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begin their Christ-
mas list, of sorts.
Meetings: The gov-
reviews police pen
sion plan. Page 4
Intrusive noise or
declines. Page 9
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What to do, where to
go. Page 15
AME notes. Page 19
Island police blotter.
Sports: MHS contain
ues to win. Page 24
Fishing hits "rock
bottom." Page 25
By Lisa Neff
Cortezians say coyotes are stalking
domestic pets in the old fishing village. By
some accounts the death toll is more than 50
animals, most of them cats.
Several residents have reported the loss
of multiple pets, according to the Manatee
County Agriculture and Resource Conserva-
tion Department, which will hold a meet-
ing in Cortez to discuss coyotes and their
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 9., at the Florida Maritime Museum,
4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
PLEASE SEE COYOTE, PAGE 3
Stoltzfus loses yet
By Rick Catlin
The Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal
dealt ex-Anna Maria Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus another defeat in his effort to over-
turn his Sept. 7 recall election.
On Nov. 19, the appeal court denied
Stoltzfus' motion to strike a response from
intervenor Citizens for Sunshine Inc., a
transparency in government watchdog
organization represented by attorney Andrea
Flynn Mogensen. CFS had intervened in the
recall case as a friend of the court.
In the same order, the court denied
Stoltzfus' motion requesting more time to
file his initial brief.
In mid-September, the appeal court
denied a motion from Stoltzfus to recon-
sider the court's order that lifted the stay of
certification of his Sept. 7 recall election.
The original appeal by Stoltzfus to
reverse the recall process is still pending
with the 2nd DCA.
Stoltzfus' recall began in March follow-
ing a public records request that resulted in
the release of more than 1,200 of Stoltzfus'
personal e-mails pertaining to government
business, some of them inflammatory toward
city elected and appointed officials.
The e-mail disclosures of Stoltzfus
prompted Anna Maria resident Bob Carter
to form a Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus
Committee and proceed through the vari-
ous steps to remove Stoltzfus from office.
In the Sept. 7 vote, the city electorate
recalled Stoltzfus 363-332.
Some 200 Thanksgiving celebrants gather Nov. 25 in the Roser Memorial Community
Church fellowship hall to break bread and enjoy a feast prepared by many volunteers. The
Rev. Gary Batey, 'I..,i..;,. rear, speaks before the meal and prior to saying grace. More
Thanksgiving photos, page 16. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
AM mayor warned of pending arrest
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby was
warned by the Anna Maria Island Privateers
that they plan to invade the city at Jan. 3, cap-
ture Selby at the point of swords, shackle him
to the mast of their pirate ship kullI \\ g and
hold him for ransom.
A note delivered to Anna Maria City Hall
by the Privateers and signed by Privateer Tim
"Hammer" Thompson said the krewe also
would demand city commissioners issue a
"Decree of Privateering" valid for all of 2011
and give them a key to the city.
The decree would allow the Privateers
free reign to pillage and plunder Anna Maria
throughout the year as the benevolent pirates
celebrate their 40th year of service on Anna
As the pirates arrest Selby, the note said,
there will be "wenches and merriment sur-
rounding the capture, with pirate grog and
music by Mike Sales, a befitting friend of the
Hammer recommended "common folk
and other mainland dignitaries be present to
witness this historical event."
The mayors of Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach won't be ignored by the Pri-
vateers. Their arrest day will come at some
point during the year, Hammer said.
Tentatively, the Privateers plan to arrest
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt during
the July 4 weekend and Holmes Beach Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger around Labor Day in Sep-
tember, Hammer said.
rrivateer im 1nHammer i nompson issues
a warning to the city of Anna Maria: The
Privateers plan to invade city hall Jan. 3 to
start up the krewe's anniversary activities.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
But those plans are still being floated
amongst krewe members.
"God only knows what we are going to
do," he said.
"Be ye fair warned of the shenanigans
about to happen," Thompson concluded.
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A coyote, generally salt-and-pepper gray or brown
with a bushy tail, is a medium-sized canid in the
same family as dogs, wolves and foxes. Islander
Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife
COYOTE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Participants will include representatives from
Manatee County's agriculture and public safety
departments, the extension office, the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Agriculture department representative Lisa
Hickey will lead the meeting, providing facts and
information on "the good, the bad and the ugly of
coyote behavior in Manatee County."
Hickey, a certified Florida master naturalist
instructor, said she'll talk about why coyotes can be
found in Manatee County, what coyotes eat and prey
upon and other general information about the ani-
mal's behavior and habitat.
A coyote, generally salt-and-pepper gray or
brown with a bushy tail, is a medium-sized canid in
the same family as dogs, wolves and foxes.
The FWC has reported that coyotes live in all 67
Florida counties and sightings are common. The coy-
ote's range and population has increased as that of its
predators' wolves and panthers has decreased
to near extinction.
The FWC, in a guide on dealing with coyotes,
recommends, "Exercising common sense around
coyotes is the best protection against encounters. Pet
owners should keep their pets on a leash, especially
when in wooded areas. Humans should never feed
wild animals. Coyotes in particular look for easy
sources of food and will become comfortable in urban
settings if they are provided with food."
FWC biologists also say that coyotes can help
control populations of small predators, such as rac-
coons, as well as crop-eating wildlife.
Local officials dealt with complaints about coy-
otes preying on domestic pets in the Palma Sola area
about 18 months ago, and occasionally get calls about
coyotes on ranches and farms in the eastern part of
Cortez resident Linda Molto will moderate
the Dec. 9 meeting, which will include discussion
with Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie,
county public safety director Bill Hutchison, MCSO
Lt. Bill Evers and Deputy Keith Noordzy along with
A press release announcing the meeting described
the coyotes as a "menace" and roaming in "packs"
that pose a danger to humans as well as pets. A resi-
dent of the Sunny Shores community off Cortez road
reported seeing 20 coyotes outside a cottage.
Gail Straight of Wildlife Inc., the animal rehabili-
tation clinic in Bradenton Beach, however, has urged
a reasoned approach to the situation.
Straight emphasized that free-roaming cats and
other domestic animals help to create such situa-
tions. Free-roaming domestic animals can be prey
for coyotes, as well as predators of smaller animals
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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,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Dec. 16, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
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, Sudakoff
Dec. 13, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
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Holmes Beach reviews amended police pension
By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson pre-
sented to city commissioners Nov. 23 an amended
police pension trust fund ordinance proposed by the
police retirement board.
Adjustments to the ordinance are to bring it into
compliance with changes made to the Internal Reve-
nue Service Code and Regulations, as well as changes
to state law, Stephenson said.
The amended ordinance also includes two new
benefit options for retirees: the deferred retirement
option plan and the partial lump option plan.
If a police department employee elects to enter
the DROP, he or she will provide the city with a
cost savings by being deemed retired. However, the
employee may continue to work and draw a salary
for up to five years after entering the DROP
When an employee enters the DROP, the city
contributions and employee contributions to the pen-
sion fund cease, and the benefit is calculated in the
same manner as if the employee had retired.
To avoid double dipping, the ordinance requires
that pension checks be deposited into a DROP account
that the employee is unable to access until he or she
exits the plan and no longer draws a salary.
The PLOP provision would add an additional form
of benefit, which allows a retiree to receive 5, 10 or 15
percent of the total value of his or her retirement ben-
efit as a lump sum. The remaining value of the benefit
would be used to determine monthly payments. There is
no funding impact in allowing this option and it serves
as an alternative to the DROP Employees may not enter
into both the DROP and the PLOP
The plan's unfunded liability is quoted at
Commissioner Al Robinson repeatedly ques-
tioned the retirement board's actuary, Patrick Donlan,
seeking to clarify the unfunded liability.
"Is the unfunded pension liability real money or
smoke and mirrors?" asked Robinson.
Donlan responded that it is a real debt that needs
to be paid, but there are more than enough assets to
cover it. "We are more than 100 percent funded at
this point," said Donlan.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger added that the
unfunded liability is being paid down like paying
down a mortgage with state money at a rate of
Commissioners asked for time to review the pro-
posed amendments, but offered a suggestion to tie
the pension plan's interest rate to the Florida Retire-
ment System. Stephenson agreed and the ordinance
will be adjusted before the next work session.
Commissioners plan to continue the police pension
discussion at their work session Tuesday, Dec. 14.
In other business at the Nov. 23 work session, the
ment clerk, and
< Stacy Johnston,
deputy city clerk,
. -spruce up the
City Hall lobby
for the holidays.
commission continued its discussion on what types
of boats or watercraft can be moored at T-end canals.
In previous work sessions, there was debate as to
whether personal watercraft would be permitted.
The commission determined that the idea of keep-
ing a Jet Ski-type craft at a T-end canal was neither
practical for security reasons nor ease of use.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino asked city attor-
ney Patricia Petruff to clarify in the proposed ordinance
that only city residents can register for a dock. The dis-
cussion will continue at the next work session.
Also scheduled for continued discussion Dec.
14 is a proposal by Manatee County to create a cen-
tralized process and hire a commissioner to address
applications for film crews interested in bringing pro-
ductions to the area.
The commission work session will follow the
regular meeting at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
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HBPD chief disputes commissioner's claims
By Diana Bogan
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine called
a press meeting following the city commission's
Nov. 23 work session to refute information circu-
lated by Holmes Beach City Commissioner Al Rob-
inson regarding the cost of putting a police officer on
In a hand-written summary provided to commis-
sioners during closing comments Nov. 23, Robinson
showed the HBPD budget to be $2,054,880. The
summary states there are 12 officers on street patrol
and, therefore, the cost per officer on the street is
$171,166 per year.
Robinson claimed Bradenton Beach and Anna
HBPD Chief Jay Romine in his office.
Maria spend an average of $94,500 a year to put an
officer on patrol. It amounts to a difference of $76,500
per year and, Robinson further claimed, multiplied by
the city's 12 patrol officers, costs the city $918,000
By Robinson's calculations,
the HBPD budget accounts for 11
percent of the city's $8.4 million
A copy of Robinson's sum-
mary came to Romine's attention
the morning after the work ses-
Robinson sion, and Romine quickly fired
back with a statement of his own.
