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Volume 15, No. 17 Feb. 28, 2007 FREE

7 arrested from Acute Care facility in Anna Maria

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Agents from the Florida Attorney General's Med-
icaid Fraud Unit in Tampa on Feb. 23 arrested seven
women who worked at the Acute Care facility office
on Gulf Drive and charged them with $2.6 million in
counterfeit billing claims.
Arrested were Acute Care owners Jeanne Fer-
guson and Nancy Wood, along with Heidi Rickert,
Andrea Suarez, Carla Camacho, Stephanie Nichols
and Cynthia May. The women were not arrested
at the Anna Maria office, but at various locations
including at home.

According to Florida Attorney
General Bill McCollum, Acute Care
defrauded the state Medicaid pro-
gram out of more than $2.6 million
in counterfeit billing claims during
an unspecified period.
The company came under
Ferguson investigation in April 2006 after the
I\IFU received information that Acute Care, which pro-
vides respiratory therapy to children, was submitting
substantial billing claims to the Medicaid program that
could not be verified by the patients' parents. Parents
of at least one child reportedly told investigators they

Cleaning up a mess
West Manatee Fire Rescue District firefighters worked diligently to avoid "disaster" while others stood
"ready" with hoses when a boat owner erroneously pumped gas into the bilge of his boat at the Pure gas
station at the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives in Holmes Beach. For more details, see story, page 3.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Administrative hearings loom

on beach seawall removal

By Paul Roat
A convoluted coastal situation has become more
complex in Bradenton Beach.
City commissioners agreed last week to file for an
administrative hearing on a pair of permits issued by
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for
beachfront alterations in the 300 block of Gulf Drive
One permit would have allowed Pete Milazzo to
remove a seawall fronting his property at 306 Gulf
Drive S.
The second permit would have allowed removal
of another seawall, this one on city property at Fourth
Street South on the beachfront.
Approval to remove the seawall along Fourth
Street South street-end was described as a mistake by
state regulators, according to city officials. The city
apparently did not request removal of the seawall, but

state officials did misinterpret part of a plan that was
submitted to them with broader permit application to
improve beachfront access from Cortez Road to Fifth
Street South.
The Milazzo request, though, is the latest salvo in
a battle that has been ongoing since June 2004.
Milazzo at that time asked for permission to remove
about 100 feet of the concrete-block seawall from in
front of his property. The seawall is far from the water's
edge and abuts part of the house.
A former building official issued the DEP a letter
of no objection to the seawall removal. The city then
apparently decided to reverse itself, rescinded the letter
and sent the matter for a hearing before the city's board
of adjustment.
BOA members debated the matter in February and
March of 2005. The board eventually decided that the

had received only one visit from
the therapist in a single week, while
Acute Care was billing Medicaid for
several visits.
In addition, said McCollum,
other staff at the facility claim
they were pressured to falsify bill-
Wood ing for patients they knew were
never treated.
MFU agents raided the company's office in Anna
Maria in December 2006 and carted off a substantial
amount of records, but declined to confirm any ongoing

County commission

OKs Perico purchase
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County commissioners voted 7-0 to pur-
chase and conserve more than 231 acres of land on
Perico Island during a special meeting Feb. 20.
The unanimous vote followed about 10 minutes of
discussion but years of consideration and hours of talks.
The special meeting was called on Feb. 15, after
officials worked out an agreement between the county
and the landowner, Hayden Lane 1 Ltd.
"This is a good deal," said Manatee County Com-
missioner Jane von Hahmann.
The purchase option was part of a legal settlement
involving the county, the city of Bradenton, the St. Joe
Co. and Hayden Lane. The dispute was over St. Joe's
SevenShores condominium project, approved by the
city of Bradenton after the municipality annexed the
land from the county.
The controversial SevenShores project located to
the north of Manatee Avenue just east of the Anna Maria
drawbridge involves the construction of 686 high-rise
luxury condominiums built among lakes, walking trails
and conservation areas.
St. Joe had entered into a contract with Hayden
Lane, a company owned by Whiting Preston of the
Manatee Fruit Co., to purchase the Perico Island land
and submitted plans to Bradenton for a multi-building,
multi-story residential development.
The county, along with ManaSota-88 and the cities
of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach,
objected to the size and scope of the development, some
of it involving environmentally sensitive land and a
shoreline of mangroves.
In October 2004, the county negotiated a settlement
that resulted in a redesign of the project with the county
receiving an exclusive option to purchase land adjacent
to the pending development.
The property, valued at $6 million, consists of about
55.62 upland acres and 175.84 wetland acres.

From the air, the lake under construction at the St.
Joe company's SevenShores condominium develop-
ment on Perico Island looks almost like a series of
connected waterways. Islander Photo: Jack Elka


2 E FEB. 28, 2007 M THE ISLANDER

Acute Care workers arrested
investigation at that time.
Each of the women arrested was charged with one
count of Medicaid fraud, a third-degree felony, and
one count of organized fraud, a first-degree felony. If
convicted on both counts, each of the women face a
maximum of 30 years in prison and a fine of $15,000.
The women were booked into the Manatee County
jail and later released pending prosecution of the case.
The state attorney's office for the 12th Judicial Circuit
in Bradenton will prosecute.
Acute Care Inc. was formed in Anna Maria in 1996
and operated at a Pine Avenue location until moving to
the former U. S. Post Office building at 9908 Gulf Drive
several years ago.
In addition to providing respiratory therapy to
children, the company also provides medical equip-
ment such as hospital beds, electric wheelchairs,
orthopedic equipment and a host of other personal
medical needs.

Perico Island property buy OK'd
The county's plan involves conserving the land
for public use and possibly a tie-in with the nearby
Robinson Preserve.
County commissioners took a preliminary vote
endorsing the purchase in early February. In the days
that followed, county representatives worked with an
attorney for the landowner to reach an agreement that
set a closing date of June 6.
During the meeting last week, commissioners asked
for a few details about financing the purchase and con-
ditions attached to the sale.
County finance manager Jim Seuffert said the
county would probably finance the purchase with a loan
and then apply for a Florida Communities Trust grant
in the next year or so.
The county's senior assistant attorney, Patricia
McVoy, and Hayden Lane's attorney, Kevin Hennessy,
explained a provision in the agreement that would result
in the county turning over one acre of the property if
the city of Bradenton requires a new fire station to serve

Man injured in trolley accident
A Holmes Beach man was injured Sunday, struck by a
van after exiting an Island trolley on Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach. Evan Zappola, 22, of Holmes Beach,
was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Peters-
burg, where he was listed in fair condition on Monday.
He had stepped off the trolley and was crossing the
street in front of the trolley when he was struck by a
1998 Chevrolet van driven by Howard Stewart, 67,
also of Holmes Beach. Stewart was traveling north-
bound behind the trolley and had pulled out to pass the
trolley when he struck Zappola, according to Holmes
Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson. Charges in the inci-
dent are pending, he said. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

the SevenShores development.
Both lawyers agreed that the provision would be
taken into account when an appraisal is conducted.
Letters from St. Joe project manager Joe
Romanowski and Bradenton City Clerk Carl Callahan
contained no objections to the sale.
"We look forward to working closely with the
county to ensure that the option property is used in a
manner that is compatible and complimentary to sur-
rounding residential areas," Romanowski wrote.
The county's decision to purchase the property has
won endorsements from Anna Maria Island residents.
"I'm pleased, very pleased," said Bradenton Beach
resident Paul Shrader, who drives past Perico at least
twice a day on his way to and from work. "We have
to take care of Florida."
"I think this is what we need to do to be good
stewards in our state," said Michael Reece, of Holmes
Beach, who often fishes near Perico.

Seawall removal hearing sought
"no-objection" letter was warranted. The recommenda-
tion by the BOA went to the city commission, which
also approved the letter to the DEP However, the letter
did not materialize, and a lawsuit was filed by Milazzo
demanding the letter.
The letter was eventually mailed after a circuit
court order, and Milazzo earlier this month received a
conditional permit for the seawall removal.
However, the city is now contesting the permit
before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings
and is requesting a new ruling.
The crux of the issue is a determination by city
consultant Karyn Erickson, a coastal engineer, that the
seawall fronting the Milazzo property is a vital element
of flood protection and is important to maintain sand
on the beach, rather than allowing it to wash onto the
adjacent roadway.
"I'm shocked that the city is discussing opposing
the decision of the state," said Scott Rudacille, an attor-
ney representing Milazzo. "Why is the city opposing
this project? The state coastal engineers have no prob-
lem with this, and, in fact, they encourage removal of
rigid shores on the beaches."
Rudacille also suggested that an administrative
hearing is in violation of the court order that requires
the "no-objection" letter be provided to the DEP
City attorney Ricinda Perry said the administrative
recourse would probably cost $20,000, although special
counsel to the city, Greg Hootman, would handle the
Milazzo has said that he has spent about $80,000
to date on the matter.
"To do nothing," said Mayor John Chappie, "would
mean that Milazzo would remove the seawall, and we
won't have any idea of what will happen [to the shore-
Commissioners unanimously approved seeking
the administrative hearing, with Commissioner Bill
Shearon a neighbor of Milazzo abstaining due
to what he claimed is a possible conflict of inter-
Perry said the hearings would probably be held in
Manatee County and a final decision reached by fall.



THE ISLANDER U FEB. 28, 2007 M 3

Fuel spilled at Pure gas station in Holmes Beach

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A gasoline spill at the Holmes Beach Pure Station
temporarily shut down operations Feb. 22 but the fuel
was contained.
The spill occurred shortly before 10 a.m, when
a Georgia man put a pump nozzle into a fishing rod
holder on his boat rather than into the fuel tank. About
27 gallons of fuel filled the boat's bilge, then was
emptied on the ground when the bilge pump started,
according to West Manatee Fire Rescue Battalion
Chief Rich Losek.
"Just an accident," said Bret Vande Vrede, owner
of the station at 5333 Gulf Drive. "It probably happens
more often than we know about."
Vande Vrede said he immediately shut down his
pumps and notified emergency officials.
"The police came out and did what they do best,"
said Vande Vrede, who used some absorbent materials
on hand to collect a lot of the fuel.

Holmes Beach Police Department and West Mana-
tee Fire Rescue District dispatched aid, as did Manatee
County's hazardous materials department, which super-
vised a full cleanup at the site.
"We had a small spill," said Ed Eartly, solid waste
officer for Manatee County and a member of the coun-
ty's hazardous materials team.
Eartly said the fuel reached two stormwater drains in
the immediate area, but was stopped from going farther.
"What we did is we stuffed booms inside the
drains," Eartly said. "So we stopped it right there.... We

didn't want to lose the product and have it go into the
bay. It's not good for the environment."
Other locations including the bay were checked to
make sure the spill was contained.
On sight, SWS, a company from Tampa, assisted
with the cleanup until about 3 p.m.
The accident, which resulted in no tickets, shut
down the Pure station for about 90 minutes, Vande
Vrede estimated.
"But everything is good," he added in an interview
the next day.
The incident was the first such accident at the sta-
tion in about six years.
Eartly said fuel overruns at stations are not uncom-
mon, especially when a person leaves a vehicle unat-
In the incident that occurred at the Pure station
last week, the boat owner, whose name has not been
released, will be billed for the cleanup. A cost estimate
was not available.

West Manatee impact fee hike wins delegation's vote

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Legislation to increase impact fees on new con-
struction in the West Manatee Fire Rescue District won
its first vote Feb. 21.
The Manatee County Legislative Delegation voted
unanimously for the bill during a meeting in Tallahassee.
"That's really good news for us," said Brett Pol-
lock, the district's deputy chief.
The delegation, made up of state Sens. Mike
Bennett, Lisa Carlton and Arthenia Joyner and
Reps. Bill Galvano, Ron Reagan, Keith Fitzger-
ald and Frank Peterman also unanimously voted on
legislation transferring authority of some underwa-
ter land from the state to the Manatee County Port
Authority, reauthorizing rules for the North River
Fire District, and merging the Cedar Hammock and
Whitfield fire districts.
The WMFR bill would allow fees that apply to new
construction and go to pay for new facilities and equip-
ment. Past impact fee funds, for example, went to the
purchase of thermal-imaging equipment to detect heat
sources and laptop computers to improve operations
with 911 dispatches.

The current impact fee schedule, set in 1985, is
$100 for residential construction and $200 for the first
5,000 square feet of commercial construction.
The revised schedule would be $500 for new resi-
dential construction and $980 for 5,000 square feet of
new commercial construction. Additional commercial
construction would be charged 25 cents per square foot,
after the bill is approved.
District voters on Nov 7, 2006, backed the change in
impact fees. The ballot question asked, "Shall West Mana-
tee Fire & Rescue District be allowed to increase impact
fees on new construction only, to pay for new equipment
and facilities as necessary to accommodate new growth?"
At last week's delegation meeting, there was no
discussion on the legislation since the local bills had
been reviewed at a previous meeting.
"This meeting was just forvote," said Cheryl Ennis,
Bennett's chief legislative aide.
With the delegation's support, the WMFR mea-
sure will be introduced when the legislative session
begins March 6, then assigned to a House committee
for review and recommendation.
To be put into effect, the measure needs the vote
of the Legislature and the signature of the governor. In

Holmes Beach woman absconds with son, arrested

A Holmes Beach woman who did not have custody
or permission to be with any of
her three children removed her
7-year-old son from her moth-
er's home in east Bradenton and
then disappeared.
According to the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office, Nidia
Cruz, 30, does not have custody
of her three children and may
Cruz only have supervised contact
with her children. The children were placed with Cruz'
mother in November 2006.
Cruz removed her7-year-old son from her moth-

her's residence at 606 60th Ave. Drive E., Bradenton,
on Thursday, Feb. 15. Cruz' mother was aware at the
time that she took the child.
On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Cruz was located at her
residence at 2703 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach and
was arrested for interference with child custody and
giving a false name to a law enforcement officer.
The child, who was not with his mother at the time,
was located a short time later with the assistance of
Cruz' boyfriend and was placed in custody of Child Pro-
tective Services along with Cruz' other two children.
The custodial grandmother, who was not named in
the sheriff's office report, was taken into custody on an
unrelated immigration warrant.

Short-term parking fixes honed in Bradenton Beach

By Paul Roat
The list of short-term solutions to the parking prob-
lem in Bradenton Beach is shorter.
A group of residents, business owners and others
have been meeting for several weeks to discuss the park-
ing issues in the city. All have agreed that there are a lot
of available spaces in the city, but all have also agreed
that the parking spaces are not necessarily where most
people want them in the Bridge Street area.
In a meeting facilitated by Alan Garrett of about
30 people last week, quick-fix solutions to parking
were aired and winnowed. Topping the list: develop
an employee parking zone at the northern end of Cortez
Beach, thereby freeing up parking spots throughout the
rest of the business core of the city.
Enforcement of limited parking in the Bridge Street area
was another top contender in the list of parking solutions,
especially in the city parking lot on First Street North.
And creation of a public-private parking lot on the
beach just south of the BeachHouse Restaurant was
another viable solution to parking woes, the group
agreed. Restaurant owner Ed Chiles has said that up to

40 parking spaces could be created on his property, with
more possible by utilizing an adjoining city parcel.
The group agreed that the parking lot at Harvey
Memorial Church, off Church Avenue, could be utilized
as a place for employee parking, although no one from
the church was present to provide input.
And designating motorcycle slots in existing parking
lots could scrunch bikes and scooters and such into spaces
that otherwise could be utilized by larger vehicle.
There was also consensus to offer a reward system
for people who utilized the Manatee Trolley rather than
taking a personal vehicle to patronize businesses or
restaurants on Bridge Street.
Better signage, identifying parking spots that should
be used for business patrons rather than beachgoers, was
also suggested, as was better signage at trolley stops
identifying both the bus routes and pickup times.
The BeachHouse Restaurant parking lot plan
is scheduled to be presented to the city commission
March 1 at its regular meeting at 7 p.m.
The parking group will meet again at 5 p.m. March
7 at city hall.

the Senate, local bills such as the WMFR impact fees
legislation can only be voted up or down and objections
can only be raised by the district's senator.

Time's up for

Island bridges
Both the Anna Maria Island Bridge and the Cortez
Bridge are now operating on a new schedule.
After a near five-year effort on the part of the
Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials, the
new times were put into effect Feb. 21 by the U.S.
Coast Guard's Seventh District in Miami.
Under the new rules, the bridges will be raised
from Jan. 15 to May 15 on the hour and half-hour
on demand by boaters between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
From p.m. to 6 a.m. the bridges will be raised on
signal from a boater.
From May 16 to Jan. 14, the bridge opening
times will be on demand on the hour and every 20
minutes thereafter from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Michael Lieberum of the Seventh District in
Miami confirmed the new times are now in effect.
The BIEO had requested the change to allow
traffic during the busy winter tourist season more
time to clear the traffic light at the Gulf Drive-
Cortez Road and the Manatee Avenue-Gulf Drive
intersections before the bridge is raised. BIEO
members from Longboat Key had been particu-
larly vocal in calling for the time change.


Anna Maria City
Feb. 28, 4 p.m., special city commission meeting at
Island Baptist Church, second floor
March 5, 10:30 a.m., preliminary budget discussion,
Holmes Beach City Hall.
March 6, 7 p.m., planning and zoning comprehensive
plan meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the
annex building at Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, 708-6130 www.cityofan-
Bradenton Beach
March 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting. Agenda:
Proposed parking plan at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
approval of Gulf Drive-corridor enhancement project,
approval of lighting project on Bridge Street, approv-
al of Island Transportation Planning Organization
bylaw changes, approval of scenic highway signage
grant request, approval of Florida Department of
Transportation landscape maintenance agreement,
and approval of WAVES vision plan.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005 www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.
Holmes Beach
March 7, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800 www.holmesbeachfl.org.

