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VOLUME 19. NO. 23
APRIL 13, 2011
Beach buildup brings beachgoers
B , . ' . i client pipes stretch along the
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BB dune walkover
work begins. Page 8
AM dock variance
denied. Page 9
police blotter. Page 10
Holmes Beach to hold
Founder's Day cel-
ebration. Page 18
What to do, where to
go. Page 19
KRC champs, round-
ball rounds corner.
Fishing: Spring, full
swing. Page 23
news, real estate
report. Pages 24-25
By Lisa Neff
Paul Hackney spread out his towel,
pitched an umbrella and leaned back against
the big renourishment pipe to bask in the April
The "glug, glug, glug" of the sand and
water coursing through the pipe - from dis-
tant Tampa Bay to the renourishment site on
north Coquina Beach - was like a sound-
soother for the vacationing Hackney.
"Well, it's almost hypnotic," he said. His
eyelids even looked heavy, and he set down
his book for a nap on the shore.
The beach renourishment work under way
at Coquina Beach is proving a tourist attrac-
The $6 million project involves renourish-
ing much of severely eroded Coquina Beach,
which is maintained by the county, and a .6
mile section of Anna Maria beach north of the
The project involves federal, state and
local governments, along with contractors
Costal Planning and Engineering and Great
Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.
Great Lakes deployed multiple vessels off
With renourishment vessels in the distance, a Great
Lakes Dock and Dredge crew on April 6 moves sand
pumped to north Coquina Beach by miles of pipe that
reach to a quality sand borrow in Tampa Bay.
Renourishment activity draws onlookers to the beach.
Anna Maria Island for the work that began April
2. The ships' shapes and nightlights, for some,
added to the Island ritual of sunset-watching.
And the onshore project enhanced the Island
ritual of sunbathing.
Just outside the Coquina Beach work perim-
eter April 6, dozens of beachgoers set up for a
day on the sand, where pipes stretched along the
"I could have gone anywhere away from the
work, but it's fascinating," said Hackney.
Other beachgoers said the same.
"I posted a photograph of me with the bull-
dozers in the background to Facebook," said
Justine Waldman of Philadelphia. "The caption
said, 'They're rebuilding paradise. Wish you
Along Gulf Drive near the work site, where
several bulldozers pushed, piled and sculpted
sand and a soup-like mixture of sand and water
bubbled from a massive pipe, dog-walkers, bicy-
clists, joggers, motorists and stroller-pushers
stopped to watch.
"See the backhoes?" a woman asked a
"Bulldozers," he replied, and watched for
nearly an hour.
A passerby paused and commented, with
sarcasm, "Our tax dollars at work, huh?"
Then he got an earful from a dozen renour-
ishment enthusiasts, including several who drove
out to the beach from Bradenton just to watch the
action, which will conclude by May 1.
"This - the beach - is what we move here
for, so we've got to take care of it," said Terry
Williams of Bradenton.
By Rick Catlin
With the $6 million project to renourish
Coquina Beach and a .6 mile portion of Anna
Maria beach under way, bid packets were mailed
to about 15 companies for the second phase of
nourishment expected to start this summer.
Rick Spadoni of Coastal Planning & Engi-
neering, Manatee County's contracted marine
engineer, said companies would be bidding on
installation of a geo-thermal tube around the
jetty on the north side of Longboat Pass, as well
PLEASE SEE RENOURISHMENT, PAGE 3
2 E APRIL 13, 2011 U THE ISLANDER
Center cell tower could 'burn
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Island Community Center may
have a way to honor its "bum the mortgage" slogan and
generate some much-needed revenue for the center.
Allowing a cell tower on the property could gener-
ate as much as $72,000 in annual revenue, if not more,
and the center could receive a payment of $150,000
when the cell tower begins sending carrier signals.
Two companies met with the center's ad hoc com-
munications committee April 8, and one company pro-
posed the center a lump sum payment of $150,000 the
day the cell tower becomes operational.
Ridan Industries of Tampa, in partnership with
Alpha-Omega Communications of Longboat Key, made
the offer if the center contracts with Ridan to build a
tower on center property.
Kevin Barile of Ridan said that, in addition to the
$150,000, the company would pay the center $1,000 a
month to lease the required space, or 20 percent of the
monthly gross revenues, whichever is greater.
James Eatrides of Alpha-Omega estimated it would
take 12-18 months after signing a contract for the cell
tower to be constructed and operational. When carriers
begin using the tower, the $150,000 would be paid.
The proposed 150-foot tower would look like a
flag pole and be able to handle six cell phone carriers
and equipment. The goal would be four carriers on the
tower, Eatrides said.
Barile said he and Eatrides would not profit until a
third carrier is added.
"We are the last ones to make any money. We want
this to be a win, win, win, win situation for the com-
munity, the center, the carriers and us," Barile said.
Attorney Stacey Frank, who owns a home in Anna
Maria, also presented a proposal to the committee.
She formed F&L Towers LLC several years ago
as she sought to move away from corporate law. Frank
turned to the wireless communications industry and the
move has been a wise one.
"I've probably written more than 1,000 leases on
cell towers," she said.
Her proposal for the center was based upon revenue
sharing, a straight lease or a combination of the two.
F&L Towers leases space from a property owner
such as the community center, builds a tower, then seeks
carriers to fill the available spaces on the tower, she
Frank's company has a cell tower contract with
the Hillsborough County School District. Those towers
generated $316,000 last year for the district, based on
11 cell towers at various schools.
Frank estimated a cell tower at the center with just
one carrier would generate a minimum of $1,200 per
month for the center, based upon a 50 percent split of
the gross revenues.
Her goal would be to have four to six carriers oper-
ating from the tower.
"The average carrier pays $24,000 a year to use a
cell tower," she said.
With six carriers operating, "that's a significant
source of revenue for the center," Frank said.
Additionally, "escalators" could be written into the
lease to increase the center's share as carriers generate
"I design all the poles from the front end to handle
the future. You have a good opportunity on your prop-
erty and a good location" for a tower, Frank said.
As a good faith gesture, Frank would provide a
$25,000 deposit if the center signs a contract with her
Committee members will present a report to the
center's executive committee for discussion.
Several years ago, the board considered a cell tower
offer, but major donors responded that if a cell tower
were built at the center, their donations would dry up.
In current economic hard times, however, the non-
profit center faces some financial difficulties.
Because of the mortgage on the $4.5 million center
facility that opened in 2007, fees at the center were
increased. Some area residents on fixed incomes have
said they could no longer afford to use the center. The
new facility was originally estimated to cost about $3
A revenue stream of $72,000 a year, or a lump sum
of $150,000 plus a percentage of the monthly gross
might go a long way toward solving the center's finan-
cial issues, one board member indicated, including
burning the mortgage.
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria Island Community Center sus-
pended a 30-year-old male staff member April 1 on
learning the Manatee County Sheriff's Office had
received a complaint of alleged sexual activity by the
male with a 17-year old female who participates in
The information was included in a complaint made
by Sandra Mattick of Anna Maria, who submitted a
report about the allegations to deputies.
When an MCSO deputy went to the center to speak
with the staff member, he learned that the employee had
been suspended pending further investigation, accord-
ing to the MCSO report.
"It is alleged that the subject engaged in sexual
activity with a minor 17 years of age. The subject
involved has a custodial relationship with the minor,"
the report said.
The alleged victim was not interviewed in the initial
investigation, the report said.
Sgt. Dave Turner of the MCSO's Anna Maria sub-
station forwarded the report to the MCSO's crimes
against juveniles unit.
Later, MCSO spokesperson Dave Bristow said the
investigation was closed because the alleged victim
PLEASE SEE SUSPENSION, PAGE 5
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A team moves sand to build up the shore at Coquina Beach with Longboat Key, Beer Can Island and Longboat
Pass in the background. Most of the county-owned beach is being renourished this month, as well as a .6 mile
section of beach in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
RENOURISHMENT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
as construction of an artificial reef near the pass off
Spadoni estimated the second phase will cost about
$6.2 million, with the majority of costs attributed to the
reef portion of the project. The geo-thermal tube cost is
estimated at $130,000.
Manatee County could build an 8-acre reef if the
price is right, Spadoni added.
The county's contract with the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers that permitted this year's beach renourish-
ment calls for a minimum 4.9-acre reef, and up to an
"A large part of any bid like this is the startup cost,"
Spadoni said, and the county could get a very low price
to add the additional 3.1 acres of reef that would keep
sand from shifting into Longboat Pass and provide a
recreational dive site.
Spadoni said contractors were asked to bid on con-
struction of both a 4.9-acre reef and an 8-acre reef.
The start-up cost would be about the same for either
size reef, he said. Spadoni said he anticipated the bids
would be opened in late May.
"We' re looking for the lowest responsible bidder
with artificial reef-building experience," he said.
The reef specifications call for numerous 4- to 5-ton
limestone boulders to be spaced about a half-foot apart
on the sea bottom. Spadoni said limestone is "the best
material for an artificial reef because it's natural and
really attracts coral. It's what a natural reef is."
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 13, 2011 E 3
Anna Maria City
* April 13, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
* April 14, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
* April 28, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
* April 20, 10 a.m., special master hearing.
* April 20, 1 p.m., CRA meeting.
* April 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* April 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* April 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement hearing.
* April 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* April 28, 11:30 a.m., police retirement board
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
* April 21, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Avenue
W., Bradenton, 941-741-3900.
* April 18, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
* April 18, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
* April 20, 2 p.m., Coalition Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
* April 22 is Good Friday. Government offices will
be closed. The Islander office also will be closed.
* April 25, 1:30 p.m. Manatee County Board of
Commissioners planning session, administrative build-
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Spring breaks out AMI tourism numbers
By Rick Catlin
There are some vacation destination lists that tour-
ism officials are pleased to see Anna Maria Island failed
to land in the top 10, or even the top 20.
Those lists for the best spring break vacation spots
for college students are published online by tripadvisor.
com and studentspringbreak.com, among others. Anna
Maria Island failed to get a mention on either website.
"Those are two lists I'm glad we're not on," Bra-
denton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing
director Debbie Meihls said.
"We are not a typical spring-break destination for
college students and we don't want to be. We're happy
they go to Panama City, Daytona Beach or Fort Lauder-
dale. We are a family-oriented destination," she said.
But that didn't mean Island accommodations
weren't filled during spring breaks in March.
Schools across the country went on spring break
in March, and many vacationing families found Anna
"We were booked solid in March," said Jesse Bris-
son, accommodations manager for Gulf-Bay Realty in
"College kids on their own go to Panama Beach. The
families on spring break come here," he observed.
The influx of visitors to the Island continued
throughout the month, he said.
Brisson sold out every weekend last month except
for two days.
February started a little slow for accommodation
rentals, he said, but "March and April have certainly
made up for the slow February start."
March rentals were up about 20 percent from the
same month last year, while April reservations are
already "off the charts," Brisson said. He expects April
rentals to increase between 20 and 25 percent compared
with April 2010.
"I can't speak for everybody on the Island, but
we went gangbusters during March, and April is even
better," he said.
Likewise, Rebecca Barnett at AMI Accommoda-
tions in Anna Maria said there was a big boost in accom-
, . . _ .
Beachgoers enjoy a game of catch. After a slow start
in February, Island tourism was strong in March,
according to industry owners, managers and agents.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
modation rentals during March, fueled by families on
Spring break wasn't just the first or second week
of March, she said. Rather, a number of schools had
different spring-break weeks.
"Our spring break was families and it seemed that
each week was a different spring break somewhere,"
Houses with four to six bedrooms or more were in
demand, and there were few days in March when any
of the 240 properties rented by AMI Accommodations
were not occupied.
"March was off the charts, and April is already
looking extremely good for advance reservations, better
than last year," Barnett said. She predicted 100 percent
occupancy for a number of days in April.
