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Skimming the news ... Anna Maria Island map inside, page 16.

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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


Volume 13, No. 40 Aug. 10, 2005 FREE

Anna Maria Island voters disappearing from rolls

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The Kingston Trio had the right "note" for the
Island's electorate with their 1960s anti-war ballad,
"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"
With the initial filing date for candidates seeking
political office in any of the three Island cities just four
weeks away (Sept. 6), Island politicians could easily be
humming, "Where have all the voters gone?"

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While Island population has remained stagnant
since the 2000 census, Island voters have been disap-
pearing from the political radar like Amelia Earhardt.
From-2000 to 2005, the three Island cities lost a
total of 822 registered voters, a drop of 12.3 percent,
according to figures supplied by the Manatee County
Supervisor of Elections Office.
Bradenton Beach suffered the hardest hit, falling
from 1,136 registered voters in 2000 to just 947 at

present, a decline of 16.6 percent for its upcoming
November elections.
Holmes Beach has also lost a considerable portion
of its electorate, declining from 3,928 voters in 2000 to
only 3,425 for 2005, a loss of 13.5 percent.
Anna Maria.fared slightly better, going from 1,615
registered oter"' five years ago to 1,485 this year, down

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CART gets push from county
..ge..ts. '--'- p.u- < 2 2. a.

By Rick Catlin
SIslander, Reporter
The long-awaited report by the Coalition Against
Runaway Taxation on the effects of rising taxes on
Anna Maria Island businesses received a boost from
the Manatee County Commission at its Aug. 2 meeting.
County commissioners agreed to put a staff group
together to study the report and the feasibility of lim-
iting hotel/motel property taxes to a maximum 3 per-
cent annual increase.
CART president Don Schroder hailed the commis--
sion move as the first step toward halting the "runaway
taxation" on the Island that has forced many '"mom-
and-pop" motels to sell out to condominium develop-
ers, rather than continue to pay annual property taxes
that in some cases have doubled and tripled the past
three years.
"The Island business community is tourism-based,
and cannot survive on the relatively small base of full-
time residents," Schroder said in the report.
As more and more businesses close their doors and
are converted to condominiums, the "viability" of the
Island as a tourist destination is reduced.

SIf tourists are no longer able to find accommoda-
tions, shopping and restaurant facilities on the Island,
they will migrate to other areas, said Schroder, citing
an independent study in Pinellas County.
That study concluded that while the county would
not enjoy any reduced taxation revenues in the short-
term from condominium conversion, the long-term
ripple effect would be that tourism would decline and
eventually the tax base. Pinellas County could lose as
much as $1.6 billion in tax revenues over a 20-year
period due to condominium conversion, the study said.
Essentially, said Schroder, CART would like to see
a 3 percent cap on property taxes similar to the "Save Our
Homes" legislation which limits homesteaded properties
to a maximum 3 percent annual increase in taxes.
The rising tax rate has made many of the smaller
businesses "economically unfeasible" to continue to
operate, Schroder said.
The CART study cited one Island motel owner
whose tax bill went from $20,000 to $42,000 in one
year. The owner could not offset that increase by sim-

Friendly greeting
Cheyanne Hojara gets a friendly greeting from
teacher Maureen Loveland as she enters her first
Anna Maria Elementary School class. Fo;: more on
the first day of school, see inside. Islander Photo:
Diana Bogan


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City accepts Negele

The long-standing legal battle between Susan
Negele and Anna Maria is apparently over.
In a shade meeting July 6, city coinmissioners
unanimously approved a settlement order in a court
judgment that will allow Negele to build a house on the
property at 107 Elm St. "within the window" estab-
lished in the settlement.
City Attorney Jim Dye said construction would
need to comply with all city and state regulations.
Negele sued the city and the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection four years ago, alleging
"inverse condemnation" in that the city and state had
"unfairly" prevented her from building on the prop-
erty, and has asked for monetary damages for loss of
No monetary damages were awarded in the final
settlement judgment.

CART focus of county attention
ply raising or doubling room rates.
"Rates are set well in advance, and you can't just
double them to offset increased taxes. With that kind
of tax increase, you get to a point where you can no
longer continue in business," he said.
That's already happened with several of the
smaller motels, and there are currently eight such prop-
erties for sale on the Island.
A central issue for CART is that property apprais-
ers throughout Florida are allowed'to assess property
at "best possible use," rather than actual use. On Anna
Maria Island, it's a "no-brainer" that condominiums
will have a higher value than a motel.
The valuation method and tax problem has been
recognized by State Sen. Mike Bennett and Rep. Bill
Galvano, Schroder said, and they both agree that
"something needs to be done and done quickly."'
Sthroder will present the CART study to Galvano
and Bennett later this week and discuss future actions
for tax relief.

Twilight's last draining
Crews from Goodloe Marine worked through the late evening hours one day last week to keep Anna Maria
Island beach renourishment on schedule. Islander Photo: Courtesy Tom Sprenger

Island renourishment

moving south on schedule

By Rick Catlin
SIslander Reporter
Renourishment of Anna Maria's Gulffront beaches
is on schedule, according to Larry Chapman of
Goodloe Marine, the Apollo Beach-based company
dredging the sand for the project.
"Things are going good," Chapman said, although.
the storm on Sunday, Aug. 7, halted operations for
about eight hours.
"We must have had 60 mph winds out there.dur-
ing the storm,", Chapman said. For the safety of the
crew and the equipment, operations were halted until

the storm had passed. "But we're back up and running
now and pretty much on schedule."
This past weekend, crews moved the pipes down
to 65th Street in-Holmes Beach and shortened the
beach area blocked off from the public by about 2,000
feet, he said. The fenced area may, however, have to be
expanded later this week as more pipe sections- are
added, he said. "But we'll try not to make the fence too
long or keep it in one place longer than we have to,"
Chapman pledged.
Currently, the fenced area runs from the beach at
66th Street to near the 62nd Street beach access.

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Mattick considering, Barford says no

Former Temple Terrace Mayor and current Anna
Maria planning and zoning board member Fran
Barford has no plans to run for the city commissionthis
November, even though current commissioner Carol
Ann Magill has announced she will not seek re-election
this fall.
S- Barford said that although she's owned a home in
Anna Maria for 18 years, she's not sure she meets the
two-year residency requirement for a commissioner.
-She and her family moved here permanently last year.
:Rather than ha\ e that as an issue in this year's election.
she said she'd wait until there was no question ofresi-
"But I do think I will run at some point in the fu-
ture," she added.
Resident Jo Ann Mattick, however, indicated she
imal throx her hat into the ring on Sept. 6.
"I'm debatinL \% whether or not to run. I'm waiting
to see \\ ho else will run. then I'll make a decision," she
SThree commission seats are up for election in .Anna
Maria. Current Cit\ Commission Chairperson John
Quam said he has not made a decision to seek a third
term. "It's still too early," he said. Commissioner Dale

Woodland has indicated he will seek another term.
In Holmes Beach, the three city commissioners
whose seats are up for election all indicated they would
seek another term. Commissioners Don Maloney,
Patrick Morton and Rich Bohnenberger all indicated
they would seek another term.
Incumbent Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie
'said he will run for re-election, while Commissioner
SJohn Shaunessy said he thought he would run again,
but was not definite. Commissioner Rob Nachtigal said
he would make decision in early September..
If Chappie is elected, it will be his last two-year
term in office. In Bradenton Beach, commissioners and
the mayor can serve only three consecutive terms be-
fore they must sit out at least one year before seeking
office again. There are no term limits in Anna Maria or
Holmes Beach.
Candidates seeking election in either Holmes
Beach or Anna Marid can qudiif ffronm noon Sept. 6 to
noon Sept.20, \ while in Bradenton Beach, the qualify-
ing period extends only from noon Sept. 19 to noon
Sept. 23.
The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 elec-
tions is Oct. 10.

Trolley shelters for Holmes Beach ,
Holmes Beach is in the process of constructing trolley shelters such as this one on the east side of East Bay
Drive at the Manatee Avenue intersection. Public Works Director Jbe Duennes said a single-wide shelter
costs $5,000 while a double- u'ide is $10,000. The city had $45,000 in its 2004-05 budget for the shelters and
Duennes has asked for $35,000 in the '005-06 budget for more shelters. Seven of the hurricane-proof shelters
have already been built this fiscal year. Islander Photo: Paul Roat

Voter numbers drop on Island
8 percent.
While the Island was losing voters, Manatee
County was gaiinng them at a phenomenal rate,
The total number of registered voters in the county
increased 11.8 percent between 2000 and 2005,jump-
- ing from 170,578 five years ago to 190,541 heading
Toward the November elections.
-Atthe same time, U.S. Department of Commerce
population estimates as of 2003 for Island cities com-
Spared with the official 2000 census count show Anna
Maria Island has had stagnant population growth the
past three years.
Overall, the Island's population increased by just
57 residents between 2000 and 2003, inching its way
up from 8,262 to 8,320, a gain of just 1.3 percent, ac-
cording to the census bureau.
The population estimates showed Holmes Beach
increased from 4,966 residents to 4,983, a jump of less
than 1 percent.
Bradenton Beach had the biggest population explo-
sion on the Island, rising from 1,482 people to 1,513,
an increase of 31 people, but under a 1-percent gain.
If that sounds like a people boom, it isn't. The 1990
SU.S. Census counted 1,657 people in Bradenton Beach.
The current population estimate represents a 10-percent
decline since 2000.
Anna Maria had no significant increase in popula-
tion, climbing from 1,814 people to 1,824 people in
three years.
During the same period, the population of Mana-
tee County has risen 13.6 percent, going from 264,002
to an estimated 300,000 residents at present.
So, where did the voters go?
"It's a bit strange," said Holmes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore.
"We don't have a lot of families moving in on a
permanent basis. Maybe it's because people are buy-
ing a second home in Holmes Beach, but are.registered
to vote elsewhere, and they were counted in the unof-

ficial census estimate as living here."
Whatever the answer, Whitmore is concerned.
Investors, she believes, are constantly buying,
homes and essentially converting them into seasonal or
weekly rental units. "I've been trying for years to re-
strict this type of activity so that our city's homes can't
function 'as motels," she said, all to no avail.
Whitmore is also worried that fewer and fewer
voters are deciding on important issues and electing
candidates to office. ,
"Will the day ever come when there's no one left
to vote or run for office? I hope not," she said.
The dramatic drop in voters on Anna Maria Island
in the past five years could give some credence to those
who are worried the Island will one day be just a gi-
gantic condominium for investors and winter visitors.
"I think it's all indicative.of the fact that the Island
is losing population to investors," Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney has said.
And he contended, it's all because of property values.
A house purchased on the Island in 2002 for
$200,000 is today worth well above $500,000, accord-
ing to one local real estate agent; The value is not in the
house, but in the land it occupies, the agent noted.
"People are selling their Island homes to investors,
taking the money and paying cash for a brand new
home in east Manatee County," and putting the re-
maining dollars in the bank, he added.
Indeed, said Maloney, "A lot of Islanders have
their retirement in the value of their'homes. When the
time comes, they're going to sell out, take that money
and retire somewhere less expensive. It's something
we all have to think about."
Mayor John Chappie of Bradenton Beach, whose
city has fewer than 1,000 registered voters and barely
1,500 residents, once said the city is in danger of be-
coming one large condominium.
"Just look around at all the small properties that
have been converted the past few years to condomini-
ums for rental units or second homes," he said. "We
are in serious danger of losing our voting and popula-
tion base."


Manatee County still

contender for Shack
By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Manatee County remains a strong contender
to buy the Seafood Shack in Cortez after a flurry
of activity and rumors and false alarms.
The prospect ;"is not scuttled, we're just on
the sidelines until we see the outcome of current
negotiations," said Jim Seuffert, director of the
county's financial management department.
OC\ ner Hami Jones said, "I'm negotiating with
several parties" interested in buying the Seafood
Shack. the lare restaurant on the waterfrontjust
north of the Cortez Bridge. "If those negotiations
dqn't result in a sale, theirthe county can step in."
In discussions over the past few weeks he
rejected a county proposal to submit a backup
offer in order to be assured of being first in line
behind the other prospective buyers.
"That wouldn't be fair to the people I've been
negotiating \\ ith for some months now," he said. "It
might be a conflict of interest, and it might make me
appear to not be negotiating in good faith, where I
have been up front with them and the county all
along." Others pointed out that a buyer would be
,reluctant to compete with the body that regulates
whatever might be planned for the property;
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heitage,
the main civic organization in the historic fishing
village, would like to partner with the county to
buy the property and convert it to a museum and
wooden boat-building and teaching facility, while
the county would likely put in boat-launching
ramps, ,said Karen Bell, treasurer of FISH.
SCounty Commissioner Jane von Hahmann,
who lives in Cortez, said the property "would be
very good for Cortez and the county both."
Jones said he considered the county next in line
if negotiations with the other prospective buyers fail.
"It would certainly be fine with me to have the
county end up with the property," he said.
Meanwhile, "I've been talking with two of
the prospect i e buyers for months and a third one
for much longer. I owe them their chance first,
He doesn't know how any of them would use
the Seafood Shack, he said, but all three have told
him they'd keep-the marina in operation. He
doesn't know the-fate in prospect for his Show-
boat seagoing dining room and party boat.
Nobody would discuss price, but Cortezians
speculate it is somewhere in the neighborhood of
$14.5 million.
Whoever gets the property, its acquisition
will be a long process, Jones,said, for both the
U.S. Coast-Guard and the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security would have to approve a new-
operator of the large stern-wheeler.


Anna Maria City
Aug.. 10, 6 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting
continued on compplan review. Agenda: Traffic, hous-
ing and infrastructure elements.
Aug. 17, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement'Committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.

Bradenton Beach
Aug. 10, 3 p.m., special city commission meeting.
Aug. 11, 4 p.m., special city commission meeting on
land development code changes.
Aug. 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Aug. 18, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
Aug. 11,7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Aug. 16,7 p.m., city commission work session on ca-
Aug. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
, - . . -. ,


Bradenton Beach conceptual pier plans OK'd

By Paul Roat
Plans have been approved for a big-
ger, better, bolder Bradenton Beach City
City commissioners last Thursday
approved conceptual plans drafted by
Sthe O'Brien and Smith architectural firm
for the pier, which is situated at the east
end of Biidge Street in Anna Maria
The plans include an extensive boat
dock along the south side of the pier sea-
ward of the rock revetment to link with
the city-owned dock near the pier itself.
There would also be a new, larger
restaurant with 60 seats inside and 56
seats outside, a revised entryway to the
pier to the south of the structure, and
stand-alone dockmaster and bait shop
O'Brien and Smith estimate the to-
tal cost of the project at about $516,000,
with $367,000 for the restaurant con-
struction and $148,000 for new docks
and the two added buildings. Emily
Anne Smith argued that the entire
project should be done at once rather
than in phases,. but commissioners
balked, due, in part, to costs.:
"I don't know where the.city can
come up with the money" to do the
whole project at once, Commissioner
John Shaughnessy said. "I think we
should concentrate on getting the restau-
rant open, then maybe look to get grants
to do the other things."
The former restaurant was closed
Sept. 10, 2004, after Hurricane Frances
damaged the structure. Later inspections
determined that most of the building
would have to be demolished due to
safety concerns. '
Architect Tom O'Brien said that
pier supports under the deck would also
probably need to be replaced and bol-
stered before any construction could be
Commissioner Lisa Maria Phillips
said she had concerns regarding the
change in the entryway from the current
pathway through the restaurant for fish-
ers to a southerly fisher entrance.
"I see the pier as the archway to the
city," she said. "I'm going to miss going
through the pier entrance to get to the
deck. Something about blocking it off
just doesn't sit well with 'me."
Smith said the southerly plan was
produced based on prior commission

Resident James Brown said that, as
a Pines Trailer Park resident, he was
"the closest neighbor to the pier." He
had concerns about the dumpsters being
so close to his home, as well as the res-,
taurant fan blowing hot air onto'his
property. Commissioners agreed to take
his concerns into consideration as the
pier plans become more finalized.
Building Official Ed Mc Adam also
had a number of concerns regarding the
preliminary drawings, all of which were
agreed to by commissioners and the ar-
,- The plan approval is the first of
what promises to be a long process be-
fore the pier restaurant in open again.
Smith estimated that it would take about
nine months to go out to bid on the con-
struction, demolish the existing build-
ing, repair the'decking and build a new
restaurant building.
Permits from the myriad federal,
state, regional and local agencies will
also need to be granted.
Public Works Director Dottie
Poindexter said that since the new
southerly entrance will have a cantile-
vered deck that will add to the shade
over the water, thereby possibly impact-
ing seagrass beds near the pier, permits
will need to be granted by the sovereign
land division of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and the
Southwest Florida Water Management
The U.S. Coast Guard will also need
to give its blessing on the project, she
said, as well as Manatee County, since
the city is operating the pier through a
Lease with the county.
Vice Mayor Bill Shearon, who is the
liaison to the pier, said he would provide
the city commission with a "game plan"
for the permitting and bidding process by
the Aug. 18 city commission meeting.

