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By Lisa Neff
The children, snug in sweaters and
winter coats, ran to Santa Claus, kicking up
sand and shouting hellos.
St. Nick waved from the back of a
pickup truck trailed by a lanky snowman,
SpongeBob SquarePants and Clifford the
Big Red Dog.
Loudspeakers amplified a recording of
"Here Comes Santa Claus," which could be
heard at least as far as the water's edge, even
over the hard-crashing surf.
It was not a typical day at the beach.
With temperatures in the low 50s and
wind biting ears and reddening cheeks,
about 160 children celebrated an early
Christmas Dec. 14 at the Sandbar Restau-
rant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
The children, along with parents, teach-
ers and aides, were the guests at the 16th
annual Lawton Chiles Kids Christmas
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By Diana Bogan
"There is an elephant in the room no one
wants to talk about," Holmes Beach Com-
missioner Al Robinson said as the Dec. 14
commission work session wrapped up.
Robinson handed out a follow-up state-
ment to the commission regarding comments
he made at a November work session on the
city's police department. In the statement,
he said he was elected on his promise to
ATM lower taxes, and that his comments were not
ick Janii an attack on police personnel, but rather the
ns the "gravy-train system" that developed over
qded the past 15 years.
18 "Our cost is $800,000 a year more than
it should be if we ran our police depart-
ment like our sister cities to the north and
south," said Robinson. "You know we have
our heads in the sand. We're just spending
money like crazy and for no justification."
"Is Bradenton Beach crazy? Is Anna
Maria crazy? Or are we crazy?" he asked.
*ks. "Because somebody is doing it wrong."
Robinson claimed that the other Island
cities do not have a police office staffed on
]BiZ a regular basis and should people need to
speak to the Bradenton Beach police chief,
they'd have to reach him in his patrol vehi-
and, According to Robinson the cost of
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truck and trailed by several pals. Santa, experiencing problems with the sleigh, had been
expected to arrive via a U.S. Coast Guard boat, but rough water forced a change in plans.
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ROBINSON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
having nine employees in the police department office
and carrying the police pension plan are reasons the
city pays more than its sister cities. Bradenton Beach
and Anna Maria, he said, have no office staff and
no overhead. Anna Maria is policed by the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office.
As for the pension plan
having an unfunded liability,
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said
Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach
don't have police pension plans.
"Someone is doing it right,
Robinson and someone is not," Robinson
In an hour-long discussion,
commissioners weighed in on
upcoming state pension reform
legislation, the lack of funding
or manpower from the county to
patrol the public beach and that,
Monetti according to commissioner David
Zaccagnino, residents pay more in
taxes to the MCSO than they do
for all of Holmes Beach city ser-
Commission Chair Sandy
Haas-Martens said residents voted
years ago by ballot initiative to
Bohnenberger maintain a city police dispatch
when the Island Communications
Center was disbanded.
As Haas-Martens attempted to wrap up the meet-
ing again, Commissioner John Monetti spoke on the
police department budget.
"The discussion was precipitated by a statement
that it is the elephant in the corner that no one wants
to talk about," Monetti said. "And I'd like to offer that
it has been talked about appropriately during
the budget process and just because Commissioner
Robinson wants to continue to talk about it beyond
that appropriate venue in this way does not reflect a
lack of concern on others' parts, as implied."
Key Royale resident Andy Sheridan said he had
reviewed the data provided by Robinson and ques-
tioned the commissioner's intent.
"There seems to be some indication that [Rob-
inson] feels that something is being mismanaged or
something of that nature. I think the white elephant
in the room is that [Robinson] hasn't come right out
and said exactly what he wants to do about this."
"He is providing what he believes is background
information," continued Sheridan. "But what are you
really looking to do? Are you looking to eliminate our
police chief?... Some personnel carrying a badge?...
Our communication center?... The folks that do the
paperwork so our officers can stay on the street? ...
The folks we call at the dispatch?"
As he grew visibly frustrated, Sheridan contin-
ued, "What do you want to do about it? Just come
right out and say it."
Robinson said he thinks the city should research
how neighboring cities are providing police services
more efficiently than Holmes Beach. 'Why is the cost
of putting a man in a patrol car $171,000 a year more
for us compared to our neighbors?" he asked.
Sheridan questioned Robinson's calculations,
asking if he considered all the people working in
the department or breaking down the budget to only
reflect patrol officer salaries.
"I took the total cost operations in Anna Maria
and divided by the number of people on patrol. I did
the same for Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach.
It's a simple math problem," Robinson responded.
"I'm comparing apples to apples."
Monetti, however, said Robinson was comparing
apples to oranges. "They really are separately set up
departments and when you say these are real numbers
that you throw out there, well I would respond that
they're numbers you just throw out there. You have a
history of taking numbers and, if these are indeed real
numbers, it will be the first time I can recall that you
have thrown out a number that is a real number."
"In my mind you like to play with numbers,"
Monetti continued. "You throw things out as if they
are facts. You take them out of context and you apply
them and it is detrimental to the overall conversation
- I believe."
Sheridan left the commission with the final
"I think you need to get involved with the trea-
surer from each city to determine how each organiza-
tion structures its budget rather than making a broad
stroke at a number and attempting to compare that.
"Commissioner Robinson ran on lowering taxes
and being fiscally responsible. We need ways to
address and correct these issues instead of continu-
ing to disseminate information that may, or may not,
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The late Lawton Chiles, who served as a U.S. sena-
tor and Florida governor, started the party in 1998. Son
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar, BeachHouse and Mar-
Vista restaurants, carries on the tradition with his staff.
Organizers said the attendance set a party
Children arrived at about 10:30 a.m., some in cars
with their parents but most on buses from the Healthy
Families Manatee and Head Start programs.
Anna Maria Island Privateers welcomed party
guests with beads and "argh" and "merry Christmas,
On the Sandbar patio, children decorated Christ-
mas ornaments, chased the Cat in the Hat, danced
with SpongeBob and watched Snowbird and Sparky
clown around before dining on chicken tenders and
Shortly before noon, Santa Claus arrived, riding
in the bed of a Manatee County Sheriff's Office
pickup truck. Rough weather forced him to cancel
plans to arrive via a U.S. Coast Guard boat.
Several shivering teachers said they envied
Santa's heavy red suit and fur trim, while children
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By Rick Catlin
As the Harbour Isle condominium project on
north Perico Island develops, it's a sure bet that
sooner or later there will be an emergency and West
Manatee Fire Rescue will be called to respond.
Such was noted by WMFR
board member Scott Ricci at the
WMFR District's Dec. 16 board
Unfortunately, Ricci added,
Harbour Isle was annexed by Bra-
denton and all fire district revenues
Price paid by owner Minto Communi-
ties of Florida and future condo
owners will go to Bradenton.
But WMFR has two fire stations closer to Har-
bour Isle than Bradenton, he said.
"We are 2.6 miles from Harbour Isle, while the
nearest city of Bradenton fire station is 6.6 miles, so we
are going to be there before Bradenton," Ricci said.
WMFR Chief Andy Price agreed, noting any cost
to WMFR for a response to a fire or emergency in
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crowded around the jolly guy to whisper secret
wishes in his ear.
Santa then visited one-on-one with each child,
presenting them with a wrapped toy, a holiday outfit
and a Publix gift certificate for a Christmas dinner.
The party, overseen by Sandbar manager Patti
McKee, is presented with the support of the Chiles
family, the Chiles restaurants and a number of vol-
"I want to add my personal thank you to those of
you who have given so generously," said Ed Chiles.
\ly family and the entire Chiles group family wishes
you and yours a wonderful holiday season."
Harbour Isle will not be charged to Bradenton.
"Under the first response agreement, we'll be
called first as the closest unit and the ones who get
there first," Price said. "But we don't get reimbursed
for our services. That's just part of the deal."
Ricci said Harbour Isle could eventually have a
major impact on WMFR services because of its prox-
imity to WMFR fire stations at 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, and 407 67th St., Bradenton.
"I think we need to sit down with Bradenton
and discuss ways for us to obtain revenue for our
responses at Harbour Isle," he said.
"But the real losers are the condo owners, who
will pay way too much homeowners insurance
because their fire department of record is so far away.
We are not the fire service of record for Perico," Ricci
Ricci estimated Harbour Isle homeowners might
pay as much 10-15 percent more for homeowner
insurance because of the distance to a Bradenton fire
He suggested the board might want to discuss the
future of fire service on Perico and the revenue issue
with Bradenton officials.
"It's something to think about," Ricci said.
In other business, the board approved a measure
for Price to issue an request for proposals to remodel
Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach.
The board also approved development of a citi-
zens fire academy, where residents can learn how
Price said the academy would offer classes for
citizens to learn what firefighters do, how the equip-
ment functions, why a unit responds and what emer-
gency response encompasses.
"It's a real neat program," Price said.
"It gives our residents a better understanding of
what the WMFR does and why," he said.
Perico could impact WMFR
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Jan. 4, 6 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m., pier centennial committee
Jan. 13, 6 p.m., city commission work meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Jan. 3, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Jan. 6, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
Jan. 6, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Dec. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 5, 5 p.m., parks and beautification commit-
Jan. 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Christmas is Dec. 25. Many government offices
are closed Dec. 24-27.
New Year's is Jan. 1. Many government offices
are closed Dec. 31.
The Islander will close Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
Jan. 4, 9 a.m., Manatee County commission
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Ave. W., Bradenton.
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HB seeks fine from property owner
By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach code enforcement board
unanimously voted Dec. 16 to fine David Sandoro
of Longboat Key $250 per day on three units in vio-
lation of the city's solid-waste codes.
The combined fines amount to $750 per day
beginning Dec. 3, the date Sandoro was ordered to
bring his triplex on Marina Way into compliance.
