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Volume 15, No. 11 Jan. 17, 2007 FREE

Beach renourishment planned for late 2007

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The good news for Anna Maria Island is that a
beach renourishment project is planned to begin in
late 2007, according to Manatee County Conservation
Lands Management Director Charlie Hunsicker.
Unfortunately for those beach areas that should
have been but weren't renourished during the disas-
trous 2005-06 project spearheaded by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, the upcoming project will only
include Coquina Beach and Cortez Beach, Hunsicker
said. A full Island renourishment project isn't scheduled



to begin until 2009 or later
And the Corps will also be involved in this proj-
ect, Hunsicker noted, although it's "not the same divi-
sion that renourished the beaches last time," he added
In other words, Manatee County will have more input
in this effort than the bungled 2005-06 attempt that ended
about one-half mile short of its objective in Bradenton
Beach. That effort also failed to renourish the .6 mile
stretch of Anna Maria beach that needed the sand.
"This is the navigable pass dredging department of
the Corps and these people have a different approach,"


Cortez Bridge and the Anna Maria Island Bridge routinely have long lines of vehicles waiting in traffic and
plenty of boaters at peak hours awaiting bridge openings. (Islander file photo)

Insurance: Legislators want t

slash rates, expand wind poo

By Molly McCartney
Islander Reporter
It looks like Tallahassee has gotten the message
that something drastic needs to be done to deal with
the state's insurance crisis.
That was the judgment of state Rep. Bill Galvano
as a special session of the Florida Legislature opened
Galvano predicted that lawmakers will slash pre-
miums as much as 25 to 35 percent and expand access
to the state's wind pool.
"What we have to do in this special session is stop
the bleeding, get stabilization in the market and then
build from there," Galvano told The Islander newspa-
Galvano, a Bradenton attorney, represents western
Manatee County, including Anna Maria Island, and has
been a leader in trying to find solutions to the insurance
The legislation proposed in the House of Repre-

sentatives calls for mandatory reductions of 25 per

in insurance premiums for Florida property owners,
Galvano said. The Senate version would cut rates by
as much as 35 percent, he said.
These rate reductions and other reforms would
be based on expanding the state's involvement in the
insurance market, including changes in the operation
of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state's insurer
of last resort, and providing cheaper re-insurance to
Legislators who rejected this approach to the insur-
ance crisis a year ago now say they will support such
ideas because the nature of the problem is now so much
Rep. Ron Reagan, an insurance agent and a Repub-
lican who represents eastern Manatee, told The Islander
that his philosophy has changed in recent months
because private enterprise has failed to provide the
insurance needed by homeowners and business.

he observed. Good thing because the project is once
again being funded by the Corps.
While the upcoming project is still in the planning
and permitting stage, Hunsicker said the Corps will
essentially utilize the sand it dredges from the Longboat
Pass for renourishment, while it's up to the county to
determine the quality and where it will go. That's a big
difference from the previous project, when Corps engi-
neers controlled virtually all aspects of the renourish-
ment, while Hunsicker and other county renourishment
experts were mere bystanders.

Bridge opening

change start time

still not clear

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Exactly when the U.S. Coast Guard intends to change
the drawbridge schedule at both the Cortez Bridge and
the Anna Maria Island Bridge remains unclear.
But it will be soon, according to Michael Lieberum
of the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami.
The Coast Guard had hoped to implement the new
times this month, in time for the busy winter tourist season.
S That effort, however, was apparently waylaid by an error
in publication of the rules in the federal registry.
Lierberum said last week he has drafted the final
rule for changing the regulations and it's been "routed
for approval," but he did not have a specific date for
'The Coast Guard understands that this is an impor-
tant issue and will ensure that city/county officials in the
area are advised as the process continues," he said.
"Once this document is published in the Federal
Register, I will be able to provide you with the exact
details and effective date for these new regulations."
Lierberum said he did not know when the order
would appear in the Federal Register, which is pub-
lished daily by the federal government.
In any event, it appears the new times might not be
implemented this winter season.
The impetus to change the bridge opening times
O for the winter season came several years ago from the
Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials, primarily
those members from Longboat Key.
SThe BIEO wrote several letters to the Coast Guard
requesting the change and, after several public hearings
on the issue, the Coast Guard approved the change.

Mold forces

AM city hall closure
The Anna Maria city staff and all office functions
are expected to move to temporary quarters at the Island
Baptist Church this week, according to Mayor Fran
Barford, while mold problems are "mediated."
City meetings will be held temporarily at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office substation
also will relocate to the church.
Telephone numbers will remain the same, said city
clerk Alice Baird. The offices will likely be located on
the second floor of the church annex in the same loca-
tion as they were two years ago when city hall had to
utilize the church for its headquarters during remodel-
ing. (See story, page 5.)

in sight, in more ways than one

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2 0 JAN. 17, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Beach renourishment this year?
"But it's just going to be for Coquina Beach and the
Cortez Beach areas," Hunsicker added. No renourish-
ment is planned for the beach in Anna Maria.
At the same time as the dredging project is in the
design phase, Hunsicker will be preparing a plan to repair
the three erosion-control groins at Cortez Beach.
He's been given the go-ahead by the Manatee
County Commission to re-design the northernmost
groin to be rebuilt as a recreational pier similar to the
one at the Manatee Public Beach. The remaining two
groins will be rebuilt, but without any top walkway.
Those two structures will remain off-limits to the
While there are no cost estimates yet for either the
renourishment effort or the groins, Hunsicker envisions
the project could start in November 2007. Funding will
come from federal and state sources, he indicated.
The Corps wants to begin dredging in March, but
Hunsicker said that would put the project in conflict
with turtle nesting season. In addition, he considers it
highly unlikely that the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service would issue permits that would conflict with
turtle nesting.
The all-Island renourishment project scheduled to
begin in 2009 or later is financed by the county bed tax
revenues, as well as some state and federal funds. The
project would be managed almost entirely by Manatee

Bridge opening time change stalls
The new times were to have been in place by
December 2006, but a publication error apparently
forced the Coast Guard to re-advertise the change and
invite further public comment.
Presently, the two bridges open "on demand" from
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the hour and at 20-minute intervals.
The new plan would establish 30-minute openings "on
demand" between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. At all other times,
the bridge is raised for boaters on demand. In emer-
gency conditions, the drawbridge is raised as needed
to aid any boater in distress.

New fishing pier?
The northern-most erosion control groin at Cortez Beach would be repaired and converted into a recreational
pier under a plan now being developed by Manatee County. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Manatee County offers neighborhood grants

The Manatee County commissioners have
authorized a program making up to $2,500 in grant
money available to a neighborhood.
The Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Pro-
gram will be explained at two meetings one
scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the South County
Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton, and one
scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Braden River
Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger

recently encouraged members of the city's parks
and beautification committee to consider whether
the city, Holmes Beach neighborhoods or neigh-
borhood-based groups might benefit from the pro-
Under the program, the county will provide
up to $2,500 to match funds or "sweat equity" for
neighborhood improvements, such as landscaping.
For more information about the county program,
call 749-3070.

Water pollution topic of garden club speaker
Maureen Hirthler, environmentalist and gardener, Drive, Holmes Beach, at 6 p.m.
will discuss how water is being polluted by fertilizers Hirthler maintains a native plant garden at her
and pesticides when she addresses the Island Garden Island home and is active in environmental move-
Club Thursday, Jan. 18. ments.
The club will open its meeting with a potluck Additional information may be obtained by calling
dinner at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina 778-1063.

THE ISLANDER U JAN. 17, 2007 U 3

Challenge tops goal amid praise

By Jim Hanson
Islander Reporter
With gratitude from all sides and praise for donors,
the Lester-Islander Challenge exceeded its goals and
hopes with the Anna Maria Island Community Center
$115,845 richer.
Donors gave substantially more than the $50,000
asked of them, and fulfilled Chuck and Joey Lester's
hopes that they would have to shell out the whole
matching pot of $50,000. For a time it had seemed
out of reach, and they even had to extend the dead-

line beyond Dec. 31
when donors seemed to
But the community came
through, giving a total of
$65,845. That amount
plus the Lesters' $50,000
brought a Challenge
record. The Lesters, as
they have done since
1996, had issued the

Police officer honored for heroism
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and Holmes Beach City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens honor
Holmes Beach Police Officer Michael Leonard for bravery and heroism. After a high-speed pursuit on Christ-
mas night, Leonard arrested a man later charged with robbing the CVS Pharmacy in Holmes Beach. Before
presenting a plaque to Leonard at a city commission meeting Jan. 9, Bohnenberger said the city was "visited
by a bad guy with a gun" on Dec. 25 and Leonard "got there just in time." Several law enforcement agencies
were involved in the arrest, including Bradenton Beach Police Department and the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office. The man Leonard arrested, John Francis Butler, 45, of Bradenton, faces multiple charges in connection
with the CVS holdup. He was also charged in a Sarasota bank robbery. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Insurance comes to head
"My belief before was that the state should not be
in the insurance business," Reagan said. "But the reality
is that the state is in the insurance business" and has a
responsibility to provide insurance products that people
need at an affordable price.
The legislative reform packages under consideration
also would help owners of small businesses and com-
mercial properties including churches and
office buildings who have been unable to
find affordable wind insurance, Galvano said
in an interview with The Islander.
"The idea would be to allow Citizens
to write wind coverage anywhere," without
regard to the state-designated wind-pool
boundaries, Galvano said.
This would be a major economic boost
for many Anna Maria Island commercial
property owners, especially those outside Galvano
the wind pool and unable to qualify for
Citizens wind policies.
Island residents and visitors would also benefit from
a healthy business community one that provides a
unique flavor to Anna Maria's traditional culture.
These pro-consumer measures reflect a massive
change in the state's political landscape in recent days
and an aggressive move by Florida's new governor,
Charlie Crist, to help consumers by reforming the
state's insurance system.
"Gov. Crist is very clear about what he wants,"
Galvano said. "He said he won't sign anything that
doesn't have a mandatory rollback in rates."
In addition to pressure from the governor, legisla-
tors are feeling the heat from their constituents, Gal-
vano said. "There has been a groundswell of support
from around the state for reform, including our area

here in Manatee and the barrier islands."
The result, he said, has "influenced lawmakers to
look past the industry and look at the consumer."
Legislators also now recognize that the unavailabil-
ity and unaffordability of property insurance, especially
wind insurance, is threatening the state's economic
"That is absolutely an issue," Galvano said.
"This plays into our economy, from how we attract
business, to affordable housing, to people being able
to stay in their homes. This isn't lost on
lawmakers and it is not lost on the gov-
Galvano said that legislators are
"hearing from people who say enough is
enough, that Florida is not the place for
them to be, and this is scary. I don't want
> to see that. I know our district depends
on our coastlines and on people coming
here to make a new life, whether for a new
career or for retirement, and if we start
seeing an exodus, it has an impact."
That doesn't mean the insurance industry has given
up on its multi-million dollar campaign for pro-industry
"There are a lot of industry voices up in Tallahassee
and a lot of lobbyists there working on behalf of the
industry," Galvano said.
Nevertheless, he feels confident that there will be
signification legislation passed to help consumers.
"There certainly is the atmosphere for getting a lot
done," he said.
"There will be a debate, as there always is, but there
are a lot of eyes on this. It affects each and every one
of our districts. It affects the state economy. And for
the governor, this is his first big test. This is the one he
has to knock out of the park, and," Galvano said, "he
is certainly approaching it in the right way."

Challenge through The Islander newspaper, pledging
to match every dollar donated up to $50,000.
Pierrette Kelly, executive director of the Center,
said "Chuck and Joey Lester's philanthropic leadership
is such a great blessing to our community, their spirit
of giving is a challenge that calls each of us at some
level of our being.
"The challenge supported by The Islander tells
us that we have unmet needs right here in our com-
munity and if you will join with us we can make a
positive difference in the quality of our lives as we
involve, enhance, enrich and inspire the quality of
life for more than 4,000 neighbors of all ages who
will benefit annually by participating in Center pro-
In 2005 the total amount raised, including the Lest-
ers' share, was $80,662. The 2004 total was $102,740
for the endowment fund.
Any additional contributions, which will be as
appreciated as the earlier donations, may be mailed
to AMICC, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216, or
arranged by telephone at 778-7978 at the newspaper
or 778-1908 at the Center.

Kaercher will tell Rotarians of
county arts council
Robin Kaercher of the Arts Council of Manatee
County will discuss the goals and programs of the orga-
nization at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of
Anna Maria Island Tuesday.
The meeting will be at noon at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Details are available at 350-4326.

Notary service at
Anna Maria City Hall
Notary services for the general public are now
available at the Anna Maria City Hall at a cost of $10
per document. Previously, the city had notarized docu-
ments such as wills, trusts and real estate transactions
for the general public without charge.
Holmes Beach also charges the public to notarize
non-municipal-related documents. Bradenton Beach does
not charge city residents to notarize personal documents,
but non-residents are required to pay for the service.


Anna Maria City
Jan. 22, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Jan. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
708-6130 www.cityofannamaria.com

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 17, 3 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
Jan. 17, 5 p.m., town hall meeting on parking.
Jan. 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
pier update, 2007 contributions, interlocal agreement
with Manatee County for Coquina Beach, redfish
tournament special event request, consent agenda and
commission reports.
Jan. 19, 9 a.m., department head meeting.
Jan. 23, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005 www.cityofbradentonbeach.org

Holmes Beach
Jan. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Jan. 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 25, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Jan. 26, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800 www.holmesbeachfl.org

Of Interest
Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Jan. 18, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire & Rescue Dis-
trict Commission meeting, Fire Station No. 1, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Agenda: Impact fee
legislation, fire boat trail and pump discussion, grant
resolution, focus statement discussion and district

4 E JAN. 17, 2007 U THE ISLANDER

$4 million-plus in works in Bradenton Beach

By Paul Roat
2007 promises to be an historic year for Bradenton
More than $4 million in capital improvement proj-
ects are slated to commence and be completed within
the city in the next 12 months, a record unsurpassed
since the first beach renourishment project in the city
in 1992-93.
The work will stretch the length of the city.
Probably first to reach fruition will be the Coquina
Beach Trail, a joint Manatee County-Bradenton Beach
project that will add an 8-foot-wide pathway to the park
from Fifth Street South to just west of the Longboat
Pass Bridge.
That project was approved by Manatee County
commissioners last week, and is scheduled to com-
mence very soon with a completion date within 60
days. Cost is about $250,000.
Probably the biggest and longest-awaited effort
of the city is resurrection of the city pier restaurant.
Bradenton Beach officials have secured a $2. 1 million
line of credit to build a 92-seat restaurant, as well as
dockmaster, tackle shop-informational kiosk buildings
and rest rooms. Floating docks will also be constructed
to the south of the pier, located east of Bridge Street in
Anna Maria Sound.
Building official Ed Me Adam has said that South-
ern Cross Construction of Sarasota proposes to have
the restaurant area completed by July 1. The floating
dock structure, paid for in large part by grants, will be
completed by late June. Overall construction is due to
be finished by early August.
Rotten Ralph's Restaurant will manage the pier

Holmes Beach

addresses sand pile

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city officials designed a plan to sat-
isfy residents who want to see sand on Island beaches
not piled high on a city lot.
"I believe we addressed their concerns," Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger said, referring to the city's answers
to complaints about the staging area north of city hall
for the Key Royale Bridge and ongoing Holmes Beach
dredging projects.
A complaint from 244 property owners at West-
bay Point & Moorings and Shell Point condominiums
arrived at Holmes Beach City Hall Jan. 4. The letter
detailed concerns about the staging area.
The complaint stated that the property owners
"vehemently protest the continued existence of the
unsightly mess adjacent to the basketball court.
"As you know, the mess referred to is the assort-
ment of sand piles, piles of lumber, various pieces of
equipment, vehicles and other miscellaneous items nor-
mally associated with a construction site."
At the time the complaint was filed, city officials
were already trying to address what residents consid-
ered a nuisance about a block north of city hall on what
once was a parking lot near the recreation field. A fence
had gone up in an effort to shield the staging site and the
city public works department planned to plant "vegeta-
tion and shrubbery," according to Bohnenberger.
On Jan. 9, Bohnenberger, Holmes Beach City Com-

restaurant as a franchisee of the city, paying $8,500 a
If the pier work is the biggest capital improvement
project in the city, a sidewalk-streetscape effort sched-
uled to start in August will be the longest a path
off Gulf Drive along the east side of the road that will
run from the northernmost border of the city to Cortez
Through a Florida Department of Transportation
grant, a 5-foot-wide sidewalk will link existing paths
in a trail through the city, with low-level landscaping
featured. All of the sidewalk will be handicap-friendly,
according to DOT's Chris Piazza.
There will be a jog off Gulf Drive at 22nd Street to
Avenue C to avoid the S-curve, Piazza said.
Total cost of the DOT-funded project is about
Another Gulf Drive pathway project will take place
south of Cortez Road to Fifth Street South. Mitch McK-
night, of the engineering firm of Wilson-Miller, said he
hopes to go out to bid fora contractor any day, with an
award expected by April and construction to start soon
The project includes sidewalks on the east and west
sides of Gulf Drive, landscaping and paved crosswalks
at the sidestreet intersections.
Three trolley shelters will be constructed in the
$350,000 project, mimicking an Old Florida style
with metal roofs and open sides, on the east and west
sides of Gulf Drive at Second Street and at Fifth Street
South. There will also be a crosswalk constructed at
Gulf Drive at Fifth Street South to tie into the Coquina
Beach Trail starting point.

mission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens and public works
superintendent Joe Duennes informed Westbay Point
and Shell Point residents of additional efforts to dimin-
ish the nuisance.
Construction equipment and materials used in
the reconstruction of the Key Royale Bridge will be
removed by the summer, when the project is com-
To alleviate residents' concerns about the dredging
material, dredging work in the future will be conducted
out-of-season, the mayor said.
Also, the city plans to build a barrier around the
sand pile to contain any runoff and to lower the height

Curbing will be added along both sides of the road-
way as well, McKnight said.
Beachgoers will enjoy boardwalks and shower
facilities at the beach-Gulf access points at both Bridge
Street and Fourth Street South.
At the Cortez Road/Gulf Drive intersection, some
significant improvements are planned, according to
Susan Kenney with the engineering firm of PBS&J.
Resurfacing of the roadway from the Cortez Bridge
west to and including Gulf Drive will commence shortly
after April 30. Also included in the project is replac-
ing the dangling traffic signals with a solid mast-arm
arrangement, which has been mandated for all traffic
signals in Florida due to storm/wind codes.
Based upon comments by Bradenton Beach
Scenic Highway Committee members, Kenney said
she would also look at reconfiguring the intersection's
northbound eastern turn lane onto Cortez Road to
encourage more traffic to flow onto that road rather
than stack up on Gulf Drive. She also was going to
install measures that would keep the intersection
more clear of vehicular traffic when the bridge draw
is open.
Cost of the project is about $472,000, she said.
Minimal traffic impacts are expected for the inter-
section work, Kenney added.
Also within the capital projects in the city is the
dredging of the two canals at Anna Maria Sound off
21st Street, at an estimated expense of $88,000, and
the ongoing Waterfronts Florida Program at $50,000
for two years.
It promises to be a year of challenging projects for
Bradenton Beach and its motorists.