He said Robinson made miscalculations in the depart-
ment's budget, leading to an inaccurate view that
employees "are sitting here on a big pot of gold."
Romine said Robinson's assertions are "grossly
According to Romine, the total HBPD operating
budget of $2,054,880 includes all department per-
sonnel expenses, as well as capital expenditures and
daily costs of providing public safety.
Romine said he doesn't know why Robinson
divided the budget by 12 officers, but that too is inac-
"The police department employs 21 people,
including the communications center, which happens
to be the only one on the Island and is staffed 24
hours a day, every day," said Romine. Applying Rob-
inson's methodology and using the correct number of
officers results in a figure of $97,851 per employee,
However, he cautioned that even that number is
misleading because it suggests that each employee
partially bears the cost of equipment and building
maintenance, utilities and any other costs incurred
by the police department.
"If our employees were averaging almost $98,000
per year in compensation, recruitment would be at
an all-time high," said Romine. "We do a job most
people would not do, and if the compensation was so
great, our employees would not be working two jobs.
False information like this only damages employee
"I feel it is in the best interest of the city and its
employees, who have to continually hear and read
about these 'costs,' that we deal with facts," he con-
tinued. "I would be glad to debate this, and any issue
with anyone who cares to stop by my office. But
bring some facts to the table, because that's what I'11
Swift work for HB
Holmes Beach city commissioners quickly
dispensed with two business matters at their
regular meeting Nov. 23.
The first matter was a non-agenda item
brought to the table by Mayor Rich Bohnen-
berger. Commissioners were asked to approve
a resolution allowing either the mayor or the
superintendent of public works the ability to
execute documents with the Florida Department
of Transportation when work is to be done in
FDOT rights of way.
The commission passed the resolution 4-1,
with Commissioner David Zaccagnino dissent-
In the second order of business, the commis-
sion unanimously approved the reappointment
of the legal firm Dye, Dietrich, Petruff and St.
Paul to represent the city at the same rate as the
The commission will meet again at 7 p.m.
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Sometimes we see folks taking issues, problems or
matters and putting them in their crosshairs. They go
after their target, attacking perceived wrongdoers.
You know, like Harry Stoltzfus going after the
only active developer in Anna Maria but saying it's
about all developers.
And for the record, not all development is bad.
Pine Avenue looks vastly improved when compared
to dry boat storage racks, defunct gas pumps, vacant
lots with derelict boats and trailers, and rundown
houses with overgrown landscaping.
But now we have another city and another com-
missioner taking aim. This time Al "Lower Taxes"
Robinson in Holmes Beach is on what some might
call a "war path."
He's been railing against the West Manatee Fire
Rescue District budget and pension plan for a few
months to no avail.
He advanced three candidates for the fire district
election, and one of his fellows won, but he at least
put on a campaign and presented a suitable back-
ground for the seat. The other two candidates were a
sham. Shame on them.
But after failing to dissuade the fire commission
with false claims, and failing to enact changes to
WMFR's pension plan, which on the surface appears
overly generous, Robinson has moved on.
Now he has taken on the Holmes Beach Police
Department, claiming the per-officer costs are exor-
Robinson riled the nerves of the police pension
board actuarial expert and nearly everyone present at
last week's city commission meeting by repeatedly
asking whether the police pension "unfunded liabil-
ity" is "really red ink" or "smoke and mirrors."
The answer was the same no matter how Robin-
son phrased his question. It's titled "unfunded," but
the fund's assets presently exceed the debt.
The pension rep likened it to having a $1 million
home with a $100,000 mortgage and the option to keep
making payments or pay it off with assets in the bank.
But that wasn't enough for Robinson.
After the discussion and under the final agenda
item, "comments from commission," Robinson read his
contrived snipe on the HBPD, including manipulated
numbers, false assumptions and erroneous claims.
It's a familiar tactic, given his prior claims, but
we're left to wonder why.
It's not budget time or tax time.
It's the holidays.
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Fight the music
As I was reading in our condo on the sixth floor
of the Martinique in Holmes Beach Nov. 19, I kept
hearing music through the closed windows.
When the music continued into the e \ c.nin'. I
walked toward the hardware store to see where it
was coming from and encountered a woman with a
dog. She knew where it was coming from a fes-
tival near city hall. She complained that if I thought
the music was loud over four blocks away from the
source, it was much worse where she lived only
a block away.
The disturbance continued Nov. 20 and Nov. 21.
As I walked my dog, the music could be heard as far
as 51st Street near the Gulf of Mexico.
John Stuart Mills' "On Liberty" insisted that an
individual's personal liberty should not infringe upon
another's equal privilege. Obviously playing music at
so loud a volume that it can disturb people six or eight
blocks away from its source impacts many Holmes
I was thankful we had no company that weekend
to hear the noise pollution. If visitors thought such an
occurrence would happen often, they would be less
inclined to vacation or buy property here.
The general peace and quiet of our Island is one
of our attractive features.
If there are others who are disturbed by the
music, please, suggest to the organizers of the festi-
val that next year they need to put limits on the sound
Jerry Frost, Holmes Beach
Dance to the music
I've been to Anna Maria Island every year for
the past four years to celebrate Thanksgiving with
We love the Island because you truly feel like
you get away from it all here. Yes, there are cars.
Yes, there are people rushing to and from work. But
the atmosphere is laid back and the big sky and big
water just does a soul good.
Every year the vacation has been different.
This one was quite different because we had no
idea we'd be arriving in time for the Island version of
Live Aid with a three-day concert to save the Gulf.
What a great time, with good music. We went
each day for a while and danced to the music. Then
headed over to sleep in the sun on the beach and play
on the sand, then back to the concert for the headlin-
Thanks for another great visit Anna Maria.
Margarite Guerrero, I.i.,, 'i. Mich.
Many thanks for The Islander article on the latest
Island history book, "Tales of Three Cities: From
Bean Point to Bridge Street." It definitely boosted
Reporter Lisa Neff covered the background of the
book and author accurately with interesting asides.
'Tales of Three Cities" is now available at the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society museum, 402
Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Carolyne Norwood, Anna Maria
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Challenge proves Island generosity
By Lisa Neff
This time of year, Anna Maria Island Community
Center executive director Pierrette Kelly frequently "
is reminded of Islanders' generosity.
The holidays bring the season of giving and shar-
ing and the Lester Challenge a campaign to raise
as much as $100,000 for the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
Holmes Beach residents Chuck and Joey Lester
issue the challenge in partnership with The Islander
and encouraging the community to donate $50,000
with a pledge to match the donation.
The challenge raises funding for the Center's
scholarship program, which helps families who need
some financial assistance with enrollment in youth
programs, as well as counseling services.
"The Center ... provides a great variety of pro-
grams for all ages," Kelly said. "We work diligently to
insure that no child or elderly person who lives under
the federal poverty level is turned away because they
cannot afford the Center's low-cost fees."
The Lester Challenge runs through Dec. 31.
The challenge demonstrates "there is no short-
ness when it comes to the generosity of residents
here on the Island," Kelly said. "This generous gift
to the Center is an investment in our community that
pays huge dividends in improved quality of life for
so many of our neighbors who are struggling to keep
their families safe, fed, clothed and educated."
In addition to collecting cash donations, the Lest-
ers, in partnership with the Center and The Islander,
will host the holiday Family Fun Day on Saturday,
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at the Center and feature children's activities, perfor-
mances, raffles and refreshments, including Duffy
burgers for lunch.
The fun day is a "great tradition," Kelly said. "It
gives the young and the young at heart the opportu-
Brothers Adam and Zach Oualddaba visit with
Santa during the 2009 Lester Family Fun Day. This
year's fun day will take place Dec. 4 at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff
nity to visit with Island friends and neighbors and
to participate in many different Christmas pastimes
from around the world."
Plans for the day include the singing of Christmas
carols, a teen art exhibit, a performance from "The
Nutcracker" ballet and a visit by Santa Claus.
"We make ornaments, decorate cookies and make
cards," Kelly said.
To support the Lester Challenge, drop off a dona-
tion at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
or mail a donation check to the Center, PO. Box 253,
Anna Maria FL 34216.
Donations are tax-deductible.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 1, 2010 7 7
In the Nov. 29, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach resident Nick Easterling
announced plans to build a 40-unit waterfront resort
on the site of the former Pete Reynard's Restaurant in
Holmes Beach. Easterling said the $14 million proj-
ect would include 60 boat slips, a 120-seat restaurant
and banquet facilities. Easterling said his company
had the property under contract and units would be
sold as investment condominiums.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Gail Cole and Holmes
Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore expressed concern at a
formal charge by Anna Maria Commissioner Jay Hill
and resident Ed Rost that Anna Maria Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh and Commissioner Bob Barlow violated
the Florida Sunshine Law. The charge stemmed from
Deffenbaugh asking Barlow to obtain an estimate on
repairing city hall.
Anna Maria Commissioner Doug Wolfe said the
negative climate among commissioners and Mayor
Gary Deffenbaugh would likely preclude him from
seeking another term in the upcoming election. "All
the joy and fun have gone out of serving," he said.
Commissioner Bob Barlow also indicated he was not
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8 0 DEC. 1, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Island defies bay-area real estate trend
By Rick Catlin
Home sales in the Tampa Bay area dropped 13.6
percent in October 2010 compared with the same
month last year, but sales on Anna Maria Island con-
tinued to buck the trend.
The area multiple listing service for the Island
reported 19 single-family and condominium sales in
October 2010, the same figure recorded in October
2009. However, when properties sold by the owner
are added, the sales number jumps to 43 for Octo-
ber 2010, a 53.5 percent rise from the 28 total sales
reported in October 2009.
For the entire Tampa Bay area, however, it was
the second straight month of declining home sales as
compared to 2009 figures, according to the Mid-Flor-
ida Multiple Listing Service. The lone bright spot:
Condo sales 9 percent, according to the Mid-Florida
A few weeks ago, as interest in mainland real
estate waned, several Island real estate sellers said
buyers were popping up during the Island's typical
slow time of year.
Jesse Brisson of Gulf-Bay Realty said his office
had buyers calling and e-mailing agents, looking at
properties and buying in October and November.
He and other sellers predicted then that sales
would be good this winter season, and the October
sales figures appear to confirm that view.
