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Ralph's closes. Page 2
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invites. Page 27
Hansen Peck, 4, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y, enjoys a
moment with Santa Claus at Ye Old Holmes Beach Down-
town Holiday Open House. The Dec. 2 event traditionally
kicks off the Anna Maria Island Christmas season. More
on the holidays, page 20. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Holiday Fun Day hosts Chuck and Joey Lester look over a poster prepared by Anna
Maria Island Community Center children to say thank you for all the Lesters do for
the center. The Lesters underwrite Lester-Islander Holiday Fun Day, which includes
turkey giveaways, pony rides, entertainment, food and old-fashioned fun. The event
was Dec. 3 at the center. More on Fun Day, page 10. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Tebbetts field, parking lot lack priority
By Kathy Prucnell
A stormwater project in need of a stag-
ing area has met up with an underused city
park, and the result is an eyesore that points i
to a bigger picture a possible debate about
maintaining the baseball field.
ign Last week city park amenities were over-
shadowed by a parking lot filled with storm-
water pipes, piles of dirt, gravel, concrete
Forms and miscellaneous debris at Flotilla
Drive and 62nd Street.
unce- The stormwater project that began in mid-
August should be completed in mid-February,
according to Joe Duennes, Holmes Beach
'- public works superintendent. It is expected to
. (0 bring relief to flood-prone areas along Holmes
ge 14 Boulevard between 61st and 63rd streets.
SDuennes said construction materials can
be placed at the parking lot without destroying
age 19 vegetation and that the shell-based parking lot
UHe added, "Meanwhile it is an eyesore for
.. The project is expected to expand the
area's capacity to better handle stormwater so
charms it drains into the canals in Seaside Gardens,
e 22 said Bob Shaffer, city inspector. We're three-
quarters through it," he added.
A 2004 tax assessment based on the imper-
viousness of affected properties has funded the
project, Duennes added.
Adjacent to the parking lot, the baseball
)s field was once used by seasons of Junior
ige 24 League baseball teams operating under the
,,,g Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Arts and crafts groups regularly use the
open field adjacent to the lot. The 24th annual
nts, Anna Maria Island Art League's Winterfest
fine arts and craft festival is Dec. 10-11, and
Stormwater pipes, dirt, gravel and concrete forms litter Birdie Tebbetts Field parking lot in
Holmes Beach. With organized youth sports waning, the city is using the parking lot as a stag-
ing area for an ongoing stormwater improvement project in the area along Holmes Boulevard
between 61st and 63rd streets. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Colin Bissett, AMIAL events director, said past
festivals have drawn more than 10,000 attend-
Holmes Beach Police Department Lt. Dale
Stephenson said festivalgoers are expected to
use parking on the side streets and at the library,
and officers are assigned to direct traffic in the
Flotilla Drive area.
"This is the bip.'I one of these events that
we have," said Stephenson, who has seen other
festivals through traffic and parking issues when
the parking lot was used for dredge materials.
He encouraged people to take the trolley.
Greg Ross, chair of the Anna Maria Island
Community Center board of directors, said the
only center use of the Holmes Beach fields and
adjacent parking has been for soccer.
Scott Dell, assistant executive director of
the center reported a large group of adults play
soccer three times a week on the field. Both Dell
and Ross said area streets provide sufficient
parking for the soccer use.
The center has not used the Holmes Beach
fields for an organized sport or program since
a flag football league played there four or five
years ago, Ross added.
Baseball use of the fields and parking lot
stopped two or three years ago, according to
Dell. "Baseball's popularity is decreasing, it's
a national trend," he said.
While at one time "well over 200" partici-
pated in Island baseball programs, Dell said, the
center "has not been able to field a team" suit-
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Landmark Rotten Ralph's at Galati sold, closed
By Rick Catlin
An iconic Anna Maria restaurant has closed its
doors and will apparently reopen with a new name and
Dave Russell of Rotten Ralph's, 902 S. Bay Blvd.,
said he signed a contract selling the restaurant to another
Island restaurant owner. He indicated a confidentiality
clause in the contract prohibits him from providing the
name of the new owner.
"It will be up to them when they want to make
an announcement," Russell said. He believes the new
owner plans to open in early January under a new name
and with a new menu. Renovations for the new opera-
tion already are under way at the restaurant, he said.
Russell still owns and operates Rotten Ralph's on
the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach and
is concentrating all his business acumen on running that
restaurant. He stressed that he has no plans to sell the
"From a business standpoint, selling Rotten Ralph's
at Galati's makes sense because it allows me to focus
more on the Bridge Street operation," Russell said.
"From an emotional standpoint, however, it's going to
be hard to say goodbye."
Dave Russell's parents, Doreen and the late Ralph
Russell, purchased the Anna Maria restaurant in 1987
when it was named the Oyster Steamer.
Before that, it was the Casa del Mar restaurant, and
originally opened as Fast Eddie's, selling smoked mullet
on a dock. It eventually added a bar and dining room,
kitchen and amenities, before being sold.
The Russell family had vacationed in Anna Maria
for many years before buying the restaurant in 1987,
changing its name and moving from Toronto to Anna
Maria permanently. The Russell family owned the
restaurant longer than anyone else, Dave Russell
Ralph Russell died in 2004.
"We were here 23 years. I grew up here. There are a
lot of memories, a lot of great memories, and it's going
Dave Russell, son of Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Res-
taurant founder Ralph Russell, confirmed the sale of
the landmark restaurant at 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
to be hard to let go," Dave Russell said.
Among those memories are the times when Moody
Blues drummer Graham Edge lived on a boat at Galati
and used to go to the restaurant for jam sessions with
Russell and other local musicians.
"It's memories like that that make it hard to leave,
but it's the right thing for me to do," he said.
In 1999, Ralph Russell became a hero in Ireland
when the media reported he rescued a child trapped in
a burning car shortly before it exploded in flames.
Dave Russell said the name Rotten Ralph's was
chosen as a catchy phrase to attract customers.
The catch worked, he said, as the name became a
hit with Islanders and visitors.
Rotten Ralph's became known for great seafood, an
informal atmosphere, friendly staff, outdoor dining and
its easy access for boaters, said Russell. Boaters could
tie up to the dock, eat a meal or order take-out, get a
drink and head back out to Tampa Bay or the Gulf of
Mexico in minutes.
As the opening of the new restaurant approaches,
Russell said he will likely find it harder to return to
"I'd like everyone to know how much I and my
family appreciated the friends we made the past 23
years and the great staff we' ve had. We're going to
continue Rotten Ralph's at the Bridge Street location
and offer the same great food, service and atmosphere,"
A listing by Sharon Villars of Re/Max Alliance
Group advertising Rotten Ralph's Anna Maria loca-
tion offers a long-term lease, fixtures and equipment
HB, BB conflict
meeting Dec. 7
The conflict resolution process initiated by
Holmes Beach against Bradenton Beach begins at
9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Holmes Beach City
Hall with an assessment meeting between officials
from the two cities.
Holmes Beach initiated the conflict resolution
regarding the 2008 Bradenton Beach quitclaim of
27th Street East to the Sandpiper Mobile Home
Resort. The boundary between the two cities lies
along 27th Street.
The meeting is open to the public, but public
comment is not taken, according to the Florida stat-
ute on conflict resolution.
Discussion at the meeting will be limited to the
city attorney and mayor from each city.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy has
been recused from representing the city at the meet-
ing because he is a Sandpiper resident. He will be
replaced by Vice Mayor Ed Straight.
Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler
also is a Sandpiper resident. She can attend the meet-
ing, but not as an official spokesperson for Braden-
The first meeting, called the assessment meet-
ing, is for Holmes Beach to formally present the
issue to Bradenton Beach officials.
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rental issue discussion
Holmes Beach Commission Chair David Zacca-
gnino announced the agenda for the city work session
at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 will include the hot-button issue sur-
rounding multi-unit and short-term rental properties.
The commission chair is inviting real estate agents,
builders, business people and interested residents to the
work session after the regular meeting. Code enforce-
ment and public works officials from the city also are
being asked to attend, Zaccagnino said.
Residents and commissioners at the commission
meeting Nov. 22 had requested a special session on the
multi-unit and rental enforcement issues. Widespread
problems relating to construction, parking, trash and
excessive noise are being blamed in part on a higher
multi-family use than permitted under local ordi-
"I' d really like it to be a solutions meeting. We
pretty much know what the problems are," Zaccagnino
Last week the commission chair was still working
on the work session agenda, but added that the rental
issue would be a "quick second" item on the agenda
after a presentation by the Anna Maria Island Priva-
The original sign at Birdie Tebbetts Field was unveiled
at an opening celebration in 2001. Islander file photo
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Birdie Tebbetts Field the past
Birdie Tebbetts Field is the only Holmes Beach-
maintained baseball field. It was dedicated in March
2001 to honor George Robert "Birdie" Tebbetts, a long-
time Island resident who died in 1999.
Tebbetts was known as a defensive-minded catcher
for the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and the Cleve-
land Indians between the late 1930s and the early 1950s,
and as the best catcher in the American League in the
1940s, according to Wikipedia. The talented catcher
went on to manage the Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves
and Indians in the 1950s and 1960s.
In the 1960s, Tebbetts settled his family on Anna
Maria Island, where he and wife Mary and others
helped the Anna Maria Island Little League, according
to "Birdie Tebbetts" by Tom Simon, for the Baseball
Biography Project, the American Society of Baseball
In 1997, Tebbetts earned a World Series ring from
TEBBETTS FIELD CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
able to use the field.
"It's more used by people running their dogs," Ross
said of Birdie Tebbetts Field, noting that lack of lights
also make the field difficult for baseball use. Duennes
and Shaffer also noted the lack of organized baseball
use, and the new dog park use.
"It's sad now," Gary Blunden, said Holmes Beach
public works foreman. "It looks like we' re taking care
of the parks for the dogs and we' re not. It costs money
to maintain, there's no question about it."
Troy Shonk, athletic director for the center, said it
does not sponsor off-site activities in Holmes Beach due
to costs. "As our programs become bigger," he said "it
would be something they would be discussing."
Dell said he believes there is demand for a co-ed
softball program, and may u'LP'L. Tebbetts Field be
modified for softball. Softball fields are constructed
with a 60-foot baseline, while Tebbetts Field has 90-foot
Ross said the center had attempted to organize a
softball league in the past but it didn't work out because
of an insurance problem.
the Florida Marlins as a founding member of the Mar-
lins executive scouting team.
In the Aug. 4, 2005, edition of The Islander, Kevin
Cassidy reported that the city hired a public works
employee to maintain the field that had been improved
with new sod, an irrigation system and clay on the
According to Gary Blunden, Holmes Beach public
works foreman, the city now has two employees whose
"primary concern" is to take care of the soccer and base-
ball fields, maintaining the Bermuda grass, applying
pesticides, herbicides and fertilizing.
