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Skimming the news ... Ken Holmes: Greatest Generation, page 17-A.
"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
Volume 14, No. 23 April 12, 2006 FREE
leave some Islanders
wondering what's up
By Rick Catlin
Law enforcement officials in all three Island cities
say traffic this winter season is the busiest they've ever
seen, and Holmes Beach Police ChiefJay Romine has
been on the Island for 20 years.
In February, the Manatee County Area Transit
Island trolley set a one-day record with 2,600 pas-
sengers and a three-day record with more than 6,000
riders, prompting concern from some MCAT officials
that the trolley might be over-burdened.
Restaurant owners are reporting good sales and
most accommodation owners surveyed by The Islander
last month said they were been booked solid in March
and April is the same.
That's why some tourism industry officials could
be scratching their heads over the Bradenton Area Con-
vention and Visitors Bureau'report that occupancy of
Island accommodations in February was only 59.6 per-
cent compared with 77.9 percent for the same month
PLEASE SEE TOURISM, NEXT.PAGE'
No decline in beach occupancy
Beachgoers packed the Manatee Public Beach last week, leaving folks scrambling for a parking space and the
Island trolley full. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Island consolidation ends before study begins
By Paul Roat
The latest round of talks of consolidating the three
Island cities has ended.
And the end of the storo is apparently the result of
a trickle-dol\ n effect that began in Anna Maria City.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners last week
opted out of helping fund a study of consolidating ser-
vices on Anna Maria Island, agreeing that without the
involvement of Anna Maria any merger consideration
Bradenton.Beach and Holmes Beach voters last
November agreed that the consolidation issue should
be studied. Anna Maria city commissioners demurred
on placing the matter on the ballot in that city.
The Carl Vinson Institute. of Government in
Georgia had offered a proposal to study the con-
solidation issue of the three cities, at a cost 'of
$19,000-$25,000, plus travel expenses. The study
would be "to assist the cities of Anna Maria, Holmes
Beach and Bradenton Beach in assessing the poten-
tial for the cities to provide services to Anna Maria
Island more efficiently through the change in gover-
"I don't think the voters of Bradenton Beach were
voting to be consolidated with Holmes Beach," M.i ',
John Chappie said. "I believe they were-looking at
having one city on Anna Maria Island."
Chappie said that he and Holmes Beach Mayor
Carol Whitmore and Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn have
been meeting regularly since the vote to discuss the
matter, with SueLynn serving in moderator role. The
result of those meetings was the decision to request the
funding for the study.
"The ballot language said all three Island cities
should be considered" for consolidation, Chappie said.
Without Anna Maria being a part of the equation, "I
believe that is a hurdle and Anna Maria needs to step
City Commissioner Janie Robertson was more
blunt in her remarks. "I do not feel we should spend any
money without the support of Anna Maria."
Vice Mayor Lisa Maria Phillips was equally
terse, asking, "Why should we include Anna Maria in
the study without their support?" She said two cities
going forward on the issue without the support of the
third "could look like bully tactics. Without all three
municipalities involved, the matter is moot."
City Commissioner John Shaughnessy echoed his
colleagues' comments, stating that all three cities
should share the costs of the consolidation review. "It
was supposed to be a consolidation stud) of the Island,
-not two-thirds of the Island," he said. "For two cities
to bear the cost of the consolidation study is. ludicrous.
The minority has made a decision for the majority in
City Commissiorer Bill Shearon also said he could
not support the expense. "I believe Bradenton Beach
has met the obligation of the voters," he said. "We
looked into it, and I can't see spending city taxpayer
dollars without all three cities participating."
The commission agreed unanimously that no fur-
ther discussion on the matter would take place until -
and unless Anna Maria steps forward as an active
Holmes Beach city commissioners still have the
funding issue before them for debate, but with Anna
Maria and now Bradenton Beach dropping out of the
debate, any decision made there is probably meaning-
1 dead, 1 critical after SUV
crashes, flies off bridge
By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
One young nan is dead and one is in critical condi-
tion after ihe SUV they were in flew off the Anna Maria
SIsland Bridge Saturda\ night at about 11:20 p.m.
Rescue units were innerdiatel\ on scene from
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, West Manatee Fire
& Rescue, Manatee Count\ Sheriff's Office, Mana-
tee County Emergency Medical Services and the U.S.
Coast Guard. and a short time later, the Florida High-
The first unit on scene followed the debris field to
where they located the 1991 Toy ota SUV submerged
in deep water.
Holmes Beach Police Officer Mike Pilato, then
joined by Bradenton Beach Sgt. Chuck Sloan, raced
to the shore and swam to the vehicle to remove the
occupants, according to Holmes Beach Chief Jay
According to FHP Trooper Jared Ferris, the SUV
was traveling westbound on State Road 64, and was
crossing the Anna Maria Island Bridge when the driver
lost control. The right front tire; traveled over the north
concrete curb. The driver then over-corrected back to
PLEASE SEE BRIDGE. NEXT PAGE
And many more!
Mary Maner of Holmes Beach celebrated her 100th
birtluha\ with friends at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Sunday, April 9. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
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2-A U APRIL 12, 2006 U THE ISLANDER
Tourism figures puzzle Islanders
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1-A
"Our members haven't been complaining. Every-
one's said it's a good season now," said Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
Mary Ann Brockman. That's after the admitted slow
start in January and early February.
But it's not a great season.
Brockman said she's noticed that quite a number
of people stopping at the chamber office's at the Island
Fitness Center say they are from Indiana or Ohio and
just on the Island for a day visit.
"They say 'what a wonderful Island you have,' and
ask about staying here next year. I can only guess that
a lot of the people we're seeing out here are staying on
the mainland, but coming here for the day."
In fact, Brockman added, she's had people staying
in Sarasota come to the chamber office to inquire about
an accommodation for next year.
With all the vehicles and beachgoers on the Island,
some might wonder about the occupancy levels.
Actually, the CVB gets its figures from 26 percent
of the available rooms on Anna Maria Island, including
condominiums. And they've been surveying the same
properties every month for the past 18 years.
Butthe February occupancy figure for the Island
could have been off, said Monica Luff of the CVB.
"We had one property that was way down [in occu-
pancy]. It was so bad that it might have skewed all the
numbers," she said. And another property on the Island is
reporting occupancy is way down for March, Luff added.
CVB Marketing Director Susan Estler said the
warm weather up north in January and early February
could also have been a factor in the low occupancy
Traditionally, if it's warm up north, the visitors will
stay there, she said. As soon as the snow and ice show
up, people start coming to Florida and, this year, the
cold weather didn't arrive until mid-February.
"I think the entire season has been one of cau-
tious optimism," she added. January was very soft for
the industry, but it picked up in late February. March
appears to have been a solid month, and Estler is opti-
mistic about April.
Bridge crash leaves one dead
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1-A
the left, causing the SUV to slide across the roadway,
jump the south curb and strike the south bridge rail.
The SUV went through the retaining rail on
impact and fell 17 feet into the water, coming to
rest on its roof. No pre-collision skid marks were
observed, FHP reported.
Police went to work immediately and recovered
two victims. One of them, passenger Zane Zavadil,
19, of nearby 10311 Sandpiper Road W., was dead at
The driver, Ryan Costello, 20, of 7610 Fourth
Ave. W., Bradenton, was unconscious but was said by
personnel at the scene to have a "faint pulse." He was
transported to Blake Medical Center in critical condi-
tion, then transferred to Tampa General Hospital, where
he remained in intensive care at press time.
According to Sean Murphy, Beach Bistro owner,
Costello is employed at the Bistro. Both men were
graduates of Manatee High School.
The FHP spokesperson said the accident was alco-
hol-related. He said charges are pending and the inves-
tigation is ongoing.
Writer Mike Quinn is publisher of
NewsManatee.com. He can be reached at
Friends and family gathered
Monday on the Anna Maria
Island Bridge to remember
Zane Zavadil, who was killed
in a Saturday night crash that
sent the SUV in which he
was a passenger into Anna
Maria Sound. The driver, Ryan
Costello, is reported to be
in intensive care at Tampa
General Hospital. Plans for
a funeral for Zavadil include
visitation from 6p.m. to 8
p.m. Thursday at Griffith-Cline
Funeral Home and Cremation
Service, Island Chapel, Holmes
Beach, and a service at 10
a.m. Friday at Westminster
With Easter not until mid-April, that usually
"extends" the season, she said. When Easter arrives in
March or early April, many visitors head home after
the holiday. "Hopefully, April will be a solid month for
everyone," concluded Estler.
It should be, chimed Brockman.
"A late Easter always helps on the Island. And
we're getting a lot of calls for a May or June visit and
that's during our normally slow months. Everyone's
hopeful she said.
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By Rick Catlin
Islanders interested in building a new home or
condominium project in any of the three Island cities
might do well to look into the costs of permits and
Depending on which city you build in and how
much the construction will cost, the same type and
size unit in one city could cost considerably less -
or more in permits and fees than in another Island
In Anna Maria, the city has a sliding scale for a
Contractors pay $50 for the first $1,000 of esti-
mated construction cost, then $19 for every $1,000 in
the estimate. The city charges a fee of $500 for new
Holmes Beach operates a similar system for a
building permit, charging $100 for the first $1,000, then
$19 for every additional $1,000 of estimated construc-
tion costs. A plans review fee is $1,000.
Building officials in Holmes Beach and Anna
Maria base construction estimates on a low end of
about $160 per square foot compared with a high end
near $300 per square foot, depending upon factors that
include the type and quality of the materials used in the
Bradenton Beach, however, operates under a dif-
The building permit fee in that city is a flat rate of
$2.30 per square foot of construction, including park-
ing.. The plans review fee varies, with a charge of 25
percent of the permit fee for a single-family residence
or duplex,'and 50 percent of the permit fee for a multi-
That means that while the cost of the permits and
fees to build the same size and type of construction in
Anna Maria or Holmes Beach might be about the same,
those fees would probably vary considerably in Bra-
As an example, a four-unit condominium in
Holmes Beach with each unit being 1,500 square feet
over parking with an estimated construction cost of
$200 per square foot would cost the builder $23,900 in
building permits and plans review fees.
In Anna Maria, the four-unit complex would cost
$550 less at $23,350.
The same project in Bradenton Beach would com-
pute to 12,000 square feet in the project (don't forget
the parking spaces) and would cost $27,600 for a
building permit. The plans review fee would be 50 per-
cent of the permit cost, or $13,300, for a total cost of
"That's a big difference for the same project," said
one local builder who asked not to be identified.
While some contractors might think the Bradenton
Beach fees a bit excessive, they were adopted by the
city commission last October.
But don't forget, added the builder, that the permit
and review fees are often added to the sale price of the
Kiwanians to put finishing
touches on Easter plans
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will
complete its plans for the Easterpsunrise service
it organizes every year, when it meets Saturday
morning at the Cafe on the Beach.
It will be the last organizational meeting for
the 2006 sunrise service, said club president Al
Guy. It will be the weekly breakfast, starting at
8:30 a.m. at the restaurant on the Gulf Drive where
Manatee Avenue ends in Holmes Beach.
Details are available at 778-8444.
Island building fees vary by
size, cost from city to city
Art Auction April
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THE ISLANDER N APRIL 12, 2006 N A-3
Anna Maria City
April 13, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
April 18, 2 p.m., city hall roof bid opening.
April 19, 6:30 p.m., environmental education and
enhancement committee meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
April 12, 6 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
April 18, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
April 19, 6 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
April 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
April 20, 6 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 13, 7 p.m., planning commission meeting.
April 20, 7 p.m., planning commissT on meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
April 12, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operation Center
meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
April 17, 9:30 a.m., Tourist Development Council
meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
April 17, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization meeting, Anna Maria City
April-18, 5:30 p.m., Turtle Watch training session,
Holmes Beach City Hall.
April 19, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting, Anna Maria City
Government offices in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach and Longboat Key will be closed
Friday, April 14, for Good Friday.
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4-A U APRIL 12, 2006 T THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
Island real estate agents and property owners gath-
ered in force at the Holmes Beach City Hall April 6 to
voice their displeasure with the recent enforcement of
sign ordinances in both Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Both cities last week began confiscating signs that
were found to be either illegally placed as in Holmes
Beach or that did not conform to the just-enacted
Bradenton Beach law, which also requires a permit for
a sign, among other issues brought up at the meeting.
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore said the city
is only enforcing the law which was passed in 1998.
The code states that real estate signs may not be within
the city right of way. She said code enforcement called
real estate agents and companies to inform them the
signs would be confiscated if not placed correctly.
But apparently not every real estate office got the
message. A number of agents said they never got a
letter from the city or a phone call.
Gary LaFlamme of RE/MAX Realty said that if his
signs were taken for a code violation as the city claims,
then the city failed to use "due process" because a code
violation requires official notice and a public hearing.
"The city could have just red-tagged the sign to
alert us," he said.
LaFlamme added that when he went to the Holmes
Beach public works department on April 7 to retrieve
his signs, they had been broken and damaged. "They've
treated our property like garbage."
He now has to pay $46 each to replace signs
broken by the city, plus $40 to lease the signpost, which
This wave of sculpted metal by artist Linda Howard that sits in front of Holmes Beach City Hall was
transformed into a parking "garage" for those arriving by bicycle to the Anna Maria Island Art League's
annual "Springfest" art and craft show in March. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
did not belong to him.
If that's not bad enough, Bradenton Beach charged
LaFlamme $35 each to get his signs back, plus $25 for
a permit for each sign.
A number of other real estate agents at the meeting
told similar stories.
Now just hold on, said Whitmore.
The ordinance has been around since 1998, it just
hasn't been enforced, she said. In August 2005, the city
wrote every real estate company telling them that real
estate signs in the rights of way must be removed.
"All real estate companies were told beforehand"
what the city had planned,, she said, and businesses
were called two weeks ago.
Whitmore said she is charged with enforcing the
city codes and upholding the sign ordinance has been
an "overwhelming problem."
Remember, the sign ordinance was only estab-
lished after citizen complaints, she added.
If the real estate agents want change, they should
come to the city commission and present their sug-
gestions for how to make the ordinance fair and equi-
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At the April 6 meeting on signage, attorney Chuck
Webb took time out to tell the audience that he is cur-
rently representing several parties on the Island with a
case against the Manatee County Property Appraiser's
Office for the method it uses to determine assessed
value for taxation.
Under Florida law, said Webb, the property
appraiser can use either the cost, sales or income
method to determine value.
On Anna Maria Island, the PAO has been using the
sales method because it compares a motel or accom-
modation to the sale of a condominium. That method
gives a higher value to the motel and thus the property
pays higher taxes.
"But the state says the property appraiser is sup-
posed to use his expertise" to determine the best and
fairest method of value.
"We have found that the PAO is not even using the
income approach," he said. His clients have claimed
that PAO has never asked them for income figures.
"They are just ignoring the income approach," and
going strictly with the sales method because it pro-
duces a higher property value.
If the PAO used income to determine property
value, "You would get much lower taxes," he
Signs law uniformity requested.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4-A
But what's legal in Holmes Beach for a sign may
be illegal in Bradenton Beach.
Many agents such as Barry Gould agreed there
was-a need for "fairness and, consistency" among the
sign ordinances of all three Island cities.
Anna Maria is currently planning a new sign ordi-
nance, while any change to the sign laws in Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach would require an amend-
ment to the ordinance.
Then let's do it, said Don Schroder, Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce president, RE/MAX real
estate agent and moderator of the meeting.
Schroder claimed he never got notification that
Bradenton Beach would confiscate signs starting April
3. He also had an issue with someone coming onto pri-
vate property to take a sign and also that part of the city
code that says a real estate sign must be 5 feet from the
While many who attended the meeting clamored
for a uniform sign ordinance, Ken Rickett of A Para-
dise Realty pointed out the difficulty of getting all three
Island cities to agree on anything, much less a common
It's going to be a challenge, he said.
Maybe, Schroder agreed, but we have to try.
A committee was formed that will address the vari-
ous issues raised by both the Bradenton Beach and
Holmes Beach ordinances and come up with a "uni-
form" proposal for both cities and Anna Maria.
What's needed, said Schroder, is uniformity on the
size, pole height, number of signs per property, color,
riders attached to the signs, language and on the matter
of setbacks, among a host of other issues.
Good luck, said Whitmore. "If they can get an
Islandwide ordinance, I have no problem with that, but
I can't speak for the city'commission," she said.
Holmes Beach City Commnissioner David Zac-
cagnino noted that many residents not in the industry have
complained about the proliferation of signs in the city.
He noted one property for sale had 14 signs on it.
At the same time, he said, there's a need for a "happy
medium" and he believes the city commission could
"work with the committee" on its proposed ordinance.
Schroder said once the committee has established
a proposal, it would present those recommendations to
the three cities' commissions.
That's likely easier to do in Anna Maria, where the
ordinance has not yet been passed.