In November, the board determined that Sandoro
was in violation of the city's solid-waste codes for
failing to maintain an account with the city's autho-
rized trash removal service provider, Waste Man-
agement. The board gave Sandoro until Dec. 3 to
re-establish an active account with Waste Manage-
According to city code, all owners of property
on which a dwelling is located are required to sub-
scribe to an authorized collection service for the
collection, transportation and disposal of garbage.
Holmes Beach has an exclusive franchise agreement
with Waste Management to provide service for resi-
Diane Osborne, credit and collection manager
for Waste Management, testified Dec. 16 that the
account was past due for nearly two years, with San-
doro owing $2,695.52. She said he had not attempted
to make payment arrangements and the matter was
turned over to a third-party for collection.
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Nancy
Hall also presented the board with two new cases
Hall said Sandoro is in violation of the city's
business tax ordinance for failing to obtain a rental
business tax receipt before renting two of his proper-
ties to tenants.
Hall said Rose Marie Kontra contacted code
enforcement after having some difficulty with San-
doro's property at 6210 Marina Way, which she had
an agreement to rent in August. While Kontra's issues
with her landlord were not code enforcement issues,
Hall said she established that Sandoro was attempting
to rent the unit.
Hall testified that she also established that a
tenant had rented another property owned by San-
doro at 6214 Marina Way.
Hall told the board that, according to city records
Sandoro has not held a valid rental business tax
receipt for two years. Hall said the fact that he has
applied, paid for and maintained the tax receipt in the
past suggests he is aware of the city requirements for
legally renting a residential unit.
West Manatee Fire & Rescue firefighters Nate
Bergbom and Jeff Phillips received the district's
life saving award during a recent WMFR apprecia-
The two firefighters were credited with saving
the lives of two people caught in a riptide off Anna
Maria Aug. 12.
A WMFR citation said the two firefighters
entered the Gulf of Mexico to assist in the rescue
of a woman caught in a riptide, then noticed that
two people who had gone to her assistance also
were in distress.
Using Manatee County Marine Rescue's pad-
dleboard, the two men paddled to where the two
would-be rescuers were succumbing to fatigue
from battling the rip currents and swallowing
Bergbom and Phillips reached the two men,
placed them on the paddleboard and returned to
When asked by the board what would be
required for Sandoro to be in compliance, Hall
responded that the business tax receipt costs $26.25
annually. However, she said Sandoro might be sub-
ject to any delinquent fees and penalties assessed
by the city.
Hall asked the board to find Sandoro in viola-
tion of the city business tax code for both properties
so that any further violation could be brought to the
board as a repeat offense.
The board unanimously agreed, passing a motion
providing Sandoro until Jan. 3, 2011, to apply and
pay for a current rental business tax receipt.
In addition to the individual awards, WMFR
awarded a departmental unit citation to the engine
crew and battalion chief for assistance in the
Personnel receiving the unit citation include
Battalion Chief Dennis Dotson, Lt. Dan Tackett,
firefighters Bergbom and Philips, along with Greg
Roan and Chad Brunner.
Other awards presented during the ceremony
went to Rodney Kwiatkowski for rookie firefighter
of the year, Ben Dillon for firefighter of the year
and Capt. Kurt Lathrop for officer of the year.
Service awards went to deputy Chief Brett
Pollock for 30 years; battalion Chief Barry
Brooks, 20 years; Capt. Rich Jasinski, 20 years;
firefighters John Stump for 15 years and Ben
Rigney for five years, and inspector Jim Davis
for 10 years.
Phillips and firefighter William Bowen
received the hazardous materials award.
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Anna Maria commission signs off 2010
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Commission Chair Chuck Webb
adjourned the final meeting of 2010, saying, "Merry
Christmas and a happy new year."
Commissioners Gene Aubry, Jo Ann Mattick,
John Quam and Dale Woodland and Mayor Mike
Selby followed with similar pronouncements.
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night,"
Commissioners, meeting Dec. 18, first transacted
some business, including adoption of a resolution
changing the terms of the city's citizen-of-the-year
The resolution provides for six members, one
appointed by each of the five commissioners and one
appointed by the mayor. The term of each committee
member will be one year and no committee member
may serve more than two consecutive years.
The previous committee had suggested the term
limits to bring in members.
City attorney Jim Dye gave commissioners a
heads up that the city charter calls for appointment
of a three-member personnel board in January, but
no such board has ever been created.
A personnel board member does not have to
reside in the city, just within Manatee County.
Dye also said the required meeting on Florida's
Government-in-the-Sunshine Law and public records
laws for all newly elected and appointed officials in
Anna Maria will take place soon.
"I anticipate holding the meeting during the first
week of January," he said.
Dye said it's usually a good idea for all elected
officials, board and committee members and staff to
attend the meeting, which is open to the public.
In other business, commissioners unanimously
approved Selby's appointments of Judith Chable to
the code enforcement board, Jim Conoly to the capi-
tal improvements advisory committee and Jennifer
Cecere to the environmental enhancement and educa-
Selby said he has someone in mind for the vacant
alternate code enforcement board seat and will advise
the commission when it meets in January.
Selby also thanked resident Mike Thrasher for
designing the new city seal, which will go on vehicles,
stationery and the city website as soon as the intellectual
By Lisa Neff
A Bradenton Beach property owner must pay
a $3,104.64 fine for unpermitted roofing work on a
Special magistrate Harold Youmans ordered
the fine and judged David A. Niewiek in violation
of city ordinances regarding construction permits
during a hearing Dec. 15 at Bradenton Beach City
Niewiek and a trust own property in the 300
block of 23rd Street North.
Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert
said that several months ago, while driving to another
location, he noticed roofing work taking place at the
23rd Street North site. Gilbert didn't recall a permit
issued for such work, so he checked when he returned
to city hall.
Gilbert said his research found no permit sought
or issued. Questions about whether the structure
was covering too much of the lot also came up, and
remain under city review.
Bradenton Beach code enforcement officer Gail
Garneau said she posted a notice of code violations
at the property on Oct. 14 and received a call from
the property owner the next day.
Garneau said the property owner applied for a
property rights are transferred to the city.
Commissioners, meanwhile, gave Selby the go-
ahead to write a letter in support of the Holmes Beach
effort to extend the Palma Sola Scenic Highway into
Holmes Beach to include Manatee Avenue, East Bay
Drive and Gulf Drive to the Bradenton Beach city
When all business was concluded, Webb gaveled
the meeting to a close and said, "Merry Christmas."
permit Nov. 23.
Engineer and surveyor Jeff Hostetler represented
Niewiek at the hearing. He didn't dispute that a permit
was not sought, but argued that the contractor was
neglectful, not Niewiek.
Hostetler said Niewiek paid the contractor for the
roofing work and the invoice included the cost of a
Youmans, however, said the property owner "as a
matter of law is responsible for agents doing an \ hi ng
on their property."
The hearing lasted about 90 minutes, including
a brief break.
At the conclusion, Youmans made several find-
ings, including a decision that city regulations were
violated and that Niewiek should pay a fine of $2,000
- $50 per day for the 40 days the violation existed
- as well as cover the city's expenses, estimated at
Garneau had recommended a fine of $250 per
day, but Youmans noted that there was no pending
threat to citizens' health and welfare and that the vio-
lation was corrected.
The city has yet to issue a permit for the work,
because there remains a disagreement between the
building official and the property owner regarding
the proposed percentage of lot coverage.
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Make merry, it's Christmas
It's our wish that everyone on Anna Maria Island
be merry this week each and every one of you
It's been a fast holiday season this year, with all
the days in the countdown to Christmas speeding by
like the old cartoons where the pages rip quickly off
the calendar pad.
And, more than in some years past, it feels a lot
like Christmas. It's been as cold as we can remember,
in the near or distant past, in the weeks before the
holiday and, believe it or not, it only became winter
at 6:38 p.m. Dec. 21.
Winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night
of the year when the sun is farthest away, signaled
the beginning of the lengthening of days a rebirth
It also signals another log on the fire for some of
But, my oh my, have we had festivals.
Each city celebrated Christmas on different
weekends with open doors at businesses, visits for
children with Santa Claus, a sprinkling of snow and
a fair amount of holiday cheer. It worked out per-
The Bethlehem Walk, a special gathering of
friends old and new at the Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church that winds up with a reading of the story
of Christmas under the stars, took place Dec. 11.
The annual Chuck and Joey Lester Holiday Fun
Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center was
terrific, with entertainment from ballet to burgers and
the arrival of Santa via a big red fire truck.
But, really, if you haven't been to one special
party for kids the annual Lawton Chiles Kids
Christmas Party hosted each year by Ed Chiles
and his staff at the Sandbar Restaurant in honor of
Ed's dad, the late Florida governor, you've missed
the reason for the season of giving.
The party brings youngsters from government-
assisted daycares for a visit with Santa and some
special characters, such as SpongeBob SquarePants
and Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat;
special gifts for each child; a luncheon; a gift cer-
tificate for a holiday meal for the child's family and
much more a big, merry, happy hug of love.
To all those who celebrate Christmas with their
friends, family and beliefs, we wish you a very merry
It's just doesn't get any better than Christmas on
Anna Maria Island.
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The few coyotes that are out there I don't
believe there are many more than the three or four
that have been seen at Manatee Fruit Farms eat
The hordes of cats that live in Cortez and are left
outside, even in this horrible weather or in the heat
of the summer loaded with fleas, ticks and spreading
disease, are killing the wildlife for fun.
Every week, someone from Cortez brings either
birds, squirrels or rabbits that have been attacked by
And these are only the ones that they find and
might be helped. The others are dead, not because
they need them for food to survive, but because cats
destroy wildlife for fun.
What a pity that the solution is so simple: keep
your pets inside, keep them on a leash or build a
strong cage, don't put food outside and keep your
garbage tightly covered.
Instead of this easy fix, we have people that want
to go out, buy a gun and kill.
If they really cared about their pets, they would
protect them from ,thing including cars, poisons, the
cold, the heat, etc.
