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BIEO: Send National Guard to Coquina if needed

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Following the Easter Sunday shooting of three
people on Coquina Beach the threat of thousands of
people descending on the Island for Cinco de Mayo
Saturday, May 5, prompted Longboat Key Town Com-
missioner George Spoll to suggest that the National
Guard be called in if local law enforcement officials
can't preserve the peace.
Speaking at the April 18 Coalition of Barrier Island

Elected Officials meeting in Holmes Beach, Solis and
other officials expressed serious concerns about safety
for the upcoming holiday and questioned whether or
not paid parking would stop gang activity.
"Gangs would just move to another area," said
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, who is
opposed to paid parking at Coquina Beach and other
county facilities on the Island.
Besides, said Holmes Beach City Commissioner
Sandy Haas-Martens, if paid parking were instituted

at Coquina Beach, it would have to be installed at the
county's two other Island parks: Manatee Public Beach
in Holmes Beach and Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.
Right now, those are about the only places in
the county where a family can go for recreation that
"doesn't cost an arm and a leg," she said.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore
told the BIEO that she was also opposed to paid park-
ing, but said that will be one of the issues brought by

. Coquina Beach safety

.discussed: Many

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Justin's barber is ( i, i, Madden. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Man linked to shooting HB police

officer arrested on other charges

Justin Garrett, 18, of Bradenton, was wanted
for burglary and violation of probation when he was
arrested April 17, shortly before 7 p.m. after fleeing a
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy who had rec-
ognized him.
At press time, Garrett remained in the Manatee
County jail without bond.
Garrett's name has come up in connection with
the shooting of Holmes Beach Police Officer James
Cumston on April 4.
Cumston, off-duty at the time, had spotted a bur-
glary taking place at a residence near his Bradenton
home in the 2000 block of 36th Avenue East.
Cumston was shot but not seriously injured as he
pursued the suspects in his personal vehicle. A bullet
fragment hit Cumston's leg and he was treated and
released from the hospital that day.
A NewsManatee.com source has twice confirmed
that the sheriff's office believes Garrett is a second sus-
pect in the shooting of Cumston, but the source says
authorities can't yet prove their case.
The sheriff's office has refused to comment offi-
cially on any link between Garrett and another suspect,
James Perkins.
Perkins, 19, of Bradenton, was arrested April 4 in
Georgia in connection with the incident and faces an
attempted murder charge. Manatee County authorities

have sought his extradition but, as of The Islander
press time, Perkins remained in the Barrow County
Detention Center.

thoughts, solutions...?
By Paul Roat
The general problem: Coquina Beach has, upon
occasions and especially on holidays, large numbers
of potentially unruly crowds of what law enforcement
officers describe as gang members.
The specific problem: On Easter Sunday, three
Arcadia men were shot at about 4:30 p.m., despite a
significant police presence. Two suspects were arrested
at the scene and face charges in the shootings.
The solutions: myriad.
A group of county and municipal officials met April
17 to discuss the problems and seek solutions to what
Bradenton Beach officials have said is a long-standing
The Preserve Our Beautiful Beaches Task Force
meeting at Bradenton Beach City Hall drew Manatee
County officials from a number of departments, as
well as officials from Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach, Longboat Key and Manatee County
Sheriff Brad Steube.
Findings from the task force will be presented to
the Manatee County Commission April 24 at 2:30 p.m.
at the county building in downtown Bradenton. The
commission will have the final say on what plan of
action will be taken.
The basic consensus of the group seemed to focus
on a plan designed by Mike Sosadeeter, with the coun-
ty's parks and recreation department.
He configured a new parking plan for the popular
south-Island park last year, which received the blessing
of the city's scenic highway committee and local law
The plan calls for five "pods" and limited

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2 0 APRIL 25, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Coquina Beach/BIEO suggestions Kudos to cops in beach shooting incident

county staff to the county commission's April 24 meet-
It's not going to work, she said, adding the county
"might just close the beach on Cinco de Mayo for public
safety." If that happens, Bayfront Park and Manatee
Public Beach will also have to close, she suggested.
But Whitmore's not in favor of such a drastic mea-
sure unless the Island cities demand such action. She
said each Island city should be represented at the April
24 meeting.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office, county
administrator and the parks and recreation staff are
expected to present a proposal at that meeting calling
for Coquina Beach to be divided into separate and inde-
pendent parking lots that can't be accessed from one
lot to another. Each lot will hold 400 cars and when a
lot is full, it will be closed.
But Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor John Shaugh-
nessy, whose city will likely bear the brunt of visitors
on May 5, said those efforts won't stop gangs from
heading to Coquina Beach.
"Nothing is going to stop these people" if they want
to come to the beach and be disruptive, he said.
Whitmore also noted that the law enforcement
presence on May 5 should be equal to that on Easter
Unfortunately, noted Longboat Key Town Com-
missioner George Spoll, even a large police presence
that day couldn't stop the gang-related shootings.
"Is local law enforcement able to handle a riot?"
he asked, suggesting that, if not, call in the National
Shaughnessy noted that all this concern was just
over a few people, mostly from outside Manatee
County, who are troublemakers.
"The majority of the people have to suffer because
of the minority," he said.
And the resultant publicity is an embarrassment,
said Bradenton Beach Commissioner Bill Shearon.
I'm concerned about bad publicity. We have to do
something now, right or < 'n',. or this is going to kill
us for years."
The focus, said Longboat Key Mayor Jeremy
Whatmough, should be on controlling who comes to

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale has
posted a letter of commendation to his officers involved
in the Coquina Beach shooting Easter Sunday. The
letter, addressed to the city's mayor and commission,
reads as follows:
"This letter of commendation is to inform you of
the outstanding police work performed by the brave
officers of the Bradenton Beach Police Department on
Easter Sunday. The officers had to deal with an esti-
mated 19,000 people on the beaches that day, of which
2,000 to 3,000 were recognized gangs/clubs. In addition
to the fight calls, loud noise disturbances and traffic
nightmare, the officers responded to a triple shooting
that occurred literally less than 100 yards from where
they were standing.
"It is of this triple shooting incident that you all

Manatee County
Commissioner Carol
Whitmore, center,
raises her concerns
about public safety
at Coquina Beach
to Bradenton Beach
Vice Mayor John
. siiiiit ; \y, at left,
and Anna Maria City
Commissioner Jo
Ann Mattick, at the
April 18 meeting of
the Coalition of Bar-
rier Island Elected
Officials. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin

the beach.
Problems with parking, crowds and gang activity
at Coquina Beach are nothing new, said Whitmore.
In other BIEO matters, Bohnenberger said it now
appears likely that a special session of the Legisla-
ture will be needed to deal with Florida's pressing tax
He also noted that a proposal currently being

discussed in the Florida Legislature would take
away a city's right to negotiate a franchise agree-
ment with the telecom industry and pass the rights
to the county. That would eliminate a revenue source
for the cities.
If the telecommunications industry can bypass the
cities, then the electric companies will be the next franchise
to try to eliminate the cities from the negotiating table.

.. ... .

should be especially proud of the officer response.
When the shots rang out through the trees in the park
and the crowds of people were running from the shoot-
ers, it was the brave officers of this department (who
had joined forces with the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office and Multi-Agency Gang Task Force) that ran
into the direction of gunfire, without any hesitation for
their own safety, and quickly apprehended both shoot-
ers and recovered both guns.
"The officers that worked on that day are listed and
should be given a special recognition for their bravery
and devotion of duty.
"Lt. John Cosby, Sgt. Charles Sloan, Detective Sgt.
Lenard Diaz, Officers Thomas Ferrara, James Gill, Jason
Higgins, Thomas McGill, Frang Agnelli, Tim Matthews,
Bryan Lake, Herb Hewitt and Mike Bazell."

THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 25, 2007 3 3

Coquina safety concerns voiced
ingress-egress to the park. No longer would north-
south "cruising" be allowed through the proposed
rope-and-bollard lined system of shell roads, but
instead motorists would enter from the east and park
in separated areas.
The plan would also allow for gates in each area,
and when cars filled the pods, gates would block out
the areas and separate the regions from vehicular travel.
Parking would also be turned 90 degrees from the
current lineup of north-south lanes to east-west lanes
- to allow better patrolling of the areas, Sosadeeter
There would be no change in the current 1,300 esti-
mated parking spaces at the county park.
"I think the plan is good," Bradenton Beach Chief
Sam Speciale said at the meeting. "We had 2,000 to
3,000 gang members or club members there, and they
were spread out all along the beach on Easter, and we
had to spread out the law enforcement efforts. If we' ve
got gates separating the beaches into sections, so we
can have families at one end, and then have the gangs
stuck into one area, it lets us keep an eye on those
Cindy Turner, head of the county's parks and rec-
reation department, said the beach reconfiguration plan
would cost about $750,000.
Parks and recreation project manager Tom Yarger
said the south end of the beach redesign could be
accomplished in a few months, with the whole beach
re-do completed in eight months, pending state permits
approval and county funding.
The consensus of the task force was that the new
redesign would significantly restrict unruly activities
at the beach.

Law enforcement comments
There were upwards of 40 law enforcement per-
sonnel from Bradenton Beach and the Manatee County
Sheriff s Office on the beach on Easter in anticipation of
something happening, based on sources of gang-related
information. Despite a heightened law enforcement
presence, the shootings occurred in fact, the shoot-
ings took place yards from uniformed officers.
"If they decide to shoot someone," Speciale said,
"they will shoot someone."
Steube said that deputies provide a "show of
force" on holidays on their way to the beach. The
tactical unit and mounted police travel in a convoy
to the beach, as well as having the sheriff's gang
units present with video cameras to tape activities.
"I don't know what the solution to the problem
is," he said. "As ready as we thought we were, it hap-
pened. "
Steube suggested that the rental of the pavilions on
the beach be vetted through law enforcement officials to
determine if anyone having criminal backgrounds was
attempting to rent the structures. "It's a way to limit
people," he said.
Special also said that law enforcement previously
initiated a "beer patrol" on the beach early in the day on
holidays, confiscating alcohol prohibited on Mana-
tee County beaches as a form of control of unruly

Joe Miller
bids during
the Affaire to
Remember live
auction April 21
at St. Bernard
Catholic Church.
More than 300
people attended
the party to
celebrate the
Island commu-
nity and support
the Center and
its programs and
also contribute
to its ongoing
building cam-
paign. The event
raised an esti-
mated $350,000.
Islander Photo:
Nancy Ambrose

activity. That practice was halted due to concerns of
"profiling" people.
"We used to look in the coolers, but were told no,
it' s an illegal search and seizure," Speciale said. "If we
could look in the coolers, and if we had signs that said
that we could, we'd like to do so, because they also
have their guns in the coolers. We' re not so worried
about the fights, as we are of the guns.
"It's terrible to say, but maybe we should think
about having signs that say that guns are prohibited on
county beaches," he added.
Additional law enforcement personnel on the beach
was also broached as a solution.
Currently, Bradenton Beach contracts with the
sheriff's office to have two officers and some equip-
ment available at Coquina Beach annually for a fee to
the city of about $80,000.
Steube said if deputies took over the patrol, and
did so on a seven-day-a-week, 24-hour-a-day basis, the
cost would be about $670,000 per year for five deputies.
"But my suggestion, if Chief Speciale will do it, is for
his officers to do it. It makes much more sense. We've
got some things to do in the sheriff's office right now,
and having five deputies on the beach is not what we
want to do. I believe it' s better to contract with Braden-
ton Beach for more people."
However, Steube did say that the upcoming Cinco
de Mayo holiday on Saturday, May 5, would produce
a large large law enforcement presence at the beach.
"Ibelieve we' 11 need the same presence on Cinco as
Easter," he said, "because that is what the community
will expect."

The 'paid' word
And then there was the discussion of paid parking
on the beach, an issue that has been bandied about for
Turner, of the county's parks and recreation depart-
ment, said she had canvassed Southwest lorida regard-
ing police presence and parking fees.
Parking at Clearwater Beach in Pinellas County
is metered, with annual resident parking for unlimited
times at $40 per year.
Collier County charges beach fees of $30 per year,
she said, but that fee is collected from resident property
taxes. Non-residents pay $6 per day.
Sarasota County does not charge for parking at its
beaches, but has a heightened law enforcement pres-
ence at its shores.
"Sarasota County and Sarasota City would like
to have paid parking," she said, "not as a deterrent to
crime, but as a way to pay for the law enforcement
"I'11 use the' paid' word," Speciale said. "We need
to do a paid park. In Clearwater, it's $15 a day, and
crime up there was reduced by 70 percent. We ask these
guys why they're here, and they say it's because it's

Manatee County commissioners were scheduled
to address the beach safety issues at their meeting
Tuesday, April 24, with a scheduled time on the day's
agenda of 2:30 p.m.

Shooting suspect faces charges

Perkins was arrested on a warrant out of Manatee
County at about 10 p.m. April 5. U.S. Marshal Bill Fiscus
had notified the Barrow County [Georgia] Sheriff's
Office that Perkins was possibly in the area to see rela-
The Barrow County News reported that the sheriff' s
office dispatched crisis negotiators and a tactical unit
after Perkins barricaded himself in a home in Winder.
After about two hours of negotiations, Perkins left
the home and was taken into custody.
The apprehension of
Perkins led to two misde-
meanor charges against him
G.i in Barrow County two
counts of obstruction of
Garrett was located at
about 6 p.m. April 17 when
a deputy spotted him in the
1900 block of 32nd Avenue
Garrett The deputy, who
knew a felony warrant had been issued for Garrett, saw
him standing near a vehicle. Garrett noticed the deputy
and fled on foot, according to the report.
Garrett jumped a fence and ran through several
yards. A K-9 unit and several deputies were called
to track Garrett and set up a perimeter to close in on
Shortly afterward, Garrett was found hiding in a
tree in the 3200 block of 22nd Street East and was taken
into custody. Apparently, Garrett damaged a hot tub on
the property when climbing into the tree.
Garrett was arrested for the felony burglary warrant
and for violation of probation. He also faces charges of
criminal mischief, trespass and resisting arrest without
Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate the
April 4 burglary and shooting of Cumston.
As Cumston pursued the suspects, he called 911.
The officer was shot in the 3500 block of 27th Street
Court East and again near the intersection of 27th Street
East and 36th Avenue East.
The suspect vehicle stopped in the 3200 block
of 27th Street East and someone fired more rounds
at Cumston. At that point, Cumston returned several
rounds of gunfire.
He reported losing sight of the suspect vehicle in
the area of 36th Avenue East and 17th Street East and
the vehicle was recovered later that day.

Mike Quinn, publisher of NewsManatee.com, and
Islander reporter Lisa Neff contributed to this report.


Anna Maria City
April 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting at Holmes
Beach City Hall.
Anna Maria City Hall is temporarily housed in the
annex building at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, 708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.

Bradenton Beach
April 25, 10 a.m., mangrove awareness meeting.
May 1, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
May 3, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
April 27, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board meeting.
April 30, 6:30 p.m., police volunteer training meet-
May 2, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

Of Interest
April 24, 2:30 p.m., Manatee County Commission,
beach safety discussion, 1112 Manatee Ave. W. Bra-
April 26, 5:30 p.m., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
volunteer training meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.

4 0 APRIL 25, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Insurance: Leading companies set 'disturbing trend'

By Molly McCartney
Islander Reporter
A local resident and insurance consultant who has
just been appointed to the board of Citizens Property
Insurance Corp. says there is a "disturbing trend" in the
operations of leading insurance companies: They're not
much interested in insurance.
"They would rather be in other lines of business
that make more money rather than insuring property,"
said Andrea M. "Andy" Bennett.
She also characterized the Florida insurance crisis
as "the worst that anyone has seen ever in the history
of the United States."
In an interview with The Islander, Bryant raised
questions about the Florida regulation of insurance,
suggesting that it might be better described as "ir-
regulation" because of inconsistencies in the laws and
As a member of the board that governs Citizens,
Bennett is one of eight directors responsible for running
the biggest insurance company in the state and one of
the largest in the nation.
Citizens, the state's insurer of last resort, has more
than 1.2 million policies, including 22,176 in Manatee
County. Many of the Manatee policies provide cover-
age for residential and commercial properties on Anna
Maria Island.
Bennett has worked in the insurance field for a quar-
ter century and has held several top government jobs. In
the mid-1990s, she served as chief executive officer of
the Florida Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting
A native of Montana, Bennett served three terms in
the state legislature there and was later elected Montana
State Auditor, a position that made her responsible for
the state payroll, insurance and securities regulation.
Bennett and her husband moved to Florida about 12
years ago and now live in a Cortez condominium, only
a short distance from her office in the Whitney Beach
Shopping Center on Longboat Key. She is the founding
president of A.M. Bennett and Company, which spe-
cializes in corporate, regulatory and legislative matters
for all lines of insurance.
As a member of the Citizens board, she is entitled
to reimbursement for expenses, such as travel to board
and committee meetings, but no salary.
Here is a condensed version of the Islander inter-
view with Bennett.
Q: What do you hope to achieve as a member of
the Citizens Insurance board?
A: Well, being a free-market person, I am hoping
we will be able to reduce the number of policies in
Citizens and it will become a safe place to hold poli-
cyholders until the market comes back.
Q: How long do you think that will take?
A: It isn't going to happen overnight. But I expect
to see things happen within four or five years. Already
there are speculators that are trying to set up insurance
companies, but that isn't where I want our policies to
go. I want our policies to go to bona fide insurance
companies that have years of experience. I don't want
the Florida one-state insurers like the Poe Financial
group. Although Mr. Poe had a great amount of experi-
ence, he started a brand new company that could not
get licensed anywhere else, because in order to cross
state lines you need to be a seasoned company, and I

Andrea M. (Andy) Bennett, a Longboat Key insur-
ance consultant, has been appointed to the board of
the Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state's
biggest insurer. Islander Photo: Molly McCartney

want seasoned companies from everywhere to come
back to Florida.
Q: How would you characterize the insurance
crisis in Florida today?
A: It is the worst that anyone has seen ever in the
history of the United States.
Q: You think it is worse than a year ago?
A: Absolutely.
Q: How are you measuring that?
A: I see insurance companies that had agreed to
stay in the state during these rough times are starting to
turn into financial institutions rather than do the busi-
ness of insurance. They would rather be in other lines
of business that make more money rather than insuring
Q: Can you give an example?
A: Without naming a company, I will give you an
example. If you take a look at the background of the
president of Company X, he came from retail sales.
He was a financial banker on Wall Street and he was
put on the board of Company X. Then the corporation
that owned Company X spins off that company into a
separate organization and he becomes the president.
He has absolutely no insurance experience, and what
they are doing is going into other lines of insurance
that are more profitable. They want you to invest your
money with them in annuities and things like that. They
don't want to do property insurance. They are getting
out of property insurance. They are actually handing
off insurance to other companies. It is a very disturb-
ing trend. They are not interested in insuring. They are
looking to see where they can maximize the most for
their stockholders.
Q: How extensive is this practice?
A: I think it is a very disturbing trend. And when
you have Allstate and State Farm, the two largest

Historical society receives achievement award

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation has
honored the Anna Maria Island Historical Society
with an organizational achievement award.
AMIHS, which operates the historical museum
at 402 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria, will formally
receive the award at a conference in Sarasota in
May, said director Sissy Quinn.
Quinn discussed the award made for the
historical society's preservation of Belle Haven
Cottage during the group's board meeting April
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
is the only statewide preservation organization in
Florida. The non-profit was formed in 1978 to pro-
mote the preservation of the architectural, historical
and archaeological heritage of Florida.

