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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 14, No. 6
Dec. 14, 2005 FREE
Island real estate in transition
By Rick Catlin
Real estate buyers who think Anna Maria Island is
like the mainland and in a buyers market with a glut of
homes for sale should think again. Island real estate
agents agree the Island real estate market bears little re-
semblance to its mainland counterpart.
While many Manatee area real estate agents claim
they are in a buyers market with an overload of homes
for sale, local agents say the Island market is in transi-
tion. Just where it's headed and when it will get there,
however, won't be determined until later in the season.
"We are absolutely a different market than the
mainland," said Alan Galletto of Island Real Estate in
Holmes Beach. Unlike the mainland, with its vast
tracts of landlocked homes, "We're like an enclosed
waterfront market and waterfront properties are always
He noted that while the inventory of homes for sale
in east Manatee County is up 300 percent from last
year, the Island's inventory only climbed 50 percent
during the same period.
And, he added, sales of Island real estate are al-
ways slow at this time of year. He and other real estate
agents won't have a better "handle" on which way the
market is headed until later in the season.
"Historically, sales pick up around December, then
peak between March and May. We'll know then if it's
a buyer's market or seller's market," he said.
"But Island real estate values aren't' going down.
What we may see is a slowing of the rate of apprecia-
tion. We've been getting a 30-35 percent annual in-
crease in value," he observed. That rate of increase isn't
likely to continue, but Galletto predicted a steady 15
percent annual rise in property values.
"And that's still a good rate of return," he added.
"So, we're not a seller's market or a buyer's market yet.
The next few months will tell us."
Barry Gould of Island Vacation Properties agreed
the market is changing.
"The market is definitely in transition," he said, but
it's more of "getting to a level playing field. We don't
know where the transition will end."
Buyers and sellers shouldn't take what's happen-
ing on the mainland as an indication of where Island
real estate is headed. Anna Maria Island, as residents
are keen to say, doesn't like to follow the trend of the
Remember, Gould added, "There is only so much
space on the Island," while subdivisions and new
houses are springing up almost weekly in east Mana-
But while some Island real estate buyers might be
waiting, early December is not the best time to deter-
mine the Island market. It's the traditionally slow time
"Sales will pick up proportionately as the season
progresses, so let's wait and see if sale prices go
lower," Gould said.
There is, however, still a demand for Island real
PLEASE SEE TRANSITION, NEXT PAGE
Everything Under the Sun Garden Center's 'It's
Only Money.' Islander Photo: Jack Elka
And the winner is ...
The top prize winner of The Islander Lighted Holi-
day Boat Parade are Everything Under the Sun Garden
Center owners Nicole Heslop and Jon Westergard.
Their boat "It's Only Money" was decorated with a
flashy pink "moving" flamingo, green and gold palm
trees, loads of lights and twinkling snowflakes and lots
PLEASE SEE BOAT PARADE, NEXT PAGE
Verizon proposes Anna Maria cell tower
It may have taken just a bit more than four years,
but as Verizon promised in 2001, the company is back
in Anna Maria, this time with a proposal for a 125-foot-
high cell tower in the city.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn stressed, however,
that Verizon has not made any formal application un-
der the city's cell tower don't call them cell towers,
call them personal wireless services facilities ordi-
nance adopted in 2003 after Verizon tried unsuccess-
fully to place a cell tower atop Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church in October 2001.
After that effort was thwarted by citizen outrage
and.the church backing out of the deal, Verizon of-
'Tis the season for
more Island scams
By Rick Catlin
There must be something about Anna Maria
Island in winter that seems to draw scam artists
from around the globe.
It appears the infamous "check deposit for a
rental accommodation, then return the money"
scam is again making its way around the Island
(The Islander, Nov. 16). -
The latest rendition of the scam took place at
the Anna Maria Island Beach Resort when some-
one who claimed to be a "bishop" from Ghana
booked a room via e-mail. Someone else, alleg-
ing they were his American sponsor, sent a check
PLEASE SEE SCAM, NEXT PAGE
ficials gave the Arnold Schwarenegger reply, "We'll
And they are.
Building Official Kevin Donohue confirmed that
Verizon representatives along with attorney Laura
Bellflower met with him Dec. 7 to discuss "informally"
placement and construction of a cell tower.
Nothing was decided at that meeting, said
SueLynn, although Verizon indicated it had four loca-
tions in mind: Roser Church, the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, city hall and the city public works
The mayor said the city may have some control
over any cell tower application for the three public
properties, but any application for a cell tower at Roser
Church, which is private property, would only have to
meet the requirements of the ordinance.
"They really just wanted to find out how receptive
the city would be to the idea," SueLynn said.
Bellflower and Verizon wanted a direct meeting
with her to discuss specifics, but the mayor replied that
if Verizon wants the tower on public property, the com-
pany should deal directly with the city commission.
"I can't speak on behalf of the commission. They
need to talk to commissioners to find out if they are re-
ceptive," she said, indicating it would likely not be until
January that any cell tower request could be on a com-
"At this point, it's just talk about a tower, but it
would appear Verizon is determined to build one in the
city," the mayor observed.
Following Verizon's failed 2001 effort to get a cell
tower in Anna Maria, the city learned that federal law
would not allow a city to prohibit construction of a cell
phone tower, but the city did have the ability to regu-
late its location, height and appearance. Those criteria
were established in Anna Maria's cell tower ordinance
passed in November 2003.
The lights were bright in Bimini Bay. Islander
Photo: Jack Elka
"Evolution III" led the boat parade. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Dara Caudill
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Transition real estate watchword
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
estate. Properties are being bought, sold or placed on
pending every day, even in December.
Gould agreed that sellers who have been willing to
negotiate a sales price have been doing better than oth-
"I think the buyers who come during the holidays
and meet the seller who will negotiate will do very
well. There are always some excellent values in the
At Mike Norman Real Estate, Mike Norman also
agreed the market is "in transition," but stood with his
colleagues, saying it's too early in the season to predict
where the transition will lead. Wait until mid-March or
Some sellers may be waiting until later in the sea-
son to negotiate, he indicated, but right now, a smart
seller will listen to a reasonable offer and adjust accord-
ingly to effect a sale, and a smart buyer will start look-
ing now, rather than waiting until later in the season.
If the traditional demand for real estate picks up at
the end of the season, buyers now will be getting a
However, added Norman, "It's fair to say prices
are leveling off."
And Island properties are still selling, just not quite
as fast as last year. There were 11 sales in November
2005 compared with 15 for the same month in 2004.
So, what does it all mean for the Island real estate
Start looking now before the seasonal rush, said
Norman, and find a seller who will negotiate.
Both Norman, Galletto and Gould agreed: Island
real estate values aren't going down. Prices, however,
appear to be in a state of "transition."
Boat parade winners
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
folks aboard having a great time, prompting judges to
declare it a "Florida Christmas."
Judging the event were Nancy Ambrose and Paul
Roat of The Islander, Nancy's husband David and dad,
Doc Walker, CD Dashiell of CD's Nails on the Island
Crews working on the Manatee County water system accidentally broke a water main Monday, Dec. 5, at
Holmes Beach and 60th Street, resulting in flooding conditions that caused the loader in the background to
nearly disappear into the abyss. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
salon and Kevin Shonkwiler of Jess Jewelers of
Running an absolutely close second with the
judges was Jerry McKee's "Evolution III." It
sparkled with what appeared to be thousands of
lights and a bouncing, dancing crowd that included
Other participants, including the "Cuzen Bill," Earl
Eitchie's 33-foot sailboat with twinkling lights from
top to bottom, Jim Humes "Down Time" and George
Glaser's "Mystic Dolphin," entertained large crowds at
the grand canal end by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and
on the Anna Maria City Pier and Rod & Reel Pier.
Co-sponsor of the event with The Islander, the
Anna Maria City Pier, donated gift certificates, as did
Mama Lo's and. the Chiles group, the Sandbar,
BeachHouse and Mar Vista restaurants.
Scam attempt made on Island
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
drawn on a Missouri bank for $5,750 as a deposit on
the unit. The next day, the "bishop" e-mailed that he
was canceling his vacation and requested a refund.
An unsuspecting manager might have already depos-
ited the check and sent a perfectly good refund check to
the bishop, but AMIBR manager Carolyn Wells was
pretty sure it was a scam, and took the check to her local
bank for investigation. The check was worthless.
The incident was reported to the Holmes Beach
Police Department and was logged online as a fraud
with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The "deposit scam" is not new to the Island and
similar incidents should be reported to local law en-
forcement and online to the FBI at www.ifccfbi.gov.
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Thanksgiving fire investigation continues Meetings
By Paul Roat
The investigation into five suspicious fires on
Thanksgiving in Bradenton Beach and Cortez is con-
Bradenton Beach Police Detective Sgt. Lenard
Diaz said that he has identified "persons of interest" in-
volved in the early morning blazes, but declined to
elaborate on the ongoing investigations. There were no
injuries as a result of the fires.
"All of the fires were intentionally set," West
Manatee Fire Marshal Kurt Lathrop has said, "and
there were similarities in all five."
Firefighters responded to the first fire shortly after
midnight Thanksgiving Day at the rear loading dock of
the Bradenton Beach Post Office on First Street. Bins
filled with undeliverable third-class mail had been set
The fire caused smoke damage to the exterior of
the post office and melted several of the plastic bins
postal employees use to transport mail. Damage was
estimated at $2,500.
As West Manatee Fire & Rescue firefighters were
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wrapping up the post office fire, another call came in
to the north. A boat on a trailer in the 100 block of
Ninth St. N. had burst into flames.
Firefighters from Station No. 2 were able to put out
the'fire, which destroyed the vessel, and were still on
scene when they were called to another fire next to a
house in the 2200 block of Avenue C.
That fire was quickly extinguished as well.
In the morning light, firefighters were called back
to the city when yet another blaze next to a building,
this time in the 100 block of Highland Avenue, was
The next day, a cleaning woman at the Cortez Post
Office on Cortez Road reported evidence of a fire on
the outside of the building. Again, no significant dam-
age was evident.
The investigation is continuing among the West
Manatee Fire & Rescue District, Bradenton Beach
Police, postal investigators and the state fire marshal's
Diaz said anyone with information regarding the
fires should call him at 778-1005, ext. 223.
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merce held its.
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Anna Maria City
Dec. 14, 6:45 p.m., environmental education and
enhancement committee meeting.
Dec. 15, 6 p.m., special city commission meeting on
104 Maple Ave. variance, with regular city commis-
sion to follow.
Dec. 19, 6 p.m., 204 Archer neighborhood workshop.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
Dec. 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
.Second reading and public hearing on newsracks,
update on Bradenton Beach Pier Cafe mediation,
discussion on extending city boundaries, update on
project administrator position, approval of mayor's
nomination for vice mayor, approval of invoices,
consent agenda and commission reports.
Dec. 17, 9 a.m., Ward 2 neighborhood meeting with
Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips and Public Works
Director Dottie Poindexter at Annie Silver Commu-
nity Center, 103 23rd St.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Dec. 15, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue
District Commission meeting, Fire Station No. 1,
6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Dec. 19, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Anna Maria City Hall -
Winter break for schools
Winter break for students.in Manatee County will
begin Monday, Dec. 19.
Classes will resume Wednesday, Jan. 4, al-
though administration offices will reopen prior to the
50,000 Maltching-Fund Challenge
BUILDING OUR FUTURE!
Holmes Beach residents Charles and JoAnn Lester are offering up to
$50,000 in matching funds for contributions made by Dec. 31, 2005,
to the Anna Maria Island Community Center Endowment Fund.
And your contribution is tax deductible.
The Center provides a critical human service need on the Island and provided more than
1.5 million hours of service to m an 3,400 Island residents last year.
Please send donati tbl Ilenge, P.O. Box 253,
Anna Maria FL 3 owment Fund.
Tiis advertisement is sponsored as a community ...i .. : .,-, i3'pEiimr;:i i.~n'ri the,l esters by.The Islander.
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Bradenton expected to OK Perico Harbor plan
By Rick Catlin
The Bradenton City Council at its Dec. 14 meeting
was expected to approve the preliminary site plan by
Paradise Pointe LLC a company owned by the St.
Joe Company, formerly the Arvida Corp. for a re-
tail-office-restaurant complex at the east end of the
Anna Maria Island Bridge. The St. Joe Company al-
ready has approval from Bradenton for a 686-unit con-
dominium project adjacent to Perico Harbor Marina on
the north side of Manatee Avenue.
Approval of the site plan is expected without any
serious opposition. Only Councilwoman Marianne
Barnebey has ever voted against Arvida's condo
project throughout the nearly five-year history of the
Under the Paradise Pointe site plan, the current
convenience store, along with the former Leverock's
Restaurant and the boat storage facility at Perico Har-
bor Marina, will be torn down to make room for two
buildings, both two floors over parking.
The buildings will accommodate a restaurant, a
liquor store, banquet hall and retail/office space.
A small "one-way" gas station would be retained
at the site where the convenience store is located. The
"one-way" gas station would apparently be intended
only for motorists exiting the marina.
A minimum of 190 parking spaces are proposed,
with more available after the boat storage facility is
ManaSota-88 Executive Director Glen Compton
said previously he was not surprised that the St. Joe
Company was able to circumvent its agreement with
Manatee County over development of its 686-unit con-
dominium complex on the property, which is directly
east of the Perico Harbor Marina.
St. Joe had agreed to withdraw its plan for a retail-
office complex in that agreement, but gave no guaran-
tees that it would not acquire other adjacent or nearby
properties for its commercial venture.
Perico Harbor Marina has already gained approval
from the Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion to dredge its boat basin to construct wet slips and
convert the facility to accommodate deep-draft boats.
The marina will have direct access to the St. Joe con-
Students from Anna Maria Elementary School were
taken to jail the old Anna Maria City Jail on the
site of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Museum, that is. Students toured the museum, jail
and Belle Haven Cottage with art teacher Gary
Wooten and recently retired historical society
administrator Carolyne Norwood. Islander Photo:
Now that Waste Management Inc. has distributed
its new garbage containers in Holmes Beach for the
start of "automated" collection service, the company
has also issued instructions to the public on how to use
The instructions read:
"Place all garbage in this cart. Drain all liquids and
bag or wrap all refuse prior to placing it in the cart for
removal to prevent spillage or litter.
"Do not place yard waste, recyclables, hazardous
waste materials or construction debris in this container.
"Place cart at edge of curb with the handle towards
your house with lid opening facing the street. Carts
must be placed away from objects such as mail boxes,
telephone poles, trees, etc.
"If you request a second cart, place it as outlined
above. Carts must be placed at least two feet apart from
each other. Additional-carts are $2 each per month,
"Any additional garbage is to be securely bagged
and placed at curbside at least two feet away from your
cart for accessibility. Please do not place in regular
"Bulk items such as sofas. dressers and all other
large furniture items must be placed at curbside and
will be picked up on our second regularly scheduled
pickup day by a separate truck.
"All large appliances should be called in to Waste
'Management at 753-7591. Waste Management will
then schedule it for pickup.
"Pickup removal days and procedures for yard
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clippings, leaves and vines are to be containerized in
bags or cans."
Waste Management Inc. has distributed its new trash
collection containers in Holmes Beach in prepara-
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Traffic patterns change for elementary school
When school resumes at Anna Maria Elementary
School Wednesday, Jan. 4, parents will have a new
traffic route for dropping off and picking up students.
The front of the campus where the bus loop is cur-
rently utilized will be a construction zone in January
and parents and visitors will be directed to enter the
south parking lot from Gulf Drive. Students will be
By Mike Quinn
Special to the Islander
Holmes Beach Police, assisted by the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office, arrested a 47-year-old man on
a charge of burglary after he was discovered in a vacant
SAccording to the report from the HBPD, Thomas
McCann (no residence) broke into
,_: Sailfish Apartments, 3718 Gulf
Drive, Unit 2, entering through a
... bathroom window. He was discov-
ered asleep in bed in the unit by the
Manager Patrick Janos told
police he yelled at the person in bed
M and had to back out quickly when
McCann McCann suddenly rose up out of
McCann fled, but Sheriff's Deputy Thomas
Franklin and his K-9 Quinto tracked him to where he
was hiding in some seagrape trees and bushes in front
of the home af 3502 Fourth Ave. He was taken into cus-
tody by Holmes Beach Officer Jim Cumston.
dropped off or picked up at the gazebo. Cars will then
be permitted to exit onto Harbor Lane.
Buses will enter campus through Harbor Drive and
drop students off at the side entrance to the new cafete-
ria. Buses will then exit onto Harbor Lane.
AME Principal Kathy Hayes said bus riders will be
dismissed 10 minutes prior to car riders in order to give
the buses a chance to exit and avoid traffic congestion.
Hayes said the traffic-flow pattern has been
worked out with the Holmes Beach Police Department,
safety inspections have been done by the bus transpor-
tation department and the route is sufficiently wide to
accommodate buses making turns onto the roadway.
This traffic flow will be in effect until March.
More parking will also be available at the start of
the second semester. There will be staff parking on the
south side of campus. Visitors are welcome to park in
any unoccupied spaces. There will also be a temporary
parent parking area behind the new building.
Overflow parking will be available on 49th, 48th
and 47th streets, across from the school.