I believe many of the 56 animals they are talking
about that have disappeared were not all people's
pets, but many of the feral cats that are dumped by
A final note, I have two cats that were feral. They
now live inside and have no desire to go back out into
the wild because they are loved and cared for in our
My son has two cats that were feral, as do many
of my volunteers.
They are all well taken care of, loved and stay
Gail Straight, Wildlife Inc., Bradenton Beach
On the move
Thankfully, my husband Gene and I recently
sold our house on Spring Avenue in Anna Maria, but
the contract for the sale required us to close the deal
quickly and move on short notice.
Unfortunately, he had shoulder and back sur-
gery and I had pneumonia that same week. We were
trying to pack and move and work and were getting
nowhere but stressed. Friends showed up early and
spent the day packing all of our things into boxes.
Then I started looking for a moving company and
found one online that looked good.
I called them and, before I could get a call back,
Janae Rudicille and Carol Whitmore said they knew
the company well and called to be sure the movers
could fit me in.
Martin Mover's rolled up in a truck. The crew
filled the truck quickly. Our whole move took less
than three hours and included dismantling and reas-
sembling an antique bed.
What was an exhausting time for us turned out
to be the best of times thanks to our old friends and
our new friends.
And also, just to be clear, we Commissioner
Aubry and myself are staying temporarily in a
house on Spring Avenue while our new place on North
Shore Drive is having some remodeling done.
Dan Gagne is blasting through that job, work-
ing with the city of Anna Maria building department,
which is doing its best to make the process as painless
as possible while following the letter of the law.
We still have two more moves before we are per-
manently ensconced in our new residence on North
Shore Drive in the city of Anna Maria.
Anna Maria is such a great place to live good
people, good government and good times.
Even moving turned out to be a good thing.
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria
MCSO reviews AM centennial
By Rick Catlin
Sgt. Dave Turner of the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office Anna Maria substation and MCSO Deputy
Gary Sellito said they're impressed with plans to cel-
ebrate the city pier's centennial.
The officers were briefed by the centennial cele-
bration committee at its Dec. 13 meeting on plans for
the May 13-14. 2011, celebration. The Anna Maria
City Pier Centennial Celebration Committee has been
planning the event for more than two years.
Turner said the committee is providing plenty
of time to plan for crowd and traffic control. The
number of officers needed will depend on how much
of Pine Avenue is blocked off for the celebration,
which includes a wine and food festival.
The pier celebration begins at 6 p.m. May 13,
with a parade from CrossePointe Fellowship to the
City Pier organized by the Anna Maria Island Priva-
The Privateers also plan a family picnic starting
at 4 p.m. May 14 at Bayfront Park that should end
about 7 p.m., just in time for a fireworks display.
The Islander newspaper and City Pier Restaurant
are sponsoring the $10,000 fireworks show and sell-
ing memorial planks as a fundraiser. A maximum of
1,000 planks will be sold.
The fireworks display comes with a VIP party
at the City Pier with limited seating. The fireworks
will be shot from a barge offshore, which means the
MCSO marine unit will be needed for patrol, accord-
ing to Turner.
Sellito said he was concerned about closing the
pier to the general public, but he acknowledged there
may be a safety issue if too many people attempt to
view the fireworks from the pier.
Committee chair Sissy Quinn asked Anna Maria
Mayor Mike Selby to check with city attorney Jim
Dye on that issue.
Sellito said if the vendor map is ready by the end
of January, that will be "plenty of time" to assign
Volunteer Caryn Hodge estimated about 2,500
people would attend the food and cultural event, but
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick thought that number
"We drew 10,000 people for Bayfest," she said.
"And we're already advertising in Europe and
Germany and elsewhere about the celebration,"
Mattick said, adding that many stamp collectors are
coming just for the one-day U.S. Post Office cancel-
lation stamp depicting the city pier.
Turner and Sellito said attendance would likely
be higher than 2,500 people on May 14.
Parking will be available at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center field, CrossePointe Fel-
lowship and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes
After hearing of all the progress, planned events
and attendance sizes, Turner estimated he would need
between five and eight deputies for the two-day event,
but emphasized that's just a preliminary estimate. The
extra deputies would complement the regular MCSO
shift for the city those days.
The committee will meet again at 3 p.m. Monday,
Jan. 3, for an update on activities, but Hodge said she
might not have the final number of food vendors at
"That's OK," Sellito said. "We've got plenty of
Turner added that the committee has done a lot
of planning and work for the centennial.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 22, 2010 E 7
In the Dec. 20, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach resident Sara Falk of the 500
block of 56th Street said she would seek legal com-
pensation on learning there were cracks in the foun-
dation of a house she purchased. The cracks were
discovered when Falk began a $275,000 remodel
of the house. Holmes Beach building inspector Bill
Saunders discovered the foundation was deteriorated
organic fill and ordered the home demolished.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch director Suzi
Fox said the delay in an Islandwide beach renour-
ishment project until summer 2001 put the project
in the middle of turtle nesting season. Fox said she
would need more volunteers to go along the beaches
at night to find and relocate turtle nests endangered
Anna Maria city commissioners unanimously
approved $3,200 requested by public works director
Anne Beck to rebuild a sand ramp at the Pine Avenue
beach access location that was swept away by Hur-
ricane Gordon. Beck said that because Gordon was
never declared an emergency, the federal government
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By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby said the city's
holiday party held every December recognizing staff
and the contributions of many city volunteers was a
"tremendous success." This year's party was held at
city hall Dec. 15.
Speaking at the city commission's Dec. 16
meeting, Selby thanked the commissioners for
their monetary support of the party, noting atten-
dance seems to grow every year. An estimated
125 people attended the party at Anna Maria City
Selby also said that the Dec. 10 business open
house on Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive was well
attended, and he thanked staff for staying late and
Rex Hagen wears a tuxedo to the Anna Maria party
a e1 al Dec. 15. Hagen donated ornaments, decorations
Sannual~ and lights for Pine Avenue, Gulf Drive and else-
successwhere in the city.
on their own time to help with the event.
"I can't tell you how many people said the open
house was terrific and better than other years," he
Selby said he would thank each business that
made a food, beverage, dessert or other donation to
the city for the appreciation party and the business
Donors included Becky Makes Cakes, Commis-
sioner Jo Ann Mattick and family, the Anna Maria
City Pier Restaurant, Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old
IGA, the Rod & Reel Pier restaurant, the Sandbar
Restaurant, Slim's Place, Rudy's, Olive Oil Out-
post, Feeling Swell, Waste Pro, Sign of the Mermaid
restaurant, Anna Maria General Store and Sylvia's
Manatee County '1.i. i if's Office Deputy Steve
Stewart of the MCSO Anna Maria substation talks
law with attorney Greg Hootman, who sometimes
represents the city.
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City hall on holiday
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt, center, joins city staff for a photo at the city's holiday party
Dec. 17 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Offices closed early for the lunch-hour celebration. This
week, most government offices will be closed Dec. 24. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt extends holiday wishes to
Commissioner Gay Breuler at the city party.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 22, 2010 0 9
BB awarded boat removal funds
By Lisa Neff
A $25,000 navigation grant will help remove
vessels and abandoned and derelict vessels found in
Bradenton Beach's near-shore waters.
The grant will come from the West Coast Inland
Navigation District through Manatee County. Via
resolution, the county commission approved the allo-
cation earlier this month, along with 13 other grant
The grant for vessel removal will assist Braden-
ton Beach in removing abandoned, un-seaworthy
boats from the anchorage area south of the Historic
Bridge Street Pier.
The city has an abandoned vessel ordinance and
state authority to police the waters off its shoreline.
The city also continues to review how to best regulate
the anchorage area south of the pier.
"The area south of the Bridge Street pier has
accumulated a significant number of vessels that
appear to be in a state of disrepair," stated a county
memo on the project. "Many of these vessels have
no identifiable owner and are not being maintained
in a ,.a', 'i lth\ condition."
The commission-approved resolution also pro-
vided $149,500 for maintenance of the Lake LaVista
Inlet in Anna Maria and grants for education by the
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Manatee Sail and
Power Squadron, which both offer boating courses
and safety checks.
The Lake LaVista Inlet periodically requires the
removal of sediment. The next maintenance should
yield high-quality sand that county natural resources
director Charlie Hunsicker said could be placed on
the Anna Maria bayfront to help prevent erosion.
The commission also approved:
$10,500 for U.S. Civil Air Patrol flyovers of
area waterways, including Anna Maria Sound, Sara-
sota and Tampa bays and the Gulf of Mexico.
$15,000 for a shoreline survey at Robinson Pre-
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10 l DEC. 22, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
TIFF grows: 4 years, 4 million names, 4 states
By Diana Bogan
To Inform Families First is offering access to
a registry Floridians can sign up with this holiday
season that provides family and friends with a free
gift peace of mind.
Through TIFF's website, toinformfamiliesfirst.
org, Floridians can register emergency contact infor-
mation with the Florida Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles to ensure that a family
member or friend will be notified quickly in an emer-
"When you are in the middle of an emergency it's
too late to be thinking about registering," said TIFF
board member Linda Moore. "Put the paper down
for two minutes and register now. It will be one less
thing to think about in a time of crisis."
Five years ago, the Emergency Contact Infor-
mation registry did not exist and it took 6 and a half
hours for Christine Olson, a waitress at the Rod &
Reel Pier, to learn that her daughter Tiffiany was in
a motorcycle accident. Due to the delay in notifica-
tion, Olson was unable to reach the hospital before
22-year-old Tiffiany died.
It was this unimaginable event that served as a
catalyst for Olson to rally government officials to
make a change to inform families first. TIFF vol-
unteers have not stopped working to raise awareness
about the voluntary registry among Floridians as well
as encouraging other states to adopt similar registry
The Emergency Contact Information program
allows licensed drivers and identification card-hold-
ers to submit two contacts that can only be accessed
by law enforcement.