Stormwater drainage materials litter the city parking
lot adjacent to Birdie Tebbetts Field, the city basket-
ball court and the tennis courts across Flotilla Drive
from Westbay Point & Moorings condominiums.
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Coquina cafe cons
By Lisa Neff
Renovations continue this month at the cafe at Mana-
tee County's Coquina Beach.
The project, estimated to cost $162,000, could be
completed by Christmas, according to Darin Cushing, the
county project manager also involved in the construction
of the $1.2 million marine rescue headquarters at Coquina
"They are doing a great job, and we are very happy
with this contractor," Cushing said last week.
He added that the contractor, in a site briefing Dec.
1, said "they are aiming for completion before Christmas.
Once they are finished, the concession vendors will have
their kitchen equipment installed."
While the renovation of the cafe takes place, the con-
cession beach chair rentals and snack sales is being
operated from a nearby trailer.
Time and salt air had taken its toll on the cafe build-
ing, which had numerous code violations that were in
need of rectification, according to county officials.
Deficiencies listed in a structural analysis filed with
the building department at Bradenton Beach City Hall
included deteriorated exterior door frames and doors,
rusted plumbing and pipes, a floor elevation 10 inches
below grade, exposed rebar around the roof area, rusted
electrical components, mildewed walls, leaks, a ."-'in,'1
drop ceiling and rusted roof rafters.
In addition to correcting problems, the county con-
tracted for a reconfigured "interior to make it more effi-
cient for operating the snack bar portion, as well as allow-
ing the opportunity to operate a small portion as a gift
shop," according to Cushing.
The concession vendor, which also operates the
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public
Beach, will be responsible for interior items, including
the kitchen equipment.
Outside, when the renovation is complete, the cafe
will look more in line with the design scheme of the
marine rescue building across Gulf Drive.
Already a new roof and new exterior walls are in
truction continues MeningS
Anna Maria City
-Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
.*i '- *'' Dec. 15, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
: Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
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The concession at Coquina Beach is undergoing exten-
sive renovation. During the construction, food is being
served from a nearby trailer. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
place, as well as some wooden decking on the Gulf side
of the building.
Work this month will include completing stucco on
the building, painting, cleaning and putting epoxy on the
floors, and installing tile, cabinets, countertops, plumbing
fixtures and light fixtures, and finishing a wood deck.
On Dec. 1, several beachgoers, finding the 57-degree
morning too chilly for sunbathing, took a seat at a picnic
table near the renovation work to offer their ideas for the
"I see myself on a Friday evening, with a tall drink
chilling in my right hand and my toes tickling the sand,
listening to live music," Joe Pendergrass, a seasonal
Bradenton Beach resident said, paraphrasing Kenny
Pendergrass' wife Helen added, "I hope they think
about serving breakfast and they put a really good burger
on the menu."
Another visitor said he hoped for sunset and sunrise
events. "Anybody who knows Coquina knows that the
sunrise from right here is as spectacular as the sunset,"
said Fred Griffith of Anna Maria and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
"I'd like to see morning coffee crowds."
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Dec. 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Dec. 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Dec. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
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Dec. 15, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.
Dec. 12,9 a.m., tourist development council meet-
ing at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Dec. 20, 9 a.m., county commission meeting.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
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Dec. 25 is Christmas. Most government offices,
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Consultant: Update Anna Maria telecom regs
By Rick Catlin
The consultant who wrote Anna Maria's master wire-
less services plan and assisted with writing the city's cell
tower ordinance says k.\hn,>,hy has changed so much
that updating both are now critical for the city.
Commissioners are currently discussing changes to
the cell tower ordinance with Rusty Monroe of the Center
for Municipal Solutions, the company that recently wrote
the cell tower ordinance for Bradenton Beach. The com-
mission has not yet discussed any change to the master
The Anna Maria cell tower issue dates to 2002 when
Tech Tower Inc. expressed interest in building a tower
topped by a lighted cross at Roser Memorial Community
Church on Pine Avenue.
The proposal prompted a public outcry, and a 2002
moratorium on cell towers until a master plan and ordi-
nance were in place. The city hired Ted Kreines to write
the master plan and consult with city attorney Jim Dye
on an ordinance.
In October, commissioners asked Monroe to review
the city's telecommunications ordinance and make rec-
ommended changes. Monroe said there would be no
charge to the city for the revisions.
The Bradenton Beach cellular communications
ordinance includes verbiage that CMS would receive
compensation from telecommunications companies that
propose and build cell towers in the city.
Kreines also was asked by The Islander about updat-
ing the master plan. He said updating the master plan
should take place before any ordinance amendments.
SCommissioners did not ask
Monroe to review the master plan,
B and Mayor Mike Selby said a review
.of the plan and ordinance by Kreines
would "cost us something."
Selby was pleased with Mon-
roe's "no charge" estimate to provide
Selby recommendations for the ordinance.
Monroe sent his recommendations
to Selby before the Nov. 17 commission meeting and
suggested the city could retain CMS and use its model
ordinance as a "template" if it wanted to proceed with
Monroe said the template "already deals with the
issues in the context of today's world," and has "never
been successfully challenged in almost 15 years."
A number of Monroe's recommendations were to
change verbiage in the current ordinance from encourag-
ing or suggesting that companies or carriers do something
in constructing a tower to "mandatory requirements," he
"Regulations should require, prohibit or facilitate.
Encouraging is useless and has no legal effect and just
confuses the issue," Monroe said.
Kreines said, however, that when he wrote the master
plan in 2003 he used suggestive words in the plan and
ordinance to "reduce the threat of litigation" by compa-
While Selby and the commission like Monroe's free
recommendations, they also are paying attention to a peti-
tion submitted to the city by cell tower opponent Jamie
Walstad, who led the fight opposing the Roser cell tower
proposal in 2002.
Walstad's petition, which has more than 100 signa-
tures, including that of Anna Maria Commissioner Dale
Woodland, opposes any change to the current cell tower
ordinance that doesn't "protect all of the residential prop-
erty owners fairly."
The petition asks why it is the city's responsibility
to ensure cell phones work in Anna Maria all the time.
Walstad said in the petition that if the ordinance needs
updating, the city should contact Kreines as the author
of the original documents.
"I feel extremely comfortable with (Kreines')
advice," she wrote.
Commissioners directed Dye to review Monroe's
u'IP'.oliiin and report back at the commission's Dec.
Selby said he would contact Kreines before then for
an estimate to review and update the master wireless ser-
vices plan and wireless ordinance.
Kreines said the updating process would start with
the master plan, then the ordinance. The master plan can't
be ignored, he observed.
He said he likely would not need to come to Anna
Maria as he's worked with Dye and updating the master
plan could be done via e-mail and telephone calls to and
from Dye and himself.
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Doggy do, doggy don't
Seems like opinions are running rampant about
dogs: Dogs on leashes, dogs on beaches, dogs on the
field (of former dreams) and dog poop.
Everyone has a negative opinion about dog poop
left behind, including responsible pet owners who feel
the tarnish on their image when they also witness the
We weren't certain where the opinions were coming
from or why, but people were writing to us about a pos-
sible dog beach and, to our knowledge, no dog beach
has been proposed in any of the three Island cities.
Now we hear there is a petition circulating, but
organizers are on the down low.
We do know that other beach communities of much
greater size miles and population than ours, allow
dogs on the beach, both during restricted hours, and
during non-peak season, any time of day.
It only seems natural to us, being pet owners and
more and more families do have a dog to take your
pet with you wherever you go, especially for the heart-
healthy walks and socializing.
If it's OK to walk your canine companion on streets
and sidewalks, then what's the big deal with the dog
walking on a leash along the sandy shoreline?
OK. Stop right there. We're not necessarily saying
to let dogs run leash-free, although other beaches do.
We're not saying irresponsible people won't still be
themselves. We're not even broaching the subject of
people "taking a leak" in the waters, baby diapers in
the bushes, or people leaving all manner of trash on the
All that is a matter of enforcement, whether it be
park or sidewalk, street or beach, dog or people.
And as to the 'LI. t I i, n that the Palma Sola Cause-
way is more appropriate for dogs, most people find
taking dogs to an area with such high vehicle traffic to
And who wants to get in a car when you live near
such a fabulous walkway, the Gulf of Mexico?
People are really going overboard with their com-
ments. It's not rational to fear sitting on the beach near
doggy doo-doo, when it's more likely you will sit next
to a rotting fish, stinky seaweed or a crab burrow. And
look out for that which lurks in the water.
Truth is, if you can walk your dog with no problem
on a leash down the street, past the school or shops
or anywhere else the public is allowed, why not the
I also believe the time has come for Holmes Beach
to give way on the ball field for a dog-friendly field.
But don't bark at me, tell the city. Bonner Joy
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There has been much back and forth over allowing
dogs on the beach. Much of the issue seems focused on
visitors not obeying any rules, how to enforce rules and
liability for all these issues.
Before we start looking to expand the rules, we
need to obey the existing rules.
Over the last four months, I have had three incidents
where my leashed dog was attacked and injured by dogs
whose owners live right here, whose dogs were wander-
ing around unsupervised and whose dogs did not have
current tags, shots or collars.
So before we start telling others what to do, start
drafting up ordinances, enforcement rules and regula-
tions, we need to tend to our own animals.
The county requires all dogs to have a current reg-
istration, and vaccine tags seemingly many of our
tenants and homeowners think that applies to everybody
Kevin FitzGerald, Holmes Beach
The Islander has an active Facebook community
of more than 1,470 users, so we're sharing some of the
conversations we've been having with our fans. To join
the conversation, use the direct link to our Facebook fan
page at www.islander.org.
This week readers had plenty to say about a dog-
friendly beach. Here are just some of the comments:
"It would be even better if there were no cats on the
beach. What part of 'nesting area' don't people under-
stand? Take a walk around Robinson Preserve to see
how respectful dog owners are there and don't forget
to watch your step." Mark Kracker
"I own a dog and love her very much. I do pick up
after her all the time and do not bring her to the beach.