In other business, board members discussed
efforts to organize and identify a massive collection
of photographs at the museum and agreed to pursue
grants to support the work.
The board also prepared for a membership meeting
to take place at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, on the museum
The meeting agenda includes the election of
board members and officers, adoption of revised
by-laws and the awarding of a scholarship.
The board also hopes to celebrate soon with
members the conclusion of a busy winter season for
the historical society.
Beginning May 1, the museum will be open
summer hours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. The schedule will continue to Oct. 1.
For more information about the membership
meeting or the museum, call 778-0492.

insurance companies, heading in that direction, you
are going to see other insurers doing the same thing,
because [Allstate and State Farm] are the leaders of the
Q: So what is the solution to the crisis that you see
as the worst ever?
A: I really do believe that over the past 20 years
that Florida has not done a very good job in insurance
regulation. What would be a good word it has been
ir-regulation. Pretty much the whim of the political
person in power at the time.
Q: So what is the fix?
A: Insurers have to know that there is stable insur-
ance regulation. As long as they know what the rules
are, they don't mind playing by those rules. And in
Florida, that has not been the case for 20 years, give or
take a year on either side. I will give you an example.
I am a former insurance regulator. I do consulting for
insurance companies. But I don't do any of my busi-
ness in the state of Florida. I have a couple of Florida
companies but I handle all of their business outside of
Florida. They just don't do business in Florida. Nobody
wants to do business in Florida because it is not a good
Q: And that is because of the nature of regulation
as opposed to specific regulations?
A: Yes. Companies need to know what the rules
are, as well as the laws. But in Florida, your policy
form will stay in the Office of Insurance Regulation for
two or three years. Well, that policy form is a product
they want to sell right now. They figure it may take a
few weeks, maybe even three months to get the bugs
worked out before putting it on the market and they
will allow for that much time because that is the way it
is in the rest of the country. But not in Florida. Things
languish two or three years in Florida, and finally the
insurers just lose interest and they don't want to do
business here. So it is not only the laws, it is the rules
that designate how those laws will be carried out.
Q: Who is responsible for these delays?
A: The Office of Insurance Regulation, which is
under Kevin McCarty.
Q: OIR works under the direction of the Florida
Cabinet, which includes the governor. Has OIR been
told to be consistent in the rules they develop as a way
to implement state law?
A: They've been told.
Q: Isn't it up to the Cabinet to oversee the OIR?
A: Yes, but it is relatively new for the Cabinet, so
they are still looking around and trying to figure what
they are supposed to think, say and do about insurance
regulations. They are starting to take it more seriously.
They are starting to actually take a look at overseeing
the OIR.
Q: A big part of the debate about insurance has
been focused on Citizens exposure to loss in the event
of a big storm, with the taxpayer as the backup. What
do you think about that?
A: I am quite frightened about it. It makes it
more difficult for us to go from a quasi-governmental
insurance company that wants to reduce what we are
Q: Describe your experience this past year in get-
ting insurance for your business, which is located on
a barrier island.
A: I did have a terrible amount of trouble. I was
calling everyone I knew in the insurance business:
CEOs, underwriters, anyone to help me out, because
I had a package policy at the $1 million level, but I
needed to up my coverage to $2 million to be on a job
that I was working on. I was finally able to find it. But
let me tell you, I really did beat the bushes.
Q: At what price?
A: I had two offers. One was $4,000 from a sur-
plus lines company and one was $500 from a standard
licensed insurer. So I took the one for $500. This was
a policy for contents of my office.
Q: What do you hear from friends and colleagues
about your appointment to the Citizens board? Are they
saying condolences or congratulations?
A: It has been pretty much congratulations. And
my response has been, "Thank you, I think."

Note: If you have an insurance story to share with
others about your experience with rate hikes, rate
reductions, rate refunds or other insurance issues,
please send a note to The Islander by e-mailing msmc-
cartney@sprintmail.com or news@islander.org.

THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 25, 2007 5 5

Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve public hearing April 30

The Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion has scheduled a public meeting April 30 on man-
agement plans for Terra Ceia Bay.
The agency's Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas
office is seeking comments on a 130-page draft docu-
ment on how to manage the area, which lies in northern
Manatee County off Tampa Bay.
Terra Ceia holds some impressive archeologi-
cal treasures, according to the draft plan, dating back
to 8000 B.C. Also visiting the site were a number of
Native Americans, who built shell mounds, or middens,

on the adjoining banks of the bay. Cuban fishers also
used the area for fishing camps in the 1700s. According
to the management plan, Joseph and Julia "Madame
Joe" Atzeroth, with daughter Eliza, were the first per-
manent settlers in the area in 1843.
In 1966, phosphate became a major attraction to the
area with the creation of Borden Chemical Co., now the
defunct Piney Point phosphate plant.
In 1969, a 40-foot-deep channel was dredged to
what is today Port Manatee through Terra Ceia Bay.
The management plan for the bay includes dealing
with marine debris through volunteer cleanup efforts,
as well as a public information campaign on the harm
of such human detritus fishing line, litter and other

trash to stop such debris at its source.
Another goal in the management plan is improving
water quality. The objectives to attain that goal include
enhanced monitoring efforts, among other elements.
There are also concerns within the draft plan about
seagrass beds. Scarring of seagrass meadows by boat
propellers is at issue, and a goal outlined in the plan
calls for reduction of prop-scarring in the Bishop Harbor
area of the preserve area through adding better channel
markings for boaters to avoid shoaled areas.
The meeting will be at the Manatee Convention
Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto, beginning at 6 p.m.
The draft plan is available online at www.aquaticpre-

Egmont Key topic for Off-Stage Ladies
During a monthly meeting at the Bradenton Yacht Club
April 11, the Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players
heard Don Thompson give a history of Egmont Key. The
group's next meeting takes place 11:30 a.m. Wednesday,
May 9, at the American Legion, 2000 75th St. W., Bra-
denton, when Ellen Jones will teach a "Food for Life"
cooking class. For more information, call 761-7374.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

Church Women United meet
Gigi Kelly, assistant director of Manatee ( id,1/J Lt ,' Services, was the featured speaker at the Church Women United
meeting at Roser Memorial Community Church April 13. Women from 24 churches in Manatee County attended the
program at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The group's next event is a May Friendship Day at noon, May 4,
at Central ( ,, i tiii Church in Bradenton. For more information, call 778-6483. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

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Talk before we walk dollar path
"Crime prevention through environmental
That phrase is destined to make headlines for weeks
to come as county and municipal officials wrangle
with law enforcement officials over how to deal with
preventing a recurrence of the horrible Easter Sunday
shooting at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
That incident saw three alleged gang members shot,
two men arrested, on a beach where most of the 19,000
people there thought they'd enjoy a beautiful spring
"CPTED" first came to light in our area about 25
years ago. It was introduced by a Sarasota husband-
wife team, a police officer and city planner who wrote
a short monograph about the concept.
The idea was to create a design for buildings or
parks and open areas, that would allow easy police
viewing of "bad guys," adequate night lighting, low
shrubs and skinny tree trunks to limit hiding places,
fences that allow open views even thorny bushes
under windows to discourage intruders.
It wasn't rocket science. Unfortunately, nobody
seemed to think much of it back then. Now they finally
do, and the concept can work wonders.
The Manatee County Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment offered up a CPTED-based design last year for
Coquina. It was apparently pushed to the back of issues
and budgets until Easter Sunday. Now, a limited plan
to change parking configurations at Coquina Beach will
cost some $750,000.
Manatee County commissioners are meeting, pretty
much as you read this, on the matter, with ideas ranging
from re-developing the environmental elements of the
park to adding an enormous law enforcement presence
at a place that is normally a placid park a place
where everybody should enjoy the beach.
Our concern is that none of the proposals, or any
other thoughts, have had a public airing. Two meetings
were held by officials, one with limited public notice,
and neither allowed public comment. And the county
will decide after just one meeting what to do?
Will they seek some expert advice on crowd con-
trol? Up to now, there has been none, unless you include
local law enforcement, which hasn't amounted to much
of a deterrent.
CPTED is great. So are more cops on the beach.
More lifeguards, more firefighters, more paramedics,
more ... well, more of everything to prevent "our dirty
little secret" from happening again.
But it sure would be nice to hear some expert advice
and to hear it at an open forum where Islanders, visitors,
beachgoers and the rest of the shoreline-loving public can
talk this thing through before our dollars are spent.

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'OK, Parrot Heads, cool it!' By Egan


Hiller defends actions
This letter will address the written comments of
Anna Maria Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick regarding
material I presented at the last city workshop.
An article published April 18 in The Islander enti-
tled "Sex in the city" disclosed information contained
in a police report filed by my family. At the end of
the article, a comment was made that no photos of the
incident were received by the sheriff's department by
the time of publication.
Two of the photos were presented at the city com-
mission workshop. The photos were taken approxi-
mately 50 yards from the [subject] couple. The photos
did not contain any frontal nudity and the images were
somewhat blurry. They did support the fact that nudity
was taking place in broad daylight, very near the pro-
posed "pocket park."
I was taken back by the aggressive nature of Com-
missioner Mattick's comments. It was very unprofes-
sional and inappropriate for an elected official. I can
only assume that she chose to lash out at me in frustra-
tion over the united opposition to her proposed plan.
Like most neighbors in Anna Maria, we are a
close-knit group. While on the surface, a park can be
appealing. What was presented in the workshop was
an example of what can occur in a secluded residen-
tial area, which was appropriately documented by the
photos presented.
Martin Hiller, Anna Maria

Read between GSR lines
Many of the unsecured claims against the GSR
properties on this Island were filed by Islanders like
Kent Davis. How unusual that none of the properties
were sold [by court order] by March 16.
I wonder if the creditors would be interested in the
conversation that we had with a couple willing to pay
CASH for one of those properties. The couple eventu-
ally purchased my listing, so I am not complaining,
but I am apologizing to them for what they told me

about how the property they wanted to purchase was
represented by the showing agent.
Let me just say that the comments were not "typi-
cal" for an agent trying to "Make a Sale" for the seller
and they offended this couple.
In my opinion, if a person has a debt to settle they
should make every effort to pay off their creditors,
secured or unsecured. After all, the creditors were not
the ones who took out huge loans that were unrealis-
tic from the start. The creditors were not the ones that
inflated property values to secure loans that were, most
likely, never intended to be repaid since it seems to be
easier for them to file bankruptcy rather than give up
any of their personal assets that may have been pro-
tected from the courts. I believe that we have to read
between the lines of every transaction to know the truth
before we have too much sympathy.
How many people on this Island are flying around
in private planes and living beyond their means only
to file for court protection against their creditors and
then a few months later come back with a so-called
"restructured plan" for the same project?
People need to get back to the basics: You make
a plan, secure a loan and repay it. Don't take the easy
way out and sit back drinking champagne and eating
caviar. The bottom line is that they win and all of you
Kathy Caserta, Holmes Beach

Oh, that Ellen
We enjoyed Paul Roat's Sandscript column in the
Feb. 14 issue of The Islander. In the section on how
Ellenton got its name, you asked the question "But who
was Ellen?" We were just over to the Gamble Mansion
last week and heard the story that Ellenton was named
after Robert Gamble's daughter, Ellen. I think it was
originally Ellentown, then shortened to Ellenton.
Barb and Don Jackson, Cleveland, Minn.


THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 25, 2007 7 7

Not guilty plea entered in sex case

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A Holmes Beach man has pleaded not guilty to
charges of aiding, abusing and molesting a teenage
Jack Allen Pollock, 19, represented by assistant
public defender Laurence Eger, also demanded a jury
trial in the case stemming from an arrest on the Island
on April 3.
A probable cause affidavit states that Pollock, 19,
was arrested at about 10:55 a.m. April 3 for engaging
in sexual activity with a runaway girl in a wooded area
near Beach Avenue in Anna Maria.
Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Cherry
went to the area with the girl's mother and another
woman to look for the girl.
"We walked into the wooded area northbound
from the west end of Beach Avenue," Cherry wrote in
a report for the sheriff's office.
The report stated that Cherry observed Pollock and
the girl engaged in sexual activity, so Pollock was hand-
cuffed and taken to the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
A probable cause affidavit filed at the Manatee
County Courthouse stated the girl had run away from
home on March 30, returned home on April 2, and then
ran off again on April 3.
On April 3, the girl's mother reported her missing
to the sheriff's office, leading to Cherry's search in the
The affidavit, completed by T.K. Graves, a detec-
tive with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, stated
that the evidence of child abuse were nine bite marks
on the girl, including a mark on her stomach in which
the skin was punctured.
'The bites were photographed by myself and crime
scene as evidence of the severity of the bruising caused
by the bites and the broken skin, consistent with those
seen in many abuse cases as intentional infliction of
physical injury," Graves wrote.
He also wrote that the girl said "the first bite
caught her off guard but she and Jack were playing a
game. Jack said that it was good fun, nothing sexual

or dominating, just a game. Yet Jack had no bites on
Graves said the girl told authorities that she ran
away, went to Pollock's window and told him where
she was staying in the woods.
The girl also said Pollock told her she should go
home, but that he brought her food in the woods. "He
knowingly was aiding her and not disclosing her where-
abouts to her mother or law enforcement," Graves
Pollock was charged with two felonies, lewd or las-
civious battery on a victim under 16 and child abuse. He
was also charged with a misdemeanor, aiding a minor
runaway, according to records at the Manatee County
His arraignment in the case is set for May 18.
Pollock also is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing
and a non-jury trial this week on charges involving
another girl who ran away from home. The hearing
was scheduled for Monday, April 23, and the trial for
Friday, April 27.
Pollock was charged in December 2006 with two
first-degree misdemeanors aiding an unmarried run-
away and contributing to the delinquency or depen-
dency of a child.
Two relatives Charles Pollock and Sandra Pol-
lock are facing misdemeanor charges of aiding an
unmarried runaway and contributing to the delinquency
or dependency of a child.
Court records in the case allege that the offenses
occurred on Sept. 15, 2006.
Charles Pollock, according to a probable cause affi-
davit, "made a spontaneous utterance that the minor
child had been at his home three days. He also admitted
same post-Miranda."
The document also stated that Jack Pollock "had
the minor child ... hidden in his room. He also admitted
post-Miranda that [the girl] had been in the home for
three days and knew personally [the girl] had run away
from home."
In both cases, the girls involved were char-
acterized by authorities as Jack Pollock's girl-

In the April 23, 1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Privateers' President John Swager announced that
the organizations boat float would move to a Cortez
location because Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Van Wag-
oner had the city's code enforcement officer write a
letter to the Privateers giving them two weeks to move
the float from its Holmes Beach location or face a fine
of up to $250 per day.
The Holmes Beach City Commission approved
a special exception for GTE Mobilnet to build a 155-
foot-high cell phone tower at the Smith Realtor building
on Marina Drive, despite the objections of Mayor Bob
Van Wagoner.
Bradenton Beach officials announced the city
received a $500,000 Florida Community Develop-
ment Block grant for landscaping, parking areas, curbs,
lighting and other improvements along Bridge Street, at
the Bradenton Beach Fishing Pier and on surrounding
streets and areas.

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Young, old compete in bottle boat regatta

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Some of the boaters shouted, "Row, row, row."
Others quietly huffed their way through a strong
headwind in the 50-yard course that makes up the Her-
nando de Soto Historical Society's annual plastic bottle
boat regatta along the Palma Sola Causeway.
More than 100 people participated in the April 21
regatta, while an estimated 1,000 people watched.
"That's hilarious," John Lester said as he watched
a boat rock in the water.
Participants were allowed paddles, but no oars
nor motors. The plastic bottles could be no larger than
one-gallon containers with a one-gallon bottle rec-
ommended for each 8 pounds of weight and 240 one-
gallon bottles suggested for a 12-member team. Most
teams had about a half-dozen members.
Rules prohibited the use of foam-expanding insula-
tion but allowed for contestants to use glue, wood, rope,
wire or cloth to keep the temp boat together.
Boaters were separated into categories, ages 10 and
under, ages 11-14, ages 15-18 and adults. A number of
Manatee County public and private schools competed,
including Freedom, Stewart, Mills, Palma Sola, Palmetto
and Ballard elementary schools, St. Stephens Episcopal
School, Haile and King middle schools, Southeast High
School and Bradenton Preparatory Academy.
The number of groups competing in the regatta was
fewer than in 2006 there were 18 races, mostly with
two boats in each run for the finish line.
"The first rule of the day is we're here to have
fun," race volunteer Alan Levy told the crowd before
the regatta began. "The second rule of the day is we're
here to be safe."
There was a pause as the wind whooshedd" into the
microphone. "We've got a little bit of a breeze today,"
added Levy, whose task was to monitor the finish line
and decide the winners.
But regatta chairman Gary Kortzendorf emphasized
that everyone left a winner. I. .\ i\ ii. gets something," he
said as a dozen children bounced around him in the bay.

Two Island students'

achievements lauded
Trina Rizzo and Justin Suca, who attend King
Middle School, are among the most academically tal-
ented seventh-graders in the United States, according
to the Duke University Talent Identification Program.
Both Rizzo and Suca will be recognized this spring
for exceptional scores on the ACT and SAT.
Duke's TIP program identified seventh-grade stu-
dents in 16 states that scored in the 95 percentile on
grade-level achievement tests. As part of the program,
these students take above-level college-entrance exams
to learn more about their abilities.
In addition to the above-level testing experience, all
talent search participants receive educational materials
and resources through 10th-grade to help them develop
to their full academic potential. Based on SAT or ACT
scores, students may qualify to participate in Duke
TIP's summer studies or e-studies programs. Duke TIP
also runs a talent search for fourth- and fifth-graders.
For more information about the Duke TIP search/
program, visit www.tip.duke.edu.

The Barbarians, on the largest boat entered in the regatta, came to conquer. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

STOP removal of pines
Representatives of the "Stop Taking Our Pines"
organization will speak at the Anna Maria City Com-
mission meeting April 25 to voice their support for the
existing Australian pines on public lands in the city and
"opposition to the use of tax revenues for the removal
of same," said STOP member Marsha Lindsey
"We have 600 signatures in support of our position

The team
Palma Sola
paddles to
Victory in
t the bottle
S- boat regatta
along the
Palma Sola
April 21.

coming to Anna Maria
and wish to hear the opinions of our city officials on
this matter," she added.
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection has classified Australian pines as "non-native"
species and has asked all city and county governments
to remove them as much as possible from public lands
and rights of way.

