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The government cal-
endar. Page 4
HB: City seeks tree-
hut plans. Page 5
Vacation rentals on
city agendas. Page 8
ments. Page 12
Events on, off the
Island. Page 14
bird count. Page 15
Island police blotter.
AME harvest to table.
Sports: Adults medal
in pickleball. Page 24
Fishing: Right bait,
right spot, right bite.
Participants in a conflict resolution meeting Dec. 7 at Holmes Beach City Hall include
Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff, clockwise from left, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger, Holmes Beach Commission Chair David Zaccagnino, Bradenton Beach Vice
Mayor Ed Straight and Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry.
Solution to HB-BB border
dispute offered at meeting
By Lisa Neff
City attorneys from Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach left a rare conflict resolution
meeting Dec. 7 with a possible remedy to a
dispute at the municipal border.
But a resolution over Bradenton Beach's
quitclaim of 27th Street to the Sandpiper
Resort near Holmes Beach's border a solu-
tion could involve returning a portion of the
street to the city isn't possible before year's
Bradenton Beach lacks a quorum of
elected officials who can vote on any proposed
remedy, city attorney Ricinda Perry said during
the meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall last
week. Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaugh-
nessy and Commissioner Gay Breuler live at
the Sandpiper and can't vote due to conflicts
of interest. That leaves only two voting com-
missioners Jan Vosburgh and Ed Straight -
because the Ward 3 commission seat is vacant.
No one sought to succeed Janie Robertson, who
was term-limited out of office in November.
"I have to have the approval of my board,"
Perry said. "And I don't have a board that can
give me approval right now."
Perry sat at a table in the Holmes Beach
commission chambers with Bradenton Beach
Vice Mayor Ed Straight and, representing
Holmes Beach, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger,
Commission Chair David Zaccagnino and city
attorney Patricia Petruff.
An audience of about 35 people, many of
them residents of the Sandpiper resort, assem-
PLEASE SEE SOLUTION, PAGE 2
Santa Claus rides his sleigh through Holmes Beach in the annual Anna Maria Island Priva-
teers parade, heading to a party in his honor at Coquina Beach. More Santa, pages 10-11.
The crosswalk is marked by chalk where a
crash resulted in the death of a Sarasota
woman Dec. 8. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
By Lisa Neff
A 65-year-old Sarasota woman died Dec.
8 after being struck by an SUV while crossing
Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
Antoinette Pruss was hit while in a cross-
walk in the 900 block of Gulf Drive North near
the Gulf Drive Cafe at about 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8,
said Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby.
Pruss died later Dec. 8 at Blake Medical Center
Pruss was in Bradenton Beach with her
sister and brother-in-law.
BBPD identified the driver of the SUV,
a 1998 GMC Yukon, as Kathleen Benison of
As of Islander press time, no citations had
been issued and the accident remained under
investigation. Cosby said the review could last
as long as 60 days.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to
the scene at about 10:30 a.m.
BBPD, as of Dec. 9, had no independent
witnesses, but Pruss' relatives, Benison and her
passenger helped investigators learn what hap-
pened. Cosby said the accounts indicate that as
Benison reached the crosswalk, Pruss was step-
ping into the road.
Benison and her passenger were northbound
on Gulf Drive and, according to Cosby, had been
admiring the view of the Gulf of Mexico.
"They were looking out at the water," Cosby
The passenger saw Pruss at the crosswalk,
in the bike lane, and shouted twice to Benison,
who tried but failed to avoid striking the woman.
Cosby said Benison then panicked and hit the
gas pedal instead of the brakes.
"She admits they were distracted," Cosby
said of Benison. "But we just don't know why
(Pruss) just walked into the roadway."
He said the preliminary investigation did
not show that excessive speed was involved.
BBPD requested assistance from the Bra-
denton Police Department, which has software
that can be used to reconstruct an accident.
Pruss' death was the first pedestrian fatality
in Bradenton Beach since July 1992. Cosby said
he was not aware of another pedestrian death in
a city crosswalk.
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SOLUTION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
bled for the morning meeting that lasted 53 minutes.
The participants did not dwell on the history of
the dispute, which surfaced in August after nearly three
years in dormancy.
In late 2008, Bradenton Beach commissioners
issued a quitclaim deed to Sandpiper for 27th Street
from Gulf Drive to Anna Maria Sound, Avenue B and
Avenue C from 26th Street to 27th Street and the north-
erly unpaved portion of 26th Street from Gulf Drive
to Anna Maria Sound. Sandpiper claimed it needed to
clarify ownership of land as it worked with a mortgage
company to finance resort improvements.
At the time, Holmes Beach officials raised concerns
about public access, but commissioners unanimously
voted in December 2008 not to pursue the issue.
After receiving the deed, Sandpiper proceeded
with a series of property improvements, including the
placement of a waist-high fence on the north side of the
property near the Holmes Beach border in August.
Soon after, Holmes Beach officials challenged
Bradenton Beach's 2008 quitclaim of 27th Street and
alleged that the fence and "no trespassing" signs pro-
hibit Holmes Beach residents from reaching accesses
to the Gulf beach and the bay.
Through the fall, mayors from the two cities
attempted to resolve the dispute. In late October, the
course shifted to conflict resolution, a process outlined
in Florida statutes.
Bohnenberger, at the Dec. 7 meeting, said he
thought there was a "deliberate effort to delay resolu-
tion of this matter" on Bradenton Beach's part.
Perry said there was no deliberate effort to delay,
but the November election disrupted discussions.
She also said reaching an agreement might be expe-
dited by including representatives from Sandpiper.
The exchanges in the first 15 minutes of the con-
flict resolution meeting were tense. At one point, Boh-
nenberger said, "This is not going anywhere." Later,
Perry said the city of Holmes Beach was acting like
But Zaccagnino made repeated efforts to focus the
discussion on coming to "some kind of agreement" and,
by the conclusion of the session, both parties were pre-
Bradenton Beach Mayor John sliI'g1in", \ %\ listens
Dec. 7 during a conflict resolution meeting between
representatives from his city and the city of Holmes
Beach. \hliItIgil, s \ recused himself because he is a
resident of the Sandpiper Resort, which is involved in
the conflict. In the background is Holmes Beach Com-
missioner John Monetti. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
pared to present at least one possible remedy to their
The proposal, suggested by Petruff, involves the Sand-
piper giving Bradenton Beach a quitclaim deed for a por-
tion of 27th Street, which could then again be treated as
public right of way. 'Those trailers do not encroach into
all 50 feet of that right of way," Petruff said.
Petruff said she could raise the issue with Holmes
Beach commissioners as early as this week the board
was set to meet Dec. 13, after The Islander went to
Perry said with a proposal from Holmes Beach she
could bring the matter up at the next Bradenton Beach
commission meeting, which is Jan. 3. In the meantime,
a search for a Ward 3 commissioner could continue.
If the parties fail to reach an agreement, a special
magistrate could resolve the dispute.
HBPD warns of
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson
wants residents to know there's a possible scam
artist working in the area.
He said the police department has taken
complaints this week from residents in the
southern part of the city who say a young man
came to their doors asking for donations. He
allegedly claims to be new to the neighbor-
hood, saying "I live around the corner."
The man appeared to be in his early 20s,
and was dressed in shorts and shirt, according to
He said the man sometimes references a
duplex, or the house with the dogs, and tells the
resident that his mother asked him to knock on
doors and meet the neighbors. He also says she's
planning to have a party to meet everyone. He
then says he's forming a baseball team and asks
Stephenson said he learned this week of
similar people or a pair working their scam door-
to-door on Longboat Key.
He said Longboat Key police also are look-
ing for a van with Georgia plates in conjunction
with the scam artists.
Stephenson warned residents to be careful
when they open their doors or give money. He
suggested that while talking to a person at the
front door, another person could be ransacking
the home through the rear entry.
He suggested getting identification or view-
ing an ID card or driver license from solicitors,
such as magazine sales people, before paying
any money for goods or services or making a
donation to unknown people.
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picious activity, call HBPD at 941-708-5804.
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Vacation rental boom: Island problems
By Rick Catlin
Residents in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach
recently have expressed concerns related to the growth
of vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods.
Some fear the Island, particularly Holmes Beach,
is losing its identity and character to the construction
and renovation of multi-unit and short-term rentals.
Island real estate agents acknowledge certain prob-
lems, but attribute the growth of duplex construction
to a market driven by investors, and they note that this
change has helped keep the Island's economy afloat.
The issue has become so acute that Holmes Beach
commissioners planned a work session Dec. 13 to dis-
cuss potential solutions.
In Anna Maria, where more than half of the single-
family houses are estimated to be vacation rentals, simi-
lar concerns have surfaced. Members of the planning
and zoning board recently asked the city commission
to look into some of the same rental problems plaguing
Several Holmes Beach residents in the city's R-2
zone, where duplexes are allowed, have complained
about the construction of "mega-duplexes" with four
or more bedrooms in each unit. Residents also say the
duplexes generate loud parties after 10 p.m., numerous
vehicles parked in the rights of way and trash cans left
curbside for several days before a scheduled pickup.
Long-time city resident Mary Buonagura expressed
concern to city commissioners at a recent meeting that
rental duplexes are "changing the Island" from a bal-
ance of rental and residential properties to "a short-term
The changing Island, however, is "market driven,"
and builders and property owners are simply responding
to the demands of buyers, according to local agents and
Jesse Brisson of Gulf-Bay Real Estate in Holmes
Beach said when real estate values on Anna Maria
Island began to decline in early 2008, buyers sat on the
sidelines waiting for the market to hit bottom.
"We need to find conmuon
ground where everyone can
When property values began to rise in 2010, Bris-
son said buyers were no longer families looking to move
to Anna Maria Island, but investors and families plan-
ning to retire here in 5-10 years.
"The families wanted something they could use for
a few weeks a year, then rent for the remainder," he
said of the people who have come to his agency. The
investors, on the other hand, are looking for a return on
investment, Brisson added.
Anna Maria real estate agent Jason Sato said hom-
eowners from 2003 to 2006 were selling their houses
at a profit and moving off the Island to less expensive
accommodations. The new owners found that houses
could be rented on a daily basis in Anna Maria, an
attraction to vacationers.
In Holmes Beach, investors discovered multi-
bedroom duplexes could be built in the R-2 zone in
accordance with applicable laws, said developer Shawn
Although some city residents have complained
about the look of the duplexes, Kaleta said every project
was built according to code and was permitted by the
city, and construction was fueled by market demand.
Such construction was "market-driven," he said.
"Buyers are investors looking for a return on their
Should Holmes Beach change its building code on
duplexes or vacation rentals, Kaleta said he would be
more than happy to comply.
"I own a few rentals and I don't want six or seven
cars parked there. If the city brings in parking restric-
tions or occupancy restrictions, I'll abide by the rules,"
Additionally, the growth of tourism is contributing
to the construction and sale of vacation rental proper-
ties, Sato said.
"Tourism is booming. People are coming here and
falling in love with the Island and decide they'd like a
piece of paradise," he said.
In the past 10 years, Anna Maria Island has been
featured on national television travel programs, in
numerous magazines, and in newspapers such as The
New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times
and USA Today.
"We've been discovered. We are known as a great
vacation destination for peace and quiet, beautiful
beaches and old Florida ambiance," he said. Anna Maria
Island is a tourist-driven economy, Sato noted.
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau spends millions of dollars each year to keep
And it's working, as tourism has increased every
year since 2008 and is up 6.5 percent for 2011 com-
pared with last year at this time, according to the latest
The tourism influx helps the local economy and the
public treasury, Brisson said. Manatee County collected
more than $7 million in 2010-11 from the 5 percent
resort tax charged for each accommodation rental of
six months or less.
Additionally, the county's 6.5 percent sales tax on
all rentals brings in millions to the Florida Department
of Revenue each year and eventually to the county.
The problem of vacation rentals might mean the
Island is a victim of its own success.
More visitors equals more potential buyers, Sato
said. Kaleta said the serious real estate investor is
searching for a rental property that has a greater return
on investment than a single-family home rental. That
creates the demand for construction of multi-bedroom
The problem appears to be blending rentals with
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residents in a workable situation, Kaleta said.