Commission Chairperson John Quam, who was at
the April 6 meeting, said any suggested changes should
be brought to the commission as soon as possible for
Signs come down,
into compliance in
Bradenton Beach officials have been making a
sweep of the city to collect illegal signs since a new
law went into effect April 1, and to date 44 illegal signs
have been confiscated.
"We did the right of way along Gulf Drive, Ave-
nues B and C, and the southern streets," said Code
Enforcement Officer Gail Garneau, "but we still have
the mobile home parks and other streets to go. I'd say
we're about 90 percent done."
The sign ordinance requires that all signs be regis-
tered with the city and placed certain distances from
the street, among other requirements,
Confiscated signs may be retrieved or bailed out
- at a cost of $35. Garneau said 11 confiscated signs
have been retrieved to date. If the signs are not col-
lected within 30 days, the city may dispose of them.
"Everyone has been very polite," Garneau said of
the new law and subsequent enforcement actions.
Representatives from a manufacturer who uses
recycled tires to make sidewalks and other pathways
will be in Bradenton Beach Thursday, April 13, to dem-
onstrate the product at Fifth Street South.
Flexi-Pave expert David May will discuss the mate-
rial at the 9 a.m. event.
The city's scenic highway committee has indicated
interest in the product as a material for the multi-use
pathway which is planned to be built from Fifth Street
South to the Longboat Bridge in the city.
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It's late, it's late
You remember Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the
story of a girl named Alice who follows a rabbit and falls
down its rabbit hole into a fantasy realm populated by
talking playing cards and anthropomorphic creatures.
The White Rabbit was always late, late, late. He raced
about exclaiming, "I'm late, I'm late for a very important
Hello, Anna Maria Island in tourist season.
We've fallen down the rabbit hole and all the char-
acters are running wild, challenging us for a table at our
favorite restaurants, crowding the roads, beaches and the
trolley, and gulping up our gorgeous sunsets.
It's been a long and hopefully fruitful season
for Island businesses and the owners are likely eagerly
checking the coming years' calendars for the late Easter
date that signals a few extra weeks of "high season."
Between snowbirds, who migrate for longer periods of
time, some up to six months or more, and spring-breakers,
who either come to stay with their older-generation family
or bring their whole family, the Island is PACKED.
With almost every Island household hosting guests, it
brings the bulging population of folks in motels and hotels
to a crescendo'
Imagine the effect on about.8,500 year-round resi-
dents when another 10,000 or so folks fill all the avail-
able accommodations here and about, and hit the roads,
waterways and the beaches.
Then add to that the typical holiday beach crowd of
30,000 yes, 30,000 or more at just the public beaches -
and you've got a whopper of a crowd on Anna Maria Island.
Wonderland Anna Maria Island is bursting at
Arid it's a good thing. Business, especially retail, has
been slow to recover from the nosedive after Sept. 11,
2001, and this Island can use a-good, healthy, profitable
season all the way around.
Maybe the numbers will convince some of the "powers
that be" that we need help providing the infrastructure that sup-
ports so many seasonal visitors for such prolonged periods.
And we do need help with more boat ramps and
improved traffic flow to and from the Island and for traf-
fic coming from Longboat to bur businesses and passing
through to the mainland.
Maybe the Easter bunny or that White Rabbit that
lead Alice to Wonderland has some solutions for us,
but more likely we're on our own.
Wherever you go and whatever you do during this
hectic holiday, try to capture the Kiwanis Club's Easter
It makes for a beautiful morning.
Be thankful for season and happy Easter to all.
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Signs bad for image
To say I was delighted to read (The Islander,
March 29).that the Anna Maria city commissioners are
considering a new sign ordinance would be grossly
I believe that most residents are eager to have
some kind of control over the visual blight caused by
the proliferation of signs-and lack of standards.
Is the real estate industry attempting to put their
needs first rather than the desires of businesses or are
they, too, becoming aware of the visual pollution that
makes their job more difficult?
We need to "raise the bar" and disallow the mass
of signs which make us appear to be a transient com-
munity here today/gone tomorrow. These signs do
nothing to upgrade the Island's image. In fact, they do
just the opposite, making the Island appear like a com-
munity owned, operated and controlled by outsiders
not the image that sells homes or encourages long-
What would happen if there were no rental/sale
signs allowed? Would all sales and rentals'come to a
halt? Would all rentals go begging and homes remain
unsold? Of course not.
We need to reach some compromise based on
what signage is needed if any. Yes, believe it
nor not, there are communities that survive without
Arlene Clarke, Anna Maria
Thanks for the tour
I cannot begin to adequately thank all the people
involved in making the 13th annual Anna Maria Islmnd
Tour of Homes such a huge success. The event was
unbelievable as each home was unique and beautiful
and hundreds and hundreds of people attended the
We the Center staff, board of directors and
those we serve are aware that it was a lot of hard
work to get ready for the 3earl tour. but the ruan\
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many hours all the volunteers put in paid off. We're
glad you did it.
This event is a wonderful way to shot\ other com-
munities that this is truly a great place to live and raise
our families, a community that cares about its youth,
families and seniors.
The success of this event has been crucial to keep-
ing the fees for our youth education and sports pro-
grams affordable and continuing to provide scholar-
ships to those who financially qualify for assistance.
On behalf of those we serve, the board of direc-
tors and I extend our deepest gratitude to the Tour of
Homes committee, the homeowners who opened their
homes, our supporters, friends and numerous volun-
teers who give and support the Center from the heart
so that others can benefit froni their generous spirit.
Pierrette Kelly, executive director, Anna Maria
Island Community Center
Tropical Treats & Eats thanks
We wish to address this to our loyal customers and
For personal reasons, our family has made the deci-
sion to close Tropical Treats & Eats. When we began
this venture, it was with high hopes, boundless enthu-
siasm and a desire to meet a need that we felt existed
in the community.
Along the way, we met many wonderful, support-
ive and interesting people, some of whom have become
Lifelong friends. We can't thank everyone enough for
patronizing our business and giving us some laughs,
"gossip" and just generally good times over the past
While this decision is bittersweet, the one good
thing to come out of it is that we will have more free
time to enjoy this beautiful Island that we call home.
We aren't going anywhere except to the beach.
Marcia and John Mattick, Rebecca and David
Bouchard and Jo .An attackk, Annam Maria
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THE ISLANDER M APRIL 12, 2006 M A-7
The teachers and staff at Anna Maria Elementary
School returned from spring break to a breakfast that
lasted all week.
The Parent-Teacher Organization held its annual
Staff Appreciation Week, which featured a continental
breakfast each day of donuts, pastries, bagels, crois-
sants, muffins, fresh fruit, juice and coffee.
A different themed lunch was served each day, includ-
ing All American Picnic Day Monday with curry
chicken salad and sandwich wraps from Fit to Eat Deli
here on the Island.
They enjoyed authentic Mexican food on Tuesday,
provided by parents of third-graders.
Wednesday was seafood day, and a great big thank
you goes to Lynda and Robert Hicks of Moore's Stodie
Crab Restaurant for donating the baked stuffed shrimp,
shrimp cocktail, clam chowder and cornbread for the
entire staff. Their generosity in the past and present is
most appreciated, and the teachers, staff and parents of
AME thank them for their dedication to our school.
Thursday was Chinese Day with a variety of
Chinese food purchased at China One Restaurant in
Holmes Beach by the first- and second-grade parents.
Egg rolls, chicken chow mein, sweet and sour pork and
shrimp fried rice were among the treats.
Big John's Texas Barbeque pulled pork was pur-
chased by the PTO for Friday's BBQ Day. In our opin-
ion, John Swager makes some of the best BBQ on this
Island. The parents of each grade provided desserts
I would like to thank all the parents who provided
food and funds for this week-long event. This was a
group effort and I thank you for its success. I know the
staff and teachers enjoyed it and appreciate your efforts
and contributions this year and in years past. The late
Beth Ann Scheible coordinated this event for the past
several years and we certainly missed her presence this
Donna M. Perez, AME coordinator
Don't get fooled again
Some months ago my wife and I joined follow vol-
unteers at the Louloudes residence to clean up their
overgrown, trash-filled yard in response to code viola-
tions and complaints from neighbors. We thought we
were doing a good deed for those in need. My opinion
quickly changed as I waded through voluminous trash
deliberately tossed everywhere and Mr. Louloudes'
continuous calls to make sure we weren't doing any
The final straw was when their adult grandson
came out of the house for the first time after we
had been working all morning, walked past me as I
was covered in filth and sweat, never looked at me,
greeted me or gave a word of thanks, got into his
Mercedes and left. I was furious and felt like a real
sucker for using my time to help these ungrateful,
Now I see that another group has participated
in the same cause. I commend the citizens I worked
with and the horseshoe.players for their charitable
spirit and I certainly support the preservation of the
horseshoe area at city hall, but there are plenty of
causes in Anna Maria more deserving that repeat-
edly bailing these people out. City code enforcement
has been extremely fair and benevolent with these
people. You don't have to have money or vigorous
health to keep up your property and refrain from
filling it with debris, detracting from the neighbor-
hood. If they can't comply with city codes, I am sure
they carn sell their canalfront, pool home for a good
price, giving them cash to deal with all their sup-
When this issue comes up again, as I am sure it
will, the code needs to be strictly enforced and the Lou-
loudes made to take responsibility for their actions,
unless of course the grandson is able to con the city
and another group of nice folks into dealing with their
Tom Eiseler Anna Maria City
In the April 11, 1996, issue of The Islander,
Six people were injured and more than 30 law enforce-
ment officers were called to a disturbance on Coquina Beach
Easter Sunday when a riot broke out following an argument
between two motorists involved in a minor crash in the parking
lot Police said more than 40 people were involved in the ensuing
fight, but only two people were arrested.
Anna Maria residents Larry Albert and Linda
Kapisak offered to sell the city a lot they own at 9907
Gulf Drive for $180,000. Albert said the city, already
in desperate need of more public parking, could make
seven parking spaces out of the lot.
The Holmes Beach City Commission voted to file
trespass charges against five boat owners whose ves-
sels are illegally docked in a T-end canal. The city has
been trying for 11 years to solve the issue of who has
a right to a dock space in the canals between 72nd
Street and 75th Street. The owners have refused to
move their boats, claiming they have rights to a dock
space granted by the original developer.
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By Paul Roat
Planners have a couple more weeks time to
chew on the proposed boatel at the Bradenton Beach
Planning and zoning board members decided to
continue the request by marina owner Allen Bazzy
to build 12 motel units at the complex, just south of
the Cortez Bridge on Anna Maria Sound, to April 20.
There were several issues presented by Bazzy that still
need resolution, the board decided.
The boatel would be on lots adjacent to the marina
at 208 and 201 Bay Drive N. The project requires a
major development approval by the city.
The "hotel for boaters" would encompass 67,644
square feet with parking on the first level and elevated
Building Official Ed Mc Adam has several stipu-
lations to the project which address landscaping and
Bazzy indicated he had no problem with comply-
ing with Mc Adam's concerns.
The boatel would provide an economic incentive
to the other businesses in the area, Bazzy said, drawing
visitors and tourists to the Bridge Street area. "It will
change things from a boat parking lot to a boat resort,"
Only one person spoke to the committee on the
matter last week.
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Woman's Club ends
By Jim Hanson
After more than 60 years of helping out in the com-
munity, the Anna Maria Island Woman's Club has sur-
rendered to advancing age and the modem pace of life.
The club said goodbye to itself at a luncheon last
Wednesday at the BeachHouse Restaurant and distrib-
uted its funds among four nonprofit organizations on
Nancy Dunne, president for the past two years, said
she and other members were unable to interest younger
women in doing the service work to which the club has
been devoted since its formation in the 1940s.
"The average age of our members is somewhere
around 70," she said, "and they were just unable to take
on the tasks necessary to the life of the club.
"It's happening all over the country, with women
working in jobs and having less time for and interest
in service. They have good hearts, as always, but there
just isn't time anymore."
The club, which had 100 members just 10 years
ago, had only 30 or so when it all ended, "fiearly all
of them over 70. The past four or five years were slow
death to the club."
The organization has raised hundreds of thousands
of dollars over the years, most of it coming from the
annual January fashion show luncheons. It has put
nearly all of it into scholarships for young Islanders,
holding the rest in savings and certificates of deposit.
At the luncheon, noting its lifelong devotion to
young people and education, it divided up what was left
- $2,000 each to the Anna Maria Elementary School
and Anna Maria Island Community Center, and $500
each to the Friends of the Island Library and the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society. It has donated to those
causes year after year, Dunne noted.
At the luncheon, final recognition included a past-
president's pin for Dunne and awards for other mem-
Wilma Bussey was recognized for 60 years in the
Woman's Club. At one time, she helped form a Feder-
ated Woman's Club in Arlington, Va., and was president
of that club. She was also president of Arlington Coun-
try Woman's Club and served as president of the Anna
Maria Woman's Club.
Marian Van Winkle was recognized for 50 years in
the Woman's Club. She was president of Oakland (New
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torical memorials representing the Woman's Club. She
was Anna Maria Woman's Club president and first vice
president, District 14's registration chairperson for two
years, chair for the arts department and the publicity
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Island Woman's Club .
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the Island group, which
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as state chairman for the arts department for New
Jersey, second vice president for New Jersey, and
served as club president and district director for the
Anna Maria Woman's Club.
The ultimate officers along with Dunne were Mar-
jorie Kendall, vice president; Ernestine Basler-Lawton,
recording secretary; Virginia Smith, corresponding sec-
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Manatee High School student work, including this print
by former Islander Heather Murray, an 11th-grader,
will be offered in the silent auction along with work by
Island artists at the annual "For Art's Sake" show.
Check the calendar,
You're invited to a silent auction and artist recep-
tion at The Islander newspaper office April 14 an
annual affair that in the past has raised more funds for
the art department at Manatee High School than the
department's annual budget.
Featured art works in the auction are contributed by
local artists and all proceeds go toward art supplies and
equipment at MHS where Islander-artist Rob Reiber is
Expect top notch art work, ranging from sculpture
to oil paintings, jewelry to signed first-edition prints at
"For Art's Sake 2006," as local artists prove their gen-
erosity year after year when it comes to helping students
thrive in the arts.
Works at last year's event by Woody Candish, Rhea
Chiles, Sue Curry, Joe Hutchinson, Linda Molto, Ines
Norman, Price, Reiber, Andre Renard, Richard Thomas,
and Joan and Carl Voyles were among more than than
60 items offered to the top bidders.
To add your art to the show, call The Islander's
event coordinator Carrie Price at 747-9397 or call The
Islander at 778-7978.
The event be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday,
April 14, on the sidewalk at the newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes
Beach. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments are provided
by The Islander
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March was a lucky month for Marguerite and Bob
Carrick of Holmes Beach. First Marguerite won the
$148 prize in the Anna Maria Island Heritage Day
50/50 raffle. Bob continued the winning streak at the
Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes as the winner of
the home tour quilt. The lucky couple is pictured here
with the prize quilt. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
By Jim Hanson
For the 42nd time, all-Island Easter sunrise ser-
vices will be at the Manatee County Public Beach in
Holmes Beach, where Manatee Avenue ends at the
Gulf of Mexico.
All six of the Island's churches will participate in
the ecumenical service beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sunday,
April 16, sponsored again this year by the Kiwanis
Club of Anna Maria Island.
More than 1,500 persons are expected to attend,
and Bill Tester, Kiwanis spiritual aims chairman who
arranged the Easter service, strongly advises each to
bring a chair or blanket to sit on and to get there by
trolley to relieve parking pressure.
On Longboat Key, sunrise services will be by
the Longboat Island Chapel with Pastor Kenneth Gill
speaking on "Celebration of Life."
Anna Maria's service will see the Rev. Harry I.
Parsell of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
delivering the invocation. Pastoral Minister Marjie
Sheehan of St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Rev.
Dale Lawson of Island Baptist Church will deliver
The Rev. Gary Batey of Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church will give the sermon, "The Day All
Heaven Broke Loose." The Rev. Dick Baker of Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church will deliver the offertory fol-
lowed by the Rev. Stephen King of Harvey Memo-
rial Community Church bringing the benediction.
The Rev. Jim Meena, former pastor of Island Baptist
Church, will lead a special prayer for servicemen and
women.around the world.
Special observances of Easter Week by the indi-
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-1638, the Rev. Harry
Wednesday, Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m.
Maundy Thursday, Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m.;
Holy Eucharist and foot-washing at 7 p.m.; stripping
of the altar at 8 p.m.
Good Friday Vigil in the Memorial Gardens at 8
a.m.; liturgy at noon; Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.
Easter Sunday, First Mass of the Easter Rite with
organ music and choir at 7:30 a.m.; Choral Eucharist with
choir at 9 a.m.; Festival Mass with choir at 11 a.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 778-1813, the Rev. Dick Baker, pastor.
Maundy Thursday, Last Supper service and foot-
washing at 10:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m.