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From Michigander to Islander
Nine months ago, my husband and I moved to Anna
Maria Island from Garden City, Mich.
One afternoon I was talking to the women I work
with and mentioned a f.\\ Ilhingi that I have learned since
I moved to Florida. One of them suggested I write a story
to tell others what I have learned. So here it is.
The first thing that I learned when I moved here was
that I love the Island and I love living here. The i ,\l tlingl
that I learned was that the spiders are huge. Have you seen
a wolf spider creeping by your back door? I have and I
think they heard my scream in Bradenton. Also, the ants
here are insane. They crawl in your window sills in mass
numbers and get everywhere. Yuck.
So what I learned from these little shockers is how to
prevent them. First, the spiders and all the creepy, crawly,
strange-looking bugs. I found that home insect killer once a
month around the outside the house and all edges and windows
works pretty well. Every now and again I get a surprise a
spider the size of my hand. As for the ants, I have learned
they will not cross a chalk line. I took white chalk and drew
a line around the area of the window that they come through
and I have not had a single ant since then. I make sure that I
re-chalk now and again so that they don't come back. It works
wonderfully and no poison in the house. I have pets so I
don't want poison sprayed in the house. I only spray outside.
The next thing I learned about is traffic on the Island.
Wow did it ever get crazy when the season came in. When
I lived in Michigan and I was cut off or someone got in my
way, I usually gave the finger and maybe yelled a profan-
ity or two. But since I have been here on the Island I have
learned to enjoy the traffic and take in some scenery, and
to enjoy the slower paced lifestyle. I have learned that a
traffic jam on the island is 100-percent better than a traf-
fic jam on 1-696 on your east side to west side drive from
Detroit to the suburbs. For those of you from Detroit or
those of you who have been to Detroit, you know what I
mean. All you see driving to work and back is Cement.
Driving on the Island is like driving on vacation and to
live here means you're on vacation all the time.
I am sure I will learn more as I continue to live here,
but this is all I have for now.
Melissa Burkett, Anna Maria

Adding joy
Our daughter Suzanne Wight was married at Roser
Church Saturday to David Jackson. The reception followed at
the Sandbar Restaurant. The event was the most special day
of her life, thanks to a number of people in our community.
In addition to our many family and friends, special thanks to
the wedding team at Roser: the Rev. Gary Batey, Trudy Hor-
rigan, Garrett Horrigan and musical director Susan Crumpler
for creating a spiritual and musical ceremony which com-
pletely reflected the nature of the couple and their families.
The reception was simply magical. The herculean
effort put forth by Ed Chiles and his team of Patti, Joe, Ian,
Austyn and Patrick, as well as many other staff members,
was absolutely top notch from the high level of service to
the food which surpassed even the best fine dining experi-
ence. The beach setting was perfect for two kids who grew
up here and in Key West and even the weather cooperated.
The Sandbar staff encouraged us to look into parking at
Roser, which kindly consented to allow our guests to park
there and ride a shuttle, which we hired, to take guests
back and forth, or in some cases, take a leisurely stroll
down Pine Avenue in their wedding finery recalling times
past in Anna Maria.
As we reflect upon it, the amount of business just
this one wedding brought to the Island was significant.
The rehearsal dinner at The Waterfront restaurant was,
as always, festive and delicious. Creativity on behalf of
the wedding couple abounded with Jack Elka doing pho-
tography and Silvia at Ginny and Jane E's "islandizing"
the event with her beautiful flowers. Nica Rose worked
with the bride to design beautiful jewelry as gifts for the
bridesmaids and flower girl.
Several hotels, some of which sold out with our
guests, provided a variety of comfortable accommoda-
tions: Harrington House, Haley's, Anna Maria Motel,
Siam Gardens and Rod & Reel Motel, and local real estate
agencies provided private home rentals as well. Missy at
A Pine Avenue Salon along with her wonderful helpers
worked two days making every single member of the wed-
ding party and moms and grandmoms look their best.
Many guests stayed for up to a week and enjoyed
dining and shopping at many of our Island shops and
restaurants. The wedding cake came from Sarasota, but
Publix made the all-important Gator cake served at the

rehearsal dinner for these two University of Florida gradu-
ates. In addition to DJ Patrick Bradley, the musical high-
light of the evening was a performance by the Manatee
High School Jazz Band led by director Jim Bruce. The
bride and groom, who met in the Gator Marching Band,
sat in for a rendition of "Autumn Leaves," bringing back
happy memories for the bride of being a member of the
MHS jazz band in high school. What a talented and pro-
fessional group of musicians they are.
How fortunate we are to live in such a lovely place
and how wonderful to have it become known as the per-
fect place to enjoy a serene, beautiful and loving occasion
like a wedding. In sharing our community and embracing
the joy of our wedding visitors, we bring added joy to our
own lives. Thanks to everyone who joined in to make this
the day of a lifetime.
Get over yourself, Anna Maria. Weddings at the Sand-
bar are good for the city, and good for the soul.
Gene and Janet Aubry, Anna Maria

Uncertain future
The future of the Cortez Trailer Park is uncertain. The
park owner has chosen to sell to a developer rather than
to residents.
Just compensation should be paid to every homeowner.
The Florida Mobile Home Relocation Trust Fund does not
compensate for stick-build additions. Most of the Cortez Trailer
Park homes have stick-built additions and permanent improve-
ments, like brick patios. They are not movable chattel; they are
affixed to the land. To ensure the additions met construction
and wind codes, Manatee County issued building permits and
conducted inspections. These are houses, not trailers.
In every case, was the park owner made aware
stick-build additions were contemplated? Yes, because
he granted authority. Did the park owner or his assignee
forewarn the homeowners their stick-built additions could
be bulldozed without fair compensation? And if not, was
that a fraudulent omission, which the homeowners relied
on to their detriment?
Compensation should certainly be paid using fair
market value as the measure. Fair market value is defined
as the most probable price that would be paid by a willing
buyer to a willing seller in a voluntary sales transaction.
Under the Florida Constitution, perhaps the homeown-
er's attorneys' and appraisers' fees should be included.
Jacquelyn Freeman, Suttons Bay, Mich.

Missing child
On April 13, I took my 7-year-old grandson for a walk
along Holmes Beach to the pier where he asked me if he
could run back to where we were staying on the beach. I
asked him if he knew where we were staying, and he said
he did. I told him to look for a white canopy outside the
beach house on the beach. He proceeded to run the beach
and I lost sight of him after a half-mile.
When I arrived at the canopy, my daughter and my wife
were panicking because my grandson was nowhere in sight.
I started running the beach to locate him, meanwhile my
wife called the Holmes Beach Police and they responded
immediately. They set up a communication station under
the canopy with one officer stationed there, an officer on
the beach scooter started searching the beach, and a patrol
boat started searching the beach.
My grandson was finally located in Bradenton Beach
near the pier where he had turned around and started run-
ning back toward Holmes Beach. The officer on the beach
scooter had a picture of my grandson and questioned me
intensely to ensure that I was his grandfather. The officer
then called his lieutenant who picked us both up in his car
and brought us back to our beach house.
I want to thank the Holmes Beach Police Department and
their search team for a tremendous effort and success story.
The residents of Holmes Beach are very fortunate to have
such a professional team to respond to their emergencies.
I sincerely thank you all.
Dan Bradley, Holmes Beach visitor

Thanks to all who serve
I would like to take a minute to give thanks to our
police officers. While living in paradise, we are afforded
many of God's wonders. As we work, play and seek
adventure, men and women of the Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach police departments and the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office protect us. My boys and I live in
Holmes Beach, so I'm more familiar with the HBPD, but
this letter is for all three departments.
First, I thank God that Holmes Beach Officer James
Cumston did not get seriously hurt or killed by any of the

rounds fired at him. His selfless and brave act is a testament
to the quality of people we have protecting us.
Once I see a gun, I'm outta there. I can't imagine getting
shot at. Officer Cumston didn't run, he fought. He fought for
all of us and because of him and his ilk, I feel safer knowing
he is on the job. Thank you, Officer Cumston.
Holmes Beach Officer Pete Lannon has helped edu-
cate our kids, not only as Anna Maria Elementary School's
resource officer, but also by his attitude, character and
love. He is in our hearts and prayers.
On the water and on the beach, officers treat you with
respect while making sure that all comply with the laws.
I have watched as people who are drinking get warnings
instead of tickets or being arrested. When it comes to
water rescue, they are tops.
All who live, visit or pass through our Island com-
munities are fortunate to have the brave, compassionate,
selfless police personnel protecting us.
Thanks to all who serve and God bless.
Lance, Francis and Lee Bergeron, Holmes Beach

In favor of Australian Pines
I take issue with some of the statements attributed to
Chris Bergh in the April 11 issue of The Islander. Taking a
short walk from Bean Point to Manatee Beach pier through
the Anna Maria Island mini-ecosystem may readily sub-
stantiate my exceptions. Australian pines, which have with-
stood the weather for more than 40 years, are contributing
to containing beach erosion and do not easily blow down.
Native plants grow around the pines; there are many
examples of sea oats, sea grapes and beach daisies grow-
ing in harmony with these trees.
Migratory birds roost in these trees and in one stand of
pines inAnna Maria there are no less than four active night
heron's nests. The pines shade the light from shore homes,
assisting young sea turtles in their quest to reach the Gulf.
Additional benefits are the provision of a windbreak
and the shade afforded those who wish to enjoy the scen-
ery, but are sensitive to the sun's rays. Finally, they are a
part of the landscape and should only be removed when
they become dangerous to the public. There is always the
option to trim sensibly.
I would like to take this opportunity to state the mis-
sion of Stop Taking Our Pines, which your article only
partially stated. STOP's mission is to prevent the unnec-
essary removal of the Australian pine and encourage the
nurturing and improvement of the tree canopy on Anna
Maria Island.
John Molyneux, Holmes Beach

Proud to be Cortezians
To Carlos Beruff of Medallion Homes Inc.: We don't
know if through your developments if you have done to
others what you are trying to do to us changing the
lives of 78 families, some being widows ages 75-101, by
putting them out of their homes but rest assured we will
not give up without a fight.
We may not have your cash and we might have to
borrow money to save our homes, but the elderly and
retired residents of Historic Cortez Trailer Park, estab-
lished in 1935, are proud to be Cortezians. It will take a
lot more than cash to remove us, Carlos Beruff.
Jim and Danna Gross, Cortez Trailer Park

Right of first refusal
In the early years, 1990, the residents of Cortez Trailer
Park, located on picturesque Sarasota Bay, were advised by
the new park owner, Harry "Butch" Howey, that it was time to
improve the appearance of the homes in the trailer park. The
homeowners responded enthusiastically. They reached deeply
into their retirement pockets to spend thousands of dollars to
improve their trailer homes.
Homes were painted or vinyl sided, porches, patios and side
rooms added and driveways concreted to reduce the dust rising
from shell roads and sparsely grassed lawn patches. Others had
the interiors of their trailer homes completely gutted and rebuilt.
Now many of the former trailers are attractive cottages.
Today, the main attraction of the Cortez Trailer Park is
still its view of Sarasota Bay, but the remodeled homes have
added to the park's attractions. Homes in which the owners
have invested their money, sweat, pride and love.
The homeowners have made Cortez Trailer Park a desir-
able retirement site. The homeowners believe very strongly
that this gives them the "right of first refusal."
Harry "Butch" Howey has a right to sell his property.
Why not to the present homeowners? Our offer matched the
venture capitalist's offer.
Rosemary 1/,,/, i, Cortez

10 0 APRIL 25, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Investigation continues in Coquina Beach shootings

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The state attorney's office continues to interview
witnesses in the Easter Sunday shooting at Coquina
The incident, which occurred with more than 40
law enforcement personnel policing the beach, sent
three brothers to the hospital with gunshot wounds to
the chest and propelled local officials to resume debate
on how best to secure the Manatee County property.
Authorities arrested two people in the April 8 shoot-
ing Santiago Delgado Jr., 21, and Renee Vasquez-
Mendoza, 22, both of Plant City. They are allegedly
involved in the Norte 14 street gang. A Hillsborough
County Sheriff's Office deputy has described Vasquez-
Mendoza as a certified member of the gang.
Delgado, who is represented by public defender
Phillip Paine, faces charges of carrying a concealed
firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharg-
ing a firearm.
He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on May
Vasquez-Mendoza, represented by public defender
Matthew Gish, faces the following charges: three counts
of attempted first degree murder, carrying a concealed
firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and discharge
of a firearm in public.
He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on May
18 before Judge Janette Dunnigan.
Assistant state attorney Jeff Quisenberry said his
office is interviewing witnesses, including law enforce-
ment officers and people who were on the crowded
beach that day authorities estimate that there were
some 3,000 gang members among 19,000 people on
the beach for the holiday.
Quisenberry also is reviewing the physical evidence
in the case.
The victims were brothers from Arcadia Jose

Delgado Vasquez-Mendoza
Estrada, 20, Salvador Estrada, 27, and a 17-year-old
identified by Bradenton Beach police as EE. They were
taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St.
Police documents filed at the Manatee County
Courthouse in connection with Delgado's arrest state
that "during a taped interview, the defendant admit-
ted to carrying a concealed firearm (revolver), then
discharging the firearm in a public place with several
families around."
Delgado, according to the documents, said he shot
the gun into the ground to "scare the other rival gang
away." The Estrada brothers are believed to be con-
nected to the Sur 13 street gang.
Delgado allegedly had been carrying the gun in his
front pocket. After the shooting, as law enforcement
officers surrounded the area, Delgado allegedly threw
the gun, which was recovered.
"The defendant was in the presence of more than
one person and did exhibit in a rude angry threatening
manner. Not in self-defense," the report also stated.
The shooting and the arrest occurred in a matter of
minutes. An account from the Bradenton Beach Police
Department said the shooting took place at 4:22 p.m.
and Delgado's arrest at 4:29 p.m.
The police report on Vasquez-Mendoza's arrest

alleges that the defendant approached the three broth-
ers with a semi-automatic gun hidden in a red shirt and
that "words were exchanged by all parties."
"The defendant shot all three men several times," the
report stated. "The defendant was positively identified by
several witnesses that gave taped statements in Spanish."
A semi-automatic weapon that authorities believe
Vasquez-Mendoza used was recovered.
Vasquez-Mendoza, whose bail was set at $1.5 mil-
lion and who remains in the Manatee County jail, has
denied involvement in the shooting.
The Plant City man also was arrested in a Hillsbor-
ough County shooting that took place in January.
In that incident, authorities say Vasquez-Mendoza
shot at a 28-year-old man but missed, hitting the vic-
tim's car, which then crashed.
The victim allegedly identified Vasquez-Mendoza
as the shooter.
The incident on Coquina Beach put law enforce-
ment officials throughout the Tampa Bay area on
It also was the catalyst for Island and Manatee
County officials to resume a conversation about curb-
ing criminal activity at the beach.
Meanwhile, on a recent weekday afternoon, a dozen
people bathed in the sun on the beach, approximately
where the shootings took place.
The majority were vacationers unaware of the inci-
"Geez, you just don't expect that in such an idyllic
place," said Joe Ramone of Philadelphia. "If you said
there had been a shark attack, I'd be less shocked."
But Travis Brooks of Ames, Iowa, was not sur-
"No place is safe," Brooks said. "There's the kill-
ings at Virginia Tech. Gang fights on the beach. Crystal
meth factories on the family farm. You tell me where it's
safe and I'll tell you you're living in fantasy land."

GSR lawyer, accountant claim $567,000 in fees

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Unsecured creditors of bankrupt GSR Develop-
ment LLC might be feeling a bit more "unsecure" these
days about ever collecting an \ hi ng near the $8 million
they're owed by the failed Island real estate investment
But GSR's lawyers and accountants will apparently
be among the first to divvy up the spoils of the com-
pany when its properties and assets are eventually sold
- and they'll be paid before any unsecured creditors.
Attorney Robert Prosser of the Tampa law firm
of Stichter Riedell Blain and Prosser filed for com-
pensation with the federal bankruptcy court April 18,
claiming his firm is owed $401,244 for its services as
GSR's legal counsel, along with an additional $17,849
in expenses. After Prosser deducted the retainer fee, the
claim totaled $412,632.48.
Not to be outdone, GSR restructuring officer Wil-
liam Maloney of St. Petersburg submitted his com-
pensation request, alleging he's owed $153,237.50 for
services rendered since Sept. 1, 2006, in addition to
$1,900 in expenses.
Maloney claimed he's worked a total of 471 hours
at the rate of $325 an hour for GSR since he was hired
to restructure the company from complete bankruptcy.
According to court records, Maloney's employment with
GSR was approved by the court on Oct. 20, 2006.
Together, the two compensation claims total
$567,769, an amount GSR currently does not have in
But GSR has substantial Island properties that will
eventually be sold. According to bankruptcy court rules,
Maloney and Prosser will be paid first before any of the
As unsecured creditors committee attorney John
Anthony said in a statement to the bankruptcy court
several months ago, the administrative costs of the GSR
bankruptcy are eating up any assets that might eventu-
ally go to the unsecured creditors.
At the current rates being charged by Prosser and
Maloney, Anthony's words are prophetic. In another
six months, GSR's bill to Maloney and Prosser could
well be more than $1 million, money that will come
off the top of any funds raised through the sale of GSR

But some of the unsecured creditors continue in
the belief that they will one day be paid in full for their
investments in the now failed real estate empire of GSR
principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega.
That could be because Maloney has been promised
a $125,000 bonus by Byrne and Noriega if he pays all
the creditors in full.
That's not likely to happen, according to unsecured
creditors Paul Gallizzi and Kent Davis, because GSR
properties are mortgaged to the maximum, leaving
little, if an\ thin,_., for the unsecured creditors, once the
secured mortgages are paid.
Maloney continues to be unyielding in lower-
ing any of the asking prices in a down real estate
market, investor Alan Freeman said recently. To
date, not a single GSR property has sold, although
there have been several offers, including four bids
from Freeman.
Some unsecured creditors, however, refuse to place
any blame on Byrne or Noriega and have consistently
declined to speak publically about how and why they
invested in the company.
Creditors Mel and Carol Yudofsky of Holmes
Beach have indicated they would like to tell their tale,
but have been advised by their attorney not to make any
statements to the media.
Former Holmes Beach resident Patricia Hart has
$600,000 invested with GSR, but has declined to return
calls to The Islander.
Fred and Phyllis Fechner of Palma Sola are owed

$282,000 in an unsecured claim, but when contacted,
Phyllis Fechner said she and her husband "have nothing
to say to a reporter."
The GSR tale involves a number of people who
invested their retirement funds and hard-earned sav-
ings, including Bruce and Carole Douglas of Palma
Sola, who are owed more than $200,000 by GSR,
according to court records.
GSR's bankruptcy is currently at $46 million,
making it the largest bankruptcy ever on Anna Maria
Unlike the movie "Jerry Maguire," where Cuba
Gooding tells Tom Cruise to "show me the money,"
the question in the GSR bankruptcy should be "where
did the money go?"
Efforts to reach either Byrne or Noriega for com-
ment on where the money has gone have been unsuc-
Byrne recently changed his mailing address from
the company's Manatee Avenue office to a Bradenton
post office box. According to an online blog, he and
Kym Jeschke of Chicago plan to marry in Albuquerque,
N.M., in the near future.
Byrne's divorce from his former wife Arlene was
finalized in March.
Both Arlene and Robert Byrne had submitted claims
to the bankruptcy court as unsecured GSR creditors.
Those claims total nearly $5.7 million.
Noriega is reportedly living in Tampa and working
for an east Manatee housing development project.

AME invites community to explore science

Anna Maria Elementary School has an
interactive, information-packed evening
planned for the entire family Wednesday, April
25. There will be food, environmental infor-
mation centers, science displays and activities
and a book fair.
Billed as AME's "Family Science Night," activi-
ties will begin at 5 p.m. and will be located throughout
the school.
Science fair projects created by second-
through fifth-grade students will be on display in

the auditorium. There will be "make and take it"
hands-on activities at various locations, as well as
information centers featuring Florida native plants,
Wildlife Inc., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
and the Bradenton Beach conservation committee
known as WAVES.
There will be pizza, soda and dessert for sale in
the cafeteria.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. For more information, call the school at

THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 25, 2007 0 11

History of Skinny's, founder's 90th birthday

By Estella Freeman (1997)
Special to The Islander
In 1936 a young mid-western couple went to Flor-
ida for their honeymoon. They traveled the state and
were so impressed with the west coast that they planned
to come back some day and have a business near the
Sixteen years later, with their two young children,
they did just that. They loved Anna Maria Island. They
found a building lot to their liking and planned to build
their little drive-in. Through much difficulty, they were
able to start construction in 1952-53. It was their plan
to have full-course dinners, an ice cream soda fountain,
carry-out and curb service. That was the "going thing"
in the '50s.
The front of the building faced Gulf Drive across
from the Manatee Public Beach. French doors were
across the front and two sides to give it an open air feel-
ing, but it was still possible to close it off in inclement
weather. They soon found that the curb service would
not work. It was too hot in the summer and there were
too many mosquitoes. The concrete tables with bright
striped umbrellas outside were seldom used. Business
those first two months was quite slow.
Eventually Mid-Island Drive-In's business began
to improve. More locals, families, tourists and the Mil-
waukee Braves baseball players discovered it. As busi-
ness began to pick up, the owners put in long hours,
serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eventually, due to
family business problems up north, they had to close
the drive-in and go back to the midwest.
After a time, the little business was leased to a
husband and wife and later to a man who took over.
The name changed to Duffy's Tavern because the new
owner was known as Duffy. The menu changed from
meals and ice cream, to sandwiches, soup and frosted
mugs of beer. Duffy leased the place for 12 years and
it became well known.
At Duffy's retirement, a local woman, Pat Geyer,
took over the management of the business and she ran
it successfully for 25 years.
Many notable people and others from all walks
of life have passed through its doors. Many stories
and tales are told about the little place across the road
from the beach. Write-ups have been in USA Today, the
Island and Key newspapers, the Bradenton Herald and
others. As the old radio station show "Duffy's Tavern"
said, "Where the elite meet to eat."
Stop in sometime and think that when it was built
in 1952-53, there were only rumors of a possible bridge
linking Bradenton to the Island.
The Mid-Island Drive-In was the only privately-
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happy 90th birthday
.. Janice Freeman celebrates
her 90th birthday at the
restaurant she and her late
husband "Skinny" founded
in 1952, Skinny's Place.
Now, years later and afew
tenants in between, Janice's
daughter Jan, left, and her
children Estella and Clark,
manage and continue
to improve what Janice
and Skinny began a
a family tradition. "Working
together and good 'Skinny'
burgers" keep her young,
said Janice. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

Estella and her mom, Jan Freeman, and other
family members have taken up where Janice and
Carl, who passed away in 2001, left off. They
resumed operation of Skinny's Place in 2002 and
began anew their family tradition. It's a friendly,
"Cheers" kind of place, but with a beachy attitude
and lots of new menu items, including the "Mid-
Island Pounder."
Happy Birthday, Janice. And many more.

