"Because of the obvious lack of legal merit"
to Friday's case, Perry said, Walker then requested
sanctions, which are generally monetary reimburse-
The judge, D.R. Alexander, granted sanctions
Nov. 12 against Friday's lawyer for "continuing to
pursue the appeal."
Alexander ordered Friday's attorney, Harry
Haskins, to pay Walker $2,000.
The judge said that Friday agreed prior to the
March 16 hearing to present testimony that Walker's
environmental permitting process was flawed. Friday
said he would also present evidence of Walker's con-
flict with the city's zoning code and comprehensive
plan. Haskins was not Friday's attorney when Friday
agreed to present that evidence.
Alexander said Friday failed to present the envi-
ronmental evidence, only the evidence that Walker's
planned project was in conflict with Anna Maria's
zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan.
Alexander said in his Nov. 12 order that the prior
hearing was unnecessary because no environmental
testimony was presented.
"Florida law was clear that Friday's legal position
was without merit," Perry said following the Nov. 12
Friday has sued the city for informing Walker that
it saw no obstacle for building in the environmen-
tal district, although the comprehensive plan states
that no development is allowed in that land-use cat-
Walker filed his legal action after the commission
failed to pass a lot-split he requested for property he
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 24, 2010 0 9
owns in the environmental zone that he claims was
legally platted and accepted by the city.
Walker's project is a three-bedroom house that
would be built at 100 Park Ave., west of Friday's
house at 104 Park Ave.
Haskins said he "totally disagreed" with Alex-
ander's ruling, and was pursuing "other appellate
TEG approves new pier sign
Faced with a mid-November deadline to come
up with a new sign for the Anna Maria City Pier as
part of the planned boardwalk on the shoreline, the
city's transportation enhancement grant committee
met Nov. 4 to examine some options.
The design style eventually approved by the
committee drawn will be similar to the current
sign and will allow for some space between the
sign and the adjacent pavilions.
Members eventually gave consensus to the
proposed sign plan, but held off on the wording.
A majority of members favored lettering to
include the year the pier first became operational -
1911 and also wants the word "historic" on
the sign. Members agreed to ask Tim Eiseler to
provide new drawings with font choices, all con-
taining the approved wording.
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Save The Gulf rocks Holmes Beach patrons
Mike Delaney plays sax during the first day of the three-day Save
The Gulf concert in Holmes Beach.
Henry Lawrence, formerly of the Raiders national football team, is in the spotlight at Save
The Gulf Sunday night with the closing band, Dakota Rose.
Jimi G's Junior All Stars Rockin Jazz Band kicked off Sunday's
Concert finale: Prizes, collectibles
Three guitar prizes donated by Sarasota
Guitar Co. to Save The Gulf -were won by Wayne
King, the Shark guitar; Mark Brewer the Luna guitar;
and Troy (no last name) of Anna Maria Island won
the acoustic guitar that was autographed by the Save
The Gulf performers.
Concert organizers were contacting prize-win-
ners by telephone as The Islander went to press.
Raffle winnerscan collect prizes at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The three-day event held at the Holmes
Beach City Hall field Nov. 19-21 featuring nearly
two dozen bands, food and beverage sales, crafts
and other vendors, raised money for the Florida
Institute for Saltwater Heritage. The amount raised
will be announced at a later date.
Organizers vowed the concert would be
an annual event. "We' 11 have our Woodstock
on the Island," said singer and Save The Gulf
founder Loretta Lynn James.
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SANTA arrives at 5:30 with treats for kids at The Islander.
Prize drawing for three big packages of gift items ~
entry forms at all participating merchants!
Win this bike Enter by Dec. 1 5
Anyone who donates new or gently used shoes for Haiti will
be entered in a drawing for this great bike! The shoe collection
will be delivered by the Ministry of Presence to families in Haiti.
Cash chance: $5. The winner will be announced in The Islander
newspaper Dec. 22, just in time for Christmas! Shoes collected and
tickets offered at Anna Maria Elementary, King Middle School,
The Islander office and at the Holiday Open House Dec. 3,
and Lester Fun Day at the AMI Community Center Dec. 1 1.
Many thanks to the Jake Ross, his family, Ross Built Construction
and a generous anonymous donor for the bicycle.
All shoes and proceeds to Haiti in care of
the Ministry of Presence in Haiti.
Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978
THE ISLANDER 0 NOV. 24, 2010 0 11
HB enforces trash ordinance
By Diana Bogan
At a hearing held Nov. 18, the Holmes Beach
code enforcement board unanimously passed a
motion finding David Sandoro of Longboat Key
in violation of the city's solid-waste codes.
According to the board finding, Sandoro is in vio-
lation for failing to maintain an account with the
city's authorized trash removal service provider,
Waste Management, for the triplex property he
owns on Marina Way.
According to city code, residential property
owners are required to subscribe to an authorized
collection service for the collection, transportation
and disposal of garbage. Holmes Beach has an
exclusive franchise agreement with Waste Manage-
ment to provide service for residential properties.
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Nancy
Hall testified that she received notification from
Waste Management in June that service to 6210,
6212 and 6214 Marina Way, owned by Sandoro,
was suspended. Hall testified she received another
notice in August that Sandoro's account was can-
Diane Osborne, credit and collection manager
for Waste Management, said Sandoro's account
remains on a "stop-service" status a result of past
City attorney Warren Pies advised the board
that its concern was not the cause of the stop ser-
vice order, but solely the determination of whether
the canceled account places Sandoro in violation
of city code.
Code board Attorney Michael Connolly
advised that the city had met the requirements for
adequate notice of the hearing date and that the
defendant had sufficient notice to be heard. Con-
nolly advised that due process had been provided,
and put it to the board to proceed or not with the
case in Sandoro's absence.
The code board also took into account that
the city has an alternate hearing process, allowing
property owners to appeal to the city commission
if they seek to be exempted from using the autho-
rized service provider. Sandoro did not appeal to
the commission for an exemption.
The board gave Sandoro until Dec. 3 to re-
establish an active account with Waste Manage-
ment and come into compliance with city code.
Neither Sandoro nor his attorney, John Fleck,
attended the hearing.
The next code board meeting is scheduled for
10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, in the city hall cham-
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Box office opens for
Players 'Last Train'
The box office is open for the Island Players'
second production of the season, "Last Train to
Performances begin Thursday, Dec. 2, and con-
tinue through Sunday, Dec. 12. The curtain time is
8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sun-
days. The theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, is
The play, by Arlene Hutton, is described in Island
Players' notes as a "funny and touching portrait of
two people searching for happiness during World War
The director is Kelly Wynn Woodland and stage
manager is Mike Lusk.
The cast includes Olivia Abbacchi and Nichols
The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday through Saturdays.
For more information, call the box office at 941-
778-5755 or go to www.theislandplayers.org.
WMFR will host food drive
In an effort to combat hunger in Manatee County,
the West Manatee Fire Rescue District will collect
canned food and monetary donations starting at 5:30
p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1.
Donations can be dropped off at Station No. 4,
407 67th St. W., Bradenton. All donations will go to
the Food Bank of Manatee.
With your contribution, you can get a free picture
with Santa Claus at the fire station.
For more information, call Benjamin Dillon from
WMFR at 941-379-8023.
Poinsettia sale, open
house at Orban's
Orban's Nursery is open one day only for the
public to see more than 100,000 blooming poin-
settias at 9601 Ninth Ave. N.W., Bradenton.
On Nov. 27, the nursery will welcome visi-
tors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flowering baskets and
poinsettias will be on sale, with a portion of the
proceeds benefitting the Southeastern Guide Dogs
For more information, call the nursery at 941-
Someone stole 11-year-old Jake Ross' wheels
about a month ago a silver Red Line BMX
Authorities did not recover the bicycle, but
Jake's parents have since purchased a replace-
So, when an anonymous donor offered a
bicycle to Jake to replace the stolen two-wheeler,
the Holmes Beach youth declined. Instead, he
agreed to a holiday-season raffle of the brown
and tan Huffy Nel Lusso men's cruiser bike with
fat tires, fenders and cushy seat.
The raffle will benefit Haitians, with partic-
ipants exchanging new pairs of shoes for Haiti
in exchange for chances at winning the bicycle,
which retails new for $99.
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, will collect
donated shoes during the Holmes Beach Holiday
Open House and Parade from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 3.
Additionally, Anna Maria Elementary School,
4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and Martha B.
King Middle School, 600 75th St., Bradenton, are
serving as drop-off points in the campaign.
Early this year, a massive 7.0-magnitude
earthquake hit Haiti, leaving an estimated 200,000
dead, 250,000 injured and 1.5 million homeless.
Recovery has been slow, and made more dif-
ficult by political strife in the country, poverty and
a recent outbreak of cholera.
A number of charitable groups have launched
shoe-donation drives in the United States because
protective footwear is a necessity in a nation
still littered with broken glass, twisted metal and
The Bradenton-based Ministry of Presence
will ship and distribute the footwear collected in
The Islander shoes for wheels campaign.
For more information, contact the newspaper
Roser prepares community
Roser Memorial Community Church hosts its
eighth annual community Thanksgiving dinner at
2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 25. The community dinner
offers anyone in need, who may not have family to
celebrate with or who is unable to prepare a meal with
all the trimmings the opportunity the celebrate.
Seating is limited and reservations may be made
by calling the church office at 941-778-0414.
The church also seeks volunteers to assist in clean-
ing up after the dinner. Roser Memorial Community
Church is located at 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Food for life class at Center
Food for Life nutrition and cooking classes return
Wednesday Dec. 8, to the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Participants will learn about foods that help fight
cancer, alternatives to dairy and meat and healthy
weight control. The class includes recipe samples and
a cookbook is loaned to students.
A series of four classes will be offered from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays and Fri-
days. There is a $10 fee per class.
For more information or to register, call Sandee
Pruett at the center at 941-778-1908.
AMI chamber to host
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will hold three business-networking events in Decem-
A networking lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at The Feast Restaurant,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Lunch cost is $15
On Wednesday, Dec. 8, the chamber will hold a sun-
rise breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Freedom
Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Breakfast is
$8 per person.
A business-card exchange will take place from
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at LaPensee
Plumbing and Pools, 401 Manatee Ave. W., Holmes
Beach. The cost to attend is $5 per person.
Reservations are required for both the breakfast
and lunch events. For more information, call the
chamber at 941-778-1541.
Kids sponsor shoes-for-wheels campaign
The bike a brown and tan Huffy cruiser -
be seen at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
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riding a boutique shop in the
led snacks and refreshments
be available on an empty lot at
vell as at Holmes Beach City
lub will hold a drawing at 3
c. 5, for a seven-day Holland
or two. Only 150 raffle tickets
he drawing and are available
Tickets to view the Holiday Decorator Show-
house are $10. All proceeds are earmarked for
the Island organizations financially supported by
Rotary Club contributions.
For more information, call Rotarian Ed
Misner at 941-778-8585.
Taste of holiday gala
Enjoy a grand holiday gala music concert,
food and champagne under the stars at Villa
Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes Beach, from 6
to 9 p.m. Friday Dec. 4.
