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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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SIsland

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VOLUME 19 NO. 21
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MARCH 30. 2011


Astheworld Terns
wonder where the
Islanders went.
Page 6

Meetings
Meetings. The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3-A

Mote concludes red
tide study. Page 4-A

j4ipions
Op/ed: The Islander
editorial, reader let-
ters. Page 6-A

PAR plan approved.
Page 8-A


Island police blotter.
Page 12-A

Bridge Street dunes
project to begin.
Page 14-A

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What to do. Where to
go. Page 16-A


BB tree removal on
hold. Page 17-A

HB commission
reviews dock ordi-
nance. Page 19-A


Sports: Winners.
Page 4-B

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Fishing: Ready
silver king. Pag


Island biz: NetK
ing, modeling, j
going. Page 7-i

Island street ma
Pages 8-9-B


U.S. census: Island population declines


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The late Holmes Beach City Commis-
sioner Don Maloney said in 2005 that the last
person to leave Anna Maria Island should
"turn out the lights."
Maloney made the comment after learn-
ing that the number of registered voters in the
three Island cities had declined 12.3 percent
from 2000 to 2005, while Manatee County
voter registration increased 19.1 percent
during the same period.
People were selling their Island homes to
investors at a profit and moving away from
AMI, Maloney said.
The investors turned those single-family
homes into rental properties and that trend
would continue, he predicted.
The jovial Irishman was right, at least
according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010
census.
Population figures from the 2010 census


Trolley tour:

BB commission

takes field trip
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach commissioners and
Mayor Bob Bartelt played scouts and took a
field trip March 23. They went sans permission
slips, but with strict guidelines from the city
clerk and city attorney.
Notices for the outing - which involved
visits to several waterfront sites where munic-
ipal projects are in planning or construction
stages - stressed that as the elected officials
walked around in the sunlight they needed to
adhere to the Sunshine Law.
Florida's open-government laws, among
the strongest and broadest in the nation, estab-
lish rules for public meetings and communica-
tion between appointed and elected officials.
So, before the field trip happened, city
officials agreed on how to accommodate any
citizens who wanted to attend, though only two
reporters went along for the trolley tour.
And, with printed cautions from city attor-
ney Ricinda Perry and city clerk Nora Idso,


*ingfor commissioners and the mayor stayed away
ge 5-B from chatting with each other about city proj-
ects until they returned to city hall for a brief
Biz meeting after the outing.
Project-related questions during the field
trip went to city building official Steve Gilbert,
Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby and
work- public works director Tom Woodard. That left
fair- commissioners, as they surveyed the city sites,
B to talk about strange-but-true news, shopping
excursions, baseball, gas prices, dolphin-sight-
ings and wine-tastings.
The field trippers, scented with sunscreen
and several shaded with ball caps or cowboy


Island census results show decline. See
related homestead exemption story, page 2.

recently released by the bureau show Anna
Maria Island's population dropped 21.2 per-
cent from 2000 to 2010, losing 1,752 resi-
dents.
Holmes Beach declined from 4,966 resi-
dents in the 2000 census to 3,836 for the 2010


count, a drop of 22.8 percent.
Bradenton Beach fell 21 percent in popu-
lation, falling from 1,482 residents in 2000 to
1,171 in the 2010 census.
Anna Maria's population decline was 17.1
percent from 2000 to 2010. The city had 1,814
residents in the 2000 census, while just 1,503
were reported in 2010.
Islandwide, the population declined from
8,262 in 2000 to 6,510 in 2010, the census
reported.
For the same decade, Manatee County's
population rose 22.3 percent, climbing from
264,002 in 2000 to 322,833 in the 2010 census,
a gain of 58,831 people.
However, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger called the 2010 federal census
"a joke." He said he knew several people who
never got a census form, while others received
two or three in the mail. He received three forms
in the mail at his house.
PLEASE SEE CENSUS, PAGE 2-A


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Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt and Commissioners Janie Robertson, Ed Straight, Jan
Vosburgh and Gay Breuler ride the trolley during a March 23 field trip to city-owned property.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff


hats, departed from city hall at about 9 a.m.
and, using the Island Trolley, visited newly
acquired public property in the 1400 block of
Gulf Drive North, Katie Pierola Sunset Park,
two beach access sites and the Historic Bridge
Street Pier.
Primarily the scouts wanted to examine the
beachfront property in the 1400 block of Gulf
Drive North, which the city recently acquired
for $350,000 in a settlement agreement with a
developer.
The preservation land is crowded with
plants, including some young Australian pines
that at least two commissioners suggested
removing. Two dune lines stretch along the west
side of the property. Seaward of the primary
dune line there is a slope down to a white-sand
beach.


Gilbert mostly fielded questions from com-
missioners about property lines, salt-tolerant
plants, natural dunes and use options.
The mayor and commissioners have dis-
cussed possibly erecting a chickee hut or some
other pavilion landward of the dunes on the prop-
erty, but have stressed a minimalist approach.
"I like that it's the last little bit of wild spot
that we have in our town," Commissioner Gay
Breuler said. "I wouldn't want to do a whole lot
with it really."
Bartelt suggested that the city could test
the public's interest in gathering for picnics
and sunset parties at Katie Pierola Sunset Park,
which is in the 2200 block of Gulf Drive North
and was the second stop on the field trip.
Commissioners have said the park is under-
PLEASE SEE FIELD TRIP, PAGE 3-A


Skimming
the news ...


Eco-Day

celebrated.

Page l-B





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CENSUS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1-A
"The census bureau can't count. They botched
the census, it's completely useless," Bohnenberger
said.
If the city's population drop is correct, "We'd actu-
ally be getting more tax revenue because many houses
would no longer be homesteaded. In fact, our tax rev-
enues are about the same."
Bohnenberger observed that 59 percent of Holmes
Beach residents filled out a census form, according to
the census bureau, compared to the Manatee County
and national average of 74 percent.
Bohnenberger may have an unwitting ally in his
claims against the U.S. Census Bureau.
In September 2008, the bureau published a Florida
city population report that estimated the population of
Holmes Beach at 5,017, while it said Anna Maria had
1,829 people and Bradenton Beach 1,553.
"Where did everybody go in two years?" Bradenton
Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt asked.
Likewise, the number of registered voters in each
Island city appears inconsistent with the 2010 census.
For the November 2010 elections, Holmes Beach
had 3,612 voters, according to the Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections website, 224 less than the popu-
lation number reported in the census.
Bohnenberger said he's not decided if the popula-
tion figures from the bureau should be a political issue.
Some federal grants are based on population, he said,
but most Holmes Beach funding comes through the
county.
With the county's population up by 22.1 percent.
Bohnenberger was confident grants would trickle down
through the county to the Island cities.
Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby also was disturbed
by the census figures. He acknowledged the city may
have lost a few residents the past 10 years, but not that
many.
"I don't know what the figures mean. People tell
me they want to live in paradise and they keep buying
homes," he said.
At the same time, said the mayor, he knew of sev-
eral people in recent years who sold their house and left
the city. The buyer then established a rental, he said.


Those investors are "likely waiting until it's time
to retire before moving to Anna Maria permanently,"
Selby suggested. But he said that number is nowhere
near the 311 people the city lost according to the 2010
census.
The mayor said he would have expected ad valorem
tax revenues to rise as more and more houses had home-
stead exemptions removed, thereby increasing the tax
rate on the property. That's not the case.
Selby also noted that only 49 percent of Anna Maria
residents returned a 2010 census form.
That could have something to do with the low popu-
lation reported for Anna Maria, he indicated.
As in Holmes Beach, Anna Maria's number of reg-
istered voters does not appear to be consistent with the
population.
For the September 2010 recall election, the city had
1,367 active voters and 138 inactive for a total of 1,470
voters. If the present census figure of 1,503 is accurate,
then only 33 people in the city would not be registered
voters, Selby observed.
In Bradenton Beach, Mayor Bob Bartelt also ques-
tioned the census bureau figures.
For example, he said, the 2010 census reported
only 51 percent of city residents returned a census form.
At the same time, the number of registered voters in
November 2010 was 928 active and 132 inactive for a
1,060 total.
Comparing that figure with the 1,130 official census
bureau population led Bartelt to question the bureau's
accuracy.
"Something is not adding up. The census num-
bers sound skewed. I haven't seen or heard of a large
exodus," he said.
Bartelt was concerned that the population decline
might affect the city's ability to obtain grants and fed-
eral funding.
If that's the case, he wouldn't mind joining the
other Island mayors and pushing U.S. Rep. Vern
Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, to have the census num-
bers investigated and get an explanation from the
census bureau.
Buchanan might have a reason to get some answers
from the bureau.


Longboat Key's population fell by 9.4 percent from
2000 to 2010, according to the census bureau figures.
In 2010, the town had 2,591 Manatee County resi-
dents and 5,012 Sarasota County residents, a total of
7,603 people. In the 2010 census, however, Longboat
Key's population was listed at 6,888, a loss of 715.
Getting Buchanan involved "might not be a bad
idea," Bartelt said. \ 1.I) 1, we'll find out that the people
at the census bureau really can't count."
Efforts to reach Buchanan's office for comment on
the census figures for this district were unsuccessful.


Island homestead
exemptions decline
The number of homestead exemptions on Anna
Maria Island has dropped since 2003, according to
the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office.
In 2010, Anna Maria had 609 homesteaded prop-
erties, amounting to a decline of 6.3 percent from the
650 reported in 2003.
Bradenton Beach had the largest decline among
the three Island cities, falling 13.6 percent from 2003,
when there were 309 homestead properties in the
city, while 267 were recorded for 2010.
Holmes Beach also lost homestead exemptions,
and by inference population, between 2003 and
2010.
The city had 1,391 homesteaded properties in
2003, but that figure dropped to 1,337 in 2010, down
3.9 percent.
"There has been an out-migration" of people
from the Island, said Dale Friedley of the MCPAO.
While it's safe to say the Island has lost some
population, the decline in homesteaded properties
does not take into account the number of people who
lived in those houses, Friedley noted.
To qualify for a homestead exemption and a
$25,000 discount on a home evaluation, the owner
must meet certain criteria to establish permanent resi-
dency at the address and submit application to the
property appraiser's office.


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Commissioners Janie Robertson and Jan Vosburgh look at a
map of newly acquired city property on the Gulf of Mexico.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff


FIELD TRIP CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1-A
used, though the beach in the area is crowded at sunset
during the winter-spring season.
The city could encourage sunset gatherings that
feature local musicians and bring-your-own goodies,
suggested the mayor.
"It's just a wonderful spot for something to
happen," Bartelt said. "We could advertise: Come join
us for sunset in Katie Pierola Park. Bring a picnic lunch.
Some soft drinks.... I think we could do something very
minimally."
Commissioners Jan Vosburgh and Janie Robertson
suggested perhaps the park's small thatched-roof tables
could be removed and replaced with a single shelter.
"The monopole tables have outlived their useful-
ness," Robertson said. "It would be more conducive to
a family situation if we had a larger shade shelter and
just one roof to repair."
The commission, during its work meeting after the


THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 30, 2011 0 3-A


M meetings


Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert
accompanies elected officials on a survey of
city-owned property.


field trip, took no action.
The next commission meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday,
April 7.


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The Florida Department of Transportation said
the night-time maintenance project on the Anna
Maria Island Bridge - State Road 64 - will end
March 31 at 5 a.m.
The three-day project went from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
March 28-30 and involved occasional nighttime lane
closures with a fla.ipinii' operation.
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* April 5, 6 p.m., planning and zoning meeting.
* April 13, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
* April 14, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
* April 4, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
* April 7, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
* April 7, 1:30 p.m., pier team meeting.
* April 7, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
* April 20, 1 p.m., CRA meeting.
* April 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
* April 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
* April 21, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Avenue
W., Bradenton, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
*April 5,4 p.m., Council of Governments meeting,
Manatee Educational Television studio, 2501 63rdAve.
E, Bradenton.
* April 7, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners land-use meeting, administrative building,
Bradenton.
SApril 12,9 a.m., Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners work meeting, administrative building, Bra-
denton.
* April 22 is Good Friday. Government offices will
be closed.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
org.





4-A U MARCH 30, 2011 U THE ISLANDER


FDIC seeks BB lien relief


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach officials are working on a pro-
posal that could clear the title for future development of
a blighted lot in the 2500 block of Gulf Drive North.
The property was once owned by GSR Develop-
ment Inc., which has been tangled in federal bankruptcy
proceedings for years. The FDIC is the receiver of the
property and seeking to clear the title.
A blight on the title for the blighted property is
a city-imposed lien, the result of a long-running code
enforcement fine, said city attorney Ricinda Perry.
"The FDIC contacted my office about a week and
a half ago," Perry said. "They are trying to resolve an
outstanding code enforcement issue."
The fine was imposed due to a series of safety issues
at the property, which Perry described as now appearing
like "a manmade dune." City building official Steve
Gilbert described the site as "a dirt pile."

This property
on Gulf Drive..
in Bradenton
Beach was
caught up in
a bankruptcy
proceeding and
is now owned
by the FDIC,
which has
requested the
city lift a lien
that resulted
from a long-
running code-
enforcement
fine. Islander
Photo: Lisa
Neff


Passersby probably notice the padlocked, high
chain-link fence, a rough swatch of sand and then a
levy-like bank of dirt along the west side of the property
across Gulf Drive from a Shell gasoline station and a
Circle K store.
Perry said the city has received multiple recommenda-
tions to relax the fine or lift the lien. "It accrues each and
every day," she said, noting it now exceeds $250,000.
However, the city commission has not received a
formal application to remove the lien, which is required
under state law, according to Perry.
She suggested to city commissioners that she work
with Gilbert on a formal proposal for the city board and
the FDIC to consider.
"We need to put together the costs incurred by
the city," Perry said. "It was substantial." Costs would
include expenses associated with the code enforcement
investigation, staff time on hearings and administrative
work and legal expenses.


Holmes Beach commission stalls on


passing police pension plan


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Since January, Holmes Beach city commissioners
have postponed the second reading of a police pension
fund amendment and, despite receiving requested legal
advice in time for their March 22 meeting, they once
again deferred on the matter, this time until May 24.
Commission Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens sug-
gested the continuance based on the fact that Gov. Rick
Scott has unveiled a plan to reform the state's employee
pension system.
"The senate is reviewing 19 pages of amendments
and the legislative session isn't over until May," she
said. "We should see what the governor signs to make
sure we aren't spinning our wheels and get our plan
right."
Adjustments to the city's ordinance have been
ongoing to comply with changes made to the Inter-
nal Revenue Service code and regulations, as well as
changes to state law.
The amended ordinance also includes two new ben-
efit options for retirees: the deferred retirement option
plan and the partial lump option plan.
If a police department employee elects to enter the
DROP, he or she represents a cost savings by ending the
city's retirement contribution. However, the employee
may continue to work and draw a salary for up to five
years after entering the DROP.
The commission initially postponed discussion in
order to seek legal advice from Tallahassee attorney
James Linn of Lewis, Longman and Walker, regarding
the calculation of unused sick time for police depart-
ment staff entering the DROP.
As the ordinance reads now, it appears officers
would be compensated for unused time upon entering
DROP, while also retaining the ability to accrue sick
days for use during the DROP period.
The question may be a moot point depending on
what action the legislature takes. Scott has proposed
ending DROP effective on or after July 1, 2011.


Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson
objected to further delay. "The pension board has
given you all the information we can for you to
make a decision. People have come from home or
stayed over from work to listen to a dialogue, and
you haven't even talked about Mr. Linn's response,
that's the bad part of this," he said.
"We can have special meetings if you want, but I
hate to pass something and have the Legislature take it
away," said Haas-Martens. "We want to get it right for
all of you."
Dan Hardy, a member of the Holmes Beach police
pension board, also expressed his disappointment that
the commission didn't make progress on the propos-
als.
"We've got the best department on the Island, one
that is well respected in the community," said Hardy.
"We've proposed a cost-saving measure - several
people ran on that - we have a fully funded pension
plan while most are not."
Hardy noted that all but one item, the, in the pro-
posed amendment DROP housekeeping efforts to
comply with changes already made to codes and regu-
lations.
"We hoped you would at least have passed all but
the one item that might change," said Hardy. "Ninety-
five percent of these changes are corrections."
Commissioner Al Robinson questioned the urgency
of passing the ordinance rather than waiting until May
or June.
"The ball has been rolling a long time on this,"
Hardy responded. "We all know changes from Talla-
hassee come and go like the wind. There will be more
changes to make after you approve this.
"We have been trying to get a DROP plan approved
for five years," said Hardy. "We're not getting anywhere
with it. We're not getting any discussion. It's a can that
keeps getting kicked down the road. Other city employ-
ees have DROP, and we're just trying to level the play-
ing field.


Mote finds positive

effects in

red tide study
Mote Marine Laboratory has concluded the
nation's longest-running study into the impact of red
tide on people. The research project began in 2000
with federal funding from the National Institute for
Environmental and Health Sciences.
The Sarasota-based Mote, in a news release
issued March 23, said the $15.8 million study led
to "hundreds of new findings and even potential
new drug treatments for cystic fibrosis and COPD
sufferers."
The study began in response to questions and
complaints from workers, residents, healthcare pro-
viders and public healthcare workers about the pos-
sible respiratory and health effects of Florida red
tide. This natural phenomenon is caused by blooms
of the algae K. brevis.
More than 500 Southwest Florida residents -
including Anna Maria Islanders - volunteered to
participate.
The research led to:
* The discovery that K. brevis has at least 12
different toxins that can be harmful to humans.
* The development of new air, water and sea-
food tests for the toxins.
* Scientific proof that the toxins become air-
borne, can be inhaled by humans and that they can
travel up to a mile inland, away from the beaches
and the wind and wave action that propels them into
the air.
* Scientific proof that people with compromised
lung function who inhale these toxins suffer more
and have longer-term impacts than people who don't
suffer from breathing problems - even after just
one hour of exposure to the toxins.
* Research showing that commonly used asthma
medications can both prevent and treat the effects
of Florida red tide in asthmatics.
* The discovery that K. brevis also has antitox-
ins - at least three of them.
* Changes in public health messages related to
beach-going during Florida red tides. Health experts
now 'u'~.I that people with respiratory problems
such as COPD and asthma find alternate activities
to visiting beaches during red tide outbreaks.
* Public information campaigns about Florida
red tide and other harmful algal blooms, including
"Breathe Easy During Florida Red Tide."
* A new beach conditions report, which is found
at www.mote.org/beaches and provides real-time
updates on beach conditions.


"DROP does save money and it sends a message
of support," he said. "I don't think the homework on
this was done. I don't think anyone cracked open a
page.
Robinson asked several times for an explanation of
how a DROP program benefits the retiring employee.
"I hear loud and clear why it's good for the city,"
said Robinson. "What I don't understand is why the
police are pushing for it? When you're so eager to
give something to me, what's in it for the policeman?
I question if it is a way to spike the pension somehow.
After 30 years, I don't believe anyone wants to work
for nothing."
Stephenson responded that officers have no fea-
sible way to spike the pension with pay for hundreds
of hours of overtime. Holmes Beach officers are not
offered overtime hours.
Stephenson also explained the benefit for an offi-
cer to enter a DROP. "We pay 6 percent of our salary
into the pension plan. When I go into DROP, that
stops and I get $350, let's say, more in my salary. I
still have a health plan and I can focus my time on
getting my ducks in a row and leave the city on good
terms."
"Dale, thank you so much for explaining it," said
Robinson. "I finally got the answer - it doesn't cost us
an Iilln and it puts more of your salary in your pocket
- I got an education here. It makes sense."
After more discussion, the commission passed a
motion to continue the second reading to its regular
meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24.





THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 30, 2011 0 5-A

Feds consider 'amusement' pier at MPB


By Joe K. Onyou
The Islander
The U.S. Bureau of Amusements and Entertainment
will inspect Manatee Public Beach April 1 to determine
whether a $22 million grant might be available to build
a carnivalesque boardwalk and long pier at the site.
Federal officials recently announced that millions
of dollars remain from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act due to substantial savings in initial
projects.
A hail-Mary petition from a snowbird seeking a
new pier to replace a structure demolished in late 2010
led to the federal review. In late 2010, Manatee County
contracted for the demolition of a pier deemed struc-
turally unsound. The top of the pier was taken down
last year, and this spring removal of the foundation has
taken place.
County officials, when the old pier was taken down,
had focused on what type of pier - long or short -
might be built in its place.
However, with local officials dealing with major
budget cuts and the state dealing with budget shortfalls,
finding money for a replacement pier seemed increas-
ingly unlikely.
But in February, attorney John Da Bears, a snowbird
from Chicago, read about the leftover stimulus funds
and decided to lobby for a new pier with amusements
and shops similar to Navy Pier in the Windy City.
Navy Pier, which stretches into Lake Michigan,


contains a 50-acre playground and features a 15-story
Ferris wheel, retail shops, restaurants, an Imax theater
and a ballroom. The attraction draws about 8.6 million
visitors a year.
"I don't think Holmes Beach could handle an hllingl
that big," Da Bears said. "So I proposed a long fishing
pier, with a couple of retail kiosks, a restaurant, a puppet
theater and a merry-go-round. That makes more sense
than a Ferris wheel."
Da Bears wrote letters to congressional representa-


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notice.
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1 and survey the options.
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spokesman for the bureau. "We heard the cafe has all-
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Facing reality
Small wonder so many officials are in disbelief. It's
unthinkable, unbelievable that Anna Maria Island has
lost so many residents. The recent census results are
causing a rip current of concern.
Whether you measure by homestead exemptions
(homeowners mostly living year-round in their homes),
voters (folks with a vested interest) or use the new U.S.
census numbers (a so-so head count), the numbers are
down.
Down. Down. Down.
Wow. Just when it looked like there was evidence
of an economic surge in some areas - after all, busi-
ness is up, up, up on Bridge Street and Pine Avenue,
and Holmes Beach is holding its own.
And contractors and investors are busy developing
new homes and rejuvenating older ones.
Apparently, what we are to surmise is that these
homes will be purchased by investors who won't ever
live here.
Are we becoming more than what we wished for
- more a tourist town and less a residential community
where families raise their kids?
Like our late friend Snooks Adams would say when
asked what he thought of all the folks that have come
here: "Hell, I didn't want you to come here."
But, he proceeded to comment, "Now that you're
here ... we have to provide for you." Roads, bridges,
beaches, schools, lifestyle, safety, sustenance.
Remember when AMI had three grocery stores and
a market? More than 400 students at the elementary
school? Five competitive Little League teams? A full
roster of members at the Key Royale Club?
How will we provide for the future? A future of
more visitors than residents? That's the big question.
If you've frequented any top tourist destinations,
you've seen the "big picture." And that picture comes
from visioning. From people challenging one another
to think ahead and consider "what if' scenarios.
Just five to six years ago Islanders were cashing in
their chips and moving back North or short distances
to "town," where their housing dollar went farther.
Then, the bubble burst on real estate, and Island-
ers found themselves coming up short. Low prices are
bringing investors - deal-makers who only want to
make money.
And so it starts again.
The difference will be, they don't want to live here.
They won't homestead, vote or count in the census.
We will have a new brand for paradise.
And who could have guessed 10, 20 or 30 years
ago that we were headed into a declining population?
Who knew we Islanders could become such rare
birds?

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Trolley to town
Some points about the Longboat Key trolley
serve:
First, the LBK trolley runs to St. Armands Circle
and then downtown Sarasota from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
with the last trolley leaving downtown Sarasota on
Lemon Avenue at 7:05 p.m.
Second, the Sarasota bus terminal is across from the
fabulous Whole Foods. Plus there is the farmers market
on Lemon Avenue and, within walking distance, are all
the downtown shops, restaurants and a movie theater,
etc.
Third, there is the convenience of no driving, no
parking, no traffic to deal with and a nice little excur-
sion for residents and tourists alike. The kids love the
trolley as an adventure.
A March 23 story about the trolley does not men-
tion any of the above. Maybe if the plusses could be
advertised, many more people would ride the trolley.
When I was riding the other day, the people who
got on - there were more than 20 in my ride from the
Hilton to St. Armands Circle - were extremely excited
they were able to go to St. Armands or downtown Sara-
sota for 75 cents or, in some cases, 35 cents.
Annrene Rowe, Anna Maria

Bridge to the past
A flood of memories came back when I read the
Florida Department of Transportation wants to do
another study to replace the Cortez Bridge.
There are many 100-year-old bridges that can't be
replaced. Our sister city Tampa has at least two.
If the Anna Maria Island Bridge is replaced with
a 4 percent grade fixed-span bridge, it is not going to
solve the traffic woes. It's going to get worse.
The Minto project annexed into Bradenton will
cause more problems.
The Robinson Farm project six miles from the
Island will add more problems to Manatee Avenue, the
only way out for northwest Bradenton. If the adminis-


trative judge rules in favor of the Neal project, surely
other property in the area will develop as well.
We all should join together - the Island cities,
Longboat Key, Bradenton, Palmetto and the county -
to demand FDOT use the $1 million-plus to study and
design a fourth bay bridge crossing - the Jim Kiss-
ick theory to extend 53rd Avenue with a causeway and
a 45-foot bascule bridge to land somewhere between
Coquina Beach and Longboat Pass Bridge.
Lakewood Ranch, Parrish will keep growing and
the beach users will never end.
It's time to stop the politics and plan.
Just think of all the possibilities for Manatee
County. Another bridge between Ringling and Anna
Maria bridge will surely relieve the pressure on Anna
Maria Island.
Katie Pierola, Bradenton, former Bradenton Beach
mayor

Beach barkers
Manatee County ordinances state no dogs on trail,
beach or in the park.
So why is it when I walk the trail - almost daily
- I see lots of dogs? On one day a man had five dogs.
Then I passed three more dogs. Another time a man
had his pit bull unleashed and running around where
children were playing.
If the county doesn't want to enforce that ordinance,
please tell them to take the sign down.
Ellen Galuszka, Bradenton Beach

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And many thanks ...


AMI for animals
I'd like to thank everyone who pitched in to help
me with my challenge of rescuing animals and find-
ing them great homes. I thank The Animal Network
for paying for the initial fees to pull these animals
out of the shelter. I can't thank Julie Royal of Royal
Rescue enough for her advice and the loan of sup-
plies. Thank you to all who helped with food, toys
and donations, they were much appreciated.
Special thanks to David Mariotti, who worked
hard to socialize, feed and walk these guys and also
to Annie Williams and Taylor MacMurray, who gave
time and effort in getting these pets adopted.
Thank you, Socko Pearson for help and Toni
Lyon for walking dogs and to my neighbor Cyndi
Clark for her patience.
Thank you George Fara for your time and effort
and this challenge wouldn't have been possible with-
out the kindness and graciousness of my landlord.
Many thanks to The Islander for the stories and
support in saving Manatee County's pets.
Thank you to the people who adopted and fos-
tered these pets, they needed you and you came
through.
We need to continue with our community efforts
to make Manatee County a no-kill shelter county. We
need everyone to get involved.
Lisa Williams, Holmes Beach


Many thanks
On Feb. 27, the Ministry of Presence held a fund-
raising dinner at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. The
event was sponsored by Sato Real Estate, which pro-
vided the food and refreshments, and The Islander,
which was in charge of getting the word out to min-
istry friends and selling tickets.
I was so overwhelmed by the flow of support. I
would like to take this opportunity to thank you all


for your love.
The proceeds of the event - almost $5,000 -
will help provide supplies and defray shipping costs
for much-needed, continuing aid to the people of
Haiti.
I was so happy to have guests Spark Hill Domini-
can Sisters Valerie and Bernadette from New York,
Mike Ohlman from the Baltimore Orioles, and David
Moore, a former NFL player and Tampa Bay Buc-
caneer radio announcer.
A special thanks to Kimberly Kuizon for pro-
viding an educational video about the work of the
Ministry of Presence in Haiti.
I also thank the Sewing Ministry of Fort Myers
for joining us at the event, and the Rev. Rosemary
Backer for her hospitality.
I ask everyone to keep Haiti in your prayers. The
election there has just ended and everyone hopes for
some sort of improvements from the Haitian govern-
ment.
In the meantime, block by block, the Elizabeth
Place, a home for up to 50 children adjacent to the
House of Presence, is coming along. We hope to
soon have a place for a small number of homeless,
orphaned children to live and flourish, to be educated
and productive in their lives.
Rev. Ron Joseph, Bradenton and Port-au-
Prince
2 cents on flower show
On behalf of the Anna Maria Garden Club and
its membership, we wish to thank The Islander once
again for its faithful sponsorship of our recent Penny
Flower Show.
It was a great success, due in part to your
announcements.
We had a great turnout and surpassed our earn-
ings of last year.
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In the March 28, 2001, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh called a
special meeting to elect a vice mayor and decide who
chairs commission meetings. The meeting came after
city attorney Jim Dye said the charter is vague on who
chairs meetings, and what happens if the mayor's nomi-
nation for vice mayor fails, as happened at an earlier
commission meeting. Dye said the charter's ambiguity
would be settled by a majority vote of commissioners.
* Administrative Law Judge J. Lawrence Johnston
heard more than 60 hours of testimony and accepted
several thousand pages of documents during the first
week of a hearing on whether Bradenton violated its
comprehensive plan when it approved a 698-unit condo-
minium project on north Perico Island for Arvida Corp.
Johnston said it would be several months before a ruling
would be issued.
* The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage made
its first $60,000 payment on 95 acres of vacant land on
the eastern edge of Cortez. FISH treasurer Karen Bell
said FISH had four years to pay the $250,000 sale price
that owner Louise Schewe offered. A condition of the
sale by Schewe was that the land be preserved from
development.


