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Joyful family beginnings
The Woodards welcomed their new addition to their Bradenton home, 1-year-old Maya, earlier this year. Bra-
denton Beach public works director Tom Woodard and wife Lisa, adopted Maya from an orphanage in China.
Pictured are, from left, Lisa, MiKayla, 4, Tom and Maya. See the article, page 9. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Two in Bradenton Beach building
department on administrative leave
By Paul Roat
The cries of "no comment" resounding from Bra-
denton Beach city officials and staff are creating quite
a buzz among residents in the wake of two city officials
being placed on unexpected leave.
Building official Ed Me Adam was put on leave
Feb. 23. Planning technician and code enforcement
officer Gail Garneau was put on administrative leave
several days earlier.
Mayor John Chappie had no comment on the two
department heads' leave. Neither did Police Chief Sam
Special other than to say "I can't discuss this matter."
City Clerk Nora Idso said that both Me Adam and Gar-
neau are being paid, have use of their city vehicles and
cellular phones during their absence.
Attempts to contact both employees by The Islander
City attorney Ricinda Perry said she and her law
firm are in charge of investigating the matter.
She said an investigation was launched against
Mc Adam after a complaint was filed by an "individual
who lives on Anna Maria Island." Perry declined to
elaborate on the source of the complaint or its nature,
citing the matter as an on-going investigation by her
and members of her firm, Lewis Longman and Walker.
She added that partners with the Tallahassee branch of
the firm are also looking into the matter.
"There's not that much information that is avail-
able," Perry said. "They are both on administrative
leave at different times and on different types of admin-
istrative leave." She also declined to define the form of
the leave, citing city policy which allows for myriad
"There are a number of categories [in which
employees can take personal leave]," Perry said.
She said that the investigation of Mc Adam is ongo-
ing, subject to the complaint, and that Garneau had taken
her leave several days prior for "personal reasons."
No other agencies are involved in the investigation
of the matter, Perry said, other than her firm.
"We can't disclose the nature of the matter," Perry
said of the investigation, adding that she expected more
information to be forthcoming in the next few days.
Mc Adam, 68, was hired by the city in October
2004 after many years' employ by Manatee County in
a variety of administrative positions, including head
of public works, project management, wastewater and
project engineer departments.
At Bradenton Beach, he receives $83,200 a year in
salary, or $40 per hour.
Garneau, 51, was hired by Mc Adam in July 2005
and received excellent marks in a recent job evaluation.
She is paid about $23,300 annually.
Records on the matter are being kept secret while
Perry is investigating the matter
Although no official comment was given by the city
regarding the leave of two of the city's four planning
and development staff, city commissioners did step for-
ward last week to provide services to city residents in
The commission last week unanimously approved
retaining the construction, inspection, testing and con-
sulting firm of M.T Causley Inc. for "supplemental
plans review and inspection services" for the city for
"as long as needed."
The company, based in Homestead, Fla., will pro-
vide its services on a staggered scale to the city, depend-
ing on the services requested, ranging from certified
building official tasks on a part-time basis at $85 per
hour to plans examiner from $68 to $78.50 per hour. If
licensed professional architects-engineers are required,
the hourly pay would be $140.
"This is a part-time issue, as needed," said Chappie.
"I decided to go with this company rather than using
the services of Holmes Beach or Anna Maria."
All Island cities have interlocal agreements to uti-
lize other building departments as needed on a time-
material pay basis.
Volume 15, No. 18 March 7, 2007 FREE
in tax revolt
By Rick Catlin
About mid-way through his two-hour public meet-
ing Feb. 27 to listen to complaints about taxes, state
Sen. Mike Bennett asked the packed chamber if former
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore had "brought
That was after a plethora of speakers had intro-
duced themselves as either business owners, or full or
part-time residents of Holmes Beach at the meeting
held at Bennett's request at the Manatee County com-
They did not come bearing gifts and praise.
Their collective anger was directed primarily at the
method of property appraisal that allows the Manatee
County property appraiser to assess their property at
"highest and best use," and not for its actual use or for
the income generated.
Clearly the system of appraising property is flawed
said numerous speakers, including Ken Gerry, owner
of the White Sands Resort in Holmes Beach.
Gerry, whose family has owned the resort since
1972, said his 2005 tax bill of $70,000 is more than
what his father paid for the property.
On Anna Maria Island and in Holmes Beach,
the "highest and best use" according to the property
appraiser's office is for condominiums. Gerry said the
PAO argument is that he should tear down the motel
and convert the units to condominiums.
Holmes Beach resident and Island real estate agent
Barry Gould said that because of the high taxation the
past few years, the only choice left for many motel
owners on the Island has been condo conversion.
Ashock Sawe, owner of the Palm Tree Villas in
Holmes Beach, said small business owners "are drowning"
because of taxation. "Our only choice left is condos."
Non-resident homeowners, unable to homestead
their property, echoed Sawe's comment.
One Canadian homeowner said that because of
the spiraling taxation, Florida has become a "place to
PLEASE SEE TAX REVOLT, NEXT PAGE
Holmes Beach resident Don Schroder speaks at
state Sen. Mike Bennett's public meeting on taxation
Feb. 27. Schroder led a host of Island residents who
expressed their displeasure with the current state of
taxation in Florida and Manatee County. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
2 E MARCH 7, 2007 U THE ISLANDER
Tax revolt led by Islanders
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
avoid" for investment by the millions of snowbirds who
visit the state every year. That spells bad news for the
state and Island real estate industry.
That's the taxation of the Island and all of Florida
- that Don Schroder, president of Citizens Against Run-
away Taxation, said is ruining the Island and Florida
The Island has lost 50 percent of its hotel rooms in
the past five years, Schroder observed. In 2006, for the
first year ever, more people moved out of Florida than
moved here, he said. The "stream" of people moving
to the state and fueling the construction and real estate
industries is "drying up" because people can no longer
afford to move here.
"We need help," he said. Taxation based on assess-
ment by the property appraiser is no longer working.
People are selling out and leaving the Island and
Florida not because they want to, but because they
can no longer afford the taxes.
That was a sentiment echoed by Holmes Beach
resident and former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Russ Olson.
Although he's homesteaded and protected from
rising taxation, he's "not a happy camper" because
he's seeing many of his friends, neighbors and busi-
ness associates selling their properties and leaving the
Island and Florida in "disturbing numbers."
Olson also took a jab at politicians in the three
Island municipalities over their collective failure to
consolidate, a measure that he believes would save
Islanders a lot of tax money.
Anna Maria resident Shirley Perez chimed in that
she and her family don't want to sell their Island home.
She'd like to leave it to her children, but the truth is that
"I just can't afford to live in Florida."
Other speakers were in favor of a proposal to abol-
ish most ad valorem taxes and replace the lost revenue
with an increase in local sales tax Others agreed with
a legislative proposal to eliminate property taxes on
homesteaded properties, place a cap on the percent a
municipal or county budget can increase spending each
year, and increase the state sales tax by 2.5 percent to
around 10 percent.
After taking public comment, Bennett noted that
sometime this month, the Florida Legislature will have
a meeting for all the property appraisers in Florida to
Mildlife Inc. of Bradenton Beach is
,t rehabilitating this baby about 5
weeks old Great Horned Owl that
*' t fell 40 feet from a tree in Sarasota.
It is blind in one eye and pesticide
poisoning is suspected. The owl was
hydrated, treated for poisoning,
and is now eating a normal diet.
Midlife Inc.'s Gail Straight says
the clinic will evaluate the baby
owl's vision before assessing the
viability of release. Additional info:
Great Homed Owls typically nest
November-April in forks in trees
t4 and abandoned bird nests. Incuba-
n tion is 30 days, female broods young
the first three weeks, male provides
food. Owlets' eyes open after about
10 days. Owls leave nests by six
weeks, although they don't fly well
until three months. For informa-
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Islander Photo: Gail Straight
determine if they all use "fairness" in assessing property
values. If inequities are found, Bennett and state Sen.
Hardiopolos pledged "action" to solve the problem.
"There will be relief," he told the audience.
The Florida Legislature was scheduled to begin its
2007 session March 6.
No home for taxes and appraisals
While a number of speakers blasted local elected
officials over government spending and suggested that
decreased budgets would offset their tax bills, Manatee
County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann noted that
the Manatee County property appraiser and tax collector
are elected officials and operations of those departments
are not governed by county government or laws. That's
because Manatee County does not have home rule.
Those offices are regulated by state law and any
change in their methods of assessment or tax collec-
tion must come from either the Florida Legislature or
an amendment to the state constitution.
She also noted that the proposal to cap spending
increases by government each year would result in the
loss of many services to citizens. Additionally, von Hah-
mann said, while the proposal to eliminate property taxes
and just raise the sales tax to about 10 percent looks
good, nobody has provided any projections on how much
local and state revenue would be raised or lost with a 10
percent sales tax
FOOD ON THE GULF COAST"
THE ISLANDER N MARCH 7, 2007 N 3
Woman sentenced in Sunny Shores slaying
By Lisa Neff
Tammy Lynn George received a 22-year prison sen-
tence in the stabbing death of a Sunny Shores mobile
home park resident.
George, in shackles and a blue jail uniform, walked
into a Manatee County courtroom March 1 and entered
a "no contest" plea.
George's plea to the charge of second-degree
murder with a weapon avoided a jury trial that could
have resulted in a sentence of life in prison for the slay-
ing of Mimi Marie Pace.
Pace, 42, and George, 45, were new roommates
on the morning of Jan. 2, 2006. The two, as well as
Pace's boyfriend, Scott Conklin, were setting up house
in George's trailer in the 3700 block of 115th Street
West in Sunny Shores.
That morning, while Conklin was in another trailer
retrieving some personal belongings, George and Pace
got into an argument, according to Cynthia Evers, a
prosecutor with the state attorney's office in the 12th
'"The argument obviously turned physical," Evers said
as she reported the circumstances of the case last week.
to hammer city
By Rick Catlin
Not content with suing Anna Maria over its
approval of the Sandbar Restaurant site plan, William
and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue have asked the city
commission to change the land-use designation of their
property from commercial to retail-office-residential.
Both the planning and zoning board and city com-
mission had declined to change the designation of the
Nallys' property and adjacent properties from
commercial to ROR during the two-year debate to
revise the city's future land-use map.
The Nallys, however, aren't giving up.
In a letter from the law firm of Lobeck and Hanson
to the city commission, attorney Brendan Rowe, rep-
resenting the Nallys, said that the current proposal to
designate the Nallys and "other existing residential
properties with the commercial land-use category is
not consistent with the intent of the Anna Maria Com-
Rowe based his conclusions on several goals and
policies in the future land-use element of the compre-
hensive plan that "support protection of the residential
character of Anna Maria and ensure compatibility of
adjacent land uses."
Chief among those are the city's goal to "ensure
that the single-family residential character of the city
is maintained and protected," and the policy to "ensure
the compatibility of adjacent land uses and provide for
adequate and appropriate buffering."
Rowe also said that "existing residential areas shall
be protected from the encroachment of incompatible
The attorney claimed that the intent of the compre-
hensive plan is to "implement" those goals and policies
by "ensuring conformity" of land uses.
Rowe concluded that the ROR land-use category
"would be an appropriate designation and transition
from the commercial uses along Gulf Drive, thereby pro-
tecting existing residential land uses as well as adjacent,
existing designated and zoned single-family properties."
What Rowe failed to mention, however, is that
according to prior statements by city attorney Jim Dye
and city planner Alan Garrett, the Sandbar is in a com-
mercial zone and the Nallys were allowed to build in
the commercial zone after the city commission granted
them an exception some years ago.
At that time, the Nallys were advised that they were
building in a commercial zone and might suffer conse-
But Rowe may have a valid point. He said that an
ROR land-use category "permits the same range of com-
mercial uses as the C-1 district, but also permits resi-
dential uses." He said that "sound planning" by the city
would "create conformity of uses as opposed to noncon-
formity of uses, thereby removing an onerous, noncon-
forming classification of existing residential uses."
A neighbor heard Pace shout, "Help she's going to
kill me," and called out to Conklin, who ran to investi-
gate. He found his girlfriend lying on a bedroom floor
in a pool of blood.
"She had been stabbed multiple times," Evers
An autopsy report indicated Pace had suffered 75
wounds, some of them puncture wounds, some of them
with possibly a blunt object. A kitchen knife and base-
ball bat were recovered from the scene.
During the hearing last week, George did not dis-
pute the facts Evers presented in the case.
Circuit Court Judge Janette Dunnigan asked George,
whose nickname is Crazy Red, a series of questions
intended to ensure George made her plea knowing she
was giving up the right to a trial and an appeal, was satis-
fied with her representation by assistant public defender
Steven Schaefer and is in stable mental health.
"At this moment, are you clear in your thoughts?"
Dunnigan asked George, who calmly stood at a podium,
just feet from Pace's family.
"Yes ma'am," George replied.
"Do you have any questions about your plea?" the
in Holmes Beach fire
Investigators continue to look for the cause of a
Feb. 15 fire that damaged a condominium at West-
bay Point & Moorings in Holmes Beach.
Officials with the West Manatee Fire Rescue
District estimated the damages in the ground-floor
condo at 6200 Flotilla Drive at $50,000. While
the residence owned by Jane B. Smith is not now
inhabitable, the five other condominiums in the
building escaped fire damage.
WMFR Capt. Tom Sousa said when a cause is
not apparent, the investigation can sometimes take
"We have to look into it in depth," Sousa said,
adding that material from the residence needs to be
tested in a lab.
"It's time consuming," Sousa said. "But it's
The planning and zoning board was to hold a public
hearing March 6 on the proposed goals, objectives and
policies of the revised comp plan along with the pro-
posed future land-use map.
Following that public hearing, the documents will be
transmitted to the city commission for a public hearing.
Work on revising the city's comprehensive plan
and future land-use map began in January 2004.
George replied, "I am very aware of what's going
After Dunnigan accepted George's plea, the judged
approved the negotiated sentence 22 years, with
credit for the 13 months already served.
Dunnigan said her intent was that George would
serve "every minute" of the sentence, though the For-
ida Department of Corrections could release George
early based on her behavior in prison.
George must also pay court costs and $2,120 for
Pace's mother and older sister spoke briefly at the
"No one deserves to die the way my sister Mimi
died," Suzanne Pace said.
The sister added, "All we can do is pray you sentence
her with everything the state of Florida can give her."
Pace's mother, Mary Ann, uneasily stepped to the
podium and said, "It's going to be very difficult to
She gestured toward George and said, "This girl,
this woman, took away one of my children."
Dunnigan told Pace's family and friends, "I send
you my condolences.... I wish you peace."
Surf, swim safe
Curtis McFee raced
from the Manatee
Public Beach on an
ATV to meet Holmes
Beach police on
the beach near the
Friday after a swim-
S mer was reported
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the problem was
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tured in the group
on the right was
rescued by two good
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Photo: Bonner Joy
Anna Maria City
March 8, 6:45 p.m. special city commission meeting
on Waste Management Inc., with regular meeting at 7
p.m. to follow, both at Holmes Beach City Hall.
March 13, 6:45 p.m., environmental education and
enhancement committee meeting, Belle Haven Cot-
tage, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the
annex building at Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, 708-6130 www.cityofan-
March 7, 1 p.m., special city commission meeting on
city pier issues.
March 7, 5 p.m., town hall meeting on parking issues.
March 12, 4 p.m., WAVES committee meeting.
March 13, 3 p.m., Sunshine Law meeting.
March 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
March 7, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
March 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
4 0 MARCH 7, 2007 N THE ISLANDER
Insurance: Your average savings could be up to 34 percent
By Molly McCartney
State officials now predict that Florida's new insur-
ance law will save many residential property owners
on or near Anna Maria Island an average of 32 to 34
percent on their homeowner insurance bills.