Privateers mullet smoke
is Saturday morning
Just in time for "Super Bowl"
mullet spread appetizers and
fantastic eating, the Anna Maria
Island Privateers will again have
Sa mullet smoke in the Publix
parking lot, 3900 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach, Saturday, Jan. 20,
with the smoking starting in the
wee hours and sales expected to
start at 7 a.m. And like all mullet
T smokes, it is expected to be a
sell-out, so line up early, said a
spokesperson. Proceeds go to
the Island civic organization's
scholarship fund, as well as to its
ongoing charitable assistance.
For information, call Privateer
Greg "Wig" Luzier, 752-5973.
Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

of the pile to below the height of the fence.
Regarding concerns from residents, many of them
seasonal, and some city officials that the staging area
impacts the basketball court, Bohnenberger said, "We'll
get that fenced in and put a gate on the street side."
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Com-
mittee briefly discussed the city's plans during meeting
Jan. 10.
"The dredging equipment will be leaving in April
and it will be coming back in April 2008," said com-
mittee chair Jim Dunne.
"When they return after this dredging season it will
appear much better," Dunne continued.

j ,. to all who contributed to the Anna Maria Island Community Center
for the Lester-Islander Challenge. Your generosity will go a long way

toward creating an exciting new Center in the future.
Chuck and Joey Lester and The Islander

THE ISLANDER U JAN. 17, 2007 5 5

Anna Maria City Hall moving once again

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
While most newly elected officials get a bit of
a honeymoon before a crisis strikes, it would be hard
to say that to Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford. In fact,
it looks like she doesn't get a honeymoon after her
November election, just another crisis.
Barford told city commissioners at their Jan. 11
worksession that city hall has to move this week into
temporary quarters at the Island Baptist Church because
the mold problem caused by a leaky roof last summer
is now a potentially serious health hazard. She plans
on having the repairs begin this week.
"We need the staff to be out by Jan. 16," Barford
told commissioners and asked for authorization to sign
a lease with IBC.
City commission and board meetings will be held
for the interim at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
The mayor apologized for bringing the issue to the
commission on such short notice, but cited the health
concerns involved.
"I really hate to come to you with this, but this is a
health hazard and we consider the situation very serious
and we have to move out as soon as possible," she said.
She anticipated the city would utilize space at IBC
for about four to six weeks, but the commission voted
to approve the $300 per week rental for space at the
church for an indefinite period.
Commissioners also approved up to $5,000 to move
the telephone and computer lines to the IBC.
Island Baptist Church was used as a temporary city
hall two years ago when city hall was remodeled.
But the mayor wasn't done with the "moldy" issue.
She reluctantly had to inform the city commis-
sion that the Florida League of Cities has denied the
city's insurance claim for repairs caused by mold after
water poured in through a temporary roof covering last
summer during a severe thunderstorm.
That occurred while Roof USA of Weeki Wachee

JAN. 18-28


was installing a new roof on city hall. The company had
placed a temporary shelter over the roof, but the cover-
ing collapsed during the storm, causing water damage
to the interior of city hall and eventually creating the
mold problem.
The contractor and its insurance carrier covered the
actual damage caused by the water but not the mold,
which environmental specialists have estimated will
cost $18,000 to remove.
City attorney Jim Dye, however, said he believes
the city would have a good case to recover its costs,
including moving expenses, if it sued the contractor.
Commissioners agreed to discuss that issue when
the total cost to repair city hall is known.
Lot split ordinance
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick placed herself
squarely in opposition to a proposed ordinance that
would require a formal plat process if two or more
parcels were split, in addition to requiring a minimum
amount of frontage on a public road.
Mattick said the city is adopting a "father knows
best" role in the issue and the proposed ordinance would
take away property rights and diminish some property
values. She also had a host of questions related to the
ordinance and what would happen if it passed.
Harry Lockwood of North Shore Drive spoke
in opposition, noting that his 1.25 acres would be
directly affected by the ordinance. He said he had
no plans to sub-divide his property, but wanted to
retain that right for any new owners in the event the
property is sold.
Commissioners John Quam, Christine Toilette
and Duke Miller favored the ordinance, while Com-
missioner Dale Woodland said he needed to see the
information requested by Mattick before making a deci-
sion. He also wanted to know how many lots in the city
would be affected by the ordinance.
Barford said she would assemble that information,
but cautioned that with city hall moving to temporary




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to complete the assignment.
Commissioners agreed to postpone further discus-
sion until their Feb. 8 worksession. Barford said the
material should be available by that date.
New FPL contract
Barford reported that there was little interest by
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach in joining forces
to negotiate a new contract with Florida Power & Light
to provide electrical power to the city. The current
agreement expires this year.
The commission agreed to have the mayor and
Quam look at the proposed new contract and "deter-
mine any leverage" the city might have with the power
Anonymous complaints
Commissioner Woodland suggested the commis-
sion revisit its current policy to allow anonymous com-
plaints about code violations, but commissioners were
reluctant to make any changes.
Currently, anonymous complaints are allowed and
the city's code enforcement officer is only "reactive"
to complaints and does not seek out offenses.
Code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon said that's
been the city's policy in the five-and-a-half years she's
been on the job and she would "not want to see that
taken away" from the public.
She said she's seldom found any complaint without
merit. She also noted that all cities allow anonymous
Woodland's suggestion that the mayor review all
complaints to determine which ones could be anony-
mous and which would have to be signed was dismissed
by the remaining commissioners as "placing way too
much on the mayor," according to Miller.
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the current policy on anonymous complaints and the
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Op inion

The fungus among us
There's a mold problem in Anna Maria.
During roofing repairs at city hall last year, a sudden
thunderstorm overwhelmed the temporary roofing material
put in place over the building. Rainwater drenched offices
and equipment overnight, creating a soggy mess of things.
The office downpour was enough to cause a signifi-
cant and lingering mold problem.
The growing mold issue reached a peak last week,
when testing revealed the nasty stuff had saturated the air
to such a degree that work in the building was deemed
dangerous. City hall was evacuated while much, much
more extensive action is awaited.
Wags could comment that government moves so slowly
that mold grows in city hall, but we won't go there.
What is important to note, though, is that mold is a
serious health threat, and that the problems in Anna Maria
serve as a lesson we should all take to heart.
Be it flooding caused by a thunderstorm, a hurricane
or even a leaky air conditioner, water damage is a real
problem in our sub-tropical world. It takes more than a
fan to dry it out, a mop or a towel to cure. Water damage
effects can produce long-lasting health concerns.
The solution is usually extensive and expensive.
Simply drying a soaked carpet doesn't work to stop the
growth of mold and mildew unfortunately, floor cover-
ings have to be replaced.
Ditto for saturated drywall, molding, cabinets and some
furniture. Health experts suggest that soaked homes get an
extreme makeover to avoid future health problems.
Thankfully, the city of Anna Maria is facing its mold
problem straight on and we hope for a speedy return to a
new, fresh workplace.

'Monumental' thoughts
It's nice to see that there will be a monument for
veterans on Anna Maria Island. Another one, that is.
Long in the talking stage, but short on any action, it
appears that Manatee County commissioners will finally
fund a flagpole and plaque commemorating the sacrifices
made by the men and women in the military who served
our country at Coquina Beach.
We wonder, though, if Leffis Key is the best location
for the many elder men and women of military service
to gather periodically to remember their service. A long
trek through sand, shell or gravel to a flag pole appears to
be yet another sacrifice asked of those who have already
given so much to us, and one that could be avoided.
Wouldn't a similar effort at Manatee Public Beach,
with its handicap parking spaces, easier access to the deck
and ready-made seating, be better for everyone?
And what's wrong with the veterans monument
adjacent to Holmes Beach City Hall at the Anna Maria
Island Butterfly Park? There's an attractive marker, a large
American flag, adequate paved parking, walkways and
benches. There's even a water fountain.
What's really the point of a monument at Coquina Beach?
If it's for Bradenton Beach to have its own, then city hall, the
library or the pier look more attractive to our eyes.

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'Inadequate' thanks
I am writing to thank you for the tremendous honor
of being Person of the Year for your newspaper.
As you know, the past year has been a difficult one
for my family and me. We have been consistently encour-
aged, however, by the generosity of this community.
We sincerely appreciate every ounce of compassion,
from a simple phone call or card to the fabulous events
that have been orchestrated. The kindness that has been
bestowed upon us has been truly overwhelming.
To simply say thank you seems inadequate.
In 2007, 1 intend to be back at the Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School and the Holmes Beach Police Department as
school resource officer and to return to being a giver instead
of recipient of kindness in this fabulous community.
This unfortunate turn of events has taught me so
very much and I truly do feel like George Bailey in "It's
a Wonderful Life." My wife and family thank each and
every one of you for your thoughts, prayers and all that
you have done during this trying time.
May we all have a happy, safe and healthy 2007.
Officer Peter Lannon

Decision validated
Should there be need of proof that the decision to
remove all of the alley growth in Anna Maria City was a
good decision, I call attention to the fact that an FPL truck
was able to replace an aging pole with a new one and
accomplish all of the required wiring change-over using
the bucket on the truck, behind a residence under construc-
tion in the middle of the 400 block of Spring Avenue.
Civic and corporate city responsibility obligate
such requirements on all of us for the health, safety
and welfare of the citizens of Anna Maria. Should the
necessity of the pole change have been due to hurricane
damage, and our alleys not being accessible, I venture
that many poles could have gone down, and weeks
without power would have been the net result.
Consider the detriment to normal living and the
resultant hardship in there not being access to our lines
after a storm emergency. There remain many trees
blocking access to our city-owned alleyways, or ease-
ments. I call upon the city administration to finish the

obligatory removal of sheds, trees, fences and other
barriers to access in our alleys. There really is a reason
for having access to our easements.
Chuck White, Anna Maria

More crosswalks, please?
A recent trip to Anna Maria Island was a pleasure.
Your white, sandy beaches, intriguing shops and wonderful
restaurants are a joy. The trolley is a superb way to enjoy all
of the Island's amenities without having to drive as well.
However, we as pedestrians had a real problem as we
tried to interact and avoid motorists to cross your streets.
Pedestrian crosswalks were few and far between. I
understand that crosswalks are very difficult to install
on state roads, and expensive on any highway, but even
those who are nimble have a problem dodging traffic,
especially during your high season.
Couldn't some crosswalks be installed north of
Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria,
at least in high pedestrian-use areas? The skateboard
park and "downtown" Anna Maria City come to mind
as good locations for streetscape improvements to make
it just a little easier to get across the road to see what's
on the other side, without placing one's life at risk.
Jan Guffey, Sarasota

Bury the lines
I would like to make a suggestion to our Island
officials and citizens: Let's work on getting funding
together to get rid of our dangerous, impractical and
unsightly overhead utility lines before another hur-
ricane season is upon us. Let's bury the lines like
Longboat Key did many years ago!
Not only do the overhead lines look terrible, but
when we have a large storm, whether tropical or not,
some or all of us lose our power and usually for sev-
eral days. The overhead lines also pose a serious danger
to all of us when they fall, as well as to the utility work-
ers trying to restore our services.
My understanding is that Longboat Key managed
to get most of the cost covered by grantss. It seems a
good first step would be for the cities to look into writ-
ing grant proposals.
Toni Lyon, Holmes Beach

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Developers not yet 'out of time'

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Bankrupt GSR Development LLC is apparently out
of time to file its disclosure statement and reorganiza-
tion plan with the federal bankruptcy court in Tampa.
Then again, the company wants more time to keep
from being out of time.
When GSR filed its bankruptcy papers on July 13,
2006, Judge K. Robert May gave the company until
Nov. 13 to come up with a reorganization plan and file
a full financial disclosure statement.
But the company failed to make that deadline,
instead asking and receiving an extension until Jan. 9.
Even the extra two months appeared to be too much
of a burden for the financially strapped company and
its principals, Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega.
On Jan. 8, just one day before the deadline, attor-
ney Richard Prosser, representing GSR, filed a "second
extension" of the time period during which only GSR
can file a disclosure statement and reorganization plan.
GSR now asks for an extension of the "exclusivity
period" to Feb. 28, nearly eight months after the origi-
nal bankruptcy papers were filed.
If granted by May, it would allow GSR to retain the
"exclusive" right to file a reorganization plan and dis-
closure statement, effectively preventing the company's
numerous creditors from banding together to file their
own reorganization plan.

Prosser claimed that GSR's chief restructuring manager,
William Maloney, "requires additional time to finalize his
marketing plan"to sell GSR's Anna Maria Island assets.
When the company filed for bankruptcy, it listed
$44 million in assets compared with just $33 million
in liabilities.
During the initial bankruptcy hearing, however,
federal bankruptcy court trustee Theresa Boatner had
questioned GSR on the whereabouts of approximately
$4 million that she could not account for, but Byrne and
Noriega assured Boatner that the location of all funds and
assets would be established in the financial disclosure
statement, which at that time was due in November.
Prosser also said in his motion that GSR "prefers
to circulate a draft of its disclosure statement and plan
or reorganization" to the creditor's committee prior to
filing the document with the court.
He also claimed the motion was "not submitted for
purposes of delay and will not prejudice any party."
But the motion is likely to draw the ire of the cred-
itor's committee, which has been lobbying for all GSR
assets to be put up for auction to the highest bidder.
Prosser also asked the court to set Feb. 20 as the
"bar date" for claims against GSR. If approved, no
claims against GSR would be accepted after that day.
Judge May scheduled a hearing on both motions for
9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the federal courthouse
in Tampa at 801 N. Florida Ave.

In the Jan. 15, 1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach Mayor Bob VanWagoner sent
the Anna Maria Island Privateers a letter asking for
removal of their boat float from a vacant lot at the
corner of Clark Drive and Clark Lane. The mayor
said the boat was stored illegally and violating a
city code.
The Florida Department of Transportation com-
pleted a walkover bridge adjacent to the humpback
bridge on North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria. The
project took more than five years from design to com-
pletion, with the cost rising from an estimated $50,000
to more than $180,000. The DOT funded all but $5,000
of the project.
TBS Construction of Sarasota was approved
by the Bradenton Beach City Commission to begin a
$126,000 repair project of the city pier. A state grant
will fund $100,000 of the repairs, while the city will
contribute the remainder.

FPL trims up before hurricane season

Islanders will be seeing a number of tree trim-
ming trucks and crews from Asplundh Inc. the next
few weeks as Florida Power & Light is in the midst of
trimming trees around its lines to ensure uninterrupted
electrical service to the Island. FPL has contracted with
Asplundh for the work.
"We prefer to call it 'line clearing,'" said FPL
spokesperson Mel Klein.
"It's something we do on a regular basis in our
system and we're trying to get it done on the Island
before the next storm season."