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8-A U MARCH 30, 2011 U THE ISLANDER


Legal challengers told density on Pine a 'dead horse'


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
One Anna Maria commissioner told attorney Jeremy
Anderson at the March 24 public hearing on a Pine
Avenue Restoration LLC site-plan hearing for 210 Pine
Ave. that his challenge to the city over density is a "dead
horse"
And city attorney Jim Dye took offense to claims by
Anderson that he might have deleted some terms in the
city's comp plan, saying he'd like to know what Anderson
was smoking before the meeting.
Anderson represents Anna Maria property owners Wil-
liam and Barbara Nally and other parties who claim the
city wrongly calculated the density of the PAR project at
7.5 gross units per acre. He said that amounts to more units
than what he claims is the limit of 6 units per gross acre.
He questioned who had eliminated provisions from
the comp plan that allowed the city to approve the site
plan and forward it to the commission.
"This city has incorrectly assisted in deletion of poli-
cies" when it comes to approving new developments,
Anderson insinuated.
"This is an integral part of whether this or all the
other (PAR) projects are valid," he claimed.
But Dye took offense that Anderson appeared to be
accusing someone in the city of deleting or ignoring lan-
guage from the comp plan to approve a site plan.
Nothing has been deleted from the comp plan in
approving site plans, and nothing has been ignored, he
said.
"It sounds like he's accusing me of deleting language
in the comprehensive plan. I'm not sure what he's smok-
ing, but it's good stuff. And I don't know what he's talk-
ing about," Dye responded.
"You are dancing around the questions," Anderson
said to Dye and Garrett after being denied the opportu-
nity to directly question Garrett about density calcula-
tions. Anderson claimed the city was avoiding an "on
the record" statement and to say it uses gross acreage to
calculate density in the ROR.
"Let's not get into cross-examination," said Com-


Matt Anderson of Woodruff and Sons Construction
discusses the status of the Anna Maria City Pier
boardwalk at the March 24 city commission meeting.
Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-May and
completion should be by Sept. 30. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin

mission Chair Chuck Webb.
But, Anderson told Webb, the commission might be
"violating due process" for his client.
Dye responded that density was calculated on this
project in the same manner it was calculated for other
developments on Pine Avenue. The method is the same
as that which was challenged in a complaint to the Florida
Department of Community Affairs in 2010. The DCA
"found the city conforming to the comp plan," Dye
replied.
Anderson's law firm, Lobeck and Hanson, PA., of
Sarasota, also represented the client in the complaint to


the DCA, and currently represents the Nallys and Robert
and Nicola Hunt in separate legal actions against the
city.
"You're beating a dead horse," said Commissioner
Jo Ann Mattick to Anderson. "We've talked about this
numerous times and we agree with the DCA, and I don't
think our planner needs to keep answering questions."
Mattick's statement prompted some applause from
the gallery.
Webb said the under-size lots on Pine Avenue,
although non-conforming, have been grandfathered for
use by the city and the DCA has agreed.
But Mike Coleman of PAR was unhappy with Ander-
son's comments.
He said Anderson knows how the city calculates den-
sity and knows of the DCA decision of July 2010.
Coleman saidAnderson's law firm has been shopping
for clients to sue the city, resulting in three legal actions
against Anna Maria that have cost the city money.
"Enough is enough," he said.
Webb asked Coleman to stay with the site-plan
issue.
Before adjournment, Coleman apologized to com-
missioners and Mayor Mike Selby for his comments
about Anderson.
The commission eventually approved the site plan
4-1, with Commissioners John Quam and Gene Aubry
voting yes with Webb and Mattick. Commissioner Dale
Woodland cast the dissenting vote.
Woodland said he still holds the view that the city is
not calculating density according to the comp plan.

Parking discussion again continued
In other business, commissioners agreed to continue
the public hearing of an ordinance for Pine Avenue park-
ing to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14.
Aubry wanted to vote that night on the ordinance
and amendments suggested by the commission, but Webb
said that the special exceptions have "not yet been pinned
down," and it would be better to have a correct ordinance
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when the vote takes place.
The proposed changes will create Chapter 91 of the
parking ordinance and require new developments on Pine
Avenue to have all parking on the property, provide a
sidewalk between parking spaces and the structures, and
reduce the maximum lot coverage to allow developers
more room for parking. Any restaurant plan would have
to conform to the original ordinance and configure park-
ing based on the number of seats at the restaurant.
A u'"_p'-li>in by Garrett to have developers plan
parking using parts of both chapters was rejected by the
commission.
Woodland expressed concern that the proposed ordi-
nance creates too many access points along Pine Avenue
and does not follow the comp plan objectives to limit
access points on major roads.
Commissioners also got an update on the planned
boardwalk along the city pier shoreline that is funded by
a federal grant administered by the Florida Department
of Transportation.
Matt Anderson, of Woodruff and Sons Construction,
no known relation to Jeremy Anderson, said much of
the background work on the boardwalk has been done.
The company expects to begin actual construction a few
days after the May 13-14 Anna Maria City Pier Centen-
nial Celebration. The project should be completed by late
September, he said.
During some of the construction, the Island Trolley
will make stops in the city pier's south parking lot. A new
trolley stop and shelter will be built on the north side of
a new pier entrance.


THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 30, 2011 U 9-A

Nally v. Anna Maria hearing set for April 6


Although Circuit Court Judge Peter Dubensky
ordered mediation in the lawsuit brought by William
and Barbara Nally against Anna Maria, a hearing on
a Nally motion to dismiss Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC's affirmative defense as an intervenor is sched-
uled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6.
The Nallys sued Anna Maria in March 2010 for
the city's approval of a PAR site-plan for 216 Pine
Ave., which is now completed and occupied by ten-
ants. PAR was invited to intervene by the city, and
was granted status as a co-defendant by Dubensky in
February 2011.
Depending on the results of the mediation, Duben-
sky has ordered a non-jury trial during a two-week
period that starts at 8:30 a.m. June 13 at the Manatee
County Judicial Center.
The Nallys allege in their lawsuit that the city's
method of determining density when it approved the
PAR site plan for 216 Pine Ave. should have been cal-

In other business, the commission gave preliminary
approval for a subdivision at 216 Archer Way to allow the
owner to remove a duplex and build two single-family
homes. The owner offered to dedicate some of the prop-
erty to the city as a right of way and obtain approval in
the form of signatures from adjacent property owners.
Commissioners also approved spending $5,218 for a
system that will digitally record meetings. The recordings
can be put on the city's website minutes after a meeting
ends.


culated on individual parcels. That method, the Nallys
claim, resulted in the present density of 8.7 units per
acre, higher than the six units per acre they claim are
allowed by the comprehensive plan.
The Nallys also claim the project at 216 Pine Ave.
is detrimental to their "health, safety and welfare."
The Nallys own a home-rental accommodation on
Spring Avenue and reside in Lakeland.
Anna Maria's response to the Nallys is that the
smaller lots used by PAR for 216 Pine Ave. are grand-
fathered for use by the city and the density calculation
method was accepted by the Florida Department of
Community Affairs in July 2010 as consistent with the
city's comprehensive plan.


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The "I Love This Bloomin' Island" exhibit by oil painter
Jane Keeling opens April 1 at Island Gallery West.
The exhibit features Keeling's newest abstract florals,
which are a departure from her well-known impression-
istic style.
An opening reception for the artist will be held from
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the gallery, 5269
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-778-
6648.

Vote to name Mote's new mascot
Mote Marine Aquarium will debut a penguin mascot
in April and the costumed critter still needs one thing: a
cool name.
Naming options include Bertie, Cody, Percy, Rocky
and Tuck.
Votes can be cast at www.mote.org/penguinisland
until April 15.

Island Kiwanis announces
April speakers
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at 8:30
a.m. Saturday at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe,
4000 Gulf Drive N., Manatee Public Beach, Holmes
Beach.
The club will welcome the following guest speakers
in April:
On April 2, Diana Dill, executive director from Take
Stock in Children, will speak.
On April 16, Islander Lori Guerin will speak about
cruising.
On April 23, Craig Morrison will talk about the
Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch.
And, April 30, Beverly Neville from the Friends of
the Island Library will be the guest.
There will be no guest speaker March 12, when the
club will hold a board meeting.
For more information, call Sandy Haas-Martens of
the club at 941-778-7888.

Ambrose to speak to Rotary
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets from
noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Most weeks the
club welcomes a guest speaker to address the member-
ship.
On April 5, Nancy Ambrose will speak about the
American Cancer Society Action Network.
Club meetings are open to the public.
For more information, call club president Judy Rup
at 941-518-1965.

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lbs of Love." Only 300 pre-release copies, featuring
13 original songs about love are being offered. Limited
edition copies are numbered, signed and have a slightly
different mix than the full release due in late April.
Copies can be purchased at Koko Ray's Island Studio,
315 58th St., Holmes Beach, or at the band's gigs. For
availability, call Ray Hansen at 941-538-2284. Cover
design by Diana Bogan of the Islander.

McCartney lectures at library
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will host a
lecture by James McCartney Thursday, March 31.
McCartney will speak about current U.S. foreign
policy and political affairs at 10:30 a.m. and again at 2
p.m.
McCartney is a journalist who specialized in politics
and national security issues during his 35-year career.
The program is free and seating is available on a
first-come first-served basis.
The library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
6341.

Moose women host Easter party
The Women of the Moose Club will host an Easter
party for children ages 1-10 at the lodge, 110 Gulf Drive
S., Bradenton Beach, Saturday, April 16.
The party will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and includes
lunch for the kids.
There will be an egg hunt on the beach, games and
the Easter Bunny will make an appearance, visit each
child and provide them with a gift basket.
A sign-up sheet is available at the lodge. The last day
to register is Wednesday, April 13.
For more information, call the lodge at 941-778-
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Play B4 season ends


Leone Hahnemann is an early winner during a
recent evening of bingo at the Annie Silver Commu-
nity Center in Bradenton Beach. Games take place
Thursday night through the winter-spring season.

Kit and Dale Redeker at a recent evening of bingo
at the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton
Beach. Dale calls the bingo games and Kit collects
prizes for the Thursday night events, which draw
dozens of players. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann


Beach dance will
include oldies, goodies
The Sandbar Restaurant will host an "Oldies Beach
Dance" to benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus
and Orchestra from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.
Gulf Drive Solo band with Bil Bowdish will per-
form a danceable mix of swing, jazz, country and popular
music from the 1950s and 1960s.
Advance tickets cost $6 and can be purchased online
at www.amicco.org or at the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Remaining tickets will be sold at the event for $8.
The Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, will offer
refreshments at an additional charge.
For more information, call Donna Misner at 941-
778-8585.

AMIAL call for artists
The Anna Maria Island Art League is seeking artists
to exhibit in the spring "Lighten Up!" all-media juried
show.
Artwork will be received between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 6. The entry fee
is $15 per item and there is a limit of three items per
artist.
An artists' reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8. Awards will be presented at the
opening reception.
The exhibit will run through May 8 at 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Joyce Karp of the league
at 941-778-2099.

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day night game at the Annie Silver Community
Center.


Friends elects officers
The Friends of the Island Library held its annual
meeting March 18, when members elected new offi-
cers.
The officers are president Thea Kelley, vice president
Mary Pat Swamy, secretary Ginny Nunn and treasurer
David Weber.
New board members are Beverly Battle and Christina
Mason.
Continuing as directors on the group's board are Bev-
erly Neville, Jolie Bell, Wendy Holcomb, Pam Leckie,
Kass Martin, Judy McClarren, Valerie McGannon, Donna
Misner, Joan Pettigrew and Judy Williams.
The group raises money and recruits volunteers to
assist the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. The group also sponsors a number of
programs at the library.

Center offers tapas
cooking seminars
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will host
two cooking classes that promise to bring out a Spanish
flare with tapas.
From 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, April 4, Fatima
Soriano will teach how to prepare gazpacho andaluz and
flan.
At 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, the Spanish class will
focus on a vegetable salad and garlic bread with ham.
Pre-registration for the tapas classes is required and
the fee is $35. Space is limited to five students.
The Center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information about adult programs, call
Sandee Pruett at 941-778-1908.


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6, at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., wedding announced
Bradenton Beach. Thomas and Lisa Repetti of Bradenton Beach recently
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A suspect in the rip-off of a Holmes Beach couple
was in a Sarasota County jail, as of Islander press
time.
Catherine Theresa O'Malley, 48, was arrested
shortly after midnight Feb. 25 near the intersection of
Myrtle Avenue and U.S. 41 in Sarasota, according to
a Sarasota Police Department arrest report.
In mid-March, she was convicted of three offenses
dating back to a December 2010 case - fraud, present-
ing a false ID to a law enforcement
officer and possession of narcotics/
narcotics equipment.
O'Malley also is facing
I 'grand theft, a third-degree felony
charge filed against her March 9
in Sarasota County. Court records
O'Malley identified her as homeless and a
waitress.
Meanwhile, in Manatee County, the Holmes Beach
Police Department has named O'Malley as a suspect in
the 2010 case of a stolen car, jewelry and other posses-
sions from the home she was hired to watch by Barbara
and David Hines of Holmes Beach.
The Hines had hired O' Malley to take care of their



Streetiife

Island police blotter
Anna Maria
* March 18, 800 block of North Shore Drive, petit
theft. The renter of a vacation home reported that a pair
of kayak paddles stored outside were taken. The paddles
were valued at $75.
* March 18, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, miss-
ing/found child. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office
received a report of a child lost from the city pier. The
girl, a vacationer from Missouri, was found within min-
utes.
* March 20,400 block of Pine Avenue, domestic dis-
turbance. Two people walking along the street - and sus-
pected of being intoxicated - were fighting. The MCSO
deputy gave both information about domestic violence.
The woman called her husband for a ride.
* March 21, 100 block of Willow Avenue, theft. The
MCSO took a report that a rented bike was stolen.
Bradenton Beach
* No new reports.
Cortez
* March 19, 12300 block of 46th Avenue West, petit
theft. The MCSO investigated a report that a woman's


pets and home while they were vacationing in Europe
late last year.
O' Malley, in police documents, is accused of grand
theft, a felony.
"The defendant knowingly obtained the property
of another with the intent to temporarily or perma-
nently deprive the owner of their right to the property,"
the report stated.
The Hines had trouble with their bank accounts
while traveling, and when they returned they learned
of checks cashed on their accounts and that numerous
items were missing from their residence, the largest
being a Mazda Miata.
"The victim's bank fraud department has images
showing the defendant cashing and attempting to
cash the stolen checks throughout the area," HBPD
reported. "The total amount for the items that were
stolen is $23,213."
The Miata, was found in Bradenton in February
and turned over to the insurance company. Some pos-
sessions were found in the trunk.
Soon after the theft, the HBPD issued an all-points-
bulletin for the vehicle, as well as an arrest warrant for
O' Malley.


wallet was stolen at Star Fish Co. The value of the wallet
and its contents was $85.
* March 20, 4500 block of 102nd Street, battery.
Two men in an apartment got into a fight. The MCSO
responded.
* March 20, 4500 block of 119th Street West, bur-
glary. The MCSO investigated a report that someone stole
two rods and reels from a vehicle parked near Cortez Bait
and Seafood.
Holmes Beach
* March 19, 5200 block beach access, graffiti. The
Holmes Beach Police Department responded to a com-
plaint that someone wrote an expletive on the pavement
near the access. An officer found the graffiti writer and
notified him he could be arrested for vandalism, and then
had the man remove the graffiti.
* March 21, station report, theft. HBPD investigated
the theft of a 16-foot boat valued at about $2,000 and
fishing equipment valued at about $2,000 from a trailer.
The boat was painted olive-green and had a camouflage
cover.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives
from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments and the Manatee County ,', itff's Office.