"We've been incredibly busy since mid-October.
The Island is in demand," Brisson said.
Real estate interest picked up once reporting of
the April 2010 oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico
near New Orleans disappeared from the nightly news,
Brisson observed. He expected a renewed interest in
real estate after that, and he wasn't disappointed.
Neither was Karin Stephan of Signature Sothe-
by's International Realty.
"I started getting a lot of phone calls in October
and a lot of people looking, especially for Gulffront.
I had some very good sales," she said.
"It was busier than I expected in October and
November. And these are educated buyers. They've
browsed the Internet. They know Anna Maria is
different than the mainland, that we're in a buyers
market, but the bottom has just been passed. They
Smart buyers know that the Island has only one
high-rise condominium, no fast-food drive-thrus no
motel chains, and beach parking lots are often cov-
ered with sand and shell, not asphalt, she said. "You
can't find that anywhere else in Florida."
Stephan said she's seen an upswing in cash buyers
the past two months and sellers have lowered their
home in Key
sold for about
less than the
price for Key
four years ago.
Not all the best deals are cash, however.
One smart buyer got a Holmes Beach canalfront
home for about $450,000, she said. That same house
would have sold for $650,000 to $700,000 during
"That was a real bargain, a real value purchase,"
In addition to water and canalfront properties,
many condominiums offer great value to the buyer,
While there are still a few condo short sales on
the Island under $200,000, many condominiums are
priced from $200,000 to $300,000. That's still a bar-
gain, Stephan observed.
And properties are not being under-appraised
prior to a closure, she said, a good sign for prospec-
"I think it's absolutely going to be a wonder-
ful season starting this month. This place grows on
people. When you live here, you feel good about
living on an island."
One person who feels good about the Island and
the future of its real estate market is Nicole Skaggs.
She recently opened Big Fish Real Estate in
Holmes Beach after more than 11 years on Anna Maria
Island as a broker-sales agent for other offices.
Now, she's a six-week owner-broker and has been
pleasantly surprised by the amount of telephone calls
received since she opened.
Like other agents, cash is making a splash, she
"I'm seeing a lot more buyers paying cash than
before and negotiating good deals. Financing was
tough last year, and it's still hard for some condo
short sales, but it's loosened up recently," Skaggs
An investment buyer with a 30 percent down
payment should have no problem financing a short
sale, she said. "These short sales are getting easier
and easier, and we've still got a few of them left on
Like other agents, she's talked with a number of
Europeans who fell in love with the Island during an
"They tell me this is the most unpretentious place
they've ever visited and the most 'old Florida' island
of any Florida island. We know. That's why we live
and work here," Skaggs said.
Marianne Correll of Island Real Estate in Holmes
"People come in and say this is the 'old Flor-
ida' they've been searching for, and our prices are
value-priced when they compare them to other resort
islands," she said.
Correll predicted Island sales this season would
be better than last season, especially if a buyer can
finance a short sale.
Prices are about what they were for Island prop-
erty eight years ago, she said. That might not be the
case next year when most of the short sales likely will
be gone, she said.
"It's going to be a fabulous winter season for real
estate," Correll said.
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Island Trolley ridership declines
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Island Trolley ridership has declined
about 12 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to
the latest statistics from the Manatee County Area
In contrast with the decline on the Island Trolley,
MCAT reported a system-wide 3 percent increase in
riders from 2009 to 2010.
MCAT compared the first 10 months of 2010 to
the first 10 months of 2009 in a report to the county
board of commissioners.
In addition to a cumulative decline, trolley rider-
ship dropped for every month except September.
Ridership for both 2009 and 2010 was down from
In 2008, January through October, MCAT tracked
415,732 passengers on the free trolley, which shuttles
people along a route that loops from the city pier in
Anna Maria to Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
In 2009, for the same period, MCAT counted
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365,424 passengers and in 2010 the report showed
March is consistently the busiest month for the
trolley. In 2008, 49,184 passengers rode the trolley.
In March 2010, there were 54,306 passengers.
The Longboat Key/Sarasota trolley also showed
a decrease from 2009 to 2010 11 percent for the
period January through October. So far this year, that
trolley service has carried 91,587 passengers.
Manatee and Sarasota county officials have dis-
cussed the possible elimination of the Longboat Key/
Sarasota trolley service.
Anna Maria Island's service is set to continue
and remain free, though some county commissioners
have, in the recent past, explored charging a fee for
In the fall, MCAT plans to replace older trolleys
with new vehicles, as well as resume an Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce advertising campaign
to help raise money for the program.
The replacement vehicles, scheduled for delivery
next fall, will look similar to the trolleys now on the
road, but run on heavier-duty bus engines rather than
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BB to focus on storm hardening facilities
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach planners and commissioners
plan to focus in the coming year on a master plan to
harden city-owned facilities against disasters.
Already the city partners in hazard-mitigation
planning with Manatee County, said city building
official Steve Gilbert. But he has suggested the
planning and zoning board, with guidance from the
city commission, strengthen that plan and take a
hard look at hardening city hall, along with other
Gilbert's list of potential threats included storm
surge, wind, stormwater, lighting, tornadoes, tsuna-
mis and electro-magnetic pulses.
"There is a large category of hazards that munici-
palities and counties are required to think about," he
Commissioner Janie Robertson, liaison to the
planning and zoning board, said the planning would
be "fairly long" and could be tackled in segments,
first addressing how the city might rebuild if it is hit
by a hurricane and then addressing how the city might
protect its property against hazards.
"There's a lot to think about," she said.
Gilbert said the planners likely will address relo-
cating some city operations, including the ground-
level city hall across Gulf Drive from the Gulf of
Mexico to other city-owned property, possibly near
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Highland and Church avenues.
However, Gilbert stressed, the planning process
will involve addressing some less costly, more imme-
diate steps to mitigate against hazards.
"With the location of city hall, there are some
things that make sense impact-resistant glass,
storm shutters," Gilbert said. "We have some expo-
sure with the vinyl soffits outside."
He said city hall might withstand a 3-foot to
4-foot storm surge, but "after that, all bets are off."
"Those are the types of things we'll want to
explore," he added.
By Lisa Neff
A banner day arrives May 31, 2011. That's
when, after years of the practice, Bradenton Beach
will cease authorizing banners to hang from sign
posts at the intersection of Gulf Drive and Cortez
For years, city commissions have authorized
nonprofit groups to hang banners at the location to
promote festivals, rummage sales, art shows and
But city officials, working with members of the
all-volunteer ScenicWAVES committee, are getting
serious about improvements to the city gateway.
Such improvements are a priority for 2011. The
city commission specifically tasked ScenicWAVES
to pursue gateway improvement plans with a vote
At the time, ScenicWAVES was discuss-
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the west terminus of Cortez Road or creating a
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commissioners meet for a workshop on the topic.
He also has suggested contacting officials in
cities hit in recent years by hurricanes, including in
Galveston, Texas, where Hurricane Ike hit did con-
siderable damage in September 2008.
Considered the costliest hurricane in Texas his-
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percent of the homes in Galveston and killed 72
people. A year after Ike hit, 75 percent of Galves-
ton's businesses had reopened and 95 percent of its
residents had returned, but a lot of rebuilding was
tion zone, probably not feasible.
ScenicWAVES' budget for a gateway project
is about $3,000.
Some members have suggested using that
money to seed an art competition for the Cortez
Road/Gulf Drive location. However, the commit-
tee must still work out details of any project with
property owners in the area.
Presently, the city uses signposts to display
temporary event banners on the DOT right of way
near the intersection. Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob
Bartelt has said the gateway has a "honky-tonk"
look that he is eager to see go away.
The committee was scheduled to meet at 3
p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive
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County attorney advises on skydiving practices
By Lisa Neff
The Manatee County attorney's office advised
that if skydiving at local beaches is recurring, county
commissioners might take the plunge and regulate
An inquiry to the office from county parks and
recreation director Cindy Turner prompted the legal
Turner, as well as the staff of the county's marine
rescue division, reported several instances in which a
commercial skydiving operator used county beaches
on Anna Maria Island as a landing site for custom-
Turner told the attorney's office that in each
incident the county either had no notice or only a
few hours notice of landings. She also said using the
beaches as drop zones could create safety issues, as
well as constitute doing business in a park without a
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determined that the county's code is silent on the
issue, while other jurisdictions have adopted prohibi-
tions or regulations requiring a license.
In Sarasota County, for example, "parachuting,
paragliding and land-boarding air sports" are pro-
hibited unless a permit is obtained. A Miami-Dade
County rule states that "no person operating, direct-
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balloon, dirigible, parachute or other aerial apparatus
- excluding kites will take off from or land in or
on any park land or waterway, except when human
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Manatee County deputy attorney Robert Michael
Eschenfelder said his office's risk management staff
investigated Turner's questions and determined "if
such activity becomes a repeated activity on county
beaches or parklands, the county should regulate
Eschenfelder said if something happened during
a skydiving landing, the county government might
not escape liability by simply claiming the activity
was not sanctioned.
"Our office does believe that the county would
be on more sound legal footing if the activities were
either prohibited or permitted only via permit subject
to appropriate standards of operation."
2010 Atlantic storm season ends quietly
By Lisa Neff
It's doubtful many Islanders other than those
with the names will remember Lisa or Karl or
The 2010 hurricane season ending this week
was active for the Atlantic region with 19 named
storms, but it was not an active season for the Flor-
ida Gulf Coast.
A record 12 hurricanes formed in the 2010
season causing devastation and death in the Carib-
bean and South and Central Americas, but none
made landfall in the United States.
"I paid more attention to the weather up north,
like the 'chicane' in the Midwest, than here," said
Anna Maria resident Carl Harvey. "It hasn't been
a memorable storm year."
As the final month of the season began, four
storm names remained unused Shary, Tomas,
Virginie and Walter from the list of 21 official
November and the season ended with
hurricanes Shary and Tomas which didn't impact
The first storm of the 2010 season, Alex formed
June 25 and made landfall as a category 2 hurri-
cane June 30 along the northeast Mexico coast.
Tropical Storm Bonnie formed in late July,
followed by Collin, Danielle, Earl and Fiona in
Eight tropical storms formed in September.