4 0 FEB. 28, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Insurance: State softens rate freeze, allows cancellation

By Molly McCartney
Islander Reporter
Melodie Moss thought for a while that the state's
tough new rate freeze protected her against the loss of
her homeowner's insurance policy.
But last week the state modified its rule in response
to a legal challenge from the insurance industry. The
result of that deal leaves Moss and other policyholders
like her vulnerable to cancellation or nonrenewal.
State Rep. Bill Galvano, who represents Anna Maria
Island and western Manatee, described the change in
the state freeze order as "unfortunate."
Galvano and Moss spoke at a recent forum spon-
sored on the Island by the Kiwanis Club and The
Islander when she brought her situation to light and
Galvano used Moss's plight as an example for others
of what can happen.
Moss, who says she isn't yet sure how this is going
to turn out for her, says her situation is now exacerbated
by the "un-ruling."
She received a notice in December from Liberty
Mutual saying that her policy would not be renewed
when it ends March 31. But then the Florida Cabinet
issued a rate freeze order at the urging of Gov. Char-
lie Crist. Officials said they wanted to keep insurance
companies from canceling or dropping policies non-
renewals before new state insurance legislation
could be implemented.
Under the terms of the freeze order announced Jan.
30 and implemented the next day, Jan. 31, no hom-
eowner insurance policy could be canceled or non-
renewed on or after that date, regardless of when the
policyholder got the notice of non-renewal or cancel-
Crist urged the order saying he feared the industry
would try and take advantage of policyholders unless
there was a freeze on rates, cancellations and nonre-
Moss was thrilled that the freeze might help her.
But she was troubled by some practical questions.
At the Holmes Beach meeting, for example, Moss asked
Galvano about the terms of the renewal she would be
able to get March 31 when her existing coverage runs
"Am I renewed for the year or just a few months?"
she wanted to now.
Galvano didn't try to answer that question. Instead,
he said the implementation of the new insurance law
"will change the entire environment of insurance so
your insurer will have more incentive to stay in Florida
and change the rates."
A few days later, the Florida Insurance Council,
the state's largest insurance lobby, went to court and
asked for an immediate stay of the state's freeze order.
A spokesman for the lobby group said the order "cre-
ates unnecessary havoc and confusion for insurers and
On Feb. 19, the state backed down. Insurance Com-
missioner Kevin McCarty issued a new interpretation
of the freeze rule.


Anna Maria City eye
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners agreed unanimously
their Feb. 22 meeting to retain the Bradenton law firm
SOzark, Perron and Nelson to represent the city in any
igation against Roof USA Inc. for the mold and dam-

Westbay Point fire
still under investigation
The investigation into the cause of the Feb. 15
fire that damaged a condominium at Westbay Point &
Moorings in Holmes Beach remains open.
The fire caused about $50,000 in damages to condo
unit 242 on the ground floor of a six-condo building at
6200 Flotilla Drive. No injuries were reported.
The fire broke out at about 6 p.m. in the home of
Jane B. Smith. Smith, a son and two children evacuated
as 22 firefighters rushed to the scene. Occupants in the
other condominiums also evacuated.
Kurt Lathrop, a deputy fire marshal with West Man-
atee Fire Rescue, said the investigation remains open
pending additional interviews with the homeowner.
Both Smith and her son told The Islander they had
no idea how the fire had started.


John Laurie, Bradenton insurance executive, says the
"unintended consequences" of the state rate freeze
have been a "nightmare" for agents and others.
Islander Photo: Molly McCartney

Galvano explained the commissioner's interpreta-
tion this way: The modified rule is not retroactive and
does not cover policyholders who received cancella-
tion or nonrenewal notices prior to the passage of the
emergency rule on Jan. 31.
"The Office of Insurance Regulation modified the
freeze rule in order to have the law suit [filed by the
insurance lobby group] dropped," he said. "So if the
notice of cancellation or nonrenewal was proper, and
given prior to the enactment of the rule, then there is no
retroactive element. That is unfortunate, because I think
the governor would have liked to have seen that."
All this turmoil and uncertainty has left Moss con-
fused and concerned about the state of her homeown-
er's policy and the outlook for future coverage.
"Every week it changes," she said, and the thing
is that no one gives her straight answers. "Every time
I call them, I get a different person," she said.
And then last week on the same day that the
state announced its modified freeze order the mys-
tery deepened when she opened her mail and found that
Liberty Mutual had sent her a renewal notice.
"I don't know what that means," Moss said. "Who
can say if this is going to stick? Who can say if I have
coverage or not after March 31?
If for some reason she is able to retain her Liberty
Mutual insurance, it is going to cost twice as much as
last year, she said, because the renewal notice calls for
a $4,000 premium, compared to the $2,000 she paid
last year.
"I may have a policy," she said. "And I may be out
of luck. I don't know."

es roofing company
ages caused by that company to city hall during instal-
lation of a new roof on the building last summer.
City Attorney Jim Dye noted the firm has extensive
experience in construction litigation and negotiations
with Roof USA's insurance company are currently at a
The city administration has been forced to relo-
cate temporarily to the Island Baptist Church while
city hall is undergoing removal and remediation of
mold caused by the collapsed roof. Since that reme-
diation effort began, however, an asbestos problem
has been discovered at the building. Mayor Fran
Barford said it now appears city hall will have to
remain at IBC longer than the original estimate of
six to eight weeks.
Barford told commissioner's she'd have an objec-
tive report on the status of all damages and repairs at
the March 8 worksession, which will be held at the
Holmes Beach City Hall.

Lot-split ordinance
In other business, the commission agreed to con-
tinue the public hearing on the proposed lot-split ordi-
nance until it had more information on how many prop-
erties might not be grandfathered for access under the

Insurance agents struggle
Moss isn't the only one confused by what is hap-
pening in the insurance market.
Insurance executive John Laurie characterized the
problems that he and other agents face these days as a
"nightmare." He said agents asked the state insurance
office and the governor's office for more information
about the freeze "because there is so much confusion
... and not everything was answered."
Laurie, who is vice president of BB&T Insurance
Services in Bradenton, served as a technical advisor to
the blue-ribbon task force on insurance created last year
by then-Gov. Jeb Bush.
The uncertainty over the freeze order is having an
impact on company billing procedures, Laurie said.
"No one has done any billings for policyholders who
had their coverage expire but now are under orders to
have it extended," he said. As a result "there will be back
billing, meaning the customer will get a back bill [for
interim coverage] and a new bill for the new policy."
Laurie described this as one of the "unintended
consequences" of the freeze order.
"It is a mess," he said. "I understand that Gov.
Crist was trying to do a good job and stop the bleeding
and make it so the companies give the new legislation
time to work, but there are so many unintended conse-
Laurie said the freeze order prohibiting cancella-
tions and nonrenewals was so restrictive that several
insurance companies stopped writing new business, at
least temporarily.
One of those was Auto-Owners Insurance.
Laurie said that the insurance industry is also look-
ing at the expanded state role in the insurance market
and the risk factor that represents if a major hurricane
hits Florida.
"How do we pay for these potential claims? This
has to be evaluated. You will hear people say we will
bond it. But we don't have that current bonding capac-
ity, and we need to develop that. We need to develop
the fund and the mechanism to pay into it.
"And people are not going to want to hear this,
but we basically said that we want to provide you with
rate relief now because you are hurting, and there is no
question we needed to do that.
"But there is a bigger bill coming, after the storm
hits. So we are just gambling right now.
Laurie said a one-cent sales tax would be the best
way to build a fund that would pay claims in the event of
major storm damages. The fund would provide backup
for claims filed with Citizens Property Insurance Corp.,
the state's insurer, and the Hurricane Catastrophe Insur-
ance Fund, which provides lower-cost reinsurance to
insurers as a way to knock down rates to policyhold-
"The question is when does that storm come,"
Laurie said. "If it comes 20 years from now, we are
home free. If it comes in the next three years, we have
a big problem. Because we have nothing now."

litigation over mold
City planner Alan Garrett noted that under the pro-
posed ordinance, some property owners who presently
do not have access to their property and do not have an
easement might not be protected. There are six properties
in the city without access to a public street, he said.
The hearing was continued to March 22.

Construction moratorium
Commissioners agreed unanimously to the first
reading of an ordinance extending the current morato-
rium on new construction seaward of or on the coastal
construction control line to Sept. 4, 2007. The second
reading of the ordinance will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at the
Island Baptist Church.

City audit
City auditor Ed Leonard gave the commission
some good news after reviewing the city's books for
the 2005-06 fiscal year.
The city is in good shape, he noted, and his firm
was able to give the city a "clean and unqualified" audit,
the highest available award.
The commission also learned that the environ-
mental education and enhancement committee plans
to pursue removal of five Australian pines from the
Gulffront Park habitat.

THE ISLANDER M FEB. 28, 2007 5 5

Flora forum focuses on native plantings

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The specialists assembled on Fat Tuesday at a
Holmes Beach forum gushed not about gumbo but
about the gumbo-limbo.
They were gathered not to celebrate Mardi Gras
but to promote going native planting local flora in
public and private places on Anna Maria Island.
The forum, presented by the Holmes Beach Parks
and Beautification Committee at city hall Feb. 20, fea-
tured four speakers on the topic of "Go Native with
Plants and Trees." The panelists included Island land-
scaper Mike Miller, nursery owner and Manatee Audu-
bon Society president Tom Heitzman, master gardener
Maureen Hirthler and Manatee County extension ser-
vice agent Peggy Dessaint.
The program began with the introduction of beau-
tification committee members, followed by a welcome
from Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.
Committee member and moderator Kathy King then
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Miller spoke about his work and his vision for the
Island, illustrating his comments with photos projected on
a screen at the front of the city commission chambers.
Miller began with a rhetorical question. "If it is
these islands on this coast on this particular sliver of
earth that we love so much, why have we landscaped
them from one end to the other with the vegetation of
China, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Madagas-
car, West Africa, Cuba and Brazil?"
He wondered why chambers of commerce promote
the Island as "second-rate copies of a Tahitian tropical
dream rather than for the unique beauty of the sub-
tropical palm hammocks on the Gulf Coast."
Miller emphasized that locations lose their unique-
ness when exotics dominate the landscape. Mother
Nature, he said, designed "every corner of this earth
with a unique combination of trees and plants and hence
a unique beauty of its own."
Dessaint also discussed the unique characteristics
of the Island, emphasizing that this is a sub-tropical
rather than tropical zone, with soil different from the
soil as near as Bradenton.
'The most common soil in Manatee County is Myakka
soil and that isn't what's on the Island," Dessaint said. She
encouraged gardeners to consider the soil, rainfall, sun-
light, temperature and wind when they select plants.
Hirthler talked about gardening, specifically her
recent experience landscaping her back yard. She encour-
aged gardeners to apply Zen principles to landscaping,
such as recognizing the divine spark in all living things.
"We're people living in harmony with nature,"
Hirthler said. "We want to do no harm."
When Zen principles are applied, Hirthler said the

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gardener naturally will lean toward using native plants
- which will need less fertilizer, less water and make
less waste.
"You have to go out of your way" to find Florida
natives for sale because they are not readily available
in big box stores, she said.
Heitzman and the other panelists, in addition to
talking up the gumbo-limbo tree, recommended but-
tonwood, Christmas berry, firebush, Florida privet,
Jamaican caper and native palms for coastal planting.
For groundcover, recommendations included beach
elder, beach sunflower, yellow Jessamine, coral honey-
suckle, golden creeper, railroad vine and sea oats.
"How do we recapture the image of nature's islands,
incorporate into it the functions of our lives and end up
with a native habitat more beautiful than the artificial
exotic one we replaced?" Miller asked.
"Go native," he answered, "so that you could land
a boat on our native bay beaches, walk across the Island
to our native Gulf beaches and never see along the way
the landscapes of somewhere else."

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Disaster averted
Islanders avoided a catastrophe last week.
A boater stopped at the Pure gas station at Marina and
Gulf drives to fill up his trailered vessel with fuel. Instead
of filling the tank, though, he stuck the gas pump nozzle
in his rod holder and pumped more than 20 gallons of fuel
into his bilge.
The problem was compounded when the automatic bilge
pump kicked on and spewed gasoline onto the parking lot.
Luckily, the station owner acted promptly to swab
up and call firefighters, who were quickly on the scene to
prevent a greater mishap.
But if the bilge pump had sparked, or someone had struck
a match ... well, disaster is probably an understatement.
Kudos to the quick response, and shame on a guy who
mistakes a rod holder for a fuel port.
And thank goodness the gasoline was prevented
from entering the storm drains and, eventually, Anna
Maria Sound.
And perhaps our first responders should be supplied
in the future with materials similar to those provided by
the gas station to contain potential contamination?

Pave paradise?
Bradenton Beach citizens have been puzzling over
serious parking problems and looking for solutions for
the past few months.
It seems that, although there are myriad park-
ing spaces available in the city at Cortez Beach and
Coquina Beach, those spaces are inconvenient to the
shops and restaurants that comprise the historical area
and Bridge Street.
Bradenton Beach is experiencing what it has
striven for business is good. Yet it means parking
is at a premium.
Many proposals to ease the parking crunch have been
offered. One-way streets with angle parking. Eking out
another space or two on side streets adjacent to Bridge
Street. Park-and-ride accommodations for employees.
Valet parking.
All these suggestions and more have come to light
and are under review.
Also offered is a beachfront parking lot adjacent to
the BeachHouse Restaurant. Owner Ed Chiles has sug-
gested accommodating 40 parking spots for his business
and others if the city approves his plan.
And then there is the oft-touted concept of a park-
ing garage, although we can't begin to imagine how that
would alter the character of this unique, historical area.
Several years ago, city commissioners discussed the
concept of elevating Tingley Memorial Library on Second
Street to allow up to 50 parking spaces under the build-
ing at a fraction of the cost of purchasing property for
additional public parking.
Before the city steps into the area of big, bulky garages
or paving paradise for a parking lot maybe we could try
just a bit harder to first find and test smaller solutions.
Trolley up, anyone?

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SLICK Give me a cheeseburger... hold the parking garage By Egan


Fine trolley service
It's funny how a change in the weather affects
Islanders. After nine years, my blood has thinned to
the consistency of water. I complain as I go outside,
dressed ears to foot to catch the trolley, prepared for
a freeze; two hours later the temperature has risen to
the 70s, so I return home carrying a bundle of winter
Some of us take for granted the fine trolley ser-
vice that we have that runs every 20 minutes, is free
and even accommodates bikes. I have gotten to know
the select group of people who drive the buses. Many
thanks to all of the drivers for their concern for our
children and patience for all. They are good ambas-
sadors for our Island.
Eight months ago Dennis, a driver I had gotten to
know, was talking to me about his future plans. Dennis
looked to be in his 60s. He had a witty, down-home
sense of humor.
One night when I was riding with him I said,
"Dennis, if you want to do me a valuable service, drop
me off at my house." He did and we laughed. Another
time I said "Dennis, I'm so tired, I've worked so hard.
Would you take my bike off the rack?" He did. Every
time I rode with him, my day was brightened by his
humor. Dennis died last week. Goodbye, Dennis, and
thanks for the laughs.
Lance, Francis and Lee Bergeron, Holmes

Kingfish trees, too
The sad plight of the loon caught in a fishing net
and your article about the trees at Coquina brings to
mind the plan to desecrate trees across from the King-
fish Boat Ramp.
Our wildlife is being deprived of habitat. While
palm trees are picturesque, they will not provide the
cover the animals need or the cooling shade for the
nearby residences.
Where is our democratic right to choose? If
a vote were taken, I'm sure the public would not

agree to removing the Australian pines and the other
thick foliage across from the ramp. Trees are not
only beautiful, they help absorb pollution and noise.
The approach to the Island is lush welcoming all
and protecting our fauna.
If you chop down trees often enough
Making life for critters tough
In time you'll see there's no such thing
As raccoons and possums and birds that sing.
Which would you rather have,
Magic trees or concrete enclaves?
Barbara Parkman, Holmes Beach

Be more open, honest
Once again, before any discussion or disclosure,
trees have been removed, going from 37 to 66. I don't
recall reading about it until about a week before the
It would be nice if those in authority to do this stuff
were a little more open and honest. The reasons for not
being so are, of course, obvious.
I know that there are lots of people out there that
just think (Australian pines) "exotics" are going to kill
us stone-cold dead one of these days if we don't get rid
of them.
They have been there for at least 50 years and,
again, I don't recall having read that these trees have
caused a fatality. I could be wrong and I am sure that I
will be corrected. That's OK.
So they take out these trees that at least have
some root system and replace them with trees that
only have a root ball. Do you get the feeling that
whomever has the authority to do this is just picking
away at these trees until they are satisfied that all or
most are gone?
Shame on you for doing this and shame on you for
not being able to at least have some discussion. After
all, as a taxpayer, I am paying for the pleasure, not this
Please, will you stop?
Susan Hatch, Anna Maria



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Overpric ng
Realtors are clueless also. Prices are 25 percent too
high accordingto aeales tate survey recently. Somecon-
scientious analysis of value is showing up in the market.
HoweveR there a seemingly lots of Realtors thatstill
take ridiculously overpriced listings. What's with that?
Realtors needto be hones twiths ellers and stop cluttering
up the market with all these overpriced listings.
Mary Weriher. Holmes Beach

Colossal failure
This is an open letter to the mayor regarding this
citizen's feeling on the current beach modification:
My wife and I were appalled with what has been
allowed to happen to our little town. We are on the road
five or six days a week so we are not always able to
stay abreast of all the planning and meetings that shape
our community.
What I see from my window on Gulf Drive Southis
failure, but not just a failure but colossal failure. The
community citizens did not know. or were not asked
their opinion. on the scope of the beachfront changes.
They have failed to march on your city hall with flam-
ing torches and demand stop to the ruin.
The citizens seem to have reacted like the goats the
political body expected. The political representatives
have failed to see how utterly horrible is the plan that
has ruined such a scenic and pleasant community we
There is no esthetic improvement to destroying
those majestic pines that lined the drive and I doubt it
could be repaired in my lifetime.
For what purpose has this happened? A path for
skate boarders and bicycle riders to challenge the
strolling visitor? And that txpayer-employed planner
responsible for this mess called progress, can there be
a bigger failure? Has he never encountered the concept
of meandering path? Is he recently arrived from some
major Midwestern city?
What anirres ponsible decision to destroy those e trees !