I take her to the causeway, and I pick up after her there,
too." Elizabeth Thebodo
"As a dog owner, I would love to be able to take
long walks on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. I do
understand the concern about the birds, but who is going
to stop the children from chasing birds? It is a very
small minority of people who don't pick up their dog's
feces, so please don't make the majority pay for it. I
think they must allocate regular green spaces for dog
walkers if they won't allow them onto beaches." -
"When I lived on Longboat Key in the 1960s, my
dog Tawny used to go to the beach all the time. Worst
that ever happened was that he got a fish hook in his lip
because he was eating a fish people caught and left on
the beach. As long as people clean up after their dogs
I don't see a problem with it. I'm sure at night while
people are sleeping and dogs prowl that some of them
go out to the beach." Susan Nicholas
"I think having a dog beach is a wonderful thing
and is long overdue. The majority of dog owners are
considerate and responsible. They will pick up after
their dog. Since Manatee County and the Island cities
have a leash law, there should be minimal disturbance
to the birds and other wildlife. Marlane Wurzbach
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A huge thank you to the Anna Maria Island Beach
Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
My husband lost his wallet on Thanksgiving. We
thought he may have left it at the cafe, but didn't realize
it was missing until about 9:30 p.m.
The next day I called the cafe, but they did not see
a wallet in the office or anywhere else. The woman told
me to call back at 10 a.m. When I called again, still no
one had seen the wallet.
But last week, the police came to our house with the
wallet. The cafe had called them to ask if they would
return a wallet that was left behind. The wallet was
intact, including credit cards, $90 in cash and personal
What a gift. Thank you so much AMIBC for your
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Judy McClarren, Holmes Beach
By Kathy Prucnell
"Welcome to paradise," said Bradenton Beach's
resident blues musician Steve Arvey.
Also known as Stone Crab Steve, Arvey intro-
duced his first set of music on Nov. 30 at Ocean Blues
in Sarasota with a smile and a Jimmy Buffett-like
aura. He knows paradise when he sees it.
Indeed Arvey may know something about para-
dise, coming in 2007 to the Bradenton area by way of
Chicago, having traveled to recordings in Australia,
concerts in Italy and touring the Britain and Ireland.
He's now back "south of the bridge" to play his
folksy brand of blues this holiday season.
Born and raised in Chicago and playing Bob
Dylan-type guitar on Maxwell Street in his youth,
Arvey attended the University of Florida-Gainesville
where Ben Andrews mentored his self-styled country
After college, Arvey formed a band, West Side
Allstars then renamed the West Side Heat, comprised
of sidemen who weren't working at the time. His his-
tory also includes playing sideman to legendary blues
performers Bo Diddley, Junior Wells and Big Walter
Horton. Arvey appeared on the Crossroads stage at
the Chicago Blues Festival in the 1980s and '90s.
While in Chicago, he promoted Guinness beer,
and blues artist
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and immersed himself in studies at the Old Town
School of Folk Music in 1993. He went on to play
with Chicago Rover, a Celtic music group, and
experiment with a variety of music genres.
Anna Maria Island made it on Arvey's radar in
2005, after an encounter on a Chicago Blues Society
"I met a lovely young lady who I fell in love
with, and that's how I moved down here," he said.
For a short time Arvey managed a brokerage
firm in Florida. He went through "culture shock,"
but returned to playing guitar and liking his place
on the map.
"It's nice we have a motif going on with Har-
monica Player Tuesdays," Arvey said about his gig
at the Ocean Blues in Sarasota. "I like to be able to
play all blues. It's my favorite.
"Life's been pretty good here," Arvey said. "It's
very good," he added, referring to the relationship
among musicians, area radio stations and other media
and the Suncoast Blues Society.
Arvey introduced some friends before his perfor-
mance last week: Scott Reid, owner of Ocean Blues;
Steve Scott, "one of the best and most versatile har-
monica players;" Graham Forbes, "a great guitarist
from Glasgow;" and Kevin Friedman, a member of
the Anna Maria Island Privateers; among others.
Avery said he devotes some of his talent to help the
Veterans of Foreign War children's home, the Privateers
and Ladies Sing the Blues. He pointed out the success
of two recent fundraisers with the Ladies in support of
breast cancer research and a brain injury victim.
Arvey has another pass time: Fishing.
"You do know the best place to fish, don't you?"
Arvey asked with a grin. Without hesitating, he
answered, "One mile straight out from the Beach-
Arvey's next local performance is Dec. 14 at
the Cortez Clam Factory, 10104 Cortez Road, W.,
Arvey sings the paradise blues
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Headline news from the Dec. 5,
2001, issue of The Islander
The state attorney's office decided not to file mis-
demeanor charges against Anna Maria Vice Mayor Tom
Skoloda for his removal of a commission meeting tape
recording fromAnna Maria City Hall. Assistant state attor-
ney Peggy Bullweg said there was no evidence suggesting
Skoloda intended to keep the tape or that the tape had been
tampered with, so no theft was involved.
Sea turtle conservationists considered the installa-
tion of solar-powered, road-mounted lights as a possible
alternative to pole-mounted street lights, in the hope
the new lights would lure fewer sea turtles away from
the water and to their deaths. Suzi Fox, of Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch, said that other lights developed
with turtles in mind were too bright.
Debates over beach renourishment in Anna Maria
flared as the day for commissioners to make a final deci-
sion approached. Opponents believed the project might
be an infringement on the rights of beachfront property
owners. Some also feared, because beach renourishment
was a county project, the county might end up with too
much control over city beaches. Proponents of the plan
argued that neither Holmes Beach nor Bradenton Beach
residents had experienced any such problems.
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Greatest Generation remembers Pearl Harbor
By Rick Catlin
Members of the Greatest Generation, and indeed,
anyone who was more than age 5 on Dec. 7, 1941,
remembers where they were when they heard that the
Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor and America was at
Most veterans interviewed for The Islander Greatest
Generation columns were at home that Sunday afternoon
listening to the radio or getting ready for supper. Some
recall being with friends or girlfriends, enjoying the day
at a park or the movie theater. It was a day and time that
is forever in their memories.
As my generation remembers where we were when
we heard President John F. Kennedy was shot, Great-
est Generation members recall Pearl Harbor day and the
following day, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt
addressed the nation by radio.
Today, Dec. 7, 2011, is the 70th anniversary of what
Roosevelt said in his radio address would be forever
known as a "date which will live in infamy."
On this date 70 years ago, Japanese naval aircraft
forces without warning attacked the U.S. Naval Base at
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and other military facilities on the
Island of Oahu, prompting America's entry into World
Only about 2,000 of the estimated 60,000 American
servicemen who were stationed on Oahu then are still
At the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association conven-
tion today in Pearl Harbor, the main topic will be whether
to disband the association and turn over activities and
funds to the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survi-
vors Association the group that will be trusted to keep
the memory of the day alive.
Of the remaining survivors, only about 50 are able
to attend the convention, which was to take place at the
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor Naval Base.
The youngest member of the survivors' association is 87,
according to the association website.
More than 2,400 U.S. servicemen were killed in the
Sunday morning attack that saw the U.S. Navy's Pacific
battleship fleet decimated.
Four battleships were sunk and four severely dam-
aged. Three cruisers, three destroyers and a mine-laying
ship were also sunk, and 188 aircraft, including bombers
and fighters, were destroyed.
Fortunately, none of the main targets of the attack,
the three U.S. aircraft carriers stationed at Pearl Harbor,
were in port that day.
The battleship Arizona capsized and sank at her
mooring berth at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor with an
estimated 1,100 men trapped aboard. At the request of the
families of the men killed, no effort was made to recover
their remains. The site and ship have been turned into a
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None of the World War II veterans interviewed for
the Greatest Generation were at Pearl Harbor that day, but
many immediately rushed to join the Armed Forces, and
most of those who saw duty in the Pacific passed through
Pearl Harbor and saw what was left of the Arizona.
To this day, the Arizona remains the only ship from
Dec. 7, 1941, still on active duty with the U.S. Navy.
Almeda dies a hero
World War II veteran Frank "Frankie" Almeda of
Anna Maria died Nov. 27 at the age of 87. His story was
featured in The Islander's Greatest Generation column
of Dec. 20, 2006.
Bom and raised in Tampa of Cuban parents, Almeda
served in the U.S. Army in the invasion of the Philippines,
where his knowledge of Spanish saved his company from
a Japanese ambush.
Almeda was wounded twice in the Philippines, but
never received the Purple Heart medal given to all Ameri-
cans wounded during combat. He was
awarded the Bronze Star with oak leaf
cluster and the Army Commendation
Medal, among other honors, but wanted
his Purple Heart for having shed blood
for his country.
Almeda For the last 10 years of his life,
Almeda tried to get his wounds recog-
nized by the Army and obtain his Purple Heart, but he
had no papers showing he had been wounded.
Without corroborating evidence, such as eyewit-
nesses, a statement in his discharge papers, or a medical
doctor's account of his wounds, the Army said it could
not issue the medal.
Almeda wrote to a number of politicians for help,
including U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key,
but had no success.
Even without the Purple Heart, Almeda was a quiet
hero and a proud veteran. He also was an original member
of the Anna Maria Pier Regulars, a group of dedicated
fishers who meet the first Wednesday of every month -
now at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria.
He served as president and spokesperson for the
Pier Regulars for many years, organized an annual get-
together with presents and prizes at Christmas and was
recognized for his altruistic efforts. He was one of the first
on Anna Maria Island to join the effort to protect nesting
sea turtles and their hatchlings in the 1970s.
To this reporter and newspaper publisher Bonner Joy,
both who tried to help Almeda get his much-deserved
medal, Frankie Almeda did not need the Purple Heart to
be a hero among America's Greatest Generation.
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BB commission welcomes new sign design
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners' No. 1 choice for
new signs at the city's north and south gateways is a
simple design: a white background, the city seal and
black lettering that reads "Welcome To BRADENTON
The commission made the choice during a meeting
Dec. 1 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Commissioner Ed
Straight did not attend.
The city's capital improvements committee, tasked
by the commission earlier this year with carrying out
gateway improvements, proposed four sign designs.
Each proposed sign was 72 inches wide and 48 inches
tall and carried the "welcome" message, but the coloring
"We were in favor of this one," Mayor John Shaugh-
nessy said, referring to the white sign, "because people
would see it more."
The CIP committee also is working on a gateway
project at Cortez Road and Gulf Drive, where plans
include a low horizontal "welcome" sign, beach sunflow-
ers and other native landscaping and possibly a sidewalk
on the west side of Gulf Drive from Cortez Road north
to the Gulf Drive Cafe.
The commission's Dec. 1 agenda also included a
public hearing for a special exception to erect a 162-foot
dock on Sarasota Bay at 500 Bay Drive S.
A special exception is required to extend the dock
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The Bradenton Beach commissioners approved Dec. 1 a
white sign that reads "Welcome to Bradenton Beach."
beyond the 65-foot limit allowed in the city's land-devel-
opment code. And a longer dock is needed to extend
The planning and zoning board did not recommend
the commission approve the request because of concerns
about boater navigation at the location.
The commission, at the request of the applicant, con-
tinued the hearing until 7 p.m. Jan. 5.
In other business, commissioners:
Approved an agreement between Manatee County
and the city for the policing of Coquina Beach. The
county manages the beach and contracts with the city
for law enforcement.
