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T Anna Maria
the news ... Islanders march for peace in Washington, D.C., page 19
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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 13, No. 51 Oct. 26, 2005 FREE
Whew! Wilma Island washout
By Rick Catlin
While Hurricane Wilma may have pounded large
portions of southwest Florida near Naples, the Cat-
egory III hurricane was merely an inconvenience to
Anna Maria Island.
None of the three Island cities reported any major
damage, although power was out in most of Holmes
Beach and some areas of Anna Maria from around 12:30
a.m. Monday morning to about 11:30 a.m. that day.
One section of North Shore Drive in Anna Maria
remained without power after most of the Island re-
gained its electricity. Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said
a transformer had blown and that section of North
Shore Drive was cordoned off from traffic until Florida
Hurricane Wilma had barely passed when a strong cold
front blew across the Island, prompting some folks to
head to the beach to check out the high surf- again.
Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Power and Light workers could restore power.
Also in Anna Maria, the barge used by the Goodloe
Marine for pipe storage in its beach renourishment
Joselin's little jack.o'.lantern
This little pumpkin went to market (Publix), and Joselin Presswood selected and purchased it, then took it to
grandmother's house (Bonner Joy), where she promptly drew it a face, cleaned and cut it out and displayed it with
an illuminating candle. Joselin is a third-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Island voters disappearing,
homestead exemptions rising
By Rick Catlin
S Maybe Island residents are apathetic over elections
and are turning in their voter registration cards for a
While the number of registered voters on Anna
Maria Island declined by 822 (12.3 percent) from 2000
to 2005, the number of homestead exemptions during
that same period rose by 116.
According to the Manatee County Property Ap-
praisers Office, the number of homestead exemptions
S on the Island rose from 2,284 in 2000 to 2,450 in 2005,
a gain although modest of 7.3 percent.
The number of homestead exemptions in Anna Maria
rose from 612 to 682 during the five-year period, while
Bradenton Beach-exemptions climbed from 246 to 296
during the same five years. Only Holmes Beach, the larg-
est of the three Island cities, had a drop, falling from 1,426
exemptions five years ago to 1,422 this year.
Island elected officials believe it's a case of absen-
tee property owners choosing to make their Island
home their permanent residence to take advantage of
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project broke its moorings offshore of Bayfront Park
and was grounded in shallow water by the park.
SueLynn said company officials expect to move the
barge back to its moorings once normal tides return.
Anna Maria also got some additional real estate
from Wilma. A sandbar located about 200 yards north
of the Sandbar restaurant appears to have grown sev-
eral hundred feet farther out into the Gulf of Mexico,
while a new sandbar has formed just off Bean Point.
Holmes Beach Superintendent of Public Works Joe
Duennes reported no major damage in the city, aside from
the usual street flooding and palm fronds torn down.
,Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie said his city
also had no major damage.
"We were lucky once again," said SueLynn.
Key Royale Bridge
price jumps to
.By Rick Cadin
S Islander Reporter
There probably aren't a lot of happy campers on
the Holmes Beach City Commission this week.
The Florida Department of Transportation in-
formed Mayor Carol Whitmore last week that the cost
of the Key Royale Bridge has jumped nearly 44 per-
cent, from $2.7 million to $3.9 million because of in-
creased fuel and materials costs.
The DOT's original estimate was $2.7 million, and
the city budgeted that amount in its 2005-06 budget, plan-
ning to borrow the money from a Florida League of Coun-
ties funding plan for such projects. The DOT has pledged
to reimburse the city for the bridge in its 2007-08 budget.
Now, said Whitmore, the DOT has told her that its
contractors have reset the estimate to the higher figure
because of the surge in energy prices and construction
materials following the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Whitmore is expected to ask the commission to raise
its loan request in the budget to $3.9 million, but even that
amount might have to be hiked early next year.
"The DOT won't open the bids until January, so we
still won't know the exact amount until then," she said.
Construction of the new bridge is scheduled to
begin next year.
delayed by Wilma
Due to the closure of Anna Maria City Hall Oct. 24,
and an emergency operations advisory to "keep off the
streets" during the anticipated high winds and rain brought
to the area by Hurricane Wilma Monday, The Islander
agreed to postpone its planned political forum for candi-
dates for Anna Maria City Commission from 5:30 p.m.
Monday, to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at city hall.
In addition, the forum for candidates for Holmes
Beach City Commission planned for 7 p.m. Monday,
has been postponed until 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
All voters and politically interested persons are
welcome to attend, submit questions to the moderator,
and meet and mingle with candidates.
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Homestead filers increase
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the homestead exemption and the fact that under
Florida law, once a house is homesteaded, property
taxes cannot increase more than 3 percent per year.
"I don't think we're gaining any population," said
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore. "People are
just tired of paying those high taxes for their winter
home. It's easier just to make the Island your perma-
Figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce
would seem to confirm Whitmore's belief that the Is-
land is not gaining more people.
The latest DOC population estimates for the Island
compared with the 2000 census show Anna Maria Island
has had almost no population growth the past five years,
gaining just 134 residents, according to the DOC.
The Island population has inched its way up from
8,262 people to 8,504 the past five years, an unimpres-
sive 3-percent gain.
During that same period, the population of Mana-
tee County increased by nearly 15 percent, adding
about 35,000 people to surpass the 300,000 population
mark this year, the census bureau estimated.
Holmes Beach has had a virtual population explo-
sion since 2000, jumping from 4,966 residents to 5,100,
a gain of 134 people in just five years.
Bradenton Beach has also had a population in-
crease the past five years, rising from 1,482 people to
1,536, a jump of 54 people.
If that sounds like a people boom, it isn't. The 1990
U.S. Census counted 1,657 people in Bradenton Beach.
The current population estimate represents a 10 percent
decline in 15 years.
Anna Maria had little increase in population, gain-
ing just 52 people in five years to reach an estimated
1,868 permanent population.
"That doesn't make sense," said Anna Maria
Mayor SueLynn. "My feeling is that. we're losing
people to investors, not gaining homesteaded families."
One possible explanation for the decline in voter
registration compared with the rise in homestead ex-
emptions is that more and more nonresident
homeowners could now be declaring their Island home
as their permanent residence, yet continuing to main-
The barge used by Goodloe Marine to store pipes for
its Island beach renourishment project broke its
anchor during the high winds of Hurricane Wilma
and became stuck in the shallow waters off Bayfront
Park. The barge posed no threat to land, said Mayor
SueLynn, and Goodloe Marine was expected to tow
the barge to its original mooring once the winds and
high seas subsided. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
tain their northern homes and voter registration lo-
"If you live here six months and a day, you can
declare you are a permanent resident and nobody
checks," the mayor said. "There's no accountability."
She also suggested that some people who receive
a homestead exemption might be tempted to "fudge" a
bit on whether or not they live in the house for six
months or more every year.
The figures are a bit "strange," conceded
Whitmore, but she could not say positively it's because
investors are switching residency to her city, but not
actually moving and registering to vote.
Investors, she believes, are constantly buying
homes and quietly converting them into seasonal or
weekly rental units.
However, it would not surprise her if these inves-
tors maintained their Holmes Beach address as their
permanent residence and garnered all the benefits of a
homestead exemption and the 3-percent maximum
annual tax increase, yet continued to live elsewhere.
"That would make sense," she added, "because I
just don't believe we have a lot of families moving in
on a permanent basis.
"I've been trying for years to restrict this type of
activity so that our city's homes can't function as mo-
tels," she said, and the issue will be addressed in the
Wilma KOs power
Deputies from Anna Maria's Manatee County
Sheriff's Office substation were forced to close a
portion of North Shore Drive Monday after a
downed power line posed a threat to motorists and
walkers. The power outage affected only a small
portion of the city. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
city's proposed comprehensive plan revisions currently
being prepared by the planning commission.
Whitmore is also worried that fewer and fewer
voters are deciding important issues and electing can-
didates 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 gigan-
tic 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.
He also believes non-resident property owners are
just taking advantage of Florida law to gain a home-
stead exemption and halt their rising property taxes. "I
don't think for a minute we are increasing our popula-
tion," he said.
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 condominiums for
rental units or second homes," he said. "We are in serious
danger of losing our voting and population base."
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BIEO hurricane meeting timely
By Rick Catlin
Faced last week with the prospect of Category 5
Hurricane Wilma striking near Anna Maria Island, mem-
bers of the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials
had a timely meeting Oct. 20 with Manatee County Chief
of Emergency Management Laurie Feagans to discuss
lessons learned by Feagans and other county staff during
their time assisting with the Hurricane Katrina relief ef-
fort in Mississippi.
Feagans, along with West Manatee Fire & Rescue
District Assistant Chief Brett Pollock, stressed the need
for Island cities to establish a continuity of operations
plans in the event of a storm such as Hurricane Katrina.
In addition, Feagans said Island governments need to
first take care of staff before turning its attention to citi-
zens, because once the staff is secure, they will be better
able to care for city residents.
Pollock stressed the need for Island residents to get
off the Island if an evacuation is ordered. It's a mistake
to think one can ride out a Category 4 hurricane just be-
cause someone has lived through other storms, he said.
In Waveland, Miss., where Pollock was assigned af-
ter Katrina, more than 80 people, died because they did not
evacuate but chose to ride out the storm, a mistake that
cost them their lives.
He noted that during Hurricane Charley, a number of
longtime Island residents elected to remain rather than
evacuate. If Charley had struck the Island as forecast,
Pollock said, those people would not be around to talk
But police can't force anyone to evacuate, said Sgt.
John Kenney of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
substation in Anna Maria. What he and his officers will
do for the next evacuation, however, is give toe-tags for
body identification to those people who decide to remain
in the face of a catastrophic hurricane.
Feagans also suggested Island cities invest in a sys-
tem of satellite telephones to communicate with each
other and the county during an emergency. In Mississippi,
cell phonesland telephones and electricity were all out
for several days and the only reliable communication was
via satellite phones. While the phones are expensive,
Feagaps said nobody will care about the cost when
Katrina lessons for Wilma
Laurie Feagans of the Manatee County Emergency
Management Office spoke to the Barrier Island Elected
Officials Oct. 20. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The Island cities also need a staging area somewhere
inland to bring essential equipment, such as vehicles and
generators, to ride out the storm, she said.
City governments need to get their Web sites up and
running as fast as possible following an emergency, es-
tablish a command center and have someone giving infor-
mation to the press constantly.
Feagans suggested the Island cities get their continu-
ity plans ready by next hurricane season at the latest, and
she hoped they wouldn't be caught short due to Wilma.
Some governmental offices were closed Monday in
anticipation of tropical-storm force winds and large
amounts of rainfall in the area due to the arrival in South
Florida of Hurricane Wilma overnight.
Anna Maria decided Sunday to close city operations
for the day, according to Mayor SueLynn, when she
learned Manatee County and the cities of Bradenton and
Palmetto would be closed.
She said emergency managers were "urging folks to
stay off the streets," and she determined it would be bet-
ter not to require anyone to go outdoors.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said Sunday
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Anna Maria City
Oct. 26, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and Enhance-
ment Committee meeting.
Oct. 27, 7 p.nm., city commission meeting. Agenda: Consent
agenda, department reports, communications tax ordinance
public hearings, public hearing on property debris mitigation
ordinance, attendance rule ordinance first reading, capital
improvements project discussion and public comment.
Nov. 1, 7 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
Oct. 27, 2:30 p.m., city commission work meeting on con-
Oct. 27, 5 p.m., mock trial by code enforcement board, fol-
lowed by regular meeting at 7 p.m.
Nov. 1, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Nov. 1,3 p.m., city commission work meeting on city pier.
Nov. 1,6 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting on com-
prehensive plan. -
Nov. 2, 1 p.m., city commission work meeting on project
manager position description, planning fee proposal and
building charge proposal.
Bradenton Beach City Hall,. 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Oct. 26, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Oct. 27, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Nov. 2, 5 p.m., parks, beautification committee meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
afternoon that she would discuss options with Police
Chief Jay Romine, but for the time being, she was asking
staff "who can safely make it to the city" to come to work.
Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie said Sunday
that he did not anticipate closing city hall Monday.
All public schools were closed Monday. There was
to be no garbage or recyle collection by Waste Manage-
ment in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach until the next
regular collection day. There was to be no Manatee
County Area Transit service other than what was required
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Things were expected to be back to normal Tuesday.
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Gulffront homeowner ordered to fix house pre-storm
By Rick Catlin
People who rent the house at 103 Sea Grape Lane
in Anna Maria don't have far to go to find the Gulf of
Mexico. It's directly under their front porch at high
Mayor SueLynn said the city was going to issue a
notice to the owners to fix or replace the front porch,
which is constructed on posts dug into the beach, be-
fore the entire structure collapses in the Gulf of
Mexico. The house is located just north of Newton
Lane off North Shore Drive.
Thankfully, word of the notice apparently reached
owner Steve Isherwood in Connecticut just in time. On
the day last week the notice was to be mailed,
Isherwood applied for a building permit to fix the porch
"It's a safety issue," said the mayor. The porch, and
indeed the entire house, could easily fall into the Gulf
of Mexico, creating a safety hazard for boaters, swim-
mers and beach walkers.
In fact, said the mayor last week, she would not be
surprised if Hurricane Wilma finished off the sand
under the house and pushed the entire structure into the
Gulf of Mexico.
The city has closed the beach access at this loca-
tion because erosion has removed much of the.
beachfront, creating a dropoff of several feet from the
access path to the beach. Only a few feet of sand and
some rocks separate the beach access --.and 103 Sea
Grape Lane from the Gulf.
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Anna Maria city officials have asked the owner of this beachfront house at 103 Sea Grape to either fix or
remove the front porch before it collapses into the Gulf of Mexico. Beach erosion the past few years has
pushed the sea to within a few feet of the structure, threatening its collapse in the very near future. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Hunters Hill development proposal unveiled for Cortez
By Jim Hanson ,
Peter Thurell detailed his Hunters Hill project for
Cortez at a neighborhood meeting and met no opposi-
tion, though it is the third major real estate enterprise
outlined there in as many weeks.
The small historic fishing village has, fiercely
fought off any overtures for development for most of
its existence, but apparently found this one something
it could live with.
Within the past three weeks, Bradenton Boat Club
has detailed its proposal to turn the old 4.7-acre'&,C
Marine Sales into a 330-boat dry-storage facility of
four large buildings not far east of Hunters Hill, and the
five-acre w waterfront Cortez Trailer Park at the west end
of the village has been put on the market for sale.
Thurell is a charismatic Swede who splits his time
between Cottez and his seaside home and pharmaceu-
tical business in Sweden.
His father-in-law discovered Cortez in 1980 and
lived there part time, and the Thurells adopted the his-
toric village early on and ultimately built a large home
on the western point of the village, just south of the
Hunters Hill is a large parcel Thurell put together
on the north side of Cortez Road just east of the bridge.
On it Thurell's "very early" proposal is to build 31
single-family homes and four duplexes with two inte-
rior roads, a perimeter walkway patterned after
Coquina's BayWalk on Leffis Key in Bradenton
Beach, and a new waterway designed to be manatee-
friendly. That waterway will make for healthy water
flow and also make most of Hunters Hill an island, he
It reflects the en\ ironmental and wildlife concerns
ingrained in him from his Swedish heritage, he said, for
his native land has strong commitments to nature.
Counterbalancing his adding traffic to Cortez,
Road, he said, is his taking out of Captain John's Ma-
rina, which has room for 13Q boats. "We want to cut
down traffic on the canal," he said, referring to the
navigable waterway that borders his property on two
He said he also acquired considerable canal-side
mangrove area and in another corner remo\ ed an Aus-
tralian pine grove and planted mangroves there instead.
"We won't do anything to any mangroves. I promise."
No final decision has been made on the architec-
tural style of the houses, he said, and Cortezians urged
designs that reflect their village. He said he'd do that
as far as possible.
The houses will be 1,600 to 2,400 square feet over
parking, under tentative plans, but "\ e may bring that
down a lot" for more affordable dwellings, he said. Life-
long Cortez leader Thomas "Blue" Fulford expressed
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Land use changes approved without comment
By Paul Roat
As expected, and without any real public comment,
land use changes were approved unanimously in
Bradenton Beach last Thursday.
In fact, the only comment was from Commis-
sioner-elect Janie Robertson, who wondered why a
,proposed change suggested by the scenic highway
committee to allow political signs to remain standing
for five days after the election, rather than the proposed
three-day expiration, wasn't made. Commissioners
agreed to her amendment.
Land development codes are the implementing
laws to enforce the city's comprehensive plan.
Some highlights of the LDC changes include:
Signs of a value of less than $200 that do not meet
the requirements of the code must be removed or re-
placed within three months. If the sign is valued at less
than $499, the owner has a year to bring it up to code;
sign cost greater than $500 allows the owner five years
to bring it into conformance.