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Islander Photo: Jack Elka .

Commissioners voted unanimously
to approve the conceptual plans, with
Mayor John Chappie recusing himself

due to a conflict of interest his fam-
ily has retained O'Brien and Smith for a
home renovation project.

For Florence, Ky.: No 'mo 'flo, but for Holmes Beach ...

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Florence, Ky., city council member
Melodie Merrell, who made headlines
locally when she nearly got the boot
from the June 14 Holmes Beach city
commission meeting, has resigned from
the Florence City Council.
According to the July 28 issue of the
Kentucky Enquir'er, Merrell resigned

due to "continuing personal problems."
Although Merrell was in her fourth
term as a council member, she had at-
tended only four of the 18 council meet-
ings since her election last November.
While she may have bypassed a few
Florence meetings, she didn't miss the
Holmes Beach meeting June 14, when
her actions prompted Commissioner
Roger Lutz to suggest that the police be

called to show her the door. Merrell,
who owns a condominium on Perico Is-
land, had chastised the comniission for
allowing Mayor Carol Whitmore to
speak on issues when she has no vote on
the commission.
The Enquirer said Merrell has been
spending most of her time in Florida.
Efforts to reach Merrell for com-
ment were unsuccessful.

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Latest Anna Maria City-parking plan under fire

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
To the surprise of absolutely no one who has lived
in Anna Maria longer than three months, the latest pro-
posal to solve the city's decades-old parking problems
came in for some severe criticism from the public and
at least one commissioner at the city commission's
Aug. 4 workshop, putting the entire plan in jeopardy..
Parking Plan C, the latest in a series of about 417
parking proposals to solve the parking issue, was a
compromise solution offered by Commissioner Duke
Miller where streets in the beach access zone would
have parking on one side of the street for one year, then
have that parking switched to the other side for a year.
Commissioner Linda Cramer, who lives on Pal-
metto Avenue in the BAZ, said a large number of resi-
dents on.her street and others in the BAZ are prepar-
ing petitions to challenge Plan C, and she's in agree-
"Under the circumstances, [we] feel Plan C is re-
strictive and [we] are not in favor of open parking."
She said a number of BAZ residents opposed to the

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
With 350 hatchlings digging out and scrambling
into the Gulf, the 2005 marine turtle hatching season
is under way in earnest on Anna Maria Island.
They came from four nests that had been under
x after that Hurricane Dennis drove ashore, said Suzi
Fox, who holds the state marine turtle preservation
Actually, there were 352 hatchlings, ,he said -
"One nest had two rufits at the bottom, and we took
them to Mote to keep them healthy." Mote Marine
Laboratory has treatment facilities for most sea life.
"They were healthy, though smaller than their
siblings," she said. "Maybe they woke up late and
missed the exodus. One had an undeveloped flipper,
so Mote will keep it going until the flipper ma-
Ultimately Mote will release the two with a
clutch of other babies when all are mature enough
to survive the rigors of the Gulf of Mexico.
A couple of new nests over the weekend

plan are not in the city in August, and the commission was
not giving these residents an "opportunity" to voice their
opinion. "It's not fair to the residents," she said.
Cramer,also opposed allowing any exceptions to the
plan, while Commissioners Dale Woodland, Carol Ann
Magill and Commission Chairperson John Quam were in
favor of granting exceptions. Commissioner Duke Miller,
author of Plan C, was absent from the meeting.
Cramer said the push from residents she's talked to
is for permit parking for residents. A petition opposing
the plan signed by seven Palmetto Avenue residents
was presented at city hall after the meeting.
Magill replied she had her own parking plan.
"TCB," which stands for take care of business. If the
commission is going to push for resident-only parking,
then she wants to remove ll the "non-legal no parking
signs and debate the issue for another five years."
Quam, however, noted that a petition is only a re-
quest. ''
True, responded Cramer. "bit these are real people
who live on the streets in the beach access zone."
If Plan.C is approved by the commission, she

brought the total for Anna Maria Island beaches to
92, which gives hopes of matching last year's 104,
Fox said. Along with the new nests were 93 false
crawls, zipper-like tracks left by prospective moth-
ers that changed their minds and went back home to
the Gulf.
Volunteers of the Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch are keeping an especially close watch on
other nests that were under Dennis's water. If they
fail to hatch about 70 days after the eggs were laid,
the volunteers will excavate them to see if there is
any hope of life there.:
Three turtles were found stranded on the
Island's beach over the weekend, two of them dead
Kemps Ridleys and one a loggerhead that lived. All
were taken to Mote.
SMeanwhile, the raccoons that dug up nests and
dined on turtle eggs a week ago have been thwarted,
at least for now, by heavy screening placed over
vulnerable nests on Coquina Beach.
Additional information on Island sea turtle nest-
ing may be obtained by calling 778-5638.

added, it will open up "Pandora's Box," because the
city doesn't have the infrastructure to support open
public parking.
Quam said Plan C is fair to all BAZ residents'. The
commission should enact the plan as an ordinance and
if it doesn't work, start over.
That brought up a response from Woodland, who
said he had two other parking plans he was ready to
propose if Plan C is' rejected or doesn't work.
Make those Anna Maria parking plans No. 418 and
Some property owners in the BAZ sided with
Cramer and opposed Plan C.
Karen DiCostanzo said that while Miller's plan
was "well-intentioned," it is "imprisoning" residents in
the BAZ. If the commission is going to make excep-
tions to Plan C and allow residents on some streets to
have open parking, why not allow residents on other
streets to opt for no parking?
Not going to happen, responded Quam.
But this is so complicated, said DiCostanzo. "I just
don't get it. You don't have the problems we do."
Dicostanzo presented a petition signed by 23 vari-
ous residents of. North Shore Drive, Gladiolus, Jacar-
anda Street and Fern Street who are against the plan.
Spruce Avenue resident Stepanie Fisher also op-
posed the plan, noting that if the city is inviting the
public to park, then it should provide public facilities
such as bathrooms, showers and changing areas.
Quam, however, maintained Plan C will evenly
distribute parking in the BAZ and moved the first read-
ing of the ordinance to the commission's Aug. 25 meet-
ing.Woodland and Magillagreed.
Residents who want open parking on their particu-
lar street should present a petition at that meeting, he
The commission also rebuffed an effort by Cramer
to have city planner Alan Garrett at the Aug. 25 meet-
ing to discuss how the parking plan meets the traffic
element in the city's comprehensive plan. After that
decision, Cramer left the meeting before it was ad-
journed, but said later that she departed early because
she had a meeting to attend.
She added that she expects residents from a num-
ber of BAZ streets such as Spruce, Gladiolus, Fern,
Jacaranda, Elm and Sycamore to attend the Aug. 25
meeting and voice opposition to Plan C.
Cramer will again oppose the plan at that meeting.
"All I want to do is go back to our original report
from Baskerville-Donovan Inc., which said few city
streets are suitable for public parking," Cramer said.
She also noted that BDIs first recommendation in its
parking report two years ago was for permit parking
and to centralize public parking at city hall.

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Would but?
CART has received the first blessing and perhaps
the first step toward a hoped retention of the "old
Florida" look of Anna Maria Island.
CART is the acronym for Coalition Against Run-
away Taxation. It was formed earlier this year after
several business owners on the Island vocally com-
plained about the county property appraiser assessing
their land in accordance with its "highest and best use"
- generally condominiums in lieu of its current use
- generally the quaint mom-and-pop motels that help
create much of the Island's ambiance.
With the higher assessed valuation come higher
property taxes. Much, much higher.
At least one business saw its property taxes jump
from $20,000 to $42,000 in one year. "Economically
unfeasible" is a gross understatement.
And so the little motels are indeed under threat to
become what they have been deemed to be by the prop-
erty appraiser condos.
And with that change, some see less rentals and,
therefore, fewer visitors who come to the Island to fuel
the economy.
Enter CART. The group lobbied to have the assess-
ments not to reflect the highest and best use, but cur-
rent use. No go it would take a change in state law,
something that would probably require a constitutional
amendment and could take years and years.
How about hairing the county OK a cap of 3 per-
cent per year of taxes for properties that qualify? CART
asked the Manatee County Commission last week.
We'll take a look and see, the board agreed. -
It's a good move that may set a statewide precedent
if approved.
We're not alone in the problem. Virtually every
coastal community is seeing skyrocketing taxes due to
soaring property values. We probably all know some-
one who has sold property on the Island for a huge
profit and moved to the mainland to enjoy the proceeds.
For the Island to maintain its quiet charm, it must
retain its smaller resorts. But the smaller resorts can't
continue to exist if they're being taxed to death.
CART's suggestion to cap the tax rate is sound and
a needed revision to county law..We urge the county
commission to vigorously pursue the continuation of
"our little secret."
Would that the state legislature consider the oft-
proposed transfer of the cap onr homestead exemptions
we could all rest a little easier.
And would that CART could flex some muscle on
what could be a really big tax-savings for Islanders -
After all, 'tis the season for tax and budget.

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Lunch, anyone?
In May I determined to begin a series of eclectic
lunches. I would invite small groups of involved citi-
zens and bring them together in the beautiful dining
area of the Beach Bistro with great food and worth-
while and productive discussion.
One of the first of these lunches featured Don
Maloney, a bright star of Irish wit and conversation. He
invited an eclectic group of friends to talk of an impor-
tant issue- island consolidation.
To now discover that I am charged by the Island
mayors with hosting a secretive and somehqw subver-
sive meeting is ludicrous.
Consolidation is an important issue. If Island tax-
payers do not begin to speak with one strong voice, we
will be defenseless against what is rapidly becoming an
eastern Manatee development juggernaut.
We should all be meeting over lunch or coffee and
talking of the importance of consolidation. It's how
democracy works.
Sean Murphy, Holmes Beach
Some bothersome things
We own two condos in Bradenton Beach and have
enjoyed Anna Maria Island since 1992. I have always
wanted to voice my opinion on a few topics so I thought
I would write to you and see if what bothers me also both-
ers others. Maybe they might make their feelings known
and something may happen. What bothers me...
People who leave their beach equipment out on the
beach overnight chairs, umbrellas etc. with com-
plete disregard for nesting turtles. Why can't we authorize
confiscation, sell them and give the money to charity?
Seaweed on the beach why can't we operate like
so many other resort areas and have a tractor drag the
beach daily when needed to clear our beautiful
beaches? Our property taxes are going through the roof,
so don't tell me there isn't any money to do so. Let's
get Manatee County to put back some money into Anna
Maria Island since we are its "cash cow."
The last thing, is smokers who leave their cigarette

butts in the sand. What are they thinking? The beach is not
a big ashtray. Don't you wonder how these morons were
brought up? It's a fact that on average a smoker's educa-
tional level is less than a nonsmoker's. Maybe that ex-
plains this stupid act.
Wow I feel better. I wonder if these items bother
JeffSobecki, Lakeland

Defense of Australian pine
Currently there is an effort to remove Australian
pines from our Florida beaches and roadways. The rea-,
son behind this effort has been put forth that they are
not native to Florida. Are we to remove the Alexandra
palm, which also came from Australia as did the fish-
tail palm? The Norfolk Island pine and the Umbrella
(Schefflera) are also from Australia.
May I list other trees that are not native to Florida:
The orange, the loquat and the kumquat came from
China; the grapefruit originated in the West Indies; the
calamondin from the Philippines; the lemon from Asia
and India; the Persian lime from southern Asia as did
the Key lime and the banana.
Some of our streets are lined with crape myrtle,
which is native to India and southern Asia. The guava
came from Mexico and Central America, the mango
from India and southern Asia; the avocado and papaya
are from Mexico; the edible fig is froin Asia; the
carambola is from Malaysia; the pygmy date palm
came from Asia and Africa; the queen palm is from
Brazil and Argentina; the king sago from Japan; the
banyan is from East India; the jacaranda is from Bra-
zil; and the royal Poinciana is from Madagascar.
Some of the natives to Florida are the sea grape, the
silver palm, Sargent's cherry palm, the royal palm, the
thatch palm, the gumbo limbo trees.
My point is: If we remove all the Australian pines,
will we then go to the next non-native and then on down
the list? Do we denude the state entirely of all our favor-
ite flowering trees? Does that include the citrus ?
Marcia Clark, Bradenton (formerly Anna Maria)


By Bonner Joy
First study, then vote?
Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney
headed a meeting at Beach Bistro with constituents
who share the common goal of consolidation of the
three Island cities Saturday --an open meeting and
luncheon that few folks other than media representa-
tives attended.
It was, just the same, a good discussion surround-
ing the future of consolidation of the Island cities, Anna
Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach.
And lunch was excellent.
Maloney emphasized that "positive leadership" for
consolidation was his "mission." He pointed out that the
three cities have a $13-plus million combined budget and
Longboat Key's budget of slightly more than $14 million
also includes the town's fire and rescue services..
Maloney had further concerns that the mayors of
Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach had not yet put the
referendum language on a meeting agenda for consid-
eration, although Holmes Beach would address the
topic Aug. 9 and Anna Maria agreed to hold two pub-
lic workshops on Aug. 23.
Don Knode took The Islander's lead and followed
up on reporter Rick Catlin's conversation with Harry
Hayes of the Georcia Institute of Government, who had
said his office h. done numerous consolidation stud-
ies. Knode said Hayes would be willing to "preview"
the three cities' budgets and then make an "issues as-
sessment" on a visit to Anna Maria Island where he
would expect to meet with individuals from the cities
appointed to a joint consolidation study committee.
Knode said Hayes could accomplish a preliminary
report in timefor the November election if the three
cities can "agree."
However, Maloney was somewhat convinced by
conversation at the meeting that focused on elected of-
ficials taking responsibility for authorizing the study
process and funding which was loosely estimated by
Hayes to be $35,000 for an in-depth facilitation report.

"Elected officials should first study, then ask vot-
ers for a decision," said committee member Bonner
Joy, publisher of The Islander. "You're elected to
make those decisions."
Maloney agreed to first approach his commission
at its Aug. 9 meeting, and then proceed to attend the
other two cities' upcoming commission.meetings with
a new consolidation concept.
He later said that of those constituents "indicating
their concerns" to him, it appeared to them a "yes" vote
would give elected officials of each city "free rein.to
expend funds to retain consultants to analyze the con-.
solidation pros and cons. And so they asked me, 'In-
stead first tell us what that consultation would cost.'"
Maloney said he would ask his commission Tues-
day not to vote on tie current referendum question, and
to instead "offer a resolution that w would not require any
vote except from us. a resolution that \ ould allow us
to look into the cost of a feasibility study, perform the
necessary study and THEN ask for other approval of

School supplies get kids
in Mote Aquarium free
Youngsters who bring a donation of school
supplies to Mote Marine Aquarium will be
admitted free to help a local children's organi-
zation, Mote has announced.
They will get in without charge when they
bring their donation of school supplies and
come with a paying adult. The Mote aquarium
is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the
year. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for chil-
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The Mote campus is at 1600 Ken Thompson
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Citizens lament consolidation

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Ten years ago in the Aug. 10, 1995,
issue of The Islander,
headlines announced that:
Repairs to the Cortez Bridgethat result in closure of
the entire bridge to vehicle traffic during October were
scheduled to start this week. The $3 million project is
funded'by the Florida Department of Transportation.
The Bradenton Beach City Commission waived
a $2,000 special exception fee to expand a personal
sailboat rental business after the owner said he had
been waiting five years for the commission to act on a
prior request for a special exception.
Holmes Beach citycommissioners returned the
proposed T-end canal ordinance to a work session af-
ter some members at the first reading said they had not
had enough time to study the ordinance. The ordinance
is designed to solve the city's problem of allowing boat
owners to rent docks on city'property.