The Taste of Holiday Gala features a per-
formance by the Anna Maria Island Concert
Chorus and Orchestra with soloist Chalyce Sul-
Attendance to the evening performance is
limited to 100 guests, and proceeds benefit the
community orchestra and chorus.
For reservations, call 941-778-8585.
NEMO members look for pier centennial support
Members of the North End Merchants Organiza-
tion gathered at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center last week for discussion.
President Barbara Sato said the sales of street-
post banners for the May 2011 city pier centennial -
a project undertaken by \NE 10 for the city have
been slow. She encouraged \FN 10 members and any
other businesses to "get on the bandwagon."
The banners will be hung on utility poles in Anna
Maria by city workers after the new year. Christmas
holiday banners will be exchanged for centennial
banners that will hang until next year's holiday ban-
ners go up.
\FN 10 hopes to fund 33 banners at a cost of $90
each and would like businesses interested in sponsor-
ing a pier centennial banner to contact a member by
Nov. 30. An order for the banners must be placed the
Rotary Club of AMI meets on
Shea Farmer, special agent with the Department
of Homeland Security, will speak at the Rotary Club
of Anna Maria Island meeting Tuesday, Nov. 30,
The club meets from noon to 1 p.m. at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
For more information, call 941-518-1965, or
e-mail annamariachiropractic gmail.com.
\NE 10 members suggest banners are perfect for
neighborhood groups to sponsor or as a great gift
idea. The banners will be given to sponsors at the end
The group also is selling pier centennial T-shirts
for $10 to offset banner costs. Members agreed to
host a booth at the Anna Maria Island Art League
Winterfest art and crafts show Dec. 11-12 to promote
the banners and sell T-shirts.
People interested in helping NEMO by spon-
soring a banner or purchasing a T-shirt can stop in
at Beach Bums, 427 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, or call
owner Diane Havelka, 941-778-3316.
Donations also may be dropped off at Duncan
Real Estate, 310 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
CCW plans holiday events
Two events are scheduled in December at the
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
The first event is a church rummage sale to be
held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Items
for sale include clothing, books, kitchen accessories,
jewelry and linens. Lunch will be available.
The Council of Catholic Women will host its
annual potluck lunch to benefit the SOLVE House at
noon Thursday, Dec. 9. Guests are asked to bring a
donation of infant or toiletry items for the pregnant
women living in the home.
For more information, call 941-778-4769.
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cultural heritage Nov. 20 with the Folk Arts Festi-
val. The event featured sea shanty singers, pictured,
Bee and Boo Duo, Brian Smalley, the Soupy Davis
Band, Mike Jurgesen and Myakka Blue Grass on
the Burton Store front porch and food, arts and
crafts vendors on the lawn. Islander Photos: Lisa
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Wednesday, Nov. 24
7 p.m. -All Island Denominations Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical
Service at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Bring a canned food donation. Information: 941-778-4769.
Thursday, Nov. 25
2 p.m. Community Thanksgiving dinner at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
Friday, Nov. 26
Noon to 4p.m. Dodge ball tournament at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Saturday, Nov. 27
Noon to 4p.m. Dodge ball tournament at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Sunday, Nov. 28
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bridge Street Market, 107 Bridge Street, Bra-
denton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
Tuesday, Nov. 30
11:30 a.m. Duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive W., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
Noon Don Fernald will lead the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
meeting at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-518-1965.
Wednesday, Dec. 1
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
networking lunch atA Moveable Feast, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the
public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church
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Sunday Worship in the
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of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive W., Holmes Beach. Information:
*Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds cross-denominational study
group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various
locations throughout the summer. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, Holmes Beach.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and
Orchestra rehearse at the First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-778-7853.
Saturday, Nov. 27
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Poinsettia garden open house at Orban's Nurs-
ery, 9601 Ninth Ave. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-792-8009. Pro-
ceeds benefit the Southeastern Guide Dogs.
Wednesday, Dec. 1
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.- "Festival of Trees" at the Powel Crosley Estate,
One Seagate Drive, Sarasota, through Dec. 8. Information: 941-722-3244.
5:30 p.m. Canned food drive at West Manatee Fire Rescue Sta-
tion No. 4, 67th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-379-8023.
Dec. 2, "Last Train to Nibroc" opens, Island Players theater.
Dec. 2, Ed Brickman artist reception, Longboat Key Center for the
Dec. 3, Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House.
Dec. 3, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce- Privateers-
Islander Lighted Parade Night.
Dec. 3, Maitte Van Arsdel's artist reception, Island Gallery West.
Dec. 3, Basket-maker Kay Johnson reception, Artists Guild Gal-
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This bald eagle and its mate recently returned to
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Photo: Courtesy Mary Lou Johnson Photography
Dec. 3, Artist reception, Dancing Crane Gallery.
Dec. 3, Film screening of "Toyland," South Florida Museum.
Dec. 4, Quilter's holiday bazaar, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Dec. 4, Ninth Annual Lester Family Fun Day, AMICC.
Dec. 4, Rummage sale, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Dec. 4, "Toys, Toys, Toys" family night, South Florida Museum.
Dec. 4-5, Decorator Showhouse.
Dec. 5, Florida Suncoast Watercolor exhibit, Studio.
Dec. 7, Cortez Village holiday party.
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Dec. 11, Privateers Christmas Parade with Santa Claus.
Dec. 11-12, Winterfest.
Dec. 18, Christmas on Bridge Street & Lighted Boat Parade.
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Team Sandtastic works on a super-sized sand sculpture in Bradenton Beach on the south side of the Beach-
House Restaurant. The project, an annual tradition and part of Keep Manatee Beautiful's Sandblast cel-
ebration, began Nov. 17 and took three days to complete. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
KMB holds 'blast on beach
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach hosted an outdoor gallery Nov.
20 with the arrival of Sandblast 2010, the annual
sand-sculpture contested organized by Keep Manatee
The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach, served as the main sponsor of the
event, which featured a recycled art exhibit, show-
cased an 80-ton sand-sculpture created by Team
Sandtastic and matched nearly two dozen teams in a
friendly sand-sculpting competition.
Teams, each working with sand piled in a 15 by
15 plot, started sculpting at about 9 a.m. The contest
rules required sculptures to be along one of three
themes free form, nautical or holiday.
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the Arts, Southeast High School, State College of
Florida students and Wakeland Elementary School.
Prior to the Sandblast contest, Team Sandtas-
tic held a series of sculpting clinics on the Gulf of
Mexico shore just south of the BeachHouse. Also, for
three days prior to the contest, the professional team
worked on its sandy holiday showpiece that likely
will remain on the beach for the next month.
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Key Royale break-ins concern residents
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach Police Department is investi-
gating a spate of break-ins on Key Royale that have
some residents in the community concerned.
"We lost our privacy, security and sense of com-
fort in our home," said Brookie K. Ritchie, whose
home on Ambassador Lane was broken into while she
and her husband were visiting the Chicago area.
A police report indicates the break-in occurred
sometime between Sept. 29 and Nov. 5. HBPD on
Nov. 18 reported that someone gained entry to the
home by breaking a screen and window lock, then
climbing through a bedroom window on the canalside
of the property.
Ritchie said just one item appeared to be miss-
"This is the weird part," she said. "The house was
not disturbed at all, but a shoe tree was missing and
shoes were turned over, dumped."
HBPD also is investigating a half dozen other
burglaries on Key Royale, according to Lt. Dale Ste-
In addition to opening an investigation last week
on the Ambassador Lane break-in, HBPD began
investigating a burglary to a home in the 600 block of
Key Royale Drive. The break-in occurred sometime
between Oct. 28 and Nov. 10, Stephenson said.
The consolidated location of the incidents
leads police to suspect a link in at least some of the
"I believe," Stephenson said, "there's a common
The lieutenant spoke cautiously, emphasizing
that he doesn't want to "tip" HBPD's hand in the
But, he noted, in such crimes, the culprits usually
"Out here, more often than not, the people who
commit the crimes live out here," Stephenson said.
He added that HBPD has a couple persons of
interest in "some Key Royale cases" and has turned
over some evidence to the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office for processing.
"We've made some arrests on burglaries," Ste-
phenson said. "And we have some suspects in some
In each of the break-ins on Key Royale, the
homes were unoccupied sometimes for extended
As a precautionary measure, HBPD encourages
homeowners to contact the department before they
leave for a length of time to enroll in the House Watch
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Ritchie said House Watch sounds like a program
she might subscribe to for comfort and security on
the next trip.
But right now, she's still "pretty creeped out."
"The comfort of our home is gone," Ritchie said.
She also expressed concern about HBPD's
response to the break-in.
The Ritchies said they reported the burglary Nov. 5
and requested the HBPD dispatcher send an officer to
their home to take a report and collect any evidence.
"They dropped the ball," Ritchie claimed. She
said a "very apologetic" officer didn't respond until
she wrote complaint letters nearly two weeks after
the call and after the broken lock was replaced.
Stephenson, however, said he checked the HBPD
call log and talked with the dispatcher, who reported
that the man from Ambassador Lane who called said it
wasn't necessary to send an officer to prepare a report.
Stephenson also refuted some Key Royale resi-
dents' concerns that burglaries are on the rise. Florida
Department of Law Enforcement statistics for the first
quarter of 2011 show a decrease in the city.
"We've been very proactive when it comes to
being in the neighborhoods at all hours," Stephenson
said. "I believe this has something to do with the drop
The lieutenant also urged property owners to be
"Protect yourselves," he said. "Buy motion-cen-
sor lights. Install an alarm system. Ask a neighbor to
watch your home. And be a good neighbor. Watch
the house to the left, the house to the right, the house
across the street, the house across the canal."
'Unruly kids' sideline bus
Some Manatee County school district children
arrived home on Anna Maria Island later than usual
Nov. 18 after a bus driver pulled over and called
police to report "unruly children" aboard.
The bus driver, after traveling across the Palma
Sola Causeway to the Island, pulled over on Mana-
tee Avenue near Fifth Avenue in Holmes Beach and
called the Holmes Beach Police Department.
HBPD reported that "the children were being
very loud and yelling" at the substitute driver, who
had missed a stop along the route. The driver told
police there was a child trying to assist her with the
bus route, but he could not be heard over the noise.
An HBPD officer told King Middle School stu-
dents that "yelling would not get them home any
faster," quieted the passengers and then helped the
driver return to the missed stop.
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Nov. 15, 100 block of Crescent Drive, noise
complaint. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office
responded to a noise complaint and told the occupants
of a residence they were violated state and local laws
on noise volumes.
Nov. 16, North Shore Drive, petit theft. Some-
one stole a child's unlocked BMX-style bicycle from
a bus stop.
No new reports.
Nov. 18, 12000 block of Cortez Road, identity
theft. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office took a
report of an identity theft from a resident who said
her name was used to apply for a credit card.
Nov. 11, 600 block of Key Royale, burglary.
HBPD took a report of a break-in at an unoccupied
home. The burglary occurred sometime between Oct.