The contract requires the county to pay the city
$7,271 per month for police services at the beach.
City attorney Ricinda Perry said the new agreement
was "identical almost" to the 2011 agreement.
Approved an ordinance repealing the city's firearms
rules to comply with a new state law.
Approved an ordinance on parking that prohibits
overnight parking in public lots and prohibits the parking
of RVs and other large vehicles in the lots.
Accepted a bid from Total Pest and Termite con-
trol to tent Tingley Memorial Library. The total expense,
$1,900, will be shared by the library and the city.
"This is pretty much below the other bids," Shaugh-
Discussed and then selected the color yellow -
of parking wheel stops in a city parking lot near the police
and public works departments at Highland Avenue.
Discussed and then approved a request to trim
but not top-off 10 Australian pine trees along the shore
at Herb Dolan Park. Property owners in the area who
requested the trimming will pay the bill.
Public works director Tom Woodard said the intent
was to clean up the area and improve the view.
Heard from Bridge Street Merchants vice president
Caryn Hodge, who invited the mayor and commissioners
to the BSM's Christmas celebration, set for 3 p.m. to 7
p.m. Dec. 17.
"We' re going to make it snow on Bridge Street, but
no coats required," she said.
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at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The day, supported by center benefactors Chuck
and Joey Lester of Holmes Beach and sponsored by The
Islander, offered four hours of entertainment by such
groups as the Manatee High School drum line and the
Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet, feasting on
Duffy burgers and hot dogs, pony rides and visits with
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financial assistance with enrollment in youth programs,
as well as counseling services.
"Many of our Island neighbors continue to struggle
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Sailors sought for Privateer derby
Sailors, crafters, blowhards and competitive spirits: the fastest to the finish line."
The Anna Maria Island Privateers offer a challenge. Contestants can build their own ships or rent a ship
AMIP will hold a Blow Me Down pirate ship derby from the privateers at the Clam Factory.
and race party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Cortez AMIP is asking for a $5 donation at the door.
Clam Factory, 10104 Cortez Road, Bradenton. The cost to compete is $5.
Contestants will race small, wooden pirate ships in a For more information, call Thompson at 941-780-
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The fastest time wins a prize.
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race cars," Thompson said. Well, I thought, put a pirate
spin on it, build a miniature pirate ship, put it in a rain
gutter full of water, blow on it as hard as you can to be
BB market features
A chili challenge at the Bridge Street Market Dec.
11 will benefit Feeding Empty Little Tummies, an orga-
nization founded by Jane Evers to feed hungry children
in Manatee County.
Each week, FELT volunteers fill backpacks with two
days worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner that are deliv-
ered to children at school.
Cooks who think they make a great recipe of chili
are invited to bring a pot of at least 2 gallons of their best
chili to the market by 11 a.m. for public judging.
The public is invited to purchase chili tasting tickets
and cast votes for the grand-prize winner.
Garden club focuses on
The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet at noon
Wednesday, Dec. 14, for a presentation on poinsettias
and seasonal greenery.
Pianist Peggy LaForte will entertain.
The meeting will be at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and is open to the
public. There is no fee to attend.
For more information, call club member Jeanie Pick-
wick at 941-795-2370.
Moose women host
kids's Christmas party
The Women of the Moose will hold a children's
Christmas party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
17, at the lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
Children will visit with Santa, who will hand out
presents. Lunch also will be served.
Reservations must be made in person at the lodge by
Saturday, Dec. 10.
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CrossPointe Fellowship is hosting a free Christmas
drama, "The Gift," at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the
fellowship hall, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
In the production, characters Billy and Mike explore
the meaning of Christmas with the help of a time
The event is free, and reservations are not required.
For more information, call the church office at 941-778-
Wine party benefits LBK
A wine tasting at Harry's Continental Kitchens Deli
from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, will
benefit the Longboat Key Historical Society. Everyone
Admission is $10 to learn about new wines and
sample some of Harry's culinary team creations. Guests
also receive a discount for wine purchases.
For more information, call 941-383-0777.
Book club sets calendar
The Friends of the Island Library Book Club will
meet at the library at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, to
discuss "Sarah' s Key" by Tatiana deRosnay.
The club also will meet at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, at 10:15 a.m. Jan. 19 to discuss
"When F\ .i\ lhing Changed" by Gail Collins; at 10:15
a.m. March 15 to discuss "The Lemon Tree" by Sandy
Tolan; at 10:15 a.m. April 19 to discuss "Cutting for
Stone" by Abraham Verghese; and at 10:15 a.m. May 17
to discuss "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
Traveling Islanders toast the first of what they hope will be many "AMI Floating Cocktail Party" events aboard
Royal Caribbean from Tampa to Cozumel, Mexico, Nov. 17. They brought along The Islander for reading plea-
sure. The cast of characters includes, first row, Jayne and Gregg Bayer, Debi Berkery, Nancy Lee, Sh in, and Jen
Kaleta, holding baby Ben, Lori Fenntabacker, Carrie and Dave Welch. Back row, Nate Welch, Matt Welch, Larry
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Isnterest art show returns to HB
Winter est art show returns to HB
By Lisa Neff
Bringing artists from as near as Gulf Drive and as
distant as New England and the Midwest, Winterfest
blows into Holmes Beach Dec. 10-11.
Most of the participants in the juried art show spon-
sored by and benefiting the Anna Maria Island Art League
are regional, but some artists return each year from more
distant U.S. locales to exhibit their jewelry, woodwork,
pottery, photography, paintings, textiles and glass.
Winterfest in its 24th year takes place from 10
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday,
Dec. 11, at the Holmes Beach City Field, 5800 block of
The festival, in addition to arts and crafts, will feature
performances by Koko Ray, the Anna Maria String Band,
the Gumbo Boogie Band, the Hurricanes, the Anderson
Brothers and the Bontrager Sisters.
The festival food fare includes barbecue, fish tacos,
smoked mullet, kettle corn, fried-green tomatoes, lem-
onade and soft drinks.
Once again, AMIAL expects nonprofit groups to
attend to promote their causes and a Youth at Art tent
will be set up to show children's work and provide space
for kids to create art.
And AMIAL will sell festival souvenirs, including
T-shirts with a Winterfest image created by Island artist
As he was registering artists for Winterfest and firm-
ing up vendors, The Islander caught up with AMIAL
festivals director Colin Bissett.
The Islander: The art league has surpassed 20 years
now with its festivals. What do you think keeps bringing
the artists back?
Colin Bissett: The art league has constantly main-
tained a high standard in the selection process. I believe
this is one of the key reasons why artists return to the
festival year after year. ... One other factor is the won-
derful location who would not want to be in Holmes
Beach on beautiful Anna Maria Island? We have applica-
tions from 16 states from Rhode Island, Wisconsin,
Ohio and other locations with permafrost throughout the
winter months. Another key factor is that artists have
experienced enormous success in selling their art in this
holiday season festival.
The Islander: And what's bringing the patrons
The Sandbar restaurant is hosting an Island-style
Christmas concert featuring music by Gulf Drive Solo
with Bil Bowdish from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.
Advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tickets will be available for $10 the day of the
event at the Sandbar restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert
Chorus and Orchestra.
For more information, call 941-778-8585.
CB: Patrons who have experienced Winterfest ...
return for several reasons. One being the high quality art
presented by the exhibitors and the excellent value of the
art offered. The festival has a lot going on, not only the
exquisite art, it also offers a great day out, in a wonder-
ful location, for all residents and visitors to the area. In
addition, there's music and food available throughout the
The Islander: Planning th ii new this year?
CB: We have many new artists who have not exhib-
ited with us before. And some great returning artists with
new work to view.
The Islander: When you visit an art festival, do you
have an approach for taking < i, itl,,-, in?
CB: I like to amble around my pre-planned, desig-
nated route, making mental notes and sometimes taking
notes on booths that have a particular appeal for what I
may be looking for.
Since becoming festivals director for the art league,
my approach has been somewhat different. I now seek
out art that has a broad appeal and strike up conversation
with the artist to determine their interest in exhibiting in
our two festivals. I always have information with me and
ask that they visit our website.
AMIAL also organizes Springfest, another juried arts
show, which will be held March 10-11, 2012.
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will host
a "Hole-in-One Competition" at the Winterfest Fine
Arts and Crafts Festival Dec. 10-11.
A short fairway will be set up at the event with
the distance to the hole about 50 yards. For $1, par-
ticipants can try for a chance spot in a grand-prize
Everyone who gets a hole-in-one will receive an
entry into a drawing for an all-expense-paid golfer's
vacation package to St. Andrews, Scotland. The pack-
age for four people includes a seven-day, six-night
For more information, call Rotary member Barry
Gould at 941-448-5500.
Friends raise fee,
The Friends of the Island Library is looking for a
place to store the books it collects and sells at its annual
"We hope to be able to continue the sale, which
has always been well attended by residents and visitors
alike," said Thea Kelley, president of the Friends of the
For this reason, the decision was made to raise the
friends' membership fee by $5 in each membership cat-
egory. Individual memberships will be $10.
This will be the first increase in fees made by the
friends and it will go into effect Jan. 1.
For more information, call 941-778-0173.
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Wednesday, Dec. 7
1:15 p.m. Author and Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean
Peelen speaks to the Gulf Coast Writers at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
3 to 5 p.m. Island Christmas concert with Gulf Drive Solo at
the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-8585. Fee applies. Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island
Concert Chorus and Orchestra.
5 to 8 p.m. Women on Wine gathering at the Bridge Street
Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-
Friday, Dec. 9
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Holiday open house at Anna Maria busi-
nesses along Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive.
Saturday, Dec. 10
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Book sale to benefit Senior Adventurers
at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.
9:30 a.m. Island origami club meets at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. REAL Women of CrossPointe Fellowship
presents "Christmas Joy" with guest speaker Julie Boyd at 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.
10 a.m. Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade
departs from Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and ends at Coquina
Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-752-5973.
11 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers children's holiday party
at Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-752-5973.
6:30 p.m. Bethlehem Walk departs from the Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
8 p.m. -"The Gift" holiday production at CrossPointe Fellow-
ship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.
Sunday, Dec. 11
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday sale to benefit Senior Adventurers
at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23 rd St. N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -Market at Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2181.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players holi-
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Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2181. Fee
Noon -Anna Maria Garden Club meeting at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Saturday through March 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Anna Maria
Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Tuesday, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at the Epis-
copal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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.
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Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets
at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes
in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday deals from
merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
Every third Friday, 5:30 p.m., Porch Party on Pine Avenue in
Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.
Friday, SeniorAdventures Group meets for outings to various
locations. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Yoga on the Beach at the Pine Avenue
beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.