Even better news is that reservations for the summer
months are ahead of last year's pace.
"We had the oil spill last year and that hurt a bit
until people who had planned to go to the Panhandle
came here," Barnett said.
And reservations for summer are good, she said.
"It's great. We've already booked a lot of people for
Hotel and condominium-unit rentals also soared in
"Our February was very good," said David Teitel-
baum of the Tradewinds, Seaside and Tortuga resorts in
Bradenton Beach. He acknowledged that the month started
out soft, but quickly improved as weather conditions up
north became favorable for travel to the Island.
March, however, set new records for rentals, he
"March reservations were just incredible. We were
handling hundreds of calls or e-mails every day from
people looking for a room. We were booked solid all
Those reservations were made by families, not col-
lege students looking for a party atmosphere.
"That's definitely not the Island," he said. "And we
don't want it to be the Island."
March reservations were easily up 10 percent or
more from March last year, Teitelbaum said, and April
reservations are on a "hectic" pace, Teitelbaum said.
At the Bridgewalk Resort in Bradenton Beach,
Angela Rodocker said February rentals were up 26
percent compared with February 2010.
March reservations, however, blew up the tele-
phones, Rodocker indicated.
"We were up more than 35 percent in occupancy in
March, and April is ahead of last year's pace," Rodocker
"It's been amazing. It shows we have a great prod-
uct in a great area. People love the Island and Bridge
Street, and the (Historic) Bridge Street Pier has really
become well known."
An April 6 article incorrectly reported that the
Manatee County commission tabled a funding request
to the West Coast Inland Navigation District for marine
equipment. The commission approved the request.
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denied that any sexual activity occurred.
"We talked to the alleged victim and she's denying
anm ihing happened," Bristow said. "We have to have a
victim" to proceed with an investigation, he added.
The center's executive board issued a statement
April 8, saying the employee had been placed on admin-
istrative leave on April 1.
Center officials met with the alleged victim's
mother and cooperated fully with the MCSO, the state-
After the sheriff s office closed its investigation,
the center said it contacted an outside, independent
investigator to conduct an internal investigation. That
investigation will conclude with a "full report to the
board and the individuals involved in the allegations,"
the board's statement said.
"The center's primary objective in this matter is to
reveal trust and to insure (sic) that at the conclusion of the
investigation, all parties involved will have peace of mind
and know that every possible action was taken to insure
(sic) the safety of our youth," the statement concluded.
Center executive director Pierrette Kelly referred
further inquiries to the board of directors.
Mattick declined to comment, but indicated she had
learned of the alleged sexual activity from text messages
sent among a group of female juveniles who participate
in center activities.
She said she may comment further after talking
with other parents and the mother of the teen who was
rumored to be involved in sexual activity with the center
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 13, 2011 E 5
Bed tax revenue, tourism rise
By Rick Catlin
Revenues from Manatee County's resort tax
increased 1.2 percent in February compared with the
same month last year.
That's good news for accommodation managers and
rental agents who say it's a sure sign that visitor arrivals
to the area in February were ahead of last year's pace.
The Manatee County Tax Collector's office reported
$857,082 in collections for February 2011, compared
with $847,600 for the same month in 2010.
While the $9,482 increase might seem modest to
some, it's not for real estate agent Jason Sato of Sato
Real Estate in Anna Maria.
"Remember, many room rates this year are lower
than last year," he said. "I think the increase shows
February tourism was great."
In addition, Sato said a number of families were
booked into large houses in February. The rental price
for a home is generally the same whether there are six
people or 16 people in the group, he observed.
Other rental agents agree that more than one family
often combines to rent a larger property.
And bed tax revenues are not actual "heads in
beds," said Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
president Mary Ann Brockman.
"We won't know the actual number of visitors until
the report comes out, but any increase in resort tax is a
good sign for the industry that tourism increased that
month," she said.
Brockman predicted visitor arrivals in February
2011 would be a bit higher than February 2010, while
March tourism figures would be "well above" the same
month last year.
The February bed-tax increase was good news
when compared with January 2011 collections, which
were down 2.6 percent when compared with January
Debbie Meihls of the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau said the February tourism report
would be posted within the next few days.
The three Island cities collected $361,582 in Feb-
ruary 2011, 42.2 percent of total collections. Holmes
Beach led all county municipalities in bed-tax collec-
tions with $228,274, while Anna Maria and Bradenton
Beach combined for $133,308. Longboat Key added
$140,072 to the county's February bed-tax revenues.
Collectively, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key
brought in $501,654 in bed tax collections, 58.3 percent
of the February total.
The Manatee County Commission increased the
bed tax from 4 percent to 5 percent in June 2009, with
some of the additional 1 percent revenue going toward
expenses incurred by tourist information centers, such
as the AMI chamber. The bed tax applies only to room
and vacation rentals for periods less than six months.
The 5 percent resort tax is in addition to the county's
6.5 percent sales tax. Revenues from the resort tax are
used to fund the BACVB and for county beach renour-
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6 E APRIL 13, 2011 U THE ISLANDER
Yes, it's sadly true that there is not always good news
to report on Anna Maria Island.
The news is sometimes hard to report. It often seems
like smalltown news, but we are a smalltown newspaper
serving three small towns on a small barrier island.
There's always something in the news we'd really
rather not report. Obituaries come to mind. In almost 19
years of publishing, we've sadly noted the passing of
many Islanders and friends to Anna Maria Island. There's
police news that's tough to tackle, such as murder and
other crimes. The unsolved disappearance of Sabine Musil-
Buehler, a Christmas murder-suicide, fatal car crashes,
shootings and drug busts.
Those stories hit home more often than not in a small
community. We share the good times and the bad with our
readers, friends and acquaintances.
So this is just another trying time that we will survive,
but sadly, bad news doesn't often come from the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
It's another time we're reminded of a tune .... lyrics
that we'd just as soon didn't come to mind. I recall the
fifth-grade class at Anna Maria Elementary School per-
forming the song to much acclaim.
But this week we have trouble.
Trouble, oh we got trouble,
Right here in Anna Maria City.
We've surely got trouble!
It's enough to make you sing the blues.
The week came with allegations, accusations, denials
and complaints about inappropriate behavior and sexual
misconduct on the part of a staff member at the center.
And in a small community like ours, so many people
know the names and sources and the background - and
Unfortunately, there's more in the form of rumors,
conjecture and speculation, and we don't need that now.
We need to be clear.
We're talking about the future of so many people,
including the youths involved, their families and friends,
and the accused and his family and friends.
No matter guilty or not guilty, lives are changed. And
none for the better.
It's a tough situation for kids to muddle through in the
midst of teen emotions. And it's hard for the center board
and staff to cope with reality and rumor. It's tough all the
It's a tough call at the newspaper, but we're here to
report the news, good and bad.
Because right here on Anna Maria Island, we 'Uotta
bigger out a way to keep out the trouble.
'Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble" ... as the
Music Man wailed.
What's the good news? We got tourists. Flocks of
snowbirds. And sand pumping onto Coquina Beach. Right
here on AMI. And that's good as gold.
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Toots for trolley drivers
My parents, senior folk visiting from the United
Kingdom, enjoy riding the Island trolley. Indeed, they
rely on the trolley to get around. My father has severe
problems walking and enjoys the freedom of movement
provided by the trolley.
Last week, my parents saw the trolley coming and
tried to cross the busy road in front of the Publix Super
My mother stuck up her arm so the driver could
see they wanted to ride. The drive was extremely cour-
teous and allowed them to board in a safe and timely
We are all aware the Island is packed with visitors
and locals alike, and everyone wishes to be safe.
This small act of kindness made my folks' day.
Thank you to all the drivers of the trolley for being
patient and courteous during a hectic winter-spring
season. We would not be without you.
Susan Mendonca, Holmes Beach
Ahh, the sweet Island morning sounds of chirping
birds and the endless droning of leaf blowers.
The sound of one leaf blower is heard by many
others for blocks around, all because there are a handful
of grass clippings/leaves on the driveway.
What a shame.
Why would anyone or any landscaper want to keep
the neighborhood quiet and peaceful by using a broom
or a rake when you have the chance to fire up a noisy
machine that can burn gas and oil and pollute the air
with fumes and noise.
Not to mention that you can just blow your stuff
right onto the street or a neighbor's property.
Many towns across the country and in other coun-
tries have banned leaf blowers because of the long list
of negative impacts and problems they cause.
The decibel level is higher than almost an) ithini
you will hear on our Island, and the sound will creep
through any insulated window into your home.
Just think how many homes can hear that one
There used to be a thing called consideration and
respect for one's neighborhood, not to mention a rake
or a broom.
If you're here to relax on vacation, trying to sleep
in or have an afternoon nap, good luck!
So let's make some noise for getting rid of leaf
blowers and take us back to the old Florida or at least
we can sound like it.
Bob Johnson, Anna Maria
Tunnel to AMI
I wonder why the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation is not considering the third alternative for replace-
ment of the Island bridges.
That would be no bridge, but a tunnel to connect
us with the mainland. A tunnel would make all sides in
the high bridge-low bridge debate happy. Neither cars
nor boats would have to stop to allow the other to pass,
as is the case of a drawbridge option.
There could be nothing more picturesque than look-
ing across the bay and actually seeing the bay.
I also wouldn't miss the constant rumble of traffic
across the bridge.
Mike Cunningham, Bradenton Beach
Editor's note: While a high bridge is the recommen-
dation for Manatee Avenue, no recommendations have
been made for the Cortez Bridge on Cortez Road.
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formed more than 40 years ago, recently elected
Doug Terry of Holmes Beach as president. He
replaces Frank Almeda of Anna Maria, who has
retired after many years of service and leadership.
The Pier Regulars were formed from a group
of fishermen who visited Island piers on a regular
basis to fish and exchange fish stories.
A breakfast and social is held at the Rod & Reel
Pier in Anna Maria the first Wednesday of every
month, and Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant man-
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During the winter months, when many Pier
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New Pier Regulars president Doug Terry, right, of
Holmes Beach, and founding member John Bacich
of Anna Maria, met recently to discuss Terry's
election. Terry replaced Frank Almeda, 89, who
held the office for nearly 10 years before retiring.
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year, the Anna Maria nesting area
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T i Islander
In the April 12, 2001, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Anna Maria city commissioners, with Mayor Gary
Deffenbaugh absent, approved Commissioner Tom
Skoloda as vice mayor and commission chair. Skoloda
was elected 3-1 to chair the meetings after Commis-
sioner Jay Hill said nothing in the charter required the
mayor to chair the meetings. Deffenbaugh later said the
election was wrong, but he did not have the money to
challenge the action in court.
* Developer Nick Easterling announced plans
to tear down the former Pete Reynard's restaurant in
Holmes Beach and replace it with the Tidemark Lodge,
a marina-condominium-hotel resembling the Rod &
Gun Club in Everglades City. He said his partners were
Chris Horsley and Steve and Judy Titsworth.
* Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said Com-
missioner Jay Hill might have broken the city charter
when Hill named members to the city administrative
procedures committee without consulting him. Hill
reportedly told members to meet in pairs to research pro-
cedural changes. Deffenbaugh said the charter required
the mayor to make appointments, subject to commission
approval. He also said that committee members meeting
in pairs could be a Sunshine Law violation.
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8 0 APRIL 13, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
Bridge Street-Gulf dune walkover work begins
By Lisa Neff
Construction began earlier this month at the Bridge
Street beach access in Bradenton Beach, where a crew
is putting up a walkover to protect the dune.
The work will be completed before May 1, the offi-
cial start of the sea-turtle nesting season, according to
Meanwhile, city officials continue to await a permit
from the Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion for a dune-protection project at Third Street South.