Hunter's Hill project offered
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
concern that only high-income people could afford to live
there. Thurell said he wanted a variety of people but some
of the small houses across the road in the historic village
are bringing up to half a million dollars and "if I sell un-
der market, the buyers could turn around and resell them
for market. I don't know yet how to solve that dileinma.":
He hasn't applied for Manatee Cbunty permits yet, he
said at the meeting, but has discussed it informally with
county officials and has encountered no objections.
Aristotle Shinas, the country s principal planner.
said that the planning staff would critique the proposal
and prepare a report for the county commissioners. He
noted that Jane von Hahmann, county commissioner
who lives in Cortez, was prohibited by the state Gov-
ernment-In-The-Sunshine Laws from attending the
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Non-conforming signs are now those that are
higher than eight feet above the crown of the road for
R-3 zones, or three feet in height in R-1 and R-2 areas
of the city. Commercial zones shall not'have signs
higher than 12 feet above the road. No signs shall be
more than 10 feet in width.
Commercial areas of the city shall not have signs
larger than 96 square feet. Any window signs are in-
cluded in the calculation "including the area of any
window signs and no single-face sign shall exceed 32
square feet, including all pendant and directory signs."
Temporary signs shall not be larger than 24
square feet in size.
Signs shall be at least five feet back from the right
of way, and no free-standing signs on waterfront prop-
erty shall face the water, although wall-mounted signs
New or redeveloped single-family or duplex
structures with a building footprint greater than 3,500
square feet are major developments and are subject to
a greater review process by the city and increased
building permit fees. The review process entails hear-
ings beforeboth the planning and zoning board and the
Condominium conversions that "may implicate a
-change of use" are major developments, as are residen-
tial uses in upper floors over retail structures.
Elevating existing single-family or duplex struc-
tures in residentially zoned areas is allowed as long as
the building footprint does not expand and no habitable
space is created on the ground floor.
Maximum. height of a building shall be no more
than 29 feet above the.Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency's standard of "base-flood elevation" with
the exemption of chimneys, vents and elevator shafts
under the proposed changes.
Setbacks from Gulf Drive will be at least 25 feet.
Exterior stairways may project up to four feet into
meeting at this stage of development, and said. the
meeting itself was not required but was \ oluntlIr\ on
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*Bay windows up to 24 inches in depth and with
a minimum of 18 inches above the ground to a width
of 8 feet may be permitted as long as no more than one
window is in place within 25 lineal feet on the exterior
No removal of erosion-control structures shall be
allowed unless accomplished by federal, state, county
or local government.
Nine varieties of trees are prohibited in new con-
struction, including Australian pines, Brazilian peppers
All structures must be required-to'have street
numbers in contrasting colors no less than 4 inches in
Beachfront lighting must meet Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission technical report
The city has also adopted Manatee County's adult
entertainment ordinance, which prohibits such activi-
ties in the city.
Line-of-sight requirements for building on the Gulf
of Mexico and Anna Maria Sound will be addressed by
the city commission at a later date.
A "City of Bradenton Beach Recommended De-
sign Manual" will also be created.
The first mullet smoke of the season by the Anna
Maria Island Privateers will be Saturday, Nov. 12, at
the Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach, 3900 E.
Chefs from the Privateers civic organization plan
to smoke all night and will open for business at 8 a.m.
and continue sales until they run out of mullet, said
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Season finale: 'Nail-biter'
"No roof, no doors, no windows ...."
Let's hope that popular Anna Maria Island ditty
only applies to the defunct city jail in Anna Maria and
no other structures after Hurricane Wilma's passage to
Face it: It's been a helluva year for storms. Records
were toppled like palm trees in a Cat-5 hurricane..
We've had the most-ever hurricanes, the most power-
ful, the most destructive, the worst response to a hur-
ricane, and arguably the greatest fear factor of any other
And we've still got a little more than a month to go
before hurricane season 2005 officially comes to a
close Nov. 30.
There is a good argument to be made that the sea-
son will come to an end this week, though, thanks to the
arrival of the season's first cold front..Imagine the
weather dynamics we've got here a hurricane blows
through on Monday and a cold wind blows through on
Tuesday. We've gone from one extreme to another in
about 24 hours.
About the only good thing that has come from this
season's storms is that the Island was yet again spared
from direct hits or major damage. It would appear that
the biggest hit we've taken has been to dramatically
delay the beach renourishment project, a small price to
pay in light of losses to the northern Gulf Coast.
Somewhere between biting our nails and experi-
encing delayed "hurricane apathy," we've learned-
some valuable lessons.
The most significant concern lies in evacuation.
Just moving to the mainland in the face of a monster
storm like Katrina no longer suffices. Remember the
tale told by former Islander Scott Blackwell of his de-
parture from Waveland, Miss.? He and his wife went
more than 12 miles inland only to see the ground floor
of their motel flooded by storm surge.
That puts downtown Bradenton under water in a
similar storm event and changes our plans significantly.
Manatee County may soon be looking at updating
its flood plain maps and hazard zones, and conse-
quently, insurance companies will be assessing wind
and flood coverage. It's already happening inPinellas
It's tough to reason with hurricane season.
SBut what have we learned from the havoc?
On the light side, don't believe what power com-
pany representatives working out of Miami tell you
about power restoration.
On the serious side, leave early, go far away, and
be safe when we're threatened by a bad one.
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vation Army and its volunteers. We joyfully thank
you, The Islander, Florida Blood Services, and the
anonymous family foundation who coalesced to form
a wonderfully successful event: an Islandwide Blood
Drive in which the generous, anonymous foundation
contributed $100 to The Salvation Army Katrina Re-
lief;fund for every pint of blood donated that day..
Wbtse:thank all of the kind people who came out
to support this'effort and bloodmobile sponsors at
BeachHouse Restaurant and Publix. We understand
through our friends at Florida Blood Services that 83
blood units were contributed 24 of which came from
new donors! We know that 83 pints of blood can help
as 'many as 249 people... an amazing gift to give to
those in need. But that gift keeps on giving even be-
The resulting cash gift of $8,300 has already been put
to immediate use by The Salvation Army as we continue
to meet the basic and spiritual needs of thousands of
Katrina survivorsnow spread out across 30 states. To date,
we have served more than 752,000 survivors.
The work will continue for many, many months to
We thank you for facilitating and sponsoring a
project that has reached out so meaningfully to those
whose lives have been turned upside down. Many of
those same people have asked us to thank you and to
say "God bless you all."
Major Jack O. Repass, Area Coordinator, The Sal-
It's our future
Two years ago I ended my battle with- the school
board, the construction team and the principal of AME
by asking that the school board change the process in
which they design and build schools to one that truly
gives the community input into the design instead of
- just the illusion of-involvement: Whether or-not-this-
happens, though, lies within our elected officials. Now
the AME.construction team is planning on removing
more trees and I feel more needs to be said.
I've had a lot of time to think about the loss of the
150-year-old oak hammock as it still keeps me awake
at night. At first I was sorry for the trees', after all,
which were so old and their enormous boughs had
shaded many generations of children. Then I was sorry
for the nesting parrots which came, crashing down to
perish. Then I was sorry for the kids who no longer had
a beautiful oak hammock to play under. It was then that
I found who I really needed to feel sorry for the
group of people on the construction team who don't
feel sorry at all.
Now more than ever it is our responsibility as parents
and mentors to teach our children about respecting our
natural resources. The fact that this happened at their own
school can only help them see the importance. Explain to
them how this was wrong, and how we can learn from it
and make a difference. Get the kids outside and take them
to our parks and beaches. For instance, Myakka State Park
has a beautiful tree-top boardwalk. If our children become
passionate about the outdoors and see the beauty in its
resources, we will have done a remarkable job. The future
of our children, their happiness, and the future of our
planet depend on it.
"The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held
its ground. "Author unknown.
Judy Holmes Titsworth, Holmes Beach
Thanks from AID
Thank you to The Islander for sponsoring the All
Island Denominations Under the Harvest Moon dinner
dance. We greatly appreciate all the posters and won-
derful color ads. Your donation of $1,600 worth of
advertising helped us sell tickets and get the word out
and we are very grateful.
Thank you again for assisting us in our fundraiser so
that we can help those in need here on Anna Maria Island.
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 26, 2005 M A-PAGE 7
Four for Island time: Catlin offers his thoughts
By Rick Catlin
This week marks my fourth anniversary of cover-.
ing Island news, politics and people for The Islander.
I know some people think I've been around forever, but
it's not true. It just seems like it.
So, with absolutely no apologies that this year's
offering may be strikingly similar to last year's effort,
I present the following observations.freely and witf no
I've had the fortune some would say misfortune
- to cover various meetings in all three Island cities
and meet the politicians, residents, complainers, ;ndin-
complainers and the generally apathetic first-hand.
As a Florida boy who grew up in Clearwater when
it was an undiscovered city of about 20,000, and as
someone who has covered Florida beach communities
as a reporter on both the east and west coasts of the
state, this Island is unique.
Duh! Ya think?
Well, everyone agrees and says that, but let me talk
about the uniqueness of Anna Maria Island people.
Islanders are often strange but never dull. Some are
outspoken and outrageous, some never speak and never
rage, and some always speak in a rage.
Some are level-headed, some are not even level,
and some have no heads at all. Some are rich, some are
poor, some work and some have never had to work.
Most are in between. Some want to establish a 'peck-
ing order' for voicing an opinion by how long you've
lived here, others don't care if you've just arrived.
But Islanders are never boring.
They make for great stories in the newspaper, what -..
reporters-and editors call "good copy."
This Island is more than its people. It's an ambi-
ance, a nostalgia for the quiet Florida of 50 years ago,
for a way of life that has long since disappeared from
most Florida beach communities.
Islanders are desperately fighting to protect that
ambiance in what may ultimately be a losing battle.
Rising taxes and gradual redevelopment are slowly
destroying whatever "Old Florida" charm is left.
Each year, more and more "morn and pop" busi-
nesses sell out to the developers because they can't
afford the taxes on their ever-increasing property val-
ues. Each year, more and more longtime residents sell
out to the ultra-rich who can afford to live here part-
time and pay thousands of dollars in taxes every year
without blinking an eye. Each year, more and more
"Old Florida" homes are bulldozed to make n\ ay for a
"New Florida" Island home.
For at least the next few years, however, Anna
Maria Island is one of the few Florida barrier islands
that still has some remaining "Old Florida" character.
Exactly what "Old Florida" means, I leave to the
reader to define, but I do know this:
There are no McDonalds, no Pizza Huts, no Burger
. Kings and no Holiday Inns on Anna Maria Island.
There is no mass tourism, there are no man-made
tourist traps or attractions and there is no point in be-
ing in a hurry.
There are no high-rise hotels and no four-lane high-
ways and just one six-story condo, and its construction
apparently halted the "high-rise'.' fever here that is found
on many other Florida coastal communities.
If you want "high-rise" fever, go to Sand Key on
Clearwater Beach, where I grew up, or drive down to
Anna Maria Island has only five traffic lights, and
four of those are in Holmes Beach.
There are houses here that date back to the 1930s,
'40s and '50s, and there are even businesses run from
some of these houses.
There are open-air restaurants, shell parking lots, an
old wooden pier or two or three, an undeveloped-beach
where sea oats..still gro: ,ome o\ ter beds, fishermen
who still make a living with a cast net, fresh grouper.that
is fresh from the sea, not fresh from the freezer, and people
who still play horseshoes and shuffleboard.
I've lived and worked in Clearwater Beach, St.
Petersburg Beach, Belleair Beach, Fort Lauderdale
Beach, Miami Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach
and Jacksonville Beach and visited just about every
other son of a beach in Florida.
Those places have about as much "Old Florida"
character and charm as Disney World.
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It's unfair, however, to say that Bradenton Beach
has too much' development, Holmes Beach doesn't
have enough development and Anna Maria doesn't
want any development.
The problem for each city seems to be coming to
a consensus of how much "Old Florida" ambiance
combined with development does each city want, or
The difficulty with keeping the "Old Florida" char-
acter of the Island is that change can't be stopped. You
can't keep the 1960s look and feel of this Island for-
Investors and residents are going to buy older prop-
erties, tear them down and rebuild to modern specifi-
cations and design. That's inevitable.
The only two ways I know to-prevent such redevel-
opment, or new development, is either through a build-
ing moratorium which can't last forever or
through creation of an historical preservation district,
a process that could take years to establish, if it were
Fighting change is like trying to stop a glacier.
Gradually, the glacier will push you into the ocean, al-
though it may take 10,000 years. You can, however, di-
rect where you want the glacier to flow.
If there are some 8,000 permanent residents on the
Island, then there are at least 16,000 different opinions
on how the Island's character should be maintained and
SIn the end, however, the Island should belong to its
people, not the tax man, the big developers or the snob-
bish super-rich who don't care about the Island's past,
present or future.
The.late Island resident and writer Wyatt Blassingame
said it all more than 50 years'ago when he wrote, "If you
unscrew a screwball anywhere in the United States, blind-
fold him, turn him around twice and turn him-loose, he'll
wind up on Anna Maria Island." .
Is that how I got here?
With the ever-increasing property-taxes, ill-at
screwballs remain here in five years?
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A-PAGE 8 M OCT. 26, 2005 0 THE ISLANDER
Fall back, folks,
DST on way out
By Jim Hanson
If you're getting tired springing forward and fall-
ing back to adjust your clocks to daylight saving and
then abolish it in the autumn, you've got company.
There's a serious move afoot to abolish either DST
or standard, going to just one time everywhere in the
country. A petition is being circulated through the
Internet to get our clocks in line and keep them that
way by act of Congress.
Like so many useless things, DST is Congress's
fault. DST went into widespread use after the two
World Wars, and Congress made it the national policy
in 1966. It tinkered with its act, as Congress does, in
1973 and again in 1986 when the current system was
put in place, with DST starting at 2 a.m. the first Sun-
day in April and ending the last Sunday in October.
It allegedly saves fuel by reducing the need for light-
ing and gives farmers more light for their chores and
school children daylight for their morning bus. But it
hasn't seemed to help the kids, and farmers just plain de-
It's gotten overbearing for enough people to get the
petition drive started. It's senseless, they say, too many
digital and regular clocks and VCRs and computers to
reset twice-a year. "It is useless," their petition says,
"the rest of the world does not do it and people die be-
cause of it."
Flood insurance break
in Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach homeowners too have received a
break in flood insurance premiums,joining other Island
cities in reaping a 15-percent reduction in rates from
the federal government.
Of course, in light of all the storm activity and hits
on the Federal Emergency Management Agency Na-
tional Flood Insurance Program, the 15-percent saving
may be moot based on what could be a whopping in-
crease to offset claims by victims of the 2005 hurri-
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sued or renewed for properties in special flood hazard
areas beginning Oct. 1,2005, will receive a 15-percent
premium discount," according to a letter from FEMA's
David I. Maurstad.
Further efforts by the city in the next year could
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For sympathetic clock-setters, the petition can be
signed at www.standardtime.com.
Sympathetic or otherwise, remember, to fall back
effective at 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, moving the clock
back one hour. And next spring, well....
Center seeks clothing
for storm victims
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
has sent out a call for help for a family displaced
from their home in Matarie, La., by Hurricane
The family has housing at Lakewood Ranch,
and the father, has a part-time job and a vehicle.
But that's about all they have after the hurricane.
What they need mainly is clothing, the mother
,told the Center, and she provided sizes for her four
children: 16-year-old boy trouser size 32-inch
waist and 33-inch leg, shirt small to medium; 14-
year-old girl size O pants, X-small shirt; 10-year-
old girl size 10 to 12; 7-year-old boy size 5 to 6.
Clothing may be taken to the Center at 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, and staff said any-
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get to the destitute family that day.
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Celebrating the 100th
anniversary of Passage Key's
designation as a wildlife
refuge were, from left, Tom
Heitzman, president of the
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: Society; Nancy Ambrose, vice
president of the society and
member of the Friends of
Tampa Bay Refuges; Richard
Meyers; assistant refuge
manager, U.S. Fish &
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Howard, president of the
Friends of Tampa Bay
S Refuges and member of the St.
Petersburg Audubon Society.
The occasion was celebrated
at the monthly meeting of the
a Manatee Audubon Society.
A program for teenagers by a sports logo creator will
be presented at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Is-
land Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The library said it will feature "Hayward,
Sun+Snow+Stone+Ocearis Graphics" sports logo creator
in a presentation about "Running With New Ideas." The
program is free and open to all.
Other features of the library's November schedule:
Monday, Nov. 7, Internet class with advance registra-
tion required by calling 778-6341, starts at 8:30 a.m.
.Tuesday, Nov. 1, Family Storytime, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 8, Friends of the Island Branch Library
lecture series will hear Washington, D.C., correspondent
James McCartney discuss "From Kennedy to Bush: Do
Wednesday, Nov. 9, Friends Book Club, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 18, Friends of the Library board meet-
ing, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, family origami, 10:30 a.m.