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.
Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., children's story and craft
hour at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton
Beach, through Dec. 10. Information: 941-779-1208.
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The winners may collect their prizes at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Thursday, Dec. 8
7p.m. Manatee River Garden Club presents "Fun with Flow-
ers" at 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-744-7553.
Friday, Dec. 9
6 p.m. Winter Story Film Festival presents "Fargo," at the
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Sunday, Dec. 11
9 to 11 a.m. Garden tour at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th
St. N. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-722-4524.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday Jazz Brunch with Mike Royal Trio
to benefit Royal Pet Rescue at the Daiquiri Deck Restaurant, St.
Armands Circle, 325 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Information:
941-552-6865. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
10 a.m. Bradenton Opera Guild general meeting followed by
a presentation of arias and songs from "Otello" at IMG Academies
Country Club at El Conquistador, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bra-
denton. Information: 941-722-4438.
7 to 9 p.m. "The Star of Bethlehem" think and drink science
talk at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Infor-
Dec. 15, Friends of the Island Library book club, Island Branch
Dec. 16, Winter Story Film Fest: "Groundhog Day," South
Dec. 17, Where's Woody? Holiday Sidewalk Sale at The
Islander and Island Shopping Center for local artists.
Dec. 17, Bridge Street Holiday Open House, Bradenton
Dec. 18, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
concert, CrossPointe Fellowship.
Send calendar announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description
and a contact via e-mail and phone.
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Shopping for locally made holiday gifts? The Artists'
Guild on Anna Maria Island is offering unique items that
also benefit higher education.
In the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Maria Drive,
Holmes Beach, there is a Christmas tree adorned with
handmade ornaments. All profits from the ornament sales
will go to the guild's scholarship fund.
There also is a 2012 calendar with pictures of paint-
ings by local artists for sale. The calendar is $10, with $6
from each sale going to the scholarship fund.
The guild awards its scholarship funds to area high
school students with a talent in the arts.
Off-Stage ladies host
The Off-Stage Ladies of the Island Players will hold
a luncheon and gift exchange at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 14, at the BeachHouse Restaurant.
Each person should bring a gift valued at $10 or less
Lunch is $15, and reservations are required. For more
information or reservations, call 941-799-2181.
The BeachHouse Restaurant is at 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Book sale at BB center
Prices on books, movies, tapes, cards and more will
be slashed to pennies on the dollar to raise funds for the
Senior Adventurers group and the Annie Silver Com-
munity Center in Bradenton Beach.
The Super Book Sale will be held at the center from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11.
There will be free coffee, snacks and games.
The center is at 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach.
For more information, call Pat Gentry at 941-962-
Origami club sets dates
AMIgami, the Island origami club, will meet at 9:30
a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Island Branch Library.
The club also will meet at the library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, for 9:30 a.m. Saturday sessions on
Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 10 and April 14.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
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The REAL Women group of CrossPointe Fellowship
is hosting a brunch at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the
fellowship hall, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Julie Boyd of the Florida Baptist Children's Home
is the featured guest speaker and will present "Christmas
Joy, Joy, Joy" as her topic.
The Girls Chorus of Manatee High School will per-
The event is free. Reservations are required.
For more information or to reserve a seat, call the
church office at 941-778-0719.
Cafe offers Sunday market
The Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach, will host a Sunday market from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. beginning, Dec. 11, and running through January.
The market will feature vendors offering items rang-
ing from fresh produce to hand-crafted gifts.
At the Dec. 11 market day, donations will be col-
lected for the Roser Memorial Community Church Food
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-
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George and Jeanne Manser, left, of Longboat Key, are
honored for their contribution to the Pines of Sara-
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HB man to appear in court on cyber-sex charges
By Lisa Neff
A 64-year-old Holmes Beach man is set for arraign-
ment Dec. 12 in DeSoto County to answer allegations
that he used Facebook to try to solicit a child for unlawful
Ronald Littlehale was arrested and jailed
in Manatee County on Nov. 9 on a warrant
from DeSoto County, where the sheriffs
% p office worked the case against him.
A spokesman for the DCSO said Little-
hale was arrested for soliciting a child
Littlehale by computer for unlawful sexual con-
duct, transmitting by electronic device harmful material
to a minor and transmission of pornography by electronic
A DeSoto County Clerk of the Circuit Court website
shows that Littlehale faces 13 felony charges and that his
first court appearance will be his arraignment Dec. 12,
postponed from Nov. 29.
Authorities began investigating Littlehale after a
DeSoto County resident reported suspicious activity on
her Facebook account a stranger had contacted her
about a photograph of herself as a child.
Investigators with the DCSO, part of a central Florida
task force on Internet-related crimes, initiated a sting. They
created Facebook accounts with profiles for 13-year-old
females and allegedly were befriended by Littlehale.
"During the investigation the subject solicited the
supposed youth, knowing their age, for sexual conduct
and further transmitted to them images harmful to minors,
including one image of obvious child pornography,"
according to the DCSO.
Littlehale was taken into the Manatee County jail in
an arrest that involved the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the Jack-
sonville County Sheriff's Office, as well as the DCSO.
Littlehale is now in custody at the DeSoto County
jail, with his bond set at $130,000. He did not post bond,
as reported in the Nov. 30 issue. He remains at the DeSoto
2 arrested for illegal fishing
Florida Fish and Wildlife law enforcement agents
arrested two men for allegedly using a gill net in state
The state agents maintain that Kyle Barnes, 26, of
Cortez, and Damian Parker, 30, of West Union, S.C., were
fishing about 200 yards northwest of Tidy Island.
The report said Barnes and Parker did not have com-
mercial fishing licenses but were in possession of com-
mercial quantities of fish.
Parker also faces an obstructing an officer charge.
Both men were taken to the Manatee County jail.
NY man arrested for
A 26-year-old Syracuse, N.Y., man was arrested in
Holmes Beach Nov. 26 for battery and drug possession.
The man, Sam A. Oliver, is accused of punching a
27-year-old woman in the head and stomach and cutting
A Holmes Beach Police Department officer arresting
Oliver for the alleged battery found the man in posses-
sion of 4.6 grams of marijuana, according to an incident
The arrest took place in the 3000 block of Avenue
E, where two HBPD officers responded to a report of a
disturbance that involved fighting, yelling and crying.
The officers arrived to find a woman and her four
children standing in a driveway. She told HBPD that
Oliver, her partner, repeatedly hit her.
Oliver was placed into handcuffs and searched.
HBPD reported finding a bag of marijuana in his front
To report information on a felony crime, call Man-
atee County Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
To report information on an Island crime, call the
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Island police blotter
Nov. 24, 500 block of Pine Avenue, theft. A woman
reported the theft of two locked bicycles to the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office.
Nov. 26, 400 block of Magnolia Avenue, criminal
mischief. A resident reported hearing a hissing sound
outside his back door and seeing a female getting into a
pickup truck. He then noticed that someone had slashed
two tires on his vehicle.
Nov. 27, 500 block of Spring Avenue, theft. A
woman reported the theft of a bicycle, valued at about
$100, from her driveway.
Nov. 19,2400 block of Avenue C, battery. The Bra-
denton Beach Police Department responded to a com-
plaint in which a man was accused of tackling a woman.
Alcohol was involved.
Nov. 22, 100 block of 13th Street South, disturbance.
The BBPD responded to a call in which a woman was
yelling at construction workers, whom she accused of tres-
passing. An officer informed the woman that the workers
were not trespassing. She then yelled at the officer.
Nov. 23, 2600 block of Gulf Drive North, theft. The
BBPD investigated a report that someone took two bikes
from a carport.
Nov. 25, 2500 block of Gulf Drive North, theft.
The BBPD responded to a report from a Circle K, where
someone allegedly stole a 12-pack of beer.
Nov. 26, 600 block of Gulf Drive, domestic dis-
turbance. The BBPD responded to a report of two men
fighting over the jewelry of a deceased relative. Alco-
hol was involved. Both men received domestic violence
Nov. 28, 100 block of HighlandAvenue, battery. The
BBPD arrested a 48-year-old man for allegedly slapping a
54-year-old woman in the face and cutting her lip.
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Nov. 23, 600 block of Dundee Lane, petit theft.
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Islanders walk into the holidays
By Lisa Neff
In many locales, the holiday season brings a mad
dash through the malls and a push-and-shove jostle in the
stores. Islanders celebrate at an island pace, with a series
of holiday walks through their shopping districts.
The first such walk took place Dec. 2 in Holmes
Beach, where shops and restaurants joined in a downtown
Festivities began with a tree-lighting at the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive.
Santa Claus and the Anna Maria Island Privateers set
up shop at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, where
a sudsy "snow" fell, children played and young and old
visited with Santa in his sleigh.
At other stops on the walk, open house guests sam-
pled snacks, sang carols and shopped.
Several galleries Island Gallery West, the Art-
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hosted art receptions.
The next holiday walk is set for 5:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in Anna Maria along Gulf Drive
and Pine Avenue, where business owners will open their
doors for extended hours to offer holiday cheer.
Bradenton Beach's business community hosts a holi-
day walk from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, on
The Bridge Street Merchants' annual Christmas on
Bridge Street celebration will feature visits with Mr.
and Mrs. Claus, raffles, a children's gift bazaar, carols
and holiday specials in the stores and restaurants, and
a lighted boat parade on the water near the city pier by
members of the Cortez Yacht Club.
Other holiday events include:
Dec. 10, 10 a.m., the Anna Maria Island Privateers
Christmas Parade takes place, traveling from Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria to Coquina Beach in Bradenton
Beach. All floats must be staged by 9:30 a.m. and all
entries must be motorized including Santa's sleigh.
Dec. 10, 11 a.m., the Anna Maria Island Privateers
host a post-parade Christmas party at Coquina Beach,
where Santa will visit with children and hand out pres-
ents. Also, the Privateers will provide a free lunch of hot
dogs and soda pop for children.
Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, holds the annual
Bethlehem Walk, beginning and ending at the church.
Guests are encouraged to wear period-style clothing.
Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m., the Sandbar Restaurant, 100
Spring Ave., Anna Maria, hosts the 17th annual Lawton
Chiles Kids Christmas Party for needy children, featuring
a visit from Santa Claus.
Dec. 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Anna Maria Island
Moose Lodge No. 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Beach, hosts a holiday party for children 10 and under.
Santa will hand out presents and the Moose will deliver
lunch courtesy of the Women of the Moose Chapter 1601.
Pre-registration is required at the lodge by Dec. 10.
Dec. 17, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Florida Maritime
Museum and the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
host a Music on the Porch Christmas Celebration at the
museum's old Burton Store, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
Instrumentalists are invited to join a jam session. And
music enthusiasts are invited to applaud.