28 and Nov. 10 and remains under investigation.
Nov. 12, 3900 block of Sixth Avenue, distur-
bance. An employee at Regions Bank reported that a
customer complaining of an overdraft charge caused
a commotion. The customer's account was closed.
Nov. 13, 38th Street beach access, unpermitted
beach stakes. A Holmes Beach Police Department
officer responded to a complaint that someone roped
off sections of the beach. The rope and stakes were
Nov. 14, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, suspi-
cious persons. HBPD received a report of two suspi-
cious people, but found no one at the property.
Nov. 15, 500 block of Key Royale Drive, theft.
A resident reported someone stole a chainsaw from
Nov. 16, 100 block of 73rd Street, suspicious
incident. An employee at Coconuts Resort reported
two people entered an unoccupied unit, locked the
door, apparently used the bathroom, and left. The
business declined to pursue charges.
Nov. 17, 300 block of 65th Street, nuisance.
HBPD was dispatched to the area, where residents
had complained of someone ringing doorbells and
Nov. 17, 3900 block of East Bay Drive, distur-
bance. HBPD is investigating a possible "road-rage"
incident involving two motorists, one who said another
cut him off on the Palma Sola Causeway, which is in
Bradenton Police Department's jurisdiction.
Nov. 18, 6300 block of Holmes Boulevard,
aggressive dog. HBPD responded to a complaint that
a loose and aggressive dog was charging at other dogs
in the area. Manatee County Animal Services was
called to assist.
Nov. 18, 600 block of Ambassador Lane, past
burglary. HBPD responded to take a report of a break-
in that occurred at a home between Sept. 29 and Nov.
Nov. 18, Manatee Avenue near Fifth Avenue,
unruly children. Police were called when children
aboard a Manatee County School District bus became
loud and unruly after the substitute bus driver missed
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra-
tives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
police departments and the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office as of Nov. 19.
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William 'Bill' Diamant
William "Bill" Diamant, 88, of Anna Maria, died
Nov. 16. He was born in New York City April 26,
1922, and had lived on the island since 1998 with
his wife of nearly 60 years, Peggy, who came to the
Island as a child in 1936.
Bill Diamant enjoyed a long career as an enter-
tainment director with the U.S. Army Special Ser-
vices with assignments in France, Germany, South
Korea, and, in the United States, in Georgia, Mis-
souri and Alabama. Graduating from the University
of Miami, he enlisted and served during World War
II in the Army Air Corps, and was based in England.
He was active for many years as an alumni of Yale
University School of Drama, where he earned his
Master of Fine Arts degree in playwriting in 1948.
Mr. Diamant was active in the theater world, and
served as member of the Governor's Commission to
Develop the Arts in Georgia, was president of the
Georgia Theatre Conference, and sat on the board of
governors of the American Community Theatre Asso-
ciation, Southeast Theatre Conference, and Theatre
For his many achievements, he was awarded the
title of Kentucky Colonel.
Since retiring, he volunteered at the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society, baking the popular Pioneer
Bread served and sold at the museum. He helped
seniors at tax time to file returns, and became politi-
cally active in the past presidential election, urging
change. He was passionate about arts and sciences, and
followed current events avidly. He loved the outdoors
and was a familiar sight at the north end of the island,
riding to the Anna Maria Post Office on his red three-
wheel tricycle and later, his red motorized scooter.
A Celebration of Life was held Nov. 20 at the
Blassingame-Diamant home in Anna Maria with
family attending from all over the United States and
Condolences may be made online at Legacy.com/
William Diamant, and donations are suggested for
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Mr. Diamant is survived by wife Peggy, the
daughter of the late well-known author Wyatt Blass-
ingame; five children, Kathi and husband Byron
LaDue, Gregg and wife Peggy, Trudi, Natanya, and
Lori and husband Arif Abdulla; grandchildren Anna-
maria, Nathan, Angie, Heather, Martin, Mary Lou,
Kevin and Billy and two still on the way; two great-
grandchildren and one due in January; sister Glorie
Levinson of Charlotte, N.C.; nephews Peter and wife
Cindy and Drew and wife Margie Levinson; and sis-
ter-in-law April Blassingame Lane and her family.
Ruth L. Proctor
Ruth Lovenia Nutter Proctor, 88, died Nov. 11.
She was born April 22, 1922, in Charleston, W.V.
The family moved to Newark, Ohio, when she was
6 months old.
She was well traveled, residing the longest on
Anna Maria Island, and in Stafford, Va.
Mrs. Proctor was a descendent of an officer in the
American Revolution and a long lineage that during
the Civil War was part of the Underground Railroad.
She graduated as a nurse from the Newark School of
Nursing in 1945. She followed her husband, Robert
Lee Proctor, abroad and practiced public health nurs-
ing in Third World countries, including Ethiopia,
Algieria, Malawi, Madagascar and Nigeria.
She and Bob also lived in France and Greece. She
often worked at U.S. Embassy posts as an "embassy
nurse" for the U.S. diplomatic staff and the U.S.
Marine security guards before eventually returning
to the States. She continued nursing migrant work-
ers and worked with the school system in Sarasota.
She was awarded the Florida "Public Health Nurse
School Nurse of the Year" before retiring at the age
of 75 by then-Surgeon Gen. C. Everett Koop, and still
helped to raise her grandchildren.
She was cultured in gardening from her youth
and relished her collection of orchids, old-fashioned
roses and lilacs. She was a chocoholic, a lover of
learning and an avid reader of history, mystery and
She dedicated her life to helping others.
She will be missed by her faithful feline Sarah.
Memorial gifts may be made to the National
Audubon Society. Mullins & Thompson Funeral
Service, Stafford Chapel, handled arrangements.
"Old Grandma," as Mrs. Proctor was affection-
ately known, is survived by two daughters Jo Ann
Nelson and Roberta Lee "Robin"Kollar; son-in-law
Daniel A. Nelson; five grandchildren, Danielle, Jen-
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Harbour Isle sales
to start in December
By Rick Catlin
Harbour Isle on Anna Maria Sound, the Minto
Communities 686-unit condominium project on
north Perico Island, plans to open its sales office in
early December, rather than January as previously
Minto vice president Mike Belmont said units
in Mangrove Walk, the first phase of Harbour Isle,
will be offered in the $320,000 range.
Mangrove Walk is the first "neighborhood" in
the gated community, and will consist of 96 con-
dominiums in two and three-story configurations.
The entire project will be built in phases, Belmont
said, with the start of the next phase dependent
upon the success of the preceding phase.
Belmont said the company did considerable
research on the architectural style for Mangrove
Walk and the exterior design, landscaping and the
six floor plans available present what they believe
to be the "resort" atmosphere that buyers want in
a Florida waterfront community.
"The style we' ve selected is unlike any we' ve
seen in this market," he said, and that led real
estate agents to "embrace our design, approach
Units in Mangrove Walk will range in size
from 1,600 square feet to 2,500 square feet with
a two-car garage and an optional third floor.
All the homes will be built to Leadership in
Enc Fi. and Environmental Design standards.
Mangrove Walk will be a community that
preserves the lifestyle that personifies Southern
coastal resort living," he predicted.
A grand opening for Harbour Isle is planned
for February, but sales will begin when the office
opens in December, Belmont noted.
Minto Communities purchased SevenShores
from the St. Joe Co. for $10 million in 2009.
St. Joe Co., known previously as Arvida and
the developer of many properties on Longboat
Key, opened a sales office at the site in 2006 and
made an effort to obtain advance reservations for
units. Two years of effort in a down economy,
however, resulted in only 19 deposits and St. Joe
closed its office in 2008.
At the time, St. Joe was offering condomini-
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Center soccer season ends, champs named
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
2010 recreational soccer season ended last week.
Individual awards were handed out Nov. 15 and
the playoffs culminated with four championship
There were four individual awards for play-
ers during the gathering at the Center: The Dennis
Granstad male most-valuable-player award named
for the longtime Center volunteer and soccer coach,
the female MVP, the Pete Lannon goalie-of-the-year
award named for the late Anna Maria Elementary
Holmes Beach Police Department-school resource
officer, and the Kenny Randall award given to the
player that displays the best sportsmanship through-
out the season.
Division III MVP went to Fran Maxon Realty's
Taro de Haan, who led the champions in scoring for the
league and boasted goalie of the year in Jim Class.
Female MVP went to Hannah McCracken, while
Charlotte Pardue won the sportsmanship award.
Sparks Steel Art showed why it was in first place
for much of the season in Division II as forward Dylan
Joseph captured the Dennis Granstad award. Team-
mate Brooke Capparelli won female MVP, while
Cameron Pasco took home goalie-of-the-year prize.
Jean-Paul Russo won the Kenny Randall sportsman-
ship award for his Southern Greens team.
Mike Norman Realty was Division I champ,
while Michael Duffman captured the Dennis Gran-
stad MVP award. The Gathering Place swept the
remaining awards as Sydney Comell, Blaine Jenefsky
and Kieran Grumley won the female MVP, goalie and
For the Premier Division awards, Julius Gomes
was the most talented player. Female MVP went to
Samantha Latimer. Max Miller won the goalie of the
year. Elijah Clay-Chapman won the Pete Lannon
Onward to the playoffs, which saw a couple of
S\ ili nI, tension-packed endings in Division II and
Premier Division play.
Beach Bistro and West Coast Surf Shop battled to
a 4-4 tie in regulation time in the championship game.
Center hosts two-day
dodge ball tourney
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
will host a two-day dodgeball tournament from
noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, and Saturday,
Teams may consist of up to eight members
ages 5 to adult. Each team will play at least five
games in the tournament. The public is invited
to come root for a team.
For more information about the tournament,
call Ryan Hogan at the Center, 941-778-1908,
Julius Gomes led the way with a pair of goals, while
teammates Phillip Biddulph and Samantha Latimer
each notched a goal. Helio Gomez scored three goals
and Dina Gomez added a goal for Surf Shop. Gomes
proved to be the difference in the game as he notched
his penalty kick, while teammate Max Miller kept
Surf Shop from scoring to secure a 5-4 win and the
Other members of the winning Bistro team
coached by Dennis Miller are Gussie Lardas, Hunter
Parrish, Molly Stoltzfus and Eva Teitelbaum.
The Division II championship game went to a
penalty-kick shootout after Southern Greens and
Sparks Steel Art battled to a 3-3 tie in regulation.
Ethan Bertrand, Reese Helvey and Michael
Latimer were successful on their penalty kicks for
Southern Greens to finish three out of four in the
shootout. Tyler Pearson and Dylan Joseph were suc-
cessful, but Sparks was successful on only two out
of four penalty kicks to give Southern Greens a 4-3
victory and the Division II championship.
Joseph scored twice in regulation play to lead
Sparks, which also received one goal from Tyler
Yavalar in the loss.
Southern Greens, coached by Paul Russo, was
led by Michael Latimer's three goals in regulation.
Other members of the Division II champion team
are Abby Anchor, Aiden Grumley, Brandon Mills,
Brenden Murphy, Skyler Sculco and Lexi Selleck.