Brisson, Sato and Kaleta agreed there has to be a
balance. Without the vacation rental sales and tourism
increase, "a lot of people on the Island would have gone
out of business" the past few years, Kaleta said.
Sales up, population down
The Island real estate market has changed since
While the population is declining, the number of
vacation rentals appears to be increasing with tourism.
Island road advisories
The Florida Department of Transportation announced
it will begin repairs to the Longboat Key Pass Bridge on
State Road 789 from north of Northshore Road on Long-
boat Key to south Coquina Park in Bradenton Beach.
Work is set for day and night through April 30, with
a suspension of activity from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2 and
Jan. 13-Jan. 17.
Plans call for repairs and painting, as well as side-
A spokesperson for the DOT said nightime temporary
lane closures will be controlled by flaggers, but that no
lane closures will take place Friday through Sunday.
During the repair period, motorists will encounter a
35 mph speed limit, but the bridge will not be closed to
motorists or boaters.
Quinn Construction Inc. is the contractor for the $1.1
For additional information, call the public informa-
tion office at 813-299-3579 or e-mail trudy@valerin-
Construction on Manatee Avenue on Perico Island
from east of the Harbour Isle condo entrance to Bristol
Bay Drive is continuing with workers removing asphalt,
resurfacing, making drainage improvements and con-
structing a new sidewalk, a DOT press release said.
This project should finish by the end of the year.
Construction of a new sidewalk in Holmes Beach
on Manatee Avenue from Gulf Drive to East Bay Drive
and from 31st Street to Manatee Avenue this week will
continue to cause traffic delays.
A fla.-',iin' operation will be in place during lane
closures. The project is expected to finish in January.
The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau reported the Island
population declined by 1,122 from 2000 to 2010, a 21.2
For the same decade, the Manatee County Supervisor
of Elections Office reported that Island voter registration
fell by 17.9 percent, from 6,679 voters in 2000 to 5,486 in
2010. The Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office
reported applications from Island residents for the annual
homestead exemption were down by 66 percent this year
when compared with 2005.
"Clearly people were selling their homes at a profit
and moving to less expensive houses on the mainland or
elsewhere," Kaleta said.
As population dropped, tourism was on the rise,
resulting in a need and demand for more tourist accom-
modations, particularly short-term rentals, he observed.
Kaleta lives on the Island and understands that a few
renters can spoil the vacation rental success. It's the few
people who think they can party all night and turn up the
stereo volume who cause the problems.
"We try to rent to people who will behave, enjoy
themselves and live by our rules," he said.
Kaleta, Sato, Brisson and other agents inform renters
of garbage pickup days, restrictions on noise in the city
and to be a good neighbor Brisson said.
Unfortunately, there's always somebody who doesn't
want to vacation by the rules.
"All we can do is continue to educate agents and
renters," Brisson said.
With the success of Island accommodation rentals,
some companies are actively seeking the serious investor
to buy a multi-bedroom duplex or house on the Island.
Companies such as 9Solutions LLC are marketing
sales and rental management services to Island inves-
tors as one package, noting online the additional income
potential from multi-bedroom structures.
Online advertising for 9Solutions says it purchased
old duplexes on the Island and replaced them with "larger,
4-6 bed townhouses with a view to accommodating more
and more visitors."
The company claims a six-bedroom home can sleep
14 to 18 people, allowing "three or more families to vaca-
tion together at a much lower average cost."
The problems of residents and vacation rentals can be
overcome, Kaleta said. "We need to find common ground
where everyone can live together," he said.
Anna Maria City
Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
Dec. 15, 6 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Dec. 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. CAN-
Dec. 21, 1 p.m., CRA meeting. CANCELED
Dec. 21, 1:30 p.m., CIP meeting. CANCELED
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
Dec. 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting. CAN-
Dec. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. CAN-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Dec. 15, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
WMFR administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W.,
Bradenton, 941-761-1555, www.wmfr.org.
Dec. 20, 9 a.m., county commission meeting.
Administration building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bra-
denton, 941-748-4501, mymanatee.org.
Dec. 25 is Christmas. Most government offices,
including Island city halls, will be closed Dec. 23 and
Dec. 26. The Islander office will be closed from noon
Dec. 22 through Dec. 25.
Jan. 1 is New Year's Day. Because the holiday
falls on a Sunday, government offices will be closed on
Monday, Jan. 2.
Jan. 3, 4 p.m., Manatee Council of Governments
meeting, Longboat Key Room, Manatee Civic Center,
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in matching funds for any contribution postmarked by Dec. 31, 2011, to the
Anna Maria Island Community Center. And your contribution is tax deductible.
Children and families in our community count on the Center...
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HB officials require tree hut survey, engineering
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach is requesting the owner of Angelinos
Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., to submit a survey and engineer-
ing for the nearly completed Swiss Family Robinson-
style tree house on the beachfront at the resort.
David Forbes, city code enforcement officer, advised
lodge-owner Richard Hazen in a letter dated Dec. 6: of
"requirements that should be satisfied" before a "letter
of no objection" will be considered.
The letter of no objection will be required of Hazen
if he seeks permitting from the Florida Department of
The lodge includes four vacation rentals, and the tree
hut was built as a private place to read, write, relax and
enjoy dining, according to Huong Lynn Tran, wife of
Hazen contacted city officials last spring and asked
whether it had any permitting regulations for a tree house.
At the time Bob Schaffer, city building inspector, advised
of no regulations. However, city officials did not expect
the extent of the two-story, enclosed structure attached
to the tree.
In the letter to Hazen, Forbes requested a "sealed
drawing from a professional engineering firm outlining
the work completed, as well as all proposed future work
which would bring the structure to completion."
The letter also asked the owner to submit an "as
built" survey, including property and erosion control
lines, a description of materials used and whether the
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An unpermitted tree hut addition at Angelinos Sea
Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach, prompts city
officials to request a survey and engineering drawings
from the owner. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
structure meets the hurricane-force wind regulations.
No time limit was specified in the city's letter for
Hazen to submit the requested documents.
Forbes said he is also still awaiting a report from
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's
Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems. The local
bureau in Sarasota regulates construction on the local
"The DEP could say tear it down;" Forbes said. "I
know the owner definitely doesn't want to do this."
Last month after an anonymous call alerting the city
of Holmes Beach about the structure, the city contacted
Steve West of the local DEP bureau. West's department
visited the site the last week in November. Forbes said
the state could take up to six weeks to complete its review
of the field report.
West did not return phone calls by press time.
However, Jim Martinello, environmental manager at
the DEP in Tallahassee, said the department would be
looking at whether the tree hut use is exempt from DEP
Before his on-site visit, West said: "If it is made of
wood, glass and is two stories, it probably should've
The city concerns over the construction relate to
the building's stability, safety and ability to withstand
the hurricane-force winds of the coastal area, and West
added another whether there could be damage to
Forbes said that the tree hut could be considered an
"accessory" use under the city's R-4 zoning designation.
This zoning district is intended to provide for a mix of
residential dwellings and resort housing, according to the
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Aren't fences supposed to make good neighbors?
Well, there was bound to be trouble after some
people reported the gates locked in the fence along the
border between southern Holmes Beach and northern
Bradenton Beach at the Sandpiper Resort.
The platted but never paved portion of 27th Street
that runs from Sarasota Bay to Gulf Drive alongside
the mobile home park was used mostly in the winter
by park residents for parking cars that didn't seem
to fit anywhere else when the park filled with resi-
dents. In the summertime, the grassy strip was barely
noticeable, but less congested with green space.
But a shiny, new white fence and gates brought
notice from some residents on the Holmes Beach side,
who considered the new fence a barrier to their access
to the bay and to Gulf Drive, and the Gulf of Mexico
across the street.
But Sandpiper residents had their own complaints
about people on Segways, golf carts and bikes -unfa-
miliar folks accessing the park and the park's private
streets as a pass-through.
It seemed folks on both sides of the street had legiti-
But Holmes Beach including Commissioner
John Monetti, who owns rental property near the mobile
home park decided to make no objection in 2008
when the notice was provided that the city of Bradenton
Beach intended to quitclaim the street to the park.
The street was fully within the Bradenton Beach
city limits. The quitclaim helped the park cure problems
with mobile homes encroaching on the 27th Street right
of way, and other problems associated with insuring and
It all seemed reasonable at the time.
But not so easy when you fast forward to the pres-
ent and the sudden claims of alleged trespassers and
We learned this week the conflict resolution
meeting between the cities had resulted in a possible
solution. The compromise would cause Bradenton
Beach to UN-quitclaim a sufficient area the length
of 27th Street on the Holmes Beach border to create
an open pathway.
The solution should include moving the fence to
the newly created border on Sandpiper property -
which hopefully would still allow cars to park along the
length of the fence.
And there should be no reason the park couldn't
lock its gates. Feel safe. Keep out trespassers.
And everyone should feel appeased.
It's too simple.
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Fun day fun
The largest crowd ever attended the annual Lester-
Islander Holiday Fun Day, held Dec. 3, at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center.
It's such a busy time of year, but all ages came from
near and far. There were smiles and laughter and holiday
cheer. There was Santa's arrival by fire truck, the ever-
popular fish pond, talented ballerinas, artistic face painting,
holiday card-making, a balloon artist, pony rides and a very
upbeat drum line, just to name a few events.
But most of all, there was a feeling of good old-
fashioned fun with great old-fashioned prices, which is
just what the Lesters wanted.
The center extends a heartfelt thanks to event spon-
sors, Chuck and Joey Lester, whose continued support
over the years has been just incredible, and to their co-
sponsor, The Islander, for its terrific coverage of the
event. We also would like to thank d the Duffy's Tavern
grill team; the Anna Maria Oyster Bar and winter won-
derland set designers Kathy Breiter and Kelly Joseph.
Special thanks to Santa for generously listening
to good children's Christmas wishes and thanks to the
West Manatee Fire Rescue for being Santa's sleigh.
Also, we'd like to acknowledge all of the volun-
teers who so graciously gave their time, rolled up their
sleeves and made this event happen: Anna Maria Island
Rotary Club, Anna Maria Kiwanis Club, and the many
who showed up and asked, "What can I do to help?"
The fun day is a great opportunity for everyone to
visit our center and meet our staff. We wish you all a
very safe, healthy and happy holiday.
Anna Maria Island Community Center staff
To romp and play
Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation
and its moral progress can be judged by the way its
animals are treated."
There are those among us whose no greater joy in
life is to romp and play. Sadly, Anna Maria Island offers
no safe haven shore on which pets can run, but would
relegate those creatures without voices to risk death
among high-speed motor vehicles.
Why not a spot at Bayfront Park for our pets during
certain hours each day, where pine needles and cones
discourage barefoot sunbathers?
A happy and healthy pet is one who is allowed to
do what dogs do best. Imagine, the city could charge a
small permit fee and make money as well.
Mary Clark, Anna Maria
Dog waste = threat
Signs concerning dogs on the Island state: Dog
waste is a threat to the health of our children and others,
degrades our town and transmits diseases. Leash-curb
and clean up after your dog. It is required by law.
We walk every morning and see at least three to
four piles of dog waste on sidewalks and residents'
properties. Why would it be any different on the beach?
What happens to our children or grandchildren when
playing on the beach? Dog waste would be a threat to
You have a dog beach on the causeway. Go there.
Don't destroy our beautiful and safe beaches. We have
a law in place, and we see no reason to change it.
Gail Hecht, Holmes Beach
The Anna Maria mayor and commissioners hosted
on Dec. 2 the holiday appreciation party for city staff
We had a great time and would like to thank the
following for making this event such a success: Anna
Maria General Store & Deli, City Pier Restaurant,
Ginny & Jane E's, Island Seafood Market, Mattick
family, Olive Oil Outpost, Sandbar, Sign of the Mer-
maid, Slim's Place, Sylvia's Flower Corner, Village
Cafe at Rosedale, Vinny and Cheryl's Italian Kitchen
and city staff.
Anna Maria Mayor Michael Selby
On Nov. 26, the Anna Maria Island
Community Center had a dodgeball tournament.