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Debris removal

ordinance 'draconian'
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
An ordinance proposed by Anna Maria city staff
and Mayor SueLynn that in part could allow the city to
confiscate property following an emergency such as a
hurricane met with staunch opposition from two city
commissioners at the commission's Aug. 4 workshop.
The debris mitigation ordinance would require
property owners to secure outside objects such as fur-
niture, hanging plants, real estate signs and other items
prior to an emergency that could potentially be blown
away and damage other property. Under the proposed
ordinance, the city could confiscate the offending prop-
erty and.levy a fine against the property owner.
The ordinance was the result of the debris damage
from the four hurricanes that passed near the Island last
"Sound like draconiari measures," said Commis-
sioner Dale Woodland, who thought it was unreason-
able for the city to confiscate personal property, He
favored educating property owners, not grabbing their
Building Official Kevin Donohue noted that con-
fiscation is "only an option" in the ordinance. but prop-
ert\ owners need to secure their property, even if they
.are on actionn or are non-resident owners.
Still, added W\oodland, it's a bit "heavy-handed."
He did, however, agree that construction sites should
be secured and free from possible flying debris prior to
severe storm situations.
Mayor SueLynn said the proposed ordinance is
"for the protection of everybody." The message is to
"take care of your property" in an emergency.
'Commissioner Carol Ann Magill agreed with most
of the ordinance, but sided with Woodland on the "con-
fiscation" issue.
Some changes will be made in the ordinance before
its ready for a first reading.

Occupational license fee
SueLynn said City Attorney Jim Dye should have
an ordinance ready allowing the city to charge a fee for
business/home occupational licenses. The fee will be
nominal, she said, and suggested a $5 annual charge.
The city used to charge an occupational license tax,
but that was thrown out by the Florida Legislature af-
ter it was discovered the city had passed that ordinance
after the date allowed by the-legislature.
The new ordinance, while not a major revenue
generator, will allow the city to keep track of who is
operating what business from a residence.

Right-of-way use permit
An ordinance requiring a permit for people who
want to operate in the city right of way was revised
after a suggestion by'Magill to make contractors who
damage city streets liable for costs. A great amount of

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On the road, again
JD lII hir is on the road again thanks to the generosity of the Island community. White's red bike, similar to
his new blue one, was stolen this summer when he left it outside while visiting a frteniid's home. Unable to walk
long distances due to cerebral palsy, the bike helps White tool around the Island with the same freedom other
kids have. He hopes now that if his old bike turns up in good condition, he can donate it to another person
with special needs. The White family would like to thank the following Islanders for helping JD regain his
freedom:. Sean Murphy, Susan Timmins, Elaine Pilger, Steve and Joann Doyle, Louie Shippenskino of New
Jersey, Marcia Maitick of Tropical Eats and Treats, J. r,, and Pattyat AMI Vid,- Joann of Circle K, Time
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damage to several city streets has been done by heavy
trucks traveling to and from a construction site, she
said. The ordinance will be reworded and presented
again at the commission's September workshop, the
mayor said.

The commission also agreed it was better to pur-
chase a used generator for about $15,000 than to rent
one during every hurricane season for $1,800 a month
for two or three months, just in case of an emergency.
Buying a generator is "cheaper in the long run,"
said resident Margaret Jenkins.
Public Works Director George McKay suggested
renting or buying a generator after city hall lost power
for about three days following Hurricane Charley last

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Gladiolus drainage
Tom Wilcox of Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the
city's engineering firm, gave commissioners an update
on the Gladiolus Street drainage project.
The latest plans represent the third revision, said
Wilcox, and he hopes a number of objections raised by
residents at the south end of Gladiolus have been an-
Not all the trees in the city alleyway along Gladi-
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Wilcox noted, but the "grand" trees that have stood for
years, ill remain. In addition, a drive-over has been
Residents at the south end of Gladiolus, however,
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Bradenton Beach gets grant for waterfront

Bradenton Beach has received a Waterfronts
Florida designation from the Florida Department of
Community Affairs. which offers two sears of grant
funding with a local match to improve the work-
ing waterfront of the citN.
State funding for the first year is $10.000. with a20-
Spercent local match required: the state's $25.000 grant for
the second year requires a 100-percent local match.
"The program was created to pro% ide support,
training, inno\aii\e technical assistance, and limited
financial assistance to communities striving to revital-
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eas w which have a tradition of ,\ ater-dependent activ-
ity," according to Waterfronts Florida.
The program is divided into three phases over a
two-year period of time. The first phase is organiza-
tional, where a work plan is de% eloped, a Waterfronts
Florida program manager retained, and a committee
formed. Training is also offered during this part of the
Project. Also \\ within this period is the identification of
the w waterfront area to be addressed.
Phase two is called the -"isualization" period.
where the community becomes inv ol\ed with the pro-
gram to determine how the identified waterfront area
is to appear or evolve.
Phase three is implementation of the plan.

Drainage on Gladiolus draws ire

north end of the street to their back yards.
Charles Jones of Gladiolus Street said the city is
not considering the fact that south Gladiolus Street does
not have a problem. "You are just sending the water
down to our end, where there is no problem. Keep it at
the north end."
Not so, responded Wilcox. There are a series of
flood locks and basins where the water will drain be-
fore it reaches the south end of the street. After rains,
there should be "no more water [at the south end] than
at present."

City pier and maintenance
McKay said he metwith the city pier manager and
lessee and they have agreed to a schedule of repairs for the
pier that will be completed by the end of September.



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Cortez turn lane job starts next week

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
Work will begin on schedule next Monday, Aug.
15, on the big road construction project in Cortez, but
it won't be very noticeable for awhile.
Florida Department of Transportation spokesper-
son Cindy Clement-Adante said early attention will be
underground, marking with flags the locations of utili-
ties involved in the construction.
Next comes excavation and.the big chore of wid-
ening Cortez road to accommodate the 12-foot-wide
left-turn lane down its center from 119th Street to just
east of the Cortez Bridge.

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FEMA mum on Dan McDonald

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Dan McDonald of the Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency remains a mystery, an enigma, pos-
sibly a figment of someone's imagination, maybe a
DisneyWorld employee, or somebody who may have
simply been spit out by the Bermuda Triangle.
According to Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn and
Rose Quin-Bare of Waste Management Inc., FEMA
representative Dan McDonald came to Anna Maria on
Sept. 8,2004, and gave the seal of approval to the city's
emergency debris-removal contract with WMI. Quin-
Bare said when she called FEMA to send a represen-
tative to review the contract, McDonald was the guy
who showed up (The Islander, July 27).
McDonald, according to SueLynn, said the con-
tract was OK with his agency and the city would be re-
imbursed by FEMA for paying WMI to haul debris

Carrie Price, artist-in-residence at Palmetto El-
ementary School last year, is pictured here with
students participating in a class project.

'Kid's Super Fun' classes set
Carrie Price will bring "Kid's Super Fun Art"
classes to the Anna Maria Art League starting Monday,
Aug. 15.
The classes will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday
and run for five weeks. Cost is $85 for members, $94
for nonmembers: Pre-registration is required. The
classes will be at the league's gallery, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach.
They will focus on "learning to use a variety of ma-
terials and tools, asserting creative ideas and having fun
making art," said Price.
Details are available at 778-2099 and e-mail

after emergencies such as Charley and the other hurri-
canes that brushed the area last year.
When SueLynn submitted the city's $53,000 bill
for reimbursement to FEMA, she got a surprise. Not
only did FEMA 'deny all but $19,000 of the bill, the
agency also claimed their Dan McDonald had never
been to Anna Maria.
SueLynn, Quin-Bare and a county representative
said the Dan McDonald who showed up in Anna Maria
that day was tall and.slim with wavy hair.
Not our guy, said FEMA. Their Dan McDonald is
short, heavy-set and does not have wavy hair.
Reached for comment at FEMA, a man who iden-
tified himself as Dan McDonald said he could not an-
swer questions from the media and referred all inquires
to the FEMA press office.
Asked if he had attended a meeting in Anna Maria
with Quin-Bare and SueLynn, McDonald, if that was
his name, responded "I can't answer your questions."
Numerous efforts to elicit a response from FEMA
on whether or not their Dan McDonald had ever been
to Anna Maria were likewise unsuccessful.-
"I don't have that information," said Eugene
Brezany of the FEMA media relations office in Or-
"Our feeling is youhave some specious account.
It's compelling, but we advise you to ask the mayor for
further verification." Brezany could not even confirm
that Dan McDonald works for FEMA.
In other words, FEMA did not answer the basic
question: "Did a Dan McDonald of FEMA attend a
meeting in Anna Maria with SueLynn and Quin-Bare
on Sept. 8, 2004."
Asked to have the real Dan McDonald contact this
newspaper, Brezany declined.
SFEMA is not trying to cover up anything, he indi-
cated, but the information requested is not available.
Huh! Enter the Twilight Zone.
SueLynn said WMI has asked State Rep. Bill
Galvano to look into the incident and he, in turn, has
contacted U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris for help.
"I'd really like to know exactly what's going on,"
the mayor said. FEMA seems to be "questioning" her
account and she "resents the implication." She noted
that the description of Dan McDonald and what he said
on Sept. 8, 2004, has been corroborated by two other
"This is very frustrating because they won't pro-
duce him. I signed that contract based upon input from
a Dan McDonald of FEMA. Who was that guy? It's a
real mystery as to what's going on."
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Whitney Hayes is the recipient for the first Anna
Maria Island Rotary Club scholarship was initiated
under the club presidency of Steven Schulter.
Whitney is the daughter of Ron and Kathy Hayes.
She attends the University of Florida where she is ma-
joring in speech pathology. After graduating with her
four-year degree, she plans to continue working to-
wards a master's degree and eventually work with chil-
The scholarship award is $2,000 and the scholar-

ship committee said the decision was difficult because
each applicant was so outstanding and so deserving.
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Anna Maria budget woes continue

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners were stung with
another budget crisis at their Aug. 2 workshop.
Just when commissioners thought they might be able
to add a portion of the $1.7 million in needed road repairs
to the budget, pay for that by establishing a line of credit,
and keep the current millage rate of 2.0, Commission
Chairperson John Quam informed the commission that
there was a $135,000 error in revenues in the budget.
The city has a matching grant for a drainage project
on Gladiolus Street from the Southwest Florida Water
Management District for $270,000, with the city's portion
$135,000. Swiftmud is to reimburse the city $135,000, and

Tingley closed
Thursday, Friday
The Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton
Beach will be closed Thursday and Friday, Aug.
11-12, due to resurfacing of the parking lot.
Library Board Chair Cotty Johnson said any
fines on overdue books or tapes would -not be
assessed during the closure. The library, at 111
Second St. N., will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Library hours at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-
Saturday. Further information is available at 779-

Comic creator talks.
Comic book creator Bruce Allen Wallis will outline
the history of the medium and how to make them when
he speaks at the Island Branch Library Wednesday, Aug
The creator of the Muggs Mulcher books will ap-
pear on the weekly teens' program at 5:30 p,.m. in the
library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Details
may be obtained at 778-6341.

Yoga class schedule set
The schedule for summer and fall yoga classes at
the Anna Maria Island Art League has been announced
by teacher Preston A. Whaley Jr.:
Monday and Thursdays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and
5:15 to 6:45 p.m. for classes in'beginning to interme-
diate students. Rates are $10 for drop-ins, $45 for five-
session pass, $80 for 10-session pass.
The classes will be at the league's quarters, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Details may be obtained
by phoning 778-3996.

the budget noted that as revenue to offset the expenditure.
Oops! Quam found the $135,000 had been inad-
vertently put in the budget twice.
That prompted Mayor SueLynn to present a new pro-
posed 2005-06 budget with $135,000 slashed from the
previous proposal, but keeping the millage rate at 2.23.
Commissioners, however, are opposed to increas-
ing taxes at the same time the city establishes a line of
credit to pay for the much-needed road improvements.
The commission was able to reduce expenses in the
new draft budget by only $29,000, but Quam noted that
if the line item for debt service were reduced by $50,000
(from its proposed $250,000 level), the city would have
slashed $89,000, making the millage rate 2.1.
"I would be satisfied at 2.1 mills and the debt ser-
vice if we can get some of these capital improvement
projects done," said Quam.
Commissioner Dale Woodland, however, main-
tained his stance that he could not support putting the
city into debt and raising the millage rate any amount,
even to 2.1. At a 2.23 village rate, that's nearly a 30
percent increase in taxes over the rollback millage rate,
he said.
The commission has to make-some tough decisions
about expenses and borrowing, he noted, claiming
there are a number of areas the commission should
consider for budget cuts, such as staff salary and ex-
S"This is not what I want to do, this is what I have
to do to get a budget I can live with. I have a real prob-
lem with.a 30 percent tax increase," he said.
Among the budget cuts made Aug. 2 were $3,500
for new chairs for the public at the commission cham-
ber, a reduction in staff overtime, and a drop from
$13,500 to $8,500 in the requested environmental edu-
cation and enhancement committee's requested budget.
The commission considered eliminating the $60,000
budgeted for a new roof on the city hall, but Commis-
sioner Linda Cramer refused to consider that elimination.
A new roof on city hall is long overdue, she said.
The latest revised budget has $2.6 million in ex-
penses, up 14 percent from the 2004-05 figure of $2.26
million, but down from the original proposal of $2.75
The commission scheduled its fourth budget
worksession for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30, with the focus to
be on a line of credit and how much the line item for
debt service in the budget should be, Quam said.
The budget has to be ready by 6:30 p.m. Wednes-
day, Sept. 7, the date of the first public hearing on the
2005-06 budget.

