Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: June 13, 2007
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First weekly winner: Top notch pelican flock!
Lori Kee of Bradenton, an artist with a good camera eye and a Holmes Beach city employee, took this photo
near the humpback bridge on North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria. Kee's keen eye has earned her the prize for
the first of six weeks of Top Notch, including front page for her photo and an Islander newspaper "more-than-
a-mullet wrapper" T-shirt. Her entry will go into the pool of weekly winners to be eligible for the grand prize
of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and prizes from Islander advertisers. See page 8for
contest information.

State OKs Anna Maria

comp plan appraisal report

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Florida Department of Community Affairs
completed its preliminary review of Anna Maria's
evaluation and appraisal report, finding the document
"This finding of sufficiency should be taken as the
final determination of the report," read a notice from
DCA chief Mike McDaniel to Anna Maria Mayor Fran
The notice emphasized that the determination "does
not constitute a compliance review of the proposed
amendments identified in the report."
Additionally, the notice from Tallahassee said the
city will, as required by state law, need to update its
five-year capital improvements plan on an annual basis,
as well as update the potable water element in the com-
prehensive plan.
Meanwhile, in Anna Maria, city commissioners are
scheduled to meet Thursday, June 14, to review and
approve the minutes of a May 21 public hearing on
comprehensive plan amendments.
The meeting is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. in
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. After the
session, the commission plans to hold a work session
to discuss a proposed stormwater utility fee and future
changes to the comprehensive plan.
During the May 21 public hearing, commissioners
and citizens discussed several amendments and issues
in the plan, specifically a planning and zoning board
proposal to limit commercial building height to 27 feet
rather than the 37 feet allowed for residential structures,
and the future land-use map designation for property
at Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard and Gulf Drive and

Palmetto Avenue.
The commission voted against the P & Z board
recommendation and eliminated the 27-foot limit on
commercial buildings.
The vote prompted a complaint from property
owners William and Barbara Nally, already at legal
odds with the city and the Sandbar Restaurant.
Brendan Rowe, an attorney for the Nallys, raised

Freak storm
Cove roof,
unit damages
Bill .iniiii, of
Westbay Cove
condos on
Manatee Avenue
reported damage
to one building's
roof and signifi-
cant damage to
two units, evi-
denced by debris
and insulation at
the curb.
Photo: Bill

Volume 15, No. 32 June 13, 2007 FREE

Hail storm hits

Holmes Beach


By Bonner Joy
Oh my goodness. Hail in Holmes Beach. Who
could believe it? Has it happened before in Holmes
Beach or on Anna Maria Island?
Evidently one person didn't believe it could happen.
The Holmes Beach Police Department reported a man
in the 3100 block of Avenue F received "severe lacera-
tions from hail."
But Michael Pierce, visiting from Liverpool, Eng-
land, was looking for his family when the storm stuck.
His wife and children had gone for a walk on the beach.
The storm and hail struck him, and he was treated by
Emergency Medical Services at the scene for a large
cut on his head and then with help from HBPD, he
found his family safe at their motel in Bradenton Beach,
having taken the trolley to avoid the storm.
There was also a lightning "show" with almost
constant lightning observed by stormwatchers.
Lightning apparently struck the Martinique North
six-story condo building at 5300 Gulf Drive in Holmes
Beach and the resulting power outage left one person
stuck in the elevator. The stranded person made it out
on his own. The West Manatee Fire Rescue District,
arrived at-the-ready with its hook-and-ladder truck, and
firefighters disposed of a small fire in the elevator motor
housing, possibly caused by lightning, according to an
HBPD report.
Over near Manatee Avenue, there was roof
damage to one of the condo buildings at Westbay
Cove and "significant damage to two condo units"
according to Bill Shuman, who said board member
Dick Kowal initiated the condo's disaster recovery
plan and contacted their insurance carrier and con-
tractors, who put a temporary cover over the roof of
the damaged building.
In all, the storm came and went quickly with the
most severe weather isolated on Anna Maria Island
in Holmes Beach. Power was out for some, and
was restored by Florida Power & Light after about



OMG: Hail on Holmes Beach
Pea- and marble-sized hailfell on the deck of one
Holmes Beach residence during Friday night's
"hard rain." Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Hail hits Holmes Beach Friday
a two-plus-hour wait. A transformer was blown, a
street light was knocked down, and plenty of tree
branches were observed "down" on roofs and in
Cleanup for most folks was quick like the
Rain about 1 inch in one hour in Holmes Beach
- was a welcome aid to wash out the saltwater that
kills grass, shrubs and some trees after minimal flood-
ing from the high tides last weekend associated with
Tropical Storm Barry.
Some residents in Anna Maria and visitors to the
Anna Maria City Pier reported only a light rainfall.

Happy trails!
Holmes Beach Police Sgt. David Giddens started with HBPD March 27, 1995, was promoted to patrol sergeant
in 1996, and ended his career there last week with recognition from Chief Jay Romine and members of the
department. Romine, center, presented Giddens, standing left, with a GPS device "in the hope he'llfind his way
back." Giddens left on a road trip to Yellowstone National Park and "to see the wild west" with his wife and
granddaughter, but he expects to return to Holmes Beach as an auxiliary officer when needed. The chief said,
"He remains calm and cool at all times, which made him a huge asset to our agency, especially when training
some of our younger officers." Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

DCA gives OK to comp plan
concerns that without the 27-foot height limit or some
other restriction, elevated floors of a commercial struc-
ture could be used for food and beverage service.
The commission kept the vacant property at Pine
and Bay Boulevard as commercial on the future land-
use map rather than residential/office/retail, which is
the designation the property owner sought.
The commission also retained a residential designa-

tion for lots owned by Linda Cramer at Gulf Drive and
Palmetto, despite Cramer's pleas that the designation
was an error put on the record years ago.
Cramer wants a commercial or an ROR classifica-
tion and a letter from her attorney Michael Connolly
indicated she plans to pursue that designation.
"Linda Cramer respectfully requests an ROR des-
ignation for Lot 1, Block 31, Anna Maria Subdivision
located at 9702 Gulf Drive," Connolly wrote, adding
that he wanted her request and argument transmitted
to DCA.





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St. Joe halts Perico Island condo sales

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Mother Economy has done what lawsuits and legal
actions could not.
The St. Joe Company has announced it was "sus-
pending further sales of its Seven Shores condominium
units on Perico Island" after a disappointing 18 months
of sales in which only nine units had been reserved. The
company had said it needed 20 pre-sales before vertical
construction would be scheduled to start.

Passenger in

bridge crash

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The passenger killed in an accident on the Anna
Maria Island Bridge drowned, according to the Florida
Highway Patrol.
Authorities withheld the cause of death until a con-
clusive ruling from the medical examiner.
Eudiel Gonzalez-Ortiz, 21, of Wimauma, was riding
in the back passenger seat in a green 2000 Ford Expedi-
tion when the SUV went off the bridge into Anna Maria
Sound early May 13, which was Mother's Day.
Two men in the front seat, Florentino Gonzalez-
Doran, 35, and Gregorio Lopez-Chavarria, 21, of Bra-
denton, were treated at Blake Medical Center for inju-
ries sustained in the crash.
The driver, Lopez-Chavarria, faces multiple charges
in connection with the accident DUI manslaughter,
a second-degree felony; two counts of driving under
the influence causing property damage, a first-degree
misdemeanor; and driving with no valid driver's license
and causing injury, a third-degree felony.
The blood-alcohol level of both Lopez-Chavarria
and Gonzalez-Doran was tested at Blake. Lopez-Cha-
varria's blood-alcohol level was .29 the legal limit
is .08. Florentino's blood-alcohol level was .32.
Lopez-Chavarria took another test later May 13 at
the Manatee County jail. That test also put his blood-
alcohol level above the legal limit.
The accident occurred at about 3:15 a.m., with
emergency personnel West Manatee Fire Rescue
Battalion Chief Rich Losek and firefighter Greg Wigeri
Van Edema arriving to the bridge by 3:21 a.m.
Also arriving soon after the accident were two
motorcyclists, Ian Haddix of Bradenton and Evan
Purcell of Holmes Beach, and two boaters fishing for
snapper near the bridge, Christian Cornell of Northport
and Robert D. Cornell of Bradenton.
Robert Cornell heard the crash, though he didn't
immediately know a vehicle had plunged into the
"We were underneath the bridge," he said, placing
his boat on the south side of the span. "When the acci-
dent happened, we heard two loud, distinct thuds."
Cornell would come to learn that the thuds were
created by the SUV going through the concrete barrier
on the bridge and then crashing into the water.
"We could see what looked like smoke," Cornell
said, but he and his brother then realized it was dust
from the concrete.
FHP determined that the SUV, headed east on the
bridge, went out of control, spun into the westbound
lane and went through the concrete guardrail. The
vehicle plunged 20 feet into the water, landing upright,
crumpled and missing a wheel.
Lopez-Chavarria, according to FHP, said he was
driving about 65 mph in a 50-mph zone when he lost
control of the vehicle.
After the crash, Cornell called 911 on his mobile
phone. He remembered the time 3:15 a.m. and
hearing voices in the darkness, echoing under the
"The guys were yelling for help, but you couldn't
make out what they were saying," Cornell said. "It
wasn't clear. But there was a lot of yelling."
Within minutes of the 911 call, Losek and Wigeri

St. Joe president for Northeast/Central Florida Nick
Cassala said the suspension of sales is only temporary
while the company conducts a "market research update."
Site development at Seven Shores will continue,
Cassala said.
"Fortunately, we are at a point in time that allows
us to pause and initiate new research," he said.
Cassala did not indicate when St. Joe might resume
sales, but with Island condominium sales in a market
correction, the company isn't likely to reopen its sales

offices until it believes there is a demand for its unit
pricing or it decides to adjust its prices. The lowest-
priced unit at Seven Shores was selling for around
At the same time, the average sale price of Island
condominiums has dropped from a high of nearly
$600,000 two years ago to approximately $450,000 at
When completed, Seven Shores is planned to have
684 units in 12 mid-rise buildings on Perico Island.

Holmes Beach roads get new surface
A Superior Asphalt crew prepares 52nd Street in Holmes Beach for an asphalt coating. The road, from Gulf
Drive to the west end, was one of 14 streets or alleys included in the city resurfacing project that began in late
May. The $121,492.65 project also covers Marina Court from Marina Drive to the east end; 78th Street from
Palm Drive to Gulf Drive; Palm Drive from 78th Street to 73rd Street; 74th Street from Gulf Drive to the west
end; 64th Street from Holmes Boulevard to Marina; 46th Street from the 100 block to the end; 39th Street from
Gulf Drive to the west end; Fourth Avenue from 39th Street to 35th Street; 36th Street from Gulf Drive to the
west end; 28th Street alley from 28th Street to the south end; Gulf Drive, a patch at 52nd Street; and Marina
Drive, a patch in the 5400 block. Many motorists said last week they appreciate the new smoother rides in the
city, but at least one person registered a complaint with city hall about paving sandy 52nd Street. Resident Bill
Grayson said there was insufficient advance notification of the project and "this Island is paved over too much
already." Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Van Edema arrived and began the rescue and recovery
operation. The two injured men had emerged from the
SUV and were helped to shore, but Gonzalez-Ortiz
remained in the vehicle.
A light from Cornell's boat and an underwater WMFR
light cut the darkness and the firefighters one standing
on the SUV roof and one diving removed Gonzalez-
Ortiz from the vehicle and placed him on a gurney.
A firefighter asked the Cornell brothers to bring
their boat closer.
"They put the boy on our boat," Cornell said, and,
as he navigated to the Kingfish Boat Ramp, a firefighter
performed CPR.
\ly brother was holding the gurney while the fire-
fighter was pushing down," Cornell said.
He saw that the young man was bleeding, that he
had a large hematoma on his face, and that his eyes were
open. He also saw that Gonzalez-Ortiz "was gone."
"To see a young man like that taken in the prime
of his life," Cornell said. "A mother lost her child on
Mother's Day and it was such a senseless thing."
In a taped interview with investigators, Lopez-Cha-
varria allegedly said he and the other men had been
drinking beer since the day before and were looking
for someplace to buy more alcohol. Authorities found
a case of Bud Light in the wrecked SUV.
Lopez-Chavarria and Gonzalez-Doran told FHP
they did not know Gonzalez-Ortiz. The men met May
12 at a bar at 15th Street East and 57th Avenue East in
Bradenton, according to FHP's report.
Last week, authorities continued to investigate the
accident, including where the men made their last beer
"This information has not yet been able to be deter-
mined and is still under investigation," said FHP Sgt.
Norman Parks.

FHP has determined that contrary to at least one wit-
ness account, there was not a second vehicle involved in the
accident. 'This was a single-vehicle crash," Parks said.
Lopez-Chavarria is scheduled for an arraignment
hearing at the Manatee County Courthouse in Braden-
ton June 22.


Anna Maria City
June 14, 6:30 p.m., special city commission meeting
on site plan at 608 N. Shore Drive and approval of
EAR meeting minutes.
June 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall is "back home" at 10005 Gulf
Drive, 708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.
Bradenton Beach
June 21, noon, emergency management update.
June 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.
Holmes Beach
June 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.
Of Interest
June 13, 11 a.m., Island Emergency Operations Com-
mittee, West Manatee Fire Rescue Station 1, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
June 18, 3 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Orga-
nization meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
June 20, 3 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting, Longboat Key Town Hall, 601 Bay
Isles Parkway.