My neighbors and I were subjected to four hours
of profane language, loud music coming from the par-
ticipant's vehicles as they waited for the next game and
drinking and intoxicated behavior of some the dodge-
At least three times, a Manatee County Sheriff's
Office deputy had to show up to take control of the
situation. As soon as the deputy would leave, the beer
drinking would start all over, the foul language would
continue and the window rattling-music would start up
again. The final insult was when an obviously intoxi-
cated male participant drove over one of the pilings on
the ground and almost crashed in to my fence. There
have been many similar instances at the center that
have been swept under the rug.
Once again this proves that there is no institutional
control at the center. Executive director Pierrette Kelly
and assistant director Scott Dell continue to ignore
these problems and pretend they don't exist.
Where were the Kelly and Dell during this
I've been told by board members that Kelly and
Dell are each required to be at the center 40 hours a
week, and at least one of them on site from opening to
The woman I spoke with at the center was reluctant
to do an illhingi about the behavior going on outside and
I can't blame her. Some of the dodgeball players were
not a well-behaved group!
The center recently dealt with headlines about a
male staff member in his 30s having sex with a 17-year-
old female member of the center. Board chairman Greg
Ross then asked the public to contact him with any con-
cerns, information or suggestions to improve the center.
I called and spoke to him for less then 30 seconds as
he was going into a meeting, but he assured me that
he would call me back. He did not. A few days later, I
called again and left a message asking for a return call.
I never received one!
I ask the board of directors of the center this: How
long will you wait to do something, to make some
serious and difficult decisions? Doing nothing could
result in another headline making tragedy, not to men-
tion more behavior that was exhibited at the dodgeball
The center is on property that is owned by the city
of Anna Maria. If one of these intoxicated drivers hurt
someone after drinking on city property, my guess is
both the center and the city would liable.
The center just spent months rewriting their rules
and putting a risk management plan in place. Were
these rules adhered at the tournament? Was the risk
management plan followed? You have adult male
dodge ball players drinking in the parking lot, entering
the center and possibly interacting with children and
female minors, with no executive staff on site. Does
this sound familiar?
The executive director and assistant director
have long preached that the center is for the children
of Anna Maria. Neither was at the center during the
tournament. It was these children and the surround-
ing neighborhood that were put at risk again by this
Kudos to Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby and
City Commissioner John Quam for being proactive
and helping solve these problems.
H.P. Badger, Anna Maria
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Headline news from the Dec. 12,
2001, issue of The Islander
SMRT architect Ernest Dreher and Manatee
County School District project director Larry Roemer
surveyed teachers and staff at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School on renovation and new construction ideas.
Dreher said most people interviewed favored new con-
struction, including replacing the auditorium with a
combined cafeteria and auditorium a "cafetorium."
Manatee County applied for a permit for beach
renourishment in Anna Maria, although the city had
not yet passed two ordinances required to move the
project forward. Manatee County ecosystems adminis-
trator Charlie Hunsicker said the applications were "in
anticipation" of the required ordinances. The applica-
tions asked only for "relief' from city ordinances on
construction, noise and vehicles on the beach.
Anna Maria City Commissioner John Michaels
said he wouldn't be running for mayor, although spec-
ulations were fueled when he was seen picking up a
candidate qualification packet. Michaels insisted the
packet was for a friend. Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh and
Vice Mayor Tom Skoloda picked up packets, but did
not declare their intentions, while SueLynn already had
declared her candidacy for mayor.
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Multi-unit solutions top topics at HB work session
By Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer David
Forbes is ready to take aim at violations citywide and
work with owners to rid the city of the noise, trash and
The problems reached a pinnacle last month at a
city meeting as residents pleaded with commissioners
to allow community input on the hot-button issues sur-
rounding some of the multi-unit and short-term rental
Although absent from that meeting, David Zaccag-
nino, city commission chair, set a Dec. 13 work session
in response to elicit ideas from the community.
"I will be assuming sole responsibility" for the city
enforcement program, Forbes said, adding that he also
expects to consult with city building inspector Bob Shaf-
fer and public works superintendent Joe Duennes on
interpretations and applications of the code.
With his inspections, Forbes is looking for compli-
ance with codes applicable to short-term rental properties,
which allow seven- to 30-day occupancies, including the
city's 2007 ordinance that requires one parking space per
bedroom. He uses rental licenses and listings as evidence
of how many people each property sleeps.
Forbes also is looking to determine whether suffi-
cient screening vegetation or fences is in place to
buffer parking. Additionally, he said, trash cans are not
to be left in front yards or at the curb overnight except
pickup days, and pervious pavers are recommended to
meet a 40-percent pervious surface requirement.
Forbes plans to use a new compliance-oriented
approach to encourage owner cooperation to address
violations. Before a violation letter is sent, Forbes will
send informal notices, asking owners to make changes
necessary to meet the code. If the city is not satisfied
with an owner's response to the informal notice, he said,
a formal notice of violation will be sent.
Under the city's first approach to the violations, Shaf-
fer had sent the violation letters without the informal
letter preceding it. Fourteen notices of violations were
sent to owners on Oct. 14.
Of the original 14, 11 owners are now compliant and
three others are working toward compliance, Forbes said.
Two weeks after the original 14 notices were mailed,
he added, three additional violation notices were sent
out, two of which have been found in compliance. One
of those property owners also is working with the city
On Dec.7, Forbes had targeted an additional seven
Holmes Beach code
with enforcement offi-
.-. cer David Forbes
S. conducts an initial
S' on-site investigation
:" i Dec. 7 of potential
l short-term rental
Violations of screen-
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properties for inspection. ties.
To date, inspections have been complaint-driven, If compliance is still not achieved after formal notices
with properties up for license renewals being inspected are sent, Forbes said code enforcement board hearings
first, Forbes said. will be set and violators could be fined. If fines are not
With future inspections, Forbes hopes to target rental paid, liens may result, he added.
properties on a street-by-street basis and eventually As of Dec.2, the city reports 1,566 total rental proper-
inspect all of the city's 1,160 short-term rental proper- ties, of which 406 are annual rentals.
Rental issues arise in Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
While Holmes Beach has been addressing problems
with accommodation rentals in recent months, Anna
Maria until recently had been relatively free of complaints
about loud noises from renters and too many cars parked
at vacation rental properties.
But those same issues in Holmes Beach are spreading
to Anna Maria.
Board members at Anna Maria's planning and zoning
meeting Dec. 6, heard a request for a variance by Penel-
ope Naylor of Elm Avenue to erect a fence 2 feet higher
than the allowed 6 feet.
Her reasons: Loud noises from a neighboring house
when it's used as a party location and people looking into
her back yard.
To some Holmes Beach residents, the complaints
might sound familiar.
Naylor said noise became a problem when the owner
of the property installed a pool deck using pavers that
elevated the deck 12 inches above the ground.
"Rental guests can, and do, peer into my garden"
over the fence, she said.
Additionally, Naylor claimed, the paving system cre-
ated a "band-shell atmosphere" that magnifies sounds "to
an abnormal degree."
She said that when a weekend party occurs and music
is played on the pool deck, the sound is amplified.
Naylor said she's called the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office on several occasions and they have gone to
the house and asked renters to lower the noise.
"A few minutes after the deputies leave, the noise
level goes back up," she said.
One couple living across the canal from the same
rental property submitted a letter to the board backing
Naylor's claim of loud noise. Other neighbors also sent
statements supporting Naylor's variance, while one wrote
that she did not favor the variance.
The variance was for an 8-foot-high fence using
sound-absorbing materials, Naylor said.
Naylor has worked with the rental agency and the
homeowner, and both say they are doing their best to limit
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the number of renters who stay at the house and inform
them of noise and trash regulations.
Board chair Sandy Mattick said Naylor's fence
doesn't solve the noise issue elsewhere in the city.
Building official Bob Welch said Mayor Mike Selby
is talking with rental agents and property owners, advis-
ing that quiet time in Anna Maria begins at 10 p.m.
Unfortunately, added Welch, the city's noise ordi-
nance is difficult to enforce, and no ordinance limits the
number of people who can occupy a rental property.
"Until we get restrictions on how many people can
be in a rental house, we are going to have this problem
again," Welch said. "The quiet enjoyment of the city is
what everyone is looking for."
Board member Carl Pearman said long-term con-
trol of rental properties is needed. "It's very severe on
the Island. The problem is happening everywhere on the
Island," he said.
"This is an issue that affects everybody. Nobody
bothers anybody else except the rental properties, and
putting 18 people in a house built for six is wrong and
will drive us all out of Anna Maria," she said.
City planner Alan Garrett reminded the board was
"off task" from the variance request, but agreed the city
needs to move quickly to control rental unit occupancy.
"The state has said we are limited in rental restric-
tions, but I don't think that relates to the number of people
allowed," he said.
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration, which
operates a number of seasonal units, said property manag-
ers are pro-active and want to work with the city.
"If we find 18 people at a rental, we throw them out.
I uP'. .I you grant the variance and the city tackles the
rental issue another day," said Coleman.
Welch said it might be necessary for the commis-
sion to look at an ordinance controlling the number of
occupants in a vacation rental.
"We need to zero in on that," he suggested.
The board 4-2 to recommend to the city commis-
sion approval of the variance for Naylor. Members Nancy
Yetter and Lou Ellen Wilson voted against the request,
while Mattick, Pearman, Tom Turner and Margaret Jen-
kins voted to recommend approval.
Following the vote, Yetter said every resident is sur-
rounded by rentals and the city needs to immediately
address the issues.
The city has no minimum rental period, which is one
of the attractions for vacationers to Anna Maria, rental
agents have said.
In Holmes Beach, Key Royale has a minimum 30-day
rental period. Elsewhere in Holmes Beach, a minimum
stay of seven days is required.
Anna Maria has no zoning restrictions on where
vacation rentals are located, and fewer homesteaded
properties appear on the tax rolls every year.
According to the Manatee County Property Appraisers
Office, the number of annual homesteads in Anna Maria fell
by 66 percent from 2005 to 2011, an indication that many
houses no longer serve as a permanent residence for the
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The Holmes Beach City Commission was to hold
a work session Dec. 13 on problems arising from some
vacation rentals, including discussion of the maximum
number of people allowed at a rental property.
Anna Maria commissioners might not be far behind
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parents, Mark and Laura Cross, reside in Northeast
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AMICCO holiday concert
Tom Aposporos will narrate the Anna Maria Island
Concert Chorus and Orchestra's "A Classical Holiday"
concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at CrossPointe Fel-
lowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Aposporos will read a selection of Robert Frost
poems that are an integral part of Randall Thompson's
The holiday program also will include Joseph
Haydn's "Symphony No. 45" and selections from Frid-
eric Handel's "The Messiah."
Aposporos is an Island resident with a substantial
acting career both on stage and in film, including several
commercials airing on local and national television net-
works. He is a founder of Sarasota's Theatre Odyssey and
was part of the national award-winning cast of Manatee
Players "Metamorphoses" in 2005.
Tickets for the concert are $20 each. They can be
purchased online at www.amicco.org, at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach; or at the event.
For more information, call 941-778-8585.
Water, land conservation
topic for Democrats
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
for lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant at noon Monday,
Becky Ayeck, a policy consultant to the Florida Water
Coalition, will speak about water districts and conserva-
tion land use concerns.
Everyone is welcome to attend, and lunch is $15 for
The BeachHouse is at 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
For more information, call club president Harry
Kamberis at 941-779-0564.
Reels at Rossi presents
Reels at Rossi will screen the holiday film "White
Christmas" at McKechnie Field with a pre-show perfor-
mance by the Manatee Players Friday, Dec. 16.
The gates open at 5 p.m. for this free event.
Parking is available at the Boys & Girls Club lot
nearby on Ninth Street West in Bradenton.
McKechnie field is at 1611 Ninth St.W., Braden-
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Holmes Beach Commissioner Pat Morton is the proud
great-grandfather of Olivia Joy Black, born Nov. 21
to parents Dustin and s~im,,,,. ,, Black. Olivia weighed
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Pat's daughter Tina Black is Dustin's mom and Olivia's
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De Soto park hosts
De Soto National Memorial will light its trails with
hundreds of luminaries Saturday, Dec. 17.
There will be live music at the park from 6:30 p.m. to
8:30 pm., featuring violin and flute soloists, guitar quar-
tets, and a chamber orchestra.