Because they infringed on a transit line-built pathway?
Just how invasive were those trees? Had they overrun
the beach and neighborhoods? I think not. It is claimed
they can't survive a90-mph wind. Just who determined
that? On which tree with what branch configuration?
How many have blown over in the last decade?
Worried they will fall and block the exodus of our
wealthy southern neighbors? Could we have not just
topped them instead of ripping them out by the roots ?
Just what was wrong with a pine-needle path and very
small pine cones? Didn't anyone recognize the esthetic
beauty they present? Why not bulldoze it and install
parking meters and chain-link fences ?
How about all the conservation we have come to
respect? How much more couldyou have disrupted that
tranquil ecosystem? The dune area we have worked so
hard to protect is heapedwithboulders, debris and torn-
up posts. And what of those old groins that trademarked
our beach to be broken in an effort to keep folks off?
Just what scholarly lawyer convinced you to do that?
Why couldn't you all be content with a simple
wooden barrier and sign? The people still climb on
them in spite of your crazy effort, the only difference
is the beach is now just one bit more ugly.
What's next? Shall we shoot the seagulls because
they foul the beach and make noise, or the turtles
because they dig in the sand? Why not just pave the
whole damn lot and rename us Asbury Park?
Sir. what I see is a total failure lack of vision and
arrogance of position. I am certain in a capital-driven
corporation, you would be sacked.
John Saketaris. Bradenton Beach

A treat of a meet Ing
What a great surprise I had when I attended the
meeting of the Anna Maria City Commission. John
Quam (Big John) did a s uperb job of running the meet-
ing. It was orderly and quiet and a real treat for me.
Thank you. commissioners. city staff and the beau-
tiful mayor for a nice. productive meeting.
John Bacich, Anna Maria


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In the Feb. 26,1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria city commissioners engaged in a
verbal and accusatory sparring match with public works
director Phil Chao ck at the Feb. 18 commission meet-
ing regarding some citizen concerns about last year's
drainage projects and a recent decision by Charnock to
change five addresses in the city.
Manatee County public safety director Mike
Latessa told a meeting of the Save Anna Maria orga-
nization that the Anna Maria Fire District would soon
get a third EMS ambulance for calls on the Island and
in Cortez
A delegation of Holmes Beach city residents
met with Manatee County Commissioner Stan Ste-
phens to request his helping in getting some funding
from the county for a new Key Royale Bridge. esti-
mated to cost about $800,000. The Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation had told the city the bridge
needed replacing, but it could not fund the project
for several years.

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8 E FEB. 28, 2007 U THE ISLANDER

Mayor meets civic association members

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Municipal matters dominated Saturday morning
conversation at the Island Branch Library, where the
Holmes Beach mayor met with members of the Holmes
Beach Civic Association.
The meeting Feb. 24 was the first of several planned
chats involving Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and the civic
HBCA members took the opportunity to learn from
the mayor about the workings of city hall.
Audience question: Which department over-
sees code enforcement? The mayor's answer: Public
Audience question: Who checks the lights during
turtle nesting season? The mayor's answer: The code
enforcement officer.
Audience question: Who oversees the hiring and
firing of city employees? The mayor's answer: Depends
on the employee. The matter may involve the mayor
and a department head or, if the department head is the
employee in question, the matter involves the mayor
and the city commission.
Audience question: What can be done to help those
on a fixed income with tax and insurance woes?The may-
or's answer: The Florida tax situation is a taxing matter.
Bohnenberger began the morning talking about
taxes and municipal budgets, asking audience members

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger meets with
members of the Holmes Beach Civic Association Feb. 24
at the Island Branch Library. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
to take a hard look at a proposal from state GOP lead-
ers in the Florida House and then join him in raising
The proposal involves spending caps for munici-
pal governments, sales tax increases and property tax
reductions and eliminations depending on whether real

estate is homesteaded.
Bohnenberger called the concept a "train wreck,"
though to property owners it might sound like "pie in
the sky."
If the proposal becomes reality, the mayor said
Holmes Beach would face financial hardships and
warned of the elimination of municipal funding for the
Anna Maria Island Community Center and beautifica-
tion projects and slowing down the rate of city-financed
road work.
Bohnenberger recognized that property owners
need relief. "We're leading the nation in foreclosures
in the state of Florida," he said. "This is not a good
But the fix can't be decided too quick, the mayor
continued, adding that the Legislature meets for only
two months, during which time lawmakers consider
hundreds of bills.
"How can we get something good in 60 days?" the
mayor said.
Bohnenberger suggested lawmakers review the
estimated 600 exemptions to the state sales tax, exam-
ine the method for appraising property and re-evaluate
a provision that allows a newly constructed home occu-
pied on Jan. 2 to be tax-exempt until the next year.
The civic association meets again March 24 at
10:30 a.m. at the Island Branch Library in Holmes

Shifting sands in Anna Maria spur city review

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners at their Feb. 22
meeting were all set to consider reviewing each of the
11 special event permit applications for wedding events
submitted by the Sandbar Restaurant on an individual
basis, particularly after Commissioner Duke Miller won-
dered how a private party could be a special event.
But Commission Chairman John Quam noted that
under the special event ordinance, the commission
could not limit the number of special event permits to
a particular business or enterprise.
"We need to review our special event ordinance,"
Quam said. "Under our current ordinance, we can't
limit special events at a location. I feel these should be
approved and we should review the ordinance at our
next worksession." He also suggested the commission
consider charging a fee for a special event permit.
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Miller questioned why the Sandbar needs a tent if
it already has a pavilion to accommodate weddings and
parties. He also expressed concern about the number of
parking spaces for the restaurant during weddings.
Resident Robin Wall said she thought the pavilion
was supposed to replace the need for a tent. She also
suggested there is a noise problem with the special
Diane Caniff suggested greed was a factor in the
Sandbar's numerous applications.
Hold on a minute, said Sandbar owner Ed Chiles.
He's not doing anything that the Sandbar hasn't done
for the past 40 or 50 years. "We've been doing them
fora long time and they are very benign to the Island,"
he said.
Outdoor weddings and the construction of the tent
will occur only on weekends and weekend evenings.
There isn't a parking problem because he has use of
the old IGA building parking spaces if needed, and he's
not trying to violate the noise ordinance. In addition,
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them whenever he can.
If the weddings are now creating an impact prob-
lem for nearby residents, let him know, Chiles added.
Unfortunately, he noted, "There are four or five
people I can't please no matter what I do."
Indeed. The law firm of Lobeck and Hanson, repre-
senting adjacent property owners William and Barbara
Nally, objected to the applications, claiming the com-
mission has no authority to grant a special event permit
to the Sandbar.
The commission voted 4-1 to approve the 11 per-
mits, with Miller voting against the measure. Commis-
sioners did agree, however, to examine the ordinance at
their March worksession to determine if any changes
are needed.
Mayor Fran Barford agreed with the commis-
sion's decision to discuss the ordinance. There will be
more applications from the Sandbar in the future, she
observed, and the city administration needs direction
from the commission on how these should be handled.

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BB department head draws ire of resident

By Paul Roat
Concerns have been aired regarding abuse of power
of a department head in Bradenton Beach.
Stephanie Cenko said in a letter to the editor to
The Islander newspaper that Bradenton Beach project
manager Lisa Marie Phillips called to her while she
was standing near Anna Maria Sound near the city pier
last month. Cenko said that Phillips asked why she was
standing in the "riff-raff" and then asked her to be sure
to properly dispose of a soda can she had in her hand.
'This woman had no right as a city employee to inter-
rupt my solitude at the bay to demean, degrade and upset
me while I'm minding my own business," Cenko wrote.
"The police don't even do that. I've lived in this area on
and off for over 11 years. I do not drink, smoke or do
drugs. I am working on my master's of fine arts degree
in poetry at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. I am
a graduate of University of South Florida in Sarasota."
Both Phillips and Mayor John Chappie declined to
comment on the incident.
'This woman violated my civil rights by approach-
ing and insulting me," Cenko continued in her letter. "I
have not seen herjob description; however, I'm certain
that harassing the public is not part of her job.
"She obviously despises the 'riff-raff' on the bay,
including me, but I have every right whether she judges
me homeless or whatever, to stand on public property
and watch the boats on the bay without public ridicule
by any (over) paid city official."
In light of the letter, questions, according to some
city residents, have been raised on how Phillips went
from a city commissioner to a paid employee.
Phillips took the position in January after the res-
ignation of Dottie Poindexter in October 2006. The job
description calls for the project-program manager for
the department head to "supervise and manage activities
of project engineers, contractors and consultants. Pro-
vide direction during the planning, engineering, design,
land acquisition and construction phases of assigned
projects to assure a quality project is produced in a
timely and cost-effective manner. Work directly with
local, state and federal agencies to plan, organize and
coordinate the writing of specific grant applications."
Ten other applicants offered their services for the
position last year, coming from as far away as Indiana
and Georgia. Their backgrounds ranged from emergency
management directors, construction managers, real
estate management, insurance agent even one man
who was a fundraiser for the American Red Cross.
"Lisa Marie knows the system," Chappie said at
the time of his recommendation of her hire by the city

in December. "She knows how to write grants and is
familiar with the Waterfronts Florida Program."
That program is a key element of the city's project
list, including a $50,000 state grant to develop the city
as a waterfront community through enhanced environ-
mental and aesthetic projects.
Phillips, who served for three years as a city com-
missioner, has a $45,000 a year salary in the department
head post. Chappie said that salary was less than the
advertised range of $47,000 to $49,000, but due to a
lack of some experience in some areas he believed the
lower figure was appropriate and could be raised after
a 90-day probationary period.
Phillips' "history" with the city involved a "road-

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Island mayors and Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce representatives plan to hold a town
meeting this spring on tax matters.
The idea came out of a meeting Feb. 23 at the
chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The
meeting involved chamber president Mary Ann Brock-
man, chamber chairman Mark Davis, Holmes Beach
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, Anna Maria Mayor Fran
Barford and Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie.
The gathering was called to discuss how the
chamber can partner with municipalities on events
such as Bayfest in Anna Maria and a ribbon-cutting
ceremony at the pier in Bradenton Beach.
The chamber plans to hold a Jazz Under the Stars
concert in Anna Maria Oct. 19, the night before Bay-
fest takes place on Pine Avenue. Bayfest, Brockman
said, is "getting bigger and bigger every year."
In Bradenton Beach, the chamber is working with
the Bridge Street Merchants Association on a ribbon-
cutting ceremony at the pier in September.
An idea for Holmes Beach, a sort of Taste of the
Island, is in the works for 2008.
"My goal is to do something major in each city,"
Brockman said, adding that the chamber is working
on a full year of events on the Island, as well as the
Taste festival and a tradeshow in 2008.
The bulk of the morning meeting was devoted to
sharing concerns about proposed changes to the tax
system in the state.
"We need to alert the membership of the cham-
ber to the dismal consequences of what's being pro-

rage" incident shortly after she took office in 2003, in
which she was charged with improper conduct by a
neighbor. A Florida Division of Administrative Hear-
ings judge later fined her $2,000 for the incident.
"After a recorded history of poor public relations,
Phillips was not voted by the people, but rather handed
on a silver platter, the $45,000-a-year cake position
of project program manager by Bradenton Beach city
commissioners," Cenko concluded in her letter. "Phil-
lips has already begun to abuse her self-imposed power
and does not deserve this position. She is a liability
Bradenton Beach can no longer afford."
Cenko was unavailable for further comment on her
altercation with Phillips.

posed," Bohnenberger said.
A tax-relief plan recommended by a state House
committee would involve two phases. The first phase
would roll back property taxes across the state begin-
ning July 1. The rollback would apply to residents,
out-of-state second homeowners and businesses
using 2001 property tax bills and a formula that takes
growth and inflation into consideration.
A second phase would involve a constitutional
amendment that would eliminate property taxes on
homesteaded property and then raise the state sales
tax 2.5 cents. The amendment would also limit the
annual growth of state and local spending.
"The tourists pay again," Brockman said, refer-
ring to the proposed increase in the sales tax and
echoing what chamber directors have said across the
state in February.
"Is there something we can do as Island mayors?"
Barford asked.
From that question developed the idea of an
Island town meeting, perhaps in the hall at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church and involving a representative
from the Florida League of Cities, as well as munici-
pal officials and the chamber.
"I think we need to do that," Bohnenberger said.
"The governor thinks we're awash in money,"
the Holmes Beach mayor said, adding that proposals
circulating in Tallahassee could doom the Island's
municipal governments.
Bohnenberger also shared his concerns about
the state tax proposal with the Holmes Beach Civic
Association during a meeting Feb. 24 at the Island
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Not satisfied with the progress of the attempted
sale of any of bankrupt GSR Development LLC's
real estate assets, the official GSR unsecured credi-
tors committee has asked the federal bankruptcy court
to allow it to take off the kid gloves and strike back at
GSR principals Robert Byme and Steve Noriega along
with several other firms and individuals involved in
some of GSR's "usurious" transactions.
Creditor's committee attorneys John Anthony
and Stephenie Biemacki filed their 19-page motion
last week asking Judge K. Robert May to allow
the committee to pursue a series of interrelated
claims (The Villa Rosa Claims) "in an adversary
proceeding" against "The Targets," namely Byrne,
Noriega, Randall Bono of Bono Eau Enterprises
LLC of Sarasota, Bono LLC, The Real Estate Law
Firm LLC (now defunct) and individuals Thomas
Coelho and Derek Filcoff. Coelho and Filcoff are
Sarasota-based business associates of Bono, the
motion claims.
In essence, the creditor's committee wants court
permission to file individual lawsuits and other actions
against the aforementioned individuals and companies,
a lawyer familiar with the case said. The committee
believes that avenue holds a better chance for the
creditors to get any return on their money than does
the effort by GSR chief restructuring officer William
Maloney to sell GSR's properties through local real
estate companies.
At issue to the committee's claim of "usurious"
or fraudulent transactions is the "disputed mortgage
lien" of $7.68 million held by Bono Enterprises LLC
against GSR's Villa Rosa property in Anna Maria.
Anthony has called this a "tainted transaction"
and has questioned why $7.68 million was given in
2005 against a property worth $11.5 million. He also
noted that Bon Eau accused Noriega of "contriving
the lending relationship as clearly usurious, as he has
apparently done in the past."

By Paul Roat
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key,
believes red tide is the No. 1 issue in Southwest Florida,
and he's hoping that $90 million of federal funds will
help in the matter.
The freshman congressman has co-sponsored legis-
lation with colleagues Connie Mack and Kathy Castor
that would "provide much-needed increased funding
for peer-reviewed scientific research on red tide," he
said at a press conference last week.
"Red tide is a naturally occurring algal bloom that
causes respirator problems in humans and kills fish and
manatees," he continued. "It also contaminates and kills
shellfish and destroys coral reef and seagrass communi-
The "Save Our Shores Act," (H.R. 1091) calls for
an increase in research allocations by the federal gov-
ernment throughout the nation for red tide studies. Red

Annie Silver looking for a few
good contractors cheap
The Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton
Beach is looking for a few contractors willing to work
for less-than-regular rates to update the aging building
on the corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C.
Electrical, air conditioning and other contractors
familiar with bringing structure to code regarding
Americans With Disability Act standards are being
The center received a $3,000 contribution from the
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Under Florida law, if a loan exceeds the maximum
annual interest rate of 24 percent, it's considered "usuri-
ous" and therefore an illegal transaction that can't be
But the committee has found little comfort as to the
legal and financial result of this "tainted transaction,"
only noting that the exact distribution of the $7.68 mil-
lion is "unclear." What's certain is that none of GSR's
unsecured creditors got any of the money.
Anthony also wants to know why a "bona fide
effort" to sell Villa Rosa to Gaspar Properties Inc. of
Tampa fell through in September 2006, just two months
after GSR declared bankruptcy.

Specific complaints
Anthony said in his motion that the committee is
currently drafting a complaint against the "Targets"
that will include specific counts and causes of action.
The committee, Anthony said, is "prepared to articulate
each of the counts" when the court schedules a hearing
on the motion.
Efforts to determine if the "specific counts" are
criminal or civil charges against "Targets" were unsuc-
Coelho, Filcoff and Bono have been involved in
other real estate transactions in Sarasota, including
the refinancing of a piece of downtown Sarasota prop-
erty that prompted an investigation by local and state
As of Monday, Feb. 26, May had not yet set a date
for a hearing on the motion.

Extended deadline
May did agree to a motion by GSR attorney Rich-
ard Prosser to extend the deadline to April 30 for the
company to file a restructuring plan and a full financial
disclosure statement.
It was GSR's third extension since the company
filed bankruptcy on July 13, 2006. The original filing
deadline was in November 2006.

tide blooms, in other permutations, have been recorded
from Seattle, Wash., to the great lakes to Florida.
Buchanan said the red tide problem involves envi-
ronmental, economic and health issues. He added that
he hoped bipartisan support of the measure could ensure
its passage in the congressional budget process.
Dr. Richard Pierce, director of the Mote Marine
Laboratory Center for Ecotoxicology, said that he
believes research into red tide or "harmful algal
blooms" is an important step toward determining
the cause and working toward a cure for eliminating
or diminishing the problem.
Pierce said he believes the frequency and intensity
of red tide has increased in recent years, but empiri-
cal evidence is needed to provide data to substantiate
that assumption. "We need to know what the cause and
effect is," he said. "We've come a long way, but we've
got a long way to go."
Particularly severe red tide outbreaks have struck
Southwest Florida in the past few years. In addition to
the human trauma of the algal blooms coughing,
sneezing, itchy eyes there has been an increase in
marine mammal deaths, particularly manatees.
Red tide is also the bane of the economy in areas
it affects. Dr. Chuck Adams is the Florida Sea Grant
Marine Economist in the Florida Panhandle. His stud-
ies on the economic impacts of red tide in the Fort
Walton Beach-Destin area show waterfront restaurant
and hotel/motel sales at a loss of $2.8 million and $3.7
million per month, respectively.
In comparison, restaurant sales drop during a tropi-
cal storm by about $532,000 per month, about 5 percent
of what happens during a red tide outbreak.
"Tourism-dependent sectors of the local economy
experienced a reduction in monthly revenue of 32.3 per-
cent during red tide events," he is reported as stating.