Three Igor, Julia and Karl became major
hurricanes, and Lisa achieved hurricane status.
The number of storms for the month was 78
percent above average, putting overall tropical
cyclone activity for the year at 53 percent above
Hurricanes Otto, Paula and Richard followed
For the season, the National Hurricane Center
predicted 20 named storms, including 12 hurri-
canes, six of them major hurricanes.
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'Last Train' first runs Dec. 2
The Island Players second production of the
season, "Last Train to Nibroc," opens Thursday,
Performances continue through Sunday, Dec.
12. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sat-
urdays and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater, 10009
Gulf Drive, is dark Mondays.
The character-driven, tender comedy by
Arlene Hutton is described in Island Players'
notes as a "funny and touching portrait of two
people searching for happiness during World
Young artists sought for exhibit
The Anna Maria Island Art League is seeking
artwork for its "Young at Art" exhibit at Winterfest
Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Festival in Holmes Beach
The exhibit is open to elementary, middle or high
school students. Only original two-dimensional art
will be accepted. Students are asked to attach a note
to each image to include name, age, school, medium
and title of the piece.
Elementary school artists must attach entries to
a standard 18 by 12 inch piece of black construction
paper. Middle and high school students are asked to
submit matted work.
Artwork may be submitted to the league, 5312
Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach, between 9:30 a.m. and
3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The deadline is
Monday, Dec. 6.
For more information, call 941-778-2099 or go
Holiday bell ringers sought
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria is helping organize
volunteer bell ringers to work two-hour shifts at the
Holmes Beach Publix now through Dec. 24.
The effort to collect money for the Salvation
Army has been an annual project of Kiwanis mem-
For more information or to schedule a shift, call
member Ralph Bassett at 941-795-8697.
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives weddings,
anniversaries, travels and other events. Please send
notices and photographs with detailed captions
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The two characters May and Raleigh
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The director is Kelly Wynn Woodland and
stage manager is Mike Lusk.
The cast includes Olivia Abbacchi and Nich-
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.
Island Kiwanis meets
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Anna Maria Island Beach
Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
Holmes Beach. The club will have two guest speak-
ers in December.
On Dec. 4, Sissy Quinn will speak about the
Anna Maria City Pier Centennial.
On Dec. 18, Melissa Snyder will talk about the
Anna Maria Elementary School's use of EarthBox
planters for students on the campus.
There will be no meetings on Christmas Day and
New Year's Day.
League welcomes Molto exhibit,
reception Dec. 3
Artist Linda Molto of Cortez will open an exhibit,
"Postscripts," featuring her work and some of her
older photographic images, offering insight into her
art and her serigraph process.
Molto's exhibit will be on display at the Anna
Maria Island Art League through Dec. 19.
An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the league gallery, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-2099.
Cortez post office collects
Readers can help local children have a brighter
holiday this season by bringing a new, unwrapped
toy to a participating post office supporting Toys for
This year, the Cortez Post Office, 12112 44th
Ave. W., Cortez, will have a collection box.
For more information, call the Cortez post office
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Santa takes over the Arts
The Manatee County Cultural Alliance Gal-
lery will be transformed into Santa's workshop this
As many as 60 Santas will be singing, sculpting,
dancing, making toys, reading and painting.
In addition, Santa's family tree will be shown in
a genealogical exhibit.
An opening night reception will be held from 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. The show will continue
through Dec. 30.
The gallery is in the Village of the Arts at 926
12th St. W., Bradenton.
For more information, call 941-746-2223.
Beaches, boats, birds opens
at Island Gallery West
In December, Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, will feature the watercolor art
of Maitte Van Arsdel in an exhibit titled "Beaches,
Boats and Birds."
An opening reception for Van Arsdel will be held
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, during the
Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Saturday. For more information, call 941-
Class offered in making
Paula Schoenwether will present a workshop on
how to make bottle-cap jewelry from 1 p.m. to 2:30
p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at the Artists Guild Gallery,
5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The workshop is free, but registration is
For more information, call Schoenwether at 941-
Greg Dietrich was thinking a lot about his
childhood on Anna Maria Island especially the
wild parts of AMI, the dolphin, fiddler crab and
And a story came to mind.
"I grew up on the water," Dietrich said. "And
I was thinking about things I did when I was a
kid. The story, it came pretty easy.... I was just
thinking about childhood."
Dietrich, an Oneco Elementary gym teacher
who lives in Bradenton, typed that story out on a
computer and created a children's book, recently
self-published with Xlibris Corporation as "Skip-
per the Florida Dog: Adventures at the Marina."
The title character, a golden retriever named
Skipper, gets his name from one of Dietrich's old
friends, the late Skipper Donaldson.
"Skipper was a good friend of mine," Dietrich
said in an interview with The Islander. "And he
was pretty well known on the Island. He was just
a really good guy."
The 24-page book, illustrated by Lorena Birk,
tells the story of a day in the life of Skipper, who
lives on a boat with an old fisherman named Sol, and
chases fiddler crabs with canine companion Rusty.
Through the course of the day, the pups meet up
with a brown pelican named Gus, nap under a pine
tree and welcome the return of a fishing fleet.
Dietrich, who as a child attended Anna Maria
Elementary when his dad Jack was principal, said
he spent about three months writing the story. The
illustrations, he said, took longer to complete.
The author dedicated the book to his daugh-
ter Sarah, nephew Adam and niece Amy, w i iinh.
"May you experience many wonderful adventures
in your lifetime."
Dietrich is selling the book for $10 in soft-
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cover and $15.99 in hardcover at area venues,
including weekend markets. He also plans to sell
the book at some Island galleries and gift shops, as
well as at The Islander during the Holmes Beach
holiday open house scheduled for Dec. 3.
At www.skipperthefloridadog.com, the book
can be purchased in softcover for $15.99 and in
hardcover for $25.99.
A portion of Deitrich's proceeds are dedicated
to canine rescue/shelter organizations.
Whitney Plaza fair returns
The Whitney Plaza Antique and Art Fair, 6828
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, returns for the
2010-11 season with the first of six monthly two-day
outdoor fairs Dec. 4-5.
The events are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday on the first weekend of each month and a por-
tion of the proceeds are donated to a local charity.
Proceeds this month will benefit the Longboat
Key Turtle Watch Association.
Along with artistry from local artists, this month's
fair will feature antiques, organic produce and exotic
For more information, call 941-383-1901.
Guild Gallery features
In December, basket-maker Kay Johnson will be
featured at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
A reception for Johnson will be held in the Gal-
lery from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Refresh-
ments will be served.
For more information or gallery hours, call 941-
Caring for the caregiver
The Longboat Island Chapel caregiver support
group will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday,
Dec. 8, at the chapel's Aging in Paradise Resource
Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
The purpose of the group is to create a safe, nur-
turing and informative environment to discuss con-
cerns relevant to the role of caregivers.
If there is adequate attendance at this meeting,
dates will be scheduled for future meetings.
To register for the group meeting, call the chapel
office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through
Thursday at 941-383-6491.
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Santa Claus is coming to town more than once
"That's so that children who haven't decided
what they want at the Holmes Beach Holiday Open
House have time to decide by the Bridge Street cel-
ebration in Bradenton Beach," the jolly old elf said.
A glance at Anna Maria Island's holiday calen-
Now through December 24, various loca-
tions serve as drop-off points for the Marine Corps'
annual Toys for Tots. Donors are invited to drop off
unwrapped new toys in Anna Maria at Anna Maria
City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive; in Holmes Beach at
Island Vacation Properties, 3001 Gulf Drive; Holmes
Beach Fire Station, 6001 Marina Drive; Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce; 5313 Gulf Drive;
Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive; and in Bradenton
Beach at the Back Alley, 121 Bridge St.
For details, call 941-778-1000.
Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Holmes Beach
merchants in partnership with the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce, host a holiday open house.
Most of the activity will take place in the city's
A parade, featuring the Anna Maria Island Pri-
vateers and an early appearance by Santa Claus, will
begin at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, and travel south on Palm and Marina
drives to the Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina
Drive. There, outside The Islander newspaper, Santa
and the Privateers will visit with children.
Also, at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive,
merchants and the chamber board will light a Christ-
Parade participants will gather at the church at
about 4 p.m.
The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
Dec. 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Rotary
Club of Anna Maria Island presents the Island Holi-
day Decorator Showhouse at Villa Alexia, 518 58th
St., Holmes Beach. The home will be decorated by
the White Egret, an Island business. Tickets cost
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For more information, call 941-778-8585.
Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, is the site of the annual Lester-Islander Family
The event features Duffy burgers and other
lunchables, plus games and activities for children
and raffles for adults. Santa will arrive by fire truck
at about noon.
For more information, call 941-778-1908.
Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Anna Maria
Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra presents the
Taste of Holiday Gal at the Villa Alexia, 518 58th
St., Holmes Beach. Tickets are $50.
For more information and tickets, call 941-778-
Dec. 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Anna Maria
businesses host a citywide holiday open house. Par-
ticipating businesses will stay open extended hours
to toast the season, and children can visit with Santa
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SDec. 11, 10 a.m., the Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers Christmas Parade takes place, traveling from
Bayfront Park in Anna Maria to Coquina Beach in
All floats must be staged by 9:30 a.m. and all
entries must be motorized.
There is no charge to participate in the parade.
For more information, call 941-752-5973.
Dec. 11, 11 a.m., the Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers host a post-parade Christmas party at Coquina
Beach, where Santa Claus will visit with children and
hand out presents.
Also, the Privateers will provide a free lunch of
hot dogs and soda pop for children.
For more information, call 941-752-5973.
Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m., the Sandbar Restaurant,
100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, hosts the 16th annual
Lawton Chiles Kids Christmas Party, featuring lunch
and a visit from a Santa Claus bearing gifts a holi-
day outfit and toys for under-privileged children.
For more information, or to help with presenting
the party, call 941-778-8710.
*Dec. 11-12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Anna
Maria Island Art League will host its annual Winter-
fest Arts and Crafts Show at Holmes Beach City Hall
field, 5801 Marina Drive.
For more information, call 941-778-2099.
Dec. 18, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Anna Maria Island
Moose Lodge No. 2188, Bradenton Beach, hosts a
holiday party for children 10 and under.