That compares to an average savings of 24 percent
for all of Florida, and an average savings of 21 to 34
percent for Manatee County.
Island property owners near high-risk coastal areas
will see bigger reductions than inland property owners
because the coastal premiums typically have been
higher, officials said.
Policyholders can look for the lower premium rates
beginning June 1, as policies come up for renewal and
as new policies are issued, officials said.
In announcing the rate reduction predictions at a
March 1 press conference in Tallahassee, Insurance
Commissioner Kevin McCarty said that policyholders
are benefiting from the state's expanded reinsurance
program, which was approved during a special legisla-
tive session in January. Under the expanded program,
insurance companies can buy reinsurance from the state
at prices that are sharply lower than the private market.
The law requires insurers to pass their savings on to
"Gov. Crist promised Floridians lower insurance
rates, and he has delivered," McCarty said. "Floridians
have been forced to make difficult economic decisions
due to rising insurance premiums. They can take com-
fort that relief is on the way."
Actual savings will vary, depending on the type of
coverage, the location of the property and the insurance
And there is one large group of policyholders who
won't qualify for any rate reductions resulting from the
lower-priced reinsurance program, officials said. They
said that Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state's
insurer of last resort, does not buy reinsurance from the
state and therefore won't be making reductions.
But Citizens policyholders will get rate relief this
year from another section of the new law, which elimi-
nated the big rate increases that had been scheduled
to take place in January and March. Citizens also is
working on a plan that will lead to rate cuts averaging
10 to 20 percent for its policyholders.
Insurance: Average savings on total premium
Percentages of savings computed by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
Renter Condo Unit
DST begins Sunday, not all good
By Jim Hanson
Surprise daylight-saving time is sneaking up
on us two weeks earlier than usual. It is designed to
give us an extra hour of daylight each day, which is
OK except that it gives another hour to encourage
time in the sun and skin cancer.
First of all, remember to "spring forward early this
year" and set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday
night, officially Sunday morning, March 11, at 1 a.m.
Second, get out the sunscreen. Dr. Perry Robins, presi-
dent of the Skin Cancer Foundation, says that more than
90 percent of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure.
And most of the visible skin
changes commonly blamed on
aging are caused by the sun.
So he encourages people
of all ages to:
Use a broad-spectrum
sunscreen with an SPF of
15 or higher. Reapply every
two hours, more often when
swimming or sweating.
Cover spots usually
missed, such as ears, neck,
scalp, hands, under chin and
nose. Protect lips with lip
Wear protective clothing, wide-brimmed hat and
Protect children from the sun and teach them sun
Check your skin all over at least once a month, and
head for a doctor if anything suspicious shows up.
You can blame Benjamin Franklin for daylight-
saving time, for he suggested time manipulation in
1784. The idea didn't get off the ground until an Eng-
lishman brought it up successfully in 1907. Britain put
its clocks ahead during summer starting in 1916 and
the United States followed suit in 1918, but it aroused
such resentm ent here that the DST law was repealed.
Congress reinstated it during
World War II, calling it War
From 1945 on, states
and localities were free to set
their clocks ahead or back as
they wished, creating such
confusion that Congress set
up DST again in 1966.
Since 1986, DST has
been decreed to begin at 2
a.m. on the first Sunday in
April, a forward spring that
has now been set for this
at the Anna
State Farm Florida has access to reinsurance from
its parent company at a lower price than the private
market. As a result, the average rate reduction for State
Farm customers will be only about 7 percent.
The biggest beneficiaries of the rate reductions tied
to the state reinsurance program are those policyhold-
ers who are insured through one of the 280-plus stan-
dard insurance companies licensed to do business in
Here are some examples of the possible average
savings for residential property owners on or near Anna
Maria Island, as a result of the state reinsurance pro-
Homeowners: 32.5 to 34.5 percent average sav-
Renters insuring personal contents: 29.8 percent
to 33.6 percent.
Condominium unit owners insuring their contents:
25.2 to 28.5 percent.
Manufactured home owners: 39.9 to 42.6.
Condominium and apartment buildings: 32.6 to
These averages were released in a 25-page report
prepared by the state insurance office in cooperation
with a team of consultants, including consumer advo-
cate J. Robert Hunter.
The report summarized the methods used in calcu-
lating the potential savings for policyholders and gave
an overview of the need for legislative action.
"Florida has been at the epicenter of the coastal
insurance crisis for well over a decade," the report
Last year, during public hearings, including one
held at the Anna Maria Elementary School auditorium,
"home and business owners offered compelling testi-
mony cataloguing 10-fold rate increases," the report
The rising cost of reinsurance for insurance com-
panies was cited in the report as one of the primary
components fueling the rate increases. "Reinsurance
costs for the 2006 hurricane season for one maj or Flor-
ida insurer more than tripled, compared with the same
period in 2005," the report said.
Profits have been going up as well, the report
"Clearly insurers have reaped windfall profits in
some lines of insurance that have offset any losses in
residential and commercial property insurance in recent
years," the report said.
And in another slap at the industry, the report
"The insurance crisis experienced by Floridians is
not a result of insufficient premiums or a collapsing
insurance marketplace. Instead the crisis has been cre-
ated by the actions of insurance companies which have
coupled rate increases with reduced availability.
"These actions have created a crisis of affordabil-
ity and availability in Florida, as well as placed more
pressure on Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to accept
risk. These are the factors that prompted the gover-
nor and the Florida Legislature to enact changes to the
insurance market during the 2007 Special Legislative
THE ISLANDER U MARCH 7, 2007 E 5
Byrne demands millions from his bankrupt company
By Rick Catlin
If bankrupt GSR Development LLC is ever liq-
uidated and the creditors paid, GSR principal Robert
Byrne intends to get in on the spoils.
Not content with putting his own company into
voluntary bankruptcy last July, Byme has now joined
the list of 143 creditors of the financially disabled real
estate development firm by claiming to the federal
bankruptcy court in Tampa that the company he owns
actually owes him money $5.777 million.
Byme filed a claim with the court Feb. 20 alleg-
ing that GSR owes him $4,631,438.30 for "member's
equity interest." That same day, Byrne filed another
claim for $179,136 for money he said he loaned the
company, and added another claim for $49,101.96 as
"pre-petition guarantee" money.
Byrne, in conjunction with his estranged wife
Arlene, filed a separate claim that GSR owes them
$917,331 for "guarantor liability," stating that they
had paid GSR debts totaling that amount. The most
prominent debt Byrne said they paid for the com-
pany was $600,000 to Island businessman Kent
Davis, the former owner of the Siam Garden Resort
in Anna Maria.
Byme claimed to the court that he and his wife paid
Davis with cash and property they own in Palm Beach
In a separate claim, Arlene Byrne told the court that
GSR owes her $95,034 as a "trustee," and $4,238.28
for "debt on behalf of GSR."
Not to be outdone, Bon Eau Enterprises LLC of Sara-
sota the company that may or may not own GSR's
Villa Rosa property in Anna Maria also filed a claim
Feb. 20, alleging that, per a deed of transfer from Byrme
and fellow GSR principal Steve Noriega, it is the rightful
owner of Villa Rosa and GSR owes it $8.377 million.
The total value of all claims against GSR is now
$46 million, with unsecured claims reaching $11.37
When the company filed bankruptcy on July 13,
2006, it claimed assets of $46 million against liabilities
of $33 million.
But Byrnes' claim that he paid off Davis is "not
entirely accurate," according to Davis.
While Davis agreed that he accepted a partial
settlement from Byrne and his wife for a "big chunk"
of the debt that involved cash and property in Palm
Beach County, he said he's still owed $117,000. Davis
said that debt doesn't include a third mortgage he
has on property at 615 Key Royale Drive in Holmes
Beach, property that AMI Development LLC a
Byrne-owned company recently "sold," at least
on paper, to GSR.
Gary Headricks of Chief Management LLC in
Bradenton also received a negotiated settlement from
Byrne, Davis said, while former Island food server
Cindi Graeff got the full amount that Byrne owed her
- $29,000 in cash. That makes Graeff the only
creditor Davis is aware of who's been paid off in full
by either Byme, Noriega or GSR Development.
The deadline for filing a claim against GSR was
Efforts to determine if Byme would now be con-
sidered a member of the GSR unsecured creditors com-
mittee were unsuccessful.
... and GSR unsecured creditors have
little chance of 'satisfaction'
Island businessman and GSR creditor Kent Davis
said he has "lost confidence in the ability of the bank-
ruptcy court or creditors committee to act effectively
or fairly on behalf of small creditors" of GSR.
Davis, who at one time had a $600,000 judgment
against GSR principals Robert Byme and Steve Noriega
(see separate story), said that when GSR first went
into bankruptcy, he had gathered as many unsecured
creditors as possible and asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Trustee Theresa Boatner for inclusion on the creditors
Boatner denied his request and had only one
Islander named to the committee: Patricia Hart, who
has since moved to Georgia. There are no Island resi-
dents currently on the unsecured creditors committee,
although Island creditors have about $1.9 million in
claims against GSR, approximately 33 percent of the
unsecured claims total.
Davis said after he and other Islanders were
excluded from the committee, he "encouraged" credi-
tors with personal guarantees by Byme and Noriega to
seek "satisfaction outside the bankruptcy court."
Rather than file his claim with the bankruptcy court,
Davis obtained judgments against Byme and Noriega
and eventually received property in Palm Beach County
from Byrne and his wife, Arlene, for a "large chunk" of
the debt. He's still owed about $120,000 from Byrne,
Davis said he hasn't bothered filing an official claim
with the bankruptcy court because "I do not believe that
the court will give any satisfaction to anyone, aside
from the lawyers and banks."
In other words, the unsecured creditors of GSR
shouldn't hold their breath waiting for any money.
Davis added that he fully expects Byrne and
Noriega to satisfy their outstanding debts to him.
In fact, he said, "Robert Byrne has never expressed
any intention other than repaying what he owes. He has
remained in the area, maintains an office location, and
works every day to resolve these matters."
A number of Islanders and Island businesses have
a considerable interest in the eventual liquidation of
GSR's assets and distribution of any money. The fol-
lowing is a partial list of GSR's Island creditors and the
Betsy Hills Real Estate $690,000.
Mel and Carole Yudofsky $441,000.
LaPensee Plumbing $78,833.
Island Lumber $22,159.
Christian Huth $23,000.
City of Bradenton Beach $11,589.
Manatee County Tax Collector $103,000.
GSR creditors living in Tampa, Bradenton and the
Palma Sola area include:
Robert and Diane Vildostiegui $707,212.
Fred and Phyllis Fechner $283,357.
Sherry Gray $66,354.
Kirk Pinkerton, PA. $6,570.
Another creditor is Patricia Hart, formerly of
Holmes Beach and now living in Georgia, who has a
claim for $600,000 against GSR.
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Fer it, or agin it?
It appears the "love affair" in Tallahassee will
crumble like an old sugar cookie under the proposals
for tax cuts by the new Gov. Charlie Crist regime, as
folks draw lines in the sand for and against the new
- dare we say radical? proposal to eliminate the
tax for homestead properties and add to the sales tax.
There's much more to the plan, of course, but the
bottom line on Anna Maria Island is that the "fat" city
budgets including windfalls for spending will
amount to sludge if the plans evolve.
We've said it before but it seems officials AND
readers have a deaf ear for the criticism that maintain-
ing the previous year's property tax rate IS A TAX
INCREASE. Maintaining the rollback rate the
amount needed to hold spending the same as the pre-
vious year, not including certain growth factors is
the statutory requirement for NOT raising taxes.
Of course, we all know that hasn't happened here
or at the county level of government, and many of us
can recall campaigning politicians bragging that they
haven't supported a tax increase in their "many years"
Most politicians here play the "same millage game"
to "hold the line on taxes," but that's unfair and we
shouldn't accept it any more than we should allow city
governments to beef up to whatever income results
from ever-increasing property appraisals.
Gov. Crist's plan will be explored more by the Flor-
ida Legislature. It won't mean "no more taxes any
more than it means there won't be any more revenue
for the cities, but it promises to shift the burden from
property owners and everyone should be careful
what they ask for these days.
Caution at work
Speaking of being careful, staff and officials in Bra-
denton Beach have been so cautious that you'd think
the cracks in the city hall floor tiles would "break a
In the wake of the mayor's orders, the company line
at city hall is "administrative leave" for two employees,
the code enforcement officer who doubles as a clerk and
the building department head.
If you pick up a coconut or a sea shell and put it to
your ear, you can pretty much get the full story.
It's a signal that leadership is lacking at city hall
and we wonder how it could finally come to this if
anyone had been "running the store." Even the legal
advice appears flawed if what we've heard is true.
When it all comes out and it will it won't be
nearly as scandalous as it now appears. After all, what
could be worse than the situation and the way it's being
handled? The liability.
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How can I thank all the friends who have brought
clothes and food and support to us, and the nice man
who let us keep warm in his car as we watched the fire
that consumed our home?
Even people we have never met have sent food
and other items. For the kindness of the neighbors and
wonderful firefighters, we thank you all very much.
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Some tax math
The state of Florida is contemplating increasing the
sales tax by 2.5 percent. In exchange for that, they will
eliminate real estate taxes. Those who own property or
are renters should be ecstatic about this possibility. The
following is the formula we use to pay real estate taxes,
with the approximate 2006 millage rate inserted:
Ad valorem tax = $100,000 (assessed value) times
18.00/1,000 (millage rate) = $1,800 taxes for each
$100,000 of assessed value of your home or business.
How much does that really save us and what ben-
efits might it give the visitors to Florida? Let's assume
the rental unit you have on the beach is conservatively
valued at $400,000. Taxes you are currently paying are
Assuming 50 percent occupancy rate, you could
reduce your daily rent rate by $39.45 and maintain your
current income. How much more often might you rent
that unit out at the lower price? The lower your current
occupancy rate is, the greater the difference is.
Now let's blame the lack of tourists on the increased
sales tax. Their room rented before the tax change for
$190 per night. Now it can rent for $39.45 less, or
$150.55. The tax at 6 percent on the previous rent is
$11.40. The tax at the new rate is $12.79. The rent
before the tax change with "state sales tax only" is
$201.40, the rent after the change could be $163.34, a
savings of $38.06.
Aside from rent, how much per day does a visitor
spend on food, car, etc.? Let's do the math. The savings
is $38.06 / increased sales tax rate .085 = $447.76. The
tourist would have to spend $447.76 per day just to
get back to paying the original rent rate and sales tax
amount in additional sales tax. This is a boon to our
This, of course, assumes that the landlords are not
greedy and lower their rents by their real estate savings.
The devil is in the details. Give our elected officials
time to look before you condemn the thought.
Reed W. Mapes, Bradenton Beach
Those fine police
Kudos to the Holmes Beach Police Department. In
the early morning hours, my dog alerted me to some-
thing outside my home. I opened the door and my dog
began barking at something lying in the street.
The something was a young man who got up, stag-
gered a few feet and fell down in the street again. Con-
cerned that a car might not see him, I called the police
and they responded immediately. Their prompt action
averted this from being a tragic traffic accident. Thank
you, Holmes Beach police.
Darlene Doran, Holmes Beach
All Island appreciation
The All Island Denominations committee thanks
you for the excellent and informative article you wrote
and published in The Islander describing in detail the
25th anniversary of AID, which was celebrated at the
ecumenical service at Roser Memorial Community
Church on Jan. 28.
The committee is grateful to you for your wonder-
ful article, which brings to the attention of the public
the good work that is being done.
Deena Otty, AID committee
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Recycle for visitors, please
We are occasional visitors to Anna Maria Island.