Klein said the trimming of trees, including man-
groves, is permitted under regulations established by
the Florida Public Service Commission, and the com-
pany takes extra care when dealing with mangroves or
any tree that affects a power line.
"We try to ensure we don't injure the tree and we try
not to remove any trees unless absolutely necessary, "he
said. 'We try to establish a balance between maintaining
service to our customers and protecting the trees."
Klein said he would announce a completion date
as soon as it's available.

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U.S.-lraq War library lecture draws crowd

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
James McCartney ran down the list of U.S. mili-
tary conflicts he covered during his 35-year career as a
Washington, D.C., correspondent.
The Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos,
Libya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Lebanon, Grenada, Iran,
Panama, Iraq, Somalia, Haiti, Serbia, Afghanistan.
The United States has been operating as an
empire, McCartney told his audience of more than
80 people attending the Friends of the Island Library
lecture Jan. 9.
"I think many Americans have a notion that this
nation stands for peace in the world," said McCartney,
of Holmes Beach.
"My experience as a reporter suggests to me that
we are not quite the peace-loving nation that Americans
like to think," he continued.
McCartney's lecture topic "Iraq and Beyond:
Can America Rule the World?" was determined
months ago, but it proved timely on Tuesday.
Media reports that day contained early accounts of
U.S. forces staging airstrikes against suspected al Qaeda

fighters in Somalia and 1,000 U.S. and Iraqi forces bat-
tling insurgents in Baghdad. The newspapers McCart-
ney once reported for contained reports that President
George W. Bush would propose a "surge" of 20,000
troops in Iraq during a televised speech the next night.
McCartney said his topic would be timely for
decades to come. "Nobody in this room is going to live
long enough to see a time when there is not a substantial
U.S. force in Iraq," he said, stirring some whispers from
audience members.
McCartney, a teacher at the Longboat Key Educa-
tion Center and a columnist with the Bradenton Herald,
began his journalism career with the Chicago Daily
News in 1952 and went on to Washington, D.C. As a
reporter, he covered every president from John Ken-
nedy to Bill Clinton.
McCartney, citing a 1980 State of the Union
address, credited Jimmy Carter with establishing the
U.S. policy prescribing military force if needed to pro-
tect oil interests in the Persian Gulf.
He said George H.W. Bush applied the policy in
1991 with the Gulf War. George W. Bush then applied
it with the Iraq War in 2003.

"We must face the fact that we' ve made a terrible
mistake in Iraq.... I'm far from alone in believing that
this was a terrible mistake," McCartney said, going on
to cite conservative and liberal critics of the war.
"The truth is it is indeed another Vietnam and
cannot be won," he said. "But there's a larger picture.
The truth is we cannot run the world."
After his talk, McCartney took questions from an
audience seeking his opinion on the nation's energy
interests, potential presidential candidates and the
media's coverage of the war.
Regarding the media, McCartney pointed out that
representatives with the New York Times and the Wash-
ington Post, two of the nation's most prominent papers,
both admitted failure in covering the buildup for war.
'The media did a lousy job in the buildup," he said.
Audience members at the morning lecture, and also
an afternoon lecture, said they appreciated McCartney's
"I think these kind of events are important to have,"
said Melanie Barlow, of Holmes Beach. "We need to
have discussion about these big issues, not just in Wash-
ington but in Anna Maria, too."

Sister tells audience of modern-day slave trade

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"Jobs available immediately: Wanted regionally or
internationally. Healthy men, women and children, vul-
nerable or minority individuals strongly preferred."
The local newspaper isn't likely to carry such a
classified ad promoting work days of 20 hours, seven
days a week, 365 days a year for little or no pay. No
sick leave. No holidays. No benefits. No freedom.
But somewhere in the United States, at this moment,
women and children are being held against their will,
forced into servitude in fields, brothels, restaurants,
warehouses and factories.
That was the sensational but sober Saturday morn-
ing message Sister Patrice Colletti delivered to an audi-
ence at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Colletti, of Milwaukee, led a three-hour seminar
on "Human Trafficking and Slavery." St. Bernard, as
well as other area churches, the Venice diocese, Project
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"How big is trafficking? It is second only to drugs
as an illegal industry in our world," Coletti said. "If this
was a corporation it would be huge."
Colletti is a nun, a member of the Sisters of the
Divine Savior, which in 2002 established an interna-
tional mandate to address the issue of human trafficking.
The U.S. province of the Sisters of the Divine Savior
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Last year, the Salvatorians founded SAVE: Salva-
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dinate efforts to address what Colletti characterized as
a global epidemic.
One role of SAVE is to simply make people aware
that human trafficking in the United States did not end
with the Emancipation Proclamation.
An estimated 50,000 to 70,000 people are trafficked
into the United States each year for domestic work, migrant
farm labor, manufacturing and restaurant work or the sex
trade, according to the U.S. State Department About 18,000
to 20,000 people are trafficked into the United States by the
use of deception promises are of an education or better
job but realities are modem-day slavery.
Around the world, an estimated 800,000 people
are trafficked each year across international borders in
a $10-billion enterprise.
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forced marriage, as well as emotional discussion about
human bondage and inspirational prayer about action.
"What we're going to do today is kind of take a
journey ... in the area of human trafficking and slav-
ery," Colletti said.
In 2001, the nun went to Rome for a six-week meet-
ing of the Sisters of the Divine Savior. There the order
decided to make fighting human trafficking and slavery
a top priority.
At the time, Colletti questioned the importance of
the issue in the United States. "I grew up believing
that in the late 1800s, when we had the Emancipation
Proclamation, we freed the slaves. I thought we didn't
have slaves," she said. "I was very wrong. Not only is
slavery alive and well in our world, it's alive and well
in every part of the United States."
The estimated 50 seminar attendees included
parishioners, doctors, social service professionals,
teachers, students, law enforcement officials and other
interested Island residents.
The audience sat in St. Bernard's activity hall, a
large room lighted on Saturday with sunlight through
an open door and stained-glass windows and a bulb in
Colletti's projector.
The projector displayed on a screen images of men,
women and children sold into slavery in the United
States, some of them sold into slavery in Florida.
'The names are changed," Colletti said, "because
even when a slave is freed in the United States there is
often a risk. Often organized crime has been involved."
Colletti talked about "Maria," a woman taken
from China to New York City, where she was sold for
$6,000 to a Florida manufacturer who forced her to
make clothes for retail sale.
The sister spoke of another woman who came
to the United States to earn money for her family in
Without legal work papers, the woman went to
work for a tomato grower in Florida who told her that
if she tried to leave, law enforcement would be called
out, that she would be raped and tortured and then sent
home. She was also told that if she tried to escape, her

family would be harmed.
"We know that some of those people are being held
against their will to do the agricultural labor to put toma-
toes in our supermarkets," Colletti said, referring to the
laborers in citrus groves and produce fields in the state.
You, she told audience members, might drive by a
woman working in a field and not know she's a slave.
"She is invisible" Colletti said.
Two representatives of the sheriff's office attended the
forum to emphasis the agency's partnership with the commu-
nity in the war on human trafficking and answer questions.
"America is known as a land of the free and a home
of the brave and so when we think of what the Constitu-
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people among us today are ... forced to work in the
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Three "delicious, malicious"
wives are promised for the
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Maria for "The Smell of the
Kill," juxtaposed with their
three necessarily bumbling
husbands Thursday, Jan. 18,
until Feb. 4. Curtain time
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calling 778-5755.

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Audience members said the seminar left them sur-
prised and shocked.
"Until today, I thought this was something that
couldn't happen close to home," said audience member
Craig Whitten of Bradenton. "Now I know it could be
happening in a mansion down the street or a bungalow
on the Island."
Caroline Whitten said, "I knew about the obvious
circumstances the mail order brides, the children
coerced into sex work, which is horrific. I didn't know
that some of those people out in the fields don't chose
to be there or that my car has parts made by slaves."
"It makes me sick, just makes me sick," said Islander
Joe Pate. 'Talk about a corruption of the American dream.
Gives you a new perspective on 'made in America.' "
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'Stars of Tomorrow' opera
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The Bradenton Opera Guild has scheduled its 19th
annual "Stars of Tomorrow" concert for the Sarasota
Opera Association from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21.
It will be in the Robert Steward Auditorium of
Bayshore High School, 5401 34th St. W., Bradenton.
Featured will be participants in the apprentice artists
program of the Sarasota Opera. Admission is $12.50,
and tickets may be arranged by calling 753-4587.

'Thoroughly Modern Millie'
production in January
Manhattan in 1922 will come to Bradenton through
Jan. 22 with the Manatee Players presenting the high-
energy musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the
Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St.
Tickets at $23, $11 for students, may be reserved
by calling 748-5875 weekdays. Curtain time is 8 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.
Brittany Odell is cast as Millie. With her are Greg
Wiegers, Andrea Petsinger, Seva Anthony, Justin
Clement, Nancy Apatow, Frank LaPace, Tim Kalin-
owski, Mari Anne Stewart, Tahlia Byers, Kylie Fitch,
Raven Jones, Corinne Woodland, Emily Ross, Libby
Flemming, Grace Waugh, Brian Sullivan, Chris Ferro,
Mike Foster, Ryland Jones, Richard Brandt and Eyan
Scott Keys is director and choreographer, with Rick
Kerby choreographing tap numbers. Musical direction
is by Todd Lindamood, costumes by Cassandra Mocko-
sher, scenery by Marc LaLosh.
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Widowed Persons Support Group
sets program
The Widowed Persons Support Group of the Anna
Maria Island Community Center has announced its
agenda through March, with meetings the second and
fourth Monday of the month.
It is for any widowed person, meeting from 9 to 10
a.m. at the activity hall of St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The schedule for the next several meetings:
Jan. 22, Phyllis Elfenbein, play director of the Anna
Maria Island Players, discussing the group's programs
and her experience in the theater.
Feb. 12, "coffee and conversation."
Feb. 26, Suki Janisch, who is with Southeastern
Guide Dogs, telling of the role of a guide dog.
March 12, "coffee and conversation."
March 26, writers Susan K. Frost and Andy Little
talk about writing and editing.
Additional information may be obtained at 778-

Big band dance scheduled
for community center
The 15th annual big band dance, featuring the Bob
Zimmerman Orchestra, will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb.
8 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach.
The dance is a benefit for the Anna Maria Com-
munity Center.
A 50-50 raffle is on the program, said Sandy Haas-
Martens, who is in charge of ticket sales. Event tickets
are $12 per person and may be obtained by calling her
at 778-1383 or the Center at 778-1908.
A check will be presented by the sponsoring
Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island during the dance,
and the club's Stretch Fretwell said the amount raised
usually is in the neighborhood of $2,000 to $3,000.
This is in addition to the $5,000 the club donated to
the Center'sjust-ended Lester-Islander Challenge fund
drive, he noted.

Bingo resumes Thursday
at Annie Silver Center
Bingo play will resume at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18,
at the Annie Silver Community Center, Avenue C and
23rd Street, Bradenton Beach.
Play will continue at the same time every Thursday
through March. It is open to the public and is smoke-
free, said a spokesperson. Additional information may
be obtained by calling 778-1915.

Chamber's first 2007 event
is Tuesday dinner
The first major event of the year of the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce will be its "dinner with
wine" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23.
It will be at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach, with six courses and appro-
priately paired wines.
Chef Darrell Mizell will prepare the food, and a
wine expert will present the wines. Cost is $45. Com-
plete information may be obtained by calling Mary Ann
Brockman at the Chamber, and RSVPs may be noted
at 782-1122.

Chamber's 'sunrise breakfast'
charge increases to $8
To keep dues down, breakfast will go up. That's the word
from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, which
is boosting its breakfast price beginning in February.
The networking breakfasts until now have cost $5,
but like everything else breakfast costs more now. In the
case of the regular "sunrise breakfast," that comes to $8.
Said Mary Ann Brockman of the chamber, "We
need to raise the user fee for this event to defray costs
and to keep dues from being significantly higher."


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By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
It's not too late to register for the Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School Dolphin Dash, a 5K and 1-mile run through
Holmes Beach Saturday, Jan. 20. The event is a fundraiser
for the school's Parent-Teacher Organization.
Pre-registration forms are available from the school
administrative office, 4700 Gulf Drive, or can be down-
loaded from the Bradenton Runner's Club Web site:
Pre-registration costs $20 for adults and $10 for
children under age 16. There will be a $5 increase for
participants registering on race day.
Registration the day of the race will begin at 7 a.m.,
with the start of the 5K race at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile

run start at 9 a.m. from AME.
T-shirts will be provided to the first 500 entrants.
Ribbons will be awarded to all who complete the 1-
mile run and awards will be presented to winners of
the 5K race in the following categories: Overall male
and female winners, as well as masters (40+), grand
masters (50+) and first- through third-place finishers
in separate age categories ranging from 9- to 80-years
old. The awards ceremony will be held in front of the
Door prizes and refreshments will be available after
the race. Parking for the event is at St. Bernards Catho-
lic Church, 248 S Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more event information, call Becky Walter at

SAC to smooth transition, Levengood 'excited'

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Elementary School Advisory
Committee greeted incoming Principal Tom Leven-
good at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16. The meeting had
been rescheduled from Jan. 8 in order for Levengood to
meet the team of parents, staff and community members
that will serve as a transition team to ensure all goes
smoothly for AME's new principal.
"We will be helping familiarize Levengood with
recognizing 'who's who' within the school commu-
nity and helping him acclimate to how our new school
has been operating," said SAC chair Michael Pierce.
"Levengood has been a part of our school system so
long I think he will be a great asset to our school. As
a SAC, we want to do whatever we can to help him
understand the school's past and new projects. We're
a unique school in a lot of ways."
"I'm excited," Levengood said, but he was quick
to add that leaving Bayshore Elementary was not an
easy decision. "I've been there for 12 years and have a
wonderful staff and students. But, I'm anxious to have
a smaller school."
Levengood said he is a family-oriented person and
loves the idea of getting to know the students, parents
and staff at AME.
"I welcome being a part of a small community," he
said. "I believe it isn't just teachers students learn from,
but also parents and community members. Everyone
together teaches."
Levengood grew up in a small Pennsylvania village
where his dad attended a two-room schoolhouse and his
mom was the postmaster. He told The Islander he remem-

AME PTO meeting Friday
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Organization has changed its meeting time to Friday
mornings following the results of a membership survey
conducted prior to the winter break.
PTO President Shannon Dell said although few
PTO members responded to the survey, which had been
sent home with students, a small majority indicated
they were better able to attend a morning meeting as
opposed to the Tuesday evening meetings traditionally
held by the organization.
The first morning meeting will be held in the school
cafeteria at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19.

Deadline for class Jan. 17
The deadline for registration for the Anna Maria
Island Community Center's class in making garden
stepping stones with stained glass is 5 p.m. Wednesday,
Jan. 17.
The classes will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 and Jan. 24. Glen
LeFevre will instruct in cutting and grinding the glass,
grouting and polishing the finished product. Cost is $55
for members, $60 for nonmembers.
Interested artisans may sign up and receive further
information by calling 778-1908.

Brass-rubbing to be discussed
Jim Davis will discuss his display of replica monu-
ments and tomes, and his brass-rubbing art now fea-
tured at the Anna Maria Island Branch Library at 6 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 22.
Those attending the lecture may try their hand at
creating brass rubbings of their own. The exhibit will
be through January at the library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Details are available at 778-6341.

bers what it's like to live in a small town and go to a small
school and welcomes returning to familiar ground. Miss-
ing a small school setting, Levengood considered apply-
ing for the principal's position when Tim Kolbe left.
"At that time I was in the middle of the design
phase of Bayshore Elementary's rebuild and I wasn't
willing to leave before the project was completed."
His wife, Becky, is AME's part-time reading
coach, so Levengood has had an opportunity to visit
the Island school on occasion. He came out when staff
was moving into AME's new building and for the dedi-
cation ceremony. He also attended the Parent-Teacher
Organization's Spring Fling with his wife.
"At the Spring Fling, I met a lot of people, not
knowing I'd need to remember who everyone is," he
said. "I'm just looking forward to meeting everyone."
AME's outgoing Principal Kathy Hayes said the
utilization of the SAC as a transition team for the new
principal was recommended by Dr. Roger Dearing, dis-
trict superintendent, who appointed Levengood for the
transfer from Bayshore Elementary School.
"The transition team is something that has never
been done before," said Hayes, who is transferring to
Gullet Elementary. "So there is no formal process for
the team to follow.
"I think Tom will do a fine job at Anna Maria," said
Hayes. "I'm thankful my successor is an experienced prin-
cipal. Since AME does not have an assistant principal, I
believe the school needs someone with previous experi-
ence handling all facets of the job. He'll do a good job."
Levengood said he will be working with the SAC
to plan a meet and greet opportunity for him to get to
know the Island community.