The city wants to straighten the access at the location,
which is used by emergency personnel to enter the
"Hopefully we'll get that quickly," said Mayor Bob
Bartelt. "What we want is to shift the cut 10 feet to the
north so that it aligns to the center of the street end."
That also would deter beachgoers using the access
from walking on private property. And, with the plant-
ing of some bollards, protect the dune, Bartelt said.
A third proposed dune project would be located in
the 100 block of Gulf Drive North. City officials, LTA
Engineers and representatives from ELRA Inc., which
owns the BeachHouse Restaurant, are in preliminary
talks on a major dune construction.
Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee
will hold a memorial tree dedication for the late John
Molyneux, a former committee chair, April 19, while
his daughters are in town to participate. Molyneux died
April 19, 2010, and the committee planned to have a
dedication when snowbirds returned.
A southern magnolia was planted in his memory
adjacent to the seawall in Spring Lake Park, 6087
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The dedication will be
at 10 a.m.
Molyneux's wife Caroline is a member of the com-
mittee, although she is resigning in May and plans to
move back to Connecticut.
Committee chair Fred Heger also announced the
city's plan to pi'_.'-i, bal k its National Arbor Day tree-
planting celebration onto plans to beautify Kingfish
Holmes Beach has grant funding to plant 64 trees
at the boat ramp. The trees are scheduled to be planted
May 16. However, the city plans to install the largest
of the trees, a 45-gallon live oak in advance of the proj-
The city owns a lot about 50 feet wide and fronting
Gulf Drive and across from city hall. A larger section of
the property - about 200 feet fronting Gulf Drive - is
A walkover is under construction to protect the dunes
at Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo:
The live oak will be planted at 10 a.m. Friday, April
29. The public is invited to attend.
in a tree-
Sat city hall.
He will be
19 with a
owned by ELRA Inc. The private property nearest the
street is used for overflow parking at the BeachHouse,
but most of the area is used as a wide path to the water-
ELRA has proposed paying for the engineering and
design work on the project, as well as for the dune con-
struction on its part of the land, while the city would
pay for improvements on its parcel.
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
Sand dunes are naturally occurring coastal fea-
tures formed by the accumulation of wind-blown
sand and protected by law.
Dunes provide protective habitat for wildlife,
serve as natural protection to coastal structures
against high winds and waves and combat erosion.
Dunes, however, can be damaged by storms and
trampled by people. So, the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection works with municipal
governments to permit the construction of new
dunes or create protections for existing dunes.
Source: Florida Department of Environmental
on Deepwater recovery
Three regional estuary programs will co-host
forums to discuss projects to restore the Gulf of Mexico
ecosystem, and other environmental issues.
The host organizations are the Sarasota Bay Estuary
Program, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
and Tampa Bay Estuary Program.
Forums are scheduled for:
* 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the Selby Auditorium,
USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, where
the focus will be on comments from the general public
and non-governmental organizations.
* 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the South-
west Florida Regional Planning Council, 1926 Victoria
Ave., Fort Myers, where the focus will be on comments
from government officials and scientists.
* 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, Tampa Bay
Regional Planning Council, 4000 Gateway Centre
Blvd., Pinellas Park, where the focus will be on com-
ments from business and industry.
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 13, 2011 E 9
AM dock variance recommendation denied
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria planning and zoning board members
unanimously recommended that the city commission
deny a variance request to extend the location of boat
moorings and a walkway at 517 Blue Heron Drive. P&Z
members learned the initial variance request was sub-
mitted partly to improve the sale price of the home.
The original request was submitted in April 2009
by then-owner Jake Martin. He asked for the variance
to extend a lk i� llii h'ugh the mangroves at his prop-
erty about 66 feet beyond the legal limit. Martin had a
dock, but wanted to extend it 27 feet into Bimini Bay.
Martin claimed in 2009 that at low tide, boats at the
present dock sat on the bottom.
After city attorney Jim Dye learned that the city
limit ended at the water's edge, and Manatee County
had jurisdiction, the city took no action on Martin's
"We couldn't grant a variance over something we
had no jurisdiction over," said building official Bob
Manatee County declined to exercise its jurisdiction
on Martin's request and Anna Maria eventually annexed
certain adjacent waters in Bimini Bay and elsewhere
along the city's shoreline. The annexation process took
about 18 months.
In the interim, Martin sold the property at 517 Blue
Heron to Edwin and Karen Hasler, reportedly on the
promise that the city would grant a variance for boat
moorings further into Bimini Bay, said adjacent neigh-
bor Howard Payne.
"I originally spoke in favor of Mr. Martin's applica-
tion," Payne told P&Z members at their April 5 meeting.
"Had I known it was just a ruse to induce people to buy
the lot, I would have taken a different position."
. .: .. .....
Engineer Jeff Hostetler, center, talks with contractor
Steve Kring and Anna Maria resident Jenna Victor
outside the Anna Maria P&Z meeting April 5 at city
hall about a request to build a dock beyond the man-
grove line in Bimini Bay. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Payne said the buyers were aware they would need
a variance when they bought the property.
"It's buyer beware," he said. "Other Bimini Bay
homes don't have docks because of shallow water. The
owners don't like it, but they live with it," Payne said.
P&Z members determined that the variance, if
granted, would not be in "general harmony" with the
comprehensive plan and would affect the "essential
character and property values surrounding the site."
The board's recommendation will now go to the
city commission for a final decision.
In other business, the board approved a preliminary
site plan for a two-lot subdivision at 109 and 111 Syca-
more Ave. for David and Candace Ridley. The house
has been featured in a number of home magazines, said
attorney Ricinda Perry, representing the Ridleys.
The board also discussed refunding building permit
and site-plan fees to applicants who do not complete
Member Carl Pearman asked why discussion of
a refund was on the agenda since the commission has
already determined a policy of no refunds.
P&Z chair Sandy Mattick said she understood that
Mayor Mike Selby wanted to give Robert and Nicola
Hunt of 303 Pine Ave. the opportunity to be heard.
Nicola Hunt said she and her husband asked for a
refund 10 months ago.
The commission denied the request, but Hunt said
it's beginning to "look personal," and wanted each
request judged on its merits.
She said she called other cities in Florida and many
have a policy on refunding at least a portion of the fees
for an uncompleted project.
"I think it's unreasonable. Could you please be
fair?" Hunt asked.
The board made no recommendation on changing
the current policy.
Pet rescue forum planned
Animal welfare advocates will hold a forum
at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, at Holmes Beach City
Hall to discuss how people can foster rescued
The program, in the commission chambers at
city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, will include presenta-
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Sheriff urges mom to share with BBPD
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube encouraged
a mother seeking a new investigation into her daugh-
ter's death on New Year's Day 2009 to share any evi-
dence she's compiled with the Bradenton Beach Police
Bradenton Beach man
A Bradenton Beach man set to stand trial later
this year for allegedly stabbing a man and then
escaping from police is facing a new criminal
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
arrested Jacob Gennell, 20, in Palmetto on April
1 for alleged possession of a firearm/ammunition
while under a domestic violence injunction.
Gennell was taken to the Manatee County jail
and his bond on aggravated battery and escape
charges was revoked.
Bradenton Beach police arrested Gennell for
allegedly stabbing a man Dec. 8, 2010, in the 2500
block of Avenue B.
The police report stated 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 taken to BBPD, where a police
report stated that he escaped. He was captured soon
after with the assistance of a Manatee County Sher-
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that the MCSO open an investigation into the death of
her 22-year-old daughter, Sheena Lee Morris of Tampa.
Morris was found hanging in a shower in a resort room
in Bradenton Beach on Jan. 1, 2009.
The BBPD determined that Morris' death was a
suicide, but Osborn believes her daughter was killed,
and that the BBPD made mistakes
in its handling of the case.
BBPD Chief Sam Speciale
has defended his department's
investigation, saying the lead detec-
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and required and that other agen-
Morris cies, including the MCSO and the
Florida Department of Law Enforce-
ment, have affirmed BBPD's conclusion.
Osborn, rejecting BBPD's position, has hired
private investigators and an independent autopsy and
offered the records to Steube.
"I would like to share these affidavits with you
or your homicide investigators," the mother wrote to
Steube. She added, "So that we can finally have a real
investigation into the cause of my daughter's death and
get a killer off the streets before this happens to another
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past conversations on the case.
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He then encouraged Osborn "to immediately contact
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Osborn, two weeks earlier, was told by Bradenton
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Bradenton Beach asks county to review bay navigation
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach City Commission is shipping
concerns to the county about navigational conditions
in channels in Sarasota Bay from First Street South to
"For years the boaters - both our citizens and visi-
tors - have complained how difficult it is to boat easily
in our waters and each year it gets worse," said Com-
missioner Janet Vosburgh, who introduced the issue to
"This is a very serious problem for not only the
boaters, but our wildlife as well," Vosburgh added.
The commission has received a series of com-
plaints, including, most recently, from resident Judson
S. Landon, who wrote to Vosburgh and addressed com-
missioners April 7.
Landon proposed that dredging take place to
remove silt that has built up over the years, especially
near Leffis Key.
"There is only a foot and a half to three feet of clear-
ance at low tide between markers 1 and 2 and 3 and 4,
then a depth of only three feet until you reach the north
boat ramp," Landon said.
Landon also raised concerns about navigation
from the boat ramp north to First Street South, where
"water depth ranges from 2 feet to only 3 feet at low
tide, making it impossible to travel the channel without
trimming your motor up so not to hit bottom."
Another resident, David Pomorski, also raised con-
cerns. "It's just a problem," he said. "There are quite a
few manatees back there. The channel seems to be just
deep enough to cover them, but not enough for them
and a boat."
Vosburgh, who lives in the area, recalled a boat trip
when her party became stuck and they pushed the vessel
out of an unmarked channel in the area.
The commission 107 Gulf Drive N., voted to trans-
mit concerns to the county commission.
Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie, who
lives in Bradenton Beach and served as mayor, commit-
ted to bringing the matter forward. He said the next step
probably would be to conduct bathometric surveys in
In other business, commissioners:
* Approved payments of $5,421.88 to M.T. Caus-
ley for building department services, of $5,102 to city
attorney Ricinda Perry for legal services and of $1,224
and $1,607 to ZNS Engineering for planning services.
By Lisa Neff
A federal court in Tampa recently dismissed a com-
plaint against Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Spe-
ciale and his department. The complaint alleged that a
former officer violated the rights of two people arrested
in an incident at Coquina Beach in 2008.
The court granted multiple motions to dismiss, but
allowed the plaintiff's attorney in the case until April 15
to re-file against former part-time officer Tim Matthews
and/or the city.
Matthews, on April 20, 2008, arrested siblings
Veronica and Lance Lewis on charges of battery on a
law enforcement officer.
The complaint, filed by Tampa attorney Alex V.
Hajaistron, alleged that Matthews violated the siblings'
Fourth Amendment rights.
The incident, according to court documents and
police reports, escalated after Lance Lewis, then 14,
blew a kiss toward Matthews, who was in his patrol
After seeing the blown kiss, Matthews stopped and
approached the Lewis siblings.
\\ ili mtt probable cause or reasonable suspicion of
criminal activity for an investigation or arrest, Officer
Matthews jumped on Lance Lewis, thereby taking him
by force, injuring the juvenile and cuffing him. Lance
Lewis had a cast on his arm when Officer Matthews
affected the arrest," the complaint stated.
The complaint continued, \\ illiti probable cause
or reasonable suspicion of criminal activity for an inves-
tigation or arrest, Officer Matthews further pushed
Veronica Lewis to the ground, cuffed, arrested and
charged her with battery on a law enforcement officer
as she attempted to ascertain why Officer Matthews was
The shore south of Leffis Key. Boaters told Bradenton
Beach commissioners last week that the channel there
needs dredging. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
* Approved a special event request to hold a record
contest - the World's Longest Conga Line on Sand -
April 23 on the beach behind the Moose lodge.