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and Bob Alberti playing
piano. Linscott is a regular
performer at the Holmes
Beach restaurant during the
winter season. Vache and
Alberti also helped Linscott
in recording a new CD,
"You Hit the Spot." Islander
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picking up trash," she said. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Trash gets heave-ho

in cleanup campaign

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Trash on the Island's beaches and in public woods
got the heave-ho April 21 as dozens of volunteers
turned out for the Great American Cleanup.
"The most interesting thing we found so far was a
table," said cleanup organizer Dantia Gould of Holmes
Beach. She pointed to a plastic table top beside three
over-stuffed garbage bags at Kingfish Boat Ramp.
It was still early, just 15 minutes into the cleanup.
The Great American Cleanup campaign was part
of a national Earth Day celebration organized by Keep
America Beautiful. The national cleanup involved about
2.5 million people volunteering for 8 million hours to
clean and beautify 15,000 communities, including the
Island beaches, the Cortez FISH Preserve, the Kingfish
Boat Ramp, the Palma Sola causeway, Palmetto and
Bradenton neighborhoods and other areas in Manatee
Cleanup results for the Saturday work were not
available at The Islander press time, but last year's
cleanup resulted in area volunteers collecting 228 mil-
lion pounds of litter and debris, 2.5 million scrap tires
and 37 million plastic bottles, cleaning 10,000 illegal
dump sites, recycling 38.5 million pounds of aluminum
and steel and planting more than 5.5 million trees, flow-

ers and bulbs.
Kelly Mitchell has participated in numerous cleanup
campaigns in several cities since 1998.
"I know it's hokey, but to be honest, I was moved
by the 'Crying Indian' ad," Mitchell said as she col-
lected cigarette butts from the beach in Anna Maria.
Keep America Beautiful's television commercial
debuted on Earth Day 1971 and was updated for a
new audience for Earth Day 1998. The commercial,
which fueled the fledgling environmental movement
in America, featured the now-famous face and tear of
actor Iron Eyes Cody and was titled "People Start Pol-
lution. People Can Stop It."
"It would be good if everyone did something on
Earth Day," said Mary Naylor, 10, of Bradenton, as she
picked up an aluminum can at Kingfish Boat Ramp.
"That's what it's going to take to preserve Planet
Earth," added Mary's mother, Patricia Naylor, as she
held open a garbage bag full of aluminum cans, ciga-
rette butts and plastic bottles.
King Middle School students Morgan Clifford and
Jocelyn Gomez, both 11, also collected trash at the boat
"It's to make the environment cleaner," Jocelyn
She said the work was dirty, but fun.

Monica Fleish, of Holmes Beach, collects garbage along the shore in the Great American Cleanup organized
locally by Keep Manatee Beautiful. She and her husband had seen promotions for previous cleanup. "It
seemed like a good thing to do," she said.

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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
An apparent rift between Anna Maria City Com-
missioners Duke Miller and Jo Ann Mattick will have
to be aired in public, said city attorney Jim Dye.
The dispute has apparently been simmering since
the November city elections, when the two engaged in
some verbal sparring over a number of issues, particu-
larly parking. Although the two "kissed and made up"
election night, issues between the two seemed to take a
turn for the worse April 16 when Miller e-mailed Mat-
tick expressing his concern over two "situations regard-
ing things you have said or are saying about me."
The first issue, said Miller in his e-mail, "involves a
false statement you made in your last campaign mailer"
regarding the city's parking ordinance when, alleged
Miller, Mattick claimed that "I had essentially rigged
the ordinance so as to exclude my street 'forever' from
alternate side-of-the-street parking."
According to Miller, he's concerned because the
issue "continues to come up on occasion, as recently
as about a month ago," when an Anna Maria citizen
told him that "according to Commissioner Mattick, you
rigged the parking ordinance for your street."
Miller said that after consultations with his attorney,
he had the right to file an official complaint under Flor-
ida Statutes that "prohibits candidates from making false
statements," but he's opted not to pursue such action.
However, he added, "Since some continue to bring
it up to me, it would seem appropriate that a public state-
ment by [Mattick] correcting the error is in order."
Miller also was concerned because, according to
him, Mattick met with several residents recently regard-
ing the "pocket park" issue and allegedly said that
Miller voted against the park because of what Mattick
had said about him in her campaign mailer.
"Nothing could be further from the truth," Miller

Tapes of the original commission meeting regard-
ing a pocket park on North Shore Drive will "show that
my concern from the get-go was the failure to involve
the community in the process.
"I would appreciate it if you would not make false
references regarding my motives again," he wrote to
Mattick. "It is certainly not in the spirit you expressed
to me on the phone election night when you said 'Let's
let bygones be bygones.'"
Before replying, Mattick forwarded the e-mail to
Dye for an opinion on whether or not it was appropriate
to respond. Dye said no.
In Dye's opinion, "This is a discussion best made in
the sunshine. While it has roots in what might be seen
as a personal disagreement, the subject matter has to
do with city business and city policy-making. It would
be best dealt with in the open."
Dye said he would contact Miller.
Mattick said she was "surprised" when she got
Miller's e-mail and considers it "inappropriate."
Miller said that his e-mail to Mattick was civil
and he was privately seeking a resolution so as "not
to create embarrassment for anyone." He wanted the
record set straight on two issues of information that
"unfavorably reflect on my reputation as a dedicated
community servant," and to "discourage future occur-
rences of this type of behavior."
Mattick, however, said she considers Miller's e-
mail a "personal harassment," adding that he never con-
tacted her to verify any of the statements she allegedly
Differences between the two commissioners will
likely be discussed at the next city commission meeting
at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the city's temporary
meeting room, the Holmes Beach City Hall commission

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Don Schroder won the gavel on April 19.
Schroder was elected to a two-year term as chair-
man of the Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board.
Barbara Hines was elected as vice chair of the
board, which generally meets once a month to consider
issues related to alleged violations of city code.
The board met at city hall April 19.
There were no cases for board members to
Instead, members met briefly to adopt procedural
rules and elect new officers.
Board member Don Maloney nominated Charles
Stealey to another term as chairman, but Stealey
"It's been fun. It seems like a long time," Stealey
said, referring to his several terms as chair.
And, Stealey said, he recently purchased a second
home out of state and will be away from Holmes Beach

during the summer.
"I think it's appropriate we pick someone else," he
So Maloney withdrew his motion and board
member Barbara Hines nominated Schroder, who has
served as vice chair.
"Mr. Schroder is certainly qualified to become
chairman," Stealey said, seconding Hines' motion.
Schroder said, "I appreciate your support. Thank
you very much."
After the unanimous vote for his election, Schroder
said, "It's my pleasure to continue this tradition that
Chuck has established."
Schroder then took the gavel and asked for a nomi-
nation for vice chair.
Board member Michael Klotz's nomination of
Hines was seconded by Stealey. Again the vote for the
nomination was unanimous.
The board's next meeting is 10 a.m. Tuesday, May
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House vote expected

on fire district's

impact fee hike
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Florida House of Representatives is expected
to vote in the next week on a bill authorizing the West
Manatee Fire Rescue District to increase impact fees
on new construction.
The bill has cleared all the necessary committees in
Tallahassee, including the House Committee on Urban
and Local Affairs, the House Government Efficiency
and Accountability Council and the House Policy and
Budget Council.
The legislation, which district voters endorsed in
a referendum last fall, would allow an increase in new
construction fees to pay for new facilities and equip-
The current impact fee schedule, set in 1985, is
$100 for new residential construction and $200 for the
first 5,000 square feet of new commercial construc-
The proposed fees would be $500 for new resi-
dential construction and $980 for 5,000 square feet of
new commercial construction. New commercial con-
struction would be charged 25 cents per square foot for
construction over 5,000 square feet.
Past impact fee funds have been used to purchase
thermal-imaging equipment and laptop computers.
Most recently, the fire district used impact fees to buy
a fire extinguisher simulator.
Deputy Fire Marshal Kurt Lathrop demonstrated
how to use the $13,000 piece of equipment at a WMFR
commission meeting April 19 at Station 1 in Holmes
Lathrop said he will haul the training equipment
to restaurants and other businesses to train staff to use
extinguishers. The simulator uses propane gas, water
and an electronic ignition to start and stop a controlled
"The set up is pretty easy," Lathrop said as he stood
on the back lot at the fire station and pressed a button that
triggered orange flames on a model stove. "And we've
got a trailer so we can take it where we need to go."
Also during the meeting, Chief Andy Price said the
process of budgeting for fiscal 2007-08 is under way.
Price estimated that the budget would be about $5.2
million to $5.3 million and not contain any new person-
nel positions or significant equipment purchases. About
80 percent of the budget is payroll, he said.
The new spending plan will likely include an
increase for fuel and possibly an increase for health
"It's really pretty much status quo," Price said.
About 96 percent of the revenues in the fire dis-
trict's budget come from assessment fees paid by prop-
erty owners. The fees are not ad valorem taxes based on
property value, but rather flat rates based on the type of
property and the size of the building on that property.
The fees can go up based on personal income
growth determined by the state for fire districts.
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rates to 5.78 percent. That's the limit."
Last year's personal income growth increase was
5.4 percent.
If the commission approves the 5.78 percent
increase, owners of a single-family home with about
1,000 square feet will see an increase of about $7 in the
assessment rate, to $140. The rate for a single-family
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$265,000 for the district, which covers 40,000 people
and 19,500 parcels of property on the Island, in Cortez
and the west Manatee mainland.
Price said projected revenues fall short in the pre-
liminary budget, which means the spending plan will
be cut before it goes to the commission.
"We're about $100,000 shy," Price said. "But we
will cut. By the time we adopt the budget it will be at
a zero variance."
A hearing on the proposed assessment rate will take
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Nallys sue Anna Maria City again

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
For the second time in the past nine months, Bar-
bara and William Nally of Spring Avenue in Anna
Maria have sued the city for its decisions related to the
Sandbar Restaurant.
The latest Nally salvo was fired April 13 when the
Nallys challenged the "validity" of the city commission's
decision to approve a number of special event permits for
the restaurant to hold outdoor weddings. The Sarasota law
firm of Lobeck & Hanson represented the Nallys in this
action, as it has in the other two lawsuits.
The Nallys claim the special events will "interfere
with the beneficial use and peaceful enjoyment of the
surrounding property owners" by allowing "loud and
objectionable noises to emanate from the pavilion" built
on the Sandbar property. The lawsuit alleges that this
will cause them "annoyance" and "material deteriora-
tion" in the value of their property.
In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the city com-
mission, "first through policy and thereafter through
improper actions," has given "invalid approval" to the
Sandbar to hold the special events.
"The city and commission had no authority to con-
sider, vote upon or approve numerous 'special event'
permit applications for events to be held upon property"
owned by WELD Inc., the Nallys allege.
The Nallys "demand judgment regarding the valid-
ity" of the special event approval by the commission
and to "provide appropriate injunctive relief," along
with an award of costs and attorney's fees, and "further
relief as deemed just and proper."
Mayor Fran Barford said the suit will be referred to
city attorney Jim Dye and eventually to the Florida League
of Cities, which defends the city against legal actions.

Sandbar owner Ed Chiles has said previously it
would be inappropriate for him to comment on a legal
action involving the city and another party.
The Nallys also have a lawsuit against the city for
its approval of the Sandbar's final site plan.
While final arguments were heard on that case in
the Manatee County Circuit Court March 13, Judge
K. Logan had not yet issued a final ruling as of April
In addition to the two lawsuits against the city
regarding the Sandbar, the Nallys also filed suit against
the restaurant on March 1, alleging that the restaurant's
commercial parking is illegal.
All three legal actions are being handled by Lobeck
& Hanson.
But efforts by the Nallys to curtail the Sandbar have
not stopped with lawsuits.
In early March, the Nallys petitioned the city com-
mission to change the land-use designation of their
Spring Avenue property from commercial to residen-
tial-office-retail in the city's proposed future land-use
map that is part of the required changes to the compre-
hensive plan.
The Nallys had argued that an ROR land-use des-
ignation would be appropriate for "protecting exist-
ing residential land uses as well as adjacent, existing
designated and zoned single-family residences." The
commission rejected the request during its first public
hearing on the FLUM, but may reconsider the issue at
the next public hearing after the Florida Department
of Community Affairs returns the proposed compre-
hensive plan and FLUM to the city with any required
corrections and/or changes.
The Nally property on Spring Avenue is zoned

When the city commission approved an exception
several years ago allowing them to rebuild their house
at 110 Spring Ave., they were advised that they were
building in a commercial zone and might have to suffer
the consequences of commercial activity.
Efforts to reach the Nallys for comment were
unsuccessful. A report that the Nallys rent out their
Spring Avenue home for most of the year could not be

The Island Players are in rehearsal for "Guest in
the House," a play by Hager Wilde and Dale Eunson.
The production opens at the theater, 10009 Gulf
Drive in Anna Maria, on May 10 and runs through May
20, with Kelly Wynn Woodland directing.
Tickets are $15 atthe theater box office, whichopens 9 am.
Monday, April 30. It remains open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday
through Saturday, and one hour prior to performances.
Also in May, the Island Players board of directors
will hold its annual meeting. Season ticket-holders are

invited to attend the meeting set for 7 p.m. Wednesday,
May 23, at the theater.
Two days later, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Coun-
try Club, the Island Players will host its annual banquet.
The dinner price is $25 per person and interested the-
ater-goers are welcome. Reservations are required and
may be made by a call to Dorothy Eder at 792-8991,
or Ruth Stevens at 794-2188.
For more information about "Guest in the House,"
call 778-5755.

Garden club celebrates 55th anniversary
Priscilla Seewald and Susan Fernald of the Anna
Maria Garden Club celebrate the group's 55th
anniversary April 18. The party at Roser Memorial
Community Church in Anna Maria included a salad
luncheon and cake. During the lunch, the garden club
presented a $1,500 check to Pierrette Kelly and Aida
Matic to purchase a tree at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. The club also elected new officers
- Kitty VanZile as treasurer, Peggy Sawe as secre-
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
April 13, 400 block Magnolia Avenue, grand theft.
The complainant said someone took his personal water-
craft and trailer from in front of his house.
April 13,300 block Spring Avenue, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took two rental bicycles from her
porch, leaving two better bikes, according to the report.
April 16, 101 S. Bay Blvd., found property. Some-
one found a wallet at the trolley stop and called depu-
ties, who canvassed the area and found the owner and
returned the wallet.
April 19, 300 N. Bay Blvd., Bayfront Park, found
property. A city parks department employee found a wallet
and alerted deputies. Attempts to locate the owner were
unsuccessful, and the wallet was placed into custody.

Bradenton Beach
April 12, 100 block Fifth Street North, warrant
arrest. The defendant was seen riding a bicycle after
dark with without a front light and, upon running his
identification, was found to have an outstanding war-
rant and was taken to jail.
April 13, 3100 Gulf Drive, drugs. Officers noticed
an SUV traveling northbound on Gulf Drive with a
nearly flat front tire and was swerving, according to the
report. Officers stopped the vehicle and noticed a multi-
colored pipe in the vehicle, according to the report, as
well as an odor of marijuana. Officers arrested Michael
Edward Wallen, 19, of Holmes Beach, and charged him
with possession of drugs and paraphernalia.
April 15, 2500 block Gulf Drive, drugs. During a
routine traffic stop, officers noticed a strong odor of
marijuana from the car and charged Jessie Bryan Jones,
27, of Bradenton, with possession of marijuana and
drug paraphernalia.

Holmes Beach
April 13, 4500 block Second Avenue, theft. The
complainant said someone entered her unlocked car
overnight and took change from the ashtray.
April 14, 500 block 69th Street, criminal mischief.
The complainant said someone turned on the motors of
his electric boat lift during the night and left them on until
he discovered the motors running the next morning.
April 14, 200 block 55th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said while he and his wife were away someone
took a bicycle, valued at $50.
April 14, 500 block Manatee Avenue, Marchman
Act. Officers noticed a man who appeared to be very
intoxicated at the beach and called a taxi to take him
home. The man disputed the fare and became unruly,
and was taken to jail under the Marchman Act.
April 15, 500 block 56th Street, criminal mischief.
The complainant said someone caused about $30 in
damage to the mailbox at the residence.
April 17,3007 Gulf Drive,Anchor Inn, theft The complain-
ant said someone took his bicycle while he was at the bar.
April 17, 5600 Guava, theft. The complainant said
someone took her bicycle while she was out of town.
April 17, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
theft. The complainant said that while he was as the
beach, someone took his beach bag containing his den-
tures, hearing aids, watch and $10 in cash.

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Bradenton Beach employee
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James E. Harris Jr., 46, of the 4500 block of 70th
Street West, Bradenton, was arrested by Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputies for stalking. The arrest
occurred April 18 at about 10:30
Deputies say Harris was seen
watching the unnamed victim for
several days and leaving notes of
a sexual nature on the victim's
work truck.
Two of the notes that were left
on the victim's truck were taken
into custody as evidence and the
pad that one of the notes was written on was found
inside Harris' home.
During the investigation, Harris allegedly admitted
to writing the notes and leaving them on the victim's
Both parties said they do not know one another.
Harris, an employee of the Bradenton Beach public
works department, was charged with one count of stalk-
Perico convenience store
victim of lottery theft
By Mike Quinn
NewsManatee.Com Publisher
Special to The Islander
The Dalia Deli Time-Saver convenience store,
located at 12300 Manatee Ave. W., just landward of the
bridge to Anna Maria Island, was the victim of a lottery
ticket rip-off by an employee,
according to a report from the
Bradenton Police Department.
The report said Kellie Keim,
31, of Bradenton, was seen on
store surveillance video tape
playing lottery tickets.
She would rip several tick-
ets off at a time and play them.
Keim When Keim would win, she
would take the money out of the cash register drawer
for the lottery winnings but failed to pay for the tick-
The total value of stolen tickets was $360, accord-
ing to the report.

Library schedules
May events
The Island Branch Library will host several regular
programs in May.
The schedule includes:
Family story hour at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8.
Internet classes for beginners at 8:30 a.m. Monday,
May 7, and Monday, May 21.
Friends book club meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednes-
day, May 9.
Family origami with Judy Pruitt at 10 a.m. Satur-
day, May 12.
The Friends of the Island Library annual board
meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 18.
The library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 778-6341.