The library opens daily except Sunday at. 10 a.m.,
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'Flip Flop Fare' cookbook creation took perseverance
By Jim Hanson
Two years in the making, "Flip Flop Fare: An Is-
land Cookbook" is here and available at the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
It is the result of unusual perseverance on the part
of its authors, Clare Talbert and Peggy Birch, and of
artist members of the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Is-
The dynamic and stubborn recipe duo con-
ceived the cookbook at a party, but putting it together
has been anything but a party. Birch recalls that at a
chamber holiday party two years ago, "Clare said,
'Why don't we do a cookbook?'"
Why not, indeed. If they had known then....
They took the proposal to the chamber's executive
director, Mary Ann Brockman, who took it to chamber
officials, and all agreed: Go ahead.
So the two chamber volunteers began a two-year
odyssey that is culminating with introduction of their
book at the chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
"It's like a kid wanting to build a tree house," said
Talbert. "A great idea until he realizes he doesn't know
much about it and that it takes a long time."
They had to have recipes and, of course, every-
body on the Island has a favorite. But they weren't
sharing, right off the bat. The authors publicized
their need for recipes through various media, but no
takers. People didn't exactly take them seriously.
"So we started asking people one by one," said
Birch recalled, "It kind of built from nothing. We
asked local people, visitors, restaurants, other chamber
members, and people began to respond. We ended up
with recipes from people in many other states, but most
from Anna Maria Island."
They didn't know about printing, of course, but
they knew of a woman who knew Sue Bailey of
Bailey's Printing in Bradenton, and "without her we
never could have done it," said Talbert. "She was ter-
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up with 18 pictures, which illustrate the book in full
color, along with biographies of the painters.
The pictures are mostly food-related creations,
Talbert said, "and they'll remind us of places we've
"That alone should make it a collector's item."
The first 1,000 copies printed went on sale at the
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Civic association to hear
of red tide research
Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick of Mote Marine Labora- -
tory will discuss her research on the health effects of
red tide when the Holmes Beach Civic Association
meets Saturday, Oct. 29.
This initial meeting of the "winter season" will be
at 10:15 a.m. at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. Dr. Kirkpatrick, a senior
scientist at Mote's Center for Ecotoxicology, said she
would welcome questions after her presentation.
Additional information may obtained by calling
'Just For Grins'
Third-graders at Anna Maria Elementary School entertained family and friends Oct. 18 with their theater
production of "Just For Grins, "featuring music from the 1950s. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Ed Straight and David Sadkin of Wildlife Rescue and
Rehabilitation in Bradenton Beach visited Karen
Newhall's third-grade classroom at Anna Maria
Elementary School to talk about respecting Florida's
natural wildlife. Straight and Sadkin brought several
birds, including this barn owl, to show students.
Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
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Holmes Beach residents will get their new trash
collection "carts" from Waste Management Inc., the
city's contracted trashhauler, during the week of Nov.
28 with the new automated service expected to start
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney,
who was instrumental in negotiating the WMI contract
for the new service with the city, said that samples of
the 35-gallon and 64-gallon carts that will be available
to the public will be displayed in the city hall lobby
before the carts are delivered to customers.
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It will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stella Maris
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Ten years ago in the Oct. 26, 1995, issue
of The Islander, headlines announced:
The Florida Department of Transportation an-
nounced that the Cortez Bridge would be closed to all
motorists until Dec. 7 while the DOT undertakes re-
pairs. The bridge had been scheduled to re-open to
vehicles on Nov. 1.
The City of Holmes Beach will have to re-hold its
budget hearings for 1995-96 originally held in Septem-
ber because a state review found the city had miscal-
culated the ad valorem tax rate.
Island resident Laura Perkins was rescued by the
U.S. Coast Guard from a piling underneath the Anna
Maria Island Bridge after her car hit the side of the
bridge and plunged into the water. Her cries for help
were heard by bridgetender Richard Stansloski, who
called the Coast Guard for help. Perkins was not in-
jured in the 1 a.m. incident.
Writers to meet Nov. 7 at library
The Gulf Coast Writers organization will hear writer-
poet Joe Burt Jr. speak when it meets at 10:15 a.m. Mon-
day, Nov. 7, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Details are available at 761-9036.
St. Bernard's Guild readying
annual Christmas Bazaar
St. Bernard's Guild is busy arranging its annual
Christmas Bazaar, a two-day affair in November.
It will be Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
and Sunday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be
Sat the Activity Center of St. Bernard Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The guild plans to offer for sale Christmas decora-
tions, plants, handicrafts, baked goods and refresh-
ments, as well as a white elephant sale.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-4769.
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Artists to renew Holmes Beach mural
By Jim Hanson
The big mural on the northernmost end wall of the
hardware store in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes
Beach, will be renewed any time now, weather permitting.
Some of the original artists who painted it in 1994
will help retouch the spots where the wind and water
and sunshine it depicts have dimmed its luster.
Peggy Potter, president of the sponsoring Artists
Guild of Anna Maria Island and one of those original
painters, said the mural needs some work and she will
see to it that it gets done.
There was no opposition to the program at the
monthly meeting of the guild held at Shells Restaurant. All
that remains now is organization and painting, and Potter
and fellow artist Genevieve Alban are good at that.
Not as good as Alban's late husband Russ, maybe, but
they'll see it through with enthusiasm and care. And with
the cooperation of the weather, as always on this Island.
"Russ was a tough Marine, and he knew how to get
things done," Genevieve said. "He painted his cocker
spaniel, Muffy, in the mural. They were quite a pair, we
taught her to dance and sing when I rehearsed 'Hey
Big Spender' for the Off Stage Ladies Follies, she
howled. I think it was approval."
The late Art Ballman, who was guild president
then, painted his Labrador dog into the mural, too,
while Potter did the figure that is seated and reading the
newspaper the first edition of the late Ellen
Marshall's Key Notes.
Alban said she was left to do the sky and sand,
along with half a dozen other artists who lent a hand
along the way. She hopes they will be available to help
touch up the big painting.
Home True Value Hardware, whose north wall the
mural graces, will supply the paint and The Islander,
whose offices are across the parking lot from the big
painting, will help out with "whatever the artists need."
The Islander, after all, uses the mural as a backdrop
for many of its photographs of Island notables.
Many of those artists have been occupied lately
painting the interior of the guild's gallery at 5414 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach, another of the mural's
neighbors in the shopping center.
Ginny's 'antiques and politics'
Ginny's Art and Antiques and Jane E's Bakery at
the "old IGA" in Anna Maria will host an open house
and casual "meet and greet" Friday, Oct. 28, for the
city's political hopefuls in the upcoming Nov. 8 elec-
The social begins at 5:30 p.m. at 9807 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. For information, call 778-3170.
Artists Guild mural, circa 1994
Admiring their work on the Artists Guild mural in the Island Shopping Center are some of the artists who
helped create it in 1994, including the late Art Ballman, left, with his dog Hurricane; the late Russ Alban and
wife Genny (Artists Guild founder) with their dog Muffy; Louise Harris, seated; Letizia Galvin and Lois Lietz.
Missing are Peggy Potter and Sue Benevento. The mural features the original Island newspaper published by
the late Ellen Marshall, Anna Maria Key News, datelined Nov. 1, 1948. Islander File Photo
Margie Sheehan and Cecil Warf of St. Bernard Catholic Church are painting a mural around the room in the
third grade classroom. The mural depicts different Bible scenes teachers can use to prompt discussion in Bible
class. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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Robert Drake Judson
Robert Drake Judson, 88, of Billings, Mo., and
formerly Holmes Beach, died Oct. 21.
Born in Palmyra, Mich., Mr. Judson was a winter
visitor to the Island. He formed his own roofing company
in Ypsilanti, Mich., and expanded it into general construc-
tion. He was a member of Gideons International.
Memorial services were Oct. 25.
He is survived by sons Lee, Al and of Billings,
Larry of Sacramento and Robert D'Elseaux of Billings;
daughters Mary Foster of Eugene, Ore., and Judy
David of Colorado Springs, Colo.; companion Ruth
Campbell; 25 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren;
and three great-great-grandchildren.
Jeffrey J. Zadarosni
Jeffrey J. Zadarosni, 55, of Holmes Beach, died
Mr. Zadarosni was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and
moved here with wife Silvia in 1992 from Katonah,
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There was plenty offun and an explosion of color at
the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island Guild Gallery
at its season opening reception. Guest Dorothy
Venhuizen, back left, is joined by members Jean
Tourt, Barbara Hines and, seated, Bob Cogan.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Joan Voyles
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City of Holmes Beach. He was past president of the
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'Butterfly Garden' topic Nov. 2
The Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island will hear
a discussion of the history of the Island Butterfly Gar-
den at a meeting Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Founder and director Nancy Ambrose will lead the
discussion after an introduction by Sarah Maloney. The
meeting will be at 1 p.m. at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Hostesses will be Wilma Bussey and Beverly
Long. Details may be obtained by calling 778-6083.
'Fall Open Exhibit' due
Submissions of artworks will be accepted from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1 and 2,
by the Anna Maria Island Art League for its Fall Open
Exhibit Nov. 4 to 25.
The exhibit is open to all artists. There is a three-
piece limit with an entry fee of $5 per piece.
The league will sponsor an opening reception from
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the league's gal-
lery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Hours at the gallery are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tues-
day through Friday. Details are available at 778-2099.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Ameri-
can Cancer Society, 600 U.S. 301 Blvd. W., Suite 136,
Bradenton FL 34205; Wildlife Inc., 2207 Avenue B,
Bradenton Beach FL 34217; or Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, 2213 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach FL 34217.
He is survived by wife Silvia; mother Mildred of
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station with their chorus instructor Rick Martin. He said the kids came to "wash" to help defray costs of their
chorus uniforms, and these students earned enough to pay for theirs. Working for their new duds are, from
left, Kim Heil, Cara Griffith, Holly Clay, Sarah Pennington, Alex Stemm, Karen Lonzo and Sheila Scolaro.
Mr. Martin, right, said the group previously had no uniforms. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Development fee hikes stall
in Bradenton Beach
By Paul Roat
The cost of doing business at least the apparent
major business in-Bradenton Beach, which is develop-
ment or redevelopment may be going up.
City commissioners were at loggerheads on pro-
posed fee hikes for planning charges and building fees
last week. promptinfg the call for a special city meeting
at 1p.m. No\. 2.
.-The changes appear to be minor increases in some
categories, more significant in others. Building Official
Ed Mc Adam said the changes would bring the city's
fee schedule more closely in line with that established
by Manatee County., .
The issues commissioners dealt \ ith appeals of the
building official's decision.- and associated costs -
as well as charges for basic construction activities.
"Some of these fees are a little tough." City Com-
missioner John Sihaughnes.s said- "I belie e some of
these fees are excessive and ma\ cause people to try to
do the \\ ork circumventing a permit, on a Sunday niight.
S ome of these charges-are ju Ot iout of whack with the
community we live in." '
Shaughnessy said the appealof a building:official's
decision on an issue -,proposed to cost the applicant
$1,000 under the proposal should be negated if the
appeal goes in favor of the appellant.
Vice Mayor Bill Shearon agreed. "I think that if the
appellant wins, he should not have to pay anything."
Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips endorsed the ap-
peal fees. "We've got to have attorneys present at the
meetings," she said, "and I'd like to have us look at the
applicants assuming the costs completely for some of
Mayor John Chappie said "it's'obvious we don't
ha e a consensus here," and pushed the matter back to
ihe No;\ .2.meeting. .
In other business, commissioners agreed to sched-
ule a special work meeting at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27 to dis-
cuss contributions to various entities thigh ha\e re-
quested city funding for a variety of projects and pro-
SThe cit colnmmlssio has prei lously earmarked
$10,000 in the "contributions" category inits 2005-06
budget, and notedd to doliate $6.000dof that sum to the
American Red.Cross f6r disaster aid in the wake of
Hurrn cne- Kafrinnaand Ritia.
Ex-TV anchor, food expert
to show 'Food or Life'
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Ellen Jones, ex-TV anchor and the only one
in her family to escape cancer, will show the
benefits and preparation of cancer-discouraging
food at sessions on the Island over the next three
She will be at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria,
on Oct. 29, Nov. 10 and Dec. 15. She is a cook-
ing instructor for the Food for Life campaign
sponsored by the Cancer Project of Washington,
"As a former investigative TV reporter/an-
chor," she said, "my classes are fun and enter-
training. I do this because i'm the only adult in
my family without breast cancer or heart dis-
ease. We were part of the original breast cancer
genetic studies. Much has been written about
how my healthy lifestyle seems to be beating
Her secret, she noted, is in the research find-
ing that "people following plant-based diets
tend to have strikingly low breast cancer rates:
When it does strike, they seem to have better
Additional information may be obtained by
calling 779-0242 or 778-1908.
Spooks of all kinds
to haunt Island Monday
THE ISLANDER a OCT. 26, 2005 U A-PAGE 15
There will be as many ghosts, goblins and general-
purpose spooks as there are children on the Island,
come Monday and Halloween.
The annual gathering of fright and screams will
begin officially in the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce parking lot, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, with the annual costume contest at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 31.
Parents are allowed, but will take a back seat to
their little goblins. They will be needed shortly when
the children spread up and down the Holmes Beach
business district and elsewhere on the Island on the
Trail of Treats.
Winning costumes will be rewarded, and so will
everyone else, said Mary Ann Brockman, executive di-
rector of the chamber and chief organizer of the event
again this year. The chamber will serve cookies from
3:30 until p.m., and the Anna Maria Island Privateers
plan to be there with their land-navigating boat-float.
After the judging of costumes, all the childrenwill
get their first treat along with a map detailing the Trail
; of Treats the businesses and offices all along the
Island that are providing treats for the yotingsters from
4 to 6 p.m.
That's where the parents come in, accompanying
their offspring to see that nothing un-Halloween hap-
pens to them.
In Bradenton Beach, many Bridge Street busi-
nesses will be open late to welcome the little spooks
and their parents, with treats all over the place. Holmes
Beach and Anna Maria businesses likewise will be
open late in many cases.
The Island's two police departments and the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substation is-
sued cautions for drivers to use extreme care, warning
that the youngsters will be out long after dark, "Trick-
or-Treating" along the Island's streets.
On the.mainland. the Manatee County Parks and
Recreation Department will present its third annual
"goblin gathering and fall festival fun house" at G.T.
Bray Park, 5504 33rd Ave, W., Bradenton, Friday
evening, Oct. 28.
.From 6:30 to 9 p.m. there will be a haunted hay-
ride with spooky storytelling, "an interactive theater
to challenge the young minds," inflatable bounce
houses, costume contest and face painting. The en-
try fee is a $5'wristband plus $1 for United Way,
said the sponsoring department.
Additional details on the Island celebration may be
obtained by calling 778-1541 and for the "goblin gath-
Anna Maria Elementary menu
Monday, Oct. 31
Breakfast: "Spooky" Waffle Sticks, Cereal. Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustable
Lunch: "Pumpkin" Popcorn Chicken, "Ghostly"
Ravioli, "Boooo!" Breadstick, "Trick or Treat"
Mixed Veggies, "Spooky" Sliced Peaches,
"Haunted" Halloween Dessert
S .Tuesday, Nov. 1
Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Biscuit, cereal, toast,
SLunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Fish Nuggets, Green
: Beans, Fresh Baked Roll, Fruit Cocktail
SWednesday, Nov. 2
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks, Cereal, Toast, Super
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets, Hamburger Gravy,
Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Veggies with Dip, Sliced
Thursday, Nov. 3
Breakfast: Pancakes with Apple Topping, Cereal,
Lunch: "National Sandwich Day" Ham and Cheese
Hoagie, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Baked Crinkle
Cut Fries, Fresh Veggies with Dip, Fresh Fruit,
Friday, Nov. 4
Breakfast: Fresh Baked blueberry Muffin, Cereal,
Toast, Graham Crackers, Fruit
Lunch: ,Pizza, Burrito,; Steamed Corn, Garden Salad,
Fresh Fruit Cup
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AME fall festival
Anna Maria Elementary's annual Fall Festi-
val, a fundraiser for the school's Parent-Teacher
Organization, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3
p.m Saturday, with the student costume parade
kicking off the event.
The festival will again be held at St. Bernard
Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.
The costume parade will start at 10 a.m. at the
Wachovia Bank parking lot and end at the church,
where a grade-by-grade costume contest will take
place. Students need to be at the bank by 9:30
The festival will include lots of games and
fun for kids of all ages, and numerous prize draw-
For more information, call the school at 708-
Last year's grave diggers
Max Moneuse and Franceska Akel dig for plastic
skeleton bones in a competition to win tickets good
for prizes at the 2004 Anna Maria Elementary
SSchool Fall Festival Islander File Photo
The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Play-
ers will hold its November luncheon meeting at Free-
dom Village, 6501 17th Ave. Ct. W., Bradenton, at
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Linda M. DiGabriele, managing director of the
Asolo Theater, will be the guest speaker. DiGabriele
joined the Asolo in 1973 and prior to her appointment
as managing director, she held several positions with
the Asolo, including administrative director, director of
touring programs and stage manager.