After collecting several bags of recyclables of plastic
paper and aluminum we headed to thecommunity recy-
cling bins located across from Coquina Beach. We were
dismayed to discover them gone. VW inquired at Bra-
denton Beach City Hall as to where they'd been moved.
VW were informed that the bins had been permanently
removed and there was no longer community recycling
on Bradenton Beach. just recycling for residents.
We did a little checking around and much to our
flabbergasted amai ment discovered that Anna Maria
City and Holmes Beach hawv also removed all public
recycling bins. Not only that. but many of the condo
associations here also do not offer recycling along with
their regular pickup.
Tourists. vacationers and snowbirds who use our
beaches everyday of the weekneeda place to drop off
their recyclables. Since Anna Maria Island does not
provide beach-access recycling bins, all that plastic
paper and aluminum that should be recycled is going
into the landfill.
For a place that has recently been voted Ameri-
ca's No. 1 vacation spot. you'd think we could at least
provide recycling bins alongside the trash bins at the
public beach accesses, or replace the large community
In this day and age when we most need to be envi-
ronmentally aware our Islandcommunities seem to be
backsliding into environmental unconsciousness. Are
AnnaMaria Is land residents and their governingbodies
so environmentally oblivious and backward that they
can't insist on a service that the rest of America has
been providing to visitors for many decades ?
In the face of the disastrous effects of globalwarm-
ing our world's dwindling resources, and the desper-
ate need for environmental protection, surely the city
fathers of Bradenton Beach Anna Maria and Holmes
Beach can spend some of those tax dollars they so read-
ily collect on replacing the free community recycling
bins that haw been removed.
I make aplea to the permanent residents and Anna
Mariacity governments for tle sake of the beentyand
environmental healthof this Island and the world we are
leaving to our children and our grandchildren wake
up. pull together and facilitate free public recycling.
Dr Tom Coiuant
North-end trolley service
I am disappointed that the mayor and commission-
ers of Anna Maria City have again been successful in
blocking extension of the trolley to the north end of the
If I understand it correctly Manatee County Area
Traruit says theextension of the trolley route was do-able
and a poll shows overwhelming support of such a route.
Once again the city rules in favor of a vocal and
As I understand it. Anna Maria resident Rick
DeFrank spoke with the mayor and commissioners in
person about a limited trolley schedule one trolley an
hour through the north-end area. Eight to 10 runs aday
(not 48) seemed reasonable to me.
Forty-eight trips across the humpback bridge:
Noise, danger to pedestrians and the handy bus solu-
tions are all just smoke screens. DeFrank's limited
schedule would have negated all of those arguments.
The total distance of the trolley route extension through
the north end from the city pier would be 1.7 miles.
I support and appreciate the mayor's and commis-
sioners' interest in keeping our residential neighbor-
hoods residential but I continue to see cement tucks.
lumber tucks, school buses and loaded beer trucks
crossing the humpback bridge and running on Bay
Boulevard, North Shore Drive and even on non-thor-
oughfares like Jacaranda and Gladiolus.
As a resident. I continue to have strangers/non-
residents visiting our residential area and parking their
cars 20 feet from my front door. It is difficult for me to
believe that eight to 10 (not 48) trolley runs a day would
be any more hazardous to the residential health of the
area than the school buses and many oversized com-
mercial vehicles booming along those same routes.
Sadly it is true, it is almost impossible to oppose
city hall in Anna Maria.
Richard Francis. Anna Maria
In the March 5, 1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Manatee Circuit Court Judg Robert Boyls ton ruled
that Anna Maria city officials failed to hand over public
records to KenPetersen of the 5 O'ClockMarinawithin
a reasonable time and said Petersen is entitled to collect
attorney's fees from the city for bringing the action. The
city took 26 days to comply with Petersen's request.
Anna Maria Fire District Chief Andy Price
pledged to continue the effort to station another per-
manent Emergency Medical Service ambulance on
Anna Maria Island, despite a pledge by Manatee
County officials to have a third ambulance available
during peak times.
Holmes Beach voters were to go to the polls to
elect three city commissioners and decide on eight
proposed city charter amendments. Seeking re-elec-
tion are incumbent commissioners Luke Courtney and
Don Maloney along with former mayor and commis-
sioner Pat Geyer.
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Inn go fractional
By Rick Catlin
Officials of the Tidemark Resort and the Beach
Inn announced an agreement last week that involves
combining the two properties and allowing fractional
ownership of some of the units.
The two properties will be marketed under Tide-
mark Resorts, said McNeill, and will have fewer owners
than traditional vacation clubs.
McNeill said fractional ownership is not the
same as a time share because fractional properties
Each owner will get a one-eighth deeded interest
with no less than six weeks of ownership privileges.
Units can be sold, willed or placed in trust. McNeill
said owners can trade their allocated weeks with
Tidemark Beach Residences will be at the Beach
Inn, while Tidemark Marina Residences will be at the
Tidemark Lodge, located adjacent to the Wachovia
Bank in Holmes Beach and by the city's boat basin
that runs along Marina Drive. The Beach Inn is located
at 6600 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
McNeill said fractional ownership of the beach
units start at $122,000, while the marina units will
begin at $169,500. Entire ownership of a unit is avail-
able and there will be an optional rental program.
The Tidemark Beach Residences will have 17 units,
while the Tidemark Marina and Lodge will put up 30
of its planned 40 units for fractional ownership.
Sean Murphy, owner of the Beach Bistro restaurant
at the Beach Inn, is involved in a partnership with the
Beach Inn and the Tidemark.
McNeill said the use of the Tidemark property by
the city boat basin will not change, despite the frac-
In August 2001, the Holmes Beach City Commission
gave approval to Nick Easterling of Tidemark to construct
a40-unit hotel/marina/condominium on the site.
Easterling subsequently ran into financial difficul-
ties and went into voluntary bankruptcy in January
2004. The company emerged from bankruptcy in late
2005 with the Reliance Property Group headed by Ken
Dardis as the new owner.
New seawalls at the Tidemark site have been con-
structed and utilities and construction "footings" have
been put in place. McNeill said vertical construction is
scheduled to start soon.
But Holmes Beach building official Bill Saunders said
he's not seen any application fora construction permit and
any change of use of the Tidemark marina property would
have to be reviewed by the city attorney.
"I don't know how fractional ownership is going
to work. They haven't approached me yet," he said.
Tidemark's site plan approval was for a hotel/con-
Sign of the times
A sign at 8605 Gulf Drive welcomes visitors and passersby to Island Baptist Church. The church, however, is
pursuing a change in the name to Crosspointe Fellowship, according to Holmes Beach City Commissioner
Pat Morton, who works for the church. Morton announced the pending new name during a Feb. 27public
hearing on a zoning change involving the church's property in Holmes Beach. A name change would need
approval from the state. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Beachfront parking lot presented prematurely
By Paul Roat
A solution to the parking dilemma facing "down-
town" Bradenton Beach was offered last week, but
officials were pretty much mum on the proffer.
Restaurateur Ed Chiles, owner of the BeachHouse
Restaurant, presented plans that would add about 40
parking spaces on the beach just south of his establish-
ment at 200 Gulf Drive N.
"We've got a major parking crisis in the city," Chiles
said. He said that the area has been utilized by the res-
taurant in the past, although he admitted that there have
been "problems with ingress and egress on the site and
legitimate concerns with safety," which he said are now
being addressed by having either a parking attendant or
valet to handle vehicles on the restaurant-owned lot.
"We've had a problem with people coming down,
taking down ropes and parking everywhere," Chiles
said. "That will change."
He said the lot plans include adding parking spaces,
landscaping, benches and other amenities. "We would
like to go forward as a cooperative effort," Chiles said.
The matter, although not addressed by city commis-
sioners after the presentation, did draw some comments
Slow-go on Anna Maria Island
Bridge night of March 8
Planned repairs to the bascule of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge Thursday night, March 8, will produce
some lane closures, the Florida Department of Trans-
portation has announced.
"There will be eastbound and westbound intermit-
tent lane closures controlled by a flagging operation
on March 8, from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. for bridge deck
repairs," DOT officials said in a press release. "The
operation will be terminated if traffic backs up."
from commissioners and residents before the issue was
City Commissioner Bill Shearon said he wondered
if there is a conflict of interest by Ricinda Perry, who
represents the city on a number of matters in her capac-
ity as an attorney and also represents Chiles on his lot
"I'm concerned that there might be a conflict of
interest here," he said.
His comments were also reflected by former City
Commissioner Anna O'Brien, who admonished the
commission that "you should not hear this now because
you will have to hear it later. It hasn't gone through the
drill [of planning and zoning board and perhaps board of
adjustment]. It's a dangerous road you're going down."
Planning and zoning board member Jo Ann Mei-
Iner also had concerns about the matter. "I believe
it should be presented to us," she said. She cited
several issues she believed crucial to the beach-
front parking lot: its placement on renourished sand,
placement in regard to the erosion control line, and
the question of whether or not a parking lot is to be
considered a "development" by state environmental
"I see this as a Pandora's box," Meilner said.
Mayor John Chappie said that he had invited Chiles
to bring the matter to the meeting.
Perry did not participate in the discussion, which
seemed to placate Shearon and O'Brien, and commis-
sioners did not make comments after Chiles' presenta-
tion. If and when the matter will come forward again
However, Chiles has marked off a parking area
on the property in question with ropes and cones and
has been allowing parking there in advance of any
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Journey to parenthood crosses international boundaries
By Diana Bogan
It's a girl! Tom Woodard, Bradenton Beach public
works director, and wife Lisa have just welcomed a new
family member into their home, daughter Maya, who
joins 4-year-old MiKayla. The journey to new parent-
hood for the couple was a labor of love that took more
than a year of gestation and approximately 20 hours of
flight time before they were able to embrace their child.
The Woodards are one of many families choos-
ing international adoption to grow a family. According
to statistical reports from the National Data Analysis
System and the Child Welfare Information Gateway,
more than 100,000 children from other countries are
adopted annually by Americans. Both MiKayla and
Maya Woodard were adopted in China.
Couples are led to adoption for different reasons.
Tom's own family background includes growing up
with two biological siblings, five adopted siblings and
many foster children. "My father was a pastor so we had
countless kids in and out of our home," explains Tom.
"The more chaos the better [my parents] liked it."
For Tom and Lisa, the thought of adopting chil-
dren of their own was sparked by Lisa's father. After
she married Tom, Lisa, then 36, was having problems
getting pregnant. The couple had already tried in-utero
fertilization twice and had an appointment scheduled
with a fertility doctor to discuss other treatments.
"At the same time, my father said, 'Why not adopt a
little girl from China?'" said Lisa. "I wasn't aware of the
situation in China and did some Internet research."
"This was in 2001, before [International adop-
tion] became trendy," said Tom. "I didn't see Lisa for
a whole day and by the end she had a stack of papers
[about adopting from China]. She handed them to me
and said 'This is what I want to do.'"
"I never went to my appointment with the fertility
doctor," added Lisa. "Seeing all the pictures of cute
girls, I knew this is what I wanted to do. Why spend
money on fertility treatments... ?"
"Which are $10,000 a pop," interjected Tom.
"... and put a lot of drugs in my body when there is
no guarantee of a successful pregnancy and it is uncer-
tain what long-term health results those drugs have,"
During her research, Lisa said she briefly looked
at other countries to adopt from, but found that China
has a structured adoption process in place and that the
children tend to be healthier.
The couple said that the children from China are
less likely to have been abandoned due to a mother's
Lisa Woodard says her
children are 'born from my
heart, not my belly.'
alcoholism, drug use or prostitution than children in
some other countries, and there are no residency restric-
tions that require parents to spend a month or more in
the child's native home.
The Woodards learned that many Chinese children
are given up due to cultural traditions favoring sons and
government advocacy for population control.
China's one-child policy advocates delayed mar-
riage and delayed child bearing, fewer and healthier
births, and one child per couple.
Through her Internet research, Lisa also chose an
agency based in Texas to facilitate the process called
Great Wall China Adoption, based on its reputation.
"The adoption process isn't hard," said Lisa, "just
"A lot of people do it, so it's not impossible," Tom
The agency must submit a dossier on the family to
the Chinese government that includes certified birth and
marriage certificates, fingerprints, background checks,
financial reports, employment verification, pictures of
family members, pictures of the couple's home, and
information gathered through home visits conducted
by counselors. The Chinese government has each docu-
ment translated and authenticated.
"We thought the process might be easier or faster
the second time around," admitted Tom, "butit was just
The Woodards waited about 18-months before the
opportunity to adopt MiKayla came to fruition. Lisa
explained that dossiers are coming in from other agen-
cies and countries and everyone has to wait their turn
based on the order in which they're logged into the
The referral includes a brief medical history, growth
report, a few pictures of the baby and where the baby
"A lot of the babies are from little villages and are
generally healthy," said Tom. MiKayla was reportedly
found a week after her birth and they believe Maya was
found the day she was born, because her umbilical cord
was reportedly still wet.
In Maya's case, information about who found Maya
and the location she was found was available. And when
the Woodards traveled to pick up Maya at least one
parent is required to travel to the child's province to
pick them up from the welfare home the couple
traveled through Maya's village and had the taxi driver
help direct them to where Maya had been found.
Maya was already a year old when she joined her
family in January. The youngest a baby can be adopted
from China is six months old. The welfare agency must
first run a "finding ad" in an attempt to locate the child's
"There are no open adoptions allowed," the Wood-
ards explained. "That's both good and bad. On one
hand, we don't have information about the parents or
a family history, but we also know they aren't going to
be coming to take them back."
The Woodards had hoped to adopt their second
daughter from the same orphanage or province as
MiKayla, but that wasn't in the cards and, in both cases,
they asked to adopt a child as young as possible to ease
bonding between all members of the family.
"Bonding actually wasn't an issue," said Lisa. "I
was pleasantly surprised."
MiKaylajoined the family when she was 7 months
old. Lisa noted that when she was given MiKayla, she
was layered in clothing to keep her warm. "I was wor-
ried because she was so quiet and she didn't cry when
handed to us, but when we got back to the hotel room
and got the layers of clothes off, she was laughing and
interacting with us.
"It was similar with Maya, we both held her and she
never cried either. It didn't take long after undressing all
her layers of clothing that she was making noises."
With two children adjusting happily here at home,
both Lisa and Tom say their family is complete and
that they are having fun watching the girls grow up.
MiKayla is excelling at her preschool, she loves books
and dinosaurs and acts like a typical 4-year-old with a
"I came home from work one day and MiKayla was
upside down in a chair laying in the seat with her
legs up the back of the chair you could tell she was
a little upset," said Tom. "She said she was 'tired.'"
When Tom asked, "Tired of what?" MiKayla just
pointed at Maya.
"She's been a good big sister," said Lisa. "She helps
when asked and Maya just loves MiKayla. Maya gets
so excited if MiKayla plays with her."
"It's no different than any other parent who has a
second child," said Tom.
"Adopted" is not a word they use with their chil-
dren, say the parents, but they do foster an appreciation
for Chinese culture by going to cultural events, like
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By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger has insti-
tuted a hiring freeze, citing concerns with a state pro-
posal that would drastically reduce the city's revenue
"I think this is the most important thing facing us,"
Bohnenberger told city commissioners during a meet-
ing Feb. 27.
In mid-February, Florida House Speaker Marco
Rubio, Chairman Ray Sansom and other House GOP
leaders announced a proposal to provide property tax
relief. The plan, said Rubio, is intended to cut Florid-
ians' tax bills by nearly 20 percent this year.
The plan also calls for caps on the rate of revenue
growth for state and local governments and for asking
voters to approve a constitutional amendment abolish-
ing property taxes on homestead properties and increas-
ing the sales tax 2.5 cents on the dollar.