Mike Norman Realty rolled past Autoway Ford by
a 5-1 score in the Division I championship game Nov.
20. As they have much of the season, Mike Norman
Realty was led by the tandem of Morgan Greig and
Michael Duffman. They scored two goals apiece,
while teammate Lauren Sapienza chipped in with one
goal to complete the 5-1 victory. Other members of
the Division I champs, coached by Monica Simpson,
Adam Clark, Harrison Franke, Cooper Hardy, Zoe
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Fran Maxon Realty completed an undefeated
season when it rolled past Connie's Landscaping 6-0
in the Division III title game. Josh Class led the way
with three goals, while Taro de Haan, Joey Theil and
Ava Zink each notched single goals in the victory.
Other members of Fran Maxon Realty coached
by Rich Bell are Emilee Bell, Reese Bell, Jim Class,
Allie Connelly, Remy Lonzo and Sean Quattro-
Football registration under way
NFL flag football is coming to the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Registration is under way
until Friday, Dec. 3, for boys and girls ages 5-16. Cost
for the season is $75 for members and $105 for non-
members. Each player receives an NFL team jersey
and a flag set. Games will be played at the Center
starting in January 2011. Coaches and sponsors are
Age groups and tryout dates are listed below with
division's determined by the child's age as of Dec. 3.
The Center also is offering 5-on-5 adult coed flag
football for ages 20 and up. All games will be played
Thursday nights at the Center starting in January.
Cost for the season is $75 and players may register
as pairs. Team captains will be chosen to draft a team
and tryouts are mandatory in order to play. Tryouts
will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.
For more information, contact Tyler Bekkerus at
the Center, 941-778-1908, ext. 9217.
Ages 5-7 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10
Ages 8-9 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8
Ages 10-12 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7
Ages 13-16 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6
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THE ISLANDER U NOV. 24, 2010 E 23
Island fishers in a grouper state of mind
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Special to The Islander
Well, it's that time of year again. Cooler water
temps have made it comfortable for gag grouper to
inhabit our near-shore structures both in the bays and
off the beaches.
During this period, keeper gag grouper are acces-
sible for every level of fisher. Whether you' re drop-
ping pinfish off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge fish-
ing piers, or trolling along the shipping channel, it's
likely you could take a nice gag home for dinner.
Fishing tactics include live bait, frozen bait, trolling
lipped plugs, and vertical j i ,, In' If you're not familiar
with these techniques, stop by one of the local tackle
shops for advice. There you' 11 find folks happy to show
you the proper gear and explain how to use it, and they
might even tip you to a couple of spots to try out.
These fish fight hard, so stout gear is recom-
mended. Remember you can keep two per day and
the minimum size is 22 inches total length.
Stone crab stuffed gag grouper for Thanksgiv-
ing? Sounds good to me. Tight lines and Happy
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters says
fishing on the beach and out to 9 miles has been pro-
ducing a mixed catch. He's catching gag grouper up to
15 pounds on near-shore rock piles, reefs and ledges.
He's also catching Key West grunts, mangrove snapper,
black sea bass and flounder in the same areas. Also, he
recommends, when on your way out to your grouper
spot, look for bait schools, which have been attracting
schools of Spanish mackerel. Throw small white jigs or
silver spoons toward the edges of the school and use a
fast retrieve for best success.
Capt. Mike Greig says the gag grouper bite on
near shore structure has been producing limits of
gag grouper for his charters. He's also seeing lots
of Spanish mackerel chasing glass minnows just off
the beach and inshore reefs. Backwater catches have
included trout in Sarasota Bay. "Fish the edges on
low water," he said. "Redfish are being caught as
well, in the same areas but they are scattered."
Capt. Warren Girle reports lots of grouper, both
red and gags, are being caught in 40 feet of water.
Most of the red grouper have been shorties, but he's
been getting some keeper gags. Along with the grou-
per, he's bringing in some nice-size mangrove snap-
per. Warren also said that while fishing with Harrison
King, an Anna Maria local, they boated a 22-pound
permit. Warren said this was the "highlight of the
week. It's surprising to catch a permit of this size,
this late in the year."
"Inshore fishing has been producing redfish, trout,
and bluefish in Sarasota Bay," Girle said. "Try along
Long Bar for redfish and bluefish using an Exude
Dart or RT Slug in golden bream color. For some
great trout action, fish top-water plugs at sunrise in
Harrison King shows off a 22-pound permit caught
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catch of six nice grouper caught trolling inside the Tampa Bay shipping channel. The groups also caught
many redfish, ladyfish, flounder and speckled trout in the waters around Anna Maria.
3 to 5 feet of water over grass flats."
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says fish-
ing off the beaches has been productive. Look for
bait schools cruising up and down the beach to find
Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle. Jonny
suggests throwing white jigs, speck rigs, and gotcha
plugs for good results. Johnny said he's been hearing
about a lot of flounder being caught both on near-
shore reefs and off the beaches and piers. Berkley
Gulp shrimp on a 14 ounce jig-head is a good bet.
Black drum are being caught in the canals around
Key Royale and Bimini Bay. Look for sheepshead
in the same areas. Try using sand fleas and or fid-
dler crabs. Offshore encounters include amberjack,
bonita and cobia. For the amberjack, start about 10-12
miles out. Threadfin herring and white bait are good
bait for these high activity fish. "They want to chase
something." Jonny says.
Bob Kilb at The Rod & Reel Pier says the fishing
has been a little tough this week. Fishers on the pier
have been catching a few Spanish mackerel as well as
black drum, sheepshead and flounder. Fiddler crabs
have been the bait of choice for sheepies. If you want
to try for black drum and flounder, try live shrimp
fished on the bottom around and under the pier.
Capt Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Char-
ters reports, "the winter pattern is coming on strong
with each passing cold front and shorter days." The
key to successful fishing, Howard said, is to adapt to
the changing conditions and to change your tactics.
Shiners are getting harder to net. They are leaving
the flats and will become scarce with each passing
coldfront. Time to make the switch to live shrimp,
pinfish, cut bait, and artificial baits.
Cut ladyfish rigged with a split shot next to the
mangroves or in the potholes, Howard said, will pro-
duce some nice redfish. Sheephead have invaded the
flats and will only get thicker in the bay as winter
progresses. Live shrimp, fiddler crabs, and sand fleas
will capture these convict-striped fish.
Also, Howard said, "the inshore grouper bite is
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at its peak. A lively pinfish or frozen sardine dropped
to the hard bottom, on artificial reefs, or along the
ship channel edges, will entice these excellent eating
fish to chew. Trolling for grouper is also a viable
option for catching dinner."
Looking forward, Howard said, the tides will be
extremely low in the mornings, causing the fish on
the flats to stack up in the potholes and provide the
opportunity to wade fish and literally have "fish-in-
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters wants to give thanks for a great fall fish-
ing season. He loves to substitute a fat gag grouper
or tasty American red snapper for a turkey at his
McGuire reported his charters are catching limits
of gag and red grouper and, on the weekends, limits of
American red snapper. Along with grouper, his charters
are catching mangrove, yellowtail and lane snappers,
big cobia, sharks, flounder and a few kingfish.
McGuire reports, "There is great gag grouper
action in depths starting at 40 feet. The larger red
grouper and red snapper are at depths of 130 feet.
Live pinfish have been the best bait lately, but it's
always good to start out with frozen sardines to get
the party started.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says the
Spanish mackerel bite has been sporadic. "If the bait
is here, the Spanish mackerel will be, too," he said.
Silver spoons and white crappie jigs have proven
to be the best offering for these high activity fish.
Along with the mackerel, there have been bluefish,
ladyfish and jack crevalle mixed in. There are still
bonnethead and Atlantic sharpnose sharks around,
which offer a great fight for light tackle sportfishing.
Sork also added, "Evenings seem to be producing a
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce held its 2010 installation
banquet and awards ceremony Nov. 8 at
the Key Royale Club, Holmes Beach.
Mike Sales entertained at the soiree,
and the club served drinks and dinner.
The "Large Business of the Year"
award went to Wagner Realty, which
has several offices on the Island, while
Beach Bums Island Attitudes boutique
and recreational rentals in Anna Maria
received the "Small Business of the
Year" honor. The Sun newspaper won
the medium business award.
Along with awards, the chamber
also installed newly elected members of
the board of directors, including Lynn
Zemmer of Waterside Lending, Linda
Dickson of Island Mortgage Services,
Ed Gocher of Miller Electric and Eric
Cairns of Cedar Cove Resort and Cot-
At the awards ceremony, the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island and the cham-
ber presented Mark Davis of Harrington
House Bed & Breakfast, Holmes Beach,
with the "Business Person of the Year"
The award recognized Davis'
"integrity, honesty, ethics and commu-
nity involvement." Davis and his father,
Frank Davis, are both former presidents
Mark Davis of Harrington House Bed & Breakfast with plaque, third from
left, is congratulated by his dad and mom, Frank and Jo Davis, and Mary Ann
Brockman of the Anna Maria Island C i,..,,,,.. i of Commerce, on being honored
by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island as businessperson of the year. Islander
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of the chamber board of directors.
Premier Properties of Southwest
Florida recently announced it was affil-
iating with Sotheby's International
Realty, which has offices in Venice,
Sarasota and around the globe.
Terry Hayes, a Sotheby real
estate agent who specializes in Anna
Maria Island and Cortez proper-
ties, said the addition of Premier to
Sotheby's will give her clients access
to more property listings along the
Gulf coast as far south as Naples.
Terry can be reached at 941-302-
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold its December
networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at The
Feast Restaurant formerly the
Moveable Feast 5406 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, in the Island Shopping
The luncheon cost is $15 and
members are encouraged to bring
guests. Reservations are requested for
For the chamber's December sun-
rise breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 8, members and guests
are invited to Freedom Village, 6406
21st Ave. W., Bradenton.
Breakfast will be prepared under
the supervision of award-winning chef
Luciano Silva of the Tuscany Restau-
rant at Freedom Village.
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and mem-
bers are encouraged to bring guests.
Reservations are also requested for the
For more information on the break-
fast and lunch, call 941-778-1541.
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Bradenton or Longboat Key? How about
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Island real estate
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
236 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 2,878 sfla / 3,430 sfur 3bed/3bath
bayfront pool home built in 1966
on a 110x152 lot was sold 11/01/10,
Zirzow to Peterson for $1,224,000; list
103 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,319
sfla / 1,469 sfur 4bed/2bath pool home
built in 1946 on a 64x80 lot was sold
11/01/10, Kaleta to Pakbaz for $750,000;
104 29th St., Unit 2, Gulf Path,
Holmes Beach, a 510 sfla lbed/lbath
condo built in 1971 was sold 11/01/10,
Hamann to Kemmner for $250,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at 941-778-7244.
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Thrashers find green brings green
By Rick Catlin
Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher
are committed to using as many e I. i .'\ -
saving measures as possible at their
Anna Maria Historic Green Village
project currently under construction on
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
Not only are they dedicated to the
use of green e Il i _.' and reducing green-
house gas emissions, the couple believes
solar in i will be a cost-saving mea-
sure and eventually pay for itself, Lizzie
Vann Thrasher said.
