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Skimming the news ... Elbert Duvall: Greatest Generation, page 14.




"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"


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A group of students from King Middle School search for trash in the water near the Kingfish Boat Ramp during
the International Coastal Cleanup on Oct. 7. As they walk, chaperone Carol Schmidt, ofBradenton, talks with
the children about marine life and ecology. Volunteers of all ages turned out for the 21st annual event, held
throughout Manatee County and around the world. On the Island, volunteers waded into shallows and scoured
beaches, woods and roadsides for trash. They found a variety of garbage syringes and cigarette butts,
tires and wood paneling, even a series of fetal sonogram photos. Keep Manatee Beautiful organized the local
cleanup campaign. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Poindexter resigns as Bradenton Beach

projectAprog ram department head

By Paul Roat
Dottie Poindexter has resigned her post as Braden-
ton Beach project-program manager. citing work stress
in the position due to long hours. Her resignation was
approved "with reluctance" by the city commission,
and her last day was Oct. 5.
"To effectively do the tasks at hand would take
two people more than 80 hours of work per week,"
she wrote in her resignation letter. "With no hope of
extending my assistant's hours to fulltime, I cannot con-
tinue to work under duress and the subsequent stress
to accomplish the time-sensitive deadlines of the work
under my responsibility.
"With no consideration that the responsibilities
charged to me are equivalent to that of grant applicant
seeker, grant project manager, capital project manager
and program manager, or respect and cooperation of
the mayor, it has become unacceptable and counter-
productive to my goal to 'se i e' the community."
Poindexter said she has forfeited vacation time
and has worked 50-hour weeks, including weekends,

to meet various deadlines for grants, and the effort
"has taken a toll on my personal life and health. This
is not worth the compensation or consideration that I
am shown," she wrote.
She also mentioned "public humiliation of
recent weeks" that "has dictated the need to take
action immediately."
Poindexter was hired by the city in June 2002 as
director of public, works, overseeing the city's sanita-
tion department and streets and roads division. She took
the position with Bradenton Beach after a 23-year stint
with Manatee County, most recently as management
support for the transportation department.
Earlier this year, Poindexter left that position to
head a new city department, that of project-program
manager, to oversee the city's burgeoning capital
improvement projects as well as the Waterfronts Florida
program. Her tasks also included applying for grants
for various projects within the city ranging from storm-
water management to enhancements at the city pier on
. Bridge Street.

Volume 14, No. 49 Oct. 11, 2006 FREE



taxes hurt

real estate
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
While the Anna Maria Island real estate market has
always been different than the mainland, it's no secret
that the Island market has been a bit sluggish.
More than 685 properties were listed for sale in
August, according to the latest edition of the Anna
Maria Island Property Sales Report, while only six
single-family homes were sold the same month.
While July and August are generally considered
the slowest months in the real estate industry, what has
some Island real estate agents concerned is the ever-
increasing cost of wind insurance along with the rising
taxation for non-homesteaded properties.
Some areas of the Island are eligible for a wind
insurance policy through Citizens, the state-oper-
ated wind insurance program, while other properties
just across the street are outside the designated zone.
Owners of those houses have to pay up to get a wind
policy, if they can find one. The wind insurance pre-
mium on one Island home was reportedly $30,000 for
just one year's worth of insurance, while another policy
sold for $12,000.
Without some immediate legislation on the wind
:insurance problem, "Florida will lose its ability to
attract people to Florida," predicted Don Schroder of
RE/MAX Gulfstream.
"People still want Island real estate," he observed,
but the high cost of wind insurance premiums can't help

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)rive for the past 40 years. Ken Griffith said the Island Chapel property is up
for sale because the company had its wind insurance
canceled and the high cost of a policy with another
company was prohibitive.
Griffith said the decision to leave the Island wasn't
easy, but throw in the near 50 percent increase in prop-
erty taxes on Island business properties the past few
years along with the wind insurance problem and the
bottom line for the company dictated a tough decision.
The property is apparently zoned to allow for devel-
opment of condominiums.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Homes is a family-owned
ith-Cline Island Chapel at 6000 Marina business that has operated in Holmes Beach since 1962.
Holmes Beach is up for sale and zoning The company also has locations on Cortez Road and
)ndominiums. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin Manatee Avenue in Bradenton.

Poker run revs up Bridge Street
Motorcyclists from throughout the region converged
on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach Sunday morn-
ing for registration and the start of the West Coast
Bike Rally, with proceeds to benefit the South Florida
Museum. A total of 2,345 bikes registered for the
event, which made the run to five locations in the
Manatee-Sarasota area, each for a card in their
poker hand, winding up at Peggy's Corral in Pal-
metto. Islander Photo: Paul Roat

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Real estate upturn expected soon
but contribute to the slowdown in sales.
"People buying know they will be taxed at the
higher appraised rate," he said, but buyers also
know they can homestead the property and hold
the tax rate to a maximum increase of 3 percent
per year. It's the wind insurance that makes some
buyers reluctant.
Barry Gould of Island Vacation Properties agreed.
Getting some legislative control over the high cost
and attainability of wind insurance is extremely impor-
tant to the industry.
"Taxes are taxes and they can be stabilized," he
said, but when taxes and wind insurance are added
together, it gives buyers some pause for thought.
Still, Gould has reason for optimism about the
Island real estate market.
The latest AMIPSR showed combined July
and August sales on the Island were $31 million
and 15 sales are pending. The average sales price
of the pending single-family homes is $943,000,
down about 5 percent from last year's figure, but
still well above the prices of a few years ago when
single-family homes on the Island sold on average
for between $500,000 to $650,000.
Additionally, mortgage interest rates have declined
the past few months and are now around 6.5 percent or
slightly lower.
And it's not really comparing apples to apples to
look at sales in the Island real estate market in July,
August and September and say the market is a dud,
he observed.
"August and September are traditionally slow
months. It's not true that nothing is happening," Gould
noted. Activity in the market is increasing and there are
going to be some "exceptional deals," he predicted. The
early winter arrivals who are looking to buy will get the
best deals. It's going to be a buyer's market.
"The Island as a whole is reviving," Gould said,
and Schroder agreed.
"We are seeing the real beginning of a turnaround
in the market," Schroder added. "People recognize that
Island pricing has fallen about as far as it can go."
Gould predicted an upswing in activity by the end
of the year, while Schroder considered the first few

months of 2007 as prime indicators the market was
But the wind insurance problem must still be
Schroder was hopeful that state Rep. Bill Galva-
no's effort to have wind insurance legislation enacted
during the next session of the Florida Legislature
would be fruitful.
The measure has the backing of the Florida
Association of Chambers of Commerce and a
number of influential politicians, including state
Sen. Mike Bennett.
"There's pressure on everyone to come to an
equitable solution on wind insurance and taxes,"
Schroder noted.
Without a solution to those two issues, Florida's
real estate market particularly in coastal communi-
ties could remain stagnant for quite a long time.

Here and there
Mark Bryant, left, is
new at the Island Publix
Super Market as man-
age; while Jeff Williams
has moved to the Tara
Publix at SR 79 and 1-75
after seven years here.
Bryant has 35 years with
Publix, having man-
aged six stores, while
Williams has 26 Publix
years and 19 stores
under his belt. The new
Island executive lives
in Sarasota. He comes
here from managing the
Cortez Conmmons store
for three years. "Publix
believes in moving its
and .C managers around for
new opportunities and
often new stores," he
said. Islander Photo:
Edna Tieniann

National organization glum
,on Florida real estate
The National Association of Realtors recently pre-
dicted that several areas of the country would continue
in a down real estate market, including Florida.
The association said home prices could slump as
much as 20 percent further throughout Florida during
2007 before any rebound could be expected. The aver-
age price of a new home in Florida is down about 10
percent in 2006 for all major markets, according to the
Florida Association of Realtors.
Other down markets for 2007 were the northeast
and California, the NAR said.
The NAR report was for all Florida metropoli-
tan areas and did not separate mainland and beach-
island communities.

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Banner year for sea turtles on Island

By Jim Hanson
Islander Reporter
With new sand and a lull in hurricanes, Anna Maria
Island has enjoyed a "very fine year" for marine turtles,
said Suzi Fox in totting up the figures for the 2006 nest-
ing season just ending.
Her preliminary, figures indicate the best "hatch rate"
in many years, and the number of nests grew from years
past though short of the 2000 record-keeping.
Sand quality was excellent for turtles in the renour-
ishea parts of the beach, which many feared wouldn't
be as turtle-friendly as the former beach. "But it was
very good for turtles and for people," said Fox, who
heads the Turtle Watch volunteers here.
Coquina Beach's marine turtle population dwindled
substantially, due mostly to a dwindling beach, Fox
said. There were only a dozen nests there this year,
where in the past was prime nesting area.
Another upbeat aspect of the season was the
increase in volunteers for Turtle Watch, who walk the
beaches every morning to find indications, of over-
night turtle nesting, keep watch over the nests they've,
already noted, help baby turtles into the Gulf when
they go astray or run into obstacles, and otherwise
lend a hand to the baby behemoths whose history is
measured in millennia.
The 2006 season saw 118 nests on the Island,
which held 9,778 eggs that hatched 7,477 babies for
a "super terrific" 77 percent hatch rate, Fox said. The
only recent years that outstripped her records were
2000 with 207 nests and 1996 with 171; both had hatch
rates near 70 percent.
Last year was a lagging 97 nests with a sorry 43
percent hatch rate. All of which isn't bad when viewed
over a longer period there were only 45 nests
recorded in 1982 and 25 in 1988.

Kingfish armed

robbery belongs

Just a few weeks after the Holmes Beach Police
Department said it no longer ha. jurisdiction over
Kingfish Boat Ramp. and die land_ jul east olf West-
bay Cove condominiums along Manatee Avenue,
three men pulled off an armed robbery at the boat
ramp Oct. 2, making off with an undisclosed amount
of cash and property.
According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
report of the incident, three unknown black males
approached two men at the boat ramp around 12:30
a.m. Oct. 2. One of the unknown men pulled out what
appeared to be a silver handgun and demanded money.
The armed man then told the victims to take off their
clothes, get into the water and start swimming.
The suspects got into a white vehicle and fled east
on Manatee Avenue, the report said.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson said
HBPD was the "first responder" to the incident, but
turned over investigation of the case to the MCSO as
the "proper law enforcement agency for jurisdiction."
The victims were not from Holmes Beach, the MCSO
report indicated.
Although the area east of Westbay Cove is techni-
cally within the jurisdiction of the MCSO, Stephenson
said city police "continue to patrol the area" on a regu-
lar basis and assist the MCSO in any incident, such as
the Oct. 2 armed robbery.
A Manatee County survey map of Kingfish Boat
Ramp and the east end of Holmes Beach along Man-
atee Avenue claims a portion of Westbay Cove is
within the unincorporated portion of the county, not
Holmes Beach.
In response, a survey done for Holmes Beach
recently: shows all of Westbay Cove within the Holmes
Beach city limits, but the boundary begins just a few
feet east of the end of Westbay Cove's property on
Manatee Avenue.
Those surveys prompted Holmes Beach Police
Chief Jay Romine to turn over jurisdiction of any case
in the disputed area east of Westbay Cove to the MCSO,
although Holmes Beach police will continue to patrol
along Manatee Avenue up to the Anna Maria Island
Bridge, including Kingfish Boat Ramp.

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Some of the last of the sea turtle hatchlings on Anna Maria Island this season head to the Gulf in the early
evening moonlight. Islander Photo: Courtesy Lee Ross

Two nailed in Cortez drug raids

By Jim Hanson
Islander Reporter
Two men have been arrested at two suspected
"crack houses" in Cortez and charged with possession
of drugs and/or paraphernalia by deputies from the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The officers moved in about midday last Thursday
in Cortez proper "in response to numerous complaints
of the good citizens of Cortez," said Sgt. Robert Mealy
of the Special Investigations Division.
Cortezians had been complaining for some time
about suspicious activities at various and chang-
ing locations there, but a frustrated Sheriff Charlie
Wells pointed out he couldn't act without "a case I
can take to court." His officers feel sure they have
such cases now.
The deputies hit two houses, 12116 45th Ave. W.

Special master

meets muster in

Bradenton Beach
Code enforcement in Bradenton Beach will indeed
take a more professional, if less personal, approach.
City commissioners unanimously approved the
measure of hiring an "attorney, judge or person with
specialized legal training appointed by the city com-
mission to hear and decide code enforcement,viola-
tions with the authority and powers ... to hold hearings,
make findings of fact, render conclusions of law, issue
orders and assess fines against violators of the city
codes and ordinances."
The special master provision abolishes the existing
code enforcement board, city residents who served as
judge and jury on code violations' ranging from construc-
tion permitting problems to overgrown landscaping.
The decision to go with a special master has been
lauded by commissioners as being more professional
and less prone to legal challenge.
But the special master provision did not sit well
with businesswoman Barbara Rodocker.
"What's happened to our city?" she ai ked commis-
sioners during last week's public hearing on the matter.
"You're giving so much power to one person I don't
like it. I object to this. I think the city can handle it in
a much better manner."
"The citizens are not being expeditiously served
by our code enforcement board," Commissioner Janie
Robertson said. "I feel it's a good way for our city to
go at this time."
Commissioners are expected to advertise for the
special master position and retain someone for the posi-
tion later this year.

Fine Kignt
and 4408 123rd St. Ct. W.
Arrested were John Robin Kight,5 1, on an outstarid-
ing warrant and also charged with possession of drug
paraphernalia, and Ste\ en Fine, 50, charged irh1 pos-
session of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.
Both were taken to the Manatee County jail without
incident, the officers noted.
Mike Quinn, publisher of newsmanatee.com con-
tributed to this story.


Anna Maria City
Oct 12, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
Oct. 13, 6 p.m., neighborhood workshop on lot split
at 216 Archer Way.
Oct. 17, 6:45 p.m., environmental education and
enhancement committee meeting.
Oct. 19, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach
Oct. 11, 4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
Oct. 12, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Oct. 13, 8 a.m., department head meeting.
Oct. 17, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Oct. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Holmes Beach
Oct. 11, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Oct. 19, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Of Interest
Oct. 11, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Cen-
ter meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Oct. 16, 3:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.

4 M OCT. 11. 2006 M THE ISLANDER

Insurance: Baptists lose wind coverage

By Molly McCartney
Islander Reporter
The Island Baptist Church, which thought it had
insurance against hurricane winds through the state's
Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, has lost its
policy and faces the prospect of spending thousands
of dollars for new coverage, if coverage is available.
The church's insurance agent had assured officials
at Citizens and at the church that it was inside the state-
designated "wind pool," and that it was entitled to Citi-
zens' coverage.
But last week the church was found to be out-
side the "wind pool" coverage area and the policy
was withdrawn.
"They are not eligible for Citizens and they never
should have been [insured]," according to Christine
Turner, a spokesperson for Citizens, the state's insurer
of last resort.
Nearly all of the churches on Anna Maria Island are
located outside the "wind pool." As a result, they are.
either going without wind insurance or they are paying
substantially higher rates for'coverage.
The churches are not alone in their struggle with
the growing insurance crisis. Hundreds of residents and
dozens of small businesses on the island have been hard
hit by the insurance crunch.
The Island Baptist Church complex, located at
8605 Gulf Drive, is valued at about $2.5 million. Its
main sanctuary is the setting for the popular concerts
staged by the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus
and Orchestra.
Church treasurer Jim Husbands said he had not
received any notification from Citizens about the can-
cellation as of Saturday. He said he isn't sure what will
happen now. "The wind insurance is really difficult, and
if we can't get Citizens, I don't know what we will do,"
he told The Islander.
The church's application for Citizens insurance
- which claimed that the church was inside the wind
zone and eligible for Citizens was submitted by
Ralph Warfel, an agent in the Holmes Beach office of
Oswald Trippe & Co. and a member of the church.
Warfel did not return messages from The Islander
by presstime.
At issue is the boundary line for the "wind pool,"
which was established by the state in 1986 as the areas
of Anna Maria Island "which lie 1,000 feet from the
Gulf of Mexico." The effect of that decision was to
include all of Bradenton Beach in the "wind pool,"
but only certain coastal portions of Holmes Beach and
Anna Maria City.
According to Citizens, the Island Baptist Church
buildings are more than 1,000 feet from the Gulf shore-
line, which puts the church outside the wind pool.
In a recent examination of this question, "Citizens
verified the church's distance from the Gulf with Mana-,
tee County," said Turner, Citizens spokesperson.
She said that Citizens will return the insurance pre-
mium paid by the church earlier this year. She declined
to say the premium amount.
Turner said the wind-pool boundary line, based on
the 1 000-foot rule, is erratic and hard to define. "We
don't know if the agent was just confused or what, but
it will be examined to determine if there was anything
inappropriate," she said.