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Jane Elizabeth McKee Adam
Jane Elizabeth McKee Adam, 92, of Marietta, Ga.,
and formerly Holmes Beach, died April 11.
Born in Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Adam lived in Holmes
Beach for 34 years. She went to school in Sandwich,
Ontario, Canada. She was an active member of Island
Players, where she served as president. She was an hon-
orary lifetime board member of Island Players.
R.T. Patterson Funeral home was in charge of
She is survived by sons James Richard of Marietta,
Jeffrey Alec and wife Kate of Las Vegas, Nev., and
John Charles and wife Josephine of Roswell, Ga.; eight
grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nephews and
nieces, and special friends Pamela J. Adam, Joyce M.
Adam and Ruth Gassett.
Helen 'Jo' Krauss
Helen "Jo" Krauss, 74, of Holmes Beach and for-
merly Holt, Mich., died April 14.
Mrs. Krauss moved to Manatee County in 1994.
She was the office manager and co-owner of Spartan
International Corp. from 1960 to 1995.
Memorial services were April 19 at Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation, Holmes Beach. Memorial
contributions may be made to the American Diabetes
Association. Covell Cremation and Funeral Center was
in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Charles; son Brant and
wife Susan of DeWitt, Mich.; sister Patricia Fuller of Tra-
verse City, Mich.; and grandchildren Lesley and Alicia.
Christopher L. Podany
Christopher L. Podany, 38, of Holmes Beach, died
April 17.
Born in Hinsdale, Ill., Mr. Podany moved to the Anna
Maria Island area from Chicago, Ill., in 2001. He was a
member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
Memorial services were April 22. Memorial con-
tributions may be made to Life Link Legacy Fund, 409
Bayshore Blvd., Tampa FL 33606, or to the Cousteau
Society, 710 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton VA
23669. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street
Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by brothers James of New York City,
Richard of Bradenton Beach, and Stephen and wife
Victoria of St. Charles, Ill.; parents James and Patri-
cia of Holmes Beach; niece Alexandra of St. Charles;
nephew Stephen of St. Charles; and maternal grandfa-
ther Thomas Hanna of Bradenton.
Sanna Morrison Barlow Rossi
Sanna Morrison Barlow Rossi, 89, of Bradenton
and formerly Anna Maria City, died April 16.
Mrs. Rossi was born in Johnson City, Tenn. She
was an artist and writer, author of "Mountain Sing
ing," "Portraits From the Beginnings," "Fresh Springs,"
and an autobiography of her late husband, Anthony T.
Rossi, founder of Tropicana Products of Bradenton. She
held degrees from Columbia International University
and East Tennessee State University. She founded the
Bradenton Missionary Village and Bible Alliance. She
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Island real estate sales
604 Crestwood Road, Holmes Beach, a 2,993 sfla
/ 3,812 sfur 4h1d 3b,1th'2car bayfront pool home built
in 1960 on a 99x150 lot was sold 04/03/07, Ross to
Cibischino for $1,450,000; list $1,695,000.
525 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,600 sfla / 2,740
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1968
on a 85x123 lot was sold 04/03/07, Johnson to Thorn-
berg for $740,000; list $790,000.
603 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,150 sfla /
2,654 sfur 3bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in
1969 on a 110x115 lot was sold 04/05/07, James to
Miller for $595,000; list $649,000.
2319 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 2,720 sfla / 3,744
sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1983 on a 50x100 lot
was sold 03/31/07, Meilner to Riley for $580,000.
308 66th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,326 sfla / 1,900
sfur 2bed/2bath/ Icar home built in 1961 on a 85x93 lot
was sold 04/05/07, Pelletier to Lipham for $480,000;
list $485,000.
6500 Flotilla Drive, Westbay Point & Moorings,
Unit 192, Holmes Beach, a 1,066 sfla / 1,458 sfur 2bed/
2bath condo built in 1979 was sold 04/04/07, Keough
to Creighton for $370,000.
6500 Flotilla Drive, Westbay Point & Moorings,
Unit 233, Holmes Beach, a 1,144 sfla / 1,426 sfur 2bed/
2bath condo built in 1979 was sold 04/03/07, Landon
to Taylor for $355,000; list $369,000.
107 Eighth St. S., Island Getaway, Unit 7, Bra-
denton Beach, a 656 sfur Ibed/lbath condo built in
1940 was sold 04/02/07, Dippold to Vratanina for
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 268, Westbay Point &
Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur 2bed/
2bath condo built in 1979 was sold 04/05/07, Jeffries
to Mueller for $320,000; list $369,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

South Carolina, and was a missionary for 10 years.
Visitation was April 20 and services April 21. A
memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. May 10 at
Bradenton Missionary Village, 11711 E. State Road 64,
Bradenton. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in charge of
She is survived by brother J. Stanley Barlow
and wife Nell Still of Leonia, N.J., and Bradenton;
nieces Patricia Parks Hughes of Arizona, Gay Parks
Rainville of Pennsylvania, Susan Barlow DuBois
of Arizona, and Ann Barlow Pointer of Tampa; and
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Wight of East Greenbush, N.Y., announce the marriage
of their daughter, Suzanne Wight to David Andrew
The wedding took place Jan. 13 at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church and the reception was at the
Sandbar Restaurant.
David is the son of Mary and Les Jackson of Key
The bride graduated from Manatee High School and
cum laude from the University of Florida. The groom
received his undergraduate and a master's degree in
business from the University of Florida.
The couple met while in the Gator Marching Band
and the reception was highlighted by a performance of
both bride and groom with the Manatee High School
Jazz Band.
The bride and groom live in Key West, where the
bride is a social worker at the Wesley House, and the
groom is a project manager for Dooley Mack/Homes
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Students sun and ski
Breslyn Reiber, Trina Rizzo, Logan Reiber and Holly Rizzo keep up with The Islander news while skiing in Vail,
Colo., during their spring break from school in March.

'Hats on' to
Annie Wil-
liams, 14, of
Holmes Beach,
traveled with
her favorite
newspaper and
Sandee Walsh
to Plant City,
Fla., to take in
the "flavor"
of the annual
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Model home
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town newspaper. The chateau was built in the mid-1600sfor Louis XIV's finance minister and
served as a model for Versailles.

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Manatee County Marine Rescue keeps watch 365 days

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
A day at the beach is a day on the job for Mana-
tee County lifeguards. Most beachgoers probably
don't notice their presence, but benefit from their keen
instinct and watchful eyes.
Most people envision a lifeguard as someone who
relaxes at the beach and when a mom yells for help they
run out and save the day. It's not quite like that.
Jim Pritchard became a Manatee County lifeguard
in 1974. As a single father, he had been working nights
and would take his son to the beach during the day
because it was an inexpensive place to go. After a few
months, one of the lifeguards who saw him so often
suggested he apply for the job.
Pritchard said he completed a 500-yard swim and
half-mile run which is basically the same test given
to lifeguard applicants today.
"Nowadays we look for applicants with prior expe-
rience," he said. "We also started a lifeguard trainee
program for those who only have basic water skills."
Today's applicants also undergo drug testing, back-
ground checks and a physical.
Pritchard's first day on the job was a Sunday.
Another lifeguard had called in sick, so he said he went
down to the stand and learned as he went.
Today, those hired as a "Lifeguard 1" spend a month
working with an experienced lifeguard and trainees take
classes for up to seven months in a pool, learning dif-
ferent rescue techniques and swim strokes. Lifeguards
are required to take a first-responder course, which is
similar to Emergency Medical Technician training, but
not as in-depth. Pritchard noted that most of Manatee
County's senior lifeguards are trained EMTs.
Until 1993, lifeguards had been managed by the
Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department, but
now Marine Rescue falls within the county's public
safety department a change Pritchard said has been
Lifeguards have more training they become cer-
tified in ocean rescue (the ability to go out in the surf,
between rocks and under bridges to make a rescue),
they become first-responders with EMT training, CPR
qualified and are trained divers.
Pritchard said having a boat captain's license also
comes in handy. "I've met the U.S. Coast Guard late
at night to help a man on a barge four miles out who
was injured," he said. "There is a lot of training today
versus before."
Back then, he said, "When you went to the stand
you had no communication between one place and
another. When I started, you got a fishing tackle box
with a dime taped inside the lid. If you had a problem,
you ripped the dime out and told someone to go call an
ambulance and hoped the pay phone worked.
"Now we have radio communication between
stands and a channel with 911. We get calls from EMS
for strokes, falls, car accidents, lost children you
name it.
"We scan it all. If EMS is called to something,
we're preparing."
This month, an on-duty lifeguard located a missing
5-year-old child near the Sandbar Restaurant. "We have
the skills to find people in the water and on the beach,"
said Pritchard.
He said he recently treated a man for a possible
stroke. "He told me that he'd been coming here for
years and didn't know we were here," said Pritchard.
'3.2 million people come to our beaches every
year," he said. "Back in the day when I was a young

Emerging artists
Island resident Gemma Hynds, center,
wonfirst place in the photography/dig-
ital category of the Emerging Artists
Competition sponsored by the Artists
Guild of Manatee County and the Vil-
lage of the Arts in Bradenton. Hynds
was one offour students from St.
Stephen's Episcopal School awarded
a prize. Hynds received a cash award
and a one-week summer course at the
Ringling School of Art and Design.
Pictured with Hynds are fellow partici-
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rett Gregory. Gregory won third place -
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On the job
Manatee County
lifeguards Karl
Payne and Curt
McFee stand guard
at Manatee Public
Beach. Armed with
the skills to save
lives, they say their
job is really about
being pro-active
- prevention is
the key. Islander
Photo: Diana

lifeguard, I knew everyone. I'd see the same people.
[Lifeguards] have a low profile now."
The job, said Pritchard, has a lot more to do with
crowd control. "We're busier year-'round," he said,
citing the large crowds during holidays and the increas-
ing use of rights of way along Manatee Avenue from
the beach towards CVS Pharmacy for parking. Even on
a weekday, if you don't arrive at the Manatee Public
Beach before noon, you're out of luck finding park-
"We try to do our job in a way that is not intrusive,"
said Pritchard. "We're there when needed."
Pritchard said the quality of care lifeguards are able
to provide has come a long way from Band-Aids, anti-
septic and a dime. As a young guard, he said, he had a
lot of spectacular rescues today you'll see very few
rescues because lifeguards are more proactive. Preven-
tion is what saves lives that's why you don't see all
the sensational rescues, he said.
Some beachgoers may find it inconvenient to have
their day interrupted by a lifeguard telling them their
kid has wandered too deep into the water, or is tossing a
baseball too close to a walkway, or to stay off the rocks,
but Pritchard said that no one, especially a child, should
be put through a drowning scenario.
"It's what makes the job tough," he said. L\ c.ly
minute of our shift [eight to 10 hours], we're watch-
ing and worrying. We're on a constant watch for a kid

heading out too deep without a good swim stroke, for
the guy in a car with a camera, someone who stumbles
and falls."
Curt McFee has been a lifeguard for more than 20
years and admits that he is still scared when he comes
to work. "If I miss something, what will happen? I'm
always on needles and pins."
Accidents can happen quickly and go undetected
by parents. Pritchard said he has pulled a kid out of the
water only for the parent to ask, 'What's wrong?" He's
seen toddlers fall off inflatable rafts unnoticed by others.
"It hurts me more to see a kid get hurt. Someone should
be watching them we're not babysitters."
Lifeguards also deal with enforcing ordinances that
prohibit alcohol, pets and vehicles on the beach. And
it's not uncommon for a lifeguard to get hassled for
enforcing the rules. There are times, he admits, that he
fears for his life. "We don't have a cruiser and guns.
We're out here in shorts and T-shirts. Not many can take
the constant stress," said Pritchard, who has left the job
for a short time twice during his 33 years. "People can
be rude. I don't take it personal."
McFee acknowledged that there is a high employee
turnover. "It used to be a public service job that was
sought after, now it's a whole different world. You do
it because you love it. It takes a special person. You
have to deal with so many people, there will always
be a percentage that isn't happy and that can wear on a
For McFee, almost age 50, the job keeps him
healthy and it's one he plans to keep until "they carry
me outta here, or I know in my heart I can't do it well
Karl Payne has been a lifeguard on the beach for
only nine months, although he previously worked pool-
side. It's a job he plans to do for a while, but isn't cer-
tain if he will make it a long-term career. "It's a good
job. You can't beat going to the beach and working with
a good group of guys."
So why did Pritchard return to the job 16 years
L L\ cyone has a purpose in life," he said. "Mine is
to raise my kids and help on the beach."
McFee is drawn to the job with a similar intrinsic
need to serve the public. Pritchard, he said, is "an inspi-
ration. He knows more about lifeguarding than any of
us will know. We're lucky to have him."

20 0 APRIL 25, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Poor eyesight didn't keep

Perico man from war
Carl Brass of Flamingo Key on Perico Island was
just a sophomore in high school in Pittsburgh on Dec.
7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and
the United States entered World War II.
"We all figured we would be in the war sooner or
later. After Pearl Harbor, a lot of my pals wanted to join
up, but we were too young. Our parents made us wait
until we were 18. Everyone wanted to go in. There was
no thought of staying out."
Fresh from his high school graduation and just a
few weeks past his 18th birthday, Carl entered the U.S.
Army on Sept. 21, 1943. He had originally wanted to
be in the Naval Air Corps, but was rejected because of
his eyesight.
The Army, however, wasn't so particular.
Carl was sent to Camp Van Dorn in Mississippi, a
place he calls a "hell hole." In fact, the camp had been
condemned before the war, but the Army needed facili-
ties so bad it was kept open.
"Nothing but tar-paper shacks in the middle of a
cotton field," remembered Carl with a laugh.
What wasn't funny was the fact that after basic
training ended in January 1944, Carl's unit was sent
overseas to Europe, but Carl had to stay behind because
he didn't have any "Government Issue" glasses.
"I was so anxious to get out of that place, I would
have taken orders for Alaska if I could."
While waiting for his G.I. glasses, Carl was put to
work training other recruits and taking more training
courses. He was eventually qualified in communica-
tions and joined the communications batallion of the
244th Infantry Regiment, part of the 63rd Infantry Divi-
But the division was still stationed at Camp Van
Dorn and life was miserable.
Finally, in November 1944, the division was sent
to New York, then sailed from there to Europe on an
old Italian cruise ship, landing in Marseilles, France,
in early November.
"Funny thing. I never did get my GI glasses," said
Carl laughing.
The division's commanding general, "Combat
Louie Hibbs," wanted immediate action, but Brass and
his buddies would spend the next month in a staging

Carl Brass as a U.S. Infantry soldier during World War
II prior to his departurefor combat action in Europe.

area before moving north to the mountains on Dec. 16,
Most of the guys figured they would be thrown into
the Battle of the Bulge, which had started that same day
in Belgium, but the division was off-loaded at Bisch-
weiller near the French-German border along the Rhine
As with any new outfit in its first combat action,
soldiers were jittery and often shot at anything that
"We got a rumor one night around Christmas that
the Germans were going to drop paratroops dressed
as American soldiers on our lines. One guard thought
he saw a paratroop land and he shot. Then, everyone
started shooting and all hell broke loose."
The "paratroop" turned out to be nothing more than
the dashboard on an American truck that had reflected
the moonlight in the wrong manner.
"But we sure blasted up a lot of trucks," said Carl,
laughing at the memory.
"Sure, we were scared, but you didn't show it. The
fear was not knowing what was going on."
They found out real quick what was going on
when the division was sent south to the Colmar region
and attached to the 7th Army under Gen. Alexander
Here, Carl and his buddies would encounter their
first real action and Carl almost got killed one night
while on guard duty.
French Moroccan troops were stationed with Carl's
regiment. Tall and muscular, the Moroccans favorite

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weapon wasn't a gun, but a knife that they used to slit
the throat of their victims. They were also known for
their stealth.
Carl was on guard duty on a dark night when he
felt a hand grab his collar and a knife was pressed up
against his throat.
"He was looking to see if I had a helmet liner,
because the Germans didn't wear liners. He realized
I had a liner, gave me a pat on the back and vanished.
That was close."
While Colmar and the Vosges Mountains was pri-
marily a support mission, the division had its first major
offensive in January 1945 when it attacked Jebshen,
France, near the German border.
Losses were heavy, Carl remembers, and some
of the blame goes to a French armored unit, which
was supposed to take out a German bunker, but never
showed up to do the job. The Americans ended up with
countless dead and wounded in eventually destroying
the obstacle without the aid of the expected tankers.
By now a sergeant, Carl initially carried an M-1
rifle and later a carbine. People shot at him and he shot
back. It was that simple, he said.
He considers himself very lucky because his job
wasn't directly on the front lines, although pretty
"Those guys had it rough. I was usually behind
them. We put in communications wire, installed tele-
phones, worked on radios, anything with communica-
Still, life in a combat infantry regiment was going
to have its moments.
One day, while driving through a town defended
by the Germans, Carl and the company commander got
pinned down by some German 88 fire.
"We had to take off running. We wanted to jump in
a ditch, but the C.O. went off right down the middle of
the street and we had to follow with the rounds going
off all around us. That was also close."
After this offensive, the regiment moved to the
Siegfried Line, Germany's vaunted west wall, and
attacked in February along with the 100th Infantry
"It was a full-scale battle. They threw e \i c. i iing
they had at us, and we threw everything we had at
After five days, the Germans had had enough and
began retreating, clearing the way for American units to
enter Germany. Carl's outfit was supposed to get a few
days in division reserve, but was ordered into Germany
to liberate the nearest town.
"We liberated the town and a few displaced persons
camps, then went looking for booze. We found some
and got completely soused. We hadn't had any sleep for
three days, we were dirty and under the influence."
That wouldn't have mattered much, except tanks

THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 25, 2007 0 21

Greatest Generation
and crews from Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army
arrived later that day, expecting to be hailed as the first
American units into Germany.
"They had their tanks all cleaned and their uni-
forms spotless and they wore bright yellow scarves.
We looked like a bunch of bums, but we didn't care.
Their C.O. was really mad and he wrote a letter to
Eisenhower demanding that we be disciplined."
Following that action, the division moved east
across Germany, eventually liberating Mannheim,
where they were ordered to stop.
Here, they got Ike's "discipline," which consisted
of Gen. Patch ordering the regiment to the rear for
seven days of rest and relaxation.
After R&R, the unit was off to the Danube River,
flowing through southern Germany. But it was mid-
April and everyone could see the war was coming to
an end.
"We were ordered to liberate towns, but no one
was looking to get killed. If we came across a town
that didn't display the white sheet of surrender, we had
the Air Corps boys blast it first. That usually got the
German troops to retreat real fast and the townspeople
to run up the white flag."
On April 25, 1945, Carl's war ended when the
division was pulled off the line after it reached the
Then came the German surrender in early May, and
everyone started talking about going home. Everyone
except "Combat Louie."
"He started telling everyone we were going to be
the first division to invade Japan. All we wanted to hear
about was going home."
Alas, for Carl, going home would take almost
another year. Although the division was disbanded, he
was assigned to a replacement depot for another 11
months, listening to the rear-echelon soldiers complain
about how "rough" the war had been when they ran out
of rubber bands or toilet paper.
But Carl eventually was sent back stateside and
was discharged on April 8, 1946.
He returned to Pennsylvania, where he studied
engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, getting
married to a Pittsburgh girl in 1951. After graduation,
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He sold that business in 1960 and moved to Pom-
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business. A daughter was living on Perico Island and, in
1990, Carl and his wife moved here permanently. The
couple have two children, seven grandchildren and one
"I consider myself very lucky. I had a lot of close
calls during combat. You can't be in the front lines and
not have one. But we weren't heroes. We were a band
of brothers, guys who would do anything not to let a
buddy down. We had a purpose and I'd do it all over
again if I could go with the same group. The guys were
Just another member of the Greatest Generation.

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Vacationers at Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria
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see a wrecked sailboat.
They couldn't see the vessel, but wind surfer Bruce
Matlack saw the sailboat up close. He even rescued
some documents from inside the boat and now wants
to locate the owner.
"I salvaged some items he might like to have hours
before the sea took most everything else," Matlack said,
inviting a call to 727-364-8426 from the owner. Docu-
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Lutz Loof is the owner.
Matlack said he surfed back to the wreck on April
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a storm passed through Manatee County and the night
the 35-foot sailboat wrecked.
Matlack said a man rowed a dingy from the sailboat
to the Rod & Reel Pier that Sunday night and notified
the U.S. Coast Guard the boat was wrecked.
"The next day, when the wind dropped, I wind
surfed out there, retrieved some items before the sea
got them," Matlack said. "There was diesel over every-
The Coast Guard is not investigating the incident,
which a spokesman with the agency characterized as a
salvage operation.

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County, cities

to celebrate

Arbor Day
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Island cities will join hundreds of other com-
munities across the United States in celebrating National
Arbor Day on Friday, April 27.
The holiday originated in the late 1800s, the idea
of one man, J. Sterling Morton, living in a tree-less
community in the Nebraska Territory.
Nationwide, the National Arbor Day Foundation
promotes the holiday. Locally, Keep Manatee Beautiful
coordinates ceremonies.
A Bradenton Beach observance is scheduled to take
place at 9 a.m. at the city's historic Monroe Cottage,
304 Church Ave. Turner Tree & Landscape donated two
gumbo limbo trees for the site.
The Holmes Beach ceremony planned by the city
parks and beautification committee will take place at
9:45 a.m. Four trees donated by Turner Tree & Land-
scape will be planted at three locations a gumbo
limbo will be planted at the city field along Flotilla
Drive at 59th Street, two live oaks will planted at the T-
end canal at Marina Drive and 64th Street and one live
oak will be planted at the T-end canal at Marina Drive
and 73rd Street. The celebration, which will include
students from Anna Maria Elementary School, will be
at Flotilla Drive at 59th Street.
In Anna Maria, a ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m.
at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. American holly donated
by Keep Manatee Beautiful will be planted.
Another planting will take place across the street at
The Studio at Gulf and Pine. Owner Rhea Chiles and
son Ed will plant a Jamaican dogwood tree one of
35 new trees to be planted during the week there and at
two Sandbar Restaurant parking lots. Ed Chiles owns
the Sandbar locations.
Other ceremonies involving Keep Manatee Beauti-
ful will take place in Palmetto and Bradenton.
One Bradenton ceremony, set to begin at 1 p.m.
at Rossi Waterfront Park at Third Avenue West near
Ninth Street West, will serve as a memorial to Zane
Zavadil died a year ago when the vehicle he was in
went off the Anna Maria Island Bridge. A second young
man, Ryan Costello, suffered severe injuries. Friends
and relatives dedicated the tree to be planted.
Participants in area Arbor Day programs include
city and county employees and elected officials, Anna
Maria Environmental Enhancement and Education

The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-
Teacher Organization Scholastic Book Fair is under
way in the school media center, with preschool
through adult reading selections.
This year's book fair theme is "Book Fair
Beach" and the public is welcome to peruse the
stacks. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April
25, is family night at the book fair with local author
Sarah Hammock on hand to sign discounted copies
of her children's book about Gator Pervus, a boy
who can't help getting in trouble. Hammock is
a fifth-grade teacher at Bayshore Elementary
Book fair organizer KayKay Hardy said a
famous book character might also make a surprise
appearance during family night.
Hardy said the book fair carries many popu-
lar reading series, such as Heat, a new book series
about a baseball player, and Eragon and Lemony
Students will have two opportunities to win a
free book. Each day of the fair students can guess

the number of beach-related objects in a jar for a
chance to win. A winner will also be chosen from
the book fair coloring contest from each grade
The book fair is an annual PTO fundraiser. The
proceeds are utilized to purchase Scholastic books
for the media center. New this year is a "One for
Books" campaign to raise additional funds for char-
ity. Hardy said that those who attend can donate a
dollar and have their name added to the donation
wall. The "One for Books" donations will be used
to purchase books for a school or family in need.
Scholastic books will match the "One for Books"
AME teachers have posted wish lists in the
media center if customers are interested in purchas-
ing a book to donate to a specific classroom.
The book fair is open from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15
p.m. through Friday. Cash, checks and credit cards
are accepted.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. For more information, call 708-5525.