Santa will hand out presents and the Moose will
Rre-registration is required by Dec. 11.
For more information, call 941-778-4110.
Dec. 18, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Bridge Street
Merchants hosts the annual Christmas on Bridge
Street celebration, featuring visits with Mr. and Mrs.
Claus, raffles, a children's gift bazaar, carols and holi-
day specials in the stores and restaurants.
For more information, call 941-778-8705.
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Wednesday, Dec. 1
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking
lunch at The Feast, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
Thursday, Dec. 2
8p.m.- Opening night for"Last Train to Nibroc" at the Island Players, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Show runs through Dec. 12. Information: 941-778-5755.
Friday, Dec. 3
5p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Lighted Holiday Parade
departs from CrossPointe Fellowship's parking lot, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
5p.m.-Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House featuring visits with
Santa and the Privateers at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
5:30 to 7p.m. -Artist reception for Maitte Van Arsdel at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -Artist reception for Linda Molto at the Anna Maria Island
Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Exhibit runs through Dec. 19.
5:30 to 8 p.m. -Artist reception for basket-maker Kay Johnson at theArtists
Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Saturday, Dec. 4
8:30 a.m. Sissy Quinn speaks to the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
about the Anna Maria City Pier celebration at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe,
4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Quilters Christmas Bazaar at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rummage sale at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lester Family Fun Day at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island holiday decorator
showhouse at the Villa Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
8585. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. The Taste of Holiday Gala concert presentation by the Anna
Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra at Villa Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.
Sunday, Dec. 6
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10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island holiday decorator
showhouse at the Villa Alexia, 518 58th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
8585. Fee applies.
2 to 4 p.m. Opening reception for the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society
aqueous art exhibit at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-1965.
6 p.m. Village of Cortez holiday potluck dinner at the Bayside Banquet
Hall, 4628 119th St. W, Cortez.
Wednesday, Dec. 8
7:45 to 9 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast
at Freedom Village, 6406 21st. Ave. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1541.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players lunch at The Feast
Restaurant, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-518-4431. Fee
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 of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive W, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 MagnoliaAve., Anna Maria. Information:
Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds cross-denominational study group
meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at theAnna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
*Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at the Long-
boat 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. Information: 941-708-6130.
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
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
host open rehearsals at the First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W, Braden-
ton. Information: 941-778-7853.
Wednesday, Dec. 1
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Festival of Trees at the Powel Crosley Estate, One Sea-
gate Drive, Sarasota, through Dec. 8. Information: 941-722-3244. Fee applies.
Thursday, Dec. 2
5 to 7 p.m. Artist reception for Ed Brickman at Durante Gallery, 6860
Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Show runs through Dec. 16. Information: 941-
Friday, Dec. 3
6 to 9 p.m. Wine reception for artists Janet Mishner and Debbie Dan-
nheisser at the Dancing Crane Gallery, 1019 10th Ave. W, Bradenton. Show runs
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through Dec. 23. Information: 941-744-1333.
6 to 9 p.m. A reception for the Manatee County Cultural Alliance Santa
workshop, 926 12th St. W, Village of the Arts, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-
7p.m.- Film screening of"Toyland" atthe South Florida Museum, 201 10th
St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Saturday, Dec. 4
8 a.m. to noon Manatee County Audubon open house at Felts Audubon
Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2222.
9a.m. to 3p.m. -Antique and Art Fair to benefit Longboat Key Turtle Watch
and Save Our Seabirds Sanctuary at Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key Information: 941-383-1901.
4 to 9p.m. -"Toys, Toys, Toys" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St.
W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Sunday, Dec. 6
9a.m. to 3p.m. -Antique and Art Fair to benefit Longboat Key Turtle Watch
and Save Our Seabirds Sanctuary at Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key Information: 941-383-1901.
Tuesday, Dec. 7
9:30 a.m. to noon Manasota Genealogical Society presents "The Geneal-
ogy of Santa Claus Post Cards" with the Rev Herb Loomis at the Manatee County
Central Library, 1301 First Ave., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-5156.
Wednesday, Dec. 8
11 a.m. to noon Longboat Island Chapel caregiver support group at the
chapel'sAging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key Information: 941-383-6491.
7 to 9 p.m. "The Star of Bethlehem" science conversation with Howard
Hochhalter at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Information:
Dec. 9, Potluck to benefit SOLVE house, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Dec. 9, "Coyotes: Their Behavior, Diet, Habitat," Florida Maritime Museum,
Dec. 10, Caregiver support group, Island Branch Library
Dec. 10, Italian Night, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Dec. 11, Privateers Christmas Parade with Santa Claus and party, Coquina
Dec. 11, REAL Women brunch, CrossPointe Fellowship.
Dec. 11, A 1910 Florida Cracker Christmas, Manatee Village Historical
Dec. 11-12, Winterfest Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Festival.
Dec. 12, Plantation Christmas open house, Gamble Plantation Historic
Save the Date:
Dec. 17, Film screening of "Fred Claus," Rossi Park.
Dec. 18, Christmas on Bridge Street and Lighted Boat Parade.
Dec. 18, Where's Woody Art Sale, Island Shopping Center.
Jan. 15, Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash.
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Roser Thanksgiving The chefs were
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all the peeling and prepping and Church annual
baking, but the dinner for friends community
and parishioners at Roser Memorial dinner on
Community Church was easy as pie. Thanksgiving.
The guests flooded in to find tables Volunteers
set with punch glasses and the gravy A- also served
ready to pour from pitchers. The -dinner from
buffet lines served some 200 people two buffet
turkey and all the trimmings with lines. Before
seemingly professional polish, and 7" you could say
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plus anxious diners.
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All Island Denominations celebrated on Thanksgiving eve with a service at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Pictured are, front, from left, the Rev. Dee Ann de Mont-
mollin of Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, the Rev. Jean Woady Louis of St. Bernard Catholic
Church, the Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, the Rev. Michael Mullen of St.
Bernard, music director Emily Roff of St. Bernard, music director David Stasney of Gloria Dei. Back
row, from left, the Rev. Stephen King of Harvey Memorial Community Church, the Rev. Gary Batey
of Roser Memorial Community Church, the Rev. Ed Moss of CrossPointe Fellowship, music direc-
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lectibles. Don't miss the antique and arts fair this
weekend Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5. There will
be all sorts of wonderful items old and new to help
take care of your holiday gift list. Call Stephanie for
information or to reserve space: 941-383-1901.
The Sea Hagg is offering 20 percent off any
item priced $50 or more, so better take advantage of
this great opportunity while it lasts. There is so much
to see that you'll need to plan on staying a while.
Plus Sizes and More has plenty of holiday
apparel, accessories and gifts. New items are arriv-
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5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, with lots of holiday specials.
They have everything from clothing to all kinds of
home decor and furnishings.
The Feed Store Antique Mall features more than
50 antique dealers and offers unparalleled variety of
shops and specialties, including vintage toys, furniture,
collectible glass and everything antique. This Ellenton
hot spot is one of the area's collections of shops and
we always enjoy shopping, shopping and shopping the
variety and unique offerings.
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cool junk for your home, studio and garden. Every-
thing from fresh vintage to rustic or primitive, they
have a bit of everything. Certainly one of the best kept
secrets on the island. Rescue, rethink, reuse at Beach
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of things you didn't realize you were missing, but
just have to have.
Community Thrift Shop is always on our list
for unique items, and there's always tons of new
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The Thrift will be closed Dec. 20 through Jan. 2,
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Walkers rushed and motorists slowed to gape at
the oversized sand-sculptures on the shore in the 100
block of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach.
This week, lacking heavy storms in the forecast,
the gaping likely will continue. Some years, the sculp-
tures built for Keep Manatee Beautiful's Sandblast
competition last through December. Some years, the
elements are not so cooperative.
Top Sandblast honors, decided by a panel of three
judges, went to:
The Anna Maria Island Privateers in the nauti-
cal category, with Southeast High School Visual and
Performing Arts Academy in second.
The Bayshore High School National Art Honor
Society in the free-form category, followed by the
Manatee High School Art Club.
The Bradenton Christian High School Art
Department in the holiday category, followed by the
Manatee High School Anchor Club.
The sculpting, which took place Nov. 20, also
resulted in medallions awarded to a number of groups
competing in Sandblast:
Manatee High School Anchor Club and the
State College of Florida Phi Theta Kappa group won
prizes for their nautical sculptures.
In the free-form category, prizes went to the
Braden River High School Key Club, Boys and Girls
Clubs of Manatee County, King Middle School Envi-
ronmental Club, Southeast High School Key Club,
Wakeland Elementary School, Palmetto Tigers, State
College of Florida Earth Club and Braden River
Middle School National Junior Honor Society.
Manatee School for the Arts and State College
of Florida Earth Club received prizes in the holiday-
Rebecca Shannon of the sponsoring BeachHouse
Restaurant, judged the competition with sculptors
Mark Mason and artist David Wilson.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 1, 2010 19
Registration opens for AME Dolphin Dash
Registration has begun for Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School's fifth annual Dolphin Dash, a 5k run
and 1-mile fun run/walk through Holmes Beach Jan.
The event is a fundraiser for the AME Parent-
Registration forms are available in the school
administration office, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, or online at runnergirl.com/races/dolphin-
This year AME will be having an early packet
Anna Maria school calendar
Save the date for the following Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School happenings:
Dec. 2, Progress reports go home.
Dec. 3, 10 a.m., Wildlife Inc. presentation.
Dec. 8, 8:45 a.m. to noon, Eco-explorers pro-
gram on the bay.
Dec. 9, 8:45 to 11:30 a.m., Eco-explorers pro-
gram on the bay.
Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m., Fourth-grade mini-mall.
Dec. 13, 1:10, First-grade play dress
Dec. 14, 5 to 7 p.m., Parent-Teacher Organiza-
tion dinner in the cafeteria.
Dec. 14, 7 p.m., First-grade holiday play in the
Dec. 15, 9 a.m., Florida Studio Theater visits
Dec. 17, Santa Claus might stop by for a visit.
Dec. 20-Jan. 4, Winter break.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. For
more information, call 941-708-5525.
pickup from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at Holy Cow
Ice Cream, 3234 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
Runners of all ages are welcome.
Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for
children under 18 if paid by Jan. 13.
There is an additional $5 charge to register after
Jan. 13, including on the day of the race.
For more information, contact Becky Walter at
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Unmade bed prompts police complaint
By Lisa Neff
Island law enforcement officers are looking into
Goldilocks-type break-ins at two local accommoda-
A woman was questioned in the incidents reported
last week by the Holmes Beach Police Department,
but she was not arrested.
The HBPD reported that on Nov. 19 a woman
was seen leaving the pool area of a rental property
in the 100 block of 39th Street.
Soon after, staff at the vacation property discov-
ered two units that had been locked from the inside
with security chains, but were unoccupied. In other
unoccupied units, staff discovered an unmade bed
and signs that the kitchens and bathrooms had been
used, as well as a wet bathing suit.
"All of the units showed signs that an unauthor-
ized person had been in them," an HBPD report
A similar situation was reported at another vaca-
tion property in Bradenton Beach.
An HBPD officer questioned a woman said to
match a witness' description of the person seen leav-
ing the pool area at the 39th Street property, but he
did not make an arrest.
The officer, however, confiscated for crime-
lab testing a number of keys from various Sarasota
motels and hotels.
The woman said she was homeless the HBPD
officer learned from a records check that she had been
reported missing from Santa Cruz, Calif.
The woman told the officer she "did not want her
family to know where she was," the report stated.
A Bradenton Beach man arrested on charges of
child neglect has pleaded not guilty and demanded a
jury trial in the 12th Circuit Court.
Lance Aaron Blaylock, 24, and Phaedra Christina
Brace, 30, of Second Street North, were arrested late
Nov. 6 after a neighbor called the Bradenton Beach
Police Department to report a crying child wandering
in the street.
Both Blaylock and Brace face charges of child
neglect without great bodily harm, a third-degree
Brace is scheduled for arraignment later this
A police report indicates that a neighbor alerted
police to a situation a child crying outside and a
smoke alarm sounding at a nearby home.
When BBPD officers arrived to a residence in
the 300 block of Second Street North, they said they
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puddle of vomit.
The report also stated that food burning on the
stovetop caused the triggered smoke alarm.
Brace, according to the report, told police she
went for a walk after arguing with Blaylock. A prob-
able cause report filed with Manatee County Circuit
Court quoted Brace as saying she thought Blaylock
"was OK to watch the child and not that drunk."
Island police blotter
100 block of Crescent Drive, burglary. The
Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a
break-in to a home where about $100 in damage was
Nov. 2, 400 block of Second St., domestic dis-
pute. Bradenton Beach Police Department responded
to a report of a domestic disturbance in which a man
and women were arguing. The woman was arrested
on a domestic battery offense.
Nov. 13, 2400 block of Avenue C, theft. A
woman reported that her son stole her bank checks
and cashed checks valued at $140 at a Bradenton
bank. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office will
investigate for possible fraud.
Nov. 19, 5800 block of Marina Drive, vandal-
ism. Holmes Beach Police Department responded to
a report of vandalism at the comfort station near the
skate park and soccer field where someone used a
rock to destroy the toilet in the men's rest room.
Nov. 19, 100 block of 39th Street, burglary.
HBPD responded to a report of a burglary at an
accommodation property. A woman was seen leaving
the pool area of the property. Several units appeared to
have been accessed, including one where an unmade
bed was found.
Nov. 19, 100 block of 75th Street, burglary.
The residents of a home returned from an outing to
find someone stole a bucket of coins, two Japanese
swords, a laptop computer, jewelry, sculptures and
Nov. 20, 2000 block of 51st Street, driving
without a license. A man stopped for a routine traffic
violation was found to be without a valid license.
Nov. 22, 5400 block of Marina Drive, distur-
bance. A man reported being harassed and pushed by
another man at D.Coy Ducks. Both men left the bar
separately, and one was told not to return.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narra-
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Man pleads not guilty on child neglect charge
Patricia Ruth Johnson
Patricia Ruth Johnson, 89, died Nov. 21. She was born
in Yonkers, N.Y., and moved to Bradenton in 1987.
Mrs. Johnson tutored atAnna Maria Elementary School
for many years. She was a member of the choir at the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach.
There was to be no service. Donations may be made
to Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238. Covell Funeral Home was in charge
Mrs. Johnson is survived by daughters Pat and Ellen
Ferraro, both of Bradenton, Cynthia McCormick of Croton-
on-Hudson, N.Y.; son Brian of Bradenton; and grandchildren
Emily, Melissa, Alex, Chris, Elizabeth and Hayley.
Tim Leibe, 59, of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 28.
Memorial service with the Rev. Lary Pritchett officiating
will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to a cancer charity of one's choice.
Mr. Leibe is survived by wife Ann and daughters Kate
and Dawn and their families.
Patricia Marie (Hubbard) Page
Patricia Marie (Hubbard) Page, 55, of Anna Maria, died
Nov. 24. She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and came to Braden-
ton from Ellington, Conn., in 1978.
Mrs. Page was a certified financial planner. She loved
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 1, 2010 0 21
Cortez gains another sex offender
A convicted sex offender has moved to the 12500
block of Cortez Road West in Cortez.
The 71-year-old man was convicted in Manatee
County in May of two counts of possession of a photo-
graph showing a sexual performance by a child.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement website
for convicted sex offenders stated the man is still under
supervision for his crimes.
Under Florida law, anyone convicted of a sexual crime
is required to report his or her address to the FDLE and
report any new address upon moving.
The convicted offender moved to the Cortez address
in August, according to the website.
Two other convicted sex offenders reside in or near
Anna Maria Island and was an avid dog lover.
A memorial service was to be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday,
Nov. 30, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, with the Rev. Gary Batey officiating.
Shannon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
She is survived by husband, William Page; son David
John Hubbard; stepson Jason Paul Hubbard; daughter
Maryann Hope Hubbard; stepdaughter Valerie Lynn Mar-
gelony; three step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchil-
dren; brother, John Thomas "J.T." Foley Jr.; sister Joann
Foley; nephew Michael Thomas Foley; and nieces, Kath-
erine, Elizabeth and Courtney Rae Foley.
Cortez. Both were released from supervision, but are
required to maintain contact with the FDLE and report
any address changes.
A transient sex offender recently moved from Braden-
ton Beach back to Ohio.
Bradenton Beach has one convicted sex offender
living within the city limits. Two offenders reside in
Holmes Beach. The FDLE is not reporting any convicted
sex offender living in Anna Maria.
Information on sex offenders listed with the FDLE
can be found at www.fdle.state.fl.us.
Reward for vandalism report
Vandals struck in Holmes Beach during the Save The
Gulf three-day concert held on the city hall field.
According to police, sometime at night Nov. 19,
a rock was taken from a ditch outside the bathrooms
adjacent to the Holmes Beach Skate Park, 5801 Marina
Drive, and thrown into a toilet bowl. The toilet in a
men's bathroom stall was destroyed and will cost $500
While the bathroom area is under surveillance,
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine would like to
remind the community of the city's reward program,
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Wayne King plans to take guitar lessons on his
prize i,.., i." guitar part of a $1,700 sponsor-
donor package for the Save The Gulffestival from
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Save The Gulf festival still
Aside from three days of great music, food and
fun at the Save The Gulf music festival in Holmes
Beach Nov. 19-21 there were prizes.
And among the most coveted of prizes were three
guitars donated to the cause of raising money for
the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage by the
Sarasota Guitar Co. The store donated a Jay Turser
shark-shaped electric guitar, a Luna electric guitar
and a Dean Daytona acoustic guitar that Save The
Gulf musicians autographed.
Wayne King was first to show up at The Islander
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and his home at Paradise Bay RV Park on Cortez
Road for long weekends and holidays. He owns a
business in Greenville, Mich., a town of about 9,000
people, where, King said he frequents karaoke con-
tests, and frequently wins. "Now I'm going to learn
to play guitar," he said.
The signed acoustic was the prize for Troy Seim,
manager of the Anna Maria Motel in Anna Maria.
He, too, was thrilled to be a winner. Seim said he had
pawned and lost a few guitars in the past year, and
he was pleased to have music back in his hands. He
immediately opened the case, sat down at the office
Troy Seim is elated to have a guitar and music back
in his life.
and began to strum the guitar.
The last guitar to head home the Luna Sol
Aquarius was won by Mark Brewer, whose son
Tab played tenor saxophone at the STG event with
Jimi G's All Stars Rockin' Jazz Band.
Tab was pretty laid back about the prize, but dad
was enthusiastic. Tab is a student at Suncoast Polytech-
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guitar. Both father and son had praise for the event, and
for Tab's music coach, Jimi G, who previously taught
music at a now-defunct Island middle school.
It was a good ending for a great first effort on the
music festival, and all of the 30 or so winners who
claimed prizes at The Islander echoed this sentiment:
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Island tree canopy near national standard
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County is just percentage points from
meeting a national standard for forest coverage,
according to a study released by the county.
The county worked with Keep Manatee Beauti-
ful, ESciences and several other government agencies
on its first study of its urban tree canopy.
The five-year analysis, funded with a $10,000
grant from the Florida Urban and Community For-
estry Grant Program and another $10,000 grant from
KMB, used software modeling and aerial photographs
to evaluate the tree canopy in unincorporated Mana-
tee and the six municipalities in the county.
KMB executive director Ingrid McClellan said
the study provides local governments and organiza-
tions with "a precise percentage of benefits provided
by every tree in Manatee County."
American Forests, the nation's oldest conserva-
tion group, set the standard for urban forest coverage
at 40 percent of an area.
For Manatee County, the urban forestry canopy is
37 percent, just below American Forests' standard but
significantly higher than in other counties in Florida,
according to the study.
The analysis found countywide an 11 percent
increase in the tree canopy since 2004.
On Anna Maria Island, the analysis found an
increase of 5 percent in the canopy in Holmes Beach,
but a decrease of 4 percent or 14 acres in Bradenton
Beach and a decrease of 2 percent or 8 acres in Anna
"Decreases in canopy may be the result of mature
urban trees being lost to storms or bad maintenance
practices, loss of trees to new development or the loss
of mangrove forest to storms or development," the
Longboat Key showed a 9 percent increase and
the highest percentage of tree canopy among local
municipalities 46 percent of the town is wooded.