The Web site listing areas that qualify for wind
coverage from Citizens shows that the church address
at 8605 Gulf Drive is not eligible. That directory can
be found at www.fwua.com/Streetdirectory.htm.
When it comes to obtaining wind insurance, owners
of commercial and non-residential property located out-
side the wind pool are at a serious disadvantage. And
it is a disadvantage that can-amount to thousands of
dollars in higher premiums.
Consider Roser Memorial Community Church,
which learned in May that its wind insurance with
Landmark Insurance was being canceled. In its
search for a new insurer, the church found only one
company willing to provide wind coverage. It was
an unregulated surplus lines carrier with an annual
premium of $225,000, compared to $19,000 paid by
the church last year.
If Roser had qualified for Citizens, the price would
have been substantially less, according to insurance
experts. But the church, located at 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, is not eligible for Citizens, because it is located
about three blocks outside the wind pool.
The church decided to go without wind insurance
rather than try to scrape up a quarter million dollars for
one year of coverage.
"Thankfully, we've had a season of quietness," said
Sherry Oehler, chair of the Roser congregation. She
said the church may try again this winter to see what
-insurance options are available.

State officials seek solutions
Efforts are under way at the state level to find
answers to the insurance crisis.
An insurance reform commission appointed by
Gov. Jeb Bush is scheduled to issue its report in mid-
November. Rep. Bill Galvano, who represents the
68th District that includes Anna Maria Island, says he
expects a special legislative session to be called for
early December to tackle the insurance problem.

Cortez to eye law problems Thursday

Delighted with drug arrests a week ago, Cortez
will have a-communitywide forum with law officials
Thursday evening to see what both sides can do to ease
enforcement problems.
Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells, State Attor-
ney Earl Moreland, Circuit Court Judge Janette Dun-
nigan and other Manatee County officials are .to meet
with Cortezians at 7 p.m. at the old schoolhouse at the
east side of the historic fishing village.
They agreed to be there or have a top official from
their offices meet with the historic fishing village at the
behest of County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann,
who lives in Cortez. She will be there, too.
The central topic will be the long-standing problem
of drugs being trafficked and used, in "crack houses"
and in wooded areas, and the difficulties of law enforce-
ment officers tackling the "druggies."
Cortezians have known the specifics of drug
abuse and trafficking there for years, but are reluc-

tant to expose themselves to retaliation by getting
out front on the matter. They haven't had the evi-
dence, either.
The arrests last week are most welcome, said von
Hahmann. "But the problem doesn't end instantly.
"Deals go down in parking lots, where anyone can
see them, including children. We see vehicles engag-
ing in trade, on the street or parking lots, and it's obvi-
ous what they're doing but we haven't been able to
prove it."
And not just the drug trade, she said. "There may
be things we should all be talking about with officers,
that some of us know about and others don't, including
the officers. Maybe there are things we as villagers can
do toward solutions. We can get it all out and look at
it Thursday."
At the forum in addition to Wells, Moreland and
Dunnigan will be Ann Marie Harper, specialist in repeti-
tive crimes, and Joe Fenton, head of code enforcement.

The Island
Baptist Church,
8605 Gulf
Drive, was not
entitled to the
wind insur-
ance policy
e that its agent
obtained from
Citizens Prop-
erty Insurance-
and its Citizens
Thy. policy has been
canceled, pay-
ment is to be
returned, and
their search for
coverage begins
anew. Islander
Photo: Molly

Legislative action this year could have a positive
effect on the rates that insurers set next year, according
to Bradenton insurance agent John C. Laurie, one of the
technical advisors to the reform commission.
Laurie, a principal with Wyman, Green &
Blalock Inc., believes that changing the structure
of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund could
expand the re-insurance market and make insurance
more affordable and more available within the next
one to two years.
He also believes there should be a serious review
of the wind-pool boundaries. "They are antiquated and
arbitrary," he said. "They need to be based on science
and need."
Laurie is among the insurance specialists who say
that the rates charged by Citizens typically are lower
than the rates charged by unregulated surplus carriers.
The Citizens rates also tend to be less than the rates
of the recently established Property and Casualty Joint
Underwriting Association (PCJUA), the experts said.
They say that is because the PCJUA rates have
been set close to actual market rates. As Laurie puts
it, "The JUA is-pretty competitive, based on what we
see in the market."
Rates charged by Citizens are supposed to be equal
to or higher than the rates charged by standard-licensed
companies. But, according to Laurie and others, the Cit-
izens rates are often lower than the state intended and
do not reflect the reality of the market at this time.
In other words, property owners with access to
Citizens often get a significant break on their insur-
ance costs, at least for now.

The other side of Citizens
But there can be a downside to a Citizens policy.
"They can sell your policy to a 'takeout' company,"
says Island insurance agent Mark Mixon, "and you can
end up paying a higher rate."
He said he's had a number of clients ask him how
they can get back into Citizens. "And guess what you
can't go back," he said, as long as your new company
is in good financial health and wants to keep you.
Mixon said that he and other agents often lose
money as a result of this program because the "takeout"
company can take business away that he may have had
for 20 to 30 years.
The "takeout" practice has also caused head-
aches for Citizens. Some "takeout" companies get
hit with more claims than they can pay. When they
collapse, their policyholders have to scramble to
find new coverage.
Those who can't locate a new insurer then go back
into Citizens.
Mixon pointed to the Poe Financial Group as an
example of this problem.
Poe took thousands of policyholders from Citizens
but was unable to pay claims that arose from the 2004-
05 hurricane season. Now that Poe has been liquidated,
many of its 320,000 policyholders have been moved
back into Citizens.
"It's a ping-pong game," said Mixon.

THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 11. 2006 M 5

Commission agrees: less ROR on Gulf Drive in future

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
It may have taken Anna Maria just under four years
to prepare its new comprehensive plan, but it's now
ready for public scrutiny and an official vote.
City commissioners at a special meeting Oct. 2
approved the revised plan and accompanying future
land- use map and scheduled the public hearing on the
plan and FLUM for Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.
The commission did, however, make some changes
to the proposed FLUM presented by the planning and
zoning board. .
Thanks to a concerted effort by Robin Wall and other
Palmetto Avenue homeowners, the commission agreed to
keep two lots owned by Commissioner Linda Cramer on
the northwest corner of Palmetto Avenue and Gulf Drive
as residential on the proposed FLUM, not retail-office-
residential as suggested on an earlier map.
Wall and several Palmetto Avenue property owners
had lobbied at numerous commission and P&Z meetings
against adding more ROR areas near their properties.
Cramer said her two lots were supposed to be zoned
commercial according to a 1991 city commission meet-
ing. She had argued for inclusion in the new ROR area,
which includes the lots north of her property on Gulf
Drive to Spring Lane.
Although Cramer's property was listed as ROR
on a March 2006 FLUM proposed by the city's com-
prehensive plan advisory committee, the commission
changed the land use on those two lots to residential at
a previous worksession.
A motion by Commissioner Christine Tollette that
the commission change those lots back to ROR on the
map died for lack of a second. Cramer excused herself
from voting or seconding the motion.
After the motion failed, Cramer asked professional
planner Tony Arrant if her property was zoned com-
mercial, does it stay commercial.
Actually, said Arrant, those lots aren't commercial.
According to the official zoning map as adopted at the
time of the previous comprehensive plan, the property
is zoned.medium-density residential, he said. As pro-
posed, the lots will become residential. The proposed

comprehensive plan will eliminate the medium-density
residential land use category.
Arrant noted that the commission can't change
zoning if it conflicts with the current future land-use
map. If the commission wants to change zoning, it has
to pass a small-plan amendment to its comprehensive
plan and have thaui approved by the Florida Department
of Comnmunin\ ffairs in Tallahassee.
Apparently, rhat 's what happened to Cramer's prop-
erty. She produced documents showing the city com-
mission voted to change the zoning to commercial in
1991, but no accompanying amendment was ever filed
with the DCA, according to Arrant's research.
He added, however, that from Cramer's documents,
it "appears that the city intended to change the property
back to commercial on the future land-use map," but
never filed the appropriate comp-plan amendment.
Following the meeting, Cramer said she had "no
comment" on the commission's failure to second Tol-.
lette's motion.
The commission also agreed to make the lots on the
east side of Gulf Drive between Magnolia Avenue and
Palmetto Avenue commercial on the FLUM, not retail-
office-residential as proposed by the P&Z board.
Some members of the public were confused over
land use and zoning. Arrant noted that there are several
properties in the city where the land use doesn't match

the zoning. Zoning must match the FLUM as approved
by the DCA, he noted.
Other changes to the FLUM followed.
In a 3-2 vote, the commission agreed to change the
future land use on the four lots on the west end of Pine
Avenue on the north side from residential-retail-office
to residential. However, commissioners declined to
change the land use of five lots on the north side of the
east end of Pine Avenue to ROR and voted that those
properties should remain commercial on the FLUM.
Commissioners also approved several other
changes to the proposed plan and added language that
"all developers," including those constructing a com-
mercial property, must address recreation and open-
space impacts.
The comprehensive plan and FLUM can still be
changed at the public hearing, Arrant noted to the com-
mission and the attending public. A copy of the draft
FLUM as approved by the commission Oct. 3 will be
available at city hall within a few weeks, Arrant said.
The commission first met with Arrant on Jan. 18,
2003, to discuss land use and the need to revise the
city's comprehensive plan. The original deadline for
submission of the revised plan to the DCA was March
2006, but there is no penalty for missing that date.
Arrant indicated at the Oct. 2 meeting that the public
hearing on the plan will likely take several sessions.

'Sneak peek' at Robinson Preserve scheduled

A "sneak peek" at the progress of restoration of
Robinson Preserve is scheduled for Saturday morning,
Oct. 14, by its Manatee County overseers.'
The preserve, at 17th Avenue Northwest and
99th Street North, is closed during construction,
opening only rarely for the special tours. It is part
of the Manatee County Conservation Lands Manage-
ment Department.
A county spokesperson said much of the 487-acre
preserve was farmed, which damaged the marshes with
mosquito ditches years ago. Those are being replaced
by intertidal canals that will be part of the "blueways"
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Last resort?
"Incredulous" is about the only way to describe the
insurance crisis that is facing much of Anna Maria Island.
A state-sponsored entity designated as "insurer of last
resort" isn't writing wind insurance policies here for prop-
erty more than 1,000 feet from the Gulf of Mexico. That
arbitrary line, for no one seems to really know where-why-
what it means, cuts a vast number of homes, businesses
even churches out of the Citizens Property Insurance
Corp. coverage versus that offered by private insurers.
Especially irksome is the fact that although through
some fit of obscure legerdemain back in the 1980s,
the boundary is 1,000-feet from the Gulf for Manatee
County, while the line for our neighbor to the south was
'drawn miles and miles from the coast.
Sarasota County, perhaps due to better lobbying or
maybe just dumb luck, has its Citizens-approved block of
wind pool properties snugged up against Interstate 75.
It's arbitrary and capricious, and surprisingly there
is.yet no legal action yet to put a halt to the state's
inequities. And state Rep. Bill Galvano, whose district
includes the Island, has seen no response to his recent
request to have the state provide immediate stopgap
coverage for at-risk property owners on barrier islands
and within 2,000 feet of the coastline.
Wind insurance policies are being dropped by
companies left and right on the Island. Reeling. from
back-to-back massive payouts in 2004 and 2005 thanks
to unprecedented hurricane activity and devastating
losses, companies are bailing on the apparently less-
than-lucrative wind coverage.
And so we homeowners. and business people are
stuck. Stuck out of luck.
Oh, there are some options.
We can go "bare" if we dare, and have no insurance on
our property. So far, at least during this relatively benign
hurricane season, it's a gamble that may pay off. But it's
only an option if there's no mortgage on the property.
There is a mini-bailout on property \ alued at less
than $250,000 through a \ ind insurance company,
which is something of a cover to anybod) faced \ ith
going bare in the wind insurance pool, but with average
home sale prices on the Island pegged at $900.000-plus.
it's onl\ a temporary and not \ery successful sale.
We can pay and pay and pay for a private company
to write us policy for coverage on our property. If we
can find one.
Or "we can bail out of the Island real estate market
altogether. Faced with the repeated tax pounding and the
the sucker punch of wind insurance premiums or dropped
policies, more and more of our neighbors are saying that
North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, or just about
anywhere else, are looking better and better these days.
Bye-bye Island. Let somebody else take the finan-
cial hits.
There has been some hope offered, though. Galvano

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'Let us pray'

expects the Florida Legislature to con\ ene in December
to address the insurance issues facing Florida.
He's been meeting ilh Islanders for man\ months.
and his attempt to float an amendment to help with the
insurance crisis last spring only failed by one vote. He
has high hopes to succeed with his colleagues in bring-
ing us some sort of relief.
We should offer him our assistance. Call or.write
him with your particular tale of woe. He needs to have
our "ammunition" in this fight.

Toll booths and flying pigs
Regarding Ronald Mauer's letter, I have been a
Manatee County resident for 25 years and have just as
much right to go to the Island anytime I want. It's your
choice to live and pay your own taxes and higher insur-
ance, not all Manatee County and the rest of Florida
and all our visitors. To be~so privileged as you, sir, to
live on the Island.
I live in Cortez and go to the Island for movie rent-
als, shop at Publix, Walgreens, the hardware store, eat
at many restaurants. My husband and coworkers all
work on Longboat Key and we are to pay you money
and other Island residents to give you a break: When
pigs fly.
What's your business on the Island? I'll make sure
to tell my friends off the Island you don't want our
As far as bad-mouthing county commissioners and
state representatives, what's your great gift to society
besides being a mad taxpayer? (Get in line!)
If you don't like and enjoy where you are, then
sell. Sanibel and Gasparilla islands are waiting for you.
You're not doing a justice for Island business, you're
thinking of yourself.
Leda Peterson, Cortez

Peace celebration
My son Nick and I were invited to attend the fifth
annual peace celebration at the Anna Maria Elementary
School. In conjunction with the celebration there was

By IEan

W\Ve're all in this together.
And don't forget, if you're so inclined, t6 pray, both
for no hurricanes and for some solution to the insurance
We need both for our quaint, cottage-style com-
munity to survive.

E-mail or mail comments abour insurance to state Rep.
Bill Galvano at bill.galvano@myfloridahouse.gov. Mail:
1023 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 715, Bradenton FL 34205.

a rededication of the memorial garden on the school
The memorial garden is a beautiful tribute to
departed loved ones of students and teachers alike. It
was very meaningful to be remembered on this spe-
cial occasion and to have been able to take part in the
replanting of those. plants that survived the move from
the old location on the campus.
Kudos to Cindi Harrison for coordinating the day's
events. She should be commended for the terrific work
that she did on this event and so many others that she
has been .involved with year around.
Judy Giovanelli, Bradenton

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Island candidate forums Oct. 23

The Islander newspaper and the League of Women
Voters are pleased to welcome candidates and the public
in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and District 6 of the
Manatee County Board of County Commissioners to
two candidate forums on Monday, Oct. 23.
In Anna Maria, the doors to city hall will open at
5:45 p.m. and the forum will start at 6 p.m. The forum
is scheduled to end no later than 6:45 p.m.
The Holmes Beach candidate forum will begin at 7
p.m. Oct. 23 and city hall will open at 6:45 p.m. The forum
will include the two candidates for the District 6 vacancy
on the Manatee County Board of Commissioners.
Candidates will each be allowed two minutes for open-
ing and closing remarks and questions will be directed by

A plan for an off-site parking lot for the Gulf Drive
Cafe. has finally been granted approval by planners in
Bradenton Beach.
The parking lot proposal, across the street from
the restaurant at 901 Gulf Drive N., came before the
city's planning and zoning board in March 2004. Plan-
ners then questioned the size of adjacent sidewalks and
lighting at the site. Other concerns were buffering, land-
scaping and an actual count of the parking spaces at the
off-site parking lot.
The matter came back before the planning and
zoning board members late last month, this time meet-
ing their approval.
"There has been a long history of frustration on
both sides" on this matter, said attorney Scott Rudacille,
representing restaurant owners George M. and Wendy
Nordstrom Kokolis. "The plan before you today is a
collaborative effort between the city and the architect
for the restaurant."
Rudacille said the ingress and egress for the res-
taurant would be from Ninth Street North, not Gulf
Drive as had previously been proposed. Lighting meets
sea turtle requirements, circulation and landscaping are
approved, and there is adequate room for bike lanes and
sidewalks, he added.
Not all residents embraced the proposal, though.
"Why should Bradenton Beach do anything for the

a panel from The Islander and League of Women Voters.
Questions from the public will also be welcome.
Everyone is invited to attend. Candidates may dis-
tribute literature and "meet and greet" voters prior to
the start of each forum.
The candidates are:
Anna Maria city commission (two vacancies):
Linda Cramer, Joann Mattick, Duke Miller.
Anna Maria mayor: Fran Barford, Tom Turner.
Holmes Beach city commission (two vacancies):
Pat Geyer, Sandy Haas-Martens, Sheila Hurst Don
Maloney and John Monetti.
Manatee County Board of County Commissioners
District 6: Susan Meaker and Carol Whitmore.