* Passed, on final reading, an ordinance amending
the schedule for qualifying for a municipal election.
The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office
requested the change so that the city's schedule was
consistent with the county's schedule.
* Approved a special exception application allow-
ing the construction of a dock that exceeds the city's
65-foot limit. The longer dock, proposed for the 300
block of 23rd Street North, is needed to protect seagrass
beds. The planning and zoning board recommended
* Discussed the status of a proposed telecommu-
nications ordinance setting forth regulations and the
process for reviewing applications for new telecom-
The ordinance likely will be presented for a first
reading at the commission's 1 p.m. meeting Thursday,
James Eatrides indicated that his company, Alpha-
Omega Communications, remains interested in building
a unipole telecommunications tower on city property
near the police and public works department.
"We would welcome an opportunity to move for-
ward," Eatrides said.
battering and arresting her brother."
A police affidavit filed by Matthews stated that he
asked Lance Lewis if he "had a problem" after he saw
the youth blow him kiss.
Lance Lewis allegedly replied, "I don't have a prob-
lem" and then used a racial slur. He also allegedly told
the officer, "(expletive deleted) you," in the presence
of a number of children, according to the police report
and supporting witness statements.
According to the report, when Matthews attempted
to arrest Lance Lewis, Veronica Lewis pushed the offi-
cer and Lance Lewis kicked him.
The court case against Veronica Lewis eventually
was dismissed and Lance Lewis was acquitted of dis-
More than a year later, the Lewis family sued.
The BBPD, through attorney Greg Hootman, chal-
lenged the merits of the suit in motions for dismissal.
Matthews' attorney also filed a motion for dismissal.
The motions argued:
* The Lewises failed to "allege that Matthews acted
in bad faith or with malicious purpose or in a manner
exhibiting wanton and willful disregard of human rights,
safety or property."
* The claim of emotional distress should be dis-
missed because the plaintiffs failed "to allege that
their physical injuries were caused by psychological
* The intentional infliction of emotional distress
claim should be dismissed because the plaintiffs failed
"to allege sufficiently outrageous conduct on the part
The motion also stated that the complaint "is so
ambiguous that Matthews cannot frame a responsive
The company also has proposals pending on Long-
boat Key and at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center in Anna Maria. Eatrides said he planned to meet
with center representatives last week.
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Breuler and Ed Straight examine the floating dock
at the Historic Bridge Street Pier during a recent
field trip. The underside of the dock is to be pressure-
cleaned this week to remove the barnacle buildup.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Mayors for meals
Holmes Beach Vice Mayor Sandy Haas-Martens and
Anna Maria City Mayor Mike Selby team up with
Meals on Wheels to deliver prepared meals to seniors
in Manatee County March 23. The participation of
city mayors is part of a national campaign to fight
TBARTA to conduct
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation
Authority will conduct a series of telephone surveys
- billed as Telephone Town Hall meetings - begin-
ning April 14.
TBARTA representatives will call 40,000-80,000
people each night during six telephone sessions to dis-
cuss a regional transportation master plan update, which
is under way.
TBARTA also will collect comments via Twitter,
Facebook and e-mail.
The sessions will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
April 14 in Sarasota County and April 26 in Manatee
County. Residents in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas,
Cirtus and Hernando counties also will be surveyed.
The TBARTA plan, approved in 2009, created a
framework for a regional transportation network to move
people and goods throughout the seven counties.
The update deals with the region's freight network,
road network, airports, seaports and new federal air-
For more information, go to www.tbarta.com.
Complaint against BBPD dismissed
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for the Great American Cleanup.
The cleanup will be held at several Island locations
from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16.
Volunteers should check in by 9 a.m. at:
* Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
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Volunteers should bring gloves and sunscreen and
wear closed-toed shoes.
For more information, call Keep Manatee Beautiful
An invitation to dance
at LBK center
The Longboat Key Center for the Arts is hosting
"Shall We Dance" featuring Fuzion Dance Artists per-
forming with some of the area's best jazz musicians
for an evening of music and movement Tuesday, April
Music will be performed by pianist Dick Reynolds,
bass player Richard Drexler and drummer Scott Blum
from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the center, 6860 Long-
boat Drive S., Longboat Key.
The public is invited.
Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
For more information, or tickets, call the center at
Relay seeks survivors
Cancer survivors are being sought to join in the
ceremonial first lap of the Anna Maria Island Relay for
Life at Coquina Beach.
This year's relay will take place May 21-22, with
the survivor's lap taking place at 3 p.m. May 21. A
dinner will follow.
For more information or to register, call Nancy
Ambrose at 941-799-2181 or nancya@tampabay.
Affaire to Remember
This year's An Affaire to Remember drew 360
people to the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, on April 2.
The event - the 27th annual - raises funds for
the center's programs, especially its youth programs.
This year, according to preliminary calculations,
raised $224,000 for the center.
The evening - a formal affair - featured music,
including performances by country musician and
Holmes Beach property owner Lee Greenwood, silent
and live auctions, and dinner catered by Harry's Conti-
nental Kitchens on Longboat Key.
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The Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island, Anna
Maria Island Art League, Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center and Keeton's Office and Art Supply are
teaming up to present a hands-on art experience for the
From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, art-
ists Chad "Cheeta" Ruis, Mark Burdette, Dean Arscott
and Dustin Cole will create "art-in-the-round." Chance
tickets to take home a piece created during the event
will be offered at the event.
Everyone who attends is invited to work on com-
munity art pieces using some of the latest art trends and
materials. This includes trying ( \ c . lhlnl from making
Zentangles to silk painting.
There is a $1 entry fee and the first 100 people
to either pre-register or attend will receive a gift from
Keeton' s Office and Art Supply.
Refreshments and art supplies will be available for
purchase at the event and proceeds will benefit youth
education programs provided by each organization.
The event will be held at the center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information or to register, call the center
Re-enactors mark De Soto's
The 472nd anniversary of Hernando de Soto's expe-
dition will be commemorated with a re-enactment of the
historic landing made in 1539.
Spectators are invited to gather at 10:30 a.m. Satur-
day, April 16, to watch the boats launch and make their
way to the beach's cove, where the land of "La Florida"
will be claimed for the crown of Spain.
Landfall will be made at the De Soto National
Memorial Park, and the event will feature the park's
new 25-foot landing ship built by the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez.
Historical demonstrations, kayak tours and guided
walks will be offered until 3 p.m. in addition to hands-
on activities for children.
Admission is free. The park is at 8300 De Soto
Memorial Highway, Bradenton.
For more information, call the park at 941-792-
Hawyard 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.
On April 19, Joan Hawyard will address fellow
members on the positions she has held within the orga-
Club meetings are open to the public.
For more information, call club president Judy Rup
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with festivities from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April
15, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 16.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce have
been working together to plan the celebration.
This year the chamber is planning a festival fea-
turing arts and crafts, children's play area and an invi-
tational car show at the city field. There also will be
a skateboard demonstration at the city's skate park.
Refreshments include food from local restau-
rants, wine, beer and soft drinks for purchase.
There also will be musical entertainment on two
stages. The entertainment lineup features Mike Sales
at 5 p.m., the Arch Band at 5:30 p.m. and the Dr.
Dave Band at 8 p.m. Friday.
Island artist featured at
Palmetto Art Center
Island artist Maro Lorimer has acrylic paintings on
exhibit at the Palmetto Art Center through April 28.
Many of Lorimer's pieces are from her Offshore
Series. The exhibit also includes two original Beach
The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the
abstract work of Cheryl Moody.
The galleries are open on weekdays from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m., and closed on Wednesdays.
The center is at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto.
For more information, call gallery director Gretchen
Leclezio at 941-518-2109.
Kiwanis learns about cruising
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Anna Maria Island Beach
Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes
On April 16, the club will welcome speaker Lori
Guerin, who will share information about vacation
For more information, call member Sandy Haas-
Martens at 941-778-7888.
Saturday's lineup on the "car show stage" fea-
* DJ Chris Grumley.
* Island Rockers, 3:30 p.m.
* Dan Mobley, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
On the main stage the musical lineup includes:
* Gulf Drive Band, 10 a.m.
* Gumbo Boogie Band, noon.
* SoulRcoaster, 2 p.m.
* Half Dub, 4 p.m.
* The Hobies, 6 p.m.
* Koko Ray and the Soul Providers, 8 p.m.
The chamber is seeking volunteers to help with
the festival. To get involved, call Mary Ann Brock-
man at 941-779-9412 or Deb Wing at 941-778-
Pantry seeks donations,
The Roser Food Pantry reports distributing 1,315
bags of groceries in 2010.
The pantry, located in the 500 block of Pine
Avenue across the street from Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, is supported by Anna Maria Island
churches through All Island Denominations, as well
as local service groups, Publix Super Market and resi-
A volunteer of 16 people, coordinated by pantry
chair Pam Leckie of Holmes Beach, operates the food
bank adjacent to the Roser Thrift Store.
Island residents seeing assistance from the pantry
can register at Roser, 512 Pine Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. weekdays. Assistance includes a bag of groceries,
as well as a $10 certificate from Publix.
"We are always looking for donations of food or
money," said Leckie. "It is important that the canned
goods or dry goods do not have expired dates. I think
this is a great way to support people in need. It is also
a great way for our snowbird visitors to drop off those
extra canned goods they still have in their rental units
as they head back up north."
For more information, call Leckie at 941-779-
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Kiwanis Sunrise, Easter services set
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island's annual Easter sunrise service at the Manatee Public Beach has
brought together the Island churches and worshipers for more than four decades. The service will begin at 6:30
a.m. Sunday, April 24, at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo
By Lisa Neff
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will host
its annual nondenominational sunrise service on Easter
Sunday, April 24.
The service will take place at Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, beginning at
All Island churches, as members of All Island
Denominations, also will participate in the service with
readings from Scripture and songs.
The Rev. Dee deMontmillion of the Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach will
deliver the invocation.
The Revs. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, Edward Moss of Crosspointe Fellowship and
Gary Batey of Roser Memorial Community Church will
read from Scripture.
The Rev. Michael Mullen of St. Bernard Catholic
Church will give the benediction.
And the Rev. Stephen King of Harvey Memorial
Community Church in Bradenton Beach will deliver
the sermon, "The Good News."
Organizer Larry Fowler encouraged worshipers to
Passover begins April 18
Passover begins at sundown Monday, April 18,
and continues to Tuesday, April 26.
Temple Beth El of Bradenton, 4200 32nd St.
W., Bradenton, will hold a Passover Seder at 6
p.m., April 18, with catering by Fete.
The service will be conducted by Rabbi Harold
Caminker. The cantor is Alan Cohn.
The reservation deadline is April 12, which
early readers of The Islander can meet.
For more information, call 941-755-4900.
arrive early - the beach will open at 6 a.m. - and to
bring beach chairs and blankets.
Fowler also encouraged Islanders to ride the free
trolley, which begins running at 6 a.m.
During the service, Kiwanis members will collect
donations for the participating churches.
In addition to the Kiwanis service, Island churches
will host Easter programs, including:
* Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will hold a contemporary Easter service at 9 a.m.
and a traditional service at 10:15 a.m.
Also, a Good Friday service will take place on April
22 at 7 p.m.
Palm Sunday services will take place onApril 17 at
9 a.m., with a contemporary program, and 10:15 a.m.,
with a traditional program.
* The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold services at 7:30
a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday. An Easter
egg hunt will take place at 10:15 a.m.
The church will observe Maundy Thursday on April
21 at 6 p.m. with services, the stripping of the altar, foot
washing and a vigil.
On Good Friday, at noon, the church will observe
the seven last words from the cross, concluding with
stations of the cross.