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Pine tree removal

seeds concern
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The removal of Australian pines along the beach
in Bradenton Beach seeded concern among some
audience members in a crowded landscaping forum
Feb. 20.
The government-endorsed effort to remove Aus-
tralian pines is not new to the Island, or the rest of
Florida. But the removal of dozens of Australian pines
for the construction of a multi-use path along the beach
in Bradenton Beach has sparked renewed complaints
about the campaign.
The tree removal has been a topic at numerous gov-
ernment meetings in recent weeks, as well as meetings
of community groups such as Save Anna Maria. Com-
plaints about the cuttings could also be heard around
the tables at Island restaurants, at mailboxes at the Anna
Maria post office, on the beach and in store parking
Those who oppose the removal of the trees, which
were introduced in the state in the late 1800s and later
were recommended to prevent beach erosion, argue that
they provide shade, block wind and offer a place for
nesting birds.
Federal and state agencies, however, classify the
Australian pines as a non-native, invasive species. Uni-
versity-based science programs have published research
recommending the removal of the trees. Also, a number
of environmental groups, including the Audubon Soci-
ety and The Nature Conservancy, have supported the
removal of Australian pines in Florida.
On the 50-acre West Summerland Key, The Nature
Conservancy worked with local, state and federal
officials, as well as volunteers from the Boy Scouts
and Girl Scouts, to remove Australian pine, Brazilian
pepper, Asian lather leaf, seaside mahoe, lead tree and
bowstring hemp.
According to TNC, the key is now 99-percent free
of non-native species and, where the non-natives were
removed, 1,000 native plants have been planted.
"Australian pines are proven to out-compete native
plants and diminish wildlife habitat quality," said Chris
Bergh, director of TNC's Florida Keys program. "Their
shallow roots promote shoreline erosion, inhibit sea-
turtle nesting and make them prone to blow down
during hurricanes. The dense carpet of needles that
they produce inhibits native plant growth, undermin-
ing the foundation of the food chain and squelching the
diversity of life that marks healthy natural areas."
But organized efforts to save the pines exist. On the
Island, Stop Taking Our Pines was formed some years
ago in an effort to halt the cutting of trees.
"Our contention is that we can co-exist with these
trees," said STOP co-founder Marsha Lindsey. "I know
the trees are habitat for a lot of birds."
In late February, Lindsey talked with SAM mem-
bers about the two groups merging.
"I want to do something to stop this," SAM trea-
surer Billie Martini said of the tree removals.
"I think we ought to start fighting," she added.
However, consideration of a merger and a vote on
SAM's position on the tree removals was tabled until
after the Go Native forum.
The event, sponsored by the Holmes Beach's parks
and beautification committee, provided an opportunity
for residents to discuss the issue with experts.
"I want to see how tree-huggers can defend cutting
down trees," said part-time Islander Paul Cameron as
he entered city hall for the program.
Panelists included Island landscaper Mike Miller,
nursery owner and Manatee Audubon president Tom
Heitzman, master gardener Maureen Hirthler and
county extension service agent Peggy Dessaint.
Responding to a question about the tree removals
toward the end of the forum, Hirthler said the Austra-
lian pine is not a "bad" tree because it is exotic but
rather because it is invasive.
"Each Australian pine seeds thousands more Aus-
tralian pines" to force out native species, Hirthler said,
pointing to an invasion that had occurred at Leffis
Miller, of Perfect Island Indigenous Landscaping,
said he once opposed the removal of the pines, that he
"enjoyed the coolness of the pine shade" and had "been
whistled to sleep by the nighttime bay breezes blowing
through their branches."

Government agencies and a number of environmental
groups classify the Australian pine as an invasive
species in Florida. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

He said his opposition to their removal, however,
had been based in his ignorance, arrogance and senti-
"I indulged my own naivete," Miller said. "I evaded
the abundant evidence that there is a huge network of
well-organized pressure groups and countless depart-
ments in the state bureaucracy irrevocably entrenched
against the existence of these pines in this state. In
entertaining the idea at one time that I could launch a
successful campaign to turn that train around, I might
as well have tattooed the word 'fool' on my forehead.
"My friends, that train has left the station," Miller
continued. "And there is already another train in the
station ready to board.... Its ultimate destination and
our long-term goal in my view should be to landscape
these islands in a way that will provide an experience
of the kind we enjoy in national parks. Because, so far,
it is only in the national parks that we can experience
ideal instances of landscapes specific to the location
they are in."
Miller added that while landscaping a lot near Bean
Point in Anna Maria, he removed many Australian
pines. Because so many native plants grew after the
removal of the trees, he reduced the number of plants
purchased for the project.
"All these fabulous native plants came up," he
Miller encouraged audience members to "stop
complaining, get organized and do something that will
be meaningful and productive."
Then he invited audience members to help raise
gumbo-limbo seedlings to replace the pines removed
for the bike path.
"If volunteers from around the Island would orga-
nize and pot these seedlings ... in as little as 18 to 24
months you can plant them where pines have been or
will be removed," Miller said. "And sooner than you
could imagine, you will be parking your cars and vans
in their shade."

Island Art League's student

exhibit opening Friday
The annual student art exhibit of the Anna Maria
Island Art League will open with a reception from 5:30
to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2.
The reception and exhibit will be at the league's
gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The
exhibit will close April 6. There is a limit of three
pieces per artist, and entries are already in place.
They will be judged by Charles Townsend and
awards will be presented at the reception Friday.
The works have been done under the instruction
of Bill Jerdon, drawing and oil painting; Cheryl Jur-
gensen, watercolors; Sandy French, youth creative arts
and crafts; Giuliana Dole, youth "minimasters;" and
Christine Galanopoulis, photography.
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2007 Tour of Homes
Tickets are going on sale for the 2007 Tour of
Homes of Anna Maria Island and the quilt raffle that
goes with it. The tour tickets are $15 now, $18 on the
day of the tour.
The 14th annual tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Saturday, March 17. Six choice Anna Maria and
Holmes Beach properties will be open for visitors, to
reflect various styles of Island living and benefit the
AMI Community Center.
A "boutique and food pantry" will offer original arts
and crafts for sale and a with wine tasting at the Beach
Bistro is $10 per person, also to benefit the Center.
The handmade quilt is the product of many hours
of stitching by women of the Island. Tickets are $1, or
six for $5, and are available at the Anna Maria Com-
munity Center's interim quarters in a trailer behind St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, and at
the Publix Super Market, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Tour tickets also are available at those locations
and at Lor-Ell's Hair Design, 401 Pine Ave.; Ginny's
Antiques and Art, 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
and 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria;
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313
Gulf Drive; Ace Hardware, 3352 E. Bay Drive; LaP-
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Marina Drive, all in Holmes Beach;
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7459 Manatee Ave. W, all in Bradenton; and at the Long-
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Reception for three art shows
scheduled at Longboat
An opening reception for three art exhibits will be
from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Longboat Key
Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive.
One exhibit is under way now, the others will begin
with the reception.
Already ongoing in the Members Gallery is the
showing of paintings, drawings and costumes by Robert
de Warren, artistic director of the Sarasota Ballet. It will
be open until March 10.
The Northern Trust-sponsored exhibit in the
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5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Waterston is the author of essays and novels. She also edited a biography
about L.M. Montgomery, the author of the "Anne of Green Gables" series about life on a much colder island.
The group meets next at 10:15 a.m. March 5 at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, to hear from
former McGraw-Hill editor Alan Borne. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

'Stories You Won't Read in Paper' set at library

"Bonner's Top 10 Stories (you won't read in the
paper!)" will be revealed in a presentation by Bonner
Joy, publisher of The Islander, at the Island Branch
Library Wednesday, March 7.
She will appear in the library's free Local Busi-
ness Series at 10:30 a.m., open to the public with no
reservations necessary. The library is at 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Eight local authors will be at the library in another
event at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. The writers are

Investments topic of Rotary
"Retirement Investments for Today's Retirees" will
be the topic of the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island at
its weekly luncheon meeting at noon Tuesday, March 6.
A representative of Morgan Stanley will lead the
discussion at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Further information is
available at 447-5362.

Stephens reception
The opening reception for the exhibit of artist Joan
Stephens at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island will
be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the guild's gal-
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Tuesday, March 6, two events scheduled family
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Saturday, March 10, two events featured family
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Friends of the Library travel series, "Virgin Islands,"
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How many pennies do you think thejar holds? And
quarters, nickels, dimes and dollars?
It's quite a lot ... and whoever guesses the correct
- or closest amount of money in the jug can be
a winner of 10,000 pennies for themselves and Anna
Maria Elementary School will win the big prize, the
full jug of money.
The winner is to be announced at the school's "Spring
Fling, "an annual event put on by theAMEParent-Teacher
Organization to raise funds for school enhancements.
This year's The Spring Fling dinner and dance will
be held May 12 at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
The Penny challenge is sponsored by The Islander
newspaper with help from Anna Maria resident John
Bacich and "friends." Friends like Harold Bergstrom,
B. Stott, Ole Olson and others, helped Bacich accumu-
late the coins and frequently added dollar bills to the
"kitty "for several years.
Bacich wanted the money to go to a good cause
and to be a "challenge" and so, Kelly Joseph, a Fling
committee member and parent of a kindergarten student
at AME, helped the newspaper join the PTO and the
event at which to announce the winner and the total
proceeds. Guests at the Spring Fling will have a 'last
chance" to guess what the jar holds.
It will be on view and "guesses" can be submit-
ted at The Islander office in advance of the event,
where contributions to next year's jug will be wel-
come, too.
Spring Fling tickets with a "Beach Bash"
theme this year -will go on sale April 2. For ticket
or sponsorship information, call Holly Connelly at
The Islander is located in the Island Shopping
Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. For infor-
mation on the penny challenge, call 778-7978.

Richard J. Cleveringa
Richard J. Cleveringa, 97, of Bradenton, died Feb. 22.
Born in Spring Lake, Mich., Mr. Cleveringa moved
to Manatee County from Muskegon, Mich., 30 years
ago. He worked for Lift Tech, formerly Shaw Crane,
in Muskegon Heights, Mich., for 35 years. He was a
member of the Century Club. He was a charter member
of East Lawn Reformed Church in Muskegon and a
member of Bayshore Garden Community Church, Bra-
denton. He supported the Robert Schuler Ministries.
Visitation was Feb. 25 and services Feb. 26 at the
church. Burial will be in Lake Forest Cemetery, Grand
Haven, Mich. Toale Brothers Bradenton Chapel was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by sons Richard H. and wife Joy of
Holmes Beach, and Ronald and wife Norma of Ocala;
daughter Juanita Wikman and her husband David of Mus-
kegon; brother David of Grand Haven; grandchildren
Ronald, Mary Lynn Nichols, Richard, Debra Stringer,
Lori Pumell, Diane Goodman, Kristin Wikman, and
Melissa Wikman; nine great-grandchildren; two great-
great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

James J. Gavin Jr.
James J. Gavin Jr., 84, of Winnetka, Ill., and Holmes
Beach, died Feb. 22.
Mr. Gavin retired as vice chairman of Borg-Warner
Corp. in 1985 after a career in which he also served as
chief financial officer and chief executive officer of
the company. He was also the chief financial officer
of Indian Head Corp., New York, and served on the
boards of Stepan Chemical, Service Corp. International
and York International. He served in the U.S. Navy in
World War II. He was a graduate of the Wharton School
at the University of Pennsylvania.
Visitation was Feb. 26 and services Feb. 27 in Illinois.
Memorial contributions may be made to LINK Unlim-
ited, 2221 S. State St., Chicago IL 60616, or Community
of the Two Hearts, 313 High St., Hopedale Ohio 43976.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Zita; sons
William and his wife Jacki of Olympia, Wash., James
and his wife Shawn of Kenilworth, Ill., Kevin of North-

brook, Ill., Steven of Glencoe, Ill., and Peter of New
York City; and grandchildren William, Sarah, John,
Matthew, Elizabeth, Emily, Catherine and Madeleine.

William T. Price
William T. Price, 83, of Bradenton, died Dec. 21.
Memorial services were Feb. 26 at Westminster
Presbyterian Church, Bradenton. Ajazz memorial will
be held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 5 at the Moose Lodge,
100 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Brown and Sons
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife Grace.

Kathryn A. Spencer
Kathryn A. Spencer, 84, of Bradenton Beach, died
Feb. 19.
Bom in Meigs County, Ohio, Mrs. Spencer moved
to Anna Maria in 1963. She managed Southern Breeze
apartments in Anna Maria for more than 30 years. She
was a graduate of Pomeroy High School, Pomeroy, Ohio,
a member of the Federated Church and Lincoln Hill Sew
Rite Club. She was a life-long member of Harvey Memo-
rial Church in Bradenton Beach, where she served as
secretary, treasurer and deaconess. She was a member
of Church Women United and was instrumental in the
formation of All Island Denominations, where she was
on the board of directors. She was a member of the Anna
Maria Garden Club.
A celebration of her life will be held at noon Sunday,
March 18, at the church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton
Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to the
American Heart Association, Disabled American Vet-
erans, or Harvey Memorial Church, 300 Church Ave.,
Bradenton Beach FL 34217.
She is survived by daughter Charlesana Kay Sloan
of Lakeland; sons Jon and Jim of Bradenton; sisters
Lila Mitch, Martha Struble and her husband Joseph and
sister-in-law Polly Legar, all of Pomeroy, and sister-in-
law Dixie Smith of Portland, Ohio; grandsons Adam,
Clay Wolf and Jeff Wolf; four great-grandchildren; and
a number of nieces and nephews.

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World tour for Army nurse

during World War II
MarianTedmon of Westbay Cove in Holmes Beach
was already a registered nurse and working at Colum-
bia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City when the
Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
"I had just graduated from Columbia University
with my nursing degree that September, "she remem-
bered. "The news about Pearl Harbor was a shock, but
we all expected to be in the war sooner or later. "
It didn't take long for the U.S. Army to mobilize
the Columbia hospital doctors and nurses into a field
hospital ready for wartime duty. Alas, Marian still had
to complete some work at the hospital for her nursing
requirements and didn't get to join the hospital group
heading into the Army.
After she'd completed her duties at the hospital,
however, a classmate who lived in Colorado called her
and invited her come to Denver and join the hospi-
tal group there as it prepared for Army duty. Marian
headed west, her first trip to the Rocky Mountains.
The Army agreed with her plan and in September
1942 in Denver, Marian entered the U.S. Army Nursing
Corps as a second lieutenant.
"It was a pretty proud moment. I didn't have any
idea what lay ahead, but everybody was joining up and
I was a nurse, so I wanted to be in the nursing corps. "
Sent to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo.,
Marian joined the newly formed 28th Field Hospital,
composed of doctors and nurses from the Denver area.
Just after Christmas 1942, she and some other nurses were
sent into the Rockies to Camp Hale to attend to infantry
troops from the 10th Mountain Division. It was here she
would meet her future husband, a soldier in the division.
But the romance would have to wait until the war
Marian returned to the 29th in May 1943, then
received orders to Fort Meade in Maryland for basic
"Here I 'd been in the Army almost eight months and
was already an officer and now I had to go to basic train-
ing, "she said with a laugh. "But all the girls took it in
spirit. We knew it would get us ready for overseas duty.
Of course, we all thought we were going to Europe. "
Basic training consisted of a lot of physical train-
ing, 10-mile marches with full backpacks, overnight
maneuvers, and more physical training, in addition to
ward duty at the base hospital.
Marian and her colleagues were a bit surprised
when the Army ordered them to San Francisco for
deployment in the South Pacific.
In San Francisco, Marian and the nurses came in
for more training, particularly learning how to climb
up and down the ropes leading from a ship.
"We thought we were training to land with the
troops, "she said with another laugh.
But the lights of nearby San Francisco always beck-

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the town until about 2 a.m. When they got back to their
base, they realized they had to be ready for more rope
training at 7 a.m.
"We got a few hours sleep. We were dead tired, but
we made the formation, "she remembered.
From San Francisco, Marian sailed to the South
Pacific with about 3,000 other service personnel on an
old Dutch troop ship. The journey took 30 days and
eventually, she and the rest of the 29th General Hospital
were deposited on New Caledonia island in the south
Although New Caledonia was secure from the Jap-
anese, there was still a hospital to be built to accom-
modate wounded from current campaigns.
The duty was long and hard and the worst indignity
- at least for someone in the U.S. Army was that
while Marian and the 29th were in the Army, they were
under the command of the Navy's Admiral Halsey.
Marian received several temporary duty assign-
ments on nearby islands, then was transferred to Fiji in
late 1944 to join the John Hopkins University medical
team, which comprised the 18th General Hospital unit.
The hospital had been ordered to the China-Burma-
India theater of the war.
The 18th shipped out to India on a 30-day voyage,
eventually landing in Bombay where they were turned
over to the British Army. Marian likes to joke that she
"spent three years in the Army and two of them were
on a ship."
From Bombay, the hospital group traveled by train
across India to Calcutta. India was a "culture shock "to
the Americans.
"We learned quickly you don't dare drink the local
water. You take the tea, which has been boiled. Even
on hot days on the train, we drank the tea, which was
quite good."
From Calcutta, the group boarded yet another train,
this one headed to Burma. After a few days, Marian and
the group were transferred to river barges for the jour-
ney upstream from Rangoon into the jungle heartland
of Burma.
"It took us three days to get upriver. Luckily, there
was a rest room, of sorts, for the girls, "Marian recalled,
but not exactly a luxury cruise accommodation.
Eventually, the 18th reached Myitkyina, about
20 miles from the front lines. This was a designated

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combat zone. Marian felt like she had been sent back
in time.
"Burma was the hottest place in the world. It was
120 degrees every day and it rained every day. We had
to build another hospital, but we stayed in tents that had
dirt floors. When it rained which was every day the
floors turned to mud and the snakes would come crawling
in. We hired a local boy to catch the snakes. My bunk-
mate, a nice girl from New York, was scared to death of
the snakes. She wasn't worried about the Japanese."
The majority of patients at the hospital had suc-
cumbed to one or several of the myriad tropical diseases
that plagued Allied soldiers in Burma. The severely
wounded cases were flown back to India. In addition
to the troops, the hospital also catered to the local popu-
"Malaria, dysentery and typhoid fever were just
some of the cases we saw. There were so many diseases
you could catch. "
The standard Army nurse uniform of starched
whites and a crisp hat disappeared quickly in the jungle
"We wore fatigue slacks and combat boots on duty
and had a special wash-and-dry dress uniform made. It
was so wet and hot that if you didn't change your boots
and dry them out every day, they'd rot in a week. "
It was nightmarish duty, but Marian and the other
women didn't complain. Some of the replacement
doctors, however, were clearly unhappy about getting
assigned to a remote hospital in Burma, not one of the
plush hospitals in England or Europe.
"I had one replacement doctor who said he was
going to write me up for taking a nap on duty. I told him
to go ahead. It was so hot, everyone had to take a nap.
He never did write that report, "she said with a laugh.
The enterprising Marian, however, found a way to
keep her cool in the jungle. Not a smoker, she traded a

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carton of Camel cigarettes for an old electric fan that
managed to keep at least her tent a bit cooler.
"Burma was hellish duty because of the conditions,
but the original nurses and doctors at the hospital really
bonded. We became like sisters and brothers. I can 't say
the same about some of the replacements, but we were
all just doing our duty. "
Her duty also called on her and her colleagues to
treat local civilians and even Allied soldiers who had
succumbed to the dangers of the nearby poppy fields.
"We were in the golden triangle. Poppy grew every-

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Anna Maria Elementary FCAT testing under way

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
"Rest and relax." That's the advice Principal Tom
Levengood has for his students at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School as they embark on two weeks of standard-
ized testing.
"Our students have been taught and studied hard
- they know what they need to know," Levengood
said. "No\\ it's a matter of eating a good breakfast,
arriving to school on time and paying close attention
to the test questions. If you relax, take a deep breath
and read the question, the answer will be there."
All grade levels will engage in some form of state-
wide testing, which began Feb. 26 and ends March 8,
be it taking the national Stanford Test or the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test.
Levengood noted that it is important for students
to arrive at school on time, due to the strict testing
timetable. "Students arriving late will not be allowed
to join their classroom until the first testing session is
completed," he said.
Testing sessions can last a minimum of 20 min-
utes to as much as an hour for upper grade levels. To
accommodate the time required for uninterrupted test-
ing, Levengood said there would be no morning news
broadcast, so that testing sessions can begin promptly
at the start of the school day.
Student lunch and specials (art, music and technol-

Greatest Generation
where and a lot of people got addicted easily."
When her hospital crew got the news in August
1945 that the atomic bombs had been dropped and
Japan had surrendered, they immediately celebrated
and started making plans to get home as soon as pos-
Unfortunately, Army time is a lot slower than civil-
ian time. Marian didn't leave Burma until late 1945,
traveling west on a ship through the Suez Canal and
reaching New York City in January 1946.
"I was ready to go home. I took my discharge and
went to work as a private nurse. I only worked when I
wanted to and that was OK with me."
Marian got married in 1947 to that 10th Mountain
Division soldier she had met earlier The couple moved
to Colorado where he raised sheep and Marian raised a
son and daughter.
She first came to Holmes Beach in 1978 to visit her
sister. In 1980, she began coming to Anna Maria Island
every winter.
She is proud of her service, but is the first to tell
you that it wasn't anything special even the Bronze
Star she was awarded for duty in a combat zone.
"The Army needed nurses and there was a war on.
All of us wanted to go in and do what we were trained
for. I never even thought about not joining. That's just
the way it was."
Just another member of the Greatest Generation.

ogy class) schedules will be adjusted around testing.
To provide students an added performance boost
during the testing period, Levengood said, the lunch-
room is providing free snacks, including healthy
choices such as a high-protein doughnuts, peanut butter
and crackers, yogurt tubes and juice.
During that break, students will be given "brain gym"

Players open 'Drinking Alone'
March 15
With the cast chosen and now deep into rehears-
als, the Island Players are almost ready to open their
production of the romantic comedy "Drinking Alone"
on March 15.
It will be onstage at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Satur-
days and 2 p.m. Sunday until April 1.
The play by Norm Foster follows the twists and
turns of a dysfunctional family together for the first
time in years at a rare reunion, with its patriarch reveal-
ing disturbing secrets but finally helping heal emotional
"Their revelations leave you smiling a lot and
crying a little," said Phyllis Elfenbein, director, who
has directed many productions on the Island stage.
Her cast includes John Durkin, Elaine Levin,
Dianne Brin, Gabe Simches and Laura Morales.
Tickets are $15 at the box office, which opens 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday starting March 5,
or information is available by phone at 778-5755.