Remembering our own 'Superman,' Pete Lannon

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Hundreds of folks turned out Tuesday and Wednes-
day, June 5-6, to say farewell to Holmes Beach Police
Officer Pete Lannon and wish his family well as they
venture forth in the wake of his death.
Lannon, who served as the community resource
officer for Anna Maria Elementary School, spent the
past year battling pancreatic and liver cancer. The
49-year-old father of three passed away in the early
morning hours of June 1.
An open casket viewing was held Tuesday, June
5, at Brown & Sons Funeral Home in Bradenton, at
which time students of Pete were encouraged to sign
his casket.
A funeral Mass and celebration of life was led
the Rev. Gordon Zanetti the following afternoon at Ss.
Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church. Before the
service, a lone bagpiper played outside the church, and
all during the service, a rotating team of police officers
and deputies from Holmes Beach, Manatee County and
other Florida departments stood as the honor guard at
Pete's side.
Don Lannon, Pete's older brother, delivered the
eulogy both for himself and for Holmes Beach Police
Chief Jay Romine, who said he struggled just to write
the words and could' t speak.
Both shared fond memories of Lannon's ability to
laugh to "crack himself up" and bring laughter
to just about any situation, or more often than not, to
laugh over nothing at all.
Don related a story about how his brother had
always been one to look out for kids. For example,
one Christmas Eve, he and Pete were on their way to
a family gathering when they passed by three or four

boys beating up another boy.
Pete told his brother to pull the car over and then
quickly jumped out of the vehicle, running toward the
boys while yelling, 'T m still watching!" The kids took
one look at him and ran off, including the victim. Pete
just happened to be wearing a Santa Claus suit at the

But one suit Lannon wore as an admiring child
and could have worn for life was that of his superhero,
Superman, as he lived his life believing in truth and
justice for all.
Don recalled his younger brother wearing a Super-
man "suit" as young as age 6, and that their parents had

to eventually remove the cape for fear little Pete would
test its flying abilities.
"If I were to mention Peter Lannon's name with
the likes of Kirk Alyn, George Reeves and Christo-
pher Reeve, would you know what these men have
in common?" wrote Romine. '"They are all remem-
bered by a crowd of friends, fans and family for being
Superman, our hero. The kind of hero that lived his
life out as the mild-mannered Clark Kent (maybe in
Peter's case, not so mild mannered), ever mindful
of the needs of others and always looking for the
opportunity to help someone and make the world a
better place."
Romine, who was out of town when Lannon was
interviewed for his job at the HBPD, also stated that
he wished he "could take the credit for having the
foresight of hiring Peter Lannon to serve as a police
officer for the city of Holmes Beach. If I could, I
would consider it to be one of the greatest accom-
plishments of my career. Peter was not only a police
chief's model employee, I am proud to say that he
was my friend."
Following the service at Ss. Peter and Paul, friends
and family gathered at Manasota Memorial Park in
Bradenton driving under a huge American flag sus-
pended from the tops of two fire truck ladders at the
entrance to the burial grounds. A brief graveside service
was held and Romine presented Lannon's wife, Debbie,
with the flag that had draped the casket. The service
ended with a 21-gun salute.
Debbie said the service was what her husband
wanted, that they discussed the details such as the
Superman decals on the casket and that he helped
chose the photos that were displayed at the viewing and
Lannon is survived by wife Debra; daughter Jes-
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 13, 2007 5 5

A message to the people of Anna Maria Island:

Iwish I could individually meet and
thank every "Islander" who gave
my brother Peter Lannon so much
physical comfort and spiritual solace
during the last months of his much-
too-short life. I cannot adequately
convey how your outpouring of sup-
port affected him; I could feel the
tears in his eyes and hear the swelling
of his heart as he described what you
did to show your appreciation for his
services to the community.
In describing Pete to say, "There
will never be another like him," is not
using a trite statement but a fact. We
can only try to emulate him in our
own lives and personal interactions.
In our phone conversations, Pete
would often tell me snippets from
his duties. There could be no doubt
about his dedication to the students
and staff of Anna Maria Elementary
School. The children he served are
his legacy to the Island. I hope his
lessons in citizenship and personal
well-being are well imprinted within
the future leaders of the Island.
Always looking for the good in
(e ci \ thi ng was Pete's way. Just a few
examples are:
He once tried to convince me
that doing bike patrol around Holmes
Beach in high summer was getting


him into great shape.
Pete often visited the homes of the
elderly to check on them and enjoyed
hearing their stories of Island life.
He also knew that acknowledg-
ing a motorist with a heartfelt wave
of the hand while on crossing guard
duty went a long way to making their
day a little better.
Pete was truly a man of and for
the people.
My wife, Lois, and I came to Bra-
denton to spend what were to be his
last months with him. As with Pete,
we have come to find the Gulfcoast
and its residents the place we want to
be and have purchased a home here.
I know we will be spending many
happy hours visiting the Island and
hope to meet many of Pete's friends. So
if you should spot a big guy that looks
like Pete, or as some have said, Pete's
father, please stop us and say "Hi."
We can share fond memories of
Officer Pete, even if you just miss
and want to hear his Rhode Island
accent or his laugh, I assure you that
you will not be disappointed.
Once again, thank you all for
adopting Peter and his family and
making them one of your own.
Don Lannon, Bradenton and
Rhode Island

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Oh hail, look out!
A sliver of Holmes Beach was quivery Friday night
as a wicked thunderstorm dropped marble-sized hail on
houses, businesses, condos, cars and humans.
It was a quick but vicious storm. Damage was not wide-
spread but, where it occurred, it was nasty. Tree limbs fell.
Gutters split. Power outages. Cars dented. One roof off.
It's hard to plan ahead for a hail storm. It's pretty
rare in our part of the world. Longtime Island residents
can count on the fingers of one hand when we've seen
hail out here, but as Friday demonstrated, it is possible.
Hail, by the way, begins its life as a raindrop, then
gets pushed upward due to thunderstorm updrafts. The
drop goes through super cool air, freezes, gathers more
moisture, which also freezes, and eventually falls when
the wind isn't powerful enough to support its weight.
Softball-size hail has been reported elsewhere. Our
"marbles" were about average in diameter.
Could Friday's storm be a harbinger for the current
hurricane season?
We've used the "wake-up call" ail,,ln.y many,
many times. We'll use it again get prepared.
The "official" hurricane season began two weeks
ago. We've already had two named storms, one of
which brushed by Anna Maria Island.
The forecast is for 17 or so named storms, well
above the so-called average of about 10 in a year for
the Atlantic Ocean.
This is the scary time for people living along the
Gulf of Mexico. Water temperatures are rising quickly,
and storms like warm water. They can form quickly and
intensify quickly.
And here's another scary aspect of the early part of
the hurricane season and its accompanying Gulf activity
forecast storm activity in the Gulf is notoriously iffy.
Hurricane experts just don't seem to be able to offer
a good track for a storm that forms in the Gulf and
heads landward.
So get new batteries for your weather radio, keep
a cautious eye to the sky for the next few months, and
watch out for hail.

Father figure
Islanders on June 1 lost Holmes Beach Police Offi-
cer Peter Lannon following a valiant year-long fight
against cancer. He was sent off with all the love and
admiration he deserved.
Pete was a husband and father to his wife and chil-
dren, and he was a father figure to so many.
We're thinking of him now, so soon after his pass-
ing, and we' 11 be thinking of him Sunday, June 11, as
we observe Father's Day.
We hope you too hold Pete in your thoughts on
Sunday, as you celebrate. And we hope you have others
to hold dear on this day.

Thle Islander
JUNE 13, 2007 Vol. 15, No. 32
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AME staff appreciation
The teachers and staff at Anna Maria Elementary
School were treated to a feast that lasted a week, when
the Parent-Teacher Organization hosted its annual staff
appreciation week.
The week featured a continental breakfast each
morning and a different themed lunch each day, includ-
ing Italian Day with JoDene Monuese's popular 1905
salad. Thank you to Mary and Dave Gallagher, too.
Staff enjoyed a down-home Southern barbeque
picnic with Big John's pulled pork, fried chicken and
an unforgettable apple crisp dessert made by AME-
parent Trisha Hackworth.
China One provided Wednesday's meal, thanks to
Qing Hua Wang. Thursday's seafood theme was popu-
lar. We can't thank Lynda and Rob Hicks of Moore's
Stone Crab restaurant enough for their generosity.
The week came to an end with Spanish food pro-
vided by the Columbia Restaurant with the assistance
of AME-parent John Monetti. Pine Avenue General
Store also contributed Cuban sandwiches.
I would like to thank all the parents who provided
food and funds. As coordinator for the event, I could not
have done it alone. My heartfelt thanks go to all of you.
Donna Perez, AME StaffAppreciation Week coor-

Affaire remembered
Our deepest thanks to all individuals and businesses
that assisted the Anna Maria Island Community Center
in furthering the cause of making our community the
best it can be.
The 23rd annual "An Affaire to Remember" marked
another unforgettable night in unique community spirit.
Each year, our benefit gala brings together neighbors,
friends and businesses who have a shared commitment in
securing funds needed to benefit our Island children, teens,
adults and seniors. And this year's event was no different.
The event raised an amazing $350,000 all in one night.
Although we live on one of the most beauti-
ful islands in the world, it is simply not paradise for

everyone. Serving more than 4,000 individuals annu-
ally, the Center provides: educational, cultural, rec-
reational, family support and therapy programs for
youth and elderly (especially for those deemed to be
at risk) and adults, and is the only center serving the
population of Anna Maria Island, Perico and the Vil-
lage of Cortez.
On behalf of those we serve, the board of directors and
staff extend our deepest gratitude to you, our supporters.
Life is better for so many individuals because you have
supported the Center and have invested in the future.
Pierrette Kelly, executive director
Many thanks to the diligent people working for
The Islander newspaper. St. Bernard Catholic Church
Women's Guild would especially like to thank Nancy
Ambrose for the beautiful picture taken of the models
in our fashion show.
Thanks to your photography, all the ladies looked
young and beautiful!
Jean Stanley, corresponding secretary, Council of
Catholic Women
Almost happy
With the arrival of street pavers in June, I asked
the foreman if one section of a street nearby was to be
paved in that it needed paving more than an adjacent
street already in progress. Upon hearing that it was not,
I visited city hall and was advised to call Joe Duennes,
the Holmes Beach superintendent of public works on his
cell phone. I did, left a message, and within a few hours
(he had been in a conference) received a call back.
He not only thanked me for the information, he said
that he had already directed the paving company to pave
the strip in question! The paving was completed the next
business day. This was impressive public service and my
thanks go to Mr. Duennes for his responsiveness.
I'm so pleased with Holmes Beach public service
that I almost feel good about paying my property taxes.
Paul Kruppenbacher, Holmes Beach

Snyway you

slice it...

it's MAloney!
By former Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Don Maloney

Please, call me 'Fatso'
It's getting far more than merely somewhat
difficult these days to pick up any publication other
than Popular Mechanics that doesn't have some words
about how an incredible percentage of Americans are
way overweight and what we should do about it. Even
this week's Time magazine devoted almost the entire
issue to the subject.
After that, I saw in Wife Sarah's copy of Woman's
Day, an article that warned if we don't start eating no-
sugar, no-fat, no-salt foods that have no more calories
than a seedless grape, we're going to wind up dead
before we even get to go on Medicare.
Well, satisifed, maybe, but dead.
And even if we don't die, I read that we'll have to
stay home unless we don't mind paying the airlines for
two seats. Not only that, but all the women who are part
of that growing percentage will have to skip Victoria's
Secret for Lane Bryant.
But, I digress. I started out to tell the world that I
have the answer that could drop that overweight per-
centage to less than the percentage of adults who say
they have never driven through a red light. Best news
is that my answer has nothing to do with diet, either.
Diets and I've tried them all offer only tem-
porary relief to obesity anyway. I know, because since
I was married I've lost a little more than 400 pounds.
However, I've managed to replace them rather quickly,
often with even larger numbers and dimensions.
Anyway, I really decided the other day to give the
reduction of my own excess density some attention and
I suddenly realized how my increased gravity pull came
about in the first place.
I decided it wasn't McDonald's fault, because when
I've gone there with my grandchildren, before they
even finish their Happy Meals, they're into my fries.

Even so, some of my grandkids don't weigh any more
than my left leg.
And I further decided that the problem is, of all
things, a matter of semantics.
Like when I was a little boy not as little as
most kids my age, however I can hear now how the
aunts and neighbors used to say, "Isn't he so nice and
Sometimes they called me "Pudgy."
Then I can remember when I was in grammar
school and my father took me to Bond's in New York
for new clothes. Bond's called the section that clothed
me "Husky Town." I still remember a tailor there who
once measured my waistline and burst out laughing.
When I asked why the giggles, he said he had
helped his daughter the night before with her home-
work, and he had learned that my waist measurement
indicated that, if I were a Sequoia tree, I'd be 100 feet
In high school, my gigantic size was called per-
fect for football you know: big muscles and bigger
bones. Kids called me what I thought was a friendly
sounding name "Porky."
These days, I can find c \ i hi ng I need to wear at
K-Mart in a section they call "Big and Tall." Even shoes
there are marked "W" (for wide). And whenever I'm
there, I always wonder where all the "Little and Tall"
and "Big and Short" men shop?
So, as far as I'm concerned, there's the answers.
Because I grew up "chubby," "husky," "porky" and
"pudgy" and then wound up to be one of the "Big and
Tall," I always felt rather normal, and so I made sure
that I continued to enjoy eating volumes necessary to
keep me that way and owning those cute names -
while avoiding \e. i in', of course.
Finally, I realized that the reason all of us colos-
sals wound up in that percentage is simple. Big Macs
are part of it, I'll admit. But the real reason we made
it in our now socially acceptable sizes, I'm convinced,
is because we grew up and out with and still own
- fancy names describing us as anything other that
just "plain fat." Had we been called "fat" in our earlier
days, I bet we'd all be out of that big percentage league
Just picture K-Mart with a sign that reads "Fat Guys
Over Here." Or if Lane Bryant had a sign that advised

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women, "Don't be confused by language, half-sizes are
for Fatsos." Some stores even dodge the facts by offer-
ing women of excessive avoirdupois only "plus sizes."
Target, for instance, offers fatsos "extended sizes."
If all would tell it like it is, those "plus-size" and
"extended" folks would begin skipping the fries and
all those other goodies that skinny people enjoy calling
"junk food." There would be no further need for Weight
Watchers either.
I write this because I need your help to prove my
new solution will work even if K-Mart and Lane
Bryant won't join in.
It works like this: Please, next time you see me, let
me have it straight with a big "Hello, Fatso." If you'll
do that, I know I'll drop enough flab in just a few days
to chance getting on the Publix scale, even if people
are watching.
I should warn you, however, that if you appear to
me to be in my same percentage bracket, I'll return the
favor by calling you "Fatso," too. After all, we have to
work together on this.
I also, by the way, have a special greeting planned
for those folks who feel they are of what's considered
acceptable heft and girth, but that will have to wait for
next time.

In the June 11, 1997, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Construction began on the clock tower at the east
end of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. The tower
would be illuminated and have four clocks on four sides
of the structure, at the base of the city pier.
Islanders mourned the death of Gwynne "Trader
Jack" Pearsall. He was the owner of the popular restau-
rant, Trader Jacks, in Bradenton Beach for many years.
He was 81. He purchased the restaurant, then called the
Mira Mar, in 1968. The restaurant was burned by an
arsonist on June 16, 1987.

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Bizzy Bees finds new home in Bradenton

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bizzy Bees Day Care plans to leave the Island for
west Bradenton in July.
The move will be bittersweet for day-care
founder and owner Shelagh Riches, who both loves
her potential new space and the lemon-colored center
she's operated for more than five years in Holmes
When Riches moved to the United States from
England, she brought Bizzy Bees along. Twenty-eight
children are enrolled in the day care, from infants to
"I've got a British approach more disciplined,
with an emphasis on manners and behaviors," she says
of her day-care philosophy. "But children are chil-
Riches opened the day care at 5382 Gulf Drive in
Holmes Beach with a five-year lease. But the property
was sold and the new owner, Manatee County Com-
missioner Joe McClash, informed Riches that he didn't
want to renew a long-term lease.
McClash said a key factor in his decision was the
difficulty insuring the building.
"It's very difficult to find an insurance provider that
finds a day care acceptable," he said, adding that Bizzy
Bees "has been a good tenant, this was just a decision
to put a different type of business in there." The site
probably will become a real estate office.
McClash and Riches negotiated an extension
and now Riches is looking at an early July move
"I like the open plan here," she said of the Island
center. "There's a lovely feel about this building. But
there we are things change.
"It's been so difficult to find someplace suitable,"
Riches said on a recent Thursday, as children arrived for

a day of activities in the playrooms, the classrooms and
on the playground. "I've been to see so many places.
My problem was I'm spoiled here. But we were getting
Available Island sites were unsuitable
because of the high rentals costs, the size of the
spaces or the neighborhood there were con-
cerns about "not-in-my-backyard" opposition to
a day care.
Eventually Riches found a space she called "better
than perfect" a building on the Palma Sola Commu-
nity Church grounds off 75th Street on Ninth Avenue
North West.
The church and the nearby cemetery are considered
Manatee County landmarks the church was built of
lumber that had washed ashore from a shipwreck in
Tampa Bay and the five-acre cemetery is the resting
place for many Cortezians the first marker dates
back to October 1888.
Church pastor Richard Erickson said last week that
church representatives are talking with Riches about the
site, but agreements still needed to be worked out.
The potential site pleases many Bizzy Bees par-
ents, who were traveling from the mainland to the day
"They don't have to cross the bridge," Riches
The space would be larger than the Island location,
allowing Bizzy Bees, which has a waiting list for chil-
dren, to expand. There are five classrooms, in addition
to the outside grounds.
Riches said she hoped the relocation would take
place the week of July 4, with the day care closing July
2 and July 3 for the move.
She said parents have eagerly offered to help.
"They've told me 'What do you want? We'll


pdre-Icheol graduates
S lrass of 2007

Will %iss Tau!