Good Friday, worship services at 10:30 a.m. and
Easter Sunday worship service 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church St., Bradenton Beach, (727) 433-2584, the
Rev. Stephen King, pastor.
Easter Sunday, regular 9:30 a.m. service.
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, A mu
Maria, 778-0719, the Rev. Dale La\\ son. pastor
Normal services, Bible Stud\ at 9:30 am.. ~\or-
ship service at 10:50 a.m., no Sunday e ening service
Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, 383-6491, the Rev. Kenneth Gill, pastor.
Maundy Thursday, supper and Comnmunion at
5:50 p.m. '
Good Friday, special Good Friday service, noon
to 1 p.m.
Sunday worship service at 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, 778-0414, the Rev. Gary Batey,
Maund3 Thursday, Holy Communion service in
the sanctuary at 7 p.m.
Good Friday, worship service with special music
in the chapel at noon.
Easter Sunday, worship service at 9 and 11 a.m.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, 778-4769, the Rev. Robert
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7 p.m.
Good Friday, Divine Mercy service at 8:30 a.m.; sta-
tions of the cross at noon; Passion of Our Lord at 3 p.m.
Holy Saturday, Divine Mercy service at 8:30 a.m.;
blessing of Easter baskets at 11 a.m.; Easter Vigil Mass
at 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday, Masses at 6:30, 8 and 10 a.m. and at
noon,: with Divine Mer~y. Service following noon Mass;
Easter eggs, games
for kids Sunday
St. Bernard Catholic Church will host the only Easter
Egg Hunt for children Sunday on the Island. The church
will "welcome all" children, toddlers to age 11, at 1 p.m.
at the church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Easter bunny will have 30,000 eggs for young-
sters Sunday on the mainland at G.T. Bray Park, with
the kids hunting down the goodies from 9:30 a.m. on.
Open to children from 2 to 8 years of age, the 12th
annual Easter egg hunt will begin at 9:30, after Peter
Cottontail arrives half an hour earlier at the park on
33rd Avenue Drive West in Bradenton.
In addition to the egg hunts, there will be carnival
games, bounce houses and photos with the Easter
bunny, and concession stands will be open.
The big party is sponsored by the Manatee County
Parks and Recreation Department and the DeSoto Heri-
tage Festival. Details are available at 742-5974.
$1,000 scholarships offered
The deadline is Friday, April 14, for applications
for two $1,000 scholarships offered to graduating high
school seniors by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Karen LaPensee, who is handling the program,
said graduating seniors at Manatee and Bayshore high
schools are eligible. Applications forms are available at
the guidance offices of the schools and at the chamber
office, 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
She said applicants must have earned a minimum
grade-point average of 3.5, participated in business-
related courses and plan to seek a business-related
career. The scholarships will be awarded in May.
Further information may be obtained from her at
More bricks being offered
Orders for personalized bricks to form the walk-
ways of the Island Butterfly Park are being taken now,
said Nancy Ambrose, co-founder and director of the
All the bricks from the previous shipment are in
place in the park, next to Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, she said. The new ones are in the
fiirt 6i e ro\ d of the patio at the entrance from the west
A brick with two lines of commemorative etching
is $40, a three-liner is $50. The bricks normally carry
the names of the purchasers or their loved ones. They
may be ordered by calling Ambrose at 518-4431 or by
obtaining order forms at the park or at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Happy lobster, mom
Mildred Gilbert celebrated her 91st birthday at the Waterfront Restaurant, Anna Maria, where the staff specially
prepared a steamed lobster--just as she likes it. They also served Gilbert key lime pie with "Happy Birthday"
written on the plate. According to daughter Gail Straight of Bradenton Beach, "She was just like a kid devouring
it." The birthday was celebrated with son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Kathy Gilbert, Gail and son-in-law Ed
Straight. The Straights operate Wildlife Rehab in Bradenton Beach. Islander-Photo: Gail Straight
12-A M APRIL 12, 2006 TIHE ISLANDER
Cortez Road construction almost completed
By Jim Hanson
The basic construction part of the Cortez Road proj-
ect is finished and work has been suspended until May
As the Florida Department of Transportation prom-
ised the historic fishing village, the job was done and
heavy equipment was moved out for the small boat fes-
tival April 1. "It was grand," said a villager. "All that big
machinery just vanished."
Longboat networking lunch
planned for next Wednesday
A networking lunch sponsored by the Longboat
Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Com-
merce will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. Wednesday,
April 19, at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive
N. in Bradenton Beach.
Cost for the "nooner luncheon" is $15 for mem-
bers, $20 for nonmembers. For details and registration,
All that's left to be done is installation of deco-
rative brick pedestrian crossings at 119th and 127th
Streets, which will begin in May when the winter
season is officially over and spring break finished, said
a DOT spokesperson.
That will take from 20 to 30 days and eiitail clos-
ing one lane at a time intermittently, no great interrup-
tion compared with the big job just completed. That
work itself was less disruptive than had been feared,
with one-lane traffic moving steadily throughout the
The whole project was shut down April 1 for
the month under agreement between DOT, contrac-
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Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage.
APAC began the $2.5 million project last August,
putting a left-turn lane down the middle of the widened
Cortez Road from 119th Street to the Cortez Bridge.
It required accommodation of entrances to businesses
along the road, complete with signage to assure as little
disruption as possible.
The job included bike paths and sidewalks along
the roadway, a pedestrian oasis in the center, traf-
fic-calming devices and an enhanced traffic signal
WAVES visioning meeting Wednesday
Another visioning session, this one by the cor- water, the entire city is included in the special designa-
nittee charged with focusing on the waterfront, is tion by the Florida Department of Community Affairs
scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 12, in Bradenton through the Waterfronts Florida Program.
each. Other city vision plans were developed in the past
Although the focus of the Waterfronts: Accessible, few years, specifically one for the scenic highway com-
Viable and Environmentally Sound group is on the mittee addressing the Gulf Drive corridor, and one for
the city as a whole.
Dr. Thomas Taylor will facilitate the meeting
which will continue on April 19 and May 3. Meetings
will begin at 6 p.m. at city hall. Refreshments will be
served, and all are invited to attend.
S. But the decision to retain Taylor, at a cost of
$15,000 to be paid from a $50,000 grant from the state,
sparked a bit of controversy among city commissioners
n., Commissioner Bill Shearon questioned if a true
S vision plan for the waterfronts could be created in just
S a few meetings. "My concern is if we can do a vision
W- in three months," he said. "To spend $15,000 for three
meetings that will last a total of nine hours I think
Vice Mayor Lisa Marie Phillips, who spearheaded
the WAVES movement, countered that the funds to pay
..., the facilitator and come up with the vision are from the
State grant, not the city's coffers. "It's what the grant
is for, and it can be done in that period of time, and I
believe it's insulting to the people who have their nose
to the grindstone to do this" to question the effort, she
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Island school's caboose now school museum
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School will add to its new
campus appeal with a unique museum. It will not be in
the new spacious building, rather it will appropriately
be the little red caboose that sits in the courtyard.
Kathy Hayes, school principal, and Joan Petti-
grew, who was instrumental in bringing the caboose
to the school grounds in 1987, will speak about the
project at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society
meeting at 3 p.m. April 17 at Holmes Beach City
Hall. The meeting is open to the public and past,
present and future AME families are especially urged
Plans for the transformation of the caboose will
be outlined at the meeting and AME art teacher Gary
Wooten and his students will participate with the
help of historical society members. The society hopes
to broaden the exposure of the Island school's his-
tory, which started as a two-room schoolhouse in the
1930s when it was located where the Anna Maria
Island Community Center sits today. The Holmes
Beach school, demolished last year, was built in
Acquiring the caboose was a community project
back in '87, according to Pettigrew, who contacted
Tropicana and then CSX for assistance. After she con-
vinced the school board and administration it would
cost them nothing to acquire the caboose, the plan took
shape. Retired railroad workers cleaned and painted it
Lou Merucci, father of two AME students, acquired
a crane and flat bed truck to bring the caboose to the
Island. Some remember seeing the caboose crossing the
Anna Maria Island Bridge in November 1987. It was an
unusual sight and students watched in awe as it rolled
onto the school grounds, recalled Pettigrew.
Parents and teachers then refurbished and deco-
rated the interior. It has served as a computer technol-
ogy center starting in 1988. In March 1995, it was dedi-
cated to Billie Coles, who taught at the school from
1979 until her death in 1994. She was credited in get-
ting parents involved in their children's computer edu-
cation and for being the front-runner for in-classroom
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Raising student awareness
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary students will receive inter-
active training in learning to accept individuals with
disabilities and special needs.
-"More Alike Than Different" a program of the
Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota
will be introduced to students April 11-13.
AME Guidance Counselor Cindi Harrison said the
program was highly recommended to her and since the
school has been increasingly enrolling students with
significant disabilities it's a good time to broach the
A trained facilitator will visit the school and assist
non-disabled students with a variety of hands-on, inter-
active activities that depict what individuals with a dis-
ability might experience on a daily basis. Some of the
disabilities addressed are visual impairment, autism,
learning disabilities and physical impairments.
The goal of More Alike Than Different is to
increase awareness, acceptance and sensitivity.
Following the activities, there will be a guided
group discussion and question-and-ariswer session.
The More Alike Than Different program was
developed by parents of children with disabilities and
special needs and is designed for pre-kindergarten and
Before the Anna Maria
caboose was painted,
i school members posed for
.r ,7 this picture in 1987. Joan
SPettigrew is on the far left
N", and former AME Princi-
.. : pal Jim Kronus is on the
far right. The caboose still
sits on the school campus
S where it has served sev-
eral functions from com-
.i.. ." puter lab to office space.
Anna Maria Elementary menu
Monday, April 17
Breakfast: French Toast Sticks, Graham Crackers,
Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Nuggets or Maxx Sticks with Mar-
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Tuesday, April 18
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Toast, Yogurt,
Lunch: "First Man In Space" Popcorn Chicken Moon
Walk or Out of This World Sloppy Joe Sandwich,
Moon Crater Crinkle Fries, Fruit Cocktail, Special
Wednesday, April 19
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Pattie on a Bun or Chicken Noodle
Soup with Half Hoagie, Crinkle-Cut Fries, Green
Thursday, April 20
Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito, Cereal, Toast, Fruit,
Lunch: Taco with Cheese or Oven-Roasted Chicken, Rice
and Beans, Lettuce and Tomato Cup, Pineapple Tidbits
Friday, April 21
Breakfast: Sausage Gravy with Biscuit, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Fresh Bake Pizza or Barbecue Rib on Bun,
Corn, Coleslaw, Sliced Pears
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
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Mildred Gaba Martinek
Mildred Gaba Martinek, 93, of Bradenton, died
Born in Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Martinek moved to
Manatee County in 1988. She was retired from West-
ern Electric, Hawthorne Works, Cicero, Ill. She loved
cooking, baking and pinochle.
Visitation and services were April 6. Kicliter
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
.She is survived by sons Jerry of Holmes Beach
and Jim of San Jose, Calif.; sister Agnes Zaruba of
Overland, Kan.; brother Jerry of Bradenton; eight
- grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Fern L. McCormick
Fern L. McCormick, 89, of Spotsylvania County,
Va., and formerly Anna Maria Island, died March 10.
Born in Tawas, Mich., Mrs. McCormick moved to
Boat, skipper needed for birds
A bird-conscious boater and his craft are needed
by the Manatee County Audubon Society to take read-
ings on birds on Passage Key.
The boat the birders have been depending on is no
longer available, said Barbara Howard, president of the
Tampa Bay Bird Refuges Association.
Passage Key, a tiny island a mile north of Anna
Maria Island at the mouth of Tampa Bay, is periodi-
cally a tropical island and a sandbar. It comes and goes,
-depending on erosion and storms and currents.
It is still very popular as a resting place for sea
birds, said Howard. It is important in determining long-
term trends in bird populations. It is strictly off limits
to the public.
Audubon and the association need someone with a
shallow-draft boat to carry them to the islet about once
-a month and allow them to tabulate species and num-
bers of. birds there. A refuge official will be aboard to
do the counting, and even operate the boat if its owner
doesn't want to go.
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Spotsylvania in 2000.
Services were private.
She is survived by son Ron; daughter Donna Spen-
cer of North Carolina; four grandchildren; five great-
grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
James 'Marty' L. Stone
James "Marty" L. Stone, 70, of Holmes Beach
and Bradenton, died Feb. 19.
Mr. Stone was born in Rossville, Ga., and moved
to Bradenton from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., in 1998.
He was an international businessman, world traveler
and president of PA Industries, one of the largest
developers of cenosphere product in the world. He
and his family lived in Brussels, Belgium, for many
years, where he studied French cooking. He appreci-
ated good food and fine dining. His sister described
him as "uniquely loved everywhere in business as a
person and a true friend with a zest for conversation,"
as well as "a loving husband, terrific dad, a mentor to
his children and to many others, a man of incredible
insight, candor, wisdom and style."
Memorial services were held on Lookout Moun-
tain March 18.
He is survived by wife Jean; sons Jamie and
Kevin; daughter Pam; brother William G.; sister Edie
LeCroy of Bradenton; niece Patti Marifjeren and
nephew Steve LeCroy; and four grandchildren.
Zane Anthony Zavadil
Zane Anthony Zavadil, 19, of Bradenton,
died April 9.
Mr. Zavadil was a lifelong resident of Mana-
tee County and a 2005 graduate of Manatee High
School. He was a four-year varsity wrestling letter-
man at Manatee, and placed fourth in the state at
He was a student at the Fire Science Acad-
emy of the Sarasota County Technical Institute. He
was a cadet at the West Manatee Fire and Rescue
He was a member of Peace Lutheran
Church and of Young Life. He was an avid fisher-
man and outdoorsman.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 13, at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home,
Island Chapel, 6000 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 14,
at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave.
W., Bradenton with the Rev. Daniel Hagmaier offi-
ciating. Burial will be at Palma Sola Community
Cemetery. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in charge
Memorial donations may be made to the
Zane Zavadil Memorial Scholarship Fund in care
of the Sarasota County Technical Institute, Fire
Science Academy, 794 Circus Blvd., Sarasota FL
Mr. Zavadil is survived by parents Richard
and Jennifer Zavadil of Bradenton; sister Emilee
May Zavadil of Bradenton; paternal grandmother
Florence C. Zavadil of Bradenton; maternal grand-
parents William and Jean May of Bradenton; aunts
Martha Kutz, Sarah Orendorff and Mary Mikalson;
uncles William May Jr., Peter May and Alex -
Zavadil; cousins Samantha Fairman, Justin and
Andy Kutz, Nikki and Josh May, Abby Navarro,
Cari and Paula Mikalson and Stephanie and Alexan-
dra Zavadil; and his "true love," Lauren Fortson.
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Island police reports
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April 2, 300 block of Poinsettia Road, domestic
disturbance. A deputy left a domestic violence packet
with a couple involved in a domestic dispute. Accord-
ing to the report, the couple agreed to maintain sepa-
rate quarters for the evening and leave one another
April 6, 300 block of Poinsettia Road, domestic
battery. A couple was reportedly involved in a domestic
dispute that became violent when the woman reported
that her boyfriend struck her with a lamp.
April 1, 2100 block of Gulf Drive South, traffic
arrest. An officer stopped a vehicle weaving into
oncoming traffic. The driver was arrested because he
had never been issued a driver's license.
April 1, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. A teenager reported that his iPod was stolen from
where he was sitting.
April 1, 900 Manatee Ave., Kingfish Boat Ramp,
drugs found. Officers responded to a traffic crash and
a witness at the scene reported that he saw a man leave
a bottle and a plastic bag in some bushes. According
to the report, the officer discovered a bottle of tequila
and bag of cocaine in the vicinity pointed out by the
April 1, 5200 block of Gulf Drive, DUI. Kathleen
Brodlo, 45, of Bradenton, was stopped for driving care-
lessly. According to the report, she refused to take a
Breathalyzer test but admitted she had been drinking.
She was charged with driving while under the influ-
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April 2, 5801 Marina Drive, city hall skate park,
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April 3, .100 block of 81st Street, burglary. A man
reported some money stolen from his van.
April 4, 300 block of 64th Street, theft. A bike was
reportedly stolen from a garage.
April 4, East Bay and Gulf Drive, DUI. Brandy
Berfield, 33, of Holmes Beach, was stopped by a patrol
officer after she made a left turn, cutting in front of the
oncoming patrol vehicle. According to the report, she
failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for driving
under the influence of alcohol.
April 5, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, fraud. A man
H. Terrell Griffin will sign copies of his book
"Longboat Blues" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April
14, at the Island Bazaar, 3304 E. Bay Drive, Anna
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reported his ex-girlfriend was making charges to his
debit card without his permission.
April 5, 5701 Marina Drive, Island Branch Library,
theft. A man reported his bicycle stolen.