Chamber card exchange
to be Jan. 24
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is
sponsoring a business card exchange from 5 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

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*Lunch: Ravioli or Popcorn Chicken, Breadstick,
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Wednesday, Jan. 17
10 a.m.- The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine
Ave., opens with the smell of "Settler's Bread," available for $4 a loaf.
Information: 778-0492.
Noon to 4 p.m. Stretch Fretwell of AARP conducts a two-
afternoon driving course for seniors, Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 779-2639. Fee applies.
Noon The Anna Maria Garden Club will learn about "Deco-
rating Clay Pots" from Jean Taylor at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave. Information: 778-2607.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Instructor Barbara Hines invites Islanders
to "Sit 'n' Knit" in an Anna Maria Island Community Center class at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information. 778-1908. Fee applies.
2 p.m. Bonner Joy, publisher of The Islander, discusses the
newspaper's 15th anniversary in the local business series at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The "Parenting with Love and Logic" group
sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets at the
School for Constructive Play, 305 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Thursday, Jan. 18
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Longboat-Lido-St. Armands Keys
Chamber of Commerce holds its annual meeting and awards break-
fast, Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive. Information: 383-
2466. Fee applies.
9:30 a.m. to noon Artist Susie Cotton teaches the Anna Maria
Island Community Center intermediate watercolor class at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sherry Fideler begins a six-week ses-
sion in beginning tai chi for arthritis for the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
5 p.m. The gates to the Manatee County Fair open. The fair
continues at various hours through Jan. 28 at the fairgrounds, 1402
14th Ave., Palmetto. Information: 722-1639. Fee applies.
6 p.m. The Island Garden Club holds a potluck dinner and a
discussion with speaker Maureen Hirthler on pesticides and fertilizer
at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-3580.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Solutions To Avoid Red Tide holds Oceanfest,
a dinner, program and benefit at Mote Marine Laboratory on City
Island, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. Information: 941-747-5656.
7 p.m. Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community
Center, corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-1915.

All Island Denominations
Invites the community to join them in
Celebrating a quarter century of unity and service
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria 941-778-0414
Offerings to support the All Island Denomination Scholarship Fund* Rev. Dr. Frank McGrath, President
AID Congregations: Episcopal Church of the Annunciation Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Harvey Memorial Community Church Roser Memorial Community Church
St. Bemards Catholic Church

7:30 p.m. Manatee Audubon holds a monthly meeting at
the First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 758-2929.
8 p.m. The Island Players deliver an opening night perfor-
mance of "Smell of the Kill" at the group's playhouse, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-5755. Fee applies.

Friday, Jan. 19
9:30 a.m. Friends of the Island Library board meeting, Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.- Larry Auerbach offers instruction in
bridge play through the Anna Maria Island Community Center at the
Volunteer Fire Hall, 201 Second St. W., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-1908. Fee applies.
10:30 a.m. to noon Line dancing sponsored by the Anna
Maria Community Center takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anna Maria Island Community Center
hosts Food for Life cooking session, "Planning Healthy Meals," at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-1908.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.- Paula Schoenwether demonstrates Pho-
toshop techniques, Anna Maria Artists Guild gallery, 5413 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
7 p.m. "Vinology: The Art and Science of Wine" takes place
at South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
746-4131, ext. 14. Fee applies.
7:30 p.m. Scott Blum performs oldies in a concert in G.T.
Bray Park Amphitheatre, 51st Street West, Bradenton. Information:

Saturday, Jan. 20
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club holds a break-
fast meeting at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach. Informa-
tion: www.annamariakiwanis.org.
9:30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. The Pilates class sponsored by the
Anna Maria Island Community Center takes place at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
1908. Fee applies.
1:30 p.m.- Anna Maria Island Community Chorus & Orches-
tra holds a young artists competition, Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 727-9886.
2 p.m.- Manatee Players host trumpeter Leon Merian, River-
front Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 748-5875.
Fee applies.
8 a.m. Anna Maria Elementary School and the Bradenton
Runner's Club host the first Dolphin Dash, a 5K fitness run and a 1-
mile fun run. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile starts at 9 a.m.,
AME, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 708-5525.

Monday, Jan. 22
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Widowed Persons
Support Group hears from Phyllis Elfenbein, a director at Island Play-
ers, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1908.
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at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Jim Davis discusses his replica brass monuments
and tombs at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.
4 p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a Monday@Mote pro-
gram featuring Dr. Kumar Mahadevan and Dr. David Niebuhr, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.

Tuesday, Jan. 23
8:30 a.m. The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce holds "How to Prevent Identity Theft and
Fraud," chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Information: 383-2466.
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Artist Susie Cotton teaches the Anna
Maria Island Community Center intermediate watercolor class at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 778-1908. Fee applies.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Home schooling field trip and festival hosted
by Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441. Fee applies.
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets with guest
speaker Robin Kaercher of Arts Council of Manatee County at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 350-4326.
7 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a
wine dinner, the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach. Information: 778-1541. Call for reservations.

Wednesday, Jan. 24
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Local artist Glen LeFevre teaches a
garden stepping-stone class for the Anna Maria Island Community
Center at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce hosts a business car exchange at the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
6 p.m. "It's Not Your Grandma's Bingo" fundraiser with wine
and dinner, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive
S., Longboat Key. Information: 383-2345. Fee applies.

The Island Players present "Smell of the Kill" Jan. 18 to Feb. 4
at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 10009 Gulf
Drive. Information: 778-5755.
"Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Manatee Players Riverfront
Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through Jan. 28. Information:
Art by Peggy Potter at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, through Jan. 31.
James Pay Exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, through Feb. 2. Information: 778-2099.
Dr. Kenneth Alonso discusses Christian mystics in "The Way of
the Heart," 7 p.m. Monday through March 26 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, Holmes Beach.
A variety of classes from basic drawing to stained glass to
oil painting are under way at the Anna Maria Island Art League,
5312 Holmes Beach Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.

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Jean R. Kerpen
Jean R. Kerpen, 89, of Bradenton, died Jan. 7.
Born in Lebanon, Ky., Mrs. Kerpen came to Mana-
tee County in 1968 from Little Rock, Ark. She worked
for the A.C. Nielsen Rating Co. and taught school in
Palmetto. She was active in the Island Players. She was
a member of the Galley Maids at the Bradenton Yacht
Club. She was an avid bridge player and golfer. She
was Presbyterian.
Memorial services were Jan. 10. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs,
4210 77th St. E., Palmetto FL 34221-9270. Shannon
Funeral Home, Westview Chapel, was in charge of
She is survived by husband Frank and several
nieces and nephews.

Dorothy 'Dottie' Ann Schultz-Holz
Dorothy "Dottie" Ann Schultz-Holz, 68, of Bra-
denton, died Jan. 8.

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Mrs. Schultz-Holz moved to the Anna Maria Island-
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bingo and writing poems.
Visitation was Jan. 12 and a Mass of the Resurrec-
tion was Jan. 13 at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Bra-
denton. Mansion Memorial Funeral Home, Ellenton,
was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband William E"Bill" Holz;
sons Buddy Besemer and his wife Helen of Fort White,
Neal "Skip" Schultz and his wife Joyce of Bradenton, and
James Holz and his wife Meredith of Palmetto; daughters
Tina Baker and her husband Ken of Tallahassee, and Patti
Searles of Long Island, N.Y.; brother Billy Honohan and
his wife Alice of Oakboro, N.C.; sisters HelenMcHugh and
her husband James of Holiday, and Margaret Donohue of
Palmetto; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Norman R. Veenstra
Norman R. Veenstra, 94, of Holmes Beach, died
Jan. 3.

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Mr. Veenstra was born in Chicago, Ill. He was
retired as vice president of New York Terminal
Warehousing and owner of Veenstra Real Estate in
Action in Massachusetts. He was a graduate of Rose-
land Christian School and Calvin College. He was a
combat veteran of World War II, serving in England
as a tail gunner on a B-24 in the 237th AAF Base
Unit. He was a volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy
Association of New England. He was a justice of the
peace in Florida and New England. He enjoyed golf
and tennis.
There were no services. Covell Cremation and
Funeral Home, Bradenton, was in charge of arrange-
He is survived by wife Albertine; sons Norman of
Washington, D.C., and Lester and his wife Margaret
of Harrowgate, England; daughters Marion McEttrick
and her husband Joseph of Milton, Mass., and Pamela
Hyde and her husband Dwight of Antrim, N.H.; two
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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German-born, Forster became
U.S. citizen to fight during WWII
Palma Sola resident Peter Forster had already
graduated from high school and was working as an
apprentice machine operator in Cleveland when the
Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and America entered
World War II.
His company managed to get him a deferment
from the draft, partly because his work was considered
important to the war effort and partly because Peter
wasn't a U.S. citizen.
Born in Rostock, Germany, his parents had immi-
grated to the United States when he was just 2 years
old. His father had fought for the German Army
during World War I and Peter grew up speaking fluent
But he was raised as an American and was bound
and determined to fight for his new country.
"I grew up in America and America was my coun-
try. I considered myself an American. I told my boss not
to ask for any more deferments, that I thought I might
do more for the war effort by getting into combat. I
didn't want to sit home and do nothing while everyone
else was in the service."
Indeed, Peter's parents were totally opposed to the
Nazi regime in Germany and Peter already had one
brother in the U.S. Navy.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army in November
1943 and trained for the armored (tank) branch of the
Just after basic training, however, his commanding
officer called him in and said that because he was still
a German citizen, if he were captured by the Nazis, he
would likely be executed as a traitor to the fatherland.
He was sent before a federal judge and was granted his
U.S. citizenship that day.
On June 3, 1944, Peter boarded the U.S.S. New
Amsterdam along with 10,000 other troops and headed
for Europe. It was the first time the New Amsterdam
had made the Atlantic crossing on its own and the third
day out, Peter was awakened at 4 a.m. to the sound of
depth charges, guns firing and a call to man the life-
"It was a mad rush to get up on deck. We all figured

Palma Sola resident Peter Forster as a combat sol-
dier during World War II.
we had been torpedoed, but as soon as we got to our
stations, the captain said it was only a drill and told us
that the invasion of Europe had begun." It was June 6,
Peter didn't have an assigned unit and was consid-
ered a replacement for one of the armored units already
fighting in France. He spent two months in England at a
replacement depot waiting for assignment, then landed
at Omaha Beach on Aug. 14.
Assigned as an ammunition handler with the
10th Armored Division, part of Gen. George S.
Patton's rapidly advancing 3rd Army, Peter got a
quick welcome to the war as his unit drove across
the Mossel River.
"The convoy got stalled, then the Germans opened
up with mortar shells. One landed in the truck in front
of me and killed everyone. I jumped out and learned
how to dig a foxhole in five seconds."
Peter's unit delivered ammunition to the tanks at
the front during the usual nighttime lull, but the tank


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commanders didn't want an ammunition truck any-
where near them. "If the Germans shelled the tank and
hit us, everything would have exploded and the tankers
didn't want any part of that," he said.
Eventually, Peter became the assistant driver of a
gasoline truck an equally dangerousjob and took
over when the driver was wounded by a mortar.
"Once again, I was just lucky. If the mortar hits
the gas tank, we're blown into a million pieces," said
The 3rd Army under Patton was advancing rapidly
across France and, in late November, Peter's company
crossed the border into Germany, becoming the first
American outfit to reach enemy soil.
"Patton showed up that day to have his picture
taken just so he could tell everybody he had set foot in
Germany. He was quite a showman."
Because of his fluent German, Peter was often
assigned to interrogate prisoners and to guide tanks.
He got his own jeep and was given the task of guiding
tanks and supply trucks to the front lines.
"Unfortunately, there was no job classification for
my duties, so I had to remain a PFC. Other guys were
getting promoted, but not me," he laughed.
On Dec. 17, 1944, Peter's unit was scheduled to
be sent to the rear as a reserve outfit, and Peter and his
pals looked forward to some real beds and showers.
Alas, it was not to be.
The Germans launched their offensive in the
Ardennes that became known as the Battle of the Bulge
and Patton ordered his army to advance north to stem
the German advance.
Peter's outfit was ordered to the town of Bastogne
to find gasoline for Patton's advancing tanks.
"It was scary. We were headed north and all
the other guys were running south, away from the
battle. We reached a town called Noville, where we
got some gas. I was then ordered to Bastogne to
get more gas. When we got to Bastogne, we went
to VIII Corps headquarters, but there was nobody
there. In fact, the town was deserted. They had all
left in one hell of a hurry. We knew the situation
was grim, but it was night, so we decided to sleep
on the floor."
The next day, Peter and his buddies felt a little
better when units of the 101stAirborne Division arrived
to take up defensive positions.
"Later that day, we learned that we were sur-
rounded." And there wasn't any gas because the fleeing
soldiers had blown up all the fuel depots to keep them
from falling into German hands.
"So, I became a rifleman and took up a post on the
perimeter. We were all under the command of Gen.

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McAuliffe of the 101st. The Germans asked him to sur-
render and he said 'nuts.' I don't think they understood
what he meant."
What Peter did understand was that the weather
was lousy and no air support or supplies were forth-
coming. The town was surrounded, there was no
gas, no ammunition and little food. "That's when
we became the Battling Bastards of Bastogne," he
The Germans attacked relentlessly, but the Ameri-
cans held the line. On Dec. 23, the weather cleared
and supplies and ammunition were dropped into the
town. After an attack on Christmas Day by the Germans
failed, the Americans began their own offensive and
broke through the German encirclement.
Peter's unit was eventually withdrawn and sent
back to resume its duties with the 3rd Army crossing
into Germany.
By February 1945, the German resistance had
begun to crumble. Peter's duties continued as an inter-
preter, but now he was often called upon to translate
civilian disputes with the military.
One day, Peter won a drawing to get a three-day
pass in Paris. Once in the city of lights, Peter ran into
an old Cleveland buddy now in the Air Force and sta-
tioned in Paris. His buddy told him of a new directive
that anyone with engineering experience could be trans-
ferred to an ordinance outfit immediately.
Back with the 10th Armored, Peter immediately
put in for a transfer, although his commanding officer
was extremely reluctant to lose a good driver and an
excellent translator.
Peter, however, still had his driving duties.
One day while taking two officers and another man
up to a combat team on the front lines, they passed
through a village they thought had been cleared of
German soldiers.
"We immediately came under heavy fire. I wheeled
the jeep into an alley, jumped out and ran into a nearby
house," he remembered.
There, he found a German boy and got him to take
a note back to the tank at the edge of town asking for




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help. When the tank arrived, the German soldiers appar-
ently thought they were being attacked in force.
'They waved a white sheet and asked to surrender. I
told them to thrown down their weapons and we would
take them to the rear."
Peter was a bit surprised to count 67 German sol-
diers who had surrendered. "It was just me, another
guy and two officers against them. Most of them were
just young kids, boys. I got a nice Walther pistol as
a souvenir. I ended up leaving the prisoners with a
unit of the Free French that was behind us. I quickly
forgot about the incident, but I later learned that the
two officers put themselves in for an award for the
surrender and each got a Silver Star. And they never
even mentioned me."
On another occasion, Peter was driving a lieutenant
known for his risk-taking to a company on the front
lines when the Germans mortared the jeep.