Palm Sunday services will be at 8 a.m. and 10:30
a.m. The church also will host a Palm Sunday service
at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16.
* At Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, there will be two Easter services,
at 8 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. An Easter potluck brunch
will take place at 9 a.m.
Also, the church will observe Maundy Thursday at
On Good Friday, the church will hold services at
noon and 7 p.m.
The church will hold Palm Sunday services at 8
a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
* Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, will hold Easter and
Palm Sunday services at 9:30 a.m.
* Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will hold two services in the sanctu-
ary on Easter, one at 9 a.m. and one at 11 a.m.
The church also will hold a 7 p.m. service in the
sanctuary on Holy Thursday and a noon service in the
chapel on Good Friday.
Services on Palm Sunday will be at 9 a.m. and 11
a.m. in the sanctuary.
* St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate Easter with Mass
at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.
An egg hunt will take place at 1 p.m. on Easter
Also, the church will observe Holy Thursday with
a service at 7 p.m.
On Good Friday, a Passion of Our Lord program
will take place at 3 p.m. and Stations of the Cross at 7
Holy week masses April 18-22 will take place at
8 a.m. and an Easter vigil will take place at 8:30 a.m.
Palm Sunday services will be at 8 a.m., 10 a.m.
Ethan Woodward, 4, reaches for an egg during
the Moose Lodge's 2010 egg hunt. Islander File
Photo: Lisa Neff
Moose Lodge again
to host Easter egg hunt
The Moose Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton
Beach will host an Easter egg hunt for children
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16.
The lodge's Women of the Moose sponsors
the event. Pre-registration for children is required.
The last day to sign up is Wednesday, April 13, at
the lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S.
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DuCharme's 'Jesus' graces missals
By Lisa Neff
An estimated 1.5 million people will see local artist
Mary "Hadije" DuCharme's painting before they turn
the missal page and sing the first notes of "Hosanna to
the Son of David."
DuCharme, 83, painted "Jesus," an acrylic on
poster board image of Christ that resembles a stained-
glass window. Earlier this year, the Oregon company
that prints the "Today's Missal" asked DuCharme for
the rights to put the image on the book cover, which
will be found in the pews of 15,000 Catholic churches
from April 17 to June 18.
"It's humbling," says DuCharme, trying to find the
words to describe seeing her painting on the missal, and
knowing the book will guide churchgoers through Holy
Week and Pentecost.
"It's dramatically influenced my life," she adds.
"But it's a very calming feeling. This is a quiet fulfill-
ment.... I didn't tell anybody about this for awhile."
There's a Biblical quotation that applies - From
James 4:6, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to
DuCharme has lived in the area for 20-plus years.
She resides in west Bradenton, but keeps ties to the Art-
ists' Guild of Anna Maria Island and the Anna Maria
Island Art League. About two years ago, she showed
her work at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria
and she has taught at the Longboat Key Art Center.
"I was here first," she says of the Island. Mly
daughter just wouldn't let me buy out here."
Local artist Mary DuCharme, who paints a variety of
subjects and styles in a variety of mediums. She signs
her work "Hadije." Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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DuCharme signs her work with "Hadije." She's of
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April 23, with a parade, bonnet contest, egg roll
and egg hunt.
The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. at the
Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, with the
25th annual Easter Egg Hunt on the beach and pho-
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Albanian descent, and "Hadije" is the name her father
used for her. "\Iy very first painting, I signed it for
my dad," DuCharme says, adding that she's used the
signature for 50 years.
The painter works in oils, acrylics and watercolors
on a variety of surfaces, in a variety of styles, with
a variety of subjects. Her portfolio on FineArts.com
includes collages, abstracts, still lifes, landscapes and
portraits. Site visitors will see DuCharme's boldly col-
ored "America Compromised," a poster-style painting
of a crying Statue of Liberty, and \ ly Angel," a muted
painting of a sensitive, beckoning angel.
"I don't have any main theme," she says. "It's what
I feel like doing at the time.... I've never done two
paintings alike in my life."
She adds, smiling, "They don't all look like stained
But several do, and those paintings take DuCha-
rme back to her childhood, to a memory of her mother
asking her to light a candle in a church and of "the
awesome beauty" of the stained-glass windows.
The request to print "Jesus" on the "Today's Missal"
came from the publisher, OCP, via e-mail, and DuCha-
rme could have missed the opportunity.
"Our computer had broken down," she said. Six
months passed between when OCP sent the request and
when she saw the e-mail.
But "Jesus" remained in demand at OCP.
Will the actual painting be in demand?
DuCharme isn't eager to sell. "It is for sale," she
says. "But if it doesn't get sold, I'll be happy."
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Holmes Beach opens doors to Founder's Day
The city of Holmes Beach will celebrate its 61st
anniversary with a weekend of festivities Friday, April
15, and Saturday, April 16.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger and the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce have
worked together to plan the event,
which has grown each year.
Bohnenberger said he began
Founder's Day four years ago to
Bohnenberger recognize citizens with a Commu-
nity Partner Award. Past recipients
include the city's original founders, individuals who
have donated land and funds to the city, including Rex
Hagen and the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
Two years ago, Bohnenberger asked the chamber
The celebration includes:
Friday, April 15, at 9 a.m. there will be a meet-and-
greet in the Holmes Beach City Hall lobby with music
Studio offers abstract
When the title of the art exhibit is "Have You Tried
Abstract?" one knows the organizers are offering you
more than art hung on the wall.
In fact, for this show at the Studio at Gulf and Pine
in Anna Maria, there is an invitation to outside artists
to submit work, a symposium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, that will be led by Mark Ormond
of the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota,
and guided tours of five featured artists works.
Organizer Janet Aubry of Anna Maria said, "It's a
first-time chance for this area to experience and learn
about abstract art."
The featured artists include some names familiar to
Islanders, and some new entries, including paintings by
Jean Blackburn, Bob Brown, Richard Thomas, Kathy
Wright and paintings and sculpture by Gene Aubry.
The symposium will include discussion with the
featured artists on abstract expressionism, the art form
that is "apart from concrete reality."
An artists' reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9
p.m. Saturday, April 16, featuring "abstracts" in cuisine
and wine compliments of the Beach Bistro, and a jazz
combo from the Manatee High School Jazz Band.
"This is the first show designed as a total learning
experience, including participation in the sometimes
mysterious world of abstract art," said Janet Aubry.
I ,\ .i) 'n, will be talking about this for a long time, so
don't miss it."
The exhibit will be ongoing Wednesday, April 13,
to April 29 at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, visit the gallery website at
www.studioatgulfandpine.com or call 941-778-1906.
by the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
and refreshments provided by The Islander.
At 10 a.m. in the commission chambers, Bohnen-
berger will hold the founding day ceremonies. It will
begin with a presentation of the flag by the American
Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 Color Guard and Bra-
denton Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey will sing
the national anthem.
During the ceremony, the Community Partner
Award will be presented and a naming and dedication
ceremony of the city hall building will be held. The
public also will be asked to share memories of the city's
Tours of city hall will be conducted Friday until 3
p.m. and a festival, including includes arts and crafts,
live music, a children's play area, an invitational car
show and skateboarding demonstrations will kick off
in the adjacent field at 5 p.m.
The festival will run until 10 p.m. on Friday and
from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 16.
Bohnenberger said a display of the city's origins
would be in the city hall lobby throughout April.
Patricia 'Patti' Buky
Patricia "Patti" Buky, 53, of Holmes Beach, died
April 10. She was bom Jan. 30, 1958, in Chicago. She
moved to Anna Maria Island in 1988.
Mrs. Buky was a member
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She enjoyed spending time
with family, traveling, skiing and
Services are pending the
Patti Buky arrival of Gabe Jr., who was return-
ing from military service overseas
at press deadline. The memorial Mass at St. Bernard
Catholic Church and other arrangements will be noticed
online at www.islander.org, or friends are welcome to
contact the Buky family at 941-778-8523.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ministry
of Presence Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by
the Rev. Ron Joseph that provides supplies and aid in
Haiti, P.O. Box 784, Oneco FL 34264-0784.
Mrs. Buky is survived by husband Gabe; children
Charles and wife Becky, Gabe and wife Martha, and
Nicole and husband Robert; grandchildren Nathalie and
Wade; and brothers and sisters Rose, Reenie, John and
Alcee 'Boogie' Taylor
Alcee "Boogie" Taylor, 87, of Cortez, died April 2.
Mr. Taylor was a lifelong resident of Cortez, a vet-
eran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II,
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is displayed in the city hall lobby. It includes the
city's first commission minutes and 1886 surveyor
notes - all part of the Founder's Day celebration.
A dedication ceremony and celebration will be held
in the commission chambers at 9 a.m. Friday, April
15, and Island residents are invited to attend and
share memories of days gone by. City hall is at 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
and a member of Organized Fishermen of Florida and
the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage.
A celebration of life service was held April 10
at Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W., Cortez.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street
Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Donations may
be made to TideWell Hospice, Organized Fisherman
of Florida Inc., 476 Highway A1A # 3A, Rockledge FL
32937-2331, or Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage,
P.O. Box 606, Cortez FL 34215. Online condolences
may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. Taylor is survived by wife Betty; son Alcee Jr.
and wife Kim of Cortez, FL; daughter Jean Ann and
husband Chuck Carver of Merritt Island; nine grand-
children; and 13 great-grandchildren, including Melissa
Matheme, whom the couple raised.
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11 a.m. - Einstein Circle discussion on "U.S. Foreign Aid: Are We
Getting Our Bang for the Buck?" at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
11:30 a.m. - Off Stage Ladies of the Anna Maria Island Players
theater lunch at the Feast, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-518-4431. Fee applies.
Friday, April 15
9 a.m. - Founder's Day ceremony and building dedication at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
5 to 10 p.m. - Founder's Day celebration at Holmes Beach City
field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-4766.
Saturday, April 16
8:30 a.m. - Lori Guerin will speak about cruise packages to the
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe,
4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach. Information:
9 a.m. - Great American Cleanup at various locations. Info: 941-
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Founder's Day celebration at Holmes Beach
City field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-
1 to 3 p.m. - Women of the Moose annual Easter party for kids
at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-778-4110. Reservations close April 13.
4 to 6 p.m. -Abstract art symposium with keynote speaker Mark
Ormond at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
6 to 9p.m. -"Have You Tried Abstract" artist reception at the Studio
at Gulf and Pine, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.
Monday, April 18
6 to 8:30 p.m. - Hands-on art experience featuring an artists-in-the-
round event at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Tuesday, April 19
Noon to 1 p.m. - Joan Hawyard will speak to the Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 942-518-1965.
Wednesday, April 20
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - The Moral Instinct lecture by Alan Grindal
at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
* Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge at the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
* Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Coffee and Conversations for Seniors
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
* Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Inquiring Minds study group at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
* Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
* Wednesday, 10 a.m., Settler's bread sale at the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society museum shop, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
* Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
* Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
* Friday, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various
locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
* Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 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.
Wednesday, April 13
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. - "Taste of the Keys and Male Fashion Show" at
the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat
Key Information: 941-383-0772. Fee applies.
Thursday, April 14
2 p.m. - Unplugged Festival presents "Some of the People, All of
the Time" at the Asolo Repertory rehearsal hall, 555 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. Information: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
6 to 7 p.m. - Sun-style Tai Chi at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th
St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501 ext. 4605.
7 p.m. - Manatee River Garden Club presents "Orchids" with guest
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Friday, April 15
6 to 9 p.m. - "British Invasion!" cultural celebration at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
8 p.m. - "The Innocents" opens at the Asolo Reperatory's Cook
Theatre, 555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through May 14. Information:
941-351-8000. Fee applies.
Saturday, April 16
10 a.m. - De Soto Heritage Festival Bottle Boat Regatta at Palma
Sola Causeway, Palma Sola. Information: 941-747-1998.