April 5, 7300 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A man
reported that his 16-year-old reconditioned Puegot Pipe-
line bicycle was stolen while he stopped to visit a
friend. The man told police the bike is no longer being
manufactured and is considered a collector's item.
April 6, 600 block of Key Royale Drive, theft. A
woman reported that some of the furniture in her home
had been moved and some items had been stolen.
Longboat Key resident, and his novel draws on those
factors. In the book, a newly retired attorney comes
back into practice in an attempt to clear a friend of a
murder charge, traveling widely in the Midwest and
Florida to do the job.
Griffin grew up in Sanford and spent three
years as a medic in the Army. He wanted to go to
law school but needed a job to get that done, and
ended up working in a hospital in Macon, Ga., and
graduating from the Mercer University law school
He-first went to work for a large law firm in
Orlando, then formed his own firm there in 1974. He's
been a trial lawyer ever since, spending part of his time
on Longboat Key and the rest in Orlando. He plans to
retire by the end of the year and bring out a second
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Wednesday, April 12
Noon Minnesota Club poolside picnic at the
Bradenton Elks Club, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton.
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Stepping-stone craft class
continued from April 10 at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
mation: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Thursday, April 13
8 to 11 a.m. Blood drive at Pinnacle Medical
Center, 315 75th St. W., Bradenton.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pickle-ball at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote
Marine Laboratory, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sara-
sota. Information: 739-0908.
Friday, April 14
10 a.m.- De Soto Children's Parade and Party in
the Park departing from Manatee County Fairgrounds
south on 10th Avenue West, along Fifth Street to Lamb
Park in Palmetto. Information: 729-9177.
5:30 p.m. Art for Kid's Sake reception and
silent auction at The Islander newspaper office to
benefit the art program at Manatee High School.
Saturday, April 15
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club meeting at Cafe on
the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive,
9 a.m. Easter egg hunt at G.T. Bray Park,
33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton. Information:
9 a.m. Nature walk with master gardener Mike
Corso at Desoto National Memorial, the north end of
75th Street, Bradenton. Information: 722-4524. Handi-
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cancer prevention and sur-
vival cooking course at Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Sunday, April 16
6:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club's Easter Sunrise Ser-
vice at Manatee Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive,
7:30 p.m. Auditions for "As You Like It" at the
Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Monday, April 17
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood drive at Island Fitness,
5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Celebrate the Earth, Cel-
ebrate the Sea" earth week events at Mote Marine
Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Infor-
mation: 388-4441. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club pres-
ents "Election 2006: The People Speak" at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-9287. Fee applies.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pickle-ball at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
Tuesday, April 18
8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.-The "ABC" Safe Boating
course at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 5801 33rd
Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 795-6189.
9:30 to 10.30 a.m. Questions about Medicare
Part-D enrollment answered by Michael Vejins at the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541.
11:30 a.m. Longboat Key Democratic Club Lun-
cheon featuring Jim McCartney on "lraq and the Unrav-
eling of America" at the Harbourside Room, Longboat
Key. Information: 383-4707. Fee applies.
6:30 to 9 p.m.- "The Shackleton Expedition" lec-
ture and reception at the Bishop Planetarium, 201 10th
St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-4131.
Wednesday, April 19
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kindergarten registra-
tion and immunization van at Anna Maria Elementary
School, 4700 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Longboat-Lido-St. Armand Keys
Chamber of Commerce "Nooner" at the Sun House
Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 383-2466. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Garden Club lunch and
installation of new officers at Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
"Celebrate the Earth, Celebrate the Sea" earth
week events at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, through April 23. Informa-
tion: 388-4441. Fee applies.
Island fiber artist Cyndy Custis celebrates 30
years of weaving with a display at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through
April 30. Information: 779-9118.
"Spring Has Arrived" exhibit by Ann Terhardt at
All Angels Episcopal Church By the Sea, 563 Bay Isles
Road, Longboat Key, through April 30. Information:
"The New World in the Eyes of Explorers" at the
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton,
through June 4. Information: 746-4131. Fee applies.
"South Pacific" at Manatee School for the Arts
Family Caregiver support group at the Island
Branch Library April 21.
De Soto Bottle Boat Regatta at Palma Sola
Causeway April 22.
Gentle Spirits' Revival retreat at Island Baptist
Church April 22.
"Preserving Our Natural Environment" Earth Day
celebration at Felts Audubon Preserve April 22.
Keep Manatee Beautiful Great American Clean
up April 22.
Dick Hyman at Neel Performing Arts Center April
De Soto musical and fashion show at Bradenton
Municipal Auditorium April 25.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce busi-
ness card exchange at Fit to Eat Deli April 26.
Save the Date:
De Soto Ball at Bradenton Municipal Auditorium
Affaire to Remember at St. Bernard Catholic
Church April 29.
De Soto 5K run down Manatee Avenue April 29.
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by Rick Catlin
Former Anna Maria man
discovered Florida during war
Ken Holmes remembered that on Dec. 7, 1941, he
was at home in Billerica, Mass., reading a newspaper
when he heard that the Japanese had bombed Pearl
"Everybody I knew wanted to do their duty. I was
lucky at that time because I had just graduated from
high school and had gotten a job with the Boston and
Maine Railroad. It was still in the depression and I was
lucky to have a job," he said.
His position with the railroad made him exempt
from military service, but Ken felt like he needed to be
in the war.
By 1943, nearly all his friends had joined and he
learned that one of his best friends from high school
who had joined the Navy had been killed in action in
"I decided to join the Navy. I just wanted to do my
part and become a sailor."
Which is exactly what he did -- almost.
After completion of his basic training and for rea-
sons that were never quite clear, Ken was assigned for
training as a crew member for a PBY Catalina flying
boat, the workhorse aircraft of Naval anti-submarine
patrols along the Atlantic Ocean.
"I guess I did well in the tests for aviation. I never
knew the reason," Ken said.
While his fellow seamen were heading off to
destroyers, battleships and aircraft carriers, Ken was
assigned to landlocked Kansas for his training:
"It sure wasn't the Navy I thought I was going to
be in, but it turned out pretty well."
After his training, Ken became part of a 10-mem-
ber crew of a flying boat. Eventually, the PBY was
replaced by a four-engine Boeing search aircraft.
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the picture he is holding. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Ken and his.crew were assigned to the Atlantic and
began patrol duty in late 1943.
"Our first station was Key West. Boy, that was a
great town in those days, it was like Havana, Cuba. You
could do just about anything or get just about anything.
It was a wild town, but nothing like it is today."
Suffice it to say Ken had his share of the "good
life" in Key West.
"Being in Key West, I decided that if I survived the
war, I was going to retire to Florida."
Eventually, the good life of Key West was replaced
by long-distance patrols across the Atlantic, where Ken
and the crew would search for submarines and Allied
vessels in distress.
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long-distance flight was the first time many of the crew
had ever been out of the country.
"Boy, we really figured we were now in the war,"
"We were sent to Port Liote in North Africa where
we were based for awhile. It was primitive living, but
the local people were real friendly. I enjoyed my time"
In addition to submarine patrol, the Navy used Ken
and his crew as a hurricane hunter aircraft.
"We would track the hurricanes coming off the
coast of Africa. If it was only a Category I or Cat-
egory II, we usually ignored it. If it was Category III or
higher, we had to go in and get weather data to send to
the fleet and the weather stations in the Caribbean."
Chasing hurricanes in those WWII aircraft could
get exciting, to say the least.
"We had to fly right into the eye. We would be hit-
ting 130 to 150 mph winds and we just prayed that
Boeing had built a good ship and Pratt and Whitney
had given us some good engines. We would buck up
and down like crazy." Luckily, the plane and the
engines held together, and Ken also believes the pilot
of the aircraft knew what to do.
"He was great. In fact, the entire crew became like-
a bunch of brothers. We all depended upon each other.
We all knew our jobs. We came through, even in some
tight spots. You'd be in a hurricane and Mother Nature
is trying to push your plane into the sea, while the pilot
is fighting to keep you airborne. Luckily, he was a good
Although based in North Africa, Ken and his crew
would circle the Atlantic, spending time in Bermuda,
Puerto Rico and even Newfoundland in Canada.
"We even chased a hurricane up to Longboat Key,
so I'm sure we flew over Holmes Beach. We landed in
Tampa for fuel that day," Ken remembered.
By mid-1945 after Germany surrendered, the Navy
had stopped its antisubmarine patrols and Ken's air-
craft was primarily a hurricane hunter. After a hurri-
cane had passed through an area,- the aircraft would
also fly over to inspect the damage.
"I've seen destruction in Puerto Rico just like you
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saw in New Orleans after Katrina," said Ken. "Seeing
what Mother Nature can do really changes your per-
spective on life."
Strangely enough, all 10 crew members stayed
together during the war and even after the surrender as
none of the men were eligible for discharge.
"I think I was the first man to get enough points for
a discharge," said Ken. "I'm not sure, but I know I got
out in August 1947, two years after the war ended.
"I think the Navy was just glad to get rid of me,"
he said with a laugh.
Back in Boston, Ken got married and took a job
with the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. and retired
"I had come to visit Anna Maria Island in 1973
and we found it was a very quiet place, so we moved
to Holmes Beach. The people were great. It was just a
Ken and his wife, Dolly, moved to Cortez Villas on
the mainland three years ago. They have one son, four
-- grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all living
in the Bradenton area.
"I've never been sorry I went into the service. .I
went where the Navy sent me. I could just as easily
have been on a battleship and gotten killed by the Ger-
mans or Japanese. I was just lucky the Navy sent me
into aviation. I wasn't a hero during the war. The heroes
of the war are all dead.
"But it was an experience I'll never forget."
Just another member of the Greatest Generation.
"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key, Perico Island, Palma Sola and Cortez
veterans, man or woman, who served in the armed
forces of any allied country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Hol-
land, Norway, France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand,
the Philippines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to
hear from you. Please call Rick Catlin at-778-7978.
Cliffrondgani Pascal, Bradley Hanson,
Sarah Rappe and Waldina Gomez take
an early preview of some of the books
offered for sale at the Parent-Teacher
Organization's scholastic book fair held
in the Anna Maria Elementary School
media center In an effort to excite
students to read, this year's theme is
"Camping Out With a Good Book."
Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
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at the final pancake breakfast of the winter season, Sunday, April 9. The crew includes, front, Richard Poppler
and standing, left to right, Russ Stanley, Bill Barker, Joe Clark, Bill Donnelly, George Tooker, Alan Morgan and
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Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Dead sea turtles found on Island, elsewhere
Several dead loggerhead sea turtles have washed
ashore on or near Anna Maria Island and, while the
cause of death has not yet been definitely determined,
some have wounds consistent with boat propeller hits.
A 250-pound adult male loggerhead was discov-
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with a large prop gash on its back, according to Florida
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Another adult male turtle was found on a sandbar
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A smaller sea turtle, this one at 50 pounds, washed
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And two loggerheads were discovered dead on
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Marine turtle nesting season is expected to get
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Island real estate sales
7322 Gulf Drive, Unit 11, La Casa Costiera, Holmes
Beach, a 2,016 sfla / 2,960 sfur 3bed/2.5bath condo built in
2005 was sold 03/22/06, La Casa Costiera LLC to Foglesong
for $1,475,000; list $1,475,000.
102 Sixth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 728 sfur, 1,112
sfla 1bed/1bath home built in 1962 on a 50x100 lot was sold
03/21/06, Bellew to 6th Street South Investments LLC for
1 Palm Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a vacant 88x100
lot zoned R1 was sold 03/20/06, Drake to Davis for
102 68th St., Unit 204, Seaside Beach House, Holmes
Beach, a 986 sfla / 1,145 sfur Ibed/1bath condo built in 1977
was sold 03/15/06, Murrell to Murrell for $780,000.
1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 216, La Costa, Bradenton
Beach, a 960 sfla / 1,096 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo
built in 1979 was sold 03/17/06, Weber to Nathan for
121 47th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 100x100 lot
zoned R2 was sold 03/17/06, Wright to Island Restoration 7 -
LLC for $666,150.
440 63rd St., Holmes Beach, a 756 sfla / 1,358 sfur
2bed/1bath home built in 1962 on a 17x100 lot was sold
03/16/06, Donatelli to McCarthy for $375,000.
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By Diana Bogan
Brenda Hill and Maralyn Hill have been sharing
their love of travel and their passion for good food for
25 years. And they've parlayed them into a successful
series of books about chefs they consider worth know-
ing from around the world.
The co-authors met years ag a as young working
women attending the same conference. They became
fast friends and soon Brenda went to work with Mara-
lyn at the advertising and marketing company she
owned in Connecticut.
As Brenda later moved on, the two kept in touch.
Both eventually remarried, and they married men with
the same last name who were unrelated.
Both enjoy traveling and it was on one of their
joint excursions that "books by hills" was formed. They
were on a boat in Turkey, eating salad and taking in
the view of the sea, when Brenda told her friend, "We
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ally right in front of them that they should write
about what they know and love, dining well and visit-
ing new places.
-"Little did we know chefs would become a 'hot'
topic," said Maralyn. "It's really funny. We just picked
a topic we know."
So the pair says that instead of retiring they decided
to do something they've always wanted to do, write
about food, wine and chefs, including books for chefs
and about chefs.
Their first collaborative effort was "Our Love
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tales and offers more than 200 recipes from chefs in 19
countries and 17 American states. Famous personalities
such as Julia Child are featured along with emerging
chef_ the author- disco\'ered in Tuscan farmhouses, the
Fijian Islands, villages, cities and respected culinary
The pair say they have never met a chef they didn't
like. Brenda worked as a food critic in New York, but
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Amazingly, the two women have similar tastes,
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"It's incredible that there have been no dissimilar opin-
What is also unique is the method in which the two
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comes across a dish she really loves, they ask to meet
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Environment, anthropology led Cortezian to write books
By Rick Catlin
Cortez resident Patricia "McCroy has the unique
distinction of having two books published at the same
A former anthropology major in college and a
Peace Corps volunteer, her first book, "Death Be
Proud," N~ a published in February and documents how
.people around the world bury themselves.
The book is a collection of color photographs of
grave markers, vaults and headstones from such places
as the British Isles including Ireland to France,
Ital and the united States,.
She aJso includes several grave markers dedicated
to the holocaust and even visited the Paris gravesite of
rock and roller Jim Morrison of The Doors.
"The book is really a collection of 20 years of
photographs that I'd taken around the world," Patricia
"I'dE al\ 4a s been interested in the art and anthropol-
ogN of grave sites and I wouldd take pictures of them
during my travels. Friends of mine saw the photographs
and suggetCed that I put them in a book. When I went
to St. Kitt: and Ne\ is, I found I had some spare time
so I completed the book there."
It was during her sojourn to St. Kitts and Nevis in
the Caribbean that led Patricia to write her second non-
fiction book, "Dog Island," which was published just
thlee k\eeks ago.
Cortez resident and author Patricia McCroy recently
had two non-fiction books published. Islander Photo:.
The book is her memoirs of two years on St. Kitts
as a scuba dive master and expatriate and helping to
start an eco-tourism project to raise awareness of the
many leatherback turtles that use the island as a nesting
"The book is really what it's like to live as an ex-
patriate on a Caribbean island. I'm very interested in
conservation and that brought me to the leatherback
turtles. I found very few people in St. Kitts even knew
they used the remote beaches for nesting," she said.
There are also a lot of wild dogs on St. Kitts, hence the
Patricia, who wrote "Dog Island" under the pseud-
onym Olinda Oleander, thought that starting a conser-
vation effort to protect the turtles and at the same time
make them an eco-tourism stop for visitors would be
But on a small Caribbean island, political snafus
can occasionally take precedence over boosting tourism
or protecting an endangered species.
Her effort, however, continues and Patricia headed
back to St. Kitts last week to continue her project to
protect the turtles and boost their habitat for eco-tour-
The two books are published through a Canadian
company and are not yet available in local bookstores,
but can be purchased on the Internet by e-mail to
Anyone interested in the books can also call
(888) 232-4444 for more information or to place an
2-B 0 APRIL 12, 2006 TIHE ISLANDER
Good news from bad events, big boat visiting
This is one of those happy stories that anti-media
types always beg to read.
An under-construction U.S. Navy amphibious
assault ship, the USS New York, contains about 24 tons
of scrap steel, recycled from the World Trade Center
devastation of Sept. 11, 2001. It's a special ship con-
taining a special part of all of America's heart, based
on that horrible morning.
And the New York is being built in Avondale, La.,
site of another of our country's calamities Hurricane
Katrina, The ship and shipyard did sustain damage as
the killer storm passed, but workers were quick to come
back to work on the vessel despite the fact that many
had lost their homes in the storm's wake.
According to an Associated Press report in the St.
Petersburg Times, 200 workers are living at the ship-
"These are very patriotic people, and the fact that
the ship has steel from the trade center is a source of
great pride," an official with the company building the
New York has said. "They view it as something incred-
ibly special. They're building it for the nation."