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"I immediately jumped out and shouted for him to
get moving, but he just stayed in his seat."
A few seconds later, a mortar round exploded by
the jeep and splattered the officer with shrapnel.
"He was wounded pretty bad, but I got him to a
field hospital. He was so grateful he gave me his .45
automatic pistol to keep. That night, the guys celebrated
because we figured the next guy wouldn't take as many
chances, not with the war winding down."
Near Stuttgart, Peter got his taste of one of Hitler's
wonder weapons.
"We were bombed and strafed by a plane that made
a strange sound and didn't have any propellers. It was
a German jet. The next day, we captured the airfield it
had flown from and got to look at a jet up close. We
were fortunate the Germans didn't have more of those
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many, it liberated a camp called Dachau near Munich.
It was one of the first concentration camps built by the
The sight of men nothing more than skin and bones
and the stack and stench of dead bodies horrified Peter
and his unit.
"It was a shock to see these people. We hadn't
heard about the camps. When we asked the locals, they
all replied that they knew nothing about Dachau. Of
course, that was a lie."
A few days before the Germans surrendered, Peter
got his transfer to the ordinance department, where he
was promptly promoted to sergeant.
"That was the good part of the transfer," he said
with a laugh. "The bad part was that they put me to
work fixing tanks to be shipped to Germany, while my
buddies in the 10th Armored sat around with nothing
to do but eat and drink."
Luck, however, was once again with Peter. An ama-
teur photographer, he started his own photo lab. When
his commanding officer learned of his hobby, he had
Peter develop some pictures. When he saw how good
they came out, he pulled Peter out of the tank repair
duty and made him the company photographer.
He also got some much-needed rest and relax-
ation on the French Riviera at Monte Carlo. While
there enjoying the sea and sun, Peter learned that
the atomic bomb had been dropped on Japan. Then,
on Aug. 15, the Japanese surrendered and the war
was over.
"Now, everyone is adding up their points to get sent
home, and my total was just a bit short. If I had gotten
that Silver Star like those two officers, I would have
gone home."
Instead, Peter was assigned for occupation duty
with the 71st Infantry Division. His battalion had one
30-day leave back in the states available, and Peter got
the award because of his combat experience.
Even though he was told he would have to return
to Europe, Peter didn't mind. "Thirty days back home
sounded pretty good."
Once he landed in Boston, however, Peter's luck
again held. An officer interviewed him and said that
because he had so many points, there was no reason
for him to be sent back to Europe. Instead, Peter was
given his honorable discharge and left the service on
Dec. 9, 1945.
He returned to his old job with the Bardons and
Oliver machine company, where he met a pretty young

AID to celebrate 25 years

in special service
All Island Denominations, the organization of most of Anna Maria Island's churches, will note 25 years

of service to the Island Jan. 28, with AID scholar-
ship beneficiaries invited to participate.
The special anniversary service will be at 7 p.m.
at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. It is open to everyone in the com-
munity, said AID's president, Dr. Frank McGrath.
Making note of the occasion will be new/old
officers of AID elected at a meeting last week.
McGrath, a retired minister and educator, was re-
elected president; the Rev. John C. Bonser,
vice president; Janet Robinson of the Episco-
pal Church of the Annunciation, secretary;
and Rein Mueller, of Gloria Dei, re-elected
AID was All Island
founded in 1982
by the Rev. Myron Brunnell, pastor of Harvey
Memorial Community Church, and two laymen, the
late Brendan Green of St. Bernard Catholic Church
and Joe Kane of Harvey.
The organization committed itself to helping
people in need on the Island and/or members of an
Island church. It was formed as and remains a refer-
ral organization, McGrath said, with needy individu-

secretary in the personnel department. They were mar-
ried in 1946 and are still together. They have two chil-
dren and two grandchildren.
Peter took engineering classes at night at Cleve-
land State and eventually became a professional engi-
neer. He became director of engineering for the Motch
Machine Co. in 1950 and stayed there 33 years before
retiring in 1983.
He and Lee moved to Palma Sola that year and
purchased their home in San Remo Shores. They are
still there today.
"I have no regrets about my service," said Peter. "I
wasn't going to sit home and take a deferment while
others were in the fight. I was very fortunate and very
lucky. It was a job that had to be done. I certainly wasn't
a hero. The heroes are still over there. I was just lucky
to make it through and come back in one piece."
Just another member of the Greatest Generation.

als or families referred by their pastors.
AID's best known program is scholarships,
which it provides graduating high school seniors
who are going on with their educations, or students
who are enrolled in college, and some others. In
1995 it started its Frank W. Hutchinson scholar-
ship, named for a 14-year Roser pastor. This year
it is seeking those who have received scholarships
to invite them to the special service Jan. 28.
AID also is moving into more ecumenical
activities, such as churchwomen's activities
and the Inquiring Minds series in which it is

Denominations This
the organization has Super Bowl Sunday on its
program putting collection bowls at the front of
churches for special attention by generous donors
on the day of the Super Bowl.
The Rev. Gary Batey, pastor of Roser, is coor-
dinating the anniversary celebration. Member
churches are Annunciation, Gloria Dei, Harvey,
Roser and St. Bernard.

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entertains at AME Tuesday
Mr. Bones BBQ will cater the Anna Maria Elemen-
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day, Jan. 23. After dinner family entertainment will be
provided by "Mr. Jiggles" in the school auditorium.
Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the caf-
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with all the fixings, veggie fried rice and cole slaw.
Dinner costs $7 for adults and $5 for children if
pre-purchased, and $1 more if purchased at the door.
Meals-to-go will also be available.
At 7 p.m. Mr. Jiggles, a juggler and entertainer, will
Advance tickets for the PTO dinner are available in
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By Kevin Cassidy
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center's bas-
ketball season is off and running all the way to King
Middle School in Bradenton. There are games being
played in King's new gym Monday through Friday, so
get out and catch the kids in action.
Premier Division:
IRE 49, WCAC 40
Al Barrett scored 18 points and handed out six
assists to lead Island Real Estate past West Coast Air
Conditioning on Jan. 11. Jordan Graeff added 12 points,
while Zach Schield chipped in with 11 points and three
blocked shots.
Chad Reed and David Tyson each scored 15
points to lead WCAC's offense. Reed also grabbed
10 rebounds for West Coast, which also received five
points from Celia Ware in the loss.

Ralph's 37, IRE 31
Garrett Secor scored 17 points and snared 12
rebounds to lead Rotten Ralph's past Island Real
Estate on Jan. 8. Jacob Stebbins added 12 points and
10 rebounds for Ralph's, which also received four
points and four rebounds from Brandon Gangler in
the victory.
Al Barrett paced IRE in scoring with nine points,
while Zach Schield added eight points and 17 rebounds.
Jordan Graeff and Kyle Aritt rounded out the scoring
for IRE with four points apiece in the loss.

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Anna Maria Oyster Bar received four points from
Ryan Schroeder and two points from Emma Barlow
as the team outscored the Destroyers 6-3 in overtime
to secure the Jan. 10 victory. Schroeder finished with
a team-high 17 points, while Brett Rocklein added 12
points, five assists and five rebounds. Barlow finished
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rebounds, while Danziger Destroyer teammate Kelly
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A Paradise 37, Cycles 23
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Travis Belsito led ReMax with six points, while
Patrick Sheedy added four points in the loss.
A&E 38, Duncan 16
Becca Butler exploded for 17 points and 12
rebounds as Air & Energy cooled off Duncan Real
Estate on Jan. 9. Stephanie Purnell added eight points
and Taylor Wilson chipped in with seven points to
round out the A&E scoring.
Duncan Real Estate was led by Josh Schmidt and
Kalif Mora, who each scored eight points in the loss.
Division III:
Kumon 18, Publix 16
Neil Carper scored two of his game high 10 points
in overtime as Kumon overcame a determined Publix
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WCAC 0 2
Division I
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Oyster Bar 1 0
Danziger 1 1
Cycle 0 2
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apiece from Chris Burdick and Logan Reiber.
Publix was led by Burke McCampbell-Hill's eight
points, while Cameron Brauner and Joey Salinas each
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Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club's men played a nine-hole,
two-best-balls-of-foursome game on Jan. 8. Gordon
McKinna, Fred Meyer, Al Kaiser and Mike Selby
combined to fire a nine-under-par 55 to secure club-
house bragging rights for the day. There was a two-way
tie for second place with twin 57s. The teams of Bob
Sayles, Bob Lamp, Tom Lewis and Chuck Boes and
Russ Olson, Merritt Fineout, Charlie Knopp and Matt
Behan both finished two shots back.
The ladies of Key Royale Club teed it up on Jan. 9
for a nine-hole, individual-low-net game. Sue Hookem
fired a one-over-par 33 to capture flight AA over second-
place finishers Penny Williams and Marilyn Thorton,
who tied for second with 35s.
Linda Kelly's even-par 32 was one shot better than
second-place finisher Nancy King, while Kathy Geer-
aerts and Joyce Brown both shot 36 to finish in a tie
for third.
Terry Westby shot a one-over-par 33 to finish one
shot ahead of Markie Ksiazek and Mary Miller in Flight
B-C. Mary Ann Kaemerlen and Sally Keyes each shot
36 to tie for fourth place.
Flight D was won by Joanne Brougher with an
even-par 32, two shots ahead of second-place finisher
Erma McMullen, and Theresa Schutt and Roxanne
Koche finished in a tie for third with a pair of 36s.
The team putt competition was won by Cindy Miller,
Cindi Mansour, Mary Selby and Penny Williams with
an average of 15.5 putts over nine holes. Sara Falk, (No.

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5), Nancy King, (6) and Erma McMullen, (9) each had
chipins to add a little excitement to their round of golf.
The week that was in golf culminated with the Key
Royale men playing an 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-four-
some game on Jan. 10.
The team of Gordon McKinna, John Purcell, Fred
Meyer and Mike Selby fired an even-par 120 to finish two
shots ahead of the team of Vince Fanton, Bob Landgren,
Ernie Hauser and John Sager and the team of Jim Mixon,
Gino DiClemente, Dale Hudson and Neil Hammer.
Third place went to the team of Jim Thorton, Hal
Seres, Bill Melvin and Earl Ritchie with a score of 123,
while two teams finished in a tie for fourth with scores
of 126.

More golf news
Attention senior golfers: The Men's Senior Golf
Association of Manatee County has openings for golf-
ers over age 55 to play in a twice-weekly league. The
association plays at the Manatee County Golf Course
and River Run. There are prizes and a hole-in-one

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Jan. 18 8 p.m. WCAC vs. Ralph's
Jan. 22 8 p.m. IRE vs. Ralph's
Division I (ages 12-13)
Jan. 17 8 p.m. Cycles vs. Oyster Bar
Jan. 22 7 p.m. Cycles vs. Danziger
Jan. 23 8 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. Paradise
Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 17 7 p.m. A&E vs. Dips
Jan. 23 6 p.m. ReMax vs. Dips
Jan. 23 7 p.m. Duncan vs. A&E
Division III (ages 8-9)
Jan. 17 6 p.m. Ross vs. Jessie's
Jan. 18 7 p.m. Kumon vs. Ooh La La!
Jan. 22 6 p.m. Ross vs. Ooh La La!
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Jan. 18 6 p.m. Orthopedics vs. BeachHouse
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Jan. 11, 102 Mangrove Ave., theft. The complainant
said someone had taken blueprints and permits from a
construction site.
Jan. 11, 812 N. Shore Drive, theft. The same
complainant as the previous report said someone had
taken more blueprints and permits from this construc-
tion site.

For more information, contact Hugh Benedict at
761-0702 or Karl Sturtz at 778-2920. You can also get
information by e-mailing hube860@aol.com.

Horseshoe news
The Jan. 6 horseshoe games at the Anna Maria City
Hall pits saw 24 players whittled down to two teams
after pool play action. Sam Samuels and Al Norman
teamed up to defeat John Crawford and Bob Lee by a
23-9 score to earn bl,,,,in rights for the day.
Three teams advanced from pool play on Jan. 10
with perfect 3-0 records. Al Norman and Bob Hains
defeated Artie Kingstad and Tom Rhodes in the first
playoff match, but then fell to the waiting team of Herb
Puryear and Bob Mason by a 23-11 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednes-
day 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

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Bradenton Beach
Jan. 1, 500 block Bay Drive South, theft. The
complainant said someone had taken a windsurfer
from his house. A neighbor said he had seen some-
one take the board and load it into a pickup truck,
and noted the tag number. Further investigation was
Jan. 9, Coquina Beach, sexual battery. Bradenton
Police contacted Bradenton Beach police officers after
a woman was admitted to Blake Medical Center after
a sexual battery incident on the beach. The woman
said she had met a man at the beach after conversing
with him and agreeing to meet on the Internet. At the
meeting, he pulled off her pants and attempted to rape
her. She broke away and went to the hospital. The
investigation is continuing.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 6, 5600 block Carissa, Marchman Act. Officers
observed an apparently intoxicated woman who could
not give an address of where she was living. She was
taken to jail.
Jan. 7, 5501 Marina Drive, Catcher's Marina, theft.
The dockmaster said someone took a fuel tank from his
boat. The tank and fuel was valued at $360.
Jan. 7, 400 Manatee Avenue, affray and resisting
arrest without violence. Officers observed a man and
woman engaged in a physical altercation. Both com-
batants were handcuffed, the man resisted, and both
were charged. The incident apparently involved owner-
ship of a hat, and both appeared to have been drinking
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Jan. 8, 3700 block East Bay Drive, burglary.
The complainant said various items had been strewn
throughout the parking lot, apparently from a robbery
of an unlocked vehicle. Wireless headphones valued at
$160 were missing.
Jan. 8, 3700 block East Bay Drive, burglary.
Another unlocked vehicle was robbed and a bike bag,
valued at $40, was missing.
Jan. 8, 3700 block East Bay Drive, burglary. Yet
another unlocked vehicle was robbed and a garbage
disposal and tarps taken.
Jan. 8, 700 block Manatee Avenue, burglary. The
complainant came to the police department to explain
that someone had rummaged through his unlocked
vehicle overnight. Nothing was missing except old
receipts, he said.
Jan. 8, 3700 block Sixth Avenue, burglary. The
complainant said that someone had taken his change
tray and a cellular phone from his car overnight.
Jan. 10, 5600 block Gulf Drive, criminal mis-
chief. Someone damaged a wall at the condomin-
Jan. 10, 699 Manatee Ave., Bank of America,
fraud. The complainant said she transferred $62,373
to her account to close on her new residence, and
when she received her statement from the bank dis-
covered that $10,000 had been transferred from her
account. She said the bank was investigating the
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Sad record last year for our manatee friends

History was made last year for manatees grim
A total of 416 manatees died last year in Florida
waters, one more than the previous record of 415 set
in 1996. Of the 2006 figure, 86 were attributed to fatal
manatee-boat "interactions," the second-highest rate
since recordkeeping began more than 30 years ago,
according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission.
As with all things scientific, FWC waffled in its
announcement, stating that "scientists are unsure as to
whether the increase [in deaths] reflects manatee popu-
lation growth, increased mortality or better detection
of carcasses."
Significant numbers within the breakdown on man-
atee deaths had 131 listed as "undetermined," 86 from
watercraft accidents, 74 from natural causes, 71 from
perinatal issues and 21 from cold stress.
Actual population of the gentle marine mammal
in Florida's nearshore waters is always controversial.
FWC officials have said that the first census of mana-
tees in 1991 placed their numbers at 1,268. The counts
have mostly risen during the last few years to a high of
3,300 in 2001. Experts estimate there are actually about
3,100 manatees off our coasts or in Florida's rivers and
But the counts are mostly conducted through aerial
surveying on one day of the year. A few years ago, only
1,200 or so were counted on what turned out to be a
cloudy day with relatively poor water clarity.
Factor in the skill level of those doing the count-
ing, and you've got not much more than a snapshot of
how many sea cows are out there, rather than a real
But the death toll is real, and the watercraft count
is a hard fact.
And all the data are coming out just as the FWC
commissioners are considering changing the status of
manatees from "endangered" to the lesser-protected
category of "threatened."
Consider the comment of Helen Spivey, co-chair
of the Save the Manatee organization in Florida.
As reported in the St. Petersburg Times, she said
of the FWC comments on the death count, "I think
it's a professional spin as good as the Democrats and
Republicans put out. I think it's just spin, and I really
hate to see a state agency spin something that means
so much to an imperiled species."

Boating love is all in the family
My old buddy Capt. Jonnie Walker likes to advise
us all to "take a kid fishing, and one day he'll take
you." It seems that adage holds true for boating among
women, girls, and probably everyone else.
According to a survey conducted by BoatU.S.,
"parents play an important role in teaching their daugh-
ters recreational boating skills. But when girls grow up,
many women believe there aren't enough boating edu-
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for women."
The "Boating Learning and Education Survey for
Women" by the national boating organization "showed
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them boating skills, and 47 percent also said they had
first gone boating before age 10."
As BoatU.S. put it, "What the survey essentially
tells us is that families play an important part in intro-
ducing boating to young girls, but as adults they want
to learn more in relaxed settings, perhaps away from a
well-meaning spouse."
More than two-thirds of women surveyed said
they had taken some type of formal classroom boat-
ing training, 73 percent had some hands-on instruction,
and 59 percent agreed there was clear support for more
all-women courses. A whopping 80 percent of the 400
women surveyed said more hands-on events for women
are needed.
Boating courses requested by the survey respon-
dents went far beyond the usual line handling and
which-side-of-a-marker-do-I-pass category, too.
Women want some serious motor-head skills offered.
Instruction in boat systems such as engines or electri-
cal systems was requested by 71 percent; navigation,
62 percent; and upgrading boat-handling skills, 52
"The respondents to the survey were notjust first
mates," according to the survey. "More than three-
quarters currently own either a powerboat or sail-
Years ago I realized that communication is the most
important aspect of any boating maneuver. Explain
what you plan to do well before you do it, especially
during a docking exercise. On a little boat, sometimes
it's easier to politely ask someone to just get out of
the way. On larger vessels, explain what's coming up,
who should take which line and affix it to which cleat
or piling, and what precautions should be taken during
the operation.
It's all pretty simple. Don't yell at your female
friends while boating or anyone else, for that matter
- and let anyone take the helm as much as they desire.
Explain what's going on and why it's happening, and
listen to any suggestions.
It makes for a much more pleasant day on the

More boating thoughts
Winter is traditionally the nadir of boating season
in Florida. Face it: It's a lot more pleasant to go out on
the water when that water is 85 degrees and the sun is
warm, than it is to face those cold northers with what
feels like freezing spray coming over the bow.
But this winter is shaping up to be anything but
normal, with 85-degree afternoons and water tempera-
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If you're going out on the water, take a few minutes
to check out all your gear.
Mooring lines chaffed? Replace them. Ditto
for your anchor line, and when you do replace
it, add another 100 feet or so. That extra length
could spell the difference between safety and
disaster if something bad happens when you're
trying to hunker down in a safe harbor during a
It may sound silly, but also be sure that your anchor
line is affixed to something on the boat before you drop
the hook. There are far too many stories floating around
of someone inadvertently tossing out an anchor in water
deeper than expected and watching the whole apparatus
sink to the bottom because oops! who forgot to
tie it off?
And don't toss the anchor. It needs to be lowered
gently over the side so the Danforth flukes on the
anchors common in our part of the world can catch on
the bottom. I went for a long, long swim once to retrieve
a runaway boat where someone tossed the anchor and
I didn't double-check to see if it was set before we all
went ashore.
There are few things worse to hear than the com-
ment, "Hey, isn't that our boat floating away?"
And don't forget to wear some kind of polarized
sunglasses. Not only do they keep your eyes from
frying in the sun, they also help you see through the
glare on the water, allow you to judge bottom depths
better and let you see any critters in the water, like
Check flares, compressed air horns and life jackets
now, too. Replace what is outdated, and add to what
you've got stocked up as needed. Get some fresh sun-
screen, too.
And be careful out there!