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In memory of Bridget Miller

By Thomas Aposporos
Islander Intern Reporter
When I last spoke to Bridget, it was a mere three
or four days before she was to make a trip across the
country from Colorado to Anna Maria. The likely plan
was that she and her best friend would rent my family's
duplex for a couple of months. She was excited about
returning here to see some of her closest friends and to
settle again on Anna Maria Island.
I didn't have a chance to speak to her again.
Instead, a call onthe morning of Aug. 2 informed
me that Bridget and some friends had been in a car
accident on the way back from the airport, and that
Bridget had been killed. At that moment, the dominant
thought in my mind was that something like this
couldn't have happened again. It was little more than
two years ago when another close friend of both mine
and Bridget's, Ryan Keller, was killed in a similarly
unpredictable scenario.
It was with that initial experience of loss that my
friends and I first had to grapple with ideas such as
mortality, and the incredible fragility of life.
S It's strange to reflect on the times that came before all
Sof that, when the concept of death was something so for-
eign to me, as it no doubt had been to most of my friends.
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Bridget was a unique indi-
vidual. She started out life want- .
ing to be a veterinarian and later
on decided that she'd like to be a
nurse. Whatever the career idea,
there was always an emphasis on
helping others. This sense of al-
truism probably explains why
she could so easily befriend new Bridget Miller-
people. As her family here on the
Island put it, "Bridget loved the Island and the fact that she
was so close to her friends here. She had a wonderful sense
of humor and was able to find laughter in everything; there
were countless inside jokes that she shared with her
friends. No matter where she was, she was liked by the
people that met her. She had a great soul."
Her mother, who lives in Colorado and with whom
Bridget spent a lot of time in the past year, said that
Bridget always seemed to be able to sense the inner
essence of people and was drawn to the kindness she
felt in others. "She connected to people based on what
she saw on the inside."
Bridget always had a fondness for art of all kinds. She
loved movies and music, and attended as many concerts

Bridget Miller of Anna Maria will not have died in
vain. Her young life will be immortalized by donations
in her memory to a special scholarship fund established
by the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
Bridget was killed in a car accident Tuesday, Aug.
3, in the early morning hours, just after she arrived at
the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on a flight
from Colorado and a visit with her mother.
Bridget was a passenger, and the only seriously
injured party in the car driven by friend Lillie Marnie,
also of Anna Maria. The other vehicle in the crash
made impact with Marnie's car precisely where Bridget
was seated in the rear seat. Her injuries were numerous
and life-saving efforts at the scene of the crash were
futile. Her aorta had been "nicked" and she was pro-
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as she could. She also had.great talent for both drawing
and painting. Not long ago she told me that she'd like to
become involved in art therapy. She wAs-always creative
with the clothes that she wore, too, ripping them and then
sewing them back together with patches and such. Maybe
it was this creative streak that caused her to be as outspo-
ken as she was at times, always honest about her feelings,
a rare and endearing quality.
Bridget had many friends in the area, and here are
some of their thoughts:
"She was the kind of person that you fell in love
with the minute you met her."
"Bridget absolutely had a heart of gold."
"She could make even the smallest thing seem
"She lit up a room."
"She was a loving, caring and forgiving person."
"She made you feel like you wanted to take care of
"Bridget was truly one of God's special creatures.
Unique in a way like no one else I've ever known."
When I look.at the note that Bridget wrote to a teacher
during her sophomore year, I can only think that it encom-
passes many aspects of her character. In particular, it
shows the sincerity, quirkiness, sense of humor and the
kindness that I came to know Bridget by.
I, along with so many others, will miss her more
than words can express.

gathered later that day at the Millers' Anna Maria home
with dad Dennis and stepmom Diana, and their blended
family, including older brother Dennis, 22, who flew
home from New York City, Brendan 17, Carissa, 16,
and Max, 9. Mother Sandy King flew in from Colorado
where Bridget has. three half-sisters,- Catherine,
Rebecca and Rachel. Many more family members and
friends began arriving for support.
Everyone sought to make sense of a senseless trag-
edy. Bridget's friends "migrated" to us, Diana said.
They just kept showing up at the door until there were
about 12 of her friends gathered at the Miller house
Tuesday night. "Some of the them weren't even
friends, but they left our house with their love for
Bridget as their bond," she-said.
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Grace C. Brausch
Grace C. Brausch, 97, of Holmes Beach, died
Aug. 8.
Mrs. Brausch was born in Richmond Hill, N.Y.,
and moved to Manatee County from Baldwin, N.Y., in
1970. She was retired from the Cadillac Motor Com-
pany in Jamaica, N.Y., where she had worked for many
years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern
Star in New York. She was a Lutheran.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug.
12, at the mausoleum chapel of Skyway Memorial
Gardens, 5200 U.S. Highway 19, Palmetto. Bradenton
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her cousin Norman Kaessinger
of New Hyde Park, Long Island, N.Y.
Carl H. Hoffmann
Carl H. Hoffmann, 63, of Bradenton, died July 28.
Born in Paterson, NJ., Mr. Hoffmann came to
Manatee County from there in the mid-1970s. He
served in the U.S. Army. He was a small-engine me-
chanic. He was Baptist.
No services were scheduled. Memorial contributions
may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown and Sons Funeral
Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 20 years Charleen; sis-
ters Hilda O'Brien and Carol Auld, both of Venus, Fla.;
brother Harold of AnnaMaria Island; and mother Mar-.
garet of Venus.
Sylvia Huffman-Collins
Sylvia'Huffman-Collins, 69, of Longboat Key,
died July 31.
Born in Astoria, N.Y., Mrs. Huffman-Collins came
to Manatee County from Point Pleasant, W. Va., in
1965. She was retired from Sarasota Memorial Hospi-
tal. She was a member of Palma Sola Bay Baptist
Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug.
12, at the church, 4000 75th. St. W., Bradenton. Memo-
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Hayes of Paden City, W. Va.; brother Arthur Clark of
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Bridget Miller
Bridget Miller, 18, of Colorado and Anna Maria
Island, died Aug. 2.
Ms. Miller was a graduate of Manatee High School
and was enrolled at Manatee Community College. She
planned to take nursing courses.
Mass was held at St. Bernard Catholic Church
Aug. 6.
Memorial donations may be made to the Anna
Maria Island Privateers Bridget Miller Memorial
Scholarship, P.O. Box 1238, Holmes Beach FL 34218.
She is survived by mother Sandy King of Colo-
rado; father Dennis and step-mother Diana of Anna
Maria; sisters Catherine, Rebecca and Rachel, all of
Colorado; brother Dennis, 21, of New York City, N.Y.,
and brothers Brendan, 17, and Max, 9, and sister
Carissa 16, all of Anna Maria.
Angeline Emily Turner /
Angeline Emily Turner, 90, of Anna Maria, died
Aug. 3.
Mrs. Turner She was born in Chicopee, Mass., and
moved to this area in 1965 from Savannah, Ga. She
was a homemaker and a retired real estate salesperson.
She was a Catholic.
Services will be announced ata later date. Memo-
rial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest
Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Braden-
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She is survived by husband of 54 years Thomas P.
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pastor leaving
The Rev. Tamara Woods is leaving her pas-
torate at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at the end
of August, according to a schedule announced by
Sthe church.
Her last day in the Gloria Dei pulpit will be
Sunday, Aug. 28, said a church spokesperson. A
party expressing gratitude to her for her ministry
here will be that day at the church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Soon afterward, she will leave for Michigan,
where her grandchild is expected to be born in
Details may be obtained by calling 778-1813.

Bridget scholarship established
came to the door," Diana said. "Kids Dennis has
coached at the Center, kids in the neighborhood, their
parents they all reached out to us."
Diana and Dennis came to Anna Maria Island just
four years ago, but they quickly learned that in the face
of tragedy, Islanders offer support from the heart.
With those offers came an idea to create a schol-
arship to help other young folks in Bridget's name.
Liz Christie-Cline of the Privateers, who oversees
the Privateers annual scholarship awards, will also
oversee a special fund created by memorials to Bridget.
It will be awarded in July. 2006 along with the other
scholarships distributed by the Privateers. The recipi-
ents are honored by the community in the annual Pri-
vateers July 4 parade and receive their funding at a
party in their honor following the parade.
Bridget will reside in the hearts of many, her memory
will live on with them far beyond her 18 years. And
Bridget's spirit will be celebrated anew on July 4, and
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Wednesday, Aug. 10
7:45 a.m. Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce new
member breakfast at the Sun House Restaurant on Bridge
Street, Bradenton Beach. Information/reservations: 778-
9 a.m. New family welcome breakfast at Anna
Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 708-5525.
10:30 a.m. Friends of the Island Branch Library
book club at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
5:30 p.m. Cowry shell jewelry class for teens with
John Malan of Nica Rose jewelry shop at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-6341. All materials provided.

Thursday, Aug. 11
9 a.m. Muscles and More fitness class with Sherry
Fideler at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
10:30 a.m. Pilates for beginners with Laura
Bennett at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Noon to 4 p.m.-- AARP safe driver course at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 776-1158. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Sierra Club presents "Know the Foods
You're Eating: Genetic Modifications and Sustainability of
our Food System" with Jason Boehk and Laura Morton at
Phillippi Estate Mansion, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sa-
rasota. Information: 925-9000.

Friday, Aug. 12
10 a.m. to noon- Open house at Palma Sola Early
Learning Academy for ages 3-5, 7315 First St. Ave. W.
(behind the 75th Street post office), Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 795-0788.
Noon to 4 p.m. AARP safe driver course at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 776-1158. Fee applies.

Saturday, Aug. 13
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club meeting at Cafe on the

Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Hblmes Beach.
9:30 a.m. Intermediate Pilates with Laura Bennett
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
8 to 11 p.m. "Do Ya Do Ya Do Ya Wanna Dance?"
at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 737-0177. Fee applies.

Tuesday, Aug. 16
9 a.m. Muscles and More fitness class with Sherry
Fideler at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blood drive at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
10:30 a.m. Pilates for beginners with Laura
Bennett at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach.
5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
ribbon-cutting ceremony at Surfside Realty, 8208 Cortez
Road, Bradenton. Information: 778-1541.
6 p.m. Power Pilates with Laura Bennett at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.

Wednesday, Aug. 17
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Lunch-Bunch" catered by
Harry's Continental Kitchens at the Longboat/Lido/St.
Armand Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 387-9519. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. Comic book making and history with
Bruce Allen Wallis at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341. All ma-
terials provided.

Manatee Players present "Vaudeville Follies" at the
Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through
Aug. 14. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Susan Oberender stained-glass exhibit at Island
Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through
-Aug. 31. Information: 787-6648.

Jazz music on the bay outside the Van Wezel Aug.
Moonrise over Sarasota Bay walk with the Sierra
Club Aug. 19.

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Academy open.house
A newly licensed preschool, Palma Sola Early
Learning Academy, is opening Aug. 15 in west
Bradenton and will host an open house Friday, Aug. 12.
Located behind the 75th Street post office at 7315
First Ave. W., the private preschoolwill offer a blend
of teacher-directed and child-initiated activities in dis-
ciplines that are not always included in early childhood
The school is currently accepting applications for
students who are 3 to 5 years old. Enrollment fees and
applications will be available during the open house
from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday.
The fundamentals of science, social studies, math,
and language arts will be stressed to develop skills
needed for students to become lifelong learners.
Classes in physical fitness focus on overall motor skills
to improve coordination and balance.
Children will develop an awareness and appre-
ciation of art while learning about famous artists and
art history. Classes in Spanish, sign language, mu-
sic and drama, including the basics of theater pro-
duction and stage performance-will be offered as
well. Character education will stress life skills like
sharing, taking turns, following directions and re-
specting differences.
Owner Kirk Zeppi said, "At our Learning Acad-
emy, fun and learning go hand in hand. We'll have
small classes taught by qualified professionals in a
structured, child-oriented en% ironment \% ith brand ne\\.
state-of-the-art furniture and pla3 ground equipment
that is age appropriate for our students."
Zeppi is a licensed mental health counselor with a
master's degree in clinical psychology and more than
22 years experience working with children. He founded
the international and domestic adoption agency Fam-
ily Creations currently operating in Bradenton.
Schwartz said, "If you nurture them with the right
content and methodology you can help children grow
at their own pace."
The academy is currently offering a weekly pro-
gram. For more information, attend the open house, or
call 795-0788.

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Bveakfar: Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Toast,
Yogurt, Fruit
Lunch: Shrimp Poppers, Quesadilla, Steamed Rice,
Fresh Veggies \ith Dip, Chilled Peaches
Tuesday, Aug. 16
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on a Biscuit. Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand\ ich, Fruit
Lur'nch. Corn Dog, Baked Breaded Chicken. Crinkle
Cut Fries, Broccoli id Cheese Sauce. Sliced Pears
Wednesday, Aug. 17
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick, Bagel, Cereal.
Toast, Fruit
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Beef Pattie, Steamed Peas, Oranges and Pineapple
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Br.cl,/Iai. Cinnamon Rolls, Cereal, Toast,
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Hot Breadstick, Caesar Salad,
Green Beans, Applesauce
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Breakfast: Glazed French Toast Sticks, Cereal,
Toast, Yogurt, Fruit
Lunch: Pizza, Grilled Chicken Patty on a Bun,
Garden Salad, Steamed Coin,
Bananas with Strawberries
Juice and milk are served with every meal.

2005 Islander HURRICANE GUIDE pickup locations:
A Paradise 5201 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach Ace Pump 6804 Cortez Road, Braden-
ton Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce* 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach Anna
Maria Island Moose Lodge 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach Armored Dade Storm
Shutters 8112 Cortez Road W., Bradenton Bark and Co. Realty 5438 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach Batteries Plus 6240 14th St. W., Bradenton* BeachHouse Restaurant
* 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach Ben Cooper and Associates 3909 E. Bay Drive
#110, Hom'es Beach Bradenton Beach City Hall 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach
* Bradenton Beach Police Station 403 Highland Ave., Bradenton Beach Bradenton
Lawn and Fun 6004 43rd Ave. W., Bradenton Budget Self Storage 5305 W. Mana-
tee Ave, Bradenton Cabinets Unlimited 8700 Cortez Road W., Bradenton Creative
Native 8208 Cortez Road W Bradenton Ace Hardware 3352 E. Bay Blvd., Holmes
Beach Curves 5366 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach Diamond Shores Realty 1501 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach Fantasy Travel 6630 Cortez Road W., Bradenton First in
Real Estate 125 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach First National'Bank 5324 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach Griffith-Cline 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes. Beach Holmes Beach City
Hall 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Holmes Beach Police Dept. 5801 Marina
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* 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach Island Chiropractic Center 3612 E. Bay Drive,
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Lumber and Hardware 213 54th St., Holmes Beach Island Vacation Properties 3001
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach LD's Jewelry and Watch Repair 7358 Cortez Road W.,
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Co. 5203 Gu'lf Drive, Holmes Beach Quality Builders 5500 Marina Drive, Holmes
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
I hadn't been to New York City in more than 20
years when I took my family there earlier this month
enroute to visiting relatives in Connecticut.
Even though it had been quite some time since see-
ing "The 1Big Apple," I recalled it was a city of constant
We made the drive down Broadway from Harlem
to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty and noth-
ing I saw or "heard" swayed that opinion.
There is no other noise like that found in New
At all hours of the day andnight there are driv-
ers beeping horns, motorists yelling at other motorists, taxi.
drivers shouting obscenities, and thousands of people on
the sidewalk shouting for your attention, trying to sell
Rolex watches for $20 or a Gucci handbag-for $10. Large
diesel trucks spewing pollution and revving their engines
are double-and-triple-parked on every city block, and are
just the accepted norm in a city of 7 million people.
If there are 7 million people in New York City,
then they are all talking make that yelling at once.
Except when you reach Ground Zero, where the
World Trade Center was until Sept. 11, 2001.
When you see the great empty pit where the tow-
ers once stood, when you see the photographs on the
fence surrounding the WTC that depict the timeline of
their destruction, when you see the 3,914 names of

those who died, you become silent.
People suddenly talk in whispered voices, as if
normal voices will disturb the dead. No driver blares a
horn, no trucks stop, no one shouts or screams, and
there is no normal conversation.
The enormity of that tragic event has transformed
the World Trade Center into an Arlington National
Cemetery, JFK's grave, Gettysburg.
The words of Abraham Lincoln echoed from my
school days. "We cannot dedicate, we cannot conse-
crate this hallowed ground," for the WTC is now, in-
deed, hallowed ground.
Islanders who have been to the site will understand
what I mean. Those who haven't should put the World
Trade Center at the top of any visit to New York City,
and please take your children and grandchildren.
Even my normally talkative two teenagers became
awed at just being at Ground.Zero.
I cannot explain it, but just looking at the site and
seeing the names of those who died gave them more of
an appreciation of our country, our police and
firefighters and our men and women in the armed ser-
vices than any lecture daddy could give or any history
book they might stumble upon at school.
It's not what my kids and the people at Ground
Zero said that affected me; it's what wasn't said.
The quietest place in New York City is Ground Zero.
All you hear are the sounds of silence.