"When we traveled the state last year listening to
Floridians' ideas, we heard a common refrain," Rubio
said. "Property taxes have grown so burdensome that
homeowners and business owners fear being forced out
of the homes and businesses that they have worked so
hard to build. Floridians were adamant: Timid tweaks
to the status quo will not do."
The Florida House leadership's proposed property
tax relief plan states that:
Effective July 1, property taxes for Floridians
would be reduced by nearly 20 percent.
With an adjustment forward for a "reasonable"
increase in the size and cost of government, local gov-
ernment millage would be reduced to a rate generating
the same tax revenue as was generated in the previous
The rate of growth for government would be
determined by population growth plus inflation set off
a base year of 2000-01.
Local governments would choose to raise revenues
above the capped rate through a two-thirds or a major-
ity-plus-one vote, whichever is greater, of their govern-
ing body. These limits would not apply to taxes levied
for school districts, for bond repayments or for a two-
year period when authorized by a vote of electors.
School district revenues would not be rolled
The plan also proposes a 2007 special election for
voters to say "yes" or "no" to a constitutional amend-
ment eliminating property taxes on homestead prop-
The amendment would limit state revenue growth
to a formula that accounts for population growth and
inflation. The amendment would also limit what the
House leadership called "the continued rapid expansion
of local government by containing millage to a rate
that produces the same tax revenue as was generated
in the previous year plus population growth and infla-
tion, excluding new construction and annexation. The
revenue cap may be exceeded through a unanimous
vote of the governing body."
If voters abolish property taxes on homestead prop-
erties, lawmakers would increase the state sales tax by
2.5 cents to offset revenue losses to local governments,
schools and other entities that used property tax rev-
enues, according to Rubio.
The savings to the average taxpayer wouldbe $433
for a homestead property owner, $767 for a non-home-
stead residential property owner and $3,353 for a com-
mercial property owner.
Bohnenberger agreed that property owners need
tax relief but he called the House plan a "train wreck"
that could derail local government.
"I've already put a hiring freeze on," the mayor
The mayor shared with the commissioners revenue
projections for Holmes Beach if state lawmakers and
voters go with the House plan. He said the projected
loss in property tax revenue would be $1,339,391.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino, during the meet-
ing, said perhaps the Island cities should revisit the
consolidation concept to save money, specifically on
Bohnenberger said the state's proposal spells danger
for municipalities large and small.
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words in expressing her displeasure with a pro-
posal in the Florida Legislature to place a cap on a
municipality's annual spending, calling the measure
a "knee-jerk reaction" to the state's tax problem and
not a viable, long-term solution.
If passed, said the mayor, "Anna Maria would
take a huge hit, as would the county. The trickle
down effect to our city would be sizeable."
Under the proposal, municipal and county gov-
ernments in Florida would be limited in the percent-
age of increase in spending from one fiscal year to
Manatee County officials have already estimated
they would lose $85 million in revenue under the
proposal. Barford did not yet know how much of
Adoption, times 2, for Woodards
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9
Chinese New Year celebrations and they plan on taking
the girls back to visit China every three years or so.
"MiKayla knows that she and her sister are Chinese
and from China and that mommy and daddy are not,"
said Lisa. "And I've told her that she was born from
my heart, not from my belly."
Adoption was a process the couple embarked upon
because they knew in their hearts it was right for them,
but do admit to being on the receiving end of some
Most people ask how long it takes to be paired
with a child and how much it costs. The latter being a
sensitive topic. "We weren't looking at a dollar figure,
we were looking at what our hearts pushed us to do."
Tom added, "How do you put a price on a child or
Other questions often asked: "Are they sisters?"
and "Is that your daughter?" Both of which the parents
say they answer "yes."
The most surprising question Tom said he is asked
that would be lost to the city.
What irritates the mayor, however, is not the
attempt to solve the problem, but how quickly state
legislators are moving to put something in place to
satisfy the public outcry for tax reform.
"They're not thinking long and hard about the
effects of this law," she said. The real issue is not
spending, but the state-regulated property appraisal
system that allows "mom-and-pop" motels, apart-
ments and businesses on the Island to be appraised
as condominiums, thus raising the taxes on those
properties to outrageous levels.
While cutting how much a city's budget can
increase in a single year sounds good as a "quick-
fix" to the tax problem, she noted that these "knee-
jerk" reactions always come back to haunt the same
people who passed the measure. When the "Save
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a lot "Does she speak Chinese?"
The answer "No, they were brought home as
As with other parents, the Woodards have been
asked if they will "try" for a boy next, and adoptive
parents sometimes see people who marvel at how much
the children look like their siblings and parents.
There is some basis for the similarity in looks. Tom
noted that the Chinese "believe they can look at a face
and match you with your child."
He said the selection committee look at photos sent
with the dossier and compare the family members' fea-
tures with children awaiting adoption. So when people
tell a couple "she looks like she should be with you,"
a lot of care and thought really did go into that. Tom
noted that Maya's baby picture looks remarkably like
MiKayla's baby picture.
Having an international family doesn't phase the
Woodards and, as Tom puts it, "You canbe blond-haired
and blue-eyed and be picked on at school. Bradenton is
so diversified that I don't think it's an issue."
The couple agrees that if you have the heart and
desire to be a parent, that is what matters.
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Island Relay for Life organizers are
seeking cancer survivors and caregivers to take to the
track for ceremonial laps at the Coquina Beach event.
The Relay for Life is scheduled for March 9-10 in
The benefit involves relay teams walking a track,
an overnight stay for those who choose to camp, and
musical entertainment. The purpose is to raise money
for cancer education, prevention and research, says
organizer Nancy Ambrose, also an advertising repre-
sentative with The Islander.
An American Cancer Study recently reported that
fewer people died of cancer in 2004 than in 2003, mark-
ing the second consecutive year that cancer deaths have
declined in the United States.
"The hard work towards preventing cancer, catch-
ing it early, and making treatment more effective is
paying dramatic, lifesaving dividends," said John R.
Seffrin, CEO for the national American Cancer Soci-
Still, the organization estimates that 559,650 people
will die from cancer this year in America and 1.4 mil-
lion people will be diagnosed with cancer.
As they build teams for the relay at Coquina, the
American Cancer Society Manatee County Unit and
the Anna Maria Island Relay For Life Committee are
inviting cancer survivors, their families and caregivers
"This event is about celebrating life and honor-
ing all cancer survivors and their families who have
supported them through their illness, said Ambrose,
who chairs the survivor committee and who is herself
a cancer survivor.
The second annual Island event will begin with
survivors walking a victory lap around the track at 6
p.m. March 9.
'Play for Relay'
On March 13, the Island Players and The
Islander will present a preview performance of
the play "Drinking Alone" at the Island Players
playhouse at Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna
Maria. Proceeds benefit the Islander Relay for Life
team and the American Cancer Society. A $10
donation is requested. Tickets are available at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
"The feeling of walking that lap to all the smiles and
clapping is incredible" Ambrose said.
In the second lap, caregivers will join the survivors.
Then members of the teams will take the track to alter-
nately walk, run or jog for the next 18 hours.
Organizers also plan a luminaria ceremony after
dark to honor those who battled cancer and a dinner
for survivors will follow their second lap.
Relay For Life began in May 1985 with one man,
Dr. Gordy Klatt, deciding to raise money for ACS.
He walked, jogged and ran 24 hours around a track in
Tacoma, Wash., and raised $27,000.
The event has grown over the last two decades.
Last year, Relay for Life involved more than 3 million
people, including 500,000 cancer survivors, at 4,580
Survivor and caregiver applications are available
at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and at The Islander news-
paper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Appli-
cations are also available from Ambrose, who can be
reached at 518-4431.
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our Homes" law was passed in the 1990s, limiting the
homesteaded property assessment to only 3 percent per
year, few legislators gave thought to the future. The
same holds true for the Florida high-speed rail initia-
tive, the maximum size of a classroom referendum and
other similar measures.
"Nobody gives enough thought to where the money
is going to come from," she said.
"We need more information," she added. At this
point, no one in Tallahassee seems to know if any sales
tax increase would be enough to replace ad valorem
taxes and allow municipal governments to function at
an acceptable level of service.
And, she noted, Anna Maria would be hard hit if a
sales tax increase were to replace property taxes.
"Sales tax disbursements are based on population,
and ours isn't going up. We would be on the short end
of the stick every year," she observed.
Barford was working with city treasurer Diane Per-
cycoe to put together some figures on what services and
spending would have to be cut or eliminated in the city
if the legislature approves the proposal to limit spend-
"And make no mistake. We would have to cut
or eliminate something if this proposal passes," she
The first public service to be hit would likely be law
enforcement. The city has an annual contract with the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office that is $615,000 for
the 2006-07 fiscal year, about 23 percent of the city's
total budget. That total calls for seven officers and the
contract allows for at least one MCSO deputy on duty
at all times in the city.
The Florida Legislature was scheduled to convene
on March 6 and Barford is convinced the proposed cap
will be among the first bills discussed by both the house
She said she along with Holmes Beach Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger and Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chap-
pie were discussing the possibility of sending a delega-
tion to Tallahassee to present the combined views of
the Island's elected officials. State Sen. Mike Bennett
has already been informed of the Island cities position
on the cap proposal, she said.
Commission Chairman John Quam said commis-
sioners would discuss a response to the spending cap
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Celebrating Island heritage
By Lisa Neff
"And that's a fact," the dad said to his son as they stood
outside the Old Anna Maria City Jail Saturday afternoon.
Philip Olley was telling his son Fred, 9, about the
old days, when the jail held prisoners, if only until they
could "sleep it off."During the annual Island Heritage
Days Festival on March 3, stories of the old days were
a mix of fact and fiction, legend and lore.
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society hosted
the annual festival on the grounds of its museum, 402
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The festival ushered in a season
of heritage celebrations in Manatee County.
The event featured arts and crafts vendors display-
ing their work, costumed volunteers leading tours of
the museum and the historic Belle Haven Cottage, jazz
performers blowing horns and pounding keys and pri-
vateers snarling "argh" and tossing beads.
At the Old City Jail, volunteers served hot dogs and
beans as they dished up nostalgia. Young volunteers
with the Anna Maria Island Community Center, some of
them in jailhouse stripes, sold sodas and bottled water.
In the museum, festivalgoers studied old prints,
black-and-white photographs of the days when the
Island was wilder environmentally and culturally.
In the cottage, browsers glanced at antiques and
collectibles of other eras furniture, pantry items,
gadgets, fabrics and classic toys.
"Didn't they have batteries?" Emily Smyth, 5,
asked her brother as she looked into a display case at
old metal and wooden toys. Dylan Smyth, 7, shrugged.
"Not until about 1999," he said.
Author Carolyne Norwood signs a copy of her Island
history "The Early Days 1893-1940." A second
installment, covering 1940 to 1960, is in the works.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Sidewalk art show
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island sidewalk
art show and sale has been rescheduled to March 17
instead of its original date of April 7.
Midge Pippel said the guild didn't want to inter-
fere with Easter Services on April 8, so the date was
changed. The new date falls on St. Patrick's Day, a less
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the guild's gallery at 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, on the sidewalk at
the newspaper office in the Island Shopping Center.
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Holmes Beach Commission mulls
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners considered
several changes to the zoning map Feb. 27, but facing
questions about preservation boundaries delayed action
The commission held a hearing last week on an
ordinance that would amend the land development code
and change the zoning for property at 8605 Gulf Drive
from Residential-2 (duplex) to Public/Semi-Public
(PSP); the zoning for properties at 417-419 Clark
Drive from PSP to R-2 and the zoning for properties
along Avenue F on the beachfront at the city's southern
boundary from R-4 to preservation.
"What we are doing now is changing the zoning
designation" to match the future land-use designation,
said city planning consultant Bill Brisson. "It was never
changed.... What we're doing is making the zoning map
consistent with the land-use map."
The Gulf Drive property is the site of the Island
Baptist Church, which is pursuing a name change to
Crosspointe Fellowship. Brisson said the portion of the
property in Anna Maria is zoned for public/semi-public
use and the Holmes Beach portion of the property is
designated PSP on the future land-use map but not the
zoning map. Thus, the change in zoning is needed.
The Clark Drive zoning change involves two lots near
the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church that contain single-family
homes. The lots are designated medium-density residential
on the land-use map but public/semi-public on the zoning
map. Thus, Brisson said, a zoning change is needed.
There were no questions raised last week pertaining
to the changes at 8605 Gulf Drive and 417-419 Clark
Drive. There were, however, concerns about the bound-
aries for the property to be rezoned for preservation.
"All of these lands are shown in the future land-
use map as preservation," Brisson said. "You cannot
develop them.... Legally, what [property owners] can
and can't do remains the same."
Brisson said most of the property is submerged
and that factors such as beach soils and other natural
resources are used in identifying the preservation dis-
"It isn't a set line in the sand," he said.
"I 'm concerned about the vagueness of what we're
doing," cautioned the city attorney, Patricia Petruff.
One member of the public, Tran L. Huong, spoke
at the hearing. She wondered about the impact of the
zoning change on her multi-family property at 103 29th
"I'm not into big development," she said. "I just
want to make sure we are not impacted negatively."
Questions about the boundaries prompted Com-
missioner Sandy Haas-Martens, the board's chair, to
propose continuing the hearing to March 13. In the
meantime, the city attorney suggested the building
department staff could compile additional details about
"I think it warrants a little more investigation,"
"I don't want to create a hardship for this property
owner," she added.
During a work session that followed the regular
meeting, commissioners briefly discussed compensa-
tion for elected officials and incentives and awards for
Currently, commissioners receive $400 per month
and the mayor $800 per month. Elected officials in
Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach receive the same
compensation. In the town of Longboat Key, which
employs a town manager, elected officials receive no
Haas-Martens said she and city treasurer Rick
Ashley discussed increasing the compensation rates
to $500 per month for commissioners and $1,000 per
month for the mayor.
Bohnenberger said originally elected officials were
compensated using expense accounts but the system
was later changed to comply with Internal Revenue
Service rules. The compensation is now paid as salary,
Haas-Martens said the money is still "a reimburse-
ment" and often doesn't cover costs associated with the
work of a commissioner.
The increase, if approved with an ordinance, would
not apply to the current elected body, but rather to
officeholders elected this November and in November
2008. Three commissioners will be elected in Novem-
ber 2007 and two commissioners and a mayor will be
elected in November 2008.
"It wouldn't apply to any of us," Haas-Martens
The last increase in compensation was approved
about 10 years ago, Ashley said.
Commissioners agreed that the raise would be
tabled if a proposed state plan to cap government
spending and radically reduce property tax revenues
The commissioners also agreed to take up in March
a draft ordinance that would authorize city officials to
spend money honoring city employees, community
groups and civic leaders.
The commission discussed such an ordinance about
a year ago, said Haas-Martens.
The money, as outlined in the draft document,
would help pay for non-alcoholic refreshments at city-
sponsored functions, miscellaneous expenses in con-
nection with special meetings or ceremonies, meals in
recruitment proceedings, reimbursement for travel and
moving expenses in some recruitment efforts, certifi-
cates and plaques acknowledging services to the city
and "token" prizes.
"This is the way of doing business," Haas-Martens
"It's a mirror of what the county does," Bohnen-
In other business Feb. 27, the commission:
*Approved the appointment of Melissa Snyder
as an alternate to the city's parks and beautification
commission. The advisory board now consists of five
regular members and one alternate.
Snyder, a retired insurance adjuster, is a master gar-
dener who works with Anna Maria Elementary School
on the school's butterfly and peace gardens.
*Approved the transfer of contracts for city plan-
ning work from Brisson Planning Solutions to LaRue
Planning and Management Services. The city's rela-
tionship with Bill Brisson will continue, with Brisson
working as a senior planner with the LaRue team.
Discussed the need to amend the city's code deal-
ing with live-aboard vessels to comply with a measure
signed into law by former Gov. Jeb Bush in 2006.