As an added bonus, the state has a
rebate program for installing e Ii .'- -
saving devices, including solar panels.
Vann Thrasher said she and her hus-
band recently received $19,000 from the
state for installing solar panels in 2009
at the property they own that is home to
Beach Bums, 427 Pine Ave.
"Beach Bums was a test to see how
effective solar panels were at generating
electricity for the store, and it worked
great. We invested about $40,000 in
the panels and got back $19,000, not
to mention our monthly electric bills
are extremely low. Sometimes, the
meter appears to go backwards," Vann
Thrasher said with a laugh.
After the success of Beach Bums,
the Thrashers installed a solar system
at Gingerhouse, their warehouse at 425
Pine Ave., and at four of their vacation
"The installers, Solar Direct Inc. of
Bradenton, said they believe this was the
first-ever commercial photo voltaic solar
installation on Anna Maria Island. We
hope it's not the last," she said.
The Thrashers also worked with
Holmes Beach resident Tom Stock-
ebrand in planning solar power for their
properties. Stockebrand, a retired engi-
neer, built a solar-powered car that he
drives around the Island.
Estimates indicate the solar panels
and other e i. r.\ -,iving devices reduce
electricity consumption from Florida
Power & Light each month by as much as
75 percent, with 40 percent the approxi-
mate minimum monthly savings.
"In five years, our lower monthly
bills will have saved us the cost of the
system," Vann Thrasher predicted.
Lower bills and less greenhouse gas
emissions are pretty good reasons to "go
green," she said.
"We plan on making Green Village
into a zero-c nI. i .' site as much as pos-
sible. We'll have the solar panels, insula-
tion, LED lights and solar hot water."
S Green coming
Work crews last week
of the Sears cottage
at the Anna Maria
Village, 503 Pine
Ave. and 505 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria,
beams and founda-
tion support. The
cottage will be one of
five structures at the
tial complex. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Plans for the Green Village also
include cisterns, which will store rain-
water for re-use by the complex.
"I think as electricity costs con-
tinue to rise, people will see the ben-
efits of solar power, not just for the
cost-savings, but the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions," Vann
Diane Havelka, left, and
Lauren Sato, right, co-owners
of Beach Bums Island Attitude
boutique and recreational rent-
als in Anna Maria, accepted
the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce 2010 award
as the best small business
for the year at the chamber 's
annual awards banquet Nov. 8.
Holding the award are Diane's
husband Ed and Jason Sato,
Lauren's husband. Islander
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DESK: ROLLTOP, SOLID oak. Excellent condi-
tion, $400. 941-799-9494.
RICE COOKER: STEAMER, Rival. Six-cup with
manual, $8. 941-795-8359.
SPA: 2006 HOT Springs Sovereign II, Cadillac of
spas. Like new, accommodates six. New, $8,200,
sell, $1,950. 941-713-8070.
CHARGER PLATES: NEW, silver, great for the
holidays. Six for $24 or 12 for $45. Call 941-761 -
STAINLESS-STEEL SINK: Double, very good
condition, $25. Large mirror with wooden frame,
37.5 x 47-inch, $50. Call 941-761-1928.
EXCELLENT CONDITION ADVANCED word pro-
cessor. Desk and chair included, $95. Call 941-
SHOWER/BATH CHAIR: Lightweight aluminum,
plastic backrest, seat. Like-new. Paid $68, asking
RATTAN LIVING ROOM furniture. Older quality,
good condition chairs, sofas and tables, priced
ADORABLE DUPLEX located just one house from the bay.
Ground level 2 BR/ 1.5 BT seasonal and 1 BR/1 BT annual
JUST THREE HOUSES TO THE BEACH. Great Duplex
located west of Gulf Drive. 2BR/1BA. Selling turnkey fur-
VILLAut E u LUNGIBUAI KEY secluded home on Broad-
way, this is a must see 2 BR/ 2.5 BT beauty with a den/
study that could be a 3rd bedroom. Cathedral ceiling in living
room with great open beam design. Walk to beach & great
CORAL SHORES 5 minutes to the beach. 3 BR/ 2
BA, 1500 SF 2 car garage, screened porch. Great buy.
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
SOLID WOOD BI-FOLD shutter doors. $15 each.
Total of six. Holmes Beach. 941-778-2876.
PINK SEQUINED DRESS and jacket, size 10,
great for a wedding, $100. 941-778-0523.
BIKE: PANASONIC VILLAGER. Ladies model,
26-inch, $30. Phone 941-761-1393.
COMPUTER: 2.4 GHz with newly loaded Win-
dows XP-PRO, $100. 941-756-6728.
CASTING ROD: 7-foot M Berkley Bionix, $10. Call
FISHING REEL: SALTWATER Penn #85, $15.
Call Frank, 941-761-1415.
LEATHER JACKET: LADIES large, black, never
worn, $25. Call Marion, 941- 761-1415.
TV: 50-INCH Toshiba, big screen, great picture,
QUEEN SLEEPER SOFA brown, tan $60. Full
RipCurl wetsuit Childs size 12, $60. LiquidForce
Wakeboard, no bindings, $60. 941-778-7003.
DRESSER OR DINING room chest, 1860s. Good
condition, $100. 941-778-3458.
....a family favorite since 1967. Complete Interior/
Exterior remodel in 2010. Two Bedroom, Two Bath
"Vacation Rentals" with large private Sun Decks.
Free Long Distance, Wi-Fi, Expanded Cable &
Laundry facilities. Boat & Jet Ski parking available.
Free Bikes and Beach Gear usage for Registered
Guests. New heated pool with outdoor gas grills.
Gulf Drive & 41 st Street at
the Manatee Public Beach
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TWIN SIZE JENNY Lynd bed, spring. Excellent
condition, $30. 941-778-3458.
ANTIQUE SMALL CHILD'S table and chairs,
pastel colors. $40. 941-928-8735.
YAMAHA VINO CLASSIC: Two scooters for sale.
2007 blue, only 1,500 miles, great condition.
$1,150 or best offer. 2006 silver, only 850 miles
and in great condition. $1,050 or best offer. Great
gas mileage, 35 mph-plus, easy to ride, and really
great fun on the Island! 941-928-8735.
GIRLS BIKE: SPECIALIZED Hotrock, light purple,
like new. $85. 941-928-8735.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection
$300, or $50-75 each. Wine racks, antique burl-
wood rocker and more. View at The Islander store,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
THREE GRAND MIRRORS, gorgeous frames,
4x6 feet to 5x8 feet. $200-$350. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
I33 Years.2 Generationsals
33 Years... 2 Generations
We Must Be Doing Something Right!
Norman 941 778-6696
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Realtyn C HOLMES BEACH
1W ENDLESS PANORAMIC BAYVIEWS
713 Key Royale Drive
/ It's all about the water in this custom Key Royale Bay front
S --home. Ideally sited in the exclusive community of North Point
S Harbor, a perfect retreat offering a spacious open floor plan
perfect for entertaining plus 4 bedrooms and 4 baths
301 17th Street N #15
Exquisite 3 bed/3.5 bath turnkey
furnished bay frontTownhouse
528 56th Street
505 67th Street
624 Dundee Lane
3803 E Bay Drive #8
3 Bedroom/bath turnkey furnished
townhouse with access to intercoastal
240 or 244 17th Street
Choose from either 2 Bedroom/2 Bath
condos at the Bradenton Beach Club
1900 Gulf Drive N # I1 220 and 248 17ch Street
Gulf Front 2 bed/2 bath condo Fit.ul-.u' ,n.irrmnri~ 2 .8~r.:.rnm, 2 B[h
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AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice
machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up,
$1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-
burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800.941 -
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 email@example.com,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: 8a.m.- noon
Saturday, Dec. 4, by Trailer Estates Hobby Club,
atrecreation hall, 1903 69th Ave., Bradenton.
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CORPORATE AND GOLF entertainment. Private
parties and fundraisers. Florida: October through
March. www.bbrodney.com. 337-367-0339.
BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Monday at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave.
W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship
with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer
opportunities to benefit the community locally and
worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call
Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bra-
WANTED: KID CRAFTERS for the Children's Gift
Bazaar at the Christmas on Bridge Street Dec.
18. Earn holiday cash! Call for details, 941-713-
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @ sothe-
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to noon Saturday.
Donations 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.
YARD SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. Lots of
good stuff. 212 75th St., Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26.
Antiques, collectibles, gifts, miscellaneous. 890
N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Huge Thanksgiving week-
end yard sale! 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
Nov. 26-28. 2411 Ave. C, Holmes Beach.
Useful tools and
links, fun stuff,
and important info...
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+ Over 2900+ Square Feet
+ In Beautiful Northwest Bradenton
+ 4 Bedrooms + Office / 3 Full Baths
+ Custom Kitchen with Granite Counters
** Updated Bathrooms with Jacuzzi Tub
+ Immaculate, Tropical Neighborhood
* Tile and Hardwood Floors
** $725,000 was invested by owner
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+ Covered Outdoor Kitchen
+ Oversized Garage with
44 Owned Alarm System
+ Storm Shutters
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+ Minutes to the Beach
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sands Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
SFull service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
778.1345 Hauling tree trimming
1Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
F Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Windows & Doors
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
SResidential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
SCarpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
* References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc,
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
rez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236
HONEY DO HOME REPAIR i-t
941.807.5256-cell 941.896.5256-office & fax
Drywall & Texture Repairs Painting
Soffit & Siding Tile & Laminate Flooring
"We Can Repair or Install Anything With Your Home"
--IG Bed: A bargain!
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Sr .' Every Sunday at The Bridge Street Market
Call today for custom cakes and party platters
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Absolute Canvas and Upholstery
25 Years Experience Dockside Service -Any Canvas Project
John and Mike Omiecinski
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SALE: 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26. Tools, kitchen,
garden, furniture. 106 Third St. N., Bradenton
LOST CAMERA: Panasonic Lumix, small black
camera in pink neoprene-style pouch. Call 941-
778-7978 if found.
BEAUTIFUL WHITE BULL-Lab mix. This dog is
one year, 10 months old and looking for a good
home. Great around people and other animals.
House trained, well- mannered and loves to run
with other dogs at the park. All shots up to date.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
50-FOOT BOAT dock for rent. Prime location,
many amenities. Call 941-778-3013.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
DRUMMER, KEYBOARD PLAYER and lead
singer understudy wanted for reggae band. 941 -
PART-TIME SALES: Must be available evenings
and weekends. Gift shop located on Anna Maria
Island. Retirees welcome. Start as soon as pos-
ACCOMPLISHED CULINARIANS: Wait and chef
LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all
ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island,
located in busy shopping center, large inventory,
all equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey,
business growing monthly, owners moving, great
opportunity for mom and pop. $189,000. Call Jim,
GREAT OPPORTUNITY! TURNKEY business,
clothing shop in Holmes Beach. Walk in and start
your own Island business! $79,900. Call Sato
Real Estate Inc., 941-778-7200.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
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.