Sitting in state Rep. Bill Galvano's downtown
Bradenton office, Olson was the first person to regis-
ter her emergency contact information when Florida's
program was activated in 2006. Today there are 4 mil-
lion Floridians registered and four other states have
followed Florida's lead.
"Who would have known that one awful night
would blossom into something like this?" said
Still, she said there is more to be done.
"It is reassuring to see the number of ECI regis-
trants climb, but with more than 15.5 million licensed
drivers in Florida we still have a long way to go,"
said DHSMV executive director Julie L. Jones. "Our
goal is for all Florida drivers and ID card-holders to
register their Emergency Contact Information."
TIFF vice president Karen Mahlios, Moore
and Olson recently met with state Rep. Jim Boyd,
a Republican from District 68, to inform him about
the organization's efforts. According to Olson, Boyd
pledged his support.
Also, with the assistance of Manatee Educa-
tional Television, TIFF filmed a 5-minute promo-
tional video, an educational panel discussion and a
new public service announcement that Bright House
Networks is airing 300 times during the holiday
TIFF does not receive public funding. Olson and
volunteers such as Mahlios and Moore dedicate 20
hours or more a week outside of their full-time jobs
and family obligations to spread the organization's
There are ways in which the public can help.
Moore suggests that business owners follow
the lead of Manatee County School Superintendent
Tim McGonegal and Bealls' senior vice president of
human resources Dan Doyle.
McGonegal took steps to ensure school district
staff learned of the registry and printed information
in the district's "Parent Pages."
Doyle is informing 10,000 Bealls and Bealls
Outlet employees by enclosing a TIFF flier with
Olson suggested that snowbirds share informa-
tion about TIFF with lawmakers in their home states
and ask for similar programs. Despite being named
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ment programs by the John F Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University, Illinois, Ohio,
Colorado and New Jersey are the only states to follow
Olson said that any state already using the Driver
and Vehicle Information Database System could inte-
grate a registration program.
Without outside funding, the TIFF team does not
have the resources to travel to conferences, speak at
conventions and schools or push for change nation-
ally, said Moore.
TIFF is looking for people with talent and
resources. Mahlios noted that previously a business
donated pens with the organization logo and Manatee
Technical Institute's graphic design department built
and maintains the TIFF website.
Olson also is ordering "show and tell" wristbands
that will be available at the end of the month.
But, if there is one thing people should do to
move the cause forward, it is to register their con-
"It frustrates me when people learn about TIFF
and don't take action," said Olson. "Why not?"
"It's not enough to rely on a cell phone's 'In
Case of Emergency' function," continued Olson.
"Any number of things can happen to a cell phone in
a car accident. The state ECI registry and cell phone
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Audubon organizing annual bird count
By Lisa Neff
On the fourth day of Christmas, volunteers with
the National Audubon society will count doves, par-
tridges, hens, geese, swans and other birds.
Locally, volunteers will more likely count herons,
gulls, pelicans and egrets.
The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count takes
place this month in many North American communi-
ties. On Anna Maria Island, the count will take place
Dec. 28, beginning about sunrise and lasting through
"You don't have to be a birder to participate,"
said organizer David Williamson of the Manatee
County Audubon Society. "We need drivers, spotters
and volunteers to write down what we see. Every-
one's help is welcome and needed."
The Island birding population is part of the Gulf
Circle count, which also includes Longboat Key,
Perico Island and Cortez.
The annual Audubon bird count is the longest-
running citizen-science survey in the world. Through-
out North America, the count will involve thousands
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The TIFF website, toinformfamiliesfirst.org,
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Ohio, Colorado and Illinois registries. New Jersey
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month, and Tiff will provide a link on its wetsite as
soon as it becomes available.
According to the Florida Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee, people without access
to the Internet should be allowed to register in state
or tax collector-operated driver license offices.
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Saturday, Dec. 25
9:30 a.m. Nativity of Our Lord service at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Wednesday, Dec. 29
5:30 p.m. -"Old Junk to New Treasures" craft program for teens at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Studiopedia: Gyotaku, fish rubs by Linda Heath, the Studio at Gulf
and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.
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:
Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds cross-denominational study
group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-4579.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various
locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, Holmes Beach.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Open air market on Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
Jan. 1, Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge, Bradenton Beach.
Jan. 3, Privateers invade Anna Maria City Hall.
Jan. 5, After Hours Book Club, Tingley Memorial Library.
Jan. 5, Gulf Coast Writers meeting, Island Branch Library.
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at the church Dec. 11.
The next women's group
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left, Linda Molto and
Webb Cutting share a
moment at the open-
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Anna Maria El
schools each gather
and loads and loads
by the local Ministry
tribute to needy fai
'dle School principal Robin Hardy, left, shows Junior Metellus, who
Ih the Ministry of Presence in the United States and Haiti, Joselin Press
Holmes Beach and Dennis Ulanch of Anna Maria some of the shoes
for delivery by the ministry to Haiti.
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gently conducted a raffle for a
th the price of chances either
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of shoes that will be shipped
y of Presence to Haiti and dis-
Library hosts craft workshop
The Friends of the Island Library will offer a
craft workshop for teens at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 29, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Teens will learn how to turn "Old Junk into
New Treasures." Project ideas include how to
create altered books, bookmarks, magazine poetry,
beads and more from the supplies provided by the
Seating for this free program is available on a
first come, first serve basis. No prior registration is
The program is funded by the Friends of the
Island Library, a support organization.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
The winner of the bicycle is Jacob Loudermilk
The bicycle was an anonymous donation made
to The Islander to replace a bicycle stolen from
young Jake Ross in November. But Jake's family
had replaced his bike, and Jake agreed a raffle
to help friends in Haiti would be a good way to
"make good" of the gift.
Winterfest winners announced
The judges for the Anna Maria Island Art
League's Winterfest held earlier this month presented
Albert Hall with the best in show award.
Hall works in wood.
He was among the dozens of artists who braved
cool temperatures, some rain and wind Nov. 11-12
for the annual Winterfest event at Holmes Beach City
Hall field. The arts and crafts show and Springfest are
AMIAL's signature events.
Awards of distinction: Linda Molto, graphics/
pastels; Jay Canterbury, photography; Antanas Ulev-
icius, clay; and Zhiyong Ye, watercolor.
Awards of merit: Nels Johnson, photography;
Judy Wolfe, sculpture; Autumn DeFrank, jewelry;
Michael Weber, watercolor; Carol Lahy, glass; Dawn
Vetrees, jewelry; AJ and Jack Ferrell, mixed media;
Shawn Robbins, fiber; Phillip Hall, jewelry; and Eric
Pam McMillen to
the Guild Gallery
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The tales behind Privateer names
By Lisa Neff
"Tim Thompson" sounds as much like the name
of a pirate as "Edward Teach."
So Thompson, as a member of the 40-year-old
Anna Maria Island Privateers, goes by another iden-
tity when he's sailing along in parades, battling "con-
quistadors" and raiding checkbooks for charities.
Pirates have pirate names. Edward Teach became
notorious as "Blackbeard." Tim Thompson has a rep-
utation for carrying a big "Hammer."
Teach named himself "Blackbeard," the origins
of the identity coming from his tradition of hanging
burning hemp cords from his ears, creating a demonic
black cloud around his heavily bearded face.
Thompson got his name because he wields an
oversized hammer, a club-like mallet.
The weapon, handmade by a fellow Privateer,
was a gift from the crew, which deemed Thompson
too dangerous, too reckless, to carry a sword.
"I had only been in the club about three months,"
About nine years ago, the crew stopped at a res-
taurant-bar on a return trip from a Venice Christmas
parade and crashed a wedding reception. Thompson,
after some dancing and drink, decided to test his skills
with a borrowed long sword.
"I was dancing with one of the bridesmaids, who
had been beaded with many pirate beads. I decided
Tim "Hammer" Thompson of the Anna Maria
Island Privateers carries the hammer that earned
him his pirate name.
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time," he says.
And that's what he did, petrifying a gang of
pirates who later wrote several rules pertaining to
Thompson and swords.
"It was written that I would never be allowed to
carry a sharp object as a pirate again," Thompson
says. "It is also written that if any Privateer relin-
quishes their sharp object to me that they will be
Margaret "Puppies' Mattern of the Anna Maria
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For the past nine years, Thompson says he's car-
ried his name and his hammer "with pride and dig-
For Privateer Polly Wilson, her pirate name -
"Cracker" came quickly for the crew.
\ly nickname was given to me pretty simply
from 'Polly want a cracker?'" Wilson says. "A few
old pirates have them talking parrots on their shoul-
ders you know."
The reason for Claude Mika's nickname also
now seems obvious. Mika assists AMIP's "Rods
for Kids" campaign in which donated fishing poles
and gear are repaired for giveaways, especially
during youth fishing contests. Therefore, Mika is
known as "Fishhook" in Anna Maria Island's pirate
"The name seemed a natural," he says.
Mika got his name from Thompson, who also
gets some credit for giving AMIP president Roger
"HooDat" Murphree his nickname. Murphree remem-
bers that he wasn't yet a full-fledged member of the
organization but somehow his birth name ended up
on a Privateers' roster. Thompson, the story goes, saw
Murphree's name and asked, "Whodat?"
The origins of other Privateer names:
Robert Boyd joined AMIP just a few years after
the group was established and before the awarding of
pirate names became a tradition.
Hence, Boyd's nickname is a simple one -
"Bob." "I was known as 'Pirate Bob.' My name being
'Bob' and I am a pirate," he says.
Michelle 'Tink" Delibert became a Privateer in
2005. "At that time, I had worked for the Walt Disney
Company for over 13 years," she says.
Another Privateer "thought that though my exte-
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rior personality was very sweet and kind, I could be
a little mischievous."
Delibert became "Tink" after Tinkerbell.