Kokolises when they haven't done anything for Braden-
ton Beach?" asked resident Barbara Hug. She said the
beachfront property just to the south of the restaurant,
also owned by the Kokolises, is "an eyesore."
Planners unanimously approved the parking lot
design. The matter will go before the city commission
for a final decision.
In other matters, planners deferred until Oct. 12 a
city-initiated major development plan for the Historic
Bridge Street Pier. Building official Ed Mc Adam said the
proposed construction includes a new 122-seat restaurant,
dockmaster structure, boating kiosk and a day-docking
facility. City officials have been working for more than
a year on plans for the "new pier," which was severely
damaged in 2004 by effects here of Hurricane Frances.
Planners requested the delay in order to review full-size
plans only small copies were provided for the project.
Not everyone was happy with the project, though.
Resident and developer David Teitelbaum said the 22
parking spaces to be provided for the project is "woe-
fully inadequate" for a restaurant of that size. "I'm in
favor of this project," he said, "but you have to comply
with all the laws."
Former Mayor. Connie Drescher suggested that
back-in angle parking may be a good alternative for the
parking crunch in the area, as well as parking meters, a
matter the city has wrestled with for many years.

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In the Oct. 10, 1996, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria Island received a direct hit from Trop-
ical Storm Josephine, cutting power, flooding streets,
knocking down numerous trees and eroding beach.
Holmes Beach Mayor Bob VanWagoner said "major
damage" had been done to the Island.
Florida Department of Transportation officials
told the Holmes Beach City Commission that a new
Key Royale Bridge was "at least" five years away,
unless the city wanted to pay for the project now and
be reimbursed in a future DOT budget. Cost of a new
bridge was estimated at $800,000 by the DOT.
Holmes Beach Mayor Bob VanWagoner and City
Commissioner Carol Whitmore disagreed over whether
or not Whitmore could attend a meeting of the Sara-
sota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization at
the invitation of MPO Director Mike Guy, even though
Whitmore is not the commission liaison to the MPO.

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Oct. 2 72 89
Oct. 3 74 90
Oct. 4 74 92
Oct. 5 71 91
Oct. 6 .72 91
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8 M OCT. 11, 2006 M THE ISLANDER

Island Biz

By Rick Catlin

Satos branch out

in Anna Maria
Barbara Sato, son Jason and Monic
Reid, all formerly with Betsy Hills Real
Estate, will soon open their own real
estate office at their newly purchased
historic Roser Cottage, 519 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Together, they bring more
than 50 years experience in both Island
sales and rental management to their
new company, which has a "working
name" of Sato Real Estate, according to
Barbara. Also in the "works," she said, is
the transition of the cottage for-offices.
The trio is ready for business and
can be reached at 713-7054.

Bridge Street

Interiors is 4
Bridge Street Interiors at 114
Bridge St. in Bradenton Beach is cele-
brating its fourth birthday on Saturday,
Oct. 14, and in honor of the occasion,
is having a 20 percent off customer
appreciation sale that day. The sale is
on all in-stock items.
Standard items at Bridge Street Inte-
riors include custom design furniture,
draperies,.custom bedspreads, Hunter-

Kay's hideaway
Stylist Kay Thibaut has relocated to
the Hideaway hair salon and beauty
parlor at the Fairway Center at 5109
Manatee Ave. W. For more informa-
tion or to make an appointment,-call

Matt and Deb Myers of Bridge Street Interiors will host their fourth anniversary
celebration sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, with all in-stock items at
20 percent off. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

Douglas blinds, Thibaut fabrics and wall
coverings and a host of other accessories
for Island and mainland homes.
In addition to the sale, Bridge Street
Interiors will also provide hors d'oeuvres
and lots of conversation about decorat-
ing homes.
Store hours on Oct. 14 will be from
10 a.m. to 5 p.nm.
For more information on Bridge
Street Interiors, call 782-1130.

Gulf Islands

joined by

Lakewood Ranch
The Manatee County Tourism Devel-
opment Council has approved the addi-
tion of Lakewood Ranch to the area's
tourism and marketing enterprises.
The move means that the Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau,
which formerly referred to the area as
"Florida's Gulf Islands," will now add
the words "Lakewood Ranch" in all
marketing materials, advertising, public
relations, promotional efforts and on the
CVB's Web site.
"We are excited for Lakewood
Ranch to join our distinct visitors'
experience," exclaimed CVB executive
director Larry White. "Lakewood Ranch
elevates the level of amenities we offer
to our guests," ,he added.
Those amenities include shopping
venues, cinemas, boutiques, fine dining,
the Sarasota Polo Club, the Legacy Golf

Club and the Sarasota International
Cricket Club, in addition to several
award-winning hotels, a press release
from the CVB said.

Estler named to

state board
Susan Estler of the Bradenton Area
CVB has been appointed to the board
of directors of the Florida Association
of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.
Currently the marketing and public
relations director for the CVB, Estler
was elected to the board by the chief
executive officers of the various con-
vention and visitors bureaus through-
out Florida.
The board guides the FACVB as
the voice for all of Florida's conven-
tion and visitors bureaus and Estler's
input will directly affect the focus and
evolution of the organization's destina-
tion marketing efforts.
FACBV executive director Robert
Skrob welcomed Estler to the board,
adding that he looked forward to her
"valuable insight and direction to our
member CVBs as they continue to drive
tourism in an increasingly competitive


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Going Citgo
Vic and Dawn Shureb are the new
owners of the Holmes Beach Citgo gas
and convenience store at 3015 Gulf
Drive. Store hours are from 7 a.m. to
8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and
until 9p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
For more information, call 779-0551.
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Waterfront wines
The Waterfront Restaurant at 111
S. Bay Blvd. in Anna Maria is over-
stocked with wines, according to owner
Jason Suzor.
The popular eatery offers wine tast-
ings every other Thursday and vendors
have left the restaurant with some excel-
lent wines, but there's not enough stora
ge space.
Prices on all over-stocked wines
have been reduced, although quantities
are limited in some cases.
To learn more about the wines
offered, call the Waterfront at

Realty raves
Wagner Realty at 3639 Cortez
Road W. in Bradenton recently sent
several agents to conferences for con-
tinuing education.
Relocation and corporate services
director Sharone Martinelli attended a
conference in New York of leading real
estate companies in the world; marketing
and training director Ron Cornette was
at the Florida Association of Realtors
convention in Hollywood, Fla., recently;
and Denny DeLarco and Shanna Rohde
went to Denver last week for the 2006
Marketing and Technology Expo hosted
by Real Trends.
Wagner Realty has local offices at
5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat
Key and at 2217 Gulf Drive N. and 1801
Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton Beach.

Got a new business going up in Anna
Maria Island, Cortez or Longboat Key?
How about a new product or service, an
anniversary, a new hire, or an award-
winning staff member? Call Island Biz
at 778-7978, fax your news to 778-9392,
or e-mail us at news@islander.org.

Tri-Chamber hobnob
Three chambers of commerce, Manatee County, Anna Maria Island and Longboat-
Lido-St. Armands held a network function Oct. 3 at the BeachHouse Restaurant in
Bradenton Beach. Pictured here at the event are Susie Kluse of Coast Bank, Linda
Haack of the SunHouse/Silver Resorts, JoAnn Swan of Curves, Ellen Aquilina of
Coast Bank and Marcia Brewer of Curves. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

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Bank on it
Work crews from Hawkins Construction Co. of Pinellas County have been busy
getting the property at the corner of Sixth and Manatee avenues ready for the start,
of construction of the Island branch ofAmSouth bank. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

THE ISLANDER m Ocr. 11. 2006 0 9

Community supports its resource: Officer Lannon

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon has been
a fixture at Anna Maria Elementary School for the past
seven years where he has taught students much more
than just Drug Awareness Resistance Education.
He's been more than just a school resource officer
at AME, he's been an active member of the Island com-
munity doing, as his friend Joy Murphy puts it, "more
than just his job."
"He'll jump in and volunteer just because he wants
to," she said.
And now the Island'community is coming together
to support Lannon and his family as he undergoes fur-
ther medical evaluations to determine treatment options
for pancreatic cancer.
Lannon has been out of work for eight weeks
and AME Principal Kathy Hayes said she recently
learned that doctors located a tumor on Lannon's
pancreatic gland.
"Though the type of tumor and treatment plan has
not yet been determined, we do know that medical inter-
vention will require a lengthy period of time," Hayes
said. "Our staff is deeply saddened by Pete's illness
and we're concerned about how to provide financial
assistance to him and his family."
Lannon and wife Debbie have three children
- a 23-year-old son, a daughter attending college
and the youngest, a son, still in elementary school.
AME has established an account at Wachovia Bank
in Holmes Beach in which donations for the family
are being accepted.
Other community members and organizations
are planning fundraisers for the family. On behalf
of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
Cindy Thompson said that 100 percent of the pro-
ceeds collected from the children's area-at its Bayfest
event Oct. 21 in Anna Maria will be contributed to
the Lannon family.
"He has done so much for our community and he
has given so much for our kids," Thompson said.
Thompson advised that in addition to meeting the
cost of ongoing-medical treatment, the family provides
for their daughter's college tuition and carries two home
mortgages, and both homes .are up for sale.
Both Thompson and Murphy said many people
have come forward with an interest in helping the
family since learning of his diagnosis a week ago. For
this reason, a community committee is being organized
through AME.
A spaghetti dinner will be held Oct. 19 at St.
Bernard Catholic Church from 5 to 8 p.m. with

entertainment by Jimi Gee
and the Edison Swinging
Rhythm Cats. All proceeds
will go to the family, said
Jamie Walstad one of the .
event's organizers.
On Oct. 22, Dina Stew-
art and Danielle Seawall
will offer discounted spa
treatments to raise funds in
Bradenton Beach. To make Lannon
a spa appointment, call
650-5441. On the same day, "Pete's Teens," a group
of Island teens who completed the DARE program,
will hold a car wash.
In addition, a walk-a-thon is being organized in
November that will raise money to help the Lannons
keep up with their bills.
Anyone interested in joining the community com-
mittee should call AME at'708-5525.
According to Murphy, Lannon wants to get back
to work teaching the DARE program to his students.
"He said he has been looking forward to the plans he
had for his DARE program this year," Murphy said.

However, there is no word yet on if Lannon will
return to work. According to Walstad, Lannon has used
his vacation time and has concerns about providing for
his family.
He has always been accessible to students as a con-
fidant, mentor and friend. He has noted in the past that
students pick on him for his Rhode Island accent, but
are always respectful.
Lannon has said he knew he wanted to be a cop as
a young kid. His great-grandfather, grandfather, uncles,
cousins and dad were all cops.
Prior to coming to Anna Maria Island, Lannon spent
seven years in the military police to gain experience
before taking a job in a small town in North Carolina
and winding up here.
In the face of this current challenge, Murphy said,
"Pete is still Pete. He still has his sense of humor and
is trying to be positive and look at it in the best light
possible and. fight with all he has."
In keeping with the wishes of the Lannon family,
Hayes said the school is taking great care in how infor-
mation is shared with students. A box has been set up
in the school administrative office to collect letters and
cards for Lannon.

Million.dollar stroke in golf tourney Friday

By Jim Hanson
Islander Reporter
A million-dollar hole-in-one has been added to the
attractions of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce "golf outing" Friday, Oct. 13, and there's still
time to get in on the competition.
Peggy Holander, who is running the affair, said.

Anna Maria passes sign
After more than 10 months of debate and meet-
ings too numerous to count, not to mention the cost of
expert attorneys and land planners Anna Maria has
a new sign ordinance.
City commissioners in a special meeting Oct. 3 unani-
mously approved the ordinance that among other provisions
will limit the size of residential signs toA4 square feet.
. Only one sign per residence is allowed, except a
"For Sale" and a "For Rent" sign on the same property
is permissible.
During the political campaign.season, signs sup-
porting the various candidates are allowed, but they
must be removed the day after the election.

the chamber is switching from its hole-in-one car
prize, which it had in past tournaments, to the mil-
lion-dollar attraction.
Remax Gulfstream is sponsoring the big prize,
said Holander. It will be a par-three hole on the IMG
Golf and Country Club course, scene once again of the
chamber's "outing." It used to be the El Conquistador,
and it's at 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy., Bradenton.
There is room for 100 golfers to play without
cro\ dini. Holander said, and. there are a few open-
ings remaining. Players should sign up and pay their
$125 fee through the chamber at 778-1541. That covers
green fees and all other "ouIi ing" charges, including the
awards banquet after golf.
Tournament-day sign-in will be from noon to 1
p.m., With a shotgun start opening the competition at 1
p.m. Many prizes are up for the winning, said Holander,
aside from that million dollars.
First prize of dinner for two for each member of
the winning team is donated by the Beach Bistro. Other
top sponsors include Bright House Network, LaPensee
Plumbing, and Island Financial Mortgage.
'Additional details are available at the chamber office,
5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, phone 778-1541.


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Anna Maria City Commission Chair John Quam and
wife Birgit were on hand at the Octoberfest kickoff
last week. The event benefits the Great Outdoors
Conservancy and will conclude at the Sarasota Fair-
grounds this weekend. Islander Photo: Paul Roat

Oktoberfest's climax this weekend
German entertainment including dachshund
races and music and food will highlight the ultimate
Weekend for the 2006 Suncoast Oktoberfest at the Sara-
sota County Fairgrounds on Fruitville Road, Sarasota.
The climaxing weekend will feature German cel-
ebrations Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13, 14 and
15. A benefit for the Great Outdoors Conservancy and
the Mental Health Centers of Sarasota, admission is $8,
free for kids under 12.
Headlining the weekend's German entertainment
in the "festhalle" will be Terry Cavanaugh and his
Alpine Express from New Braunfels, Texas. Satur-
day and Sunday will see the Publix Apron's Cooking
School and the Home Depot special projects make
kids' sushi, eat your gummy worm creations, build a
craft project.
Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. Charlie Kuchler and the
Yard Dogs will entertain with Cajun music. The dachs-
hund races will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, with pets admit-
ted free. Manatee County's Bootleg reggae rock band
will play at 6 and 10 p.m.
Among sponsors are Cajun Airways, BrightHouse
Networks, The Islander, Kiwanis Clubs, and Manatee
and Sarasota German clubs.
Additional information may be obtained by calling

Chili contest at Moose Sunday
Chili from more than a dozen restaurants will
compete for top Island honors in a "chili cookoff'
Sunda.. Oct. 15, at the Moose Lodge hall, 110 Gulf
Drie. Bradenton Beach. Huey Milks, x\ho, is
coordinating the event, said that at least 16 restau-
rants have indicated their entry in the cookoff, which
will be from 2 to 6 p.m.
The flavor, consistency, color and everything else
about each entry will be judged, and may be sampled
by the public at the competition.
Milks said he has entries from Ooh La La! Bistro,
Hurricane Hank's, D.Coy Ducks Bar and Grille,
Jessica's Beach Lounge, Shells Seafood Restau-
rant, Crabby Bill's, Annie's Bait and Tackle, Rod &
Reel Pier, Isabell's Eatery, City Pier Restaurant, RJ
Gator's, Clancy's Sports Bar & Grill, Banana Fac-
tory, Tommy Bahamas, and, of course, the Moose
Lodge's own offering.
Proceeds are to go to the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center and MooseHeart, the order's own chari-
table organization.
.Further information is available at 778-4110.

Yoga workshop for back pain
to run six weeks
A workshop on yoga for back pain is scheduled at
the Spotted Dog Fitness Studio, 5227 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday from Oct.
14 to Nov. 18.
Taught by Preston Whaley Jr., the course will aug-
ment his regular yoga classes at the Anna Maria Art
League from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Monday.
The back pain special will focus on poses and exer-
cises designed to relieve back pain and tension, Whaley
said. Additional information may be obtained by calling
747-9397 or 795-5850.

Art League sets fall

class schedule
The autumn schedule of classes at the Anna Maria
Island Art League will begin Oct. 16 at the league's
quarters, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, director
Joyce Karp has announced.
Copies of the complete schedule are available at the
league's gallery and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce, or may be found at the league Web site, annamariais-
landartleague.org. Fees apply in all the courses.
Additional information about classes and their
timing may be obtained by calling the gallery at 778-
2099. The 2006 autumn schedule:
Basic drawing, study of composition, light and
shadow, shape and forms with a variety of drawing
tools. Bill Jerdon instructor, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday
for five, five-week sessions starting Oct. 17, Nov. 21,
Jan. 9, Feb. 13 and March 20.
Basic stained glass and copper-foil technique attrib-
uted to Tiffany. Sandy French instructor, 11:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. Monday for five-week sessions starting Oct.
16, Nov. 20, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 19.
Basket weaving, creating the "Jeremiah basket"
and others. Pam McMillen instructor, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday in five-week sessions starting Oct. 18, Jan.
10, Feb. 21 and April 4.
Introduction to oil painting, developing skills for
interpretation of forms in life, including the human
figure, focusing on light and color theory and compo-
sition. Bill Jerdon instructor, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays
in five-week sessions starting Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Jan. 9,
Feb. 13, March 20.
Open studio with live model, proctored, no instruc-
tion, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of
each month.
Photography, black-and-white composition, devel-
oping film and photos. Chris Galanopoulos instructor,
6 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Watercolor, exploring color, value and composition.
Cheryl Jorgensen instructor, 10 a.m. to noon Wednes-
days, five sessions beginning Oct. 18, Dec. 6, Jan. 10,
Feb. 21, April 4.
Yoga, to tone a strong, flexible body: Preston Whaley
Jr. instructor, 9 to 10:15 a.m. Monday and Thursday.
Youth beginning drawing, ages 8 to 12. Sandy
French instructor, 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Youth creative arts and crafts, ages 5 to 12, working
with two- and three-dimensional media to learn color,
form and perspective. Diana Grover instructor, 4:30 to
6 p.m. Tuesday, five-week sessions beginning Oct. 17,
Nov. 21, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 20.