Sandscript factoid
We've had history past with manatee mortality.
Now we've got "history" 250 million years in the future
on a global scale.
In something called geopredictions, scientists are
looking at land-mass shift in the future, based on what's
happened in the past.
The background on all this is based on what a lot
of geologists figure was once a huge mob of all the
continents that has been dubbed Gondwana. As time
passed, the continents drifted apart, and we saw Africa,
Europe, Russia, North and South America, Antarctica
and Australia form.
Fast-forward a bit well, if 250 million years
from now is a bit and everything smashes into each
other again. The Mediterranean Sea is gone, merged
with Europe and Africa. Atlantic Ocean? Schmooshed
against Africa. Australia and Antarctica are one big
The new global continent is called Pangea
It would appear that Florida would be located
somewhere close to what is today's SouthAfrica based
on the computer models.
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Good fishing descends on local waters

By Capt. Mike Heistand
That wacky "winter" weather of late seems to be
turning on the fish as well as fishers. Air temperatures
have topped 80 degrees by day of late, water temps are
hovering around 70, and the fishing is about as hot as
it can get.
Backwater action is great for sheepshead, trout,
redfish and bluefish. Pass fishing is good for pompano
and whiting, which are also near the beaches.
Offshore fishing is great for amberjack, gag and red
grouper, snapper and triggerfish.
At Corky's Live Bait, Tackle & Snack Shop
on Cortez Road, most fishermen have reported good
fishing this week, especially in the waters by Longboat
Pass Bridge and Bradenton Beach. Catches include
whiting, lots of redfish, although only a few of keeper
size, some trout, bluefish and ladyfish, all caught using
live shrimp. Sheepshead and pompano are reacting
well with Mr. Sheepshead cooked sand fleas, with the
best action coming from near pilings or docks. Some
fishers were using live pinfish and Atlantic menhaden
to catch sharks to 7 feet in length. The Manatee River
is producing lots of redfish, but only a few of legal
length to keep, as well as some trout of legal size,
small flounder, ladyfish, bluefish, a few snook and
a pompano. Fishing around some of the docks have
produced quite a few sheepshead of 19 inches, fisher-
men report.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers Marina said he's seeing
good action on all the winter species, including lots of
silver trout and bluefish working the reefs. There has
also been a good showing of big speckled trout in the
bays, and more and more sheepshead are continuing to
show around structures. He's also been catching some

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decent-sized reds around the docks in New Pass
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said reports that "fishing was fantastic this
week before the wind came up. Grouper were hot, with
gags to 20 pounds, reds to 18 pounds, lots of snapper,
triggerfish, kingfish, amberjack and little tunas. We
were fishing out to 35 miles using live baits and Span-
ish sardines."
Good luck and good fishing.

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

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22 M JAN. 17, 2007 M THE ISLANDER

Guardian ad Litem

classes beginning
By Jim Hanson
Islander Reporter
The Guardian ad Litem program, described by par-
ticipants as "the most challenging and gratifying of all
in Manatee County," is opening new classes and has
places for "desperately needed" volunteers.
The new classes start Jan. 22, a 30-hour training
course for new child advocate volunteers who will
"speak on behalf of individual children who have been
abused, neglected and/or abandoned."
The program serves the 12th Judicial District,
which provides the training and assignments.
"Guardian ad Litem volunteers are certified to rep-
resent in court the best interest of children," said the
program's spokesperson, Josie Lund. "Manatee County
has a desperate need for volunteers to represent almost
700 children in Dependency Court."
A volunteer with substantial experience in the pro-
gram is the Island's Ines Norman, who finds the experi-
ence most rewarding.
She currently represents seven children in the court
system, one of them "too young to know what's going
on," and others from toddlers to age 7. Norman will
gather information about them, visit each child and the
people involved, and make a recommendation to the
court as to what seems best for the child.
"It's all about a child as the ward of the state," she
said. "You can't have an agenda yourself, you work
within the parameters of the court and try to help the
child within the system." She just gathers information,
and any therapy or other treatment is left to profession-
She has found judges to be sympathetic, she noted,
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The time she spends on a child "depends on how
hard the case is and how much you think you can help
the child." Count on at least two hours per month per
child, more on court days.
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The scholarships are available to Island residents and/
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kitchen, tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $899,900.
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock Direct access to Tampa Bay
and Intracoastal Waterway. $619,000.
3BR/1.5BA Cracker cottage plus separate studio apartment.
West of Gulf Dr. Just steps to finest beach! $875,000.
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $389,000.
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock,
direct access to Tampa Bay. $699,900.
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey from $175,000.
KEY ROYALE BAYFRONT- 3BR/2.5BA, Dock $2,400,000.
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulfview. $995,000.
PERIWINKLE COTTAGE 2BR, Close to Beach. $649,900.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO IBR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulfview. $799,900.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $959,900.

779-0202 (800) 732-6434
o.,s SiANCoas

Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com

FLORIDA-STYLE DINING set with pedestal
table and four upholstered chairs. 40x60-inch
glass-top table. Must see. Excellent condition.

FULL-SIZE BLUE striped sleeper sofa and two
blue La-Z-Boy recliners in good condition. A round,
maple 42-inch pedestal dining table with leaf and
six captain chairs. Call 941-778-1219.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, 941-795-1112 or 704-8421.

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.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tues-
days, Thursdays and Fridays. 9am-noon Saturdays.
Always clothing sales. 941-779-2733.511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria.

TRASH AND TREASURE sale: 8am-noon Saturday,
Jan. 20. Gulfshore of Longboat Key. 3710 Gulf of
Mexico Drive.

Terry Hayes, Realtor
t: 941/302-3 100

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24071 JENNINGS ROAD Beautiful views of
Lake Manatee from this open 3BR/2BA home
on 6+ fenced acres in park like setting directly
on the lake. Great fresh water fishing and

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4BR/3BA on quiet cul-de-sac. Great family home,
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MOORINGS. All new carpet and paint, 2nd
floor end unit with water view. Great deal,
least expensive unit offered! $374,000

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Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated.

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SALE: NIKI'S ANTIQUES, Gifts and Jewelry.
Designer beaded handbags 50 percent off. All ster-
ling jewelry 50-70 percent off. Select gifts paintings,
collectibles, furniture, crystal. Porcelains vintage
and costume jewelry 40-90 percent off. Open seven
days, 9:30am-5pm. 941-779-0729.5351 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.

SALE: 8am-2pm Saturday, Jan. 20 and noon-3pm
Sunday, Jan. 21. Furniture, sofa, loveseat, new
recliner, tables, dining set, crib, toys, pictures,
dishes, clothes, etc. Westbay Cove #119.600 Man-
atee Ave. on Sixth Ave. Holmes Beach.

sale. 8am-1pm Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19-20.
5300 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
ESTATE SALE: 9:30am-3pm Saturday, Jan. 20.
1968 Steinway Baby grand, 1960-70s furniture,
pair Girandoles, silver plates, sterling silver goblets,
sets of china, jewelry, wrought-iron furniture, wicker
chaise, paintings and prints, twin beds, bamboo-
style furniture, kitchenware, linens, stained-glass
chandeliers and lots more! 5311 Sunrise Lane,
Holmes Beach.

LOST: TWO PAIR OF prescription glasses. Perico
Bay area. If found, call 941-761-4988.
LOST: ORANGE CAT. 200 block of 66th Street,
Holmes Beach. Answers to Gingersnap. 941-778-
4838, please leave message.

KARATE ON THE Island: Ages four through adult.
Call 941-807-1734 or visitwww.islanddojo.cmasdi-

FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield: Available
to entertain for corporate events, golf tournaments,
and private parties. Cell 781-367-0339.

Open the Door To Your
Rem"io-l itiss Ihies

Suau it Serving the
Island since 1988
For quality building, quality renovations and a quality reputation, call...
778-7127 5500 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach

"Chances are, if you're an Island
resident, you know me either as
Capt. Keith, fishing and diving guide,
or as "The Blind Guy" from Barnett
Blinds. But did you know I'm also a
Realtor specializing in waterfront
properties, resort and second homes
and boating destinations in Florida
S and the Caribbean? Let me navigate
you through a sea of properties to
your dream home ... like this one."

One-of-a-kind, sprawling Island compound has it all.
5BR/5BA, canalfront, pool, sauna, short walk to prime
Anna Maria beach. Deep-water access to Tampa Bay,
Intracoastal and Gulf. Priced below market, it's Island
living at its best. Spotless. Call for appointment.
Capt. Keith Barnett
941.730.0516 bahamabarnett@aol.com
An Island Place Realty

SAIL AWAY AS Low As $99 per day. Private sails
to Egmont Key, Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, Ever-
glades, Key West, Dry Tortugas aboard 65-foot
sailing vessel Lex-Sea. 10 percent off trips before
March 15, 2007. www.annamariaislandsailing.com.

HUMAN DESIGN: Interested in knowing more about
what makes you tick? Human Design does just that.
Curious? Call Pat, 941-538-9192, or visit www.
sirius-coaching.com for more information.

WANTED: responsible person wants to rent room/
bath in no-smoke Island home Feb. 1 for five nights.
Please call 941-778-7799.

sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms
at The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more

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

GUARDIAN AD LITEM volunteers needed: A guard-
ian ad litem is a trained volunteer appointed by the
court to represent and advocate for the best interest
of children who have been abused, abandoned or
neglected. Make a positive impact! Call 941-744-
9473 or visit www.12circuitgal.org.

NEED A MEETING place? Try the conference room,
Tingley Memorial Library. Eveann Adams, 941-779-
1208. 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.

AKC MALE AND female English Bulldog puppies
available. These puppies are AKC-registered with
champion bloodlines and will come with a pedigree,
microchip, vet check with health certificate, a one-
year guarantee against congenital defects, and all
shots and wormer. The puppies available now are
$500 each. For more information please contact:
evanswalter_1 10@yahoo.com.

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SINGLE FAMILY Centrally located, one block to beach. 2BR/2BA
spacious home on corner lot. $620,000. Call Joy Murphy, Realtor,
941-730-2820 evenings.
condo with amazingview. Glass lanai, breakfast bar. Owner motivated.
$444,900. Call Carlene Weise, Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
AZALEA PARK REDUCED 4BR/2BA, in Bradenton open floor plan,
fireplace, family room, plus Florida room, roof November 2002,
steps to community pool. $369,900 Call Zee Catanese, Realtor,
941-742-0148 evenings.
WEST BRADENTON Adorable 3BR/2BA home in a great Westside
neighborhood, updated kitchen. Corian countertops, hardwood
floors, freshly painted, newwallpaper, readyto move into. Spacious
backyard with room for pool. Offered at$245,900. Call Zee Catanese,
Realtor, 941-742-0148 evenings.
SAN REMO SHORES REDUCED Situated on deep water canal,
2-3BR/2BA, den, ceramic tile, new kitchen 2005, two-car garage,
barrel tile roof, privately situated $499,900. Call Marion Ragni,
Realtor, 941-720-7046 evenings.
PERICO BAY CLUB Floridacondo living at its best. Waterfront, security,
pools, spa, tennis courts, 2BR-plus den. Immediate possession.
$409,900. Call Marion Ragni, Realtor, 941-761-1415 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


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.

2000 FORD EXPEDITION XLT: Good condition,
99,400 miles. $5,000, firm. 941-778-3637.

SCOOTER: 2007 ROKITA. 250cc, liquid cool. 750
miles. Luggage box, windshield. $12,975. 941-

1987 HONDA SCOOTER: 80cc, new brakes, tires.
4,010 miles. Windshield, luggage box, custom paint.
Runs great! $1,000. 941-761-1340.

BOATS FOR SALE: 2004 Pursuit 2670 CC at
$79,000. 2003 Contender 27, 2003 Sea Fox 25
WA at $29,900. Stamas 290 Express, 2000. Mint
condition 45 Hatteras, 1985. I have boats, big
and small. Sell your boat? Dave, 941-228-3489.
Licensed and bonded.

30-FOOT SAILBOAT: 1984 Islander Bahama. New
rigging in December 2003, Harken roller furling,
Anderson self-tailing wenches, wheel steering,
hand-shower, refrigerator/freezer, 15-hp Yanmar
diesel engine (fresh water cooled). In the water on
Longboat Key. $26,500. Call for more information or
appointment. 941-914-2037.

2001 HONDA FOUR-stroke, 30-hp tiller, never in
salt water. Two tanks, $2,900. 1991 16-foot Grum-
man aluminum boat with cover and trailer. $1,500.
941-779-1646, evenings.

NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-

( Prudential Palms Realty
Mlichelle Musto, PA Realtor
OPEN HOUSE 1-4 SUN. 1831 E.3rdAve.,Bradenton:
Affordable home just blocks
to Manatee River! 3BR/2BA,
1,248 sf, 1981, new kitchen
and baths, large yard, and new
landscaping. Only S229,000.
e-mail: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com

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Introducing Sundance at Palma Sola Bay West B tons newest town
homes located on Palma Sola Bay. Introductory prices starting at
$995,000's for 3,700 4,300 sf units avail now. Close to beaches
& shopping. Limited introductory pricing! Call John Luchkowec,
Pat Palmeri-Bates and Jerry Cercone your Sundance
9-M Sales Team at 941-751-1155 for more information.

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off-season, 20-30 hours in season. Apply at Haley's
Motel, 8102 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, or call 941-

NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-lpm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.

HIRING PART-TIME cook and server. Key Royale Golf
Club, Holmes Beach. Contact Kelly, 941-778-3055.

office. Great location. Please call Coastline Realtors
at 941-779-9500 to schedule appointment.

WANTED: HOUSE CLEANER, part time. Must do
detail deep cleaning. Available any day. $15/hour.

SERVER AND PREP cook needed for busy Island
breakfast and lunch cafe. Apply in person. Melinda's
Cafe and Catering. 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

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, fax or e-mail a letter and/
or resume to 941-778-9392, sales@islander.org.

RESTAURANT AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with
great ambience also retails select items. Beer and
wine license. Any menu OK. $120,000. Confidential-
ity agreement required for details. Longview Realty,
941-383-6112. For more great business and realty
buys: www.longviewrealty.com.

GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden.
Enchanting shop, fun items in good resort area
location. $99,000. Confidentiality agreement
required for details. Longview Realty, 941-383-
6112. For more great business and realty buys:

40-foot dock on sailboat canal. Spacious 3BR/2BA, designer
kitchen, water views from every window. Smuggler's
Landing #204. 4109 129th St., Cortez. $649,900

CHAR HANSFORD 941-745-0407
T. Dolly Young Real Estate 941-778-0807


ACROSS FROM BEACH on Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach. Three-unit commercial block
building. 12 parking spaces. Stunning perma-
nent Gulf views possible from a second or third
floor. 716-983-5648 or 941-866-0242.

32 Ylis of Professional Serice
LUXURY WATERFRONT VILLA with boat dock 3BR/2BA, immaculate
and completely updated. Designer kitchen, glassed lanai, tennis, pools,
covered parking. $649,900.
SUNBOW 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $449,000.
MARTINIQUE NORTH Direct Gulf, corner, garage/storage. Updated,
shows beautifully. $859,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR/4BA includes guest quarters, large muster suite $1,150,000
BEST BUYS: ADULT COMMUNITY from $60,000, heated pool, near
shopping, dining and transportation.
HARBOUR VILLA CLUB 2BR/2BA, turnkey, boat dock. $794,900.
PINEBROOK AND IRONWOOD $139,000 to $263,900.
DESOTO SQUARE VILLA 2BR/2BA, gated, pool clubhouse. $175,000.
RENTALS: Cottagesto luxury villas Vacation and annual.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

CHARTER BOAT SERVICE: Eco-tours, sightseeing,
more in Cortez. Assets include 26-foot cat, 150-hp
outboard. $70,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
For more great business and realty buys: www.

OUTDOOR AREA FOR rent on busy retail street in
Bradenton Beach. Ideal for bike/kayak rental, food
vendor or arts and crafts. Just in time for season.
Call 941-704-4841.

14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean,
etc. Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting.
Call Alexandra, 941-778-5352.