Dec. 17, The Islander hosts the Where's Woody
Holiday Sidewalk Sale outside its office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Local artists offer their work, some
at heavily discounted prices, for holiday shoppers and
Dec. 18, at 2 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Concert
Chorus and Orchestra presents "A Classical Holiday,"
featuring holiday-themed music, including portions of
"Messiah." The concert takes place at Crosspointe Fel-
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'Crazy Ladies' charms audience
By Lisa Neff
Looking for a tonic to transport into the holiday
season after the hangover of Black Friday? Well, the
Island Players' "Those Crazy Ladies in the House on
the Comer" is theatrical ic in -i warmed, spiced and
The Island Players opened "Those Crazy Ladies"
Dec. 1 and continues performances through Dec. 11 at
the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Russ Carthy directs David Patrick Cook's two-act
comedy about three older sisters the crazy ladies of
the title and a nephew/son seeking to shove them out
of the "house on the corner," where they have lived for
years in near seclusion.
The nine-actor cast includes theater veterans Miriam
Ring, Jo Kendall and Phyliss Elfenbein as Dora Miller,
Maggie Brown and Lydia Van Horn, three sisters so fond
and familiar to each other they talk simultaneously -
because they know each other's thoughts. Their perfor-
mances on Dec. 2 brought applause at the end of each of
the seven scenes and an ovation at the conclusion of the
Herb Stump portrays Arnold "Doc" Lomax, the
sisters' protective physician. Melissa Anderson is nurse
Jean Mitchell, the sisters' new boarder with a secret, and
Vinnie Conte is her boyfriend Calvin Murphy. Nicholas
Conners is delivery boy Blue, who's afraid of the "crazy
ladies." John Durkin is greedy nephew/son Phillip Van
Horn. And Laura Morales is Jessie The Islander's plot-
spoiler rule prohibits saying more about her role.
The cast is larger than the story. At its simplest,
"Those Crazy Ladies" is about three aging sisters who,
at the insistence of their meddling MD, take in a charm-
ing boarder who is encouraging them to live again just
as the boorish son of one is planning to move them into
a retirement home and sell the house for a bed and break-
All comes to a carol-singing conclusion, but "Those
Crazy Ladies" is not all sentimental cheer.
The production players had one interior set to work
with, and work they did to create the Brown living room,
a well-kept cozy room that's slightly dingy, the walls tex-
tured by decades of radiator heat, open windows and the
breath of three constantly chattering sisters. The setting
is present day, late autumn and early winter, the decor is
all old-timey, like going to gran's house when you were
The production team includes set designer Jan Van
Wart, light designer Brad Pattison, sound designer Bob
Grant, costume designer Don Bailey and co-stage manag-
ers Bobbie Berger and Ruth Stevens.
The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday
through Saturday throughout the production schedule, as
well as one hour before curtain.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is dark on Monday.
Vinnie Conte and Melissa Anderson are featured in
"Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner," now
through Dec. 11 at the Island Players theater, 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
AME hosts Santa's
rockin'party, dinner feast
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders will
perform "Santa's Rockin' Christmas Eve" in the school
auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Before the holiday musical, the Feast Restaurant will
offer dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
The dinner menu will feature a choice of chicken
piccata served with corn on the cob and smashed purple
potatoes or shrimp scampi served over penne pasta.
Children also will have a choice of chicken tenders
with corn on the cob.
Adult meal prices are $7 and a child's meal is $5.
Those who pre-order dinners by 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12,
will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Feast Restaurant
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Jay Disbrow of Palma Sola is $500 richer for read-
ing The Islander every week and for his submission of a
23-17 score for the Nov. 27 Tampa Bay Bucs-Tennessee
Titans football game in the Islander's Pick the Winners
Initially, the contest review committee missed Dis-
brow's score on his entry form and announced in the Nov.
30 Islander that the pot had rolled over again.
Even Disbrow didn't realize he'd won until he
checked his copy of the entry after the game. He thought
he had written down a 23-20 final score.
"I looked at my copy and thought 'Dang, I think I
got a winner," Disbrow said.
But when no one called him from The Islander on
Monday, Nov. 28, to give him the news, he imagined his
entry had been lost in the mail. He drove to the newspa-
per office in Holmes Beach and asked that his entry be
After staff reviewed his entry form and discovered
Disbrow had indeed predicted Titans 23, Bucs 17, the
exact final score, he was awarded the $500 pot.
Starting the first week of each National Football
League season, The Islander pays $50 weekly to the
person picking the most winners from the 15 selected
college and NFL games posted in the newspaper.
In addition, anyone picking the exact score of the
weekly Bucs game wins $50. If there is no winner, the
$50 is added to the score pot. With only one winning
score thus far this year, the pot had grown to $500 when
Disbrow submitted his winning entry.
"The money sure came in handy," Disbrow said. "I
took my wife and mother to dinner and the rest will go
toward Christmas presents."
Disbrow thanked the newspaper, staff and Islander
advertisers for sponsoring the contest and making this a
better Christmas for his family.
With a winner, the Bucs score contest goes back to
The Pick the Winners and Pick the Score contests
will continue each week in The Islander through Jan. 1,
the last weekend of regular season NFL games.
Congratulations to Disbrow for his prognostication
prowess and for reading The Islander.
"I read the newspaper every week. It sure pays to
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weighty events on the beach Dec. 4. The event was hosted by City Fitness and BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
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attended. "The incredible strength needed to compete in these events was quite evident," she said. "We watched
the strong men's faces turn red and their muscles bulge at the end of each event." Islander Photos: Richie Castro
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Center's adult soccer ends, hole in one notched
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's adult
coed soccer season came to a thrilling conclusion Dec. 2
at the center field, where Sato Real Estate defeated Ross
Built 4-3 after a 3-0 deficit.
Ross Built got on the scoreboard first when Guy
Virgilio took a goal kick and found Chrissy Rice. Rice
carried the ball forward before passing it inside to Eric
Howe, who beat Josh Sato near post for a 1-0 five minutes
into the game.
Three minutes later, Wickland was taken down near
the penalty area and Ross Built was awarded a penalty
kick. Virgilio took the kick and tucked it inside the post
for a 2-0 Ross lead.
Late in the half, Ross Built added to its lead when
Greg Ross passed ahead to Emily Argeros. Argeros some-
how held onto the ball despite some strong pressure from
Rich Bellm and passed up the right side to Rice. Rice
turned and unleashed a low rocket that beat Jason Sato
far post for a 3-0 lead.
Sato finally got on the scoreboard in the 24th minute
when Matt Plummer found Stephen Perry with a pass.
Perry finished to cut the Ross lead to 3-1 as the half came
to a close.
Ten minutes into the second half, a Ross Built foul at
the top of the box gave a direct free kick to Sato, which
Josh Sato finished to pull within one goal with a lot of
time left to play.
Sato nearly scored the equalizer in the 39th minute
when Josh Sato's indirect free kick was headed on goal
by Perry, but Josh Bemett made the save.
Bernett again came up big for Ross Built when a
penalty kick was awarded Sato, but Bemett dove to his
left to block the shot.
Sato tied the score 3-3 in the 40th minute with a
Plummer pass to Jesse Brisson, who then battled past
Kris Yavalar and notched the game-tying goal.
With five minutes to play, Sato received a corner
kick. Perry took the free kick, put it on Plummer's feet
and Plummer finished off the game winner.
Brisson, Perry, Josh Sato and Plummer scored goals
for Sato Real Estate while Howe, Rice and Virgilio scored
for Ross Built.
The third-place game saw Island Pest Control roll
past Jessie's Island Store by an 8-1 score. Enrico Bissert
scored three goals and Scott Eason notched two goals
to lead Island Pest Control, which also received single
goals from Lyn Clarke, Tony Fradukis and Chris Grumley
in the victory. Anthony Rasulo scored the lone goal for
Jessie's in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
Anna Maria resident Mike Wagner aced the 8th hole
at Key Royale Club on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.
Wagner, who used a 9-iron on the 123-yard hole said,
"I actually did not get under the ball enough and hit more
of a low liner that rolled up the front of the green and
went into the hole. We all went crazy."
Wagner was part of an annual Thanksgiving family
golf outing and rode his hole-in-one to the day's lowest
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In other Key Royale news, the members got together
Dec. 2 for a nine-hole coed scramble. The team of Ed
Dailey, Chet Hutton, Tom Lewis and Markie Ksiazek
took first place with an 11-under-par 21. One shot back in
second place was the team of Terry Westby, Dave Schoer
Bob Elliott and Joyce Brown. Brown took the closest-to-
the pin contest on No. 8, while Dailey won on No. 3.
The men braved gale-force winds and rain Nov. 30
to play a low-net-of-partners game. The team of Bob
Lundgren and John Sagert carded a 112 to take first place
by 10 shots over Dick Rouse and Andy Barber.
The men played a nine-hole, Stableford game Nov.
29. Rich Papini was plus-5 to take first place, also helping
his team of Jim Helgeson, John Cassese and Joe Cassese
to first place.
The women took to the course Nov. 29 for a low-net
handicap match over nine holes. Lynn Dailey took first
place in Flight A with a 2-under-par 30, two shots better
than Marilyn Thorton, who finished alone in second
Mary Selby's 4-under-par 28 was the low-net round
of the day in Flight B. Barbara Estok and Sue Little tied
for second at 1-under 31.
Flight C went to Beverly Neville whose 3-under-par
29 was two shots better than Barb Lindwall.
Barb Renk carded a 1-under-par 31 for first place in
Flight D. Eunice Warda, Shirley Cessna and Margaret
Schuller tied for second at even-par 32.
Forty golfers battled it out Nov. 28 in a nine-hole,
low-net-of-partners match. Jim Auch and Chet Hutton
took first place with a 3-under-par 61, one shot better than
second-place finishers Jim Finn and Jerry Brown. Tom
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Chris Collins and Bob Jorgensen to tie for third place.
Hooke sets records at 10K run
Longtime Galati Marine employee and former
Islander Mickey Hooke competed in the 10K Beach
Running World Championships in Cocoa Beach Nov. 19
and came away with two records. Hooke, 51, finished
third overall with a time of 37:51, which established new
records for the Masters and Grand Masters divisions.
Hooke's time was 3 minutes, 27 seconds faster then
the next Master finisher and 10 minutes, 25 seconds
ahead of the next Grand Master participant.
Hooke's performance was impressive, but even more
so when you consider he had arthroscopic knee surgery
in January and was unable to train until May. Without
running, his weight ballooned to 168 pounds, the most
he'd ever weighed, he said.
Finally in May, Hooke went to Las Vegas and Ari-
zona and started training at 2,300 feet, 8,000 feet and
almost 12,000 feet to get back into form.