10:30 a.m. - De Soto landing recreational event on the beach at
De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton.
1 to 3 p.m. - Proper casting fishing clinic for kids with Capt. Jack
Hartman at Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
Information: 941-896-6541. Fee applies.
7 p.m. - 1960s night with the Bradenton Marauders featuring a
post-game concert by Yesterdayze at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Sunday, April 17
9 and 10:30 a.m. - Guided wagon tour through Robinson Preserve,
1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757 ext. 1. Fee
9 to 11 a.m. - Master gardener tour through Robinson Preserve,
1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-722-4524.
Tuesday, April 19
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. - "Shall We Dance" concert, featuring Fuzion
Dance artists at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat
Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345. Fee applies.
*April 23, Cortez Natives Picnic, Florida Maritime Museum.
* April 23, Conga line record-setting with Mike Sales.
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20 0 APRIL 13, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
Local 16-year-old enters NASCAR ranks
By Rick Catlin
Sixteen-year-old Andrew Gipson of northwest Bra-
denton has come a long way in the world of stock car
racing in just the three years since he first began driving
Gipson recently was named a driver for Motion
Racing and will begin racing in the National Association
for Stock Car Racing's K&N Pro Series East schedule
that began this month..
Veteran team owner/racer Barney McRae and the
Motion Racing team hooked up with Grogan Motor-
sports Inc. to have Gipson drive for the 2011 K&N East
Gipson, a junior at Manatee High School, is the
great-grandson of Perico Island World War II and
Korean War veteran and longtime Island Kiwanis club-
member Ralph Bassett.
The K&N Pro Series, formerly the Busch Pro
Series, is NASCAR's developmental division for young
drivers looking to move up to the NASCAR racing cir-
cuit in events that include the Sprint Cup Series and
Vicki Gipson, Andrew's mother and Bassett's
granddaughter, said Gipson began racing trucks when
he was 13 - still too young to have a learner's permit
or drive on a public street.
But Gipson was a quick learner.
"Once he got started, he really enjoyed it and we
were surprised how well he did," she said.
Gipson was rookie of the year in 2009 in the Florida
Fastruck Pro-Touring series at Charlotte Raceway in
Charlotte County, and second in points in the fast truck
Field and garden
Mya Brickley, 5, of Battle Creek,
Mich., tests The Chalk Board
Tee for sale at the arts and crafts
fair in Holmes Beach April 9 at
Holmes Beach City Hall field,
5801 Marina Drive. The fair,
held over two days, raised money
for the Anna Maria Island But-
terfly Park, also at city hall. Pro-
ceeds go toward the construc-
tion of a gazebo in the garden,
as well as plantings. Islander
Photos: Lisa Neff
Andrew Gipson, 16, of northwest Bradenton, began
driving in NASCAR's developmental racing series this
month. He is the great-grandson of World War II and
Korean War veteran Ralph Bassett of Perico Island.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Vicki Gipson
division at the 44th annual World Series of Asphalt
Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Beach in 2010.
Gipson's performances were noticed by McRae, a
former NASCAR driver.
"It's a real exciting deal to have a fresh young talent
like Andrew. I'm confident he has what it takes to excel
as a driver," McRae said.
Gipson will make his K&N debut April 16 at the
South Boston Raceway in Virginia, and likely will com-
pete at some other Virginia tracks.
His full competition schedule will be posted on the
gmimotionracing.com website, Vicki Gipson said. As
more sponsorship is obtained, Gipson's racing schedule
will expand, she said.
"Obviously, we're very excited for Andrew and
we're very proud of him and the charity work he's doing
as a driver," she said.
The Gipsons live in northwest Bradenton near the
Ralph Bassett has been featured in The Islander's
Greatest Generation column as a WWII and Korean War
veteran of the Marine Corps. He has been a member of
the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria since 1999, served as
president from 2004-05, and regularly volunteers his
time at Kiwanis activities.
Bassett also is a regular speaker at The Islander's
annual Veteran's Day tribute to Armed Forces veter-
A new coral reef has developed about 18 miles west
of Egmont Key at a Tampa Ocean Dredged Material
Disposal Site. Representatives from the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District and the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 are
planning a two-day open house in St. Petersburg to
discuss the project and provide tours of the EPA's off-
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Spring Fling ticket sales begin
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Organization is selling early-bird tickets for the Spring
Fling Giddy-up Gala.
Tickets are available noii tliiughi \piil 15 to mem-
bers of the PTO. The early-bird sale allows members to
purchase tickets at last year's price of $40 per person or
$280 per table of eight.
Each PTO member is permitted to bring one non-
member guest at the discounted rate.
Order forms were sent home with students to PTO
members and should be returned to the school administra-
tive office with payment.
The gala will be held at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 7.
AME parent and Island DJ Chris Grumley will
entertain, and the Billy Rice Band will perform.
The dinner and dance also features a silent auction
of gift baskets as well as artwork crafted by students.
Some of the auction basket themes in the works
include one from the Columbia Restaurant, a deep-sea
fishing charter pairing, assorted wine in a painted wheel
barrel and a jewelry basket.
Some of the student art projects include a driftwood
mirror, hand-painted pottery and Adirondack chairs and
Ticket sales will open to the public April 16 at $50
per person or $360 for a table of eight people.
For more information, call the school at 941-708-
Student clean up at school
The Anna Maria Elementary School will get
spruced up at the hands of its second-graders as they
participate in the Great American Cleanup organized by
Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Students will participate one day earlier than the
planned countywide cleanup on Friday, April 15,
Beginning at 1:40 p.m., second-graders will walk
the school grounds and pick up trash, tally their finds
and report back to Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Each participant will receive an event T-shirt.
For more information, call AME second-grade
teacher Karen Newhall at 941-708-5525.
Save the date for the following Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School happenings:
* April 13, full day Wednesday, dismissal at 3:10
p.m. for all students.
* April 13-14, Florida Comprehensive Assessment
* April 14, parent-teacher conference night.
* April 14, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., kindergarten
* April 18-20, Stanford Achievement Test for sec-
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The staff at Anna Maria Elementary School is plan-
ning a fundraising dinner to benefit school nurse Vicki
Dunning has been absent following major surgery
and will remain home to recuperate until May 10, when
she plans return to work at AME part-time.
AME principal Tom Levengood said students have
not been told the nature of the surgery out of respect for
Dunning's wishes, but students have been busy prepar-
AME seeks yearbook sponsors
Each year the Anna Maria Elementary School Par-
ent-Teacher Organization strives to provide each student
with a free yearbook. In order to reach this goal in 2011,
the PTO will need to raise $2,400.
The PTO is seeking community sponsors and dona-
tions to support their efforts.
A $100 contribution includes a listing on one or
more yearbook pages. Whenever possible, listings will
be paired with pages of children related to the family,
business or organization.
All listings also will be placed on a sponsorship
Yearbook sponsorship forms are available at the
school administrative office, 4700 Marina Drive,
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KRC names champs, roundball rounds corner
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center held
tryouts for its 2011 youth basketball season last week
for kids ages 5-17.
Players were put through a variety of drills in
order for coaches and managers to assess dribbling,
passing and shooting skills. Coaches then met to rank
the players and make team selections.
The league will have teams in five divisions for
players ages 5-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-17.
The always popular, kick-off-the-season dinner
will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, when
players and parents can feast on a spaghetti dinner
donated and prepared once again by the Beach Bistro.
Cost for the dinner is $6 for adults and $5 for kids.
Parents are asked to bring a dessert to share to the
Also on tap at the banquet, coaches will distribute
uniforms to their players, along with dates for the season
photo session and game schedules.
All games are played in the center's air-conditioned
For more information, contact Tyler Bekkerus at
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Jan Turner defeated Judy Christensen 2-and-1 April
6 to win the Key Royale Club women's handicap
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Dean and Judy Christensen outlasted 29 other
couples to win the 2011 Key Royale Club couples
championship. Tournament champions are determined
following four nine-hole, alternate-shot competitions
in Pinehurst handicap play. The Christensens won
with a four-round total of 116, which averaged out to a
3-under-par 29 over nine holes.
Jan Turner defeated Judy Christensen 2-and-1 to
win the Key Royale Club women's handicap match-play
championship April 6. Thirty-two women competed at
the start of the event March 9 before being whittled to
two women standing.
In other Key Royale Club golf news last week, the
team of Eunice Warda, Bob Dickenson and Earl Hunt-
zinger combined to card a 1 over 33 to win the coed
better-ball-of-threesome match April 8. Chris Mason,
Tom Warda and Dennis Schavey were one shot back in
April 7 saw the team of Jim Auch, Tim Friezen,
Merrit Finout and Bill Downes combine on a 5-under-
par 27 to win the nine-hole team scramble.
Schavey and Fred Meyer teamed up to card a
16-under-par 48 to win the 18-hole better-ball-of-part-
ners match April 6. Second place went to Dick Eichorn
and John Sagert with a 12-under-par 52, while Tom
Lewis and Harrold McKamish were two shots back in
The men played a nine-hole better-ball-of-four-
some match April 4 that saw the team of Jim Finn,
Jim Helgeson, Frank Vikingstad and Andy Barber
card an 11-under-par 21. Three teams tied for second
place at 22.
The men played an 18-hole team- and individual-
low-net match April 3. Lewis took first place with a
7-under-par 57, two shots better than second-place fin-
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257. Jim Mixon, Gino DiClemente, Mercadante and
Carl Voyles took second place at 270.
Slightly tarnished cup changes hands
Gary Grossweiller earned a 2-up victory over Jim
Spehr April 1 to conclude a season-long golf compe-
tition -the Slightly Tarnished Cup tourney - among
some Islanders and their Bradenton golf buddies.
Grossweiller held a 4-up lead going into the 15th
hole. Spehr fought back, winning holes 15 and 16,
but the players halved number 17, which gave Gross-
weiller the match and the "slightly tarnished cup."
Prior winner June Heckard received the annual last-
Three teams emerged from pool play during April
9 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horse-
shoe pits. Gene Bobeldyk and Tom Skoloda drew the
bye into the finals and watched as Dave Lansau and
Jeff Moore edged Hank Huyghe and Sam Samuels
23-19. The finals saw Bobeldyk-Skoloda roll to a
Only two teams qualified for the knock-out round
during April 6 horseshoe action. Hank Huyghe ended the
match in dramatic fashion, lhlo, in_'w a six pack double
ringer to end the match 24-16 and give he and Bobeldyk
the victory over Norm Good and Ron Pepka.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin
at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
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action. Sheepshead are still hanging out under the piers
awaiting a fiddler crab to be dropped in front of their
noses. Pompano are waiting to take a hook just off the
beaches along with whiting and small sharks.
Offshore fishing is resulting in kingfish, cobia,
amberjack, gag grouper and mangrove snapper. Live
bait is the ticket for the migratory species, according to
recent reports, while frozen threadfin herring is working
well for gag grouper. Fishers are seeing good results
targeting mangrove snapper with select shrimp on a
1/2-ounce jig head.
Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South
Fishing Pier says fishing is picking up daily. Now that
the shiners and threadfins have arrived, so have their
predators. Pier fishers using free-line shiners or thread-
fins are catching limits of Spanish mackerel. While tar-
geting macks, fishers are hooking into kingfish as a by-
catch-kingfish up to 46 inches. Bigger fish are weigh-
ing in and one catch at the other bridge pier weighed in
at 52 pounds. Other migratory species include bluefish,
pompano and shark. The pompano are hitting Doc's
Goofy jigs tipped with small pieces of shrimp. "You
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not catch a thing," Medley says. "As soon as you tip
your jig with shrimp, you start catching pompano."