The new statute limits municipal authority in regu-
lating live-aboard vessels to restrictions in designated
mooring fields. Presently a municipality cannot ban
live-aboard vessels from anchoring in waters within
the city's corporate limits.
"At this time," Bohnenberger said, "we have an
ordinance we can't enforce."
The commission's next meeting is scheduled for 7
p.m. March 13 at city hall. Another meeting is sched-
uled for March 27.
The commission's workload this spring includes
adoption of both a revised land development code and
evaluation and appraisal report, dealing with the city's
dead-end canals and discussing expanding the number
of streets permitting "golf cart" traffic.
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A pancake breakfast and bake sale are scheduled
at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March
11. Cost is $4 for adults, $1 for children. Details are
available at 778-2508.
St. Bernard parish mission
scheduled three evenings
St. Bernard Catholic Church will have a "parish
mission" for three consecutive evenings starting
Sunday, March 11, the church has announced.
The Rev. Anthony J. Ciorra, dean of Fordham Uni-
versity's graduate school, will conduct the mission with
the theme, "Finding Time to Live Happy and Grateful
Lives." Topics will be:
First evening, March 11, "Learning to Live Simply
in a Complex World."
Second evening, March 12, "Reconciliation: God
Forgives and He Really Forgets."
Third evening, March 13, "Living the Mission: One
Day at a Time."
Additional information may be obtained by calling
'Island Praise' concert set
at Island Baptist Church
The music department of the Island Baptist Church
will present a southern gospel concert in its "I'm Gonna
Sing" series at7 p.m. March 11.
Featuring "Island Praise," the free public event
will be at the church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
A 'penny' for your 'love'
The members of the Anna Maria Garden Club
invite you to a special flower arrangement showing
and "express yourself' with "penny votes" for your
Club members will be doing all the arranging for the
Penny Flower Show, including coin receptacles for each
arrangement and, "the more you like an arrangement,
the more you can vote," said the club's Jean Taylor.
The event, including prize raffles and plant and bake
sale, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.
The Islander newspaper is a third-year sponsor of
the popular event, which will again be held in the fel-
lowship hall at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Details are available from
Jean Taylor at 778-4683.
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Got crafts, clutter?
If you have items to sell, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church invites you to bring them to their annual "Com-
munity Craft and Clutter Sale" from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 St. Patrick's Day.
Tables for your sale items may be reserved for a
donation, but space is limited. Call the church at 778-
1813 to make arrangements to join the event, which
will be outdoors on the church grounds at 6608 Marina
Center hosting SHARE food
program for Islanders
The March menu for the Self-Help and Resource
Exchange program SHARE has been announced,
for distribution by the Anna Maria Island Community
The food is available to qualified persons at a 50
percent savings and is distributed through a network of
community organizations run by volunteers, said the
A package costs $18 and includes frozen meats, a
variety of fresh produce and groceries purchased off
the national market from growers and producers. In
addition to the purchase price, recipients contribute two
hours of community service.
March's package includes chicken filets, Canadian
bacon, sausage, and other food items.
The deadline to order is Friday, March 9, and
pickup date is March 24. Those interested may get full
details and place their orders by calling the Center at
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ships from the Manatee County Branch of the American
Association of University Women is March 16, and
Islander Ann Jones said applications should be submit-
Application forms and details are available from
the guidance office in each high school in the county,
Manatee Technical Institute, Manatee Community Col-
lege and the Women's Resource Center, she said. She
is chairing the 2007 program.
The scholarships will be awarded in May. They
Special scholarships for pursuit of a baccalaure-
ate degree at an accredited four-year public or private
$700 AAUW branch scholarship for pursuit of an
AA or AS degree at Manatee Community College;
$500 Women in Transition scholarship for continu-
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Basis for awarding a scholarship includes academic
excellence, character and citizenship, financial need and
residence in Manatee County for two years prior to the
date of the application.
Additional information may be obtained by calling
St. Patrick's Day parade
scheduled on Island
Probably missing a camel, the 10th annual St. Pat-
rick's Day parade will be in Holmes Beach Saturday
evening, March 17.
Organized again this year by Sean Murphy, who
claims to have looked high and low for a nice clean
camel to lead the parade, it will begin at 5 p.m. at the
Holmes Beach City Hall, go along Marina and Palm
to the intersection of Palm and Gulf Drive.
Participating, said Murphy, will be marching
bands from Manatee, Southeast and Braden River high
schools. Leading the bands and other marchers will be
the Dunedin Pipe Band.
"The honored lead float position will be occupied
by three generations of the O'Connor family, with the
Pelhams and Holmeses riding shotgun," said the res-
taurateur, of Island Beach Bistro fame.
Other music will come from Jimmy Gee, Howie
Banfield and the Island Hobbits. An East Manatee
riding club is expected to participate.
Co-sponsoring the event will be Murphy's Beach
Bistro and the Tidemark Resort. Participants are welcome
and full details may be obtained by calling 778-6444.
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Anna Maria City
Feb. 28, 100 S. Bay Blvd., city pier. The complain-
ant reported losing his wedding ring.
Feb. 25, 100 block Seventh Street, harassing phone
calls. The complainant said a former employee was
making harassing telephone calls to the business. A
trespass warning was issued.
Feb. 26, 100 Gulf Drive, Circle K, harassing phone
calls. The complainant said her ex-boyfriend had been
making repeated phone calls to her. Civil proceedings
Feb. 27, 120 Bridge St., Drift In, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took a decal from a vehicle
tag. Officers reviewed a security tape that showed the
incident and, after an investigation, the woman was
Feb. 28, 110 Gulf Drive, Moose Lodge, theft. The
manager said two men were stealing empty beer kegs
from the lodge. Police responded and found two men
with empty kegs in their pickup truck. The men were
taken to jail.
Feb. 25, 6800 block Palm Drive, fraud. While
working a traffic accident, the victim was discovered
to have a Treasure Island Fire Department badge and
other identification that did not match his other identi-
Feb. 25, 5501 Marina Drive, Catcher's Marina,
theft. The complainant said someone had taken anchors,
line, knives, gloves, tackle boxes, a rain suit, gaff and
pliers from his vessel while it was moored overnight
at the marina. Total value of the missing gear was esti-
mated at more than $1,000.
Free lawn-sprinkler tune-up
kits distributed at library
Manatee County residents can receive a free
kit to tune up their lawn-sprinkler systems through
a county extension service program, the service
They will be available at 9 a.m. March 9 at
the DeSoto National Monument at the north end
of 75th Street, Bradenton, and at 10:30 a.m. March
21 at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Details may be obtained by calling 722-
Holmes Beach man recovering, no charges in accident
A Holmes Beach man was recovering from injuries
sustained while he was crossing the street after leaving
a trolley Feb. 25 in Holmes Beach.
The accident occurred at about 11:15 a.m. on Palm
Drive at the intersection of 68th Street. No charges were
filed in the incident.
"There is no law against passing the bus or trolley,"
said Ralf Heseler, transit manager for Manatee County
Area Transit. "As I understand, it the driver did not do
Evan Zappola, 22, of Holmes Beach, had exited
the Island trolley and walked in front of the vehicle to
cross the street when he was hit by a 1998 Chevrolet
The driver of the van, Howard Lloyd Stewart, 67,
of Holmes Beach, was traveling northbound. According
to a police report, Stewart stopped behind the trolley,
also northbound but stopped so passengers could exit.
Stewart was passing the trolley when Zappola, at the
front of the trolley, ran across the street.
Witnesses said Zappola failed to look as he crossed
Zappola was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medi-
cal Center in St. Petersburg in fair condition and has
since been released.
Damage to the van was estimated at about
Heseler said drivers should, when approaching or
traveling behind a bus or trolley, be cautious and antici-
pate that someone may cross the street.
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher
Organization will host dinner and a family program Tues-
day, March 13. There will also be an informational meeting
for students participating in the upcoming science fair.
Shell's restaurant will cater the dinner, which will
be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. The eve-
ning's menu consists of pasta with Shell's signature
cream sauce, Caesar salad and bread with butter.
Dinner costs $7 for adults and $5 for children if
pre-purchased, and $1 more if purchased at the door.
Meals-to-go will also be available.
At 6 p.m., there will be an informational meeting
for parents of children participating in April's science
Couple to tell of their life in
pre-hurricane Virgin Islands
Caroline Reed and Dana Cyr will address a session
in the Island Branch Library's travel series at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive,
They will tell of their Virgin Islands idyll before a
hurricane wiped it all away in 1996. They were married
in 1980 and a year later moved to St. Thomas, where
he was in retail business. In 1996, Hurricane Bertha
destroyed their home and they moved here. She cur-
rently is a reference librarian. Additional information
is available at 778-6341.
Gardening program Monday
Blake Whisenant, inventor and developer of
Earthbox, will describe his unique container garden-
ing system and teach his methods to those attending a
program at 11 a.m. Monday, March 12, at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
His system grows vegetables, flowers, herbs and
other plants in a small space. Seating at the free pro-
gram is on a first come, first served basis. Details are
available at 778-6341.
fair. Second- through fifth-grade students are required
to enter a science fair project.
At 7 p.m., there will be a family-friendly perfor-
mance by Madscience.
Advance tickets for the PTO dinner are available in
the school administrative office. For more information,
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Patricia 'Pat' Askew Batey
Patricia "Pat" Askew Batey, 64, of Evans, Ga., and
formerly Anna Maria Island, died Feb. 24.
Born in Mobile, Ala., Mrs. Batey was raised on the
Island. She was a graduate of the University of Florida
School of Nursing and Manatee High School. She was
a member of the Abilene Baptist Church in Evans, and
Sunday School teacher and nursery worker.
Memorial services were March 3 at the church. Platt's
Funeral Home, Evans, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by son Todd and wife Wendy of
Bradenton; daughter Dawn Davis and husband Fletcher
of Evans; daughter-in-law Renee; brother-in-law
Jimmy; and grandchildren Jacob, Ellie, Will, Robert
Davis, Michael Davis, Matthew, Ashley and Kayla.
Karen Le Burnett
Karen Le Burnett, 63, of Longboat Key, died
Ms. Burnett moved to the area from Atlanta, Ga.,
She was a member of St. Armands Key Lutheran
Church and Bradenton Beach Moose Lodge.
Services are private. Memorial contributions may
be made to the St. Armands Lutheran Church Founda-
tion, 40 N. Adams Drive, Sarasota FL 34236, or Tide-
well Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota FL 34238. Brown and Sons Funeral Home,
26th Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughter Joni of Sarasota; son Kirk
of Bradenton; sister Judith Fitzwater of Bradenton; mother
Vera Habekost of Bradenton; and one grandchild.
Martin J. Higgins
Martin J. Higgins, 91, of Anna Maria Island, died
Born in Jersey City, N.J., Mr. Higgins came to Anna
Maria Island from Lake Murray, S.C., in 1999. He retired
after 33 years in sales with the United States Playing Card
Turtle washes ashore
Beach strollers near the Beach
Bistro at 66th Street in Holmes
Beach came across a dead
turtle Feb. 26. The loggerhead
showed no signs of trauma, said
Suzi Fox, of Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch. She said the turtle .
was examined and then buried.
Another turtle was found in ".
January less than 100 feet away.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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SHe was a graduate of St. Peter's
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(horse) Cavalry and later in the
P i36th Division as platoon leader
S during World War II, where he
later received the rank of captain.
S He received the Silver Star, two
Bronze Stars, Combat Infantry
Higgins Badge, Purple Heart, POW medal,
Presidential Unit Ribbon and five campaign medals, as
well as the Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star from France.
He was a speaker at the 2004 dedication ceremony for the
World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He was also
involved in teaching literacy to adults and tudoring children
in the Department of Youth Services. He was a member of
the Widowed Person Service. He was a member ofAmeri-
can Legion Post 24 and the YMCA.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday,
March 10, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria City. Memorial contributions
may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Shannon Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughter Missy Abrunzo and
husband Dr. Thomas; son Michael and wife Cynthia;
grandchildren Hunter, Dr. Nicole Abrunzo and her hus-
band Dr. Chris Merritt, Chris Abrunzo and wife Mer-
edith; and great-grandchildren Mariebelle Abrunzo,
Rory Merritt and Benjamin Merritt.
Walter Hill 'Pete' Sheffield
Walter Hill "Pete" Sheffield, 67, of Sarasota and
formerly Anna Maria Island, died March 1.
Memorial services were March 6. Brown and Sons
Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of
He is survived by wife Gloria; daughter Mintha of
Los Angeles, Calif.; sons Shawn of Tampa and Pete of
Tucson, Ariz.; stepmother Sharon of Nogales, Ariz.;
and brothers Sherwood of Eddy, Texas, and Donald of
S By former Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney
One of the comics in the local daily paper the other
day showed a dog chasing a mailman. I decided it was
one of those too-often things lately that I was going to
have to explain to my grandchildren.
That's because, having been born on our Island,
they have never seen a mailman on foot, only sitting in
that mail truck. And besides, on our part of the Island
anyway, they have only seen a mailwoman. Plus, of
course, local laws require dogs be leashed so as not to
run at anybody.
Anyway, that reminded me of one of their last ques-
tions, which was: "Why do people you meet always
ask, 'How are you?' or 'How are you feeling?' They
Handling that one wasn't easy, but I tried.
Folks of my age or close, I explained, are usually
concerned what those of similar vintage are doing with
Medicare. They are not asking for details, but are just
indicating their concern.
I have often thought about what would best answer
such a question. Finally, I decided, to deliver replies
that I thought would end the exchange from going fur-
ther. I tried answers like: "Well, this morning, I felt 170
over 66." And I even replied once with: "Actually, I felt
a lot better last Tuesday."
After a few of those wise-ached quotes, I decided
today to come up with something that more accurately
identifies my specific situation.
It has to do with an answer that the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation gave to a Holmes Beach City
Commission some time back when we asked them for
an opinion on the then condition of the old Key Royale
Bridge. They stated that the bridge was and I quote
- "Structurally sound and functionally obsolete." In
other words, they assured us the bridge itself was OK,
but according to new standards, its driving lanes needed
widening and a better walkway was needed.
Anyway, I just realized that I was in just about the
same condition now as that bridge was then. That's
because my body appears structurally sound, since I
still have a head with ears and eyes and a fair amount
of my original teeth, as well as pairs of arms and legs.
However, functional problems like arthritis are indeed
bothering the letters; plus, my ears require hearing
aids; my eyes need glasses for reading and to help calm
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Springfest draws artists near and far
By Lisa Neff While in the area for Springfest, the Graves will
Islander Reporter stay with friends in Bradenton.
Dozens of artists will set up makeshift galleries on Marine artist Larry Packard and his wife will park
the grass at Holmes Beach City Hall Park this week- their RV in a Cortez campground while here for the
Some will have traveled less than a few blocks,
from studios in Holmes Beach. Others will have trav-
eled hundreds of miles to exhibit at the 19th annual
Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts.
The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, in the
field to the north of city hall. The Anna Maria Island
Art League presents the juried show, with many artists
returning from years past.
In the days before the festival, artists are traveling
from throughout the United States, as well as Canada
and Mexico to reach Anna Maria Island.
"My husband and I drive from our home in central
Mexico, where we've just finished building a casita or
small house," says Stefanie Graves, who has worked
almost exclusively in watercolors for 30 years.
Two yoga courses offered
by Preston Whaley Jr.
Two special yoga courses are under way on Anna
Maria Island under the direction of Preston Whaley
Jr.: Yoga for back pain on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and
another low-impact series using a chair at 10:45 a.m.
Monday. They are at Island Yoga Space, 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, phone 747-9397.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16
Florida's bright sun; many of my teeth have been rear-
ranged; and my head is without a lot of my original
hair, both my original red and the recent gray.