Gator tales from afar
The boss was in San Francisco part of last week,
and sent this tale from California. It somehow seems
apt in light of the University of Florida NCAA basket-
"Did you know it's illegal in California to keep alli-
gators as private pets?" she asked. From an Associated
Press story in the San Francisco Chronicle, some guy
was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading
no contest to illegally possessing an alligator that was
dumped into an urban lake, where it has eluded capture
since last summer, officials said.
"Los Angeles resident Anthony Brewer, 36, also
was ordered to serve 45 days of community service
work. A restitution hearing will be held in May to deter-
mine how much he should pay of the $155,000 the city
has spent on increased security around Harbor Regional
Park's Machado Lake since the alligator was discov-
ered in August.
"Authorities allege that Brewer and another guy
released the 7-foot reptile known as 'Reggie' last
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I guess it's a good thing he didn't flush it down the
toilet to join the other urban legend.alligators lurking
in the sewers under all the big cities in the world.
But doesn't $155,000 for "increased security"
seem a bit absurd to ensure a 7-foot alligator stays in
The boss said maybe they were hoping to prevent
any human/pet-gator encounters. Sounds like money
well spent when you look at it that way.
Florida fish news
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservati6n Com-
mission let forth a few decisions on pending matters
last week in its regular meeting.
Lobster trappers pulled a proposal to let them start
their season earlier this year, due to the damage they
incurred in the past two high-hurricane years. Call this
one a no-story story.
Tarpon fishers have assurances that the FWC is
indeed going to crack down on gear used to catch silver
kings in Boca Grande Pass. New rules went into effect
-April 1 and, no fooling, they really mean it now.
The rules are an attempt "to reduce the amount of
non-degradable material deposited on the bottom of the
pass by anglers," according to the government agency.
"In the past five years, citizen-based cleanup events in
the pass have removed almost 13 tons of fishing debris
and litter from the sea bottom, including lead weights,
fishing line, crab traps and anchors."
OK, stop a minute and think about that last sen-
Or imagine you're out fishing and get a snarl in
your reel. You untangle the mess and, as a good envi-
ronmentalist, put it in a safe place to properly dispose
of later. Remember how much it weighed, or didn't
weigh? Now imagine what a ton or more of mono line
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The fishing rules, which only impact the Boca
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species of fish and prohibit use of breakaway gear to
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or other fasteners designed to break off when a fish is
Good fish work, bad recovery, too
FWC members also looked at some fishery
assessments based on recovery goals. The news was
"The assessment for snook indicates the FWC's
management goal for the fishery to achieve a 40-per-
cent spawning potential ratio is falling short," accord-
ing to the agency.
"The snook assessment estimates of the spawning
potential ratio on Florida's Gulf coast range from 26-
to 32-percent and from 25- to 26-percent on the Atlan-
tic coast. The assessment indicates total snook harvest
has been increasing on both coasts due to the growing
popularity of snook fishing."
As a. means to reach the goal, the commission
is considering changing slot-limit catches of snook
from 26- to 34-inch total length to 27-35 inches. The
matter is scheduled to come back for further talk in
Redfish fared better in the goal category, with the
target of 30 percent of fish surviving to age 4 being sur-
passed at the 32-percent region in the Gulf, 34 percent
on the Atlantic coast.
As for mullet, "biologists report stocks appear to
be healthy, and current levels of fishing effort look to
be sustainable. Mullet stocks statewide are surpassing
the FWC's 35-percent management gbal."
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Kings start spring run offshore, sheepies still thick inshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Kingfish have finally started their annual spring
run in the Gulf of Mexico, with reports of 25-pounders
being caught about 6 miles out. Other offshore action
continues with good catches of grouper and snapper.
In the backwaters, sheepshead continue to domi-
nate the fishing report. There are lots of big, hungry fish
near almost any structure, be it pier, dock or artificial
Snook and redfish action is also good inshore, as
well as some nice-sized trout.
Special kudos to Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolf-
mouth Charters on Longboat Key, who will receive spe-
cial recognition later this month for his efforts to alert
the scientific community of the "dead zone" off South-
west Florida, an area that was the victim of the year-
long red tide that plaqued us through 2005. He will
receive a personal initiative award from the Sarasota
County Conservation Committee April 18. Good job,
Captain it's just a shame you had to receive the
award for bringing us such bad news!
Capt. Genthner said he and his charters "had a
fantastic fishing week with permit, pompano, redfish,
bluefish, smoker kings, dozens of sheepshead, porgies
and keeper snook all caught in north Sarasota Bay near
Bradenton beach. The permit and pompano were slam-
ming yellow.jigs in the surf and wash lines, the snook
and redfish were taken at night using free-lined shrimp,
and the kings and blues nailed free-lined pinfish and
cigar minnows. All in all, it's just great spring fishing
for folks who want to have a good time on the water."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said the week "started
out great guns, when Bob Freeman and Dick Fluke
scored well on snook ranging in size to 31 inches. The
middle of the week was pretty funky, with lousy tides
and squirrely bait situations. The week's end improved,
though, when the bait got better along with the tides."
Capt. Zach said he took Rick and Matt Fuchs, guests
at the Bali Hai Resort in Holmes Beach, out to nail
a number of snook ranging in size to 32 inches, plus
Capt. Tom Chaya he's putting his charters onto
kingfish, large Spanish mackerel and bonita following
bait schools just offshore. "A few blacktip sharks were
also working them," he said, "and on the inshore scene
there still is excellent snook action and plenty of nice
reds hitting in the mangroves."
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said with the return of
whitebait the snook and redfish action has really picked
up in the backwaters. Sheepshead are also still hungry
and big and coming on strong around almost any struc-
ture in the bay. For offshore fishers, the big word is
kingfish, with some reports coming from as close as 6
miles from shore of 25-pound monsters. Farther out in
the Gulf, look for continued excellent catches of grou-
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plus some pompano, jacks and snook. There is also a
lot of bait working around the pier, he added.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
sheepshead are still the No. 1 catch at the pier. Some
anglers are also catching small snook at night and whit-
ing during the day.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing good reports of snook coming out of Terra
Ceia Bay and Miguel Bay, plus lots of sheepies from
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area and some redfish
from Terra Ceia Bay.
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At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include
sheepshead, and some legal-sized trout and redfish
from Palma Sola Bay, with the best action coming at
the higher tides.
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Westbay Cove's retiring Carden honored
By Jim McCartney
Special to The Islander
A little more than 30 years ago, a young mid-
dle-management supervisor at the Goodyear Tire and
Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, got fed up with the ten-
sions of his job and decided to move to Florida.
But what to do in the land of bountiful flowers,
turquoise waters and soft sunshine?
Jim Carden, now 65 and counting, asked himself:
Why not learn how to care for and nurture what nature
gave to Florida?
In the early 1970s he landed a job helping to care
for grounds at what was then one of Anna Maria
Island's newest and largest condominiums, Westbay
Cove, at the intersection of East Bay drive and Manatee
Avenue, on a campus of 11 acres with 90 units..
Soon after, to burnish his resume, he took a short
course at the Manatee County agriculture center in Pal-
metto, studying such subjects as the use of fertilizers
and pesticides. And before long he became superinten-
dent of grounds for Westbay Cove a job he has held
ever since and from which he is now retiring.
On April 6, nearly 100 Westbay Cove residents,
past and present, gathered for dinner at the Bradenton
Country Club to say thanks for the job he has done.
It turned out that Carden, over his 30 years at West-
bay, had become more than a groundskeeper. He had
become friends with many of those whose grounds he
was nurturing and keeping.
What transpired at the party was a warm and
sometimes rollicking tribute. There were songs and
speeches, gifts and gags.
A slide-show chronicling Carden's career was put
together by Margaret Kelley, Westbay Cove board
member, and husband Wayne, and narrated by another
board member, Rob Bell.
The Carden retirement party was organized by the
Westbay Cove Social Committee, chaired by Paula
Cooper. The program was put together by the board of
directors, with the men of the board putting on special
hats and shirts to perform a gag number as the "Singing
Among the gifts presented to Carden was a retire-
ment check made possible by the contributions of many
Westbay Cove residents.
There was also a special presentation of a stuffed
toy raccoon in recognition of Carden's relentless cam-
paign to trap the troublesome critters at Westbay Cove
and remove them to what Dave Cooper, grounds and
buildings chair, described as "undisclosed locations."
Board secretary Rosanna Strauss announced that
the board has arranged to have a tree planted on the
grounds in honor of Jim Carden's service. There will
be a plaque citing Carden and his years of service, she
By Diana Bogan
There's a new groove in Island entertainment
one that will take audiences on a chronological tour of
Holly and Trina Rizzo have teamed up to perform
the music they love best hits from Broadway shows
spanning the past 100 years. The show is billed as "A
Century of Broadway Songs" and begins with hits from
the turn of the century and works toward the present
time, including well known favorites from "The Sound
of Music," "Gypsy," "Annie Get Your Gun," up to cur-
rent hits from "Wicked" and "Hairspray."
Each song is song is preceded by a short introduc-
tion for context and some fun, interesting facts thrown
into the mix. Then, 9-year old Holly and 12-year-old
Tnna sing and perform in character. Trina choreographs
their dance steps and dad Tony accompanies on guitar
for some numbers while others are sung to prerecorded
Although personally not an avid fan of rock 'n' roll,
Trina says the family gets an opportunity to perform
some Beatles tunes thanks to the Broadway show
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said. The tree will be planted, she explained, "by some-
one other than Jim."
Among the speakers who paid tribute at the dinner
to Carden was former State Sen. Patrick K. Neal, West-
bay Cove's developer, who recalled how he sold units
there in the mid-1970s for only $23,000 each. That
compares to the $479,000 price for the most recent sale
of a Westbay Cove waterfront unit.
"Times have changed," said Neal, who has built
more than 40 communities with more than 6,000 homes
in the past three decades. Neal's father began the family
business in the early 1970s with the construction of the
Whitney Beach condominium complex.
The first project that Pat Neal personally managed
was Westbay Cove, followed by Westbay Cove South
and Westbay Point and Moorings.
"I hired Jim Carden and I knew I made the right
decision on the second day," Neal told the dinner
crowd. "He is very careful, very meticulous and he
took care of everything. I've had 36 years of good expe-
rience at Westbay Cove and with Jim Garden."
Holmes Beach Commissioner Roger Lutz, a former
resident of Westbay Cove, talked of his longtime friend-
ship with Garden and his experience living at Westbay
"I moved there because Westbay Cove was a great
place, because Pat Neal built a great place and it is still
a great place now because Jim Carden has kept it a
Carden attended the event with his family, wife
Deloris, known universally as "Butch," and sons Pat-
rick, deputy fire chief on Longboat Key, and Timothy,
a lieutenant with the Sarasota County fire department.
And there was Tim's wife, Robin, a hospice nurse,
and their four children, Ryane, a senior at Manatee
High School; Catherine, a sophomore at Manatee;
Joshua, a second-grader at Stuart Elementary, and
Connor, a first-grader at Stuart.
It was a connection of Butch's parents to Anna
Maria Island that first led the Cardens here. Her parents
had bought some property on the Island and she and
Jim had begun to spend vacations here as early as 1959.
They own a home in Bradenton Beach.
Jim wound up the evening with a few thoughts of
his own about friendships he made over the years
and about his work.
"I don't think I've ever come to work where I
thought, well, I've got to go to work," he said. "I've
never, ever, thought that way. To me that's what life is
Sisters Trina and Holly Rizzo are offering a new entertainment option for special events, "A Century of
Broadway Songs." Dad Tony accompanies the duo on guitar for some of the tunes and the girls arrange their
own choreography and costumes. Islander Photos: Courtesy Tony Rizzo
Broadway stars family affair
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4-B
The family has been performing its Broadway con-
cert for the past four months and has already had
some significant bookings. Most recently they enter-
tained more than 400 people at the Bradenton Munici-
pal Auditorium for the Gleaner Life Annual Snowbird
Indoor Picnic, at the Anna Maria Island Art League
Springfest, Taste of Manatee, St. Armands Circle Holi-
day Fest, Sarasota Blues Fest and the Gasparilla Festi-
The Rizzos are not strangers to the limelight. Both
Holly and Triia have performed in regional theater pro-
ductions, most notably Trina's award-winning perfor-
mance in the title role of the Sarasota Players' produc-
tion of "Annie," and Holly's performance as Marta Von
Trapp in the Golden Apple Dinner Theater production
of "The Sound of Music."
Even before making their way onto the thespian
scene, Trina says she liked to listen to Broadway music
and sing along.
And Broadway songs seem to suit the sisters' vocal
range and talent. The songs they've chosen showcase
their individual talents as well as their ability to har-
monize seamlessly. Both girls are featured equally and
song selections are chosen based on who knows it best
or likes singing it most.
Holly said she enjoys entertaining and the songs
are fun. Her favorite is "Little Lamb" from "Gypsy"
because it's a nice, slow song.
Trina's current favorite is the duet "Defying Grav-
ity" from "Wicked," which she describes as a "cool
song with the most amazing ending."
"My favorite part of the show is listening to the
harmony of their duets," Tony said. "Granted I'm their
dad, but it's exciting to hear."
Tony has been playing guitar for more than 30
years and has participated in local theater as a member
of the pit orchestra for the same productions as his
daughters' performances. He says he enjoys the chal-
lenge of learning the music needed to play alongside
Even mom/wife Natalia helps out behind the
scenes, making this truly a family endeavor.
In April, you can find the girls performing at the
DeSoto Heritage Festival April 25 at the Bradenton
Municipal Auditorium, and occasionally from 6 to 9
p.m. at the Anna Maria City Pier.
Those who attend the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center's "Affaire to Remember" will also have an
opportunity to bid on a private performance donated by
Postal workers gear up
for food drive
The Island's letter carriers are flexing their muscles
in preparation for the 14th annual food drive sponsored
by the National Association of Letter Carriers May 13.
The goal is to outdo themselves and the record they
and fellow letter carriers across the United States set last
year, when the total collected was 71.3 million pounds
of food for the needy. Nine containers of nonperishable
foodstuffs were collected on Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton Beach Postmaster Charlie Shannon
noted that last year's donations went mainly to victims
of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
Postal patrons are to bag canned goods and other non-
perishable foodstuffs and leave them at their mailboxes.
Anna Maria and Cortez residents, who do not have
home mail delivery, may take items to their respective
post offices. Business owners may also contribute.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1-B
"Where we live has not stopped us," said Brenda.
Something else that doesn't get in their way is a
deadline, because there are none. They learned quickly
from their first endeavor not to promise anyone a pub-
lication date and to "go with the flow."
The first book led to more opportunities for the
women when one of their featured chefs, Master French
Chef Herve Laurent, contacted the authors requesting
they work with him on a book for aspiring cooks called
"Cooking Secrets: The Why and How..."
Their first book also brought Maralyn an offer to
host her own cooking show "Dishing with Carolina
On the authors' plate now is a third book and fol-
low-up to "Our Love Affair With Food & Travel."
Brenda says the first book "is not for sissys." It
features a combination of easy recipes and those suited
Tony said philanthropy is an important family
value. They also volunteer performances during the
holidays at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.
The family has lived on Anna Maria Island since
1993. Trina attends the Manatee School for the Arts
in Palmetto, while Holly is a student at Anna Maria
Tony said the Broadway review is available for par-
ties and events of all sizes and the show length can be
TIE ISLANDER N APRIL 12. 2006 N B-5
for the true gourmet. But no matter your skill level,
Maralyn notes that readers will be able to "taste" the
food just in reading the descriptions.
The first book includes recipes for "Hot Green
Lips," a mussels dish created by a 19-year-old chef in
New Zealand and the variety is evident when you real-
ize some recipes have only three ingredients and some
include beer or ice cream.
Some Florida chefs have been featured, but not yet
from Anna Maria Island. In their new book, the affair
with chefs and their secrets continues with more inter-
national, American and local destinations.
"We try to find those chefs who should be rec-
ognized," said Brenda. "Those working in the place
around the corner. There are so many small places
tucked away with chefs that should be discovered."
Brenda adds that the next book will be more "farm-
to-fork/ocean-to-table" cuisine, meeting public inter-
est in health-conscious cuisine with a few intelligent
Readers can enjoy the Hills' two points of view, but
won't notice where one leaves off and the other picks up
in writing the book. Maybe that's because the underly-
ing common denominator is their passion for food.
"It's a fun labor of love that we have chosen,"
Brenda said. "We've created a wonderful life for our-
selves, I never plan on retiring. Slowing down someday
"I can't imagine not writing," adds Maralyn.
To learn more, visit their Web site at
Brenda is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers,
which meets monthly at the Island Branch Library and
she was a featured author April 4 at the library's events
surrounding National Library Week.
Their books are available at Books-A-Million
in Bradenton, as well as at the author's Web site,
www.booksbyhills.com, which also offers other culi-
For more information Brenda can be reached at
(941) 387-3999 or 350-3115.