DiGabriele has served on the advisory panel for the
National Endowment for the Arts. She also served on
the executive committee for the League of Resident
Theatres, a national organization of regional not-for-
profit professional theatres among other accomplish-
The luncheon is $15 per person and guests are
welcome. For more information or reservations, call
Orchid/garage sale set by
The Manatee Orchid Society will sell orchids and
other plants at an "orchid, plant and garage sale" Sat-
urday, Nov. 5, at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705
Manatee Ave. W.
The admission-free sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2.
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A-PAGE 16 0 OCT. 26, 2005 M THE ISLANDER
Islander DeSotos back from Spain
A couple of Islanders and other royalty have re-
turned from Spain, where they took the goodwill of
Anna Maria Island, Manatee County and the Braden-
Tom Sprenger, who has a couple of impressive
titles in addition to 2005-06 Hernando de Soto, led the
delegation particularly the queen and princess of the
annual De Soto festival in Bradenton.
With him were De Soto queen Melissa Trippy of
Bradenton and princess Kathleen Moore, daughter of
Scott and Karen Moore of Bradenton Beach her
father is a popular and longtime charter fisher. Both
young women are students at Manatee Community
Sprenger owns a residence on Anna Maria Island
and another in Bradenton, and splits his time between
them, he said. He is a retired orthopedic surgeon and
brigadier general in the Army National Guard.
He explained that the entire festival is grounded in
Hernando de Soto's landing near Bradenton on May
30, 1539. The De Soto National Memorial opened there
in 1939, and a group began to celebrate the occasion.
What became the Hernando de Soto Historical Society
took root from that beginning, and the annual festival
spread out over most of April with a concentration of
events in one week.
The Chrysler Corp., makers of the De Soto auto-
mobile, found a descendant of Hernando, a New York
artist named Rafael de Soto, in 1960, and he took part
in the celebration for 30 years.
Barcarrota, Spain, Hernando's birthplace, and
Bradenton became "sister cities." An official of that
city visits Bradenton at festival time and a delegation
of the Conquistador organization from Bradenton vis-
Flanked by beauty
Islander Tom Sprenger, this year's Hernando de Soto
of Manatee County festival fame, and festival queen
Melissa Trippy, left, and princess Kathleen Moore in
Barcarrota, Spain, in front of a 1519 monastery.
its the: Spanish city every few years. One of
Bradenton's main downtown thoroughfares is, named
That cil\ s office holders recommended that the
Conquistadores also visit another of Barcarrota's sis-
ter cities, Palmela, Portugal. The 2005 delegation of 16
Manatee County representatives, led by Sprenger.
made the trip in September, and they have now re-
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exams to determine any course of action. She will
be out of work for four to six weeks, according
to Mayor SueLynn.
Cards with "well wishes" sent to Anna Maria
City Hall will be relayed to Alice at home. The
address at city hall is P.O. Box 608, Anna Maria
Marine ball to celebrate
corps' 230th birthday
The Marine Corps League's annual birthday ball is
scheduled for Nov. 12 to celebrate the corps' 230th
anni\ ersarn, sponsored by the league's DeSoto Detach-
It willbe in conjunction with the observances for
Veterans Day, Nov. 11. It will be at the Sarasota Cay
Club, renamed from Holiday Inn Marina, 7150
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Appraiser for collection beginning November 1, 2005. Taxesto be collected are Real Estate,
Special'Assessments aridTangible Personal Property.
The 2005 Tax Bills will be mailed on October 31, 2005. If you have rot received a tax bill by
November 8, you can pay your bill or print a duplicate bill from the Tax Collector's website
http://www.taxcollector.com. All City and County taxes, assessed on the Manatee County Tax Roll,
are entitled to discount for early payment as follows:
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Phone (941) 750-9566 www.taxcollector.com
THE ISLANDER M OCT. 26, 2005 M A-PAGE 17
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Oct. 17, 8600 block Gulf Drive, war-
rant. During a vehicle inspection violation
stop, the deputy found the suspect did not
have a valid driver's license and was also
cited for not having insurance and having
a cracked windshield.
Oct. 19, 100 block Palm Avenue, do-
mestic. The deputy responded to a domes-
tic disturbance call. After investigation, no
further action was taken by authorities.
Oct. 6, 200 Gulf Drive N., criminal
mischief. The complainant reported that
someone attempted to break into his
rental car while he was at the beach. Noth-
ing was missing from the vehicle.
Oct. 8, 100 block Fourth Street North,
domestic disturbance. Two roommates
got into an argument regarding one at-
tempting to leave while the other said she
was too intoxicated. A friend was called
to take one roommate to another address.
Oct. 10, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Tortuga
Inn, probation violation. After a routine
stop, one of three men was found to be in
violation of probation and was taken into
Oct. 11,2300 block Avenue C, Baker
Act. Police were called after a woman
% as said she was planning to kill herself.
She was taken to Blake Medical Center
for evaluation under the Baker Act.
Oct. 14, 4000 block Gulf Drive, no
driver's'license. 'After observing the driver
of a car runthrough a stop sign, officers de-
termined he \'as 14 \ears old and did not,
have a driver's license. He was cited and his
mother took him into custody.
Oct. 16, 4600 block Gulf Drive, no
driver's license. Officers stopped the
driver of a car'that was traveling in an
erratic fashion. The driver said he was
preoccupied with his girlfriend as to why
he was'swerving on the road and could
Stolen vehicle search
in Holmes Beach
The sounds of police sirens and
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
helicopter split the night in Holmes
Beach last Tuesday, Oct. 18, as law
enforcement officers searched for a
stolen vehicle and its occupants.
According to the Holmes Beach
Police Department, officers were
called to a party that evening. A rou-
tine check of several of the vehicles
at the party revealed one of the cars
had been stolen. The driver and its
occupants had already left the scene,
but police-gave chase. The MCSO
helicopter was called, but the vehicle
eluded law enforcement on the Is-
land and returned to the mainland,
where MCSO officers stopped the
car and arrested the occupants.
cited and the owner of the borrowed car
came to collect the vehicle.
Oct. 17, 400 62nd St., tennis court,
criminal mischief. Officers noted that a
light fixture had been broken at the tennis
courts and a bike rack and other material
had apparently been converted to.a make-
shift skateboard ramp.
Oct. 18, 5400 Gulf Drive, theft: The
complainant said someone had stolen his
Oct. 18, 400 block Clark Drive, ve-
hicle theft. While on patrol, the officer
noticed a speeding car. The vehicle
stopped and four men ran from the car.
After a foot pursuit, the suspects eluded
officers. The vehicle was later determined
to have been stolen.
Oct. 19, burglary, 7200 block Palm
Drive. The complainant said he returned
home and found two people he did not
know in a bedroom. Police responded and
found signs of entry through a window in
the bedroom. The intruders were arrested.
Oct. 19, 200 block North Harbor
Drive, theft. Construction material was
not produce a driver's license. He was reported taken from a job site.
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to learn that the Florida Scenic Highway Pro- VisitFlorida distributes this inf
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Thursday, Oct. 27
10 to 11 a.m. "Preventing Identity Theft Pr
testing your Assets" at Holmes Beach City Hall, 580
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 779-9412
Friday, Oct. 28
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. One-stroke painting
class with Jo Gustavsen at the Anna Maria Island Con
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Info
mation: 778-1908. Fee applies.
6 to 9 p.m. Smooth jazz with Fred Johnson at S
Armands Circle, Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.
-6:30 to 9 p.m. Goblin Gathering and Fall Fest
val Fun House at G.T. Bray Park, 5504 33rd Ave. Drive
W., Bradenton. Information: 742-5923. Fee applies.
8p.m. "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Neel Perforn
ing Arts Center, located off 26th Street at 60th Avenu
West on the Manatee Community College Campus
Bradenton. Information: 752-5252. Fee applies.
Saturday, Oct. 29
10 a.m. Anna Maria Elementary School Fall Fes
tival at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525.
10:15 a.m. Holnmes Be' tc-l:ic A.Associatio
meeting at the Island Branit Library, 5701 Marin
Drive, Holmes Beach. Dr. Barbara Jirkpatrick. Moi
Marine Laboratory scientist wtl-.speak on red tide. Info
10 a.m. to noon Harvest Festi\al at the Fait
United Methodist Church l'ca.red behind the U.S. Po
Office at 7215 First A\ e. W:. Bradenton. Information
. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -'Food for Life" cooking
S course with Ellen Jones at the Anna Maria Island Con
munity Center, 407 Nlagnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infoi
nation: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7 to 11 p.m. Hallo"\een dance at the Bradento
Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Axe. W.. Bradenton. Ii
formation: 773-0177. Fee applies.
8p.m. "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Neel Perform
ing Arts Center, located off 26th Street at 60th Avenu
West on the Manatee Community College Campus
Bradenton. Information: 752-5252. Fee applies.
Sunday, Oct. 30
2 p.m. ''Jesus Christ Superstar" at Neel Perforn
ing Arts Center, located off 26th Street at 60th Avenu
West on -the-Manatee Community-College Campu!
Bradenton. Information: 752-5252. Fee applies.
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) 3:30 to 6 p.m. Trail of Treats beginning at the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541.
Tuesday, Nov. 1
7:30 p.m. "Poe at the Crosley" at the Powel
Crosley Museum, One Seagate Drive, 8374 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota. Information: 722-3244. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
7 to 8 a.m. Pier regulars meeting at Anna Maria
City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information:
g 6 to 7:30 p.m. Parent Support Group at the Anna
- Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
S Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Babysitting regis-
tration and fee.
i- Facultl e\hibit opening reception at the Anna
e Maria Island Art League. 5312 Holmes Bl\d.,Holmes
Beach, through Oct. 2S. Information: 778-2099.
"Bat Boy: The Musical" at the Ri\erfront The-
Le atre, 102 Old NMain St.. Bradenton. through Oct. 30.In-
' formation: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Art by Dee Pastorius at the Island Gal ler) \\ et,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Oct. 31. In-
s- Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Pumpkin Patch
r daily through Oct. 31 at 6101 Cortez Road W. Infor-
U Speaker Joe Burt Jr. at Gulf Coast Writers meet-
ing at the Island Branch Library Nov. 7. Information:
r- ."George M. Prout An American Illustrator"
art exhibit at Neel Performing Arts Center, located off
26th Street at 60th Avenue West on the Manatee Com-
S munity College Campus, Bradenton, through Nov. 17.
n: Information: 752-5252.
"Poe at the Crosley" at the Powel Crosley Mu-
g seum, One Seagate Drive, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail,
S Sarasota, through Nov. 17. Information: 722-3244.
"The Highwaymen," Florida's African-Ameri-
can landscape painters exhibit at the South Florida
S Museum, 201 10th Street W., Bradenton, through
March 12. Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.
Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the
S. Anna Maria Island Community Center Nov. 2.
Teen program featuring sports logo creator at the
Island Branch Library Nov. 2.
*i Flu shots at'the Anna Maria Island Community
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Anna Maria Art League's fall open exhibit and re-
ception Nov. 4.
Taste of Manatee downtown Bradenton Nov. 5.
Safe boating class at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary Nov. 5.
Bradenton Woman's Club orchid, plant and garage
sale at the club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, Nov.
"Taste of Manatee" in downtown Bradenton Nov.
Safe boating class at Tropic Isle Yacht Club Nov.
Jazz at the Ranch with Spyro Gyra Nov. 6.
"Harvest Moon" Sarasota Pops concert at Bishop
Planetarium Nov. 6.
Sarasota Youth Opera at First United Methodist
Church Nov. 6.
Gulf Coast Writers meet at Island Branch Library
*Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meets at Church
of Annunciation Nov. 7.
Save the Date:
Florida West Coast Symphony Masterworks at
Neel Performing Arts Hall, Bradenton, Nov. 11.
Anna Maria Island Privateers "mullet smoke" at
Publix Nov. 12.
Ladies Guild of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic
Church Christmas bazaar on Longboat Key Nov. 12.
Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines 1 Ith Annual
Spaghetti Dinner and Serenade at the Kirkwood Presby-
terian Church, Bradenton, Nov. 12.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves' Market at
Coquina Beach Nov. 14.
St. Bernard Christmas Bazaar Nov. 19-20.
Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Or-
chestra Fall Fanfare at the Island Baptist Church Nov. 20.
"Simon Day of Giving" at DeSoto Square Mall,
Bradenton, to benefit the Anna Maria Island Community
Center Nov. 20.
Holiday Prelude on Bridge Street in Bradenton
Beach Nov. 25.
*Island Players production "Social Security" Dec. 1-
American Craft Council show at Sarasota-Braden-
ton International Con\ention Center Dec. 2-4.
Holmes Beach Business District open house Dec.
Privateer Holiday Parade Dec. 10.
Islander Lighted Boat Parade and fireworks Dec.
"Dickens at the Crosley" Dec. 12-22.
Lester-Islander fun day at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Dec. 17.
Anna Maria merchants open house Dec. 17.
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THE ISLANDER M OCT. 26, 2005 M A-PAGE 19
Island family in march for peace
By Diana Bogan
On the spur of the moment, Jodi and Scott Achor
threw caution to the wind and took their family to the
peace march held Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C., where
they joined an estimated 100,000 people united in the
cause for peace and justice.
The rally that began at Ellipse Park of the Wash-
ington Monument grounds and stretched past the White
House, circled Lafayette Park and back to the Ellipse
via Pennsylvania Avenue. Participants promoted spe-
cific messages about the war on Iraq and general mes-
sages promoting peace.
Possibly the largest peace march during the Bush
administration, the crowd was a mix of everyone from
war veterans to children. The Achor family went with-
out a political agenda, simply as a family that believes
For Jodi, the draw was about the experience -
being part of something "so huge." And with three kids
in tow, Callen, 10 months, Abbey, 4, and Alexis, 9, she
was struck by the number of other moms and families
taking part in the event.
The family had not planned to attend the march
until Scott's called sister from California asking them
to join her for the march. Neither Scott nor Jodi had
taken part in an event like this before, but Jodi said that
in the aftermath of the hurricane season and with the
nation at war, she "felt compelled to do something ex-
As a student at Anna Maria Elementary School,
Alexis has taken part in several peace functions, includ-
ing an International Peace Day Celebration, just a few
days before the march, on Sept. 21.
"It was good timing with Lexi's school celebra-
tion," said Jodi. "It was a good experience safe and
peaceful and a way to expose our oldest to what it
means to promote peace. It was really empowering to
see all the people there."
The main banner leading off the march read "We
All Want Peace," and Jodi's own sign, which read
"Another Mother for Peace" echoed that feeling, but
obviously other participants had more pointed mes-
sages against the war in Iraq.
Scott said he took the time to explain to his daugh-
ter what was happening and why some of the people
were at the march. Scott admitted some people were
pretty intense about expressing their feelings, but it was
still a family-friendly experience.
They met and talked to other families taking part
in the march, took pictures of other kids there for
Alexis to share with students at AME and, overall, they
experienced great camaraderie.
"I grew up during the Vietnam War," noted Scott,
"and I see similarities to what I witnessed then with
what I'm witnessing now."
The highlight of the trip for Scott was not so much
the march, but who he met along the way. At the top
An estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of Washington, D.C., for a peace rally and anti-war march
Lunch with Nader
The highlight of the
peace march for Scott
Achor was a chance
meeting with political
activist Ralph Nader, a
candidate. The family
had lunch with Nader
and his entourage atop
the Washington Hotel.
Dining on the patio, the
group was able to watch
hundreds of people
participating in the
march along the street
below while discussing
everything from politics
to red tide.
of the Washington Hotel, resting on the patio with a
panoramic view of participants continuing the march,
the Achor family was befriended by Ralph Nader, who
ran for'president of the United States in the past.two
Scott said due to a shortage of table space, Nader and
his entourage, which included membersof Greehpeace
and other organizations, joined the family for lunch.
Having voted for Nader, the chance meeting alone
topped the day for Scott. "It was surreal. We ended up
hanging out and talking for four or five hours," he said.
The topic of conversation went from parenting to
politics, including the theory that "a vote for Nader was
a vote for Bush" in previous elections. Scott said he
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Marching for peace
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19
was able to talk openly about the flack he took for "vot-
ing from his heart."
Jodi said she couldn't help but notice that Scott and
Nader hit it off. The patio was a perfect place to watch
the march and, at one point, Nader asked Scott to con-
tinue the conversation with him and watch the activi-
ties below. "We were on the balcony talking about
solving the world's problems," Jodi said.
Scott said he was surprised when Nader took par-
ticular interest in a topic close to his own heart red
tide. The conversation circled back around to the envi-
ronmental topic several times. Interested in learning
more about the phenomenon, Nader asked for Scott's
phone number before the visit was over.
"I'm still charged from it," Scott said. "To go there
and of all the people to meet, Nader is someone I respect."
Back home on the Island, Alexis has taken time to
share what she experienced with fellow AME students.
She kept a journal with pictures, talked about the trip
on AME's Friday morning news program, and helped
hang a peace flag brought home from the event in the
school's peace garden. The family chose to donate the
flag to the school because of their ongoing effort to
teach students the importance of promoting peace.
"I had a lot of fun at the peace march," Alexis said.