"Most people don't know this, but Tinkerbell is
actually considered a villain in the world of Disney
because she plotted and schemed against Wendy to
gain the affections of Peter Pan," Delibert observes.
Lisa "Lash" Ritchey says, "A fellow Privateer
member came up with the name because I carry a
leather bullwhip as part of my costume."
Deborah "MaiTai" Nelson says her name has noth-
ing to do with the cocktail. "I was coined this name after
a dumb joke several years ago about wenches being tied
to a ship's mast and Tim Thompson said, 'If I had my
tie, I would do that.' And the name stuck."
Terry "Whistler" Gritzmacher, a ship navigator,
is a retired police officer. He "blows his police whistle
to stop traffic to help not only get the ship in and out of
port in Holmes Beach, but also to assist maneuvering
the ship at events," explains Nelson, his wife.
Margaret "Puppies" Mattern wears a corset.
Thus, she explains, "the twins pop out quite a bit.
Shipwreck, who was president at the time, admired
them greatly and named me 'Puppies.' And now I
proudly present them on the logo on the back of my
car and the front of my chest."
Mary "Woodstock" Zuchniewicz says, "I got
my nickname because I was at Woodstock, and I have
a hairdo that resembles a little yellow bird that hangs
out with Snoopy in the comic strips."
Alex "Danger" Zuchniewicz got his nickname
because he bears some resemblance to the late comic
Scott "Scratch" Hirsch got his pirate nickname
after he got a new pirate sword that led to his suf-
fering a flesh wound an accidental, self-inflicted
scratch on his ear.
Angie "Lily" Kreitz gets her pirate name from
her other charitable passion. \ ly name came from
Easter Seals," she says. "Lily is the logo, and (Easter
Seals) is the passion in my life."
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Oh Canada to the air
Bryant Elliott of west Bradenton was a long way
from Europe when World War II began for Canada on
Sept. 1, 1939, the day Adolf Hitler invaded Poland.
Growing up on a farm in Inkerman, Ontario,
Bryant and his friends closely followed the events
in Europe. The Canadian government had pledged to
support Great Britain if it went to war against Ger-
When Britain declared war Sept. 3, 1939, Bryant
was too young to join the military, but hoped the
war wouldn't end before he had the chance to do his
"Some of my neighbors joined up right away
and volunteered to go overseas. You could only go
overseas if you volunteered. I was too young then,
but as soon as I finished high school in 1942, I went
to Toronto and enrolled in the Royal Canadian Air
Bryant chose air bombardment for his training.
The RCAF obliged and sent him to bombardier and
gunnery school in Saskatchewan, then to air naviga-
tion school in Winnipeg.
Although the United States had entered the war
on Dec. 7, 1941, Bryant remembered reading ear-
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the border and joined either the RCAF or Royal Air
"There were some Americans in my class who
had joined before Pearl Harbor," Bryant recalled.
L\ Ni.ybody wanted to get in the action, to do their
part. Nobody wanted to be left behind."
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Bryant would not be left behind.
In early 1944, he boarded a troopship in Montreal
bound for England and the war.
"When we got to England, the RCAF squadrons
were full, so they assigned us to fly with the RAF.
When we went to crew selection, we had a real inter-
national group," he said. His crew consisted of four
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tons of bombs.
The crew was sent to the RAF's 90th Squadron,
and Bryant remembered everyone was a bit nervous
before the first combat mission, but determined to do
The RAF flew at night and there would be no
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fighter aircraft or formation to protect them from
German night fighters. The old-timers in the squadron
told them if they made it through the first mission,
they would be veterans.
"On that first mission, I looked out the window
and the plane next to us got hit by flak (anti-aircraft
fire) and he went down. Everyone was real scared
after that, but we were going to complete the mis-
Once the Lancaster got near the target and started
its bombing run, Bryant, as bombardier, took control
of the plane to line it up with the assigned target.
"I had to aim the bombs at the flares dropped by
the pathfinders, and I couldn't release the bombs until
we were over the target." There were many times
when the crew would become extremely nervous
waiting for Bryant to yell "bombs away." Only then
could the pilot, Flight Lt. Harry Grass, turn around
and head for home.
'The flak was really intense on the bombing runs
because you had to slow your speed and fly straight
and level," recalled Bryant. The Germans had power-
ful searchlights protecting their cities that would scan
the sky for a plane that slowed to make its bombing
run, or was damaged and unable to fly quickly out of
After that first mission, Bryant and his crew obvi-
ously were glad they made it back. They didn't know
the odds of survival in the air were against them.
"We were a happy bunch. We were now veter-
But they quickly learned the ugly side of war.
"When you woke up and saw an empty cot, you
knew who had bought it that night. There wasn't much
you could say. Everyone had to believe it wouldn't
happen to them, or nobody would have flown."
The missions began to pile up for Bryant, but
there was a change following D-Day, June 6, 1944.
The RAF began flying both day and night bomb-
ing operations. On daytime missions, the bombers
were protected by Allied fighters and flew in tight
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By the fall of 1944, the Luftwaffe, the German
Air Force, was reduced to a shell of what it was
during the dark days of 1940 and the Battle of Brit-
ain. By 1945, it offered little resistance to Allied
Bryant remembered a daytime mission to
Cologne, Germany, where 1,000 bombers partici-
pated. It was tough not to think about the damage
the bombs caused.
"You couldn't think about what was happening
on the ground. You had to be impersonal. It was the
only way you could get through the war sane. We
didn't start the war, but it was our job to finish it the
quickest way we could."
Bryant's plane had a few close calls, includ-
ing one emergency landing in Scotland on three
engines. On other daylight missions, the flak would
be so heavy over the target, Br3 ,nit tho tught they were
flying into a rainstorm and prayed they would make
"There are no atheists at 20,000 feet," said
Bryant. He and his crew must have worn four-leaf
In 2008, Bryant read the RAF report that said
the average British aircrew stood only a 24 percent
chance of reaching 30 missions without getting killed,
severely wounded or parachuting out of a dying plane
to become a POW.
In late 1944, Bryant's crew was taken off the reg-
ular roster and assigned for special bomber training
with a new radar that could pinpoint an automobile
from 12,000 feet.
"We weren't told what the plan was, but by late
April 1945, training was over and we were awaiting
Thankfully, those orders never came.
Hitler committed suicide and the Germans surren-
dered May 9, 1945. The war in Europe was over.
Bryant learned that the "special mission" was
flying his Lancaster alone and at low altitude to
Berlin to bomb Hitler's bunker.
"It was a suicide mission all the way. We were
picked because we had one of the most-accurate bomb-
ing records in the RAF. It's an honor that we would
happily have done without if the mission had gone as
planned," Bryant recalled with a slight laugh.
Although relieved that the war in Europe was
over, there was a war in the Pacific. Every member
of his crew then volunteered to fight the Japanese.
Bryant Elliott as a cadet in the Royal Canadian Air
Force during World War II. Elliott trained to be a
bombardier and flew nearly 30 bombing missions
over Europe before the war ended.
In Nova Scotia in early August 1945, Bryant
and his crew were waiting for Pacific deployment
when the base commander called everyone together
and said an atomic bomb was dropped on Japan.
"We didn't know what an A-bomb was, but we
learned real fast," Bryant remembered.
He also learned that 55,000 men had been killed
in the RAF, including 10,000 Canadians.
"It's sobering to think we were the fortunate
ones. I always thought I was very lucky to survive
After the war, the RCAF reduced in size. Bryant
elected to remain in the service as a private and had
to work his way back up the ranks.
Home on leave in early 1946, Bryant met Lorna
Timmins, whom he had known in high school.
They started dating and were married later that
Bryant eventually got his sergeant's stripes back
and, in 1962, he was commissioned a lieutenant in
He retired from the RCAF in 1975 after 33 years,
and bought the Flamingo Court (Pelican Post) in
Bradenton Beach in 1978. Lorna died in 1986, and
Bryant later married Ruth from Toledo, Ohio.
He has no regrets about his service, although he is
the first to say he was not a hero, despite his numer-
ous medals. "We left the heroes over there," Bryant
"Tom Brokaw wrote a book called 'The Great-
est Generation' about ordinary people who went off
to war and did what they could for their country. I
am proud of my service. The war made me grow
up fast. I went in as a kid and came out a young
"I would do it all over again if I had to. It was
the greatest experience of my life."
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Above left: Sara Kubik, 6, and sister Carly exam-
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Above right: Ronnie Moore, clockwise from left,
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Island police blotter
Dec. 14, 100 block of Pine Avenue, found prop-
erty. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded
to a report from a retired U.S. Navy officer who found
an unexploded marine locator a flare on the
beach that MCSO suspects was used for Coast Guard
training. The item was picked up.
Dec. 11, 200 block of Gulf Drive South, theft.
Bradenton Beach Police Department investigated
the theft of a windshield from a club cart parked
at Coquina Beach. A Manatee County employee
returned to his vehicle and noticed the Plexiglass
windshield, measuring about 4 feet by 4 feet, was
Dec. 13, 100 block of Seventh Street North,
domestic battery. Law enforcement officers responded
to an early morning complaint about an argument
between a man and a woman. The man faces a
domestic battery charge.
Dec. 10, 5500 block of Gulf Drive, driving on
a suspended license. A Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment officer stopped a motorcyclist known to have
had his license suspended and made an arrest.
Dec. 11, 5200 block of Gulf Drive, criminal
mischief. HBPD responded to a complaint of juve-
niles riding in a Jeep throwing objects at other vehi-
Dec. 12, 5300 block of Gulf Drive, disturbance.
HBPD responded a tavern to help prevent an intoxi-
cated woman from driving home. The officer gave
her a ride.
Dec. 12, 200 block of 77th Street, disturbance.
HBPD responded to a complaint from a man who said
his roommate came home drunk, and then, after a dis-
agreement over alcohol consumption, broke windows
at the front of the residence. Later police returned to
the residence to break up a fight between the room-
Dec. 13, 500 block of Bayview Drive, burglary.