A new coat
The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum gets a
primer coat Feb. 13 courtesy offormer city commis-
sioner and professional painter Linda Cramer and Gary
Thorpe of the city of Anna Maria. The color scheme,
according to Cramer, will be "adobe dust" with
"antique cream" accents. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

activities to help them regain focus. Brain gym activities
are physical actions in which a person crosses the midline
of his/her body reaching with the left hand to touch the
right toe, or the right hand to tug the left ear. "Exercises
that cross the over the midline of your body have been
shown to wake up and refresh the brain," explained Lev-
engood, "without getting students wound up."
AME students have typically done well on the
FCAT and Levengood said the staff has been trained
in how to administer the test and the answer booklets.
"We take it seriously," he said.

Center gets parking lot use
for 16 Pirates games
The Anna Maria Community Center will get the
use of a parking lot nearby to McKechnie Field during
the 16 home training games of the Pittsburgh Pirates,
the Center has announced.
The lot is across the street from the stadium at the
first-base side, and the $5 fees from people parking
there during that time will go to the Center
To make the plan work, volunteers are needed
to help direct drivers to spaces and collect the park-
ing fees. Volunteers will get one ticket to a game as a
To sign up as a volunteer and receive further infor-
mation, call 778-1908.

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Historical Society heritage celebration Saturday

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society is plan-
ning to turn on its time machine March 3.
The non-profit will host the annual Island Heritage
Days Festival on the grounds of the historical museum,
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The night before, from 5
p.m. to 7 p.m., Sato Real Estate will usher in Heritage
Days with free cocktails and hors d'ouevres in the his-
toric Roser Cottage, 519 Pine Ave.
AMIHS board members refined plans for the annual
celebration during a meeting in February. Gathered
in the historic Belle Haven Cottage on the museum
grounds, members discussed recruiting volunteers to
cook and serve food, help set up and take down tents,
sell tickets and assist with other chores.
The festival, scheduled early in a month of activi-
ties celebrating history in Manatee County, will take
place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last year, a section of Pine Avenue was closed for
the event. This year, avoiding the need to seek a permit
to close the street and security costs, the historical soci-
ety will hold the event on the museum grounds.
Activities include museum and cottage tours and
crafts demonstrations.
More than 50 arts and crafts vendors are expected,
said Sissy Quinn, AMIHS director.
Quinn said many of the vendors participated last
year. "They're really happy to be coming back," she said.
'They're happy to be doing it for the historical society."


Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No reports available.
Bradenton Beach
Feb. 14, Coquina Beach, drug possession. While
on patrol, officers noticed people trespassing at a life-
guard stand and noticed a strong smell of marijuana
when they approached the station. After a search, police
charged a juvenile girl and Katerina Susan Bouchard,
18, of Bradenton, with possession of marijuana.
Feb. 17, 200 Gulf Drive N., traffic. Officers noticed a
man who was known to have a suspended driver's license
driving a vehicle and charged him with the infraction.
Feb. 18, 100 Gulf Drive N., Circle K, trespass. Offi-
cers issued a trespass warning for a man the store clerk
said was giving cigarettes to minors.
Holmes Beach
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house and celebration Saturday, March 3, at the
historical museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Also scheduled is a "spur of the moment
soiree celebrating the Anna Maria that George
Bean and John Roser dreamed of," said Sato
Real Estate, which is sponsoring a free public
event to kick off Heritage Days at its office at
the Roser Cottage on Pine Avenue from 5 until
7 p.m. Friday, March 2. The event will include
cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and those attending
are encouraged to dress historically correctly "if
they are so inclined."

The entertainment lineup includes clowns, the
Anna Maria Island Privateers and the Gulf Drive Jazz
The cuisine will be served from the Old City Jail
- hot dogs and pulled pork Also, the Anna Maria
Island Community Center will sell beverages and
AMIHS' bakers will sell homemade "settler's bread.
About 4 p.m. the winning raffle ticket will be
drawn for a cruise for two aboard a Carnival Cruise

A Bradenton man faces two felony charges in
connection with the circulation of a nude photo of
an ex-girlfriend.
The photograph, according to Manatee County

court records, was circulated on the Internet and in
print, including on fliers distributed at an Anna Maria
Island house party last year.
Anthony Daniel Rich Jr., 19, of Bradenton, was
arrested in mid-February on a charge of sexual per-
formance by a child, a second-degree felony, and a
charge of computer porn, a third-degree felony.
Rich, according to court documents, had dated

cers stopped a vehicle for running a stop sign and
charged the driver with operating a vehicle with a
revoked driver's license and the traffic infraction.
Feb. 17, 5600 block Carissa, trespass. The con-
tractor at a construction site said someone had been
dumping trash in the job-site Dumpster.
Feb. 17, 5351 Gulf Drive, Niki's Island Treasures,
shoplifting. The clerk saw three teenaged girls and a
boy enter the store, and noticed two rings missing when
the youths left. The rings had a total value of $57.
Feb. 18, 2900 Gulf Drive, drugs and open bever-
age. During a traffic stop, officers noticed a case of
beer in the bed of the pickup truck. The driver said

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Island Heritage Days Festival at the Anna Maria
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Complete information may be obtained by calling
In addition to discussing festival details, AMIHS board
members last week adopted amended bylaws, including a
statement that they will give "priority" to donated artifacts
connected to the Island over general period items.
Quinn also told the board that a volunteer, Frank
Whitney, plans to help archive videotaped material and
paper documents onto DVDs.

the subject for about two years.
Authorities allege that after the break-up, Rich
circulated a nude picture of the ex-girlfriend. The
picture was allegedly taken with Rich's cell phone
when the two were still dating, and when Rich was
18 and the girl under 18.
Rich allegedly posted the photograph to the
girl's page on MySpace.com, then sent an e-mail
bulletin to about 500 friends inviting them to view
the picture.
Rich is also accused of printing the picture on
200 fliers that were handed out at an Island party.

he was holding the beer for his father. After a search
of the vehicle, officers discovered a small amount of
marijuana and charged Bradley R. Timms, 18, of Bra-
denton, with possession of drugs and alcohol.
Feb. 20, 100 block 49th Street, criminal mischief.
The complainant called police when he heard glass
breaking outside his home. Officers discovered that
someone had draped his landscaping and car with toilet
paper and had broken two jalousie windows of his front
door. Damage was estimated at $75.
Feb. 21, 4700 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Elementary
School, theft. The complainant said she left her camera
in the cafeteria and, when she returned for it several
hours later, it was missing. It was valued at $130.
Feb. 21, 100 block 81st Street, burglary. The complain-
ant said someone had entered her house through a window
while she was asleep and took her purse. Credit cards, a
cell phone and $120 in cash was reported missing.

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Wednesday, Feb. 28
8 a.m to 9 a.m. The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce holds a Good Morning LBK Breakfast at the chamber
office. Information: 383-2466.
5p.m. to 7p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds its business card exchange at Walker Title, 5914 M arina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-1541.
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands
Key Chamber of Commerce holds a BusinessAfter Hours program at Fred's
Restaurant in Sarasota. Information: 383-2466.
6p.m. to 7:30p.m. -A group for parents and grandparents sponsored
by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets at the School for Con-
structive Play, 304 Pine Ave.,Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Thursday, March 1
9 a.m to 10:15 a.m The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts a yoga
class, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Diana Kelly teaches sewing, embroidery and
quilting at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 PineAve.,Anna Maria.
Information: 795-8945.
3p.m. to 5p.m. The Jazz Fest with the Gulf Drive Band takes place
outdoors at the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave.,Anna
Maria. Bring a lawn chair. Information: 778-0492.
7p.m Bingo gets called at theAnnie Silver Community Center, corner
of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1915.
Friday, March 2
Noon to 9 p.m Legacy Fine Art & Productions in conjunction with
Yoko Ono showcases "Come Together: The Artwork of John Lennon" in
St. Armands Circle in the Park. The show continues through the weekend.
Information: 388-1554.
5p.m. to 7p.m. -The Long boat Key Center for the Arts hosts an open-
ing reception for"The Paintings, Drawings and Costumes of Robert de Warren"
at the gallery, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-2345.
5p.m. to 7p.m. Sato Real Estate hosts a first Friday and pre-Heri-
tage Da, sfree :c: tail reception in its officesatthe Roser Cottage, 519 Pine
Ave.,Anna Maria. Information: 778-7200.
5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. -The opening reception for the student exhibit,
which runs through April 6, at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island hosts a
reception for March's featured artist, Joan Stephens, 5413 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
6p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Arts Council of Manatee County hosts a
reception for "A Collector's Collection," an exhibit of work collected by the
council's executive director, Robin Kaercher. The reception takes place at
:he galer,, 926 12th St. W, Bradenton, during the Village Artwalk in Village
of the Arts. Also during the walk, an outdoor screening of "The Devil Wears
Prada" takes place at the corner of 12th Street West and 11th Avenue West
in Bradenton. Information: 746-2223.
6:30p.m. Harvey Memorial Community Church members present a
talent show and refreshments, 300 Church St., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-2983.
Saturday, March 3
7:30 a.m to noon- Manatee CountyAudubon Society invites visitors
to the Felts Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 737-3169.

8:30 a.m. -The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at Cafe on the
Beach for breakfast and a program, Manatee Public Beach. The program had
not been announced at press time. Information: vww.annamariakiwanis.org.
9 a.m. to noon The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island holds a yard
sale at a residence at 521 75th St., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. -A Pilates class is held outdoors on the deck
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-1908
9:30 a.m Church Women United join in the World Day of Prayer,
sponsoring a program at the Church of the Annunciation, 4415 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6483.
10 a.m. to 4p.m. -TheAnna Maria Island Historical Society Museum
hosts Heritage Days with food, entertainment, arts and crafts and history
on the AMIHS Museum grounds, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
10 a.m to 4 p.m The Tingley Memorial Library Annual Book Sale
takes place at the library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Longboat Key Garden Club hosts the 31st
annual Home and Garden Tour at select homes. Information: 383-8030. Fee
10: 30 a.m. Save Anna Maria holds a general meeting at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to discuss native and
exotic plantings with lands caper Mike Miller. After the program, Miller will
conduct a tour of the landscaping at Anna Maria City Hall.
11 a.m. to 7p.m Legacy Fine Art & Productions in conjunction with
Yoko Ono showcases"Come Together: The Artwork of John Lennon" in St.
Armands Circle in the Park. Information: 388-1554.

Sunday, March 4
11 a.m to 6p.m Legacy Fine Art & Productions in conjunction with
Yoko Ono showcases"Come Together: The Artwork of John Lennon" in St.
Armands Circle in the Park. Information: 388-1554.

Monday, March 5
8:30 a.m The Island Branch Library offers a basic Internet class at
the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
10:15a.m. The Gulf Coast Writers will hear from former M cGraw-Hill
editor Alan Borne at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-3209.
2p.m. -The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island hosts a general mem-
bership meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6694.
4p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a Monday@Mote program
featuring Dr. Kenneth Leber of the Center for Fisheries Enhancement, 1600
Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.
7p.m. -Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a special lecture, "Spirit Dive:
The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie," 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.

Tuesday, March 6
8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce sponsors a seminar with Richard Todd Duran on customer trust at
the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information:
10 a.m Family storyhour takes place at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Noon Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and to hear a
speaker from Morgan Stanley discuss retirement investments at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 447-5362.
2p.m The Island Branch Library offers a lesson in making jewelry
with Patricia Prior of Pink Design, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 778-6341.

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4p.m. to 5:30p.m. -All Island Denominations continues the "Inquiring
Minds" discussion with a talk about the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-4579.

Wednesday, March 7
7a.m. to 8 a.m. The Anna Maria City Pier Regulars meet at Anna
Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd.,Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
10:30 a.m. The Island Branch Library hosts a talk the top 10
stories you won't read with The Islander publisher Bonner Joy as part of
the Local Business Series, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 778-6341.
11:30 a.m. to I p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds its networking lunch at Stonewood Grill, Cortez Road and 75th Street,
Bradenton. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.

Throughout March the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach, will feature Artist Guild member Joan Valenza's"The Light-
houses of the East Coast" in a display case near the library entrance.
Throughout March, the Artful Waters Gallery at SevenShores, a
partnership with ArtCenter Manatee, hosts an exhibit of artist Shirley Rush
Dean'swork.The gallery, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturdays
and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, is located at the SevenShores sales office,
12320 Manatee Ave.
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 theAnna Maria Island Art League gallery and
studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
Horseshoes get tossed in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive,Anna Maria, on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., with warmups
at 8:45 a.m.
*The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., opens on
Wednesday at 10 a.m.with the smell of "Settler's Bread," available for $4 a
loaf.Also, the museum hosts an array of 30 antique hand mirrors in February
while an exhibit of World War I sheet music, wood decoys and antique tools
is set up at the nearby Belle Haven Cottage. Information: 746-4556.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts a variety of pro-
grams and classes through the season at various locations. Information:
Through March 25 the Longboat Key Center for the Arts hosts a
Northern Trust Art Exhibit in the Durante Gallery and the Moshe Horowitz
Art Exhibit in the Glen Gallery at the center, 6860 Longboat Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 383-2345.

Coming up:
On March 9-10 The Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer
Society takes place at Coquina Beach. Information: 518-4431.
On March 10-11 the Anna Maria Island Art League hosts the 19th
annual Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts in the Holmes Beach City
Hall Park. Information: 778-2099.
*March 12 Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a special lecture, "Red Tide
Research: Progress Through Collaboration,"1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.

Save the Date:
On March 30 the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds its
spring fashion show at the Bradenton Yacht Club, 100 Oak Ave. on Snead
Island. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
Send calendar listings to lisaneff@islander.org. Please include time,
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Harvey presents local talent
The Harvey Memorial Community Church in Bra-
denton Beach will present a fun evening of entertain-
ment at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, when members
present a talent show.
Performances will include fun spoofs and musical
entertainment including "Sea Notes," a local band.
Everyone is welcome," said Bernice Wortman,
"and we invite everyone for refreshments, too."
Harvey Church is located at 300 Church St. in Bra-
denton Beach. For more information, call Wortman at
Center's pilates class moving
The Saturday pilates class led by Laura Bennett
will meet on the deck of the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, at 9:30 a.m. on
March 3, 24 and 31, the Center has announced.
All other Saturday classes in March will continue
to be in the activity hall of St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, as work continues
on the Center's quarters in Anna Maria. Details are
available at 778-1908.
'Customer Trust' seminar Tuesday
A free seminar titled "12 Steps to Customer Trust"
will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Sun
House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
Sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce, it will feature Richard Todd Duran, who
will outline "crucial behavioral guidelines for establish-
ing and maintaining customer relationships."
RSVPs are required by 5 p.m. Monday, March 5.
Full details are available at 778-1541.

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worship as well as on the Miamifootballfield. All Island
Denominations churches collected $3,170.80 in dona-
tionsfor AID on Feb. 4. Representatives ofAID member
churches presented a check to AID treasurer Rein Muel-
ler. Pictured are Olga Ippedico from Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church; Monica Fleisch and Kass Martin from St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church; Mueller; and Janet Robinson from
the Church of the Annunciation. For more information
about AID, call 778-4579. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Food drive gets under way
The annual food drive by Curves fitness center will
begin Thursday, March 1, and continue through the month,
said JoAnn Swan, owner of Curves of Holmes Beach.
A special incentive is offered to full-time residents in
the form of waiving Curves service fee for a new member
who brings a bag of nonperishable foodstuff to Curves at
5366 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for the first 10 days of
the drive. Some restrictions apply, Swan said. Additional
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Alan Borne, former McGraw-Hill Publishing Co.
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The meeting will be at the Island Library, 5701
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'Lighthouses' exhibit coming
"The Lighthouses of the East Coast" will be the
subject of an exhibit by Joan Valenza at the Island
Branch Library through March.
Under glass in the foyer will be her collection of
miniature lighthouse replicas, and in the library she will
display oil paintings of lighthouses and tall ships.
The library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
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at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Further informa-
tion may be obtained by calling 778-6341.