Native American musician Juan R. Leon will share
flute melodies on the shore of the Manatee River. His
music will bring to life the culture and history of Florida's
Local violinist Amberly Waterman will play tradi-
tional European melodies, and the Southeast High School
chamber orchestra and guitar quartet will play seasonal
Visitors will have an opportunity to take a walk on
park trails lined with holiday luminaries. Along the path,
living history re-enactors will share stories of how the
Spanish and Native American people celebrated winter.
Jose's Real Cuban Food of Bradenton will offer food
concessions at the event.
The event is free to attend. All activities are subject
De Soto National Memorial is at 8300 De Soto
Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. For more information, call
the visitor center at 941-792-0458.
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Six area photographers will be on exhibit at the
Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria through Jan. 5.
The show, entitled "Island Images at the Studio,"
features Ron Bernard, Joe Fletcher, Tom Toilette, Phil
Jensen, Wayne Wilmoth and Richard Stewart.
A reception for the photographers will be held from
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, with refreshments and
live music by bluegrass band State Road 64.
There is no charge and the public is welcome.
The studio is at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
For more information, call 941-778-1906.
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Snowflakes, Santa Claus coming
to Bridge Street Dec. 17
Bridge Street will change from a tropical paradise
into a winter wonderland Saturday, Dec. 17. Snowflakes,
a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday performances,
holiday treats, gift basket and wreath giveaways, gift
ideas and a lighted boat parade are planned.
The Bridge Street Merchants have rolled three
holiday events into one daylong celebration on Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach.
The day begins at 9 a.m. with a holiday open house
walk about. Shops will offer special pricing on mer-
chandise and services. Many will offer treats to shop-
The day continues with Christmas on Bridge Street
from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., when there will be a visit from
Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The street celebration includes holiday music by
DJ Tom Barrons, a performance by Rowlett Magnet
Elementary drama and choir students and caroling by
other area students. A special children's gift bazaar also
will take place, with area school kids selling handmade
crafts, baked goods and other items.
Gift baskets containing resort stays, dinner cer-
tificates, jewelry, spa services, shopping gift certifi-
cates, certificates for area attractions and activities,
decorated holiday wreaths and more will be raffled to
benefit the Manatee County Food Bank and the Roser
Memorial Community Church Food Pantry. Canned
food items and Toys for Tots will be collected at the
Island author and historical society founder Caro-
Cortez market, music party
The Florida Maritime Museum will host a holiday
market in addition to its music on the porch open jam
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.
The market will include more than 25 vendors selling
arts, crafts and other handmade items.
Music on the porch will begin at 1 p.m. and is open
to the public. There is no fee to attend.
The museum is at 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
lyne Norwood will sign copies of her book, "Tales of
Three Cities," about Anna Maria Island history, during
the Bridge Street holiday festivities from 3 p.m. to 5
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Back Alley.
It is even going to snow on Bridge Street.
The event concludes as the Cortez Yacht Club
Lighted Boat parade takes off shortly after dusk.
For more information, call Caryn Hodge at 941-
Boat parade skippers
to meet, organize
There will be a skippers meeting at 7 p.m. Thurs-
day, Dec. 15, for the Dec. 17 Cortez Yacht Club Lighted
Boaters interested in participating and compet-
ing for prizes in the event, which will parade by the
Bridge Street Pier for viewers attending the Christmas
on Bridge Street event, must pre-register and attend
the skippers meeting at the Seafood Shack Marina &
Restaurant, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez.
The parade will travel from Mar Vista Dockside
Restaurant on Longboat Key to the Seafood Shack
the evening of Saturday Dec. 17. The parade begins at
Prizes will be awarded to the best-decorated
For more information or to register a boat, call
Local art sale Dec. 17
Local artists will offer works for sale in a "yard
sale" spirit on the sidewalks at The Islander news-
paper from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.
The annual event includes an opportunity to
choose original art for holiday gift-giving. A sale at
The Islander will benefit aid shipments to Haiti.
The Islander is at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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Wednesday, Dec. 14
7:45 to 9 a.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
sunrise breakfast at Harry's Continental Kitchen, 525 St. Judes
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players holi-
day lunch and gift exchange at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
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-
Friday, Dec. 16
6 p.m. The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria, hosts a reception featuring artists, refreshments and the State
Road 64 band, for "Island Images at the Studio." Information: 941-
Saturday, Dec. 17
9 a.m.-7 p.m. Merchant open house on Bridge Street in
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-8705.
3 to 7 p.m. Christmas on Bridge Street featuring Santa
Claus, holiday music and more in Bradenton Beach. Information:
Dusk Cortez Yacht Club lighted-boat parade begins near
MarVista Dockside Restaurant, Longboat Key, ending at the Sea-
food Shack in Cortez. Information: 941-778-8705.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where's Woody Holiday Sidewalk Sale
outside The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th
St. W., Cortez, hosts a holiday music jam and market.
Sunday, Dec. 18
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
"A Classical Holiday" concert at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.
Monday, Dec. 19
Noon Becky Ayech will speak to the Anna Maria Island
Democratic Club about water and conservation land-use concerns
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-779-0564. Fee applies.
SSaturdays 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-
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A crowd turns out for the Dec. 10 Bridge Street Market and chili cook-off in Bradenton Beach. The nonprofit
Bridge Street Merchants sponsors the popular open-air event on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April.
The event features vendors offering arts and crafts, produce and plants, clothing and odds and ends. The cook-off
included 15 entries and was won by Banana Cabana Restaurant. Islander Photo: Courtesy Adam Jenkins
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.
First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod
& Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
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 on Bridge
Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-799-2181.
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,
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Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by
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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-
Friday, Dec. 16
9:30 a.m. Bradenton Opera Guild meeting and presentation
by Mary Jane DeGenaro on Verdi's "Otello" at Westminster Shores,
1700 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-729-1680. Fee
6p.m. -Winter Story Film Festival presents "Groundhog Day,"
at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
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1 to 4 p.m. Music on the Porch Christmas Celebration at
the Florida Maritime Museum Old Burton Store, 4415 119th St. W.,
Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.
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Audubon organizing bird count
By Lisa Neff
Maybe on the golf courses on Longboat Key the
birders might count seven swans swimming. But more
likely, the birders in Manatee County Audubon Soci-
ety's annual Christmas Bird Count for the Gulf Circle
will count herons, gulls, pelicans, storks, egrets and
The annual Christmas count on Anna Maria Island,
Longboat Key and Perico and in Cortez is scheduled for
7 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27.
A mainland Manatee County count, the Bradenton
Circle covering Lakewood Ranch to the bay and Sarasota
County to 1-275, will take place Saturday, Dec. 17.
Audubon needs volunteers for each of the events,
which are part of the North American Christmas Bird
Count that takes place in many communities in December
The count, in its 112th year, is the longest-running
citizen-science survey in the world. Scientists use the
Christmas count data to better understand how birds and
the environment are faring throughout the continent.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for
example, uses Christmas count data as an indicator of
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Winter luminary walk at De Soto National
Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton. Information:
Dec. 27, Audubon Society Christmas bird count.
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Last year, birders in the local Gulf Circle identified
99 species in the Christmas Bird Count from 1,300
double-crested cormorants to one Eastern screech owl.
To join the count
The Manatee County Audubon Society is orga-
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the Bradenton Circle Christmas Bird Count on Dec.
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Abused, abandoned, pitiful puppy finds happy days
By Kathy Prucnell
An Anna Maria resident stepped up to adopt the
rescue of an 8-week-old pit bull mix found Nov. 30 nearly
frozen, dehydrated, emaciated and hairless at the side of
the road in Palmetto.
Hal Badger ofAnna Maria has adopted the abandoned
puppy, according to Julie Royal of Royal Pet Rescue, a
nonprofit rescue organization that averages about 30 cats
and dogs in need of foster and adoptive parents.
Manatee County Animal Services in Palmetto
received the puppy in a cage from a man who said he
had found it on the side of the road. A staff member then
called Royal, who picked up the suffering puppy.
"He's doing well in day five getting his mojo
back," Royal said.
She immediately took him to the veterinarian, gave
him subcutaneous fluids, and now food. She also said
she's rubbing lotion on him daily because his skin is so
tough "like a rhino."
In addition to her rescue work, Royal is the presi-
dent of SunCoast Real Estate at the Island Shopping
Center, 5402 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, next to The
An Anna Maria resident is helping rescue this 8-week-
old pit bull mix puppyfound Nov. 30 nearly frozen,
dehydrated, emaciated and hairless from a flea infesta-
tion and mange. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
Rhino visited the newspaper office Dec. 1, when Hal
Badger stopped by on another matter and happened to see
the hairless puppy resting in a kennel.
Badger bent over and asked why the puppy was at the
office, then immediately said, "I'll help with his medical
bills. I'll pay the vet. In fact, I need another dog and I'll
adopt him. I want to take him home."
Rescue organizer Royal called it a miracle. She had
only brought the puppy to the newspaper office about a
half hour earlier, asking for help to monitor his care.
"I LiI liing about this is a miracle," said Bonner
Joy, publisher of The Islander, of the rescue story. Badger
only happened to stop by the office, and the puppy was
at the office for the first time.
Royal added that when first found, Rhino's tempera-
ture was only 96. "We didn't know if he was going to
"I was obviously shocked with his condition and took
him straight to the vet," she said, adding that he had open
sores and was so thin that his ribs, collar bone and hip
bone stuck out from his body.
Hal Badger is the
adoptive parent of
a athe puppy, now in
the care of Julie
a t Royal ofRoyal Pet
Rescue Inc. while
i his various prob-
lems are treated
with five medicines.
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done in Palmetto.
f Badger said he
might name the
puppy Miracle. He
has another dog
named Bear at his
Anna Maria home.
Island Animal Clinic, 5343 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, advised Royal that the puppy's skin condition is
a type of "mange," and that Rhino also had hook worms
and a staph infection, and provided treatment.
Rhino already is improving "for the first two days
it was touch and go when he couldn't get up at all," Royal
said. He is now looking for shoe laces to chew and other
puppy-like mischief to make.
Badger said he looks forward to taking Rhino home
after the puppy makes it "out of the woods."
The next step for Rhino will be vaccinations, neuter
service and a microchip and an introduction to his
forever home with Badger Dec. 16.
Bully breed vs. bully owners
Think "Pete the Pup" from "Our Gang." Dogs like
Pete now are considered "a bully breed" to some, but to
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pounds. She was treated for a bacterial infection last
week and now is ready for a permanent home. Pumpkin
shares office space with Julie Royal, rescue organizer,
at SunCoast Real Estate, 5402 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell
imposes $500 fines for "keeping or acquiring" pit bulls.
Meanwhile, animal rights organizations and pet res-
cuers are battling to improve the pit bull's reputation.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals points to a 2002 study that lists pit bulls and
rottweilers in the 82nd percentile of the most family-
friendly breeds, as compared with golden retrievers in
the 77th and chihuahuas 71st percentile.
"There are no bully breeds, only humans who have
abused the dogs and trained them to fight," said Julie
Royal of Royal Pet Rescue of Sarasota.
Other breeds often are mistaken for pit bulls, accord-
ing to Royal, and unjustly blamed in statistics. "Pit bull"
is a term used to describe different breeds and mixes,
including American pit bull terrier, American Stafford-
shire terrier and the Staffordshire bull terrier.
The ASPCA website states that with training and lots
of exercise, they become loyal, gentle and obedient pets.
Some have become search-and-rescue dogs, and regis-
tered therapy dogs in hospitals and nursing homes, the
Pit bulls are descendants of an English bull dog bred
to bite and hold bulls. When bull-baiting was banned in
the 1800s, the dogs were used against each other in a ring,
which developed into an illegal sport of dog fighting.
In Manatee County, pit bull mixes account for the
majority of dogs in need of rescue, Royal said. She added
that people are not only fighting them, they chain females
to trees to become impregnated.
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in need of rescue in the county, which shelters 5,500
animals, including pit bull mixes, each year.
"We' re looking to lead Manatee County to become
no kill and treat all dogs in a humane way," Weiskopf
said. But if a dog is deemed dangerous or as having
"vicious tendencies," the county will euthanize them.