"It made me feel excited to be there. It was really cool
because all the people there want peace. I am very glad
Heart Walk Saturday
The Manatee-Sarasota Heart Walk, scheduled for
last Saturday, has been rescheduled for this Saturday,
Oct. 29. The 5K event will be on Siesta Key starting at
8 a.m. at the park there.
Special host at the event will be Chandler Hardy,
12, of Holmes Beach, survivor of a severe heart prob-
lem. He is a "red cap ambassador," denoting his sur-
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Islander is a 'proud new American'
By Jim Hanson
Sue Hookom went to Tampa in the morning a Ca-
nadian and came home to Key Royale in the afternoon
She was sworn in as a citizen in a "very impressive"
ceremony in the Tampa Convention Center, and her first
action as an American was to apply for that coveted blue
So many new citizens feel the same way about that
document that the U.S. Passport Office provides instant
service right in the Convention Center on new-citizen
days. She expects to receive hers in about 10 days.
"I love it here so much," she said later. "I've spent
about all my vacations from Canada traveling in the
United States, I'll bet I'm as well traveled here as about
She is a retired business executive, buying and re-
selling unclaimed freight from United Parcel Service.
She also had an antique automobile business, mainly the
Sue Hookom in citizenship ceremony at Tampa's
"muscle cars" of yore.
Her husband Don, a homegrown American, also is
retired: He was a mechanical engineer in Ohio who has
owned the Key Royale house for years.
Ms. Hookom came here from the Toronto area. Four
years ago when they married, she began the process to-
ward citizenship, going through the system for a perma-
nent residency permit and then the famed green card and
Sworn in along with her were 317 other new citizens
from 60 countries, which she said made a most impres-
sive ceremony as each country was announced and its
departing citizens called up for their new documents and
finally the swearing-in ceremony.
Slie said she may have a celebration party in No-
vember at the Key Royale Club.
She goes back to Canada periodically to keep track
of her family, but this is home now "There's nowhere
in the world I'd rather be than here."
Family members visiting .Anna MAaria Island for the memorial service o .Anna Maria Island
Privateers President Greg "Shiprek" Davidsn,. who died Oct. 17, were "captured" by some of
the Privateers and taken aboard ship fio a cruise around the Island and a visit to D.Coy Ducks
before departing to their home states. Among those along for the cruise are,front row, from
left, Scott "Scratch" Hirsh, Joanie Benzinger, Barbara Uhlich and Jimmy "Sickle Mon"
Spencer. Back row,from left, John Hood, Christine Hood, Kathy Griffenkranz, Larry Reeves
and John "Carp" Brannon. Islander Photo: Connie Brannon
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach held a
community Oktoberfest on Oct. 22. In attendance were Eleonore
Stein and Michael Harrington. Eleonore is originally from Bolvaria
and said she enjoyed the festivities put on at the church. Islander
Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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B-PAGE 2 E OCT. 26, 2005 0 THE ISLANDER
Neighbor vs. neighbor in Anna Maria fence dispute
By Rick Catlin
What would Anna Maria be like without bickering
neighbors and property-line disputes?
Some old-timers might say it probably wouldn't be
Anna Maria anymore.
Jim and Julie Watt said they wanted to be good
neighbors when they moved their family from Illinois
to Anna Maria last August. They loved the quiet atmo-
sphere of the city, the family lifestyle and quiet ambi-
ance of "Old Florida" living.
What they got, they claim, was an angry neighbor,
a stack of legal papers and an impending lawsuit that
will have significant ramifications for everyone who
lives along what used to be Gulf Boulevard in the city.
In addition, the Watts' got a 5-foot-high fence built
along their property just a few feet from what is sup-
posed to be the front entrance to their home.
"Our life has been nothing but lawyers, legal fees
and a bullying neighbor since we moved," said Julie.
"This has not been 'Welcome to Anna Maria.'"
The issue has been around as long as Anna Maria
Where is the property line between the Watts' at
105 Oak Ave. and Dr. Jack Guggino at 101 Oak Ave.
and who owns what? Seems the property line has been
in dispute since the city vacated much of Gulf Boule-
vard in 1958.
But it's the fence that has turned the Watts a bit
sour on Anna Maria living.
"We knew before we moved down there was a
problem with the property line," said.Julie Watt, "but
we believed we could have our attorney work it out
with Dr. Guggino or let it be settled peacefully in
A few weeks ago the Watts decided to beautify an
old garden that they believe was in the vacated Gulf
Boulevard right-of-way, an area Guggino claims he
controls through a lease with the owner, Bob Byers.
Guggino owns the property on the west side of the va-
The Watts tore out all the weeds and old bushes
and installed new plantings and flowers in the 10-foot-
While they were working, however, they said
Guggino came by and said they were trespassing.
"We tried to tell him we were just trying to beau-
tify the area and that we should let the legal system
decide the boundary," said Jim Watt.
"He started yelling that we were trespassing and he
would have to put up a fence. He ordered us off his
property and got so mad, he kicked an urn of mine that
contained some flowers," said Julie Watt, who felt
threatened by Guggino's actions.
At that point, Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputies from the Anna Maria substation were called
to the scene, Jim Watt said.
Guggino returned a few days later with a city-is-
sued permit to build the fence, which runs about five
feet from the edge of their house and inside a sidewalk
Fenced in or properly fenced?
New Anna Maria residents James and Julie Watt stand behind a fence erected by neighbor Dr. Jack Guggino
in front of the entrance to their Oak Avenue house. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
that used to run along the vacated street. The fence
blocks them from accessing their front entrance from
the sidewalk, the couple said.
Not so fast, said Dr. Guggino. That's not quite how
everything has happened, he said.
"I've always tried to be a good neighbor to them
since they first got here," he said. "I've tried to settle
this peacefully with our lawyers."
In fact, Guggino said it was the Watts who first
called and asked him for a six-foot easement into the
vacated property so they could legally access their front
door. The Watts, he claimed, knew they didn't own the
vacated Gulf Boulevard property.
"I said that was fine, but they later changed their
mind and wanted to buy six feet of property, not get an
easement," he said. That, too, was OK with him.
He and Julie Watt, the listed owner of 105 Oak
Ave., were negotiating on a price, but then her mother
got involved, he said, and asked for 10 feet, not six feet.
"I even gave in to the 10 feet, and we were negotiating
on that," Guggino claimed.
At some point in the negotiations, however,
Guggino said the mother told him not to deal with Julie
any longer, that he should deal with her and go through
her attorney. Unfortunately, said Guggino, her attorney
has not contacted his attorney and negotiations have
Now, Guggino says, the Watts claim they are
entitled to 25-feet of the vacated street and he's not
going to sell that much or give them that as an ease-
Guggino did admit that he found the Watts work-
ing on a garden on the vacated property one day, but
he said that the Watts told him their attorney instructed
them to plant the flowers.
"I didn't mind the flowers, but didn't think their
attorney should be telling them that. I got frustrated
because of the many months of non-negotiation. Yes,
the police did come, but told the Watts to stay off the
property until it was legally divided," he said.
Guggino said the fence went up a few days later to
get some action from their attorney, but there's still
been no contact.
"I've gone out of my way to be a good neighbor. I've
always been friendly with them. I'm the one who has
agreed to sell, yet that's how they treated me. I'll still work
with them and be a good neighbor and take the fence down
tomorrow if they'll be reasonable," he said.
"In fact," he added,"I'm such a good neighbor that
I have sent my attorney a letter stating that if I ever
build a new house,,it will not obstruct the Watts view
of the Gulf of Mexico. And that's on record."
Guggino also noted that if the Watts believe they
own or are entitled to 25 feet of the vacated street, then
why did they ask for an easement, and then to purchase
a portion of the property?
"I just want to be a good neighbor. I'm still will-
ing to sell them 10 feet. I'm sorry this has even gone
to the press," Dr. Guggino concluded.
City officials say according to records on file at the
city and with the Manatee Cofinty Clerk of the Circuit
Court, the vacated property is owned by Bob Byers and
leased by Dr. Guggino, and the fence is a legal bound-
ary marker between the two properties. Any title dis-
pute is a civil issue, city officials said.
The Watts said they are taking the issue to court.
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Mr. Bones soccer team lone undefeated in league
By Kevin Cassidy
Mr. Bones edged LaPensee Plumbing 6-5 on Oct.
19 to grab first place in the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Soccer League, Division I.
With only three games remaining to be played in
the season, Mr. Bones helped its title hopes greatly with
the one-goal win, while the loss, LaPensee Plumbing's
second of the week, dropped it into a last-place tie with
West Coast Air Conditioning. Even with its recent
losses, LaPensee and the other teams in Division I are
.not yet mathematically eliminated from the pennant
race, which is configured by awarding three points for
win and one point for tie within the league.
Such isn't the case in the other two divisions.
Island Real Estate finally lost a game, but it has
clinched the Division II title in points. If IRE were to
lose its three remaining games and Harry's Continen-
tal Kitchens won three straight, Harry's would still fall
one point short of IRE's cumulative game total of 24
Air & Energy clinched the Division III title last
week and holds an insurmountable 13-point lead over
second-place Danziger Allergy & Sinus with three
games left to play.
Upcoming events to conclude the season include
Allstar games in Divisions I, II and III and postseason
games for the instructional division, all being played on
Nov. 12. Next on the agenda is the awards ceremony,
which will be at the Center Nov. 14.
Division I (ages 12-14)
Mr. Bones positioned itself for the division title
with a 6-5 victory over LaPensee Plumbing on Oct. 19
behind five goals from Cory Wash. James Hall pro-
vided Mr. Bones with the winning margin with his goal
as-Mr. Bones improved to 4-0-5 on the season.
LaPensee Plumbing received three goals from Joey
Hutchinson and two from Heldino Gomez in the loss.
On Oct. 17, Mr. Bones remained undefeated thanks
to a one-goal victory over West Coast Air Condition-
ing. Cor\ Wash exploded for four goals to lead Mr.
Bones in the victory with a final score of 4-3.
Broderick West scored two goals to lead WCAC,
Anna Maria Island Community
Center Soccer League standings
as of Oct. 21
Division I (ages 12-14)
Mr. Bones 4
Division II (ages 10-11)
IRE : 8 .
Pine Store 2
Surf Shop. 1
Division III (ages 8-9)
A&E 8 8
M. Norman 2
.. Lost Tie Points
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Plumbing by a 10-2 score on Oct. 17 behind four goals
apiece from Matt Bauer and Ben Valdivieso. Jordan
Sebastiano also got into the scoring act with two goals
in the easy victory.
Troy Koszewski and Heldino Gomez led LaPensee
Plumbing. which was without its leading scorer, Joey
Hutchinson, in the lopsided loss.
Division II (ages 10-11)
Harry's Continental Kitchens handed Island Real
Estate its first loss on the season when it defeated IRE
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Chandler Hardy and M6lly Stoltfus battle for the ball
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Island Community Center.
Paulo Fonseca and Chandler Hardy scored two
goals each to lead IRE, which also received one goal
from Austin Wash in the loss.
On Oct. 18, Chandler Hardy added four goals to his
league-leading goal, total for a 6-3 IRE victory over
Pine Aveneue Store. Austin Wash and Paulo Fonseca
each added'one goal in..the IRE victory.
Alex Hall scored two goals and Wyatt Hoffman
added one to lead Pine Store in the loss.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Mike Norman Realty and Danziger Allergy & Si-
nus battled to-a2-2 tie on Oct. 20 in Division III soc-
cer action. Ryan Gilman and Jake Parsons each notched
a goal for Mike Norman, while Danziger received goals
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Center Soccer League scoring
leaders as of Oct. 20
Division I (ages 12-14)
1. Joey Hutchinson .
2. Cory Wash
3. Ben Valdivieso
4. Martine Miller
4. Matt Bauer
Division II (ages 10-11)
1. Chandler Hardy Island Real Estate
2. Alex Hall Pine Ave. Store
3. Paulo Fonseca Island Real Estate
3. Daniel Pimental Harry's
4. Trevor Bystrom Harry's
5. Giorgio Gomez Surf Shop
Division III (ages 8-9)
1. Joel Hart Air
2. Adam Hart Air
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4. Trevor Albers Air
Division I (ages 12-14)
Oct. 26 7:15 p.m.
Oct. 28 7:15 p.m.
Division II (ages 10-11)
Oct. 26 6 p.m.
Oct. 28 6 p.m.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Oct. 27 6-p.m. -
Oct. 27 7'p.m.
Oct. 25 6 p.m.
Team vs. Team
Observer vs. ReMax
LaPensee vs. WCAC
Harry's vs. Pine Store
Surf Shop vs. IRE
A&E vs. M. Norman
Cannons vs. Danziger -
A&E vs. Danziger
Instructional Division (ages 5-7)
Oct. 26 6 p.m. Bistros vs. Rotten Ralph's
Oct. 26 7 p.m. LB Kiwanis vs. M. Stanley-
Oct. 27 6 p.m. Orthopaedic'vs. Sparks
Oct. 27 7p.m. M. Stanley vs. Duncan
Nov. 1 6 p.m.. M. Slanley vs. Tropical T&E
Nov. 1 7 p.m. Duncan vs. B. Walker
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
from BlaineJenefsky and Andrew Crowton in the tie.
Air & Energy put on a dazzling offensive display
that saw three players score two goals apiece in its 6-
2 win over Cannons Marina. Trevor Albers, Connor
Field and division scoring-leader Joel Halt each found
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West Coast Surf Shop defender Hailey Dearlove plays tough defense on Island Real Estate forward Paulo
Fonseca during Division II soccer action at the Center.
the back of the net two times to spark A&E to its eighth
victory of the season.
Max Moneuse and Neil Carper scored one goal
apiece to lead Cannon, in the loss.
Little League reminder
The Anna Maria Island Community Center an-
nounced the formation meeting for Little League will
be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at thd Center.
The meeting is open to all adult Little League enthu-
siasts residing on Anna Maria Island and the Manatee
County portion of Longboat Key. The primary agenda
is to vote for the league's board of directors. For more
information, call Center athletic director Andy
Jonatzke at 778-1908.
Basketball signup begins
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's 2005-
2006 youth basketball season is just around the corner,
and the Centerwelcomes players ages 5-17 to register
for the upcoming season weekdays from 10 a.m. to 9
p.m. starting this week and running through Nov. 8.
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The Center will hold special registration nights
from 6-8 p.m. on' Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 1 and
Nov. 3..League registration cost for Center members is
$45 for the.first child in a family and $40 each for any
additional children. Nonmember cost is $60 for first
child, $55 each for any additional children.
Mandatory tryouts for each of the five age divi-
sions will be held at the following times and dates:
Ages 14-17, 7-8 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Ages 12-13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Ages 10-11,6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.
Ages 8-9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18.
Ages 5-7, 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.
Also on tap.in November is an instructional basket-
ball camp for players from 5 to 13 years old. The camp
will provide specific instruction on offensive and defen-
sive fundamentals related to ability and age group. Cost
of the camp is $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers.
For more information, call Jonatzke at 778-.1908.
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B-PAGE 6 0 OCT. 26, 2005 E THE ISLANDER
More data than you could ever want about weather
One of the best tricks the National Weather Cen-
ter uses to forecast the path of hurricanes is to monitor
about a score of computer models. Sure, radar and sat-
ellite imagery is probably the most useful tool for storm
path prognostication, but the computer models offer a
glimpse of where the whirlies should go in three or five
You may remember when Hurricane Charley was
scheduled to make landfall at the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge at 6 p.m. Aug. 13, 2004. At about 1:30 p.m., a
low-level computer model detected a slight veer to the
right in the storm's path, and Charley drove into Punta
Gorda rather than Tampa Bay. Anna Maria Island was
spared the brunt of the powerful storm.
But you may not remember the story of anodler
computer model involving Tropical Storm Harvey. The
storm was hunkered down out in the Gulf of Mexico,
just offshore of the Island, poised to strike somewhere
in West Central Florida, according to the storm experts.
Below is part of the 5 a.m. discussion advisory on
Harvey of Sept. 20, 1999. It's in all capital letters -
the NWC likes to shout out its storm advice.-
"HARVEY IS EXPECTED TO MOVE EAST-
NORTHEAST AHEAD OF THE DEVELOPING
EASTERN U.S. DEEP LAYER TROUGH. MOST
COMPUTER MODELS AGREE WITH THIS, AL-
THOUGH SOME HAVE A MORE EASTWARD
MOTION TOWARD THE FLORIDA WEST COAST
FOLLOWED BY AN EAST-NORTHEAST MO-
TION. THE ONE REAL MODEL OUTLIER IS THE
NOGAPS, WHICH MOVES HARVEY SOUTH-
EAST INTO THE CARIBBEAN."
Harvey moved southeast and brushed past Fla-
mingo, Fla., before it ended up in the Caribbean. Thank
The Navy Operational Global Atmospheric Predic-
tion System, it appears, is one of the more accurate
computer models out there. Believe it or not, the mili-
tary offers an unclassified, pretty much real-time Web
site for NOGAPS, and there is some extraordinarily
detailed information available on it.