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.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
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CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise
Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling,
listing, buying, market analysis. Listings needed,
present inventory sold or under contract. 941-592-
8373, or e-mail: email@example.com.
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.
NEED NEW DOORS? Fiberglass doors and
frames, glass inserts, patio, storm and Simonton
windows. TDWS. 941-722-7507.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
INDEPENDENT POWER WASHER: Anna Maria
resident. $15/hour, $50/minimum. Services
include houses, trailers, pool and wood decks,
store fronts. Removes stains and mildew. Free
estimates. Please, call Bill, 941-896-6788 and
PIANO LESSONS, Beginner to adult, degree
instructor. Lessons on grand piano, learn at your
own pace, with computer and theory games avail-
able. Pick up from King Middle School possible
Tuesday or Thursday. 941-761-2440.
ANTIQUES, FINE FURNITURE repair. Free esti-
mates. Call Otto, 941-778-5639.
ARE YOU LIVING your best life? Do you have a
plan? Certified life, career and business coach.
Jon Hartman, BSME, MBA, CPC. 941-932-1232.
jon @coachjonhartman.com. www.coachjonhart-
TV WALL MOUNTING, wiring and home theater
system installation. Call Chris, 501-773-0036, for
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
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ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch,
storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Stu-
dios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
LAWN & GARDEN
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.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander, 941-778-7978.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL? You can read
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at www.
islander.org. And it's FREE!
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
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,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
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Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holrn- I:, i '.:Ili -i Sat.
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
Anderson Q Associates Insurance
Your Island Insurance Specialist
Working to save you money
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CL -.GES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, C :IP
rj: :b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima :
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J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week.
$1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season.
Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.
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HUGE REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
50% 70% off"2004-2006" PRICES
Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (Trip Advisor)
Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available
O rb,., , 1 / Luxurious 2/2 apts..
-' 1,200 s/f from $325,000
1,400 s/f from $375,000
Charming 1/1 apts.
372 s/f from $125,000
533 s/f from $150,000
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FEMALE ROOMMATE WANTED: 2BR/2BA
condo. Beachfront with pool in Holmes Beach.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $1,500-$2,200/week. 559-
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH. Spacious
3BR/2BA duplex, upper level. Screened lanai,
completely furnished. One house from beach.
Gulf view. No pets or smoking. 813-689-0925 or
DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf. Beautiful home,
3BR/2.5BA, boat dock, lift, pool, fully furnished.
$3,600/month, annual. 941-580-0626.
BEACHFRONT HOME. Spectacular water views,
private beach. Ground-level 2BR/1BA, garage.
Available December and January. 941-348-
SEASONAL ANNA MARIA: Newly remodeled
2BR/1BA and 3BR/2BA houses. 200 feet to
beach. By week or month. 941-778-7933.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/1BA duplex apartment
with washer and dryer, carport, large back deck,
steps to beach. Cute, well appointed, fully fur-
nished. Immediately available, seasonal $2,600/
month. Call 813-244-4944.
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SEASONAL & VACATION RENTALS:
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA Near beaches
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA family room and garage.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
tdollyl @yahoo.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com
PERICO BAY CLUB: Seasonal or annual, two-
month minimum. Furnished or unfurnished, water
view, gated, tennis, carport, washer and dryer,
remodeled. 24-hour security. 941-545-4033.
GULFFRONT COMPLEX: 2BR/2BA. Tennis,
heated pool, Jacuzzi. Available December, Janu-
ary, February. Two-week minimum. 941-794-
2BR/1BA BEACH COTTAGE: Steps to beach.
Available for season. $2,500/month. Call Sato
Real Estate Inc., 941-778-7200.
2BR/1BA SEASONAL or annual. Beach across
street, view of bay, screened lanai. Sandpiper
OFFICE SPACE: 900 sf, $10 per sf. 941-725-
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE now. 1 BR/1 BA
apartment, west of Gulf Drive, Anna Maria City.
$1,200/month plus tax. 941-778-4499.
SEASONAL RENTAL: PEBBLE Springs 3BA/2BR
condo. Front-door covered parking, pool at back
door, tennis, clubhouse, minutes to beach,
includes water and cable. $1,600/month. Requires
application. www.macalusoproperty.com. 813-
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gufp Bay Ralty ofna Maria Inc.
Jesse (Brisson rotr)j associate, gJ
Deep Water on Large Lot
This home is located
on a prime lot a short
walk to the beach.
The home is currently
configured as a 2
bed/2bath but can be
a 3 bedroom. Garage,
large pool and screened
lanai overlooking your dock. $539,900
W REAL ESTATE
Big Fish Real Estate
Lori Skaggs was born in Sharon, Ct.,
and moved to Palmetto at the age of
7, where she grew up spending her
summers on our beautiful waterways.
She truly loves this area and knows
it like the back of her hand. Lori can always identify the
most popular local haunts and out of the way gems. A
REALTOR since 2004, Lori's goal is to help people prepare
for retirement through real estate. In today's uncertain
economic times, she feels people must be proactive in
planning for their future and she looks forward to putting
her skills to work forYOU!
Yes, it's really bayfront at
this price. You can have
it all, updates, rental
income, heated pool,
tennis courts and fishing
pier. $298,900. Easy to
see. Call Nicole Skaggs,
CASA BELLA BY
Gorgeous 3BR/2BA, turn-
key furnished, saltwater
pool, elevator. No detail or
upgrade overlooked, easy
to see and a pleasure to
show. $695,000. Call
Nicole Skaggs, Broker,
5386 Gulf Drive, Ste. 102, Holmes Beach
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ANNUAL RENTAL ON North Shore Drive. Pri-
vate beachfront, 4BR/3BA home. Large deck with
gazebo, walkway to beach for great sunsets. Car-
port, private drive, laundry. Anna Maria. 404-433-
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.
LOCAL PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS owners with
exceptional rental references looking for 2BR/2BA
home on Anna Maria. Trying to sell your house?
No problem, we'll take excellent care of it. Show-
ings not a problem. Prefer two-year lease. Have
two mature polite dogs, guarantee no problems.
BRADENTON BEACH: Sandpiper 55-plus resort,
Anna Maria Island. 2BR/1 BA. Furnished, carport,
bay view. No smoking. $650/month, first, last and
$500 deposit. Seasonal, $1,400/month, minimum
three months. 941-545-8923.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA
great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg,
941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.
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GORGEOUS FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT com-
pound with full Gulf views in Holmes Beach.
6,500-sf under roof, just completed in 2009.
Casual elegance in this 5BR/4BA, spectacular
rooftop bar/summer kitchen, resort-style pool,
five-plus car garage and separate in-law unit.
Boat house and two docks. Gated estate offered
at $3,250,000. Tony Andrews of Andrews & Asso-
ciates. 941-921-5999. Sought-after estate will be
an open house 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.
510 58th St., Holmes Beach.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
LONGBOAT KEY: MUST sell. 2BR/2BA mobile
home, land owned. 55-plus, deeded. Gulf, bay,
turnkey. Reduced, $129,900. 941-706-4809, 941-
2BR/1BA IN SENIOR park, 15 minutes to beach.
Bradenton, Tropical Palms. Big pool, hot tub, rec-
reation room. $49,000 with lot. Lots alone sell for
$38,000. Chickenplucker@webtv.net. Call 863-
688-3524 or 863-608-1833.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-
car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immacu-
late 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture,
breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under
roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. $3,500,000. Contact owner, broker,
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*. Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA
Baywatch: Bradenton Beach.
1301 N. Bay Drive. Direct
bayfront condo, 2BR/2BA,
1,079 sf, nicely furnished.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $335,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
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NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Cabin shell,
two-plus acres with great view, very private, big
trees, waterfalls and large public lake nearby,
$99,500. Bank financing. 866-275-0442.
BANK ORDERED ON-SITE auctions: 677 acres.
Commercial, timber and hunting land. Hamilton,
Gilchrist and Clay counties. Dec.2-3. Visit Row-
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A VERY SPECIAL SECTION NOV. 24, 2010
PLEAS, MAKE A
WISH COME TRUE
--* e holidays are the time to take an extra moment to -
Sgive someone a smile or send a greeting ... pause to
i' give a quiet hug or words of praise.
The holidays are special for friends, family and
SIslanders. In our 18th annual A TA oo, we
take a moment to present stories about organizations
in our community that deserve your special consideration.
These community service organizations are dedicated to
providing assistance to families and individuals, teaching and
mentoring our children, helping the elderly and less fortunate,
all with the goal of making Anna Maria Island a better place to
live for each and every one of us.
With 3RuJan l< iA o, organizations offer a special
way for you to share the holiday spirit. We've included a list
of needs wishes from each one. Your donation, however
small or grand, will be deeply appreciated by the organizations.
Please, take a moment to select a gift from these lists to add
to your holiday shopping list.
It's S JAaut way of saying thanks for the support we've
received for the past 18 years and a chance for all of us to give
something back to our community. A small contribution can *
make a big difference.
We offer a special thanks to the generous sponsor advertisers
for making this publication possible. And we hope you receive
the same return as we have each year from The Islander Wish
Book ... the joy of giving.
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Wildlife Inc., Education &
Bradenton Beach-based Wildlife Inc.'s mis-
sion is to rescue and rehabilitate native species
to return to their habitat, as well as promote
education on wildlife and environmental
The nonprofit's goal in 2011 is "to continue
our mission of education and rehabilitation."
Wildlife Inc. wishes for:
Cleaning products such as bleach, Dawn
dish detergent and paper towels.
Lightweight kayaks for water rescues.
Craftsperson to build nest boxes.
Volunteers for rescue and shows.
Bait fish for bird chow.
Monetary donations for food and medi-
For more information, contact Wildlife Inc.
at 941-778-6324 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also,
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All Island Denominations
All Island Denominations endeavors to
bring together the Island churches Cros-
sPointe Fellowship, the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, Harvey Memorial Church, Roser
Memorial Community Church and St. Bernard
Catholic Church and their members to help
those in need of emergency rental or utility
AID hosts an annual Thanksgiving-Eve
service scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov.
24, at St. Bernard, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach, as well as an annual ecumenical service
that takes place in late January.
Organized and funded by all the Island
churches, AID has been serving Anna Maria
Island since 1982.
AID wishes for:
Funding to assist Islanders with rent,
utilities, gas and food.
Donations of non-perishable food for the
food pantry at Roser Memorial Community
Church in Anna Maria.
For more information, contact the Rev.
Rosemary W. Backer at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church at 941-778-1813 or gdlami@verizon.
The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus
and Orchestra has a long-standing history of
providing quality chorus and instrumental
music, as well as performance opportunities
for professional and volunteer musicians.
AMICCO strives to broaden the public's
knowledge, enjoyment and understanding of
music and to foster the development of musi-
cally talented youth through our annual youth
The organization's wish list includes:
Vocalists for the chorus.