"We want to go the rescue or adoption route, send
them out for spay, neuter and vaccination services, but if
the time is up, we put dogs to sleep as a last resort."
Fox TVs Cynthia Smoot gets attention from the dog that
is the intended subject of photographer Jack Elka.
Island rescuers to be
featured on Fox TV
Cynthia Smoot of Fox 13 Tampa Bay TV news crew
recently interviewed Island photographer Jack Elka, dog
rescuer Lisa Williams and Manatee County Animal Ser-
vices chief Chris Weiskopf for a segment that is sched-
uled at Islander presstime to run Monday, Dec. 19.
The focus of the segment is a newly formed group,
Picture Them Adopted. The group includes photogra-
phers and volunteer dog wranglers working together to
photograph homeless, at-risk pets at animal services in an
attractive setting to help find them permanent homes.
Picture ThemAdopted is one of many efforts needed
to help Manatee County achieve its goal of becoming a
no-kill pet community.
For more information about the project and the pro-
jected airtime for the Fox feature, follow Williams' Make
Manatee No Kill page on Facebook.
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Cortez man arrested for sexual battery
By Lisa Neff
A 46-year-old Cortez man was arrested Dec. 3 for
alleged sexual battery by a custodial authority.
Todd Andrew Noble also faces a felony charge of
unlawful sex acts with a minor, felony
promotion of child pornography, felony
Possession of child pornography and
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The Manatee County Sheriff's Office
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Noble dent of Cortez.
The incident allegedly took place Aug.
16 at the Siesta Inn in Bradenton.
A 20-page complaint completed by MCSO Detec-
tive John Belt stated that detectives were called to the
Siesta Inn because the management was concerned
about the safety of the guests, who were supposed to
have checked out in the morning but instead remained
unresponsive behind a locked door.
After about 30 minutes of knocking, a teenage female
opened the door and said that she had been sleeping.
Another teenage female also had been sleeping in the
room, and both told authorities that Noble rented the
room for them.
The MCSO collected sex toys in the room, as well
as drug paraphernalia and a video camera with a missing
Investigators alleged that Noble and the teenagers,
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Noble bonded out of the Manatee County jail on Dec.
4. His arraignment was set for Dec. 30 at the Manatee
County Judicial Center in Bradenton.
BB man bound for trial
A Bradenton Beach man accused of stabbing another
man and escaping from police custody is set to go to trial
the week of Jan. 17.
The man, Jacob Gennell of Bradenton Beach,
recently lost his petition to have the charges dismissed
in the case.
Bradenton Beach police arrested Gennell for alleg-
edly stabbing a man Dec. 8, 2010, in the 2500 block of
The police report stated that a man told officers he
was lured outside a home, hit with a bat and stabbed five
times. The man suffered broken ribs and a punctured
Gennell was taken to BBPD, where, according to
police, he escaped. He was captured soon after with the
assistance of a Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy.
Gennell has been in the Manatee County jail since
May, when a judge issued an order to revoke his bond.
Gennell asked the court to dismiss the case, claiming
someone else had confessed to the crime.
Island watch: To report information on an Island
crime, call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Anna
Maria substation, 941-708-8899; Bradenton Beach
police, 941-778-6311; Holmes Beach police, 941-
Adventures in Shopping ...
Panty case closed
Prosecutors, nearly a year into the case, have decided
not to pursue a complaint against a Holmes Beach man
accused of raiding a neighbor's dresser for panties.
The decision was announced in a notice of nolle
prosequi filed Dec. 2 at the Manatee County Judicial
Center by assistant state attorney Julie Binkley.
Ernest Kendler was arrested and charged with bur-
glary of an occupied dwelling, a second-degree felony.
He was accused of stealing underwear from two women
who live near his home on Neptune Lane.
Earlier this fall, defense attorney Connie Mederos-
Jacobs filed a motion to enter a plea of not guilty on
behalf of Kendler and demanded police reports and pros-
ecutorial information in the case.
No charges in child abuse
Prosecutors do not plan to proceed with charges
against a Bradenton Beach woman arrested in mid-Octo-
ber for alleged child abuse.
Bradenton Beach police arrested Laura Campanello,
44, Oct. 16 in the 1800 block of Gulf Drive North, on two
complaints of felony child abuse.
A police report stated that a relative became con-
cerned for the children's well-being after witnessing
Campanello's verbal abuse.
In interviews, investigators were told that Campan-
ello had repeatedly slapped, punched and kicked the chil-
dren. They also were told that the woman verbally abused
the children and abused drugs.
Campanello, who pleaded not guilty, demanded a
jury trial, but the state attorney's office has now indicated
formal charges won't be filed.
Antiques, Art-Tiques and Chic Boutiques!
all proceeds go to local charities.
Steff's Stuff on Longboat Key has moved to The
Centre Shops. She's excited about the new digs and has
all kinds of selections. Make sure you stop in to say,
"Merry Christmas." You can find her at 5380 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Unit 101.
The Feed Store Antique Mall features more than 50
dealers offering vintage toys, furniture, collectible glass
and L .. i. dliini- antique. This Ellenton hot spot is one of
the area's top stops, and we always enjoy shopping the
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Dec. 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 pm. Go for some holiday cheer
and special deals and the girls say they are really
going to have some good deals!
Tide and Moon at AMI Plaza has beautiful silver
and pearl Anna Maria Island Pendants in stock now.
You'll only find them at Tide and Moon because they
are hand crafted by Laura herself.
What a Find! is just a fabulous quality consignment
shop, where the customers say they find just what they
are looking for. With more than 1,000 consignors and
appointments a day, the content in the shop is constantly
changing. Check it out, and you'll soon be saying \\ \,
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Community Thrift Shop is now open on Saturdays
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for holiday shopping. CTS is
having a gigantic sale on Friday, Dec. 16, with Fill A
Bag for $3 and 50 cent clothes and shoes for the entire
family. CTS has an awesome collection of fine jewelry,
new clothes and accessories at half the price. It will be
closed Dec. 17 and reopens Jan. 2, 2012.
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Fisher sentenced to 30 days, plans appeal
Island police blotter
Dec. 3, 300 block of North Shore Drive, trespass-
ing. The complainant reported to the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office that someone entered her unlocked vehi-
cle, as well as her carport. Nothing was missing.
Dec. 5, 100 block of Cedar Avenue, found bones.
The MCSO responded to a report from a Holmes Beach
woman who said she found bones on the beach. The
woman had moved the bones of an animal from
the surf zone to a dune.
Dec. 5, 100 block of Tarpon Street, theft. A man
reported the theft of two unlocked bicycles.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
Dec. 3, 200 block of Bridge Street, burglary to a
vehicle. A man reported that someone stole two fishing
poles from the bed of his truck, which was parked at the
Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Dec. 5, 100 block of Gulf Drive North, theft. A
clerk at the Circle-K reported that a man stole a pack of
Dec. 6, 26th Street and Avenue B, DUI. A Braden-
ton Beach Police Department officer stopped Kelly Lynn
Wilson, 32, of Holmes Beach, for reckless driving. With
the involvement of the MCSO, Wilson was arrested for
allegedly driving under the influence.
Dec. 8, 900 block of Gulf Drive North, pedestrian
fatality. The BBPD was called to the 900 block of Gulf
Drive North, where a Sarasota woman was struck by a
SUV while in the crosswalk near the Gulf Drive Cafe.
The woman died later at the hospital.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
Dec. 2, 4600 block of 124th Street West, trespass-
ing. A woman was advised that if she returned to the Bell
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A Holmes Beach man who fishes commercially out
of Cortez was sentenced in a federal courtroom Dec. 8
to 30 days in jail.
Fisher John Yates, 59, plans to appeal his conviction
Fish/Starfish Co. within the next six months she would
Dec. 3, address unavailable, sex acts with a minor.
A Cortez man, Todd Andrew Noble, 46, was arrested for
alleged unlawful sex acts with a minor and other charges.
Authorities said the incident took place in Bradenton in
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
Dec. 1, 700 Manatee Avenue, theft. The Holmes
Beach Police Department responded to the Kingfish Boat
Ramp, where a man reported the theft of a license plate
from a boat trailer.
Dec. 1, 7600 block of Marina Drive, theft. A woman
told HBPD that someone stole a 9-foot boat from her
yard. She said she usually kept flowers in the aluminum
Dec. 4, 76th Street and Palm Drive, driving on an
expired license. An HBPD officer stopped a motorist for
alleged failure to use a single lane. The Tampa woman
could not produce a Florida driver's license and her Mas-
sachusetts license had expired in 2007.
Dec. 6, 200 block of 68th Street, burglary, theft.
The HBPD responded to a report from a property owner
who said someone broke into his garage and residence.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
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and sentence and alleges multiple mistakes and misstate-
ments in the federal case against him.
Yates was convicted in August on one charge of dis-
posing of evidence to prevent seizure and one charge
of destroying evidence to impede or obstruct a federal
investigation. The jury did not convict Yates on a third
count, lying to a federal agent.
He said almost immediately that he would appeal.
The government agencies involved include the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the
U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the
The government maintains that Yates, who was cap-
tain of a small commercial crew on the Gulf of Mexico,
took short fish and then destroyed evidence.
Yates maintains that he didn't take short fish or
destroy any evidence and that the FWC officer who
boarded his boat at sea didn't follow proper procedures,
specifically he didn't measure the fish according to fed-
A sentencing hearing in Fort Myers was delayed until
Dec. 5 and then again delayed until Dec. 8.
Wife Sandy Yates said her husband was taken into
custody Dec. 8 after a two-hour battle over the sentence.
The prosecution, she said, sought a two-year sentence but
the judge handed down a 30-day sentence to be served
in the Lee County jail, followed by three years on super-
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Captain floats water taxi proposal
By Lisa Neff
Travelers in the coming years may reach Anna
Maria Island shores the way early visitors arrived -
via a ferry or water taxi.
At least one proposal for a shuttle service has been
submitted at Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach city
halls, and the issue is an agenda topic for Anna Maria
commissioners meeting this week.
Capt. Tracey Dell of Anna Maria Island Shuttle
Service has suggested two water taxi or water shuttle
routes one from Anna Maria to Fort DeSoto Park
and Bay Pier in St. Petersburg and another from Anna
Maria to Holmes Beach to Bradenton Beach.
A one-way fare on a shuttle would cost $5-$10,
depending on the length of the trip and the route,
according to Dell's proposal letter to Island officials. A
one-week pass would cost about $60.
The captain estimated the cost to operate a shuttle
service at about $500 a day or $97,000 a year.
Dell, in his letter to Island officials, said he would
need permission to dock 6-8 times a day at boarding
locations, such as the Anna Maria City Pier on the north
end of the Island and the Historic Bridge Street Pier on
the southern end.
The concept of a water taxi has long engaged locals,
who have seen the sepia-toned photographs of yester-
year, before bridges to the Island and when ferries trans-
ported beach-bound day-trippers from St. Petersburg
"It seems a perfect idea," said Terri Natalini, who
lives near the Bridge Street pier in Bradenton Beach.
"It's nostalgic, historic, but also progressive in that it
would reduce vehicle traffic."
"I'm excited about the idea. I've taken shuttles
across San Francisco Bay and up in Maine," said com-
muter Kris Mackifee of Perico Island. "A water taxi
could add a whole new and fantastic dimension to get-
ting to work."
Dell's proposal also has some Island officials
reviewing a 2005 report from the Renaissance Planning
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Organization. The report, a water taxi feasibility study,
examined the possibilities of establishing a water ser-
The 26-page analysis found that "with the proper
mix of public and private investment, the Sarasota-Man-
atee area, with its vast navigable waterways, is ripe for
the expansion of the regional transportation system to
include waterborne transit as an integral element."
The MPO report emphasized the public transpor-
tation positives of a water taxi service that served the
needs of commuters as well as vacationers, as does the
fare-free Island trolley service.
Several possible routes were examined: a service
that included Sarasota, Longboat Key and Siesta Key; a
southern route connecting Venice and Nokomis Beach;
an Anna Maria Island service; a route with stops along
the Manatee River and across Anna Maria Sound to the
Island, and also a route originating near the Sarasota-
Bradenton International Airport, possibly from a dock
at Manatee County's Powell Crosley Estate.