Suspect in HB theft jailed in Sarasota


Witnesses, evidence

noted in stabbing case
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Incident reports, audiotape, photographs and criminal
and medical reports are part of the state's case against a
Bradenton Beach man arrested in December for allegedly
stabbing another man.
A juvenile boy also was arrested in connection with
the Dec. 8, 2010, incident in the 2500 block of Avenue
B.
Early that morning, Bradenton Beach Police Depart-
ment officers arrested Jacob Stephen Gennell, 20, for
alleged aggravated battery and escape.
The police report states that a man told officers he
was lured outside a home, hit with a bat and stabbed five
times. The man suffered broken ribs and a punctured
lung.
Gennell was arrested and taken to BBPD, where a
police report stated that he escaped. He was captured
soon after with the assistance of a Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office deputy.
In court papers recently filed at the Manatee County
Judicial Center in Bradenton, assistant state attorney
Jon Byme listed possible witnesses and evidence in the
case.
The prosecution's case includes several possible
witnesses with BBPD, the victim, the defendant and the
defendant's brother.
Possible evidence includes police reports, a witness
statement, photographs, audiotape, medical records and
the defendant's criminal history.

No charge in Islander's

school arrest
The prosecutor's office will not pursue a charge of
disorderly conduct against a Bradenton Beach woman
arrested for allegedly exposing her breasts at Bayshore
High School.
Laura Campanello, 43, was arrested Feb. 14 at the
Bradenton high school and was facing a second-degree
misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct that could
have resulted in 60 days in jail.
Campanello had pleaded not guilty in the case.
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office report stated
Campanello, upset about another woman showing too
much cleavage, had pulled her blouse down to expose
her breasts.
Earlier this month, assistant state attorney Jaime
Richards filed notice at the courthouse that her office
would not be pursuing a charge in the case.
The case is now closed.


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A Holmes Beach man accused of stealing underwear
from a neighbor's home is set to go to trial in October.
In the meantime, the court still has a motion to dis-
miss to consider in the burglary case against Ernest Ken-
dler.
Kendler's attorney also is deposing possible wit-
nesses in the case, including two offi-
cers, a detective and a clerk with the
Holmes Beach Police Department,
which executed a search warrant and
arrested Kendler.
Depositions are scheduled to
take place in early May in Braden-
Kendler ton.
Kendler was arrested earlier this year
for an alleged burglary in November 2010.
The warrant that led to a search of Kendler's property
said a woman told the Holmes Beach Police Department
she was missing two dozen pairs of panties and that her
21-year-old sister was missing 16 pairs of underwear.
The woman also said that on Nov. 6, 2010, she saw
a man going through a dresser drawer in her sister's bed-
room, according to the warrant.

Charge reduced in home entry
The state attorney office reduced the charge against a
man arrested in January for allegedly entering an acquain-
tance's home and hosting an unpermitted party.
The defendant, Dustin L. Hatcher of Holmes Beach,
initially faced a burglary charge, but according to court
records is now facing a second-degree misdemeanor
charge of trespassing to an unoccupied structure.
A Holmes Beach police report indicated that Hatcher
and five other people were found inside a residence, drink-
ing beer and smoking cigarettes, and that only Hatcher
was known to the resident, who encountered the party
upon arriving home.
Police maintain that Hatcher climbed to a second-
floor porch, went through a cut screen and then jiggled
open a sliding bedroom door to enter the home.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 30, 2011 0 13-A

Deadline for 'endangered' listing passes


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The deadline for the U.S. government to declare
loggerhead sea turtles "endangered" in certain regions
recently passed without a final recommendation.
Anna Maria Island is a nesting ground for the spe-
cies in the summer, but loggerheads can be found in area
waters year-round.
The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service had proposed the change in spe-
cies status a year ago. "Endangered," under federal law,
means "an animal or plant species in danger of extinc-
tion throughout all or a significant portion of its range."
"Threatened" means "an animal or plant species likely
to become endangered within the foreseeable future
throughout all or a significant portion of its range."
The government also proposed listing loggerhead
sea turtles around the globe as nine separate populations,
each with its own threatened or endangered status.
Those recommendations had followed a settlement in
a 2007 petition against the federal government that was
brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Oceana
and Turtle Island Restoration Network.
A change in designation would have triggered a legal
requirement for proposed critical habitat, a step in achiev-
ing improved protections for key nesting beaches and
migratory and feeding habitat in the ocean.
"It is disgraceful that after more than three years and
in the face of overwhelming evidence the government has
yet to address this critical issue," said Oceana attorney

Giraffe wanders back
An 8-foot-tall statue of a giraffe is back home at
Slim's Place in Anna Maria following a prank that led to a
Manatee County Sheriff's Office report of grand theft.
The statue had been reported missing March 14 and
believed taken from just inside the door of the restau-
rant and lounge either late March 13 or early March 14,
according to an incident report from the MCSO.
But Slim's ownership later learned that the missing
giraffe had been taken in jest, not as theft.
The case is now closed.


Eric Bilsky.
A 2009 status review of loggerhead sea turtles world-
wide by the U.S. Fisheries Service identified nine dis-
tinct population segments and found both North Pacific
and Northwest Atlantic loggerheads "currently at risk of
extinction."
Loggerheads have declined by at least 80 percent
in the North Pacific and could become functionally or
ecologically extinct by the mid-21st century if additional
protections are not put into place, according to the Fisher-
ies Service.
Florida beaches, which host the largest nesting popu-
lation of loggerheads in the Northwest Atlantic, have seen
a decline in nesting of more than 40 percent in the past
decade.

BB to review solid
waste proposals
Bradenton Beach commissioners were to meet March
28 to review bids for solid-waste collection in the city.
The meeting at city hall took place as The Islander
went to press.
Meanwhile, the city public works department contin-
ues to work with Waste Pro, the company hired to collect
recyclables beginning next month.
Commissioners approved a contract with Waste Pro
earlier this month. The change in service providers -
the city currently collects recyclables - means some
customers will see a change in collection days.
The city was collecting recyclables on Thursday in
most locations, but also on Tuesday.
Waste Pro, which begins its route in Bradenton Beach
April 7, will collect recyclables citywide on Thursdays.

Island watch
To report information on a felony crime, call
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To report information on an Island crime, call the
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Bridge Str4
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A walkway to protect the dunes at the west end of
Bridge Street will be installed in April.
Additionally, Bradenton Beach officials continue to
work on obtaining state permission for a dune-protection
project at Third Street South and are taking another look
at a long-discussed plan to create a dune in the 100 block
of Gulf Drive North.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection
issued a field permit for the Bridge Street project March
23 - an action cheered by commissioners and applauded
by some city staff.
Lynn Townsend of LTA Engineers, the city's con-
sultant on the project, said work on the walkway could
begin in a week and be completed by April 20.
"It's nice to see progress," said Mayor Bob Bartelt.
"Marvelous. Hallelujah," Commissioner Janie Rob-
ertson said after learning the field permit was approved.
She added that it remains a commission goal to
improve the beach access and protect the dunes at Third
Street South before turtle season begins May 1.
At that site, the city wants to straighten the access,
which is used by emergency personnel to enter the
beach.
"You' ve got to be able to get to the people on the
beach," said Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby,
who has overseen the capital improvements project for
the city. "This is the only emergency access spot in the
area."
City officials, Townsend and representatives from
ELRA Inc., which owns the BeachHouse Restaurant, also
are in preliminary talks on a major dune construction
project in the 100 block of Gulf Drive North.
The city owns a stretch of property - 50 feet front-
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Bradenton
Beach Mayor
Bob Bartelt,
left, and city
building
official Steve
Gilbert,
right, chat
about dunes
protections
with Steve
West of the
Florida
Department
of Envi-
ronmental
Protection.
Islander
Photos:
Lisa Neff


Townsend said that ELRA proposed paying for the
engineering and design work on the project, as well as
for the dune construction on its part of the land, while
the city would pay for improvements on its parcel.
"We have a unique opportunity," she said.
The project ranks No. 1 in Bradenton Beach's 2009
hazard mitigation plan, which details strategies and steps
to protect property against storm damage and flooding.
"Across the street it is just wide open," Townsend
told commissioners during a meeting at city hall. "There
is zero protection, leaving this facility a sitting duck for
any storm."
The dunes, she said, is "the frontline defense
system."
Robertson, a vocal advocate for dune projects, said
the construction project should be a priority.
"I've been working on this for a long time," she said.
"I think this is the most important thing we can possibly
do for our city.... And keep a 2-foot wave from wiping
us all out. I think this needs to be focused on."
Commissioner Ed Straight added, "I've seen pictures
of storms coming across there before. We're lucky this
building is still here actually."
City building official Steve Gilbert said the city could
explore a development agreement with ELRA Inc.
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THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 30, 2011 0 15-A

Controlled fire maintains nature preserve


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
More than two dozen fire controllers participated
March 23 in a prescribed burn at a northwest Bradenton
preserve to remove dead plants and encourage new plant
growth.
For part of that afternoon on Anna Maria Island's
northeast end, people could see smoke rising over the
Manatee River and the northwest corner of Bradenton.


Some told The Islander they feared a brush fire at one of
the county preserves in the area.
But a brush fire, in part, is what the prescribed bum
should prevent in Riverview Pointe Preserve, an 11-acre
Manatee County park just south of the DeSoto National
Memorial at the end of north end 75th Street.
Also, in Florida, many native ecosystems contain
plants that require fire to bloom or release seeds. The
new plant growth in turn provides food and shelter for
wildlife.
A team consisting of personnel with Manatee County
Natural Resources Department, Florida Division of For-
estry, West Manatee Fire Rescue and National Park Ser-
vice worked the fire, which was set at about 1 p.m. March
23 and continued until the early evening.
After, the crew sprayed water and foam to soak any
hot embers so that the preserve could reopen March 24,
said Mike Keegan, the area supervisor with the state for-
estry division.


Keegan said the last fire on the preserve was decades
ago and that "it needs to bum on a more regular basis."
In a prescribed burn, the team establishes a perim-
eter and then slowly and strategically sets small fires.
Preparations involve creating a bum plan and construct-
ing firebreaks.
"They keep the intensity of the fire fairly low so they
don't burn the over-story," Keegan said.
Through a thick cluster of trees and a cloud of smoke,
fire controllers wearing bright yellow jackets could be
seen drizzling fire on dried leaves and twigs. Keegan
called their fire-setting device a "drip torch" and said it
contained a mixture of diesel and gasoline.
"This has been in the planning for the better part of
two years," said Keegan, noting that conditions need to
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tee Fire Rescue, Manatee County Natural Resources
Department, Florida Division of Forestry and the
National Parks Service participated in a prescribed
burn in the preserve March 23. Islander Photos: Lisa
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11 a.m. - Einstein Circle discussion on "What is Left of the American
Dream?" at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Information: 941-359-4296.

Thursday, March 31
10:30 a.m. and2 p.m. - Reporter James McCartney presents a talk
on "Current U.S. Foreign Policy and Political Situations" at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Saturday, April 2
8:30 a.m. - Diana Dill, executive director of Take Stock in Children,
will speak to the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island at the Anna Maria
Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-7888.
5 p.m. - Pre-Affaire party hosted by Lee Greenwood at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
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6 p.m. - An Affaire to Remember fundraising dinner and dance at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.

Tuesday, April 5
Noon to 1 p.m. - Nancy Ambrose of the American Cancer Society
Action Network speaks to the Rotary Club of Anna Maria at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 942-518-
1965.
3 to 5 p.m. - Oldies Beach Dance to benefit the Anna Maria Island
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Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.

Wednesday, April 6
11 a.m. - Einstein Circle discussion on "What Constitutes A 'Good'
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Information: 941-359-4296.
11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
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at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-778-1541. Fee applies.
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Information: 941-778-1908.
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* Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
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* Wednesday, 10 a.m., Settler's bread sale at the Anna Maria Island
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*Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at the
Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of
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* Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
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941-708-6130.
* Thursday, 6:30 p.m., smoke-free bingo at Annie Silver Community
Center, 102 23rd Ave., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
* Friday, SeniorAdventures Group meets for outings to various loca-
tions. Information: 941-962-8835.
* Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at
the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
* Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Outdoor market on Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach, through April. Information: 941-518-4431.


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6 to 9 p.m. - Artist reception for Raul Casas and Lagana at the
Dancing Crane Gallery, Village of the Arts, 1019 10th Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-744-1333.

Saturday, April 2
10:30 p.m. - "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at Manatee Players,
102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.

Sunday, April 3
7 p.m. - Unplugged Festival presents "The Steadfast" at the Asolo
Repertory rehearsal hall, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information:
941-351-8000. Fee applies.

Monday, April 4
7 to 8:30 p.m. - "Flash Back, Flash Forward" panel discussion led
by Anthony Rice about significant elements of the 1960s through the lens
of art and culture at Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-744-7484.

Tuesday, April 5
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Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Informa-
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Possible nest puts tree removal on hold


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ed Straight played
dual roles - commissioner and wildlife expert - when
he recently surveyed a tree recommended for removal
from the right of way at the Annie Silver Community
Center.
- The public works department,
responding to a neighbor's concern,
said a tree-removal company recom-
mended taking out the Cuban laurel
because it is dead and a potential
storm hazard.
Straight The commission, during a
meeting in mid-March, tentatively
approved removing the tree and its roots, but asked
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Coming Up:
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* April 8-10, "Seven in '11" play festival, West Coast Black Theater,
Sarasota.
* April 8, Reception for photographer Phil Jensen, Artists' Guild Gal-
lery.
* April 9, Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina
Beach.
* April 9, Paws in Motion Humane Society of Manatee County Walk-
athon, downtown Bradenton riverfront.
* April 9, Sidewalk astronomy, South Florida Museum.
* April 9-10, Butterfly Park Art and Craft Festival, Holmes Beach
field.
* April 13, "U.S. Foreign Aid: Are We Getting Our Bang for the Buck?"
discussion, Studio at Gulf and Pine.
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*April 23, Cortez Native's Picnic, Florida Maritime Museum.
* May 7, 10th annual Island Run for the Children's Academy of South-
west Florida.
* May 13-14, Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration, Anna
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Straight to investigate.
Straight, in addition to being a first-year commis-
sioner, is the co-operator of Wildlife Inc., a rehab and
education center he and wife Gail run from their home
just blocks from the community center, which is at 23rd
Street and Avenue C.
So Straight investigated, and what he found prompted
the city to put any tree removal on hold. Straight said red-
bellied woodpeckers may be using the old tree to nest.
Removing a tree with nesting birds - any species - is
prohibited under federal law.
"I need to go back and confirm more," said the com-
missioner, who recently spent about an hour sitting by
the tree.
The commission's tentative vote to remove the tree
triggered a series of e-mails among citizens, including
members of the community center, about whether the
tree is a liability.
"This tree is extremely old and immense," said Bra-


denton Beach resident and center member Pat Gentry.
"It offers shade and habitat for birds and many other
creatures. It gives off oxygen, takes up carbon dioxide
and is beautiful beyond description.... In no way is this
tree dead, as there is a huge canopy of green leaves right
now."
Mayor Bob Bartelt, responding to the digital discus-
sion, said the assessment was "the tree was at risk to lose
large, heavy limbs in a windstorm event. To this end, and
to prevent exposure of the city to unnecessary liability
risk, the decision was made by the city commission ...
to remove the tree."
"Concern was raised at that meeting that there may
be fauna living in the tree, as this is nesting season for
so many species," the mayor continued. "So we asked
our resident wildlife expert Ed Straight of Wildlife Inc.
to assess the tree."
With Straight's initial survey, the "removal of the
tree was put on hold," Bartelt said.