Buzz at Bizzy Bees
Sydney Porterfield, from left, Kay Gregory, Sean Pat-
rick Brian, Taylor Johnson, Jared Elbert, Matthew
Wood, Ella Bisio, Silas Bantas and Sierra Sullivan
are members of the 2007 graduating class at Bizzy
Bees Day Care in Holmes Beach.

'Top Notch' photo contest under way in June

If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
The Islander photo contest will begin publishing
weekly winning photos on June 13. Six weekly winning
pictures will be featured on the cover of The Islander
and one photo will be a grand prize winner with prizes
and gift certificates awarded by the newspaper and local
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the first deadline June 8.
Judging begins with a selection of pictures that
may include abstract photos, still life pictures, land-
scapes and scenics, candid unposed snapshots, action,
holidays, humor and animal pictures. Nothing is over-
looked, including great kid pics, sentimental moments
and moments of personal triumph.
Send or deliver your favorites (no limits) weekly to
Top Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina

Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to topnotch@islander.
org or on a disc. No retouching, enhancements or com-
puter manipulation is allowed.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants are required to submit the label
information in the text of the e-mail, one photo attach-
ment per e-mail.
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional photo labels are available at the newspaper
office or they may be copied.

Top notch past winner
Kim Klement of Bradenton won the weekly contest in
2006 with this hermit.

Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo
Contest is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur pho-
tographers are those who derive less than 5 percent of their
income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after
Jan. 1, 2006, are eligible. This allows for extended eligibility.
Photos previously published (in any format/media) or entered
in any Islanderor other competitions are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera.
No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permit-
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Lawyers, accountants feed on GSR carcass

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Who says bankruptcy doesn't pay?
In the GSR bankruptcy case, it would appear that the
lawyers and accountants are doing quite well, even if the
unsecured creditors of the failed real estate company are
likely to get little or nothing back from their investments.
Federal bankruptcy court Judge K. Rodney May last
week approved a payment of $412,632.48 to Stitchter
Riedel Balin & Prosser, GSR's bankruptcy attorneys,
covering six-and-a-half months of work. Attorney Rich-
ard Prosser of the firm had filed the claim for work
performed from July 13, 2006 the date the company
filed bankruptcy through Feb 28, 2007. There were
no objections to Prosser's claim.
At the same time, May also approved payments
totaling $155,253.56 to William Maloney of St. Peters-
burg, who was hired in October 2006 as GSR's chief
restructuring officer. Maloney's claim was for work

done through April 1, 2007.
The law firm of Gray Robinson, representing the
unsecured creditors committee, has filed its own admin-
istrative claim of $224,677.45 with the court. May has
yet to issue a ruling for that claim.
Maloney's effort to sell any of the company's con-
siderable real estate holdings for more than the lien
amount appears to have been wasted. No GSR proper-
ties have sold since they first went on the market in
February 2007.
Several Island real estate agents said at the time that
GSR's asking prices were simply too high. Maloney
has refused to lower those prices because of the high
mortgage amounts that must first be paid off. In addi-
tion, Maloney would receive a $125,000 bonus if all
the claims against GSR, secured and unsecured, were
paid in full.
That now appears to be a forlorn hope, as Maloney
has proposed a reorganization plan to the court that

calls for an auction sale of GSR properties that would
likely pay off all the secured liens along with the claims
from attorneys and accountants involved in the case,
but leave little or nothing for the unsecured creditors of
the company. GSR's unsecured claims total $4.6 mil-
The court will hold a hearing at 10:15 a.m. June 29
at the federal courthouse in Tampa to discuss Maloney's
proposal along with a financial disclosure statement
from GSR.
But lawyers and accountants involved in the GSR
bankruptcy don't have to worry about the sale of a few
over-mortgaged properties at a good price to get paid.
Bon Eau LLC of Sarasota has agreed to establish a
$750,000 fund for payment of administrative claims in
the case. The money is part of Bon Eau's compromise
settlement with the court regarding a questionable $7.5
million loan/mortgage it made to GSR regarding its
Villa Rosa project in Anna Maria.

Employee termination overturned by city commission

By Paul Roat
Bud Bates is back at work, with back pay, after
being terminated by his boss at the Bradenton Beach
Public Works Department.
Bates, an 11-year employee with the city, was fired
April 26 by public works director Tom Woodard based
on "incidents involving city vehicles and equipment,
failure to comply with departmental and city policies,
insubordination, suspension for illegal drug use, con-
tinued abuse of leave benefits, altercations with the
public while on the job, and wanton or willful neglect
in performance of assigned duties," according to city
Bates appealed his termination and a grievance
board meeting was held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25,
Memorial Day weekend, at which appeal board mem-
bers Cheryl Lycans, Don Brown and George Turner
heard testimony for more than three hours on the
The board, with Lycans objecting, voted to recom-
mend to the city commission that Bates be reinstated.
The "primary violation" which served as the "cata-
l1\ t" of Bates' termination came at an Arbor Day tree
planting, according to information provided to the
grievance committee.
Woodard said in his comments that the "L.Lill\ lt"
for Bates' dismissal was that he took it onto himself to
coordinate tree planting at the event. Bates said at the
grievance board meeting that he did not, and offered
testimony substantiating his claim.
The appeals board noted that "a majority of the
board found that the violations arising out of this inci-
dent were a direct result of miscommunication and that
without direct testimony from city staff involved in the
incident, the violations were unsupported by evidence
warranting dismissal. Further, based upon the positive
results of the recent and past employee performance
evaluations, a majority of the board found that the past
violations did not warrant termination."
Bates has received three past performance evalua-

tions, in which he received marks of "3" or "4" in most
categories out of a scale of a high of "5," with overall
ratings of "3."
"I've made some mistakes in the past," Bates told
the city commission last week, "and the city accepted
them in the past. I just wish to get back to work."
"Let this man be a good city employee and take
this employee back," said Richard Carter, the attorney
representing Bates before the city commission.
"I'm in agreement with the grievance board and
I'll vote not to terminate Bud Bates," said Vice Mayor
John Shaughnessy.
Commissioner Janie Robertson concurred, stating

in part that Bates' work for the city in the future would
have to be "exemplary."
"Now is the time to really buckle down," said Com-
missioner Michael Pierce. You need to keep it under
Mayor John Chappie said that the city's new
employee handbook, which spells out "progressive
discipline" verbal warnings, written warnings, sus-
pensions and eventual termination was, in Bates'
case, "not working."
Commissioners voted 4-1, with Chappie casting the
negative vote, to both reinstate Bates and award him
back pay from his date of termination.

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recently elected
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Marilyn Moroni,
vice president;
Carol Heckman,
president; and, not
pictured, Marian
Van Winkle, trea-
surer. Joining the
officers for a pho-
tograph is Wilma
Bussey, a founding
member of the
group that assists
the Island Players.
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There's an old cliche that goes something along
the line of "It ain't over until the fat lady sings." The
phrase refers to opera, but is appropriate to the Florida
Legislature or any other governmental body, because
what's discussed now in any issue won't have much
bearing on the final outcome.
"At issue" in this case is a special legislative ses-
sion that was to begin Tuesday by the Florida Senate
and House of Representatives to address property tax
reform. The matter was determined important enough,
and controversial enough, to be pushed out of the reg-
ular session of the power that be in Tallahassee and
pulled into a special congregation, at a cost, by the way,
of about $40,000 per day.
Property taxes are for the most part assessed on the
"highest and best use" in Florida.
Got a motel that's been in existence for 50 years on
the beach? Zoned condo? Condo's worth more? You're
taxed on the condo rate.
As we know on Anna Maria Island, mom-and-pop
motels are dropping like love bugs on a hot spring day.
The tax hit is just too much for them to continue to
Hence the special session. And hence the confu-
sion, by the legislators, residents, business owners and
county and city officials.
Since the adjournment of the regular session, mem-
bers of the Senate and House have been meeting in
conference committees to attempt to hammer out some
compromise to deal with escalating property taxes,
while maintaining the quality of life we Floridians all
want to see continue.
The plans are as myriad as the 160 members of the
We've had a proposal for a 2.5 percent sales tax
hike along with a total abolition of property taxes for
homesteaded residents, those who live in their homes
full time.
We've had a proposal for an increase in the home-
stead exemption.
We've had ....
I.\ ii if I were Nostradamus, I could not predict
what will happen in Tallahassee from June 12 through
June 22," said Don Schroder. He's the head of an
Island-based group named Citizens Against Runaway
Taxation, which had gained statewide acclaim as other
areas realize what's going on with property taxes.
\ ly feeling is that if we continue with the 'highest-
and-best-use' appraisals," Schroder said, "the Island

Latest tax plan says ...
No matter what comes out of the special
Florida Legislative session on revamping property
taxes, scheduled to begin June 12, it appears that
voters will have the final say in the matter in the
form of a referendum.
The latest property tax scheme out of Talla-
hassee would set up a tiered tax rollback. Home-
stead exemptions for full-time residents would
be increased on a sliding scale based on property
value. City and county ad valorem taxes would
be frozen at current levels, but would have to
be adjusted based on how much the tax rate had
increased in previous years.

Analysts predict an average savings for home-
owners of up to 7 percent in the next fiscal year.
The session is scheduled to conclude June 22.
Stay tuned.

will lose most of its motel and hotel rooms in five years.
The ripple effect will be that we'll lose a supermarket,
one drugstore, and the reason why people want to come
here in the first place.
"Homesteaders are prisoners in their own homes,"
he added, "due to the high market prices."
Florida Rep. Bill Galvano, R-68, whose district
includes Anna Maria Island and western Manatee County,
was a bit more optimistic. He said that preliminary infor-
mation he's getting from the conference committee that
has been meeting on the proposed legislation indicates
that there would be some statutory requirement voter
initiative, referendum to call for a roll-back on taxes,
but there would also be some form of special vote needed
by each local government for such action.
There is also talk about basing things on population
growth, and consumer-price-index figures, and how to
deal with businesses, and ....
There was a time when I took a break from journal-
ism and spent about three fun-packed years working as
a legislative assistant for a state representative. Back
in the day, which was the late 1980s, deals were cut,
schemes were hatched, bills were rammed through and
the process was completed, either good or bad.
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Manatee County commissioners are inching for-
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create boat ramps on Manatee Fruit Company property

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at Coquina
Bradenton Beach city officials have given
their blessing to the stockpiling of "clean, fine
sand" on the bayfront at Coquina Beach.
The sand is coming from an area south and
east of Jewfish Key from the Gulf Intracoastal
Waterway. West Coast Inland Navigation District
executive director Chuck Listowsky has said that
the channel is intensely shoaled and needs to be
The sand will be placed on the northern bay-
front area of Coquina, will not interfere with the
upcoming outdoor/kayak festival June 23, and
will eventually be either moved to the Florida
Institute of Saltwater Heritage Preserve in Cortez
or used elsewhere, city commissioners agreed.

within a proposed 1,100-home development northeast
of Cortez on Palma Sola Bay.
The development, Peninsula Bay, would dedicate
the waterfront property necessary for the county to build
at taxpayer expense a public boat ramp with access to
Palma Sola Bay.
The area for the boat ramp would accommodate
approximately 70 boats.
County officials have been N I c.-ling with identify-
ing boat launching sites for several years, which appar-
ently made the proposed mixed-use development in
the subdivision known as Sunny Shores northeast of
the village of Cortez sound inviting to some planning
committee members and county commissioners.
Sunny Shores is presently home to a mobile home
park, single-family and duplex residences, a marina and
Manatee Fruit Company's growing fields and several
buildings, including a retail flower shop.
The developer proposes to build 574 condomini-
ums, 212 fourplexes, 261 townhomes and 76 single-
family homes.
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advisory committees before construction could com-
mence. The county commission was scheduled to hear
more at its Tuesday meeting about the development
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Drawing blood, raising funds
Sue Hamilton of Holmes Beach relaxes
after being the first to donate blood in
the Island Blood Drive June 9 at the
Publix Super Market, 3707 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach. "I come every time it's
out here," Hamilton said. "I think it's the
thing to do. I'm a nurse. Ijust believe in
it." In addition to collecting blood for
Florida Blood Services, the drive gener-
ates money for Island charities through
the Taylor Family Foundation. The
foundation gives $100 for each donor
to the charity of choice from among the
Anna Maria Island Community Center,
the Anna Maria Island Privateers, the
Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, Wild-
life Education and Rehabilitation Center
and West Manatee Fire Rescue Volun-
teers. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Flood Blood Services' Tiffany Barklow checks some paperwork as donors either prepare to give blood or rest
after donating. The drive took place June 9-10 at three locations Publix Super Market, the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce office and The BeachHouse Restaurant.

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denton Beach
leads a teen-
focused talk
June 6 at the
Island Branch
Library, 5701
Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
-_. Lisa Neff

Summer season begins at library
By Lisa Neff by the Open Circle Players at 10 a.m. June 19.
Islander Reporter A teen-focused introduction to yoga with Carrie
Birds of prey and preyed upon birds had teens Price at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20.
chirping at the Island Branch Library on June 6, as A children's reptile discovery program at 10 a.m.
hey listened to David Sadkin of the Wildlife Education June 26.


and Rehabilitation Center.
The day before, the Earthlings Washboard Band
had youngsters' toes tapping and hands clapping.
Summer has arrived at the Island Branch Library
at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other programs this month include:
A children's presentation of Circus Sarasota with
Karen Bell at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 12.
A meeting of the Friends Book Club at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, June 13.
A teen-focused manga and Japanese culture lesson
with Kevin Griffith and Paul Stonebridge at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13.
Musical Theatre, a children's theater presented

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A teen-focused drawing session with Dawn Gurt-
ner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27.
A children's cartooning program with Jeff Nicho-
las at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28.
In July, children's programs include Cesar Domico's
magic show at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 3; an astronomy
show at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 10; storytelling at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, July 17, and a program based on "Mike Mulli-
gan and his Steam Shovel" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 24.
Teen programs in July, taking place at 5:30 p.m.,
include a beading class Wednesday, July 11; a skate-
board workshop Wednesday, July 18 and a writing con-
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Hurricane 'false sense,' survey shows