Making mulch
Work to clear invasive Brazilian pepper trees continued last week along Manatee Avenue near Kingfish Boat
Ramp and the Anna Maria Island Bridge. Manatee County crews are working on the project, which involved
the clearing of treesfirst along the south side of Manatee Avenue and then the north side of the state road.
The trees were mulched, which some passing motorists stopped to collect for their residential yards. Once the
tree removal is complete, county officials will work with Holmes Beach officials on an improvement plan for
the county-operated boat ramp, as well as discuss placing a sidewalk from the bridge to the Manatee Public
Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

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Wednesday, April 25
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce holds a breakfast at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key Information: 383-2466.
5 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce holds a
monthly business card exchange at the Tidemark Resorts preview gallery,
5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1541. Fee applies.
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. -A support group for parents and grandparents
sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Community Center meets at the School
for Constructive Play, 304 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908.
Thursday, April 26
6:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch trains volunteers to help
protect nesting sea turtles at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5638.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce holds a noon luncheon at Fred's Restaurant, 1917
S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota. Information: 383-2466.
Friday, April 27
9 a.m. Bradenton Beach celebrates National Arbor Day with a tree-
planting ceremony at the historic Monroe Cottage, 304 Church Ave. Informa-
tion: 795-3490.
9:45 a.m. Holmes Beach celebrates National Arbor Day with a
tree-planting ceremony in the city field along Flotilla Drive at 59th Street.
Information: 795-3490.
10:30 a.m. Anna Maria City celebrates National Arbor Day with a
tree-planting ceremony at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. After the planting at
city hall, a tree-planting ceremony will take place at The Studio at Gulf and
Pine. Information: 795-3490.
1p.m.- Bradenton celebrates National Arbor Day and remembers Zane
Zavadil, who died last year in an accident on the Anna Maria Island Bridge, with
a tree-planting ceremony at Rossi Waterfront Park. Information: 795-3490.
1 p.m. -The Anna Maria Island Historical Society says good-bye to the
winter season with a membership meeting on the grounds of the museum,
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Members will elect new board members and
officers and approve by-laws. Information: 778-0492.
6 p.m. St. Armands Circle Association presents "Smooth Jazz on
St. Armands," a free event in the circle. People are encouraged to bring a
lawn chair or blanket but coolers and open containers are not allowed.
Information: 388-1554.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Roser Memorial Community Church's board of
religious education hosts a Kids Night Out Program for potty-trained tots
to fifth-grade children. The program is at the church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 778-2979.
Saturday, April 28
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for breakfast
and a program at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach. Information:

Audubon elects officers, board
The Manatee County Audubon Society elected new officers and board members April 19 during a meeting at
First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Pictured are Arlene Flisik, vice president; Bunny
Schneider, board member; Ann Glen, board member; Jeanne Schlesinger, Holmes Beach resident and board
member; Lucette Wombacher, treasurer; Steve Black, president; Tom Heitzman, vice president; and Barbara

Singer, board member. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
7p.m. The DeSoto Festival Grand Parade takes place, stepping off
from downtown Bradenton and with the best viewing along Manatee Avenue.
Information: www.desotohq.com.
Sunday, April 29
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The KC and the Sunshine Dancers Competitive
Dance Team Try-Outs take place at 5702 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The
team is open for boys and girls, ages 11 to 19. Information: 713-0324.
Tuesday, May 1
7 p.m. The first class in the Anna Maria Island Power Squadron
"Boat Smart" program takes place at the squadron building, 1200 71st St.
N.W., Bradenton. There will be four classes on Tuesday nights. Information:
714-0449. Fee applies.
Wednesday, May 2
7 a.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.
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds a luncheon at Stonewood Grill, 75th Street and Cortez Road. Informa-
tion: 778-1541.
On Mondays at 11:30 a.m. through May 21, the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center presents Food for Life with Ellen Jones in the St. Bernard Catholic
Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-1908.

The Manatee Players stage "A Chorus Line" through May 13, with
performances Tuesdays through Sundays, at 102 Old Main St., Bradenton.
Information: 748-5875. Fee applies.
In April, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island celebrates featured
artists Midge Pippel and Kathy Sparks at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-6694.
Horseshoes get tossed in the pits atAnna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., with warmups
at 8:45 a.m.
Coming up:
On May 12, the Anna Maria Elementary School Parent-Teacher Orga-
nization annual Spring Fling takes place at St. Bernard Catholic Church
activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. The theme is"Beach Bash."
Fee applies. Information: 708-5525.
On May 19, the Anna Maria Island Privateers host the annual Snooks
Adams Kids Day The event this year takes place at Coquina Beach. Games,
contests and treasure hunts for kids are free. Food and refreshments for
adults by donation.
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Is there anything out there that's not out to get us?

From weather to critters, there are lots of things
attacking humans on the eco-news front of late.

Weather wise, or not?
Scientific studies always seem to like to contradict
each other.
Remember when red wine was supposed to be bad
for you, then studies came out that said that a drink a
day was good for your heart?
Milk good one day, bad for you a few months
Atkins Diet good, then bad, now good again.
Well, weather researchers are in the same quan-
A new study has borne out previous research that
indicated that global warming assuming, of course,
you believe the studies that we actually are experienc-
ing a period of warming temperatures on the planet
- can and will cause more hurricanes in the Atlantic
However, this study by the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration states that there will also
be an increase in wind shear.
Shear is the high-altitude wind that can cut the tops
off hurricanes, dramatically weakening them.
More hurricanes bad.
More weak hurricanes not as bad.
Of course, there is some dispute being levied
against NOAA and its findings by other scientists, who
state that wind shear isn't that much of a big deal when
it comes to storms.
It's kind of like is your wine glass half full or half
empty or totally full of both wine and air. Maybe
hot air?

Too early to call
Also weatherwise is the ongoing debate on how the
temperatures of Atlantic Ocean currents impact global
warming and hurricanes. In this case, scientists seem
to be somewhat in agreement: It's too soon to call for
a decision.
According to the journal Nature, it could take up
to 20 years before enough data is accumulated to deter-
mine if we' re in an ocean-warming or ocean-cooling or
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What's under study is something called the Atlantic
Meridional Overturning Circulation, which is called "a
key component of the climate system, responsible for
one-quarter of the global northward transport of heat. It
has been under close scrutiny since spring 2004, when
ocean scientists set in operation an array of more than
20 instruments moored on the ocean floor between the
Bahamas and the Canary Islands."
There is a hypothesis that the current is ,1%\\ in'.
which all apparently agree could cause a change in heat
distribution worldwide.
That theory is based on about 50 years of ship-
based water temperature readings, which indicated that
there had been a 30 percent reduction in the current
Computer models based on those readings had some
huge margins of error, though, so it was decided to start
some on-the-ground readings actually, in-the-water
testing, called ground truthing by scientists.
But to get the data needed to accurately run a
model, it will take about 20 years or more.
Somehow, I don't think we need to stay raptly tuned
for the end of this study.
And, of course, if we get a whole slew of killer
hurricanes in the next 20 years or so, the question may
become moot.

Narwhals to the rescue
Perhaps a more quick-read on ocean currents could
come through some pretty basic reading on a unique
marine mammal.
According to press reports, researchers hope to cap-
ture upwards of 10 narwhals this year, rig them with
some little scientific gear that will allow time, depth and
temperature readings, and let them loose in the waters
north of Greenland to provide scientists with uplinked
data about water conditions.
Narwhals are those little whales with the 9-foot-
long tusks that stick out of their heads. They seem to
love those cold waters where scientists fear to tread, so
it seems to be a marriage made in heaven for science.
The same basic t1.- hn1 l1 .Y is being used of late to
monitor sea turtle movements by Mote Marine Labora-
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Sturgeon are those big, prehistoric-looking fish that
have bony plates and are prized for their eggs caviar.
They were once thick throughout the Gulf, but were
pretty much fished out in our part of the world in the
late 1800s.
They spend part of the year in the deep Gulf waters,
but move into big rivers and estuaries in the spring and
summer. Tampa Bay used to be popular for the fish,
which can grow to better than 200 pounds. The Suwan-
nee is now a hot spot sturgeon.
The problem is that the fish like to jump. A lot. And
they seem to like to jump in front of fast-moving boats,
causing some horrendous fish-human interactions.
A St. Petersburg woman on a personal watercraft
tooling down the Suwannee was cruising with family
and friends last week when a 200-pound fish jumped in
front of her moving vessel. She bit through a big hunk
of her, lost a few teeth and had three fingers pretty much
amputated in the incident, and nearly drowned before
her husband could fish her out of the water and get her
There are warning signs on the river, installed by
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers,
but hey! Are you going to believe a sign that warns
about a 200-pound leaping fish smacking you in the
face? You probably should.
There were eight incidents on the river last year,
and fatalities have been reported in the past as "death
by sturgeon."
A couple buddies were kayaking on the Suwannee
late last summer. One heard this huge splash and turned
around to complain about his buddy's paddling skills,
only to see the big "0" of his mouth in his white face. It
was a sturgeon, which had narrowly missed his boat.
They ended up counting nine fish jump from the
water on their afternoon paddle. None, fortunately,
none struck them or their small kayaks.

Sandscript factoid
And leaping marine life isn't just confined to stur-
geon and the Suwanee River.
According to news reports, a sea lion leapt out of
the water and broke the jaw of a 13-year-old girl near
Perth, Australia. She was surfing behind a boat when
the incident happened.
Scientists have said they believe the sea lion was
just trying to play.
Right. Like great white sharks like to play with

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Cold, cold, go away so we can go fishing!

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Between the cold fronts and the high winds, fishers
were more than a bit hampered in their angling action
last week, but still managed to produce some good
In the backwaters, snook and redfish are a good bet.
Big trout are also being caught.
Nearshore fishing for mackerel is apparently thin-
ning, but there are still some mac attacks coming in.
Offshore action for grouper, snapper of all varieties
and sheepshead is also good.
Let's hope that spring has finally sprung and we can
all get out on the water and start to catch some fish.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said his recent trips have pro-
duced "a few snook to 28 inches, redfish to 22 inches,
mangrove snapper, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel
and trout. All of the above were scattered and not real
cooperative due to the late cold fronts we have been
experiencing. Whitebait became a problem after the
last strong front, but some have been found. Shrimp
has been a good back-up bait. So far this week a winter
game plan has been the most productive."
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said there are lots of
mackerel along the beaches. A little farther out in the
Gulf, he's hearing of lots of snapper and sheepshead
action, and grouper fishing is excellent in less than 100
feet of water. Backwater fishing for snook really got
quashed by the cold front, but should rebound as the
weather improves. He's also hearing of some really big
trout caught in the bays.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said he's seeing a
few keeper-size snook coming onto the dock, plus some
late-season sheepshead and lot of jacks up to 5 pounds.
There are also a few mackerel hookups, he added.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
snook fishing is happening at night, plus some mackerel
hitting on white jigs and a few lingering sheepshead.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are lots of hungry mangrove snapper biting near
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge channels in Tampa Bay,
and one boat came in with better than 20 legal-size
grouper from that region. In the inshore waters, he's
hearing of lots of redfish starting to show and bite
almost everywhere.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers said the last cold front made bait a bit hard to catch,
but he's still doing well with keeper snook and some
small snapper just offshore. Redfish action is "here and
there," he added.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include
sheepshead and mackerel by the big bridge, and back-
water fishing includes big trout and reds.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Sam
Kimball said he's getting good catches of grouper,
banded rudderfish, mangrove snapper, lane snapper and
triggerfish. Capt. Mark Johnson said his backwater
excursions are providing his clients with lots of redfish
and a few snook, although he's finding the mackerel to
be thinning out a bit. Sheepshead are still a viable catch,
though, he said.
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Fish rule changes proposed, others enacted

Several changes to rules regarding catches and sizes
of several species of fish have been proposed by the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
First up: snook.
Although FWC officials say snook populations are
"fairly healthy" in Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters,
"the latest FWC stock assessment for snook concluded
the management goal of a 40 percent spawning poten-
tial ratio established for this fishery is not being met,
and increasing fishing effort and habitat loss are con-
tributing to the declining rate."
Officials define "spawning potential ratio" as "the
ratio of the egg production of mature fish in a fished
population to the egg production that would exist if the
population were not fished."
The proposed rule change calls for a reduction on
daily recreational bag limit from two fish to one in the
Atlantic. The current one-fish-per-day limit in the Gulf
would remain the same.
However, the proposal calls for further size limits:
"The rules also would change the current 27-34 inches
total length snook slot limit to 28-32 inches in the Atlan-
tic and 28-33 inches in Gulf, Everglades and Monroe
County waters," FWC officials said.
No changes in the closed season of Dec. 15-Jan. 31
and June-August are proposed for Atlantic fishers.
Gulf anglers would have a change, though, with a
proposed closed season to run from December through
February, as well as from May through August. That
proposal includes the Gulf, the Everglades area and
Monroe County.
There is also a proposed change to allow snook
fishers to carry more than one cast net on boats.
Final public hearing and a scheduled decision on the
snook changes is set for June 13-14 in Melborne, Fla.
FWC officials have also approved new rules for
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to mimic federal rules in state waters.
"Florida state waters extend 9 nautical miles offshore
in the Gulf of Mexico and 3 miles offshore in the Atlan-
tic Ocean," according to the FWC. "So-called 'federal'
waters ... extend farther offshore beyond state waters."
New state rules for the Gulf, which go into effect
July 1, "decrease the commercial and recreational mini-
mum size limit for vermilion snapper from 11 to 10
inches total length, eliminate the April 22 through May
31 closed season for commercial harvest of vermilion
snapper, establish a zero bag limit for gag, red and black
grouper for captains and crew on for-hire vessels, and
remove the requirement for Class I and Class II com-
mercial red snapper licenses.
"Other rules approved by the FWC designate golden
tilefish as a 'restricted species' in Florida, change the
minimum size limit of vermillion snapper imported into
Florida from 11 to 10 inches total length, and prohibit
commercial fishermen from harvesting or possessing
the recreational bag limit of reef fish species on com-
mercial trips," according to FWC officials.
For red snapper, FWC has not made any changes in
its rules for Florida waters, but advises that new federal
rules call for "anglers in Gulf federal waters still may keep
the existing four red snapper daily bag limit and the cap-
tain and crew of for-hire vessels may continue to retain
this limit for the first 11 days of the season, from April
21 through May 1. However, beginning on May 2, the
daily recreational bag limit for red snapper in Gulf federal
waters will be reduced from four fish to two per person,
and the captain and crew of for-hire vessels no longer will
be allowed to retain the recreational bag limit.
"In Gulf state waters, the daily recreational bag
limit for red snapper will remain unchanged at four fish
per person, and the captain and crew of for-hire vessels
still can keep the recreational bag limit during the entire
open season.

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Sponsors sought for Spring Fling, tickets on sale

Planning is well under way for Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School's "Beach Bash" Spring Fling, but
sponsorship is l,,'ini',. according to members of the
Parent-Teacher Organization who are coordinating the
The annual fundraising dinner/dance will be held
at St. Bernard Catholic Church from 6 to 11 p.m. Sat-
urday, May 12. Tickets for the event are on sale at a
cost of $35 per person or $260 for a table of eight. For
those who register early, babysitting will be provided
at the School for Constructive Play in Anna Maria.
The past years have seen record fundraising and
sold-out crowds for the event. This year, however,
businesses have been slow to respond to sponsorship
opportunities. PTO member Holly Connelly is the con-
tact person for sponsors interested in being included in
the event program and slide show. The deadline to be
included in the printed program is Monday, April 16.
Sponsors are also being sought for auction items.
The silent auction will feature art projects created
by each classroom. Items range from pictures to fur-
niture, all handmade by students. You can preview a
sampling of these items at the Island Branch Library
throughout the month of April.
Each classroom is also putting together a gift basket
for the auction. There are a wide variety of themes from
Spa Days to outdoor fun, sports paraphernalia to family
Entertainment for the evening will be led by vol-
unteer DJ David Murphy.
The menu includes a veritable "Who's Who" of
Island dining. Sponsors include: The Waterfront Res-

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Key Royale golf news headlines
week of Island sports
By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Jean Holmes and Joyce Brown managed a 4-over-
par 36 in windy conditions to capture Flight AA at the
Key Royale Club's women's low-net golf competition
on April 17. Cindy Miller and Grace Sayles tied for
second with 38s.
Hight A was won by Nancy King's even-par 32,
one shot better than second-place finisher Bobbi Lind-
strom at 33. Tootie Wagner was alone in third place
with a 34.
Flight B went to Sally Keyes, who also fired an
even-par 32, which was two shots better than second-
place tie-finishers Jan Turner and Marcia Helgeson with
Rose Slomba's 1-over-par 33 was the best score in
Fight C, while Shirley Cessna, Helen Klos and Jane
Winegarden tied for second with identical 34s.
The foursome of Cindi Mansour, Cindy Miller,
Mary Selby and Penny Williams won the best-two-
balls-of-foursome game while Sara Falk, Nancy King,
Norma Moran and Grace Sayles came in second place.
Markie Ksiazek and Sue Christensen each had chipins
on the day.
The men teed it up on April 18 for an 18-hole,
better-ball-of-partners game. First place went to the
team of Jack Polcar and Gordie Lindstrom with a score
of 10-under-par 54, one shot better than four teams that
tied for second place. Ed Havlik and Pete Weir, Al Gun
and Gerry Micho, Mike Selby and Chet Hutton and
Jim MacVicar and Pieter Thomassen each negotiated
the Key Royale track in 55 strokes. Third place also
produced a tie between the team of Ernie Hauser and
John Sagert and Dan Hayes and Bob Dickinson with
identical 56s.
April 20 saw the Key Royale weekly coed tourney
played in a two-best-balls-of-foursome format. First
place went to the team of Eunice and Tom Warda, Fred
Meyer and Terry Westby with a score of 50. Second
place went to Jeanette Cashman, Joyce Brown, Gordon
McKinna and Hal Sears with a score of 54. Jeanette
Cashman, Eunice Warda and Al Gunn each had chipins
on the day as well.

Horseshoe news
Ten teams were whittled down to two during April
14 horseshoe action, forcing a one-game, winner-take-
all championship match. Art Kingstad and Rod Bussey

Gator basket
Dai Green-Zelina shows offirst-grade teacher
Heather Nyberg's class basket themed "It's great to
be a Gator." It's one of the baskets that will be auc-
tioned at the Anna Maria Elementary School Spring
Fling in May. Islander Photo: Joy Murphy

edged the team of Gene Bobeldyk and Norm Good
21-16 in a game that featured more than 20 ringers.
April 18 horseshoe action again saw two teams
emerge from pool play with 3-0 records, forcing a one-
game championship match. Ron Pepka and Ron Slagh
captured the duck-shaped trophy in a breeze, winning
by a 21-2 score over the team of R.B. Munro and Sam
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Anna Maria Island Little League AAA
standings as of April 19
Team Won Lost
Duncan 2 0
M.Stanley 2 0
WMFD 0 2

Island Little League schedules
Junior League (ages 13-16)
April 28 11 a.m. N. River National 1 vs.
Islanders @ Birdie Tebbetts Field
Major League Traveling Islanders
All games @ G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton
April 27 7:30 p.m. Islanders vs. MJ2 @ Field 1
AAA (ages 10-12)
All AAA, AA are played at Bayfront Recreation Center,
Longboat Key.
April 26 6 p.m. Duncan vs. M. Stanley
April 28 2:30 p.m. M. Stanley vs. WMFD
April 30 6 p.m. M. Stanley vs Duncan

AA (ages 8-9)
April 27 6 p.m.
April 28 12:30 p.m.
May 1 6 p.m.