Art League exhibit coming
The annual Faculty Exhibit of the Anna Maria
Island Art League will open with an artists' reception
Oct. 13 at the league's gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd.,
Holmes Beach.
The reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The
exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. until closing Nov. 3.
The exhibit will feature the work of Bill Jerdon,
oil painting; Diana Grover, mixed media; Chris Gala-
nopoulos, photography; Cheryl Jorgensen, watercolors;
Pam McMillen, basket weaving and gourd art; Sandra
French, stained glass; Doug Landing, animal drawing;
and Preston Whaley Jr., yoga.
Additional information may be obtained by calling

'Leg breakers' sought
to portray Mafiosos
The Island Players will audition actors. Sunday,
Oct. 15, to fill six parts in the season's second play,
"Breaking Legs."
Auditions will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Island
Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive at Pine Avenue in
Anna Maria.
The play will be the second presentation of the season
by the Island Players. It is a comedy by Tom Dulack fea-
turing the clash between theater and Mafia when a play-
wright seeks funding for a new play from "the family."
Needed for the parts are five men ages 35 to 65 and one
woman 25 to 40. Scripts are available for study at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Director is Phyllis Elfenbein. "Breaking Legs will
open Nov. 30 and run through Dec. 10. Further informa-
tion is available by calling Elfenbein at 778-4412.

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Combo for success: Gibbs, 'Quartet'

By Jim Hanson
Islander Reporter
The Island Players opens its season Thursday, Oct.
12, with a sure-fire recipe for success: A winning direc-
tor and the play he directed to triumphs elsewhere.
The play is "Quartet," and director Gareth Gibbs
credits the play itself for the presentation's success
much more than anything he has done or will do for it.
His Welsh modesty leads him to oversimplify it's
really a case of a play and a director in a perfect profes-
sional marriage.
He has been part of the Island theater scene for 30
years and now spends half his year here two quarters at
his home in Ellenton, two back in Britain where he learned
his craft and perfected it to a Gibbs-specific art form.
"Quartet" is responsible for that, too.
"I did it first in Britain," he recalls. He directed it
and designed it, as he is doing at the Island Players Anna
Maria playhouse. "It got marvelous critical acclaim,
and got me invited to the British All Winners Festival,"
where the best of the best are brought together annually
for a veritable orgy of the performing arts.
He "did" the play all over again there, and caught
the attention of Ruth Stephens, who for many years has
been a leader in the Island Players. She asked him for
a copy of the play that she could submit to the Players
reading committee. The committee was enthusiastic,
she recalls, and Gibbs was invited to be a guest director
here. She is his stage manager for "Quartet."
He came as one of a company on a Florida tour,
visiting the Island and staying with the late Helen
Peters, then director of the Players. Subsequently he
brought his own dramatic company, the Players Theatre
of Glamorgan, Wales, on 11 tours that included Anna
Maria Island.
Along the victorious way, he staged and directed
plays all over the world, Moliere and Chaucer and Shaw
and Oscar Wilde and Dylan Thomas and 30 years of
others, including a lot of Shakespeare.,

Opening in Anna Maria Oct. 12: 'Quartet'
The 58th season of Island Players opens at the play-
house in Anna Maria with "Quartet," directed by the
Welsh Players' Gareth Gibbs and featuring, left to
right, Sam McDowell, Barbara Fleming, Mavis Gibbs
and Richard Schubel. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
He recalls a surprising success in, of all places for
Shakespeare, North Korea. "It was a great and gratifying
success, and I can't even mention what play it was or
who the players were because of that old theater tradition
in Britain that forbids it anyone who breaks the tradi-
tion is doomed to have terrible things happen, such as. a
real broken leg or, perhaps worse, dreadful reviews."
With him here, onstage and off, is his wife Mavis,
whom he met onstage, naturally when both were
in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." On the evening
of "Quartet's" last performance Oct. 22, they will cel-
ebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.
She's in "Quartet," too, along with Sam
McDowell, Richard Schubel, Barbara Fleming and
Rita Lamoreaux.
Tickets to the play at $15 may be purchased at the
box office, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, or arranged
by calling 778-5755.

Olson first to register with DAVID

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Christine Olson of Palma Sola is the first person
statewide to register her emergency contact information
into the Florida Department of Highway Services and
Motor Vehicle system. The Driver and Vehicle Infor-
mation Database allows anyone with a current Florida
driver's license or identification card to voluntarily pro-
vide contact information for law enforcement to use if
the person is injured in an accident.
Olson's daughter Tiffiany was killed in an accident
Dec. 7, 2005. She was thrown from a motorcycle and
died instantly; Olson said. Neither Christine, nor the
family of Tiffiany's boyfriend, Dustin Wilder, were
notified by law enforcement that the two had been
involved in an accident. Olson said that she learned
about the accident six hours after it occurred, and only
because a friend of her daughter was able to reach her
son, Derek Olson. Even then the family still had no
information regarding the fatal accident.
"When we arrived at the hospital, we didn't know
anything and all this time she had been dead," said Olson.
"My heart really goes out to the Wilder family, because
Dustin was still alive and the family lost the opportunity
to spend those critical moments with him." ,
Since the.tragedy, Olson has worked with the Flor-.
ida Highway Patrol, Department of Motor Vehicle and
state Rep. Bill Galvano to implement a system in which
law enforcement can obtain emergency contact infor-
mation for accident victims. That system has finally
been added to DAVID, a, database officers utilize to
access information from their patrol-car computers.
Providing emergency contact information is volun-
tary. To do so, log onto the DHSMV Web site at www.
hsmv.state.fl.us, click the "driver's license" link, and
then the new "emergency contact information" link.
To register, first enter the driver's license or identi-
fication card information and birth date. Then provide
contact numbers, including cell phone numbers, for up
to two people. Olson's son Derek was the first person
signed in by Christine as an emergency contact, fol-
lowed by Olson's Island friend Esther Mattick.
Florida Highway Patrol information officer Lt.
Doug Dotson said the information is only accessible
by law enforecement. Dotson said that when officers
enter an accident victim's identification information, a

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Getting the word out
Anna Maria resident Christine Olson, center, is
spreading the word about the law enforcement
database known as DAVID. It allows anyone with a
valid Florida license of identification card to reg-
ister-emergency contact information to be used by
law enforcement officers in the case of an accident.
Olson, accompanied by her nephew Shawn and
son Derek, was the first to register Oct. 2 when the
system she spearheaded became available statewide.
Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
photo and the contact information will appear on the
patrol officer's computer screen.
Although the system enables officers to look up
previous addresses, Dotson said that it's important to
keep the address on your license updated, as well as
the information provided for your emergency con-
tacts. "This information may save crucial time if ever
it becomes necessary to contact family members or
loved ones," Dotson said.
Olson said it was an exciting moment for her and
although she is thrilled that a system is finally in place,
"the long haul ahead is getting the word out that's
critical," she said.
Olson will be devoting time to informing the public
about DAVID. Olson also has a Web site in memory
of her daughter that helps educate the public: www.
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GSR asks court for Villa Rosa 'yard sale'

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
GSR Development is proposing to sell its Villa
Rosa properties and lots in Anna Maria to the highest
bidder in what could be a desperate attempt to raise
quick cash for the financially troubled company.
The move comes after GSR was spurned by Gaspar
Properties Inc. of Tampa in an effort last month to sell
off the entire property for $11.5 million.
GSR attorney Richard Prosser submitted a motion
to the federal bankruptcy court Oct. 5 asking that GSR
"sell all 15 parcels located in the Villa Rosa subdivi-
sion" at "auction" to the highest bidder on each lot.
Bankruptcy Judge Rodney May set an emergency hear-
ing on the motion for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11.
Prosser claimed there were 15 parcels in the Villa
Rosa property, including Lot 14, which contains a
model home that is approximately 90 percent complete.
GSR wants to sell that house, even though NBA player
Theo Ratliff has a contract to purchase the home when

Drowning cause of death
Medical examiners said 17-year-old Caesar Yaques
drowned in the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Oct. 2.
The young Tampa man and friends had come down
for a day on the beach. He and others were several
hundred yards offshore on a sailboat they found on
the beach near the Sandbar Restaurant at about 2 p.m.
when Yaques jumped off, according to Manatee County
Sheriff's Office spokesperson.
Yaques was noted as missing and his friends
reported the incident to the sheriff's substation in Anna
Maria. U.S. Coast Guard Cortez responded and found
his body a short time later at about 3:15 p.m.

Small business workshops
coming in two sections
Two "Small Business Success" workshops are
being sponsored by the Longboat-Lido-St. Armands
Keys Chamber of Commerce.
They will be on two Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11:30
a.m. at the chamber's offices, 6960 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key.
The first will be Oct. 17, a marketing course with
Andy Fox of Fox Advertising, who will discuss brand-
ing and advertising strategies, public relations, and Web
site marketing and placement.
On Nov. 11 will be a management course with Ron
Hamilton who will outline "how to attract and keep employ-
ees, love your employees so they love you back, how to hire
right, and attracting and retaining quality personnel."
Registration for the courses is open now through
the chamber at 383-2466.

completed for $2.5 million.
Under GSR's proposal, each lot has a minimum
bid price, ranging from $600,000 for each of eight lots,
$700,000 for four of the lots, $750,000 for one lot, $800,000
for another lot and $1.5 million for-the model home.
In addition, GSR wants to sell a residential house it
owns at 403 S. Bay Blvd. for a minimum of $700,000 and
the lot at 401 S. Bay Blvd. for $575,000 and no less.
If all the properties are sold at the minimum bid, GSR
would rake in $11.925 million. The first, second and third
mortgages would then be paid, leaving GSR with the bal-
ance, assuming the court agreed. A potential buyer can also
submit a "bulk bid" of $11.925 million for all the lots
All bids must be received by GSR's proposed
restructuring manager William Maloney by Dec. 1. A
"good faith" deposit of 5 percent of the purchase price
must accompany the bid. The deposit is refundable,
according to Prosser.
The attorney also said in the motion that the prop-
erty would be sold without any representation or war-
ranties, or "as is," and "where is."
The winning bids if the motion is approved
would be announced on Dec. 3, and the bankruptcy
court would then hold a "sale hearing" not later than

Meeting for raising grandkids
set for Oct. 11
A "Home Again" meeting of people rearing grand-
children, or children again living at home, is scheduled
for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11.
Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, the session will be at the School for Construc-
tive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
It is being arranged by the Center's Family Foun-
dations group. Babysitting and food will be provided.
Rosemarie Fisher and Shirley Romberger will be facili-
tators. Further information is available at 778-1908.

Helping children through golf to
be discussed at meeting
A representative of First Tee will outline the orga-
nization's goals and operations for the Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island at a luncheon meeting at noon Tues-
day, Oct. 17.
First Tee is a nonprofit organization, part of the
World Golf Foundation, helping young people establish
good goals and ideals through golf. The Manatee-Sara-
sota chapter is only a year or two old.
The meeting will be at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
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Dec. 6 to consider the offers.
Any objection to a proposed sale must be filed with
the court by Dec. 4, the motion said.
"The sale of the auction property is critical to the
successful reorganization" of GSR, Prosser claimed in
the motion. Further, sale of the properties is a "con-
firmation of a plan of reorganization to be filed" by
GSR. That reorganization plan is due in bankruptcy
court Nov. 13.
Prosser's motion listed liens, claims and encum-
brances against Villa Rosa, including taxes due to Man-
atee County, Fifth Third National Bank, Edward Furfey,
M&I Bank, Frederich and Phyllis Fechner, Chief Man-
agement Inc., Amerson Nurseries Inc., the marriage of
Arlend Byrne and Robert Byrne, Wachovia Bank and
Freedom Bank. No mention was made of the unsecured
creditors in the motion, who collectively have approxi-
mately $4.5 million in claims against GSR.
But there may be a possible "hitch" in the proposed
auction of individual lots at Villa Rosa.
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said the city has never
signed off on the final plat of the lots at Villa Rosa.
According to the official map of Anna Maria, Villa Rosa
is still one parcel, not individual lots.

Crime prevention Kiwanis topic
A spokesperson for "Metro Crime Prevention of
Florida" will describe the organization's work when
the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets Satur-
day, Oct. 14.
The meeting will be the club's weekly breakfast
at 7:30 a.m. at the Cafe on the Beach, at the Gulf end
of Manatee Avenue. Additional information may be
obtained by phoning 778-4865.

Anna Maria Garden Club opens
The Anna Maria Garden Club will open its 2006-
07 season with a meeting at noon Wednesday, Oct. 18,
at the Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
Ervin Shannon of the Manatee County Extension
Service will discuss container gardening. Additional
details may be obtained by calling 778-2809.

Watercolorist at Gallery West
Longboat Key watercolor painter Paul Acre is "Octo-
ber Artist of the Month" at Island Gallery West, and his
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Lavender J. Cochran
Lavender J. Cochran, 81, of Lavenham, Suffolk,
England, and Holmes Beach, died Sept. 17.
She was the widow of Colonel Jim Cochran, USAF,
one of the designers of the Key Royale golf course.
Memorial services were Sept. 28 in England.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell
Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sara-
sota FL 34238.

Lothar Geyer
Lothar Geyer, 71, of Cortez and formerly Suhl,
Germany, died Oct. 5.
Born in Germany, Mr. Geyer moved to Cortez in
1955. He began performing with the circus at age 10.
He performed on an acrobatic bicycle team. At age 17,
he and his team were recruited to work for John Ring-
ling and the Ringling Bros. Circus. He also worked
for the Sealtest Big Top Show, appeared on the Ed
Sullivan Show, at Madison Square Garden, Radio City
Music Hall, the Latin Quarter in New York and on the
Captain Kangaroo television show as the bear on the
unicycle. After moving to Cortez, he began a hand-
balancing act and later was a commercial grouper and
snapper fisherman.
There were no services.
He is survived by wife Charlene and brother Peter
Poster of Berlin, Germany.

Marion Haines
Marion Haines, 94, of Holmes Beach, died
Oct. 2.
Born in New York City, she moved to Manatee
County fulltime in 1986. She was director of window
and interior displays for Best and Co.
Visitation was Oct. 6, and funeral mass Oct. 7 at
St. Bernard Catholic Church. Burial will be at Palma
Sola Community Cemetery, Bradenton. Memorial
contributions may be made to Friends of the Island
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Island Chapel, was in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by niece Phyllis Keogh of Port
Washington, N.Y.; nephews Harold Pastore of East
Montpelier, Vt., Ralph Gorga of Annapolis, Md., and
Roger Pastore of North Palm Beach.

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William I. "Bill" Mason, 69, of Holmes Beach, died
Oct. 2.
Born in Mayslick, Ky., Mr. Mason moved to
Holmes Beach from Tampa in 1997. He retired from
owning Condenser Products in Brooksville. He was a
graduate of University of Kentucky with a degree in
electrical engineering. He was a member of the national
board of directors for University of Kentucky and was
named distinguished alumni in 1991. He was president
of the Tampa Bay-UK chapter for many years. He was
an accomplished singer.
Memorial services were Oct. 6 at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 2067
Constitution Blvd., Sarasota FL 34231, or to the
American Heart Association, P.O. Box 21475, St.
Petersburg FL 33742. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home
was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara;
sons martin and wife Monica, Daniel and wife DeDe,
and David and wife Sarah; daughter Melanie Fielder
and husband Jeffrey; sister Mary "Micki" Tucker and
husband Donnie; and grandchildren Martin, Marcus,
Trent and William, and Allyson and Brooke Fielder.