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Despite the Gulf of Mexico devastation that has
happened in the past few years, and probably resulting
from the lack of damage in 2006, a new poll of coastal
residents has resulted in an unfortunate "false sense of
security" for this year's hurricane season.
According to a new Mason-Dixon poll released last
week, a "dangerously high percentage of residents in
hurricane-vulnerable states still aren't prepared, don't
take the threat of hurricanes seriously and have big gaps
in what they know about hurricanes even among
those who live within 30 miles of the coast."
The survey results startled Bill Proenza, director of
the National Hurricane Center. "Nearly two years after
Hurricane Katrina shocked and horrified the nation, far
too many residents are still unprepared for storms,"
he said in a press release. "Last year's below-normal
hurricane season may have resulted in coastal residents
being lulled into a false sense of complacency. This
hurricane season promises to be an active one, so it is
imperative residents get ready before a storm catches
them unprepared."
Most storm prognosticators have said that upwards
of 17 named storms will appear in "the season" from
June 1 through Nov. 30, well above average. Sub-
tropical Storm Arlene and Tropical Storm Barry have
already been evident, well before or on at the official
start of the hurricane season.
According to the survey of those asked questions:
53 percent don't feel vulnerable to a hurricane or
related tornado or flooding.
52 percent have no family disaster plan.
61 percent have no hurricane survival kit.
88 percent have taken no steps to make their
homes stronger.
16 percent said they might not or would not evac-
uate even if ordered to do so.
"The likelihood of a rough hurricane season ahead
amplifies the need to be prepared and informed," said
Ron Sachs, executive director of the National Hurricane
Survival Initiative. "Residents have another opportunity
to do the right thing that is, to make sure families
have an evacuation plan, a survival kit and the knowl-
edge to stay safe during even the deadliest storm."
According to the poll, "The survey also found many
residents have yet to take the proper precautions. Some
said they would wait before evacuating, and nearly 30
percent would travel as far as possible, trying to outrun
the path of the storm. These factors increase the chances
of evacuees getting stuck in traffic gridlock and caught
on the road. Emergency management officials recom-
mend arranging to stay, in advance, with the nearest
friend or relative outside the evacuation area or going
to the nearest certified shelter."
There is one huge gap in knowledge, it would
appear from the survey: storm surge.
"One of the biggest gaps involved storm surge,"
according to the study. "Seventy-eight percent of people
didn't know storm surge represents the greatest potential
for a large loss of life from a hurricane, yet the rising
waters can account for deaths as far inland as 20 miles.
"More than half of residents also mistakenly believe
tornadoes occur within three miles of the eye of the
storm. In fact, tornadoes can result hundreds of miles
from the eye of the storm, affecting residents far from

On the move
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Fran Barford settles .
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hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. She and :
others with the city
packed and moved June i
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removed from city hall.
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ford, excited to be home.
City hall re-opened for
business Monday, June
11. Islander Photo:
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Return to AMI
Which one of these items is a ticket to return to Anna Maria Island after an evacuation? An "AMI" oval sticker
puts a motorist into the "I love Anna Maria Island" club or The Islander fan group, but it has no official des-
ignation during an evacuation. With the arrival of hurricane season, officials last week sought to clear up any
confusion over what documentation residents need to return after evacuating. Residents need the post-disaster
re-entry hang tags distributed at their respective city halls, not bumper stickers or window decals. One hang
tag is issued per residence to applicants with two forms of valid identification, as well as proof of residency.
For more information, in Anna Maria City, call 941-708-6130. In Holmes Beach, call the police department at
941-708-5807. In Bradenton Beach, call 941-778-1005. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

the coast."
And then the study gets even more scary.
"Citizens carry several misconceptions about storm
preparation," the study states. "Nearly 79 percent do not
know storm intensity is the least-reliable forecasting
projection; residents may not realize that a Category
1 or 2 storm can become a category 4 or 5 at landfall.
While attempting to protect their homes, the vast major-
ity of people 96 percent didn't know garage doors
are the part of a home most likely to fail during a hur-
ricane, yet garage doors can be easily strengthened at
a modest cost with a reinforcement kit."
"It is imperative to reinforce and protect your
home," said Rob Fee, president of Plylox. "It only takes
one gust of wind to break a window, allowing storm
winds and water to roll right into your house."
The survey also revealed that "residents might not
have sufficient insurance coverage to rebuild if they
suffered a catastrophic loss. Twenty-one percent of citi-
zens said they weren't sure their homeowner's insur-
ance policy included replacement coverage. As many as
44 percent said they have not reviewed their insurance
policies with an agent within the last year, some in more
than five years."
And flood insurance? It was also found to be "prob-
lematic," according to the poll. "Twenty-five percent of
residents did not know standard homeowner's policies
do not cover flooding. Twenty-eight percent thought
their homeowner's insurance covered flood damage,
and another 47 percent said it did not. In fact, flood
damage is only covered if homeowners purchase a

Hurricane expo set

for July 14
A hurricane expo postponed early this month
has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 14.
The ABC-7 Hurricane Expo featuring the
network affiliate's weather team will take place
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sarasota Bradenton
International Convention Center, 8005 15th St.
E., Sarasota.
The event was postponed from June 2.
For more information about the expo, call
941-552-3084 or go to www.mysuncoast.com.

separate flood insurance policy such as that offered
by the federal government's National Food Insurance
Prepare early? Nobody seems to do so.
"The poll found that residents wait too long to make
last-minute preparations to their structures," according
to the survey. "One in four people indicated they would
not begin to prepare their home until hurricane condi-
tions were 24 to 36 hours away, and another one in five
said they would not prepare their home until hurricane
conditions were expected within 24 hours.
"Many also wait until the last moment to buy food,
water and medicine, quickly exhausting supplies on
local store shelves," the report continues. I.\p.Lt,
recommend keeping supplies for at least three days on
hand for each member of the family and buying those
supplies long before a storm approaches. However,
20 percent surveyed believed it was the government's
responsibility to provide essential supplies in the first
few days after a hurricane or they weren't sure who
should be responsible."
In a nutshell, figure you'll be in charge of your-
And in a post-disaster world? In a word, it's
According to the survey results, "more deaths occur
after a hurricane due to downed power lines, unstable
trees and flooding. Disaster experts warn residents
should wait until officials declare an area safe before
they return, and yet 43 percent of those polled said they
would not wait for word from officials before heading
home. One in four would return to a hurricane-struck
area as soon as the storm passed, putting themselves
and their loved ones at risk."
The survey was conducted in mid-May through-
out the Atlantic and Gulf areas of about 1,100 people,
with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percent.

THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 13, 2007 0 13

Day campers join Island turtle patrol teams

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The annual Project Sea Turtle children gathered on
the Island's beaches last week to search for sea turtle
tracks and learn about marine life.
The day camp, conducted by the Knowledge Learn-
ing Corporation in partnership with the Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch, is in its fourth year. Knowledge
Learning Corporation is a private provider of early
childhood and school-age education and care. AMITW,
under a state permit held by executive director Suzi
Fox, monitors and collects data for the state during the
sea turtle nesting season.
As of June 10, AMITW had identified 181. ', ha.,id
turtle nests and 21 false crawls on Island beaches.
Last week, 16 campers joined AMITW volunteers
in patrolling a stretch of beach for signs that female sea
turtles had come ashore to nest.
On June 8, the campers found tracks indicating a
turtle had made a false crawl crawling up from the
Gulf, but turning back to the water before nesting.
"The children learn all they need to learn about
turtle watch," said camp director Susan Camp. "They
even learn to fill out the paperwork that goes to Tal-
The day camp lasts for six weeks, ending July
20, and involves children ages 5 to 12 in a variety of
activities. Children study marine bi'l<1,,., environ-
mental science, and conservation and they also play
- skimming on the water, di in sand castles and
playing tag.
"I like it a lot," said day-camper Hailey Hynton,
10, of Bradenton. "It's really fun, playing and learning
all about turtles, seeing what the eggs look like."
Hailey's pal, Morgan Larkin, 10, of Bradenton, has
attended the camp all four years.
She enjoys the range of activities but most looks
forward to what's called 'Turtleopia," a weekly event
described by Camp as "always messy and fun."
Morgan said, "It's fun, fun, fun, because we get to
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Morgan said Project Sea Turtle camp is a good
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I know it's helping the sea turtles a lot," she said. "If
we don't help them, people someday are going to say,
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Tractors and trailers rested last week on the Anna
Maria Island Community Center playing field, but by
September the field will be bustling with young defend-
ers and strikers.
In early June, the field was crowded with the utility
vehicles for work taking place inside and outside the
24,500-square-foot building.
"We really want to be ready for soccer season,"
said Center executive director Pierrette Kelly.
Kelly, who walked the grounds of the Center site
with development director Aida Matic, said she hoped
by this week to have the field cleared so trees and sod
could be planted.
Construction on the new building at 402 Magno-
lia Ave., Anna Maria, began late last summer and is
expected to be completed this summer.
Construction is "a little bit ahead of schedule," said
Kelly, predicting the staff would settle into the new
building in July and programs there would begin in
Currently, the Center operations are crowded into
a trailer behind St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes
Beach and programs are taking place at various loca-
tions the church, Anna Maria Elementary School
and the Holmes Beach activity field.
While ahead of schedule on construction, the capi-
tal fundraising remains about $800,000 shy of its $4.8
million mark. But the campaign continues to receive
donations, including $50,000 from the Bradenton
Kiwanis Club two weeks ago.
On June 6, Kelly and Matic walked toward the
playing field on the east end of the Center property.
A tall cement wall runs along the third-base line. A
concession stand and two rest rooms were built along
the first-base line.
Between the field and the building's east wall, a
work crew moved dirt, giving shape to what will be a
courtyard and playground.
Kelly pointed out that the placement of the play-
ground is ideal, secure behind the cement wall and vis-
ible from the bleachers at the field, as well as through
the windows at the reception desk and several offices.
"It will be a wheel-chair accessible playground,"
Kelly said. "And it will be safe."
On the southwest corner of the property, the tennis
courts remains intact. Parking spaces will be created on
the northwest corner, where a banner with an architec-
tural rendering of the building hung last week.
Kelly and Matic walked into the building from the
back entrance, immediately feeling a blast of cool air.
"The air is on to dry out the gym floor," Kelly said.
Inside the entrance, Kelly said there will be teak
benches, tables, chairs and big pillows, along with
vending machines. One wall, already painted, will
provide space for the Center to honor benefactors.
Nearby is what Kelly called "John Home's Center
Cafe," a culinary kitchen named for the owner of the
Anna Maria Oyster Bar and a major Center supporter.
Matic said the kitchen will be used for nutrition
and cooking classes, including a program to famil-
iarize young people with a restaurant-style kitchen,
because for so many Island teens, a restaurant pro-


At the site of the Anna Maria Island Community Center in Anna Maria, a focus is on cleaning up and preparing
the grounds in anticipation of the fall soccer season. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Center executive director Pierrette Kelly and devel-
opment director Aida Matic open the doors to the
main entrance to the Center.
vides a first job.
The first floor also houses rest rooms, a janitor's
room, a reception desk, an education center for adult
workshops and children's after-school programs, an
aerobics room and the gymnasium, which includes a
Underfoot was cement, which will be covered with
a padded floor, the same type of flooring "used for the
Olympics in Atlanta," Kelly boasted.
She imagined the gymnasium completed, with
indoor soccer and basketball games taking place on
the court and dramas on stage.
Matic imagined a movie night, formals, such as the

Center's Affaire to Remember, and orchestra rehearsals
and concerts.
The colors on the first floor are blues and greens, a
scheme Kelly said was "based on the colors seen driv-
ing across the bridge."
Stairs lead to the second floor and soon work on an
elevator will be complete.
"This," Kelly said as she stepped out of the stair-
well onto the second floor, "is the reason the Center had
to expand.
She pointed to a large teen space that eventually
will be filled with overstuffed furniture to create a fam-
ily-room atmosphere.
The Center location once served as a teen center,
but as legislation seeking to protect young children
became more stringent, teens were forced out they
couldn't mix with the tots.
"The new teen center is pretty darn exciting," Kelly
said. "It will feel like home, but not."
Nearby is the space for the computer learning
center though the entire building will be wireless
fidelity or wi-fi courtesy of BrightHouse Networks.
Adjacent to the computer room is the tckhni' l _.v
center, which will house industrial arts-like activities.
"Who knows," Kelly said, "maybe we'll produce
some great engineers."
The second floor also contains administrative
offices, rest rooms, private therapy rooms, a breakroom
and a dance room.
"Most of the rooms can be used for multiple pur-
poses," Matic said.
"This will be a lovely space," Kelly said of the
building, "with a good feel to it."
For more information about the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, call 941-778-1908 or go to www.
islandcommunitycenter. com.

In addition to being the site of basketball games, the gymnasium, now equipped with a stage,
can serve as a performing arts hall.

A banner showing an architectural rendering of the Center hangs on a
fence surrounding the construction site.

THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 13, 2007 0 15


Management bill

causes confusion
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach residents want to see their waste
hauled away three times a week and their bills from
Waste Management arrive four times a year not
Waste Management customers in the city raised a
ruckus over the refuse bills upon receiving a six-month
statement, rather than a three-month statement.
City officials characterized the billing as a Waste
Management computer snafu.
Waste Management, the largest trash company
in North America, hauls refuse and recyclables from
Holmes Beach under a contract with the city.
The complaints stem from confusion over a recent
bill that's vastly different from typical quarterly WM
bills in Holmes Beach.
"I had approximately 35 calls in a day and a half,"
said Holmes Beach City Commissioner Pat Morton, the
city liaison to Waste Management.
The recent statement billed Holmes Beach cus-
tomers for six months of service, from June through
November, rather than three months of service.
A bill in April covered service for April, May and
June but, because rates under the new contract take
effect in June, the middle of the routine billing cycle,
WM adjusted the next billing statement but expanded
the billing period to six months. The new rate represents
a 32-cent per-month increase.
Morton said he understood residents' concerns.
\ la\ b. it's not that much money, but when you have
a fixed income or when you have a contract, you should
stick to it," he said. "People said they didn't want to pay
six months. I don't want to give them six months."
Morton contacted Waste Management about the
complaints and officials looked into the situation, then
sent customers a letter signed by WM district manager
David Smith.
"The reason your most recent bill is different is
because in the new contract with the city of Holmes
Beach, the annual CPI rate increase is scheduled to
take effect on June 1, 2007," Smith said. "When Waste
Management and the city renewed the contract, we did
not anticipate the rate change occurring in the middle
of a normal quarterly billing cycle.
"To correct the matter, your most recent bill reflects
a credit for June at the old rate and then re-bills June
at the new rate," Smith continued. "Inadvertently,
statements were generated for six months from June

Game time at Bible school: 'Howdy pastor'
( Ji 1,1, volunteerfor a game at the Avalanche Ranch Vacation Bible School at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Coordinator Kelley Tribble said the Western-themed program offered a
"wild ride through God's word." Nearly 100 children attended the school last week, playing games, singing
songs, acting in skits and creating arts and crafts. Some children wore cowboy hats and western boots, many
children wore bandanas. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

1 through Nov. 30, instead of three months, June to
Morton and Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said WM
indicated there was a computer glitch in the billing.
"The franchise begins June 1 and when they tried
to add that to the new billing, I'm told, the computer
couldn't figure out how to do it," the mayor said.
Inquiries about statements prompted WM to offer

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donate the bears and other items
to a program for migrant work-
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the prayer bear effort came from
Bubba Stewart in memory of his
late wife Martha, who was active
in the church.

customers options in handling the recent statement -
pay the bill and be done with trash payments until Nov.
30 or call customer service at 941-753-7591 and request
to pay for service through Aug. 31.
"I think we worked out a situation that was com-
fortable for our citizens," Morton said. "They're giving
people an option, so at least we have something we can
work with."


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Ann Casale
Ann Casale, 78, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., Longboat Key
and Anna Maria, died May 7.
Born in Chappaqua, N.Y., Mrs. Casale was an artist,
sailor and tennis player. She studied at Columbia Uni-
versity in New York City and attended nursing school
at Roosevelt Hospital. She also studied at the Art Stu-
dents League in New York City and was a frequent
presence at the Art Barge in Amagansett, N.Y., and the
Anna Maria Art League, where she had a retrospective
of her work in 2005. She worked as a registered nurse
in Alaska, California, Florida, Maine, New York and
Vermont. She was named "Tennis Player of the Week"
at the Longboat Key Tennis Club in November 2006.
Memorial services will be in Wainscott, N.Y., June
16. Other memorial services are planned in October on
Longboat Key. Memorial contributions may be made
to the Art Barge Young Painter's Fund, PO. Box 1266,
Amagansett NY 11930.
She is survived by her children John Baptiste III of
New York, Wanda Ann of Anna Maria, Dr. Charles of
Leyden, Mass., Mary Novak of Parkton, Md., Andrew
"Petey" of Montauk, Anastasia Lavinio of Sag Harbor,
and Catherine "Kitty" Fantini of Laguna Beach, Calif.;
and 13 grandchildren.