The MPO study indicated that the most successful
system likely would put vessels on the water that could
make short, high-frequency trips.
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The researchers determined that at least two vessels
per route would be needed, and estimated each vessel
would cost about $250,000.
Fares, according to the feasibility study, would be
about $2-$5 per shuttle ride, and cover "no more than
50 percent of the operating costs."
Discussion is resuming on Anna Maria Island about
a possible water taxi to ferry passengers from Anna
Maria to Holmes Beach to Bradenton Beach, and
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By Rick Catlin
New to AMI chamber
Members of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce that joined recently include:
Anna Maria Bike & Kayak, 4510 70th St. W., Bra-
denton, Christopher Nicoll.
Anna Maria Beachfronts, condominiums, Anna
Maria, Donna Dickson.
The Sterling Anvil, 5508 Marina Drive, No. A,
Holmes Beach, Mary Norman.
Elite Parasail, 402 Church St., Bradenton Beach,
WAMI Radio, Holmes Beach, Robert Herman.
Divine Caffe Coffee Shop, 3228 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach, John Manos.
Douglas Development Corp., 536 67th St., Holmes
Beach, Bob Douglas.
Arcadeland, 5566 Cortez Road W., Bradenton,
Academy Insurance Agency 7330 Cortez Road. W.,
Bradenton, Susan Whitmore.
Bradenton Country Club, 4646 NinthAve. W., Bra-
denton, Jim Brand.
LB chamber plans
The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Circle
Chamber of Commerce will host its Holiday Luncheon
Buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15,
at the Lido Beach Holiday Inn, 33 Ben Franklin Drive,
The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-mem-
bers and reservations are required.
Members are asked to bring a prize item for drawings
during the buffet. The item should reflect and promote
the business, a chamber press release said.
For more information or to make a reservation, call
Sue Normand of Island Mail and More, 3230 E. Bay
Drive in the Anna Maria Island Centre Shops, Holmes
Beach, offers holiday gift items. Islander Photo: Rick
Sue Normand of Island Mail and More, 3230 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach, in the Anna Maria Island Centre
Shopping Plaza, has opened her Christmas holiday room
of gift selections.
Normand offers Island-themed Christmas and Hanu-
kah cards along with regular cards, Christmas-style enve-
lopes and stickers, gift-wrapping services and small holi-
day gift items that can be mailed in an envelope.
She'll also custom design a holiday card and envelope
for the shopper who wants to send a unique greeting.
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 941-778-1911.
Wine tasting goes sailing
The Kathleen D. Sailing Catamaran based at the Twin
Dolphin Marina, 1000 First Ave. W., Slip E, Bradenton,
will host a free wine-tasting cruise departing at 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 29, from the marina.
Sponsors include the Anna Maria General Store and
Deli, 307 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and Montebello Vine-
yards of California.
Appetizers will be served with the wine selections,
and reservations are required.
For more information, call 941-870-4549.
Chamber welcomes investments
The Holmes Beach office of Edward Jones Investments
Inc., 3226 E. Bay Drive, was welcomed into the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-
cutting ceremony Dec. 8. Attending are Eric Cairns of
the chamber, left, Cheri Wargo of Edward Jones, Jenan
W Wood and husband Danny Wood, office investment
manager, and Lori Gyson and Mary Ann Brockman of
the chamber. Islander Photo: Toni Lyon
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Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce officials
held a ribbon-cutting Dec. 8for the Divine Caffe and
Coffee Shop in the Vitamin Sea Health Food Store,
3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Participating are
Eric Cairns of the chamber, left, John and Nan Manos
of Divine Caffe, Gazella Bear of Vitamin Sea and
Lori Gyson and Mary Ann Brockman of the chamber.
Islander Photo: Toni Lyon
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New Holmes Beach Walgreens to open in 2012
By Kathy Prucnell
Word on the street is that people are clamoring for the
new Walgreens in Holmes Beach to open, but word from
the store's local development company and the corporate
office is that people will have to wait a little longer.
Walgreens' new store at 3200 East Bay Drive is set
to open after Jan. 1.
The Walgreens at 3248 East Bay Drive has operated
near the future store in the same plaza since 1987, accord-
ing to Robert Elfinger, media relations spokesman.
Elfinger said merchandise from the existing store
will be transferred to the new store, and stocked on new
shelves in an overnight move. All current employees will
move to the new store, he added.
The new Walgreens at the corner of East Bay and
Gulf drives broke ground in March, and thus far two tem-
porary occupancy permits were issued, one in September
and a second 30-day permit on Nov. 21, according to Bob
Shaffer, building official for the city.
Jan Gorman, city code enforcement clerk, added that
no stocking of shelves is permissible until the final occu-
pancy permit is issued.
John Lyon of Benderson Development LLC, Univer-
sity Park, is the local developer for Walgreens, respon-
sible for coordinating the construction and development
of the new store, parking lot and drive-through pharmacy.
He said he's awaiting confirmation on a delivery date for
the store's coolers.
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The new store is 19,600 square feet, while the exist-
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"We think the new store will be updated and modern, and
offer our customers more modern products and services,"
The new Walgreens store and drive-up pharmacy, with
additional space and other new features, is set to open
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Youth sports on hold, adults medal in pickleball
By Kevin Cassidy
Two doubles teams from the Anna Maria Island Pick-
leball Club are continuing their successful run in tourna-
ments in Florida. Their most recent conquests occurred at
the Florida State Senior Games tournament in Lakeland
Jim Teasdale and Bob McClure won a gold medal in
the 80-84 men's doubles competition. Toni Teasdale and
Barbara Smith captured the silver in the 60-64 women's
Pickleball, one of the nation's fastest-growing sports
for seniors, is similar to tennis but played on a smaller
court with paddles and a whiffle-type ball.
For more information about getting started in pickle-
ball, call Bob Taylor, USAPA ambassador for pickleball
in Bradenton and Anna Maria Island, at 941-778-6465.
Key Royale golf news
Key Royale Club members got together for a nine-
hole, coed scramble Dec. 9. The team of Nel Berg-
strom, Terry Westby, Tom Warda and Matt Behan
took first place with a 9-under-par 23. One shot back
and alone in second place was the team of Sue Little,
John Kolojeski and two proxies. Matt Behan won the
Toni Teasdale, left, and Barbara Smith, members of
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closest-to-the pin contest on the third hole.
The men played a nine-hole team scramble Dec. 8,
and Dale Hudson, Lex Halagan, Art McMillan and Bob
Soos matched the 3-under-par 29 carded by the team of
Bill Melvin, Gerry Elson, Dick Mills and Ken Rickert to
finish in a tie for first place.
The team of Vince Mercadante and Mike Garnhart
took first place in the Dec. 7 best-ball-of-foursome match.
The duo got help from two proxies to card a 19-under-par
45, a stroke over the team of Jim Dickenson, Dick Rouse,
Al Hibbs and Andy Barber.
Ken Rickett posted a plus 5 to win the individual
Stableford golf match Dec. 6. Saul Ladd, Jeff Ladd and
Ken Rickert took the team title.
The Key Royale women managed to get on the course
Dec. 6 for a nine-hole individual-low-net handicapped
match. Flight A saw Penny Williams card a 5-under-par
27 to take a 4-stroke victory over second-place finisher
Jan Turner and Terry Westby both carded 3-under-par
29s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight B.
Gloria LaTorre fired a 2-under-par 30 to grab a one-
shot victory in Flight C over Maryanne Kaemmerlen and
Barb Renk's 2-under-par 30 was good enough for a
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The game of the day, lowest-team net score, was
won by Kathy Willis, LaTorre and Squier at 129. Barbara
Estok, Little, York and Squier had chipins with Little's
being a chip-in birdie.
The men played a nine-hole two-best-balls-of-foursome
match Dec. 5 that produced a two-way tie for first place. The
team of Tom Warda, Web Cutting, Paul Kammerlen and
Bill Martin matched the 11-under-par 21 carded by Dave
Krueger, Jon Linwall, Bill Melvin and Al Pollock.
The men played an 18-hole individual-low-net golf
match Dec. 3. Dick Eichorn took first place with a 4-under
par-60. Three shots back in second place was Bob Elliott.
Four teams emerged from pool play during Dec. 10
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe
pits. In the first semifinal, Bob Palmer and Sam Samu-
els defeated Hank Huyghe and Paul Sheatler 21-13. The
second semifinal match saw Gene Bobeldyk and Steve
Doyle defeat Jay and Jerry Disbrow by the same 21-13
score. The championship match saw Bobeldyk-Doyle
edge Palmer-Samuels 22-19.
Three teams qualified for the elimination round
during Dec. 7 horseshoe action. Bobeldyk and Carl
Thomas defeated John Johnson and George McKay 21-4
to advance to the finals where they rolled past Jerry Dis-
brow and Paul Sheatler 21-1.
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-
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As many as 4 million bay scallop larvae were released
Dec. 9 in Sarasota Bay.
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Bay Watch, a nonprofit group, to revitalize the depleted
scallop population in the water.
SBW volunteers, from boats positioned over seagrass
beds in several locations, released the larvae. The vol-
unteers hope the scallops attach to the grass beds, their
Scallops were once plentiful in Sarasota Bay, but
now are largely absent.
Beginning in 2008, SBW began an annual count. In
the earliest event, volunteers counted 947 scallops. In
2010, the number was 15. In 2011, SBW found no scal-
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Right bait, right spot gets the bite
By Capt. Danny Stasny
Fishing inshore the surrounding waters of Anna
Maria Island remains consistent although a change in
tactics may be needed to get the bite.
With falling water temps and frequent cold fronts, the
switch from fall to winter is under way. The key to catching
fish in the winter season is to learn where the fish go to seek
refuge from the cold. Also, the type of bait and the presenta-
tion of that bait can make the difference in catching a few
fish or catching a lot of fish in colder water.
When trying to locate inshore species this time of
year, it helps to first find warmer water. There are a
number of environments, and canals are a great place
to begin. Most are fairly deep and lined with concrete
seawalls. When it's sunny, the sea walls warm up, which
warms the water.
Another warm water spot is the area where creeks
and rivers empty into the bay. Fresh water draining into
the bay has a tendency to be slightly warmer.
Now that we have an idea where the fish could be,
we need to decide on the right bait. Since the shiners are
becoming sporadic, it's time to switch to live shrimp.
Shrimp are readily available and, during the winter, work
better than pinfish or shiners.
Another option is artificial baits, such as soft plastics
on a jig head. My preferences are DOA Cal jig, Berkley
Gulp and MirrOlure Lil Johns. I usually use a 1/8-ounce
jig head for shallow water and a 1/4-ounce jig head while
fishing deeper waters.
The key to catching fish on jigs in the winter is in the
action. Since the fish here are tropical in nature, they tend
to become lethargic in colder temps, and fishers need to
slow down the jig retrieve. Try bumping the bottom and
slowing the retrieve to keep the bait in the strike zone.
These fish don't want to chase bait. They want it right in
front of their nose.
Remember, these fish are still going to feed through-
out the winter, they just need a little more convincing.
And keeping these tips in mind should produce some
successful wintertime fishing.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel charters is fish-
ing both shallow grass flats and docks targeting redfish.
When fishing docks, Johnston likes to use live shrimp on
a size-1 hook and add a split shot to sink the bait to the
bottom. By weighting his shrimp down, Johnston is able
to keep the bait in the strike zone.
Whlin fi ,lihiin the flats, Johnston is using a Berkley Gulp
shrimp ona jig head. "I decided to start using Gulps because
of the large amount of pinfish on the flats," explains John-
ston. "A live shrimp will be nibbled off your hook before a
redfish even has the chance to see it. The Gulp stays on the
hook without being eaten by those pinfish."
Johnston is also catching flounder in the same areas
he's catching redfish. Keeper-size fish are being caught
on both live or Gulp shrimp.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier is seeing black
drum being caught on live shrimp. Fishers dropping their
bait next to pier pilings are getting the bite.
In these same areas, both sheepshead and flounder
are being caught on live shrimp or fiddler crabs.