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Ella E. Fullin
Ella E. Fullin, 92, of Anna
Maria and formerly of Bridgeport,
Conn., died March 18.
A service will be held at 11
a.m. Wednesday, March 30 at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Fullin Drive, Holmes Beach.

Marion Rose Lacoste
Ramsey McCartney
Marion Rose Lacoste Ramsey McCartney, 88, of New
Carlisle, Ohio, and Anna Maria Island, died March 18.
Mrs. McCartney was an active member of the United
Methodist Church of New Carlisle and the Roser Memo-
rial Community Church in Anna Maria.
She retired as a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.
She held numerous positions in the public and private sector,
including government service during World War II and as
a paramedic on the New Carlisle Emergency Squad. She
traveled and lived in locations spanning from New Orleans
to Florida and Pennsylvania to Japan. She enjoyed singing,
dancing and playing bridge.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society
or hospice.
Mrs. McCartney is survived by her children, Judy
and husband Masato Sato, Harry and wife Debbie, Jamie
and husband Ronald Trick, William and wife Becky;
grandchildren and spouses Aimee and Dan Lin, Ronald
Jr. and Katy Trick, Adrienne and Michael Gorretta, Matt


BB planning board recommends long dock


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A healthier bay - with expanding seagrass beds
- is creating a situation for property owners seeking to
install docks in Bradenton Beach. The docks need to be
longer to clear the seagrass, but city regulations set their
length limit at 65 feet.
The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board,
meeting at city hall March 24, reviewed a request for a
special exception to exceed the 65-foot limit. The board,
after brief presentations, recommended the city com-
mission approve the project in the 300 block of 23rd
Street.
Jeffrey Hostetler presented the request to the board
on behalf of David Niewick, who wants a private dock
on Anna Maria Sound.
The city's land-development code requires that any
dock exceeding 65 feet needs an OK from the city com-
mission, Hostetler told the panel.
But the Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection wants Niewick's dock to reach to 162 feet in
length.

McCartney, Elizabeth and Nicholas Fields; and great-
grandchildren Noah and Nathan Lin; step-children Gail
and Dave Armstrong and Eric and Jody Ramsey and their
children.

Note: Obituaries are provided as a free service in The
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"We have to apply for a special exception to get the
dock out to where the water is deep enough," Hostetler
said, summing up the situation. "DEP says we can't put
a dock on the grass. Your code says 65 feet."
He said neighbors didn't object to the proposal, and
presented a map showing that the dock would not impede
navigation.
Building official Steve Gilbert recommended
approval. "There's really no better or alternate installa-
tion," he said. "I think the layout before you is the most
practical."
The planning board, after just a brief conversation,
voted unanimously to recommend the city commission
approve the request.
The commission will consider the matter during a
regular meeting at 7 p.m. April 7 at city hall, 107 Gulf
Drive N.
The city commission previously approved a long
dock in Sarasota Bay at Coquina Beach Bayside for the
new Manatee County Marine Rescue Center. In that case,
the DEP also required that the dock be extended to protect
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Size matters in HB's boat definition


By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach City Commissioners have spent sev-
eral months working on an amendment to their dock
ordinance, including changing the definition of boat.
The proposed amendment provides a definition for
the term "city-owned docks" and what is considered a
"vessel" to clarify what types of watercraft can be moored
at city-owned docks on canals in the city.
The amendment defines "boat" and "watercraft" as a
vessel more than 16 feet in length requiring registration
with the state in order to be legally operated.
A canoe, rowboat, scull, kayak or Jet-Ski will not
be considered a "boat" in the ordinance, regardless of
whether it is registered with the state.
At a previous meeting, the commission determined
that the idea of keeping a Jet Ski-type craft at a T-end
canal was unpractical, noting most personal watercraft
owners store their vessels on a trailer and keep them in a
garage to avoid theft.
Acting Holmes Beach city clerk Stacy Johnston sent
a letter to T-end canal registrants March 15 to inform
them of the proposed change.
In the letter, registrants were informed that anyone
with a vessel that does not meet the new criteria must
move it by June 30 or the date of annual re-registration,
whichever is sooner.
In addition, in order to maintain registration of a
dock, a city resident must maintain a boat at the dock.
Holmes Beach resident Irene Flinn wrote to the com-
mission objecting to the change.
"Requiring that a boat of a least 16 feet in length or
more be registered with each dock shows blatant disre-
gard for the citizens owning the docks and discrimination
against those of us who cannot afford or cannot manage
a 16-foot boat," Flinn wrote.
"I can manage a small watercraft, such as a canoe
or kayak, and enjoy using them when my grandchildren
come to visit," she said. I \ i. small watercraft needs a
dock for launching at the T-ends."
Flinn also wrote that when she purchased her home


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34 years ago she believed the dock went with the home.
She believes her deed gives her the right to use the dock
and pointed out that she, not the city, has maintained the
dock.


"I have rebuilt the dock four times when it was dam-
aged by storms and have continually maintained the dock
over the years. Building docks and maintaining them is
not cheap, but it is important to me," she wrote to the
commission,
Flinn closed her letter by asking commissioners to
state whose idea it was to change the boat definition, and
which of the commissioners support it.
"We all may have small boats, but our votes count just
the same as the ones with the big boats," Flinn wrote.
The discussion will continue at the next work session
scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, immediately following
the 7 p.m. commission meeting.
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can full lying around. If you have ever
wondered what they are worth now might
be your chance to find out and even sell
them if you choose. They could be worth
a lot according to the International Coin
Collectors Association also known as ICCA.
Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins
and currency for their collections. If it is
rare enough, one coin could be worth over
$100,000 according to Eric Helms, coin
collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare
dime, an 1 894S Barber, sold for a record
$1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007.
While that is an extreme example, many
rare and valuable coins are stashed away
in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the
country. The ICCA and its collector members
have organized a traveling event in search
of all types of coins and currency. Even
common coins can be worth a significant
amount due to the high price of silver and
gold, says Helms. Washington quarters
and Roosevelt dimes can be worth many
times their face value. Recent silver markets
have driven the price up on common coins
made of silver. Helms explains that all half
dollars, quarters and dimes made before
1965 contain 90% silver and are sought
after any time silver prices rise. Right now





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Flatware, tea sets, goblets, jewelry, etc. and
anything marked sterling.


it's a sellers market he said.
The rarest coins these collectors are
looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2
1/2 gold coins and any coin made before
1850. These coins always bring big
premiums according to the ICCA. Silver
dollars are also very sought after nowadays.
Other types of items the ICCA will be
purchasing during this event include U.S.
currency, gold bullion, investment gold,
silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc.
Even foreign coins are sought after and will
be purchased.
Also at this event anyone can sell their
gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made
of gold on the spot. Gold is currently
trading at over $1,100.00 per ounce
near an all time high. Bring anything you
think might be gold and the collectors will
examine, test and price it for free. If you
decide to sell, you will be paid on the spot
-it has been an unknown fact that coin
dealers have always paid more for jewelry
and scrap gold than other jewelers and
pawn brokers.
So whether you have one coin you think
might be valuable or a large collection you
recently inherited, you can talk to these
collectors for free. If you're lucky you may
have a rarity worth thousands. Either way
there is nothing to lose and it sounds like
fun!
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MARCH 30, 2011 SECTION B, ISLAND STREET MAP, SPORTS, REAL ESTATE AND CLASSIFIED

B EAC -TO-BAY

EC DAY
ON HISTORIC BRIDGE STREET
BRADENTON BEACH


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Eco Paddle
Festivalgoers attend a kayak seminar presented
by i , Duytschaver of Native Rentals during
the Beach to Bay Eco Day.














Eco Art Artist Rhonda K, a regular the weekly Bridge Street Mar-
kets, showcases her work at the Beach to Bay Eco Day held March
27 in Bradenton Beach.
Eco Crowd Bridge Street is filled with vendors and festivalgoers for the Beach to Bay Eco Day -'
organized by the Bridge Street Merchants, which also hosts a weekly Sunday market. urn _.



chocolate .!:F
Leonardo
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Back Alley on
Bridge Street Eco Tunes Mike Sales and the Sales-etts, Barbara Bour-
during the jaily, Judi Manke and slo ., Tollner perform March 27 at the
Beach to Bay Beach to Bay Eco Day on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
Eco Day held The event hosted by the Bridge Street Merchants featured
March 27. blues notes, green products and a rainbow menu.
Left: Kayaks built for two and one are on display at eco day,
which was sponsored by the Bridge Street Merchants and The



Centerhosts gala April 2

The Anna Maria Island Community Center
hosts its annual gala, An Affaire to Remember,
SSaturday, April 2, at the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a VIP
party hosted by country-music performer atnd
Island homeowner - Lee Greenwood.
A champagne reception follows at 6 p.m.,
Sand then dinner by Harry's Continental Kitchens
and dancing. The event also features a silent auc-
Tickets to the VIP part and gala cost






$250.
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Lee Greenwood, Pierrette For more information, call the Center at 941g
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2-B U MARCH 30, 2011 U THE ISLANDER


For trio, good will brings good fishing


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Al Saunders has fishing stories to tell.
So do Al Cini and Joe DeFrancesco.
The three men, all of them retired snowbirds who
spend winters in the area and summers in Michigan, do
what they can to make sure children are equipped with
the rods and reels they need to bank the stories about
the big one that got caught, the big one that got away,
the big one that put up a prize fight and long sunny days
on a dock.
Saunders, Cini and DeFrancesco spend many hours
on many weekdays in a workshop hidden away in a shed
in a storage facility on Cortez Road. There, they repair
donated rods and reels to give to local kids through
partnerships with schools and nonprofit groups, includ-
ing the Anna Maria Island Privateers. AMIP, which is
celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, distributes the
poles at fishing tournaments and other events.
The repair shop is orderly - a workshop where
there is a place for i \ ) ilingi and i \ d) lting is in its
place. But it is not lavish. The repairers recycle - rods
and reels that can't be fixed are salvaged for spare parts,
which are kept in old buckets, tackle boxes and tool-
boxes, even sewing kits.
Equipment includes a craftsman's store of small
tools, plus a 16-speed heavy-duty drill press and a "fish-
ing rod machine" of Saunder's invention and design.
"It's very efficient," Saunders says.
On a table is an old, worn pamphlet, "Step by Step
Rod Building" and on the wall are several drawings -
schematics for the "fishing rod machine" and an old
photograph of Saunders with a big fish.
Along the back wall of the shed are baskets contain-


Al Cini, from Iron City, Mich., and Cortez, works on
a reel in a workshop inside a storage space on Cortez
Road. Cini, Al Saunders and Joe DeFrancesco work
together to repair rods and reels to donate to children
through schools and the Anna Maria Island Privateers.


Al Saunders of Iron City, Mich., and Bradenton, sits
in the workshop where he repairs gear for his volun-
teer drive to equip children with fishing poles.


Michigan
snowbirds
Al Cini, Al
Saunders and
Joe DeFran-
cesco work
together to
repair rods
and reels for
donations
to chil-
dren. Their
workshop is
in a storage
space on
Cortez Road.
Islander
Photos: Lisa
Neff


ing 300 rods. "All of these are ready to give away," says
Saunders, a World War II veteran and retired engineer
who used to work for Ford Motor Co.
"Fishing helps kids stay out of trouble," he contin-
ues.
Over the past five years, the repairers have given
away more than 2,100 rods and reels in Florida, Saun-
ders estimates. Additional giveaways take place through
similar programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio and
the snowbirds' native Michigan.


"Kids get rods they can use for the rest of their lives,"
says Joe DeFrancesco, a volunteer fishing-gear fixer
from Hamburg, Mich., and Bradenton Beach.


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Rods, reels wanted
Volunteers are collecting rods and reels to
repair and donate to children who want fishing
poles.
Many of the rods and reels are distributed by
the Anna Maria Island Privateers. Others are dis-
tributed through schools and youth programs.
Fishing gear - in any condition - can be
left at The Islander, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
For more information, callAl Saunders at 941-
705-1105.


The effort, Saunders says, began "slow and easy,"
with him repairing rods for neighborhood kids.
Soon Saunders was working with Cini. The two
men grew up in Iron City, Mich., and Cini once saved
Saunders from drowning when they were kids. But they
lost track of one another for 50 years, until one day a
couple years ago - a chance encounter in Cortez.
"We were living within a mile of each other and
didn't know it," Cini says.
DeFrancesco met Saunders and Cini last year,
when he was casting about for someone to fix a fishing
pole. He marveled at Cini's and Saunders' abilities and
enjoyed their camaraderie.
Soon DeFrancesco began working with them -
sort of an apprentice to Cini, who mostly takes care
of repairing reels, and Saunders, who mostly handles
repairing rods.
"These are two of the finest gentlemen I've ever
worked with," DeFrancesco said.
The men don't adhere to a schedule. "We come
when we feel like it," Saunders says. He's seated on a
recent morning in the workshop. The shed door is open.
The air is scented with orange blossoms and mocking-
birds are calling from nearby trees.
"Feel like it" turns out to be four or five days a
week, with breaks for lunch.
I \cl) .il) we go to lunch," DeFrancesco says.
"Whoever Al (Saunders) sits next to, he's trying to get
rods and reels that are broken and need repair."
Quitting time comes "when somebody says let's
have a beer," adds Cini.
Some fishing gear is collected from drop-off bins at
local businesses, including The Islander. A lot of gear
is donated by local bait and tackle shops.
While they work, the men don't listen to a radio or
watch television. They mostly converse - about fish-
ing, about their lives and about children.
"It's a lot of fun," DeFrancesco says. "We laugh.
We shoot the breeze."
A sample from one morning: Saunders offers a
story about getting into Field & Stream magazine after
he caught a prize-size lake trout in Canada in 1955.
DeFrancesco recalls a rod he made from a flimsy bicy-
cle flag pole to catch 35-pound carp. Cini recounts a
fishing excursion from the day before when they caught
50 red grouper and six gags and threw them all back.
Fishing, Cini wants kids to know, "is better than
dope. Better than booze."
DeFrancesco adds, "And better than being
bored."
Expenses for the repair work are paid for mostly
"from my wife's cookie jar," says Saunders.
Occasionally the men get a cash donation, but they
don't solicit money. Saunders says, "I was at the fishing
festival and a fella walked up to me and said, 'Are you
Al Saunders?' I said, 'Yes.' He pulls out his wallet and
says, 'Here's a donation.' It was 10 bucks. That kind of
hits you in the right place."
What is the value of a rod and reel for a kid? Saun-
ders considers.
He made his first rod in 1947, and used the pole for
15 years. He's handled thousands since. But "I still have
that rod," Saunders says. "I wouldn't give that away for
an thing "1





THE ISLANDER U MARCH 30, 2011 U 3-B


Sandpiper owners celebrate 8 years


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Sandpiper Resort Co-op Inc. in Bradenton
Beach turns eight years old on March 31. Residents
attended a luau March 18 hosted by Gordon Cleland,
the man behind the residents' initiative that bought the
park in 2003.
More than 200 people were on hand to salute Cle-
land as outgoing president of the co-op after more than
eight years on the job, and for his work in forming the
investment group that purchased the property in 2003.
The new president is Doug LeFevre.
In January 2002, Cleland and other Sandpiper resi-


dents learned that owner Vorbeck Equities had a $9.6
million offer from a developer to purchase the property.
That sale could have resulted in the eviction of the ten-
ants and condominium development on the site.
But Cleland knew that under Florida law mobile
home park owners have the right of first refusal if their
mobile home park is under a sale contract.
Cleland and the residents had 12 months to raise
$4.8 million (50 percent of the contract price), obtain a
mortgage for the balance and meet the offer.
Shares in the corporation were sold to residents,
investors and people who wanted to help, Cleland
said.