Rev. James W. Johnson
The Rev. James W. Johnson, 92, of Bradenton, died
May 30.
Born in Parkersburg, W. Va., Rev. Johnson came
to Manatee County from Fort Lauderdale in 1984.
Funeral services were June 8 at Manasota Memo-
rial Funeral Home, Bradenton. Memorial contributions
may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
He is survived by daughters Sharon Annis of
Holmes Beach and Vonnie Bozas of Jupiter; son James
W. Jr. of Traverse City, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and
12 great-grandchildren.
Raymond S. Korzen
Raymond S. Korzen,
75, of Holmes Beach, died
June 2 in Seattle, Wash.
Mr. Korzen was born
and raised in Chicago. He
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man Insurance Group in Sarasota, where he served as
president for 15 years. He graduated cum laude from
the University of Notre Dame in 1953. He served in the
U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant.
The family received friends at a prayer vigil service
from June 11, and a funeral Mass was held June 12
Saints Peter and Paul The Apostles Catholic Church,
Bradenton. He will be interred on the campus of the
University of Notre Dame later this summer. Memorial
contributions may be made to Mote Marine Labora-
tory, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota FL 34236,
or Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc., 4210 77th St. E., Pal-
metto FL 34221.
He is survived by wife Joni; daughter Kim Denton
and husband Dennis of Knoxville, Tenn.; and son Scott
of Bradenton.

Lillian Margaret West
Lillian Margaret West, of Anna Maria, died June 3.
She was employed with American Cynamid Co. in

Wayne, N.J. She was Episcopalian.
Private services will be held at a later date at
Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y. Covell Cre-
mation and Funeral Center was in charge of arrange-
She is survived by daughters Linda Pinkham
and Gloria Hickey; grandchildren Brett Pinkham and
Heather Nyberg; and two great-grandchildren.

Charles T. Winheim
Charles T. Winheim, 70, of Bradenton, died May
Born in Jamaica, N.Y., Mr. Winheim moved to Bra-
denton from New Milford, Conn., in 1979. He served
in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Memorial services were May 29. Brown and Sons
Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, was in charge of
He is survived by companion Ilse A. Lathrop of
Bradenton, daughter Betsy of Bradenton; and son
Chard of Holmes Beach.

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Islander John Patterson III will honor his father on
Sunday, along with two grandfathers, two brothers and
a godfather.
"It's always been a very important day in our
family," Patterson said of Father's Day, traditionally
celebrated on the third Sunday in June. This year the
holiday is June 17. "We're a close family and we make
a real effort to be together on this day."
Father's Day dates back to 1909, when Sonora Dodd,
of Spokane, Wash., inspired by a Mother's Day sermon,
acted to honor her father. William Smart was a widowed
Civil War veteran who had raised six children on a farm.
A year after hearing the sermon, Spokane honored Smart
and all dads with a Father's Day. Fifty-six years later,
President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday
as Father's Day and, in 1972, President Richard Nixon
signed a law to make the observance permanent.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are
64.3 million fathers in the United States. Many will be
indulged on Sunday. The National Retail Federation esti-
mates that consumers will spend about $9.9 billion on
dads across the country, with the average person spend-
ing about $98.34 on a pop, up from $88.80 last year.
NRF's survey found that 69.9 percent of consumers
will be buying a Father's Day card and 42.7 percent will
be taking their dad out to eat.
As for what will be inside the gift-wrapped boxes,
the NRF survey shows that 12.4 percent of dads can
expect home improvement and gardening tools, 13.6
percent can expect appliances, 13.9 percent can expect
sporting goods, 17.8 percent can expect electronics,
29.9 percent can expect a gift certificate and 37.1 per-
cent can expect clothing, including the traditional tie.

Father-son sunset, photo contest runner up
Kelly Hamm 's photo of Kevin and Tristen Hamm
submittedfor The Islander's Top Notch photo contest
caught the judge's eyes. It seemed an appropriate
runner up to the weekly winner, considering it was
just in time for Father's Day.

The NRF's research firm polled about 8,353 con-
sumers in early May on their plans for the holiday.
The Islander conducted a less extensive survey and
stopped two dozen people as they left shops and offices,
sat on piers and walked along beaches to ask them how

therly wisdom

they observe Father's Day.
Most fathers surveyed said they hoped for a lazy
Sunday before the television watching the final round
in the U.S. Open, the NCAA World Series of Baseball,
the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix, NASCAR's Citizen
Bank 400 or a Major League Baseball game.
"Well, I know there's a Cubs game on, so I hope
the afternoon is free," said Michael Mota of west Bra-
denton, who has two children.
"If I'm not playing golf I'll be watching Tiger
[Woods] win the Open," said Wayne Fisher, a father of
three young children. "That's how I'll spend the day."
The Pattersons will spend the day playing golf -
18 holes of miniature golf followed by dinner at an area
"It's the first sport I remember my dad teaching
me," Patterson said. "He's been telling me for 20 years,
'Don't bank off the rocks. Too much risk.'"
Fatherly advice echoes for other sons and daughters
preparing for the holiday.
\ly dad always says life is never fair, so some-
times you have to cheat. Really, that's his advice," said
David Peck, as she perused the greeting cards at Wal-
greens, 3248 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
\ly favorite thing about my dad is he'd yell at
my brother, 'Don't throw like a girl. Throw like your
sister,' said Susan Anderson, whose family spends
summer weekends in Holmes Beach. "And I'd say,
'Dad, I am a girl.' He taught me a lot, but the most
important thing he taught me, even if he doesn't realize
it, is that I can be whatever I want to be."
Anderson, as of last week, hadn't yet determined
her Father's Day gift.
"Dad's a lot harder than Mom," Anderson said. "He
looks at everything and says, 'Oh, isn't that nice.'"

Longboat chamber
honors small
Bruce Lang, chairman of the
small business council of the
Longboat Key/Lido Key/St.
Armands Key Chamber of
Commerce, presents Larry
Hibbs of Servpro in Bradenton
with a 2007 Small Business of
the Year Award. Servpro won
the award in the category for
11 or more employees. The
celebration took place June 7
at the Longboat Key Club in
Longboat Key. For more infor-
mation about the chamber,
call 941-383-2466. Islander
Photos: Nancy Ambrose

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1slnuders on the move

.h,/in r Waters of Solo's Pizza in Holmes Beach took
in the rain-shortened Indy 500 over the Memorial
Day weekend. Dario Franchitti earned $1,645,233
from a record purse for his victory May 27 in the 91st
Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

A group of local travelers recently returned from a journey to Spain, Portugal and France with Daniels Travel
Company. The group included members of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church and
St. Bernard Catholic Church. Travelers included Islanders Barbara Cook, Ellie Moran, Pam Connors, Willena
Parsons and Daniel Parsons. The group also included Bradenton residents Rob Thyen, Ghis Lanczki, Rita Gagnier,
Carol Codella, Pat Gibbons, Tom Beight, Cathy Reisinger, Frank and Kay Scanlon, Ed and Olivia Connell, Nancy
Obold, Sister Dorothy Prahinski, Helen Jalovec, Donna Claussen, Dorothy Murray, Betty Pellegrini, Eileen Camp,
Ron, Susan and Jacquelyn Knowles, Corydon and Jeannine Himelberger, Antonietta Caruana, Stanley Morris,
Thora McLean, Joe and Ascension Drury, Martin and Nancy Mihm, Sylvia Kinzer and Cynthia Stramecky, as well
as Bob Kantor of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church. The next pilgrimage will be to the Holy Land and Egypt.

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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No reports available, due to the relocation of gov-
ernment offices back to city hall.

Bradenton Beach
No reports.

Holmes Beach
June 1, 5300 Gulf Drive, S&S Plaza, hit and
run. Officers noticed damage to a sign and post
at the shopping center. Later, officers stopped a
vehicle with extensive damage to its front end, and
the driver admitted hitting the post at the shopping
center and then leaving the scene. He was issued a
citation for leaving the scene of a crash with prop-
erty damage.
June 3, 300 block 58th Street, criminal mischief.
The complainant said she saw three men kick her mail-
box and then walk away from the property. The subjects
were not located.
June 4, 5400 Holmes Blvd., theft. The complainant
said someone took his bicycle from behind the Island
shopping center, where he had left it overnight.
June 5,3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, theft of vehi-
cle. The complainant said he parked his pickup truck
in the parking lot with the doors unlocked and the keys
in it to visit a friend across the street and, when he
returned, the truck was missing.
June 6, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, tres-
pass. Bartenders asked a man to leave the establish-
ment, he refused and was escorted outside. Officers
were called to issue him a trespass order, and then took
him home.
June 7, 100 block 78th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took her children' pet turtle
from a plastic bucket left outdoors by the carport
overnight. The red-eared slider turtle was identified
as being about 6 inches in diameter, green and brown
in color.
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window of his vehicle and stole his wife's purse, con-
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A former Holmes Beach city councilman
attempted to smother his wife in a Bradenton nurs-
ing home, according to a Bradenton Police Depart-
ment report.
The report alleges that Freeman Stittsworth,
95, a city councilman in Holmes Beach from 1973
to 1975, went to his wife's room on June 2 and was
seen by a nursing assistant holding a pillow over
his wife's head.
Ruth Stittsworth, 93, suffers long-term medi-
cal problems, including dementia. For more than
a year, she and her husband of 70 years have lived
separately at Westminster Towers.
Police records indicate that Stittsworth said
he went to his wife's room to kiss her good night

before eating dinner. He said before he went to bed
he played a game and paid some bills.
But another account has Stittsworth going to
his wife's room, where he was seen pressing a
pillow to her head, and, when interrupted by an
employee, abruptly leaving.
Ruth tciu,\\ ,i ilh was not physically injured and
was apparently unaware of any incident.
Freeman Stittsworth, who with his wife moved
to Florida in the 1970s from Pennsylvania, faces a
charge of attempted murder and he remained in the
Manatee County jail last week without bond. He
is believed to be the oldest person ever detained at
the jail.
He has denied attempting to kill his wife.

Gang 'tags' appear in Holmes Beach
Some graffiti has been "popping up" in southern and public works employees will monitor and continue
Holmes Beach of late, and at least one resident is upset to paint over the markings, Stephenson said.
about the marks on signs and utility boxes in his neigh-
"Over the last few months, there has been a great
deal of graffiti generated in the area of my residence,"
said Kevin FitzGerald.
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29th Street and Gulf Drive. The interesting thing about
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off, and our officers have been made aware of it."
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Young Island volunteer becomes U.S. ambassador

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Dalton Hicks, at 12 years old, is heeding the calls
of two past presidents Dwight Eisenhower and his
successor John Kennedy.
Kennedy famously said, "Ask not what your country
can do for you ask what you can do for your country."
Eisenhower believed that for peace between
nations, there must be mutual respect among citizens
of those nations.
Out of Eisenhower's faith in citizen ambassadors came
People to People, a program dispatching citizen ambassa-
dors around the world to build bridges. Some of the ambas-
sadors have been famous, such as Jesse Owens, Bob Hope
and Walt Disney. Many more have been students.
One of them is Dalton Hicks, who last week pre-
pared to leave June 10 to Australia as a People to People
The People to People Student Ambassador Program
will take Dalton, a Bradenton resident who graduated
from Anna Maria Elementary School, on a 19-day trip
to the land down under.
The King Middle School student needed to raise $5,300
for the trip. "I had to earn it," he said, sharing credit for rais-
ing the money with his parents. One fundraiser, a hot dog
and soda stand at a Wal-Mart, generated about $1,000.
Last week, as he prepared to leave for Australia,
he also worked in the Anna Maria Island Community
Center's summer kids program headquartered at AME.
"I help o'Iut \\ ith the kids," says the counselor-in-training
volunteer. "It's a lot of fun."

Art League offers

summer classes
Children can learn about composing black-and-
white photographs or painting landscapes in the Anna
Maria Island Art League's summer school program.
AMIAL, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, offers the
following four-session courses for youth this summer:
"Introduction to Black-and-White Photography"
for ages 8 plus, taught by Christine Galanopoulos, 4
p.m. Monday.
"Draw and Paint" for ages 6 plus, with instructor
Fritzene Vadas, 4 p.m. Thursday.
"Clayworks for Kids" for ages 5 plus with instruc-
tor Tammy Barrons, 6 p.m. Wednesday.
AMIAL also offers four-session courses for adults:
"From Pencil to Paintbrush" with instructor Bill
Jerdon, 9 a.m. Wednesday.
"Introduction to Colored Pencils" with instructor
Alexandra Lillis, 10 a.m. Thursday.
"Open Studio" with proctor Bill Jerdon, 6:30 p.m.
A schedule of workshops includes:
"Portraits" with Jerdon 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23,
and 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 24.
"Pastels and the Figure" with Bill Jerdon 10 a.m.
Tuesday, June 19, and 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28.
"Watercolors" with Cheryl Jorgensen at a time to
be announced.
For more information about AMIAL programs, call
941-778-2099, or e-mail amiartleague@aol.com.

Dalton Hicks readiesfor a g'day. Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff
The Islander spoke with Dalton about his trip to
Australia just before he boarded a bus for the Center's
trip to Adventure Island.
Islander: How did you become involved in the
People to People program?
Dalton Hicks: I was nominated for the program. ... They
can't tell us who wrote the nomination So I don't know.
Islander: What does it mean to you to be nomi-
nated, to be making this trip?
DH: It means I'm different in a way. I don't know
how exactly to say it, but it means somebody thought
I was good enough, that I had the skills for this.

Southeast grads bound for USF
Cory Stewart and Lindsey Bressi graduated from the
International Baccalaureate program at Southeast
High School May 26. The students, who were raised
on Anna Maria Island, will be bound for the University
of South Florida in Tampa after the summer break.

Islander: This is not just a trip to Australia is it?
DH: We're going there to represent the United
States, to show them what the U.S. is like.
Islander: How do you plan to do that?
DH: We have to use our manners. We have to act
dignified. We have to act as a guest.
Islander: What are you looking forward to i i,,i .
DH: The Great Barrier Reef for sure. I've always
wanted to go there. I've been to other reefs. This one
is magnificent.
Islander: What do you already know about Australia?
DH: It's a very diverse country, very different from
one side to the other. And it's a very beautiful country. I've
read all about it. While I'm there, it's going to be winter.
Islander: What will you miss while you're gone?
DH: I'm going to miss a lot at the community
center, and I'm really going to miss my mom and dad.
But I think all the nervousness, all the anxiety will turn
into excitement when I get there.

Islander graduates
magna cum laude
Kimberly Marie Kuizon, 19, daughter of Alex and
Carla Kuizon of Holmes Beach, graduated May 4 from
Manatee Community College with an associate's degree.
Kimberly graduated magna cum laude with a grade
point average of 3.89.
Kimberly, planning to study journalism and communi-
cations, will attend the University of Florida in the fall. The
native Islander wants to become a television newscaster.

New York 'glamour'
Holmes Beach resident Nancy Ambrose, The Island-
er's community ambassador, shares a moment with
Martha Stewart during Glamour magazine's 50th
anniversary celebration of the Top 10 College Women
honors in New York City last week. Stewart was
one of Glamour's Top 10 College Women in 1961.
Ambrose made the magazine's elite list in 1982, while
she was a student at Iowa State University in Ames
and still known as Nancy Walker.