Chamber lunch announced
The monthly networking luncheon of the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will be from 11:30
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Restaurant, 75th Street and Cortez Road, Bradenton.
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Flag football season moves to playoffs

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's inau-
gural foray into flag football has been deemed a "huge
success" by the organizers, with more than 60 players
in three divisions playing football.
Feb. 23-24 started off the league's "Superbowl"
tournament, where each team in each division plays one
another, with the resulting top two teams set to meet in
the Flag Football Superbowl on March 3.
On Feb. 24, Yellow blasted White 30-13 in junior
division play behind a huge day from quarterback/defen-
sive back Christian Hightower. Hightower opened the
scoring with an interception that he took to the house
from 40 yards out to give Yellow an early 6-0 lead.
After stopping White defensively, Yellow got the
ball back and struck again. This time Hightower found
Josh Schmidt behind the White defense for a 25-yard
touchdown pass and a 12-0 lead.
Yellow got another defensive stop, but White
answered with one of its own when Blaine Jenefsky
intercepted Hightower to give the ball back to White.
White then drove down the field and scored when quar-
terback Max Moneuse found Lexi Moore for a seven-
yard touchdown pass. Moneuse then connected with
Jenefsky on the extra point pass to pull to 12-7.
Yellow answered right back with a drive that ended
when Hightower again found Schmidt and he made
28-yard catch and run for an 18-7 lead.
Yellow put the game away when Hightower opened

the second half with an electrifying 70-yard TD run that
gave Yellow a 24-7 lead.
White fought hard in an attempt to get back in the
game, but things looked dark after Schmidt intercepted a
pass and returned it to the White 20-yard line. The White
defense held and got the ball back. Unsuccessful plays
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with Mikey Ellsworth for the extra point to close the
game out with Yellow on top by a 30-13 score.
Basketball dishes up season awards
The Anna Maria Island Community Center held
its awards party on Feb. 23 and handed out trophies in
four categories: sportsmanship, most valuable female
and male players and defensive MVP
Zach Schield won the sportsmanship award in the
Premier Division. Premier defensive MVP was Jordan
Pritchard, while David Tyson and Nash Thompson won
the male and female MVP awards respectively.
Molly McDonough captured the Division I sports-
manship award, while Tommy Price grabbed the defen-
sive MVP award. Blake Wilson won the male MVP
award, while Kelly Guerin and Emma Barlow shared
female MVP honors.
Division II sportsmanship winner was Zach Guerin
with Travis Belsito taking the defensive MVP award.
Justin Garrett captured the male MVP, while Becca Butler
and Stephanie Purnell shared female MVP honors.
Joselin Presswood earned the sportsmanship award
in Division III, while Josh Zawistoski snagged the defen-
sive MVP award. Male MVP was Neil Carper with Anna
Maria Galati earning the female MVP award.
Last, but not least, Cailey Aspril was named as the
most valuable cheerleader.
Playoff champions will be crowned on Feb. 28 in
Division III, while March 1 looms large for Premier
teams and Division I. Division II's championship game
isn't until March 6.
Good luck to all of the remaining teams.
Soccer news
Islanders Stephen Thomas, who plays for the U15
IMG soccer team and Christina Papazian, Erin Mulrine,
Ally Titsworth and Martine Miller of the U14 Mana-


tee Magic girl's soccer team all had good showings in
recent tournaments.
Thomas and his IMG mates captured the Disney
Classic Tournament held Feb. 17-19 at the Wide World
of Sports complex in Orlando. The Disney Classic
fielded soccer teams from all over the United States.
IMG defeated West Pasco United 5-2 in its opening
game and followed that with a 1-0 win over IUS Elite.
They dropped a 1-0 decision in their third pool-play
game but advanced to the semifinals. There they cap-
tured a 3-2 win over E United of Connecticut before
winning the tournament with a 2-1 overtime victory
over FSA Lightning.
The U14 Magic girls finished in second place at
the Gator Classic soccer tournament Feb. 17-19 in
Gainesville. They lost to Sunrise, the second ranked
team in Florida by a 2-0 score.
The Magic girls advanced to the finals by defeating
a team from Georgia 1-0. They defeated Jacksonville
3-0, Palm Beach 2-0 and tied Naples 1-1 in other games
that weekend.
Papazian was solid in net over the weekend as were
her defenders, Jordan Ponto, Nicole Dixon, Shelby Rae
and Mary Isminger. Miller, Erin Mulrine, Madison
Bradley andAshley Nelson notched goals for the Magic,

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Both teams now turn their focus to Florida State
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Key Royale golf news
There was another full week of golf action at the
Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach starting Feb. 19
when the men teed it up for a nine-hole individual-low-
net competition.
Matt Behan lapped the field, firing a 4-under-par
28 to capture a three-shot victory over Tom Warda and
Dough Maynard, who each shot 31 to tie for second. Gino
DiClementi, Jim Yates, Fred Meyer and Bob Dickinson
each managed an even-par 32 to tie for third place.
Jean Holmes and Cindy Miller both fired 1-over-
par 33s to tie for first in flight AA during ladies' golf
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shot back in third place with a 34.
Grace Sayles and Mary Selby both shot one-under
31 to tie for first place in flight A, which had Meredith
Slavin alone in third place with a 33.
Flight B winner was Sue Christianson, who fired
an even-par 32 to finish one shot ahead of Barb Mason
and two shots in front of Frankie Smith-Williams.
The men were back to hack their way twice around
the Key Royale track in a low-net-of-partner's game.
The team of Earl Ritchie and Bill Melvin managed a
combined one-under 127 to capture the day's bragging
rights, one shot ahead of two teams. John Atkinson and
Dick Grimme along with Tom Lewis and Dick Ware who
both managed an even-par score to tie for second place.
The week that was in Key Royale ended on Feb.
23 with a weekly nine-hole coed tournament. The team
of Teddy Morgan, Al Morgan, Jeanette Cashman and
Gordon McKinna fired a 6-under-par 26 to win the best
ball of foursome tournament. There was a two-way tie
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Joyce Brown, John Shey and Jim Finn matching the
team of Dottie McKinna, Mary Selby, Jerry Brown and
Fred Proxy with identical 27s.

More golf news
Tony Webb, a 10-year resident of Holmes Beach,
won gold on Feb. 21 in the Gulf Coast Senior Games at
Buffalo Creek Golf Course. Webb shot a 4-over-par 76
to take first place and the gold medal in the 65-69 age
division. Webb's 76 was the second lowest score of the
division. Only
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Webb to win the silver

medal in that competition. On Feb. 23, Webb entered the
tennis doubles competition and captured another medal,
the bronze.
Horseshoe news
Ron Pepka teamed up with Rod Bussey to capture
the Feb. 21 horseshoe competition at the Anna Maria
City Hall pits. They emerged from a six-team playoff
and defeated the team of Gene Bobeldyk and Hank
Huyghe 23-12 in the finals.
Fourteen teams were whittled down to three after
Feb. 17 pool-play action. Tom Skoloda and Fred
Huyghe battled it out with the team of Al Norman
and George McKay in the first playoff match, but
fell 22-19 in an exciting game that saw several lead
changes. Norman and McKay then battled their way
past the team of John Johnson and Leo Hutton by a
22-18 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

AMICC basketball playoffs
Premier (ages 14-17)
March 1 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 winner vs. IRE

Division I (ages 12-13)
March 1 6:30 p.m.
Division II (ages 10-11)
March 6 6:30 p.m.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Feb. 28 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 27 winner vs. Paradise

Feb. 27 winner vs. A&E

Feb. 26 winner vs. Kumon

AMICC Basketball League
standings as of Feb. 15
Team Wins Losses

Premier Division
Ralph's 5

Division I
Oyster Bar
Division II

Division III
Kumon 7
Ooh La La 6
Publix 4
Jessie's 2
Ross 1
Center Flag Football
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Youth Division (Grades 6-8)
Yellow 3 0 103
White 2 1 84
Green 1 2 83
Black 0 3 61
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High season is definitely here; squid catches colossal attention

"Welcome back, winter friends!"
Based on an unscientific survey conducted while
driving up and down the Island last week, "the season"
is definitely here.
Now is the time to prepare for 20-minute trips just
to cross a bridge to or from Anna Maria Island.
Now is the time to gird yourself for long, long
delays getting anywhere when weather is nice and our
winter friends are availing themselves of our beautiful
beaches, quaint shops and wonderful restaurants.
Several years ago, I wrote what I'd hoped was a
tongue-in-cheek article about how to survive the high
tourist season. It drew a slew of comments, few favor-
able, and at least one call to police to escort one gentle-
man from the office who had more than a few choice
words to say about the column.
In an effort to avoid such confrontations in light of
the recent, wonderful weather, here are some thoughts
which might brighten the upcoming weeks of wacki-
ness that lots of people crowded in a not-so-big place
can cause.
First, be nice.
No, you can't expect to get into your favorite res-
taurant or lounge or shop without some kind of a delay.
It's the Season, for goodness sake, the time of year
that all of our friends in the hospitality business need
to make their annual bankroll. Sure, they still love us,
and sure, they love us patronizing their establishments,
but hey! Give 'em a break if they don't give us all big
hugs right now. They're busy making money!
Second tip, take your time.
A five-minute jaunt to the store just ain't gonna cut
it for the next month. Traffic is jammed, store aisles are
jammed, checkouts are jammed. Plan ahead, be patient,
and enjoy the crowds of sunburned folks while you just
Remember the joys of making reservations at your
favorite restaurants. Actually, it's always amazed me
that people don't always make reservations, but for
the next few weeks, make it a practice and perhaps a
promise in the future to call ahead and book a table.
Everyone welcomes it, some places require it, and it's
just a neighborly thing to do. See "be nice" above for
more information.
Third tip, remember that timing is everything.
Here's the average day on the beach: Sun comes up
about 7 a.m. It's kinda chilly. People on vacation are
sleeping in. Then they go to breakfast. Then they go
sightseeing. Then they go to the beach, probably around
11-ish. They sun, they sand, they have fun, they grab
lunch, they clean up later and then go to dinner.
Why must we run our errands at 11-ish? Beachgoer
traffic is atrocious, if the last few days are any indica-
tion at that hour. Why try to fight it?
Why go to lunch at the stroke of noon or 1 p.m.?
If recent excursions to Island restaurants are a clue,
the noon-to-2 p.m. hours are wickedly packed, but at
11 a.m. or 2:30 in the afternoon there are empty tables
galore and a great sigh from the servers.
Ditto dinner at the prime 6-8 p.m. hours. Try earlier,
or a bit later after making reservations, of course
- and avoid the crowds.

Best 'insider' tip on the Island?
The best way to circumnavigate the crowds is to
utilize one of the best things the Island has going for it
- the trolley.
Did I mention that the trolley is free?
Saunter to the road see tip No. 2 above wait
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thing, and enjoy the scenery from a view other than
over your clenched, white knuckles on the steering
The second insider tip to travel around the Island is
one that I can't quite recommend at this time of year:
bikes or scooters.
There are just too many people with big cars and
a small case of confusion to be able to safely scoot
around the Island right now on something smaller than
a big vehicle.
Any other time of year is great for bikes and scoot-
ers, but they quite frankly scare the bejeezus out of me
right now.
But riding in one of those big, green buses is defi-
nitely the safe way to go right now.

Calamari, anyone?
Fishers off New Zealand reeled up an unexpected
catch last week a colossal squid, weighing almost
1,000 pounds and stretching out to a length of about 40
The colossal squid, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni,
isn't the same as the giant squid, Architeuthis sp. The

colossal squid is, well, more colossal in size and weight,
and is found throughout the southern oceans off Ant-
Seems a fishing boat was catching Chilean sea bass,
or toothfish, when they caught the squid and eventually
got it onto the boat. It was the biggest such critter ever
spotted, let alone caught.
According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia,
"Unlike the giant squid, whose tentacles are equipped
with suckers lined with small teeth, the suckers at the
tips of the colossal squid's tentacles have sharp swiv-
eling hooks. Its body is wider and stouter, and there-
fore heavier, than that of the giant squid. The beak of
Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni is the largest known of any
squid. The colossal squid is also believed to have the
largest eyes in the animal kingdom.
"Many sperm whales carry scars on their backs
believed to be caused by the hooks of colossal squid.
Colossal Squid are a major prey item for Antarctic
sperm whales feeding in the Southern Ocean; 14 per-
cent of the squid beaks found in the stomachs of these
sperm whales are those of the colossal squid, which
indicates that colossal squid make up 77 percent of the
biomass consumed by these whales."
So you've got a critter the size of a school bus that
puts up a good fight with a sperm whale, and those New
Zealand fishers actually brought it up to their boat? Jeez.

Sandscript factoid
Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are looking at a
big squid well, if 13 feet is considered big after our
view of the colossal squid world captured off the
Florida Keys last week. No word yet as to what species
it is.
Washing up
Mary Bellows, left, and
Lauren Wickman, both 16
and from Bradenton, soap
up a car at the Island
Baptist Church Saturday
afternoon. The church
youth group washed cars
and sold baked goods to
raise money for a trip to
Panama City Beach in
June. The youth group
members hope to attend
the BigStuf Christian
Camp. Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff

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Whiting, sheepies hit the hooks in a big way

By Capt Mike Heistand
Whiting and sheepshead are the fish du jour to
go after right now for backwater action, with lots of
hookups being reported just about everywhere. Other
inshore reports include redfish, trout and a few snook.
Offshore action is producing some really big
amberjack, some at better than 70 pounds, plus snap-
per, triggerfish, grouper and an occasional cobia.
At Corky's Bait & Tackle Shop on Cortez Road,
reports are good with the rising air and water tempera-
tures and abundant sunshine. Fishers are heading out
in droves and the fishing has been "tremendous." In
the waters of Palma Sola Bay, anglers have reported
lots of redfish and trout being caught using live shrimp
and Black Salty's. In Sarasota Bay near the docks and
seawalls, fishers have reported catching lots of sheeps-
head using Mr. Sheepshead's cooked sand fleas and
"Magic Potion," as well as redfish, trout, whiting and
pompano on live shrimp. There are also reports of big
snook caught with Black Salty's a new bait available
on the west coast of Florida. Offshore, there are good
catches of whiting, pompano, snapper and some redfish
on live shrimp, as well as some cobia and snook
Capt. Thorn Smith said he's putting his charters
onto small redfish, sheepshead and some good-sized
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said it's sheepshead and
reds in the backwater right now, with shrimp being the
bait of choice. Offshore action is good for mangrove
snapper, triggerfish, lane snapper and some really big
amberjack, some of the latter coming in at 70 pounds.
There are also good reports of porgies, mutton snapper
and yellowtail, Bill added.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers have
been catching "tons" of whiting and a few sheepshead.

... and now, one of each
Kurt Whitenack caught both gag and red grouper
whilefishing with Capt. Larry McGuire. Thefish
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Matt Whitenack, 16, and brother Drew, 12, caught some nice-sized gag and red grouper, respectively, while

fishing offshore with Capt. Larry McGuire.

Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers there have been doing well with sheepshead,
mangrove snapper, whiting and a few mackerel, and he
added that fishing should start to "really pick up" as the
weather improves.
At Annie's Bait and Tackle in Cortez, Capt.
Mark Johnson said sheepshead have "invaded the
bays," with catches up to 6 pounds being common.
He's also catching small redfish, and snook fishing is
"OK, but most are small." Capt. Sam Kimball said
his offshore trips are producing mangrove snapper to
6 pounds, triggerfish and grunts.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House
said there are good reports of mangrove snapper and
sheepshead coming from the artificial reefs, with some
of the sheepies topping 5 pounds. There are also some
mackerel and whiting being caught, but snook action
is scarce.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina said he's catching lots of sheeps-
head, mangrove snapper, triggerfish and lots of small
grouper. Snook action shouldn't start to really heat up
for another month or so, he predicted.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include small
redfish coming out of Terra Ceia Bay and sheepshead
off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area in Tampa Bay.
There are also reports of lots of whiting being caught
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said his charters have been
enjoying great weather and great angling action the
past couple of days. "The Gulf has been giving up
huge sheepshead and lots of 'em," Capt. Zach said,
"and also mangrove snapper and gag grouper. Most of
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trout to 20 inches." He said he took Dennis Waterson
and his wife from Illinois out last week and the couple
"slayed some sheepies up to 8 pounds just offshore.
Lloyd Johnston and his crew from Minnesota also did
well with the sheepies, mangrove snapper and the best
flounder catch I have seen in recent memory. The four-
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Palma Sola."
On my boat Magic, we've been getting into all the
sheepshead you could want, some up to 5 pounds in
size, plus mangrove snapper to 3 pounds, black drum
to 5 pounds and lots of whiting.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand has been a localfishing guide
for more than 25 years. Call him at 723-1107 to pro-
vide a fishing report. Prints and digital images of your
catch are also welcome and may be dropped off at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed
to news@islander.org. Please include identification for
persons in the picture along with information on the catch
and a name and phone number for more information.

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and much much more. This truly is

central Holmes Beach within walking
distance to shops, restaurants, and the
beach! No rental restrictiorm make
this condo an instant income producer
Heated pool, covered parking, storage,
washer dier, and new water heater!
Don't wait come see this tastefully
done unit today! $329,900.

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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.

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.

GUARDIAN AD LITEM program: 30-hour training
class for new child advocate volunteers begins March
12.To volunteer to represent in court the best inter-
est of children or for more information, call 941-744-
9473 or visit the Web site, www.12circiutgal.org.

tions of new and good condition books for upcom-
ing annual book sale. 111 Second St. N., Braden-
ton Beach.

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.

FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to
foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,

ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.

FREE FISH TANK: 150 gallons, great for large rep-
tile or snake.Won't hold water. Includes stand. 941-

2004 CAROLINA SKIFF: 198DLX Yamaha 90,
four-stroke, live well, fish finder, trailer, low hours.
$13,200. Call 518-365-2701.

WANTED: TWO SINGLE kayaks, sit-on-top type
preferred. Call 1-902-521-0466.

BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.

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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-

REAL ESTATE AGENTS wanted: SunCoast Real
Estate LLC. Floor time and generous split. Confi-
dential. Call Mary Ann Schmidt, 941-779-0202 or

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

SHARKEYS NEEDS: COOKS, dishwashers. Apply
in person at 2519 Gulf Drive or call 941-779-9151.

Own transportation a must. Great per-job rate. Call
Rhonda, 941-920-3882 after 7pm.

istration. Monday-Friday, average 35 hours/week.
Proficient in QuickBooks, oversee administrative
details, general office skills. Reply: Church Co-ordi-
nator, Box 683, Anna Maria FL 34216-0683.