The family believes the show is one that all age
groups can enjoy. Trina notes that older generations
will find songs they can relate to, and younger genera-
tions may find it encouraging seeing kids performing.
Tony said he is thankful to local performer Howie
Banfield for helping them secure some Island perfor-
mances, and that the family is ready to get out there and
perform as much as possible.
For more information, call Tony at 778-0313.
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access to bay. $849,900.
ANNA MARIA GULFFRONT HOME
4BR/3BA. Miles of beautiful walking beach. Gulf side
deck and gazebo. Riparian rights. View of Gulf, bay,
Egmont Key and Skyway bridge. $2,250,000.
BAY PALMS WITH HEATED POOL
3/4BR/2BA canalfront home with dock and boat lift.
Beautifully updated, ceramic tile, gourmet kitchen/
granite counters, heated pool and Jacuzzi. $1,250,000.
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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.
HOLMES BEACH GULF PLACE CONDO
3BR/2BA nicely furnished first floor unit. Just steps to
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KEY ROYALE'S NORTH POINT HARBOUR
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CONTEMPORARY ANNA MARIA HOME
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GULF PLACE CONDO
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PERICO ISLAND CONDO
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GULFFRONT HOLMES BEACH CONDO
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WONDERFUL WESTBAY COVE
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ANNA MARIA 5BR/2BA Duplex, 760 Jacaranda Listed
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THE ISLANDER M APRIL 12, 2006 0 B-7
Duncan rallies past WMFD to remain undefeated
By Kevin Cassidy
Shawn Conover scored the tying run and Blake
Wilson raced home with the winning run as Duncan
Real Estate rallied past WMFD on April 8 to remain
undefeated in Anna Maria Little League AAA action.
Trailing 10-9 to start the bottom of the sixth,
Conover ripped a single to right field that got past the
WMFD outfielder, allowing Conover to race all the way
to third. An RBI groundout by Glenn Bower tied the
score to set the stage for Wilson.
Wilson reached on a walk before advancing to third
on a throwing error and a passed ball. There he easily
took home on a hard grounder by Justin Succa to score
the game winner.
WMFD jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second
inning, getting singles from Jake Rappe, Daniel Pimen-
tal, Bo Gurskis and Pat Edwards. Rappe, Daniel
Janisch, Pimental, Gurskis and Edwards all eventually
came around to score.
Duncan got one run back in the bottom of the
inning when Succa reached on an error and came
around to score on an RBI single by Alex Burgess.
WMFD got the two runs back in the top of the
third when Tommy Price reached on an error in front
of Janisch, who hit a towering home run to left field to
give WMFD a 7-2 lead.
Conover led off the bottom of the third with a
single and after advancing to third on a stolen base and
a passed ball, he easily scored on Bower's RBI ground
out. Wilson followed with a solo home run to right field
to bring Duncan to within three runs. Succa followed
with a double to left-center and came home on a double
to right by Connor Cloharty.
WMFD extended its lead to 10-4 in the top of the
fourth. Alex Hall led off with a walk and after moving
to third, he easily scored on Rappe's single to left field.
Price then plated Rappe with-an RBI double to center
field, which turned out to be the last run of the game
Duncan pulled to within 10-9 in the bottom of the
fifth inning. Bower, Wilson, Succa, Burgess and Clo-
harty reached base safely in succession and all of them
scored to set the table for their sixth-inning heroics,
completing the comeback victory.
Succa led Duncan with a single, double and three
runs scored, while Wilson homered and scored three
times. Conover had a pair of singles and scored twice,
while Bower and Cloharty each had hits on the day for
Janisch led WMFD with a two-run home run
and two runs scored, while Price added a two-run
double and two runs scored. Rappe, Bystrom, Pimen-
tal, Gurskis and Edwards each had hits in the loss for
Other AAA League action
On April 5, Duncan Real Estate 10-runned Morgan
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WMFD third-baseman Daniel Pimental dives to make the tag on Duncan Real Estate's Alex Burgess, who tried
to take an extra base after a play at home. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Stanley in four innings to remain undefeated on the
season with the final score 12-2. Justin Succa and
Glenn Bower each went 2-for-3 and scored two runs
to lead Duncan, which also received a single and one
run scored from both Hunter Parrish and Connor Clo-
harty. Michael Dolan added a double for Duncan,
who received a stellar pitching performance from Max
Moneuse and Shawn Conover in the victory. They com-
bined to limit Morgan Stanley to two hits and two runs
in four innings of work.
Pate managed a single and one run scored to lead
Morgan Stanley, which also received a single from Jack
Titsworth and one run scored from Julian Botero in the
On April 3, WMFD received strong hitting perfor-
mances from Daniel Janisch and Tommy Price to lead
them past Morgan Stanley by a 20-12 score. Janisch
tripled, doubled and scored two runs, while Price added
a pair of singles and two runs scored. Daniel Pimen-
tal doubled and scored two runs to add to the WMFD
offense that also received a double, single and two runs
scored from Trevor Bystrom.
Morgan.Stanley was led by Martine Miller, who
scored three runs, including one on an inside-the-park
home run in the fourth inning. Jack Titsworth added a
single and two runs scored for Morgan Stanley in the
Hooke sets race record in Melbourne
Former Island resident Mickey Hooke grabbed an
overall win and a record in his age group during the
24th annual Downtown Melbourne 5K race on April
Hooke, who has been battling a calf injury, didn't
Duncan Real Estate's Connor Cloharty.slides back
into first base as WMFD first baseman Daniel Janisch
awaits the throw. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
really expect to claim the overall win, but had hoped to
challenge the men's 45-49 age group record.
Hooke pushed hard throughout the race but West
Melbourne's Steve Hedgespeth pulled away in the last
mile to clock in at 16:50 to break the previous record
of 17:04 set by Titusville's Terry Hayden in 1995.
Adin Shank and Lou Meeks were the only two-
some to emerge from pool play with a 3-0 record,
which earned them bragging rights for the April 5
horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria City Hall
John Crawford and Rod Bussey defeated Dave
Long and Harry Stoltzfus to capture the April 1 com-
Art Kingstad bested two other teams tied for
second in a playoff to earn runner-up status on the
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
Rod Bluhm, right, of Oconomowoc, Wis., hit a hole-in-one on the No. 8 at Timber Creek Golf Club. Witnesses
who helped celebrate the event were Bernie Shea of Kalamazoo, Mich., left, and George Wilson of Grand
Rapids, Mich. All are also Holmes Beach residents. Islander Photo: Courtesy Mary Bluhm
Hooke runs in Melbourne 5K.
8-1B APRIL 12. 2006 THE ISLANDER
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7-B
Play gets under way at 9 t.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm ups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club held a special
events day on April 4 with a theme of "it's a jungle out
there." The committee, headed by Lorraine Manning,
offered a wild menu, including some "animals" on the
course that were hunted by the golfing foursomes.
Special winners of the semi-annual event included
Sue Hookom for longest drive, Nancy King for straight-
est drive and Joyce Reith for closest to the pin.
Team prizes were given for the best total scores
led by the first-place team of Mary Miller, Mary Selby,
Cheryl Kinerk and Penny Williams. Second place went
to the team of Barbara Mason, Lucille Cooney, Cindi
Mansour and Lois Biel, while third place was captured
by Nell Bergstrom, Joanne Feldl, Marian Mulroy and
Joy Nellis. Dot Camboni, Rose Slomba, Marilyn Thor-
ton and Terri Westby earned fourth place on the day.
Little League needs equipment
Little League and Junior League baseball are under
way, but all is not good. Most of the safety equipment
that is vital to youth baseball is old and damaged and
needs to be replaced.
The Anna Maria Island Little League board is seek-
ing sponsors to raise money to purchase new equip-
ment. For $500, "grand slam" sponsors will receive a
field banner advertising their business and a spot on the
permanent sign listing all contributors under the press
Anna Maria Island Little
League Baseball standings
Duncan Real Estate's Justin Succc slides safely home as WMFD catcher Tommy Price waits on t1e throw.
Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy .
Field banners are also available for $150. For more
information, contact Dawn Wash at 725-1403.
3-on-3 basketball tourney
coming to Tampa
Hoop It Up, the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball
tournament, is coming to Hillsborough Community
College April 22-23. Hoop It Up is now accepting reg-
istration for prospective teams in this annual event. Par-
ticipants are guaranteed three games of 30 minutes or
up to 20 points throughout the festival-style weekend.
Cost per team is $140, which includes a T-shirt for each
team member up to a maximum of five players.
Players of all ages and abilities are encouraged to
participate as Hoop It Up offers 36 divisions for male,
female and coed teams ages 8-30 and up.
To register or to learn more about the tour, visit
www.HoopItUp.com or call (888) 997-PLAY. Registra-
tion deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, April 17.
Anna Maria Island Little
League Baseball schedule
Junior League (ages 13-15)
Date Time Teams
April 15 10 a.m. Johnson Homes vs.
AAA League (ages 9-12)
April 12 6:30 p.m.
April 17 6:30 p.m.
AA League (ages 8-10)
April 13 5:30 p.m.
April 13 7 p.m.
T-Ball (ages 5-7)
April 21 6 p.m.
April 22 9 a.m.
April 22 10 a.m.
Field: Birdie Tebbetts
Duncan vs. WMFD
Duncan vs. WMFD
Bark vs. IRE
M. Stanley vs. Bistro
Ross Dev. vs. Sandbar
Harry's vs. A&E
Ross Dev. vs. LPAC
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4400 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton 941.748.6300
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
ia(941) 778-6696 Office
Vic Casei-ta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, fluent in 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Italian, Spanish and English (941) 778-6943 Home
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S1301N. Bay Drive.
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1.i i. g 1,079 si, nicely furnished
I.-;. 2rB:Bi-., $524,900.
PERICO BAY CLUB: BRADENTON
S .. .. ..920 Waterside Lane.
Ik nished. $399,000.
940 Waterside Lane:
Lakefront villa, 2BR/2BA.
1,292 sf, beautifully fur.
..nished loads of upgrades.
LEGENDS AT TATUM RIDGE: SARASOTA
-, 230 Londonderry Drive:
Lakefronl home, 3BR,3BA.
S 2,338 sf, dining room.
den, Ihree-car garage
THE ISLANDER M APRIL 12, 2006 M B-9
AND 9 R CLA A sSI IEDS
FOUR-DOOR GLASS cooler, $2,000. Two-door
stainless-steel cooler, $ 1,500. (941) 778-4441.
NEW GENERATOR IN box, 5500 watt, 13hp. Paid
$549, asking $425. (941) 266-2121.
ANDERSON WINDOWS: various sizes, double
entrance door, fiberglass from remodel. Best offer.
QUEEN-SIZE BED: mattress and box spring. Light
wood, nine-drawer dresser and mirror, night stand.
All in good condition. Headboard included. $275.
NICE FLORIDA-COLORED sofa. Good condition
$50. Real nice, white kitchen table with four white
upholstered chairs. $50. Call (941) 448-0627.
TANNING BED, new bulbs, $800. Call Paige, (941)
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 Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies
available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. (941) 778-7978.
HONEYBELL TANGELOS now ripe in January,
on sale by the AMI Kiwanis Club. $31-$36
for a bushel: Shipped free in USA. Call to
receive an order blank. (941) 761-8834 or online
GARAGE SALE: 8am-? Saturday, April 15. Tools,
household, fishing, furniture and more. Lots of good
stuff. 2818 Ave. C, Holmes Beach.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
941-778-7978 or www.islander.org
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
GIANT ART YARD sale: 9am -1pm Saturday, April
15. Lots of wall art, cool sculpture and household
items. 303 28th St., Holmes Beach.
EASTER SALE: NIKI'S Gifts and Antique Mall. New
arrivals. Sterling jewelry, pink ice, amethysts, garnets,
jade, moonstones and onyx all 50-70 percent off.
Select Florida oil paintings and prints, collectibles,
crystal, vintage and costume jewelry 40-80 percent
off. Happy Easter! Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm.
(941) 779-0729. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: FIVE families, inside garage. 8am-
noon Thursday, April 13. Noritake china, 96-piece
Bessie 1966, antiques, lots of paintings, dresser,
chair, bookcase, jewelry, tons of bric-a-brac. 218
84th St., Holmes Beach.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
days and Thursdays. 9am-noon on Saturdays.
Sales racks, children's clothing. 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. (941) 779-2733.
LOST: SILVER WEDDING and mother's rings
on beach end of Mangrove Avenue. Call (941)
FOUND: YOUNG BLACK female cat. Please
call (941) 778-1389. Office number, but leave
KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call (941) 807-1734 or
BINGO WEEKLY: "Smoke-free" at Annie Silver Com-
munity Center, 23rd Street at Avenue C, Bradenton
Beach, Thursdays at 7 p.m. All welcome. Refresh-
ments, prizes. Information: (941) 778-1915.
Great investment opportunity. Over 80 percent occupancy. One
of the best-kept secrets on the Island. Just fifty yards from the
beach. Successful, clean, intimate resort of 11 cottages. Turnkey
furnished. Heated pool. On-site rental office. 3BR/2BA house,
$669,000. 2BR/2BA apartment, $495,000.
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BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butter-
fly Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms
at The Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Just for the asking.
Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be
sorry, be safe.
GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers needed: A guard-
ian ad litem is a trained volunteer appointed by the
court to represent and advocate for the best inter-
est of children who have been abused, abandoned
or neglected. Make a positive impact! Call (941)
744-9473 or visit www.12circuitgal.org.
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call (941) 922-0774.
FREE: 3-YEAR-old, white-and-black cat. Very lov-
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BEAUTIFUL SIAMESE CAT and friends: Free to
good homes. Owner passed away leaving many
cats behind. Please, help. (941) 780-2651 or (941)
WANTED TO BUY: Deeded boat slip on Anna
Maria Island, deep or shallow; Please call, (941)
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28-FOOT REGAL LSR-2001: Only 160 hours, like
new! Great day cruiser/party boat, even has a head!
Always kept on a lift, new custom mooring cover
and much, much more. $43,000. Call Pam or Phil
at (941) 778-8281 or (941) 704-7445.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
and near shore fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait,
tackle provided. (941) 723-1107.
PART-TIME HELP wanted for small resort motel on
Anna Maria. Call evenings, (941) 778-4206.
WAREHOUSE SUPERVISOR: Part-time or full
time. Air & Energy. 3018 Ave. C., Holmes Beach.
PART-TIME OFFICE receptionist for area motel.
BARTENDER WANTED: Experienced bartender
wanted. Approximately 25 hours per week. Please
apply in person. Banana Factory Too. 10104 Cortez
Road. No phone calls please.
SEEKING PROPERTY MANAGERSS: Small beach
resort on Anna Maria Island. Flexible hours with
availability as needed on site. Salary negotiable. Fax
resume to (863) 644-5937 with contact number.
POSITION AVAILABLE FOR person with minimum
one year experience using RNS vacation rental
software. Job consists of training and supporting
customers with our rental management software
package. Some bookkeeping experience required.
Salary range based upon experience, $27,000-plus.
Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (no
phone contact please).
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Expertise in renovation
Island, waterfront and
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.' Contact Amy for all of your
REAL ESTATE needs!
HOUSEKEEPER WANTED AT Island beach resort.
Full- or part-time, $10-12/hour. Weekends a must.
SEEKING PIANO PLAYER evenings for Ooh La La!
Bistro. Music range from classical to jazz. Call Chef
Damon, (941) 778-5320.
GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCE: mowing and
weedeater, etc. Full- or part-time. 6:30am-2:30pm.
$8-$9 an hour. Call John, (941) 778-4598. Drug-free
HOUSEKEEPER WANTED: 4-8 hours on Satur-
days. Call (941) 778-2577.
LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPER/companion for elderly
gentleman. Fluent English, nonsmoker, valid driv-
er's license required. $20,000/year, plus room and
board. (941) 355-3553.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotter) hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call (941)
SING! IFYOU can carry a tune and would help lead
a singing congregation, please join with Gloria Dei
Lutheran's choir on Sundays at 9:45am. Two miles
north of Manatee Bridge on Anna Maria Island.
FOR SALE: LUCRATIVE Laundromat. Call Karen
at (800) 332-3000.
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
intermediates. Free skimboard use with lessons.
$10 per half-hour lesson, three lessons recom-
mended. Local teen, team competitor. Call (941)
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ACROSS FROM SENSATIONAL BEACH makes this an enviable location
foryearsto come.This 3BRtownhousewithan easy care design offers triple
sky-light living area with soaring ceilings, labor-saving kitchen, liberally-sized
closets, inviting master suite and lazv loft upstairs, creatively
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BABYSITTER: Responsible 10th-grader, great with
kids, first-aid certified. Charlotte, (941) 756 5496.
BABYSITTER, PETSITTER, dog walker: First-aid
certified, 13-year-old, eighth-grader, female, great
with kids and animals. Call Kendall, (941)
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, (941)
761-1569. Red Cross certified.