Walter Langford Pursley
Walter Langford Pursley, 88, of Fort Myers, St.
Petersburg and Bradenton, died Sept. 29.
Born in Fort Myers, Mr. Pursley was a leader in
the turf-grass industry, introducing several special-
ized grasses such as Seville St. Augustine. He holds
a U.S. Patent for "Cashmere" grass. He served in the
U.S. Army Air Corp as base commander at the Pinel-
las Airfield. He had a concession at Webb's City in
St. Petersburg, floral shops there and eventually he
opened nine full-service retail garden centers in the
Tampa Bay area. He was involved in planned com-
munity developments in Pasco and Manatee counties,
including Magnolia Valley in New Port Ritchie and
River Club in Bradenton.
Private funeral services were held in Fort Myers.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Billie;
daughters Linda Leckey of Tampa, Tricia of Pass-A-
Grille Way; son Walter Jr. of Anna Maria Island; four
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Oct. 2, robbery, Kingfish Boat Ramp, Holmes Beach.
Deputies said the complainants said three men walked up
to them, produced a silver colored handgun, and told them
to take off their clothes and get into the water. The robbers
then stole a variety of the fishers' gear, placed it into a white
vehicle and fled east on Manatee Avenue.
Oct. 4, nudity on beach, Bean Point. Deputies said
a complainant said a man was sunbathing nude on Bean
Point. When deputies arrived, a man with swim trunks
was at the beach. He was told that being naked on the
beach was not appropriate and he left.
Oct. 5, assist paramedics, 401 Pine Ave. Deputies
arrived on scene to assist paramedics with an elderly
woman who had fallen. She was transported to Blake
Medical Center.
Oct. 5, assist, 500 block Blue Heron Drive. Deputies
arrived on scene to aid paramedics with a victim who
had fallen off a ladder while cutting tree limbs. Para-
medics transported the victim, Dennis O'Connner, 68, of
Sarasota, to the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
where Bayflite Air Medical Transport transported him
via helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in Tampa.

Bradenton Beach
No reports.

Holmes Beach
Sept. 27, death, 2900 block of Avenue. C. Police
responded to where a man was pronounced dead. There
were no suspicious circumstances involving his death,
according to police.
Sept. 29, defrauding innkeeper, Beach View Rental,
3109 Ave. F. Renters said they would stay a week at
an apartment but only gave a small amount of money
to the innkeeper. After several days and several stories
as to why the money was not paid, the rental agent
entered the apartment when it was unoccupied, took a
laptop computer and copier that were there, and left a
note saying the items would be returned' when payment
for the room was made. He placed the equipment in his
office and left and, when he returned later, saw both the
comptiter and copier gone, as well as the renters.
Sept. 29, noise, 300 block 61st Street. Officers
responded to a complaint of loud noise from a party. After
agreeing to turn down the music, the party continued and
officers again responded, this time issuing a citation.



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by Rick Catlin

Palma Sola man was lucky

in war and after
Palma Sola resident Elbert Duvall has always con-
sidered himself a lucky guy.
In fact, he was working at a defense plant in Alton,
Ill., when World War II started. He was lucky enough
to have a one-year deferment from military service and
probably could have gotten another as a weapons and
ammunition specialist at the factory.
"After a year, I just figured that it was my turn to
do my duty, so I didn't bother applying for another
deferment. I didn't plan on sitting out the war. A lot
of my buddies had joined the Marines right after
Pearl Harbor and many of them didn't come back,"
Elbert remembered.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1943
and figured he'd spend the war as an infantryman in a
rifle company. He trained as a machine gunner and rifle-
man with the 75th Infantry Division, attaining expert
ratings on the M-l rifle.
"I had done a lot of weapons training at the defense
plant testing ammunition," Elbert said. "I got to be a
pretty good shot, so I did real well in basic training."
But Elbert also wanted to fly and took the test for
flight school every month for 14 months. He kept fail-
ing because of his eyesight, but finally passed the test
on the 14th try.
He spent five days as an air cadet before the Army
closed down the flight schools and sent 50,000 men
back to the infantry.
While some guys might have looked around for a
cushy job in the infantry after that, Elbert was not one
of them.
"I actually volunteered to be a rifleman. It was
something I was good at."
Assigned to the 66th Infantry Division, Elbert also
trained as a truck driver and at setting and dismantling
booby traps. After six months of training, the division
was sent overseas in early December 1944.
Just off the Irish coast, the convoy ran into a storm
that sent 60-foot-high waves crashing over the bow of
the 35-foot-tall troop ship.
"There were two good things about that storm,"'
Elbert remembered.-"The Navy guys said the storm
was so bad that the German submarines wouldn't be
able to shoot at us, and because I never got seasick, I
got to eat pretty good."
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the Bulge that started on Dec. 16. The convoy headed
to Cherbourg, France, on Dec. 24, 1944, but one ship,
the "Leopoldville," got torpedoed about eight miles off
the French coast and sank. One of Elbert's best friends
was lost on that ship.
The next day Christmas Day Elbert was
assigned as a truck driver to haul the bodies out of the
water. It was a pretty sobering sight to see so many
American soldiers washed ashore.
"It was not one of my best Christmas days," he
said quietly.
Luck, however, was with the division. Instead of
heading to the fighting near Bastogne, the 66th was
ordered to Lorient and St. Nazier on the Brittany pen-
insula in France where the Germans had several large
U-boat pens. Patton's 3rd Army had surrounded the
German garrisons at those two ports and the 66th was
sent to relieve the American troops.
The Allies had decided that rather than risk a large-
scale attack against the ports, it was easier to just sur-
round and isolate them.
"So, we had 10,000 soldiers surrounding 50,000
Germans. We didn't risk an all-out assault, but kept
them busy with artillery fire and patrol skirmishes,"
he said.
"We were pretty lucky there. I don't think we lost
anybody in the company, although some guys got
wounded. Our job was just to keep the Germans bottled
up so they couldn't get out.
"We were also lucky that we didn't go to Bastogne.
We later heard the guys there really had it rough. We
were just lucky."
Elbert and his division stayed on the Brittany pen-
insula until the Germans surrendered in May 1945. The
division then went to the Rhineland to round up former
German soldiers.
With the war's end, many of Elbert's buddies
were ready for a discharge, although some didn't have
enough points to get out and were sent to the Pacific to
prepare for the invasion of Japan.
Once again, Elbert was lucky. "I didn't have enough
points to get discharged, but I had too many points to
be sent to the Pacific. So, I stayed in Europe."
That assignment also turned out to be a lucky break.
Elbert's company was sent to Vienna, Austria, as the
guard unit for the U.S. Army's headquarters in the city
that was also occupied by the Soviets "the Rus-
sians," as American soldiers called them.
Although the duty might have seemed "plush" com-
pared to combat, it was actually pretty hazardous.
A large number of Russian soldiers had deserted
from the Soviet Army and were roaming the streets of
Vienna, surviving by stealing, robbing and killing.
"The Russians would shoot at us. They'd kill you
just to get your watch or some rations. I was shot at
on guard duty and one of my buddies was killed by a
Russian deserter."
When Elbert and his unit did capture a Russian
deserter, he was taken to the middle of the bridge across

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Elbert Duvall of Palma Sola as a U.S. Army soldier
just after World War II when he married wife Erica in
Vienna, Austria, in October 1946.

the Danube and handed over to the Soviets.
One time, Elbert and his unit handed over a deserter
to the Russians, who took them back into the Soviet
zone while Elbert and his unit watched.
"The Russian officer then pulled out a gun and shot
the deserter in the head. That's how they dealt with
deserters. We learned not to trust the Russians at all."
Elbert was just a few months.away from discharge
when he went to a dance one night where some single
young Austrian girls were in attendance.
He began dancing with one girl named Erica, but
communication was difficult because she spoke only a
little English.
"But I knew some German by then, so we got along
somehow," Elbert laughed.
They began to see each other regularly, although
under the strict social conditions of the time, he had to
meet Erica in the company of her sisters.
"Luckily, they were all good looking, so it was
easy to get dates for the sisters," he remembered with
a laugh.
The bad news was that Erica lived in the Soviet
zone and Erica and her family were always worried
what the Russians were planning just to harass the
Americans or the Austrian citizens in their area.

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Wednesday, Oct. 11
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies auxiliary of the Island Players
luncheon at the BeachHouse Restaurait, 200 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach. Information: 761-7374.
6:30 to.8 p.m.- Anna Maria Island Community Center Family
Foundation's "Home Again" support group meeting at the School for
Constructive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Babysitting provided.
Thursday, Oct. 12
12:30 p.m. St. Bernard Guild meeting featuring an anniversary
film of the church at 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
7 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meeting at Mote Marine Keat-
ing Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information:
8 p.m. Opening night of "Sweeney Todd" at the Manatee
Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information:

Greatest Generation

Eventually, Elbert was eligible for a discharge, but
he had fallen in love. Rather than return to the United
States right away, he took his discharge in Vienna, then
got a job as a civilian driver for the United Nations
relief effort in Austria.
He got engaged in December 1945, but it would
take him another 10 months and 55 documents to get
married to an Austrian national.
The tragic side of the love affair was that Erica was
part Jewish and part Catholic. Most of the Jewish side
of her family had disappeared in the Holocaust.
Eventually, however, the Army, the U.S. State Depart-
ment and the Austrian government agreed to a wedding
and Elbert and Erica were married in October 1946.
"We got married by an Army chaplain in the
church, got married by the U.S. State Department,
then had to get a civil ceremony for the Austrian gov-
ernment," Elbert laughed. "So, we ended up getting
married three times."
Elbert returned to the States in May 1947 with his
new bride. He went to Bradley University where he
studied engineering and graduated in 1950.
He spent 35 years in engineering, and was involved
with developing ihe heat shield for the Apollo space
capsule that was used for the moon missions. He also
spent considerable time designing and developing jet
aircraft for the defense industry.
The couple eventually had four children and retired
to Florida in 1985.
"We looked all over Florida and decided this was
the best place," said Elbert.
He remains active in promoting the World War II
memorial museum in New Orleans, formerly known as
the D-Day museum.
He's proud of his service and considers himself a
lucky guy.
"I just did my duty. I could have ended up as an
infantryman on the front lines, but I got lucky. I got
lucky again when my company got sent to Austria and
I met my wife. The service really helped me as a civil-
ian. I'm proud to have served my country."
Just another member of The Greatest Generation.

"The Greatest Generation" column is for Island,
Longboat Key,. Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man
or woman, who served in the armed forces of any allied

748-5875. Fee applies.
Friday, Oct. 13
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.- Opening reception for faculty exhibit at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-2099.
Saturday, Oct. 14
8 a.m. Privateers mullet smoke at Publix, 3900 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach.
8:30 a.m.- Kiwanis Club presents "Metro Crime Prevention of
Florida" with guest speaker Ann Marie at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee
Public Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Capt. Black Fin" Halloween fun at Mote
Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information:
388-4441. Fee applies. "
2 p.m. Leon Merian Big Band concert at the Riverfront
Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875. Fee
7 to 9 p.m. "Latin American Art Exposition" opening recep-
tion at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 794-0650.
Sunday, Oct. 15
2 to 5 p.m. Chili Cook-off at the Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-4110. Fee applies.
Monday, Oct. 16
8:30 a.m. Internet class at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778,6341. Registration
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Basic stained-glass class at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meeting with guest
James McCartney, former Washington, D.C., columnist and Floyd Jay

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Elbert and Erica Duvall are celebrating their 60th wed-
ding anniversary this week. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

country (U.S., Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway,
France, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the Philip-
pines, etc.) during World War II. We'd like to hear from
you.. Please call Rick Catlin at 778-7978.

Calling all Islander vets
The Islander newspaper is planning a special
ceremony and breakfast on Friday, Nov. 10, to
honor all veterans who have been featured in "The
Greatest Generation."
Some of the telephone numbers and addresses of the
veterans have been misplaced. If you know the address
or phone number of any of the following veterans, or if
you are the veteran, please call us at 778-7978 or e-mail
us at news@islander.org. -
The veterans we need are:
Ray McDonnel, Bob Shafer, Bill Olsen, Peter
and Cedella Duke, Bob Frank, Frank Zacchero,
Dick Hennessey, Joe Frattura, Bob Seipel, Dave
Bennett, Henry Becker, Jack Morris, Paul Kaem-
merlen, George Wilson, Jack Mead, Roy Davis, Ken
Holmes, Ken Stabeck, Walter Stewart, Leo Ostiguy
and Anne Kurtz.

THE ISLANDER E OCT. 11, 2006 N 15

Bayfest sets crabcake contest,

calls for more vendors
Bayfest will have a crabcake contest at the annual
celebration in Anna Maria Saturday, Oct. 21, the
sponsoring Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
has announced.
The contest is open to any participating food vendor
in the Bayfest, which will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
on much of Pine Avenue, which will be mostly closed
to vehicles for the celebration. A cookoff spot may be
reserved by calling 761-4766.
The chamber simultaneously sent out a call for more
vendors of all kinds at Bayfest arts and crafts, retail
and nonprofit organizations. Places may be reserved by
calling the same phone number.

Winters and Julie Manchester of the radio 1490-AM "Jay and Julie
Show" at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-9287.
6 to 8 p.m. Black-and-white photography class at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Oct. 17
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. "The Marketing Course" small business
success workshop at the Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys Chamber.
of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
383-8217. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to noon -- Introduction to oil painting at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
778-2099. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting with guest
speaker from First Tee at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 350-4326.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Basic drawing class at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
778-2099. Fee applies.
4:30 to 6 p.m.- Creative arts and crafts class for ages 5 to 12
at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor class at the Anna Maria Island Art
League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Networking lunch with the Longboat-
Lido-St. Armand Keys Chamber of Commerce at the Sun House
Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 383-
8217. Fee applies.
Noon Anna Maria Garden Club presents container gardening
at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-2809.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Basket-weaving class at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information:
778-2099. Fee applies.
"Sweeney Todd" at the Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton, through Oct. 29. Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
Watercolor exhibit by Paul Acre at Island Gallery West, 5368
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, through Oct. 31. Information: 792-1039.
Faculty exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Nov. 3. Information:
"Latin American Art Exposition" at the Longboat Key Center
for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key, through Nov. 9.
Information: 794-0650.
Coming up:
Tri-Chamber Business After Hours Table Top Display. at the
Van Wezel Oct. 19.
Caregiver support group at the Island Branch Library
Oct. 20.
SAM roundtable at the Island.Branch Library Oct. 21.
SAnna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest on Pine
Avenue Opt. 21.
Safe boating class at US Coast Guard Auxiliary Oct. 21.
*The Islander Candidate forum at Anna Maria City Hall Oct. 23..
oThe Islander Candidate forum at Holmes Beach City Hall Oct. 23.
Discover Mote Home School Festival at Mote Marine Labora-
tory Oct. 24.
Save the Date:
Fall Festival at AME Oct. 28.
Taste of Manatee Nov. 4-5.
*Suncoast Winefest Nov. 11.
Empty Bowls downtown Bradenton Nov. 16.
Sandblast Nov. 18.
Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Choir presents
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ReMax Gulfstream shuts off LaPensee Plumbing

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
ReMax Gulfstream Realty received four goals
from Alex Rios and strong defensive games from
Jenna Duvall, Garrett Chaplinsky and Austin Wash as
they shut out LaPensee Plumbing 6-0 in Anna Maria
Island Community Center soccer league Division I
action on Oct. 7.
ReMax jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when
Jordan Sebastiano got loose down the right side, but
defender Katie Hunt managed to knock the ball over the
end line for a ReMax corner kick. Sebastiano served the
ball into the goal area, where it bounced off the goalie's
hands to Rios. Rios settled the ball before turning and
poking it through traffic and into the goal for an early
less than three minutes into the game 1-0 lead.
One minute later, Sebastiano picked off a goal kick
and dribbled untouched up the middle for a 2-0 lead.
LaPensee Plumbing had a chance to halve the
score one minute later when Chris Callahan passed
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18, but the ReMax goalie made the save. The ball
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Sebastiano and Rios hooked up again in the seventh
minute when Sebastiano sent another service in from
the right wing to Rios, who one-timed it into the back
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midfield until the 24th minute when ReMax earned a
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nice pass and Rios again finished for a 5-0 lead.
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Sebastiano. Sebastiano and Rios executed a give-and-
go with Sebastiano ripping a rocket that was saved by
Hinton. Garcia pounced on the loose ball and finished
off the duck for a 6-0 win.
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Josh Schmidt and one goal apiece from Connor Field
and Adam Hart.
Oct. 4 saw ReMax Gulfstream foreclose on Dan-
ziger Destroyers by a 9-1 score in Division I soccer
action. Cory Wash led the way with three goals, while
Jordan Sebastiano added two goals. Justin Garcia,
Carlos Rios and Austin Wash each contributed single
goals to the ReMax victory. Ally Titsworth notched the
lone goal for Danziger in the loss.
Mr. Bones and Mike Norman Realty battled to a
4-4 tie in Division III soccer action on Oct. 3. Lexi
Moore notched a hat trick for Norman, which also
received one goal from Joe Class in the tie. Bones
was led by Blaine Jenefsky's three goals and one goal
from Keegan Murphy.
Island Family Physicians received two goals from
Martine Miller and one goal from Alex Hall to edge
Harry's Continental Kitchens by one goal in Oct. 2
Division I action. Matt Bauer and Chandler Hardy each
found the back of the net once for Harry's in the loss.
Division III's Ooh La La! Bistro cooked Mike
Norman 4-1 on Sept. 30 behind three goals from Josh
Zawistoski and one goal from Jazmin Rivera. Morgan
Greig notched the lone goal in the loss for Norman from
approximately 35 yards out.
The Sun burned the West Coast Surf Shop 8-2 in
Division II action on Sept. 30 behind three goals apiece
from Connor Field and Joel Hart. Josh Schmidt added
two goals for the victory. Jonah Caster and Danny
Krokroskia each notched one goal for the Surf Shop
in the loss.
LaPensee Plumbing handed Island Family Physi-
cians its first loss on the season.when they drowned
them 5-3 in Sept. 30 Division I soccer action. Joey
Hutchinson scored three goals and Zach Evans added
two for LaPensee in the victory. Troy Kozewski led
the way for the Physicians with two goals, while Kyle
Crum added one goal.
ReMax Gulfstream received five goals from Carlos
Rios and one goal from Jordan Sebastiano in its 6-3,
Division I victory over Harry's on Sept. 30. Harry's
Matt Bauer notched a hat trick in the loss.