Talented instrumentalists for the orches-
The Loyal Order of
Moose Lodge #2188
wishes everyone a Happy
Holiday and asks that
you please remember to
donate a TOY for a
TOT at the Lodge.
110 Gulf Drive, S.
Volunteers to serve as ushers at the con-
certs and potential board members.
Financial support for music programs
and youth outreach.
Assistance with writing grants to help us
achieve its mission and goals.
Better recognition and visibility in the
community and at large.
Advertisers for concert programs.
For more information, contact Jeanie Pick-
wick at 941-795-2370, or pickwick@tampabay.
rr.com. Also, visit www.amicco.org.
CJ-fHEERS to you and yours
this 3Hofiday Seacvn!
from the staff of
778-5788 5346 Gulf Drive
Open 11-3 Thanksgiving & Christmas
779-BEER next to Hurricane Hanks
18TH ANNUAL ISLANDER WISH BOOK 2010
Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch wishes foi
binoculars for its bird
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
and Shorebird Monitoring
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and
Shorebird Monitoring's duty is to collect data
for shorebird and sea turtle nesting on Anna
The mission statement reads, "In part-
nership with the Island community through
public education and cooperation, it is the
mission of the AMITW and SBM to assure
a suitable habitat for people, sea turtles and
shorebirds, the ecosystem of the Island and it's
Turtle Watch wishes for:
Binoculars for bird monitoring, size 8x42.
Gallons of yellow road-stripe paint.
Small handheld GPS new or used -
Cannon ink PGI No. 5 or black.
Gift cards to Office Max.
Two rolls of large, square-holed hard-
For more information, contact director Suzi
Fox at 941 778 5638 or director@islandturtles.
com. Also, visit www.islandturtles.com.
All Island Denominations wishes for donations
to the Island food pantry at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church in Anna Maria, as well as cash
donations to help Islanders in need with rent and
Royal Pet Rescue wishesfor an adopted caretakerfor
Alfie and other rescued animals.
Royal Pet Rescue
Royal Pet Rescue was founded in 2009 to
rescue as many dogs and cats as possible from
RPR usually has 50-80 animals in its care,
most in temporary foster homes until perma-
nent adoptions take place.
RPR, in its first two years, has rescued
more than 800 animals which received vet
care, were spayed or neutered, micro-chipped
and wormed and treated with flea medica-
tions before they were placed in homes.
The nonprofit is all-volunteer, with no
facilities nd no paid staff.
Royal Pet Rescue wishes for:
Cat food and dog food donations.
Gift cards for pet stores.
Pet toys, treats.
Cash donations to help pay vet bills.
For more information, contact Julie Royal
at 941-720-1411. Also, visit www.royalpetres-
Anna Maria Island
On Saturday mornings, members and
guests of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club
can be found gathered at the Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public
There the group will eat breakfast, share
news, trade jokes, sing songs, make friends,
listen to speakers and plan civic projects.
Outside the 8:30 a.m. meetings, club
members organize an annual Valentine's Day
dance, host and coordinate the Easter sunrise
service on the beach and help the Salvation
Army with bell-ringing for donations at the
Publix in Holmes Beach.
The Kiwanis club wishes for:
New members anyone interested in
fellowship and helping children on the Island.
Volunteers for the Salvation Army
Christmas bell ringing at Publix Super Market.
For more information, contact Ralph Bas-
sett at 941-795-8697. Also, visit www.annamar-
Anna Maria Island Resorts...
7The Old FloridaLn perience liY're Looking For.
Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus a Orchestra
18TH ANNUAL ISLANDER WISH BOOK 2010
Anna Maria Elementary School
Anna Maria Elementary School operates
with a professional staff of teachers and sup-
port personnel and a large coalition of parents
and community organizers.
AME wishes for:
Bric-a-brac for crafts.
Watercolor paints, brushes.
For more information, call the school at
941-708-5525 or drop off items at the school
office, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Anna Maria Elementary School wishes for class-
room supplies, including pencils, pens and erasers.
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Tingley Memorial Library wishes for newspaper
and magazine subscriptions, as well as book dona-
Tingley Memorial Library
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St.
N., Bradenton Beach, exists to provide books
and other library services to the Island popul-
tion and the surrounding communities.
The library's goal is to "serve of our
patrons all year through friendly and help-
ful assistance with any reading materials and
informational resources they seek."
Tingley's wishes for:
Audio books on CD.
Educational/ entertainment DVDs.
Large print books.
Current fiction and non-fiction books.
For more information, call Eveann Adams
at 941-779-1208. Also, visit www.cityofbraden-
Jim Mixon Insurance Inc.
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Anna Maria Island Privateers wish for a golf cart.
Anna Maria Island Privateers
The Anna Maria Island Privateers the
most recognizable nonprofit on the Island
though it lacks an office exists to "develop,
promote and support activities for the better-
ment of youth and community in Manatee
The group, which turns 40 in 2011, raises
money for scholarships, cleans up roads and
hosts a series of events for children and adults,
including the Christmas parade and party to
take place Dec. 11.
Anna Maria Island Privateers wishes for:
Retail store gift cards.
Gasoline gift cards.
Enclosed cargo trailer.
For more information, contact Roger L.
Murphree at 214-714-3953. Also, visit www.
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, supports
local artists and promotes arts education.
The guild provides scholarships, sponsors
tours to local art museums, contributes fund-
ing to school arts programs, hosts art dem-
onstrations and operates the Guild Gallery,
where local artists to display their work.
AGAMI wishes for:
A projector that can display Power Point
Low-cost or donated sites for artist
For more information, contact the Guild
Gallery at 941-778-6694. Also, visit www.ami-
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The Anna Maria Island
Historical Society's wili
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Anna Maria Island
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society
operates a museum at 402 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, where visitors can see old Florida
antiques and collections from the early days of
AMIHS also recognizes preservation
achievement and sponsors a series of cultural
and historical events.
AMIHS wishes for:
Credit card processing machine.
New exterior sandwich-board sign.
An American flag.
Old Island photographs.
Vintage clothing and jewelry.
Public address system.
Contributions toward a soon-to-be-built,
state-of-the-art archive room in the way of
volunteering as a docent at the museum.
For more information, call AMIHS at 941-
778-0492. Also, visit www.islandhistory.us.
Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce, representing 500-plus members and
operating a visitors center at 5317 Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach, helps tourists to navigate
the Island, newcomers to settle onto the Island
and businesses to thrive on the Island.
The organization's mission is to "serve the
membership and the community through pro-
active leadership by building a positive busi-
ness climate while enhancing and perfecting
the quality of life for all."
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce wishes for:
Donations for the Toys for Tots holiday
A laptop or desktop computer for volun-
teers at the office.
For more information, contact Deb Wing at
941-778-1541 or email@example.com. Also,
visit www.annamariaislandchamber. org.
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island wishes
for a media projector.
The Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce wishes
for donations for the Toys for
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Longboat Hardware Holmes Beach Hardware
4030 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 3352 East Bay Dr.
S Longboat Key, FL 34228 Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 383-1313 Phone: (941) 778-0999
Fax: (941) 383-2170 Fax: (941) 778-1717
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FOR THE AMI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLIDAY LIGHTED NIGHT PARADE,
AND THE DOWNTOWN HOLMES BEACH HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE!
The parade will leave CrossPointe Fellowship at 5 p.m. (all holiday-lighted vehicles "
welcome) and deliver Santa and the Privateer ship to The Islander. T nI
storm at The Islander office. Party with the Privateers! Refreshments and entertain-
ment throughout the downtown area! 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Off Stage Ladies
The Sunday before an opening night at
the Island Players playhouse in Anna Maria
is known as "Long Sunday." The actors and
technical crew gather for a lengthy day of
rehearsal to perfect the production.
"Long Sunday" is one of the days the Off
Stage Ladies take center stage at the play-
house, serving a hearty meal to help the lead
recall his or her lines or the lighting expert to
hit a mark.
The group exists to support Island Play-
ers. They raise money with events and serve
as ushers. Many members are involved with
helping at the theater with costumes, sets,
lighting, sound, props, ticket sales, stage man-
ager and even acting on stage.
Off Stage Ladies wishes for:
Flashlights for crew, house managers
A three-step project stool with tray.
Donations from restaurants for "Long
Sunday" set for Nov. 28, Jan. 16, March 13
and May 8.
For more information, contact Off Stage
Ladies president Nancy Ambrose at 941-799-
2181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Off Stage Ladies
wish to make their
jobs easier is for
flashlights for house
managers and ushers
at the Island Players
The Island Players is in its 62nd season
in the cozy little theater at the corner of Gulf
Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
The group's mission is "to bring creative
and artistic entertainment to the Island com-
munity by offering live dramatic and comedic
The Island Players' 2011 goal is "to intro-
duce new theatergoers to our historic play-
The Island Players wishes for:
A makeup chair for the backstage dress-
Two barstools for the box office.
For more information, contact Island Play-
ers president Dolores Harrell at 941-778-3959
or email@example.com. Also, visit www.theis-
REAL ESTATE LLC
5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach 779-0202
The Anna Maria Island Art League wishes for art
supplies, volunteers and lighting.
Anna Maria Island Art League
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, is dedicated
to the visual arts. Its mission is to encour-
age emerging and evolving artists of all ages
through education and to enrich the commu-
nity through the promotion and celebration of
AMIAL does this through classes for
adults and children, workshops, exhibits,
scholarships for classes and special events -
including Winterfest and Springfest, the juried
fine arts and crafts festivals held at Holmes
Beach City Hall field.
In 2010-11, the league is looking forward to
offering diverse workshops and special events,
growing its festivals and making facility
AMIAL wish list:
Art supplies, including canvas, water-
color pads/paper, Prismacolor, watercolor
paint, acrylic paint, scissors and brushes.
Spot lighting for the galleries.
New classroom stools and chairs.
Passive outdoor solar lighting.
Large paving stones for the entrance.
For more information, contact director
Holly Collier at 941-778-2099 or amiartleague@
verizon.net. Also, visit www.islandartleague.
The Island Players wishes for two stools for the box
St. Bernard Council of
Catholic Women Guild
A lot of activity takes place in St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach in the sanc-
A lot of activity takes place in the church's
fellowship hall, where volunteers, many of
them with the St. Bernard Council of Catholic
Women Guild, organize rummage sales and
bake sales, bazaars and garden parties, break-
fasts and dinners, dances and other social
The council wishes for:
A refrigerator with an ice-maker.
Backdrop curtain for the activity hall
For more information, contact CCU presi-
dent Cele Van Winkle at 941-807-3478.
Cortez Village Historical Society
The Cortez Village Historical Society
drives preservation and restoration in the old
fishing community to the east of Anna Maria
The historical society continues to collect
artifacts and documentation of old, colorful
Cortez for its Family Life Museum.
The Cortez Village Historical Society
Funding to purchase and restore a build-
ing for the Family Life Museum.
For more information, contact Mary
Fulford Green at 941-795-7121 or maryful-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Or write CVHS, P.O.
Box 663, Cortez FL 34215.
TH& HaPPi@ST OF
HOLiDMYS TO YOU 8ND YOURS!