You, too, can see, I'm sure, that like that bridge
- my sound structure is somewhat functionally obso-
lete. So from now on, my reply to questions like: "How
are you feeling?" and such, will be met with:
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'The only paper I had was my aeronautical charts."
Over the years, Packard has worked in oils and
watercolors but his talent, he says, is in illustrating sail-
ing ships in pen and ink.
The work is original and freehand in 39 years
Packard has done three prints.
"I'm a full-time artist, doing 20 to 24 shows a year,
from the Florida Keys to Cape Cod, Mass," Packard
For many Springfest artists, the festival is one stop
on a winter art show circuit through the state.
Graves also exhibits at weekend shows in Florida
for about 30 days in the spring and at shows in Texas
'Satellite art gallery' opens
at Perico development
A "satellite gallery" of ArtCenter Manatee named
"Artful Waters" has opened at the SevenShores devel-
opment sales office of the St. Joe Co. at 12320 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton, on Perico Island.
Featured artist introducing the new gallery is Shir-
ley Rush Dean, landscape painter. The gallery said a
new artist will headline the exhibits every two months.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Details may be
obtained at 465-4140.
Chamber of Commerce sets
The monthly networking breakfast of the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will be from 7:45
to 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Sun House Res-
taurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, with Coast
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At left, apiece by Stefanie Graves, who has worked
almost exclusively in watercolors for 30 years.
Graves travels from central Mexico to participate in
art shows in Florida.
and the Midwest in the fall.
'Traveling as we do to a circuit of art fairs can be
very tiring," she says. "But it is also exciting to see new
places. I always enjoy meeting people at the fairs, as
well as other artists."
Packard, in addition to being a full-time artist, is a
He and his wife go from show to show in an RV.
"We're now full-time RVers since we lost our house
and studio in Hurricane Katrina," Packard says. "For
nearly 24 years my work was sold exclusively in New
Orleans. Living on the road does require a lot of coordi-
nation and planning, but we're experienced and flexible
Linda McAdams, who creates emulsion-altered and
painted Polaroid images, leaves home in New Jersey to
travel the Florida circuit in February and March.
"It's a lot of work, a woman traveling alone,"
she says. "But I love the freedom and coming down
Mixed-media artist Bonnie Elvidge, a retired art
teacher, also loves the traveling.
Elvidge leaves Kewaunee, Wis., "at the door of
Door County" for Florida in the winter. Her home
base is in Palmetto, but the show circuit takes her
around the state many weekends.
"Springfest was one of my first shows in Florida,"
she says. "It's a very artist-friendly show. The local
people are very supportive."
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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.
11:30a.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.
Thursday, March 8
11:30 a.m to I p.m. The Longboat Key Lido Key St. Armands
Key Chamber of Commerce holds its"Nooner" luncheon at the Sun House,
111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 383-2466. Fee applies.
7p.m. Bingo gets called at the Annie Silver Community Center,
corner of 23rd Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
Friday, March 9
6p.m. through the night The Relay for Life of Anna Maria Island at
Coquina Beach takes place with participants raising money for the American
Cancer Society's efforts. Information: 518-4431.
Saturday, March 10
7a.m Registration beginsfor the Family Resources Manatee County
10th annual Run for Runaways at M attison's Riverside Grill in downtown Bra-
denton.A 5-kilometer race and a 1-mile fun run begin at 8 a.m. Information:
8 a.m. to 3 p.m The Anna Maria Island Privateers hold a Thieves
Market at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Information: 727-214-
8:15 a.m to 12:30p.m The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81
offers a two-day boating course. The first day is today and the second day
is March 17. Information: 795-6189 or 761-4847. Fee applies.
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at Cafe on
the Beach at Manatee Public Beach for breakfast, socializing and education.
The speaker is Barry Jones of the Devil Rays. Information: www.annamar-
9a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Bradenton partners with Keep Manatee
Beautiful to paint concrete waste receptacles on the north side of the Palma
Sola Causeway. To participate, meet at the causeway pavilions on the north
side of Manatee Avenue at 9 a.m.
9 a.m. to 11 a.m "Researching Manatees" is the topic at Mote
Marine's education resource center, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
Information: 941-388-4441, etc. 229. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts the 19th
annual Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts in the Holmes Beach City
Hall field. Information: 778-2099.
2 p.m. Dana Cyr and Caroline Reed discuss travels to the Virgin
Islands in the Island Branch Library Travel Series, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
Pancakes & Sausage
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Sunday, March 11
Daylight Savings Time begins.
8 a.m to 11:30 a.m. -A pancake breakfast and bake sale with all-you-
care-to-eat pancakes takes place in St. Bernard Catholic Church's activity
center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2508. Fee
10 a.m. to 5p.m. 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.
7p.m. The music department of the Island Baptist Church invites
people to join in the fifth "I'm Gonna Sing" concert featuring gospel music at
the church, 8605 Gulf Drive.
7p.m. -The annual parish mission seminar begins with an exploration
of "learning to live simply in a complex world" at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Monday, March 12
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Widowed Persons Support Group of Anna
Maria Island Community Center meets for "coffee and conversation" at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
11 a.m. The Island Branch Library offers a lesson in container gar-
dening with Earthbox creator Blake Whisenant at the library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6341.
4p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a Monday@Mote program
featuring Dr. Richard Pierce of the Center for Ecotoxicology, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.
7p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory hosts a special lecture, "Red Tide
Research: Progress Through Collaboration,"1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.,
Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441, ext. 691.
7p.m. -The annual parish mission seminar continues with an explora-
tion of "reconciliation" at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Tuesday, March 13
10:30 a.m. and2p.m. Jeff LaHurd, author and lecturer, addresses
the Friends of the Island Library, Island Branch Library, 5701 Holmes Beach.
Noon- The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and a
club assembly at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 447-5362.
7p.m. -An annual parish mission seminar continues with an explora-
tion of "living the mission: one day at a time" at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
7p.m St. Mary's Star of the Sea Women's Guild and Men's Club
present the Sunshine and Shamrock Show with music and comedy at the
Stella Maris Center, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
8 p.m. To raise money for the American Cancer Society, The Islander
and Island Players present a preview performance of"Drinking Alone" at the
Island Player Playhouse, Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. The
:.ffl:,al :pen;ng night is March 15. Information: 778-7978.
VWdnesday, March 14
7:45 a.m. to 9a.m. The Anna M aria Island Chamber of Commerce's
monthly networking breakfast takes place at the Sun House Restaurant, 111
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1541.
10:30 a.m. The Friends of the Island Library book club meets at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
3p.m. -The TingleyAfter Hours book group meets at Tingley Memo-
rial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 779-1208.
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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.
*The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island celebrates March's featured
artist, Joan Stephens, 5413 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
*The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts the Student Exhibit through
April 6, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
*"Black Holes," a show exploring the universe, is at the Bishop Plan-
etarium at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Shows
are at various times Monday through Sunday. Information: 746-4131.
Throughout March the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach, features Artist Guild member Joan Valenza's "The Light-
houses of the East Coast" near the library entrance. The exhibit contains
seven oil paintings and details about lighthouses.
Throughout March, the Artful Waters Gallery at SevenShores, a
partnership with ArtCenter Manatee, hosts an exhibit of artist Shirley Rush
Dean's work. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Satur-
days and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 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,
*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.
*On March 17 the 14th annualAnna Maria Island Tour of Homes takes place,
with tours of six Island properties inAnna Maria City and Holmes Beach. The event
features visits to the Bo'utique and Food Pantry" offering original arts and crafts,
and a wine tasting at the Beach Bistro for a $10 donation. Proceeds benefit the
Anna Maria Island Community Center. Tickets and information: 778-1908.
On March 20 local authors Jolie Bell and Patricia McCroy speak at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
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 email@example.com. Please include time, date and
location of the event and a contact phone number. Please send submissions
at least one week prior to the Wednesday publication date.
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Helping with life
Joan Dickinson of Anna Maria is now
available to coach people in strate-
gies to achieve their dreams, goals and
happiness with Perfect Lifestyle.
A perfect life
Anna Maria resident Joan Dickin-
son, who has a doctorate degree in psy-
chology, has spent the past nine years
enjoying the beauty and lifestyle of the
Island. Among her many activities are
swimming, kayaking, reading, yoga,
meditation, walking, exploring nature
and writing an advice column.
But with 25 years experience as a
psychologist in Minnesota, she recently
began to realize she still has a talent and
a desire to help people achieve their
goals in life.
That's why she started Perfect Life-
"My goal was to help people feel
better and live more effective lives," she
said. "But helping you live better and
return to normal functioning isn't the
same as fulfilling your highest poten-
tial. I want to take you beyond normal,
average, to be your absolute best. I want
to help you create your perfect lifestyle.
The end goal from this perfect lifestyle
is, of course, happiness."
Dr. Dickinson will coach people to
achieve the perfect lifestyle by focusing
on present and future goals.
"You will replace 'if only' yearnings
with crystal clear goals and positive 'can do'
attitudes," she asserted. "My role as a coach
is to listen, challenge, motivate and inspire
you to open doors to your best future."
She will help people through many
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marriage, divorce, re-marriage, parent-
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Dickinson plans meet with interested
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She is a member of the Greater Sara-
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Moving in, by Jim
The Jim Anderson Realty Co.
moved into its new offices March 1 at
the Agnelli Group Professional Park at
6000 Marina Drive North in Holmes
Specializing in home sales, property
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Mike Norman Realty at 3101 Gulf
Drive in Holmes Beach has named
Carla Beddow as its top listing agent for
November, while Sally Grieg was the
sales leader for the same month.
202 75th St., Unit A, Casa Del Mare,
Holmes Beach, a 2,092 sfur 3bed/2
bath land condo built in 2006 was sold
02/16/07, M&E Construction LLC to
Kalb for $735,000; list $799,000.
509 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant
75x116 canalfront lot was sold 02/14/07,
Talbot to Buchanan for $550,000; list
157 Crescent Drive, Anna Maria, a
vacant 50x119 lot was sold 02/13/07,
Hereyugo Properties 2 LLC to Coleman
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be
reached at (941) 778-7244.
Current AMI real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.
islander.org. Copyright 2007
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The lot at 509
Anna Maria, sold
in January 2005
for $580,000 and
in February 2007
a decrease of
$30,000. The cost
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SUNDAY BRUNCH 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
S^ LIVE JAZZ NIGHTS HAVE EXPANDED
Diane Linscott Trio Mon. & Tues. nights.
Herb Harris Trio Wed. & Thurs. nights.
Bob Santi on piano Fri. & Sat. nights and
for Sunday Brunch.
Island Shopping Center
5406 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
Moran back at
Marge Moran recently returned as
manager of the Club Bamboo Resorts
at 2502 Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton
Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
management, vacation rentals and com-
mercial leasing, the company is headed
by licensed broker Jim Anderson, and
associates Lyn Poole and Gayle Schulz.
For more information, call 778-4847
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LUXURY LIVING ROOM set: Two matching sofas, black
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Five-piece set. $750. 941-778-1589.
PATIO SET: 42-inch glass-top table. Four swivel chairs,
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TWIN MATTRESS, BOXSPRING: Like new with frame, $45.
Etched-glass shower doors with track. 941-778-3323.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
TWO MATCHING SOFAS: one a queen sleeper. Matching
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pillows. 941-224 6365.
BABY CRIB: LIKE new with linens, $75. Clamp-on child
seat, $25. 941-538-9934.
ANNA MARIA JUNIOR Girl Scouts Troop No. 590 cookies are
on sale at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and pur-
chase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp, crabs,
native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call James Lee,
941-795-1112 or 704-8421.
OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
YOU WANT IT ... You got it. Oval AMI bumper stickers
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Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
HELP SUPPORT OFFICER Pete Lannon: Silicone brace-
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The bracelets are donated by The Islander and all $$$ go
to a pre-paid college fund for Pete's youngest son. Avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Rivertowne Lot 40 $493,190 $359,000 The Kiawah Lot 28 $528,602 $379,000
3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,637 SF 2 bedroom plus study, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,791 SF
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miniums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies available at
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30am-2pm Tuesdays,
Thursday and Fridays. 9am-noon Saturdays. Always
clothing sales. 941-779-2733. 511 Pine Ave., Anna
MOVING SALE; 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, March
10-11. Complete furnishings of 2BR unit, Westbay Cove,
condo No. 143. Park on Sixth Avenue, building nearest
St. Bernard Church, Holmes Beach..
TAG SALE: 9am-3pm Saturday, March 10 and 10am
Sunday, March 11. Free concert 3pm Sunday. Bradenton
Universalist Church, 15th Street West, Bradenton.
HUGEYARD SALE: 8am Saturday, March 10. Furniture,
clothing, books, tools and more. 212 75th St. Holmes
GARAGE SALE: 8am-noon Saturday, March 10. Bedroom
furniture, table, chairs, bookcase, bric-a-brac. 505 Bay-
view Drive, Holmes Beach.
STOREWIDE SALE: Niki's Island Treasures. All sterling
jewelry 50-70 percent off. Last week, sterling wholesale
went up 70 percent, now is the time to buy. Select gifts,
antiques, jewelry, dolls, porcelains, furniture, art 30-90
percent off. Open seven days 9:30am-5pm. 941-779-
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gemstones, findings. Large vintage costume, fine jewelry
collection, 1900s wedding dress, clothes, collectibles,
treasures. Embarrassing array never used, never returned
shoes, clothes, home decor items. Much, much more. 105
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for new child advocate volunteers begins March 12. To
volunteer to represent in court the best interest of children
or for more information, call 941-744-9473 or visit the
Web site, www.l2circiutgal.org.
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brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park. Two lines,
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ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes. All are
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March 2, 3 and 4.
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Smaller home on duplex-zoned lot of over 11,400 sf and
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Immaculate 2BR/2BA home on spacious Bay Palms lot
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r2,300 sf LA/5150 UR, well-maintained, newer
roof. Boat dock and direct access to Gulf and Tampa Bay.
Market appraisal 2007. PRICED TO SELL. $770,000.
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941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
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NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care assist-
ing quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-1 pm and overnight, 10pm-
8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.
SHARKEY'S NEEDS: COOKS, dishwashers. Apply in
person at 2519 Gulf Drive or call 941-779-9151.
CHURCH COORDINATOR OF Finance and Administra-
tion. Monday-Friday, average 35 hours/week. Proficient
in QuickBooks, oversee administrative details, general
office skills. Reply: Church Coordinator, Box 683, Anna
Maria FL 34216-0683.
PART-TIME PARISH secretary with knowledge of com-
puter office systems, good time management skills and
able to maintain good relations with staff. Submit resume
to P.O. Box 1935, Holmes Beach FL 34218, or fax to
IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR housekeeper at local area
RESTAURANT AND MORE: 50-seat restaurant with
great ambience also retails select items. Beer and wine
license. Any menu OK. $120,000. Confidentiality agree-
ment required for details. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
For more great business and realty buys: www.longview-
GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden. Enchant-
ing shop, fun items in good resort area location. $89,000.
Confidentiality agreement required for details. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112. For more great business and realty
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so close to the beach without paying the views from this updated, large 4BR duplex
beachfront pricing. Remodel or built up for with an open floor plan, bamboo floors and
unbelievable waterviews. $775,000. multiple decks including a roof deck with
endless possibilities. $679.000.
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Features include all appliances, ceramic ing in Fall 2006. Extensively remodeled,
tile, home warranty provided and com- turnkeyand only six homestobeachaccess.
munity pool and recreation facilities with $375,000.
close proximity to 1-75. $235,000.
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the location of this 2BR turnkey furnished views from most rooms that is ideal for
condo that has front-seat views of the pool waterfront living. New dock, 10,0001b
and spa. $700,000. lift. $559,000.