For more information, call the school at 708-5525.
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AME traffic flow
Parents will return to find a new traffic pattern in
place at the start of the second semester at Anna
Maria Elementary School. The diagram shows the
parent dropoff and pickup route, entering campus
from Gulf Drive and exiting through Harbor Lane.
Oyster Bar hosts holiday events for two schools' staffs
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar Monday evening Dining at the Cortez restaurant were Prine El-
hosted dinners for teachers at two elementary schools ementary School administrators and staff, and at the
at two of its restaurants and a Christmas party for Ellenton location, Blackburn Elementary staff. The
Oyster Bar staffs at the third location -Monday third location, Landside, was site of a party for the
evening, staffs of all three Oyster Bars.
The manager made a positive identification of
McCann as the person he found sleeping in the Sailfish
McCann was arrested and charged with burglary at
approximately 10:30 p.m.
Holmes Beach police said the defendant is known
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Ready or not
Whether residents of the City of Anna Maria are ready
or not, there will be in the near future a cell tower built and
service will be improved for cell phone users in the city that
fights progress and change at every comer.
It seems now that Verizon is back in Anna Maria,
having tested the waters some four years ago, this time
with a proposal for a 125-foot-high cell tower.
Not to worry. After all, nothing formal has yet been
submitted to the city.
Not to worry. The city worked and worked on an or-
dinance to limit the probabilities and make cell towers
Not to worry. Verizon has several locations in mind
and something will surely be acceptable.
Of course, we can hope that the city and its citizens
won't wind up in a lawsuit over the whole deal. There was
a brutal battle against a cell tower in Holmes Beach, and
that city lost in the end. In fact, opposition to the cell
tower proposal in Holmes Beach led to a less than desir-
able location for residential folks and the city lost the rev-
enue prospects to private business.
Let's just say, it's not good to fight "Mother Nature"
or the Federal Communications Commission.
Maybe Anna Maria will surprise us all and embrace
the "wireless" future.
We can't thank folks enough for coming out in
droves to The Islander-sponsored open house for the
Holmes Beach "downtown" area and all the merchants
and businesses who participated in this annual event.,
It certainly serves to provide the holiday "spirit" and
start off the season of giving for.us and it's ever so re-
warding to see that the community participates.
The Privateers with their ship and sleigh were wel-
comed back to the Island Shopping Center to the delight
of everyone. The Manatee High School chamber orches-
tra and the Island Hobbits set the "tone." Santa visited
with all the children who were willing! Everyone had a
Thank you for sharing this event with us.
Season of giving
Please take time to consider a gift to the Anna Maria
Island Community Center endowment fund before the
end of the year. Friends of The Islander and the Center,
Chuck and Joey Lester, are willing to match all donations
up to $50,000.
It's a win-win for everyone and for the future of the
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You and me, all the property owners of Holmes Beach.
Gestapo regime. What's next?
I am an 83-year-old female on a walker. How am
I going to wheel this monster from my door to the curb?
I was managing very well with the small amount of
garbage I accumulate being placed in a tall kitchen
plastic bag and deposited at curbside on pickup days.
Please unburden me from this green monster and
Joyce Shannon, Holmes Beach
Gas tax increase
Wake up, people. One way to do it is to reject the
5-cent gas tax increase, leave the roads the way they are
now, let the political leaders live and drive the night-
mare they created. Maybe they will slow the growth to
a crawl and keep what open space we have left. It is no
more irresponsible than what they have already done.
The poor working class cannot afford.to live in
Manatee County any more because of this runaway
train and the high prices they face, and now our lead-
ers want to increase gas consumption 5 cents a gallon.
Shame on all of them for being so greedy.
Dale P. Schmitz, Tallevast
Monstrosity of the year
Time magazine names the person for the year, for
better or worse, who had the most influence on the
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Let's talk about the 5-cent gas tax increase the wuuu. 1kb Year I L C' ,t~ Io o.sUU y)IeLLa rLia .
Manatee County commissioners will approve, and the I propose an annual vote on the home that did the
reason why they have no choice but to approve it. most to destroy the character of Anna Maria City, as we
This is what happens when our irresponsible com- know and love it. I can suggest four, there must be
missioners and city council members allow developers more.
to have their way, to build, build, build, all in the name One has pilings so deep it will probably sustain
of "It's the economy, stupid" and deliberately ignore winds of a Category 7 hurricane. When, as implied by
the fact that they are destroying the very quality of life Rick Catlin in a previous issue, the Island is wiped
that the rest of us are trying to obtain away, this unit will look like an oil rig in the Gulf.
Why have we allowed the economy to become I hope they have a boat.
more important than life? Some will say you can't have Marty Higgins, Anna Maria
one (in this country) without the other. If that's the Personal highlight
case, then our days are numbered.
We need a new vision or the end of this vicious Thank you Anna Maria Island Historical Society
cycle will come upon us like a runaway train and we for a personal holiday highlight. Jimi Gee's six-string
all lose everything we cherish. No matter how many Santa was precious and oh-so-classical. What a treat.
roads we build or how many roads we widen. Are we Janie Robertson, Bradenton Beach city commissioner
so ignorant and blind not to see the system we use in
this great country of ours will become our demise if we Have your say
do not change the same old song we live by? The Islander welcomes and encourages your opin-
Overcrowding our communities to the point where ion letters.
people become enraged and start killing each other Address letters to Editor, The Islander, 5404 Ma-
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'No' on Seafood Shack
I have addressed the following letter to the Mana-
tee County commissioners:
I have lived in Cortez all my life. I worked with my
parents and brother to build the road that goes past the
Seafood Shack restaurant to the end and through Mari-
Back then Cortez Road was made from crushed
shells that came from Indian mounds. I went to school
in the old schoolhouse on 119th Street. I was postmas-
ter of Cortez for 20 years. Lots of changes to Cortez
have happened in my lifetime. Most of them are very
good, on both sides of Cortez Road.
I hear that Manatee County wants to buy the Sea-
food Shack for millions of dollars-and build a public
boat ramp there. And FISH would put their museum in
the building. In my opinion, that would be a very bad
idea and very bad for the people who live in Cortez.
Now, there is the Cortez drawbridge that opens
every 20 minutes. When the drawbridge is open, traf-
fic backs up. The traffic is getting worse and worse in
this area because more and more people are moving to
Bradenton and using Cortez Road to go to the beach.
There have been lots of wrecks at the corner of
127th Street and the drawbridge. Also, trucks with
boats on trailers park in the middle of 127th Street
while they go into get bait at Annie's in the morning.
That blocks the road. A public boat ramp would make
more traffic on this road and a very dangerous situation
at the corer of Cortez Road.
I don't think FISH really wants a boat ramp on this
property either. Also, FISH has been trying to finish the
old schoolhouse in Cortez for a museum for years.
Where is the money going to come from to make the
Seafood Shack into a museum and boat-building place?
That will take millions of dollars. We need better roads,
not a boat ramp. We have lots.of boat ramps in this
I think the Seafood Shack should remain as a res-
taurant. The parking area should be fixed up. I am ask-
ing the county commissioners not to spend our money
to buy the property and build a boat ramp and museum.
Wyman Caarsey, Cortez
Seafood Shack a good move
I applaud the county's consideration about pur-
chasing this prime waterfront property. The long-term
benefits to the general public of such an acquisition
could do wonders for the quality of life here in Mana-
Just imagine what it would be like for our commu-
nity to have a thriving waterfront maritime museum, a
Mystic Seaport of the South. Our community would
become a destination that would attract lovers of mari-
time history of our community and our country.
I envision the facility being like the hub of a wheel
from which all sorts of spokes would reach out into our
environment providing opportunities for people to re-
connect to the beautiful natural environment around us.
Purchasing this property would validate the
county's claim to want to enhance the eco-tourism in-
dustry. Various entities that would provide excursions
out into the water could work out of there.
Let's face it, as everything gets developed around
here it becomes more and more difficult for those of us
who cannot afford to buy waterfront property to appre-
ciate the coastline. When we talk about trying to recon-
nect our youth back to nature, why shouldn't the gov-
ernment provide access to nature?
Already the projects at the museum are bursting the
seams, and with such a gifted staff already assembled
the potential for involving more of our community in
historical and maritime ventures is limitless.
Not only is this type of activity a tremendous
physical and spiritual benefit to the elders, but our
youth could be engaged in activities which not only
teach the traditional methods of boat construction, per-
haps building a fleet of rowing or sailing craft, but also
would give them a more traditional peaceful under-
standing of our relationship with nature.
If we do not provide more access to the water,
people will not care if it is saved or not. The alterna-
tive is that Manatee County is just going to follow in
the footpath of all of the other Floridian coastline
places that have turned into a bedroom for the rich to
enjoy the beauty around us.
Jaime Canfield, Bradenton
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of Bradenton plan a seagoing wedding in August
aboard an Alaska-bound cruise ship. She is a home
health care nurse and the prospective bridegroom is
a retired Navy captain.
Parrot Cove Marina
opens in Cortez
By Jim Hanson
After more than a year of major rehab and major
delays in permits, Parrot Cover Marina is opening for
business this week.
A jubilant Bob Gertz said. "We'll start bringing in
boats about midweek. \Vc're open for business."
S He bought the marina at Sunny Shores, at the
northeast end of Cortez, a year and a half ago and vir-
tually re-created it from the sea bottom up. He acquired
it from Donald Gagnon, whose family had owned it for
decades. It was built in 1951.
It is newly dredged to 5 feet of depth at mean low
tide, he said, has newly driven pilings to hold firm 30
new slips that will moor boats from 25 to 50 feet in
length, with new electric and water lines. Fuel service
is available. Gertz plans to charge $10 per foot for
He plans to rebuild and eventually make his home-
in an old two-story building at the water's edge, whose
ground floor Gagnon used as a shop and lived upstairs.
The marina is on Palma Sola Bay "two minutes
from the Intracoasral Waterway and seven from the
Gulf of Mexico by boat," Gertz said. Access is off
Cortez Road \ ia 115th Street. The address of the ma-
rina is 11510 36th Ave. W., Bradenton, phone 795-
The property is half an acre with 320 feet of water-
front, next door to a county park which itself has 800
feet of waterfront.
He already has had half a dozen offers for the fa-
cility, but he says that "after all the struggle to get it
established, I'm not selling now."
Spring fling volunteers sought
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization has put out the call for volunteers
to help with the upcoming Spring Fling dinner and
The Spring Fling is a fundraiser at the end of the
year for parents and staff. It includes an auction of
items donated from local businesses as well as some
crafted by students. Proceeds from the event are used
for a special project, such as the purchase of comput-
ers and books.
The designated project and party theme will be
announced soon, but Spring Fling chair Joy Murphy is
calling for "all hands on deck" to begin planning the
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time to go
The $50,000 challenge to Islanders has netted
about $10,000 so far, said a spokesperson for the ben-
eficiary Anna Maria Island Community Center.
But she noted there are less than three weeks to go
to "call" Chuck and Joey Lester on their offer to match
dollar for dollar every donation through December up
to $50,000 total.
That's every donation to the Center's endowment
fund. It swelled by $100,000 last year when Islanders
donated more than $50,000, which the Lesters happily
This fund is apart from the Center's continuing
operations fund that finances programs, and apart from
the capital fund which pays for expansion and improve-
ments to buildings now under way there.
Donations may be made at the Center, 407 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria, or discussed with staff there or
by phone at 778-1908, or The Islander, 778-7978.
The Manatee County Area Transit has announced
its holiday schedule for service from Saturday, Dec. 24,
through Monday, Jan. 2.
Saturday, Dec. 24: The Island Trolley will operate
from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Regular MCAT service will
operate on an abbreviated basis ending at 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 25: The Island Trolley will operate
its normal schedule for Anna Maria Island. The free
Beach Express from the K-Mart on Manatee Avenue
West at 75th Street to the Manatee County Public
Beach will also operate as normal.
Monday, Dec. 26: The Island Trolley and other
fixed-route MCAT service will operate normally.
Tuesday, Dec. 27: MCAT administrative offices
will be closed, but MCAT fixed routes and the Island
Trolley will operate a normal schedule.
Saturday, Dec. 31: The Island Trolley and all
fixed-route MCAT service will operate a regular sched-
Sunday, Jan. 1: MCAT will operate the normal
schedule for the Island Trolley on Anna Maria Island
and the free Beach Express.
For more information on MCAT's holiday service,
call 749-7116 or visit the Internet at
www .co .manatee.fl.us.
Cecy Richardson will demonstrate "Linoleum Block
Prints" at the Island Gallery West from 10 a.m. to
noon Saturday, Dec. 17. The artists' cooperative is
at 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Gallery hours
are frometails may b otaint.Mnday hraligh Satur- 6 -
day. Details may be obtained by calling 778-6648.,*.)
And the winner is ...
In terms of success for sparking the holiday spirit,
everyone at "Ye 01' Holmes Beach Business District"
S. holiday open house was a winner. Refreshments at a
1 vi 1 variety of stores, clowns, music, visits with Santa and
the Privateers and a big "snowfall" helped make the
-i event merry.
Even merrier are winners of a variety of gifts and
gift certificates from participating merchants, includ-
Sing top prize winner Don Lantz of Holmes Beach.
0. Lantz will claim a gift basket of prizes.
Kathi Cowan, Martine Miller and Marie Simpson
l. will receive merchant gift certificates.
Contributing to the prizes were Mister Roberts,
Garden Hut, Nica Rose, Rader's Reef, Anna Maria
Liquor and Wine, Restless Natives, Richards Whole
L Foods, Curves, Island Trader, Island Grill Store, Ooh
La La! Bistro and The Islander newspaper.
Merchants reported a "record crowd" for the event
and plenty of holiday shopping occurred.
The young "Hobbits" band was at hit at Mister
Roberts in the S&S Plaza, as were the Manatee High
School Chamber Orchestra at The Islander in the Island
The "snow" at the open house actually soap
bubbles wasa hitfor the kids. Islander Photo:
Pelican Man has crisis open house
A "Save Our Sanctuary" open house is scheduled
this weekend to raise funds to keep the Pelican Man's
Bird Sanctuary in operation.
"Unless the sanctuary improves its immediate op-
erational cash shortfall during this new donation drive,
it may have to cease all operations," said Jeffrey A.
Dering, executive director.
The open house, part of the new "We are for the
birds" donation campaign, will be from 10 a.m. to 5
p:m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17 and 18, at the sanc-
tuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, on City
Island off the south ramp of the New Pass Bridge to
Dering noted that since its inception the sanctuary
has rescued and rehabilitated more than 50,000 wild
birds, returning many of them to their home in the wild.
But costs are rising rapidly, he said, and income has
As part of Saturday's open house the sanctuary will
host "Vets in the City,".a full service mobile veterinary
clinic operated by Drs. Jan Hale and Marcelo Arango,
which will be on the grounds for dog and cat vaccina-
tions at reduced prices.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Hollywood stuntman and na-
tive Sarasota artist Mark A. Cuttin will demonstrate his
"impact art" by hurling himself from a 25-foot tower
onto a large paint canvas while covered in paint-filled
In January he plans to auction off several "impact
art" canvases to benefit the sanctuary and other non-
Mote offers price reductions
for food. donations
Mote Aquarium and the Sarasota Bay Explorers have
a food special going on from now through Dec. 23, with
patrons getting a price cut in tickets for donating food,
Aquarium and Explorers boat tour tickets will be
$1 off for a food item donation, Mote Marine Labora-
tory said. Visitors who are going to both attractions can
get $2 off the combined ticket price of $30.
The food items will be donated to the All Faiths Food
Bank,. which helps feed the hungry of Sarasota and
DeSoto counties the year around through a variety of pro-
The Explorer eco-tours run daily at 11 a.m. and
1:30 and 4 p.m., leaving from the aquarium, which it-
self is open from 10 a.m. to.5 p.m. 365 days a year..
Details may be obtained by calling 388-4441.
Gulf Coast Writers to hear
Longboat Key publisher
The. Gulf Coast Writers group will hear Matt
Walsh, publisher of the Longboat Observer newspaper
and other Observers in the area, at a meeting at 10:15
a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina, Driv'e. Holntes.B.each, Details, ar~ valcr,
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profit organizations. He is of a longtime circus family
Also.on Saturday, the sanctuary will have a holi-
day sidewalk gift and book sale on the grounds.
There is plenty of parking there, Dering said, and
sanctuary staff, volunteers and board members will be
on hand to guide visitors and answer questions.
Details may be obtained by calling 388-4444 or at
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exchanged at Roser
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Elliott Ditzel of Ponte Vedra Beach were married Nov.
19,2005, by the Rev. Herb McMillan at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church.
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are at home in Bradenton.
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Anna Maria planners try to help the unwilling
By Rick Catlin
In what some people might think is a rarity in Anna
Maria, a city board is actually trying to help property
owners who want to change their lot lines in the inter-
est of safety.
That's what the planning and zoning board told
Mike and Nancy Yetter Dec. 6 when they appeared
before the board requesting a lot line split for property
they and Joe and Shirley McGuire own at 119 and 121
The owners had requested the lot line change so
that the two adjacent lots would face Park Avenue, not
SGulf Boulevard. Yetter said there was a safety issue
involved with cars backing out onto Gulf Boulevard.