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caught while fishing offshore with Capt. Allan Engel of
Get Reel charters.
"There's still plenty of shiners around the pier," says
Cassetty. "Try using them for the flounder." By using a
1/4- or 1/2-ounce egg sinker with 12 inches of 20-pound
fluorocarbon leader under it, you can target flounder
effectively with live bait. On a short leader, the bait will
swim within a foot of the bottom where flounder feed.
Migratory species such as Jack crevalle and blue run-
ners are being caught occasionally by fishers using white
buck-tail jigs and Gotcha plugs.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says due to
strong east and northeast winds, reports from beach fish-
ers are picking up. "When the winds behave like they
have been," says Keyes, "the beach is the best place to
fish because it's sheltered from the wind."
Beach fishers using live shrimp are bending rods on
whiting, ladyfish and even a few pompano. Also along
the beaches, fishers using cut mullet for bait are hooking
up small bonnethead and blacktip sharks.
Fishers in boats are fishing nearshore artificial reefs
using live shrimp fished on the bottom. Keeper-sized floun-
der are the most prominent bite, al11thiugh Key West grunts
are also in abundance. Juvenile red and gag grouper are
inhabiting the nearshore structure as well so you may have
to weed through them to get the grunts and flounder.
In the backwater, redfish and flounder are being
caught consistently on both live shrimp or artificial baits
such as Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head. Most of these
fish are being found around docks or in canals.
On a final note, Keyes adds, "There are a lot of
sheepshead being seen around the docks and piers but I
haven't heard of many being caught yet."
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters
says his recent results have been a contrast of seasonal
patterns. He says cooler water in the mornings has slowed
the flats fishing. "The redfish, trout, flounder and mack-
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Live shrimp and artificial baits have been the bait
of choice in the mornings for Howard. Howard reports
excellent action on a recent charter using live shrimp
rigged on a 2/0 hook with a split shot attached. "We fished
under docks along the Intracoastal Waterway and black
drum, sheepshead, flounder and redfish could not resist
the smell of a lively bait pitched way underneath the
structure," Howard says. Howard likes to pinch the tails
off the live shrimp to add a little smell to the water.
In the afternoons on the flats, redfish, snook, flounder
and trout responded well to shiners.
"The fish are feeding heavily in anticipation of the
shiners migrating out of the bay and off the flats," Howard
says. "Soon shiners will be ineffective as a bait offering as
the water temperature continues its downward spiral."
Looking forward, the low tide in the morning is a per-
fect time to find some potholes stacked with fish Howard
says. Howard suggests using a live shrimp or Berkley Gulp
on ajig and \ >ikingl i il tiu'g1h the potholes. "This will let
you know if there's any game fish there," Howard says.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure
when the winds are favorable with good results on man-
grove snapper. Girle is using live bait, shrimp and shiners,
to get the hungry snapper to bite. Fish up to 16 inches are
the norm for Girle.
Girle's charters are catching flounder to 20 inches,
Spanish mackerel and bonito on the artificial reefs.
Moving inshore, Girle is targeting shallow-water
redfish and catch-and-release trout. "When you're fish-
ing clear water you have to be as quiet as you can," says
Girle. "Any sudden noise the boat makes will surely
spook the fish you're stalking."
For bait, Girle is using Gulp shrimp on a 1/4-ounce
jig head tied to 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. By using
artificial, Girle is able to cover a wide range of grass
flats, which usually results in more hookups.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers is seeing numerous bonito
being reeled up. Fishers using fresh-cut greenbacks
weighted with a No. 3 split shot are getting the bite. The
key is to find where the bonito are feeding and use the
current to drift your bait back to them.
Spanish mackerel still are being caught on fresh-cut
greenbacks, too. When targeting macks, fishers are using
a popping cork to ensure their bait remains in the top few
feet of the water column where the macks feed. You can
use a jig head with a shrimp, too.
Although gag grouper are out of season, pier fishers
are seeing some catch-and-release action. "We're seeing
some gags landed that easily exceed 30 inches," says
Medley. "These fish are big, the kind you'd expect to
catch fishing offshore in deep water." Live pinfish drifted
to rock piles adjacent to the pier is a sure fire way to put
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Biz news: Tropic Isle fits resort theme
David Teitelbaum already owned a trio of Tortuga,
Seaside and Tradewinds resorts in Bradenton Beach when
he heard the Tropic Isle motel, 100 N. 22nd St., Braden-
ton Beach, was for sale.
The studio and two-bedroom units were in foreclo-
sure when the motel attracted his interest and he com-
pleted the purchase of the property from the bank last
"To me, it was a no-brainer. It's a perfect complement
to our other resorts," he said.
"It has a private beach and is right across the street
from the Seaside. Additionally, we can now offer studio
units that can sleep up to four people with a fold-out
couch," he said.
The Tortuga and Tradewinds resorts are one- and-two
bedroom units, so the studios at Tropic Isle allow Teitel-
baum to offer guests a variety of accommodations.
"First, we're going to completely renovate the units
with new TVs and wi-fi before we reopen," Teitelbaum
said. "Hopefully, that's in late January or early Febru-
Isle motel, 101 N.
22nd St., Braden-
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plans to renovate
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Information about Tropic Isle and the progress of
renovations is available at www.annamariaislandresorts.
Banana Cabana continues
with new owners
New owners P.J. Smargisso and dad Chris Smargisso
are now operating the Banana Cabana Caribbean Seafood
& Grill, 103 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The restaurant, which has earned high ratings on
travel ratings and a "great food" endorsement from vis-
iting actor Denzel Washington, was formerly owned by
The transaction was completed Dec. 9 and the new
owners already were participating in the Bridge Street
Merchants chili cookoff Dec. 11.
And early Dec. 12, P.J. Smargisso, a former chef at
the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria, was answering
the phone at the restaurant.
"We're not shutting down," he said. "We're staying
open. Making small changes as we go.
The restaurant's name will remain and the menu
updated with fresh seafood offerings, he said.
The restaurant is open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9
p.m., and will open for lunch in season, beginning in late
For more information about Banana Cabana, call
Wagner Realty, with offices at 2217 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, and 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key, recently named Beckie Smith and Elfie Starrett
as its top listing agents for November at the Anna Maria
Island office, with Jerry Cunningham garnering the award
at the Longboat Key office.
Carol Codella was named top sales agent for the
Anna Maria Island office, while Margot Robinson took
Help for Haiti sought
The Ministry of Presence, founded more than
20 years ago by the Rev. Ron Joseph, formerly of
St. Bernard Catholic Church, is seeking donations
for a shipment to Haiti.
The MoP has a container at its Bradenton stor-
age facility ready to be loaded with donations, but
needs food canned goods, peanut butter and bags
of rice and beans to complete the shipment.
Donations may be delivered to The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Mon-
etary donations, which help the ministry purchase
some necessities and cover shipping as well as fees
incurred in Haiti, may be sent to 4102 39thAve. W.,
Bradenton FL 34205. MoP is a Florida nonprofit
organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Once the container is loaded and on its way to
Haiti, Joseph, who volunteers for the ministry, plans
to travel there to receive and distribute aid to resi-
MoP also is shipping supplies for a 50-bed
orphanage, which is nearing completion at the facil-
ity it operates in Port-au-Prince. Joseph also is over-
seeing the construction on his frequent trips to Haiti.
The children's home is a partnership with Sisters of
Charity of St. Elizabeth of Convent Station, N.J.
For more information, visit www.ministryof-
presence.org or call 727-742-0762.
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Mike Norman Realty, 3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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Jason Edward Daymon Jr.
Jason Edward Daymon Jr., also known as Michael
David Yarrow, age 62, of Lake Placid, died Nov. 30. He
was born Jan. 18, 1949, in Jacksonville. He was raised in
the fishing village of Cortez by adoptive parents John and
Mr. Daymon served in the U.S. Navy, studied photog-
raphy at the Rochester Institute of Technology and received
a bachelor of science degree from the University of South
A celebration of life was held Dec. 10 in Lake Placid.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wanda Daymon
Memorial Scholarship at South Florida Community Col-
Jason is survived by his mother, Mildred; daughter Lisa
Yarrow and husband Peter Averdick, Brooke and husband
Brian Shook and Shannon Warner; grandchildren Benjamin,
Peyton, Hailey, Tyler and Summer; and 11 brothers and sis-
Arthur Joseph Glynn
Arthur Joseph Glynn, 81, of Bradenton and formerly of
Anna Maria, died Nov. 27. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.,
and moved to Manatee County in 1978 from Hauppauge,
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the
A memorial service was held with the Rev. Rafal
Ligenza officiating Dec. 10 at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home,
Bradenton. Memorial donations may be made to TideWell
Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
Mr. Glynn is survived by son Stewart A.; daughter
Karen Glynn DeLeeuw; and granddaughter Jessica Marie
Michael C. Holsworth
Dr. Michael C. Holsworth, 69, of Holmes Beach, died
Nov. 29. He was born Sept. 7, 1942, in Saginaw, Mich.
He earned his bachelor of science degree at the Uni-
versity of Florida in 1964, and his medical doctor degree at
the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1968.
Dr. Holsworth moved to Holmes Beach in 1972 and
practiced family medicine in Bradenton until his retirement
in July 2010. He was a diplomat of the American Board of
Family Practice and a fellow of the American Academy of
Family Physicians. He was elected 1986 Doctor of the Year
by his peers at Blake Medical Center. He was nominated one
of America's Top Family Doctors, 2004-2005, by the Con-
sumers Research Council of America. Sarasota magazine
recognized him in 2004 and 2005 as one of the "top doc-
tors on both the national and regional levels... a physician
most highly regarded by their peers." The Florida Medical
Association recognized him as a "distinguished physician"
A member of NHRA, he was a professional super-gas
The family plans to have a celebration of life at a later
date. Memorial donations may be made to Northwest Baptist
Church, P.O. Box 14847, Bradenton FL 34280. Arrange-
ments were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
Dr. Holsworth is survived by his mother, Ruth; wife
Beatrice; daughter Dr. Jennifer and husband Lt. James
Leigh; and granddaughter Jayden Elizabeth.
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Alma 'Amy' Kennedy Hook
Alma "Amy" Kennedy Hook died Nov. 29. She was
bom Oct. 1, 1922, in St. Albans, W.Va.
She graduated from West Virginia University in 1943
and received a master's degree from Duquesne University
in 1971. She spent her career teaching history and remedial
reading to high school students in Texas and Pennsylvania.
Amy and husband Ted retired to Bradenton in 1986 from
Pittsburgh, where she enjoyed many friends, golf, bridge,
travel, gardening and reading.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memo-
rial donations may be made to the Manatee Public Library-
Island Branch, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL34217,
or to a charity of choice. Condolences may be made at www.
Mrs. Hook is survived by sons James and wife Marion
of Tucson, Ariz., Alan Scott and wife Judy of Overland Park,
Kan., and Jacob and wife Chris of Houston; grandchildren
Sharon, Ellen and Jay; and five great grandchildren.
Harry S. Howey
Harry S. Howey, 90, of Cortez, died Dec.1. He was born
in New Jersey, and moved to Cortez in 1959.
He owned and operated the Cortez Trailer Park and
Fishing Center for 29 years.
He became a community activist and organized cam-
paigns against many changes that he thought might affect the
tranquil lifestyle he found in the historic village of Cortez,
and he was successful in keeping his property from develop-
Mr. Howey was a World War II veteran and a member
of Sahib Temple and Gulf Shrine Club.
A celebration of life was held at the Longboat Island
Chapel, Longboat Key, Dec. 10. Memorial donations may be
made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 600 N Beneva
Road, Sarasota FL 34232, or Tidewell Hospice & Palliative
Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown & Sons
Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements. Condolences
may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. Howey is survived by wife Lavern Mikesell; chil-
dren Kathie Harris of Daytona Beach, Linda Johnston of
Bradenton, and Harry M. of Lavonia, Ga.; seven grandchil-
dren; two great-grandchildren, brother Samuel of Cortez,
and faithful dog Max.
Richard Alan 'Dick' Suman
Richard Alan "Dick" Suman, 80, of Bradenton, for-
merly of Camden, Ohio, and Anna Maria Island, died Dec.