Gag grouper action is heating up at the piers now
that the season has opened. Gag grouper up to 34 inches
are being caught under the pier using pinfish or cut
Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters says
he's targeting spotted sea trout during inshore trips to
the flats of Sarasota Bay. "We' re catching trout using a
number of methods," Genthner says. "Shrimp under a
popping cork is working well, but we' re also catching
fish on Berkley Gulp shrimp on 1/4-ounce jig heads."
While targeting trout, Genthner is catching Spanish
mackerel up to 25 inches as a by-catch. Also, inshore,
Genthner has been catching redfish and black drum.
"In one spot, we caught redfish after redfish," Genthner
says, "and they were all too big to keep." Genthner is
catching reds up to 34 inches and black drum up to 30
inches by fishing docks with deep water.
Moving offshore, Genthner is catching limits of
keeper gag grouper on cut threadfin herring. And while
fishing the reefs, Genthner is catching Key West grunts,
bluefish and Spanish mackerel.
Capt. Warren Girle says he saw good offshore action
between last week's storms. Limits of gag grouper have
been the norm for Girle on his offshore trips with fish
up to 29 inches. Also, while fishing offshore, Girle is
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some nice hogfish. To finish out the offshore bite, Girle
is boating Spanish mackerel up to 24 inches.
Moving inshore, Girle is targeting spotted sea trout
in Sarasota Bay. \ ly inshore trips are averaging 40-60
trout per trip." Girle says. "They're everywhere."
Girle's biggest trout this week at 28 inches and full
of roe was released.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says fishing
the beaches for small black tip sharks is a good way
to bend a rod. Beach fishers using frozen squid have
done well with these feisty little sharks. Also, along the
beaches, fishers are catching pompano and jack crevalle
on jigs and live shrimp.
Inshore and bay fishing is resulting in sheepshead
around docks and piers. Frozen fiddlers are working
well in addition to live shrimp. Trout, redfish and snook
are being caught on live shrimp as well as live shin-
ers. Nearshore grouper fishing is still going strong and
Keyes suggests frozen threadfin herring cut in half or
live pinfish for best results.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Fishing Char-
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By Lisa Neff
An attempt to set a record for the longest conga line
on sand received the requisite sanction from Bradenton
Beach commissioners April 7.
The commissioners approved a special event appli-
cation for the attempt, which is scheduled to take place
on the beach behind the Moose lodge on April 23. The
event, which will raise money for Islander Lisa Wil-
liam's campaign for "no-kill" policies for Manatee
County animal services, will take place from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. that Saturday.
The effort is being organized and promoted by
Island musician Mike Sales.
The Guinness World Record for the longest conga
line is the Miami Super Conga, which consisted of
119,986 people and took place in Miami on March 13,
1988, according to GWR spokesperson Sara Wilcox.
A record for the longest conga line on sand does not
exist, but either does the record category, Wilcox said.
Due to the timing of this year's event, Sales said
he might not apply for GWR consideration this year,
but rather seek to establish the event this year and set a
Guinness record next spring.
The Guinness process can take a lot of time, unless
a fast-track application is filed, which costs $400, said
Sales, noting that his event expenses already include
insurance, marketing and videotape fees.
If a last-minute sponsor is lined up, Sales said, he
might pay the $400 Guinness fee.
He said that if there's no sponsor, he'll still "go
through with the conga line, take donations for Lisa's
charity, videotape the conga line, set the video to the
song, 'Island Takin,' post the video on Youtube, give
people info on how to download the song and split the
song revenue with Lisa's charity."
Over the summer, Sales said, he'll register for
GWR's consideration for next year.
"I want to grow this into an annual event," he
The GWR process involves filing an application or
claim, which could include a request for a new category,
such as world's longest conga line on sand. The claim
then is reviewed by the records team, Wilcox said.
If GWR decides to create a new category, it also
sets the guidelines for an attempt to set a record.
"If our records team did open a new category, the
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FISHING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23
bag" of species. Gross is fishing the grass flats of lower
Tampa Bay all the way to middle Sarasota Bay targeting
trout, redfish and snook. He has switched from using
live shrimp to live pilchards for bait, which seems to be
working. Spotted sea trout up to 25 inches have been
the norm for Gross' charters, along with snook up to
32 inches and redfish up to 25 inches. As a by-catch,
Gross is seeing some nice flounder as well as some big
Spanish mackerel and bluefish coming to the boat.
Gross advises, "On the higher tides, look around
oyster bars for bigger-size redfish."
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier says, "Things
are picking up" for pier fishers. Spanish mackerel are
making an appearance. Fishers using white bait are pro-
ducing bigger fish, while white crappie jigs are result-
ing in smaller macks. Bottom fishing around the pier is
resulting in flounder and whiting. The flounder are hit-
ting shrimp fished on the bottom around the pilings. For
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 is
offering a safe-boating program at 8 a.m. Saturday,
All materials will be included in the $35 cost
per person for the program.
A second session will be held Saturday, April
Flotilla 81's training center is at G.T. Bray
Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton.
For more information or to register, call 941-
758-5500 or 941-761-4847.
This custom surfboard, auto-
graphed by former pro-surfers
Rich and Phil Salick - former
Islanders - was raffled at
Duffys Tavern April 10 to
benefit the National Kidney
Foundation. The Duffy's sales
e tteam sold tickets and drew the
winner, Billy Cole of Braden-
ton. It was a fun afternoon for
the surfer crowd, including,
from left, Rich Salick, Peggi
Davenport, Joanie Mills and
Phil Salick. The Salick's rep-
resent the NKF and organize
an annual Labor Day surfing
tournament at Cocoa Beach.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
the whiting, try using sand fleas in the shallow waters
closer to landside of the pier. Sheepshead are still hang-
ing around, and Cassety says, the longer they're at the
pier, the smarter they get. He recommends fishers carry
an assortment of bait, such as fiddlers, sand fleas and
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters
says springtime fishing around the waters of Anna Mafia
Island is "the name of the game." Shiners have invaded
the flats in droves. To find bait schools, look for diving
pelicans, he says.
Active snook in pothole along the mangroves and
in the backcountry are chewing shiners with abundance.
"Now is the time for catch-and-release trophy-sized
snook," Howard says. To entice these hard-fighting fish,
bait with the biggest shiners in your live well.
Redfish have made the move from wintertime spots
to the flats and around the mangroves. On recent char-
ters, multiple-sized reds-rat reds to over-sized mon-
sters-were boated. Look for the reds to chew hard
on live shiners and pinfish. Howard says also to try
using a piece of crushed threadfin. "Using dead bait
has been extremely productive this past week," Howard
The speckled trout bite has been phenomenal this
past week for Howard's clients. Limit catches were the
norm and shiners produced some of the biggest speck-
led trout of the season. Howard suggests fishing the
drop-offs along sand edges. "I use a release tool on the
smaller fish so to minimize the damage to these jewels
of the sea," Howard says.
Looking forward, as the weather warms, the fishing
also will heat up. "The shiners will increase in numbers,
and this will only fire up the bite," Howard adds.
Send fishing reports firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Rick Catlin
Segways roll down
to Bradenton Beach
Segs by the Sea owners Jeff and Julie Kirkwood
recently located fromAnna Maria to 119C Bridge St. in
Bradenton Beach, a few yards from the Historic Bridge
In addition to Segways, the Kirkwoods rent elec-
tric bicycles, beach cruisers, stand-up paddle boards,
skimboards and kites. Sale items include wind socks,
novelties, beach toys, kites and accessories.
Segs by the Sea offers the only Manatee County
Segway tour that includes Leffis Key at Coquina Beach
in Bradenton Beach.
For more information, go to the website at www.
segsbythesea.com or call 941-209-5970.
Tyson in gear
Nick Tyson routinely brings his mobile Gear Shop
to Anna Maria Island, specializing in electric vehicle
repairs, parts and service.
With more than 10 years experience in servicing
neighborhood electric vehicles, Nick knows NEVs.
He's previously serviced the city of Anna Maria electric
One specialty is golf-cart repair and Nick promises
fast service for those who depend upon a golf cart to
navigate the Island.
"Electric vehicles are rapidly becoming popular, espe-
cially in small communities, but they can often be
troublesome for the owner. That's where we come in,"
For more information, go to the shop's website at
Ltgearshop.com, or call 727-692-5835.
Founder's Day fun
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is
doing its part to help organize and celebrate Founder's
Day in Holmes Beach April 15-16.
On Friday, April 15, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and
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minimum would be 250 people" for a conga line on
sand, Wilcox said.
Additionally, she said, "There are specific guide-
lines that must be followed for every record attempt.
For a record of this size, there would need to be at least
one witness per every 50 people, and we would need
signed witness statements."
Additionally, the dance would need to last at least
five minutes and the participants "must be well versed
in the dance moves," Wilcox said.
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Back Alley 'fight'
Danielle Caperelli and Jacob Talucci complete in a friendly sumo wrestling match April 7 at the Back Alley, 121
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. The event raised money for Anna Maria Elementary School graduates planning to
join a student ambassador trip to Europe. Islander Photo: Courtesy Jo Ann Meilner
Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the chamber
has organized an event that includes arts and crafts, local
foods, entertainment, soft drinks and beer and wine on
the field just north of city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
All proceeds the chamber earns at Founder's Day
will go toward the nonprofit's annual scholarship
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
The Village Cafe at Rosedale,
503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
opens April 9 with a crew that
includes Joe Boykin, Kayla
Harnish, Lydia Beljan, Rock
DeAugustine and Constance
Pfahlert. The cafe is part of the
Anna Maria Historic Green
Village, a mixed-use prop-
erty that incorporates green
building innovations into older
buildings. The Rosedale family
once occupied the cafe home.
The village is being devel-
oped by Mike and Lizzie Vann
Thrasher of Anna Maria.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Attention businesses: 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 email@example.com.
By Jesse Brisson
Special to The Islander
5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,761 sfur
commercial building built in 1965 on a 112x140
lot was sold 03/18/11, Turtles Bar and Grill Inc.
to Beach to Bay Holdings LLC for $725,000;
8015 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,932 sfla
3,823 sfur 3bed/22bath/2car pool home built in 1989
on a 85x129 lot was sold 03/22/11, Belsito to Gomez
2203 Avenue C, Unit B, 2203 Avenue C, Braden-
ton Beach, a 2,148 sfla / 3,251 sfur 3bed/3bath condo
built in 2004 was sold 03/24/11, Dimarco to Yen for
2509 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach, a 3,120 sfla
4,437 sfur 6bed/Sbath duplex built in 2009 on a
50x100 lot was sold 03/23/11, First Fedreal Bank of
Florida to Nowroozi for $483,000; list $560,000.
110 46th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 90x100 lot
was sold 03/18/11, Baker to 46th Street Coastal Cot-
tages LLC for $450,000; list $599,000.
108 46th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 80x100 lot
was sold 03/18/11, 46th Street Coastal Cottages LLC
to Nielsen for $425,000; list $425,000.
108 46th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 80x100 lot
was sold 03/18/11, Baker to 46th Street Coastal Cot-
tages LLC for $400,000; list $499,000.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 260, Tortuga, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,392 sfla / 1,560 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 03/17/11,
Tortuga CGP Properties LLC to Miller for $395,000;
217 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 925 sfla / 1,594
sfur 2bed/lbath home built in 1974 on a 78x145 lot
was sold 03/18/11, Demott to Miles for $375,000; list
307 66th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,786 sfla / 2,170
sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1971 on a 90x104 lot
was sold 03/22/11, Perry to 66th Street Coastal Cot-
tages LLC for $375,000.