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ChIistuia and Codyann Catlin at GrHiii Zero in
New York City. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Senior safe driving course this week on Island
A safe driving course for seniors will be from pate and avoid accidents, with a new chapter address- Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson will wrap
noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11-12, ing "road rage" added this year. Attendance at the two- up the course Friday with information on traffic
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, day course qualifies drivers over 50 years of age for a problems specific to Anna Maria Island.
Holmes Beach. reduction in insurance. Cost is $10 by check, which covers instruction
The two-day American Association of Retired Instructor will be the Island's "Stretch" Fretwell, and the textbook. Advance registration is required at
Persons course is designed to help seniors antici- who has been teaching the courses for 10 years. 776-1158.

Giving children a voice in court

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
"You enter a space you've never been before. Kids
and courts and officials all need your help. It's very re-
warding, even if cases don't always have a happy end-
That's the Guardian ad Litem system's reward for
volunteers who become guardians, such as Ines
Norman and three others from Anna Maria Island and
Cortez. Many, many more Guardians are needed.
Norman finds the program challenging and re-
warding, as do the others fellow Islanders Kathy
Maskin and Mary MaGrath, and Sue Maddox of
The program is a big help to the courts and enforce-
ment officials and children alike, said Pam Hindman,
assistant director of the program for the 12th Judicial
The program's volunteers literally speak for the
children caught up in the legal system through no fault
of their own. Some have been abused, some neglected,

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some abandoned. All are confused and frightened.
Hindman said, "The Guardian ad Litem helps en-
sure that abuse and neglect these children originally
suffered at home does not continue inadvertently as
abuse and neglect at the hands of the child welfare sys-
tem" that is overburdened by the sheer numbers of
children involved.
A Guardian ad Litem, she explained, is a trained
community volunteer appointed by a juvenile or fam-
ily court judgeto speak for the best interest of children
who are brought before the court. A guardian's efforts
help the judge make an informed decision on disposi-
tion of the child.
"The guardians are the watchdog for the court and
the children, so they have to be objective. They have
to get to know the children and the people in their lives
so they can make recommendations to the judge.
"There are 55 volunteers in Manatee County, and
600 kids have been in the court system already this
year, removed from homes. At least 1,000 will be there
before the end of the year. Their guardians do all they
can to see that each child gets a permanent, suitable
The state mandates that a permanent home be
found within a year. Parents can get their children back
if they meet certain criteria designed to protect the
child. The guardians are fully trained to perform their
duties, Hindman said.
One of the things Islander Norman finds most dif-
ficult is to not become personally attached to the chil-
dren. She got into the program in the first place because
she was at loose ends, and wanted something to do to
be of service. Husband Mike Norman learned of the
program of advocacy for children and suggested she
give-it a try. She's not sorry she took his advice.
She finds the program fulfilling, but she sees many
children who need the help and the guardians are
spread too thin to give them the perfect aid everyone
wants to give. She wishes more people would join up
and lend a hand to the judges, law officers, social work-
ers and above all the children.
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Anna Maria City
July 31, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, bur-
glary. The plastic covering of a car's driver-side win-
dow was cut and several items were reportedly stolen.
Aug. 1,875 N. Shore Drive, Rod & Reel Pier, bur-
glary. Two women reported their wallets stolen from
their rental vehicle.
Aug. 3, 200 block of Cypress, domestic distur-
bance. A vacationing couple was issued a domestic
violence packet after a verbal disagreement.
Aug. 3,400 block of Spring Avenue, lost property.
A woman reported that while on a boat her cell phone
fell overboard.

Bradenton Beach
July 21, 200 block of Gulf Drive North, DUI.
Gerhard Riedl, 66, of Holmes Beach, was arrested for
driving while intoxicated after hitting two vehicles in
two different locations. According to the report, he
struck a vehicle as it was pulling out of a parking space
and continued down Gulf Drive and side-swiped an
oncoming car. Pieces of Riedl's sedan were found on
the side of the road and he was later found with his car,
which was parked in a condominium garage in Holmes
Beach. According to the report, Reidl was on his way
home from a birthday celebration. He failed a field
sobriety test and his car was inoperable.
July 25, alleyway behind Avenues B and C, throw-
ing deadly missile. A taxi driver reported getting into
an argument with a customer over an unpaid fare. Ac-
cording to the report, as the cab driver attempted to
back out of the alley, the customer threw two beer
bottles at the vehicle, breaking the windshield. The
customer was arrested.
July 26, 1301 Gulf Drive N., Silver Surf Resort,
theft. A woman reported her wallet stolen.
July 31,2500 block of Avenue B, burglary. A man
was arrested after attempting to break into an occupied
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the home and attempted to break through another door
using a chair. Then, as he left the residence, he smashed
the windshield of the resident's car with the chair.
Aug. 1 100 blockofBridge Street, resisting arrest.
A man stopped for driving without the headlights
turned on was arrested when he became aggressive
toward the officer.

Holmes Beach
July 30, 500 block of Manatee Avenue, driver's
license. A man was arrested on a Manatee County.
warrant and cited for driving with a suspended license.
When the owner of the vehicle retrieved his car, he was
also cited for knowingly allowing a suspended driver
to drive his vehicle.
July 30,2900 block of Gulf Drive, burglary. A man
reported several of his tools stolen.
Aug. 1, 5501 Marina Drive, Catcher's Marina,
theft. A man reported his "Super Screamer" tube sto-
len from the back of his boat.
Aug. 1, 5337 Gulf Drive, Garden Hut, domestic
disturbance. A man was arrested after arguing with his:
mother. According to the report, the son reached into
his mother's truck, grabbed her arm and:demanded
money. According to the report, the mother has had
past problems with her son.
Aug. 3, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. A woman reported several bags of newly
purchased children's clothing and a digital camera sto-
len from her vehicle.,
Aug. 3, 100 block of 30th Street, Marchman Act.
Two men were taken into custody under the Marchman
Act because they were intoxicated and told the officer
they had no place to stay.
Aug. 4, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, battery. A
woman.stated that she was shopping when she encoun-
tered a former landlord. She claims the landlord shoved
her as she was walking past.
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Complaint against Holmes
Beach police officer rejected
Allegations by former Holmes Beach city
commission candidate Heathcliff Kryszczuk
that he was verbally abused by a Holmes Beach
police officer July 16 are "unfounded," said
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine.
An internal investigation conducted by the
HBPD, that includes an independent witness to
the incident, found that the actions of the officer
"were justified and not consistent with your ver-
sionof the events," Romine said in a letter to
In response, Kryszczuk said he was "filing
new complaints against everyone involved in the
investigation for corruption,for failing to interview
witnesses through the use of intimidation."
Kryszczuk ran unsuccessfully for the city
commission in 1997. He now lives in Palmetto.
According to available on-line records at the
Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court Web
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the HBPD.

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Storm stories: Deja vu all over again, but worse?

Could last year's robust hurricane season be only
a precurser for things to come?
If Dr. William Gray is correct, the answer is "yes
Gray, a Colorado State University meteorologist
who has been issuing forecasts for the Atlantic Ocean
hurricane season for more than 25 years, has. come out
with his mid-season prediction.
It's not.pretty.
"Information obtained through July 2005 indicates
that the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season will be an ex-
tremely active one," Gray posted on the Internet late
last week. "We estimate that 2005 will have about 20
S named storms (average is 9.6), 10 hurricanes (average
is 5.9), and six intense hurricanes (average is 2.3)."
He also said "The probability of U.S. major hurri-
cane landfall is estimated to be well above the long-
period, average. This year is expected to continue the.
past-decade trend of above-average hurricane seasons."
Just what we need to hear, huh? /
Besides a slew of scientific data collected globally,
Gray and his team of researchers use a set of historical
models to compile the forecasts. "We believe that the
current active period is quite similar to the 1930s,
where we had many active.hurricane seasons, even
though other features typically associated with active
seasons in the 1950s and 1960s were not present."
You may remember reading about.the "Great La-
bor Day Hurricane of 1935," which struck the Florida
Keys. More than 400 people were killed, the railroad
line Henry Flagler was building from the mainland to
Key West was washed away, and the storm was esti-
mated to have had winds of 200-250 mph.
Gray.said, "The 1930s were also a period of strong
global warming similar to the global warming of the
last decade. From the limited data available, during the
1930s and '40s, we deduce that the Atlantic was quite
warm, similar to conditions that we are presently expe-
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1930s. We have seen a slight increase in tropical Atlan-
tic easterly anomalies since 1995, but have yet to see
the easterlies that were present in the earlier decades of
the 1950s and '60s."
Gray has been a lone voice as naysayer regarding
global warming and hurricanes. Simply put, he tends
to pooh-pooh the global warming advocates. He ad-
dressed the matter in his posting last week.
"Many individuals have queried whether the un-
precedented landfall of four destructive hurricanes in
a seven-week period during August-September 2004 is
related in any way to human-induced climate changes,"
he said. "There is no evidence that this is the case.
"If global warming were the cause of the increase
in U.S. hurricane landfalls in 2004 and the overall in-
crease in Atlantic basin major hurricane activity of the
past 10 .years, one would expect to see an increase in
tropical cyclone activity in the other storm basins as
well. This has not occurred.
"Whentropical cyclones worldwide are summed,
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addition, it has been well-documented that the mea-
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Gray attributes the major storm frequency to tem-
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more storms, and the water has been warming in the
past decade, he has discovered.

Hurricanes hit our gas tanks
Oil production is such a shaky market that a hur-
ricane that strikes the offshore oil drilling rigs in the
northern Gulf of Mexico can produce global petroleum
price fluctuations, according to-a report in the New
York Times last week.
When Hurricane Dennis came ashore July 10,,it
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the rigs were evacuated and the flow of oil was reduced
to less than a trickle about 4 percent of average.
The world's largest semisubmersible oil rig was
left tilting at a 20-degree angle and is not expected to
be up and running for months at its potential of 250,000
gallons of crude a day.
To add to the problem, when Hurricane Emily
came calling on Mexico a few days later, it spurred the
same evacuation of that country's oil platforms with a
corresponding reduction of oil flow.,
And, as we all know, no oil means more pennies-
per-gallon at the gas pumps.
.Hurricane I\ an last year severely damaged 24 off-
shore platforms and 102 underwater pipelines, causing
$2.7 billion in damage and stalling oil flow for six
months. To bring it home a bit, oil prices on commod-
ity markets increased 19 percent in the two weeks fol-
lowing Ivan.
.And it's not just hurricanes that cause damage, and
it's not just oil flow outages that are.tlhe problem. .
According to the St. Petersburg Times, Tropical
Storm Arlene caused the evacuation of oil rigs.off
Louisiana and elsewhere. The storm, with 60-mph
winds,damaged a-derrick off New Orleans and caused
a 550-gallon oil spill-- pot that big a deal in the glo-
bal scheme of pollution threats.
However, the rig's spill ended up in a National
Wildlife Refuge, and more than 700 birds died, many
'brown pelicans.
What to do?
Not much of anything can bedone. The big oil rig
that is the world's largest cost $1 billion to build, with
all the bells and whistles and safety features known
built within its structure, and it was hammered by a
Hurricane Dennis. What about all those other, smaller,
older derricks out there? How long will they hold out
in the face of 150-mph winds?

Sandscript factoid
The following notes have appeared in Sandscript
before, but in light of the approaching 70th anniversary
of the Labor Day Hurricane, they warrant repeating.
These comments are from Ernest Hemingway as
he prepared his 40-foot fishing yacht "Pilar" for the
storm while he was living in Key West. The excerpt is
from Les Standiford's book, "Last Train to Paradise."
"Sunday you spend making the boat as safe as you
can. When they refuse to haul her out on the ways be-
cause there are too many boats ahead, you buy $52 of
new hawser and shift her to what seems the safest part
of the submarine base and tie her up there.
"You go on to the boat and wrap the lines with
canvas where they will chafe when the surge starts, and
believe that she has a good chance to ride it out ... pro-
.vided no other boat smashes into you and sinks you.
There is a booze boat seized by the Coast Guard tied
next to you and you notice her stern lines are only tied
to ringbolts in the stem, and you start bellyaching about
that ....
"You go home to see if you can get two hours'
sleep before it starts, leaving the car in front of the
house because you do not trust the rickety garage, put-
ting the barometer and a flashlight by the bed for when
the electric lights go. At midnight the wind is howling,
the glass is 29.55 and dropping while you watch it, and
rain is coming in sheets. You dress, find the car
Drowned out, make your way to the boat with a flash-
light with branches falling and wires going down.
"The flashlight shorts in the rain, and the wind is
now coming in heavy gusts from the northwest ... you
have to crouch over to make headway against it. You
figure if we get the hurricane ... you will lose the boat
and you never will have enough money to get another.
You feel like hell."
The "Pilar" survived the storm.

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Good fishing is finally here in bays, Gulf

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing is picking up daily, thanks in part to the
for-now apparent departure of the worst of the red tide.
Backwater anglers are reeling in'lots of snook,
some redfish and lots of trout.
Mangrove snapper are everywhere there is struc-
ture in the bays, with the rocky ledges along parts of the
Intracoastal Waterway a good target spot for the big-
ger fish.
Offshore fishing is excellent for grouper in the Gulf
of Mexico, with the best catches coming in the 100-foot
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said that "Things are looking up, depending on
the area you are looking.at. The bay waters from the
Anna Maria Island Bridge south to the county line, in-
cluding Palma Sola Bay, are looking great for the first
time in months. Bait is plentiful, easy to get, and re-
mains frisky for hours in a baitwell." He's putting his
charters onto lots of snook, but trout and redfish have
been spotty for him. He's taking up the slack with lots
of mangrove snapper. "from just about every piling:
ledge, wreck, or shellbar in the bay."
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he put his charters onto redfish and trout near
Joe's Bay and Terra Ceia Bay last week and found ei-
ther shrimp or artificial bait worked well.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said mangrove
snapper are thick right now. He suggests trying for the
bigger fish near the rock ledges near the Intracoastal
Waterway, using either shrimp or shiners as bait, or
even small pinfish. Snook are hitting very well right
now, and redfish are starting to school on the seagrass
flats. Offshore, bottom fishing for grouper is excellent
in about 100 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico.
*Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said there are a
lot of mangrove snapper being caught at the pier, plus
some pompano and a few sheepshead. Fishing has gen-

erally improved in the past few days, he added.
Andrew Morris at the Anna Maria City Pier said
there are snook being caught early in the mornings,
mangrove snapper'throughout the day to 15 inches,
with shrimp serving as the best bait for the best action
right now.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are snapper being caught off the docks. and in the
shipping channel in Tampa Bay, with some reports
coming in of fish to 17 inches in length. There are also
good reports of snook and a few redfish.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook fishing
is excellent right now. He's also putting his charters
onto limit catches of redfish on most trips, and is also
catching lots of mangrove snapper.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, there are lots
of snook reports, trout are being caught on the seagrass
flats as well as a few redfish, and lots of mangrove
snapper are biting near any structure.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include man-
grove snapper from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge piers
and redfish in Miguel Bay. The reds have really "in-
vaded" the bay, with the best action coming near the
mangroves using shrimp as bait.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Char-
ters said that fishing "is real good offshore about40 miles.
Our clients are catching gag grouper to 25 pounds, red
grouper to 20 pounds, lots of red snapper, mangrove snap-
per, and a few yellow tail snapper, sharks and bonitas.
Fishing closer in is tougher, but we have been catching
smaller grouper, snapper and cobia." He said he is using
mostly frozen Spanish sardines as bait due to the red tide
killing the fresh fish in the baitwells, although the catch
of small Key West grunts or sand perch offshore is work-'
ing well for some good hookups.
On my boat Magic, we caught redfish to 27 inches,
snook to 30 inches, trout to 17 inches and mangrove
snapper to 16 inches. Fishing is definitely improving.

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters
caught a double handful of gag grouper while fishing
offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing guide.
Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report. Prints
and digital images of your catch are also welcome and
may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@islander.org. Please
include identification for persons in the picture along with
information on the catch and a name and phone number
for more information. Snapshots may be retrieved once
they appear in the paper.