He returned to competitive racing in May at Spring
Lake, and took first place, setting new Masters and
Hooke followed that with a fourth overall at the
Bridge of Lions 5K in St. Augustine. He again set Mas-
ters and Grandmasters records, but strained his calf.
He returned to take third place overall and set two more
records at a 5K run in October in Lakeland.
Hooke had success in one more tuneup race in Eagle
Lake where he took first place and set a course record as
well as Masters and Grandmasters records.
Hooke's performances despite injuries are
consistent for a seven-time Masters state champion who
owns some 130 records, including 34 course records, 86
Masters records and 10 Grandmasters records.
Four teams qualified for the knockout stage during
Dec. 3 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
horseshoe pits. In the first semifinal, John Crawford and
Tom Rhodes defeated Jay Disbrow and Bruce Munro
21-8. The second match saw Gene Bobeldyk and Sam
Samuels roll past Hank Huyghe 21-7. Bobeldyk and
Samuels then defeated Crawford and Rhodes 23-13 in
the championship match.
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.
There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
AMICC dodgeball matchup won by Sports
Sports Lounge swept through the opposition to
win the Nov. 26 Anna Maria Island Community Center
dodgeball tournament at the center.
Twelve teams participated in the double-elimination
tourney, but Sports Lounge w ., ill iiiglih the entire tour-
nament without losing a match. Sports defeated Team
Scooby DooWork in the semifinals.
Braun Balsai captained the winning team, which
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Zach Avery, Corey Martin and Adam Chadrowski.
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Fish bite still hot, despite cold weather
By Capt. Danny Stasny
With water temperatures dipping into the low 70s,
fishers are switching tactics to target inshore species.
With live bait, such as shiners and threadfins, becoming
hard to come by, the next best bait is live shrimp. Not
only are live shrimp easily available, I think you'll find
that shrimp will work better for inshore fishing as the
water temps get lower.
The fish we target are feeding on what is around at
the time, so when all the baitfish are gone for the winter,
shrimp becomes the obvious choice.
Inshore, fishers are enjoying consistent action around
docks and rocks for redfish and flounder. Most fishers
are using live handpicked shrimp to get the bite. Sheep-
shead are beginning to congregate in these same areas,
and make a nice variety for the dinner table.
Catch-and-release action on both snook and spotted
seatrout remains good. Snook are beginning to gather in
deep water canals to spend the winter where the water is
warmer. The spotted seatrout can be located on the deeper
grass flats adjacent to channels or areas with a lot of tidal
flow. Live shrimp are producing the bite for both species
as well as an array of artificial baits. Try the MirrOlure
Lil John if you haven't already discovered this little gem.
For a plastic bait, it's one of the best I've used.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is experiencing
the switch from catching fall to winter species of fish.
With water temperatures on the decline and the baitfish
becoming sporadic, pier fishers are using live shrimp and
crabs for bait.
Sheepshead are making a showing providing good
action for fishers using fiddler or oyster crabs for bait.
Remember to use a small-but-strong hook when fishing
for sheepies. Fiddler crabs and oyster crabs are small, so
you need a small hook to conceal it properly in the bait.
Also since the mouth of a sheepshead is very boney, you
need a strong hook that will withstand pliers without it
bending on its removal.
Black drum also are being caught around the pilings
and under the pier. Live shrimp are producing the best
bite, although fishers using crabs are catching a few. You
can use the same hooks as you would for sheepshead
although a lesser hook will suffice. Remember, black
drum are bottom feeders so make sure to use some lead
to anchor your shrimp in the strike zone.
Flounder still are being caught sporadically on live
shrimp. Most catches are occurring while fishers are
targeting black drum under the pier. A nice flounder is
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Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says with the
winds out of the northeast, beach fishing is a wise option.
Black drum, whiting and a few pompano are being caught
using live shrimp fished on the bottom with a small hook
and a split shot. Most beach fishers are using a sand spike
as a rod holder while waiting for a bite.
Once a bait is cast out, the fisher can set his or her
rod in a sand spike. Using a sand spike works for fishing
multiple rods at one time and increases your chances
of getting a bite by having more than one line in the
In the backwater, fishers are having good results on live
shrimp. Redfish and flounder are hitting live shrimp around
docks, piers and oyster bars. Numerous small reds are start-
ing to show up again, but there are lots of keepers, too.
Catch-and-release spotted seatrout action is strong
on deep grass flats around Sarasota Bay. Berkeley Gulp
shrimp on a jig head is the way to go if you want to cover
a lot of area and catch a lot of fish, says Keyes. While
targeting trout, don't be surprised to catch ladyfish, jacks,
bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Especially in areas where
there are still schools of baitfish.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel charters is targeting
redfish around docks in Sarasota Bay, with good numbers
of fish are coming to the boat. "We' re catching a lot of
smaller reds," says Johnston. "But we're still managing
to get our limits of keepers." Keeper-size fish are ranging
in the 22-24 inch range, while smaller hookups are in the
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Also while dock fishing, Johnston's charters are
reeling up keeper-sized flounder. Most fish are in the
12-inch range, although a few fish up to 18 inches are
To finish out the day, Johnston is drifting the deeper
grass flats of north Sarasota Bay with good action on
catch-and-release spotted seatrout. By trailing a live
shrimp behind a popping cork, Johnston's charters are
able to work a live bait almost like an artificial. A slow
retrieve and an occasional pop of the cork, attracts the
spotted seatrout to investigate where the noise same
from. When they get within range, they see that tasty
little shrimp swimming innocently behind your cork and
inhale it with one gulp.
This method is not only effective, but it's fun to
watch the cork pop.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is fish-
ing the lower tides in Sarasota Bay targeting redfish.
Gross likes to get into an area on the flat that has lots of
potholes and ditches to locate redfish. By push poling
across the flat, Gross is able to quietly get into the right
spot, slowly drop an anchor and avoid spooking the red-
fish. Once set up, Gross is casting live select shrimp into
the sandy potholes to get the bite.
In these same areas Gross is catching a mix of flats
species, including snook and trout, and even a pompano
that weighed 5 1/2 pounds. "The fish are readily taking
shrimp now," says Gross. "We're starting to fall into that
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early winter pattern."
When fishing the flats, Gross likes to use 20-pound
fluorocarbon leader with a size-1 Eagle Claw live bait
hook tied to it. This ensures the leader will be less visible.
A small live bait hook also aids in the stealth needed to
fish such shallow, clear water. When using live shrimp as
bait on the flats, you want the shrimp to swim as naturally
as possible. By using light leader and a small hook, Gross
achieves this goal.
Capt. Warren Girle is still getting positive results
fishing the lower tides in northern Sarasota Bay. Girle is
targeting redfish, trout and flounder by using live shrimp
and artificial. Girle likes to use his trolling motor to
move across the shallow flats, stalking redfish in sandy
potholes. By using artificial baits such as soft plastics on
a 1/8-ounce jig head, Girle is able to cover a lot of area,
which usually means more opportunities to hook a fish.
Redfish in the 25-inch range are being caught with a
lot of smaller fish mixed in, he reports.
Moving out to the drop offs of the flats where
the shallow flat drops to a depth of 4 to 5 feet Girle is
getting good action on catch-and-release spotted seatrout.
Again, soft plastics on a 1/8-ounce jig head are the ticket.
Girle suggests drifting the edges and working a jig from
the shallow flat into the deeper areas.
While trout fishing, Girle is noticing a lot of birds
dive-bombing bait in the middle of the bay. Through fur-
ther investigation, Girle found bluefish, Spanish mackerel
and ladyfish by targeting the bird's are dive zone. "If
there's birds there," says Girle, "then there's also bait.
And that means fish."
Lastly, Girle is catching keeper flounder by fishing
small rock piles, docks and drop offs. Live shrimp are
getting the bite, although his clients are catching a few
on jig, too. Inshore catches are in excess of 18 inches.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says there are still plenty
of greenbacks hanging around the pier structure. Due to
the abundance of baits, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish are
patrolling the outskirts, hitting an\ thing that crosses their
paths. Lures of choice are Gotcha plugs, white jigs and
silver spoons. Those using fresh bait are getting the best
results on a cut piece of threadfin herring soaked under
a popping cork.
While the Spanish mackerel and ladyfish are ravag-
ing schools of bait, Medley says the silver trout bite is
dominating the pier. Most fishers are targeting these tasty
fish by using live shrimp, although a variety of artificial
will work, too.
The most popular jig is probably the speck rig. A
speck consists of two small jigs connected to one leader
creating a tandem effect when retrieved. Berkeley Gulp
shrimp on a jig head is another good option. If you use
Gulp, try the 2-inch size.
Around the pilings and under the pier, bottom fishers
using live greenbacks are catching both keeper flounder
and keeper-sized mangrove snapper. You can switch your
bait to a live shrimp or crab and try bottom fishing to
catch sheepshead, too.
Send fishing reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnny Keyes of Island Discount Tackle recently reeled
in this 22-pound blackfin tuna while fishing with Capt.
Mac Gregory on nearshore structure.
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of books and
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to one with a
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group of five
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By Rick Catlin
New shops celebrate season
The Divine Caffe & Coffee Shop and Vitamin Sea
in the Anna Maria Island Shops, 3228 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach, and Edward Jones Investments, 3226 E.
Bay Drive, will hold a joint open house beginning at 11
a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.
The open house for Edward Jones Investments con-
cludes at 6 p.m., while Divine Caffe finishes at 7 p.m.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
host ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the cafe and Edward
Jones at 5:15 p.m.
Edward Jones Investments and manager Danny
Wood are relocating within the shopping center to a new
office, while Divine Caffe and Coffee Shop opened two
months ago within the Vitamin Sea health food store. And
Vitamin Sea is under new ownership since last summer.
Mike Sales will entertain at Divine Caffe and snacks,
cookies and beverages will be provided at the joint open
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
Chamber schedules events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
be active on Wednesday, Dec. 7, with two events on its
The chamber's monthly business luncheon is Dec. 7
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki,
900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 and reservations are
Later in the day, the chamber's monthly business-
card networking event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the
Acqua Aveda Salon & Spa, 5311 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Danny Wood, financial advisor and manager for the
Edward Jones Investments office, 3226 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Cost of the Acqua Aveda networking event is $5.
Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes Drive,
Longboat Key, will host the chamber's December Sun-
rise Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday,
Cost of the breakfast is $8 and reservations are
required. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.
For more information and reservations, call 941-778-
The Restless Natives art gallery and gift shop, 5314
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and new owners Carol
and Ron Clifford will hold a grand opening celebration
starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9.
The Cliffords have been operating the gallery since
they purchased it about a month ago, but wanted a real
celebration to spread the word of their arrival at the gal-
lery. They are inviting artists and customers to gather and
get to know one another.