Looking for someone part-time or on-call basis. Call
941-794-1501 or 941-761-8644.

CASHIER NEEDED: 2-3 days per week. Experi-
ence preferred. Start immediately. Apply in person
at Home True Value Hardware, 5324 Marina 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. Enchant-
ing shop, fun itemsin good resortarealocation. $89,000.
Confidentiality agreement required for details. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112. For more great business and
realty buys: www.longviewrealty.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.

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Home Sales Poperty Management
Vacation Rentals Commercial Leasing

Jim Anderson
Licensed Broker

Lyn Poole
Broker Assodite

6000 Marina Dr., Suite 105
Gayle Schulz Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Broker Associate www.jimandersonrealty.com

BEACHFRONT HOT SPOT: Two storefronts, one
side rented. Great for gift shop, clothing, jewelry
or as-is, a restaurant. Owner financing available.
$1,295,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.

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.

CAREGIVER WILLING TO provide care for your
loved ones in her home 24 hours, seven days a
week. 18 years of experience. Call 941-792-0148.

LICENSED CNA/HHA: Personal care, meal prepa-
ration, house keeping, bathing and dressing assis-
tance, medication reminder, respite care, transpor-
tation. Call 941-345-6155. Good rates.

ADULT DAYCARE NOW being offered at Sunny
Bower Assisted Living Facility. Available seven days
a week, flexible hours, located in northwest Braden-
ton. Call Maria for details, 941-545-0417.

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

LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.

puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-

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.

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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

This superlative 3 or 4BR/3BA
residence offers first class
r- ~amenities and appointments
throughout, including a deep-water boatdock directly on Tampa
Bay' The gourmet kitchen comes complete with granite coun-
tertops and breakfast bar. wooden cabinets, and stainless steel
appliances Beautiful hardwood floors, stone balustrades, and
Juliette balconies with wrought iron railings and French doors
lend an old world charm Features include a paneled elevator.
security and sprinkler system, deep Jacuzzi tub. granite vanities
in all bathrooms and laundry room. custom walk-in closets. 10-
foot ceilings with crown molding, fans, and recessed lighting.
and a beautiful brick paved driveway, walkway, and sparkling
adjoining swimming pool Priced at $2.300.000

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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.

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.

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-

teed price, guaranteed quality. Any job. Discount with
ad. Licensed and insured. Jerry, 941-448-5999.

INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small busi-
nesses.We also file electronically and prepare all states.
Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service, 941-761-8156.

cleaning/house sitting when you are away. Free
estimates. Licensed, bonded. 941-778-7355 or

data input to data analysis. Secretarial, book-
keeping, whatever you need. 941-538-4770 or

BENTON'S CLOCKWORLD:We do restoration and
repair. We also buy and sell antique clocks. Located
on Bradenton Beach. 941-778-8426, or cell 941-

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
cell 941-720-4152.

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.

Prudential Pakns Reay
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor

883 Waterside Lane, Bradenton:
2-3BR/2BA, 1,632sf, water and preserve views,
furnished, heated pool and gated community.
Only two miles to Gulf beaches! $374,900.

e-mail: mithellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com

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Corner lot on canal with new dock and caged pool. New kitchen
cabinets and granite countertops. New metal roof. $550,000. Call
Carleen Weise, Realtor, 941-224-6521 evenings.
KEY ROYALE-T-is outstanding : BR:- BAcanalfront home has been
renovated, updated, and added on. Extensive pavers, brick walk and
patios, new barrel roof2004,75-footseawall, 50-footdockwith 13,000
lb. boatlift, this home is lovely inside and out. A 27-foot Sport Craft
with twin 150s will -tay with full price offer. Offered at $1,650,000.
Call Zee Catanese, Realtor, 941-742-0148 evenings.
SINGLE FAMILY- Centrally located, one block to beach. 2BR/2BA
spacious home on corner lot. $569,000. Call Joy Murphy, Realtor,
941-730-2820 evenings.
condowith amazing view iGia lanai, breakfast bar Owner motivated.
$392,500. Call Carlene Weise, Realtor 941-224-6521 evenings.

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3BR/3BA bayfront home, north end of Anna Maria, completely
renovated! $1,895,000 furnished. Owner will consider trade of
lot, condo or home as a down payment.

Two Bayfront lots. Build your 2BR/2BAWestWindcondowith
dream home on very large lot, Gulf view. $649,000.
100x223 sf. Panoramic bay view!
Home: 941-778-1820
Cell: 941-713-5321
iyaUT fMw" sherrys@betsyhills.com

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-

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. Many references and insured. Please
call 941-778-2335.

Wednesday's classified at noon Tuesday at www.
islander.org. And its FREE!


4BPR3BAspectacularhomewith gorgeous viewofBimini I ; -,-,h
9,000 lb, boat lift! $1,700,000,
Spacious 4BR/3BA pool home with 253-foot waterfront, Deep
water, two docks and lushly landscaped, $1,850,000,
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, large master suite with Jacuzzi tub,
screened porch, heated pool, tennis, $969,900,
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage,
Et m I ::. flooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach, $1,350,000,
: t F. 5BA townhouse, Newtile and carpet, .F :hI; ;u nrt: 3 Two-
car garage, storage area could be office, pool, $499,900,
3BR/2BA canalfront. r, Ir r.- : ::k Direct access to T,i ~ E b;
and Intracoastal:"br:r.- ; $599,000,
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view of Gulf New
kitchen, tile, heated pool, tennis, garage, $899,900,
E E.-. 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,
UPDATED DUPLEX 2107 Avenue B, $596,900
PERIWINKLE COTTAGE 2BR, Close to E i: h $649,900,
GULFPLACE CONDO 3BR/2BAdirectGulfview, $995,000,
ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH House and cottage, $848,000,
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1BA 'r:"r view $349,000,
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulf view $79900,
FLAMINGO CAYWATERFRONT- t E E.-, pool $859,000,
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront, $959,900,
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

779-0202 (800) 732-6434

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sure washing, landscaping, property maintenance.
Owner operated by Island resident. Exceptional
value! Licensed and insured. Call 941-726-7070.

GET MOORE FOR your money: Specializing in tree
trimming and removal, brush chipping, estate clean-
ups. Insured. Call Lew Moore, 941-755-5559.

TREES BYTHE Breeze, Inc. Landscaping, tree trim-
ming, property maintenance. Insured. Island resident
since 1988. Call Chris Lundy, 941-778-2837.

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.
WEST COAST INC. Landscaping: Bobcat service,
hauling, tree removal, shelling, pressure cleaning
and lawn care. Very reliable. 941-345-6859.
Scott Norris, Broker Associate
Direct: 941-545-8706
E-mail: Scott@ScottNorris.com
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RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE INC. 6016 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
Four Great West Wide Properties at Terrific Prices
7826 Sevlle CIrcle-This 3BR/2BA pool home unpopular Palm a
Sola Park is just few yards from the bayfrontpark. Agreenbelt
area across the street means permanent privacy. $445,000.
7820 San Juan Ave. Rarely available Palma Sola Park lot.
8012 3rd Ave. Great curb appeal on this 3BR/2BA home just
a few feet from Palma Sola Bay. Terrific location, great schools,
beautiful landscape. $315,000.
1321 63rd Ave. This terrific looking 3BR/2BA Village Green
home features a wood burning fireplace, spacious den, and
a large wrap around screened lanai that overlooks a well
landscaped and private back yard. $279,000.

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Top Producing Realtor
Toll Free 1-866-587-8559

Pricing is low, selection is high!
NEW! TIFFANY PLACE condo with great Gulf view, totally
upgraded, light and beachy! Elevator, heated pool and the beach!
Building will look new soon! Just $699,000.
COQUINA MOORINGS: Updated and turnkey furnished 3BR/2BA
with private dock and full Gulf and bay views. Rental and pet
friendly. $749,000.
SUNBOW BAY: 2 BR/2BA1,121 sf condo with huge lanai, elevator,
heated pools and tennis, community docks and fishing pier on
the bay. A bargain at $322,000.
CANALFRONT: 1,358 sf corner unit near poo Iwith private dock at
Flamingo Cay. This low price includes car, boat, trailer and even
a motorcycle! Just $345,000.
BRADENTON BEACH BARGAINS: Gulf and/or bay views starting
at $259,000.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: Maintenance-free lifestyle close to
the beach in a beautiful setting, near pool. 3BR/2.5BA, two-car
garage. Very nice! $498,000.
NORTH BEACH HOA: Only one available here! Closest drive to
beach No condo rules. Expanded kitchen and hottub room.
3BR/2BA, two-car garage. MBR on main floor. $547,000.
If you're looking for an agent that knows the Island, I'm your Gail!



of design and installation. I will show you a picture
of your house with a virtual landscape. Call Colin
at 941-779-0120 or 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.

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.

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Find out why this 2BR/2BA canal home is the best value
on the Island. With extensive renovations, including new
seawall, windows, air conditioning, tile floors, doors,
landscaping and much, much more. Its reallyworth seeing
at the newly reduced price of $675,000.
For Expert Advice On Island Property

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

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.

GUARANTEED A-1 PAINTING service. Get a bid then
call Nick, he's the best. Island references. Licensed.
Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or 941-962-5131.

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.

V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-
795-1947. Lic. # RR0066450.

THIS ONE HAS IT ALL! Perfect honfor your boat and
entertaining your family and friends. Dee anal with 40-
foot dock. Immaculate, spacious 3BR/2 l th custom
kitchen. Water views from every win n beach.
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Gulf and beach! One bedroom/one bath, large deck
in back, fenced. Fully turnkey furnished. Conveniently
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style home with breathtak- no bridges to Gulf. Walking bright, ground floor, 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Two pools,
ing views of Bimini Bay, only distance to the beach. Close end unit. Heated pool, ten- two lighted tennis courts, basket-
short walk to white sandy to shopping and restaurants, nis court. Close to the beach. ball, shuffleboard and clubhouse.
beaches. Deep water with no $619,000. $389,000. $175,000-179,900. Piroska Planck
bridges to Gulf and 9,000 lb. S -
boatlift at your back door. For information, call Piroska Planck,
REALESTATE LL 941-730-9667 or e-mail piroska@verizon.net.

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The Rivertowne Lot 40- $493,190 $359,000 The Beaufort Lot 7 $499,000 $375,000
3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,637 SF 3 bedroom plus den, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 2,113 SF


Key West 2nd Floor $356,565 $284,465
2 bedroom plus den, screened lanai. 1,638 SF

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Harbor House Lot 64 $368,300
2 bedroom, 2 bath, laundry room, eat-in
kitchen, courtyard, 2-car garage, 1,434 SF





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GULF CONSTRUCTION INC.: Home remodeling,
custom carpentry, kitchens, baths, additions. 28
years experience. Free estimates. Call John, 941-
773-6808. License # CBC1255132.

ABOUT GROUT: CLEANING, sealing, staining
(painting of grout), tile and grout repair, caulking
of showers/kitchen. Bonded and insured. Call Jeff,

PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I take
pride in my work. For a free estimate, call Colin at
941-779-0120 or 941-376-0591.

RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-
749-6665. www.wedebrock.com.

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: beach-
dreams @tampabay.rr.com.

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.

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

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.

An Island Place Realty

2BR/2BA with miles of
white sandy beach out your
doorstep! $670,000. Call Sue
Carlson, 941-720-2242.

views! Gated, pool, covered parking, security, fit-
ness center. $975/month annual. Call Maria, 941-

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.

OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,200 sf. Former Wicked
Candle. 8819 Cortez Road. 1-800-952-1206.

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

LAKEFRONT, FISHING, ONE block to beach.
Elevated duplex, enormous 2BR/2BA, one-car
garage, laundry area, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Jen-
naire stove, extra, extra nice. $1,395/month, yearly.

NORTH-END DUPLEX: for 2008 season. Three-
month minimum. 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer, two
blocks from Gulf. Sleeps six. $2,000/month. 941-
778-7167 or 941-705-0275.

2BR/2BA ANNUAL: $1,275/month. Pet OK, heated
pool, washer and dryer, fenced. 201-A Peacock
Lane. 941-720-1006.

FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal
view with a large deck, dock and saltwater pool to
share. Apartment has private entrance, bath and
kitchenette. All utilities except telephone included.
$350/week or $850/month. Perfect for a clean and
quiet individual! Please e-mail tlyonsrq@verizon.net
or call 941-928-8735. Leave message for informa-
tion and availability.

garage. Two blocks to beach. Pet friendly. $1,400/
month. Call 941-713-2150.

ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA GROUND-level duplex. Near
community center. Fridge, stove, microwave, washer
and dryer, screened lanai, large yard. Pet OK. $975/
month. 941-580-3393.

cabin, turnkey furnished, fireplace on 2.5 acres. 30
miles from Cherokee Indian reservation, one mile
from town. Book now. $495/weekly. For informa-
tion, call 352-516-6908 or 352-314-2333. E-mail:
creativesold @yahoo.com.

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
I .778-0455

A, reen
www.greenreal com

206A 66th St Holmes Beach
Every Sat. and Sun. 2-4pm
2,445 sf, 3BR/2.5BA, loft/den.
Flex/two-car garage, elevator,
pool, many upgrades, Gulf
peeks and morel!!
For more information or to
show by special appointment,
call 941-725-2166.
RCB Properties,
Licensed Real Estate Broker.


YOU CAN HAVE the beautiful white sand and Flor-
ida west coast sun outside your door. One bed-
room condo (sleeps six) for rent at Resort 66. Full
housekeeping, linens provided, full kitchen. Avail-
able March 10-31, Saturday to Saturday only. $950/
weekly. 315-868-2813.

Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call
Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.

two-car garage. Big screened lanai, huge fenced
yard, excellent schools, quiet area. $1,595/month.
Annual. 941-720-0793.

200-FEET TO ROD & Reel Pier: Ground floor, fully
furnished, 2BR/1BA duplex. No pets or smokers.
Seasonal, $1,500/month, annual, $1,000/month.
Available April 1.941-387-8610.

2BR/1BA mobile, very clean and comfortable. Two
miles to beach. $1,100/month. 941-779-1112.

Lease with option, $1,800/month. 941-447-6278.
www.44sm art.com.

SEASONAL: ANNA MARIA lovely ground-level
home. Approximately 1,000 feet to beach. Can
be rented as 2BR/1BA or 3BR/2BA with carport.
Family and living room, washroom, all with air
conditioning. Nice kitchen and patio. Available
March through May 2007 and September 2007
through May 2008. $3,500/month plus utilities,
discount for longer terms. 214 Palmetto Ave. Call
John, 813-690-9762.

1 BR/1 BA, all utilities included, furnished, one block
to Gulf. $1,400/month. 941-721-6090.

2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
941-721-4789. www.annamaria-rental.com.

FOR RENT: ANNUAL. Recently renovated 2BR/2BA
house in quiet neighborhood. All appliances
upgraded. $1,400/month plus utilities. Phone 941-
545-7109 or 941-795-1132.

ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA, ELEVATED duplex in Braden-
ton Beach. One block to beach. High ceilings, clean.
Pet considered. $950/month. 941-725-2549.

RETIRED COUPLE LOOKING for owner-managed
rental house on Anna Maria Island. Need 2-3BR/2BA,
January through April 2008. Must be in quiet neigh-
borhood. 941-778-1591 or 507-321-0977.

CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !

Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA.Updated! $285,000.
Villager 2BR/2BA end unit villa, carport! $125,900.
Sabal Harbour 4BR/2BA Buyer incentive! $374,500.
Kingsfield Lakes 4BR/2BA. Huge lot! $299,900.
Pointe West 3BR/2BA Heated pool! $360,000.
Mariners Cove 3BR/2BA Full bayview, 35' slip! $760,000.
Bayou 2BR/1 BA Anna Maria NEGOTIABLE! $365,000.
Island Beachy Bar beer, wine, music! Business
opportunity! $82,900.

Laura E. McGeary PA

Call 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc

Panoramic views of Skyway Bridge and
Tampa Bay with 135-foot seawall heated pool
and deep-water dock with boat lift. 3BR3BA,
3,000 sf on two lots in private setting.
Entirely updated. Large master suite added
and kitchen is top of the line in every way.
A short walk to the Gulf. Must see to appreci-
ate. Lots of extras. $2,295,000. Virtual tour at
Call John Zirzow, Agent/Owner
E (941) 778-9171 Markey Realty

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SEASONAL: MARCH AND April. Clean 2BR ele-
vated unit, one block to beach. Newly remodeled
with laundry. $575/weekly, $1,975/monthly. 941-

dock. Free use of kayak, pool, exercise room
and bicycle. 941-779-9074. E-mail: gwalker43@

ANNUAL 1BR/1BA, ground-floor. Fireplace,
water, cable, yard maintenance, washer. Steps
to beach, large yard. Holmes Beach. $800/month.

LOOKING FOR 2008? Lovely, refurnished 2BR/2BA
house. Steps to beach. Also available April 2007.
Offering discounted rates. 2805 Gulf Drive. 941-

SMALL COTTAGE WITH Gulf view directly across
from beach. 1BR/1BA plus den. $800/month. 941-
866-0224. 1201 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.

ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA: Washer and dryer hookups,
covered carport, updated kitchen, tile floor through-
out. Living room and family room, large bedrooms.
First, last and security deposit. $1,100/month. 941-

VILLAGE GREEN: MINUTES to beaches. Large
2BR/2BA, big screened lanai, large yard, good
schools, close to shopping. $1,100/month, annual.

MINUTES TO BEACHES: Lakeside South, West
Bradenton. Big 2BR/2BA, one-car garage villa.
Pool, tennis, clubhouse, quiet area. $1,700/month.
Seasonal, 941-720-2804.

across street. Washer and dryer. Clean! 2204 Ave.
C. $750/month. 216-469-2857.

STEPS TO BEACH and bay: 1 BR/1BA, patio, utilities
paid. March, $1,200/month, $325/weekly, Annual
$750/month. 2BR/1BA, lanai, furnished water,
garbage, April through December, $875/month.
2BR/1BA doublewide, patio, bay view, Sandpiper
Mobile Resort, 55-plus, clubhouse, laundry, shuffle-
board. 941-778-3051.

WANTED: VACATION AND annual rental proper-
ties. Coast Line Accommodations is 100 percent
booked. If you need tenants, we have leads. Call
Mandi, 941-779-9500.

3BR/2BA SINGLE-STORY rental. Off-season rent-
als available from $625/week. April 2007 discounted
to $500/week. Call Tricia, 813- 818-8314. www.

ANNUAL RENTAL: SPACIOUS villa, 1,300-plus sf
living area! 2BR/2BA, plus family room, large util-
ity, garage. New carpet and paint, close to beach.
Available approximately March 15. $1,300/month.