,Go t.o www.fnmoc.navy.mil/PUBLIC/inde\ html1
This is not a simple site. I've been puzzling over
it for hours and hours now and have only scratched
the surface of what it is presenting and what it is
sa\ ing but the little I've been able to glean is really
Want to know wave heights on any ocean on the
planet? Want to see what the water temperatures are on
any body of saltwater? How about prevailing winds?
And all this information is projected out from pretty
much the moment you view it to five days ;,a a\.
Of course, the really impressive thing about all of
this computer model stuff is that NOGAPS is just one
of about 20 models that the NWC folks digest to make
their storm predictions.
Despite the latest news reports about being under-
staffed, underfunded and underfinanced, the weather
center seems to be doing a pretty good job of keeping
us informed. Keep up the good work, gang.
More computer stuff
OK, so if you're interested in weird charts and
graphs and funky-colored maps of weather conditions
around the world, you might get a kick out of another
set of Web sites live Web cams of parks and zoos.
And lots of people are tuning in.
The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., has cam-
eras offering real-time views of 18 different species of
critters. According to the zoo, more than 600,000
people tapped in over three days in July when a panda
gave birth to a cub.
The San Diego zoo also has Web cams that show
what's happening with elephants, polar bears, apes and
I haven't seen much in the way. of critters when
I've logged on, but you may get more lucky.
Third-year celebration ...
Estella Freeman, brother Clark Freeman and sister Maggie Freeman celebrated their third year behind the-
bar at Skinny's Place in Holmes Beach. The classic beach tavern is the rebirth of their grandparents' (Janice
and Skinny Freeman) place the Mid-Island Drive In at the same location in the 1950s, and still offering
great burgers, curly fries and cold beer. The day was celebrated with live music by Democracy under a tent in
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Talkin' trash here, boss
Moving from computer trash to real trash, the mat-
ter of garbage in New Orleans promises to reach epic
proportions in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The New York Times has reported that the trash in
that city alone is estimated to be 22 million tons. Since
the streets are still problematic for passage, the stuff is
just sitting there.
The Times broke down what 22 million tons rep-
resents "It is more trash than any American city pro-
duces in a year. It is enough to fill the Empire State
Building 40 times over. It will take at least 3.5 million
-truckloads to haul it away."
Not included in that 22-million-ton figure is an
estimated 1 million refrigerators, washing machines or
stoves that are also piled out by the curb. Some of the
fridges are actually more of a mini-toxic waste dump
than anyone would ever want to see.
Remember when we all had really, really clean
refrigerators last year after all the power outages caused
by the four hurricanes prompted us to dump out all the
food as it started to rot?
Remember that special aroma of spoiling ham-
Now imagine what it would have smelled like af-
ter four weeks, instead of our average power outage of
about four days last year. Yuck!
Most people in the city have just hauled the rotted-
food-laden fridges out to the curb, chained the stinky
things closed, and left notes to open at one's own peril.
There's another toxic issue in New Orleans that the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is just starting to think
about. It is estimated that there could be thousands of
tons of household chemicals mixed into all the gunk
that can and probably will create a nightmare in land-
fills over the next few decades. Bleach, paint, cleaners;
Freon all those chemicals that we like to make sure
is separated from our regular garbage is all part of the
toxic cocktail that New Orleans has to swallow.
Chemicals continue to delay sinking
It's a chemical thing.
The U.S. Navy has been trying for a year or so
to sink the USS Oriskany, a decommissioned aircraft
carrier, off the Pensacola coast in the Gulf. When, or
if, the ship reaches the bottom, it will be the largest
vessel ever purposefully sunk to create an artificial
The problem now appears to be that the ship is full
of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, a cancer causer
among critters and humans. The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency has told the Navy to clean out the
PCBs before the ship can be sunk. Unfortunately, the
clean-out has about quadrupled the cost of the sinking,
from $2.8 million to $12.7 million.
There's another cost hike caused by having to
shlep the ship all over the northern Gulf.
The Navy had first hoped to drop the Oriskany on
the bottom last year. The EPA-PCB .issue delayed.the
sinking until earlier this year, when the Navy had the
ship towed to Pensacola from Texas. The PCB thing
wasn't settled in time to settle the ship on the bottom
this year and, facing the threat of hurricanes, the ship
was towed back. to Texas to ride out hurricane season.
It now will have to be towed back to Pensacola for
its now-scheduled sinking next May.
As one Pensacola charter boat captain told the
Associated Press, "With all the money that's been sunk
into this thing, we probably could have built three rep-
licas out of clean steel."
The debris cleanup prompted by Hurricane An-
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THE ISLANDER M OCT. 26, 2005 U B-PAGE 7
Snook, reds, flounder good inshore bets, sheepies, too
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Snook action has really picked up in the past week,
with lots of hookups reported by lots of fishers in lots
of backwater locations from Terra Ceia Bay to Sarasota
Bay. Redfishing is also good, and flounder are starting
to bite as the water starts to cool.
Offshore fishing for grouper, snapper and even a
few amberjack is also a good bet right now.
Of course, things will be chewed up in the Gulf and
bays what with Hurricane Wilma's passage and then
the arrival of the season's first cold front, but expect
things to really turn on as things quiet down later in the
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he was able to put his charters onto snook to
27 inches, plus redfish and some trout.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said best bets right now
are snook, redfish, mangrove snapper and flounder.
Fishing should really pick up after the cold front passes
through this week, he said, and the water finally cools
down a bit. Offshore fishing for grouper, snapper and
amberjack is also good now as long as the winds were
down something the upcoming week probably
won't see much of.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include good
catches of snook, a few redfish, snapper and some
sheepshead. Live shrimp is producing the best results.
There was also a 30-inch linesider caught last week,
giving the lucky angler the pier's "fish of the week"
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
that some snook were caught last week from the dock,
mostly at night or early in the morning. There are also
good reports of sheepshead, whiting, flounder and.
some mangrove snapper "just a little bit of every-
thing," he said.
Competitors are being rounded up now for the 2005
edition of SandBlast, the sand sculpture event on the beach
at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
The competition will be Nov. 19, a fundraiser for
Keep Manatee Beautiful. It pairs youth groups with local
business sponsors for a hectic four hours of building im-
ages of damp sand.
For the three days before SandBlast, the professional
Team Sandtastic will run clinics and build a huge exhibi-
tion sculpture there.,The free clinics will be from 5 to 6
p.m. daily on Nov. 16, 17 and 18.
Sponsors are being sought for teams of young beach
enthusiasts. The sponsor fee is $300, which will go to
Keep Manatee Beautiful's programs. A sponsor may or-
ganize a team of up to 15 members or sponsor an already
enrolled school or organization team.
Each team will have a 15-by-15-foot plot, assigned at
the event's check-in table starting at 8:30 a.m. Sand must
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Grins for good-sized red
Orlando Casiano of Plant City caught and released this 32-inch-long redfish while fishing with Capt. Tom
Chaya aboard Dolphin Dreams last week.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
snook are still coming to the docks from boaters fish-
ing in Terra Ceia Bay. Several boaters also caught red-
fish from that area last week while fishing near the
mangrove shorelines, and he's seeing lots of snapper
hanging out under his dock.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's still put-
ting his charters onto good snook catches, some red-
fish, and a few trout.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include
snook being caught around Perico Island, mangrove
snapper near the Intracoastal Waterway and sheeps-
head starting to show up near any bridge pier or dock
piling. There were also a.few redfish caught just out-
side of the marina.
On my boat Magic, we had one trip last week and
did a good job of catching redfish and a few snook.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plusfishing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
include identificationfor 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.
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come from within the plot or adjacent walkways and
Organizations from which sponsors may choose
teams are: Anna Maria Island Cub Scout Pack 7, Bayshore
High School Art Honor Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of
Manatee County, Braden River High School Key Club,
Bradenton Christian School Art Department, Girl Scout
IMG Academies, Intrepid Home Health, Just for
Girls, Lincoln Middle School Builders Club, Manatee
Community College EARTH Club, Manatee High School
Anchor Club, MHS Art Department, MHS Chi Epsilon
Mu, MHS Environmental Science Organization, MHS
Ocean Awareness Club, Southeast High School Key
Club, ManaTEENS, Tropicana.
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B-PAGE 8 0 OCT. 26, 2005 0 THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
Club Bamboo South
Flushed with the success of their 22-
unit Club Bamboo condominium com-
plex on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach,
owner Gary Lewis and real estate agent
Dennis Girard expect to open the 23-
unit Club Bamboo South in early No-
The new complex will be located
just about 50 feet south of the original
Club Bamboo (formerly the Surfside
Resort) and will have 18 Gulffront units
along with five on Gulf Drive.
"We're just about complete with the
renovations of Club Bamboo South,"
said Gary, "and I've been truly amazed
at the reception we've gotten from inter-
Indeed, when Gary and Dennis first
proposed to convert the Surfside Resort
motel to rental condos three years ago,
they found it difficult to even find a
"No one ever thought we'd get
value for the rooms," said Dennis.
My, how times have changed.
With rising property values and ac-
companying taxes threatening the Island
accommodation industry, other Island
properties such as the Siam Garden and
Anna Maria Beach Cottages have joined
the parade and converted to condomini-
ums, yet have kept the properties as
The idea, said Gary, was to preserve
the Island flavor and flora of the origi-, :
nal Surfside, yet make the project eco-
"I think we've succeeded on both
counts," he added. "I believe Club Bam-
boo is certainly in keeping with what we
want on the Island. There's no negative
impact on the landscape and we've re-
tained the Island atmosphere."
And prospective buyers have been
lining up to purchase units at Club Bam-
boo South, although a few units still re-
main. Prices start at under $340,000 and
interested parties can call Dennis at
(941) 809-0041. Dennis also handles
Club Bamboo sales, when units become
While both Club Bamboo and Club
Bamboo South are separate condominium
associations, Dennis said both complexes
will be operated by GL Management.
Lewis of Club
_t should be
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The DemiDose pill splitter is now
being sold to Island residents looking to
save money by getting double doses of
a medication at a much cheaper price
than the standard dosage.
Doctors generally instruct a patient
to simply cut the pill in half to get the
prescribed dosage, but that can be an
awkward and sloppy process.
The DemiDose pill splitter cuts pills
in precisely two equal parts, eliminating
any mistakes or difficulties.
Even the Veterans Administration
has recognized the value of pill splitting
by prescribing larger than necessary
doses to patients and instructing them to
cut them in half.
DemiDose was designed by Peter
Williams, M.D., to cut pills accurately
Although not yet available in drug
stores or retail outlets, the DemiDose
pill splitter may be obtained for $12.95
by calling 1-877-775-4812 or through
the firm's Web site at www.splitl2.com.
Order information is also available in an
advertisement in The Islander.
Woodson Brothers' Seafood Grille
at 7423 Manatee Ave. W. has just
opened its Bullfish International Tapas
Bar for patrons favoring appetizers and
small dishes, with menu items ranging
in price from $5.95 to $7.95.
Included on the Bullfish menu are hot
and cold items, including canapes, escar-
got, chile rellenos, chicken and fish dishes
and a host of other delectable appetizers.
At the same time, Woodson Broth-
ers is also offering free Sangria wine by
the glass through coupons in The Is-
lander newspaper and other media.
Guests will also enjoy the live enter-
tainment nightly except Sunday and the
restaurant offers an outdoor dining deck
for smokers. The restaurant opens at 4
p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information, call Patricia
Got a new business going up in
Anna Maria Island, Cortez or Longboat
Key? How about a new product or ser-
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award-winning staff member? Call Is-
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THE ISLANDER U OCT. 26, 2005 0 B-PAGE 9
308 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Beach, a 2,620 sfla / 3,016 sfur 4bed/
4bath four-plex built in 1945 on a 50x50
lot was sold 10/06/05, O'Hara to Verell*
631 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach,
a 3,370 sfla / 4,108 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car
canalfront home built in 1985 on a
105x123 lot was sold 10/03/05,,
McLaughlin to Bishop for $1,400,000.
506 74th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,668 sfla
/ 2,148 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront
pool home built in 1968 on a 98x103 lot
was sold 10/04/05, Wieland to Byrne for
304 Poinsettia Road, Anna Maria, a
1,380 sfla / 2,668 sfur 2bed/2bath/4car
home built in 1997 on a 50x118 lot was
sold 10/05/05, Lehnen to Coleman for
111 Eighth St. S., Bradenton Beach,
a 1,606 sfla / 1,950 sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar
duplex built in 1930 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 10/04/05, Denmark to Halfhide for
2107 Avenue C, Bradenton Beach,
a 1,280 sfla / 1,592 sfur 3bed/2bath
home built in 1945 on a 50x 100 lot was
sold 10/06/05, Byrum to Rogers for
$610,000; list $639,000.
5200 Gulf Dr., Unit 407, Martinique
South, Holmes Beach, a 939 sfur lbed/
Ibath Gulffront condo built in 1970 was
sold 10/03/05, Czarnota to Demidovich
for $540,000; list $590,000.
9206 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, a
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$575 per square foot. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
home built in 1947 on a 50x 110 lot was
sold 10/06/05, Boyd to Charter Service
and Supply Co. for $450,000.
22 Seaside Court, Holmes Beach, a
978 sfla / 1,490 sfur 2bed/2bath half
duplex built in 1964 on a 25x89 lot was.
sold 10/05/05, Heger to Alfonso for
306 Poinsettia Road, Anna Maria, a
vacant 70x100 lot was sold 10/05/05,
Lehnen to Coleman for $250,000; list
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Holmes Beach, can
be reached at (941) 713-4755 direct, or
at Gulf-Bay (941) 778-7244.
Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at
www.islander.org. Copyright 2005.
will be helpful
Newcomers and visitors to Anna
Maria City often arrive not knowing the
benefits and the requirements to live
in the city and the environmental educa-
tion and enhancement committee is
moving to solve that problem.
The committee is preparing to have
a color brochure printed entitled "Infor-
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Enjoy N,:,ur iopi:,al palr: oass
in ihn, lfur-bedr,::m 2 1.(M) st
home Fearure, include granne.
ranerine. fireplace, pool., lge
dock with htianddiuectaccess to
lMnatee River with no bridges
Beauuful 3BR/ 5BA beach
bungalow with a classic coastal
design. Features granite, wood
floir. .'irnt and back bak?-
nles. pjer, pool and islocjred
lose to the beach. No detail
'T7EWS OF SPRING lAKE
Elevated 2BR/I5BA single-
..- and workshop below. Quiet
Holmes Beach location with
: j several tropical fruit trees and
only two blocks to the beach.
STerrific second home or invest-
ment opportunity. $414,900.
Kinmberly Roeh, P.A.
94n i 47-998L t
Investing in P'ripert-i Lf at fto OppI rti'sllf w
mation for New Residents and
Homeowners" that will be chockfull of
useful information and tips for the
In addition to describing the envi-
ronmental sites found in the city the
maritime native forest preserve at city
hall, the bayfront native preserve at the
City Pier, the mangrove shore at the his-
torical park and the beach dune preserve
from Oak Avenue to Magnolia Street -
the brochure advises residents on how to
keep the city clean, garbage pickup
dates and times, backdoor trash collec-
tion and re-entry tags in the event of an
The EEEC has also included infor-
mation on various Web sites available
on native plants and nurseries, Florida
trees and the Island's' environment.
There's also book listings for informa-
tion on gardening and landscaping for a
Florida barrier island and how to iden-
tify native and non-native plant species.
Once printed, the brochures will be
given to building permit applicants, real
estate agents to hand out to new home
buyers and renters, and anyone who re-
quests information about the city.
In other EEEC news, Chairman Tim
Eiseler plans to attend the city
commission's Sept. 22 meeting to learn
the reasoning behind the decision to cut
the committee's 2005-06 budget from
$10,000 to $8,000.
The EEEC had originally requested
$13,000, but the commission trimmed
that to $10,000 at an August
worksession, then dropped that figure
again at a September meeting.
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Priedwgin atr t rr ** mi swr w^e k.
(Call I ll Free 877 778-6066
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YOU DESERVE PROFESSIONALISM
AND EASE WHEN BUYING OR
SELLING YOUR HOME.
to find out how
Call me at (941) 448-4939
unique 5.zo acres near traoenton ana
Sarasota. 54' x 44' barn, pasture, oaks,
fence, no deed restrictions. $349,000.
322-6203 or 545-6371
Seasonal Rentals For 2006
LAKE BAYSHORE f
S..~-2 2BR/2BA with view
^- "of lake, 55-plus.
Three month mini-
North Beach Village 2BR/2BA,
one block to beach.
Call Judy Karkhoff, Realtor
Ol Al Gulfstream .
Visit us at
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WHITE RATTAN TABLE, four chairs, $150; console
TV, $40; recliner, $100; four drawer chest, $40; wal-
nut trundle bed, $150; couch makes bed, $100. (941)
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
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.
ANTIQUE WICKER DESK: Excellent condition,
painted white. One center drawer, two side shelves.