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condo that is comfortably decorated and sold turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA,
turnkey furnished encouraging relaxing updated, heated pool, tennis courts,
Islandlifestyle.Attractiverentalpolicyorideal fishing pier on the bay, deeded beach
for your own beach oasis. $374,900. access and weekly rentals permitted.
4400 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton 941.748.6300
Reach more than 20,000 people weekly
with your ad -for as little as $20.00!
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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.longviewrealty.com.
BEACHFRONT HOT SPOT: Two storefronts, one side
rented. Great for gift shop, clothing, jewelry or as-is, a res-
taurant. Owner financing available. $1,295,000. Longview
14-YEAR-OLD needs work. Willing to babysit, clean, etc.
Red Cross trained in first aid and babysitting. Call Alex-
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! 941-779-9783.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths under
16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person atThe
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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.
MAN WITH SHOVEL: Plantings, natives, patio gardens,
trimming, cleanup, edging, maintenance. Hard-work-
ing and responsible. Excellent references. Edward 941-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appointments,
airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine Car Service.
Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
Near Bean Point, just steps to the
boardwalk overlooking one of the
most beautiful views on the island!
New ceramic tile, large lot, garage,
workshop, roomfor a pool! $749,000
n Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Reltor
ISLAND CONDO 301 Highland Ave., #2 Bradenton Beach: Adorable!
1BR/IBA, heated pool, tastefully furnished, steps to beach, great rental
potential. $279,000. ML#324494.
LEGENDS AT TATUM RIDGE 230 Londonderry, Sarasota: 3-4BR/3BA, build
2000, 2,338 sf and water views. $425,000. ML#297678. (PENDING!)
CONRAD BEACH LOT 411 Firehouse (., Longboat Key: 9435 sf lot, build
2350 sf dream home. $499,000. ML#306940.
PERICO BAY CLUB VILLA 920 Waterside Ln., Bradenton: 2BR/2BA, built
1989, lake views, turnkey furnished. $349,000. ML#294686.
PERICO BAY CLUB TOWNHOUSE 883 Waterside Ln., Bradenton: 2-
3BR/2BA, 1,632 sf, furnished, water and preserve views. Gated community.
Only two miles to Gulf beaches. $374,900. ML#340197.
THE TERRACE TOWNIOUSE 3100GulfD, #5,HolmesBead: 2BR/2B, updated,
Gulf views, tastefully famished. Steps to beach! $449,000. ML318593.
ANNA MARIA FINE HOME 514 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria: 4BR/3BA,
2,205 sf, Brazilian teak floors, luxurious mastersuite with spa tub, and sweep-
ing bay views. $1,150,000. ML#320925.
ESPLANADE ON THE BAY FINE HOME. 4806 63rd Dr. W. Bradenton:
4-5BR/3.5BA, gourmet kitchen, 3,607 sf, fireplace, large yard with water
views. conveniently located to IMG Academy, schools, shops and beaches. Five
first floor bonus rooms. $1,699,000. ML#337488.
LACASA COSTIERA Luxury condo 7320 Gulf Dr., #10, Holmes Beach: Exqui-
site 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views, tastefully furnished, wet bar, crown molding,
heated pool and spa. $1,749,000. ML#338524.
AFFORDABLE HOME 1831 E. 3rd Ave., Bradenton: 3BR/2BA, 1248 sf, built
1981. New kitchen, baths and flooring. Large yard. Short stroll to Manatee
River! $229,000. MI#333351.
NEW HOME BUILT 2005 6301 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach: Key West
home. 3BR/2.5BA, pool, wood floors. Short walk to Gulf beaches. $749,000.
NEW HOME BUILT 2005 305 63dnl Street, A., Holmes Beach: 3BR/3.5BA, tech
room/den, pool and elevator. Short stroll to beach. $849,000. MI#320871.
BAYWATCH CONDO 1301 N. Bay Dr., #5B, Bradenton Beach: Panoramic
views of bay! 2BR/2BA condo. Nicely furnished. $489,900. ML#304369.
DUPLEX 203 70th Street, A&B, Holmes Beach: 1BR/liBA each side, steps to
beach! $625,000. ML#319515. (SOLD!)
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your computer
misbehaving? Certified computer service and private les-
sons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-545-7508.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results, wash
away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens, baths.
Free estimates. License #CGC061519, #CCC057977
#PE0020374. Insured. Accepting MasterCardNisa. 941-
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer
solutions for business and home. Installation, repairs,
upgrades, networking, Web services, wireless services.
Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or
CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free estimates.
Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
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, 941-779-8686.
AMERICAN HANDYMAN: ISLAND resident. Guaran-
teed price, guaranteed quality Any job. Discount with ad.
Licensed and insured. Jerry, 941-448-5999.
BENTON'S CLOCK WORLD: We do restoration and
repair. We also buy and sell antique clocks. Located on
Bradenton Beach. 941-778-8426, or cell 941-526-5714.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for
all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance
Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
PAULS DEPENDABLE HOME Services. Specializing in
drywall and stucco, new or repairs. Plus much more. All
jobs welcome. 941-650-7874.
VACATION AND ANNUAL RENTL PROPERTIES
is 100% booked.
If you need tenants, we have leads.
Call Mandi, 941-779-9500.
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Smuggler's Landing 2BR/2BA water- Smuggler's Landing 2BD/2BA totally
front condowithden.Almost1600sfwith renovated condo with open floor plan
40-foot deep-water boat slip. Vaulted ceil- and over 1,200 sf 40-foot boat slip.
ings, built-ins and wet-bar. $599,500. $479,000.
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renovated luxury in this 3BR/2.5BA with deeded 24-foot boat lip. 4BR/3BAwth over
45-foot boat slip and full bay views. 2,700 sf of living space. Just completed in
Rarely available end unit. $850,000. Dec. 2001 and is like brand new. $750,000.
Harbour Landings-5,659 sf, 5BR/5BA, ele- Riverview Blvd -Newer homein Riverview
vator, four-car garage, lagoon pool, waterfall, district. Over 3,400 sf with 4BR/3.5BA and
wine storage closet, three fireplaces, and 40+ pool. Almost one acre lot on Warner's Bayou.
foot dock on deep waterto bay $2,795,000. With newer dock and davit. $1,295,000.
Over 20 years experience specializing in waterfront & boating properties
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HOUSEWATCHERS OF MANASOTA Inc.: A Licensed
and insured corporation. We offer peace of mind to
homeowners during their absence by providing weekly
or monthly inspections. We also provide management
of annual rental properties. Trust in us to keep your
investments safe. 941-737-7046 or housewatchers@
ADMINISTRATIVE/PERSONAL ASSISTANT available
for short-term assignments. 23 years experience. Multi-
tasker, organized people person.Call for references, 941-
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet. Beginning
to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, 941-758-0395.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration.
Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replace-
ment. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987.
For dependable, honest and personalized service, call
William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a
portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in the
comfort of your home. Call today for an appointment, 941-
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years experi-
ence. References available. For a reasonable price, call
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Monthly
and quarterly accounts available. If it is broken, we can
fix it. Call 941-778-2581.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape mainte-
nance.Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings, sod, shell. Many
references and insured. Please call 941-778-2335.
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HOLMES BEACH WATERFRONT
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock, direct
access to Tampa Bay $699,900.
4BR/3BA spectacular pool home with gorgeous view of Bimini Bay
with 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.
GULF PLACE CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, large master suite with Jacuzzi tub,
screened porch, heated pool, tennis. $969,900.
ANNA MARIA CONTEMPORARY
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo fl ooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000,
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE
3BR/25BA townhouse. New tile and carpet Freshlypainted. Two-
car garage, storage area could be offi ce, pool. $499,900.
BAY PALMS WATERFRONT HOME
3BR/2BA canalfront Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay and
Intracoastal Waterway $599,000.
PLAYA ENCANTADA TOWNHOUSE
2BR/25BA turnkey fumished with direct view of Gulf New kitchen,
tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $899,900,
WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS CONDO
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $389,000.
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS CONDO -2BR/2BA, Paio. $299300,
UPDATED DUPLEX.- 2107 Avenue B. $596,900
SUN PIAZAWEST CONDOS 2BR/2BA From $529,900.
PERIWINKLE COTTAGE 2BR, Close to Beach. $649,900.
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulf view $995,000,
ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH House and cottage. $848,000,
RUNAWAYBAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view $349,000.
SEASIDEBEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulfview $799,900.
FLAMINGO CAYmTERFRONT- 3BR/2BA, pool. $859,000.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront $959,900,
GULF PLACE CONDOS Tumkey furnished. From $869,900,
SARASOTABAYFRONT ARADISE- 3BR/25BA, $1,124,900,
RIVERVIEWBOULEVARD CAPECOD-3BR/2BA $52900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey from $175,000.
TRADEWINDS RESORTVILIA 1BR/1BA, Pool. $325,900,
KEYROYALE BAYFRONT- 3BR/2.5BA, Dock. $2,400,000,
ANNUAL and SEASONAL
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
OR Ms SirCoast
REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
Local luxury. Partnered wlih Sotheby's International Realty*
Anna Maria Island's South Beach Village has gorgeous views of the gulf,
white sand beach, sunsets and bay. Phone for info on great developer incentives!
This 3 bedroom townhome and 2006 Parade of Homes top award-winner is beautifully furnished
and has a fabulous amount of attention to every detail. Some of those details include; bay windows,
skylights, cherry wood cabinetry, wet bar, kitchen & baths with granite counters, Italian tile in the
bathrooms, Jacuzzi tub in the master, all GE Profile appliances, central vac, 2-car garages and paver
driveways. wonderful location with 9 restaurants within a half mile, 2 miles to a major grocery and a
half mile to the Bradenton Beach fishing pier.
Visit www.hannerle.com or www.skysothebys.com for photos and a video tour.
Direct bayfront lot with expansive unobstructed bay views
Lot includes a deeded deep water boat slip just steps away, incredil
sunsets, gorgeous bay views all situated in a small gated enclave of
beautiful custom homes and 5 minutes away from a white sugar sa
beach. Custom home plans included.
Virtual tour at www.hannerle.com
Club Bamboo studio condominium
ble This turnkey studio is just steps to the Gulf df
Mexico and miles of white sand beach. New
nd modern d6cor with tropicalflair makes this
income producing condo a very desirable find.
Virtual tour at www.hannerle.com
All offices are independently owned and operated.
546 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228
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GULF SHORE LANDSCAPING: Lawn care, pressure
washing, landscaping, property maintenance. Owner
operated by Island resident. Exceptional value! Licensed
and insured. Call 941-726-7070. www.gulfshoreland-
TREES BY THE Breeze, Inc. Landscaping, tree trimming,
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 estimates. Call
Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-ups,
power washing, tree trimming and more. City of Anna
Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and instal-
lation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and com-
mercial. 30-years experience. 941-729-9381.
TIRED OF NO return calls? Straight Shot Landscape
calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark Mark. 941-
727-5066. Shell $42/yard.
WEST COAST INC. Landscaping: Bobcat service, haul-
ing, tree removal, shelling, pressure cleaning and lawn
care. Very reliable. 941-345-6859.
LANDSCAPING ISLAND RESIDENT: All aspects 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, interior/exte-
rior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill,
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed and
insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993. License
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free estimates.
35-year Island resident. Call Jim Bickal at 941-778-
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
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert. All
phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Thirty years
experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt.
Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-7484711.
TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed. Why
pay retail? Island resident, many references. Free esti-
mates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor Coverings. 941 -
792-1367, or 726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman,
light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing
and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more. Lifetime
warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-home consulta-
tion. 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 distributor:
Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free, courteous esti-
mates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors. Lic.# CBC1253145.
THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior, exte-
rior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash. Drive-
way paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call 941-518-
TUB AND TILE refinishing: A division of D.J. Murphy Paint-
ing 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
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.
INTERIOR SURFACE RENOVATION: Drywall, texture,
paint, tile, wall and ceiling repairs, Fred Weingartner, 941-
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RESILIENT PROPERTIES AND renovations: Kitchens,
bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, painting and more.
Reliable work start-to-finish.What does your home need?
Free estimates. Call Thomas P. Lass, 941-782-7313.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl V.
Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks, remodel,
repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-795-1947. Lic.
GULF CONSTRUCTION INC.: Home remodeling, custom
carpentry, kitchens, baths, additions. 28 years experi-
ence. Free estimates. Call John, 941-773-6808. License
ABOUT GROUT: CLEANING, sealing, staining (painting
of grout),tile and grout repair, caulking of showers/kitchen.
Bonded and insured. Call Jeff, 941-545-0128.
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
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal. Wede-
brock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or 800-749-6665.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two master
suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer, garage,
designer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of the
finest rentals on Island. $1,600hveekly. Call 941-713-0034
or e-mail: email@example.com.
FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA annual, ground floor unfurnished,
$900/month. Seasonals available starting at $1,800/
month. Please call Kim Fisher, Wagner Realty, 941-778-
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with bal-
cony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly rental.
Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or
1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views, designer
furnished, cable, DVDVCR, dishwasher, phone, quaint
village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-0034 or beach-
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.apalmbreeze.com. 941-
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.
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 more!!!
For more information or to
show by special appointment,
Licensed Real Estate Broker.
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MANATEE RIVERFRONT:2BR/2BA, spectacular views!
Gated, pool, covered parking, security, fitness center.
$975/month annual. Call Maria, 941-720-1712.
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished, walk to
water. No smokers. $1,700knonth, $500/week, $100/night,
includes utilities. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
ANNUAL RENTAL: PALMA Sola Park. 3BR/2BA, like new,
fresh and clean. Small pet OK, nonsmoking. Available
April 1.$1,500/month. 941-713-3533.
ISLAND CASTLE: FABULOUS French Normandy home.
4BR/3BA on best beach and quiet street in Anna Maria.
LAKEFRONT, FISHING, ONE block to beach. Elevated
duplex, enormous 2BR/2BA, one-car garage, laundry
area, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Jennaire stove, extra, extra
nice. $1,395/month, yearly. 941-962-4933.
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-
2BR/2BA ANNUAL: $1,150/month. Pet OK, heated pool,
washer and dryer, fenced. 201-A Peacock Lane. 941-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941 -928-8735. Leave
message for information and availability.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH.2BR/2BA, four-car garage.
Two blocks to beach. Pet friendly. $1,400/month. Call 941 -
VACATION IN SMOKEY Mountains: 3BR/2BA cabin,
turnkey furnished, fireplace on 2.5 acres. 30 miles from
Cherokee Indian reservation, one mile from town. Book
now. $495/weekly. For information, call 352-516-6908 or
352-314-2333. E-mail: email@example.com.
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL RENTALS still available.
Weekly, monthly, bayfront, Gulffront, big, small. Call Sato
Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.
200-FEET TO ROD & Reel Pier: Ground floor, fully fur-
nished, 2BR/1BA duplex. No pets or smokers. Seasonal,
$1,500/month, annual, $1,000/month. Available April 1.
TERRA CEIA: WATERFRONT 3BR home with dock.
Lease with option, $1,800/month. 941-447-6278.
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 Sep-
tember 2007 through May 2008. $3,500/month plus utili-
ties, discount for longer terms. 214 Palmetto Ave. Call
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beautiful
Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals. 941-721-
SEASONAL: MARCH AND April. Clean 2BR elevated
unit, one block to beach. Newly remodeled with laundry.
$575/weekly, $1,975/monthly. 941-807-5449.