ENSURE YOUR CHILD'S safety while you relax.
Call Gemma, (941) 447-9657. Responsible, reliable
and experienced 10th-grader with a love for chil-
dren. Red Cross babysitting and first-aid certifica-
DOG WALKER, PET sitter, child sitter and odd jobs.
Tenth-grader, available after school and weekends.
Zach, (941) 779-9783.
RED CROSS first-aid certified babysitter certified.
Call Alex, (941) 778-5352.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent refer-
ences. Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates, Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt.Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941)
LTD MORTGAGE INC.-
The Oldest Mortgage Co. on Anna Maria Island
Linda G. Davis Ted E. Davis
Licensed Mortgage Brokers
Conforming and jumbo-loans.
1st and 2nd mortgages.
No closing cost home.equity lines of credit.
100% purchase money mortgages.
SResidential and commercial mortgages.
Private money available for those
s,- !r, (941) 779-2113
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ISLAND HOME REDUCED 3BR/2.5BA with fireplace. Corner lot
on canal with new dock and caged pool. New kitchen cabinets
and granite countertops. New metal roof. $699,000. Call Carleen
Weise, Realtor, (941) 224-6521 evehings.-
KEY ROYALE 3BR/2BA Single-family on deep, large canal. Kitchen
updated. Large caged pool, great dock, boat lift. Turnkey furnished.
$1,100.000. Call Michel Cerene, Broker, (941) 545-9591 or Mike
Carleton, Realtor, (941) 737-0915 evenings.
CANALFRONT 3BR/3BA home in Anna Maria with new-guest
quarters. Updated electric, new air conditioning/heat, updated
kitchen, vaulted ceiling. Sailboat water, no bridges to bay. Turnkey
furnished. $819,000. Call Lori Guerin, Realtor, (941) 773-3415 or
Carmen Pedota, Realtor, (941) 284-2598.
ISLAND DUPLEX Large elevated half duplex on lake. Walking
distance to beach. Room for pool. Excellent tenant. Great for
investors $359,900. Call Michel Cerene, Broker, (941) 545-9591 or
Mike Carleton, Realtor, (941) 737-0915 evenings.
KEY ROYALE This outstanding 3BR/3BA canalfront home. has
been renovated, updated, and added on. Extensive pavers, brick
walk and patios, new barrel roof 2004, 75-foot seawall, 50-foot
dock with 13,000 Ib boatlift, This home is lovely inside and
out. A 27-foot. Sport Craftwith twin 150's will stay with full
price offer. Offered at $1,650,000. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor,
(941) 742-0148 evenings.
5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
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CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring.and train-
ing. Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
Sless 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)
APPLIANCE & AC DOCTORS: We repair air con-
ditioners, refrigerator, washer/dryer, oven, garbage
disposal, other household items. Honest, depend-
able. 20-plus years experience. (941) 650-9293.
MR. BILLS HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941)
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. (941) 730-2137.
ABOUT GROUT: CLEANING, sealing, staining
(painting of grout), tile and grout repair, caulking
of showers/kitchen. Bonded and insured. Call Jeff,
AAA WIFE and HUSBAND cleaning your house
and windows with confidence. Good references,
reasonable rates. Licensed and insured. (941)
PRICE BUSTERS ISLAND cleaning and errand
service. No job too small. All houses and yard
work,.also trash removal and personal shopping.
Call between 8am-6pm for more details. (941)
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941)
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, (941)
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
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TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. (941)
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call (941) 778-2581.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Top quality lawn
and landscape maintenance. Now accepting new
accounts at great rates. Please call (941) 778-2335
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
YOUR COMPLETE LAWN service: Cut when you're
ready. No contracts, no job too small. Low prices.
Call (941) 792-4282.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and
installation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and
trees. Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden
Centre, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941)
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SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Haul-
ing: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell phone"
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
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. (941)
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, cleanup,
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 Remodel-
ing contractors. In-house plan designs. State
licensed and insured. Many Island references. (941)
778-2993. License #CRC 035261.
THE ISLANDER. the best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying
back flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) (941)
778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, (941)
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting.Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, (941) 779-2294.
KEN &TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed, (941) 748-4711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. (941) 792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling,
pressure washing and tree trimming. Call (941)
778-6170 or 447-2198.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and
more. Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett
for a free in-home consultation. Island refer-
ences, 15 years experience. (941) 778-3526 or
THIRTY-SIXYEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows and trim. Pressure
wash. Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpen-
ter. Call 518-3316 or 778-6898.
CLEANING COUPLE: A few open slots for offices,
condos, houses, etc. We also do errands and
hurricane checks. Honest and dependable. (941)
TWO DUDES with tools: Tile, trim, cabinets, paint-
ing, drywall, glass block, brick, stonework and more!
Many references. Call now! (941) 812-4269 or
7"! NI RESORT Four units in Bradentofi Beach directly
2-. across the street from the Gulf! Room for a pool, great
rental history, Gulf views from roof top sundeck. Prop-
.-" ,' :- en\,; is ripe for condo conversion or just sit back and let
the income roll in. Each duplex offered at $649,900.
CENTRAL LOCATION! WALK TO EVERYTHING! Enjoy fabulous sunsets from
your rooftop deck! Just one block from the beach and centrally located in Bradenton
Beach. Walk to Historic Bridge Street, restaurants. shops, and marina. Cute 1BR condo,
turnkey furnished & read\ to rent. New heated pool and rooftop deck! Wonderful island
FULL GULF VIEWS! Unobstructed % ie"'s of the Gulf from this adorable 2BR/1BA
rurnkey condo in Bradenton Beach. Low association fees, no rental restrictions, and zero
BUILD 'YOUR DREAMJ HOMIE 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 permissible on this lot. or build up for gulf views! $627,500.
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS: Rarely available 3BR unit, overlooking canal.
Spacious bedrooms and eat-in kitchen. O\ er 1600 sf. heated pool and spa in a beautifully
maintained ba. -front community. $599,000.
SANDY POINTE: Impeccably maintained 2BR/2BA condo in central Holmes Beach
% within walking distance to shops. restaurants, and the beach! No rental restrictions make
this condo an instant income producer. Heated pool, covered parking, storage, washer dryer,
and new water heater! Don't uait come see this tastefully done unit today! $355,000.
VALENCIA GARDENS Reno ated ground floor end unit, 2BR/2BA condo with great views
of El Conquistador golf course' Turnkey furnished, ready for you to move in. Close to beaches,
IMG Academy. private courtyard. pool, spa. and lanai. New kitchen! $289,000.
GREAT CANALFRONT \ALUE IN LONGBOAT KEY 3BR/2BA home with won-
derful open-beam ceilings. ne flooring, new dock, no bridges to bay. Short walk to
beach, botanical park and a great restaurant. Build up for bay views! $779,000.
RARELY AVAILABLE NORTH BEACH VILLAGE UNIT. Largest floor plan over
1.500 sf w ith three decks. Choice location, private condo with two-car garage, nicely
maintained, heated pool and close to the beach! $599,000.
A WATERLOVERS DREAMN! Wonderful master site w ith a grand deck overlooking
the ba\, 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.
NEW CONSTRUCTION! LOW MAINTENANCE HOME! Construction complete!
Coastal designed 3BR/2.5BA home w ith 18-foot ceilings, granite countertops, stainless
appliances, w ood floors. 8-foot French doors, two open decks, Hardi Plank siding, a swim-
ming pool and much more all close to beach access! This is a must see! $849,000.
STEPS TO THE BEACH! Spacious 2BR/2BA turnkeyfurnished condo in a small four-
unit complex. Heated pool. rooftop sundeck w ith great \ iew s. excellent rental history\ with
no rental restricuons! Would be a great second home. A must see. $5'.9.000.
INVESTOR ALERT! 13.728 sf duplex lot. \\ ith the bonus of a recently renot ated duplex.
Don't miss this one! 6BR/-IBA and plenty of room for TWO pools! Call today\ for more
details! $8 10.000.
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secluded. dead-end street. this cozy and waterfront duplex features 2BR/28A upstairs
inviting 4BR/2.5BA pool home others endless apartment with open great room floor plan, vaulted
views across Annj Maria Sound' Includes ceilings andskylights,anddeckoverlooking Bimini
canalfront boat dock and lift, gazebo,.vaulted. Bay. Downstairs apartnient offers 2 or 3BR/2BA,
ceilings, spacious kitchen and sundeck, and' ile floors, wooden cabinets and sundeckat water's
enormous bayside master suite. Privacy plus! edge. along with four boat slips on deep, navigable
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CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Inc. building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and fair
prices. Lic#RR0066450. Call (941) 795-1947.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy Inc.
Retired banker, Island resident, converting life-long
hobby to business. Call (941) 705-0275 for free esti-
PAINTING AND IMPROVEMENT by Carlos.
Licensed and insured. Wallpaper hanging, interior
and exterior painting, pressure wash, faux finishing,
drywall repair. Phone (941) 753-5936. Cell (941)
580-2421. Fax (941) 752-3109.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., (941) 778-6665 or
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. Call (941) 713-0034 or e-mail:
GULFFRONT CONDOS: 3BR/2BA, 2BR/2BA,
1 BR/1 BA with breathtaking sunsets. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. (901) 301-8299 or e-mail
WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1BR/1 BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week;
Gulffront cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton
Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call
Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, (941) 778-2246.
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/ monthly
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.
SEASONAL FURNISHED new home in Anna -
Maria. Elevated 3BR/2BA. Available now through
April. One block to beach. (813) 251-9201.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA: Holmes Beach. Steps to beach,
clean duplex-$1,100/month. (941) 725-0578 or
BRADENTON BEACH: NEWLY remodeledlBR/
1BA suite with full kitchen, fully furnished,
one block from Bridge Street, three minute
walk to beach. Sleeps four only. No pets. Now
taking reservations for summer. Available weekly,
monthly or seasonal. (941) 776-3696, or e-mail
ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA $1,100/month and 2BR/1BA
$950/month. Great location to beach, clean,
updated. (941) 778-5482.
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Steps from Bradenton
Beach. One hundred yards from bay. Spacious
1 BR/1BA with parking. Available for yearly rental.
55-plus. (614) 517-7147.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Waterfront mobile resort.
Steps to beach. Nice 1BR/1BA. April $950. May-
September $625. 55-plus. 2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit
425, Bradenton Beach. (941) 778-5417.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL rental. 2BR/1BA, two
blocks to beach. $900/month annual, includes
cable, water, sewer, trash. Seasonal $700/week or
$2,100/month. (941) 778-0714 or (941) 730-6349.
BEAUTIFUL AND SPACIOUS 3BR/2BA home
located four houses down from beach! Free trolley
picks up at end of block. Available by the week.
Adjacent two-bedroom apartment also available
first half of March. Call (616) 225-1589.
CONDOS: BRADENTON BEACH, Bayview Ter-
race. Pool on bay, one block to beach.Three-month
minimum. 2BR, $2,000/month. 1BR$1,500/month.
ANNUAL RENTALS: HOME with bay views.
2BR/2BA, two-plus car garage, screened lanai.
$1,350/month. 2BR/1.5BA duplex apartment
$850/month. 2BR/1BA north end, washer/dryer,
screened lanai, $875/month. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, (941) 778-2307.
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MONTHLY RENTAL: 2BR/2BA with den. Furnished
condo on canal. West Bradenton. Five minutes to
beaches. $2,100/month. June through November
2006. (708) 532-2149.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA home on canal
$2,300/month. Call Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A. at
(941) 778-2291 or e-mail: Jason @betsyhills.com.
COZY EXPANDED MOBILE home in 55-plus resort.
bayside, furnished, parking, walk to beach/trolley.
$800/month, annual. $1,400/month, seasonal. (518)
473-1169 or email@example.com.
HOUSE FOR RENT: 2BR/1BA across from Gulf.
Newly redone. A tranquil artist retreat. $1,050/month.
(941) 753-8866.102 Fourth St., S. Bradenton
SANDPIPER MOBILE RESORT: 55-plus, 1 BR/1 BA,
inside and out sitting areas, turnkey. $1,200/month,
$450/weekly. (941) 962-0262. #418 with anchor.
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views, close to beach. 2319 Ave. B. $1,000/month.
LIDO BEACH STUDIO, 1 or 2BR apartment.
Delightful and modern with porch/lanai in garden
setting. Across from beach, walking distance to St.
Armands Circle. Eight minutes to Sarasota Main
Street. Fully furnished, including full kitchen and
laundry room. Call for special summer weekly rates,
NEAR BEACH: FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA. $750/month
with utilities. Seven-month lease, first, last and
deposit. Call Jackie, (941) 929-7165.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: Available January,
February and March, 2007.2BR/2BA, totally remod-
eled in 2006. Call (813) 781-7562.
HOUSE FOR RENT: Unfurnished 3BR/2BA, lanai
and porch, pool, hot tub, privacy fenced yard, fire-
place. Close to beach. Call (941) 773-0248.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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porch area. 3012 Gulf Drive. $495,000.
Call Collandra & Co. Real Estate, Edie Force, 920-0129 941 ~809'11031MWr ER F
ANNUALS OPENING UP! 1 BR/1 BA furnished near
the beach $800/month, 2BR/2B furnished Gulffront
complex with heated pool! 55-plus, $1,200/month,
3BR/2BA architecturally awarded canalfront home
$1,800/month. Cute 2BR/1BA furnished north end
$1,000/month. 2B/2.5B canal home, unfurnished,
$1,600/month. Call Adele at An Island Place Realty,
Annual rental 2BR/2BA waterfront villa, dock and
great view, washer/dryer, no pets. $1,000/month.
Call Carleen at (941) 224-6521 or (941) 778 2100.
STILL AVAILABLE FOR Easter week: 2BR/2BA
duplex one block from Gulf beaches. Newly
remodeled and very clean. Laundry. $545. (941)
SPECTACULAR VIEWS: out the front door onto the
beach. $2,000/month. Annual rental at 5400 Gulf
Drive #36. (717) 392-4048.
ARTIST STUDIO SUBLET: May through Novem-
ber. Sink, bathroom, use of kitchenette, must be
21. $125/month' Call (941) 778-5704, or (941)
778-2099 after April 15. Holmes Beach' location,
near shops and restaurants.
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TOWNHOUSE/VILLA: 3BR/3BA Heated pool, gazebo, upgrades. $598,000.
ARBORS 2BR/2BA, golf course, turnkey, clubhouse. $263,900.
MARTINIQUE N.-Direct Gulf view, corner with garage, storage.
Updated. Shows beautifully. $899,000.
HOLMES BEACH-Neptune Gardens. 2BR. 1,100 sf, carport, shortwalk
to beach. All for $479,000.
KEY ROYALE-Canalfront lot. 9,450 sf. Golf course view. $699,000.
BAYVIEW- 4-5BR/4BA, induding guest quarters. Large master suite. $1,330,000.
GULF VIEW- Holmes Beach duplex or 4BR/2BA home. $799,000.
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB- 2BR/2BA, turnkey, boat dock. $794,900.
BAYPOINTE- 4BR/3BA villa. Eight month new. $251,000.
VACATION, SEASONAL AND ANNUAL RENTALS
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BAYVIEW DUPLEX includes lot on bay!
3BR/3BA and 1BR/1BA duplex or 4BR/4BA home
with boat docks and gorgeous view of Sarasota Bay.
Offered at $969,900.
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Offered at: $169,000 & Inventory.
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2.5BA large townhome.
Two-car garage, three porches, washer and
dryer, community pool. Available April 1, 2006.
$2,100/month. Call Island Real Estate, (941)
HOLMES BEACH GULFFRONT condo: Next
season or annual. Brand new remodel 2006. Deco-
rator furnished, stainless-steel appliances, covered
parking. (941) 795-5060.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2.5BA. Fully updated,
vaulted ceilings, washer/dryer, tile floors, large clos-
ets. West of Gulf Drive. Small pets may be consid-
ered. $1,350/month. Call Island Real Estate, (941)
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA very quiet duplex.
Updated kitchen, great den, washer and dryer
hookups. Available now, $975/month. Call Island
Real Estate, (941) 778-6066.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/1BA single-family home.
Updated kitchen, large patio, tile floors. New
everything. Available May 1. City of Anna Maria.,
$1,500/month. Call Island Real Estate, (941)
AVAILABLE MARCH AND April 2007: Charming
Island home on deep-water canal. 2BR/2BA,
furnished, garage, laundry, dock, many extras.
$3,000/month. (813) 286-9814. Also available
Marchl-December 31, 2006. www.vrbo.com,
#66719 for more information.
MOBILE HOME FOR RENT: Nice 2BR, furnished
mobile home, gated community on creek. Bra-
denton Palms Mobile Home Park. Hot tub, pool,
four-to-six-month rental. $1,000/month, includes
cable. (863) 688-3524 or (863) 608-1833. E-mail:
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screened porch, deck, Mexican tile, covered park-
ing, washer and dryer, yard care. Available May 1.