HBPD received a report of a house burglary in which
By Lisa Neff
A circuit court judge has ordered the release of
any communications between a former assistant state
attorney and a witness in the case against an Island
man facing pornography charges.
The judge, however, denied
a portion of the records request
from the defense attorney repre-
senting Joseph Edmund Chiquet,
35, of Bradenton Beach.
The judge said portions
of the records deemed irrelevant
Chiquet could be redacted and that the
former prosecutor's personal cell
phone records would remain private.
Additionally, a request that the state attor-
ney's office produce a witness' criminal record was
Chiquet was arrested in July 2009 on 27 counts
of possessing and promoting child pornography that
involved a teenage girl he met a year ago at a Bra-
denton skateboard shop.
A police report said the teenager and Chiquet had
a sexual relationship, and that he took sexual photo-
graphs of her in his apartment that were downloaded
to his computer.
Earlier this year, authorities accused Chiquet
an iPod and a safe containing legal documents, pass-
ports and a coin collection were taken. There were
no signs of forced entry.
Dec. 13, Anna Maria Island Bridge, criminal
mischief. The Holmes Beach Police Department
and Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded to a
report that someone threw an object at a vehicle and
cracked the windshield.
Dec. 14, 7300 block of Gulf Drive, trespass.
HBPD cited three men for trespass after they were
found in a homeowner's hot tub without permis-
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depicted in the photographs and not, as prosecutors
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MCSO investigator and Torres.
Lipinski also asked for the records of any com-
munication between Arizona law enforcement and
MCSO or the state attorney's office.
Authorities "intercepted" the phone conversa-
tions in violation of Florida privacy laws, Lipinski
The judge's order did not deal with Lipinski's
allegation, but rather with the attorney's request for
more information in the case.
Chiquet is scheduled to go to trial next May.
Deputy honored for BB rescue
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube honored
Deputy Darren George for his rescue of four swim-
mers in the Gulf of Mexico.
The rescue took place Oct. 29 off Cortez Beach
in Bradenton Beach, where four surfers were seen
struggling in the water.
"George looked and observed four people strug-
gling in the water and being thrown against the pier
by the undertow," read a press release from the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office.
The deputy paddled to the surfers and tried to
pull a girl onto his board. He suffered cuts and abra-
sions when a wave knocked him into the pier, but the
deputy returned to the struggling girl.
After getting her to shore, George returned to
help lifeguards with the Manatee County Marine
Rescue Division rescue three others in the water.
"He disregarded his own personal safety and
responded quickly and heroically to save lives, for
which Deputy Darren George is awarded deputy of
the month for November," Steube said.
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 22, 2010 0 23
Police: lock or lose
By Lisa Neff
The green beach cruiser leaning against the bench
by the beach makes for a postcard image to a
photographer or a cycling enthusiast.
To a thief, it's an easy score. There is no lock
on the bike. There are no people close by. And the
getaway vehicle is readily available.
A week on Anna Maria Island rarely goes by
without a resident, visitor or retailer reporting the
theft of a bicycle. Some weeks, the logbooks from
the Island law enforcement offices contain multiple
reports of bicycle thefts, with two-wheelers, tandems
and four-wheelers taken from carports, back yards,
side yards and bicycle racks.
"Do they have them locked?" asked Manatee
County Sheriff's Office public information officer
Dave Bristow when asked about protecting against
Bristow guessed that if he searched MCSO
records, the majority of thefts would involve unse-
"Thieves are, for the most part, lazy," Bristow
said. "That's why they're thieves."
So thieves look for unsecured homes, cars and
"A lock, first and foremost, is most important,"
Bristow said. He advised for property protection that
bicyclists "get a good, strong lock and make sure the
bike is locked to something bolted to the ground."
Bike owners should lock the frame and wheels,
as well as remove any easily detached items such
as bags and quick-release wheels or seats.
Bristow and others in law enforcement also sug-
gested that bikes should be stored indoors when pos-
sible items outside a home can draw a thief to a
In the event of a bike theft, Bristow said owners
should make a police report and they should be
prepared to provide bicycle specs, such as color, size,
make and model, as well as the serial number and
even a photograph.
"Bikes are expensive, and bikes are unique,"
Bristow said. "Keep all of your bike paperwork, your
receipts, all the identifiers."
Bikes lean against the comfort station at Holmes
Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive. To pre-
vent bicycle theft, law enforcement officers recom-
mended locking bicycles, even if left unattended
only briefly. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Police nab 2nd
Bradenton Beach police arrested a second person,
a 17-year-old male, in connection with the Dec. 8
stabbing of a man in the 2500 block of Avenue B.
Bradenton Beach Police Detective Sgt. Lenard
Diaz said he arrested the brother of the other sus-
pect in the case Dec. 13. The juvenile, identified in
police records as Z. G., faces a charge of aggravated
BBPD responded early Dec. 8 to Avenue B,
where a man told officers he had been lured outside
a home, hit with a bat and later discovered he'd been
stabbed as many as five times.
That morning BBPD arrested Jacob Stephen
Gennell, 20, of Bradenton Beach, for aggravated
Later, after Gennell allegedly escaped from the
BBPD station through a rest room window and was
recaptured, a felony escape charge was added to the
complaint against him.
The injured man, taken to an area hospital for a
punctured lung, identified his assailant as Gennell.
Patricia R. Cook
Patricia R. Cook, 76, Holmes Beach, died Dec. 19. She
was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and moved to Holmes
Beach in 1998 from Fenton, Mich.
Mrs. Cook was a member of Crosspointe Fellowship and
its women's organization and Elkettes of BPOE 1511.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednes-
day, Dec. 22, with a service at 2 p.m. at Crosspointe Fel-
lowship, 8608 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons
Funeral Homes & Crematory, Bradenton, is in charge of
arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Tide-
Well Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsons-
Mrs. Cook is survived by husband Bruce W. of Holmes
Beach; son Mitchell Huntley of High Point, N.C.; daughter
Susan Lindsay of Melbourne, Fla.; step-sons Rodney of
Vernon, Mich. and Todd of Albuquerque, N.M.; 12 grand-
children; and five great-grandchildren.
Kenneth Albert Fuchs
Kenneth Albert Fuchs, 91, died Dec. 10. He was born
Feb. 24, 1919, in Milwaukee.
Mr. Fuchs was a graduate of West Division High
School. He spent 42 years employed with EW. Woolworth
Co., rising from stock boy, stock manager, district manager
to buyer in the Woolworth executive office in New York
City. He retired in 1980.
He and wife Celia lived in Manatee County for 30
years, and for 25 years at Mt. Vernon. He was a member
of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes Beach.
A service was held Dec. 15 at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church. Inturnment was to be in Milwaukee.
Mr. Fuchs is survived by his daughters, Gail of Ven-
tura, Calif., Diane of West Allis, Wis., and Sandy of San
John Joseph Merrigan III
John Joseph Merrigan III, 45,
also known as Judge and Chainsaw,
died Dec. 3.
He was a surfer, hunter and a
A celebration of life is to be
planned. Memories may be shared at
Merrigan III memorialwebsites.legacy.com/john-
Mr. Merrigan is survived by his wife, Sharon; daugh-
ter Brittany Trauthwein; siblings Maureen, Colleen, Jamie
and Chris; nieces and nephews Shaylee, Olivia, Saman-
tha, Anna Maria, Reagan, Devon, Kyle and Bobby; grand-
mother Bea Alpaugh; sisters-in-law Shannon, Marji and
Wendi; brother-in-law Ted; and parents Fran and Bob
Fletcher and Sondra and Red Crager.
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Magic Fish Hole makes soccer strides
By Kevin Cassidy
The U10 Fish Hole-Manatee Magic boy's soccer
team, coached by this writer and boasting members
from sons of several former Island Football Club play-
ers, has come to the halfway point of its season.
The team, which is sponsored by The Fish Hole
adventure golf course in Bradenton Beach, defeated
Braden River Rage Silver 5-1 Dec. 18 at G.T. Bray
Park to even its record at 3-3 in the USA League.
For most of the team, this is a first foray from
recreational soccer into a competitive league. As a
result, they've take their lumps playing teams from
Tampa to Punta Gorda, but along the way, they've
figured it out and have shown steady improvement.
In the Dec. 18 game, the Magic got off to a quick
start, scoring in the fourth minute. The play started
when Shelby Morrow received a pass from Robbie
Fellowes just past midfield. She dribbled forward and
drew the defender toward her before passing outside
to David Ojeda, who buried his shot for a 1-0 lead.
Fish Hole extended its lead three minutes later
on a tricky corner-kick play. Nick Pilato hung out
near midfield while players filled the penalty box.
Parm Leckie, chair of
the Roser Food Pantry,
accepts a $300 check
from Ron Pepka and
other players in the
Anna Maria Horseshoe d
League, which holds
casual but competi-
tive games at the Anna
Maria City Hall pits on
Wednesday and Sat-
urdays. Leckie said the
donation would go to
the pantry fund, needed
when donated sup-
plies run low. Islander
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Just before Ojeda was to take the kick, Pilato rushed
forward and rifled Ojeda's short drop pass into the
goal for a 2-0 lead.
The Magic added another goal by Ojeda late in
the first half for a 3-0 lead.
The second half saw Braden River generate more
scoring opportunities, but some good saves by Pilato
and strong play by defenders James Richards, Bren-
nan Bowers, Conal Cassidy and center back Fellowes
kept them at bay, though two rage shots off the cross-
bar helped as well.
Ojeda added an unassisted goal and Fellowes
notched a second-half goal on a cross from Carter
Reemelin to complete the scoring and a 5-1 victory.
Reemelin, whose mother Deana grew up on the
Island, also played a tremendous first half in the goal
for Fish Hole Magic.