4. He was born Aug. 16, 1931, in Eaton, Ohio.
Mr. Suman's career included building silos for Neff &
Fry in Camden. He moved to Miamisburg, Ohio, where he
owned Royal Crest Dairy, a home delivery company. He
sold the business in 1965 to move to Bradenton, where he
worked as a design draftsman for Miller Trailers. Later he
was in charge of the truck and trailer repair department of
Ambit Fabricating Inc. He was print production manager
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for the former Anna Maria Islander newspaper. He was
proprietor for eight years of Superior Irrigation in Sebring,
before retiring and moving back to Anna Maria Island.
He was a master bridge player and enjoyed games at
the Waters Edge Town Center. He loved jigsaw puzzles and
baseball. He was a season ticket holder at McKechnie Field.
He enjoyed volunteering, building scenery and stage-hand
duties at Manatee Players in the 1960s and '70s. He also
enjoyed travelling the United States in his motor home and
travel to Spain and Mexico. He was a Protestant.
Visitation and services were Dec. 9. at Toale Brothers
Funeral Home, Bradenton Chapel, Bradenton, followed by
a graveside service at Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabe-
tes Association, 4902 Eisenhower Blvd., Suite 295, Tampa
FL 33634, American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692,
Dallas TX 75284-0692, Manatee County Humane Society,
2515 14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205, or to a charity of
Mr. Suman is survived by wife Thelma Bryan; brother
Robert of Eaton, Ohio; daughters Helen Besemer of Fort
White, Fla., Barbara and husband Charlie) Hill of Braden-
ton, and Patricia Reagan of Dunedin; son Thomas Reagan
of Bradenton; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren,
three great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews
and cousins; and his beloved dog Beauregard "Bo."
Ruth Ann VanLeeuwen
Ruth Ann VanLeeuwen, 59, of Anna Maria, died Dec.
No local service is planned. Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of
Mrs. Van Leeuwen is survived by husband John L.; twin
sons John J. of Ellenton and Jason J. of Bradenton; daughter
Erin of Sarasota; brother John Munk of Downer's Grove,
Ill.; and two grandchildren.
Obituaries are provided as a free service in
The Islander newspaper to residents and family
of residents, both past and present, and to those
people with ties to Anna Maria Island. Content is
edited for style and length. Photos are welcome.
Paid obituaries are available by calling 941-778-
Absolutely beautiful, 3b, 3.5ba, 3-cargarage, 2000 custom-
built, elevator home by Whitehead, was carefully designed
by Emily Anne Smith with quality and privacy in mind.
Superior Coconut Bayou views throughout, private boat
dock, gourmet kitchen, fireplace, oak staircase, balconies,
bonus rooms and so much more. $1.2 Million.
Call Michelle Wilde, Broker-Associate, 941-544-3813.
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Service Landscaping Clean-up
7781345 Hauling tree trimming
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Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
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Commercial & Residential
S' References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc,
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bar tops and more.
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CHRISTMAS DISHES: EIGHT place settings plus
serving dishes and assorted mugs, $60 or best
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS box of assorted,
$10, toys, assorted, 25 pieces, $2.50. Call 941-
COMPUTER: DELL OPTIPLEX with newly loaded
Windows XP, $90, 941-756-6728.
ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE: 7.5 feet, $25,
boys 24-inch Schwinn Stingray bicycle, $45. Call
TAVERN CHAIRS, SOLID heavy oak. Four at $10
each. Two wicker shabby-chic ferneries, $12 each.
KITCHENAID DISHWASHER: Top of the line,
used five months. Excellent condition, works per-
fectly. $600. 941-795-2617.
TWO DYNEX LCD TVs: Like new 27-inch, DX-
L26-10A, for sale, $145 each. 941-896-5488.
THREE OUTDOOR SWIVEL slingback bar
stools by Winward, like new, $150 each. 941-
SURF FISHING ROD: Fuji F-24 9.5-feet, excel-
lent, $20, TV, Magnavox 19-inch, remote, great
picture, $20. Frank, 941-761-1415.
DOWN COMFORTERS, King, $20, queen, $15,
Brookstone carry-on bag, $35, rolling black
leather desk chair, $40. 941-779-9781.
GE REFRIGERATOR: 21.6 cubic feet. No frost,
icemaker, white, works great, $175. Call 941-928-
MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted
prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
Individuals may place one free ad with up to
three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words
or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted
online. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-
free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
HELP FOR HAITI: The Ministry of Presence
is preparing a large shipment destined in one
week for Port-au-Prince. Still needed are peanut
butter, canned foods and meat, pasta, rice and
beans, and cleaning supplies such as Pinesol
and bleach. Drop off to The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothe-
MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria
Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariais-
landrealty.com. E-mail: Michael @annamariaislan-
drealty.com. Your personal broker.
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.
NEW LOCATION: STEFF'S Stuff Antiques has
moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key.
5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-
BIG SIDEWALK SALE: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday,
Dec. 17. Beach bags, collectibles, antiques, art
and much more at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Proceeds benefit Ministry
of Presence in Haiti.
LOST: TWO KAYAKS, Blue and gray Challenger.
29th and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Contact
Holmes Beach police or 863-214-3886.
SINCERE THANKS TO the person who found my
prescription sunglasses on the beach and turned
them in to The Islander office last week.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
GOLF CART: EZGO, mint condition, new batter-
ies, charger, orange/white. $2,500. Call 941-357-
1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 big block.
Asking $5,600, unrestored, auto transmission.
edgebruc7 @msn.com. 239-217-6914.
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.
SLIP WITH LIFT needed for 15-foot boat through
March. Can I rent yours? Call Alan, 269-358-
CHURCH SUBSTITUTE CUSTODIAN: Part-time,
on call as needed. Ideal job for retiree. Hours may
vary, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. when custodian is on vacation.
Duties include cleanliness and maintenance of
buildings and properties, operate and maintain
van, set-ups for special events, perform minor
repairs and schedule others. Must work as a team
member with staff and be a leader of volunteers.
A-V skills required. Non-smoker. Valid Florida
driver's license. Custodial experience preferred.
$15/hour, will train. Please send resume to: Cus-
todian Search Committee, PO Box 247, Anna
Maria FL 34216.
HOUSEKEEPER: PART-TIME with full-time
potential. Hotel Homes Florida Vacation Rentals
Inc. on Anna Maria Island is seeking professional,
friendly, efficient cleaning staff. Bilingual is a plus.
Must be able to work weekends. Call Missy, 941-
201-7499 or email resume to: Missy@excellen-
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.
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LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available.
CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood devel-
opment major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
BABIES, PETS AND PLANTS: Responsible,
trustworthy, fun and reliable 16-year old. Own
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using
Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5
hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30
p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network
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 -
779-6638. Leave message.
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.
MARIA'S SERVICES INC: 15 years in business
offering top quality maid service, carpet and tile
cleaning. Call 941-756-5735.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
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: email@example.com.
ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom.
Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting.
Certified groomer. Call 941-778-1202.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
Free estimates, references. 941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift
certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Orga-
nizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941 -
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
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. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
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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.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-
A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all
kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
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-
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6 sensational new southern coastal
resort-style model homes featuring Minto's
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and superb included premium features.
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Rare buildbale lot in exclusive
Harbour Landings Estates.
$269,000. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Updated and extremely clean
duplex on rare oversized lot.
$559,000. Call Nicole Skaggs,
Rental income, heated
pool, tennis courts, fishing
pier. $269,000. Call Nicole
Skaggs, Broker, 941-773-
OLDFLORIDAATITSBEST! EXCLUSIVE BIRD KEY
3/2 canal home, large pool, 3BR/2BA. $549,000. Call
easy to show $499,000. Call Realtor Lori Guerin 941-
Carmen Pedota, Realtor, 773-3415 or Realtor Carmen
941-284-2598 or Lori Guerin, Pedota 941-284-2598.
5351 Gulf Drive No. 4, Holmes Beach
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, 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.
SALES & RENTALS
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Real Estate Professionals
301 Manatee Ave.W., Holmes Beach
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HUGE REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
50% 70% off"2004-2006" PRICES
Top rated #1 & #2 hotels (Trip Advisor)
Outstanding occupancy histories
All apartments cash-flow positive
Unlimited owner usage
Bank financing available
iO ri -/' Luxurious 2/2 apts..
1,200 s/f from $325,000
1,400 s/f from $375,000
Charming 1/1 apts.
372 s/f from $125,000
533 s/f from $150,000
Call David Teitelbaum (Realtor) 941-812-4226
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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
JUS ROMEO: INSURED, affordable, experienced.
House painting, pressure washing, handy work.
Free estimate. Call Justin, 941-224-0344.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: 30 years experi-
ence. Handyman home repairs. Services, kitchen
and bathroom design, 24-hour emergency call-
outs. Ronnie, 941-807-6664.
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Twin Shores
mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1BA.
Call Karen, 813-377-6864.
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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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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.
3BR/3BA: NEW CANALFRONT, pool garage, beach
three minutes, boat dock, extra. Starting $1,250/
week. Also 2BR/2BA pool, garage, 75 yards to
beach, starting $900/week. Call Jo Catolica, direc-
tor, 269-760-9753, or Mike Sakellarides, 514-390-
5050. Facebook: Palm Pelican.
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sunset dining. Winter visitors call for rates. $150/
night, three-day minimum. Contact Mary Ann, 863-
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-
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-
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes,
3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1 BR/1 BA overlook-
ing golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastal-
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA on canal, washer and dryer
hookup, space for 28-foot boat. No pets. Holmes
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-
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.
WANTED: ANNUAL HOUSE/duplex rental. Two
bedroom, storage area, clean. Anna Maria Island
and Cortez area. Contact me at: parley6112@gmail.
ANNUAL RENTAL: THIRD house from beach.
3BR/2BA home, screened porch, garage, fireplace,
washer and dryer. $1,700/month. Mike Norman
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-
SMALL PRIVATE ROOM: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $130/week.
ANNUAL RENTAL: VILLAGE Green villa. 2BR/2BA,
two-car garage, open format. www.us-herten.de.
BONUS! CLASSIFIEDS ADS are posted early online
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
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.
AFFORDABLE LIVING: HISTORIC Sandpiper
Resort, Bradenton Beach. On the Intercoastal Water-
way across the street from Gulf beaches. Your little
piece of heaven in Florida! Claudia's Real Estate
941-746-8161 or 941-914-1546. www.ClaudiasMHP
ISLAND HOME SELLERS: Find out what homes
down the street sold for. Free list with pictures of
recent home sales. www.AMIHomeValues.com.
AUCTIONS! JANUARY 14 and 21. Key Royale
waterfront, estimated opening bid, $275,000. Palma
Sola Park four-car garage home, estimated opening
bid, $150,000. Call James Adkins, Adkins Florida
Group, Keller Williams Realty. 941-713-0635. Happy
PERICO BAY CLUB Village. 2BR/2BA, one-car
garage. Must sell, health reason. Furnished,
kayak storage. $182,500 or best offer. Realtor,
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315 Pine Avenue Anna Maria
5604-B Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941-779-0733
KEY ROYALE BEAUTY
Gorgeous remodeled 4BR/3BA canalfront
home with pool, huge screened-in lanai,
and dock. A very "green" home with solar
PV panels and a geothermal system.
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.
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S$50 PICK THE WINNERS CONTEST
S The Islander pays $50 to the person with the most cor-
rect game-winning predictions. Collect prize in person
or by mail.
I Entries must be mailed/postmarked or hand-delivered
to the newspaper office by noon Saturday weekly.
S* A winner will be drawn from tying entries. The decision
of The Islander football judge is final.
S* All entries must be submitted on the published form. En-
tries must be hand-written original, not copied. Be sure to
include name, address and phone number.
* All advertisers must be listed to be eligible to win.
* ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON, PER WEEK.
:$50 BUCS CONTEST
Your correct score prediction for this week's Buccaneer game
could win you $50. Drawing in the event of a tie. Rollover if
there's no winner! (No game, Monday game: No prize)
*Your name Address/City Phone
Mail or deliver to The Islander 5404 Marina Drive, Island Shopping Center, Holmes Beach FL 34217 INFO: 941-778-7978
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