A featured artist will be Susan Ross of Venice, who
will present some of her new designs incorporating sea
shells and other sea-related items.
Light bites and beverages will be served.
For more information on the opening, call 941-779-
Big Fish on council
Lori Guerin of Big Fish Real Estate, 5386 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, was recently installed as secretary
of the Manatee County chapter of the Women's Council
To reach Guerin, call 941-779-2289.
This week's real estate transactions can be found
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Lillian Mary Malley Meyer, 85, of Holmes Beach,
died Dec. 1. She was born April 29, 1926, in Bronx, N.Y.
She and husband Fred resided on Long Island, N.Y., for
more than 45 years, before moving to Holmes Beach.
Mrs. Meyer was an active member of Northwest
Baptist Church of Bradenton and a generous contributor
to multiple charities.
Services were Dec. 3 at Northwest Baptist Church,
Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory
43rd Street was in charge of arrangements. Memorial
donations may be made to Northwest Baptist Church,
7913 NinthAve. N.W., Bradenton FL 34209-7210. Con-
dolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.
Mrs. Meyer is survived by her husband of almost
65 years, Fred Meyer Jr.; daughters Patricia K. Toscano,
Susan M. and Jeanne K. Junjulas, son James M.;14 grand-
children; five great-grandchildren; and life-long friend
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picture, $20. Frank, 941-761-1415.
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KING-SIZE COMFORTER, $20, queen-size, $15,
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DELUXE CHILDS KITCHEN: Brand new, all
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SHOWER CHAIR: DELUXE, $40, handmade
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QUEEN-SIZE MATTRESS, box spring, frame,
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MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
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FREE CHRISTMAS TREE: 10-12-foot height, full-
to-5-6 foot base. You cut and transport from
location close to Holmes Beach. Churches and
community centers get priority. Otherwise will
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and leave message if necessary.
HELP FOR HAITI: The Ministry of Presence is pre-
paring a container for Port-au-Prince and needs to
be filled include: peanut butter, canned foods and
meat, pasta, rice and beans, and cleaning supplies
such as Pine, and bleach. Drop off by Dec. 12 to The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
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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 Conservation Commission and Holmes
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ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on
Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
CHRISTMAS THEME GARAGE sale: 8 a.m.-
noon Saturday, Dec.10 at 111 10th Street S.,
NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-1901.
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES and
case. On beach, between 56th and 66th Street,
Holmes Beach, Dec 1. Claim at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: TWO KAYAKS, Blue and gray Challenger.
29th and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Contact
Holmes Beach police or 863-214-3886.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens. All food and medical pro-
vided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
POWER NOLES CUSTOM-fiberglass 11.5-foot
cat-type hull. Very stable boat. Great for kid's Xmas
or anyone who wants to get on the water! 25-hp
Mercury, trolling motor and two bass seats. Great
boat! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
COLLEGE STUDENT NEEDS work during break,
Dec. 15-Jan. 7. Party helper, babysitting, pet sit-
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Please call 941-932-7229.
BUSY AND EXPANDING Island real estate office
looking for experienced agents. High splits and
low fees. Call 941-778-8104.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
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BABIES, PETS AND PLANTS: Responsible,
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Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
PROFESSIONAL L.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network
engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
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WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
DOG-WASTE REMOVAL service: As low as $10
per week! 941-592-5170.
OFFERING FULL SERVICE companion care for
the elderly, including transportation, meal prepa-
ration, as well as light housekeeping! References
available upon request. Contact Heidi, 941-348-
8701 or online: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GEEKS TO GO Plus: Affordable in-home com-
puter repair, flat rates. 941-301-8136.
MARIA'S SERVICES INC: 15 years in business
offering top quality maid service, carpet and tile
cleaning. Call 941-756-5735.
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom.
Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting.
Certified groomer. Call 941-778-1202.
MOBILE DOG GROOMING: Bath/brush/hand
blow dry, under 30 pounds, $30, 31-50 pounds,
$40, 51-80 pounds, $50, 81-99 pounds $60. www.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12.
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Island since 1992.
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-
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BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941 -
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of
your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia. Call today
for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.
GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY'S ISLAND
studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar,
piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach,
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 -
GARDEN ELVES SERVING Island since 2000.
Reliable yard maintenance, tree trimming, haul-
ing. Affordable rates. 941-704-7954.
GOT STUMPS? CALL an experienced, reliable
expert. Brad Frederick's LLC Tree Stump Grinding
and surface roots removal. 941-730-0001.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed
$45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance
pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
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mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Resi-
dential and commercial. 30 years experience.
NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and mainte-
nance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant
installation. Certified horticultural professional.
Call Joan, 941-704-9025.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and com-
mercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
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OLDFLORIDAATITSBEST! LIDO YACHT BASIN
3/2 canal home, large pool, 4BR/3BA pool home. 320-ft
easy to show $499,000. Call wide basin, deep water. Walkto
Carmen Pedota, Realtor, StArmands Circle. $1,250,000.
941-284-2598 or Lod Guerin, Call Peggy Douglas, Realtor,
Realtor, 941-773-3415. 941-737-4942.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
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, handyman,
light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades.
Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken,
stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it.
Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential.
Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New
homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-
778-2316 or 941-730-3228.
PAUL FREY PAINTING, pressure wash, custom
interior and exterior painting. Insured, 20 years
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: 30 years experi-
ence. Handyman home repairs. Services, kitchen
and bathroom design, 24-hour emergency call-
outs. Ronnie, 941-807-6664.
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Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (Trip Advisor)
Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available
Oft r I/K. Luxurious 2/2 apts..
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JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced.
House painting, pressure washing, handy work.
Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan
builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely,
within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
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.
HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA pri-
vate pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA
private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton.
No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.
VACATION RENTAL WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA,
DOCK, pool, sunroom, laundry, annual-seasonal.
ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Twin Shores
mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1BA.
Call Karen, 813-377-6864.
1BR/1BA GROUND-FLOOR CONDO. 55-plus,
pool, fishing pier. $1,500/month for three months,
$1,300/month for six months and $1,000/month,
3BR/3BA: NEW CANALFRONT, pool garage,
beach three minutes, boat dock, extra. Start-
ing $1,250/week. Also 2BR/2BA pool, garage,
75 yards to beach, starting $900/week. Call Jo
Catolica, director, 269-760-9753, or Mike Sakel-
larides, 514-390-5050. Facebook: Palm Pelican.
GULFFRONT VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/1BA,
sunset dining. Winter visitors call for rates. $150/
night, three-day minimum. Contact Mary Ann,
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DEEPWATER HOME within walking distance
to the beach. This split-plan home has a caged
pool, 70-foot dock with lift and 200 feet on sail-
boat water with no bridges. $659,000.
CHILSON AVENUE: Wonderful deep-water
canalfront home on a lot and a half. Private dock
with no bridges to the bay! This home has a large
pool. Beach within walking distance. Could be
converted to a 3BR/2BA. $549,900.
37 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
FOR SALE: Heron Harbour 2/2 condo 12 min. to beaches. Heated
pool, tennis, upgrades, furnished. Auto negotiable. $125,000.
VILLAGE GREEN 3/2, 2,500+ sfla, pool/spa, furnished $249,000.
Annual, Seasonal & Vacation Rentals Available, including:
LUXURY GULFFRONT 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.
CHARMING 1/1 + sun porch w/bed. Steps to beach. Red tidewater
cypress interior. Great for artists, single, couple. sm. pet.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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LOCAL PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS owners with
exceptional rental references looking for 2BR/2BA
home on Anna Maria. Trying to sell your house?
No problem, we'll take excellent care of it. 941-713-
ANNA MARIA SEASONAL rental: 2BR/1 BA, washer
and dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941 -
BAY WATERFRONT: SEASONAL 2-3BR/2BA, laun-
dry room, pool, sun room, walk to beach. 941-779-
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA, great room,
washer, dryer, duplex, no stairs, storage. All new last
year. Great location, $1,500/month. 603-969-6840.
RETAIL/OFFICE SPACE available, up to 1,000 sf.
High visibility location along Marina Drive In Holmes
Beach. Call 941-799-9096 for more information.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool horses,
3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1 BR/1 BA overlook-
ing golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastal-
NEED 2BR/2BA CONDO or house for March rental
for two energetic senior citizens. Flexible location
but prefer Holmes Beach. E-mail: biddlebetsy@sbc-
global.net or 860-245-0182.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA: Washer-dryer hookup, shared
pool. First, last and security deposit. $1,100/month
plus utilities. Seasonal 2BR/2BA washer and dryer,
shared pool, ground floor, $2,700/month. 941-778-
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA on canal, washer and dryer
hookup, space for 28-foot boat. No pets. Holmes
HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced
for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to
sandy beaches. No reasonable offer refused. Ques-
tions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour at www.srqvt.
WESTBAY COVE, HOLMES Beach, Second-floor
2BR/2BA on bay and one block to Gulf! Lovely views,
pools, tennis. December-January, $2,125/month. Visit
aposporos.com. Aposporos & Son, 941-387-3474.
DIRECT INTRACOASTAL WATERFRONT: 1BR/1BA,
tile floors, Jacuzzi bath, dock, air conditioning, fridge,
$900/month. Shelley, 941-720-4475.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 2BR/1.5BA, carport,
lanai, shed, washer-dryer hookup, $950/month. 941-
WANTED: ANNUAL HOUSE/duplex rental. Two bed-
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area. Contact me at: email@example.com.
ANNUAL RENTAL: THIRD house from beach.
3BR/2BA home, screened porch, garage, fireplace,
washer and dryer. $1,700/month. Mike Norman
VACATION RENTALS: $699/week. Pool and boat
dock and more. 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.
MODERN 3BR/2BA, two-car garage home in West
Glen, near college and IMG. Annual, $1,300/month.
Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.
DIRECT INTRACOASTAL WATERFRONT apart-
ment: 1BR/1BA, dock, Jacuzzi, tile throughout, gor-
geous views, Bradenton Beach, $900/month. 941-
SEASONAL RENTAL AVAILABLE December and
January. 2BR/1BA, west of Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
$1,550 monthly, $500 weekly plus tax. 941-778-
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach.
3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, out-
door kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished.
$3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202
NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach,
annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financing
available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma
DEEP WATER BOAT dock on Bimini Bay, no bridges.
Pam Watts, Coldwell Banker, 941-228-8753.
HOLMES BEACH HOME: Quality built and priced
for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to
sandy beaches. No reasonable offer refused. Ques-
tions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour: www.srqvt.
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AFFORDABLE LIVING: HISTORIC Sandpiper
Resort, Bradenton Beach. On the Intercoastal Water-
way across the street from Gulf beaches. Your little
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