The board consensus was to agree to recommend
that the city commission approve that the lots be
"turned," but stipulated that the owners should also
have the lots replatted.
City Attorney Jim Dye told the board that in his
opinion there's nothing wrong with approving the re-
quested split. However, he added, if the lots aren't
replatted, they would technically become non-con-
forming and unplatted lots. As such, at some point in
the future, the owners may not have some legal rights
afforded owners of platted, non-conforming lots.
Building Official Kevin Donohue chimed in that
legally platted lots are accepted by the city.
Yetter, however, said he and the McGuires "do not
have faith in the system to continue with a replat,"
unless they get assurances that a replat is "simple and
- not too costly." He said it's taken them about a year just
to get before the board and he's "frustrated" by the
This was supposed to be a simple request, he said,
and now it's "blown out of proportion."
Board member Doug Copeland said the board has
only had the request for eight days and this was the
second hearing, and that the board is trying to move the
process along as rapidly as possible.
"Our attorney has said he will be more comfortable
with a replat and I would not recommend this without
a replat," Copeland noted.
The Yetters eventually agreed to accept the board's
stipulation with the understanding they might not pro-
ceed with the replat if it proved too costly.
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Christmas tree at the event. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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9 a.m. Widowed Persons Support Group pre-
sents "Changing Roles" at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Is-
lanid Players holiday luncheon at the Landings Free-
dom Village, 6501 17th Ave. Ct. W., Bradenton. Infor-
Noon Anna Maria Garden Club holiday celebra-
tion featuring singers from Anna Maria Elementary
School at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-0523.
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. "Celebrating Relationships"
seminar with Angela Jackson at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Thursday, Dec. 15
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food for Life cooking
class at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Friday, Dec. 16
9 a.m. Mo's Mixed Movements at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 3:30 p.m. Beginners watercolor class with
Susie Cotton at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna. Maria. Information:
778-1908. Fee applies.
8 p.m. 'The Glorious Future of Mankind" video
essay at the Manatee County Baha'i Center, 6404
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 741-4922.
Saturday, Dec. 17
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club meeting with guest Scott
Hirsh of the Anna Maria Island Privateers at Cafe on
the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive,
10 a.m. to noon Linoleum block print demon-
stration by Cecy Richardson at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Porsches in the Park at St.
Armands Circle Park, Sarasota. Information: 388-1554.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. -Lester-Islander Family Fun
Day at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
5 to 7 p.m. Santa at Haley's Motel, 8102 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-5405.
5 to 9 p.m. Anna Maria Holiday Festival, down-
town Anna Maria City. Information: 779-9200.
6:30 p.m. Bethlehem Walk at Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
7p.m. Christmas Deck Party at Haley's Motel,
8102 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
Sunday, Dec. 18
2 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Chorus
and Orchestra present "Messiah and More" at the Is-
land Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
4 and 7 p.m. Carols by Candlelight at West
Bradenton Baptist Church, 1305 43rd St. W., Braden-
ton. Information: 748-6926.
Tuesday, Dec. 20
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Holiday blood drive at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Wednesday, Dec. 21
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
"Dickens at the Crosley" presented by the Crosley
Museum Theatre at the Powel Crosley Museum, One
Seagate Drive, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota,
through Dec. 22. Information: 722-3244. Fee applies.
"Ann Casale: A Life's Workof Passion" exhibit at
the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach, through Dec. 30. Information: 778-
Photographer Rolf Bertram window exhibit at the
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Gallery, 5413 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, through Dec. 30. Information: 778-
"The Highwaymen," Florida's African-American
landscape painters exhibit at the South Florida Mu-
seum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through March 12.
Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 14, 2005 U A-15
'yard sale' Dec. 17
Island artists and friends of Island artists are
invited to exhibit at the fun, free year-end artists'
"yard sale" hosted by The Islander newspaper 9-
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, but signup
must be completed by Friday, Dec. 16.
What started as an outdoor yard sale at art-
ist Woody Candish's Anna Maria home moved
several years ago to The Islander and has grown
to fill the walkways of the Island Shopping Cen-
ter where the newspaper office resides.
Many of the "yard sale" artists have been
participants in The Islander's annual student
art fundraiser "For Art's Sake" and many
more are welcome to join the event, which is
free to exhibitors. Shoppers must, of course,
bring their wallets (and arrive early) to take
advantage of the pre-Christmas bargains of-
fered by the artists.
For information, contact The Islander at
778-7978 or visit the office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Lee Mears art demonstration at Island Gallery
West Dec. 24.
Save the Date:
Anna Maria Island Privateer's Thieves Market
Southeastern Guide Dogs open house Jan. 14.
"Mote at 50" lecture at Mote Marine's Immersion
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Shaman Band concert at the Anna Maria Island
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Anna Maria Island Rotary Club Extravaganza
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Island Players "Murder by Misadventure" Jan. 26.
King Middle School Media Center fundraising
party/auction Feb. 11.
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Soloists to star in holiday concert Sunday
By Jim Hanson
Soloists will highlight the annual holiday concert
by the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Or-
The concert will begin at 2 p.m. at the Island Bap-
tist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. It is free and
open to everyone, with a $15 donation suggested.
Alfred Gershfeld, longtime artistic director and
principal conductor, will lead the orchestra and chorus,
opening the concert with Haydn's "Toy Symphony."
This production will add seven toy instruments to the
orchestra especially for children.
Then comes Handel's "Messiah," which audi-
ences down through the years have proclaimed as an
Soprano Michelle Giglio heads the outstanding list
of soloists from then on, recently returned from a suc-
cessful five-year European concert and recording tour.
Alto solos will be sung by countertenor Don
Scheeler. After a successful career as a tenor, he
switched to alto in 1993 and studied music interpreta-
'tion with teachers in the United States and abroad.
Tenor solos will be sung by Enoch Sherman, who
debuted in Carnegie Hall after graduation from
Juilliard School in New York. For two decades since
then he has performed leading roles in opera, oratorio
and other venues all over the world.
Richard Storm again sings the bass roles. In ad-
dition to his vocal artistry he is executive director of
Key Chorale and member of the board of Seaside
Institute, where he is co-chair of the artist residence
program and the new community performing arts
Additional information is available at 778-1716 or
online at www.amicco.org.
Old junk slows Cortez dredge job
Alberto Caserta, 90, of Bradenton, died Dec. 11.
Born in Naples, Italy, Mr. Caserta moved to Mana-
tee County from Lakeland in 1965. He was a tailor with
Caserta Tailors. He was a member of St. Joseph Catho-
lic Church, Bradenton.
Visitation will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14,
and memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
15, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel,
6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Burial will be at
Mansion Memorial Park, Ellenton. Memorial contribu-
tions may be made to National Emphysema Founda-
tion, 15 Belden Ave., Norwalk CT 06850.
He is survived by son Vic of Holmes Beach and
Sister Emma of Bradenton.
Tiffiany Maria Olson
Tiffiany Maria Olson, 22, of
Bradenton, died Dec. 7.
Born in Milwaukee, Wis.,
Ms. Olson was formerly em-
ployed at the Rod & Reel Pier.
SMemorial services were Dec.
12 at Palma Sola Bay Baptist
Church. Memorial contributions
may be made to Wachovia Bank,
Tiffiany Maria Olson Anna Maria Island.
She is survived by parents
Christine Marie Olson and Richard C. Johnson of
Milwaukee; brother Derek James; uncles Bradley,
Dennis, Jeff and Lars; aunts Barbara, Carol, Judy
and Raz; and grandmother Margie Hale.
Ernst Otto Stalinski ,
Ernst Otto Stahinski. 60. of Anna Maria I island and
7 Honduras, has died.
Born in Germany, Mr. Stalinski was a longtime
:resident of the Island. He was buried in Honduras.
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SRosemarie Catherine Willis, 75, ofAnn4 Maria,
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Thick layers of junk, some of it decades old,
have slowed dredging of the boat channel along the
The trash is so thick and some of it so heavy that
heavy equipment must be brought in to dig it out,
said Charles Listowski, executive director of the
West Coast Inland Navigation District, which is han-
dling the dredging project for Manatee County.
"We've already dug into propane tanks, and one
of them had gas in it," he said. "That could have
been disastrous, at least for the equipment operator.
We caught it in time, but it shot\ s \\ hat we're up
The work is in the FISH Preserve, the large
wooded area at the east end of the historic fishing
village which has.been abused for many years by
people dumping there. The Florida Institute for Salt-
water Heritage is providing space in its, Preserve
where the spoil dredged from the channel will be
pumped, dried and eventually hauled to a landfill or,
if it is clean enough, spread in the Preserve.
Already cleared out are a number of derelict
boats and a large rusted-out steel barge that have
been there for decades. Under way now is clearing
a roadway for the big pipes from the dredge to the
spoil site, and a site where the dredge itself will be
located. Next will come clearing of the spoil site.
The dredging equipment will be moved to its
pumping site in about a month, Listowski said.
That's somewhat later than originally planned, but
"We're not really off the schedule. We just ran into
some things we hadn't expected. We're used to that,
it happens on e\er) job." '
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brothers Douglas of Simsburg, Conn., Gibson of Alex-
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County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, who
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at least four years, said dredging at the Crosley Es-
tate and the Palma Sola San Remo channel had to be
completed first. That will be done about the time the
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When the work is finished the channel will be 7
feet deep at mean low water, 30 feet wide and
dredged for 1,500 feet.
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Club condominium, theft. A vehicle tag was reportedly
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Dec. 3,2900 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, DUI/drug
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found a marijuana pipe. and small amount of mari-
Dec. 4, 4700 block of Gulf Drive, expired tag. A
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Coral Shores canals in Cortez to be dredged
By Jim Hanson
A major Coral Shores canal dredging project has
cleared its last major official hurdle, with the Manatee
County Commission approving a special funding dis-
trict at its meeting last week.
The Municipal Service Benefit Unit now can be set
up and the project proceed, said Tom Yarger, the
project manager for the county who made the presen-
tation to the commissioners.
The new ordinance clears the way for a formal
agreement between the county property appraiser
and the tax collector for collection of special assess-
ments for the project from property owners within
the MSBU. Yarger said 73 percent of the owners
registered approval of the project during a county
Under such an arrangement, MBSU property own-
ers pay most of the costs, requesting some county as-
sistance, Yarger explained.
The proposed work would clean and restore all the
canals in Coral Shores, though not the entrance chan-
nel which was dredged five years ago in a major job for
Mount Vernon next door. Both are east of Cortez
The canals, constructed by the subdivision's devel-
oper in the mid-1950s, are so silted-in as to be impass-
able in some spots.
At completion of the dredging, the canals are to be
90 feet wide overall, 5 feet below mean low water, and
15 feet from any dock or other structure.
The county nowadays customarily retrofits or
builds new silt boxes along roads to avoid the silting-
up by catch basins that now drain into canals, Yarger
said. Then county transportation department crews
periodically clear out the boxes, which helps avoid
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The personnel board has two seats, each for a one-
year term; the board of adjustment has one seat and one
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AME's McDonough inducted into teacher's guild
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School media specialist
,. Lynne McDonough is one of the first of 23 teachers
inducted into the Accomplished Teachers of Manatee
The newly established guild was founded to recog-
nize excellence in teaching and to enhance leadership
and professional development opportunities to improve
Criteria for membership selection includes demon-
strated excellence in teaching and knowledge of sub-
ject matter, effective leadership skills and successful
facilitation of professional teaching development op-
According to AME Principal Kathy Hayes, who
nominated McDonough for guild membership, she is
a great example of an outstanding leader.
"She has successfully taught nearly every grade
level at AME and, in her first year as media specialist,
she transformed the school's media center into a haven
for excellent reading initiatives and technology," Hayes
McDonough has introduced many programs to
improve student achievement and assist teachers in
using authentic resources. Some of these resources in-
clude Book Adventure, TextLink, Groliers Online,
United Streaming and Nettrekers.
In addition to her duties as media specialist,
McDonough manages the television production studio,
which airs the daily student morning news show.
She composes the school's monthly newsletter
"The Surfer" and produces the school yearbook.
Some of the programs she has developed include
the Birthday Book Club as a means to purchase current
book titles for the library and she recently acquired
grant money for a new "Book Badge" program to in-
spire students to read books from various genres.
McDonough has also updated the school Web site
at www.annamaria.net with links for students to utilize
at home. Students can access the library catalogue,
reading activities, news, library skill games, research
resources and television production information.
those seeking to refine their skills; to participate in
planning, implementing and refining district initiatives;
and promote the education profession through commu-
nity service and global outreach.
The induction ceremony for new members was
held at the Bishop Planetarium and was sponsored by
the Manatee County School Board and Education
Lynne McDonough is one of 23 teachers inducted
into the newly established Accomplished Teachers of
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and professional development opportunities. Is-
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In addition, she has trained and collaborates with
a team of parent volunteers to assist in the media cen-
ter and serves as a team leader and chairperson of the
school's media advisory committee.
The primary objectives of guild members are to
facilitate ongoing professional development and de-
velop resources to promote accomplished teaching for
Becky Levengood, Anna Maria Elementary School's
part-time reading coach, spent her first week on
campus getting acquainted. Levengood, who has
been a teacher for 30 years, will split her duties with
Palma Sola Elementary School. She is responsible
for providing support and training to teachers in
monitoring and improving student reading levels.
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Norwood ready to pass historical society torch
By Diana Bogan
Carolyne Norwood is passing the torch after 15 years
as head of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society.
January will mark Norwood's 50th year as an Island
resident. She moved to Florida with husband George and
four children from Silver Springs, Md., in 1965.
Norwood was a reporter/photographer for the
former Islander newspaper for almost 20 years. During
that time she said she met many oldtimers.
"I noticed historic memorabilia in their homes,"
she said. "Then they moved away or died and their
families came from the north and threw away many of
their belongings, including early photos of the Island."
In the late 1980s, Norwood said then Mayor Ray
Simches asked her to form an Island historical society.
After holding a community meeting which approxi-
mately 15 other Islanders attended, she noted there was
enthusiasm for forming an historical group.
In 1990 she co-founded the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society as a non-profit educational organi-
"At first we had nothing," says Norwood. "No pic-
tures or artifacts. We advertised and by word of mouth
people started bringing their early Island items to us."
The first Island museum was on Crescent Drive in
Anna Maria where the podiatrist is now. "We soon
outgrew it and I asked Mayor Simches if we could have
the old Turtle House, 402 Pine Ave.,for a museum," she
The commission approved the request and the or-
ganization moved into the building in 1992 and spent
$10,000 renovating it.
The historical society has grown from a dozen
members to nearly 200 members. It is hard to say how
many people visit the museum each season even
though a registry is kept. Norwood believes as many as
2,000 visitors pass through the Island museum yearly.
"Hundreds of people from around the world visit
the museum every year. Their glowing comments are
most rewarding. Many children visit the museum. To
get them interested in looking at the exhibits, we have
a scavenger hunt. They love it."
Norwood was the first president of the society and
later became administrator. She was not only instru-
mental in obtaining the museum's current location but
also in having Anna Maria City's historic Belle Haven
Cottage moved to the museum complex and restored.
Belle Haven was built on the city pier in 1920 and fell
into the bay six years later. It was brought back on land
where it-was home to several families over the years.
When she learned it was going to be demolished,
Norwood, on behalf of the historical society, approached
the city to have it moved to the museum complex.
"My perseverance paid off and it was moved and
renovated and now serves as our general store," she
said of the accomplishment.
Gail Garneau, left, and Carolyne Norwood at this
year's Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Norwood jokes that age might have something to
do with stepping down as administrator.
"I physically cannot do what I did years ago," she
admits. "We used to put on a pageant and dinner every
year. I wrote the play, got a director, found props and did
not have much help. I finally stopped when I could not
find a successor. My husband George was my right hand
and greatest supporter. He helped with everything. He
died three years ago and that's another reason for me to
resign. It's hard to find help when you need it."
Norwood will continue to be a member of the so-
ciety. "This is something I have believed in and worked
hard to make a success."
In her spare time she looks forward to finishing a
second book on Island history. Two years ago, she fin-
ished her first history book about the Island "The Early
Days 1893 to 1940." The next book will be Anna Maria
Island 1940-1960. She did a lot of research last sum-
mer and says she is ready to write.
She looks forward to spending more time doing
some of the activities she loves. She plans to spend
summers at her small cottage in North Carolina near
Boone at the foot of Grandfather Mountain.
"Years ago I worked with stained glass and had to
give it up as most of my time was devoted to the his-
torical society. I hope I can take it up again. I have a
large window in North Carolina and I visualize a
stained-glass mountain picture there.
"I love the outdoors and my hobby is taking pho-
tos with my digital camera, printing or e-mailing them ~
to friends and family," she said. "I will bicycle and take
long walks with my companion, Lulu, a wonderful
Her Island house is for sale and she plans to move
to Palma Sola to be near son John and daughter Linda
The historical society is looking for someone inter-
ested in the Island and its history to take on Norwood's
position. The candidate does not have to live- on the
Island but it would be helpful.