To all the Islanders and people who provide
sports news, and to The Islander readers, we wish
you a very merry Christmas.
Two teams emerged from pool play during Dec.
15 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
John Crawford defeated Gene Bobeldyke and Ron
Pepka 23-16 to take the day's b.'.'ii' rights.
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
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 22, 2010 0 25
Dock fishing prospers in cold weather
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Special to The Islander
With temperatures dropping into the low 40s,
fishers last week were migrating into the local canals,
creeks and rivers in search of a bite. Most inshore
species, in search of warmer water, migrate to these
areas. Not only do these areas provide a warmer envi-
ronment, they also provide a food source. Small bait
fish congregate in these areas for warm water, creat-
ing an ample amount of food for predators.
Some of the preferred cold-weather targets are
docks, piers and bridges. Anna Maria Island and the
local waters host ample residential canals, which in
turn hold hundreds of docks. What is nice about these
spots is they are usually sheltered from the wind.
When the wind is blowing 20-30 mph out of the
north, it's good to find a warm, sheltered area.
Tactics for fishing docks and pilings can be fairly
simple. You may want to bump up your gear to a stout
spinning rod with 20-pound braided line spooled on
your reel. Generally, 30- to 40-pound fluorocarbon
for leader is a good bet. If the water is clear, you can
always scale down to a 20-pound leader. For hooks, I
like to use a No. 2 or No. 4, thick gauge, extra-sharp
hook. A medium split-shot set at 12 inches above
your hook and the rig is complete. You can also use a
jig head, which has the weight and hook all in one.
When choosing baits for dock fishing, it's wise
to carry some variety. Baits for dock fishing include
shrimp, fiddler crabs, sand fleas, tube worms and cut
bait, such as mullet, ladyfish and frozen threadfin
herring. If you notice, none of these baits are highly
active. Typically, fish that are staged under a dock
aren't looking to chase bait. The closer you put your
bait under the dock, the better chance you have at
Next time the wind is blo<' in.', try fishing some
sheltered areas like docks and canals. Not only will
you be warmer, but you might catch some fish, too.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle reported
that canal fishing was the best strategy last week.
Fishing around local docks was producing redfish.
1\ lt of the reds have been in the 15- to 17-inch
range," Keyes said. "But there are some keeper fish
being caught as well."
Fishers are using live and fresh-cut shrimp as
well as using Berkley Gulp shrimp for bait in the
canals. Other species being caught in the canals and
around docks have been black drum, sheepshead and
Keyes suggested carrying a full arsenal of varied
artificial baits. "When the water temps drop like this,
you never know what kind of mood these fish will be
in," Keyes said. "They may want root-beer colored
Gulp shrimp or they want to hit a hard bait. You just
Keyes also suggested carrying a few fresh baits,
such as fiddler crabs, tubeworms and shrimp.
"Fishing the beach side of the Island was a little
tough this week," Keyes said. "Once the waters calm
down, try walking the beach using a banana jig to
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catch pompano." Other species to look for from the
beach include ladyfish, bluefish and jack cravalle.
Capt. Warren Girle reported catches of keeper
grouper, mangrove snapper, flounder and Key West
grunts being caught before last week's cold front
rolled through. "Nearshore fishing was productive,"
Girle said. "But you had to put the bait right in front
of their noses." Live shrimp and cut threadfins were
top choices for bait.
Moving inshore, Girle said he's been catching
some keeper redfish in the bay. Soft plastics on a .25-
ounce jig head with a slow presentation seemed to be
a good target. Moving into the deeper flats resulted in
nice catches of catch-and-release trout on the same
jigs. "After this front came though," Girle added, "the
fish seemed to be a little stunned from the cold. Slow
down your presentation and be patient."
Girle said he's expecting good fishing as soon as
the water temps come back up a few degrees.
Jeff Medley at the south pier on the Sunshine
Skyway Fishing Piers said there haven't been many
fishers on the pier, but the ones there are catching
fish. Daily catches of keeper gag grouper have been
reported. "The grouper are just away from the bridge
on the rubble piles," Medley said. "Best baits have
been fresh-cut mullet or Spanish mackerel."
Other catches on the pier include bluefish, mack-
erel and bonito. Using live greenbacks for bait has
been the first choice to catch these migratory species,
while spoons and jigs come in a close second.
Medley also reported that the flounder bite has
been good this week. "Try using a greenback with the
tail cut off and drag it on the bottom," Medley said.
Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters
said although conditions were less than favorable,
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brought conditions that made it impossible to get out
on the Gulf of Mexico. Most of his gags were caught
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Inshore, Genthner's charters are catching lots of
redfish in the bay. Fishing local docks has been the
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hand-picked shrimp on a jig head and fish under and
around docks. Other species lurking in these areas
include black drum, small red grouper and sheep-
"There's a lot of fatty sheepshead schooling up
in the backwater creeks of Sarasota Bay," Genthner
said. "Again, fresh-cut shrimp has been the bait of
choice to catch these tasty striped fish."
Genthner added, "Deeper water is warmer water,
so look for docks with the deepest water you can
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Char-
ters reported that the winter pattern has arrived with
full force. Redfish and sheepshead are holding up
around deep-water docks. "A nice live shrimp rigged
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"Sheepshead also will start to load up on the near-
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planned for January
Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro
in Holmes Beach and the Concession
Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch will host
a Culinary Winter Carnival Jan. 21-22.
The two-day inaugural affair will
be split between the Beach Bistro, 6600
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and the
Concession Golf Club, 710 Lindrick
Lane, Lakewood Ranch, and includes
an 18-hole golf tournament.
Murphy said proceeds will go to the
All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg,
Children's Hospital in Boston, and car-
diac surgeon Dr. Aldo Castaneda.
Some 23 years ago, Murphy and wife
Susan's daughter Alexandra was born with
a significant heart defect. Murphy said the
child's life was saved by Castaneda and
the staff at the two hospitals. The culinary
carnival is to show the family's gratitude,
Among the special guest chefs will
be Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's Restaurants;
Marti Blitz of Mise en Place in Tampa;
Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun's of Atlanta;
Raymond Arpke of Euphemia Haye on
Longboat Key and Brian Landry of
Galatoire's in New Orleans.
Featured winemakers will include
Michael Weiss, professor of wine at the
Culinary Institute of America, Girard
Winery of Napa Valley, and Seth Cripe,
a former Bistro staff member now pro-
ducing his own label of pinot noir.
The carnival will include dinner at
the Beach Bistro Jan. 21; a golf tourna-
ment and luncheon at the Concession
Jan. 22; an afternoon of cooking dem-
onstrations and wine tasting; and will
conclude with a multi-course dinner at
the Concession hosted by Yamaguchi
and the guest chefs and winemakers.
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Readers of the travel magazine
Conde Nast named Longboat Key No.
2 in its "best island in North America in
2010" reader survey for vacationers and
With the honor, members of the
Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands
Circle Chamber of Commerce are
entitled to use the Conde Nast icon on
websites, stationery, advertising and for
display at the member business, cham-
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"We at the chamber are extremely
pleased with the award as it's the first
time, to my knowledge, Longboat Key
has been named a top island destination
in any travel magazine," he said.
Readers considered beaches, restau-
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in the vote, according to the magazine's
"Clearly, there is a synergy among
Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island and
St. Armands Circle because of our close-
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free to use the icon," Aposporos said.
The top-rated island in the poll was
Kiawah Island, S.C.
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Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher of
the Anna Maria Historic Green Village
are continuing their desire to use less
Sni .v'y and have erected a zero-c 1.'y
Christmas tree on the site at 503 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
Lizzie Thrasher said Holmes Beach
solar n i-. 'y expert Tom Stockebrand
connected a solar panel and inverter to
several batteries for the project. During
daylight hours, the solar panel collects
sunlight, converts it to electricity and
stores it in the batteries. At night, a timer
lights the tree from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., at
no cost to the Thrashers.
"We wanted to demonstrate our com-
mitment and how free electricity works,"
Lizzie Thrasher said. "Hopefully, this
will create interest in using less ncii- .,
and the use of solar power."
The Thrashers plan to use as many
solar initiatives as possible at the Historic
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project at 501 and 503 Pine Ave.
The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club
and Just4Fun recreational rentals in
Holmes Beach are raising money to
purchase wheelchairs for Haitians.
Rhonda Sole of Just4Fun and pet
Harry welcome donors at the store
in the S&S Plaza, 5358 Gulf Drive.
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'MAG,' $20. 941-795-8359.
TABLE: HIGH-TOP, 42-inch round with tile top.
Wood base and chairs, 'like-new' $80. 941-795-
COCKTAIL AND END tables, glass, bronze. 'Fab-
ulous' $60. 941-795-8359.
BIRD CAGES: ONE parrot size, one cockatiel
size, $35 each. 941-356-1456.
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.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail email@example.com,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
Have you ever wanted to OWN
A PIECE of Anna Maria Island?
NOW is one of the best times to
buy! Just call NORANNE to find
the right property, at the
right price for you!
3101 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
Noranne Hutcheson ~ Sales-Associate ~ (941) 932-0738
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,
CORPORATE AND GOLF entertainment. Private
parties and fundraisers. Florida: October through
March. www.bbrodney.com. 337-367-0339.
THE ANNA MARIA Garden Club will hold its Jan-
uary meeting at noon Jan.19. Meeting will be at
Roser Church and a speaker from Selby Gardens
will be speaking on African Violets (Gesneriads).
Public is welcome. 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Sidewalk pre-Christmas
sale at The Islander newspaper. Co-sponsor
sculptor Woody Candish. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednes-
day, Dec. 29. No fee. Call 941-778-7978 or stop
by 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to register
for the Where's Woody Sale.
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-
May the spirit of
Christmas find its way to
your home to celebrate
the season with love,
joy in your world and peace
in your heart. M y ristmas
"\Ve ARE the Island!"
Male Fralk Li. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
-, Luxurious 2/2 apts..