LOOKING FOR A babysitter, pet sitter, dog walker
or somebody to do odd jobs? Call Kendall, 14-
year-old, ninth-grader. Certified in first aid! 941-

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

CNA CAREGIVER AVAILABLE for home care. Flex-
ible hours, have references. Call 941-753-8345 or

MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gar-
dens, trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance.
Hard-working and responsible. Excellent references.
Edward 941-778-3222.

LET US DRIVEYOU! 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-

One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
W hen you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nations top mortgage lenders,
Plus, the knowledge of loan
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community,
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, government,
call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.

Manhottan Mortgoge Corporation

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

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

wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reason-
able, reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured.

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.

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

office cleaning and window cleaning. Good refer-
ences, reasonable rates. Licensed and insured.
Family owned and operated. 941-812-0499.

RARE LACKA-SNOWBIRD couple from Maine
looking to clean houses or condos. Global warming
forced closure of wilderness lodge for winter. High
cleaning standards. References. Cell 207-745-5116,
leave voice mail, or 941-779-1646 evenings.

GET YOUR 2006 accounting and taxes done now.
Free initial consultation. Business and individual
income taxes. QuickBooks and Peachtree process-
ing. Call Larry Schmitt at 941-773-0182. Make It
Count Accounting Services Inc., 4230 59th Street
W., Bradenton, FL, 34209.

With our all new Online Open House Search, you can
search by area, price range, property type or number of
bedrooms and baths. Then you can map out the open
houses to plan your Sunday open house tour.
A Complete List Of Open Houses Is Also Available AtYour
Bradenton Michael Saunders & Company Sales Office.
elevated home, BYSELLER Per-
directly across fet opportunity
the street from topurchaseyour
gulfbeaches 3BR meticulously
w/bamboo wood furnished Island
flooring, granite get-a-way Open
countertops, elevator & 2 car garage floor plan, screened deck, privatefenced
Owner/Agent $1,045,000 Jody Shinn, backyard with spa $569,000 Kimberly
941-748-6300o0r705-5704 535082 Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988 535650
NORTHWESTBRADENTON WATERFRONT on over 1/2 acre lot for thisfabulous large
6BR h ome Over 3300 sq ft ,pool & dockw/llft on Warner'sWest Bayou $1,050,000
748-6300 Kathy Marcinko, 713-1100 or Sandy Drapala, 725-0781 534173
RARE BOATERS'DREAM CONDO! Deep water dock/protected Marina, 2 5 car garage,
elevator direct to 3/2 unit, top floor 2750 sq ft, pool & tennis $1,050,000 Barbara
Jennings, 748-6300 or 773-0180 542179
DESIGNED FOR ENTERTAINING. 5BR home on nearly 2/3 acres and over 3,700
sq ft offers huge cage pool area with separate spa & bath, wood/tile flooring, den
w/fireplace $769,900 Cindy Pierro 748-6300 or 920-6818 536721
BRADENTON BEACH. "The Kiwi Cottage" Adorable, clean and fresh One blockto the
Gulf of Mexico beach 3BR quaint cottage Turnkeyfurnished,wood floors, newerfur-
nishings $599,000 748-6300 Jody Shinn, 705-5704 or Betty Weller, 266-8204
OUTSTANDING BAY FRONT CONDO 3BR and over 1800 sq ft located In the gated
community of Perico BayClub Upgraded kitchen,wood flooring, newercarpets&A/C
2 milesfrom the Gulf $499,000 Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767 545025
OUTSTANDING 2BR plus den and 2-car garage located on a private cul-de-sac with
wonderful water views Maintained in mint condition with a new roof Very close
proximityto beach Kathy Valente, 748-6300 or 685-6767 544920
ENCHANTING SPANISH TWO-STORY located In desirable Historic River District
Charming vintage charactensticswith updated amenities 3BR,firep lace and fenced rear
yard $439,000 Ruth Lawler or Maryann Lawler, 748-6300 or 587-4623 539965
VILLAS BY THE SEA. 1BR condo, located In Bradenton Beach Updated Interior &
exterior renovations include new heated pool, roof and tropical landscape Turnkey
furnished $319,000 Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or447-9988 534869
A NORTHWEST GEM! Minutes to beaches, shopping & National Park 2BR, 1376
sq ft spacious split plan All new tile and Interior paint $249,900 Steve Kenney,
748-6300 or 932-6000 544822

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RELIABLE HARD-WORKING Island resident look-
ing for cleaning jobs. Call Jo, 941-737-5139.

Guaranteed price, guaranteed quality. Any job.
Discount with ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry,

CLEANING BY HELENE: Thirty-year Island resi-
dent. Weekly, bi-weekly, detail oriented, honest,
reliable, excellent references. Free estimates. Call

TO-DO LIST...DONE! Light plumbing, electrical,
tile, wood flooring, trim, painting and much more.
Call Sid, Bayside Lend a Hand Inc. Insured/Refer-
ences. 941-773-8336.

D&E HANDYMAN SERVICES: Drywall, finishing,
texture, painting, trim, and cleaning, etc. Free esti-
mates. Insured. Call Dwayne, 941-524-0299 or
Elda, 941-524-9046.

TUTORING: IN HOME. English or study skills.Third-
through 12- grade. Call Paula, 941-356-7303.

TAX RETURN PREPARATION by enrolled agent.
Timely and accurate. We pickup and deliver. For
individuals and small businesses. Monday-Friday
after 5pm, Weekends, 8am-5pm. Turtle Tax, 941-

MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-
7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.

TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-

419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216

Home: 941-778-1820
Cell: 941-713-5321

Two Bayfrort lots. BuId your 2P"R29AWestWindcondowith
dream home on very large lot, Gulfview. $649,000.
100x223 sf. Panoramic bayview!
6aU J&erfra inor& 4ywnadon.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Monthly and quarterly accounts available. If it is
broken, we can fix it. Call 941-778-2581.

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

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. References and insured. Please call 941-

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. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. 941-

TIRED OF NO return calls? Straight Shot Land-
scape calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark
Mark. 941-727-5066. Shell $42/yard.

sell, rent or just enjoy your home with beautiful curb
appeal. Call Colin at 941-376-0541.

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.

SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

BAYOU Really nice water views 2/1. Seasonal tenants!
Negotiable. $365,000.
VILLAGER 2/2 Villa, carport. $125,900.
MARINERS COVE 3/2 TKF Bay & 35' slip. $760,000.
KINGSFIELD LAKES 4/2 x-large lot $299,900.
SABAL HARBOUR 4/2 immaculate. $384,500.
Call Laura E. McGeary PA
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc

Gayle Simyson Schulz...
Jim Anderson Really Company
PO Box 1789 *401-B Pine Ave. Anna Maria FL 34216
941.778.4847* toll free 1.800.772.3235
e-mail: gayle511 @tampabay.rr.com


a quiet and desirabblAnn Maria neighborhood in a super loation nearthe beaches bosts new
close I the bay. Very open and appealing floor tile in the living dining kitchen & den oreat
plan with an updated kitchen, newer AC and Freshly painted w/new carpeting in the master
roof, and a Taylorhade 6,000 lb. boat lift and suite, 2d bedroom & screened porch. Overlooks
dock OfferedatS649,000. CallGayleSchuk the new pool. Ready to move in. Offered at
(941) 812-6489. $157,000. Call GayleSchuIz, (941) 812-6489.
2BR/2BA Gulffront condo with pool. S3,000/month.
2BR/2BA home close to the beach. S2,900/month.
2BR/2BA Gulffront condo with pool at the Martinique. S3,000/month.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-

All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty
years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.

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

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
941-518-3316 .

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.

HOME REPAIRS AND improvements: General
repairs and quality renovation, including carpentry,
drywall, tile, paint, even landscaping. Please call
Chris, 941-266-7500.

CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !

Choice Gulffront properties for sale. We have
several on pristine natural beach in quiet residential
neighborhood. Call today for further details.

"We AREthe Island!"
SINCE 1957
Mane Franklin, Lac Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 lFx 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com

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Jesse Oisson 0ro4er Associate, qg
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Home is located west of
Gulf Drive on 100x100-foot
lot zoned R2 in desirable
neighborhood. Recently
renovated, with new metal
S -roof. Short walk to the
beach. Great investment opportunity for investor, lot is suitable
for two land condo units, subject to city approval. Owner willing
to finance at incredible interest rate! $559,000.
HUGE L(YOT 101x112-foot
lot in Holmes Beach zoned
R2. Build two land condos
on property or a huge home
with gigantic yard and pool.
Bring all offers. Sellers want
this sold yesterday!

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ture, paint, tile, wall and ceiling repairs, Fred Wein-
gartner, 941-586-3656.
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.
GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Island refer-
ence.Licensed. Call Nick, 941-727-1448.
JMB HOME IMPROVEMENT Inc. Interior and exte-
rior work. Carpentry, trim, painting, custom builtins,
and much more. Quality service from the north. Call
Jason, 941-756-7536 or 941-779-4245, for a free

RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-

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@tam-
1BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299 or e-mail

FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor unfur-
nished, $900/month. Seasonals available starting
at $1,800/month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner
Realty, 941-778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.

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.

1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or beachdreams@tampabay.rr.com.
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach.Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
clothes and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalm-
breeze.com. 941-730-5126.

lar views! Gated, pool, covered parking, security,
fitness center. $1,050/month annual. Call Maria,

ANNUAL OR MONTH-to-month: 4BR Island family
home in quiet residential area. Bayfront with direct
water view. Perfect for family with children. Extra large
balcony, covered parking, laundry room with washer
and dryer. Park setting, two blocks to Gulf beaches.
Fully furnished. $2,500/month annual, $3,200 month-
to-month. Pets considered. Call 941-704-2993.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA: AIR conditioning, washer and
dryer, water, large pool, cable. Parking only 200
steps to beach. First and deposit. $1,050/month.

FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA balcony, Gulf view. $950/
month, $900 deposit, $50 application fee. 2411
Ave. C., Bradenton Beach. Efficiency, $750/month
includes utilities. $700 deposit, $50 application
fee. 112, 52nd St., No.1, Holmes Beach. Season-
ally, 1BR Gulf view, cute and clean, $900/week or
$2,400/month. Call 941-746-8666.
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished,
walk to water. No smokers. $1,700/month, $500/
week, $100/night, includes utilities. 941-794-5980.

like new, fresh and clean. Small pet OK, close to
beaches. Available January and April. $2,000/month.

SEASONAL RENTAL: Westbay Point and Moorings.
Bayfront, available February and March. 2BR/2BA,
all amenities, close to beach, shopping and trolley.
Sharon, Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.

ANNUAL 3BR/2BA: TROPICAL duplex, one block
to beach, washer and dryer, some utilities included.
No Smoking or pets. $950/month and $700 deposit.
941-798-9765. Responsible persons only.

elevated unit, one block to beach. Newly remod-
eled with laundry. $575/weekly, $1,975/monthly.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA home, Anna Maria,
$1,350/month. 2BR/2BA home, Holmes Beach,
$1,200/month. 2BR/2BA apartment, Anna Maria,
$875/month. 1 BR/1 BA, new tile and paint, $775/
month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307.

OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,200 sf, available Jan.1,
2007. Former Wicked Candle. 8819 Cortez Road.

home. 4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in
Anna Maria. 941-794-8202.

WINTER GETAWAY: 1 BR across from beach, newly
remodeled, all appliances, screened porch, Internet,
cable. For pictures, look on www.beachesndreams.
net. Call 1-513-236-5091.
condo on bay, across Gulf Drive to beach. Walk to
downtown Bradenton Beach. Heated pool, turnkey,
cable, dishwasher, and utilities. Three-month mini-
mum, $1,500/month. No pets or smoking. 407-877-
7866, or mokie7@yahoo.com.

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a full kitchen and furniture. Garden view
and steps to the private beach, pools, bay,
and dock. Flexible rental, on-site manage-
ment. $450,000.
Homeowners and
investors take
advantage while rates
are still lower.
New loans or
refinance and improve
cash flows.

PRESERVE. Turnkey home offers 2 car
garage, living/dining room, den and main-
tenance free yard. Plenty of time to enjoy
the pool, tennis and golf. $374,900.

Bill Jay
Realtor &
Mortgage Broker

SRea lty

We still have rentals available for 2007. Many premium units to choose from.
Monthly rentals now available, starting at $2,200.

Ihis charming home is just a short walk to the Uult in central Holmes Beach.
2BR/2BA with large rooms and nicely updated. Lush landscaped yard with
plenty of room for a pool! Priced to sell at $485,000.
S Ken Jackson, 778-6986
Marilyn Klemish, 778-7627
REAL ESTATE Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072
OF ANNA MARIA cL w Maureen Dahms, 778-0542
Kate Eiseler, 778-5115
941 778-0455 www.greenreal.com Evelyn Mitchell, 778-1952
9906 Gulf Drive Anna Maria Kristine Key, 592-8831


RUNAWAY BAY Condos now available
several or2BR units, bayfront, poolside,
pond and other views. Some updated.
Active clubhouse with pool, tennis
court, and workout room. On-site rental
management. 941-778-2246. Priced from
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Maria Island. Great11 -unitresort/motel. One
block to beautiful sandy beaches and view
the spectacular sunsets. Many restaurants,
specialty shops and fishing pier near by.
Possible conversion potential. Jim Zoff,
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LUOluoURl K.Y Wl TlcnrOnTllyI met Ar C lUn uurL.P ri lllll nUllole5 sOeacII
style home on sailboat water. Boatlift, location within steps of the beach.
open floor plan, four-car garage, workout Unique duplex 3BR/2BA ground floor
roomand30-footscreenedbalcony.Becky unit and a 1BR/BA unit above garage.
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 941-778-2246. Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246.
MLS#520397. $1,099,000. MLS#524807. $775,000.

ISLAND TOWNHOMES Four spacious town homes with unob-
structed views of the Gulf. Each upgraded unit offers 2BR/2BA.
Open floor plan. Four balconies. Furnished. Dave Moynihan,
941-778-2246. MLS#511527. $2,995,000.
A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulffront lot. Becky Smith or Elfi
Starrett, 941-778-2246. MLS#504998. $2,000,000.
JEWFISH KEYA private Island paradise. Elevated cypress post and
beam home on the Intracoastal Waterway. 70-foot dock. Access by
boat only. Anne Miller, 941-778-2246. MLS#535344.$1,950,000.
SUMMER SANDS BAYFRONT Unique 3,292 sftownhome recently
designer renovated with top of the line features throughout 3-
4BR/4.5BA with fireplace andglassed-in lanai. Exceptional complex
with private beach, bayside pool/spa. Community dock, resident
manager and secured elevator lobby. Covered parking forfourcars.
Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246. MLS#534641. $1,475,000.
2BR/2BA DIRECT GULFFRONT unitwith viewsofthe Gulf. Totally
renovated including new kitchen, baths, windows, appliances,
furnishings and much more. Secured elevator, pool, tennis
court and private garage. Close to shopping and restaurants
Dave Moynihan, 941-720-0089. MLS#543586. $819,500.


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RESORT IN PARADISE Tropical landscap-
ing surrounds six charming units steps
from beach. Immaculate, family owned
and clientele keep coming back. Possible
owner financing. Karen Day 941-778-2246.
MLS#529518. $1,650,000.

CORDOVA LAKES HOME Nice area close
to shopping and hospital, Bray Park and
beaches. New appliances and air con-
ditioning. Harold Small, 941-778-2246.
MLS#543630. $239,900.

LONGBOAT CONDO Spectacularsunsetsfrom this updated 2BR/2BA,
Gulf view condo. Open floor plan with 1,640sf of living area. All the
extras. Curt Bell, 941-761-3100. MLS#542215. $749,000.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Enjoy
sunsets from your balcony, Gulffront pool, elevator, great rental
history. Karen Day, 941-778-2246. MLS#543920. $740,000.
SUMMER SANDS with access to Gulf and bay, unobstructed
view of Gulf. Deeded access to beach, pool, spa, parking under
building. Community boat dock, resident manager, 1BR/BA in
loft area, second bedroom plus 1.5 bath on living area. Elegant
architectural detail in living area. Dixie Armbruster, 941-761-
3100. MLS#545175. $595,000.
BREATHTAKING BAY VIEW! You'll be lured to the water's edge
as you enter. 2BR/2BA plus den. Bright, over 1,400 sf. No steps
toclimb. Petwelcome. Tennis. Heated pool. Lush privatesetting.
Joan Oliszewski, 941-761-3100. MLS#543425. $400,000.
GRACIOUS LIVING Mustsee this updated 3BR/3BA condo. Loft
overlooking great room. Soaring ceilings. Separate breakfast
room 40-foot dock included. Peggy Henger, 941-383-5577.
MLS#332186. $769,000.

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house. New decor. Enclosed garage. Two blocks to
beach. Call 941-713-2150.
DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel to beauti-
ful town of Anna Maria. Quaint Island cottage steps
to beach. 203-454-0573.

LAKEFRONT, FISHING, ONE block to beach.
Elevated duplex, enormous 2BR2BA, two-car
garage, laundry area, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Jen-
naire stove, extra, extra nice. $1,595/month, yearly.