The administrator mainly sees that everything runs
smoothly. He or she is charge of the volunteers and
ensures that museum and Belle Haven General Store
are open and staffed four days a week. Anyone inter-
ested should give Norwood a call at 778-1514.. "I will
be glad to tell them all I know."
She thanks all who have given her support over the ,
years those who have donated funds and historical
items and the volunteers who are the backbone of the
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Thank you to all the varticivants:
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AMI Chamber of Commerce
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Anna Maria Artists Guild Gallery
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Fit to Eat Deli-Restaurant
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Ginny's and Antiques
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Island Fitness Center
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Island Grill Store
Jim Mixon Insurance
Nica Rose Silver
Ooh La La! Bistro
Richards Whole Foods
Sun & Surf Lifestyle Apparel
SunCoast Real Estate
Congratulations to the raffle prize winners ~ and thanks to the
merchants for donating prizes! Top winner Don Lantz: gift basket
including Island Grill Store grill tools; Garden Hut birdhouse; Nica
Rose bracelet; Rader's Reef ornaments; Island Trader wine holder;
Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine wine; The Islander coffee mugs;
and Mister Roberts, Restless Natives, Curves and Richards Whole
foods certificates! Additional prize winner: Kathi Cowan: Ooh La
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Simpson Mister Roberts certificate.
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Evero e '
All three Island cities' residents, officials, kids,
parents, grandparents Everyone!
everyone's invited to Family Fun Day.
i~." Please, join us for an
old-fashioned gathering of the
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Family Fun Day ... Just like old times!
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Co-sponsored as a community service by The Islander.
Ho id a c eer comes to Anna Maria Is an
Hundreds of kids lined up for presents from the Priva-
teers at Coquina Beach. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
The Privateers' boat-float led the parade they sponsor every year on Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Skating and strumming, one "rocking" parade participant led a horsedrawn
carriage in the parade. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Happyhorseback riders were a special feature of this year's holiday
parade down the length of the Island. Islander Photo. Bonner Joy.
Ed Mc Adam, far right, helped orchestrate the appearance of the Myakka River
Riders at the Privateer parade. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Kya Parsley, left, and Jewelee Bober were all smiles at meeting Santa Claus at Coquina
Beach Saturday. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
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By Jim Hanson
There aren't all that many shopping days left before
Christmas, but the last weekend before the holiday has
some big events that needn't cost you a dime.
The Lester-Islander Family Fun Day at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center Saturday, Dec. 17,
heads the list for many Islanders. It's a three-hour, fun-
filled reminiscence of the old kind of Christmas where
family and friends celebrated together. From 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. the Center will be alive with rock climbing,
games, shows, music, food, and raffles.
That evening, Roser Memorial Community Church
will present its audience-participation Bethlehem Walk,
retracing the story of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter
for their little family. The walk will wend around an
Anna Maria block, ending up at the stable's stand-in,
the church fellowship hall at 512 Pine Ave. That will
begin at dusk at the church portico.
And all day Saturday the Anna Maria business
owners will host holiday open houses.
Next day, Sunday, the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Chorus and Orchestra will present its annual
holiday concert, "Messiah and More," at 2 p.m. at the
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Nobody remains in the dark about what happens all
through the weekend and the days and night preceding
and following it: Shopping, shopping, shopping.
And The Islander newspaper will help with that
exercise, hosting the Woody Candish yard sale for local
artists offering special deals on their "craft" at the office
and along the sidewalks of the Island Shopping Center,
Marina and Gulf drives in Holmes Beach.
So shop, but don't drop save some of that energy
for the holidays themselves.
'Largest Christmas display'
scene of Haley's party
Claiming "the largest Christmas display on Anna
Maria Island," Haley's Motel will host a Christmas
party with dancing on the deck Saturday, Dec. 17.
The deck party for all ages will be from 5 to 7 p.m.
at the motel, 8102 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, with
25,000 holiday lights. Santa will be there, a Haley's
owner Tom Sabine said. Details may be obtained by
Pines party Thursday
for Head Start kids
The Pines Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach
will host up to 20 children aged 4 and 5 from the
Manatee County Head Start program at a holiday
blast at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.
It is an annual event sponsored by the trailer
park at its clubhouse. Santa will hand out gifts
of toys provided by Bradenton Beach Moose
Lodge 2188, and the children can stuff themselves
on cookies and candy made by women of the
park, said Dee Prest, who annually organizes the
Also on the program will be collection of
cash donations to go to the Head Start school in
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Saturday, Dec. 17, at the pier restaurant.
Invited are "all club members and their relatives
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More than 100 donated gifts will be raffled, he said.
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Three Island women were honored for their work
in the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce when
the chamber installed officers at the Waterfront Restau-
rant in Anna Maria City.
Peggy Horlander received a plaque as Volunteer of
the Year for "taking on the chamber's golf tournament
and doing such a superb job." She chaired the annual
tournament, deemed a "huge success" again this year.
Cindy Thompson was honored for developing and
spearheading the "more successful every year" Bayfest
Nancy Ambrose of The Islander newspaper was
honored as "Ambassador of the Year" for her many
hours of service to the chamber's programs.
Installed as chairman for his second term was Don
Schroder, and Mary Ann Brockman was seated again
as president. Mark Davis is chairman-elect, to succeed
Schroder next year. Barbara Murphy was installed as
secretary and Karen LaPensee as treasurer.
Members of the board of directors installed in
the ceremonies were Ken Gerry, Lois Gift, Judy
Giovanelli, Dr. Kathleen Goerg, Kim Ibasfalean, Cindy
Thompson, Amy Van Dell, Michael Vejins, Chuck
Webb and Wendy Webb.
Three-island chamber sets lunch
on Anna Maria Island
Members of the Longboat-Lido-St. Armands
Chamber of Commerce will come to Anna Maria Island
for a "networking luncheon" Wednesday, Dec. 21.
They will be at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The
menu for the day has such entrees as Bridgewalk Salis-
bury Steak, Beach Street Salmon and Bay Side Caccia-
tore. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers.
The chamber headquarters on Longboat. Details
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Winterfest winners announced
Winner of the weekend Winterfest craft show
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Snook season comes to good end
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Snook fishing for the waning days of the season
has been terrific, with reports of lots of hookups of big
linesiders. The season closes Dec. 15.
Sheepshead are also thick around any type of struc-
ture in the Gulf of Mexico or in the bays, and there
are still a few redfish and catch-and-release trout being
Offshore fishing for grouper is terrific, and the fish
have moved closer to shore so the trips aren't as long.
There are some reports of catches of legal-size gags
within sight of land.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said he took Gary Cox from Virginia, Fred
Murrell from Cortez and Ed Zawadzky of Las Vegas to
a catch of snook to 25 inches, redfish to 20 inches and
sheepshead to 5 pounds on a half day trip last weekend.
"A falling tide and live shrimp accounted for the action
that took place mostly in north Sarasota Bay around
deepwater docks," he said, adding that he also caught
"a smattering of trout, flounder, jacks, ladyfish, bluefish
Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters
said "inshore fishing for grouper has been yielding
catches of gags within a few miles of the beach out
of Big Pass and the Venice Jetty. Inshore by Longboat
Key has been yielding catches of large mangrove snap-
per and gag grouper in the 15-pound class, while'our
Tampa Bay excursions are producing keeper grouper
caught on both sides of the channel east of the main
span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Snook and red-
fish are active on our evening trips around the canal
lights, and beach fishing out of Big Pass around the
rocks has been producing big redfish, cobia, bluefish
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he puthis charters onto lots of snook and a
few redfish near the docks in Terra Ceia Bay, plus a few
catch-and-release trout using artificial bait.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle said off-
shore grouper fishing couldn't be any better right now,
with some legal-size grouper being caught within sight
of the Island. Backwater fishing for snook is still good,
but the season ends next week so go after the big line-
siders now. Sheepies are also being caught everywhere
there's any kind of, structure in the water docks,
piers, rocks and of course near any of the artificial
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there are catching mostly sheepshead, plus a few legal-
Saltwater fishing course
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Classes in saltwater fishing will begin Jan. 5 at
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Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. for eight weeks.
Capt. Ric Ellis, 37-year fishing guide in local
waters, will cover all aspects of fishing and of fish that
inhabit this part of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota
Bay. The course will be at the center, 5370 Gulf of
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the action there is pretty much sheepshead, with a few
black drum and legal-size linesiders mixed in. Fiddler
crabs and shrimp seem to be the best baits, he added.
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Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
sheepshead are thick around the dock. There are lots
of smaller snook moving around, with bigger catches
coming at night. Black drum are also very plentiful in
the Manatee River.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said that he's
catching lots of big snook and mangrove snapper to 4
pounds on the offshore artificial reefs.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include
sheepshead by the Anna Maria Island Bridge and red-
fish near Price's Key at the mouth of Palma Sola Bay.
Shrimp is the best bait for the best action, by the way.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said "Offshore fishing is absolutely outra-
geous right now. Lots of large gag grouper, big man-
grove snapper and yellowtail snapper have moved into
our area for the Christmas season, and they are mean
and hungry." He said that gag grouper are running to
20 pounds, snapper to 7 pounds, and he's putting his
charters onto blacktip sharks, a few catch-and-release
Goliath grouper and some small amberjacks. "Decem-
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Tell your tale, please, before next storm season
As the 2005 Atlantic Ocean tropical storm season
echoes its last gasp with the demise of Hurricane Epsi-
lon, forecasters are already looking ahead to 2006.
And it's not a very pretty picture.
Phil Klotzbach and Dr. William Gray of Colorado
State University have provided a glimpse of what to
look for next June-November as far as storms are con-
cerned. Gray, by the way, is taking "second chair" in
the predictions to Klotzbach as he devotes time "to
the global warming issue and in synthesizing my proj-
ects and many years of hurricane and typhoon studies,"
including 22 years of forecasts.
According to the team's Dec. 1 forecast, "the 2006
Atlantic hurricane season will be much more active
than the average 1950-2000 season. We estimate that
2006 will have about nine hurricanes (average is 5.9),
17 named storms (average is 9.6), 85 named storm days
(average is 49.1), 45 hurricane days (average is 24.5),
five intense Category 3-to-5 hurricanes (average is 2.3)
and 13 intense hurricane days (average is five).
"The probability of U.S: major hurricane landfall is
estimated to be about 55 percent above the long-period
average," the researchers continued.
Great. Just what we. wanted to hear.
Klotzbach and Gray are using some different
parameters to predict storms this year, lending greater
weight to what they call "hindcasting," or finding what
actually happened during a year when weather condi-
tions mimic what is going on now. It's basically a his-
tory lesson, where a whole slew of weather conditions
are analyzed and then compared to storm activity in
"These forecasts are based on a statistical method-
ology derived from 52 years of past data and a sepa-
rate study of analog years which have similar precur-
sor circulation features to the current season," the pair
stated. "These evolving forecast techniques are based
on a variety of climate-related global and regional pre-
dictors previously shown to be related to the forthcom-
ing seasonal Atlantic basin tropical cyclone activity and
landfall probability. It is only through hindcast skill that
one can demonstrate that seasonal forecast skill is pos-
None of that hindcast data works in the short term,
of course, and doesn't help much in predicting if a
storm will make landfall on Anna Maria Island versus
Cedar Key, but it does help provide a broad-based
advance approach to the season.
And the team readily admits that forecasting is just
that forecasting. "No one can completely understand
the full complexity of the atmosphere-ocean system or
develop a reliable scheme for forecasting the myriad
non-linear interactions in the full-ocean atmosphere
system," they rather bluntly, at least for scientists it
seems blunt state. And they admit they bungled the
forecasts from 1995-2001 due in part to giving greater
weight to some traditionally reliable indicators rather
than looking more closely at others.
As they put it, "Our initial 6-11 month early
December seasonal hurricane forecast scheme demon-
strated hindcast skill for the period of 1950-1990 but
did not give skillful results when utilized on a real-time
basis for forecasts between 1995-2001. This was due
to the discontinuation of the strong relationships we
had earlier found between West African rainfall and
the stratospheric quasi-biennial oscillation with Atlan-
tic basin major hurricane activity 6-11 months in the
future. We did not expect these relationships that had
worked so well for 41 years to stop working from 1995
onward. We do not yet have a good explanation as to
why these relationships have failed."
However, they've come up with a new scheme this
year which they hope will work better.
Let's hope that the new data are very, very wrong
and we have no hurricanes for 2006.
Very, very rare
On to a lighter note: There appears to be a new
carnivore found in the wilds of Borneo.
According to the journal "Nature," researchers
have discovered a big-eyed, bushy-tailed critter in the
heart of Borneo's jungle that has never been seen
Still unnamed, although fancifully dubbed the
"Borneo beast," it looks like some kind of fox-lemur
mix. Its tail is about as long as its body, but the pic-
tures taken of it don't show much of its head. As one
researcher put it, "There are not many creatures [in
Borneo] in this size range, and this doesn't look like-
them, so the chances are it's something new. It's in the
right size range for something like a secretive carni-
If the beast is indeed a new species, it will be the
first new carnivore found in Borneo since the discovery
of a ferret-badger in 1895.
Pretty neat that there is new stuff being discovered
with all our technology, isn't it?
Speaking of technology, they're spottiln the rare
beasts using what amounts to surveillance cameras in
the jungle, setting out food arid cameras in "camera
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Once was blind, now I see ...
There's the old adage that one weakness brings to
the forefront other strengths. It would appear that recent
studies indicate that an inability in detecting distinctions
in some color spectrums has spurred an ability to dif-
ferentiate other, usually undetectable color shades.
It's kinda like finding a lighter shade of pale.
According to scientists published in the journal
"Current Biology," gleaned from another journal
"Nature," there's some weird findings coming out of
those who were or are classed as "color blind."
Red-green color blindness is the most common,
wherein about 6 percent of all men can't differentiate
those colors. Women are for the most part exempt from
the condition, it seems.
But scientists studying the visual challenges, called
deuteranomaly, have found that there's a whole world
of new "colors" available to the red-green challenged.
Something like 15 different shades of khaki, of all
Using a kind of flash card, researchers tested red-
green challenged with those who were not. "It proved
to be almost impossible for people with normal vision
to tell the [khaki colors] apart," according to the study
and, as one scientist put it, "It made me realize what it's
like for people with color blindness when they do the
normal tests. It's immensely frustrating to be asked to
look for colors that are to you invisible."
And here's a nice boost to the ego for those who
have been "challenged" by the red-green "blindness":
At least one researcher.has hypothesized that the gene
responsible for the condition may well have been an
S"evolutionary benefit. For example, it may have helped
them spot potential food items in complicated environ-
ments such as grass or foliage."
Or maybe the ripe versus non-ripe, elusive potato
chip? Or that perfect french fry?
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Cortez Cove Boatworks up and running
By Jim Hanson
Cortez Cove Boatworks was to haul its first boat
out of the water with its brand new hoist early this
week, said managing owner Karen Bell.
First scheduled out of the water was a sailboat,
whose deep keel made it necessary.to hoist it out at
high tide. Right behind it are the Rachel and the Lisa
and several other big vessels, their skippers getting anx-
"The grouper season opens the first of January,"
Bell pointed out, "and every commercial fisherman is
eager to get his boat's work done first so he's sure to be
ready to head into the Gulf when the season opens."
The final touch, installation of guard rails on the
new Marine. Travelift, was scheduled for early this
week and captains were keeping a watch on the lift.
Running the boatyard is Arno Prigge, Swedish
master boat builder who has contracted with the yard's
owner. That is a consortium of Cortezians, in which
Bell is a partner and spokesperson.
The hoist can lift boats up to 70 feet long and
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
ing what it calls "everyday history and the unique sto-
ries of Americans," is coming to St. Armands Circle in
Sarasota Jan. 5-25 "to collect the stories of Florida resi-
dents as part of the program's cross-country tour. This
remarkable project is sponsored by National Public
Radio, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the
automobile company, Saturn."
There will be a facilitator to handle the interview,
take care of all the technical stuff and, at the end of the
40-minute session, you get a CD of the proceedings. If
you want, a copy goes to the archives the American
Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, where "it
will become part of a high-quality digital archive. This
collection will eventually grow into an oral history of
America." Tampa-Sarasota-based WUSF 89.7 will air
weighing up to 60 tons, move its load back from the objected so strongly that he dropped the plan and sold
shore and roll along to where the vessel will rest on to the Cortez partners last May.
ways while workers do what needs to be done. Cortez Cove includes a boat basin newly dredged
Cortez Cove's name was changed to "Boatworks" by Rivolta, 34 boat slips and a large building Rivolta
from marina, the designation previous owner Piero Riv- used for offices and a woodworking shop. It was the
olta assigned it when he tried to develop it into a com- location for part of the Denzel Washington movie "Out
plex with marina, townhouses and cottages. Cortezians of Time."
Boat 'rackominium' accepted in Cortez
By Jim Hanson
The 330-boat dry-storage complex in Cortez
gained acceptance, though often grudging, in the his-
toric fishing village following the developer's explana-
-tion at a village meeting last week.
Bradenton Boat Club has a proposal before Mana-
tee County government to put up four storage buildings
up to four stories high on the 4.7 acres of the old C&C
Marina property on the north side of Cortez Road.