The group almost didn't make it. Vorbeck Equi-
ties granted them a 60-day extension just before the
first deadline of Jan. 31, 2003. They made the second
deadline with hours to spare.
"We bought the park so we could all continue to
live here and enjoy the character of Sandpiper, the city
and the Island," said Cleland.
"The alternative was to get evicted and have this
beautiful piece of Island history turned into a con-
dominium. Nobody on the Island wanted that," he
said.
N\,t, this place will stay the Sandpiper as long as
the shareholders want."


Outgoing Sandpiper Resort Co-op Inc. president Gordon Cleland and wife Mary host
the Sandpiper's March 18 luau at the resort to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the
residents' and shareholders' ownership of the park. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin


Mayor Bob Bartelt
and his bride Kim
DuPont enjoy the
hospitality of the
Sandpiper Resort
Co-op Inc. at the
March 18 luau at the
resort.






Vertical horizons
The Artists'Guild of
Anna Maria Island
will display the digital
media artwork "Vertical
Horizons" by 17-year-
old C(,I , Rees at the
Guild Gallery, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, throughout
April. Rees attends
Southeast High School,
where he studies art
under Kathy Campbell.
His work has been
displayed at Art & Soul
of Bradenton and at the
Sarasota-Bradenton
International Airport.
Pictured are Campbell,
Rees and Marie Gara-
fano, of the Artists'
Guild. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Karen Stuart


Above: More than 200
people enjoy the Sand-
piper Resort Co-op
Inc.'s March 18 luau at
the Bradenton Beach
mobile home park. The
event honored outgoing
co-op president Gordon
Cleland and eight years
of resident ownership of
the Sandpiper.


Monday. April 4
Beakfasl French Toast Slicks. Cinnamlion Roll. Cereal. Toasi
LtichI Chicken Tenders. Breaded Beei Said; ,ich, S ,eel
Polalo Fries Mhixed Vegelables Pineapple Tidblls
Tuesday. April 5
Beakfast Egg-Cheese Bagel Cnnarnon Roll. Cereal. Toasi
Luncil Corn Dog. Ravioli Breadsick. Salad. Friil Coclail
Wednesday. April 6
Beakfasl Breakiasl Burrilo. Bagel. Cereal. Toasi
Lunitich Max Shlick s jlh diarinara. Huiififiius Plale
Sleamed Green Beans Baby Carrols iin Dip
Mandarin Oranges Clodhoppers
Thursday. April 7
Breakfast Biscmil Sandllwch.-n Yoguri. Cereal. ToasI
LuInch Pulled Barbecue Pork Sandi nch. Chil, Corn Bread.
Red Bliss Poilaoes. Sira; berry and Banana Cup. Peach Crisp
Friday, April 8
in-Seivice Day No Sciool ,f:ti Students
Juice and milk are seiedl ilti evey1 me1al


AME calendar
Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School happenings:
* March 31, 1:30 p.m., birthday book club, media
center.
* April 11-14, Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Testing.
* April 14, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., kindergarten
roundup.
AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-708-5525.
SBy Diana Bogan



Send student news to diana@islander.org


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4-B 1 MARCH 30, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER


Super Bowl: Ferrer leads Bears past Raiders 13-16


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Beach Bistro Bears jumped all over Bassett, Vita,
Vining & Herman Group Raiders early and often on the
way to an easy 33-16 victory in the Anna Maria Island
Community Center NFL Flag Football 13-16 division
Super Bowl on March 26 at the Community Center.
Leading the way for the Bears was Austin Ferrer,
who had a hand in four of the five Bears touchdowns.
Ferrer and the Bears wasted no time getting on the
scoreboard. After a 12-yard run on first down, Ferrer got
loose down the right sideline and made a leaping catch
on a pass thrown by Henry Bernet to give the Bears a 6-0
lead two minutes into the game.
The Bears held the Raiders on downs to get the ball
back to their offense. After a pair of incomplete passes,
Ferrer dropped back looking to pass, but found nobody
open so he took off and scampered 45 yards for a touch-
down. Bernet then hit Ferrer with the extra point pass
and the Bears took a 13-0 lead midway through the first
half.
Bernet got the ball back for the Bears when he inter-
cepted Reese Vita at the 9-yard line. Nick Mello ran it in
from the 7-yard line and Ferrer ran in the extra point to
give the Bears a 21-0 lead.
The Raiders finally got on the scoreboard when Vita
hit Danny Doyle on a third-down pass to midfield. Doyle
eluded two defenders and ran it into the end zone to com-
plete a 45-yard catch-and-run play. Vita then hit Michael
Galati for a two-point conversion to pull to within 21-8
with 3:55 left to play in the half.
The Bears got the ball back and methodically drove
the length of the field before a scrambling Ferrer con-
nected with Michael Pears on a 14-yard touchdown pass
and a Bears 27-8 halftime lead.
The Raiders held the Bears on downs to open the
second half, but after a nice pass play from Vita to Galati

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that gave the Raiders a first down, Ferrer intercepted
Vita's next offering and took it to the house. The Bears
had a 33-8 lead.
Late in the game, the Raiders drove the length of the
field on short passes and scored when Vita hit Hunter
Parrish on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Parrish then ran
in the two-point conversion to pull to within 33-16.
Other members of the 13-16 division champions
include Jordan Brown, Carolyn Cullinan, Katie Holiday
and Max Miller.

Fourth-annual McSwain tourney a hit
The fourth-annual, Jimmy McSwain Mixed-Dou-
bles Tennis Tournament was played March 21-22 at the
Rex Hagen Courts at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center.
Twenty-four players participated in the event,


Al Ciruli takes two trophies - men's and high-point
championships - home from the awards dinner for the
Jimmy McSwain Mixed-Doubles Tennis Tournament
played at the Anna Maria Island Community Center
last week.


directed once again by McSwain. An awards banquet
attended by more than 80 players and friends was held
March 24 at the Sandbar Restaurant.
Dolce Little took first place among the women, fol-
lowed by Sue Herman and Kathy Rose. First place among
the men and high-point champion was Al Cirulli, while
Peter Horrocks, Don Jackson and Bill Davis tied for
second place.

Key Royale golf news
Golf action last week at the Key Royale Club was
punctuated by the annual President's Cup on March 17.
Club president, Craig Humphreys presented first and sec-
ond-place awards to the top two teams. The team of Chet
Hutton, Tom Warda, Vince Mercadante and Art McMillen
took first place with a 10-under-par 118. One shot back
in second place was the team of John Estok, Fred Meyer,
Gary Harris and Tom Nelson.
The President's Cup went to Tom Nelson with a net
6-under-par 26 and also individual low-gross honors with
a 2-over 34.
In other club news, members are playing in an inau-
gural Key Royale Club men's senior handicap champi-
onship for members age 70 an older. A field of 48 golf-
ers was whittled down March 25 to Ernie Hauser, who
defeated Bob Elliott in Flight A, and Ron Robinson,
winner of Flight B. The pair will face off this week.
The women and men teamed up March 24 for a coed,
two-best -balls-of-foursome match. The team of Nel
Bergstrom, Joyce Brown, Jim Finn and Earl Huntzinger
combined to card a 2-under-par 126 to take first place.
Second place went to the team of Bob Dickenson, Ed
Havlik, Liane Klien and Terry Westby with a 131.
The women played a nine-hole, low-net game March
22 that saw Pam Alvord and Penny Williams tie for first
place in Flight A with matching 4-under-par 28s.
Kris Landkammer's 4-under-par 28 gave her a two-
shot victory in Flight B over Christina Mason and Bev-
erly Neville.
Mardene Eichhorn and Sue Little both carded
2-under-par 30 to finish in a tie for first place in Flight
C. Second place also finished in a tie as Donna Soos and
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Tom Nelson, left, is congratulated by club president
Craig Humphreys on winning the President's Cup
tournament last week at the Key Royale Club. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik.




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THE ISLANDER U MARCH 30, 2011 U 5-B


Shine up gear, prepare for silver king arrival


By Capt. Danny Stasny
Islander Reporter
Well, it's almost time to start the quest for tarpon.
Sightings have been reported, although targetable num-
bers of tarpon have not yet arrived to Tampa Bay. So
dig out the tarpon rods and get ready for one of the most
desired fishing seasons. Take this opportunity to go
through your tackle and make sure it's all worthy of the
prospective battle with a silver king.
For spinning tackle, most tarpon fishers are using an
8- or 9-foot extra-heavy (25- to 40-pound) rod paired with
an oversized spinning reel such as a Penn 850 Spinfisher
or something comparable. Using a bigger reel gives you
the drag strength you need to turn a fish and also provides
a lot of line capacity. I like to have at least 250-300 yards
of 50-pound braid plus backing on my reel. You prob-
ably won't need that much line for smaller fisher, but
you never know when you're going to hook a big one.
I've seen a big tarpon spool a reel all the way to the knot,
and having more line is better than not enough. Leader
sizes of 50-, 60- or 80-pound fluorocarbon are commonly
rigged with a 5/0-sized or bigger circle hook.
In the upcoming weeks, we should be hearing reports
of tarpon moving north, so make sure you're ready when
they show up.
Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is still
getting better as spring proceeds. Rumors of pompano
are coming from the beach fishers. Also on the beaches,
fishers are reeling in whiting, spotted sea trout, mackerel,
ladyfish and jacks. Live shrimp and sand fleas are work-
ing well for the pomps, whiting and trout, while spoons
and jigs have been working for the macks, ladies and jack
crevalle.
The sheepshead bite is still keeping the rods bent at
the piers. You still can't beat a tubeworm, but sheepherd-
ers using fleas and fiddlers are producing, too.
Offshore action is getting better every day as the
water temps warm up. Mangrove snapper in the 2- to
5-pound range are being caught on offshore reefs and
ledges along with hogfish, porgies and Key West grunts.
Gag grouper are still dominating nearshore and offshore
structures. Record numbers of amberjack are being seen
offshore, and rumors of kingfish in 40-50 feet of water
are occurring, while these species are also being seen
around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is catching
lots of snapper as well as catch-and-release grouper on his
offshore trips. Using live select shrimp or squid is result-
ing in catches of lane snapper, vermillion snapper, yel-
lowtail snapper up to 2 pounds, and mangrove snapper up
to 6 pounds. Catch-and-release gag and red grouper are
still going strong with fish in the 20-pound range coming
from deeper water. To round out the offshore experience,
Kimball is catching amberjack in the 10- to 20-pound
range on live threadfin herring. Moving to the nearshore
structure, he's seeing Key West grunts and sheepshead
in the 3- to 4-pound range.
Captain Mark Johnston, also of Legend Charters, is
having success in the Intracoastal Waterway and north-
ern Sarasota Bay with Spanish mackerel, sheepshead and
spotted sea trout using live shrimp.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charter says
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While flats fishing in the bay area, Gross is catching good
numbers of snook using live shiners. "We caught a dozen
in 20 minutes in one spot," Gross said. Gross also is
targeting redfish around oyster bars. Using live shrimp,
Gross is reeling in reds up to 25 inches. In the same areas,
he's switching over to white bait and catching snook and
spotted sea trout in the 22-inch range. He also says sheep-
shead remain fairly abundant around docks and in the
passes. Gross likes to use half a shrimp on a jig head for
best results.
Finally, Gross is catching Spanish mackerel on the
deeper grass flats and channels using both live shiners
and shrimp.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says beach
fishers are reporting in with a mixed catch depending
on their bait. Sand fleas fished in the trough right by
the shoreline are resulting in whiting and an occasional
sheepshead, and there are still some flounder on the
beaches. "Try using a Berkeley Gulp shrimp to catch
those flounder," Keyes suggests. Live shrimp have been
producing some keeper spotted sea trout, as well as a
few pompano. "There's some pompano out there," Keyes
says, "but the bite has been sporadic."
Last but not least, some bonnethead and black tip
sharks are cruising the beaches along the shoreline. A
piece of cut-bait such as squid or threadfin herring is a
good way to hook up the feisty jaws.
Moving into the bays and Anna Maria Sound, fishers
are targeting spotted sea trout on the deeper flats, where
DOA Cal jigs and a 1/4-ounce jig head are producing
trout within slot size. Redfish are starting to show on the
flats around the mullet schools. And, Keyes says, you
may encounter some good catch-and-release snook action
around the mullet schools as well. To target both of these
species, try using live shrimp or shiners. "The MirrOlure
"Lil John" is working well, too," he says.
Local docks and piers are still holding good numbers
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"Sometimes the sheepies will get finicky," Keyes says,
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Inshore and offshore fishing is picking up by the day
Key West grunts, porgies, sheepshead, hogfish and man-
grove snapper are all being caught on live select shrimp.
Cobia are cruising the structure. The amberjack bite is
on fire around 15 miles out. Keyes suggests you try some
live threadfin herring or pinfish to catch these reef don-
keys.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing waters up to 50 feet
deep and reeling in catch-and-release gag grouper up
to 29 inches. "There's still a ton of grouper out there,"
Girle says. In these same areas, Girle is catching limits of
mangrove snapper in the 2-pound range on live shrimp.
Spanish mackerel, Key West grunts and lots of sheepies
are being boated.
Moving into the bay, Girle is hooking up redfish
around docks and canals using live shrimp. He says arti-
ficials are the ticket for spotted sea trout on the deeper
grass flats.
Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South
Fishing Pier says the sheepshead bite is still going strong
with pier fishers landing convict fish up to 5 pounds.
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SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4-B

Barb Lindwall both came in at 1-under 31.
Erma McMullen had the low-net round of the day,
carding a 7-under par 25 to take top honors in Flight D.
The team game of the day was a two-best-balls-of-
foursome gross score won by the team of Cindy Miller,
Marcia Helgeson, Mary Selby and Penny Williams at 79.
The men played an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-four-
some match March 22. The team of Art Hibbs, Gerald
Taylor, Andrew Barber and Peter Proxy fired a 27-under
par-101 to take first place.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net
match March 20. Dave Krueger and Bill Martin tied for
first place with a 6-under-par 26.


Horseshoe news
Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
horseshoe pits March 26 saw three team emerge with
the required three victories in pool play. Adin Shank and
Gene Bobeldyke drew the bye into the finals and watched
as Bruce Munro and Art Kingstad rolled to an easy 24-5
victory over Norm Good and John Johnson. Bobeldyke-
Shank edged Munro-Kingstad 21-17 in the finals.
The March 23 horseshoe games also saw three
teams emerge from pool play with Norm Good and


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Norm Langeland drawing the bye into the finals. Bob
Lee and John Crawford cruised past Herb Puryear and
Dom Liedot 23-12 in the semifinal before demolishing
Good-Langeland 24-3 in the finals.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.


Karate champs
The Dojo Storm Team recently brought home 22 trophies from the Tampa Bay Open Karate Tournament. The
team the Karate All-Stars, a group of developmentally disabled adults. In addition to competing, the Dojo Storm
Team raises money for local abused, at-risk and special needs children. Kevin Bergquist, back row, center, offers
programs at his Dojo Martial Arts and Fitness in Holmes Beach and at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.


FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5-B

ary," Medley says, "They're even biting on small pieces
of peeled shrimp."
Spanish mackerel have moved in with a purpose,
eating schools of glass minnow, small threadfins and
white bait. Fishers using spoons or shiners are bringing
fish in up to 25 inches. The Spanish mackerel's larger
cousin, the king mackerel, also have moved inshore. Fish
up to 30 inches are being reported, while bigger ones
have been spotted, too. A live threadfin on a flat line has
been working well for a hookup.
Fishers using Doc's jigs or reasonable facsimiles are
catching pompano. "Try tipping the jig with a small piece
of shrimp," Medley suggests.
Fishing cut bait on the bottom has resulted in some
nice-size shark and stingrays at the Skyway. A nice chunk
of Spanish mackerel is a good way to entice smaller black
tip sharks, according to Medley. And don't forget to gear
up, these fish fight long and hard.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says sheepshead is
remaining the mainstay for pier fishers. Tubeworms, fid-
dlers and sand fleas are working great, with catches in the
2-pound range the norm. Spanish mackerel are starting to
show and Kilb says Gotcha plugs and white crappie jigs
are highly effective on these fast-paced fish. While fish-
ing for mackerel, pier fishers also are encountering jack
crevalle in the 5-pound range. White bait is starting to
load up around the pier, so don't forget to bring a Sabiki
rig if you want shiners for bait.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters
says nonstop action on a variety of species is the spring-
time norm. The sheepshead bite peaked last week with
the full moon and produced some huge sheepies of up to
7 pounds.
Snook have been burning the drags on Howard's
reels, feeding heavy since the warmup and making for
some excellent catch-and-release fishing.
Speckled trout also are feeding in a variety of water
depths from 1 1/2 to 8 feet. Some exceptional fish have
been landed using shiners. Howard says to look for the
speckled trout bite to improve as we move deeper into
springtime patterns.
Redfish have started moving out of their winter spots
and onto the flats. He's seeing mixed sizes sitting in pot-
holes and readily taking shiners.
Howard is looking forward to some of the best fishing
action of the year on a variety of species that patrol the
beautiful waters of Manatee County. Fishing action "will
heat up as the shiners flood the bay and the water warms
up," Howard says.
Send fishing reports to fish @islander.org.


Chick Lit By Brendan Emmett Quigley / Edited by Will Shortz


Across
1 Dinner party
8 Accompanied on a
ticket
15 Works
20 Biofuel option
21 Size of a football
field, roughly
22 "Wyoming
Outlaw," e.g.
23 Chick lit book #1
(1992)
25 Italy's longest
river
26 ___ Pie Island
(artist commune
on the Thames)
27 Turned right
28 The Browns, on
sports tickers
29 Headline
30 A nut might go
on one
33 Chick lit book
#2, with "The"
(1843)
36 Bear witness
37 Franco
(watch brand)
38 "Down with
thee!"
39 Chick lit book #3
(1965)
44 ___ D. Young
(Time's Man of
the Year in 1929)
48 Two-time N.B.A.
M.V.P. Steve
49 Kerfuffles
50 Emphatic
acceptance
51 Italian city where
pizza was
invented


Answers found
on page 12-B.


53 Mich. neighbor
54 Clumsy handler
56 P.R. locale
58 Brand introduced
by Philip Morris
in 1975
59 Chick lit book #4
(1974)
64 Iron Man co-
creator
67 Where 76-Across
may be worn
68 Affixes on
69 Chick lit book #5
(1960)
74 "A Dog of
Flanders" writer
75 Pip of "Great
Expectations,"
e.g.
76 67-Across
jewelry
77 Fold member
80 Says
82 Theater with fans
84 Political
commentator
Colmes
85 Nerve cell
projection
86 Opponent of
Napoleon
87 Chick lit book #6
(1930)
92 Start to
production?
93 Tel Aviv's
Park
94 Refer (to)
95 Chick lit book #7
(1985)
101 Group in "Sex
and the City,"
e.g.
103 Some washers
and dryers
104 Wine container
105 Philadelphia's
Whitman
Bridge


106 Environmental
pollutant, for
short
108 Snarl
109 Chick lit book
#8 (1967)
114 Bracelet
attachment
115 Christmas or
Yom Kippur
116 Spread, as
rumors
117 Some church
overhead?
118 Bony
119 Game highlights
shower

Down
1 Rose high in some
people's
estimation
2 Besides
3 Gossip fodder
4 Down, with "up"?
5 Mille & Roses
(Lancome
perfume)
6 School in the
Patriot League
7 Stage light
8 Artery
9 True-crime writer
Rule
10 Home of Agate
Fossil Beds Natl.
Monument
11 First horse to
compete in all
three Triple
Crown races
12 With cold feeling
13 Stuck
14 Famous bathrobe
wearer,
informally
15 Folk guitarist
Leo
16 1986 Indy 500
winner


17 Wombs
18 ___ the Short,
early king of the
Franks
19 Power cord
feature
24 Chess opening?
29 "What moves
you" sloganeer
31 Mosquito
protection
32 Reno setting:
Abbr.
33 180s
34 Vitamin and
supplement
chain
35 Night light?
36 ___ time (never)
37 Old or morning
follower
40 Harsh treatment
41 "If at first, the
is not
absurd, then
there is no hope
for it": Einstein
42 Ulster or Norfolk
43 Friends and
neighbors
44 Broached
45 A quarrel
46 "A Cooking Egg"
poet
47 Dodge S.U.V.
52 Affairs
54 Part of a support
group
55 Skating
maneuver
57 Femur or tibia
59 Rock singer Dee
60 "Just a
61 Bookcase
material
62 When most
movies open:
Abbr.
63 YouTube
selection


64 Bar selection
65 Hypes
66 Dog named after
a Japanese
prefecture
70 Werewolf feature
71 Lakers star
Lamar
72 Flame, e.g.
73 Impersonate, in a
way
77 Clear of charges
78 Carpentry
fastener


79 -ess alternative
81 2005 World
Series team, for
short
83 Classic sandwich
84 End in ___
85 Part of many
ristorante dish
names
88 Shift's end?
89 Book before
Num.
90 Hesitates
91 Locale for many
a gondola


92 Whence the
phrase "I will
0oth lay me
down in peace,
and sleep"
95 Conifer with
durable wood
96 Home of
ConAgra
97 Seagoing
98 Dia de los Reyes
month
99 Group think?
100 Pacers'
contests?
101 [blech!]


102 "Let's
There" (old NBC
slogan)
105 Maze choices
107 Tanning salon
fixtures
109 Doctor from
the planet
Gallifrey
110 Samurai's home
111 Evian, e.g.
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The Harbour Isle development on Perico Island will
open a second line of model homes in its Mangrove
Walk subdivision April 2. The Minto Communities
LLC project opened its first models - The Seabreeze
- March 5. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


New models in line
at Harbour Isle
A second line of model homes at Harbour Isle on
Perico Island will open for public viewing starting at
9 a.m. Saturday, April 2, said Bill Bullock of Minto
Communities LLC, owners of the development.
Bullock said the Island series of homes for Man-
grove Walk, Harbour Isle's first phase, follows the style
of the Seabreeze line of model homes, which opened to
the public March 5.
The Island home models also will be open from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 3.
"The Island line of homes is unique in its own char-
acter, and still in keeping with the overall island theme
of Mangrove Walk and Harbour Isle," Bullock said.


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Dungy gets crabby
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis
Colts head coach Tony Dungy, right, went fishing
recently with marina owner Johnny Jett, left, aboard
the Sea Bowld. The two dined at the newly opened
Crabby's Oyster Bar in the Cortez marina. Crabby's
is at 12507 Cortez Road W., just across the Cortez
Bridge from Anna Maria Island. For more informa-
tion on the restaurant, call 941-704-6449.
Along with viewing new models, visitors to Har-
bour Isle April 2-3 can take a complimentary boat tour
of Anna Maria Sound and the waters adjacent to Har-
bour Isle, he added.
Minto plans an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for
Harbour Isle later this spring.
Harbour Isle also is planing an event for area real
estate agents to view the models, tour the property and
learn more about the project.
For further information on Harbour Isle, call 941-
896-4826.


LBK chamber networks
The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Circle
Chamber of Commerce will hold its March networking
event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the
Longboat Key Tennis Center on Bay Isles Road.
Coldwell Banker is sponsoring the "Cocktails
Courtside" celebration of tennis and the upcoming Sara-


THE ISLANDER U MARCH 30, 2011 U 7-B
sota Open at the Longboat Key Club & Resort Tennis
Gardens.
Tickets to the networking event are $15 per person
and include a barbecue dinner and signature cocktail.
The Blues Pig band will provide entertainment.
To make a reservation or obtain more information,
call 941-383-2466.


Whitney Plaza hosts fair
Merchants at Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, will host an antique and art fair
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, and Sunday,
April 4.
Local artists will be featured, along with organic
produce, exotic orchids and antiques, event organizer
Stephanie Claussen of Steff's Stuff said.
Proceeds of the fair will be donated to a local char-
ity.
Parking is free and there is no charge for admis-
sion.
For more information, call Stephanie at 941-383-
1901.

Attention: Your news is
good news
Got a new business opening on Anna Maria Island
or Longboat Key, in Cortez, Palma Sola, or west Bra-
denton? How about a current business with a new prod-
uct or service, an anniversary, a new hire, new owners,
or an award-winning staff member? Call Island Biz at
941-778-7978, send afax to 866-362-9821, or e-mail
the information to news@islander.org.


Click!
The Islander welcomes photographs and
notices of the milestones in readers' lives -
weddings, anniversaries, travels and other events.
Please send notices and photographs with detailed
captions - along with complete contact informa-
tion - to news@islander.org or 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.




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$5. Burger King, McDonalds toys, 20 pieces $2.
941-795-8734.

REAL CHIQUITA BANANA plants: 3-5 feet high.
Four plants for $25. 941-778-0192.

PLANTS: SIX LARGE 'cardinals guard' $30.941 -
778-0256.

COMPUTER: DELL, REFURBISHED with newly
loaded Windows XP-PRO, $35, 941-756-6728.

DOLPHIN: CARVED WOODEN, 30 x 19 inches,
$90.941-778-0256.

SQUARE BOX FAN: 20-inch, $10, Breakfast-in-
bed serving tray with magazine side panels, $30.
941-778-1264.


Island real estate
transactions
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
609 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,641 sfla
/ 3,049 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home
built in 2069 on a 90x115 lot was sold 03/11/11,
Safety Harbor Assets LLC to Davis for $484,000.
4607 Second Ave., Holmes Beach, half of a land
condo lot was sold 03 04 11, Island Restoration VII
LLC to Hebden for $270,000.
2601 Gulf Drive, Unit 427, Sandpiper Resort
Co Op, Bradenton Beach, a 1,066 sfla / 1,378
sfur 2bed/2bath mobile home with share built in
2003 was sold 03/08/11, Albert to Murphy for
$215,000.
611 Gulf Drive N., Unit B18, Imperial House,
Bradenton Beach, a 794 sfla 2bed/1/bath 55+ condo
with shared pool built in 1969 was sold 03/10/11,
Heath to Wilson for $150,000; list $174,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-
7244.


CARPET PAD: 11 x 8 feet, $15. 941-778-0256.

ROLLING ROCK BOMB box, large, $20. 941-778-
1264.

MATTRESS: LATEX SPRING air. New, $1,500.
$100 or best offer. 941-778-3920.

COCKATIEL BIRD CAGE: Like new with floor
stand, $35. 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.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The
Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com


Individuals may advertise up to three items, each
priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one
week. Submit e-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax
toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.


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-
bysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

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-
dentonrotary.org.

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,
Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.



ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 2.
4212 126th St. W., Bldg. 4, Apt. 407. Smuggler's
Cove, Cortez. Florida-style queen and twin bed
sets, leather sofa, wicker settee, chairs, table
bed set, game table and chairs, dining table and
chairs, bar stools, lamps, tables, books, TVs, cabi-
net, luggage, tools, linens and kitchen. Sale by
Julie McClure. Pictures: WWW.APPRAISALS4U.
BIZ.

ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March
30. Everything must go including 1998 Buick
LaSabre. 533 69th St., Holmes Beach.


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ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m. to noon Sat-
urday. Dollar sales racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. 941-779 -2733.

MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April
2. Everything must go. 717 Jacaranda Road,
Anna Maria.

ANTIQUE AND ART fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday, April 2-3. Take the trolley! Quality art-
ists and antique dealers, organic produce and exotic
orchids. Benefits LBK Turtle Watch. For information,
call Steff's Stuff, 941-383-1901.6828 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Whitney Plaza, Longboat Key.

YARD SALE: 8:30 a.m.-? Saturday, April 2.
Household items, electronics, furniture. 520 56th
St., Holmes Beach.

SALE: SATURDAY AND Sunday, April 2-3. Vin-
tage and designer clothing, 20-50 percent off all
clothing, hats, purses, shoes. April 2-3 Steff's
Stuff Antiques, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key. 941-383-1901.


FOUND CAT: AT Umbrella Beach Resort. Striped
orange tabby. 1501 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. 941-778-6667.

LOST: SPRINT LG mobile phone, orange color.
941-778-4040.

LOST PRIVATEER DAGGER: one of matching
husband-wife set. Husband passed away recently,
so much sentimental value attached. Please, call
941-761-4771 if found.

LOST: GOLD AND seed pearl bracelet in Holmes
Beach. If found, please, call 941-545-5009 or 920-
608-0701.

LOST: TEAR DROP-shaped pendant on neck-
lace, maybe near Manatee Public Beach, much
sentimental value. Reward if found, 941-345-6531
or 941-778-3953.

DIGITAL CAMERA (FOUND on Island), digital
camera (found at Robinson Preserve), men's
wedding band, silver makeup bag. For further
information, please, call Holmes Beach Police
Department at 941-708-5804.


$1,100,000
- Golf course
community.
905 50th St.
Court W.,


CALL TARA GITT
Keller Williams
Teaii i On The Water
Targeting Your Lifestyle 941-685-4489


WONDERFUL SWEET ADULT cat, tiger striped,
big beautiful eyes. Neutered, up to date on shots,
micro chipped. Lisa, 941-345-2441 or e-mail:
islandlisa44@aol.com.

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
941-720-1411.


CUSTOM CARPENTRY: BOAT and home. Quality
work, fair rates. Call 941-795-1947 or 941-462-
2792.

DAGGER KAYAK: 12-foot 6-inch with paddle,
vest. Like new. Paid $999, sell for $600. 603-801 -
3508.

BIMINI BAY: 10,000-lb. lift, up to 29 feet. Direct
open water, electric, water. Call Larry, 941-778-
1565.

FOR RENT: BOAT slip, north end Anna Maria.
Easy access to Gulf, up to 30 feet, $150/month.
941-794-8877.


SALES ACE: MOTIVATED Real Estate licensee
wanted for new progressive Island office. Great
splits. Call Nicole, 941-773-3966.

PART-TIME SALES: Must be available evenings
and weekends. Gift shop located on Anna Maria
Island. Retirees welcome. Start as soon as pos-
sible. 727-244-5906.

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.

PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST for local area motel.
Flexible hours and some weekends. Phone 941 -
778-2780.