6250 Holmes Blvd, Unit 29, North Beach
Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,206 sfla / 2,125 sfur
3bed/2bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1989
was sold 03/25/11, Hanley to Tenner for $325,000; list
5608 Gulf Drive, Unit 205, Sun Plaza West,
Holmes Beach, a 1,092 sfla / 1,236 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool and tennis court was sold
03/23/11, Suntrust Bank to Wittry for $237,500; list
3601 E. Bay Drive, Unit 111, Sandy Point, Holmes
Beach, a 1,284 sfla /1,482 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1994 was sold 03/17/11, Schultz
to Lowther for $220,000; list $220,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-
Island real estate transactions
26 0 APRIL 13, 2011 0 THE ISLANDER
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ENTERTAINMENT CENTER: THREE sections,
side sections have rounded glass. 6-foot, 8-inch
x 70-inch x 20-inch deep. $75. 941-778-0192.
HIGH-END USED dishwasher, double-door refrig-
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COLLECTIBLES: RETRO CRACKER Jack clock,
$8, 1929 die-cast model airplane bank, $8.
M&M watch plus sunglasses, $10. Call 941-795-
COMPUTER: COMPAQ PRESARIO, Windows
XP, home, $75. 941-756-6728.
FRENCH COUNTRY BEDROOM set with double
bed, $100, couch and love seat, $75. 941-795-
TWIN ROCKERS WITH ottomans, blue, $50.941 -
CHINA: CARRIAGE HOUSE, Castile, 69 pieces,
black-and-white etched border, gold trim, $60.
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.
CACTUS: LARGE, two Opuntia, two candelabra,
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
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be
submitted online. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
ISLAND GIRL INTERIORS is moving. Everything
must go! Great washable slip-covered sofas and
chairs, tables, lamps, buffets, custom window
treatments and so much more. 941-745-3505.
4800 Manatee Ave. Bradenton.
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,
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@ sothe-
BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon
Monday at Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave.
W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship
with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer
opportunities to benefit the community locally and
worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call
Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bra-
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Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
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up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
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ESTATE SALE: GORGEOUS, lighted three-piece
display case, $500, six authentic bentwood chairs,
$300, maple hutch, $100, small maple hutch, $50,
large deco dresser, mirror, four night stands, $600,
grandmother clock, $200, oriental secretary $300,
oriental chest, $200, glass-front curio $150, lots
more. By appointment, 941-592-9270.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779
TAX RELIEF SALE: 50 percent off (except furni-
ture). Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Find
your treasure at Treasures benefiting Tidewell,
5917 Manatee Ave W., Pebble Springs Plaza,
Bradenton. 941-792-5500. Donations welcome.
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: TEAR DROP-shaped pendant on neck-
lace, maybe near Manatee Public Beach, much
sentimental value. Reward if found, 941-345-6531
DIGITAL CAMERA (FOUND on Island), digital
camera (found at Robinson Preserve), men's
wedding band, silver makeup bag. For further
information please, call the Holmes Beach Police
Department at 941-708-5804.
LOST: VICINITY OAK Street beach, Anna Maria.
Pair of Maui Jim frameless brown sunglasses,
sentimental value. Reward. 603-490-7100.
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES. 7200 block,
on beach. Call to claim. 941-896-7196.
LOST: LADIES "Skagen" silver watch, on beach,
April 6 near SandBar restaurant, Anna Maria.
FOUND FERRET: For information, please, call
the Holmes Beach Police Department at 941-
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GOLF CART: 2002 EZGO. Mint condition, $1,750.
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distance to shopping and beaches. Beautiful
relaxing retreat complete w/boat lift. Rae Ellen
Hayo (941) 920-0364. #M5818435. $439,000
ISLAND DUPLEX in very desirable Holmes KEY ROYALE - canalfront 3BR/2BA home
Beach location, corner lot one block to beach. with a beautiful open floor plan, great home for
Room for a pool. Live in one side rent out the entertaining, large kitchen, huge glassed-in lanai
other. Side A is 1 BR/1 BA and side B is 2BR/2BA. with view of canal. Boat lift. Rae Ellen Hayo 941-
Immaculate condition! Rae Ellen Hayo (941) 920-0364. #M5819087. $650,000
920-0364. #M5818812. $599,000
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SFull service lawn maintenance
Service Landscaping - Clean-up
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
S Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Full; - Replacement Doors and Windows
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Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References
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SResidential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens * Bath * Design Service
,Carpentry * Flooring * Painting
Commercial & Residential
* References available * 941-720-7519
Counter tops, vanity tops,
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Providing Islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
Bruce Collins 941-778-6201
Rated "one (-f th,' best transportation companies
on Florida's West Coast."
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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.
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
HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
CONTACT CAPT. GREG Burke of A Paradise
Realty for all your real estate needs, selling, list-
ing, buying. Listings needed. 941-592-8373 or
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-448-4100.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
CATCH-UP HANDYMAN: Yard work, house
repairs. "You fish, I work!" Hugh Holmes III, 941-
SENIOR CARE: IN-home available. Many ser-
vices with references. Caring and experienced.
Please call 941-778-0045.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12.
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
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-
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more
than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today
for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
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ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
MUSIC HUNGRY? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND studio.
Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and
voice. 315 58th St., HB, 941-538-2284.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
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Marine and Residential * Service & Installs
PO Box 1064 * Cortez, Fla 34215
121-C Bridge St. * Bradenton Beach
(941) 795-0076 or 685-3392
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NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
CERTIFIED HORTICULTURAL PROFESSIONAL:
Nursery quality garden care and maintenance.
Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installa-
tion. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan,
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
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.
WWW.ISLANDER.ORG: Useful tools and links.
DOOR REPAIRS, REPLACEMENTS: Residen-
tial, commercial, glass inserts, insulated-glass
replacement, vinyl windows. TDWS Inc. 941-730-
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week.
$1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season.
Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL Space:
8803/8799 Cortez Road. 1,200-sf and 1,300-sf.
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.
HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1 BA. North-
west Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola
3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: www.coas-
ISLAND ANNUALS: 2BR/2BA ground-level, pool,
55-plus community $1,000/month. 3BR/2BA pri-
vate home, furnished, $1,400/month. Gulf-Bay
BRADENTON BEACH WATERFRONT SMALL
one bedroom cottage. $950/month, annual lease,
no pets. 941-779-0289.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
WATERFRONT HOME: 2BR/2BA, pool, dock,
walk to beach, $2,000/month, annual. 703-587-
TURNKEY FURNISHED, SPACIOUS 1BR/1BA
900-sf duplex apartment with wraparound deck.
Utilities, lawn care, cable by owner. Laundry on
site. 1.3 miles from Anna Maria Island beaches.
BEAN POINT: BEACHFRONT annual rental.
4BR/3BA, carport, gazebo, $2,950/month. 404-
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Family Owned and Operated since 1975
New Construction * Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 * 5508 Marina Drive, Holrn:. -,-,:Iih '*.pii Sat.
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Wash Down * Easy Access * Clean * Security Cameras
941-232-9208 * Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road * 4523 30th St. W.
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holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
airports * shops * dining
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BEACH FRONT CONDO. 2 BR/ 2BT updated condo
with heated pool. Located near historic Bridge Street,
shops and restaurants. Strong rental history. $465,000
HISTORIC CUORTEZ VILLAGE. Adorable 2 BR/ 1.5
BA home located less than a mile to the beach. Walk to
active fish markets and restaurants in this quaint village.
VIEW Build your
house on this
with a great view
of the beach.
Easy beach access
just steps away.
ZONED FOR 2 UNITS Over 3,000 SF w/ 12,844 SF
lot. Currently an office & residential space located in center
of Holmes Beach just 1 block to beach. Ideal live/work situ-
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. $675,000.
SHORT SALE... 2 BR/ 2 BT beachfront condo. Com-
pletely renovated, new kitchen, tile floors, washer/dryer.
Norman" lk 941-778"6696
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Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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CANCELLATION: APRIL 16-30.3BR/2BA cottage
across from street from beach $850/week plus
ANNUAL 1 BR/1BA APARTMENT: Three blocks
to beach. Quiet neighborhood. $650/month, plus
ANNUAL: WATERFRONT VIEW, cute, compact,
1BR/1BA. Tile, new kitchen, open floor plan,
ground floor, private patio, laundry and pool. $850/
month, electric, water included. No pets. Drive by:
201 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. 786-375-9633.
More than 11,000 sq. ft. duplex-zoned lot
in Holmes Beach on Marina Drive.
Close to library, restaurants,
shops and a bike ride to beach!
Priced to sell! $335,000.
DIRECT GULF FRONT
Choice building lot on Anna Maria's
"NATURAL BEACH." Area of fine
homes and quaint cottages. See
location at 203 Spruce. $1,900,000.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marne Frankhn, Lc Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
Absolutely beautiful, 3b, 3.5ba, 3-car garage, 2000 custom-
built, elevator home by Whitehead, was carefully designed
by Emily Anne Smith with quality and privacy in mind. Supe-
rior Coconut Bayou views throughout, private boat dock,
gourmet kitchen, fireplace, oak staircase, balconies, bonus
rooms and so much more. JUST LISTED: $1.2 Million.
Call Michelle Wilde, Broker-Associate, 941-544-3813.
HUGE REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
50% - 70% off "2004-2006" PRICES
Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (Trip Advisor)
Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available
' O r I'..K Luxurious 2/2 apts..
1,200 s/f from $325,000
1,400 s/f from $375,000
Charming 1/1 apts.
372 s/f from $125,000
533 s/f from $150,000
Call David Teitelbaum (Realtor) 941-812-4226
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA duplex, ground
level, $900/month includes water/trash. Anna
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Clean 2BR/2BA with
garage. Nice quiet area, references required, no
smoking/pets. $950/month. 941-776-1789.
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.
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 BAYFRONT HOME: 170-feet on water,
2,600 sf of living, extensive remodeling, pool, lift,
dock. Accepting offers over $750,000. Jim, 941-
k guJfSay faly of Aa.m Maia Inc.
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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.
r ^ocr,,y EXPERIENCE
36 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
Heron Harbour 2/2 condo 12 min. to beaches. Htd pool, tennis,
upgrades, furnished. Auto negotiable. $125,000.
SEASONAL & VACATION RENTALS:
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
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.
2BR 1.5 BA, 2nd story $2,200 per month. Weekly rates
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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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.
REAL ESTATE LLC
941-779-0202 * 800-732-6434
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DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-
car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immacu-
late 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture,
breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under
roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. $3,400,000. Contact owner, broker,
DUPLEX FOR SALE by owner. 2BR/2BA each
side. Large corner lot. If you are looking to invest
without the hassles of a rental, this is for you.
I will lease it back and take care of everything.
Call Tom for details at 941-993-4909 or e-mail
me: tombielsl @verizon.net.
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-
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria
ALMOST-NEW CANALFRONT luxury home.
4BR/4.5BA, den, pool, high-end appliances.
3,350-sf. under air. $1,450,000.215 Chilson Ave,
Anna Maria. 941-567-6600.
DOES SIZE REALLY matter? If what's important
to you is soothing surf, sugary sand and sensa-
tional sunsets from your direct beachfront nest,
who needs more than one bedroom and a bath
with a Jacuzzi tub? By the way, this turnkey-
furnished condo does have a new kitchen and
cozy living room and (if you're interested) it rents
like crazy! Unless you want to buy a motel room,
this is the lowest priced Gulffront residence on
Anna Maria Island at $295,000. Ask about seller
financing. Call Barry Gould, 941-448-5500. Island
Vacation Properties. See it ... buy it!
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.
FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper
Resort, 1 BR/1 BA, enclosed bonus room, steps to
ROOM FOR RENT: House on Anna Maria Island.
Call 941-778-0045 for information.
20 ACRES: $0 down, $99/month. Only $12,900. Near
growing El Paso, Texas. Owner financing, No credit
checks, money back guarantee! Free color brochure.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _^ ^^^^
3BR/2BA Key Royale home with loads of living area.
Overlooks canal and boat basin. Includes boat slip with lift.
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.
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