Raised wicker railing surrounds desktop. 37.5 wide by
23 inches deep. $375. (941) 778-1102.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Condo-
miniums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies available
at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
DOG CAGE, $40; tanning bed, new bulbs, $800. Call
Paige, (941) 798-3448.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesdays and Thurs-
days, 9:30am-2pm and Saturdays, 9am-noon. Sum-
mer clearance sale. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. (941)
MOVING SALE: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29. 503
83rd St., Holmes Beach.
REAL COFFEE OR REALTY
Sandy & Carolyn invite you to join us for the
TWENTY MINUTE OPEN HOUSE ...
Friday, October 28, 5pm
After traveling to 3 spectacular open houses
on our PRIVATE TROLLEY, we will return
to Sandy's Rich Coffee for the
ANNUAL OCTOBERFEST PARTY
9906 Gulf Drive
REMODELING SALE: 8:30am-2pm, Friday-Saturday,
Oct. 28-29. Furniture, bedding, dishes, Christmas,
tools, misc. 7400 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 9am-1 pm, Saturday, Oct. 29. House-
hold items, bikes, misc. 206 Crescent Drive, Anna
Maria. (corner of Spring and Crescent).
ANNUAL CORTEZ NAUTICAL Flea Market 8am-1pm,
Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Seafood Shack Marina. Buy,
sell, trade or just look at lots of boat stuff. $10 sellers,
bring your own table, otherwise it's free to everyone.
Call (941) 792-9100.
LOST CAT: MAINE coon with white paws. Has medi-
cal injury with sutures under front leg. Lost in area of
71st Street, Holmes Beach. Answers to "Bootsie".
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION glasses, Oct. 17, near Island
Lumber. Claim at Holmes Beach Police Department.
REWARD FOR information in the-Waterfront Restau-
rant 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.
BIKE RENTALS: ADULTS $45/week, children $25/
week. Includes helmet. (941) 778-3441.
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Property Management, Sales, Vacation Rentals
office (941) 798-9191 toll free (888) 774-6880
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking. Cour-
tesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission. Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult. Call
(941) 807-1734 or visit www.islanddojo.cmasdirect.com.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers needed: A
guardian ad litem is a trained volunteer appointed by
the court to represent and advocate for the best inter-
est of children who have been abused, abandoned or
neglected. Make a positive impact! Call (941) 744-
9473 or visit www.12circuitgal.org.
SEEKING: MARK MCELROY. Please contact
Jeannah, (941) 228-6352.
NON-RESIDENT/FOREIGN Nationals: Island home
loans. 30 percent down bank loans. Call Bobby, 1st
Equity World Savings. 941-744-6906.
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. -
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)
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes. All
are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call (941) 922-0774.
OLD FLORIDA STYLE BEACH COTTAGES
Excellent rental history, great income, Old Florida style beach cottage.
Fully updated and turnkey furnished. Just steps from the Gulf of Mexico.
Small resort of 11 cottages in quiet, residential area of prestigious north
end of Anna Maria Island. Only two cottages left!.
BUYING, SELLING RENTING? WE CAN HELP!
1 ANNA MARIA ELEVATED HOME
(10 Great location. Great beach access! Short
S. stroll to the beach. Listed at $745,000. Call
Frank Migliore-778-2307 or Stephanie Bell
j 920-5156. MLS#513240.
S.r,- ,ATTENTION WATERFRONT INVESTORS!
90 The Tarpon Lodge on Terra Ceia Bay. 1.3
I acres with direct access to bay and over 355
leet on the water. Introductory asking price
-. :%.- $1 400,000. For specifics call Stephanie Bell,
Broker 920-5156. MLS#514229.
Hoia n itrRnasAailahle!
**Sales and Rental
1-80-36 -66 94 -77-2307
SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970
This elevated home features 3BR/
3BA and is just steps to the beach
on the north end of Anna Maria.
Vaulted ceilings, tile floor and open
floor plan. Glass doors to a large
wooden deck. Turnkey furnished
and rented for upcoming season.
Just listed at $749,000.
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KITTENS AND MOM: Six-months old, gorgeous, one
six-toed, four females, one male. Tested, shots,
spayed, microchipped. Locally fostered. $150 value,
only $35 to good home. Julie, (941) 720-1411.
RV: 2002 ROADTREK 190 Versatile. Fully loaded..
14,000 miles. Call (317) 873-3307, e-mail
email@example.com or see details at http://
1984 CADILLAC BROUGHAM: 85,000 miles. $1,450.
1995 CHRYSLER MINI van: Under 97,000 miles, full
power, V6, leather interior, cold air, runs great. $3,800
or best offer. (941) 928-8735.
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.
CUSTOM MARINE FIBERGLASS: Mobile unit. Exterior,
interior. Structural, painting and gel-coat repair. 25 years
experience, all work guaranteed. Licensed and insured.
USCG registered. Jim Hathaway, (941) 713-5462.
YAMAHA OUTBOARD MOTOR: 30-horsepower,
barely used. $950. (941) 778-5141.
BOAT DOCK WITH lift for rent: $400/month. Water,
electric, first. last, one-month security. Anna Maria Is-
land Village. (941) 778-2743.
WANTED: WANT TO rent boat slip for 25-foot boat.
Call Mike at (941) 302-3796.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on the
charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater fish-
ing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided. (941)
FISH FOR REDFISH, snook and trout with
InshoreSlam.com. Captain Jim Savaglio. License, bait
and tackle included. (941) 238-7597 or (813) 477-7657.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTS
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX Gulfview, 2BR/1iBA each side.
Great investment at $1,199,00.
ANNA MARIA BAYVIEW 3,300 sf 4BR/4BA home with 600+
sf master suite plus home office. Or 3BR/3BA with five year
old guest quarters. $1,500,000.
Feature Key Royale Canalfront Lot- Exclusive. $795,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
101 Palm- New Luxury Gulffront Villas
Perico Isles- 3BR/2BA, community pool, clubhouse, exercise room
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready
to help you get the home of your dreams..
SLocal experts with the power to say "YES" to
your home loan.
Up-front approval* at the time of application.
As little as no-to-low down payment options
available to make qualifying easier.
SLoan amounts to millioni.
[ Construction financing available.
Home Loan Consultant
401 Manatee Ae. W. Holmes Beach
pam.ivoorhees @ countrywide.com
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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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island His-
torical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. (941)
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Library.
Duties include checking books in/out, reshelving, and
generally assisting library patrons. Call Eveann
Adams, (941) 779-1208.
GULF DRIVE CAFE: Seeking dependable, experi-
enced cooks and hostesses.Top pay. 900 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach.
MYSTERY SHOPPERS REQUIRED in Holmes Beach to
audit businesses. Apply online at
www.secretshopnet.com or call (403) 261-5000, ext. 449.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT for busy Longboat
Key Realtor. Detail oriented, excellent organizational,
computer and interpersonal skills a must! Self starter,
multi-task, little supervision. Real estate background
a plus. Pay commensurate with experience. E-mail
BUSY BISTRO hiring full- or part-time hostess and
servers for lunch, Sunday brunch and dinner. Also
seeking dishwasher, prep cook. Apply to Chef Damon,
5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or call (941) 778-
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and inter-
mediates. 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, first-aid certified. Charlotte, (941) 756 5496.
:-NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, (941) 761-1569.
Red Cross certified
NEED A BABY-SITTER, pet-sitter or dog walker? 13-
year-old eighth-grade girl, very responsible. Great with
animals and kids. CallKendall, (941) 779-9783.
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Seldom offered 2BR/2BA
turnkey furnished corner unit
with direct Gulf views
overlooking tropical landscaping,
pool and the Gulf. You've found
a piece of paradise in this lovely
well maintained unit. Offered at
$949,000. Contact Mel Neely
for details 941-809-5565
S MEL NEELY, REALTOR
":('L A ln ,'vf "' ,^'" .3001 GULF DRIVE*HOLMES BEACH, FL 34217
-*,v -A -A.... PHONE: 941.778.6849 *TOLL FREE: 800.778.9599
( J~ ._ ."aB-,ia.
Directly on Sarasota Bay, landscaped lot,
ready for custonmhome.
SandcaNsle Condominiums Gulf tront. 3
bed. 2 bath. with pool. covered parking. &
eletanor. Ne%%. turnke. furnished. Priced
WANT AN IRISH baby-sitter? Responsible, experi-
enced 15-year old. Red Cross babysitting and first-aid
certified. Call Gemma, (941) 447-9657.
SANDBAGS DELIVERED: Be prepared. Local teen
will make and deliver sandbags to your Island resi-
dence. Spencer, (941) 778-0944 to order.
DOG WALKER, PET sitter, child sitter and odd jobs.
Tenth-grader, available after school and weekends.
Zach, (941) 779-9783.
BABYSITTING, RED Cross first-aid and babysitter
certified. Call Alex, (941) 778-5352.
CAREGIVER: ABLE TO live in, can travel, very de-
pendable and honest. Good references. Non-smoker/
drinker. Experienced with Alzheimer patients. (941)
744-0800 or 812-8948.
LOCAL CAREGIVER: I can offer loving, reliable, live-
in care for your loved one. Excellent references.
Please, call (239) 595-9964. Thank you.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, patio
gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
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 OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is ybur com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. (941)
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results, wash
away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941) 778-0944.
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist. Ex-
perienced certified technician for communication elec-
tronics offers wireless and cable networks, upgrades,
maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training. Call Rob-
ert, (941) 778-3620.
^ AMY QORDAN
Si* Dedicated to service
S* Expertise in renovation
Island, waterfront and area
The JEWEL of Gulf Coast Real Estate
Contact Amy for all of your
REAL ESTATE needs!
1501GulfDriv N arth Baet Bac
Land p.iradjse drectl\ on Sarasoij Ba\ S:
half block ,:o be.ich. Featured on BBC as
"Best Liung Home in S\\ Florida Includes
ne%% deep w aier dock
ON LY ONE LEFTt
Brand new construction, 3/2, with pool in
Holmes Beach. Buy before price increase
Gulf tn BaN Bradenton Bejch Club
Condo,. To%%~ ihonmle- &Fl. Fl a, a3 able
from $6 -. (I 1.6 ~95.1-10f)
Sothebys Terry Hayes
INTERNATIONAL REALTY (941)302.3100
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Lawn Celebrating 23 Years.of
aSrice Quality & Dependable Service.
ie Call us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
S ...: Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
S-' Replacement Doors and Windows .
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
,WAGNE Q EALTY
217 CULF DIVE NORT.11* BRADENTO) N BEACII, L 54217 ;-
*HAQOLD SMALL REALTORo -
Office: (941) 778-2246 792- 8628
213 54th St., Holmes Beach 778-3082
OPEN: MONDAY thru FRIDAY 7:30 to 5 SATURDAY 8 to 12
Advertise here and reach more than 20,000
people weekly with your ad -for as little as $20!
We service all makes/Flat rate pricing
Free replacement estimates
Indoor.air quality-UV, Hepa, Duct sanitizing
"I U. jidC k eI'lko a CL.i
* * * * * ** *
WATERING RESTRICTIONS .
Rules in effect for Manatee County:
Lawn and landscape watering is limited to two days
>; Addresses ending in even numbers (or A M):
Tuesday and Saturday.
-. Addresses ending in odd numbers (or N Z):
\\ednesda\ .mnd Sunday.
>- Irrigation not allowed from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Ir-
rigation with treated waste water allowed any time.)
- -. Owners can wash their vehicles anytime as long
. as they use a hose with a shut-off nozzle. (Pull the
, caron the lawn to wash!)
S>- Rinsing boats and flushing of boat motors is al-
lowed for ten minutes daily.
> Hand-watering of plants, NOT LAWNS, is permit-
ted any day.
SQuestions or comments? Call the Southwest Florida Water
SlMandaiemen Disinci |S.A fimnud i oll-free. 1-800-423-1476.
A I A I OM MP O EM N C n in eI
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CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate to=-
day. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool
cages, lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
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 appoint-
ment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years ex-
perience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
HOUSE AND CONDO CARE: Handyman. Watch your
place, fix things. Anna Maria, Holmes Beach,
Longboat Key. Call/fax Wern, new number! (941) 779-
1040. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLIANCE & AC DOCTORS: We repair air condi-
tioners, refrigerator, washer/dryer; oven, garbage dis-
posal, other household items. Honest, dependable.
20-plus years experience. (941) 650-9293.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wireless
services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, (941)
778-5708, or cell (216) 509-1945.
SUNCOAST CLEANING SERVICES: Family owned
and operated. "Delivering a standard of excellence" for
all your cleaning needs. Vacation properties, residen-
tial and windows. (941) 722-4358 or 518-5975. Great
HANDYMAN SERVICE: DRYWALL, painting, tile, lots
of other jobs. References, free estimates. Call Drew
Hudson, conscientious handyman, (941) 812-5073.
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.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelley Ragan. Quality portraits,
weddings, beach photography, babies, even pets!
Very reasonable. (941) 447-8892.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941) 792-0160.
MURALS BY 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 re-
placement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized
service, call William Eller, (941) 795-7411. CAC184228.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. 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.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Top quality lawn and land-
scape maintenance. Now accepting new accounts at
great rates. Please call (941)-778-2335 or 284-1568.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Ir-
rigation. Everything-Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-4441.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/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.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and in-
stallation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and
commercial. 30-years experience. (941) 729-9381.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, clean-ups,
shell, rock, palm, aquascapes, tree work. Truck for
hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941) 727-5066.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, (941) 795-5100.
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed and
insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-2993. Li-
cense #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at (941)
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island service
since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free esti-
mates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back flow
at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) (941) 778-3924 or
TILE 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 #CGC061519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert. All
phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured.
Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul Beauregard,
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters: Insured and licensed, (94-1) 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.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work; handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure
washing and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-6170 or
ISLAND HOME IMPROVEMENTS and repairs: Spe-
cializing in interior renovations. No project is too large
or too small! References, 20 years experience. (941)
538-3520 or 448-1956.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more. Life-
tilme warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a flee in-home
consultation. Island references, 15 years experience.
(941) 778-3526 or 730-0516.
TOM'S WINDOWS/Metro Home Supply Inc. Profes-
sional-grade doors, windows, hurricane protection,
siding, soffits. Sales, service, repair. Visa/MasterCard.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior; doors, stairs, windows and trim. 'Pressure
wash. Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter.
Call 518-3316.or 778-6898.
HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICE: Bill
MacCaughern. Repairs, renovations, kitchens, bath-
rooms, decks. Masonry, tile. 30 years experience.
Yes, I do show up! (941) 778-3904.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., (941) 778-6665 or (800)
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two mas-
ter 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:
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GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA, 1BR/
1BA with breathtaking sunsets. Pools, Jacuzzi, walk
to shops and restaurants. Available weekly, monthly,
seasonal. (901) 301-8299 or e-mail
captko462 @ aol.com.
SANDPIPER RESORT on Gulf Drive: 55-plus commu-
nity, 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. (317) 873-3307.
WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1BR/1BA,
$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. www.wagnerrealty.com.
COMMERCIAL'SPACE: 1,600 sf on Gulf Drive, next
to Holmes Beach shopping center. Available now.
LUXURIOUS VILLAS, enchanting gardens: seasonal
or weekly rentals. 1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/2BA, conveniently
located. (941) 778-4636. www.islandgardenvillas.com.
NEW ULTRA LUXURY Gulffront condo in Holmes
Beach: 3BR/2.5BA, everything top-of-the-line. 2,000
sf. $2,500-$2,800/week. Call Mike, (866) 869-0824.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/
1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping,
restaurants. (941) 778-3426. Web site
IMMACULATE 2BR/2BA CONDO in adult community,
Bradenton. Half mile to Gulf, unit faces pool with ca-
nal view. Fully furnished, cable TV, full kitchen. Three-
month minimum $2,250/month, deposit required. (336)
210-7804 or (859) 653-8436.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: Beachfront condo, 2BR/
2BA, fully equipped. Anna Maria Island, Florida. Avail-
able all year. (317) 873-3307.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Brand new Bradenton Beach
3BR/3BA plus office, steps to beach. Balconies with,
ocean and bay views, elevator, 8-person Jacuzzi,
granite counters, marble floors and baths, Jacuzzi in
master, washer/dryer, designer furnished, fully
equipped. One of the finest rentals on Island. $4800/
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across from
beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments,
SEASONAL FURNISHED new home in Anna Maria.
Elevated 3BR/2BA. Available now through April. One
block to beach.-(813) 251-9201.
BRADENTON BEACH: Newly remodeled 1BR/1BA
suite with full kitchen, fully furnished, one block from
Bridge Street, three-minute walk to beach. Sleeps four
only. No pets. Available weekly, monthly or seasonal.
(941) 776-3696 or e-mail email@example.com.
BEACH LIVING:,SEASONAL, Furnished 2BR/2BA.