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The weekly coed golfers at the Key Royale Club
played a nine-hole, throw-out-your-worst-hole tour-
nament on Sept. 29. The team of Dorothy McKinna,
Joyce Brown, Lorraine Towne and Fred Meyer com-
bined to shoot a 116 to win first place. Teddie Morgan,
Al Morgan and Gordon McKinna finished eight shots
back in second place with a 124.
On Oct. 2, the Key Royale men teed it up in a
nine-hole, better-ball-of-foursome game that produced
a four-way tie for first place. The teams of John Atkin-
son, Dick Grimme, Chris Collins and Tony Tripolino;
Al Morgan, Vince Mercandante, John Heiselman and
Don Ledford; Russ Olson, Larry Fowler, Charlie Knopp
and Matt Behan; and Jim Fin and Bob Jorgensen all tied
for first place.
In Wednesday's 18-hole, better-ball-of-partner's
game, John Heiselman and Vince Mercandante com-
bined to fire a nine-under 55 and finish five shots ahead
of second-place team Bob Jorgensen and Jim Thorton.

Horseshoe news
Sam Samuels and 89-year-old George Landritus
emerged from the Sept. 30 horseshoe competition with
the only 3-0 record on the day and, as such, were the day's
outright champions. Landritus and Samuels were sharp,
throwing at least three ringers apiece in each match.
There was a three-way battle for second place with
walker George McKay defeating Jay Disbrow and Hank
Huyghe by a 21-10 score. Disbrow and Huyghe came
from behind to defeat Tom Rhodes and John Johnson
21-19 to advance to the second-place final.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Downtown Hoops, 3-on-3 tourney
Bradenton Downtown Progress and the Florida Gulf
Coast Sports Commission have gotten together for the
second, semi-annual Downtown Hoops 3-on-3 basket-
ball tournament Oct. 21 on Main Street in Bradenton.
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one-day tournament.
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will also offer a three-point shooting contest and a
slam-dunk contest.
Cost to enter a team is $40, plus $12 per person
for a mandatory Amateur Athletic Union card. AAU
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Area businesses are encouraged to help sponsor.
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AMICC Soccer League schedule
Date Time Team vs. Team
Division I (ages 12-14)
Oct. 4 6 p.m. ReMax vs. Danziger
Oct. 14 9 a.m. Danziger vs. Physicians
Oct. 14 10 a.m. LaPensee vs. Harry's
Oct. 17 5:45 p.m. ReMax vs. Harry's

Division II (ages 10-11)
Oct. 12 6 p.m.
Oct. 14 11 a.m.
Oct. 14 12p.m.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Oct. 14 1 p.m.
Oct. 14 2p.m.
Oct. 14 3p.m.
Oct. 16 5:45 p.m.

IRE vs. Cannons
[RE vs. Surf Shop
M. Stanley vs. Sun

M. Norman vs Ford
A&E vs. Ooh La La
Bones vs. Americo
Bones vs. Ford

Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Oct. 12 6 p.m. Rotten Ralph's vs. Bank of America
Oct. 16 6 p.m. LBK Kiwanis vs. West Coast AC
Soccer League standings

Team Win
Division I (ages 12-14)
Physicians 3
ReMax 3
LaPensee 3
Harry's 1
Danziger 0
Division II (ages 10-11)
Sun 4
M. Stanley 2
Cannons 0
Surf Shop 0
Division III (ages 8-9)
Ford 4
Bones 2
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OK, now cue the iceberg to self.destruct! Sea lions, too!

It's been likened to an action movie: Spectacular
beginning, lots of drama and tragedy in the middle with a
catastrophic ending from worlds far, far away.
OK, so we're just talking about the birth and death of
an iceberg, but it's a pretty neat tale nonetheless.
In March 2000, a huge chunk of the Ross Ice Shelf
in Antarctica broke away, according to an article in the
journal "Nature." "Huge" is probably an understatement
- the berg was roughly the size of Jamaica. Scientists
called it B-15.
It was the biggest floating object on the planet.
"After drifting in the Ross Sea for a couple of
years, B-15 split into several daughter icebergs,"
according to "Nature," and B-15A, the biggest of the
chunks, was formed.
After drifting around some more, it ended up at a glacial
runoff point on the coast and grounded.
Now comes the dramatic part of the film.
The grouniided iceberg \\ .s blocking the wind and cur-
rents that allo" s ihe \ a.ter of McMurdo Sound to melt in
the Antarctic summers. The sound is a key ingress-egress
for South Pole scientists. It's also a popular penguin hang-
out, and there were concerns that the mountain of ice would
block the penguins from regaining their roosts on shore.
But after a dramatic pause, the iceberg shifted
back into the open sea. Cue cheering penguins and
relieved researchers.
Then came the big finish to B-15A.
A year ago, a huge storm in the Gulf of Alaska formed.
Huge waves were generated that traveled the length of the
earth. The waves, about 30 feet high, traveled about 13,500
kilometers to hammer what was left of the iceberg and
caused it to pretty much disintegrate.
Big finish, huh?

There has been some talk that the formation of the giant
iceberg was and is a sign of global warming. Researchers
generally dismiss the talk, since icebergs the size of Jamaica
form so seldom that there isn't much available science.
But they sure make for a good story.

... and now for a sad story
Some new data indicates that as many as 73 million
sharks are killed worldwide annually, about four times the
numbers the United Nations reports.
Again, according to the journal "Nature," "scientists
have long suspected that the UN numbers were too low,
thanks to a large chunk of illegal, unregulated or unreported
trade in sharks. But data have been hard to come by.
So researchers, including some from the University of
Miami's Pew Institute for Ocean Science, started to do what
is referred to in the scientific world as "'g-round truthing."
The scientists hit the heart anid soul of the shark world
fishery markets, both above-board and black, in Hong
Kong and Taiwan, and began to do a shark body count. A
real body count, not something that the fishers reported to
the government. The numbers were staggeringly high.
"For centuries, well-heeled Chinese have enjoyed the


By Jim Hanson
Islander Reporter
Fishermen have begun the welcome annual chore
of putting thousands of crab traps overside to begin the
, stone crab harvest season.
They can't start pulling them up for keeps to the
surface until Sunday, Oct. 15, when the season begins
and when the fishermen get their first hint at what
kind of season they can expect, in yield and prices.
Last year's opening day was not encouraging, with
only 500 pounds of crabs brought in to the biggest sea-
food, handler in the area, A.P. Bell Fish Co. of Cortez.
The season got better as it went along, but not spec-
tacularly so.
"We hope this season will be better," said Karen
Bell of Bell Fish. "But we say that every season."
Six of the big commercial crab boats work out
of Bell, making one trip per day, out early and back
by dark: No crabbing after sunset. They toss 16-
by-16-inch traps loaded with bait overboard, with a
line and float attached, with which they retrieve the
hopefully full trap.
Florida stone crabs prefer the bottoms of bays, reefs
and rock jetties where they can burrow or. find refuge
from predators. They feed on oysters and other small
mollusks, polychaete worms and other crustaceans.
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where the flavor and the profit are. Fishermen twist off
that big claw and the other one, too, if it's the right size,
and toss the crab back overboard to grow new ones. A
legal claw is two and three-quarter inches long. It takes
two to six claws to make a pound, and they have to be
cooked right away, either aboard or at the Bell docks.
It is brutally hard work, pulling traps from the
bottom of the sea, emptying them, baiting them with
decaying fish or rawhide, and tossing them over the
side again. About the smallest boat suitable for the job
is 24 feet.
Between the Oct. 15-to-May 15 seasons, the bar-
nacle-encrusted slat traps are stacked around Cortez
vacant lots and fish house gear yards and parking lots,
a practice for which Cortez has special dispensation
from authorities.

Privateers mullet smoke
is Saturday morning
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will have a
mullet smoke in the Publix parking lot, 3900 E.
Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, Saturday, Oct. 14, from
8 a.m. until the mullet is gone.
Proceeds go to the Island civic organization's
scholarship fund, as well as to its ongoing chari-
table assistance.

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Here's a chance towatch some rare interactions of an
endangered species from half a world away from the com-
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The Alaska SeaLife Center in, Seward has a Web
camera trained on an island in the Gulof Alaska that is
covered with Steller sea lions. They animals are raising
their young and generally doing what sea lihops usually do,
and by going to www.alaskasealife.org, you can see and
hear all the fun.
The biologists warn that it isn't G-rated, Disney-type
viewing. "Sea lions don't have any sense of modesty," one
researcher said.
r And I've got'to warn that I'm suggesting thissite
without visiting it as yet. After the Associated Press
moved the article last week, I've found that the cameras
have been "undergoing maintenance" the times I've tried
to access the site.
Good luck.

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You might want to catch the Web cam of the sea lions
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Steller sea lion populations are down about 70 per-
cent since the mid-1970s, although the numbers have been
rising at a steller rate of a "whopping" 3 percent a year

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delicacy of shark-fin soup," the "Nature" article continues.
"The sharks' cartilaginous fins are used to make noodles,
which are traditionally thought to bring long life to those
who eat them.
"Whole sharks often don't reach the ports where fisher-
men report their catches. Shark meat isn't considered valu-
able its high urea content makes shark less appetizing
than tender, flaky, white fish. So fins are often removed and
the shark carcasses simply tossed back into the water."
Species identification was very difficult to make on
the shark fins, since they're usually dried by the time they
reach market. And since the shark fins were dried out, it took
some fancy math to work out the total number of real fins
by weight to determine the total number of sharks needed
to fulfill the results.
The scientists also did some DNA mapping of some
fins to help come up with species ID's.
The numbers for some species being caught and killed
isn't good.
Blue sharks, for example, appear to be turned into
soup at a rate of about 10 million deaths per year. Based
on total blue shark population estimates, that puts them
"near or exceeding the sustainable yield" science-talk
for meaning the sharks may become extinct if all fishing
isn't halted immediately.
Worldwide organizations have the blue sharks classed
as "near threatened."
Oh, the World Conservation Union, the group that
assesses the shark and other populations worldwide, has
concluded that 20 percent of shark species are threatened
with extinction.
The point of all this is that catch-and-release for our
local sharks is definitely the way to go. Keep legal-size
redfish, trout or snook they taste better anyway.

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Reds take over inshore; grouper, snapper offshore

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Water temperatures have cooled off a bit now
84 degrees to heat up the fishing action and, with
air temperatures still high but humidity low, it's a great
time to get out on the water.
Inshore fishing is dominated by redfish for most
fishers. Snook action is good for some others, so-so for
a few. Trout action is generally regarded as being in the
"few and far between" category.
Offshore fishing for grouper and snapper is still
good. There are also some recent reports of Goliath
grouper catches.
Goliaths, once called jewfish, are off limits for fish-
ers to keep, but generally a fish worthy of a picture,
since they can grow to hundreds of pounds in size.
Once a popular target for spearfishers, the fish num-
bers declined to the point that they were banned from
the fishbox about 30 years ago. There seems to be a
resurgence in their populations in the past few years,
though, at least in our waters.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook fishing is
excellent for him, with redfish action not too far behind
on the "fun scale." Trout fishing is slow, but he's still
putting his clients onto some snapper.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said grouper
and snapper fishing offshore is good, and the fish
are biting better now that the water temperatures are
finally starting to cool. There are also lots of reports
of Goliath grouper being caught. In the backwater,
look for redfish and snook.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's finding that fishing includes a little-of
everything right now. He's catching snook, redfish and
trout on both artificial and live bait. Although lots of
the fish are running small, he's still getting more than
a few inside the respective slot limits.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the "Dee Jay II" out
of Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said, "Things are
looking up a lot this past week. Full moons in saltwa-
ter fishing can always be a challenge, but with a little
stick-to-itivness some decent catches have been made.
Bait is absolutely thick all over our local waters. Once
again there are pilchards (large and small), threadfin,
Spanish sardines, and small pinfish." He's been catch-
ing redfish and snook, both large and small. "Mangrove
snapper continue to be thick and will be available until
the first hard front of the fall," he predicted, adding that
"Cooler weather on the horizon should bring in Spanish
mackerel, kingfish and cobia."
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there
are catching lots of little redfish, "tons of jacks and
ladyfish," plus a few snook and mackerel.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
he's seeing a few mackerel come in, plus jacks and
snapper, and some snook are being caught at night.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
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At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include a
few mackerel from near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
fishing piers. There are also reports of lots of small
grouper coming in, but flounder fishing has really
picked up, and small sharks are being caught in
Tampa Bay at night.
On my boat Magic, we're finding redfish to be
the mainstay, with limit catches most days. We did
catch one 12-pounder last week, as well.as more
and more flounder as the water cools. We've also
gotten into a mess of small Goliath grouper only
6 pounds or so.
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also welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander,
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news@islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the
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mation. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear
in the paper.

Coast Guard safe boating
course set for two days
Flotilla 81 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
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Center TLC program keeps 'Lights On' afterschool

by Diana Bogan
Islander reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's Tende
Loving Care afterschool program will be one of man'
Manatee County afterschool programs hosting an opei
house Thursday, Oct. 12, in participation of "Lights Or
Afterschool" Day, a national event organized by the
Afterschool Alliance and cosponsored by the Florid;
Afterschool Network.
The Center's TLC program is based in the cafeteria
at Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach. The community is invited for refresh
ments between 3:15 and 4:45 p.m. when the children
will be participating. This is an opportunity to see a
sampling of activities the program offers, said Apri
Jonatzke, the program's educational director.
Jonatzke worked as a teacher's aide the past five
years at AME as well as part-time the past four years
as a TLC Counselor.

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Monday, Oct. 16
Breakfast: Pancake on a Stick. Yogurt, Cereal, Toast,
Lunch: Maxx Sticks or Breaded Beef Pattie, Broccoli,
Mashed Potatoes, Mandarin Oranges
Tuesday, Oct. 17
Breakfast: Chicken Patty on a Biscuit, Cereal, Toast.
Peanut Butler and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit
Lunch- Chicken Tenders or Hoagie with Chicken
Noodle Soup, Potato Smiles, Mixed Veggies, Fruit
Wednesday, Oct. 18
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet with Hash Browns, Yogurt,
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Breakfast: Sausage and Egg on a Biscuit, Cereal,
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Lights-on afterschool
Kids at the Anna Maria
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Tender Loving Care after-
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Thursday's open house at
Anna Maria Elementary
School in support of Mana-
tee County's afterschool
programs. Islander Photo:
Courtesy April Jonatzke

s "Even though I left behind my job as teacher's aide,
I was comforted in the fact that [the Center's] Before
and Afterschool Programs are located in the cafeteria
at the elementary school," she said, "and that I would
still be working one-on-one with the teachers."
This school year TLC participants are studying
"Places Around the World." Students recently finished
with Africa and studies on Morocco, Kenya and South
Africa, said Jonatzke.
In October, students began learning about Central
America, studying Mexico, the Aztecs and Costa Rica.
"The children gain general knowledge of these places
and. we do many craft projects that' are examples of the
cultures we are learning about. For example," Jonatzke
said, "the children made African tribal masks, rolled
paper beads, Moroccan 'good luck hands, and for the

Mote 'shark-in' set
A sort of "shark-in" is scheduled for all of October
Saturday at Mote Marine Laboratory's aquarium.
The Mote mascot, "Gilly the Shark," will meet
youngsters and not-so-young-sters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
every Saturday of Halloween month at the aquarium,
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., on City Island off the south
ramp of the New Pass Bridge from Longboat Key.
Kids are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume as
they collect a treat bag and get into the aquarium free with
an adult who has paid $15 for his or her own admission.
"Gilly the Shark's" themes will be: Oct. 14, Capt.
Black-Fin; Oct. 21, Nurse Shark; Oct. 28, Super Shark.
Details are available at 388-4441.

Aztec unit we made Aztec gold jewelry and yarn-art
pictures. For the remainder of the school year, we will
be 'traveling' all over the world."
The Center has approximately 55 children enrolled
daily and more than 70 children registered in its pro-
gram. During the school year the Center offers home-
work assistance, a sports day, a peer-oriented group
called Life Skills and a reading program. During the
times when school is out all day, half days, holidays
and spring break and summer camps are offered.
The goal of Lights On Afterschool is to highlight
three components of afterschool programs: keeping kids
safe and healthy, inspiring them to learn, and relieving
working parent's worries about their children's after-
noon activities.
For more information, contact Jonatzke at 778-1908.