Red grouper sport fishing limit starts

By Jim Hanson
Islander Correspondent
The new one-red limit on grouper for recreational
fishermen, in effect as of yesterday, will work a severe
hardship on a number of local charter businesses, captains
Federal orders for fish are that for the next 180 days,
the bag limit for sports fishermen is three grouper, one of
which may be a red. The limit has been.five and two.
The limit applies only in federal waters nine miles
offshore but "that's where I live," said Capt. Sam
Kimball of Legend Fishing Charters out of Cortez.
"That (grouper) is what I fish for. It's 80 percent of
my business. People wait for the fall grouper bite and if
we can't fish then, we suffer, our families suffer, Cortez
His latter reference was to the accompanying ruling
closing all grouper sport fishing in federal waters this
November and December.
State regulations remain the same as before, though
state and federal rules usually are in lockstep. The new
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Bowl, golf tourneys, soccer coming up in sports

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Sports
A number of openings remain on the roster of
bowlers participating in the 15th annual O'Connor
Bowling Challenge scheduled Saturday, Aug. 27.
It will be at the AMF Bradenton Lanes, 4208
Cortez Road, biggest event of each year there. Last year
280 bowlers did their stuff, and many others had to wait
for this year's event because AMF ran out of bowling
It is run for fun and good works, with proceeds
going to the Anna Maria Island Community Center's
youth sports programs. Cost is $20 per bowler, good
for three games and the bowling shoes.
Registration for both teams and individual bowlers
closes Wednesday, Aug. 24, at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; Duffy's Tavern, 59th
Street at Marina Drive, Holmes Beach; and the Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
On bowling day, players will sign in between 5 and
6 p.m. at the AMF Lanes and bowling will start at 6:15.
The wives of the brothers O'Connor, Bill and George,
will handle the score sheets, which must be in by 9 p.m.
The party will begin as soon as bowlers complete
their sport and head for the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Results will be announced there and prizes given
to winners of the raffle tickets will be sold at the
bowling alley. Prizes include dining certificates, mer-
chandise, liquor and other items contributed by mer-
chants and businessmen, including a big-screen TV
donated by The Islander again this year. The big prize
may be seen at the newspaper's office 10 days before
the big event.
Further information is available from Bill
O'Connor at Landscaper's Advantage, 792-9099, or
the Center, 778-1908.

Horseshoe news
Jay Disbrow of Bradenton and Eric Fries of Jack-
sonville defeated the team of Ron Pepka and Steve
Doyle, both from Anna Maria, to win the horseshoe

competition on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Anna Maria
City Hall park.
The winners of the Wednesday, Aufg. 3, games
were Bill Bartlett of Holmes Beach and Pepka.
Play gets under way every Wednesday and Satur-
day at 9 a.m. behind the Anna Maria City Hall at the
corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. Warmups be-
gin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection just
prior to play. There is no charge to play and everyone
is welcome, regardless of skill level.

Last chance to join
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5BR/4.5BA, pool and over 4300 SF. w/open water views of Palma Sola Bay.
This home offers convenience to Gulf Th is r property is being sold under
beaches. $1,800,000. Kathy Valente, appraised value. $550,000. Kathy
748-6300 or 685-6767. 510882 Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767. 507880
'MAGNIFICENT custom 4BR pool home w/over 4500 SF, library, multi level lanai w/water
views & boat dock in a gated community, minutes to Gulf Beaches. $1,700,000. Kathy
Valente. 748-6300 or 685-6767. 508630
GRAND & GRACIOUS this home has it all! 1903 home on the Manatee River. All the style
and character of "Old Florida." $919,000, Barbara Jennings 748-6300 or 773-0180. 509550
WARNER 'S WEST BAYOU 5BR waterfront home. Access to the River & Tampa Bay.
$799.000. 748-6300. K~athy Mlarcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 507913
HAWTHORNE PARK BEAUTY 4-5BR/3.5BA pool home w/newer carpet, granite courrtertops in
tile kitchen, lanal. Minutes to the beach! $725,000. Jody Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704. 508713
ENJOY SPECTACULAR SUNSETS, views of the bay, stunning skyline and lights of Sara-
sota. This beachfront complex is close to SC.Armand's Circle.. $700,000. Kathy Valente,
748-6300 or685-6767. 509997
TRADITIONAL NW Bradenton 4BR pool home on 1/2 acre lot on a cul-de-sac. Combina-
tion of wood, tile & carpet throughout. Newly remodeled kitchen. $699,000. Kathy Valente,
748-6300 or 685-6767. 508754
OLD WORLD CHARM w/river views in this renovated 1940's, 3BR/2BA home. Kitchen w/
cherry cabinets & Braiilian cherry wood floors. $549,900. 748-6300. Kathy Marcinko, 713-
1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781. 509039
BEAUTIFUL SHAW'S POINT 3BR/2BA pool home on a natural bayou (non-navigable)
House features open floor plan, extra-large Florida sunroom, $450,000. Cindy Pierre, 748-
6300 or920-6818. 508530
CHARMING 3BR/1 BA home in West Bradenton among older homes w/designer'touches
& expansion possibilities. Ceramic tile, an attached "artists" studio. $252,900. Victoria
Horstmann, 748-6300 or 518-1278. 508204




Club. The tournament registration deadline has been
extended to Aug. 15. For only $ 100 per golfer, you can
test your golf skills at Bradenton's most challenging
layout in a four-person scramble.
The Her-icanes are still looking for sponsors for the
tournament. For $800; your business can purchase the
Hat Trick package, which consists of a foursome in-
cluding the banquet, a tee or green sign on the course
and a banner which will be displayed at all Manatee
HHer-icane home soccer games. A golden goal sponsor-
ship package includes a foursome and a tee or green
sign on the course for $500, or you- can simply purchase
a tee. or green sign for the tournament for $.125.
To sign` up call me, Her-icane Coach Cassidy, at'

.Center fall soccer
accepting registrations
This is the final week for boys and girls ages 5-16,
to sign up for the.2005 Anna Maria Islandl Community
Center fall soccer season. Registration is open through
Saturday, Aug. 13.
Cost for fall soccer is $45 for first child and $40 for
each additional child for Center members. Nonmember
fees are $60 for first child and $55 f or each -additional
child. Each player will receive a uniform shirt and
matching socks. Players are responsible for their own
shin guards and black shorts.
Everyone who signs up for the league will be
placed on a team, but for parity of the league, players
must attend the mandatory tryouts listed below.
Ages 5-7- Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 8-9: Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m
Ages 10- 11: Aug. -17 at 6:30 p.m:
Ages 12-13: Auig. 48 at 6:30 p.m
Ages 14-16: Aug. 19 at 6-30 p.m
The Center will also host a two-day soccer camp
starting on Aug. 10 to get -players geared up for the
upcoming season. It will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cosi is
$25 for members and $40 for nonmembers.
Coaches are al'so needed for the upcoming season.
For more information, contact Andy, Jonatzke. at 778-

model existing home or build new on
this deep water canal in Country Club
Shores. $1,175,000. Kathy Valente,
748-6300 or685-6767. 510998

Does your small business need an island home? You can serve your
clientele from one side and rent out the other side of this commercial
building in a tidy industrial enclave centrally located-in Holmes Beach.
A-total of 1,200 sf, zoned C-3, new exterior paint, shell yard, ample
parking, secured by chain-link fencing. Larger side (750 so) is remodeled
and has 2 baths; other side has I bath. This location has been home to
a successful service company (not included) for decades--create your
success here now. Asking $499,900. Call Sybille Petereit, 705-3344.

Two duplex's on separate lots in central
Holmes Beach, just two blocks to the
Gulf. Many possibilities here! Each
duplex has it's own tax deed and could
be sold separately byr new owner. Add a
pool and have a great rental complex or
tear down and rebuild two custom homes
in a great residential neighborhood.
Offered at $1,100,000.

ackson, 778-6986
Geeraerts, 778-0072
en Dahms, 778-0542
9Klemish, 778-7627,

Serve up Old Floricla'Cuisine or an English High Tea or diversify and
go as eclectic as you like in this vintage cottage in the City of Anna
Maria. Prime-commerciar real estate (buildings and land only) is zoned
C-1 and has been home to a successful restaurant for 14 years.
Create your own success story in paradise. Asking $ 1,050,000.

310 Pine Avenue P.O. Box 1299
Anna Marla, FL 34216
Office 779-0304 Fax 779-0308
ToUl Free 866-779-0304

2BR/HBA top floor condo across Gulf
Dr. from the beach.,Trurnkey furnished.
$899,900. Barbara Jennings,-748-6300
or 773-0180. 509904


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COMMODE/TOILET for handicapped; $20 bathtub
bathing seat, never used, $70. (941) 778-7250.

PAIR OF LIGHT aqua La-z-boy recliners, $50;
Sanyo phone and fax, $15; ClubMac CD burner,
$15; Casio AC/DC calculator with tape, $10; Sony
Handycam video, $50; Singer sewing machine in
cabinet, $50; barstools, $15each. (941) 778-1716.
Experience the Island on your computer desktop.
Available at The Islander, or purchase online or
order by mail. $12 PC or $15 Mac.

Condominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-7978.

FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, (941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.

GARAGE/MOVING SALE: 8am-2pm Saturday,
Aug. 13. Tumi and Hartmann luggage; two Hobie
kayaks including vests; various houseware items,
including three sets of dishes, stemware, etc. Six
leather and birch dining room chairs; glasstable top;
Liberty mosquito magnet, including propane tank.
Books; CDs; ceramic planters; croquette set; elec-
tric fans; clothing, including Tommy Bahama shirts
and much, much, more! 6851 Longboat Drive S.,
Longboat Key.

SALE AT NIKI'S Gifts & Antiques. Weekly specials:
sterling jewelry, 50 to 70 percent off; select vintage
and costume jewelry, 50 to 80 percent off; all Niki's
cookbooks and German steins, 25-percent off; sail-
boats, 50 percent off; select art, collectibles, gifts, 30
to 50-percent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm.
(941) 779-0729. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.

SALE: 9am-5pm Friday-Saturday, Aug. 12-13.
Miscellaneous smalls, pictures, collectible jewelry.
415 Alamanda Rd., Anna Maria. No early birds!

REWARD FOR information in the Waterfront
Restaurant arson fire: Call the State Fire Marshal,
Bureau of Fire & Arson Investigations in Tampa,
(813) 890-1904.

BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a personal-
ized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Two
lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at The Is-
lander or call (941) 518-4431 for more information.

FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper.
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.

GIFT SHOP: GREAT mom and pop opportunity in
outstanding resort area. Good location, good lease;
Just $50,000, plus inventory. Confidentiality agree-
ment required for complete details. Longview Re-
alty, (941) 383-6112.

CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
as-an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. (941) 778-6000.

BLACK LAB: FOUR years old, absolute doll! Has
special needs. Adoption fee, $80. (941) 723-0496.

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

ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please call (941) 922-0774.

.~ ~.r5 A Great Place To Live...
^ "^ r A Wonderful Way Of Life!
This fantastic 3BR/2BA with a two-
car garage screams island living at
1i -; its best! Open floor plan with large
.ii kitchen area and stairs leading down
--''-- to the large bonus room for the kids
3 ?, or storage. One block off of the
Breath taking shores of Anna Maria
...__ Island. Priced to sell at $599,000.
..* Call Dean Jones at (941) 345-7335.,,,1 ,
Realtor with Brenda DeArmond Realty


1997 BUICK CENTURY: Low mileage, landau top..
$5,550, or best offer. (941) 778-0393. .
1999 STERLING CADILLAC DeVille: Onstar
telephone, leather, front and side airbags. Well
maintained. $10,000. (941) 778-1620. ,

STEAL PEARSON-26: 1973 sail cruiser. Excellent
hull, clean deck and cabin. 9.9'Mercury. Honest
seller must move far west: $2,900. (941) 713-4946.

27-FOOT CARVER twin 190-hp Mercruiser. Runs
great, good for fishing, Ceranfield, air. conditioning,
water heater, shower, head, new batteries, stereo and
;much more! $10,000, or best offer. (941) 778-1565.

1974/1995 28-PLUS-foot Winner hardtop custom
cabin cruiser. Sleeps six comfortably.full head. 320-
plus mile range. Fish & Cruise. radar, loran, Furuno
fish finder, VHF, autopilot, hailer. 11.5-foot beam.
Livewell, fresh and saltwater wash down. Crusader
454/350 FWC. $30,000.00 firm. (941) 920-7249.

BOAT SLIP: WANTED to buy along 85th Street or
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (407) 230-3902.

20-FOOT SHAMROCK 1977 openfisherman with
1997 inboard, 302 Mustang V-8, newer trailer.
$7,500, or best offer. Steve, (941) 504-8735.

ALUMINUM BOAT trailer, 19-21 foot. Everything
new! $1,500. Call T.D. Thomas, (941) 778-5167.

36-FOOT TRAWLER: Diesel, excellent condition,
many upgrades including AC. Perfect live-aboard/
cruiser. Must see!.$58,000. (941) 518-5882.

KAYAK 14-FOOT with paddle, fish rod holder. Aqua
color. Excellent condition! $200, firm. Call Joe,
(941) 778-3713.
2002 SEA RAY 182 Bowrider, like new! 18 foot, 6
inches. 190-hp stern drive, seats seven, tons of fun!
Call (941) 778-6234, or e-mail
kendra@presswoodlaw.com. $12,900 or best offer.

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Rotary additions
The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club.
recently added two new members, ac-
cording to club president Birgit
Retired psychiatrist Dr. Ali.Baser, a
former Kansas Rotarian, and Pam
Schlueter have both been approved for
induction into the Island club,
Sesterhenn said.
The Island Rotary Club is a means
for Island residents to become involved
in a wide and diversified number of
projects which have had a positive effect
on the Island's educational, civic and
business community, she added.
For further information on the Is-
land Rotary Club, call Birgit at the Is-
land Florist Shop at778-4751.

Realty raves
Alan Galetto of Island Real Estate
at 6101 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach
took double honors at the company in
July, winning both the top listing agent
and top sales agent for the month.
To reach Alan call 778-6066.
Debbi Deit\ eiler Ilecentl\ joined the
RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty office at
401 Manatee Ave in Holmes Beach as
its newest sales agent. She is a graduate
of the Univ. of South Florida with a
marketing degree and is,a 35-year resi-
dent of Manatee County.
For more information:, call. 778-

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Waterfront returning to waterfront
The rebuilt Waterfront Restaurant on South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria is
nearly finished, according to owner Jason Suzor, and he anticipates a grand "re-
opening'" in September. The popular eatery was destroyed by afire in March
2004 and bureaucratic delays held up the start of reconstruction of the restaurant
until earlier this year. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Gulf-Bay Really at 5309 Gulf
Drive in Holmes Beach has named
Heather Absten and Jennifer Absten re-
spectively as the top listing and selling
agents for July. To reach either of the
agents, call 778-7244.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co. at
3224 E. Bay Drive in Holmes Beach has
named Gail Tuteweiler of its Holmes
Beach office as its top producing agent
for July. Tina Rudek won similar honors
at the Longboat Key office while Jim
Dunn led the Siesta Key branch.
Top selling agents for July were
Clyde Helton at the Holmes Beach of-
fice, Ralph Faillace on Longboat Key,

the team of Chris and Courtney
Campbell on Longboat Key and Jim
Dunn at the Siesta Key office. The team
of Mike Migone and Jim Foster were the
commercial division sales leaders.
For further information on
Wedebrock, call 778-0700.

Longboat Key
luncheon next
A networking luncheon for mem-
bers and potential members is planned
for 11:.30 a.m. at the Longboat Key

Chamber of Commerce offices, 6950
Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $12 for
members, $20 for "future members."
Details are available at 383-2466.

Chamber sets
August list
of events
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce has announced its schedule.
of events for August:
Wednesday, Aug. 10, new member
breakfast at the Sun House restaurant,
105 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, 7:45
Tuesday, Aug. 16, ribbon cutting at
Surfside Realty, 8208 Cortez Road,
Bradenton. 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 24, business card
exchange at First National Bank &
Trust, 5324 Gulf Drive, 5 to 7 p.m.
Additional information may be ob-
tained by telephoning 778-1541.