Representatives of the developer explained to a full
house in the Cortez Community Center that no resi-
a selection of the local stuff, and NPR will pick up
selected stories Friday mornings on NPR's Morning
People interested in participating can sign up on
the NPR Web site at www.npr.org beginning Dec. 19,
or call Diane Egner at (813) 905-6903.
So here we go, guys and gals: Billie, Snooks, Jim,
Blue, Alcee, Karen, Chuck, Carolyne, John, Andy,
Don, Carol, Wyre, SueLynn, Pierrette, Rhea, Joe,
Helen and all the other folks who've made a difference
on and off the Island. Please tell your tale.
According to NPR, StoryCorps is the largest his-
tory project ever undertaken, with more than 2,000
stories already collected in the project's first year and
plans to collect more than 250,000 interviews over the
dences will be built there. Specifically no condomini-
ums, a dreaded word in the village.
It will be for storage only, with no ancillary ser-
vices, they said, and the canal to the property will be
used for access only, no boats stored there.
Land access will be from Cortez Road and 123rd
Street, and neighbors have expressed fears that traffic
on the latter would overload the narrow road.
There were few protests at the meeting, mainly
in the form of sharp questioning by residents. Allen
Garner, president of the influential Florida Institute
of Saltwater Heritage, said the main objection he has
heard is the size of the four buildings so near Cortez
Road, the main thoroughfare there and a major route
to and from Anna Maria Island.
"Most of us would be happy if the scale were
reduced," he said. "In comparison with the one-story
houses and buildings around it, it will be really mas-
sive. I'm concerned about the noise of so many boats,
"But the county will decide. It seems an appropri-
ate use of the land, it continues what's been there for
Thomas "Blue" Fulford, Cortez-born and life-
long resident and community leader, said the complex
appears to imply minimum impact, but ....
"But it kind of rubs you wrong anyway. If you
grew up in a place and learned to love it, it becomes
part of you. You just don't like to see something
change it, at least without great advantages for the
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Hutchinson named to regional Olympic development soccer team
By Kevin Cassidy
It has been quite a successful year in soccer for
Islander Joey Hutchinson. Just a few weeks back,
he was named as the Anna Maria Island Community
Center Division I recreational soccer league's most
valuable player. That would be impressive enough by
itself, but Hutchinson, 12, young enough at the begin-
ning of season to play in Division II, has recently
earned even more impressive accolades in soccer.
On Dec. 3 and 4, Hutchinson traveled down
to Cape Coral for the U14 Regional U.S. Olympic
Development Program tryouts. Despite being one of
the younger players trying out, Hutchinson did well
enough to make the regional team and will now try and
"kick it up a notch" when he tries out for the state ODP
ODP is a U.S. Soccer Federation program that
identifies and develops the best players throughout the
country to represent their state, region and the United
States in soccer competition. The U.S. national team
eventually is selected from these pools of high-level
players, so this is a great honor for Hutchinson.
Hutchinson, who is a life-long Island resident and
is a sixth-grader at Bradenton Prep, has been playing
soccer since he was 8. He is a third-year player for the
Manatee Magic, team captain and one of the leading
scorers from his left wing position. U12 Magic coach
Doug Goodman says, "He is our star left wing and pos-
sesses a cannon of a shot."
Hutchinson and his Magic mates are having a
whale of a season thus far. They played in a tournament
over the Nov. 25 weekend that had 144 teams and the
Magic made it to the finals where they lost 6-3 to the
Largo United soccer club. Hutchinson scored one goal
for the Magic in the loss.
Magic advanced to the finals by winning four
straight games, opening with an easy 8-2 win over East
Lake behind two goals from Hutchinson. Magic then
upset HC United, the second ranked team in the state
by a 2-1 score that included one goal from Hutchinson.
He scored two goals in the Magic's 3-1 victory over
Central Pasco and one goal in the 4-2 win over Coun-
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The U12 Magic have played in five tournaments
this season and came in first three times and finished
second twice. They won the Lakeland Spring Chal-
lenge in May and finished second in the Dunedin
Memorial Day tournament. They also captured the
Magic's Kickoff Classic in September and won the
Braden River Rage's Halloween Havock tournament
So far Magic has compiled a 4-1-1 record in the
regular season, including an 11-1 victory over Black-
watch Dec. 10 at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton, behind a
hat trick from Hutchinson.
Hutchinson is one good player on a talented Magic
team that includes Nick Tankersley, Bakie Goodman,
Hunter Barcomb, Federico Brokate, Andrew Chlebina,
Austin Garraus, Thomas Hritz, Brendan O'Connor and
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Practicing four days a week on a team with good
players helps everyone get better and it is showing on
the field of play. Congratulations to Joey and his Magic
mates and, of course, his proud parents, mom Lori and
dad Joe Hutchinson.
Don't miss the indoor soccer action
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's 12th
annual indoor soccer tournament takes place Dec.
11-22 with evening games starting at 5 p.m. and going
until 10 p.m. If you've never seen an indoor soccer
game, you don't know what you're missing. It is end-
to-end fast-paced action that any sports fan is sure to
For more information, contact Andy Jonatzke at the
Center by calling 778-1908.
Ron Slagh of Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria's
George McKay defeated Bradenton's Bill Bartlett and
Doug Yox of Cortez by a 21-8 score to emerge from
a stairstep playoff. Slagh and McKay advanced to
the finals by defeating the husband-and-wife team of
Debbie and Tom Rhodes of Cortez.
Cathy Stoltzfus of Anna Maria and Jerry Disbrow
of Bradenton were the Wednesday champions, thanks
to perfect 3-0 match-play record. Bradenton's Ron
Pepka and Bruce Munro won a playoff for second place
by defeating "walker" Art Kingstad.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday in the park behind Anna Maria City Hall.
Warm ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
Key Royale golf news
Lois Biel, Nancy King, Dorothy McKinna and
Cindy Miller each shot a two-over par 34 on Dec. 6
to tie for first place in the flight AA/A Key Royale
women' golf competition.-
Flight B, C and D winner was Sally Keyes, whose
two-under par 30 was three shots better than second-
place finisher Jane Winegarden. Rose Slomba -and The-
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Anna Maria Island is
Dave Eason endured many long
winters in his job as a detective with the
Westport, Conn., police force.
Occasionally, he and his wife would
travel south in winter to Anna Maria
Island to visit his wife's relatives in
"We fell in love with this place. I
always said when I retire, this is where
I want to be," said Dave.
Retirement came earlier this year
after 20 years on the force and Dave
headed to the Island where he recently
purchased the Anna Maria Island
Liquor and Wine store at 5321 Gulf
Drive in the Island Fitness Center in
"I'm really happy here getting to
know everyone. I've just settled in, but
we're ready for the holidays."
Indeed. Dave is looking forward to
serving the Island residents' needs better
than the larger chain stores can. He can
fill special request orders from his selec-
tion of liquors, wines, mixers, beers and
cordials and also offers a 10-percent dis-
count on the purchase of a full case of
wine. Dave also has gift sets available
for holiday cheer or a special friend.
"If it's out there, we can get it for
you," he added.
Dave said he is looking forward
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IMPERIAL HOUSE: Nicely turnkey furnished 2 bedroom condo with
Gulf views from the porch. Just across the street from your own
private beach. Heatec pool, clubhouse, fishing pier and patio on
bay. Al ihis for $3-49,900.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: Beautifully decorated 3BR/2BAtownhome
with two-car garage and peaks of the Gulf from the large open porches.
Community pool, weekly rentals and large pets welcome! $650,000.
MARTINIQUE SOUTH: The penthouse view from this magnifi-
cently upgraded and furnished sixth floor condo. Views from every
room! Gulffront, heated pool, clubhouse, tennis, garage and Cadillac
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3224 EAST BAY DRIVE
Dave Eason is
the new owner
and Wine in
the Island Fit-
ness Center in
For more information, call Dave at
Island Real Estate at 6101 Marina
Drive in Holmes Beach has named Alan
Galletto as its top listing agent for
November, while Liz Blandford took
the top sales agent award. For more
information, call 778-6066.
Gulf-Bay Realty at 5309 Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach honored the sales
team of Jennifer and Heather Absten
as the top selling and listing agents for
November. To reach the company, call
Wedebrock Real Estate at 3224 E.
Bay Drive in Holmes Beach awarded
Dee Jorcyk its top selling agent award
PLEASE SEE BIZ, NEXT PAGE
Taking the subway
Owners Dennis and Michelle Lochrie hosted a grand reopening-recently at their
Holmes Beach Subway shop to celebrate their "new look" following extensive
renovations. It is located in. the Anna Maria Island Centre Shops on East Bay
Drive in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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10-B E DEC. 14. 2005 N THE ISLANDER
Sean Murphy is 'Businessman of Year'
By Jim Hanson
Just in time to accept the honor after rushing
from yet another contribution to his community, Sean 6 .
Murphy was named "Businessman of the Year" on the .
He said he hurried to the Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce installation and awards dinner at the .
Waterfront Restaurant from a dinner he was giving for
the teachers of Manatee High School.
The award is made jointly by the chamber and
the Anna Maria Island Rotary Club to a business
person selected from among many nominees, said John
Lukowitz, who served on the selection committee for
"It is awarded for leadership in business, busi-
ness ethics and integrity, and community participation," F
The award cites Murphy's contributions to the
community, ethics and honesty.
Murphy started the Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, in November 1985, he recalled, and has
operated it ever since. Early this year he sold his other -
restaurant, Island's End, to Rhea Chiles and son Ed.
Murphy and his wife, Susan Timmnons, live in '
Holmes Beach. They have a daughter, Alexandra, 18, 5 I L 7
and son, Benjamin, 14.
To cap a rewarding time, Murphy said he had just
been informed that for the third year the Beach Bistro ,
had gotten the highest Zagat rating. 1
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9
for the Holmes Beach office in November, while the
team of Bruceand Jenine Meyer garnered the award at
the company's Longboat Key branch. The top listing
agents for November were Tina Rudek at the Longboat
Key.office and Clyde Helton in Holmes Beach. For
more information, call 778-0700.
Got a new business going up in Anna Maria
Island, Cortez or Longboat Key? How about a new
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Sean Murphy, owner of Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach, reacts to the announcement from Anna Maria Island
Rotary Club President Birgit Sesterhenn and club member John Luchkowec that he is "business person of the
year" Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
product or service, an anniversary, a new hire, or
an award-winning staff member? Call Island Biz at
BAYFRONT SERENITY Dolphin Harbour ai l.r.1 I:.e. curren-r.i unier, r :or*In u:,in. Trhi .arn.ia-il,1 'E, F. A .,-West
style residence is a waterlovers dream. Enjoy fabulous vistas from your luxurious master suite overlooking Tampa
Bay and Galati's Marina with the Sunshine Skyway in the distance. Steps away from your boat slip with easy access to
Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Great entertaining space with a beautifully designed gourmet kitchen opening up to
a spacious grand room and a wrap-around deck. An amazing private bayfront retreat offered at $2,795,000.
IMMACULATE KEY WEST STYLE HOME CEIRAL. LOCATION IN ANNA MARIA
Quiet location on a great cul-de-sac just three blocks from the Completely renovated throughout, beautiful tongue-and-groove
beach. 3BR/2BA, screened deck, eat-in kitchen, dining room, cathedral ceilings, greatattention to detail, large garage with room
office area, rec room, workshop, oversized two-car garage, room for water toys! $765,500.
for a large pool, great location! $875,000.
778-7978, fax your news to 778-9392, or e-mail us at
Call the Islanders for Your Anna Maria Getaway!
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This little leIel-tDu- of hnom i just about perfect. With
2BR 1BA, an ellirtt ent tniie-point kitl hn and a sepai.,te
two-cajr gao,iage on a laige rlot it'll turnley ieady to moe111
in Priced ,ignt too., $579.00 '0 242 Gladiolus
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GREAT VALUE! HOUSE & DEEDED BOAT SUP
Great winter residence or potentialto build up. Open and bright,
room fora pool, ijut three ihort blockrl from the be3jh and ~tep,
irurri yov ur c,'i 'lip I'-5 I1i1)
LONGBOAT KEY CANALFRONT
Elevated 3BR/2BA home with wonderful open-beam ceilings,
ne'wflooring new docl short wvilto the be3ch botanicl part'
jrid resRaurant. Hurry $,79 '000
Team Renie en P.
Heather Abste, P.A. PROFESSION Jennifer Absten, PA.
94"i-807-4661 -. SIN .A 941-345-70.02
O--PM E. ; rRESLITsP. ;.efofer AbLe@n.
THE ISLANDER U DEC. 14. 2005 M B-11
Manatee County offering some water rebates
Rebates for some water users are being offered by
Manatee County Utility Operations in a major water
Up to $1,250 in rebates per property are available
if the customer meets the established requirements.
A participant is eligible if he or she has lived at the
current property since October 2002, uses an average
of 8,500 gallons or more of water during any six-month
period, and if the utility bill is over $67.32.
Incentive rebates listed in the conservation program
Install an irrigation well ($1,000 rebate).
Install a cistern holding 2,500 gallons or more
Use an alternative water source for irrigation
Repair or install a new irrigation system ($500 or
Replace landscape with Florida-friendly landscap-
Install or replace a rain sensor ($125).
Install or replace a moisture sensor ($250).
Additional information may be obtained by calling
792-8811, ext. 5327.
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Holiday village Merry grand opening
A winter landscape stretches across the counter at Fit to Eat Deli in Holmes Beach. Lisa Louw did free face painting during the grand opening and holiday open
The old-fashioned town, decked out for the holidays, was set up. by owner Melinda house of Island Trader in the S&S Plaza, Holmes Beach, Dec. 9. Sterling Louw
Lamporiello, left, daughter Shauna, not pictured, and deli partner Terry Weaver is getting all decked out. Formerly known as Barefoot Trader the Island Trader
who owns the collection. The cityscape is a festive touch to the busy deli. Islander offers beach supplies, home accents, T-shirts, gifts, pirate gear shells, swimwear,
Photo: Diana Bogan sunglasses, sandals and kid's toys. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Please join us at the holiday open
house 5-8pm. Saturday, Dec. 17.
411 Pine Avenue. Anna Maria
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DUPLEX One block to beach. 1 BR/1 BA each
side. Remodeled 2004. $599,000. Call Mike
Carleton, Realtor, 737-0915, or Michel Cerene,
broker 545-9591 evenings.
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
Reputation ~ Resources ~ Resufts
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Stunning 2BR condominium. New 4BR/3BA condo close
White, sandy beach and to beaches and shopping.
romantic sunsets welcome Gated community. Offered at
you home to paradise. $269,000.
Offered at $950,000.
Safes Rentas .* Property Management
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Team innacle .
PatPalmeri-Bates www.flrealestateassistance.com John Luchkowec
802 Audubon Drive
1BR/1BA Great views $315,000.
503 Sanderling Circle
2BR/2BA, nice villa $395,000.
1265 Spoonbill Landing
2BR/2BA lakefront. $399,000.
884 Waterside Lane
2BR/2BA lakefront, furnished. $459,000.
1227 Edgewater Circle
2BR/2BA bayfrront, model.
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB Direct BAY WATCH Direct bayfront unit with
Gulffront, greatvalue.2BR/2BAturnkey fur- views to the Sarasota Skyline, Boat
nished. Pool front, elevator, nicelyfurnished. dock, pool and two under cover parking
Pristine Gulffront complex. $989,000. Lynn spaces. Newly furnished! Very good
Hostetler, 778-4800. rental property. $579,000. Call Quentin
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COCONUTS- 1BR/1BA poolside turn- IDEAL LOCATION Elevated and
key furnished unit with Gulf view. Only updated duplex.2BR/2BA each side, short
steps to the beach! Impeccably main- stroll to the beach. Tonsof storage and
trained for your most discriminating buyer. charming outdoor living space. $619,000.
S539.900 Mary Burke. 77S-4-00 Nicole Skags, -8-4800
NEW TOWNHOME Very spacious
3BR/2BA with two-car garage. Town-
home recently built. $749,000. Quentin
DICK MAHER 448-0758
WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS
Direct bay front 2BR/2BA furnished.
WESTBAY POINT AND MOORINGS
Ground floor end unit. Deeded boat
dock and carport. $579,000.
CINDY GRAZAR ~ 504-6176
1 BR/1 BA on canal. Close to beach.
3BR/2BA. Sailboat, water, pool.
Asking-$989 000 ,
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EXCEPTIONAL, BRAND NEW 3BR/3BA with
heated pool. Turnkey furnished, two-car garage, beau-
tiful interior, corner lot. $899,900.
$ HUGE TWO FAMILY
*l ~Wonderful floor plan.
Almost 3,000 sf.
'. I ...- 2BR/2BA each floor.
-'Views of Gulf and bay.
.:' Lmint juleps. Enjoy as is
or convert to large single
Family in a great neighbor
1935 BEACH COTTAGE Fully furnished cozy beach
cottage. Just steps to either the bay or the Gulf. A must
see charmer that even has a separate guest cottage.
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KEY ROYALE Faces bayou. Remodeled 3BR/2BA, tile
throughout, new carpet in bedrooms, new appliances,
new kitchen and bathrooms. Canal end. Very large lot
for expansion or pool. $849,000.
CORTEZ VILLAGE The original one-room school
house from the 1800's. Now updated to 3BR lovely
home. One of a kind.