SECURITY GUARD: CONDO security guard
needed noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays.
$12/hour 941-778-1390.


LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? For all
ages, call Carolyn. Red cross certified. 941-778-
2301.

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.


LOOKING FOR ANGEL investor for construction
project: Haley's Motel is seeking a $1,000,000
investment to transform the motel into a wed-
ding facility. Invest $100,000 to $1,000,000 with
a great short-term ROI. Call Tom for details, 941-
993-4909.

ROTTEN RALPH'S RESTAURANT/bar busi-
ness opportunity, $299,000. One of the last with
waterfront dining. Sharon Villars, 941-920-0669.
Erlene Fitzpatrick, 941-224-6339. Remax Alliance
Group.

HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.

BEACH CONSIGNMENT SHOP: Busy shopping
plaza, includes new website and hosts over 80
artists. Must sell due to illness. Make offer. 941-
348-9494.



LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
778-5476.

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.

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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sands Established in 1983
Lawn Residential and Commercial
'Full service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping - Clean-up
778.1345 Hauling tree trimming
778-3Licensed & Insured

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

RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
i Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens * Bath * Design Service
Carpentry * Flooring * Painting
Commercial & Residential
S* References available * 941-720-7519

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

r HONEY DO HOME REPAIR
Handyman Service
SLet us put our 35 years of experience to work for you!
Joesph LaBrecque *Carpentry *Drywall *Flooring *Painting *Siding *Tile
941.896.5256-office Free Estimates Licensed
941.807.5256-cell Ask about our 10% guarantee & Insured


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CwJi Ki. llc.hci F!!l & Twin,
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"Movers Who Care�"
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.


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

DOLPIllT LIMIOTJSIITES
Rated "one (f th,- best transportation companies
on Florida's West Coast."
fIVSm-L AWN ,, 941-580-5777
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HCPTC #10105 AIRPORT PERMITS, LIVERY INSURED

Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants. -".:
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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.

CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise
Realty for all your real estate needs, selling, list-
ing, buying. Listings needed. 941-592-8373 or
e-mail: gregburkesr@hotmail.com.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
ANTOINETTE'S PERSONAL SERVICE: Caring
for your home while you are away. 941-778-7355,
941-730-6548.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-448-4100.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
6891.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
4152.
KEEP TRACK OF what's important. Be safe,
smart and ready with a home inventory. We're
bonded and insured. Call Jeff Cordes at Digital
Safety Net, 941-713-4507 or e-mail: jeff@ Digital-
SafetyNetFL.com.
PROFESSIONAL NANNY AVAILABLE morn-
ings/early afternoons. Experienced, loving, non-
smoker, CPR, references. Also evening/weekend
childcare. 772-480-8220.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
or 941-730-5693.

PRESSURE WASHING SPECIAL: Driveways,
swimming pool decks, docks and trailers, $45/
each. All other services $18/hour plus chemicals.
Cortez resident. Call Bill, 941-896-6788.

PURE IMAGE CLEANING: Residential, com-
mercial and move-in, move-outs! Call Michelle,
941-465-2957.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12.
Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
Free estimates, references. 941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift
certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Orga-
nizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I Owant to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than
19 years on AMI. Call today for an appointment,
941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.


CHECK MY HOUSE! We provide full house
checking services to ensure your house is secure
while you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail
check.my.house@verizon.net for details.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
941-538-2284.

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SPower *Locks
Trunks * Door Handles 941-780-1735
POWERUPAUTO.COM * SINCE 1995 FREE ESTIMATES * FL MV-46219

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




SPAPKS
STEEL
ART GALLERY
121-C Bridge St. * Bradenton Beach
(941) 795-0076 or 685-3392


MARK BOWERS
Electrical, Navigational * Audio/Video Systems
Marine and Residential * Service & Installs
Insured
PO Box 1064 * Cortez, Fla 34215
941.920.1169


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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
778-2581.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
phone" 941-720-0770.

NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

CERTIFIED HORTICULTURAL PROFESSIONAL:
Nursery quality garden care and maintenance.
Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installa-
tion. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan,
941-704-9025.



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
Neil, 941-726-3077.

ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in
town and the best results from classified ads and
service advertising!


CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
941-730-7479.

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 -
447-2198.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
2700.

J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Michi-
gan general contractor with 30 years experience.
Looking for large or small projects. Budget minded
and knowledgeable tradesman willing to complete
your project from start to finish on time, within
budget. Quality work guaranteed at affordable
prices. Call Mike, 616-204-8822.



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

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.
www.divefish.com.

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 March 1. $1,900/month. 941-730-1086.
HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units
available for office/commercial spaces from 750-
2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units
and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.


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CALL THE ISLAND'S FINEST..
MORE THAN 2,500 LARGE AND SMALL
PROJECTS ON AMI SINCE 1988!
We provide design plans-You preview 3-D drawings

WASH FAMILY CONSTRUCTION

941.725.0073
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LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988


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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
& Commercial
Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction * Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 * 5508 Marina Drive, Hol1rrn:, 1 i.p: i Sat.

BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down * Easy Access * Clean * Security Cameras
941-232-9208 * Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road * 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available


)AN'S RESCREEN INCH
.C":-L :-.,GES, LANAIS, PORCHES, WINDOWS, C1: :*P
r: :b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima: .
Call Dan, 941-713-3108


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

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








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___--u - Custom Building Contractor
&-- -- TUIx New Homes, Decks, Porches
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Call Office 941-795-1947 * Cell 941-462-2792


Auto * Classic - Call Jeff
Trucks and RV Cell 770-833-6543
Stone Chips * Cracks * Bulls Eye
ON THE SPOT

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WATERFRONT WITH FABULOUS VIEW of the bay.
Meticulously cared for inside and out. Open design with
cathedral ceilings and fireplace 2BR/2BA. Boat davits and
700 sf hobby shop and 2-car garage. $587,000.


AUDOABLE UKUOUND-LEVEL HUME in great neigh-
borhood. Just two blocks to the beach. 2BR/1.5BA with
mother-in-law apartment. $285,000

" " BERMUDA BAY
" 1 CLUB End unit,
'" '!!. 3 BR/2.5BA
1,524 sf. Beach-
Sto-bay complex,
pool, nature trail
and mangroves
S* | on bay side,
il,, '" beach just across
the street. Sun-
sets and sunrises.
- $375,000.


EXCEPTIONAL BEACH VIEWS from this 2BR/2BA
house at south end of Island, directly across from the Gulf
of Mexico. Unobstructed view will never change. Direct
beach views for half the price. $699,000.


DIRECTLY ON
THE BEACH
Bradenton Beach
Club 3BR/2.5BA
END UNIT, two
pools, exercise
room, pier and
dock on the bay.
Sunrise or sunset.
1,440 sf on the
Gulf. Two-car
enclosed garage.
$875,000.


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DIRECT BEACH VIEW from this 50 x 100 foot lot. One
of the last vacant lots with a Gulf view on the Island. Easy
beach access just steps away. Quiet street. $450,000.
Mike 800-367-1617
Norm n 941-778-6696
Norman 3 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
www.mikenormanrealty.com
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HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1BA. North-
west Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola
3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: www.coas-
talpropertiesrealty.com. 941-794-1515.
ISLAND ANNUALS: 2BR/2BA ground-level, pool,
55-plus community $1,000/month. 3BR/2BA pri-
vate home, furnished, $1,400/month. Gulf-Bay
Realty, 941-778-7244.
BRADENTON BEACH SMALL one room effi-
ciency. $695/month, annual lease, no pets. 941-
779-0289.


7`1 G guBay Bfaity of$=a *Madia Inc.
'esse (isson - BonfrrAssociate, GJ
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

Sailboat Water
Large lot, pool, dock on deepwater canal,
quiet dead-end street, close to the beach are
just a few of the features to this 2 bedroom, 2
bath, 1-car garage canalfront home in Anna
Maria. Currently the least expensive canal-
front home in Anna Maria. $549,900.













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Beautiful Gulf views, custom 4BR/3.5BA home,
gourmet kitchen, pool, elevator, partially furnished.
$2,200,000. Call Mary Ann Schmidt, 941-720-0288.
ANNA MARIA

SuihCoast
REAL ESTATE LLC
941-779-0202 * 800-732-6434
5402 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
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HUGE REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
50% - 70% off "2004-2006" PRICES

Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (Trip Advisor)
Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available


' 0 r i I ' 'Luxurious 2/2 apts..
, 1,200 s/ffrom $325,000
1,400 s/f from $375,000


TRAFDWIE DS Charming 1/1 apts.
.Wo 372 s/ffrom $125,000
4 "",'IT 533 s/ffrom $150,000


Call David Teitelbaum (Realtor) 941-812-4226
David@AnnaMaria-RealEstate.com

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ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, Seasonal
$2,000/month. Close to beach, trolley and res-
taurants. Three-month minimum. 941-778-7167.

OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL Space:
8803/8799 Cortez Road. 1,200-sf and 1,300-sf.
Call 1-800-952-1206.

VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA ground floor duplex.
Pool. $2,500/month plus taxes and security
deposit and cleaning fee. 2-3 month minimum.
941-778-9576.
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419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria
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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
tdollyl@yahoo.com * www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

LOTS AVAILABLE
Where can you build a duplex or home with
additional apartment on over 11,000 sf lot? Drive
by 7002 Marina Drive to see this great location
for only $335,000.
Choice canal lot in Anna Maria and last lot
available in Coconut Subdivision. Owner offers
excellent terms to qualified buyer. Close to
beach and only $449,000.
GULFFRONT! Remove cottage and construct
NEW on best Island beach in area of newer
and refurbished homes. Breathtaking views
possible and all natural white sandy beach.
$1,900,000.



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SINCE 1957
Marne Franklin Lci Real Estate Broker
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E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
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ONLY STEPS FROM beach on Anna Maria Island.
Seasonal 1BR/2BA, Internet access, parking.
$598/week plus tax. www.gulfdriveapartments.
info. 941-778-1098.

SEASONAL: 2012 JANUARY through April.
Luxury bayfront, 2BR/2BA, must see. 941-209-
8789.

NEAR BEACH TOWNHOUSE. 2BR/2BA, pool
and boat slip, $750/week. Call right away. Real-
tor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.

WATERFRONT HOME: 2BR/2BA, pool, dock,
walk to beach, $2,000/month, annual. 703-587-
4675, 941-779-9074.

ANNUAL: STEPS FROM beach. 1BR/1 BA ground
floor, open kitchen living, dining room. Private
patio, pool, laundry, parking on-site, electric, water
included, $850/month. 201 South Bay Blvd., #2,
Anna Maria. Reggie, 786-375-9633.

SEASONAL 2012: 2BR/2BA, waterfront, three-
month minimum, Homeaway.com. Property
number 270319. 941-209-8789.

LARGE 2BR/1BA, HOLMES Beach. Dishwasher,
washer and dryer. References and credit. $950/
month plus utilities. 941-518-4688.

BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA CONDO for rent, seasonal
or annual. Ground floor, five minutes from beach.
$2,400/month. 941-795-6688.


M. Jones
CRS, GRI Realtor�


Call or e-mail anytime...
Office 941.779.0304
Cell 941.7739770
cindy@cjonesre.com
teamduncan.com
S1299 ~ Anna Maria FL 34216


HOLMES BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA. 200
feet to Gulf. Available April 1. $695/weekly. 585-
317-7344.

HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/2BA on the beach. Pool,
tennis court, elevators. 941-778-6288.

SANDPIPER RESORT: 2BR/1BA, steps to
beach, bay view, dock, seasonal, annual. 941-
778-3051.

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.



I WILL LIST your property on 350 web sites!
Laurie Fox, Coldwell Banker, www.every-listing.
com, 941-730-7635.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool,
outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey
furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-
car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immacu-
late 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture,
breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under
roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. $3,500,000. Contact owner, broker,
941-920-1699.

DUPLEX FOR SALE by owner. Best deal on Anna
Maria Island at $379,000. Long-term leaseback
from seller includes all maintenance. Realtors
welcome. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.

DIRECT BAYFRONT: 2,500 sf, pool, dock and
lift. Two year rent-to-own. Five percent down and
$4,500/month. $1,099,000.417 28th St., Holmes
Beach. 941-580-0626.


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LARGE


TRY A FRESH approach: Call Carmen Pedota
and Lori Guerin of Duncan Real Estate for all
your real estate needs. 941-284-2598 or 941-773-
3415. www.loriguerin.listingbook.com.

FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper
Resort, 1BR/1BA, enclosed bonus room, steps
to beach. 813-458-3875.

FOR SALE: TRAILER. Pines Park, Bridge Street.
$45,000. Updated, furnished, three blocks to
beach. Park manager on-site. Boat dock possibil-
ity. Owner, 603-508-2039. Cell, 941-567-6726.

WILL TRADE: LONGBOAT KEY Gulffront
2BR/2BA condo, upgraded, for Anna Maria Island
Gulffront condo. Make offer. 217-493-6216.

ASSISTED LIVING HOME: Includes real estate.
Two houses on lake, one can be living quar-
ters/office. Nine-bed up and running for over 15
years. $529,000. Call 941-356-1456, Realtor. Real
Estate Mart.

$135,000: WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE.
2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, heated pool. Boat
slip outside your front door. Low fees, exceptional
deal. Call to see now. Exclusive with Real Estate
Mart, 941-356-1456.

ACROSS THE STREET from beach, 20,000 sf,
two 100x100-foot lots. Centrally located, ready
to build up to four luxury homes. $685,000. 941-
778-9304.

CORNER LOT: 100x100 feet with 4BR/2.5BA
home with lanai, one block from beach, $550,000.
Call 941-779-9059.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? You also can view the weekly edition page-
by-page. Check it out at www.islander.org.


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OLD FLORIDA LIVING in this fabulous bayfront
setting with spectacular views. Lush tropical set-
ting, 2 docks, tiki bar. Home has cathedral beam
ceilings, knotty cypress walls and Australian
cypress floors. Dave Moynihan 941-720-0089.
#M5819584. $849,500


BuM I tr s UIKtIvi, oring your Dig yacnts nere.
One of the largest waterfront parcels in Key
Royale. 265 feet of seawall, 2 docks, 2 lifts.
Large home, almost 3,000 sf under air, 4BR/3BA
possible 5BR. Caged pool. Rae Ellen Hayo 941-
920-0364. #M5809802. $699,000
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MARTINIQUE in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria PERICO BAY CLUB - 2BR/2BA private patio
Island. Beautiful Gulfviewsfrom thiscornerunit. courtyard home. All season Lanai, new deck
2BR/2BA immaculate and turnkey furnished. overlooking lake, vaulted ceilings, updated
Garage and carport are included. Karen Day kitchen, 1-car garage. New roof. Turnkey. Penny
941-518-3682. #M5815222. $449,999 Bray 941-795-6685. #M5817575. $205,900


HOLMES BEACH - this cozy home is located KEY ROYALE - canalfront 3BR/2BA home with
on a beautiful canal, loads of room to expand. a beautiful open floor plan, great home for enter-
Move-in ready. All the warranted work is finished, training. large kitchen, huge glassed-in lanai with
Beautiful relaxing retreat complete with boat lift. view of canal. Boat lift. Rae Ellen Hayo 941-920-
Rae Ellen Hayo 941-920-0364. #M5818435. 0364. #M5819087. $650,000
$439,000


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