Welcome to AME
Greeting parents and
students at Anna Maria
Elementary School is
Tammy Haley who joins
the Island staff as the new
senior secretary. Haley
previously worked as a
secretary in the Manatee
County School District's
Measurement and
Research office. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan

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SALE: SHOP EARLY for Xmas. Gorgeous oriental
vases, porcelains, jade pictures, dolls 50-60 percent
off. Collector plates, salt and pepper sets, spoons,
lamps, wicker furniture 50-60 percent off. All sterling
jewelry 50-80 percent off. Select gifts, art, crystal,
books, vintage jewelry, antiques 50-85 percent off.
Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 941-779-0729.
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
burner, flat-top grill. Taking best offer starting at
$500. 941-795-1111. Leave message.
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.

'" 32 Years of Professional Service
SUNBOW BAY Direct Bayfront, 2BR/2BA end unit. $449,000.
MARTINIQUE N. Direct Gulf, corner, garage/storage. Updated.
Shows beautifully. $859,000.
KEY ROYALE Canalfront lot, 9,450 sf. Golf course view. $699,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR/4BA includes guest quarters, large master suite. $1,330,000.
IRONWOOD 1-2BR,.extra storage. $139,900. Great buy!
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA turnkey, boat dock. $794,900.
LINKS PINEBROOK Golf course view, sixth floor, turnkey. $260,000.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, gated, pool, clubhouse. $175,000.
WOODLANDS 2BR, heated pool, ten minutes to beach.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo flooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
3BR/1.5BA Cracker cottage plus separate studio apartment.
West of Gulf Dr. Just steps to finest beach! $875,000.
3BR/4BA plus den/office. Outstanding contemporary home. Vaulted
ceiling, fireplace, 55-foot dockage. Four-car garage. $1,695,000.
1BR/1BA condo. Great rental complex. Heated pool, close to
beach. Barbecue area, heated pool, clubhouse. $349,000.
3BR/2BA turnkey furnished on beautiful beach. Small pets,
open plan, elevator, carport, shutters. $1,999,000.
3BR/2BA plus den, heated pool, new roof and landscaping,
dock and boatlift, direct access to Intracoastal. $859,000.
2BR/2BA open plan. Vaulted ceiling, wet bar, deck, large lot,
fenced yard, pool and hot tub. $574,500.
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock,
direct access to Tampa Bay. $799,900.
3BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, beautiful
beach, on-site management, excellent rental. $995,000.
4BR/2BA just steps to white-sand beach, turnkey furnished,
deck. Seller financing. $1,299,000.
1BR/1.5BA turnkey furnished, Sautillo tile, pool, beautiful'
beach. Direct Gulf view, manager, excellent rental. $799,900.
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay
and Intracoastal Waterway. $679,000.
KEY.ROYALE BAYFRONT 3BR/2.5BA, Dock. $2,500,000.
PERIWINKLE COTTAGE 2BR, Close to Beach. $649.900.

779-0202 (800) 732-6434

MANS SillC oast
Island Shopping Center.* 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. 941-778-7978.

GARAGE SALE: 8am-2pm Saturday, Oct. 14. Some
antiques. 234 Chilson, Anna Maria.

GARAGE SALE: 8am-? Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-
14. Furniture, queen-size bed, linens, wall hangings,
flower arrangements, toaster, bicycles, one-of-a-kind
dolls, miscellaneous. 229 Gladiolus, Anna Maria.

GARAGE SALE: 8-11am Saturday, Oct. 14. Gor-
geous Christmas balls and ornaments. Crystal, fur-
niture, household goods and lots of more interesting
pieces. 2912 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

FOUND: GLASSES. THURSDAY evening, Sept. 28.
Palmetto Avenue in Anna Maria, at end of board-
walk where it crosses sea oats over to the beach.
They appear to be prescription (progressive bi-
focals) plum-colored women's frame. Call Dave,
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.

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5304 BAY STATE RD Custom home at ground level, 12 feet above sea level built to meet Miami Dade Code for 140 mph wind load. Protected
mooring on 200 feet of sailboat water, 45-foot dock, 12,000 Ib boatlift. 4,000 sf open floor plan. Three miles from 1-275. $1,500,000.


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furnished ina"cottage style" decor. Best location mature grpes and spring fed, perennial stream, area atthis price!Totallyremodeled,priyatebackyard,
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in the PreserveGolfClubatTara.Theliving/dining which protects views, provides additional caged pool.4BR,beautifully landscaped,great location
room and screened lanai overlook a lovely pond riding trails, swimming and boat launch. 3BR/ between Sarasotaand Bradenton.PalmAire Country
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KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdi-

KEY WEST FANTASY Fest: One cabin left. 6 days/5
nights aboard 65-foot sailing vessel, Lex-Sea.
$1,895 per couple, inclusive, B.Y.O.B. Depart from
Cortez Oct. 25. 941-713-5958.
sure? House in disrepair? We pay cash, any price
or condition. Close in ten days. 941-448-0963.

BILLIE JOE: I'm a 2-year old male cat, very hand-
some, black and white. Need a special person to
adopt me, my family was evicted. Neutered and
microchipped. 941-920-1411. -
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.

SUBURBAN 2500 SERIES: 1994 very clean, out-
standing maintenance records. Heavy-duty pack-
age for trailering. Dual air conditioning, heavy duty
brakes, radiator, tranny cooler, etc. Must see to
appreciate. $6,500 or best offer. 941-730-9622.

BOAT SLIP FOR rent in Holmes Beach. Monthly or
annually, $175/month. Call for more details. 941-
FOR RENT: DEEP-water boat slip, north end of
Anna Maria, easy Gulf access. 941-794-8877.

NOW HIRING ALL positions:Rotten hours, rotten pay.
Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restaurant, 902
S.. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-778-3953.
LOOKING FOR A nanny to care for 13-month old in
my home. Flexible work schedule including week-
days and weekends. Light housekeeping a plus!
Please contact Haley, 727-641-0240.

2203 88th St. Ct. NW NEW 3BR/2.5BA, lots of
upgrades. Large lot in quiet northwest Bradenton. Marina
within walking distance. $584,900.

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419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150
(941) 778-2291 EVENINGS 778-2632
FAX (941) 778-2294 www.betsyhills.com

2BR/1.5BA handyman ranch home is tucked away on a quiet village street
located within a short stroll of the beautiful beach! Features include terrazzo
and white file floors, ceiling fans, sunny Florida room, and easy care pebbled
landscaping. There is plenty of room for a pool in the westerly facing back
yard. Don't miss this affordable opportunity! Asking $449,900.

HELP WANTED: CLERICAL/administrative assistant.
Experienced in multi-tasks, good customer service
and computer skills. Great benefits. E-mail resume
and salary requirements to: t.jmix@adelphia.net
full-time. Must be able to work weekends if needed
through season, be dependable and have transpor-
tation. Please call .Sandy, 941-778-8426.

ELECTRICIAN: MINIMUM FIVE-years experience in
remodeling and service calls. Benefits, steady work.
Journeyman card a plus. Call 941-778-4454.

FOR HIRE: PART-time housekeeper for area motel.
Phone, 941-778-2780.
sons for real estate sales opportunity of a lifetime.
Please call Betsy Hills, licensed real estate broker,
at 941-778-2291 or 941-720-0178.
estate rental manager for busy Island real estate
office. Salaried position with profit sharing incen-
tives. Please call Betsy Hills, licensed real estate
broker, at 941-778-2291 or 941-720-0178.
for busy Anna Maria real estate office. Salaried posi-
tion with profit sharing incentives. Please call Betsy
Hills, licensed real estate broker, at 941-778-2291
or 941-720-0178.
TOP ADVERTISING sales position open at The
Islander newspaper. Great territory, commissions.
Previous outside sales helpful. If you possess a will-
ingness for strong community involvement, positive
outlook and drive to succeed, lax or e-mail a letter and/!
or resume to 941-778-9392, sales@islander.org.

ness,. building with additional income, beer/wine.
$1,690,000. Confidentiality agreement required.
Longview Realty, 941-383-6112. .

SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and
intermediates. Free skimboard use with lessons.
$10 per half-hour lesson. Call 941-778-0944.
BABYSITTER: Responsible 1Oth-grader, great with
kids, first-aid certified. Charlotte, 941-756 5496.
NEED A BABYSITTER? Call Felicia, 941-761-1569.
Red Cross certified.

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Call 941-753-9011
NEW 3BR/2.5BA steps to beach. Elevator, pool, every
option. $949,900.
CANALFRONT NEAR BAY 2BR/2BA. Pool, new air conditioning,
roof, dock and lift. $749,900.
DUPLEX 3BR/2BA AND 1 BR/1 BA NEAR BEACH 9,000 sf lot. Invest
now build two new homes later. Numerous upgrades. $799,900.
ANNUAL 1-BR/1BA new kitchen. $675/month.
SEASONAL by month or week 2BR/2BA. 150 Steps to beach.
$2.500 monrri or $850 weei'
ANNUAL3BR.2B1A. Pool new many 3rmenities $2,250,"monin.

Sunday, Oct. 15 4pm (Open by appt.)
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Country Club Shores
Longboat Key, Sarasota '
Desirable South End
Custom-Built Home.
3,000 sf living area
Deep sailboat canal.
Quick and easy .gulf access.

BABYSITTER, PETSITTER, dog walker: First-aid
certified, 13-year-old, eighth-grader, female, great
with kids and animals. Call Kendall, 941-779-9783.
ENSURE YOUR CHILD'S safety while you relax.
Call Gemma, 941-447-9657. Responsible, reliable
and experienced, with a love for children. Red Cross
babysitting and first-aid certifications.
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.
GETYOUR BOAT washed without the hassle, just give
me a call. Regular scheduling available, perfect for
when you're out of town. Call Richard, 941-447 9657.
Cross certified. Experienced with kids and pets of
all ages. Call Hilary or Natalie. 941-778-5181.
PAYTON AND DINA'S cleaning service: We do
yard work, dog-sitting, house cleaning and we run
errands. We do not mow grass. Open 3-5pm every
day! 941-524-9350.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islahder newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
Edward 941-778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results, wash
away mildew, dirt, salt; Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.

CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communica-
tion electronics offers wireless and cable networks,
upgrades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and train-
ing. Call Robert, 941-778-3620.

tutoring in math, science and reading for elementary-.
Sto college-level students. $35/hour. 941-524-4177.

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C ind G RS, nSales Associate

>"l -., Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
K 941-809-3714
920 Walet side Ln. lakefront villa, 2BR,/2BA, furnished, pool. S349,000
827 Waleiside Ln: Complelely updaled villa, 2BR/2BA. pool. 5399,900
203 70h Sireet: Duplex, IBR/IBA ea. side, sleps to beach! S675,000
305 63rd Sheel: New Home. 3BR/3.5BA, den, elevator, pool. S859.000
6301 Holmes Blvd: New Home, 3BR/2.5BA. wood floors, pool. 5799,000
email: michellemusto@prudenlialpalmsrealty.com


Realty INC
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Kathy Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, GRI, CRS 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
(941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 704-2023 Cell

This house will absolutely be sold to the last and hikhest
bidder. No minimum, No reserve on Oct. 15,2006.
10% buyer's premium
Ne'al Van De Ree
Lic. RE Broker/Auctioneer ab274 au460

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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.

puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.

carpentry, custom mirror and other interior/exterior
general household repairs. Offering quality services
since 1994. Reliable. Call Colin at 941-376-0541.

LEWIS MOBILE CAR wash: Detail inside and outside.
Wash, vacuum, upholstery, polish, detailing, engine,
Armor All. 941-465-6963. Henry Lewis, the best price.
PIANO AND VOICE lessons by New York profes-
sional artist/teacher; By appointment. Palmetto.
I CLEAN HOUSES, garages and sheds. Please call
THE ROYAL MAID Service: Licensed, bonded, insured.
Professional experienced maids, free estimates, gift
certificates available. Call now. 941-727-9337.

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
or 284-1568.
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.

GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pressure
washing, landscaping. owner operated by Island res-
ident. Exceptional value! Licensed and insured. Call
941-726-7070. www.gulfshorelandscaping.com

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling:
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.

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

ups, installations, native plants, palms, aquascapes,
rock and patios. Shell installed $42/yard. Shark
Mark 941-727-5066.
SCOTT FOLEY & CO.: Commercial and residential
lawn care. Hauling, tree trimming, deck refinishing,
free estimates. Call Scott, 941-730-3077.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.
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 ceramictile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License itCGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCardNisa. 941-720-0794.

All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
FIND IT!. BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.

We have two annual rentals and a few
Winter rentals available too. Call us today!

"We ARE the Island!"
SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941'778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250.
E-mail amrealty@yerizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com



GULFVIEW CONDO .2BR/2BA full Gulf view condo, second floor,
corner unit. Offered at $825,000. Call Michel Cerene, Broker-
Associate, 941-545-9591 evenings.
FRESH PRICE!! Bringthewholefamily.2,920sf3BR/3BAcahalfront,
caged pool home can expand to five bedrooms. Enjoy the master
suite getaway equipped with its own kitchenette.:-Meticulously
maintained. $974,900. Call Lori Guerin, Realtor, 941-773-3415.
or Carmen Pedota, Realtor 941-284-2598 evenings.
SINGLE FAMILY Centrally located, one block to beach. 2BR/2BA
spacious home on corner lot. $635,000. Call Joy Murphy, Realtor,
941-730-2820 evenings.
condo with amazing view. Glass lanai, breakfastbar. Ownermotivated.
$499,000. Call Carlene Weise, Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
WEST BRADENTON REDUCED Well-maintained, updated
3BR/2BA home on spacious lot. Wood flooring in living area. Roof
replaced 2003. Newairconditioning. Excellentstarter or retirement
home. A pleasure to show. $245,900. Call Zee Catanese, Realtor,
941-742-0148 evenings.

5910 Marina Drive Holmes Beach FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 info@smithrealtors.com
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com


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, pres-
sure 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 references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting
life-long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275 for
free estimates.
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
. courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael,-master carpenter. Call
ture, paint, tile, wall and ceiling repairs, Fred Wein-
gartner, 941-586-3656.
HOME REPAIRS AND improvements: General
repairs and quality renovation, including carpentry,
drywall, tile, paint, even landscaping. Please call
Chris, 941-266-7500.

TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy
Painting Inc. Save up to 80 percent over traditional
remodeling costs. Call us with your kitchen and
bath needs. Don't buy new redo! 941-751-1245.
Licensed, certified and insured.

LICENSED AND INSURED building contractor
ready to help you renovate all aspects of your exist-
ing home, add extensions or build a new home on
your lot. We only do high quality work and are very
prompt with our customers. Call Daniel DeBaun at
KATHY'S PAINTING AND Improvements: Resi-
dential and commercial painting, molding, doors,
popcorn ceilings. Drywall repair, woodwork and-
wallpaper. 941-761-4071 or 941-580-2421.

Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready
to help you get the home of your dreams.
f Competitive rates.
1 Local experts with the power to say "YES" to
your home loan.
of Up-front approval* at the time of application.
IfAs little as no-to-low down payment options
available to make qualifying easier.
OfLoan amounts to $6 million.
o Construction financing available.

Pam Voorhees
Home Loan Consultant
401 Manatee Ave.W. Holmes Beach
(941) 586-8079

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VW. S Jesse Brisson (BrokerJAssociate, GRIj
(941) 713 4755 (800) 771 6043
Anna Maria Island
149 Crescent Dr. A 26ed/2.5 bathf home $569,000
789 XV. Spanish Dr. LBK- a 55+ condo $395,900
611 XV gulf (Dr. gulftiew 55+ condo $451,000
1003 S. uilff 'Dr. gulfview 26edcondo $485,000
6250 Holmes Blvd #39 Spacious condo $569,000
3'02 '60th St. Vacant 101x112 Lot,qR2 $589,000
216 69,tI St. 46ed/4bathi dupkex, poof $795,000
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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: beachdreams@tampabay.rr.com.
with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi, walk to shops
and restaurants. Available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
901-301-8299 or e-mail captko462@aol.com.
WEEKLY RENTALS: Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1 BA,
$700/week; Island duplex, 2BR, $800/week; Gulffront
cottage, 2BR, $1,000/week; Bradenton Beach Club,
2BR/2BA, $1,400/week. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
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 bjustin628@tampabay.rr.com.
2BR/2BA waterfront, unfurnished. Includes water,
sewer, cable. Old Florida Realty, 941-778-3377 or
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.