Palmetto had the lowest percentage 25 percent
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Maria had 30 percent coverage, Bradenton Beach
had 27 percent coverage and Holmes Beach had 35
The percentages were used to determine the
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of carbon storage and sequestration and air quality,
according to KMB.
Trees take in carbon dioxide through their leaves.
The carbon from the carbon dioxide is incorporated
into the biomass of the tree and stored as wood.
Thus, the preservation of mature trees is critical to
the continued removal of carbon dioxide from the
The county's study estimated that Anna Maria's
"forest" stores about 6,042 tons of carbon, which is a
decrease of 329 tons from 2004. Bradenton Beach's
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pollutants in Anna Maria, 10,861 pounds in Bradenton
Beach and 44,720 pounds in Holmes Beach.
"Often, developers remove mature trees because
they can create more lots or larger homes without
them," the report stated. "However, mature trees
provide more environmental benefit than new trees.
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24 0 DEC. 1, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Adult soccer playoffs on horizon
By Kevin Cassidy
There's still a little soccer left to be played in the
Anna Maria Island Community Center league.
The seedings are set for the Island Cup to get
under way Thursday, Dec. 2.
Ross Built gets things started when it takes on
Sarasota Veterinary Emergency Hospital in the Empty
Cup, a consolation game between the two teams at
the bottom of the standings.
The battle for first place starts when second-
seed Back Alley takes on third-seeded Sun the same
evening at 7:20 p.m. No. 1 seed The Fish Hole fol-
lows with a match against fourth-seeded Beach to
Bay Construction at 8:40 p.m. The winners of these
games meet in the Island Cup final at 7 p.m. Friday,
The Sun enters the playoffs on a down note after
dropping its last game to last-place Ross Built in adult
division action Nov. 18. Teddy Louloudes scored a
pair of goals and Darrin Wash added one goal in the
3-0 shutout victory.
The Fish Hole rolled past Back Alley by a 4-1
score and enters the playoffs as the clear favorite.
Brent Moss scored three goals to lead The Fish Hole,
which also received one goal from Ed Moss in the
victory. Jesse Brisson scored the lone goal for Back
Alley in the loss.
Beach to Bay qualified for the Island Cup thanks
to a 3-1 victory over Sarasota Veterinary Emergency
Hospital. Enrico Beissert scored a pair of goals and
Trevor Flathman added one goal in the victory. Bing-
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Key Royale news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a
nine-hole, low-handicap-in-flight game Nov. 23.
Flight AA winner was Jean Holmes, who carded a
3-under-par 29 to finish one shot ahead of Cindy
Miller and three shots in front of Brenda Solleveld.
Flight A winner was Penny Williams with a
1-under-par 31. Marcia Helgeson finished in second
place with a 3-over 35, while Sara Falk was two shots
back in third place.
Heather Pritchard fired a 4-under-par 28 to edge
second-place finisher Sandy Dahl by two shots in
Flight B. Margrit Layh and Sue Christenson tied for
third place at 33.
Joyce Reith's 1-under-par 31 was good enough
to hold off Sally Keyes and Mardene Eichhorn,
who were two shots back and tied for second in
Christina Mason and Jane Winegarden's 5-under-
par 27 tied them for first place in Flight D and for low
round of the day. Eunice Warda was alone in second
place with a 1-under 31.
The women played a two-best-balls-team-gross-
score game as well. First place went to the team of
Jean Holmes, Margrit Layh and Brenda Solleveld
with a 78, while Cindy Miller, Marcia Helgeson and
Penny Williams were three shots back in second place
while Joyce Reith.
Heather Pritchard had a chip-in birdie on hole
eight, while Cindy Miller birdied number six.
Three teams emerged from pool play with the
flies into the
end zone for
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next goes to
requisite three victories during Nov. 24 horseshoe
action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Art King-
stad and Joe Helms drew the bye into the finals and
then watched as Herb Puryear and Tom Markley
rolled to an easy 21-5 victory over Ron Pepka and
John Crawford. Puryear-Markley followed with a
23-14 victory over Kingstad-Helms in the finals.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
Football registration ends Friday
NFL flag football will be played at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center starting in January.
Boys and girls ages 5-16 can register until Friday,
Cost for the season is $75 for members and $105
for non-members. Players each receive a reversible
NFL team jersey and a flag set.
Games will be played at the Center. Coaches and
sponsors are needed.
Youth age groups and tryout dates are listed
below with playing age determined by a 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 beginning in
Cost for the season is $75 and players may reg-
ister as pairs, but not as a team.
Team captains will be chosen to draft teams, and
tryouts will be mandatory. Tryouts are set for 6:30
p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.
For more information, contact Tyler Bekkerus at
the Center, 941-778-1908, ext. 9217.
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'Got to stop wishing, got to go fishing
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Special to The Islander
"Down to rock bottom again."
If Jimmy Buffett could have fished our local
waters this past week, that line from "A Pirate
Looks at Forty" would have had a different meaning.
Whether you target bottom dwellers such as flounder
and grouper or migratory fish such as Spanish mack-
erel and bonito, "rock bottom" is where you want to
Artificial or natural reef, rubble, rock pile, rip-
rap, wreck, structure no matter what you call it
- it holds fish.
Most fish like to inhabit a comfortable environ-
ment where a viable food source exists. That means
"structure." Structures attract bait fish and other food
sources such as small crustaceans and mollusks,
which in turn attract predators. The predators, such
as grouper and snapper, rely on an environment that
provides ambush points for them to prey on their
target. They also like having a place to hide in case a
larger predator shark or bottlenose dolphin tries
to eat them.
Plenty of food and a safe place to hide. Enough
Migratory species such as mackerel, cobia and
amberjack also inhabit structures. They swim through
the Gulf from one structure to the next, gorging them-
selves on bait fish. When the bait is gone, it's time to
Whether you're looking for some fish for the
table or for sport, try fishing some structures.
The Marsh clan from Orlando enjoyed a banner
day offishing with Capt. Mark Howard of Sumo-
Time Fishing Charters. They caught huge flounder,
grouper, mackerel and bonitos and even caught
some nice redfish along the Intracoastal Waterway.
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There are nautical charts available that contain
a plethora of GPS numbers for reefs and wrecks in
the local waters. My advice is get some structure in
your life, and think like a fish.
Jonny Keyes of Island Discount Tackle says
inshore fishing produced a mixed bag last week. Gag
grouper are still abundant on near-shore structures,
as well as in Tampa Bay. "Try trolling with a Mann's
Stretch 30 in gold and black," Keyes suggests. "That
seems to be the color of choice."
On the shallow grass flats, trout and redfish have
provided a consistent bite on low tides. Berkley Gulp
on a jig head and top water plugs are producing
Around the canals of Key Royale, sheepshead are
beginning to arrive. '"There are still some Spanish mack-
erel along the beach," Keyes added. "So don't forget to
carry some silver spoons in your tackle box."
Capt. Mike Greig says the gag grouper bite out to
10 miles is still in full swing. While grouper fishing,
Greig says he's also been catching a few kingfish, some
keeper cobia and mangrove snapper up to 20 inches.
"Always keep a flatline ready in case you see
a big cobia curiously swimming toward the boat."
Greig adds. "You want to be ready when the oppor-
tunity presents itself."
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters says
"Beach fishing is where it's at." He says he's fishing
anywhere from within casting distances of the beach
to 40-50 feet of water.
"Bonito and mackerel are a consistent bite out
there right now," Gross says. "They also provide an
excellent fight on light tackle."
For those looking to put some meat on the table,
Gross has been catching keeper-size gag grouper,
black sea bass and flounder up to 5 pounds.
"While fishing the near-shore structures, be ready
to go through a lot of terminal tackle," Gross says.
"If you're not losing some rigs, you're not fishing the
structure aggressively enough."
A aptntain Mark Howarrd
Snook Trout Redfish
Tarpon Grouper Shark
You have to give a little to get a little, and if it
means door-mat size flounder, it's worth it.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheep-
shead are beginning to show up at the pier. Sand fleas
have been a good offering for the tasty convict fish,
as well as fiddler crabs and fresh-cut shrimp.
"There are still a few flounder being caught,"
says Malfese. "But they've been undersize."
Spanish mackerel are being caught from the pier
in the mornings and evenings on the moving tide.
"Try crappie jigs and gotcha plugs," he suggests.
Malfese added that a lot of black tip sharks are being
caught at night, and cut mullet or ladyfish is choice
bait for that target.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Char-
ters reports that the past week's fall-like weather
resulted in "red hot fishing." Howard says, "Shiners
are still around in the bay and at the Skyway piers. I
haven't made the switch to live shrimp, but will very
Anchoring up over the near-shore artificial reefs
and chumming with shiners, cut bait or chum blocks
helps to draw the fish to the back of your boat and
fires up the bite. Catches of grouper, mackerel, bonito
and huge flounder have been the result.
Howard says, "We caught door-mat-sized flounder
to 24 inches in the sand just off the reef structure."
Howard says using a live shiner, pinfish, threadfin, or
shrimp rigged on a 2/0 hook with a split-shot weight
is the key to catching these tasty white-meat fillets.
"Looking forward, the tides will be favorable
for fishing and the weather looks to stay moderate,"
Howard says. "We should be able to enjoy the fall
pattern until the real cold fronts come our way."
Capt. Warren Girle reports his charters are work-
ing near-shore ledges and hard bottom for grouper
and mangrove snapper. Live shiners have been a good
offering to bring these fish to the boat. "We've been
doing a lot of chumming," Girle says. Also last week,
Girle brought up cobia up to 38 inches and bonito in
the 7- to 12-pound range.
Inshore catches for Girle included redfish up to
29 inches as well as gator trout. "Fish the skinny
water for bigger trout." Girle says. "Bluefish have
invaded Sarasota Bay, so carry some extra jigs."
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By Rick Catlin
Melinda's sold to
Melinda Lampariello of Melinda's
Cafe, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach,
recently sold her business to Beach Bis-
tro-owners Sean Murphy and wife Susan
Melinda will continue her catering
business, but has a "career opportunity"
in the hospitality industry that is "too
good to pass," she said.