.Harris pins honor
Rotarians here
Pins named for the founder of Ro-
tary International were awarded to two
Islanders in ceremonies at club meetings
at the BeachHouse Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach.
Longtime Rotarian Jim Dunne re-
ceived the Paul Harris multiple fellow
pin and Patti Bishop got her Paul Harris
pin, both pinned on the recipients by
Birgit Sesterhenn, president of the Ro-
tary Club of Anna Maria Island.
The pins are awarded for contribu-
tions of $1,000 or. more to the program
fund, the club explained, and the levels
of recognition are denoted by stones set
into each pin from one to five sap-
phires for donations'from $2,000 to

Reach more than
20,000 people
weekly with your ad
-for as little as $20!

Call Rebecca or Nancy

The Lslander

Property Management, Sales, Vacation Rentals
office (941) 798-9191 toll free (888) 774-6880

Rarely available Bradenton Beach
I BR/I B A condo with great poten-
tial for continuous rentals -.by the
day. week. or month! Cute as. a
button. Key West style, bay and
beach community can be an
owner's oasis while producing in-
.come at the same time. Awesome
pool area! Offered at $389.900.

INVESTOR ALERTI 13,728 SF duplex lot, w/the bonus MOVE RIGHT IN Enjoy Island living in this beautifully
of a recently renovated duplex. Don't miss this one! Six remodeled home located in Anna Maria. Granite counter
bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and plenty of room for TWO tops, wood floors; brand new carpet. Move right, in.
3ools!Call today for more details! $849,000 $829,000

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Direct Line 941 737-7955
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Property Management and Leasing
Alanatee ALS a o/O.S 405 Total Island Properties For Sale: 213
rSFR, Condo, Dupleh,. Median Price: $849,000
Total Pending: 94 Median Price: $743,500
;ojH Total Sold Since 1/1/05: 304 Median Price: $594,000
Call us for Annual
and Seasonal Rentals
fl/MAAlV' Gulfstream
jI VI Realty ,
Judy Karkhoff 941-776-7777
Realtor 866-266-9911
I Realtor attended Anna Maria Elementary School, University of MN (BA) and UCLA Business School

home just two blocks from the beach on a quiet cul-de-sac.
Very well maintained, large bedrooms, master suite with
dual showers plus oversized two-car garage with work-
shop area in back. Bonus recreation area downstairs and
lots of storage! Large side yard with plenty of room for a
pool! $875,000.

Maria home with views of the Gulf of Mexico. Experience
paradise in luxury one house off of the beach on a quiet,
desirable location. This home offers 3BR/2BA, hardwood
flooring, quality doors, windows and fixtures, custom
cabinetry, Corian countertops, custom lighting, dumbwaiter
,and plenty of storage. Tastefully furnished with a touch of
island flavor. Offered at $1,495,000.

HOME Beautiful waterfront home on a quiet street villa with wood floors. Private beach access, marina, boat
in Shaws Point. One of the finest waterfront loca- slips, 55-plus. $329,000.
tions in Bradenton, sailboat water, no bridges! Split-
floor plan, two-car garage, screened in lap pool, new
dock with 16,000 Ib. lift and room for three boats. A
must see! $749,000.



Island Biz

$7,000, and rubies from then on up.
The program was begun in honor of
the late Paul Harris, who founded the
organization in Chicago in 1905. A
number of Chicago businessmen got to-
gether regularly, rotating from one's
office to another's and they ended up
-founders of Rotary. It is now one of the
largest international benevolent organi-
zations in the world.

Island real estate
826 S. Bay Boulvard, Anna Maria a
2,690 sfla / 4,590 sfur 4bed/2bath/2car
bayfront pool home built in 1964 on a
120x205 lot was sold 07/12/05, Wood to WK
Developers Inc. for $2,900,000.
402 Bay Drive S., Bradenton Beach, a
1,656 sfla / 2,494 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car bay-
view home built in 1989 on a 49x105 lot was
sold 07/14/05, Sandberg to Vivasa for
$990,000; list $999,900.
103 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,319
sfla / 1,781 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in
1956 on a 64x80 lot was sold 07/11/05,
Snare to Kivett for $990,000; list $990,000.
537 67st St., Holmes Beach, a 2,261
sfla / 2,744 sfur 3bed/2bath canalfront home
built in 1972 on a 100x1114 lot was sold 07/
12/05, Wagers to Tucker for $949,500; list
2916 Avenue E, .Holmes Beach, a
1,060 afls / 1,476 sfur 2bed/1 bath home built
in 1950 on a 50x100 lot was sold 07/13/05,

Earns Harris pin
Longtime Island Rotarian Jim Dunne, above, gets a multiple
Paul Harris Fellow pin from Birgit Sesterhenn, president of the
Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island. At right, Patti Bishop gets
her Paul Harris Fellow pin from Sesterhenn.

Brantley to 2916 LLC for $700,000; list
140 50th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,846
sfla / 2,872 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in
1995 on a 100x90 lot was sold 07/14/05,
Matthews to Chodak for $695,000.
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 274, Westbay
Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,622
sfla / 1,793 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built in
1979.was sold 07/11/05, Solomon to Boyd

Family Ltd. for $585,000. Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985.sfla
1203 Gulf Drive N., Unit 400, Key West / 1,377 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1979
North, Bradenton Beach, a 1,173 sfla/1,293 was sold 07/13/05. Hammer to Zimmerman
sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1999 was sold for $441,000; list $4-10,000.
07/12/05, Pierola to Palese for $565,000 Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
213.58th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,167 sfla Gulf-Bay Realty of Holmes Beach, can be
/1,337 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1960 on reached at (941) 713-4755 direct, or at Gulf-
a 60x91 lot was sold 07/11/05, Hardesty to Bay (941) 778-7244. Current Island real
Hildebrandt.for $495,000; list$499,000. estate transactions may also be viewed
6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 234, Westbay online at www.islander.org. Copyright 2005.

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor

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Experience Reputation Results

MARTINIQUE SOUTH Spectacular gulf and beach views from 4!'floor 1/1 condo
with ceramic floors and expanded living area. Turnkey. $590,000.
MANSION IN THE SKY Bayfront 5BR/5.5BA penthouse,
5000+ sf with guest quarters. $6,900,000.
KEY ROYALE LOT 90x105. $795,000. Exclusive.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some with boy view. One 2BR, three 1 BR,
S room for pool. Great investment. $849,000. OWNER FINANCING.
TOWNHOUSE VILLA 3BR/3BA with two screened balconies and open balconies on
greenbelt adjacent to bay. Spotless, tastefully decorated. Pool/gazebo. $470,000.
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SThe sixteen suites at Siam Garden Resort at 512 Spring Avenue in
Anna Maria are now available for private purchases.
SPrivate suite ownership in successful resorts generates the highest
occupancy rates and income.
SThere are 14 one bedroom suites, one two-bedroom and one studio suite.
Purchase prices start at $210,000.
i These enchantingly decorated suites share a large heated pool surrounded
by lush gardens which was the star of the 2005 Island Garden Club tour.
i 12:1 ratio investment. The average new purchase price on Anna Maria
Island has a purchase price to gross rent ratio of 25 to 1. Siam Garden
Resort Suites enjoy an outstanding 12 to 1 ratio, more than twice the
average. Example: One SGR suite priced at $350,000 generates
about $30,000. annually.
To reserve your cash cow condo in paradise,
(all Barry Gould (448-5500) or Ted Schlegel (518-6117)

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PHONE: 941.778.6849*TOLL FREE: 800.778.9599
FAX: 941.779.1750
Licensed Real Estate Broker Ann Coron

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With a dedication to
Classic Coastal Arcliitecture these
Bungalows offer open airy floor
plans, front and rear sun decks,
hardwood floors, granite
countertops, pools, metal roofs,
hardi plank siding and upgraded
amenities throughout.

Call Greg Ross: 773-2296

Boyd -Realty
EST. 1952
Catchers Marina Office
5505 Marina Drive (941) 778-8388

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Situated on Holmes Blvd.
these two Beach
Bungalows are a short
walk to the beach.
Enjoy the modern
conveniences of new
construction while living
in a pristine location.

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Two brand new Beach
Bungalows ideally
situated on a quiet street
west of Marina Drive.
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Rare 5BR/3.5BA, across from beach access
with spacious open floor plan. Large kitchen
with breakfast bar; Master suite on main floor.
Tile floors, screened lanai and a large open.
deck-great for tanning! Oversized four-car
garage. $1,240,00. .

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Anna Maria Island Home Specialist
(941) 779-0034 9906 Gulf Drive
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SHave It All!
Steps to the beach, your own
very private pool, nestled in the
cool trees of the island. This
home is. a delightful blend of
"Old Florida Cottage" and the
updated amenities of today...
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Sspa'. Call Carolyn or Sandy
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LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
-fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
(941) 723-1107.

NURSING COMPANION: Will live in and care for.
the elderly. Mature, dependable, experienced.
References. (941) 746-5731.

NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten pay.
Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902 S.
Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call (941) 778-3953.
NURSES NEEDED for long-term home care for
lady with spinal injury. Hoyer lift. Four-hour
morning and overnight shifts. (941) 383-6953.
WANTED: DETAIL HOUSE cleaner. Part-time, $13/
hour. Must be available anytime. (941) 778-3519.

OFFICE POSITION: Part time, knowledge of
QuickBooks a plus. Reservations, general office
work. Seahorse Beach Resort, Longboat Key.
Call for an appointment, (941) 383-2417.

HOUSEKEEPER WANTED: Small island resort.
(941) 778-0910.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander._

C/A l Gulfstream Realty
MfI X 401 Manatee Avenue Holmes Beach

Contact Annique
to find out how
S easy it can be.
Call me at (941) 448-4939

Waterfront homes and condo's from the
$500,000's. Properties in all areas -
some with acreage. Call for details!
Barbara Ragan
322-6203 or 545-6371

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
(941) 778-0492.
Library. Duties include checking books in/out,
reshelving, and generally assisting library patrons.
Call Eveann Adams, (941) 779-1208.

male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Zachary, (941) 779-9783.
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
intermediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call (941) 778-0944.
BABYSITTER: Responsible 10th-grader, great with
kids, Tirst-aid certified. Charlotte, (941) 756 5496.
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, (941)
761-1569. Red Cross certified.

SANDBAGS DELIVERED: Be prepared. Local teen
will make and deliver sandbags to your Island
residence. Spencer, (941) 778-0944 to order.
WANT AN IRISH baby-sitter? Gemma, responsible,
experienced 15-year old. Red Cross babysitting and
first-aid certified. (941) 447-9657.
Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at
www.islander.org. And it's FREE!

Prime direct Gulf
view turnkey
furnished I BD/IBA
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1 rental history. 2006
bookings already in
place Offered for


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'This delightful 4BR/3BA captivating -i- .
island retreat is situated on two -
platted lots located directly across the
street from the beach! Amenities
include lush tropical landscaping and
blooming flowers, a wonderful stone fireplace, soaring cathedral ceilings
of, knotty tongue-in-groove pine, loft area with adjoining mofher-in-law
apartment, French doors and a wonderful secluded lanai. This choice, high
and dry hideaway offers unlimited possibilities for expansion or renovation.
Priced at $750,000 for the home and $500,000 for the buildable lot.

60x85', across street from GULF $500,000
57.5x110' across street from BAY $675,000
100x224' two BAYFRONT lots. $2,500,000 each
Visit our Web site at www.betsyhills.com

Heather Absten
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MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent refer-
ences. Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
(941) 545-7508.

wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941)

CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and
training. Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.

CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate to-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
TOM'S WINDOWS: Door and window repairs and
replacement. Sales, service, parts. E-mail
metrohs@msn.com. (941) 730-1399.
CLEAN POWER WASHING. Driveways, patio,
concrete, pool decking, fences, boats and more-.
Satisfaction guaranteed. (941) 224-6627.

R@ggT 9lD CEcrY o0f

Newly renovated
3BR hideaway is
just a short stroll
to the beach.
Includes many
lovely amenities.
Reduced to $575,000.
Call Chris for more
information at

636 S. Gulfview

r Blvd. Clearwater Beach

The fbsten Team
Professional REALTORS representing
buyers and sellers % ith
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13,728 SF duplex lot, w/ the bonus of a recently renovated duplex.
Don't miss this one! Six bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and plenty of room for
TWO pools! Call today for more details! $849,000

Enjoy Island living in this beautifully remodeled -. W t'; ''" .
home located in Anna Maria. Granite counter tops,
wood floors, brand new carpet, beautiful tongue and '
groove vaulted ceilings, custom tiled showers, and
much more! It's a must see! $799,000 S

-I t. 3 bedroom, 2 bath custom home just 2 blocks from
Sthe beach on a quiet cul-de-sac. Very well
.m' 'Im* maintained, large bedrooms, master suite with
I Ill dual showers, oversized 2-car garage with work-
x. --- '" shop area in back bonus recreation area
.... 1 downstairs, and lots of storage. Large side yard
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy's Established in 1983
L1awn \ Celebrating 23 Years of
S Ser ic Quality & Dependable Service.
S ce Call us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778.4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
''t. Replacement Doors and Windows
r- Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
^ S Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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2217 GULF DIVE NODTiH* BRADEIN'ON BEACH. f, 34217 ;. .
INCE: 1939
Office: (941) 778-2246 792- 8628
E-mail: haroldsmall@wagnerrealty.com .

On vacation orjust hate doing laundry? Why bother?
Full Service Wash/Dry/Fold/lron PU/Delivery Self Service
Cool & Clean 627 59th St. W. Bradenton 720-3622

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Photography by Rolf Bertram 779"3937
Award Whinning Panoramas
Fine Art Po-a tL ait Studio
House Panoramas inside and outside
Studio & Gallery in Art League Building
Open by appointment 7 days a week

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Free replacement estimates
Indoor air quality-UV, Hepa, Duct sanitizing
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Civil and Criminal Kendra D. Presswood
Appeals, Employment Law
1806 Manatee Ave. W., Bradcnton FL 34205, 749-6433
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MASTER YOUR Computer! No school, book or
person can teach as much or fast as this retired
computer teacher. Repairs. (941) 383-5372.

MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in
construction trades. "I'm handy to have .around."
(941) 778-4561.

HOUSE CLEANING: Ten years experience.
Excellent references. Ask for Sunshine. Call (941)
345-6768 or 761-7658.

ANNA MARIA AUDIO: Car audio and video, custom
wheels, alarms, neon navigation, sales and installs.
Scott Brooks, (941) 720-4873.
NEW VISIONS: PAINTING, exterior/interior,'
pressure washing, waterproofing and restoration,
handyman services, etc. We get-'er done for a good
price! Call (941) 538-3052, local guys.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelley Ragan. Quality portraits,
weddings, beach photography, babies, even pets!
Reasonable. (941) 447-8892.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flite,.saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941) 792-0160.
MURALIST, Mark Burdette. Custom murals, interior
or exterior, landscapes and more. (941) 447-9637.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or
replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, (941) 795-7411. RA005052.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a.picture. A professional
creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For-a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance,
landscaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
(941) 778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If.
it is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior
discount. Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.

native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Top quality lawn and
landscape maintenance. Now accepting new
accounts at great rates. Please call (941) 778-2335
or 284-1568.

installation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard.
Hauling: all kinds of,gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell
phone" (941) 720-0770.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell (941) 448-3857.

installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
(941) 729-9381.

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, clean-ups,
shell, rock, palms, aquascapes, tree work. Truck for
hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941) 727-5066.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, (941) 795-5100.
contractors..In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941)
778-2993. License #CRC 035261.
estimates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal
at (941) 778-1730.
CHRISTI,E'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free. estimates, no overtime charges. Now
certifying back flow at water meters.
(FL#RF0038118) (941) 778-3924 or 778-4461.

STILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt,:reliable, many Island references, Call Neil,
(941) 726-3077.,

ROOFING' REPAIRS and replacements.
Remodeling, repairs, additions, screen rooms,
kitchens, baths. Free .estimates License
#CGCO61519, #CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured.
Accepting MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.

All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting,
Insured. Member of Better Business. Bureau. Paul
Beauregard, (941) 779-2294.

KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, (941) 748-4711.

TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. (941) 792-1367, or 726-1802. ,

MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and resto-
ration. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. Call Javier at (941) 685-5163 or 795-6615.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling,
pressure washing and tree trimming. Call (941)
778-6170 or 447-2198.
repairs,.hand and spray texturing, acoustic ceilings,
painting, tiling and shower doors. Clean, honest,
reliable. Free estimate. Credit cards accepted.
F.A.W. Remodeling, (941) 586-4695.
HOME IMPROVEMENT: Repair, painting, tile.
Local references. 25 years experience. Call John,
(941) 778-3713.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free
in-home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. (941) 778-3526 or 730-0516.
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RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., (941) 778-6665 or
(800) 749-6665.

POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let..Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Man-
aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-1515.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes
to.beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/
dryer, garage, designer furnished with tropical yard
setting. One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/
weekly or $6,000/monthly. Call 713-0034 or e-mail:.
1BR/1 BA with breathtaking sunsets. Pools, Jacuzzi,
-walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. (901) 301-8299 or e-mail
MARINERS COVE: Annual unfurnished 3BR/2.5BA
bayfront unit with fabulous views and 2,158 sf of
living area. Gated community with heated pool,
tennis, elevator and protected deep-water boat:
dock. Call.Dave. Moynihan, Realtor/owner,. (941)
778-2246 or 720-0089.

SPACIOUS ISLAND VILLA: 2BR/2BA split plan with
Florida room, garage and laundry. 1,300-plus sf. Fruit
trees, walk to White Avenue beach. Annual, $1,225/
month. Unfurnished.. (941) 745-0959 or 778-1589.

WE ARE BOOKING rentals for 2006. Wide variety
of condos and houses starting at $1,500/month.
Annual rental; Ironwood, 2BR/2BA condo on golf
course, $1,000/month; Sandy Pointe, 2BR/2BA,
furnished, pool, seven-month .rental, $1,100.
SunCoast Real- Estate, (941) 779-0202.

-SEASIDE BUNGALOW: Summer rates $1,800/
month, $500/week. One short block to Anna Maria
City Pier. Very cute! 2BR/1BA, pet friendly. Call
Maureen (941) 778-0542 or 730-0587 for more
VACATION RENTALS in the Village of Cortez.
Adorable 2BR updated apartments in a very quiet
setting. Walk and bicycle the 75 acres of preserva-
tion trails around the village. Stroll to great local fish
restaurants and still only one mile to the beach! Well
behaved pets allowed. Call Maureen (941)
778-0542 or 730-0587 for more information.
CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN Sarasota: Unfurnished
1BR/1BA apartment. $650/month for six month
lease. References, first, last and deposit.
Call Jackie, (941) 929-7165.
community, end-unit villa, heated pool, tennis,
covered carport. 2BR/2BA furnished, $1,200/month
or 1BR/2BA unfurnished, $950/month. (508)
574-3352. E-mail a.desmarais@comcast.net.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA luxury condo,
downtown river-front Bradenton. Great view, gated
community. $1,250/month. (941) 720-1712.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA furnished condo.
West Bradenton, five minutes to beaches. $2,700/
month. (708) 532-2149.

ANNUAL RENTALS: Flamingo Cay, beautiful
canalfront 3BR/2BA, screened pool, new boat dock.
with lift, tile floors, $1,800/month, includes pool andc
lawn service; Sunbow Bay, 2BR/2BA condo,
covered parking, pool, tennis courts, washer/dryer,
close to shopping, $1,1'00/month, no pets. Please
call Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, (941) 778-2246.

SANDPIPER RESORT on Gulf Drive: 55-plus
community, fully equipped 1BR/1BA beachhouse
with greatroom and kitchen. Brand new! Steps to
the beach or Intracoastal. All utilities including trash,
except phone. Rent weekly to annually. No pets.
E-mail Tennishofo@aol.com. (317) 873-3307.

newly remodeled with brand new appliances. Just
minutes to beach. A must see! (941) 778-8499.

WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1 BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week;
Gulffront cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton
Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call
Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, (941) 778-2246.

ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA beachfront condo,
55-plus, $1,200/month; 2BR/1BA Anna Maria,
$900/month; 2BR/1BA Holmes Beach duplex,
across from beach, $800/month; 1BR/1BA duplex
on Peacock Lane, $700/month. Call An Island
Place Realty, (941) 779-0733.

with pristine beach right out your back door. Call
Island Real Estate, (941) 778-6066.
NICE 2BR MOBILE home: Refurbished on creek at
Tropical Mobile Home Park. Pool, whirlpool. Huge
recreation room, seats 1,000. Ten minutes to
beach. $1,000/month, six-month lease. (863)
688-3524, or e-mail chickenplucker@webtv.net.

1BA duplex on lake with dock. Block to beach.
Garage, washer/dryer. No pets. $825/month, plus
utilities. (941) 232-3704.

SIT AND WATCH the boats go by as the sun sets:
Bayfront 2BR/2BA condo with gated community
and pool. $1,100/month. Call Island Real Estate,
(941) 778-6066.

Perico Bay Club. Ask about our move-in specials.
All units 2BR, pets welcome. Anna Maria Gulf Coast
Properties, (941) 782-5609.

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"Profegsional Excellence"
Residential-Commercial Interior & Exterior
Serving the Islands since 1969. 778-5594 After 5 Call
Licensed and Insured 778-3468

S James King
Painting & Renovation
For all your home improvement needs
(941) 778-8431 Licensed & Insured

The Paver Brick Store
8208 Cortez Road W. Bradenton 34210 (941) 794-6504
9:00 AM til Noon,.or by Appointment
Pool Deck, Patio and Driveway Renovations
Design Build

Faux painting Cabinet refinishing
Furniture restoration Custom painting
Jackson Holmes, owner (941) 812-3809

(941) 962-0395
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Lawn care PLUS native plants.
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ANNA MARIA BEAUTIFUL 2BR condo with boat
dock. Turnkey furnished, across from bay. $1,600/
month, $500/week, $100/night. (941) 778-4451.

FURNISHED ROOM with bath in Holmes Beach.
$130/week, two week deposit. No pets. (941)

2BR/1 BA with dock, turnkey condo. Views of canal,
walk to city pier and shops. Nonsmoking, no pets.
$1,200/month. Sandy Rich Realty, (941)-779-0034.

room, den, large master, furnished, island decor,
washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD, VCR. Avail-
able now through Dec. 1. $1,950/month. (941) 778-
5522. E-mail DOTFLINN@MSN.COM for photos.

1 BR/1BA, 750 sf, 100 feet to the bay. $750/month,
including water and trash. Last and security. (949)

HOLMES BEACH: DEEP sailboat water on canal
with dock. 3BR/2BA updated home, new kitchen
with granite countertop. Water views, walk to beach.
Annual. (941) 545-6118.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1,BA or' 2BR/1BA With pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3426. Web site

dominiums, west Bradenton. Close to beach. Start-.
ing at $329,900. Call Cori Woods, (941) 761-0444.

Intracoastal, 1BR/1.5BA, possibly 2BR. Low lot
rent. $59,900. (941) 704-6947.

NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA, one-car ga-
rage.. Unit 24, Holmes Boulevard. $525,000.
Excalibur Realty Inc., (941) 792-5566.,

The Oldest Mortgage Co. on Anna Maria Island
Linda G. Davis Ted E. Davis
Licensed Mortgage Brokers
S* Conforming and jumbo loans.
S1st and 2nd mortgages.
SNo closing cost home equity lines of credit.
100% purchase money mortgages.
SResidential and commercial mortgages.
Private money available for those
hard-to-place loans.

(941) 779-2113.
| f .- 502 72nd Street
Holmes Beach

RUNAWAY BAY CONDO: Rarely available 2BR/
2BA. Remodeled kitchen, completely repainted
interior. Air conditioner two years old. $410,000, or
best offer. Don't wait! Call Harold, Wagner Realty,
(941) 741-1768.

2BR/2BA BRAND NEW villa. Never lived in, all new
appliances. Only $78/monthly fee. $249,000. Call
Bill (941) 518-9300, days or 795-5100, evenings.

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NEW RELEASE 20-percent discount for reservation
holders only. Coastal Georgia gated, deep-water
access.- Wooded, lagoon and golf course
homesites. Call for reservation information, (877)

TENNESSEE NEW'waterfront property- from
$19,900! Waterview property from $9.900! Water-
front lot and cabin packages, $59,900! Call (866)-
770-5263, ext. 8 for details.

NORTH CAROLINA: cool. mountain air, views,
streams, homes, cabins, acreage. Free brochure,
mountain property, (800) 642-5333. Realty of
Murphy, 317 Peachtree St., Murphy NC 28906.

the cool beautiful peaceful mountains of western N.C.
mountains. Homes, cabins, acreage, investments.
Cherokee Mountain Realty, GMAC Real Estate,
Murphy. www.cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for
free brochure, (800) 841-5868.

LAKEVIEW MOUNTAIN property: 3.13 acres,
$57,990. Spectacular property offering breathtaking
lake and mountain views. Located 20 minutes from
Helena, Mont. at Caryon Ferry Lake. Soils tested,
utilities, ready to build on. Call owner, (888) 770-2240.

EAST ALABAMA MOUNTAIN property for sale one.
hour west of Atlanta in Piedmont, Ala. great for en-
joyment or investment 15.acres, $54,250; 512
acres, $1,485,000. More information, call Gary
McCurdy, (256) 239-8001.

Dedicated to service
S* Expertise in renovation
and rehabilitation
Island, waterfront and area
._ ,.. ~ lifestyle specialist.
-- The JEWEL of Gulf Coast Real Estate
__ -- '. -Contact Amy for all of your
1_ 1- '*. r ':" REAL ESTATE needs!

1 941-779-1811

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breathtaking view of Gulf and beach. Deeded
beach access. Upstairs unit with parking
below. $925,000. Contact Quentin Talbert,

GULF WATCH 2 BD/2 BA with almost 1,300
sf of living space. Tile throughout. Nicely
furnished & rental friendly too. Walk across
the street to white sandy beach. Asking
$459,000. Call Cindy 941-504-6176.

2BR/2BA turnkey furnished with good rental
history. Large fishing pier and community boat
dock. Laundry room in unit. $589,000..Contact
Dave Vande Vrede, 778-4800.


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years new condo with lake view. Completely
furnished. Close to the recreation facilities.
Shopping and beaches nearby. Great rental
or retire in a resort. Super investment prop-
erty! $179,000 Call Dave Jones at 778-4800.

Turnkey 2BD/ 2BA unit with wide open water
views. Covered parking and a boat dock, as
well. Don't miss this one! $555,000- Call Dick
Maher or Dave Jones 778-4800.

DON'T MISS THIS ONE! Completely remod-
eled island duplex. 3BR/2BA on both sides.
Beautiful ceramic tile throughout this breezy
floorplan. Kitchens and baths newly updated,
too. Turnkey and already rented for the
season. "$1,400,000. Call Dave Jones at

NORTH CAROLINA Mountains four acres on
mountain top, view, trees, waterfall and large pub-
lic lake nearby, $49,500. Owner, (866) 789-8535,

MAKE THIS SUMMER the best! East Tennessee's
Norris Lake and golf properties make every year spe-
cial. Starting at only $24,900. call Lakeside Realty,
(423) 626-5820. www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.

NORTH CAROLINA Mountains. 1.90 acres With 50-
mile view and hardwood trees. Financing available
at $39,000 with little down. Perfect for, log cabin.
This one won't last, call today. (800) 699-1289 or

WESTERN NEW MEXICO equestrian estates. 40-
800 acres, mountain views, big game, adjoins pub-
lic land. Telephone, electric. Starting, $39,990. 100-
percent owner financing. (505) 788-2220.

SPECIAL OFFERS pre-construction opportunities
Ala., Tex., Miss, Geo, Fla., Nev., S.C. From $199,000-
$2,000,000. www.beachclubinvestments.com (877)
BCI-5020.. Flexible financial options provided by
www.allpointe.com free pre-qualification.

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Gulf Front
Residence for Sale
Stunning 2BR condo-
minium. Margaritas and .-Sb
Jimmy Buffett music
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Beautiful Key Royale home
With family room, formal din-
ing room and eat-in kitchen
* Located on the end of canal
'and across the street from Bay
* New tile flooring and kitchen
completely remodeled with
cherry wood cabinets, corian counter tops all corian in bath. *
Heated pool overlooking canal with two-car garage. Fantastic *
*bay view if second addition was added. $1,200,000. *
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Northwest Bradenton Waterfront Home. Beautiful waterfront home on a quiet
street in Shaws Point. One of the-finest waterfront locations in Bradenton,
sailboat water, no bridges! Split-floorplan, two-cargarage, screened in lap pool,
new dock with 16,000 lb. lift and room for three-boats. A must see! $749,000.
Call Jesse Brisson (941) 713-4755

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One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
hW en you choose Chjase you
VV re guaranteed b,y a anric
of products outlcrd by one ot the
nation rop morrgag-e lenders.
Plju, the kno:-ledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes ~ ho
are familiar vich and dedicated

to oudr lo.al community.


So. .; hareevr 'your mortgage
needs tfied arte, adjustable rae., iumbo, govern-
men, i:all Ron ,'.ilt foa r i free :on ul[,riin ti
(941) -61-9808 124 hours or (800i 559-8025.

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Super central +
Holmes Beach &
location. Turnkey furnished. Makes a great
rental! Offered at $869,000.
For more details call
Gayle simpson schulz...
Jim Anderson Realty Company
S rPO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue* Anna Maria, FL 34216
4- 941.778.4847
toll free 1.800.772.3235

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never had a property not sell! .- REAL ESTATE COMPANY

Island Aussie
Geoffrey Wall, G.R.I. P.A.
(941) 545-0206

4004 5TH AVE.

4003 4TH AVE.

3224 East Bay Drive
Holmes Beach
(941) 778-0700

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The Jewel in the crown completes the most successful residential/investment development in the Island's history. Pre-con-
struction prices with permanent financing available for qualified buyers. These magnificent 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom Villas
feature: expansive great rooms with fireplaces, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens with granite finish, elevator and private
swimming pool. A half block to public beach, restaurants, boutiques and market with partial Gulf and bay views. S1,250.000.
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PANORAMIC BAYFRONT 4BR/2.5BA home with unique waterfront setting.
120-foot bay frontage and 80-foot canal frontage with dock and vertical lift.
d Home is constructed of natural cedar with open beamed ceilings in every
-_ room. Solar heated pool is surrounded by tiered decking and gazebo.
Very private tropical setting with unsurpassed views of the bay.
Offered furnished. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246. #509147. $1,695,000.

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VILLAS AT HOMES BEACH E.cltus,.e, gated
enclave ol just nine townhomes being cornstrucled
on the Inlracodstal 3,10o0 e1. plus two-c r garage
Marble and wood floors, loi.irmn e kilcnens.
Marketed in coniunction wtlh RJ Realiv Karen
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A RARE FIND! Anna MarIa Gulffroni lot Becky
Smith or Elli Starred. 778-2246 #504998.

depth-140' Dock Imagine Old Florida in quiet
private setting on the Manalee River Thousands
in impact fee credits. Flood A- 10 Sandy Halrnon,
722-1347 #507417 $1 500.000.

Perfect for an active family. Two-story open
plan on a cul-de-sac Custom oak entry door,
oak floors ceilings up Io 21 feel. Fireplace,
pool, cook center and sports cou.r Jane
Tnsworth. 761-3100. #508293. $850,000

BOATERS DELIGHT C.anrallrorii -BR 2E. ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA HOME Cc.mpllesl.,
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