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779-9074. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOOKING FOR 2008? Lovely, refurnished 2BR/2BA
house. Steps to beach. Also available April 2007. Offer-
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SMALL COTTAGE WITH Gulf view directly across
from beach. 1 BR/1 BA plus den. $800/month. 941-866-
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, two blocks to beach, half-
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water, trash included. $900/month. 941-778-2928 or 941-
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three-month rental. 941-962-0817 or 941-778-2695.210
81st St., Holmes Beach.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: LARGE 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Big, screened lanai, huge fenced yard, excellent
schools, quiet area. $1,495/month. Annual. 941-720-
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2BR/2BA, two lanais, carport, washer and dryer, cable,
fully furnished. Includes water and trash.$850/month. Call
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dryer, deck, must see to appreciate. $750/month. Call
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renting for January, February, March, half of April 2008,
$3,900 a month. 107 Magnolia, Anna Maria. Drive by, then
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ANNUAL RENTAL: OCEANFRONT, 75 feet to water, all
furnishings included, 2BR/2BA, open garage with heated
pool. $1,800/month. Anna Maria. 941-723-0913.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL: Perico Bay Club. 2BR/2BA
with loft, pools, tennis, security gate, garage, turnkey fur-
nished or unfurnished. Leave message, 941-778-5910.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Perico Bay Club villa, Grand Cayman.
1,601 sf, Neal Community builder. Two-car garage,
2BR/2BA, den, patio, overlooking canal, great water view,
lanai, deck, mirrors. Built-ins, many upgrades. Tennis
courts, clubhouse. One mile from beach, pools, gated
entrance, security guards. $1,500/month plus security.
Al Yusko, 941-962-6117.
VACATION: MARCH ONLY. Clean 2BR/1BA mobile home,
cable, phone, washer and dryer, carport, two miles to
beach. $1,100 month/$400 week. 941-779-1112.
ANNUAL HOMES BEACH: Close to beach, shops and
trolley. Updated 2BR/1BA unit. Two balconies, Gulf sun-
sets. $900/month plus utilities. 941-545-6118.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BRf2BA home, Anna Maria, $1,400/
month. 2BR/2BA apartment, Anna Maria, $875/month.
Riverfront condo, 2BR/2BA, $1,195/month. 1BR/1BA,
new tile and paint, $775/month. Cedar's East townhome,
3BR/2.5BA, $2,750/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-
2BR/2BA ANNUAL: $850/month, first, last and security.
941-773-9122.2818 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL: 2BR/2BA, ELEVATED duplex in Bradenton
Beach. One block to beach. High ceilings, clean. Pet
considered. $950/month. 941-725-2549.
1BR/1BA APARTMENT with patio. Walk to beach. Avail-
able weekly and monthly. $1,800/month. 941-773-4180.
CORTEZ/BRADENTON AREA: Spacious, furnished
1BR/1BA apartment. Full kitchen, dining room, living
room. Includes utilities, cable, laundry room. Community
boat ramp, marina. $995/month. 941-761-2725.
ANNUAL: COMPLETELY REMODELED 1BR/1BA apart-
ment on Avenue E, Holmes Beach. Nonsmoker, no pets.
$850/month includes all utilities. First, last and security
NORTH END BY Rod & Reel pier, one and 2BR apart-
ments for rent, weekly, monthly or annual, reasonable
rates. Call for dates and prices. 941-747-3321.
ANNUAL ANNA MARIA: Steps to the beach. One master
suite with upscale bathroom plus one full bath with tub.
Completely remodeled, everything is new! Poolside with
large patio. $900/month includes water and garbage.
Small pet OK. E-mail: email@example.com for photos
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VACATION CONDO: MARCH 2007. 1BR/1BA, $375/
week. Heated pool and tennis. Real Estate Mart, 941-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1 BA
or 2BR/1BA with pool.Walk to beach, shopping, restau-
rants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.
ANNA MARIA: CANALFRONT property: 2BR/2BA with
views of Tampa Bay.Walking distance to beach, shops and
restaurants. $739,000.941-779-1512 or 941-737-7972.
3BR/2BA: One bedroom used as a den/office/playroom,
enclosed lanai, tiled with carpeted bedrooms. 1,400 sf,
county water/sewer, citrus trees, near Brentwood school
in Sarasota. Reduced to $274,900.941-379-4196 or 941-
NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes to
beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake Real
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
NON-EVACUATION/NON-flood area: 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Village Green, quiet street, minutes to beaches,
shopping, doctors, hospitals. Tile floors, bedrooms car-
peted, screened lanai. $297,000.941-794-1640.
CPR: DON'T STRESS out over your property manage-
ment fees. Low rates and tiered services. Now accepting
new rental properties. Call Suzanne, 941-962-0971, or
PERICO ISLAND BY owner. Single 3BR/2BA home,
beautifully decorated and maintained. Wide-open views
overlooking preserve from heated, caged pool. Buyers
agents, 3 percent. $472,000. 941-794-8360.
DIRECT WATERFRONT: Latchkey. 65A Cortez Park,
Avenue D. 941-779-CAIN.
PERICO BAY CLUB:3BR/2BA with full bay views! Granite
countertops, 20-inch porcelain tile, carpet, custom clos-
ets, plantation shutters, designer furnishings and more.
$550,000. Brokers protected. Easy to show. 859-264-
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT in northwest Bradenton,
desirable neighborhood near the river. $216,000. Owner/
agent, Bobbie Banan, Michael Saunders & Company,
BAYFRONT HOME ON Anna Maria Sound. Unobstructed
view, southern exposure. Private. $1,100,000. Brokers
protected. 941-778-0029. 517 Bayview Drive, Holmes
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 Bra-
denton Country Club. Great family neighborhood, close
to everything. 5116 10th Ave. Drive W. 941-685-7035.
Directions: Manatee Ave. to 51st to 10th Ave.
UNBLOCKABLE GULF VIEW: Old small cottage across
from Coquina Beach. $50,000 down, assume $238,000
at $950/month. 941-866-0224. www.bogeylane.com.
BRADENTON BEACH:2BR/2BA end unit. Huge Gulf views
from most rooms. Beautiful Tommy Bahama-style furnish-
ings. Pool, hot tub, tennis, docks. Great vacation home and
rental income. By owner. $615,000. 941-388-5238.
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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 canal-
front with dock, 3BR/2BA, short walk to Gulf. $780,000.
941-792-1214.230 Oak Ave., Anna Maria. Please do not
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. 941-761-2457.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE townhouse: 2BR/2.5BA, 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. 941-932-0480.
DESIRABLE LEWIS PARK-area home with separate
1BR/1 BA guest quarters. Lovely fenced yard. $319,000.
HOLMES BEACH, ANNA Maria Island: Ideal condo,
2BR/2BA, spacious, elevated, turnkey furnished, car-
port, pool. Steps to beach and shops. $369,000. Call
RIVERVIEW BOULEVARD HOME for sale. 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage plus family room, over 2,000 sf. Secluded
pool and tropical garden area. Updated and well-main-
tained. $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.
MAGNIFICENT PALMA SOLA VIEW: Perico Bay 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. Owner is a broker.
FOR SALE: HOLMES Beach. Beautifully remodeled,
direct bayfront 2BR townhouse with pier and lift.Views to
Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Four floors with garage, eleva-
tor, renovated kitchen with granite counters and stain-
less-steel appliances. Private top-floor sun deck. Priced
below current appraisal. Newly inspected. Home warranty.
$949,900. Dianne Kryszak, 941-993-4078, Robert Linde-
man, 941-504-2123. Michael Saunders & Co., licensed
real estate broker. 61 S. Blvd. of Presidents, St.Armands
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 lakeview. Minutesto beaches, walkto shopping
and restaurants. For sale by owner. #6642 Hidden Lake
condominium. Open daily. 941-761-0807.
FIND IT! BUY IT! SELL IT FAST! In The Islander.
4BR/3BA CONDO! Low taxes, low maintenance, no flood
insurance. Minutes from the beaches. Under $250,000.
Keller Williams Realty, 941-932-1288.
GOLF COURSE, CLOSE to beach. 2BR/2BA, spacious
lanai. $197,500. No flood, low maintenance fees, heated
pool, tennis, etc. Karen Pfeiffer, Realtor, Keller Williams
3BR/3BA HOM E ON deep-water canal. Totally remodeled
inside, two master suites. Carpet, ceramic and vinyl tile.
Asking $864,000. Call for appointment. 941-778-1620.
OPEN HOUSE: 2-4pm Sunday. Perico Island. 3BR/2BA,
built to 2004 hurricane codes. Great master suite, heated
pool and amenities. 11103 Willow Dale Ct $390,000.941-
SEABREEZE MOBILE HOME park: Lot 73, doublewide
priced to sell. Minutes to beaches. $33,000. 941-795-
CONRAD BEACH: GULFSIDE, north Longboat Key.
Steps to quiet beach. Built 2004 by well-known architect
and designer. Upscale and stylish. 1961 sf. Home owners
association covers lawn, pool, cable and security. Priced
to sell.$998,500. EWM Realtors Inc.www.LuxuryHomes-
Condos.com. Owner/agent, 305-632-0449.
HOLMES BEACH LOT: 50x100 feet, two blocks to the
beach, ready to build. $499,000. 941-778-4036.
2BR/2BA MOBILE HOME in Paradise Bay Estates. Land-
owned, turnkey furnished. 12x20-foot deck in back, golf
cart included. Asking $150,000.941-761-4532.
OPEN SATURDAY AND Sunday 1-5pm. Only a few steps
from beach with partial bay view.Totally renovated bright
1BR unit in Runaway Bay. Price drastically reduced. By
owner, 941-778-8327.1801 Gulf Drive, unit 271, Braden-
NEW CONDO $289,900. For sale by owner. 2BR/2BA,
den, garage, screened lanai, lake view, minutes to
beaches. Open daily. 941-761-0807 or 502-523-2019.
6442 Hidden Lake condominiums.
DUPLEX BY OWNER: Holmes Beach on large 85x110-
foot lot. 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA. Great rental history.
$750,000.303 74th St. 941-779-0120.
$399,000:2BR/2BA HOME on large corner lot. Space for
expansion and a pool. Call Carla Price, Bark and Com-
pany Realty Inc. 941-778-5900.
HOLMES BEACH: CLEAN custom 1950s ranch, 2,100
sf, attached large efficiency apartment, fully furnished.
$575,000 or best offer. Show anytime. 513-378-9100.
BRADENTON BEACH CONDO: 1BR/1BA, pool, tennis,
fitness room, beach access, turnkey furnished. Short,
long-term or annual rental. $329,900 or best offer. 941-
ANNA MARIA ISLAND duplex is an investor's dream. 2-
3 blocks walking distance to the beach. Great getaway.
Restaurants and shopping nearby. $539,900. Jerry Sutton
Realty Professional Group Inc. 813-263-6995.
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BEACH COTTAGES: 250 steps to the Beach, 1BR/1 BA,
$195,000, 2BR/1BA, $249,000. Close to Bean Point, fur-
nished, owner financing. 941-219-1042.
17 GSR PROPERTIES liquidation. For details visit Satur-
day and Sunday 1-4pm, 109 Fifth St., Bradenton Beach.
Sealed bids accepted until noon, March 15. Rosebay Real
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6BR on canal, deeded beach
access. Use it, rent it out or redevelop. $699,900. Mary
Ann Namack, Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
KEY ROYALE HOME: 3BR/2BA, all new interior. Way
below appraisal. Boat dock, pool and spa. $789,000.
QUALITY DUPLEX WITH huge garage. One block to
beach. Low price. $487,000. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-
AAH! COOL MOUNTAIN breezes! Murphy N.C. Afford-
able land, homes, mountain cabins, on lakes, mountains
and streams. Free brochure, 877-837-2288. Exit Realty
Mountain View Properties. www.exitmurphy.com.
BUY NOW! COASTAL North Carolina land or homes.
Low taxes and insurance. Call today! Coastal Carolina
Lifestyle Realty, 800-682-9951. www.CoastalCarolinaL-
NORTH CAROLINA: COOL mountain air, views and
streams, homes, cabins and acreage. Free brochure, 800-
642-5333. Realty Of Murphy. 317 Peachtree St., Murphy
NC 28906. www.realtyofmurphy.com.
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
BEACH LIVING AT its best! Ocean Isle, N.C. Exclusive
island resort lots. Close to Myrtle Beach and historic
Wilmington. From $450,000. 910-579-2800.
BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA: Winter season is here!
Must see the beautiful peaceful western North Carolina
mountains homes, cabins, acreage and investments.
Cherokee Mountain GMAC Real Estate. cherokeemoun-
tainrealtycom. Call for free brochure, 800-841-5868.
LAKE ACCESS BARGAIN: One-plus acres, $34,900.
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 financing.
Prime waterfronts available. Call now 800-704-3154,
NEW COASTAL GEORGIA community Half-to two-acre
homesites starting in the $200,000s. Marshfront with live
oaks, palm trees and panoramic views. Perfect for family
retreat, weekend getaway, or retirement. Showing March
24 by appointment only Call 866-432-7320.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: LOG cabin shell on two private
acres near very wide trout stream in the Galax area and
New River State Park. $139,500. Owner, 866-789-8535.
COASTAL GEORGIA: NEW, pre-construction golf com-
munity. Large lots and condos with deepwater, marsh,
golf, nature views. Gated, golf, fitness center, tennis,
trails, docks. $70s-$300,000. 877-266-7376. www.coo-
MAINE OCEAN-ACCESS bargain: Only $115.29/month.
Nicely wooded three-plus-acre lot with deeded rights to private
sand beach and dock. Only $24,900. Private gated commu-
nity along Maine coast. Owner financing to qualified buyers.
20 percent down $4,980,4.9 percent fixed-rate, 25-yearterm.
Only $115.29/month. Call L&S Realty, 207-781-3294.
NEW PRICE! 10-plus acres, $299,000. Upscale, equestrian,
gated community! 200-year-old oaks. Established lush pas-
tures. Paved private roads, underground utilities. Two milesfrom
HITS! Excellent financing! Call 866-352-2249, ext. 1156.
OWNER SAYS SELL! 36-plus acres, $197,000. 50 per-
cent below recent certified appraisal. Nicely wooded
acreage in private, secluded setting. Mature oaks and
pines, abundant wildlife, gated community. Registered
survey, power and phone. Excellent financing. Must see.
Call owner now, 866-352-2249, ext. 1179.
RARE! NATIONAL FOREST frontage and trophy trout
stream. Large acreage, parcels new to market. www.
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.
GEORGIA/FLORIDA BORDER: Huge savings! 23.55
acres, only $109,900 was $124,900. Coastal region.
Wooded, loaded with wildlife. Long road frontages, utili-
ties, new survey. Subdivision potential! Excellent financ-
ing. Call now, 800-898-4409, ext. 1155.
COASTAL GEORGIA: 135-plus acres, $249,900. Geor-
gia/Florida border. Mature pines, abundant wildlife. Long
road frontages, utilities, black rail fencing. Potential to
subdivide. Excellent financing. Call now, 800-898-4409
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SPanoramic views of Skyway Bridge and
S Tampa Bay with 135-foot seawall, heated pool
Sand deep-water dock with boat lift. 3BK/3BA,
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-
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HANDYMAN SPECIAL Anna Maria City. Large
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Only $275,000 per side.
KEY ROYALE Move-in condition. beautiful ZbK/ZBA.
Huge patio and Florida room. Nice landscaping on
canal. Great value at $599,000.
HIfIS IC FISHING VILLAUL U CUKIEZL.
3BR/2BA starter home. Tile floors throughout. Walk to
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GULFFRONT: SIX UNITS From 3BR to 1BR, fully
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110 13T'H SI S., ANNA MARIA ISLAND -
Spectacular bay views from this darling 2BR/I BA cottage
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1811 NW 72ND ST, SHAWS POINT New! Custom
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243 17TH ST N, BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
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RD. 64, OLD
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grapes and spring
offers plenty of
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408 S. BAY BLVD., ANNA MARIA
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