CRACKER COTTAGE Zoned ROR with a great
Gulf view. Cute as the devil. 2BR/1BA, hardwood
floors, built in 1930. Even has an attic workshop and
a big backyard. Half a block to the bay. $545,000.
NORTH END OF THE ISLAND Sailboat canal truly
unique and artistic. 2BR/2.5BA. A one-of-a-kind plea-
sure to see! 1,000 sf of decks. Heated spa. Beautiful yard
with peek of Egmont lighthouse. $850,000.
GREAT SETTING with private pond on extra lot.
Remodeled 3BR two blocks to beach. The perfect get-a-
way at-$594,000. Make offer.
Norman 3101 GULFDRIVE
Realty INC HOLMESBEACH
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LAKESIDE VILLAGE GREEN VILLA
2BR/2BA large, Village Green condo. Lovely view of
lake, beautiful birds. Close to gazebo, pavilion and
pool. Quiet, residential area. $379,900.
GULFFRONT WATER'S EDGE
2BR/2A Gulffront condo. Turnkey furnished. Updated.
ceramic tile. Excellent mid-Island location. Pool,
secured lobby, under-building parking. $995,000.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT
3BR/3BA home with direct access to Tampa Bay. Ren-
ovated kitchen, master suite opens onto large, caged
pool. Low maintenance yard, fruit trees, dock, tile roof.
GULFFRONT HOLMES BEACH CONDO
1BR/1.5BA seaside beach house condo. Turnkey fur-
nished. Sautillo tile. Gorgeous view of the Gulf. Beau-
tiful beach. Excellent rental. $799,900.
GULFFRONT HOME & GUEST COTTAGE
3BR/2.5BA and 1BR/1BA guest house. Secluded,
on one of Anna Maria's finest beaches. Nicely ren-
ovated, furnished, vaulted ceiling. French doors,
fireplace,security shutters, garage. $3,650,000.
PERICO ISLAND CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Close to Island beaches.
Heated pool, tennis, clubhouse/fitness room. Carport.
Short drive to shopping and restaurants. $359,000.
NORTH POINT HARBOUR
2BR/2BA Canal home. New seawall. Dock, boat lift.
Direct access to Intracoastal waterway. Vaulted ceil-
ing, eat-in kitchen, ceramic tile, community pool and
HOLMES BEACH POOL HOME
3BR/2.5BA. Updated home just steps to prime beach.
Split-plan, Corian, new windows, baths and kitchen.
Large, heated, caged pool. $1,299,000.
ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT HOME
4BR/3BA in Anna Maria city. Miles of beautiful walk-
ing beach. Gulf side deck and gazebo. Riparian rights.
Area of renewal and new housing. View of Gulf, bay,
Egmont Key and Skyway bridge. $2,650,000.
GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA Central Holmes Beach turnkey furnished
condo. Views of Gulf. Tennis, heated pool, beautiful
beach. Excellent rental with liberal rental policy.
HOLMES BEACH GULFFRONT HOME
Gorgeous home with incomparable Gulf views. Reno-
vated. Large GULFFRONT lot. Inground pool, deck-
ing, beautifully landscaped, fruit trees. Spectacular!
ISLAND'S FINEST COMMUNITY
4BR/3BA North Point Harbour. Lap pool, waterfall
and hot tub. New seawall, dock, fruit trees,
vaulted ceiling, deck, French doors. Multi-car garage.
SUN PLAZA WEST CONDO
2BR/2BA Turnkey furnished corner unit. Gulf view.
Secured entry, pool, tennis. Beautiful white sand
beach. Close to shopping and restaurants. $729,000.
WONDERFUL WESTBAY COVE
2BR/2BA condo. Light, bright corner unit. Close
to pool. Ceramic tile, shutters and glass enclosed
lanai. Near bank, doctors, shopping and restaurants.
BIMINI BAY BAYFRONT HOME
4BR/3BA. Custom kitchen, ceramic tile, master
bedroom/fireplace .and jacuzzi. Brick patio, heated
pool, lush landscaping. Two docks/davits, sprinkler
system/well. Hurricane film, two-car garage/reinforced
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
L Holmes Beach; Florida 34217 www.suncbastinc.com
FOR SALE BY OWNER
Closing Costs Paid* Plus One-Year
Pre-paid Hazard, Wind and Flood Insuranm e4(
2BR/2BA turnkey, completely
I' | .' updated with power exterior hur-
,. :,_ ,;? :;: t ricane shutters, 55+ community,
designer interior. 5400 Gulf Dr.
S,. #36, Holmes Beach. $985,000.
*'. Open house: 10am-2pm, Dec. 17
..r and 18. Call (941) 744-6906.
GULFRONT MARTNQUE NORTH
5300 Gulf Dr. #105, Holmes
Beach. 2BR/2BA. Undergoing
complete renovation. Call now
to customize. Motivated seller.
$1,100,000. Open house:
2pm-5pm, Dec. 17 and 18. Call
2BR/1BA and 1BR/1BA. 303
74th St., Holmes Beach. Approved
for two additional land condos.
Positive cash flow. $799,000. Call
Closing Costs Include:
All Bank Fees
SAll Title and Related Charges
SOne Year Pre-insurance: Hazard/wind/flood**
Bobby Edington First Equity Finawial
941.744.6906 ma -
icA'^ ; Financial Services
Team Title Services, Inc.
'For borrowers wh 650 scores. IfWod Savings is unable to complete e financing, the dosing value can betransfeed
up to $950.Title fees include owner's policy, all related doc stamps and court filing charges.
In case of a condo:a premium will be paid or $100,000 interior contents.
Sales price is between buyer and sellerThe bank, te company and'insurance company play no role in the sales price.
First Equity Financial, LLC. Agents under LICMUD for World Savings Bank a Federalsavings banlkGolden WestFinancial. Lic .
number ME0065760. 1901 Harrison Steet, Oakland, CA. 94612. Loans originate in Utah
30i3 iK IULGiiLi.uiiU
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WHITNEYMEADOWS.Thisgorgeous2004 SUPER SAN REMO SHORES. This
3BR/2BA home is conveniently located near 3BR/2BA has an excellent footprint at the
1-75 and the Ellenton Outet Mall. Come head of a deepwater canal. Sellers build-
enjoy pristine lake views from your mag- ing boat dock to accommodate up to a
nificenttiled lanai.$385,900. Ryan Carbery 22-foot boat. $644,900. Victoria Horst-
748-6300 or 7447587. 517950 mann 748-6300 or 518-1278. 517919.
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THE LOOP. Exquisite NW Bradenton home
in gated community. Featuring crown mold-
ing, chef kitchen, fireplace, heated pool & hot
tub. Lush landscaping w/night lighting. New
carpet & tile, elaborate window treatments,
large upstairs room w/2 walk-in closets. Huge
master suite. $949,900. Cindy Pierro 748-6300
UNIVERSITY PARK. Pruett built estate siu-
ated on a private golf course lot Energy effi-
cient 4-5BR/4BA home has a top of the line
kitchen, elevator, oversized pooVspa, magnifi-
cent summer kitchen, wet bars, surround sound
system, bonus room & fireplace. $2,599,000.
748-6300. Jody Shinn 705-5704 or Mary Hell-
WESTFIELD. Charming 1920's,3-4BR, 21/2 BA,traditional2storyhome. Lotsofcharacter, 10'ceilings,
hardwood floors, french doors, fireplace, 8" molding. Relax on yourenclosed porch overlookingbeautiful
inground pool and lovely formal garden. $329,900. Colette Gerrish 748-6300 or 713-6557. 517375
NORTHWESTORIGINALOWNER4BR3BA on 180x136 lot Beautifully maintained with open design.
Eat-in kitchen opensto family room w/fireplace. Maturefruittrees. Closeto Gulf Beaches & wonderful
waterfront park. $482,500. Kathy Marckinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781.515244
TWO STORY 4BR/3.5BA home w/caged heated pool. Quiet, private cul-de-sac setting in wonderful
NW neighborhood. Extensive remodeling makes this home nearly new! Gorgeous kitchen, all new
flooring, paint & remodeled baths. $639,900. Sandy Drapala, 725-0781.513482
DOWNTOWN BRADENTON. Historic downtown Bradenton. Meticulously restored 1920's, 2 story
home. 4BR/3BA w/gorgeous wood floors & 3 beautiful fireplaces. 748-6300. Kathy Marcinko,
713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 $659,900. 517761
STUNNING WATERFRONT 34BR/3.58A HOME w/50FT boat dock at Riviera Dunes. Outstanding
boating community on the Manatee River.$1,899,500. Peggy Horlander, 932-7199or Jody Shinn,
HOLMES BEACH. Wonderful 2BR/2BA, tumkeyfumished condo. Priced to Sell and dose to beach.
$519,000.748-6300. Ann DeBellevue 720-7614 or Judy LaValliere 504-3792.515967.
TIDY ISLAND TOWNHOME Impressively customized "Eclipse" model with over 3100 SF of living
area & extended glass conservatory. $749,000. Ruth Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623.508295
RARELY AVAILABLE 2 BR/2BA condo w/exceptional Bay & Gulf views and boat dock on Bay. Tumkey
furnished. Georgeous white sandy beach & less than 1 mile to Longboat Key. $849,900. Kathy
Marcinko 748-6300 or 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala 725-0781. 512981
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BARGAIN COLOR TV: Zenith 26-inch. $85. Perfect for
Christmas. (941) 778-3228.
BEATLES COLLECTOR'S ALBUMS: Good condition,
all for $65. (941) 794-8177.
VINTAGE JEWELRY, SIGNED and costume jewelry.
Visit Victorian Rose at O'Donnell's Antique Collectible
Mall. Route 41, 7870 N.Tamiami Trail (across from air-
port). (941) 359-8032.
HAMMOND L-100 SPINET organ in excellent condi-
tion. Pedal keyboard, touch-precision percussion, tonal
controls and many more! Asking $850. Call for details.
HENRY LINK: FIVE-piece living room set. White-wash
wicker with pastel floral cushions. $800. (941) 778-9691.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and pur-
chase 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.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Condo-
miniums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies available
at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
TANNING BED, new bulbs, $800. Call Paige, (941)
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit sale. Mail-order, just in time
for the holidays. $31-$46 for a bushel of navels, red
grapefruit, tangelos and more. And no shipping fee. Call
to order or to receive an order form. (941) 778-3411.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tuesdays,
Thursday. 9-noon Saturdays. Christmas decorations,
children's clothing. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. (941)
ESTATE SALE BY Diana: 8am-3pm Dec. 16-17, South
Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria. Look for signs. Furniture, mir-
rors, signed prints, oils, old quilts, Tiffany & Co. flatware,
and much more. For information call (941) 778-4201.
DESIRABLE BEAN POINT!
Rare 5BR/3.5BA, across from beach access
with spacious, open floor plan. Large kitchen
with breakfast bar. Master suite on main floor.
Tile floors, screened lanai and a large open
deck great for tanning! .Oversized four-car
garage. $1,240,000. *"
Larry Albert Tropcnne
Broker- Realtor "'"
S Real Estate Agents For Today's Market
2511 Avenue C
Perfect duplex for investors or live in one yourself. One block
from beach, two blocks from bay. The west unit is 2BR/2BA,
the.east unit is 3BR/2BA. Built to 1996 hurricane standards.
Great storage on ground floor. Offered at $749,900.
SP udenltia Realty
SMaggie Hutter & Jo Rutstein
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FLEA MARKET: Saturday, Dec. 10, 9am-4pm. Niki's
and Island Market Antiques parking lot, 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Tons of great furniture, antiques,
collectibles, jewelry, books, fun stuff. Niki's is running
a Christmas sale, all sterling jewelry 50 to 70 percent
off. Select porcelain dolls, vintage jewelry, oil paintings,
prints, china, crystal, depression glass, 40 to 80 percent
off. Open seven days 9:30am-5pm. (941) 779-0729.
ESTATE SALE: 9:30am-2pm Friday, Dec. 16. Two love
seats, king and queen beds, mahogany tables, oak rock-
ers, contemporary dining room table and chairs, two glass-
top desks, occasional chairs, lamps and tables,"Chantilly"
sterling silver flatware, nice kitchenware linens, collect-
ibles. A nice sale. 3603 Fourth Ave. W., Holmes Beach.
FOUND: available for adoption to a good home, a
sweet orange and white long-hair female cat. Spayed,
shots, no dogs. 795-7421.
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult. Call
(941) 807-1734 or visit www.islanddojo.cmasdirect.com.
CHESS OR SCRABBLE, anyone? Renting at Sand-
piper until April, would love someone to play with. (646)
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
Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more information.
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.
MARKEY REALTY & ASSOCIATES
POPULAR NORTH BEACH VILLAGE with its unique park-like
setting and open airy floor plan. Two-car attached garage with
large utility room. Two decks, plus nice screened porch. Unit
#52 turnkey furnished. Offered at $695,000. *
CALL JOHN ZIRZow 778-9171
Outstanding Building Site
Pristine spacious lot now includes smaller
home, but zoned duplex. A contemporary
two-fmily structure ideal for shape of lot
and you're surrounded by tropical foliage
to create your private retreat. Call for
additional details. Asking $775,000.
POPULAR NORTH BEACH VILLAGE with its unique park-like
Anna Maria which offers direct views
settfrom living and open ary floor plan. Two-car attachth bed garage with
large utility room. Two decks,breakf plus nice screened porch. Unit
dinin#52 turnkey furnished. Offered at $695,00.
CALL JOHN ZIRZOW 778-9171
for outdoor enteanding Build viewing Site
Pristine spacious lot now includes smaller
home, but zoned duplex. A contemporary
two-family structure ideal for shape of lot
lovely Islandou're surrounsets. Excellent renttropical foliage
to create your private retreat. Call for
additinow reduced to $1,375,0 000.
Charming 2BR/IBA cottage in quiet
Anna Maria which offers direct views
from living area and both bedrooms.
Cheerful kitchen with breakfast nook plus
dining area and newly refurbished deck
for outdoor entertaining and viewing our
lovely Island sunsets. Excellent rental and
now reduced to $1,375,000.
Choice weekly and monthly winter
rentals still available. Inquire today!
GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers needed: A guardian ad
litem is a trained volunteer appointed by the court to repre-
sent and advocate for the best interest of children who have
been abused, abandoned or neglected. Make a positive
impact! Call (941) 744-9473 or visit www.12circuitgal.org.
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) 720-1411.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call (941) 922-0774.
KITTENS AND MOM: Five-month-old kittens, orange-
and-white tiger, calico. Have been tested/shots/spayed/
microchipped, locally fostered. Only $35 to good home.
Julie, (941) 720-1411.
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! $8,000, or best offer. (941) 778-1565.
LETS GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on the char-
ter boat "Magic' Full or half day backwater fishing. USCG
licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided. (941) 723-1107.
NURSES NEEDED for long-term home care for lady
with spinal injury. Hoyer lift. Four-hour morning and
overnight shifts. (941) 383-6953.
Floral designer, full or part-time. Minimum of.two years
experience, Island Florist (941) 778-4751.
213 70th Street $839,000
3BR/2BA, heated pool, furnished.
5804 Marina Drive $2,300,000
Across from City Hall, Zoned C-3
503 Sanderling Circle $395,000
Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA, lakefront.
6300 Flotilla Drive $359,000
Shell Point condo, 2BR/2BA, carport.
6400 Flotilla Drive $499,000
WestBay Point, 2BR/2BA, ground level.
8019 Marina Drive $1,950,000
5BR/3.5BA, private, very special.
S511 '74th St. $969,000
-4BR/2BA, 40x20 pool, dock and lift.
621 Key Royale Drive $2,300,000
3BR/2BA, on Tampa Bay, very large lot.
4107 Royal Palm Drive $699,000
2BR/2BA, dock, lift, no bridge, beautiful.
625 Emerald Lane $859,000
2BR/2BA, pool, dock, good boat water.
Se al y oms orsae
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty @verizon.net
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I HEz.LP W~~k4ANTED Contpinud E KIDS FOR HINI:oninued SERVICE Continue
PART-TIME AFTERNOONS: 4-6 hours per day. Pack
and ship store. Must be responsible, dependable, able
to bend, lift, multi-task, work independently, interact
with customers. Clerical experience helpful. Flexible
start date. Call (941) 778-1911 for appointment.
MYSTERY SHOPPERS NEEDED in Holmes Beach to
shop businesses. Apply online at www.secretshopnet.com
TOP ADVERTISING sales position open at The Islander
newspaper. Great territory, commissions, training. Previ-
ous outside sales helpful, but not necessary. If you pos-
sess a willingness for strong community involvement,
positive outlook and drive to succeed, fax or e-mail a letter
and/or resume to (941) 778-9392, email@example.com.
BEN COOPER & ASSOCIATES SEEK entry-level cleri-
cal help. $8/hour. Call (941) 778-6118 for appointment.
CLERK ASSOCIATE NEEDED: beach shop. Must be
available weekends and holidays. (941) 795-1115.
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.
BUSY BISTRO hiring full- or part-time hostess and
servers for lunch, Sunday brunch and dinner. Wednes-
day-Sunday. Sous chef, prep person and dishwasher
needed, will train. Apply to Chef Damon, 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or call (941) 778-5320.