. 1,200 s/f from $325,000
1,400 s/f from $375,000
Charming 1/1 apts.
372 s/f from $125,000
533 s/f from $150,000
Call David Teitelbaum (Realtor) 941-812-4226
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Build or bring your business to Anna Maria's Historic Green Village on
Pine Avenue. Beautiful, green retail and office space in our historic
development. From 8oo to 3,000 sq ft.
For more information visit www.AMlgreenvillage.com
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
'Full service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping Clean-up
7781345 Hauling tree trimming
1Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
S Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Full Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Windows & Doors
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
*' References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc.
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
Cortez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236
HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesoh LaBrecque *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
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Marianne Correll REALTOR
The Big Picture...It's all about Real Estate.
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(941) 795-0076 or 685-3392
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday; 9 am to noon Saturday.
Donations 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.
GIANT YARD SALE: Art and artists sale hosted
by The Islander in the Island Shopping Center,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 29. Bargains and fun shopping.
ISLANDER STORE SALE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 29. Tie-Dye Mullet T-shirts,
AMI stickers, collection of art, mirrors and Island
kitsch. Books, work by local artists. One-day out-
door sale at The Islander in the Island Shopping
Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST CAMERA: Panasonic Lumix, small black
camera in pink neoprene-style pouch. Call 941-
778-7978 if found.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
50-FOOT BOAT dock for rent. Prime location,
many amenities. Call 941-778-3013.
MAINSAIL MARINA BOAT slip rentals: Monthly
boat slips for rent starting as low as $225 per
slip. Please contact Margo or Tay, 941-201-3222.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tay@
BOAT LIFT RENTAL: Bimini Bay, 10,000-pound,
no bridges, water, electric. 941-778-1565.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LIVE-IN HANDYMAN to housesit for winter season.
In exchange for beachfront property, detached
GRAPHIC DESIGNER WANTED part-time for ad/
editorial layout. InDesign and Photoshop exper-
tise a must. Advertising experience required.
Intro-resume to info@ islander.org.
LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all
ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
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,
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.
CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise
Realty for all of your real estate needs, selling,
listing, buying, market analysis. Listings needed,
present inventory sold or under contract. 941-592-
8373, or e-mail: email@example.com.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
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-
We Come To You Full Warranty
* Antennas Mirrors -
*Power Locks 1
Trunks Door Handles 941-780-1735
POWERUPAUTO.COM SINCE 1995 FREE ESTIMATES FL MV-46219
Providing Islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
Bruce Collins 941-778-6201
Available from Commercial News Providers
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
SASSER'S PRESSURE CLEANING: Com-
plete wash, tile roofs, docks, houses, driveways.
Licensed, insured. Free estimates. 941-812-
ALZHEIMERS CARE HOME: Run by nurse Mary
Jane. One opening now. Select Group AL9427.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Last-
minute Christmas gift certificates! 36 years of
happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-
check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Stu-
dios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I Owant to be at your wedding!
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
THE ISLANDER. The best news since 1992.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
SASSER'S LANDSCAPING AND tree service.
Hauling, removal, trimming, installs. Licensed,
insured. Free estimates. 941-812-8612.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
FISHING FOR a good deal? Always look in The
PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD
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professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
airports shops dining
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants. .'7- -
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
Call Junior, 807-1015 df1
Design Carl V. Johnson Jr. Inc.
Custom Building Contractor
& Build New Homes, Decks, Porches
License # RR0066450 Additions and Renovations
Call Office 941-795-1947 Cell 941-462-2792
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CALL THE ISLAND'S FINEST...
MORE THAN 2,500 LARGE AND SMALL
PROJECTS ON AM I SINCE 1988
We provide design plans~You preview 3-D drawings
WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION
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LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service .
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holrin-: 1 :*,ii-"p Sat.
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
AN'S RESCREEN ING.
-:L ,GES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, C'-":' P
S: .1:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima :.
Call Dan, 941-713-3108
KERN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
Additions Remodels New Construction
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GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access con-
trol. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
CONCRETE/PAVER WORK: 20 years experience.
New, repair, replace. Sidewalks, patios, driveways.
Joel Snyder, 941-720-1599.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
BEACHFRONT HOME. Spectacular water views,
private beach. Ground-level 2BR/1 BA, garage.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL Space:
8803/8799 Cortez Road. 1,200-sf and 1,300-sf.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
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.
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
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $1,500-$2,200/week. 559-
DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf. Beautiful home,
3BR/2.5BA, boat dock, lift, pool, fully furnished.
$3,600/month, annual. 941-580-0626.
FOUR-MONTH WINTER special: 2BR/1.5BA fur-
nished, senior park. 15 minutes to beach. Pool,
hot tub, recreation room. $995/month. Lease
option, $45,000 or best offer. chickenplucker@
webtv.net.863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833.
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT house for rent.
Annual, unfurnished. Beautiful, tropical 2BR/2BA,
den, 1,700 sf. Great pool area, gas-heated hot
tub, on canal, two boat lifts, two-car garage. Avail-
able Feb. 1, 2011. $2,300/month. 941-730-1086.
linkconnection @ hotmail.com.
REMODELED 2-3BR/2BA. Holmes Beach. $975/
month plus utilities. First, last, security. Good refer-
CANCELLATION AVAILABILITY. WESTBAY
Cove, Westbay Point, 2BR/2BA, tennis, pools.
January and February openings. Sharon, Old
Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.
2BR/2B condo with loft.
Pool and spa on bay
with fishing pier.
CALL Laurie Fox, Realtor
AVAILABLE RENTALS: January through April,
3BR/2BA, canal with pool, $5,000/month. February
to April 15, 3BR/2BA, Gulf, $7,000/month. January
and February, 3BR/2BA, 150 feet to Gulf $4,500/
month. January and February 2BR/2BA condo,
Gulf complex, $3,500/month. Anna Maria Realty
SEASONAL: PARTIAL-TO-turnkey furnished.
1BR/1BA off Cortez Road. One mile from
beaches. Call Pat with Florida Real Estate team,
2BR/2BA CONDOS for rent. Harbor Pines. $650-
$750/month. No pets. Call 941-524-5577.
ESCAPE WINTER: MARCH available, 1BR,
across street from beach, washer, dryer, cable
TV, Internet. 888-841-8474.
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE February and
April. 1BR/1BA apartment west of Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria City. $1,200/month plus tax. 941-
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR'S townhouse. Week-
end, $350, week, $500. Call for month. Pool, boat
slip. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426.
Web site 2spinnakers.com.
BAYFRONT PELICAN COVE condo: 2BR/2BA
great views, close to everything. Call Capt. Greg,
941-592-8373, A Paradise Realty.
SMALL HOME AT Bradenton Beach Pines Trailer
Park. 55 and older. Lot rent, $392/month. $12,900.
61 N. Bay Drive. Call Bryan, 941-737-7759.
S Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
LACASA COSTIERA Luxury condo
7320 Gulf Dr., #10, Holmes Beach:
Exquisite 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views,
tastefully furnished, wet bar, crown
molding, heated pool and spa.
%b-p REAL ESTATE
"Whether you are interested in
property on or off the island,
call me today to see the best
buys on the market."
Nicole Skaggs, Broker-Owner
CASA BELLA NW BRADENTON
Gorgeous 3BR/2BA, 3BRI2BA, renovated,
turn-key, saltwater pool, Split plan, fenced yard.
elevator. $695,000. Call Priced right! $129,900
Nicole Skaggs, Broker, Call Nicole Skaggs,
941-773-3966. Broker, 941-773-3966.
BAYFRONT BEAUTY HISTORIC HOME
Rental income, heated Lovingly restored 3BR
pool, tennis courts and Wares Creek craftsman,
fishing pier. $298,900. original pine. $116,500.
Call Nicole Skaggs, Call Nicole Skaggs,
Broker, 941-773-3966. Broker, 941-773-3966.
5386 Gulf Drive, Ste. 102, Holmes Beach
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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,
I WILL LIST your property on 350 web sites!
Laurie Fox, Coldwell Banker, www.every-listing.
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.
LREA FOR. RESULTS
36 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
SEASONAL & VACATION RENTALS:
GULFFRONT 2BR/2BA, Available this winter. $4480/mo. or $1480/wk.
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
FOUR-MONTH WINTER special: 2BR/1.5BA fur-
nished, senior park. 15 minutes to beach. Pool,
hot tub, recreation room. $995/month. Lease
option, $45,000 or best offer. Individual lots are
$38,000. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833.
CUSTOM BUILT BY owner: Elevated 3BR/2.5BA,
four-car garage. Top-of-the line construction with
elevator, lush private gardens and pool. Quiet
street, walking distance to beaches and avail-
able boat dock. We have bought at Freedom Vil-
lage so the opportunity to get a great buy is now!
Asking $549,000. For pictures and information,
e-mail Holmesbeachdream@aol.com or call 513-
378-9100. Also have a like-new 3BR/3BA ranch
in northwest Bradenton only $165,000. All by
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Deep Water on Large Lot
This home is located
on a prime lot a short
walk to the beach.
The home is currently
configured as a 2
bed/2bath but can be
a 3 bedroom. Garage,
large pool and screened
lanai overlooking your dock. $539,900
MAKE OFFER; TOWNHOUSE. Pool, dock from
$120,000. Village Green 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Forty-Three West villa. Realtor, 941-356-
1456. Real Estate Mart.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $335,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in
town and the best results from classified ads and
....a family favorite since 1967. Complete Interior/
Exterior remodel in 2010. Two Bedroom, Two Bath
"Vacation Rentals" with large private Sun Decks.
Free Long Distance, Wi-Fi, Expanded Cable &
Laundry facilities. Boat & Jet Ski parking available.
Free Bikes and Beach Gear usage for Registered
Guests. New heated pool with outdoor gas grills.
Gulf Drive & 41st Street at
the Manatee Public Beach
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