ACTIVE 55-PLUS 2BR/2BA annual rental.
Heated pool, clubhouse. $850/month plus utili-
ties. Call Ursula Stemm of Century 21 Alliance,
ANNA MARIA: VERY attractive remodeled house.
150 feet from Gulf. Several weeks available. Call
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club rental available for Jan-
uary and February 2007/08. Totally remodeled unit,
nonsmoking. Two-week minimum. 813-781-7562.
HOLMES BEACH: Annual 2BR/1BA, large yard,
steps to beach, convenient. $875/month including
garbage and yard service. 941-778-2113.

ANNUAL RENTAL: Brand-new 3BR/2BA, Wisteria
Park. Maintenance-free living. Community pool,
cable and internet, lanai, washer and dryer, two-
car garage. $1,975/month. Northwest Bradenton.

iera Dunes Laguna with 40-foot boat dock. Annual
or vacation rental. Call John Luchkowec, Coldwell
Banker, at 941-350-4326.
WINTER RENTALS: February and March rentals
starting at $1,600/month, $750/week. Call Fran
Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-2307. www.franmax-
duplex. $1,000/month. First, last and security.
two-car garage. Large screened lanai, good schools,
close to shopping. $1,195/month. 941-720-2804.

Large garage and great home office with separate
entrance. Remodeled with new appliances, granite
counters and tile floors. Close to beach. Call 941-

LONGBOAT KEY: ST. Jude Street north. 2BR/1BA
remodeled canal house, screened porch, carport.
Annual, $995/month. 941-778-7293.
AVAILABLE MONDAY, FEB. 12: Sandpiper Mobile
Resort. 55-plus, 2BR/1BA. $500 deposit, annual
$650/month, seasonal $1,100/month plus tax.
Upgraded, turnkey furnished, carport, laundry and
clubhouse. No smoking, no pets. Bay view. 941-778-
9504 or 941-545-8923.
2BR/2BA ANNUAL: $1,300/month. First, last and
security, or 1 BR/1 BA annual, $900/month. First, last
and security. Background check, pet OK, heated
pool, washer and dryer, fenced, yard care, cable, no
smoking. 201-A Peacock Lane or 202-A Haverkos
Court. 941-720-1006.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
941-721-4789. www.annamaria-rental.com.
2BR units. 941-779-9074.
GULFFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA available April
2007 due to cancellation. Great view, pool, tennis,
elevators. Walk to restaurants, shopping, etc. 941-
CLEAN, TURNKEY 2BR/1BA doublewide mobile
home. 55-plus community. Sandpiper Resort #200.
$300/week, $1,200/month. 941-920-0868.
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across from
beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments,
(941) 778-2374.

2BR/2BA with loft. Pools, tennis, security gate,
garage. Turnkey or unfurnished. Leave message:
KEY WEST-STYLE furnished 2BR/2BA for $2,000/
month. Taxes included. Available March 1. Open
house 1-4pm Sunday. 941-545-8488. 2805 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
DUPLEX FOR RENT: 1 BR/2BA. Two weeks in Janu-
ary, $450/week. February and March, $1,800/month.
home with garage, community pool, tennis courts,
clubhouse, and exercise facilities. $1,650/month
plus utilities. Please call Adele Holland at An Island
Place Realty, 941-779-9320 or 941-587-6328.
ANNUAL RENTAL IN Cortez Village. 1BR/1BA
studio, beautifully landscaped, decorated and fur-
nished! $900/month plus utilities. Call Adele Hol-
land at An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320 or
duplex. Screened porch, deck, covered park-
ing, washer and dryer hookups. Great location,
near beach. $1,100/month. Available Feb. 1.
LONGBOAT VILLAGE: 2BR/1BA, updated. $900/
week, $2,500/month. Key Royale home, 3BR/2BA,
pool, spa, boat dock, $990/week, $3,500/month.
Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA villa, $2,500/month. Real
Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
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. $739,000.
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.

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.


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LOT FOR SALE: One block to Gulf. 50x100 feet,
cleared. $539,000. 215 71st St., Holmes Beach.
(941) 778-4036.
Brand new furnished, bay windows with water view.
Hurricane Force-3 manufactured home. One mile
from Anna Maria Island and one block from Intra-
coastal Waterway with new marina and boat ramp.
Land owned. Home owner's association optional.
Beautifully updated and maintained, new roof,
turnkey furnished. 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.

WEST BRADENTON: OPEN noon-4pm Sunday.
Six months condo fees paid! Free-standing, pri-
vate 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,

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.
BY OWNER, PURCHASE or lease: Manatee river-
front condo, 2BR/2BA, beautiful views, pool, gated,
covered parking, fitness. $325,000 or $1,050/month.
NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes
to beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake
Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.HiddenLakeCon-
ISLAND CANAL LOT: 75x100 feet, new dock, priced
to sell quickly. Below market and appraised value,
$550,000. Call Jake, 941-544-7786.108 Gull Drive,
Anna Maria.
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA elevated with
covered parking. View of bay from large covered
porch. Only two blocks to Gulf, great neighborhood.
FOR SALE BY owner: Deep-water canal ranch,
$550,000. Nicely remodeled with granite counter-
tops, tile flooring, and more. Call Scott Wheeler
at 614-207-7878, or e-mail scott@scottincolum-
unit with full Gulf views. Kitchen has stainless-
steel appliances, granite counters, nice turnkey
furnished. Two large balconies. Amenities include
boat docks, tennis court, pool with spa. $629,000.
BY OWNER: 2BR/1.5BA condo. Bath and kitchen
need update. $399,999. 863-412-2612. www.cfl-
realestateonline.com/condo. 5400 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.

DIRECT WATERFRONT: Latchkey. 65A Cortez
Park, Avenue D.941-779-CAIN.
two-car garage. Village Green, quiet street, minutes
to beaches, shopping, doctors, hospitals. Tile floors,
bedrooms carpeted, screened lanai. $297,000.941-
1BR/1BA with breathtaking views. Pools, Jacuzzi,
walk to shops and restaurants. Available weekly,
monthly, seasonal. 901-301-8299, or e-mail
captko462 @aol.com.
BRAND NEW 2BR/2BA villa with garage. Only $89/
month fee. $225,000. Bill, 941-518-9300.
ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner.
Holmes Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool,
boat dock, many upgrades. $799,000. Call 941-

RENT-TO-OWN: 2BR1BA, west Bradenton, newly
remodeled. $995/month. www.44smart.com. 941-

LOT: 57.75X114 FEET. One block from beach.
$520,000. Call 941-779-4505 or 941-778-4246.125
Neptune Lane, Holmes Beach.
BEST DEAL ON Holmes Beach, hands down.
Divorce forces quick sale at $399,000. Ador-
able beach duplex sold turnkey furnished. Good
rental history with tenants in place. Updated with
ceramic tile, new kitchen cabinets and low-main-
tenance landscape. Call Karen Neal at L.Wells
Realty, 941-737-7653.

updated, cozy 1 BR in the Pines Park. Turnkey
furnished, boat slip included. $45,000. 941-

GULF VIEWS FROM this newer 2,500-sf 3BR/3BA
over garage. Pool, elevator, wood and carpet floors.
Numerous upgrades. Owner will lease back. 206
66th St., Holmes Beach. 941-779-9093.
elevated home. 2,220 sf living area, 4,380 sf air con-
ditioned under roof. Zoned single-family. Residen-
tial office, retail, compare at over $725,000. Offers.
CPR: DON'T STRESS out over your property man-
agement fees. Low rates and tiered services. Now
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PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA with full bay views!
Granite countertops, 20-inch porcelain tile, carpet,
custom closets, plantation shutters, designer fur-
nishings and more. $575,000. 859-264-8644. Barb-
freeman @alltell.net.

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PERICO ISLAND BY owner: Single 3BR/2BA home,
beautifully decorated and maintained. Wide-open
views overlooking preserve from heated, caged pool.
Buyers agents, 3 percent. $472,000. 941-794-8360.
6BR/4BA, 1.5 blocks from beach. Over 4,000 sf,
garage, carport, patio with option to duplex. Live-in
or rent. $720,000. 941-545-5381.
CANAL HOME: PRIME location, listed thousands
under appraised value, 3BR/3BA, dock, boatlift,
new seawall, large lot. $830,000. Weichert Real-
tors, Richard Taylor, broker, 941-756-6300.
Island, unobstructed waterfront, $1,150,000.
Michael Saunders & Company, 941-918-0010. For
direct information, 1-800-539-1486, ext. 2093.

HOLMES BEACH CUTE Gulf cottage on 50x100-
foot lot two blocks from beach. For sale by owner
at lot value. $429,000. 949-813-4900.
RUNAWAY BAY #222: 1BR/1BA heated pool,
tennis courts, shuffleboard, fitness room, laundry
facilities, Gulf access, turnkey furnished. $329,900.
one-car garage, classic Island-style single-story with
lots of Florida pine, vaulted ceilings and built-ins.
Spectacular view of Anna Maria Sound and Intra-
coastal Waterway from lanai. On end of canal with
two docks and no bridges to Gulf. Sailor's dream.

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor

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beach cottage on the beautiful north end of Longboat
Key. This 3BR/3BA, two-stall garage, open floor plan,
large caged pool is situated on three lots at 7060 Poin-
settia Ave. and is offered at $695,000. Call or come by.
941-780-7060 and 941-926-8338. Brokers protected.
BRADENTON: PALMA SOLA. Minutes to beach.
3BR/2BA, enclosed pool, oversized two-car garage.
Park-like setting. Built 2005. $539,000. Call Dan,
PRE-FORECLOSURE SALE: $525,000. My loss is your
gain! Selling $50,000 below purchase price. 3BR/2BA
beautiful home, recently remodeled and redecorated on
quiet drive. 406 Bay Palms Drive. Contact owner/broker,
Fisher Real Estate Inc. 941-932-0480.
BRADENTON 2BR HOUSE: Large lot, lanai,
attached garage with opener, available immediately.
3504 46th Ave. Drive W. $206,000. 941-704-7729.
AWESOME LOCATION: DUPLEX on large lot, includes
well-known Island architect's plans for complete remodel
and expansion. 203 69th St., Holmes Beach. Shown by
appointment only. $885,000.941-704-7729.
BY OWNER: 4BR/2BA, two-car garage, cul-de-sac.
2,245 sf, non-flood/non-evacuation zone, fenced
backyard, screened porch. Northwest Bradenton,
Azalea Park. $349,000. 941-795-5702.
BEST BUY TOWNHOUSE: Boat dock and heated
pool. $279,900. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
KEY ROYALE HOME: Tastefully remodeled
3BR/2BA, family room, pool, spa, boat dock.
$100,000 below appraisal. $819,000. Call owner.
Fred, 941-356-1456.

Realty ,
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Vic Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
Realtor, fluent in 1-800-367-1617 Toll-Free
Italian, Spanish and English (941) 778-6943 Home
(941) 730-1062 Cell

DUPLEX: DON"T LET this one slip by. Turnkey fur-
nished 2BR/2BA each side. Modern block construc-
tion. Big, enclosed garage and storage. Prime loca-
tion one block from beach. $498,600. Call Fred, cell,
941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.

NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN view lots: Top views
start at $50,000. Amenities include club, pool, eques-
trian facilities, hiking trails and high-speed Internet.
Half- to 3.5-acre sites. www.highlandsmountainprop-
erties.com. Call, 888-625-8950, today!
NO STATE INCOME tax! Low property taxes, four sea-
sons, southern hospitality, Tennessee lakefronts starting
under $100,000.Views, properties from $25,000. Lakeside
Realty, 888-291-5253. www.lakesiderealty-tn.com. 1248.
here! Must see beautiful peaceful western North Caro-
lina mountains, homes, cabins, acreage and invest-
ments. Cherokee Mountain Realty, GMAC Real Estate.
cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for free brochure,
NORTH CAROLINA GATED lakefront community.
Pleasantly mild climate, 1.5 acres, 90 miles of shoreline.
Never offered before with 20 percent pre-development
discounts, 90 percent financing. Call 800-709-5253.
mountain top, view, trees, waterfall and large public
lake nearby, paved private access, gated community,
$139,500. Owner, 866-789-8535.
MOUNTAIN FARM IN western North Carolina: 46.16 acres,
pasture, hills, long-range views in high elevation near Great
Smokies. $699,000. valleytownrealty@verizon.net. See
Web pictures http://valleytownrealty.com. 800-632-2212.

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LAKE ACCESS BARGAIN: One-plus acres, $34,900
with free boat slips! Rare opportunity to own land on
spectacular 160,000-acre recreational lake! Mature
oak and hickory, park-like setting with lake access.
Paved road, underground utilities. Excellent financ-
ing. Prime waterfronts available. Call now, 800-704-
3154, ext. 916.
WATERFRONT BARGAINS! One- to seven-acre
waterfronts in Alabama from $49,900. Boat to Gulf of
Mexico! Beautifully wooded, panoramic water views,
trophy fishing/hunting. Next to state parks. County road
frontage, utilities, county water. Excellent financing.
Must see. Call now, 800-564-5092, ext. 527.
FIND GREAT DEALS on wheels and everything else
in The Islander, 778-7978.

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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

New4BR/3BAGulf and bayviewtown home with everyamenity, includ-
ing granite, tile, wood cabinets, elevator, nine-foot ceilings, wrought
iron railings, balconies, jetted tub. Fullyfurnished with designer quality
furnishings and accessories. Affordably priced at $1,099,000 or rent
this beautiful home for $8,000/month or weekly for $2,200.

COASTAL GEORGIA: NEW, pre-construction golf
community. Large lots and condos with deep water,
marsh, golf, nature views. Gated, golf, fitness center,
tennis, trails, docks. $70s-$300,000. 877-266-7376.
SOUTH CENTRAL FLORIDA. Owner says sell! Five
acres, $99,000. 50 percent below recent certified
appraisal. Unbelievable opportunity to own five acres
of meadows and woods in excellent location. 50 per-
cent off recent appraisal! Great financing. Call now,
866-352-2249, ext. 1197.
WYOMING RANCH DISPERSAL: 35 acres, $59,900,
75 acres, $108,900. Snow-capped mountain views.
Surrounded by government land. Abundant wildlife.
Recreational paradise. Low taxes. E-Z terms. Call Utah
Ranches LLC. 888-541-5263.

LARGE POND, INCREDIBLE mountain views: 1,200 feet
of mountain stream, 17 acres, $239,900. Possibly the
greatest mountain views anywhere! Build overlooking your
very own private pond. All useable, easy access. Only one
with pond. Call owner directly now, 877-777-4837.
acre national forest, 16-plus acres, $159,900. Unlimited
hunting, hiking, camping and trophy trout fishing all in your
backyard. New release! Hurry, only one! 877-777-4837.
mountain views, state-road frontage, eight acres,
$129,900. Build your dream cabin with direct 40-mile
mountain views all around you. Private ownership
to direct national forest access and stocked trout
stream. Ready to build. Call now, 877-777-4837.

Local luxury. Partnered with Sotheby's International Realty.

Simply the Best

GULFFRONT Easily converted to 4BR/5BA with
decks and den upstairs. Three-car garage and workshop
downstairs. Heated pool and separate guest cottage with
1BR/1BA and kitchen. $2,999,000.

DRASTICALLY REDUCED Anna Maria City duplex
on large lot. Each apartment faces a different street to
provide maximum privacy. Only $575,000.

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The finest condo Anna
Maria has to offer.
3BR/3BA beautifully
furnished. High ceil-
ings, windows on all four
sides. Enclosed secure
garage, pool and spa.

KILY KUYALE_ Lowest price on iey. Beautifully tur-
nished 2BR/2BA, overlooks boat basin and down canal
with boat slip. Tastefully landscaped. View of bay.
Mike 800-367-1617

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Norman 941-778-
NO6an 3101 GULF DR
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Anna Maria Island's South Beach Village has gorgeous views of the gulf,
white sand beach, sunsets and bay
This 3 bedroom townhome and 2006 Parade of Homes top award-winner is beautifully furnished
and has a fabulous amount of attention to every detail. Some of those details include; bay windows,
skylights, cherry wood cabinetry, wet bar, kitchen & baths with granite counters, Italian tile in the
bathrooms, Jacuzzi tub in the master, all GE Profile appliances, central vac, 2-car garages and paver
driveways, wonderful location with 9 restaurants within a half mile, 2 miles to a major grocery and a
half mile to the Bradenton Beach fishing pier.
Visit www.hannerle.com or www.skysothebys.com for photos and a video tour.

Direct bayfront lot with expansive unobstructed bay views
Lot includes a deeded deep water boat slip just steps away, incredible
sunsets, gorgeous bay views all situated in a small gated enclave of beautiful
custom homes and 5 minutes away from a white sugar sand beach. Custom
home plans included.
Virtual tour at www.hannerle.com


Club Bamboo studio condominium
This turnkey studio is just steps to the Gulf of
Mexico and miles of white sand beach. New
modem d6cor with a tropical flair makes this
income producing condo a very desirable find.
Virtual tour at www.hannerle.com



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