ALL KITCHEN POSITIONS: Sous chef, prep, dishwasher
-- will train right person. Apply to Chef Damon, 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or call (941) 778-5320.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people, learn
the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island Historical
Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. (941) 778-0492.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Tingley Memorial Library. Duties
include checking books in/out, resheMng, and generallyassist-
ing library patrons. Call Eveann Adams, (941) 779-1208.
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.
Gayle Simpson Schulz...
Trust a professional with,
more than 20 years expe-
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PO Box'1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216'
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, (941) 761-1569.
Red Cross certified.
NEED A BABYSITTER? Petsitter or dog walker?
13-year old, eighth-grade girl, very responsible. Great
with animals and kids. Call Kendall, (941) 779-9783.
WANT AN IRISH baby-sitter? Responsible, experi-
enced 15-year old. Red Cross babysitting and first-aid
certified. Call Gemma, (941) 447-9657.
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 cer-
tified. Call Alex, (941) 778-5352.
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 gar-
dens, trimming,.clean-up, edgings, maintenance. Hard-
working and responsible. Excellent references. Edward
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 your computer
misbehaving? Certified computer service and private les-
sons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. (941) 545-7508.
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. Expe-
rienced certified technician for communication elec-
tronics offers wireless and cable networks, upgrades,
maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training. Call
Robert, (941) 778-3620.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
Nicely upgraded 4BR/2BA wit jour-car
garage. Huge lot with imin for pool:
MLS# 513452. $925,000.
Call Lisa Helmer at (941) 720-4704
SIn/A A Gulfstream
qi rl./Wlr Realty
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. License #CGCO61519, #CCC057977,
#PE0020374. Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa.
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.
CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate today.
Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed. Pool cages,
lanais, windows, doors. Call (941) 713-5333.
SANDY'S CLEANING SERVICE: Exceptional cleaning
and decorating island references available. For unbeat-
able service, call 798-9484.
APPLIANCE & AC DOCTORS: We repair air condition-
ers, refrigerator, washer/dryer, oven, garbage disposal,
other household items. Honest, dependable. 20-plus
years experience. (941) 650-9293.
MR. BILLS HOME REPAIR/maintenance service. Over
30 years experience, self-employed in construction
trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941) 778-4561.
ISLAND HOME SERVICES and repairs. A wide variety
of skills for your home, condo or business. Minor elec-
trical, plumbing, carpentry and improvements. Refer-
ences, over 20 years experience. (941) 538-3520.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy Inc.
Retired banker, Island resident converting life-long hobby
to business. Call (941) 705-0275 for free estimates.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Begin-
ning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941) 792-0160.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or
replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island
since 1987. For dependable, honest-and person-
alized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-7411.
31Years ofProfeional Service
EXPERIENCE REPUTATION RESULTS
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX Gulfview, 2BR/1 BA each side or
4BR/2BA house. 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
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VIEWS OF THE BAY AND ROD & REEL
It ,dl,' IS? Ouiel north end location on North Bay Blvd.
iJ -;- -,.- MNeslied between beautiful Bean Point and
SBayiront Park. Offered at $735,000. Call
SStephanie Bell, Broker. (941) 920-5156.
___ GREAT LOCATION. GREAT BEACH ACCESS!
i(,1O% ,i Anna Maria Village. Short stroll to the beach.
..."...... Listed at $745,000. Call Frank Migliore
'~ .~~7' 1 778-2307 or Stephanie Bell 920-5156.
_^- d'.I ;. MLS#513240.
A T ATTENTION WATERFRONT INVESTORS!
0 J" Tne Tarpon Lodge on Terra Ceia Bay. 1.3
**- acres with direct access to bay and over 355
i feet on the water. Asking price $1,400,000.
:'w For specifics call Stephanie Bell, Broker
.-...- 920-5156. MLS#514229.
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SERVES ontnuedLAWN& GRDENContnue
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I/ want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.comr. (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 expe-
rience. References available. For a reasonable price,
call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
COLLEGE GRADUATE, MOTHER language Span-
ish. Will teach conversational or advanced Spanish
to groups or individuals at home or your choice of
location. Recently retired, reasonable rates. Call (941)
778-2215 for appointment.
ISLAND CLEANING GIRL: Local references. Pay by
the job, not by hour. Home (941) 778-4284. Cell (941)
JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES: Painting, home repair, tile,
car audio, alarms, custom wheels. Free estimates, fair
prices. Call Scott, (941) 720-4873.
RON'S SURF KAYAKING lessons: Free introductory
lesson for rolling and playing in the surf. Call
NEED A HAND? Call us today, we can help. Carpen-
try, doors, windows, drywall, painting, cabinets, gen-
eral clean up. We're handy! Lowell, RandyYoung. (941)
720-1644 or (941) 720-3169.
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.
HOLMES LAWN MAINTENANCE: Servicing your total
lawn, site clean up, tree work, palm trees. Call us
today! (941) 812-9146 or (941) 812-3583.
GARY WOOD LAWN service, tree trimming and land-
scaping. (941) 812-7273.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and installa-
tion. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees. Irriga-
tion. 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)
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 instal-
lation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and
commercial. 30-years experience. (941) 729-9381.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, clean-ups,
shell, rock, palms, aquascapes, tree work. Truck for
hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941) 727-5066.
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.
License #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
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything else
in The Islander, 778-7978.
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OLD FLORIDA CHARM
This bay side cottage is
one of five original fishing
cottages on one lot from
1920s. Just steps to the
city pier. Well-maintained
and completely furnished.
Don't miss the last chance
to own on Anna Maria.
Offered exclusively by
Green Real Estate for
Ken Jackson 778-6986 -Kathy Geeraerts 778-0072
Maureen Dahms 778-0542 Marilyn Klemish, 778-7627
Kate Eiseler, 778-5115
9906 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria www.greenreal.com
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave:, Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
,o WATERFRONT KEY
Beaulilully remodeled 3BRi2BA waterfront rereal
lucked away in secluded Cocconul Bayou and has al1t ,~t
Lovely. Iree-torm pool surrounded wilh beaulilul iri. I
pavers and tropical landscaping, while picked lence. .
brand new boat dock, several sun decks, a screened
lanai with a westerly exposure, airy cathedral ceilings, split bedroom design, cozy, wood-burning fire-
place, coral stone mantel, walk-in closets, great room design, gourmet kitchen featuring stainless steel
appliances, breakfast bar and gorgeous tile floors plus Berber carpeting! Capped with an enchanting
metal roof, this endearing island hideaway will capture your heart! Reasonably priced at $ 875,000,
.f .E HIDEAWAY!
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This immaculate, 2BR/2BA, conveniently located l 1 ,;
ground-level cordo comes completely furnished. ..... r
and ready for immediate occupancy! Amenities A. j.
include a cheerful all white, full-equipped kitchen .
with tiled backsplash, spacious living-dining room 'O
and a sunny adjoining family room featuring built-in bookcases and cabinets. There are beautifully
tiled floors in the kitchen, utility room and both bathrooms. Also included is one covered parking
space. Overlooking the manicured putting green and steps to the swimming pool, this adorable,
blue ribbon hideaway won't last long!, Affordably priced at $349,000, ,, ,,,,
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Close to beaches, 'MG Academy, private courtyard, pool,
spa, and lan. Florida living at it's best. $299,900.
VALENCIA GARDENS Renovated ground floor end unit,
2bed/2bath condo with great views of El Conquistador
golf course! Turnkey furnished, ready for you to move in.
Close to beaches, IMG Academyprivate courtyard, pool,
spa, and lanai. Florida living at it's best. $299,900.
AWATERLOVERS DREAM! Wonderful mastersuite with a grand
deck overlooking the bay, 4 guest suites + a grand room, and a
gourmet kitchen opening up onto a wrap-around deck with bay
views. Easy boat access Bay and Gulf. Offered at $2,795,000.
GREAT CANALFRONT VALUE IN LONGBOAT KEY
3BR/2BA home with wonderful open-beam ceilings,
new flooring, new dock,.no bridges to bay. Short walk
to beach, botanical park and a great restaurant. Build up
for bay views! $789,000.
GREAT VALUE! HOME WITH DEEDED BOAT SLIP- Ground
level 2BR/1BA home in a quiet neighborhood. Bright and
airy with an open floor plan. Short walkto the beach and just
steps from your boat. Greatwinter residence or investment/
renovation potential. Priced to sell at $575,000.
"Listing too new
BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME 75 x 106 lot across the
street from the beach in central Holmes Beach. Walk to
shops and restaurants. Architect plans available for a
custom-designed, beautiful ground level home permis-
sible on this lot,.or build up for gulf views! $627,500.
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RARELY AVAILABLE NORTH BEACH VILLAGE UNIT.
Largest floor plan over 1,500 sf with three decks. Choice
location, private condo with two-car garage, nicely main-
tained, heated pool and close to the beach! $675,000.
GREAT LOCATION! IMMACULATE HOME! 3BR/2.5BA
home just three blocks from the beach on a highly desir-
able cul-de-sac. Screened deck, eat-in kitchen, office nook,
rec room, workshop, huge garage and room for a great
pool in a wonderful neighborhood. Must see! $875,000.
INVESTOR ALERT! 13,728 sf duplex lot, with the bonus
of a recently renovated duplex. Don't miss this one!
6BR/4BA and plenty of room for TWO pools! Call today
for more details! $799,000.
MOVE RIGHT IN Enjoy Island living in this beautifully STEPS TO THE BEACH! Spacious 2BR/2BA turnkey fur-
remodeled home located in Anna Maria. Granite coun- nished condo. Heated pool, rooftop sundeck with great
ter tops, wood floors, brand new carpet. Move right in. views, excellent rental history with no rental restrictions!
$765,000. A must see. $599,000.
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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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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 esti-
mates. License #CGC061519, #CCC057977, #PE0020374.
Insured. Accepting MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.
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, (941) 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references. Free
estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen ,Floor Cover-
ings. (941) 792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman,
light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing
and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-6170 or 447-2198.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more. Life-
time warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-home
consultation. Island references, 15 years experience.
(941) 778-3526 or 730-0516.
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 MacCaugh-
ern. Repairs, renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, decks.
Masonry, tile. 30 years experience. Yes, I do show up!
TWO DUDES with tools: Tile, trim, cabinets, painting,
drywall, glass block, brick, stonework and more! Many
references. Call now! (941) 812-4269 or 448-6961.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.Wedebrock
Real Estate Co., (941) 778-6665 or (800) 749-6665.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable'TV, washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly
.or $6,000/monthly. Call 713-0034 or e-mail:
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
SANDPIPER RESORT on Gulf Drive: 55-plus commu-
nity, fully equipped 1BR/1BA beachhouse with great-
room and kitchen. Brand new!.Steps to the beach or
Intracoastal. All utilities including trash, except phone.
SRent weekly to annually. No pets. (317) 873-3307.
MONTHLY OR WEEKLY: Furnished rental. December
and January only. 2BR/1 BA, just remodeled, must see.
One block to beach. $795/month. (941) 807-5449.
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,
Wagrrer Realty, (941) 778-2246.
COMMERCIAL SPACE: 1,600 sf on Gulf Drive, next to
Holmes Beach shopping center. Available now. (941)
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: Beachfront condo,
2BR/2BA, fully equipped. Anna Maria Island, Florida.
Available 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,' (941)-
SEASONAL FURNISHED new home in Anna Maria.
Elevated 3BR/2BA. Available now through April. One
block to beach. (813) 251-9201.
BEACH LIVING: SEASONAL, Furnished 2BR/2BA.
Utilities included. Gulf views and large decks. (941)
BAYVIEW TERRACE, Bradenton Beach: 2BR/1BA
condo, second floor, completely furnished. Three-
month minimum rental. (708) 562-1601.
THE PALMS: 1BR/BA, pet friendly. $800/month, first,
last, deposit. Available now! 1813 51st St., A Paradise
Realty, (941) 778-4800.
BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA on Intracoastal,
boat dock, short walk to beach. Modern with large rooms.
$1,000/month, first, last and deposit. (727) 784-3679.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Villa-Nova, 2BR/2BA. Luxury
duplex in Holmes Beach. Gulf view. Steps to beach.
$800/week. $2,400/month. Available Nov. 1, 2005, until
Jan. 2, 2006. (941) 778-2307.
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: PERICO Bay Club. 3BR/2BA villa, two-
car garage, fresh paint, new carpet, small pet OK, heated
pool/tennis/gated community. $1,700/month. Suncoast
real estate, (941) 779-0202. www.suncoastinc.com.
GULFFRONT DUPLEX: Second floor, 2BR/1BA, newly
updated, open floor-plan, 12-by-12 deck. Holmes
Beach, close to shopping, restaurants, lush gardens.
$900week, $3,200/month. (941) 778-0905.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Available December, January,
February, March and April. Cheerful, 1BR/1BA, non-
smoking apartment. North-end Anna Maria Island.
$1,700/month, plus tax. (941) 778-5445.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA: Holmes Beach. Steps to beach,clean
duplex-$1,200/month. (941) 725-0578 or (941) 794-2912.
SEASONAL: GORGEOUS, OCEANVIEW home.
5BR/3BA, fireplace; cable TV. One hundred yards from
Gulf. Two scenic decks. Available January, 2006-April,
2006. $4,800/month. Call (813) 948-1267 or email
IMMACULATE 2BR/2BA CONDO in adult community,
Bradenton. Half mile to Gulf, unit faces pool with canal
view. Fully furnished, cable TV, full kitchen. Three-
month minimum, $2,100/month, deposit required. (336)
210-7804 or (859) 653-8436.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA in Anna Maria. Ele-
vated, available December through April. Short block
to beach. Washer, dryer, dishwasher. High ceiling living
area. $2,000-$2,500. (813) 689-1880.
SEASONAL RUNAWAY BAY: 1 BR/1BA tastefully deco-
rated, ground floor, washer/dryer, pool, tennis, golf clubs.
November to Jan. 15, February, April. (941) 778-9378.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with. pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3426. Web site
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA single-family home in Holmes
Beach, less than one block to beach. $1,500/month, fur-
nished. Call Island Real Estate, (941) 788-6066.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA single-family home with
garage in quiet northwest Bradenton neighborhood.
$1,300/month. Call Island Real Estate, (941) 778-6066.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA single-family home com-
pletely remodeled, one-car garage. Close to college.
$1,350/month. Call Island Real Estate, (941) 778-6066.
ULTRA LUXURY HOLMES Beach Home: "View Gulf
from every room", 3BR/3.5 BA, three-story, elevator,
heated pool and spa, ss outdoor, smoker/grill, lush land-
scaping, two-car garage, 5 TVs-1 56" screen, 4 DVDs,
HD Cable, Gourmet kitchen (ss, granite, wine cooler)
washer/dryer, quality furnishings, fully equipped and golf
cart to cruise the Island, super location. $1900/week,
$7000/month. Non- smoker. Call (863) 581-3252.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Charming 2BR/2BA elevated
duplex in Bradenton Beach. High ceilings, clean, one
block to beach, no pets. $875/month. (941) 778-4665
PRIVATE COTTAGE WITH shared dock, Old Florida-
style 2BR/1BA, screened porch, deck, fenced yard.
Half block to beach. Pet OK. Week, month, season.
,CONDOS: BRADENTON BEACH, Bayview Terrace.
Pool on bay, one block to beach. Three-month mini-
mum. 2BR, $2,000/month.
BRADENTON BEACH: Newly remodeled 1 BR/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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND canal, seasonal rental:
2BR/2BA on north end of Oak Avenue. Recent,
entire renovation with new kitchen and baths. One
block to beach. Boat dock and davits. Pets welcome.
$2,500-$3,500/month. (813) 545-9490.
600 SF OFFICE: $500/month. 900 sf office, garage,
storage, two-10 foot overhead doors. $750/month.
8799 Cortez Road. 1(800) 952-1206.
ENJOY A WONDERFUL view of bayou and Tampa
Bay. 2BR/2BAcondo, pool, tennis.$3,500/month, less
10 percent with ad. (941.) 792-6964.
2BR/2BA CONDOMINIUM for rent: Imperial House
second-floor unit overlooking Intracoastal Waterway.
Walk to beaches, dining and shopping. Fully furnished.
Three-month minimum, 55-plus community. Nonsmok-
ers please. $2800/mo. Call Jonathan Wright with Surf-
side Realty, (941) 798-9191.
2BR/1.5BA, BEAUTIFUL DECK, many coconut palms,
steps to the beach. $1,890/month. Dec. 15 until end of
March. (941) 448-0995.
THE PALMS RENTAL: Gated 3BR2BA, fabulous lake
view. Open .kitchen, cathedral ceiling, balcony. Pool,
fitness, more. Five minutes to beach, no pets or smok-
ers. First, last and deposit. $1,075/month. 4820 51st
St., Bradenton. (941) 792-7180.
BEACH JUST STEPS away: Large 1 BR/2BA, washer/dryer,
courtyard, BBQ, petsOK..$475/week. Call (941) 778-1098.
SEASONAL, VACATION, Gulf beach apartments.
Choice of one, two or three bedrooms. Fully equipped.