In the June 6 edition of The Islander newspaper,
resident Michael Southwick's concerns were incor-
rectly stated. He is for the preservation of mangroves
along the canal's fringe and opposes encroachment of
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Wednesday, June 13
7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds a sunrise breakfast sponsored by Manson Roofing at the Sun House
Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
9 a.m. to noon Manatee County Conservation Lands Management
Department hosts a "Summer in the Salt Marsh" program for volunteers
to help replant Robinson Preserve, Bradenton. Information: 748-4501, ext.
10:30 a.m. -A Friends Book Club meeting takes place at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
5:30 p.m. A teen-focused program on Japanese cartooning takes
place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-6341.

Thursday, June 14
9 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Center presents "Muscles
and More" with Sherry Fideler at the St. Bernard Catholic Church activity
hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1908.

Saturday, June 16
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets for a program
and for breakfast at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive. Information: www.annamariakiwanis.org or 941-778-7823.
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota, hosts a "Family SeaSnooze" overnight stay. Information:
941-388-4441, ext. 229.
8p.m. -A karaoke contest takes place at Pelican Pete's, 12012 Cortez
Road, Cortez. Information: 941-792-4822.

Sunday, June 17
Father's Day is today.

Tuesday, June 19
9 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Community Center presents"Muscles
and More" with Sherry Fideler at the St. Bernard Catholic Church activity
hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1908.
10 a.m. -A children's Musical Theatre with the Open Circle Players
takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-6341.
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island holds a lunch meeting
with speaker Holmes Beach public works superintendent Joe Duennes at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:

Wednesday, June 20
9 a.m. Horseshoes get tossed in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
9 a.m. to noon Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is conducting Bay-

Dry time
Cody Beaver, 17, of Anna Maria, left, and Sean Pittman, 18, of Holmes Beach, dry off an SUV June 9 outside
Crosspointe Fellowship, formerly the Island Baptist Church, at 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Members of
the youth program held a carwash to raise money. Also this month, Crosspointe hosts a vacation Bible school.
For more information, call 941-778-0719. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

wise, a series of kayak tours from various points in the area. One leaves the
Palma Sola Causeway for Robinson Preserve. Information: 941-475-0796.
Fee applies.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
holds "Vino and Vibes" business card exchange sponsored by Coast Bank,
9819 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1541.
5:30 p.m. -Ateen-focused "Intro to Yoga" with instructor Carrie Price
takes place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-6341.

Tuesday the Anna Maria Island Community Center presents a water-
color class with Susie Cotton from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Bernard
Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday the Anna Maria Island Community Center presents a
knitting class with Barbara Hines from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Bernard
Catholic Church activity hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908.
The Anna Maria Island Art League offers summer courses for children
and adults, as well as workshops, in the studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

Coming up:
On June 23, the second annual Florida Gulf Coast Outdoor Festival
takes place along the bay across from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Information: www.fgcsc.com or 800-4-MANATEE.
On June 25, Bible school begins at Crosspointe Fellowship, formerly
Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Registration takes place
June 9 and June 16. Information: 941-778-7845.

Save the Date:
On July 3, at dusk, see fireworks at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information/reservations: 941-779-2222.
On July 4, at dusk, see fireworks at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100
Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information/reservations: 941-778-0444.
On July 4, the Anna Maria Island Privateers sponsor an Independence
Day parade, stepping off at 10 a.m. at Coquina Beach and traveling north
to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. A celebration follows at Cafe on the Beach,
Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Also, on July 1, the
Privateers will christen their ship at noon at the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce. Information: 941-778-0181.
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24 0 JUNE 13, 2007 0 THE ISLANDER

Buccaneers 'D' dominates in NFL Flag Football

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
In early summer NFL Flag Football action for the
Anna Maria Island Community Center league, the Buc-
caneers defeated the Panthers 46-28 June 9 behind a
sterling defensive effort that saw them intercept Panther
passes on three straight second-half possessions and a
potent offense that spread the ball around to six differ-
ent receivers.
The Bucs jumped out to an 8-0 lead thanks to a
15-yard interception return for a touchdown by Chris
Pate. Moments later, Trevor Bystrom swooped in on
Panther Matt Bauer to sack him for a safety. The Bucs
extended its lead to 14-0 when quarterback Sean Price
and Pate hooked up on a 60-yard stop-and-go pass
reception for a touchdown.
The Panthers fought back to tie the score on a pair
of 40-yard touchdown runs from Bauer and a two-point
reception by Wyatt Hoffman.
The Panther defense received a much-needed stop
on the Bucs and then capitalized when quarterback
Blake Rivers connected with Hoffman on a 30-yard
touchdown pass to take a 20-14 lead into the half.
The Bucs wasted no time in erasing its deficit when
Pate opened the second half with a 45-yard touchdown
pass to Daniel Landesberg to tie the score at 20-20.
The Buccaneer defense stepped up and got the ball
back for the offense three plays later when Bystrom
stepped in front of Panther receiver Hoffman for an
interception that he returned 25 yards to the Panther
15-yard line. Three plays later, Pate hit Landesberg with
a 15-yard TD pass for a 26-20 lead.
The Panthers tried to rally, moving past midfield
on a leaping 30-yard catch for a first down by Bauer,
but Kyle Parsons intercepted Rivers on the next play to
turn the ball over to the Bucs. The Bucs quickly struck
on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Pate to Parsons that
made the score 32-20 and pretty much put the game out
of reach.
The Panthers gained 10 yards on a Bauer pass to
Chandler McClung, but Alex Burgess stepped up and
intercepted Bauer and returned it 20 yards to the Pan-
ther 15-yard line. Pate hit Burgess with a 15-yard TD
AMICC Flag Football Schedule
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Youth Division (ages 12-15)
June 15 7 p.m. Panthers vs. Buccaneers
June 18 7 p.m. Panthers vs. Raiders
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June 13 6 p.m. Texans vs. Titans
June 15 6 p.m. Chiefs vs. Titans
June 18 6 p.m. Chiefs vs. Texans
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Chuck McDonough, from left, Larry Anderson, Tom Mullins, Tom Casey, Dennis Gurney and Don Meilner
attend the final of the second annual McDonough Open hosted by Mullins at the River Run Golf Course. The
group consists offormer Tinley Park Illinois school teachers who in addition to taking in some golf perused
the news in The Islander.

pass on the next play to ice the game with Price top-
ping it still when he hit Pate with a two-point pass for
a 40-20 lead.
The Panthers and the Bucs traded touchdowns on their
next two possessions. Hoffman caught a 40-yarder from
Rivers and Nicole Botero caught the two-point conversion
to pull to within 40-28, but Pate methodically drove the
Bucs down the field and finished it off with a 25-yard TD
pass to Landesberg to complete the scoring.
Pate finished with five TD passes, a touchdown
reception, an interception return for a touchdown and a
two-point reception to lead the Bucs on offense, while
Landesberg finished with three touchdown catches.
The Panthers were led by Rivers who had three

Robinson Preserve seeks
young volunteers
Manatee County's conservation lands management
department is seeking families to help nurture Robinson
The department is hosting a family program,
"Summer in the Salt Marsh," from 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, June 13, at the west Manatee preserve.
Volunteers will help plant cordgrass along the edge
of a saltwater lagoon and they may get a chance to see
some saltwater creatures, said volunteer coordinator
Melissa Cain.
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touchdown passes and Bauer who had two touchdown
runs in the loss.

Texans 46, Titans 14
Joel Hart scored four touchdowns and teammate
Dean Salati had two interceptions returned for touch-
downs as the Texans rolled past the Titans during June
9 AMICC Junior Division NFL Flag Football action.
Gabriella Berlanti added one touchdown reception and
Henry Bernet had a pair of two-point conversions for
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Adam Hart led the Titans with two touchdowns and
a two-point conversion in the loss.

Horseshoe news
The much-needed rain from Tropical Storm Barry
was the ultimate winner of the June 2 horseshoe action
as play was halted for the first time in nearly 300 con-
secutive competitions.
Then it was business as usual on June 6 with 11
players battling it out for bi,,,,in, rights for the day.
Longtime Islander Jimmy Spencer and Ron Pepka were
the only team to record a 3-0 record and were the day's
outright winner. Debbie Rhodes won the playoff for
second place by defeating the team of Tom Rhodes and
Sam Samuels by a 23-20 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
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Spring fishing starts to spring forward

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Fishing is slowly improving, both in the bays and
in the Gulf of Mexico.
Backwater anglers report good catches of redfish
and catch-and-release snook, although trout are prob-
lematic as a good catch.
Offshore action for grouper and snapper remains
excellent. For those willing to go a bit farther from
shore, the catches of tuna, amberjack and wahoo are
also excellent as spring fishing continues.
And congratulations to Capt. Chris Galati and Team
Galati for winning the Big Four Billfish Invitational
fishing tournament out of Treasure Cay in the Baha-
mas last week. They caught three blue marlin aboard
their 52-foot Viking in the catch-and-release tourney.
Capt. Chris had so much fun that he and his team went
back to the islands for more fun and fishing, and more
information about the tourney should be forthcoming
next week.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said fishing is improving,
with backwater catches of big redfish, mackerel and
flounder. Offshore anglers are doing well with grouper
and snapper, and, Lowman said, farther out in the Gulf
the catches of tuna, dolphin and wahoo are really start-
ing to pick up.
Tom Cassitty at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
there are catching snapper, catch-and-release snook to
33 inches, mackerel, redfish and sheepshead.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
action there includes mackerel, catch-and-release snook
and sheepshead.
At Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez, Capt. Mark
Johnson said his backwater charters are catching big
redfish, small catch-and-release snook and mangrove
snapper. Capt. Sam Kimball, also out of Annie's, said
his offshore trips are bringing in lots of grouper, banded
rudderfish and snapper.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
he's hearing reports of lots of reds coming out of the
Manatee River, plus snapper and snook from Terra Ceia
Bay. There are also some trout to 18 inches and lots of
small sharks being caught.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include red-
fish from around Joe's Island and Miguel Bay, but trout
action is sparse.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said that "summer has finally
settled in, with the onset of afternoon thunderstorms.
The important factor is that the barometer will be high
in the morning, but once the heating of the day sets in,
the barometer will start to be erratic and that is what
drives the fish crazy." He said "the past week has pro-
duced some top-notch action with backwater species
such as sea trout, snook, redfish and jack crevalle. A
variety of bait types have been producing with the
sometimes-finicky fish. Live shrimp, whitebait, crabs
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He said that Tampa Bay has still been "giving up some
great Spanish mackerel, trout around the grassy edges,
and numerous sharks wherever there is a concentration
of large bait." Tarpon action is slow, but he predicts it
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Good news
for Island tourism
Islanders involved in the tourism
industry will be pleased to know that the
Massachusetts-based company TripAd-
visor has named Anna Maria Island as
No. 1 in its Top 10 list of "fastest climb-
ing destinations" in the United States,
based upon user activity on the compa-
ny's Web site at www.tripadvisor.com.
The Island was forecast to be the
"hottest" destinations for 2007, a com-
pany press release said.
TripAdvisor said its list was based
on more than 5 million reviews and
opinions of travel destinations.

weakest point, probably at a window, door or garage door. Other speakers included
roofing expert Dave Willis, left, and architect Mike McCaleb. For more information
about chamber programs, call 941-778-1541. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Avenue C celebration
Dean Holmstrom, president of Corner-
stone Construction, and Kimberly Mills
and Erlene Fitzpatrick, real estate agents
with Re/Max Gulfstream, join members of
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce and other supportersfor a ribbon-
cutting ceremony June 5. The ceremony
celebrated the completion of the Avenue
C Condominiums and offering for sale in
the 2000 block of Avenue C, Bradenton
Beach. For more information, call
941-758-7777. Islander Photo:
Nancy Ambrose

This home at 129
49th St., Holmes
Beach, sold in
March 1999for
$185,000 and
in May 2007
for $365,000,
for a 97 percent
increase in eight
years. The cost
per square foot
is $306. Islander
Jesse Brisson

Sun House
Joe Landolfi of
Manson Roofing
takes his turn
greeting attend-
ees at the Long-
boat Key/Lido
Key/St. Armands
Key Chamber
luncheon at
the Sun House
Restaurant, 111
Gulf Drive, Bra-
denton Beach,
May 10. The
next networking
luncheon will
take place June
14. For more
information, call
Islander Photo:
Nancy Ambrose

'Landing' to soon
take off
In about three weeks, Barb and John
Jaeger plan to open The Egret's Landing
at 5602 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach,
formerly Ginny's Antiques and Art.
In late May, work to ready the Holmes
Beach coastal furniture store took place
inside and outside the building. Movers
hauled furniture into the store and Long-
boat Key artist Connie Buckler painted a
blue bamboo mural on an exterior wall.
In addition to The Egret's Landing,
the Jaegers also own the White Egret
and the Egret's Nest on Gulf Drive in
Anna Maria.
The couple hopes the addition of the
Landing to their nest will create a compre-
hensive offering in retail home furnishings
and design from boutique accessories
to showroom sofas and beds.
For more information, call 941-778-
Island real
estate sales
218 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach,
a 1,940 sfla / 2,712 sfur 4bed/2bath/lcar
canalfront pool home built in 1957 on a
81x103 lot was sold 05/21/07, Traci to
Klar for $640,000; list $729,000.
516 N. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, a 800
sfla / 1548 sfur 2bed/2bath duplex and a
1,220 sfla / 1,768 2bed/2bath 2bed/2bath
duplex, both built in 1955 on a 100x96
lot were sold 05/21/07, Woods to Sand-
piper Inn LLC for $556,650.
5200 Gulf Drive, Unit 505, Mar-
tinique South, Holmes Beach, a 1,169
sfur 2bed/2bath Gulfview condo built in
1970 was sold 05/22/07, Kreps to Heney
for $535,000; list $599,000.
301 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach,
a 1,344 sfla / 2,168 sfur 2bed/lbath
home built in 1950 on a 102x100 lot
was sold 05/21/07, Howard to Nash for
84 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a
1,282 sfla / 1,701 sfur 2bed/2bath/lcar
home built in 1973 on a 70x104 lot was
sold 05/21/07, North to Birdsey for
$460,000; list $499,000.
6250 Holmes Blvd, Unit 32, North
Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,536
sfla / 1,955 sfur 3bed/2/2bath/2car
condo built in 1990 was sold 05/23/07,
Weir to Karezewski for $455,000; list
129 49th Street, Holmes Beach,
a 1,190 sfla / 1,320 sfur 3bed/2bath
home built in 1955 on a 100x100 lot
was sold 05/21/07, Viens to Penney for
749 Manatee Ave., Unit 35, W. ilSiy
Cove South, Holmes Beach, a 1,187 sfla
/ 1,479 sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in
1977 was sold 05/23/07, Weld to Peck
for $337,500; list $359,900.