$1,050/month. Call (941) 779-2151.
1 BR/1 BA UPSTAIRS, deck, new carpet, double-car
garage, quiet street, steps to beach. $900/month.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR condo. Turn-
key furnished with own private boat dock. Wonder-
ful water views. $1,000/month. First, last, security.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Furnished 2BR/1 BA bright,
cozy mobile home. Large kitchen, wood deck, nice
location. $625 monthly. (941) 779-0556.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage home $1,200/month, flexible lease. Long-
boat Village, 2BR/1BA, furnished $1,200/month.
Waterfront 2BR/2BA townhouse, pool and boat
dock $650/week or call for monthly. Perico Bay Club
2BR/2BA villa $1,200/month. College-area villa,
furnished $750/month. Flexible. Real Estate Mart,
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3426. Web site
PRECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Lakefront Hidden
Lake condominiums, west Bradenton. Close to
beach. Starting at $329,900. Call Cori Woods, (941)
WATERFRONT PROPERTY 2BR/2BA located on
deep-water canal with large dock and views of
Tampa Bay. $864,900. (941) 779-1512.
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MINI RESORT Two duplexes, four units in
Bradenton Beach directly across the street from the
beach. $649,900 each duplex.
FULL GULF VIEWS: Unobstructed views from this
adorable 2BR/1BA turnkey condo: $499,000.
VALENCIA GARDEN: 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished,
condo with golf course views and pool. Completely
SANDY POINTE: 2BR/2BAimpeccably maintained
condo with good rental history. Must see. $355,000.
FEET TO THE BEACH: Spacious 2BR/2BA bath
condo with pool and great.rental history. $599,000.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: A 2BR/2.5BA, 1,500
sf condo with pool. $599,000.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH ANNA MARIA
One of five original fishing
cottages on one lot, all from ."- e
the 1930s.. This cottage has REAL ESTATE
been restored to original pine :. OFANNA MARIA
floors and is nicely turnkey
furnished. Peeks of Tampa 9 78-0
Bay from the garden. 941 778-0455
Maureen Dahms 9906 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Owner/Agent, Cell www.greenreal.com
FOR SALE BY owner: Best value on the Island!
2BR/ 2BA, one-car garage, gourmet kitchen, new
windows, updated baths and more. Two blocks from
beach. $615,000. (941) 778-8677. 406 Bay Palms
Drive, Holmes Beach..
3BR/2BA: One bedroom used as a den/office/
playroom, enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted bed-
rooms. 1,400 sf, county water/sewer, citrus trees,
near Brentwood school in Sarasota. Reduced to
$274,900. (941) 379-4196 or (941) 954-7474.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-style: stilt, vaulted,
open-beam cedar ceilings, dock. Sailboat water,
no bridges. Turnkey, extra-large lot. Willow Avenue.
$45,000 WILL BUY 566 sf of living space next to
Bradenton Beach City Pier. Excellent condition. All
appliances, central air conditioning/heat, washer/
dryer and storage. Satellite and TV plus all furniture.
Boat slips available to members of boating club and
owners. A steal! (321) 242-8882.
CLUB BAMBOO SOUTH: Direct Gulffront condo.
Unit is $35,000 less than the last several sold for.
Building was just completed, everything new inside
and out! Crown moulding, granite and more. Great
rental complex with nightly rentals allowed! Moti-
vated seller to save you money. $465,000. George,
THIS IS THE FINEST CONDO in the entire com-
plex! Runaway Bay direct bayfront! Absolutely
everything is new, including electric, air condition-
ing, water heater, flooring, wash rooms, kitchen and
all interiors. Professionally decorated. The best view
in the complex of all water. $499,999. George, (312)
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contemporary structure on this duplex zoned
lot,.Possible to remove existing structure and.
utilize the 11,000 sf lot to create a private
retreat. Tropical foliage and trees plus your
added landscaping gives you opportunity to
be unique with design. OWNER ANXIOUS!
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FOR SALE. CALL TODAY!
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villas. The villas at Palma Sola Trace by Hen-
derson Brothers Homes. 1,950 sf, starting in
the $360s. Prime northwest Bradenton location.
Act now for $3,000 in free options. Call or
e-mail Jonathan Valdez at (813) 643-9551 or
NORTH-END WATERFRONT: Large building lot!
Deep water, no bridges to bay. Custom plans avail-
able. $695,000. Sheryl, (610) 247-9496. Photos and
TIFFANY PLACE: 7000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
2BR/2BA 1,259 sf-plus, Gulf view condo. Complex
directly on the beach. Heated pool, elevator.
Available September. By owner $749,900. (941)
STOP LOOKING! You've found the best value on
the Island! Two bedroom, extra large bathroom and
kitchen, bay view, Gulf beach just steps away! Only
$229,900! Call Jill Sullivan, Keller Williams Realty,
(941) 232-9783 today!
OPEN HOUSE 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday. Bay-
view and canalfront with pool. 2BR/2BA open plan,
new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock, three davits.
Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must see inside!
By owner. Call Herb Dolan, (941) 705-4454. 404
21st Place. Bradenton Beach.
PERICO ISLAND: 1,170 sf, lovely 2BR2BA condo.
Great water view/porch. Eat-in kitchen. Concrete
built. $325,000. Agents welcome. (941) 792-7828.
CONDO UNIT DIRECTLY on Gulf. Call (504)
819-0867 or (504) 391-0324.
PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT HOME: Flamingo Cay.
1,500 sf 3BR/2BA, private dock and davits. Sail-
boat water. 130-plus feet of seawall. Room for a
pool. Ready for remodel or build new. Incredible full
bay views. $999,000. Mike Faber, (941) 504-6345.
RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty.
JUST REDUCED!RUNAWAY Bay 2BR/2BA sec-
ond-floor condo with great view of pond and foun-
tain. Everything new in 2006, including: carpet,
tile, furniture, pictures, paint, kitchen items, beds
and more. All new bathrooms. Air conditioning has
about a six-year warranty for new owner. $395,000.
George, (312) 321-7501.
LONGBOAT KEY SAND Cay: Gulf side 2BR/2BA
condo. This large condo has been completely
remodeled in a great complex. Great views of the
pool, grounds and a view of the Gulf. Great rental
complex with onsite management, pool, tennis,
shuffleboard and more. Priced to sell at.$689,900.
George (312) 321-7501.
PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT 3BR/2BA home. Spec-
tacular views with 155-foot bay frontage on deep
sailboat water. Boater's dream with two lifts
(50,000 Ib and 10,000 Ib), heated pool, Jacuzzi,
$1,375,000. Call Lynn Parker, RoseBay Realty,
LOT FOR SALE: 57.75x114 feet. Great location
one block from Gulf beach. $569,000.125 Neptune
Lane, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-4246.
WATERFRONT DUPLEX: RARE canalfront duplex
with private setting, docks/lifts, peak of the bay and
short walk to the beach. Offered at $799,500. Call
Dave Moynihan, (941) 720-0089. Wagner Realty.
GOLDEN GATE POINTE townhouse: Great loca-
tion, rare investment opportunity near marina,
downtown St. Armands, Lido Beach. Available now.
$395,000. (941) 792-0509.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS spacious
2BR/2BA condo. End unit overlooking pool and
tennis courts with partial bay views. $495,000.
Call Terry Fletcher with RE/MAX Gulfstream, (941)
DIRECT GULFFRONT: FULLY furnished 2BR
condo with great views, heated pool. Weekly rentals
and quiet Holmes Beach location. $615,000. Call
Pat, (941) 778-7976.
KEY ROYALE: Holmes Beach. Direct bayfront, gor-
geous view of Skyway, 3BR/2.5BA, two-car garage,
private dock. $2,500,000. North Point Harbor canal-
front 4BR/3BA, five-car garage. Elevated with new
lap pool/spa/waterfall, seawall and dock. And/or
2BR/2BA, two-car garage, renovated ranch with
new seawall/dock/20,000-lb lift. Both- with com-
munity pool and tennis. At $989,500 each. Call
Lynn Bankuty, Realtor, SunCoast Real Estate, (941)
FOR SALE BY OWNER: Beachfront 1BR/1BA,
Holmes Beach condo. End unit, fabulous view,
heated pool, excellent rental. $559,000.
annamariabeachplace.com. (330) 565-7693.
PINEBROOK: YOU'LL HAVE it all! Move-in con-
dition. Golf, tennis, clubhouse activities at your
front door. Beaches only minutes away. 2BR/2BA,
priced to sell at $267,500. Carol Greenwald, (941)
962-1148. Wagner Realty.
HOLMES BEACH unique, custom 2,100-plus sf,
3BR/3BA with large efficiency, boat dock, financing,
make offer. Owner, (513) 378-9100.
DEEP BOATABLE WATERFRONT: Attention Island
lovers! 3BR/2BA canalfront home. Newly remod-
eled. All luxury amenities. Caged pool, new
10,000-lb boat lift. Bring offers! Open Sunday. To
view, call Homes By The Sea Realty at (941)
722-8551, or (941) 720-0941 (cell). 522 68th St.,
THE PALMS: Beautiful first-floor unit with detached
garage! Larger unit. 1/BR 1/BA, high ceilings,
Hunter fans, garden tub, large closets. Available
furnished. Resort-style -living, pool, clubhouse and
workout center. Lease option available. All this for
only $167,000. To view, call Homes By The Sea
Realty, (941) 722-8551. Office open Sunday. 4802
51st St. W. #619, Bradenton.
BEST AND MOST dramatic views on the beach.
Designer furnished, all new, remodeled from the
studs out. Price reduced to $899,500. 5400 Gulf
Drive #36. (717) 392-4048.
CHARMING DUPLEX FOR sale by owner: large
land condos lot. $799,000. Call (941) 779-0120.
LOT FOR SALE: R2-10, 803 sf, 302 60th St. and
Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach. $795,000. Call
(813) 546-2444 or (941) 962-6747.
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NORTHWEST BRADENTON HOME: 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage, five minutes to the beach. Enjoy the
Island without the traffic! Absolute designer make-
over. Lease to own for $1,900 month. $339,000.
www.44smart.com. (941) 447-6278.
SAILBOAT WATERFRONT, no bridges to Gulf.
Best buy north end, Key West-style, heated spa,
2BR/2.5BA. For sale by owner, (941) 778-8464.
C P R: (941) 794.1515.
www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. Sales, rentals,
GULF VIEW WITH a cottage at fraction of the
cost of waterfront. Desirable street in Anna Maria.
$1,200,000. (941) 778-4894.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA, two-car garage.
Completely updated. Open Sunday. 6608 12th Ave.
W., Bradenton. (941) 448-8502 or (941) 761-2575.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: 4BR/2BA nicely
updated, close to beach. Excellent annual rental
income. By appointment only. $549,000. (941)
BEST BUY! Boat dock with 2BR updated town-
home, heated pool. $325,000. Real Estate Mart,
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT: Below appraisal by
$40,000. 3BR/2BA family room and hobby room,
remodeled home. Vacant, immediate occupancy.
Like-new inside, features designer tile throughout,
new kitchen, Corian countertops, new bathrooms,
caged, heated pool and spa. Boat dock. $879,000.
Exclusive. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
LONGBOAT KEY BARGAINS: Key West-style
3BR/2BA on valuable 110x105 foot lot. Bay views,
$1,100,000. Artist home, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
spa, $719,000. Real Estate Mart, (941) 756-1090.
HUGE SWEEPING BAY views from 2BR/2BA bay-
side condo with deeded 35-foot deep-water dock.
Carport, pool, tennis. $559,000. (941) 807-5449.
PICKWICK LAKE WATERFRONT development on
a TVA lake, approximately 90 miles long in North-
east Mississippi. A small gated community with
private 30-foot covered boat slips, pool and spa.
There are only 13undeveloped lots left. The lots are
priced from $49,900 to $150,000, including boat
slip. Property taxes range from $500-$1,500/year.
Call Bailey at Bailey Williams Realty for more infor-
mation. Office (800) 748-9051. Cell (662) 415-7999
or Anna Maria, (941) 778-1356.You will be glad you
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NORTH CAROLINA GATED lakefront community
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200 ACRES PRIME hunting land southeast Geor-
gia. 2,000 -sf home, majestic oaks, lake, duck
pond, six-years game management, turkey, deer.
18-year planted pine and hardwood, $985,000.
Family owned 35 years. (904) 321-2679.
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Waterfront, view and estate homesites. One
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If you've been looking for a waterfront Florida.
community that's centrally located, then you've found
a home here at Terra Ceia Bay Country Club.
LI.laltd in sunny Palmetto, Florida-on the shores of
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We provide the perfect starting point to explore and
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STARTING IN THE $400's_
Spectacular Waterfront Residences
G Gated COmmunity on Terra Ceia Bay
,'* Panoramic Views of Terra Ceia Bay;
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18-Hole Golf Course t Tennis Facilii)
500' Fishing Pier & Nature Boat.dwalk
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Featuring Seagrape Restaurant
Complete Fitness Facilities & Programs
history, with a high percentage
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2BR,2BA Ihree-car garage
elevated home is on a cul-de-
sac a short distance to Ihe Gull.
perfectrr fr enlerlaining wilh
(wo paiio areas, great ir erior
features, bonus space galore.
ISLAND WATERFRONT LOT Rare waier. ISLAND'S VERY BEST!! Lush tropical PANORAMIC VIEWS OF TAMPA BAY WATERFRONT WONDERFUL Expansive QUALITY LONGBOAl MOUMEL JtHMt'
iront lot wiih- ouisianding bay wvews and lanOscaping surrounds hihs beautiful hide. 2BR/2BA one-car garage townhouse witrh views ol Palma Sola Bay from his 3BRi2BA Spacious, immaculate home, screened
protecled dockage-Localed in quiel area ol away'! Only sIeps Io the beacn and updated fireplace private dock, deeded boal ramp, home from every room A boater's dream balcony natural canal, Irurt trees, huge
Holmes Beacn, close to ihe beach. Lot is island style. Pool, 3BR.'2.5BA. Karen Day. elevator, root-lop sundeck with wet bar house rInlr, 10,000 ib. boat lirt.Betty Arnold. fam;ly room, large two-car garage with
cleared Dave Moynrhan. 1941) 778-2246. (9411 778-2246. 523360 $989,000. and hot tub Beverly Mo'..re or Jo lWarren. (941) 761.3100. #52-1359 $865000 great ltorage'workshop. Dorothy CooK,
#51698'1 $1.295.000 (941.) 778-2246 #5518822 $975000 941)1 383-5577 #304222 $865.000.
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WATERFRONT DUPLXA Islan. duplex in SAHAiUlA BAYIrrnuNPI uriuuI virscliy
walerfronlsetting.2BR'2BAplusiamilvroom on the bay with approx 2,600 sl of luxury
and *2BR/1BA currently.leased Located in living. Private corner FinesI quality new
quiet area of Island Canal wilh,dockage. kitchen and balhs, Iwle Iloors, country club
Dave Moynrian, (9411 778-2246. #518143 community Julie Evans, 1941) 751-0670.
$799,500. #524759. 725,000.
ANNA MARIA 3BRi2BA Old Florida-style CORAL SHORES GEM Boating pararlise FABULOUS GULF VIEWS Prime end
beach collage Exrcelent rental history, 10 000 lb tilI private dock. saltwater turnished un;i oflering spacious floor
real income. Turnkey lurnisned, fully canal, minutes Irom Gull, shopping, restau- plan with eat-in kitcnhn breakfast bar,
updated. Steps to the beach Managementi rans and more. Furnished. Joe Corta., walk-in closets, fireplace andatwobalconies
slaft already in place Melanie Jorinson. 19411 778-2246 #519236 $589,000. Dave Moynihan, -411 778-2246. #507333.
(9411 761-3100. 4514885.I669.000 $565,000.
PARADISE FOUND This neauliful Robb ISLAND OPPORTUNITY! One of ine lasi
and SlucKy .lurhilure unil will beg you to undeveloped lots on Anna Mana Island
go on .acationi Great weekend reireal C[loe lo gorgeous Guli beaches, Bring your
or use as seasonal rental! Kelly Bellsle, builders Gina and Peler Uliano'Royal Team.
-(941) 751-0670. #525579. $530,000. (941) 741-2500 f#518795, $447.000
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO Anna Maria -ll arn
Ver'I clean, quiet partially updated condo
with sky lite. Tiurnkey lurrisned wilh view
of canal to bay Includes Chrysler LeBaron
converlible James R. Zoff. 19-1 77-8-2246.
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Island resortilesryle along beautiful Sarasola
Bay. This sile has a park-ike serdting lacing
a protected nature preserve. so peaceful'
Shannon Persaud, 1941 727-2800 C508465
SUNNY SHORES HOME Spolless 2BR/1 BA
mobile only 1to miles from beaches Public
marina nearby Turnkeytumlsned win washer
and dryer Vacation reireaL'second homer
residence Sandy Greiner. (941)794-2246.
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