Utilities included. Gulf views and large decks. (941)
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything
else in The Islander; 778-7978.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA half duplex, $1,250/
month; 2BR/2BA home, $1,550/month; 2BR/2BA
home on canal, $2,000/month; 3BR/2BA home on
canal, $2,000/month. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate,
P.A., (941) 778-2291, or e-mail:
Jason @ betsyhills.com.
VACATION RENTAL: QUIET canalfront in Holmes
Beach 2BR/2BA, furnished, garage, laundry, dock,
extras. Available through Dec. 31. $850/week, $2,400/
month. (813) 286-9814.
-LUXURY CONDO: 1BR/1BA including garage. Near
beach with pool, tennis and more! 2.5 years old, gated.
Annual $900/month. Call Denny at (941) 780-8789.
WE ARE BOOKING rentals for 2006. Wide variety of
condos/houses starting at $1,500/month. Annual
rental; Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA condo, pool/tennis,
small pet OK, $1,000/month; 3BR/2BA villa, two-car
garage, small pet OK, new carpet, $1,700/month; 305
66th St., 2BR/1.5BA duplex on stilts, pet OK, $975/
month. SunCoast Real Estate, (941) 779-0202.
SANDPIPER: 55-PLUS. Seasonal 1 BR/1 BA, steps to
the beach. $1,200/month. Also, 2BR/1BA, $1,400/
month. Nonsmoking. (775) 338-9492.
BAYVIEW TERRACE, Bradenton Beach: 2BR/1BA
condo, second floor, completely furnished. Three-
month minimum rental. (708) 562-1601.
TEMPORARY ISLAND RENTAL: One, two or three
months. 2BR/1BA, furnished. One block to beach.
$850/month, includes cable TV and water. (941)
SEASONAL: HOLMES BEACH, 2BR/1BA ground-
level duplex, completely furnished. One house from
the Gulf. No pets, nonsmoking. (813) 689-0925, or e-
THE PALMS: 1 BR/BA, pet friendly: $800/month, first,
last, deposit. Available now! 1813 51 st St., A Paradise
Realty, (941) 778-4800.
1 BR/1 BA BEACHFRONT condo at Resort 66, Holmes
Beach. Furnished, pool, hot tub. Available Nov. 12-17,
$500/week. (941) 778-7589 or (618) 616-7001. .
ADVERTISE YOUR RENTAL for free! For details call
Chris Kawcak, Century 21, All Aces Realty, (941) 704-
LUXURY CONDO, 2BR/2BA, steps to beach. $875/
week; 2-3BR, remodeled mobile home, senior park,
minutes to Gulf, gated. $1,100/month, three- to six-
month rental. (883) 688-3524,
SEASONAL RENTAL: JANUARY through March.
Clean, modern duplex, 1BR/1BA, living room, dining,
kitchen, private outdoor patio, washer/dryer. Walk to
Gulf beach. $1,550/month, includes utilities. (941)
778-5338 or (516) 526-5628.
SBRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA on
Intracoastal, boat dock, short walk to beach. Modern,
with large rooms. $1,000/month, first, last and deposit.
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2BR/2BA ANNUAL: $1,300/month, first, last and se-
curity. References and lease required. Pet OK. Heated
pool, washer/dryer, fenced, yard care. 201A Peacock
Lane, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-0473.
GULFFRONT RESIDENCE: PRIME Holmes Beach
location. Available seasonally, November-April 2006.
Renovated 2BR/2.5BA private residence in quiet area
of Island with open floor plan and large terrace over-
looking the Gulf. From $1,750/week with discounted
monthly rate. Call Dave at (941) 720-0089.
ANNUAL RENTAL: COTTAGE in historic village. 2BR/
1BA, new appliances, well landscaped, private back-
yard with vine-covered arbor/patio. Short walk to Is-
land and free Island trolley. $890/month. Call Mike
Norman Realty, (941) 778-6696.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA Holmes Beach water-
front villa. Quiet setting, spectacular view. $1,000/
month. Non-smoking. (941) 778-2100 or 224-6521.
SEASONAL OR MONTHLY: 3BR/2BA condo on
Palma Sola Bay with seawall and dock. Furnished with
kitchen, linens and all appliances. $2,750/month. Call
CORTEZ ANNUAL: 1BR, storage room, carport, near
boat ramp. $635/month. (941) 778-2710 after 10am.
ELDERLY GOLFER NEEDS to rent golf cart space.
Call Tom Steele at (941) 778-2118.
RUNAWAY BAY: SEASONAL, beautifully decorated
condo. 1BR/1BA, ground-floor, washer/dryer, pool,
tennis, golf clubs. Octoberto Jan. 15 and April 2006.
PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Lakefront Hidden
Lake condominiums, west Bradenton. Close to,
beach. Starting at $329,900. Call Cori Woods, (941)
INORTH ANNA MARIA: Adorable cottage with views
of the bay! $425,000. Please call Maureen, Green
Real Estate, (941) 778-0455.
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WATERFRONT: COLONY Cove, Ellenton. 2BR/2BA
turnkey furnished. 55-plus, marina, pools, pets OK.
$27,500. (941) 721-4890.
BEAUTIFUL ANNA MARIA Island: Duplex, 2BR/1BA
each side. Two-minute walk to beach, shopping and
trolley stop. Private patios and washer/dryer. 3201
Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach. $649,000. Call (513)
FOR SALE: SUNBOW Bay on Anna Maria Island,
condominium and marina. Rarely available! 2BR/2BA,
completely renovated, turnkey furnished. $385,000.'
Call (941) 778-9684.
NORTH POINT HARBOR: Two homes in Island's fin-
est community. Buy both "as is" for $2,450,000. 4BR/
3BA elevated home, beautiful views of Tampa Bay,.
new lap pool, spa, waterfall, seawall and dock.
$1,300,000. Also, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, ranch
home, totally remodeled, new seawall, dock and
20,000 pound lift. $1,250,000. Lynn Bankuty, Realtor,
Suncoast Real Estate, (941) 737-1420.
DOUBLE-WIDE MOBILE home: Land owned, 2BR/
1.5BA, computer room, deck, furnished. Five miles to
beach. Royal Gardens, Lot 39, 6904 Cortez Rd. W.,
Bradenton. $89,900. (941) 795-7340 for appointment.
BUYING OR SELLING a condo? Call Chris Kawcak,
Century 21, All Aces Realty, (941) 704-6714.
MINUTES TO BEACHES: 3BR/1BA manufactured
home with one-car garage. Two miles to Coquina
beach. Fully furnished, no age restrictions. Perfect
winter retreat or seasonal rental. $159,900. Chard
Winheim, Horizon realty, (941) 713-6743.
HARD TO FIND: Well-maintained west Bradenton du-
plex. 2BR/1 BA each side. Central A/C, concrete block,
separate meters, fully rented. Buy today and start col-
lecting checks tomorrow! $179,900.-Chard Winheim,
Horizon Realty, (941) 713-6743.
TIMBER CREEK GOLF Community,:Ground-floor end
unit, 2BR/2BA, glass/screen-enclosed lanai.
Greatroom, kitchen, laundry room. Turnkey furnished.
FOR SALE BY OWNER
2BR/1.5BA with new roof and deck, Italian tile throughout.
4909 Gulf Drive #1B, Holmes Beach. $429,000.
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COCONUTS 1BR.'1BA poolside turn- BAY WATCH Direct baytront unit wih LONGBOAT KEY-Solid 3BR/2BA with
key furnished uni with Gulf view. Only' views to the Sarasota Skyline. Boat screened;pool. Deep water canal and
sleps to the beach, Impeccably main- dock, pool and two undercover parking dock. Great "as is" or better yet build
tainted for your most discriminating buyer. spaces. Newly furnished! Very good up for spectacular unobstructed bay
$539,900. Mary Burke, 778-4800. rental property. $579,000. Call Quentin view. Asking $989,000. Call Cindy Grazer
Talbert; 778-4800. 504-6176 or 778-4800.
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WILDWOOD SPRINGS Spacious NEW TOWNHOME Very spacious IDEAL LOCATION Elevated and
Lpdaied 2BR/2BA conco. ceramic tile laid 3BR'2BA with two-car garage. Town- updated duplex. 2BR/2BA each side, short
on the diagonal. glassed-in lanai, lush home recently built. $749,000. Quentin stroll to the beach. Tons of storage and
manicured grounds and heated pool. Night Talbert, 778-4800. charming outdoor living space. $619,000.
security a plus. $259,000. Call Nicole Nicole Skaggs, 778-4800.
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WATERFRONT: SHELL POINT condo, 2BR/2BA,
turnkey furnished. Spectacular view! Jean Holmes
Realty, (941) 778-2644 or 730-7017.
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA located on
deep-water canal with large dock and views of Tampa
Bay. $850,000. (941) 779-1512..
ANNUAL RENTALS: ANNA Maria, 2BR/1BA duplex,
$825/month; 2BR/2BA riverfront condo, $1,250/
month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, (941) 778-2307.
BEAUTIFUL, NEW, RENOVATED 3BR/2BA Span-
ish-style home. Two-minute walk to beach. Fully fur-
nished, rental ready. Quiet Holmes Beach private
setting, on cul-de-sac. Custom details, tile, granite.
New cabinets, windows, doors, A/C, ductwork, stain-
less appliances. Paver drive/patios. (941) 778-4560.
ELLIJAY, GA (North of Atlanta) 1.5-3 acres. Tracts
level with mountain view and trout stream access.
Starting at $29,000. Call (706)636-2040.
NEW LOG CABIN-North Carolina Mountains.
New shell on secluded mountain site. $89,900.
Hardwood forest. Great fall colors. Paved road.
Near parks and lakes. Acreage and financing
available. (828) 247-0081.
LAKEFRONT LOG HOME, $99,900. Lake
Cumberland, Ky. New, authentic 2,400 sf. Avail-
able Oct,29,2005. Jamestown area. (800) 770-
9311, ext. 822.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA. Escape the-heat in
the cool beautiful peaceful mountains of western North
Carolina. Homes, cabins, acreage'and investments.
Cherokee Mountain Realty, GMAC Real Estate,
Murphy. www.cherokeemountainrealty.corriCall for
free brochure (800) 841-5868.
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Florida bayfront, almost 900 feet of
shoreline on pristine Terra Ceia Bay.
Spectacular sunsets. There's nothing like.
it left on the Suncoast, Truly one of the
very last opportunities to build that quiet,
secluded, boatable, waterfront estate
you've always dreamed of,. Old Florida
living, yet very near the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge, 1-275/1-75 interchange, ten
minutes from St. Pete, and just 30 minutes
from Sarasota and Tampa International
Airport. For sale by owner, $1,900,000,
Call Jeanne at
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TENNESSEE WATERFRONT SALE! 2.4 acre water-
front $9,900! Dockable building lots from $14,900!
Cabin package $54,900. Call now! (866) 770-5263,
WHITEWATER LIVING IN the Tennessee Smokies.
Gated waterfront community riverfront and mountain
views available. Prices starting low as $46,900. Fi-
nal phase, limited lots. Call now! No closing costs,
buy direct from developer. Save thousands. (800)
559-3095, ext 327. www.rivercrest.com *Some re-
NORTH CAROLINA GATED lakefront community, 1.5
acres plus 90 miles of shoreline. Never before offered
with 20 percent pre-development discounts, 90 per-
cent financing. Call (800) 709-5253.
EAST ALABAMA MOUNTAIN property for sale, one
hour west of Atlanta in Piedmont, Ala. Great for enjoy-
ment or investment. 19.5 acres. $6,142 down, $510/
month. Information, call Glenn (850) 545-4928.
GRAND OPENING! LAKEFRONT acreage from
$69,900. Save $10,000 Nov. 5-6. Spectacular, new
waterfront community on one of largest and cleanest
mountain lakes in America! Large, estate-size,
deepwater parcels, gorgeous woods, panoramic
views. Paved roads, county water, utilities. Low financ-
ing. Call now (800) 564-5092, ext. 266.
Two canalfront condos side by side. One 2BR/1.5BA and one 1BR/1BA.
Two deeded boat docks on sailboat water. Both for only $725,000.
GEORGIA PROPERTIES AVAILABLE now. Residen-
tial, commercial, farm and timber tracts. Priced to sell.
Visit Peach State at www.Farmandtimber.com, or call
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN Cabin on mountain
top, view, trees, waterfall and large public lake nearby.
2BR/1BA. $99,900. Owner (866) 789-8535,
TENNESSEE LAKESIDE: New community. 1+ acre
homesites from the $30s. Private boat slips, limited
availability. Lake access/boat ramp. Close to down-
town Chattanooga. (866) 292-5769.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. AREA: Mountain acreage, 1+ acre
riverfront, mountain view and wooded homesites from
the $50s. Gated community with custom lodge and
river walk. (866) 292-5762.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN property: Two pri-
vate communities with hardwood trees, views, creeks
and river and lake access. Swim, fish, hike. Lots from
$20,000 to $85,000. (800) 699-1289 or
EAST TENNESSEE PROPERTIES: For sale, sold
and financed by owner. Log homes, lots and acreage
near Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg. Call Ricky Bryant
INVESTORS: GREAT-MONEY MAKER
Currently renting for $2,900-$3,900/week
0#1 Income will exceed your expectations.
gv One year old 5BR/5BA. Enjoy the
) convenience of an indoor elevator and
outside spiral staircase. Beautifully
furnished and tiled throughout. Four-car
;. garage, lush heated pool overlooking the
bay, private dock and great fishing.
Reduced $2,190,000. Virtual tour:
SERENE MOUNTAIN GOLF: Homesite $342/
month. Breathtaking views. Upscale golf community
set amid Dye-designed 18-hole course in Carolina
mountains. Near Asheville, North Carolina. A sanc-
tioned golf digest schools teaching facility! Call toll-
free (866) 334-3253 ext. 974.
www.Cherokeevalleysc.Com. $69,900, 10 percent
down, balance financed at 4.94 percent fixed, 24-
month balloon, oac.
GEORGIA WATERFRONT PRE-Construction con-
dos include top amenities, marina, four-star hotel
and lots more! Refundable $1,000 reservation de-
posit to hold. Incredible opportunity. Realtor (877)
NEW MEXICO: 20 acres, $24,990. Scenic region,
views, canyons, trees, rolling hills, wildlife. Enjoy
hunting, hiking, horses, great climate. Power, great
access. 100 percent financing Call (914) 232-5100.
WESTERN N.C. MOUNTAINS: Extraordinary home
sites in gated Fall Branch Estates. Wooded lots, pan-
oramic mountain views, from $60k. Current phase pre-
construction pricing. (877)774-3437
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ISLAND DUPLEX: Steps to beach. Reduced to $699,000
before remodeling continues. Investors and builders bring your
imagination. Gulf views possible. 2BR/1BA on large corner lot.
Anne HL lber, Realtor (941) 713-9835
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2217 GULF DR. N.
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Ireatwued Propel tf tfile 1 eek
RIVER FRONT HOME 4BR/2.5BA 3,800
sf home with upgraded eat-in kitchen, granite
Counter tops and island. LR/DR with brick
': wood-burning fireplace and stunning marble
Floors. 10,0001b boat lift. Richard Horton,
778-2246. #511969. $995,900.
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A RAHRE Fin!I Anna Maria UuliTronr tot. teckty IMAlllrIL.cr I nlvCn vEWv InuredUlte
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 778-2246. #504998. sunsets' All from completely remodeled Key West-
$,000,000. style home. 4BR/3.5BA, 3,000 sf Large pool
and cabana with exercise room. Boat dock! Jane
S'Tinswonh 761-3100. #51051.$1.650,000.
SNEAD ISLANDWATERFRONT 3BR/3.5BA/3 car
garage residence on large waterfront lot in premier
gated community. Open floor plan, soanng ceilings.
custom built-ins, eat-in kitchen, family room and
office/den. Caged pool. dock with lift. Dave Moyni-
han 778-2246. #512506. $1,395,000.
LONGBOAT KEY GULF FRONT Plclure
perfect direct Gull-fronl views and fabulous
sunseis Rarely available ground floor unil,
two pools lennis court Beverly Moore or Jo
Warren. 778-2246. #512638 $865.000.
PALMA SOLA SOUND Distinctive 3BR/2BA
home open floor plan, family room win flre-
place Large healed pool, fronf ortice and only
sleps Io bay. Toni Lupino. 761-3100 #513970
RELAX IN YOUR HOT TUB! Enrov a piece
of island paradise in your 2BR'2BA vlla
surrounded by tropical landscaping. winding
palhs ana private setting in Seaside Gardens
Mary Kegley 741-2500 #51255 $4j39,900
PANORAMIC BAYFRONT Fabulous Bayviews
from this updated 3BR/3BA residence on large
corner lot with 110 leet +- frontage on the
bay. 2332 sf of living area, open floor plan.
Dock/lift. Dave Moynihan 778-2246. #511366.
LAKEFRONT IN INDIAN SPRINGS Model
perfect 3BR'2BA has magnificent lake views.
Spll plan. stainless appliances, large lanai
and close to area beaclhes Jane Tinsworth.
761-3100 #515051 $389.900
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Bringing People Home Sintce 1939
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