Sato vs. Bistro
Bistro vs. Bark
Bistro vs. Sato

T-Ball (ages 5-7)
All T-Ball games are played at the Holmes Beach Field
April 26 6 p.m. A&E vs. LPAC
April 26 7 p.m. Eye Tours vs. Americo
April 30 6 p.m. LPAC vs. Americo
April 30 7 p.m. LPAC vs. Eye Tours

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BEDROOM SET: BLACK lacquer. Originally
paid $1,200. Two 72-inch storage units, light
valance, double dresser, mirror. $350. Anna Maria.

FURNITURE FOR SALE: Moving. Pine dining
table with four chairs, large nine-drawer desk
and other small furniture. Call 941-927-6072 or

LARGE QUEEN-SIZE headboard and bed, two
twin beds, washer and dryer. Joyce Akins, 941-

tional, Star, Seeker, Gloomis rods. Lee outriggers
and more. Call 941-737-0915.

60-INCH, WHITE rattan entertainment center. $150.
Call 941-778-7833.

BIKE: PEUGEOT SPRINT road racer: Small frame,
21 gears. Great condition, but rider going off road
for now. Perfect for beginning racer and long rides.

FOR SALE: DRUM bell kit for middle school, high
school band class drummers. Good condition. $160.
Rick, 941-224-4977.

SALE! $2.50 A box: 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
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.

FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, 941-795-1112 or 704-8421.

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:

YOU WANT IT ...You got it. Oval AMI bumper stick-
ers are just $1 at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.

SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

N Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor

63rd Street, A., Holmes Beach:
3BR/3.5BA, tech room/den, pool
and elevator. Short stroll to beach.
$810,000. ML#320871.

email: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
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HELP SUPPORT OFFICER Pete Lannon: Silicone
$2, adult $5. The bracelets are donated by The
Islander and all $$$ go to a pre-paid college fund
for Pete's youngest son. Available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. 941-778-7978.

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

MOVING SALE: 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday,
April 28-29. Lots for everyone! 509 Spring Ave.,
Anna Maria.

ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD SALE! 9am-3pm Friday and
Saturday, April 27-28. Antique Eastlake dresser,
queen wicker bedroom set, queen Wright-style bed
with mattress, Williams-Sonoma dishware, antique
Blue Willow, Bohemian china, Kitchenaid mixer, Pier
One glass dining table with bentwood chairs, book-
cases, Thomasville sofa, TVs, too much to mention!
307 B 65th St., Holmes Beach.

STOREWIDE SALE: NIKI'S Island Treasures. Visit
outside flea market. All sterling jewelry 50-70 per-
cent off, large inventory. All collector plates and
thimbles 70 percent off. Select Hummels, cups
and saucers, salt and pepper sets, porcelain dolls,
clowns, antiques, books, furniture, lamps, art, cos-
tume and vintage jewelry 30-90 percent off. Open
seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. 941-779-0729.

FOUND: NECKLACE. OUTDOORS, nearthe walkway
at the Rod & Reel Motel. Call Nicole, 941-794-0245.

LOST: LADY'S GOLD ring with blue-green opal inlay
and small diamonds, vicinity of Hurricane Hanks
and Fifth Avenue, Holmes Beach, Friday, April 6.
Reward. Please, call 515-288-0713 if found.

120 OAK AVE. GULFSIDE $499,000

Frames are bent, lenses OK. Found 4400 block of
Gulf Drive and Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach.
Call Dale, 941-538-4770.

MISSING: FEMALE CAT. Tabby/tortie, medium-
long fur. Microchipped. 700 block of Jacaranda
Avenue, Anna Maria. Reward. Call Joan or Bob at

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

SAIL AWAY ABOARD 65-foot Lex-Sea. Key West
Fantasy Fest, six days, five nights, $995 per person,
$1,095 per couple. Cayo Costa Thanksgiving, four
days, three nights, $595 per person, $1,095 per
couple. Everglades Expedition, seven days, seven
nights, $795 per person, $1,495 per couple. 941-
713-8000. www.annamariaislandsailing.com.

MAY THE SACRED heart of Jesus be adored, glori-
fied, loved and preserved throughout the world, now
and forever. Sacred heart of Jesus, please pray for
me. Saint Jude, worker of miracles, please pray for
me. Saint Jude, helper of hopeless, please pray for
me. Amen. J.D.

KIDNAPPED! Bentley (the butler statue) disap-
peared from Sandy Rich's Real Coffee & Realty,
9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on March 17. Sandy
says, "Call and I'll pick him up, no questions asked."
Call her at 376-6077.

Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden personalized
bricks will be ordered April 30. This is your chance
to get a personalized brick for yourself, a friend or
loved one. Forms are available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or call Nancy
Ambrose with questions at 941-518-4431.

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

CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !

1437 N. GULF DR.. $699,000

- RW/M, Tina Marie Doxtator, P.A.
Gulfsti 941-705-8462

Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready
to help you get the home of your dreams.
BCompetitive rates.
BLocal experts with the power to say "YES" to
your home loan.
IUp-front approval* at the time of application.
BAs little as no-to-low down payment options
available to make qualifying easier.
BLoan amounts to $6 million.
BConstruction financing available.


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

This one has it all!
3BR/2BA, new pool and great views of
the Gulf! This is the perfect family beach
house on the prestigious north end directly
across the street from the beach.
All this for $995,000


941 778-0455
9906 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria

Ken Jackson, 778-6986
Marilyn Klemish, 778-7627
Kathy Geeraerts, 778-0072
Maureen Dahms, 778-0542
Kate Eiseler, 224-0057
Evelyn Mitchell, 778-1952

28 0 APRIL 25, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER


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

NEED HOME FOR sweet male cat that is leukemia
positive. Has to be single-cat household, stress-free
and indoor only. Neutered and all shots, will pay for
future vet care. Call Haley's Motel at 941-778-5405
or 941-720-1192.

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

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

1996 GRAND CHEROKEE, 1996 Jeep SUV.
123,000 miles, two-wheel drive, power, good con-
dition. Runs great. $3,800. View at The Islander
newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FOR RENT: BOAT slip. 85th Street, Holmes Beach.
Up to 23 feet. $125/month. 941-778-2581.

DRY BOAT AND trailer storage, $65/month. 840 S.
Bay Blvd., next to Rotten Ralph's. 941-778-9435.

PRIVATE BOAT LIFT for rent: Key Royale canal, up
to 25 feet, 10,000 Ibs. Monthly or annual. 941-538-
3687 or 513-227-7477.

FOR SALE OR trade: 1999 Bayliner-Capri, 3.0 Mer-
cury inboard. Tuned and ready for lots of enjoyment,
low hours, excellent condition. Equipment and trailer
included. Call 941-778-4415 or 269-420-5160.

BOAT DOCK FOR rent: Call 941-779-9074, or e-
mail: bay-rest@hotmail.com.

FREE! 13-FOOT fiberglass boat. Needs work. Free!
Located in Anna Maria. 727-422-0729.

1988 GRADY WHITE 19-foot dual console, Mer-
cury 150, aluminum tandem-axle trailer with
two mounted spare wheels. Very nice condition,
looks much newer. $9,450 or best offer. Phil,
941-778 1357.

This property provides options to either renovate
existing 2BR/1BA home or reinvent by construct-
ing two attached villas. Unlike all other villas, this
building site offers 11,400 sf where you may create
your tropical hideaway surrounded with natural foli
age. Located in Bay Palms and walking distance to
beach and shopping. ONLY $479,500!
Beautifully maintained one-owner home includes
S2BRJ2.5BA on spacious Bay Palms lot. Freshly painted,
new ceramic tile throughout, updated baths, barrel
tile roof are only a few of the recent improvements.
Open design has over 1,600 sf living area and 2,100
sf under roof with two-car garage. C'luriniig kitchen /
with breakfast bar off sunny Florida room plus screened
gazebo for Island lifestyle. Vacant and ready for occu-
Spancy Personally view 501 67th St. Open Saturday and
Sunday, noon-4pm. Asking -,' '," i''

S"We ARE he Island!"
SINCE 1957
Marice Franklin, lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
d Web site www.anamariareal.com
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NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call 941-

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

NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting quadriplegic. Morning, 8am-1 pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.

TUTORS WANTED NOW: Want to change a stu-
dent's life for the better? Are you qualified to work
in a highly successful tutoring organization? Call us
at the Sylvan Learning Center in Bradenton. We're
hiring now! Call 941-795-1246.

GOLF COURSE GROUND maintenance, part-time.
6:30am-12:30pm, $9 per hour to start. Experienced
preferred, but will train. Call John, 941-778-4598.

FOR HIRE: OFFICE receptionist, part-time for local
area motel. 941-778-2780.

charming beach resort on Anna Maria Island. Fax
resume to 863-324-7241 or e-mail to amiexperi-
ence @tampabay.rr.com.

KEY ROYALE GOLF Club hiring part-time cook and
servers. Work in a great environment and play golf
for free. Contact Kelly at 941-778-3055 for more

upstate New York, looking for line cooks for the
summer season. Must have experience and refer-
ences. Housing available. Call Bill, 518-932-1333.

COME TO WORK for Subway and have your dreams
crushed like the rest of us. Weekends required. 941 -
778-7878 after 2pm.

wood Law Firm, PA., is an employment litigation
and appellate practice located in Bradenton, Fla.
This position offers a casual office setting, the latest
technology tools, and the flexibility to work between
25-40 hours per week. Must be adept with technol-
ogy (e.g., utilizing software such as Word, Excel,
Outlook, Amicus Attorney, PC Law) and enjoy work-
ing with people. Litigation experience preferred. E-
mail resume to kendra.p@verizon.net.

W. Ben Stewart
Attorney At Law
Real Estate Closings Title Insurance
Condo Associations Evictions
Contracts/Agreements, Leases
Qualified Intermediary for 1031 Exchanges


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

Monhotron Margaoe Corporation

MAINTENANCE PERSON WITH electrical, plumb-
ing, irrigation, pool skills. Nine buildings, two pools.
Cortez condominium. Vehicle required. 941-792-
7465 or 941-794-2573.

GIFTS/DECOR FOR patio, home and garden.
Enchanting shop, fun items in Holmes Beach busy
shopping district. Profitable. $79,000. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112. For more great business and
realty buys: www.longviewrealty.com.

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

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

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

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

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

ments, special menu cooking, light housekeeping,
personal care, errands, shopping, etc. Experienced
and compassionate, excellent Island references,
reasonable rates. Becky, 941-778-7828.

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

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


W. Ben Stewart, Esq.

fax 941-951-2321
595 Bay Isles Rd., Suite 125 Longboat Key

32 Years ofProfessional Service
SHELL POINT 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool view. turnkey, $295,000.
MT. VERNON 2BR/2BA waterfront, boat docks available, turnkey, like new. $259,000.
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Golf course view. $690,000.
home, quality built, room for pool. Extras. $339,999.
LUXURY WATERFRONT VILLA Boat dock, 3BR/2BA, immaculate, updated.
Designer kitchen, glassed lanai, tennis, pools, covered parking. $649,900.
SUNBOW 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $449,000.
BAYVIEW 4-5BR/4BA includes guest quarters, large master suite. $950,000.
BEST BUYS: ADULT COMMUNITY from $55,000, heated pool, near
shopping, dining and transportation.
PINEBROOK AND IRONWOOD $139,000 to $263,900.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

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

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

ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remod-
eling, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting
MasterCard/Visa. 941-720-0794.

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

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



Norman P4

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

L An Islan4 Place Realty
Sue Carlson
BAY AND CANAL! Completely
redone inside and out!
Hardwood floors, open floor
plan, granite kitchen and
baths, large deck overlooking
canalside. 803 S. Bay. Must
see! $695,000.

Pointe West 3BR/2BA Updates, heated
pool! $368-;0e $345,000!
T Bay Palms 2BR/2BA Sailboat grand canal.
Private dock. Nice! $695,000!
rVillager 2BR/2BA End unit villa, carport. WOW! $104,500!
Kingsfield Lakes 3-4BR/2BA Pending! $289,000!
Mariners Cove 3BR/2BA FULL Bayview. 35-foot boat
slip! $690,000!
Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA Nice updates. NEW 14
seer air conditioning! $285,000!
Lexington 2,663sf 3BR/3BA plus den. Pool-size lot!
Island Beachy Bar Business Opportunity. Beer, wine,
music! $82,900.
Village West 3BR/2BA Near Bray Park! $26&9 T 259,900!

Laura E. McGeary PA
Call 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc

gulfQaSy fsafity ofinna 9aria Inc.
SJesse OBisson BrokerAssociate, ~J
(941) 713- 4755 (800) 771 6043

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Christian couple will take care of your home,
pets etc. References furnished, much experi-
ence, bondable. E-mail: ewingwt@earthlink.net.

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

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-

office cleaning and window cleaning. Good refer-
ences, reasonable rates. Licensed and insured.
Family owned and operated. 941-296-5103.

FORREST PARKS, HANDYMAN: All general repairs.
Lighting, plumbing, painting, tiling, carpentry and re-
screening. Over 30 years experience. Home: 941-
708-0676. Cell: 941-737-5967.

G3uulf Drive P.O. Box 941 Anna Maria, FL 34216
S (941) 779-9500 Fax: (941) 779-9501

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

3BR/2.5BA home offers many amenities, including French doors, tiled
floors, spacious kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, breakfast bar,
and sunny Florida room. Other features include a formal dining area,
textured ceilings, tile top vanities, and a sunny patio with plenty of room
for a pool. There is a handy circular driveway, outdoor shower, sprinkler
system, and lush tropical landscaping. Best of all, the sparkling Gulf of
Mexico is only a short stroll away! Tucked away at the secluded north
end, this choice property is priced at $799,900, furnished.

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SECLUDED BAY FRONT ESTATE This warm and inviting 4BR/2BA
hideaway offers sweeping views across Anna Maria Sound! There is a
protected canal along the south side of the property, offering an electric
boatliftand 32-footdock. Otherfeatures include asolarheated 30x1 5-foot
swimming pool, a spacious bayside sundeck, enchanting 1 2-foot gazebo
with endless views of sea and sky! Brand new kitchen with wooden
cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and gorgeous granite countertops,
plus newly installed hardwood floors and cheerful yellow vinyl siding.
This choice estate is situated on an extremely private lot of the end of a
quiet street with the sparkling Gulf of Mexico a short stroll away! Don't
miss this rare and wonderful Island retreat! $1,699,900.

Simply the Best

FANTASTIC PRICE Two buildings, only $250,000 per
building in Anna Maria City. Large lot, each faces a differ-
ent street. $499,000 for both. Handyman special.

TRIPLEX Steps to
beach and great
view of the bay.
Neat as a pin,
turnkey furnished.
Community boat
dock at the end of

3BR/3BA, beautifully
turnkey furnished.
Heated pool, large
garage, exceptional
views. Newer home.

CUMPL I tELY HtENOVAl tU ZDBKZBA ground-level villa.
Top of the line amenities and beautifully furnished. Stainless
steel appliances, wood floors, one-car garage. $345,000.

furnished, small pool.

LUXURY GULFFRONT The finest condo Anna Maria
has to offer. 3BR/3BA beautifully furnished. High ceil-
ings, windows on all four sides. Enclosed secure garage,
pool and spa. $1,925,000.

wa-L u DrSEnLn uplex features ~aiV z.5oo across
from bay. Easily changed to single family. $479,000.

GULFFRONT DUPLEX. Beautiful location on quiet
beach. 2BR each side, turnkey furnished. Great value.
Mike 800-367-1617
Norman %t 941-778-6696
Norman 3101GULF DRIVE

Ofrecemos servicio de ventas en espanol
L www.mikenormanrealty.com


IMPERIAL HOUSE Full unobstructed Gulf views from
this ground floor end unit in Imperial House. Deeded beach
access, pool, fishing dock are just a few of the amenities at
this 55-plus condo. $400,000.


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ABOUT GROUT: CLEANING, sealing, staining
(painting of grout), tile and grout repair, caulking
of showers/kitchen. Bonded and insured. Call Jeff,
941- 545-0128.

VOICE LESSONS BY NewYork professional artist/
teacher. 941-531-3832.

ANY ODD JOBS? Need a pet sitter or dog walker?
Island local, dependable 17 year-old seeks work.
Call Zach, 941-779-9783 or 941-224-5854.

MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Do you need a pro-
fessional at plumbing, electrical, carpentry, tiling,
painting and remodeling? 24-hour emergency ser-
vice. Free estimates. 941-580-3312.

LEWIS MOBILE CAR wash service at your home,
office, anywhere inside or outside. Wash, vacuum-
ing, detailing. Henry Lewis. Cell 941-465-6963.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn and landscape
maintenance. Tree-trimming, mulching, plantings,
sod, shell. Many references and insured. Please
call 941-778-2335.

SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $42/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone"

KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.

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

TIRED OF PAYING more than estimates? Tree trimming,
removal, pruning, mulching. Guaranteed best price in writ-
ing. 11-year Island resident. Call 941-951-1833.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

contractors. In-house plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. 941-778-2993.
License #CRC 035261.

CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
or 778-4461.

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

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,

TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. 941-792-1367, or 726-1802.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing and tree trimming. Call 941-778-6170
or 447-2198.

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style home on sailboat water Boatlift, blockduplex,2BR/2BA,eachsidecompletely
open floor plan, four-car garage, workout furnished,enclosedtwo-cargarageeachside,
room and 30-foot screened balcony Becky close to beach Jim Zoff, 941-778-2246
Smith or Elfl Starett, 941-778-2246 #529883 $629,000

LUA UIT ABUUNUS In mis beautiiully aeco-
ratedstudio Enjoysunsetsfromyourbalcony,
walkthe white sand beaches, tropical pool, or
enjoyasoothing bath intheJacuzzitub Unit is
like new and is a great rental property Karen

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LARGE IMMACULATE HOME with kidney- COQUINAREEFFullyfurnished1BR/1BAunit RUNAWAY BAY Tranquil lagoon view from
shaped pool Spacious living room and dining with heated pool, covered parking and close this2BR/2BAground floor unit Pool,tennis,
room Many upgrades, windows, doors, roof, tobeach,citypier,restaurantsandshopping deeded beach access, bayfront fishing pier,
roomforaboatorRV12x16-footworkshopplus Well-maintained, new roof, low condo fee, workout room Onsite rental management
6x8-footshed Beautiful landscaping Dorothy welllocated DaveMoynlhan,941-778-2246 Becky Smith & Elfi Starrett, 941-778-2246
Cook, 941-383-5577 #552482 $310,000 #552582 $257,500 #539933 $358,000
PERICO BAY CLUB Best value Jasmine Townhouse, end unit, GULFCOASTPLAZAFullyleased8-unitstripcenteronbusyCortez

2BR/2BA, water view, two miles to beach, gated with 24/7 security
with heated pools, tennis, clubhouse, attached garage PennyBray,
941-795-6685 #551490 $349,900.
MOTEL/RESORTANNAMARIAISLAND Great 11-unit resort/motel
One short block to the beautiful sandy beaches and view the spec-
tacular sunsets Many restaurants, specialty shops and fishing pier
close by Possible conversion potential Jim Zoff, 941-778-2246
MLS#539134 $2,575,000.
A RARE FIND! Anna Maria Gulffront lot Becky Smith or Elfl Starett,
941-778-2246 #504998 $1,750,000.
SUMMER SANDS BAYFRONT Unique 3,292 sf townhome 3-
4BR/4 5BA with fireplace and glassed lanai Exceptional complex
with private beach and bayside pool/spa Community dock Dave
Moynihan, 941-778-2246 #534641 $1,350,000.
REMODELED IN 2007 Ground level, four-units surround private
heated pool Steps to the beach 2BR unit ideal for owner Good
rental history and reservations Owner/Agent Jacque Davis,
941-778-2246 #548868 $1,250,000.
2217 GULF DR. N. *

Road with 300-foot frontage, 6,100 sf of building, parking for
32 cars Zoned general commercial Dave Moynihan, 941-778-
2246 #542085 $995,000.
VALUE IS IN TWO LOTS only a few hundred yards from Gulf Beautiful
street and beach access Build two homes or remodel cottage and live in
paradise 2BR/ :,i- I ...-1.1:, '141-778-2246 #550000 $949,000.
cottage with 1BR/1BA bungalow Great family retreat or
rental property Close to shops, beach and more Anne Miller,
941-778-2246 #518824 $825,000.
2BR/2BA DIRECT GULFFRONT unit with outstanding views of the
Gulf Totally renovated Secured elevator, heated pool, tennis court
and privategarage Near shopping and restaurants DaveMoynihan,
941-778-2246 #543586 $799,900.
MARINERS COVE Direct bayfront, top floor 3BR/2BA, 2,000 sf,
gated community, two pools, tennis, elevator, protected deep-water
35-footboatslip Peter Mancuso,941-545-6833 or Dave Moynihan,
941-720-0089 #543600 $599,900.