Enclosed porch, sun deck, patio. Tropical setting.
Owner, (941) 778-3143.
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA located on
deep-water canal with large dock and views of Tampa
Bay. $864,900. (941) 779-1512.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FL : One and two bedroom
condos. Pool. beach access, fully equipped. $500/week and
$600/week. Dutch clean, mom and pop. (941) 778-1915
SANDPIPER MOBILE RESORT: Fifty-five plus.
1BR/1BA, $1,200/month. 2BR/2BA, $1,400/month.
Nonsmoking, clubhouse, laundry, steps to beach. (775)
BAY WATER VIEW: Sandpiper, 55 plus. 2BR/1BA
remodeled, covered parking. Annual $650/month. First,
last and deposit. Turnkey. Cell, (941) 545-8923.
SEASONAL RENTALS: Burgundy 1BR/1 BA, heated pool,
tennis. Available now and January, February and March,
2006. $1,300/month. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
PALMA SOLA BAY Townhouse: 2BR/2BA, heated pool
and boat slip. $1,000/month, December 2005. $2,800,
March 2006. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090
HOLMES BEACH:2BR/1BA, 1,500 sf fumished beach house.
One and one half blocks to beach. Available Jan.$2,500,
FebJ$3,000 and March/$2,500. (949) 813-4900.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 1 BR/1 BA half-duplex $800/month;
2BR/2BA half-duplex $1,250/month; 2BR/2BA home
$1,650/month; and 2BR/2BA home on canal
$2,000/month. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A., at
(941) 778-2291, or e-mail Jason@betsyhills.com.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, newer 2BR/2BA,
elevated, enclosed garage, two blocks to beach.
$2,000/month. Call (734) 485-2484.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL 1,600/month. Seasonal,
$2;100/month. Elevated 2BR/2BA, quiet area, fur-
nished, 1.5 blocks to quiet beach. Go see! 304 W. 63rd
St., Holmes Beach. (941) 356-0334.
WANTED: FEBRUARY RENTAL near Gulf, Bradenton
Beach area. Seniors. Bill Randolph, 318 Railroad,
Hudson MI 49247. (517) 448-3593 after six.
ANNUAL: CUTEAS A BUTTON 2BR/2BA house on
Gulffront lot, washer and dryer. 2BR/2BA apartment,
$825/month; 1BR apartment $700. No pets. Dolores
M. Baker Realty (941) 778-7500.
VACATION RENTALS: BURGUNDY1BR/1BA.
$1,300/month; Longboat Key home 2BR/1BA
$2,400/month;. Palma Sola townhouse, 2BR/2BA with
boat slip: $2,800/month Real Estate Mart, (941)
CHARMING BAYVIEW COTTAGE: Furnished
1 BR/1BA, washer and dryer. $850/month annual. Avail-
able Dec. 15. (941) 545-7109.
"TFHE PALMS RENTAL: 1 BR/1BA, gated, pool, fitness,
four miles to beach! $795/month, first, last, security,
4820 51st St., (941) 320-1419.
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PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Lakefront Hidden Lake
condominiums, west Bradenton. Close to beach. Start-
ing at $329,900. Call Cori Woods, (941) 761-0444.
WATERFRONT: COLONY Cove, Ellenton. 2BR/2BA
turnkey furnished. 55-plus, marina, pools, pets OK.
$27,500. (941) 721-4890.
BEAUTIFUL, NEW, RENOVATED 3BR/2BA Spanish-
style home. Two-minute walk to beach. Fully furnished,
rental ready. Quiet Holmes Beach private setting on
cul-de-sac. Custom details, tile, granite. New cabinets,
windows, doors, A/C, ductwork, stainless appliances.
Paver drive/patios. (941) 778-4560. $699,000
WELCOME BACK NON-resident/foreign nationals: Buy
your own island dream home with 30 percent down,
no social security number needed. No credit required.
.Bobby, (941) 744-6909. Also, Re-finance, cash out!
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA, one-car
garage. Unit 24, Holmes Boulevard. $525,000. Excali-
bur Realty Inc. (941) 792-5566.
KEY ROYALE/NORTH Point Harbor: Two homes,
next door, in Island's finest community. 4BR/3BA,
five-car garage, elevated home, beautiful views of
Tampa Bay, new lap pool, spa, waterfall, seawall and
dock. $1,249,000. Also, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage,
ranch home, new seawall, dock and 20,000-pound lift.
$1,249,000. Buy both for $2,450,000! Lynn Bankuty,
Realtor, Suncoast Real Estate, (941) 737-1420.
WATERFRONT: 3BR/2BA Sixth house from the bay.
New dock and dredged deep-water canal. $899,000,
504 58th St., Holmes Beach. (941) 778-5183: (941)
FIVE MINUTES TO beach. Perico Island, beautiful,
designer patio home. 4BR/3BA, two-car garage, pool.
$549,000. Agents welcome. (941) 792-7828.
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PERICO ISLAND: 1,170-sf, lovely 2BR2BA condo with
great water view/porch. Eat-in kitchen. Perfect renter in
place until August 2006. $345,000. (941) 792-7828.
FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach condo. 1BR/1BA
across from beach. Furnished, 55-plus, $329,000. Call
(813)-996-2797 for more information.
MUST SEE: Manufactured home has everything.
Colony Cove. 1,600 square feet. Views of Manatee
River. 2BR/2BA, pets, 55-plus, five pools. $58,500.
BRADENTON BEACH HOUSE: concrete block,
zoned commercial in old, historical district. 75x100
foot lot. 114 Third St. S., Bradenton Beach. (941)
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA, one-car
garage. Unit 24, Holmes Boulevard. $525,000. Excali-
bur Realty Inc. (941) 792-5566.
RUNAWAY BAY: 2BR/2BA, ground-floor, end unit,
southern exposure. $475,000. Country Village,
1 BR/1 BA. Ground-floor, end unit with garage. $135,000.
HOLMES BEACH: Xmas or investment. Unique 1958,
2000 sf 3BR/2BA. Detached efficiency. Walk to boat
dock. $625,000 or best offer by January. Principals and
realtor, co-op only. (513) 378-9100.
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA located on
deep-water canal with large dock and views of Tampa
Bay. $864,900. (941) 779-1512.
ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY: includes real estate and
owner's separate living quarters. $729,000. Call Fred
for details. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
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Brand new! Move in now! No long construction wait.
Beautifully appointed large 2BR on lake near pool. $347,000.
Call Bobye Chasey, Chasey Realty.
FAMILY COMPOUND: Centrally located in Bradenton
on private lake. Consists of one new 5BR/2.5BA, 3,200
sf home, one 5BR/2BA older home, 1BR cottage, sep-
arate building lot. $1,100,000. Real Estate Mart, (941)
LONGBOAT: UNIQUE 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
located on north end in historic village. Has 400 sf
main bedroom suite with sun deck, wet bar, wine
cooler, 15-foot ceilings and lots of French doors and
private entrance. $729,000. Real Estate Mart, (941)
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA and 2BR/2BA.
Sandwedge to beach. Updated appliances, renovated,
new air handlers, both units. Secluded location, close
to downtown, great landscaping. $650,000. Principals
only. (941) 794-9940.
CHARMING HISTORIC HOME: Palmetto, one block
from water. 3BR/1.5BA."Renovated, tile and hardwood
floors, 10-foot ceilings. Oak and fruit trees on two city
lots. By owner. $245,000. (941)807-5209.
ANNA MARIA: TRUE beachfront paradise with breath-
taking view of the bay. 4BR/3BA, 2,933 sf. $2,500,000.
The Agency (800) 813-9180.
2BR/2BA, garage, elevated, extra-large lot. Two blocks
to beach, lots of new updates. Asking $525,000.2919
Ave. C. (941) 792-8898.
.BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA condo, end unit,
pool. Across from beach. Anna Maria Island. (989)
686-7334 or (989) 450-6042.
-DIRECTLY ON THE BAY in pristine, gated Perico Bay
Club. Turnkey-furnished, 2BR/2BA, garage, pools, spa,
tennis. $425,000. Call owner, (941) 794-1081.
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FROMISLANDTOACREAGE:43 acres, cattleranch or horse ISLAND LIVING WITHOUT PAYING ISLAND PRICES! SUPREMIEOCATION&OUTSTANDINGCRAFISMANSHIP DEEP WATER ACCESS in a fully refurbished home with pool,
farm. Two houses, both 3BR/2BA, bar, equipment building.. Located in Northwest Bradenton, this immaculately maintained combined for a Quality Lifestyle & Investment. Two land condos new seawall and large dock. Walk to beach orjump in the boat out
$2,299,000. I also have a five-acre property with barn, apartment, 3BR/2BA home is bright and open. Large fenced in yard with with 3-4BR/3BA featuring: 2,300 + sf smart-wired living space, your back door priced to sell quick at $949,000. Call the water-
pasture close to Bradenton and Sarasota. Reduced $325,000. Bar- plenty of room for a pool. Call Debbie Detweiler 527-7221. security system, three verandas, crown molding, granite counter- front specialist Captain Jeff Braaten 941-792-3484.
baraRagan 322-6203 .tops, wood flooring, 9-foot ceilings, SS appliances, paver-brick
drive, tropical landscaping and more. Glass block shower and whirl-
pool tub. Room for a pool! $825.900. Liz Codola at 812-3455.
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with caged pool located minutes from the beach near 75th 2BR/2BA; community pool and activities located minutes from
and Manatee Avenue West. One month minimum at $3,000 the beach near Manatee Avenue West and off 75th St. W. 55+
per month. Call Judy Karkhoff, property management at Community.. Open Dec. Jan. 15th at.$1,650 per month.
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floor unit with screened lanai overlooking Gulf of Mexico
and sandy beaches. Open Dec. and Jan. at $3,300 per month.
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BAYVIEW TERRACE CONDO: 1BR/1BA furnished.
Steps to beach, heated pool on bay, no age restriction.
Price reduced to $349,900. (941) 778-9331.
PERICO ISLAND OWNER: 2BR/2BA townhouse;
rarely on the market. Private end unit with serene
lake view. New tile and carpeted floors. Turnkey, club-
house, heated pool, tennis. $450,000. Information:
SUNBOW BAY OWNER: 1BR/1BA condo. End unit,
rarely on market. Many amenities, turnkey, heated pool,
tennis, water view. $325,000. Cell (941) 224-0555.
OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm Sunday, Dec. 18. Beautiful
2BR/2BA ocean-view cottage. 104 Second St. N.,
Bradenton Beach. Lot is zoned for duplex. $699,900.
Contact Tim Byram, Realty Executives Solutions Lic.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: 2BR/1BA Island cottage with
garage. One block to beach and bay. $525,000. Call
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middle of the lower peninsula. Reduced pricing to
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ESCAPE TO YELLOW TOP MOUNTAIN, Western
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from $89,900. Financing available. (828) 247-0081.
NORTH CAROLINA GATED lakefront community, 1.5
acres plus, 90 miles of shoreline. Never before offered
with 20 percent pre-development discounts, 90 percent
financing. Call (800) 709-5253.
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TENNESSEE WATERFRONT LAND Sale! Direct
waterfront parcels from only $9,900! Cabin package
from $64,900! 4.5 acres suitable for four homes and
docks only $99,900! All properties are new to the
market! Call toll-free (866) 770-5263, ext. 8.
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water access, marsh view, lake front, and golf-oriented
homesites from the mid- $70s Live oaks, pool, tennis,
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hot springs. Don't miss out! Call (866) 292-5762.
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Incredible lake and sunset views. Own a private lake-
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TENNESSEE ACREAGE for sale Near Chattanooga.
Beautiful new lakeside community. One-five-acre
homesites from the $40s. Limited number of private
boat slips. Call for appointment. (866) 292-5769.
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of mountain property sales, (800) 642-5333. Realty
Of Murphy, 317 Peachtree St., Murphy N.C. 28906.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Log cabin $89,900.
Easy to finish cabin on secluded site. Million-dollar views
available on one-seven-acre parcels $29,900-$79,900.
Free info available! (828) 256-1004.
Two canafront condos side by side. One 2BR/15BA and one DUPLEX ACROSS FROM BEACH 2BR2BA and 1 Eevated 2B2BBA.
1BR/1BA. Two deeded boat docks on sailboat water. Both for Furnished units and well maintained inside and out. Large privacy A MSHe tib e Realtor (941) 713-9835
only $725,000, or $350,000 and $375,000 separately fenced yard and each unit offers deck and screened porch. SURFSE REALTYkyt
only $725,000, or $350,000 and $375,000 separately, fenced yard and each unit offers deck and screened porch. SURFS]DE REALTY
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UNIQUE DUPLEX wrh a sur,,li vrew Totialy remodeled,
turnkey furnished with 3BR/2BA each side with laundry
room. $2,000,000. MLS# 515769.
TUSCANY STYLED HOME. 3BR/3BA with 9.5 ft. ceilings,
wood flooring, crown molding, tiled porches and pool.
$895,000. MLS# 514400. -
READY TO BUILD! Va:ani lot wilh 7500 sq ft, even :ome-
with an ingroundpool.-A short walk to the beach. Adjacent
house on duplex lot also available. $450,000:MLS# 516029.
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DIRECT GULF FRONT Fabulous views, end unit, pool,
tennis, elevator, turnkey furnished $975,000. MLS#
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RARELY AVAILABLE ground-level condo in 100 STEPSTOTHE BEACH at ihe north end
great condition. Ceramictile, view of pool and bay. of Anna Maria Island. New roof installed 2001.
Ready to move in. $499,000. MLS# 516943. $990,000. MLS# 511680.
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THIS 2BR/2BA is dose to the beach and Gulf of Mexico and
has a screenedporch Low maintenance yard forthat laid-back
island lifestyle.$529,000. MLS#510846.
FABULOUS GROUND LEVEL, 2BR/2BA villa
with heated community pool, tennis courts.
4BR/3BA HOME with views ofTampa Bay New roof, siding, 3BR2BA, TURNKEY furnished Gulffront condo. Features FURNISHED MODEL in La Casa Costiera with viewsof BEAUTIFUL NEW KITCHEN with tile countertops, newbath- Broker/Associate
doors and windows.Two balconies overlooking the beautiful include9.5ootceilings,granitecountertopsinktchenandbath, the Gulf from this brand new beach condo home. Large rooms custom skylights. Each unit is turnkey furnished and Cicao, IL
seaside location.$1,200,000. MLS# 508799. heated pool and elevator. $1,499,000. MLS# 504825. ool. $1,475,000. indudes private carport withpergolas.$669,900.MLS# 514508.
Gul views. Solid surface countertops, heated pool and beach Gulf. 2BR/2BA, recently remodeled and turnkey fumished. Beaches. 2BR/2BA with screened lanai with beautiful water stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, elevator and Marilyn Trevean
access. $659,000. MLS# 512658. $549,000. MLS# 515421 views, and turnkeyfurnished.$349,000. MLS#512511. community pool.$1,900,000. MLS# 511864. SaksAssocate
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Beck- Stith or.Elf Starriet, 778-2246.
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ISLAND WATERFRONT LOT Rare waler-
fronr lorwith outstanding Day views and pro.
tecied dockage. Located in quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Short walk to beach. Lot is
cleared. Dave Moynihan, 778-2246. 516981.
DIRECT GULF FRONT Fabulous Gull view!
Furnished 2BR12BA loplloor end unit with
additional windows Covered parking and
great walking beach.Weekly rental OK Dave
Moynrhan. 778-2246.4513253. $989,500.
LUXURY ISLAND TOWNHOMES! Boln are
350 leel front beach, loaded with upgrades,
elevator, 3BRi2.5BA plus den, two at garage
Enjoy sunsets Irom two balconies. Comple-
ion May..Carolyn/Joe Correy. 776-3300.
GULF TO BAY Situated on Sarasota Bay
and across the street from-the Gulf. Fully
furnished 3BR/2BA-unit with'fabulous water
views Open, spacious lloor plan. Headed
pool, deep water docks.-Dave Moyninan;
(9411 778-2246. #516998. $835,000.
ONT CONDO" :Nl6ormTinddle SOUGHT AiiTR ADDRESS Custom home
'ul.usews'd f Gu:lf:2BR/I:BA on nearly ,:3- ae wooded lot n Pier Point
e-ll ma0inlt iedc nlitomple '-NW.-.3BR/2.5/BA and plenty o 1 room-or
ra of:Holmes Beach. -eted tol. a pool. Spacious rooms with great room
,ranis,.Da.Ie Mo nirai, -778-2246. plan:.-omrnunity bat dock JareTlnsworh.
5 ."" : : 761-3100. 513188. $645,000.
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PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA-CONDO
24-hour security, heated-community pool,
tennis. NeWericichen and minutes fromi spec-
tacular-Anna laana Island. Wach the sunsets.
and labuloust bay views Laurie Dellatorre.
778-2246. #51f.619 $489.000..
MOUNT VEnNUN LAKItnUSUb: R td/IA .
Largesttloor plan,second flooreiduniLTumlky-
furnished. New carpet, bleand appliances. Co-
ered parking. Healed- pool. Minutes to Gulf-
beaches. Active 55-plus. RV and boat storage
Lisa Anthony. 727-2800. #511245. $279,00.