ANNUAL: ISLAND HOME 2BR/1 BA with garage and
fenced yard. Newly remodeled. $1,200/month plus
utilities. Small pet OK. 941-795-8979. Credit check.
pletely remodeled, furnished, washer and dryer.
$1,000/month plus utilities. 941-778-1819. 2906
Ave. B, Holmes Beach.
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal view
with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to share.
Apartment has private entrance, bath and kitchenette.
All utilities except telephone included. $350/week or
$850/m6nth. Perfect for a clean and quiet individual!
Please e-mail tlyonsrq@verizon.net or call 941-928-
8735. Leave message for information and availability.
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA: AIR conditioning, washer and
dryer, water, large pool, cable. Parking only 200
steps to beach. First and deposit. Small pets OK.
$1,050/month. 941-779-1586.
townhouse, 500 feet from Gulf. Granite, tile in
kitchen and baths. Patio, private yard, washer and
dryer. $1,300/month. 941-778-4548.
PALMA SOLA BAY views: 3BR/3BA penthouse, fur-
nished condo, two miles to beach, large boat slip,
pool, tennis, Jacuzzi. $2,050/month, year lease.
LUXURY! BEACH HOUSE: Gulf views, 200 feet to
beach, 3BR/3.5BA, sleeps nine, pool-spa, elevator,
gourmet kitchen, granite tops, five TVs, golf cart. Check
pictures, prices, availability al www.coslalohta.net or call
863-581-3252.3600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
room, washer and dryer hookups, tile floors, carport,
$1,000/month; 2BR/1 BA washer and dryer hookups,
carport, $900/month; 1 BR/1 BA nice, clean, $700/
month. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVDNCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or beachdreams@tampabay.rr.com.
dryer, bay view. Quiet neighborhood. $850/month.
ber through April, luxury beachfront efficiency
sleeps 2-4. Breathtaking views and sunsets from
your own private balcony, turnkey furnished, full
kitchen, granite counters, cable TV, internet access,
heated pool, second-floor unit, elevator access,
maid service. No pets/smoking. New construc-
tion, completed at the end of 2005. $1,100/weekly,
$4,000/monthly. View pictures/slideshow at http://
photos.yahoo.com/mlmswartz2 @ sbcglobal.net.
Call 330-933-7174, or e-mail mlmswartz2@sbc-
global.net for questions/reservations.

ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA DUPLEX: Completely remodeled,
yard service, pets accepted. Large back yard, close to
shopping, trolley and beach. $925/month plus utilities.
First, last and security required. 941-730-8339.

HOLMES BEACH: POOL furnished 2BR/2BA. Oct.-
Dec. 31. Dishwasher, washer and dryer, tile through-
out, cable TV, pool. 1.5 blocks to beach. $1,400/
month or $950/month plus utilities. 941-778-3104.

NEAR BRADENTON BEACH: month-to-month fur-
nished 1 BR/1 BA condo. $750/month includes utili-
ties. References. Call Jackie, 941-929-7165.
2BR/1 BA plus den, nicely furnished. Short walk to
beach, restaurants. $950/month plus utilities. First,
last and security required. Nonsmoker, no pets.
CLEAN TURNKEY 2BR/1BA doublewide mobile
home. 55-plus community. Sandpiper Resort #200.
$800/month through December. Negotiable January
through April. 941-538-6505.
STEPS TO BEACH: 1 BR/2BA furnished, washer
and dryer, cable, internet service. $395/week. Call
941-778-1098. www.gulfdriveapartments.com.

ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach duplex unit,
3BR/2BA, garage. 309A 61 st St. Completely renovated.
$1,350/month. 404-441-6471 or 941-350-1196.

level duplex, walk to beach. Telephone, cable and
utilities provided. $1,600/month. 941-704-4646.
Martinique. Secured building. Pet OK. 941-737-0915.

December and March and April. 1BR/1BA condo.
Beachfront, furnished, two pools. Walk to shopping
and restaurants. 941-746-1873.

FOR RENT: WATERFRONT duplex. Dock with
davits. Walk to beach, washer and dryer, carport,
storage: Quiet location. $1,000/month. 727-784-
3679. Bradenton Beach.
completely remodeled. 150 steps to beach on 52nd
Street. Available Dec. 1, 2006. 330-758-3857.

dryer, furnished or unfurnished. $1,200/month.Three-six
months. Available immediately. 941-224-0800.

condo completely furnished, two TVs, porch, boat
dock. $995/month.Year lease. First, last and secu-
rity. 941-778-4451.

PRIVATE HOME FOR rent annually on water.
2BR/2BA, enclosed garage, beautiful view. One
block to beach. Washer dryer hook ups. Bradenton
Beach. $1,300/month. By owner, 941-778-6170.

HOLMES BEACH PRIME retail space: 850 sf in
small shopping center, carpeted, good parking,
picture window. $750/month. First, last, security.
LARGE DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage in Sunny
Shores. Quiet, close to everything, beaches. Avail-
able now. $850/month. 941-749-1238.
ANNUALS: 1 BR/1 BA GULF View and studio apart-
ment starting at $695/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
941-778-2307. www.franmaxonrealestate.com.
canal, large cage, boat dock, washer and dryer,
tile floors, garage, no smoking: 941-779-2005.
ANNUAL RENTAL: PERICO Island pool home, 2BR
with den, 2BA, two-car garage. $1,800/month. First,
last and deposit. No animals above 40 pounds.
Background check. 941-794-1491. 11006 Peach
Point Ct., Bradenton, FL 34209.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRAND new. Be fheirsttoJive
in this 3BR/2BA home with den. Between town and
the Island! $1,600/month. Island Real Estate, 941-
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA single-family home on
North Shore Drive in Anna Maria. $1,150/month.
Call Island Real Estate, 941-778-6066.
location, new appliances, large backyard, freshly
painted, $975/month (negotiable) garbage and yard
service included. 941-224-4091.

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Steps to beach, great neighborhood. Nicely updated.
Annual $900/month, seasonal $1,800/month.
unfurnished. 2BR/1.5BA near Anna Maria pier.
Deep-water lift.Yard service, some utilities included.

washer and dryer, utilities included. One block to
Gulf. $700/week, $1,500/month. 941-721-6090.
2BR/2BA,beach view every room. Two months
$6,500/month, six months $2500/month. Annual
$1650/month. 717-392-4048.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site

with great views of Tampa Bay. Canalfront, walk-
ing distance to beach and restaurants. $779,000.
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.
C P R:.941-794.1515. Sales, rentals, property man-
agement. Coastal Properties Realty. www.coastal-
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.

LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6 bedrooms on canal.
-Deeded beach access. Rent it out or redevelop
(adjacent property available). $799,000. Mary Ann
Namack, Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
TRIPLEX FOR SALE: Just steps to the Gulf of
Mexico! This triplex is on beautiful Anna Maria
Island, Fla. Currently a rental property with a
yearly income of $34,800. Rent out two units and
live in the other. Rent annual or seasonal. Walk-
ing distance to shopping, restaurants and trolley
stop. Asking $599,000. Easy to rent or create
your own Island hideaway! Call 646-842-0096
for more information.
and Tampa Bay from this updated beachfront cot-
tage. Deep property with room to expand. Seawall
and beach. MLS#534612. $1,399,000. Lynn Parker,
RoseBay Real Estate, 941-321-2736.

LOT FOR SALE: One block to Gulf. 50x100 feet,
cleared. $539,000. 215 71st St., Holmes Beach.
(941) 778-4036.
ALMOST ISLAND HOME: Adorable 1 BR/1 BA. Brand
new furnished, bay windows with water view. Hurricane
Force-3 manufactured home. One mile from Anna Maria
Island and one block from Intracoastal Waterway with
new marina and boat ramp. Land owned. Home owner's
association optional. $159,900. 941-224-6521.
friendly, small community next to Palma Sola Bay. A
very tidy and clean Richmond home on a double lot.
$299,000. Call Ken Jackson at Green Real Estate,
tifully updated and maintained, new roof, turnkey fur-
nished. Beach access just steps away, bay views, boat
dock, ample parking, great income rental. Room for a
pool. Convenient to restaurants and shopping. $875,000.
111 8th St. S., Bradenton Beach. Bridget Spies, ReMax
Properties, 941-308-6763. MSL# 313022.
BEACH CONDO: LIKE new. Priced below appraised
value. 717-392-4048.
WEST BRADENTON: OPEN noon-4pm Sunday. Six
months condo fees paid! Free-standing, private three-
bedroom upgraded condo with two-car garage, new
lanai. Call for details, 941-792-0763. $309,900.5605
Whipporwill Ct. off 59th Street West, Tanglewood.

OPEN HOUSE: 1-4pm Sunday. New home, 3,746 sf
3-4BR/3BA, granite/cherry kitchen, three screened
verandas. $829,000.:Horizon Realty, 941-725-7000.
303 58th St., Holmes Beach.
CANAL HOME FOR sale in Holmes Beach by
owner. $790,000. Call 717-392-4048.
UPDATED'3BR/2BA: 1,560 sf, tastefully furnished
and decorated, sold turnkey. For sale by owner.
Buyer's agents, 3 percent. $599,900 Appointments
only. 813-818-8314. 8104 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. www.bohnenberger.homesindeed.com.
struction, designer furnished, breathtaking views,
JacuzziE Great rental, walk to shopping, restaurants.
Both $995,000 or each $519,000. Captko462@aol.
com. 901-301-8299.
COURTYARD COTTAGE, 700 feet to the bay
in north Anna Maria! Some peeks of the bay!
$405,000. Call Green Real Estate for more details.
HOLMES BEACH AREA: charming canalfront home,
newly renovated, 3BR/2BA. Granite kitchen. 1.5
miles to beach. Sale, $599,000, rent $1,600/month,
or lease with purchase option. 614-207-7878.
OPEN SATURDAY AND Sunday 1 pm-3pm, refresh-
ments served. Remodeled house, 4BR/3BA.
$899,000. 941-730-3653. 408 Poinsettia Road.
Anna Maria. Island Team, Wedebrock Real Estate,
FOR SALE: ALL new beach house. 1 BR/1 BA, fully
furnished, all appliances. Sandpiper resort #521.
55-plus community on the Intracoastal across the
street from the beach. $175,000. You can't get on
the Island for less than this! 317-873-3307.

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CONDO FOR SALE: Beautiful water view. Immedi-
ate occupancy. Turnkey, only bring your toothbrush.
Condo in pristine condition. Sale by owner, seller
will carry mortgage to qualified buyers. Low down
payment, low fixed interest rate. Huge price reduc-
tion. Phone 315-733-0851.

3BR/1 BA CITY OF Anna Maria. Updated, ground-level,
close to Gulf, restaurants, shops. Furnished, includes
washer and dryer. $515,000. 941-727-5789.

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ABSOLUTE AUCTION: 4pm Sunday, Oct. 15.
4BR/3BA two-car garage, dock and lift. Two story,
3,000-plus sf, deep sailboat canal, custom home
with pool, quick bay access..Country Club Shores.
562 Ranger Lane, Longboat Key. Neal Van DeRee,
Realtor, 941-488-1500. www.vanderee.com.

PERICO ISLAND PATIO home: 1.5 years new,
3BR/2BA split plan, shabby chic, master bath, vanity,
wood-look floors. $435,000. Rhonda, 941-761-8135.
50-by-110-FOOT LOT in Anna Maria. Owner will
finance. No streets to cross to the beach! $480,000.
813-837-6224. 117 Willow Ave.
FOR SALE BY owner: Holmes Beach, Sandy Pointe
condo. 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, covered park-
ing for two cars, washer and dryer, two blocks from
beach. $335,000. 813-486-9535. sidat@hotmail.
com. 3607 East Bay Drive.

full bay views! Granite countertops, glazed porce-
lain tile, carpet, custom closets, updated baths,
plantation shutters, designer furnishings and more.
$584,500. 859-264-8644.

condo unit with fantastic view of Tampa Bay and
Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Beautiful island kitchen,
turnkey furnished. Must see. $610,000. Call 941-
778-1766 or 401-497-6327.
WATERFRONT LOT WITH 40-foot dock in gated
community. Filled and ready to build. $650,000. Call
617-803-2393, or e-mail nancyl2151 @aol.com.
BEAUTIFUL NEW 4BR/4BA Anna Maria home.
Waterfront with dock, walk to Gulf and bay beaches.
CANAL HOME FOR sale. $750,000.717-392-4048.
BY OWNER, PURCHASE or lease: Manatee river-
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Hurry! Hidden Lake Real Estate, 941-761-0444.
SWEEPING WATER VIEWS from large 2BR/2BA condo
with deeded 35-foot deep-water dock and carport. Must
sacrifice or foreclose. $499,000. 941-807-5449.
OPEN HOUSE: 10am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Waterfront, Cortez 55-plus park. Two houses. 941-
$459,900. CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA one-car garage,
boatlift, caged pool, fireplace, 1,449 sf.Two miles to
Island beaches. 941-447-9844. 4308 Bamboo Ter-
race, Bradenton.
DUPLEX ON LARGE lot, 90x108 feet. Second lot
east of Gulf Drive in north Holmes Beach resort
area. Annual tenants in place, includes well-known
Island architect's plans for complete remodel.
$885,000. 941-704-7729.
THE CROWN JEWEL of Coral Shores! The only
two-story canal home in Coral Shores. Beautiful
4BR/2BA home, 2,420 sf, 36-foot-dock, boat lift,
stunning caged pool. Two month window for sale
before going off market for seasonal rentals. Photos
and tour at mangrovehideaway.com. $749,000.815-
351-5052. 5008 Mangrove Point Road, Bradenton.
DIRECT BEACH CONDO. 717-392-4048.

CAPE CORAL CANALFRONT lots near boat ramp
and parks. Water and electric included. $110,000.
tains, you are sure to find the perfect spot to call
home. Call Nancy Gaines, Gables & Gates, 865-388-
7703, or 865-777-9191. www.nancygaines.com.
GULFFRONT LOTS: $595,000. Homes starting mid-
$300s. New master-planned oceanfront community
on beautiful Mustang Island, near Corpus Christi,
Texas. www.cinnamonshore.com, 866-891-5163.
LAKEFRONT LAND SALE: Lakefronts from
$29,900! Tennessee mountains! Grand opening!
Two days only, Oct. 28-29. Lake access parcel with
2,000 sf. Log cabin package only $59,900! Call now,
866-950-5263, ext. 1705.
the beautiful peaceful mountains of western North Car-
olina homes, cabins, acreage and investments. Chero-
kee Mountain GMAC Real Estate. cherokeemountain-
realty.com. Call for free brochure, 800-841-5868.
LIQUIDATION LAND SALE: Five to 138 acres. A
limited number of spectacular parcels are being sold
at 30 percent below appraised value. Located in
central Florida with good access, utilities, survey,
recent appraisal and excellent financing. Call today,
866-352-2249, ext. 847.

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HOT! HOT! HOT! Sparta, Tenn. Land, magnificent
views, only five tracts left. Call immediately! 888-
485-3141, Jane or Ruby at Century 21, The Wright
Choice. www.century21thewrightchoice.net.
NORTH GEORGIA: LOVELY seven-acre retreat,
located on the Cherokee/Pickens county line. Has 600-
foot trout-stream frontage in rear, 5BR/4BA house, pool,
hot tub, pasture and woodlands. Listed for $575,000.
Ron Zalkind, MetroBrokers/GMAC. 706-273-0459.
wooded lakefront lot, $66,500. 5.1-acre wooded-
view lot, $28,900. Call Lakeside Realty at 423-626-
5820, or visit www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.
VIRGINIA: MOUNTAIN LOG cabin unfinished inside,
view, trees, private, large creek and river nearby,
$139,500. Owner, 866-789-8535. VA94.com.
tain views, lakes, rivers, waterfalls. Homesites starting
at $39,900. Land/log home kits packages at $99,900.
Limited availability. Call 888-389-3504, ext. 701.
NITY! www.grandeharbor.info. All water-access
homesites direct from the developer. Beautiful east
Tennessee lake living. Most amenities already in.
From only $79,900. Possible 18 month no payments!
Call now! 888-BY-LAKES. Grand Vision Inc., Broker.
MOUNTAIN GOLF RESORT living: Beautiful Blue
Ridge Mountain location. Cashiers, N.C. 70-degree
July days. Pre-construction event Oct. 27-29 during
leaf season, so call now to attend and for more
information. 888-743-2975 and www.riverrocknc.
corn. Vision Rock LLS, broker.
NEW, PRE-CONSTRUCTION golf community:
coastal Georgia. Large lots with deep-water, marsh,
golf, nature views. Gated, golf, fitness center, tennis,
trails, oak park, docks. $70s-$300,000. 877-266-
7376. www.cooperspoint.com.
WESTERN NEW MEXICO: Private 36-acre ranch
$52,990. Mountain views, trees, rolling hills, pasture-
land, close to bureau of land management. Horseback
riding, hiking, hunting. Perfect for vacation, diversifying
your portfolio, retirement. Electricity. 100 percent financ-
ing. Additional parcels available. 866-365-2825.
N.C., Historic port city coastal development The
Bluffs on the Cape Fear. Fastest growing county
in North Carolina. Public grand opening Oct. 21.
Direct ocean access. Pre-construction incentives
to call now. www.thebluffsnc.com. 866-725-8337.
Cape Fear Bluffs LLC, broker.
A LAND BARGAIN: Wyoming, 35 acres $49,900;
50 acres $59,900. Located 90 minutes east of Salt
Lake in the foothills of the Uinta Mountains. Snow-
capped mountain views. Surrounded by government
land. Recreational paradise. E-Z terms. Call Utah
Ranches LLC. 888-541-5263.

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