Island, canalfront. First-floor condo, 2BR/2BA plus
den. Open floor plan, covered parking, canalfront
with boat dock. Sailboat water. $1,500/month. Anna
Maria Gulf Coast Properties, 941-782-5609.

TEN MINUTES TO beach: 3BR/2BA, garage, cov-
ered patio, three-years-old. $1,300/month. Call 941 -
773-6581. Evenings, 941-794-9921.

SHARE HOME IN quiet neighborhood, two blocks
to beach. Great situation for responsible person.
Call for details, 941-778-0714 or 941-730-6349.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, two blocks to beach,
half-block to bay. Cathedral ceilings and tile through-
out. Cable, water, trash included. $900/month. 941-
778-2928 or 941-730-6349.

RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The

ANNUAL BAYVIEW: 2BR/1BA, newly decorated
duplex. Quiet neighborhood, wood and ceramic
floors, laundry. Furnished or unfurnished. $850/
month plus utilities. 941-779-9470.

3BR/2BA, dock, davits, three blocks to beach.
Large rooms, quiet location. $1,200/month. 727-

RENTAL ON SARASOTA Bay and Cortez. 2BR fur-
nished mobile home. Restricted, over 55. No pets.
Available April 20 through Dec. 30, 2007. $650/
month. 231-775-8051.

LOVELY 2BR/2BA for 2008. Large porch, boat
friendly, three-month rental. 941-962-0817 or 941-
778-2695.210 81st St, Holmes Beach.

two-car garage. Big, screened lanai, huge fenced
yard, excellent schools, quiet area. $1,495/month.
Annual. 941-720-0793.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site

with great views of Tampa Bay. Canalfront, walking
distance to beach and restaurants. $739,000. 941-

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.

NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes
to beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake
Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.HiddenLakeCon-

Reach more than 20,000 people weekly
.. with your ad for as little as $20!
Call Nancy, 778-7978
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Bringing People me Since 1939

style home on sailboat water. Boatlift, with fabulous views. This top floor end Gulfviewsfromthisexceptional Gulffront
open floor plan, four-car garage,workout unit is offered turnkey furnished. Great unit. Newly repainted and new carpeting
roomand30-footscreenedbalcony Becky walking beach, heated pool and weekly and vinyl installed. Close to shop-
Smith or Efi Starrett, 941-778-2246. rentals permitted. David Moynihan, ping and dining. 2BR/2BA. Karen Day,
#520397. $1,049,000. 941-778-2246. 548224. $799,000. 941-778-2246 #546305. $759,000.

floor, 3BR/2BA, 2,000 sf, gated commu- Neat cottage, lush landscaping, and bay Hidden Lake condo, minutes from beach,
niy,twopools,tennis,elevator,protected views from your front porch! Beautifully vaulted ceilings, screened lanai, one-car
deep-water 35-foot boat slip. Peter Man- decorated 1BRunitwhich over lookspool attached garage, lake view, pool, spa, fit-
cuso, 941-545-6833 or Dave Moynihan, and Intracoastal Waterway. Karen Day, ness. Non-evacuation zone. Penny Bray,
941-778-2246. #543600. $629,900. 941-778-2246. #547983. $379,900. 941-778-2246. #523475. $314,900.
MOTELRESORTOPPORTUNITYAnnaMarialslandGreat11-unit ESCAPE TO PARADISE at Longbeach on Longboat Key.

resort/motel. Only oneshort blocktothebeautiful sandybeaches
of Anna Maria Island and view the spectacular sunsets Many
restaurants, specialty shops and fishing pier. Possibleconversion
potential. Jim Zoff, 941-778-2246. 1539134. $2,575,000.
RESORT IN PARADISE Tropical landscaping surrounds six
charming units steps from beach. Immaculate, family-owned,
and clientele keep coming back. Possible owner financing.
Karen Day, 941-778-2246. #529518 $1,650,000.
CORAL SHORES This house has a beautiful bay view on a deep
canal. 100-foot of seawall,three pergolasin front and twoin back.
Garage, air con diioning,generator, 1,350sf paver brickdriveway
Harold Small, 941-778-2246. 1543106. $1,175,000.
cottage with 1BR/1BA bungalow. Great family retreat or
rental property. Close to shops, beach and more. Anne Miller,
941-778-2246. MLS#518824. $825,000.
EXCEPTIONAL 28R/2BA direct Gulffront unit with outstanding
viewsoftheGulf.Totallyrenovated. Secured elevator,heated pool,
tennis court and private garage. Near shopping and restaurants.
Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246. #543586. $819,500.

Unobstructed views of the Gulf and amazing sunsets from
this 2BR/2BA newly furnished condo. Florida living at its
best! Gina 8 Peter Ulianofdhe Royal Team, 941-920-0276.
1547583 $799,000.
ELEGANT BAYFRONT Spacious 2BR/28A unitwith 1,909 sfof
livingarea. Exceptional Gulftobay complex withprivate beach,
bayside pool/spa, resident manager, secured elevator lobby.
David Moynihan, 941-778-2246. #534725. $750,000.
COASTAL LIFESTYLE CONDO Wonderful baysidetennis resort
and community Great seasonal rental opportunity or just a
relaxing weekend getaway condo! KellyBelisle, 941-751-0670.
#538853 $479,900.
TENNIS ANYONE! Great introductory pricing for this beautiful
baysidetennisresort community. Enjoy playing wherethe pros
play! Kelly Belisle, 941-751-0670. #525835. $425,000.
ISLAND GROUND-LEVEL CONDO Well-kept,partially updated,
turnkeyfurnished, beach access, bay fishing pier, heated pool,
tennis court, tiled throughout, carpeted bedrooms. Jim Zoff,
941-778-2246. #533783. $359,000.

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ISLAND CANAL LOT: 75x100 feet, new dock, priced
to sell quickly. Below market and appraised value,
$535,000. Call Jake, 941-544-7786.108 Gull Drive,
Anna Maria.
BY OWNER: 2BR/1.5BA condo. West of Gulf Drive,
two pools, covered parking. $399,999. 863-412-
2612. www.cflrealestateonline.com/condo. 5400
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
two-car garage. Village Green, quiet street, min-
utes to beaches, shopping, doctors, hospitals.
Tile floors, bedrooms carpeted, screened lanai.
$297,000. 941-794-1640.
CPR: DON'T STRESS out over your property man-
agement fees. Low rates and tiered services. Now
accepting new rental properties. Call Suzanne,
941-962-0971, o r www. coastal prope rtiesreal ty.com.

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-

DIRECT WATERFRONT: Latchkey. 65A Cortez
Park, Avenue D. 941-779-CAIN.

South. Incredible Gulf view, all new everything,
onsite management, nightly rentals, pool, eleva-
tor and more. Priced way under market! $429,999.
George, 312-321-7501.

PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA with full bay
views! Granite countertops, 20-inch porcelain
tile, carpet, custom closets, plantation shutters,
designer furnishings and more. $550,000. Bro-
kers protected. Easy to show. 859-264-8644.
barbfreeman @alltel.net.

ISLANDER'S RETREAT: 2BR Gulfwatch condo
with peek-a-boo view of the Gulf, comfortably dec-
orated and truly turnkey furnished, encouraging
a relaxing Island lifestyle. $374,900. Please, call
Kimberly Roehl, PA, Michael Saunders & Company.
denton, desirable neighborhood near the river.
$216,000. Owner/agent, Bobbie Banan, Michael
Saunders & Company, 941-356-2659.

BAYFRONT HOME ON Anna Maria Sound.
Unobstructed view, southern exposure. Private.
$1,100,000. Brokers protected. 941-778-0029.517
Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach.

HELL HAS FROZEN over! Price reduced for a quick
sale from $395,000 to $359,000.4BR/3 BA, two-car
garage, den with fireplace, solar-heated caged pool
near Bradenton Country Club. Great family neigh-
borhood, close to everything. 5116 10th Ave. Drive
W. 941-685-7035. Directions: Manatee Ave. to 51st
to 10th Ave.
each side, under building parking, screened lanais,
laundry rooms. Only $499,900. Call Jerry Cercone,
Coldwell Banker,941-720-1575.
LOT: 57.75x1 14-feet, one block to beach. $520,000.
Call 941-779-4505 or 941-778-4246. 125 Neptune
Lane, Holmes Beach.
tage across from Coquina Beach. $50,000 down,
assume $238,000 at $950/month. 941-866-0224.
BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA end unit. Huge
Gulf views from most rooms. Beautiful Tommy
Bahama-style furnishings. Pool, hot tub, tennis,
docks. Great vacation home and rental income. By
owner. $615,000. 941-388-5238.

THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.

ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner.
Holmes Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool, boat
dock, many upgrades. $775,000. Call 941-778-6474.

ISLAND HOME FOR sale: By owner. Deep-water
canalfront with dock, 3BR/2BA, short walk to Gulf.
$780,000. 941-792-1214. 230 Oak Ave., Anna
Maria. Please do not disturb tenants.

CLOSE BY MARCH 26, 2007, and save. 4BR/3BA
home, zoned residential, office, retail. 4,380 sf air
conditioned. under roof. Reduced to $595,000. 941-
open floor plan, two-car garage, large storage area.
Hurricane shutters. $499,900. Call 941-722-0640.
PRE-FORECLOSURE SALE: $499,999. My loss is
your gain! Selling $50,000 below purchase price.
3BR/2BA beautiful home, recently remodeled and
redecorated on quiet drive. 413 Bay Palms Drive.
Contact owner/broker, Fisher Real Estate Inc. 941-

DESIRABLE LEWIS PARK-area home with sepa-
rate 1BR/1BA guest quarters. Lovely fenced yard.

NEW LISTING! KEY West-style home, steps to
beach and bay. Breezy 2BR/2BA home with den,
open lanai, new wood floors throughout, work-
shop and room for RV and boat parking with two
entrances to property. Offered at $569,000.
REDUCED $50,000! Open water view and steps to
north-end beach and city piers. Mangroves surround
this 3BR/2BA home with Florida room, new tile, new
kitchen cabinets, hot tub and large boatdock. New price,
$749,900. Call Deborah Thrasher, RE/MAX Excellence,
941-518-7738. Deborahthrasher@remax.net.

HOLMES BEACH, ANNA Maria Island: Ideal condo,
2BR/2BA, spacious, elevated, turnkey furnished,
carport, pool. Steps to beach and shops. $369,000.
Call 941-779-0853.

Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south florida airports, etc., Since 1991.
Bruce Collins (941) 778-6201

Pumps Motors Filters
For all your pool care needs call Todd DePatie 941-809-8967

The Paver Brick Store
8208 Cortez Road W. Bradenton 34210 (941) 794-6504
9:00 AM til Noon, or by Appointment
Pool Deck, Patio and Driveway Renovations
Design Build

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HOLMES BEACH HOUSE: Two blocks from beach.
Lot size 50x100 feet. $399,900. 941-587-1456.
STEPSTO BEACH and bay: 1BR/1BA, lanai, shed,
central air and heat. Owner may carry $139,000.
941-778- 3051. Sandpiper Resort.

3BR/2BA, two-car garage plus family room, over
2,000 sf. Secluded pool and tropical garden area.
Updated and well-maintained. $350,000. 941-730-
0100. Bradenton.

BEACH HOUSE FOR sale: 2BR/1BA with new roof
and new air conditioner. Steps to your private beach.
Call 813-690-5143. 112 81st St., Holmes Beach.
PERICO BAY CLUB! A beautiful turnkey furnished,
first-floor, end unit, with no one above you. A true
three bedroom, cathedral ceilings, new appliances,
glass-enclosed lanai, water views, 24-hour security
at gate. Very nicely priced at $345,000. Call Jill Sul-
livan at Keller Williams Realty, 941-232-9783.

Club: 2BR/2BA, close to beach! Second-floor unit
with vaulted ceiling, screened and air-conditioned
glassed-in porch, one-car garage. 24-hour security.
Active associations. Open 1-4pm Sunday. Home,
863-324-0944. Cell, 863 280-0222. sandsgoldm @
aol.com. Owner is a broker.

FOR SALE: HOLMES Beach. Beautifully remod-
eled, direct bayfront 2BR townhouse with pier and
lift. Views to Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Four floors
with garage, elevator, renovated kitchen with gran-
ite counters and stainless-steel appliances. Private
top-floor sun deck. Priced below current appraisal.
Newly inspected. Home warranty. $949,900. Dianne
Kryszak, 941-993-4078, Robert Lindeman, 941-
504-2123. Michael Saunders & Co., licensed real
estate broker. 61 S. Blvd. of Presidents, St. Armands
Circle. 941-388-4447.

RARE 180-DEGREE view: On-the-beach condo
completely renovated. 2BR/2BA, appraised at
$950,000, asking $799,000. 717-392-4048.

NEW CONDO: DRASTICALLY reduced. $299,900.
2BR/2BA with den and one-car attached garage.
Don't miss this beauty! Great floor plan, C unit with
screened lanai and lake view. Minutes to beaches,
walk to shopping and restaurants. For sale by owner.
#6642 Hidden Lake condominium.Open daily. 941-

CANAL HOUSE REDUCED from $850,000 to
$699,000. 717-392-4048.

4BR/3BA CONDO! Low taxes, low maintenance, no
flood insurance. Minutes from the beaches. Under
$250,000. Keller Williams Realty, 941-932-1288.

GOLF COU RSE, CLOSE to beach. 2BR/2BA, spa-
cious lanai. $197,500. No flood, low maintenance
fees, heated pool, tennis, etc. Karen Pfeiffer, Real-
tor, Keller Williams Realty, 941-747-2170.

3BR/2BA DIRECT GULFFRONT condo, like new.
Appraised for $1,000,000, reduced to $899,000.

3BR/3BA HOME ON deep-water canal. Totally
remodeled inside, two master suites. Carpet,
ceramic and vinyl tile. Asking $864,000. Call for
appointment. 941-778-1620.
$369,000: DUPLEX 2BR/1BA, 1BR/1BA.150 steps
to the beach. Newly furnished, great rental history.
Financing available. 941-747-3321.

is here! Must see the beautiful peaceful western
North Carolina mountains homes, cabins, acreage
and investments. Cherokee Mountain GMAC Real
Estate. cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for free
brochure, 800-841-5868.
NORRIS LAKE PROPERTIES Waterfront, #902, 77
acres, only $125,000. Lake view, #144, 3.5 acres,
only $48,900. Call Lakeside Realty at 888-291-
5253, or visit www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.
first two years payments on us! Lake access from
$49,900. Lakefront from $124,900. Common dock,
paved roads, underground utilities. 71,000-acre lake
on Georgia/South Carolina border. Sale Saturday,
March 3. Call for your appointment today. 888-LAKE-
SALE, ext.2182. Some restrictions apply. Offer void
where prohibited by law.Terms and conditions sub-
ject to change without notice.
AAH! COOL MOUNTAIN breezes! Murphy, N.C.
Affordable land, homes, mountain cabins on lakes,
mountains and streams. Free brochure, 877-837-
2288. Exit Realty Mountain View Properties. www.
NORTH CAROLINA GATED, lakefront commu-
nity. Pleasantly mild climate 1.5 acres, 90 miles of
shoreline. Never offered before with 20 percent pre-
development discounts, 90 percent financing. Call
BEACH LIVING AT its best! Ocean Isle, N.C.
Exclusive island resort lots. Close to Myrtle
Beach and historic Wilmington. From $450,000.
40-MILE MOUNTAIN views: Nine +/- acres
$116,900. Incredible mountain getaway, private
national forest and trout stream access. Perc tested,
new survey, near Blacksburg, Va. Call owner direct
at 877-202-2727.
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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.
MID-WINTER SALE! Golf homesites just $89,900.
Make no payments until 2008! Pristine wooded
homesites. Spectacular golf community. Mountains
of South Carolina. Limited time offer. Call 866-334-
3253, ext. 1185.
acre tracts in last phase of popular, gated, mountain
community with great view, trees, waterfall and large
public lake nearby, paved private access, $69,500
and up. Call now, 866-789-8535.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: My dream rustic two-story
log cabin on 13 acres with barn, pastures, woods,
creek, adjoins Jefferson National Forest with miles
and miles of trails. Have to sell. $389,500. Owner,
LARGE TROUT STREAM: 17 acres, $199,900.
State road frontage a very rare land offering over
1,200-feet of a large, private trout stream. Great low-
rate financing available. Call now, new to market.
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MAINE OCEAN ACCESS: Bargain, only $115.29/
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deeded rights to private sand beach and dock.
Only $24,900. Private, gated community along
Maine coast. Owner financing to qualified buyers.
20 percent down $4,980, 4.9 percent fixed rate, 25-
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NEW PRICE! 10-PLUS acre, $299,000! Upscale,
equestrian, gated community! 200-year-old oaks.
Established lush pastures. Paved private roads,
underground utilities.Two miles from HITS! Excel-
lent financing! Call 866-352-2249, ext. 1156.
OWNER SAYS SELL! 36-plus acres, $197,000.
50 percent below recent certified appraisal. Nicely
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ext. 1179.
RARE! NATIONAL FOREST frontage and trophy
trout stream. Large acreage, parcels new to market.
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 percent off recent appraisal!! Great financing.
Call now, 866-352-2249, ext. 1097.
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WON'T LAST! PRICE reduced 50 percent. 29 acres,
$195,000. Great location close to Cedar Key. Nice
meadow, scattered pine and oak, abundant wildlife.
At end of private road. Utilities, survey, excellent
financing. Call 866-352-2249, ext. 1192.
GOT NORTH GEORGIA mountain fever? We have
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GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD Priced to sell, this duplex
features 3BR/2.5BA across from bay. $479,000.

KEY ROYALE Unheard of price. Beautiful home in
perfect condition. Overlooks boat basin with dock.
2BR/2BA, large patio.

$269,000 FOR A 2/BRlsland condo! Large unit in the
center of Holmes Beach. Even has a large garage!

FANTASTIC PRICE Only $275,000 per building in
Anna Maria City. Large lot each faces a different street.
$549,000 for both.

Don't wait for the
prices to notch up
again! Triplex with
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bay. Clean, fresh
and neat as a pin.
Turnkey furnished.
All upgraded.
Community dock
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less that 100 yards
to beach.

CUOMPLE 1 tLY KtENOVA1 tU ZBIKZBA grourd-level villa.
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ISLAND. Watch the cruise ships go by!
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- Runs from Gulf to Bay in the heart of Anna Maria
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2716 PALMA SOLA Exquisite full bay views
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2u08 KIVEKVIEvW LVU I.9v acres on
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