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Chamber holds hurricane roundtable Building a nest
Barb and John Jaeger stand before a
Building code expert Richard Reynolds, middle, tells attendees at Anna Maria ms o e te
mural-in-progress outside the Egret's
Island Chamber of Commerce's annual hurricane roundtable a story about a big, Landing, their soon-to-open store at
bad wolf. A hurricane is like a wolf Reynolds told the 50-plus people gathered May 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
31 at the Sun House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. And property owners need wander Photo: Lisa Neff
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'Fair' is grade for local bay by federal government

Our bays have received a first-ever report card
regarding how they have fared in the past 18 years.
They passed. Barely.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Commission
commissioned a study on the 28 estuaries that were/
are within the National Estuary Program. Sarasota and
Tampa bays both got "fair" ratings. The range was from
"poor," "fair" to "good," with the split pretty much
evenly divided for the estuaries throughout the country
and Puerto Rico that were included in the study.
First, though, a bit of history.
"Estuaries are semi-enclosed body of water which
have free connection with the open sea and within
which seawater is measurably diluted by freshwater
from land drainage." That's a quote from the State of
the Bay Report 1990 produced by the then-Sarasota
Bay National Estuary Program. The group dropped the
"national" part of its title a year or so ago.
The National Estuary Program in the United States
began with the Great Lakes in 1970, involving the states
and Canada in the form of an international joint com-
mission between the two countries.
Chesapeake Bay was next up in 1977 in the form of
a federal/state partnership which included Maryland, Vir-
ginia and Pennsylvania, plus the District of Columbia.
The "real" estuary programs began in 1987. Sarasota
Bay joined the club in August 1988, and officially was
designated on June 26, 1989, which is generally consid-
ered the startup time for the Sarasota Bay Project.

Survey says...
The EPA looked at a bunch of water-quality fac-
tors in its rankings. For Sarasota Bay, the conclusion
was "the overall condition of Sarasota Bay is rated
fair. SBEP analyses have shown that although tem-
poral trends by segment indicate that water quality
in Sarasota Bay is improving, water quality prob-
lems still exist in the tributaries and the bay seg-
ments receiving water from the tributaries. Seagrass
coverage in Sarasota Bay has improved substantially
in the past few years, with declines in submerged
aquatic vegetation occurring at a much slower rate.
Although there is no substitute for natural habitat
with respect to the diversity and productivity of
organisms, engineering options for some environ-
ments (e.g., dredge holes, canal communities and
channel markers) exist to create artificial habitats

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WATERFRONT FAMILY HOME This spacious 5BR/3.5BA post
and beam cedar home is the perfect place to raise a family!
Features include vaulted ceilings, skylights, oak and tile floors,
fireplace, and many breezy sundecks with views of the sparkling
water. The deep, navigable channel with boat dock is fully sea
walled. Owner has included with purchase of home 1976 22-foot
Starwind sailboat sail off into the sunset! Cheerful Caribbean
colors and new bathrooms enhance this whimsical Island
hideaway! Reasonably priced at $949,000. Don't miss it!


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for juvenile and adult finfish, shellfish and other
The "Sarasota Bay" in question stretches from the
tip of Anna Maria Island to Venice Inlet in Sarasota
County. Tampa Bay is north of the Island.
For Tampa Bay, the study said that "the overall
condition of Tampa Bay is rated fair based on three
indices of estuarine conditions. The TBEP has taken
strong actions to establish short- and long-term goals
for the protection and restoration of this estuary. Mon-
itoring data show that many aspects of environmental
quality in the bay are improving, such as nitrogen-
load and chlorophyll-a levels and seagrass coverage.
Attaining the TBEP's ambitious goals will require
continued strong scientific involvement through mon-
itoring, research and pollution management, as well
as the cooperation and dedication of a wide spectrum
of stakeholders, including the public."
As is often said, much work needs to be done to
preserve and protect our bay assets.

Bunny funny
So now onto the critter front.
"Playboy" magazine founder Hugh Hefner paid
some money 20 years ago to help document a rare and
endangered Florida Keys marsh rabbit. The bucks for

The Islander welcomes photographs and
notices of the milestones in readers' lives wed-
dings, anniversaries, travels and other events.
Please send items, photographs with identi-
ties and notices along with contact information
to news@islander.org or 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.


W. Ben Stewart, Esq.

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


Great location just steps to the Gulf beaches.
Intimate eight-unit condos with swimming pool and
your own private courtyard. This 2BR/1BA unit
comes furnished ready for rental. $370,000.

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941 778-0455
9906 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria

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

the bunnies got him partial naming rights to the little
critters, which scientists call Syliviagus palustris hef-
neri. The bunnies are small, cute, and Hef apparently
thought at the time it would be a good idea to have a
bunny named after him, hence the financial contribu-
Playboy magazine's signature, for those who have
lived in a cave for the past 60 years, is a bunny.
Now, there seems to be a cat threat to the rabbit,
and Hef has coughed up some more dough to help trap
feral cats and save his bunny namesake.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, Hef gave
Stand Up For Animals $5,000 to aid in the spay-and-
neuter efforts of the feral kitties in the Florida Keys,
specifically at the National Key Deer Refuge on Big
Pine Key.
Numbers of the rabbits have apparently plummeted
in the last seven years due to cat predation. There are
other critters going after the rabbits, but cats are the
main threat.
Since feral cats well, let's face it, they breed like
bunnies some kind of kind control is welcome.
It seems, according to the Times, that the bunnies
evolved from a marsh species found in South Florida
about 10,000 years ago, and ended up stranded in the
Florida Keys when sea levels dropped.
Good for Playboy, good for the rabbits, good for
the cats, eh?

Sandscript factoid
Here's a quote to seal your longing for the shore
from Karl Bickel's wonderful but unfortunately out-of-
print book, "The Mangrove Coast," a quote that always
bears reading again.
"Stand on the beach and look to sea. You will see
creatures as strange as the trees and plants the rare
and lonely manatee, the great sea turtles, the slowly
turning dolphin, the flashing tarpon and the king. Then
the old tales begin to take shape, tales of Spanish cava-
liers, and smuggled drugs and Chinamen, of the wrecks
when the bitter lash of the nor'wester has struck the
coast. The sun is setting.
"Look about you. The saying goes that if you once
get the sand of the coast in your shoes, you will itch
forever after with the longing to return to bury your toes
in the sand of this shore, to smell its morning winds and
gaze at its high blue sky."

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


Why Have Mike Norman Handle Your Property?
Because he has more than 30 years experience,
handles 400 vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island,
has five full-time rental agents, a great advertising program
and thousands of happy customers. Past performance
may not be the only measure of success, but can
you think of anything more reassuring to go by?
If you're thinking of renting your property ... we can help.
Mike Norman Realty, Inc
941-778-6696 800-367-1617

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JOHN DEERE ZERO-turn mower. F-620. Good con-
dition. SN.TCF620X013982, manufactured 1995,
reconditioned. New battery, belts. $2,000 firm. Ted
Baird, 941-812-0244.

SALE: WOW! AN entire room at Niki's must be
sold! All antiques, collectibles, books, jewelry, dolls,
lamps, pictures, sterling, bric-a-brac 50-75 percent
off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.

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.

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

SALE: NIKI'S ISLAND Treasures. All collectible
artist signed angels By Tender Hearts and snow
angels 65 percent off, all sterling jewelry 50-70 per-
cent off, select paintings, prints, Orientals, crystal,
Hummels, costume and vintage jewelry 30-90 per-
cent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm. 5351 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-779-0729.

GARAGE SALE: 8-11am Saturday, June 16. 2910
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place clas-
sified ads and subscribe online with our secure server?
Check it out at www.islander.org, where you can read
Wednesday's classified at noon on Tuesday.


Possible convert back to 3BR.
Large corner lot with room for
pool, and to park boat or RV. Lots
of lush landscaping. Convenient to
everything. New bathrooms, new
paint, home is in great shape and
shows extremely well. $190,000.
real bayfront beauty. Recently
renovated 4BR/3BA spacious
home on a large bayfront lot. Bay
views from many rooms, room
for a pool, roof top sundeck with
sweeping Gulf and bay views and a
two-car garage. The quality shows,
come see for yourself. Large deep-
water dock with lift and room for
multiple boats on the Intracoastal
Waterway! $1,795,000.
539 ul Dive- aolesBec

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.

ISLAND YOGA SPACE: Summer classes and work-
shops. Drop-ins welcome. Visit islandyogaspace.
com, or call 941-747-9397 for more information.

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.

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

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

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

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

1997 COUGAR: SIX-cylinder automatic, new air
conditioning, tires, brakes, battery, hoses, belts,
and water pump. Excellent condition. $3,950. 941-

1993 BUICK ROADMASTER Estate wagon. Fully-
loaded. $3,600 or best offer. 941-730-8339.

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.

SELL it fast with an ad in The Islander.

Jon's been earning Islanders' Trust for Over 23 Years

E ,Outstanding Agents
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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. 90x104. $690,000.
LUXURIOUS WOODLAND PARK Over 2,800 sf living area. 4BR/3BA,
den, heated pool/spa. Extras include over $50,000 in lush landscape
and window treatments plus ceramic floors and granite in kitchen.
A MUST SEE at $699,000.
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.
HOLMES BEACH* 778-0807 800-956-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

PREMIUM DEEDED BOAT slip with dock for sale
on Anna Maria Island. Room for 26-foot boat and
lift. Wide deep-water canal, close to marina and
bay. Price reduced $25,000 for immediate sale.
Great investment at $54,900. Contact Brian at

WANTED: BOAT SLIP with lift wanted for rent.
23-foot boat. Need deep water and no bridges to
pass under. Northern canals that empty into Galati
harbor area preferred. Charlie, 205-602-0513.

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-1pm and over-
night, 10pm-8am, shifts available. Travel opportunity.

CLEANING AND/OR handyman service needed.
Four units rented by night, week, month. Call 941-
962-4265 for appointment.

WE NEED PART-time housekeeping staff to care
for our lovely Anna Maria cottages. Weekends often
required. Please call 941-778-1503.

Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more infor-
mation, 941-779-1208.

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.

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.

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.
$775,000. ML#320871.

email: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com

ISLAND CONDO Walking distance to many shops and
restaurants, this condo offers it all. Heated pool, storage, two
covered parking spots, washer, dryer and a new water heater.
Turnkey furnished for your convenience. A real beauty priced
to sell. $294,900. Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.

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CHARTER BOAT SERVICE: Eco-tours, sightseeing,
more in Cortez. Assets include 26-foot cat, 150-hp
outboard. $70,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.
For more great business and realty buys: www.
picturesque in great location for your menu and
more. $75,000, inventory negotiable. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112. www.longviewrealty.com.
orated, well-equipped in great Holmes Beach shop-
ping center. $109,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-
6112. www.longviewrealty.com.

DEALERS WANTED to market Triron portable
gas and diesel generators. Great opportunity for
electricians, contractors, entrepreneurs. Mammoth
Dist.,Bradenton, Fla. jamesfallon @tampabay.rr.com.

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 Kend-
all, 14-year-old, ninth-grader. Certified in first aid!

RED CROSS-CERTIFIED 14-year-old looking for a
job babysitting or pet sitting. Experienced with kids!
Call Kim, 941-794-8640 or 941-807-0889.
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.

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

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The Rivertowne Lot 40- $493,190 $359,000 The Kiawah Lot 28 $528,602 $379,000
3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,637 SF 2 bedroom plus study, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 1,791 SF

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Harbor House Lot 64 $368-,30
2 bedroom, 2 bath, laundry room, eat-in
kitchen, courtyard, 2-car garage, 1,434 SF

For more information on these
exceptional homes visit:

Building. Home. Life.

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LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments, airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. 941-778-5476.
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941 -

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

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

CUCCIO TILE: Many Island references. Free esti-
mates. Licensed and insured. 941-730-2137.
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.
LOCK AROUND THE Clock: Island locksmith and
owner, Bob Woods. Licensed, bonded and insured.
941-778-1661 or 941-713-4414.
GETYOUR GUTTERZ Done before the rain comes!
Seamless rain gutters. Clean, install, repair. Low
prices! Free estimates! Call Rob, 941-465-3095.

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.

MASSAGE BY LOREDANA: Over 20 years experi-
ence. In the privacy of your home. Serving Anna
Maria Island, Longboat Key and vicinity. 941-400-
3940. Lic.#MA0021257.

virus/spyware cleanup, system set up, upgrades,
diagnose, repair, Internet and wireless network
security. Over 37 years computer experience. Call
Tom, 941-224-1069.

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firepits, brick, stone and stucco. 25 years experi-
ence. Licensed and insured. 941-792-5206.

semi-retired couple will care for your home, etc.,
for extended periods. References, bondable. E-mail:
debrann @us.ibm.com. 941-538-3803.

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 per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
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.

Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
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located on this pristine beach in Anna Maria Village.
This is our Island's natural beach, not renourished.
3BR/2BA furnished beach home. $2,900,000.
123-foot frontage on Gulf, includes two
beachfront bungalows. $4,500,000.
Newer elevated 3BR/2.5BA furnished home.

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

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

TIRED OF PAYING more than estimates? Tree trim-
ming, removal, pruning, mulching. Guaranteed best
price in writing. 11-year Island resident. Cell, 941-

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

KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City
of Anna Maria resident. Cell 941-448-3857.
TIRED OF NO return calls? Straight Shot Land-
scape calls back. For all your landscape, call Shark
Mark. 941-727-5066. Shell $42/yard.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. 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,

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pool. 2BR/2BA open
plan, new kitchen.
Totally upgraded.
Dock, three davits.
Owner motivated.
Not a drive-by,
must see inside!
For sale by owner.

404 21st Place,
Bradenton Beach.
Brokers welcome


3303 Gulf Drive
#4 Sea Pirates,
Holmes Beach.
2BRII BA, pool.


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

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

bid then call Nick, he's the best. Island refer-
ences. Licensed. Call Nick, 941-727-1448 or

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

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.

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.
izing in drywall and stucco, new or repairs. Popcorn
removal, skip-trawl ceilings. All jobs welcome. 941 -

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@tam-
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, townhouse: 2BR/2BA with
balcony and view of mountains. Weekly or monthly
rental. Call Paige at 941-798-3448.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.

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

1-4BR DIRECT BEACHFRONT, gorgeous views,
designer furnished, cable, DVD/VCR, dishwasher,
phone, quaint village. $975-$2,375/week9 941-713-
0034 or beachdreams@tampabay.rr.com.
PARADISE IN COMFORT at Palm Breeze rentals
in Holmes Beach. Two beautifully furnished units in
a Key West-style home on a large corner lot. Each
unit has 3BR/2BA, washer, dryer and fully equipped
kitchen. Heated pool, bikes, grill, etc. Just bring your
clothes and a toothbrush and enjoy. www.apalm-
breeze.com. 941-730-5126.
FURNISHED MOTHER-IN-LAW apartment, canal
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Sato Real Estate for availability. 941-778-7200.
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furnished, washer and dryer. Includes water, sewer
and garbage. On bay, Gulf view. Call 941-920-0868
or 941-778-4523.

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new tile, quiet Holmes Beach 1 BR/1 BA. One block
from beach. $800/month, includes lawn and trash.
Call, daytime, 8-11am. Ann, 941-778-9196. Leave

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

OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE: 1,081 sf. Former Cortez
Exchange. 8811 Cortez Road. 1-800-952-1206.
2BR/2BA CONDO on Anna Maria Island with beau-
tiful Gulf views. Monthly, weekly or seasonal rentals.
941-721-4789. www.annamaria-rental.com.
ANNUAL APARTMENT in Holmes Beach. Kitchen,
bedroom and bathroom. No pets. 941-778-7039.
3BR/2.5BA, two-car garage, recreation room,
screened lanai, elevator, several decks, pool.
$1,700/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
to beach, open courtyard, dishwasher. $865/month
includes water and garbage. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307.
across street from beach. $695/month, includes
water and garbage. Fran Maxon Real Estate, 941-
East. 3BR/2.5BA large condo. Several decks, two
garages, lots of storage, pool, tennis, close to beach
and bay. $2,750/month. Fran Maxon Real Estate,
ANNUAL RENTAL: GULF view, 1BR/1BA apart-
ment. Covered parking, open deck, great direct
Gulf views! $750/month. No pets. Fran Maxon Real
Estate, 941-778-2307.