Jennifer R. Cascardo 917-859-7859 or 941-778-1440
New York Florida Broker "Exclusive Service from Skyline to Skyway"t'

419 Pine Ave. PO Box 2150 Anna Maria FL 34216

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WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: Winton's Home-Buddy
Inc. Retired banker, Island resident, converting life-
long hobby to business. Call 941-705-0275 for free
IMPACT WINDOWS AND doors. Exclusive dis-
tributor: Weatherside LLC on Holmes Beach. Free,
courteous estimates. Jeld-wen Windows and Doors.
Lic.# CBC1253145. 941-730-5045.

THIRTY-SIX YEARS craftsman experience. Interior,
exterior, doors, stairs, windows, trim. Pressure wash.
Driveway paint. Dan Michael, master carpenter. Call

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

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

WALL AND CEILING repair: drywall, texture, paint,
bathroom tile, and more. Reliable and honest, Island
references. Call Fred Weingartner, 941-586-3656.
ens, bathrooms, tile work, decks, sheetrock, paint-
ing and more. Reliable work start-to-finish. What
does your home need? Free estimates. Call Thomas
P. Lass, 941-782-7313.

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

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The Rivertowne Lot 40 $493,190 $359,000 The Kiawah Lot 28 $28,602 $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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2 bedroom, 2 bath, laundry room, eat-in
kitchen, courtyard, 2-car garage, 1,434 SF

For more information on these
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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
andys Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 24 Years of
Service Quality & Dependable Service.
rCall us for your landscape
778"1345 and hardscape needs.
SLicensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References

Office: (941)778-2246* (941)792-8628
E-mail: haroldsmall@wagnerrealty.com

Removal of all types of trash, debris and junk.

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Locally owned and family operated since 1988

qA, Crown molding Specialist
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Carpets Furniture Mattresses
Air Ducts Flood Damage
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8208 Cortez Road W. Bradenton 34210 (941) 794-6504
9:00 AM til Noon, or by Appointment
Pool Deck, Patio and Driveway Renovations
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Trunks Door Handles 941 -957-3330

Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants,
mulch, trip, hauling and clean
Call Junior, 807-1015

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PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I take
pride in my work. For a free estimate, call Colin at
941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.

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

SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR two master
suites-/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to beach.
Heated pool, dock, cable TV, washer/dryer, garage,
designer furnished with tropical yard setting. One of the
finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly. Call 941-713-
0034 or e-mail: beachdreams@tampabay.rr.com.

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

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.

WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-
0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.

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

1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or beachdreams@tampabay.rr.com.

PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach. Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
clothes and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalm-
breeze.com. 941-730-5126.

new, fresh and clean. Small pet OK, nonsmoking.
Available April 1. $1,500/month. 941-713-3533.

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

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

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

ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH.2BR/2BA, lanai, garage.
Clean, nice quiet area. $1,000/month. 941-776-1789.

3BR/2BA, $1,700/month. 2BR/2BA home, Anna
Maria, $1,250/month. 2BR/2BA apartment, Anna
Maria, $865/month. Riverfront condo, 2BR/2BA,
$1,195/month. Cedars East townhome, 3BR/2.5BA,
$2,750/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-778-
2307. www.franmaxonrealestate.com.

Gorgeous 2BR/2BA house, just steps to beach.
Available May 15 for weekly rental. Call 941-545-
8488, or checkout http://jjvacations.blogspot.com.
Be sure to ask about Memorial Day special!

2BR/2BA, pool and clubhouse, corner unit. Ground
floor. $1,000/month. Martinique North, Gulffront,
1BR/1.5BA, fifth floor, bonus view of Sunshine
Skyway Bridge! $1,300/month. www.coastlineac-
comodations.com. Call Mike at 941-737-0915.

TEMPORARY OR ANNUAL 2BR elevated duplex with
porch and laundry. Freshly remodeled, private park-
ing, block to beach. $795/month. 941-807-5449.

Beach 1BR/1 BA. One block from beach. $850/month
includes cable, trash, water. Allen, 941-778-6965.

furnished 1BR/1BA apartment. Full kitchen, dining
room, living room. Includes utilities, cable, laundry
room. Community boat ramp, marina. $995/month.

nity, No. 200, 2BR, $695/month. No. 202, 1BR, $550/
month. Both have 1BA, turnkey furnished, washer
and dryer. Includes water, sewer and garbage. On
bay, Gulf view. Call 941-920-0868 or 941-778-4523.

PALM COTTAGE IN Anna Maria. 3BR/1.5BA, laun-
dry, one block to beach. Accepting reservations for
2008 season. 941-739-1882.

LAKEFRONT CONDO: NEW, rent to own. 2 and
3BR/2BA, large lanai. Includes pool, spa, cable,
water. Nice northwest location. Close to beaches.
$1,450-$1,550/month. 941-761-0444.

DEEP DISCOUNT FOR last-minute travel in beauti-
ful town of Anna Maria. Quaint island cottage, steps
to beach. 203-454-0573.

SEASONAL OR ANNUAL: Bradenton Beach on
Anna Maria Island. One block to beach. Gorgeous
3BR/2BA with office, elevator, granite kitchen, marble
baths, balconies facing bay and Intracoastal Water-
way, huge hot tub, fully furnished. $2,200-$2,900,
depending on season. Call Lisa, 860-601-3838.

3BR/2BA, cozy, family beach house, Gulf views,
one block to Gulf, fenced yard, animals negotiable.
Decks, balconies, Mexican tile, plants, paintings,
outdoor shower. Susan, 941-855-0444. E-mail for
photos: susansbrown @juno.com. Available Memorial
Day weekend through Aug. 14, 2007 for $3,000.

ANNA MARIA: 3BR/2BA on canal with gorgeous
views. Steps to beaches and city piers. $600/weekly,
$1,800/monthly or less for long term. Call Deborah
Thrasher, Re/Max Excellence, 941-518-7738. debo-
rahthrasher@ remax.net.

BRAND NEW LUXURY townhome: Harbor Land-
ings, Cortez. 3BR/3BA, private elevator, two-car
garage, all amenities, walk to beach. $2,750/month.
Call Donna at Premier Florida Realty, 941-761-
3720. Cell, 941-313-0104.

MINUTES TO BEACHES: Village Green, West
Bradenton. Large 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, big
screened lanai, huge corner lot, good schools, walk
to shopping, $1,495/month. Annual. 941-720-2804.

totally remodeled, stainless-steel appliances, two
pools, carport, fabulous beach. Available now
through December. $900/month. 941-795-5060.

VACATION RENTALS NOW: Palma Sola townhome.
2BR/2BA, pool and boat dock. $599/week. Key Royale
Island home.3BR/2BA, pool and boat dock, $899/
week. Longboat Key Village, peaceful, 2BR/1BA,
$599/week. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA with carport. Private
street on north end of Anna Maria. $900/month. Call

OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,000 sf. Available May 1,
2007. Former Cortez Exchange. 8811 Cortez Road,
Bradenton. 1-800-952-1206.




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home available. $700/week, $100 discount each
additional week up to eight weeks. Great location,
open floor plan, Victorian decor and charm, new
carpeting, on deep water canal, garage. Call 614-
207-7878, or visit www.scottincolumbus.com.
ONE AND TWO bedroom apartments for rent,
across from the beach, water views. Furnished and
unfurnished. Starting at $750/month or $225/weekly.
ANNA MARIA WATERRONT: 2BR condo, completely
furnished with own private boat dock. Year lease.
$950/month. First, last, security. 941-778-4451.
to beach. Available May 15 for weekly rental or July,
and August for monthly. July or August monthly
rate, $1,600. Call 636-352-8155. http://jjvacations.

RENTALS: 1BR/1BA duplex, lake view; 2BR/1BA
duplex, lake view; 2BR/2BA condo, pool and club-
house. 1 BR/1.5BA condo, Gulffront, pool. Call Mike,

FURNISHED LARGE 2BR/2BA: Screened porch,
garage. Walking distance to beach. Available May
1 through October. 941-795-8626.
ROOMMATE WANTED: ONE house from beach.
Private entrance and bath, satellite, washer and
dryer, phone, TV/DVD, all utilities. $700/month. Call
Bill, 951-518-4222.
ANNUALS TO RENT and list! Available 3BR/2BA
unfurnished with boat dock, $1,400/month, plus
utilities. Also, 1BR/1BA, furnished with pool use,
Anna Maria. $900/month. Call An Island Place
Realty, 941-779-9320.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site

NEW LAKEFRONT CONDOS: Low $300s. Minutes
to beach, no flood, evacuation zone. Hidden Lake
Real Estate, 941-761-0444. www.HiddenLakeCon-
ISLAND CANAL LOT: 75x100 feet, new dock, priced
to sell quickly. Below market and appraised value,
$535,000. Call Jake, 941-544-7786.108 Gull Drive,
Anna Maria.
BY OWNER: 2BR/1.5BA condo. West of Gulf Drive,
two pools, covered parking. $399,999. 863-412-
2612. www.cflrealestateonline.com/condo. 5400
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

CPR: DON'T STRESS out over your property man-
agement fees. Low rates and tiered services. Now
accepting new rental properties. Call Suzanne,
941-962-0971, or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.

PERICO ISLAND BY owner. Single 3BR/2BA home,
beautifully decorated and maintained. Wide-open
views overlooking preserve from heated, caged
pool. Buyers agents, 3 percent. $472,000. 941-

BRADENTON BEACH: 2BR/2BA end unit. Huge
Gulf views from most rooms. Beautiful Tommy
Bahama-style furnishings. Pool, hot tub, tennis,
docks. Great vacation home and rental income. By
owner. $615,000. 941-388-5238.
ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner.
Holmes Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool, boat
dock, many upgrades. $775,000. Call 941-778-6474.
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.
LONGBOAT DUPLEX: 4-6BR on canal, deeded
beach access. Use it, rent it out or redevelop.
$649,900. Mary Ann Namack, Longview Realty,
392 FIREHOUSE LANE: North Longboat Key, stepsto
beach and pool. Built 2004, upscale and stylish, former
model home. 2BR/2BA, den plus loft. Maintained com-
munity. Priced to sell. $998,500. EWM Realtors Inc.
www.luxuryhomes-condos.com. 305-632-0449.
50-by-110-FOOT LOT in Anna Maria. Owner will
finance. No streets to cross to the beach! $480,000.
813-837-6224.117 Willow Ave.

PERICO BAY CLUB: Unbelievable bay views from
this updated 3BR/2BA condo. New granite, Italian
porcelain tile, carpet, custom closets, plantation
shutters, designer furnishings and so much more. A
must see at $550,000. E-mail barbfreeman@alltel.
net, or call 859-264-8644 for your viewing.

SANDPIPER 55-PLUS mobile park: 1 BR/1 BA with
share. Newly remodeled, new appliances, new
floors, furnished, bright and cheery. $185,000. Call
ARE YOU A teacher? Walk to Suggs Middle School
when you buy this 2BR/2BA, updated cul-de-sac
home for $210,000. Call CPR, 941-794-1515.
SINGLE 50-FOOT mobile home: 2BR/1BA newly
remodeled. All appliances, enclosed lanai. Five miles
to beach. 55-plus. No pets. Lease, $300/month.
$12,900. 941-447-6113. Royal Garden Estates.

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coastal Waterway. Unobstructed southern views,
tastefully renovated, pool, boat dock, mature land-
scaping. 2BR/1BA, office, garage. Brokers protected.
517 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-0029.
Recently reduced, $1,100,000.

PALMA SOLA VIEW: Perico Bay Club: 2BR/2BA,
close to beach! Second-floor unit with vaulted ceil-
ing, screened and air-conditioned glassed-in porch,
one-car garage. 24-hour security. Active associa-
tions. Open 1-4pm Sunday. Was 439,900, now $
429,900. Make offer! 1191 Edgewater Circle. Home,
863-324-0944. Cell, 863 280-0222. sandsgoldm@
aol.com. Owner is a broker

WANTED TO BUY: Canal home. Holmes Beach
fixer-upper. $400-500,000. Can close as soon as
possible. E-mail information to alliedconstruction @
centurytel.net. Not a realtor, private buyer.
BEST BUY ON the beach: Direct Gulffront 2BR/2BA
condo. Newly updated, heated pool, great rental
history. $719,900. Call owner, 941-778-3180.
HOLMES BEACH LOT: 50x100 feet, two blocks to
the beach, ready to build. $429,000. 215 71st St.,
Homes Beach. 941-778-4036.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Beautiful duplex, walking
distance from the beach on private street, conve-
nient to everything. 3BR/3BA unit and 1BR/1 BA unit.
Large bedrooms. $499,000. Call Jerry Sutton with
Realty Professional Group Inc. 813-263-6995.
MUST SELL! ELEVATED concrete duplex, 2BR per
side, freshly remodeled. 3,500 sf of enclosed space.
One block to beach. $449,000. 941-807-5449.
ANNA MARIA: Open water views, steps to beach
and city piers! Reduced! 3BR/2BA home with Florida
room, dock, hot tub. Minutes to bay by boat. Seller
motivated! $699,000. Deborah Thrasher, Re/Max
Excellence, 941-518-7738. flgulfcoast.net.
SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

from. 3BR/2BA 1,750 sf, garage, private elevator,
pricing from the $600s. Call for your personal tour.
Kimberly Mills or Erlene Fitzpatrick, Realtors, Re/
Max Gulfstream, 941-758-7777.
PREMIUM ISLAND DUPLEX: One block to beach,
upgraded. $468,900. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
two-car garage with family room. Two blocks to
Palma Sola Bay, not a flood area, large lot. By
owner, 941-356-1456.
boat dock. Appraised, $925,000, now $799,000.Call
owner, 941-356-1456.
FOR SALE: 2BR/1BA condo. Private beach and
boat slips on Intracoastal Waterway. Income pro-
ducing or private getaway. Best buy on the Island.
$385,000. Call 863 287-8078.
CONDO: 3BR/2BA, 1,144 sf, overlooking pool.
Great price, low taxes, low insurance. Downsize to
convenient, affordable northwest location. $146,000.
R. Hooker, Re/Max. 941-685-5300.
$359,000.2BR/1 BA HOUSE with 1 BR/1 BA rental cot-
tage, 100 steps to the beach with great views of the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge, turnkey furnished. Owner
financing available. 941-747-3321 or 941-219-1042.
BAY POINTE AT Cortez. 2BR/2BA, turnkey fur-
nished, first floor, laundry, inside heated pool.
$180,000. 941-761-9512.
FOR SALE BY OWNER: 2BR/1 BA, no association,
five minutes to beaches. $205,000. 102nd Street
West, Bradenton. 941-761-9512.
FOR SALE BY owner: Anna Maria deep-water
canal home. 2BR/3BA with in-law suite. 1,900 sf
large office and screened lanai. New seawall and
boat lift. No bridges to bay. Fireplace, new air condi-
tioning ducts. Priced far below appraised value. 240
Chilson Ave. Call for appointment, 941-447-6668.

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.
tiful western North Carolina mountains. Free color
brochure and information. Mountain properties
with spectacular views, homes, cabins, creeks and
investment acreage. Cherokee Mountain GMAC
Real Estate. cherokeemountainrealty.com. Call for
free brochure, 800-841-5868.
ADIRONDACK: TUG HILL Lakes, 30 acres. Borders
Adirondack Lake, $169,900.10 acres, Tug Hill Lake,
$69,900. 88 acres, wildlife pond and trout stream,
$159,900. 25 acres, lakefront, central New York,
$129,900. Coming soon, largest Adirondack river.
Lots with waterfalls. Call Christmas & Associates,
800-229-7843. www.landandcamps.com.
NORTH CAROLINA: GATED lakefront commu-
nity. Pleasantly mild climate. 1.5 acres, 90 miles
of shoreline. Never offered before with 20 percent
pre-development discounts, 90 percent financing.
Call 800-709-5253.
GOT NORTH GEORGIA mountain fever? We have
the cure. We can help you find the perfect place
here. Sales and rentals. Toccoa Wilderness Realty
& Cabin Rental LLC. www.ToccoaWildernessRealty-
andCabinRental.com. 706-632-2606 or 706-435-
8735. NorthGeorgia4Sale@tds.net.
LAND FOR SALE by owner. Southeast Georgia. Pri-
vate financing. No credit check. Starting $198/month.
912-278-7108. www.blackwaterreserve.com.
NORTH CAROLINA: BEST buy in mountains! Owner
financing, two acres with spectacular view, paved
road, restricted, Bryson City. $45,000, $9,000 down.
Call owner! 800-273-6213. www.wildcatknob.com.
COLORADO RANCH SALE: 35 acres, $36,900.
Easy access, sunset views. All utilities, surveyed.
Financing available. Call owner today! 866-696-
5263. ext. 2595.

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homes and parcels on pristine 34,000-acre Norris
Lake in east Tennessee. Call Lakeside Realty, 888-
291-5253, or visit www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.

23.55 acres, only $99,900 was $124,900. Coastal
region. Wooded, loaded with wildlife. Easy drive to
St. Simons Island! Subdivision potential! Call now,
800-898-4409, ext. 1178.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.

Direct beachfront
studio condo
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:Seller will guarantee $30,000 rental income for
two years. $429,000: Call 941-447-7274.


Su Coast
3-4BR/3.5BA custom home with 146 feet on beautiful beach. Cherry
floors, crown molding, Thermador appliances, outdoor kitchen,
heated pool and spa, elevator, 10 ceiling fans, central vacuum, secu-
rity system, thermal windows. $4,995,000.
Spacious 4BR/3BA pool home with 253-foot waterfront. Deep
water, two docks and lushly landscaped. $1,850,000.
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $365,000.
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo fl ooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay and
Intracoastal Waterway. $599,000.
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view of Gulf. New kitchen,
tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $899,900.
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.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $959,900.
GULF PLACE CONDOS Turnkey furnished. From $869,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey $165,000.
UPDATED DUPLEX- 2107 Avenue B. $596,900
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulf view. $969,900.
ANNA MARIA NEAR BEACH House and cottage. $799,000.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE CONDO Direct Gulf view. $799,900.

779-0202 (800) 732-6434

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

JUST $195.22/MONTH: One-plus acres with
free boat slips! Nicely wooded lake -access
property in brand new premier development on

160,000-acre recreational lake! Prime waterfronts
available. Call 800-704-3154, ext. 1113. Price
$34,900, 20 percent down, balance financed 30
years, 7.5 percent fixed, OAC.

COASTAL GEORGIA: 57.92 acres, $199,900! Geor-
gia/Florida border. Mature pines, abundant wildlife.
Only an hour from Jacksonville! Call now, 904-206-
5100, ext. 1195.

cabin with loft on five-acre mountaintop overlook-
ing great big trout stream near New River State
Park and Galax. Must sell. $299,500. Owner, 866-

COASTAL GEORGIA: NEW, Pre-construction golf
community. Large lots and condos with deep water, NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAIN properties: For
marsh, golf, nature views. Gated, golf, fitness center, your free guide call 877-635-6461, or to see entire
tennis, trails, docks. $70s-$300,000.877-266-7376. book, visit www.ngmrealestateguide.com and click
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