She emphasized she was not clos-
ing the restaurant for lack of success,
but could not continue operating the cafe
and take on new responsibilities.
"It's been a great seven years here,
and I want to thank all the loyal custom-
ers and people who made Melinda's a
success," she said.
"I could have kept going with
Melinda's, but this opportunity is great
for myself and my family."
She hopes to see many of her cafe
friends at future catering events.
For more information, call 941-779-
2131, or e-mail melindascafe@hotmail.
Murphy and Timmins and their part-
ner in the new venture, Fred "Sully" Sul-
livan, longtime Bistro bartender, plan to
renovate and open as "Eat Here."
The new menu will feature "chef-
crafted Gulf Coast cookery, highlight-
ing local seafood and farm products,"
Sean said. He also plans on offering craft
Melinda Lampariello, center, and Sean Murphy, right, seal a deal for Murphy's
purchase of Melinda's Cafe in Holmes Beach. Also pictured is Nicolas Lampari
ello, Melinda's son. Melinda plans to continue to operate her catering business.
beers and domestic wines.
Sean is bringing several menu items
from his former Island's End restaurant
in Anna Maria, along with newer cre-
ations that include "Better than any
Frenchman's Onion Soup."
He and Sully also are serving lob-
ster and scallop tacos, artisanal cheeses,
a Louisiana-style shrimp po-boy, port-
braised short ribs and pan-roasted Cedar
There is no opening date yet for Eat
Here, Sean said, but stay tuned.
"Eat Here will be open when we're
ready," he said.
For more information, call 941-778-
Sandbar hosts tri-
The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring
Ave., Anna Maria, will host the annual
Tri-Chamber business card exchange
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7.
Members of the Manatee, Anna
Maria Island and Longboat Key-Lido
Key-St. Armands Circle chambers of
commerce will attend the event and net-
work with other chamber members.
There is no charge and complimen-
tary appetizers will be served. A cash bar
will be available.
All chamber members are encour-
aged to bring guests and reservations are
For more information, call 941-748-
3411, ext. 122.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce will hold its December net-
working luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1
p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at The Feast -
formerly the Moveable Feast 5406
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, in the Island
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and
members are encouraged to bring
guests. Reservations are requested for
On Wednesday, Dec. 8, the cham-
ber's December sunrise breakfast will
be from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Freedom
Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton
Breakfast will be prepared under
the supervision of award-winning chef
Luciano Silva of the Tuscany Restaurant
at Freedom Village.
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and mem-
bers are encouraged to bring guests.
For more information on the break-
fast and lunch, call 941-778-1541.
New to the chamber
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce welcomed the following new
Island members in November:
Anna Maria Island Concierge Ser-
vices, Anna Maria, Susan Arbanas, 941-
Edgewater Real Estate, Bradenton
Beach, Lynn Zemmer, 941-778-8104.
Restless Natives, Holmes Beach,
Michael Allaman, 941-779-2624.
Janet E. Vosburgh Rentals, Bra-
denton Beach, Jan Vosburgh, 941-778-
Simpson South Realty Co., Holmes
Beach, Gayle Simpson-Schultz, 941-
Got a new business going up on
Anna Maria Island, in Cortez, Palma
Sola, west Bradenton or Longboat Key?
How about a new product or service,
an anniversary, an event, a new hire, or
an award-winning staff member? Call
Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax your
news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at
Put your name, your message, your memorial
on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier
prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration!
ZSLAMDER KABOOM, s4,000
Kaboom sponsorship includes a premium, reserved custom plank at the
landside base of the pier, custom plank certificate, sponsor recognition in
Islander-pier online and print promotions and 4 VIP seats at the Anna Maria
City Pier Restaurant Saturday, May 14, 2011, for the fireworks celebration,
including champagne toast and dinner for four people.
ZSLAMCDR FIRECRACKER, $500
Firecracker sponsorship includes a custom pier plank and certificate, sponsor
recognition in Islander online promotions and 2 VIP seats at the Anna Maria
City Pier Restaurant Saturday, May 14, 2011, for the fireworks celebration,
including champagne toast and dinner for two people.
SIkGLE PLAMK: Including up to 12 letters, $100. Additional letters $3.
To order visit City Pier Plank Walk at www.islander.org.
For more information, call 941.778.7978.
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SHELF UNIT: ATTACHES TO wall, sliding doors,
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CASTING ROD: BERKLEY Bionix, $10. Call
FISHING REEL: PENN #85. Saltwater, $15. Call
FISHING REEL: PENN Senator, 4/0. Fair condi-
tion, $15. Call Frank, 941-761-1415.
BOB'S MANUAL JACK plate, $80. Gas GO-PED
$90. LiquidForce wakeboard, no binding, $60.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, LARGE container, $10.
COMPUTER: 2.4 GHz with newly loaded Win-
dows XP-PRO, $100. 941-756-6728.
TV: 32-INCH Toshiba HD, with remote and
manual, $100. 941-795-8359.
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 Beach.
ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.
CORPORATE AND GOLF entertainment. Private
parties and fundraisers. Florida: October through
March. www.bbrodney.com. 337-367-0339.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Sidewalk pre-Christmas
sale at The Islander newspaper. Co-sponsor
sculptor Woody Candish. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 18. No fee. Call 941-778-7978 or stop by
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to register for
the Where's Woody Sale.
WANTED: KID CRAFTERS for the Children's Gift
Bazaar at the Christmas on Bridge Street Dec. 18. Earn
holiday cash! Call for details, 941-713-3105.
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-
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: 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.
ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.
2302 Avenue B Bradenton Beach. Full house of
a lot of interesting collectibles, including 1950's
toys and many other collectibles.
www.appraisals4u.biz for pictures and more
details after Tuesday. Sales by Julie McClure
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.
ANTIQUE AND ART fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, Dec. 4-5. Take the trolley! Quality
artists and antique dealers, organic produce and
exotic orchids. Benefits LBK Turtle Watch. For
information, call Steff's Stuff, 941-383-1901.6828
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Whitney Plaza, Longboat
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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
F Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
SResidential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
V Carpentry Flooring Painting
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Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
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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,
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
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.
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: gregburkesr@ hotmail.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.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
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.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36
years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch,
storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-
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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.
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
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Ground level 2 BR/1.5 BT seasonal and 1 BR/1 BT annual
LONGBOAT KEY Located in "the village", recently
updated 3 BR home with lush landscaping and a private pool.
New appliances, skylights & a deck for entertaining. Great
location for the Beach and Bay! $ 749,00
VILLAGE OF LONGBOAT 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
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BAYFRONT. 3BR home with extra apartment. Lowest price
for a bayfront home on Anna Maria. $849,000
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
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.
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.
....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.
SGulf Drive & 41st Street at
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HOLMES BEACH OFFICE space: 900 sf, $900/
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE now. 1BR/1BA
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-
ANNUAL RENTAL ON North Shore Drive. Private
beachfront, 4BR/3BA home. Large deck with gazebo,
walkway to beach for great sunsets. Carport, private
drive, laundry. Anna Maria. 404-433-2542.
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.
FOUR-MONTH WINTER special: 2BR/1.5BA fur-
nished, senior park. 15 minutes to beach. Pool, hot
tub, recreation room. $1,100/month. Lease option,
$49,000. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833.
WESTBAY COVE, HOLMES Beach. Jan. 15 per-
cent discount! Second floor, 2BR/2BA, on bay,
one block from Gulf. Two pools, tennis courts.
$2,465. 30-day minimum. Visit aposporos.com.
Aposporos and Son Real Estate. 941-387-3474.
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Jesse (Bisson B RFjrAociSO ate, (JR
Deep Water on Large Lot
This home is located
on a prime lot a short ll
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
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 I/r,( < 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/ffrom $150,000
Call David Teitelbaum (Realtor) 941-812-4226
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key furnished, saltwater this price. You can have
pool, elevator. No detail or it all, updates, rental
upgrade overlooked, easy income, heated pool,
to see and a pleasure to tennis courts and fishing
show. $695,000. Call pier. $298,900. Easy to
Nicole Skaggs, Broker, see. Call Nicole Skaggs,
941-773-3966. Broker, 941-773-3966.
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HOLIDAY: CHRISTMAS, NEWYEAR rental. $399/
weekend, $599/week. 2BR/2BA, pool, boat dock.
941-356-1456. Realtor, Real Estate Mart.
PALMA SOLA TOWNHOUSE: Vacation. January-
February available. Pool, boat dock. $2,600/month.
941-356-1456. Realtor, Real Estate Mart.
LUXURY CONDO FOR rent: 2BR/2BA, steps
from the beach. Tennis, sauna, pool, walking dis-
tance to great restaurants. $700/week, two-week
minimum. Chickenplucker@webtv.net or call 863-
688-3524 or 863-608-1833.
HOLMES BEACH: ANNUAL 3BR/2BA, close to
Gulf, large unit in a duplex, $975/month. First, last,
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.
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419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA
great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg,
941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.
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.
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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TOWNHOUSE: 2BR/2BA WITH pool and boat
slip. $115,000. Realtor, Real Estate Mart. 941-
For professional real
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HAQOLD SMALL REALTOR.
Office: (941) 778-2246 (941) 792- 8628
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2217 GULF DRIVE NORTH BRADENTON BEACH, FL
SPACIOUS VILLAGE GREEN 2,150 sf 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage villa. $149,500 or best offer. Mead-
owcroft 2BR/2BA, two-car garage plus bonus
room, free-standing coach house, $179,900.
Forty-Three West, pet friendly 2BR/2BA, one-
car garage villa, $128,500. Perico Bay 2BR/2BA,
two-car garage, $229,000. Realtor, Real Estate
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $335,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
BANK ORDERED ONSITE auctions: 677 acres.
Commercial, timber and hunting land. Hamilton,
Gilchrist and Clay counties. Dec. 2-3. Visit Row-
80 ACRE LOTS: Humboldt Co., NV, near Reno.
Hill views. Only $299/down. $296/month. No credit
checks. Seller financing. Great opportunity! 949-
632-7066. See: CheapRuralProperties.com.
1,267 ACRES, LAND auction Nov. 26. Riverfront,
divided. View full details online! CertifiedLandAuc-
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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
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