1BR/1.5BA, Gulffront, 1BR/1BA duplex, 2BR/1BA
duplex, 2BR/2BA Gulf view, 2BR/2BA condo. Start-
ing at $750/month. Coastline Accommodations.

GREAT LOCATION: 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier.
2BR/1BA, ground floor, fully furnished with all ame-
nities, no smokers or pets, available June 1. Annual
or six-months, $1,000/month. 941-387-8610.
from the beach. 1 BR, $575/week. 2BR, $675/week.
513-236-5091. www.beachesndreams.net.
ANNUAL/SEMI-ANNUAL rental: Anna Maria Shell
Point condo. 2BR/2BA, furnished, ground floor, on
water. Heated pool, tennis court, covered park-
ing. Some vehicles prohibited. No pets. Nonsmok-
ers. Coin laundry. Annual, $1,500/month. Semi-
annual, $2,200/month. First, last and security.
duplex with porch and laundry. Freshly remod-
eled, private parking, block to beach. $795/month.
level duplex. $900/month, shared laundry. Small pet
OK. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
1 BR/1 BA, close to beach. Lawn and water included,
$800/month. Townhouse, Perico Island, 2BR/2BA,
one-car garage, $1,200/month plus utilities. Duplex,
2BR/1.5BA, large yard, new carpet and floors, $900/
month. 941-778-0770. www.smithrealtors.com.
new, 2.5 miles to beach. Tile, turnkey furnished,
fenced yard, carport. $1,000/month or seasonal,
$2,600/three months. 941-400-3940.
CORTEZ COTTAGE: QUIET area. Fully furnished,
walk to water. No smokers. $900/month, $500/week,
$100/night, includes utilities. 941-794-5980. www.

BED AND BOAT: Beautiful 2BR condo on Anna
Maria with optional boat rental. Canal to Intrac-
oastal Waterway. Summer rates. 941-778-8520,
pletely furnished, close to beach. Available June
through October. No pets, no smoking. $950/month.
PALMS OF CORTEZ: 2BR/1BA very clean, third
floor. Small pets welcome. Pool, fitness center, etc.
$950/month. First, last, security deposit, negotiable.
941-778-8277 or 941-962-8347.

RENT-TO-OWN: Waterfront and pool homes,
several to choose from! Starting at $995/month.
www.44Smart.com. 941-447-6278.

condo. Pool, close to beaches, shopping, schools.
Small pets welcome, no smokers please. $985/
month. Diane, 941-761-1968.
steps to beach. $1,575/month, $625/week. Jaime,
941-545-8488. jjvacations.blogspot.com.
LUXURY 2BR/2BA, STEPS to beach. $750/week
plus taxes and cleanup. Nice 2BR mobile home in
gated, senior park. $595/month annual or $300/
week. 863-688-3524. Cyberrentals. E-mail: chick-
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH. 2BR/2BA duplex, two-
car garage, screened lanai, shared laundry. $1,000/
month. 941-779-0120.
APARTMENT: 1BR/1BA ON Palma Sola Bay, near
beaches and park. Rent is $695/month, tenant pays
electric. Move in with security, $695 and utility prora-
tion, first month free. Call Reed, 9am-8pm, at 941-
448-8100 or 941-794-2258.
BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA BAYFRONT with deep-water
dock. Furnished, carport and a great value located
in Bradenton Beach. 941-779-4713.

JULY FOURTH WEEK cancellation. 3BR/2BA with
beach and sunset views. $750/week. 941-730-0688,
or e-mail seagrapevacation@aol.com.

ANNUAL RENTAL: Bradenton Beach. 2BR/2BA
condo/townhouse located near beach south of
Bridge Street. The unit has upstairs and down-
stairs living areas with parking underneath. Call
NORTH-END DUPLEX: for 2008 season. Three-
month minimum. 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer, two
blocks from Gulf. Sleeps six. $2,000/month. 941-
778-7167 or 941-705-0275.
SPACIOUS 2BR/2BA DIRECT beachfront condo on
Holmes Beach. Best view on the Island! Washer and
dryer in unit. Weekly and monthly rentals available.
No smoking and no pets. 813-325-1058.
washer and dryer hookup. $995/month plus
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one-room cottage, $750/month annual rental, non-
smoking. 813-996-3606.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX for annual lease.
2BR/1BA two blocks from beach. Completely
remodeled. $900/month. 941-730-8339.
Royale waterfront home. 3BR/2BA, pool and boat
dock, all updated interiors. $799/week. Palma Sola
townhouse, 2BR/2BA, pool and boat dock, $499/
week. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
ANNUAL RENTAL: North end Anna Maria. 2BR/1BA,
carport. $900/month, water and trash included.
Small pet OK. Call 941-795-7089.
ANNUALS! 2BR/2BA beautiful furnished house
on Key Royale $1,400-plus/month. Unfurnished
1BR near beach, $850/month! Also six-month
availabilities! Call Sue at An Island Place Realty,
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site

Minutes to beach, no flood, evacuation zone.
Hidden Lake Real Estate, 941-761-0444.
ISLAND HOME REDUCED: For sale by owner.
Holmes Beach 3BR, deep-water canal, pool,
boat dock, many upgrades. $725,000. Call
MUST RELOCATE: DREAM deal on Island at
$489,000. Home in great condition, deep-water
canal, large boat dock, decks. 2BR/2BA, updates.
See it at www.buyowner.com. (ID#63415) or
24-hour hotline, 1-877-940-7777, or 941-779-2807
for personal tour.
MUST SELL! ELEVATED concrete duplex, 2BR per
side, freshly remodeled. 3,500 sf of enclosed space.
One block to beach. $454,900. 941-807-5449.

open plan, new kitchen. Totally upgraded. Dock,
three davits. Owner motivated. Not a drive-by, must
see inside! 404 21st Place, Bradenton Beach By
owner. Call Herb Dolan, 941-725-2395.

WATER-VIEW, DEEDED boat slip, 2BR/2BA home
in Holmes Beach. 1,703 sf, large corner lot, 100 per-
cent updated, priced to sell, $499,000. cculhane@
tampabay.rr.com. 941-228-4361.

bay view. New air conditioning, kitchen. Must sell!
$424,900. 941-794-8162.

BEST BUY on the beach. Romantic, Bradenton
Beach, direct Gulffront studio condo. Newly reno-
vated, furnished. The perfect getaway. $325,000.

LOT: 57.75x114-feet. Neptune Lane, Holmes Beach.
One block to beach. $487,000. 941-779-4505 or

PANORAMIC VIEWS OF Palma Sola Bay from this
3BR/2BA condo. Granite baths, Italian porcelain tile,
plantation shutters, designer furnishings and more.
Mint condition and a must see at $525,000. 859-
264-8644, or barbfreeman @ alltel.net.

HAVE IT ALL: Beautiful direct Gulf views just steps
to sandy beach. Also a fishing pier, boat dock,
pool, spa and tennis court. 2BR/2BA, kitchen with
granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances.
Nice, turnkey furnished. $575,000. Ninth Street,
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Contact owner at

ISLAND POOL HOME: 2BR/2BA with heated pool
and spa, workshop, fenced yard. For sale by owner
for a great deal. White appliances, including washer
and dryer, all staying. Motivated seller. Brokers/
agents welcome. $470,000. Call Tammy at 813-
478-4416 or 941-322-2132.

NEW: 2007 ISLAND condos with over 3,000 sf
under roof. These 3BR/2BA plus garage, have pri-
vate elevators. Please stop by 2317 Ave. C, Bra-
denton Beach, and view our model, or call Kimberly
Mills at 941-321-9601, or Erlene Fitzpatrick 941-
758-7777. Re/Max Gulfstream Realty.

FOR SALE: 2BR/2BA condo/townhouse located
south of Bridge Street near the beach. The unit
has upstairs and downstairs living areas with under-
neath parking. Some owner financing available. Call
DIRECT WATERFRONT: 65A Cortez Park, Avenue
D. 941-778-5480.
MOVING: REDUCED FOR sale. $155,000.2BR/2BA
mostlyfurnished condo for sale by owner. If inter-
ested, call 941-792-1049. No Realtor fees.
KEY ROYALE: 3BR/2BA, pool, spa. Updated. Below
market at $799,000. Lease/option considered.
Owner/agent, 941-356-1456.
from bay but no-flood zone. 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage with family room. $299,000 or best offer.
Lease option considered. Owner, 941-356-1456.
BAYSHORE BEAUTY: 4BR, remodeled, commu-
nity pool and boat dock. $299,900. First-time buyer
program. Low, low down. Real Estate Mart, 941-

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BUYER BONUS: One-year tax and insurance pre-
paid at closing. 2,400 sf on one-third beautifully
landscaped acre. 3BR/2BA with separate office.
Wood and tile flooring. Two family rooms. Huge
kitchen with bay window. Great schools. Five min-
utes from beaches. $324,000. Karen Pfeiffer, Real-
tor, Keller Williams Realty. 941-747-2170. Open
OPEN HOUSE: 1-5pm Sunday. 205 Church Ave.,
Bradenton Beach. $1,159,000. Hurry, 2005 "yacht"
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bay. Walk to beach. Duplex or single. Elevator, pool,
cupola, Gulf and bay views. A fun house, entertain,
live it up, gorgeous. Call Helen Jaquith, Re/Max
Properties, 941-726-3076 for listing.

net-leased properties, retail with national corpora-
tion leases, mountain chalets, retail land offered
individually. 800-257-4161. higgenbotham.com.
Higgenbotham Auctioneers, ME. Higgenbotham,
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SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA waterfront land sale!
Grand opening Saturday, June 23. One day only! Gor-
geous property, great prices, come see for yourself!
Water access from just $19,900. Paved roads, under-
ground utilities, excellent financing! Call now and reserve
a priority appointment. 877-457-5263, ext. 1007.

LAKE SEATON, GEORGIA: First time offered. 1.96
acres, $110,900. Three acres, lakefront, $147,900.
Beautiful views and frontage on Lake Seaton. Black-
topped roads, underground utilities. Only 43 miles
to Atlanta, Ga. Don't miss out on pre-grand opening
pricing! 888-952-6347.
SOUTH COLORADO RANCH sale: 35 acres,
$36,900. Spectacular Rocky Mountain views, year-
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Come for the weekend, stay for a lifetime. Excellent
financing available with low down payment. Call Red
Creek Land Co. today! 866-696-5263, ext. 2682.
LAKE PROPERTIES: Lakefront and lake-view
homes and parcels on pristine 34,000-acre Norris
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291-5253, or visit www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.
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mountainrealty.com. Call for free brochure, 800-
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and streams, homes, cabins and acreage. Free
brochure, 800-642-5333. Realty Of Murphy, 317
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N.C. Private community, dramatic views, exceptional
weather and recreation. $250,000-plus, incentives.
Riverfront sites still available! 866-464-5885. www.
waterdancenc.com. High Vision LLC.
SOUTH CAROLINA REAL estate for sale: Farm,
brick home and eight acres, $189,500. Two-level
brick home, $379,900. Two-level home, $244,900.
MearesAuctions.com. L. Meares, 864-444-1321.
siding cabin has great views. Fireplace, porch,
hot tub. Furnished, rental history. Call Ralph Crisp
Realty, 800-438-8621. www.ralphcrisprealty.com.
LAKE LOT BARGAIN: One-plus acres with free boat
slips, $34,900. Nicely wooded lake-access property
in brand new premier development on spectacular
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available. Call 800-704-3154, ext. 1241.
ing two gated communities in the high country of
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NEW! GATED COASTAL Georgia community home-
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WATERFRONT AND VIEW homesites: Nestled
alongside beautiful 45,000-acre Lake Eufaula, Ala.
Gated community with one to three acres from the
$40s. Private owner amenities include clubhouse,
boat slips, nature trails. Call 866-882-1107.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: Log cabin shell on two private
acres near very wide trout stream in the Galax area and
New River State Park, $139,500. Owner, 866-789-8535.
DEVELOPER'S CLOSEOUT: Sept. 29. 20 percent
off already low pre-construction pricing. Lots and
condos available with water, marsh, golf, nature
views, starting at $70s. One year, no-payment
options. 877-266-7376. www.cooperspoint.com.


ESCAPE TO ALABAMA: Spectacular lake prop-
erties from just $49,900. Private gated com-
munity on 70,000-acre Lake Guntersville. Fea-
turing clubhouse, marina, boat launch, paved
roads, underground utilities and more! No
time requirement to build. Excellent financing
available. Call today! 888-525-3725, ext. 2694.
ONE-MILE CREEKFRONT! 55-plus acres,
$199,900. Beautiful pasture with one-plus mile
along creek. Two working barns, fenced for cattle.
West Tennesseee. Potential to subdivide. Excellent
financing. Call now, 866-685-2562, ext. 1257. TN
Land & Lakes.

TIMBER COMPANY sell-off! 20 acres, $39,900.
Subdivision potential! Big mountain acreage with
views. One mile to Nicklaus-designed golf course.
Close to Tennessee River and recreational lake.
Creekfronts available. Excellent financing. Free call,
866-685-2562, ext. 1201.
COASTAL GEORGIA: 24-plus acres, $99,900.
Was $109,900. Beautiful trees, pasture for horses,
loaded with wildlife. Easy access to 1-95. Short drive
to Georgia coast. Long road frontage, potential to
subdivide. Excellent financing. $10,000 savings, lim-
ited time. Call now, 800-898-4409, ext. 1295.
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ll Pointe West 3BR/2BA Updates, heated pool!
Split plan. $345,000!
Village West 3BR/2BA Near Bray Park! Fresh Paint.
$259-509 $249,900!
Lexington 2,663sf 3BR/3BA plus den. Pool-size lot!
$38-5o0 349,500!
Islands West 2B SOLDront condo. Longboat Key.
Bay Palms 2BR/2BA Sailboat GRAND CANAL. Private
dock. Nice! Room for pool, expansion. $695,000!
Braden Crossings 3BR/2BA Nice updates. NEW 14 seer
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with 9,000 lb. boat lift! $1,700,000.
3BR/2.5BA fabulous spacious condo. Designerfuished, granite countertops,
stainless-steel appliances, elevator, heated pool, fabulous rental. $1,585,000.
Spacious 4BR/3BA pool home with 253-foot waterfront. Deep
water, two docks and lushly landscaped. $1,850,000.
3BR/2BA home. Tile, pavers, fence, room for pool, new dock, direct
access to Tampa Bay. $699,900.
2BR/2BA turnkey furnished, tennis, heated pool, water view, near
shopping, library and restaurants. $365,000.
3BRhouse plus cottage! West of Gulf Drive very close to gorgeous
beach! Screened porch, furnished house. Now $699,900.
3BR/2BA canalfront. Private dock. Direct access to Tampa Bay and
Intracoastal Waterway $599,000.
4BR/2BA open plan, vaulted ceiling, elevator, four-car garage.
Bamboo fl ooring, turnkey furnished. Near beach. $1,350,000.
2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished with direct view of Gulf. New kitchen,
tile, heated pool, tennis, garage. $849,900.
3BR/2BA plus den. Updated waterfront home. Dock, caged
solar-heated pool. Sprinkler system, two-car garage. $699,900.
SHOREWALK CONDOS 2BR/2BA turnkey $165,000.
WATERS EDGE CONDO 2BR/2BA Direct Gulffront. $859,900.
UPDATED DUPLEX- 2107 Avenue B. $596,900
GULF PLACE CONDO 3BR/2BA direct Gulf view. $949,900.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO 1BR/1BA Water view. $349,000.
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