FROM THO FLP-FLOP COMPaNY!
Anna Maria Island
315 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
5604-B Marina Drive Holmes Beach
ISTH ANNUAL ISLANDER WISH BOOK 2010
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941-778-6455 101 Bridge St.
Corner of Gulf Dr. & Bridge St.
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Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island ME
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, Since 19'
which meets Tuesdays at the BeachHouse atee Inc. has
Restaurant in Bradenton Beach, is a network of and support
business, professional and community leaders, or in centers
both active and retired. help them tc
Members network, build friendships, Each we
develop leadership skills and satisfy commu- drivers deli
nity and global service needs. And many v
Money raised through fundraising efforts travel to the
support about three dozen projects, many of for social ho
them at Anna Maria Elementary School in Meals or
Holmes Beach. The Island Rotary club is a Food Bank c
recognized supporter of ShelterBox and this "to continue
year is working to send wheelchairs to Haiti in need of fc
for those suffering from earthquake-related Meals or
injuries. GPS s(
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island $5,000
wishes for: New d
A flat-screen television. Shelvii
A laptop computer. Flat-sc
A floor podium. Restau
For more information about the Rotary appreciation
Club of Anna Maria Island, call club president Portab
Judy Rup at 941-518-1965. Also, visit www. For mor
annamariarotary.org. Theisen at 9
Florida Gulf Coast Maritime
Museum and FISH
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage is dedicated to the "preservation of Gulf
Coast maritime heritage."
The Florida Maritime Museum housed
in the renovated 1912 schoolhouse at 4415
119th St. W., Cortez is dedicated to preserv-
ing the history of the old fishing village, as
well as promoting the fishers' way of life. .r
The goal in the next year is to continue the ow
revitalization of the FISH Preserve. L..l
The wish list includes:
Tractor or Bobcat-type earth-mover.
Big riding lawn mower.
Large metal storage shed.
Heavy-duty weed whacker.
For more information, contact the museum
Meals on Wheels
PLUS wishes for GPS
software for route-
;als on Wheels PLUS
72, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Man-
provided nutritional assistance
Services to people in their homes
Throughout Manatee County to
o continue to live independently.
ekday, Meals on Wheels PLUS
ver dinners to Island residents.
weekdays, some Island residents
organization's Ninth Street Center
*urs and activities.
n Wheels PLUS also operates the
)f Manatee and its goal for 2011 is
Sour 'no wait-list' policy for those
n Wheels PLUS wishes for:
software for route planning.
to update accounting software.
ng units plastic or wood.
irant gift cards for volunteer
le DVD player for presentations.
e information, contact Kristen
41-749-0100. Also, visit www.meal-
for a weed
Annie Silver Community Center
In the winter, the pace of activity acceler-
ates at the Annie Silver Community Center at
23rd Street and Avenue C in Bradenton Beach.
The non-profit center was founded by
Island entrepreneur Annie Silver in the 1950s
to promote friendship and entertainment for
neighbors and friends in Bradenton Beach and
on the Island.
That means, during the winter season, a
celebration of song and music, shuffleboard,
bingo and potluck dinners.
The center's wish list includes:
Building to be painted.
New front door.
Shell for parking area.
For more information, contact Dale Rede-
ker at 941-778-1915.
Annie Silver Community Center's wish is for the
building to be painted and some shell added to the
WAMI Preservation Trust
The Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust
formed just last year to "preserve the Island's
past for the future."
The organization, headed by president
Sissy Quinn of Anna Maria, is seeking to
find a location for the preservation of the old
Angler's Lodge, a 1914 boarding house in
Meanwhile, AMIPT also is dedicated to
promoting the Anna Maria City Pier Centen-
nial scheduled for May 13-14, 2011. Quinn
chairs the city-sponsored centennial commit-
S AMIPT wishes for:
Customers for centennial T-shirts to fund
the street banners and other memorabillia to
fund the centennial event.
Customers for pier pendants.
For more information, contact Quinn at
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advertising sponsors and the extra effort of Islander staff
members, particularly Toni Lyon, Lisa Neff,
Jon Sachtjen and Lisa Williams.
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The North American Butterfly Association/Mana-
sota Chapter wishes for plants for the butterfly
garden at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park
The bloom is on at the Anna Maria Island
Butterfly Park, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, which has undergone a number of
improvements this past year.
But the North American Butterfly Asso-
ciation-Manasota Chapter is making further
The park will feature plants to attract more
than two dozen types of butterflies, as well as
identification signs for the plants.
The public park, with its paths of personal-
ized bricks, memorializes and celebrates many,
as well as contains the Island's military veter-
In the coming year, organizers are collect-
ing donations for beautification work, and
encouraging people to purchase personalized
bricks for holiday gifts.
The park wish list includes:
Purchases of personalized bricks.
Donations to construct a gazebo.
For more information, contact Nancy
Ambrose at 941-799-2181 or nancya@tam-
Keep Manatee Beautiful
Keep Manatee Beautiful, the local chapter
of Keep America Beautiful, plays numerous
roles in Island life. KMB is fulfilling its mission
when Islanders find little or no litter on the
beaches, and are able to take notice of more
trees in public places.
KMB conducts two annual coastal cleanup
efforts in the county, including on Island
beaches and at the Cortez FISH Preserve. KMB
also is involved in beautification projects along
the Palma Sola Causeway and provides trees
for Arbor Day celebrations in the area.
This year the group's wish list contains just
one item, but in multiples:
Reams of eco-friendly paper for printing
For more information, contact KMB at 941-
795-8272 or email@example.com. Also,
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Friends of the Island
The Manatee County Public Library
System seeks to offer a responsible, proactive,
innovative program of library service, capable
of upgrading the educational, cultural, and
recreational quality of life in the community.
The Friends of the Island Branch Library
exists to help the local library achieve its mis-
sion. Its goal in 2011 is "to continue providing
quality resources and services to our commu-
The Friends of the Island Branch Library
Donations to purchase books and DVDs
for the library.
For more information, call the Island
Branch Library at 941-778-6341. Also, visit
www.mymanatee.org / home / government/
departments /neighborhood-services /library.
Bridge Street Merchants
The Bridge Street Merchants became a
nonprofit in 2009 and is making its debut in
The Islander Wish Book this year.
The organization's mission is to promote
Bridge Street, the Bradenton Beach community
and its businesses.
Bridge Street Merchants wishes for:
People to reduce the carbon footprint
by taking the free Island trolley to the Bridge
Gift certificates or other donations for
the Christmas on Bridge Street raffle Dec. 18
benefiting the food pantry at Roser Memorial
Decorated holiday wreaths to sell at the
Bridge Street holiday open house to benefit the
Roser food pantry.
Canned goods to be donated to the Roser
For more information, contact Nancy
Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
Relay for Life Anna Maria Island
Relay for Life Anna Maria Island sponsors
an annual event to educate about early cancer
detection and prevention, honor and remem-
ber loved ones who have battled cancer and
raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Organizers' goals in 2011 are to sign up 34
relay teams for the May 21-22 event, as well as
raise at least $38,000 and $3,000 in local com-
munity sponsorship. Organizers also hope to
host more than 50 survivors in an honor walk
and lunch reception.
Relay wishes for:
Gift certificates and other door prizes.
Volunteers to help with set up and break
down at the event.
For more information, contact Judy Athari
at 941-745-1214 ext 5806 or judy.athari@cancer.
org. Also, visit www.relayforlife.org/amifl.
NEMO wishes for sponsors to support a banner
program in Anna Maria.
The North End Merchants Organization is
a group of Island businesses promoting com-
merce and community spirit in Anna Maria.
NEMO, still a relatively new organization,
Sponsors for banners celebrating the
centennial of the Anna Maria City Pier in 2011.
For more information, contact Barbara Sato
at 941-778-7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, visit nemoami.com.
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Joy, Peace and Love This
9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
778-2259 Fax 778-2250
Email: email@example.com www.annamariareal.com
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Challenge to raise $50,000-plus for Center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center wishes
for donations to the Lester Challenge.
Anna Maria Island Community
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, operates with the
support of donors and members.
The Center hosts a variety of programs for
adults and children, from educational pro-
grams to sports leagues to therapy.
The Center also hosts a series of commu-
nity events throughout the year.
To meet community needs,
the Center provides low-income
families access to child care, youth
programs and family therapy.
The Center wishes for:
Donations to the Lester-
Challenge, sponsored exclusively
by The Islander.
Planned giving donations, in
which the Center is remembered
through estate planning.
Endowments, to support
specific programs or projects.
For more information, contact the Center
at 941-778-1908. Also, visit www.islandcom-
An "immeasurable need" exists for the
Anna Maria Island Community Center that
a Holmes Beach couple hopes Islanders can
Each year, with the arrival of the holiday
season, Holmes Beach residents Chuck and
Joey Lester, in partnership with this newspa-
per, issue the Lester challenge. The challenge
is to raise at least $50,000 from the commu-
nity for the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. If the community rises to the challenge,
the Lesters make a considerable contribution.
"The need is immeasurable, donations
or charitable gifts such as these are the very
life blood of the community Center and their
importance is so crucial to the Center's sur-
vival," Center executive director Pierrette
Kelly said of the matching-funds challenge.
The Center, she said, has two pressing
funding needs to make payments on the
building constructed a few years ago and to
make sure no one who needs Center services
is turned away.
"Our low-income residents need the com-
munity Center's services more than ever," she
said. "Childcare and family support/therapy
is in high demand during difficult times. ...
Many of our families are uninsured and strug-
gle, attempting to live paycheck to paycheck.
Many work several jobs in the service areas of
our resorts and restaurants, working as wait
staff, bartenders, maintenance and in
The challenge money funds the
scholarship program to especially assist
families with placing children in Center
To support the Lester-Islander Challenge,
Sdrop off a donation at the Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria, or mail a donation check
to the Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL
"Many times our donors drop off their
donations with good wishes, but most fre-
quently they arrive by mail with a note," Kelly
Donations are tax-deductible.
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The Lesters and Santa with Paul and Pierrette
Kelly at a past year's Holiday Fun Day.
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Residents, officials, kids, parents, grandparents,
visitors, tourists and friends of friends Everyone!
Absolutely everyone's invited to Holiday Fun Day.
U A N. -
I _tST S!.
Join us for the Eighth Annual Lester-Islander Holiday Fun Day Saturday,
Dec. 5, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Admission is FREE!
Enjoy lots of hot dogs, snacks, sodas and "Duffy" burgers, all at old-fashioned
prices! FUN activities for ALL ages: Bounce House, Games, Music, Face
Painting, Card Making, Arts & Crafts. Don't miss Santa Claus's arrival by fire
truck at noon. (B.Y.O. camera) See spectacular holiday dance performances
by The Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet. Drawings for the
Lester's 25 oven-ready turkeys. Live holiday music featuring local vocalist,
Hope to see you there!
Lester Holiday Fun Day
AMICC, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria
Presented annually by the Lesters, the Anna Maria Island
Community Center and The Islander newspaper.
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